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Melky Cabrera has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Dominican Republic squad in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Cabrera was included on the provisional roster released last month, but he has apparently changed his mind about participating. It's unknown whether recent allegations of purchasing performance-enhancing drugs from the Biogenesis clinic in Miami played a role in his decision.
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 05:22:00 PM

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

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's sticking with Ernesto Frieri at closer.

The endorsement came a mere minutes after Frieri allowed four runs while recording one out in a blown save against the Nationals on Wednesday. It's exactly what you'd expect a manager to say, so we'll see if Scioscia's actions follow the next time there's a save opportunity. Either way, Frieri's handle on a high-leverage role is tenuous at best at this point.
Apr 23 - 11:04 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

Marcus Semien went 1-for-4 with a timely grand slam as the White Sox defeated the Tigers 6-4 on Wednesday.

Semien's seventh-inning grand slam put the White Sox ahead 6-4, a lead they would hold on to for the final three innings. Semien hasn't been very reliable with the bat, but is on a four-game hitting streak with as many extra-base hits in that span. He'll have to keep it going in order to maintain playing time once Gordon Beckham is activated.
Apr 23 - 10:23 PM

Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday's game at Fenway Park for having a foreign substance on his neck.

Two starts ago -- against the same Red Sox club -- Pineda made news for what appeared to be a foreign substance on his hand. When questioned about the substance after that start, Pineda called it "dirt." Fool me once, shame on you, but Red Sox manager John Farrell wasn't going to be fooled again. Pineda could be in for a 10-game suspension as a result of the ejection.
Apr 23 - 7:56 PM




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