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Steve Pearce (wrist) is close to being cleared to start baseball activities.

The soreness in Pearce's left wrist is almost completely gone. There's no timetable for his return, but he's obviously making strides.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 09:09:00 PM

Matt Shoemaker yielded only two hits and no runs over seven innings in an 8-2 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday.

The pressure is on Shoemaker to prove he's a viable mid-rotation starter -- and playoff option -- with 13-game winner Garrett Richards lost for the season with a torn left patellar tendon. You wouldn't know it's fazing him. One day after Richards' ligament snapped, Shoemaker entered the seventh inning with a no-hitter and finished with 7 2/3 shutout frames against the Red Sox. Tonight he was nearly unhittable as well. Shoemaker, who went undrafted out of college and represents a huge victory for Los Angeles' scouting department, is 4-0 with a 0.77 ERA in his last four outings. The right-hander improves to 13-4 with a 3.33 ERA overall. Shoemaker hosts the A's in his next turn.
Aug 27 - 1:35 AM

Buster Posey belted his 16th and 17th home runs of the season and accounted for all of San Francisco's offense in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

This was his second career multi-homer game (the other coming in 2010). Posey knocked in RBI 63 and 64 while taking Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa deep in the sixth inning, and got his 65th with an emphatic eighth inning homer off Brooks Brown. Posey might have gotten JDLR at less than full strength -- the hurler suffered a thumb contusion while batting in the top half of the frame -- but he certainly won't give it back (De La Rosa was immediately removed once Posey crossed home plate). Posey finished the game 2-for-4. The catcher is slashing .288/.346/.457.
Aug 27 - 12:57 AM

Madison Bumgarner hurled a one-hit shutout, striking out 13, in a 3-0 win versus the Rockies on Tuesday.

Justin Morneau broke up the perfect game with a leadoff double in the eighth inning down the right field line. It wasn't a bad pitch, either, as the veteran first baseman reached down for a pitch on the outer half and turned on it. No problem. Bumgarner calmly struck out the next four batters and got a couple harmless pop outs to finish things off. He came into tonight with a 5.86 ERA in his last six starts at AT&T Park. Bumgarner will attempt to carry over the mastery into Sunday's matchup against Milwaukee.
Aug 27 - 12:54 AM

Zach Walters hit a game-winning two-run home run in the 10th inning to give the Indians an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

Walters went deep off White Sox reliever Jake Petricka, his sixth home run since being recalled on August 10. Walter also singled, walked and scored in the game. It's been mostly boom-or-bust for the 24-year-old, who is hitting just .207/.266/.529 on the season despite the power display, but he should be starting in AL-only leagues for his ability to hit the long ball alone.
Aug 27 - 12:17 AM

An ultrasound has revealed that the setback Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) suffered Monday was as a result of scar tissue breaking up.

It's good news all things considered, but Sanchez is essentially back to where he was when he first suffered the injury on August 8. "The ultrasound says I've got full motion, and I feel really good on that," Sanchez said. "Right now, I'm just like back at the first day [of the injury], heating and cooling the area." The Tigers are hopeful that the right-hander will make it back before the end of the season, but it's no guarantee. Kyle Lobstein will fill the fifth spot in the rotation for now.
Aug 26 - 11:53 PM

Dustin Pedroia clubbed a two-run home run and hit a two-run single in six plate appearances in Tuesday's 11-inning win against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Pedroia kicked off the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning. As the game was tied up 4-4 in the 11th, Pedroia started off what turned out to be a seven-run frame with a two-run single. The second baseman has homered in consecutive games, giving him seven on the season along with 51 RBI and a .281/.341/.382 slash line.
Aug 26 - 11:49 PM

Alex Gordon hit a two-run walk-off home run to give the Royals a 2-1 victory over the Twins on Tuesday.

Gordon hit the two-run shot off Twins closer Glen Perkins. The outfielder finished 2-for-4 in the game, bringing his line up to .283/.356/.454 on the year. He's been especially effective in August, as Tuesday's was his seventh home run to go with 12 RBI and 16 runs scored this month.
Aug 26 - 11:38 PM

Brett Gardner (ankle) anticipates being back in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

Gardner hasn't played since fouling a ball off his ankle on Saturday, but he's apparently feeling much better. The outfielder is sporting a .269/.346/.435 batting line with 15 homers and 19 steals this season.
Aug 26 - 11:31 PM

Caleb Joseph knocked in a pair of runs with a single and finished 2-for-4 overall in Tuesday's victory over the Rays.

Joseph turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead with his fourth-inning, two-run single to center field. Though he had been slumping lately, Joseph has done a decent job behind the plate filling in for the injured Matt Wieters. The 28-year-old rookie is slashing .228/.290/.411 with eight home runs and 23 RBI on the season.
Aug 26 - 11:23 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice, both of the solo variety, but the Yankees were unable to overcome the Tigers on Tuesday.

Ellsbury finished 3-for-4 on the night, homering the first time in the fifth and the second time in the eighth, both against Rick Porcello. The center fielder is coming off of a 3-for-5 (with a homer) performance on Monday as well. Overall, Ellsbury has 13 home runs, 60 RBI, 35 steals, and a .284/.347/.422 slash line in the first year of his seven-year deal with the Yankees.
Aug 26 - 11:06 PM

Chris Carter hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Astros to a stunning 4-2 win over the Athletics on Tuesday.

The Astros had been limited to one run by Athletics starter Jason Hammel, but an error and HBP put two runners on for Carter in the eighth inning. Carter made reliever Luke Gregerson pay with his 32nd home run of the season. Carter has now hit 11 homers in 24 August games. He's third in the league with his 32 homers, and Carter has 77 RBI. Barring a September collapse, 2014 will be a career year for the 27-year-old.
Aug 26 - 11:04 PM




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