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Angels give up on Matt Harvey, drop pitcher from roster

The Los Angeles Angels gave up on their $11 million investment in Matt Harvey, designating the 30-year-old right-hander for assignment. Harvey was 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts. He gave up six runs, seven hits and five walks over six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Once dubbed The Dark Knight, Harvey was among baseball’s most dominant starters for a time with the New York Mets. He started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field but hurt his elbow later that summer.
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Drew Smyly agrees with Phillies, pending physical

Left-hander Drew Smyly has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and is on track to start Sunday against Pittsburgh. Manager Gabe Kapler says the agreement is pending a successful physical. Right-hander Nick Pivetta is being moved to the bullpen. The 30-year-old Smyly was 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA in nine starts and four relief appearances this year for Texas, which released him in late June.

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Max Scherzer won’t start for Nats against Atlanta this weekend

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer won’t come off the 10-day injured list to start for Washington against Atlanta this weekend. Scherzer was given a cortisone shot this week to address inflammation in his bursa sac under his right shoulder blade.
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Yanks’ Aaron Boone suspended, ‘not real proud’ of profane rant

UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended for one game for his rant that followed his ejection in a doubleheader opener against Tampa Bay. MLB executive Joe Torre also says Boone has been fined. Boone was ejected in the second inning for arguing from the dugout with rookie umpire Brennan Miller, who had called a third strike on Brett Gardner. Boone was to serve the suspension in New York’s opener against Colorado. Boone says he’s “not real proud” of the language caught by microphones.
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Aaron Boone ejected, directs profane rant at rookie umpire

Yankees manager Aaron Boone went on a profane rant after rookie umpire Brennan Miller called Brett Gardner out on strikes in the second inning of a doubleheader opener against Tampa Bay. Miller, umpiring behind the plate for the fifth time in a major league game, called Aaron Judge out on strikes following DJ LeMahieu’s leadoff double in the first. Gardner batted in the second after Gio Urshela’s tying, two-run homer and was called out on a 1-2 pitch.
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Mike DiMuro retires, Chad Whitson becomes fulltime MLB ump

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 3:18 p.m.

Mike DiMuro, among two father-son duos to work home plate in a major league no-hitter, is retiring after two decades as an umpire and is being replaced on the big league staff by Chad Whitson. The 51-year-old DiMuro made his major league debut in 1997 and became a fulltime member of the big league staff in 1999. Bothered by back problems in recent years, he has not worked since July 8 last year. His father, Lou, was an American League umpire from 1963-82.
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Reds place 2 more catchers on the injured list

The Cincinnati Reds are down to their fourth and fifth catchers after placing two more on the injured list. Curt Casali went on the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain that manager David Bell said could keep him out for as long as a month. Casali is expected to spend two weeks wearing a brace. Kyle Farmer was placed on the seven-day concussion list after taking two foul balls off his mask in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs in Chicago.
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Rays’ Mike Brosseau goes from undrafted to middle of MLB lineup

The thrifty Tampa Bay Rays think they have found another hidden gem in Mike Brosseau, an undrafted infielder from Oakland University in Michigan who signed for $1,000 and bolted to the big leagues. Three weeks after his major league debut, the 25-year-old infielder has become a middle-of-the-order option for manager Kevin Cash as Tampa Bay chases the star-studded Yankees in the AL East.
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Enter Rivera: Yankee closer Mariano Rivera awaits his place in Hall of Fame

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

Former New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is awaiting his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera set a record with 652 saves. He says he always wanted to do “whatever it took to win, and it worked many times.” He is the first player unanimously voted into the Hall by the writers. He is part of a Cooperstown class that also includes Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina the late Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith.
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Yankees get speedy OF Terrance Gore from Royals for cash

UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Speedy outfielder Terrance Gore has been traded to the New York Yankees by the Kansas City Royals for cash. The deal was announced before New York’s scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed due to a forecast of severe inclement weather. Gore was not added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster, and will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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Royals place Adalberto Mondesi on 10-day injured list

UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

The Kansas City Royals placed shortstop Adalberto Mondesi on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder injury. Mondesi injured his shoulder in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against the White Sox when he attempted to make a diving catch on the warning track in shallow left field.
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White Sox put Eloy Jimenez on IL with nerve contusion in arm

The Chicago White Sox have placed rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez on the 10-day injured list with an ulnar nerve contusion in his right arm. The move comes a day after Jimenez collided with outfielder Charlie Tilson in the first inning Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals. In the hours after the game, Jimenez was experiencing numbness down his arm and into his fingers. The organization is optimistic Jimenez could only miss a couple of weeks.
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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts surprised Kenley Jansen changed mind on injury

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says it’s “a little bit tough to swallow” that closer Kenley Jansen changed his mind about the severity of a foot injury after blowing a save against the Philadelphia Phillies. Jansen was struck in the foot by Adam Haseley’s grounder in the ninth inning but told Roberts he was OK to continue pitching. After blowing the lead in Philadelphia’s 9-8 victory, Jansen told reporters he should have come out of the game. He was limping in the clubhouse postgame.
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Corey Kluber throws off mound for 1st time since breaking arm

The Cleveland Indians say pitcher Corey Kluber threw a successful bullpen session at Progressive Field, the right-hander’s first time throwing from a mound since fracturing his right forearm on May 1. The team said the two-time Cy Young Award winner fired 20 fastballs, as scheduled, before Cleveland’s game against Detroit on Wednesday.
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David Price, Dennis Eckersley feuding again after Eck’s comments to Globe

David Price ignited an old feud Wednesday with Red Sox TV analyst Dennis Eckersley after the Hall of Fame pitcher commented about a confrontation between the men in a story by The Boston Globe this week. Two years ago, Price confronted Eckersley on a team flight after Eckersley was critical of players’ performances on air. On Wednesday, Price called it “trash” that Eckersley commented about the incident for a lengthy piece on the former pitcher’s life and career.
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Elijah ‘Pumpsie’ Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player on the Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 85. A Red Sox spokesman confirmed his death. Green played parts of four seasons with the Red Sox and one with the New York Mets from 1959-63, batting .246 with 13 homers and 74 RBIs. But his place in history was made when he stepped on the field as a pinch-runner against the Chicago White Sox on July 21, 1959. The Red Sox were the last team in the major leagues to field a black player.
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Rays-Yankees game postponed due to severe weather forecast

UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

The scheduled game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees has been postponed due to a forecast of thunderstorms and severe inclement weather. Though no rain was falling yet on a humid evening at Yankee Stadium, the game was called about 35 minutes before it was supposed to start. It will be made up Thursday as part of a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.