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Hiroki Kuroda will not make his scheduled start on Friday against the Orioles due to a sore left hip flexor.

The good news is that an MRI came back clean and Kuroda appears likely to avoid the disabled list. The right-hander suffered the injury while warming up before Sunday's start but managed to pitch through it. Ivan Nova will get the ball for the Yankees on Friday.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 11:38:00 PM

Curt Casali hit a pair of homers, helping the Rays take down the Tigers on Monday.

Casali put the Rays up 1-0 in the third inning with a solo home run off of Anibal Sanchez. He tacked on a two-run home run to push the Rays' lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth off of Bruce Rondon, finishing 3-for-4 on the night. The catcher has taken only 51 plate appearances, but has already gone deep five times while knocking in eight runs and posting a .261/.314/.652 batting line.
Jul 27 - 10:45 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are "hottest" on Craig Kimbrel.

The Nats have also been linked to Aroldis Chapman, as they appear determined to land an elite closer despite Drew Storen's fine season. Rosenthal adds that the Padres asked for Trea Turner (who they traded to Washington over the winter) from the Nationals in trade talks but were told it wouldn't happen.
Jul 27 - 10:35 PM

Matt Wieters clubbed a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning against the Braves on Monday.

The two clubs brought a 0-0 game into the ninth inning, and each team scored once in their half-inning to send the game into extras. Wieters ended the drama with a walk-off solo job to right-center off of Luis Avilan. It's the catcher's first home run since June 25, as he has been scuffling offensively. Wieters is hitting .250/.276/.431 with four home runs and 13 RBI since making his season debut on June 5.
Jul 27 - 10:33 PM

Eric Hosmer had a big night in a win against the Indians on Monday, finishing 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.

Hosmer put the Royals on the board with three-run home run off of Cody Anderson in the first inning. He added an RBI single in the fifth. The first baseman appears to be back in the swing of things after a summer swoon, as he's resuscitated his batting line back up to .308/.368/.467 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI.
Jul 27 - 10:14 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Tyson Ross has been the "focus" of the Cubs' trade talks with the Padres.

The Padres appear willing to trade anyone from their rotation, but Ross would probably be the least likely to be dealt since he's under team control through 2017. The Cubs have also expressed interest in Ian Kennedy and there's been some speculation that they could consider James Shields.
Jul 27 - 10:03 PM

Ryan Braun was a late scratch from Monday's game with lower back tightness.

He should be considered day-to-day. Gerardo Parra moved over to right field in Braun's spot, with Khris Davis entering the lineup in left field.
Jul 27 - 9:57 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Kyle Schwarber could start seeing more playing time in left field.

He played one inning in left field on Sunday and has been working on outfield drills on days he's not starting at catcher. The outfield isn't totally foreign to Schwarber, as he played left field 36 times in the minors last season. "You saw him play one minute of outfield [Sunday]," Maddon said. "You might see him out there more often as we move along." Schwarber has only been starting three out of every five games at catcher, sitting out on days when Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta pitch. Fantasy owners would obviously love to see his bat in the lineup more often.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Jul 27 - 9:16 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros "remain in the thick" of the bidding for Cole Hamels and are "making a big push" for the left-hander.

The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir last week but apparently aren't done in their search for frontline pitching. Houston is on Hamels' no-trade list and it's been reported previously that he might not be willing to waive it in order to go to the Astros. The Rangers are viewed by most as the favorites at the moment to land Hamels.
Jul 27 - 9:03 PM

Adam Lind (back) said Monday that he's feeling better and expects to return to the lineup Tuesday.

Lind is missing a second straight start because of a tight lower back. He thinks he could be available to pinch-hit, though, and is aiming to return to action Tuesday. Lind is a good bet to be traded this week, with the Cardinals being one club that's in on him.
Jul 27 - 8:21 PM

Newsday's Marc Carig was told by a Mets source that Jeurys Familia will remain the team's closer following the acquisition of Tyler Clippard.

Familia has blown both of his save chances since the All-Star break, but he's been fantastic for pretty much the entire season and deserves to keep his job. Clippard will be used in the eighth inning but does offer some protection for the ninth should Familia stumble some more.
Jul 27 - 7:25 PM

Giants activated OF Nori Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.

Aoki missed over a month of action with a small fracture in his right fibula. He's in left field and hitting eighth on Monday, as the Giants are keeping Angel Pagan in the leadoff spot.
Jul 27 - 6:40 PM




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