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According to manager Kirk Gibson, J.J. Putz left his appearance Tuesday because of elbow stiffness.

If this has been an ongoing thing for Putz, it'd explain some of his struggles to date. Given his history, the safe play would be to put him on the DL, even if this is termed minor. There hasn't been any comment yet on who might close in Putz's place. David Hernandez, Matt Reynolds and Heath Bell could be part of a committee or perhaps Gibson will pick one of the three. Hernandez is the best reliever of the bunch, but Reynolds is performing better now and Bell got the job done tonight. We'd still take a chance on Hernandez first.
Wed, May 8, 2013 01:59:00 AM

Michael Morse (hip) will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

Morse tweaked his left hip while taking batting practice on Monday. He said he's already feeling better and the MRI is precautionary, but more will obviously be known following Tuesday's exam.
Sep 1 - 9:48 PM

Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and finished 4-for-5 in the Tigers' 12-1 win over the Indians on Monday.

Cabrera was in one of his scary zones on Labor Day. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning and book-ended that with a solo shot in the eighth. In between, he hit a few singles. He finished the game with three RBI and four runs scored. While Cabrera's season slash line of .304/.367/.501 would be considered great for almost any other player, for Cabrera it constitutes a slight down year. Most noticeably, even with the two home runs on Monday, Cabrera has only hit 19 long balls during the 2014 campaign. He had only hit three in the second-half coming into Monday's firestorm.
Sep 1 - 9:10 PM

David Price tossed seven innings of one-run ball in Monday's win over the Indians.

In Price's seven innings of work, he walked just two and struck out eight while scattering eight hits. Price was facing off with Indians' ace Corey Kluber, but what looked like a fun pitching match-up quickly dissipated into the winds of September, as Kluber was shelled. The lone run on Price's line came in the very first inning, on an RBI-double by Carlos Santana. Detroit ended up winning 12-1. Price has had his ups and downs with the Tigers, but starts like Labor Day's are the reason why they acquired the lefty. Between the Tigers and Rays, Price has a 3.25 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
Sep 1 - 8:37 PM

Adam Dunn homered and drove in two in his first game with the A's on Monday.

Dunn finished the contest 2-for-3. He got things going in style, hitting a two-run homer off of Mariners' starter Chris Young in the first inning. The home run was Dunn's 21st of the year, though obviously he hit 20 of those with the White Sox. For Dunn, the trade to the A's puts him on a winning ball club, and for the A's, there's hope he can revitalize their struggling offense in the dogfight that is the AL West. Dunn batted clean-up in this one. For the year, he's slashing .224/.344/.443.
Sep 1 - 7:28 PM

Jason Hammel allowed one run in eight innings of work Monday in a win over the Mariners.

Hammel was brilliant in this one as the A's rebounded from their sweep at the hands of the Angels. He was spotted a 5-0 lead in the first, making his job that much easier. Over the course of eight innings, Hammel struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits. The lone splotch on his line came on a Brad Miller solo home run. Other than that, Hammel was golden. This was his best start since being traded from the Cubs and he's trending in the right direction. In his last two starts Hammel's allowed just six hits in fifteen innings. Between the Cubs and the A's, Hammel holds a 3.58 ERA and 1.15 WHIP to go with a 141/43 K/BB.
Sep 1 - 6:47 PM

Kolten Wong hit a game-tying two-run homer against the Pirates on Monday.

The Cardinals entered the bottom of the seventh down 4-2 before Kolten Wong hit a pinch-hit two-run homer to tie the game at 4-4. Wong was out of the lineup to start after hitting his head on the field on Sunday, but he passed concussion tests and was able to come through in dramatic fashion on Labor Day. Hopefully Wong is completely in the clear health-wise and will be able to add to his .252/.293/.404 slash. When he's going right, Wong has the power to help carry a squad.
Sep 1 - 6:08 PM

Matt Holliday hit a two-run double and a go-ahead RBI single against the Pirates on Monday.

Holliday hit the double, his 33rd, off of Gerrit Cole in the third inning. It drew the Cardinals to within 3-2. After a Kolten Wong home run knotted the game at 4-4 in the seventh, Holliday delivered a go-ahead RBI single to make the score 5-4, which held up for the Cards at the end. Holliday finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI. He's rediscovered his power stroke in the second half of the season. Prior to the All Star break, he was slugging just .389 with six home runs. Since the break, he's slugged .531 with ten home runs.
Sep 1 - 6:02 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of 3B Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

It's official. Franco got off to a slow start this season, but he hit .324 with a .922 OPS, 11 home runs, and 47 RBI in 54 games after the start of July. It's unclear if he'll play everyday, as the Phillies still have Cody Asche in the fold at third base, but he's capable of providing mixed league value when in the lineup.
Sep 1 - 5:58 PM

Cole Hamels combined with relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon for a no-hitter in Monday afternoon's 7-0 defeat of the host Braves.

It's the only combined no-hitter in the 132-year history of the Phillies and the first one that has ever been thrown against Atlanta. Hamels probably would have liked to go the distance, but his pitch count shot up early because of five walks and seven strikeouts. He was relieved in the bottom of the seventh inning by Diekman, who struck out two of the three batters he faced. Giles then struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth, and Papelbon finished it off on a flyout, a groundout, and a lineout in the ninth. Hamels will face the Nationals on the road next.
Sep 1 - 4:41 PM

Dodgers purchased the contract of OF Joc Pederson from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Pederson won the Pacific Coast League MVP Award after batting .303/.435/.582 with 33 home runs and 30 stolen bases over 121 games this season. While he's an exciting player for the long-term, he's unlikely to be relevant in standard mixed leagues in September unless there's an injury in the Dodgers' outfield.
Sep 1 - 4:40 PM

Joe Mauer finished 3-for-4 with four RBI in the Twins' 6-4 defeat of the Orioles on Monday.

Mauer struck out swinging in his first at-bat, but he singled in the fourth inning, hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning, and then added a two-run single in the eighth. Mauer has been serving as the Twins' designated hitter for the past few games because of a sore shoulder but he is expected to return to first base this week.
Sep 1 - 4:26 PM




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