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Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news and notes from around the league including our surprising saves leader.
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Nick Ahmed (head) is in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates.

Ahmed took a pitch off his chin on Tuesday night but came away with nothing more than some minor cuts. He is batting leadoff Wednesday versus lefty Jeff Locke.
May 25 - 3:47 PM

Orioles RHP prospect Matthew Grimes scattered five hits over seven scoreless frames Tuesday in a win for High-A Frederick.

The 24-year-old is 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA over his last three starts. He owns the Carolina League's second-lowest ERA at 1.39 and is tied for the league lead with six wins. As encouraging as those numbers sound, they don't tell the whole story. Opponents have hit .255 against Grimes and his strikeout rate isn't what you'd expect from a top of the rotation arm (5.57 K/9). With a fastball that tops out in the low 90s, Grimes will really need to locate his pitches if he wants to make it to the next level.
May 25 - 3:45 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup Wednesday against the Yankees.

Tulo made an early exit from Tuesday's game after experiencing tightness in his right quad. Ryan Goins will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus Ivan Nova. Devon Travis will make his season debut at second.
May 25 - 3:43 PM

Indians 1B prospect Nellie Rodriguez belted his 10th home run of the year Tuesday in a win for Double-A Akron.

Rodriguez also walked twice as the RubberDucks cruised to an 8-3 victory over Altoona. The 21-year-old has been a force of nature this year with 36 RBI and a .512 slugging percentage. Of course, Rodriguez's huge power numbers have come at the expense of his batting average. He's hitting only .259 while leading the league with 63 strikeouts.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 3:35 PM

Rays designated 1B/OF Jake Goebbert for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Ryan Garton, who will join the Rays' bullpen on Wednesday night. Goebbert was hitting .163/.258/.221 at Triple-A Durham.
May 25 - 3:35 PM

Maikel Franco was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Tigers with an apparent foot injury.

Franco appeared to jam something while sliding into second base in the top of the seventh inning. He limped off the field. Look for an update shortly.
May 25 - 3:34 PM

Joe Beimel received a clean bill of health from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

Beimel had a minor league contract in place with the Marlins earlier this month, but Miami backed away from the deal after reviewing his medical records. The vote of confidence from Andrews might help Beimel get a shot with a different organization. The veteran left-hander battled shoulder problems last season and finished with a 3.99 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 47 1/3 innings with the Mariners.
May 25 - 3:31 PM

Braves claimed LHP Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Mets; assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Alvarez was designated for assignment by New York on May 23 to open up a 40-man roster spot for utilityman Ty Kelly. The left-hander had a brutal 9.98 ERA over 17 appearances this season at the Triple-A level. It's a "why not?" situation for Atlanta.
May 25 - 3:29 PM
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