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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johan Santana will not pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

It's no surprise, as the Mets had veto power over whether Santana would participate. He'll now remain in spring training with the team and focus on getting ready for the start of the season. Heyman also reports that the Mets have announced Santana as their Opening Day starter.
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 06:23:00 PM

Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) is aiming to return to the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday.

Alcantara suffered a right wrist sprain when he slammed into the outfield wall on Monday and has missed two straight games, but he can throw with no pain and will attempt batting practice on Thursday afternoon. If it goes well, look for him to return.
Sep 17 - 4:59 PM

Nick Castellanos (foot) is back in the Tigers' starting lineup Wednesday against the Twins.

Castellanos was a late scratch Tuesday after fouling a ball off his left foot in his final at-bat on Monday. It was never a serious concern. The 22-year-old third baseman is batting .266/.313/.405 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI in 137 games this season.
Sep 17 - 4:54 PM

Alex Avila (head) is absent from the Tigers' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

Avila hasn't played since taking a foul tip off his mask on Sunday. He has a history of concussions, so the Tigers are treating the situation carefully. Bryan Holaday will start at catcher against the Twins.
Sep 17 - 4:49 PM

Mark Teixeira (wrist) is back in the Yankees' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

Teixeira missed Tuesday night's game due to wrist discomfort. It's apparently a manageable issue. He's playing first base and batting cleanup versus the Rays.
Sep 17 - 4:15 PM

Major League Baseball has suspended Marcus Stroman six games for intentionally throwing at the Orioles' Caleb Joseph during Monday's game.

Stroman has maintained his innocence and will appeal the suspension, but it was pretty clear that he did it on purpose. With expanded rosters, he could just drop the appeal after his next scheduled outing Saturday and simply get a couple extra days off between starts.
Sep 17 - 3:52 PM

Angel Pagan is set to undergo an MRI on his back.

The Giants had been hoping Pagan could return to action after Thursday's off day, but thing are up in the air now. It's possible he could receive another cortisone shot before attempting to play through the ailment. Pagan could undergo back surgery over the offseason.
Sep 17 - 2:36 PM

Red Sox recalled OF Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo batted .282 with one homer and two stolen bases over 39 at-bats in the minors and will now get a look with the big club. He hasn't played regularly in a while, but Castillo will see the bulk of the at-bats in center field down the stretch and his power/speed combo makes him worth a shot in all formats. He's hitting seventh Wednesday in his debut.
Sep 17 - 1:19 PM

Hanley Ramirez (elbow) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

Ramirez was able to pinch-hit Tuesday but will miss a second straight start, suggesting that his elbow is more of an issue in the field. The Dodgers are considering the shortstop day-to-day. Miguel Rojas is filling in Wednesday.
Sep 17 - 12:05 PM

Gio Gonzalez has been scratched from Wednesday's start against the Braves.

The Nationals clinched the National League East Tuesday, so they'll give the ball to Blake Treinen Wednesday and give Gonzalez some extra rest. The Nats will also undoubtedly have many backups in the lineup, which is good news for Braves starter Alex Wood. Gonzalez will now presumably get the ball on Thursday in Miami instead.
Sep 17 - 10:53 AM

Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning, and the White Sox held on to beat the Royals 7-5 on Tuesday.

With one out and runners on the corners, the Royals opted to walk Jose Abreu to bring up Gillaspie. The 27-year-old made them pay for that decision, ripping a triple into the gap to clear the bases and give the White Sox the lead. The triple was surprisingly his fifth of the season, giving him 57 RBI. Gillaspie finished 2-for-5 in the game to raise his season line to a strong .293/.345/.433.
Sep 17 - 1:08 AM

Carlos Gomez used his legs to give the Brewers a win Tuesday, stealing two bases and scoring the winning run in the 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 12 innings.

Gomez had one hit in four at-bats before working a one-out walk in the 12th inning. He proceeded to steal second and, shortly after, third base off the tandem of Kevin Siegrist and Yadier Molina. A two-out bloop single from Hector Gomez (no relation) allowed Carlos Gomez to score the winning run. Gomez is closing in on his first 100-run season, as Tuesday's run gives him 91 runs scored and 33 steals to go with a .286/.356/.479 line.
Sep 17 - 12:43 AM




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