Daily Dose: Own Odorizzi

Daily Dose: Own Odorizzi
Nate Grimm praises Jake Odorizzi's impressive stretch, runs down the trade talks and updates Jayson Werth's ankle injury in Tuesday's Daily Dose.
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Gerrit Cole (lat) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Cole, out since July 5 with right lat soreness, allowed five hits and three walks while striking out seven. He threw 50 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He's expected to get stretched out to 100 pitches in his next outing before rejoining the Pirates.
Jul 29 - 8:45 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are among the teams who have called the Red Sox about left-hander Jon Lester.

As Heyman notes, the Brewers have been aggressive with in-season moves before, but it's not clear if they have the pieces to get a deal done. Rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson is one possibility. Of course, the Brewers aren't alone in their interest for Lester, as the Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles have also reportedly been in touch with the Red Sox.
Jul 29 - 8:36 AM

Mark Teixeira (lat) singled as a pinch-hitter Monday.

Sidelined with a lower left lat strain, it was his first game action since July 20. The expectation is that he will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Jul 29 - 3:47 AM

Aaron Hill (hand) flew out as a pinch-hitter Monday.

Hill left Saturday's game after he was hit on the right hand with a pitch and has missed back-to-back starts since, but he's expected to return to the lineup Tuesday. The 32-year-old could be a trade target this week.
Jul 29 - 3:47 AM

Josh Harrison finished 2-for-3 with a walk, solo homer and two runs scored in Monday's win against the Giants.

Harrison's last 48 hours have been better than yours. He went 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI, two runs and two steals in Sunday's win against the Rockies and followed it up with tonight's box score stuffer. Harrison has been one of Pittsburgh's most valuable players this year, posting a solid .298/.336/.460 slash with seven homers while starting 11 games or more at four different positions (second base, third base, left field and right field).
Jul 29 - 1:06 AM

Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 in Monday's 5-0 setback against Pittsburgh.

San Francisco didn't much offense going as Vance Worley tossed a complete-game shutout, but Kung-Fu Panda rapped a pair of one-baggers. Sandoval had gone hitless in his last two and three out of his last four. The rotund third sacker is slashing .278/.326/.429 with 12 homers and 44 RBI.
Jul 29 - 12:59 AM

Vance Worley tossed his first career shutout, allowing only four hits, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday.

It was the best start of his career. He induced two double plays, striking out three and walking one. Worley's control continues to be outstanding, and it in part explains his mini resurgence. Only 29 of his 100 pitches were balls, and he's issued only seven eight passes in 49-plus innings all year. The 26-year-old finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and was the Twins' Opening Day starter last season, but he went through waivers unclaimed in March after a horrific 2013. Called up a month-and-a-half ago, Worley has staked his claim to a rotation gig with a 4-1 record, 2.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across seven starts and one relief appearance. And would you believe the formerly maligned starter, given up for dead mere months ago, has a career 3.95 ERA? Worley travels to Arizona on Saturday.
Jul 29 - 12:56 AM

Madison Bumgarner was roughed up for five runs on six hits over four innings in a 5-0 loss to the Pirates on Monday.

He rode into this start on a three-start winning streak, having surrendered only one run over his last two. Bumgarner didn't bring his good stuff -- striking out two, walking two, and giving up a Josh Harrison solo homer -- but perhaps that isn't a surprise. After all, the southpaw hasn't been comfortable at home in 2014, entering this evening 4-5 with a 5.22 ERA in 10 outings at AT&T Park. He's now given up at least four earned runs in eight of 11 home starts. Luckily, Bumgarner will toe the rubber Sunday in New York against the Mets.
Jul 29 - 12:53 AM
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