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Madison Bumgarner gave up four runs in six innings on Friday, only to pick up a win by hitting a grand slam and driving in five runs against the Rockies.

Bumgarner had a sac fly in the third and then hit the slam an inning later off Jorge De La Rosa. It was his second career homer, and it made him the first pitcher in five years to drive in five runs in a game. The last was Chris Carpenter, who had six RBI in a game in 2009. Before him, Jason Marquis did it in 2008 and Micah Owings did it with two homers and six RBI in a game in 2007.
Apr 12 - 1:56 AM

Manny Machado (back) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Thursday.

It's the third straight contest he's missed with tightness in his lower back. Machado received an anti-inflammatory injection on Tuesday, so hopefully the shot just needed a couple days to take effect. The third baseman remains day-to-day for the time being.
Jul 24 - 6:51 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Thursday that the team is unlikely to trade Chad Qualls.

Teams have expressed interest in the reliever, but Qualls will make a reasonable $6 million through the end of next season and has a $3 million option for 2016, so Luhnow doesn't feel compelled to move him. The 35-year-old boasts a terrific 1.78 ERA and 31/4 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings in 2014. "I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said. "To have a guy who's capable of pitching late in the game, in close games, we're going to have opportunity going forward. This is a team that's improving, and as the team improves, you have more save opportunities, more opportunities to pitch at the end of close games. We need more Chad Qualls. We don't need less."
Jul 24 - 6:45 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Billy Butler will lose playing time in the designated hitter spot in the coming days.

It's probably overdue, as Butler has struggled mightily with a .266/.321/.346 batting line and three homers this season and has hit just .234/.286/.313 this month. The 28-year-old is probably droppable in most mixed leagues at this point. Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez will pick up the extra at-bats in the DH spot.
Jul 24 - 6:41 PM

The Indians are hopeful that Asdrubal Cabrera (back) will be ready to return to the lineup over the weekend.

Manager Terry Francona is aiming for Saturday, though he admitted that might be a tad optimistic. Cabrera did increase his activity Thursday but will miss a third straight game due to back spasms. Jose Ramirez is getting another start at shortstop.
Jul 24 - 6:25 PM

Jesse Hahn will be recalled to start on Friday in Atlanta.

Hahn was sent down over the All-Star break in order to keep pitching. The rookie has been excellent over 40 2/3 innings for San Diego, posting a 2.21 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 47 strikeouts. He should be scooped back up in leagues where he was dropped.
Jul 24 - 6:20 PM

Yankees acquired LHP Chris Capuano from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations.

It's great news for Capuano, who was recently passed over for a promotion. He should get a chance to start in New York given all the injuries to the Yankees' rotation. The left-hander holds a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances in the majors this season but put up a 2.79 mark in four minor league starts. He's worth a shot in AL-only leagues, but Capuano is a flyball pitcher that will now be in a park that surrenders a lot of homers.
Jul 24 - 6:16 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are "working hard to find a suitor for Ryan Howard."

Howard has hit just .236/.306/.418 over the last three seasons and is still owed $70 million, but Heyman says the Phillies "would be willing to eat much or most" of the contract. Heyman adds that a trade of Howard would "presumably" be to an American League team looking for a designated hitter. Two general managers told Heyman that they believe Howard could be worth around $5 million per year in such a role. Howard has a no-trade clause that allows him to block a deal to 20 teams.
Jul 24 - 6:09 PM

Mariners purchased the contract of INF Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma.

Taylor, a fifth-round pick in 2012, was batting .328/.397/.497 with five home runs and 14 stolen bases in 75 games this season in Triple-A. His arrival likely means a drop in playing time for the struggling Brad Miller. Taylor is worth a flier in AL-only leagues and even some deeper mixed formats assuming he gets regular at-bats.
Jul 24 - 5:07 PM

Dexter Fowler (intercostal) has yet to swing a bat or pick up a ball.

The Astros were originally hoping that Fowler would be ready at the start of the second half, but he's still a ways off from returning. These injuries tend to linger, so the Astros don't want to take any chances. He'll need a minor league rehab assignment before being activated, so it's probably safe to rule him out until August at this point.
Jul 24 - 4:58 PM

Scooter Gennett (quad) is out of the Brewers' lineup again Thursday.

Gennett left Tuesday's game due to right quad tightness and will now miss his second straight start. He might have to sit for another couple of days. Rickie Weeks is starting at second base again Thursday and will bat fifth against Dillon Gee.
Jul 24 - 4:17 PM

Curtis Granderson is back in Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.

Granderson missed the previous two games due to illness, but he's ready to give it a go. He'll bat leadoff against Matt Garza.
Jul 24 - 4:14 PM




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