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Gordon Beckham (hand) will begin taking batting practice on Wednesday or Thursday.

Beckham has been hitting off a tee the last few days with no issues and is ready to take the next step. As long as batting practice goes well, he should be cleared to start a rehab assignment soon. The second baseman is on track to rejoin the White Sox before the end of the month.
Mon, May 13, 2013 07:31:00 PM

Jedd Gyorko swatted his 24th home run of the season Tuesday, and the Cardinals edged the Brewers 2-1 in 10 innings.

Gyorko's homer, a solo job, came in the sixth inning to give the Cardinals a fleeting lead. He's now homered in back to back games and four of his last six. The power isn't new -- he hit 23 homers in his rookie season with the Padres in 2013 -- but it is a bit unexpected after Gyorko combined to hit just 26 dingers over his previous two seasons. The 27-year-old has a month left to continue to build on what's already a single-season best for his career.
Aug 31 - 12:09 AM

Wily Peralta struck out 10 Cardinals hitters over seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday.

Peralta gave up a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko, something every National League starter has sworn to do this year, but he was otherwise stellar in a no-decision. Stellar is also a word that could describe Peralta's performance in general since being recalled in early August. In five starts, the 27-year-old has a 3.00 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 30 innings of work. The brilliance came basically out of nowhere, and there's no guarantee he'll keep it up -- this is a guy who had a 6.68 ERA in June -- but adventurous owners could do worse than Peralta right now. A start against the Cubs on Monday could shed some light on just how real this renaissance is.
Aug 31 - 12:03 AM

James Paxton (finger) expects to take his next turn in the Mariners' rotation.

Paxton tore the nail off his left middle finger in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Rangers. He pitched two more innings after that but was limited to fastballs and curves. The lefty tore the same nail last September and had to be shut down early, though he really only missed one start. Paxton holds a 3.83 ERA and 82/20 K/BB ratio in 91 2/3 innings this season for Seattle.
Aug 31 - 12:03 AM

Collin McHugh spun six scoreless innings as the Astros defeated the A's 3-1 on Tuesday.

Needing a strong performance to reinforce his standing in the Astros rotation, McHugh delivered by holding the A's to four hits and a walk while striking out five. The good outing lowered his ERA to 4.80 through 27 starts, and the 29-year-old is now 9-10 overall. With Lance McCullers getting the go-ahead to begin ramping up his throwing, McHugh and his fellow starters will need to keep pitching well down the stretch to guarantee their spot in the rotation. His next chance will come Monday at the Indians.
Aug 30 - 11:47 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

The White Sox jumped on the Tigers for three runs in the second inning, but Detroit out-scored them 8-1 the rest of the way. Kinsler had the biggest hand in it with a two-run homer in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth. The second baseman's 24 bombs are easily his highest total in the last five seasons.
Aug 30 - 11:45 PM

Tuesday night's game between the Rockies and Dodgers was postponed due to rain in Denver.

The game will be made up with a split doubleheader on Wednesday. Tyler Anderson was scheduled to pitch for the host Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field and it was supposed to be Rich Hill making his second start for the visiting Dodgers. Anderson will handle the early game for the Rockies on Wednesday and Hill is going to pitch the later game for Los Angeles.
Aug 30 - 11:16 PM

Kyle Hendricks tossed seven scoreless innings Tuesday as the Cubs shut out the Pirates 3-0.

Hendricks scattered three hits and a walk while striking out four, earning his 13th win of the season in the process. He also increased his lead in earned run average, with his 2.09 ERA best among all qualified pitchers. That's quite a feather in the cap of the 26-year-old, who was arguably the least-coveted Cubs starter, for fantasy purposes, coming into the season. Hendricks has certainly shook that reputation, and he'll look to further his league lead when the Cubs face the Giants on Sunday.
Aug 30 - 11:12 PM

Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with a big three-run homer in Tuesday's victory over the Twins.

The Twins knocked Josh Tomlin out of the game after the righty retired just five batters, but Davis delivered with a three-run shot off of Andrew Albers in the second inning and Francisco Liriano doubled in the go-ahead run in the fourth. Davis entered the game in a 2-for-27 funk at the plate, but he's now extended his career high with 12 home runs.
Aug 30 - 11:10 PM

Curtis Granderson homered twice and drove in three runs as the Mets beat the Marlins 7-4 on Tuesday.

Granderson didn't even start Tuesday's game, entering as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. He slugged a solo homer in that at-bat, and an inning later Granderson cracked a two-run dinger to give him 22 homers on the year. They've come with the usual Granderson caveat of an inconsistent .223/.314/.433 batting line in 122 games. He also has just 38 RBI somehow.
Aug 30 - 10:46 PM

An MRI taken Tuesday on Cameron Maybin's injured left thumb showed no major damage.

Maybin tweaked the previously-sprained thumb Monday while attempting to steal second base in the fifth inning and was held out of action Tuesday. He probably won't play Wednesday either, but this shouldn't be an extended absence because it's just a bruise. Great news for the Tigers.
Aug 30 - 10:45 PM

Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

Hanley got the Red Sox on the board in the fifth and extended their lead with an RBI single in the sixth, but the Rays rallied with three late runs. Ramirez has picked up seven hits -- including a pair of home runs -- over his last four games to push his season line to .281/.353/.465.
Aug 30 - 10:37 PM




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