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Yadier Molina Slugs Cardinals Past Royals

Yadier Molina, the St. Louis Cardinals’ all-star catcher, led the charge on Monday in the Cardinals’ 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Molina went 2-for-2 with a home run and four RBI while drawing two walks. Molina started off the game with a two-run bomb to left centerfield in the first inning, followed by an RBI double in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Molina has had a phenomenal month of May, racking up 31 hits and batting .386. On the season, he is batting an NL second-best .346 and has hit three home runs along... 
 

Jeff Samardzija Pitches 2-Hit Shutout Against White Sox

Chicago’s north and south sides would convene at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, the first contest of a four-game series for the cross-town rivalry. Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija would get the call and pitch a complete-game shutout, the first of his career. In going the distance, Samardzija was dominant, surrendering just two base hits and striking out eight batters while walking two. Samardzija improved to a 3-6 record on the season, lowering his ERA to 2.85 in the process. The Cubs starter now boasts an 80/24 strikeout to walk ratio... 
 

Kelly Johnson Powers Rays Past Marlins

Earlier this year we asked Why Has There Been No Interest in Kelly Johnson?   We are almost certain that Tampa Bay Rays general manager  Andrew Friedman didn’t need any help from us when he signed Johnson to a one-year deal, but he has to be happy with the results. Johnson became the first player in Tampa Bay history to hit two three-run homers in the same game,  and as it turns out Tampa Bay needed them for a 10-6 victory over the Miami Marlins. Johnson has been white-hot this month with 24 RBI in 21 games,  including six RBI against... 
 

Justin Verlander Rebounds with 13 Ks in Tigers Victory

The Detroit Tigers and their fans can breath a little easier following Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as Tigers ace Justin Verlander rebounded from two straight “uncharacteristic” starts. Verlander worked seven innings, surrendering three runs on seven sits, striking out a season-high 13 batters and walking two in a 5-4 victory for Detroit. In his past two starts, Verlander surrendered 13 runs in 7.2 innings, wherein he saw his ERA jump from 1.93 to 3.66. Verlander appeared to right the ship on Monday, regaining... 
 

Aaron Harang Surprises with Shutout of Padres

A rather mediocre, gloomy season saw a glimpse of brightened sunlight on Monday for Seattle Mariners starter Aaron Harang, who tossed a complete-game shutout against the San Diego Padres in a 9-0 victory. Following two straight quality starts, Harang surrendered seven runs in 3.2 innings of work in his last outing on Tuesday, the third time in six starts this season that he has surrendered five or more runs in a game. On Monday, Harang rebounded solidly for the Mariners, working nine scoreless innings and surrendering just four hits, along with... 
 

Nick Franklin Promoted; Dustin Ackley sent to AAA

Seattle Mariners top 100 prospect, Nick Franklin, was called up on Monday. Franklin, a middle infielder, is expected to play second base in place of Dustin Ackley, who was hitting just .205/.266/.516 with one home run on the season. Fantasy Play: Franklin comes with top 100 status regardless of publication and has been spotted in the top 45 into this season. Though a shortstop in the minors, Franklin’s range has been doubted over the years and he will shift over to second base at the major league level, which should help his questionable... 
 

Carlos Beltran to Return to Cardinals Lineup

Carlos Beltran has been injured most of the year and suffered shoulder soreness as a setback, but will return to the lineup on Monday. Beltran will serve as the team’s designated hitter while they are in Kansas City and then is expected to return to the Cardinals’ outfield once the Redbirds return home. Fantasy Play: Beltran will likely DH both games in Kansas City and then return to the outfield for two games at home vs the Royals and then a set with the Giants. It should be Beltran back in right with Jon Jay in center and Matt Holliday... 
 

Michael Wacha Scratched, Should Fill Empty Spot in Cardinals’ Rotation

Michael Wacha, the 19th overall pick just one summer ago, may be on his way to the majors to fill in for injured Cardinals’ pitchers. Jake Westbrook, Jaime Garcia, and most recently, John Gast, have all hit the DL as Cardinals’ starting pitchers this season. The prospect’s debut should be this Thursday, with a turn in the rotation currently empty. Fantasy Play: Pick Wacha up, immediately, in all formats. For a pitching and prospect rich organization, Wacha is widely considered the best of all the starting pitchers in the system.... 
 

Jered Weaver Set To Return Wednesday Against Dodgers

Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver  is set to come off the disabled list Wednesday and start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Weaver has been out with a fractured left elbow since April 8.  After tossing 75 pitches in an extended spring training game last Wednesday Weaver has been deemed ready to go. ” I think it’s a good place to put Weaver back,” manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels have been on a hot streak winning their last seven games to move into third place in the American League West.  No official word on who will... 
 

Chris Perez Placed on the DL by the Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez was placed on the 15 day disabled list after leaving the game yesterday in the ninth-inning feeling shoulder pain. Perez will undergo an MRI today  and Nick Hagadone  was called up from Columbus to take his spot on the roster. Perez is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 17 relief appearances spanning 16.2 inning and has recorded more than 30 saves in each of the past two seasons for the Indians.  It will be the first time Perez has been on the DL in his career. Apparently Perez has been dealing with the issue for the... 
 

Bartolo Colon Turns Back Clock with Dominant Win

As the old adage goes, age is only a number. Such can be said of Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon‘s pitching performance on Sunday in a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros. After celebrating his 40th birthday on Friday, Colon turned in his best outing of the season and displayed flashes of previous seasons when he was considered one of the top pitchers in the big leagues. Colon worked seven scoreless innings, surrendering nine hits and striking out a season-high nine strikeouts with no walks. The victory was Colon’s second straight... 
 

Patrick Corbin Improves To 8-0 With Win Over Padres

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin made just  enough good pitches to battle through six innings to beat the San Diego Padres 6-5. Corbin got help from the Arizona offense when Eric Chavez homered for the second straight game, Martin Prado matched a career high with four of Arizona’s 11 hits. Corbin also helped his own cause with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning.  Heath Bell closed out the win with his eighth save of the season pitching a perfect ninth inning. After a dominating performance in his last start against... 
 

Max Scherzer Perfect at 7-0 After Slaying Minnesota

Detroit Tigers gunslinger Max Scherzer entered Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon with a perfect 6-0 record on the season, looking to extend that perfection against the Minnesota Twins. Scherzer would do exactly that, working six innings of one-run ball, surrendering three hits while striking out six batters and allowing three walks. Aside from an RBI single by Twins second baseman Jamey Carroll in the fifth inning, Scherzer dominated the Minnesota offense with effective use of his powerful four-seam fastball, which had good movement and painted... 
 

Alex Cobb Handles Yankees, Rays Bounce Back

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb  took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Rays settled for a 8-3 win over the New York Yankees and bounced back from a devastating defeat on Saturday when the Rays lost a two run lead with two outs in the ninth inning. Cobb  was moved up in the rotation after Thursday’s off day  to pitch against the Yankees and CC Sabathia. As it turns out that was a good decision. “It worked out good, you know,” Cobb said. “When they told me I was pitching against the Yankees, you knew it was... 
 

Stephen Strasburg Dominant As Nationals Beat Phillies

Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg struck out nine, allowed five hits, one run and walked none in eight innings of work to best The Philadelphia Phillies 6-1.  Strasburg out-pitched Phillies starter Cole Hamels who fell to 1-8 on the season. Hamels surrendered five runs, three earned over 6 1/3 innings and struck out six. “It’s all about getting a rhythm, getting comfortable,” Strasburg said. “When I get comfortable out there and I’m feeling my mechanics pretty well, I just let it eat. . . . Just commanding my pitches.... 
 

Clay Buchholz Will Miss Start With Collarbone Irritation

Boston Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz  will miss his scheduled start on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies after feeling discomfort in his collarbone. Alfredo Aceves will start in his place. Buchholz claims he slept wrong causing the pain after the team returned from Chicago on Wednesday. Buchholz  said that he could pitch if he had to, but for precautionary reasons chose to skip his turn.  He is expected to make his start later in the week. Buchholz  Is 7-0 with a league-leading 1.73 ERA in 2013. Buchholz claims the decision to skip the... 
 

Fernando Rodney Blows Another Save, Yankees Rally For Win in 11th

Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney blew his fifth save of the season and the New York  Yankees rallied  to an 11th inning win 4-3. Rodney is just 9 for 14 in save chances this year after converting 48 of 50 opportunities last season. “This has been really awkward to watch,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s been within one pitch of almost being perfect this season. Three of the blown saves have come down to the last pitch. I’ve not lost any patience with it. As long as he doesn’t lose confidence in himself,... 
 

Pedro Strop to The DL for Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles reliever Pedro Strop  was placed on the 15 day disabled list with a lower back strain in the team recalled right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in one appearance with the Orioles this season. The move is retroactive to May 24. Strop has  struggled this year going 0-2  with a 6.11 ERA over 22 games. He has walked 14 batters and 17 2/3 innings. Strop  pitched in 70 games last year for Baltimore when he went 5-2 with a 2.44 ERA and played a large role in the Orioles success for 2012.  Read More »
 

Anthony Rizzo Slumping Since New Deal

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo  signed a new extension worth $41 million earlier this month and at the time was hitting .288/.361/.554 with nine home runs. Heading into today’s game he is hitting .249/ .312/ .476. He  is 2 for his last 26  .077 with one home run in his last seven games. Rizzo claims he doesn’t feel any extra pressure with the new deal. “I don’t know what more pressure I can put on myself,” he said, adding: “That doesn’t matter at all. You think this game will become a lot easier when you get that... 
 

Curtis Granderson to the DL, Yankees Recall Brennan Boesch

As expected, the New York Yankees placed outfielder Curtis Granderson on the 15 day disabled list with a fractured finger in his left hand. Granderson suffered the injury in last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays when he was hit by  pitch. He is expected to miss up to four weeks. Granderson started the season on the DL with a fractured forearm suffered in spring training and returned to the lineup May 14.  In eight games he has hit .250 with one home run, one RBI and one stolen base. To replace Granderson on the roster the Yankees... 
 

Ike Davis Strikes Out Four Times and the Game is Not Over

New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis struck out four times on a total pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on Friday night. It is the third time that he has  accomplished the feat this season. The game was suspended in the eighth-inning and will be resumed today. Davis may have an opportunity to whiff for the fifth time although manager Terry Collins may have a different idea for Davis who is now hitting .143. Some think it maybe time for Davis to get a whiff of the minor leagues. He is  1-for-his-last-42 (.024). Point made. “Not... 
 

John Lackey Dominant in Win over Indians

John Lackey  channeled 2007 and delivered a dominant performance allowing just one earned run on two hits, striking out eight and walking three in a 8-1 win over the Cleveland Indians. Lackey used to low to mid 90s fastball to set the tone for the evening while lowering his ERA to 2.72. Lackey out pitched the a red-hot Justin Masterson who entered the game with a 7-2 record and a 2.83 ERA. Lackey into his second year removed from Tommy John surgery  has worked tirelessly and appears to be hitting his stride. “The one thing he’s maintained... 
 

Jordan Zimmermann First to 8 Wins in NL

Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs and six hits with no walks over seven innings to become the first eight-game winner in the National League with a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.  Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 14th save of the season. Zimmermann  got help from a struggling Washington offense in the fifth inning that started with a base hit from Bryce Harper. Adam LaRoche then followed with a triple. Kurt Suzuki singled home LaRoche. And after an infield single by Tyler Moore and put a second runner on base with two outs, Steve... 
 

Curtis Granderson Breaks Hand in Yankees Win

David Phelps pitched into the eighth inning and Brett Gardner, Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix each drove in two runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4. The win came at a cost however when New York right fielder Curtis Granderson broke the knuckle of his left pinkie finger after getting hit by Cesar Ramos‘ pitch in the fifth. Granderson missed the first 38 games of this season with a broken forearm and is expected to miss up to four weeks with this injury. Roberto Hernandez gave up five runs, six hits and three... 
 

Chris Davis Helps Orioles Win With League-Leading 16th Home Run

Sean Nolin started his first game in the major leagues for the Toronto Blue Jays  and lasted an inning and a third surrendering six earned runs and seven hits. Nolin lost for the first time since Aug. 27, 2011, when he was pitching for Class A Lansing. Chris Davis launched his major league-leading 16th home run  and the Baltimore Orioles scored nine runs in the first three innings to beat the Blue Jays 10-6. Nick Markakis had three hits and three RBI and J.J. Hardy, Danny Valencia and Adam Jones  all hit home runs for Baltimore, who lead... 
 

Chase Utley Will Miss 2-4 Weeks with Oblique Strain

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed veteran second baseman Chase Utley on the 15 day disabled list with an oblique strain. Utley is hitting .272 with seven home runs and 25 RBI and will be replaced by Freddie Galvis in the starting lineup. The Phillies hope that Utley will be ready within 15 days but the possibility exists that he could miss up to four weeks. “We do believe and hope that Chase will be ready to play in Philadelphia within 15 days,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We are being cautious with this injury as... 
 

Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks to the DL For Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox placed Shane Victorino won the 15 day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a left hamstring strain. Victorino  As also struggled with a back issue of late and the team thought it best to shut them down for a couple of weeks. The team also announced a third baseman Will Middlebrooks  aggravated an injury on Thursday and was placed on the 15 day disabled list. Middlebrooks left the game yesterday with Cleveland in the fourth inning with lower back spasms. Middlebrooks is batting  .203/ .236/ .413 with eight home runs and... 
 

Joe Blanton Earns First Win After 0-7 Start

Los Angeles Angels starter Joe Blanton can sleep a little easier tonight. After an 0-7 start to the season, Blanton picked up his first victory of 2013 in a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. Blanton was solid over 6 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits and striking out one batter. Blanton has struggled this season, coming into Thursday’s contest with a 6.62 ERA in ten starts this season. While he was able to lower his ERA to 6.19, Blanton still boasts a poor 1.87 WHIP and has given up an alarming 93 hits... 
 

Kevin Gausman Debut Spoiled By Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays’ bats came out ready to swing on Thursday, scoring 12 runs and spoiling Baltimore Orioles rookie starter Kevin Gausman‘s major league debut in a 12-6 victory. Gausman worked five innings in his debut, surrendering four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks. In five innings, Gausman tallied a pitch count of 89, 58 of which were strikes. Of the 24 batters that he faced, Gausman registered first-pitch strikes to 15 of them. Despite the loss, Gausman displayed flashes of greatness early in the game,... 
 

Miguel Cabrera Continues Assault on Major League Pitching

Miguel Cabrera homered for the fourth consecutive game and finished with three RBI and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6. Cabrera is now  batting, .391/.467/701 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI, but it was an intentional walk in the eighth inning that set up the comeback win for the Tigers. After the walk Prince Fielder singled off Jared Burton and the Tigers took a 7-6 lead. Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect inning of relief, while Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his fifth save. The Tigers trailed 6-3 going into the bottom... 
 

Sean Nolin to Make Anticipated Toronto Debut

Sean Nolin, top pitching prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays, has been called up and will be making his major league debut on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. After being drafted in the sixth-round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of San Jacinto College, Nolin has ascended the Toronto farm system with much success over the past three seasons. Following a 2012 season that saw the young Toronto southpaw post a perfect 10-0 record and 2.04 ERA, along with a 108/27 strikeout to walk ratio in 101.1 innings split between Class A Dunedin and Double-A... 
 

Will Middlebrooks Out With Lower Back Spasms

Will Middlebrooks was pulled after the fourth inning in a  game with the Cleveland Indians with lower back spasms. Middlebrooks struck out in the inning before.  Middlebrooks has struggled during his sophomore year batting  .203/ .236/ .413 with eight home runs and 21 RBI.  he has struck out 52 times in 172 at-bats. Red Sox utilityman Pedro Ciriaco  took over for Middlebrooks and would likely see an increase in playing time should Middlebrooks require a few days off  for a stint on the DL. In his last three games, he’s 0-for-10 with one... 
 

Edwin Jackson Falls to 1-7 With Loss to Pirates

Once a “can’t miss” pitching prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Chicago Cubs starter Edwin Jackson has never quite reached that once-billed potential, as witnessed in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Coming into the contest, Jackson owned a paltry 1-6 record and 5.76 ERA in 50.0 innings of work this season. Mediocre numbers at best, the Cubs would have to settle for more of the same in Thursday’s game. Jackson gave up two runs in each of the first two innings of the game, surrendering six... 
 

Jesus Montero Optioned to AAA Tacoma

Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma and will be replaced by catcher Jesus Sucre. Interestingly Mike Zunino  is the starter in Tacoma and Double-A back-up catcher Brandon Bantz  has been moved up and will be has backup. Where does that leave Montero? Apparently the Mariners will look to play Montero at first base and DH.  Zunio is considered the catcher of the future for Seattle, but is it ready for the  big leagues. Montero , 23, came to the Mariners as part of the trade that sent Michael Pineda to the Yankees... 
 

Giancarlo Stanton Making Progress: Takes Batting Practice

Giancarlo Stanton is making progress towards returning from the disabled list. Stanton took batting practice for the first time at Marlins Park since straining his right hamstring on April 30. Marlins manager Mike Redmond  was encouraged by the progress. “He looked good,” Redmond said, “like he was feeling all right. I didn’t ask him afterwards; I’m just going off the results. He was hitting them out. It’s another encouraging sign that he’s a little closer to being back on the field.” The next step for Stanton will be to include... 
 

C.J. Wilson Dominates Seattle in 7-1 Victory

Coming off of three straight losses, Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitched a dominating game against the Seattle Mariners en route to a 7-1 victory for the Los Angeles Angels. Wilson worked eight innings of one-run baseball, surrendering six hits and striking out 10 batters, while walking a season-low two batters. Wilson has now pitched five straight quality starts and despite three straight losses, the Angels starter has lowered his ERA from 4.04 to 3.38 on the season. In 10 starts this season, Wilson has a 4-3 record and a 60/32 strikeout to walk... 
 

Clay Buchholz Improves to 7-0 With Win Over White Sox

Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester have effectively anchored an inconsistent starting rotation in an overall strong season for the Boston Red Sox. On Wednesday night, Buchholz continued his stellar season with a strong start, helping the Red Sox in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Buchholz worked seven strong innings, surrendering just one run on five hits, while striking out four batters and walking three. Although he needed 113 pitches to make it through the seventh inning, Buchholz was able to notch his ninth quality start in ten appearances... 
 

Cliff Lee Shuts Down Miami in 3-0 Victory

Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee pitched a complete-game shutout against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, giving the Phillies a 3-0 victory and the control of the four-game series at Miami. In nine scoreless innings, Lee surrendered just three hits (all singles) and struck out five batters along with three walks. Offensively, Lee would give himself some support by collecting two base hits. The shutout is the twelfth of Lee’s career and his first since September 5, 2011. This was the third start in which Lee has held his opponents scoreless... 
 

Hyun-Jin Ryu Continues Strong Rookie Season in Dodgers Victory

In a season where Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is putting up stellar performance after stellar performance, much attention has been drawn away from Dodgers rookie starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. In 7.1 innings of work in Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Ryu surrendered two runs on six hits, while striking out four batters. Much like the rest of his season, Ryu quietly turned in another solid outing and got the victory for the Dodgers, in this case a 9-2 blowout of the Brewers. Ryu now boasts a 5-2 record and a 3.30 ERA, with... 
 

Bryce Harper Homers to Lead Nationals to Victory

Coming off of an extra-innings loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was determined to redeem himself following a ninth-inning outfield miscue that would ultimately cost Washington the game. Following five scoreless innings between both teams on Wednesday, Harper approached the plate in the top of the sixth-inning and slugged a solo home run to left field off of Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, opening up the game and giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. An RBI single by Giants catcher Buster... 
 

Carlos Gonzalez Homers, Triples in Rockies Win

Carlos Gonzalez continues to slug for the Colorado Rockies. In Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gonzalez would go 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run, driving in two of the four runs scored by the Colorado offense. With two outs in the bottom of the first-inning, Gonzalez launched a solo home run off of Trevor Cahill, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third-inning, Gonzalez would come to the plate and scorch a changeup from Trevor Cahill down the right field line, sliding into third with a triple and... 
 

Jaime Garcia to Have Shoulder Surgery, Out Until 2014

Jaime Garcia will have shoulder surgery that will end his 2013 season. Garcia was examined by Dr. James Andrews who recommended the surgery, confirming an earlier diagnosis of a small tear in his labrum. Cardinals team doctor George Paletta  will perform the surgery. Garcia is expected to be ready to go for the Cardinals in 2014. Garcia was 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA before having to visit the doctors with shoulder pain. The discomfort started in Game 2 of the NL Division series against the Washington Nationals last fall. With the winter off Garcia tried... 
 

Trevor Plouffe Has Concussion, Placed on DL

Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe was placed on the seven-day DL on Wednesday after being diagnosed with a concussion. After being hit by a Craig Kimbrel fastball in the tenth-inning, Plouffe would attempt to brake up a double play, but in the process would be struck in the head by Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla‘s shin. Plouffe writhed on the ground for a few minutes before exiting the field under his own power, covering his eyes due to light sensitivity. Minnesota will wait a few days before scheduling Plouffe for a concussion... 
 

Mike Trout Hits for Cycle in Angels 12-0 Rout of Seattle

Last year’s AL Rookie of the Year and one of the most electrifying young players in the game, Mike Trout hit for the cycle on Tuesday night in a 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels. Trout’s cycle would start with an infield single in the third-inning, followed by an RBI triple to deep right center field in the fourth-inning. In the sixth-inning, Trout scorched a three-run double to left field, increasing the Angels’ lead to 10-0 over the Mariners. With one out in the bottom of the eighth-inning,... 
 

Dan Straily Outduels Yu Darvish in 1-0 Oakland Victory

Oakland Athletics rookie right-hander Dan Straily outdueled Rangers ace Yu Darvish on Tuesday night, turning in his best outing of a rather inconsistent season. Straily worked seven scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits (both singles) while striking out five batters and allowing no walks. After a 6.2 inning performance in which he allowed two runs and fanned 11 batters en route to a victory on April 5 (Straily was given the final rotation spot out of spring training in replacement of a suspended Bartolo Colon), Straily was demoted to Triple-A... 
 

Evan Gattis Homer Leads Braves in 5-4 Victory

Approaching the plate in the bottom of the ninth-inning with the Atlanta Braves losing 3-4, pinch-hitter Evan Gattis would slug a go-ahead solo home-run to left field, evening the score 4-4 and sending the game to extra-innings. The go-ahead home run was Gattis’ third home run in nine pinch-hit at-bats this season. The Atlanta rookie catcher is now hitting .254 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 36 games this season, who has seen limited action this past week with the recent return of Brian McCann from the DL. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel would... 
 

Kevin Gausman to Make Big League Debut on Thursday

The Baltimore Orioles have found a solution to their recent pitching woes, calling up Kevin Gausman from Double-A Bowie who will make his first start Thursday in Toronto. As BNS reported earlier Gausman has been solid in his time at Double-A Bowie this season. In eight starts for Double-A Bowie this season, Gausman has posted a 3.11 ERA and solid 49/5 strikeout to walk ratio in 46.1 innings of work. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports was the first to report the news. The Orioles have lost seven of their last ten games and amidst injuries to an already mediocre... 
 

Max Scherzer Stifles Indians, K’s 7 in 5-1 Victory

Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer stifled the AL Central leading Indians offense in a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night. Backed by a two-run home run by Miguel Cabrera in the sixth-inning, Scherzer would go on to work eight-innings of one-run ball, surrendering just two hits and fanning seven batters en route to his sixth win of the season. Scherzer remains undefeated with a 6-0 record, continuing to give the Tigers innings and strikeouts with each successive start. The Detroit hurler lowered his ERA from 3.98 to 3.61 on the season and now boasts a... 
 

Chase Utley Scratched, May Have Injured Oblique

Chase Utley, in the midst of putting together his first healthy season since 2009, was pulled from the lineup on Tuesday with discomfort in his right side. In baseball euphemisms, this usually means an oblique problem and that can translate to a likely trip to the DL for the Philadelphia Phillies‘ second baseman. Fantasy Play: Utley has been one of the most fragile high-end fantasy players more or less since he entered his 30’s and we may now be seeing  his extended trip to the DL. The Phillies’ franchise player played in just... 
 

Jacoby Ellsbury May Be Dropped Lower in Red Sox Lineup

Jacoby Ellsbury, near MVP in 2011 and owner of an injury plagued campaign in 2012, may be getting dropped out of the leadoff spot shortly in the Red Sox lineup. Manager, John Farrell, indicated Ellsbury may lose claim of being the leadoff hitter if he didn’t turn around his rough start to 2013, which won’t help negotiations in Free Agency as Ellsbury’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season. Fantasy Play: The popular stereotype is players play better than usual in walk years, but Ellsbury is struggling mightily in his... 
 
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