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The Athletics will promote left-hander A.J. Puk from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to tomorrow’s game, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports (via Twitter). Puk, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 draft, will need to have his contract formally selected. Oakland has an opening on its 40-man roster to accommodate him. Puk, 24, is considered by …

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The Oakland Athletics need all hands on deck as they prepare for a playoff push late into the season. That now reportedly includes calling up the team’s No. 2 prospect, pitcher A.J. Puk. A first-round pick back in 2016, Puk’s career was derailed to an extent after he missed the entire 2018 season with Tommy …

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While Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger was deemed close to untouchable in trade talks last offseason, some around the game expect him to be available in the coming offseason, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. That’s hardly a firm indication that Seattle will push to move Haniger when his value has diminished, but the 28-year-old (29 …

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It took Joe Maddon multiple attempts to ultimately deliver a decent ceremonial first pitch at the Little League World Series over the weekend, but at least the manager had a good sense of humor about his struggles. Ahead of a showdown between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday night, Maddon …

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Ivan Nova’s tenure with the White Sox began in shaky fashion, as he allowed five or more runs in four of his first six starts to the season. However, the former Yankees and Pirates righty has settled into a run of success and tells Doug Padilla of the Chicago Sun-Times that if the opportunity to …

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A pair of umpires tossed New York Yankees left and right during Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. The conflict started when Yankees manager Aaron Boone was tossed by home plate umpire Ben May for an argument over the strike zone. As Boone was winding things down, however, things really got out of hand, as …

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Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was forced to leave Saturday’s game against Mariners with a knee injury, but fortunately he is not dealing with anything serious. Guerrero underwent an MRI and said Sunday that the results showed “nothing major.” That means the 20-year-old slugger has no structural damage. Guerrero put on a show for …

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The New York Yankees have run afoul of umpires more than most teams have this season, and there’s a growing sense among some within the game that it’s not coincidental. According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, there is a “growing opinion” among MLB umpires that the Yankees are singling out younger …

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After just one inning of work in a rehab start on Sunday, Corey Kluber was removed from the game due to left abdominal tightness. (Cleveland.com’s Joe Noga was among those to report the news.) Kluber is expected to receive further tests on Monday, though the early word is that Kluber was simply removed as a precaution. …

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As Gavin Lux continues to shred Triple-A pitching, it isn’t yet clear if the star prospect will make his Dodgers debut in 2019, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman simply said “I don’t know” when asked about the possibility of a Lux promotion, as Friedman cited considerations like …

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