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Justin Verlander dominated the A’s on Saturday night, allowing just one run on three hits over seven dominant innings as the Tigers took Game 1 of the ALDS.

Verlander matched his career postseason-best by racking up 11 strikeouts. Coco Crisp lined a solo home run over the wall in right field to lead off the evening, but that would wind up as the only tally for the A's. Verlander should remain a massive weapon for the Tigers throughout this 2012 postseason. He'll get the ball again if the series requires a fifth game.
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 09:06:00 PM

Red Sox activated OF Allen Craig from the 15-day disabled list.

Craig is serving as the designated hitter in Thursday's series finale against the Angels. The Red Sox will likely take it easy with the 30-year-old down the stretch this season, given how badly he's struggled since coming off his late-2013 Lisfranc injury.
Aug 21 - 3:46 PM

Brandon McCarthy pitched his fourth career shutout Thusday, allowing four hits and striking out eight in a 3-0 win over the Astros.

The game was played in 2:07, as McCarthy (107) and Dallas Keuchel (96) combined to throw 203 pitches while both notching complete games. McCarthy improved to 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA in eight starts for the Yankees. His previous shutout came last year for the Diamondbacks in a 1-0 win over the Marlins.
Aug 21 - 3:42 PM

Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
Aug 21 - 3:05 PM

Javier Baez will play shortstop for the Cubs while Starlin Castro is on the bereavement list.

Castro lost a cousin and three close friends to a car crash Wednesday in the Dominican Republic and could be gone for an entire week. This is a good opportunity for Baez, who has been playing primarily at second base since his promotion to the majors on August 5.
Aug 21 - 2:49 PM

Cubs placed SS Starlin Castro on the bereavement list.

Castro could be out for up to week after losing a cousin and three close friends in a car crash this week in the Dominican Republic. He left the Cubs on Wednesday.
Aug 21 - 1:58 PM

Cubs placed RHP Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain.

Jackson was hammered for seven earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Giants, dropping him to 6-14 on the year with a 6.09 ERA. He is owed $22 million over the next two seasons. This is a mess.
Aug 21 - 1:55 PM

Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) did some light throwing on Thursday afternoon.

It's a nice step in the right direction for the injured third baseman, but the real hurdles for his recovery are going to be baserunning, fielding, and hitting. Zimmerman has been on the disabled list since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain and is still probably 3-4 weeks away from returning to the Nats' active roster.
Aug 21 - 1:35 PM

According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Rangers will not be trading left-handed reliever Neal Cotts.

Cotts got claimed off revocable waivers earlier this week by an American League Central team, but the move was only made to block contenders from landing him. The 34-year-old southpaw will finish out the season in Texas before hitting the free agent market in November. He owns a 3.48 ERA and 58/20 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings this year.
Aug 21 - 1:22 PM

According to Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs, the Astros could still strike a deal with No. 1 pick Brady Aiken.

The Astros failed to sign the high school left-hander after drafting him first overall in June because they lowered his bonus offer after finding some problems with his elbow in a pre-signing physical. But McDaniel is hearing from people "close to the negotiation" that the Houston front office might wind up reaching a deal with Aiken around the time of Jacob Nix's grievance hearing. Nix was a fifth-round pick who went unsigned due in large part to the failed Aiken talks. It's MLB's discretion whether to allow these players to sign after the stated July 18 deadline.
Aug 21 - 12:34 PM

Chad Qualls (back) is believed to be unavailable for Thursday's series finale against the Yankees.

Qualls was also on the shelf Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in his back. It's not an issue that is expected to require a 15-day disabled list stint. Jose Veras earned a save in Qualls' place on Wednesday night and could be called on again Thursday afternoon.
Aug 21 - 12:10 PM

Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Thursday morning.

Verlander then walked into the office of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and got a high-five, signifying that he will indeed return to the starting rotation this Saturday against the Twins. Verlander owns a rough 4.76 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 158 2/3 innings this season and is likely to remain a risky fantasy play down the stretch. He's been sidelined since August 11 due to shoulder inflammation.
Aug 21 - 11:15 AM




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