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Nelson Cruz is drawing interest from the Athletics, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

Athletics manager Billy Beane is a fan of Cruz from his previous days in the organization and the club would like to add a right-handed bat, but the bidding may ultimately get too high. The Mariners, Mets, and Phillies are among the other teams who have reportedly shown interest.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 09:09:00 AM

Chris Davis smashed a grand slam in Friday's win over the Twins.

It was the big blow in a five-run fifth inning against Trevor May. Davis has three hits in his last seven games and they all happened to be home runs. He's now up to 24 homers on the year, but he's done it with a lousy .189/.292/.400 batting line.
Aug 29 - 11:25 PM

Jorge Soler blasted a pair of home runs and drove home three, powering the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals on Friday.

He finished the night 3-for-3 plus a walk. Soler tied the game with a solo shot off opposing starter Shelby Miller in the seventh inning, then tagged Pat Neshek for a two-run blast the following inning. He has started his big league career off with a bang, going 7-for-11 (.636) with three homers and six RBI in his first three games. He needs to be owned and started in all mixed leagues.
Aug 29 - 11:25 PM

Mookie Betts blasted the first grand slam of his major league career, leading the Red Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday.

His critical blast came off opposing starter Chris Archer with two outs in the second inning, increasing the Red Sox lead to 8-0 at the time and putting the game virtually out of reach. Betts also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-5. He's now hitting .253/.337/.418 with three homers and seven RBI in his limited time with the Red Sox.
Aug 29 - 11:14 PM

Justin Upton belted his 26th home run of the season on Friday, powering the Braves to a 5-2 victory over the Marlins.

The younger Upton also delivered an RBI single in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4 with three RBI. He's enjoying another tremendous season at the plate, slashing .288/.362/.524 with 26 bombs and 91 RBI, and will certainly garner some attention in the voting for the National League MVP.
Aug 29 - 11:03 PM

Royals designated LHP Bruce Chen for assignment.

Chen gets the boot after being pummeled for six runs in an extra-innings loss to the Twins on Thursday. The left-hander had been used sparingly since returning from the DL, so the move isn't terribly surprising. He'll pass through waivers easily given his $3.25 million salary.
Aug 29 - 5:41 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Daniel Murphy (calf) is "looking at quite a lengthy DL stint."

General manager Sandy Alderson also added that the MRI on Murphy's right calf showed "a significant issue," and it "could end up taking more than the minimum time on the disabled list." With just 28 games remaining in the season, it's certainly possible Murphy's year is over. Dilson Herrera was called up on Friday to take over at second base.
Aug 29 - 5:20 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said that Joey Votto (quad) had "some fairly significant discomfort" when fielding ground balls on Wednesday.

"He took a few ground balls (Wednesday)," Price said."It wasn't as good a result as we had hoped. There was still some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side so we had back off with that and stay with some strengthening and whatever the physical therapy protocols are. We hope when we get back there are some marked improvement. He took some light swings yesterday and he'll be able to gradually increase baseball workload based on how he feels." The Reds aren't ready to shut Votto down for the season and don't think his distal quad strain will be a chronic injury. However, with the club's playoff hopes dwindling, the odds of them bringing Votto back in the final month aren't good at this point. Fantasy owners certainly shouldn't be expecting to get him back.
Aug 29 - 5:15 PM

Cardinals activated C Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list.

Molina went 5-for-6 with three doubles in his two rehab games to show the Cards he was ready. He's catching and batting sixth Friday versus the Cubs in his return to action. Tony Cruz was sent down, so A.J. Pierzynski will serve as the backup.
Aug 29 - 4:55 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Friday.

The Cubs said that they pulled Rizzo from Tuesday's game as a precaution due to lower back tightness, but he's now sitting out a third straight game, so he obviously hasn't progressed as hoped. Chris Valaika is covering first base Friday.
Aug 29 - 4:50 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has been shut down from throwing due to "general soreness" in his pitching arm.

Tanaka said the pain he's experiencing is more in his forearm than elbow. The Yankees are saying that no doctor appointment is scheduled, so it appears to be a relatively minor setback. Still, the odds of Tanaka returning to contribute this year already weren't great and now he has less of a chance. The righty had been scheduled for a simulated game on Tuesday, but his timetable is now up in the air. Fantasy owners certainly shouldn't be counting on him.
Aug 29 - 4:23 PM

Pedro Alvarez (foot) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Friday.

He's now missed two straight games after suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's contest. It's not clear at this point how much longer Alvarez might be sidelined. Ike Davis is handling first base on Friday.
Aug 29 - 3:29 PM




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