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Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are not pursuing Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

The Dodgers have been considered one of the favorites to sign Gonzalez, with one general manager recently telling Peter Gammons of MLB.com that the club could be willing to go to five years and $50 million, but it appears that they have backed out of the running. The Braves, Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Phillies, Blue Jays, Twins, and Marlins are among the other teams who have reportedly shown interest in the 26-year-old right-hander. It's believed that he could sign somewhere as soon as this week.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 08:26:00 AM

Jake Arrieta made history on Sunday night in Los Angeles, pitching the first no-hitter of his big league career, striking out a season-high 12 over nine masterful innings against the Dodgers.

Arrieta needed 116 pitches to complete his masterpiece, striking out the side in the ninth inning to put an exclamation point on it. The Dodgers had just two base runners all night, one when Kike Hernandez reached on an error in the third, and the other when Jimmy Rollins walked in the sixth. It was the first no-hitter by a Cubs hurler since Carlos Zambrano accomplished the feat in 2008. Arrieta's gem was the sixth no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season, most recently done by Mike Fiers just nine days ago against these very same Dodgers. Arrieta has been unbelievable since mid-June, compiling a 1.07 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 101/23 K/BB ratio over 101 innings in his last 14 starts. He'll look to continue his dominance of the National League on Saturday when he takes on the Diamondbacks at home.
Aug 30 - 10:52 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Blue Jays will name Mark Shapiro as their team president.

The official announcement could come as early as Monday. He'll replace long-time team president Paul Beeston who is retiring at the end of the season. Shapiro, who is currently functioning in the same role for the Indians, plans to keep Alex Anthopoulos as the team's general manager according to sources.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 30 - 8:47 PM

Giancarlo Stanton (hand) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and is targeting a return to the Marlins lineup on Friday.

Stanton has been on the shelf since late June after fracturing the hamate bone in his left hand. That type of injury has been known to sap a player's power in the past, so those hoping that he'll immediately return to the player that he was pre-injury may need to curb their optimism.
Source: MLB.com
Aug 30 - 8:28 PM

Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple, a pair of RBI doubles and four total RBI in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Cardinals.

Byrd hit a two-run double off Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia in the first inning, then drove home another run with a double in the sixth. Plus an RBI triple in the eighth, to finish out the game with four RBI. Since joining the Giants, he's 10-for-36 with three homers and 14 RBI in just nine games.
Aug 30 - 7:23 PM

Derek Holland pitched one of the best games of his career in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Orioles, striking out 11 and allowing just three hits in a complete game shutout.

Simply spectacular work by Holland. Adam Jones hit a double against the 28-year-old southpaw, but otherwise, he allowed almost nothing. Through three starts since returning from the disabled list, he's surrendered six runs in 21 1/3 innings. He'll try to match this effort when he carries his 2.82 ERA and 0.94 WHIP into a road date with the Angels next Saturday.
Aug 30 - 5:54 PM

Stephen Drew went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in the Yankees' 20-6 rout of the Braves on Sunday.

Drew singled and scored in the Yankees' three-run second inning, hit a two-run shot in the Yankees' four-run third inning, drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning, and then singled twice and scored another run in the Yankees' nine-run seventh. Drew bumped his batting average from .192 to .201 and his OPS from .632 to .659 in the big afternoon victory for the current American League Wild Card leaders.
Aug 30 - 5:36 PM

Stephen Strasburg was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Rockies after four innings due to discomfort in his upper back.

It's similar to one of the many injury issues that the right-hander has dealt with this season. It's unclear at the moment how much time he may miss. He has been limited to a total of 91 innings in 18 starts this year.
Aug 30 - 5:32 PM

Ervin Santana brought some of his better stuff to the party in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Astros, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

Santana struck out 10 and did not issue a free pass on the afternoon. The 10 strikeouts represented a season-high. He desperately needed a strong start like this. In his first four outings after returning from a PED suspension, he held a 2.60 ERA. That's jumped to 5.40 in the seven starts since. These same Astros will be the opponent next he toes the rubber, though the game will be in Houston for that affair.
Aug 30 - 5:24 PM

Wily Peralta flummoxed the Reds in Sunday's 4-1 win, hurling seven innings of one-run ball.

Peralta struck out six without walking a batter. Brayan Pena slapped an RBI single in the second inning to drive home the lone run to score on the 26-year-old right-hander's watch. Peralta has the talent to succeed and flashes it from time-to-time, as he did on Sunday, but a 4.30 ERA and 1.48 WHIP tell the tale of his season-long inconsistency. He'll head on the road for another showdown with the Reds in his next start.
Aug 30 - 4:59 PM

James Shields was effective in Sunday's win versus the Phillies, firing seven innings of one-run ball.

Shields allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight. The only run came on a Cameron Rupp solo home run in the second inning. The right-hander picked up his 10th win with the effort, and now has a 3.78 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 184/61 K/BB ratio in 171 1/3 innings. Shields will host the Dodgers in his next start.
Aug 30 - 4:54 PM

Brandon Guyer went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Rays took down the Royals on Sunday.

Guyer led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and later scored. He added a solo home run in the third inning to tie the game at two apiece. The outfielder has had a sneakily solid year for the Rays, batting .270/.372/.407 with six home runs, 24 RBI, 34 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 293 plate appearances.
Aug 30 - 4:27 PM




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