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Nationals activated C Wilson Ramos from the paternity leave list.

Ramos' wife gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday. He is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Mets but will be available to pinch-hit.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 12:32:00 PM

C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs in Saturday's 10-1 win over the Twins.

Both home runs played a major role in the victory. With the Rays trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Cron stepped to the plate and flipped the scoreboard, swatting a two-out, two-run home run off Kyle Gibson. Cron's crew would not trail again in the contest, but just for good measure, he put the game out of reach with yet another two-run shot in the seventh inning to cap off a five-run frame for the home team. He's up to four homers for the campaign.. In addition, the first baseman is slashing .264/.316/.472 and has driven in 11 runs over the course of 72 at-bats. Cron has been good for 16 home runs -- on the nose -- each of the last three seasons, so he's a fair bit ahead of pace right now.
Apr 21 - 9:28 PM

Blake Snell surrendered one run on five hits over seven innings innings Saturday's 10-1 win over the Twins.

Snell struck out six without issuing a walk in the crisp win. He finished his early evening's work having thrown an even 100 pitches, 68 of those for strikes. A Miguel Sano sacrifice fly in the first inning served as the lone damage to the scoreboard on his watch, though he did have a touch-and-go moment late in his outing, as he had to work around a leadoff double from Robbie Grossman in the seventh inning. The Rays were holding a 2-1 lead at the time. He survived, and will now carry a 2.54 ERA, 0.99 and 32/10 K/BB ratio (28 1/3 innings) into a road showdown with the Orioles next time out. Had Snell not been roughed up by the Yankees for five runs in his second start of the season, those numbers would be even better. He has allowed zero or one run in all four of his other outings on the year.
Apr 21 - 9:10 PM

Buster Posey was scratched from Saturday's game against the Angels with back tightness.

Posey's thumb has given him problems in recent days, so in that sense it's a positive that the thumb isn't the issue this time. The bad news is that he's now got a back issue to contend with. Pablo Sandoval is serving as the designated hitter Saturday in Posey's stead.
Apr 21 - 8:39 PM

Yoan Moncada's removal from Saturday's game against the Astros was described as a manager's decision.

The Astros were torching Lucas Giolito and the Sox, and apparently White Sox manager Rick Renteria didn't like something he saw from Moncada. The good news is that it isn't injury-related, so assuming the discipline doesn't extend beyond Saturday, the 22-year-old should be back in there Sunday.
Apr 21 - 8:20 PM

Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in a 6-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday.

He belted a three-run jack off reliever Michael Feliz in the sixth inning and followed that with an RBI-single to right in the eighth frame. Hoskins broke into the league by hitting 18 dingers in his first 50 major league games last year. He is not quite matching that homer pace this year but his overall numbers are much better. He is slashing .328/.488/.639 with four homers, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored in 20 games. He's even pitched in three stolen bases already.
Apr 21 - 7:59 PM

Mike Clevinger tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Orioles in Saturday's 4-0 win.

He didn't blow them away but the Orioles just couldn't figure him out. He limited the O's to a pair of harmless singles and two walks while recording three strikeouts. It took him just 107 pitches to complete the shutout. Clevinger had a surprisingly strong season last year but has taken his game to a whole new level in 2018. He moves to 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA and 1.05 WHIP after four starts. He will try to keep it rolling against the Mariners on Thursday.
Apr 21 - 7:19 PM

Anthony Rendon (toe) was not in the Nationals' lineup for a seventh straight game Saturday, but manager Dave Martinez said he's available to pinch-hit.

That's an interesting revelation, since a pinch-hit appearance would reset the clock on any potential DL stint. What it says is, the team thinks he's close, despite having not played in the past week. Rendon fouled a ball off his toe in a game on April 13 but X-rays came back negative and he's been day to day ever since. The infielder is likely a day or two away from a return to the lineup.
Apr 21 - 7:13 PM

Xander Bogaerts (ankle) will embark on a two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

If Tuesday and Wednesday's games go well, Bogaerts could be activated after Thursday's off day. He's been sidelined since April 9 with a small fracture in his left ankle, but the recovery has gone smoothly to this point. Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin have filled in at shortstop in his absence.
Apr 21 - 6:52 PM

A source tells Jack Curry of the YES Network that Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres will be promoted before Sunday's game.

Torres performed well in camp and hasn't stopped hitting since the regular season began, slashing .370/.415/.543 in 13 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With the arbitration threshold cleared, the Yanks have decided his time is now in New York. Torres will likely log most of his time at second base, though he could also play third and spell Didi Gregorius at short.
Apr 21 - 6:24 PM

Carlos Martinez held the Reds scoreless for six innings but had to settle for a no-decision in his team's 4-3 victory on Saturday.

He struck out seven batters and walked three while surrendering just three base hits -- all singles. He left with a 3-0 lead but his bullpen blew that to deprive him of the win. Martinez has been masterful his last four times out after struggling in his Opening Day start. He has two wins and one loss with an elite 1.42 ERA in five starts. He's generated 37 strikeouts and allowed just one homer in 31 2/3 innings. The only concern is his 17 walks. His next outing is scheduled for Friday in Pittsburgh.
Apr 21 - 5:55 PM

Jake Lamb (shoulder) could travel with the team to Philadelphia for their upcoming road trip, manager Torey Lovullo said Saturday.

The team heads to Philly after wrapping up their series with the Padres on Sunday, so that suggests Lamb is very close to a return. He's been out since April 3 with an AC sprain in his left shoulder. It would be a welcome return for the D'backs, who have been leaning on Deven Marrero and Daniel Descalso at third in Lamb's absence.
Apr 21 - 5:38 PM




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