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Kid stuff: Austin's homer gives young Yanks 5th straight win
NEW YORK — Tyler Austin wasn't sure if Yankees manager Joe Girardi would let him face a right-hander in the ninth inning.Switch-hitting veteran Mark Teixeira was still on the bench, and the right-handed hitting Austin isn't far removed from a long slump.Girardi stuck with the rookie, and he came through, helping the Baby Bombers continue their unlikely push into postseason contention.Austin hit a solo homer in the ninth to give New York its season-high fifth straight victory, 5-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
-1 points by Boston Herald | New York Yankees Baseball Joe Girardi Major League Baseball CC Sabathia Relief pitcher Pitcher Home run
Pedro Baez rejoins Dodgers as bullpen continues to grow
The Dodgers expanded their bullpen to 14 relievers on Tuesday by recalling right-hander Pedro Baez from double-A Tulsa. The team had sent Baez to the Texas League last week to give him a rest after heavy usage and ineffective outings in August. A talented but maddening pitcher, one who often grinds...
60 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Pitcher Relief pitcher Roberto Clemente Bullpen San Francisco Giants San Diego Padres Pedro Martínez
Dodgers are looking like the real deal
Are you ready to buy into a team without a starting rotation? Are you ready to embrace the big-bank version of Andrew Friedman’s small-market approach? Are you ready to open your heart again to a franchise that has virtually banished Vin Scully from local television sets? In other words, are you...
1423 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Baseball Baseball Pitcher San Francisco Giants National League Tampa Bay Rays Relief pitcher Baseball statistics
Mets manager raves about Gsellman after fourth spring start
It’s a nice problem for Terry Collins to have, but it’s still a problem.
-1 points by Daily News | Baseball Pitcher National League Major League Baseball West Palm Beach Florida Tommy John surgery Relief pitcher Cleveland Indians
Dellin Betances sees no need to talk with Randy Levine
TAMPA, Fla. — Dellin Betances doesn't feel he needs to talk with Randy Levine after the New York Yankees president called the reliever a victim of "over-the-top demands based on very little sense of reality" by his representatives at an arbitration hearing Friday won by the team.The Yankees beat Betances in the year's final salary arbitration case, and the relief pitcher will be paid $3 million rather than his $5 million request.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Joe Girardi Baseball Relief pitcher Closer New York Yankees Bullpen Goose Gossage Major League Baseball
Rockies’ lefty Tyler Anderson not taking rookie success for granted
Tyler Anderson's spot in the Rockies' rotation appears secure and his future looks bright. After all, the left-hander posted a 3.35 ERA in 16 starts last season -- the lowest ERA by a Rockies starter through 16 games in franchise history.
4 points by The Denver Post | Baseball Pitcher 2016 Major League Baseball Baseball positions Left-handedness Relief pitcher Fastball
San Francisco's Joey Carney pitches again after liver donation, and gets his first college win
Less than nine months after stepping away from his baseball career in an effort to save his terminally ill mother, Joey Carney made his return as a college pitcher on Saturday. The senior right-hander pitched three scoreless innings to get the win as San Francisco rallied for a 7-6 victory over...
169 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Baseball statistics Baseball terminology Pitcher Run Relief pitcher Baseball positions Baseball rules
Goose Gossage, stop taking shots at Yankees legend Mariano Rivera
Goose Gossage is at it again, dropping the hottest of hot takes and disparaging the greatest closer of all time.
80 points by Daily News | Closer New York Yankees Goose Gossage Rollie Fingers Mariano Rivera Save Relief pitcher Boston Red Sox
Henning: Ausmus focuses on team, task, not noise
Ausmus enters this fourth season as the Tigers manager, having led the team to the playoffs once.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Catcher Baseball Manager Pitcher Relief pitcher Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball Extra innings
Nationals’ risky closer void, and every MLB team’s big question
PORT ST. LUCIE — Who will be the Nationals’ closer? That, as pitchers and catchers roll into 30 different camps, stands out as the most important dilemma that any team must solve. The Nats are an all-in club with a tight window; Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy can both be free agents after next season. Yet...
105 points by New York Post | Baseball Pitcher Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball Baseball positions Tommy John surgery Relief pitcher Catcher
Cubs must adjust to bullpen relocation at Wrigley Field
The Cubs bullpen has undergone some changes since last offseason, both roster- and location-wise. Aroldis Chapman and Travis Wood are out, Wade Davis and Koji Uehara are in and the actual bullpens at Wrigley Field have been moved under the bleachers, where pitchers will be out of sight — though...
276 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Major League Baseball Pitcher Chicago Cubs Relief pitcher Bullpen Wrigley Field Starting pitcher
Cubs forced to adjust to bullpen relocation at Wrigley Field
The Cubs bullpen has undergone some changes since last offseason, both roster-wise and location-wise. Aroldis Chapman and Travis Wood are out, Wade Davis and Koji Uehara are in, and the actual bullpens at Wrigley Field have been moved to underneath the bleachers, where the pitchers will be out...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Pitcher Chicago Cubs Relief pitcher Major League Baseball Warming up Bullpen Wrigley Field
Rockies pitchers must be better fielders, and Bud Black knows it
Shortly after working on their sliders, fastballs and changeups during a morning bullpen session here Tuesday, Rockies pitchers moved to the diamond for PFP -- pitchers fielding practice.
21 points by The Denver Post | Baseball Catcher Pitcher Relief pitcher Baseball positions Major League Baseball Passed ball Bullpen
Playing time shrinks, but Tigers’ Avila has vital role
Avila will back up starting catcher James McCann, and is valued for his experience and left-handed bat.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Catcher Pitcher Baseball Relief pitcher Omar Vizquel Left-handedness Manager Brad Ausmus
Detroit Tigers allow Drew VerHagen to go back to being a starter
The Detroit Tigers agreed that Drew VerHagen could help the team more as a depth starter in Triple-A Toledo.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Pitcher Baseball Relief pitcher Bullpen Starting pitcher Major League Baseball Manager Pitch
Tigers give VerHagen shot at starting rotation
Be clear on this: Drew VerHagen will pitch in any role, any situation, the Tigers need him to.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitcher Relief pitcher Bullpen Starting pitcher Catcher Fastball Pitch
Henning: Tigers will rise or fall with their pitching
If a starting rotation that in 60 percent of the slots could feature youngsters can join Justin Verlander and a rebounding Jordan Zimmermann to offer six good innings in a typical game, the Tigers will have nailed a first step toward the playoffs.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Detroit Tigers Baseball Pitcher Relief pitcher Catcher Comerica Park Pitch Bullpen
Spring's here! Tigers' pitchers, catchers to have first workout today
Zimmermann, Rondon big keys to solidifying rotation and bullpen        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Pitcher Catcher Relief pitcher Baseball Bullpen Major League Baseball Starting pitcher Detroit Tigers
Tigers prospect Jimenez patiently waits for chance
Right-handed reliever rapidly ascended the minor-league ladder last season with impressive numbers (71 strikeouts in 53⅔ innings).        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitcher Handedness Puerto Rico Relief pitcher Manager Left-handedness Major League Baseball
Tigers prospect Jimenez patiently waiting for chance
Right-handed reliever rapidly ascended the minor-league ladder last season with impressive numbers (71 strikeouts in 53⅔ innings).        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitcher Handedness Puerto Rico Relief pitcher Manager Left-handedness Major League Baseball
New Twins leadership counts on young talent to lead revival
MINNEAPOLIS — The first step toward fortifying the fallen Minnesota Twins was a change in leadership, with chief baseball officer Derek Falvey plucked from Cleveland's front office and general manager Thad Levine hired from Texas.The revamp stopped there, though, during an inaugural offseason for the new regime that was more methodical than it was a makeover.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Baseball Major League Baseball Baseball positions Pitcher Relief pitcher American League Catcher Home run
Jose Fernandez’s absence looms large as Marlins open camp
For the Miami Marlins, the magical phrase that marks the beginning of baseball is tinged with sadness this season.
2 points by The Denver Post | Florida Marlins Relief pitcher Baseball Pitcher Bullpen Jeffrey Loria
Mexico and Puerto Rico to play for Caribbean Series title
CULIACAN, Mexico — Miguel Pena pitched five scoreless innings, Agustin Murillo singled in a run and host Mexico beat Cuba 1-0 on Monday night to clinch a spot in the Caribbean Series championship game.The Aguilas de Mexicali will try to give Mexico consecutive Caribbean Series titles when they face Puerto Rico's Criollos de Caguas on Tuesday. The Puerto Ricans beat Venezuela 9-6 in the other semifinal Monday.
3 points by Boston Herald | Baseball Cuba Puerto Rico Mexico Caribbean Series Caribbean Sea Latin America Relief pitcher
Cashman: Yankees won’t blink in money fight with Dellin Betances
The Yankees’ decision to let an arbiter decide Dellin Betances’ salary for this coming season isn’t going to change before the Feb. 17 hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla. Before filing at $3 million, the Yankees said if they filed they were going to trial with the three-time All-Star, who requested $5 million. The Orioles said...
424 points by New York Post | Brian Cashman Major League Baseball New York Yankees Baseball Yankee Stadium Reggie Jackson Relief pitcher Manager
What Yankees’ bullpen freeze tells us about Hal’s budget
Here is what a big-market team that truly believes it is a contender does if Plan A does not work: It moves to Plan B, even if the secondary scenario forces it to spend more than they wanted. Only one New York team has behaved that way late this offseason. That it is the Mets...
73 points by New York Post | New York Yankees CC Sabathia Brian Cashman Major League Baseball George Steinbrenner 2009 World Series Major League Baseball pitchers Relief pitcher
Dodgers in talks add reliever Sergio Romo to their bullpen
In search for another reliever for their bullpen, the Dodgers may poach a veteran from their biggest rival. The team is working toward a deal with Sergio Romo, a native of Brawley who had spent the entirety of his nine-year career in San Francisco.   "I followed them as a kid, but we became rivals...
295 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Baseball statistics Relief pitcher Pitcher Left-handedness Handedness Bullpen Batting average
Jamie: Tigers, please don't trade J.D. Martinez
It would take the mother lode to pry away Verlander and Cabrera. It should take the same to pry away Martinez.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Detroit Tigers Florida Marlins Baseball Major League Baseball Relief pitcher Pitcher Barry Bonds Bullpen
Cubs will consider 12-man pitching staff in NLCS
Monday night's 6-5 loss in 13 innings increased the possibility the Cubs will opt to carry 12 pitchers for the best-of-seven National League Championship Series. "There might be more of a need to include one more pitcher the next series," manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday, one day after using every...
62 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Pitcher Division Series Relief pitcher League Championship Series Chicago Cubs National League Major League Baseball
Turning point: Willson Contreras' two-run, game-tying single in 9th
The situation: Trailing 5-2 with a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night looking very likely, the Cubs entered the top of the ninth inning needing a rally. Giants manager Bruce Bochy pulled starting pitcher Matt Moore in favor of Derek Law. Kris Bryant greeted Law with a single to left and again...
337 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Pitcher National League Catcher San Francisco Giants Relief pitcher Baseball positions Starting pitcher
No-look catch goes against Angels in 5-4 loss to Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas — Andrelton Simmons threw his hands up in disbelief, then put them on his hips and stared toward the mound. In the dugout, all Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia could do was shake his head."That's not fun," Simmons said about his hard liner on which reliever Nick Martinez made a no-look, behind-the-back snag and turned into a double play. "You try to hit the ball hard, and a guy makes a crazy play. That's baseball, I guess."
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball Major League Baseball Pitcher Mike Scioscia Texas Rangers Relief pitcher Catcher Bullpen
Things get heated in Angels' 5-4 loss to the Rangers
Rookie Nomar Mazara hit his 20th homer in another testy game with multiple ejections and the Texas Rangers moved closer to their second consecutive AL West title by beating the Angels, 5-4, on Tuesday night.  Texas (90-62) cut its magic number to two to clinch the seventh division title in franchise...
23 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Texas Rangers Baseball statistics Baseball terminology Relief pitcher Pitcher Mike Scioscia Elvis Andrus
Dodgers delay activating Alex Wood because of roster issues
The Dodgers chose to delay the addition of left-handed pitcher Alex Wood by a day as the organization sorts through its 40-man roster to find space for him. Over the weekend, Manager Dave Roberts indicated the team intended to activate Wood for Monday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Unable...
26 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball Pitcher Relief pitcher Left-handedness National League Baseball positions
Mensching: We still can’t figure out Tigers
When someone finds out you write about the Tigers, there’s two things they want to know.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitcher Catcher Major League Baseball Baseball positions Designated hitter Relief pitcher Detroit Tigers
Mensching: It’s September and we still can’t figure out Tigers
When someone finds out you write about the Tigers, there’s two things they want to know.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Pitcher Catcher Major League Baseball Baseball positions Designated hitter Relief pitcher Detroit Tigers
Prospects Zack Burdi and Carson Fulmer won't join White Sox this month
The White Sox called up their final three minor leaguers before a 2-0 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night, and notably neither Carson Fulmer nor Zack Burdi was among them. The highly regarded right-handed pitching prospects might have drawn some interest over the last month of the season —...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Baseball statistics Major League Baseball Babe Ruth Relief pitcher Boston Red Sox Cleveland Indians International League
A crushed Hill or a raised blister? For Dodgers' Dave Roberts, the choice was clear
When the phone rang, a dozen heads turned in confusion. On the mound on Saturday night, Dodgers starter Rich Hill was spinning perfection. Inside the bullpen, Ross Stripling and the rest of the relievers felt perplexed when the dugout phoned after the sixth inning. “We got the call, and we were...
118 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Pitcher Relief pitcher San Francisco Giants Curveball Fastball Bullpen Box score
Despite loss, Tigers should give Zimmermann another start
The Tigers have yet to announce their starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Twins        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Major League Baseball Baseball Pitcher Bullpen Relief pitcher Catcher Detroit Tigers National League
Eddie Butler still hopes for chance at Rockies’ starting rotation
With the roster filled with right-handed arms because of the September call-ups, Butler won't get many chances to pitch before the end of the season. Still, he thinks he can state his case next spring.
18 points by The Denver Post | Relief pitcher Baseball statistics Starting pitcher Baseball Long reliever Florida Marlins Pacific Coast League Arizona Diamondbacks
How Yankees’ deadline magic sets them up to keep dealing
Executives insist the best trades are those that succeed on both ends. The theory is that one-sided deals will make the losing side more skittish about finding common ground in the future. Because there are only 29 potential partners with which to do business for any team, closing avenues – or at least making those...
19 points by New York Post | Houston Astros Baseball Baseball statistics George Steinbrenner Relief pitcher New York Yankees Chicago Cubs 2008 Major League Baseball season