9:11 PM EDT, Sat April 19, 2014

Denard Span returns from concussion

Nationals center fielder Denard Span came off the seven-day disabled list after clearing tests and successful rehab following a concussion he suffered last weekend. “He feels good this morning, so we’ve got him in the lineup,” Manager Matt Williams said. The Nationals optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. back to Class AAA Syracuse to make roster […]
CSN Washington 9 hours ago

Nats activate Denard Span from 7-day DL, option Steven Souza, Jr.

The Nationals reinstated center fielder Denard Span off the 7-day disabled list on Saturday, and optioned Steven Souza, Jr. back to Triple-A Syracuse.
Newark Star-Ledger 14 hours ago

Mets trade Ike Davis to Pirates for minor-league pitcher Zack Thornton

Davis was hitting just .208 in 24 at-bats this season
Mets Blog | ESPN New York 3 hours ago

Time for Lucas Duda to prove he belongs

NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda knows his job isn't really safe. It’s a little safer than it was prior to Friday, when the New York Mets traded Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates and thus made it official that Duda is their chosen first baseman. But if the Mets thought the trade would take away any pressure...
SNY 13 hours ago
Video: Ike Davis and Sandy Alderson react to Mets trade

Watch: Ike Davis and Sandy Alderson react to Mets trade

Ike Davis and General Manager Sandy Alderson react to the trade that sent Davis from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Later, SNY Analyst Bobby Ojeda breaks down the deal.
Will teams keep pitching to Giancarlo Stanton? It may not matter (plus Saturday notes, lineups)

Will teams keep pitching to Giancarlo Stanton? It may not matter (plus Saturday notes, lineups)

According to reporter who spoke with him, Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon believed Friday’s game against Miami “was pretty much over” in the ninth inning when Giancarlo Stanton stood in with the bases loaded. “I’m glad he has so much confidence in our hitter,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Saturday, when he was informed of that comment. These days it’s hard to doubt Stanton, whose walk-off grand slam gave Miami an 8-4 win Friday in the series opener between the teams. After 17 games, he is on pace for 57 homers and 248 RBI – and a whole bunch of zeroes in his next...

Nationals-Cardinals discussion thread: Game 18

The Nationals exorcised their team-wide demons against the Cardinals last night. This afternoon, Jordan Zimmermann will have a chance to snap his personal funk against them. In seven career starts against St. Louis, including Game 2 of the 2012 NLDS, Zimmermann is 0-4 with an 8.59 ERA. He’s allowed them 51 hits in 36 2/3 […]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11 hours ago
Pirates activate catcher Stewart

Pirates activate catcher Stewart

The Pirates on Saturday activated catcher Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to Class AAA Indianapolis.

Bryce Harper leaves Nationals-Cardinals game after six innings

Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper exited Saturday’s game against the Cardinals after six innings. The Nationals offered no  details. Harper has been dealing with tightness in his quad, which kept him out of the lineup Wednesday in Miami. Harper sustained no apparent injury, although he made an awkward play in the top of the sixth. […]
Jimmi Adair / Redlegs Review 8 hours ago

Sean Marshall activated from disabled list

Cincinnati's bullpen received another boost on Saturday when the club announced the activation of southpaw Sean Marshall from the disabled list.The 31-year-old was previously out of service due to a strained left shoulder.In 2013, injuries limited Marshall to just 16 appearances out of the 'pen, where he compiled a 1.98 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched. In 2012, Marshall stayed healthy and proved to be one of the most productive and reliable relievers in the league, tallying 73 appearances and a 2.51 ERA.Curtis Partch, 27, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville in order to make room on the 25-man...

Cole Hamels, sans restrictions, is ready

The Phillies will unveil their $144 million ace Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. Cole Hamels, who pitched in five minor league games — including three for single-A Clearwater — said he has zero restrictions after biceps tendinitis.

A’s 11, Astros 3

The A’s locked up reliever Sean Doolittle with a contract extension Friday afternoon, just hours before prized prospect Sonny Gray showed once again that he also has the makings of a franchise cornerstone. Gray kept the Astros in check for… Continue Reading →
San Jose Mercury News 6 hours ago

Astros manager Bo Porter quiet about A's Jed Lowrie's controversial bunt

Oakland A’s Jed Lowrie says he doesn’t understand Porter’s angry reaction to his bunt Friday with 7-0 lead
Viva El Birdos 10 hours ago
What we can expect from Tyler Lyons in the rotation

What we can expect from Tyler Lyons in the rotation

Here are three things I would like to see from Lyons as he fills Kelly's spot in the rotation... With Joe Kelly landing on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury, all signs point to Tyler Lyons filling in while Kelly is on the mend. Thus, what can Cardinals fans expect from Lyons in the interim? Fourstick wrote an in-depth Other 15 profile on him back in February if you missed that, but I'm here to break down his repertoire, his approach, and even take a look at some of his big league starts from last season. Pitch Usage Velocity V. Rel. (ft) H. mov. (in) 4seam...
Rays Index 3 hours ago

Tailgating Game 18: Rays (8-9) Vs Yankees (10-7)

Playing A Little Pepper… After last night’s game, Brad Boxberger was sent back to Durham and lefty CJ Riefenhauser was called up. Boxberger pitched 2 huge innings last night and may have been the biggest factor in the Rays’ comeback. The demotion was probably more about him pitching 3 innings in […]

Matt Williams removes Bryce Harper for ‘lack of hustle’

Nationals Manager Matt Williams yanked Bryce Harper from the Nationals’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals this afternoon for “lack of hustle” and “the inability to run 90 feet” after Harper did not reach first base on a groundball back to the pitcher in the sixth inning, a decision the rookie manager stood behind even after […]

Back spasms end Rizzo's day early

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with back spasms, but the issue isn’t believed to be serious. Rizzo said his back tightened up on him after making a stretch for a high pickoff throw earlier in Saturday’s game. Mike Olt moved from third base to first base to cover for Rizzo, and Luis Valbuena took over at third base. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he would wait until the morning to see if Rizzo will be able to play in Sunday’s series finale against the Reds.
Gaslamp Ball 5 hours ago
04/19 Padres Preview: Game 18 vs. Giants

04/19 Padres Preview: Game 18 vs. Giants

Our offense is off to a rocky start this season, but some lights-out pitching lately has kept them afloat. Eric Stults hopes to keep that trend going tonight in the second game of the series. Stults surrendered four runs on nine hits in a five-inning start over the Rockies on Monday. The Padres went on to win in a crazy comeback but Stults got a no-decision, so he will still be seeking his first victory of the season when he takes the mound this afternoon. He is 0-2 on the season, giving up five runs in four innings against the Marlins in his 2014 debut, then getting the tough-luck loss...

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Sacramento Bee 2 mins ago
Qualls, Astros let lead slip away in 9th, A's win

Qualls, Astros let lead slip away in 9th, A's win

Chad Qualls stared into his locker, going over how things got away from him. Houston Astros' Jonathan Villar celebrates after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics' Scott Kazmir in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Houston Astros' Chad Qualls adjusts his cap in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. The A's won 4-3.

Nationals’ defense can’t back Jordan Zimmermann

Facing the lineup that battered him more than any other, Jordan Zimmermann found his most difficult opponent lurking behind him. On the rare day Zimmermann solved the Cardinals, his defense unraveled during one critical inning. The Nationals’ final, furious rally fell short in their 4-3 loss to the Cardinals and Bryce Harper’s benching overshadowed everything […]

A’s 4, Astros 3

Josh Reddick’s season-long slump officially ended Saturday when he backed up a three-hit game with another three-hit performance, including a game-winning single with one out in the ninth inning in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros. In collecting three… Continue Reading →
Newsday 55 mins ago

Mets notebook: A wrinkle to replay

Mets manager Terry Collins on Saturday admitted he probably should have used his replay challenge on a close play that ended the second inning in a 6-0 loss to the Braves Friday night. But there is a learning curve on the use of replay, and Collins suggested the umpires were as confused as he was by the situation.

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  • 10 Giancarlo Stanton

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  • 9 Denard Span

    Denard Span

    Denard Span returns from concussion

  • 8 Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper benched for lack of hustle by Matt Williams

  • 7 Jordan Zimmermann

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