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Dodgers 2-0 already and a game up in the West.

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Kershaw and Ryu are both 1-0.

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The stats from the Aussie games don't count in the fantasy league I'm in.

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I'm looking forward to baseball season. The Mike Trout vs Miguel Cabrera debate will continue. Can The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim get Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton to perform like they could a few years ago? Are the Dodgers for real or will the Giants finish ahead of them? Can Pittsburgh or Cincy challenge St. Louis? The Yankees should continue to get worse. With the Cubs still waiting on their prospects to develop, I'm rooting for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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I'd like to see if KC can manage to go 2 years in a row over .500 and will root for them except when they play the Jays.

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Those middle of the night overseas games are the shits. They're like phantom title switches in foreign lands.

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had no idea..

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Was watching MLB Network the other day and caught some of the second Aussie game. I knew.

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Hey Claw.....

Is Jonathon Sanchez gonna make the Cubs roster?

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Benlen wrote: Hey Claw.....

Is Jonathon Sanchez gonna make the Cubs roster?

  A site I frequent says no.

Jeff Samardzija
Travis Wood
Edwin Jackson
Jason Hammel
Jake Arrieta (DL)
Carlos Villanueva
Alberto Cabrera
Pedro Strop
Hector Rondon
Justin Grimm
James Russell
Wesley Wright
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Another site notes

Sanchez has allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings in the Cactus League.

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Kershaw now injured. Will miss his next start.

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http://mlb.si.com/2014/03/28/grady-sizemore-named-red-sox-starting-centerfielder/
Posted March 28, 2014
Resurgent Grady Sizemore wins Opening Day job with Red Sox
By Jay Jaffe

One of the most pleasantly surprising stories out of spring training has been the return of Grady Sizemore to an upright position after he missed all of the past two seasons and much of the previous three due to injuries. Signed by the Red Sox to a deal that guarantees him just $750,000, he has played his way into the team’s Opening Day lineup in centerfield, bumping prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. back to Triple-A finishing school.

Sizemore once ranked among the game’s most electrifying players. From 2005-08 — his age 22-25 seasons — he hit a combined .281/.372/.496 for the Indians and averaged 27 homers, 29 steals and 6.2 Wins Above Replacement per year. He snagged three All-Star berths and two Gold Gloves (neither supported by advanced metrics, alas), and helped the Indians come within one win of a trip to the World Series in 2007. Among position players, only Albert Pujols, Chase Utley and Alex Rodriguez were more valuable in that span, and Sizemore was at least 2 1/2 years younger than the rest of them. His future appeared limitless.

Then came the injuries. An elbow problem cost him seven weeks in 2009 and required season-ending surgery in September; he played in just 106 games. Microfracture surgery on his left knee limited him to 33 games in 2010 and cut into his time in 2011, when he also made DL trips for a right knee contusion and a sports hernia; those limited him to 71 games. Over that span, he hit a combined .234/.314/.413 and produced a total of 1.9 WAR, most of it in 2009. He didn’t even play a minor league game in 2012 or 2013, as a microdiscectomy cost him the first of those years, and microfracture surgery on his right knee the second, during which he wasn’t even under a professional contract.

Sizemore signed with the Red Sox in mid-January, agreeing to a deal with a $750,000 base plus incentives that could push him to $5 million if he reaches 500 plate appearances and 150 days on the roster, and above that if he starts accumulating hardware (including Comeback Player of the Year). Given his past five years and the presence of Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, Mike Carp, Shane Victorino and the highly-touted Bradley, his chance of making the roster appeared slim at the outset of camp, but he’s shined brightly enough to create a logjam for which the only solution aside from the disabled list or a trade was to send out the one player with options.

Having given up spring training stats for Lent (even though I’m not Catholic), I won’t cite them here, but I will note that when I spoke to a rival scout for SI’s baseball preview issue last week, he saw the centerfield competition as tilting in the veteran’s favor:

    Centerfield might be their biggest question mark. Grady Sizemore has had health problems, doesn’t have the life he had in his bat three years ago, but he’s smarter. Not the ballhawk he once was, but getting decent jumps. They want to give Jackie Bradley every opportunity to win the job, but he’s not having the type of spring he had last year. Pitchers are pounding him in with velocity and making him pull the ball. He’s straightaway to opposite gap with the fastball, and once they have that part of him figured out, they throw the breaking ball and he’s got to adjust.

As impressive as it is that Sizemore played his way into Boston’s lineup, it’s worth remembering that Opening Day is just the first day of a long season, and that rosters evolve significantly over its course. As the Boston Globe‘s Pete Abraham reminded via Twitter:

Worth noting that 7 players on Opening Day roster did not make #RedSox playoff roster in ’13. OD roster drama always fleeting

Bradley, who turns 24 on April 19, was one of those seven; recall that he was Boston’s Opening Day leftfielder last year. A 2011 supplemental first-round pick out of the University of South Carolina, he had just 10 minor league games under his belt before a strong 2012 split between High-A and Double-A vaulted him to 27th on Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 Prospects list. His hot hitting made him the talk of Boston’s camp, and with David Ortiz starting the year on the disabled list as his heels healed, the Sox gave Bradley a look in leftfield, but he went just 3-for-31 before being sent down. Recalled from Triple-A three more times, the last of them in September, he wound up hitting just .189/.280/.337 with three homers in 107 PA, though he did hit a healthy .275/.374/.469 with 12 homers in 374 plate appearances at Pawtucket. That pushed him to 23rd on the BP prospects list, but the combination of his spring struggles and Sizemore’s surprising play drove the decision in the veteran’s favor, at least for the moment.

Realistically, Sizemore isn’t up to the grind of the everyday job, and manager John Farrell may wind up sitting him against lefties, against whom he’s hit .227/.315/.378 in his career, in order to avoid overtaxing him. That’s less than ideal in that the switch-hitting Nava, the most likely backup in center, is weak against lefties as well (.223/.307/.328 career); Bradley, also a lefty, has hit them in the minors but not the majors. Still, the likelihood is that the disabled list or a trade — with Carp the most likely candidate — will eventually open up a spot for Bradley, assuming he remains on track at Triple-A, and that the prospect will eventually take over centerfield.

In the meantime, it’s worth remembering that Bradley still has just 218 games of minor league experience, 141 of them at Double-A and Triple-A combined. A patient hitter capable of Gold Glove-caliber defense, he has big shoes to fill following Ellsbury’s departure, and the reality is that all of this may work in his favor if Sizemore’s spring proves to be a mirage, as so many do. For now, Sizemore’s presence buys the Sox time for Bradley to finish developing, and since his health only comes around slightly more often than Halley’s Comet, it’s understandable that the Sox have taken advantage that.

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I am going to ne game this year...the Astros vs the Royals on April 17th and that's only because my son and his school choir are singing the national anthem before the game.

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clawmaster wrote: Kershaw now injured. Will miss his next start.


 

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is headed to the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career because of a swollen muscle in his left upper back.

The move, which will be made Sunday, comes after Kershaw told manager Don Mattingly on Friday that he no longer felt pain in the area.

"I'm not going to get into specifics,'' Kershaw told reporters Saturday. "I can't pitch right now. It's frustrating. I've been hurt before where I knew when I'd be able to pitch. I'm getting better right now, just not fast enough. You don't feel like you're a part of the team when you're hurt. It's not a good feeling.''

Kershaw was gradually increasing the distance and velocity of his throws on Saturday when he felt a twinge on toss No. 27, Mattingly said.

"I think that once Clayton felt something, he knew that he wasn't going to make his start on Friday,'' Mattingly said. "With his throwing progression, the fact that he stopped right away is all we've asked of him from the beginning: 'If you feel it at all, you've got to stop.' And he stopped right away.''

The 26-year-old left-hander, coming off his second Cy Young Award in three years, already had been scratched from his scheduled start in San Diego on Sunday after an MRI revealed the problem. Kershaw was hoping to get back in the rotation for Friday's home opener against San Francisco.

"He felt it, and that was the last straw,'' Mattingly said. "So at that point, we knew we couldn't have gone any farther and that it was a DL situation. It's a situation -- not just for me, but for everyone -- that we've got to save Clayton from Clayton at this point and be cautious.

Mattingly said it was the coaching staff's decision to shut down Kershaw.

"We're not going to allow him to keep trying to push and go forward," he said. "If it was up to him, I'm sure he'd want to keep pushing to go further. ... We can't allow him to do that right now, period, at any time."

The move will be retroactive to March 23, and he will be eligible to return from the DL on April 7.

"This is not something that we say, 'OK, we think he'll be ready by this date' -- and if he doesn't get there, then it's like, 'Oh, Clayton's had a setback,' '' Mattingly said. "We should just let it do what it's supposed to do and let the medical staff do their work, let them tell us what he could do. And because of all the days off we have and the schedule we have, it's really not worth pushing him.''

It will not affect the rotation for games Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday against the Padres. The Dodgers get another day off Thursday before resuming play against the Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu, the scheduled starter for Sunday night's game in San Diego, will take Kershaw's spot Friday, Mattingly said.

Ryu started and won the second game of the Australia trip, but tore a toenail while running the bases that day and wasn't sure he'd be able to fill in for Kershaw until after his side session Friday.

Kershaw has made 33 starts, has struck out at least 229 batters and has logged 227 2/3 innings or more in each of the last three seasons -- including a career-high 236 innings last year, when he finished 16-9 with an NL-best 232 strikeouts and a 1.83 ERA.

Kershaw led the majors in ERA for the third straight year, becoming the first pitcher to accomplish that feat since newly elected Hall of Famer Greg Maddux did it from 1993 to '95.

Kershaw, who signed a $215 million, seven-year contract on Jan. 15, won the Dodgers' season opener 3-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia last weekend, allowing one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Kershaw told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne following the initial injury that he wasn't sure how it occurred, but dismissed the notion that it might be a result of the shortened spring training caused by the trip to Australia.

"I progressed well, my pitch count increased each time, so I don't think the shortened spring had anything to do with it," he said earlier this week.

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish threw off flat ground up to 100 feet on Saturday at Globe Life Park in Arlington and also threw 30 pitches off flat ground. He's scheduled to throw on Sunday, but it's unclear exactly what that will entail.

Darvish will officially go on the disabled list on Sunday. It will be backdated, so the first day he's eligible to come off it is April 5.

Saturday was the first time Darvish, who has been dealing with a stiff neck for more than a week, has thrown since trying to play catch on Monday.

Darvish was scratched from his Opening Day start after experiencing neck stiffness near the end of spring training. He thought it would go away after a few days, but it didn't and the decision was made to be sure everything was OK and then ramp him up again. An MRI on Wednesday showed no structural damage.

With Darvish out, Tanner Scheppers is getting the start on Monday. He's the first pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to make his first big league start on Opening Day. Scheppers was in the bullpen as a setup man last year before shifting to the rotation this season.

Darvish finished runner-up in the Cy Young balloting in 2014 and made 32 starts, pitching 209 2/3 innings. He also threw 191 1/3 innings in 2012, his first season.

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals placed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle on the right side of his upper back.

The move is retroactive to March 23. The Nationals made the announcement in finalizing their opening day roster after their scheduled exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers was canceled because of rain.

Fister will be shut down for five days before resuming his rehabilitation. The right-hander, obtained in an offseason trade with Detroit, is expected to miss anywhere from three weeks to 30 days, manager Matt Williams said.

Taylor Jordan takes over the No. 5 spot in Washington's rotation.

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Why didnt the Reds open the.season? Don't they normally kick off the season?

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I’m really not sure what to expect from my Red Sox this year. Everything went right for them last year and that’s unlikely to happen 2 years in a row. I’m expecting big things from rookie SS Xander Boegarts this year both on offense and defense. One big question is how will Grady Sizemore do in CF after missing over 200 games the last 2 seasons. I think he’ll do OK but I fully expect to see Jackie Bradley Jr. back up with the big club at some point during the season. 

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cheapseats wrote: I am going to ne game this year...the Astros vs the Royals on April 17th and that's only because my son and his school choir are singing the national anthem before the game.

Let's hope they don't join Carl Lewis and Rosanne Barr on those Top 10 lists for " Worst Anthem Singers ". 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: I’m really not sure what to expect from my Red Sox this year. Everything went right for them last year and that’s unlikely to happen 2 years in a row. I’m expecting big things from rookie SS Xander Boegarts this year both on offense and defense. One big question is how will Grady Sizemore do in CF after missing over 200 games the last 2 seasons. I think he’ll do OK but I fully expect to see Jackie Bradley Jr. back up with the big club at some point during the season. 

 

BALTIMORE -- Manager John Farrell made no predictions on how long the Boston Red Sox will be missing outfielder Shane Victorino, who was shown to have a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring in an MRI administered Sunday and placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

"It's going to require some time down," Farrell said. "We'll have a better read on his potential availability, I would say, 7 to 10 days into the 15-day DL stint and see how he responds to treatment at that point. But the overall projected date of return is when he's ready to go. Whether that's 15 days or beyond, that remains to be seen."

A Grade 1 strain is the mildest of the three grades used to evaluate such an injury.

Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. took Victorino's place on the roster after losing a spring training competition with Grady Sizemore for the starting job in center field. Bradley was not in the Opening Day lineup, which had Mike Carp in left field, Sizemore in center and Daniel Nava in right.

Carp was having dinner Sunday night when he was informed by Farrell in a text message that he would be in the Opening Day lineup. The manager said Carp was swinging the bat well at the end of spring training and gave the team another left-handed hitter in the lineup. He also preferred to have Jonny Gomes on the bench as a right-handed pinch hitter.

Bradley will get playing time in both center and right, Farrell said.

"With Vic out of the lineup, we're going to see a little bit of a rotation with all five of those outfielders," Farrell said. "That's where we currently are."

Victorino strained the hamstring in the final exhibition game Saturday. He said he felt the hamstring grab as he was rounding first following his third-inning double at JetBlue Park against the Twins.

"He'll be down here today, and whether or not he returns to Boston before we do to be with [medical services director] Dan Dyrek daily, that's still in the works," Farrell said. "What we want to do is maintain some constant treatment in a central site."

The injury occurred despite the Red Sox going to considerable lengths this spring to prepare Victorino in such a way as to avoid the hamstring, back and groin issues that limited him to 117 starts last season. He played in just nine exhibition games this spring, the Sox electing to delay his game activity while he stayed on the team's back fields working on conditioning and supervised baseball activity.

"Every piece of information that we have doesn't suggest there's something structurally wrong," Farrell said. "He's been banged up at times. He's been plagued by pulled muscles, and we're dealing with it again."

Victorino, 33, has dealt with core issues throughout his career. He went on the DL last May with a strained left hamstring and missed seven games last April with a lower back strain. Both the hamstring and back continued to be issues throughout the season but were managed sufficiently to allow Victorino to remain on the field, even though he eventually abandoned switch-hitting and batted right-handed almost exclusively the last two months of the season. Even that he turned into a positive, posting a .300/.386/.510 slash line while being hit by a pitch 11 times in 115 plate appearances batting right-handed against a right-handed pitcher.

He also appeared on the DL twice in 2011 (right hamstring, thumb), 2010 (oblique strain), 2008 (right calf) and 2007 (left calf). In December, he had surgery to release a nerve in his right thumb.

Victorino had proved to be one of the Red Sox's most valuable performers in 2013 after a disappointing 2012 season in which the Phillies traded him to the Dodgers at midseason and the Dodgers subsequently dealt for outfielder Carl Crawford, signaling to Victorino that his days in L.A. were numbered.

He responded with a .294/.351/.451 slash line in 122 games, batted .429 in the AL Division Series against the Rays and hit a grand slam that was decisive in Boston's Game 6, ALCS-clinching victory over the Tigers.

Victorino started fast for the Sox last season, with two hits and three RBIs in an 8-2 Opening Day win over the Yankees in New York, and had eight hits in the team's first four games.

"Vic will be missed," Farrell said, "but we've got good players ready to step in and contribute."

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Good news: Cliff Lee looks ready to pitch ten innings of shutout ball.

Bad news: Phils look ready to get him a 'no decision' for his ten innings of shutout ball.

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have placed closer Casey Janssen on the 15-day disabled list due to a strain in his left abdominal area and lower back.

Janssen, 4-1 with 34 saves and a 2.56 ERA last year, was limited at spring training because of shoulder soreness.

Right-hander Sergio Santos will assume the closer's role during Janssen's absence.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters in a conference call Sunday that Janssen first felt the injury Friday night when he was warming up for an appearance against the Mets in Montreal.

He is eligible to return from the disabled list on April 13.

"We don't expect him to be out too long," Anthopoulos said, according to the National Post.

The 32-year-old right-hander allowed one earned run and four hits in three innings during three exhibition appearances.

Catcher Erik Kratz was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, a day ahead of Toronto's opener at Tampa Bay. Kratz hit .400 in spring training and had been sent to minor league camp earlier in the week after losing the backup job to Josh Thole.

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Phils with 6 runs in the 2nd !!!!!!!!!!

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beejmi wrote: Phils with 6 runs in the 2nd !!!!!!!!!!

And there's your Phillies highlight for the 2014 season. :tongue:

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So far, the following have homered today.

Martinez - Tigers
Rollins - Phils
LaRoche - Nats
Brown - Mets

Just wondering, are we gonna have the home run pool again this year ?

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1-0 Rays over the Jays after one inning. Reyes has come out of the game because of injury.
Same old Jays.

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lobo316 wrote: 1-0 Rays over the Jays after one inning. Reyes has come out of the game because of injury.
Same old Jays.


 

3-0 after 2 for the Rays. Reyes' injury is being descibed as hamstring tightness.

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 1-0 Rays over the Jays after one inning. Reyes has come out of the game because of injury.
Same old Jays.


 

3-0 after 2 for the Rays. Reyes' injury is being descibed as hamstring tightness.


4-0 after 3 innings. Where's rain when you need it ?

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 1-0 Rays over the Jays after one inning. Reyes has come out of the game because of injury.
Same old Jays.


 

3-0 after 2 for the Rays. Reyes' injury is being descibed as hamstring tightness.


4-0 after 3 innings. Where's rain when you need it ?


 

6-0 after 5

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 1-0 Rays over the Jays after one inning. Reyes has come out of the game because of injury.
Same old Jays.


 

3-0 after 2 for the Rays. Reyes' injury is being descibed as hamstring tightness.


4-0 after 3 innings. Where's rain when you need it ?


 

6-0 after 5


 

6-2 after 7 1/2. Kratz hit a 2 run homer off Price.

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: 1-0 Rays over the Jays after one inning. Reyes has come out of the game because of injury.
Same old Jays.


 

3-0 after 2 for the Rays. Reyes' injury is being descibed as hamstring tightness.


4-0 after 3 innings. Where's rain when you need it ?


 

6-0 after 5


 

6-2 after 7 1/2. Kratz hit a 2 run homer off Price.

9-2 after 8. Cue up the fat lady.

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Apparently Don Baylor just broke his ankle during tonight's " First Pitch " ceremony in Anaheim.


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In one of the more freakish injuries to take place on Opening Day 2014, Angels hitting coach Don Baylor appeared to break an ankle while catching a ceremonial first pitch from retiring Angel Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero, who hit .319/.381/.546 in six seasons in Anaheim, had signed a one-day contract so he could retire in an Angels uniform. His farewell pitch was in the dirt, and as the 64-year-old Baylor -- a career outfielder and designated hitter, not a catcher -- scrambled to corral the ball, he somehow snapped a bone in his right ankle. An attempt to walk it off did not go well.


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Doesn't Baylor have bone cancer or something like that? I can see it happening with him having brittle bones .

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Jose Reyes back on DL.

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Sabathia getting bombed. If this is the new CC permanently, and it very well could be, then I don't see how the Yankees can contend. You can keep your fingers crossed that either Tanaka or Pineda become a solid number 2 this year, and that's not too unrealistic, but it's expecting way too much to expect one to become a legit ace and the other a number 2, and that's what they need if CC is really done. 

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srossi wrote: Sabathia getting bombed. If this is the new CC permanently, and it very well could be, then I don't see how the Yankees can contend. 
Come on now srossi - even if Sabathia pitched liked he did back in 2007 to 2010 there's no way the Yankee$$$$ can contend with that line-up. 

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Baseball replay doesn't work. Giants got a Diamondback runner out twice in one inning and he was called safe twice.
Called safe at first. Giants challanged. Replay takes three times longer than allowed. Replay shows he's out. Call is still out.
Later in inning same player is out at home plate but called safe. Replay shows put but Giants can't challenge.

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Ron Washington (Rangers) has a nice little replay scam worked out already. He goes out to the umpire to 'argue'. Bench coach watches the replay and signals (thumbs up, thumbs down) whether or not to challenge.

And yes Washington has ran out on the field, argued the call, [received a thumbs down hand signal] and then didn't challenge the call.

Aint that some shit.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: srossi wrote: Sabathia getting bombed. If this is the new CC permanently, and it very well could be, then I don't see how the Yankees can contend. 
Come on now srossi - even if Sabathia pitched liked he did back in 2007 to 2010 there's no way the Yankee$$$$ can contend with that line-up. 


The lineup isn't bad at all.  Yesterday they sent out a very solid top 7 and you just hope you get more than expected from the other guys, plus you have Ichiro on the bench.  I'm not seeing how the lineup is going to be the problem, everyone is saying this team will score runs.

Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
McCann C
Teixeira 1B
Soriano DH
Gardner LF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 3B

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beejmi wrote: Ron Washington (Rangers) has a nice little replay scam worked out already. He goes out to the umpire to 'argue'. Bench coach watches the replay and signals (thumbs up, thumbs down) whether or not to challenge.

And yes Washington has ran out on the field, argued the call, [received a thumbs down hand signal] and then didn't challenge the call.

Aint that some shit.


All teams use that "scam". The manager comes out of the dugout & says to the umpire, "check out the hottie in the 3rd row". Meanwhile, the team's video coordinator checks the video & signals the manager to either challenge the call or
to let the call stand as is. 

 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: srossi wrote: Sabathia getting bombed. If this is the new CC permanently, and it very well could be, then I don't see how the Yankees can contend. 
Come on now srossi - even if Sabathia pitched liked he did back in 2007 to 2010 there's no way the Yankee$$$$ can contend with that line-up. 


 

Lyle Overbay & Vernon Wells are gone. That's  a HUGE upgrade over the 2013 team.
Yeah, they're all a year older, but McCann & Ellsbury can't hurt.

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beejmi wrote: Ron Washington (Rangers) has a nice little replay scam worked out already. He goes out to the umpire to 'argue'. Bench coach watches the replay and signals (thumbs up, thumbs down) whether or not to challenge.

And yes Washington has ran out on the field, argued the call, [received a thumbs down hand signal] and then didn't challenge the call.

Aint that some shit.


Also saw where a pick-off call was close and the bench was signaling the pitcher not to get on the rubber until they could get a look at it on their own monitors. Once they did, they challenged, and won (the guy was indeed out, not safe as called).

If MLB didn't make contingency plans for these sorts of shenanigans then good on any manager or team that can make them work for now.

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Yesterday they made a big hooey in Detroit about new manager Brad Ausmus being 2 for 2 in replay challenges.

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Last night Bud Black wanted to challenge a call but the umps ruled he waited too long. It would seem that MLB encourages managers to run out & stall, while they wait for signal from the bench coach.


http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/03/bud-blacks-attempted-replay-challenge-deemed-untimely-which-is-kind-of-absurd/

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lobo316 wrote: Last night Bud Black wanted to challenge a call but the umps ruled he waited too long. It would seem that MLB encourages managers to run out & stall, while they wait for signal from the bench coach.


http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/03/bud-blacks-attempted-replay-challenge-deemed-untimely-which-is-kind-of-absurd/

That's exactly what happened in Detroit (waiting for the bench coach to give the sign)- so to go 2 for 2 in challenges is no big thingy when the bench coach gets a sneak peek beforehand!!!  But our news guys made it out like Ausmus is some kind of guru!

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I just think they'll see how often this sort of thing happens and change the rule to "within 20 seconds of the play ending" or something.

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TORONTO -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Friday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after suffering a strained right hamstring while chasing a foul ball in the second inning.

No other details were immediately available.

The injury apparently happened when Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera fouled a ball down the first-base line. Teixiera appeared to hobble after chasing it and summoned manager Joe Girardi out of the Yankees' dugout. After a brief conversation with Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue, Teixeira left the game.

His place at first base was taken by Kelly Johnson, who moved over from third. Johnson was replaced at third by rookie Yangervis Solarte, who slid over from second, and Brian Roberts, originally given the night off, came in to play second.

Teixeira missed all but 15 games last season after suffering a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist that required surgery. He also was hobbled by a strained hamstring during the 2010 American League Championship Series.

Teixeira had an RBI single in the first inning and left with the Yankees trailing 3-2.

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After 6 innings, 5-3 Yanks over the Jays. Tanaka is making his debut tonight. In 6 innings, he has given up 6 hits, zero walks, 2 ER's & has 6 K's.
Melky Cabrera hit a solo home run in the 1st for the Jays.

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lobo316 wrote: After 6 innings, 5-3 Yanks over the Jays. Tanaka is making his debut tonight. In 6 innings, he has given up 6 hits, zero walks, 2 ER's & has 6 K's.
Melky Cabrera hit a solo home run in the 1st for the Jays.


 

After 7 1/2 innings, 6-3 Yanks. Thornton now in relief of Tanaka.
Tanaka - 7 innings, 8 K's, zero walks, 6 hits, 2 ER's.

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: After 6 innings, 5-3 Yanks over the Jays. Tanaka is making his debut tonight. In 6 innings, he has given up 6 hits, zero walks, 2 ER's & has 6 K's.
Melky Cabrera hit a solo home run in the 1st for the Jays.


 

After 7 1/2 innings, 6-3 Yanks. Thornton now in relief of Tanaka.
Tanaka - 7 innings, 8 K's, zero walks, 6 hits, 2 ER's.

yanks win 7-3

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lobo316 wrote: yanks win 7-3
Are we going to get multiple posts for every Blue Jays game ????  Or just the 90-95 games they lose ???? ;)

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Teixeira has become a useless hypochondriac. I'm sick of that guy. He can't wait to tell the media about his woes, nicks, and scrapes. Total pussy, basically the anti-Jeter.

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Red Sox got their 2013 World Series Champions rings yesterday:


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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: yanks win 7-3
Are we going to get multiple posts for every Blue Jays game ????  Or just the 90-95 games they lose ???? ;)

I posted on this game because it was Tanaka's debut.

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lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: yanks win 7-3
Are we going to get multiple posts for every Blue Jays game ????  Or just the 90-95 games they lose ???? ;)

I posted on this game because it was Tanaka's debut.

I was just foolin' with you. Geez - 2 straight seasons in the AL East basement and you Blue Jay fans sure do get defensive. ;)

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: yanks win 7-3
Are we going to get multiple posts for every Blue Jays game ????  Or just the 90-95 games they lose ???? ;)

I posted on this game because it was Tanaka's debut.

I was just foolin' with you. Geez - 2 straight seasons in the AL East basement and you Blue Jay fans sure do get defensive. ;)


Make that 3 straight seasons :(

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The Cubs got 10 hits today and didn't score a run. Impressive.

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lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: yanks win 7-3
Are we going to get multiple posts for every Blue Jays game ????  Or just the 90-95 games they lose ???? ;)

I posted on this game because it was Tanaka's debut.

I was just foolin' with you. Geez - 2 straight seasons in the AL East basement and you Blue Jay fans sure do get defensive. ;)


Make that 3 straight seasons :(

Come on now - you can't already be giving up on this season. At least wait until May hits and you are looking up......way up on the Red Sox. :tongue:

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: yanks win 7-3
Are we going to get multiple posts for every Blue Jays game ????  Or just the 90-95 games they lose ???? ;)

I posted on this game because it was Tanaka's debut.

I was just foolin' with you. Geez - 2 straight seasons in the AL East basement and you Blue Jay fans sure do get defensive. ;)


Make that 3 straight seasons :(

Come on now - you can't already be giving up on this season. At least wait until May hits and you are looking up......way up on the Red Sox. :tongue:

 
I won't have to wait until May. Oh well, at least there's always wrestling 

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Josh Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with thumb injury

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Benlen wrote: Josh Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with thumb injury

 

There seems to be an increse  in injuries so far this season, hamstring, groin, T.J. surgeries & now Hamilton's thumb.

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Joe Nathan, Tigers new closer, is 2-0, 12.27 ERA, has come out and said he has "dead arm". I'm not quite sure what to make of that one??

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chrob61 wrote: Joe Nathan, Tigers new closer, is 2-0, 12.27 ERA, has come out and said he has "dead arm". I'm not quite sure what to make of that one??
Did he blow both saves and then his team scored a shitload of runs to get him the win?

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srossi wrote: chrob61 wrote: Joe Nathan, Tigers new closer, is 2-0, 12.27 ERA, has come out and said he has "dead arm". I'm not quite sure what to make of that one??
Did he blow both saves and then his team scored a shitload of runs to get him the win?

Yes, that happened both times.   At least last night Albuquerque came in and got us the save.   I'm just a little bit worried about the Tigers 'pen this year.   The starters are fine.

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not mentioned already but this happened on Monday
Right-hander Jameson Taillon, considered the Pirates' top pitching prospect, will have Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season and likely part of 2015.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: yanks win 7-3
Are we going to get multiple posts for every Blue Jays game ????  Or just the 90-95 games they lose ???? ;)

I posted on this game because it was Tanaka's debut.

I was just foolin' with you. Geez - 2 straight seasons in the AL East basement and you Blue Jay fans sure do get defensive. ;)


Make that 3 straight seasons :(

Come on now - you can't already be giving up on this season. At least wait until May hits and you are looking up......way up on the Red Sox. :tongue:

And the Yankees .. and the Rays .. and the Orioles

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CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia will have season-ending surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the team announced Thursday.

Garcia was injured when he attempted a diving catch in the sixth inning of Wednesday's loss at Colorado. Preliminary X-rays were negative for a fracture, separation or dislocation, but an MRI on Thursday in Chicago revealed the torn labrum.

The 22-year-old, who was getting his first chance to become an every-day player, was described as distraught when he learned the extent of his injury.

"Obviously, it's lousy. It stinks for the kid, who is crushed right now, who is very disappointed," general manager Rick Hahn said. "He was hoping this was going to be a temporary thing but obviously understands the medical situation and the realities in front of us and what they are. He's taking it very hard."

The White Sox recalled outfielder Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte to take Garcia's place on the roster, but Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza will start regularly in the outfield flanking center fielder Adam Eaton, at least for now.

"It becomes an opportunity for somebody," manager Robin Ventura said. "Where [Viciedo] was two days ago, it was a different situation. Hopefully he can take advantage of this."

Garcia was batting .267 with two home runs in his first full season in the major leagues. He was acquired from the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-way trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox.

Hahn said Garcia is expected to have no restrictions by the time 2015 spring training rolls around.

"It's not the kind of thing he can't come back from; it's not the kind of thing that he's going to have lingering effects on his ability or his ceiling," Hahn said. "It's just an unfortunate development that's pushed him back a year in terms of being an every-day guy in Chicago."

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CINCINNATI -- The Tampa Bay Rays put right-hander Alex Cobb on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained oblique in his left side, the second starter they've lost to injury in a week.

Cobb pitched seven innings in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. He's gone 15 1/3 innings without allowing a run.

The Rays called up left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A Durham to take his spot on the roster.

Beliveau pitched 22 games in relief for the Cubs in 2012 and one for the Rays last season. He threw one perfect inning during a 12-4 loss to the Reds and was sent back to the minors. The Rays plan to call up another reliever on Monday.

Left-hander Erik Bedard was added to the roster on Sunday and will take Cobb's spot in the rotation for now.

Left-hander Matt Moore went on the 15-day DL earlier in the week with a sore elbow. The Rays moved left-hander Cesar Ramos from the bullpen into the rotation to take his place -- Ramos started Sunday against Cincinnati and took the loss, pitching only into the third inning.

Ramos and Bedard competed for a spot in the rotation during spring training, so they were ready to be starters when the season began.

Cobb felt some tightness in his side during the game on Saturday, but he was throwing so well that the Rays thought nothing of it.

"I'm not exactly sure when it happened," manager Joe Maddon said. "We thought it could have been dehydration."

He was examined after the game and sent back to Florida for an MRI that confirmed that he has a strained muscle. The Rays put him on the disabled list right away because they knew he'd miss one or two starts anyway.

"If we do everything right, there's a chance we could have him back for that third start," Maddon said.

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The Colorado Rockies' pitching staff took another blow Sunday, as starter Brett Anderson will miss four to six weeks with a broken index finger suffered Saturday.

"We have to play the hand we're dealt with here," manager Walt Weiss said.

Anderson lasted just three innings Saturday after bruising the index finger on his left hand apparently while grounding out off Giants starter Matt Cain to end the top of the fourth. Anderson took the mound to begin the bottom of the frame and threw one warm-up pitch before a team trainer was summoned from the dugout.

"It felt like a firecracker went off in my glove," said Anderson, who is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts this season. "I went out there and threw a warm-up pitch, and it felt like what I envision trying to throw with a foam finger feels like."

Weiss confirmed the injury Sunday, and it's likely that Anderson will land on the disabled list after he sees a hand specialist in Denver on Monday.

It is yet another injury setback for the 26-year-old who last worked as many as 100 innings back in 2010. Anderson missed the majority of the 2011 and 2012 seasons after elbow surgery and then was out most of last season with a broken bone in his foot.

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ATLANTA -- Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his right thumb in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

The Nationals placed Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning, recalling infield prospect Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse to replace the former All-Star on the roster.

Zimmerman got hurt diving back to the bag as he was picked off second base in the fifth inning Saturday night. He stayed on the ground for a minute before finally leaving the field.

"It is what it is. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us," manager Matt Williams said. "You've got to play."

Following Zimmerman's exit, Anthony Rendon moved from second base to third and Danny Espinosa entered the game at second base.

"It's not our first choice, certainly, but the fact they can play multiple positions is good in times like this," Williams said.

Before the game, the Nationals placed center fielder Denard Span on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. Right fielder Jayson Werth was held out after leaving Friday night's game with cramping in his groin. Werth had a pinch-hit single.

Washington's makeshift outfield included Bryce Harper in center, Kevin Frandsen in left and Nate McLouth in right.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with a strained quadriceps muscle.

The earliest Beltre can play in a game is April 25 in Seattle (since April 24 is an off day).

He suffered the Grade 1 strain on Tuesday at Fenway Park and hasn't played since. Beltre completed a light workout on Saturday, and manager Ron Washington said the third baseman was hoping to work out again on Sunday to test it out, but rain wouldn't let that happen.

Still, the club didn't want to take any chances on rushing Beltre and having him miss more time, so they made the disabled list decision on Sunday.

General manager Jon Daniels said Saturday that the club was "leaning" that way.


"That's probably the smarter thing, to err on the side of caution," Daniels said. "The last thing we want is to be without him for an extended period of time."

Beltre, 34, is hitting .286 this season with four RBIs as the team's cleanup hitter. Kevin Kouzmanoff has taken his place at third base, and Washington has altered his lineup in Beltre's absence, batting Alex Rios in the No. 3 hole and Prince Fielder in the cleanup spot with Kouzmanoff batting fifth.

This is Beltre's first stay on the disabled list since missing five weeks in the middle of the 2011 season. He has dealt with hamstring issues constantly since arriving in Texas, but hasn't missed many games because of it. The quad is a new injury for him.

Beltre was voted the Rangers' MVP the past two seasons and has won four of the last seven Gold Gloves at third base.

In a corresponding move, the Rangers added recently acquired right-hander Hector Noesi to the active roster. He will serve as the club's long relief man.

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NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball's replay system was designed to mitigate the human element in umpiring decisions. Instead, after coming out on the wrong side of replay calls in each of the last two games, the human element is surfacing in a different, troubling form, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday night.

"It's hard to have any faith in the system,'' Farrell said after Boston's 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees.

Farrell became the first manager in the major leagues to be ejected for disputing a play that was reviewed on replay after umpires reversed their call on what would have been an inning-ending double play in the fourth inning. Once the call was reversed, the Yankees were credited with a run that would not have counted had the original call stood.

That run ultimately proved to be the margin of victory for the Yankees.

Initially, first base umpire Bob Davidson called the Yankees' Francisco Cervelli out at first after he grounded to third baseman Ryan Roberts, who threw to second to force Kelly Johnson, with second baseman Jonathan Herrera then making a relay to first baseman Mike Napoli.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, and after consulting MLB's replay center, crew chief Brian O'Nora announced that the call was reversed. That brought out Farrell from the visitors' dugout, and only moments into an animated discussion with the umpires, he was ejected by Davidson.

"We felt that it was clear that the replay was inconclusive,'' Farrell said, "and the frustrating part is that when this was rolled out and explained to us, particularly on the throw received by the first baseman, we were instructed when the ball enters the glove -- and not that it has to hit the back of the glove -- is where the out is deemed complete.

"At the same time, any angle that we looked at, we couldn't tell whether [Cervelli's] foot was on the bag behind Mike Napoli's leg, so where this became conclusive is a hard pill to swallow. And on the heels of yesterday, it's hard to have any faith in the system, to be honest with you.''

In Saturday's game, Farrell asked umpires to review a call at second base, where Dean Anna of the Yankees was deemed to have arrived safely on a double to right field. Farrell said he saw video replays that showed Anna lifting his foot off the bag while Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was applying the tag; replays shown on networks broadcasting the game showed similar images. But after a replay review, umpires allowed the call to stand. MLB admitted Saturday night the call should have been reversed.

"There's going be a learning curve,'' Farrell said. "But again you'd think a video replay would be conclusive or there are plays where it would not be conclusive, which was tonight. We ended up on the wrong side both times.''

Replay was approved by both MLB and the players' union in January, and team managers and coaches were briefed on the system in spring training. The rule states, in part: "The Replay Official will look at the video feeds and determine if there is clear and convincing evidence to overturn the call on the field.'' In Farrell's opinion, obviously, the evidence was "clear and convincing" on Saturday's tag play but the call on the field was upheld, and it was not "clear and convincing" on Sunday's play at first base, but was reversed.

"As much as they're trying to help the human element,'' Farrell said, "it seems like it's added the human element at a different level.''

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Dustin Pedroia sent home for wrist exam
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Globe Staff   April 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Dustin Pedroia was scratched from the Red Sox lineup before their 3-2 loss to the Yankees Sunday night and the second baseman returned to Boston with a left wrist injury the team fears could be serious.

Pedroia was injured during the home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers April 4. When Carlos Gomez slid into second base breaking up a double play in the ninth inning, Pedroia was upended and came down with his wrist bent at an awkward angle.

Pedroia is 5 for 36 at the plate since and the injury has gotten worse. Team doctors will examine Pedroia on Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital and administer an MRI.

“He went down to hit early [Sunday] and the soreness continues to persist and probably gain in intensity,” manager John Farrell said.

The Red Sox do not believe Pedroia aggravated the injury since it occurred. But the All-Star is off to a poor start as a result.

He is hitting .236 and had yet to draw a walk in 55 plate appearances. Pedroia has only one RBI.

“I think there’s probably a direct correlation to what we’ve seen at the plate,” Farrell said.

“There hasn’t been an event over the past couple of days that has brought this onset even further. It’s been more just everyday play. The soreness increases and it’s got to be checked out.”

The Red Sox started Jonathan Herrera at second base Sunday night. Ryan Roberts, who started at third base, also has experience at second.

The Red Sox have used Heiker Meneses, Justin Henry, Brock Holt, and Mike McCoy at second base in Triple A Pawtucket. Holt and McCoy have major league experience.

Pedroia tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb during the first game of 2013 and had surgery following the season.

Uehara encouraged

There was a positive development for the Red Sox regarding closer Koji Uehara, who has not pitched since feeling discomfort in his right shoulder Friday.

Uehara threw for 10 minutes at Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon and was pain free. He, too, returned to Boston and will be examined Monday. But the Red Sox expect Uehara to rejoin the team in Chicago for Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox.

“He came away from it encouraged,” said Farrell, who watched Uehara throw and spoke with him at length afterward.

“During the time he was throwing, he felt better than he actually expected.”

Farrell said the Red Sox would want Uehara to throw in the bullpen before he is cleared for a game. He last pitched Wednesday.

“Today overall was very good news regarding Koji,” Farrell said.

Uehara threw from 200 feet and then threw fastballs and splitters from flat ground.

“He was really able to generate good arm speed and he’s past some of the concerns mentally that he had,” Farrell said.

Active participant

Right fielder Shane Victorino took a step forward in his return from the disabled list. Victorino, out all season with a strained right hamstring, ran the bases, played catch, and took batting practice before the game.

He will be in Boston Monday to work with physical therapist Dan Dyrek in anticipation of starting a rehabilitation assignment with Double A Portland Tuesday.

The Sea Dogs host Binghamton Tuesday night at Hadlock Field. Victorino said Friday that he would need 2-3 games in the minors before returning to the Red Sox so he could get his timing down at the plate.

If all goes well, Victorino could rejoin the Red Sox for the start of their homestand Friday against the Orioles.

Moving up

With Pedroia out of the lineup, Grady Sizemore moved into the leadoff spot and Farrell further changed the lineup by moving Xander Bogaerts up to the No. 2 spot for the first time this season.

Sizemore and Bogaerts combined for three singles in nine at-bats but neither drove in a run or got into scoring position.

“Just to give us a little right-left balance throughout. Xander’s had very good at-bats in every game that he’s played,” Farrell said.

“He’s, at the minor league level, been a top-of-the-order type of hitter. That’s where we are today.”

The Sox have used 12 lineups in 13 games.

Jeter out again

The Yankees were without shortstop Derek Jeter for the second consecutive game. On Saturday, manager Joe Girardi said Jeter was getting a rest. But, on Sunday, it was revealed that Jeter has a sore right quadriceps.

“He’s not real happy, but I told him missing one game is better than possibly missing four to six weeks if something was to happen,” Girardi said. “I feel really good about putting him out there on Tuesday as of right now.”

The issue is something the 39-year-old Jeter has been dealing with since spring training.

“I didn’t see him move around a lot different on Friday, but it’s a concern of mine when someone tells me something is tight,” Girardi said. “I think it’s more apt to do something serious if you don’t work that stiffness out.”

Middlebrooks waits

Will Middlebrooks, on the disabled list since April 5 with a strained right calf, took batting practice and threw before the game, but did only some light jogging.

“It’s getting better, but I’m still not running on it,” he said. “I have to be able to run.”

Middlebrooks will remain with the team and hopes he will be cleared to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment by the end of the week.

Checking him out

Free agent righthander Joel Hanrahan, who had Tommy John elbow surgery last May 16, will hold a workout for teams on Thursday in Tampa.

Hanrahan, 32, appeared in only nine games for the Red Sox last season before being injured.

He was an All-Star in 2011 and ’12 for the Pirates and has 100 career saves.

The Red Sox and Yankees will be among the teams sending scouts to watch Hanrahan throw.

Cold is coming

It was 66 degrees at first pitch at Yankee Stadium, making it the warmest game of the season for the Red Sox. The team has a day off in Chicago Monday, where snow is expected. Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s Tuesday when the Sox open a three-game series against the White Sox . . . Former Red Sox and Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon, 40, was on the field watching batting practice . . . Keenan Thompson impersonated David Ortiz on “Saturday Night Live” and the Red Sox designated hitter approved, sending a message to Thompson via Twitter. The skit poked fun at Ortiz’s now-celebrated selfie with President Obama at the White House.

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, according to multiple reports.

Moore (0-2, 2.70 ERA) was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the team two days after leaving an April 7 start against the Kansas City Royals with discomfort in his pitching elbow.

The 24-year-old lefty missed over a month of the 2013 season with discomfort in the elbow, but returned for the team's postseason run.

"I would say it's quite a bit different in how it feels, in how it dangles, with regards to soreness," Moore said after being placed on the disabled list. "The discomfort is similar. The severity has jumped from what I was feeling. It's frustrating."

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TORONTO -- Blue Jays second baseman Maicer Izturis needs surgery for a tear in his left knee and could be out for the rest of the season.

The 33-year-old Izturis was put on the disabled list Sunday. Toronto said Monday that he had a complete tear of the lateral collateral ligament.

Izturis will seek a second opinion before setting the surgery. The team said the recovery time is about four to six months.

Izturis is hitting .286 in 11 games.

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NEW YORK -- Yankees backup catcher Francisco Cervelli was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain Monday and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

However, it is expected Cervelli will be out significantly longer than that. A Grade 2 strain, while not the most severe form of the injury, often entails a four- to six-week recovery. Last season, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton missed six weeks with a similar injury.

Cervelli was injured legging out a potential inning-ending double-play ball in the fourth inning of Sunday night's 3-2 win against the Boston Red Sox. He was initially called out at first, but after manager Joe Girardi requested a review of the play, the call was overturned, resulting in the Yankees scoring what turned out to be the winning run.

Cervelli, who started the game at first base in place of Kelly Johnson, the regular third baseman who was himself substituting for the injured Mark Teixeira, tumbled to the ground in obvious pain as he crossed first and was immediately removed from the game. Cervelli was replaced at first by outfielder Carlos Beltran, who had never played the position in a major league game.

The Yankees have not announced who will be recalled from the minors to replace Cervelli as the backup to Brian McCann, who was also slightly injured in Sunday night's game when a pitch that hit batter A.J. Pierzynski on the elbow ricocheted off McCann's right hand. X-rays taken of the hand on Monday were negative.

The most likely candidates to replace Cervelli are Austin Romine and John Ryan Murphy, both of whom are catching for the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Cervelli's injury was the latest blow to the Yankees, who currently have Teixeira on the DL with a Grade 1 calf strain and were without shortstop Derek Jeter (quad strain) and second baseman Brian Roberts (back injury) Sunday night. Closer David Robertson is also on the DL with a groin strain.

Teixeira is expected to return to the lineup when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday. The earliest Robertson can return is April 22.

The Yankees also announced they have optioned right-handed pitcher Shane Greene to Triple-A Scranton.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was ejected from Monday night's game after disputing a ruling overturned by replay that gave the Seattle Mariners a run.

The Mariners had the bases loaded in the sixth when Brad Miller hit a comebacker to pitcher Pedro Figueroa, who threw home. Umpire Paul Schrieber initially ruled an out at the plate, even though catcher J.P. Arencibia bobbled the ball on a transfer without dropping it or making a throw.

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon challenged the call. After a review that took 3 minutes, 31 seconds, the umpires reversed their ruling, erasing the out and giving Seattle a run.

Washington immediately came out to argue and was ejected by crew chief Ted Barrett after getting to the plate.

On Sunday night, Boston manager John Farrell became the first manager to be ejected for arguing a replay decision. Managers aren't allowed to dispute replay rulings.

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NEW YORK -- Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters at a Major League Baseball-sponsored "Diversity Business Summit" that he sees no need for his club to sign free agent shortstop Stephen Drew in spite of New York's injury-depleted infield.

"I'm pretty content with our infield right now," Steinbrenner said. "I think guys like [Dean] Anna and [Yangervis] Solarte have been pleasant surprises. Kelly Johnson has been good. Derek [Jeter] is healthy. So so far, so good. But it's early."

Steinbrenner's statements confirmed a report by ESPNNewYork.com on Monday, when a source familiar with the team's thinking said there was "no way" the Yankees would sign Drew, who played shortstop for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox last season and reportedly is seeking a multiyear deal worth $14 million per season.

"Nobody's signing Drew or Morales, not at the money they're asking," said the source, referring to Kendrys Morales, a free agent first baseman who also remains unsigned. Both Drew and Morales are clients of superagent Scott Boras.

Steinbrenner was asked Tuesday if he was specifically ruling out signing Drew.

"So far, I'm pretty content with where we are," he said. "But I will always analyze options. That's my job throughout the course of the whole year."

Boras declined to comment Tuesday morning, but another source with knowledge of the situation told ESPNNewYork.com that Boras met with Steinbrenner and other members of the Yankees organization at the GM meetings in December to discuss Drew, and that the Yankees expressed interest in signing him.

Since then, however, the source said that while the Yankees' "baseball people" still wanted Drew, Steinbrenner's interest had cooled for reasons that are unclear.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined comment, citing language in baseball's collective bargaining agreement prohibiting team personnel from discussing free agents in the media. Last week, Tony Clark, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, issued the following statement regarding Drew and Morales:

"I am angered that numerous anonymous baseball executives have blatantly and intentionally violated our collective bargaining agreement by offering to ESPN comments about the free agent values of Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. These statements undermine the free agent rights of the players and depress their market value. Today, I have called upon the Commissioner's Office to investigate immediately and thoroughly the sources of these statements and to take appropriate action to enforce our agreement."

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Yanks and Cubs postponed. Double header tomorrow.

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Just watched one of the weirdest ejections I can remember seeing - Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals gets called out on strikes, looks pissed off, says something to the ump and walks away, and gets tossed as he's halfway back to the dugout.

I'm sort of interested in what he could have said in such a short time that was awful enough to get thrown out of a game.

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Yesterday was Jackie Robinson day in MLB. How many were even aware of this ?


NEW YORK -- Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.

Jackson traveled to baseball's 1992 winter meetings to criticize its lack of minorities in management, and he pushed for change.

Selig retired Robinson's No. 42 in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the big league debut of the Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman. Selig established a Diverse Business Partners program the following year and in 1999 started requiring clubs to consider at least one minority for each manager and major executive opening. MLB also sponsors 35 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars.

Jackson said Jackie Robinson Day has become "a national holiday for all practical purposes."

"To honor Jackie in this way honors the best in America," Jackson told Selig on Tuesday at MLB's third Diversity Business Summit. "In many ways, had Jackie not succeeded, you could not have Atlanta Falcons or the Braves or the Carolina Panthers. You could not have these southern teams if Jackie had failed."

Robinson's daughter, Sharon, presented Selig with a large plaque. Jackson spoke from the audience after Selig's speech and told him "you took to heart that challenge."

"I guess if you're commissioner long enough, things can turn around," Selig said later.

For the first time since Robinson's number was retired, no players in the major leagues were wearing No. 42. Players using the number were grandfathered in at the time of Selig's announcement, and the last to use No. 42 was Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, who retired at the end of last season.

"Today all of our players league-wide will wear No. 42 to celebrate the man who helped change the future course of our game and more importantly our country," Selig said.

President Barack Obama also marked the occasion, tweeting:

No. 42. He hit it out of the park. #JackieRobinsonDay pic.twitter.com/LcRhzWq7DA

- Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2014
A ceremony had been scheduled for Yankee Stadium to unveil a plaque commemorating Nelson Mandela's visit to the old Bronx ballpark in 1990. The Yankees' game against the Chicago Cubs was rained out, and the ceremony, which includes Zondwa Mandela, a grandson of the late South African president, was pushed back until Wednesday evening.

Selig frequently points out that Robinson's first game occurred more than a year before President Harry Truman desegregated the U.S. military and seven years before the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision that ruled state laws requiring segregated public schools were unconstitutional.

"Baseball must continue to be more than just a game on the field," Selig said. "The game's remarkable ability to serve as a common bond should be used to create opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender."

Selig became acting commissioner in 1992 and got the job permanently in 1998. He plans to retire in January. He said the Diverse Business Partners program had led to purchases of more than $1 billion in goods and services from minority- and women-owned businesses.

But the percentage of African-American players in the major leagues has been cut in half since peaking at about 18 percent at times from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who is black, says some of this generation's players don't know of Robinson's accomplishments.

"They don't know a lot about the history, and I don't really blame it all on them. I think their generation is a generation that was force-fed these things," he said, holding up a smartphone. "Everything's now. Not much of an appreciation for the past and what it meant, particularly when it comes to baseball and baseball players. The paths that were paved for them, I don't think they really get it, or really understand it."

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NEW YORK (AP) Who's on first? For the New York Yankees, it's not a joke.

Since Mark Teixiera went on the disabled list April 5 with a strained right hamstring, the $200 million Bronx Bombers have cobbled together a platoon at first base.

Kelly Johnson made his 10th start at first this season for Wednesday's doubleheader opener against the Chicago Cubs. In the other two games after Teixeira's injury, catcher Francisco Cervelli started at first twice.

Coming into the season, neither had started at first - although Johnson had shifted there three times during games.

And when Cervelli strained his right hamstring in the fourth inning Sunday, Carlos Beltran took over for Cervelli at first against Boston. Beltran had made 1,970 big league starts in the outfield and not a single appearance at first base in a 17-year career.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi had little choice but to use the player signed during the offseason to a $45 million, three-year contract because New York also was without second baseman Brian Roberts (sore back) and shortstop Derek Jeter (tight right quadriceps).

New York planned to start Jeter at shortstop the second game of the doubleheader. Roberts said he felt better, but the Yankees were likely to hold him out Wednesday because of temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

''I can put Sizemore there. I think can put (Yangervis) Solarte there and, obviously, I know can put Beltran there - probably would be my second choice though,'' Girardi said with a laugh.

The Yankees brought up Scott Sizemore from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Cervelli was hurt. Coming off two injury wrecked seasons, Sizemore said he briefly worked out at first in Scranton but he doesn't even own a first baseman's glove.

Solarte played first base once in 627 minor league games and hasn't played there - yet - in the big leagues.

Girardi says he likely will run Sizemore out there against left-handers to give Johnson a break.

The makeshift plans will have to do until Teixeira comes back. He's eligible to come off the DL on Sunday and he's at the Yankees' facility in Tampa, Fla. Girardi said he's not sure when the switch-hitter will play in a rehab game but he is working out.

NOTES: Sizemore has a one-year contract paying $800,000 in the majors and $210,000 in the minors. He can earn $150,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $10,000 for 350, $20,000 for 400, $30,000 for 450, $40,000 for 500 and $50,000 for 550. He can be optioned back to the minors this year.

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clawmaster wrote: Yanks and Cubs postponed. Double header tomorrow.

Tanaka beat the Cubs 3-0. Game two tonight.

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Looks like it's going to be a looooong season in Chicago and Arizona this year. Not even 10 % into the season and the Cubs are already 6.5 GBL and Arizona is 7.5 GBL. 

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels have placed outfielder Kole Calhoun on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a sprained ligament in his right ankle and selected outfielder Brennan Boesch to the major league roster.

Calhoun is batting .250 with three homers and six RBIs in 14 games. He had been playing right field in place of injured slugger Josh Hamilton. Calhoun is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after rolling in his ankle in the 11th inning of the Angels' 10-9 loss to Oakland on Tuesday night.

Boesch, who signed with the Angels in January as a free agent, began the season with Triple-A Salt Lake. He played in 23 games last year with Yankees after spending his first three big league seasons with Detroit.

To make room for Boesch on the 40-man roster, the Angels transferred right-handed pitcher Ryan Brasier to the 60-day DL.

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WASHINGTON -- St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

The Cardinals also optioned righty reliever Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis and recalled rookie right-handers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon from Memphis before Thursday's game at the Washington Nationals. Neither Fornataro nor Rondon has ever appeared in a major league game.

Kelly got hurt while trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the fourth inning of the Cardinals' 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. He is 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA in three starts this season.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The rehabilitation assignment for Toronto Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen has been halted because of lingering tightness in his lower back.

Janssen has been on the disabled list since the start of the season. He pitched for Class A Dunedin Tuesday, but according to manager John Gibbons he didn't feel better afterward and was told to take a few days off from throwing.

Gibbons said before Thursday's doubleheader at Minnesota he didn't believe the right-hander had a setback. But the manager said Janssen has continued to experience discomfort.

Sergio Santos has handled the ninth-inning role in Janssen's absence.

Shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Saturday at Cleveland. He strained his left hamstring in his first at-bat this season.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez sat out Thursday's game after getting hit in the left hand by a pitch from the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong on Wednesday.

The pitch, a 90-mph fastball, ran in on Ramirez and caught him on the back of the hand. He immediately removed his batting helmet and slammed it to the ground in disgust. There appeared to be considerable inflammation when Ramirez removed his batting glove as he crouched behind home plate at AT&T Park.

X-rays came back negative and the swelling had subsided Thursday, but not sufficiently for him to be in Thursday's lineup against the Giants.

Ramirez, however, said he'll be back against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

"I'm not going to try. I'm going to be in there," Ramirez said. "For sure, I'm going to be in there tomorrow."

Ramirez entered the game hitting .291 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

"I talked to him. I'm sure he's relieved," manager Don Mattingly said after Wednesday's game. "You see when you get hit there, you're a little worried. The X-rays coming back is good for us and we'll see where he's at tomorrow, the next day or whatever. I'm sure he's going to be a little sore."

Vogelsong's command appeared to be excellent before he hit Ramirez. He had thrown a first-pitch strike to 15 of the first 20 batters he faced.

Ramirez was rendered largely ineffective when he was hit in the ribs by a Joe Kelly pitch in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals last October. When he was healthy, he was the best hitter in the National League in 2013. His 1.040 OPS led all NL players with at least 250 plate appearances.

Ramirez had played every inning of the Dodgers' first 14 games. The team is thin at shortstop. Dee Gordon, who has made a strong transition to second base, might be forced to move back to shortstop if Ramirez is out for a while.

"It got me good," Ramirez said. "It's sore a little bit. I iced it twice already and I'll go back to the hotel and try to ice it twice before I go to bed so I can be in there (Thursday)."

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SAN DIEGO -- Padres pitcher Josh Johnson will have his right elbow examined by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews next week.

The right-hander is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. The Padres fear his initial injury may be worse than originally diagnosed.

San Diego manager Bud Black says Johnson will meet with Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Black says Johnson has had some discomfort in the elbow. Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson's same elbow in 2007.

Johnson signed a one-year deal in the offseason as a free agent. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month.

Johnson had surgery on his right elbow in the offseason to remove bone spurs.

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NEW YORK -- The Ike Davis saga is over in New York.

The New York Mets traded the enigmatic first baseman to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, in exchange for right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.

The deal was announced just a few minutes prior to the Mets' game against the Atlanta Braves. Davis was made available to reporters outside the Mets clubhouse as the game got underway.

Honestly, it's a little weird," Davis said. "I've been with the Mets organization for a long time, and made some really good friendships and stuff like that. That's the toughest part, I think.

"I really had a blast in New York. I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it's just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded. Now [I'll] go help my team in Pittsburgh."

Thornton, 25, was pitching for the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis. He will report to the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

The Mets filled Davis' spot on the 25-man major league roster with outfielder Chris Young, who was on the disabled list.

"We're very happy with the trade," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We're happy for Ike, in the sense that he'll get another opportunity elsewhere. It's a situation that we needed to resolve here, and we're happy with the return."

Thornton is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four appearances at Triple-A this season, with eight strikeouts and one walk. An executive with a team unaffiliated with the trade described Thornton as a "soft tosser" and noted he was available but unclaimed in December's Rule 5 draft.

Alderson said the Mets considered taking Thornton in the Rule 5 draft.

"Thornton is going to give us more depth, and has pitched very well at the minor-league level," Alderson said. "He's not on the [40-man] roster so it gives us some flexibility there, but we're happy to add that depth. And with respect to the player to be named later, we're happy as well."

When asked for more information on the other player, Alderson was mum.

"Players are named later for a variety of reasons, so I really can't get into it any further than that," he said. "Because if I were to give you the reason why the player's [not] been named, it would lead you in the right direction."

The Mets had a logjam at first base, with three of them on the roster -- Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin. Davis and Duda are both lefties, so the Mets were expected to move one of them.

Duda, 28, was batting .275 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 40 at-bats this season. Davis, 27, was at .208 with one home run and five RBIs in 24 at-bats.

"Ike has done some great things here in New York, hit 32 home runs one year, and there were a lot of positives," Alderson said. "But we think Lucas has the same potential, he might be a little more effective against left-handed [pitchers], [and] we think he can play first base well.

"It was a close call. This isn't something that was so clear-cut -- if it had been, this might have been resolved months ago."

After the game, a 6-0 Mets loss in which they mustered just one hit against Aaron Harang and two relief pitchers, Mets manager Terry Collins said he felt it was important the team resolved its first-base dilemma.

"I wasn't surprised," Collins said regarding the trade. "Certainly we wish [Davis] all the best. He's gonna get a chance to play, and I know that's what he wanted."

Collins reaffirmed that Duda is the starter

"Lucas is the first baseman," the manager said. "Now that certainly there's nobody hanging over him, he can go out and relax and do the things we know he's capable of doing."

Duda was asked if the trade put him more at ease.

"Maybe a little," Duda said. "I'm gonna go out there and play hard every day, and the let the chips fall where they may."

Mets captain David Wright glanced across the room at Davis' empty locker multiple times as he spoke with reporters. Davis was a popular figure in the clubhouse.

"Ike's gonna be missed," Wright said. "I think that Ike would be the first one to tell you that things didn't quite pan out the way that a lot of us thought they would here, as far as the production. But through thick and thin, Ike's been one of the best teammates I've ever had.

"I think everybody in here wishes him well, and is gonna be rooting pretty hard for Ike. So hopefully what we got back will help us, and hopefully he can start with a clean slate in Pittsburgh and do his thing there."

Davis was a first-round draft pick by the Mets, chosen No. 18 overall in 2008 out of Arizona State. He made his major-league debut nearly four years to the day -- April 19, 2010 -- and batted .264 with 19 home runs and 71 RBIs his rookie year.

His 2011 season was cut short after just 36 games due to an ankle injury. In 2012, Davis got off to a terrible start, with a batting average below .200 as late as July 3. But he boosted it to .227 by year's end, with impressive totals in terms of home runs (32) and RBIs (90), leading to renewed optimism about his future.

Davis had another brutal start last season, batting .161 through June 9 before being sent down to Triple A. He was recalled on July 5 and finished the season at .205, with nine homers and 33 RBIs.

"It was fun. I wouldn't change it for the world," Davis said, describing his time in New York. "I had a great time here, I just didn't play as well as I should have. Now I get a fresh start, and hopefully I can get right back to where I used to be."

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It's early yet, but so far I think Matt Williams has been an absolute disaster for the Nationals. Like, possibly Valentine-sized. He's apparently doing everything in his power to ensure that Bryce Harper ends up in pinstripes when his contract expires.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The New York Yankees' worst fears about starting pitcher Ivan Nova were partially confirmed Sunday when an MRI revealed a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

Nova will return to New York for further evaluation by a team doctor, but as manager Joe Girardi acknowledged, "Usually when you have that, it eventually leads to [Tommy John surgery]."

Nova left in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after feeling pain in his elbow after delivering a pitch to Evan Longoria. Nova was noticed wincing and shaking his arm by Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, who alerted Girardi.

Nova was sent to a Tampa hospital for the MRI Saturday night and placed on the 15-day disabled list, pending further diagnosis, on Sunday morning. If it is determined Nova needs Tommy John surgery, it customarily means a 12- to 18-month recovery period.

"It was just kind of a little pop, like when you feel a friction or something," Nova said of the 1-0 curveball to Longoria. "Honestly, I didn't think that I was hurt. When you're out there in the game, you just want to pitch."

"... It's hard," Nova added. "I really don't know what to say. I'm sad right now."

Nova had been hit hard to that point, having allowed six runs on eight hits, including four home runs. He was also charged with two more runs after he left the game, making his final line -- four-plus innings pitched, 8 earned runs and 4 HRs -- the worst posted by a Yankees' starter in 100 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Still, Nova said his arm felt fine until that final pitch.

"I was frustrated about that," he said. "I didn't want to get out of the game. I never want to get out of the game. But those things happen, I guess."

Nova, a 27-year-old right-hander, went 9-6 with a 3.10 ERA last year, and came to training camp penciled in as the No. 4 starter in the Yankees' rotation behind CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and free agent Masahiro Tanaka.

"It's really unfortunate," Girardi said. "It's a guy that obviously we were counting on pretty heavily this year. We felt pretty good about our starters leaving spring training, but now we're going to find out how deep we are."

Girardi did not announce an immediate replacement for Nova in the Yankees' rotation. The Yankees are starting left-hander Vidal Nuno, an emergency starter, in Sunday's series finale against the Rays -- they have lost two of the first three games of the four-game series, including Saturday night's 16-1 blowout -- but the manager said a long-term replacement for Nova will be discussed during the Yankees off day on Monday.

The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.

"Obviously we're going to need another starter and we'll have to make some adjustments," said Girardi, who has former starters David Phelps and Adam Warren, both right-handers, in his bullpen along with Nuno. "Everyone is going to have a chance to put themselves in the mix."

The Yankees made several roster moves in conjunction with the Nova injury and the return of first baseman Mark Teixeira, who had been on the DL with a hamstring strain.

In addition to placing Nova on the DL, the Yankees optioned infielder Scott Sizemore to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated for assignment righty Matt Daley, who was strafed for six runs in 1 1/3 innings Saturday night in relief of Nova. They recalled right-handers Preston Claiborne from Scranton and Bryan Mitchell from Double-A Trenton.

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DETROIT -- The Tigers have released Opening Day shortstop Alex Gonzalez and purchased the contract of infielder Danny Worth from Triple-A Toledo.

Detroit has struggled to fill the hole at shortstop after letting Jhonny Peralta leave via free agency and losing Jose Iglesias to injury. The Tigers traded for both Gonzalez and Andrew Romine in late March. The 37-year-old Gonzalez started the opener against Kansas City and delivered the winning hit in the ninth inning, but he ended up going just 5 for 30 with Detroit.

Romine is starting Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Worth played 115 games for the Tigers from 2010-13, hitting .242 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

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NEW YORK -- Jose Valverde, named the New York Mets closer when Bobby Parnell was lost for the year with an elbow injury, didn't even make it through April before losing the job.

Manager Terry Collins announced Sunday morning that veteran right-hander Kyle Farnsworth is his new closer, after Valverde allowed four home runs in his last three appearances. Farnsworth didn't make the team out of spring training, but has allowed just one run in his eight appearances since joining the Mets on April 2.

The 38-year-old Farnsworth has 54 career saves, including two last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Valverde has 288 career saves, including two this season and a major league-high 49 with the 2011 Detroit Tigers.

Valverde didn't seem upset by Collins' decision.

"I'm never disappointed," he said. "If I'm not doing my job, someone else has to do it. ... [I'm a] happy guy. I stay happy."

Collins said that he told Valverde he would like to see him use his split-finger fastball more often, and Valverde agreed that might be a good idea. Valverde threw five straight fastballs to Justin Upton in the ninth inning Saturday night, and Upton hit the fifth one deep over the center-field fence for a three-run home run.

Valverde wasn't pitching in a save situation Saturday, but Upton's home run ended up being decisive in a 7-5 Atlanta Braves' win over the Mets. Earlier in the week, Valverde allowed home runs to Raul Ibanez of the Los Angeles Angels and Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Farnsworth allowed a run in his first Mets appearance, but none in his last 6 1/3 innings.

"You've got to take the opportunities you get and run with them," he said.

Collins also made another move Sunday, removing struggling Curtis Granderson from the cleanup spot. Granderson, who signed a $60 million contract last winter to become the Mets cleanup hitter, will bat second for now.

Daniel Murphy is the Mets cleanup hitter for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Granderson is batting .140 with just four RBIs in 16 games.

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lobo316 wrote: "I'm never disappointed," he said. "If I'm not doing my job, someone else has to do it. ... [I'm a] happy guy. I stay happy."

Spoken like the total loser he is.  Someone like Earl Weaver would've punched him in the face before releasing him for a comment like that.  Why pay someone millions when "someone else" can just do his job?  He should be out of baseball for that comment.

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srossi wrote: lobo316 wrote: "I'm never disappointed," he said. "If I'm not doing my job, someone else has to do it. ... [I'm a] happy guy. I stay happy."

Spoken like the total loser he is.  Someone like Earl Weaver would've punched him in the face before releasing him for a comment like that.  Why pay someone millions when "someone else" can just do his job?  He should be out of baseball for that comment.

He was like that in Detroit, as was Prince Fielder.  Very carefree attitudes don't go over all that well with the fanbase.

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Pujols hits 2 hr so far tonight, for 500. Now has 8 hr and 19 rbi's this season leading the majors. 4 behind Eddie Murray for 25th place.

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Pineda gets caught this time.


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The night ends early for Michael Pineda, who gets ejected for having a foreign substance on the right side of his neck.
 

The pine tar on Michael Pineada's neck was a stain for the New York Yankees.

General manager Brian Cashman was "embarrassed."

Manager Joe Girardi called it "poor judgment."

And Pineda was "sad" and vowed not to do it again.

The Yankees' right-hander was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The previous time, Pineda said he used "dirt" on his right palm to get a better grip in cold weather in a 4-1 win over Boston on April 10 in New York.

This time, he said he decided to put pine tar on the right side of his neck after allowing two runs in the first inning on another chilly night so he could use it to grip the ball.

"I'll learn from this mistake," a downcast Pineda said. "It won't happen again."

He was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.

"When it's that obvious, something has got to be said," Farrell said. "Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past."

Davis said he found pine tar and Pineda gave no explanation as he left the mound.

Cashman said that in a similar situation, "I would want my manager to do what John Farrell did."

He said the issue was discussed with Pineda after the game on April 10 and again after he was ejected. Now he expects Pineda to be suspended.

"He did what he did, but we're also responsible that somehow he got out of our dugout and was on the field in that manner," Cashman said. "That never should have happened."

Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits.

Another photo taken in the second showed a shiny horizontal substance on his upper neck below his right ear. After Pineda struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Farrell talked to Davis. The umpire went to the mound, looked at the ball then touched the substance on Pineda's neck with his right index finger. Then he gestured with that same finger, indicating Pineda's ejection.

"He had a hard time gripping the baseball. Unknown to us, he put it on and went out there," Girardi said. "It's a young kid. I don't think he's trying to do anything, cheat. I think he's just trying to go out there and compete."

Rule 8.02(b) says a pitcher shall not "have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically."

"We will talk to the umpires tomorrow and review their report before taking any action," Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said.

In recent suspensions of pitchers for pine tar, Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the Los Angeles Angels' Brendan Donnelly 10 days in 2005 and St. Louis' Julian Tavarez 10 days in 2004. The suspensions of Donnelly and Tavarez were cut to eight days after they asked the players' association to appeal, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction.

In Pineda's previous start against the Red Sox, Farrell didn't see a photograph of Pineda's hand until the fourth inning; when Pineda came out to warm up for the fifth, his hand was clean.

On Wednesday, with the game time temperature at 50 degrees, Sizemore started the first with a triple and scored on Dustin Pedroia's single. With one out, Mike Napoli singled Pedroia to third. After Mike Carp flied to left, A.J. Pierzynski singled up the middle, scoring Pedroia.

After Pineda's ejection, David Phelps came in and completed the strikeout of Sizemore.

John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Koji Uehara struck out three in the ninth in a non-save situation.

''There is such a thing as too many strikes if you're hitting the white part of the plate,'' Lackey said. ''I was fortunate enough tonight to be hitting the corners more times than not.''

Napoli had three hits and Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third. The Yankees scored on Alfonso Soriano's sacrifice fly in the sixth.


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CHICAGO -- Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo will be sidelined for an extended period of time because of a stress fracture in his left foot.

Manager Kirk Gibson said Trumbo will get a second opinion from Dr. Michael Lee in Arizona before a timetable for his return is determined. An MRI taken Wednesday revealed the injury after an X-ray showed no structural damage.

The MRI also revealed some plantar fasciitis, which Trumbo had been dealing with since spring training. Trumbo wasn't sure how the stress fracture developed but thought he was overcompensating due to the plantar fasciitis.

Trumbo is hitting .210, although he was tied for the National League lead with seven home runs and was second with 19 RBIs before Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Trumbo said he first experienced pain relating to the stress fracture when he ran to the outfield in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday against the Cubs. But couldn't pinpoint what specifically caused the injury.

"The plantar (fasciitis) at times has been pretty bad but manageable," Trumbo said. "That's what you have to do. You've got to earn a living and play. This was to the point where I severely had to compensate running-wise to the point where I probably wouldn't be much of an asset on either side."

Trumbo suffered a stress fracture to his right foot at the end of the 2011 season and needed 5½ months to heal. He does not expect to need as much recovery time with this injury.

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lobo316 wrote: SAN DIEGO -- Padres pitcher Josh Johnson will have his right elbow examined by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews next week.

The right-hander is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. The Padres fear his initial injury may be worse than originally diagnosed.

San Diego manager Bud Black says Johnson will meet with Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Black says Johnson has had some discomfort in the elbow. Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson's same elbow in 2007.

Johnson signed a one-year deal in the offseason as a free agent. He strained his elbow during spring training and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month.

Johnson had surgery on his right elbow in the offseason to remove bone spurs.


 

I can't believe the number of injuries & TJ surgeries so far this season.

 

 

MILWAUKEE -- San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season.

The right-hander, signed in November to an $8 million, one-year contract, was placed on the disabled list before the season began. He strained his elbow during spring training, and the Padres initially thought he would be out about one month.

Johnson had surgery on his right elbow in the offseason to remove bone spurs. He was examined after the latest setback by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson in 2007.

The 30-year-old Johnson was a two-time All-Star with the Marlins. He was 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA last season with Toronto.

"This is a tough one. You know Josh Johnson has been banged up the last couple of years. He was really, really hopeful for this season," Padres manager Bud Black said before the team's game Wednesday night at Milwaukee.

San Diego thought Johnson was over his problems following his offseason surgery. Black said Johnson will work hard to return to the mound.

"Any time you go in for a second Tommy John surgery, it raises some eyebrows," Black said. "If anyone can come back, it is Josh Johnson."

San Diego has also pitchers Cory Luebke and Casey Kelly on the disabled list due to Tommy John surgeries, and right-hander Joe Wieland is on the 60-day DL recovering from right elbow surgery.

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Of all the injuries that have happened so far this season, this one has to be the dumbest.


The Milwaukee Brewers made a series of roster moves prior to Sunday's series finale in Pittsburgh, placing outfielder Logan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and activating first baseman Lyle Overbay from the paternity list.

Utility man Elian Herrera will stay with the Brewers to fill Schafer's spot on the roster.

Schafer's stint on the disabled list is retroactive to April 18, as he injured his hamstring stretching while on-deck to pinch hit in the seventh inning of Thursday's 11-2 loss to the Pirates. He stayed in to hit but struck out on a foul bunt with two strikes.

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BOSTON -- New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova has opted to have Tommy John surgery to repair the partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The team announced the surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews, a specialist in the procedure, on Tuesday in Birmingham.

"I think it's the right decision," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I haven't really seen anyone rehab a partially torn ligament and have success. It seems what it does is just delay the inevitable of what's going to happen. Then instead of maybe missing a year and a little bit of time, you miss a couple of years."

Tommy John surgery generally involves a 12-to-18 month recovery period. Nova suffered the injury in the fifth inning of Saturday's loss against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. He underwent an MRI that night that revealed the tear, and had another MRI and an examination by Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad that confirmed the diagnosis.

On Wednesday, the Yankees announced Nova would have his MRI results sent to Andrews for further evaluation and a second opinion, but according to Girardi, his decision had essentially already been made.

"I spoke to him (Wednesday), and I think it's the way he was leaning," Girardi said. "Obviously it's difficult to go through, but a lot of times they come back stronger."

Nova was 2-2 with an 8.27 ERA in four starts this season. Now in his fifth major league season, all with the Yankees, he is 40-22 with a 4.20 ERA. He was transferred Thursday from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

In other moves Thursday, the Yankees promoted right-hand pitchers Bruce Billings and Shane Greene from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned infielder Dean Anna and right-hand pitcher Preston Claiborne to the Triple-A team.

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WASHINGTON -- Star outfielder Bryce Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Nationals on Sunday with a sprained left thumb. The move is retroactive to Saturday.

Harper hurt his hand with a head-first slide into third base Friday night after hitting a third-inning, bases-loaded triple in Washington's 11-1 victory. He stayed in the game for an inning before he was replaced.

"It's part of baseball. You slide into the bag and sometimes you get your fingers," Harper said. "It's a bummer, but hopefully I'll be back soon."

Harper will fly to Cleveland on Monday to see prominent hand specialist Thomas Graham for a second opinion. For now, his proscribed treatment is ice.

"Hopefully 15 days go by and I can get back out there," Harper said. "We'll see how I feel in 15."

Harper joins starting catcher Wilson Ramos and starting third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list, both with hand injuries. Ramos, hurt on Opening Day, had surgery on his left hand. Zimmerman broke his right thumb, also sliding into a bag, on April 12.

Also on the DL are starting pitcher Doug Fister (back), who is scheduled for a rehab start on Sunday, and reserve outfielder Scott Hairston (side).

"We've got a lot of off days in the next 15, so that's huge," Harper said.

Harper went 2 for 2 and had a career-high four RBIs on Friday night, giving him nine for the season as he lifted his batting average to .289. He has only one home run in 83 at-bats.

"It's frustrating," Harper said. "I want to be out there and be able to help my team win every single day."

Steven Souza Jr. was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to replace him on the roster but was not in the lineup Sunday.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers have put pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list because of a blister problem.

The Tigers recalled right-hander Justin Miller from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

Sanchez left in the third inning of Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Twins with a blister on his right middle finger. He is 0-2 with a 3.13 ERA in five starts this season.

Miller got two outs in Friday night's game against Minnesota and then was sent to Toledo.

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CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu says he didn't expect this much success, especially in cold weather.

Yet he set another rookie record on Sunday.

Abreu drove in four runs and set a major league rookie record for RBIs through the end of April and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.

Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBIs to lead the majors. Albert Pujols had the previous rookie RBI mark of 27 in 2001.

Abreu's homer was his major league-leading 10th and extended his own record for home runs by a rookie through April.

"I go to the field to play baseball, help the team," Abreu said through a translator.

"I really don't go looking for records, but they're definitely welcome. That's not something that I go looking for, but it's a nice thing."

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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

Harper took to Twitter to share a post-surgery photo:

On the road to recovery..Everything went great and I'll be back soon! Thank you to all the fans for the support! pic.twitter.com/66Wn7sxHQ9

- Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 29, 2014
Harper, 21, is expected to be out until at least early July, multiple sources told ESPN.com's Keith Law.

Manager Matt Williams would not commit to a time frame, but said "that time frame is out there" after reports Monday that he would be out until at least July.

"The doctor reported that everything went fine, and we got a little message from Bryce about getting back and taking BP post-surgery," Williams joked.

"It went fine, we'll have to see how long it takes ... we expect him to heal fast. Given his history, he has healed pretty fast. We are optimistic about it, but we're not really sure how long it is going to take."

The two-time All-Star was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with what was then called a sprained left thumb.

Williams talked about what Harper's absence will mean for his team.

"It hurts a lot. He's a fantastic player," Williams said. "We'll certainly miss him, but we're going to have to step up."

Harper was injured on Friday night against San Diego on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple. He remained in the game until after the next inning.

Despite the injury, Williams is not opposed to headfirst slides.

"Bryce had another collision sliding feet first earlier in the year, and he hurt himself last year sliding feet first," Williams said.

"It's something that you can't control. The play that he hurt himself on, he was trying to get to third base the quickest he could, and I don't know if he is safe if he slides feet first. He was safe sliding head first, but he got the thumb in the wrong position."

Harper is batting .289 with one home run and nine RBIs this season.

Harper was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2012 after hitting .270 with 22 homers and 59 RBIs.

The extended loss of Harper is a significant blow to a Nationals roster already riddled with injuries to key players, among them catcher Wilson Ramos, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (both with hand injuries) and starting pitcher Doug Fister (back).

Harper missed 44 games last season, his second in the majors, with a left knee injury. He was injured in mid-May when he slammed into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium.

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NEW YORK -- A pair of injuries hit the New York Yankees on Tuesday, one seemingly minor and the other more serious.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was out of the lineup for Tuesday night's 6-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners, suffering from what manager Joe Girardi described as a "sore left hand."

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, starting pitcher Michael Pineda, currently serving a 10-day suspension for using pine tar in a game against the Red Sox, pulled himself out of a simulated game in Tampa, Fla., after one inning, complaining of soreness in a back muscle on his pitching side.

X-rays on Ellsbury's hand came back negative. Girardi said Ellsbury might miss two games. Pineda, on the other hand, has a Grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle in his back, the Yankees announced Tuesday night. He will be shut down for 10 days and probably will not pitch for three to four weeks, general manager Brian Cashman said.

If Pineda is placed on the disabled list, it is unclear whether the Yankees will be able to add a player to the major league roster; currently, they are playing a man short since they were not allowed to replace Pineda while he is under suspension.

It was unclear how Ellsbury suffered his injury.

"It's just been bothering him for a few days, but he's been playing through it," Girardi said. "The test came back good, so we know there's no structural damage. It's just been sore."

Ellsbury leads Yankees regulars with a .312 batting average and .369 on-base percentage, and is second on the team with 11 RBIs. Brett Gardner played center field and batted leadoff against the Mariners in Ellsbury's place.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers infielder Kevin Kouzmanoff is likely to have surgery to repair a herniated disk that is causing some numbness down his right leg.

Kouzmanoff said Tuesday that back specialist Dr. Drew Dossett has recommended surgery and that he'll fly to California with the team later this week to get a second opinion. But Kouzmanoff, who left Tuesday's game in Oakland with stiffness, sounds resigned to inevitable surgery.

"It's bad timing," said Kouzmanoff, who hit .326 with two homers and 10 RBIs filling in for the injured Adrian Beltre the past few weeks. "It was fun. I miss these guys. I miss being in the lineup every day."

Kouzmanoff said the recovery time if he has the surgery is seven to 12 weeks.

The 32-year-old got an epidural injection last week from Dossett and that did help alleviate the stiffness. But he's felt tingling in his leg even after the injection, which signaled to him that something else was wrong.

Kouzmanoff has dealt with lower back pain for nearly 10 years after he fell down some dugout stairs as he tried to track down a fly ball in the Arizona Fall League in 2004. He's been able to manage the pain, but it appears now he'll need surgery.

In other Rangers injury news, second baseman Jurickson Profar was cleared to swing a bat Tuesday and will start throwing in a week after an MRI showed a muscle in his shoulder has healed.

Profar is on the 60-day disabled list and can't be activated until the end of May anyway, though the club has not put a firm timetable on his return.

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An MRI exam Monday revealed that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is suffering from an oblique strain, and not an intercostal strain as originally believed, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

There is still no timetable for his return.

"I think it's good to know exactly what we're dealing with, we can figure out exactly how to treat it," said Braun, according to the paper. "The primary purpose of the MRI was to figure out where the primary issue is so we can figure out what to do with it.

"I get treatment twice a day and hope for the best and see what happens. That's all you can do with these things. I'll get treatment as much as I can and do what we can to make it better."

Braun missed his second straight game Monday night. He was injured Saturday in a win over the Cubs.

"I asked the trainers what they think, but when you talk about the oblique muscle with Braun, it's really hard to guess at how long that takes," manager Ron Roenicke told the Sentinel.

"He was a lot better [Monday]," Roenicke continued. "I didn't think he'd be able to but with these things sometimes they come in and they're a lot better. If he's a lot better tomorrow, that means he can probably start taking BP and we'll see where we are."

Elian Herrera is starting for Braun in right field.

"It definitely makes a difference in the lineup," said Roenicke, according to the paper. "Right now, we don't have an option in what we're doing. Herrera is basically our guy. We have talked about putting [infielder Mark] Reynolds out there. Who knows? We may end up doing it or maybe we end up switching some personnel and try to cover."

Braun is hitting .318 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 22 games.

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First baseman Chris Davis had two platelet-rich injections into his left side in an effort to speed up his return from an oblique injury and help the Baltimore Orioles emerge from an offensive slump.

"They drew my blood and injected the platelets from my blood into my oblique because it is supposed to speed up the healing process," Davis told The Baltimore Sun.

Baltimore (12-12), meanwhile, has seen its fortune at the plate at home reversed this season. The Orioles averaged 4.7 runs at home a year ago for baseball's fourth-best mark but are at a major league-worst 2.6 this year heading into its interleague series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"There are going to be injuries -- that's why you have a 40-man roster," center fielder Adam Jones told the Orioles' official website. "That's why you have guys in the minor leagues. Now, you have guys that are backups. You never know what could happen."

Davis, who led all AL players with a .427 interleague average last year, was placed on the disabled list over the weekend and is eligible to return May 11.

"It's the same as it was a few days ago. We have to wait," Davis told the Sun."It was pretty sore today, so we'll wait a couple days to see how I feel, and then continue getting treatment, and hopefully it won't be too long."

Manager Buck Showalter already has indicated Davis is likely to miss more than the minimum 15 days, which is not unusual for this type of injury.

Davis, who led the majors last season with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs, is hitting .250 with two home runs and 13 RBIs this season.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin has undergone elbow ligament replacement surgery, becoming the second Oakland starter lost to the season-ending procedure this year.

The A's say Griffin had the surgery Wednesday morning in Houston after receiving a second opinion on his sore arm Tuesday from Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff. The doctor also operated on Oakland pitcher Fernando Rodriguez last year.

Teammate Jarrod Parker underwent the same surgery before the season.

The 26-year-old Griffin was 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA last season after making his major league debut in 2012, when he went 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 15 starts for the A's.

Griffin had begun the season on the disabled list with the hope of returning from his injury after rest, but never got far enough to resume a throwing program.

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PHOENIX -- The Colorado Rockies have placed right-hander Tyler Chatwood on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and recalled righty Chad Bettis from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Chatwood, 24, made four starts for the Rockies this season, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA. He opened the season on the DL with a strained left hamstring.

Chatwood started 20 games last season, going 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA.

Bettis, 24, began the season on the Rockies' Opening Day roster for the first time in his career before being optioned to Triple-A on April 25, where he made one scoreless appearance. He went 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA in 11 appearances during his first stint with the Rockies.

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ST. LOUIS -- Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza left his start against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning Wednesday because of a bruised right thumb.

Wei-Chung Wang replaced Garza with St. Louis leading 4-3 after Garza walked Matt Carpenter leading off the fourth. The Cardinals added five runs after Garza's departure, en route to a 9-3 win.

The Brewers said Garza is day to day. He said after the game there was no doubt he'd be ready for his next start.

"I'm going to make sure I'm OK by then," Garza said. "I'm not here to skip a start, I'm prepared to pitch. I want to get right back out there."

Garza met with a trainer and tried a few warmup pitches before the Brewers called for a reliever. He gave up five runs, five hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds put left-hander Tony Cingrani on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder, giving them two starters sidelined by injury.

They called up right-handed reliever Curtis Partch on Thursday for the start of a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Bryan Price says the Reds won't need to add another starter because they have three days off in the next two weeks.

The Reds opened the season with eight players on the disabled list, the most in the majors. Right-handed starter Mat Latos had surgery to repair torn knee cartilage on Feb. 14 and later developed soreness in his pitching forearm. There's no expectation for when Latos will be back.

Price said Cingrani should be ready to return in two weeks. The move on Thursday was more of a precaution.

"He's felt like it hasn't impaired his pitching, but he's aware he hasn't felt 100 percent like his first game against the Cardinals," Price said. "I think he can still pitch with it. All things considered, we don't want 60 percent to 70 percent of Tony Cingrani if we can get closer to 100 percent. And we're going to take advantage of this spot in the schedule to get him right."

Cingrani is 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA in six starts. He gave up three runs in four innings of a 9-4 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday night, with his velocity dropping in the final inning.

Cingrani would have liked to stay in the game longer on Wednesday and remain in the rotation, pitching through the problem.

"I don't know why they do a lot of things," Cingrani said. "I don't agree with it, but that's what they want to do because they don't want me to injure myself, so I understand. I think I could throw just fine, but they're exercising caution."

Partch opened the season with the Reds and didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings. He retired 13 of the 17 batters he faced. He was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on April 19 when left-handed reliever Sean Marshall was activated.

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The Atlanta Braves and third baseman Chris Johnson have reached agreement on a three-year contract extension, according to media reports.

The Braves previously signed Johnson, 29, to a one-year, $4.75 million contract in January, avoiding arbitration.

The extension covers Johnson's last two arbitration-eligible years and the first year in which he would be eligible for free agency, according to the reports.

Johnson replaced the retired Chipper Jones at third base last season, batting .321 with 12 homers and 68 RBIs. He is hitting .255 with one homer and four RBIs in 26 games so far this season.

The Braves also signed Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Andrelton Simmons and Julio Teheran to multiyear contracts this spring.

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Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was placed on the disabled list Friday with a strained right oblique.

Kipnis suffered the injury while grounding into a double play during the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The move is retroactive to April 30.

The slumping Indians, who went 0-6 on a West Coast trip against the San Francisco Giants and Angels, called up Jose Ramirez, who was hitting .319 with four homers and 17 RBIs at Triple-A Columbus, to fill the roster spot.

Kipnis, who signed a six-year, $52.5 million contract prior to the season, is batting .234 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 26 games.

The first-time All-Star had 17 homers and 84 RBIs in 2013 -- both career highs -- becoming the first Indians second baseman to lead the team in RBIs since Joe Gordon in 1948.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals placed left-hander Bruce Chen on the disabled list Friday with a bulging disk in his back and recalled right-hander Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Omaha.

Chen was supposed to start Saturday against Detroit, but he struggled with the pain in a side session on Thursday, even after receiving an epidural that was supposed to alleviate it.

Afterward, Royals manager Ned Yost acknowledged that a DL stint was likely.

Left-hander Danny Duffy will slide from the bullpen into Chen's spot in the rotation.

Brooks, who was 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA at Omaha, provides some bullpen depth. He spent five days with the Royals in early April but did not appear in a game.

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The Detroit Tigers made another move to upgrade their bullpen, agreeing on a one-year contract with free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan, general manager Dave Dombrowski announced Friday.

Hanrahan, 32, is 22-18 with a 3.85 ERA and 100 saves in seven big league seasons with Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston. The right-hander saved a total of 76 games for the Pirates in 2011 and 2012 and made back-to-back National League All-Star teams.

He underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May 2013 and missed most of the season with the Red Sox. He recently held a showcase in Florida for teams, and the Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies were among those to express interest.

The Tigers placed Hanrahan on the 15-day disabled list and will make a corresponding move later Friday to open a spot on the 40-man roster. Hanrahan will receive a base salary of $1 million with a chance to earn an additional $2 million in incentives, a source confirmed.

Dombrowski said Hanrahan will begin a rehab assignment at Detroit's extended spring program in Lakeland, Florida, and could throw to hitters as soon as next week. He declined to pinpoint when Hanrahan might pitch for Detroit.

"We're willing to take our time in this situation because we realize we need to be careful with him coming back from Tommy John surgery,'' Dombrowski said. "He's still in spring training mode. But we think this situation is well worth the gamble for us. We think he'll help stabilize the back end of the bullpen when he's ready.''

Although agent Larry Reynolds estimated that Hanrahan could be back in the majors in five to eight weeks, he added that "it's up to Joel and the medical folks."

Hanrahan, speaking on a conference call, said he received a strong recruiting pitch to sign with Detroit from his good friend and Tigers outfielder, Torii Hunter. While he's encouraged by his progress in his comeback from elbow surgery, he also declined to speculate on when he'll be ready to join the Tigers.

"I don't want to put a time frame on it and I don't think Dave does,'' Hanrahan said. "I don't think anybody is saying, 'You've got to be back on June 1.' I haven't faced a hitter yet. I haven't bounced back from throwing in a game, so it's a situation that will come day by day.

"If I'm ready in 30 days, that's great. If it takes 40 days, I think we're all on board that that's what it will take.''

The Tigers signed six-time All-Star Joe Nathan and former Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain during the offseason in an effort to improve the bullpen, but the relief corps has been a major problem for first-year manager Brad Ausmus in the early going.

Detroit's relievers rank 29th among 30 teams with a 5.37 ERA. Only the Houston Astros are worse, with a team relief ERA of 5.86.

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Jon Lester had a great start today against Oakland. Lester pitched 8 innings and struck out 15 while only giving up 1 hit. Boston beat Oakland 6-3 to move to 2 GB behind Baltimore for the AL East lead.

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Tanaka is now 4-0.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have designated former All-Star closer Heath Bell for assignment.

The Rays announced the decision prior to Sunday's game against the New York Yankees, promoting right-hander Nathan Karns from the minors to fill Bell's roster spot.

Bell, a three-time All-Star with the San Diego Padres, posted a 7.27 ERA in 13 games this season with the Rays.

The Rays will have 10 days to trade or release Bell before the 36-year-old can be sent to one of their minor league affiliates.

Bell has a 4.91 ERA in parts of three seasons since signing a three-year, $27 million contract with the Miami Marlins before the 2012 season.

The beleaguered Rays bullpen entered play Sunday with a combined 4.23 ERA over 110 2/3 innings -- the highest total in the American League.

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CINCINNATI -- The Brewers put outfielder Ryan Braun on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique in his right side on Saturday before the second game of their series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Braun had missed the last six games because of the injury. Since he hasn't played, the move was made retroactive to April 27 and he will be eligible to return on May 12.

"I think for a lot of reasons it makes the most sense -- for me, for the team, just looking out from a long-term perspective," Braun said of the Brewers' decision not to rush him. "It made more sense to try to let it get healthy instead of trying to force it and rush back.

"We're headed in the right direction. If we weren't headed in the right direction, we would have made the move immediately. But it's definitely gotten better. The oblique is one of those trick injuries."

Manager Ron Roenicke expects Braun to be fully recovered from the injury when he's eligible to be activated.

"This way hopefully we will be assured that it will be gone when he's back," Roenicke said. "So it makes sense to do it."

Milwaukee activated outfielder Logan Schafer off the disabled list. He'd been sidelined by a strained right hamstring.

Braun went on the disabled list for the first time in his career last season, sidelined from June 14 to July 7 with an injured right thumb. He accepted a 65-game suspension on July 22 for violations of Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor cont

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CLEVELAND -- The Chicago White Sox placed outfielder Adam Eaton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring prior to Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

Eaton, 25, left Friday night's game in the fourth inning after going 0-2 with a walk. He is hitting .276 (27-for-98) with one home run, 14 RBIs and 20 runs scored over 25 games this season, his first with the White Sox. He is tied for seventh in the American League in runs scored.

The White Sox also recalled left-handed pitcher Frank De Los Santos from Triple-A Charlotte, claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from Toronto and transferred right-handed pitcher Nate Jones to the 60-day disabled list.

De Los Santos, 26, has made eight relief appearances this season between Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham, going 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA and 10 strikeouts. He was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 13, 2013 in exchange for cash considerations and has no big league experience.

Sierra, 25, was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on May 1 after going 2-for-34 (.059) with two RBIs and two runs scored in 34 games this season. He is a career .229 hitter (66-for-288) with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 97 games over three seasons with Toronto (2012-14).

Jones, 28, has not pitched in a game this season after being placed on the disabled list on April 4.

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CLEVELAND -- Michael Bourn hopes his time out of the lineup is a short one.

Bourn, the Indians' center fielder and leadoff hitter, is sidelined again by a hamstring injury that has lingered for several months. He had to leave Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox when the hamstring tightened up while he was running to first on a bunt hit in the fourth inning.

Bourn had surgery on his hamstring in October. He re-injured it in spring training, forcing him to begin the season on the disabled list before being activated on April 15.

Nyjer Morgan, who began the season as Bourn's replacement, was recalled from Triple-A Columbus, and is playing center and batting leadoff Sunday.

Bourn, who missed the season's first 15 games, said he hopes to play again in a few days. He's optimistic he won't need a return trip to the DL.

"I don't think it is, but I can't tell you for sure," he said.

Indians manager Terry Francona said the team's training staff told him there's a chance Bourn will be able to play Monday.

"That might be a little ambitious, but if they're saying that, it's a very good sign," Francona said.

Francona understands the concern that Bourn's hamstring issue won't go away.

"He's actually been running pretty well," Francona said. "I don't see him favoring it. I see him in the outfield going all out and not holding back, but he did feel it (Saturday). I'm glad he was smart enough to say something. I don't know. Hopefully this is something he works through."

Bourn is batting .266 with six runs, two stolen bases and four RBIs in 15 games.

Morgan batted .348 with three steals, four runs and four RBIs in nine games. He was sent down when Bourn came off the DL.

Designated hitter Jason Giambi also left Saturday's game with a cramp in his right calf and wasn't in Sunday's lineup.

Cleveland's injury list gets longer by the day. The Indians placed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day DL with a strained right oblique Friday. He's expected to miss three to five weeks.

The Indians optioned left-hander Nick Hagadone to Columbus to make room for Morgan. Another roster move must be made by Tuesday when right-hander Josh Tomlin is called up to start against Minnesota.

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ATLANTA -- Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd was activated from the disabled list on Sunday and will start on Tuesday against St. Louis as a replacement for Ervin Santana, who has swelling below his right thumb.

Santana, a right-hander, said he jammed the thumb on an inside pitch from Cincinnati's Homer Bailey on April 25. He said the thumb felt fine after that game. He said he had swelling on his hand below the thumb in his last start against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Santana is expected to miss only one start. Gonzalez said he tentatively expects Santana to start on Saturday against the Cubs

Santana said the swelling is improving each day. He said he's never had a similar injury.

"No, this is my first time hitting," he said with a smile. Santana played in the American League with the Angels and Kansas City before signing a one-year deal with the Braves.

Santana, 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA, had a light wrap on his right hand on Sunday.

The Braves optioned left-handed reliever Ian Thomas to Triple-A Gwinnett, clearing a roster spot for Floyd.

Santana's injury temporarily clears a spot for Floyd in the rotation. When Santana returns, Gonzalez faces another difficult decision only days after moving David Hale to the bullpen to clear a rotation spot for left-hander Mike Minor.

"We always talk about how it will take care of itself," Gonzalez said. "It will take care of itself for a week, and then we'll make a decision. We're not going to go with a six-man rotation."

Floyd signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Braves in December after his 2013 season with the White Sox was shorted by an elbow injury. He had surgery last May to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his right elbow.

At the time of the surgery, there were projections that Floyd's rehabilitation would last longer than a year.

"I just went out and did all the work I had to do and did all the things I could," Floyd said. "A year later, I'm active and healthy and real happy about that.

"I'm excited about pitching and excited to get out there Tuesday and after that what happens will be dealt with."

The rotation includes Santana, Minor, Julio Teheran, Alex Wood and Aaron Harang.

Gonzalez said this week he doesn't want to move Wood, a left-hander, to the bullpen -- at least not immediately. Gonzalez kept that option open for later in the season as the team might need to limit Wood's innings.

Harang had the NL's best ERA before giving up nine runs in a loss to the Marlins in his last start.

Floyd, 31, has a 70-70 career record with Philadelphia and the White Sox. His best season came in 2008, when he was 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA with Chicago. He hasn't won more than 12 games or had an ERA under 4.00 since 2008.

Thomas was 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 10 games. Gonzalez said he wants Floyd to work as a starter at Gwinnett so he can develop his slider.

"It's hard to work on your secondary pitches when it's second and third and you're facing Bryce Harper," Gonzalez said, referring to the typical situation Thomas faces as a reliever in the major leagues.

The move leaves Luis Avilan as the Braves' only left-handed reliever. Avilan is 3-1 with a 7.04 ERA.

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clawmaster wrote: Tanaka is now 4-0.

Tanaka has been as good as Sabathia has been bad.  So unfortunately that's pretty much a wash.  Kuroda needs to step up, and he might, but other than that there's little hope that this rotation can get to where it needs to be. 

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After the Giants swept the Braves in a 3 game series they put Matt Cain on 15 day disable list( for a cut finger)

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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce will have surgery this week to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

It was announced before the game that Bruce was scratched from the original starting lineup with left knee soreness and would be replaced by Chris Heisey in right field and the cleanup spot in the order. Cincinnati went on to a 4-3 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.

Bruce is hitting .218 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 29 games this season.

Bruce missed only one of Cincinnati's first 31 games this season, sitting out against Pittsburgh lefty Francisco Liriano in the Reds' 4-0 win over the Pirates on April 16.

He came off the bench in the seventh inning Sunday and struck out on three pitches in a pinch-hit appearance against Milwaukee.

The loss of Bruce is a blow to a Cincinnati offense that's tied for 10th in the National League with 116 runs scored.

He is one of only three current players (Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre) with at least 30 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Bruce, a two-time All-Star, averaged 32 homers and 101 RBIs per season from 2011-2013.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Robinson Cano is taking Mariano Rivera's long-range, no-nonsense zinger in stride.

A day after it was revealed in his new book that the all-time saves leader would take Boston's Dustin Pedroia at second base, Cano, now with the Seattle Mariners, insisted he still respects his longtime former teammate as the best ever, no matter what.

"Everybody has a different opinion. That's his opinion and I have to respect his opinion," Cano said before Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics. "I'm not going to go too far into this. That's the only thing that I can say. My focus right now is this team.

"I'm here, we're winning," Cano said. "I was over there already and now I'm here and now I'm focused on the team. I'm going to be excited for my teammates."

Rivera played nine seasons with Cano. Rivera retired after last year, and Cano left the Yankees in the offseason and joined the Mariners on a 10-year, $240 million contract as the new centerpiece of the franchise.

In the book, "The Closer: My Story," which was released Tuesday, Rivera says "nobody plays harder" than Pedroia and that he didn't "think Robby burns to be the best. ... You don't see that red-hot passion in him that you see in most elite players."

Cano, who has played at least 159 games in each of the past seven years, said he will let those numbers provide all the necessary information.

"Everybody knows I play 160 games," Cano said. "How does Mariano feel? I respect that and I'm always going to have respect for him, a guy that I spent nine years with and for me is always going to be the best closer. That's how I feel."

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Cano's durability shows plenty about his love for the game and desire to be great and stay in the lineup every day.

McClendon added he was "surprised" to learn of Rivera's remarks regarding Cano.

"I'm extremely proud, I'm humbled and I feel blessed to be able to manage a guy of Robinson Cano's character and his ability to play the game of baseball," McClendon said. "He's a Seattle Mariner and I'm proud to have him.

"One thing I know about human nature, I don't know what Robinson Cano is feeling inside, just like you don't know what I'm feeling inside. It's impossible for me to justify that or answer that. All I can tell you is check the book -- he plays 160, 162 games a year. I think that's pretty good passion.

"The last nine years, he's been the best second baseman in baseball, offensively and defensively, and the awards and the numbers back it up."

Rivera cites Roberto Alomar and former teammate Chuck Knoblauch as second basemen he'd consider alongside Cano in the debate over the best at the position.

In the end, Rivera decides on Pedroia.

"There is no doubt that he is a Hall of Fame-caliber talent," Rivera says of Cano in his book. "It's just a question of whether he finds the drive that you need to get there."

But when he turns to Pedroia, it's more than clear he's not pulling punches.

"He comes at you hard for 27 outs. It's a special thing to see," Rivera says of Pedroia, adding: "If I have to win one game, I'd have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman."

Pedroia said Tuesday that he was honored to receive that kind of praise from Rivera.

"It's great to hear something like that," Pedroia told the Boston Globe on Tuesday. "He must have got the check I sent him."

In the book, written with New York Daily News reporter Wayne Coffey, Rivera also says there has been a decrease in atmosphere at New York home games following the move to new Yankee Stadium for the 2009 season.

"It doesn't hold noise, or home-team fervor, anywhere near the way the old place did," he said. "The old Stadium was our 10th man -- a loud and frenzied cauldron of pinstriped passion, with a lot of lifers in the stands. Maybe I'm wrong, but it's hard to see that the new place can ever quite duplicate that."

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The New York Yankees placed right-hander Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained back muscle and reinstated infielder Brendan Ryan, who had yet to play this season due to a cervical spine injury.

Both moves were expected since Tuesday was the first day Pineda was eligible to be reinstated by Major League Baseball after being suspended 10 days for using a foreign substance -- pine tar -- on the ball during a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 23.

While under suspension, Pineda experienced soreness in the right side of his back while pitching in a simulated game, an injury that was diagnosed via MRI as a Grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle. He is expected to be out approximately 3 to 4 weeks.

Over the weekend, Pineda told ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand he hoped to begin throwing again on Friday.

Pineda was 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts at the time of his suspension.

Ryan, signed to a two-year, $5 million contract in the offseason and is expected to serve as a backup to Derek Jeter in his final season, suffered an oblique injury early in spring training and had only 10 preseason at-bats before being shut down when he began experiencing pain in his upper back. That injury was diagnosed as a cervical spine nerve injury.

He was cleared to resume baseball activities a little more than a week ago, and played in seven rehab games with Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, going 8-for-25 (.320). He will be with the club in time for its game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

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The New York Yankees today announced that Class of 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Torre, Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill will all be honored with plaques in Monument Park. Torre will also have his uniform No. 6 retired. The ceremonies are part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015.

Martinez and Gossage will be celebrated during Old-Timers' Day weekend on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, respectively. O'Neill's ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 9, while Torre will take his place in Monument Park on Saturday, August 23.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Axford is out as the Cleveland Indians' closer.

Indians manager Terry Francona announced the move before Saturday night's game against Tampa Bay. He met with Axford prior to batting practice.

Axford is 1-3 with nine saves and a 4.91 ERA in 17 games in his first season with the Indians. He has really struggled in the last week, and was pulled in the ninth inning of Cleveland's 6-3 win on Friday night.

"We told him, for now, we're going to kind of get you out of that role and try to get you in some situations where we can get him on a roll again," Francona said.

"I told him numerous times, because I mean it, the goal is to get him back as our closer, and I think he understands that. I don't want him to do it in like two days because I don't want some Band-Aid. I want him when he gets it, to take it and stay there," he said.

A group of four relievers that includes Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw could all get opportunities to fill the role.

"The one thing I assured them is that when we get to the ninth, whoever's pitching, we're not going to have four guys warming up because we think you're good," Francona said.

Axford was signed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract as a free agent in December after pitching for Milwaukee and St. Louis last season. The one-time Brewers closer had 105 saves from 2010-12, and converted 49 straight save chances during a stretch.

The Brewers traded an ineffective Axford to St. Louis in late August. Axford became a reliable reliever for the Cardinals down the stretch and pitched for them in the World Series.

The Indians hoped the 31-year-old righty would do well replacing former All-Star closer Chris Perez, now with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But Axford's rough patch started last Sunday, when he gave up a three-run homer to Dayan Viciedo in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

The next day, Eduardo Escobar homered in the 10th off Axford and lifted Minnesota to a 1-0 win.

Axford's latest tough outing came Friday night. He entered in the ninth with a 6-2 lead, but gave up David DeJesus' RBI double with two outs and then walked Ben Zobrist to load the bases. Allen replaced Axford and got a fly ball from James Loney on a 3-2 pitch for his first save.

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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds activated left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game against Colorado.

He did not pitch in the team's 11-2 loss.

Chapman was active for the first time this season just one day after Jonathan Broxton blew his first save after five straight. Broxton allowed the Rockies to tie Friday's game after the Reds had snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth. The Reds won in the bottom of the ninth on Joey Votto's homer.

Chapman has recorded 38 saves each of the last two seasons for the Reds and manager Bryan Price indicated he wouldn't waste any time using Chapman in a save situation.

"I'm not hesitant," Price said before the game. "He doesn't need a soft landing."

That was good news for Chapman, who opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair damage after being struck in the left eye and nose by a line drive during a spring training game on March 19.

"I hope I pitch tonight," he said through assistant trainer and interpreter Tomas Veras. "I'm really happy to be back with the team."

Chapman returns after making four rehab appearances. He didn't finish with impressive numbers in his last two -- allowing eight earned runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikes, along with hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch in a total of one inning -- but Price wasn't concerned.

"He's satisfied everything we wanted him to do," the first-year manager said. "The ball is coming out of his hand easy. He had good velocity, a good slider and changeup. He's proven that he's not affected by the events in spring training. That's probably something he's done talking about."

Righty Curtis Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to make room on the roster for Chapman, who opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair damage after being struck in the left eye and nose by a line drive during a spring training game on March 19. He hadn't allowed an earned run in 4 1-3 innings over three games with the Reds this season.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have activated closer Casey Janssen from the disabled list, a move that could stabilize one of the majors' worst bullpens.

The Blue Jays activated Janssen prior to Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, designating infielder Chris Getz for assignment in a corresponding roster move.

Janssen, 32, missed the first six weeks of the season due to a back injury that he originally suffered at the end of spring training.

Toronto's bullpen has struggled during Janssen's absence, entering Sunday with a 4.77 ERA -- the fourth-highest in the majors.

Janssen went 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a career-high 34 saves last season, his seventh with the Blue Jays.

Getz was expendable because the Blue Jays intend to use third baseman Brett Lawrie at second against right-handed pitchers so they can keep Juan Francisco in the lineup at third. Lawrie missed his sixth straight game Sunday with a sore right hamstring, but is expected to return Monday.

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MILWAUKEE -- The New York Yankees have placed struggling starter CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right knee.

Sunday's move comes a day after the left-hander allowed three home runs in a no-decision against the Brewers. Milwaukee won 5-4.

Sabathia is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA. Opponents are hitting .301 off him this season.

Right-hander Matt Daley was called up from Triple-A Scranton to take Sabathia's spot on the roster. Sabathia's next start was to have been Thursday night against the Mets at Citi Field in the Subway Series.

The Yankees were wrapping up a three-game series with Milwaukee on Sunday.

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles activated first baseman Chris Davis from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, a move that would have generated more enthusiasm in the Baltimore clubhouse if catcher Matt Wieters didn't take his place on the DL with a right elbow strain.

After spending the minimum time on the disabled list with a strained muscle near his left ribcage, Davis was in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Houston Astros.

Wieters had an MRI on his elbow Monday and visited Dr. James Andrews, who prescribed he rest his arm. Wieters served as designated hitter this week, but the Orioles decided it would be a good idea to shut him down for a while.

"I think to get the best opportunity for this to heal properly we need to let it quiet down completely," manager Buck Showalter said. "You're getting treatment all day then it's, `Hold on a second to take some swings in the cage. I got to get ready for the game."

Showalter added: "Originally, they felt the best case scenario was a two- or three-week period where he wasn't throwing. I think this gives us the best opportunity for this thing to manage itself."

Wieters is batting .308 with five homers and 18 RBIs, but he has thrown out only one of 12 would-be base stealers.

"It's not like some acute pain. It's just that he knows it's not like it should be to catch at the major league level," Showalter said. "A lot of catchers would die to be able to make the throws Matt has made so far this year."

Davis led the majors last year with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs. This season he has two homers and 13 RBIs in 22 games.

He went on the DL on April 27, retroactive to April 26, after being pulled from a game against Kansas City. His rehabilitation assignment lasted only one game -- a 1 for 4 outing Saturday night for Class A Bowie.

"He's doing some things now he wasn't able to do that three or four day period he was trying to play through it," Showalter said. "That was good to hear from him."

Steve Pearce performed well at first base and at the plate, but Davis lobbied to return Sunday and got his wish.

"Steve Pearce is no stranger to success," Davis said. "He's been big for us the last couple of years and he's done a great job. But I'm tired of seeing him hit home runs."

Astros manager Bo Porter was hoping Davis might remain on the DL at least another day, through the end the three-game series that concluded Sunday.

"I thought he was going to stay down in Bowie," Porter joked. "We might just walk him four times. No, he's a good player. But you make quality pitches you have a good chance of getting him out. I'm sure they're excited to have him back."

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San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has opted to go ahead with surgery on his fractured left thumb and will miss six weeks, manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday.

Belt, who was placed on the DL, will have two pins surgically installed in his thumb on Tuesday. They will be removed after four weeks, and Belt would then go through two weeks of rehab.

Belt, who led the club with nine home runs entering Saturday, broke his left thumb Friday night when he was hit with a pitch by Dodgers pitcher Paul Maholm.

"When they take the pins out, you'll have a better idea of where you're at, how much baseball activity you can do and how much you can ramp up your rehab," Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday. "He'll definitely have to play some games in the minor leagues."

Bochy has said that left fielder Michael Morse will get the bulk of the playing time at first because of his experience there.

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NEXT VIDEO Sources: Fernandez May Require Season-Ending SurgerySources: Fernandez May Require Season-Ending SurgeryChris Singleton discusses the impact on the Marlins if Jose Fernandez needs to have season-ending elbow surgery.Tags: MLB, Miami Marlins, Jose Fernandez
Jose Fernandez Headed To 15-Day DLJose Fernandez Headed To 15-Day DLBaseball Tonight breaks down Jose Fernandez's injury and when he could return to the Marlins.Tags: MLB, Miami Marlins, Jose FernandezThe Miami Marlins believe ace Jose Fernandez will need season-ending elbow surgery, National League sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow earlier Monday, manager Mike Redmond announced. Fernandez will return to Miami for further evaluation as the Marlins await more results from today's MRI in Los Angeles.

A bevy of pitchers have been diagnosed with torn elbow ligaments, requiring Tommy John surgery, since the start of spring training, including Braves right-handers Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Cory Gearrin; Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin; Athletics starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin; Rays All-Star Matt Moore, Yankees starter Ivan Nova, Padres starter Josh Johnson, Mets closer Bobby Parnell; Royals setup man Luke Hochevar; Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon; and Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon.

Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg are other All-Stars who have had the ligament transplant operation that can take 12 to 18 months for recovery.

"That's probably what everyone is going to talk about and continue to talk about," Redmond said. "We've protected him. We've been consistent in how we've used him, with his workload. We've given him extra days. That's a question I don't think anybody has the answer to."

Fernandez, 21, is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts this season. He leads all of the majors with 70 strikeouts.

However, he was roughed up during his last outing against the San Diego Padres Friday night. Fernandez gave up six runs in five innings, including two home runs.


Fernandez's fastball averaged 94.6 mph over his first four innings against the Padres, but only 90.7 mph over his last two, according to ESPN's Stats & Information. He allowed four runs in the sixth inning before being removed with nobody out.

"I think you're always concerned when you're talking about elbows," Rendon said. "That's something we have to wait to find out. But I think we're always concerned about that with pitchers, especially."

Last season Fernandez made 28 starts, going 12-6 with a major league-best .182 opponents' batting average. His 2.19 ERA was second in the majors behind three-time defending ERA champ Clayton Kershaw. Fernandez struck out 187 batters and was named National League Rookie of the Year.

The Marlins recalled left-hander Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans. He made 79 relief appearances for the Marlins over the previous three seasons, going 3-5 with a 2.96 ERA.

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The Yankees need to stop issuing plaques to everyone that wore pinstripes or gave a sermon there.  It's ridiculous.

That said, this year's team is already toast. I applaud their effort and guys like Ellsbury and Tanaka have been fantastic, but their rotation is a fucking mess.  Cashman should be fired since they have to continuously go the FA route instead of drafting and developing.  


Are there any Yankee fans that disagree with me on this?

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HBF wrote: The Yankees need to stop issuing plaques to everyone that wore pinstripes or gave a sermon there.  It's ridiculous.

That said, this year's team is already toast. I applaud their effort and guys like Ellsbury and Tanaka have been fantastic, but their rotation is a fucking mess.  Cashman should be fired since they have to continuously go the FA route instead of drafting and developing.  


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Cashman sucks, but the rash of injuries that the Yankees have had now 2 years in a row is unprecedented.  Yesterday the Yankees were barely able to field a team.  They had about 18 of their 25-man roster healthy.  I've never seen anything like it.

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HBF wrote: The Yankees need to stop issuing plaques to everyone that wore pinstripes or gave a sermon there.  It's ridiculous.

That said, this year's team is already toast. I applaud their effort and guys like Ellsbury and Tanaka have been fantastic, but their rotation is a fucking mess.  Cashman should be fired since they have to continuously go the FA route instead of drafting and developing.  


Are there any Yankee fans that disagree with me on this?

Still too early for me to throw the towel in.  They need to break even form the next week or 2.  Tread water until Pineda:) and CC are back.
Nobody is running away with the division right now.  The whole AL is medicore at this point.

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If we didn't have a roster full of 30-somethings along with no farm system but the opposite,  the standard injuries would be irrelevant.

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NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda both came down with food poisoning over the weekend at Citi Field, and both said Tuesday that they believe a hamburger from Shake Shack was the cause.

Sandberg told reporters in Philadelphia that he lost 6 pounds in two days.

"A couple of coaches took a bite and didn't like what they saw and threw the rest away," Sandberg said. "I was in a rush so I ended up putting it away.

"I had one piece of toast in two days, and I'm feeling fine about that. I don't want anything in my stomach."

Duda was hospitalized Friday afternoon and later blamed an undercooked hamburger. He confirmed Tuesday at Yankee Stadium that the burger also came from Shake Shack.

But a Mets spokesman insisted the hamburger Duda cited came from another Shake Shack location besides Citi Field.

Duda missed Friday night's game against the Phillie s but was able to return to the Mets' lineup Saturday and has played every game since then.

A Mets official said the team is investigating the matter.

"We've served thousands of guests at our Citi Field Shack over the past week, and this is the first we've heard of any issue whatsoever," said Greg Waters, senior manager for marketing and communications with Shake Shack. "We take every guest concern of any sort seriously, and as such reached out to Ryne Sandberg to get more information since we have not heard from him. We stand by our food quality 100 percent."

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NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran has a bone spur in his right elbow, received a cortisone shot in the elbow, and his status is day-to-day as he waits to see if the shot alleviates the pain. If not, surgery is a possibility.

Reliever Shawn Kelley has been placed on the disabled list with a strained lumbar spine, and outfielder Zoilo Almonte has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

That's just the latest bad news from the suddenly injury-besieged New York Yankees.

Beltran left Monday night's Subway Series opener against the New York Mets after experiencing what he called "sharp pain" in his elbow while taking extra swings in the batting cage in between at-bats, which is his custom.

An MRI later Monday night revealed the previously undiscovered bone spur. Beltran said he's never had an issue with his elbow before.

"We're hoping that the cortisone shot will take the pain away, and you can continue to go out and play," Beltran said. "If it doesn't get better, they might need to take it out."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is not too concerned about Beltran's injury, yet. "[But] if in a couple days he doesn't feel better, then my level of concern would be pretty high," Girardi said.

Beltran, 37, one of the Yankees' key acquisitions this past offseason, is currently batting .234 with five home runs and 15 RBIs. He said he does not know how much time he would miss if surgery is necessary.

"No idea. I haven't asked that question. Right now I'm not considering that," Beltran said. "I'm just gonna give myself a little bit of time to get better, and hopefully the cortisone [shot] will take the pain away. If that happens, then I'll be happy."

Kelley had emerged as the Yankees' primary eighth-inning setup man this season, replacing David Robertson, who is now the closer following the retirement of Mariano Rivera. The 30-year-old is 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA and four saves in 16 appearances, but has not pitched since May 6 in Anaheim.

The Yankees thought Kelley would be available Monday night against the Mets, but he felt discomfort in his back again just prior to the game.

"It's not getting to where it needs to get," Girardi said. "So we figured with the health of our outfielders, the way they are, it's probably a good idea to call up Zoilo, and then we'll go from there."

In addition to Beltran, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki also probably won't play Tuesday because of back pain. Almonte, 24, hit .236 with one homer and nine RBIs in 34 games for the Yankees last season. He was batting .273 with six homers and 24 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A this season.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who got a day off Monday (except for pinch-hitting duties) because of fatigue and a tight groin, is back in the lineup Tuesday, but only as the designated hitter.

CC Sabathia, one of three members of the Yankees' starting rotation currently on the disabled list, was getting a second opinion on his inflamed right knee by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, according to Girardi -- who also said he still does not know who will start in Sabathia's spot against the Mets on Thursday.

The Yankees (19-18) have lost three in a row and would fall back to .500 with another loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

"You gotta fight through it, that's what you gotta do," Girardi said. "No one's gonna feel sorry for you, I don't feel sorry for us. We gotta fight thought it, find a way to get it done."

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals recalled second baseman Kolten Wong from Triple-A Memphis after a four-hit, four-RBI game in the minors.

Less than two hours after the move was announced Wednesday, Wong was sent home from Busch Stadium because of a stomach illness. The team didn't anticipate he'd be available for its game against the Cubs.

Infielder Greg Garcia was optioned to Memphis. Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 12th inning Tuesday night for the game-winning run against the Cubs, also his first career RBI.

The 23-year-old Wong opened the season as the Cardinals' starting second baseman. He was batting .225 when he was demoted April 27. At Memphis, he hit .344 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 15 games with five steals in five attempts. He was 4 for 5 against Round Rock on Tuesday.

Veteran Mark Ellis has been starting at second since Wong was optioned and was batting .190 with seven RBIs in 63 at-bats.

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Chicago White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger, who is in the second year of a three-year, $12 million contract, has been designated for assignment, the team announced on Wednesday.

Keppinger, 34, has been on the disabled list since March 30 recovering from right shoulder surgery performed in September. He played in 11 games with Triple-A Birmingham on a rehab assignment.

After batting a career-best .325 in 2012 with the Tampa Bay Rays, Keppinger signed with the White Sox to be their primary third baseman in 2013. But he batted just batted just .253 with a .283 on-base percentage.

He appeared in just six games this spring, with his last appearance on March 10.

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NEW YORK -- Just as the New York Mets were prepared to show off one of their young pitchers, they've lost one of their most established starters.

The Mets announced Wednesday that right-hander Dillon Gee has been placed on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle.


Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom, called up this week to join the bullpen, will instead take Gee's spot in the rotation and start Thursday night's Subway Series finale against the New York Yankees.

The Mets were already set to start rookie Rafael Montero on Wednesday against the Yankees. Now, they'll have two pitchers making their major-league debuts on back-to-back nights.

The Yankees also will have a pitcher making his big-league debut Thursday, right-hander Chase Whitley.

Coincidentally, the last time two starting pitchers debuted opposite each other in a MLB game came on Sept. 7, 2010 -- Gee against the Washington Nationals' Yuniesky Maya.

The Mets have never previously had starting pitchers make their major league debuts in consecutive games.

Gee has been the Mets' most consistent starter, going 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in eight starts. The 25-year-old deGrom was 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Las Vegas.

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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday night that Dr. James Andrews found a "degenerative change" in CC Sabathia's right knee.

Sabathia, who already is on the disabled list with fluid in the knee, will receive a cortisone and stem cell shot in hopes of aiding the issue.

Cashman said the team was "not sure yet" what this will do to Sabathia's timetable.

"There are degenerative changes in the knee," Cashman told a small group of reporters prior to Wednesday's Yankees-Mets game.

Cashman said other players, including Carlos Beltran, Hideki Matsui and Randy Johnson, among others, have dealt with this type of injury.

On Tuesday night, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Andrews confirmed there was no structural damage but did not mention the degenerative change.

"I know he saw Dr. Andrews," Girardi said. "I think he agreed with the MRI. It's basically rest, get it to calm down and see when we can get it out there."

Sabathia had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in that knee in October 2010, and the left-hander feared it could be the same issue again.

He underwent an MRI on Sunday morning, had the knee drained of fluid Monday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The Yankees hope the two weeks off will calm the issue. In eight starts, Sabathia is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA.

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NEW YORK -- Two days ago, Kyle Farnsworth was the New York Mets' closer.

Now, they don't even want him around -- or at least don't want to pay him to stick around.

Officially, the Mets outrighted Farnsworth to Triple-A Las Vegas after Wednesday night's 4-0 loss to the New York Yankees. But Farnsworth has the right to refuse the assignment, and it seems a certainty that he will.

His plans?

"Hopefully find a team to play against this team," Farnsworth said. "I'm very bitter right now."

The Mets saved a significant amount of money by dumping Farnsworth now. He signed an advance consent letter before the season, allowing the team to avoid paying his full contract if he was gone before the 45th day he was on the roster. Farnsworth wasn't added to the roster until April 2.

Farnsworth's original deal with the Mets was for $1 million, so by getting rid of him now, the Mets save about $750,000.

"I do understand it," he said. "It's sad."

Farnsworth, a 38-year-old veteran in his 16th big league season, became the Mets' closer after Bobby Parnell was injured and Jose Valverde failed. Farnsworth appeared in 19 games for the Mets, with a 3.18 ERA and three saves in four chances.

"I did a pretty good job for the opportunity I got," he said. "I definitely got a fair opportunity starting from spring training."

The Mets didn't announce an immediate corresponding move, but sources said reliever Josh Edgin was on his way from Las Vegas.

Catcher Juan Centeno is also on his way from Las Vegas. The Mets haven't officially recalled Centeno but summoned him in case Travis d'Arnaud goes on the concussion disabled list Thursday.

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HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers might lose starting pitchers Matt Harrison and Martin Perez for the rest of the season.

Harrison, who left Tuesday's game with a stiff back after 1 2/3 innings, was diagnosed with severe nerve irritation in his lower back. He will need spinal fusion surgery to eliminate the discomfort, which would force him to miss the rest of the season.

General manager Jon Daniels said other major league players have returned from such a surgery but it's a much more involved procedure. Harrison missed virtually all of last season after having surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. At the time, Daniels said doctors told Harrison this could be one of the downfalls of that surgery.

Harrison also could try to rehab the injury and get it to a point where he could pitch through the discomfort.

Harrison has not yet selected an option. The Rangers have placed both him and Perez on the 15-day disabled list.

"The facts are there aren't a lot of guys who've had it and come back successfully," Daniels said when asked whether Harrison's injury is career-threatening.

"I feel for Matt. It's a blow to the club. He's worked extremely hard to come back and done everything by the book and then some. He showed signs he's getting all the way back, but I feel for Matt and his family.

"The odds may not be great, but I'm hoping he's the exception and can make it back."

Perez has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He could try to rehab the injury and return in 10 to 12 weeks, if it responds. Or he will need Tommy John surgery, which would force him to miss the rest of the season.

Daniels said he will meet with Perez on Friday.

Harrison, 28, signed a five-year, $55 million deal in January 2013 after winning 18 games. Since then, he's 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA.

In the two seasons before signing his new deal, Harrison was 32-20 with a 3.34 ERA in 62 starts. He pitched nearly 400 innings.

Perez, 22, signed a four-year, $12.5 million deal in November with team options through 2020.

He started the season 4-0 and pitched consecutive complete-game, three-hit shutouts. Then he lost three consecutive games and bore no resemblance to the pitcher who had dominated in April.

After his last start, he complained of elbow irritation.

Daniels said he isn't looking to make a trade to fortify the rotation. For now, he'll go with players already on the roster such as Nick Tepesch, who started Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Astros, and rookie Nick Martinez, who will be added to the rotation.

The Rangers currently are in fourth place in the American League West, five games behind the Oakland Athletics. In the past 16 games, they have one start of more than six innings from a pitcher other than Yu Darvish.

"You don't change your expectations until you see how team handles it," Daniels said. "Teams deal with injuries all the time.

"I'm not going to sit here now and sell our club short. We still have a lot of good players. It's just more challenging."

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Tampa Bay Rays put switch-hitting second baseman Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a dislocated left thumb.

"Right now, we're just doing treatment and we've got to let the inflammation get down," Zobrist said before the Rays began a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. "As far as everything else, I can throw, I can do exercises and I can run, so I can keep my body in complete shape -- outside of swinging and catching balls.

"So once it starts feeling good enough, I'll be able to be able to hit left-handed first. Catching the ball will probably be the last thing."

Zobrist was injured on a headfirst slide while trying to steal second base in Wednesday's 2-0 victory at Seattle.

"I knew it was dislocated when I looked at it," he said. "But I was definitely relieved that it wasn't broken, too."

The headfirst slide is a part of Zobrist's game, and something he plans to continue when he returns to the lineup.

"I've slid headfirst a whole lot in my career," said Zobrist, who turns 33 in less than two weeks. "And every time I've slid normally headfirst, I've been safe -- not safe on the play, mind you -- but as far as not getting hurt. The only two times I've tried to avoid a tag diving headfirst are the two times I've hurt myself. So for me, it's not a matter of sliding headfirst. It's a matter of trying to do something crazy while you're sliding headfirst."

Zobrist played in a career-high 157 games last season, becoming the first player in franchise history to appear in 150 or more games in five consecutive years. The nine-year veteran and two-time All-Star is batting .260 with three homers and nine RBIs for the Rays, who came to Anaheim last in the A.L. East -- but just 3½ games out of first.

"This guy is a regular part of our heartbeat," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's the guy that puts you back into a normal rhythm a lot of times, so it's no fun. But we've had to go through these moments before -- and some of our best years we had to go through a lot of adversity early with injuries. The fact that nobody's running away with the division while we're going through our maladies is a good thing."

The Rays selected the contract of Cole Figueroa from Triple-A Durham. The 26-year-old infielder was hitting .299 with three homers and 16 RBIs at Durham. This is his seventh season in professional ball and his first trip to the big leagues.

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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have put outfielder Colby Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore right hamstring and recalled outfielder Anthony Gose from Triple-A Buffalo.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons also said he's dropping right-hander Dustin McGowan from the rotation. Gibbons said Todd Redmond and rookie Marcus Stroman are potential replacements.

Gose was starting in center field and batting ninth Thursday night against Cleveland. He'll platoon with Kevin Pillar, who was called up this week.

Rasmus left after six innings Monday following a running catch. He's batting .222 with nine homers and 19 RBIs. His DL move was made retroactive to Tuesday.

McGowan was 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA in eight starts during his first season as a starter since 2008. He's averaging less than five innings per outing and has complained of fatigue.

Stroman is a former first-round draft pick who made his major league debut earlier this month. He's 1-0 with a 12.79 ERA in five relief appearances.

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lobo316 wrote: Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 12th inning Tuesday night for the game-winning run against the Cubs, also his first career RBI.
That was pretty funny, I can't imagine too many games have an ending like that. It went on for the best part of 5 hours too, not a terribly exciting experience.

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Add Martin Perez to the list.

The Texas Rangers' left-hander is the latest pitcher planning to have Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery. Perez said Thursday he will opt to have the procedure instead of taking the more conservative route for the partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

He could try to rehab the injury and return in 10 to 12 weeks, if it responds. If that was not successful, he would then have to have the surgery, which can have a recovery time of 12 to 18 months.

"I don't want to miss this year; I want to get out there and compete," Perez told reporters, according to The Dallas Morning News. "But I can't just think about this year. If I do the other option, I might not get back or the ligament might get hurt again. If I have the surgery, at this time next year, I can be back and doing what I was doing before -- helping the team.

"I feel bad, but I don't want to end up not being able to help the team all of next year, too."

Perez and his agent will meet with the Rangers on Friday to discuss all of the pitcher's options, but Perez said he believes surgery is the best way to ensure long-term health.

Perez is the latest in a long line of pitchers who have been diagnosed with torn elbow ligaments requiring the surgery since the start of spring training.

They include:
• Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez
• Atlanta Braves right-handers Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Cory Gearrin
• Arizona Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin
• Oakland Athletics starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin
• Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Matt Moore
• New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova
• San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson
• New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell
• Kansas City Royals setup man Luke Hochevar
• Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon
• Houston Astros reliever Jose Cisnero
• Top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon

The Mets' Matt Harvey and Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg are other All-Stars who have had the ligament-transplant operation in recent years.

On Thursday, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said he's personally concerned about the recent spate of Tommy John surgeries.

"I'm almost afraid to pick up the paper because of the bad news,'' Selig said. "I'm very worried over the fact that it's happening with so much regularity, over and over. We have some great young arms, and it's very sad.

"Let's see if we can find out some answers. Nobody has them, I'll tell you that -- including the doctors and trainers. Everybody you talk to has a different opinion.''

Perez, 23, signed a four-year, $12.5 million deal in November with team options through 2020.

He started the season 4-0 and pitched consecutive complete-game, three-hit shutouts. Then he lost three consecutive games and bore no resemblance to the pitcher who had dominated in April.

After his last start, he complained of elbow irritation.

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lobo316 wrote: Add Martin Perez to the list.

The Texas Rangers' left-hander is the latest pitcher planning to have Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery. Perez said Thursday he will opt to have the procedure instead of taking the more conservative route for the partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

He could try to rehab the injury and return in 10 to 12 weeks, if it responds. If that was not successful, he would then have to have the surgery, which can have a recovery time of 12 to 18 months.

"I don't want to miss this year; I want to get out there and compete," Perez told reporters, according to The Dallas Morning News. "But I can't just think about this year. If I do the other option, I might not get back or the ligament might get hurt again. If I have the surgery, at this time next year, I can be back and doing what I was doing before -- helping the team.

"I feel bad, but I don't want to end up not being able to help the team all of next year, too."

Perez and his agent will meet with the Rangers on Friday to discuss all of the pitcher's options, but Perez said he believes surgery is the best way to ensure long-term health.

Perez is the latest in a long line of pitchers who have been diagnosed with torn elbow ligaments requiring the surgery since the start of spring training.

They include:
• Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez
• Atlanta Braves right-handers Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Cory Gearrin
• Arizona Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin
• Oakland Athletics starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin
• Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Matt Moore
• New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova
• San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson
• New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell
• Kansas City Royals setup man Luke Hochevar
• Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon
• Houston Astros reliever Jose Cisnero
• Top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon

The Mets' Matt Harvey and Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg are other All-Stars who have had the ligament-transplant operation in recent years.

On Thursday, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said he's personally concerned about the recent spate of Tommy John surgeries.

"I'm almost afraid to pick up the paper because of the bad news,'' Selig said. "I'm very worried over the fact that it's happening with so much regularity, over and over. We have some great young arms, and it's very sad.

"Let's see if we can find out some answers. Nobody has them, I'll tell you that -- including the doctors and trainers. Everybody you talk to has a different opinion.''

Perez, 23, signed a four-year, $12.5 million deal in November with team options through 2020.

He started the season 4-0 and pitched consecutive complete-game, three-hit shutouts. Then he lost three consecutive games and bore no resemblance to the pitcher who had dominated in April.

After his last start, he complained of elbow irritation.

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clawmaster wrote: lobo316 wrote: Add Martin Perez to the list.

The Texas Rangers' left-hander is the latest pitcher planning to have Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery. Perez said Thursday he will opt to have the procedure instead of taking the more conservative route for the partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

He could try to rehab the injury and return in 10 to 12 weeks, if it responds. If that was not successful, he would then have to have the surgery, which can have a recovery time of 12 to 18 months.

"I don't want to miss this year; I want to get out there and compete," Perez told reporters, according to The Dallas Morning News. "But I can't just think about this year. If I do the other option, I might not get back or the ligament might get hurt again. If I have the surgery, at this time next year, I can be back and doing what I was doing before -- helping the team.

"I feel bad, but I don't want to end up not being able to help the team all of next year, too."

Perez and his agent will meet with the Rangers on Friday to discuss all of the pitcher's options, but Perez said he believes surgery is the best way to ensure long-term health.

Perez is the latest in a long line of pitchers who have been diagnosed with torn elbow ligaments requiring the surgery since the start of spring training.

They include:
• Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez
• Atlanta Braves right-handers Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Cory Gearrin
• Arizona Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin
• Oakland Athletics starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin
• Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Matt Moore
• New York Yankees starter Ivan Nova
• San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson
• New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell
• Kansas City Royals setup man Luke Hochevar
• Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon
• Houston Astros reliever Jose Cisnero
• Top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon

The Mets' Matt Harvey and Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg are other All-Stars who have had the ligament-transplant operation in recent years.

On Thursday, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said he's personally concerned about the recent spate of Tommy John surgeries.

"I'm almost afraid to pick up the paper because of the bad news,'' Selig said. "I'm very worried over the fact that it's happening with so much regularity, over and over. We have some great young arms, and it's very sad.

"Let's see if we can find out some answers. Nobody has them, I'll tell you that -- including the doctors and trainers. Everybody you talk to has a different opinion.''

Perez, 23, signed a four-year, $12.5 million deal in November with team options through 2020.

He started the season 4-0 and pitched consecutive complete-game, three-hit shutouts. Then he lost three consecutive games and bore no resemblance to the pitcher who had dominated in April.

After his last start, he complained of elbow irritation.

This might deserve its own thread.

One word: Monsanto.

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In 8 innings, Yu Darvish gave up 5 hits, 3 walks & struck out 11, and he.....lost. Blue Jays beat the Rangers 2-0.
baseball, ya gotta love it.

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WASHINGTON -- The Houston Astros have signed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a major-league deal.

The New York Mets dropped Farnsworth from their major league roster earlier this week -- days ahead of a deadline in which his $1 million salary would have become guaranteed. They instead were only responsible for a quarter of that amount.

Farnsworth, 38, went 0-3 with a 3.18 ERA and three saves in 19 appearances with the Mets this season.

He had agreed to an "advance consent" agreement that allowed the Mets to dump him within 45 days of being added to the roster and avoid paying the full-year salary.

Upset with how the Mets handled dropping him on Wednesday night, Farnsworth vowed revenge.

"Hopefully find a team to play against this team," Farnsworth said. "I'm very bitter right now."

The Astros visit the Mets at Citi Field in the final series of the season.

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PHOENIX -- Tony La Russa is back in the big leagues, though he won't be filling out lineup cards anytime soon.

The Arizona Diamondbacks hired La Russa as their chief baseball officer Saturday, hoping the Hall of Fame manager can help turn around the team after one of the worst starts in franchise history.

La Russa will report to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and oversee the entire baseball operations department. He will work with general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson in shaping the future of the Diamondbacks, who were 16-28 heading into Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve," Hall said. "Tony brings us a wealth of knowledge, experience and success, and will work closely with Kevin and Kirk in evaluating our current state to determine the future of our baseball operations. He is excited and enthusiastic about the challenge, and we are fortunate to have this Hall of Famer on board and a part of the team."

La Russa won three World Series titles and six league championships and was a four-time manager of the year in 33 seasons before retiring in 2011. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July and is third all-time with 2,728 wins as a manager and second with 70 postseason wins.

La Russa played parts of six seasons in the majors before starting a managerial career that began in 1979 with the Chicago White Sox and took him to Oakland and St. Louis, where he won World Series rings in 2006 and 2011. He also won a title with the A's in 1989, joining Sparky Anderson as the only two managers to win World Series in both leagues.

La Russa most recently worked for Major League Baseball as a special assistant to Commissioner Bud Selig.

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ARLINGTON, Texas - There seems to be no relief in sight for the Texas Rangers' injury epidemic. Add slugger Prince Fielder to the list with a herniated disk in his neck. Fielder received a nerve-root injection Saturday morning and the club hopes he can play on Tuesday, assuming this alleviates the pain.

Fielder told the team about his stiff neck three or four weeks ago and has played through it. Fielder took some anti-inflammatory medicine, which helped a little, but the club and Fielder decided to try the injection after Fielder saw spine specialist Dr. Drew Dossett.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said this doesn't necessarily mean that Fielder will need offseason surgery, though nothing has been ruled out. They are going to wait to see how he reacts to the injection.

"It sounds like he's probably been dealing with it more than just this year," Daniels said. "It's gotten to a point where it was an issue for him."

This might help explain the 29-year-old Fielder's lack of power recently. He has just three home runs and 16 RBIs this season and struggled at the end of last season.

"Putting two and two together, it stands to reason it would be affecting his swing," Daniels said. "He described it as a lack of strength in his left arm as the main symptom. For the type of hitter he is, I certainly think that could impact his ability to hit for power."

Fielder tried to play through it and was hitting the ball better, going 6-for-10 in Houston and batting .350 in his last 12 games.

"He takes a lot of pride in being there for his teammate and playing every day," Daniels said. "We got to a point where (manager Ron Washington) Wash and the medical team told him, 'You're not letting anybody down. We want to get your right.'"

Daniels said Fielder and Kinsler were not given physicals as part of the trade in November, though the Tigers' and Rangers' medical staffs exchanged information.

Daniels said it wasn't something that the club likely would have discovered on a physical anyway and it didn't come up in his spring training exam.

"He had never been symptomatic, so I don't know that we would have done cervical X-rays and an MRI. That's not standard," Daniels said.

The club won't make a roster move on Saturday, but likely will on Sunday.

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Miguel Tejada agreed to a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins and will report to the club's spring training headquarters in Jupiter, Florida, he told ESPNDeportes.com on Saturday.

Tejada said the agreement is subject to a physical, which will be done before the start of his first working session in Jupiter.

"I'm in great shape, I've been training every day for months," Tejada said from his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "I feel that I can still help a team. I will work hard to achieve game shape, and then to earn a promotion to the big club."

Tejada, who turns 40 in two weeks, is in the midst of serving a 105-game suspension that Major League Baseball imposed on him last season. Tejada was suspended after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of MLB's drug program.

Tejada had previously tested positive under the league's amphetamine policy, so he was subject to a 25-game ban for a second test and an 80-game suspension for a third, both of which occurred while playing for the Kansas City Royals last season.

A source with knowledge of the case told ESPNDeportes.com that Tejada will be able to return to the major leagues after May 31.

Tejada hit .288 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 53 games and was on the Royals' disabled list when he was suspended for the final 41 games of the season. The punishment included the first 64 games of the 2014 season.

Tejada, a six-time All-Star, hit .285 with 306 homers and 1,302 RBIs during a 16-year MLB career, that includes an American League MVP trophy won with the Oakland Athletics in 2002.

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An MRI on the left knee of Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto revealed a quad injury, the team announced Friday.

The MRI indicated a distal quadriceps strain, and though Votto would not be in the lineup Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, there was no structural damage. The news was a relief for the Reds, as it was the same knee Votto had surgery on in 2012.

Votto missed 48 games in 2012 after he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Votto, 30, is batting .257 this season, with eight doubles, six home runs, 12 RBI and 19 runs. The Reds have not yet sent Votto to the disabled list.

The Reds have had their share of injuries this season. Outfielder Jay Bruce had knee surgery this month to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and is on the disabled list. Mat Latos is also on the DL.

Catcher Devin Mesoraco returned from the DL on Friday night, and pitcher Tony Cingrani will return Sunday. The Reds just got closer Aroldis Chapman back after he missed the first six weeks of the season with facial fractures.

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BOSTON - The Red Sox announced this afternoon that third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been placed on the disabled list with a non-displaced fracture on his right index finger.

The injury occurred early in last night's loss to Detroit, when Middlebrooks - shifted up towards the infield grass, in anticipation of a potential bunt - fielded a hooking line drive from Ian Kinsler. The swelling continued throughout the game, to the point where it was affecting his grip on his bat. An MRI today revealed that it was a fracture.

"I was in for bunt purposes. He's a guy, he'll drop one down if you're back so I was playing up close and he hit a screamer at me, obviously," Middlebrooks said. "Had some top spin, kind of went with both hands for some reason to try to catch it and it went under my glove.

"Thought it just bruised me, jammed me pretty good and then it just kept swelling and kept swelling throughout the game. By the eighth I couldn't even get batting gloves on."

Even as the pain persisted, Middlebrooks said he did not want to come out of the game.

"I hit with it twice, or attempted to hit with it twice. I was able to hit with it off the bat but throwing was pretty tough," he said. "I think I got three or four plays after it happened. I knew the grass was wet so I could skip it over to Napoli if I needed to. Just tried to make it through, I was like, 'I just jammed it, bruised it and it'll be better tomorrow, ice it up, whatever.' And then it just kept getting worse and getting worse."

Manager John Farrell said Middlebrooks will have his finger in a splint for approximately 5-7 days.

"Depending on how he responds to treatment, we'll first look to initiate any baseball activity. It's hard to say at this point how long he'll be down," Farrell said.

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals placed Gio Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder. This is the first time the 28-year-old left-hander has gone on the disabled list.

Gonzalez (3-4) dropped his third straight start in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the New York Mets. He lasted only three innings, allowing five runs and seven hits, which raised his ERA to 4.62. Gonzalez gave up seven runs and nine hits in his previous start at Oakland.

General manager Mike Rizzo said Gonzalez had an MRI on Sunday in which dye is injected. He will not be able to throw for five days.

"He'll miss two starts," Rizzo said of the initial plan. "We'll find out what's going in (Gonzalez's shoulder) and take it from there."

The Nationals recalled Ryan Mattheus from Triple-A Syracuse.

Gonzalez left a start in late April because of shoulder tightness.

"He passed a strength test. Combined having a little soreness (Saturday) with a little soreness a month ago, we thought this was a prudent way to do it," Rizzo said before Sunday's series finale with the New York Mets.

Gonzalez side-stepped questions about his health Saturday, but spoke with Rizzo following his latest loss.

"I don't have a great concern level for it right now just because the way Gio said he felt after the game," Rizzo said.

Gonzalez lost command of the strike zone Saturday, falling behind in the count and throwing 84 pitches in three innings.

"I thought he looked fine," said Rizzo about whether he saw an injured pitcher on the mound. "His arm speed was good. His spin was fine. As good as it's always been on his breaking ball. His fastball velocity was good. The command part of it, which sometimes comes and goes with Gio anyway, was the thing that was causing him an issue."

Gonzalez went 32-16 during his first two seasons with the Nationals after a trade with the Oakland A's. He made at least 32 starts in each of his previous four seasons.

"He's a big key to the ball club," Rizzo said. "We'd like to get him back. We're going to take our time with him and be careful with him because he's vital to the ball club."

Mattheus has 140 career appearances with the Nationals, including two this season. He has not allowed a run in three innings.

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How about a baseball bat match at SummerSlam ? You win by choking out your opponent with a baseball bat.
This happened last night at Arlington in a game with the Blue Jays & the Rangers. Encarnacion swung & missed & the bat goes flying into the crowd.

 


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The rest of the game must have been interesting for the fans in that section. The usher definitely should have made one of them move to avoid any more problems.

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lobo316 wrote: How about a baseball bat match at SummerSlam ? You win by choking out your opponent with a baseball bat.
This happened last night at Arlington in a game with the Blue Jays & the Rangers. Encarnacion swung & missed & the bat goes flying into the crowd.

 





The player gets the bat back anyway.  You usually just get a ball in its place, but unless bats are broken, the players want them and the fans have no right to keep them.  But the meathead who did this looks exactly like you'd expect him to look. 

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Well this is certainly a surprise.


from tsn.ca:




Stephen Drew may be heading back to the World Series champions.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting the free agent shortstop has signed a one-year deal worth a reported $10 million to re-join the Boston Red Sox. The deal is pending a physical.

Had another team signed Drew, the Red Sox would have received a draft pick as compensation.

The 31-year-old played last year with the Red Sox and was a solid fixture in their third championship season of the past decade.

He is expected to be at Fenway Park on Tuesday for the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays, but will not be in uniform.

Drew hit .253 with 13 home runs and 67 runs batted in, playing 124 games last season.

He has also played with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics in his eight-year career.



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Albuquerque Isotope catcher Miguel Olivo bit off part of teammate Alex Guerrero's ear during an altercation between the two players at Tuesday's Isotopes game, Guerrero's agent Scott Boras said.

According to Boras, Olivo first punched Guerrero, then apparently after having his arms restrained by others in the Iosotopes' dugout, took a bite out of the ear of Guerrero. One other person who spoke to Isotopes personnel said a part of the ear actually fell to the dugout floor, and had to be reattached surgically.

A police report was taken regarding the incident, and the Dodgers have said they are also investigating.

Olivo told people Guerrero attacked while Olivo was seated and threatened to do him harm, sources say.

"It's assault and battery," Boras said. "There's nothing he could have said to prompt this."

Another person said the disagreement started after Guerrero, playing shortstop, received a throw from the catcher Olivo, which Guerrero caught after a short hop, but was unable to tag out the basestealer, who was called safe. The two apparently had words as they entered the dugout. Boras said Guerrero was preparing to take his turn at bat when Olivo, a veteran major-league catcher who'd been up earlier with the Dodgers, walked over and punched Guerrero, a bonus baby from Cuba.

Guerrero was said by a friend to be angered and shocked by the incident.

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Benlen wrote: Guerrero was said by a friend to be angered and shocked by the incident.
Thank God that friend was available to provide such valuable insight.

I don't think we see Olivo back in the Bigs anytime soon. 

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srossi wrote: I don't think we see Olivo back in the Bigs anytime soon.  



Olivo was waived by the Dodgers today. 



from cbssports.com:

Unsurprisingly, the Dodgers have released catcher Miguel Olivo from their Triple-A affiliate, the team announced. He literally bit off a teammate's ear during a fight earlier this week.

As reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Olivo punched and then bit teammate Alex Guerrero. A piece of Guerrero's ear fell to the dugout floor and had to be surgically reattached. He is expected to miss a month or so.

Olivo was reportedly angry with Guerrero because he did not get a tag down in time during a stolen base attempt. Guerrero, who signed a four-year contract worth $28 million over the winter, was playing shortstop.

A police report was filed -- the Dodgers are performing their own investigation -- and Olivo was immediately suspended. Now he's been released. It was only a matter of time, really.

In all likelihood, Olivo will never play affiliated baseball again. It's tough to imagine any club signing a player after he attacks a teammate, especially a 35-year-old backup catcher who's been replacement level for the better part of a decade.

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DETROIT -- Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending fusion surgery Tuesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

Fielder's symptoms got worse earlier this week and he saw spine specialist Dr. Drew Dossett on Thursday morning. It was recommended that he have surgery to take care of the problem, which requires a three- to four-month recovery period that would end his season.

General manager Jon Daniels said Fielder will get a second opinion, but he expects the original recommendation to be confirmed.

Fielder, 30, was acquired in a blockbuster trade in November with the Detroit Tigers for All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Tigers also agreed to pay $30 million of Fielder's salary.

Fielder received a nerve-root injection Saturday morning and took a few days off. He passed a strength test Monday night and was penciled into Tuesday's lineup. But he was scratched after he said he felt some weakness in his left arm while trying to hit in the batting cages.

"I wasn't surprised, just because after talking to him and seeing him, you know this was something that was bothering him," Daniels said. "We were hoping the injection could get him through the season. His initial response was positive. But the symptoms came back."

Fielder does not have a history of injuries in his career and had played 547 consecutive games -- the longest active streak in the majors at the time -- and 162 games in four of the last five seasons heading into 2014 before getting Saturday's injection. He was batting .247 with three homers and 16 RBIs before the injury.

Daniels also announced that infielder Jurickson Profar re-strained the muscle in his shoulder, a Grade 2 strain. He has been shut down and is out eight to 12 weeks.


Daniels believes Fielder's left arm weakness explains his lack of power.

"When you talk to him and when the medical staff tests his strength, he's got a real deficiency in his left arm," Daniels said. "He's much weaker in his left arm because of this disk herniation. I have no doubt it's affected his play."

Daniels said the large number of injuries -- Fielder is the 14th Rangers player to go on the disabled list this season -- has him looking at every process the club goes through in terms of physicals and training. Daniels doesn't second-guess the fact that Fielder didn't get a physical prior to the trade going through this offseason.

"In this case, a cervical MRI, at least for us, has not been part of our standard physical," Daniels said. "A guy that had no history and no documentation, no treatment and no issues that anyone was aware of, had we done a physical, we wouldn't have done a cervical MRI. There may be other clubs that do that as standard practice. We're going to look into that. The bigger question is: 'How do we get better?' "

Daniels said he has never seen this many injuries hit a team in all areas at the same time. But he isn't ready to write off the season, either.

"I'm proud of the guys and what they've done so far," he said. "I'm not going to count this club out. They've handled adversity pretty well here."

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have placed right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.

Hunter is 1-1 with 11 saves and a 6.06 ERA in 19 appearances. He took over for the traded Jim Johnson as Baltimore's closer at the beginning of the season but lost the job after blowing a save opportunity against Detroit on May 13.

Hunter pitched two times after that, the last time on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. The move, announced Thursday, is retroactive to Wednesday.

The Orioles filled Hunter's spot in the bullpen by recalling right-hander Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk.

Guilmet has appeared in two games with Baltimore this season, striking out three in 1 2-3 scoreless innings.

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The Kansas City Royals announced Thursday that they've optioned slumping third baseman Mike Moustakas to Triple-A Omaha and have recalled Jimmy Paredes to replace him on the big league roster.

Moustakas, 25, has been considered a key piece of the Royals' long-term future since the organization selected him behind Tampa Bay's David Price with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 first-year player draft. He hit 20 homers and drove in 73 runs in his first full season with Kansas City in 2012, but he's continued to regress over the past two years.

In 40 games this season, Moustakas was hitting .152 (19-for-125) with a .543 OPS. He was batting .109 (6-for-55) at Kauffman Stadium.

When speculation began to surface recently about a possible demotion for Moustakas, Royals general manager Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost both praised his defense and expressed faith in him as Kansas City's long-term answer at third base.

"He's a guy that's going to help us win a championship," Yost told reporters.

But the Royals were unable to wait for Moustakas to snap out of his funk given the team's overall offensive issues. With veterans Billy Butler and Alex Gordon also off to slow starts, Kansas City is last in the American League with a .668 team OPS and is tied with the Texas Rangers for 12th in the American League with 181 runs scored. The Royals have hit a major-league-low 20 home runs in their first 46 games.

Paredes is expected to share time at third base with Danny Valencia in Kansas City while Moustakas tries to find his stroke in Omaha.

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Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez was designated for assignment on Thursday, according to the team’s Twitter account.



The transaction was executed to make room for catcher Russell Martin, who had been on the disabled list since late April with a hamstring injury. Rodriguez will spend Thursday’s game against the visiting Nationals on the MLB suspended list.

The 35-year-old pitcher is owed $13 million annual salary for 2014. Approximately $7.5 million of it will come from the Pirates with the rest coming from Houston, where he played from 2005-2012.

The Pirates also expect to get closer Jason Grilli back over the weekend, who has been on the DL since April 21 with an oblique strain. On Wednesday, he said there’s a “strong likely case” he will return vs. the Nationals on Saturday.

The Pirates are 19-26, with only the Cubs further back in the NL Central standings. .

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LA is crushing Philly 6-0 after 8 innings. Oh yeah - Josh Beckett is also pitching a no hitter through 8 innings. 

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ATLANTA -- The Colorado Rockies began another day without Carlos Gonzalez in their starting lineup with the more daunting knowledge Nolan Arenado will be missing for much longer.

The Rockies placed Arenado on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, one day after he broke his left middle finger on a head-first slide into second base. The team recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Arenado was hitting .305 with six homers and 28 RBIs. A decision on surgery or other treatment options won't be made until the third baseman is examined by a specialist.

Arenado said Saturday he knew the finger was broken as soon as he made the slide in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Braves.

"I kind of feel like I'm letting these guys down a little bit," Arenado said. "That hurts a little bit."

Manager Walt Weiss said he knew Arenado was upset "so I shot him a text late last night."

"At some point, if you're lucky enough to play long enough, you're probably going to have to deal with an injury," Weiss said. "And sometimes a substantial one. He's got to keep his mind strong and be ready to help us when he gets ready."

Charlie Culberson, who replaced Arenado on Friday, was starting at third base Saturday.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez missed his third straight start with a swollen left index finger. Weiss said he didn't want to give Gonzalez a full game but said the outfielder was available to pinch-hit. Gonzalez was on deck to pinch-hit when Friday's game ended.

Rutledge has played second base and shortstop this season. He was placed on the 15-day DL on May 2 with a viral infection, then was optioned to Colorado Springs on May 13.

The addition of Rutledge gives Colorado the flexibility to move D.J. LeMahieu from second base to third.

"We've got some moving parts here so we'll mix and match at little bit," Weiss said. "Some of those things tend to work themselves out, but we've got some options.

"Sure, D.J.'s got some history at third base. He's playing a Gold Glove second base. You don't necessarily want to move a guy that's playing dominant defense like he is, but for our club that may be something we look to do."

Right fielder Michael Cuddyer started 150 games at third with Minnesota from 2002-10.

"I'll play anywhere anyone ever tells me," Cuddyer said before adding: "But there are some positions that for the betterment of the team ..."

Cuddyer didn't complete the thought, but it was clear he didn't expect to be looking for a third base glove anytime soon.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Shane Victorino's long-running leg issues have landed him on the disabled list again.

The Red Sox placed Victorino on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring on Saturday and recalled outfielder Daniel Nava from Triple-A Pawtucket. Nava was joined by pitcher Brandon Workman, who is expected to be activated for Sunday's start in place of left-hander Felix Doubront, who also is on the DL with a strained left shoulder. Nava was not in Saturday's lineup against Rays left-hander David Price, but is expected to start Sunday against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.

Victorino was injured running down the first-base line after bunting into a force play in the ninth inning Friday night. He was lifted for pinch runner Jonny Gomes, and after a full workup Saturday morning, the Sox elected to place him on the DL.

Victorino, 33, had missed 22 games at the start of the season after straining the same hamstring in the team's last spring training game. Manager John Farrell had said Friday night that the hope was the injury wasn't as severe this time.

"We still think it's not as severe,'' Farrell said Saturday, "but with the other situations that we're also managing, his was the most clear-cut for need of some downtime, so he's on the DL."

The Red Sox also are dealing with a variety of health issues with first baseman Mike Napoli that will require him to be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, Farrell said. Napoli is not fully recovered from the flu-like symptoms that caused him to miss two games earlier this week, and also has not fully healed from the dislocated finger he incurred sliding head-first into second base in Chicago on April 15. He also has hamstring and calf issues, Farrell said.

DH David Ortiz was given Saturday as a planned day off to help him manage a calf issue, Farrell said.

This is the sixth time since the start of the 2010 season that Victorino has been placed on the DL for hamstring, thumb and abdominal issues. He went on the DL a year ago at almost the same time (May 21) for a strained left hamstring, and was plagued throughout last season with hamstring and back issues that limited him to 122 games in 2013. He also underwent nerve surgery on his right thumb last December.

Despite all the time he missed, Victorino played a key role for the Sox last season, winning a Gold Glove in right field, hitting 15 home runs, stealing 21 bases, and posting a slash line of .294/.351/.451/.802. His WAR of 5.8 last season was second on the Red Sox to Dustin Pedroia's 6.6.

This year, however, has been a struggle, especially against right-handed pitching. A one-time switch-hitter, Victorino, who elected to bat exclusively right-handed last August for reasons he has never fully explained, has posted a slash line of .212/.254/.348/.602 against right-handers, and recently was dropped from the No. 2 spot in the order to sixth. He hit his first home run of the season Wednesday off Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison.

Nava returns just over a month after being sent down to Pawtucket on April 22 with a .149 batting average in 17 games with the Sox. With Pawtucket, Nava hit .253 (21-for-83) with three doubles, three home runs, and 14 RBI in 24 games. Only the Chicago Cubs (11-24) have a worse record in the majors against right-handed starters this season than the Sox (10-21), who clearly have missed the production they got from three hitters from the left side last season (Nava, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia).

"Obviously, I'm thrilled to be back,'' said Nava, whose .385 on-base percentage last reason ranked fifth in the American League. "I was aware it was a process. I didn't give myself a timetable. They didn't give me a timetable. I had no clue whether it was going to be today or another month. [If] I started to focus on that, it was going to be detrimental to me, so I stopped focusing on that. I had to handle what was in front of me. I had to work on some things. Nothing was going to change unless I addressed some issues that were the reasons I was sent down.''

Nava could wind up in a platoon again with Jonny Gomes in left field, although Farrell said that he may use a variety of outfield combinations with Victorino on the DL. Jackie Bradley Jr. could play some right, he said, as well as Gomes and Nava.

"Obviously, I didn't want to be sent down,'' said Nava, 31. "Obviously, I would have liked to stay up through it, but at the same time if I wasn't doing what I was doing, it never would have happened.

"If you're going to be proud of what you did that was good, you have to bear responsibility for when things aren't going well. I had to do that. Who knows, if I didn't do that, I may not be back here. Like I said, I've been down this road before. The bitterness factor doesn't get you anywhere.''

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With some reluctance, but feeling they had no other choice given the state of their bullpen, the Boston Red Sox placed first baseman Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Placing Napoli on the DL allowed the Red Sox to keep reliever Alex Wilson, who had been expected to return to Pawtucket to create a roster spot for right-hander Brandon Workman, who is starting Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Workman is making the start in place of left-hander Felix Doubront, who is on the DL with a strained left shoulder.

Napoli has tried to play with a dislocated left ring finger, the injury resulting from a head-first slide into second base in Chicago on April 15, but the finger has not had sufficient time to heal. His production, therefore, has suffered. With Napoli also missing two games last week with flu-like symptoms that have lingered, as well as dealing with hamstring and calf pain, Red Sox manager John Farrell had hoped to give him a few days to recover but circumstances dictated Sunday's move.

"Mike was still a few days away," Farrell said. "We wanted to give him ample time with the finger, but given the situation and the need for an added arm, we felt like we had to make the move to put Mike on the DL.

"Hopefully this gives him that extended period of time to get past this in its entirety, or at least to try and get further ahead of it."

The Red Sox could have made their corresponding move with a backup infielder -- either Brock Holt or Jonathan Herrera -- but Farrell said that the club ruled that out after Xander Bogaerts came out of Saturday's game in the 11th inning with a cramp in his right hamstring. Bogaerts has recovered and is in Sunday's lineup against the Rays.

"We needed to keep the backup infielder with Xander coming out," Farrell said.

David Ortiz, who was given a planned day off Saturday to deal with a lingering calf issue, also was back in the lineup Sunday and will play first base when the Red Sox visit Atlanta for two interleague games against the Braves beginning Monday, Farrell said.

Napoli hasn't been the same hitter since dislocating his finger. He has continued to draw his share of walks -- 24, which match the number of hits he has in that span -- but he's homered just twice and driven in 13 runs over the same stretch.

"It's impacted [him]," Farrell said before Saturday's loss. "To what extent, it's hard to say, but ever since the injury it's pretty clear. He's not one to make excuses, but at the same time coming off the flu and everything he's dealing with, he needs at least a couple more days. This isn't a one-day thing; we're hopeful it's not 15."

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have placed third baseman Cody Asche on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Asche was hitting .258 with eight doubles, four home runs and 18 RBIs in 40 games. Right-hander Justin De Fratus was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace him on the roster.

Asche injured his hamstring in Friday night's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was replaced in the lineup by Cesar Hernandez.

De Fratus had a 7.20 ERA in four appearances for the Phillies earlier this season. He posted a 4.50 ERA in 16 innings at Lehigh Valley.

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Freaking Red Sox lost their 10th straight game today as they dropped an 8-5 decision to Tampa Bay. Looks like Boston is going for the ultra-rare last-to first-and back to last trifecta. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Freaking Red Sox lost their 10th straight game today as they dropped an 8-5 decision to Tampa Bay. Looks like Boston is going for the ultra-rare last-to first-and back to last trifecta. 
 
Relax CH. The Sox & Yanks will eventually pull away from the rest of the pack. The mediocrity of the AL East can't last forever.
The Jays just happen to be in first but that ain't gonna last long.

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lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: Freaking Red Sox lost their 10th straight game today as they dropped an 8-5 decision to Tampa Bay. Looks like Boston is going for the ultra-rare last-to first-and back to last trifecta. 
 
Relax CH. The Sox & Yanks will eventually pull away from the rest of the pack. The mediocrity of the AL East can't last forever.
The Jays just happen to be in first but that ain't gonna last long.

Don't you dare tell me to relax !!!!!! ;) I really do think the Sawx will finish far out of the Playoffs this season. The magic ( and all the bounces ) from last year just isn't there this year. Maybe Bobby V put a curse on the franchise. 

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LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis sprained his right ankle while celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter and was put on the 15-day disabled list before the Dodgers game with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

Ellis was hurt when he landed on a discarded catcher's mask.

"My right foot landed right on top of it and rolled it pretty good," Ellis said. "I knew right away that it was more significant than other ankle rolls I've had in the past. I'm beyond frustrated."

Ellis didn't catch Beckett's no-hitter, the first in the major leagues in 2014, but ran out of the dugout with his teammates afterward to celebrate. He jumped in the air in celebration and landed on Drew Butera's discarded mask.

Ellis, batting .170 in 15 games, had had returned from the DL less than two weeks earlier after missing five weeks following left knee surgery. X-rays to Ellis' knee were negative, but he told Dodgers trainer Stan Conte Monday morning he was too sore to play. The team recalled Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Meanwhile, Beckett seems to have come out of the game, in which he threw a career-high 128 pitches, in better shape than Ellis. The Dodgers said they planned on using Beckett, 34, on the usual four days' rest Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Asked how he felt Monday, Beckett said, "It's pretty normal, like I got hit by a truck. That's pretty common the day after. Certainly when I was younger I felt a little bit better than I do coming out of a start now."

Said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, "If I had the luxury of an extra day, I would do it. We'll pay attention to him. We talked about it afterwards. He looks at it like he pretty much had easy innings after the first couple."

Beckett admitted he thought his days of being able to throw a no-hitter were behind him. He had surgery to remove a rib last July to alleviate a condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome. The surgery has given him a better curveball, which he has used to good effect. Beckett, who once threw in the high 90s, averaged less than 92 mph with his fastball Sunday.

"I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking that it could have been over as well," Beckett said.

The Phillies presented Beckett with the rubber from the game. He said the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown requested his cap. It was the Dodgers' first no-hitter since Hideo Nomo's in 1996.

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Another crappy celebrity " first pitch " ceremony - this time from Fiddy Cents.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Another crappy celebrity " first pitch " ceremony - this time from Fiddy Cents.


His street cred has more holes in it than he does.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Another crappy celebrity " first pitch " ceremony - this time from Fiddy Cents.


B.J. Upton would have taken a swing at that. 

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox placed pitcher Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a hyperextended left knee and recalled reliever Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place.

Buchholz has been struggling this season. The Sox say he hyperextended the knee during his last start, Monday against the Atlanta Braves, although he stayed in the game after waving off the Sox trainer.

The decision to place Buchholz on the DL came after he threw a bullpen session before Wednesday's game.

"When he got into the bullpen, probably the 18- or 20-pitch mark, there was some feeling of some instability," manager John Farrell said after Wednesday's 4-0 win over Atlanta. "Can't say that it's structural, but when he tried to get increased intensity and get some finish to pitches, there was that sensation that was being felt, and we shut him down at that time. As I mentioned before he went out to the bullpen, we weren't going to put him at risk if he felt anything coming out of that situation the other day. That's where he felt it; it was just with that instability trying to get through some pitches."

Prior to his session, Buchholz met with Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves in the manager's office. Afterward, Farrell met with former team psychologist Bob Tewksbury, who currently works for the MLB Players Association in the same capacity.

"Not at his peak," Farrell said of the pitcher's confidence. "And those are some of the things we continually work with him on, both in terms of the approach we take with other starters here, dealing with the mental side of the game."

In his past four starts, Buchholz has allowed 19 earned runs, 33 hits and 15 walks in 18 innings,.

"I felt it a little bit in the knee today in the bullpen," Buchholz said Wednesday night. "I think this will be more of a time, while I'm going through this, use the time to the best of my ability, as far as getting command back in all of the pitches that I throw. That being said, DL's the DL, and it's 15 days for me to get back to where I was, and I'm confident that's where I'm headed."

Throughout his career, Buchholz has dealt with injuries and mental struggles.

"That's where our history with him and being around him every day, you get a closer read on that," Farrell said. "It can't be done just through conversation. There's got to be some candidness and confronting some of the issues that might be there, and that's what we're working through right now."

Added Farrell, "Bottom line, it's in-game adjustments and execution, is what it boils down to."

Sending Buchholz to the minors is not in the plans for the veteran pitcher. He has been down that road a few times in the past and believes a stint in the minors will not fix what he has been dealing with.

"I don't know how much I'd gain pitching at the minor league level, just for the simple fact I've been there, done that, and I'm confident at Triple-A and Double-A, so it's a matter of getting big league hitters out," he said.

Instead, Buchholz said he'll spend the next few days watching video and trying to refine his delivery. He thinks he'll be back on the mound throwing bullpen sessions in the next four or five days.

Buchholz appeared confident that he'll be able to fix what's wrong.

"I know it's not an injury to my arm like it was last year, so first and foremost is health of that area of my body and the ball's coming out of my hand fine; it's just a matter of getting that little fire that I had last year, as far as throwing pitches in the zone, pitching to contact instead of pitching to swings and misses," he said. "It's hard to do that whenever you miss with your pitches, because when you miss, it gets hit hard. I've got to get back to the basics and build from top to bottom with it."

Earlier in the day, Buchholz spent time with Tewksbury. The two have known each other since Buchholz was drafted in the first round (42nd overall) in the 2005 draft. They've had many conversations in the past, and Wednesday's was just another one of those sessions.

"He's a guy who's been through a lot, and anybody that can pitch as long as he did in the big leagues [13 years] at 85 miles per hour has to have a good mental side of the game, so he's a good guy to pick at and asking him about the ups and downs he went through and how he prepared and how he got through it," Buchholz said. "Obviously he did a pretty good job doing that."

The Red Sox have not yet indicated who will start in Buchholz's place Saturday against Tampa Bay. Triple-A starters Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa would appear to be candidates.

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The Baltimore Orioles want Johan Santana to join their rotation, and they've presented the left-hander with a plan to make that happen.

Santana, whose minor league opt-out clause matures on Friday, has been shown a plan that could see him with Baltimore around June 18, according to manager Buck Showalter.

The plan includes one more extended spring training start, a start with Triple-A Norfolk and a start with Double-A Bowie on June 13 before being called up to the majors on June 18 or 19, Showalter told reporters Wednesday.

"Ideally, the last outing would be six innings if the other club would cooperate," Showalter told reporters. "If these three options work out, he'd be an option for us. It's one thing being able to get through it, it's another thing to have people evaluate whether it will work up here."

The plan is contingent on Santana negating the opt-out clause.

"He has got to approve it, they have to approve it," Showalter said. "So we're not there yet, but that's tentatively [the plan]."

Santana, 35, is rehabbing from left shoulder surgery. He has a career 139-78 record with a 3.20 ERA but has pitched in just 21 major league games since the end of the 2010 season due to various injuries.

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Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow has been diagnosed with a ligament tear in his right elbow and has been told he needs Tommy John surgery.

The team said Thursday that the right-hander was examined last week by a team physician, who diagnosed a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He is seeking a second opinion before deciding on surgery.

"It is a blow, because he has a power arm and he's a guy who had success for us in that playoff run last year," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, you all saw how I used him this year, into the eighth inning, the seventh inning. I remember him pitching with the bases loaded and 2-0 and getting CarGo (Carlos Gonzalez) and Tulo (Troy Tulowitzki). He's a guy we're going to miss."

Withrow went on the disabled list and will proceed after consulting another doctor next week. Last week, Withrow was demoted to Triple-A Albuquerque. He had a 2.95 ERA in 20 appearances for the Dodgers this season, with 28 strikeouts and 18 walks in 21 1/3 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .143 batting average.

There have been 20 pitchers in 2014 that have undergone Tommy John surgery.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals shook up their coaching staff Thursday in an attempt to jump-start their failing offense, making Dale Sveum the hitting coach and Mike Jirschele their third-base coach.

Pedro Grifol, who took over as hitting coach last season, now will instruct catchers.

The moves were announced after the Royals finished off a disastrous homestand that included a sweep at the hands of Houston and before they opened a four-game series in Toronto. The Royals responded by beating the Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday night, snapping Toronto's winning streak at nine games.

Sveum said the Royals haven't done a good enough job this season of hitting pitches in the upper half of the strike zone.

"The bottom line is we've struggled with elevation and we've swung at pitches down in the zone probably way too much," he said. "From thigh high to the top of the strike zone, we're not doing enough damage."

The Royals began the day last in the majors with 21 homers, putting them on pace to match the 1976 club for the fewest in franchise history for a non-strike-shortened season. They're also last in the American League in runs and slugging percentage.

"There is not one man in the lineup that's hitting the ball well," Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said Wednesday. "We're just cold."

Royals manager Ned Yost said "a different voice can make a difference" to struggling batters, but the Royals have heard plenty of voices about hitting -- Sveum is Kansas City's fifth hitting coach in less than three seasons.

The Royals let go of Kevin Seitzer two years ago in the hope that somebody else would help the club generate more power. Seitzer eventually was hired by the Blue Jays, who currently lead the majors with 76 homers -- more than Kansas City is on pace for all season.

Jack Maloof and Andre David were hired before last season, but they made it only a couple of months before they were reassigned within the franchise. It was at that point that the Royals hired Grifol and Hall of Famer George Brett on an interim basis.

The Royals showed signs of life once that duo was in charge, slowly climbing into playoff contention. Grifol was given the job on a full-time basis after Brett stepped down in July, but he lasted less than a year in the role.

"He's the one that pulled us out of our trouble last year," Yost said of Grifol on Thursday. "A year later, we find ourselves in the exact same spot."

Sveum, a former Brewers and Cubs manager, had been serving as the Royals' third-base coach. But he also has plenty of experience as a hitting coach, helping Milwaukee finish in the top three of the National League in homers in each of his three seasons.

"He's got experience, he studies hitting," Yost said. "He's got a lot of knowledge. He helped Prince Fielder get, in my opinion, to the next level as an offensive performer."

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Four members of the Boston Red Sox were ejected during the team's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Friday night.

Red Sox starter Brandon Workman was tossed by plate umpire Dan Bellino in the top of the sixth inning after throwing a pitch behind Rays slugger Evan Longoria.

Acting manager Brian Butterfield, the Red Sox's regular third base coach, also received an automatic ejection, with hitting coach Greg Colbrunn taking over as acting manager.

But things became testy much before that.

Red Sox manager John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo were tossed after benches cleared in the fourth inning when Rays left-hander David Price hit Red Sox first baseman Mike Carp with a pitch. Price was not ejected, with Bellino evidently deciding there was no intent.

Players emerged from both dugouts after Carp was hit, with David Ortiz pointing and yelling at Price while being restrained by Rays catcher Jose Molina. No punches were thrown.

Price had drilled Ortiz with a pitch in the first inning. Bellino immediately and emphatically warned both benches and the Rays' star left-hander. Farrell, undoubtedly incensed that Price got what was essentially a free shot at Ortiz because any retaliation by the Red Sox would result in immediate ejection, made his feelings known to Bellino, who then ejected the Red Sox manager.

During the fourth-inning skirmish, Lovullo -- who was running the Red Sox in the absence of Farrell -- erupted in fury at the decision not to eject Price. He, too, was soon ejected.

Butterfield became the Red Sox's third manager of the night, with first base coach Arnie Beyeler shifting to third and assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez taking over at first.

Rule 8.02 in the Major League Rules addresses the issue of pitchers throwing at batters and allows for the umpires to have discretion whether a pitcher is throwing at a hitter, even after warnings have been issued.

"Whether the pitch was intentional or not is up to the umpire's judgment," the rule states. "In exercising their judgment, umpires have been instructed to be mindful that, given the skill level of most Major League pitchers, a pitch that is thrown at the head of a hitter more likely than not was thrown there intentionally. Umpires have been instructed to bear this presumption in mind in deciding whether a pitch was intentional."

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BOSTON -- David Ortiz, outraged that David Price hit him Friday night with a 94 mph fastball on the first pitch the lefty threw to the Red Sox slugger since he hit two homers off him in Game 2 of the AL Division Series last October, said he has lost all respect for the Rays ace.

"It's a war," Ortiz said after the Red Sox rallied for a 3-2, 10-inning win over Tampa Bay for their fifth straight win and second walk-off in two nights. "It's on. Next time I see him, he better put his gloves on. I have no respect for him anymore."

Price, asked after the game whether he had hit Ortiz intentionally, said: "I've got to establish my fastball in. I had six lefties in that lineup, that's my favorite side of the plate to go to. Got to establish it in."

Ortiz said he spoke with Price by phone after the playoffs last October, and thought that any lingering issues had been resolved between the two.

"I had a lot of respect for the guy, man," he said. "It is over now. I have no more respect for him. Last year, we kicked his butt in the playoffs and he went off talking crap about everyone.

"We go to talk on the phone after we kind of straightened things out. He was upset, and then I let him know how I felt. Later on he called me and apologized because he knew he was wrong. Everything was cool, so the first at-bat of the season against him, he drills me."

Ortiz had not faced Price last Saturday in Tropicana Field, when Price gave up five runs in the first inning, then shut out the Sox on one hit over the next seven innings in a game the Rays eventually rallied to win, 6-5, in 15 innings.

"I was surprised. You can't be acting like a little girl out there," Ortiz said. "You aren't going to win all of the time. When you give it up, that is an experience for the next time. If you are going to be acting like a little b---- every time you give it up and put your teammates in jeopardy, that is going to cost you.

"I was going to let him know. I respect everyone in this league and expect the same from everyone. If you are mad because I take you deep twice, let me let you know. I've got almost 500 home runs in this league. That's part of the game, son."

In Game 2 of the ALDS last October, the Red Sox beat the Rays, 7-4. Ortiz's first home run off Price went to right-center field. His second home run was a towering drive down the right-field line, over Pesky's Pole. Ortiz lingered at home plate to determine whether the ball was fair or foul before beginning his long, satisfied stroll around the bases -- perhaps too long and too satisfied for Price's taste.

Friday night, plate umpire Dan Bellino issued warnings to both dugouts and to Price after Ortiz was hit. Manager John Farrell, enraged that Price was not ejected, was ejected for making that point to Bellino.

"David's a heckuva pitcher," Farrell said regarding Price. "He comes in with two hit batters and eight walks on the year. He's got the lowest walk rate in the American League. And when he throws a ball and hits David Ortiz in the back, there is intent to that. They can dispute that all they want. There is intent to that pitch.

"As emphatic as Dan Bellino's warning was, it sure seemed like Dan Bellino felt there was intent as well."

The fact that Bellino issued warnings after Ortiz was hit, crew chief Jeff Kellogg said, was an indication that he had judged there was intent behind Price's pitch.

"If we think that there is intent to throw at a hitter," Kellogg said, "then that's when we're going to issue warnings."

"I disagreed with it," Farrell continued. "He took the ball out of our hand, and after [Red Sox first baseman] Mike Carp got hit with a ball up around his neck and they didn't make a move, then the umpires allowed this game to escalate even further.

"When we have four people ejected and also three players hit by pitches and they have none, that's a hard one to figure out," Farrell said. "He threw at Ortiz and hit him in the back. There's intent to that."

Price was allowed to remain in the game after hitting Carp in the fourth, Kellogg said, because Bellino did not believe there was intent.

"Again, if we feel there was intent to hit the batter, he would have been ejected," Bellino said of Price after the game. "We felt the pitch was certainly inside, but not intentional, so that's why he stayed in the game."

Two other Red Sox coaches -- bench coach Torey Lovullo and third-base coach Brian Butterfield -- were later ejected. Red Sox starter Brandon Workman was also ejected for throwing a ball behind the back of Rays star Evan Longoria.

Lovullo, who took over after Farrell was ejected, was ejected in the fourth when he complained to Bellino that Price wasn't tossed after hitting Carp, firing his cap to the ground in the process. Butterfield, placed in charge after Lovullo was run, was automatically ejected when Bellino tossed Workman.

Under Rule 8.02 of the Major League rules, umpires are given the discretion of ejecting a pitcher even before issuing warnings, if they feel the pitcher was intentionally throwing at the hitter. That was Farrell's argument, that Price should have been ejected immediately.

In the Rays clubhouse after the game, Price said he did not understand why Ortiz was so frustrated at being hit by Price's pitch. He dismissed the idea that Ortiz's pair of home runs off Price in the 2013 ALDS led to the beaning or Ortiz's ensuing anger over it.

In light of these teams' second altercation in less than a week, Price was asked if the anger would continue between the Red Sox and Rays.

"I'm sure it will," he said.

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ST. LOUIS -- San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained right hamstring, one day ahead of his scheduled start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The move was made retroactive to May 22, and outfielder Juan Perez was recalled from Triple-A Fresno.

"We're going to take the safe route," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He wanted to pitch, but at the same time he's feeling a little something.

"It's just not worth the risk."

Yusmeiro Petit will start in Cain's place for the second straight time Saturday. Bochy anticipates Cain will make his next start at home June 6 against the New York Mets.

Bochy said if it was mid-September and the Giants were in a tight race, Cain would have pitched.

Cain is 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA in eight starts. Petit is 3-2 with a 5.08 ERA in 14 games, four of them starts.

San Francisco catcher Buster Posey missed his second straight start with tightness in his lower back.

"He's doing better," Bochy said. "Give him another day."

Hector Sanchez, in a 2-for-23 slump, started again in Posey's place.

Perez was 1 for 20 in an earlier stint with the Giants. He was batting .333 with eight RBIs in 20 games at Fresno.

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FOX showed a crazy stat during today's Boston vs TB game.

2000 to 2006: David Ortiz hit 62 groundball singles to right field
2007 to present: David Ortiz has hit 0 groundball singles to right field. 

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Tanaka is now 8-1.

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Giants kicked the Cardinals ass this weekend. They were the one team the Giants were worried about.

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I'm done with the Phillies. As long as they have Antonio Bastardo and Phillipe Aumont coming out of their bullpen they have no chance. Pissed off these guys are even on the roster!

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed slumping outfielder Wil Myers on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist.Myers suffered the injury Friday after colliding with center fielder Desmond Jennings on A.J. Pierzynski's walk-off triple in the 10th inning.

The Rays, who announced the roster move prior to Sunday's game, have not announced whether Myers will miss more than the minimum 15 days.

Myers, the American League Rookie of the Year in 2013, has struggled this season, batting .227 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in just 53 games.

Outfielder Jerry Sands, who has not played in the majors since 2012, was promoted from Triple-A Durham to replace Myers and will bat cleanup Sunday in Tampa Bay's starting lineup.

Sands, 26, had nine homers and 36 RBIs in 54 games with Durham this season. He appeared in 70 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 and 2012.

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Benlen wrote: Giants kicked the Cardinals ass this weekend. They were the one team the Giants were worried about.

Considering how good the Cardinals looked in the offseason, compared to their 2013 NL champion team, they've been no good this year, really. The entire outfield hasn't produced worth shit, Matt Carpenter is regressing back to his mean a little, Matt Adams can't hit for power any more, and Shelby Miller looks like he's on the edge of being destroyed every time he goes out to pitch.

 

The only highlights have been Adam Wainwright and Pat Neshek pitching, and Yadier Molina. Without him, they'd be a sub-.500 team.

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LOS ANGELES -- The most expensive team in baseball history is barely above .500 and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday he blames a lack of cohesion among the players.

"It may be a day here or a day there, but it hasn't felt like a true team at this point where we're all on that Tommy Lasorda end of the rope and worried about the Dodgers and, 'This is where we're going and I don't care what happens today, we're going to get there,' " said Mattingly, whose Dodgers entered the season with a $239 million payroll.

"We talk about this all the time within the staff and with different guys. It's really not that hard to see that it's not happening."

The Dodgers, who at 31-30 trail the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants by eight games after a 2-1 loss Wednesday night to the Chicago White Sox, have been confounding for Mattingly and the team's front office at points this season.

They have not won or lost more than three games in a row all season.

Their deep starting rotation is third in the National League in ERA and their lineup, led by Yasiel Puig, is third in runs scored, but the parts have not added up to what Mattingly called "traction."

Mattingly implied that individual agendas have gotten too much attention. One source of constant discussion around the team is the rotation of four outfielders, three of whom have been All-Stars.


Recently, former MVP runner-up Matt Kemp, a career center fielder, was put in left after a five-game stint on the bench when Carl Crawford sprained his ankle.

And Kemp has made it clear he's unhappy with the move.

"It seems like we're talking so much about one guy or another guy or this or that instead of us being focused on winning a game and how we can win a game and what can we do to win a game," Mattingly said. "I think when we were able to start putting things together last year, you felt a real, true team focus, just a collective group.

"It's the thing we talk about when guys start throwing all the numbers out, all these things ... One thing you can't measure is that feeling you have as a team when everybody's playing together and everybody's going in one direction."

Mattingly voiced similar concerns at times last season when the Dodgers got off to a slow start. A brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 11 seemed to build some cohesiveness. Starting June 22, the Dodgers went on a historic 42-8 run that launched them from last place into the playoffs.

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers still haven't solved their dilemma at shortstop, which came about because of an injury to Jose Iglesias.

On Wednesday, general manager Dave Dombrowski ruled out Iglesias for the season -- and the Tigers called up one of their better prospects, hoping he can provide some immediate help.

Detroit recalled Eugenio Suarez from Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday and designated infielder Danny Worth for assignment. The 22-year-old Suarez has hit .302 since being promoted to Toledo. Dombrowski announced the move before Wednesday night's game against Toronto, at the same time he confirmed the Tigers don't expect Iglesias back.

Iglesias has not played in 2014. He was initially expected to miss several months when the severity of his injuries became clear during spring training.

"He continues to make progress, the doctor's happy with the progress he made, but at this point, he basically has been ruled out for the season," Dombrowski said. "We had always thought that, but we had maintained maybe a little bit of hope there."

Detroit acquired Iglesias from Boston in a trade in the middle of last season, and he ended up finishing second in the American League rookie of the year vote.

The Tigers lead the AL Central, but they had lost 11 of 15 entering Wednesday's game, with the bottom of their batting order struggling to produce. Shortstop Andrew Romine was hitting .200 through 39 games.

Romine remained in the starting lineup Wednesday, but the Tigers want to see what they have in Suarez, who was ranked by Baseball America as Detroit's eighth-best prospect before the season.

"He's got some good hands, he's swung the bat well in the minors," manager Brad Ausmus said. "But I'd be very careful as to heap too much pressure on this young kid."

The Tigers acquired Romine and Alex Gonzalez shortly before the start of the season to play shortstop, and Gonzalez did not even last until the end of April. Now that free agent shortstop Stephen Drew has re-signed with Boston, the Tigers may need to try to trade for someone at that position if their internal candidates continue to flounder.

Worth hit .167 in 20 games, and his most notable contribution was probably as an emergency relief pitcher. At the end of two blowout losses last month, he took the mound and showed off a startlingly good knuckleball.

"He's done everything we asked, to an extreme, really," Ausmus said. "No one wants to hear bad news. He was very professional about it."

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SS position has been a big hole in our lineup (Detroit) this season. Closer Joe Nathan has struggled as well.

We started so good, but have now lost 12 of 16.

If they were in any other division everyone would worry, but in the AL Central, the rest of the teams are struggling to make .500. So we aren't pushing the panic button YET.

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chrob61 wrote: SS position has been a big hole in our lineup (Detroit) this season. Closer Joe Nathan has struggled as well.

We started so good, but have now lost 12 of 16.

If they were in any other division everyone would worry, but in the AL Central, the rest of the teams are struggling to make .500. So we aren't pushing the panic button YET.

Almost every team in baseball is more or less .500, except the Jays, A's, and Giants.  I can't remember a season where so few teams look good and so many have monstrous holes.

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The major Cardinals journalists are a few more losses from calling for coach Mike Matheny's head, it looks like. Their complete lack of a clubhouse spokesman or anyone even willing to talk to the press without looking like he's being forced to is being commented on too.

I see some huge trades being made for a bunch of teams- massive names flying around to try and plug holes or improve morale.

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Famous Mortimer wrote: The major Cardinals journalists are a few more losses from calling for coach Mike Matheny's head, it looks like. Their complete lack of a clubhouse spokesman or anyone even willing to talk to the press without looking like he's being forced to is being commented on too.

I see some huge trades being made for a bunch of teams- massive names flying around to try and plug holes or improve morale.

I"d be more than happy for the Jays to sweep the Cards this weekend in Toronto and help get him shitcanned then.

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Jays just finish up sweeping the Tigers in Detroit. They've only lost one series in their last 9 (7 series wins 1 loss (Angels), one split with the Royals of all teams).

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Giants need a second baseman. Even tho they have the best record in baseball their secondbasemen are hitting .182, .169 , and .163.

I think they are looking at the Mets Daniel Murphy.

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Triple play in Toronto tonight. "Juan" Bautista hit a line drive to the 2nd baseman with the bases loaded. 4-6-3
Holy fuck. This could be an omen & is likely the beginning of a 10 game losing streak for the Jays.
Gibbons challenged the call but no luck.

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BALTIMORE -- Johan Santana's comeback bid with the Baltimore Orioles ended Friday when the two-time Cy Young Award winner tore his Achilles tendon.

The injury occurred in Florida while Santana was pitching in extended spring training. He was struck by a line drive before stumbling in pursuit of the ball.

An MRI revealed a torn tendon.

"The tendon is severed, and it will in effect end his season," Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "I know the rehab is significant for these tendon injuries. We'll have to get with him and speak to him. But he won't be able to pitch for the Orioles this season."

The 35-year-old Santana has not pitched in the majors since 2012 with the New York Mets. The left-hander missed last season after undergoing his second major shoulder surgery, then signed a minor league contract with Baltimore in March.

Santana's return appeared on course when the Orioles purchased his contract from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday and placed him on the major league disabled list.

"He was pitching well," Duquette said. "The last time out he had his velocity and he was able to back-door his slider. I think he had eight strikeouts and no walks, so he was right on schedule. After (Friday), he was going to come up and join the major league team, and we were going to continue the rehab in (Double-A) Bowie."

Now, however, Santana's future is up in the air.

"The skills are there," Duquette said. "He's been able to rehab his arm, but now he's got another challenge."

Santana broke into the majors with Minnesota in 2000. He won both his Cy Young Awards with the Twins, going 20-6 in 2004 and 19-6 in 2006.

He was traded to New York before the 2008 season and signed a $137.5 million, six-year contract. But injuries limited him to less than four full seasons on the mound with the Mets, and his record got progressively worse -- 16-7, 13-9, 11-9, 6-9.

It was uncertain if Santana could return after his second shoulder surgery, but Duquette thought it was worth taking a chance. Now he and the Orioles are left looking for a Plan B.

"It's unfortunate," Duquette said. "We were looking for Johan's leadership and also his pedigree from being a winning pitcher. Now we'll have to look for that capability somewhere else.

"I was looking at it like a midseason acquisition or trade. We invested in the rehab and we invested in the salary, and of course we wouldn't have had to trade a player. Unfortunately it didn't work. Sometimes you can plan and do things right, and they just don't work out."

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres have placed second baseman Jedd Gyorko on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

The move, announced Friday, is retroactive to Wednesday.

Gyorko has struggled after signing a $35 million, six-year contract extension in April. He's hitting just .162.

Manager Bud Black says Gyorko had an anti-inflammatory shot, will use a walking boot and will wear a strap when he sleeps to keep the arch stretched out.

Taking Gyorko's roster spot is left-hander Eric Stults, who was activated from the bereavement list. He's scheduled to start Sunday against Washington.

The Padres will make two more roster moves Saturday, when right-hander Andrew Cashner is due to be activated from the disabled list. He's been out with a sore elbow. Cashner is scheduled to start that night.

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles placed right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list Friday rather than risk sending him to the mound with a strained right oblique.

The move is retroactive to May 31, so Gonzalez could return as soon as next week.

Gonzalez was scheduled to start Saturday against Oakland, but manager Buck Showalter decided against it.

"He's improved, but the problem is he hasn't picked up a ball," Showalter said. "We can't take the chance of him going out there and then in the first inning having a problem with it."

Showalter said Gonzalez would throw on the side Friday and again early next week. Gonzalez would have a rehabilitative start in the minors before returning between June 15th and 17th.

Gonzalez is 3-4 with a 4.17 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts. The discomfort in his right side became more intense after his last outing, when he pitched into the seventh inning on May 30 against Houston.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman will start for Gonzalez on Saturday. The plan is for Gausman to be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before that game.

In other moves Friday, the Orioles recalled right-handed reliever Tim Berry from Double-A Bowie and selected the contract of reliever Evan Meek from Norfolk.

The 23-year-old Berry has never pitched in the majors. He was 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 11 starts with Bowie. Selected in the 50th round of the 2009 amateur draft, Berry would be the lowest-drafted player in club history to play in the majors with the Orioles -- if he got in the game Friday.

Showalter said Berry would be sent back to Bowie after Friday's game to make room for Gausman.

Baltimore also optioned right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet to Norfolk and transferred infielder Michael Almanzar from the 15-day DL to the 60-day disabled list.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed young ace Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder fatigue.

The move is retroactive to June 4. The Pirates called up lefty Jeff Locke from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Cole, 23, is 6-3 with a 3.64 ERA for the Pirates this season.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- After three consecutive years of 90-plus losses, Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan is hoping a rare in-season, free-agent signing will keep his team in contention the rest of the summer.

Minnesota signed first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales to a one-year, prorated, $12 million contract on Sunday. The Cuban-born slugger, who hit .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBIs in 156 games with the Seattle Mariners last season, has been in Miami working out while waiting to sign.

"Why not the Twins?" Ryan asked during a news conference announcing the signing. "I read there were probably a handful of clubs that were chasing Kendrys. We were ahead of many of those clubs in the standings."

The Twins have lost 291 games the last three seasons, but are 29-31 this year, five games back in the AL Central and 2½ back in the wild card standings.

Morales, who turns 31 on June 20, had been unsigned because teams were hesitant to surrender a compensatory first-round pick to sign him. Since the Twins signed him after the MLB draft, they do not have to give up a coveted pick.

The prorated portion of Morales' contract will total slightly more than $7.4 million.

"It just made sense," said Ryan, who is back in the GM chair after stepping away during spring training to battle skin cancer.

For Morales, the deal gives him an opportunity to provide some power to an inconsistent Twins offense in desperate need of a full-time designated hitter.

"It wasn't easy for a baseball player to watch baseball games when he knows he can play," Morales said through an interpreter. "But you have to be mentally tough and be prepared so when this opportunity does come around, you're ready to do what you gotta do."

In 620 career games, Morales has 102 home runs and 345 RBIs. He also missed 1½ years after breaking his leg celebrating a game-ending home run on May 29, 2010, when he was with the Los Angeles Angels.

Since Morales is out of options and not injured, the Twins can't send him to the minors to shake off the rust from missing the season's first 60 games. He'll work out with the team and take the field when he's ready.

"It's a day to day thing, I'll be working out and talking to (manager Ron Gardenhire) and the coaching staff," Morales said. "When I'm ready, I'll be in there. We just want to do it the right way."

Morales greeted his new teammates in the clubhouse before Sunday's game against the Houston Astros and spent some time with Tony Oliva, Minnesota's most famous Cuban-born player.

Since the Twins aren't known for making splashy moves, especially during the season, players viewed the signing as a signal from management that they're serious about contending.

"It's a good signing. A lot of us are real excited right now," Joe Mauer said. "It tells you how close this division is and us adding is definitely a great thing."

To make room on the 25-man roster, Minnesota released Jason Kubel, who appeared in 798 games over parts of eight seasons with the Twins. He was hitting .224 this year, but just .158 since April.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hold on, New York. Another Mariano Rivera may one day be wearing pinstripes.

With the 872nd pick in the baseball draft on Saturday, the New York Yankees drafted Mariano Rivera III, the son of the legendary reliever, whose fastball has already been clocked in the low 90s.

The younger Rivera is a sophomore at Iona College, so it'll be a while before he could be toeing the same mound where his dad established himself as the most productive relief pitcher in major league history.

He may not even sign, of course. Nevertheless, Yankees manager Joe Girardi is always happy to hear Yankees and Rivera mentioned in the same breath. "I know he comes from good bloodlines," Girardi said.

While chatting with Mariano River in New York this week, the subject of the son came up.

"I asked him the other day for a scouting report," Girardi said. "Mo wasn't sure if he got drafted what he would do. But I think it's neat that he was drafted by the Yankees and we'll see what happens. His velocity, he's gotten bigger and stronger and it's increased."

Rivera, who owns Yankee records with games pitched (1,115), ERA (2.21)and saves (652)did not try to sell his son.

"Mo didn't have much to say," Girardi recalled. "Mo's always been a humble guy and he's not going to say much about his son. But he likes what he's doing."

The younger Rivera started 12 games for the Gaels this year, with five complete games. He was 2-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 70 innings. He has not yet developed a cutter, the pitch his famous dad used with such devastating results. He plans to pitch this summer for the Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

You might say the Yanks are starting to make a habit of drafting the offspring of former greats. Last year they took outfielder Michael O'Neill in the third round, the nephew of Paul O'Neill, who won four World Series championships in a nine-year career with the New Yorkers.

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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers have placed right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm and recalled Mike Fiers from Triple-A Nashville.

The move after Saturday's 9-3 win over Pittsburgh came one day after he gave up five runs in one inning to the Pirates.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he doesn't think "it's anything serious."

Thornburg is 3-1 with a 4.25 ERA in 27 games.

He had a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless appearances from April 5-29. Since then, he has a 7.80 ERA in 13 games.

Fiers will be used out of the bullpen. He was 6-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 11 starts for Nashville.

The right-hander pitched in 36 games (25 starts) for the Brewers from 2011-13, and was 10-14 with a 4.20 ERA.

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CINCINNATI -- The Philadelphia Phillies placed RHP Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder.

The team made the announcement after Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. RHP Kenny Giles will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Adams' spot on the roster.

Adams is 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings over 19 games, all in relief, for Philadelphia this season. He struck out the only batter he faced in the Phillies' 8-0 win over the Reds on Friday.

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Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer, who rejected a lucrative extension offer prior to this season, told SI.com that he took out an insurance policy that would cover any lost income if he suffers an injury prior to becoming a free agent.Scherzer made headlines in March when he turned down the Tigers' offer, which reportedly was worth $144 million.

But the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner is confident that the insurance policy will decrease his financial "risk."

"This takes the injury risk out of it," Scherzer told SI.com.

Scherzer, 29, did not reveal how much money was covered by the policy. The right-hander told SI.com that he asked his agent, Scott Boras, to research the frequency of injuries to pitchers his age. According to Scherzer, Boras' research concluded that the likelihood of an injury decreases once a pitcher has spent four seasons in the majors.

"Look at all the Tommy John injuries," Scherzer told the website. "They keep happening to young pitchers with less than four years in the major leagues."

Scherzer is 7-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 13 starts this season. Both Scherzer and the Tigers have stated that they intend to resume contract negotiations once the season ends.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The injuries refuse to stop for the Rangers, who added Mitch Moreland to the list Sunday as he's slated to undergo left ankle surgery on Wednesday and will likely miss three months.

Moreland, the club's starting first baseman since Prince Fielder had surgery for a herniated disk in his neck, was bothered by the ankle all season. He took two injections and went through a variety of different treatments, but the ankle wasn't getting better.

Moreland told the training staff this weekend that he wanted to get the surgery so he could return at 100 percent.

"It's to the point where I'm hurting the team, hurting myself trying to go out there and make something happen," Moreland said. "There's no lower half. I'm doing everything I can and trying to battle through it, but it's to the point where it's affecting me trying to go out and play. It's hurting pretty bad. The surgery, I tried to fight it off until the end of the year. I knew I was going to have to have surgery. They told me you can do everything you can to try to get to the end of the year. I can't do it any more. I'm going to try to get back healthy and get ready to go."

Donnie Murphy will play in his place for now as the team looks at its options.

"He's done everything he could have done," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He's fought through it, but it's become apparent it's limiting him."

Daniels described the injury as "ankle reconstruction" so they can adjust a few things in the ankle.

The likely replacement for Moreland, Jim Adduci, came out of a minor league rehab start on Saturday because he jammed the same finger he had surgery on earlier this season. Adduci will meet with a hand specialist on Monday to get a better idea of what's going on with the finger.

"He wasn't far from being activated," Daniels said. "He's sore. Hopefully, he just kind of jammed it and didn't re-injure it."

Daniels wasn't sure what to say about the rash of injuries that continues for this club.

"It's hard to put your finger on it," Daniels said. "It's been a little bit everything -- ankles, backs, necks, elbows, legs, shin bones. We haven't been able to connect the dots. It's unfortunate. The team -- players and staff -- have done a heck of a job keeping themselves where they are."

Moreland was hitting .246 with two homers and 23 RBIs in 52 games.

Daniels did rule out the possibility of Joey Gallo, who's been playing well in Class A Myrtle Beach, from making the leap to the big leagues.

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PITTSBURGH -- Gregory Polanco is headed to the majors.The Pittsburgh Pirates called up their coveted outfield prospect late Monday night after placing second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list. Walker experienced abdominal pain shortly before Pittsburgh's 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs and underwent an emergency appendectomy.

Pirates fans have been waiting eagerly for Polanco to arrive. The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic was hitting .347 with seven home runs in 62 games for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Polanco's arrival will likely move utility player Josh Harrison to second base. Harrison has sparkled in right field since being given the job on a full-time basis last month. Harrison played second on Monday night after Walker was scratched.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The slumping Tampa Bay Rays have turned to a Seminole medicine man to change their fortunes.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon invited 77-year-old tribal elder Bobby Henry to Tropicana Field on Monday in an attempt to help his team, which has the worst record in the majors.

"We just turned him loose on the Trop," Maddon said.

Maddon talked about Henry's "supernatural powers," specifically when it comes to making it rain.

"If it rains in the Trop, I'll be really impressed. That will be his best moment ever," he told reporters.

While it didn't rain inside, a heavy downpour began outside Tropicana Field after Henry's visit, which was noted by the team on its Twitter account.


.@RaysJoeMaddon said he'd be really impressed if Medicine Man could make it rain inside Trop. #Rays first AB and it starts pouring outside.

- Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 9, 2014
Henry's visit didn't help the Rays on Monday as Tampa Bay fell to the Seattle Mariners 3-0, the second straight game the team has been shut out.

The Rays have lost 13 of 14 and are saddled with the worst record in the major leagues at 24-41. The last time they were 17 games under .500 was the end of 2007, the final year they were known as the Devil Rays.

Before Monday's game, Henry walked around the ballpark and said the Rays are ready "to go get it."

Maddon has tried a variety of things over the years to liven up his team. He has brought a python, penguins and a magician into the clubhouse in the past.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Maybe there's a little Lonnie Baseball to go with Johnny Football in Cleveland.

Lonnie Chisenhall left quite an impression in Johnny Manziel's home state.

Chisenhall had nine RBIs and three home runs in a five-hit game, Michael Brantley scored five times and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 17-7 Monday night.

"I know a day like today is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Chisenhall, who raised his batting average to .385 but needs more plate appearances to quality for the league lead. "I'm enjoying it as much as I can. I don't know the history of it, who's done it in the past."

The history is pretty exclusive.

Major League Baseball said it was the first time a player went 5 for 5 with three homers and nine RBIs, since the RBI became a statistic in 1920. He also is only the fourth big leaguer to have at least five hits, nine RBIs and three homers in a game -- first since Boston's Fred Lynn in 1975, according to STATS.

"He just wasn't missing," Rangers manager Ron Washington said, who team is winless in the past seven series at home. "Breaking balls, fastballs, it didn't matter."

The only other nine-RBI game in Cleveland history was by Chris James in a 20-6 victory over Oakland on May 4, 1991.

Chisenhall, who had the second multihomer game of his career, finished 10 for 17 with four homers and 13 RBIs in a trip to Texas that ended with Cleveland's first road winning streak of the season.

Before his third homer, Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis danced in the dugout together during a brief break after home plate umpire Jim Wolf was knocked out of the game when he was hit in the mask by a foul ball.

Maybe they knew what was coming.

"As hard as it is to beat those dance moves, his swing was prettier," Kipnis said. "He's attacking the ball right now, and he's swinging at the right pitches and he's learning about himself as a hitter. Right now, he's in one of those zones when he attacks and he's just not missing."

The Indians won three straight in the four-game set after coming to the Lone Star State with the worst road record in the majors. They're headed to Kansas City to continue the first of three 10-game trips this season.

Cleveland hit five homers, won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within two games of Detroit just three weeks after trailing by 10 1/2.Chisenhall had two-run homers in the second and fourth innings before hitting a three-run shot down the right field line in the eighth to give the Indians a 17-6 lead.

It was his second homer off Texas reliever Scott Baker, who was trying to give the Rangers a long outing but allowed 11 hits and nine runs in five innings.

"I mean, he's fouled off about four pitches were out of the strike zone and then just gets something that he can handle," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "He feels good about himself. Again, I'm stating the obvious."

Chisenhall had the first three-homer game for the Indians since Sept. 17, 2010, by Shin-Soo Choo, who now plays for the Rangers. The left-handed hitter had an RBI single in the first and a run-scoring double in the sixth.

The homers and RBIs were career highs for Chisenhall. He had five hits earlier this season at Toronto.

Texas right-hander Nick Martinez (1-3) gave up eight runs in two innings in a matchup of rookie starters. Cleveland left-hander T.J. House didn't make it to the fifth inning and missed a chance for his first major league win despite taking a 9-1 lead into the third.

Scott Atchison (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Brantley tied his career high with his 10th home run for a 10-4 lead in the fourth and reached base all five times. George Kottaras had the other Cleveland homer, his third.

Texas' Alex Rios, who went 2 for 4 and is the AL's top hitter at .335, had his league-leading eighth triple, driving home Adrian Beltre in the third. Michael Choice hit his third homer in the past five games, giving him six for the season.

Jason Kipnis had three singles and four RBIs for the Indians, including a two-run single in a five-run second inning.


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The others with five hits, three homers and 9 RBIs since 1920, according to STATS, were Gil Hodges for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 against the Boston Braves and Walker Cooper for Cincinnati against the Chicago Cubs in 1949. ... Chisenhall's outburst was the first with at least three homers and nine RBIs in the majors since the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez had three homers and 10 RBIs against the Los Angeles Angels on April 26, 2005.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs released pitcher Jose Veras on Tuesday, the team announced.

Veras, 33, was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in 12 appearances after signing a one-year contract for $3.85 million with a $150,000 buyout.

Veras had a shaky spring training that carried over to the regular season. He lost the closer's job within the first 10 days and then went on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He was designated for assignment on June 3, and general manager Jed Hoyer said the team would try to trade him.

The Cubs will owe Veras the remaining portion of his contract, including the buyout.

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NEW YORK -- New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson left little doubt Tuesday that it is highly unlikely Matt Harvey will pitch in the major leagues in 2014.

Harvey definitely will not pitch in the major leagues within 11 months of the Oct. 22, 2014 Tommy John surgery, Alderson said. That leaves only a tiny window -- the final six games of the regular season -- before the Mets conclude play Sept. 28.

Alderson noted the Mets could allow Harvey to get the peace of mind he seeks by instead having him pitch in the instructional league, which spans late September and early October. That would be far more of a controlled atmosphere and require less adrenaline than pitching in a major league stadium.

"I think he would like to have in the back of his mind that he threw once or twice and that everything went fine so that he goes into spring training with that kind of peace of mind," Alderson said. "I think there are other ways that we can provide that kind of peace of mind, whether it's in instructional league or some other setting. So that's yet to be determined."

Manager Terry Collins said the Mets would be unlikely to pitch Harvey in a major league game unless the team was in postseason contention. With the Mets currently seven games under .500, that is difficult to foresee.

"I don't know why we would rush him for any other reason," Collins said. "... I'd love him to pitch this year, because I think it means we're in the hunt. But I don't find it drastically important, because the one thing we do not want to have is some type of major relapse because we came too fast and this guy sits out 2015. That ain't happening."

Harvey had expected to begin throwing off the slope of a mound this week. He was caught off guard when rehab coordinator Jon Debus told him there had been a change of plans as a precaution.

"From our standpoint, after talking with our doctors, it made sense to slow him down a little bit," Alderson said. "So there hasn't been a setback. He wasn't going to throw off a mound this week. He was going to throw off a slope. So we backed him off a little bit just to slow him down, recognizing that most of these cases, physiologically, it doesn't make sense for somebody to come back and try to perform at a peak level sooner than that 11-month mark."

Said Collins: "He was going so fast, so quickly, the discussion was making sure we're smart about this. Not that we don't want him back. Believe me."

The ace had expressed the desire to pitch in five to seven major league games this year, but understands the math now precludes that intention.

"My whole intention, of course, like I've said all along as a competitor, is always to look into the future and find a specific date of how early I can come back," Harvey said. "They have a higher power. I can't write myself in the lineup or say I'm ready to come back without being cleared by the organization and by doctors first.

"Obviously coming back in the middle of the August, I don't think that's possible anymore."

Harvey said the organization had not yet communicated to him their reasoning. While he does not like being restrained, he indicated he understands the likely motivation: to avoid a setback that could compromise 2015 and beyond.

"I don't know if somebody talked to a doctor or whatnot and they felt that things needed to slow down," Harvey said. "Whatever they decided, I haven't quite talked to them yet. ... If there are guys that have come back in the 10-month period, for me looking at that I've always wanted to be that guy. If there are other plans that I can't control, I can only show up every day and continue my work and continue my rehab."

Alderson acknowledged the rash of Tommy John surgeries -- and repeat Tommy John surgeries -- provide extra incentive to play it safe with Harvey.

"The sobering fact that there have been so many of these cases now, and so many recurrences, we obviously are more interested in his long-term health success than anything we might achieve this season," Alderson said.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Brad Snyder will be the latest first baseman for the Texas Rangers after the team placed Mitch Moreland on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Normally an outfielder, the 32-year-old Snyder was promoted from Triple-A Round Rock and will start at first base against the Miami Marlins, batting sixth.

To make room on the active roster, the Rangers placed Moreland on the DL with os trigonum syndrome in his left ankle. Moreland is mulling over surgery options and wants to get a second opinion.

Snyder was put on the 40-man roster after Matt Harrison, who had spinal fusion surgery June 3, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

The Rangers have now used the disabled list 19 times this season -- most in the majors.

Snyder was hitting .284 with 18 homers, 11 doubles, 51 RBIs and 81 strikeouts in 232 at-bats at Round Rock.

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DENVER -- Colorado Rockies star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez had a small tumor removed from his left index finger Tuesday during a procedure at the Cleveland Clinic.

Gonzalez underwent exploratory surgery with Dr. Thomas Graham, and a growth was found beneath the sheath around the muscle.

Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said these type of tumors are common and the expectation is a biopsy will determine the tumor is benign.

"These little benign tumors, which we hope it is, is probably the second most common finding in the finger besides cysts," Dugger said. "Usually repetitive trauma causes it.

"They call them cell tumors. Pretty common within the sheath of these fingers. Usually benign. Occasionally you can come up with something."

Gonzalez had his left arm in a sling after the surgery. He is expected to return to Denver on Wednesday.

"It helps explain some of the things that CarGo's been dealing with and why that finger kept blowing up on him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It helps answer some of the questions we had about him."

Gonzalez has been experiencing soreness and swelling in the finger for a while. He was examined by Graham on May 29 in Cleveland. He continued to play but was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 4 and is expected to miss a few weeks.

"Typically, it's a couple weeks for the tissue to heal," Dugger said. "Then he'll get back his strength and start swinging. It was a little bit more invasive, meaning they took out a larger piece than they thought -- what the MRI revealed."

Gonzalez has dealt with finger issues in the past. Last season he played in just 19 games after the All-Star break due to a sprained middle finger on his right hand.

That injury did not require surgery.

Colorado has been hit hard with injuries in the past month. Third baseman Nolan Arenado (broken left finger) is expected to miss another month, and outfielder Michael Cuddyer is out for at least six weeks with a fractured left shoulder suffered Thursday.

The rotation has been decimated as well. Jordan Lyles (broken hand), Tyler Chatwood (right elbow strain), Brett Anderson (fractured left index finger) and rookie Eddie Butler (right rotator cuff inflammation) are on the disabled list.

Left-hander Tyler Matzek, the team's first-round pick in 2009, will be the third Rockies pitcher in a week to make his major league debut when he starts Wednesday's game.

"It's something as a professional team we've got to push through, push forward," Cuddyer said.

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BALTIMORE -- While it may not seem so to folks alarmed by the Boston Red Sox beginning Tuesday night 10 games out of first place in the AL East, general manager Ben Cherington told reporters it's still "early" and expressed confidence that the team doesn't need a roster overhaul.

"Obviously we're not happy with where we are,'' said Cherington, who joined the team here Tuesday and spoke with reporters Tuesday afternoon. "That's not up to our standard. We still believe it's going to get better. We believe we have a very good team ahead of us this year. Most of that will come from within, guys here performing, getting back to a level they're accustomed to.

"And then if we can do that and start playing a little better and win some games and hang in there, we will try to find any way we can to make improvements to the team as the summer goes on. At this point, this early in the season, we're still mostly focused on the guys who are here, find a way to play better with the guys who are here.''

Cherington indicated that the Red Sox are not close to making a trade, seven weeks in advance of the July 31 trading deadline.

The defending World Series champion Red Sox began the night with a 28-35 record, 10 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East and five games ahead of the fifth-place Tampa Bay Rays. They have lost six of the first seven games of their current nine-game trip, having been swept three straight by the Indians in Cleveland and losing two of three to the Tigers in Detroit before losing the opener here Monday night to the Orioles 4-0.

Cherington also mocked the notion that he was pressured to re-sign shortstop Stephen Drew, saying the club did so on his recommendation. He reiterated his support for rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. as the team's center fielder, and deflected a question on whether the team was close to pulling the plug on outfielder Grady Sizemore's attempted comeback, saying "we'll see" whether Sizemore meets their expectation that he can still be a good player.

He sounded bemused that the Drew signing has attracted the degree of criticism it has, especially since the shortstop has played in just four games. Drew, who is 1-for-17 this season, sat out a second straight game Tuesday with tightness in his right oblique muscle.

"I don't know, it seems pretty early to make a judgment on that one,'' Cherington said. "You all know Stephen Drew. He is a really good major league player. We all know how good he is. We knew he's stepping back on a major league stage, seeing major league pitching. I don't think we were surprised it might take a little while to get his timing back and get comfortable.

"We signed him because we thought it would make us better over the course of a season and we still feel that way. I don't have any reason to think he won't. ... All the reasons we signed him are still in place and we'll see how it works out.''

The outfield remains the most underperforming part of the team offensively. Boston outfielders came into Tuesday's game batting a collective .223, the lowest average in the majors, and their .628 OPS ranked 29th, just ahead of the White Sox (.627). Bradley, batting .203, has been benched the last two nights after striking out in eight of 10 at-bats in Detroit. Sizemore, 2-for-19 on this trip, has been starting in center field the last two nights and is batting .218.

"In Jackie's case, he's playing really good defense, he's grinding, he's making offensive adjustments, he's here every day working to get better,'' Cherington said. "He's a very important guy for us and we feel he's the right guy. He's our center fielder.

"In Grady's case, we've seen flashes. I think he would tell you he hasn't been as consistent as he'd like to be, hasn't made the impact.

"So look, we're all in this together. We know collectively we have to get better. We've got to perform better. That starts with me. We have to make that happen. We're not ready to proclaim this has to happen, or this has to happen. It won't be any particular move."

So he's not close to pulling the plug on Sizemore?

"He's here,'' Cherington said. "He's one of our 25 guys. John's trying to put him in position to succeed and we believe Grady Sizemore is going to be a good major league player again. We're going to do whatever we can to help him be that guy here. We'll see.''

Cherington also said no resumption of contract talks with pitcher Jon Lester has been scheduled, indicating the club is content to wait for the pitcher to signal a readiness to do so, but all but ruled out moving Lester at the trading deadline.

"It's not something we would even consider," Cherington said of dealing Lester.

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The Twins beat the Jays 7-2 today. During the game, Jays manager John Gibbons came out to challenge a call but the umps ruled he couldn't challenge the call.
Apparently, a manager cannot challenge a call if the batter is in the box & the pitcher is on the rubber.
If you're the Jays pitcher, stand on the mound but not on the rubber if you see your manager coming out of the dugout.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates placed left-handed starter Francisco Liriano on the disabled list because of a strained left oblique Wednesday, a day after he left a start in the fourth inning when he felt discomfort while throwing a pitch.

Liriano, who was the Pirates' best starter last season and helped lead them to their first playoff berth in 21 years, is 1-6 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 starts this season. He became MLB's only two-time comeback player of the year honoree when he won the award in the NL last season.

Liriano bent over and held his back after throwing a pitch to the Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during a loss Tuesday. Liriano, who led the Pirates with 16 wins in 26 starts last season, left the mound after a few warmup pitches.

He also left an April 26 start in St. Louis after two innings because of flu-like symptoms.

Liriano was replaced on the Pirates roster by right-handed reliever Stolmy Pimentel, who was recalled from his rehabilitation assignment and reinstated from the disabled list.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Washington Nationals have placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury and called up catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals announced the move before Wednesday night's game at San Francisco. Manager Matt Williams says an MRI on Ramos revealed a Grade-1 hamstring strain.

Williams hopes Ramos will be back in the lineup as soon as he's eligible to come off the DL.

Ramos was injured running out a double in the ninth inning of Tuesday night's 2-1 win against the Giants. He was taken out of the game and initially thought the injury wouldn't sideline him.

Ramos is batting .261 with one home run and 11 RBIs. Jose Lobaton started at catcher Wednesday night.

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SEATTLE -- Former top prospect Jesus Montero was recalled by the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, his first stint in the majors since a 50-game suspension after being connected to baseball's Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation.

Seattle gave Montero another chance in the majors after outfielder Michael Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. Montero was one of the limited choices Seattle had at the Triple-A level for a short-term bat.

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Montero would be mostly used against left-handed pitchers and as a designated hitter, but is an option to play in the field at first base.

"I think he's trying to get things back together. He's been working hard and he's actually been swinging the bat better than the numbers indicated down there," McClendon said. "For me he was the logical choice. ... It made sense to bring this young man and give him an opportunity."

Montero was the centerpiece of a trade before the 2012 season that sent pitcher Michael Pineda to New York and brought Montero to Seattle. He was a top prospect in the Yankees organization because of his potential as a hitter but has not matched that expectation in Seattle.

In his time with the Mariners, Montero is hitting .252 with 18 homers and 71 RBIs in 164 career games. All of those came before Montero was suspended. He was sent down to the minors last season when he was hitting just .208 and that was followed by the suspension and knee surgery to repair torn meniscus.

He didn't endear himself to McClendon and Seattle's new coaching staff after showing up for spring training out of shape. He apologized when he arrived at spring training for his suspension, but being out of shape put him behind from the start.

Montero said cardio work has been a big part of his regime in the minors, along with learning first base. Montero was hitting .270 with eight homers and 15 doubles at Triple-A, although he had just one homer in his past month.

"I feel great to be here. I feel like I've earned it," Montero said. "I feel like I learned something. Now I want to be here forever."

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BALTIMORE -- The Toronto Blue Jays have activated right-hander Sergio Santos from the disabled list to fill out an injury-depleted bullpen.

Santos was placed on the DL on May 12 with a strained right elbow. He made two rehabilitation appearances for Double-A New Hampshire, allowing four runs in two innings.

Santos provides manager John Gibbons an option for Brett Cecil, who left Friday night's game against Baltimore with groin tightness and will likely be rested for a few days.

Before the injury, Santos was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA and five saves in 14 appearances.

To clear a roster space for Santos, the Blue Jays on Saturday optioned outfielder Darin Mastroianni to Triple-A Buffalo.

Mastroianni, who was recalled from Buffalo on Thursday, is 0 for 13 this season with Minnesota and Toronto.

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The Chicago Cubs have talked with multiple teams about trades involving ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran starter Jason Hammel, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Citing multiple sources, the Sun-Times reported that the Cubs may already have begun fielding trade offers from multiple teams. The report identified the Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays as some of the teams most interested in acquiring either Samardzija or Hammel.

Hammel could generate more interest than Samardzija because he likely will not command as large of a return in a trade, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney earlier this week. Hammel could be targeted by teams needing short-term rotation help like the Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins, according to Olney.

Samardzija is set to become a free agent after the 2015 season and has been speculated as a top trade target since this past offseason, when he was unable to agree to a long-term deal with the Cubs.

Samardzija, 29, is just 2-6 this season despite pitching to a 2.77 ERA. The right-hander went winless in his first 10 starts before finally claiming his first victory on May 26 against the San Francisco Giants.

Hammel, who will become a free agent after this season, also has been outstanding for the Cubs, going 6-4 with a 2.81 ERA in 13 starts. The nine-year veteran signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Cubs in February following a disappointing 2013 season with Baltimore.

Despite the solid pitching from Samardzija and Hammel, the Cubs (27-38) entered play Saturday with the lowest win total in the National League and just percentage points ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks (29-41) for the NL's worst record.

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Now that he is the Philadelphia Phillies' all-time hits leader, Jimmy Rollins is open to the possibility of continuing his career elsewhere.

Rollins, who passed Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt atop Philadelphia's hit list Saturday, told reporters that he would consider waiving his no-trade rights if the last-place Phillies "blow everything up."

"It really depends if everything is blown up," Rollins told reporters. "Then you take that into consideration. If they blow everything up, then of course."

Rollins, who can veto any trade proposal as a 10-and-5 player, firmly stated in March that he would not waive that right, citing Schmidt's franchise hits record as one of the reasons he wanted to remain with the Phillies. The 15-year veteran reached that milestone in the fifth inning Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, lacing a single to right field for his 2,235th career hit.

Rollins' pursuit of Schmidt's record has been one of the few bright spots this season for the Phillies (29-37), who are in last place in the NL East despite a $180 million team payroll -- the third-highest in the majors.

Rollins, who will make $11 million this season and has an $11 million vesting option for 2015, is one of several high-priced veterans that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. could look to deal away prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

But despite softening his stance on his no-trade rights, Rollins maintained that he would prefer to remain in Philadelphia.

"Fortunately, I don't have to worry about that right now," the shortstop told reporters. "But if that time does come, and it's time to go ... people move on.

"We have six weeks. We can make it difficult on Ruben. The division hasn't gotten away from us at all yet. Hopefully we have a little magic left."

Despite their slow start, the Phillies entered play Sunday just 5.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, who are tied for the division lead.

In 15 years with the Phillies, the 5-foot-8 Rollins has won four Gold Gloves, made three All-Star teams and was the 2007 NL MVP. He was a member of the club's 2008 World Series championship team.

Rollins already tops Philadelphia's doubles list with 466, and he is in the top 10 of nearly every offensive category in club history. He is second in extra-base hits (782), total bases (3,540), games (2,015), at-bats (8,331), and third in steals (436), runs (1,281) and triples (109).

Rollins is one of 19 players in major league history with at least 400 doubles, 100 triples and 200 home runs. He is fourth all-time with 46 leadoff homers.

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DETROIT -- The Minnesota Twins placed Trevor Plouffe on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained left oblique muscle and recalled Pedro Florimon from Triple-A Rochester.

Plouffe sustained the injury in Saturday's 12-9 loss to the Tigers while diving for Ian Kinsler's infield single. Plouffe stayed in the game after a lengthy delay, but dropped to his knees in pain after throwing out Torii Hunter one batter later.

Plouffe is hitting .241 with five homers as Minnesota's every-day third baseman, while Florimon was sent down after hitting .108 in his first 25 games of the year. Things didn't get much better in Rochester, where he hit .230 and made 11 errors at shortstop in 33 games.

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley will have season-ending surgery next week to repair a partially torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.

Billingsley, who had been working his way back from Tommy John surgery on the same elbow, said he is hopeful he can pitch in 2015.

"I'll have spent two years of my life rehabbing, but I've got to do it," Billingsley said. "It's not as long as Tommy John rehab, they tell me, about six months, so that's good. This was my best chance to pitch next year."

The surgery will be performed by Dodgers team orthopedist Neal ElAttrache. Billingsley had Tommy John surgery in April 2013, although his elbow had begun bothering him the previous August.

The Dodgers were hopeful Billingsley could rejoin their rotation some time in May or June, but he had setbacks each time he pitched in minor league games as he tried to work his way back.

The team fortified itself this past winter in case Billingsley couldn't return with the free-agent signings of veteran pitchers Dan Haren, who has been a solid No. 5 starter, and Paul Maholm, who is working out of the bullpen.

The Dodgers signed Billingsley to a three-year, $35 million contract extension in March 2011. They have a $14 million option for next season with a $3 million buyout.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will have season-ending surgery on his right elbow Tuesday.

Manager Buck Showalter announced the news before Monday night's game at Tampa Bay.

"We were hoping to get real lucky today, but I think we all knew where it was headed," Showalter said. "It really wasn't making a whole lot of progress."

Showalter said the team is hopeful that Wieters will be ready for Opening Day next season.

"If not, it's not going to be if, it's going to be when," Showalter said.

Wieters had his ailing elbow examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews and will have Tommy John surgery. He has not played since May 10.

Wieters will have the injured ligament replaced by a tendon from the right wrist. He finishes the season with a .308 batting average, five homers and 18 RBIs in 26 games.

Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley have taken over the catching duties during Wieters' absence.

"I feel real confident with the two guys that we have here and the depth we have below," Showalter said.

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PHOENIX -- Bronson Arroyo had been one of baseball's most reliable pitchers during his 15-year career, fighting off a variety of ailments to take the ball every time his turn came up.

When his arm started to get sore and his velocity dropped, even he couldn't keep going.

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed Arroyo on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis on Monday, ending the right-hander's run of consecutive starts at 369, the second-longest active streak behind the 443 straight starts by Toronto's Mark Buehrle.

"He's had other times in his career when he's been able to overcome things like this, but it wasn't in the cards this time," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.

Arroyo has had a solid career with stops in Pittsburgh, Boston and Cincinnati. This offseason, he signed with the Diamondbacks, who hoped he could provide some stability to the rotation.

The 37-year-old struggled early in the season while trying to regain his strength after injuring his back during spring training, but rounded into form over the past month or so.

Arroyo went 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA over his last three starts, including a win over the Dodgers on Sunday, but had been using deception instead of velocity to get hitters out.

Arroyo is most effective when his fastball is in the upper 80s, but his velocity had dipped into the lower 80s, forcing him to work the corners and use more off-speed pitches.

Instead of sending him out for another start, the Diamondbacks decided to put him on the shelf so he could get healthy again.

"It's really unfortunate when it's a guy who has an unblemished record when it comes to posting up each and every time," Arizona GM Kevin Towers said. "But it would have been hard to run him back out there again, going to war as he says, against AK-47s with his little 22. He still found a way to win, which was amazing."

Arizona recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno to fill Arroyo's roster spot.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants and free-agent Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell have agreed to a $1.4 million, four-year contract, giving the team an experienced center fielder who can play all three outfield positions.

The club made the announcement Monday, when the team traveled from the Bay Area to Chicago for an interleague series with the White Sox.

Carbonell resides in Merida, Mexico, and will report to Arizona once he has obtained a U.S. work visa, the team said.

He receives a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $100,000 annually in the minor leagues. If he is promoted to the majors, his salaries would be $500,000 this year, $525,000 next season, $600,000 in 2016 and $650,000 for 2017.

The deal includes escalators that would bring his 2016 salary to $1 million with 500 or more plate appearances in 2015, and also $1 million for 2017 if he gets 500 or more plate appearances for '16.

He would receive performance bonuses of $50,000 each for 300, 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances, and $100,000 each for 500, 550 and 600 plate appearances. He could opt out of the remainder of the deal if he accumulates enough major league service time to become eligible for salary arbitration.

The 23-year-old played for Camaguey in the Cuban Serie Nacional for four years, batting .287 (163 for 568) with nine homers, 70 RBIs, 119 runs, 28 doubles and four triples in 190 games. He hit .298 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 62 games his last season, 2012-2013.

The key for San Francisco was signing Carbonell before July 2, making it count against the team's 2013-14 international signing pool rather than 2014-15.

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I was pulling for him to play well after coming back from all those injuries but Grady Sizemore is done in Boston.


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Grady Sizemore wasn't able to stick with the Red Sox



The Red Sox are going to designate outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment, confirms Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. This means he'll eventually either be claimed by a different team (doubtful), be released or sent down to the minors.

Sizemore, 31, is hitting .216/.288/.324 (69 OPS+) with 10 doubles, two triples, two homers, 15 RBI, 14 runs and five stolen bases on the season. A lot of that, though, came early on. Sizemore is hitting .187/.263/.267 since April 15.

After losing Jacoby Ellsbury to free agency, the Red Sox attempted to enter the season with a combination of Sizemore and youngster Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field. The results have been pretty awful and the club is currently six games below .500.

Sizemore's demise has been rather extraordinary. Through his age-25 season, he was one of the best players in baseball. He'd already been to three All-Star Games and was coming off a season in which he won both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger while finishing 10th in AL MVP voting.

Since then, though, injuries have essentially ruined his career. Sizemore was last a productive player in 2010 -- though not All-Star caliber any longer -- and has appeared in 262 games from 2009 to the present.

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NEW YORK -- Rockies pitcher Nick Masset has been suspended three games and fined for throwing a pitch at Braves catcher Evan Gattis on Thursday.

Braves reliever David Carpenter was also fined for throwing at Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson in the same game, which featured several ejections, including Colorado manager Walt Weiss.

Masset's suspension is set to begin Tuesday night unless the reliever appeals it. The amount of the fines was not disclosed.

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have placed reliever David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right biceps.

Carpenter got off to a good start in April, but a drop in velocity has contributed to a 5.19 ERA in his last 17 1/3 innings over the last two months.

Right-hander Pedro Beato was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday to take Carpenter's spot on the 25-man roster.

Carpenter described his problem as coming "from dead legs and trying to overcompensate with the arm and the upper body."

Carpenter hasn't been the only Atlanta reliever to struggle. The Braves' bullpen, which led the majors from 2011-13 with a 2.76 ERA, ranks 10th in the NL this season with a 3.59 ERA.

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Oakland A's starting left-hander Drew Pomeranz broke his right hand when he punched a chair Monday night after a 14-8 loss to the Texas Rangers.

The injury required the A's place Pomeranz on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

"I just let my emotions take over me, and I did something stupid," Pomeranz told reporters. "It sucks. Obviously, I didn't mean for it to happen. It sucks because I want to play, I want to pitch. I'm trying to win games and help the team out. Obviously, I'm not helping the team out when I do something stupid like that."

Pomeranz (5-4) struggled in his shortest outing since joining the A's rotation in early May. He allowed eight hits and eight runs -- seven earned -- with two walks and four strikeouts.

"Hopefully, I'll be back as soon as possible," Pomeranz said. "This is the first time I've broken a bone, though, so I don't know.

"I play it over and over in my head -- wish I hadn't done it. I was walking up to the clubhouse and was just mad."

Oakland filled Pomeranz's roster spot by calling up right-handed reliever Evan Scribner from Triple-A.

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Masahiro Tanaka had one of his shakiest outings of the year last night, and still only gave up 1 ruin (on a leadoff homer).  But he walked 2 and hit a batter and his pitch count was high, which is bad control for him.  It was good enough for 6 innings, giving up 1 run and with 10 strikeouts.  He's now 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA.  The guy's virtually unhittable even with bad command.  I wonder if he can win Rookie of the Year and Cy Young.  He really should get MVP consideration because without him, the Yankees arte probably out of the pennant race already.  The Yanks have won about a third of their games in his starts and I don't think are a .500 team with anyone else.

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srossi wrote: Masahiro Tanaka had one of his shakiest outings of the year last night, and still only gave up 1 ruin (on a leadoff homer).  But he walked 2 and hit a batter and his pitch count was high, which is bad control for him.  It was good enough for 6 innings, giving up 1 run and with 10 strikeouts.  He's now 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA.  The guy's virtually unhittable even with bad command.  I wonder if he can win Rookie of the Year and Cy Young.  He really should get MVP consideration because without him, the Yankees arte probably out of the pennant race already.  The Yanks have won about a third of their games in his starts and I don't think are a .500 team with anyone else.
 

Two more victories over the Jays & the Yanks are only 1 1/2 games out. I was impressed by Betances. He's a future closer for somebody.

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lobo316 wrote: srossi wrote: Masahiro Tanaka had one of his shakiest outings of the year last night, and still only gave up 1 ruin (on a leadoff homer).  But he walked 2 and hit a batter and his pitch count was high, which is bad control for him.  It was good enough for 6 innings, giving up 1 run and with 10 strikeouts.  He's now 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA.  The guy's virtually unhittable even with bad command.  I wonder if he can win Rookie of the Year and Cy Young.  He really should get MVP consideration because without him, the Yankees arte probably out of the pennant race already.  The Yanks have won about a third of their games in his starts and I don't think are a .500 team with anyone else.
 

Two more victories over the Jays & the Yanks are only 1 1/2 games out. I was impressed by Betances. He's a future closer for somebody.

When we have Tanaka/Betances/Robertson as we did last night, that's as automatic as Pettitte/Rivera/Wetteland in '96.  Betances is going to be the heir apparent to Rivera.  Robertson's fine, but he's a bit shaky at times and better suited as an 8th inning guy. 

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I think Clayton Kershaw might have a thing to say about the Cy Young, given his performance last night.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-most-perfect-non-perfect-game/

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There is a Cy Young award given in each league.

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DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus quickly apologized for making a sarcastic remark after Detroit's latest loss when he told reporters that he beats his wife when his team isn't playing well.

Ausmus was asked after Detroit's 2-1 loss to Kansas City how his mood is when he heads home from the ballpark these days. The Tigers have dropped 20 of 29.

Ausmus, clearly trying to joke, said: "I beat my wife." After a brief pause, he said: "I'm just kidding around. No, luckily my wife and kids are fantastic. I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good."

About a minute later, without being prompted, Ausmus said: "I didn't want to make light of battered women. I didn't mean to make light of that, so I apologize for that if that offended anyone."

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Benlen wrote: There is a Cy Young award given in each league.
My "do these players who play for teams I don't follow come from the AL or the NL?" meter was clearly on the fritz last night. And a big thanks for assuming I didn't know both leagues had a Cy Young winner.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand.

The Rays also activated outfielder Brandon Guyer, who had been sidelined by a broken left thumb, from the 15-day DL in moves made before Thursday night's game against Houston.

DeJesus was hurt on a check-swing in Wednesday's game against Baltimore. One day earlier, he ran hard into the left-field wall chasing a grand slam hit by Orioles' slugger Chris Davis.

DeJesus says "you can go run full steam into a wall and not be hurt, and then something I do every day you take for granted sometimes (you get hurt)."

DeJesus expects to be in a cast for three weeks. He will undergo additional tests to determine how long he will be out.

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres placed first baseman Yonder Alonso on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, retroactive to Tuesday, because of tendinitis in his right wrist.

To take his place on the roster, the Padres selected outfielder Jake Goebbert from Triple-A El Paso.

Goebbert's first appearance will be his big league debut. He was acquired from Oakland on May 15 along with right-hander Ronald Herrera in exchange for infielder-outfielder Kyle Blanks.

Goebbert was hitting .270 with five homers and 18 RBIs in 32 games with El Paso.

Alonso was hitting .210 with five homers and 22 RBIs.

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NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball is preparing to honor Lou Gehrig on the 75th anniversary of his famed "luckiest man" speech.

MLB will donate $300,000 to organizations that fight against Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Hall of Famer was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when he spoke at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. The first baseman died two years later from ALS at age 37.

MLB players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear a commemorative patch on July Fourth. The tribute will include a video shown at all ballparks featuring a first baseman from each team reciting a line from Gehrig's speech.

MLB made the announcement on Thursday, the 111th anniversary of Gehrig's birth.

"When Lou Gehrig delivered his historic farewell speech at Yankee Stadium 75 years ago, he indelibly linked our national pastime to the fight against the disease that would bear his name," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

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NEW YORK -- The Toronto Blue Jays placed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left groin and recalled right-hander Steve Delabar from Triple-A Buffalo.

Delabar, just sent down Tuesday, and Cecil were both All-Stars last season.

In other news, infielder Brett Lawrie was out of the lineup against the New York Yankees after getting hit on the back of his left hand by a pitch Wednesday night. X-rays were negative but manager John Gibbons said Lawrie's hand was swollen and he couldn't grip a bat.

"He needs a day," Gibbons said.

Juan Francisco played third base, with Steve Tolleson at second. Lawrie, hitting .237 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs, has been starting in both spots this season.

Designated hitter Adam Lind remained out with a bruised right foot. Gibbons hopes Lawrie and Lind will be available this weekend in Cincinnati.

Cecil left Friday's game in Baltimore with groin tightness and rested for a few days before returning to the mound Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. He got two outs but walked in a run and gave up a bases-loaded triple to Brian McCann.

Gibbons said Cecil's groin didn't feel great during his outing. The reliever is 0-3 with a 3.76 ERA and three saves in 32 appearances.

In addition, the Blue Jays announced that minor league lefty Ricky Romero had season-ending surgery on his left knee to clean out quadriceps tendon inflammation. The operation was performed Tuesday by Dr. Neal Attrache in Los Angeles, and Romero is expected to need about six months to recover.

Drafted sixth overall in 2005, the 29-year-old Romero was a major league All-Star three years ago, when he went 15-11 with a 2.92 ERA for the Blue Jays. But he has struggled since then and spent this season at Triple-A, going 0-3 with a 5.50 ERA in nine starts.

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CLEVELAND -- Indians left fielder Michael Brantley has been diagnosed with a concussion and will likely be out of the lineup until Saturday.

The concussion was diagnosed when Brantley had tests Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. He was injured trying to break up a double play sliding into second base in the third inning Monday.

Brantley was removed from the game and passed an initial concussion test, but was sent to the hospital after experiencing discomfort during his pregame routine Tuesday.

The Indians are hoping they won't have to put Brantley on the seven-day concussion list. Manager Terry Francona said Brantley participated in some activities Wednesday, and Saturday is a realistic day for the outfielder's return.

Brantley is batting .323 and leads the team with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs.

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WASHINGTON -- Atlanta Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd broke a bone in his throwing elbow during Thursday night's 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Floyd broke the olecranon -- the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out behind the elbow -- as he made the first pitch of the seventh inning, a curveball that Jayson Werth pulled foul, deep along the left-field line.

"It was fine until that last pitch," Floyd said. "I felt a pop. And it wasn't painful, at least."

Floyd will return to Atlanta on Friday to be examined by team doctors. The injury is so rare that neither he nor manager Fredi Gonzalez could provide a timetable for Floyd's return.

"In the big picture, I think he's going to be OK," Gonzalez said.

A similar injury ended the career of Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya in 2010.

Floyd flexed his arm awkwardly after making the pitch to Werth and was examined by the Braves' trainer. Unable to continue, Floyd left for reliever Anthony Varvaro.

Floyd was making his ninth start since recovering from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on the same elbow, but Gonzalez said the two injuries are not related.

Floyd had been working on a two-hit shutout. He threw only 64 pitches, walking one and striking out six to improve to 2-2 and drop his ERA to 2.65 in his first season with Atlanta. His career record is 72-72 over 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Braves.

"I felt like I was getting better and better, so it's definitely disappointing," Floyd said. "Definitely not what I envisioned to happen. I haven't had any pain since the surgery."

The Braves lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy and reliever Cory Gearrin to Tommy John surgery during spring training, upending a major plank in their plans to repeat as National League East champions.

"It's been a tough one, ever since spring training," third baseman Chris Johnson said. "But we've got to keep moving forward. Hopefully it's nothing too bad and we can get him back soon."

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lobo316 wrote: WASHINGTON -- Atlanta Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd broke a bone in his throwing elbow during Thursday night's 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Floyd broke the olecranon -- the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out behind the elbow -- as he made the first pitch of the seventh inning, a curveball that Jayson Werth pulled foul, deep along the left-field line.



Here's what his elbow looked like moments after the injury occured:

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CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has decided to remove Jason Grilli from the closer role.

Grilli allowed a tying homer to Devin Mesoraco in the ninth inning of Thursday's 4-3 victory over Cincinnati. He has blown four save opportunities this season after converting 33 of 35 chances a year ago.

Speaking before Friday's game at the Cubs, Hurdle says Mark Melancon will close for now. He also says he could use Tony Watson in save opportunities.

Grilli is 0-2 with 11 saves and a 4.34 ERA in 20 games this year. Hurdle says Grilli is "all about doing what's best for the club and getting better. We'll definitely need him as the season plays out."

Melancon is 1-2 with a 1.89 ERA and 10 saves this season.

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It's a shame that Vidal Nunno is trotted out every 5th Yankee game to take a loss. He sucks on-par with previous suckites such as Andy Hawkins, Tim Leary, Chuck Cary, Dave Eiland, Jeff Johnson, Wade Taylor, every over-the-hill former AS pitcher the Yankees acquired from 1985-90, and 2013 Phil Hughes.  

It takes away from good efforts by guys like Kuroda, David Phelps and Chase Whitley.  I can't get CC or Pinieda back soon enough because they would be a huge improvement over Nunno. I think Nunno should be DFA'd after today.

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NEW YORK -- With the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez in agreement that they expect him to return to play in 2015, A-Rod is trying to clear the remaining debris left from his aggressive tactics during the Biogenesis investigation.

To that end, Rodriguez dropped his malpractice lawsuit against Yankees team doctor Chris Ahmad, and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center "for the sole purpose of having no legal distractions" as the third baseman anticipates returning to play after the season-long suspension he's serving this year, attorney Alan S. Ripka said. It is the final of three separate lawsuits Rodriguez filed that involved the Yankees, Major League Baseball, commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB Players Association.

"He wants to focus on being the best baseball player he can be, the best Yankee he can be, and wants nothing to distract him from those goals," Ripka said.

Rodriguez stopped pursuing the first two lawsuits in February shortly after his appeal of his suspension resulted in a reduction from 211 games to 162.

When Rodriguez's suspension ends, he is eligible to return for the 2015 season. He is owed $61 million over the final three years of his 10-year, $275 million contract. He also can earn $6 million more if he hits six homers and ties Willie Mays on the all-time list with 660.

"He is under contract, so you kind of expect him to be back," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously, sitting out a year, as players have seen, is not the easiest thing to do. You have to try to stay as prepared as you can, doing whatever it takes to stay prepared."

One source with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking told ESPN New York that the team is prepared to take Rodriguez back, "If he can still play."

Rodriguez, 39 in July, is determined to be ready, according to his spokesman, Ron Berkowitz.

"All legal matters have been resolved and Alex looks forward to being on the field in 2015," Berkowitz said. "Alex is working out and looking forward to 2015."

Rodriguez has had two serious hip injuries. The second limited him to just 44 games in 2013, when he hit .244 with seven homers and 19 RBIs.

The suit against Dr. Ahmad and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center alleged that Dr. Ahmad misdiagnosed the hip injury that the third baseman played through during the 2012 playoffs.

Ahmad's lawyer, Peter T. Crean, said the orthopedic surgeon was very pleased with the development, which he described as "demonstrating that Dr. Ahmad's care was complete and appropriate."

For now, Rodriguez is trying to lay low before making his comeback next spring. His actions to drop all the suits were due in part because he is trying to make peace so he can return to the field again.

In Rodriguez' place, the Yankees have played Yangervis Solarte and Kelly Johnson at third. Solarte had been the biggest surprise on the team before slumping lately. He is hitting .270 with six homers and 29 RBIs in 64 games.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals put outfielder Nori Aoki on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a left groin strain.

Aoki, who grounded out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning Friday, is hitting .263 with 14 extra-base hits, in 68 games, while batting leadoff in 64 games.

The Royals purchased the contract of outfielder Justin Maxwell from Triple-A Omaha, where he was hitting .316 with five doubles, a triple, five home runs and 18 RBIs in 25 games.

Maxwell began the season with Kansas City, but was designated for assignment on May 15 with a .138 average. Maxwell started in right field Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.

The Royals transferred left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen, who went on the disabled list May 2 with a bulging disk, to the 60-day disabled list to make space for Maxwell on the 40-man roster.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels have requested waivers on 19-year veteran outfielder and designated hitter Raul Ibanez for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

The highlight of his brief stay with them was on April 12, when he hit a tying three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning against the New York Mets' Jose Valverde for his 2,000th career hit.

"I am disappointed in the way that I performed for this great organization," Ibanez said in a statement released by the team after the Angels' 3-2 10-inning win over the Texas Rangers Saturday night. "Jerry [Dipoto] and Mike [Scioscia] were totally straightforward and professional with me today and I will always appreciate and respect them for that."

The Angels also optioned right-hander Cam Bedrosian to Double-A Arkansas after he gave up nine runs, eight hits and seven walks in 5 2/3 innings over his first six big league appearances. Infielder Efren Navarro was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, and right-hander David Carpenter was added to the major league roster.

Ibanez, the second-oldest player in the majors behind Jason Giambi, batted .157 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 190 plate appearances for the Angels after signing a one-year deal for $2.75 million during the offseason.

"Raul's going to be tough to replace in the clubhouse. He brings so many intangibles," Scioscia said. "We've got some young kids, but it's a tough day for us. Raul's a great competitor and a terrific person, and we'll definitely miss him. Like anybody, there was disappointment. He's very accountable. He knows he didn't do what he wanted for us. He took it with what you'd expect for a guy with his class."

Ibanez' career has included three stints with the Seattle Mariners. He also played for Kansas City, Philadelphia and the New York Yankees. His career average is .273 with 303 homers and 1,202 RBIs.

Also, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was out of the lineup Saturday night against the Rangers. Pujols left Friday night's game early after he said his lower back locked up as he scored on an Erick Aybar single. He was available to pinch hit.

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Miami Marlins second baseman Rafael Furcal left the game in the fourth inning of Saturday's 4-0 loss to the New York Mets with left calf and hamstring injuries and is expected to go back on the disabled list, manager Mike Redmond said.

Furcal was scheduled to have an MRI after the game.

"It definitely doesn't sound good," Redmond said.

Furcal, 36, made his season debut June 13 after missing all of 2013 because of an elbow injury, and sat out the first 2½ months of this season with hamstring and groin injuries. In nine games, he's hitting .171 with no home runs and two RBIs.

"I'm more disappointed for him -- he's been out for a long time," Redmond told reporters after the game. "He was looking forward to this opportunity with us to go out and play, and it just hasn't happened for him. A rough go from the start. Spring training was tough on him. He's been banged up, really, since Day 1."

Furcal spent nearly two months in the minors on a rehabilitation assignment that was interrupted twice when he aggravated his injuries.

"I'm waiting all year for this moment," he said prior to his activation. "I think I played in the minor leagues more than I had played in my career."

The Marlins signed Furcal to a $3 million, one-year deal last offseason. Despite doubts about his durability, Redmond wanted him to play every day.

"You know what you're going to get out of him," Redmond said at the time Furcal came off the DL. "Hopefully he'll continue to feel good and the health stuff is behind him and we can get a lot out of him these next few months."

Furcal has 314 career stolen bases and said he's ready to go full speed, even on the bases.

Furcal broke into the majors in 2000 and has been on nine playoff teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals' World Series championship team in 2011.

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Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft and the Houston Astros' top prospect, suffered an apparently serious injury to his leg during a minor-league game Saturday night.

Correa, playing for Class A Lancaster, was carried off the field and carted to the clubhouse after sustaining the injury while sliding into third base.

The official nature of Correa's injury has not been disclosed, but the Antelope Valley Press reported that the 19-year-old shortstop may have suffered a broken right fibula.

The 6-foot-4 Correa is batting .325 with six home runs, 57 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 62 games this season with Lancaster, the Astros' advanced Class A affiliate.

Correa recently was ranked as baseball's No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN Insider Keith Law.

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San Diego Padres reliever Alex Torres became the first pitcher to wear a padded cap during Saturday's night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Major League Baseball tested several prototypes of protective cap that provide some head protection and approved one in January, 17 months after Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive and suffered life-threatening brain injuries.

Torres was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays last season. Last June 15, teammate Alex Cobb suffered a concussion on a line drive that struck his right ear. He missed two months and has become an advocate of padded inserts for caps for young baseball and softball players.

According to MLB.com, Torres ordered the cap about a month ago and started wearing it sporadically while playing catch over the past week.

"The difference between how this hat and the regular hat feels isn't much," Torres said, according to MLB.com. "I tried it before using it in the game, playing catch. It doesn't feel really bad. It doesn't feel like how it looks on my head."

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CINCINNATI -- Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and infielder Brett Lawrie both left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds with injuries.

Lawrie left the game at Cincinnati in the middle of the second inning with a broken right index finger after being hit by a pitch. He was replaced by Steve Tolleson.

Tolleson moved to right field and Munenori Kawasaki from shortstop to second for the bottom of the third after Jose Bautista left the game with tightness in his left leg in the top of the third.

But before he left he had a sacrifice bunt that set up Colby Rasmus' two-run single, giving the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.

Jose Reyes, who left Saturday's game after fouling a ball off the side of his left knee, pinch-ran for Bautista, who had reached on an error, and stayed in the game to play shortstop.

Bautista has been scheduled for an MRI on Monday.

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have put starting pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list.

The Cardinals made the moves Sunday after their 5-3 win over Philadelphia.

The right-handed Wacha has a stress fracture in his pitching shoulder. He is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA for the defending NL champions.

Garcia has re-aggravated his surgically repaired left shoulder. He is 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA.

St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said it was too early to determine when the players will return. He said the team was aware of Garcia's soreness, but the Wacha ailment took him by surprise.

"This was a little shocking to all of us," Mozeliak said. "In terms of how long he's going to be out, I don't know that. We're going to give him a couple weeks and see how he is and then re-evaluate."

Wacha said he has not felt right the last couple starts.

"It's just tightness, it just takes a little bit longer to warm up," Wacha said. "It's a little discomfort, something I'm not used to."

Garcia missed all but nine starts last season and underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He could be forced to undergo a third surgery.

Wacha was the MVP of the NL Championship Series as a rookie last season throwing 13 2/3 shutout innings against Los Angeles.

Garcia went 26-15 between 2010 and 2011 before suffering shoulder injuries the next two seasons.

Mozeliak indicated that Carlos Martinez will likely remain in the starting rotation. Martinez went five innings and picked up the win in Sunday's 4-1 victory.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated second baseman Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list and sent outfielder Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The moves were made before Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Walker had been on the DL since June 9 because of an appendectomy. In 62 games this season, Walker hit .280 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs.

Tabata hit .289 with 14 RBIs in 62 games.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Diego Padres have put righty Andrew Cashner on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder and purchased the contract of right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from Triple-A El-Paso.

Despaigne is set to make his major league debut Monday night when he starts the series opener against the San Francisco Giants. He is 1-3 with a 6.03 ERA in seven minor league starts this season.

Manager Bud Black says Cashner just "wasn't feeling well" and the team decided to place him on the DL instead of just skip one start to make sure he recovers.

The Padres transferred right-hander Casey Kelly from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster.

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 Five days after Fenway Park official scorer Bob Ellis ruled that David Ortiz had reached safely on an error by Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, prompting an on-field outburst from the Boston Red Sox designated hitter, the Red Sox announced Ellis reversed himself and gave Ortiz credit for a single.

Ellis did so before MLB exercised its normal protocol for reviewing a scorer's decision.

Ortiz said Monday that he was satisfied with the decision but said he was "not comfortable" with how the situation blew up into a mini-tempest, with MLB executive vice president Joe Torre issuing a statement Friday chastising the Sox slugger for his conduct.

"I don't want people to think every time I come up with something, I'm showing somebody up," Ortiz said Monday afternoon. "I owe an apology to MLB, Joe Torre, even the scorekeeper."

On Wednesday afternoon in Fenway Park, Ortiz, batting with one out in the seventh inning of a scoreless game, hit a two-hop smash to the right of Mauer at first. Mauer knocked the ball down but could not keep it in his glove, the ball trickling a few feet away as Ortiz reached first without a play being made. Ellis scored it an error, and at the end of the inning, Ortiz could be seen yelling at the press box as he left the field, making a thumbs-down gesture. He continued yelling from the dugout.

Ortiz came up to the plate again in the 10th inning and hit a game-tying home run. He was followed one batter later by Mike Napoli, who hit a walk-off home run in Boston's 2-1 win. Afterward, Ortiz was asked about his actions.

"I thought people were supposed to have your back at home, and it never happens," he said. "It's always like that. I've been here for more than a decade, and the scorekeepers here are always horrible. This is home, man."

Ortiz said Monday his comments were borne of frustration.

"I'm not the type of person that likes to complain," he said. "I'm an emotional guy, and whenever you see me come out like that, there's some history behind it. I don't do it just to do it.

"Bottom line, man, there's been a lot of frustration this year, you know? When you're in a situation you're grinding and get a hit, then things like that happen [the play being scored an error], and then the questions come, that's where the frustration comes popping out.

"It shouldn't be like that. I understand that. That's why I feel like I've got to apologize for things coming out that way."

Torre released a statement Friday in which he admonished Ortiz.

"Official scorers have a job to do, and by their very nature, their decisions don't make everyone happy," Torre said in his statement. "But everyone in our game deserves respect. I hope that David will meet that standard going forward, because I don't share the same views that he expressed.

"Official scorers should never give any benefit of the doubt to the home team. We want their best judgment, based on the rules. We have a process to review the decisions that our scorers make. Even when there are inevitable disagreements, we expect everybody to act professionally and respect the game and the integrity of our scorers."

Ortiz said Torre did not speak with him before issuing his statement.

"I understand," Ortiz said. "I get it. I understand his point. Hopefully he understands mine, too. We are a family. I wasn't trying to say I need to be protected, that something that wasn't mine should be. My point was about the knowledge of the situation. In my case, when it goes against me, when I complain, it turns out I'm right. That's my frustration."

This is the second time this season that a scoring decision has been changed in Ortiz's favor. A ball that fell between two Texas players May 9 in Arlington while Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had a no-hitter in progress was originally scored an error. The call, after being reviewed by MLB, was credited to Ortiz as a hit.

"I know the scorekeeper is trying to do his job," Ortiz said. "It's easy down here to criticize their job. Hopefully, I don't have to face the same situation because to be honest I wasn't comfortable with the whole thing. People talking about it for a week. Every time I say something, I'm the bad guy.

"You're not going to make people happy. They criticize me because I'm not hitting .300, then criticize me because I'm complaining I didn't get [credited with] a hit. People, you've got to understand, if you want me to do my job, you've got to let me do my thing. I'm not taking something that's not part of me. It's part of what I do. It's not personal with anybody."

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NEW YORK -- The Oakland Athletics have recalled outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list and placed first baseman Kyle Blanks on the DL because of a left calf strain.

Manager Bob Melvin said Reddick felt great after testing his hyperextended right knee during a rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Sacramento. Reddick is starting in right field and batting seventh Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series against the Mets.

Blanks has been nursing the calf injury for several days, and he had to leave Sunday's loss to Boston because it worsened.

Catcher Derek Norris was out of the lineup after being hit in the head by a backswing Sunday. Melvin said Norris felt he was fine to play. The A's, though, wanted to see how Norris went through pregame drills before determining what kind of role he could play against New York.

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PHILADELPHIA -- One of the biggest potential chips at the trading deadline, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee, is on track for a return from the disabled list around the All-Star break, following a bullpen session Tuesday.

After throwing between 40 and 50 pitches in two segments, separated by a five-minute break, Lee pronounced himself to be "still progressing" from what was originally described as a mild strain of the flexor pronator muscle in his left elbow. The 35-year-old left-hander hasn't pitched since complaining of elbow soreness after throwing 116 pitches in a May 18 start against the Cincinnati Reds.

Lee said his next step will be to throw a simulated game either Friday or Saturday, "depending on how I feel [Wednesday] and the next day, obviously." Barring setbacks, he then would start a minor league rehab option sometime next week and could return just before or just after the All-Star break, depending on whether the Phillies think he needs two rehab starts or three.

Asked how many minor league starts he thinks he'll need to get ready, Lee said: "I really don't know. I just know I have a [simulated] game next time, and I haven't looked too much past that, to be honest with you."

Although he described himself as pain-free, Lee again said, as he did following his first bullpen session over the weekend, that he still feels "barely something" in his elbow when he throws, "but it's not getting any worse. It's continuing to get better. ... I continue to do more, and it's not going backwards. So, that's a good thing."

If the Phillies are out of contention at the trading deadline, they are expected to listen to offers for many of their veteran players. But other clubs have told ESPN.com that they expect the Phillies to aggressively attempt to move Lee, who is signed through 2015 and has a minimum of $50 million left on his contract over the next season and a half. That figure could grow to $62.5 million if he vests his option for 2016.

Teams that have spoken with the Phillies say the club has indicated it is willing to eat a significant portion of Lee's salary if it gets the right pieces back in a trade.

Lee was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 starts before going on the disabled list. In the six starts in which he received a loss or a no-decision, the Phillies scored a total of eight runs while he was in the game.

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Major League Baseball took a formal step Tuesday to clarify a portion of the new rule governing unnecessary collisions between baserunners and catchers at home plate.

In a statement sent to the baseball operations departments for all 30 teams, MLB said umpires have been instructed not to apply Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate. The directive came several days after Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, said the rules were interpreted incorrectly to overturn an apparent force play in a game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

"A number of questions recently have arisen about the application of Official Playing Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate,'' the MLB statement said. "Rule 7.13 was adopted in order to prevent unnecessary collisions at home plate between a runner attempting to score and a catcher attempting to make a tag play on the runner. The Rule as intended has no function or purpose in the context of a force play (i.e., a runner attempting to score from third with the bases loaded). As a result, effective immediately, Umpires will be instructed not to apply Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate.''

An overturned call led to controversy in the third inning of Cincinnati's 11-4 victory over the Pirates on June 18. Umpires initially ruled that Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was out on a force play at home plate, then changed the call to safe because officials at MLB's replay command center in New York determined that Pirates catcher Russell Martin had illegally blocked home plate with his foot.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was ejected for arguing the call, and Torre issued a statement saying replay officials had been incorrect in their application of Rule 7.13 -- which Torre said was designed solely "to prevent egregious home plate collisions.''

Rule 7.13 prohibits catchers from blocking home plate without possession of the ball and decrees that baserunners with an open route to home plate cannot diverge from a direct path to initiate contact with a catcher or other player covering home.

"Last night's play at home plate was one of the most difficult calls that our umpires have faced this season, given that the positioning of the catcher at home plate was necessary to record the force out,'' Torre said in a statement after the call in Pittsburgh. "After evaluating the play and the details of the review, we recognize that this play was not the type that should have resulted in a violation of Rule 7.13.''

In its statement to clubs Tuesday, MLB also said that contact between a runner and a catcher standing on home plate is still permissible within the limits of rules governing interference.

"But, while force plays at the plate will continue to be reviewable by video replay, a determination of whether interference or obstruction occurred during such plays shall not be reviewable,'' the statement said.

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lobo316 wrote: Major League Baseball took a formal step Tuesday to clarify a portion of the new rule governing unnecessary collisions between baserunners and catchers at home plate.

In a statement sent to the baseball operations departments for all 30 teams, MLB said umpires have been instructed not to apply Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate. The directive came several days after Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, said the rules were interpreted incorrectly to overturn an apparent force play in a game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

"A number of questions recently have arisen about the application of Official Playing Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate,'' the MLB statement said. "Rule 7.13 was adopted in order to prevent unnecessary collisions at home plate between a runner attempting to score and a catcher attempting to make a tag play on the runner. The Rule as intended has no function or purpose in the context of a force play (i.e., a runner attempting to score from third with the bases loaded). As a result, effective immediately, Umpires will be instructed not to apply Rule 7.13 to force plays at home plate.''

An overturned call led to controversy in the third inning of Cincinnati's 11-4 victory over the Pirates on June 18. Umpires initially ruled that Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was out on a force play at home plate, then changed the call to safe because officials at MLB's replay command center in New York determined that Pirates catcher Russell Martin had illegally blocked home plate with his foot.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was ejected for arguing the call, and Torre issued a statement saying replay officials had been incorrect in their application of Rule 7.13 -- which Torre said was designed solely "to prevent egregious home plate collisions.''

Rule 7.13 prohibits catchers from blocking home plate without possession of the ball and decrees that baserunners with an open route to home plate cannot diverge from a direct path to initiate contact with a catcher or other player covering home.

"Last night's play at home plate was one of the most difficult calls that our umpires have faced this season, given that the positioning of the catcher at home plate was necessary to record the force out,'' Torre said in a statement after the call in Pittsburgh. "After evaluating the play and the details of the review, we recognize that this play was not the type that should have resulted in a violation of Rule 7.13.''

In its statement to clubs Tuesday, MLB also said that contact between a runner and a catcher standing on home plate is still permissible within the limits of rules governing interference.

"But, while force plays at the plate will continue to be reviewable by video replay, a determination of whether interference or obstruction occurred during such plays shall not be reviewable,'' the statement said.

MLB instituted this rule without having the slightest clue how or when it would be applied.  Someone just screamed "CONCUSSION" and they pissed themselves.  It's a joke.  Injuries are a part of athletics and shit happens.  A catcher has the right to the plate in all situations when he has the ball or the ball is on its way and reasonably close.  Obstruction should only be called when the catcher doesn't have the ball and  clearly won't by the time the runner reaches the plate.  Very simple. 

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor-league contract Tuesday, six days after he was released by the Boston Red Sox.

Sizemore will report to the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, on Thursday.

The Red Sox are responsible for Sizemore's $1.25 million big-league salary, which includes $250,000 previously earned in incentives. But if he makes it to Philadelphia, the Phillies would then pay him a prorated portion of the major-league minimum salary. Sizemore had $5 million in incentives built into his contract in Boston, but those incentives aren't part of his deal in Philadelphia, sources said.

Sizemore has an opt-out clause if he isn't called up by the Phillies before the All-Star break.

The 31-year-old outfielder hit .216/.288/.324 in 52 games and 204 plate appearances with the Red Sox this season. He made the club with an eye-opening spring training, homered on Opening Day and got off to an impressive start, with five multi-hit games and a .343/.395/.571 slash line in his first 10 games.

But he tailed off badly afterward, hitting .187/.263/.267 in his final 42 games. He was just 4-for-30, with one extra-base hit and eight strikeouts, in June, when the Red Sox released him.

However, the Phillies, a team desperate for outfield help, are willing to take into account that Sizemore was trying to make a comeback after missing two full seasons, and much of the previous two seasons as well, with knee issues, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

"More than anything else, when you take that much time off, I think it takes a long time -- much longer than people think -- to kind of get your feet back on the ground, so to speak," Amaro said. "I know Boston gave him the opportunity to play, and he had some level of success, and then he did struggle at times. But we'll see what he's got in the tank. We believe in the athlete. We'll see what he's got left."

Amaro said Sizemore will mostly play center field for Lehigh Valley, but could see time in left and right field as well. Amaro said the Phillies' reports indicated that Sizemore hadn't dealt with "any major issues" in Boston, so they remain hopeful he still has something left.

"Does he run as well as he used to? No," Amaro said. "But he's still very athletic. And our scouts kind of liked some of the things that he did. I mean, really, this is kind of a no-risk, high-reward situation, as far as I'm concerned."

Asked what role the Phillies envisioned for Sizemore in Philadelphia, Amaro replied: "We'd like to have more production in the outfield. It's pretty simple."

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Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price is again the subject of trade rumors, and he admitted they have started to bother him.

"I mean, obviously I think about it," Price told reporters on Tuesday. "That's why I've been in a bad mood the last week and a half. I think about it. You guys know that. And it's nothing I really want to talk about.

"I don't have an answer for you guys. I don't know where I'm going. I don't know when I'm going. So there's nothing I can really comment on."

The MLB trade deadline is July 31, and while sources have told ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney that the Rays aren't close to trading Price, rival officials tell Olney that they believe the Rays will try to move the former Cy Young Award winner soon.

Price leads the American League with 133 strikeouts, including 43 -- with just four walks -- in his past four starts spanning 31 1/3 innings. His velocity is also climbing: In his first six starts, his average fastball velocity didn't reach 93 mph, but in five of his past eight starts, his average velocity has been 93.4 mph or higher.

Rays manager Joe Maddon understands how the rumors can be bothersome to Price, but told reporters "there's nothing I can say that is going to make him feel better, I doubt that."

"He needs to feel my support all the time, and I hope he does," Maddon said. "Beyond all that, part of this is it's a business, and sometimes when you get caught up in the business component, it makes it uncomfortable. ... I think part of it's complimentary. Part of it is disconcerting. I think a guy like him has been through a lot of different moments and always has been able to handle them."

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants center fielder and leadoff hitter Angel Pagan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

Pagan had not played in the past eight games with the injury. The move is retroactive to June 15. Pagan will be eligible to come off the DL on Monday.

Pagan is hitting .307 with three homers and 19 RBIs.

The Giants recalled outfielder Adam Duvall from Triple-A Fresno, where he was hitting .297 with a PCL-leading 23 home runs.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cincinnati Reds are hoping for more success with a Cuban pitcher.

The team signed right-hander Raisel Iglesias to a seven-year contract Friday. Several media outlets reported the deal is worth $27 million.

The 24-year-old Iglesias will join the Reds organization once his visa problems are resolved.

Iglesias defected from Cuba in November, two months after a failed attempt in Mexico. He held a workout in Haiti for major league scouts.

Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty suggested Iglesias will begin his Reds career at the club's baseball academy in the Dominican Republic before being sent to the Arizona Rookie League.

"He's a tremendous athlete, with two quality breaking pitches, a curveball and power slider, and has the makings of a quality changeup," Jocketty said. "Our scouts feel he can be a starter and be a starter very soon. The more pitching we can acquire, the more flexibility it gives us going forward."

The Reds won a bidding war to land their current closer, Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman, who signed a $30.25 million, six-year deal in 2010.

"The decision was based on the evaluation of our scouts, the same group of guys who went to see Chapman," Jocketty said. "I guarantee you we saw him pitch more than any other club. I have tremendous respect and appreciation for the evaluation of our scouts. They're hard-working and very diligent.

"It was a great organizational effort to get this done," he said. "We're very excited about it."

Iglesias pitched for Isla de la Juventud in Cuba's National Series for three years, compiling an 8-12 record with a 3.47 ERA over 88 appearances, all but five in relief.

He also pitched for the Cuban national team and appeared in the World Baseball Classic last year for Cuba.

Jocketty said Iglesias, a converted shortstop, can throw the ball up to 96 mph.

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan began his professional career as a shortstop in the San Francisco Giants organization.

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NEW YORK -- The Boston Red Sox have shut down the rehabs of outfielder Shane Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

Victorino has experienced ongoing issues with his back. Middlebrooks has continued swelling in his fractured right index finger, which has impacted his throwing.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said neither player will participate in baseball activities for the foreseeable future.

Victorino, who was examined in Boston on Thursday, is receiving treatment for discomfort in his lower back, Farrell said. In a related move, according to Farrell, hot prospect Mookie Betts made his first start in right field for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday night, going 0 for 2 with two walks. He is scheduled to play there again Friday night.

Betts has reached base in all 22 games since being promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland. His nine-game hitting streak ended Thursday, one in which he batted .415 (17 for 41) with six multihit games and nine RBIs.

Betts' move to right field also coincided with the promotion of veteran center fielder Andres Torres to Pawtucket after he played five games with Class A Lowell, going 4 for 19 with two doubles. Torres, who was not re-signed by the San Francisco Giants after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs in his left heel last year, underwent a six-month rehab before signing a minor-league deal with the Red Sox earlier this month.

With Victorino out indefinitely, the team's decision to promote another outfielder probably looks to be a choice between Torres and Betts, who had not played outfield professionally until this season.

"We're just trying to get him exposure to both center and right field in the event there is some further discussion and the ultimate decision is made to bring him here," Farrell said. "That has not happened yet.''

Another possibility for a right-handed bat, suggested Alex Speier of WEEI.com, is Ryan Roberts, who is currently on a seven-game hitting streak (12-for-30, .400, including back-to-back three-hit games). But Roberts has played almost exclusively at second base for the PawSox, making just two starts in the outfield, in left field both times.

The Red Sox are currently playing with just 12 position players, one short of their stated desire of 13. Farrell hinted a roster move could come as soon as Saturday.

"The goal is to get back to 13 position players,'' Farrell said. "Whether that happens by tomorrow remains to be seen, but that's the overall goal.''

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Los Angeles Angels hope the Jason Grilli they're getting from the Pittsburgh Pirates is the dominant version of last year rather than the struggling one of this year.

The Pirates feel the same way about Ernesto Frieri.


The Angels and Pirates swapped the relievers on Friday night, each team optimistic that a change of scenery will be enough to allow their new arms to revert to their old ways.

"Obviously we're trying to get a bullpen with some chemistry and upgrade it," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "and I think Jason Grilli is a guy who can hopefully come in and fill a role, and if he pitches as well as he did last year he could be really important to us."

The 37-year-old Grilli has struggled with his command this season, and was 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances. But he was pivotal to the Pirates' resurgence last year, when he piled up 33 saves and had a 2.70 ERA in helping the club to a 94-68 record.

"It's a difficult trade to make from the standpoint that Jason had a good run here, and did a lot for our franchise both on and off the field," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "He's loved by a lot of guys in the clubhouse and a lot of fans."

Grilli is expected to join the Angels in Kansas City on Saturday.

"Much like Ernie, he struggled with some things here and there this year after a terrific year last year," Scioscia said. "Once he gets settled and we can evaluate exactly where he is and where his role is going to be to make us as deep as we can be, we'll have a better idea."

Frieri had a career-best 37 saves for the Angels last year, but the 28-year-old right-hander is just 0-3 with 6.39 ERA and 11 saves in 34 appearances this season.

The final straw may have come the previous night in Los Angeles, when he loaded the bases in the ninth inning against Minnesota. Joe Smith relieved him and gave up a bases-clearing double but bounced back to strike out Kendrys Morales to preserve the 6-4 victory.

Frieri has allowed at least one run in four of his last five appearances, and while he's thrown six shutout frames in the eighth inning, he has a 7.92 ERA in the ninth inning or later.

"Ernesto is a guy we've pursued for a couple of years but haven't been about to get," Huntington said. "He's going through a rough stretch but he's doing things our scouts like and our (statistical) analysts like. We've had success bringing guys in and having them benefit from a change of scenery, a change of league. That's what we're hoping for here."

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The Reds are finally starting to play decent baseball, but they have fucked around so much in the early part of the season that it may be too late.

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed infielder Chris Owings on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain and selected the contract of infielder Nick Ahmed from Triple-A Reno.

Arizona also transferred third baseman Eric Chavez to the 60-day disabled list with a sprained left knee.

Owings is batting .277 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 72 games, including 61 at shortstop.

Ahmed will be making his first appearance in the majors after hitting .324 with two homers and 36 RBIs in 79 games with Reno. He was acquired with infielder Martin Prado in a 2013 trade that sent outfielder Justin Upton to Atlanta.

Chavez has been on disabled list since June 9.

Arizona made the moves before Sunday's game at San Diego.

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MIAMI -- The Oakland Athletics returned Josh Reddick to the 15-day disabled list Sunday after the outfielder aggravated a previous knee injury.

Reddick left Saturday's 7-6 victory against Miami in the fourth inning with a strained right knee. He had an MRI on Sunday morning, but the A's had not seen the results when they decided to put him on the DL.

"Until we get the MRI we're not sure, but regardless it was the feeling of the training staff that he wouldn't be available," manager Bob Melvin said before Sunday's game at the Marlins. "He's still sore and stiff. I think it scared him pretty good last night, but he felt better than he thought he would feel this morning."

Melvin said Reddick will not be on the field doing any activities for at least five days.

Reddick had just been activated on Tuesday after he spent three weeks on the disabled list with a hyperextended right knee. In four starts since coming back from his first DL stint, Reddick had gone 5 for 11 with three RBIs. He is batting .229 with four homers and 24 RBIs on the year.

Oakland also promoted first baseman Nate Freiman from Triple-A Sacramento, and he got the start in the series finale in Miami.

Freiman hit a three-run homer in his 2014 debut as the A's beat the Marlins 4-3 to complete a three-game sweep.

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LOS ANGELES -- As has been largely the case this season, the notion of a Los Angeles Dodgers infield with four preferred starters remains an elusive dream. The team is now down star shortstop Hanley Ramirez and key reserve Justin Turner, and the length of those absences remains to be seen.

The Dodgers announced Sunday that Turner has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The third baseman suffered the injury while running out a second inning double during Saturday's 9-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Turner was immediately taken out of the game, and his production of late could be difficult to replace. In the month of June, Turner was hitting .389 with 10 RBIs in 54 at-bats. On the season, Turner is hitting .302 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 59 games, and has been a source of solid defense.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly expressed cautious optimism that Turner won't be sidelined too long.

"We're just hopeful that it's not one of those two-month hammies," Mattingly said. "More of between three and five games. He came in actually decent today. It's not one of those where he can't walk at all. We're just hopeful it's a regular type hamstring [injury]. They're never that good, anyway."

On the plus side, Ramirez's left calf injury, also aggravated during Saturday's contest, was deemed less immediately severe. While unavailable for Sunday's game against St. Louis, he is considered "day to day" for the time being, and there are no immediate plans for a stint on the disabled list.

Still, Mattingly acknowledged a DL visit isn't out of the question for Ramirez, who has already missed time because of the same troublesome calf. He also admitted balancing long-term health concerns against the need for Ramirez's production can be a delicate dance.

"I think it just depends on where you're at, at the time," Mattingly explained. "How do you balance it? Do you take that time and say, 'OK, if he's going to be ready to play in five or six days, do you go ahead and take the 15 [day disabled list time], get him moving into the All-Star break, get him totally healthy, hopefully. I think that's just the balance. Where does it tip, right? Where do you find that balance of giving him the shot to truly be healthy, or nursing him along and let him get healthy?

"We'll see where he's at and kind of make decisions depending on the severity of that."

Concurrent with Turner's DL stint, the Dodgers recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A

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Former World Series-saving closer Sergio Romo is out for the San Francisco Giants after another blown save Saturday night, the team announced Sunday.

The Giants will now close by committee, with Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt most likely sharing those duties, manager Bruce Bochy said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Despite his 22 saves this season, Romo has blown three of his past five opportunities, the latest coming Saturday night against the Cincinnati Reds. He walked Joey Votto to start the ninth inning of a 1-0 game and then gave up a two-run home run to Brandon Phillips.

But Romo will not be completely abandoned by the team. He will continue to help get outs and maybe appear in the seventh inning, Bochy told reporters.

"I talked to Sergio today," he said, according to the paper. "I think it's the right time we tweaked this a little. He's still going to be part of the mix, but we're going to back off a little bit and do it by committee."

Romo took over as closer of the Giants midway through the 2012 season. He's racked up 77 regular-season saves and got the final outs of the 2012 Division Series against the Reds and then the World Series against the Tigers.

But he has struggled recently, seeing his ERA balloon from 1.65 through May 9 to 9.00 since then, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He had zero blown saves through May 9, but has five since then.

"Sometimes you've got to change," Bochy said, according to the newspaper. "If you keep doing the same thing over and over, sometimes it's good for a player to back off a little bit, let him breathe and get back on track. He's done such a great job. As a group, we've hit a bump in the road. As individuals, a lot of us have and hiccups.

"It's not a fun time for a manager to tell the closer he's going to change things a little bit. It's not what he wanted to hear. He's a team guy. He'll help out where we need him. It's time to lighten his load."

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lobo316 wrote: Former World Series-saving closer Sergio Romo is out for the San Francisco Giants after another blown save Saturday night, the team announced Sunday.



And with that I have 0 saves options on my fantasy team, completely given up on that category with no hope of getting a point there

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Count Grog wrote: lobo316 wrote: Former World Series-saving closer Sergio Romo is out for the San Francisco Giants after another blown save Saturday night, the team announced Sunday.



And with that I have 0 saves options on my fantasy team, completely given up on that category with no hope of getting a point there

Giant fans were never sold on him. He has one pitch....a slider. If that isn't working the Giants were screwed. I can't see why batters don't sit on that pitch.
 

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timore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has lost his appeal and will serve a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing his bat on the field against Oakland on June 8, it was announced Monday.

Machado was given the suspension and fined an undisclosed amount on June 10. He immediately appealed the punishment and has been playing for Baltimore since that time.

The Orioles said Machado will start serving the suspension Monday night and will miss games against the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. The Orioles will be forced to play Monday with a 24-man roster.

Machado is hitting .239 with seven homers and 17 RBIs this season, following offseason reconstructive surgery on his knee.

He was an All-Star last season, when he batted .283 with 14 home runs and a league-leading 51 doubles.

The 21-year-old third baseman missed the entire month of April this season while recovering from the knee surgery.

Machado tossed his bat in the direction of third base during a plate appearance in which Oakland reliever Fernando Abad threw successive high-and-tight pitches. After the bat went soaring, both benches emptied. Machado and Abad were ejected.

Abad was fined but not suspended.

Two days earlier, Machado yelled in the face of Oakland's Josh Donaldson after the third baseman tagged him on the chest and knocked him over.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Kansas City Royals have signed 42-year-old outfielder Raul Ibanez, nine days after he was released by the Los Angeles Angels.

The Royals made several moves Monday before their game at Minnesota. Ibanez and infielder Christian Colon were added to the roster, and infielder Pedro Ciriaco and outfielder Justin Maxwell were designated for assignment.

Ibanez batted just .157 in 57 games for the Angels, but 10 of his 26 hits were for extra bases. He spent three seasons with the Royals, starting in 2001. This is his fifth team since 2011. Ibanez hit 29 home runs just last year for Seattle.

Colon was recalled from Triple-A. The fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft was batting .296 with 48 runs, 14 doubles and 14 steals in 74 games for Omaha.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have reinstated third baseman Trevor Plouffe and utilityman Eduardo Nunez from the disabled list.

The moves were made before Monday's game against Kansas City. To make room on the roster, shortstops Pedro Florimon and Jorge Polanco were sent to the minors -- Florimon to Triple-A Rochester; Polanco to Class A Fort Myers.

Plouffe, who is hitting .241 with five homers and 38 RBIs this season, missed 14 games after injuring his rib cage against Detroit on June 14. Nunez, who just finished a four-game rehab assignment with Rochester, also missed 14 games after straining his right hamstring in the same game.

Florimon went 0 for 11 in eight games since he was called up, dropping his career average to .204 in 624 major league at-bats.

Polanco went 2 for 5 over four games after making his major league debut.

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies' beleaguered starting rotation took another blow as right-hander Jhoulys Chacin was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with an inflamed shoulder.

Chacin becomes the sixth starter out of commission for the Rockies. The team has already used 12 different starters this season.

The move is retroactive to Sunday.

To take Chacin's place on the roster, the Rockies recalled right-handed reliever Chad Bettis from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He will be available Monday night in Washington against the Nationals.

Chacin missed the first month of the season with a strained right shoulder. He's 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA this season.

Bettis is 0-1 with a 10.05 ERA in 13 games with the Rockies this season.

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BOSTON -- David Ortiz thinks he knows why the Chicago Cubs haven't been able to win consistently.

Oritz, who stands as Theo Epstein's biggest acquisition during the Cubs president's decade as an executive with the Boston Red Sox, blames the one thing many Cubs fans cherish -- the one thing that sets the Wrigley Field experience apart.

"Through the years I've talked to a lot of friends of mine that have played for the Cubs," Ortiz said Tuesday night before the Red Sox lost 2-1 to the Cubs in the second game of a three-game series at Fenway Park. "The one thing that everyone talked about was the schedule in Chicago. They get excited walking into a city that's based on baseball, but once they start dealing with the schedule it kind of mentally wears you down."

Ortiz cited former Cub Alfonso Soriano among others who haven't liked the mixed schedule of day and night games.

When the team first installed lights in 1988, the Cubs were limited to 18 night games due to their stadium being in such proximity with the neighborhood. Over the years the city had increased the number to 30 and for the first time in 2014 the Cubs have 38 scheduled night games.

"Believe it or not that's one of the biggest issues for that organization to become a winning ballclub," said Ortiz, who signed as a free agent with Epstein and the Red Sox in 2003 after six years with the Twins. "When you come down to the Cubs' schedule it's a game-changer, believe it or not. They play so many day games at home and then they have to travel to another city and adjust themselves to the night games."

Because of national television commitments the Cubs play noon and 3 p.m. games at home in addition to their normal 1:20 and 7 p.m. start times. For the first time in years they were allowed to schedule 3 p.m. games on Fridays due to late travel issues on many Thursdays.

"If the rest of the league had the same schedule that you have it's fine," Ortiz said. "But once you play day games for about a week and next thing you know you have to go into a city and play night games, then the next thing you know you have to go to the West Coast and adjust to the time there, then you have to come back home and start playing day games, it's too hard for baseball (players)."

The Cubs are in a rebuilding phase that has resulted in an influx of young players who would seemingly better handle the rugged schedule than aged veterans, though management has conceded success will only follow when it's the right fit for players regardless of experience.

Clearly, though, the Chicago nightlife has taken down more than one career over the years.

"You can throw a group of young guys out there to figure it out but you need a veteran in the mix," Ortiz said. "If the Cubs want to do something different about winning ... to begin to win a championship, they have to make adjustments based on that."

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has gone on the 15-day disabled list after hurting his side in Tuesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.

The Twins said Mauer has a right oblique strain. He apparently suffered the injury when he doubled in the fourth inning, a hit that ran his hitting streak to 12 games.

Mauer had hit .320 with 13 RBIs in his last 19 games. The Twins called up Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester to take his place on the roster. Colabello was hitting .275 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 36 games with the Red Wings.

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A new book reveals that suspended New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was granted an exemption by Major League Baseball to use testosterone prior to his 2007 MVP season.

The book, "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era" by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts, and excerpted by Sports Illustrated, outlines that Rodriguez was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) in order to treat hypogonadism (a testosterone deficiency), a rarity in the sport.

"In 2007, of the 1,354 players subjected to testing, 111 were granted a TUE," according to the book. "Only two, apparently including Rodriguez, received an exemption for 'androgen deficiency medications,' the category that would include testosterone."

Rodriguez went on to win his third MVP award in 2007 after hitting a league-high 48 home runs and driving in 130 runs with a .321 average. In the offseason, Rodriguez signed a new 10-year deal with the Yankees that would pay him a guaranteed $275 million.

The book goes on to say that in 2008 Rodriguez applied for two other TUEs, one for a different treatment for testosterone deficiency (which was granted) and one for a drug thought to be helpful in weight loss (which was not granted).

"In 2008, three major leaguers were granted exemptions to take drugs to treat hypogonadism," the book reads. "In fact, from the 2006 season through 2013, only 15 were granted for androgen deficiencies and hypogonadism, the conditions that under MLB's drug policy could require a medical testosterone boost."

Rodriguez, 38, is suspended for the 2014 regular season and playoffs for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

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NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, the team's leading home run hitter and run producer, had fluid drained form his knee and will not play Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira's left knee has been troubling him "for a few days,'' and the decision was made to drain the knee after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

"We expect him to be fully fine,'' Girardi said. "He's played through this and we fully expect him to be back in there tomorrow.''

General manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com via text message that Teixeira's injury was "not serious'' and that he thinks Teixeira would be available to play when the Yankees begin a three-city, 11-game road trip on Thursday in Minneapolis.'

Teixeira missed all but 15 games last year due to a wrist tendon sheath injury that required surgery, and missed 14 games this April with a hamstring strain.

Despite playing in just 62 games this season, Teixeira leads the Yankees with 15 home runs and 41 RBIs -- no other Yankee has more than nine home runs or 36 RBIs.

The Yankees will also be without Jacoby Ellsbury, who Girardi said was not injured, but "sore all over,'' and needed a day off. Ellsbury leads all Yankees regulars with a .288 batting average and .357 on-base percentage.

"Well, it is what it is," Girardi said of Wednesday's lineup. "Someone else is going to have to come up with some big hits today."

The Yankees have scored just 10 runs in their last four games, all losses.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum has talked the past few years about rediscovering the consistency that won him two National League Cy Young Awards and made him one of baseball's best pitchers.

Lincecum's past two outings have brought him awfully close to finding that form again.

The rejuvenated right-hander followed his second career no-hitter with another vintage performance, pitching eight sharp innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Tuesday night.

"We try to go out there and duplicate when things are feeling good," Lincecum said. "We tried to do that today. All my pitches were working when I threw them. They weren't super nasty -- they were just located a little better than usual."

Maybe more than a little.

Lincecum (7-5) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth and stayed out of trouble the rest of the way, helping San Francisco snap a four-game losing streak since his latest gem against San Diego.

Lincecum left after throwing 113 pitches, including 73 for strikes -- the exact same line as his no-hitter against the Padres last week -- before Jean Machi pitched a drama-free ninth.

"I think the two (starts), if you look at them, it's hard to find a big difference," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a guy that had command of all his pitches."

Pablo Sandoval hit his 100th career homer to cap a three-run fourth for the Giants, and he got a bottle of bubbly in the clubhouse afterward. San Francisco also scored twice in the fifth to chase Marco Gonzales (0-1) in the left-hander's second career start.

Gonzales gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. St. Louis has lost three straight and four of five in a tough stretch against the league's hottest pitchers.

The Cardinals faced a pitcher with a no-hitter this season for the third time in five games. After Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw led the Los Angeles Dodgers to victories over St. Louis, Allen Craig singled with one out in the second to put an early end to Lincecum's bid for another no-hitter.

Lincecum, who has shown signs of returning to his dominant form of late, showed the poise and polish of his younger days even when things started to go awry.

Lincecum loaded the bases in the fourth before striking out Craig and Jon Jay and getting Daniel Descalso to ground out. Lincecum pounded his glove and received a standing ovation from the announced sellout crowd of 41,152.

"It gets you fired up," right fielder Hunter Pence said.

"When a guy's making good pitches, you get him on the ropes, you've got to make him bleed a little bit. That one slipped away," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

San Francisco supplied all the support Lincecum needed in the bottom of the inning. Buster Posey's double drove in a run before Sandoval's wind-aided fly carried just over the wall in left to give San Francisco a 3-0 lead.

"It's hard to hit one," said Sandoval, who wore his "lucky" boots for the first time in weeks, trying to break San Francisco's skid. "I'm excited to get this moment."

Pence hit an RBI double and Hector Sanchez drove in another run in the fifth to put the Giants up 5-0.

The performance from San Francisco's leading men -- Lincecum, Sandoval, Posey and Pence -- was a welcome turnaround for the team's fans. The Giants entered the game 1-6 on their homestand, including four straight losses to Cincinnati. It was the first time San Francisco had been swept in a four-game series at its waterfront ballpark, which opened in 2000.


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Giants CF Angel Pagan is scheduled to be examined by a specialist in Los Angeles on Wednesday after having a setback in his recovery from a back injury while running. Pagan said he has a bulging disk in his back that is pinching a nerve and causing pain in his legs. .... The Cardinals recalled top prospect Oscar Taveras and started him in RF, giving Matt Holliday a day off. Taveras went 0-for-3 with a walk. ... Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (10-4, 2.01 ERA) starts opposite Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-4, 3.96 ERA) on Wednesday.

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Brian Cashman sucks. 

I'm certain he has pictures of the Steinbrenners naked and in bad situations, such as with small farm animals.

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The MLB All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis will have a different look.

All players and coaches in this year's Midsummer Classic will wear caps based on the Minnesota Twins' 1970s batting helmets. The caps will feature the players' standard team colors and logos but will include a contrasting triangular front panel that evokes the Twins' old headwear style. The caps also will feature the All-Star Game logo on the left side and gold stars on the back.

This will mark the first time in All-Star Game history that all players on both teams have worn the same cap template.

"Returning to Minnesota [for the All-Star Game] for the first time in almost 30 years, we wanted to honor the Twins' history with new ideas and their distinctive batting helmet design from the 1970s made perfect sense," MLB vice president Tim Brosnan said in a news release.

For the first All-Star Game, played in 1933, National League players wore "National League" jerseys and "NL" caps, but American League players wore their regular uniforms and caps. All players have worn their regular jerseys and game caps since.

MLB is the only major pro sports league whose All-Stars wear their regular team uniforms.

The NBA and NHL create new All-Star Game uniforms each season (although the NBA briefly experimented with having players wear their team uniforms in the late 1990s), and the NFL does the same for the Pro Bowl.

For now, there's no indication that MLB is considering special uniforms for its own All-Star Game, but the release of the Twins-themed caps is sure to fuel speculation that such a move may not be far off.

If MLB plans to continue using the All-Star Game caps as a way of honoring the host team, next year's game may prove to be a design challenge. It is scheduled to be played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, home to the Reds. The team's headwear history doesn't offer much on which to base a design, except perhaps the pinstriped caps of the 1990s.

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WASHINGTON -- The Rockies acquired right-hander Jair Jurrjens, a one-time All-Star Game participant, from the Reds in a Minor League deal on Tuesday.

Jurrjens, 28, who represented the Braves in the 2011 All-Star Game, but has bounced between the Majors and Minors since, went 2-3 with a 4.46 era in six starts with Triple-A Louisville after signing with the Reds in May. Jurrjens is scheduled to report to Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he provides depth for a Rockies team that already has used 12 starting pitchers this season.

The Rockies sent Double-A Tulsa second baseman Harold Riggins (.263, seven homers, 25 RBIs) to the Reds.

Jurrjens has undergone multiple knee surgeries since 2011, and those helped lead to his decline. But with the Rockies having raced through their depth because of multiple injuries -- they currently have six starters on the disabled list -- they took a flyer on Jurrjens. The Rockies had interest in swinging a deal for Jurrjens at the height of his career, but it never materialized, and his name has come up at other times since.

"When he was having his success was when I was away from the game, so I didn't get to see him firsthand, but obviously I've gotten a lot of information on him," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's had some health issues, but not necessarily tied to his arm, but some lower-half issues, which is a good thing if you're a pitcher.

"We're very young right now on the mound. Guys are doing their best. They're battling. But it does help to have a guy with some experience that's got the ball in his hand, dictating like a pitcher does."

Jurrjens is 53-39 with a 3.63 ERA in 128 Major League games with the Braves and the Orioles (two games last season, 0-0, 4.31 ERA).

At Louisville, Jurrjens faced heavy traffic on the bases, with 42 hits and 13 walks in 34 1/3 innings, but he struck out 27. In his last two starts, he threw 13 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on 15 hits and five walks, with eight strikeouts.

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The Cubs swept the Red Sox. Damn the Red Sox are bad.

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The San Diego Padres signed outfielder Seth Smith to a two-year contract extension Wednesday that includes a club option for 2017.

Smith will earn $13 million in the first two years of the deal, a baseball source confirmed, and the club option year is for $7 million.

The extension appears to take a prime San Diego trade chip off the market in advance of baseball's non-waiver deadline later this month. Smith, who would have been eligible for free agency in November, had been mentioned in speculation as a popular target for pennant contenders in search of a bat.

Smith, 31, has been one of the few bright spots for a Padres team that ranks at or near the bottom of the majors in multiple offensive categories this season. He's hitting .281 with an .890 OPS and a wins above replacement of 3.0. He's batting .322 with 12 doubles, four triples and seven home runs in 42 games at Petco Park.

The Colorado Rockies chose Smith out of the University of Mississippi in the second round of the 2004 first-year player draft. After five seasons with the Rockies, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2012.

San Diego then acquired him from the Athletics in a trade for relief pitcher Luke Gregerson in December.

The Padres recently fired general manager Josh Byrnes and are conducting a search for his replacement. Senior vice president Omar Minaya and assistant general managers A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman Jr. are running the team on an interim basis.

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Yankees minor league pitcher Alfredo Aceves has been suspended for 50 games for a second violation of a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league testing program.

The 31-year-old right-hander will not be paid during his suspension, which takes effect immediately, the commissioner's office said Thursday.

Aceves was 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA in 19 1/3 innings this season for the Yankees.

Aceves was optioned June 9 to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre of the International League.

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clawmaster wrote: The Cubs swept the Red Sox. Damn the Red Sox are bad.

The past three weeks the Giants are the worst team in baseball
At one time they were 42-21. Since then they are 5-17

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Benlen wrote: The past three weeks the Giants are the worst team in baseball
At one time they were 42-21. Since then they are 5-17

4-17 excluding no-hitters.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Benlen wrote: The past three weeks the Giants are the worst team in baseball
At one time they were 42-21. Since then they are 5-17

4-17 excluding no-hitters.

Lincecum really is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of pitcher.

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NEW YORK -- Rookie Yangervis Solarte, who was an early-season sensation for the New York Yankees, has been sent down to Triple-A Scranton, the team announced Thursday.

Solarte, a non-roster invitee, seemingly came out of nowhere during spring training to beat out Eduardo Nunez for the 25th spot on the team. He then won the third-base job over Kelly Johnson, hitting .299 with six homers and 29 RBIs over the first two months of the season when he was arguably the Yankees' best offensive player.

"As you can imagine, when you've fought so long to get there and get sent back down, it's difficult," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We made it known to him that, you were a big part of our success in the first two weeks, but you've been struggling. So go get back on track like you were when you came up to spring training."

Since June began, Solarte's hit just .162 in 22 games. He will be replaced by Zelous Wheeler, a right-handed hitting utility infielder who was hitting .299 at Triple-A.

The Yankees designated for assignment infielder Dean Anna to make room for Wheeler on the 40-man roster.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- CC Sabathia was aiming to return around the All-Star break, but after waking up with inflammation in his right knee on Thursday, that's unlikely to happen.

Sabathia was roughed up in his rehab start for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday night, lasting 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits. He had another MRI on Thursday and has been shut down indefinitely, according to manager Joe Girardi.

"We're waiting to see what the next step is," Girardi said. "Can't tell you how long he's going to be shut down. He said nothing during the game about it, he woke up today, and that's the report I got. Today it was swollen, similar to what he's experienced before.

"To have to shut him down there's some concern. We'll let doctors determine what it is. [A recent MRI] doesn't show anything new, he's got swelling in it."

The manager said Sabathia likely will meet with Dr. James Andrews.

"That's what the doctors determine, not me," Girardi said when asked if surgery is an option. "Like I said, it's not what we wanted. You don't want a setback like this. I think it's going to be a few days, I'm not talking Tuesday or Wednesday; I think Dr. Andrews is out of town for a while."

Sabathia's start on Wednesday came off three days of rest and was his second for the Thunder. He's been on the disabled list since May 11 with inflammation in his right knee, and the flare up on Thursday will set back his return date.

The Yankees are 23-26 since Sabathia's last start and were looking forward to getting his arm back in the rotation. Outside of Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees' starters have a 4.62 ERA on the season.

Vidal Nuno, who picked up the loss Wednesday against Tampa Bay, has the third-most starts on the season with 14, but has a starter-worst 5.42 ERA.

"It's not what you want," Girardi said of Sabathia. "We were hopeful the swelling would stay away and he'd be in our rotation fairly soon, but that doesn't appear to be the case."

New York transferred Sabathia to the 60-day disabled list on July 1, which ensured he couldn't return until July 11.

With a dearth of quality pitching, the Yankees could be in the market before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. But Girardi wasn't about to tip his hand one way or the other.

"Our approach never changes," he said.

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When was the last time you saw a manager come out to argue with the umps that his own player was out after they called him safe ?
This happened yesterday in a game with the Jays & A's.




OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Toronto Blue Jays used a replay challenge to have their own runner called out in order to score a run.

Toronto loaded the bases with one out in the second inning of Thursday night's 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Anthony Gose then hit a grounder to first baseman Nate Freiman. Freiman appeared to tag Munenori Kawasaki as he ran for second base, but umpire Vic Carapazza ruled Freiman missed the tag and Kawasaki was safe.

Freiman threw to catcher Stephen Vogt, who stepped on home plate for a forceout with Edwin Encarnacion, the runner on third, approaching.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons argued that Kawasaki was out and that Encarnacion should be allowed to score because there would have been no force play at the plate.

After a delay of 4 minutes, 27 seconds, the call was overturned and the Blue Jays were given a run.

"We can't put runners back," crew chief Bill Miller said. "We have to go with what happened on the field, and what happened on the field was [Vogt] tagged home plate but he did not tag the runner. Unfortunately that was in direct relation to the call on the field at first base."

Oakland manager Bob Melvin immediately came out to argue. The A's played the remainder of the game under protest.



http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11174842/toronto-blue-jays-get-own-runner-called-challenge

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clawmaster wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: Benlen wrote: The past three weeks the Giants are the worst team in baseball
At one time they were 42-21. Since then they are 5-17

4-17 excluding no-hitters.

Lincecum really is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of pitcher.

Lincecum has actually been good during their losing streak. His ERA the past month was 1.86

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The Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs have agreed on a deal that sends starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The centerpiece of the return to the Cubs is top-flight prospect Addison Russell.

The Cubs are also getting starting pitcher Dan Straily and outfield prospect Billy McKinny in addition to a player to be named later.

Samardzija, 29, is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 108 innings this season. He's set to hit free agency for the first time after 2015.

Russell is a 20-year-old shortstop with off-the-charts upside. He entered this season as a top-15 prospect by every major prospect-ranking outlet. Baseball Prospectus had him all the way up at No. 7. He missed time due to injury this season, but is hitting .333/.439/.500 with three doubles, one homer, eight RBI and three steals in 13 games for Double-A Midland.

As for why the Cubs would want to trade for a shortstop when they have All-Star-caliber Starlin Castro in the majors and another top-10 prospect in Javier Baez at Triple-A, it's rather simple. First of all, sometimes prospects (Baez?) end up as busts. If they don't, position changes could be in order. And if there's a true logjam -- if no one is a bust and no one fits as a position change guy -- trades could be made to shore up other holes at that time. Essentially, if you can get a top-10 prospect, you get him without regard for where he plays.

Hammel, who will turn 32 in early September, is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 108 2/3 innings this season.

The A's have baseball's best record at 53-33, but there were pitching concerns on the horizon. Scott Kazmir is great, but you worry about him holding up for the whole season due to relatively recent track record. Sonny Gray is also great, but he hasn't had a full MLB season yet. Then you have Jesse Chavez (career middle reliever before this season),Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.55 ERA this season -- basically a fine back-of-rotation guy for a good team) and Brad Mills (just acquired in a trade for one dollar, literally).

Adding in Samardzija and Hammel alongside Kazmir, Gray and probably Milone -- with Chavez a nice sixth option -- upgrades things significantly for the two-time defending AL West champs.

McKinney, 19, was the A's first-round pick last year and is hitting .241/.330/.400 with 12 doubles, 10 homers and 33 RBI for High-A Stockton. He was selected out of high school, so poor numbers in High-A right now shouldn't be a concern.

Straily, 25, was 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA for the A's last season in 27 starts. He got seven starts for the A's this season but has been pitching in Triple-A since the first week of May.

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The Cubs might have gotten more if they waited longer.

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CHICAGO -- The Seattle Mariners have activated designated hitter Corey Hart and first baseman Justin Smoak from the 15-day disabled list.

Hart was in the starting lineup for Friday night's game at the Chicago White Sox, but Smoak was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners also designated outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment.

Hart had been sidelined by a strained left hamstring. He hit .209 with five homers in 37 games before he went on the DL in May.

Manager Lloyd McClendon says Hart also could play first base or in the outfield.

Smoak hit .208 in 63 games before straining his left quad. He hit .204 in 13 games during a rehab assignment with Tacoma.

McClendon says Smoak will eventually return as a starter with the Mariners.

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Teams looking for a proven hitter to help them down the stretch might want to call Johnny Damon.

The three-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and five-time .300 hitter is staying in shape, swinging the bat and eager to return to the majors. The 40-year-old Damon last played for Cleveland in 2012, but isn't quite ready for retirement.

"When you feel you can still outhit at least half the league and you don't get that call, it's rough," Damon told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday. "The biggest reason to play is to have a chance to win. Obviously, 3,000 hits would be great but winning is the reason I started playing this game. I'm going to continue to stay in shape and I'll be ready."

Over the next few weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, contending clubs will contemplate dealing prospects to acquire a player they feel will help them make a postseason run. It'll be hard to find someone with Damon's resume available for nothing.

Damon, who is best known for helping the 2004 Boston Red Sox end an 86-year championship drought, has a .284 career average with 235 home runs, 1,139 RBIs and 408 stolen bases. He has 2,769 hits and his lifetime on-base percentage of .352 is higher than every current leadoff hitter this season except Jose Altuve, Coco Crisp, Matt Carpenter, Shin-Soo Choo and Brett Gardner.

Rob Potts, a batting practice pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, ran into Damon last month in Wilmington, Delaware. Damon was there because his number was retired by the Single-A Blue Rocks that night. Potts ended up throwing to Damon for about 15 minutes in the stadium and came away so impressed that he told Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to check him out. The Phillies, who are stuck in last place, signed Grady Sizemore a week later.

"Johnny looks like he could play today," Potts said. "His last swing, he said: 'I'm gonna go yard' and he just turned on it. You can't teach someone how to win a World Series and he's won two. He's a great clubhouse guy, had success playing in the bright lights in New York and Boston. In the ninth inning in a pressure situation, I'd still want to have Johnny Damon hitting for me."

Damon looks around the majors and sees 43-year-old Jason Giambi (Cleveland) and 42-year-old Raul Ibanez (Kansas City) hanging around. Carlos Pena, a career .232 hitter, recently signed with Texas and is 3 for 33. Greg Dobbs was 7 for 41 this season for Miami and Washington. Bobby Abreu returned to the majors after sitting out 2013. The 40-year-old was cut by the Phillies in spring training, signed with the Mets and is hitting .274 (26 for 95).

Teams always have a need for a left-handed hitter to pinch-hit, get spot starts in the outfield or be a designated hitter. Yet, Damon hasn't had an offer.

He didn't even get an invitation to spring training after playing for Tampa Bay in 2011. Damon signed with the Indians on April 17, 2012, batted .222 in 64 games and was released on Aug. 9 that year.

"After Cleveland, it seems like everyone said I'm finished," Damon said. "I wanted to go to spring training, see if I have it and if the swing and the body don't come around, walk away with that peace of mind."

Damon said his agent, Scott Boras, hasn't presented him with offers because perhaps they were "too embarrassing." But Damon just wants to play baseball. He participated in his first Old Timers' Game with the Yankees on June 22.

That doesn't compare to October baseball.

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NEW YORK -- Mets third baseman David Wright remained sidelined Friday for an eighth straight day with a bruised left rotator cuff, but the captain now predicts he will return to the lineup Saturday.

Wright underwent an MRI last Saturday that revealed the bruise to his non-throwing shoulder. The Mets chose to keep him active and to play short-handed while he healed rather than place him on the 15-day disabled list.

Wright had eyed this past Monday in Atlanta for his return, but he missed that series entirely. The Mets then indicated Friday's series opener against the Texas Rangers was the goal, but that won't happen, either.

On Friday, Wright batted in a cage and threw a baseball for the first time in a week. He was unable to take grounders because the tarp was on the infield at Citi Field.

Team doctors recommended he wait until Saturday and attempt that final hurdle before re-entering the lineup.

"I had hoped to meet the team in Atlanta. They slowed me down after that," Wright said. "And then obviously, for me, I would have liked to have been in the lineup today. They slowed me down there. I have knowledgeable people in my corner that are holding the reins on me a little bit to make sure I don't do something. You don't want to injure something more."

Asked if the Mets made the right call in keeping him active given he has missed eight days, Wright said: "The DL is still 15 days, right?"

The Mets lost five of six games while Wright was in New York getting treatment and doing strengthening exercises for the area around the rotator cuff.

Reminded, though, that the team has been short-handed in his absence, Wright added: "OK, well I don't make those decisions. It's something where I want to play. Obviously I don't want to get DL'd. So if I miss eight days, I feel terrible. The team hasn't played all that well, and obviously they're playing a man down. So I feel terrible about that, but I don't make those decisions."

Wright added that it is too soon to know whether the shoulder issue will impact his potential availability for the All-Star Game on July 15.

He also is unsure how sharp he will be when he does return to the lineup, given he did not pick up a bat for a full week. Still, he noted he has returned cold from the DL in the past.

"There's some days where you just have a scheduled off-day and then you come back the next day and you feel a little weird from getting that one off-day," he said. "So I'm sure there's going to be a little adjusting to do. I'm sure things are going to speed up on me a little bit and balls are going to look a little harder and the game is going to move a little fast. Hopefully that's a quick adjustment period."

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lobo316 wrote: The Cubs might have gotten more if they waited longer.
They got Russell, who is a great SS prospect. That said, they already have Castro and another guy in the minors so I don't get it.  They likely need young SP talent but didn't help themselves there.

NY papers are freaking out. No way I want Hammel or Szmardja. The Yankees need to clean house in their front office and get some true talent evaluators along the likes of Gene Michael.

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lobo316 wrote: The Cubs might have gotten more if they waited longer.
According to Baseball America the Cubs now have 6 of the top 41 prospects in MLB.

SS Javier Baez ( # 5 )
3B Kris Bryant ( # 8 )
SS Addison Russell ( # 14 )
RHP C.J. Edwards ( # 28 )
OF Albert Almora ( # 36 )
OF Jorge Soler ( # 41 )

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Not to toot my own horn.....but toot toot. Here's what I said about Epstein back in December 2011 after he went to the Cubs.

CanadianHorseman wrote:Actually Epstein's record for signing Free Agents is horrible - he signed stiffs like Lackey, Drew, Lugo, Cameron and Dice-K during his tenure in Boston. The best thing he did was draft smart and build up one of MLB's best farm systems. Current homegrown Red Sox that were produced during the Epstein era include stars like Ellsbury, Pedroia, Lester, Buchholz, Youkilis and Bard plus the recently departed Papelbon. Apparently right now the Cubs have one of the worst farm systems around but I doubt it stays that way for very long now that Epstein is running the show.

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OAKLAND -- Edwin Encarnacion was forced to leave Saturday night's game against the A's because of a potentially serious lower body injury.

Encarnacion was trying to beat out a ground ball when he crumpled to the ground after touching first base with his left leg. He rolled around in noticeable pain while the game was put on hold.

A pair of trainers from Toronto's medical staff immediately ran onto the field. They took a close look at Encarnacion and appeared to be working on his left leg. They eventually helped him off the field. Encarnacion put both arms around the trainers and didn't appear to be able to put much weight on his legs.

It wasn't immediately clear what Encarnacion's exact injury was. The Blue Jays have yet to make an official announcement but the club has to be fearing the worst considering the way Encarnacion fell to the ground and was unable to get up under his own power.

Adam Lind came into the game as a pinch-runner for Encarnacion and took over duties at first base. If Encarnacion is required to miss a significant period of time, Lind likely will take over the everyday duties at first while Dan Johnson could be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays can ill afford to lose Encarnacion for an extended period of time. He entered play on Saturday tied for second in the Majors with 26 homers to go along with 69 RBIs in 88 games.

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The Cubs don't want Castro. The previous administration signed him to a ridiculous contract that's a burden.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels have bolstered their bullpen by acquiring left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana for outfielder Zach Borenstein and minor league right-hander Joey Krehbiel.

The sidearm-throwing Thatcher was 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA with 25 strikeouts and three walks in 37 games for Arizona this season. Thatcher is 9-12 with a 3.26 ERA during his eight-year career that started at San Diego from 2007 to 2013.

The 23-year-old Borenstein was the Angels' minor league player of the year last season and hit .262 with seven homers and 50 RBIs in 78 games between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake this year.

Campana hit .198 in parts of two seasons with Arizona.

The Diamondbacks also recalled left-hander Eury De la Rosa from Triple-A Reno.

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Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander knows how to beat the Athletics in the playoffs -- as Detroit has done the past two seasons -- which is why he is certain Oakland's blockbuster trade with the Chicago Cubs for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel was made with a potential October rematch in mind.

"I found it very interesting," Verlander told reporters Saturday, according to MLB.com. "Really, when I saw that trade, I thought that they made that trade for us. No doubt about it in my mind."

The Tigers sent the A's home after AL Division Series Game 5 losses in both 2012 and '13. Verlander beat Oakland with dominant performances each time.
The 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner sees the trade as Oakland general manager Billy Beane's attempt to enable his team go all the way in 2014.

"If they want to win the World Series, they're envisioning that they have to go through us, and, even though it's been two fantastic series, it's been heartbreaking for them the last two years," Verlander said.

But Verlander also downplayed any notion that the trade was done solely because of the Tigers.

"I think a lot of factors had to do with why they did it," he said. "Obviously, October's the main one, not necessarily us, but October in general."

Oakland began the day with baseball's best record, but Beane felt he needed to add depth to a rotation despite its strong response to season-ending injuries to Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin. Samardzija and Hammel, both pitching at an All-Star level for the Cubs in 2014, join Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray in what is now one of baseball's premier rotations.

Beane called Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein about a month ago to tell him he liked the starting pitchers, and he would be aggressive in an attempt to improve the AL West leaders. Fast forward to this week, when Beane proved just how serious he was during that initial call.

"We had to dig into our depth really early, and we felt like we needed two [starting pitchers]," Beane said.

Oakland and Chicago announced the big trade on Saturday, with Samardzija and Hammel heading to the West Coast for a package of prospects that included the A's first-round selections in each of the past two drafts -- Addison Russell and Billy McKinney.

Samardzija will start for the A's on Sunday. He was scheduled to pitch for the Cubs on Saturday before the deal.

In somewhat of a surprise, the A's sent left-hander Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento later Saturday to make room for Samardzija.

Oakland will make a move Sunday to clear space for Hammel, whose $6 million contract expires after this season.

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ATLANTA -- The New York Yankees bolstered their rotation on Sunday by acquiring veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona.

The Diamondbacks also are sending New York cash in Sunday's deal for left-hander Vidal Nuno. The trade was announced by the Yankees.

A source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that the Diamondbacks will eat $2.05 million of the $4.1 million owed to McCarthy for the rest of the season. The Yankees will pay the $1 million in McCarthy's assignment bonus.The move comes after Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia had a setback with a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee. New York was unable to work out a trade this week for the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija, who instead was dealt to Oakland.

McCarthy, who turns 31 on Monday, was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA with Arizona this season. In nine seasons with the White Sox, Rangers, A's and Diamondbacks, McCarthy is 45-60 with a 4.21 ERA.

"McCarthy is an experienced starter, that we expect to pitch well for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I know he's had his struggles, but he's seemed to turn it around. He has a good arm. His last few starts have been pretty good."

McCarthy said he was informed of the deal after he reported for Sunday's game against the Braves. He will leave the last-place Diamondbacks and join a playoff race with New York.

"It's something I'm really excited about," McCarthy said.

McCarthy said he is sad to be leaving Arizona, but added the move to New York is special.

"It's still the Yankees, no matter what," McCarthy said. "If you don't know baseball, you know the Yankees."

McCarthy planned to fly from Atlanta to meet the Yankees in Cleveland, where they open a series on Monday.

Nuno, 26, was 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 17 games, including 14 starts, with the Yankees. Nuno was hurt by allowing 15 homers -- including 13 at home -- in 78 innings this season.

"It's been kind of a tough day," Girardi said. "Nuno did a great job for us, stepped in and did a good job for us last year, but it's an opportunity for him to start in Arizona and I know he appreciates that as well."

McCarthy, a groundball pitcher, may be better suited for Yankee Stadium.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sought an upgrade to the rotation for weeks. Sabathia is out indefinitely and the Yankees also lost Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery.

The Diamondbacks have made two trades in as many days. On Saturday, Arizona acquired two minor leaguers, outfielder Zach Borenstein and right-hander Joey Krehbiel, from the Los Angeles Angels for left-hander Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana.

More moves may be coming for Arizona.

"We're going to start retooling, it looks like," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Sunday. Gibson called the approach "a different mindset."

Gibson said Nuno will make his debut with Arizona on Tuesday against Miami. Nuno had been scheduled to start for the Yankees on Monday, and Gibson said he wanted to give the young left-hander an extra day to adjust to his new team.

"It's not disappointing, it's part of baseball," Nuno said. "It is what it is. Close to home, family see me a little bit more. The journey of coming up here, getting to major leagues and all the opportunities I got, and I appreciate everything (the Yankees) gave me and all the learning experience."

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The Yankees have designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment!

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lobo316 wrote: ATLANTA -- The New York Yankees bolstered their rotation on Sunday by acquiring veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona.


McCarthy is 3-10 and an ERA over 5.00.
That's bolstering??

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Benlen wrote: lobo316 wrote: ATLANTA -- The New York Yankees bolstered their rotation on Sunday by acquiring veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona.


McCarthy is 3-10 and an ERA over 5.00.
That's bolstering??

Better option than Nuno. Real starter, can go deeper into games, with a past history of some success in the A.L. 

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CINCINNATI -- Four hours before the first pitch, right fielder Jay Bruce was taking ground balls at a position he hasn't played since high school.

The Reds are making a big switch to get by without Joey Votto.

Bruce was ready to start at first base on Monday against the Chicago Cubs, the first time in his professional career that he's played anywhere other than the outfield. Manager Bryan Price said Bruce will play first on occasion while Votto deals with a nagging thigh injury that could land him back on the disabled list.

"We don't really have a bunch of true first basemen here besides Joey," Price said. "So Jay's been taking ground balls over there. And he has some history there -- not a lot, and it's not in pro ball, but he does have some history there and he looks athletic doing it."

The big question is what to do with Votto.

The 2010 NL MVP missed 23 games with a strained muscle above his left knee. The Reds have said the injury won't fully heal until after the season, but they'll try to keep him in the lineup as much as possible.

He's batting only .250 in 23 games since his return and hasn't homered since May 10. He struck out three times during a 1-0 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday and got the next day off.

"It's becoming apparent in the quality of his play that it's not just something that's an inconvenience," Price said. "It's getting to the point where it's very difficult for him to compete."

Votto went for another MRI on the leg before Monday's game. Price said the team was waiting to get the results before deciding whether he needs to go back on the disabled list.

"We don't know if this is going to be a DL for sure," Price said.

With Votto unavailable, the Reds were short-handed heading into a five-game series with the Cubs that includes a doubleheader on Tuesday. Catcher Brayan Pena has played first base, but was in Florida on paternity leave. He's expected back on Tuesday.

Nobody else on the roster has significant experience at first base. If Votto has to go back on the disabled list, the Reds might look for another first baseman in a trade.

"We're trying to plug a hole and we don't have an obvious solution," Price said.

For now, it's Bruce.

The lefty played first base in high school before he grew and was moved to the outfield. He got a first baseman's mitt during spring training three years ago and has occasionally taken ground balls at first base to break up the monotony of batting practice.

With Votto hurting, he started taking infield practice more regularly the last few weeks and told Price he was willing to give it a try.

"It's going to be one of those things where you learn on the fly," Bruce said. "I told Bryan I was confident I could do it. He asked me today when I could be ready to play. I said tonight, and here we are."

Bruce snapped an 0-for-26 slump on Sunday that was the longest of his career, hitting a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning for a 4-2 win over Milwaukee. The fourth-place Reds are six games behind the Brewers in the NL Central.

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The Blue Jays have put All-Star first baseman Edwin Encarnacion on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right quadriceps.

The Blue Jays made the move before Monday night's game at the Los Angeles Angels and activated outfielder Nolan Reimold.

Encarnacion ranks among the major league leaders with 26 home runs and 70 RBIs. He was picked Sunday for the American League All-Star team but won't be able to play in the game July 15 at Minnesota. Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was named to the All-Star ream as a replacement.

The 26-year-old Seager, a first-time All-Star, entered Monday with a .274 average, 13 homers, 59 RBIs and 21 doubles.

Encarnacion was hurt while running out a double-play relay Saturday in Oakland.

The Blue Jays claimed Reimold off waivers from Baltimore over the weekend. He had back surgery last July and played 17 games for Double-A Bowie this year while on a rehabilitation assignment, hitting .315. Over parts of five seasons with the Orioles, he hit .252 with 41 home runs.

Also, Toronto outfielder Kenny Wilson was claimed off waivers by Oakland.

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srossi wrote: Benlen wrote: lobo316 wrote: ATLANTA -- The New York Yankees bolstered their rotation on Sunday by acquiring veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Arizona.


McCarthy is 3-10 and an ERA over 5.00.
That's bolstering??

Better option than Nuno. Real starter, can go deeper into games, with a past history of some success in the A.L. 

Also didn't play lead guitar for Extreme.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers placed veteran pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a left hip impingement.

Beckett, 34, has been dealing with intermittent pain in the hip for a couple of weeks, and he felt a twinge while running the bases Sunday in Colorado, leaving the game after pitching five scoreless innings.

The move is retroactive to Monday, and the Dodgers have the Thursday off after the All-Star break, meaning Beckett conceivably could miss just one start while on the DL.

The Dodgers, who recalled right-handed reliever Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque, will need a starter for Beckett's spot in the rotation Saturday against the San Diego Padres.

The Dodgers had Red Patterson skip a scheduled start for Albuqerque last week so that his pitching day would line up with Beckett's in case of just this scenario.

The Dodgers also have the option of using veteran lefty Paul Maholm, who has been working out of their bullpen.

Beckett has had a bounce-back season after missing most of 2013 and then having a rib removed to relieve the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. He is 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA and threw a no-hitter against the Phillies on May 25.

This is Baez's second stint with the Dodgers this season. A converted third baseman, Baez has a 4.50 ERA in 17 games for Albuquerque.

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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who has missed 23 games this season, was again put on the disabled list Tuesday with a nagging thigh injury that is expected to limit him for the rest of the season.

Votto, the 2010 NL MVP, missed the past two games and had an MRI on Monday afternoon that showed he had aggravated the injury. The Reds have said they'll try to keep him in the lineup as much as possible as the season continues.

"Our plan of attack will be to do everything we can to get him back to play over the course of the year," manager Bryan Price said Tuesday. "We don't have a timetable on how long that will be, but the goal is to get him back and able to help us before the year is out."

Votto, who came off the DL on June 9, is batting only .250 in 23 games since and hasn't homered since May 10. He struck out three times during a 1-0 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday and did not play Sunday or Monday. He is playing under a $251.5 million, 12-year contract that he signed in April 2012.

"I think we'll see how things unfold here in the next couple of weeks," Price said. "It's a talking point, but right now that's all it is."

Right fielder Jay Bruce played first base Monday for the first time since high school. He had an error but later homered in the Reds' 9-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Catcher Brayan Pena, who will be a primary fill-in at first base while Votto is gone, is returning Tuesday after being in Florida on paternity leave for two days.

Third baseman Todd Frazier also has played at first base and started there for the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

For now, Price plans to use those three at the position.

"I don't want to create a black hole over there," Price said. "I don't think we will. I wouldn't put someone over there if I didn't feel they were capable of holding down the position. That being said, we don't have a lot of players with any real history as true first basemen."

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Brian McCann has gotten off to a rough start with the New York Yankees, and Terry Pendleton isn't surprised.

Pendleton, who spent six seasons as McCann's hitting coach with the Atlanta Braves, said during an interview with the New York Post that the star catcher will "never be comfortable" playing in New York.

"New York is not Brian," Pendleton told the Post before Atlanta's game Monday against the New York Mets. "That's my opinion. I knew if he chose New York, there would be more than he expected or knew about. He'll never be comfortable with that."

On Tuesday, McCann disputed Pendleton's assertions.

"I read the article. I disagree. I absolutely love it here. I've got off to a slow start, but I absolutely love it here. It's his opinion. That's all I can say, it's his opinion on it," he said.

McCann signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees this past offseason after spending his first nine seasons with the Braves. The 30-year-old is batting just .230 -- 44 points below his career average -- with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 79 games this year.

Pendleton told the Post that he believes the move from Atlanta to New York has been rough on McCann, an Athens, Georgia, native. Pendleton also cited the lucrative contract as one of the reasons for McCann's prolonged slump.

"Going from Atlanta to New York is a different animal," Pendleton said. "Brian McCann is going to put more heat on himself and for him, trying to do more is the worst thing for him. I've learned that. ... That money is hanging over his head. A lot of guys say, 'I've got to live up to that,' instead of, 'They signed you to play your game.'"

Asked Tuesday if the contract was weighing on him, McCann said: "Not at all. Not one bit."

"I really haven't noticed a big difference [between playing in New York and Atlanta],'' he said. "It's still baseball. It's still you put a uniform on, you go out and put your best foot forward. That's what I'm doing. It just hasn't gone quite like I wish it would, but at the same time, we've got a whole half of baseball left. We're in a pennant race and those are the things that I'm focused on.''

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he "didn't think too much" about Pendleton's comments.

"Everyone's entitled to their opinion. Sometimes it takes people a little time to adjust [to New York]," Girardi said Tuesday. "But I think people are just looking at his average when they're talking about his numbers. But I think from a production standpoint he's been pretty decent. He's done a great job behind home plate with our pitching staff. You put all those things together and yeah, he's not hitting .280, but he's played pretty well.

"I think he'll be fine. I don't think it will be an issue. I think he loves it here. I think he enjoys playing here. And I think Brian expects a lot from himself. So people expecting a lot from him is not going to bother him.''

Pendleton told the paper that he had thought McCann would sign with the Texas Rangers instead of the Yankees, claiming that the seven-time All-Star would be "more comfortable in Texas." But he also thinks McCann will bounce back offensively at some point.

"I think he will become accustomed to [playing in New York]," Pendleton said. "He has to relax and do what he's capable of doing. He said he's not a .220 hitter, and he's right. He's definitely better than he's shown. He just has to settle down."

Pendleton was Atlanta's hitting coach from 2002 to 2010 and has served as the Braves' first-base coach since the 2011 season. The former National League MVP also attributed McCann's tendency to pull the ball as a reason for his slow start, pointing to opposing teams' willingness to shift defensively against him.

"He became a pull hitter over the last three years or so," Pendleton said. "When he got to the big leagues, he hit the ball everywhere. That's what made him so good.

"[Defensive shifting] does affect him because last year he was getting [ticked] off because base hits were going right to the second baseman. I told him to hit the ball to left field, and he'd do it a couple of times, but he had it in his head he wanted to pull. ... If you've got pull on your mind, it doesn't matter how far the fences are back. He's going to pull. That's his mindset right now."

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish is expected to make his start Wednesday night against Houston despite being hit near the crown of his head by a batted ball during Rangers batting practice before Tuesday's game.

The Texas Rangers said Darvish was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister before Tuesday night's game against Houston, and that ``everything appears to be OK.'' He will be re-examined on Wednesday, but is expected to make his start.

Darvish was participating in a throwing session in right field when a line drive by Leonys Martin came his way. Darvish saw it in time to duck and turn his head, but could not avoid it completely.

Clearly stunned, the Japanese ace dropped into a squat momentarily before getting up, wiping his brow and appearing to check for blood. He then put his cap back on and finished his throwing session with other pitchers in right field.

A paramedic walked out to check on the pitcher, but was waved away.

Responding on Twitter to an article about the incident, Darvish indicated that he was OK:


I'm fine. "@Evan_P_Grant: #Rangers Yu Darvish takes glancing blow off the head. http://t.co/W1OI9MPaCy"

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Rangers left-hander Derek Holland was shagging balls in front of Darvish. The ball glanced off Holland's glove before hitting Darvish.

"I heard it," Holland said. "I was supposed to be protecting him but I just couldn't get to the ball. It was too high. I didn't get high enough. He's fine."

Wednesday is Darvish's last scheduled appearance before the All-Star break. Before his expected start last Thursday was pushed back a day because of weather concerns in Baltimore, the right-hander had been on track to start Sunday in the last game before the break. A pitcher who works Sunday cannot throw in the All-Star game.

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I'd prefer the Yankees to be sellers at this point if anybody wants their guys. If anybody is interested in McCann or Beltran, I'd be shocked. Gardner is somebody who is valuable and I'd trade him to the Cubs straight up for one of their top SS Prospects or Castro.  

I would not deal Bettances, as he's likely our closer if DRob bolts. 
I'd trade Kuroda, the recently acquired McCarthy, and hope that CC has to retire.  

Then, fire the front office and get some real talent evaluators in place. I can't watch these Yankees anymore. 

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HBF wrote: I'd prefer the Yankees to be sellers at this point if anybody wants their guys. If anybody is interested in McCann or Beltran, I'd be shocked. Gardner is somebody who is valuable and I'd trade him to the Cubs straight up for one of their top SS Prospects or Castro.  

I would not deal Bettances, as he's likely our closer if DRob bolts. 
I'd trade Kuroda, the recently acquired McCarthy, and hope that CC has to retire.  

Then, fire the front office and get some real talent evaluators in place. I can't watch these Yankees anymore. 

Completely agree.  I've been saying for ages that I want us to be a last place team for 3-4 years and just restock the farm system and get higher draft picks.  It'll never happen, but we're going to be stuck in mediocrity for years to come.  Competing for one of the 60 Wild Card spots now available while struggling to stay over .500 with an old and boring team isn't exactly my idea of fun.  Tank it and the quicker we hit rock bottom the quicker we can start building a team like we did in 1992-1994 again.  I'd like to see the team win 50 games next year, and they should be fined for every game over that that they win.  

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The A.J. Pierzynski era is over in Boston.


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The Red Sox have decided to designate catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed the original report of FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal. Per MLB rules, the team now has 10 days to trade, release or waive him.

Pierzynski, 37, is batting .254/.286/.348 on the season with four homers in 72 games. The Sox signed him this past offseason to a one-year, $8.25 million contract. Across parts of 17 big-league seasons, Pierzynski, a two-time All-Star, owns an OPS+ of 95.

Heyman adds that the Sox will call up catcher prospect Christian Vazquez to replace Pierzynski on the roster.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: The A.J. Pierzynski era is over in Boston.


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The Red Sox have decided to designate catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed the original report of FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal. Per MLB rules, the team now has 10 days to trade, release or waive him.

Pierzynski, 37, is batting .254/.286/.348 on the season with four homers in 72 games. The Sox signed him this past offseason to a one-year, $8.25 million contract. Across parts of 17 big-league seasons, Pierzynski, a two-time All-Star, owns an OPS+ of 95.

Heyman adds that the Sox will call up catcher prospect Christian Vazquez to replace Pierzynski on the roster.

Some big names getting DFA'd this season.

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CLEVELAND -- Masahiro Tanaka left the Yankees on Wednesday and returned to New York for the purpose of undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging test on his right arm.

Tanaka, 25, has posted a 12-4 record and a 2.51 ERA in his first 18 starts for New York. The right-hander gave up 10 hits and five earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night. Tanaka also gave up four earned runs on July 3, but he allowed three or fewer in each of his first 16 starts.

Catcher Brian McCann said the ball was coming out of Tanaka's hand fine on Tuesday, but that his pitches were up. He said he was hopeful for good news from the MRI.

"The only thing from yesterday is that his pitches didn't have the same action that they did in the past," McCann said. "I didn't notice anything [wrong]."

Tanaka is in his first season in the big leagues after signing a seven-year contract worth $155 million with the Yanks in January. Tanaka notched a 99-35 record with a 2.30 ERA in seven seasons with Rakuten in Japan's Pacific League, and he went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year en route to a Japan Series title.

"You just hope and pray that we get good news and it's something minor," said Brett Gardner, who was out of Wednesday's lineup against the Indians with a lower abdominal strain. "You worry about anybody, but he's pretty special, what he's been able to do the first half of the season.

"I don't think anybody could tell by watching him last night, I don't know how long his arm was bothering him or anything like that. He obviously wasn't himself. Hopefully, we get good news."

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srossi wrote: HBF wrote: I'd prefer the Yankees to be sellers at this point if anybody wants their guys. If anybody is interested in McCann or Beltran, I'd be shocked. Gardner is somebody who is valuable and I'd trade him to the Cubs straight up for one of their top SS Prospects or Castro.  

I would not deal Bettances, as he's likely our closer if DRob bolts. 
I'd trade Kuroda, the recently acquired McCarthy, and hope that CC has to retire.  

Then, fire the front office and get some real talent evaluators in place. I can't watch these Yankees anymore. 

Completely agree.  I've been saying for ages that I want us to be a last place team for 3-4 years and just restock the farm system and get higher draft picks.  It'll never happen, but we're going to be stuck in mediocrity for years to come.  Competing for one of the 60 Wild Card spots now available while struggling to stay over .500 with an old and boring team isn't exactly my idea of fun.  Tank it and the quicker we hit rock bottom the quicker we can start building a team like we did in 1992-1994 again.  I'd like to see the team win 50 games next year, and they should be fined for every game over that that they win.  

In this age of parity, I think the rebuild can happen sooner than later.  But I don't trust Cashman or his underling idiots to do it.

If Sabathia can't pitch anymore (a huge possiblity), they are definitely down 2 starters next season with Kuroda retiring or playing one final year in Japan.  They should sell Kuroda now while he can bring even a mid-level OF or IF prospect that can play immediately.  

If Nova and Pinieda don't make it back, and who knows, we have 3 guys in the minors that we should give a shot to (if not this year then) by 2015: Ian Clarkin (LHP), Manny Banuelos (LHP) and Luis Severino (RHP).  We have a shot to have a decent young staff over the next few years if we go this route, unless they're ruined by the idiots running our development.

The higher level fake prospects like Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, and Slade Heathcott have less value than a rookie card of Kevin Maas.  If any of those clowns can be traded for even a decent return I'd do it in 10 seconds.  Jury is out on Gary Sanchez-he seems like another overhyped, big and fat Jesus Montero. I'd be happy to trade Sanchez and Cervelli and let JR Murphy play as he has earned it and is very good. 

I'd bring Refsnyder up from AAA after the break and let him play 2B. At least then we can give the kid some experience. He's a legit talent that led AZ to the CWS a few years ago. 


Do you wonder why the Yankees always have "the best talent in rookie and A ball" but once they get to AA or AAA they always bust out?  That's because the club does PR for it's own scouting department. I think we have a few nice pieces but nothing compared to what a real organizational leader would have.  

Bye-bye, Bri-Bri!

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CLEVELAND -- The one real highlight of the New York Yankees' 2014 season, the chance to watch Masahiro Tanaka pitch every five days, was put on hold indefinitely Wednesday when the 25-year-old right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what the Yankees are calling elbow inflammation.

The situation might turn out to be far more serious than that -- elbow pain often is a sign of a torn ulnar collateral ligament and a precursor to Tommy John surgery -- but the Yankees declined to divulge the exact nature of Tanaka's injury because he has yet to be examined by their team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad.

"I think you always worry when a guy has an elbow MRI,'' manager Joe Girardi said. "But until Dr. Ahmad sees him, I don't have much more for you.''

Girardi said Ahmad was at a conference of orthopedic surgeons in Seattle and not immediately available to examine Tanaka. He did not know when Ahmad would be back and would not offer any other details of Tanaka's condition aside from what was already known.

"It's obviously soreness,'' Girardi said. "I'm not saying it's a significant injury. There's soreness, and he must have felt that it was affecting him a little bit. So we felt it was best to send him back and have an MRI.''

Tanaka was flown to New York for an MRI on Wednesday after complaining to team trainers about the elbow soreness following a subpar performance in Tuesday night's 5-3 Yankees loss to the Cleveland Indians. Tanaka, who leads the major leagues with 12 wins, uncharacteristically struggled with his control, blew a 3-1 lead, and surrendered two long home runs in the sixth and seventh innings to Nick Swisher and Michael Brantley.

It was the fourth loss of the season for Tanaka and his third in the past four games, a decline that coincides with his pitching for the first time this season on standard four days' rest in successive starts. The Yankees had managed to give Tanaka at least one extra day of rest every other start in deference to the practice in Japanese baseball of pitching once every seven days, a schedule Tanaka had followed for seven seasons in the Nippon Baseball League.

Girardi said he did not believe the elbow problem was the cause of Tanaka's recent struggles.

"It's the first time he's complained about it,'' Girardi said.

Tanaka's final pitch Tuesday night, his 99th of the game, was a 91 mph sinker that was lined hard for a single by Carlos Santana.

"The ball was coming out good. He was just up in the zone, so I didn't think anything of it," said Brian McCann, who caught Tanaka on Tuesday night. "The only thing from yesterday was that his pitches didn't have the sharp action they've had in the past. I didn't notice anything. It was a surprise when I [heard the news] today."

"It didn't go through my mind at all that he was hurting during the game,'' said Brett Gardner, who played left field behind Tanaka. "He was still at normal velocity and nothing stood out to me, but he obviously wasn't executing his pitches like we're used to seeing. I don't know when his arm was bothering him or how long it's been bothering him, but he obviously wasn't himself.''

Tanaka's first 14 starts were nothing short of sensational; after beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on June 17, Tanaka was 11-1 with a league-leading 1.99 ERA and was averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

But in the four starts since, three of which came on four days' rest, Tanaka was 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA, five home runs allowed and 22 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings, a ratio of 6.67 per nine innings.

On Tuesday night, Girardi downplayed the effect of pitching on a standard big league schedule for Tanaka's decline.

"I don't know; it's hard to say,'' Girardi said. "It's the first time that I think he's gone a couple of starts like this on five days, so it's an adjustment."

Tanaka, who was named to the American League All-Star team in his first major league season, was scheduled to pitch Sunday in the Yankees' final game before the break. Now it is unknown when, or if, he will pitch again this year.

It is a blow to the Yankees, who already have lost three of their starting pitchers to injury -- Ivan Nova (Tommy John surgery), Michael Pineda (back muscle strain) and, most recently, CC Sabathia, who is suffering from swelling in his right knee that could require microfracture surgery. He likely is done for the season.

In their absence, the Yankees had cobbled together a rotation of two rookies (Vidal Nuno and Chase Whitley) and third-year man David Phelps, who lost out to Pineda in a spring training competition for the No. 5 starter's job, to go along with 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda. Last week, the Yankees traded Nuno to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Brandon McCarthy, who is scheduled to start Wednesday night's game against the Indians.

But Tanaka was the glue that was holding the rotation and the team together; the Yankees were 13-4 in his first 17 starts. He had been acquired after a bidding war with a half-dozen other big league teams for his services following a 24-0 season in 2013 for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, and was signed to a seven-year, $155 million contract this winter.

"It's a loss right now, and if he's gone for any length of time, I mean, it would be a big loss,'' Girardi said. "What he's done for us, the innings and the quality of starts, it's hard to replace.''

Girardi said he was likely to use Whitley and a combination of relief pitchers to get through Sunday's game but did not know what the Yankees would do if Tanaka is out for significantly longer than 15 days.

"Let's just get through Sunday, and we're going to have to figure out what we're going to do after that,'' he said. "Pitching is fragile. I think you have to be fortunate to have five starters give you 30 starts a year in this day and age. I can't really tell you why. It's not how you draw it up, I can tell you that. But injuries are part of the game, and you've got to deal with them.''

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ST. PETERBURG, Fla. -- Kansas City Royals left-hander Jason Vargas has been taken to the hospital and will have an appendectomy.

Royals manager Ned Yost announced the news before Wednesday game against Tampa Bay and said surgery was planned for Wednesday night.

Yost says Vargas "started really having severe discomfort" around 4 a.m. Wednesday

There was no timetable given for how long Vargas will be out. Bruce Chen could replace Vargas in Sunday's game against Detroit.

Royals All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sprained right wrist. He will have an MRI exam and see a hand specialist Thursday when the team returns to Kansas City.

Yost said the injury could "very well" impact Gordon's status for next week's All-Star game.

Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas was also out of Wednesday's lineup with the flu.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: The A.J. Pierzynski era is over in Boston.


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The Red Sox have decided to designate catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed the original report of FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal. Per MLB rules, the team now has 10 days to trade, release or waive him.

Pierzynski, 37, is batting .254/.286/.348 on the season with four homers in 72 games. The Sox signed him this past offseason to a one-year, $8.25 million contract. Across parts of 17 big-league seasons, Pierzynski, a two-time All-Star, owns an OPS+ of 95.

Heyman adds that the Sox will call up catcher prospect Christian Vazquez to replace Pierzynski on the roster.


 

The Cards might be interested.

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has a torn ligament in his right thumb and will have surgery Friday, the team announced Thursday.

Molina, who could miss 8-12 weeks, was injured when he planted his hand for balance after sliding feet-first into third base in the second inning of Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He caught another half-inning before he was taken out for a pinch hitter in the third inning. and had an MRI on Wednesday night.

The Cardinals recalled catcher Audrey Perez from Triple-A Memphis before Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh.

"He went through some tests and you could feel some irritation there, obviously," manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday night. "He was still trying, he got it taped up and was convinced he was going back in, but we had to get it looked at."

Molina was voted to his sixth straight NL All-Star team Sunday and is a starter for the fourth time. He was hitting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBIs.

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CLEVELAND -- The New York Yankees have placed outfielder Carlos Beltran on the seven-day concussion list.

Beltran was hit in the face with a ball during batting practice Wednesday. The ball caromed off the batting cage and hit him, breaking his nose.

Beltran missed the first two games of the series against Cleveland with soreness behind his right knee and was in Wednesday's original lineup as the designated hitter. Beltran, a switch-hitter, is batting .216 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

Yangervis Solarte was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wiles Barre and is playing third base Thursday against the Indians.

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INCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who agreed to a $105 million contract before the season, left his start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in the sixth inning with pain in the patellar tendon of his right knee.

The right-hander was delivering a 1-2 pitch to Starlin Castro, but he didn't throw the ball while gingerly completing his motion. After a visit from trainer Paul Lessard and manager Bryan Price, during which Bailey pointed to a spot on the mound, he walked off the field and was replaced by the right-hander Sam LeCure.

Bailey, who entered with an 8-5 record, allowed two hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit two batters while throwing 71 pitches.

He had signed a six-year, $105 million contract with the Reds in February that included a mutual option for a seventh year.

The Reds had center fielder Billy Hamilton and second baseman Brandon Phillips leave Wednesday's victory over Chicago with injuries. They are day-to-day.

First baseman Joey Votto, who signed a $251.5 million, 12-year contract in 2012, was put on the disabled list Tuesday with a nagging thigh injury.

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lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: The A.J. Pierzynski era is over in Boston.

The Cards might be interested.

I don't know about Pierzynski but apparently the Cards are interested in Jake Peavy. 

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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to miss six weeks, the team announced Thursday.

Phillips suffered the injury while making a sliding catch in the eighth inning Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.

The Reds promoted infielder Kris Negron from Triple-A Louisville before Thursday's game against the Cubs.

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Cubs snap streak with 6-4, 12-inning win over Reds
By MARK SCHMETZER (Associated Press) 2 hours ago AP - Sports

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Arismendy Alcantara needed just one day to get the feel of the big leagues.

After going 0-for-4 in his major league debut on Wednesday, the highly regarded Cubs prospect had four hits and scored the tying and winning runs as Chicago snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-4, 12-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

''Today, I felt more comfortable,'' said Alcantara, who had a double, triple and stolen base before learning after the game that his stay with the Cubs would be extended. ''I was just trying to make contact. I was happy I was able to come up and do the job.''

Alcantara and Starlin Castro both reached base with infield singles in the 12th off of J.J. Hoover (1-6). Valbuena, 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, sent a ball to deep right field that Skip Schumaker couldn't catch up with and was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. The out call stood after a umpire crew chief request for a replay review to make sure the new rule regarding home plate collisions wasn't violated.

Blake Parker (1-0) pitched the last two innings and the Cubs avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati.

Ryan Ludwick homered, but the Reds couldn't overcome a lineup missing more than half of its regulars and the loss of starter Homer Bailey to an injury after five innings.

First baseman Joey Votto is on the disabled list, second baseman Brandon Phillips and center fielder both were out after leaving Wednesday's game with injuries and right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco didn't start, but the Reds still pounced on Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks for three first-inning runs.

The Reds were hoping to sweep the Cubs in a five-game series for the first time since 1931, but instead failed for the third time to extend a winning streak to six games.

Alcantara recorded his first major league hit - a two-run double in the fourth off of Homer Bailey - and drove in three runs.

Bailey left the game after feeling pain in the patellar tendon of his right knee while trying to pitch to Castro leading off the sixth. Bailey completed his motion but didn't throw the ball and left the game after meeting on the mound with manager Bryan Price and trainer Paul Lessard. He was officially diagnosed as having a strained knee.

Bailey allowed three runs and two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. He also hit two batters.

Hendricks was making his major league debut and looked like it, opening the game with a four-pitch walk to Chris Heisey and going 3-0 to Skip Schumaker before the right-hander threw a strike. Schumaker walked on the next pitch and Brayan Pena drove in Heisey with a double into the right-field corner. Ludwick and Ramon Santiago followed with RBI singles.

Hendricks settled down to last six innings, allowing five hits and four runs with three walks and seven strikeouts. He also hit a batter.

''I wish I could have that first inning back, but I'll remember the last five,'' said Hendricks, who is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Iowa, since the Cubs won't need another starter for a while. ''I'll take what I did and move on from there.''

Cubs manager Rick Renteria was happy with what he got from both of his rookies.

''Hendricks kept us in the game,'' Renteria said. ''He did a nice job. Arismendy did a nice job. We just kept playing.''

Chris Coghlan drove in Hendricks with a double off the left-center field wall in third inning, but Ludwick got that run back in the bottom of the inning with his sixth homer of the season, a 381-foot shot into the left field seats on a 1-0 pitch.

Alcantara scored the tying run in the eighth on Castro's single off of Jonathan Broxton.

''It's baseball so you have these situations over the course of the year,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''Castro did a nice job getting the hit in the eighth. You have to acknowledge the fact that they played a nice ballgame. (Hendricks) worked around a three-run first inning and really held us down. It wasn't so much that it got away from us as they went out and outplayed us.''

Notes: The game was delayed briefly in the middle of the ninth inning by a bench- and bullpen-clearing altercation. ... Chapman's strikeout of pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano leading off the ninth gave him at least one in 39 consecutive appearances, tying the major league record set by Bruce Sutter in 1977. ... The Reds promoted INF Kristopher Negron from Triple-A Louisville and optioned RHP Carlos Contreras to Louisville before the game. RHP Brett Marshall was designated for assignment to make room for Negron on the 40-man roster. ... Chicago optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for Hendricks.


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Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and the New York Yankees hope their rookie sensation will be able to pitch again this season.

General manager Brian Cashman said Thursday night that Tanaka could return in six weeks, but didn't rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn't respond to a rehab program.

The injury is a huge blow to a battered Yankees rotation already missing CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda to injuries. Tanaka had been a stabilizing ace at the top of the rotation in his first season since arriving from Japan.

Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and had an MRI in New York, one day after his worst major league outing. He flew from New York to Seattle to be examined Thursday by Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the team's head physician.

Ahmad was attending a conference in Seattle.

Tanaka, who is tied for the major league lead with 12 wins, allowed five runs and 10 hits -- both career highs -- over 6 2-3 innings Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Indians.

The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his past four outings.

The Yankees signed the 25-year-old Tanaka to a $155 million, seven-year contract in January after he had a standout career in Japan. New York also paid $20 million to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, for his rights.

Tanaka has held together the Yankees' depleted rotation. Sabathia is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, and Nova had Tommy John surgery and won't pitch again until next year.

New York began the day three games behind first-place Baltimore in the AL East.

Elbow ligament-replacement surgery, commonly called Tommy John surgery, would almost certainly sideline Tanaka for at least a year.

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Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and the New York Yankees hope their rookie sensation will be able to pitch again this season.

General manager Brian Cashman said Thursday night that Tanaka could return in six weeks, but didn't rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn't respond to a rehab program.

The injury is a huge blow to a battered Yankees rotation already missing CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda to injuries. Tanaka had been a stabilizing ace at the top of the rotation in his first season since arriving from Japan.

Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and had an MRI in New York, one day after his worst major league outing. He flew from New York to Seattle to be examined Thursday by Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the team's head physician.

Ahmad was attending a conference in Seattle.

Tanaka, who is tied for the major league lead with 12 wins, allowed five runs and 10 hits -- both career highs -- over 6 2-3 innings Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Indians.

The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his past four outings.

The Yankees signed the 25-year-old Tanaka to a $155 million, seven-year contract in January after he had a standout career in Japan. New York also paid $20 million to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, for his rights.

Tanaka has held together the Yankees' depleted rotation. Sabathia is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, and Nova had Tommy John surgery and won't pitch again until next year.

New York began the day three games behind first-place Baltimore in the AL East.

Elbow ligament-replacement surgery, commonly called Tommy John surgery, would almost certainly sideline Tanaka for at least a year.


If the Yankees don't become sellers, I'm done caring this year.

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Yankees acquire Jeff Francis from A’s

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Jul 11, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

Needing some emergency pitching depth following the Masahiro Tanaka injury news, the Yankees have acquired veteran left-hander Jeff Francis from the A’s for cash.

Francis, who has bounced around a ton over the past few years, was designated for assignment by Oakland after posting a 5.89 ERA in 18 innings.

At age 33 he hasn’t posted a sub-5.00 ERA since 2011 and dating back to 2008 he has a combined 5.22 ERA in 633 innings, but Francis can fill a rotation or bullpen role and the Yankees basically just needed a living, breathing veteran pitcher for a little while.

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The Yankees should just bring up whoever from the minors and see how they do. Who cares about this year? The lineup is putrid and the rotation gone so it just doesn't matter.

I really hate the front office and the idiot Stein kids.  I'm done this year. I don't give a damned any more.  I'll watch Jeter's final game and that's it.

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BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter says the pitcher twisted his ankle in a parking lot a couple days ago.

Jimenez last pitched Saturday in Boston. He was scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees on Saturday, but will be replaced by either Chris Tillman or Kevin Gausman.

It's been a rough season for Jimenez, who signed a $50 million, four-year deal during the offseason. He's 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA overall and 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA at home.

Jimenez appeared to be back on track after he gave up an unearned run in eight innings against Texas on June 30. But he didn't last five innings in his last start.

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MILWAUKEE -- The St. Louis Cardinals have claimed veteran George Kottaras off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, bolstering their catching position following the injury to Yadier Molina.

The team says Kottaras likely will be added to the 25-man roster Saturday in Milwaukee. St. Louis begins a three-game series Friday against the Brewers. Kottaras was batting .286 with three homers and four RBIs in 10 games for Cleveland.

The Cardinals also activated starter Joe Kelly following a stint on the 60-day disabled list because of an injured left hamstring. He is to start Friday in Milwaukee, where he was hurt April 16.

Left-hander Tyler Lyons was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Kelly. Left-hander Jaime Garcia, who has a shoulder injury, was moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays placed first baseman Adam Lind on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a broken right foot and recalled Dan Johnson from Triple-A Buffalo.

Lind has been dealing with foot pain for weeks and aggravated the injury last Saturday at Baltimore. The injury originally was diagnosed as a bone bruise.

The Blue Jays announced before Friday night's game against Tampa Bay that Lind will be in a walking boot for five to seven days and could return in two to three weeks.

In 61 games this season, Lind has a .320 average with four homers and 27 RBIs.

Johnson had a .248 average with the Bisons and hit a league-leading 17 home runs this season. He has played in 416 major-league games over his career with Oakland, Tampa Bay, Baltimore and the Chicago White Sox.

The Blue Jays also designated right-hander Bobby Korecky for assignment.

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CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Mat Latos left after five innings Friday night -- his shortest outing of the season -- because of spasms in his lower back, yet another injury to the depleted Reds.

Latos ran hard to first to try to beat out a bunt in the second inning. His back started acting up when he went back to the mound.

"When I was bending over to get the sign for the first batter in the third inning, all of a sudden it felt like one of the middle infielders came up and stabbed me in the back," Latos said. "It calmed down a little bit for two more innings."

Latos was sidelined until June 24 by torn knee cartilage and a strained pitching forearm.

The Reds, who pulled out a 6-5 win over the Pirates on Friday, have been hit hard by injuries in the past week.

First baseman Joey Votto is on the DL indefinitely with a thigh injury. Second baseman Brandon Phillips tore a ligament in his left thumb and had surgery on Friday. Skip Schumaker was expected to help fill in at second base, but he went on the 7-day concussion list.

Starter Homer Bailey slightly strained his right knee on Thursday, but is expected to make his next turn. Now, it's Latos who is a question.

Billy Hamilton had a sore hamstring on Thursday and was relegated to pinch-hitting during a 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Cubs. He was back in the lineup on Friday and produced a run right away.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays activated shortstop Yunel Escobar from the disabled list and placed reliever Jake McGee on the paternity list on Friday.

Then, Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings left Friday night's game against Toronto after the second inning because of a bruised left knee. X-rays were negative.

Escobar missed 15 games due to right shoulder soreness. McGee's wife gave birth to a daughter on Thursday.

Also, Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, had a cast removed from his right wrist. Myers, who could return in mid-August, said tests on Friday showed the broken bone has healed. He has missed 40 games.

Infielder Jerry Sands will undergo season-ending surgery on a strained left wrist tendon. A date for the procedure hasn't been set, and Sands won't be able to swing a bat for three to four months.

Outfielder David DeJesus, out since mid-June because of a broken left hand, is expected back by early August.

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HOUSTON -- Astros rookie outfielder George Springer was scratched from Friday night's game against Boston with discomfort in his right knee.

He was replaced in the lineup by L.J. Hoes, who played right field. Hoes went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Astros' 8-3 loss to the Red Sox. Robbie Grossman, who was first listed as playing right field, moved to center field to take over for Springer.

Springer is hitting .238 and leads the team with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs. He is listed as day-to-day.

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SEATTLE -- The Oakland Athletics have placed infielder Alberto Callaspo on the 15-day disabled list because of a right hamstring strain.

The A's recalled infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday to fill in for Callaspo.

Callaspo grabbed his leg and pulled up limping just before crossing first base during the second inning of Oakland's loss at Seattle on Friday. He exited the game and was replaced in the lineup by Nate Freiman.

Callaspo is hitting .234 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 83 games.

Parrino will make his second appearance with the A's this season. He started two games for the club as a callup in mid-June.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Angels placed outfielder Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with fractures to his nose and right thumb, and recalled infielder Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cowgill was injured Saturday night when he missed a bunt. The pitch from Texas Rangers right-hander Matt West glanced off Cowgill's thumb and hit him in the nose.

Cowgill got stitches in his nose, and both injuries will require surgery.

This will be Green's third stint with the Angels this season. He had been optioned to Salt Lake on Tuesday with a .324 batting average, one home run and eight RBIs in 74 at-bats for Los Angeles.

In 41 games for Salt Lake, he has batted .321 with four homers and 38 RBIs.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Los Angeles Angels placed outfielder Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with fractures to his nose and right thumb, and recalled infielder Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cowgill was injured Saturday night when he missed a bunt. The pitch from Texas Rangers right-hander Matt West glanced off Cowgill's thumb and hit him in the nose.

Cowgill got stitches in his nose, and both injuries will require surgery.

This will be Green's third stint with the Angels this season. He had been optioned to Salt Lake on Tuesday with a .324 batting average, one home run and eight RBIs in 74 at-bats for Los Angeles.

In 41 games for Salt Lake, he has batted .321 with four homers and 38 RBIs.

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CHICAGO -- Dan Uggla's future in Atlanta was in question Sunday after the Braves suspended the struggling second baseman for their final game before the All-Star break.

The team announced the suspension on its Twitter feed, with no further explanation. Manager Fredi Gonzalez also declined to elaborate when asked about the punishment before the Braves' 10-7 victory at the Chicago Cubs.

"I'm not going to say anything other than that it's an internal matter," he said. "That's the way I like to handle stuff, and the Atlanta Braves like to handle stuff. And that's it. You can ask me 400 different ways and my way is that we're going to handle it internally."

The 34-year-old Uggla has played sparingly since rookie Tommy La Stella was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett on May 28. The three-time All-Star is batting .162 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 48 games.

The Braves acquired Uggla in a November 2010 trade with the Marlins, and then signed the three-time All-Star to a $62 million, five-year contract before his first game with Atlanta. He is slated to make $13 million next year in his final season under the deal.

Uggla had a 33-game hitting streak and connected for 36 homers in his first season with the Braves, but most of his numbers have been trending down over the past couple of years. He hit just .179 with 22 homers and 171 strikeouts in 2013, when Atlanta won the NL East and lost to the Dodgers in the division series.

Gonzalez said he expects Uggla to be with the team when it begins the second half at home against the Phillies on Friday. He also isn't worried about the effect of the suspension on his team.

"I don't think so. I got a pretty good pulse of our clubhouse," he said. "If anybody wants to talk to me, my door is always open. And they know that."

Atlanta also promoted infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett before its series finale against the Cubs. Gosselin hit .345 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 88 games with Gwinnett.

"He's had a terrific first half of the Triple-A season," Gonzalez said.

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Looking for some organizational depth amid the injuries to Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind, the Blue Jays have acquired Brett Wallace from the Orioles for cash considerations. The former top prospect has been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.

This will actually be Wallace’s second stint with the Blue Jays. The first time was when he was still a highly-regarded prospect, as he was acquired from the Athletics in December of 2009 for Michael Taylor before being moved to the Astros for Anthony Gose in July of 2010. Things have never panned out for Wallace in the majors, with a lousy .242/.313/.391 batting line over 1,077 plate appearances.

Wallace was released by the Astros at the end of spring training before latching on with the Orioles. Now 27 years old, he was batting .265/.329/.389 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI over 90 games this season with Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate.

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Dan Uggla is the worst player in MLB.

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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have made right-hander Bartolo Colon available as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, industry sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

Colon, 41, has performed well in his first season with the Mets, producing an 8-8 record and a 3.99 ERA in 18 starts, and may be ideal for a contender looking for a sturdy middle-of-the-rotation arm.

He is making $9 million this season and $11 million in 2015 as part of the two-year deal signed on Dec. 16.

Although general manager Sandy Alderson has suggested a surplus of arms can quickly be depleted through injury, the Mets do have an excess at the position. Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jacob deGrom all remain under the Mets' control for multiple seasons. Matt Harvey is due to return from Tommy John surgery next year. And the Mets also have highly regarded prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero in Triple-A.

The Mets are not yet believed to be engaged in serious talks about Colon, and it is not a foregone conclusion that he will be dealt, but a major league source predicted dialogue would increase in the next week. An August trade remains possible, too, via a team making a waiver claim.

Colon is due to start Friday's second-half opener for the Mets at San Diego. With Niese due to return from the disabled list next Monday, the Mets are planning to reassign current starter Daisuke Matsuzaka to the bullpen.

The Mets' wish list in trades includes an upgrade at shortstop over Ruben Tejada and a power-hitting left fielder to join Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson as the primary outfielders, according to industry sources.

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NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez faces a new challenge: He is being sued by his own lawyer.

Attorney David Cornwell's law firm filed papers Monday in Manhattan federal court saying the New York Yankees star owes more than $380,000 related to their work fighting his steroid suspension.

As earlier reported by the New York Daily News, the firm also is seeking pre-judgment interest and attorney fees that could increase the amount to half a million dollars.

Rodriguez was suspended for the 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball. He has said he plans to rejoin the Yankees in 2015.

Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used banned substances from 2001-03 while with Texas, before baseball had penalties in place for PEDs. But he has denied using them since.

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ning American League MVP Miguel Cabrera says he has yet to fully recover from a groin tear that plagued him at the end of 2013.

"There are times when I feel good, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly," the Detroit Tigers slugger told USA Today on Monday. "It's part of the process."

Cabrera, who will bat cleanup for the AL in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, has posted strong first-half numbers despite the lingering ailments, hitting .306 with 75 RBIs.

But his 14 home runs at the break are down from past years. By comparison, he had 30 at this point of the season in 2013.

Cabrera said recovery from an injury is also the reason why teammate Justin Verlander has struggled to an 8-8 record and a 4.88 ERA in the first half. The right-hander had core muscle surgery in January following a groin injury.

"The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander, but the difference is he pitches every five days, so you don't see it as frequently," Cabrera told USA Today.

"But as he and I talked about, we're never going to offer any excuses for our performance. We always want to be out on the field and compete, and I think that's the most important thing we can do, compete and try to get past this tough time. And the main thing is we're in first place."

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NEAPOLIS -- Chase Utley would prefer to remain with the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that drafted him 14 years ago.

With the Phillies last in the NL East at 42-53, it's possible the team might try to deal veterans for prospects before the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers. A six-time All-Star, Utley is owed $15 million next season as part of a deal that contains options for $15 million in each of three additional years that could become guaranteed if he has 500 plate appearances in the previous season and doesn't finish the season hurt.

"The grass isn't always greener on the other side," he said Monday. "I've picked some brains over the course of the last few years. I really enjoy Philadelphia. I love playing baseball in Citizens Bank Park. I love playing in front of Philly fans. There's no better place to play in my opinion. Obviously winning is important and you want to do that, and I would like to do that in Philadelphia."

While he wants to stay, he understands the Phillies may decide to clear out veterans.

"If someone at some point comes up to me and says you're not wanted in Philadelphia anymore, I might have to rethink that," he said. "I think if I was a betting man I would say probably there will be no change."

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The Royals have acquired right-handed reliever Jason Frasor from the Rangers, the team announced. Kansas City is sending minor-league right-hander Spencer Patton to Texas in the one-for-one deal.

Frasor, 36, has a 3.34 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP and a 9.1 K/9 in 29 2/3 innings this year. He had a 2.57 ERA in 49 innings for the Rangers last summer. Frasor is owed roughly $900,000 through the end of the season and will become a free agent this winter.

The Royals have an elite setup man/closer combination in Wade Davis and Greg Holland, but the middle innings have been a bit of a problem. The club has reportedly been looking for bullpen help for the last few weeks and could continue to seek another reliever, specifically a lefty.

Patton, 26, has a 4.08 ERA with an 11.7 K/9 in 46 1/3 Triple-A relief innings this season. He was Kansas City's 24th round pick in the 2011 draft. Baseball America did not rank him among the team's top 30 prospects in their 2014 Prospect Handbook.

At 48-46, the Royals are 6.5 games back of the Tigers for the AL Central lead and 2.5 games back of the second wild-card spot. The Rangers have the worst record in baseball at 38-57 and figure to sell off more pieces before the trade deadline.

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And of course the "Mike Trout is juicing" thing starts as of this morning.....

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The Atlanta Braves have requested unconditional release waivers for struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, parting ways with a former starter still owed over $18 million over the remainder of this year and next.

After batting just .179 with 171 strikeouts last season, Dan Uggla continued to struggle at the plate this year, batting .162 with two home runs in 48 games.

The Braves announced Uggla's release on their official Twitter account Friday, five days after suspending the slumping slugger for what manager Fredi Gonzalez called "an internal matter."

In his fourth season with the Braves, the 34-year-old Uggla was batting .162 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 48 games and 130 at-bats.

Uggla lost his job to Tommy La Stella when the rookie second baseman was called up May 28.

The Braves' patience with Uggla appeared to wear thin last Sunday when he was suspended one game for reporting just 30 minutes before the start of a game in Chicago.

Atlanta has not announced a corresponding roster move for Uggla's release.

The Braves acquired Uggla in a November 2010 trade with the Miami Marlins and signed the three-time All-Star to a $62 million, five-year contract before his first game with Atlanta. He is slated to make $13 million in 2015 -- his final season under the deal.

Uggla had a 33-game hitting streak and connected for 36 homers in his first season with the Braves, but most of his numbers have been trending down the past couple of years. He hit just .179 with 22 homers and 171 strikeouts in 2013, when Atlanta won the NL East and lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Not one, not two, not three. The Texas Rangers now have four catchers on their 25-man roster.

The Rangers recalled Opening Day starting catcher J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, the same day they made the expected move of activating catcher Geovany Soto from the 60-day disabled list.

Struggling first baseman Carlos Pena was designated for assignment after playing only 18 games in his return to the Rangers.

Soto and Arencibia joined the team for a workout in Toronto, along with catchers Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez. Texas (38-57), with the worst record in the majors, plays the Blue Jays on Friday in its first game after the All-Star break.

Arencibia was optioned to Round Rock on May 20 after hitting .133 in 20 games with the Rangers, 19 of them starts at catcher. He hit .279 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs in 48 games at Round Rock, where he started 20 games at first base while playing the position professionally for the first time. Eight of his last 11 starts at Triple-A were at first base.

Pena hit .136 and two RBIs in 18 games for Texas, including 16 starts at first base, after being purchased from Round Rock on June 24.

Texas has 10 days to trade, release or outright Pena to the minor leagues. He had rejoined the Rangers on June 24, a week after signing a minor league deal -- and 13 years after making his major league debut with Texas. He was the 10th overall pick in 1998.

Soto tore cartilage in his right knee late in spring training and is looking to make his season debut with the Rangers after 12 games of rehab the past two weeks with Round Rock and Double-A Frisco.

In 54 games last season for the Rangers, primarily as the backup to A.J. Pierzynski, Soto hit .245 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in 54 games. Soto was expected to be the primary catcher this season before getting hurt in the spring.

The Rangers traded right-handed reliever Jason Frasor on Wednesday, so only the Pena move was necessary Thursday to bring back two catchers.

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CHICAGO -- Former 19-game winner Chien-Ming Wang signed as a free agent with the White Sox, according to the Charlotte Knights' organization, and was assigned to the Triple-A club.

The 34-year-old Wang was 8-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 19 games this season for Triple-A Louisville in the Cincinnati Reds' organization. The right-hander recently opted out of his contract with the Reds.

Wang won 19 games for the New York Yankees in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He was 55-26 with a 4.16 ERA in 109 games for the Yankees (104 starts).

In other moves, White Sox pitcher Dylan Axelrod, who made 30 appearances (20 starts) with the White Sox last season, was traded to Cincinnati. It is not yet known what the White Sox received in return. The right-hander was 6-7 at Charlotte this season with a 4.37 ERA.

In other moves at Charlotte, pitcher Deunte Heath was released to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan. Infielder Tyler Saladino, who was named to the International League All-Star team, was put on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his throwing arm.

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NEW YORK -- Yankees GM Brian Cashman is aggressively trying to upgrade his starting staff, which has seen four-fifths of its opening day rotation end up on the disabled list.

"I have to reinforce our pitching, in my opinion," Cashman said in a phone conversation Thursday. "I have things that I feel I have to try to do, that I'm trying to do, but it is easier said than done."

Cashman is in go-for-it mode, even though the Yankees, 47-47 on the season, start the second half five games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East and 3½ back of the Seattle Mariners for the final wild card.

The Yankees' starting rotation has lost Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia for the season. Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka are both on the disabled list. Both could possibly return in August.

The Yankees' second-half rotation consists of Hiroki Kuroda, rookie Shane Greene, David Phelps, Brandon McCarthy and Chase Whitley.

"We have to try to improve, reinforce and upgrade, certainly," Cashman said. "We certainly we would love to have some significant upgrades but when you lose four out of five starters, it is hard to re-materialize the same type of abilities with the guys you lost. It is whether you incrementally upgrade."

The Yankees could use their financial might to trade for someone like the Phillies' Cliff Lee. Lee, who has a no-trade clause, is making $25 million this year. He has another $25 million coming to him in 2015, while there is a team option for $27 million for 2016 or a $12 million buyout. Lee is scheduled to come off the DL and start Monday for the Phillies. He could make two more starts prior to the July 31 trade deadline.

Recently, Cashman called up David Huff to replace Alfredo Aceves and traded Vidal Nuno to Arizona for McCarthy.

"Whether it was Huff over Aceves or you significantly upgrade, which we feel like we are trying to do with McCarthy over Nuno," Cashman said. "Those are the attempts. Those are the efforts."

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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington insisted the team's front office is not giving up on 2014 just yet, and said the next couple of weeks are crucial in determining what the team does at the trade deadline.

"We're going to do whatever we feel gives the Red Sox the best chance to be as good as possible as quickly as possible," he said. "And we are not conceding 2014 with that statement."

Appearing on WEEI's "Dennis & Callahan" on Thursday morning, Cherington said he feels the Red Sox are capable of being better than several of the teams ahead of them in the standings, and that there's a chance for a second-half run.

"We've put ourselves in this position, so the math is working against us a little bit," he said. "But stranger things have happened. We don't see why we can't win more games than most of the teams ahead of us."

He acknowledged that, at this point, the odds are against a Red Sox resurrection, and that the front office is engaged in trade conversations as the July 31 deadline nears.

Cherington also took the blame for the team's worst first half in nearly 20 years, pointing to an unproductive offense as the deadly flaw.

The defending champions entered the All-Star break nine games below .500 (43-52) and 9.5 games back in the AL East. They rank last in the league in runs, slugging percentage and total bases, and are hitting a dismal .246 as a team.

"Our pitching has been good enough to win, we just haven't produced offensively. And as I look at that, I guess what I would say is that I didn't do a good enough job building a complete offense," he said.

"It certainly wasn't our intent. We thought we would have that. We thought we had reason to believe we could have that going into the year, but the reality is we have not," he continued. "And that has hamstrung our ability to win games. ... We're trying to remedy that in ways that make sense. It takes time. But that's been the flaw of the team more than anything else, so I take responsibility for that."

When asked how he would characterize the contract discussions with Jon Lester, Cherington emphasized that the two sides are having continued conversations and the recent rumors and reports haven't come from the key parties involved.

"I think a lot has been written about this. ... If you ask John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, myself, if you ask Jon Lester, if you ask Seth Levinson, I think what all of those people would say is that there's a strong relationship here that goes back 12 years and that strong relationship will allow for a continued dialogue and a detailed conversation at the right time," he said.

He said that Lester is still focused on winning games.

"Jon feels like right now is the time to focus on the field," he said. "We're still trying to win."

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have a crowded outfield, and if that gets in the way of Matt Kemp playing every day he would be open to a trade.

The outfielder's agent, former major league pitcher Dave Stewart, said that Kemp wants to be an everyday center fielder and if the Dodgers cannot make that happen, Kemp would be open to a trade, according to a report from FoxSports.com.

"Whatever they want to do we're favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day," Stewart told FoxSports.com. "He'd like to eventually go back to center field. He's not opposed to right or left. But his hope at some point is to get back to center."

The Dodgers removed Kemp from center field for defensive reasons at the end of May. Carl Crawford injured his left ankle on May 28, and Kemp has been the everyday left fielder ever since. Kemp is batting .269 with eight home runs and 35 RBI this season.

Crawford returned from the disabled list last Thursday, and again, the Dodgers have five healthy outfielders -- Crawford, Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke. Ethier and Van Slyke have started the majority of games in center field.

After Crawford was activated, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said there are no plans to use either Crawford or Kemp in center.

The crowded outfield has been an issue since early in spring training, when Kemp declared, "I'm not a fourth outfielder. We can cut that off right there. I won't accept that role."

Kemp still has $107 million remaining on his contract from 2015 to 2019. He does not have a no-trade clause in his deal.

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Talk about a memorable Wednesday: Tracy McGrady collected his first professional strikeout and retired from baseball in the same night.

"That is definitely going in the trophy case," he said from the dugout following his outing, according to CBS Houston. "I told some of the guys that I am going to get a strikeout before I stop playing. I got it in the second inning. Thank you Jesus."

McGrady threw 1 1/3 innings in the Atlantic League's All-Star Game on Wednesday, striking out Bryan Pounds to earn his elusive "K." His teammates applauded as he walked off the mound.

In all, the 35-year-old McGrady had a 6.75 ERA in four appearances (6 2/3 innings) with the Sugar Land Skeeters. He allowed four hits and five runs.

"It has been a tremendous ride," McGrady said, according to CBS Houston. "It is my last game today. I informed the team this would be my last outing and I appreciate them giving me this opportunity to start the game and enjoy this great mid-summers classic.

"This has been an awesome year. Not having my basketball career end the way I wanted but having the opportunity to be friends with some of the guys and get to know them and compete with them, learn from them every day, it's been an honor."

McGrady played baseball until his senior year in high school when he transferred to a school without a baseball program. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and won two scoring titles.

"I got a little emotional coming off the mound," McGrady admitted. "It feels good to be celebrated again."

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees will honor Derek Jeter during a special pregame ceremony Sept. 7th at Yankee Stadium prior to that afternoon game against the Kansas City Royals.

This date will be of special significance to ticket buyers and scalpers because it is a bit earlier than most speculated. In 2013, the Yankees celebrated Mariano Rivera during the Sunday of the final homestand. The Yankees have decided to hold Jeter's tribute two weeks earlier.

The Yankees have not announced the details of the festivities other than to say that each fan will receive a limited-edition commemorative coin.

The Yankees final regular season home game is Sept. 25th against the Orioles. They finish the season in Boston on Sept. 28th.

Sept. 7th is also the first Sunday of the NFL season.

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The Houston Astros were unable to come to terms with left-hander Brady Aiken before Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, according to sources.

Aiken is only third the No. 1 overall pick of the MLB draft to not sign, joining Danny Goodwin with the Chicago White Sox in 1971 and Tim Belcher with the Minnesota Twins in 1983.

Two days after the draft Aiken agreed to terms on a $6.5 million bonus, then flew to Houston on June 23 for a physical and to finalize the deal. But the exam's results left the Astros concerned with the ligament in Aiken's left elbow.

MLB.com first reported that Aiken failed to reach an agreement with the Astros by the deadline.

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NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia will have season-ending surgery on his right knee, the New York Yankees announced Friday.

Sabathia will have arthroscopic debridement surgery next week, and the team hopes it will allow him to return to the mound by next spring training.

"Hopefully, next year will be a different story," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

For now, Sabathia, 33, will avoid microfracture surgery on the knee, which could have been career-ending. But if the initial surgery does not work, then a microfracture procedure could be in play.

"It doesn't mean that is off the table," Cashman said.

Sabathia has struggled the past two years, going 17-17 with a 4.87 ERA. This season, he was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA.

In Sabathia's first four years with the Yankees, he averaged a 17-8 record with a 3.23 ERA. Overall, in his 14-year career, Sabathia is 208-119 with a 3.63 ERA.

"He tried the rehab side of it, and obviously that didn't work," Cashman said. "If he had three different options, that was the least. Now, we are on the middle side of this thing, the clean up of the knee, and hopefully that is good enough."

Sabathia's surgery will be performed by Los Angeles Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttrache.

The Yankees have lost four-fifths of their Opening Day rotation. Ivan Nova is out for the year after Tommy John surgery. The Yankees are hopeful that Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda can return in August. Cashman reiterated that adding starting pitching is his biggest goal as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches at the end of the month.

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK -- The Yankees will honor Derek Jeter during a special pregame ceremony Sept. 7th at Yankee Stadium prior to that afternoon game against the Kansas City Royals.

Thank goodness the Yankees are doing this - I was afraid that Jeter would have go through his final season with no fanfare at all. 

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK -- The Yankees will honor Derek Jeter during a special pregame ceremony Sept. 7th at Yankee Stadium prior to that afternoon game against the Kansas City Royals.


Cheapest ticket for this game thru StubHub is $ 195.

http://www.stubhub.com/new-york-yankees-tickets/yankees-vs-royals-9-7-2014-4378918

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK -- Yankees GM Brian Cashman is aggressively trying to upgrade his starting staff, which has seen four-fifths of its opening day rotation end up on the disabled list.

"I have to reinforce our pitching, in my opinion," Cashman said in a phone conversation Thursday. "I have things that I feel I have to try to do, that I'm trying to do, but it is easier said than done."

Cashman is in go-for-it mode, even though the Yankees, 47-47 on the season, start the second half five games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East and 3½ back of the Seattle Mariners for the final wild card.

The Yankees' starting rotation has lost Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia for the season. Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka are both on the disabled list. Both could possibly return in August.

The Yankees' second-half rotation consists of Hiroki Kuroda, rookie Shane Greene, David Phelps, Brandon McCarthy and Chase Whitley.

"We have to try to improve, reinforce and upgrade, certainly," Cashman said. "We certainly we would love to have some significant upgrades but when you lose four out of five starters, it is hard to re-materialize the same type of abilities with the guys you lost. It is whether you incrementally upgrade."

The Yankees could use their financial might to trade for someone like the Phillies' Cliff Lee. Lee, who has a no-trade clause, is making $25 million this year. He has another $25 million coming to him in 2015, while there is a team option for $27 million for 2016 or a $12 million buyout. Lee is scheduled to come off the DL and start Monday for the Phillies. He could make two more starts prior to the July 31 trade deadline.

Recently, Cashman called up David Huff to replace Alfredo Aceves and traded Vidal Nuno to Arizona for McCarthy.

"Whether it was Huff over Aceves or you significantly upgrade, which we feel like we are trying to do with McCarthy over Nuno," Cashman said. "Those are the attempts. Those are the efforts."


Braves are smart in releasing the single worst player in MLB-Dan Uggla.

If the Yankees spend on shit while trading prospects, I'll support the Braves while I wait for the Yankees to snap the fuck out of it!

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Pares trade closer Huston Street to Angels for prospects.


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Huston Street is headed back to the AL West. 



A trade that will send All-Star closer Huston Street to the Angels has been completed with the Padres. The deal was officially announced early Saturday morning, with Street and minor-leaguer Trevor Gott going to the Angels in exchange for Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon, R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.

Street, 30, has converted 24 of 25 save opportunities this season with a 1.09 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 34 strikeouts against only seven walks in 33 innings pitched. A closer since his rookie year -- when he won the AL Rookie of the Year -- Street has saved 258 games in 300 chances (86 percent) in his career with a 2.87 ERA (148 ERA+). He's a two-time All-Star.

Street is also familiar with the AL West, having spent the first four seasons of his career with the Athletics.

The move puts Street in the closer role with Joe Smith, Kevin Jepsen and the recently-acquired Jason Grilli ( 1.29 ERA since the trade) possible setup options.

The Angels entered Friday night with the second-best record in all of the majors, but, among AL teams, only the Astros, White Sox and A's had blown more saves.


As for the Padres' return ...

Lindsey, 22, is hitting .247/.323/.400 with 13 doubles, four triples, eight homers, 30 RBI, 50 runs and seven steals in 75 games for Triple-A Salt Lake this season. He was a sandwich pick in the 2010 draft (37th overall) and was ranked as the 93rd best prospect in baseball byBaseball America heading into this season. He has only played second base or DH in the minors.

Rondon is a 20-year-old shortstop who is hitting .327/.362/.418 with 17 doubles, 5 triples, zero homers, 24 RBI, 40 runs and eight steals in High-A.

Alvarez is a 23-year-old right-handed reliever. He has a 0.33 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 27 innings at Double-A this season.

Morris, 22, is a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher who is 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings across Low-A and High-A this season.

Back to the Angels' return, Gott is a 21-year-old right-handed reliever. In 39 outings for High-A (29 outings) and Double-A (10) he has 16 saves with a 3.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 43 innings.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jose Canseco was nervous and scared about showing up to the reunion for the 1989 World Series champion Oakland Athletics this weekend.

Until Friday, Canseco had not been back to the Coliseum since his playing days ended and he wrote his infamous book that alleged rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout baseball. He had no idea how his former teammates, coaches and fans would receive him -- or if they would receive him at all.

"I'm kind of putting myself out there in the most vulnerable state possible," said the 50-year-old Canseco, who was still looking big and buff in his white A's jersey.

After meeting some of his former teammates at the ballpark, the slugger sported a smile of relief. He said he was pleased to get a positive reception from most of them, and many said it was great to see Canseco again.

But the one person Canseco most wanted to see, Mark McGwire, couldn't attend. Canseco's former "Bash Brother" is now the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were playing at St. Louis.

Canseco reiterated that he regrets writing the book "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant `Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big," which most notably accused McGwire of using performance-enhancing drugs. McGwire has since admitted to using them.

"Mark, to me, when I played with him, I looked up to him," Canseco said. "I idolized him for a lot of reasons -- the guy was on the field, he was off the field. It haunts me till this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true. I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across."

Neither Canseco nor McGwire attended the team's 20-year anniversary, and Canseco said he has had no contact with McGwire since the book came out in 2005.

"I regret writing the book for sure," Canseco said. "I battled and fought with the thought of, 'I wish I never used chemicals or steroids.' But I don't see how back then when I was only 19, 20 years old, I didn't really know the situation. There was no testing, no rules about it, no one really knew much about it. Teams and organizations and coaches never said, 'Don't use PEDs.' So obviously, I wish I never encountered that or encountered the individual that said, 'You want to become bigger, faster, stronger? Use these chemicals.' "

Former A's pitcher Dennis Eckersley said he had spoken with Canseco at some card shows since the book surfaced. He said he holds no hard feelings toward Canseco -- but he also acknowledged that nothing negative was alleged against him in the book -- and believes most of his teammates feel the same way.

"I mean, come on, man. It's been a long time. Time heals everything," Eckersley said. "I don't know if it's even a forgiveness thing. Just understand, understand people and accept people. I'll tell you, I've said things. I just haven't said it in a book."

Former A's pitcher Dave Stewart agreed.

"I'm glad to see him. It's been years since I've seen him," Stewart said. "He was a big part of all the things we were doing back in the day. Whatever took place back then, as far as the team is concerned, we were always in position to win. And he was a big, big piece of that. I'm glad he's here. And as I look back on it, I'm glad that I had an opportunity to play with him."

Despite the initial awkwardness with some of his former teammates, Canseco said he was looking forward to reliving the "old days" with them.

The A's swept the San Francisco Giants in the earthquake-interrupted 1989 World Series. The A's will honor the team on the field before Saturday's game against Baltimore.

"I'll always remember the Oakland A's," Canseco said, "as being my family."

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lobo316 wrote: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jose Canseco was nervous and scared about showing up to the reunion for the 1989 World Series champion Oakland Athletics this weekend.

Until Friday, Canseco had not been back to the Coliseum since his playing days ended and he wrote his infamous book that alleged rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout baseball. He had no idea how his former teammates, coaches and fans would receive him -- or if they would receive him at all.

"I'm kind of putting myself out there in the most vulnerable state possible," said the 50-year-old Canseco, who was still looking big and buff in his white A's jersey.

After meeting some of his former teammates at the ballpark, the slugger sported a smile of relief. He said he was pleased to get a positive reception from most of them, and many said it was great to see Canseco again.

But the one person Canseco most wanted to see, Mark McGwire, couldn't attend. Canseco's former "Bash Brother" is now the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were playing at St. Louis.

Canseco reiterated that he regrets writing the book "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant `Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big," which most notably accused McGwire of using performance-enhancing drugs. McGwire has since admitted to using them.

"Mark, to me, when I played with him, I looked up to him," Canseco said. "I idolized him for a lot of reasons -- the guy was on the field, he was off the field. It haunts me till this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true. I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across."

Neither Canseco nor McGwire attended the team's 20-year anniversary, and Canseco said he has had no contact with McGwire since the book came out in 2005.

"I regret writing the book for sure," Canseco said. "I battled and fought with the thought of, 'I wish I never used chemicals or steroids.' But I don't see how back then when I was only 19, 20 years old, I didn't really know the situation. There was no testing, no rules about it, no one really knew much about it. Teams and organizations and coaches never said, 'Don't use PEDs.' So obviously, I wish I never encountered that or encountered the individual that said, 'You want to become bigger, faster, stronger? Use these chemicals.' "

Former A's pitcher Dennis Eckersley said he had spoken with Canseco at some card shows since the book surfaced. He said he holds no hard feelings toward Canseco -- but he also acknowledged that nothing negative was alleged against him in the book -- and believes most of his teammates feel the same way.

"I mean, come on, man. It's been a long time. Time heals everything," Eckersley said. "I don't know if it's even a forgiveness thing. Just understand, understand people and accept people. I'll tell you, I've said things. I just haven't said it in a book."

Former A's pitcher Dave Stewart agreed.

"I'm glad to see him. It's been years since I've seen him," Stewart said. "He was a big part of all the things we were doing back in the day. Whatever took place back then, as far as the team is concerned, we were always in position to win. And he was a big, big piece of that. I'm glad he's here. And as I look back on it, I'm glad that I had an opportunity to play with him."

Despite the initial awkwardness with some of his former teammates, Canseco said he was looking forward to reliving the "old days" with them.

The A's swept the San Francisco Giants in the earthquake-interrupted 1989 World Series. The A's will honor the team on the field before Saturday's game against Baltimore.

"I'll always remember the Oakland A's," Canseco said, "as being my family."

They can say what they want about Jose, and he is a crazy bastard, but not one thing he claimed in the book has proven to be false. 

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have filed a lawsuit against several people whom the team accuses of being behind a fake mascot that has been engaging in bad behavior near Wrigley Field, including getting into a bar fight that was captured on video and posted online.

The team filed its lawsuit on Friday in federal court in Chicago against John Paul Weier, Patrick Weier and three other unnamed individuals whom the team says dress in the bear costume, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The fake mascot -- not to be confused with the team's new official mascot, "Clark the Cub" -- wears a Cubs hat and No. 78 jersey that has the name "Billy Cub" on the back. The team says the defendants are trying to pass their character off as an official representative of the team, and it accuses them of trademark infringement, injuring the team's reputation and unfair competition.

The team accuses those behind the fake mascot of demanding tips for photos, making "rude, profane and derogatory remarks and gesticulations," and punching a man at a bar near the ballpark. The punch, which was caught on video, was posted on YouTube and was widely viewed. The Cubs say fans were confused and thought the official team mascot had thrown the punch instead.

The lawsuit wants the defendants to stop using the character and requests "deliver for destruction" the costume's components. It also is seeking payment for damages and legal fees.

The nature of the Weiers' relationship wasn't immediately clear, and neither of them could be reached for comment.

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Colby Lewis sure is a whiny little bitch.    


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Colby Lewis took exception to a fifth-inning bunt by Colby Rasmus during the Rangers-Blue Jays game on Saturday. Lewis felt the bunt single went against baseball etiquette.




In the eyes of Colby Lewis, Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus sure could use a lesson in baseball etiquette.

Lewis, the Rangers' starting pitcher, exchanged words with Rasmus during the fifth inning of Texas' 4-1 loss Saturday. The right-hander was irked when Rasmus laid down a two-out bunt single with the Blue Jays up 2-0 and the Rangers playing the shift.

"I told [Rasmus] I didn't appreciate it," Lewis said, according to MLB.com. "You're up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don't think that's the way the game should be played."

Lewis, who fell to 6-7 with the loss, felt Rasmus' bunt was a selfish act.

"I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you're up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average," Lewis said.

On top of the bunt, Lewis said the fact that Rasmus didn't try to steal second base further proved he was just concerned about upping his average.

"[Rasmus] didn't steal within the first two pitches to put himself in scoring position," Lewis said. "That tells me he is solely looking out for himself, and looking out for batting average. And I didn't appreciate it."

After the game, Rasmus said he was trying to help his team and did not understand why Lewis took offense.

"I'm just trying to help my team and he didn't like it -- so sorry about it," Rasmus said, according to MLB.com. "I'm not here to try to please the other side, I'm here to help my team, and I had an opportunity where I could, and I took advantage of it."

Rasmus went 2-for-4 on the day. He is hitting .223 this season.

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lobo316 wrote: The Chicago Cubs have filed a lawsuit against several people whom the team accuses of being behind a fake mascot that has been engaging in bad behavior near Wrigley Field, including getting into a bar fight that was captured on video and posted online.



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Someone needs to change Colby Lewis' poopy diapers...... I hate these exaggerated shifts that all these teams are putting on, and Rasmus was just "hittin' it where they ain't".

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MIAMI -- San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will go on either the seven-day or 15-day disabled list because of a concussion.

Belt was struck by a ball in the face while fielding during batting practice Saturday. Tests Sunday confirmed the concussion, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Infielder Adam Duvall will likely be recalled from Triple-A Fresno, Bochy said.

Belt was to fly with the Giants to Philadelphia, where they begin a four-game series Monday. He missed 50 games because of a broken left thumb before returning July 5.

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Dan Uggla has agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants on a minor league contract, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Uggla will be assigned to Triple-A Fresno, according to the source.

The move came three days after Uggla was released by the Atlanta Braves.

Fox Sports reported Uggla's deal with the Giants earlier Monday.

In his fourth season with the Braves, Uggla, 34, was batting .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 48 games and 130 at-bats.

He had a 33-game hitting streak in 2011, the franchise's second-longest, but also struck out 495 times in 451 games from 2011 to 2013.

Uggla, a three-time NL All-Star, hit .179 with 22 homers and 55 RBIs last year and underwent corrective eye surgery last summer. He struggled so much that he was left off the postseason roster after losing his job to Elliot Johnson, a journeyman claimed off waivers in late August.

The Braves reinserted Uggla as the starter at the beginning of spring training this year, but he hit .212 in April and .080 in 25 at-bats during May.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Colby Lewis sure is a whiny little bitch.    


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Colby Lewis took exception to a fifth-inning bunt by Colby Rasmus during the Rangers-Blue Jays game on Saturday. Lewis felt the bunt single went against baseball etiquette.




In the eyes of Colby Lewis, Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus sure could use a lesson in baseball etiquette.

Lewis, the Rangers' starting pitcher, exchanged words with Rasmus during the fifth inning of Texas' 4-1 loss Saturday. The right-hander was irked when Rasmus laid down a two-out bunt single with the Blue Jays up 2-0 and the Rangers playing the shift.

"I told [Rasmus] I didn't appreciate it," Lewis said, according to MLB.com. "You're up by two runs with two outs and you lay down a bunt. I don't think that's the way the game should be played."

Lewis, who fell to 6-7 with the loss, felt Rasmus' bunt was a selfish act.

"I felt like you have a situation where there is two outs, you're up two runs, you have gotten a hit earlier in the game off me, we are playing the shift, and he laid down a bunt basically simply for average," Lewis said.

On top of the bunt, Lewis said the fact that Rasmus didn't try to steal second base further proved he was just concerned about upping his average.

"[Rasmus] didn't steal within the first two pitches to put himself in scoring position," Lewis said. "That tells me he is solely looking out for himself, and looking out for batting average. And I didn't appreciate it."

After the game, Rasmus said he was trying to help his team and did not understand why Lewis took offense.

"I'm just trying to help my team and he didn't like it -- so sorry about it," Rasmus said, according to MLB.com. "I'm not here to try to please the other side, I'm here to help my team, and I had an opportunity where I could, and I took advantage of it."

Rasmus went 2-for-4 on the day. He is hitting .223 this season.

Fuck this guy.  Every player should bunt every time up with one of these shifts.  It drives me crazy that they don't do it more often.  Rasmus is the one playing the game right.  You hit it where they ain't, as Wee Willie Keeler said way back in the 1890s. If you don't like it, stop fucking shifting.  It's ridiculously overdone these days anyway. 

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lobo316 wrote: Dan Uggla has agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants on a minor league contract, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

 
Ahhh Shit!

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TORONTO -- One day after promising he was "about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August," David Ortiz hit two towering home runs Monday.

They were the 452nd and 453rd of his career and moved Ortiz past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list. The Red Sox won their fifth straight game with a 14-1 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays.

"He's always hit well in this ballpark, and tonight was another example," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Ortiz, whose 35 career homers at Rogers Centre are second only to Alex Rodriguez's 36.

Ortiz matched Yastrzemski with a two-run blast to center field off left-hander Brad Mills in the fourth, then broke a short-lived tie with another two-run shot off Mills in the fifth, for his 21st and 22nd homers of the season.

The slugger had little to say about his milestone homers, except, "Put it down like this: I'm on my way to Jamaica."

It was the third multihomer game of the season for Ortiz and the 44th of his career.

Ortiz's first homer ended his 0-for-18 skid against Toronto and an 0-for-11 slump overall. He went 1 for 13 in Boston's weekend sweep of Kansas City.

"He's a Hall of Famer in my eyes," said Mike Napoli, who followed Ortiz's second shot with his 12th homer, making it the fourth time this season Boston has gone back-to-back.

Stephen Drew added a three-run homer as the Red Sox connected a season-high four times and won for the eighth time in nine games.

"We're getting a good offensive approach over the last 10 games or so," Farrell said.

Dustin Pedroia was the only Boston starter without a hit, as the Red Sox set season highs in runs and hits (18). Pedroia went 0-for-4 before being replaced and is hitless in 13 at-bats.

John Lackey (11-6) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings to win his second straight start. Felix Doubront worked the eighth and Craig Breslow finished.

"It was a fun night," Lackey said. "It's kind of fun to have these every now and then."

The Red Sox took the lead with two runs in the second and added four in the third, chasing Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison. Boston blew it open with two more in the fourth and six in the fifth against Mills.

"The best thing about it is it's over with," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Hutchison (6-9) matched a career-high with six earned runs -- the second straight outing he allowed that many -- and gave up a career-high nine hits in 2 2/3 innings, his shortest non-injury start. Hutchison, who lost for the first time in three outings against Boston, fell to 2-5 with a 7.71 ERA in eight home starts.

"He had tough time getting anything going with his breaking ball [and] spiked a lot of them," Gibbons said.

Boston's Brock Holt made the defensive play of the game by leaping into the right field wall to retire Dan Johnson for the first out of the fifth.

"This is a guy who's been an infielder his entire life, and what he's done in the outfield has been pretty remarkable," Farrell said of Holt, who came up from his highlight play with a huge smile.

"That was a pretty fun catch for me," Holt said.


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Ted Williams holds the Red Sox record with 521 home runs, followed by Yastrzemski (452) and then Ortiz (395). ... Red Sox OF Shane Victorino did not start. Victorino returned Saturday after being out since May 23 with an injured right hamstring. This was the first of seven straight games on turf for the Red Sox, who visit Tampa next. ... Toronto designated RHP Sergio Santos for assignment and recalled LHP Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Buffalo. ... Boston 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway went 0 for 4 in the first game of his rehab assignment at Double-A Portland. Lavarnway has been out since May 30 with a fractured left hand. ... Toronto's three hits matched a season-low. ... Cleveland Cavaliers F Tristan Thompson, who was born in suburban Toronto, threw out the first pitch. ... Boston RHP Jake Peavy (1-8) faces Toronto LHP J.A. Happ (7-5) on Tuesday.

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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, the club's leading home run hitter and run producer, is suffering from what the team described as a "lower lat strain" that will keep him out of the lineup for a minimum of three to four days.

Manager Joe Girardi said on Monday the injury was "not a DL situation at this time." Teixeira, sounding less optimistic -- at one point, he described the injury as "killing me" -- said his back had been bothering him for about a month and became too painful for him to play through over the weekend. He was to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection from team doctor Christopher Ahmad on Monday evening.

"Throwing, hitting -- anything with any type of rotation, it's been pretty painful," Teixeira said. "The spasms, unfortunately, have gone from my neck to my lower back, up and down the whole time. We just kind of put the fires out, and finally when the pain ratcheted up, it was one spot."

Teixeira had an MRI on Sunday that revealed a Grade 1 strain of the latissimus dorsi muscle on the left side of his back. Teixeira said he began experiencing generalized spasms in his back when the Yankees were in Oakland in mid-June, but rather than benefiting from the four days off for the All-Star break, Teixeira said the pain worsened and localized during this past weekend's series against the Cincinnati Reds, in which he went hitless in 12 at-bats.

"That's kind of what happens when you shut down for a little while," he said. "The blood's not flowing, you don't have that adrenaline pumping through your body and it becomes worse. I think that's what we saw this weekend."

After a remarkable run of durability in which he played all 162 games twice in his first four MLB seasons and at least 156 in each of his first three seasons with the Yankees, the 34-year-old Teixeira has been plagued by injuries in recent years, and last season missed all but 15 games with a wrist tendon injury that required surgery. He has already spent 15 days on the DL this season with a hamstring strain.

"It's tough. I thought the year off last year would kind of give me a fountain of youth, and it's just made me rusty," Teixeira said. "That's the way it feels. It's been something. Every game, it's something. I'm still happy with the way I've played when I'm healthy; I just need to get healthy again."

Teixeira leads the offensively challenged Yankees with 17 home runs and 48 RBIs and has batted cleanup in 58 of the 76 games he has played. He said the Yankees would give the PRP injection "three or four days" to take effect, after which his condition would be re-evaluated.

"We're really hoping it won't be [a DL situation]," Girardi said. "I think if we were concerned, really concerned, we'd put him on the DL right away. We're hoping that after three or four days he feels OK and we'll get him back in there."

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PHILADELPHIA -- The San Francisco Giants have placed righty Matt Cain on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation.

Cain is only 2-7 with a career-worst 4.18 ERA in 15 games. He's earning $20 million this season in the middle of a $140 million, eight-year contract.

Yusmeiro Petit will start Tuesday night against the Phillies instead of Cain.

The Giants also placed first baseman Brandon Belt on the seven-day disabled list because of a concussion. Right-hander George Kontos and infielder Adam Duvall were called up from Triple-A Fresno to replace Cain and Belt.

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Padres trade 3B Chase Headly to the Yankees.

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The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Rafael De Paula, INF Yangervis Solarte and cash.

The 30-year-old has hit seven home runs and driven in 32 runs in 77 games with the Padres in 2014.

Headley has spent his entire eight-year MLB career in San Diego, posting a .266 average with 87 home runs and 401 RBI in 908 games.

His best year to date was the 2012 season that saw him earn Gold Glove and Silver Slugger honours on the strength of a National League-leading 115 RBI.

Solarte has appeared in 75 games for the Yankees this season, hitting six home runs and 31 RBI. The 27-year-old is not arbitration eligible until 2017.

De Paula, a 23-year-old Dominican right-hander, has spent the season with the Yankees' high-A ball affiliate in Tampa.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Padres trade 3B Chase Headly to the Yankees.

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The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Rafael De Paula, INF Yangervis Solarte and cash.

The 30-year-old has hit seven home runs and driven in 32 runs in 77 games with the Padres in 2014.

Headley has spent his entire eight-year MLB career in San Diego, posting a .266 average with 87 home runs and 401 RBI in 908 games.

His best year to date was the 2012 season that saw him earn Gold Glove and Silver Slugger honours on the strength of a National League-leading 115 RBI.

Solarte has appeared in 75 games for the Yankees this season, hitting six home runs and 31 RBI. The 27-year-old is not arbitration eligible until 2017.

De Paula, a 23-year-old Dominican right-hander, has spent the season with the Yankees' high-A ball affiliate in Tampa.

Good deal.  If not for one good month, we wouldn't have been able to get a bag of balls for Solarte.  Sell high.  He'll never hit above .220 in the majors.

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs designated veteran second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment to clear a roster spot for Emilio Bonifacio, who was activated from the disabled list, the team announced on Tuesday.

Barney, 28, is a career .244 hitter since breaking in with the Cubs in 2010. He won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying a major league single-season errorless record of 141 games. He was hitting .230 this season with two home runs and 16 RBIs including a .385 batting average in 39 at-bats in July.

Barney's two-day paternity leave earlier this month opened the door for his possible successor, as rookie Arismendy Alcantara began his career with a four-hit game in his second big-league start. Alcantara was supposed to be sent back to the minors once Barney returned, but the Cubs changed their mind and it's Barney who's on the way out.

Barney hit .276 in his first full year in the major leagues in 2011 but his average steadily declined. He hit .254 in 2012 and just .208 in 2013. He lost his starting job to Bonifacio at the end of spring training this season and amassed just 204 at-bats this year.

Bonifacio has been out since last month with an oblique strain. The Cubs have ten days to trade, release or place Barney on waivers.

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays selected top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez from Triple-A Buffalo in a flurry of roster moves Tuesday.

As well as promoting the right-handed Sanchez, Toronto also recalled infielder Ryan Goins and selected right-hander Esmil Rogers.

A first-round pick in the 2010 draft, Sanchez started the season at Double-A New Hampshire, where he was 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 14 starts.

He went 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA in eight games at Buffalo, where his final two appearances came out of the bullpen in preparation for a relief role in the majors.

To make room on the roster, the Blue Jays designated left-hander Brad Mills for assignment and optioned catcher Erik Kratz and outfielder Darin Mastroianni to Buffalo.

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lobo316 wrote:  To make room on the roster, the Blue Jays designated left-hander Brad Mills for assignment ..... 
Dammit - I was hoping the Red Sox could get a few more chances to tee off against Mills since they have 6 more games versus Toronto in July. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Padres trade 3B Chase Headly to the Yankees.

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The New York Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP Rafael De Paula, INF Yangervis Solarte and cash.

The 30-year-old has hit seven home runs and driven in 32 runs in 77 games with the Padres in 2014.

Headley has spent his entire eight-year MLB career in San Diego, posting a .266 average with 87 home runs and 401 RBI in 908 games.

His best year to date was the 2012 season that saw him earn Gold Glove and Silver Slugger honours on the strength of a National League-leading 115 RBI.

Solarte has appeared in 75 games for the Yankees this season, hitting six home runs and 31 RBI. The 27-year-old is not arbitration eligible until 2017.

De Paula, a 23-year-old Dominican right-hander, has spent the season with the Yankees' high-A ball affiliate in Tampa.
Good move for the Yankees. Solarte is a modern-day Andy Stankiewicz and De Paula is a 23-year old who blows in A ball.  No downside.

Mark Texeira sucks.

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lobo316 wrote: CHICAGO -- The Cubs designated veteran second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment to clear a roster spot for Emilio Bonifacio, who was activated from the disabled list, the team announced on Tuesday.

Barney, 28, is a career .244 hitter since breaking in with the Cubs in 2010. He won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying a major league single-season errorless record of 141 games. He was hitting .230 this season with two home runs and 16 RBIs including a .385 batting average in 39 at-bats in July.

Barney's two-day paternity leave earlier this month opened the door for his possible successor, as rookie Arismendy Alcantara began his career with a four-hit game in his second big-league start. Alcantara was supposed to be sent back to the minors once Barney returned, but the Cubs changed their mind and it's Barney who's on the way out.

Barney hit .276 in his first full year in the major leagues in 2011 but his average steadily declined. He hit .254 in 2012 and just .208 in 2013. He lost his starting job to Bonifacio at the end of spring training this season and amassed just 204 at-bats this year.

Bonifacio has been out since last month with an oblique strain. The Cubs have ten days to trade, release or place Barney on waivers.

Good move by the Cubs. Fans really want to see the young prospects.

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NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter moved ahead of Lou Gehrig and into first place on the New York Yankees all-time doubles list with a two-bagger into the left-field corner in the ninth inning of tonight's Yankees-Texas Rangers game.

It was the 535th double of Jeter's career, and it came off Rangers reliever Neal Cotts but ultimately led nowhere. After Cotts intentionally walked Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran hit into an inning-ending double play and sent the game into extra innings as a scoreless tie.

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NEW YORK -- Chase Headley hustled to New York, eager to help his new team right away. That's exactly what he did -- about 4 1/2 hours after pulling on his pinstripes.

Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

"A little chaotic. Awesome, though," said Headley, acquired from San Diego in an afternoon trade. "Mixed emotions, but I couldn't be happier."

Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's franchise record for doubles, and the Yankees won an unlikely pitching duel after rookie starters Chase Whitley and Nick Martinez both entered with a 5.10 ERA.

J.P. Arencibia snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the 13th against New York reliever David Huff, but the Yankees responded with Brett Gardner's leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury's tying single off closer Joakim Soria in the bottom half.

Most seats were empty by the time Brian Roberts doubled with one out in the 14th off Nick Tepesch (3-6), who threw 99 pitches over 4 1/3 innings during Sunday's start in Toronto. Roberts was held at third on Francisco Cervelli's single before Headley looped a single to left-center just as the clock struck midnight.

"Sometimes these things happen. I had a chance earlier to get it done. There's a lot of nerves, but then I thought, why wouldn't this day go this way?" he said. "I was yanking off everything and made an adjustment and shot it the other way."

Headley raised one arm as he ran to first and was soon mobbed by his happy new teammates. He was doused with a sports drink by Gardner during a postgame television interview.

"Unbelievable," Headley said after going 1 for 4. "I'm excited to be here. I can't wait to help, and just to be a part of this great franchise."

The third baseman left the Padres in Chicago and caught a flight that landed at LaGuardia Airport about 6:30 p.m. An hour later, he was in uniform shaking hands with other Yankees in the dugout during the top of the second inning.

"I was expecting to play," Headley said.

He struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth and had a great chance to win it in the 12th when he grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning. The 2012 Gold Glove winner also made a leaping grab to end the 10th.

"He's had a whirlwind of a day," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's a new chip for us."

Jeff Francis (1-0) worked a scoreless inning to win his Yankees debut in a game that took 4 hours, 59 minutes.

"We didn't give in. We didn't give up," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We didn't give them the game. They beat us."

It was New York's third walkoff win this season -- and second in three days. The team said Headley became the first player to get a game-ending hit in his Yankees debut since Roy Weatherly against the Washington Senators on April 22, 1943, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.

The teams combined to use 17 pitchers. Minus ailing slugger Mark Teixeira, the Yankees were held scoreless for 17 straight innings by a last-place team with the highest ERA in the American League by half a run.

Looking to upgrade that sagging lineup, New York obtained Headley from the Padres for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula.

Jeter hit his 535th double in the ninth, snapping a tie with Gehrig. Carlos Beltran grounded into an inning-ending double play against Neal Cotts.

It was the longest scoreless game for the Yankees since they beat Boston 2-0 in 15 innings on Alex Rodriguez's two-run homer Aug. 7, 2009.


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Rangers RF Alex Rios missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle, but Washington hopes Rios will be able to play Wednesday night. Rios ran before the game and was scheduled to go through a full workout during batting practice. ... Rangers C Geovany Soto went on the 15-day DL with a strained right groin, less than a week after he returned from right knee surgery that had kept him out all season. ... Kelly Johnson started in right field for the first time in his career as Girardi rested slumping Ichiro Suzuki. Johnson made a nice running catch in deep right-center to begin the 10th, but came out with discomfort in his groin before the 11th. He was replaced by Suzuki and went for an MRI. ... Headley is wearing No. 12 with New York. In San Diego he wore No. 7, which was retired by the Yankees in honor of Mickey Mantle.

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DENVER -- Major league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies because of a left hip flexor strain.

The 29-year-old All-Star shortstop was hurt while running out a grounder at Pittsburgh on Saturday night. He was held out of the next two games before being placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Sunday.

This is Tulowitzki's first trip to the disabled list this season but he has taken days off to rest his chronically tight legs. The leg issues date to 2008 when he tore the left quadriceps tendon.

"That '08 injury really put me behind the eight ball because when you completely tear a muscle, it never gets the same again," he said. "All the other muscles have to help support. I knew it was going to be a long road back from that injury.

"I didn't know to the extent, but here we are six years later and it's still giving me issues."

Head trainer Keith Dugger said this latest injury is directly related to that tear.

"He kind of tweaked the scar tissue around there and that little muscle on the side," Dugger said. "When you tear old scar (tissue), it's never as bad as tearing a new muscle. It's a small strain. It's not healthy tissue that he tweaked."

During this past offseason, Tulowitzki incorporated an extensive stretching regimen to help keep him on the field. He has continued the routine during the season, and he and manager Walt Weiss credit it as a reason he missed just six games before being injured again Saturday.

"He's been able to stay healthy, and a big reason being the work he puts in every day," Weiss said. "He goes through a very tedious routine every day to warm up his legs and get ready to compete every night. The fact that he is so disciplined and never wavers from his pregame routine is one of the reasons why he has been able to stay relatively healthy."

Tulowitzki is hitting .340 and is third in the National League with 21 home runs. He said he can continue to play at that high level when he returns to the lineup.

"One thing I don't lack is confidence," he said. "When I'm back, I'll be a confident player out there, but to be a confident player, you need to be confident in your body, so I have to be healthy before I come back.

"I'm not going to rush this thing, especially with where we're at, there's no need to rush. I need to be 100 percent."

Left-hander Yohan Flande was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and started Tuesday night's game against the Washington Nationals.

Flande began well before faltering in the sixth. He allowed four runs on five hits and walked two in 5 1/3 innings. He left with a 4-2 lead and runners on the corners, but Colorado's bullpen couldn't hold it. The Rockies eventually lost 7-4.

Flande was 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in three starts before being optioned to Colorado Springs on July 7.

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs optioned third baseman Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa late Tuesday to make room on the roster for Wednesday night's starter, Tsuyoshi Wada.

Olt had been with the Cubs since making the team out of spring training, but he struggled at the plate and struck out 84 times this season, including three Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres before he was demoted. He was hitting .139 with 12 home runs and never made enough contact to warrant staying in the big leagues.

Wada will make his second career start. He gave up no earned runs over five innings earlier this month against the Cincinnati Reds.

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Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was forced to exit Tuesday night's game against the Rockies (WAS 7, COL 4) after straining his right hamstring on an RBI ground-out in the sixth, and now he's been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Given the usual recovery times involving hamstring injuries, Zimmerman's absense could be a lengthy one. Earlier this season, Zimmerman missed 44 games with a fractured thumb. While he's out, the Nationals will likely slide Anthony Rendon over third base while installing Danny Espinosa at second.

This year, Zimmerman, age 29, is batting .282/.345/.456. That's good for an OPS+ of 121, which matches his career mark.

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Detroit picks up closer Joakim Soria from Texas.


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The first-place Detroit Tigers reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen Wednesday night, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson.

The trade was completed during Texas' rain-shortened 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees. Soria said he was informed of the pending deal during the delay, and the Rangers announced the move after the game.

By the time Soria spoke to reporters in the clubhouse, all his Rangers jerseys had been removed from his locker.

"I'm going to a new team. It's going to be my new family. I'm going to do whatever they want me to do," Soria said. "I just want to help them win the World Series. That's what it's all about, and I hope I can help out as much as I can."

Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances during his first full season since 2011. Detroit has been looking to upgrade a relief corps that ranked 12th out of 15 American League teams with a 4.37 ERA.

"It's a great team. It's a contending team," said Soria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City. "I'm going to talk to them and see what's going on when I get there. I know they're going to Anaheim, so I'll probably go there."

Soria moves from the last-place Rangers to the AL Central-leading Tigers and gets reunited with Joe Nathan, the closer he replaced in Texas this season. Nathan, who was with the Rangers from 2012-13, has a 5.89 ERA and 20 saves in 25 tries this year for Detroit.

Texas signed Soria to an $8 million, two-year contract before last season as he was recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. The deal included a $7 million club option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout.

"I'm very grateful to this organization. They helped me a lot when I was hurt," Soria said. "They picked me up and they gave me a chance to come back and be a major league pitcher again. I'm grateful to them and I wish them the best. I hope that this trade helps them in the future."

The 22-year-old Knebel had a 6.23 ERA in eight relief appearances for the Tigers this season. The Rangers said he will be optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, and Thompson will be assigned to Double-A Frisco.

Knebel was 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA and three saves in 25 combined relief outings with Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo this season. The right-hander was drafted 39th overall by the Tigers out of the University of Texas in 2013 and has averaged 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 56 minor league games.

The 20-year-old Thompson is 7-4 with a 3.06 ERA combined in 16 starts for Class-A Lakeland and two with Double-A Erie this season. The right-hander was selected out of a Texas high school in the second round of the 2012 draft and has 208 strikeouts in 205 2-3 minor league innings.

Both pitchers were signed by Tigers scout Tim Grieve, son of former Rangers player, general manager and current broadcaster Tom Grieve.

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PITTSBURGH - Mark McGwire wants nothing to do with any reconciliation attempts by his former "Bash Brother" Jose Canseco.

"It's too late. I don't care to ever speak to him again," McGwire told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday. "What he did was wrong."

Canseco apologized to McGwire while attending the Oakland A's commemoration of the 25th anniversary of their 1989 World Series victory last weekend. He had accused McGwire of using performance-enhancing drugs in his 2005 book, "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big." McGwire admitted to using PEDs in 2010.

It's not the first time Canseco has made a point of publicizing his efforts to reconcile with McGwire. In September 2012, he showed up at a St. Louis Cardinals game at Dodger Stadium wearing a black T-shirt that read, "Sorry for everything, Mark." At the time, McGwire was the Cardinals hitting coach.

"I can care less what he does," McGwire said.

McGwire, now the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach, said he got a text from former A's teammate Mike Gallego telling him he was missed at the ceremony. McGwire was with the Dodgers in St. Louis at the time. He and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, a key reliever on the '89 team, each taped video tributes to that A's team during spring training.

Canseco had not been at the Coliseum since his playing days ended.

"Mark, to me, when I played with him, I looked up to him," Canseco told reporters. "I idolized him for a lot of reasons -- the guy was on the field, he was off the field. It haunts me till this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true. I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across."

Neither Canseco nor McGwire attended the team's 20-year anniversary, and Canseco said he has had no contact with McGwire since the book came out nearly a decade ago.

"I regret writing the book for sure," Canseco said. "I battled and fought with the thought of, 'I wish I never used chemicals or steroids.' But I don't see how back then when I was only 19, 20 years old, I didn't really know the situation."

Some of Canseco's former teammates were more forgiving, with Dennis Eckersley telling the Associated Press, "I mean, come on, man. It's been a long time. Time heals everything."

The A's swept the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series, which was interrupted by a massive earthquake centered in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. The A's honored the team, their last championship club, on the field before Saturday's game against Baltimore.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been dealing with more than just soreness in his right leg.

The Astros placed their standout rookie on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left quadriceps. The team recalled outfielder Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take his place on the roster.

Astros manager Bo Porter and the team originally said Springer's issue was with his right leg.

Springer cleared up the confusion before Houston played at Oakland on Wednesday night. He said he hurt his right knee and quad when he slammed into the wall after making a catch in Texas on July 9, but the injury to his left quad has been lingering for a couple of weeks and is more of a concern.

"It's just kind of in my best interest now to take some time and to rest and get back out there as soon as I can," Springer said.

Springer's stint on the DL is retroactive to Sunday because he hasn't played since Saturday at the Chicago White Sox. He leads the Astros with 20 home runs -- one short of Lance Berkman's club record for a rookie -- and is batting .231 with 51 RBIs through 78 games.

Porter said Springer could still bat and run lightly. The team just didn't want Springer risking further injury by pushing himself too hard, especially if the situation called for it on the bases.

"I think when you think about it and him coming to the ballpark every day with the thoughts of, 'Let me see if I can go. Let me see if I can go,' when we know that he's not 100 percent, and putting him out there at less than 100 percent and missing a longer portion of the season just didn't seem wise," Porter said. "We felt like we'd take it out of his hands, and you don't need to come to the park every day trying to get it going -- just get treatment."

The Astros already were short-handed in the outfield with Dexter Fowler (strained back) and Alex Presley (strained right side) on the disabled list. Springer being sidelined only adds to the frustration.

"We've pretty much lost our starting outfield," Porter said.

Robbie Grossman started in right field against the A's, and Krauss started in left. Utility man Enrique Hernandez was in center field. L.J. Hoes likely will start for Krauss -- who bats lefty -- against left-handed pitchers.

Krauss hit .173 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 39 games with the Astros earlier this season. He hit .289 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 42 games for Oklahoma City.

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San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday. The suspension is effective immediately.

Agent Brian Goldberg said Maybin will address the media when he returns from his 25-game suspension. Maybin issued a statement Wednesday through the players' association.

"I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption [TUE],'' the statement read. "Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive.

"I want to assure everyone that this was a genuine effort to treat my condition and I was not trying in any way to gain an advantage in my baseball career. I understand that I must accept responsibility for this mistake and I will take my punishment and will not challenge my suspension. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates, and the entire Padres organization. I look forward to returning to the field and contributing to the success of my club."

Maybin, 27, is hitting .247 with a .654 OPS in 62 games this season. He's a .248 career hitter in parts of eight seasons with Detroit, Florida and San Diego.

The Padres signed Maybin to a five-year, $25 million contract extension in March 2012, but he's had problems staying on the field. Last year he appeared in only 14 games because of knee and wrist injuries. This year he tore his biceps tendon in spring training and didn't return until late April.

Under the terms of MLB's joint drug agreement, players who test positive for stimulants are subjected to follow-up testing for a first offense and a 25-game suspension for a second offense.

The Padres added outfielder Jeff Francoeur from their Triple-A El Paso club to replace Maybin on the 25-man roster.

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TORONTO -- With his fourth home run in three games here Wednesday night, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz became the 53rd player in major-league history to drive in 1,500 or more runs in his career.

Ortiz lined a knuckleball from Toronto's R.A. Dickey off the facing of the fourth deck in Rogers Centre for a three-run home run in the first inning. The distance was calculated by ESPN Stats & Information as 425 feet. By their calculations, the ball would have landed 89 feet beyond the right-field fence.

TORONTO -- With his fourth home run in three games here Wednesday night, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz became the 53rd player in major-league history to drive in 1,500 or more runs in his career.

Ortiz lined a knuckleball from Toronto's R.A. Dickey off the facing of the fourth deck in Rogers Centre for a three-run home run in the first inning. The distance was calculated by ESPN Stats & Information as 425 feet. By their calculations, the ball would have landed 89 feet beyond the right-field fence.

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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Masahiro Tanaka, the ace of his pitching staff, is still feeling discomfort in his pitching elbow despite not having picked up a baseball since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection 10 days ago.

Speaking on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show," Cashman gave the following update on Tanaka: "He's improved, but he still feels it, although on a daily basis it decreases. So that's good but it's not good that he's still feeling it at this stage. So it's just day-by-day, week-by-week and we'll adjust accordingly. It's too early to call."

Tanaka was diagnosed with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament via MRI after complaining of elbow pain following an ineffective performance against the Indians in Cleveland on July 8.

He was subsequently examined by Yankees team doctor Christopher Ahmad, Los Angeles Dodgers team doctor Neal elAttrache and elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews, all of whom recommended the Yankees attempt to rehabilitate Tanaka's injury with a PRP injection followed by a throwing program, rather than the more standard, and radical, course of action -- Tommy John surgery.

Cashman defended the decision to forego surgery -- which entails a full year of recovery time -- on the basis that Tanaka might not be the same pitcher afterward.

"We get directed by what our medical experts say," Cashman said. "It was a unanimous decision and none of them recommended surgery. There's no guarantee that Tanaka if he has the surgery will be back to what he was."

Cashman cited the case of Manny Banuelos, a left-handed phenom in the Yankees farm system who underwent the procedure in October 2012 and has yet to return to his previous form.

"There's a high rate of success with the surgery," Cashman said, "But certain guys, they're not the same when they come back. Banuelos is coming back from Tommy John and now isn't really back to what he was before the surgery."

Earlier in the day, manager Joe Girardi had brushed aside a question about Tanaka, saying it would take a minimum of three weeks to know if the treatment was having a positive effect.

"He said he feels better," Girardi said. "But I don't think you really know how he's doing until you get him on a mound and you start going forward."

After being signed to a seven-year, $155 million contract this winter -- plus a $20 million posting fee to his former team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Nippon Baseball League -- Tanaka had been one of the few bright spots for the Yankees season. Through June 17, Tanaka was a legitimate AL Cy Young and Rookie of the Year candidate, with an 11-1 record and league-leading 1.99 ERA.

But Tanaka lost three of his next four starts and had a 4.25 ERA in those games, allowing five home runs.

His absence was the latest in a rash of injuries that has decimated the Yankees pitching staff. Previously, the club lost Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery, Michael Pineda to a lat strain and CC Sabathia to season-ending knee surgery.

The Yankees have filled out their rotation with two rookies (Shane Greene and Chase Whitley), David Phelps, who lost out to Pineda in a spring competition for the No. 5 starter's job, and Brandon McCarthy, a recent trade acquisition.

"This year we have a lot more areas of weakness than we're used to," Cashman said.

Still, Cashman said on the program that his main priority as the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline approaches would be to shore up the Yankees sagging offense, despite spending $283 million on three players -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran -- in the offseason.

"I think our offense should be better," Cashman said. "We feel we have personnel in some cases that should be better than what we've seen. It still feels like the pitching needs more help, but honestly, the offense has been consistently poor the entire year."

Among other issues Cashman addressed:

• The health of first baseman Mark Teixeira, who has not played since Sunday with what the Yankees are calling a mild lat strain, for which he received a PRP injection on Monday.

"I can't rule out a DL possibility," Cashman said. "Certainly when this occurred, out first reaction was it would be 4-5 days. Over the course of the next few days if he's not responding well to the PRP injection then I think we'll be looking at a DL situation. The next 24 to 48 hours will tell."

• The odds that Pineda, on the disabled list since May 6, will return this season:

"He's on the verge of his first rehab game (Thursday in Tampa)," Cashman said. "If everything goes right as we stretch him out, you'll see him sometime in August. We do believe we'll get him back."

• The possibility of calling up 2B Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Scranton, where he is batting .301 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 39 games:

"We're excited about Refsnyder," Cashman said. "(But) I don't think we would be significantly upgrading right now at second base. He's learning a new position. He's still working on that."

But Cashman did not rule out the possibility of calling Refsnyder up at some point this season.

"If you did see him it would most likely be as an outfielder," Cashman said. "I'm not prepared to say you'll see him in 2014. I'm not prepared to say that you won't. That jump from AAA to the big leagues is larger than it's ever been. But right now, clearly, he's still there for a reason."

• The progress being made by Banuelos, who threw five innings of two-hit shutout ball for the Double-A Trenton Thunder Tuesday night:

"We're not holding him back," Cashman said. "He just hasn't pitched as effectively as we expected. Some of his starts have ended abruptly. He has not had a good year in his first year back from Tommy John surgery."

Banuelos is 0-3 with a 5.20 ERA in 13 starts for Trenton.

"(Tuesday) night was a terrific start so that was encouraging and one that we've been waiting to see and hoping to see," Cashman said. "Right now, he's still knocking off the rust or still adjusting or trying to get consistent and trying to declare himself as to what he is going to be after the surgery."

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NEW YORK -- At least for one day, the Texas Rangers have anointed Neftali Feliz as their closer.

Feliz will be in that role for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the New York Yankees. Texas traded closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night for two pitching prospects.

Feliz was a dominant force as Texas' closer in 2010 and 2011 before being moved to the starting rotation.

"If there's an opportunity, I would like to become the closer again," Feliz said. "I did it for a couple of years, and I will take advantage of the opportunity and do the best that I can."

Manager Ron Washington said he's unsure whether Feliz can close on consecutive days. It will depend on the number of pitches he throws in a given appearance, but Washington thinks Feliz is ready to do it.

"I'm going to give him the ball and tell him to do what he feels he needs to do with it," Washington said. "This is what, Neftali's fifth year? I can't motivate Neftali. That [being the closer again] should motivate him enough. You got a chance to close and that's what it is, a chance."

Feliz is 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA since he was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on July 4 to work out of the bullpen. After allowing a home run to Melky Cabrera in Sunday's loss to Toronto, Feliz has retired the past eight hitters he's faced.

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The Seattle Mariners made a move to upgrade one of baseball's weakest offenses Thursday when they acquired Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins in a trade for relief pitcher Stephen Pryor.

The deal marks a return to Seattle for Morales, who led the Mariners in batting average (.277), hits (167), doubles (34) and RBIs (80) last season and set a club record for a switch-hitter with 23 home runs.

Morales became a free agent after rejecting a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle last November. With his market hindered by the burden of draft-pick compensation, he failed to generate interest until after the first-year player draft passed in early June. On June 8, Morales signed with Minnesota for about $7.4 million -- or the pro-rated portion of $12 million.

Seattle is competing for a playoff spot despite ranking last in the American League with a .673 OPS and 13th in runs scored with 396. Morales will upgrade Seattle's designated hitter contingent, which is batting

Morales was hitting .234 with one home run in 39 games with Minnesota. He is scheduled to join the Mariners on Friday, at which point the team will make a corresponding move with its 25-man roster..569 with eight home runs in 352 at-bats.

The Mariners had been linked in trade speculation to Philadelphia's Marlon Byrd and Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist, among other hitters, before acquiring Morales.

Pryor, 25, was a fifth-round pick by Seattle out of Tennessee Tech in the 2010 first-year player draft. He has a 2.81 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 32 big-league innings with the Mariners.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday's game against the Houston Astros.

Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A's.

Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team's closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing his job.

He allowed four runs on three hits without retiring a batter in Wednesday night's 9-7 victory over the Astros.

Johnson led the AL in saves in each of the past two seasons, with 50 last year and 51 in 2012.

Evan Scribner was recalled to replace Johnson on the 25-man roster.

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Chuck Knoblauch has been arrested for assaulting his wife, and as a result plans to induct him into the Twins HOF next month have been cancelled.  Surprising because I would've figured that if he tried to hit his wife, he would've nailed a wall 30 feet to the left instead.

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Ex-MLB All-Star Chuck Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday at his home near Houston for allegedly assaulting his wife, Cheri Knoblauch, who once appeared on the reality TV show "Baseball Wives."

There are obviously graver stakes involved in a case like this, but the upshot in the baseball world is that Knoblauch's former team, the Minnesota Twins, has canceled his scheduled induction into its Hall of Fame on Aug. 23.

News92FM in Houston reports that Knoblauch — a four-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year — is out of jail on $10,000 bond and is due back in court on July 30. The station had more details on the arrest and Knoblauch's other legal troubles:

When officers arrived, they said Knoblauch appeared to be intoxicated. Police said Knoblauch’s wife told them she was asleep in her child’s room when her husband came in, upset that he wasn’t sleeping in their bed. He allegedly grabbed her by the arm and started smashing her head into a wall. Knoblauch is accused of throwing a humidifier at her before she ran from the room.

Police said Knoblauch’s wife had a large bruise on her arm, a large scratch on the left side of her face and a visible knot on her forehead. Back in 2009, felony charges were dismissed in an incident in which Knoblauch was accused of choking his then-common-law wife Stacey Stelmach at their Bunker Hill Village home.

According to court records, he also got a one-year year deferred adjudication and a fine in a 2010 charge of assault on a family member. And it doesn’t end there. He was also charged with interference with public duties after allegedly pushing an officer in March of this year. Knoblauch is due in court on that charge next month.
The Twins, meanwhile, released the following statement, tinged with disappointment:
In light of recent news reports surrounding Chuck Knoblauch, as well as direct communication with the former Twins second baseman, the Minnesota Twins have decided to cancel the team’s 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for August 23 at Target Field. In January of this year, Knoblauch was elected by a 62-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members, using rules similar to those necessary for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
If his previous legal troubles weren't enough to make Knoblauch get his act together, perhaps a professional shaming will help. Before long, people won't remember him for his All-Star play, but rather his disappointing behavior off the field after his playing days.

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The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed pitcher Deck McGuire from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations, the team announced today. McGuire will be optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

McGuire is 6-9 with a 4.21 ERA in 20 starts between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. McGuire, 25, began the season with New Hampshire and was 3-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 10 starts before he was promoted to Buffalo, where he went 3-5 with a 5.56 ERA. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder was selected in the first round, 11th overall, by Toronto in the 2010 draft.

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PITTSBURGH - Mark McGwire wants nothing to do with any reconciliation attempts by his former "Bash Brother" Jose Canseco.

"It's too late. I don't care to ever speak to him again," McGwire told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday. "What he did was wrong."

Canseco apologized to McGwire while attending the Oakland A's commemoration of the 25th anniversary of their 1989 World Series victory last weekend. He had accused McGwire of using performance-enhancing drugs in his 2005 book, "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big." McGwire admitted to using PEDs in 2010.

It's not the first time Canseco has made a point of publicizing his efforts to reconcile with McGwire. In September 2012, he showed up at a St. Louis Cardinals game at Dodger Stadium wearing a black T-shirt that read, "Sorry for everything, Mark." At the time, McGwire was the Cardinals hitting coach.

"I can care less what he does," McGwire said.

McGwire, now the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach, said he got a text from former A's teammate Mike Gallego telling him he was missed at the ceremony. McGwire was with the Dodgers in St. Louis at the time. He and Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, a key reliever on the '89 team, each taped video tributes to that A's team during spring training.

Canseco had not been at the Coliseum since his playing days ended.

"Mark, to me, when I played with him, I looked up to him," Canseco told reporters. "I idolized him for a lot of reasons -- the guy was on the field, he was off the field. It haunts me till this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true. I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across."

Neither Canseco nor McGwire attended the team's 20-year anniversary, and Canseco said he has had no contact with McGwire since the book came out nearly a decade ago.

"I regret writing the book for sure," Canseco said. "I battled and fought with the thought of, 'I wish I never used chemicals or steroids.' But I don't see how back then when I was only 19, 20 years old, I didn't really know the situation."

Some of Canseco's former teammates were more forgiving, with Dennis Eckersley telling the Associated Press, "I mean, come on, man. It's been a long time. Time heals everything."

The A's swept the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series, which was interrupted by a massive earthquake centered in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. The A's honored the team, their last championship club, on the field before Saturday's game against Baltimore.

Maybe McGwire should be mad at Himself for being a fucking cheat.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have purchased the contract of second baseman Dan Uggla from Triple A-Fresno and put him in the starting lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants placed second baseman Marco Scutaro and infielder Ehire Adrianza on the 15-day disabled list before Friday night's game. San Francisco also designated left-handed pitcher Jose De Paula and infielder Nick Noonan for assignment.

Uggla was playing second and batting seventh. He was released last week by Atlanta after hitting just .162 and losing his starting job. San Francisco signed him to a minor league deal Monday.

Scutaro returned to the disabled list with a strained lower back after playing just five games this season. Adrianza has a strained right hamstring.

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Adrianza is the only secondbaseman for the Giants that can hit. He is hurt most of the time.

Scutaro, Hicks, Panik, Arias, Noonan, and Uggla have a combine average around .170

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: The A.J. Pierzynski era is over in Boston.

The Cards might be interested.

I don't know about Pierzynski but apparently the Cards are interested in Jake Peavy. 


 

 

Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski has reached a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier reported the move Friday, citing multiple sources. The 37-year-old veteran is expected to join the Cardinals in Chicago on Saturday.

St. Louis had been using Tony Cruz and George Kottaras behind the plate since it lost Yadier Molina, who will miss at least two months as he recovers from July 11 surgery to repair a ruptured thumb ligament. The All-Star was hitting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBIs.

Kottaras was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians two days after Molina's injury.

Pierzynski was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox on July 9. He was having the worst offensive season of his career, hitting just .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs.

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San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez suffered a concussion when he took a foul tip from Adrian Gonzalez off his mask in the third inning of Friday's 8-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed the news to members of the media after the game. He said the Giants likely will put Sanchez on the concussion list Saturday and add a player to the roster.

Sanchez struck out in the bottom of the inning before Buster Posey moved from first to catcher to begin the fourth. He was hitting .196 with three home runs and 28 RBIs in 66 games this season.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Josh Hamilton left the Los Angeles Angels' 2-1 win against Detroit in the fourth inning with left knee soreness.

The former American League MVP grounded out weakly in his only at-bat, and he failed to make a play on J.D. Martinez's long fly to left in the second, allowing it to bounce for a double.

Efren Navarro replaced him in left to begin the fourth. He had two hits, including an RBI single in the sixth inning that drove in Kole Calhoun for the winning run. The Angels earned their majors-leading 36th home victory by beating the majors' best road team.

Hamilton was batting .326 in the Angels' past 11 games, boosting his season average to .293. He has just five homers and 29 RBIs.

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The Boston Red Sox have agreed to trade veteran pitcher Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of pitching prospects, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Boston received prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree in the trade, which is pending approval from baseball commissioner Bud Selig, according to the source.

CBS Sports reported the trade earlier Saturday.

The deal would mark the second time in the last year that Peavy, a former National League Cy Young Award winner, has been traded. Boston acquired the right-hander last July 30 in a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers.

Peavy, 33, has struggled with the Red Sox this season, going 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts.

But the three-time All-Star could bolster a San Francisco rotation that is short-handed due to the absence of Matt Cain, who is on the disabled list with an elbow injury.

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lobo316 wrote: The Boston Red Sox have agreed to trade veteran pitcher Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of pitching prospects, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Boston received prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree in the trade, which is pending approval from baseball commissioner Bud Selig, according to the source.

CBS Sports reported the trade earlier Saturday.

The deal would mark the second time in the last year that Peavy, a former National League Cy Young Award winner, has been traded. Boston acquired the right-hander last July 30 in a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers.

Peavy, 33, has struggled with the Red Sox this season, going 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts.

But the three-time All-Star could bolster a San Francisco rotation that is short-handed due to the absence of Matt Cain, who is on the disabled list with an elbow injury.
 Not sure I like this deal . Heath Hembree throws 95 and was being groomed to take over Romo's spot as a closer. Hope Boston was willing to take on most of Peavy's salary.
Hector Sanchez is the worst fielding catcher in the majors and he has been playing like he had a concussion all year long. Hope he stays on the DL.

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Benlen wrote: lobo316 wrote: The Boston Red Sox have agreed to trade veteran pitcher Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of pitching prospects, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Boston received prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree in the trade, which is pending approval from baseball commissioner Bud Selig, according to the source.
 Not sure I like this deal . Heath Hembree throws 95 and was being groomed to take over Romo's spot as a closer. Hope Boston was willing to take on most of Peavy's salary.



According to the Boston Globe Boston will be assuming at least some of Peavy's contract:

The deal reportedly is awaiting approval from the Commissioner's office, which would mean that the Red Sox are paying at least $1 million in salary support to San Francisco on the prorated portion of Peavy's $14.5 million contract.

According to Baseball America Escobar was San Francisco's 2nd best prospect and Hembree was their 7th best prospect. 


EDIT - according to ESPN the remaining $ 5 million left on Peavy's deal for this season will be split between Boston and San Francisco.

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lobo316 wrote: Benlen (in my best Wade Barrett voice), I'm afraid I've got some bad news for ya.



SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants have purchased the contract of second baseman Dan Uggla from Triple A-Fresno and put him in the starting lineup for the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants placed second baseman Marco Scutaro and infielder Ehire Adrianza on the 15-day disabled list before Friday night's game. San Francisco also designated left-handed pitcher Jose De Paula and infielder Nick Noonan for assignment.

Uggla was playing second and batting seventh. He was released last week by Atlanta after hitting just .162 and losing his starting job. San Francisco signed him to a minor league deal Monday.

Scutaro returned to the disabled list with a strained lower back after playing just five games this season. Adrianza has a strained right hamstring.
Fuggla's a lost cause.  He's a definite roider and was by far the worst player in baseball over the past two years. That's a dumb move by a smart organization.

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Clayton Kershaw, He's good.

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