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Astros sent LHP Wade LeBlanc outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

LeBlanc was designated for assignment by the 'Stros earlier this week after allowing five runs over 3 2/3 innings of relief. He drew no interest on waivers.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 10:24:00 AM

After hitting a double in Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Jay Bruce exited with an apparent injury.

Bruce was replaced by a pinch-runner Alejandro De Aza in the second inning. He might have suffered the injury while initially running out of the box. The Mets should pass along word as to the exact reason for his exit as the game progresses.
Aug 24 - 8:43 PM

Nelson Cruz left Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to back spasms.

Cruz was pinch-hit for by Mike Zunino in the eighth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Yankees. This was just a precautionary move, though, and the slugger could return to the lineup on Thursday at the White Sox.
Aug 24 - 7:42 PM

Masahiro Tanaka delivered seven shutout innings Wednesday in the Yankees' 5-0 blanking of the Mariners.

Tanaka scattered seven hits -- six singles, one double -- over his seven scoreless frames while striking out five and issuing just one walk. The third-inning walk to Seth Smith was Tanaka's first free pass in 34 innings this month. Tanaka, 27, now boasts an 11-4 record, 3.11 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 142/28 K/BB ratio over 168 innings (26 starts) this season. He gets the Royals on the road next.
Aug 24 - 7:35 PM

Kendall Graveman fired 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Athletics' 5-1 win over the Indians.

Graveman was handed a 5-0 lead after the second inning and went into cruise control from there, scattering six hits and two walks over his six-plus frames while striking out two. The one run he gave up came on a Roberto Perez solo homer in the top of the seventh inning, which actually had to be reviewed. Graveman has been excellent now in two straight outings and boasts a 3.36 ERA over his last 18 starts. He'll try to keep it rolling next week in Houston.
Aug 24 - 6:27 PM

Byung Ho Park will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

Park was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist in mid-August, but according to the Twins, this surgery is actually being performed in an area on the wrist unrelated to the previous injury. He will be going under the knife to repair a subluxation of a tendon in the back of his hand. The procedure will sideline the 30-year-old for the remainder of the 2016 season. He struggled in his first taste of the majors, hitting .191/.275/.409 over 62 games with the Twins prior to being sent down to Triple-A Rochester in July.
Aug 24 - 5:46 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Jon Niese will undergo surgery on his left knee.

Niese was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after he felt a noticeable pain in his left knee. The New York Times' James Wagner is reporting that this is expected to be a relatively minor procedure, one that should take about four weeks to recover from. Still, that will end his season. Robert Gsellman will fill Niese's rotation spot moving forward. Prior to the injury, Niese held a 5.50 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 121 innings between the Pirates and Mets.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 5:30 PM

Ryan Braun slugged a pair of home runs Wednesday in the Brewers' 7-1 rout of the Rockies.

That concludes a three-game sweep for the Brewers. Braun hit a solo shot off Rockies starter Tyler Anderson in the bottom of the fourth inning and then added a two-run bomb off Chad Qualls in the bottom of the seventh. He finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored and is now slashing .317/.380/.562 with 24 home runs, 74 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and 66 runs scored in 105 games this season. Pretty good stuff from the 32-year-old outfielder.
Aug 24 - 5:24 PM

Carlos Gomez is set to join the Rangers on Thursday.

No surprise here, as manager Jeff Banister said on Tuesday that this was a strong possibility. Gomez was signed to a minor league contract by the Rangers earlier this month after the Astros released him. The versatile-when-right outfielder has been playing at Triple-A Round Rock in preparation for his return to major league play. He's doubtful to carry significant fantasy value down the stretch after batting .210/.272/.322 over 323 plate appearances this year for Houston.
Aug 24 - 5:09 PM

Alex Bregman hit another double Wednesday in the Astros' 5-4 defeat of the Pirates.

That's the ninth double and 13th extra-base hit in the last 18 games for Bregman, who is having a big August after struggling out of the gate following his July 25 promotion to the major leagues. The 22-year-old top prospect looks like a must-own in standard leagues for the stretch run. He had a .469 OPS nine days ago. It's now up to 694.
Aug 24 - 3:50 PM

Devon Travis (finger) remains out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

Travis received a cortisone injection Tuesday for an issue with the third knuckle on his right hand. It's not clear when he might return. Darwin Barney is starting at second base and batting leadoff on Wednesday versus Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Matt Shoemaker has been a much different pitcher on the road (4.71 xFIP on the road, 3.17 at home), allowing HRs to RH bats at a high rate (2.73 HR/9) while also allowing more hard contact to lefties. This is a sneakier than usual spot to stack up the Jays, with the RH power bats being the best upside targets. Darwin Barney is a suitable punt play that can make rostering guys like Donaldson and Encarnacion much easier while also giving you exposure to the top of a potent lineup.
Aug 24 - 3:42 PM

Hanley Ramirez is getting a day off Wednesday.

Travis Shaw will start at first base and Brock Holt will start at third base versus Rays right-hander Matt Andriese. Hanley will be available off the bench.
Aug 24 - 3:20 PM




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