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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that Darren Oliver wants to return in 2013, but not for the $3 million option the Blue Jays have on him.

The report states that Oliver "would rather retire than be away from his family for a salary that is well below market value." The Jays, though, reportedly are "over budget and unwilling to extend their payroll further." Oliver's wife and two sons live in Dallas, and the veteran left-hander would be willing to accept a trade to the Rangers, who he played for in 2010 and 2011. The 42-year-old produced a 2.06 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings this past season.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 06:14:00 PM

Abraham Almonte smacked a grand slam as part of a 2-for-4 effort in Sunday's win against the Angels.

Almonte sent the Indians' lead to 6-0 when he cleared the bases with a grand slam to right-center off of Jered Weaver in the fifth inning. His bat had cooled off considerably following his first week with the Angels after coming over from the Padres in early August, but he still has a .270/.321/.541 batting line with his new team along with three home runs and 14 RBI in 81 plate appearances.
Aug 30 - 3:55 PM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) is hoping to rejoin the Pirates' rotation during the September 15-17 series against the Cubs.

Burnett was thrilled with how a 70-pitch simulated game went on Sunday, saying there's "no comparison" to how he feels now and how he did when he injured his elbow in July. He will not go out on a rehab assignment before returning. J.A. Happ has pitched well in Burnett's place, posting a 1.98 ERA over five starts.
Aug 30 - 12:40 PM

Josh Hamilton (knee) has yet to be cleared to resume running.

Hamilton is taking batting practice and playing catch with no issues, but his left knee remains too sore to run on. He will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday but could be limited to pinch-hitting initially. "It feels OK to throw and hit on the knee," he said. "I just haven’t gotten to the important part where I can run or jog. That’s the next step."
Aug 30 - 12:21 PM

Rougned Odor (finger) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

He was able to go through some pregame drills, suggesting his return is close. Hanser Alberto is filling in at second base again for Odor.
Aug 30 - 12:15 PM

Felix Hernandez will have his next turn in the rotation skipped.

Vidal Nuno will start on Monday in Houston instead. King Felix pitched well his last time out but overall has struggled for the last month, so getting him some extra rest probably isn't a bad idea. "I did the same thing last year," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I freshened my pitchers up, and Felix had the best September of his career. Everybody thought I was nuts when I did it. I’ll do it again because it’s the right thing to do."
Aug 30 - 11:48 AM

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said Sunday that Jean Machi has overtaken Junichi Tazawa as the club's closer.

It comes as no surprise, as Tazawa was pulled from a save opportunity on Friday and then Machi nailed down a save on Saturday. Machi is certainly no cinch in the role given his 5.21 ERA on the season, but obviously he needs to be owned in fantasy leagues while he's being used in the ninth inning.
Aug 30 - 11:32 AM

Mark Teixeira (shin) remained out of the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

Teixeira has started just one game over the last 13 days due to a deep bone bruise in his right shin. He's not going to be placed on the disabled list with roster expanding soon, but there's no timetable for his return to action. Greg Bird will continue to handle first base.
Aug 30 - 11:06 AM

Carlos Correa (hamstring) remained out of the Astros' lineup Sunday.

He's now missed the last four games with a left hamstring strain. Marwin Gonzalez is starting at shortstop again in Correa's place.
Aug 30 - 11:02 AM

Michael Taylor (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Taylor didn't start the last couple games due to a bruised right knee. He was able to pinch-hit Saturday, though, and is back in the lineup Sunday.
Aug 30 - 10:54 AM

Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

He's missed the entire weekend series versus the Braves due to fatigue in his left shoulder. Alejandro De Aza is in left field again in Ramirez's place.
Aug 30 - 10:03 AM

David Ortiz (heel) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

Ortiz didn't start Saturday due to tightness in his left heel, although he did double as a pinch-hitter. The 39-year-old sports a .265/.353/.510 batting line with 27 homers and 77 RBI this season.
Aug 30 - 10:01 AM




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