The Padres are interested in retaining outfielder Jon Jay beyond the season and have already engaged with him on contract talks, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The veteran is scheduled reach free agency this fall. Jay, 31, was in the midst of a productive campaign for San Diego before a wayward pitch fractured his forearm. Generally regarded as a solid defender in center, Jay also ran up a useful .296/.345/.407 slash with a then-league-leading 24 doubles over 291 plate appearances. He has been working his way back since hitting the DL in late June, and is expected to return in early or mid-September. Prior to the injury, Jay seemed like a quality trade piece for the Friars. And there still seems to be at least an outside shot at a deal materializing over the next five days. (He could still be traded after the calendar flips to September, but an acquiring team would not be able to use him on its postseason roster.) This latest news, however, suggests that San Diego may instead keep Jay around — though he could certainly be dealt and then re-signed. It’s not immediately clear whether the club is interested in keeping Jay from reaching the open market, or instead hopes to get a head start on free agent talks.
Gary Sanchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.
The D-backs activated outfielder A.J. Pollock for Friday’s series opener against the Reds at Chase Field.
The Hall of Fame Tour will take root in the parking lot at Ballpark Village from Friday through Sept. 11 on one of six stops this year as the experience of Cooperstown is brought to the fans. The traveling showcase includes five mobile exhibit galleries containing artifacts such as Jackie Robinson’s cap from the 1955 World Series and Babe Ruth’s 714th home run ball.
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier will begin a rehab assignment Thursday night at Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
With the high school summer showcase season wrapped up, it’s time to put a bow on it with an early ranking of the top 25 prep prospects for the 2017 MLB Draft.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre’s 2,900th Major League hit was a game-winner. Beltre’s two-out double in the eighth inning drove home Ian Desmond with the go-ahead run, and the Rangers held on for a 6-5 victory over the Reds on Wednesday night at Great American Park.
As if the monstrous upper-deck home run on the first pitch he saw or the scalded double down the left-field line, or the two homers in the first game of this series weren’t enough, the first thing the traveling band of Yankees reporters wanted to hear about was how a 23-year-old catcher with 21 games of Major League experience could get walked intentionally twice in one game.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish can throw a fastball 97-98 mph. Darvish apparently can hit a ball even harder. Darvish hit his first Major League home run in the fifth inning against Reds pitcher Tim Adleman on Wednesday night.