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Justin Verlander blanked the Rangers for seven innings, allowing just one hit, in a victory on Sunday.

Verlander left the outing with right quadriceps tightness. He struck out three and walked three, accruing 105 pitches before Tigers skipper Jim Leyland was forced to summon the bullpen. Verlander was twirling a no-hitter before Mitch Moreland doubled with two outs in the seventh inning. We expect the All-Star break to provide all the recuperation time Verlander needs to make his next scheduled start against the Royals on Saturday.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of OF Carlos Gomez from Triple-A Round Rock.

He will start in left field for Texas on Thursday night against the Indians. Gomez signed a minor league contract with the Rangers last week after getting released by the Astros and earned the quick promotion by hitting .308/.357/.538 over 14 plate appearances at Round Rock. We doubt he's suddenly going to find himself again in Arlington, but stranger things have happened. Gomez was a back-to-back National League All-Star in 2013-2014 with the Brewers.
Aug 25 - 11:34 AM

Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

Mauer didn't play Wednesday either and could be dealing with another flareup of quad soreness. Trevor Plouffe is at first base and Eduardo Escobar is at third.
Aug 25 - 11:28 AM

Red Sox placed OF Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.

Benintendi fell awkwardly over his left leg while trying to avoid a tag at second base Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, appearing to badly injure both his left knee and left ankle. An MRI was scheduled for Thursday morning and doctors are apparently still reviewing the results. This could very well be season-ending for the 22-year-old top outfield prospect. Chris Young is starting in left field for the Red Sox on Thursday and figures to carry a big load in that spot down the stretch.
Aug 25 - 11:19 AM

Nationals acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics for INF Max Schrock.

Rzepczynski has walked 24 batters and yielded 38 hits in 36 innings this season for a nasty 1.72 WHIP, but he has somehow managed a 3.00 ERA. Washington is desperate for bullpen help, especially from the left side. "Scrabble" will function in a lefty specialist role.
Aug 25 - 11:04 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers have "rebuffed offers" for Yasiel Puig.

Heyman says teams "appear to be bottom feeding for Puig" -- in other words, making lowball trade proposals -- and the Dodgers are not actually that desperate to give him away. The polarizing 25-year-old outfielder is batting .396/.448/.698 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 14 games since his demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City on August 2. Josh Reddick, meanwhile, is slashing .143/.211/.157 in 20 games since the Dodgers acquired him via trade from the A's. Puig is under contract with Los Angeles through 2018, with about $25 million still due.
Aug 25 - 10:51 AM

Sandy Leon is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

Bryan Holaday will start at catcher and bat ninth in the finale at Tropicana Field. It's just a routine day off for Leon, who's been one of the best stories of the second half. He's sitting on a ridiculous .369/.425/.618 season slash line in 176 plate appearances.
Aug 25 - 10:16 AM

David Ortiz is getting the day off Thursday.

Hanley Ramirez will start at DH, Travis Shaw will play first base, and Aaron Hill will get the nod at third base in the early-afternoon finale at Tropicana Field.
Aug 25 - 10:11 AM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said late Wednesday that Daniel Hudson will likely be moved into a late-inning role.

Hale didn't officially anoint Hudson as the team's new closer, but it's a decent bet he gets the next save opportunity. Hudson earned his 17th hold of the season on Wednesday night against the Braves and has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run after struggling badly in July. Enrique Burgos, meanwhile, has surrendered seven earned runs over his last three innings of work, including four earned Wednesday versus Atlanta. Hale also mentioned Randall Delgado as a possible late-inning guy for the stretch run. Arizona's bullpen is such a mess.
Aug 25 - 9:14 AM

Jordan Zimmermann (lat) is set to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Toledo.

Zimmermann received clearance after making it through another bullpen session on Wednesday. The right-hander has been out since August 6 with a strained lat muscle and may require multiple rehab outings. He had allowed 32 runs -- 29 earned -- over his last 31 innings with Detroit, ballooning his season ERA to 4.44.
Aug 25 - 9:05 AM

Finally making his Dodgers debut, Rich Hill earned a win after shutting out the Giants for six innings on Wednesday.

Hill allowed five hits, all of them singles, and walked none to outduel Johnny Cueto in what ended up being a 1-0 game. He came out after 81 pitches, which seemed appropriate after his lengthy DL stint due to a blister. The veteran left-hander should be able to throw closer to 100 pitches next time out against the Rockies.
Aug 25 - 1:11 AM

Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

His solo blast in the first inning opened the scoring. He then contributed an RBI double in the third inning before adding another double and a single. The future Hall of Famer is batting .313/.386/.552 with 28 home runs, 80 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 124 games.
Aug 25 - 12:54 AM




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