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Cardinals recalled RHP Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis.

Martinez posted a 1.98 ERA and fanned 35 batters in 41 innings with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds after being sent there in late May to stretch out as a starter. If he gets a look in the St. Louis rotation at some point, the 21-year-old right-hander could carry major fantasy value.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 10:52:00 AM

Cole Hamels combined with relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon for a no-hitter in Monday afternoon's 7-0 defeat of the host Braves.

It's the only combined no-hitter in the 132-year history of the Phillies and the first one that has ever been thrown against Atlanta. Hamels probably would have liked to go the distance, but his pitch count shot up early because of five walks and seven strikeouts. He was relieved in the bottom of the seventh inning by Diekman, who struck out two of the three batters he faced. Giles then struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth, and Papelbon finished it off on a flyout, a groundout, and a lineout in the ninth. Hamels will face the Nationals on the road next.
Sep 1 - 4:41 PM

Dodgers purchased the contract of OF Joc Pederson from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Pederson won the Pacific Coast League MVP Award after batting .303/.435/.582 with 33 home runs and 30 stolen bases over 121 games this season. While he's an exciting player for the long-term, he's unlikely to be relevant in standard mixed leagues in September unless there's an injury in the Dodgers' outfield.
Sep 1 - 4:40 PM

Joe Mauer finished 3-for-4 with four RBI in the Twins' 6-4 defeat of the Orioles on Monday.

Mauer struck out swinging in his first at-bat, but he singled in the fourth inning, hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning, and then added a two-run single in the eighth. Mauer has been serving as the Twins' designated hitter for the past few games because of a sore shoulder but he is expected to return to first base this week.
Sep 1 - 4:26 PM

Phil Hughes held the Orioles to three unearned runs over eight innings Monday for his 15th win.

Baltimore scored those three runs on a Nick Hundley homer in the bottom of the seventh inning that was preceded by a J.J. Hardy throwing error. Hughes was otherwise dominant, striking out five batters and yielding only five total hits over his eight frames. He's 15-8 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 157/15 K/BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings this season. A home meeting with the Angels is next.
Sep 1 - 4:23 PM

Yasiel Puig was dropped down to sixth in the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals.

Puig has never batted lower than fifth in a start, but his struggles have forced Don Mattingly's hand. The 23-year-old hit .216 with zero homers in August.
Sep 1 - 4:16 PM

Reds transferred RHP Homer Bailey from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Bailey has been on the disabled list since the middle of August with a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow and wasn't making much progress on his strengthening program. Now he's done for the season. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Monday that he should make a decision this week whether to undergo surgery.
Sep 1 - 3:54 PM

Henderson Alvarez was removed from his start Monday versus the Mets with a left oblique strain.

That's awful news for the Marlins, as oblique strains often take 3-4 weeks to recover from and the 2014 regular season is in its final month. Alvarez allowed four runs -- three earned -- before exiting on Monday but still holds a sparkling 2.88 ERA on the year.
Sep 1 - 2:40 PM

Padres purchased the contract of INF Cory Spangenberg from Double-A San Antonio.

Spangenberg is starting at first base for the Friars in his major league debut Monday against the Diamondbacks. The 23-year-old was the 10th overall pick in 2011 and posted a strong .331/.365/.470 batting line with two home runs and 14 stolen bases in 66 games this season at Double-A. He could have value in NL-only fantasy formats.
Sep 1 - 2:25 PM

Royals activated 1B Eric Hosmer from the 15-day disabled list.

Hosmer took about a month to heal a stress fracture in his right hand. The Royals are struggling for offense at the moment and need their talented first baseman to finally hit his stride over the final month of 2014.
Sep 1 - 2:08 PM

Royals purchased the contract of LHP Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Finnegan was the 17th overall pick in this year's MLB Amateur Draft and skyrocketed through the Royals' minor league system, posting a 1.33 ERA and 26/4 K/BB ratio in 27 innings between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He'll be a weapon in the Kansas City bullpen.
Sep 1 - 2:01 PM

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies will promote Maikel Franco on Tuesday.

And the 22-year-old top third base prospect could make his major league debut Tuesday night against Braves left-hander Mike Minor. Franco got off to a sluggish start this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he's hit .324 with a .922 OPS, 11 home runs, and 47 RBI in 54 games since the beginning of July. He should play against most lefties in Philly and will be of good use in fantasy leagues that allow daily lineup changes.
Sep 1 - 1:55 PM




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