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  • Pedro Alvarez absent from Wed. lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's sitting versus a lefty (Brad Hand) as he often has this season. Sean Rodriguez is at first base in Alvarez's place.
    23 minutes ago
    9:35 am vs x Mia
  • Jake Smolinski optioned to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned OF Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Smolinski had just been recalled less than a week ago, but the Rangers don't have much of a role for him with Josh Hamilton back. He's hit just .151/.299/.226 over 67 plate appearances in the majors this season.
    36 minutes ago
    Not Active
    9:10 am x @Cle
  • Red Sox to promote Eduardo Rodriguez
    Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox are expected to promote pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.

    Advice: He'll get the ball on Thursday in Texas in what is expected to be just a spot start, but Rodriguez could certainly wind up getting a long-term look at some point. Ranked prior to the season by Baseball America as the No. 59 prospect in baseball, Rodriguez boasts a 2.98 ERA and 44/7 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings at Triple-A Pawucket this season. He just turned 22 in April.
    38 minutes ago
    Not Active
  • Black (neck, shoulder) ready to be activated
    Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen indicated Wednesday that Vic Black (neck, shoulder) is ready to be activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: It appears there's no definitive date on when it will happen, though. Black began the season on the DL with shoulder tendinitis before suffering a herniated disk in his neck.
    43 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Travis (shoulder) nears rehab assignment
    The Blue Jays are hoping that Devon Travis (shoulder) will be ready to begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: Travis took some grounders on Wednesday and his left shoulder felt fine. The Jays think he'll be ready for activation from the disabled list next Monday, but they'll just have to wait and see how he recovers over the next few days.
    46 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    9:37 am vs x CWS
  • Kurt Suzuki getting a breather Wednesday
    Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish in Suzuki's place.
    48 minutes ago
  • Simon (bereavement) scratched from start
    Tigers placed RHP Alfredo Simon on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Simon has returned to his native Dominican Republic to be with his father, who is ill. The Tigers aren't sure when Simon will be back, but he seems likely to be ready for his next start. Kyle Ryan will fill in Wednesday.
    Today, 7:17 am
  • Brandon Phillips (toe) still out Wednesday
    Brandon Phillips (toe) remained out of the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Phillips recently aggravated a turf toe issue that initially cropped up a couple weeks ago. The Reds are hoping he'll be ready to play Friday after Thursday's off day. Skip Schumaker is filling in at second base Wednesday.
    Today, 7:07 am
  • Grant Balfour opts out of minors deal
    Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.

    Advice: Balfour exercised the opt-out deal in his contract that was agreed upon when he re-signed with the Rays at the beginning of this month. The veteran reliever struck out 11 while posting a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham. He shouldn't have an issue catching on elsewhere quickly, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to land a major league contract.
    Today, 6:52 am
    Not Active
    10:10 am vs Sea
  • Yan Gomes sitting out on Wednesday
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: As expected, he hasn't been catching back-to-back games as he eased back into things in his return from the disabled list. Roberto Perez is behind the dish in Gomes' place.
    Today, 6:32 am
    9:10 am vs x Tex
  • Brandon Moss not in Wednesday's lineup
    Brandon Moss is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off versus a righty for Moss. David Murphy is starting in right field, while Nick Swisher is handling designated hitter duties.
    Today, 6:31 am
    9:10 am vs x Tex
  • Carlos Santana (wrist) back in lineup
    Carlos Santana (wrist) is back in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Santana was hit on the left wrist by a pitch in Tuesday's game, but X-rays came back clean and he evidently felt fine when he arrived at the park Wednesday morning. The first baseman is batting .219/.368/.363 with five homers and 24 RBI this season.
    Today, 6:29 am
    9:10 am vs ^ Tex
  • Arcia (hip) will remain on rehab through week
    Oswaldo Arcia (hip) will remain on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester through at least the end of the week.

    Advice: Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony has indicated previously that Arcia will have to hit his way back on the active roster, so it would behoove him for his bat to get hot. Arcia was hitless in his first rehab game Tuesday.
    Today, 6:25 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs x Bos
  • Phil Coke released by Cubs
    Cubs released LHP Phil Coke.

    Advice: Coke is now free to sign elsewhere after the Cubs designated him for assignment last week. He's reportedly already received interest from multiple clubs.
    Today, 5:53 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Was
  • Yates (pectoral) to appear in extended spring
    Kirby Yates (pectoral) will appear in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be his first game action since going down with a right pectoral strain at the end of last month. Yates could rejoin the Rays' bullpen in a couple weeks if all goes well.
    Today, 5:51 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Sea
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) draws IBB as PH
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) drew an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera hasn't started the last two games due to a minor groin strain. He expects to be back in the lineup on Friday.
    Today, 5:13 am
  • Soria closes out Tigers' narrow win vs. A's
    Joakim Soria held the Athletics scoreless in the ninth inning, earning his 14th save as the Tigers held on to win 1-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Soria allowed a two-out double to Sam Fuld, but got Billy Burns to fly out to left field to end the game. It was the first time Soria had pitched since blowing the save against the Astros on May 21. He's 14-for-15 in save chances thus far with a 1.33 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Markakis' three-hit night squandered in loss
    Nick Markakis went 3-for-4 with a double, but the Braves were shut out in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: The double was the outfielder's ninth of the season. He's up to 52 hits on the season, but 43 of them have been singles. Markakis has reached double-digits in home runs in nine previous seasons but he'll have to catch fire at some point to get there by season's end. The 31-year-old is hitting an otherwise productive .311/.398/.365.
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Gonzalez crosses 1,000 RBI mark for career
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run as the Dodgers enjoyed an easy win over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez's fifth-inning two-run home run off of Julio Teheran marked his 10th long ball of the season and his 1,000th and 1,001st RBI's of his 12-year-career. The first baseman owns a stellar .344/.421/.638 batting line with 35 RBI on the season as well.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Buchholz allows two runs in loss to Twins
    Clay Buchholz allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Buchholz allowed back-to-back RBI doubles in the first inning, but he settled down to keep the Twins off the scoreboard for the rest of his time. Buchholz finished with seven hits and a walk while striking out four. The loss dropped him to 2-6, but Buchholz actually lowered his ERA to 4.33 in the start. He'll try to get back in the win column Sunday at the Rangers.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Perkins gets four outs to earn 17th save
    Glen Perkins was asked to get four outs Tuesday, earning his 17th save against the Red Sox.

    Advice: With two on and two outs in the eighth, Perkins was brought in to face Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval hit an infield single to load the bases, but Perkins got Hanley Ramirez to fly out to end the threat. He then worked a perfect ninth to earn the save. Perkins leads the league with his 17 saves, and he owns a 1.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 21/2 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Belt hits fifth homer, Giants down Brewers
    Brandon Belt hit his fifth home run of the season to help the Giants best the Brewers 6-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Belt hit the solo shot off Corey Knebel in the seventh inning. The homer was the fourth in the first baseman's last 10 games. Belt is hitting .301/.375/.510 with 20 RBI and 22 runs scored this season.
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Pence hits solo homer in win over Brewers
    Hunter Pence hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence hit the homer off Brewers starter Matt Garza in the first inning to get the Giants on the board. The homer was his second in 11 games this year. After missing the first month and a half with a broken forearm, Pence is now hitting .326/.370/.535 overall.
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Casilla strikes out two to lock up 13th save
    Santiago Casilla allowed two hits but struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Casilla gave up a couple singles to bring the tying run to the plate in Carlos Gomez, but the right-hander got Gomez to fly out to end the threat. Casilla still hasn't allowed a run since April 25, owning a 1.37 ERA. He's got 13 saves, third-most in the National League.
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Bumgarner holds Brewers to three runs in win
    Madison Bumgarner held the Brewers to three runs over six innings in a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bumgarner allowed just four hits and two walks, but a couple big hits did most of the damage against the southpaw. He was still good enough to get the win, improving to 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Bumgarner will look to stay on a roll Sunday against the Braves.
    Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • X-rays on Carlos Santana's wrist are clean
    X-rays on Carlos Santana's left wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Santana was hit on the wrist by a pitch in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game. He stayed in the contest and should be fine, but the Indians will check on him Wednesday to see how sore he is. With a day game, there's a good chance Santana could be rested.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    9:10 am vs ^ Tex
  • Phil Coke receiving interest from six teams
    Chris Cotillo of reports that Phil Coke has received interest from at least six teams.

    Advice: Coke has been placed on release waivers and will officially become a free agent on Thursday. It sounds like he could land a big league contract despite posting a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances before the Cubs designated him for assignment.
    Yesterday, 6:20 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Was
  • Brandon Phillips out Tuesday due to turf toe
    Brandon Phillips is out of the Reds' lineup Tuesday after aggravating his turf toe.

    Advice: It's an issue that has been nagging the veteran second baseman for a couple of weeks, and Phillips might now be looking at an extended absence. Kristopher Negron will fill in at second on Tuesday night against the Rockies.
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Phillips not in Tuesday's lineup
    Brandon Phillips is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kris Negron will fill in at second base. Meanwhile, Zack Cozart will slide into the leadoff spot. Phillips recently missed a couple of games with turf toe and the Reds should pass along an update soon if it's bothering him again.
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Cabrera (groin) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera made an early exit Sunday with a mild groin strain and will now miss his second straight game. Tim Beckham will start at shortstop Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Alvarez homers again as Pirates top Marlins
    Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's victory against the Marlins.

    Advice: Alvarez provided insurance with a sixth-inning solo homer off of David Phelps, extending the Pirates' lead to 4-2. He has homered in back-to-back starts and has four in his last eight games, giving him nine total on the season along with 21 RBI and a .241/.327/.496 triple-slash line.
    Monday, 6:40 pm
    9:35 am vs x Mia
  • Carlos Santana homers, scores twice
    Carlos Santana belted a solo homer and scored a pair of runs in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Santana got the Indians on the board in the first inning with a solo blast in what turned out to be an offensive slugfest. He also drew a pair of walks on the day. Santana's numbers have been a tad disappointing to this point, but he still has a .367 on-base percentage and is on pace for 18 homers and 88 RBI.
    Monday, 5:12 pm
    9:10 am vs ^ Tex
  • Pence has two-run double in comeback win
    Hunter Pence was 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 comeback win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence also drew a walk and stole a base. He put the exclamation point on a seven-run sixth inning with his two-run double. He's batting .342 (13-for-38) with nine RBI in 10 games since coming off the DL earlier this month.
    Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) aims to return Tues.
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) expects to return Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera is out of the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night against the Mariners after leaving Sunday's game with a groin strain. The strain is of the minor variety.
    Monday, 1:01 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) sitting out Monday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera was forced from Sunday's series finale against the A's with a mild groin strain. He's considered day-to-day. Tim Beckham is at shortstop on Monday.
    Monday, 11:51 am
  • Yan Gomes not in Indians' lineup on Monday
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' starting lineup on Monday afternoon versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Gomes went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game back from the disabled list Sunday. He had missed six weeks with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Roberto Perez is at catcher Monday versus Rangers righty Phil Klein.
    Monday, 9:48 am
    9:10 am vs x Tex
  • Belt delivers RBI double in loss on Sunday
    Brandon Belt went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in a losing effort against the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: The Giants had been shut out heading into the ninth inning, where they finally broke through against Chad Bettis to score a pair of runs. Belt has been a monster on the road in recent weeks and is now slashing .311/.384/.511 with 19 RBI on the season.
    Sunday, 6:25 pm
  • Cabrera leaves with mild groin strain Sunday
    Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Athletics with a mild groin strain.

    Advice: Cabrera felt a pop in his groin area while scurrying back to second base in the seventh inning. While he's sore, he thinks he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list and should return to the lineup in a couple of days.
    Sunday, 4:08 pm
  • Kurt Suzuki getting a breather Sunday
    Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply getting some rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish Sunday in Suzuki's place.
    Sunday, 8:24 am
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Sunday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench in favor of Sean Rodriguez versus lefty Jon Niese. Alvarez has just one hit in 17 at-bats against left-handers this season.
    Sunday, 7:38 am
    9:35 am vs x Mia
  • Arcia (hip) has to hit his way back on club
    Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony indicated Saturday that Oswaldo Arcia's (hip) rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester might not be brief.

    Advice: Arcia, who has missed 17 games with a right hip flexor strain, will begin the assignment with Rochester on Sunday. "He needs to go down and show he’s ready to come up and help the club," Antony said. "We’ve gotten away from go down, get a couple of at-bats and come back up. All of a sudden the guy is 0-for-12 and not helping the team. A, we need to know that he’s healthy, and B, he needs to look like he’s ready to help us." Arcia was starting to show signs of turning it around at the plate before the injury. Ultimately, he should be back with the Twins pretty soon.
    Sunday, 6:20 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs x Bos
  • Yan Gomes (knee) activated from disabled list
    Indians activated C Yan Gomes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gomes wound up missing six weeks out of a projected 6-8 week timetable after he went down with a right MCL sprain. The Indians will not let him catch back-to-back games initially, so Roberto Perez will still see a decent amount of time behind the plate over the next couple weeks.
    Sunday, 5:29 am
    9:10 am vs x Tex
  • Glen Perkins picks up MLB-leading 16th save
    Glen Perkins picked up his 16th save of the season Saturday in the Twins' 4-3 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Perkins allowed a two-out single to Alexei Ramirez and then walked J.B. Shuck, but he rallied to strike out Tyler Flowers. The 32-year-old left-hander has a fantastic 1.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 21/2 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings this season, and he leads all major league closers in saves. Minnesota is off to a surprising 24-18 start.
    Saturday, 4:29 pm
  • Brandon Belt goes 3-for-5, homers
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-5 and hit his fourth homer Friday at Coors Field.

    Advice: It's the fourth time in eight days that Belt has had three hits and homer. He's hitting .375 in May after coming in at .235 with no homers in April.
    Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Moss homers, knocks in three vs. Reds
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in a win over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Moss blasted a solo homer in the third inning and added a two-run double one inning later. The 31-year-old has three home runs and 13 RBI through 18 games this month, but he continues to have issues making contact. He's batting just .233 through 33 games this season while striking out 27 percent of the time.
    Friday, 7:47 pm
    9:10 am vs x Tex
  • Alfredo Simon fans five in win over Astros
    Alfredo Simon was brilliant in Friday's victory over the Astros, allowing two unearned runs on four hits over seven innings of work.

    Advice: The Big Pasta racked up five strikeouts on the evening and walked one. The Astros scratched out two early runs against him in the second inning with the help of an Ian Kinsler error, but Simon didn't lose his composure and kept the Astros at bay the remainder of the night. He'll head into Wednesday's start against the A's in Oakland with a terrific 2.67 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 38/16 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 frames.
    Friday, 7:14 pm
  • Arcia (hip) beginning rehab assignment Sunday
    Oswaldo Arcia (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.

    Advice: He shouldn't need more than a few games before being activated. Arcia is still feeling some discomfort in his right hip when he throws, so he's likely slated for designated hitter duty initially upon his activation from the disabled list.
    Friday, 2:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs x Bos
  • Travis (shoulder) expected back when eligible
    Devon Travis (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on June 1 when first eligible.

    Advice: Travis was placed on the DL on Thursday after battling a left shoulder injury for a few days. It's a minor ailment, though, as he's been given a cortisone shot and should resume full workouts before long. The rookie had been scuffling at the dish of late before the DL move, batting just .162/.205/.243 over his previous 10 games.
    Friday, 2:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:37 am vs x CWS
  • Jake Smolinski recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled OF Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Smolinski batted just .140/.290/.220 batting line over 62 plate appearances for the Rangers earlier this season. He'll likely be around only for the weekend, as Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is due to be activated Monday.
    Friday, 1:12 pm
    Not Active
    9:10 am x @Cle
  • Yan Gomes (knee) to be activated Sunday
    Yan Gomes (knee) will be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: He will start the series finale versus the Reds. Gomes will be catching a full nine innings for the first time on his rehab assignment on Friday, and the Indians will be careful with him initially upon his return, not playing him in back-to-back games. Brett Hayes had been filling in as the club's backup catch and will be sent down on Sunday.
    Friday, 5:56 am
    9:10 am vs x Tex
  • Blue Jays place Devon Travis (shoulder) on DL
    Blue Jays placed INF Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 17, with left shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: The Blue Jays had been playing it day-by-day with Travis who is dealing with a sore shoulder where he was hit by a line drive and then agitated with a swing during Saturday's game. His stay on the disabled list should be minimal, so expect him to rejoin the Jays lineup in early June.
    Thursday, 8:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:37 am vs x CWS
  • Clay Buchholz solid in defeat
    Clay Buchholz yielded three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 7 1/3 innings Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Boston's pitching has come around just as the offense has evaporated. Buchholz has turned in three straight quality starts, lowering his ERA from 6.03 to 4.56. He has a 58/15 K/BB ratio in 53 innings.
    Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Belt(wrist) says he's fine after hit by pitch
    Brandon Belt (wrist) indicated that he was fine after being hit by a pitch during Thursday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Belt was drilled by a Clayton Kershaw offering and admitted that it caused him to have flashbacks to last year's wrist injury, but he insists that he's perfectly fine. He has finally started to show signs of life offensively this past week, so as long as he's in the lineup on Friday fantasy owners should continue rolling him out there.
    Thursday, 4:52 pm
  • Hunter Pence plates two to lead Giants
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Thursday, leading the Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pence delivered an RBI single off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning to increase the Giants advantage to 2-0. He'd later add another RBI knock in the eighth to increase their lead. He doesn't look like he's missed a beat since returning from the disabled list, going 6-for-20 (.300) with a homer and four RBI in his first five games.
    Thursday, 4:43 pm
  • Bumgarner outduels Kershaw to earn fifth win
    Madison Bumgarner picked up his fifth victory of the season on Thursday, scattering seven hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The reigning World Series MVP punched out six on the afternoon and walked two. He out-dueled opposing left-hander Clayton Kershaw and even helped out his own cause by taking Kershaw deep for a solo homer to get the Giants on the board in the third inning. Off to another fantastic start this season, Bumgarner will carry a 2.84 ERA and 53/10 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Santana (back) returns to Indians' lineup
    Carlos Santana (back) is in the Indians' starting lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Santana missed the previous four games due to back spasms. The 29-year-old is batting .220/.365/.341 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 35 games this season.
    Thursday, 2:20 pm
    9:10 am vs ^ Tex
  • Soria surrenders solo homer to blow save
    Joakim Soria allowed a solo home run to Preston Tucker in the top of the ninth inning to blow his first save of the season during Thursday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Astros.

    Advice: Well that was unexpected. Soria came into the contest a perfect 13-for-13 on save chances and the pinch-hitting Preston Tucker stepped up with just 28 at-bats and zero home runs. One pitch changed all of that. It marked the end of a slow bleed for the Tigers, who entered the seventh inning with a 5-0 lead and saw the Astros score three in that frame, one in the eighth and the game-tying run in the ninth. Despite the blown save, Soria remains a top-tier fantasy closer and currently boasts a 1.42 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
    Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • Jays expect Travis to avoid disabled list
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that the team still expects Devon Travis (shoulder) to avoid the disabled list.

    Advice: Travis is out of the lineup for the fifth straight game Thursday due to soreness in his left shoulder/collarbone. The Blue Jays could always backdate him on the disabled list as long as they keep him out of the lineup, but they don't think it will be necessary. Consider him day-to-day.
    Thursday, 1:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:37 am vs x CWS
  • Asdrubal Cabrera not in Rays' lineup Thurs.
    Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Rays' starting lineup Thursday evening against the Athletics.

    Advice: Nick Franklin will get his first start at shortstop this season. Cabrera is just getting a day of rest.
    Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Perkins closes out the Pirates in the 13th
    Glen Perkins kept the Pirates off the board in the 13th inning for his 15th save, securing the Twins' 4-3 victory on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was not without stress, as Perkins allowed a one-out single to Andrew McCutchen, uncorked a wild pitch, and issued a two-out walk to Jung-Ho Kang. Perkins, however, struck out Pedro Alvarez to end the game. The lefty is 15-for-15 in save chances with a 1.40 ERA and a 19/1 K/BB ratio on the season.
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Brandon Phillips goes 3-for-5, doubles
    Brandon Phillips went 3-for-5 with an RBI double against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's because he was batting second, and everyone the Reds have had bat second this year has experienced incredible success, for some reason. Of course, since no one else hits besides the No. 2 hitter, the Reds scored just that one run tonight. Phillips is batting .314. Incredibly, he's stolen five bases this month after stealing none in April, two in 121 games last year and five in 151 games in 2013.
    Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Santana (back) expected to return Thursday
    Carlos Santana (back) is expected to return Thursday.

    Advice: Santana will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday with back spasms, but there has been significant progress. Santana, 29, is batting .220/.365/.341 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 35 games this season for the Tribe.
    Wednesday, 3:39 pm
    9:10 am vs ^ Tex
  • Devon Travis (shoulder) sitting again
    Devon Travis (shoulder) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis banged his left shoulder/collarbone on Saturday and is still sore. He remains day-to-day. Steve Tolleson is at second base in his place.
    Wednesday, 12:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:37 am vs x CWS
  • Kirby Yates (pectoral) to throw off mound
    Kirby Yates (pectoral) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since going down with a right pectoral strain late last month. There's no timetable for Yates' return, but early June would seem to be realistic.
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Sea
  • Casilla wriggles out of a jam for 10th save
    Santiago Casilla put the tying run on base but escaped with his 10th save as the Giants won 2-0 versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Casilla took the hill with a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning and quickly got two outs. But Juan Uribe singled and Joc Pederson walked to put the tying run on base. Casilla was able to get Jimmy Rollins to ground out to first base to end the game. He moves to 10-for-12 in save chances with a 1.65 ERA and a 15/6 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 10:25 pm
  • Moss blasts sixth homer in win over White Sox
    Brandon Moss hit his sixth home run of the season in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moss took reliever Zach Putnam deep in the eighth inning. The homer was the first baseman's first since May 6. He's got six homers and 24 RBI through 35 games thus far.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
    9:10 am vs x Tex
  • Yan Gomes (knee) could return on Sunday
    Yan Gomes (knee) could be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: Gomes will catch his first full game on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Friday. The likelihood is that he'll then join the Indians Saturday before being activated and playing on Sunday. Gomes is not expected to play in back-to-back games right away, as the Indians want to ease him back into things after he missed over a month with a right MCL sprain.
    Tuesday, 7:41 pm
    9:10 am vs x Tex
  • Cabrera lifts second home run in win over ATL
    Asdrubal Cabrera hit his second home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Cabrera hit a solo shot off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning, his only hit in four at-bats. Cabrera was given a prime opportunity early in the season, batting third for 23 games for manager Kevin Cash, but he failed to capitalize and has now been moved lower in the order. The infielder is batting just .214 with his two homers and 11 RBI in 39 games.
    Tuesday, 7:14 pm
  • Carlos Santana (back) 'a couple of days' away
    Carlos Santana (back) said Tuesday that while he feels better, it could be "a couple of days" before he returns to the lineup.

    Advice: Santana is out of the lineup for the third straight day Tuesday because of back spasms. It sounds like he might not be back in there until the weekend series against the Reds.
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
    9:10 am vs ^ Tex
  • Oswaldo Arcia (hip) nearing rehab assignment
    Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Tuesday that Oswaldo Arcia (hip) is close to beginning a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Arcia resumed hitting in a batting cage last Friday and evidently things have progressed nicely since then. He has noted that his hip is more of an issue when he throws, so he could be pegged for designated hitter duty at least initially when he returns from the disabled list.
    Tuesday, 4:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs x Bos
  • Phil Coke designated for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Phil Coke for assignment.

    Advice: Coke held a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances to earn a ticket off the 40-man roster. He'll clear waivers given his $2.25 million salary.
    Tuesday, 3:08 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Was
  • Black (neck, shoulder) pitches in ext. spring
    Vic Black (neck, shoulder) retired all three batters he faced in an extended spring training game on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was a good test for Black, who entered the game with the bases loaded. He struck out the first two batters he faced before inducing an inning-ending ground out. The 26-year-old began the season on the DL with shoulder tendinitis before suffering a herniated disk in his neck, but he's beginning to make some progress.
    Tuesday, 1:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Phi
  • Santana (back) not in Indians' lineup Tuesday
    Carlos Santana (back) is not in the Indians' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Santana did not play Sunday and was scratched from the lineup Monday due to back spasms. Consider him day-to-day for now. Brandon Moss is at first base and Nick Swisher is at DH on Tuesday versus Chicago.
    Tuesday, 1:11 pm
    9:10 am vs ^ Tex
  • Devon Travis (shoulder) out again Tuesday
    Devon Travis (shoulder) is out of the Blue Jays' lineup for the third straight game Tuesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Travis left Saturday's game with left shoulder irritation after tweaking it on a swing and remains day-to-day. Steve Tolleson will make another start at second base Tuesday. Josh Donaldson is leading off.
    Tuesday, 12:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:37 am vs x CWS
  • Yan Gomes (knee) could return soon
    Yan Gomes (knee) will catch seven innings on Wednesday during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: That's after he catches five frames on Monday. Obviously the Indians will want him to go nine innings before considering activating him, but manager Terry Francona said it won't be necessary for Gomes to catch back-to-back games. He's expected back pretty soon. "We understand that especially being a catcher, he's not going to be built up to where you can start playing him back-to-back," Francona said. "As long as he's healthy, we can activate him. Having him catch three times a week is better than not. We have to make sure he's completely healthy, so he can play the game."
    Monday, 6:18 pm
    9:10 am vs x Tex
  • Cubs to designate Phil Coke for assignment
    Jesse Rogers of reports that the Cubs will designate Phil Coke for assignment.

    Advice: The Cubs are off Monday, so the move is not expected to be made official until Tuesday. Coke has struggled for the Cubbies this season with a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances, so the news shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The veteran left-hander figures to catch on quickly elsewhere on a minor league deal after he clears waivers.
    Monday, 3:42 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs Was
  • Carlos Santana scratched with back spasms
    Carlos Santana was scratched from Monday's lineup with back spasms.

    Advice: Santana didn't play Sunday, either, as he revealed that the issue began to crop up on Saturday. Consider him day-to-day. Brandon Moss, who had been scheduled for a day off, is covering first base in Santana's absence.
    Monday, 2:27 pm
    9:10 am vs ^ Tex
  • Belt goes 9-for-14 in weekend series vs. Reds
    Brandon Belt finished 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three runs scored Sunday against the Reds.

    Advice: Belt went 9-for-14 with three home runs, seven RBI, and eight runs scored in the Giants' final three games in Cincinnati, lifting his OPS from .732 to .901 in a three-day span. The 27-year-old could be headed toward a breakout season if his health cooperates. He would probably enjoy hitting in Great American Ball Park a little more often.
    Monday, 10:23 am
  • Santiago Casilla records immaculate inning
    Santiago Casilla threw an immaculate inning to earn his ninth save Sunday against the Reds.

    Advice: In other words, he struck out the side on nine pitches. No wasted effort. Casilla boasts a 1.76 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 14/5 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 frames this season.
    May 18, 6:39 am
  • Alfredo Simon pitches well in loss to Cards
    Alfredo Simon pitched well in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday, allowing just two runs on seven hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: The Big Pasta punched out four while issuing four walks on the evening. The difference in the game was Kolten Wong's solo home run in the sixth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. Simon has been a tremendous addition to the Tigers rotation this season, compiling a 3.04 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 33/15 K/BB ratio over 50 1/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday against the Astros.
    May 17, 8:04 pm
  • Carlos Santana not in lineup Sunday
    Carlos Santana is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. The Indians have Brandon Moss at first base and Nick Swisher in right field while Santana sits.
    May 17, 9:55 am
    9:10 am vs ^ Tex
  • Devon Travis (shoulder) sitting out Sunday
    Devon Travis (shoulder) is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Travis hurt his left shoulder on a swing during Saturday's game and had to be pulled. He's expected to be alright, but the Jays will give him at least one day of rest. Steve Tolleson is at second base Sunday in Travis' place.
    May 17, 8:44 am
    15-Day DL
    9:37 am vs x CWS
  • Kurt Suzuki not in Sunday's lineup
    Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish Sunday in Suzuki's place.
    May 17, 8:08 am
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