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Nationals optioned C Sandy Leon to Triple-A Syracuse.

Leon was no longer needed as a backup catcher with Wilson Ramos (hamstring) returning from the disabled list Thursday. Leon is batting just .169/.234/.237 this year in 18 games at the major league level.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 03:32:00 PM

Zack Cozart went 4-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer but the Reds still lost to the Phillies on Saturday.

After Billy Hamilton led off the gave with a bunt single and stolen base, Cozart drilled a Jerad Eickhoff pitch over the left field wall to give the Reds an early lead. Cozart also doubled in the game and reached base in all five of his opportunities. He is wielding a potent bat his season, slashing .355/.433/.592 with five homers, 27 runs and 25 RBI. The 31-year-old has never hit this well for a full season so he is bound to cool down at some point. He is likely to be traded to a contender at some point this summer.
May 27 - 7:28 PM

Jameson Taillon (cancer) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Sunday.

Taillen underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this month but resumed throwing last week and has already progressed to a minor league rehab assignment. It shouldn't be long until he's back in the Pirates' starting rotation. Taillon was having a great year before his cancer diagnosis, spinning a 3.31 ERA over six starts for the Bucs.
May 27 - 7:21 PM

Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Braves.

Posey is mired in a 3-for-23 slump so manager Bruce Bochy will give him a night to clear his head. Nick Hundley is behind the plate and batting seventh Saturday against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Despite his recent struggles, Posey still carries the NL's fifth-highest batting average at .338.
May 27 - 7:17 PM

Making his Fenway Park debut, Brian Johnson yielded just five hits over nine scoreless frames for his first career shutout Saturday in the Red Sox’s 6-0 win over the Mariners.

Wow. This was only Johnson’s second career start but he looked like a seasoned vet with his masterful command of the strike zone. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone. Johnson’s fastball only sat in the mid to high 80s but he attacked the Mariners by throwing 85 of his 109 pitches for strikes and also benefited from a number of stellar defensive plays from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts. Johnson probably isn’t long for the rotation with David Price due back next week but this was an afternoon he’ll never forget. Johnson’s gem was the first complete game thrown by a Red Sox pitcher this year.
May 27 - 6:59 PM

Corey Kluber (back) will return to the Indians' rotation Thursday against the Athletics.

Kluber dominated in Friday's rehab outing for Double-A Akron (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and that was all manager Terry Francona needed to see. The former Cy Young winner missed most of May while dealing with lower back discomfort. His return will probably bump Mike Clevinger from the starting rotation.
May 27 - 6:18 PM

Updating an earlier report, Adam Jones is out with a left ankle injury and a sore hip.

Jones was given the day off Saturday against the Astros and will be reevaluated on Sunday. The hip issue is nothing new as Jones missed a game with a similar injury earlier this month. His absence spells more bad news for an Orioles team in the midst of a six-game losing streak.
May 27 - 6:15 PM

Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

The slumping Carpenter has hit just .151 over his last eight games (5-for-33). Jedd Gyorko will fill in at first base and bat fifth Saturday against Rockies hurler Kyle Freeland.
May 27 - 5:40 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Saturday.

It was his first time throwing off a mound since landing on the DL earlier this month. Iwakuma didn't seem too happy with his results on Saturday, claiming it "wasn't the best bullpen." When asked how his shoulder felt, Iwakuma said, "I feel OK. I would like to move forward. Hopefully it will get better." Obviously Iwakuma is in the very early stages of his recovery and still has a long way to go. There's no timetable for his return.
May 27 - 5:27 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Justin Turner (hamstring) will need a minor league rehab assignment before he's activated from the disabled list.

That's likely to happen sometime next week. If all goes well, Turner could be back with the Dodgers by the end of their seven-game road trip which begins on Monday. Turner was hitting a league-leading .379 before landing on the DL with a strained hamstring.
May 27 - 5:18 PM

Jose Bautista smashed a three-run homer off Yu Darvish to lead his club to a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Saturday.

Coming to the plate with two out in the fifth inning with runners on first and third, Bautista smoked a hanging breaking ball from Darvish well over the wall in left field. It was all the offense the Blue Jays would need to win the game. Bautista was ice cold for the entire month of April, but has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball lately. For the season he has a .236 batting average with nine home runs and 26 RBI.
May 27 - 4:58 PM

C.C. Sabathia picked up his fifth victory of the season on Saturday, striking out nine over 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Athletics.

The veteran southpaw allowed six hits and three walks on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came late, with an RBI double from Ryon Healy in the sixth and a solo blast by Josh Phegley in the seventh. Now 5-2 on the season, Sabathia will carry a 4.42 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Thursday's matchup against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
May 27 - 4:26 PM




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