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 Posted: Wed Aug 9th, 2017 09:25 pm
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After dubbing Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre a complainer, umpire Joe West was suspended three games by MLB on Tuesday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

"It's got to be Adrian Beltre," MLB's longest-tenured umpire told Bob Nightengale of USA Today when asked to identify the league's biggest complainer in an interview published June 20.

"Every pitch you call that's a strike, he says, 'Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!'" West continued. "I told him, 'You may be a great ballplayer, but you're the worst umpire in the league. You stink.'"

The World Umpires Association, which represents West, announced it will protest the suspension.

"Joe West is the most senior umpire in our ranks, having served MLB since 1976, under six different baseball commissioners," the WUA said in a statement. "Joe has upheld the rules of fair play for more than 5,000 Major League Baseball games, and is on his way to the record for most career games ever worked by an MLB umpire. He should be on the field today."

The USA Today article, which was a pre-emptive celebration of the legendary umpire's 5,000th career game, added that West is on "friendly terms" with Beltre.

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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn't hold back after watching his club fumble away Tuesday's game against the hapless San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, where multiple defensive miscues inspired unsettling feelings of deja vu for the 63-year-old.

"We're playing like that .500 team we were in the first half, and I don't like it," Maddon told reporters, including Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, following the 6-3 loss. "We got to get sharper."

The foibles started early. In the bottom of the first, interim shortstop Javier Baez - filling in for the injured Addison Russell - booted a one-out grounder off the bat of Hunter Pence, putting runners on the corners for Buster Posey. The Cubs were facing a 3-0 deficit moments later.

Hours later, with the Cubs trailing by two, rookie second baseman Ian Happ failed to come up with a Brandon Crawford ground ball, allowing Posey to motor home from second and restore the Giants' three-run lead in the bottom of the eighth.

Altogether, if left Maddon unimpressed.

"We just did not play well, and it started from the beginning," he said. "I've talked about it from day one of spring training. To get to the promised land, we got to catch the ball - maybe not at the level of last year - but better than we have to this point."

Indeed, not much has gone right for the Cubs following a sterling start to their second half, as the reigning World Series champions have won just two of their last seven contests after going 14-3 coming out of the All-Star break. Heading into Wednesday's series finale against the Giants, Chicago owns a 1 1/2-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the National League Central.

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After leaving Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning, the Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Indians manager Terry Francona had indicated Wednesday morning that moving Brantley to the disabled list wasn't in the immediate plans, instead electing to see how the 30-year-old outfielder responded to treatment.

In his place, the Indians promoted utility player Erik Gonzalez from Triple-A. In 39 games in the majors this season, the 25-year-old has posted a .263/.272/.400 slash line while playing second base, third base, shortstop, and left field.

Brantley, who sat out almost all of 2016 with a shoulder injury, has played 88 games with the Indians this season with an .802 OPS.

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Joe is, was and always will be an asshole. He is also not a very good umpire. However, he was clearly kidding around and the suspension is an overreaction.

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Troy Tulowitzki's 2017 season may be over.

The Toronto Blue Jays have transferred the injured shortstop to the 60-day disabled list due to the right ankle sprain he suffered July 28 against the Los Angeles Angels, the team announced Wednesday.

Tulowitzki would now only be eligible to return in the final week of September.

The 32-year-old initially injured himself while running out a ground ball in the third inning against the Angels. He was immediately helped off the field, and follow-up tests revealed ligament damage in his right ankle.

By placing him on the 60-day DL, the Blue Jays are also able to remove him from the club's 40-man roster. In his place, the club selected the contract of right-hander Nick Tepesch.

In other team moves, the Jays team also optioned left-handed pitcher Matt Dermody to Triple-A Buffalo.

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Ultimark wrote: Joe is, was and always will be an asshole. He is also not a very good umpire. However, he was clearly kidding around and the suspension is an overreaction.
This.  I'm actually stunned that he was actually suspended for this.  It's the most bizarre MLB suspension in a very long time.



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The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the New York Mets, the team confirmed Wednesday. Cleveland will take on the remaining $5 million of Bruce's salary, a source told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The move comes a day after the Indians lost outfielder Michael Brantley to an ankle injury, leaving a hole in their lineup. Bruce should join the team for Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

The Indians apparently weren't the only club checking in on the lefty slugger's services. The New York Yankees talked to the Mets about Bruce as recently as Wednesday, a source told the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

Bruce brings some extra pop to Cleveland's offense. He's batting .258/.324/.524 with 29 home runs and 75 RBIs over 102 games this season. The Indians have struggled to generate consistent run production from the outfield all season long, and adding Bruce aims to fix that.

Jay Bruce this season: .258, 29 HR, .847 OPS
All Indians outfielders: .276, 38 HR, .787 OPS

β€” Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 10, 2017
In return, the Mets receive 22-year-old pitcher Ryder Ryan, who will report to the Columbia Fireflies. Ryan has posted a 4.79 ERA over 33 relief appearances in Single-A this season.

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The New York Mets traded Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night - but it appears Bruce could have very easily shifted to a different borough Wednesday instead of a whole other state.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees were very much in the mix to land Bruce from the Mets prior to Cleveland acquiring the 30-year-old Wednesday. Sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the Yankees offered their crosstown rivals multiple prospects, but were only willing to pay "some" of the nearly $5 million remaining on Bruce's contract.

While it's not known exactly which prospects the Yankees offered the Mets, Newsday's Marc Carig reports they were two young players "other teams asked about at (the) deadline."

Had the Yankees completed the trade for Bruce, they apparently planned to use him as their primary designated hitter going forward, according to Sherman. But those plans appear to have been scuttled in a hurry once Cleveland entered the picture.

Instead of sending Bruce across the Triborough Bridge, the Mets accepted a lesser offer in terms of prospect capital from Cleveland. New York received Mets Single-A reliever Ryder Ryan - who was not ranked by MLB Pipeline as one of Cleveland's top 30 prospects at the time of the trade - while taking on all of Bruce's remaining salary.

Bruce had reportedly listed the Yankees as one of eight teams he could not be traded to without his consent.

The Yankees and Mets have only made 16 transactions together since 1962. They last completed a player-for-player trade with each other in December 2004, when the Bronx Bombers sent Felix Heredia to Queens for reliever Mike Stanton.

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CHICAGO (AP) The Houston Astros activated George Springer from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday, and he will lead off and play center field against the Chicago White Sox.

Springer had been sidelined since July 24 with a left quad injury. He tested the injury on Tuesday by running the bases and playing the outfield. He was given the green light to return when he experienced no ill effects from the workout.

''I'm happy to be back,'' he said. ''It's tough just sitting around and not being able to help the team.''

Springer, a first-time All-Star this season, is batting .310 with 27 home runs and 66 RBIs in 93 games.

To make room on the active roster, first baseman Tyler White was optioned to Triple-A Fresno.

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It looks like 2017 is the year of the immaculate inning.

Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello struck out Trevor Plouffe, Wilson Ramos, and Mallex Smith on a grand total of nine pitches in the fifth inning Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

RT SInow "An Immaculate Inning for Rick Porcello! pic.twitter.com/agSTymg8Ei"

β€” Dak (@dak2zeke) August 10, 2017
It was the eighth immaculate inning thrown this season. Porcello's trio of strikeouts set an MLB record for immaculate innings in a single season. Previously, 2014 held the record with seven.

While strikeouts are a more prevalent part of the game, there were only three such instances in 2015 and 2016 combined.

It's the second immaculate inning by a Red Sox pitcher this season - fourth ever - after closer Craig Kimbrel took down the Milwaukee Brewers on nine pitches in early May.

It wasn't all sunshine for Porcello in Tampa, however, as he followed up his immaculate inning by allowing a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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The New York Yankees swapped one outfielder for another Thursday.

New York announced it has placed rookie star Clint Frazier on the 10-day disabled list - backdated to Wednesday - due to a left oblique strain, and reinstated Aaron Hicks in a corresponding roster move.

Coincidentally, Hicks has missed approximately six weeks due to his own oblique issue. He had to be removed from the Yankees' contest against the Texas Rangers on June 25 with right oblique tightness, and was placed on the disabled list the following day.

Frazier erupted onto the big-league scene with the Bronx Bombers after making his debut July 1, but has since slowed down considerably. After hitting .304/.310/.625 in his first 15 games in the majors, the 22-year-old has slashed just .182/.237/.327 in the 13 games that followed

Hicks, meanwhile, was having a career year before being hit with the injury bug. In 90 games this season, the 27-year-old is slashing .290/398/.515 with 10 home runs.

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The New York Yankees reportedly had a deal in place to acquire second baseman Neil Walker from the crosstown Mets ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, only to apparently back out at the last minute due to concerns over his medicals, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

A different view of the situation appears to be coming out of Queens, however. The Mets believe the Yankees used Walker's medicals as an excuse to get out of the deal after they acquired Sonny Gray from Oakland on July 31, Puma notes.

Walker, a free agent at season's end, spent over a month on the disabled list with a hamstring injury; he only returned to action July 28, some four days before the non-waiver deadline.

The Yankees have been missing their All-Star second baseman, Starlin Castro, since July 22 thanks to his own hamstring issues. Ronald Torreyes has filled in for Castro since he went on the DL.

The Yankees and Mets have not made a player-for-player deal in 13 years, but for much of this summer an all-New York trade has appeared likely. Besides their interest in Walker, the Yankees were reportedly chasing outfielder Jay Bruce, who the Mets dealt to Cleveland on Wednesday. They apparently offered the Mets multiple prospects for the 30-year-old slugger, but lost out when the Indians offered to pay all of Bruce's remaining salary in exchange for trading a lesser prospect.

The Bronx Bombers also reportedly reached out to the Mets about first baseman Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed last month. Both players were dealt by the Mets before the non-waiver deadline to the Rays and Red Sox, respectively.

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Tim Tebow got out of the on deck circle and shook an autistic kid's hand, then crushed a three-run homer ⚾️😭❀pic.twitter.com/UbYTGJ2EOs
β€” Baseball King (@BasebaIlKing) August 10, 2017
Karma is real. Just ask Tim Tebow.
As he prepared for his seventh-inning at-bat at Charlotte Sports Park on July 29, the St. Lucie Mets' most popular player took a quick second to shake hands with Seth Bosch, a young autistic fan who was determined to meet him. The gesture moved the boy to tears.
"You know what? He did more for you than just a signature," his mother, Ileanna Bosch, said after her elated boy returned to his seat.
So, of course, moments later, the former Heisman winner stepped to plate and cranked an opposite-field home run, his fifth in 31 games since getting promoted to High-A on June 28.
"I started crying, too," Ileanna told FOX News. "How does that happen? I think God brought Seth and Tim together."






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By notching his 10th strikeout of the game Thursday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Yu Darvish put himself into elite company in Los Angeles Dodgers franchise history.

Darvish became just the second Dodgers pitcher since 1900 to notch double-digit strikeouts in both of his first two games with the franchise, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The record was previously held exclusively by Karl Spooner - a left-handed pitcher that managed just 116 2/3 innings - all with the Dodgers - over his two-season career.

Spooner managed to throw a pair of complete game shutouts to begin his career in 1954 in Brooklyn, his only two games that year. Of the 68 batters Spooner faced in the two games, he struck out 27 of them. The following season, Spooner's streak ended, striking out just one batter over 2 1/3 innings. He never struck out more than nine batters again in his career.

In Darvish's short career with the Dodgers so far, the 30-year-old right-hander has thrown 12 innings and struck out an even 20 batters.

Darvish's next start is likely to come against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox offense ranks among the American League's worst by wRC+. Cumulatively, the team strikes out in 22.6 percent of their plate appearances - fifth worst in the AL.

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A potential stipulation in MLB's new collective bargaining agreement could help facilitate a Justin Verlander deal in the event the Detroit Tigers decide to trade their franchise ace away.

According to a report from Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the CBA allows Verlander to ask a team that receives him in trade to add an opt-out clause to his contract as a provision for waiving his no-trade.

Verlander is due $28 million over each of the next two years and has a $22-million vesting option for 2020 - at which point Verlander will be 37 years old. Whether the veteran pitcher would actually exercise an opt-out clause from that lucrative of a contract is largely conjecture.

A similar instance occurred during last year's trade deadline with Jonathan Lucroy vetoing a trade to the Cleveland Indians after they wouldn't agree to release him in the forthcoming offseason. However, Lucroy's $5.25-million option for the 2017 season represented a substantial amount of his trade value.

In Verlander's case, requiring an opt-out in the event of a trade could actually make him worth more as both a trade asset to the Tigers, and an acquirable trade target. And, there's nothing that says Verlander would actually exercise his opt-out clause, but the extra leverage could prove to be a boon in negotiations for him as well.

Verlander reportedly cleared revocable trade waivers earlier this month and the Houston Astros are rumored to be interested.

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