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 Posted: Mon May 16th, 2016 04:46 pm
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Carlos Beltran became the fourth switch-hitter in major-league history to hit 400 home runs when the New York Yankees outfielder smacked a sixth-inning two-run shot off Chicago White Sox left-hander Zach Duke on Sunday.

Beltran's eighth homer of the season put New York in front 5-4 in its series finale at Yankee Stadium, and landed him in the record books alongside some of the game's greatest players.

He joins Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, and Chipper Jones as the only switch-hitters to reach the milestone from both sides of the plate, and he's the 54th player overall in the 400 club. Beltran's the third Puerto Rican-born player to accomplish the feat and just the fifth member of the exclusive 400-homer, 300-steal club.

The 39-year-old was greeted at home plate by teammate and fellow switch-hitter Mark Teixeira, who sits three homers shy of joining Beltran in the 400 club.

"It's really neat that I have gotten to play with three of the best switch-hitters of all time in Carlos, Chipper Jones, and Lance Berkman," Teixeira told the YES Network during spring training. "We learn a lot from each other, but it's not about competition, it's about winning games."

Beltran's production has slowed in recent seasons because of injuries - he's managed just 42 homers over his last three years. An eight-time All-Star, Beltran's had four 30-plus home run campaigns, including his impressive 41-homer season with the Mets in 2006.

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Evan Gattis is returning to the Houston Astros.

Following their 10-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, the Astros announced that Gattis has been recalled from Double-A to serve as the team's backup catcher.

Houston had optioned the 29-year-old to Corpus Christi on May 7 to get some reps behind the plate. Though catcher is his natural position, Gattis hasn't caught in a major-league game since 2014, when he was with the Atlanta Braves. Since joining the Astros last season, Gattis has been employed strictly as a designated hitter, save for 11 games in left field.

The Astros are also hoping that the brief trip to the minors will help Gattis regain his power stroke, which could help boost the struggling team. After hitting over 20 home runs in each of his first three major-league seasons, he's struggled to begin 2016, hitting just .203/.257/.313 with one home run at the big-league level. He did show signs in Corpus Christi, posting a .375/.405/.800 line with five homers over his week-long Double-A stint.

To make room on the 25-man roster, Houston optioned outfielder Preston Tucker to Triple-A Fresno, while also designating backup catcher Erik Kratz for assignment.

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From one Jose to another, Canseco has Bautista's back.

The former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder piped in on Twitter after Rougned Odor's right hook to Bautista triggered two bench-clearings in Sunday afternoon's game, calling the punch a "cheap shot."

What a cheap shot on batista by odor..batista should break that punk in half.he should beat his ass prison style..week sucker punch

— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) May 16, 2016
As far as we know, Canseco's only experience in trying to beat someone up was his very unsuccessful challenge against a 7-foot-2 kickboxer.

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The league's hottest hitter was given a small prize as he chases the grand trophy.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. earned American League Player of the Week honors, alongside the National League's top player Jose Fernandez.

Bradley Jr. is in the midst of chasing Joe DiMaggio's hit-streak record as he sits at 21. This week his bat was on fire, going 15-for-32 with three homers and 15 RBIs.


The speedy outfielder beat out Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who batted .500 with four home runs, and nine RBI's while slugging 1.080 over the past seven days.

In the NL, Fernandez dealt, going 2-0 in two starts. He fanned 22 batters over 14 innings of work, good for a sparkling 0.64 ERA while running his record to 8-0.

He edged out teammate Marcell Ozuna, who batted .500 with eight runs, 13 hits, and a .536 OBP.

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The Toronto Blue Jays claimed infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Paredes has been on the disabled list all season with a sprained left wrist he suffered in spring training when he dove to try to catch a ball in right field.
The Orioles had to make a roster move with Paredes after his rehab assignment ended on Sunday and chose to place him on waivers instead of activating him to the 25-man roster.
He hit .308 with two home runs during his rehab in the minors, which started on April 26. He played third base, left field and right field.
The 27-year-old Dominican batted .275 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs last season in 104 games for the Orioles.

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The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly 7 minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB's commissioner, Rob Manfred, isn't happy about it.

"We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year (last season) was player focus on the topic," Manfred told ESPN. "And we feel like we've lost a little focus. So we're doing a variety of things to try to get that focus back."


Through Monday, the average time of a nine-inning game this season was 3 hours, 26 seconds. At the same stage of last season, about six weeks after MLB implemented much-ballyhooed new pace-of-game rules, the average game time was 2:53:33. That pace did slow, however, and the average time by season's end wound up at 2:56:14.

Manfred said officials in the commissioner's office have reached out to the Players Association to let the union know that they're "concerned" about this trend. And players identified as repeated violators of pace-of-game rules have actually received personal phone calls reminding them to adhere to the rules, sources say.

MLB officials believe the prolonged stretch of cold weather in the midwest and northeast is one factor, because "when it's cold," Manfred said, "the games do go longer."

Another factor, MLB has concluded, is a steep spike in pitches per game, which have risen to their highest level (289.25 per nine-inning game) in seven years. However, Manfred absolved baseball's replay system of blame, saying he looks at the 35-percent increase in replay reviews, compared with last year, as more of a pace-of-game issue than a time-of-game issue.

Even with the increase in total number of replays, baseball still averages less than one replay per game. So the rise in replays and the rise in game time don't appear to be related. Nevertheless, Manfred said, baseball is studying various aspects of replay this season and will look at potential tweaks to the system after this year.

"You can rest assured," the commissioner said, "that we are watching this year, and we will be analyzing during the offseason, both the number of replays and particularly the longer reviews. The 4-minute-and-50-second reviews don't make me that happy."

Manfred said he's actually gratified that the expanded replay system has worked so well, over its first three seasons, that MLB has "only tinkered at the edges with the system." Nevertheless, he said, the 35-percent rise in total replays, and the trend toward longer reviews are issues "that merit analysis."

"Meriting analysis doesn't mean there ought to be a change," he said. "Just, they merit analysis."

The commissioner said he thinks baseball needs to look at "creative ways" to improve both time and pace of game. He promised that this will be a major topic this summer in negotiations over the sport's next labor deal, which would take effect after this season. Baseball continues to experiment with pitch clocks in minor-league games, but Manfred declined to say whether MLB would push for pitch clocks in the major leagues next season.

"We're going to put a package of issues on the table with the union," he said. "Speculating about which ones I like and don't like is counter-productive to that process at this point. I think the best I can do for you at this point is to say I'm prepared to think about additional rule changes that are relevant to the issue of pace of play."

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Fredi Gonzalez's time with the Atlanta Braves has reportedly come to an end.

The Braves have fired the skipper, as well as bench coach Carlos Tosca, according to reports.

Multiple sources report that Gwinnett Braves manager Brian Snitker will replace Gonzalez in an interim role for the remainder of the season.

Snitker served as Atlanta's third base coach from 2006-13 after replacing Gonzalez when he left to manage the Miami Marlins.

Terry Pendleton is the new bench coach, Eddie Perez moves to first base coach, and Marty Reed is now the bullpen coach. Bo Porter remains the third base coach.

The rebuilding Braves, who haven't fired a manager since 1990, got off to an MLB-worst 9-28 start under Gonzalez.

Pendleton, Perez, Bud Black, and Torey Lovullo have all been considered as candidates when it's time to hire a manager on a permanent basis.

Gonzalez, the predecessor to longtime Braves skipper Bobby Cox, leaves with a 425-385 record with Atlanta over a tenure that included an NL East title in 2013. He also managed the Marlins to a 276-279 record from 2007-10.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a three-year extension with catcher Francisco Cervelli through the 2019 season, the team announced Tuesday.

A source told ESPN MLB Insider Jim Bowden that the total value of the deal is $32 million, not including incentives. Cervelli will receive $9 million in 2017, $10.5 million in 2018 and $11.5 million in 2019.

Here's where I want to be so i decided stay here........ #IAmAPirate @PlRATES

— Francisco Cervelli (@fran_cervelli) May 17, 2016
"We are very pleased to be able to reach a joint commitment with a quality player and person like Francisco Cervelli," general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "We look forward to Francisco's abilities, passion and energy making us better."

The 30-year-old Cervelli is hitting .276 with 18 RBIs this season, and he has thrown out eight baserunners. Since he was acquired by the Pirates prior to the 2015 season, Cervelli has recorded the best on-base percentage (.374) among all catchers while posting the third-best batting average (.290) and the third-most hits (160).

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lobo316 wrote: Fredi Gonzalez's time with the Atlanta Braves has reportedly come to an end.

The Braves have fired the skipper, as well as bench coach Carlos Tosca, according to reports.

Multiple sources report that Gwinnett Braves manager Brian Snitker will replace Gonzalez in an interim role for the remainder of the season.

Snitker served as Atlanta's third base coach from 2006-13 after replacing Gonzalez when he left to manage the Miami Marlins.

Terry Pendleton is the new bench coach, Eddie Perez moves to first base coach, and Marty Reed is now the bullpen coach. Bo Porter remains the third base coach.

The rebuilding Braves, who haven't fired a manager since 1990, got off to an MLB-worst 9-28 start under Gonzalez.

Pendleton, Perez, Bud Black, and Torey Lovullo have all been considered as candidates when it's time to hire a manager on a permanent basis.

Gonzalez, the predecessor to longtime Braves skipper Bobby Cox, leaves with a 425-385 record with Atlanta over a tenure that included an NL East title in 2013. He also managed the Marlins to a 276-279 record from 2007-10.
Makes no sense. The team is awful and they haven't brought up their studs yet. He's not a good manager but they should have started from scratch after this season.



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The Houston Astros have placed struggling outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left rib cage.

According to multiple reports, Gomez hurt himself diving for a ball in Boston last Friday and it hasn't improved since.

Over a 10-year stretch in the majors, Gomez is off to the worst start of his career. In 34 games, Gomez is batting an abysmal .182/.238/.248 and has failed to hit a home run or a triple this season.

On Monday, Gomez opened up about his struggles this season on both offense and defense.

"What can I do? I don't have anything to say," he said. "I've been playing brutal. In everything - defensively, offensively. I'm not playing good. Just take it like a man and continue to work. That's the only thing I can do. It has to turn around."

In a few countermoves, the Astros designated righty Asher Wojciechowski for assignment, and promoted prospect Colin Moran while recalling Evan Gattis.

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The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a major-league deal with former All-Star closer Joe Nathan.

Nathan was immediately placed on the 60-day disabled list as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery he underwent in April 2015.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports Nathan will get the pro-rated league minimum if he makes it back to the big leagues with the Cubs, and his contract includes a number of performance bonuses.

The right-hander hopes to be ready to pitch by July.

Nathan last pitched in the show with the Detroit Tigers last season, making a lone appearance in April before going down with the injury.

The 41-year-old sits eighth all time in saves with 377 and owns a career ERA of 2.89.

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The Minnesota Twins have sent 2012 first-round pick Jose Berrios back to Triple-A after the righty struggled mightily in four big-league starts.

As a corresponding move, the club recalled left-hander Taylor Rogers.

After his much-anticipated call to the bigs, Berrios didn't have the best debut. In four starts he went 1-1 with a 10.20 ERA, giving up 17 runs over 15 innings.

Berrios also walked 12 batters, but notched 20 strikeouts.

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Bartolo Colon's home run will be enshrined by Guinness World Records.

The crew will honor Colon, 42, as the oldest person to hit his first major-league home run on Tuesday before the New York Mets take on the Washington Nationals, reports ESPN's Adam Rubin.

As everyone should know by know, "The Great Bartbino" took San Diego Padres righty James Shields yard on May 7, triggering debates over whether it was one of the greatest moments in baseball history.

In the aftermath, Colon inspired Noah Syndergaard to be a better ball player, and the veteran also got his own baseball card commemorating the blast.

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Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor received an eight-game suspension for punching Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was suspended three games, according to Fox Sports. He had been ejected earlier in Sunday's game but returned to the field.

Odor was also fined $5,000, according to Yahoo! Sports. He will appeal his ban, which was first reported by MLB Network.

Bautista slid at Odor's legs in the midst of a double play in the top of the eighth inning of the Rangers' eventual 7-6 win. Players from both teams rushed the field, and Odor shoved Bautista and then landed a punch to his face.

Bautista had reached base after being hit by a pitch from Matt Bush.

Odor said Sunday that he expected a suspension, and on Monday he said he didn't regret hitting Bautista.

Many players were involved in the melee.

Bautista and Odor were ejected after the brawl, as were Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Texas bench coach Steve Buechele.

Umpires needed about 10 minutes to restore order, and Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez hit Prince Fielder with the next pitch when the game resumed, which caused both teams to leave their dugouts again, though this time no punches were thrown.

Chavez and Blue Jays coach DeMarlo Hale were then ejected after an earlier warning for both teams when Bautista was hit by Bush. Hale was serving as acting manager after Gibbons was ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Despite punching him Sunday, Odor said Monday that he respects Bautista because he "plays hard."

The Rangers' series-clinching victory Sunday was the final regular season meeting between the two clubs. A feud had been simmering between the teams since Bautista's bat flip in last year's American League Division Series. Many Blue Jays took issue with the Rangers plunking Bautista in his last at-bat of the last meeting between the teams this season.

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FRISCO, Texas -- Rougned Odor's former minor league team has introduced an alcoholic energy drink it says delivers a punch.

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders introduced Rougie's Red PUNCH on Tuesday, the same day Major League Baseball suspended the Texas Rangers second baseman eight games for punching the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista in the jaw. Odor has appealed the penalty.







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