Kyle Ringo

    Kyle Ringo

  • Phillies battle the Braves in Free Game of the Day

    Vince Velasquez is putting together a constructive sophomore season for the Philadelphia Phillies and could be a target for other teams in trade talks as the trade deadline approaches. Velasquez is 8-2 with a 3.34 ERA heading into Friday night’s start in Atlanta against the Braves. The contest, which starts at 7:35 p.m. ET, can be streamed at Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home, the Yahoo Sports app and this very post.

  • Cubs fan will donate to domestic-violence charity for each Aroldis Chapman save

    The acquisition of bazooka-armed reliever Aroldis Chapman wasn’t exactly greeted with glee by Chicago Cubs fans because of the pitcher’s offseason domestic violence incident. While Cubs fans are desperate for their team to finally end its 108-year-old streak without a World Series title, some aren’t desperate enough that they feel comfortable adding a player to the roster who was accused of domestic violence before prosecutors ultimately decided not to file charges. Lifelong Cubs fan Caitlin Swieca decided to do something positive to help herself cope with the disappointment she felt in her beloved team.

  • Young Red Sox fan takes a bow after snaring line drive foul ball

    Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was at the plate in the eighth inning facing Los Angeles Angels reliever Joe Smith. Pedroia sent a line drive foul ball into the stands behind the first-base dugout where a boy raised his mitt and snagged the ball, undoubtedly saving someone in the crowd from either being hit or coming close to a painful experience. The catch was nice enough but what made this moment even better was the crowd giving the young Boston fan a nice ovation and him soaking it in with a bow.

  • Anthony Rizzo and Dioner Navarro get after each other in rivalry

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo pushed Chicago White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro in the back and later threw Navarro’s batting gloves on the ground Thursday night in the finale of a bitter interleague series between the two teams. Normally this type of behavior from Rizzo would have been met with retaliation from Navarro and the White Sox and might even have led to something really ugly.

  • Miguel Sano takes frustration out on bat Bo Jackson-style

    Miguel Sano went 1-for-5 and drove in two runs Wednesday night in a loss to the Atlanta Braves. Maybe someday they will make a bobblehead doll in honor of these impressive feats of strength from Sano as they did recently for Jackson, who broke a few bats the same way in his day. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune pointed out Thursday that breaking bats over his knee is not the only thing Sano has in common with Jackson.

  • Police helped Rangers' top prospect Joey Gallo get to game on time

    Texas Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo was called up to the major leagues Tuesday and inserted into the starting lineup while he was still miles away from the ballpark fighting his way through traffic hoping to make it to the game on time.

  • Cardinals are already better than last year in one way

    First, we start with the long ball in St. Louis. When the season began, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was optimistic his team would hit for power with more success than it did a year ago and with the All-Star break not too far back in the rearview mirror, the Cardinals already have surpassed their 2015 home run total. Jedd Gyorko hit a home run in both games of a doubleheader for the second time this season as the Cardinals split the games in New York with the Mets on Tuesday.

  • Mets will wear Mike Piazza-themed hats in weekend tribute

    The New York Mets are planning to honor recent Hall of Fame inductee Mike Piazza this weekend during a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies, including wearing hats with Piazza’s likeness on the side. The hats will be available to fans but only at CIti Field where they will be one element of a weekend celebration of Piazza’s career. The Mets are planning to give away a replica Piazza jersey to every fan who attends Friday’s game.

  • David Wright is not alone in naming his child after Shea Stadium

    New York Mets third baseman David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed a daughter into the world over the weekend and named her Olivia Shea Wright, leading to mass speculation in the media in New York that the Wrights gave their daughter a middle name in honor of the stadium the Mets called home from 1964-2008. The Wall Street Journal went to the trouble of examining baby names in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut over the past 40 years to see how many people possibly named their kids Shea and if there might be a correlation to the Mets and Shea Stadium.

  • Giants and Yankees meet in Free Game of the Day

    San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner struggled through his most recent outing seven days ago at San Diego, allowing four runs, including two home runs and suffering the loss. The Giants have lost five consecutive games for only the second time this season and the first since mid-April. Bumgarner has suffered back-to-back losses as recently as late-June, but for the most part he has been a rock San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy has been able to depend on for quality starts and putting his team in position to win.

  • Why Ken Griffey Jr. wore his hat backward might surprise you

    Ken Griffey Jr. was the favorite baseball player of thousands and maybe even millions of young fans in the 1990s not only because he was one of the best players in the game at the time but also because he started a fashion trend by often wearing his baseball cap backward. The list of kids who idolized Griffey during the 1990s includes plenty of current major league players. Griffey will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday along with Mike Piazza.

  • Minor league team's jerseys pay tribute to David Bowie

    The Bowie Baysox will pay tribute to legendary artist David Bowie on Friday night by changing the official pronunciation of their name and wearing jerseys inspired by Bowie, who died in January after battling liver cancer. The night will also include plenty of David Bowie’s music and a postgame fireworks show set to some of Bowie’s classic tunes. The Baysox are the Double A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and play their home games in Bowie, MD.

  • Reynaldo Lopez's debut for Nationals historic and disappointing

    The Washington Nationals called up Reynaldo Lopez to make a start Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and it didn’t go so well, even though Lopez made a bit of history. The 22-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up 10 hits and six earned runs and suffered the loss in the Dodgers 8-4 win. Lopez got off to a poor start allowing a home run to Chase Utley to leadoff the game.

  • Albert Pujols able to smile and take base after pitch in the face

    Albert Pujols is one tough baseball player. The Los Angeles Angels designated hitter had already hit two home runs when he came to the plate in the seventh inning Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers. Tony Barnette was pitching for the Rangers and he came in high and tight catching Pujols off guard and striking him in the face with the pitch.

  • Ouch! Unsuspecting Oakland A's vendor hit with fly ball

    When Houston’s Marwin Gonzalez was at the plate with two strikes on him in the third inning Tuesday night in Oakland, an ice cream vendor way out in the seats down the third-base line in left field decided it was a good time to turn his back on the game. Gonzalez sent a foul ball in the vendor’s direction and it tagged the man right in the backside.

  • Watch out Pete Rose, Jacoby Ellsbury is coming for you

    New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury reached base in the first inning on Tuesday against Baltimore through catcher’s interference, setting a new single-season MLB record. Ellsbury broke a record held by Roberto Kelly, who reached base on catcher’s interference eight times in the 1992 season. Ellsbury recorded his ninth catcher’s interference of the season against the Orioles and it’s only mid-July.

  • This Vin Scully tribute involves Yasiel Puig's feet

    It’s Vin Scully’s final season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers and one of the players he watches every day found a way to show the legendary broadcaster how much he respects him. Outfielder Yasiel Puig wore a pair of cleats with Scully’s face on them Sunday during the Dodgers 6-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. Scully probably never dreamed his image would one day end up on a player’s shoes during a game back when he first started out in the profession during college in the late-1940s.

  • Former Cardinals exec sentenced to jail term for hacking Astros

    Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa must serve 46 months in prison for hacking into the Houston Astros’ computer system to access the team’s player data and scouting notes. Correa allegedly used old passwords from Houston GM  Jeff Luhnow when he was working in St. Louis. When Luhnow moved on to Houston, he apparently continued to use the same personal passwords, making it easy for Correa to succeed in hacking the organization.

  • Why one MLB pitcher was put on a potato-chip diet

    Most Americans have likely heard of the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet and the Paleo Diet. Most probably won’t believe the diet Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel recently started using at the suggestion of the team doctor. Hammel started a potato chip diet over the All-Star break after suffering cramping in his pitching hand (He’s a right-hander) in his final start before the break.

  • Rockies and Braves square off in Free Game of the Day

    Story tied the National League rookie record for home runs before the All-Star break by hitting 21. It’s also safe to say no one in Colorado or elsewhere in Major League Baseball forecast such a tremendous start to his rookie season. On a team that includes stars such Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez, Story has been the best reason to watch the Rockies at times this season, and that remains the case heading into Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, which is MLB’s Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. ET.