Cubs’ Montgomery still on standby for first start of the year

CINCINNATI — Chicago Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery will have to wait to get his first start of the year, but for how long? Montgomery was scheduled to pitch one game of the Cubs’ doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, but a rainout Thursday in Atlanta changed the team’s plans. During the winter, he publicly […]

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Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds involved in brief bench-clearing incident

CINCINNATI — Reds left-hander Amir Garrett and Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez exchanged words after Baez struck out to end the seventh inning, sparking a bench-clearing incident that was quickly defused after a brief scuffle in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Baez appeared to take issue with Garrett’s slight celebration of the […]

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Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson activated from disabled list

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, who has been dealing with inflammation in his left wrist since May 2, has been activated off the disabled list Saturday. Swanson played in a rehab game for Class A Rome (Georgia) on Wednesday and participated in a full workout with the Braves on Friday. “You can throw good one […]

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Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson encouraged by post-surgery progress

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who had surgery to repair his partially torn labrum, shoulder capsule and rotator cuff in September, on Friday said he is encouraged after a recent visit with specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache. “It was really good,” Nelson said Friday of his visit, according to the team’s website. “[The doctor] was extremely […]

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Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera keeps promise, dyes hair pink

Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera is a man of his word. And because of that, he’s got a new ‘do. And it’s pink. Butera said he made a promise to 7-year-old Dagan Lingenfelter when the boy was in the hospital getting chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2016. His promise: When Lingenfelter beat […]

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Jason Heyward of Chicago Cubs reflects on ‘scary’ first concussion

CINCINNATI — Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward said that experiencing his first concussion opened his eyes to its dangers. Heyward, who was activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list Friday, said he discovered how “scary” head injuries could be. “It made a believer out of me,” said Heyward, who was not in the starting lineup […]

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Ji-hwan Bae, Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguer, leaves team amid domestic violence investigation

Ji-hwan Bae, a minor league shortstop in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, has returned home to Daegu, South Korea, because of a police investigation into allegations he physically assaulted his ex-girlfriend. Bae, 18, left the team’s training complex in Bradenton, Florida, where he was awaiting the start of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League season. According to […]

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Joe Torre reaches out to Brandon Belt of San Francisco Giants over critical remarks about umpire Doug Eddings

Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s Chief Baseball Officer, reached out to San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt on Friday to discuss critical comments Belt made about umpire Doug Eddings on Wednesday night, manager Bruce Bochy said. Belt was upset with a game-ending called third strike by Eddings in Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati […]

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Clay Buchholz likely to start for Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday

Veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz, who hasn’t pitched in the majors in more than a year, is likely to start for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the New York Mets on Sunday, manager Torey Lovullo said. Buchholz, 33, agreed to a minor-league deal with the D-backs on May 4, after being released by the Kansas City Royals. […]

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