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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Tuesday that Michael Wacha will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Red Sox.

That was the expectation, but it's now official. Wacha has allowed just one run in 23 innings of work this postseason and won the NLCS MVP. The Red Sox haven't named their starter for Game 2, but John Lackey is expected to get the call.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Madison Bumgarner flirted with a no-hitter in Monday's win against the Padres, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

Justin Upton singled to lead off the seventh inning, ending Bumgarner's attempt at a no-hitter. Yangervis Solarte followed up with a single himself, but Bumgarner saw himself out of the no-out jam with no further damage. They were the only two hits he allowed. He issued only one walk while striking out six. The lefty has put together back-to-back dominant outings, lowering his ERA to 3.03. Bumgarner also owns a 1.06 WHIP with a 32/6 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Marlins at home next.
May 5 - 1:02 AM

Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a solo home run, his 14th of the season, to help the Mariners take down the Angels on Monday.

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was twirling a gem until Cruz ripped a line drive down the left field line to put the Mariners up 1-0. He finished 1-for-4 on the night. Cruz has four home runs in his last four ballgames. Along with the 14 in total, he has knocked in 26 runs and is batting .340/.382/.796.
May 5 - 12:51 AM

Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 with a walk and a grand slam as the Cardinals narrowly defeated the Cubs on Monday.

The Cardinals were behind 5-0 before they even had a chance to bat, but Reynolds immediately brought them back into the game with a grand slam in the bottom half of the inning off of Travis Wood. It's only the second home run of the year for Reynolds, who has served as a pinch-hitter and occasional first baseman against left-handed starters. He's batting .216/.341/.459 on the year along with eight RBI.
May 4 - 11:55 PM

Stephen Vogt finished 3-for-5 with a grand slam and an RBI double in Monday's loss versus the Twins.

Vogt sent the A's up 4-0 early with a first-inning grand slam off of Phil Hughes. He added an RBI double in the ninth in an attempt to help his team stage a comeback, but it fell short. Vogt homered twice and knocked in four runs on Sunday, continuing what has been a highly productive season. He's batting .372/.462/.718 with seven home runs and 25 RBI on the season.
May 4 - 11:25 PM

X-rays on Leonys Martin's left wrist came back negative.

Martin injured the wrist while trying to make a catch on Monday, but he's managed to come away with just a bruise. Consider the outfielder day-to-day.
May 4 - 11:17 PM

Monday's game between the Diamondbacks and Rockies has been postponed due to rain.

No makeup date has been announced. Scheduled starters Josh Collmenter and Tyler Matzek will be pushed back a day.
May 4 - 11:16 PM

Jean Segura (head) is expected to return to the Brewers' lineup on Tuesday.

Segura was hit on the helmet by a Pedro Strop fastball on Sunday, but he'll wind up missing just one game. The young shortstop is sporting a .289/.324/.381 batting line with one homer and five stolen bases this season.
May 4 - 11:01 PM

Jake Odorizzi picked up his third win on Monday, holding the Red Sox to one run over seven innings.

Odorizzi scattered seven hits without issuing a walk and striking out six. The Red Sox plated their only run in the second inning following a Xander Bogaerts triple. The 25-year-old Odorizzi has been close to lights-out through his first six starts, owning a 2.21 ERA with a 0.89 WHIP and a 32/8 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings. He'll test his stuff next in a home start versus the Rangers.
May 4 - 10:51 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Monday's game that Hanley Ramirez's left shoulder injury is not a "clear-cut DL" situation.

Farrell referred to Ramirez, who has been diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain following a collision with the side wall, as day-to-day. It's certainly possible that Hanley could still wind up going on the disabled list, but Farrell's words are encouraging. Ramirez has had surgery on the shoulder twice before.
May 4 - 10:43 PM

Jeff Francoeur went 4-for-5 with an RBI double and an RBI triple to help the Phillies earn a win over the Braves on Monday.

Francoeur started the scoring in the first inning with an RBI double, then came around to score later on Carlos Ruiz's two-run single. He added an RBI triple in the ninth inning to provide some insurance. Prior to the outburst, Francoeur had been held hitless in 18 plate appearances in his previous six games. He's batting a paltry .214/.267/.386 with two home runs and six RBI, but he should continue to see regular playing time in right field until Domonic Brown is deemed ready to return to the majors.
May 4 - 10:38 PM

Anthony Rendon (knee) will be shut down indefinitely after being diagnosed with a left oblique strain.

It's been a nightmarish start to the season for Rendon, who has been out all year with a left MCL sprain and now a strained oblique. The Nationals aren't sure how serious the oblique strain is at this point but hope to know more after the infielder is examined further on Tuesday. It's probably a safe bet that we won't see Rendon this month.
May 4 - 10:07 PM




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