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Gomez speeding, literally, toward return from DL
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Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is making major progress in his comeback from a right hamstring strain, said manager Ron Roenicke, who told reporters that Gomez ran the treadmill at Miller Park this week on its maximum speed.Share Tweet
MLB.com 2 hours agoChoosing to stick with an eight-man bullpen for at least a while longer, the Cardinals optioned infielder Dean Anna to Triple-A on Friday to create roster room for outfielder Peter Bourjos, who is returning from paternity leave.Share Tweet
Wacha outduels Scherzer to give Cards seriesMLB.com Apr 23 (yesterday)Cardinals righty Michael Wacha improved to 3-0 on the season as he outlasted and outdueled Max Scherzer in St. Louis' 4-1 win at Nationals Park on Thursday.Share TweetGregory Polanco hit an RBI double in a three-run sixth inning and a tie-breaking RBI single in the seventh to lift the Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Thursday, and split the four-game series.Share Tweet
Lohse, Brewers Snap 8-Game Losing Streak, Beat Reds 4-2nytimes.com Apr 23 (yesterday)Kyle Lohse bounced back from a poor start this season and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped an eight-game losing streak, beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Thursday.Share Tweetyahoo.com Apr 23 (yesterday)We knew that Pete Rose would likely be a part of the MLB All-Star game this July in Cincinnati. Reds owner Bob Castellini said so in January. But on Thursday, we heard that come directly from the mouth of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. [Still not too lat…Share TweetA pitching duel between the Reds' Johnny Cueto and the Brewers' Jimmy Nelson turned in the ninth inning Wednesday night when Billy Hamilton scampered home on a wild pitch from Francisco Rodriguez for a 2-1 Reds victory at Miller Park.Share Tweet
Nelson a singular bright spot during Brewers' slideMLB.com Apr 23 (yesterday)Jimmy Nelson dueled Johnny Cueto to an eight-inning standstill on Wednesday at Miller Park, once again showing the Brewers the type of talent he carries in his right arm.Share TweetKolten Wong homered and drove in three runs, including the go-ahead double in the eighth, and made a pair of defensive gems to lead the Cardinals to a 7-5 win over the Nationals on Wednesday.Share TweetCubs center fielder Dexter Fowler had to leave Wednesday's game after two innings because of tightness in his right groin.Share Tweet
Selectivity in stealing helping Reds achieve greater successWith two stolen bases Tuesday night, the Reds improved to 16-for-16 in swipes, a franchise record to begin a season since the caught-stealing stat has been continuously recorded, beginning in 1951.Share Tweet
Brewers owner: Accountability starts with playersWith his club off to its worst start in franchise history, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said definitively that general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke are not in imminent danger of losing their jobs.Share Tweet
Cardinals alerting players of pace-of-play violationsWith the ease-in period of MLB's pace of play rules winding down, the Cardinals are alerting players in violation to be aware so they will not be subject to fines next month.Share Tweet
Mesoraco not ready to join lineupReds catcher Devin Mesoraco remained out of the starting lineup Wednesday in Milwaukee because of a left-hip ailment.Share Tweet
Gonzales placed on Triple-A DL with left shoulder tightnessCardinals left-hander Marco Gonzales will miss his next start due to tightness in his left shoulder, and was placed on the seven-day Triple-A DL.Share Tweet
Rehabbing Morton set for simulated gameRight-hander Charlie Morton, recovering from right hip surgery, is on track to make a 65-pitch start in an extended spring training game, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday. If that goes well, he will join one of the Pirates' Minor League clubs…Share Tweet
Hurdle not fretting Melancon's early woesPirates closer Mark Melancon suffered his first blown save of the year in Tuesday's 9-8 loss to the Cubs, giving up three hits, two walks and three runs in a messy ninth inning. It's the second three-run inning of the season for Melancon, who now has an…Share Tweet
Jackson earning Maddon's trust out of bullpenEdwin Jackson, moved from the rotation to the bullpen this season, has done well enough that he will be used in tougher situations in games, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday.Share TweetMLB.com Apr 22 (3 days ago)A night after matching their season high with six runs in a series-opening victory, the Reds more than doubled that total by the sixth inning of a 16-10 win over the reeling Brewers on Tuesday. The Reds hit five home runs, starting with two-out grand sl…Share TweetMLB.com Apr 22 (3 days ago)Tuning into MLB Network on Tuesday night was a given based on the fact that the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals opened a series in the nation's capital and offered a possible preview of an intense postseason matchup that was capped with Yun…Share Tweet
The Art Of Pitch-FramingMar 21Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy explains the finer points of pitch-framing
Miguel Montero Excited For New RotationMar 20Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is ready to work with the new rotation for the team and explains what needs to be worked on in spring training.
Epstein's 'Mission Impossible'Mar 8William Rhoden explains how Theo Epstein went from the Boston Red Sox's "boy wonder" to undertaking an impossible mission as the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.
Lester Impressive In First Cubs OutingMar 6Jon Lester got his Cubs career underway with his first appearance on the mound in a spring training game.
Mario Hezonja of FC Barcelona to declare for the NBA draftApr 23FC Barcelona wing Mario Hezonja will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, his agent Arn Tellem told ESPN.com.
James Blackmon Jr. to return to Indiana Hoosiers, bypass NBA draftApr 23Indiana Hoosiers freshman James Blackmon Jr. will return to school instead of entering the NBA draft.
Hardy’s New Bench TrialApr 23The new NFL was on display Wednesday afternoon when it suspended Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for the first 10 games of 2015 season, without pay, for allegedly assaulting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend in May 2014. Though a judge foun…
Buckeyes freshman D'Angelo Russell declares for NBA draftApr 22"I believe I am ready because my approach was to unpack my bags, get committed to winning and listening to the coaches -- as opposed to coming in and ...