Jeter slated to be in lineup for twin-bill nightcap

Apr 16, 2014 | No Comments

After having more time than anticipated to rest his tight right quadriceps, Yankees captain Derek Jeter is scheduled to return to the lineup for the second game of Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader against the Cubs.

Baylor might be back with Angels by end of April

Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments

Angels hitting coach Don Baylor is currently in physical therapy, and manager Mike Scioscia is hopeful that he can rejoin the team in a limited capacity when it returns from a three-city road trip for the April 28 series opener against the Indians.

Weather causes Indians-Tigers game to be postponed

Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments

Tuesday’s scheduled game between the Indians and Tigers at Comerica Park has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be rescheduled at a later date, but not during the current series, which is now scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

AL Central Notes: White Sox, Abreu, Dozier, Cabrera

Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments

The White Sox are off to a solid start to the season with a 7-6 record, and they’ve already won more games against the division-rival Indians than they did in 2013, writes Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. Hayes spoke with Indians GM Chris Antonetti about his division rivals, and Antonetti said he’s not surprised to see the Sox looking like an improved club. ”Unfortunately for us, I thought [White Sox GM Rick Hahn] and his staff had an exceptional offseason,” Antonetti told Hayes. ”They’ve positioned themselves not only better for the short term but also for the long term as well and that’s a challenging thing to do. … I thought they made a number of tremendous moves that will not only help them this year but for years to come, unfortunately to our detriment.” Here’s more about the White Sox and the rest of the AL Central… The White Sox’ largest move of the offseason, financially speaking, was the signing of Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68MM contract. CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan spoke to former Sox GM and current executive vice president Kenny Williams about the Abreu signing. Williams said he initially told Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf that he thought Abreu was worth a four-year, $40MM investment, to which Reinsdorf replied, “Why not $50MM?” Williams said he’s 100 percent confident in Abreu as well as Reinsdorf and Hahn, who closed the $68MM deal (Twitter link). Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press looks at yesterday’s $35MM extension for Jedd Gyorko and examines what that means for the Twins’ chances of locking up Brian Dozier. The Twins and Dozier’s agent, Damon Lapa, had extension talks this spring that didn’t progress beyond the exploratory phase, Berardino writes.

Cubs-Yanks rained out, to be made up Wednesday

Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments

Tonight’s game between the Yankees and Cubs at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up as part of a day-night, separate-admission doubleheader Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Pirates, Reds have score to settle in Cincinnati

Apr 15, 2014 | No Comments

After resuming Monday’s suspended game, tied at 7 after hitting a Great American Ball Park-record 10 home runs, the Pirates and Reds will play their regularly scheduled Tuesday contest, with Gerrit Cole dueling with Mike Leake.

Alexei’s walk-off homer ends wet and wild affair

Apr 14, 2014 | No Comments

Alexei Ramirez hit a walk-off home run to end a back-and-forth game that included two rain delays as the White Sox downed the Indians, 4-3, on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Focusing on opposite field pays off for Miggy

Apr 13, 2014 | No Comments

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has always taken batting practice with an all-fields approach, trying to slash line drives to the opposite field before pulling the ball with authority. On Saturday, however, he took it to the extreme, powering one pitch after another to right.

Tigers move Verlander up to Thursday vs. Tribe

Apr 13, 2014 | No Comments

With Drew Smyly rejoining the rotation Wednesday against Cleveland, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus shuffled the rest of his pitching order, moving Justin Verlander up a day to pitch Thursday and pushing Rick Porcello back to Friday.

AL Central Notes: Benoit, Chisenhall, Fuld

Apr 13, 2014 | No Comments

It was on this day in 2009 that Mark Fidrych died at age 54 as the result of a freak truck repair accident.  Fidrych burst onto the scene as a Tigers rookie in 1976, posting a 2.34 ERA over 250 1/3 innings, starting the All-Star Game for the American League and capturing the AL Rookie Of The Year Award in the process.  His pitching aside, “The Bird” was even better known for his unique personality and quirky mound habits (such as talking to the ball or personally smoothing out cleat marks on the mound), as well as appearing on perhaps the greatest cover in Sports Illustrated history.  Though Fidrych’s career was short, baseball fans will never forget one of the game’s great characters.  The MLBTR staff extends our condolences to Fidrych’s family and friends on this anniversary of his passing. Here’s the latest from around the AL Central… Joaquin Benoit and Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski both had nothing but good things to say about the veteran reliever’s tenure in Motown, but the Tigers didn’t make Benoit a contract offer last winter.  Dombrowski tells John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press that “When it came down to it, we had Joe Nathan over Joaquin as a closer, and that’s the direction we decided to pursue.  We kept a pulse of his free-agent situation all winter long. But it just looked like he was going to (cost) a little more than we wanted to pay for a set-up guy.”  Benoit ended up signing a two-year, $15.5MM deal with the Padres. Lonnie Chisenhall is hitting well but could be the victim of a roster crunch, so a reader asked Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (as part of a mailbag piece) if the Indians could possibly deal the third baseman.  Hoynes believes it’s generally too early for teams to be exploring the trade market, barring an injury, and Chisenhall is still an unproven commodity at the Major League level.  Since Chisenhall is 25 years old and only a couple of years removed from being regarded as the Tribe’s top prospect, I’d think Cleveland would need a big return to consider moving Chisenhall, even though Carlos Santana has seemingly taken over at third base. Sam Fuld could be an interesting pickup for the Twins, 1500ESPN.com’s Derek Wetmore opines, as he would add depth to a Minnesota team that is thin on outfield options.  The Athletics designated Fuld for assignment yesterday.