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 Posted: Thu May 19th, 2016 05:17 pm
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ST. LOUIS - The Colorado Rockies are sending Jose Reyes to extended spring training with no firm plan for when he's eligible to return June 1.

Reyes has been suspended without pay under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The team will make him available to media on Thursday at its spring training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. The team said it would be the lone media access to Reyes prior to his rehab assignment, and that there would be no other access at the complex.

Manager Walt Weiss said Wednesday that he hadn't spoken with the 32-year-old Reyes. He wasn't sure how long Reyes would need to get ready.

The four-time All-Star's future with the Rockies is murky given the emergence of rookie shortstop Trevor Story.

Reyes' suspension stemmed from an alleged altercation with his wife at a Hawaii resort last October.

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Sandoval must be jealous





The Kansas City Royals know how to honor a man in his final season.

Ahead of the club's contest against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, the Royals gave retiring slugger David Ortiz some parting gifts for his career, including three bottles of Kansas City barbecue sauce and a framed photo of the man himself:

Pre-game, Ortiz presented w trio of jugs of KC BBQ sauce, as well as framed photo & chair from ASG pic.twitter.com/j7oPzS8JOK

β€” Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) May 18, 2016
Congrats to @davidortiz on an amazing career! We hope you enjoy that KC BBQ. πŸ‘Œ #ThanksPapi pic.twitter.com/qAECXPmrzw

β€” #VoteRoyals (@Royals) May 18, 2016
Other wacky gifts Ortiz has received in his final MLB season include a humidor of cigars from the Chicago White Sox and a cowboy hat from the Houston Astros.

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lobo316 wrote: Sandoval must be jealous





The Kansas City Royals know how to honor a man in his final season.

Ahead of the club's contest against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, the Royals gave retiring slugger David Ortiz some parting gifts for his career, including three bottles of Kansas City barbecue sauce and a framed photo of the man himself:

Pre-game, Ortiz presented w trio of jugs of KC BBQ sauce, as well as framed photo & chair from ASG pic.twitter.com/j7oPzS8JOK

β€” Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) May 18, 2016
Congrats to @davidortiz on an amazing career! We hope you enjoy that KC BBQ. πŸ‘Œ #ThanksPapi pic.twitter.com/qAECXPmrzw

β€” #VoteRoyals (@Royals) May 18, 2016
Other wacky gifts Ortiz has received in his final MLB season include a humidor of cigars from the Chicago White Sox and a cowboy hat from the Houston Astros.

With all these retirement tours lately, teams have already run out of stupid crap to give really rich guys who don't need or want it.  The best gifts are always donations to a player's charity.  Why don't they stick to that and stop wasting money on garbage. 



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The Toronto Blue Jays are batting slugger Jose Bautista from the leadoff spot Thursday night in an attempt to jump-start their slumping offense.

Toronto has lost five straight games entering Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. It's their first five-game losing streak since September 2013.

Bautista last led off for the Blue Jays on June 15, 2010, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He went 0-for-4.

American League MVP Josh Donaldson is batting second, followed by Edwin Encarnacion in the third spot and first baseman Justin Smoak in the cleanup spot.

Bautista has appealed his one-game suspension for making a hard slide into second base on Sunday against the Texas Rangers and for his postgame comments. Rougned Odor punched Bautista in the jaw after the play and was suspended eight games. He also has appealed.

Toronto led the major leagues with 232 home runs and 891 runs scored last season en route to finishing first in the American League East. This season the Blue Jays are 17th in runs scored (168) and tied for eighth in home runs (49) and sit in fourth place in the division with a 19-23 record.

Bautista, like the Blue Jays, has struggled at the plate this season with a .222 batting average, seven home runs and 28 RBIs. Last season he hit 40 homers with 114 RBIs and finished with a .250 average.

Bautista, 35, is in the final season of his current contract and will be a free agent after this season. In spring training he was vocal about his demands for his next contract, telling reporters that he had told the team what his "number" was and wasn't willing to negotiate.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes took the last of his dozen-or-so swings, stepped out of the batting cage and did a little dance to the beat of the music playing from a small radio in the grass near his feet.

Contrite but happy to be back on a baseball field, Reyes worked out at the Rockies' spring-training facility Thursday, his first step in returning from a 52-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's new domestic-violence policy.

"It's good to be on the field and put that stuff behind me," Reyes said. "I'm sorry. I made a mistake and will stand here like a man. I just have to try to be a better man, a better husband."

Reyes, 32, did not participate in spring training and was suspended through May 31 after being charged with domestic violence for an altercation with his wife in Hawaii last October. Prosecutors dropped the charge before a scheduled April 4 trial after saying Reyes' wife was not cooperating. Reyes became the second player to be suspended under baseball's new domestic violence policy -- with New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman -- and will lose $6,251,366 million of his $22 million salary while sitting out.

"I put myself in this situation, and I'm sorry about it," Reyes said. "I need to put this in the past and continue with my life and my career. Human beings make mistakes. Like I said, I'm sorry to put Rockies fans in this kind of situation."

Asked whether people might be skeptical that he has learned from his mistakes, Reyes told ESPN, "They have a right to not believe me. They're going to see in the long term if I am a new guy, a changed person, they're going to see that in the long term. I know right now they're not going to believe me. But they're going to see what kind of person Jose Reyes is."

Reyes stood out at Colorado's extended spring training, not just with his purple workout shirt among the gray-shirted youngsters, but with his slick fielding and quick bat.

A four-time All-Star, Reyes spent about two hours on the Rockies' back fields, working with some of the younger players while fielding grounders for about 20 minutes. The young players seemed to enjoy being around a player of his stature, laughing as he joked around on the field, some of them sneaking peeks at him around the backstop.

Reyes spent some time in the batting cage then waited for the others to go through situational hitting drills before taking swings from both sides of the plate.

"Being here on the field again, I feel like I'm 18 again, working out with those young kids, great talents moving around, that made me feel good," Reyes said.

Reyes can return June 1, but it's unclear what his role will be when he gets back.

Rookie Trevor Story has excelled in his place, hitting .277 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs through Colorado's first 38 games and the Rockies appear to have no intention of taking him out of the starting lineup.

Asked whether he can replace Story, Reyes said to ESPN, "I don't make that decision. I just want to get ready. It's good to see Story, what he's done so far. He put the Rockies organization in the position to win again every single night, that's good to see. For me, I just have to get ready to help the Rockies any way I can."

Reyes, who is a switch-hitter has lost some of his range, according to defensive metrics, but he still runs well and hit a combined .274 with seven homers and 53 RBIs last season with Toronto and Colorado.

Reyes is due $41 million in guaranteed salary over the next two seasons, so the Rockies will need to decide whether to put him in a backup infielder role or trade him.

"We haven't talked logistics of his fit on this club yet," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said this week. "But we will at some point. I'm just letting it play out."

Reyes has been working out on his own since November, but is way behind players who went through spring training and two months of the season. He still needs to get his timing right on the field, take swings against live pitching and pick up all the nuances that come with playing baseball at full speed in game situations.

"When you get on the field, it's a different ball game," he said. "There's a lot of stuff that doesn't feel right when you get on the baseball field, but my body feels great."

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have optioned left-handed reliever Andrew Faulkner to Triple-A Round Rock, opening up a roster spot for the likely return of outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the disabled list.

Faulkner was sent down Thursday, a day off for the Rangers. The team said a corresponding roster move would be made Friday before the start of a three-game series in Houston.

Choo appears set to return to the Rangers after being out since April 9 because of a strained right calf. When he goes back to right field, and probably in the leadoff spot, rookie Nomar Mazara is expected to move from right to left field.

Faulkner has a 7.94 ERA in eight relief appearances over two stints with the Rangers this season.

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Erick Aybar's tough 2016 season didn't get any better Thursday.

The Atlanta Braves shortstop was removed from the starting lineup for Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after getting a chicken bone stuck in his throat. Manager Brian Snitker said Aybar arrived at PNC Park on Thursday afternoon in discomfort and was taken to a doctor, sedated and had the bone removed.

Aybar was in the Braves' original lineup but was replaced by Daniel Castro.

It's been a rough season for Aybar, and the Braves as a whole.

The veteran shortstop is hitting just .174 with five RBIs and a .412 OPS. The Braves, meanwhile, fired manager Fredi Gonzalez earlier this week after a baseball-worst 9-28 start. Snitker is filling in as the team's interim manager.

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Sandoval is looking for Bautista







What would you do to earn free barbecue food for the rest of your life?

Apparently all it takes is punching Jose Bautista, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

.@HeimBBQ gives @RougnedOdor free meals for life https://t.co/5y7NT58ItG pic.twitter.com/D5QXtxA6Uq

β€” Star-Telegram (@startelegram) May 17, 2016
Yes, Heim Barbecue in Fort Worth has offered Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor free food for life after Odor slugged the Toronto Blue Jays slugger this past Sunday. The restaurant is also selling a T-shirt that reads "Rougned eats free."

Odor received an eight-game suspension for the incident. Which means he should be free for dinner a few nights coming up.

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It was a lot of money back then.

In 1984, Donald Trump could've been the owner of the Minnesota Twins. He offered $50 million to buy the franchise, which turned out to be $14 million more than the club eventually sold for a year later.

"It was a lot of money, no question about it," former Twins owner Calvin Griffith told Jon Kerr in his 1990 biography. "I never thought I'd get in a room talking about the kind of money he was talking about."

At the time, the Twins sent Griffith and their attorney, Peter Dorsey, to New York to confirm Trump's interest in the team.

They met up at his office, where the now-presumptive Republican presidential nominee told them something they wouldn't forget.

"I've got something that a lot of other people have and I don't have something that a lot of people do have,'" Trump said. "I don't have a board of directors or shareholders. And I do have a helluva lot of money.'"

When the two sides disagreed on the price, Trump upped his offer to $53 million to buy the Twins.

Somewhere along the line, Griffith rejected Trump's offer and sold it to Carl Pohlad the following year for $36 million.

Under Pohlad's tenure, the team won the World Series in 1987 and 1991. In 1997, he nearly sold the club to a business owner who intended to move the franchise to North Carolina.

That deal never came to fruition, and after Pohlad died in 2009, his son Jim took over day-to-day operations. He still owns the club today.

As of March 2016, the Twins are worth $910 million, according to Forbes.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Reddick was trying to make something happen, hoping to put himself into position to score. He's likely going to miss a month at minimum as a result of a fractured left thumb.

"Frustrating isn't even the right word," Reddick said following the Oakland Athletics' 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday night. "I'm ticked off more than anything. I was having a great season and now this. Something so simple can be so damaging."

Reddick, who hit a solo home run in the fourth for the A's only run, caught his thumb on Starlin Castro's spike stealing second base in the seventh. It also appeared Reddick was kicked in the head, according to MLB.com.

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Chris Sale became the first Chicago White Sox pitcher in the live ball era to win his first nine starts of the season after improving to 9-0 with a complete game, a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

Sale struck out nine and walked none during the efficient 107-pitch outing to win his 10th consecutive start dating back to last year. The towering ace is the majors' first pitcher since Brandon Webb in 2008 to start a season 9-0 through nine starts.

Sale's dominant start has been fueled by the lefty's new less-is-more approach that he adopted during spring training. At the advice of his White Sox coaching staff, the flamethrower has focused less on strikeouts, and more on pitch efficiency. The approach has encouraged more weak contact from the opposition, an increase in innings per start, and frighteningly good results.

"9-0 is cool, it is. I enjoy it. I enjoyed snapping the skid we were in even more so than that," Sale told MLB.com's Scott Merkin after the White Sox ended their four-game losing streak. "I just try to go out and do my job every fifth day. That’s all I’m trying to do."

Sale's historic start - his second consecutive complete game and third of the season - saw the hard-throwing southpaw notch several records and milestones, including:

Sale's fourth-inning strikeout of George Springer - the 1,068th punchout of his career - moved him into ninth place on the club's all-time strikeout list.
The last White Sox pitcher to win his first nine-plus starts is Eddie Cicotte, who began the 1919 season 12-0.
Sale's the first White Sox pitcher since Jack McDowell (1991) to throw three or more complete games in his first nine starts.
The dominant outing lowered Sale's ERA to a sparkling 1.58, second in the AL to teammate Jose Quintana, and dropped his AL-best WHIP down to 0.72.

"I think everybody should know how we feel about him, how I feel about him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said, according to MLB.com. "He's special. He's a great pitcher, he's one of the best in the game. I just see him continuing to get better as the season goes along, as he goes through his career."

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Matt Harvey's struggles continued Thursday against the Washington Nationals and his next turn in the starting rotation is in doubt.

New York Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters he's not committed to letting the struggling right-hander make his next start after the worst performance of the pitcher's big-league career.

"We're going to take a look - is that best for him, is that best for us?" Collins said. "We're not going to commit to anything at this time. But I will tell you, as I sit here today, I'd certainly trust him. I certainly believe in him. I hadn't seen him struggle like this before. But that guy that pitched tonight for them (Stephen Strasburg), he had a couple of mediocre years and now he's resurged."

Harvey was rocked for nine runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Washington Nationals and was booed by Citi Field fans upon exiting Thursday's game.

The 27-year-old has not looked like the pitcher of old, allowing more hits (65) than innings pitched (48 1/3) while his ERA has risen to a career-worst 5.77.

Harvey's only wins have come against the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and San Diego Padres, who all sit last in their respective divisions, and the hurler isn't sure why he's been pitching so poorly.

Asked if it was a confidence issue, Harvey told reporters, "I don't know. At this point, I have no idea."

If Harvey were to miss his next start, New York could use Logan Verrett, who pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball against the Nationals, in his place.

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The Texas Rangers and the city of Arlington are set to announce plans for a new retractable-roof stadium, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, citing two major-league sources.

City sources tell Gordon Dickson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram a press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET on Friday to make an "important economic development announcement."

Construction of the potential new stadium would require approval from Arlington voters if tax dollars were used for the ballpark.

The stadium would reportedly cost $900 million to build and the bill would be split between the city and the Rangers.

A location for the new stadium hasn't been revealed, nor has a target construction date.

The Rangers' lease with the city for their current home at Globe Life Park in Arlington, which was built in 1994, is set to expire before the 2024 season. It's uncertain how far ahead of '24 the new stadium could open.

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The Boston Red Sox shuffled their roster ahead of Friday's series opener against the Cleveland Indians, placing right-hander Carson Smith and utilityman Brock Holt on the disabled list and recalling Blake Swihart and Noe Ramirez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Smith, acquired from the Seattle Mariners this winter, opened the season on the disabled list after suffering a flexor tendon strain in spring training and made just three sporadic appearances for the Red Sox before returning to the disabled list with elbow soreness. Earlier this week, manager John Farrell hinted that a DL stint might be looming for Smith, who posted a 2.31 ERA over 70 appearances with Seattle in 2015.

In his absence, Ramirez will get another shot to prove himself in Boston's bullpen after stumbling to a 5.79 ERA - with three meltdowns and just one shutdown - in nine appearances for the Red Sox before being demoted in late April.

Holt, meanwhile, will be out of action for at least the next week, landing on the seven-day DL with a mild concussion. One of few players in Boston's lineup not hitting at the moment - the versatile 27-year-old owns a .200/.245/.289 line this month - Holt has dealt with concussion problems before, suffering one in August 2014 that forced him to miss the last month of the season.

With Holt out, Swihart - who broke camp with the Red Sox but barely lasted a week before getting sent down - will get another shot. Since debuting with Boston in 2015, the 24-year-old catcher owns a .710 OPS (89 OPS+) with five homers and 17 doubles in 90 games.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are expected to sign catcher J.P. Arencibia to a minor-league deal, four days after he requested his release from a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Marc Topkin the Tampa Bay Times.

For Tampa, the move provides a backup plan if an injury were to occur, or if Hank Conger continues to struggle at the plate.

Since being a top prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays system, where he was named the 2010 Pacific Coast League MVP, the catcher has struggled in the majors.

Dating back to 2012, the 2007 first-round pick has bounced around to four teams. His last game in the majors was with the Rays on Oct. 1 of last season, and after he was signed by the Phillies, he never made it to the bigs, ultimately requesting his release.

In roughly five major-league seasons, Arencibia is batting a dismal .212/.258/.412 with 80 home runs. In 2011, his first full season with the Blue Jays, he belted a career-high 23 homers.

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