MLB Player News

  • Sean Manaea SP | OAK

    Athletics' Sean Manaea: Lifted prematurely with shoulder tightness

    Manaea was pulled after just two innings Wednesday due to left shoulder tightness, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Something was obviously up with Manaea, as his velocity was noticeably down from his normal 93-95 mph range, sitting around 90 mph for most of the night. He exited after just 34 pitches, giving up three runs (all in the second inning) on four hits while striking out one. It's unclear how serious the injury is at this point, but a trip to the DL -- however brief -- wouldn't be surprising. Consider him day-to-day for now, but status should be updated once the Athletics provide more information.

  • Rick Porcello SP | BOS

    Red Sox's Rick Porcello: Takes loss despite quality start Wednesday

    Porcello (1-3) gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out nine over 6.2 innings in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees.

    He threw 73 of 118 pitches for strikes while striking out a season-high nine, but with Luis Severino firing goose eggs opposite him, the two-run homer Porcello served up to Aaron Judge in the second inning was two runs too many. The 28-year-old righty will try to get back in the win column Monday at home against the Orioles.

  • Aaron Judge RF | NYY

    Yankees' Aaron Judge: Launches seventh homer Wednesday

    Judge went 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Red Sox.

    With Luis Severino firing seven scoreless innings, Judge supplied all the offense the right-hander would need, hitting his seventh homer of the season in the second inning after Starlin Castro reached on an error and then walking and scoring in the sixth. Judge now has four home runs in his last seven games, hitting .321 (9-for-28) over that stretch with seven RBI and eight runs scored.

  • Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Picks up fifth save Wednesday

    Chapman allowed a run on one hit and two walks while striking out two in an inning of work to record his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Red Sox.

    It's the first run the big lefty's allowed this season, while all four of his walks have come in his last four appearances. That's about as close to a slump as Chapman has gotten in 2017, given his 11:4 K:BB in 7.1 innings, and as the core of the young Yankees roster continues to gel he should continue to pile up, and convert, save opportunities.

  • Luis Severino SP | NYY

    Yankees' Luis Severino: Fires seven scoreless innings Wednesday

    Severino (2-1) scattered three hits and two walks while striking out six over seven scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Red Sox.

    It's the first time this season Severino has avoided serving up a homer in a start, but the two walks actually doubled his total on the year and he now has an eye-popping 33:4 K:BB through 27 innings. He'll look to stay locked in Monday at home against the Blue Jays.

  • Indians' Michael Brantley: Extends hitting streak to 10 games

    Brantley went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Astros.

    He now has a 10-game hitting streak, over which Brantley is batting .381 (16-for-42) with four homers, nine RBI, 11 runs and two steals. After a lost 2016, the 29-year-old looks completely healthy and back in top form.

  • Cody Allen RP | CLE

    Indians' Cody Allen: Notches fourth save Wednesday

    Allen struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings Wednesday to pick up his fourth save of the season in a 7-6 win over the Astros.

    The Cleveland righty has been dominant to begin the season, striking out multiple batters in all but one of his appearances so far to give him a 17:1 K:BB through eight innings. Even with Andrew Miller in the bullpen alongside him, Allen remains the team's primary closer.

  • Trevor Bauer SP | CLE

    Indians' Trevor Bauer: Fans eight in Wednesday's win

    Bauer (2-2) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Astros.

    Two-run homers in the fourth and sixth innings by Evan Gattis and Brian McCann accounted for all the damage against Bauer, and the right-hander now has an unsightly 6.26 ERA, fueled by a 2.0 HR/9 through 23 innings. He'll try to find a way to keep the ball in the park Monday on the road against the Tigers.

  • Jose Abreu 1B | CHW

    White Sox's Jose Abreu: Plans to return Friday

    Abreu said he plans to return to action Friday against the Tigers, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports.

    Abreu left Wednesday's game against the Royals with a mild right hip flexor strain, though he said the pain he was experiencing was in his upper groin area. He'll be re-evaluated after Thursday's off day, but the plan -- at least in his eyes -- is to return to the lineup in time for the weekend series against Detroit. He's batting just .253 with eight RBI in 75 at-bats this year. If the White Sox decide play it safe with him and hold him out Friday, Todd Frazier should slide over to first while Tyler Saladino or Matt Davidson moves over to third base.

  • Astros' Lance McCullers: Takes first loss Wednesday

    McCullers (2-1) gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over five innings in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to Cleveland.

    The right-hander struggled to command the strike zone in this one, throwing 55 of 90 pitches for strikes, and it was the first time this season McCullers didn't strike out at least twice as many batters as he walked. His next start will come Monday at home against the Rangers.