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Yankees designated 2B Brian Roberts for assignment.

Roberts managed to stay healthy this season, but he hit just .237/.300/.360 over 91 games and the Yankees decided to upgrade at second base with Stephen Drew. The 36-year-old will clear waivers and try to catch on elsewhere for the remainder of the season.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Marcell Ozuna was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Mets due to a sore left wrist.

Ozuna made a diving, tumbling catch in the third inning but tweaked something in his left wrist as he met the ground. Jeff Francoeur replaced him in right field to start the fourth. Ozuna will be reevaluated by team doctors on Thursday. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Aug 31 - 8:41 PM

Dallas Keuchel will be pushed back from his scheduled Friday start due to fatigue.

In order to afford Keuchel an extra day's rest or two, Doug Fister will start in his place against the Rangers on Friday night. The reigning AL Cy Young winner won't be pushed out of the key series entirely, though, and is expected to start on either Saturday or Sunday.
Aug 31 - 6:52 PM

Rich Hill (blister) has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Rockies.

Bud Norris will take the mound instead to kick off what will essentially be a bullpen game for Los Angeles. Hill threw 40 warmup tosses before Tuesday's game at Coors Field was postponed due to rain and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted Wednesday afternoon that he was concerned about aggravating the blister that recently cost the veteran left-hander five weeks. Hill went six scoreless innings in his Dodgers debut last Wednesday versus the Giants. He will aim to make his second start for Los Angeles sometime this weekend.
Aug 31 - 6:18 PM

Albert Pujols is out of the Angels' lineup Wednesday due to a flareup of plantar fasciitis.

Pujols has dealt with plantar fasciitis in his left foot off and on since his peak years with the Cardinals, but this bout is actually in his right foot. Not good. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said there is no talk of shutting Pujols down, but the veteran slugger is probably going to need regular days off down the stretch. Kole Calhoun is at DH and batting second on Wednesday night against Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan.
Aug 31 - 6:01 PM

Carlos Gomez mashed a grand slam in the Rangers' 14-1 rout of the Mariners on Wednesday.

It was part of a five-run fourth inning for the home team. Gomez also drew a walk and scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third, finishing 1-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI. The former Astros center fielder has two homers and eight RBI in seven games since joining the Rangers, though consistency remains an issue. Gomez is just 4-for-25 (.160) overall in a Texas uniform.
Aug 31 - 5:20 PM

Hanley Ramirez slugged a grand slam Wednesday in Boston's 8-6 defeat of the Rays.

The four-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning put the Red Sox ahead 5-4 and erased a poor outing from starter Steven Wright. Hanley also drew a walk and scored a run in the bottom of the eighth, finishing 1-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. He's slashing .281/.354/.471 with 19 home runs and 84 RBI in 120 games this season.
Aug 31 - 5:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Jeremy Jeffress will not be suspended following his arrest on suspicion of DWI over the weekend.

Per Passan, Jeffress has entered into an inpatient rehabilitation clinic and is expected to remain there for around a month. MLB reportedly offered the reliever a choice between a suspension and the rehab stay. With him out of the picture for (essentially) the remainder of the regular season, Jake Diekman should handle the bulk of the setup duties for the Rangers moving forward. Passan hears that Jeffress has not been ruled out for a potential postseason return.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Aug 31 - 4:53 PM

Marwin Gonzalez left Wednesday's game against the A's due to right hamstring discomfort.

Gonzalez was dealing with a bit of a knee injury after being plunked by a pitch in mid-August, but Wednesday's hamstring issue would seem to be unrelated to the previous ailment. Hamstrings are notoriously tricky and a trip to the disabled list is in play here depending on the severity of the injury. The Astros will reevaluate him after the game.
Aug 31 - 4:31 PM

JaCoby Jones went 2-for-4 and scored the winning run in Wednesday's 3-2 defeat of the White Sox.

Jones doubled and scored in the bottom of the fifth inning against White Sox ace Chris Sale and then did the same in the bottom of the ninth versus White Sox closer David Robertson. The 24-year-old also went 2-for-4 (with a double and two RBI) in his major league debut on Tuesday night. He could continue producing sneaky fantasy value with Nick Castellanos (hand) and Cameron Maybin (thumb) both sidelined.
Aug 31 - 4:13 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that the herniated disc in Neil Walker's back could require surgery.

Walker would like to keep playing through the herniated disc, but he is experiencing numbness in his foot and leg due to the injury. He is seeking a second opinion, which should shed more light on whether or not he will need to undergo a season-ending surgical procedure. Wilmer Flores figures to continue to fill in for him at second base until all this is sorted out.
Aug 31 - 4:10 PM

Mike Trout is getting the day off Wednesday.

And so is Albert Pujols, which gives the Angels' lineup a spring training look. Rafael Ortega is in center field and Kole Calhoun is at DH versus the Reds.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Without the two most dangerous bats in the LAA lineup, things are shifting drastically for several of the Angels regulars. Andrelton Simmons will move to the leadoff spot, but the bats we want to target here are the 3-4-5 hitters. C.J. Cron (.185 ISO vs. LHP), Jefry Marte (.245 ISO vs. LHP) and Jett Bandy (.316 ISO vs. LHP) are all available at low price tags across the industry, and they possess considerable upside against the erratic Brandon Finnegan (2.08 HR/9 vs. RHBs).
Aug 31 - 3:49 PM




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