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Cubs activated RHP Matt Garza from the 60-day disabled list.

Garza missed the final two months of the season with a stress reaction in his right elbow. The Cubs are fully expecting him to be medically cleared in time for spring training. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune anticipates Garza being placed on the trade block once he's healthy.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 10:56:00 AM

The Giants will forgo the DH and have Madison Bumgarner bat in his start in Oakland on Thursday.

If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year.
Jun 30 - 1:52 AM

Junior Guerra was magnificent in a 7-0 Brewers win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, firing eight scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and two walks.

He struck out seven batters. Guerra improved his record to 5-1 and is now sitting on a 3.25 ERA. He has 60 strikeouts and 21 walks in 69 1/3 innings across 11 starts. The 31-year-old rookie has a challenging two-start week versus the Nationals and Cardinals coming up.
Jun 30 - 12:35 AM

James Shields held the Twins to only one run over 6 2/3 innings of a 9-6 White Sox victory on Wednesday.

He struck out five and walked only one. The remaining five Twins' runs scored against the Sox' bullpen. This was Shields' first good game in more than a month. He is now 3-9 with a 5.85 ERA on the season. Tonight's win was his first with the White Sox. Shields had been absolutely demolished in his last five starts before today. His owners are surely glad to see him turn things around with a very nice game tonight. He has been one of the most durable and reliable pitchers in baseball for several years running and will hopefully return to being that guy again.
Jun 29 - 11:57 PM

Brian McCann hit two home runs against the Rangers on Wednesday, including a ninth-inning three-run bomb to tie a game the Yankees later won 9-7.

Two batters later Didi Gregorius hit a walkoff homer. The home runs gave McCann 12 for the season. He finished the night 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs and 4 RBI. The great game boosted McCann's batting line to .229/.333/.439 with 32 runs and 34 RBI in 63 games. He no longer hits for a high batting average like he did for several years in Atlanta, but he hits for enough power to be one of the better fantasy catchers to own.
Jun 29 - 11:31 PM

Updating a previous item, Steve Clevenger was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Pirates after fracturing the third metacarpal in his right hand.

The third metacarpal is part of the middle finger. Clevenger fractured the bone after taking a foul tip off the bat of Gregory Polanco in the third inning and was immediately replaced by Chris Iannetta behind the plate. Expect the Mariners to call up a catcher to aid their depth. Mike Zunino and Steve Baron are both potential options.
Jun 29 - 11:11 PM

Updating a previous item, Yasiel Puig was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Brewers due to a minor knee contusion.

Puig was pulled from the contest after limping out a grounder in the eighth inning. While he previously dealt with a hamstring injury, it appears he has dodged a re-aggravation of that ailment. Following the loss, manager Dave Roberts said that he expects Puig to be in the lineup on Thursday.
Jun 29 - 10:59 PM

Max Scherzer tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings at the Mets on Wednesday, striking out ten batters, walking one and allowing only two base his.

Scherzer was dominant against the Mets' weak offense, lowering his ERA to 3.30 and his WHIP to 0.96 on the season. He leads the majors with 148 strikeouts in 114 2/3 innings. Now 9-5, Scherzer will next face the Brewers and Mets in a two start week beginning on Independence Day at 11:05 AM. Set your lineups early.
Jun 29 - 10:56 PM

Danny Salazar shut out the Braves for seven innings on five hits, fanning eight without a walk as the Indians won 3-0 on Wednesday.

Salazar has been fantastic all year and tonight was no exception. The win raised his record to 10-3 with a spectacular 2.22 ERA. He lowered his worrisome walk rate to 4.15 BB/9, although much of that is offset by his nice 10.32 K/9. The Indians have won 12 in a row. Salazar will likely get two starts next week barring a rain-out.
Jun 29 - 10:30 PM

Noah Syndergaard acknowledged that he is pitching with a bone spur in his right elbow.

Syndergaard had been vehement in his denial of a bone spur, but after multiple reports surfaced outing the injury, he admitted that it was a reality. But still, defiance, as the young ace referred to the bone spur as "pretty insignificant." "[I can] pitch through it with no pain. I'll be ready to go in five day," Syndergaard said on Wednesday. In his last start, the Nationals whacked him for a season-high five runs in three innings. It is admirable that Syndergaard wants to pitch through the injury -- and maybe he will make his next start, as he hopes -- but the Mets would be playing a dangerous game to approach Syndergaard's arm issue with anything other than caution.
Jun 29 - 8:27 PM

Jose Altuve missed the cycle by a home run in Wednesday's 10-4 win over the Angels.

Altuve finished the game 4-for-5 with four runs scored, an RBI triple and a stolen base. Not a bad day at the office. The diminutive second baseman is posting a legitimate MVP-caliber season -- the Astros' recent turnaround will only aid that -- on the strength of a monumental .357/.432/.572 triple-slash with 23 doubles, 13 homers, 46 RBI, 21 steals and 60 runs scored across 311 at-bats. He is on pace to set career-highs in a number of offensive categories.
Jun 29 - 8:11 PM

Giants placed 2B Joe Panik on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

While Panik passed his concussion tests three days running after being hit in the head with a ball in mid-June, the symptoms came back to the point where the Giants were forced to sit him on Tuesday. Until he is ready to return, expect Ramiro Pena to receive increased at-bats.
Jun 29 - 7:15 PM




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