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Dan Uggla is batting just .133 (4-for-30) since returning from the disabled list.

Uggla was hoping that undergoing LASIK surgery would help him out at the plate, but so far that hasn't been the case. He's been benched in favor of Elliot Johnson for three straight nights and his batting line for the season is down to an ugly .182/.311/.371. The second baseman isn't pleased with the benching. "We've got a 12-game lead," Uggla said. "I would have loved to use this time to try to get locked in for the playoffs and keep going in the direction I felt I was going. Obviously, (manager Fredi Gonzalez) felt different."
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 08:13:00 PM

Zack Wheeler left Saturday's game against the Pirates with a blister.

Wheeler was at 94 pitches when he exited so his night was winding down anyway. The severity of his blister will determine Wheeler's availability going forward. Despite the blister, Wheeler turned in a quality start (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 Ks) and would have been in line for the win if not for a blown save by Addison Reed. His next start is scheduled for Thursday against Milwaukee.
May 27 - 11:22 PM

Dallas Keuchel allowed just one earned run, four hits and two walks while recording eight strikeouts across six innings in a win Saturday against the Orioles.

Keuchel showed no ill effects from the neck injury which forced him to the 10-day disabled list. He made 86 pitches, throwing 55 for strikes, and continues to mow down opponents. Keuchel is now 8-0 with a 1.81 ERA and sparkling 0.88 WHIP, and he is even better at home. The southpaw is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five outings at Minute Maid Park this season. His next scheduled start is set for Friday in Texas.
May 27 - 11:08 PM

Buck Farmer struck out 11 White Sox over 6 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Tigers salvage a split in Saturday's doubleheader with a 4-3 win in the nightcap.

Making what was supposed to be a spot start as the team's 26th man for the doubleheader, Farmer may have forced the club to make a tough decision with his dominant performance. He gave up just three hits, all singles, while walking two over his 6 1/3 innings, then watched as the Sox tried to mount a comeback in the ninth to deny him of the win. Assuming the Tigers find reason to keep him around -- and given their rotation struggles, it's not hard to see how they might -- Farmer might get another shot at the White Sox when the two clubs meet next weekend.
May 27 - 10:49 PM

Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's game against the Cubs with right knee tendinitis.

He's headed for an MRI. McCarthy started feeling discomfort in the fourth inning but went another two innings before getting the hook from manager Dave Roberts. The right-hander pitched in a win over the Cubs, scattering two hits and one walk over six shutout innings. If McCarthy lands on the disabled list, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Urias would be candidates to replace him in the starting rotation.
May 27 - 10:30 PM

Updating an earlier report, Kolten Wong was scratched from Saturday's game against the Rockies with left elbow stiffness.

It's the same injury that sidelined Wong earlier this week. Greg Garcia is starting at second base on Saturday and would likely draw another start there if Wong can't go on Sunday. Until we hear otherwise, consider Wong day-to-day.
May 27 - 10:20 PM

Cameron Maybin finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases to lead the Angels to a 5-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

Maybin had a single and a triple -- his first triple this season -- in the game, and he twice victimized Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto for stolen bases. He's now got 12 steals in 13 tries, second-most in the American League. He's hitting .247/.369/.380 overall, including batting .280 in the month of May.
May 27 - 10:00 PM

Yoenis Cespedes was held out of Saturday's rehab game for High-A St. Lucie due to right quad soreness.

He suffered the injury while running the bases in a rehab game on Friday night. The Mets are hoping it's only a minor setback as Cespedes is tentatively expected to resume batting practice on Tuesday. A hamstring injury has sidelined Cespedes since late April.
May 27 - 9:52 PM

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "indications" are that Danny Salazar could be moved to the bullpen.

Cleveland will need to bump someone from the starting rotation with Corey Kluber (back) returning Thursday against the Athletics. With Mike Clevinger pitching extremely well (2-1, 2.82 ERA), it looks like Salazar could be the odd man out. Salazar only has three quality starts in 10 outings this year while struggling to a 5.50 ERA.
May 27 - 9:04 PM

Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a home run to help the Royals best the Indians 5-2 on Saturday.

He's now homered in three of his past four games, and the third baseman has 13 homers in 43 games this year. It's been a much-needed surge for the 28-year-old, whose average had dipped to .250 in the middle of this month after his hot start to the year. Through Saturday, Moustakas is hitting .260/.297/.526 with 26 RBI and 23 runs scored.
May 27 - 8:58 PM

Chase Anderson was masterful Saturday, allowing a lone hit while striking out 11 Diamondbacks over seven innings in a 6-1 win.

Anderson was nearly flawless in this one, carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning before a leadoff single ended his no-hit bid and his afternoon. Even without history, it was still a dominant performance from the 29-year-old, whose 11 strikeouts were a season high, while also walking three. The win improved him to 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 10 starts. Anderson will try to replicate his success Thursday against the Mets.
May 27 - 8:31 PM

Stephen Strasburg mowed down the Padres in epic fashion on Saturday, racking up 15 strikeouts while firing seven shutout innings in a 3-0 victory.

He set a new career high in strikeouts. He struck out 14 in his first major league game back in 2010. This comes a day after Max Scherzer fanned 13 Padres in yesterday's game. Strasburg allowed just three base hits, all singles, and issued one free pass. He singled and scored the game's first run (and the only one he needed) in the third inning. His record improves to 6-1 with a 2.94 ERA through 10 starts. He has amassed 74 strikeouts against just 18 walks in 67 1/3 innings. He is now tied for seventh in the majors in strikeouts.
May 27 - 8:22 PM




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