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Cole Hamels was handed his 11th loss of the season Friday after he gave up four runs over six innings against the Mets.

Hamels had a 3-0 lead, but squandered it by giving up one run in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and a go-ahead run in the sixth. He fanned five and walked three (one intentional) in the loss. While it hasn't all been his fault, the southpaw is the first Phillies' pitcher with 11 losses before the end of June since 1937. He'll bring a 4.50 ERA into a start against the Padres in his hometown of San Diego next week.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 10:59:00 PM

Michael Cuddyer's bat stayed hot, as he went 3-for-3 with three singles, a walk, and two runs scored to help the Mets top the Red Sox on Sunday.

Cuddyer led off the second inning with a single and later came around to score the first run of the ballgame. He walked and scored in the sixth, then added an RBI single in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie. Since returning from the disabled list, Cuddyer is batting .388 (19-for-49).
Aug 30 - 4:13 PM

Edwin Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a single and a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

He was also hit by a pitch, reaching base in three of four plate appearances. The longball was Encarnacion's 30th of the season, giving him at least that many in four straight campaigns. The runaway train that is the Blue Jays offense launched four home runs on Sunday, with Josh Donaldson, Kevin Pillar and Russell Martin joining Encarnacion.
Aug 30 - 4:12 PM

Abraham Almonte smacked a grand slam as part of a 2-for-4 effort in Sunday's win against the Angels.

Almonte sent the Indians' lead to 6-0 when he cleared the bases with a grand slam to right-center off of Jered Weaver in the fifth inning. His bat had cooled off considerably following his first week with the Angels after coming over from the Padres in early August, but he still has a .270/.321/.541 batting line with his new team along with three home runs and 14 RBI in 81 plate appearances.
Aug 30 - 3:55 PM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) is hoping to rejoin the Pirates' rotation during the September 15-17 series against the Cubs.

Burnett was thrilled with how a 70-pitch simulated game went on Sunday, saying there's "no comparison" to how he feels now and how he did when he injured his elbow in July. He will not go out on a rehab assignment before returning. J.A. Happ has pitched well in Burnett's place, posting a 1.98 ERA over five starts.
Aug 30 - 12:40 PM

Josh Hamilton (knee) has yet to be cleared to resume running.

Hamilton is taking batting practice and playing catch with no issues, but his left knee remains too sore to run on. He will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday but could be limited to pinch-hitting initially. "It feels OK to throw and hit on the knee," he said. "I just haven’t gotten to the important part where I can run or jog. That’s the next step."
Aug 30 - 12:21 PM

Rougned Odor (finger) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

He was able to go through some pregame drills, suggesting his return is close. Hanser Alberto is filling in at second base again for Odor.
Aug 30 - 12:15 PM

Felix Hernandez will have his next turn in the rotation skipped.

Vidal Nuno will start on Monday in Houston instead. King Felix pitched well his last time out but overall has struggled for the last month, so getting him some extra rest probably isn't a bad idea. "I did the same thing last year," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I freshened my pitchers up, and Felix had the best September of his career. Everybody thought I was nuts when I did it. I’ll do it again because it’s the right thing to do."
Aug 30 - 11:48 AM

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said Sunday that Jean Machi has overtaken Junichi Tazawa as the club's closer.

It comes as no surprise, as Tazawa was pulled from a save opportunity on Friday and then Machi nailed down a save on Saturday. Machi is certainly no cinch in the role given his 5.21 ERA on the season, but obviously he needs to be owned in fantasy leagues while he's being used in the ninth inning.
Aug 30 - 11:32 AM

Mark Teixeira (shin) remained out of the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

Teixeira has started just one game over the last 13 days due to a deep bone bruise in his right shin. He's not going to be placed on the disabled list with roster expanding soon, but there's no timetable for his return to action. Greg Bird will continue to handle first base.
Aug 30 - 11:06 AM

Carlos Correa (hamstring) remained out of the Astros' lineup Sunday.

He's now missed the last four games with a left hamstring strain. Marwin Gonzalez is starting at shortstop again in Correa's place.
Aug 30 - 11:02 AM

Michael Taylor (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Taylor didn't start the last couple games due to a bruised right knee. He was able to pinch-hit Saturday, though, and is back in the lineup Sunday.
Aug 30 - 10:54 AM




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