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  • Johnson makes season debut
    Cubs prospect RHP Pierce Johnson made his season debut Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on four hits in four innings for Double-A Tennessee.

    Advice: Johnson, who was also making his Double-A debut, issued four walks and struck out five before leaving the game. The 22-year-old right-hander emerged as one the Cubs' top pitching prospects last year in his full-season debut, as he registered a 2.74 ERA and 124/43 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 118 1/3 innings between Low-A Kane County and Double-A Daytona. The Cubs will likely be starved for pitching depth later this season, especially if they choose to deal Jeff Samardzija, but don't expect the organization to rush Johnson up the ladder unnecessarily. The right-hander profiles as a solid mid-rotation starter and should arrive some time during the 2015 season.
    34 minutes ago
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    11:20 am vs   Ari
  • Bauer battles through third Triple-A start
    Indians prospect RHP Trevor Bauer was solid once again Tuesday, allowing one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings for Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Bauer struck out three batters and issued a season-high three walks in the outing. The 23-year-old right-hander appears to have finally put everything together, as he now owns a strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 2/3 innings this season at Columbus. Given the struggles of the Indians' starting rotation, it shouldn't be long until Bauer is back in the major leagues.
    40 minutes ago
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs   KC
  • Nick Franklin getting start in RF
    Nick Franklin is starting in right field for the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Franklin played some in the outfield in spring training and played two innings there in Tuesday's game, but this is his first ever start in the outfield as a professional. It's the 23-year-old's fourth start in seven games since being promoted. Franklin has just one hit in his first 13 at-bats, but he certainly has the potential to hit his way into the lineup more often if he can prove to be adequate in the outfield.
    56 minutes ago
  • den Dekker homers, tallies 5 RBI
    Mets prospects OF Matt den Dekker had a huge game Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with four runs, a triple, home run, five RBI and two walks for Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: The 25-year-old is now batting .280/.353/.413 with seven extra-base hits, 12 RBI and a 15/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 games for Las Vegas. den Dekker struggled in his first taste of the major leagues last season, posting a .546 OPS with a 23/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 games. He's been swinging a hot bat of late, highlighted by a 1.036 OPS and nine RBI in his last 10 contests, but the Mets still opted to recall Bobby Abreu earlier this week to provide outfield depth.
    Today, 8:58 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs   StL
  • Travis Ishikawa outrighted to Triple-A
    Pirates sent 1B Travis Ishikawa outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He can refuse the assignment and become a free agent, which is expected to happen. Ishikawa was designated for assignment last weekend after the Pirates' acquisition of Ike Davis.
    Today, 8:43 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs   Cin
  • A.J. Pollock (neck) still out Wednesday
    A.J. Pollock (neck) remained out of the Diamondbacks' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Pollock hasn't played since leaving Sunday's game with a stiff neck. Tony Campana will fill in again in center field.
    Today, 8:42 am
  • Chacin (shoulder) could return on April 29
    Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) could rejoin the Rockies' rotation as soon as April 29.

    Advice: The Rockies indicated Monday that Chacin would likely need two more rehab starts, but now they're thinking just one could be enough. He'll start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday before being re-evaluated. "It's hard to say if he's going to take one more start or two more starts," manager Walt Weiss said. "We'll see how it goes. I think Jhoulys is in a good spot, but we want to be smart about this, too. This is basically his spring training."
    Today, 7:19 am
    Disabled List
    12:10 pm vs   SF
  • Justin Upton getting a breather Wednesday
    Justin Upton is not in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Upton has struck out nine times in his last 13 at-bats, so it was a good time to get him a breather. Ryan Doumit is in left field Wednesday in Upton's place. B.J. Upton and Evan Gattis are also sitting out, with Jordan Schafer and Gerald Laird covering center field and catcher, respectively.
    Today, 6:50 am
  • Chris Sale hopes to return when eligible
    Chris Sale (elbow) said Tuesday that he "absolutely" expects to be activated from the disabled list on May 3 when first eligible.

    Advice: "I have no reason to believe not," the left-hander added. While it's good that Sale is feeling confident the left flexor muscle strain will only cost him a couple weeks, we'll just have to see how he recovers. The White Sox have provided no timetable for his return.
    Today, 5:37 am
    Disabled List
    4:08 pm @   Det
  • MIddlebrooks could be activated this weekend
    Will Middlebrooks (calf) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: Middlebrooks has played in one rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket and is expected to play in two more before being re-evaluated. If the Red Sox decide he's ready at that point, he'll be activated for the weekend series in Toronto. Middlebrooks had three hits -- one homer -- in 13 at-bats before going on the DL earlier this month.
    Today, 5:30 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs   NYY
  • Dee Gordon cleared of possible concussion
    Dee Gordon was cleared of a possible concussion after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Gordon left the contest after hitting his head on the Phillies' Jayson Nix's knee when he slid into third base on steal in the seventh inning. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that the second baseman looked a little "dazed" but passed the necessary tests. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise if the club gave him a day.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
    7:10 pm vs   Phi
  • SP Ramirez decent in loss to the Astros
    Erasmo Ramirez sustained the loss Tuesday after allowing three runs over six innings against the Astros.

    Advice: He wasn't bad. Ramirez struck out eight, walked three, and allowed only three hits. Unfortunately, two of those hits were homers. Jason Castro started the party with a two-run bomb in the opening stanza, and Chris Carter took him deep for a solo shot in the second. E-Ram, with a disappointing 1-3 record and 6.75 ERA, will look to get back on track on Sunday against the Rangers.
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Dee Gordon exits with possible head injury
    Dee Gordon left Tuesday's game against the Phillies with a possible head injury.

    Advice: Gordon appeared to bang his head on the Phillies' Jayson Nix's knee when he slid into third base on steal in the seventh inning. He initially stayed in and scored on a Justin Turner RBI single but didn't take his position in the eighth. The Dodgers will surely put him through concussion tests before an update on his status is available.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    7:10 pm vs   Phi
  • Headley's homer gives Padres extra-inning win
    Chase Headley's 12th inning home run helped lead the Padres to a 2-1 win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The third baseman finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk. Facing Alfredo Figaro in extra innings, Headley deposited a pitch well over the right-center field wall to give his club the lead and, eventually, the win. Despite the heroics, it was just Headley's second home run of the year, and he has only seven RBI through 18 games.
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Kennedy limits Brewers to one run Tuesday
    Ian Kennedy limited the Brewers to one run on four hits over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed four hits and three walks, with the only Brewers run coming on a Scooter Gennett home run. He also struck out five in the outing. He didn't get the win for his efforts, as Yovani Gallardo matched him pitch for pitch, but the start did manage to lower his ERA to 3.60 through five starts. His next will come Sunday at the Nationals.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Verlander's quality outing aids in Tigers win
    Justin Verlander earned his third win of the season on Tuesday, holding the White Sox to two runs over seven innings as the Tigers won by an 8-6 margin.

    Advice: Verlander allowed eight hits, walked two, and struck out seven in the effort. It wasn't the most dominant outing we've ever seen from Verlander, but he has a paltry 2.18 ERA. The strikeouts have started to come along lately as well, with 22 over his last 19 innings. Verlander will look to get his fourth win of the season against the Twins next.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Upton fans three times vs. Marlins on Tuesday
    Justin Upton went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Granted, Braves hitters struck out 15 times against Jose Fernandez and Steve Cishek on the night, but it's the continuation of a troubling trend for Upton. He's now struck out nine times in his last 13 at-bats, and he's struck out in roughly 40 percent of his at-bats this season. When he makes contact, he's terrific -- he was the National League Player of the Week earlier in April -- but his contact issues could severely limit his ceiling.
    Yesterday, 6:32 pm
  • Pollock (neck) out of D'Backs lineup Tues.
    A.J. Pollock (neck) is out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Pollock left Sunday's game with a stiff neck and is clearly still being bothered by some discomfort.
    Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • White Sox place Sale (flexor muscle) on DL
    White Sox placed LHP Chris Sale on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18, with a left flexor muscle strain.

    Advice: This will be Sale's first ever trip to the disabled list. The good news is that he's not dealing with any ligament damage. The White Sox are hoping he won't have to miss more than 15 days, but it remains to be seen.
    Yesterday, 11:04 am
    Disabled List
    4:08 pm @   Det
  • White Sox to place Chris Sale (elbow) on DL
    The White Sox will place Chris Sale on the disabled list with a flexor muscle strain.

    Advice: The White Sox announced earlier Monday that Sale wouldn't make his next scheduled start due to "general soreness," but now we have more details. The good news is that the left-hander has no ligament damage in his elbow, but a flexor strain is still something that could cause a lengthy absence. Charlie Leesman will replace Sale in Chicago's rotation.
    Monday, 7:21 pm
    Disabled List
    4:08 pm @   Det
  • Sale (general soreness) unlikely to start Tue
    Chris Sale will likely be scratched from Tuesday's start against the Tigers.

    Advice: White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sale is dealing with general soreness, comparing it to what he has dealt with in each of the last two seasons. It sounds like he might only need to be pushed back a couple of days, but this situation is obviously worth monitoring. Andre Rienzo is a candidate to fill in Tuesday.
    Monday, 2:23 pm
    Disabled List
    4:08 pm @   Det
  • Chacin (shoulder) likely two starts away
    Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) is likely to make two more rehab starts.

    Advice: Chacin has allowed seven runs with a 4/3 K/BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings over his first two rehab starts, but the important thing is that he feels good. He's looking at a return in early May if all goes well.
    Monday, 2:07 pm
    Disabled List
    12:10 pm vs   SF
  • Pollock (neck) not in Monday's lineup
    A.J. Pollock (neck) is not in Monday's lineup against the Cubs.

    Advice: Pollock left Sunday's game with a stiff neck and needs at least another day to recover. The speedy Tony Campana will fill in.
    Monday, 1:43 pm
  • A.J. Pollock leaves early with neck tightness
    A.J. Pollock was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers due to tightness in his neck.

    Advice: No word on the extent of the injury or any potential time he may miss. Tony Campana replaced him in center field and could be in line for more playing time should Pollock require any type of extended absence.
    Sunday, 2:59 pm
  • Headley (biceps) back in Padres' lineup Sat.
    Chase Headley is back in the Padres' starting lineup on Saturday night against the Giants.

    Advice: Headley has been limited to pinch-hitting duties for much of this week because of a mild right biceps strain. He is batting fifth and playing third base Saturday.
    Saturday, 2:17 pm
  • Pirates designate Ishikawa for assignment
    Pirates designated 1B Travis Ishikawa for assignment.

    Advice: With Friday's acquisition of Ike Davis, Ishikawa became expendable for the Pirates. In a platoon role, he hit .206/.263/.382 with a homer and three RBI in 34 at-bats. With his power potential, he could generate interest from other teams, but may have to work things out at Triple-A before getting another shot in the big leagues.
    Saturday, 12:26 pm
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    4:05 pm vs   Cin
  • Will Middlebrooks could begin rehab on Monday
    Will Middlebrooks (calf) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as Monday.

    Advice: He was expected to start the rehab assignment earlier in the week, but a bout of the flu set him back a few days. He will regain his position as the Red Sox starting third baseman upon his return.
    Saturday, 8:13 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs   NYY
  • Middlebrooks to begin rehab next week
    Will Middlebrooks (calf) will begin a rehab assignment in the middle of next week.

    Advice: He had been in line to begin one over the weekend, but he's been set back a few days due to the flu. Barring any more setbacks, Middlebrooks should still be ready for activation before the end of the month.
    Friday, 1:30 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs   NYY
  • Chase Headley picks up pinch-hit single
    Chase Headley delivered a pinch-hit single in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Headley has missed two straight starts with a right biceps strain, but him being able to pinch-hit is a good sign that he'll be back in the lineup soon. The third baseman is batting just .176/.222/.275 in the early going.
    Friday, 1:10 am
  • Chris Sale strikes out 10 in no-decision
    Chris Sale wasn't involved in the decision after allowing one run in seven innings and striking out 10 against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Sale was dominant for the most part, with the Red Sox crushing two of his very few mistakes. Fortunately, the first didn't hurt him, as Adam Eaton robbed David Ortiz of a homer in the first. The other did, though, as Xander Bogaerts was able to hit one out to left in the sixth. It was the first homer allowed by Sale in four starts this season.
    Thursday, 9:06 pm
    Disabled List
    4:08 pm @   Det