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Miguel Cabrera has denied a story from USA Today in which he was quoted as saying in Spanish that his surgically-repaired groin still bothers him on occasion.

"There are times when I feel good, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly,'" Cabrera told USA Today. "It's part of the process. The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander, but the difference is he pitches every five days, so you don't see it as frequently." Cabrera also added that he thinks the groin ailment has "affected me quite a bit, like last year, when in the last month I wasn't using my bottom half, my feet and the waist area." When asked Tuesday by the Detroit News about the story, Cabrera said he "didn't say that." It's possible Cabrera was misquoted by USA Today, but it's also hard to believe that he didn't admit that the groin is still at least a bit of an issue. Cabrera is hitting a terrific .306/.364/.534, though it's well off his .337/.425/.612 line from over the previous four seasons. He's also on pace for just 25 home runs.
Source: Detroit News
Jul 16 - 9:52 AM

Andrew Cashner spun a two-hit shutout on Monday in a 1-0 win versus the Phillies.

Interestingly, his complete-game shutout came on the same night Anthony Rizzo, for whom he was once traded, hit a walk-off homer. Cashner struck out seven and walked one, needing only 92 pitches, otherwise known as a "Maddux," to finish off the Phillies. The 27-year-old right-hander remains hot, having gone 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last five starts coming into tonight. Of his four wins, Cashner has needed to throw complete games to secure two of them. Now 4-7 with a 2.20 ERA, Cashner hosts the Giants on Saturday.
Sep 16 - 12:38 AM

Anthony Rizzo hit a walkoff homer off Pedro Villarreal in the bottom of the ninth as the Cubs beat the Reds 1-0 on Monday.

At least the Cubs are still trying to win; the Reds could care less. Rizzo, playing for the first time since Aug. 26, was the only player on either team to have a multihit game tonight, going 2-for-4. The homer was his 31st of the year, which tops his 2013 total by eight.
Sep 15 - 11:32 PM

Albert Pujols left Monday's game against the Mariners with a left hamstring cramp.

Pujols cleared the bases with a double in the third inning but grabbed his hamstring on the way into second base. The good news is that the Angels are calling it a cramp, so it sounds like a day-to-day situation.
Sep 15 - 11:15 PM

Jacob deGrom struck out the first eight batters he faced and 13 overall while allowing three runs over seven innings Monday in a no-decision against the Marlins.

With a chance to set the modern record for consecutive strikeouts to start a game, deGrom gave up a single to opposing starter Jarred Cosart in the third, ending his streak. Still, it was an awfully impressive run, and deGrom remained strong until the seventh, when he gave up all three runs. Those were the first earned runs he had allowed in four starts since Aug. 23. With a 2.68 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 134 1/3 innings, deGrom now seems like the clear favorite to claim the NL Rookie of the Year award.
Sep 15 - 11:14 PM

Bryce Harper is dealing with the flu.

The flu bug is being passed around the Nationals' clubhouse and apparently caught Harper. It's why he was lightheaded, which forced him from Monday's game. Consider him day-to-day.
Sep 15 - 11:11 PM

Collin McHugh left Monday's start versus the Indians with a bruised left forearm.

McHugh took a comebacker off the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall to force his exit. He was in the midst of another excellent outing, yielding just one unearned run on five hits and no walks while striking out seven. The Astros expect McHugh to be ready for his next start.
Sep 15 - 10:45 PM

Giants activated 1B Brandon Belt from the 15-day disabled list.

Belt said he "felt good, completely normal" during batting practice Monday and feels ready for game action. However, just because he's been activated doesn't mean that he'll start playing regularly right away. He's not in the lineup Monday and the Giants figure to be careful with him down the stretch given that he's been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues.
Sep 15 - 9:55 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his actions following Sunday's appearance.

Papelbon was ejected by umpire Joe West after grabbing his crotch on his way to the Phillies' dugout. The reliever will not appeal, so his suspension begins Monday. Ken Giles will be in line for saves over the next week.
Sep 15 - 9:03 PM

Angel Pagan was scratched from Monday's lineup due to back stiffness.

Pagan has had back issues dating back to mid-June and missed a game earlier this month when it flared up on him. It remains to be seen if the flare-up this time will cost him more than a game. Juan Perez took his spot in center field and at the top of the lineup.
Sep 15 - 9:00 PM

Tyson Ross' next scheduled start will be pushed back a few days because the right-hander is dealing with general soreness after his last outing.

Ross was rocked for six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in an uncharacteristically poor showing. It doesn't appear to be something to be overly concerned about at the moment. Robbie Erlin will get the ball on Thursday versus the Phillies, with Ross hoping to start over the weekend or possibly early next week.
Sep 15 - 7:30 PM

Nolan Arenado will undergo an MRI on his chest Monday.

Arenado left Sunday's game with what the Rockies referred to as a chest contusion. The club doesn't expect the injury to be serious, but we won't know for sure until the MRI comes back. Consider Arenado day-to-day until further notice.
Sep 15 - 7:14 PM




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