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According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, one Red Sox staff member has told others outside the organization that Daniel Bard will be headed back to the bullpen and Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront will have spots in the starting rotation.

It was assumed that Bard would be given every chance to win the No. 4 spot in the rotation this spring, but the tide seems to be turning in the other direction after he has walked seven batters and allowed 10 hits across 7 2/3 innings over his past two starts. The Red Sox have yet to make an official announcement on their rotation, but manager Bobby Valentine wondered out loud following Tuesday's game whether Bard has what it takes to stick as a starter. Stay tuned.
Source: CSNNE.com
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 03:38:00 PM

Yan Gomes (knee) will be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

He will start the series finale versus the Reds. Gomes will be catching a full nine innings for the first time on his rehab assignment on Friday, and the Indians will be careful with him initially upon his return, not playing him in back-to-back games. Brett Hayes had been filling in as the club's backup catch and will be sent down on Sunday.
May 22 - 8:56 AM

Blue Jays placed INF Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 17, with left shoulder inflammation.

The Blue Jays had been playing it day-by-day with Travis who is dealing with a sore shoulder where he was hit by a line drive and then agitated with a swing during Saturday's game. His stay on the disabled list should be minimal, so expect him to rejoin the Jays lineup in early June.
May 21 - 11:39 PM

Kyle Hendricks fired a complete game shutout on Thursday against the Padres, striking out seven in a 3-0 win.

It was the Cubs' first complete game shutout of the season. Hendricks (4.14 ERA) scattered five hits and didn't walk a batter. The right-hander was so efficient and in control that Joe Maddon allowed him to bat in the top of the ninth inning in order to polish off the shutout in the bottom half. The outing itself came out of nowhere, as Hendricks hadn't topped six innings in an appearance all season. Doing so allowed him to notch his first win of the season while recording his first career complete game. The 25-year-old will try for an encore next week against the Nationals.
May 21 - 11:32 PM

Coco Crisp said via Snapchat on Thursday that he got "disheartening news" about his neck injury, but would not elaborate.

The oft-injured outfielder underwent an MRI on Thursday and is scheduled to meet with a doctor in Dallas on Friday. The Athletics should provide an update on his status then, but a trip to the disabled list certainly appears to be in order.
May 21 - 10:04 PM

Madison Bumgarner picked up his fifth victory of the season on Thursday, scattering seven hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers.

The reigning World Series MVP punched out six on the afternoon and walked two. He out-dueled opposing left-hander Clayton Kershaw and even helped out his own cause by taking Kershaw deep for a solo homer to get the Giants on the board in the third inning. Off to another fantastic start this season, Bumgarner will carry a 2.84 ERA and 53/10 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
May 21 - 7:40 PM

Ryan Howard launched a solo homer Thursday against the Rockies.

Howard sure enjoyed his visit to Colorado, as he collected six hits (including two home runs and a double) in 17 at-bats over the four games. After getting off to a slow start, the veteran first baseman now has nine home runs on the year to go along with an .828 OPS. Only Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton have hit more home runs since April 21. Quite an unexpected turnaround for "The Big Piece."
May 21 - 6:39 PM

Steven Pearce hit a grand slam in the first inning of Thursday's 5-4 win over Mariners.

Pearce hit the four-bagger off of J.A. Happ with two outs in the first inning. It was Pearce's fourth homer of the season and pushed his RBI count to 15. While he does have a little sneaky pop in his bat, it's not enough to overcome a .198/.275/.341 batting line. Continue to disregard him for fantasy purposes.
May 21 - 6:27 PM

Carlos Santana (back) is in the Indians' starting lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

Santana missed the previous four games due to back spasms. The 29-year-old is batting .220/.365/.341 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 35 games this season.
May 21 - 5:20 PM

Joakim Soria allowed a solo home run to Preston Tucker in the top of the ninth inning to blow his first save of the season during Thursday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Astros.

Well that was unexpected. Soria came into the contest a perfect 13-for-13 on save chances and the pinch-hitting Preston Tucker stepped up with just 28 at-bats and zero home runs. One pitch changed all of that. It marked the end of a slow bleed for the Tigers, who entered the seventh inning with a 5-0 lead and saw the Astros score three in that frame, one in the eighth and the game-tying run in the ninth. Despite the blown save, Soria remains a top-tier fantasy closer and currently boasts a 1.42 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
May 21 - 4:57 PM

David Price had everything working in a no-decision against the Astros on Thursday afternoon, striking out 12 and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

The Tigers gave Price a 5-0 lead, but despite a very, very strong start, he faltered late (the Astros scored three times in seventh before Price was lifted) and did not factor in the decision, though his team did manage to eke out a 6-5 win in 11 innings. Despite the late disappointment, the 12 strikeouts marked a season high for Price, who now holds a strong 54/13 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings. He allowed just five hits while walking one in the contest. With the outing, Price dropped his ERA and WHIP to 3.32 and 1.21, respectively. A road start against the A's is up next for the ace southpaw.
May 21 - 4:51 PM

Shane Victorino was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Rangers due to general soreness which Red Sox manager John Farrell says is "centralized somewhat" in his left calf.

Farrell is hopeful that the injury is a day-to-day situation. Daniel Nava will fill in and start in right field Thursday against the Rangers.
May 21 - 4:38 PM




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