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Starling Marte doubled and hit two solo home runs in four at-bats, but the Pirates were handed a loss by the Braves on Monday.

The Pirates were behind the eight-ball early as the Braves scored six times in the first inning. Marte did his best to bring his team back into it, but it ultimately wasn't enough. Both homers, which came in the second and fourth innings, were off of Ervin Santana and represented his seventh and eighth of the season. He has a respectable .271/.345/.430 line with 52 RBI as well.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Denard Span is out of the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

Gregor Blanco will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Reds right-hander Dan Straily. This could be an injury situation for Span. Updates to come.
Jul 27 - 1:32 PM

Brett Anderson (back) is scheduled to go three innings in a rehab start Thursday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

It will be his rehab debut, and he'll probably have another 3-4 minor league outings on top of it before the Dodgers consider him a realistic option for their starting rotation. Anderson has been out all season following March back surgery. He is aiming to make his first start for Los Angeles in mid-August.
Jul 27 - 1:26 PM

Rival executives talking to the Phillies about Jeremy Hellickson tell ESPN's Jayson Stark that the club is asking for "one of your top five prospects."

The quality of that top five obviously varies greatly from organization to organization, but the point is the Phillies want something significant in return for the 29-year-old right-hander, who boasts a 3.65 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 107/28 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings this season. Stark says Philadelphia would be content with getting a draft pick when Hellickson departs via free agency this winter. He is probably well on his way to a qualifying offer, and he is a Scott Boras client.
Jul 27 - 1:22 PM

Logan Morrison (wrist) is back in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

It'll be his first start for Tampa Bay since last Monday. Morrison was batting .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games before coming down with wrist and forearm tendinitis in mid-July.
Jul 27 - 12:44 PM

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Puig has made just one pinch-hitting appearance since tweaking his right hamstring last Thursday in St. Louis. But he was able to run the bases Tuesday and could be available off the bench Wednesday versus the Rays. Scott Van Slyke is starting in right field.
Jul 27 - 12:36 PM

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Giants "remain in active talks" with the Padres to acquire starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

There was a report that Cashner might be traded before his start Tuesday night in Toronto, and there was also talk of that happening before his outing last Thursday in St. Louis. He pitched pretty well in both of those starts and seems likely to get moved to a contender by the August 1 trade deadline despite his 4.76 overall ERA. There has also been interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers.
Jul 27 - 10:52 AM

Troy Tulowitzki is getting the day off Wednesday.

Darwin Barney will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo. This is just a day of maintenance for Tulo, who's batting .317/.348/.500 with four homers and 17 RBI so far in July.
Jul 27 - 10:29 AM

Melvin Upton is batting cleanup in his first start with the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Upton was acquired from San Diego on Tuesday morning in exchange for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez. He will start in left field over Michael Saunders with the Padres throwing right-hander Luis Perdomo.
Jul 27 - 10:27 AM

Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

Travis Shaw will start at first base and Aaron Hill will start at third base. This is just a day of rest for Hanley, who's batting .306/.411/.645 so far in July.
Jul 27 - 10:22 AM

Padres placed 3B Yangervis Solarte on the family medical emergency leave list.

He'll be gone for the next 3-7 days to handle a private matter. Solarte has registered a cool .856 OPS with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 61 games this season.
Jul 27 - 10:13 AM

Ichiro Suzuki is out of the Marlins' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Phillies.

Ichiro is three hits from 3,000, but the Marlins don't want to push the 42-year-old too hard. He went 1-for-5 with a single in Tuesday's 5-0 defeat of Philadelphia.
Jul 27 - 9:41 AM




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