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Blue Jays signed C Henry Blanco to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

It's a non-guaranteed deal, but he'll get a 40-man roster spot for now. The Jays already have J.P Arencibia, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas in-house, so Blanco will merely function as insurance. The 41-year-old backstop batted .188 (12-for-64) with one home run in 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 06:02:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are focused on acquiring closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates.

There are multiple teams chasing after the Pirates stopper, and he would be an instant upgrade to the struggling Jonathan Papelbon in the Nationals bullpen. Melancon owns a stellar 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings while converting 30 saves.
Jul 30 - 1:56 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Derek Norris is a near-lock to be moved before the trade deadline.

Rosenthal also notes that Norris is a much more likely target for the Rangers than Jonathan Lucroy would be. The 27-year-old is only hitting .204/.263/.279 on the season, though he does have 12 homers, 33 RBI and five stolen bases. The Padres want to move him to create a spot for Austin Hedges to share the catching duties with Christian Bethancourt.
Jul 30 - 1:20 PM

Yulieski Gurriel has had his visa approved and will debut with the Gulf Coast League Astros on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Cuban slugger is expected to need a couple of weeks of at-bats in the minor leagues before joining the Astros in mid-August. He signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal with the Astros last week and is expected to start at third base once he arrives.
Jul 30 - 12:41 PM

Max Scherzer held the Giants to one run in seven innings as the Nationals won 4-1 on Friday.

He fanned six while walking two and giving up five base hits. He jumped over Jose Fernandez to retake the major league lead with 187 strikeouts in 148 2/3 innings. Scherzer is now 11-6 with a 2.85 ERA. Next on the docket is a Tuesday start in Arizona.
Jul 30 - 2:06 AM

Rick Porcello gave up only two runs in a dominant complete game five-hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Angels on Friday.

He fanned three batters without issuing any walks to raise his record to an impressive 14-2. The win puts him in a four-way tie for the major league lead. Only three starting pitchers have a better walk rate than Porcello this year. He will take his 3.47 ERA into a matchup with the Mariners on Wednesday.
Jul 30 - 1:22 AM

Junior Guerra almost went the distance Friday against the Pirates, allowing just one run over 8 2/3 innings as part of a 3-1 victory.

Guerra entered the ninth with a chance at his first career shutout (and complete game), but he allowed the first two batters to reach base before a run eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. He then gave up a single to Starling Marte before getting the hook. While Guerra ran out of gas at the end, it was still an excellent outing. He gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out five batters. The 31-year-old journeyman now owns a surprising 2.70 ERA and 85/34 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings through 16 starts this season. He could be an interesting trade chip for Milwaukee.
Jul 30 - 1:07 AM

Rougned Odor finished 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers in a win over the Royals on Friday.

It was the second multi-homer game of his career. The first one was a legitimate blast, but the second just barely eked over the right field fence. But it all counts the same in the box score. He’s now up to 21 homers on the year to go along with 54 RBI, 10 steals, and a .282/.301/.508 batting line.
Jul 30 - 12:34 AM

Ricky Nolasco delivered an outstanding performance in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday, allowing one run on three hits over eight innings.

Nolasco surrendered a leadoff home run to Adam Eaton to start the ballgame, then limited the White Sox to just two hits and a walk over the rest of his outing. The right-hander struck out six on the evening. While he still isn't trustworthy in mixed leagues, he had delivered two strong outings in a row and could be worth a look in a decent matchup against the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Jul 30 - 12:07 AM

Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Cardinals.

The chase continues. Suzuki made the start on Friday after delivering a pinch-hit single on Thursday, but he failed to take advantage of the opportunity. He remains two hits away from 3,000 in MLB.
Jul 29 - 11:56 PM

Francisco Cervelli had to be removed from Friday's game against the Brewers after getting hit on the right ankle by a pitch while behind the plate.

Cervelli had to be helped off the field by team trainers and was unable to put any weight on his injured ankle. He'll presumably head for X-rays and the Pirates should have an update on his status before Saturday's game. Losing Cervelli for any length of time would be very detrimental to the Pirates.
Jul 29 - 11:41 PM

Alex Dickerson was forced to leave Friday's game against the Reds in the first inning after a nasty collision with teammate Travis Jankowski.

Dickerson was attempting to track down a line drive from Zack Cozart in the left-center field gap when he was upended by a sliding Jankowski. He was able to walk off the field under his own power eventually, but will certainly head for further evaluation. Dickerson had homered in each of his last four games and his absence for any length of time would be a big blow to the Padres offense.
Jul 29 - 11:15 PM




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