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Pirates released RHP Rick VandenHurk.

VandenHurk spent most of the 2012 season as a starter with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate, where he posted a 2.92 ERA and 113/35 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings. He should draw interest from other teams on a minor league deal.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 01:56:00 PM

Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs to tie the game in the ninth inning to key a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He came to the plate with the bases loaded against closer Tyler Clippard with his team trailing by two in the ninth inning. He laced a single to center field that plated Mike Trout and Justin Upton. The next batter, Andrelton Simmons, also singled to drive in two more runs. Serving as the designated hitter, Ohtani also walked once and struck out twice in the contest. The two-way superstar has an exceptional .308 batting average and .582 slugging percentage with six homers and 19 RBI in addition to his exploits on the mound.
May 24 - 12:05 AM

Adam Engel had a career day at the dish in Wednesday's blowout win over the Orioles, going 4-for-4 with a homer, three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base.

His two-run blast off of Pedro Araujo in the fifth inning increased the White Sox' lead to 9-1. All three of his other hits were singles. The 26-year-old defensive-minded center fielder entered play on Wednesday as a .171/.242/.268 hitter in 460 plate appearances at the major league level. That's historically bad. Engel did have one four-hit game during the 2017 season, though that one didn't include a home run. The only way that he should have any fantasy relevance is as a desperation play for stolen bases.
May 23 - 11:20 PM

Jacob deGrom punched out eight batters while firing seven shutout frames but had to settle for a no-decision as his team lost to the Marlins on Wednesday.

He left the game with a 1-0 lead but the Marlins came back to win in the final frame. DeGrom scattered four singles and two walks in the gem outing. His record holds at 4-0 with an awesome 1.54 ERA and 0.99 WHIP after 10 starts. He has 77 strikeouts and 16 walks in 58 1/3 innings. He lines up for two starts next week, facing the Braves and Cubs.
May 23 - 10:18 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that Welington Castillo will receive an 80-game suspension for violating baseball's joint drug agreement.

Castillo will be suspended for using a performance-enhancing drug, but not a steroid. The story was originally reported by Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101, the same reporter who originally passed along word of Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension. Castillo was hitting .270/.314/.477 with six homers and 15 RBI over 32 games this season for Chicago. He'll be eligible to return in late August, but will not be eligible for the postseason if the White Sox are able to make it, which is highly unlikely. Even more so now.
May 23 - 10:16 PM

Marcell Ozuna was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Royals because he overslept.

The Cardinals had to send somebody to Ozuna's apartment to wake him up and he did not arrive at Busch Stadium until after the game had started. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came to Ozuna's defense in his postgame presser, telling reporters that Ozuna "couldn’t be any more regretful for not being here today on time" and that the team would "move forward." But it's obviously a really bad look for a guy who's batting just .253/.295/.331 through 44 games in his first year with the club.
May 23 - 8:14 PM

Clayton Kershaw (biceps) threw an extended bullpen session on Wednesday.

Manger Dave Roberts told reports that Kershaw "felt good" after the bullpen, although he added that it was more about how he felt physically than his execution. The star southpaw will next throw a simulated game on Saturday assuming there are no setbacks from the bullpen, and then he'll likely make 1-2 rehab starts before rejoining the Dodgers' rotation at some point in early June.
May 23 - 8:04 PM

Tyson Ross was excellent in a win over the Nationals on Wednesday, allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts in a 3-1 victory.

Matt Adams had three hits and a homer off of Ross. The rest of the Nationals lineup had two hits total. It's just another in an excellent stretch of starts for the 31-year-old right-hander, and his ERA is now down to 3.13 on the season. One can't help but wonder what the Padres could get in return for the right-hander, but for now, he's the team's best starting pitcher. We'll see him back on the bump for San Diego against the Marlins next Tuesday.
May 23 - 7:07 PM

Justin Verlander allowed three hits and one run over six dominant innings Wednesday in the Astros’ win over San Francisco.

He cashed out with nine strikeouts and only one walk over 97 pitches. The only hint of trouble for Verlander came in the fourth when Gorkys Hernandez led off the inning with a triple to center field and later scored on a sac fly by Buster Posey. Incredibly, Verlander’s ERA actually went up (from 1.05 to 1.08) as a result of Wednesday’s outing. He’s been practically unbeatable since joining Houston last summer. The former MVP will try for his seventh win Monday versus the Yankees. He struck out 14 over eight shutout innings in his previous start against them on May 1.
May 23 - 6:33 PM

George Springer added two hits including his 10th homer Wednesday in the Astros’ 4-1 win over the Giants.

Springer singled off Jeff Samardzija (literally—he drilled a comebacker off his right hand) for Houston’s first hit of the afternoon, then broke a 1-1 tie by sending a two-run homer out to the train tracks in left field. The reigning World Series MVP has been excellent as usual for the first-place Astros, slashing .294/.353/.500 with 10 round-trippers, 31 RBI and 36 runs scored.
May 23 - 6:31 PM

Mitch Haniger (wrist) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics.

Haniger will sit wth a contusion in his right wrist, and Jon Andreoli will take his place in the lineup and make his major league debut. Haniger suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch by Trevor Cahill, and is considered day-to-day with x-rays coming back negative. A trip to the disabled list will likely be avoided.
May 23 - 6:23 PM

Michael Fulmer scattered four hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Tigers’ win over Minnesota.

He fanned five and walked three over a season-high 113 pitches. Fulmer gave up two hits and a run in the first inning but settled down after that, allowing just two more hits the rest of the way. Wednesday’s victory was Fulmer’s first since April 7. He’ll try to make it two straight when he takes the mound Tuesday against the Angels.
May 23 - 6:15 PM




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