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Red Sox optioned RHP Allen Webster to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Webster was brought up to make a spot start in Sunday's doubleheader against the Royals. It was his major league debut and the 23-year-old right-hander held Kansas City to two earned runs over six promising innings in a no-decision. He struck out five and walked one. Webster should get another look later this summer.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 09:00:00 AM

Trevor Rosenthal got the call over Seung-Hwan Oh in the ninth Wednesday and picked up a save despite giving up a run against the Diamondbacks.

Oh was available tonight; he was up earlier in the contest and told to get up again after Rosenthal allowed a single and a walk in the ninth. Still, Mike Matheny stuck with Rosenthal, and Rosenthal ended up escaping his jam despite two walks and two wild pitches. It certainly didn't instill us with any additional confidence in him. Still, he needs to be picked up in mixed leagues in case this is how Matheny wants to continue to play it.
Jun 29 - 1:02 AM

Steven Matz shut out the Marlins for seven innings to lead his club to an 8-0 victory on Wednesday.

He surrendered six base hits -- all singles -- and issued one free pass while striking out four batters in the gem performance. Matz missed the first two months of the season with an elbow injury and has stopped throwing his slider in an effort to stay healthy. He didn't need that pitch today. He has a sterling 2.67 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 27 innings through four starts.
Jun 29 - 12:28 AM

Yonder Alonso left Wednesday's game with a right knee contusion.

Alonso fouled a ball of his knee late in Wednesday's loss to the Astros. As of now, the A's have no plans to send him in for X-rays. Consider the first baseman day-to-day moving forward.
Jun 29 - 12:03 AM

Stephen Strasburg gave up three runs -- two earned -- and punched out 13 batters in an 8-4 win over the Cubs on Wednesday.

He surrendered a two-run homer to catcher Willson Contreras in the fourth inning, then let in an unearned run in the fifth. Strasburg allowed just four hits and one walk and turned in his fifth double-figure strikeout performance of the season. He improves to 9-2 with a 3.51 ERA in 16 starts.
Jun 28 - 11:59 PM

Avisail Garcia was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Yankees with a sore left knee.

It is not quite clear when Garcia suffered the injury, as the outfielder was in the game up until the top of the ninth inning. He will be reevaluated on Thursday. Consider him day-to-day moving forward.
Jun 28 - 11:46 PM

John Lackey was shelled for eight runs in 5 1/3 innings and took a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

He gave up nine hits and two walks and managed only two strikeouts. He gave up solo home runs to Anthony Rendon, Matt Wieters and Daniel Murphy. He also walked in a run in the Nationals' four-run second inning. Lackey falls to 5-9 with a 5.24 ERA after 16 starts. The 38-year-old has been markedly less effective this year than he was the last several seasons. His velocity has declined but the biggest culprit has been the longball -- he has surrendered 24 dingers already this year. He has given up more than that in a full season just three times in his 16-year career.
Jun 28 - 11:34 PM

Marcus Stroman hurled 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball to beat the Orioles 4-0 on Wednesday.

He punched out eight batters and walked just one. He surrendered five base hits -- all singles -- and took advantage of an early lead to cruise through the game without much of a challenge. His record improves to 8-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 16 starts. He has 84 strikeouts and 24 walks in 100 1/3 innings of work.
Jun 28 - 10:11 PM

Kris Bryant left Wednesday's game against the Nationals due to what the Cubs are terming a "mild-to-moderate" right ankle sprain.

Bryant rolled his ankle when he stepped on third base after catching a routine pop up in the fifth inning. A subsequent X-ray came back negative for structural damage. The Cubs have not yet determined whether the reigning NL MVP will require a stay on the disabled list. He will be reevaluated on Thursday.
Jun 28 - 10:10 PM

Edwin Diaz blew his third game of the season by allowing two runs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Phillies.

Diaz came on with the Mariners clinging to a 4-3 lead. That would not last for long, as he coughed up a solo homer to Tommy Joseph to lead off the ninth inning. Following a pair of strikeouts, Diaz walked Cameron Perkins, balked him over to second and then surrendered a go-ahead RBI single to Andrew Knapp. Diaz has allowed six runs in his last 1 1/3 innings, but after the game, manager Scott Servais said that he would remain at closer moving forward.
Jun 28 - 8:16 PM

Chase Anderson left Wednesday's game against the Reds due to a left oblique strain.

Anderson appeared to suffer the injury while striking out swinging in the second inning. Obliques are notoriously difficult injuries to gauge when it comes to a timetable for a return. A stint on the disabled list will probably be needed, here.
Jun 28 - 8:08 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Meredith Marakovits that the team is concerned that Greg Bird (ankle, knee) may not be able to return this season.

Bird continues to feel soreness in his foot and ankle. He also fouled a ball off his right knee during a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month, as if the first baseman needed another issue. Bird has played in just 19 games this season. Chris Carter, who was outrighted to Triple-A, might see a call up soon, particularly given that recently called up first baseman Tyler Austin is dealing with hamstring bruising which could land him on the disabled list.
Jun 28 - 7:34 PM




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