The 12 unlikeliest MVP Award winners

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

The Indians’ Jose Ramirez has a shot at the American League MVP Award. And as surprising as that would be, it still would not rank among the dozen biggest MVP surprises in Major League history.

Crew improves standing with shutout of Bucs

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

Ryan Braun homered and five pitchers combined for the Brewers’ 11th shutout victory, a 3-0 triumph over the slumping Pirates at PNC Park. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Cubs in the National League Central and two games of the Rockies in the race for the second NL Wild Card.

55th Stanton HR a beauty beside sculpture

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

The mini home run drought for Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton ended with a thunderous clout in the fourth inning on Monday night. Stanton blistered a slider off Mets right-hander Matt Harvey for a three-run home run at Marlins Park.

Central Notes: Minor, Twins, Wainwright, Pirates

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

Royals lefty Mike Minor struck out the side to end the Indians’ winning streak and pick up his first career save over the weekend, and he tells MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan that he’s intrigued by the idea of holding a late-inning relief role moving forward. “I value starting over not knowing when you’re going to pitch,” said Minor, a potential free agent after the season. “But if there’s an opportunity to be an eighth-inning guy or ninth-inning guy, that’d be great.” Minor says that he spoke to Wade Davis about his transition from struggling starter to dominant reliever when the two were teammates last season, and he also pointed to Zach Britton’s similar emergence as one of baseball’s top relief arms. The Royals hold a $10MM mutual option on Minor for the 2018 season, though the 29-year-old’s dominant season could also lead to a return to free agency. In 73 innings, Minor has averaged 10.2 K/9 against 2.6 BB/9 with a 43.4 percent ground-ball rate — all of which has resulted in a 2.71 ERA. More from the Central divisions… Byron Buxton and Zach Granite were among the Twins players that were disappointed to hear of the team’s firing of minor league skipper Doug Mientkiewicz, writes Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The longtime Twins first baseman has been managing in Minnesota’s minor league ranks for the past five years and enjoyed his fair share of winning (four playoff appearances), but the team won’t bring him back for a sixth season. “He knows how to bring out the best in players,” Buxton tells Berardino

MLB.TV now just $3.99 for rest of season

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

Major League Baseball Advanced Media has lowered the MLB.TV subscription cost to $3.99 for the season’s big finish.

MLB Weekend Roster Roundup: Duffy, Kipnis, Russell

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (9/16-17) NATIONAL LEAGUE CHICAGO CUBS | Depth Chart Activated from DL: SS Addison Russell Russell played SS and batted 8th in Sunday’s game. Suspensions: C Willson Contreras served a one-game suspension on Sunday. CINCINNATI REDS | Depth Chart Acquisitions: INF/OF D.J. Peterson claimed off waivers from Chicago White Sox No word on whether Peterson will report to the MLB team. He had been playing with Triple-A Charlotte. Transferred to 60-Day DL: RP Drew Storen Storen will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Role Changes: SP Tyler Mahle shut down for the remainder of the season (non-injury); P Amir Garrett moved to bullpen; P Rookie Davis and P Jackson Stephens moved to rotation. — AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE ORIOLES | Depth Chart   Promotions: RP Tanner Scott (contract purchased) TOP PROSPECT Outrighted: RP Richard Rodriguez CHICAGO WHITE SOX | Depth Chart  | 40-Man Roster Tracker Outrighted: C Alfredo Gonzalez CLEVELAND INDIANS | Depth Chart   Activated from DL: 2B/OF Jason Kipnis Kipnis played CF and batted 7th in Sunday’s game.

AL Notes: Red Sox, Rays, Tribe, Yankees

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

The Red Sox plan to explore a new deal for utilityman Eduardo Nunez after the season, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Nunez is currently out with a knee injury, but when healthy, the impending free agent has been a valuable addition since the Red Sox acquired him from the Giants in July. The 30-year-old has slashed an excellent .319/.351/.534 with eight home runs and six steals across 171 plate appearances as a member of the Red Sox, with whom he has lined up at second base, shortstop and third base. Nunez’s future may affect fellow utilityman Brock Holt’s, as Mastrodonato relays that he could be a non-tender candidate in the offseason. Holt was a key piece for the Red Sox from 2014-15, but injuries have slowed his career since then. The 2015 All-Star has taken 140 trips to the plate this season and batted a meek .175/.286/.208. Holt, 29, is on a $1.95MM salary this year and is scheduled to go through arbitration for the second time in the offseason. He’s controllable through 2019. More from the American League: Right-hander Alex Cobb’s start on Saturday may have been his last at Tropicana Field as a member of the Rays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes

Flag raised as part of Tribe’s clinch celebration

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

The Indians didn’t get to officially clinch their second straight American League Central title after their win on Saturday, so instead, the celebration — made possible by the Twins’ loss later Saturday night — began in front of a raucous sellout crowd before Sunday’s series finale against the Royals at Progressive Field.

Storen to undergo Tommy John surgery

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

Right-handed reliever Drew Storen, who pitched in 58 games for Cincinnati this season, said Sunday he will have Tommy John elbow surgery that will likely sideline him until the 2019 season.

LA stifles Nats again, drops magic number to 5

LA stifles Nats again, drops magic number to 5

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

The Dodgers have put some separation between themselves and the Nationals, utilizing another dominant pitching performance to lead them to a 3-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park.