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Gio Gonzalez will start for the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night against the Cubs.

Tanner Roark was the other option for Washington after Stephen Strasburg pitched in Roark's place in Game 4 on Wednesday following Tuesday's rainout. Gonzalez allowed three earned runs over five innings in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday, but the 32-year-old left-hander had a terrific regular season and seems like the best choice here for manager Dusty Baker. Max Scherzer will be available for an inning or two of relief in Game 5. Roark will obviously be available out of the bullpen as well. It's all hands on deck, outside of Strasburg, for the right to face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. Kyle Hendricks is starting NLDS Game 5 for the visiting Cubs.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 02:28:00 PM

Corey Dickerson hit a pair of home runs -- his third game in a row with at least one, giving him four in his last three games -- to lead the Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Dickerson opened the scoring with a solo shot out to the grass in center field in the third inning, and he got Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani again in the fifth for another one-run blast. Dickerson also stole a base in the game, giving him a surprising six steals in 88 games. The homers -- 10 overall, now -- are less surprising, as is his stout .307/.341/.493 line through Saturday's contest.
Jul 21 - 11:06 PM

Justin Turner (hip) told reporters that he expects to start Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Turner hadn't seen game action since July 12 before he pinch-hit in Saturday's contest, striking out in his only at-bat. The cameo was a promising development, though, as is the news that he feels ready to go in Sunday's finale. Turner is hitting .256/.353/.390 in 49 games in which he's been healthy enough to appear.
Jul 21 - 10:52 PM

Justin Verlander struck out 11 Angels over six scoreless innings in a win Saturday.

Verlander scattered five hits and two walks, recording his highest single-game strikeout total since ... his last time out, when he fanned 12. That's been a common theme for Verlander, who now has 183 strikeouts on the year, second-most in the American League behind only Red Sox ace Chris Sale. He doesn't trail Sale or anyone else in innings pitched, ERA or WHIP, leading the league in all three categories, and the win improved Verlander to 10-5 with a 2.19 ERA and 0.85 WHIP through 22 starts overall. He'll next square off with the Rangers next weekend.
Jul 21 - 10:39 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports the Orioles would like to deal reliever Zach Britton by early next week.

In the wake of Kelvin Herrera and, more recently, Brad Hand and Jeurys Familia being dealt, talks for Britton have "ramped up," Crasnick said. The Astros, Cubs and Dodgers are the three teams being mentioned most often, with the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Phillies and Braves also seeing their names attached to the southpaw in recent days. Britton, for his part, has been better in the last few weeks, not having been scored upon since June 27. He's got a 3.45 ERA and 1.34 WHIP overall.
Jul 21 - 8:37 PM

Nate Jones (arm) suffered a setback during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte and will be shut down for two weeks.

That's certainly disappointing news for the right-hander, who appeared close to returning to the White Sox. Sox manager Rick Renteria said he does expect Jones to pitch again in 2018 despite the news, but there's obviously no timetable for a return at this point. Jones has been on the shelf since hitting the DL on June 13 with a pronator muscle strain in his right arm.
Jul 21 - 8:22 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says the Rays are drawing "significant interest" in starter Chris Archer.

Rosenthal notes, though, that Archer, who has made just two (underwhelming) starts since coming off the disabled list for an abdominal strain, would "almost certainly need to show that he has returned to form in his final two starts before the deadline" for a team to give up what the Rays would surely want in return for the starter. Archer is under team control for three more years after this season, further increasing his appeal. As things are now, the right-hander has a 4.29 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 15 starts.
Jul 21 - 7:36 PM

Bradley Zimmer will be out 8-12 months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday.

Dr. Meister performed the labrum repair in Dallas, Texas, per the team. The surgery didn't come as a surprise, but the timetable is certainly a shock. It's a disappointing end to a season that held much promise for the 25-year-old. At this point it's not fair to assume he'll be ready for the start of the 2019 season, but he should be back at some point next year.
Jul 21 - 6:37 PM

Rockies placed 2B DJ LeMahieu on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Obliques are notoriously tough injuries to handicap, and for players to overcome, so there exists no timetable for his return at this point. Garrett Hampson was promoted to take his place, and started at the keystone for the Rox on Saturday.
Jul 21 - 4:57 PM

Yoenis Cespedes will undergo an MRI and is set to see a foot specialist early next week for continuing heel issues.

Cespedes returned to the Mets' lineup Friday and homered, but the high was short-lived -- he was back on the bench Saturday with foot issues, and now it sounds as though the issues are not to be taken lightly. Lower-body issues have become the norm for the slugger, who has aged very quickly in recent years. Despite only being activated Friday, Cespedes may be headed back to the DL, depending on how things go next week.
Jul 21 - 4:44 PM

J.D. Martinez is sitting out Saturday's game against the Tigers due to "general soreness."

Martinez ran into the outfield wall during Friday's game and reportedly had his midsection wrapped up ahead of Saturday's game, but no tests were run, per Red Sox manager Alex Cora, and he's expected to be back in there Sunday. Doesn't sound like there's anything to see here.
Jul 21 - 4:32 PM

Matt Carpenter homered for the fifth consecutive game on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Cardinals to victory over the Cubs.

Carpenter is the hottest hitter on the planet at the moment. He entered the contest having hit six home runs in his last four games, and continued his onslaught with a solo shot off of Tyler Chatwood in the third inning. He also drew a walk in the ballgame, finishing the day 1-for-3 plus a walk. His early-season struggles are completely in the rearview mirror and he has raised his season slash to .275/.383/.583 to go along with 24 homers and 52 RBI.
Jul 21 - 4:25 PM




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