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A source tells Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he expects the Dodgers to pursue Jonathan Papelbon.

The Dodgers already have a competent closer in Kenley Jansen, but setup man Brian Wilson has been terrible and the Dodgers have the financial wherewithal to take on a portion of Papelbon's remaining salary. Papelbon recently told reporters he would welcome a deal to a contender, so getting him to waive his no-trade clause to head west shouldn't be a problem.
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 07:00:00 PM

Logan Forsythe (groin) is in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Orioles.

Forsythe made an early exit from Tuesday night's game after experiencing tightness in his left groin, but he felt fine taking grounders during pregame festivities on Wednesday. He'll bat fifth and start at second base.
Sep 2 - 5:56 PM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) is in the Twins' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

Sano has been nursing a mild right hamstring strain since last Thursday, but the young designated hitter has simply been taking it easy on the bases and will continue to do so as the Twins try to maintain a good spot in the American League Wild Card race. Sano hit his 14th home run on Tuesday night and he boasts a 1.011 OPS with 41 RBI through his first 50 major league games.
Sep 2 - 5:44 PM

Raisel Iglesias limited the Cubs to two runs and struck out 10 batters over seven innings Wednesday in the Reds' 8-5 afternoon victory at Wrigley Field.

It was another fine performance from the 25-year-old Cuban right-hander, who has now rattled off three straight double-digit strikeout games. Iglesias boasts a 3.81 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 97/26 K/BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings this season. He's probably going to be moved to the bullpen soon to finish out the 2015 campaign, but it's certainly been an eye-opening summer.
Sep 2 - 5:38 PM

Joey Votto went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Reds' win over the Cubs on Wednesday.

Votto singled and scored in the top of the sixth and then cranked a go-ahead three-run shot with the game tied at 5-5 in the top of the ninth. The 31-year-old first baseman is having a huge comeback season for Cincinnati, now with a .316/.457/.567 slash line, 27 home runs, 70 RBI, and 81 runs scored in 130 games.
Sep 2 - 5:35 PM

Paul Goldschmidt is out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.

There were no street clothes in his locker at Coors Field, which is a pretty good indication that the MVP candidate has been excused from the team and flown back to Arizona for the birth of his first child. Arizona has a scheduled team off day Thursday.
Sep 2 - 5:22 PM

Lance Lynn (ankle) won't pitch this weekend.

Lynn rolled his right ankle in his last start Saturday against the Giants, but skipping him this weekend against the Pirates is more of a precautionary thing. Carlos Martinez will pitch Friday, Jaime Garcia will pitch Saturday, and then John Lackey will handle the series finale on Sunday. Lynn should be slotted back in early next week.
Sep 2 - 5:08 PM

Carlos Martinez (back) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Friday night against the Pirates.

Martinez was skipped on his last turn through the rotation due to a minor back injury (and concerns about his overall workload). The 23-year-old right-hander should do well on extra rest versus the second-place Bucs. Michael Wacha is also being skipped in the Cardinals' rotation this week as a way to limit his innings total.
Sep 2 - 4:58 PM

Michael Wacha is being skipped Wednesday against the Nationals as a way to limit his innings.

St. Louis took the first two of three games versus the visiting Nats on Monday and Tuesday, so Tyler Lyons is going to start instead of Wacha in Wednesday night's series finale. Wacha was limited to 107 major league innings in 2014 due to shoulder issues. This looks like a smart move for the Cardinals both in the short term and long term.
Sep 2 - 4:53 PM

Wilmer Flores has been excused from the Mets until Friday due to a family emergency.

Flores' grandfather had a heart attack so he's rushing home to Venezuela. New York won't put him on the family medical emergency list because major league rosters have already expanded. He should be in Miami on Friday.
Sep 2 - 4:29 PM

Maikel Franco felt lingering discomfort in his left wrist Wednesday while trying to take batting practice.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com says the Phillies are going to back off Franco, which could very well mean that the 23-year-old third baseman is done for the season. He got hit on the left wrist by a pitch on August 11 against the Diamondbacks and hasn't played since. Franco is sitting on an .830 OPS, 13 home runs, and 48 RBI.
Sep 2 - 4:26 PM

Steven Souza (hand) is scheduled to begin playing in rehab games Saturday with Triple-A Durham.

Souza will remain with Durham through Monday and could then be cleared to return to the Rays' active roster. The 26-year-old outfielder has been on the disabled list since August 1 with a fracture in his left hand. He has 15 homers and 10 steals in 308 at-bats this season, showing glimpses of his high-level fantasy potential in what has mostly been a frustrating 2015.
Sep 2 - 4:15 PM




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