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Tigers declined RHP Jose Veras' $3.25 million option for 2014.

He'll get a $150,000 buyout instead. Veras posted a 3.02 ERA while striking out nearly a batter per inning and recording 21 saves for the Astros and Tigers this season, so it's mildly surprising that the option wasn't exercised. He shouldn't have trouble netting a setup role with someone this winter.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 02:50:00 PM

Matt Kemp singled in the game-winning run Wednesday in the tenth inning against the Braves, garnishing a monster offensive night.

He went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI on Tuesday, and 3-for-4 with a round-tripper, walk, two RBI and two runs scored tonight. Kemp has gone 12-for-19 (.632) during the Dodgers' five-game winning streak. Kemp was batting .265 10 days ago, but his hot streak has spiked his average to .288, the highest mark the outfielder has posted since finishing at .303 in 2012. Don't count out the possibility of a fireworks display over the last two months.
Jul 31 - 1:51 AM

Zack Greinke allowed only one run over eight innings and struck out 13 in a no-decision opposite the Braves on Wednesday.

He allowed five hits and walked one. Greinke has struck out 10-plus in consecutive outings, and now has five 10-strikeout games in 2014. After punching out 148 batters in 177 2/3 innings last year, Greinke has struck out 153 across 139 1/3 frames thus far. Greinke, who hosts the crosstown Angels on Monday, is 12-6 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'd be in the Cy Young conversation if he pitched in the American League, not so in Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright's sprawling shadows.
Jul 31 - 1:43 AM

Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-5 with a double, solo homer, four RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 12-1 thrashing of St. Louis.

Lady and gentleman, we've officially received signs of life from the 25-year-old second baseman. Gyorko hit just .162/.213/.270 in 221 plate appearances before missing close to two months with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Since his activation on Monday, he's gone 6-for-11 (.545). Gyorko is owned in only 33-percent of Yahoo! leagues, a number that isn't high enough. Based on the offensive chops he showed as a rookie -- including a .249/.301 /.444 slash line and 23 homers, which earned a five-year, $35 million contract extension -- it's not out of the question that the former top prospect could thrive over the next few months.
Jul 31 - 1:36 AM

The Cardinals and Pirates are the two teams "pushing hardest" for Jon Lester, sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi.

Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers remain involved as well. The Cardinals made a move for a starter on Wednesday, acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians, but they remain interested in Lester as more impactful starter to pair with Adam Wainwright. Lester would immediately become the Pirates' ace down the stretch. Lester is a free agent after the season.
Jul 31 - 12:01 AM

Brandon Barnes broke a 4-4 tie in the 10th inning with an RBI single, his only hit in five at-bats in Wednesday's win against the Cubs.

The Rockies had loaded the bases against lefty Wesley Wright and Barnes dropped a single into left field to put his club up 5-4. It was a rare sign of life from the outfielder, who has played sparingly while slashing .241/.291/.392 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 218 plate appearances.
Jul 30 - 11:33 PM

The Giants are likely to release second baseman Dan Uggla in the coming days.

A report surfaced Wednesday that the team had already parted ways with the struggling infielder, but Uggla remains a member of the Giants for now. He likely won't be for too much longer, though, as sources have indicated to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman that Uggla will be cut loose soon. Uggla is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and three errors through four games with the club.
Jul 30 - 11:29 PM

Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti strongly indicated Matt Kemp wouldn't be dealt before Thursday's trade deadline.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times quoted Colletti as saying, "No one's ever heard me say we're shopping Matt Kemp. That's all in another world." The Kemp rumors have generally been one-sided, with the Dodgers playing the role of the team listening, so it stands to reason that Kemp will remain with the club barring a strong offer before the deadline.
Jul 30 - 10:48 PM

Nick Castellanos had a good night at the plate, hitting a three-run home run and knocking in another run with a single over four at-bats as the Tigers handily defeated the White Sox on Wednesday.

Castellanos hasn't made noise with the bat in a while, as he last homered on June 27. His three-run blast capped off a six-run first inning against White Sox starter Hector Noesi. The 22-year-old rookie third baseman has had a mediocre year offensively, but there's certainly plenty of potential in his bat. He's slashing .267/.312/.409 with seven home runs and 41 RBI.
Jul 30 - 10:26 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is hearing the Yankees have talked to the Phillies about Marlon Byrd, but nothing is close at present.

Byrd has been a popular name as the trade deadline approaches, and the Yankees are among the teams that have been linked to the 36-year-old in recent days. Heyman hears the club isn't wild about Byrd's $8 million contract in 2015, though -- a possible sticking point for a deal. Byrd is hitting .270/.318/.477 with 20 home runs this season and would no doubt provide a boost to the Bronx Bombers' offense.
Jul 30 - 10:25 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Marlins and White Sox have discussed a possible trade involving John Danks.

The Marlins are in a difficult position, stuck somewhere between a buyer and a seller. With their recent winning streak, though, it appears they've become buyers. Danks is signed through 2016, so any team taking him on would also have concerns about the $28.5 million he's owed over the duration of his deal.
Jul 30 - 10:19 PM

Adam Jones went yard for the 21st time this season and finished 2-for-4 overall on Wednesday as the Orioles edged out the Angels for a win.

Jones belted a two-run home run off of Garrett Richards in the first inning to stake the Orioles to a 2-0 lead. The outfielder went yard last night as well, giving him five long balls in 12 games since returning from the All-Star break. On the season, Jones owns a .294/.321/.498 slash line with 67 RBI and six stolen bases.
Jul 30 - 9:47 PM




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