MLB levies suspensions from brawl
- Royals P Yordano Ventura: 7 games
- Royals P Edinson Volquez: 5 games
- Royals OF Lorenzo Cain: 2 games
- Royals P Kelvin Herrera: 2 games
- White Sox P Chris Sale: 5 games
- White Sox P Jeff Samardzija: 5 games
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian on the suspensions handed out today: "Major League Baseball has made it clear that if you're going to get involved in some sort of fight like this that, you are going to pay for it.
"For him to come out of the game last night, that was not a good sign. Hamstring's are really tricky ... and with the way that Puig runs the bases and plays the outfield, he's using his legs as much as about any player in the Major Leagues."
Yasiel Puig aggravated his hamstring injury on Friday, and the team hopes he can avoid a DL stint. Said manager Don Mattingly: "I don't know a whole lot right now and I don't know that it's too serious. We'll find out tomorrow."
The Indians SP won't pitch today vs. the Tigers due to illness. T.J. House will start in place of Bauer, who was off to a nice start to the season (2-0, 0.95 ERA).
Yordano Ventura (7 games) was handed the largest punishment for his role in Thursday's brawl with the White Sox. In 4 starts, Ventura has been involved in 3 bench-clearing brawls and twice been ejected.
Game won't start before 1 pm CT, the Reds announce.
Tyler Flowers gets an undisclosed fine.
Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to be effective on Sunday, when the Clubs are to continue their series in Chicago.
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian on the Rangers being close to acquiring Hamilton: "The question is: Is he anywhere close to the great player that he was in 2010, when he had an OPS over a thousand? ... There's a real question whether he's a good player anymore."
Maddon on pitcher batting 8th: "I'm not wedded to it but I like how it's playing out so far."
Btw, get ready to feel old. Addison Russell's dad is "38 or 39" according to Russell. Same age ad David Ross
There's a new trend in baseball and it involves a more versatile third baseman. Up-and-coming stars with a more varied skill set, like Chicago's Kris Bryant, have made the position deeper and more exciting. Breaking the mold (Insider)
No reschedule date for Saturday's ppd White Sox-Royals game. Royals return July 17-19 and Sept 29-Oct 1.
"If Hamilton actually rebounds and goes back to being an effective player for the Rangers ... then the Angels will have doubled-down on their mistake, in failing to find a way to live with him and help him become a good player again." Buster Olney's column (Insider)
Anthony Rizzo has been hit by a pitch 6 times this season, putting him within one of Shin-Soo Choo's April MLB record. “I don’t like getting hit,” Rizzo said recently. “But you get on base. If I get hit again, I get hit.”
Kansas City and Chicago were slated to play 2 games today, but rain forced the postponement of both. Friday's suspended game -- tied 2-2 after 8 -- will be resumed Sunday at 2:10 p.m. with another to follow. The 4th game of the series will be made up at a later date.
Mark Teixeira hit 2 HRs to kick off a high-profile series vs. the Mets Friday night. It was the earliest in the season that any player has had a multi-HR game in the Subway Series. The teams meet again today at 4:05 p.m. ET.