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Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Thursday that Hunter Pence will be his No. 2 hitter while Marco Scutaro (back) is on the disabled list.

"This could be our lineup," Bochy said of Thursday's batting order, which had Pence in the two-hole. Pence will be moving up from the No. 5 spot, which means his RBI total will take a hit but he should score a few more runs. Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford will each move up a spot in the order. Pence figures to drop back down to the five-hole when Scutaro returns, but it's unclear when that might be.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 08:12:00 PM

Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that manager Mike Matheny is safe.

There is near-constant clamoring from fans (and some in the media) about Matheny's lineups, bullpen management, and in-game strategy, but the Cardinals' higher-ups seem content with the fifth-year manager. "Mike’s done a really good job for us," DeWitt said. "There’s no thought that we’re going to go in any different direction." Matheny has guided the Cardinals to the postseason every year on the job, and they're in Wild Card contention here in late September. Matheny's overall managerial record since taking over for Hall of Fame skipper Tony La Russa is 457-348.
Sep 28 - 8:12 PM

Lucas Duda has been scratched from Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

Duda was originally in the lineup, but when the Mets took the field it was James Loney who trotted over to first base. An update on Duda's status should be coming soon.
Sep 28 - 7:42 PM

Albert Pujols (foot) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the A's.

Pujols has not played since Monday due to discomfort in his foot related to plantar fasciitis. Mike Trout will serve as the Angels' designated hitter on Wednesday while C.J. Cron mans first base. It is possible the veteran Pujols won't play again this season, but that has not yet been determined for certain.
Sep 28 - 7:02 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Neftali Feliz (arm) is almost certainly done for the 2016 season.

No surprise here. Feliz was just recently cleared to throw off of flat ground as he continues to rehab from a bout of right arm discomfort. With mere days remaining in the regular season, a return to the major league mound would have been miraculous. The 28-year-old right-hander finishes out the 2016 season holding a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 frames.
Sep 28 - 6:46 PM

Adrian Gonzalez (sinus infection) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

Gonzalez was lifted midway through Tuesday's contest due to a sinus infection. The ailment was not burdensome enough to require an additional day off, though. He is batting in his customary fourth spot on Wednesday.
Sep 28 - 6:34 PM

Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs due to a stiff neck.

Polanco's current neck stiffness could be related to a Friday collision with the outfield wall. Matt Joyce will start in his place in left field and is batting fourth.
Sep 28 - 6:30 PM

Starling Marte (back) is being held out of the lineup again as the Pirates face the Cubs on Wednesday.

Marte said on Tuesday that he is uncertain whether he will be able to start another game this season. He has been fighting through back tightness and back spasms for most of September. Josh Bell draws the start in right field and will bat second.
Sep 28 - 6:17 PM

Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in the Mariners' 12-4 rout of the Astros on Wednesday.

Seattle's offense managed 15 hits and seven walks to down the 'Stros and stay alive in the American League Wild Card race. Seager singled in the Mariners' three-run first inning and then produced the final scoring of the game with a three-run shot off Pat Neshek in the top of the eighth. The star third baseman is slashing .281/.362/.506 with 30 home runs and 99 RBI in 154 games this season.
Sep 28 - 5:52 PM

Joe Mauer (quad) will be available to hit off the bench when the Twins face the Royals on Wednesday.

While Mauer could see an at-bat in Wednesday's contest, he is not in the lineup proper. Kennys Vargas draws the start at first instead and is hitting fifth. Mauer has been dealing with a right quad injury for well over a month. He has played in just 12 games in September.
Sep 28 - 5:14 PM

Seth Smith was lifted for a pinch-runner after being hit in the foot during Wednesday's game against the Astros.

Smith was struck in the foot by a pitch in the top of the sixth inning. Ben Gamel subsequently came on to pinch-run for him. The Mariners should provide an update as to Smith's status later on Wednesday.
Sep 28 - 4:25 PM

Cubs signed president of baseball operations Theo Epstein to a five-year contract extension.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale is reporting that the extension will be in excess of $50 million. Since joining the Cubs in 2011, Epstein has steadily built the club into a World Series favorite. This season, the Cubbies have run away with the NL Central. Their record currently sits at 101-56. In addition to Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer and vice president Jason McLeod are also being awarded extensions.
Sep 28 - 4:14 PM




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