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Albert Pujols (knee) will make his first start of the spring at first base on Tuesday.

As expected. Pujols was eased into action this spring following knee surgery, but he's rounding into shape as the regular season nears.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 11:47:00 AM

A source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Manny Machado is expected to have season-ending knee surgery within a week.

Machado has been on the disabled list since August 12 with a sprained ligament in his right knee, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that the third baseman had no timetable for resuming baseball activities. It's a huge loss for the first-place Orioles, who will now have to rely more heavily on Chris Davis and others to fill the position. Machado's season got off to a late start after left knee surgery last season, playing in just 82 games this year.
Aug 22 - 6:10 PM

Jake Arrieta held his former team to one run across seven innings in Friday's 4-1 victory over the Orioles.

He retired the first 13 batters of the game and wound up striking out five while permitting just four hits and one walk. The lone blemish on Arrieta's record was a solo shot in the seventh inning from Nelson Cruz that just barely left the yard. He's allowed just three runs over his last three starts to lower his ERA to 2.53. Arrieta will try to keep it going next week in Cincinnati.
Aug 22 - 5:45 PM

Javier Baez belted a solo homer in Friday's win over the Orioles.

Kevin Gausman had made Baez look pretty silly earlier in the at-bat in the fifth inning, but he hung a 3-2 slider and the young infielder launched it over the bleachers in left field and onto Waveland Avenue. We've seen the good and the bad so far with Baez, as he has an ugly 31/4 K/BB ratio but is also one of just 10 active players with six home runs in his first 18 games.
Aug 22 - 5:28 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw on flat ground Friday.

It's the first time he's done any throwing since he landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained right pectoral muscle. Sanchez will play catch again on Saturday and eventually progress to mound work, though it's not clear when that will take place. He's not expected back until mid-September.
Aug 22 - 5:24 PM

Kyle Lohse (ankle) will rejoin the Brewers' rotation on Monday in San Diego.

Lohse hasn't started since August 13 due to a sprained right ankle. He probably could have returned by now, as his throwing program wasn't interrupted, but the Brewers could afford to take it slowly with him with Jimmy Nelson and Mike Fiers pitching so well.
Aug 22 - 5:21 PM

Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) isn't expected to return to the lineup until at least Sunday.

Cuddyer had been expected to return Friday, but his hamstring remains more swollen than expected. "I'm not going on the DL," Cuddyer said. "You can put that in bold letters." Charlie Blackmon is in right field Friday, with Drew Stubbs handling center.
Aug 22 - 5:19 PM

David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Ortiz left Wednesday's game and then sat out Thursday due to some general soreness, but he's evidently feeling better. Big Papi is batting .263/.355/.523 with 30 homers and 93 RBI this season.
Aug 22 - 3:36 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that there's no timetable for when Manny Machado (knee) will resume baseball activities.

That means he's obviously not going to be ready for activation when first eligible on August 27, and in all likelihood it sounds like it will be a while before he returns. Showalter added that he should know more about Machado's status on Saturday. The star third baseman has been out since mid-August with a sprained right knee.
Aug 22 - 12:59 PM

WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year, $72.5 million contract.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported earlier that a deal was close. It's for seven years instead of the initially reported six, but the first year only covers the rest of this season. The contract is a record for a Cuban defector, topping the six-year, $68 million deal Jose Abreu got last offseason. Castillo wants to play in the majors this season, but it's not clear at this point if that's what the Red Sox have planned. There are less than two weeks remaining in the minor league season.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 22 - 11:32 AM

Adam Eaton (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday.

Eaton will begin what's expected to be a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte this weekend. The speedy outfielder is eligible to return on Sunday and it sounds like he'll be back shortly after that. Eaton was red-hot before straining his right oblique, batting .435/.489/.518 over his last 22 games.
Aug 22 - 9:41 AM

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers topped the Padres 2-1 on Thursday.

San Diego nickel-and-dimed Kershaw for a run in the seventh, culminating in Rene Rivera singling home Abraham Almonte, but was otherwise helpless against the best pitcher in the world. Kershaw was originally scheduled to start tomorrow in the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow some rest, and the Dodgers took advantage of Monday's off day to keep Kershaw on regular rest. Kershaw "struggled" to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in May. He allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and owns a 2.25 ERA so far in August. Overall, he's 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA, numbers he takes into a date in Arizona on Wednesday.
Aug 22 - 12:58 AM




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