Manfred says shortening regular season a popular topic (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-05-07 00:46

HOUSTON (AP) -- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says shortening the regular season is becoming a popular topic as players and owners prepare to negotiate a new labor deal.

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Hedges impressive in first start for Padres

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-05-07 00:35
On a sunny afternoon at AT&T Park, catcher Austin Hedges wore the brightest smile, as he got his first big league hit -- an RBI single in the third inning -- and deftly handled Kennedy and two relievers as the Padres rolled to a 9-1 victory over the Giants in the prospect's first Major League start.
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Reds' Votto ejected in 3rd inning against Pirates (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-05-07 00:32

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was ejected and then made contact with home plate umpire Chris Conroy during the third inning of Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Rays expect update on Cobb's arm injury after returning home (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-05-07 00:29
BOSTON (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays expect to learn more about right-hander Alex Cobb's arm injury after returning for an eight-game homestand.
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Astros' Springer misses game against Rangers (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-05-07 00:17

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer missed Wednesday night's game against the Texas Rangers and was being evaluated for a possible concussion. Springer slowly came off the field under his own power and was replaced the next inning. Springer was still being evaluated, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said before Wednesday's game. ... Hopefully, we will have a decision on what's in store for him moving forward.'' The Astros had not made a determination if Springer would make the road trip to Los Angeles to play the Angels, Hinch said.

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Ian Kennedy shuts down Giants as Padres avoid road sweep (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-05-07 00:13

Austin Hedges finally returned to the clubhouse at pitcher Josh Johnson's urging, then was told to climb into a laundry cart for his quick ride to the bathroom. He certainly earned a celebration after a successful first start at catcher in the San Diego Padres' 9-1 victory against San Francisco on Wednesday. I didn't know what was going on.'' Hedges caught Ian Kennedy's strong outing, drove in two runs - including an RBI single in the decisive five-run third for his first major league hit - and even threw out a runner, all with his parents and an aunt and uncle in the stands at AT&T Park to see it. Kennedy struck out five in seven innings to win his second straight start as the Padres avoided a sweep and snapped the Giants' eight-game home winning streak.

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Samardzija drops appeal; Rodon to start

Major League Baseball - Wed, 2015-05-06 23:54
Jeff Samardzija officially dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension, as announced in the White Sox notes for Wednesday's game with the Tigers, meaning the right-hander will begin serving his penalty.
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Harper's 3 HRs, 5 RBIs lift Nationals over Marlins 7-5 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Wed, 2015-05-06 23:43

Standing at the plate with a chance to make baseball history, Bryce Harper insisted his focus was on driving in the runner from third base. Harper homered three times in a game for the first time and had five RBIs in his finest day with the Nationals, leading Washington over the Miami Marlins 7-5 Wednesday for its third straight series win. Each came on the second pitch of the at-bat off Tom Koehler (2-3), and they raised Harper's season total to eight.

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Hill propels Diamondbacks to 13-7 win over Rockies (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Wed, 2015-05-06 23:34

Josh Collmenter's latest start lasted all of seven innings. No matter, Aaron Hill aided him at the plate and Ender Inciarte in the field. Hill tied a career high with four RBIs, including a three-run homer, and Inciarte made two catches against the outfield wall to help the Diamondbacks beat the reeling Colorado Rockies 13-7 in a doubleheader opener Wednesday.

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Verlander gets green light, starts throwing

Major League Baseball - Wed, 2015-05-06 23:30
Justin Verlander is throwing again. The 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner, sidelined since late March with a right triceps strain, threw 50 times off flat ground Wednesday afternoon after doctors reviewed his MRI exam and decided inflammation had sufficiently subsided.
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Ryu hits snag in shoulder rehab

Major League Baseball - Wed, 2015-05-06 23:26
Don Mattingly wouldn't use the word setback, but clearly Hyun-Jin Ryu's rehab from a left shoulder impingement has hit a snag.
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Rodon to make first big league start for ChiSox on Saturday (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Wed, 2015-05-06 23:17
White Sox rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon is slated to make his first major league starti Saturday against Cincinnati. Rodon is to start in place of Jeff Samardzija, who on Wednesday started serving a five-game suspension for his involvement in a bench-clearing brawl against Kansas City on April 23. The 22-year-old left-hander made his major league debut on April 21 and has a 2.84 ERA in 6 1-3 innings and three relief appearances. ''He's doing well for a young guy coming up and I know it's been a tough spot for him to be able to fill some innings for us, come in and get a lefty,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
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History swings momentum against Koehler

Major League Baseball - Wed, 2015-05-06 22:53
Three powerful swings were all Bryce Harper needed against Tom Koehler to erase his 2-for-15 ledger against the Marlins right-hander
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Samardzija drops appeal and starts serving 5-game suspension (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Wed, 2015-05-06 22:51

CHICAGO (AP) -- White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension.

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A's activate Coco Crisp from disabled list (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Wed, 2015-05-06 22:41
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Coco Crisp from the disabled list Wednesday and put him into the lineup as the leadoff hitter against the Minnesota Twins.
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Royals bring All-Star closer Greg Holland off disabled list (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Wed, 2015-05-06 22:32

The Kansas City Royals' dominant bullpen got even tougher Wednesday when All-Star closer Greg Holland was activated from the disabled list before their game against the Cleveland Indians. Holland had been dealing with tightness in his chest muscle for a while, and the Royals finally decided to shut him down for seven days. Now, after ramping back up, Holland said he was ready to close whenever he was needed. ''That's all that matters.'' The Royals optioned reliever Yohan Pino to Triple-A Omaha to clear roster space in a series of roster moves.

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Springer placed on 7-day concussion DL

Major League Baseball - Wed, 2015-05-06 22:23
The Astros put outfielder George Springer on the 7-day disabled list, after he suffered a concussion during Tuesday's 7-1 loss to Texas. That means a fan favorite is on his way.
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Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander cleared to resume throwing (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Wed, 2015-05-06 22:17

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been given the go-ahead to resume throwing. ''This is a first step,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. The club said Wednesday that Verlander was examined by Dr. Tony Romeo, who reviewed an MRI. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner ''was given the clearance to resume a throwing progression designed to return him to full competition.'' Verlander made about 50 throws in the outfield Wednesday before Detroit's game at the Chicago White Sox.

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Harper hits three homers, one a 445-foot blast

Major League Baseball - Wed, 2015-05-06 22:04
Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper had quite a game on Wednesday, one that had the potential to make big-time Major League history as he hit a home run in each of his first three at-bats against the Marlins at Nationals Park.
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John Axford's young son to throw out 1st pitch Friday (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Wed, 2015-05-06 21:36
The young son of Colorado Rockies closer John Axford will finally get to see his dad pitch in person after spending the last two months in and out of hospitals for treatment of rattlesnake bites. Two-year-old Jameson Axford will be the guest of honor as he throws out the ceremonial first pitch Friday at Coors Field before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. This has actually been in the works for a while, said Jim Kellogg, the team's vice president of community and retail operations. Jameson Axford was bitten twice on the right foot two months ago in the yard of the house the family rented in Scottsdale, Arizona, for spring training.
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