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Could the much-improved Rougned Odor be on the verge of having an MVP-type season for the Rangers?

Evan Grant, Rangers beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning news, made six predictions about the Rangers heading into the 2019 season. Check them out below. -- It will be a good season for the Rangers if... they can flip more than one starting pitcher for legitimate value before the deadline, not because they necessarily need to, but because Taylor Hearn or Joe Palumbo or Jonathan Hernandez is ready to pitch in the major leagues. Also, if no other high-profile pitching prospects end up with Tommy John surgery. The 2018 season (Cole Ragans, Alex Speas, Kyle Cody) was disastrous...

Bless You Boys

The Tigers could take a page from the Rays to replace Michael Fulmer

The loss of Michael Fulmer is an opportunity for the Tigers to shake things up. There is nothing good about a starting pitcher needing Tommy John surgery. It puts them out of commission for 12-18 months, it leaves a pit of uncertainty for the team and their fans, and for the pitcher it’s an emotionally exhausting, heartbreaking punch in the gut. That’s before the grueling work of rehabbing the injury even begins. When the Tigers learned they would be losing former Rookie of the Year pitcher Michael Fulmer for the 2019 season — after three separate opinions just to make sure it truly...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Dalton Pompey diagnosed with his third concussion

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey has been diagnosed with a concussion and is in MLB’s concussion protocol. The Blue Jays outfielder was slated to be in the lineup yesterday versus the Philadelphia Phillies, however, he bumped his head on some bats above his locker and was scratched from […] Blue Jays: Dalton Pompey diagnosed with his third concussion - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


What do contract extensions say about the Tampa Bay Rays?

After two contract extensions were given to core players, what have we learned about the Tampa Bay Rays? Extension season is here, and Twitter has opinions, y’all. Opinions that will give you whiplash if you aren’t careful. We went from “the Rays are cheap and are exploiting young talent” to “the Rays are only going to trade these guys anyway so enjoy them while you can” faster than you can say Wow those are some nimble goalposts. Advise to a lot of writers out there: Please lift with your legs when moving goal posts. Most workman's comp does not cover chiropractor...

Tampa Bay Times

Brian Kenny: Rays' use of opener signaled the baseball's old rules are dead

Brian Kenny is an MLB Network host and author of the book, Ahead of the Curve, in which he writes about the analytical revolution in baseball. He is an outspoken proponent of the Rays' opener approach and contributed this story to the Times' Rays 2019 preview edition.

Tampa Bay Times

Rays 2019: Ten things to know about Tampa Bay's opener approach

1. It workedThere realistically is no true way to assess the exact impact. But by a number of measures, it sure seems, as the Rays say, to have worked.From a W-L view, they went 32-23 in the 55 opener games, a .581 winning percentage compare to .542 (58-49)

Tampa Bay Times

The Rays' opener strategy: Did it work?

But did it work?That's the question, isn't it?We've just assumed that the Rays "opener" strategy worked last season, haven't we?That's what happens when you blow away expectations and win 90 games. You get more compliments

The Mercury News

What Matt Olson’s hand surgery means for the A’s roster

Matt Olson will not be playing all 162 games for a second consecutive season after undergoing surgery, who replaces him on the A's roster and at first base?

FOX Sports

Suns forward Oubre out for the season with thumb injury

Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is out for the remainder of the season following surgery on his left thumb

Tampa Bay Times

Rays reassign 10 in trimming roster to 30; still have decisions to make

The Rays reassigned 10 players to minor-league camp before Friday's final Port Charlotte game of the spring to reduce their roster to 30 but still have decisions to make on a final bullpen spot or two and whether Matt Duffy will be on the active roster or injured list.The 10


View from the Catwalk: I didn’t miss anything, right guys?

Just your ordinary, slow late-March baseball day? I had the privilege of going to see my alma mater (the University of Vermont) play in their first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament on Thursday, staying with a friend in the Hartford area and missing out on Rays’ news for the most part until late in the evening. However, I’m a professional (stop laughing), and I have the Friday news and links beat, so I’m still going to let you know what went on in the world of the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. Plus, it can’t be too wild, right? It’s late March, this is just the slow push towards...


Julio Urias Tracking To Make Dodgers Opening Day Roster As Long Reliever

After undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June 2017, there was not much, if any, expectation Julio...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays 2019: The 'what-if' that fueled the idea of the opener

PORT CHARLOTTE - As revolutions go, the genesis of this one wasn't much.Three Wall Street guys sitting around 15 years ago talking baseball, about what's right and wrong with the game, pitching ideas of how they'd do things differently.

Tampa Bay Times

Rays 2019: Is Tampa Bay's opener plan really that radical?

The critics are missing the point, which often happens in matters of baseball and tradition. Maybe more so when you add money and pride.This is the story of Tampa Bay's flirtation with innovation, specifically the idea of using relief pitchers as openers. Surely, you've

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers Sign Alex Wilson To Fill Hole In Bullpen

The Milwaukee Brewers have made an addition to their bullpen that has seen its depth depleted in recent days with injuries. After a couple of injuries to Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel, the Milwaukee Brewers have made an addition to their bullpen group by signing Craig Kimbrel Alex Wilson to a contract. This was not the […] Milwaukee Brewers Sign Alex Wilson To Fill Hole In Bullpen - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tampa Bay Times

Rays journal: Blake Snell has a good day after an interesting night

PORT CHARLOTTE - Blake Snell's first night as a mega-millionaire didn't go all that swell.With his phone blowing up with so many messages of congrats


Watch: Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell discusses Scooter Gennett's injury

Reds manager David Bell said theres concern after Scooter Gennett left Fridays game with a groin injury in the second inning.         

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers’ Rich Hill to miss scheduled start Friday because of knee injury

Rich Hill was scheduled to start in the Dodgers’ final Cactus League game Saturday, but he said the plan has been scrapped because of a knee injury, leaving his status for the start of the regular season in question. Hill, 39, was the clear favorite to start on opening day earlier this week after...


Cincinnati Reds 2B Scooter Gennett suffers injury in spring training game

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett left Fridays spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to an apparent injury.         


DRaysBay Top Prospects 2019: No. 8, 2B Brandon Lowe

Lowe rhymes with “wow,” as in “wow” that’s a lot of money! 2018 breakout prospect Brandon Lowe was one of the many pleasant surprises down on the farm that allowed the Tampa Bay Rays farm system to remain one of the best in the game, despite graduations from the likes of Willy Adames, Jake Bauers, Jose Alvarado, Diego Castillo, Joey Wendle and many other rookies that played big roles on the major league club. Lowe’s breakout started in 2017 where he lit up the Florida State League (A+) with a .311/.403/.524 line with eight homers over 367 plate appearances. The knock was that...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros set starting rotation for Opening Series in Tampa

In less than one week, Astros open the 2019 season on the road with a four-game series against the Rays. We’re one day closer to meaningful baseball games, everyone! Next Thursday, which is March 28th, the Astros start their journey to #TakeItBack. Hopefully good times are have for all, well, except Houston’s opponents. I don’t […] Astros set starting rotation for Opening Series in Tampa - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Red Reporter

Nick Senzel reassigned to Reds minor league camp, won’t make Opening Day roster

Service clock manipulation wins again. Nick Senzel entered camp with the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, AZ with a point to prove, namely that he was the best person for their CF job in the wake of Billy Hamilton being non-tendered. The consensus top prospect in the Reds system - and consensus Top 10 overall prospect in the game - Senzel had rocketed through the minor leagues with a bat that was clearly MLB ready, his big league debut in 2018 only derailed due to a finger issue that required surgery and prematurely ended his season. Senzel hit .308 in Cactus League play this spring with 6...


Dodgers Injury News: Rich Hill Unable To Start Opening Day Due To Sore Left Knee

With less than a week to go until Opening Day, there are still a few question marks surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Family still seeks answers in mystery of Queens man who died after coming home with a leg wound

A Queens man who died earlier this week after a mysterious leg injury was the picture of health and exercised regularly, according to his family. Relatives still have no answers about how Hector Fernandez died days after his lifeless body was discovered in the bed of his Jackson Heights apartment...

Red Reporter

Scooter Gennett exits Cincinnati Reds game with apparent injury

The Reds 2B was helped off the field. Sometimes, the twists and turns of sports drama seem too calcluated to be real. Disney endings, computer catch-up mode, and the likes. On Friday, that drama has hit the Cincinnati Reds like a ton of bricks, as CF Nick Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp after losing out on his bid to make the Opening Day roster, the IF turned CF top prospect likely destined for AAA Louisville to wait-out what could be an expensive service clock deadline. Of course, Senzel was only in CF in the first place this spring because he was blocked at his natural...

Halos Heaven

2019 AL West division preview: the Oakland Chapmans

A perennial exercise in which you tear your hair out questioning the Athletics’ relevancy. Nothing more, nothing less. Oakland Athletics 2018: 97-67, 2nd in AL West, lost in AL wild card game to New York Yankees Who? The Oakland Athletics. You know, the team that assembles a team of misfit toys, shrewd trades and the occasional elite prospect to ascend to under-the-radar brilliance on a 2018 opening day payroll less than half of that of the Angels’? Yeah, them. Were they even good last year? Certainly. While an extensive injury list to the rotation forced them to roll with a ragtag...

Royals Review

Fanpost Friday: The Week Before Baseball Edition

Lots of good stuff over the past two weeks! It’s almost baseball! Woohoo! And you guys have been killing it with the Fanposts. Lots of great stuff. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what was written. A Roster Based on Spring Training OBP posted March 17 by gprescott Who ought to make the last few roster spots for the 2019 Royals? gprescott examines who, indeed, should get those spots by looking at everyone’s favorite offensive statistic, on base percentage. Former Teammates Praise Maldonado posted March 14 by bgparks When Salvador Perez went down with an injury, the...

Cubbies Crib

Chicago Cubs: Who’s the new David Bote; Missed reliever?

Last season, the Chicago Cubs David Bote came on the scene and was a huge plus for an injury-riddled team. Who might the new Bote be? And did the Cubs miss out on a big-name reliever? When the Chicago Cubs lost Kris Bryant, some doomsday fans thought the season was over. But a lesser known […] Chicago Cubs: Who’s the new David Bote; Missed reliever? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Jacoby Ellsbury won't report to Yankees camp due to injury

The TMKS panel discusses Jacoby Ellsbury's delayed report date to Yankees camp as he deals with a plantar fasciitis injury. Subscribe for daily sports videos! YES' social media pages: YouTube: youtube.com/YESnetwork Facebook: facebook.com/YESnetwork Twit

MLB.com FastCast: Lindor out 7-9 weeks, Giants meet with Harper - 2/8/19

The Indians lose Francisco Lindor for seven to nine weeks to a calf injury, plus the Giants meet with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States

MLB.com FastCast: Angels sign closer Allen - 1/18/19

The Angels add free-agent closer Cody Allen, Avisail Garcia officially joins the Rays, plus the Manny Machado rumor mill keeps churning About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United