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Garrett Richards hurled five innings of one-run ball against the Rays on Monday.

Richards' control was awful -- he walked a career-high seven batters -- but he only surrendered two hits, one of which was Ben Zobrist's solo home run in the first inning. The right-hander struck out six, and in so doing became the eighth pitcher (and second Angel; Bo Belinsky, 1964) to record seven walks and six strikeouts over five frames. Richards is the first of those to give up less than two runs. If Richards decides to walk seven more batters on Saturday, logic dictates that the Rangers will be more ruthless in making sure he regrets it.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 01:37:00 AM

Rangers acquired OF Josh Hamilton from the Angels for cash considerations.

The deal was officially announced by the Angels' Twitter account on Monday afternoon. Anaheim is expected to eat $68 million of the $80 million still owed to Hamilton from his original five-year, $125 million agreement with the club. He'll get a fresh restart in Texas after a falling out with the Angels brought on by his offseason alcohol and cocaine relapse. Hamilton is expected to be recovered from shoulder surgery around the middle of May and carries considerably more fantasy value with the Rangers than he would have with the Halos.
Apr 27 - 3:35 PM

Alex Rodriguez is starting at third base for the Yankees on Monday night versus the Rays.

It's his second start of the season at the hot corner. A-Rod has been among the most productive players in baseball in the early going this year, boasting a .989 OPS with five home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 18 games for the Yankees. He's one home run away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time leaderboard.
Apr 27 - 3:33 PM

Marlins activated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the paternity leave list; designated him for assignment.

Salty was signed to a three-year, $21 million free agent contract before the 2014 season, but he struggled in his first summer with Miami and was off to a terrible start in 2015. 24-year-old prospect J.T. Realmuto has emerged as the Marlins' best option at catcher. Salty will presumably pass through waivers because of the money he is owed. He would then hit the free agent market, and should draw considerable interest there.
Apr 27 - 3:22 PM

Alexei Ramirez is not in the White Sox starting lineup Monday versus the Orioles.

It's just a day of rest for Ramirez. Gordon Beckham is starting at shortstop and Conor Gillaspie is playing third base Monday against O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez.
Apr 27 - 3:14 PM

Jake McGee (elbow) is due to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

McGee was originally slated to join Charlotte on Monday, but the Rays wanted to see a couple more bullpen sessions from the left-hander, who's coming off December elbow surgery. He's now trending toward an early-May debut, and the talented 28-year-old should move back into Tampa Bay's ninth-inning gig rather quickly. McGee posted a 1.89 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season.
Apr 27 - 3:08 PM

Devin Mesoraco (hip) is out of the Reds' starting lineup again on Monday.

Mesoraco drew a walk as a pinch-hitter on Sunday, but he still isn't able to catch due to a lingering left hip impingement. The 26-year-old slugger has logged just three at-bats since April 12, yet the Reds have refused to place him on the disabled list. Brayan Pena is starting behind the plate on Monday night against the Brewers.
Apr 27 - 3:03 PM

Jarrod Dyson is starting in right field for the Royals on Monday night against the Indians.

Dyson will bat ninth, but his speed should attract daily leaguers. The 30-year-old speedster is among the most aggressive base-stealer in the majors, boasting 120 steals in 361 career games (235 starts). Paulo Orlando will be on the bench Monday night.
Apr 27 - 2:49 PM

A second opinion of Justin Verlander's MRI results confirmed the initial diagnosis of a triceps strain.

Verlander remains shut down from throwing due to lingering soreness in the upper part of his throwing arm and he won't be cleared for catch until he's completely discomfort-free. The veteran right-hander seems unlikely to join the Tigers' rotation before the end of May. Kyle Lobstein has been filling in.
Apr 27 - 2:36 PM

Mike Napoli is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Monday against the Blue Jays due to illness.

Napoli slugged his first home run of the season Saturday night at Camden Yards, but he followed that up with an 0-for-5 and two strikeouts in Sunday's series finale. The 33-year-old is batting just .169 with a .542 OPS in 18 games this season. Daniel Nava is at first base and Brock Holt is in right field Monday versus Toronto.
Apr 27 - 2:16 PM

Edinson Volquez has dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension.

Volquez was given the five-game sentence Saturday for his role in last Thursday's benches-clearing brawl with the White Sox, during which the right-hander landed a punch on an unsuspecting Chicago player. Volquez is eligible to return to the rotaiton May 2.
Apr 27 - 1:45 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is planning to take batting practice before Monday's game in Boston.

He won't be in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Monday night, but Bautista does expect to return at some point during this three-game series at Fenway Park. The 34-year-old slugger has been out since last Tuesday with a right shoulder strain. He had four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games before the injury.
Apr 27 - 12:42 PM




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