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After an initial exam Thursday night, the Cubs are hopeful that Jon Lester (lat) will only miss 1-2 starts.

Lester was sent to see Dr. Stephen Gryzlo for a more in-depth exam, and it's possible Gryzlo will determine the injury is more serious. However, at least initially, it appears that the left-hander might not miss too much time. Even in a best-case scenario, a trip to the disabled list is virtually guaranteed. We'll find out more about Lester's condition later Friday. Mike Montgomery will fill in as long as Lester is out.
Aug 18 - 9:14 AM

Dodgers optioned INF/OF Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Segedin just returned from the disabled list earlier this week and now finds himself back in the minors. He has one hit in seven at-bats during his brief time with the big club this season.
Aug 18 - 8:41 AM

Robbie Ray (head) struck out 11 while allowing two runs over 4 2/3 innings in a rehab start with High-A Visalia on Thursday.

That will work. Ray looks to be fine physically after leaving a start late last month when he was struck in the head with a line drive, and it looks like he did a fine job knocking the rust off Thursday. He should soon officially be cleared to rejoin the Diamondbacks' rotation next week.
Aug 18 - 8:40 AM

Adam Wainwright is heading back to St. Louis to have his ailing right arm examined.

Wainwright's velocity has hovered in the 82-85 mph range in his last two starts and after the first outing he admitted that he's dealing with some pain on the outside of his elbow/triceps area. For what it's worth, he said at the time that it's something that pops up on him now and then and eventually goes away. With Wainwright struggling and Luke Weaver available to step in (he threw two scoreless relief innings Thursday after Wainwright exited), the Cardinals could make a move here.
Aug 18 - 8:12 AM

Nomar Mazara went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and five RBI in total, and the Rangers fended off the White Sox 9-8 on Thursday.

Mazara actually had a pair of big hits in the game, tying it with a two-run single in the third inning before breaking a tie with his three-run shot in the fifth. He's now homered in two straight and has 16, with an impressive 82 RBI -- fifth-most in the American League -- on the year. He's been especially potent in recent days, going 15-for-31 over his last eight games. The tear has his season line up to .260/.336/.440.
Aug 18 - 2:34 AM

Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

Abreu delivered a two-run single in the third inning and tacked on a solo blast in the ninth to pull the Sox within a run. The homer was his second in as many games and his fourth in his last five, giving him 23 homers, 75 RBI and 67 runs scored on the year. The 30-year-old is hitting a robust .294/.346/.522 in 117 games for the rebuilding Sox.
Aug 18 - 2:29 AM

Alex Claudio allowed a run over two innings of work, earning his sixth save Thursday against the White Sox.

Jose Abreu crushed an off-speed offering in the ninth inning to make it a one-run game, but Claudio was able to shut the door to earn the save. He struck out three in his two innings of work. The southpaw isn't a conventional closer type, having struck out just 46 in 65 innings this year, but he's got a strong 2.49 ERA and 1.05 WHIP and has actually recorded 10 strikeouts in his last 5 1/3 innings for good measure. It's not the most lucrative job in the world, saves-wise, but Claudio has a hold on the Rangers' closer gig as things stand, and that's worth something in our game.
Aug 18 - 2:26 AM

Yoan Moncada hit his third home run of the season and scored twice in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

Moncada tomahawked a ball that looked like it might curve foul, keeping it just inside the right field foul pole for his third dinger of the year. He also walked twice in the loss. The learning curve is steep for the 22-year-old, who's hitting .190/.333/.357 in 25 big league games, but the Sox have all the time in the world to develop their budding star.
Aug 18 - 2:18 AM
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