Latest American League News

Mets, Yankees had understanding on hitting coach Chávez

Jan. 24, 2022 14:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets general manager Billy Eppler said he spoke to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman well before hiring away Eric Chávez as the team's hitting coach and that both sides had an understanding that Chávez may end up in Queens. The 44-year-old Chávez was hired by...

Red Sox slugger Ortiz on track for baseball hall election

Jan. 21, 2022 12:31 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s Big Papi appears headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame -- no last-minute walk-off needed. The Red Sox slugger looks to be on track for induction in Cooperstown this summer, riding the strength of his on- and off-field achievements to overcome stigmas that...

Rays say split-season plan with Montreal rejected by MLB

Jan. 20, 2022 15:49 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays' proposed plan to split the season between Florida and Montreal has been rejected by Major League Baseball. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg announced the news on Thursday. “Today's news is flat-out deflating,”...

Twins elect Gardenhire, Gladden, Tovar to team Hall of Fame

Jan. 20, 2022 14:42 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will induct former manager Ron Gardenhire and former players Dan Gladden and César Tovar into the team's Hall of Fame this summer. The Twins announced Thursday that Gardenhire, Gladden and Tovar will become the 35th, 36th and 37th members of...

Death of Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez ruled a suicide

Jan. 15, 2022 16:09 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The death of Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez near his home in Fort Worth, Texas, has been ruled a suicide. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office released the finding on Thursday, three days after the 28-year-old’s body was found. ...

Former manager Ausmus named bench coach of Oakland Athletics

Jan. 14, 2022 21:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Tigers and Angels manager Brad Ausmus will be the new bench coach of the Oakland Athletics under first-year manager Mark Kotsay. The A's announced Kotsay's staff Friday. Ausmus, who interviewed for the Mets managerial opening and has a 386-422 record...

Travis Snider retires after 8 big league seasons

Jan. 13, 2022 12:38 PM EST

Travis Snider says he has retired after eight major league seasons. “I have contemplated this day for for a while but the time has finally come for me to hang up the spikes,” he wrote Thursday on Instagram. “I have spent many waking hours and sleepless nights trying to find a...

Yanks' Balkovec living 'American dream' with manager role

Jan. 12, 2022 16:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Balkovec is aware of the negativity in her social media feeds and tries to leave it there. Her sisters see it, too, and can't help but pass along certain disparaging reactions to her barrier-breaking journey. “It's hilarious to me," Balkovec said. "Because...

Twins to retire number for Hall of Fame-elected Kaat

Jan. 12, 2022 13:38 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will retire the uniform number of former pitcher Jim Kaat, who was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. The Twins announced Wednesday that they'll add Kaat's 36 to their wall of retired numbers during a pregame ceremony at Target Field on...

Orioles moving LF fence back at Camden Yards

Jan. 12, 2022 12:59 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Orioles are moving the wall in left field back as much as 30 feet in an effort to make Oriole Park at Camden Yards a bit easier on pitchers. An Orioles spokesman confirmed the team's plans Wednesday, sharing an email sent to fans whose seats will be affected. ...