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Rangers signed LHP Martin Perez to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The deal carries $12.5 million in guaranteed salary. Perez wasn't even going to be arbitration-eligible until 2016, but the Rangers loved the progress that he made this year and could wind up saving money in the long run if the young lefty continues to develop into a front-line starter. Perez, 22, posted a 3.62 ERA and 84/37 K/BB ratio in 124 1/3 innings (20 starts) for Texas in 2013.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 03:16:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, Hunter Pence will sit out Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks due to a sore right thumb.

The injury might explain his recent struggles. With Jeff Samardzija (pectoral) set to return Friday, the Giants could clear a roster spot by placing Pence on the disabled list. Pence hasn't looked right this year, batting just .172 with 22 strikeouts in 58 at-bats.
Apr 19 - 8:08 PM

Padres optioned RHP Luis Perdomo to Triple-A El Paso.

Kirby Yates was activated from the disabled list in the corresponding move. Perdomo has been dreadful this year, delivering an unsightly 8.36 ERA in four starts for the Friars. During that span he also served a five-game suspension for inciting a brawl with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. The right-hander hasn't pitched in the minors since 2015 when he was still in the Cardinals' organization.
Apr 19 - 7:54 PM

Ryan Braun (calf) hopes to play Friday against the Marlins.

Braun has sat out the last two games but said his troublesome calf is feeling much better. He'll go through pre-game workouts on Friday with the hope of returning to the starting lineup. The 34-year-old has struggled to a .200 average through 55 at-bats this year.
Apr 19 - 6:06 PM

Shohei Ohtani (blister) will serve as the Angels' DH Thursday against the Red Sox.

Ohtani's start was cut short due to a blister on Tuesday night, though manager Mike Scioscia doesn't think the blister will affect his hitting. He'll bat sixth against Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. The rookie sensation has hit a robust .367 this year with three homers and 11 RBI.
Apr 19 - 5:12 PM

Eric Thames is not in the Brewers' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

Thames has homered in back-to-back games but will get the night off against left-hander Dillon Peters. Jesus Aguilar will hold down the fort at first base for the Brew Crew.
Apr 19 - 4:43 PM

Maikel Franco is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

Instead, Scott Kingery is starting at third base and batting sixth against Bucs right-hander Jameson Taillon. Franco isn't hurt, so it appears he's just getting a breather. The 25-year-old leads the team with 17 RBI, though he's batting only .220 through 50 at-bats this year.
Apr 19 - 4:32 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday that Ken Giles has been unavailable for the last couple of games due to a back issue.

And it sounds like the hard-throwing closer won't be available on Thursday, either, with a DL stint looming as a possibility. "When we got to Seattle he reported a little bit of back soreness and it’s progressively gotten a little bit worse to where he can’t go yet," said Hinch. "Right now given that he can’t move around and do the things that he normally does, it’s a little concerning." Chris Devenski should already be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 19 - 2:04 PM

Freddie Freeman has no fractures in his left wrist and is considered day-to-day.

Phew. Freeman got struck on the wrist by a 90 mph Holby Milner fastball on Wednesday night -- the same wrist he fractured in 2017 -- but all is apparently well. The star first baseman might only miss a game or two.
Apr 19 - 1:42 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he thinks Max Kepler (knee) is "going to be OK."

Kepler was pulled from Wednesday's series finale against the Indians with some discomfort in his right knee, but Molitor says that move was mostly precautionary. The Twins have an off day Thursday as they make their way back from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kepler will be reevaluated ahead of Friday night's series opener at Tampa Bay. Ryan LaMarre replaced him in the outfield Wednesday and went on to hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 16th inning.
Apr 19 - 11:41 AM

Tommy Pham told Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest on Thursday that his right groin is fine.

Pham felt some discomfort in the groin toward the end of Tuesday night's win over the Cubs, but he finished out that game in center field and could be available in Thursday afternoon's makeup (for Wednesday's rainout) at Wrigley Field. St. Louis will instead play it safe, starting Harrison Bader in center and batting him second Thursday against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. Pham should be back in there for Friday's series opener versus the Reds.
Apr 19 - 11:24 AM

Javier Baez has been bumped up to the No. 2 spot in the Cubs' lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals.

Baez boasts a 1.402 OPS with five home runs and 12 RBI over his last six games, though he's always been a streaky hitter. Kris Bryant is batting third and Anthony Rizzo will bat cleanup versus right-hander Luke Weaver.
Apr 19 - 10:30 AM




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