Yelich’s 2nd cycle in 3 weeks vs Reds leads Brewers, 8-0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich cycled his way into the record book.
Milwaukee's streaking slugger became the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in one season against the same team, driving in four runs to lead the Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 on Monday night.
LEADING OFF: MLB remembers 9/11; Donaldson, Sale return
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Major League Baseball will hold a moment of silence before all games to honor the victims and first responders of 9/11. Players, coaches and umpires will wear caps with a "We Shall Not Forget" ribbon patch.
Murray’s 5 total TDs lead No. 6 Oklahoma past UCLA 49-21
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — UCLA coach Chip Kelly believes his day against Oklahoma might have gone better with some help from the Oakland Athletics.
The A's selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. They signed him for nearly $5 million but allowed him to come back to school and play football.
Taillon pitches Pirates past Reds 3-2; Bailey falls to 1-14
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The way Jameson Taillon pitched was only part of his perfect night at the ballpark Wednesday.
Taillon was announced as the Pittsburgh Pirates' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, presented annually by Major League Baseball to a player "who shows extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field."
Info, please: MLB tells teams scouting cards OK for pitchers
No need to call them cheat sheets.
Major League Baseball has told teams that it's perfectly OK for pitchers to carry the kind of scouting cards that umpire Joe West confiscated from Philadelphia reliever Austin Davis on the mound this weekend.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he'd been informed the cards were legal. They are, provided they don't delay games, MLB advised clubs in clarifying the policy.
Yankees manager Boone suspended 1 game for nicking umpire
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball for nicking the plate umpire with his cap during an animated argument over the weekend.
Boone served the penalty Sunday when New York hosted Detroit. He also was fined an undisclosed amount.
Bench coach Josh Bard ran the team in Boone's absence.
Murray leads No. 7 Oklahoma past Florida Atlantic 63-14
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyler Murray wasn't worried about replacing Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma's quarterback.
The junior passed for 209 yards and two touchdowns to lead the seventh-ranked Sooners past Florida Atlantic 63-14 on Saturday.
MLB partners with Latin American trainers to prevent PED use
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has joined with Latin American trainers to create a program designed to prevent the use of performance-enhancing substances by amateur players.
MLB announced the Trainer Partnership Program on Thursday.
The initiative is voluntary and will start with operations in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. MLB said 46 trainers have already agreed to take part.
Puig in Dodgers lineup pending ruling on suspension appeal
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is in the lineup while awaiting a ruling on his appeal of a two-game suspension from a bench-clearing incident against San Francisco.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Wednesday night's game at Texas that Puig had already gone through an appeals hearing. He is able to play until a ruling.
Chief Wahoo protester sentenced in theft of federal funds
CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who has held protests saying the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo mascot is racist has been sentenced in federal court for stealing money from federal grants aimed at helping Native Americans.
Robert Roche received four months in prison followed by four months of home confinement on Wednesday. A judge ordered him to pay $77,000 in restitution, the amount he was accused of stealing.
MLB Players Association hires sports litigation expert Meyer
NEW YORK (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has hired longtime sports law attorney and litigator Bruce Meyer as senior director of collective bargaining and legal.
Twins home opener in 2019 vs. Indians set for March 28
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will have earliest home opener in team history next season, when they play Cleveland on March 28.
Major League Baseball announced schedules Wednesday for 2019, and the Twins start with a three-game series at Target Field against the Indians. Then they'll take a 10-day road trip. Their departure coincides with the NCAA Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, on April 6 and April 8.
MLB returns to Monterrey, Mexico, for 6 games in 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Major league baseball will return to Monterrey, Mexico, for six games in 2019, starting with spring training games between Colorado and Arizona on March 9-10.
In the regular season, Cincinnati will host St. Louis on April 13-14, and the Los Angeles Angels will play the Houston Astros on May 4-5.
All games will be played at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, the home of the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League.
MLB’s opening day on March 28 will be earliest ever
NEW YORK (AP) — Major league baseball says all 30 teams will play on March 28, the earliest opening day in history, excluding international openers.
The previous earliest opening day was March 29 of this year.
MLB released the 2019 schedule Wednesday. It will begin with the Japan opening series between the Seattle Mariners and host Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21.
Urena throws 1st complete game, Marlins rout Nationals 12-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Urena's previous start ended after one very heated pitch.
On Sunday, he went the distance.
Urena made the most of his borrowed time, pitching a two-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and leading the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals 12-1 on Sunday.
LEADING OFF: Mets-Phils in Little League game, Urena starts
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LEADING OFF: Urena, Puig appeal bans, deGrom up, Colon party
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- The Washington TimesErick Fedde hopes solid end to season leads to Nationals starting job in springSeptember 19, 2018
- Aiken StandardTHIS AND THAT: A memorable game and the popcorn was freeSeptember 15, 2018
- The Washington TimesNationals fail to play role of spoiler as Cubs win in 10 inningsSeptember 14, 2018
- The Washington TimesCubs not happy about makeup game in D.C.September 13, 2018
- The Washington TimesHurricane Florence could bring more havoc to water-logged baseball seasonSeptember 11, 2018
Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig appealing 2-game suspension
SEATTLE (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is appealing his two-game suspension for fighting and inciting a benches-clearing incident against San Francisco.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Friday that Puig was in the process of appealing. Puig was suspended Thursday by Major League Baseball after he took a swing at Giants catch Nick Hundley in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 home loss Tuesday. Hundley was fined.
Marlins’ Urena appeals penalty for hitting Acuna, can play
WASHINGTON (AP) — Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena is appealing his six-game suspension for intentionally hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves with a pitch.
Urena was in uniform Friday and Marlins manager Don Mattingly didn't rule out using him this weekend against the Washington Nationals.
LEADING OFF: Springer back for Astros vs A’s; Puig suspended
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Braves’ rookie Acuna back in lineup, fails to homer in loss
ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie star Ronald Acuna Jr. was back in the lineup for the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, one day after being plunked in the left arm with a pitch that sparked a national debate about whether it's ever acceptable to throw at a hitter intentionally.
Acuna said his elbow felt fine less than 24 hours after he took a 97 mph fastball from Miami's Jose Urena .
Marlins’ Urena suspended 6 games for hitting Acuna
NEW YORK (AP) — Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena has been suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves with a pitch.
Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig suspended 2 games, fined
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed fine for fighting and inciting a bench-clearing incident against San Francisco.
Major League Baseball announced the sanctions Thursday, two days after the Cuban player took a swing at Giants catch Nick Hundley in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 home loss. Hundley also was fined.
Barring an appeal, Puig is scheduled to begin the suspension Friday at Seattle.
Column: Suspend Urena for rest of season for plunking Acuna
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. is good for baseball.
Jose Urena and his defenders are not.
Jose, take the rest of the season off.
And while you're at it, take Keith Hernandez with you.
In a nod to the bad ol' days when it was apparently acceptable to plunk a guy who was playing too well, Urena unleashed a 97 mph fastball to Acuna's left forearm with his very first pitch of Wednesday night's game in Atlanta .
Rangers activate DeShields from concussion DL
NEW YORK (AP) — The Texas Rangers have activated outfielder Delino DeShields from the seven-day concussion disabled list before their series finale against the New York Yankees.
DeShields was batting ninth Sunday and playing center field.
In a corresponding move, Texas optioned outfielder/infielder Drew Robinson to Triple-A Round Rock.
Millionaire baseball pick Murray seeks QB job at Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray insists he hasn't changed, yet there are constant reminders that his life will never be the same.
Stanton hits hardest HR clocked by Statcast, Yanks top Texas
NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton's teammates jumped out of the dugout, amazed at how fast the power hitter's latest homer sped into the Yankee Stadium seats.
The Yankee slugger? Well, it was just another one in his ledger.
Stanton hit the hardest homer ever measured by Major League Baseball's Statcast system, Neil Walker hit two more home runs and New York beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 on Thursday night.
Liquor board OKs liquor license for former pitcher’s pub
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state liquor board has granted a liquor license for a Lincoln pub co-owned by former Husker and Major League Baseball pitcher Joba Chamberlain.
Chamberlain is the majority owner of Chamberlain's in south Lincoln.
The license was approved Wednesday on the condition that Chamberlain has no alcohol-related charges for a year. The Lincoln City Council approved the license application with the same condition.
Major League Baseball has made an effort to grow the sport among African-Americans, and there are finally some small signs of progress. Meanwhile, ballparks from coast to coast host nights celebrating the LGBT community, another example of baseball's attempts to promote diversity.
Right now, all of that is being overshadowed after the discovery of some inflammatory old tweets from current players, social media posts that threaten to undermine some of the work MLB has invested in.
Ex-pitcher Chamberlain’s DUI cases may hurt pub plans
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two drunken driving cases could stymie an attempt by former Husker and Major League Baseball pitcher Joba Chamberlain's plans for a pub in Lincoln.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roberto Osuna is getting a second chance with the Houston Astros. They also made it clear they won't give him another one.
The All-Star closer met his new Astros teammates Sunday and addressed the club for 10 minutes in a closed-door meeting after completing a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
Astros brass huddles to discuss Osuna’s pending arrival
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astros manager A.J. Hinch met privately with the team's owner and general manager on Saturday, a day ahead of reliever Roberto Osuna's activation following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
Hinch discussed the matter with owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow, but declined to go into details. The manager said Osuna will join the club on Sunday and be activated for the series finale at Dodger Stadium.
Amazin’ frets: Free therapy for New York Mets fans
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets fans struggling with their team's lousy season now have somewhere to cope besides sports talk radio.
An online mental health marketplace is giving free, confidential therapy sessions to Flushing faithful who fill out a form asking for their most difficult moments as fans.
New York-based UMA Health made the offer this week after Tuesday's 25-4 loss to the Washington Nationals, the worst loss in Mets history.
Magnolia RHP Adam Kloffenstein 5A TSWA player of year
BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Magnolia pitcher Adam Kloffenstein has been named player of the year on the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 5A all-state baseball team.
Kloffenstein was 11-1 with a 1.25 earned run average, 113 strikeouts and only 17 walks in 78 innings. He also batted .344 with nine home runs and 36 RBI. After signing a letter of intent with TCU, Kloffenstein signed with Toronto after the Blue Jays made him their third-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
FANTASY PLAYS: MLB trade deadline did not disappoint
Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline did not disappoint, as several fantasy relevant players now play for new teams. As in previous weeks, several productive fantasy players including Wilson Ramos, Brian Dozier and Chris Archer were traded from the AL to the NL. If you play in NL-only leagues you need to carefully and craftily work the waiver wire this week. If you play in an AL-only league, your top waiver wire priority will probably be Tommy Pham. You should be busy trying to put together some trades of your own in order to improve your fantasy baseball team, but even this deep into the season you can still find value on your league's waiver wire. Here are a few players that can help you in the long and short term.
MLB offense rebounds in July after a historic drop
NEW YORK (AP) — Offense is on the rebound in Major League Baseball.
After a historic drop during the season's first three months that concerned the sport's leadership, the big league batting average in July was .255, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, raising the season's average from .246 to .248. Unless it goes up to at least .251 during the final two months, the season average would be the lowest since .244 in 1972.
The Latest: Diamondbacks add to bullpen again
The latest on Major League Baseball trades on the deadline day for deals without waivers (all times Eastern):
The Arizona Diamondbacks have bolstered their bullpen for the second time at the trade deadline, acquiring left-hander Jake Diekman from the Texas Rangers for right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang and a player to be named.
The deal comes after the Diamondbacks picked up right-hander Brad Ziegler in a trade with the Miami Marlins.
Closers Roberto Osuna and Ken Giles switched spots. Adam Warren and Zach Duke moved into the Seattle bullpen. Lance Lynn got a new look in pinstripes. Adam Duvall will be slugging for the Braves. And Ian Kinsler is primed for a playoff run with his new team, the Red Sox.
A day before the deadline to make trades without waivers, there were plenty of deals Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball trades (all times Eastern):
The Boston Red Sox have acquired Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels to fill in for injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Boston is sending Triple-A pitchers Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez to Los Angeles. The Angels are also sending cash.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have accelerated the dismantling of one of this season's most disappointing teams, entering the final hours before Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline.
The Twins traded relief pitcher Zach Duke to the Seattle Mariners and starting pitcher Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees on Monday before their game against Cleveland, three days after dealing popular infielder Eduardo Escobar to Arizona and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly to Houston.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Before Roberto Osuna steps onto the mound as Houston's new closer, the Astros want him to stand in the clubhouse and explain himself.
Swapping a closer with on-field problems for one with off-field troubles, the defending World Series champion Astros traded Ken Giles to the Toronto Blue Jays along with a pair of pitching prospects for Osuna on Monday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Swapping a closer with on-field problems for one with off-field troubles, the World Series champion Houston Astros traded Ken Giles to the Toronto Blue Jays along with a pair of pitching prospects for Roberto Osuna on Monday.
Houston also sent right-handers David Paulino and Hector Perez to Toronto as part of the deal, a day before the deadline for trades without waivers.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologized Sunday for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager, calling them "some stupid stuff."
"I definitely regret it, for sure," he said.
The 25-year-old Newcomb spoke less than an hour after nearly pitching a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The tweets were sent in 2011 and 2012.
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Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington shortstop Trea Turner will face the fallout from their tweets, a day after they apologized for offensive posts from 2011 and 2012.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baseball's All-Star Game edged down to a record low in viewership as it reversed last year's increase.
According to Nielsen ratings released Tuesday, Major League Baseball's exhibition game last week drew 8.7 million viewers on Fox.
That's just under the previous record low of 8.71 million viewers in 2016, and about 6 percent less than 2017's audience of 9.28 million.
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NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest bizarre medical development for the baffling New York Mets, ace pitcher Noah Syndergaard is headed back to the disabled list after contracting hand-foot-and-mouth disease.
ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio.