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White Sox signed RHP Jason Berken to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Charlotte.

Berken posted a 5.49 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings last season between the Orioles and Cubs. He will act as organizational relief depth for the Pale Hose.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 11:21:00 AM

Danny Duffy (shoulder) is headed to the 15-day DL.

Duffy has been battling some stiffness in his left shoulder and he's been rocked in his last few starts, so the Royals will give him some extended rest. Jason Vargas will jump up and start in his place Tuesday at Yankee Stadium and Brandon Finnegan will join the Royals from Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
May 25 - 10:04 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins suggested Sunday that Matt Harvey may be going through a period of "dead arm."

Harvey had the worst outing of his career Saturday in the Mets' loss to the Pirates, yielding seven earned runs in four innings. But he was dominant against the Cardinals in his start before and the "dead arm" thing is really just speculation from Collins anyway. "I have not talked to Matt yet, but it looks like he might be going through some of that dead arm stuff that sometimes happens," said the Mets' skipper. "He’s going to pitch Friday with five days rest, be ready to go."
May 25 - 9:02 AM

Yovani Gallardo fired six innings of two-run ball in Sunday's victory over the Yankees, allowing just four hits and a walk along the way.

Gallardo punched out six on the night. All of the damage against him came in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single by Brian McCann. He was able to settle in nicely afterwards though, keeping his team in the game and allowing the Rangers offense to come from behind. Now 4-6 on the season, he'll head into Friday's start against the Red Sox with a 4.13 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 40/16 K/BB ratio through 56 2/3 innings on the year.
May 24 - 11:34 PM

Nolan Arenado went 4-for-5 and finished a double shy of the cycle as the Rockies thrashed the Giants 11-2 in Colorado on Sunday.

His three-run blast off Jean Machi capped off an eight-run uprising in the fourth inning that gave the Rockies an early 9-0 lead. Arenado scored three runs and plated four in the impressive performance. He's now hitting .275/.321/.516 with eight homers and 25 RBI on the season.
May 24 - 9:30 PM

Chad Bettis was outstanding in Sunday's victory over the Giants, allowing just two runs on six hits over his 8 1/3 innings.

Bettis racked up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while walking two. The right-hander carried a shutout into the ninth inning before finally allowing a pair of runs to score. He'll carry a 4.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 15/6 K/BB ratio into Saturday's start against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
May 24 - 9:28 PM

Justin Upton had a monster game against the Dodgers on Sunday, hitting a first-inning grand slam, doubling and driving in six.

Upton had six RBI by the end of the second inning, clubbing a grand slam off Carlos Frias in the first inning, then smacking a two-run double in the second. These would be his only hits of the game, as he finished 2-for-4. Good on the Dodgers for closing that barn door after the horse was halfway to Mexico. The early MVP race in the National League is something to behold at the moment and Upton's certainly in the running with 12 homers, 35 RBI, 32 runs scored, nine steals and a .284/.343/.562 slash.
May 24 - 7:15 PM

Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Goldy almost single-handedly won the Diamondbacks the game, as he drove in three of the four runs. The other was driven in by starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. Goldschmidt hit an RBI single in the first inning, then decided to up the excitement factor with a two-run homer in the third. Just another day at the office for the slugger, who is hitting a phenomenal .333/.438/.635 with 12 homers, 38 RBI and 34 runs scored.
May 24 - 6:58 PM

Steven Souza has been diagnosed with a sprained left wrist, and was spotted wearing a brace after Sunday's game.

He sustained the injury in a collision with A's catcher Stephen Vogt on Sunday. While initial X-rays came back negative, he will undergo an MRI on Monday to make sure there's no further damage. At this stage, it doesn't sound like a trip to the disabled list is imminent, but check for updates before setting weekly lineups on Monday.
May 24 - 6:53 PM

Brian Dozier hit a pair of home runs and drove in four in Sunday's 8-1 win over the White Sox.

Dozier's been on a tear this month and the hot bat wasn't cooling on Sunday. He hit a solo shot off Jose Quintana in the first, then smashed a three-run bomb off Scott Carroll in the seventh to finish 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. With the recent stretch of offensive goodness, Dozier's hitting .253/.335/.506 with nine homers, 24 RBI and three steals.
May 24 - 5:35 PM

Kyle Gibson pitched a strong game in Sunday's 8-1 win over the White Sox, striking out eight and managing eight innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

With the win, Gibson improved to 4-3 on the season. The only run against him came when he served up a solo homer to Jose Abreu. Other than that, Gibson was simply superb. The White Sox had no answer for him. Neither has most of the rest of baseball this season, as Gibson boasts a 2.72 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 27/17 over 56 1/3 innings. Perhaps the best takeaway from Sunday's start was that he did not walk a batter. We still question his long-term viability as a reliable fantasy starter, but if he's able to keep the walks down, the ERA is less likely to jump the tracks. A home start against the Blue Jays is up next for Gibson.
May 24 - 5:22 PM

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and a two-run double to finish 2-for-3 with four RBI in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Angels.

Napoli had been as cold as the dark side of the moon for most of the season, but over the last two games he has been as hot as a moon that has flown out of orbit and just hit the sun. After a solo homer on Friday and two homers on Saturday, Napoli followed up with another huge game. He smashed a two-run homer off of Hector Santiago in the second inning, then hit a deep double to score two in the eighth to finish with four RBI and two runs scored. After slugging under .300 a week ago, he's dragged his slash-line up to .203/.304/.420 and has now hit eight home runs and driven in 21. Get him in your lineups immediately if you were waiting.
May 24 - 5:06 PM




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