Author: D.J. Short

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Marlins players skipped annual team charity event this week


Things are really ugly with the Marlins right now, both on and off the field. The team held their annual Fish ‘N Chips casino-style charity event Thursday night and advertised that fans would get an opportunity to “rub elbows” with some of their favorite players. However, none of the players showed up.

According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, attending the event was not mandatory. However, a handful of players committed to going before ultimately bailing. Fans paid between $100 and $175 to come to the event.

Marlins president David Samson said he was disappointed with how things unfolded and planned to address the situation with the players. That’s not going to be awkward at all, especially after they put a manager with no experience in the dugout earlier this week. Steve Cishek said the players weren’t trying to send a message about the manager situation, but that they were just tired and frustrated:

“I can see why people are making a big deal about it — people pay money, want to be around the players,” said relief pitcher Steve Cishek, who is also the club’s player representative. “But you’ve got to realize we were here all day. Everyone is exhausted. You look at Dee Gordon, he’s stumbling around the locker room after the game, played his heart out. Everyone battled yesterday. It was just not the right timing. It’s tough to explain. It’s just the way things are going for us right now. All of our guys have taken it to heart. Everyone is an adult here. They just didn’t show up. Their decision.”

New manager Dan Jennings and most of his coaching staff were present for the event, as well as team president Mike Hill.

The Marlins have lost eight straight games and are 0-5 since Jennings moved from the front office into the dugout. After going into the spring with big expectations, the team sits at 16-27 and in last place in the National League East.

Hyun-Jin Ryu had been pitching through a labrum tear since 2012

<> at Dodger Stadium on April 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum, but Ken Gurnick of notes that he revealed some interesting information during a press conference yesterday. Specifically, that the labrum tear was found in an MRI before he signed his six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers in December of 2012. Keep in mind that the team, under GM Ned Colletti, also paid a $25.7 million posting fee for exclusive negotiating rights with him.

Despite the labrum issue, Ryu managed a 3.17 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 56 starts from 2013-2014. That’s pretty darn impressive under the circumstances. He had a stint on the DL last April due to shoulder inflammation and also missed some time in September before returning for the playoffs, but he had been able to pitch through it until now. The tear is considered relatively minor, but shoulders can be tricky and it’s far from a guarantee that his rehab process will be trouble-free.

Ryu will be 29 next March and is still owed $7 million per season from 2016-2018.

Report: Orioles agree to a deal with Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have agreed to a deal with Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda, pending a physical. No word yet on the terms involved.

Miranda threw for teams last month at a showcase last month at the University of Miami alongside Andy Ibanez, Ariel Miranda, and Gelkis Jimenez, per Jesse Sanchez of Ibanez, an infielder, has been the most highly-regarded name in that group.

Miranda pitched in Cuba’s Serie Nacional from 2007-2013 and posted a 3.78 ERA over 64 starts and 16 relief appearances. The 25-year-old averaged 6.4 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 during his time there.

Video: Dee Gordon steals four bases against the Orioles

MIAMI, FL - MAY 22:  Dee Gordon #9 of the Miami Marlins slides safely into second base under the tag of Jimmy Paredes #38 of the Baltimore Orioles during the game at Marlins Park on May 22, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

The Marlins have lost eight games in a row and are now 0-5 under new manager Dan Jennings, but second baseman Dee Gordon continues to do some cool things. Watch him steal four bases last night against the Orioles:

The four stolen bases tied a career-high for Gordon as well as the Marlins team record, which was set by Luis Castillo on May 18, 2000.

Gordon hadn’t stolen a base since May 4 prior to last night, but he’s now up to 16 steals on the year, which puts him one behind Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton for the major league lead. While Gordon’s batting average has inevitably begun to fall back to Earth of late, he’s still leading the majors at a .386 clip.

Settling the Score: Friday’s results

The Kansas City Royals' Kendrys Morales is congratulated after a three-run home run in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, May 22, 2015. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)

The best record in baseball belongs to…the Kansas City Royals.

Behind two home runs from Kendrys Morales and another strong start from Chris Young, the Royals topped the Cardinals 5-0 last night in an interleague matchup at Kauffman Stadium.

Young scattered six hits over six scoreless innings in the victory. After holding out until March to sign with a team, the 35-year-old right-hander now owns a 0.78 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings this season. He has allowed two runs (one earned) over four starts.

Morales did all the heavy lifting offensively, clubbing a three-run homer off Lance Lynn in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the third. The Royals bought low on the 31-year-old after nightmare 2014 season, but he’s now batting .305 with six home runs and an .864 OPS across 41 games and leads the American League with 37 RBI.

The Royals sit at 27-14, two games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central. Check out this tidbit on their hot start:

Your Friday box scores:

Cardinals 0, Royals 5

Rangers 10, Yankees 9

Phillies 1, Nationals 2

Orioles 8, Marlins 5

Reds 3, Indians 7

Mets 1, Pirates 4

Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3

Brewers 11, Braves 0

Astros 2, Tigers 6

Angels 12, Red Sox 5

Giants 11, Rockies 8

Athletics 2, Rays 5

Twins 2, White Sox 3

Padres 1, Dodgers 2

Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 5 (13 innings)