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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons suggested Wednesday evening that Devon Travis (shoulder) could move swiftly to the top spot in the batting order.

Travis is hitting eighth Wednesday in his first game since July 28, 2015, but Gibbons told reporters that the dynamic 25-year-old second baseman will slide up quickly if he looks sharp in his first couple of games. Travis hit .304/.361/.498 with eight home runs and three stolen bases in 62 games last season for Toronto, batting leadoff in 22 of 60 starts. He'd carry huge fantasy potential at the head of a dangerous Jays offense.
May 25 - 7:17 PM

Jake Peavy turned in a nice start in earning a no-decision against the Padres on Wednesday, yielding one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Peavy entered Wednesday's start holding an 8.21 ERA, but he pitched far better than that bloated number against the Padres. The only run to score on his watch came when Alexei Ramirez notched an RBI single in the seventh inning. The veteran right-hander will need to string together multiple starts of this variety if he wants to extricate himself from his current 7.26 ERA and 1.78 WHIP. A road start against the Braves shows next on his schedule.
May 25 - 7:09 PM

James Shields pitched respectably in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants, surrendering two runs on five hits over six innings.

Shields struck out six and walked one on the afternoon. RBI singles by Kelby Tomlinson and Matt Duffy in the second and sixth innings, respectively, accounted for the scoring on the veteran right-hander's line. He will carry a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 56/23 K/BB ratio (64 2/3 innings) into his next scheduled start, a road date with the Mariners.
May 25 - 7:09 PM

Mark Canha underwent successful surgery to repair a left hip impingement and labral tear.

Canha's surgery was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon. The 27-year-old first baseman was hitting .122/.140/.341 in 16 games prior to hitting the disabled list in early May. He will miss the remainder of the 2016 campaign while he rehabs from Wednesday's procedure.
May 25 - 6:40 PM

Mark Teixeira (neck) underwent an MRI on Wednesday.

The Yankees are still waiting on the results of the MRI. Neck spasms have bothered Teixeira on-and-off throughout the month of May. A stint on the disabled list is in play if the testing results are not to the team's liking. Teixeira is hitting just .195/.294/.282 over 149 at-bats this season.
May 25 - 6:36 PM

Nomar Mazara went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and three total RBI in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

Mazara socked a solo home run off Angels starter Hector Santiago in the second inning that traveled an estimated 491 feet. That makes it the longest home run hit by any major leaguer in 2016. He would add a two-run single in the sixth to secure his other two RBI on the afternoon. For the season, the 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .320/.365/.500 with eight home runs and 21 RBI over 150 at-bats. He has six multi-hit games in his last 10. Mazara, long considered an intriguing all-around talent, has become an immediate star at the major league level.
May 25 - 6:29 PM

Brandon Belt left in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Padres with an ankle injury.

Belt appeared to roll his left ankle while sliding into second base in the bottom of the eighth. He was attended to by trainers before walking off the field without a visible limp. The team should provide an official update on his status after the conclusion of the game. It didn't appear too serious, but even a slight sprain could cost Belt a few days.
May 25 - 6:26 PM

Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.

Puig was pulled from Tuesday's game after he turned a would-be extra-base hit into a single by admiring the deep shot to right field. Following the game, manager Dave Roberts said, "It's something that when we talk about playing the game the right way, we have to be accountable." Trayce Thompson takes Puig's place in right field on Wednesday and is hitting fifth. Even setting Tuesday's lack of hustle aside, Puig is slashing just .247/.289/.382 as Memorial Day weekend approaches.
May 25 - 6:19 PM
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