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Jesse Crain (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Crain threw 20 pitches and allowed a home run in an instructional league game on Thursday. He likely wouldn't be available out of the Rays' bullpen until at least Saturday, but its possible they'll go ahead and activate him Friday. "I feel comfortable," Crain said. "I threw strikes with all my pitches, which is the biggest thing to tell if I'm close to being ready or not. Ultimately, it's going to come down to what [the Rays] want to do, also. You want them to feel comfortable with me going into a game."
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 10:05:00 PM

Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a homer, two RBI and four runs scored as the Brewers thumped the Marlins 12-3 on Thursday.

Cain ripped a Dillon Peters pitch over the left field wall in the fifth inning, his second homer of the year. He added an RBI double in the sixth, and also had another double and a walk in the game. The good performance raised his average back up to over .300, leaving his line at .303/.390/.485 through 18 games. He's also stolen four bases, ranking among the league leaders in the category. The reunion has gone well thus far.
Apr 20 - 12:55 AM

Lewis Brinson hit two homers, driving in three runs, in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

Playing against his former team, Brinson showed the upside that made the Marlins interested in him as the centerpiece for Christian Yelich, smashing a solo shot to center off Chase Anderson in the third inning before blasting a two-run shot off Anderson in the fifth. The homers were the first of the year for the 23-year-old. It was a rare bright spot in the early part of the year for Brinson, who's hitting just .156/.206/.250 in 17 games.
Apr 20 - 12:43 AM

Chris Owings was diagnosed with a head contusion after leaving Thursday's win over the Giants following a third-inning collision with A.J. Pollock.

Owings crashed into fellow outfielder A.J. Pollock while making a catch in the third inning, taking a knee to the face in the process. He subsequently left the game and was later diagnosed with a contusion -- a fancy way of saying that he bruised his head. Expect him to be run through the concussion protocol in the coming days. A timeline for his return should clarify once he's further removed from the initial injury.
Apr 20 - 12:30 AM

Zack Greinke was on his game in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Giants, firing off seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

Greinke wasn't able to do much in terms of the strikeouts -- he finished with just two whiffs on the evening -- but it was a beautiful performance regardless. The veteran ace finished up his evening having thrown just 88 pitches (56 strikes). He kept the scoreboard free and clear of danger outside of a solo home run surrendered to Brandon Belt in the second inning. Beyond the Belt dinger, Gregor Polanco picked up a single and Andrew McCutchen collected a double. And that was it in terms of the hit-damage on Greinke's line. It was a fine rebound showing after he had surrendered a combined nine runs on 14 hits over his previous two outings. Moving forward, Greinke will carry a 4.13 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 23/2 K/BB ratio (24 innings) into a road showdown with the Phillies next time he takes to the rubber.
Apr 20 - 12:09 AM

Preston Tucker went 2-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored as the Braves drubbed the Mets 12-4 on Thursday.

Tucker did his damage with a pair of doubles, both times roping hits into the right field corner. The first plated two in the third inning; the second came with the bases loaded in the seventh, scoring all three. Tucker is perhaps one of the most and least popular people in Atlanta -- he's been one of the league's most productive hitters thus far, leading the league with 18 RBI, but he's been so good that he's given the Braves reason to leave exciting top prospect Ronald Acuna in the minors for a little longer. Tucker, batting .288/.333/.538 through 18 games, should continue to fend off Acuna while he's producing.
Apr 20 - 12:05 AM

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the team hasn't decided if Matt Harvey will make his next start.

Harvey took it on the chin Thursday in Atlanta, allowing eight hits and six runs in his six innings of work. The right-hander is winless on the year and may be in danger of losing his rotation spot, particularly with Jason Vargas (hand) on the comeback trail. When asked if he'd be comfortable with a move to the bullpen, Harvey responded, "I am a starting pitcher. I have always been a starting pitcher." Harvey hasn't looked the same since peaking during the Mets' World Series run in 2015.
Apr 19 - 11:56 PM

Jake Arrieta struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings as the Phillies shut out the Pirates 7-0 on Thursday.

Arrieta was nothing short of dominant, allowing just one hit while walking two in his seven innings of work. He had it all working -- breaking pitches, fastball, location. It was easily his best start of the year to date, improving his record to 2-1 with a strong 2.04 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 16/6 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings. A meeting with the Diamondbacks is on tap for Arrieta and the Phils on Wednesday.
Apr 19 - 11:22 PM

Aaron Judge set a record with his home run in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, becoming the fastest to 61 career home runs, in terms of games played, in baseball history.

Judge caught a hanging breaking ball from Jays reliever Tyler Clippard and hooked it into the left field seats in the seventh inning for the solo shot. It was his 61st homer in 199 career games, besting Mark McGwire's record of 204 that had stood since 1988. No stranger to records or success, the 25-year-old is having another stellar start to a season this year, batting .339/.481/.629 with five homers, 12 RBI and 16 runs scored through 17 games.
Apr 19 - 9:55 PM

Updating an earlier report, Hunter Pence will sit out Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks due to a sore right thumb.

The injury might explain his recent struggles. With Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) set to return Friday, the Giants could clear a roster spot by placing Pence on the disabled list. Pence hasn't looked right this year, batting just .172 with 22 strikeouts in 58 at-bats.
Apr 19 - 8:08 PM

Padres optioned RHP Luis Perdomo to Triple-A El Paso.

Kirby Yates was activated from the disabled list in the corresponding move. Perdomo has been dreadful this year, delivering an unsightly 8.36 ERA in four starts for the Friars. During that span he also served a five-game suspension for inciting a brawl with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. The right-hander hasn't pitched in the minors since 2015 when he was still in the Cardinals' organization.
Apr 19 - 7:54 PM

Ryan Braun (calf) hopes to play Friday against the Marlins.

Braun has sat out the last two games but said his troublesome calf is feeling much better. He'll go through pre-game workouts on Friday with the hope of returning to the starting lineup. The 34-year-old has struggled to a .200 average through 55 at-bats this year.
Apr 19 - 6:06 PM




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