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Former AHL Coach Pleads No Contest To Sexting 13-Year-Old Girl
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Former Portland Pirates assistant coach Michael Minard pleaded no contest to a charge of sexual misconduct Wednesday. Minard had started an online relationship with a 13-year-old girl he met through Twitter after a game last year.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
The Kansas City Royals claimed infielder Jayson Nix off waivers Thursday from the Pittsburgh Pirates.Upvote Share TweetCincinnati's proficiency on the bases helped accomplish something in Thursday's 7-2 victory over the Cubs that they hadn't done in more than eight years.Upvote Share TweetWith help from six stolen bases and two three-run innings, Dylan Axelrod shut down the Cubs over five frames in their 7-2 series finale win at Great American Ball Park on Thursday afternoon.Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers, Segura considering mechanical changesMLB.com 20 hours agoAs shortstop Jean Segura struggles through his second full season in the Major Leagues, the Brewers are mulling sending him home with an offseason homework assignment. Some in the organization believe that a fundamental change to his hitting mechanics c…Upvote Share Tweet
Garvey provides precedent for Alvarez's move to firstMLB.com 21 hours agoBetween games of a doubleheader against the Reds at Dodger Stadium on June 23, 1973, iconic Dodgers manager Walter Alston approached Steve Garvey in the clubhouse. "Have you ever played first base?" Alston asked his onetime third baseman.Upvote Share Tweet
Rockies, Brewers unable to complete Morneau dealJon Heyman of MLB Network reported Thursday that the Brewers and Rockies discussed a trade that would send Justin Morneau to Milwaukee, but ultimately couldn't reach an agreement.Upvote Share Tweet
Stewing Roenicke: Ump 'terrible behind plate'ESPN.com Aug 28 (yesterday)Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he might as well have thrown the towel in as early as the second inning of a 3-2 loss to the Padres on Wednesday thanks to plate umpire Mark Ripperger, who "we've had before, and he is terrible behind home plate."Upvote Share Tweet
Rivera delivers game-tying homer, walk-off singleRene Rivera 's game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday gave the Padres a 3-2 victory over the Brewers before a crowd of 21,156 at Petco Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Baseball Capsules: Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above…nytimes.com Aug 28 (yesterday)Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Bats back Latos early as Reds hold off CubsA four-run fourth inning supported Mat Latos nicely before the Reds had to hang on for a 7-5 victory over the Cubs. Cincinnati has won three of its last four games and stopped Chicago's four-game win streak.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Aug 27 (2 days ago)Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday.Upvote Share TweetOne-by-one, the Chicago Cubs are giving us a glimpse at their promising future. And one-by-one, we've seen flashes of future brilliance. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, who inked a nine-year, $30 million deal with Chicago in 2012, became the latest buildi…Upvote Share Tweet
Hamilton becomes youngest Red to steal 50 basesReds center fielder Billy Hamilton added another remarkable feat to an already impressive rookie campaign. In the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Cubs, the speedster stole his 50th base of the season, swiping third base with two outs and l…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Aug 27 (yesterday)Ike Davis wasn't able to play meaningful late-season games during his time with the New York Mets. He's making the most of his chance with the Pittsburgh Pirates.Upvote Share Tweet
Davis' big blast backs brilliant Locke in series finaleJeff Locke was sharp in a one-run outing, getting support from a huge Ike Davis two-run homer in the Pirates' 3-1 victory over the Cardinals at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon.Upvote Share Tweet
Tight lower back keeps Rizzo out of starting lineupCubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will not start Wednesday because of lower back tightness, which had forced him out of Tuesday's game.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Aug 27 (2 days ago)Andrew McCutchen was back in the Pirates lineup Wednesday, a day after he tweaked an ailing rib in his left side. However, Pedro Alvarez -- who also left Tuesday's game -- was out of the lineup to nurse his sprained left foot.Upvote Share Tweet
Pipeline Perspectives: Bryant ready to help CubsMLB.com Aug 27 (2 days ago)Third-base prospect Kris Bryant's performance in Triple-A, where he has hit for both average and power, is worthy of a September callup to the Cubs, writes MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.Upvote Share TweetTyson Ross extended his franchise record streak of consecutive quality starts to 13 as the Padres defeated the Brewers, 4-1, on Tuesday Petco Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Reds Cruise Past CubsAug 28Billy Hamilton went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base as the Reds beat the Cubs 7-2.
Brewers Manager Rips UmpireAug 28Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke says umpire Mark Ripperger is terrible behind home plate.
Davis Powers Pirates Past CardinalsAug 27Ike Davis hits a two-run home run as the Pirates beat the Cardinals 3-1.
Mint Condition: Back-To-Back TreasuresAug 27Heritage Auctions' Chris Ivy breaks down the value of Johnny Vander Meer's final-out baseballs from his back-to-back no-hitters in 1938.
Gerald McCoy, What Makes You a Great Fit in Lovie Smith’s System?Aug 29. Can’t Get Enough Football? Check out The MMQB’s 2014 training camp hub for analysis and reporting on all 32 teams
‘I want people to say, Man, I would have loved to play with that guy.’Aug 28Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Drew Brees is 35, but he is still a little kid. Or he…
Luke Kuechly, What Do You Say to Critics Predicting Doom for Carolina?Aug 28. Can’t Get Enough Football? Check out The MMQB’s 2014 training camp hub for analysis and reporting on all 32 teams
Sources: Brazil guard Barbosa, Warriors agreeAug 28Brazil guard Leandro Barbosa has reached an agreement to sign with the Golden State Warriors for the upcoming season, ESPN.com has learned.