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Angels declined RHP Dan Haren's $15.5 million option for 2013.

They'll instead pay a $3.5 million buyout, making Haren a free agent. The Angels remained active in trade talks up until Friday's midnight deadline hoping to work something out, but nothing materialized after a potential trade with the Cubs fell through. Even coming off of a poor, injury riddled season, Haren should garner plenty of interest on the open market.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 12:17:00 AM

Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) is out again Thursday.

The third baseman is still being bothered by tightness in his right hamstring. He's considered day-to-day.
Aug 21 - 3:50 PM

Mike Napoli is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again on Thursday due to back spasms.

The minor back injury also kept him out of action on Wednesday night. He is considered day-to-day.
Aug 21 - 3:49 PM

David Ortiz (back) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night against the Angels.

Ortiz went 4-for-4 and clubbed his 30th home run of the season on Wednesday, but he had to be lifted early due to general soreness. Allen Craig is DHing on Thursday.
Aug 21 - 3:48 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




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