Cleveland Indians agree to minor league deal with OF Melky Cabrera

CLEVELAND — Free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal is contingent on the 33-year-old’s passing a physical. Cabrera spent last season with the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, batting .285 with 17 homers and 85 RBIs in 156 games. Cabrera’s agreement was first reported by MLB Network. A 13-year veteran, Cabrera will add depth to Cleveland’s outfield and give the club another veteran with playoff experience. Once he is cleared medically and signed, Cabrera is expected to spend…

Chicago Cubs in Cleveland for first time since 2016 World Series – Chicago Cubs Blog

CLEVELAND — It’s only appropriate that there’s rain in the forecast for Tuesday night in Cleveland. Yes, it has been the theme throughout baseball this month, but for the Chicago Cubs, rain in Cleveland means something very special. As the team returns to this city for the first time since winning Games 6 and 7 of the 2016 World Series, many involved in that historic championship say their thoughts will turn to baseball’s biggest enemy: rain. “There will be a sense of nostalgia, just walking in there,” shortstop Addison Russell…

Walker Buehler blazes trail in first Los Angeles Dodgers start – SweetSpot

The New York Yankees had their much-anticipated debut on Sunday, with Gleyber Torres starting at second base against the Toronto Blue Jays. On Monday it was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ turn, with Walker Buehler making his first career start in a game against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium. Buehler was called up late last season after being shifted to the bullpen in the minors, with the hope being he could be a dominant multi-inning option during the Dodgers’ postseason quest. However, that proved premature, as Buehler was slow to…

New York Yankees crush Minnesota Twins thanks in part to noteworthy nights from Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres

NEW YORK – The Yankees‘ big bats had a breakout night in the Bronx on Monday, headlined by a series of home runs from the likes of vets Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius, and fresher faces like Tyler Austin and Miguel Andujar. Homers, including Andujar’s, which made history, weren’t the only types of hits that were en vogue in the Yankees’ 14-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, a team they have owned recently at Yankee Stadium. Singles were, too. Perhaps no one-base hit Monday was as memorable as the eighth-inning…

Yankees Hit a New Gear Against a Familiar Foil: The Twins

“Tonight was a great night, up and down the lineup,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said. It is still early, of course, with about 87 percent of the season still to be played, but the win streak is the first indication that this rebuilt, retooled and significantly younger Yankees team might be equipped to challenge, or exceed, the unexpected success of the 2017 version, which came within one win of going to the World Series. Masahiro Tanaka bounced back from a pair of poor outings to work into the seventh inning…

Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals only teams on track to pay luxury tax

NEW YORK — The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was $233.9 million, which would cause the Red Sox to pay a $9.4 million tax. Washington’s payroll was $201 million, which would result in a tax of $1.2 million. San Francisco was just below the $197 million tax…

Danny Farquhar of Chicago White Sox ‘progressing well’ after brain surgery

CHICAGO — White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar is “progressing well” after undergoing surgery on Saturday to address a brain aneurysm. According to a team statement, Farquhar has use of his extremities, is able to respond to questions and commands, and also speak to doctors and to his family. He remains in critical but “neurologically stable” condition, according to the statement. All of this was welcome news after an anxious weekend of uncertainty for the White Sox. Farquhar collapsed in the dugout after coming off the mound during the sixth inning…

Davey Nelson, Milwaukee Brewers TV analyst and former Texas Rangers infielder, dies at age 73

Davey Nelson, a former All-Star infielder for the Rangers and television analyst with the Brewers, has died at the age of 73. The Brewers announced that Nelson, who was a coach in the organization for five years before moving to the broadcast booth in 2006, died Monday after battling long illness. Davey Nelson joined the broadcast booth at FOX Sports Wisconsin in 2006 after spending five years as a coach in the Brewers organization. Rich Pilling/MLB Photos/Getty Images “Davey took every opportunity to turn a casual introduction into a lifelong relationship,…