Dodgers’ Trevor Bauer unlikely to face punishment for suspicious baseballs?

Yardbarker

Eyes were raised on Thursday when reports surfaced that Major League Baseball had collected multiple baseballs thrown by Los Angeles Dodgers ace and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer during Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. 

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There Are Still a Lot of “Names” in MLB Free Agency

Bleacher Nation

Because of the way the Cubs’ offseason played out (we knew there wouldn’t be a ton of spending, we knew there were very specific slots from a very specific tier of free agency that were going to get filled and then that was that), I didn’t pay as much attention to the big picture, back-end-of-free-agency conversation as I normally would. Once the Cubs made their decisions, I kinda transitioned fully into “season mode.”

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MLB Trades Teams Should Be Considering ASAP

Bleacher Report

In an ordinary Major League Baseball season, early April would be a tad too soon for trade speculation. But in 2021, it feels like it's never too early to start considering trades teams might make.

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Umpire Ron Kulpa: I Should’ve Called Mets’ Michael Conforto out on Walk-off HBP

Bleacher Report

Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa admitted making a mistake in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the New York Mets a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday. 

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MLB world reacts to controversial ending to Miami Marlins, New York Mets game

Sportsnaut

The Miami Marlins and New York Mets were in the midst of a tantalizingly close game in the Mets’ season opener Thursday afternoon.

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Milwaukee Brewers sign Dee Strange-Gordon to a minor league contract

Brew Crew Ball

The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly signed Dee Strange-Gordon to a minor league contract.

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Why Michael Kopech is the Chicago White Sox’ secret weapon in 2021

Sportsnaut

Michael Kopech was once thought to be a key cornerstone on the Chicago White Sox’ pitching staff of the future. Unfortunately, he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgeryafter his first five MLB starts in 2018, and only recently returned to the hill. 

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Should Dodgers Fans Be Nervous About Kenley Jansen?

The Big Lead

It only took three appearances for Kenley Jansen to blow a save in 2021. That should make fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers extremely nervous. 

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10 MLB players we’d like to see in Home Run Derby

CBS Sports

The 2021 MLB All-Star Game was recently moved out of Atlantafollowing the passing of a controversial Georgia law that critics say restricts voting access in the state. Instead, the annual Midsummer Classic will be played at Coors Field, which is home to the Colorado Rockies.

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Amir Garrett: I want people to think Reds are ‘cockiest team ever

Bleacher Report

Amir Garrett sounded a bit like wrestling legend Ric Flair when he told reporters Tuesday he wants the Cincinnati Reds to be viewed as the "cockiest team ever."

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Rob Manfred’s All-Star Game decision brings backlash, but still may have been the less risky move for the sport

The Athletic

Three days after Rob Manfred announced he was pulling baseball’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the blowback grew in intensity not only from outside the sport, but also from within.

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Yankees trading for Rangers’ Rougned Odor

NJ

All it took was four games for New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman to begin wheeling and dealing.

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Cubs’ Javier Baez: Francisco Lindor’s contract ‘helps a lot of shortstops’ in FA

The Score

Francisco Lindor signing a 10-year contract extension worth a reported $341 million with the New York Mets was music to Javier Baez's ears.

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Yankees’ to sign Mike Montgomery

CBS Sports

Montgomery agreed to a deal with the Yankees on Monday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

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Giants Claim Skye Bolt, Designate Ashton Goudeau

MLB Trade Rumors

The Giants have claimed outfielder Skye Bolt via waivers from the Athletics and designated right-hander Ashton Goudeau for assignment, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

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Latest On Anibal Sanchez

MLB Trade Rumors

Aníbal Sánchez has attracted interest from multiple teams and could sign within the next week, report Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link) and Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (via Twitter). The Nationals are among the teams with interest in Sánchez, who pitched for Washington from 2019-20.

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Mets discussed extension with Jacob deGrom in Spring Training

MSN.com

The Mets engaged in preliminary extension talks with ace Jacob deGrom during Spring Training, reports Andy Martino of SNY. Discussions did not get very far and are not expected to continue during the regular season, Martino adds.

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Pirates’ Tyler Bashlor: Moved off 40-man roster

CBS Sports

The Pirates designated Bashlor for assignment Sunday.

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Benches clear between Reds, Cardinals after Nick Castellanos scores following HBP

The Score

Tensions boiled over between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning on Saturday after Nick Castellanos scored and celebrated at home plate by standing over pitcher Jake Woodford.

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Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk supports decision to move All-Star Game from Atlanta

Sportsnet

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk says he supports MLB's decision Friday to pull the July 13 All-Star Game out of Atlanta, saying voter suppression needs to be "called out."

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Braves Sign Yolmer Sanchez, Carl Edwards Jr., Jesse Biddle To Minor League Contracts

MLB Trade Rumors

The Braves have signed infielder Yolmer Sanchez, right-hander Carl Edwards Jr., and left-hander Jesse Biddle to minor league deals, according to MLB.com’s official transactions page.  In addition, The Athletic’s David O’Brien reports (via Twitter) that outfielder Phillip Ervin has been outrighted to the club’s alternate training site after Ervin was designated for assignment last week.

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Atlanta Braves ‘deeply disappointed’ over MLB moving All-Star Game

Larry Brown Sports

MLB announced on Friday that they are moving this year’s All-Star Game out of Georgia over the state’s new voting laws. The Atlanta Braves are not happy about that outcome.

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MLB announces four new positive COVID-19 test results

Yardbarker

Major League Baseball completed a successful spring training without massive interruptions despite continued concerns linked with the COVID-19 pandemic and coronavirus variants. 

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Felony charge dropped for Padres catcher Luis Campusano

Sportsnaut

Georgia prosecutors will not pursue a felony charge against San Diego Padres catcher Luis Campusano, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Friday.

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Astros’ Carlos Correa frank about extension talks: ‘We didn’t get close at all’

The Score

Carlos Correa's Opening Day deadline for a contract extension with the Houston Astros has passed, and the All-Star shortstop isn't mincing words about how far apart the two sides were in reaching a deal.

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