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Ronald Belisario has been kicked off his Venezuelan Winter League team for disciplinary reasons.

Belisario requested a personal leave of absence, according to the Los Angeles Times, and then did not return when scheduled. It's a troubling story given the 29-year-old right-hander's past issues with cocaine, but for now it won't affect his status with the Dodgers. Belisario posted a superb 2.54 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 69/29 K/BB ratio across 71 innings of relief in 2012.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 09:03:00 AM

Matt Holliday slugged two homers and tallied five total RBI as the Cardinals won the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs by a score of 13-2.

Holliday drew a walk in the first inning, cranked a three-run bomb in the fifth inning, and then slugged a solo shot and took a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded in the Cardinals' nine-run eighth. Holliday, a perennial second-half stud, is batting .263/.365/.421 overall this season with 15 home runs and 74 RBI in 131 games.
Aug 30 - 11:43 PM

Orioles acquired INFs Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for INFs Jemile Weeks and Ivan DeJesus Jr.

It's the second waiver trade of the day for the O's, who also got outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox. Johnson has batted just .212/.290/.354 in 87 games this season between the Yankees and Red Sox, but he's a versatile defender and will operate in a utility role down the stretch for Baltimore. Johnson's tour of the American League East rolls on.
Aug 30 - 10:38 PM

Dustin Pedroia was displaying concussion-like symptoms after leaving Saturday's loss to the Rays.

Pedroia got hit in the head by Kevin Kiermaier's forearm in a nasty second-inning collision. He's scheduled to see a doctor in Tampa on Sunday morning and seems likely to placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Aug 30 - 10:32 PM

Jake Odorizzi delivered seven shutout innings Saturday in the Rays' 7-0 win over the Red Sox.

It was a complete turnaround for the young right-hander, who got pummeled for eight runs in four innings Monday by the Orioles. Odorizzi allowed just one Boston hit and struck out seven Boston batters. He'll bring a 10-11 record, 4.03 ERA, and 1.28 WHIP into his next outing at home against the Blue Jays. Consistency remains an issue, but Odorizzi can look truly dominant at times. He has whiffed 163 batters in 147 1/3 innings this year.
Aug 30 - 10:21 PM

Jarred Cosart fired seven shutout innings Saturday in the Marlins' 4-0 blanking of the Braves.

Cosart scattered seven hits and a walk over his seven dominant frames, striking out five. He struggled in his first start with the Marlins back on August 1, but the trade deadline acquisition has been dominant since. He's now 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in a Miami uniform.
Aug 30 - 10:09 PM

Scott Feldman tossed his first shutout of the season Saturday as the Astros beat the Rangers 2-0.

Feldman carved his way easily through the Texas lineup, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out five. He's been a disappointment for the most part in his first year of a three-year, $30 million contract, but this outing was truly dominant. Feldman will carry an 8-10 record, 4.09 ERA, and 1.41 WHIP into his next start on the road against the A's.
Aug 30 - 9:45 PM

Orioles acquired OF Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for RHPs Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar.

De Aza has good speed and can play all three outfield positions, making him a nice addition to the Baltimore bench for the stretch run. The 30-year-old was batting .243/.309/.354 with 15 stolen bases in 122 games this season for the White Sox. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the third and final time this winter. Chalas and Blackmar are non-prospects.
Aug 30 - 9:16 PM

Miguel Cabrera made an early exit from the second half of Saturday's doubleheader with the White Sox after appearing to aggravate his lingering right ankle injury.

It was overly ambitious of the Tigers to think that Cabrera -- who has been limping around for weeks -- could gut it out for both games. He looked to be in serious discomfort on a groundout in the top of the fourth inning and did not take the field for the bottom of the fourth. Cabrera can probably be considered day-to-day through the rest of 2014.
Aug 30 - 8:32 PM

Mark Melancon picked up his 26th save of the season Saturday in the Pirates' 3-2 defeat of the Reds.

Melancon retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, one via strikeout. He owns a dominant 2.04 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 54/9 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 frames this season for the Bucs.
Aug 30 - 6:57 PM

Hanley Ramirez (leg) is in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday night against the Padres.

Hanley was not on the original lineup card, but he felt good in a pregame workout so manager Don Mattingly gave him the go-ahead. Ramirez suffered a minor left leg injury Friday in the Dodgers' 12th-inning loss.
Aug 30 - 6:25 PM

Omar Infante (shoulder) is back in the Royals' starting lineup Saturday night against the Indians.

Infante had been sidelined since Monday with a lingering right shoulder injury and acknowledged Saturday that he is still experiencing discomfort. But the veteran second baseman wants to play through the pain as the Royals try to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1985. "It’s not going to subside," manager Ned Yost said. "Forget it subsiding. He’s probably at about 80 percent right now, which is good enough to play."
Aug 30 - 6:14 PM




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