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Royals signed manager Ned Yost to a two-year contract extension.

Yost is being rewarded after the Royals finished this season at 86-76, their best record since 1989. His contract was set to expire after 2013, so the new deal will carry him through 2015.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw on flat ground Friday.

It's the first time he's done any throwing since he landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained right pectoral muscle. Sanchez will play catch again on Saturday and eventually progress to mound work, though it's not clear when that will take place. He's not expected back until mid-September.
Aug 22 - 5:24 PM

Kyle Lohse (ankle) will rejoin the Brewers' rotation on Monday in San Diego.

Lohse hasn't started since August 13 due to a sprained right ankle. He probably could have returned by now, as his throwing program wasn't interrupted, but the Brewers could afford to take it slowly with him with Jimmy Nelson and Mike Fiers pitching so well.
Aug 22 - 5:21 PM

Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) isn't expected to return to the lineup until at least Sunday.

Cuddyer had been expected to return Friday, but his hamstring remains more swollen than expected. "I'm not going on the DL," Cuddyer said. "You can put that in bold letters." Charlie Blackmon is in right field Friday, with Drew Stubbs handling center.
Aug 22 - 5:19 PM

David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Ortiz left Wednesday's game and then sat out Thursday due to some general soreness, but he's evidently feeling better. Big Papi is batting .263/.355/.523 with 30 homers and 93 RBI this season.
Aug 22 - 3:36 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that there's no timetable for when Manny Machado (knee) will resume baseball activities.

That means he's obviously not going to be ready for activation when first eligible on August 27, and in all likelihood it sounds like it will be a while before he returns. Showalter added that he should know more about Machado's status on Saturday. The star third baseman has been out since mid-August with a sprained right knee.
Aug 22 - 12:59 PM

WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year, $72.5 million contract.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported earlier that a deal was close. It's for seven years instead of the initially reported six, but the first year only covers the rest of this season. The contract is a record for a Cuban defector, topping the six-year, $68 million deal Jose Abreu got last offseason. Castillo wants to play in the majors this season, but it's not clear at this point if that's what the Red Sox have planned. There are less than two weeks remaining in the minor league season.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 22 - 11:32 AM

Adam Eaton (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday.

Eaton will begin what's expected to be a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte this weekend. The speedy outfielder is eligible to return on Sunday and it sounds like he'll be back shortly after that. Eaton was red-hot before straining his right oblique, batting .435/.489/.518 over his last 22 games.
Aug 22 - 9:41 AM

Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers topped the Padres 2-1 on Thursday.

San Diego nickel-and-dimed Kershaw for a run in the seventh, culminating in Rene Rivera singling home Abraham Almonte, but was otherwise helpless against the best pitcher in the world. Kershaw was originally scheduled to start tomorrow in the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow some rest, and the Dodgers took advantage of Monday's off day to keep Kershaw on regular rest. Kershaw "struggled" to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in May. He allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and owns a 2.25 ERA so far in August. Overall, he's 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA, numbers he takes into a date in Arizona on Wednesday.
Aug 22 - 12:58 AM

Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
Aug 22 - 12:18 AM

Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk, a two-run single, and a sacrifice fly as the Braves shut out the Reds on Thursday.

Upton knocked in a pair on a third-inning single, and drove in the Braves' eighth and final run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The outfielder is now on a 12-game hitting streak and has brought his slash line back up to .290/.366/.521 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. He'll surpass his career-high in RBI (88) soon, and has a shot to set a new personal best in home runs (31) as well.
Aug 21 - 10:37 PM

Matt Shoemaker brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 7 2/3 shutout innings in a win against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Shoemaker was seven outs from a no-hitter when Will Middlebrooks broke it up with a double. It was a nice pick-me-up start for the Angels, who lost Garrett Richards for the season due to an ugly injury on Wednesday. Shoemaker allowed just the one hit and one walk while striking out nine. He stands with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 102/19 K/BB ratio. Shoemaker will take on the Marlins at home on Tuesday next.
Aug 21 - 10:23 PM




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