Roundtable: Closer Talk

Roundtable: Closer Talk
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Jeff Samardzija has dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension and will begin serving it Wednesday.

Samardzija was handed the five-game sentence for his role in Chicago's April 23 brawl with Kansas City. He should return to the White Sox rotation May 11 in Milwaukee.
May 6 - 4:18 PM

Orioles prospect Drew Dosch extended his hitting streak to six games Tuesday in a win for High-A Frederick.

He went 4-for-5 with a double and three singles. Dosch leads the Carolina League in RBI (22) and is third in average (.327). He flashed similar stats last season at Low-A Delmarva, hitting at a .314 clip over 500 at-bats. The 22-year-old will never hit for much power, but his consistency and high contact rate make him one of Baltimore's top prospects (14th-best Orioles prospect on MLB.com).
Source: MILB.com
May 6 - 4:17 PM

Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup on Wednesday night against the Brewers.

Veteran catcher A.J. Ellis will be behind the plate for Dodgers spot starter Joe Wieland.
May 6 - 4:16 PM

Juan Uribe is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

Justin Turner is getting a second straight start at third base after going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI on Tuesday. Turner has been much better than Uribe this season and could continue to grab a larger share of the playing time at the hot corner. Alex Guerrero is also in the mix for playing time at third.
May 6 - 4:13 PM

George Springer (head) is not in the Astros' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Rangers.

Springer banged his head and shoulder against the right-field wall Tuesday while making a spectacular catch. He looked pretty shaken up after the play and is still being evaluated for a concussion. Robbie Grossman is in right and batting ninth on Wednesday.
May 6 - 4:10 PM

Max Scherzer yielded 10 hits and five runs but struck out 10 and picked up the victory in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Marlins.

Nationals manager Matt Williams probably left Scherzer in the game too long, as the righty was allowed to start the eighth with a 7-2 lead even though he'd already topped 100 pitches. He didn't record an out in the frame, permitted a couple singles before serving up a homer to Giancarlo Stanton. It was still a pretty good day overall for Scherzer, as he picked up a win and improved his K/BB ratio to 49/5 over 42 2/3 innings. He'll get the Diamondbacks next.
May 6 - 4:07 PM

Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

Mark Reynolds is starting at first base and batting cleanup against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. It's become a typical look for St. Louis against tough lefties.
May 6 - 4:03 PM

Drew Storen nailed down his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

It got a little hairy at the beginning of the frame, as Storen hit a batter and then allowed a single. He rebounded, though, inducing a flyout from Martin Prado before striking out both Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna swinging. Storen has converted eight of nine save chances and boasts a 1.00 ERA.
May 6 - 4:03 PM
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