He’ll get the chance to reverse those fortunes once again as his Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays in the finale of a four-game series. Sale (3-9, 4.27 ERA) termed himself “a liability” after his last start, when he allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He dropped to 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA in nine outings at Fenway Park this season and took himself to task when speaking with reporters postgame.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 6:14 am
One day after an adult baseball fan made us cringe by snatching Kyle Schwarber’s walk-off home run ball away from a pair of young Chicago Cubs fans, two young, souvenir-chasing fans in Philadelphia, helped restore our faith in humanity. Both young fans raced through the stands with the same vigor during the Phillies 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The goal was to chase down the fifth-inning foul ball off the bat of Los Angeles first baseman David Freese.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 5:17 am
Los Angeles Angels right-hander Noe Ramirez was suspended for three games Wednesday and fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick with a pitch in Tuesday’s game. Angels manager Brad Ausmus was suspended for one game and also fined an undisclosed amount, according to Major League Baseball chief baseball officer Joe Torre. Ausmus was set to serve his punishment Wednesday night when the Astros and Angels were to play again.
Posted: July 18, 2019, 1:11 am
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says it’s ”a little bit tough to swallow” that closer Kenley Jansen changed his mind about the severity of a foot injury after blowing a save Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. Jansen was struck in the foot by Adam Haseley’s grounder in the ninth inning but told Roberts he was OK to continue pitching. After blowing the lead in Philadelphia’s 9-8 victory, Jansen told reporters he should have come out of the game.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 11:55 pm
Major League Baseball has suspended Philadelphia Phillies closer Héctor Neris for three games after “intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of David Freese” during Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement. Neris was also fined an undisclosed amount for the pitch, which struck Freese in the back just below the back of his head during the ninth inning of the Phillies’ 9-8 victory.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 10:05 pm
Fantasy baseball expert Andy Behrens takes stock of the minor league system this week and features three key prospects who fantasy gamers should be stashing, including a White Sox outfielder who probably has the best fantasy upside this season of any rookie. First up is Luis Urias, highly touted rookie and infielder for the San Diego Padres. Next is Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux who, after crushing AA pitching was promoted to AAA and proceeded to do the same there, hitting .470.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:37 pm
Bryce Harper hits walk-off double against the Los Angeles Dodgers, his first as a member of the Phillies.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 5:13 am
Philadelphia outfielder Jay Bruce left the Phillies’ Tuesday night home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with an oblique injury, the Phillies announced. In the bottom of the third inning, Bruce tried to check his swing and then reached right away for his side. After the trainer and manager Gabe Kapler came out to check on Bruce, the 32-year-old veteran was removed from the game.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 3:08 am
The relative disappointment of the Philadelphia Phillies season now has a new feature. Manager Gabe Kapler announced prior to Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that third baseman Maikel Franco would not be in the starting lineup. Franco wasn’t injured.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 12:32 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
The Texas Rangers have activated Hunter Pence from the injured list after he missed 23 games and his chance to start in the All-Star Game. Pence, out since June 17 with a right groin strain, was activated before Tuesday night’s game against Arizona. Outfielder Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 9:21 pm
Eduardo Nuñez’s career with the Boston Red Sox didn’t have the ideal ending, but he has plenty of fond memories to cherish from his time with the historic MLB franchise. Nuñez delivered a message to Red Sox fans, via ESPN’s Marly Rivera, after the team decided to designate him for assignment Monday. “I’d like to thank all Red Sox fans for all the great moments we shared and the amazing experience of being World Champions.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 8:01 pm
In 1988, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson celebrated one of the most epic home runs in Major League Baseball history. A few years ago, Gibson reportedly apologized to Oakland Athletics pitcher Dennis Eckersley for the way Gibson celebrated the hit, former Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo told Chad Finn of the Boston Globe. Gibson “is unloading .
Posted: July 16, 2019, 5:55 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