Braves find stop-gap for Freddie Freeman in trade for Cardinals slugger Matt Adams

The Braves have found their stop-gap for the injured Freddie Freeman. Atlanta traded for Cardinals slugger Matt Adams Saturday afternoon.

The Cardinals will also get cash considerations in the deal. Yepez is currently not ranked in the Braves’ top prospects according to MLB.com. He is currently playing in Low A ball with the Rome Braves. The 19-year-old is a career .281 hitter in the minors.

The Braves are currently in second place in the NL East with a 17-22 overall record. Adams is hitting .292 in limited time off of the bench for the Cardinals this season. He has spent much of the time on the bench for the Cardinals in the last few years after Matt Carpenter was converted into a first baseman.

Freeman, who left Wednesday’s game after being hit by a pitch, will be out approximately 10 weeks after additional testing Thursday showed he has a broken wrist, the team announced.

Melancon, who was dealing with a mild right pronator strain in his right elbow, spent the minimal required time on the disabled list, so the Giants obviously felt confident he’s healthy and ready to go.

Unfortunately for the Giants (17-24) they are still fourth in the NL West entering Wednesday’s games despite winning their last five in a row.

Maybe Melancon’s return will keep the hot streak alive.

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MLB trade rumors: Rockies could be in market for veteran starting pitcher

It’s still more than eight weeks until MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but a third of the way through the 2017 season, the buyers and sellers are starting to sort themselves out. Here’s a look at one trade rumor that’s floating around.

The rumor: The Rockies, who fell out of first place in the NL West on Tuesday for the first time since May 3, might be in the market for a veteran ace to add to their pitching staff.

The source: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

From Rosenthal on Thursday: A trade for a veteran starter is another possibility one scout believes the Tigers’ Justin Verlander and Rays’ Chris Archer would be the best fits at Coors Field (though Verlander has enough service time to reject any trade), and the Rays’ Alex Cobb and Athletics’ Sonny Gray also could make sense.

Braun, who has just two hits in six games played this month, left Thursday night’s game early with left calf tightness. The team then announced Friday that he will need another DL stint due to a left calf strain.

Same calf, same situation, Braun said, via ESPN.com. I knew when I came back that I wasn’t at 100 percent, but it was good enough that I was optimistic I’d be able to work through it. It just kind of grabbed on me when I ran to catch that popup.

Despite the injury woes, Braun is hitting .262 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs so far this season. The Brewers are also just a half-game behind the Cubs in the NL Central after briefly holding the throne themselves.

Milwaukee will likely have Hernan Perez, who can play a multitude of positions, start in Braun’s place while he recovers.

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Marlins draw tiny crowd even by their standards

Remember, folks, in the major leagues it’s tickets sold, not total in the ballpark, when it comes to attendance figures. Otherwise, each of the bodies inside Marlins Park on Wednesday represented 10 people.

The official count for Miami’s 1:10 p.m. game against the Phillies was 15,197. Based on media observations (per The Washington Post), that middle 1 was unnecessary.

That shot is reminiscent of the scene at the Marlins’ old yard, Sun Life Stadium, six years ago when the Marlins and Reds played a doubleheader in late August ahead of Hurricane Irene. A reported 347 fans were in the stands for the start of that twinbill. The stated attendance that day was 22,505.

This will not help counter the argument that big league baseball in Florida won’t ever work. The Marlins are dead last in the National League in average attendance, checking in at 20,970 per contest heading into Wednesday. They were 27th in the majors, behind the White Sox, the A’s . . . and the Rays four hours away in St. Petersburg.

While we don’t yet know the teams heading to Omaha, we do know that college baseball will have a new national champion in 2017; Coastal Carolina failed to make the postseason this year after winning the title in Omaha last June.

Here are the top eight seeds entering the regionals: 1. Oregon St. (49-4), 2. North Carolina (47-12), 3. Florida (42-16), 4. LSU (43-17), 5. Texas Tech (43-15), 6. TCU (42-16), 7. Louisville (47-10), 8. Stanford (40-14).

The SEC brought the most teams into regional play with eight: Florida, LSU, Kentucky, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Auburn and Texas A&M. Seven teams hail from the ACC and Big-12 conferences.

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World Series MVP David Freese opens up about depression, alcohol abuse

Although he now plays for the rival Pirates, David Freese gets applauded every time he come to the plate at Busch Stadium as Cardinals fans still honor their hometown hero, who grew up in metro St. Louis.

Freese blasted an 11th-inning walk-off home run to beat the Rangers in Game 6 of the World Series en route to MVP honors but the now 33-year-old admits he never should have been lauded by the Cardinals after everything he put them through.

Ilitch companies employ 23,000 full-time and part-time colleagues worldwide, according to the Detroit Free Press. The companies posted revenues of $3.4 billion in 2016. In 2016, Forbes magazine listed Ilitch and his wife, Marian as the No. 88 wealthiest people with a net worth of $5.4 billion. Marian, who owns the Motor City Casino, was married to Mike for 61 years.

In 1982, Ilitch bought the Red Wings for $8 million and turned the franchise into a success story all professional sports teams came to adorn. The Wings have made the playoffs 25 years in a row under Ilitch.

Ilitch bought the Tigers in 1992 from Dominos Pizza founder Tom Monaghan and eventually turned the team from losers into big-spending winners. He moved the Tigers into Comerica Park in 2000 and experienced his players win everything from the MVP to Cy Young Award. A World Series title, however, eluded him.

By Wins Above Average, the chasm between Stieb and Morris in the ‘80s is even wider: 28.1, best in the decade for Stieb; 9.0, 31st-best for Morris.

He was an awesome pitcher,” Stieb said. He was an animal, a bulldog-like [workhorse], and wanted to win like no one else. I totally respect him and his skills and what he did. But if you had to look at everything, I think I was the best.”

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Meet the woman who’ll pitch in one of North America’s top collegiate summer leagues

Eighty-eight players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB Draft last June, and recent alumni of the league include the Orioles’ Chris Davis, Rays’ Matt Duffy and Matt Andriese, Tigers’ Matt Boyd and Mariners’ James Paxton.

I’m obviously not going to be the fastest pitcher in the league, but I have some good off-speed pitches that will keep hitters on their toes, said Eccles, who is listed at 5-8, 125 pounds as one of the top pitchers on the Canadian women’s national team.

She also plays softball for the University of British Columbia, which congratulated her on Twitter.

A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me, Jones told USA Today. I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.

Schilling still isn’t buying it.

If he wants to maintain the lie he made here, that’s fine, Schilling told Boston’s WEEI in a text message. No one denies racism exists, but when people like him lie about an incident and others just take him at his word, it perpetuates a mythical level of racism.

The former ESPN baseball analyst continued, And for some reason, it appears blacks believe only blacks can talk about racism and only whites can be racists. I promise you if some scumbag yelled the N-word at Adam Jones in Fenway, it would have been on Twitter, Facebook and every other social media site asap, like every other ’incident.’ Not to mention the liberal Boston media would have broken its neck to identify the racist. But just taking him at his word means there are a bunch of white cowards and racists living here, because no one stood up to the guy. Adam has an agenda and one needs to only look at his past commentary on race and racism to see it. But see, when you question fake hate crimes in this day and age it somehow makes you a racist.

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Contract sending Babe Ruth from Red Sox to Yankees up for auction

The Red Sox get another gentle reminder of one of their worst blunders in franchise history this week when the contract sending Babe Ruth from Boston to the Yankees goes up for auction.

The priceless artifact, one of the most scared in baseball, is being sold by auctioneer Lelands.com. The copy once owned by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee last sold for $996,000 in 2005.

Mariners shortstop Jean Segura already spent part of this season on the disabled list and it appears the reigning NL hits leader could be headed back after suffering a right ankle injury Thursday.

Segura was thrown out at second base on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth against the Rockies and injured his ankle on the feet-first slide. He had to be helped off the field by trainers.

Taylor Motter replaced Segura in the lineup while Boog Powell took over from Nelson Cruz in the DH spot after the slugger got hit in the left hand by 89-mph cutter from Kyle Freeland in the third inning. Cruz initially stayed in the game, but

The Mariners have not yet announced the extent of either injury.

The 24-year-old Nationals right fielder looks on his way to his second National League MVP award, hitting .349 with a 194 OPS+ entering Tuesday while putting himself on pace for 49 home runs and 139 RBIs. His Nationals have been similarly effective, jumping out to a 26-17 record. They might be the team to beat in the senior circuit.

Quietly, Mike Trout has been almost as good or slightly better than Harper, depending on one’s view of sabermetrics. Trout’s raw numbers are slightly worse than Harper’s — .343 batting average and three fewer RBIs entering Tuesday — and his Angels have struggled, though Trout bests Harper in OPS+ and WAR. In fact, Trout’s topped Harper for OPS+ and WAR every season except 2015.

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Joe Maddon to Cubs fans: ’Go ahead and freak out’

Maddon said earlier this month the Cubs hitters were too focused on hitting. He said Sunday his team is trying to hit home runs instead of being more efficient at the plate. The Cubs were 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position against the Dodgers and are now hitting a National League-worst .127 with runners at second or third.

We have to score the runner from third with less than two outs with something other than a home run, Maddon said. We’re just hitting home runs to score runs. We have to become more efficient moving the baseball. I’ve been talking about it for three years now.

You have to get to the point where you move the ball and make adjustments, Maddon added. Middle of the field, opposite field, get the home run out of your head. If it happens, it happens. We just got too big there.

The Cubs did hit three home runs off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but Cubs pitchers allowed four homers in a 9-4 loss.

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, the baseball gods manage to give us something new.

Juan Nieves remains the only member in Milwaukee’s no-hit club.

Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Saturday, but saw it come to an end when Arizona’s Nick Ahmed led off the eighth with a single back up the middle. Anderson was at 111 pitches after seven innings, but recorded his 11th strikeout of the game for the second out of the inning. The 11 strikeouts are a career high for Anderson, who is in his fourth MLB season.

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Watch: Derek Jeter gives emotional speech as Yankees retire No. 2 jersey

Surrounded by former teammates and managers and his family and friends, Yankees legend Derek Jeter brought the crowd at Yankee Stadium to its feet Sunday as the club retired his No. 2 jersey and enshrined him with a plaque in Monument Park during a special pregame ceremony.

I want to thank you guys for pushing me, for challenging me, for making me accountable but more importantly embracing me from Day 1, Jeter said after thanking the Steinbrenner family for allowing him to play his entire career for the Yankees, the only club he wanted to play for.

There isn’t a person or player I would trade places with now or ever and the reason why I say that is because I got the chance to play for a first-class organization and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports.

But still, Ware knows he has a life after football.

How many times when I go through a full season do I feel great from start to finish? It’s hard, Ware said.

Football has been great for me. I love football. Always will. Heck yeah, I want to get out there and play. But I can’t let passion overrule my sense. I am walking away with respect. I gave the fans, I gave my family, I gave my teammates, everything I had every game. One hundred percent. One … hundred … percent.

Ware finishes his career with 138.5 sacks, good for eighth on the all-time list.

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MLB trying to create ‘tacky’ baseballs to reduce cheating, report says

Some baseball traditionalists believe Major League Baseball’s recent rule changes and ideas have become a bit tacky but a new possible change gives a new meaning to the word.

According to Yahoo Sports, MLB officials have been working with its official baseball manufacturer Rawlings to create a ball with natural adhesive in hopes that players don’t use pine tar, rosin or other foreign substances to gain additional grip.

The episode aired on Feb. 20, 1992, and also featured the voices of Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia and Darryl Strawberry. Much of the episode’s humor stemmed from the unusual fates suffered by many of the ringers, including Griffey’s development of gigantism caused by his overzealous consumption of nerve tonic.

But perhaps the most enduring aspect of Homer at the Bat is Terry Cashman’s Talkin’ Softball, a parody of his own classic song Talkin’ Baseball, which played over the end credits. Take it away, Terry.

As part of the event in May, Boggs and Smith are scheduled to appear at a planned round-table discussion with episode executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin and casting director Bonnie Pietila, the AP reports.

One can only assume that Boggs’ opinion of Pitt the Elder hasn’t changed.

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Bud Black says David Dahl ‘still a ways away’ from returning

David Dahl was one of fantasy baseball’s most-coveted darlings heading into the season after his sterling debut last year.

Unfortunately, Dahl has not been able to shake a rib injury, which has kept him out of the Rockies lineup all season. Manager Bud Black doesn’t think Dahl will be making his season debut anytime soon.

Along with mentoring the young players, Rodriguez will serve as a councilman to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Rodriguez not returning to the field as a player is nothing new, but that Rodriguez would be welcome back to spring training anytime.

Alex is also free to do as he pleases, if he wants to try and keep playing, Cashman said. We welcome the opportunity for him to impact our young players at spring training. Alex would work directly for Hal (Steinbrenner).

All the parameters have been vocalized and they remain the same from last year. He’s got a life to live too, and I’m sure he’s going to have a lot of opportunities in broadcasting, in business. People will be tugging him in a lot of different directions.

Sorry Yankees fans, you will have to get used to seeing A-Rod hanging around Yankee Stadium without the pinstriped uniform.

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