Spangenberg shines with bat, glove in debut

Sep 2, 2014 | No Comments

Cory Spangenberg rewarded the Padres immediately for promoting him from Double-A San Antonio on Monday. The 23-year-old first-round Draft pick in 2011 made a pair of nice defensive plays and also collected his first hit and RBIs in the Majors, all in front of his family, who traveled from Pennsylvania to see his debut.

Hamels in good company with combined no-no

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

The Phillies decided to protect their ace by pulling Cole Hamels during a no-hitter, but the lefty was still a part of history and has plenty of time to throw a no-hitter on his own.

Blue Jays Designate Neil Wagner For Assignment

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

The Blue Jays have designated reliever Neil Wagner for assignment, Sportsnet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith tweets. Wagner had Tommy John surgery in August. He pitched ten innings for the Blue Jays this year, all of them in April and May. The 30-year-old Wagner was a late-round draft pick by the Indians in 2005, and he made his way to the Athletics in a minor trade in 2010. He briefly appeared in the big leagues with the A’s in 2011, then briefly pitched in the Padres organization before signing with the Jays in 2012. He had his only significant stint in the big leagues in 2013, when he pitched reasonably well, posting a 3.79 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 38 innings.

Minor Moves: Berry, Rangers, Reds, Bochy, Ynoa

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the most recent moves at the top of the post… The Orioles will select the contract of outfielder Quintin Berry, Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com tweets. Berry had a good season for Triple-A Norfolk, hitting .285/.382/.367 in 432 plate appearances, and did his usual good job on the bases, stealing 25 of them while being caught six times. In his brief big-league career with the Tigers and Red Sox, Berry has stolen 24 bases without being caught, making him an ideal September promotion candidate for a team seeking speed. The Rangers have announced that they will select the contract of lefty Michael Kirkman as a September call-up tomorrow. Also, they will select the contract of fellow pitcher Spencer Patton on Thursday. Kirkman has posted a 4.47 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 while pitching 54 1/3 innings of relief this season at Triple-A Round Rock. The Royals outrighted him in April. Patton has posted a combined 3.90 ERA with 12.3 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 62 1/3 innings with Round Rock and the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate in Omaha. The Rangers acquired him for reliever Jason Frasor in July.

Minor Moves: Gwynn, Berry, Rangers, Reds, Bochy

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the most recent moves at the top of the post… The Phillies announce that theyhave selected the contract of outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. To make room on their 40-man roster, they transferred Cliff Lee to the 60-day DL. The Phillies outrighted and then released Gwynn earlier this summer, only to re-sign him to a minor league deal. He’s a career .239/.310/.311 hitter in parts of eight big-league seasons. The Orioles will select the contract of outfielder Quintin Berry, Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com tweets. Berry had a good season for Triple-A Norfolk, hitting .285/.382/.367 in 432 plate appearances, and did his usual good job on the bases, stealing 25 of them while being caught six times. In his brief big-league career with the Tigers and Red Sox, Berry has stolen 24 bases without being caught, making him an ideal September promotion candidate for a team seeking speed. The Rangers have announced that they will select the contract of lefty Michael Kirkman as a September call-up tomorrow. Also, they will select the contract of fellow pitcher Spencer Patton on Thursday. Kirkman has posted a 4.47 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 while pitching 54 1/3 innings of relief this season at Triple-A Round Rock.

Fallout From Astros’ Dismissal Of Bo Porter

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

Here’s the latest on the Astros’ managerial situation after the firing of Bo Porter earlier today: Astros GM Jeff Luhnow says the team could hire a new manager before the end of the season, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle tweets. Luhnow says the Astros will be looking for similar qualities in a manager that they were looking for when they hired Porter. He also notes that interim manager Tom Lawless could be considered for the job on a permanent basis if he expresses interest in the position. It certainly sounds like Lawless is interested, to judge from his comments today (via Drellich). “Oh, it was pretty exciting,” he says. “I got (word) yesterday, last night. Jeff called and wanted to know if I wanted to take over the team for the last 30 days, and I said, ‘Sure!’“ Porter has released a statement regarding his dismissal, thanking the Astros and the city of Houston for their support. One potential candidate to replace Porter could be former Padres star Phil Nevin, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets. Nevin has impressed observers with his work this year as the manager for Triple-A Reno in the Diamondbacks’ system

Friars add three September callups

Friars add three September callups

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

The Padres on Monday took advantage of the expanded rosters by adding three players to the club for the season’s final month. The team selected right-handed pitcher Leonel Campos and infielder Cory Spangenberg from Double-A San Antonio, and recalled left-hander Robbie Erlin from Triple-A El Paso.

Minor Moves: Ynoa, Anderson, Santos, Padres

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the most recent moves at the top of the post… The Rockies have selected the contract of infielder Rafael Ynoa, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Ynoa, 27, played for eight years in the Dodgers organization before signing with the Rockies last winter. This season, he posted a .297/.356/.419 line in 473 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs, playing shortstop, second base and third base. The Athletics have selected the contract of catcher Bryan Anderson, according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page. The A’s acquired Anderson in a minor trade with the Reds late last month, apparently in a bid to acquire more catching depth due to John Jaso‘s injury. The 27-year-old Anderson hit .320/.397/.538 in 293 plate appearances in the minors in 2014. He’s played briefly at the big-league level with the Cardinals and White Sox

Ryu cruises past Padres in return from DL

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the disabled list and delivered seven strong innings and Juan Uribe drove in two runs in a 7-1 win over the Padres on Sunday as the Dodgers avoided a series sweep and stayed 2 1/2 games ahead of the persistent Giants in the National League West.

Behind Wood’s gem, Braves keep pace in WC race

Sep 1, 2014 | No Comments

After Evan Gattis provided support with a homer, Alex Wood willed the Braves to a 1-0 victory Sunday evening at Turner Field. Wood scattered five hits over eight scoreless innings and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts. The Braves moved to within six games of the first-place Nationals, and are just 1 1/2 games back in the race for the National League’s second Wild Card entry.