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Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Sean Burnett will receive $8 million over two years on his new deal with the Angels.

The deal also includes a $4.5 million team option (or $500,000 buyout) for a third year. It's not a bad signing given that Burnett was originally looking for a four-year deal and winds up getting one fewer year and $10 million less than Jeremy Affeldt. The southpaw held left-handed hitters to a .211/.245/.289 slash line in 2012.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 06:21:00 PM

Mike Napoli suffered a torn right ACL and meniscus at Triple-A Columbus that will require season-ending surgery.

Napoli is expected to need 10-14 months of rehab. Given that he will turn 37 in October, the injury has the potential to be a career-ender. Napoli was off to a 1-for-24 start at Columbus after signing a minor league contract with the Indians this spring.
Apr 20 - 11:15 AM

Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Red Sox.

Ohtani has been the toast of baseball this year, but this series against the Red Sox is a solid reminder that he's probably a mortal man. He was knocked up for three runs in just two innings in his Tuesday start -- which he was forced to leave due to a blister on his right hand -- and fared no better with the bat on Thursday. That said, in 34 at-bats this season, Ohtani is still slashing .324/.378/.676 with three home runs (five total extra-base hits) and 11 RBI. He also owns a 3.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 19/4 K/BB ratio in three outings on the mound. He's expected to be able to make his next scheduled start despite the blister concern.
Apr 20 - 1:48 AM

Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a homer, two RBI and four runs scored as the Brewers thumped the Marlins 12-3 on Thursday.

Cain ripped a Dillon Peters pitch over the left field wall in the fifth inning, his second homer of the year. He added an RBI double in the sixth, and also had another double and a walk in the game. The good performance raised his average back up to over .300, leaving his line at .303/.390/.485 through 18 games. He's also stolen four bases, ranking among the league leaders in the category. The reunion has gone well thus far.
Apr 20 - 12:55 AM

Lewis Brinson hit two homers, driving in three runs, in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

Playing against his former team, Brinson showed the upside that made the Marlins interested in him as the centerpiece for Christian Yelich, smashing a solo shot to center off Chase Anderson in the third inning before blasting a two-run shot off Anderson in the fifth. The homers were the first of the year for the 23-year-old. It was a rare bright spot in the early part of the year for Brinson, who's hitting just .156/.206/.250 in 17 games.
Apr 20 - 12:43 AM

Chris Owings was diagnosed with a head contusion after leaving Thursday's win over the Giants following a third-inning collision with A.J. Pollock.

Owings crashed into fellow outfielder A.J. Pollock while making a catch in the third inning, taking a knee to the face in the process. He subsequently left the game and was later diagnosed with a contusion -- a fancy way of saying that he bruised his head. He said after the game that he has been cleared of a concussion, so it looks at least in the immediate aftermath as though he's dodged something of a bullet. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Owings receive a day or two off to rest up, though.
Apr 20 - 12:30 AM

Zack Greinke was on his game in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Giants, firing off seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

Greinke wasn't able to do much in terms of the strikeouts -- he finished with just two whiffs on the evening -- but it was a beautiful performance regardless. The veteran ace finished up his evening having thrown just 88 pitches (56 strikes). He kept the scoreboard free and clear of danger outside of a solo home run surrendered to Brandon Belt in the second inning. Beyond the Belt dinger, Gregor Polanco picked up a single and Andrew McCutchen collected a double. And that was it in terms of the hit-damage on Greinke's line. It was a fine rebound showing after he had surrendered a combined nine runs on 14 hits over his previous two outings. Moving forward, Greinke will carry a 4.13 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 23/2 K/BB ratio (24 innings) into a road showdown with the Phillies next time he takes to the rubber.
Apr 20 - 12:09 AM

Preston Tucker went 2-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored as the Braves drubbed the Mets 12-4 on Thursday.

Tucker did his damage with a pair of doubles, both times roping hits into the right field corner. The first plated two in the third inning; the second came with the bases loaded in the seventh, scoring all three. Tucker is perhaps one of the most and least popular people in Atlanta -- he's been one of the league's most productive hitters thus far, leading the league with 18 RBI, but he's been so good that he's given the Braves reason to leave exciting top prospect Ronald Acuna in the minors for a little longer. Tucker, batting .288/.333/.538 through 18 games, should continue to fend off Acuna while he's producing.
Apr 20 - 12:05 AM

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the team hasn't decided if Matt Harvey will make his next start.

Harvey took it on the chin Thursday in Atlanta, allowing eight hits and six runs in his six innings of work. The right-hander is winless on the year and may be in danger of losing his rotation spot, particularly with Jason Vargas (hand) on the comeback trail. When asked if he'd be comfortable with a move to the bullpen, Harvey responded, "I am a starting pitcher. I have always been a starting pitcher." Harvey hasn't looked the same since peaking during the Mets' World Series run in 2015.
Apr 19 - 11:56 PM

Jake Arrieta struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings as the Phillies shut out the Pirates 7-0 on Thursday.

Arrieta was nothing short of dominant, allowing just one hit while walking two in his seven innings of work. He had it all working -- breaking pitches, fastball, location. It was easily his best start of the year to date, improving his record to 2-1 with a strong 2.04 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 16/6 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings. A meeting with the Diamondbacks is on tap for Arrieta and the Phils on Wednesday.
Apr 19 - 11:22 PM

Aaron Judge set a record with his home run in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, becoming the fastest to 61 career home runs, in terms of games played, in baseball history.

Judge caught a hanging breaking ball from Jays reliever Tyler Clippard and hooked it into the left field seats in the seventh inning for the solo shot. It was his 61st homer in 199 career games, besting Mark McGwire's record of 204 that had stood since 1988. No stranger to records or success, the 25-year-old is having another stellar start to a season this year, batting .339/.481/.629 with five homers, 12 RBI and 16 runs scored through 17 games.
Apr 19 - 9:55 PM

Updating an earlier report, Hunter Pence will sit out Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks due to a sore right thumb.

The injury might explain his recent struggles. With Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) set to return Friday, the Giants could clear a roster spot by placing Pence on the disabled list. Pence hasn't looked right this year, batting just .172 with 22 strikeouts in 58 at-bats.
Apr 19 - 8:08 PM




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