Two doubleheaders on one road trip are hardly ideal for any team, but the Tampa Bay Rays are embracing a chance to possibly freshen up some bullpen arms while getting two chances in the same day to inch closer to the New York Yankees in the AL East race. Instead of attempting to play through rain and projected thunderstorms at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, the teams opted for a single-admission doubleheader to conclude their four-game series on Thursday. The Rays will be playing their fourth doubleheader of the season after experiencing rainouts in Boston, Kansas City and Baltimore.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:52 am
The Kansas City Royals placed shortstop Adalberto Mondesi on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder injury. In a series of moves announced prior to Wednesday’s game, the Royals also recalled infielder Humberto Arteaga, activated left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery, optioned right-hander Jake Newberry and traded outfielder Terrence Gore to the New York Yankees. Mondesi injured his shoulder in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against the White Sox when he attempted to make a diving catch on the warning track in shallow left field.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 2:40 am
Speedy outfielder Terrance Gore was traded to the New York Yankees by the Kansas City Royals for $100,000 on Wednesday. The deal was announced before New York’s scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed due to a forecast of severe inclement weather. Gore was not added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster, and will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 2:40 am
A report suggesting that Aroldis Chapman is leaning toward opting out of his New York Yankees at season’s end is false So says Chapman himself after taking to Twitter to deny a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that stated Chapman was ‘1 million percent’ going to opt out of his contract following the 2019 season. Chapman expanded on his denial through his interpreter while speaking to the media before Wednesday’s rainout against the Tampa Bay Rays. “The report is completely false,” Chapman said.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 2:30 am
Every single playoff contender could use Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in their rotation. The Yankees have four reliable starters right now: Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Domingo German and CC Sabathia. But as Schoenfield writes, Paxton and German have no playoff experience and Sabathia isn’t the workhorse he used to be.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:33 am
Judge hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, Gregorius followed with his slam and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 8-3 Tuesday night after another surly clash between Sabathia and the Rays. Edwin Encarnacion hit his 28th homer and third in two games, DJ LeMahieu also went deep, and New York stretched its AL East lead over Tampa Bay to six games. A pitch after slicing a would-be homer foul by about two feet, Judge smashed a 3-2 pitch from left-hander Colin Poche (2-3) into the right-center field seats to make it 4-3.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 3:15 am
CC Sabathia and the Tampa Bay Rays are at it again. The veteran New York Yankees left-hander found himself jawing with the second-place Rays during the middle of the sixth inning on Tuesday. Soon, benches cleared and we had another Yankees-Rays conflicts on our hands.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 1:14 am
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced the nominees from each team for the 2019 Heart and Hustle Award. The award “honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game. Voting was conducted prior to the All-Star break.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 9:39 pm
If NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo ever tries a Michael Jordan-like crossover to baseball, he’ll have work to do. The league’s reigning MVP took batting practice off a tee with the New York Yankees on Monday with mixed results. To be fair, the “Greek Freak” grew up in a Nigerian family in Greece.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 5:08 pm
The contract runs through the 2021-21 season. Reports: Knicks finalize deals with Bullock, Morris The New York Knicks signed free agent forwards Reggie Bullock and Marcus Morris to contracts, according to reports on Tuesday. Bullock agreed to a two-year, $8.2 million deal with a team option for the second season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:57 pm
Welcome to the Rotoworld MLB Power Rankings, a weekly feature that will run every Tuesday through the end of the 2019 regular season. Cody Bellinger launched his 32nd and 33rd home runs of the season on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park as the Dodgers rolled to a 16-2 victory over the Phillies and moved to 30 games above the .500 mark. Bellinger now sits alone atop the home run leaderboard — Christian Yelich has 32 — and the newly-turned 24-year-old is sporting a sensational .341/.436/.707 batting line in 398 total plate appearances. MLB’s marketing team played up the Yeli vs. Belli thing over the All-Star break, and that ad campaign may have some real staying power.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:15 pm