Talking a blue streak: Royals’ run reaches 8

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

Eric Hosmer ripped five hits, including his first career grand slam, and the Royals pounded out a season-high 22 hits en route to a 16-2 blowout of the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, thus sweeping the three-game series.

Jeff Samardzija Unlikely To Waive No-Trade Clause

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

Jeff Samardzija’s name has come up frequently in recent trade rumors, but the 32-year-old right-hander’s five-year, $90MM contract allows him to block trades to all but eight teams. Moreover, Samardzija tells Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that if approached by the Giants about a trade to one of the teams over which he has veto power, he wouldn’t be interested in waiving the clause. “I love being here,” said Samardzija shortly after praising the Giants’ core players and suggesting that the team fully believes it can turn the tide next season. Samardzija smiled yesterday when telling Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he “[doesn’t] remember” the eight teams to which he can be traded without his approval (Twitter link), but Baggarly now reports the full list in a separate column. According to Baggarly, Samardzija can be traded to the Red Sox, Cubs, Mets, Yankees, Angels, Dodgers, Athletics and Nationals without his consent. All other teams — including the Astros, who have been the team most frequently connected to Samardzija on the rumor circuit — require Samardzija’s consent, and it doesn’t sound like he’s interested in green-lighting any proposals. Samardzija is owed $18MM annually and has struggled in the estimation of traditional metrics this season. He’s sporting a 5-11 record with a 4.85 ERA, but most other statistical means of evaluation are rather bullish on the righty. He’s averaging 9.7 K/9 against 1.1 BB/9, both of which would be the best marks of his career, and leading the Majors in K/BB ratio

Cards recall Mayers as Wainwright hits DL

Cards recall Mayers as Wainwright hits DL

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Cardinals recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday to take the spot of righty Adam Wainwright, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

Red Sox add Nunez in deal with Giants

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Red Sox on Tuesday night reached a deal to acquire third baseman Eduardo Nunez from the Giants, a source told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. The clubs have not confirmed the trade.

Red Sox Acquire Eduardo Nunez

Red Sox Acquire Eduardo Nunez

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Red Sox made their first addition of the summer on Tuesday night, acquiring infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Giants in exchange for minor league right-handers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos. Both teams have announced the deal. Word of the swap first leaked out after Nunez was shown leaving the Giants’ dugout to a series of hugs from his teammates on tonight’s broadcast (video link via Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area). Third base has been a clear area of need for the Red Sox this season, as Pablo Sandoval was finally released midway through the third season of his five-year contract and Brock Holt has been plagued by injuries throughout the year. Boston dealt Travis Shaw to the Brewers this offseason and has been relying on a platoon of light-hitting Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin at the hot corner in recent weeks, and Boston third basemen entered play tonight hitting a collective .226/.278/.317.

Red Sox To Acquire Eduardo Nunez

Red Sox To Acquire Eduardo Nunez

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

11:34pm: USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Giants are getting a pair of minor league pitchers in exchange for Nunez. 11:26pm: The Red Sox have agreed to acquire infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Giants, reports FOX’s Ken Rosenthal (on Twitter). Nunez was shown leaving the Giants’ dugout to a series of hugs from his teammates on tonight’s broadcast (video link via Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area). Third base has been a clear area of need for the Red Sox this season, as Pablo Sandoval was finally released midway through the third season of his five-year contract and Brock Holt has been plagued by injuries throughout the year. Boston dealt Travis Shaw to the Brewers this offseason and has been relying on a platoon of light-hitting Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin at the hot corner in recent weeks, and Boston third basemen entered play tonight hitting a collective .226/.278/.317. Of course, the third base outlook in Boston changed radically just this week when the team decided to call upon top prospect Rafael Devers to get his first taste of the Majors. Devers ranks as one of the game’s five or six best prospects and has torn through minor league pitching at a .311/.377/.578 pace thus far in 2017

Yankees score on triple play, sink Cincy

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Jordan Montgomery carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Didi Gregorius homered and the Yankees posted their fourth win in the last five games despite hitting into a rare run-scoring triple play, securing a 4-2 victory over the Reds in Interleague action on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Reds turn triple play on former mate Frazier

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

A combination of a sharply hit grounder right to a fielder and poor baserunning helped the Reds turn their first triple play in over two decades in Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss to the Yankees.

Frazier comes home for 1st game in pinstripes

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

Newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier was greeted by hundreds of people from his hometown of Toms River, N.J., before his first home game as a member of the Yankees on Tuesday.

Justin Ruggiano Opts Out Of Giants Contract

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

Veteran outfielder Justin Ruggiano has opted out of his minor league deal with the Giants, tweets Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area. The 35-year-old had been playing with the team’s Triple-A affiliate. San Francisco also bumped reliever Reyes Moronta from Double-A to Triple-A, and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that the righty, who is already on the 40-man roster, could get a look later this season. Ruggiano appeared in 19 games and made 63 plate appearances with the Giants earlier this season, hitting .217/.238/.333 with a couple of home runs. He was outrighted earlier this year and accepted the assignment, but he’s yet to return to the Majors despite a solid .280/.325/.478 slash through 169 plate appearances with Triple-A Sacramento