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Devin Mesoraco blasted a grand slam home run, providing all of the offense the Reds would need to down the Braves 6-3 on Thursday.

It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, but was the crushing blow to Randall Delgado and the Braves. He’s only hitting .213 on the season with a pair of homers and 7 RBI now, while he’s been sharing time behind the plate with Ryan Hanigan. He still possesses tremendous offensive potential, and perhaps this big night is just the boost he needs to get going. He's a difficult play currently in all but deeper two-catcher leagues.
Thu, May 24, 2012 09:44:00 PM

Brandon Drury temporarily tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth inning against the Rockies on Saturday, but the Diamondbacks ultimately lost it in the ninth.

Drury is hitting .294/.310/.588 with four homers and 10 RBI, and he has now started seven-consecutive games at four different positions. The top-100 prospect is worth adding in deeper leagues, as he's a sneaky power option with second-base eligibility. It's worth noting, though, that he only has one walk in 71 PA. Patience has never been his forte in the minors, and big-league pitchers have a funny way of exploiting that weakness. His leash won't be too long, either, as the Diamondbacks have plenty of good hitters jockeying for playing time.
May 1 - 12:11 AM

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the possibility of the Brewers trading Ryan Braun is becoming "more realistic."

If the Brewers want to sell high, now would be the time to do it. Braun has gotten off to a great start, hitting .333 with five homers and 18 RBI over his first 22 games. The Brewers are sitting at 8-15 right now and things probably aren't going to get much better as the season wears on. Braun still has four years left on his contract so there's no immediate incentive to move him, though trading him to acquire prospects wouldn't be a bad move as Milwaukee looks to rebuild. The 32-year-old has the power to veto a trade to any team except the Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Nationals and Rays.
Source: Fox Sports
May 1 - 12:01 AM

Derek Holland scattered four hits in six scoreless innings on Saturday against the Angels, picking up his third win of the year.

It’s been a balancing act all year for the lefty. He tossed six scoreless and walked no one, yet only struck out one and gave up a ton of fly balls. That maps onto his 2.48 ERA and 5.59 K/9 this year, and he’s really benefiting from a .227 BABIP, which is almost 70-points lower than his career average. In other words, Holland was good in Saturday’s win and he’s only allowed five earned runs in his last 24 innings, but everything about his profile screams heavy regression. He’ll try to continue to outrun that statistical inevitability in a tough road matchup against the Blue Jays in his next scheduled start.
Apr 30 - 11:45 PM

Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with two RBI, including the game-winner in the ninth, as the White Sox outlasted the Orioles 8-7 on Saturday.

Abreu had an RBI single in the eighth to help the Sox stage a comeback, and it was his two-out RBI hit in the ninth that gave them the win. Abreu's sluggish start had some concerned, but the first baseman has multi-hit games in four of his last five contests to raise his average to .229. The power is still notably absent -- he's hit just three homers, and none since April 19 -- but there's no reason for alarm just yet, especially in light of the recent improvements.
Apr 30 - 11:40 PM

Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) has been scratched from Sunday's start against the Pirates.

The Reds weren't taking any chances after Iglesias said he felt a "pinch" in his throwing shoulder on Friday. As expected, the Reds will call up Tim Adleman from Triple-A Louisville to start in his place. For now it looks like Iglesias will only have to miss one start, but we wouldn't totally rule out a trip to the disabled list. He's been dealing with shoulder issues on and off since September.
Apr 30 - 11:39 PM

Zach Britton exited Saturday's game against the White Sox with a sprained left ankle.

He limped off in the ninth inning after trying to field a bunt by Adam Eaton, who reached on an infield single. Britton tried to flip the ball with his glove but couldn't connect with first baseman Chris Davis. He was later charged with a run when Vance Worley allowed the inherited runner to score. Manager Buck Showalter said Britton is day-to-day. Darren O'Day would take over the closer role if Britton ends up missing significant time.
Apr 30 - 11:30 PM

Rick Porcello twirled a gem in Saturday’s win over the Yankees, going seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts and only one walk.

That makes 13 1/3 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts in Porcello’s last two starts. The right-hander had little trouble with the Bronx Bombers, not allowing a single extra-base hit. Only one base runner advanced past second base, too, and that was quickly erased with a two-out grounder to second base. Porcello now has 36 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings; however, considering his swinging-strike rate is perfectly in line with his career numbers, that’s likely to regress to his recent norms. Still, as someone who was heavily criticized for getting $82.5M over four years, his 2.76 ERA and five wins are being heartily embraced in Boston. He’ll next go on the road against the same Yankees club on Friday.
Apr 30 - 10:53 PM

Francisco Liriano held the Reds to one run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six, in a 5-1 win Saturday.

Liriano scattered five hits without walking a batter in the start. It was a nice bounce-back outing after a couple of subpar starts his last two times out. The southpaw is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through five starts. A date with the division-rival Cardinals in on tap for Friday.
Apr 30 - 10:52 PM

Freddy Galvis went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to help the Phillies top the Indians 4-3 on Saturday.

Galvis took Indians starter Trevor Bauer deep for a two-run shot in the first inning, but it was his RBI single in the bottom of the seventh that proved to be the difference in the game. Galvis now has three home runs, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored to go with a .233/.264/.419 line through 23 games.
Apr 30 - 10:31 PM

Curt Casali hit a walk-off single as the Rays topped the Blue Jays 4-3 on Saturday.

With runners on second and third and no outs, Casali lined a single over the drawn-in infield to bring home the winning run. The single was his only hit in four at-bats. Casali has served as the Rays' primary catcher this season but hasn't brought much to the plate, batting .146/.180/.250 overall.
Apr 30 - 9:48 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has not considered shaking up the starting rotation.

Aging starters Matt Cain (0-3, 7.00 ERA) and Jake Peavy (1-2, 8.61) have both struggled this year but Bochy doesn't see any big changes coming. "I have too much confidence in these two guys," said Bochy. "I don't think there are options that are going to make this staff better." The Giants, who have won every even-year World Series this decade, are off to a disappointing 12-13 start and rank 22nd in the league in starter ERA (4.64).
Apr 30 - 8:33 PM




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