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Rob Manfred thinks teams pursuing Shohei Otani will follow rules

SEATTLE — With Japanese star Shohei Otani considering a jump to a Major League Baseball team, commissioner Rob Manfred said he believes it will be hard for teams to circumvent existing contract rules in pursuit of the coveted two-way player. Otani’s situation was among several issues, including pace of play, expanded rosters in September and a selected site for a proposed new stadium in Oakland, that were addressed by Manfred before Wednesday night’s game between the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. Otani, a 23-year-old outfielder and right-handed pitcher, could sign…

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Young New York Yankees fan hit in face by foul ball

A young New York Yankees fan was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier on Wednesday. The girl is a toddler and was hit on the face, a source tells ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. She was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She was attending the game with her grandparents. The game was delayed about 5 minutes while she received medical attention. Players including Frazier were visibly distraught as they watched the scene. Matt Holliday wiped away tears. The Yankees declined to comment, citing privacy concerns. Source link

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Without Rays’ leap, Joe Maddon’s way might not have made it to Chicago – Chicago Cubs Blog

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It all began in a hotel in Houston, during the 2005 World Series. While the baseball world descended on the city to watch the White Sox put the finishing touches on a sweep of the Astros, Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon sat down for the interview that would change the course of two franchises. “It went four to five hours, and he came prepared with a binder of information,” Friedman said. “By the end of it, it was pretty clear that he was a fit for…

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Chicago Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery delivers a consistent message – Chicago Cubs Blog

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — He wasn’t even supposed to start another game this regular season, but his bosses told Chicago Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery to be ready just in case. After all, the Cubs were taking on the Tampa Bay Rays, who were 17-27 against lefty starters this year. You can now make that 17-28 after a fantastic outing from the Cubs’ sixth starter on Tuesday night. “That’s the best I’ve seen him since he’s been here,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Montgomery was great, pitching six innings while giving…

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Inside the Cleveland Indians clubhouse during their historic 22 game win streak

The Indians do all these things and more, but what they do not do, except under the duress of direct questioning, is talk about the streak, at least while it’s happening. “The mindset really isn’t on the winning streak,” Greg Allen says. “We’re not wrapped up in it,” Kluber says. “We’re not talking about it as much as you guys are,” Cody Allen says. Everyone else certainly talks about it. Some analysts call it the most dominant stretch of baseball ever played. Led by Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana, Cleveland…

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Welcome to the era of the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 30-home-run hitter

If I could put one memento from this home run era into the time capsule, it would be Rougned Odor‘s line from June 30. Odor, the Texas Rangers’ second baseman and No. 5 hitter that day, homered in the fourth inning with a man on base. It was his 13th long ball of the year, which used to be a lot. In 1988, the most formative year of my own baseball fandom, 13 home runs would have led American League second basemen for the entire season. Homers might not be…

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Jeff Ferrell of Detroit Tigers takes line drive to head

DETROIT — Detroit Tigers pitcher Jeff Ferrell was alert and responsive after being hit in the head by a line drive Monday night. Ferrell was struck on the right side of the head by a drive off the bat off Oakland’s Ryon Healy that was measured at 102.6 mph. Ferrell never went down, and immediately jogged toward the Tigers’ dugout. He was met by trainer Kevin Rand, and after a brief examination, was escorted to the Detroit clubhouse. Ferrell was taken to a hospital and had a precautionary CT scan….

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Rumor Central: Will the Philadelphia Phillies shop Cesar Hernandez? – MLB Rumor Central

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez will likely be a key figure in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ offseason, either as a building block for 2018 or as a valuable trade chip, suggests Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com. The 27-year-old Hernandez has emerged as a dependable leadoff hitter, compiling a .292/.366/.404 slash line over the past two seasons. The recent promotion of J.P. Crawford has left the Phillies with a crowded infield as Hernandez, Crawford, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco have been splitting September at-bats. Galvis is set to be a free agent, but the…

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Nationals need Bryce Harper to wake their slumbering offense – Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON — When is Bryce Harper coming back? Ever since the Washington Nationals‘ star outfielder went down with an ugly knee injury in mid-August, that has been the million-dollar question. More than a month later, for a team whose offense is stuck in neutral, the query has taken on new meaning. On Sunday afternoon, Harper took batting practice on the field for the first time since going down, bubbling up the same million-dollar question. But now instead of, “When is Bryce Harper coming back?” it’s more like, “WHEN IS BRYCE…

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Real or not? Justin Verlander brings the swagger back as Astros clinch – SweetSpot

The Houston Astros have their swagger back. Remember, before the Los Angeles Dodgers had the greatest two months in major league history and before the Cleveland Indians reeled off the longest winning streak in 100 years and before the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East and the Chicago Cubs inched closer to the NL Central title, the Astros were the big story in baseball. They were 42-16 through June 5 and seemed invincible, with a high-powered offense, two All-Star starters in Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. and a deep…

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