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According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Royals are among the suitors for free agent Phil Hughes.

The Twins are also known to have preliminary interest in Hughes, who posted a disappointing 4-14 record and 5.19 ERA in 145 2/3 innings this past season with the Yankees. Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland knows Hughes well from his coaching days in the Yankees' system and may be able to help the 27-year-old right-hander turn his career around.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Yasiel Puig was dropped down to sixth in the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals.

Puig has never batted lower than fifth in a start, but his struggles have forced Don Mattingly's hand. The 23-year-old hit .216 with zero homers in August.
Sep 1 - 4:16 PM

Reds transferred RHP Homer Bailey from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Bailey has been on the disabled list since the middle of August with a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow and wasn't making much progress on his strengthening program. Now he's done for the season. The Reds have fallen out of contention in the National League Central and Wild Card race, so they'll play it safe with the $105 million right-hander.
Sep 1 - 3:54 PM

Henderson Alvarez was removed from his start Monday versus the Mets with a left oblique strain.

That's awful news for the Marlins, as oblique strains often take 3-4 weeks to recover from and the 2014 regular season is in its final month. Alvarez allowed four runs -- three earned -- before exiting on Monday but still holds a sparkling 2.88 ERA on the year.
Sep 1 - 2:40 PM

Padres purchased the contract of INF Cory Spangenberg from Double-A San Antonio.

Spangenberg is starting at first base for the Friars in his major league debut Monday against the Diamondbacks. The 23-year-old was the 10th overall pick in 2011 and posted a strong .331/.365/.470 batting line with two home runs and 14 stolen bases in 66 games this season at Double-A. He could have value in NL-only fantasy formats.
Sep 1 - 2:25 PM

Royals activated 1B Eric Hosmer from the 15-day disabled list.

Hosmer took about a month to heal a stress fracture in his right hand. The Royals are struggling for offense at the moment and need their talented first baseman to finally hit his stride over the final month of 2014.
Sep 1 - 2:08 PM

Royals purchased the contract of LHP Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Finnegan was the 17th overall pick in this year's MLB Amateur Draft and skyrocketed through the Royals' minor league system, posting a 1.33 ERA and 26/4 K/BB ratio in 27 innings between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He'll be a weapon in the Kansas City bullpen.
Sep 1 - 2:01 PM

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies will promote Maikel Franco on Tuesday.

And the 22-year-old top third base prospect could make his major league debut Tuesday night against Braves left-hander Mike Minor. Franco got off to a sluggish start this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he's hit .324 with a .922 OPS, 11 home runs, and 47 RBI in 54 games since the beginning of July. He should play against most lefties in Philly and will be of good use in fantasy leagues that allow daily lineup changes.
Sep 1 - 1:55 PM

Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Monday against the Indians.

Cabrera made an early exit from the second half of Saturday's doubleheader with the White Sox after aggravating his lingering right ankle injury. He then sat out Sunday, but will try to give it a go Monday evening. The reigning MVP won't be fully healthy until the winter.
Sep 1 - 1:30 PM

Justin Masterson has been demoted to the bullpen.

Masterson had one good start and five really bad ones in his month-long trial run in the Cardinals' rotation. A starter for Thursday has not been announced, but prospect Marco Gonzales looked pretty sharp on Saturday against the Cubs and could take the vacant spot.
Sep 1 - 12:57 PM

Athletics activated SS Jed Lowrie from the 15-day disabled list.

Lowrie missed three weeks with a hairline fracture in his right index finger. He is batting just .238/.317/.354 with five homers and 42 RBI in 110 games this season for the A's and acknowledged to reporters on Monday that the finger still isn't fully healed.
Sep 1 - 12:23 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have fired manager Bo Porter.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that the old-school Porter was at odds with data-minded general manager Jeff Luhnow and had vented his frustration recently to club owner Jim Crane. That was going to be a losing battle from the start for Porter, who will end his less-than-two-year tenure as Houston's skipper with a pitiful 110-190 record. The Astros have also fired Porter's bench coach, Dave Trembley. Tom Lawless has been named interim manager.
Sep 1 - 12:13 PM




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