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A’s Place Zobrist On DL

A’s Place Zobrist On DLThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- The Oakland Athletics have placed Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list as he will undergo surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee. "I'm disappointed. I just didn't feel like I could be the player that this team needs me to be in the condition I was trying to play in," Zobrist said. "So I got to get it cleaned up and get back out here as soon as possible." Zobrist hurt his knee sliding into second base when Oakland was playing Kansas City on Sunday. He rested for a few days but could not play through the pain when the team utilized him as a designated hitter Thursday against the Angels. "I just wasn't getting out of the box well at all, and frankly, the worst thing out of it was just trying to swing," he said. "When I swung right-handed specifically it put a lot of pressure on that front knee, the left knee. I just didn't feel like I was in the kind of condition I need to be to help the club." Zobrist has one home run, eight RBI and is batting .240 through 56 plate appearances this season.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Commissioner Approves Rose’s Participation in All-Star Game

Commissioner Approves Rose’s Participation in All-Star GameiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The most infamous man in baseball has been given the blessing by Commissioner Manfred to participate in this year's All-Star activities in Cincinnati. Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, has been banned by baseball since 1989 for gambling on games. He recently applied for reinstatement to the game with new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. Rose, 74, was a player on the Reds from 19 seasons (1963-1978, 1984-1986) and served as Cincinnati's manager from 1984 to 1989. He won the NL Rookie of the Year, won three World Series -- including being named MVP in the 1975 -- with Cincinnati. As part of the ban, Rose is not able to access areas any fan would not be allowed to attend, without the permission of the commissioner. Fox, who will broadcast the All-Star Game, recently hired Rose to serve as a studio analyst for their baseball coverage.   Fo llow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mets Win Ninth Straight Game

Mets Win Ninth Straight GameiStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Curtis Granderson drove in his first four runs of the season and Jonathon Niese (2-0) pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning in the Mets 7-1 win over the Braves on Tuesday night. With an 11-3 record, the Mets have matched the 1986 championship club for the best 14-game start in team history. The winning streak is their longest since July 5-17, 2008, when the Mets rattled off 10 straight wins. The Mets are 8-0 at home to begin a season for the first time in franchise history. Kevin Plawecki made his major-league debut for New York, replacing injured catcher Travis d'Arnaud.  Plawecki went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the game. The Mets will send Dillon Gee to the mound on Wednesday, looking for 10 wins in a row. Gee has made 48 straight starts of at least five innings dating to May 2013, the longest active streak in the majors. The team record is 50 by Dwight Gooden. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cubs Calling Up Prospect Russell

Cubs Calling Up Prospect RussellChicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO, Ill) -- Just days after calling up the much-hyped Kris Bryant Friday, the Chicago Cubs will bring 2B/SS Addison Russell to the show. The Cubs acquired Russell from the Oakland A's last season before the trade deadline in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. According to MLB.com, Russell is the fifth-best prospect in baseball.  Bryant is second. The Cubs infield is now manned by four players under 25, with a lot of promise. Bryant and Russell will join shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo to form the foundation of what Chicago hopes will end a 106-season World Series drought. To make room on the roster, Arismendy Alcantara will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Russell is expected to make his debut Tuesday night in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Female Fan Ok After Taking Foul Ball to Head at Pirates Game

Female Fan Ok After Taking Foul Ball to Head at Pirates GameiStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- A scary moment occurred in the top of the second inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates game Monday night, as a foul tip ricocheted and struck a female fan in the head. As Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro swung just underneath a...

Josh Hamilton Files for Divorce from Wife

Josh Hamilton Files for Divorce from WifeRonald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Angels slugger Josh Hamilton is in the process of getting divorced from his wife, Katie, according to court documents filed in North Texas. The divorce petition was filed in February in Tarrant County, where Hamilton played five seasons with the Texas Rangers. The petition doesn't detail the couple's problems, but it cites conflict between them as a reason for the divorce. Hamilton has a long history of substance abuse problems and earlier this year he self-reported a relapse. Hamilton outlined 34 requests in the petition. Among the requests: prohibiting his wife from using a Maserati and 1972 Chevrolet Blazer in his possession; prohibiting her from "hiding" the children from him; prohibiting her from making disparaging remarks against him or his family. Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Hamilton last week for the first time in months, and he said he isn't sure when the star will return to the team. Hamilton is not being disciplined by Major League Baseball for his relapse. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mets Win Eight Straight, Lose D’Arnaud and Blevins to Injuries

Mets Win Eight Straight, Lose D’Arnaud and Blevins to InjuriesMike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Mets held off the Miami Marlins to win their eighth straight game, 7-6.  However, the Mets suffered two costly injuries to catcher Travis d'Arnaud and relief pitcher Jerry Blevins with broken bones. D'Arnaud fractured his right hand in Sunday's game against the Miami. He was hit by a pitch from A.J. Ramos in the bottom of the seventh inning. Blevins fractured his left forearm when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. Blevins completed the play before leaving the game. Batters had been 0-for-15 against Blevins this season. Despite the Mets' quick start to the season, they have been hit hard by injuries. Captain David Wright landed on the disabled list last week with a right hamstring strain. Zack Wheeler and Edgin required Tommy John surgery in March. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pete Rose To Join Fox As A Baseball Analyst

Pete Rose To Join Fox As A Baseball AnalystiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Baseball's all-time hits leader is joining Fox Sports as a baseball analyst. Officials at the Fox network have announced they will hire Pete Rose as a guest analyst for MLB of Fox pregame show and several of the networks cable sports programs. Rose, who recently filed for reinstatement to the game with new commissioner Rob Manfred, has been banned from baseball since 1989 for betting on games. The 74-year-old Rose feels he he should make a natural transition to the studio as he hosted a nationally syndicated radio program for about eight years. He also feels that his critiques will be honest and fair. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Indians P Carlos Carrasco Hit In Face By Line Drive

Indians P Carlos Carrasco Hit In Face By Line Drive Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco was treated at a hospital for a bruised jaw after he was carted off the field in the top of the first inning of Tuesday night's 4-1 loss, when Chicago White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera hit a line drive back to the mound, connecting with the pitcher's face. Carrasco was flattened by the sharp liner that appeared to glance off his glove and right hand before smacking him on the right side of the face. The right-hander fell to the ground in front of the mound as manager Terry Francona and a trainer quickly raced out to check on him. Following the game, Francona said X-rays and a CT scan on Carrasco were negative and that he only suffered a bad bruise. Carrasco felt good enough to return to Progressive Field before the game ended. He'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Indians C Yan Gomes Out 6-8 Weeks with MCL Sprain

Indians C Yan Gomes Out 6-8 Weeks with MCL Sprain Major League Baseball(CLEVELAND) --  Yan Gomes is expected to miss six to eight weeks after an MRI confirmed that the Indians catcher has a sprained right knee. The Indians placed Gomes on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, one day after he injured his knee on a play at the plate in Cleveland's loss to the Detroit Tigers. The team provided a medical update on Gomes during Sunday's series finale. The Indians said an MRI performed at the Cleveland Clinic revealed Gomes suffered a "moderate'' sprain to his MCL. His leg was jolted violently by Detroit outfielder Rajai Davis, who slid hard on a force play and clipped the catcher's right leg. Gomes was extended at the time like a first baseman making a catch. "Losing Gomes, man, that can be a season-killer," Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday. Last season, Gomes led all AL catchers in average (.278) and extra-base hits (49). He was second in RBIs (74) and homers (21) and handled one of baseball's youngest starting staffs. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mets Closer Mejia Suspended 80 Games

Mets Closer Mejia Suspended 80 Games Mike McGinnis/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- New York Mets Closer Jenrry Mejia will be suspended 80 games after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol, Major League Baseball announced.  Mejia had not pitched so far this season, having sat out Opening Day after claiming to have experienced elbow soreness. “We were disappointed when informed of Jenrry's suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” the Mets said in a statement. “We fully support MLB's policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension." Last season, Mejia earned 28 saves after incumbent starter Bobby Parnell suffered an injury that required Tommy John surgery.  Mejia released a statement saying, "I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/10/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/10/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 12 (3-1)  - Baltimore Orioles 5 (2-2) Houston Astros 5 (2-2) - Texas Rangers 1 (2-3) Colorado Rockies 5 (4-0) - Chicago Cubs 1 (1-2) Minnesota Twins 6 (1-3) - Chicago White Sox 0 (0-4) Detroit Tigers 8 (4-0) - Cleveland Indians 4 (2-2) Philadelphia Phillies 4 (2-2) - Washington Nationals 1 (1-3) Cincinatti Reds 5 (4-0) - St. Louis Cardinals 4 (1-2) NBA: Boston Celtics 99 (37-42) - Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (51-28) Indiana Pacers 107 (35-43) - Detroit Pistons 103 (30-48) Brooklyn Nets 117 (37-42) - Washington Wizards 80 (45-34) Toronto Raptors 101 (47-32) - Orlando Magic 99 (25-54) Atlanta Hawks 104 (60-19) - Charlotte Hornets 80 (33-46) Miwaukee Bucks 99 (39-40) - New York Knicks 91 (15-64) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Red Sox Sign Rick Porcello to 4-Year Extension

Red Sox Sign Rick Porcello to 4-Year Extension Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox announced Monday night that they had signed right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension, making him the highest-paid pitcher in club history by average annual value. The deal is worth $82.5 million, a major league source told ESPNBoston.com, which breaks down as follows: $500,000 signing bonus, $20 million in 2016 and 2017, $21 million in 2018 and 2019. His 2015 contract remains at $12.5 million. The average annual value of the contract is $20.625 million, and it is the 19th contract given to a pitcher that has an AAV of more than $20 million, according to CotsContracts.com. Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer each have an AAV of more than $30 million. Porcello becomes the second pitcher the Sox acquired since Lester's departure who has signed a multiyear deal since coming to Boston.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Padres and Braves Complete Mega-Swap

Padres and Braves Complete Mega-Swap Zoonar/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- San Diego continued their aggressive offseason roster overhaul on the eve of opening day. The Padres and Braves completed a trade Sunday evening that will see closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr. relocate to San Diego. In exchange, Atlanta acquires outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin, as well as right-handed pitching prospect Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck and the No. 41 pick in the 2015 amateur draft.  Upton, Jr, formerly known as B.J, rejoins his brother Justin. The Upton’s are part of a contingent of players that first-year general manager A.J. Preller has added to a roster that includes Matt Kemp, Wil Meyers, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks and James Shields.  Kimbrel, a four-time All-Star, has maintained an ERA under 2.00 for the past three seasons.  He will likely solidify a bullpen that already included Joaquin Benoit and seek to shorten games for one of the best rotations in baseball. Last season the Padres were baseball's fourth best, with a team ERA of 3.27.  "It was an opportunity that we couldn't pass up," Preller said regarding the trade for Kimbrel.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Indians Lockup Kluber

Report: Indians Lockup Kluber Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Indians and closer Corey Kluber have agreed to a five-year extension, according to ESPN.  Kluber, 28, won the 2014 Cy Young award while hitting career bests with an 18-9 record, 269 strikeouts and a 2.44 ERA. BB Abbot, Kluber's agent, was confident that a deal would be reached as of Saturday. "It's slow going, but I'm encouraged," said Abbott on Saturday. "We continue to talk and try to find a middle ground. The conversations have been cordial." Kluber will headline a rotation that includes Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Zach McAllister and TJ House. The deal will become official once Kluber passes a physical.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

MLB Fines Marlins’ Jarred Cosart For Gambling

MLB Fines Marlins’ Jarred Cosart For Gambling Rob Carr/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fl.) -- Jarred Cosart of the Miami Marlins has been fined by Major League Baseball for placing illegal bets on sporting events through a bookie. Cosart, 24, drew attention after engaging in a Twitter argument that alleged he had bet on sports. Cosart has since deleted his Twitter account. Baseball found that Cosart did not place bets on baseball. "Major League Baseball has completed its investigation into Jarred Cosart's possible connection to sports-related gambling," the commissioner's office said in a statement Friday. "The investigation did not reveal any evidence to suggest that Cosart, who fully cooperated with the investigation, bet on baseball." Baseball has always taken a hard stance against gambling of any kind involving its players.  The 1919 Chicago Black Sox were believed to have thrown the World Series in exchange for money from gamblers and eight members of the team were banned from baseball. The All-Time hits leader, Pete Rose, has been banned from baseball since 1989 after it was discovered that he bet on games while acting as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Cosart said in a statement through the players' association that "I have never, nor would I ever, bet on" baseball. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Angels Prez Says Hamilton Non-Suspension “Defies Logic”

Angels Prez Says Hamilton Non-Suspension “Defies Logic” Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Ca.) -- An independent arbitrator has ruled that Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton cannot be suspended by Major League Baseball after his latest relapse with cocaine and alcohol. MLB said in a statement it "will seek to address deficiencies in the manner in which drugs of abuse are addressed under the program in the collective-bargaining process." The Angels released a statement after the ruling, saying they will support Hamilton: “The Angels have serious concerns about Josh’s conduct, health and behavior and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans. We are going to do everything possible to assure he receives proper help for himself and for the well-being of his family Afterwards, Angel's team president John Carpino and general manager Jerry Dipoto agreed with MLB and announced they were disappointed in the ruling of the arbitrator. "It defies logic that Josh's reported behavior is not a violation of his drug program," Carpino said Friday. Hamilton will start the season on the disabled list as he rehabs from offseason shoulder surgery. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kris Bryant: ‘I’m Hungrier Than Ever’

Kris Bryant: ‘I’m Hungrier Than Ever’ Brian D. Kersey(MESA, Ariz.) -- Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant on Thursday spoke publicly for the first time since being sent down to minor league camp. Bryant says he's disappointed in being demoted but motivated to reach the big leagues soon. "I don't want to say I'm mad or anything, I'm just extremely disappointed," Bryant said on Thursday. "I wanted my performance to matter, and to me it felt like it didn't matter as much as I thought it would.  The dream is on hold for a little bit but I'm hungrier than ever." Bryant was the second overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft and led all Cactus and Grapefruit League hitters with nine home runs after hitting 43 last year as minor league player of the year. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mariners Prospect Passes Away After Boating Accident

Mariners Prospect Passes Away After Boating Accident Major League Baseball (NEW YORK) -- Victor Sanchez, a 20-year-old prospect of the Seattle Mariners, lost his life from injuries sustained in a February boating accident, according to the team. Sanchez reportedly suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma after being struck in the head by a propeller while swimming in the Venezuelan coastal town of Campano. "The Seattle Mariners are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Sanchez," said Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik through a team statement. "Victor was a tremendous young man and a wonderful teammate. He was a very talented player who was close to fulfilling his promise as a major leaguer. He will be missed by his teammates and the coaches and staff at the Mariners. The entire Mariners organization sends our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time." Sanchez pitched a 4.19 ERA last season, while earning a 7-6 record for the Mariners Double A club. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals

Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(VIERA, Fl.) -- With all of the top-line pitchers in the Washington Nationals rotation, the decision of who would start opening day would be a tough one. The Nationals have decided newcomer Max Scherzer will get the nod on opening day when Washington tees off against their NL East rival New York Mets. Stephen Strasburg has earned the honor for the past three seasons, but the Nationals felt Scherzer should set the tone for the season. "He's a really good pitcher," Nationals Manager Matt Williams said. "He's confident. We're confident in him." Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million contract this offseason with Washington after spending the last five seasons in Detroit. Last year, Scherzer tossed a 3.15 ERA, struck out 252 batters, earned a spot on the American League All-Star team and finished fifth in Cy Young voting -- He won the award in 2013. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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