Omar Infante led the Royals’ mild charge, drilling a first-inning home run and later tallying an RBI fielder’s choice to back up Yordano Ventura’s solid seven innings as Kansas City took game one of the series, 4-2, against the Astros on Tuesday night in Minute Maid Park.
Tuesday’s scheduled game between the Indians and Tigers at Comerica Park has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be rescheduled at a later date, but not during the current series, which is now scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
As we at MLBTR did in 2013, we’ll constantly be looking toward the future over the course of the season to see which players are positioning themselves for a healthy payday on the 2014-15 open market. Remember that you can always find a full list of next season’s free agents here (or on the right-hand sidebar under “MLBTR Features), and keep an eye out for future editions of these rankings. For now, here’s the first entry in our 2015 Free Agent Power Rankings series. 1. Hanley Ramirez. Fragile or not, there’s no debating that when Ramirez is on the field, he’s one of the best-hitting shortstops of this generation
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has continued to make a rapid recovery in the nearly one month since he was struck in the face by a line drive during Spring Training. The latest milestone came on Monday, when Chapman pitched off of a bullpen mound for the first time.
What took place on Saturday at Target Field wasn’t in the Royals’ blueprint — at least the latest revision — for the 2014 season. Left-hander Danny Duffy wasn’t supposed to pitch in relief.
Each week, the Pipeline staff will choose Prospects of the Week, one hitter and one pitcher, along with others who deserve “Honorable Mention” status.
The MLB Diversity Business Summit began on Monday morning. It provides more than 1,000 job-seekers and entrepreneurs with unprecedented access to human resource and procurement executives from MLB’s Central Office, all 30 MLB clubs, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and Minor League Baseball clubs.
Ryan Braun has answered the doubters. Remember that 1-for-16 stumble to open the season? Nobody in Milwaukee does. The Brewers went into Monday on a nine-game winning streak.
Ralph Branca did not pitch on April 15, 1947. Instead, he watched Jack Roosevelt Robinson, his new teammate and a man he would call his friend for more than a quarter-century, stride into the history books. Branca is one of two living members of either the Dodgers’ or Boston Braves’ rosters from that Opening Day at Ebbets Field 67 years ago, when Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.
The chance to wear the No. 42 of Jackie Robinson is something Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes has been anticipating for quite some time. Hoes, who has never been in the Major Leagues on Jackie Robinson Day, will get that chance Tuesday when the Astros and Royals wear the number at Minute Maid Park.