Unhappy with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak’s strike zone, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner had some words on his way back to the dugout after being taken out of the game in the sixth inning. That earned Bumgarner his first career ejection, as John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle notes.
The New York Mets released veteran Adrian Gonzalez after last night’s 2-0 victory over the Yankees. They will call up Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas before Tuesday’s game in Atlanta.
Gonzalez, 36, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts last night and ends his Mets tenure with a batting line of .237/.299/.373 and only six homers in 54 games. The five-time All-Star did not cost the Mets much — he was being paid the minimum this season — but he simply wasn’t getting the job done and it made no sense for the Mets to keep running him out there. By Craig Calcaterra
Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit consecutive sacrifice flies in the top of the 12th inning as the Red Sox defeated the Orioles at Camden Yards, 2-0, on Monday. The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs against Mychal Givens (0-3) before Holt and Bradley came through. Heath Hembree (3-1) got the win, and Craig Kimbrel earned his 21st save. By Jeff Seidel
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was suffering through a down year. But over the last four games, he’s dramatically turned things around. Over Arizona’s last four games, Goldschmidt has hit .667/.714/1.722 with four home runs and nine RBI. In the process, he’s done something not seen in baseball for 50 years. By Michael Dixon
Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu is a free agent at season’s end, but he tells Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that his hope is to remain with the organization. LeMahieu cites his relationship with teammates and manager Bud Black, as well as the city of Denver and several up-and-coming young talents as reasons he hopes to stick around. GM Jeff Bridich tells Saunders he’ll leave the door open, but adds that there haven’t been any recent discussions and that the team (like many players) prefers not to negotiate during the season. (Although the Rockies did sign Charlie Blackmon to a six-year deal after Opening Day.)
A lot of things have actually gone wrong for manager Dave Roberts‘ club during what’s been a roller coaster campaign thus far. However, Kemp — a guy the front office would’ve loved to have traded prior to Opening Day — has been a stabilizing force for an offense that’s without Corey Seager for the year and was without Justin Turner for a significant chunk of time.
Through 203 plate appearances, he leads the club with a 168 wRC+ off the strength of a .353/.384/.599 triple slash, 10 home runs, and 39 RBI. If Kemp’s start to 2018 feels familiar, it’s because his 2017 campaign included nearly identical production through June 4. By Matt Musico
If it seems a bit rude to be writing this article while Mookie Betts is currently on the DL with a left abdominal strain, I apologize. Now that Betts is swinging off a tee and possibly returning in a couple of days, it seems as good a time as any.
Boston currently has the best record in baseball (42-19, .689 W%). They’ve got the second biggest run differential (96), behind only the Astros (116), and that’s clearly due to the fact that the Astros’ rotation is really just a bunch of cyborgs controlled by Skynet. The Red Sox are scoring 5.34 runs per game while only allowing 3.77 and, when you do that sort of thing, good tidings will follow. But we’re here today to talk about the Red Sox biggest contributor, rather than the team as a whole. By JOHN WATSON
The Oakland Athletics have a deal in place with second-rounder Jameson Hannah, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). He’ll take home a $1.8MM bonus, a fair bit north of the $1,414,200 allocation that came with the 50th overall selection.
The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms with Wake Forest right-hander Griffin Robert son a $1,664,200 bonus — the full slot value of his No. 43 selection — per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (on Twitter)
MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo tweets that the Los Angeles Angels are in agreement with second-round pick Jeremiah Jackson on a $1,196,500 bonus that represents a full-slot signing.
In a fairly sizable over-slot signing, FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweets the Cleveland Indians agreed to a $900K bonus with sixth-rounder Raynel Delgado, whose No. 193 overall selection came with a value of $235,600. The switch-hitting prep infielder out of Florida has impressed scouts with his bat speed and hit tool from both sides of the dish, but questions about his defense and a commitment to Florida International pushed him down the board a bit. By
The eighty-game suspension of Robinson Cano created an interesting situation for the Mariners, who have already responded in part by shifting Dee Gordon to second base and acquiring Denard Span. But more moves are anticipated for the surprising AL West leaders, with Cano’s return playing into the calculus, as GM Jerry Dipoto discussed with ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. By