Latest AL East News

MLB probing Astros back to ’17, ‘firm’ discipline possible

Nov. 21, 2019 5:32 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons. After the conclusion of owners meetings Thursday, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB will “investigate...

Rosenbaum leaves Astros, follows Elias to Orioles

Nov. 21, 2019 3:22 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Eve Rosenbaum is the latest member of the Houston Astros’ front office to leave, following Mike Elias to Baltimore and joining the Orioles as director of baseball development. The 29-year-old Rosenbaum becomes the Orioles’ highest-ranking female employee in the baseball...

Astros owner declines comment on sign stealing investigation

Nov. 21, 2019 12:51 AM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane declined comment Wednesday on Major League Baseball’s investigation into allegations of sign stealing against his team. While walking through the lobby of the luxury hotel where MLB owners were meeting, Crane stopped briefly when approached by...

Ellsbury released by Yankees, who owe $26 million

Nov. 20, 2019 11:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract. Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017, was released Wednesday to clear a 40-man roster spot as New York added seven players to protect...

Rays designate INF Duffy for assignment, trade RHP De Leon

Nov. 20, 2019 11:01 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have designated infielder Matt Duffy for assignment and traded pitcher Jose De Leon to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named and cash. The team also announced minor league infielder Curtis Mead was acquired in a trade that sent left-hander...

Former NBA executive wants to bring MLB to Orlando

Nov. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The man who helped bring an NBA team to Orlando said Wednesday that he wants to bring a Major League Baseball team to the theme park mecca. Pat Williams, a former executive with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, said that Orlando was more deserving than a half-dozen other cities that...

Cherington on Pirates: scouting will drive success

Nov. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Cherington earned three World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, the last as general manager of the 2013 club that raced from worst to first. The challenge that lies ahead for Cherington with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be different. The market is smaller. So are the resources...

Correction: Orioles-Nationals-TV Dispute story

Nov. 16, 2019 4:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 15 about a legal dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the judge denied a motion by the Nationals to reargue the case that led to his Aug. 22 decision to confirm an award recommended by an...

AP source: Pirates agree to hire Ben Cherington as GM

Nov. 15, 2019 4:40 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates have agreed to hire Ben Cherington as their general manager, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced. Pittsburgh scheduled a news conference on...

A position-by-position look at the free agent market

Nov. 15, 2019 3:46 AM EST

Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason. Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington. That worked out...