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Grant Balfour threw his second bullpen session Monday since undergoing February knee surgery.

Balfour tossed 35 pitches and felt fine. Relief pitchers only need a handful of spring appearances to get properly tuned up for the regular season, so Balfour has good odds of being ready on Opening Day. He will serve as Oakland's primary ninth-inning man this summer.
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 12:17:00 PM

The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports that the Diamondbacks are moving closer to putting Addison Reed back into the closer's role.

Brad Ziegler is a better pitcher than Reed, but the Diamondbacks would still be better off with Ziegler in a setup role, since he can be better spotted against right-handed hitters then than he can as the ninth-inning guy. Reed doesn't have such significiant platoon splits.
May 30 - 3:37 PM

Bryce Harper was scratched from Saturday's lineup after being hit in the back by a pitch during Friday's game.

It's the first time this season he's been held out of the lineup. Michael Taylor is starting in his place today, with Clint Robinson moving from left field to right.
May 30 - 2:49 PM

Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with neck tightness.

A 15-day break certainly can't hurt Strasburg after the roughest patch he's dealt with as a pro. Considering that the Nats are labeling this tightness, as opposed to even a strain or something worse, it doesn't figure that he'll be out for long. A.J. Cole and Taylor Jordan should be the top candidates to replace him in the rotation. It might come down to whether Jordan is needed in the pen before Strasburg's turn comes up.
May 30 - 2:29 PM

Avisail Garcia (knee) is back in the White Sox starting lineup Saturday versus the Astros.

Garcia missed several games with discomfort in his right knee. The rest should do him some good in the long term. He's batting .327/.365/.456 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 39 games this season for the Pale Hose.
May 30 - 12:54 PM

Jose Abreu (finger) is not in the White Sox starting lineup Saturday against the Astros.

Abreu left Friday's game with irritation in his right index finger. It's something that has been lingering for a couple of weeks, but he could return Sunday.
May 30 - 12:51 PM

Adeiny Hechavarria (shoulder) is not in the Marlins' starting lineup Saturday against the Mets.

Hechavarria suffered a left shoulder contusion Friday in a collision with teammate Christian Yelich. Miami is calling him day-to-day for now. Donovan Solano will start at shortstop and bat eighth on Saturday afternoon.
May 30 - 12:47 PM

Adam Jones is not in the Orioles' lineup Saturday.

It's just a day of maintenance for Jones, who rolled his ankle a couple days ago. David Lough will start in center field in his place Saturday against the Rays.
May 30 - 12:40 PM

Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from his scheduled start against the Phillies on Saturday.

The veteran left-hander is still dealing with a cut on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Once again, Eddie Butler will fill in for him on Saturday and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option, even against the offensively-challenged Phillies.
May 30 - 11:02 AM

John Lackey fired seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

Lackey was nothing short of excellent, allowing just five hits (all of them singles) and one walk while striking out nine batters. The veteran right-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts and now has a 2.83 ERA on the year. Not bad for a guy who is making the major league minimum salary. He'll try to keep it going against the Brewers at home next week.
May 29 - 11:44 PM

Mark Buehrle registered the 31st complete game of his career in Friday's victory over the Twins.

It certainly didn't appear as if it was going to be a lengthy outing for Buehrle, who surrendered four runs to the Twins in the first inning. He settled in masterfully afterwards though, allowing just one hit the remainder of the night. He racked up three strikeouts on the night without issuing a walk, needing just 111 pitches to navigate through nine innings. He'll look to carry over this strong effort when he takes on the Nationals in Washington on Wednesday.
May 29 - 11:33 PM

Josh Hamilton hit his first two home runs of the season in Friday's 7-4 win over the Red Sox.

Hamilton launched a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning before hitting another solo blast in the fourth. It was his ninth career multi-homer game. The 34-year-old is coming off shoulder surgery and remains an injury risk, but his return to Texas puts him in a great position to be valuable in mixed fantasy leagues again.
May 29 - 11:17 PM




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