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Blue Jays signed INF Andy LaRoche to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

LaRoche hasn't appeared in the major leagues since the 2011 season, when he posted a brutal .247/.320/.333 batting line in 104 plate appearances with the A's. He is doubtful to make any sort of impact in Toronto.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 04:04:00 PM

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "indications" are that Danny Salazar could be moved to the bullpen.

Cleveland will need to bump someone from the starting rotation with Corey Kluber (back) returning Thursday against the Athletics. With Mike Clevinger pitching extremely well (2-1, 2.82 ERA), it looks like Salazar could be the odd man out. Salazar only has three quality starts in 10 outings this year while struggling to a 5.50 ERA.
May 27 - 9:04 PM

Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a home run to help the Royals best the Indians 5-2 on Saturday.

He's now homered in three of his past four games, and the third baseman has 13 homers in 43 games this year. It's been a much-needed surge for the 28-year-old, whose average had dipped to .250 in the middle of this month after his hot start to the year. Through Saturday, Moustakas is hitting .260/.297/.526 with 26 RBI and 23 runs scored.
May 27 - 8:58 PM

Chase Anderson was masterful Saturday, allowing a lone hit while striking out 11 Diamondbacks over seven innings in a 6-1 win.

Anderson was nearly flawless in this one, carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning before a leadoff single ended his no-hit bid and his afternoon. Even without history, it was still a dominant performance from the 29-year-old, whose 11 strikeouts were a season high, while also walking three. The win improved him to 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 10 starts. Anderson will try to replicate his success Thursday against the Mets.
May 27 - 8:31 PM

Stephen Strasburg mowed down the Padres in epic fashion on Saturday, racking up 15 strikeouts while firing seven shutout innings in a 3-0 victory.

He set a new career high in strikeouts. He struck out 14 in his first major league game back in 2010. This comes a day after Max Scherzer fanned 13 Padres in yesterday's game. Strasburg allowed just three base hits, all singles, and issued one free pass. He singled and scored the game's first run (and the only one he needed) in the third inning. His record improves to 6-1 with a 2.94 ERA through 10 starts. He has amassed 74 strikeouts against just 18 walks in 67 1/3 innings. He is now tied for seventh in the majors in strikeouts.
May 27 - 8:22 PM

Zack Cozart went 4-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer but the Reds still lost to the Phillies on Saturday.

After Billy Hamilton led off the gave with a bunt single and stolen base, Cozart drilled a Jerad Eickhoff pitch over the left field wall to give the Reds an early lead. Cozart also doubled in the game and reached base in all five of his opportunities. He is wielding a potent bat his season, slashing .355/.433/.592 with five homers, 27 runs and 25 RBI. The 31-year-old has never hit this well for a full season so he is bound to cool down at some point. He is likely to be traded to a contender at some point this summer.
May 27 - 7:28 PM

Jameson Taillon (cancer) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Sunday.

Taillen underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this month but resumed throwing last week and has already progressed to a minor league rehab assignment. It shouldn't be long until he's back in the Pirates' starting rotation. Taillon was having a great year before his cancer diagnosis, spinning a 3.31 ERA over six starts for the Bucs.
May 27 - 7:21 PM

Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Braves.

Posey is mired in a 3-for-23 slump so manager Bruce Bochy will give him a night to clear his head. Nick Hundley is behind the plate and batting seventh Saturday against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Despite his recent struggles, Posey still carries the NL's fifth-highest batting average at .338.
May 27 - 7:17 PM

Making his Fenway Park debut, Brian Johnson yielded just five hits over nine scoreless frames for his first career shutout Saturday in the Red Sox’s 6-0 win over the Mariners.

Wow. This was only Johnson’s second career start but he looked like a seasoned vet with his masterful command of the strike zone. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone. Johnson’s fastball only sat in the mid to high 80s but he attacked the Mariners by throwing 85 of his 109 pitches for strikes and also benefited from a number of stellar defensive plays from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts. Johnson probably isn’t long for the rotation with David Price due back next week but this was an afternoon he’ll never forget. Johnson’s gem was the first complete game thrown by a Red Sox pitcher this year.
May 27 - 6:59 PM

Updating an earlier report, Adam Jones is out with a left ankle injury and a sore hip.

Jones was given the day off Saturday against the Astros and will be reevaluated on Sunday. The hip issue is nothing new as Jones missed a game with a similar injury earlier this month. His absence spells more bad news for an Orioles team in the midst of a six-game losing streak.
May 27 - 6:15 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

The slumping Carpenter has hit just .151 over his last eight games (5-for-33). Jedd Gyorko will fill in at first base and bat fifth Saturday against Rockies hurler Kyle Freeland.
May 27 - 5:40 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Saturday.

It was his first time throwing off a mound since landing on the DL earlier this month. Iwakuma didn't seem too happy with his results on Saturday, claiming it "wasn't the best bullpen." When asked how his shoulder felt, Iwakuma said, "I feel OK. I would like to move forward. Hopefully it will get better." Obviously Iwakuma is in the very early stages of his recovery and still has a long way to go. There's no timetable for his return.
May 27 - 5:27 PM




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