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Max Scherzer dominated the Athletics in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday, racking up 11 strikeouts over seven strong innings en route to a victory.

Scherzer surrendered two runs on just three hits on the night while walking two. The only opposing hitter who gave him any trouble was Yoenis Cespedes, who tripled and was stranded in the second inning, then blasted a mammoth two-run homer in the seventh to pull the A’s to within a run at 3-2. The 29-year-old right-hander, and favorite for the AL Cy Young award, would get the ball again if the series is forced to a do-or-die Game 5 scenario in Oakland on Thursday.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 01:03:00 AM

CBS Sport' Jon Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum will visit hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon on Wednesday and a determination will be made whether he needs surgery.

Lincecum has already seen multiple doctors and has been diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition in both hips. Heyman says the righty "hasn't been experiencing severe pain," but he "has been hampered by an instability" in his hips. Lincecum has reportedly been told by doctors that he could be ready for spring training if he has the procedure and "they've further suggested that he should be able to return to form," according to Heyman. The righty will be a free agent this winter.
Sep 1 - 9:23 PM

Brandon Crawford is not available to play Tuesday due to a bruised calf.

Crawford was hit in the calf by a pitch Monday and it swelled up on him overnight. It's merely a day-to-day ailment. Ehire Adrianza is at shortstop in Crawford's place.
Sep 1 - 8:24 PM

Giancarlo Stanton (hand) said he felt "not 100 percent" during a rehab game with High-A Jupiter and is not expected to be activated on Friday as hoped.

Well, that's a bummer. Stanton's progress from surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand has been slow, but it had appeared he turned a corner. However, clearly he's still not ready to return to the majors just yet. His fantasy owners will have to continue to wait.
Sep 1 - 8:18 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Johnny Giavotella (illness) has made "very little progress" and he's not sure when the second baseman will return.

Giavotella has been nursing an undisclosed illness and it appears he's having trouble kicking it. He will rejoin the club on Friday, but as to when he'll be activated is totally up in the air. The Angels are using Grant Green at second base.
Sep 1 - 8:13 PM

MRIs on Miguel Gonzalez's right elbow and shoulder showed only inflammation.

Gonzalez has dealt with shoulder soreness for a little while and thinks he might have caused an elbow injury but compensating for it. However, the good news is that he's not dealing with any structural issues. The right-hander should rejoin the Orioles' rotation at some point later this month.
Sep 1 - 7:46 PM

Angels activated 3B David Freese from the 15-day disabled list.

Freese's return from a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger took much longer than expected, but he's finally ready to go. He'll return to a .240/.309/.397 batting line with 11 homers and is back at third base Tuesday.
Sep 1 - 6:51 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) played catch without any issues on Tuesday.

It's a good sign, obviously, but Strasburg won't be cleared to make his next scheduled start until he gets though a bullpen session. The Nats had Tanner Roark throw only two innings at Double-A Harrisburg on Monday just in case he's needed to start in place of Strasburg.
Sep 1 - 6:40 PM

Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) played catch on Tuesday.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus noted that Sanchez wasn't in any pain, but his throwing session was just "OK." There remains no timetable for Sanchez's return to the rotation, but this is the first step. He's been on the shelf since mid-August with a right rotator cuff strain.
Sep 1 - 6:38 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that Jose Berrios could still be called up.

But the Minnesota skipper wouldn't offer anything concrete about the situation. Berrios wasn't included in the Twins' initial round of September callups despite boasting a 2.67 ERA, 1.098 WHIP, and 78/13 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings (11 starts) this season at Triple-A. Molitor noted that the club is worried about Berrios' workload and wary of using the 21-year-old right-hander in relief.
Sep 1 - 5:36 PM

Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is considered day-to-day.

Simmons was a late scratch Monday and is out of the Braves' lineup again on Tuesday due to inflammation in his right ankle. It sounds like he'll be ready later this week. Daniel Castro is starting at shortstop Tuesday.
Sep 1 - 5:19 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that an MRI on Mark Teixeira's injured right shin showed "more than we thought."

Teixeira will be on crutches for the next couple of days and could miss the next couple of weeks. Greg Bird is getting another start at first base on Tuesday night against Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello. Alex Rodriguez could see starts at first versus lefties.
Sep 1 - 5:04 PM




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