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Jake Arrieta struck out nine while allowing just two runs over seven innings in the Cubs' 7-3 win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Arrieta didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning, when the Reds collected all three of their knocks and both of their runs against him. The win was Arrieta's third straight and his fourth consecutive start going six innings with two or fewer runs allowed. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 64/15 K/BB ratio over 57 innings -- numbers that add up to him being a must-own in all fantasy formats -- and he'll square off against the Nationals on Sunday.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 01:00:00 AM

Angel Pagan (finger) is back in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

Pagan suffered a laceration on his left middle finger when he slid into second base on Monday, but he's back in there after one day of rest. The outfielder sports a nifty .350/.373/.447 batting line this season.
May 6 - 1:27 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Hunter Pence (forearm) could begin a rehab assignment within the next week.

Bochy was impressed with how Pence looked during hitting drills Tuesday. "His BP today got better as it went," Bochy said. "He started on a tee, then worked off a machine. They got it cranked up pretty good." Pence will continue taking batting practice through Friday and could be cleared for a rehab assignment after that.
May 6 - 11:47 AM

Jayson Werth is out of the lineup for the second straight day Wednesday due to what Nationals manager Matt Williams referred to as a "cranky" right shoulder.

Williams and the Nats are viewing it as part of the normal recovery process after Werth's offseason shoulder surgery. The good news is that the outfielder will be available off the bench Wednesday and return to the lineup Friday. The bad news, of course, is that he's hitting just .176/.247/.203 and has an achy shoulder.
May 6 - 11:41 AM

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) has yet to resume running the bases.

Puig did some running in the outfield two days in a row over the weekend, but he's evidently not yet been cleared to run the bases yet and won't begin a rehab assignment until that happens. It had been looking like Puig had a good shot to return on May 10 when first eligible, but that's looking less likely now.
May 6 - 11:27 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) "is said to be feeling better" and hopes to return to the lineup "in a couple days."

Ramirez avoided a serious left shoulder injury when he slammed into a side wall on Monday and has made nice progress since then. The Red Sox will obviously be careful with him, but it sounds like there's a chance he could return to action before the end of the week. Ramirez is batting .283/.340/.609 with 10 home runs this season.
May 6 - 11:09 AM

Michael Morse is not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

He's now been benched for three straight games and four out of the last five contests. Morse isn't injured, but he's hitting just .193/.253/.284 and Justin Bour has seven hits in 14 at-bats since his promotion. Bour is at first base again on Wednesday.
May 6 - 10:41 AM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed that the club has interest in Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

"He's a player that we're going to talk a little bit more in-depth about," Stewart said Tuesday. "I have to see what our scouts are saying and talk to our internal guys, and if it makes sense then we'll make the next step." Saltalamacchia, who was officially released by the Marlins on Tuesday, makes a lot of sense as an upgrade over Tuffy Gosewisch. The D'Backs can get him cheaply now that his old $21 million contract is off the books. They're not the only squad that's interested, however, as Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith says "a few teams" are in the mix. The Royals, Indians and Mariners have also been connected to Salty.
May 6 - 9:25 AM

Royals activated RHP Greg Holland from the 15-day disabled list.

Holland has been on the shelf since April 18 with a pectoral strain but threw a simulated game over the weekend and is ready to go. He'll slide back into his closer's role, pushing Wade Davis to the eighth inning.
May 6 - 8:30 AM

Matt Carpenter hit a three-run homer and collected four RBI in all as the Cardinals came back to defeat the Cubs 7-4 on Tuesday.

The Cardinals trailed 4-1 when Carpenter stepped to the dish with two runners on in the fifth inning, but he pulled an inside pitch into the right field bleachers for his fifth homer of the year. Carpenter later added an RBI sacrifice fly. The superlatives have all been used to describe Carpenter's 2015 season to date, as he's now hitting .346/.412/.644 with 20 RBI and 23 runs scored to go with his five dingers.
May 6 - 1:11 AM

Carlos Perez made his major league debut on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a walk-off solo home run to help the Angels outlast the Mariners.

Perez became the first player to hit a walk-off home run in his major league debut since Miguel Cabrera accomplished the feat for the Marlins on June 20, 2003. Perez had been tearing it up at Triple-A Salt Lake prior to his promotion on Monday, batting .361/.418/.556. With the Angels really hurting for production out of the catching position, it wouldn't be shocking to see them ride him while he's hot.
May 6 - 12:55 AM

Justin Turner finished 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

Turner had a couple singles to go along with a three-run homer in the win. The dinger was his fourth of the year, and all four have come in his last six games. Finding playing time has been difficult on a loaded Dodgers club, but Turner has batted .333/.375/.689 in 45 at-bats thus far.
May 6 - 12:45 AM




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