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Nationals claimed LHP Xavier Cedeno off waivers from the Astros; optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

Cedeno was designated for assignment by the Astros last week after he allowed 11 runs -- eight earned -- over his first 6 1/3 innings this season. He'll serve as bullpen depth in the minors.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 02:50:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Johnny Cueto plans to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract after the season.

It's been a disappointing season for Cueto, as he's posted a 4.42 ERA over 15 starts. However, as long as he finishes the year healthy it makes sense that he'd opt out of the four years and $84 million he has remaining on his deal after this season. Even at 31 years old, he'd surely land a bigger contract than that as a free agent. Heyman does add that Cueto "would listen to any extension offer" from the club, but the Giants "don’t seem inclined to do that." Given their aging roster and multitude of long-term contracts, the Giants might be in favor of Cueto opting out.
Jun 23 - 11:41 AM

Bud Norris (knee) is expected to resume a throwing program in the next couple days.

Norris was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a right knee issue that has bothered him for nearly a month. The hope is that he'll be ready for activation from the DL when first eligible on June 29, and he seems likely to get his closer job back at that time.
Jun 23 - 10:49 AM

Julio Urias will have his ailing left shoulder examined further this weekend in Los Angeles.

An MRI last week showed no structural damage, but Urias' shoulder is still bothering him and Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that "there is a heightened level of concern about the severity" of the injury. That obviously doesn't sound good, but we'll know more about Urias' condition this weekend.
Jun 23 - 8:44 AM

Nick Markakis went 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored to help the Braves hold on for a 12-11 win over the Giants on Thursday.

Markakis took Giants starter Matt Cain deep in the first inning for a two-run blast, just his third of the season. It kicked off the scoring in a game that would see 23 runs scored on 31 hits. Markakis himself picked up three more singles along the way, raising his line to .296/.374/.394 on the year. The 33-year-old has 41 RBI and 37 runs scored in 72 games as the Braves' primary right fielder.
Jun 23 - 1:43 AM

Buster Posey was an extra-base hit machine Thursday, finishing 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Braves.

Posey has always had a penchant for hitting left-handed pitching and feasted on Braves starter Jaime Garcia in this one, hitting a solo homer in the second and smacking two doubles off the southpaw before Garcia could be relieved. The homer was Posey's 10th of the season, the sixth straight year the backstop has reached double-digits in dingers. Quietly, the 30-year-old is having a remarkable offensive year this season, batting .344/.427/.537 through 63 games.
Jun 23 - 1:37 AM

Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a grand slam and six total RBI in Thursday's 9-6 win over the Tigers.

Entering action on Thursday, Cano had not homered since June 6. He put that dry spell to bed in high style, connecting first for a two-run home run off Daniel Norris in the second inning. He proceeded to top himself with a just-got-enough-of-it grand slam to center in the seventh to give the M's an insurmountable 9-3 lead. For the season, the veteran second baseman boasts a .284/.343/.482 triple-slash, 13 homers and 48 RBI in 257 at-bats.
Jun 23 - 1:21 AM

Making his major league debut in Thursday's 9-6 win over the Tigers, Andrew Moore allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings.

Moore ran into a few sticky spots -- a solo home run allowed to Ian Kinsler in the third, two more runs crossing home in the sixth -- but by-and-large, this was a phenomenal debut performance. He struck out four without walking a batter and finished his evening having thrown an even 100 pitches, 69 for strikes. The 23-year-old right-hander had been pitching to a 2.72 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 77/17 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings split between Double- and Triple-A prior to his call-up on Wednesday. He will try to repeat Thursday's strong performance in a home start against the Phillies next time he takes to the mound.
Jun 23 - 1:11 AM

Cameron Maybin hit a leadoff homer, stole a base and scored three runs as the Angels doubled up the Yankees 10-5 on Thursday.

Maybin had just the one hit, his sixth homer of the year off Yankees starter Luis Severino to open the contest, but he also walked twice like a good leadoff man is wont to do. Also like a good leadoff man, the 30-year-old now has 46 runs scored on the year, ninth-most in the American League. His 22 stolen bases are best in the AL. It's just been an all-around good year for Maybin, who's hitting .277/.387/.442 after Thursday.
Jun 23 - 1:06 AM

Brandon Phillips left Thursday's game against the Giants with left groin tightness.

Phillips has been deemed day-to-day. He will be reevaluated on Friday to determine the exact severity of the injury.
Jun 23 - 12:57 AM

Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants due to a tight left hamstring.

Kemp was lifted after hitting a single in the fifth inning. He has dealt with hamstring problems at several other points this season. The Braves are labeling him day-to-day for the time being, but a stay on the disabled list is always in play with a finicky issue like the hamstring. Kemp will be reevaluated on Friday.
Jun 23 - 12:54 AM

Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored in the Indians' 6-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday.

Jackson swatted an RBI triple and scored a run in the second inning, and he tacked on a two-run single with the bases loaded in the third. The 30-year-old has come on strong in recent days, going 8-for-19 with two doubles, a triple and a homer in his last five games. He's still a situational player but he's being used well by the Tribe, hitting .301/.382/.516 in 34 games this year.
Jun 23 - 12:10 AM




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