Category: MLB Betting

  • Orioles decline $7.5M option on Benson

    The Baltimore Orioles cut ties with Kris Benson on Thursday, declining their $7.5 million option on the right-hander. Benson, who missed the 2007 season with a torn labrum, files for free agency later in the day and will receive a $500,000 buyout. He made 30 starts for the Orioles in 2006, going 11-12 with a…

  • Bonds threatens to skip Hall induction

    Barry Bonds would boycott Cooperstown if the Hall of Fame displays his record-breaking home run ball with an asterisk. That includes skipping his potential induction ceremony. “I won’t go. I won’t be part of it,” Bonds said in an interview with MSNBC that aired Thursday night. “You can call me, but I won’t be there.”…

  • Rays retain Hickey as pitching coach

    Jim Hickey was retained Thursday as pitching coach of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, three days after he pleaded no contest to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. Hickey, who agreed to a one-year contract to complete manager Joe Maddon’s staff for next season, was…

  • Padres decline OF Mackowiak’s option

    The San Diego Padres declined outfielder Rob Mackowiak’s $3.25 million option for next season, making him eligible to become a free agent. The Padres chose instead to pay a $300,000 buyout. Mackowiak was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 31 for minor league right-hander Jon Link. Mackowiak played in 28 games with San…

  • Giants’ Sabean: Signing A-Rod ‘a reach’

    San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean plans to “kick the tires” to determine the feasibility of signing free agent Alex Rodriguez, but characterized the team’s chances of acquiring the slugger as “a reach.” With Barry Bonds’ tenure in San Francisco over after 15 seasons, there has been speculation that the Giants could try to…

  • Yanks’ Cashman to support instant replay

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will support instant replay in baseball next season. At their meetings in Orlando, Fla., next week, major league GMs plan to discuss whether to recommend using television replay to commissioner Bud Selig and owners. “I am 110 percent for it and have been for quite some time,” Cashman said Thursday,…

  • Fleeing wildfires, Zumaya hurts shoulder

    With the California wildfires closing in on his parents’ house, Joel Zumaya went up to the attic and tried to salvage a few things for his father. Moments later, his 2008 season was in jeopardy. A heavy box fell on top of the Detroit Tigers reliever, injuring his pitching shoulder and forcing him to have…

  • Torre takes 3-yr. deal to manage Dodgers

    Joe Torre grew up in Brooklyn rooting against the Dodgers. Now, a half-century after they moved west, he’s their manager. Torre was hired by Los Angeles to succeed Grady Little on Thursday, taking the job two weeks after walking away from the New York Yankees. The winningest manager in postseason history, Torre moved from one…

  • Mud Hens make playful offer to A-Rod

    Alex Rodriguez a Mud Hen? Spurred by an offhand remark from George Steinbrenner’s son, the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens want in on the A-Rod sweepstakes. The Mud Hens playfully offered the prize free agent a deal Thursday — a contract proposal that includes a bonus for hitting 75 home runs next year and leading them…

  • Fleeing wildfires, Zumaya hurts shoulder

    With the California wildfires closing in on his parents’ house, Joel Zumaya went up to the attic and tried to salvage a few things for his father. Moments later, his 2008 season was in jeopardy. A heavy box fell on top of the Detroit Tigers reliever, injuring his pitching shoulder and forcing him to have…

  • Girardi introduced as Yankees manager

    On his first day at Yankee Stadium as New York’s manager, Joe Girardi already was watching his back. When he stepped to the podium and put on his new pinstripes, the number on his jersey was 27. Did it have something to do with World Series titles? “How many do they have?” he said, knowing…

  • MLB security chief Hallinan retires

    Major League Baseball security chief Kevin Hallinan retired Thursday after a 21-year career that included time as the lead internal investigator on the Pete Rose case. Hallinan created a system that put security agents at every ballpark and helped establish a career development program for players entering the big leagues.