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Luke Scott (calf) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

Scott went through a range of drills on Sunday and told reporters afterward that he felt "ready to take the next step" in his rehabilitation from a right calf strain. He hasn't played in live games since March, so the Rays may ask him to spend over a week on the farm. The 34-year-old designated hitter should join Tampa Bay's starting lineup by the end of April.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 09:23:00 AM

Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI as the Nationals beat the Phillies on Sunday.

Harper broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with an RBI ground out. He provided insurance in the seventh inning with an RBI single, and soon thereafter scored from first base on a Ryan Zimmerman double. The 22-year-old phenom has looked unstoppable through two months, batting .333/.471/.728 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI.
May 24 - 4:32 PM

Francisco Liriano was near-unhittable in a 9-1 win over the Mets on Sunday, striking out 12 and allowing one run in six innings.

Perhaps the only downside of striking out 12 batters is that it pumps up the pitch count. Indeed, Liriano had thrown 112 pitches by the time he exited the game after six, but these are just minor quibbles. Liriano was locked in from the word "go" and the only run to touch the plate came on a Wilmer Flores RBI single in the fifth inning. Flores was the only Mets regular Liriano failed to strike out. The non-regular? Pitcher Jon Niese, who went 1-for-2 without a whiff. Strange times, strange times. Liriano now boasts a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. Those numbers are skewed slightly high by a two-inning, seven-run debacle against the Twins in Liriano's last start. He's having a very good season. We'll see if he can strike out his opposing number when he takes to the road against the Padres in his next outing.
May 24 - 4:27 PM

Trevor Bauer limited the Reds to one run over 7 2/3 innings in a sterling performance en route to a win on Sunday.

Bauer allowed only five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. His only mistake came in the seventh inning, resulting in a solo home run to Marlon Byrd. It's his third start in a row he's pitched into the eighth inning while allowing exactly one run. Bauer has certainly lived up to his prospect hype through nine starts this season, owning a 3.02 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and a 55/22 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Mariners at Safeco Field next.
May 24 - 4:23 PM

Tom Koehler held the Orioles in check on Sunday, surrendering just one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Koehler's currently starting for Jarred Cosart (vertigo) and has pitched admirably in his extended spot duty. The only run he allowed against the Orioles came on a Jimmy Paredes sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. He also struck out three and walked four in the contest. Obviously, the walk number isn't good, but the 28-year-old right-hander managed to work his way around the free passes. He's scheduled to take a 3.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 38/21 K/BB ratio (in 55 innings) on the road against the Rockies next time out.
May 24 - 4:13 PM

Edwin Encarnacion singled and ripped a two-run home run in Sunday's victory over the Mariners.

Both Ryan Goins and Encarnacion went deep for the Jays in the fifth inning off of Taijuan Walker. Encarnacion still isn't hitting for average, but he's really found his power stroke of late with eight dingers over his last 16 contests. He has 12 homers and 32 RBI on the season.
May 24 - 4:07 PM

Billy Burns went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, a stolen base, and three runs scored in Sunday's victory over the Rays.

Burns led off the game with a solo home run to right field off of Erasmo Ramirez, serving as his first career long ball. He also singled twice and stole a base en route to scoring two more runs. The speedy outfielder has been a spark plug at the top of the Athletics' lineup, batting .309/.356/.395 with seven stolen bases in nine attempts.
May 24 - 4:04 PM

Yonder Alonso (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday.

Padres manager Bud Black seemed pessimistic less than a week ago about Alonso's recovery from a bone bruise in his right shoulder, but the first baseman has apparently made great progress since then. He'll hit on the field on Monday. "I was able to go through my routine, I was able to hit some balls off the tee and hit some balls off front toss. Day by day, I'm increasing my load," he said. "I'm feeling good, responded well to [Friday's] work."
May 24 - 3:44 PM

X-rays on Sonny Gray's right ankle came back negative.

Gray was hit on the ankle by a comebacker during Sunday's start in Tampa. He's escaped with merely a bruise and should be ready to roll later this week for his next scheduled start.
May 24 - 3:28 PM

Giants designated 3B Casey McGehee for assignment.

The Giants traded for McGehee over the winter in hopes that he'd pick up some of the offensive slack following the loss to Pablo Sandoval. It would be an understatement to say it didn't work out, as he hit just .200/.254/.282 and is now off the roster. Matt Duffy will be San Francisco's regular third baseman.
May 24 - 2:10 PM

Matt Holliday was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a left arm contusion.

Holliday was hit on the arm by a pitch during Saturday's game and evidently is still sore. Pete Kozma entered the lineup at shortstop in Holliday's place, with Jhonny Peralta sliding into the designated hitter spot and Mark Reynolds moving to left field.
May 24 - 2:08 PM

Steven Souza left Sunday's game versus the Athletics with a left wrist injury.

Souza initially hurt the wrist on a collision at home plate with Stephen Vogt, and he then aggravated it later on a swing. The A's should have more on his status later Sunday.
May 24 - 2:05 PM




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