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Mets activated RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka from the 15-day disabled list.

Matsuzaka has missed the last month with elbow inflammation but showed the Mets he was ready by allowing just one run over three rehab starts. He'll join the bullpen for now but could be added to the rotation next month if the Mets decide to rest some of their young starters.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 06:56:00 PM

Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' lineup Thursday because he had a flareup with his quad.

Cespedes missed a chunk of time earlier this month with a quad strain, and now it's rearing its ugly head again. Consider him day-to-day for now. Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center field on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.
Jul 28 - 11:06 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."

Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it.
Jul 28 - 10:31 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "trying hard" for Andrew Cashner.

Baltimore badly needs rotation help -- Ubaldo Jimenez and his 7.38 ERA are starting Thursday against the Twins -- and Cashner is almost certain to be dealt somewhere by the August 1 trade deadline. Rosenthal says the O's are not necessarily the front-runner for the 29-year-old right-hander, with the Rangers, Marlins, and Giants also lurking. Cashner, an impending free agent, owns a 4.76 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 67/30 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 28 - 10:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are showing interest in Royals closer Wade Davis.

Los Angeles reportedly made a run at Aroldis Chapman this week before he landed with the Cubs. Davis hasn't been as dominant this year as he has been in years past, but the 30-year-old right-hander still ranks among the top relievers in baseball with his 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. He holds a $10 million team option for 2017, which is a relative bargain. It's not clear what a trade for an elite late-inning arm would do for Kenley Jansen's status as the Dodgers' closer. He has 30 saves this season and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
Jul 28 - 8:21 AM

Jason Hammel led the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday by tossing seven innings of one run baseball for his 10th win.

The only run he allowed came on a home run by opposing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Hammel struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up just five hits. His record improves to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 114 1/3 innings. Hammel draws two starts next week. The first will be at home versus the Marlins on Monday, then he will travel to Oakland for an interleague game using the designated hitter on Sunday.
Jul 28 - 12:45 AM

Khris Davis hit two home runs and went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored on Wednesday.

Davis hit a solo homer in the first inning off Yu Darvish, then smoked a two-run blast off Matt Bush in the eighth. He added a double for the third hit. He sports an unusual .256/.294/.514 slash line due to a very low walk rate and a high strikeout rate. But it was the home runs his owners were after when they drafted Khris Davis. He has 25 longballs with 48 runs and 67 RBI.
Jul 27 - 11:47 PM

Freddie Freeman had an absolute monster day at the plate on Wednesday, going 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBI to lead the Braves in a 9-7 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.

Freeman came through with run-scoring singles in each of the first two innings, then clubbed a two-run homer in the fourth to increase the Braves' early advantage to 7-0. He added an RBI double in the sixth to provide a valuable insurance run. Freeman also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely in all five of his plate appearances, and swiped his fourth base of the season. With the four-hit attack, he raised his season slash to .280/.363/.517 to go with 18 homers and 41 RBI.
Jul 27 - 11:37 PM

Yasmany Tomas had a monster day at the dish on Wednesday, blasting a pair of home runs and plating five as the Diamondbacks routed the Brewers 8-1 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Tomas capped off a five-run uprising off of Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson in the first inning with a three-run shot. He inflicted more damage in the fifth inning, with a two-run homer to chase Nelson from the ballgame. Tomas finished the night 2-for-5, raising his season slash to .262/.305/.477 to go with 17 homers and 42 RBI in what has been a breakout season offensively.
Jul 27 - 11:22 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Jeurys Familia will not be available for Thursday's game against the Rockies.

Familia has pitched in back-to-back games. Wednesday's was an outright disaster, as he entered in the ninth with the Mets holding a 4-3 lead over the Cardinals only to surrender a game-tying RBI double to Yadier Molina and a go-ahead RBI double to Kolten Wong. The Mets lost 5-4. Thursday's forced off-day should just be considered a breather for Familia, who had not blown a save opportunity prior to Wednesday's meltdown. Addison Reed will handle any save chance that might come the team's way on Thursday.
Jul 27 - 11:11 PM

Lance McCullers matched his season high with 10 strikeouts over six innings of one-run ball in an impressive victory over the Yankees on Wednesday.

The right-hander scattered five hits and a pair of walks over his six frames. The only blemish on his evening came on a solo home run by Brian McCann in the fourth inning. McCullers has now struck out 10 batters four different times this season, including each of his last two starts. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he does battle against the Blue Jays at home on Tuesday.
Jul 27 - 11:06 PM

Jon Gray led the Rockies to a 3-1 victory on Wednesday by holding the Orioles to one run in seven innings, allowing five hits and two walks while fanning three.

His record improves to 7-4 with a 3.94 ERA. His owners will happily take the win without complaining about the lack of strikeouts today. For the season Gray has averaged more than a strikeout per inning (114 whiffs in 109 2/3 innings) but he wasn't missing bats in this game. He lines up for two starts at home next week, which presents his owners with a dilemma if they fear Coors Field.
Jul 27 - 10:56 PM




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