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FOX Sports

Pacers' Oladipo set for 1st game after recovery from injury

Victor Oladipo spent the past year recovering from a serious knee injury

FOX Sports

76ers' All-Star C Embiid returns from torn ligament in hand

Joel Embiid returned to the Philadelphia 76ers' lineup three weeks after surgery on a torn ligament in a finger in his left hand

Red Reporter

Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez undergoes right shoulder surgery

Photo by Norm Hall/ He’s expected to still be ready for the regular season. Maybe. The Cincinnati Reds offseason has been chugging alone at a blissful pace. In fact, I can’t remember ever being this positive about a team’s direction at any point in the last, I dunno, however many years. Bees are buzzing. Birds are chirping. Dogs and cats are living together. Something was bound to go sideways, even just a little, and today it did. Just hours after the Reds officially announced the signing of Nick Castellanos to what could end up a 4-year contract, they dropped some not-so-bueno...


How to download Rays Fan Fest tickets for 2020

Tickets are available for free in the MLB Ballpark app The Rays have announced more details about the upcoming Fan Fest for the 2020 season. Fan Fest will begin at 11am on Saturday, February 8, inside of Tropicana Field. Select players will be signing autographs at the event with proceeds benefiting the Rays Baseball Foundation. From the Fan Fest press release: “We are excited to welcome everyone to Tropicana Field for Fan Fest on February 8,” said Rays President Brian Auld. “I know many of us are still energized from the postseason run in 2019, and eager for the 2020 Rays to make...


Rays Roundtable: Who replaces Tommy Pham in 2020?

Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tommy Pham Trade. The following Rays roundtable captures a conversation by the Masthead in slack over the last two days regarding how the 96-win Rays might be able to replace Tommy Pham’s production in 2020 through the various trades and signings this offseason. *** Danny Russell Check out this Tsutsugo projection from RotoGraphs: That’s basically identical to TDA’s stats! And that fits the narrative I’ve been heading toward! So here’s a very serious question: Have...


New Rays slugger Jose Martinez is a coffee entrepreneur

Photo by Daniel Shirey/ And the product is worth a try! This offseason the Rays traded for OF/DH Jose Martinez, a player well known for his success hitting lefties (last year’s slash line: .329./397/.600). But he isn’t just a great hitter; he’s a coffee maven. Involvement in the coffee business and love of coffee apparently runs in the family. That’s why he’s long had the nickname Cafecito (little coffee, also the term used when you order a small cup of black Cuban coffee) and the handle Café Jr., and his siblings all carry coffee related nicknames as well. His father,...


Eugenio Suárez may miss start of 2020 season after right shoulder surgery

Eugenio Suárez underwent surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right shoulder Monday.        

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Letters from Pirates camp: The dreaded week-ending injury

Glenn Merlin, 77 of Greensburg, suffered what everyone here hopes to avoid: the week-ending injury.

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Former ‘American Idol’ judge Randy Jackson lost 114 pounds using ‘pretty drastic measures’

That’s a no for him, dawg. Former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson has lost 114 pounds and he’s offering more details about it. In an interview with PEOPLE, the 63-year-old music producer and performer – who had gastric bypass surgery in 2003 – talked about his battle of the bulge and the “pretty...

Royals Review

What should the Royals’ starting lineup look like?

Photo by Brian Davidson/ We know the starters, but what order will they hit in? Royals position players will report to spring training in four weeks, but with the return of Alex Gordon last week, we already have a good idea of who the nine starters will be. Salvador Perez is set to return from Tommy John surgery last year to resume catching duties after a missed season. Ryan O’Hearn is the favorite to get most of the playing time at first base, although Ryan McBroom could challenge him. Nicky Lopez is likely to get the starting job at second base hoping to improve on his rookie...

South Side Sox

2020 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 25

Flamethrower: As several of the more heralded White Sox righty relievers suffered injuries or other setbacks, Heuer cruised in 2019. | Kim Contreras/South Side Sox Vote for the 25th-best prospect in the White Sox system! Three years in, we finally have our act together enough to kick off our prospect vote so the end doesn’t run into the regular season. Here’s how 2018 wrangled out — all 42 picks. Also, here’s an archive of every article in the 2018 series. Here’s how 2019 came together, all 50 picks, and the archive as well. There are some cursory stats attached to help you out...

FOX Sports

Spurs F Aldridge sidelined by thumb injury

San Antonio forward LaMarcus Aldridge missed the Spurs' game at Chicago because of a sprained right thumb


Phightin’ Words: 1/28/20

Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Where no one wants to do anything good anymore Spring is just around the corner, folks. Pretty soon, we’ll see video from the stadium of the truck leaving, plus probably a tweet or two of John Clark at the airport trying to frantically run down the Phanatic as he boards a plane to Clearwater. It’s a tradition unlike any other. Phillies news When you look at the headline of this Fangraphs article, you get a kind of negative feeling, but acquiring decent depth in the even injury strikes is something the team didn’t do last year and it cost...

Rising Apple

Mets History Rewritten: Melvin Mora becomes the everyday shortstop in 2000

In 2000, the New York Mets turned to Mike Bordick for shortstop help. How would the season and the next few years have gone if they stuck with Melvin Mora? The 2000 New York Mets suffered one major injury in the regular season. A fractured left arm in late May sidelined shortstop Rey Ordonez. Looking […] Mets History Rewritten: Melvin Mora becomes the everyday shortstop in 2000 - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 17

Photo by Jason O. Watson/ The voting continues to open up as another 2019 draft pick reaches the list. Previous winner RHP JJ Goss (6’3 185, 19 in 2020) 2019 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays: 17 IP, 5.82 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 2.8 BB%, 22.5 K% Goss improved throughout the spring, and that led to the Rays selecting him with the No. 36 pick in June. His stuff got better. His velocity improved, and his breaking ball and changeup were sharper. In addition, he was considered one of the best strike throwers in his draft class (Baseball America $). With his athleticism, he should continue to...


Rays prospects and winter leagues: Adelaide, Perth advance to postseason

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Adelaide has a spot in the semifinals, but Perth needs to win a wild card game to advance. Grant Kay’s season with Brisbane is over, but Perth and Curtis Mead’s Adelaide are still playing. Perth has most of the Rays prospects playing in Australia. Its wild card game is Tuesday. If the Heat win, they’ll advance to play against Adelaide in a best-of-three semifinal. Hitters C Roberto Alvarez, Australian Baseball League This week: 11 AB, 3 H, 2 RBI, 2 KOffseason: 96 AB, .260/.287/.281 OF Niko Hulsizer, ABL This week: 12 AB, 1 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 K, 1/1...

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Thickheaded: Trump doesn’t seem to understand brain injuries

It should come as no surprise that the same tough guy who in 2016 mocked NFL rules designed to prevent lasting brain damage — “Uh oh, got a little ding on the head? No, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season” — has been pooh-poohing injuries suffered by American servicemembers. “I heard...


Rays land six on Baseball Prospectus Top-101 for 2020

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Franco No. 1, as usual! It is Wander Franco season in baseball as another site has released their top prospect rankings entering the 2020 season and Wander Franco again sits atop the list. Baseball Prospectus released their top-101 prospects and the list features six members of the Rays organization. Wander Franco tops the list with Brendan McKay, Shane Baz, Shane McClanahan, Vidal Brujan, and the recently acquired Xavier Edwards all placing elsewhere on the list. 1. Wander Franco, SS28. Brendan McKay, LHP/DH30. Shane Baz, RHP71. Shane...

Royals Review

Royals Rumblings - News for January 27, 2020

Photo by Ed Zurga/ Salvy is in the best shape of his life. Royals Rumblings - News for January 27, 2020 Salvador Perez may be in the best shape of his life. Perez said he’s lost 22 pounds this offseason after “eating a lot” while rehabbing from his surgery, unable to play. Since his rehab process moved to his offseason home in Miami, Perez said he’s been focused on eating better and working out. After throwing from behind the plate to second base for the first time since his surgery, Perez appears to have cleared every hurdle in his rehab. He started a light throwing program of...

Pinstripe Alley

Digging into the Yankees’ injury histories

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Can we determine which players are injury-prone based on their career games missed? It’s no secret that the 2019 Yankees suffered immensely horrendous injury luck — historically so, in fact. Not surprisingly, the Yankees fanbase has not been discussing how good Gerrit Cole looks in pinstripes, the gaping social media hole that Didi Gregorius left after signing with the Phillies, or the 2017 American League MVP race, it has been discussing the team’s newly-revamped strength and conditioning program. Much of these discussions have understandably revolved...


Should the Rays take a flier on Yoenis Cespedes?

Photo by Elsa/ In a word? No. The New York Mets have had a bizarre offseason in which they’ve hired a new manager and then had to let him go before he ever actually managed a game; meanwhile, they also renegotiated a contract with Yoenis Cespedes after it was revealed that he was injured while being chased by a wild boar on his ranch. Prior to the restructuring, Cespedes was set to make nearly $30M in 2020, his final year under contract. However, due to his unfortunate boar incident, Cespedes will make just $6M this upcoming season. At one point in time, Cespedes was among the more...

Reviewing the Brew

Did the Brewers miss when they added Jake Faria?

When the Milwaukee Brewers flipped first baseman Jesus Aguilar to the Tampa Bay Rays for Jake Faria, it looked like they turned an unproductive bat into a solid arm. That hasn’t been the case so far. Why hasn’t Faria become a key contributor? Jake Faria should have better results than he’s produced so far. He […] Did the Brewers miss when they added Jake Faria? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

Mets sign Erasmo Ramírez to minor league contract

Photo by Richard Rodriguez/ The 29-year-old pitcher will receive a spring training invite to compete for a roster spot. The Mets have signed 29-year-old right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramírez to a minor league deal with a spring training invite, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Though he spent 2019 with the Red Sox organization, predominantly as a starter in Triple-A, Ramírez has spent most of his big league career split between starting and relieving for the Mariners and Rays. 2019 was forgettable for Ramírez, with 125.1 innings in 24 starts at Pawtucket and just a single, disastrous big...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Nico Hoerner, 3 other Cubs on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospect list

Photo by Joe Sargent/ The Cubs system is starting to produce again. Nico Hoerner came to the Cubs out of necessity last September, when injuries to Javier Baez and Addison Russell left the club without a shortstop. He’d played just 89 games in the Cubs system after being their No. 1 pick (24th overall) in 2018. Hoerner held his own in a pennant race against big-league pitching, hitting .282/.305/.436 (22-for-78) with three home runs, and playing solid defense. This is the time of year when Top 100 Prospect lists have come out. You’ve seen Josh’s list here at BCB. Now MLB Pipeline...


With crowded outfield, Cincinnati Reds consider Nick Senzel trade, per report

Nick Senzel hit .256 in 414 plate appearances in 2019 before his injury, with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs - with an OPS of .742.        


Padres roster review: Zach Davies

Sizing up the Padres' 40-man roster heading into the 2020 season: Zach Davies bounced back in 2019 after an injury-shortened season in Milwaukee in 2018.

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees can expect a breakout season from this player

Photo by Elsa/ Submit your answer in the FanPost section for the chance to see your story featured on the front page. It’s almost February! Spring training is right around the corner, and the regular season will be here in a flash. It’s time to start making some predictions before meaningful baseball is played. That brings us to this week’s FanPost Friday prompt: Which Yankee will have a breakout season in 2020? Will Miguel Andujar bounce all the way back from his shoulder injury? Do you think one of the prospects will take the season by storm? Head over to the FanPost section...

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates 2020 Breakout Candidate: Reliever Nick Burdi

After injury cost him nearly all of the 2019 season, reliever Nick Burdi is ready to break out for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020 At the 2018 MLB Winter Meetings the Philadelphia Phillies added reliever Nick Burdi in the Rule 5 Draft. Later that day, he was acquired in exchange for $500,000 of international signing […] Pittsburgh Pirates 2020 Breakout Candidate: Reliever Nick Burdi - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: