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Rangers signed RHP Yoshinori Tateyama to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Rangers declined Tateyama's $1.2 million option for 2013 back in October and are now getting him back on a non-guaranteed deal. If he does well in spring training, he may be able to earn a spot in the Texas bullpen.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 04:02:00 PM

Craig Counsell has been officially named the Brewers' manager on a three-year contract.

Ron Roenicke was let go on Sunday night, but it sure seems like this change has been in the works for some time. Most teams would name a new manager and give him interim status, but the Brewers have gone ahead and committed three years to Counsell, who carries no previous managerial experience. Counsell played 16 seasons in the majors -- six for Milwaukee -- and had been working as a special assistant to Brewers GM Doug Melvin for the last four seasons. He's a graduate of Notre Dame.
May 4 - 11:22 AM

Matt Moore (elbow) threw 26 pitches of live batting practice Sunday morning at Tropicana Field.

It was his first time facing live hitters since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow last April. "It felt really good to be back out there," said Moore, who is hoping to be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery by the end of June. The 25-year-old boasts a 3.53 ERA and 8.8 K/9 in 347 career major league innings.
May 4 - 8:53 AM

Brett Gardner went 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBI, powering the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Gardner also scored a pair of runs and swiped two bases in the impressive evening. His three-run shot off Craig Breslow in the sixth inning put the Bombers ahead 8-0 at the time and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Gardner has been very impressive in the early going, slashing .320/.400/.453 with two homers, 13 RBI and eight swipes.
May 4 - 12:04 AM

Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the Padres are expected to recall Austin Hedges from Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

Brock notes that Hedges will join the team in San Francisco in time for Monday's series opener. Widely regarded as one of the top defensive catching prospects in all of baseball, it's unclear how much action Hedges will see with the Padres. The 22-year-old was hitting .343/.413/.552 with two homers and 15 RBI in 20 games at El Paso.
May 3 - 11:05 PM

Yasmani Grandal blasted a walkoff home run leading off the 13th inning on Sunday, propelling the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Grandal entered the game as a pinch-hitter when he drew a walk for A.J. Ellis in the tenth inning. His only official at-bat in the contest was his game-winning blast off Evan Marshall in the 13th inning. He's now hitting .230/.356/.377 with two homers and three RBI on the season.
May 3 - 8:18 PM

Tim Lincecum pitched eight innings of shutout baseball against the Angels on Sunday, allowing just three hits and striking out four in the 5-0 win.

Lincecum jumped into the time machine and came out pitching his best game of the season. The Angels only managed three singles in the entire contest. With the shutout, Lincecum lowered his ERA to 2.40. He holds a 1.23 WHIP and has a 20/11 K/BB ratio over 30 innings. The last time he posted an ERA lower than 4.37 was in 2011, so we're at least a little dubious of his early numbers. He'll try to keep the time machine warm for his next outing, a home start against the Marlins.
May 3 - 8:14 PM

Stephen Vogt hit home runs in back-to-back innings against the Rangers on Sunday, finishing the game with four RBI.

Vogt hit a solo home run off of Yovani Gallardo in the sixth inning, then topped himself the next inning, slugging a three-run shot off Alex Claudio. He finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, four RBI and two walks. The big game gives Vogt six home runs for the season and 20 RBI. He's hitting a sterling .356/.455/.671 in his first season as the A's full-time catcher.
May 3 - 8:02 PM

Justin Upton swatted his seventh home run of the season and drove home three, powering the Padres to an 8-6 victory over the Rockies on Sunday.

Upton's two-run blast off Kyle Kendrick got the Padres on the board in the first inning and they'd pile on from there. He would later add a run-scoring double in the fifth inning, finishing the day 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He's off to a terrific start to his Padres career, slashing .301/.340/.602 with seven long balls and 21 RBI.
May 3 - 7:44 PM

Sonny Gray struck out 10 and pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Rangers

Gray moved to 4-0 after the dominating outing. He allowed just two hits, but also walked a season-high seven. Let's just set aside the walks, as Gray had not walked more than two batters in any previous outing. His numbers are uniformly great this season, as he now owns a 1.69 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 35/13 K/BB ratio across 43 innings. Just about the only aspect of Sunday's start that could be considered remotely questionable (other than his control) is that he threw 119 pitches in the contest. The A's clearly feel comfortable letting the 25-year-old stretch out his arm, as he threw 219 innings last season. We'll see if this starts to add up as he progresses through what's been a stellar season to this point.
May 3 - 7:31 PM

Kolten Wong cranked a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the 14th inning as the Cardinals defeated the visiting Pirates 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Wong didn't start the game, but he finished 3-for-4 after entering as part of a double-switch in the top of the eighth inning. And his heroic blast to right field in the 14th secured a three-game sweep for the Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball at 18-6. Wong, 24, is batting .294/.340/.435 with two home runs and two stolen bases in 24 games this season.
May 3 - 6:52 PM

Trevor Plouffe hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in Sunday's 13-3 demolishing of the White Sox.

Plouffe smashed the home run off of beleaguered White Sox starter John Danks in the third inning. The Twins scored seven runs in the inning, then added another four in the fourth inning. Plouffe chipped in an RBI single in that inning, too, on his way to a 3-for-5 day. The Twins racked up 19 hits in the win. Plouffe's now homered in back-to-back games, giving him five for the season. With the recent power surge, he's boosted his slash-line to .278/.356/.478.
May 3 - 6:19 PM




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