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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Rays and David Price have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The deal is worth just over $10 million. Price won the American League Cy Young Award in 2012 after posting a 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 205/59 K/BB ratio in 211 innings. The 27-year-old left-hander could be even better in 2013. He's not eligible for free agency until 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 05:35:00 PM

Tim Tebow homered on the first pitch he saw Wednesday in his instructional league debut.

Tebow launched a high fastball over the left-center field fence in Port St. Lucie, an impressive opposite-field shot for the lefty-batting former NFL quarterback. The pitch was delivered by 22-year-old southpaw John Kilichowski, an 11th-round pick of the Cardinals this past June out of Vanderbilt. Tebow showed good power in his workout for teams and media last month in Los Angeles, but there are major holes in his game and the 29-year-old seems doubtful to ever advance past A-ball. This remains nothing more than a sideshow for the Mets, who signed Tebow to a minor league contract on September 8 and have watched his jerseys fly off the shelves. He is still working weekends as a football analyst on the SEC Network.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Sep 28 - 2:52 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the White Sox are aiming to bring back manager Robin Ventura.

But the fifth-year manager's current deal expires at the end of October, so a new contract will have to be worked out. Nightengale calls the desire to retain Ventura a "surprise" given the way the White Sox have underperformed expectations over the last few seasons, but Nightengale then goes on to note that the club's front office "refuses to blame him for their woes." Ventura is earning around $1.5 million for the 2016 season.
Source: USA Today
Sep 28 - 2:15 PM

Athletics activated RHP Sonny Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

Gray will start for the Athletics on Wednesday night against the Angels, though the outing is only expected to last an inning or two. He had been sidelined since early August with inflammation in his right forearm. This is simply about establishing his return to full health heading into the offseason (and then of course 2017). Gray will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career over the winter. He's sitting on a disappointing 5.74 ERA through 116 innings.
Sep 28 - 1:01 PM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) is batting second for the Astros on Wednesday against the Mariners.

It will be the first start for Bregman since September 14, when he suffered a right hamstring strain while running the bases. Houston initially thought the 22-year-old top prospect might be done for the year, but he connected for a pinch-hit RBI single on Tuesday night to spark a big rally against Seattle and he will start at third base on Wednesday afternoon.
Sep 28 - 10:37 AM

Hunter Renfroe went off in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Dodgers, launching a three-run home run and a grand slam to finish with seven RBI.

Renfroe spaced out his damage. He swatted a three-run home run off Kenta Maeda in the first inning, then went silent until the eighth. At which point, all the noise in the world. The 24-year-old outfielder connected to clear the bases for the grand slam against Louis Coleman, boosting the Padres to a 7-1 advantage in the process. For those disinclined to do the math, Renfroe accounted for all seven of the Padres' runs in the game with his pair of home runs. Those were his second and third career major league homers. All of this damage has come in Renfroe's first 17 big league at-bats. Not too shabby.
Sep 28 - 2:02 AM

Adrian Gonzalez exited Tuesday's loss to the Padres due to a sinus infection.

Gonzalez saw two at-bats before being lifted. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward, but there is little reason to believe this will cost him more than a game or two. If that.
Sep 28 - 1:50 AM

Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored in the White Sox' 13-6 beatdown of the Rays on Tuesday.

Anderson did damage with each of his three hits, collecting an RBI single in the first inning before swatting a run-scoring double in the second. He then capped it off with a solo shot, his eighth of the season, in the eighth inning. It's been a successful rookie campaign for the 23-year-old, who is hitting .278/.300/.411 with those eight homers, 28 RBI, 54 runs scored and 10 steals in 94 games overall.
Sep 28 - 1:42 AM

Matt Moore was phenomenal in Tuesday's 12-3 romp-of-a-win against the Rockies, striking out 11 while allowing one run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings.

This was peak Matt Moore. Not only did he strike out 11, he failed to walk a batter in the win. Moore had the luxury of an offensive surge from the Giants and held a 6-1 advantage after five innings. That lead would only grow as the game wandered into the later innings. Since coming over to the Giants from the Rays at the trade deadline, Moore has been something of a mixed bag, pitching to a mediocre 4.48 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 60 1/3 innings, but counteracting that by degrees with several brilliant starts in the vain of Tuesday's. He is currently scheduled to start Sunday's regular-season finale against the Dodgers.
Sep 28 - 1:24 AM

Aledmys Diaz paid tribute to his friend Jose Fernandez on Tuesday, hitting a grand slam en route to the Cardinals' 12-5 drubbing of the Reds.

Diaz, who was away from the Cardinals on Monday to be with Fernandez's family in Miami, smacked a Robert Stephenson fastball into the left-center field bleachers to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead in the bottom fourth inning Tuesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. As he touched home plate he pointed to the sky in remembrance of his boyhood friend, and again Diaz gestured to the heavens after a curtain call from Cardinals fans. The 26-year-old shortstop will surely be playing with a heavy heart for as long as the Cards stay in it, but Tuesday was a moment he likely won't forget.
Sep 28 - 1:13 AM

Jefry Marte went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the A's

Marte stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth inning. Facing off against Daniel Mengden, he proceeded to launch a 405-foot bomb to dead central to jump the Angels to a 5-0 lead. That was more than enough for a game Ricky Nolasco. In addition to the granny, Marte also picked up a double. He has done a nice job in a complementary role this season, hitting .251/.307/.461 with 13 homers and 42 RBI over 243 at-bats.
Sep 28 - 1:05 AM

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a solo homer to extend his hitting streak to 29 games in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

The first baseman's longball in the fourth inning off of Jerad Eickhoff extended the hit streak, and Freeman added a walk and a single, scoring three runs on the night. He's also reached base in 45 straight contests, a streak that extends back to August 5. Freeman's batting line this season is up to .307/.404/.576.
Sep 28 - 12:54 AM




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