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Freddie Freeman went 4-for-4 with two homers and a double as the Braves trounced the Pirates 18-9 on Wednesday.

Freeman now leads all major leaguers with seven homers this spring, giving him one more than Domonic Brown and Michael Morse. He's also second with 15 RBI, one behind Braves teammate Justin Upton. Penciled into the cleanup spot in between the Uptons, one would think he's in line to reach 100 RBI for the first time this year.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 05:52:00 PM

Angel Pagan will undergo season-ending back surgery on Thursday.

The specific nature of the procedure isn't yet known, but Pagan will need three months of rehab. Pagan first began experiencing back trouble in mid-June and missed two months of action before returning last month. He had a setback earlier in September and the Giants have decided it's best for him to go ahead and have the procedure. Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez will handle center field while Pagan is out. The 33-year-old hit .300/.342/.389 with three homers and 16 steals over 96 games this season.
Sep 23 - 8:13 PM

Denard Span exited Tuesday's game versus the Mets after making a diving catch.

Span robbed Matt den Dekker in the top of the third inning with a terrific grab but was then pinch-hit for by Michal Taylor in the bottom of the frame. The Nationals will provide an update on the outfielder's status shortly.
Sep 23 - 7:49 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is not expected to appear in a game before the end of the regular season but remains hopeful of being ready for the playoffs.

Ryu began his throwing program on Saturday but has yet to resume throwing off a mound. The third game of the NLDS isn't until October 6, so the left-hander still has time to get ready if he can progress without any setbacks.
Sep 23 - 7:20 PM

Howie Kendrick is back in the Angels' lineup Tuesday.

Kendrick said out Monday after suffering a minor left hamstring tweak Sunday. The second baseman has been on fire this month with a .394/.442/.620 batting line.
Sep 23 - 7:00 PM

Steve Pearce (wrist) is now expected to return to the Orioles' starting lineup on Thursday.

Pearce received a cortisone shot for his sore right wrist on Saturday and was aiming to return Wednesday, but the AL East champions can afford to give him a little more rest. Pearce is batting .297/.376/.557 with 20 home runs in 98 games this season.
Sep 23 - 5:52 PM

Chris Tillman will start Game 1 of the ALDS for the Orioles.

O's manager Buck Showalter made that announcement on Tuesday evening. Tillman owns a shiny 3.26 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 201 1/3 innings this season for the American League East champions, and he has been especially dominant since the All-Star break.
Sep 23 - 5:49 PM

Xander Bogaerts (neck) was scratched from the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Bogaerts was removed from Sunday's series finale against the Orioles with stiffness in his neck and isn't feeling well enough to start Tuesday's series-opener against the Rays. Jemile Weeks is at shortstop.
Sep 23 - 5:37 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will be brought back in 2015, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

The Jays have stumbled down the stretch in 2014, but Heyman hears that the club's higher-ups "are especially pleased with [Gibbons'] in-game managing, which they view as excellent." Gibbons is 153-165 in his two years as the skipper in Toronto. It's his second stint with the team.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 5:34 PM

Jurickson Profar will be shut down 2-3 months with renewed soreness in his right shoulder.

There's no surgery planned yet for Profar, who missed the entire 2014 season due to a torn muscle in his right shoulder. But he has experienced multiple setbacks in his rehab and will likely remain a question mark heading into spring training in 2015. Profar, still a dynamic young talent, turns 22 years old next February.
Sep 23 - 5:16 PM

Marcus Stroman won't make another start this year.

Stroman is going to pitch out of the bullpen when he returns from suspension later this week. The 23-year-old right-hander owns a promising 11-6 record, 3.77 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 107/28 K/BB ratio in his first 126 2/3 major league innings. He should be a big weapon for the Toronto starting rotation in 2015 and beyond.
Sep 23 - 5:04 PM

Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia on October 2.

The procedure will be performed by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia. Mejia has pitched through the hernia throughout the second half of the season and will remain active until the Mets officially close up shop. He should be 100 percent by next spring.
Sep 23 - 5:00 PM




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