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Twins avoided arbitration with LHP Brian Duensing by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

It was Duensing's second season of arbitration eligibility. The southpaw posted a 3.98 ERA over 73 appearances in 2013 in his first year as a full-time reliever.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Jesse Hahn left his start Saturday versus the Royals with a blister on his right hand.

It doesn't sound like much, though blisters sometimes cause starting pitchers to miss rotation turns. It's a coin flip whether Hahn will be ready to go Thursday against the Angels. If he isn't ready, expect Jesse Chavez to get the nod. Hahn allowed just three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings on Saturday night against the Royals and boasts a 2.12 ERA through three starts this season.
Apr 18 - 9:22 PM

Yordano Ventura was ejected from Saturday's game against the A's after hitting Brett Lawrie with a pitch.

This was retaliation for Lawrie sliding hard into Alcides Escobar on Friday night. Ventura's intent was clear and now he's probably headed for a suspension. The 23-year-old right-hander got hit pretty hard in this one, surrendering five runs in only 3 1/3 innings of work. Chris Young would likely get the call if Ventura is suspended for his next turn.
Apr 18 - 8:21 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) threw off a mound on Saturday.

He hadn't done that since suffering a flexor strain in his right elbow earlier this month. Nathan only tossed 15 pitches Saturday but said he felt "awesome." The next step will be a full bullpen session on Monday. If all goes well, Nathan could be activated Wednesday, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list. Joakim Soria has been filling in at closer.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 18 - 8:03 PM

Zach Britton earned his fourth save of the season Saturday in the Orioles' 4-1 win over the Red Sox.

Britton retired all three batters he faced -- two via strikeout. The 27-year-old closer has been missing bats at an elevated rate so far this season and has nailed down saves in four of the O's six victories. He looks capable of carrying big time fantasy value all year.
Apr 18 - 7:46 PM

The Nationals are likely to activate Denard Span (abdomen) from the disabled list on Sunday.

Span underwent core surgery on March 9 and has spent the last month and a half recovering. He went 4-for-8 with a home run during a rehab stint with Low-A Hagerstown and made it through Saturday's team workout with the Nationals without any soreness. Span's return should push rookie Michael Taylor back to the pine, or maybe even Triple-A.
Apr 18 - 6:54 PM

Starlin Castro had a walk-off RBI single in a 7-6 win over the Padres in 11 innings on Saturday.

After Craig Kimbrel walked pinch-hitter David Ross to load the bases with one out in the 11th, Castro pulled a pitch into left field to win it for Chicago. He finished the day 3-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. The 25-year-old has just two extra-base hits (including one home run) so far, but he's hitting .317 (13-for-41) over 10 games.
Apr 18 - 6:44 PM

Justin Upton is day-to-day with a strained quad.

It's unclear when the injury occurred as Upton never left Saturday's game against the Cubs. Upton has been his usual productive self this season, hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI. Will Venable could see time in left field if Upton has to sit out a few games.
Apr 18 - 6:43 PM

Kris Bryant got his first major league hit Saturday against the Padres and reached base five times.

Bryant finished the day 2-for-3 with three walks. His first hit was a bloop single in the bottom of the fifth inning which brought home a run. He also had an infield single in the 11th. After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his highly-anticipated major league debut on Friday, this performance was nice to see. Fantasy owners are banking on lots of power from Bryant, but ups and downs are to be expected.
Apr 18 - 6:40 PM

Miguel Montero was 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI, and a walk against the Padres on Saturday.

Montero hit a solo homer against Tyson Ross in the sixth inning before launching a two-run shot off Chris Rearick in the very next frame. It was the ninth multi-homer game of his career. Montero came into Saturday's action with just two hits over his first 19 at-bats this season. Perhaps this will get him on track.
Apr 18 - 6:38 PM

Giants placed RHP Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain.

It's the right move as Peavy hasn't looked sharp in either of his two starts this season. With Ryan Vogelsong already filling in for Matt Cain (flexor tendon strain), Yusmeiro Petit seems likely to replace Peavy in the starting rotation. Catcher Andrew Susac was called up from Triple-A to take Peavy's roster spot.
Apr 18 - 5:59 PM

Billy Hamilton is day-to-day with a sore groin.

Hamilton tweaked a groin muscle Saturday when he leaped awkwardly over Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams after beating out a hard grounder to second base. The young speedster looked to be in a good amount of pain and can probably be ruled out for Sunday night's series finale in St. Louis.
Apr 18 - 5:37 PM




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