Twins Designate Adam Wilk

May 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Twins have designated lefty Adam Wilk for assignment, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press was among those to report on Twitter. He’ll make way for the call-up of lefty Adalberto Mejia; as MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger tweeted recently, Mejia will take the ball tomorrow. Wilk, 29, was claimed off waivers from the Mets earlier in the year. He has made two lengthy relief appearances out of the Minnesota pen, allowing three earned runs on eight hits over seven innings while compiling four strikeouts against five walks. Through four years in the majors, Wilk has compiled just 37 total frames. He had not been off to an impressive start at Triple-A in the New York organization, but did throw 87 1/3 innings of 3.61 ERA ball last year at Triple-A for the Rays.

NL East Notes: Pill, Ruiz, Marlins, Glover

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Mets are promoting Triple-A righty Tyler Pill to join their pitching staff, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports (Twitter link). It’s not clear exactly what role Pill will have with the club, though DiComo does note that Jacob deGrom is healthy and is making his start tonight, so Pill won’t be stepping directly into the rotation. Pill, who turns 27 this weekend, has done a nice job keeping runs off the board in a tough Las Vegas environment this year, tossing 46 innings with a stellar 1.96 ERA. His secondary stats aren’t as encouraging, as he’s averaged just 4.5 K/9 against 2.7 BB/9 with a 43.4 percent ground-ball rate. Pill isn’t on the Mets’ 40-man roster, meaning New York will have to make some type of move in order to formally select his contract from Triple-A. Elsewhere in the NL East… Rio Ruiz wasn’t called upon when Adonis Garcia hit the disabled list last week, but after being promoted in the wake of Freddie Freeman’s injury, the 23-year-old corner infielder has impressed the Braves enough that he’ll likely remain their primary third baseman upon Garcia’s activation, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports

Swing and mist: Red Sox K 20 in rain, KO Texas

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Rangers arrived in Boston as the hottest team in the Major Leagues. They left after being swept by the Red Sox, culminating with a 6-2 defeat that included 20 strikeouts in Thursday’s soggy finale of a three-game series. Five Red Sox pitchers combined for the 20 K’s, tying a Major League record for a 9-inning game.

Arrieta returns to site of no-hitter on MLB.TV

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

The last time Jake Arrieta pitched at Dodger Stadium in the regular season, on August 30, 2015, he carved his way through the Dodgers’ lineup in a near-perfect performance. Arrieta’s no-hitter that night served as the highlight of his superhuman second half, and all but cemented his status as the eventual National League Cy Young Award winner.

Pedroia has knee pain, out early as precaution

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia exited Thursday’s game against the Rangers in the top of the sixth inning with pain in his left knee.

West Notes: Gray, Halos, Lamet, Hand, Shelby

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

Sonny Gray’s two most recent starts for the Athletics have altered his stock in a hurry, writes ESPN’s Buster Olney. Gray’s struggles over the past 13 to 14 months have been tied not only to injury but to a (quite possibly related) drop in his swinging-strike rate, but he’s racked up swings-and-misses in his each of his past two outings thanks to a revitalized breaking pitch. Gray’s velocity spiked in his most recent start, as well — an outing in which he completed seven one-run innings and whiffed 11 Marlins hitters on just 88 pitches. Olney suggests that Gray could emerge as the top trade target on the market if this trend continues much longer, as the A’s are typically willing to deal earlier than most clubs, there are motivated buyers already (e.g. Cubs, Yankees, Astros) and Oakland may wish to cash in while Gray is looking impressive. More from the game’s Western divisions… Injured Angels relievers Huston Street, Mike Morin and Cam Bedrosian are all making good progress in their recoveries, writes Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. And while Morin has minor league options remaining and isn’t a lock to return to the big league club right away, the returns of Street and Bedrosian will give manager Mike Scioscia some interesting decisions when it comes to late-inning bullpen usage. Bud Norris has been outstanding in a ninth-inning role, but Bedrosian has been the team’s best reliever for a year, and Street is has the track record and salary of a veteran closer

MLB wins League of the Year Award

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

Major League Baseball was well represented at the 10th annual Sports Business Awards with five nominations and three awards. Commissioner Rob Manfred was on hand at the Marriott Marquis in New York City to accept one of the night’s biggest prizes, League of the Year, on behalf of MLB.

Colon highlights daytime slate on MLB.TV

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

If afternoon baseball is your thing, Thursday’s slate of action is a feast for your matinee sensibility. With the Mariners-Nationals game moved up from 4 p.m. ET to 12:05 p.m. ET, there are six games that begin at or before 2:20 p.m. ET

Vroom when it happens: Hamilton’s huge run

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

Just a few minutes earlier, the fireworks had burst and the music had blared as the Indians were celebrating what they thought was a 3-2 win over the Reds on a rainy Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

Padres Receiving Trade Interest In Brad Hand

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

The Padres recently reaffirmed to clubs that they’re “open for business,” and lefty reliever Brad Hand is the “primary” piece that they have on the table at present, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney (Twitter link). San Diego’s willingness to sell off pieces isn’t exactly a new development, though the fact that the Padres are marketing Hand (or are at least willing to part with him) is of note. It does not, however, seem that there have been any serious trade discussions regarding Hand just yet; Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune tweets that the Friars have had some “very preliminary” on the lefty. Lin adds in a full column that Hand has “emerged as a coveted trade piece.” It’s early in the year to see a trade for such a notable commodity take place, though the Padres have been a definitive seller for quite some time now, so perhaps they’d be more willing than most to move a quality reliever.