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MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals, Cubs to play London series in 2023

August 4, 2022, 4:31 PM

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will square off in a two-game series in London in 2023, Major League Baseball announced Thursday in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The teams will play June 24-25 next year at London Stadium as part of the new MLB World Tour. It will be the second series played in Europe following the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees series at London Stadium in June 2019.

The Cubs last played overseas in Tokyo in 2000, while the Cardinals last played internationally in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2019.

MLB and the union have committed to playing 24 regular-season games and 16 exhibition games in Asia, Mexico and Latin America, and Europe through the 2026 season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins

Cardinals RHP Drew VerHagen to have hip surgery

August 4, 2022, 3:53 PM

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St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Drew VerHagen is headed for season-ending hip surgery.

Thursday's announcement ends a rough campaign for the 31-year-old reliever, who has been on the 15-day injured since July 17 with a right hip impingement.

VerHagen spent time on the IL with the same ailment earlier this season and later missed three weeks with a sore right shoulder.

He was 3-1 with a 6.65 ERA in 19 relief appearances for St. Louis, striking out 18 batters and walking 14 in 21 2/3 innings.

VerHagen pitched for the Detroit Tigers from 2014-19, notching a 10-10 record and a 5.11 ERA in 127 games (eight starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

Yankees place new starter Frankie Montas on bereavement list

August 3, 2022, 3:05 PM

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Newly acquired right-hander Frankie Montas was placed on the bereavement list by the New York Yankees Wednesday morning.

Montas and reliever Lou Trivino came over from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for four minor leaguers. The Yankees also traded left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals and on Monday moved right-hander Luis Severino to the 60-day injured list.

Montas, 29, has battled right shoulder inflammation but Yankees manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman said there are no injury concerns.

He pitched only nine total innings over three starts in July and allowed seven hits with three walks in five innings in his last start July 26 against the Houston Astros.

"I think we're comfortable with where he's at shoulder-wise,'' Boone said. "His level of talent, especially with how he's pitched the last couple years, we're just excited to get him in the mix. He's got the full arsenal and stuff you look for in a top of the rotation guy. He's gone out and proved the last couple years he is that kind of caliber pitcher."

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox

Yanks swap LHP Jordan Montgomery for Cardinals' Harrison Bader

August 2, 2022, 10:53 PM

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The New York Yankees traded left-handed starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Harrison Bader on Tuesday.

New York will also send a player to be named later or cash considerations to St. Louis to complete the deal.

Bader, a Bronxville, N.Y., native, was in his sixth season with the Cardinals after the club drafted him in the third round in 2015. He is batting .256 on the year with five home runs, 21 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 72 games.

Bader, 28, won a Gold Glove last year for his work as the Cardinals' center fielder. The Yankees re-tooled their outfield by acquiring Bader and Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals while dealing away Joey Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers before Tuesday's MLB trade deadline.

Montgomery, 29, is in his sixth MLB season, all spent with the Yankees. In 21 starts this season, he is 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 15 home runs allowed over 114 2/3 innings.

He has a lifetime 3.94 ERA and a 22-20 record in 98 games (97 starts) over six years.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

Reports: Dodgers acquire OF Joey Gallo from Yankees

August 2, 2022, 6:47 PM

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The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired struggling slugger Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees on Tuesday in exchange for Double-A right-hander Clayton Beeter, multiple outlets reported.

The deal is pending review of medical records, The Athletic reported.

Gallo, 28, has struggled for the Yankees since he was acquired at last year's trade deadline from the Texas Rangers.

In 140 games for the Yankees, going back to last season, Gallo is batting .159 with a .660 OPS and has 25 home runs with 46 RBIs. He has 12 of those home runs in 233 at-bats this season.

Gallo does fit the Dodgers' mold of working counts, earning 40 walks this season after he led the American League with 111 walks last season.

Beeter, 23, was the Dodgers' second-round pick in 2020 out of Texas Tech. He is 0-3 with a 5.75 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) at Double-A Tulsa this season. He is 0-9 with a 5.28 ERA in 46 minor league appearances (43 starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates

Cards acquire LHP Jose Quintana from Pirates

August 2, 2022, 3:58 AM

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Left-hander Jose Quintana was acquired by the Cardinals from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, filling a hole in the St. Louis rotation.

Reliever Chris Stratton also is joining the Cardinals, while the Pirates will receive right-hander Johan Oviedo and minor league corner infielder Malcom Nunez.

The major leagues' trade deadline is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET.

Quintana, 33, figures to provide solid rotation depth at a low cost, as he is on a one-year, $2 million contract. He will be a free agent after the season.

He will take the rotation spot of Steven Matz, who tore his left MCL on July 23. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matz is unlikely to return this year.

Quintana is 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 20 starts this year. He has struck out 89 and walked 31 in 103 innings. Over his past two starts, Quintana threw a combined 12 2/3 scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Quintana has pitched for the Chicago White Sox (2012-17), Chicago Cubs (2017-20), Los Angeles Angels (2021), San Francisco Giants (2021) and Pittsburgh (2022). He made his only All-Star team in 2016 when he went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA.

Stratton, 31, is 5-4 with a 5.09 ERA in 40 appearances (one start) this year. He spent time with the Giants (2016-18) and Angels (2019) before joining the Pirates in 2019.

Oviedo, 24, started the season with Triple-A Memphis but was recalled to the Cardinals in early June. He went 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 14 appearances (one start) with the big-league club this year.

In 85 games with Double-A Springfield this season, Nunez, 21, hit .255 with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs. He has yet to appear in a major league game.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at New York Yankees

Yankees move RHPs Luis Severino, Miguel Castro to 60-day IL

August 2, 2022, 12:40 AM

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On the same day that the club acquired a trio of right-handed arms, the New York Yankees transferred right-handers Luis Severino and Miguel Castro to the 60-day injured list Monday.

Severino was originally placed on the 15-day IL July 14 with a right lat strain. After keeping him shut down for two-plus weeks, New York reportedly started him on a throwing program Monday, but now he won't be able to return from the IL until mid-September.

Severino was 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 16 starts when he was placed on the IL.

Castro, a reliever, was 5-0 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 games when he was placed on the 15-day IL July 16 with a right shoulder strain.

Also Monday, the Yankees optioned right-hander Clarke Schmidt to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and signed Carlos Espinal to a major league contract and added him to the active roster. Espinal reached Triple-A for the first time this season, going 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA in six bullpen appearances at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees made bigger moves to address their pitching problems earlier in the day when they acquired starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics and reliever Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs. All three are right-handers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

Reports: Yankees acquire RHP Scott Effross from Cubs

August 1, 2022, 4:58 PM

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The New York Yankees are acquiring reliever Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The 28-year-old right-hander is 1-4 with a 2.66 ERA, one save and 13 holds in 47 games (one start) this season.

Effross has struck out 50 batters and walked 11 in 44 innings.

In exchange, the Cubs will receive minor league right-hander Hayden Wesneski, ranked as the Yankees' No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Wesneski, 24, was a sixth-round pick by New York in 2019. He is 6-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 19 starts this season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 83 batters and walking 28 in 89 2/3 innings.

Effross will join a Yankees bullpen that lost right-hander Chad Green to Tommy John surgery in May and right-hander Michael King to a broken elbow in July.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals

Phillies acquire SS Edmundo Sosa from Cardinals

July 30, 2022, 7:46 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies acquired shortstop Edmundo Sosa from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday in exchange for left-handed reliever JoJo Romero.

The Cardinals also activated Paul DeJong off the team's taxi squad to be eligible to play in Saturday's game against the host Washington Nationals.

Sosa, 26, is batting .189 with eight RBIs and 17 runs in 53 games this season for the Cardinals.

He is a career .245 hitter with six home runs and 35 RBIs in 177 games with St. Louis.

Romero, who will report to Triple-A Memphis, has yet to record a decision in 25 career relief appearances over parts of three seasons with the Phillies. The 25-year-old has a 13.50 ERA in two appearances this season after recovering from left elbow surgery.

DeJong, who will turn 29 on Tuesday, is hitting .130 with one homer and seven RBIs in 24 games this season. He is a career .237 hitter with 97 homers and 288 RBIs in 564 games with the Cardinals.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees

Yankees' Aaron Judge hits 40th homer of season

July 30, 2022, 1:59 AM

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Aaron Judge belted his major-league-leading 40th home run of the season on Thursday, joining an exclusive club of New York Yankees who have reached that milestone by the end of July.

Judge hit a two-run shot against the Kansas City Royals' Kris Bubic in the third inning at New York.

Only Babe Ruth, who had 41 homers before August in 1928, and Roger Maris, who had 40 by the end of July in 1961, previously accomplished the feat for the Yankees.

The record for home runs prior to August is 45, shared by the Oakland Athletics' Mark McGwire (1998) and the San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds (2001).

Bonds was the fastest to the 40-homer mark, getting there in 89 games in 2001. Judge was playing in the Yankees' 101 first game of the season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: All Star-Red Carpet Show

Yankees add Andrew Benintendi to active roster

July 28, 2022, 6:31 PM

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The New York Yankees added new acquisition Andrew Benintendi to the active roster Thursday, hours ahead of the opener of a four-game series against his former team, the Kansas City Royals.

It's unclear if Benintendi will make his Yankees debut Thursday night in New York.

The Yankees optioned outfielder Tim Locastro to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear room for Benintendi on the 25-man roster.

Benintendi, acquired Wednesday night for three minor league pitching prospects, will wear No. 18 for the Yankees. He wore No. 16 since 2017 but that jersey number, belonging to Whitey Ford, is retired by the Yankees.

Benintendi batted .320 with three homers and 39 RBIs in 93 games for Kansas City this season, and he has an AL-best 34 multi-hit games. When he makes his debut, he likely will appear in left field, where he started 88 times for the Royals in 2022.

Benintendi, 28, flew to New York with the Royals.

Benintendi also agreed to get vaccinated against COVID-19, per reports, something he hadn't done prior to being put on the trade block. There's speculation that the Yankees would not have made the deal otherwise. The Yankees got their entire roster vaxxed in April to meet Canadian requirements to play in Toronto.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals

Yankees acquire LF Andrew Benintendi from Royals

July 28, 2022, 3:37 AM

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The New York Yankees, smarting from getting swept by the rival New York Mets, made a move to bolster their lineup Wednesday night.

Outfielder Andrew Benintendi is headed to the Bronx from the Kansas City Royals for three minor league pitchers.

The Royals received right-handers Chandler Champlain and Beck Way and left-hander T.J. Sikkema in return. None of them have played above Class-A in the minors.

Benintendi, 28, made his first All-Star team this year. He is hitting .320 with three homers, 39 RBIs, a .387 on-base percentage and a .398 slugging percentage through 93 games. The Cincinnati native is due to be a free agent after the season.

He figures to take over as the starting left fielder for the Yankees, who have started seven players at that position this year. Joey Gallo, who has made the most starts at that spot, 40, is hitting .161 with 12 homers. Aaron Hicks, who has started in left 30 times, is batting .243 with six homers.

New York center fielder Aaron Judge said of playing next to Benintendi, "I think he's going to fit right in."

Benintendi broke into the majors in 2016 with the Red Sox and was part of Boston's 2018 World Series championship team. He was dealt to the Royals in February 2021, and last year he earned his first Gold Glove.

In 712 career games, Benintendi has a .280/.352/.432 batting line with 71 homers and 372 RBIs.

After losing 6-3 and 3-2 to the Mets this week, the Yankees are 2-5 since the All-Star break and 10-12 in July. It's been a significant dropoff for a club that was on pace to match the record of the legendary 1927 Yankees for much of the season's first half.

Champlain, 23, was a ninth-round draft pick out of the University of Southern California last year. In his first pro season this year, he was 2-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) for Class-A Tampa.

Sikkema, 24, was 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) for Class-A Hudson Valley this season.

Way, 22, also pitched for Hudson Valley this year, going 5-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 15 starts.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Yankees place OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) on IL

July 26, 2022, 6:31 PM

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The New York Yankees placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with tendonitis in his left Achilles.

The designation is retroactive to Sunday for the 32-year-old outfielder/designated hitter, who earned MVP honors at the All-Star Game earlier this month.

Stanton is 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts in four games since returning from the All-Star break. In his most recent appearance, he struck out as a pinch hitter in Saturday's 6-3 loss at Baltimore.

The five-time All-Star is batting .228 with 24 home runs and 61 RBIs in 80 games this season, his fifth season with the Yankees and 13th in the majors.

In a corresponding move, New York recalled outfielder Tim Locastro from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead of Tuesday night's game against the host New York Mets.

Locastro, 30, is hitting .240 with two homers, four RBIs and six stolen bases in 19 games with the Yankees in 2022.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds

Cardinals P Steven Matz (knee) returns to IL

July 24, 2022, 7:30 PM

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The St. Louis Cardinals placed left-handed pitcher Steven Matz on the 15-day injured list on Sunday because of a left knee strain.

In a corresponding move, the Cardinals recalled right-hander James Naile from Triple-A Memphis.

Matz left his start against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night with the injury.

He was making his first appearance since coming off the injured list (left shoulder impingement) and was rolling in his return, striking out five straight batters before he misplayed a slow Joey Votto groundout with one out in the sixth.

Matz kicked the ball foul for an error and lost his balance, sliding awkwardly on his left ankle and twisting his right ankle at the same time.

He gave up two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one in his first outing since May 22.

In his first season with St. Louis, the 31-year-old Matz is 4-3 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts.

Naile, a 29-year-old rookie, made three appearances for the Cardinals earlier this season. He gave up two hits and struck out four in 4 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals

Cards' Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt to miss series vs. Jays

July 24, 2022, 5:27 PM

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All-Star infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt will be placed on Major League Baseball's restricted list ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals' upcoming two-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

John Mozeliak, the Cardinals president of baseball operations, told reporters on Sunday that the pair would sit out the games on Tuesday and Wednesday because of Canada's federal vaccine mandate for anyone entering the country.

To be eligible to play in Toronto, players are required to have one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 14 days prior to traveling.

Catcher Austin Romine also will miss the series because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19.

"I did talk to Nolan recently about this, and he noted (at this time) that he was hoping to begin a family with his wife and for him it was a personal decision, and we honor that," Mozeliak said. "With regard to Goldy, I checked in on him, but we never had a lengthy discussion on it. I spoke with him a year and a half ago about it, and of course I understood his thinking then. I never had any discussion with Mr. Romine."

Catcher Ivan Herrera, outfielder Conner Capel and infielder/outfielder Cory Spangenberg will replace the trio on the roster for the series, per Mozeliak.

Entering play on Sunday, Goldschmidt leads the National League in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.416), slugging (.603) and OPS (1.019). He also leads the team in home runs (22) and RBIs (74), while Arenado is second on the Cardinals in those categories (18, 59).

--Field Level Media