Fansided: Phillies trade rumors: Four rental options at the trade deadline
Through 50 games the Phillies are sitting atop the National League East in a strong position to win. They're on pace with last year's club with 29 wins in 50 games and two games ahead of the 2008 World Championship team at the same point, but that's not stopping the Phillies trade rumors.
Despite their success and the addition of several All-Stars, there's a lot of room to grow. Philadelphia has the seventh-fewest home runs in baseball (53) and their pitchers have given up the fifth-most hits (439).
While the starting staff has a 3.7 WAR, the second-best in baseball behind Washington, the hitter's WAR is -1.
CSN Bay Area: A's vs. Mariners lineups: Stephen Piscotty scratched late in Oakland
OAKLAND -- The A's will be without Stephen Piscotty as they take aim at their eighth straight win Saturday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.
Piscotty was a late scratch due to a stomach illness. Manager Bob Melvin was unsure if he will be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale. The A's right fielder went 3-for-4 with a home run in Friday's 6-2 win.
Matt Olson moves up to the cleanup spot, with Mark Canha batting fifth. The pair hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning Friday night.
Meanwhile, Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager will make his season debut and bat sixth after missing the first 53 games with a torn tendon in his left hand.
CBS: Voit's Monster Homer Leads Yankees To Victory In Doubleheader Opener
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Yankees radio announcer John Sterling likes to say "Voit hits one to Detroit" when the big slugger launches a home run. On Saturday, Luke Voit almost sent one to the distant state during New York's doubleheader opener in Kansas City.
The 28-year-old blasted a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning that traveled 470 feet as the Yankees won their sixth game in a row, beating the Kansas City Royals 7-3.
Friday night's game was postponed because of severe thunderstorms, forcing the split twin-bill.
J.A. Happ (4-3) threw six strong innings, striking out 10.
NY Post: Brandon Nimmo injury news gets worse with bulging disk reveal
Perhaps this explains all the new outfield moves the Mets have made recently. Brandon Nimmo told MLB.com on Saturday that he has a bulging disk in his neck and is suffering from whiplash.
The Mets have been vague about the injury that sent Nimmo to the injured list Wednesday, first describing it as a stiff neck, then saying it was inflammation. In regard to the report, the Mets declined to offer any details on its prognosis. They have not set a timetable for Nimmo's return.
The initial injury occurred April 14 in Atlanta, when Nimmo ran into the outfield wall making a catch.
Brew Crew Ball: It's all coming together for Brandon Woodruff
It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a player is a finished product when he arrives in the big leagues for the first time. Guys like Ronald Acuna, Kris Bryant, Alex Bregman, and Chris Paddack, are just a few examples of players who have come up and dominated from the get-go in recent years. But the reality for most MLB players is that there is an adjustment period -- and often times a lengthy one -- before they becoming the best versions of themselves at the game's highest level.
Now in his third season with the Milwaukee Brewers, things are coming together for 26 year old Brandon Woodruff.
Fansided: Dodgers: David Freese is the Perfect Fit For LA's Bench
David Freese is one of the most clutch postseason players of all-time. He will forever be remembered for his clutch hits in the 2011 World Series that lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a come from behind series victory over the Texas Rangers. The Dodgers felt they could use some of that postseason magic and made a waiver trade for Freese last August.
The move for Freese did several things for the Dodgers. It gave the club another veteran presence like Chase Utley, and it gave the team a right-handed complement to Max Muncy at first base.
The Detroit News: Ronny Rodriguez capitalizing on long-awaited opportunity with Tigers
(Photo: Robin Buckson, Detroit News)
Detroit -- Maybe opponents have found how to slow down Ronny Rodriguez.
Maybe pitchers have found his weakness, a flaw they can attack and neutralize Rodriguez's ability to hit.
Maybe it'll last, maybe it will not. If you've watched Rodriguez this season with the Tigers, hacking away and not getting cheated on any of his swings, you know he's not going to go down easy.
One of the Tigers' bright spots this season, Rodriguez has cooled in recent days -- he was out of the lineup Saturday in New York as a recent slump continued -- but he still leads the team with six home runs, is tied for the team lead with three triples, is second with 19 RBIs and ranks third with nine doubles.
Denver Post: Saunders: What are the best MLB ballparks for architecture, food and fans?
PITTSBURGH - I am, I willingly admit, a baseball park geek.
The perfect infield diamonds, manicured emerald grass, quirky angles of outfield walls, giant scoreboards, kids wearing miniature jerseys of their big-league heroes, smorgasbords of ballpark eats, seat colors, organ music, public address announcers, in-game promotions and tradition ... I take it all in.
Little wonder that my recent trip back east -- through Boston's Fenway Park, Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park and Pittsburgh's PNC Park -- was a little slice of baseball heaven.
Earlier this season, I made my first trek to Atlanta's SunTrust Park, and I also ventured inside Tropicana Field for the first time in many years.
South Side Sox: Defensive miscues lead the Sox to a dismal 8-1 loss
In what should have been a close game, the White Sox found a way to lose.
The Minnesota Twins challenged a leadoff hit-by-pitch to Leury Garcia to start the game. One batter into the game, the Twins lost their only challenge, but it would go for naught.
In the same inning, Marwin Gonzalez robbed James McCann of a base hit that would have score Garcia.
During the bottom of the first, Manny Banuelos pitched for two quick outs before giving up back-to-back walks to Jonathan Schoop and Eddie Rosario. C.J. Cron proceeded to double them home after Charlie Tilson misjudged a seemingly easy flyball.
Cubs Insider: Watch: Jason Heyward Lifts Solo Home Run into Basket
It's one of those days at Wrigley Field where the old adage "hit it high and watch it fly" holds true. On a normal day, I'm just guessing this ball doesn't get out for a home run, but hypotheticals have no meaning here. This ball does find its way into the Wrigley Field basket, giving Jason Heyward his seventh home run of the season.
Jason Heyward's 7th home run of the year: pic.twitter.com/PsKWyzuzRt
-- Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 25, 2019
Over the Monster: Red Sox at Astros lineup: Houston vs. Astro's dad
The Red Sox (27-24), fresh off a game against the Astros (34-18) that they could have won but for some "Little League" defense, as this site's editor called it, look to even the score down in Houston tonight at 7:15 p.m (FOX). It's David Price against Brad Peacock, with no J.D. Martinez to speak of, again, with Christian Vazquez taking over the DH spot in the starting lineup with the big slugger still ailing. On Houston's side, George Springer, also dogged by injuries, gets the day off, pushing replacement second baseman Aledmys Diaz into the leadoff spot.
Fansided: Atlanta Braves: must act sooner rather than later
As I am sure most fans are aware of the Atlanta Braves failed to sign a single reliever in the off-season.
I would imagine the Braves could not find the value they were seeking in the market and were seeking short-term commitments because the Braves have young players that were going to be expensive.
But the Braves have skipped the future arbitration process with Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. by signing them to team-friendly extensions and the savings from those contracts should lead to future spending. (Keyword on should, when the owner is a corporation spending habits can be hard to predict).
azcentral.com: Diamondbacks designate John Ryan Murphy, plan to give Carson Kelly more time
SAN FRANCISCO - By designating John Ryan Murphy for assignment on Saturday, the Diamondbacks appear to be moving away from a three-catcher alignment, a decision made easier, manager Torey Lovullo said, by the progress of young catcher Carson Kelly.
Lovullo said called the decision a "very hard" one to make - Murphy was sent out to clear way for Saturday's starter, right-hander Taylor Clarke - but he said the club felt the time was right to put more on Kelly's plate.
"I think that's a strong part of this equation," Lovullo said. "More recently we've been more and more impressed with his ability to control the game from behind the plate, control the at-bats.
Bleacher Report: Video: Astros' Josh Reddick Performs Couple's Gender Reveal Before Red Sox Game
Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick became the latest athlete to take part in the craze sweeping the nation when he helped a couple reveal their baby's gender prior to Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox.
With the couple's family and friends looking on from the outfield seats, Reddick was given the honor of letting them know a boy is on the way:
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Per ABC 13 in Houston, Gabriel and Emely Quesada were able to set things up by asking Reddick if he could help with their gender reveal two weeks earlier.
Fansided: Washington Nationals: Juan Soto Heating Up At Right Time
The sophomore slump. A phrase known well by many sports fans, and feared by any second-year athlete. Washington Nationals 20-year-old outfielder Juan Soto was getting very familiar with this term towards the start of the season.
Soto began the year hitting well, but slowed down as the end of April and beginning of May approached. After coming off the disabled list with a back injury on May 11, Soto continued to struggle going two for his first 20 with nine strikeouts in his first five games back.
The poise at the plate, knowledge of the strike zone, and personal swagger we all came to know and love last season seemed to be gone.
ESPN.com: Longtime Texas baseball writer Fraley dies at 64
DALLAS -- Gerry Fraley, a longtime baseball writer who spent most of his career with The Dallas Morning News, has died. He was 64.
Fraley died early Saturday after a two-year battle with cancer, the newspaper reported.
After covering the Braves for the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, Fraley joined the Dallas paper in 1989 to cover the Texas Rangers. Fraley also wrote about football, basketball and NASCAR among other assignments for the Morning News.
Assistant managing editor for sports Garry Leavell said Fraley's versatility "is what separated him from his peers."
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TBO Rays: Rays Tales: The 10 most impactful/influential people in franchise history
CLEVELAND -- Seeing Andrew Friedman and Jim Hickey back at the Trop last week, chatting recently with Stuart Sternberg, reading John Romano's tale of the transition from Vince Naimoli's ownership that began 15 years ago this month got us thinking:
Who are the 10 most impactful/influential people in Rays franchise history?
The ones who had, and in some cases, still have a direct role in guiding and shaping the franchise, for better or for worse, and on different levels, but definitely for real.
Here, with a little help from some friends, is what we came up with:
Vince Namoli brought baseball to Tampa Bay.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Shildt stays with Fowler as leadoff and Carpenter hitting fifth
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt will stick with the configuration he unveiled Friday night with Dexter Fowler hitting first and Matt Carpenter fifth in the second game of a series against Atlanta on Saturday night.
Fowler struck out three times hitting leadoff Friday night and Carpenter had a single and home run.
They will face Mike Soroka of the Braves, who is 5-1 with a 1.01 earned-run average. Soroka has not allowed more than one earned run in any of his seven starts. He held the Cardinals scoreless on three hits over seven innings in a 4-0 Atlanta win last week.
Fansided: Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, What Is His Next Big Trade?
With May almost over the Mariners have had like 22 pitchers in the bullpen and it wouldn't surprise me if it doubles that before the season ends or even by the all-star break. A lot of that depends on how many relievers end up having success for the Mariners.
Brandon Brennan so far looks like the best acquisition the Mariners have in the bullpen since the beginning of the year. The amazing thing he was a rule 5 pickup. He along with Roenis Elias and Cory Gearrin are the only relievers who started the season with Seattle.