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 Posted: Thu Mar 31st, 2016 12:30 am
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The career of former National League MVP Jimmy Rollins just keeps on ticking.

Rollins, who signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago White Sox in February, had his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, officially making him a member of the team's Opening Day roster.

The 37-year-old will start at shortstop Monday against his home town Oakland Athletics.

A veteran of 16 big-league seasons, Rollins is expected to split playing time throughout the season with Tyler Saladino.

Over the course of spring training, Rollins hit a phenomenal .354/.373/.604 with four home runs and 13 RBIs across 47 plate appearances.

During his career, the longtime Phillie owns a slash line of .265/.325/.420 with 229 home runs, 928 RBIs, and 465 stolen bases.

In other moves, the White Sox optioned right-hander Scott Carroll to Charlotte, and outrighted Jacob Turner to the minors.

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The Cleveland Indians officially announced their starting rotation Wednesday and one name was surprisingly left out.

Trevor Bauer, the 25-year-old right-hander, who pitched well in spring training across four starts, will not be included in the team's rotation to begin the season.

Cleveland will instead follow their impressive front three of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar with Cody Anderson and Josh Tomlin.

Indians president Chris Antonetti told reporters that despite his strong spring, Bauer was considered behind both Anderson and Tomlin in the team's eyes.

Bauer's exact role in the bullpen, which has yet to be revealed, will be an evolving one, according to manager Terry Francona.

Bauer's made 56 starts for the Indians over the last two seasons, but struggled at times last year as his ERA hit 4.55 amid disastrous stretches in June, August, and September.

The former third-overall pick of 2011 draft owns a career ERA of 4.50 in four big-league seasons.

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lobo316 wrote: HONOLULU - Maui prosecutors are moving to dismiss a domestic abuse charge against suspended Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Glen said Wednesday she's dropping the case because Reyes' wife isn't cooperating.

"The complaining witness, Mr. Reyes' wife, is what we call an uncooperative witness," Glen told reporters, according to ESPN. "At this point, I have no other avenue for prosecution."

Reyes was scheduled to go to trial April 4. He pleaded not guilty to abusing a family or household member.

The former New York Mets shortstop was arrested Oct. 31 at the Wailea Four Seasons Resort. According to a recording of a 911 call released by police, a hotel security guard reported the woman had injuries to her leg and scratches on her neck.

Reyes was released after posting $1,000 bail and was ordered to stay away from his wife for three days.

He was placed on paid leave under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy pending completion of the criminal proceedings.





Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes will remain on paid administrative leave until after commissioner Rob Manfred completes his investigation under MLB's domestic violence policy, the league announced Wednesday.
Hours earlier, Maui prosecutors said they would no longer pursue a domestic abuse charge against Reyes because his wife isn't cooperating. Reyes, a four-time All-Star, pleaded not guilty to abusing a family or household member after he was arrested and released on $1,000 bond in connection with the Oct. 31 incident at the Wailea Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii.
According to a 911 call released by police, a hotel security guard reported a woman had injuries to her leg and scratches on her neck.
Reyes was scheduled to go to trial April 4, the same day his Rockies are set to begin their season in Arizona.
Manfred had previously said that any potential discipline would be determined following the completion of Reyes' criminal investigation. It's the third such case under the league's new policy after Manfred suspended Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman for 30 games, and decided against disciplining Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. Neither player was criminally charged for their alleged involvement in domestic cases.
A league official told MLB.com on Wednesday that there is no timetable for when Manfred will make a decision on Reyes, who has been absent from spring training after being placed on the restricted list.

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lobo316 wrote: New York Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller exited Wednesday's exhibition contest after taking a line drive off his right wrist in the seventh inning, reports Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal, with the 30-year-old slamming his glove down and flinging his cap into the dugout as he left the game.

Shortly after Miller's departure, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters the veteran reliever had been diagnosed with a bruised wrist and will head back to Tampa Bay for an X-ray and CT scan.

Miller, who entered his club's game against the Atlanta Braves with a 3.18 ERA and 7:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in six Grapefruit League outings, was seen squeezing his eyes tight and shaking his arm as he left the field, one spectator told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Still, fellow reliever Dellin Betances sounded confident Miller will be fine.

"It's a bruise, he'll laugh about it later," Betances told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

With newcomer Aroldis Chapman suspended for the first 30 games of the regular season, Miller is slated to open the campaign as New York's closer after logging a career-high 36 saves with a 2.04 ERA last year in his first season with the Yankees.




A CT scan on New York Yankees reliever Andrew Miller's right wrist revealed a chip fracture, the team announced Wednesday.
Miller will visit a hand specialist before determining how to proceed. A decision on whether he'll open the season on the disabled list won't be made until he returns from the specialist, according to Jack Curry of YES.
The 30-year-old left-hander was hit in his right wrist by a line drive during New York's matchup against Atlanta on Wednesday, and he left the game clutching his wrist in obvious pain. General manager Brian Cashman initiallytold reporters the diagnosis was a bruised wrist and X-rays taken shortly after the incident came back negative.


"If I had to pick a spot to get hit, it would be on my right arm," Miller told Billy Witz of the New York Times after the game, before word of the CT scan results came down. "It's a lot better than my legs or my other hand."
The left-hander also told Witz he didn't believe an injury to his right hand would hinder his pitching.
With Miller's potential absence for the foreseeable future, and Aroldis Chapman serving a 30-game suspension to begin the season, it's possibleDellin Betances could open the season as New York's closer. While Betances has been one of baseball's best relievers over the last two years, he's yet to close on a consistent basis, and owns just 10 career saves.
Miller logged a career-high 36 saves with a 2.04 ERA in 2015, his first season with the Yankees.

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Miami Marlins starter Jarred Cosart got an earful from his skipper Don Mattingly on Wednesday about his five o'clock shadow.

In an interview with MLB Network Radio, Cosart explained that Mattingly warned him against having too much stubble.

"Just make sure that I'm not the one that tells you you have to shave, because if it goes there, there's going to be some problems," Mattingly told Cosart.

The irony of the situation, of course, is that Mattingly himself was once harped by Mr. Burns in the classic Simpsons episode, "Homer at the Bat," for his failure to tend to his own "infuriating facial hair."

Despite the club's clean-shaven approach to the season, Cosart admitted that Mattingly has been very easygoing with his new team.

"As you guys know, having a beard or not having a beard is not going to make you play any better so I think that's the biggest thing with me. And you know it's a team thing, a team rule, and we're riding with Don," Cosart said. "We love what we've experienced so far in camp with him, very laid back. There's not a lot of rules aside from the facial hair and being on time."

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Pablo Sandoval will enter the second season of his five-year, $90-million deal with the Boston Red Sox as a bench player.

Travis Shaw will be the club's third baseman on Opening Day, manager John Farrell announced Thursday, leaving Sandoval without a starting job.

Farrell said he met with both players ahead of making the news public, and acknowledged that defense was the deciding factor.

"It's the right decision to help the team win," Sandoval told reporters.

Sandoval's first year in Boston was an extreme disappointment. The two-time All-Star slashed .245/.292/.366 with 10 home runs in 126 games.

He arrived at camp this year to continued concern regarding his weight and had a less than stellar spring both defensively and offensively. In 16 games, he hit .244/.279/.488 with two home runs while committing a team-leading four errors.

Shaw put together a strong rookie season in 2015, hitting .270/.327/.487 with 13 home runs and 10 doubles in 65 games. The 25-year-old slashed .333/.377/.509 with a pair of home runs this spring.

"I'm not going to take this opportunity for granted," Shaw said.

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After eight seasons as the president of the Atlanta Braves, John Schuerholz is moving on from the position, he announced Thursday.

"There is so much joy to me to be a part of this great game," Schuerholz said. "I love it. It's not a chore for me to come into the office. It's not a chore for me to go to my work. But I keep being reminded by my lovely wife that I'm doing too much of that grinding and working on holidays and so on and so forth. That's how I am. It's not work for me."

Schuerholz will move into a vice-chairman role, while executive vice presidents Mike Plant and Derek Schiller were named president of development and business respectively.

After joining the Braves as general manager in 1990, Schuerholz held the position for 17 seasons before he was named team president in 2007. Under his leadership, the Braves went 1,594-1,092, won 14 division titles, and captured a World Series crown in 1995.

"John Schuerholz has provided tremendous leadership for this organization for more than 25 years," chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk said. "While he is stepping back from his overall day-to-day business and development duties, we are excited that he will continue to be a source for consultation and guidance on baseball matters."

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PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia is officially apologizing to Jackie Robinson for the shameful way he was treated in the City of Brotherly Love.

The City Council passed a resolution Thursday naming April 15 as a day to honor Robinson's achievements and to apologize for the racism he faced while visiting Philadelphia in 1947.

April 15 is the day Robinson broke the color barrier by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In Philadelphia, Robinson was refused service by a local hotel and then taunted by Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman, who, along with players, hurled racial slurs at Robinson each time he came to bat.

The 2013 biopic ''42'' highlights the hateful reception Robinson received in Philadelphia.

The apology will be presented to Robinson's widow, Rachel.

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will have some unexpected company in the dugout this season.

On Thursday, the Red Sox announced that last year's prized free-agent signing, Pablo Sandoval, will begin the season on the bench after losing the starting third base job to 25-year-old sophomore Travis Shaw. Shortly after learning of the news, Sandoval said he supported the club's decision.

His teammates, however, didn't see it coming.

"It was a surprise," Ortiz told reporters, according to Craig Handel of the Boston Herald. "I guess it was a surprise to you all, too. (Pablo) was a guy who worked extremely hard in spring training. From that standpoint, it was a surprise."


Sandoval, who signed a five-year, $90-million deal with Boston last winter, arrived at camp this spring to continued concern regarding his weight and struggled both defensively and offensively. In 16 games, he hit .244/.279/.488 with two home runs while committing a team-leading four errors.

Meanwhile, Shaw, who will earn $515,000 this year, is coming off a strong rookie season in which he hit .270/.327/.487 with 13 home runs and 10 doubles in 65 games. This spring, he picked up right where he left off, slashing .333/.377/.509 with a pair of home runs in exhibition play.

"He won it, I guess," Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz said. "That's what they were doing, competing for a third base job. Pablo has a big contract and that probably had a lot to do with how long it went on. Travis hit the ball well, pretty much all spring. He put the organization in a tough spot. It's a situation where you’re paying somebody and somebody else is doing a better job and making the team better. The organization had to make a decision and that’s what they did."

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Follow your nose to find the newest hot dog at Progressive Field.

The Cleveland Indians' newest hot dog offering for the 2016 season is the "Slider Dog." It comes topped with mac and cheese, bacon, and Froot Loops.

The @Indians new vendor Happy Dog's "Slider Dog." Mac n cheese, bacon, and fruit loops😍😍 #TribeLive pic.twitter.com/lXolPE2Zjq

— Thomas Khristenko (@ChefKyrie) March 31, 2016
Cereal is a strange topping to add to any hot dog, but considering that Progressive Field's "classic" hot dogs were voted the best in baseball by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, the Indians probably know what they're doing.

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New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said he felt "physically and mentally stronger than ever" in early March following a highly publicized stint in rehab for alcoholism, but the six-time All-Star still intends to take some extra steps this season to avoid a relapse.

"When I go on the road, I'll have the minibar taken out," Sabathia said in an exclusive interview with VICE Sports. "But there's different things that I can do now: go back to my room; read; I have different things on my computer that I can do; hang out with my teammates; I play a lot of video games. I kind of got away from that because I would just run back to my room and look for the next drink."

Sabathia, who checked himself into rehab the day before his team played the Houston Astros for the 2015 American League wild card, hasn't yet been assured a spot in New York's rotation, but said Monday he's "assuming" they won't send him to the bullpen. Either way, the former Cy Young Award winner is committed to the club's No. 1 goal - "getting to the playoffs," he said - just as he's committed to staying sober.

"1000 percent, I feel like I've gotten a second chance and I'm not going to mess that up," Sabathia said. "I know people talk about how hard it is and things like that, but there's no way I'm putting my family back through that. There's no way I'm picking up another drink."

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For a second straight year, Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound for the New York Yankees on Opening Day.

Despite an inconsistent spring from the 27-year-old right-hander, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Thursday that Tanaka - who had a bone spur surgically removed from his elbow this winter - will get the ball for Monday's season opener against the Houston Astros in the Bronx, reports Meredith Marakovits of YES Network.

Earlier this month, Girardi hinted that Tanaka would start the season opener, but grew increasingly noncommittal of late, with pitching coach Larry Rothschild suggesting last week that the Japanese expat might be "holding back." Though he wasn't exactly dominant Wednesday in his rain-shortened Grapefruit League start - asked by Girardi to "dial it up a little bit," he allowed a run on seven hits with five strikeouts in four innings - Tanaka did enough not to lose the Opening Day assignment.

"I thought he dialed it up, yes," said Rothschild. "If it's to the extent that we need to see, we need to talk about it and see."

Last year, after famously foregoing Tommy John surgery in 2014, Tanaka managed a 3.51 ERA with a 5.15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 154 innings, but struggled on Opening Day. In his first start of 2015, he lasted just four innings against the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing five runs on five hits - including a solo shot from Edwin Encarnacion - in an eventual 6-1 loss at Yankee Stadium.

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New York Yankees reliever Andrew Miller has been cleared to pitch by a hand specialist despite having a fractured right wrist, but there may be another solution to the lanky southpaw's early injury woes.

Jim Abbott, who pitched parts of 10 seasons in the majors despite not being born with a right hand, has offered to teach Miller his patented "glove switch" technique.

@jabbottum31 Nothing I ever play thru will compare to what you did. You are the perfect example as to why you never give up. I'll be fine

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You've shown great resilience in your career, and will again, let me know if you want to work on that switch:) https://t.co/ESGXdfUAkw

— Jim Abbott (@jabbottum31) April 2, 2016
Abbott enjoyed a solid big-league career, compiling an 87-108 record with a 4.25 ERA while pitching for the California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and Yankees. His career highlight, though, was tossing a no-hitter on Sept. 4, 1993.

New York will be relying heavily on Miller to close out games in April while fireballer Aroldis Chapman serves his 30-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Miller earned American League Reliever of the Year honors in 2015 after posting a ridiculous 14.6 K/9 rate while converting 36 of his 38 save opportunities in his first year as a closer.

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Rick Thurman, the agent of Pablo Sandoval, questioned the Boston Red Sox decision to bench his client on Friday, though the third baseman made it clear that he and his representation hold different opinions on the matter.

"That's my agent, it (doesn't) come from me," Sandoval told reporters. "My agent, he can say whatever he wants. Like I said, his comment, not mine."

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Thursday that Travis Shaw will be the club's Opening Day third baseman, relegating Sandoval and his $17-million per year contract to the bench.

"If you want to win, why leave the Ferrari in the garage?" Thurman said when referring to the decision.

The remark was in complete contrast to what Sandoval said after receiving the news that he would not be a starter, calling it the right decision to help the team win.

While Thurman has aired his grievances with the media, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he has yet to receive any calls, but is open to meeting.

Dombrowski also acknowledged Sandoval himself has not mentioned any issues with the decision, and has not requested to be traded.

"He has not (expressed dissatisfaction) to me, no," Dombrowski said. "All of his comments in the paper have been great. I also think he wants to be in a position when he gets in the lineup that he produces and puts up some numbers."

Sandoval came off the bench in Friday's spring win over the Toronto Blue Jays. He pinch hit for designated hitter David Ortiz in the seventh, and proceeded to go 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

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The New York Yankees have traded catcher Carlos Corporan to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations.

Corporan provides the Rays with catching depth behind Curt Casali and Hank Conger, who will split the backstop duties on the major-league club.

The acquisition of Corporan gives the Rays a replacement for Rene Rivera, who was released on Wednesday.

Corporan, 32, who had an odd opt-out clause in his contract, hit .167/.219/.200 for the Yankees in 16 spring games.

Over the course of six big-league seasons, Corporan owns a .218/.280/.342 slash line with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs.

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