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Ryan Sweeney (rib) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI on Tuesday in his latest rehab game with the Cubs' rookie league affiliate.

Sweeney, out since late June with a fractured rib, is 2-for-10 with two walks through three rehab games. He's on track to return when rosters expand on September 1.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 12:17:00 PM

Matt Shoemaker will start Friday's Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Royals.

There was some question as to whether Shoemaker's oblique would cooperate, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia made the announcement that Shoemaker would get the ball Friday. He'll be opposed by Yordano Ventura for the Royals. The Angels are rolling with a three-man rotation during the series, so Shoemaker may also be an option for a potential Game 5, should the series that last long.
Oct 1 - 6:18 PM

Yordano Ventura will start for the Royals in Game 2 of their ALDS matchup against the Angels.

Ventura gave up a big three-run homer to Brandon Moss in Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game, but that hasn't swayed the Royals' confidence in the flamethrowing 23-year-old right-hander. Ventura finished the 2014 regular season with a superb 3.20 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 183 innings. Jason Vargas is starting Game 1.
Oct 1 - 5:24 PM

Travis d'Arnaud underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right elbow.

The procedure went according to plan and should have little effect on d'Arnaud's offseason regimen. The 25-year-old catcher batted .265/.313/.474 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 53 games after the All-Star break and has the look of a potential breakout candidate for the 2015 fantasy season.
Oct 1 - 4:45 PM

Kevin Gausman will pitch out of the bullpen during the Orioles' ALDS matchup with the Tigers.

It's not really a surprise. Gausman posted a solid 3.57 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 88/38 K/BB ratio across 113 1/3 innings this season and is a big part of the Orioles' future, but the 23-year-old right-hander will take a backseat to the more-experienced foursome of Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen, and Bud Norris.
Oct 1 - 4:14 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN reports that the Twins will interview Paul Molitor for their managerial vacancy on Thursday.

This confirms a report from La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Twins bench coach Terry Steinbach is also expected to interview for the job, but Wolfson is calling Molitor the "front-runner." The Hall of Famer hasn't managed before, but he has extensive coaching experience and was on the Twins' staff this season with a focus on baserunning, bunting, in-game strategy, and infield instruction.
Oct 1 - 4:07 PM

Travis Ishikawa will start in left field and bat eighth in Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Pirates.

With Angel Pagan (back) and Michael Morse (oblique) sidelined, Ishikawa started three out of the last four games of the regular season in left field. Despite his inexperience at the position, he'll remain there for Wednesday's do-or-die game. The full lineup: Gregor Blanco CF, Joe Panik 2B, Buster Posey C, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Hunter Pence RF, Brandon Belt 1B, Brandon Crawford SS, Ishikawa LF, Madison Bumgarner LHP.
Oct 1 - 3:55 PM

Jason Vargas will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels on Thursday.

Vargas, who pitched for the Angels in 2013, had a 3.71 ERA across 30 starts this season with Kansas City. Danny Duffy was the likely alternative for the Game 1 assignment. The rest of the rotation for the series has yet to be announced.
Oct 1 - 3:47 PM

Russell Martin (groin) is in the Pirates' starting lineup for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

Martin missed the Pirates' final two regular season game after aggravating a lingering groin injury, but he's not going to miss Wednesday's do-or-die contest. The full lineup: Josh Harrison 3B, Jordy Mercer SS, Andrew McCutchen CF, Martin C, Starling Marte LF, Neil Walker 2B, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Travis Snider RF, Edinson Volquez SP.
Oct 1 - 3:24 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks have added Joe McEwing to their list of managerial candidates.

McEwing has been the White Sox third base coach for the past three seasons and has strong ties to Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. Sandy Alomar, Jr., Jim Tracy, Jay Bell, Andy Green, Phil Nevin, and Turner Ward are among the other names Arizona is considering to replace Kirk Gibson.
Oct 1 - 2:48 PM

Rajai Davis (groin) is feeling improvement, but still needs to do more baseball work before the Tigers decide on his status for the ALDS against the Orioles.

Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain and has been receiving daily treatment since, but the real test will be doing baseball activities. The Tigers could still put him on the roster even if he's not a full-go for Game 1. A final decision should come on Thursday.
Oct 1 - 2:41 PM

Jose Fernandez threw Wednesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

Fernandez, who had Tommy John surgery in mid-May, made 25 throws from a distance of 30 feet. It's just the first step in a long process, which will likely keep him sidelined until around midseason in 2015.
Oct 1 - 2:15 PM




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