Indians top Power Rankings for second week

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, three division races have been decided — two that never really were races all season (Houston and Washington) and one that we expected to happen but took longer for the crowning team to pull away from the pack (Cleveland).

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.

Minor MLB Transactions: 9/18/17

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… The Reds have announced that RHP Barrett Astin cleared waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Louisville. Astin, 25, was selected 90th overall by the Brewers in the 2013 draft, and traded to the Reds along with righty Kevin Shackelford for reliever Jonathan Broxton in August of the following year. During April and May, Astin bounced between Louisville and the majors, but struggled with command, walking seven batters and striking out just two across eight innings while allowing six earned runs. He’s a sinkerballer, throwing that pitch over half the time at about 92 MPH, but the changeup he features is just 6 MPH slower. He also throws a slider that clocks in around 88 MPH. Right-hander Brooks Pounders, who was designated for assignment by the Angels earlier this month, cleared waivers and was outrighted off the 40-man roster, per the team’s transactions page at MLB.com. Pounders, 26, appeared in 11 games for the Halos this season and 13 for the Royals in 2016, but he’s struggled considerably at the big league level. In 23 career innings, he’s pitched to a 9.78 ERA thanks largely to a whopping 10 homers allowed.

Padres Designate Dusty Coleman, Jose Valdez

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

The Padres have designated infielder Dusty Coleman and right-handed reliever Jose Valdez for assignment, according to an official announcement from the organization. The contracts of catcher Rocky Gale and infielder Christian Villanueva have been selected in a related move. The Padres have also recalled RHP Tim Melville, along with outfielders Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe. Valdez has thrown a combined 50 1/3 innings for the Tigers, Angels and Padres over the past three seasons, pitching to a 5.72 ERA. While that number may seem high, his 6.66 career FIP shows that he’s actually pitched even worse than that number indicates. He throws hard, averaging 96 MPH on his fastball and 86 MPH on his slider, but he gets hit hard as well; opponents have managed hard-hit balls against him in over 40% of their at-bats. That, combined with his 36% career ground ball rate and the fact that opposing hitters are able to pull the ball against him 41% of the time, has likely been the cause of a 4.00 HR/9 that’s done Valdez in. The 27 year-old right hander was originally signed as an international free agent by the Tigers in 2009. Coleman, 30, was selected by the Athletics in the 28th round of the 2008 draft (844 overall)

Central Notes: Minor, Twins, Wainwright

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

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.

So close! Tigers’ Boyd 1 out shy of no-hitter

So close! Tigers’ Boyd 1 out shy of no-hitter

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

Matthew Boyd fell an out shy of becoming the first Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Justin Verlander six years ago, tossing a one-hit shutout in a 12-0 Tigers win over the White Sox Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Astros slug past M’s, claim first AL West crown

Astros slug past M’s, claim first AL West crown

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

A chance to clinch the American League West title and the home debut of Justin Verlander had the Astros in the mood to party on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: AL Cy Young, J.D., Phillies, Tribe, Padres

Sep 16, 2017 | No Comments

This week in baseball blogs… Cleveland Indians Perspective compares the work the American League’s top two starters, the Tribe’s Corey Kluber and the Red Sox’s Chris Sale, have done against playoff-bound teams this season. The Sports Tank regards the Diamondbacks’ summer acquisition of ex-Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez as one of the greatest midseason moves in baseball history. Sports Talk Philly wants the Phillies to inquire about Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman in the offseason. Big Three Sports delves into Indians righty Carlos Carrasco’s success

MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Faria, Nelson, Paxton

Sep 16, 2017 | No Comments

ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (9/15) NATIONAL LEAGUE ATLANTA BRAVES | Depth Chart Activated from DL: RP Jason Motte Injuries: SP Mike Foltynewicz (finger laceration) will miss his next start, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. He was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday September 20th. Max Fried or Lucas Sims are expected to fill in. CHICAGO CUBS | Depth Chart Injuries: RP Hector Rondon (bone chips in elbow) will be sidelined for at least one week, according to Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com. MILWAUKEE BREWERS | Depth Chart Placed on 10-Day DL: SP Jimmy Nelson (shoulder surgery) Promotions: RP/SP Aaron Wilkerson (contract purchased) Designated for assignment: INF Yadiel Rivera (story) PITTSBURGH PIRATES | Depth Chart | 40-Man Roster Tracker Outrighted: SP Drew Hutchison (story) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS | Depth Chart Injuries: OF Gorkys Hernandez (sprained wrist) could miss the remainder of the season, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. — AMERICAN LEAGUE CHICAGO WHITE SOX | Depth Chart Activated from DL: OF Willy Garcia DETROIT TIGERS | Depth Chart Reinstated from Paternity Leave List: INF Dixon Machado SEATTLE MARINERS | Depth Chart Activated from DL: SP James Paxton Paxton started on Friday and allowed 3 ER, 4 H and 2 BB in 1.1 innings.  TAMPA BAY RAYS | Depth Chart Activated from DL: SP/RP Jacob Faria Faria will work out of the bullpen