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Vinnie Pestano (elbow) is eyeing a return on May 17.

Pestano will resume throwing on Sunday and is scheduled for one rehab appearance next Wednesday. Assuming they go well, he'll be activated on May 17.
Thu, May 9, 2013 07:43:00 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI on Wednesday, leading the Cubs to an 8-3 victory over their cross-town rivals.

Rizzo's bases-clearing three-run double off of James Shields in the fifth inning increased the Cubs' lead to 4-0 and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He chipped in an RBI single in the eighth inning for good measure. Rizzo is now hitting .258/.385/.508 with 23 homers and 66 RBI on the season.
Jul 27 - 12:35 AM

Aaron Nola punched out 10 batters in six shutout innings to earn a 9-0 win over the Astros on Wednesday.

His effort was all the more impressive considering it came against the best team in the American League. He gave up just four hits and one walk while throwing 103 pitches in the gem. His record improves to 8-6 with a 3.17 ERA through 16 starts. He has 107 strikeouts and 30 walks in 99 1/3 innings. He lines up for two starts next week, although one of them will be in Coors Field against the Rockies.
Jul 27 - 12:10 AM

Cameron Rupp cranked a pair of two-run homers during Wednesday's defeat of the Astros.

The first came off starter Mike Fiers to open the game's scoring in the fourth inning. The second came off reliever Michael Feliz to conclude the game's scoring in the sixth. First baseman Tommy Joseph was on base for both of them. Rupp now has a .233 batting average with nine home runs and 22 RBI on the season.
Jul 26 - 11:52 PM

Kendrys Morales slugged a walk-off solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Athletics.

Moments after Justin Smoak tied the game with a two-run shot off closer Santiago Casilla, Morales followed suit with a blast of his own to send the fans home happy. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in the ballgame and now owns a .254 batting average with 18 longballs and 54 RBI on the season.
Jul 26 - 10:51 PM

Rockies acquired RHP Pat Neshek from the Phillies for INF Jose Gomez, RHP J.D. Hammer and RHP Alejandro Requena.

The Nationals, Dodgers and Red Sox had all previously been linked to Neshek, but Colorado ultimately comes away with the prize. The veteran reliever has put in a sparkling season to date, pitching to a 1.12 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 45/5 K/BB ratio across 40 1/3 innings. This fine body of work earned him a berth at the All-Star Game.
Jul 26 - 10:50 PM

The Braves are expected to option Dansby Swanson to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Swanson has had a few nice moments this season, but has struggled by-and-large. Over the course of 324 at-bats, the 23-year-old shortstop is hitting a mere .213/.287/.312 with six homers and 35 RBI. Johan Carmago will likely see the majority of shortstop at-bats moving forward with Swanson heading down to hone his craft.
Jul 26 - 10:36 PM

Stephen Strasburg (arm) will be placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Strasburg will miss his Saturday start against the Rockies -- top pitching prospect Erick Fedde will toe the rubber for that one -- but the Nationals are hopeful that he will be able to return from the disabled list when first eligible. He initially came down with discomfort in his right forearm during his outing on Sunday.
Jul 26 - 10:31 PM

Paul Blackburn rattled off seven scoreless innings against the Blue Jays on Wednesday but had to settle for a no-decision as the bullpen blew the game in the ninth.

He gave up just two base hits and issued three walks while notching three strikeouts. Only two runners could even reach second base against Blackburn. He was making his fifth start of the season and now owns a sparkling 2.25 ERA despite a microscopic strikeout rate. He has fanned 12 batters and walked 10 in 32 innings of work.
Jul 26 - 10:23 PM

Santiago Casilla surrendered three runs on a pair of homers and was charged with a blown save and a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Tasked with protecting a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, Casilla gave up the ghost just about as quickly as humanly possible. He walked Josh Donaldson to lead off the inning, then served up a two-run homer to Justin Smoak to tie the game. The next batter, Kendrys Morales, whacked a walk-off solo shot to end the ballgame. The bad game gives Casilla five losses and six blown saves on the season, against two wins and 16 saves. He has a 4.66 ERA in 36 2/3 innings.
Jul 26 - 10:14 PM

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will call up pitching prospect Erick Fedde to start in place of Stephen Strasburg (arm) on Saturday.

Strasburg left his last start with discomfort in his right forearm. The initial hope was that he would not have to miss a start, but all signs are pointing to Fedde taking his next turn through the rotation against the Rockies on Saturday. The 24-year-old right-hander ranked as Baseball America's No. 52 prospect in the game prior to the 2017 season. Splitting time between Double- and Triple-A, Fedde has pitched to a 3.72 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 69/21 K/BB ratio across 27 appearances (11 starts).
Jul 26 - 9:24 PM

Howie Kendrick left Wednesday's game against the Astros due to left hand soreness.

Kendrick was hit by a pitch on the left hand in the third inning and came out one frame later. Consider him day-to-day for the time being. He will be reevaluated on Thursday.
Jul 26 - 9:12 PM




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