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Angels placed RHP Ryan Madson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, with a right elbow injury.

Madson will miss at least the first month of the season while he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Ernesto Frieri will handle the bulk of the save chances in his absence.
Sun, Mar 31, 2013 08:37:00 AM

Ervin Santana brought some of his better stuff to the party in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Astros, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

Santana struck out 10 and did not issue a free pass on the afternoon. The 10 strikeouts represented a season-high. He desperately needed a strong start like this. In his first four outings after returning from a PED suspension, he held a 2.60 ERA. That's jumped to 5.40 in the seven starts since. These same Astros will be the opponent next he toes the rubber, though the game will be in Houston for that affair.
Aug 30 - 5:24 PM

Wily Peralta flummoxed the Reds in Sunday's 4-1 win, hurling seven innings of one-run ball.

Peralta struck out six without walking a batter. Brayan Pena slapped an RBI single in the second inning to drive home the lone run to score on the 26-year-old right-hander's watch. Peralta has the talent to succeed and flashes it from time-to-time, as he did on Sunday, but a 4.30 ERA and 1.48 WHIP tell the tale of his season-long inconsistency. He'll head on the road for another showdown with the Reds in his next start.
Aug 30 - 4:59 PM

James Shields was effective in Sunday's win versus the Phillies, firing seven innings of one-run ball.

Shields allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight. The only run came on a Cameron Rupp solo home run in the second inning. The right-hander picked up his 10th win with the effort, and now has a 3.78 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 184/61 K/BB ratio in 171 1/3 innings. Shields will host the Dodgers in his next start.
Aug 30 - 4:54 PM

Brandon Guyer went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Rays took down the Royals on Sunday.

Guyer led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and later scored. He added a solo home run in the third inning to tie the game at two apiece. The outfielder has had a sneakily solid year for the Rays, batting .270/.372/.407 with six home runs, 24 RBI, 34 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 293 plate appearances.
Aug 30 - 4:27 PM

Michael Cuddyer's bat stayed hot, as he went 3-for-3 with three singles, a walk, and two runs scored to help the Mets top the Red Sox on Sunday.

Cuddyer led off the second inning with a single and later came around to score the first run of the ballgame. He walked and scored in the sixth, then added an RBI single in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie. Since returning from the disabled list, Cuddyer is batting .388 (19-for-49).
Aug 30 - 4:13 PM

Edwin Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a single and a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

He was also hit by a pitch, reaching base in three of four plate appearances. The longball was Encarnacion's 30th of the season, giving him at least that many in four straight campaigns. The runaway train that is the Blue Jays offense launched four home runs on Sunday, with Josh Donaldson, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin joining Encarnacion.
Aug 30 - 4:12 PM

Abraham Almonte smacked a grand slam as part of a 2-for-4 effort in Sunday's win against the Angels.

Almonte sent the Indians' lead to 6-0 when he cleared the bases with a grand slam to right-center off of Jered Weaver in the fifth inning. His bat had cooled off considerably following his first week with the Angels after coming over from the Padres in early August, but he still has a .270/.321/.541 batting line with his new team along with three home runs and 14 RBI in 81 plate appearances.
Aug 30 - 3:55 PM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) is hoping to rejoin the Pirates' rotation during the September 15-17 series against the Cubs.

Burnett was thrilled with how a 70-pitch simulated game went on Sunday, saying there's "no comparison" to how he feels now and how he did when he injured his elbow in July. He will not go out on a rehab assignment before returning. J.A. Happ has pitched well in Burnett's place, posting a 1.98 ERA over five starts.
Aug 30 - 12:40 PM

Josh Hamilton (knee) has yet to be cleared to resume running.

Hamilton is taking batting practice and playing catch with no issues, but his left knee remains too sore to run on. He will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday but could be limited to pinch-hitting initially. "It feels OK to throw and hit on the knee," he said. "I just haven’t gotten to the important part where I can run or jog. That’s the next step."
Aug 30 - 12:21 PM

Rougned Odor (finger) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

He was able to go through some pregame drills, suggesting his return is close. Hanser Alberto is filling in at second base again for Odor.
Aug 30 - 12:15 PM

Felix Hernandez will have his next turn in the rotation skipped.

Vidal Nuno will start on Monday in Houston instead. King Felix pitched well his last time out but overall has struggled for the last month, so getting him some extra rest probably isn't a bad idea. "I did the same thing last year," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I freshened my pitchers up, and Felix had the best September of his career. Everybody thought I was nuts when I did it. I’ll do it again because it’s the right thing to do."
Aug 30 - 11:48 AM




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