Minor League Baseball

Kansas City Royals watch as pitcher Jorge Lopez, center, leaves after he was pulled in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Minneapolis. Lopez had a perfect game through eight innings but gave up a walk and a hit in the ninth. The Royals won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 08, 2018 - 7:29 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kansas City rookie Jorge Lopez came within three outs of a perfect game before Max Kepler walked leading off the ninth inning and Robbie Grossman followed with a single in the Royals' 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. The 25-year-old right-hander made just his...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson hits a double against Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto. The Cleveland Indians have acquired former AL MVP Donaldson in a trade with the Blue Jays. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
August 31, 2018 - 9:53 pm
Andrew McCutchen is shaving his beard for a possible World Series run. Ryan Madson is switching bullpens, trying to help another team win a title. And Josh Donaldson is hoping he's healthy enough to contribute. The Milwaukee Brewers? They were a busy bunch, swinging trades to get starter Gio...
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Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Gio Gonzalez smiles during a media availability after he was recently acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 31, 2018 - 8:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn't take Gio Gonzalez long to get to his new team. The Milwaukee Brewers got a proven left-handed starter for their stretch run, acquiring Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals on Friday night for two minor leaguers and international slot money. The deal was announced after...
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August 31, 2018 - 5:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher. The five-time defending NL West champions have Kenley Jansen as their closer, but he's been shaky since coming off the disabled...
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August 31, 2018 - 3:56 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers added bullpen help for the final stretch, acquiring veteran Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox for two minor leaguers on Friday. Cedeno is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 33 appearances after signing with Chicago as a minor league free agent in January. The left-...
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San Francisco Giants' Andrew McCutchen follows through on an RBI-single in front of Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila during the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
August 30, 2018 - 8:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The playoff-contending New York Yankees are close to completing a trade for San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night the Yankees would send infielder Abiatal Avelino and another minor...
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St. Louis Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak, left, answers questions after the team announced Mike Shildt, right, as manager, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The St. Louis Cardinals have removed the interim tag from Mike Shildt's title, promoting him to manager after he led the team into postseason contention since taking over for the fired Mike Matheny. Shildt has guided the Cardinals to a 26-12 record since July 15 and they now hold the top spot in the National League wild card standings. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
August 28, 2018 - 4:31 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thrilled with the results, the St. Louis Cardinals thanked Mike Shildt. The Cardinals took off the interim tag from Shildt's title and promoted him to full-time manager through 2020, a reward for steering the team back into postseason contention after replacing the fired Mike...
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray delivers a pitch during the first inning of the second baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
August 25, 2018 - 7:45 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — After making a guest appearance in the starting rotation, it's back to the bullpen for Sonny Gray. The New York Yankees right-hander can take consolation in knowing he's still got the talent to effectively go deep in a game. Gray took a three-hitter into the seventh inning, and New...
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Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Adam Kolarek, right, and catcher Michael Perez celebrate after the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in New York. The Rays defeated the Yankees 3-1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
August 16, 2018 - 3:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — As he jogged from the bullpen, Tampa Bay rookie left-hander Adam Kolarek reminded himself that he's pitched out of bases-loaded, no-out situations before. In the minors, at least. "It just hasn't been at this level," he said. "And certainly not in a stadium like Yankee Stadium." Or...
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Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano blows bubble gum during batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Cano is returning after an 80-game drug suspension. The All-Star second baseman last played May 15. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 14, 2018 - 6:11 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano is back in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners after serving an 80-game drug suspension. The eight-time All-Star has a new position — first base, for the first time — and a new spot in the batting order, too. "It feels great to be back, especially the...
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