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Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Red Sox are "in" on Shin-Soo Choo.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the same earlier this week. Gammons was also told by Choo's agent, Scott Boras, that the outfielder's negotiations "could move quickly." The Tigers are also in hard on Choo, and the Yankees have some interest that might escalate should they lose out on Robinson Cano. Choo should get a deal well over $100 million.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 08:05:00 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

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jorge De La Rosa has been claimed and blocked on revocable waivers.

It's not clear who made the waiver claim or when it happened, but Heyman says "it was long enough ago that he is now considered blocked." De La Rosa would have been a solid get for a contender, as he holds a solid 4.19 ERA this season despite pitching half his games at Coors Field and boasts a 3.23 mark since the beginning of July. The left-hander will be a free agent this winter and Heyman says the Rockies will make him a qualifying offer if they're not able to lock him up on a long-term deal.
Aug 29 - 12:14 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that both the Orioles and Nelson Cruz "have expressed an interest" in a contract extension.

Heyman cautions that "there's no definitive immediate word of any early negotiations," but it does appear the two sides are interested "in continuing the marriage, if possible." The report also adds that the O's will extend Cruz a qualifying offer this offseason if they're unable to lock him up on a long-term deal. After having to settle for a one-year, $8 million deal in late February, Cruz has gone on to hit a career-high 34 homers so far for Baltimore, a total that leads all of baseball.
Aug 29 - 12:08 PM

Howie Kendrick hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 4-3 win over the A's.

The Angels had squandered a bases loaded situation in the 9th inning. They made up for it the next inning on a Howie Kendrick sacrifice fly that scored Albert Pujols. Kendrick would finish the game 2-for-3 with the one RBI. He's slashing .281/.337/.370 this season.
Aug 29 - 2:10 AM

Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the A's 4-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday.

Donaldson hit the bomb off of Angels starter C.J. Wilson. He also doubled in the contest, finishing 2-for-3 with one RBI and two walks. He has 88 RBI to go with the 26 long balls. While Donaldson's average is down from his breakout 2013 campaign (.256 this year vs .301 in 2013), he's been an integral part of the A's offense this season, having already set a career high in home runs. He's also on-pace to set a career high for RBI. On the year, he's slashing .256/.346/.471.
Aug 29 - 2:03 AM




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