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Homer Bailey will make his next start Monday in the Reds' series-opener against the Brewers.

Bailey was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Mariners, but the Reds were rained out with the Giants on Thursday and decided to simply push all of their starters back a day. Bailey threw a no-hitter -- the second of his career -- Tuesday vs. San Francisco.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 03:50:00 PM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said A.J. Pollock (elbow) will play two out of every three games when he returns from the disabled list on Friday.

Pollock is expected to make his season debut Friday against the Reds after missing the first five months of the year with a fractured elbow. The 28-year-old was an absolute monster for the D'Backs in 2015 and looked sharp during his minor league rehab assignment. Even if he only plays four or five times a week, Pollock will still be a worthy investment for fantasy owners.
Aug 25 - 7:44 PM

Lucas Giolito is expected to start Sunday against the Rockies.

He'll take over for Reynaldo Lopez, who was dropped from the rotation and sent down to the minor leagues on Thursday. Giolito might not be long for the rotation with Stephen Strasburg (elbow) and Joe Ross (shoulder) both close to returning, but with rosters expanding soon, the Nats can afford to keep him around as a reliever. The right-hander made three starts for Washington last month but was sent down to work on his control after allowing nine walks in only 11 innings of work.
Aug 25 - 6:53 PM

Andre Ethier (leg) will begin a minor league rehab assignment for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.

Ethier participated in batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Giants and will now take the final step before making his return. The 34-year-old hasn't played yet this year after breaking his tibia during spring training. Ethier may require a lengthy rehab assignment after missing so much time. When Ethier finally returns to L.A. he'll join an outfield featuring Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson and Josh Reddick.
Aug 25 - 6:00 PM

Dodgers acquired C Carlos Ruiz and cash from the Phillies in exchange for C A.J. Ellis, RHP Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Ruiz had been with the Phillies since 2006. He hit .266 with 68 HR and 401 RBI during that span while making it to the World Series in 2008 and 2009. The 37-year-old will slide in as Yasmani Grandal's backup with Ellis filling a similar role in Philadelphia behind Cameron Rupp. With Ruiz gone, Ryan Howard is the lone holdover from Philadelphia's World Series team in '08. He might be gone soon as well.
Aug 25 - 5:40 PM

Nelson Cruz (back) is back in the Mariners' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

Cruz was lifted late in Wednesday night's game because of back spasms but it looks like the Mariners were just being cautious with their star slugger. He'll DH out of the cleanup spot against White Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo. Cruz is having another brilliant year for the M's with 33 homers, 78 RBI and a robust .539 slugging percentage over 460 at-bats.
Aug 25 - 5:16 PM

Kyle Seager (foot) is not in the Mariners' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

Seager is still out with a bruised foot he suffered Tuesday against the Yankees. Manager Scott Servais is hoping to have Seager back in the lineup on Friday but admitted it's 50-50. Utility man Shawn O'Malley will handle the hot corner in his absence on Thursday.
Aug 25 - 5:10 PM

Twins optioned RHP Jose Berrios to Triple-A Rochester.

The move comes after Berrios gave up six runs -- five earned -- and walked five in five innings Thursday in a loss to the Tigers. With the move, the Twins are conceding that they have no real idea on how to turn the talented right-hander into a useful major league pitcher; he's basically on his own right now. He certainly has nothing left to prove in Triple-A. Still, he's been truly dreadful in the majors this year, amassing a 9.24 ERA in his nine starts. He had given up 21 earned runs in 22 innings since being recalled on Aug. 1.
Aug 25 - 4:45 PM

The Mets are considering pushing back Jacob deGrom's next start.

Manager Terry Collins said the right-hander looks "run down." DeGrom seems to have hit a wall over his last two starts, going 0-2 during that stretch with a miserable 12.10 ERA. If Steven Matz (shoulder) returns from the disabled list on Tuesday as expected, the Mets can probably push deGrom back a day. Including the playoffs, deGrom has logged 359 innings since the start of 2015.
Aug 25 - 4:40 PM

Blue Jays activated OF Jose Bautista from the 15-day disabled list.

Bautista missed exactly 15 days with a left knee sprain. He is starting at DH and batting leadoff for the Jays on Thursday night against Angels righty Jered Weaver.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: There isn't much sense in waiting to deploy Bautista from a DFS perspective. Jered Weaver has been awful on the road - he's allowed a .385 wOBA on the road in addition to a poor 1.97 HR/9 rate - and will have to deal with a potent offense in a hitter friendly park. Joey Bats owns a .349 wOBA, .224 ISO and 38.3 hard% against RHP this season, so he's a fine play out of the lead-off spot. Donaldson, Encarnacion, Martin and Tulowitzki are also elite targets in this match-up.
Aug 25 - 3:50 PM

Devon Travis (finger) remains out of the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Angels.

Travis hasn't played since Sunday due to an issue with the third knuckle on his right hand. Darwin Barney will start at second base and bat ninth Thursday versus Anaheim right-hander Jered Weaver.
Aug 25 - 3:48 PM

Wilson Ramos is out of the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Orioles.

Jose Lobaton will catch Max Scherzer in the series finale at Nationals Park. Ramos has been one of the most active backstops in MLB this year and is in a bit of an offensive rut. He deserves the breather.
Aug 25 - 3:12 PM




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