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Kelvin Herrera earned his first save of the season Sunday in the Royals' defeat of the Phillies.

Herrera entered the game to clean up a mess that closer Greg Holland helped create, which suggests that there may be a ninth-inning controversy brewing in Kansas City. Herrera has one of the hardest fastballs in the sport and posted an excellent 2.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 77/21 K/BB ratio across 84 1/3 innings last season. He can be an elite closer right now.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 05:15:00 PM

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

Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
Aug 22 - 12:18 AM

Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk, a two-run single, and a sacrifice fly as the Braves shut out the Reds on Thursday.

Upton knocked in a pair on a third-inning single, and drove in the Braves' eighth and final run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The outfielder is now on a 12-game hitting streak and has brought his slash line back up to .290/.366/.521 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. He'll surpass his career-high in RBI (88) soon, and has a shot to set a new personal best in home runs (31) as well.
Aug 21 - 10:37 PM

Matt Shoemaker brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 7 2/3 shutout innings in a win against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Shoemaker was seven outs from a no-hitter when Will Middlebrooks broke it up with a double. It was a nice pick-me-up start for the Angels, who lost Garrett Richards for the season due to an ugly injury on Wednesday. Shoemaker allowed just the one hit and one walk while striking out nine. He stands with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 102/19 K/BB ratio. Shoemaker will take on the Marlins at home on Tuesday next.
Aug 21 - 10:23 PM

Anthony Rizzo's first-inning, two-run home run was the deciding factor in the Cubs' win over the Giants on Thursday -- a game resumed from Tuesday.

The Giants won a protest and Tuesday's match against the Cubs was resumed on Thursday with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scored once in the sixth, but Rizzo's home run two days ago stood the test of time and was the reason the Cubs won. Rizzo finished 2-for-4, his other hit being a double. The first baseman now has 29 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .279/.377/.515 slash line.
Aug 21 - 8:21 PM

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox and Tigers "appear to be the front-runners" for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday listed those two teams in addition to the Giants as the most likely landing spots for Castillo, but it appears San Francisco may have dropped out of the bidding. Edes also adds that Castillo is expected to make a decision "no later than the weekend." Castillo reportedly could receive a deal in the five-year, $60 million range.
Aug 21 - 7:49 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) should be activated "within a day or two" of when he's first eligible on August 30.

Ryu threw a bullpen session on Thursday with no issues. He's not expected to need a rehab assignment, so the left-hander will throw a few more bullpen sessions and/or simulated games before being activated. Ryu holds a 3.28 ERA over 23 starts this season.
Aug 21 - 7:21 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reiterated Thursday that Hanley Ramirez (oblique) should be activated on Sunday, the first day he's eligible.

Ramirez took batting practice and went through other drills again Thursday and appears to have come out of it no worse for the wear. The shortstop was batting .277/.367/.455 with 12 homers and 12 steals over 100 games before going on the disabled list.
Aug 21 - 7:18 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Thursday.

Benoit has been dealing with a shoulder issue for the last several days to the point that a stint on the disabled list was a possibility. However, it appears after the 'pen session Thursday that a DL move will be avoided. Benoit owners should scoop up Kevin Quackenbush just in case, though.
Aug 21 - 7:05 PM

An MRI on Salvador Perez's right knee came back negative.

The Royals were never overly concerned that Perez had structural damage, and the exam has confirmed that the catcher will be fine. The All-Star catcher should be back in the lineup on Friday in Texas.
Aug 21 - 6:23 PM

Angels acquired 2B Gordon Beckham from the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

If you're going to gamble, this is the type of player -- and acquisition cost -- to do it on. Beckham has been pretty awful this year -- slashing .221/.263/.336 -- but it's worth finding out if there's still offensive upside in that bat (he entered the year with a career .694 OPS, though Beckham has steadily regressed since logging an .808 OPS as a rookie in 2009). The Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen wrote earlier this month that the White Sox would probably non-tender Beckham this offseason, so you can understand why they'd take whatever was offered to them. Beckham will back up Howie Kendrick and David Freese. Meanwhile, we expect Marcus Semien to be promoted for an extended look at second base by the White Sox.
Aug 21 - 5:40 PM




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