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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Astros have fallen short in the bidding for Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu.

Olney hears that the Astros bid between $50-60 million while indications are that the winning bid will be around $70 million. The Red Sox don't expect to sign Abreu, so unless there's a sleeper team in the mix, this leaves the White Sox as the likely favorites.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 04:12:00 PM

Jays optioned RHP Miguel Castro to Triple-A Bufalo.

Castro started the season off with a bang when he usurped the closer's role from Brett Cecil, but has struggled mightily of late. He'll look to improve his command and get back on track in the minors before rejoining the Blue Jays bullpen later in the season.
May 3 - 8:36 PM

Yasmani Grandal blasted a walkoff home run leading off the 13th inning on Sunday, propelling the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Grandal entered the game as a pinch-hitter when he drew a walk for A.J. Ellis in the tenth inning. His only official at-bat in the contest was his game-winning blast off Evan Marshall in the 13th inning. He's now hitting .230/.356/.377 with two homers and three RBI on the season.
May 3 - 8:18 PM

Tim Lincecum pitched eight innings of shutout baseball against the Angels on Sunday, allowing just three hits and striking out four in the 5-0 win.

Lincecum jumped into the time machine and came out pitching his best game of the season. The Angels only managed three singles in the entire contest. With the shutout, Lincecum lowered his ERA to 2.40. He holds a 1.23 WHIP and has a 20/11 K/BB ratio over 30 innings. The last time he posted an ERA lower than 4.37 was in 2011, so we're at least a little dubious of his early numbers. He'll try to keep the time machine warm for his next outing, a home start against the Marlins.
May 3 - 8:14 PM

Stephen Vogt hit home runs in back-to-back innings against the Rangers on Sunday, finishing the game with four RBI.

Vogt hit a solo home run off of Yovani Gallardo in the sixth inning, then topped himself the next inning, slugging a three-run shot off Alex Claudio. He finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, four RBI and two walks. The big game gives Vogt six home runs for the season and 20 RBI. He's hitting a sterling .356/.455/.671 in his first season as the A's full-time catcher.
May 3 - 8:02 PM

Justin Upton swatted his seventh home run of the season and drove home three, powering the Padres to an 8-6 victory over the Rockies on Sunday.

Upton's two-run blast off Kyle Kendrick got the Padres on the board in the first inning and they'd pile on from there. He would later add a run-scoring double in the fifth inning, finishing the day 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He's off to a terrific start to his Padres career, slashing .301/.340/.602 with seven long balls and 21 RBI.
May 3 - 7:44 PM

Sonny Gray struck out 10 and pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Rangers

Gray moved to 4-0 after the dominating outing. He allowed just two hits, but also walked a season-high seven. Let's just set aside the walks, as Gray had not walked more than two batters in any previous outing. His numbers are uniformly great this season, as he now owns a 1.69 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 35/13 K/BB ratio across 43 innings. Just about the only aspect of Sunday's start that could be considered remotely questionable (other than his control) is that he threw 119 pitches in the contest. The A's clearly feel comfortable letting the 25-year-old stretch out his arm, as he threw 219 innings last season. We'll see if this starts to add up as he progresses through what's been a stellar season to this point.
May 3 - 7:31 PM

Kolten Wong cranked a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the 14th inning as the Cardinals defeated the visiting Pirates 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Wong didn't start the game, but he finished 3-for-4 after entering as part of a double-switch in the top of the eighth inning. And his heroic blast to right field in the 14th secured a three-game sweep for the Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball at 18-6. Wong, 24, is batting .294/.340/.435 with two home runs and two stolen bases in 24 games this season.
May 3 - 6:52 PM

Trevor Plouffe hit a grand slam and drove in five runs in Sunday's 13-3 demolishing of the White Sox.

Plouffe smashed the home run off of beleaguered White Sox starter John Danks in the third inning. The Twins scored seven runs in the inning, then added another four in the fourth inning. Plouffe chipped in an RBI single in that inning, too, on his way to a 3-for-5 day. The Twins racked up 19 hits in the win. Plouffe's now homered in back-to-back games, giving him five for the season. With the recent power surge, he's boosted his slash-line to .278/.356/.478.
May 3 - 6:19 PM

Austin Jackson (ankle) said Sunday that he thinks he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list.

Jackson sprained his right ankle during Sunday's game against the Astros when he stepped on the foot of opposing starter Roberto Herandez while he was covering first base. While his optimism is encouraging, he's still likely to miss at least a few games early in the week, in which case Justin Ruggiano could see extended action.
May 3 - 5:48 PM

Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in four runs in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Mariners.

Gattis put up huge numbers against the Mariners, finishing 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored. He hit a three-run shot off J.A. Happ in the first inning to jump the Astros out to a 3-0 lead, then hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to put them ahead 7-6. That would hold as the final score. Gattis has now homered in three straight games, a hot streak that's come seemingly from nowhere. Prior to the start of the team's home series with the Mariners, Gattis was hitting just .174/.208/.304 with two home runs and seven RBI. He exits with a line of .198/.225/.442, six home runs and 17 RBI. Not a bad little series.
May 3 - 5:41 PM

Adam Jones went 4-for-4 with a game-deciding two-run single in Sunday's win against the Rays.

All four of Jones' hits on the afternoon were singles. The stepped to the plate in the seventh inning with the game tied 2-2. He drove a single to center field off of Kevin Jepsen to bring in two runs, which proved to be the game-deciding hit. Jones owns a terrific .402/.438/.667 batting line along with five home runs and 21 RBI.
May 3 - 4:44 PM




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