AL East News and Rumors
'Not a couple of thugs' — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons on rookies Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez
John Gibbons, the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, had a strange and unfortunate way of complimenting two of his rookie pitchers, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, on Thursday afternoon. Stroman had just combined with two relievers on a one-hit shutout…Upvote Share Tweet
Deadline roundup: Rays face decision on PriceMLB.com 13 hours agoSeven straight wins had the Rays sitting a suddenly manageable seven games back in the AL East, entering Friday, to say nothing of the meager 4 1/2-game deficit they held in the Wild Card. So it would surprise absolutely no one if all this David Price b…Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees GM Brian Cashman should consider trading for Phillies' Marlon Byrd, not Cliff Leenydailynews.com 15 hours agoSomehow the Yankees have won six of seven games out of the All-Star break, even though it feels as if it takes the passage of some special baseball legislation for them to score more than a couple of runs a game.Upvote Share TweetWie-Yen Chen allowed five hits over eight innings and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com 18 hours agoCould Jim Johnson make a return to Baltimore? "That's completely in Oakland's hands now," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Johnson, who was designated for assignment by the A's on Thursday The O's were rumored to have interest in a reuni…Upvote Share Tweet
Machado improving, rests for third straight gameMLB.com 19 hours agoManny Machado was sidelined for the third consecutive Orioles game Thursday, but the third baseman said his back is getting better and he is hoping to play during the four-game series against the Mariners.Upvote Share Tweet
Taylor, Montero promoted, in Mariners' lineupMLB.com 19 hours agoShortstop Chris Taylor, last year's Mariners Minor League Player of the Year, and designated hitter Jesus Montero were called up from Triple-A Tacoma in time to start Thursday night's series opener with the Orioles at Safeco Field.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com 20 hours agoThe Stew's Trade Talk Tracker follows the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We'll give you the day's most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams soon. DONE DEAL: The Yankees acquired lefty Chris…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 21 hours agoBoston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz left in the ninth inning of Thursday's 8-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays with what he believes was a back spasm.Upvote Share TweetMcCarthy, Yankees top Texas for 6th win in 7 gamesUpvote Share Tweet
Cashman prioritizes adding bat before AugustThe reformulated Yankees rotation has performed better than Brian Cashman would have anticipated, and the general manager said that he'd prefer to focus his attention on acquiring a big bat as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.Upvote Share TweetMasahiro Tanaka is still reporting discomfort in his right elbow, 10 days after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection, but the Yankees are still hopeful to have the right-hander return to the big league mound this season.Upvote Share Tweet
With Teixeira still hobbled, DL stint possibleManager Joe Girardi said that the Yankees will likely make a roster decision regarding injured first baseman Mark Teixeira by Friday. Thursday's series finale against the Rangers was the fourth consecutive game out of the starting lineup for Teixeira, w…Upvote Share Tweet
O's acquire Minor Leaguer Paredes from RoyalsThe Orioles acquired Jimmy Paredes from the Royals for cash considerations on Thursday, and the utility man has been optioned to Baltimore's Triple-A Norfolk affiliate.Upvote Share TweetSt. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina cracks himself up. Correction: He crackers himself up. The younger Molina literally left a present at home plate for his older brother Jose Molina of the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night; two packages of cheese…Upvote Share TweetBoston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino confirmed Thursday morning that the team and ace Jon Lester have agreed to table contract negotiations until after the season.Upvote Share TweetKole Calhoun drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Brian Matusz in the eighth inning after a tying RBI double by Erick Aybar, and the Los Angeles Angels pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.Upvote Share TweetDavid Phelps hurled five strong innings and Brett Gardner homered as the Yankees defeated the Rangers, 2-1, in a rain-shortened game on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees Hold Off RangersJul 24Brandon McCarthy struck out five batters over six innings to lead the Yankees past the Rangers 4-2.
Orioles Shut Out MarinersJul 24Wei-Yin Chen struck out three and held the Mariners to five hits in the Orioles' 4-0 win.
MLB Daily Download: ThursdayJul 24Antonietta Collins recaps Wednesday night's action from around the league, including Yoenis Cespedes hitting the long ball twice, Orioles pitchers having location issues, and an injury at PNC Park that lands someone on the 15-day DL.
Blue Jays Trounce Red SoxJul 24Juan Francisco drove in four runs to lead the Blue Jays past the Red Sox 8-0.
The Ray Rice FalloutJul 25OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Head bowed, Ray Rice went out to his first practice of his seventh NFL season Thursday morning. General manager Ozzie Newsome had just told him he’d be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season—important division games…
Cleveland Cavaliers remain front-runner in Kevin Love trade sweepstakes, s…Jul 25The Cleveland Cavaliers cannot officially trade Andrew Wiggins before Aug. 23 but remain the closest thing to a front-runner in the trade sweepstakes for the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, according to sources close to the process.
Point guard Jameer Nelson signs with Dallas MavericksJul 24Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson signed with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Thursday.
Wiz PG Wall added to U.S. list for World CupJul 24Washington Wizards guard John Wall has accepted USA Basketball's invitation to attend its training camp next week in Las Vegas, according to sources close to the situation.