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J.A. Happ had his best stuff on Thursday, as he limited the Orioles to two runs over eight innings while striking out 12, but took a tough luck loss.

The 12 punch-outs are a career-best for the lefty; his previous high was 10. He made one costly mistake, which occurred in the fourth when Caleb Joseph hit a two-run home run to left field to make it 2-0. The Jays' offense wasn't of any help on this night. Happ only allowed five hits and a walk overall but sadly took his sixth loss. Happ has been fantastic since coming back from the All-Star break, sporting a 1.71 ERA in four starts. Overall, though, he has a 4.09 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and an 89/39 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday next.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Alex Guerrero indicated in an interview with Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he has no intention of returning the minor leagues.

The 28-year-old stated, "I don't want to go down. I'm not going down. I feel like I can get better here at this level and play every day." Guerrero signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Dodgers before the 2014 that included a clause that he can't be optioned to the minor leagues without his permission after his first season. That means the Dodgers will be forced to keep him on the roster in a reserve role, trade him elsewhere or release him.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 1 - 5:05 PM

Addison Reed (shoulder) is 2-2 1/2 weeks away from throwing off a mound.

Reed has battled some shoulder soreness at the beginning of camp but says it's now completely gone. While the closer is a couple weeks behind his normal schedule, he remains on track to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. If he should experience a bump in the road and need a disabled list stint, Brad Ziegler would likely fill in at closer. Reed put up a 4.25 ERA and 69/15 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season.
Mar 1 - 2:39 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday that he's expecting Garrett Richards (knee) to rejoin the rotation 2-3 weeks into the season.

The club had previously not dismissed the possibility of Richards being ready by Opening Day, but they've now conceded that he'll begin the season on the disabled list. His recovery from patella tendon surgery is going well, though, as he's throwing bullpen sessions and will do simulated pitchers' fielding practice on Sunday. Richards is coming off a breakout 2014 campaign that included a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 164/51 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings.
Mar 1 - 12:00 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Mike Adams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Adams, 36, had a terrible time staying healthy during his tenure with the Phillies, making just 50 appearances over two seasons. He pitched well when healthy, though, posting a 3.50 ERA with 44 strikeouts across 43 2/3 innings. The veteran reliever should have a good shot to make the Opening Day roster as long as he's healthy.
Mar 1 - 11:20 AM

Jose Fernandez (elbow) will throw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

He's slated to throw 15 fastballs during the session. Fernandez will be built up slowly from there, eventually mixing breaking balls into his mound work. The Marlins will obviously proceed extra cautiously with their young ace, as Fernandez isn't expected back until mid-June at the earliest. He had Tommy John surgery last May.
Mar 1 - 10:32 AM

Padres manager Bud Black on Friday listed Wil Myers as an option to hit leadoff.

"(Yangervis) Solarte, (Wil) Venable, (Cameron) Maybin and Myers – let’s start there," Black said. Myers is the only one of the names Black listed who's guaranteed a spot in the lineup, so it's a reasonable guess that he's the top candidate to bat leadoff. While not a prototypical leadoff hitter, Myers did sport a nice .354 on-base percentage during his American League Rookie of the Year-winning 2013 campaign. Solarte could hit leadoff should he win the third base job, but Will Middlebrooks is the favorite to start there.
Mar 1 - 10:28 AM

Blue Jays signed OF Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal will pay Viciedo $2.5 million if he makes the team out of spring. Viciedo can be a useful player against left-handed pitching, but his days as a viable everyday starting outfielder have gone. Viciedo hit 21 homers last season, so at the very least he can provide some additional pop for the Jays.
Feb 28 - 8:55 PM

Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will begin running the bases next week.

CarGo is recovering from surgery to repair the patella tendon in his left knee last August. The outfielder won't be in the lineup when Cactus League games begin on Wednesday, but he doesn't appear to be too far away from game action. Assuming things go well, Gonzalez will be in the Rockies' lineup on Opening Day.
Feb 28 - 6:31 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (hip) will run the bases next week.

Tulo is recovering from surgery to repair his torn left hip labrum, and the Rockies are taking it slow with their superstar as he returns to action. Tulowitzki has already been taking infield practice this spring, another good sign. Assuming his progress continues, Tulo should be ready to roll for Opening Day.
Feb 28 - 6:29 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) is set to start at catcher for Sunday's intrasquad game.

It will be the first time Wieters has been behind the dish since last May. While he'll serve as the backstop, Wieters still won't be allowed to throw at 100 percent until March 17. He's slated to catch two innings in Sunday's game. Everything is trending toward the 28-year-old being ready for Opening Day.
Feb 28 - 5:09 PM

The White Sox announced Saturday that Chris Sale suffered an avulsion fracture on his right foot in an accident at his home on Friday.

The early diagnosis is that he's expected to miss three weeks. While it sounds that he avoided a significant injury, it could put his availability for Opening Day in jeopardy. The team will wait for the swelling to subside before determining his status.
Feb 28 - 1:09 PM




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