MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT

The Dodgers are “setting a high bar” on potential reliever acquisitions this month, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says (video link). In the end, though, Rosenthal doesn’t expect the Dodgers to make any trades for outside bullpen aid, noting that closer Kenley Jansen (on the DL since Aug. 9 with an irregular heartbeat) is among their soon-to-return reinforcements. Further, August … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

As Jacob deGrom rumbles into the final stretch of his best season ever, his manager knows “he’s probably going to experience something that he’s never experienced before.” A pitching coach during both of Corey Kluber’s American League Cy Young Award seasons in Cleveland, Mickey Callaway recalls the shift in Kluber’s demeanor during his final half-dozen starts those years. … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES HOME RUN DERBY, ALL-STAR GAME, TRADE DEADLINE

One summer day a few years ago, a bunch of 16-year-olds were playing ball in Southern California. Nobody was keeping score, nothing mattered for any standings. It was just a bunch of kids with bats and gloves, sun beating down, school still weeks away. It sounds glorious, doesn’t it? But the scene actually touched the … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES HOME RUN DERBY, ALL-STAR GAME, TRADE DEADLINE

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, spoke to reporters on Saturday afternoon and revealed that he had spoken extensively to Brian Cashman, his counterpart with the Yankees, the day before. It was a cordial chat, no doubt, but surely no substantive strategic plans were divulged. For, just as their teams are … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS- RIZZO, CUBS WIN-DBACKS COMEBACK DOWN 5-0 TO BEAT PIRATES

With the game tied at 2, Rizzo launched the first pitch from Matt Albers 410 feet into the right-field bleachers for his 11th home run. He now has driven in a run in each of his last eight games and has 23 RBIs in his last 22 games. This was his fourth career extra-inning home run. The … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS- RIZZO, CUBS WIN-DBACKS COMEBACK DOWN 5-0 TO BEAT PIRATES