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Felix Pie has elected free agency.

Remarkably, though he's already played in 11 professional seasons, Pie will be just 28-years-old when the 2013 season begins. He hit a solid .285/.338/.459 with six homers, 51 RBI and 16 steals in 96 games for Triple-A Gwinnett and should generate a fair amount of interest on the free agent market.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 12:37:00 PM

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that "one scenario" has Carlos Rodon joining the White Sox' rotation on May 10 versus the Reds.

Van Schouwen says that "there’s speculation" Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale will drop the appeals of their five-game suspensions after their starts this week against the Tigers, which could open up a rotation spot next weekend for Rodon. Even if May 10 doesn't turn out to be the date of Rodon's first start, there's no doubting he's going to be entering the rotation soon. The lefty holds a 2.84 ERA over 6 1/3 relief innings, although it's come along with a 2.05 WHIP and 4/4 K/BB ratio. Still, the potential with Rodon is obviously sky-high, so feel free to stash him now if he's still on your waiver wire. Hector Noesi is expected to be booted from the rotation to make room for Rodon.
May 3 - 9:11 AM

Nick Franklin (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

The Rays haven't decided which affiliate he'll be assigned to yet, and it's also unclear how many rehab games Franklin is expected to require. The infielder figures to be tracking towards a mid-May return and is expected to take over at second base even though Logan Forsythe and Tim Beckham have been pretty productive.
May 3 - 8:48 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Saturday that Desmond Jennings (knee) is likely to be placed on the disabled list.

Jennings had been set to return to the lineup Saturday after missing five games with a sore left knee, but Cash decided to scratch him because he didn't like the way the outfielder looked while running pre-game. "It’s just not progressing the way we want it," Cash said. The Rays can backdate a DL move to April 26, so Jennings would be eligible to return on May 11.
May 3 - 8:39 AM

Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning of Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Rangers.

Reddick was all over the place in this one and has been on an absolute tear as of late. His three-run homer off of Anthony Bass in the seventh inning put the cap on a six-run inning and helped the A's to a 7-3 lead, which the A's bullpen promptly threw away. Still. After the 3-for-5 night, Reddick's now working on a 10-game hitting streak and for the season, he's slashing .385/.444/.615. His oblique injury from spring training seems like a distant memory. Though with Reddick, the next injury is always potentially lurking around the corner.
May 3 - 1:25 AM

Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a home run Saturday in the Dodgers' 6-4 defeat of the Diamondbacks.

Turner slugged a solo home run in the first inning off Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson. He also drew a walk and scored a run in the third inning and then doubled and scored in the seventh inning, finishing the game with a total of three runs. Turner is batting .300 with a .958 OPS in 18 games this season and should continue to see semi-regular playing time at third base. Juan Uribe was out of the lineup Saturday for the second straight game.
May 3 - 1:16 AM

Nelson Cruz continued to scorch the earth, hitting his 12th and 13th home runs of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros

Both home runs were solo shots. Cruz hit the first in the second inning off of Collin McHugh, then followed it up with another solo homer off McHugh in the sixth inning. He's now hit three homers in the last two days and his 13 long-balls lead the league, as do his 25 RBI. Cruz's production (.347/.392/.811) has been exactly what the Mariners hoped for when they signed him as a free agent. Despite the strong numbers, the team itself is just 10-14.
May 3 - 12:42 AM

David Price befuddled the Royals with a complete game on Saturday, allowing just five hits and one run for a 2-1 win.

Price was locked in from the start and the Royals never mounted a serious threat against the ace southpaw, with the only run of the game coming on a ninth-inning home run by Lorenzo Cain. Price allowed just five hits and struck out three without walking a batter. The strong outing dropped his ERA to 2.93, with a 1.10 WHIP and 32/10 K/BB ratio over 40 innings. Price's numbers are around where you'd expect them to be as we start into the warmer months. He will try to pitch similarly well when he faces off with the Royals again in his next outing.
May 2 - 11:13 PM

Miguel Gonzalez had a stellar start on Saturday, pitching 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball in a 4-0 win over the Rays.

Gonzalez struck out six, walked one and allowed just four hits in the start. The Rays managed a pair of doubles against the 30-year-old, but they were never able to mount a sustained rally. Gonzalez has shown flashes of dominance this season, evidenced in this start and an earlier 10 K performance against the Yankees, and when he keeps his walks under control, he's a reliable starter. He'll take his 2.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 27/12 K/BB ratio (over 31 1/3 innings) to the road against the red-hot Yankees in his next start.
May 2 - 10:22 PM

Gio Gonzalez was brilliant on Saturday, pitching seven innings of shutout ball and striking out nine Mets in the 1-0 win.

Gonzalez has been racking up the strikeouts this season, but he came into the game with a 5.01 ERA and 1.71 ERA over 23 1/3 innings. Against the Mets, though, everything was working. He struck out nine and walked just two while surrendering five hits over seven innings. It was a much needed win for Gonzalez, who struggled in April. Those early numbers aren't indicative of Gonzalez's talent. Last season, he posted a 3.57 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with a 162/56 K/BB ratio across 158 2/3 innings. Saturday's start was a nice step back toward those numbers and shows what Gonzalez is capable of when he's on his game. He'll try to build on this against the Braves in his next start.
May 2 - 9:51 PM

Russell Martin went 3-for-5 with a home run Saturday in the Blue Jays' 11-4 rout of the Indians.

Martin slugged a solo shot off 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner in the top of the fourth inning, singled in the top of the sixth, and then doubled and scored his second run of the game in the ninth. The 32-year-old catcher got off to a sluggish start with his new team, but he now boasts an .821 OPS with four home runs, 14 RBI, and 15 runs scored in 22 games.
May 2 - 7:56 PM

Corey Kluber was hammered again Saturday, yielding five runs -- four earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Kluber is now 0-4 in his followup to last year's Cy Young campaign. He gave up eight hits and two walks Saturday to the visiting Jays, watching his ERA jump from 4.24 to 4.62. He's a good bet to get it together at some point, and the 29-year-old right-hander has a favorable matchup next week against the light-hitting Twins.
May 2 - 7:48 PM




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