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White Sox re-signed C Damaso Espino to a minor league contract.

The 13-year minor league veteran owns an underwhelming .267/.334/.324 career line, but provides solid defense behind the plate. Barring injuries, he's unlikely to see time at the major league level in 2013.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 07:37:00 PM

Ian Kennedy fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Royals' 6-1 defeat of the Astros.

Kennedy dominated in what might have been his best start in a Royals uniform, yielding just three hits and a walk while striking out 11. The one run he gave up came on an Evan Gattis solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. Kennedy now stands 6-6 with a cool 3.96 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 85/29 K/BB ratio 88 2/3 innings this season, and he has a nice matchup next week in Philly.
Jun 26 - 5:00 PM

Chris Sale limited the Blue Jays to two runs over eight innings Sunday in a 5-2 victory for the White Sox.

Sale had a stretch of mediocrity between late May and mid-June, but he's back to his top-tier ways now. The ace left-hander held a dangerous Red Sox offense to one run on four hits over seven innings Tuesday and he mostly shut down the Jays on Sunday, scattering five hits and two walks across eight frames. The only runs he gave up came on solo shots by Troy Tulowitzki and Junior Lake in the top of the eighth.
Jun 26 - 4:55 PM

Jose Fernandez was a beast in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Cubs, striking out 13 and allowing one run on four hits over seven innings.

Fernandez hit the strike zone with 71 of his 108 pitches. He did issue three walks on the afternoon, but it was a dazzling performance on the whole. Only a Kris Bryant sacrifice fly in the third inning prevented him from seven shutout frames. The 23-year-old right-hander has now struck out double-digit batters in five of his last 10 starts. Simply put, it has been a joy to watch him this season. Fernandez will carry a 2.28 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 138/30 K/BB ratio (94 2/3 innings) into a road showdown with the hapless Braves next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 26 - 4:50 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Indians.

Martinez went yard off Indians starter Josh Tomlin in the fourth and sixth innings. Alas, both were solo homers and could do little in the face of the eight runs allowed by Justin Verlander on the afternoon. The 36-year-old Martinez remains a legitimate force with the bat and is slashing .319/.365/.531 with 14 homers and 40 RBI over 260 at-bats. He played in just 120 games last season, but health has not been in an issue in 2016.
Jun 26 - 4:28 PM

Justin Verlander had nothing in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Indians, surrendering eight runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Verlander had been turning in a respectable season, but Sunday's start was a disaster. At least after the third inning. Verlander kept the scoreboard clean through the first three frames before collapsing to surrender a pair of runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth. The performance bumped his 3.78 ERA up to 4.30. In addition to that mark, he also holds a 1.13 WHIP and 107/28 K/BB ratio covering 104 2/3 innings. He will look to return to his previously dependable ways in a road showdown with the Rays next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 26 - 4:16 PM

Anthony DeSclafani was marvelous in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Padres, tossing eight innings of five-hit shutout ball.

DeScalafani struck out five without walking a batter. He figures to sleep well tonight after throwing 117 pitches (77 strikes). Through his first four starts -- an oblique injury kept him off the mound for the first two months of the season -- the 26-year-old right-hander holds a sharp 1.52 ERA and slightly more dull 1.31 WHIP. He will look to continue rounding into form when he takes to the road for a date with the Nationals in his next scheduled start.
Jun 26 - 3:56 PM

Tyler Duffey was phenomenal in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Yankees, striking out eight and allowing one run on two hits over eight innings.

Duffey did not walk a batter on the afternoon. He finished the contest having thrown 104 pitches (70 strikes). The Twins were actually considering pulling him from the rotation prior to Sunday's outing, as he entered the weekend the owner of a 6.18 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. He had allowed at least four runs in each of his seven starts since May 15. While the 25-year-old right-hander probably earned another start with his domination of the dormant Yankees, he will need to keep this up if he wants to keep the gig. A home start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule.
Jun 26 - 3:36 PM

Nathan Eovaldi struggled to keep the ball in the park during Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Twins, yielding four home runs and five total runs over six innings.

Danny Santana connected for a solo homer off Eovaldi in the third inning, but the fireworks show wouldn't reach a crescendo until the sixth. In that frame, Brian Dozier socked a two-run homer, which was followed by solo shots off the bats of Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler. June has been nothing short of a disaster for Eovaldi, who has allowed 25 runs over his last 20 innings (five starts). His next outing will come on the road against the Padres as the calendar flips over to July.
Jun 26 - 3:35 PM

An MRI on Yunel Escobar's left knee revealed a bone bruise.

Escobar suffered the injury on Thursday and hasn't played since. The injury has turned out to be worse than initially expected, although he hasn't been placed on the disabled list yet. However, a move can't be ruled out if he doesn't see improvement in the next day or two.
Jun 26 - 1:47 PM

Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16, with an upper back strain.

Strasburg appeared to be track to start Sunday after visiting a chiropractor, but his back flared up on him again Saturday. He'll be eligible to return later this week but it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by then. The Nationals will announce a corresponding move prior to Monday's game.
Jun 26 - 1:44 PM

David Ortiz is absent from the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

He's simply receiving a day of rest. The Red Sox have Bryce Brentz in the designated hitter spot and Ryan LaMarre in left field.
Jun 26 - 12:46 PM




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