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Wilkin Ramirez is currently ahead of schedule in his recovery from a fractured left tibia.

Ramirez sustained the injury when he fouled a pitch off his leg in late August. He was initially ruled out from playing in the Dominican Winter League until January, but it now appears he could be on track to enjoy much more of that season. Any additional at-bats that he can get over the Winter should increase his chances of cracking the Twins roster next spring.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 07:41:00 PM

Jordan Zimmermann will start for the Nationals in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Giants.

No surprise here. Zimmermann no-hit the Marlins in his final regular-season start on Sunday and will face off against Tim Hudson this Saturday in the nation's capital. Washington will toss Stephen Strasburg in Game 1 on Friday and Doug Fister in Game 3 on Monday. If a Game 4 is necessary, Gio Gonzalez will get the nod.
Oct 2 - 12:07 PM

Rajai Davis (groin) is on the Tigers' ALDS roster.

That's not a surprise, but it still remains to be seen whether he can start in Game 1 on Thursday night in Baltimore. Davis suffered a Grade 1 groin strain last weekend. He ran and played catch Wednesday.
Oct 2 - 11:23 AM

Orioles GM Dan Duquette said Thursday that Chris Davis may be activated if the club advances to the ALCS.

Davis was suspended September 12 for amphetamines and has to sit out of the Orioles' first eight playoff games, so the decision will probably come down to how long the ALDS goes. Davis struggled during the regular season, batting .196 with a .704 OPS. But he still managed to slug 26 homers in 127 games and could be a weapon for the O's if they make a deep October run.
Oct 2 - 10:48 AM

Ubaldo Jimenez is on the Orioles' roster for their ALDS matchup against the Tigers.

Jimenez had an ugly 4.81 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 125 1/3 total innings this season, but he pitched pretty well in September and the O's feel he can be a useful option in long relief. Brad Brach also made the roster. Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland did not.
Oct 2 - 10:44 AM

Jake Peavy will start for the Giants in Game 1 of their NLDS matchup against the Nationals.

Madison Bumgarner started Wednesday's Wild Card Game, hurling a nine-inning shutout at the Pirates, so he won't be available until NLDS Game 3. Peavy posted an outstanding 2.17 ERA in 78 2/3 innings for the Giants after the July 26 trade that got him out of Boston. He'll need to be at his best against Nats ace Stephen Strasburg.
Oct 2 - 9:27 AM

Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in a complete-game, 8-0 shutout of the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game Wednesday.

Bumgarner didn't need to be dominant, but he was anyway. The left-hander gave up just four hits, all singles, and walked one, using 109 pitches to get through the game. October baseball is becoming old hat for Bumgarner at this point, as the 25-year-old already has seven postseason starts in his career. Bumgarner is on track to make the start for the Giants in NLDS Game 3 against the Nationals.
Oct 1 - 11:26 PM

Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam in the fourth inning of the Giants' win over the Pirates in Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

Of all the unlikely heroes in a one-game playoff, Crawford may have been among the unlikeliest. But there he was, pulling an Edinson Volquez curveball into the right field stands for a grand slam that gave the Giants the lead and ultimately the victory. Crawford finished 1-for-5 in the game, but he can go hitless until 2015 and still have earned his spot in the lineup this postseason.
Oct 1 - 11:23 PM

Chris Owings will have surgery to repair the posterior labrum in his left shoulder.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery. The Diamondbacks are expecting Owings to be ready for spring training. Owings hit .261/.300/.406 while playing just 91 games due to injury in his rookie year.
Oct 1 - 7:05 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday in Los Angeles, experiencing "no problems before, during or after with his shoulder."

With no issues reported, Ryu should be on schedule to make a start against the Cardinals in the NLDS. Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are slated for the first two games, so the earliest the Dodgers would need Ryu is Game 3 on Monday. Ryu hasn't started since September 13 due to left shoulder inflammation.
Oct 1 - 7:02 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) will start in left field and bat seventh in Thursday's Game 1 of the ALDS.

Hamilton missed the last few weeks of the season, not playing a game after September 4, due to the ailments, but he recently declared himself good to go for the ALDS. Hamilton and the Angels will square off with Jason Vargas and the Royals Thursday night.
Oct 1 - 6:24 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




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