Minnesota Twins RHP Ervin Santana on DL with recurring symptoms related to finger injury

Minnesota Twins right-hander Ervin Santana was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday because of recurring symptoms related to the finger injury that kept him out most of this season. Santana, 35, didn’t make his 2018 season debut until late July after having surgery to remove calcium deposits from his right middle finger in early February. He has made five starts, going 0-1 with an 8.03 ERA. Manager Paul Molitor said he’s not sure if Santana will return to pitch this season. “It’s a combination of some discomfort and I…

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George Iloka – Unsigned Free Agent – 2018 Player Profile

Pos Role Name DE 1 Cliff Avril Out of FB Free agent DE Cliff Avril said “a few” teams have reached out to him about his playing status. The identity of those teams isn’t known, and Avril, 32, has yet to officially announce his retirement. But it sounds like he’s not able to gain clearance from a doctor regarding his neck issue, though Avril did leave the door open for that to happen. For now, Avril has taken a gig at a Seattle sports…

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If Only Her Voice Could Change the Way the Mets Play

On game days, she arrives a couple of hours before the first pitch and goes over the lineups. During games, “I have trained myself to watch the specific spot where Mickey stands,” she said, referring to the manager, Mickey Callaway. “If he’s putting both of his hands over his ears, he’s going to question the play,” she said. “Or if he steps out of the dugout, does he have a piece of paper in his hands, because if he does, the double switch is coming. We wait. It’s not like…

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MLB — Trio travel down memory lane in return to Williamsport

When Michael Conforto reflects on his Little League World Series experience, he thinks back to spirited games of pingpong, leisure time at the swimming pool and forays to a cafeteria stocked with abundant options throughout the day. The fresh fruit was healthy. The pizza and ice cream … not so much. “It’s like paradise for kids,” Conforto says. “We were spoiled. I’m sure they spoil them in the same way now.” Even All-Stars have an at-bat, a pitch or a play from when they were kids that they can’t forget…

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Dodgers vs. Mariners – Game Recap – August 18, 2018

SEATTLE — Anytime Nelson Cruz sees something awkward from a pitcher in his delivery, his default is to start screaming that it’s a balk, even if it’s not. For a change, Cruz was exactly right. He pointed and yelled at Los Angeles’ Dylan Floro, who was called for a balk with one out in the 10th inning that scored Cameron Maybin and gave the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night. “He screams balk every opportunity he can, and tonight he finally got one,” Seattle manager…

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Yankees Party Like It’s 1998, at Least for a Day

Mariano Rivera was explaining how the 1998 Yankees looked out for one another when Jorge Posada, the former catcher, walked by. “Hey, Mo, you need me to translate for you?” Posada joked. Case in point. The mood was understandably light at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon with most members of that 114-win team back in town for a 20th reunion. There were Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, Andy Pettitte, David Wells. Shortstop Derek Jeter addressed the crowd via video message from Miami, where he is now the Marlins’ chief executive. He…

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Jacob deGrom Goes the Distance as Mets Top the Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom pitched his first complete game of the season on Saturday and lowered his major-league-leading earned run average to 1.71, weathering a rain delay and leading the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-1. DeGrom (8-7) kept bolstering his case for the National League Cy Young Award and allowed only an unearned run, the result of his own error. He walked none, struck out nine and threw his hardest pitch, a 99-mile-per-hour fastball, on the next to last of his 108 pitches. “Jacob has continued to prove why…

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Jim Thome has No. 25 retired by Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND — Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s No. 25 has been retired by the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer, who is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA and is among the AL leaders in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts, will miss 4-6 weeks because of a fracture in his leg. The club’s career home run leader, Thome was honored during a ceremony Saturday before the Indians hosted Baltimore. Thome belted 337 of his 612 homers during two stints with the Indians and his powerful swing helped the club rise from a…

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Boston Red Sox put ace Chris Sale on DL with shoulder inflammation

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who came off the disabled list last Sunday, has returned to the 10-day DL with left shoulder inflammation, team president Dave Dombrowski announced Saturday. The move was retroactive to Wednesday. After one splashy offseason move, the Sox have gone from good to an all-time-great team. We break down how much of the rise can be credited to Boston’s new slugger. Last Sunday, Sale, making his first start in two weeks, had 12 strikeouts in five innings against the Baltimore Orioles to extend his streak…

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Astros vs. Athletics – Game Recap – August 17, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. — With September approaching, the Oakland Athletics are showing the baseball world what they believed from the start: This group and its young sluggers are ready to make a playoff push. Matt Olson hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning after a video review gave Oakland the tying run in the ninth, and the A’s beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Friday night to pull to within a game of the reigning World Series champs for the American League West lead. “We’ve known that we’re a…

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