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Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Cody Ross to a three-year, $26 million contract.

The deal includes an option for a fourth year with a $1 million buyout. The Diamondbacks seemingly came out of nowhere to land Ross, who will join a crowded outfield that already includes Justin Upton, Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra. His signing likely precludes a trade of either Upton or Kubel, as the D-Backs appear set to let Adam Eaton open the season as their starting center fielder. Ross, 31, had been holding out for a three-year deal after batting .267/.326/.481 with 22 home runs, 81 RBI and an .807 OPS in 130 games this past season. He should have a decent chance at repeating those numbers playing half of his games at hitter-friendly Chase Field.
Sat, Dec 22, 2012 11:57:00 AM

Ryan Braun (calf) hopes to play Friday against the Marlins.

Braun has sat out the last two games but said his troublesome calf is feeling much better. He'll go through pre-game workouts on Friday with the hope of returning to the starting lineup. The 34-year-old has struggled to a .200 average through 55 at-bats this year.
Apr 19 - 6:06 PM

Shohei Ohtani (blister) will serve as the Angels' DH Thursday against the Red Sox.

Ohtani's start was cut short due to a blister on Tuesday night, though manager Mike Scioscia doesn't think the blister will affect his hitting. He'll bat sixth against Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. The rookie sensation has hit a robust .367 this year with three homers and 11 RBI.
Apr 19 - 5:12 PM

Eric Thames is not in the Brewers' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

Thames has homered in back-to-back games but will get the night off against left-hander Dillon Peters. Jesus Aguilar will hold down the fort at first base for the Brew Crew.
Apr 19 - 4:43 PM

Maikel Franco is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

Instead, Scott Kingery is starting at third base and batting sixth against Bucs right-hander Jameson Taillon. Franco isn't hurt, so it appears he's just getting a breather. The 25-year-old leads the team with 17 RBI, though he's batting only .220 through 50 at-bats this year.
Apr 19 - 4:32 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday that Ken Giles has been unavailable for the last couple of games due to a back issue.

And it sounds like the hard-throwing closer won't be available on Thursday, either, with a DL stint looming as a possibility. "When we got to Seattle he reported a little bit of back soreness and it’s progressively gotten a little bit worse to where he can’t go yet," said Hinch. "Right now given that he can’t move around and do the things that he normally does, it’s a little concerning." Chris Devenski should already be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 19 - 2:04 PM

Freddie Freeman has no fractures in his left wrist and is considered day-to-day.

Phew. Freeman got struck on the wrist by a 90 mph Holby Milner fastball on Wednesday night -- the same wrist he fractured in 2017 -- but all is apparently well. The star first baseman might only miss a game or two.
Apr 19 - 1:42 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he thinks Max Kepler (knee) is "going to be OK."

Kepler was pulled from Wednesday's series finale against the Indians with some discomfort in his right knee, but Molitor says that move was mostly precautionary. The Twins have an off day Thursday as they make their way back from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kepler will be reevaluated ahead of Friday night's series opener at Tampa Bay. Ryan LaMarre replaced him in the outfield Wednesday and went on to hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 16th inning.
Apr 19 - 11:41 AM

Tommy Pham told Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest on Thursday that his right groin is fine.

Pham felt some discomfort in the groin toward the end of Tuesday night's win over the Cubs, but he finished out that game in center field and could be available in Thursday afternoon's makeup (for Wednesday's rainout) at Wrigley Field. St. Louis will instead play it safe, starting Harrison Bader in center and batting him second Thursday against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. Pham should be back in there for Friday's series opener versus the Reds.
Apr 19 - 11:24 AM

Javier Baez has been bumped up to the No. 2 spot in the Cubs' lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals.

Baez boasts a 1.402 OPS with five home runs and 12 RBI over his last six games, though he's always been a streaky hitter. Kris Bryant is batting third and Anthony Rizzo will bat cleanup versus right-hander Luke Weaver.
Apr 19 - 10:30 AM

Cardinals recalled OF Tyler O'Neill from Triple-A Memphis.

O'Neill was batting .388 with a 1.221 OPS through 52 plate appearances this season at Memphis while leading the Pacific Coast League in RBI (18), total bases (41), and home runs (6). He probably won't get a whole lot of playing time in the Cardinals' outfield behind Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham, and Dexter Fowler, but the 22-year-old slugger is a nice addition to the St. Louis bench.
Apr 19 - 10:26 AM

Reds fired manager Bryan Price.

And pitching coach Mack Jenkins will follow him out the door. Price takes the fall for a Reds team that has opened the season with a dreadful 3-15 record and -46 run differential, both worst in the major leagues. Price didn't have a winning season in his four-plus years in Cincinnati, though he also never had a very good roster. Jim Riggleman will take over as interim manager, Louisville manager Pat Kelly has been promoted to be the Reds' bench coach, and Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin is now on the major league staff.
Apr 19 - 8:41 AM




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