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Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that David Ortiz is "likely" to reach the free agent market.

The exclusive negotiation window between teams and their impending free agents closes Saturday, and the Red Sox aren't close enough with Ortiz at this point to beat that deadline. A deal should eventually get done, but other organizations will have the chance to take a run at the veteran slugger. Ortiz hit .318/.415/.611 in 2012.
Source: WEEI.com
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 12:04:00 PM

Greg Holland (pectoral) will play catch on Sunday.

It will be the first time he's thrown since being diagnosed with a Grade 1 right pectoral strain. Holland is eligible to be activated from the disabled list in a week, though it's possible he'll need a little more time than that. Wade Davis will continue to serve as the Royals' closer in the meantime.
Apr 26 - 11:53 AM

Max Scherzer (thumb) did not throw a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday.

That's after the 'pen session was pushed back a day from Saturday. Scherzer, who threw off flat ground Sunday instead, is in jeopardy of missing his next scheduled start on Tuesday due to a sore right thumb, although the righty said the thumb is improving and he's not ruling himself out yet. "I can't say that," Scherzer said when asked if he'll start Tuesday. "Because I'm literally day-to-day." Tanner Roark would be the obvious candidate for a spot start in Scherzer's place.
Apr 26 - 11:20 AM

Yadier Molina (knee) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

Molina took a foul tip off his right knee during Friday's game and remains sore. He's considered day-to-day. Tony Cruz is getting another start behind the plate Sunday, while Cody Stanley has been recalled to provide depth. The Cards are also giving Matt Holliday and Jon Jay a rest Sunday, with Mark Reynolds handling left field and Peter Bourjos center.
Apr 26 - 11:10 AM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is hoping to return to the lineup during the series versus the Red Sox early this week.

Bautista hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder, although he reported continued improvement on Sunday. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field. Michael Saunders is in right field Sunday.
Apr 26 - 10:58 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Jennings tweaked his left knee during Saturday's game. It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but it's also unclear when he might be ready to return to the lineup. The Rays are going with Brandon Guyer in left field, Kevin Kiermaier in center and Steve Souza in right on Sunday.
Apr 26 - 10:13 AM

Michael Bourn is batting ninth in Sunday's game versus the Tigers.

It's the first time not only this season but since June of 2011 that he's batted anywhere other than leadoff. Still, Bourn is hitting an ugly .180/.254/.213 in the early going, so the move doesn't come as a shocker. Jason Kipnis is in the leadoff spot Sunday, while Mike Aviles is getting a start at shortstop over Jose Ramirez.
Apr 26 - 9:52 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the "expectation" is that Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season with a left Achilles injury.

He's yet to undergo an MRI (that comes Monday), but the Cardinals don't appear to be optimistic about a diagnosis. It's obviously a massive blow for St. Louis, as Wainwright had allayed some concerns about his elbow with a strong start (1.44 ERA) to the season. The club does at least have some depth to fall back on with Marco Gonzales at Triple-A, although he's currently out with a shoulder/pectoral issue. Gonzales and Jaime Garcia (shoulder) are the likely long-term options to replace Waino in the rotation, but for now the club is likely to go with Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney. They could also consider moving Carlos Villanueva from the bullpen to the rotation.
Apr 26 - 9:14 AM

Initial tests for possible ligament damage in Brandon McCarthy's right elbow came back negative.

It doesn't mean he definitely doesn't have a ligament issues -- we'll know for sure after his MRI -- but it's certainly a good sign. The hope is that McCarthy is "only" dealing with tendinitis. He's looking at a stint on the disabled list either way, but surgery won't be required if it's a tendinitis issue. McCarthy admitted that he's been dealing with tightness in his elbow since his last start but it finally became too much on Saturday.
Apr 26 - 8:27 AM

Rubby De La Rosa struck out eight and allowed just one run over seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Pirates.

De La Rosa and A.J. Burnett were locked in an old school pitcher's duel, with both pitchers hurling seven innings of one-run ball and neither factoring into the decision. De La Rosa's struck out eight and did not walk a batter in the game. He allowed just four hits, with only an RBI double by Pedro Alvarez doing any damage. De La Rosa will take his 4.68 ERA and 25/5 K/BB ratio on the road against the Dodgers in his next start.
Apr 25 - 11:18 PM

David Lough's home run off of Koji Uehara in the bottom of the tenth inning gave the Orioles a 5-4 win.

The Orioles were actually down 4-3 entering the bottom of the tenth inning. The normally reliable Koji Uehara was unable to hold the lead, though, and after a Chris Davis sacrifice fly tied the contest at 4-4, Lough stepped to the plate and delivered his dramatic shot to win it. It was Lough's first home run of the season. Not surprising, given that he hit just four last year. Lough works mostly as a backup outfielder and a late-game defensive substitution. Walk-off home runs are just a bonus.
Apr 25 - 10:40 PM

Wei-Yin Chen pitched a strong game against the Red Sox on Saturday, allowing just two runs over eight innings.

Chen surrendered just four hits while striking out five and walking one in the contest. Despite his sterling start, he didn't factor in the decision, though his team did ultimately pick up a 5-4 extra-innings win. Both runs Chen allowed came courtesy of a Mike Napoli two-run homer in the second inning. The 29-year-old's ERA now sits at 2.78 and he holds a 16/9 K/BB over 22 2/3 innings. He's been incredibly consistent since entering the majors in 2012, having never posted a single-season ERA higher than 4.07. Chen will try to keep on keepin' on against Rays in his next start.
Apr 25 - 10:19 PM




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