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Edward Mujica earned a one-out save Saturday in the Cardinals' victory over the Braves.

It was an easy but effective return outing for the St. Louis closer, who had been sidelined for a couple days with upper back and shoulder discomfort. Mujica should be an elite fantasy option down the stretch and may be able to cash in on the open market this winter.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 10:21:00 PM

Seth Smith was lifted for a pinch-runner after being hit in the foot during Wednesday's game against the Astros.

Smith was hit in the foot in the top of the sixth inning. Ben Gamel subsequently came on to pinch-run for him. The Mariners should provide an update as to Smith's injury later on Wednesday.
Sep 28 - 4:25 PM

Cubs signed President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein to a five-year contract extension.

Further details for the contract will be announced later on Wednesday. USA Today's Bob Nightengale is reporting that the extension will be in excess of $50 million. Since joining the Cubs in 2011, Epstein has steadily built the club into a World Series favorite. This season, the Cubbies have run away with the NL Central. Their record currently sits at 101-56. In addition to Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer and vice president Jason McLeod are also being awarded extensions.
Sep 28 - 4:14 PM

Devon Travis (shoulder) is out again Wednesday.

Travis injured his left shoulder Monday in the Blue Jays' benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees and remains day-to-day. Ryan Goins is at second base and Ezequiel Carrera is leading off Wednesday night against the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman.
Sep 28 - 3:38 PM

Nick Castellanos is starting at third base and batting seventh Wednesday versus the Indians.

It will be his first start for the Tigers since August 6, when the young third baseman suffered a fractured left hand on a hit-by-pitch. Castellanos smacked a pinch-hit double and scored a run Tuesday in his first action off the disabled list. He looks to be fully healthy.
Sep 28 - 3:18 PM

Daniel Murphy (glute) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup again on Wednesday.

Murphy hasn't started a game since September 17 due to a strained left glute and he might not see much action over the Nationals' final handful of regular-season tilts, though he should be ready to rock for the NLDS. Trea Turner is starting at second base and batting leadoff on Wednesday night against Diamondbacks righty Shelby Miller.
Sep 28 - 3:07 PM

Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out of the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday night.

Harper hasn't appeared in a game since injuring his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base Sunday against the Pirates. X-rays taken Monday came back negative and he should be fine for the start of the NLDS. Brian Goodwin will handle right field and bat sixth Wednesday versus Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller.
Sep 28 - 3:03 PM

Tim Tebow homered on the first pitch he saw Wednesday in his instructional league debut.

Tebow launched a high fastball over the left-center field fence in Port St. Lucie, an impressive opposite-field shot for the lefty-batting former NFL quarterback. The pitch was delivered by 22-year-old southpaw John Kilichowski, an 11th-round pick of the Cardinals this past June out of Vanderbilt. Tebow showed good power in his workout for teams and media last month in Los Angeles, but there are major holes in his game and the 29-year-old seems doubtful to ever advance past A-ball. This remains nothing more than a sideshow for the Mets, who signed Tebow to a minor league contract on September 8 and have watched his jerseys fly off the shelves. He is still working weekends as a football analyst on the SEC Network.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Sep 28 - 2:52 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the White Sox are aiming to bring back manager Robin Ventura.

But the fifth-year manager's current deal expires at the end of October, so a new contract will have to be worked out. Nightengale calls the desire to retain Ventura a "surprise" given the way the White Sox have underperformed expectations over the last few seasons, but Nightengale then goes on to note that the club's front office "refuses to blame him for their woes." Ventura is earning around $1.5 million for the 2016 season.
Source: USA Today
Sep 28 - 2:15 PM

Athletics activated RHP Sonny Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

Gray will start for the Athletics on Wednesday night against the Angels, though the outing is only expected to last an inning or two. He had been sidelined since early August with inflammation in his right forearm. This is simply about establishing his return to full health heading into the offseason (and then of course 2017). Gray will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career over the winter. He's sitting on a disappointing 5.74 ERA through 116 innings.
Sep 28 - 1:01 PM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) is batting second for the Astros on Wednesday against the Mariners.

It will be the first start for Bregman since September 14, when he suffered a right hamstring strain while running the bases. Houston initially thought the 22-year-old top prospect might be done for the year, but he connected for a pinch-hit RBI single on Tuesday night to spark a big rally against Seattle and he will start at third base on Wednesday afternoon.
Sep 28 - 10:37 AM

Hunter Renfroe went off in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Dodgers, launching a three-run home run and a grand slam to finish with seven RBI.

Renfroe spaced out his damage. He swatted a three-run home run off Kenta Maeda in the first inning, then went silent until the eighth. At which point, all the noise in the world. The 24-year-old outfielder connected to clear the bases for the grand slam against Louis Coleman, boosting the Padres to a 7-1 advantage in the process. For those disinclined to do the math, Renfroe accounted for all seven of the Padres' runs in the game with his pair of home runs. Those were his second and third career major league homers. All of this damage has come in Renfroe's first 17 big league at-bats. Not too shabby.
Sep 28 - 2:02 AM




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