MLB umpires protest ‘escalating verbal attacks’ from players with white wristbands

Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers confronts home plate umpire Angel Hernandez after being ejected during a game against the Texas Rangers on Monday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) A group of Major League Baseball umpires is feeling singled out and put upon. So on Saturday, they decided to do something about it. After Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler called out umpire Angel Hernandez earlier in the week, the World Umpires Association released a statement Saturday, saying “the verbal attack on Angel denigrated the entire MLB umpiring staff and is unacceptable.” In addition to the statement, some umps wore white […]

Gonzalez returns from DL, Dodgers top Tigers 8-5

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor doubles against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) DETROIT (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez went on the disabled list in the middle of June, when the Los Angeles Dodgers were just beginning this torrid stretch that has helped them all but wrap up the NL West. He is finally healthy enough to contribute again. Gonzalez doubled in his first plate appearance since June 11, one of six two-base hits for Los Angeles on Friday night in an 8-5 win over the […]

Friday’s best: Guerrero goes deep again for Dunedin

Now into his second month playing in the Florida State League, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is finding his power stroke. Guerrero, MLBPipeline.com’s No. 6 overall prospect ( Blue Jays’ No. 1 ), connected on his second home run in as many games on Friday, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Class A Advanced Dunedin blanked St. Lucie, 4-0. He pushed across runs with both of his hits in the contest, tallying an RBI single in the third inning and then lacing a solo home run to left field in the sixth. The homer was the 18-year-old third baseman’s third with […]

Hit hard, Zimmermann tries useful adjustment

Jordan Zimmerman strikes out Cody Bellinger swinging to end the top of the 1st inning DETROIT — It couldn’t get any worse, Jordan Zimmermann figured. The Dodgers had pummeled him for six runs and nine hits over four innings. He had drawn 11 swinging strikes, including four strikeouts, but the Dodgers were making contact with an average exit velocity of 94.4 mph, according to Statcast™ . So as he worked through the Dodgers’ lineup for a third time, Zimmermann moved his back foot from the third-base side of the pitching rubber to the first-base side, something he had never […]

Tigers go on hit parade, but can’t pick up Zim

Justin Upton hits a solo homer that’s just out of the reach of Cody Bellinger, and goes back to touch first on his way around the bases DETROIT — The Dodgers didn’t need to clear the spacious fences of Comerica Park to put on a show in Motown. Chris Taylor hit two of their six doubles, both for RBIs, in a four-hit game as Los Angeles outpaced the Tigers for an 8-5 win Friday night at Comerica Park. Dodger doubles accounted for more than half of the 10 hits off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (7-10) and four of the […]

Gonzalez returns from DL, Dodgers top Tigers 8-5

Adrian Gonzalez went on the disabled list in the middle of June, when the Los Angeles Dodgers were just beginning this torrid stretch that has helped them all but wrap up the NL West. He is finally healthy enough to contribute again. Gonzalez doubled in his first plate appearance since June 11, one of six two-base hits for Los Angeles on Friday night in an 8-5 win over the Detroit Tigers . "I was telling the guys — I’m just happy I’m not the guy that messes things up," Gonzalez said. "We won. That’s the most important thing." Chris […]