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  • A's flip-flop Kazmir and Samardzija
    The Athletics are pushing Scott Kazmir's next scheduled start back a day from Saturday to Sunday.

    Advice: He's flip-flopping with Jeff Samardzija, who will now get the ball Saturday. With Jon Lester going on Friday, the A's wanted to split up their lefties.
    35 minutes ago
  • Alex Rios (thumb) out again Thursday
    Alex Rios (thumb) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Rios wanted to play, but manager Ron Washington elected to hold him out one more day. The outfielder is expected back in action on Friday. Jim Adduci is in right field Thursday in Rios' place.
    Today, 3:13 pm
  • Lagares hitting leadoff Thursday vs. Braves
    Juan Lagares will hit leadoff Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Lagares doesn't fit the profile of an ideal leadoff hitter, but he's swinging the bat well right now and the Mets need a spark. Curtis Granderson is in the No. 2 spot on Thursday.
    Today, 2:09 pm
  • Braves' Venters has re-tear of UCL in elbow
    Jonny Venters has been diagnosed with a re-tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow following an MRI.

    Advice: Awful news for Venters, who has spent all season rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. No word yet on the next step, but it's now possible that he could have a third surgery.
    Today, 1:56 pm
    Disabled List
  • Grossman not in Thursday's lineup
    Robbie Grossman is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rangers due to a sprained left ankle.

    Advice: Grossman tweaked the ankle in Wednesday's game. He can be considered day-to-day. Marc Krauss will make the start in left field Thursday and Marwin Gonzalez will hit leadoff.
    Today, 1:54 pm
  • Zack Cozart goes 3-for-4 in Reds' win
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 with a double, two steals and three runs scored as the Reds beat the Cubs 7-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Reds were 6-for-6 stealing bases, racking up all of them in the first four innings while Jake Arrieta was in the game. It was their most steals in a game since 2006, when Felipe Lopez had four and Ryan Freel had two. Joining Cozart with two steals today was Todd Frazier, while Billy Hamilton and Kris Negron had one apiece.
    Today, 1:32 pm
  • Jake Arrieta gives up six runs in loss
    Jake Arrieta was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Arrieta walked four, including Billy Hamilton twice, which isn't much of a recipe for success. He did strike out eight, but between the walks, the six hits and the six stolen bases he allowed, it was just a messy day all around. He'll get the Brewers next time out. Hopefully, he's not wearing down just yet.
    Today, 1:23 pm
  • Royals claim INF Nix off waivers from Bucs
    Royals claimed INF Jayson Nix off waivers from the Pirates.

    Advice: Nix was designated for assignment after hitting just .111 (4-for-36) in his brief stay with the Pirates. He'll function as a utility infielder down the stretch.
    Today, 1:01 pm
    New Player Note
    Jayson Nix KC - 2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm vs x Min
  • Gallo slugs 41st home run
    Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Wednesday for Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: The home run was Gallo's 41st of the season and his first since Aug. 17. Even though he's clubbed 20 bombs in Double-A, the rest of Gallo's numbers have regressed at the more advanced level, evidenced by his .235/.328/.529 batting line and 109-31 strikeout-to-walk through 64 games. However, that shouldn't completely detract from the left-handed slugger's outstanding season, as he still owns a solid .274/.393/.621 batting line to go along with 63 extra-base hits and 101 RBI over 122 games between the High- and Double-A levels.
    Today, 11:49 am
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    5:10 pm x @Hou
  • A's add righty Evan Scribner to bullpen
    Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Scribner was designated for assignment by the A's on August 1, but he passed through waivers unclaimed and was then outrighted to Triple-A. Now he's back to serve as a middle reliever for the stretch run.
    Today, 10:43 am
  • Ranaudo to start for Sox on Friday vs. Rays
    Anthony Ranaudo is scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Friday night against the Rays.

    Advice: Ranaudo allowed four earned runs over six innings earlier this month in a spot start against the Reds and is a risky -- but not terrible -- fantasy play versus Tampa Bay. The 24-year-old right-hander has registered a 2.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 111/54 K/BB ratio in 138 innings (24 starts) this season for Triple-A Pawtucket.
    Today, 9:04 am
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  • Tanaka (elbow) completes a simulated game
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a successful simulated game Thursday morning at Comerica Park.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters afterward that the 49-pitch workout went well. Tanaka continues to make steady progress in his attempt to rehab a torn ulnar collateral ligament and could rejoin the Yankees' starting rotation next month if everything continues to go smoothly. It's not often that a pitcher who is diagnosed with a torn UCL is able to avoid Tommy John surgery, but it's also not unprecedented.
    Today, 7:52 am
    Disabled List
    L, 3-2 @Det
  • Posey cracks walk-off HR, has 3 HR last 2 gm.
    Buster Posey hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his second career walk-off homer. The catcher finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. Posey hit his 16th and 17th home runs on Tuesday, and his 18th tonight -- he's one of many pro batters that practices gratitude for the existence of Rockies' pitchers. During his seven-game hitting streak, Posey is 15-for-31 (.484) with five homers and 10 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Col
  • RP Jansen turns out the lights vs. Snakes
    Kenley Jansen made short work of the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, getting his 38th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory.

    Advice: In 10 outings this month, Jansen has allowed only one run and struck out 19 in 10 1/3 innings. The right-hander had an ugly 4.55 ERA on June 20, but has given up only two runs since that date. He's 38-for-42 in save conversions to go with a 2.82 ERA.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Hector Noesi earns victory over Tribe
    Hector Noesi surrendered two runs in seven innings Wednesday in defeating the Indians.

    Advice: We wouldn't necessarily say that Noesi outpitched Corey Kluber -- that was an awfully depleted Cleveland lineup he was facing -- but he did come away with the win after allowing six hits, walking one and striking out five. It was his first career win in four starts against the Indians, and he improved to 8-9 with a 4.75 ERA for the season.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Alex Rios admits thumb is still an issue
    Alex Rios admitted Wednesday that his bruised thumb is still an issue.

    Advice: Rios' thumb has been a lingering issue for a while, but it doesn't sound like he plans to miss any more games. "I like to be on the field," Rios said. The outfielder is hitting just .155/.167/.225 this month.
    Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • Buster Posey blasts out a pair of HRs in win
    Buster Posey belted his 16th and 17th home runs of the season and accounted for all of San Francisco's offense in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: This was his second career multi-homer game (the other coming in 2010). Posey knocked in RBI 63 and 64 while taking Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa deep in the sixth inning, and got his 65th with an emphatic eighth inning homer off Brooks Brown. Posey might have gotten JDLR at less than full strength -- the hurler suffered a thumb contusion while batting in the top half of the frame -- but he certainly won't give it back (De La Rosa was immediately removed once Posey crossed home plate). Posey finished the game 2-for-4. The catcher is slashing .288/.346/.457.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Col
  • Lagares' two-run blast propels Mets to win
    Juan Lagares went 2-for-3 including a game-winning two-run home run in the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lagares hit the two-run shot off Braves starter Alex Wood in the fourth inning. The 25-year-old has been on fire in recent days, going 7-for-14 with two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored in his last four games. The outfielder starts for his defense alone, so any offense he provides is just gravy for the Mets.
    Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Venters shut down with lingering elbow pain
    Jonny Venters has been shut down again due to lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow.

    Advice: He'll visit Dr. James Andrews later this week. Venters has struggled to make a full recovery from his second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and can probably be ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 season.
    Tuesday, 2:05 pm
    Disabled List
  • Pirates designate Jayson Nix for assignment
    Pirates designated INF Jayson Nix for assignment.

    Advice: Nix went 4-for-36 (.111) in his three-week stay with the Bucs. He seems likely to pass through waivers.
    Monday, 12:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Jayson Nix KC - 2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm vs x Min
  • Scott Kazmir hammered in loss to Angels
    Scott Kazmir was hammered in Sunday's loss to the Angels, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits over just three-plus innings of work.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander walked two and struck out one in the abbreviated outing, needing 61 pitches to record just nine outs. Even with the trainwreck, Kazmir owns a stellar 14-5 record, 3.08 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 132/38 K/BB ratio over his 158 innings on the season. He'll look to get back on track when he takes on the Angels in Los Angeles on Friday.
    Sunday, 8:14 pm
  • Tanaka (elbow) slated for sim game Thursday
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the next step after he got through a 35-pitch live batting practice session on Saturday. Tanaka's progress from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament has been encouraging, but obviously he's not close to being out of the woods yet. The Yankees are hoping he'll be ready to rejoin their rotation at some point next month.
    Sunday, 8:07 am
    Disabled List
    L, 3-2 @Det
  • Tanaka (elbow) has successful live BP session
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) felt good during a 35-pitch live batting practice session on Saturday.

    Advice: "I felt like I wasn't able to hit my spot as much as I wanted to. I feel it's a little bit still rusty, but there were some good balls that I was able to throw, so it was a good step and I want to keep moving forward," Tanaka said through a translator. "I'm not saving anything when I throw each pitch." There remains no timetable for Tanaka's return, but he continues to progress in his recovery from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Perhaps the Yankees will get their ace back this season after all.
    Sunday, 6:54 am
    Disabled List
    L, 3-2 @Det
  • Posey homers, drives in two to halt Nats
    Buster Posey hit his fifteenth home run of the season and knocked in RBI 60 and 61 in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Posey finished the game 2-for-5. The home run came off of Nationals starter Doug Fister. Posey also added a double, his 22nd, off of reliever Ross Detwiler. On the season, Posey is slashing .284/.345/.438. He's hit fifteen home runs and batted in 61.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Col
  • Bochy: Moving Posey to 1B not being discussed
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said moving Buster Posey to first base isn't being discussed right now.

    Advice: "Right now, no," Bochy said. "Down the road, sure, that's something we will talk about. It could lighten the load on Buster. Whether at some point down the road he will get out from behind the plate, I can't answer that. Right now it's not discussed." Posey has been bothered by a hip issue recently, and catching certainly isn't helping the matter. Still, having a catcher with Posey's bat is incredibly valuable, and the Giants appear ready to leave him there for the time being. Bochy did say that if and when Posey does move it will be to first and not to third base, as some have wondered. But for now, neither move is on the horizon.
    Friday, 3:27 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Col
  • Arrieta bests former team, lowers ERA to 2.53
    Jake Arrieta held his former team to one run across seven innings in Friday's 4-1 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: He retired the first 13 batters of the game and wound up striking out five while permitting just four hits and one walk. The lone blemish on Arrieta's record was a solo shot in the seventh inning from Nelson Cruz that just barely left the yard. He's allowed just three runs over his last three starts to lower his ERA to 2.53. Arrieta will try to keep it going next week in Cincinnati.
    Friday, 2:45 pm
  • RP Jansen turns out the lights vs. Padres
    Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Padres on Thursday, working around a one-out walk to preserve a one-run victory.

    Advice: The right-hander walked Jedd Gyorko but punched out two Padres to escape the inning without much ancillary drama. Jansen's ERA sat at 4.55 on June 20, but he's given up a run in only two of 22 outings since then. Because of that, his ERA is down to 2.92. In addition, he boasts an outstanding 1.17 WHIP and 83/15 K/BB ratio over 52-plus innings.
    Thursday, 10:01 pm
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
    Thursday, 9:18 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Col
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Col
  • Tanaka (elbow) to face live hitters Saturday
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is scheduled to face live hitters on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

    Advice: It'll be his first taste of simulated action since being diagnosed with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow back in early July. That injury pretty much always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but Tanaka is trying the rehab route first and having success with it so far. He threw all of his sliders in a 35-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon. The Japanese ace is aiming to return sometime in September.
    Thursday, 8:10 am
    Disabled List
    L, 3-2 @Det
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Col
  • Tanaka (elbow) throws 35-pitch 'pen session
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Tanaka mixed in fastballs, curveballs, sliders, and even a few splitters while reporting no discomfort in his right elbow. "It went well, but it was actually my first time throwing breaking balls -- something other than fastballs -- in the bullpen, so I felt it was a little bit rusty," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I'll have to brush that up a little bit." The right-hander was diagnosed in early July with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, but he is aiming to return to a major league mound sometime in September.
    Wednesday, 2:46 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 3-2 @Det
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Col
  • Alex Rios drives in a pair in return
    After sitting out Tuesday with a bruised thumb, Alex Rios returned to action Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Rios notched the first hit of the day with a sharp single in the first inning before plating two runs with a bloop double in the second. The two runs proved to be the winning margin for the Rangers. Rios' power has been a disappointment this season, but he's still hitting .286.
    Wednesday, 12:49 pm
  • Alex Rios back in lineup Wednesday
    Alex Rios returned to the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Rios missed Tuesday's contest with a bruised right thumb, but he's fine now. The veteran outfielder is sporting a .284/.313/.399 batting line with four homers, 49 RBI and 16 steals this season.
    Wednesday, 9:46 am
  • Tanaka (elbow) to throw 'pen session Wed.
    Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will throw another bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's not clear how many pitches he will throw after he tossed 25 fastballs in his first bullpen session Saturday. Tanaka's recovery from a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament has gone as well as could be hoped to this point, but he's far from out of the woods. There's no timetable for the righty's return.
    Wednesday, 6:32 am
    Disabled List
    L, 3-2 @Det
  • Kazmir holds Mets to 1 run in 14th win
    Scott Kazmir went six innings in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Mets, giving up one run on four hits.

    Advice: Kazmir walked three and struck out six. The only nitpick in this performance was the lack of efficiency, as the lefty was yanked after 105 pitches. Kazmir entered the game 7-2 with a 2.34 ERA at Coliseum, but he had coughed up nine runs and 15 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his two previous home starts in August. Those outings represented the only times he'd given up more than three runs in a start since June 2. The southpaw improves to 14-5 with a 2.73 ERA, numbers he'll take into a date against his former employer the Angels on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Alex Rios (thumb) scratched from lineup
    Alex Rios was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a bruised right thumb.

    Advice: It's apparently been a lingering issue for the outfielder, and he was unable to take batting practice Tuesday. Although it doesn't appear at this point that a stint on the disabled list will be required, Rios seems likely to miss more than just a day. Jim Adduci took his spot in the lineup.
    Tuesday, 3:22 pm
  • Gallo reclaims share of MiLB lead w/ 40th HR
    Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Sunday for Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: The home run was Gallo's 40th of the season, pushing him back into a tie with Kris Bryant for the Minor League lead. The 20-year-old slugger has scuffled in August, with a .196/.293/.412 batting line, three home runs and 20 strikeouts in 13 games, but he had a strong three-game weekend series against Tulsa with a pair of home runs, five runs scored and a walk in each game. On the season, Gallo is batting .281/.401/.642 with 40 home runs, 19 doubles, 98 RBI, 92 runs, while his respective 33.3% and 16.1% strikeout and walk rates represent improvements compared to his 2013 full-season debut.
    Aug 18, 2:48 pm
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    5:10 pm x @Hou
  • Cubs have no plan to shut down Jake Arrieta
    Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday that the club has no plans to shut down Jake Arrieta.

    Advice: The out-of-contention Cubs have some young starters who need work like Dan Straily, Felix Doubront, and Jacob Turner, but those opportunities won't come at the expense of Arrieta, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season. Arrieta threw seven shutout frames Sunday against the Mets and boasts a 2.61 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 122/31 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 total innings this year. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
    Aug 18, 10:52 am
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