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Matt Diaz has announced his retirement from baseball.

Diaz revealed the news on his blog, saying that he's "not been as driven" as he has been in the past and is "ready to be daddy." Known for his ability to mash left-handers, Diaz finishes his career with a .322/.363/.495 batting line versus southpaws. He really hadn't hit much against lefties or righties in recent years, though, and is ready to hang up his cleats a month shy of his 36th birthday.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that James Loney's representatives plan to contact the Mets to gauge interest.

Lucas Duda is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his back, so it could be a natural fit. Sherman hears that the Mets at least have "some curiosity" about the possibility. Loney, 32, is batting .333/.368/.417 with two home runs and 23 RBI over 39 games with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. He has the ability to opt of his minor league deal if he finds an opportunity in the majors.
May 24 - 11:57 AM

Alex Rodriguez (hamstring) will play a minor league rehab game with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday.

Rodriguez wasn't originally expected to require a minor league rehab assignment as he makes his way back from a hamstring strain, but there has been a change of plans. Assuming he feels good, the Yankees could bring him back on Wednesday.
May 24 - 10:54 AM

Carson Smith (elbow) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

Smith missed the first month of the season while recovering from a flexor tendon strain and made just three appearances before hitting the DL again earlier this month. Now he'll be sidelined through the early part of next season. It's a brutal blow for the Red Sox, who acquired Smith from the Mariners over the winter in hopes that he would be one of their most valuable late-inning arms. They could be in the market for a reliever as the summer moves along.
May 24 - 10:21 AM

Christian Yelich (back) is out of the Marlins' lineup again Tuesday against the Rays.

Yelich has missed three straight starts with back spasms. He was announced as a pinch-hitter Monday, but Cole Gillespie ultimately took the at-bat. He remains day-to-day. The hot-hitting Ichiro Suzuki will continue to play left field. He's batting leadoff Tuesday against right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
May 24 - 10:13 AM

Angel Pagan will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring on Tuesday.

Pagan aggravated the hamstring during Monday's game against the Padres. He managed to avoid the disabled list the first time around, but the Giants could be forced to make a move to add another outfielder to the mix.
May 24 - 8:46 AM

Clayton Kershaw's third shutout of the month was a two-hitter Monday in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds.

Three shutouts in a year is really impressive these days. Kershaw has that many this month alone. Only two other teams in baseball have as many complete games this year (the Giants and White Sox) as Kershaw has shutouts this month. Overall, Kershaw is 7-1 with a 1.48 ERA, and if anything, that underestimates how well he's pitched.
May 24 - 12:49 AM

Salvador Perez went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in Monday's victory over the Twins.

It was the first five-hit game of the All-Star catcher's career, and the slow-footed Perez even managed to mix in a triple among his five base knocks. Perez has a modest nine-game hitting streak going, and he's lifted his average from .226 to .270 over that stretch.
May 24 - 12:34 AM

Randal Grichuk smacked a walk-off, solo home run in the ninth inning against the Cubs on Monday.

Grichuk's opposite-field shot off of Adam Warren with two outs landed in the Cards' bullpen and sent the fans in St. Louis home happy. He had two of the team's five hits on the night and scored two of their runs. Grichuk has been moved down in the order and is hitting only .228/.307/.419 on the year after the big night, but he's capable of providing big power in spurts if he can get hot.
May 23 - 11:58 PM

Nick Tropeano held the Rangers off the scoreboard for 6 2/3 innings in Monday's 2-0 victory.

Derek Holland pitched well, but Tropeano was better in this one. The young right-hander gave up just four hits -- three singles -- on the night while striking out six and issuing just one walk. Tropeano has yielded just one run over his last two starts to lower his ERA on the season to 2.86. He's also struck out a batter per frame, although his WHIP sits at 1.47 thanks to 23 walks. Tropeano will try to keep it going this weekend versus the Astros.
May 23 - 11:51 PM

David Wright smacked a three-run homer in Monday's victory over the Nationals.

Things started to fall apart for Nats starter Gio Gonzalez in the third inning, and it began with Wright's three-run blast. It was the third baseman's first longball since May seventh and his fifth on the season. Wright has been getting more off days this month as his back acts up and remains a health risk going forward.
May 23 - 11:30 PM

Marcell Ozuna stayed hot Monday, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a win over the Rays.

Ozuna's blast to left field in the third inning off of Matt Moore was a mammoth shot measure at nearly 450 feet. The Marlins' outfielder has put together a fantastic May with a .397/.420/.705 batting line and five home runs over 21 games. He's up to .321/.364/.576 with nine dingers on the season.
May 23 - 11:11 PM




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