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 Posted: Sun May 14th, 2017 05:30 am
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Jon Daniels is hoping to strike gold in the Japanese free-agent market again.

Shohei Otani, the Japanese pitcher-slugger hybrid who could tempt Major League Baseball clubs this coming offseason, is currently on the disabled list with a thigh strain. That didn't stop the Texas Rangers general manager from traveling across the world to get a personal glimpse of the star in some workouts, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

Rangers bench boss Jeff Banister shed some light on Daniels' decision to fly to Japan solely to watch Otani.

"This is a premier athlete that's a baseball player who plays in Japan for a championship team," Banister said, according to Sullivan. "Very engaging, with a passion to play the game."

Had a lingering ankle injury not ruled out Otani for the World Baseball Classic in March, Daniels may have been able to save his Air Miles.

The GM also made the intercontinental trip in 2011 to get a leg up on the competition in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes - which the Rangers eventually won.

Banister feels the Rangers could land this star international free agent too, with American League rules potentially allowing the club to manage Otani's rare, elite mix of pitching and hitting.

"One of the things you have to take into consideration once a pitcher goes out and pitches: Where is their energy level and recovery?" Banister told Sullivan. "We play in the AL, so the DH type of situation, you could manage it. It's the overall energy level in between."

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The New York Yankees will be without Aroldis Chapman for a while, as the club placed the southpaw reliever on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 13, with left rotator cuff inflammation.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted he doesn't anticipate the fireballer returning until June, at the earliest.

"He's going to be shut down for two weeks and then we'll reassess. ... You're probably looking at a minimum of a month if everything goes right," Cashman said Sunday, according to The Associated Press.

Chapman was seen shaking out his arm in the ninth inning of Friday's 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros, where he uncharacteristically allowed an earned run on three hits. Though he temporarily persuaded training staff to let him remain in the game, manager Joe Girardi took note of his discomfort.

"I saw that too," Girardi told Chris Ryan of NJ.com on Friday. "He said he was fine. No pain, no nothing. I don't know if it's because it's a colder night, windy, not really sure. But that was my concern."

Chapman reportedly had an MRI on Saturday, which revealed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Marly Rivera.

In a corresponding move, the Yankees recalled right-hander Chad Green from Triple-A.

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With Sunday's news that New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will likely miss at least a month due to rotator cuff inflammation, the team has found itself in the somewhat awkward position of turning to Dellin Betances as interim closer.

The relationship between the club and the ace reliever was strained by a testy arbitration hearing before the season, after which team president Randy Levine went so far as to say Betances wasn't closer material.

"I've just got to do my job," Betances said Sunday, according to The New York Post's Dan Martin. "I can't try to show anybody anything, because that's just putting extra pressure on myself. I just have to do go out there, do my job, make pitches, and everything will take care of itself. ...

"I don't have to prove anything. I've been pitching three years (here) already."

The 29-year-old previously took over as Yankees closer after the club dealt Chapman to the Chicago Cubs in 2016. Chapman returned to New York as a free agent in the offseason.

Betances has a sparkling 0.77 ERA with a whopping 22 strikeouts through 11 2/3 innings this season.

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 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2017 05:18 am
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon established pretty clearly that he's not a fan of Major League Baseball's slide rules after Saturday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, insisting the rules don't actually protect fielders and don't belong in the game.

Ever the jokester, Maddon took things further and came up with a few sarcastic proposals to further baseball's safety precautions, according to the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales.

"I think we should consider now eliminating the head-first slide to protect baserunners," Maddon said. "That is really a dangerous slide. To head-first slide you can hurt your hand, and your eye can be poked out. All different things can occur on a head-first slide.

"I also believe, you saw (Chris) Iannetta get hit in the mouth the other day on a pitch. I think the facemask should be mandatory for all hitters, and pitchers have been hit in head with line drives several times. Pitchers should be forced now to wear helmets."

Maddon didn't stop there. He said cages should be installed to protect batters in the on-deck circle, and landed on a novel idea to ensure future generations aren't put at risk:

"Finally, when I coached third in the minor leagues, I always wore a cup. I always was concerned. So I think there needs to be a cup check for players around the field in order to prevent the loss of future families."

Maddon didn't go so far as to suggest players be issued full-body bubble wrap, or to switch out baseballs for tennis balls, but should the Cubs be on the losing end of another interference call, who knows what extreme measures he'll come up with.

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The Lovable Losers aren't so lovable at the moment - or at least their bullpen isn't.

Injuries are one thing, but the New York Mets' devastating loss Sunday was all on the relievers as the team coughed up an 8-3 lead over the Milwaukee Brewers, eventually losing 11-9.

Jerry Blevins, Fernando Salas, Josh Edgin, and Addison Reed surrendered a combined seven earned runs while pitching from the seventh inning on, including two homers by Jonathan Villar and Manny Pina.

To put the Brewers' comeback in perspective, entering the game, teams trailing by five or more runs in the 7th inning or later were a combined 29-3,389 (.008) over the last five seasons, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

More Mother's Day Magic from the Brewers!! This time from Manny Piña!pic.twitter.com/zNoROSmDFb

— The Brew-City Army (@brewcityarmy) May 14, 2017
The Mets led 7-1 before starter Jacob deGrom allowed two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. New York scored another run in the top of the seventh to make it 8-3, but after deGrom gave up a single to begin the bottom of the frame, he was lifted for Blevins, who promptly surrendered a homer to Villar as the wheels came off.

It's the Mets' fourth straight loss and it comes at a daunting time. The club is dealing with a rash of injuries as well as drama surrounding Matt Harvey. Entering Sunday, the team's starters had combined for a league-worst 5.13 ERA, while their relievers had compiled a 4.53 mark.

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You better get used to seeing Mike Trout's name next to Major League Baseball records.

Penciled in as the Los Angeles Angels' designated hitter due to a hamstring issue, Trout put together an odd stat line. He went 1-for-1 with a home run, a hit-by-pitch, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. He added a pair of stolen bases for good measure. Probably safe to say the hamstring wasn't bothering him too badly.

The two stolen bases pushed him to 150 for his career. At 25, he has become the youngest player in MLB history to record 150 home runs and 150 stolen bases, as pointed out by Angels broadcaster Victor Rojas.

The home run was his 179th since debuting in 2011. He's only the second player to hit both 175 home runs and steal 150 bases before his age-26 season. The other is Alex Rodriguez, according to The Associated Press' Greg Beacham.

A-Rod would have been just slightly older getting that 150th stolen base, as he accomplished the feat on Sept. 19, 2001, just under two months after turning 26.

Trout, despite the injury scare, is having an even better season than normal. He's batting .352 with 11 home runs, seven stolen bases, and 26 RBIs. He's also striking out less often than he ever has.

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The Minnesota Twins may go the collegiate route over a high school phenom with the first pick of the 2017 MLB Draft next month.

Minnesota's front office is reportedly leaning toward selecting Louisville first baseman/left-hander Brendan McKay with the top pick over high school pitcher Hunter Greene, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

Nightengale adds the Cincinnati Reds would then likely select Greene with the second pick.

Greene, the No. 1-ranked prospect by Baseball America, opted to shut himself down from pitching last month in order to protect his arm for the draft. The 17-year-old is a two-way talent and has continued to play shortstop, while throwing bullpen sessions to keep his arm in shape.

McKay hit .326 in 13 games with the USA Collegiate National Team and posted a 1.35 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings as a pitcher.

The 2017 MLB Draft takes place June 12.

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Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and Los Angeles Dodgers starter Alex Wood were named the American League and National League Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday.

Betts hit .375/.483/.917 with three home runs, four doubles, five walks, and 11 RBIs in six games, while striking out just twice in 24 at-bats. The 24-year-old's three-run homer against the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning Thursday lifted the Red Sox to a 4-1 win.

Wood follows teammate Cody Bellinger as the second straight Dodger to win the award. The left-hander, who started the season in the bullpen, went 2-0 and tossed 11 shutout innings over back-to-back starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies, striking out 21 and walking just two.

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The Toronto Blue Jays' fortunes appear to have turned at the right time. Winners of eight of their last 10 games, the Blue Jays may be getting much-needed reinforcements sooner than later. Josh Donaldson, the team's best hitter over the last two seasons, is gearing up to be activated from the disabled list.

Manager John Gibbons said Monday the star third baseman could make his return to the lineup as soon as this upcoming weekend when the team travels to Baltimore, according to Sportsnet's Hazel Mae.

Nursing a calf injury that has kept him out of Toronto's lineup since April 9, Donaldson had been without a specific return date. He isn't a lock to play against the division-rival Orioles, but Gibbons' outlook suggests that he's getting closer.

In addition to Donaldson, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is set to play in a rehab game Monday, and could rejoin the team Wednesday or Thursday in Atlanta for the second half of a home-and-home series against the Braves.

The news comes not a moment too soon, either, with outfielder Steve Pearce hitting the disabled list Monday.

Before being placed on the 10-day DL, Donaldson was having a strong start, batting .310 with a pair of home runs over his first nine games.

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In the midst of a six-game winning streak, the Texas Rangers are going to have to get used to life without their starting center fielder.

The club is set to place Carlos Gomez on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday due to a right hamstring strain, and the 31-year-old is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with the injury, the team's executive vice president of communications John Blake announced.

Gomez left Sunday's game with the injury and later underwent an MRI, which revealed the significance of the strain. He was hitting .246/.331/.423 this year, with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 38 games.

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Another game, another home run for Mike Trout!

4th consecutive game with a homer for the Angels starpic.twitter.com/2kcSBGlROb

— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) May 16, 2017
It's almost surprising at this point whenever Mike Trout accomplishes something incredible that he hasn't already done before.

But he added another impressive first to his career accolades on Monday against the Chicago White Sox, hitting a home run in his fourth consecutive game by going back to back with Los Angeles Angels teammate Kole Calhoun. It's now the longest home run streak of Trout's seven-year career.

Mike Trout smashing baseballs... 4 HRs in 4 games. pic.twitter.com/Msm7Gl33I8

— Daren Willman (@darenw) May 16, 2017
Even more amazing - but perhaps not unforeseen, considering Trout's lofty standards - is that all four of his homers during his current tear have had exit velocities above 100 mph and traveled further than 400 feet.

This all comes in a season where he's already become the third player in league history to reach 50 wins above replacement (WAR) by the age of 25, as well as the youngest player with both 150 home runs and 150 stolen bases.

Thanks to Monday's home run, which was his 12th of the season, Trout is now batting .352/.447/.752 with 27 RBIs.

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One year removed from throwing a right hook at the jaw of Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor is trying to separate himself from the event as much as possible.

"It was part of the game," Odor said, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. "But it's in the past and it's something I never want to think about."

Odor punched Bautista on May 15, 2016 following a collision at second base after Bautista slid in trying to break up a double play. It's believed that Odor and the Rangers were still irked by Bautista's bat flip during the two teams' playoff series the year before, and frustrations boiled over in their second and final regular-season series the following year.

Major League Baseball issued an eight-game suspension to Odor that was reduced to seven following an appeal, while Bautista received a one-game suspension.

In the weeks following the altercation, Odor was scheduled to hold an autograph session at a local memorabilia store in which photos of the punch would sell for $99. Odor eventually called it off due to the optics, however, and told Grant that he's never autographed a single image of the punch and never will.

"He knew it was a reaction he wasn't proud of," teammate Elvis Andrus said to Grant. "He knows it was violent. He just wants to turn the page. But I think he also knows how hard that is."

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The Dellin Betances fan club just found itself a new president.

New York Yankees president Randy Levine made waves in February when he publicly criticized Betances' suitability as a closer after he and the club won an arbitration case against the reliever. Levine told reporters: "I'm not an astronaut and Dellin Betances is not a closer."

Time - or, perhaps, necessity - heals all wounds, apparently. With Aroldis Chapman on the disabled list, manager Joe Girardi has tabbed Betances to take over as closer. Though Betances hasn't had a save opportunity in his new role just yet, he does own a miniscule 0.75 ERA through his first 14 appearances of 2017, which seems to have changed the executive's view on the situation.

"He's going to do great. He's ready," Levine told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Tuesday. "I have full confidence he'll do a great job."

Levine's earlier comments were deemed "unprofessional" by MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark in the aftermath of the incident. The president insists he was solely addressing Betances' resume heading into the now-infamous hearing.

"That was arbitration, based on the past," Levine told Heyman. "But he's ready to do it now."

Betances, a native of New York, has made three All-Star teams working as a setup man; he's recorded just 22 career saves to date, 12 of them in the final two months of last year, after trades of both Chapman and Andrew Miller made him the closer by default.

"I don't have to prove anything (as a closer)," he told Dan Martin of the New York Post on Sunday after being named interim closer. "I've been pitching three years (here) already."

The 29-year-old is being paid $3 million by the Yankees this year after asking for $5 million in arbitration.

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Tuesday was an important day in the life of Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis.

The right-hander received scary news in spring training when it was discovered that his testicular cancer had unexpectedly spread. Since then, he's mostly been away from the Rockies while undergoing chemotherapy near his home in Arizona.

On Tuesday, Bettis was all smiles when he posted a photo to Instagram - wife and daughter at his side - announcing he'd just completed the last of his chemo treatments.

"My family and I want to say thank you for all the support and prayers!" Bettis wrote. "We're eternally grateful for y'all. We are excited to move forward and start the process of getting back. Again, thank you! We love you!"

Almost immediately after publicly revealing the news in March, Bettis told MLB.com's Thomas Harding that his goal was to return to the majors this summer. Last month, the 28-year-old joined his teammates at Chase Field when the Rockies played a series in Arizona, and was able to play some catch in between his rounds of chemo.

"Chad has handled this so gracefully and courageously," Rockies manager Bud Black told Nick Groke of the Denver Post during spring training. "He's been a pillar of strength."

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LaTroy Hawkins on Tommy Kahnle: "One of the worst teammates I've ever had in my life, and I've had a lot of teammates" pic.twitter.com/n7vLXc5RBe

— MLB Insider Dinger (@atf13atf) May 17, 2017
Chicago White Sox reliever Tommy Kahnle brings the heat on the mound, but on Tuesday one former teammate of his brought some heat of his own.

LaTroy Hawkins - a 21-year veteran of the league who appeared with 11 different teams throughout his career - was quite candid during a broadcast appearance in Tuesday's game between the Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins about how much he dislikes Kahnle.

"I can't believe they didn't tell you about the fight I got into in 2014 with one of my teammates Tommy Kahnle. I'm surprised they didn't tell you about that."

Longtime Twins broadcaster Dick Bremmer would go on to ask if the disagreement was in good nature.

"No," Hawkins responded. "One of the worst teammates I've ever had in my life by far - and I've had a lot of teammates."

Hawkins and Kahnle played together from 2014-15 and if what Hawkins said is true, it's safe to assume they won't be catching up in the future.

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