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 Posted: Sun Aug 6th, 2017 02:50 am
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Major League Baseball announced Saturday that Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce has been suspended for two games without pay for directing a homophobic slur toward a fan during Friday's game in Anaheim.

Joyce's lost salary will be donated to PFLAG, and MLB also announced he will be taking part in a "public outreach initiative" with the organization.

The 33-year-old Joyce was heckled by a fan in the eighth inning Friday night and responded by uttering the slur, which was overheard by an Associated Press photographer.

On Saturday, hours before the suspension was announced, Joyce issued a public apology via his Twitter account.

In regard to last night's incident, I first and foremost want to sincerely apologize to the fans, the Oakland A's, MLB and the most importantly the LGBTQ community for my comments and actions. A fan yelled vulgar and obscene words about me and my family and I let my frustrations and emotions get the better of me. I am beyond sorry for the inappropriate language that I used and understand and agree that those words should NEVER come out of someone's mouth no matter the situation. Anyone who knows me will tell you that incident it is not reflective of me as a person, how I treat others, how I live my life and that those hurtful words are not my views. I fully support and hope to help the LGBTQ community with their efforts in being treated fairly and intend to let my actions speak louder than anything more that can be said about this truly regrettable moment.

The Athletics also issued a statement Saturday afternoon expressing their disappointment in Joyce's comments, insisting "this language is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

"We appreciate that Matt is contrite about his conduct," the Athletics continued, "and know he will learn from this incident."

In mid-May, the Toronto Blue Jays suspended Kevin Pillar two games for directing a homophobic slur toward Jason Motte after the Atlanta Braves pitcher struck him out. That suspension was handed down by the Blue Jays organization while also in consultation with the MLB Players Association and commissioner Rob Manfred.

In 2012, infielder Yunel Escobar - then with the Blue Jays, and now a member of the Angels - was handed a three-game ban by the Blue Jays for writing a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eye black.

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The New York Yankees placed designated hitter Matt Holliday on the 10-day disabled list with a left lumbar strain Sunday, two days after the 37-year-old tweaked his lower back on a swing.

To take Holliday's spot on the active roster, the Yankees recalled first baseman Garrett Cooper from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead of their series finale against the Cleveland Indians.

Holliday, who didn't play in Saturday's 2-1 victory at Progressive Field, had been mired in a dreadful stretch at the plate before hurting his back, hitting just .136/.165/.198 in 20 games since returning July 14 from a viral infection that sidelined him for roughly three weeks.

“I don’t think he’s lost it in a month. I just don’t,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News. “I just think that he’s off. Physically, he was unhealthy there for a little bit, and it seemed to kind of mess him up, and we haven’t been able to get him back on track.”

In 88 games this season, his first with the Yankees, Holliday, a seven-time All-Star, has managed a .748 OPS (94 OPS+) with 16 homers and 15 doubles.

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The Kansas City Royals have placed workhorse catcher Salvador Perez on the 10-day disabled list after he left Friday night's game against the Seattle Mariners in the 7th inning with a right intercostal strain.

As a corresponding move, the Royals recalled Cam Gallagher from Triple-A Omaha. In 68 games, the 24-year-old catcher is posting a .747 OPS with five homers.

Among catchers, only Buster Posey has appeared in more games than Perez since the beginning of the 2013 season.

The 27-year-old Venezuela native is putting together arguably the best season of his career, slashing .278/.308/.510 over 99 games with the Royals - who have found themselves in contention thanks to a 33-19 record spanning June and July.

In Perez's place, Drew Butera will take the majority of the work. The 33-year-old catcher has a .673 OPS in just 100 plate appearances so far this season.

Prior to the 2016 season, Perez and the Royals agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $52.5 million that will keep the five-time All-Star under team control through the 2021 season.

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The surging Seattle Mariners bolstered their lineup Sunday for the stretch run, acquiring first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor-league outfielder Boog Powell.

Now just 1 1/2 games back of the second American League wild-card spot, the Mariners claimed Alonso on revocable waivers earlier this week, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, and were able to work out a trade with the Athletics, who were keen to give rookie Matt Olson more playing time at first base.

Alonso, one of the most bandied about names leading up to Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, will now slot in as Seattle's primary first baseman, displacing Danny Valencia, who will likely now start only against left-handed pitchers. A newly-minted All-Star, Alonso posted an .896 OPS (142 OPS+) with a career-high 22 homers and 17 doubles through 100 games with Oakland this season.

Alonso, who's owed roughly another $1.82 million in 2017, is a free agent this winter.

"Wow," Alonso wrote in a statement on Twitter. "First I would like to thank this incredible organization The Oakland Athletics. They brought me here 2 years ago and opened the doors for me and my family to play and perform at a high level every single day."

Powell, meanwhile, will now reunite with the organization that selected him in the 20th round of the 2012 amateur draft. This year, the 24-year-old has played mostly for the Mariners' affiliate in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, hitting .340/.416/.490 in 68 games, though Powell has also spent a bit of time in Seattle, managing a .504 OPS in two brief stints with the major-league club

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People will go to great lengths to make sure Yasiel Puig becomes their friend.
One admirer of Puig's was so determined to get his autograph on Sunday that he chased the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder's cab through the streets of Manhattan for three blocks on foot. Puig's agent, Andy Mota, was also in the taxi and recorded the whole thing for posterity.
The fan's dogged pursuit was successful, as Puig signed the baseball while still in the cab.












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Ken "Hawk" Harrelson won't be showing his face anywhere north of Madison Street anytime soon.

The longtime Chicago White Sox announcer and former All-Star player has already announced he'll retire after the 2018 season, when he finishes working a significantly reduced schedule centered around Sunday home games at Guaranteed Rate Field. If Harrelson does call any White Sox road contests next year, though, he won't be doing so from that other ballpark in Chicago, Wrigley Field.

Harrelson made it perfectly clear Sunday that he dislikes pretty much everything about the 103-year-old venue that the Cubs have called home since 1916, and announced that the two games he broadcasted at Wrigley in July will be his last appearances there.

"I'll tell you this much: I'll never go back to Wrigley Field again," Harrelson told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview at Fenway Park on Sunday.

Harrelson added, "Worst press box, worst booths for television. It's a joke; it really is. And so Jason (Benetti, who's called the majority of White Sox games since 2016) is getting ready for those three at Wrigley. I will never step foot in that ballpark again. Ever. ...

"We've got three games over at their place (Wrigley next season), and I told (White Sox chairman) Jerry (Reinsdorf) before we came on this trip, 'I'm not going back to Wrigley Field.' He said, 'Well, you've got three games there next year.' I said, 'Well, we're going to get rid of those.'"

Harrelson never played in a game at Wrigley, as he spent his entire nine-year MLB career in the American League at a time when interleague play was nonexistent.

The 75-year-old has long been known for his unabashed homerism in the booth while calling White Sox games, and his comments Sunday confirmed that his anti-Wrigley feelings may be about more than just the ballpark.

"I would rather beat the Cubs more than anybody," Harrelson said, "so that definitely stamps me as a White Sox guy."

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Matt Shoemaker likely won't pitch again this season as the Los Angeles Angels starter will undergo surgery Tuesday to release the radial nerve in his right forearm, the team announced.

Shoemaker is expected to return to playing in 12-14 weeks.

The 30-year-old starter hasn't pitched for the Angels since an outing June 14, when he lasted just three innings against the New York Yankees, allowing four earned runs on six hits. He was pulled from that contest with what the team described as forearm tightness, and then was placed on the disabled list three days later.

After struggling with persistent issues in his right forearm during a rehab stint, the Angels shut down Shoemaker from throwing in late June and announced he had been diagnosed with posterior interosseous nerve syndrome.

Shoemaker pitched to a 4.52 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 14 starts this season.

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lobo316 wrote: I bet benlen is happier than pigs in shit upon hearing this news.




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The first-place Houston Astros didn't acquire any major pieces ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, drawing the ire of ace Dallas Keuchel for their "disappointing" haul last Monday, but general manager Jeff Luhnow isn't necessarily done wheeling and dealing.

In the last week, the Astros have had contact with the Detroit Tigers about a possible trade for veteran right-hander Justin Verlander, sources told Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, though it's unclear if there's any momentum building toward a deal.

While August trades can be difficult to pull off, it appears one hurdle has been cleared. Verlander, whose contract guarantees him another $64.4 million over the next two seasons, cleared waivers Friday, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, meaning that the Tigers are now free to shop him as they would've prior to last Monday's deadline.

Verlander also has complete no-trade rights, however, as a 10-and-5 player, so any potential deal will have to be approved by the six-time All-Star. As well, to be eligible for another team's playoff roster, Verlander must be traded by Aug. 31.

With right-hander Lance McCullers sidelined by a back injury, and manager A.J. Hinch seemingly keen to move Brad Peacock back to the bullpen, it's no surprise the Astros remain linked to the former MVP.

After finishing second in American League Cy Young voting last season, Verlander has regressed a bit in 2017, managing a 4.20 ERA (104 ERA+) and 1.41 WHIP in 23 starts, but the 34-year-old has been dominant of late. Over his last six outings, Verlander owns a 2.31 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, holding opponents to a .212 average while posting a 27.3 percent strikeout rate across 39 innings.

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It sure didn't take Tim Beckham long to adjust to life with the Baltimore Orioles.

Beckham was acquired by the Orioles from Tampa Bay in a deadline-day trade that's already paid off, as the former first overall pick's stellar first week in Baltimore earned him American League Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was named winner of the National League's weekly award.

Beckham went on an absolute tear after joining the Orioles on Aug. 1. In six games this week, the 27-year-old slashed .583/.600/1.167 with a 1.767 OPS, three homers, seven extra-base hits, and six runs scored. He recorded at least two hits in five of his six games this week, including a four-hit effort on Friday night, and also homered in three consecutive games.

Contreras, meanwhile, raked against NL pitchers over his six games this week by hitting .455/.478/1.182 with five homers, 13 RBIs, and six runs scored. The 25-year-old had a pair of multi-homer contests, and collected six of his 13 RBIs in Thursday's game alone.

Like Beckham, this is the first time in his career Contreras has won his league's weekly honor.

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With every hit, Mike Trout joins a few more of baseball's all-time greats in the pantheon of the sport's history.

His 1,000th - a double off Baltimore's Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning on Monday night, Trout's 26th birthday - was no different.

Trout's 1,000th base hit gained him entry into a very unique club as one of only four players to record at least 1,000 hits, score 500 runs, and draw 500 walks before beginning their age-26 season (this is considered Trout's age-25 season, as he turned 26 after July 1). The other three players who accomplished this feat are all in the Hall of Fame.

PLAYER               TEAM        YEARS (BEFORE AGE-26)    H      R    BB

Jimmie Foxx       Athletics         1925-33                     1127  737  556

Mel Ott              Giants            1926-34                      1249  799  622

Mickey Mantle    Yankees          1951-57                      1080 763  670

Mike Trout          Angels           2011-17                      1000  651 529

Joining that impressive list is only the start. Trout entered Monday's game having accumulated 53.1 career Wins Above Replacement, the second-highest total through age 25 in major-league history. By WAR, only Ty Cobb (55.8) produced more than Trout has before turning 26 years of age, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Trout is the 3rd player to debut in the last 100 years to record a milestone hit on his birthday (via @EliasSports). https://t.co/WntYaBUg0E

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 8, 2017
Trout is the youngest player to have reached 1,000 hits since Miguel Cabrera did it as a 25-year-old in 2008.

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Is it fate, or merely coincidence?
Bryce Harper and Mike Trout are bound to be linked throughout their MLB careers. Each played his first full season in 2012, and both lay legitimate claim to being the face of the sport.
Harper hit the 150th home run of his career on Monday night against the Miami Marlins at 24 years, 295 days old. Trout hit his 150th home run on May 28, 2016. He was also 24 years, 295 days old, as reported by ESPN Stats & Info.
Both players won their respective Rookie of the Year awards in 2012. Trout won the American League MVP in 2014 and 2016 while Harper took home the National League's top prize in 2015.
The early edge goes to Trout, who has been steadily amazing since overcoming a rough - and brief - 2011 audition before setting the baseball world on fire the following season. He has finished in the top two in MVP voting in five straight seasons. He's also tallied 52.6 WAR compared to Harper's 27.8 (courtesy:Fangraphs)


Harper has, instead, alternated between excellent and forgettable. He struggled mightily in 2016, a season sandwiched between two MVP-caliber campaigns.
The one milestone Harper has a clearer path at reaching first, however, is a World Series Championship. His Washington Nationals sit atop the NL East, and could conceivably challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers for the pennant. Trout'sLos Angeles Angels may be in the wild-card race, but the Halos' losing record a makes a playoff berth increasingly unlikely.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-hander Alex Cobb on the 10-day disabled list with a turf toe injury retroactive to his last start on Aug. 5.

After Tommy John surgery cost Cobb most of the past two seasons, the 28-year-old has returned to his pre-injury form, pitching to an ERA of 3.80 in 23 starts this year.

The Rays are in the midst of a tight playoff race, currently tied with the Kansas City Royals for the second wild-card spot. The injury leaves the team thin in the rotation, having dealt Erasmo Ramirez to the Seattle Mariners in July.

As a corresponding move, Tampa Bay activated left-hander Blake Snell from Triple-A Durham. Snell has gone 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA and a WHIP of 1.318 in seven minor-league starts this season. However, he has struggled when called up to the big leagues this year, pitching to an ERA of 4.98 in 14 starts with the Rays.

Snell is expected to start against the Indians on Friday in place of the injured Cobb.

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Felix Hernandez, the ailing Seattle Mariners ace who landed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with right biceps tendinitis, is expected to miss three-to-four weeks after being diagnosed with bursitis in his throwing shoulder, general manager Jerry Dipoto announced Tuesday.

Hernandez, who missed nearly eight weeks earlier this year due to shoulder inflammation, experienced renewed arm discomfort during his July 31 start in Texas, prompting him to fly back to Seattle for an examination by team doctors. Now, the surging Mariners - one game back of the second American League wild-card spot - will likely be without him until September.

"It's hard," designated hitter Nelson Cruz told MLB.com's Greg Johns after Hernandez was placed on the DL. "But we can't expect to go the whole year without losing key players. You never want to see that. We faced it early this year and last year. You never prepare for that, but there's nothing you can do but go out and play and try to do your best."

Marco Gonzales, acquired two weeks ago from the St. Louis Cardinals, started Sunday in Hernandez's stead, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and one walk over four innings in an eventual 8-7 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Hernandez, the 2010 American League Cy Young award winner, has struggled this season, recording a 4.28 ERA - his worst since 2006 - and a 1.36 WHIP over 13 starts.

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While taking the field with his Atlanta Braves teammates for warmup Tuesday, shortstop Johan Camargo appeared to hurt his right leg.

Braves second baseman Johan Camargo injured himself before the first pitch while jogging onto the field. pic.twitter.com/8Fknlkyd6S

— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 8, 2017
Camargo seemed to stop just before reaching the first-base line and hyperextended his right knee. After a slight delay as the 23-year-old stayed down, Braves training staff helped Camargo off the field at SunTrust Park and Jace Peterson took over shortstop duties against the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 63 games with the Braves this season, Camargo has been a surprisingly bright spot. Over 197 plate appearances, he's posting a slash line of .292/.327/.454.

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