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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Nationals and Rafael Soriano have agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the deal includes a $14 million vesting option for 2015 if he reaches 120 games finished between 2013 and 2014. It's a stunning destination for Soriano, as the Nationals already have Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard in-house as late-game options. Of course, Soriano is represented by Scott Boras and his working relationship with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is pretty well established by now. Given the massive salary involved, it's safe to assume that Soriano will take over the closer role in Washington. For signing Soriano, the Nationals will give up their first-round pick in 2013 and the draft pool money that comes along with it.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 02:17:00 PM

Dustin Pedroia was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Rockies due to right hamstring tightness.

They're dropping like flies in Boston. Catcher Ryan Hanigan was forced out of action due to illness earlier in the game. For his part, Pedroia hit a double to shallow left to lead off the fifth inning before Marco Hernandez came on for him as a pinch-runner. The Red Sox are calling this a precautionary move, but we should know more after the game's conclusion.
May 25 - 8:59 PM

On the possibility of optioning the struggling Shelby Miller to Triple-A Reno, Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said Wednesday, "We want to get him on track the best way we can."

"We will figure it out and do what's needed," Stewart followed. This is all incredibly vague, but there is no denying Miller's issues. The 25-year-old right-hander was rocked for six runs over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates and holds a 7.09 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, and 30/29 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings in 2016. His next scheduled start would come against the Padres this weekend, assuming he is still on the major league roster at that time.
May 25 - 8:41 PM

Alex Rodriguez (hamstring) went 1-for-2 with a homer on Wednesday night at Double-A Trenton.

Rodriguez hit into a groundout in his first at-bat, but he swatted a two-run shot to dead center in his second trip to the plate to put Trenton up 6-0. A-Rod is due back in the Yankees' starting lineup Thursday after missing the last three weeks with a hamstring strain. He went 3-for-6 with three RBI on his two-game rehab assignment with the Trenton Thunder.
May 25 - 8:13 PM

X-rays taken on Brandon Belt's sprained left ankle came back negative.

Belt suffered the ankle injury on a slide into second base during Wednesday afternoon's win over the Padres. Giants manager Bruce Bochy described the injury as mild and the negative X-rays back that assertion. Belt said that he thinks he might be able to play against the Rockies (at Coors Field) on Friday.
May 25 - 8:00 PM

Brandon Crawford hit a walkoff RBI single to send the Giants to a 4-3, 10-inning win over the Padres on Wednesday.

Matt Duffy managed a one-out single against reliever Brad Hand in the 10th inning and later moved to second on a wild pitch, setting the stage for Crawford. The 29-year-old shortstop came through with a deep RBI single to win the game. It would have gone for a double or triple in any other circumstance. For the season, Crawford is hitting .262/.337/.449 with six homers and 27 RBI.
May 25 - 7:17 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons suggested Wednesday evening that Devon Travis (shoulder) could move swiftly to the top spot in the batting order.

Travis is hitting eighth Wednesday in his first game since July 28, 2015, but Gibbons told reporters that the dynamic 25-year-old second baseman will slide up quickly if he looks sharp in his first couple of games. Travis hit .304/.361/.498 with eight home runs and three stolen bases in 62 games last season for Toronto, batting leadoff in 22 of his 60 starts. He'd carry huge fantasy potential at the head of a dangerous Jays offense.
May 25 - 7:17 PM

Mark Teixeira (neck) underwent an MRI on Wednesday.

The Yankees are still waiting on the results of the MRI. Neck spasms have bothered Teixeira on-and-off throughout the month of May. A stint on the disabled list is in play if the testing results are not to the team's liking. Teixeira is hitting just .195/.294/.282 over 149 at-bats this season.
May 25 - 6:36 PM

Nomar Mazara went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and three total RBI in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

Mazara socked a solo home run off Angels starter Hector Santiago in the second inning that traveled an estimated 491 feet. That makes it the longest home run hit by any major leaguer in 2016. He would add a two-run single in the sixth to secure his other two RBI on the afternoon. For the season, the 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .320/.365/.500 with eight home runs and 21 RBI over 150 at-bats. He has six multi-hit games in his last 10. Mazara, long considered an intriguing all-around talent, has become an immediate star at the major league level.
May 25 - 6:29 PM

Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.

Puig was pulled from Tuesday's game after he turned a would-be extra-base hit into a single by admiring the deep shot to right field. Following the game, manager Dave Roberts said, "It's something that when we talk about playing the game the right way, we have to be accountable." Trayce Thompson takes Puig's place in right field on Wednesday and is hitting fifth. Even setting Tuesday's lack of hustle aside, Puig is slashing just .247/.289/.382 as Memorial Day weekend approaches.
May 25 - 6:19 PM

Kris Bryant finished 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Cubs topped the Cardinals 9-8 on Wednesday.

Bryant singled and scored in the Cubs' six-run second inning and cracked a long three-run homer off Seung Hwan Oh in the top of the sixth. The star third baseman has an .870 OPS with 10 home runs and 35 RBI in 44 games this season for the Cubs, who now hold an eight-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central. Bryant has done nothing but rake since he arrived in the majors last April.
May 25 - 5:46 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said that Giancarlo Stanton is dealing with "a little soreness" on his right side.

Stanton is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays, with Ichiro Suzuki starting in right field and batting leadoff. It is not known if this current bout of soreness for Stanton is related to a mid-May outfield collision with teammate Marcell Ozuna. Unless further word surfaces, the slugger should be considered day-to-day moving forward.
May 25 - 5:29 PM




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