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Phillies activated RHP Roy Halladay from the 60-day disabled list.

Halladay was scheduled to make a minor league rehab start with Double-A Reading on Sunday, but the Phillies have decided to let him make an early return to the big club with Tyler Cloyd needed in relief during Saturday's 18-inning marathon. Doc went six innings in each of his two rehab starts, so he shouldn't really be limited from a pitch count standpoint.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 08:40:00 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that there's no timetable for when Manny Machado (knee) will resume baseball activities.

That means he's obviously not going to be ready for activation when first eligible on August 27, and in all likelihood it sounds like it will be a while before he returns. Showalter added that he should know more about Machado's status on Saturday. The star third baseman has been out since mid-August with a sprained right knee.
Aug 22 - 12:59 PM

WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year, $72.5 million contract.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported earlier that a deal was close. It's for seven years instead of the initially reported six, but the first year only covers the rest of this season. The contract is a record for a Cuban defector, topping the six-year, $68 million deal Jose Abreu got last offseason. Castillo wants to play in the majors this season, but it's not clear at this point if that's what the Red Sox have planned. There are less than two weeks remaining in the minor league season.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 22 - 11:32 AM

Adam Eaton (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday.

Eaton will begin what's expected to be a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte this weekend. The speedy outfielder is eligible to return on Sunday and it sounds like he'll be back shortly after that. Eaton was red-hot before straining his right oblique, batting .435/.489/.518 over his last 22 games.
Aug 22 - 9:41 AM

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers topped the Padres 2-1 on Thursday.

San Diego nickel-and-dimed Kershaw for a run in the seventh, culminating in Rene Rivera singling home Abraham Almonte, but was otherwise helpless against the best pitcher in the world. Kershaw was originally scheduled to start tomorrow in the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow some rest, and the Dodgers took advantage of Monday's off day to keep Kershaw on regular rest. Kershaw "struggled" to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in May. He allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and owns a 2.25 ERA so far in August. Overall, he's 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA, numbers he takes into a date in Arizona on Wednesday.
Aug 22 - 12:58 AM

Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
Aug 22 - 12:18 AM

Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk, a two-run single, and a sacrifice fly as the Braves shut out the Reds on Thursday.

Upton knocked in a pair on a third-inning single, and drove in the Braves' eighth and final run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The outfielder is now on a 12-game hitting streak and has brought his slash line back up to .290/.366/.521 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. He'll surpass his career-high in RBI (88) soon, and has a shot to set a new personal best in home runs (31) as well.
Aug 21 - 10:37 PM

Matt Shoemaker brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 7 2/3 shutout innings in a win against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Shoemaker was seven outs from a no-hitter when Will Middlebrooks broke it up with a double. It was a nice pick-me-up start for the Angels, who lost Garrett Richards for the season due to an ugly injury on Wednesday. Shoemaker allowed just the one hit and one walk while striking out nine. He stands with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 102/19 K/BB ratio. Shoemaker will take on the Marlins at home on Tuesday next.
Aug 21 - 10:23 PM

Anthony Rizzo's first-inning, two-run home run was the deciding factor in the Cubs' win over the Giants on Thursday -- a game resumed from Tuesday.

The Giants won a protest and Tuesday's match against the Cubs was resumed on Thursday with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scored once in the sixth, but Rizzo's home run two days ago stood the test of time and was the reason the Cubs won. Rizzo finished 2-for-4, his other hit being a double. The first baseman now has 29 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .279/.377/.515 slash line.
Aug 21 - 8:21 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) should be activated "within a day or two" of when he's first eligible on August 30.

Ryu threw a bullpen session on Thursday with no issues. He's not expected to need a rehab assignment, so the left-hander will throw a few more bullpen sessions and/or simulated games before being activated. Ryu holds a 3.28 ERA over 23 starts this season.
Aug 21 - 7:21 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reiterated Thursday that Hanley Ramirez (oblique) should be activated on Sunday, the first day he's eligible.

Ramirez took batting practice and went through other drills again Thursday and appears to have come out of it no worse for the wear. The shortstop was batting .277/.367/.455 with 12 homers and 12 steals over 100 games before going on the disabled list.
Aug 21 - 7:18 PM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Thursday.

Benoit has been dealing with a shoulder issue for the last several days to the point that a stint on the disabled list was a possibility. However, it appears after the 'pen session Thursday that a DL move will be avoided. Benoit owners should scoop up Kevin Quackenbush just in case, though.
Aug 21 - 7:05 PM




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