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Reds signed LHP Manny Parra to a one-year, $1 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along the contract terms and adds that he could earn an additional $400,000 in appearance bonuses. Parra was non-tendered by the Brewers in late November after posting a 5.06 ERA and 61/35 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings last season, but he has good stuff and could still turn into a useful reliever.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 05:08:00 PM

White Sox activated 2B Gordon Beckham from the 15-day disabled list.

Beckham is finally ready for his regular-season debut after missing nearly four weeks with an oblique strain. The 27-year-old second baseman batted just .267/.322/.372 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 103 games last summer, and might not get regular playing time out of the gate with Conor Gillaspie and Marcus Semien playing well. Beckham did not hit well on his minor league rehab assignment.
Apr 24 - 10:14 AM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Pirates.

Chris Heisey is getting the start in center field. Hamilton has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, tallying seven stolen bases in that span. The 23-year-old speedster should be back in action Friday in Atlanta.
Apr 24 - 10:10 AM

Bobby Abreu is starting in right field for the Mets in Thursday's series-finale against the Cardinals.

Curtis Granderson will take a seat. It's the first major league start for Abreu since July 25, 2012.
Apr 24 - 10:04 AM

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times suspects Joe Smith will soon take over as the Angels' closer.

And some of the other Angels beat writers agree. Halos skipper Mike Scioscia said Wednesday night that he was sticking with Ernesto Frieri as closer despite the right-hander's 9.35 ERA, but the situation could be reassessed during Thursday's scheduled team off day leading into a big three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Smith is worth grabbing in all standard mixed leagues while Scioscia and Co. mull a change.
Apr 24 - 8:58 AM

Zack Greinke punched out 11 Phillies while surrendering two runs over seven innings in a 5-2 victory on Wednesday.

Greinke surrendered only five hits -- one of them inexplicable -- and a walk. Skipper Don Mattingly allowed Greinke to bat in the seventh inning -- despite the fact that he was over 100 pitches -- and the hurler improbably doubled and then scored on Yasiel Puig's triple. Greinke then allowed a game-tying home run to pinch-hitter Jayson Nix to lead off the eighth and was promptly yanked for J.P. Howell. All is well that ends well, we suppose. Greinke improves to 4-1 lifetime against the Phillies. He'll take a 4-0 record, 2.45 ERA and 0.99 WHIP into a stellar matchup on Tuesday at Target Field against the Twins.
Apr 24 - 1:09 AM

Chris Colabello went 2-for-6 with a home run and four runs batted in as the Twins beat the Rays in 12 innings on Wednesday.

Colabello had a big game, driving a two-run home run off of Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning, and breaking a 4-4 tie in the top of the 12th with a two-run single off of Josh Lueke. Colabello, who rejected an offer to play in Korea during the off-season, has had a remarkable start to the season, currently leading the American League with 26 RBI.
Apr 24 - 12:01 AM

Francisco Rodriguez struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning, earning his ninth save of the season as the Brewers defeated the Padres 5-2 on Wednesday.

The embattled reliever has been lights out for the Brewers in the early going, with an MLB-leading nine saves, a spotless ERA, and an 18/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings. Considering his track record, Rodriguez's early success isn't surprising.
Apr 23 - 11:43 PM

Kyle Lohse had another fine outing, holding the Padres to two runs (one earned) in seven innings as the Brewers took the victory on Wednesday.

Lohse improved to 4-1, allowing just five hits without a walk and striking out five in the effort. The 35-year-old continues to roll, now the author of a 2.38 ERA over five starts. He'll get to face a struggling Cardinals lineup in next week's start.
Apr 23 - 11:40 PM

Adam LaRoche went 3-for-5 and sent the Nationals to a 5-4 victory over the Angels on Wednesday with a walk-off RBI single.

LaRoche has hit safely in seven games and has been an on-base machine all season long, now with a .419 mark. The 34-year-old is not normally thought of as an offensive threat at his position, particularly after last year's lukewarm performance, but has been a big part of the Nationals' offense throughout April.
Apr 23 - 10:55 PM

Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored as the Reds defeated the Pirates on Wednesday. More impressively, he stole two bases in the effort as well.

Bruce is not known around the baseball world for being fleet of foot, but his two swipes on Wednesday gives him three on the season in as many attempts. His season-high is nine, achieved in 2012. Bruce continues to be one of baseball's most consistent hitters, as his current .250/.368/.472 slash line is right in line with his marks since coming into the league.
Apr 23 - 10:51 PM

Mariners optioned INF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma.

Franklin's stay in Seattle lasted only a week, as he's headed to Las Vegas to meet the Triple-A team on their road trip. In his stay, Franklin was just 2-for-13 with a triple. The move is a little surprising, as the team's starting shortstop, Brad Miller, hasn't been playing terribly well of late either. No corresponding move was announced.
Apr 23 - 10:39 PM




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