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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Phillies are showing interest in Angel Pagan.

After missing out on B.J. Upton, it makes plenty of sense for the Phillies to make a play for Pagan. He's would come considerably cheaper than the five years and $55 million the Phillies reportedly offered Upton and Michael Bourn is expected to want more. Rosenthal was told by sources it's believed the Phillies and Giants have made four-year offers to Pagan.
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 10:42:00 PM

David Ortiz is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rangers.

It's not unexpected, as Red Sox manager John Farrell said on WEEI on Thursday that Ortiz will be held out of the lineup for a couple of days to work on his swing. The veteran slugger has just one hit in his last 20 at-bats and is batting just .216/.303/.377 with six home runs and 18 RBI on the year. Hanley Ramirez will serve as the designated hitter Thursday while Brock Holt will play left field.
May 28 - 4:46 PM

Red Sox recalled LHP Eduardo Rodriguez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Rodriguez will be making his major league debut when he starts Thursday against the Rangers. It's just being called a spot start, designed to give Boston's other starters an extra day of rest, but Joe Kelly's rotation spot is obviously vulnerable right now. Rodriguez, 22, had a 2.98 ERA and 44/7 K/BB ratio over his first 48 1/3 innings this season in Triple-A.
May 28 - 4:10 PM

According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson, a CT scan taken Thursday on Jayson Werth's left wrist revealed two small fractures.

Werth suffered the fractures on May 15 when he got struck on the wrist by an Odrisamer Despaigne pitch. He was placed on the disabled list a couple days later and will now probably be sidelined until sometime in August. The veteran outfielder has a littered history of wrist injuries. Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor, and Clint Robinson have been on somewhat of a rotation in left field for the Nationals.
May 28 - 4:03 PM

Chris Sale pitched a brilliant game against the Orioles in Thursday's 3-2 win, striking out 12 and pitching 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

Sale came into the game with a somewhat inflated 4.21 ERA, but he was in Ace Mode against the Orioles, allowing just four hits over 7 2/3 innings while striking out 12 without a walk. The Orioles barely touched Sale in the contest. After allowing 13 total runs over 8 1/3 innings in back-to-back starts on April 30 and May 6, the southpaw has now allowed just six runs in his last 31 2/3 innings. He'll take a 4-2 record, 3.66 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 66/14 K/BB ratio (over 59 innings) into his next start, a road match-up with the Rangers.
May 28 - 3:59 PM

Josh Hamilton has a cold but is starting anyway Thursday in his return to Arlington, Texas.

Hamilton will play left field and bat fifth against the visiting Red Sox. He joked that the cold might take his mind off the nerves of returning to the stadium where he's played 348 of his 980 career major league games.
May 28 - 3:49 PM

Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez won't be eligible to reach an official agreement with a team until the upcoming July 2 international signing period.

Alvarez had petitioned Major League Baseball to allow him to sign early, but that request apparently got rejected. The hard-throwing 19-year-old right-hander will be one of the most sought-after prospects on the international market when July 2 hits. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported in late April that the Dodgers have been the most aggressive team on him so far, but the Blue Jays, Nationals, Rangers, and Diamondbacks are also believed to be in the mix.
May 28 - 3:13 PM

Wei-Yin Chen could have his next start pushed back.

It's not clear exactly what's ailing Chen, but the Orioles have listed his spot Saturday against the Rays as to-be-determined. There should be an update soon. Chen owns a sharp 3.13 ERA, 1.189 WHIP, and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings (nine starts) this season.
Source: MASN
May 28 - 1:13 PM

Pirates prospect Nick Kingham underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday.

Kingham hadn't pitched since May 6 and was diagnosed this week with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. The 23-year-old right-hander ranked 67th on Baseball Prospectus' top-100 prospects list over the winter after posting a 3.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 119/52 K/BB ratio in 159 innings last season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. He won't pitch again until late 2016. It's obviously a significant blow to the Bucs' rotation depth.
May 28 - 12:31 PM

Conor Gillaspie (foot) will start the second half of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Gillaspie was held out of action Monday-Wednesday in Toronto for fear that the Rogers Centre turf would aggravate his lingering plantar fasciitis. Gordon Beckham is at third base for the White Sox in the first game Thursday at Camden Yards, but Gillaspie will man the hot corner in the nightcap.
May 28 - 11:33 AM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said David Robertson probably won't pitch in Thursday's doubleheader.

Robertson blew back-to-back saves on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Wednesday's appearance was a two-inning affair. Chicago will play the matchups if a save opportunity arises at some point Thursday at Camden Yards. Robertson still owns a shiny 2.61 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 31/3 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings this season and is not at all in danger of losing his job as the White Sox closer.
May 28 - 11:30 AM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed that Avisail Garcia (knee) won't play in either half of Thursday's doubleheader at Baltimore's Camden Yards.

Garcia hasn't played since leaving Monday's game in Toronto with discomfort in his right knee. It's something that has been bothering him for a couple of weeks, so the White Sox want to give him some extended rest. The 23-year-old is batting .327/.365/.456 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 39 games this season. J.B. Shuck is in right field in the first half Thursday.
May 28 - 11:25 AM




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