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Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that he is sticking with Greg Holland as his closer.

Holland blew a save on Saturday and was pulled from a save situation Sunday in favor of Kelvin Herrera, but Yost isn't going to make a change this early in the season. "He's just been kind of a slow starter -- he was last year, too," said Yost. "Once he gets his feet underneath him, he's lights out. We'll adjust it out." While Holland certainly deserves a longer leash, there's little doubt that Herrera would be a competent replacement if the struggles continue. Since Holland and Herrera have both worked back-to-back days, Yost would like to stay away from using them on Monday.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 04:44:00 PM

Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) has been scratched from the Giants' lineup Thursday.

Nunez tweaked his left hamstring on Wednesday night and the Giants want to play it safe. It doesn't sound like something that will require a lengthy absence. Christian Arroyo is starting at third base now in the matinee game against the Cubs.
May 25 - 12:13 PM

DJ LeMahieu is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

It looks to be a routine day of rest. Alexi Amarista will start at second base and bat seventh for the Rockies against Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez.
May 25 - 11:10 AM

Cam Bedrosian (groin) is set to begin facing live hitters in the next day or two.

Bedrosian is working out at the Angels' spring training complex in Arizona and could head out on a minor league rehab assignment next week if everything continues to go smoothly. Bud Norris has done a surprisingly great job as the Angels' fill-in closer and Huston Street (shoulder) is due back from the disabled list soon, so Bedrosian might return to a seventh- or eighth-inning setup job. At least initially. He's been out since April 22 with a right groin strain.
May 25 - 10:55 AM

Jameson Taillon (cancer) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Thursday morning.

Taillon called it "more competitive" than his first 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. The young right-hander is recovering from surgery for testicular cancer and seems to be making swift progress, though the Pirates have yet to map out a timetable for his return to the active roster. It's not worth speculating.
May 25 - 10:47 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed late Wednesday that Koda Glover is the club's closer.

Baker made it official after Glover worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning in a non-save situation Wednesday night against the Mariners. "Koda was kind of lobbying for that in the first place," Baker said. "We wanted to break him in slowly because this guy’s ... shoot, he’s only a year-and-a-half out of college. So he had said that’s the job he wanted, and so it’s his now." The hard-throwing 24-year-old had excellent minor league numbers and owns a 2.57 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 11/2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this season for the first-place Nationals. He's an obvious must-own. Shawn Kelley and Blake Treinen will operate in setup and mid-relief duties.
Source: MASN
May 25 - 10:24 AM

Pirates activated OF Gregory Polanco from the 10-day disabled list.

Polanco was on the disabled list for exactly 10 days with a strained left hamstring. He is not in the starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Braves, but the 25-year-old outfielder should be available off the bench and he figures to start Friday's series opener versus the Mets. Polanco owns a disappointing .252/.336/.370 batting line with one home run and six stolen bases in 34 games this season.
May 25 - 10:13 AM

Andrew McCutchen is out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

Adam Frazier will start in center field and Jose Osuna will start in right field in the Bucs' series finale against the Braves. McCutchen has posted a disappointing .203/.274/.360 batting line in 46 games this season for Pittsburgh.
May 25 - 10:08 AM

Albert Pujols is getting the day off Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

Pujols launched career home run No. 597 on Wednesday night, but he'll rest his legs in the Angels' series finale at Tropicana Field. Mike Trout will take a turn at DH and bat second with Cameron Maybin leading off and starting in center field.
May 25 - 9:59 AM

Thursday's game between the Yankees and Royals has been postponed due to rain in New York.

This one got called super early because the forecast calls for stormy conditions throughout the afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka was scheduled to face off against Miguel Almonte in what would have been Almonte's first career major league start. The game will be made up September 25.
May 25 - 9:18 AM

Adam Frazier went 2-for-2 with a homer and four walks as the Pirates beat the Braves 12-5 in 10 innings Wednesday.

That sure is a nice game. Frazier joins J.D. Martinez as the only players this year with a homer and four walks in a game (Martinez actually had two homers in his). George Springer was the lone player to do it last year. Frazier is now batting .370 in his 92 at-bats. He doesn't have the home run or steal ability to be a major asset in mixed leagues, but he seems poised to remain a fine leadoff man for the Pirates.
May 25 - 12:33 AM

Tyler Chatwood allowed just one base hit and struck out eight batters in seven shutout innings to beat the Phillies 7-2 on Wednesday.

He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning when catcher Andrew Knapp singled. Chatwood walked four batters and picked one of them off base. He threw 112 pitches and had to be pulled after seven innings. His record improves to 4-6 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He will face the Mariners and Padres in a two-start week coming up next.
May 25 - 12:04 AM




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