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Phillies optioned RHP Michael Stutes to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Stutes was competing for the final spot in the Phillies' bullpen, but will be demoted in favor of Phillippe Aumont. The move comes as no surprise after Stutes posted a 7.36 ERA this spring.
Sat, Mar 30, 2013 11:38:00 AM

Yasiel Puig cracked a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 12th inning Monday as the Dodgers rallied to beat the Pirates 6-5.

Another clutch moment for Puig, who also caught the final out on Max Moroff's liner to right field in the bottom of the 12th. Puig drew a walk in his first plate appearance of the night, doubled in his fourth plate appearance of the night, and went deep off Pirates reliever Dovydas Neverauskas in his sixth plate appearance of the 12-inning affair. The rejuvenated 26-year-old outfielder owns an .803 OPS with 22 home runs and 58 RBI in 117 games this season for a Dodgers team that sits 53 games above .500.
Aug 22 - 12:13 AM

Byron Buxton stayed hot Monday against the White Sox by going 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored.

In doing so, Buxton extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games. He’s hit four homers (including one inside-the-parker) with 12 RBI and 12 runs scored during the streak. It’s time to forgive and forget in mixed fantasy leagues. Buxton is well worth a shot for the stretch run.
Aug 22 - 12:10 AM

Alex Wood dealt with more inflammation in his SC joint during Monday's start versus the Pirates.

The joint runs between the manubrium of the sternum and the clavicle bone. Wood missed a couple weeks of action with the same issue in the first half and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts referred to the situation as "a little concerning." Wood's velocity has dropped steadily this season and was down again Monday and the SC joint problem might be at least partly to blame. It sounds like Wood will probably skip a start or two, but we'll know for sure later this week.
Aug 22 - 12:10 AM

Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam in the Dodgers' comeback win over the Pirates on Monday.

Granderson's four-run shot drove Pirates starter Gerrit Cole from the game in the top of the seventh inning. The new Los Angeles outfielder also singled and drew a walk in the 12-inning victory, finishing 2-for-5 with one run scored and four RBI. He's rattled off two home runs, five RBI, and three runs scored through his first three games with Los Angeles.
Aug 22 - 12:03 AM

A.J. Pollock hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning Monday as the Diamondbacks defeated the Mets 3-2.

It proved to be a huge home run for the Wild Card-hunting Diamondbacks after Michael Conforto answered with a solo shot off Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the 10th. Pollock isn't having a very good August overall and is up to just six home runs in 79 games this season, but the dynamic 29-year-old center fielder certainly possesses the goods to finish strong down the stretch.
Aug 21 - 11:30 PM

Adam Jones finished 4-for-4 with a pair of solo homers Monday in the Orioles' 7-3 win over the Athletics.

Jones went deep off A's starter Chris Smith in the bottom of the fourth inning and then tagged A's reliever Ryan Dull in the bottom of the fifth. He also peppered in two singles, finishing with three total runs scored in the victory at Camden Yards. The veteran center fielder has nine multi-hit games in August and he's up to 24 homers, 63 RBI, and 69 runs in 117 games this year.
Aug 21 - 10:33 PM

Carlos Santana exited Monday's game against the Red Sox with lower back tightness.

Santana was hitless in three plate appearances before being pulled. It's unclear at this point if it might be more than a day-to-day type injury, but the Indians should have more on his status after the game.
Aug 21 - 10:26 PM

Andrew Miller was pulled from an appearance versus the Red Sox on Monday after aggravating the patella tendinitis in his right knee.

Miller made only one rehab appearance and was making just his second appearance since being activated from the disabled list. Clearly, he wasn't totally over the ailment and a trip back to the DL would seem to be possible, if not likely.
Aug 21 - 10:24 PM

Carlos Gomez (shoulder) expects to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, the first day he's eligible.

Gomez had minor surgery to remove a cyst from his right shoulder. He's slated to throw, shag flys and possibly swing a bat on Tuesday. It's unclear whether he might need a short rehab assignment before returning, but either way it sounds like fantasy owners will get him back later this week.
Aug 21 - 9:55 PM

Steven Matz will undergo surgery this week to repair irritation of the ulnar nerve in his left elbow.

Matz was given an injection in his elbow Monday, but rather than wait to see if that would help him improve enough to return later this season, the Mets have decided it would be best for him to go under the knife now. The left-hander has reportedly been pitching through pain all season, and it's been reflected in his 6.07 ERA over 13 starts. Teammate Jacob deGrom had the same operation last September and returned for the start of spring training. It's possible Matz could be brought along a little more slowly given his past elbow issues, but he should have a good shot to be ready on Opening Day if all goes smoothly with his rehab.
Aug 21 - 9:43 PM

Carlos Rodon held the Twins to two earned runs while striking out nine batters over 6 1/3 innings Monday in the first half of a split doubleheader.

Another excellent outing from the 24-year-old left-hander, who boasts a 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 37/9 K/BB ratio in 36 innings over his last five starts. And those numbers have come against some very good offenses, including the Indians, Red Sox, Astros, and Dodgers. Rodon has lowered his season ERA to 3.88 and he boasts 68 strikeouts in 60 1/3 total frames. The former No. 3 overall pick should be owned and active in most mixed fantasy leagues as he rolls into his next start at home against the Tigers.
Aug 21 - 8:07 PM




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