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Zack Greinke allowed only one run over eight innings and struck out 13 in a no-decision opposite the Braves on Wednesday.

He allowed five hits and walked one. Greinke has struck out 10-plus in consecutive outings, and now has five 10-strikeout games in 2014. After punching out 148 batters in 177 2/3 innings last year, Greinke has struck out 153 across 139 1/3 frames thus far. Greinke, who hosts the crosstown Angels on Monday, is 12-6 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He'd be in the Cy Young conversation if he pitched in the American League, not so in Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright's sprawling shadows.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 01:43:00 AM

Astros purchased the contract of 1B A.J. Reed from Triple-A Fresno.

The move is now official. Reed is expected to make his major league debut as the designated hitter Saturday against the Royals. The 23-year-old didn't exactly put up monster numbers in Triple-A this year (.266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games), but he was riding an eight-game hitting streak and hit three homers along the way. The Astros could sit him against left-handers initially, but his power and patience makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats.
Jun 25 - 10:52 AM

Yankees activated 1B Mark Teixeira from the 15-day disabled list.

The corresponding roster move isn't yet known. Teixeira has been sidelined since June 3 with a cartilage tear in his right knee, but he'll make his return Saturday and bat sixth against Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. The veteran slugger went 1-for-9 during a brief minor league rehab assignment and will return to a disappointing .180/.271/.263 batting line. Rob Refsynder played well during his absence, but he's headed back to the bench for now.
Jun 25 - 10:13 AM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny declined to commit to Trevor Rosenthal as his closer after he gave up a walk-off three-run homer in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

Rosenthal didn't retire any of the three batters he faced Friday and gave up a walk-off homer to Adam Lind. It was his third rough appearance in his last five and he now owns a 5.63 ERA and 2.03 WHIP for the year. Matheny has stood behind his closer until now, but he's clearly at the end of his rope. "Yeah, I don't know," said Matheny when asked how the team moves forward with Rosenthal in the ninth inning. "I don't know the answer right now." Kevin Siegrist and Seung-Hwan Oh are both worth stashing in fantasy leagues.
Jun 25 - 9:41 AM

Brewers signed first-round pick OF Corey Ray.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the deal is worth $4.125 million, so it comes in slightly under the $4.382 million slot value attached to the No. 5 overall pick. Ray is a dynamic offensive performer and could make to the majors in relatively short order, so he makes for an exciting name to follow in fantasy leagues. The only question is whether he'll be able to stick in center field.
Jun 25 - 9:07 AM

George Springer blasted a grand slam as part of a three hit day, leading the Astros to a 13-4 victory over the Royals on Friday.

Springer led off the game with a triple and followed it up with the grand slam the same inning. He finished the game 3-for-5 with a walk, five RBI and two runs scored. Springer has been a near-elite fantasy force with 16 home runs, 51 runs scored, 46 RBI, six steals and a .266 batting average.
Jun 25 - 1:54 AM

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com hears from multiple major league sources that the Mets expect to sign Jose Reyes as soon as Saturday afternoon.

Reyes was placed on release waivers on Thursday after the Rockies failed to find a trade for him and he'll officially become a free agent at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Mets were originally seen as an unlikely landing spot, but a reunion has quickly picked up steam over the past few days. The Mets would only be responsible for a prorated portion of the major league minimum, so they are willing to take a chance on him even though he isn't the player he once was and recently served a suspension for a domestic violence incident with his wife. The expectation is that Reyes would be sent to the minors to get some at-bats while also working at third base. He would likely function in a super-utility role in his return to the Mets.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Jun 25 - 12:32 AM

Mookie Betts hit a game-tying, two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to help the Red Sox rally to an 8-7 victory over the Rangers on Friday.

Trailing by two and down to their last out, Betts smacked a Matt Bush pitch over the center-field wall to tie the game. Later in the inning Dustin Pedroia scored on a wild pitch for the go-ahead run. Betts finished 2-for-5 on the night. He's batting .292 with 16 homers and 12 steals and leads the majors with 65 runs scored.
Jun 25 - 12:20 AM

Melvin Upton crushed two home runs to lead the Padres to a 13-4 whipping of the Reds on Friday.

He finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBI and scored two runs. He now has 11 home runs on the season. Upton was one of the worst hitters in the league his two years in Atlanta but has been pretty good since moving to San Diego last year. His owners could benefit from a 20 homer, 30 steal season from Upton if he continues his current pace. He has stolen 16 bases this year and has stolen 40 or more three times in his career -- most recently in 2010 however.
Jun 25 - 12:01 AM

Wil Myers went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI on Friday night versus the Reds.

The home run was his 17th. He has a .289 batting average to go with 49 runs, 50 RBI and 10 stolen bases. After three injury-plagued seasons, the 25-year-old Myers is finally turning into the fantasy stud we all expected when he was a prospect. He may surpass his career high of 335 at-bats before the All Star break.
Jun 24 - 11:49 PM

Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.

Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers.
Jun 24 - 11:21 PM

Ben Zobrist was diagnosed with a bruised left ankle after going for X-rays.

Zobrist was forced to exit Friday's game against the Marlins after he was hit in the foot by a pitch. He'll likely have to sit out Saturday's game, but consider him day-to-day for now.
Jun 24 - 11:07 PM




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