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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed that Oscar Taveras' odds of making the team are nearly insurmountable.

Taveras, coming off right ankle surgery last season, is currently shelved with right hamstring tightness. "It's not possible — without him being healthy," Matheny said of Taveras' shot to crack the Opening Day roster. "He needed for everything to go right for that to be a possibility. It's definitely something that's holding him up." Taveras, one of the game's best prospects, will undoubtedly make his big league debut later on in the summer.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 01:18:00 PM

The Mariners are "leaning toward" having Taijuan Walker (foot) start Thursday against the Orioles.

He was skipped last time through the rotation after being diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. Walker threw a bullpen session on Sunday and reported no issues. The right-hander holds a respectable 3.45 ERA in 14 starts this year. Unfortunately he's been plagued by a severe lack of run support and only has three victories.
Jun 27 - 11:08 AM

Corey Seager is getting the day off Monday against the Pirates.

It's a quick turnaround for the Dodgers, who are playing at 12:35 PM ET after a night game on Sunday. Seager has appeared in all but one game this season with his last day off coming on April 15. The 22-year-old has contributed All-Star numbers this year with 16 HR and a .298 batting average in 299 at-bats. Chris Taylor will handle shortstop duties Monday while batting eighth against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Jun 27 - 10:07 AM

D.J. LeMahieu left Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with a bruised left knee.

He came out in the sixth inning after going 0-for-1 with a pair of walks. LeMaheiu landed awkwardly on his knee after diving for a single by Paul Goldschmidt. He'll have an MRI on Monday. Daniel Descalso replaced LeMahieu at second base and will probably start there during his absence. LeMahieu's .327 average is tied for third-best in the National League.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 27 - 9:51 AM

Gerrit Cole (triceps) threw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list.

Pitching coach Ray Searage said Cole was "very, very good" and actually had to reel him in a bit so he wouldn't re-injure himself. The right-hander threw 15 fastballs while emphasizing timing and a consistent delivery. He's expected to throw two more bullpen sessions during the Pirates' upcoming road trip. After that Cole will be reevaluated in hopes of beginning a rehab assignment. There's no timetable for his return.
Jun 27 - 9:42 AM

Adrian Gonzalez will sit for the second straight game Monday against the Pirates.

Scott Van Slyke got the nod at first base Sunday with Gonzalez appearing as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and will start there again on Monday. Gonzalez has had a hard time this month (.181 with one homer in 83 at-bats) and manager Dave Roberts thinks defensive shifts could be to blame. "If you see the three infielders on the right side of the infield and you’re not getting hits, logic says that if I can put the ball on the ground the other way, I can get a hit," said Roberts. "It kind of plays into the psyche of the defense." Gonzalez's .262 average this year is his lowest since 2005 when he hit .227 in 43 games for Texas.
Jun 27 - 9:16 AM

According to John Perrotto of FanRag Sports, the Pirates aren't looking to shop Andrew McCutchen until the offseason.

The Pirates have been plummeting in the NL Central race, fueling speculation that the Bucs will become sellers at the trade deadline. They still might—Francisco Liriano and Mark Melancon are logical trade candidates—but McCutchen won't be part of that discussion. However, the team could entertain offers for McCutchen this winter in anticipation of top outfield prospect Austin Meadows' big-league debut in 2017. McCutchen is having his worst season, though he did bop a pair of home runs Saturday off Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda.
Jun 27 - 8:36 AM

David Freese walloped a three-run double in the second inning on Sunday, leading the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, but proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Freese continues to excel in the middle of the Pirates lineup, slashing .290/.369/.448 with six bombs and 30 RBI.
Jun 26 - 10:55 PM

Mark Reynolds blasted a walk-off two-run homer on Sunday, powering the Rockies to a 9-7 victory over the Diamondbacks.

The Rockies clubbed four home runs in total on the afternoon, with Trevor Story's game-tying blast in the seventh and Reynolds' game winner proving to be the difference. He finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and also delivered a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. He has been a very valuable addition to the Rockies lineup this season, slashing a healthy .291/.356/.462 with eight long balls and 31 RBI.
Jun 26 - 7:59 PM

Conor Gillaspie hit a walkoff RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Giants beat the Phillies 8-7 on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco.

Gillaspie drove in Ramiro Pena, who had slapped a one-out double a couple pitches before. Gillaspie also had a single and he got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, finishing the day 2-for-4 with two big RBI. He will continue to get regular playing time while Matt Duffy recovers from an Achilles strain and is worth consideration in NL-only fantasy formats.
Jun 26 - 7:51 PM

Matt Carpenter blasted a pair of bombs at Safeco Field on Sunday, helping to power the Cardinals to an 11-6 victory over the Mariners.

As a team, the Cardinals socked six dingers in the contest. Carpenter's first solo shot came in the sixth inning, extending their lead to 6-3. He then capped off the game's scoring with another solo blast off Vidal Nuno in the ninth. Carpenter also tripled in the contest, finishing the day 3-for-6 with three runs scored. He's having another outstanding season atop the Cardinals lineup, slashing .300/.419/.585 with 13 long balls and 47 RBI.
Jun 26 - 7:44 PM

Bud Norris was superb in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Mets, hurling seven innings of shutout ball.

The eight strikeouts marked a season-high for Norris. He scattered four hits and did not walk a batter over his seven innings of work. Since entering the starting rotation at the beginning of June, the 31-year-old right-hander has allowed more than two runs just once in five starts (he allowed three in the outlier). He will look to continue this nice roll in a home showdown with the Marlins next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 26 - 5:47 PM




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