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Brett Gardner has been diagnosed with a strained left oblique.

Gardner suffered the injury on a check swing in the first inning of Thursday's game. It's usually a 2-3 week injury, at minimum, so there's a good chance the outfielder's season is over if the Yankees don't make the postseason. If that's the case, Gardner would end it batting .273 with eight home runs and 24 stolen bases.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 09:25:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are willing to trade Lucas Giolito for Andrew Miller straight up.

Miller has been seen as unlikely to be deal, but this could certainly change things. Giolito's three starts for the Nats have been up and down, but he's still viewed as one of the best pitching prospects in the game and the Yankees would have control of him for many years. Miller is owed $9 million in 2017 and 2018.
Jul 29 - 1:49 PM

Marlins acquired RHPs Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tayron Guerrero and cash considerations from the Padres in exchange for RHPs Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Luis Castillo and 1B Josh Naylor.

The previously reported deal has now become official. Cashner holds a 4.76 ERA over 16 starts this season, but he's pitched well in his last three outings and the Marlins are hopeful that he can stay hot down the stretch. He's slated for free agency this winter.
Jul 29 - 1:26 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Dexter Fowler is "not 100 percent over the soreness."

Fowler sat out Sunday with "general soreness" before playing in four straight, but he's out of the lineup again Friday. It seems fair to question whether it might actually be Fowler's hamstring that's bothering him again and the Cubs just don't want to divulge that information. The veteran outfielder was activated from the disabled list a week ago after missing over a month of action. The Cubs have Jason Heyward in center field, Ben Zobrist in right and Javier Baez at second base Friday.
Jul 29 - 1:04 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Rangers "continue to be the most aggressive team" in the pursuit of Chris Sale.

Nightengale says the White Sox are asking for Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara in any deal involving Sale and it doesn't appear they're willing to budge. You can understand why their asking price would be so sky-high, but it's also understandable why the Rangers are declining. Sale still seems unlikely to be traded before the deadline, although a lot can change between now and Monday afternoon.
Jul 29 - 12:59 PM

Taijuan Walker (foot) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

Walker got through another bullpen session Friday with no issues, clearing the way for his return to game action. He's only missed about three weeks of action, so Walker might need just the one rehab outing before rejoining the Mariners' rotation.
Jul 29 - 12:23 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals have inquired on Mark Melancon.

Rosenthal adds that there are "multiple teams" pursuing the closer. The Pirates are in the thick of the Wild Card hunt, but it appears they still might consider trading Melancon, who is an impending free agent. Rosenthal notes that the Nats have also inquired on Wade Davis, as they seem likely to acquire a reliever this weekend with Jonathan Papelbon struggling.
Jul 29 - 11:57 AM

Nelson Cruz (foot) is back in the Mariners' lineup Friday.

Cruz missed a game after fouling a ball off his foot, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting cleanup against Jon Lester and the Cubs.
Jul 29 - 11:46 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Matt Moore is "emerging as the likeliest trade candidate" from the Rays' rotation.

The Rays are listening on Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly and even Chris Archer, but Moore has always seemed to be the most likely to be shipped elsewhere. Swingman Erasmo Ramirez could also be traded. Moore has been frustratingly inconsistent in his time in Tampa but holds a 2.39 ERA over his last nine starts and the Rays have club options on him through 2019 totaling a reasonable $26.5 million. The Rangers and Pirates are among the teams poking around.
Jul 29 - 11:24 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have had trade discussions with the Rays regarding Erasmo Ramirez.

They would be interested in using Ramirez as a starter, as he evidently represents a backup plan after they missed out on Andrew Cashner. Ramirez has been used almost exclusively as a reliever this season and hasn't gone more than two innings since mid-May, so obviously it will take a bit for his stamina to be built back up. He holds a 3.90 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 46/16 K/BB ratio over 60 innings this season and is under team control through 2019.
Jul 29 - 9:36 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal on his closer after pulling Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of a save chance Thursday.

Baker has indicated in recent days that he might make a change in the ninth inning, and he didn't hesitate to give Papelbon the hook after he allowed a one-out single and a walk to the Giants. Oliver Perez retired two of the next three batters and then Shawn Kelley closed things out by striking out Angel Pagan. Kelley is probably the favorite for saves in Washington right now, although it wouldn't be a surprise to see the club add a reliever before the trade deadline. "We’ve certainly got to figure something out here," Baker said.
Source: MASN Sports
Jul 29 - 8:29 AM

Brad Ziegler coughed up a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

Ziegler entered in the ninth attempting to secure the win for David Price, who gave the Red Sox eight shutout innings. It was not to be. After loading the bases with one out, Ziegler surrendered an infield grounder to Daniel Nava. Enter Hanley Ramirez, who fired home in an attempt to secure the first out on what might have been a game-ending double play. That was the idea, anyway, but Ramirez sailed the throw high to allow two runners to race home. Ballgame. This was Ziegler's third blown save of the season, his first in eight appearances with the Red Sox since coming over from the Diamondbacks via trade earlier this month. He has now allowed runs in back-to-back appearances and might be in line for a breather as this four-game set with the Angels unfolds.
Jul 29 - 1:36 AM




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