Lowrie, Porter exchange words in Oakland

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

A war of words flared between A’s shortstop Jed Lowrie and Astros manager Bo Porter at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday evening.

Minor Moves: Ji-Man Choi, Rafael Perez

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

Here are the day’s minor moves: Mariners prospect Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games, the Associated Press reported yesterday (via ESPN.com). Choi, a 22-year-old who was on the club’s 40-man, tested positive for methandienone. He received the older first-time-offender penalty because his test was taken before new PED suspension guidelines were put in place. The Rangers have released lefty Rafael Perez, reports Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Perez, 31, struggled at the Triple-A level this year. He was a significant part of the Indians pen between 2006-12, but has been dealing with shoulder issues. The DFA limbo ranks grew significantly today, as MLBTR’s DFA Tracker shows. In order of earliest to latest, here’s the current group: Sam Fuld (Athletics), Lucas Harrell (Astros), Ryan Rowland-Smith (Diamondbacks), Andy Parrino (Rangers), and Ryan Roberts (Red Sox).

Minor Moves: Brian Omogrosso, Ji-Man Choi, Rafael Perez

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

Here are the day’s minor moves: Former White Sox pitcher Brian Omogrosso has signed on with the independent league Blueport Bluefish, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. The 29-year-old righty has a 5.54 ERA in 37 1/3 career MLB innings. Mariners prospect Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games, the Associated Press reported yesterday (via ESPN.com). Choi, a 22-year-old who was on the club’s 40-man, tested positive for methandienone. He received the older first-time-offender penalty because his test was taken before new PED suspension guidelines were put in place. The Rangers have released lefty Rafael Perez, reports Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Perez, 31, struggled at the Triple-A level this year.

A’s content to close by committee

A’s content to close by committee

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

Oakland’s closer situation is “status quo” until further notice, Bob Melvin said Friday. The A’s manager will use a committee to end games, but will mostly stick with either lefty Sean Doolittle or right-hander Luke Gregerson in the ninth inning, depending on the matchup.

Athletics Extend Sean Doolittle

Athletics Extend Sean Doolittle

Apr 18, 2014 | No Comments

The Athletics have agreed to a five-year contract extension with left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle, the club announced (via Twitter). The deal covers the current season and runs through 2018, after which time Oakland will have a pair of options for the 2019 and 2020 campaigns. Doolittle, 27, is entering his third year of MLB action and came into the year with 1.122 years of MLB service. Take with the 41st-overall pick out of the University of Virginia (where he was a two-way player) back in 2007, Doolittle started his professional career as a first baseman. He switched to the hill after knee problems, and wasted little time in getting to the bigs.

Rangers Designate Andy Parrino For Assignment

Apr 18, 2014 | No Comments

The Rangers have designated infielder Andy Parrino for assignment, the club announced. The move clears a 40-man spot for Aaron Poreda. Parrino, 28, has spent time at second, short, third, and both corner outfield spots. He has only seen limited MLB action in parts of three seasons, and has a .186/.295/.242 triple-slash in 229 plate appearances. Texas claimed Parrino off waivers from the division-rival Athletics in early March.

Offense, defense, pitching a winning blend for Yanks

Apr 18, 2014 | No Comments

The Yankees turned yet another triple play behind CC Sabathia, their third since 2010, and got back-to-back home runs from Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann in a 10-2 victory over the Rays on Thursday at Tropicana Field.

Yanks go around the horn for triple play

Apr 18, 2014 | No Comments

The Yankees completed a triple play, their second in the past two seasons, in the second inning of Thursday’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Minor Moves: Perez, Loewen, Neil

Apr 17, 2014 | No Comments

Here are the day’s minor transactions: The Rangers have released minor league southpaw Rafael Perez, tweets Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest. The 31-year-old was a valuable member of the Indians’ bullpen from 2007-12 (with the exception of a disappointing ’09 campaign) but hasn’t pitched in the bigs since that time due to shoulder surgery. Perez put up solid numbers with the Twins’ and Red Sox’ minor league affiliates last season and had yielded three runs with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings at Triple-A this year. The Phillies have signed outfielder Adam Loewen to a minor league deal, according to the MLB.com transactions page.

Minor Moves: Adam Loewen, Matt Neil

Apr 17, 2014 | No Comments

Here are the day’s minor moves: The Phillies have signed outfielder Adam Loewen to a minor league deal, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Loewen, 30, was once rated as high as the 13th overall prospect in the game by Baseball America — as a pitcher. He transitioned to the field since having his career derailed by elbow issues, and last year posted a .267/.359/.435 line in 496 plate appearances, most of them coming at the Double-A level. But Loewen will return to the hill with Philadelphia, according to a tweet from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Righty Matt Neil has agreed to a minor league contract with the Rays, also via the MLB transactions page. The 27-year-old had spent his first three years in the Marlins organization. Last year, splitting time between starting and relieving at both upper-minor levels, Neil threw to a 3.70 ERA in 109 1/3 frames.  As MLBTR’s DFA Tracker shows, White Sox reliever Donnie Veal has just joined Lucas Harrell (Astros) and Sam Fuld (Athletics) in DFA limbo