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Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that contract talks between Cody Ross and the Red Sox have gained "some momentum."

The two sides had preliminary extension talks throughout the second half of the regular season, but a formal offer never was made. Evidently the two sides are moving closer to what should be a multi-year deal. Ross proved to be a bargain for the Sox this year, batting .267/.326/.481 with 22 home runs after signing a one-year, $3 million deal last offseason.
Source: WEEI.com
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 08:22:00 AM

Robinson Cano hit a three-run double in the ninth inning to lead the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Astros on Thursday.

With one out in a tie game, Cano cleared the bases with a two-bagger against Astros closer Luke Gregerson. It was the latest achievement in what has been a fantastic start to the month of May for the 33-year-old. With Thursday's performance, Cano is 12-for-18 (.667) with three doubles, a home run, six RBI and five runs scored in five games this month. Historically his worst month, Cano is working to change that in the span of a few days.
May 6 - 1:01 AM

Colin Rea was magnificent in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Mets, surrendering just three hits and one run over eight-plus innings.

Rea struck out five and walked one, but even if he wasn't blowing away batter after batter, he pitched masterfully. The Mets did not pick up their first hit until the seventh inning, when Yoenis Cespedes finally managed a two-out single. They would not score until the ninth, when Curtis Granderson greeted Rea with a solo home run. He was lifted for a reliever at that point. For the season, Rea, 25, holds a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings. The Cubs are up next in what should prove an interesting test.
May 6 - 12:56 AM

Jacob deGrom tasted defeat for the first time this season as he fell to 3-1, yielding three runs on eight hits over five innings in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Padres.

Thursday's start was deGrom's shortest of the young season. He had managed to pitch into the sixth inning in his other three outings. The 27-year-old right-hander struck out two and walked one in what was a relatively subdued performance. While deGrom has yet to surpass six strikeouts in any one game this season, his 1.99 ERA shows no outward damage. His 1.24 WHIP looks decent enough as well, though that's a bit off his career mark of 1.04. DeGrom will look to return to his winning ways in a road start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber.
May 6 - 12:55 AM

Jose Altuve had a huge night Thursday, finishing 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Mariners.

Altuve might miss Friday's game due to a sore back, because he's carrying the Astros' offense these days. The 25-year-old led off the home half of the first inning with his ninth home run of the year and his second in as many days. Through 29 games, Altuve leads the league in homers (9), stolen bases (10), slugging percentage (.687) and OPS (1.104) and is second in runs scored (27). This could be a truly special year for the diminutive second baseman.
May 6 - 12:55 AM

Kyle Hendricks threw six shutout innings en route to the Cubs' 5-2 win over the Nationals on Thursday.

Hendricks allowed just two hits while walking two over his six innings of work. The right-hander struck out four. The win was his first since his season debut despite owning a nice 3.10 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through five starts. He's now 2-2 and will attempt to get over the .500 mark against the Padres on Tuesday.
May 6 - 12:32 AM

Adam Duvall homered in his third straight game to help the Reds best the Brewers 9-5 on Thursday.

Duvall's two-run bomb in the eighth inning did little to affect the outcome, but it caught our attention after he homered in each of the last two games of the Reds' series against the Giants as well. Unfortunately for Duvall, he's done a lot of his best work with the bases empty, sitting with five homers and just nine RBI on the season. He's got some pop and as the Reds' starting left fielder, he should be owned in all NL-only leagues if he isn't already.
May 5 - 11:47 PM

Christian Yelich hit a two-run home run and the Marlins shut out the Diamondbacks 4-0 on Thursday.

Yelich connected in the eighth inning for his second homer in three games. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The outfielder has cooled slightly after a torrid start but is still hitting .330/.443/.511 with three homers, 14 RBI and 16 runs scored overall.
May 5 - 11:25 PM

Pedro Alvarez plated the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to down the Yankees 1-0 on Thursday.

Alvarez went hitless in three at-bats but was able to lift a fly ball deep enough to score Nolan Reimold and give the O's a victory. He has just one homer and four RBI in 19 games thus far with his new club, batting a paltry .196/.303/.321.
May 5 - 10:47 PM

Kevin Gausman scattered three hits over eight scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Thursday.

Gausman and Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went pitch for pitch through eight innings, with neither factoring in the decision. He struck out four without walking a batter, needing just 97 pitches in the efficient outing. It was easily the best of his three starts thus far, but Gausman has largely been good since making his debut on April 25. He'll take a 1.42 ERA and 0.68 WHIP into Tuesday's start at the Twins.
May 5 - 10:23 PM

Edwin Encarnacion homered and had six RBI as the Blue Jays thumped the Rangers 12-2 on Thursday.

E5 finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base. He did most of his damage on two swings, clearing the bases with a double in the first inning before launching a three-run homer in the third. He's started to come on in recent days, homering in two straight. He's certainly capable of going on a tear for weeks at a time. Perhaps this is the start to a memorable May for the 33-year-old.
May 5 - 10:15 PM

Jung Ho Kang (knee) could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

The Pirates have already cleared a spot for him by optioning Jason Rogers to Triple-A Indianapolis. Kang struggled during his rehab assignment, hitting just .150 over 40 at-bats. The Pirates plan on easing him into action with David Freese still making occasional starts at third base. Kang hasn't played for the Pirates since injuring his knee on a hard slide by Chris Coghlan back on September 17.
May 5 - 9:11 PM




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