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Red Sox exercised LHP Jon Lester's $13 million option for 2014.

It was just a formality. Lester bounced back from a disappointing 2012 campaign to post a 3.75 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 33 starts for the Red Sox this season before starring in the postseason. The left-hander is slated to hit free agency after next year, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Boston looks to lock him up before then.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 05:31:00 PM

Hanley Ramirez (elbow) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

Ramirez has missed the last two games with a strained right elbow, but he'll try to give it a go. He'll bat fifth against southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada.
Sep 18 - 4:26 PM

Jose Fernandez (elbow) will have a checkup Thursday.

If all goes well, he should begin a throwing program on October 1. Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-May and will likely miss most of the first half next season.
Sep 18 - 4:18 PM

Jered Weaver has been scratched from Thursday's start against the Mariners.

It's not injury-related, as the Angels wrapped up the division Wednesday night and will give him a day to rest after the celebration. It will also allow them to line him up as they want for the postseason. Wade LeBlanc will start instead Thursday.
Sep 18 - 4:09 PM

Anthony Rizzo is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Dodgers.

Rizzo missed nearly three weeks between late August and mid-September with a back problem, and the Cubs are planning to rest him every other day down the stretch as to avoid a re-injury. Mike Olt is starting at first base on Thursday versus Los Angeles.
Sep 18 - 3:41 PM

David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night versus the Pirates.

Ortiz was away from the Red Sox for much of this week due to a private family emergency. He is starting at first base for Boston on Thursday at PNC Park.
Sep 18 - 3:21 PM

Rusney Castillo is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.

Castillo will get a day off after netting one infield single in four at-bats Wednesday in his major league debut. The 27-year-old will be eased along over these final 10 games. Jackie Bradley Jr. is starting in center field on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Sep 18 - 3:12 PM

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets are sending three scouts to the Dominican Republic for Yasmani Tomas' showcase on Sunday.

Just about every team in baseball is expected to send a representative to the workout. Tomas defected from his native Cuba in June and was cleared for employment in the United States last week by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The 23-year-old corner outfielder could command more than $100 million.
Sep 18 - 3:00 PM

Ron Washington acknowledged in a press conference Thursday that an incident involving infidelity led to his sudden resignation from the Rangers.

Washington didn't get into much detail and did not take questions from the gathered media. "I was not true to my wife," he admitted in a statement that lasted a little over three minutes. "After 42 years I broke my trust. I'm here today to own that and apologize to those I disappointed ... I look to the future and getting back to the game and my career."
Sep 18 - 2:48 PM

Stephen Vogt (ankle) is out of the A's starting lineup again on Thursday versus the Rangers.

Vogt hasn't started in over two weeks because of a sprained left ankle. He was able to pinch-hit Wednesday, but Billy Burns pinch-ran for Vogt after he drew a walk in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Sep 18 - 1:20 PM

Taijuan Walker will start for the Mariners on Friday night against the Astros.

He'll be filling in for Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the season with elbow troubles. Walker owns a 2.96 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings (three starts and three relief appearances) this season for the Mariners and makes for an intriguing fantasy streamer against the punchless 'Stros.
Sep 18 - 12:09 PM

Sean Doolittle imploded in a big way on Wednesday, allowing five runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning against the Rangers.

A's skipper Bob Melvin called upon Doolittle with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander got the first batter out, but the situation unraveled quickly from there. Two straight hits were followed by an intentional walk, which itself was bookended by a J.P. Arencibia homer. A rattled Doolittle walked Robinson Chirinos before he finally got the hook; Chirinos later came around to score. Doolittle hadn't allowed a run since July 6 prior to tonight. The A's are now 17-27 since the beginning of August, including 6-12 in one-run games and 6-15 in road contests. That rotten stretch gift-wrapped the AL West for the Angels. If the A's don't pick it up quickly, they could get passed by the Mariners and miss the playoffs altogether.
Sep 18 - 2:15 AM




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