Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Saturday that he'll "probably" use Alex Wilson as his closer.
Wilson notched his first career save on Thursday when he recorded the final five outs of the game and it appears that he's Ausmus' top option for the ninth inning following the trade of Joakim Soria. "I'll probably use Wilson at the back end, maybe (Blaine) Hardy at the back end if there are lefties," Ausmus said. "(Neftali) Feliz and (Bruce) Rondon hopefully can stretch through the seventh and eighth somehow." Wilson boasts a 1.79 ERA on the season, although he's struck out just 33 over 55 1/3 innings. He doesn't have typical closer stuff but obviously needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Pablo Sandoval (forearm) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.
He hasn't played since being hit on the left forearm by a pitch on Thursday. Sandoval remains day-to-day and should have a shot to return Tuesday after Monday's off day. Travis Shaw is at third base Sunday.
Steve Pearce (oblique) hopes to throw and swing a bat this week.
Pearce to this point has been limited to rest and treatment since straining his left oblique two weeks ago, but he said he was finally pain-free on Saturday. He might need a couple rehab games but doesn't appear too far off from a return if he can avoid a setback.
Zack Godley is expected to move into a relief role soon as a way to conserve his innings.
This is Godley first full season as a starter, and he's already thrown 101 1/3 innings after tossing just 55 1/3 frames as a reliever last year. The 25-year-old is likely due for one more start with the big club before Chase Anderson (triceps) returns later this week. "He could be (a reliever) here, maybe he would go to the bullpen in the minor leagues and then come back up sometime in September," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "But we have to be very careful."
Chase Anderson (triceps) will begin a rehab assignment with the Diamondbacks' rookie-level Arizona League team on Sunday.
He's slated to throw four innings or 60 pitches in what could be his lone rehab outing. Out the last two weeks with right triceps inflammation, Anderson is expected to replace Zack Godley in the rotation when he returns.
Clayton Kershaw (hip) limited the Angels to just two hits over eight scoreless innings in Saturday's 3-1 victory.
Kershaw had his start pushed back a couple times due to a hip issue, but it obviously didn't affect him on Saturday. The left-hander struck out seven and walked only one on the day, throwing 115 pitches. Kershaw hasn't allowed a single run and sports an absurd 45/1 K/BB ratio over his last four outings. He'll try to extend his 37-inning scoreless streak next weekend in Pittsburgh.
Hanley Ramirez (shin) singled and had a sac fly in his return to the lineup Sunday.
Ramirez sat out Friday's game with a shin injury, but he's fine. He's sporting a .263/.305/.451 batting line with 19 homers and 50 RBI this season.
Brandon Belt hit his 11th and 12th homers of the year Saturday as the Giants beat the Rangers 9-7 in 11 innings.
Hunter Pence had the go-ahead homer in the 11th before Belt hit his second of the game to provide an insurance run. Remarkably, both homers tonight were off lefties (Brandon Belt and Sam Freeman). He had been homerless in 66 at-bats versus southpaws this year.