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Rockies signed RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year, $2.25 million contract.

The deal has become official after Hawkins passed his physical. It also includes a $2.25 million option for 2015 that contains a $250,000 buyout. Hawkins will serve as the Rockies' closer, pushing Rex Brothers back to a setup role. The veteran right-hander posted a 2.93 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 55/10 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings for the Mets this past season and will turn 41 in December.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 06:05:00 PM

Carl Crawford reached base in all four plate appearances, scored three runs and knocked in three more in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Padres.

He finished 3-for-3 with a walk, home run and stolen base. If owners in your league have been slumbering and Crawford remains available on the waiver wire, stop reading this update and go pick him up. Just go. In his last 12 starts, Crawford has eight multi-hit games. He is 21-for-50 (.420) with six steals since August 4. The one fantasy element we haven't seen during his hot streak is power -- no homers since May 23 coming into tonight -- so it was good to see him leave the yard. Crawford is a must-start in all formats until he cools off.
Aug 20 - 2:09 AM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Zack Greinke (elbow) is a "possibility" to make his next scheduled start on Thursday.

Mattingly downplayed Greinke's sore elbow earlier in the day, but he was more reserved with his comments after Tuesday's game. The right-hander skipped his normal between-starts bullpen session due to a sore pitching elbow. Mattingly said more information on Greinke's status will be available Wednesday.
Aug 20 - 1:49 AM

Jon Jay was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Tuesday, giving the Cardinals a walk-off, 5-4 win over the Reds.

Jay has the strange distinction of leading the league with 15 hit-by-pitches this season, and none were more important than Tuesday's. The spectacle takes away from the fact that Jay also had two hits and scored twice in the victory. He owns an 11-game hitting streak that has his season line up to .307/.378/.402, and he's finding everyday at-bats in the Cardinals lineup. Mixed league owners need to start taking note.
Aug 20 - 12:36 AM

Yan Gomes homered and finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Indians came back to beat the Twins 7-5 on Tuesday.

Gomes hadn't scored since August 6 before Tuesday's three-run outburst. His solo home run in the second inning started the Indians on the comeback trail, and he came in on a two-run double in the sixth inning that gave the Tribe their first lead. The catcher is enjoying another strong year, batting .285/.325/.479 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI on the season.
Aug 20 - 12:07 AM

James Shields limited the Rockies to two runs in six innings Wednesday in the Royals' 7-4 win.

It was only the second-ever start for Shields at Coors Field and he handled the difficult pitching conditions impressively, scattering nine hits and a walk while striking out six. The right-hander is now 12-6 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 143/36 K/BB ratio in 178 1/3 innings this season for the Royals, who are 15 games above .500 with a record of 70-55. Shields gets the Yankees next in a makeup game.
Aug 19 - 11:57 PM

Mike Fiers limited the Blue Jays to two hits and one run over seven innings of work in the Brewers' 6-1 victory on Tuesday.

The Jays' two hits came in consecutive at-bats in the second inning and led to the team's only run. Otherwise, Fiers was unstoppable, striking out six while issuing just one walk. He retired the last 17 hitters he faced on the way to his third straight win. The right-hander has been terrific all season long in the minors and while it's not likely that he stays at this pace, he's nearly unhittable at the moment. He's got another cake matchup Monday when the Brewers visit the Padres.
Aug 19 - 11:32 PM

Kyle Lohse (ankle) is on track to rejoin the Brewers' rotation during the August 25-27 series versus the Padres.

The club can get by with four starters until Monday, putting Lohse's return date likely on Tuesday. "We want to make sure that he's right," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We know that to get this done, we have to have him at full strength." Lohse missed a start with a sprained ankle but has continued his throwing program.
Aug 19 - 11:11 PM

Chris Tillman struck out nine White Sox hitters, allowing just one run over eight innings in the Orioles' 5-1 victory on Tuesday.

Tillman served up a solo home run to Jose Abreu in the first inning, but he buckled down to hold the Sox scoreless over the next seven frames. The right-hander gave up just three hits and a walk on the evening en route to his 10th win. Tillman won't match his 16-win performance of 2013, but he's somewhat quietly put together a nice season again this year. Tillman owns a 3.55 ERA heading into Monday's start against the Rays.
Aug 19 - 11:03 PM

Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will rejoin the Padres' rotation this weekend in Arizona.

Cashner made his second and final rehab start on Monday, allowing three runs over five innings. He only got his pitch count up to 63, so he doesn't figure to last terribly long this weekend. Fantasy owners might be wise to hold off on activating him immediately even though he's held a 2.36 ERA over 12 starts when healthy.
Aug 19 - 11:01 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated Tuesday that Josh Beckett (hip) might not return this season.

Mattingly said that it's going to be "a while" before Beckett resumes throwing. "At this point, he's been out a little bit," Mattingly said. "It's going to take him awhile before he can start throwing. Once that happens, it's going to take him a little while to get built up. Is there going to be enough time? I'm not sure." The Dodgers have added Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Correia since the trade deadline, moves that no doubt were made in part because of Beckett's uncertainty.
Aug 19 - 10:16 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Tuesday that Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season unless he's needed in an emergency.

Alvarez made his first start at first base on Monday but was back on the bench Tuesday. He's expected to share time with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez, which means his fantasy value is nearing non-existent at this point. "Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," Hurdle said. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not."
Aug 19 - 9:40 PM




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