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Bryce Harper is batting leadoff for the Nationals on Sunday in Miami.

Manager Davey Johnson is attempting something new in an effort to kick-start his lineup. Denard Span had batted leadoff in all of his starts this season, but he's been moved to the No. 7 hole.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 10:59:00 AM

Chris Davis was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore right elbow.

Davis' elbow is still a little tender after he was hit by a pitch on Saturday. He still wanted to play Sunday, so it's probably safe to assume he'll be back in there Monday. Trey Mancini has moved from right field to first base and Craig Gentry entered the lineup in right.
Apr 30 - 12:02 PM

Rajai Davis (hamstring) is on track to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

It's the first day he's eligible to return. Davis has batted only .214/.262/.375 in the early going for the Athletics, but he'll get his center field job back upon activation and should also spend plenty of time in the leadoff spot.
Apr 30 - 11:53 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday that the typical timetable for someone with Adam Eaton's (knee) injuries is 6-9 months.

More will be known after Eaton has surgery, but 6-9 months is the rough expectation right now. Rizzo noted that Eaton had a full thickness tear of his left ACL as well as a meniscus tear and high ankle sprain. The Nationals haven't officially ruled him out for the rest of the season, but that undoubtedly will happen after Eaton goes under the knife. Rizzo added that the club is confident it can fill the center field void internally. It will start with Michael Taylor, but Rafael Bautista also looms as an option. It seems unlikely that top prospect Victor Robles would be pushed to the majors this season given that he's only in High-A and won't turn 20 until next month.
Apr 30 - 11:20 AM

Athletics placed LHP Sean Manaea on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 27, with a left shoulder strain.

The A's had been hoping that they could just push Manaea's next start back after he exited his last outing with a tight shoulder. It's unclear whether something changed with his status or the club just simply decided to play it safe. They should have an update on Manaea later Sunday.
Apr 30 - 11:01 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday that he expected Gary Sanchez (biceps) to be on the active roster at this time next week.

Sanchez is slated to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and should need only a handful of at-bats before being activated. Him re-joining the Yankees for the beginning of their road trip on Friday seems like a realistic scenario.
Apr 30 - 10:57 AM

Blue Jays activated RHP Aaron Sanchez from the 10-day disabled list.

Sanchez will start on Sunday against the Rays. The young right-hander missed the last two weeks of action after undergoing minor surgery to remove part of the nail from his right middle finger. He'll be on a pitch limit in his first start back.
Apr 30 - 10:40 AM

Justin Turner belted a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday against the Phillies.

The homer was Turner's first of the season, but fantasy owners cannot complain too loudly. He is hitting .388 with a .541 slugging percentage. The scruffy hot corner man has hit safely in 15 straight, longest active streak in the majors. He has at least one RBI in each of his past three outings.
Apr 30 - 2:44 AM

Carlos Gomez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning Saturday against the Angels to complete the cycle.

It was Gomez's first time hitting for the cycle since May 7, 2008 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins. There's something about Saturday that brings out the best in Gomez, as he has collected seven hits over his past two games on a Saturday. He is 13-for-34 (.382) over his past nine games to raise his average from .155 to .239 just since April 19.
Apr 30 - 12:01 AM

Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI to lead the Braves past the Brewers 11-3 on Saturday.

Kemp was an equal opportunity masher, hitting his three homers off three different pitchers from the fifth to the eighth inning. Remarkably, it was the first time in his career that the 32-year-old had a three-homer game. The output doubled his season total and gave him 15 RBI with seven runs scored in just 12 games, after he missed 10 games with a right hamstring strain. In case anyone was wondering, it appears he's over that now.
Apr 29 - 11:54 PM

Ivan Nova limited the Marlins to three hits in a complete-game, 4-0 shutout on Saturday.

Nova was brilliant, keeping the Marlins to a pair of singles and a double while needing just 95 pitches to complete the task. A 7/0 K/BB ratio helped, and Nova now has 22 strikeouts to one walk over 36 innings this year. He's picked up right where he left off after joining the Bucs at last year's trade deadline, posting a 1.50 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in five starts, and a date with the division-rival Reds is on tap for Thursday.
Apr 29 - 11:34 PM

Andrew Triggs set a personal best with nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings in the Athletics' 2-1 win over the Astros on Saturday.

One start after getting beatdown by the Mariners, Triggs rebounded with his best start of his abbreviated major league career. The nine strikeouts bested the eight he recorded in a start last year, and it was actually the first time he'd gotten through seven innings as a member of the A's. The 28-year-old has now held the opposition without an earned run in four of his five starts, good for a 1.84 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 29 1/3 innings. Triggs will seek an encore performance Friday against the Tigers.
Apr 29 - 11:10 PM




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