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Ben Sheets will retire after the 2012 season.

Sheets is scheduled to make his final major league start on Wednesday against the Pirates. The veteran right-hander has posted a respectable 3.54 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through 48 1/3 innings this season for Atlanta but began experiencing more arm troubles late last month.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 04:34:00 PM

Tyler Flowers hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of Sunday's 8-1 rout of the Reds.

It was the only hit of the game for Flowers, but it was obviously a big one. The 31-year-old catcher boasts a career-best .292/.384/.468 batting line with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 83 total games this season. He holds a team-friendly $4 million club option for 2018 and may be a candidate for a contract extension this winter.
Aug 20 - 5:00 PM

Giancarlo Stanton launched his 45th home run of the season Sunday in the Marlins' 6-4 defeat of the Mets.

Stanton drove Mets starter Jacob deGrom from the game with a three-run shot in the top of the seventh inning. He also singled in the afternoon victory at Citi Field, finishing 2-for-5 with one run scored and three RBI. Stanton is currently on pace for 60 home runs, 125 runs scored, and 129 RBI.
Aug 20 - 4:16 PM

Blake Snell delivered seven shutout innings Sunday in the Rays' 3-0 blanking of the Mariners.

It was the best performance of the season for Snell, who struck out eight batters and limited the Mariners to two walks and two hits. He has now earned victories in back-to-back outings, after entering the month of August with a record of 0-6. The talented young left-hander will try to keep it all working in his next start on the road against the Cardinals.
Aug 20 - 4:04 PM

Justin Verlander worked eight innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Tigers' 6-1 win over the Dodgers.

Verlander was in vintage form against the best team in baseball, yielding just two hits and one walk while striking out nine Los Angeles batters. The one run against him came on a solo shot by new Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson in the top of the sixth inning. Verlander, 34, now stands 9-8 on the season with a 3.96 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 159/64 K/BB ratio over 159 frames. He'll face the White Sox in Chicago next.
Aug 20 - 3:53 PM

Dexter Fowler (back) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Fowler didn't play Saturday due to a sore back, but he's feeling well enough a day later to give it a go. He's in center field and batting cleanup against Ivan Nova and the Pirates. The Cards are also giving the recently recalled Stephen Piscotty a start, as Tommy Pham is receiving a day off.
Aug 20 - 3:43 PM

Trea Turner (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

It's unclear how many rehab games Turner will need, but he's missed nearly two months of action so he'll need to knock some rust off. Still, a return before the end of the month, or perhaps even before the end of the week, would seem to be doable. Turner still ranks as the No. 4 shortstop in fantasy this season even after all the missed time.
Aug 20 - 2:55 PM

Robert Murray of FanRagSports.com was told by a Blue Jays source that the club is "open" to a contract extension for Marco Estrada.

A new deal might not happen until the offseason, but it sounds like Estrada remaining in Toronto is a pretty decent possibility. The righty was claimed on revocable waivers by the Yankees, according to Murray, but the move was made to block another team from getting him and that deadline has passed, so Estrada is staying put. It's been an up-and-down season for the 34-year-old, as he holds a 5.09 ERA but has also struck out over a batter per inning.
Aug 20 - 1:12 PM

Brian McCann (knee) is "almost a certainty" to be activated from the disabled list Thursday, according to Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

It's the first day the catcher is eligible to be activated. Evan Gattis (concussion) looks to be in line for a return by the end of the week, as well, so the Astros should have their top two catchers back in the fold soon.
Aug 20 - 12:59 PM

Lance McCullers (back) threw a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game Sunday.

McCullers could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment this week. The Astros have yet to decide how many rehab starts the right-hander will require, but it will be at least a couple. McCullers has been on the shelf since late July with a back injury.
Aug 20 - 12:56 PM

Evan Gattis (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday.

Gattis will catch 6-7 innings Tuesday, serve as a designated hitter Wednesday and then catch again Thursday. Assuming that all goes well, he would seem likely to be activated next weekend. Gattis has been out for most of August with post-concussion symptoms.
Aug 20 - 12:51 PM

Carlos Correa (thumb) will take batting practice on the field Tuesday.

Correa took BP off a pitching machine Sunday and "looked great" and "felt great" according to Astros manager A.J. Hinch. Things are progressing well for the shortstop as he works his way back from a torn ligament in his left thumb and it's looking like he has a shot to be activated on September 1.
Aug 20 - 12:49 PM




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