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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chase Utley has signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers.

He'll get a $2 million total guarantee, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. It's a bit surprising that Utley was able to land a multi-year pact given that he's entering his age-39 season and many younger players in this market have had to settle for one-year deals or non-guaranteed minor league contracts. But the Dodgers love his veteran clubhouse presence and the coverage he gives them at multiple spots on the infield. Utley hit .236/.324/.405 over 353 plate appearances with the National League champs in 2017.
Feb 13 - 4:45 PM

Justin Smoak hit a walk-off, solo home run to cap a seven-run ninth inning Thursday, leading the Blue Jays to a 9-8 win over the Rays.

The Jays, with nothing left to play for, could have easily packed it in and gone home down 8-2 to start the ninth. Conversely, the Rays, with everything to play for, desperately needed the win to stay alive in the American League postseason chase. But it was the Jays who showed more heart, rallying first against Jaime Schultz and then later, Rays closer Sergio Romo. Smoak capped it by going down and yanking a Romo offering over the right field wall to send the Jays' home crowd home happy. The homer was the 25th of the year for the first baseman, giving him 77 RBI and 65 runs scored with a .246/.355/.465 line overall.
Sep 20 - 11:40 PM

Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and five RBI as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees 11-6 to clinch their third consecutive American League East title on Thursday.

Betts looked pretty healthy in this one. He led off the contest with a line-drive double, his 47th of the year, and came around to score on an RBI single by J.D. Martinez later in the frame. He ripped a two-run single to center field in his next at-bat with two outs in the second inning. The 25-year-old fantasy superstar put the cherry on top of the proverbial sundae with a three-run bomb, his 30th of the year, off Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning. It was yet another monster performance for the American League MVP candidate, who is hitting a sublime .339/.432/.625 with 121 runs scored, 30 homers, 77 RBI and 28 steals in 593 plate appearances.
Sep 20 - 11:27 PM

Bryce Harper was ejected from Thursday's game against the Mets for arguing balls and strikes.

Harper was rung up in a one-run game in the bottom of the 12th, and he was clearly not a fan of the call. Home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn wasn't a fan of Harper's reaction, so he ran him. Such is life.
Sep 20 - 11:23 PM

Cody Reed threw six scoreless innings as the Reds bested the Marlins 4-2 on Thursday.

Reed has always been a talent, and don't look now, but the 25-year-old may now be putting it together at the big league level. The southpaw struck out six while allowing just five hits, and he's now got a 16/2 K/BB ratio over 11 scoreless innings in his last two starts. He's now the owner of a 3.66 ERA over 39 1/3 innings, including six starts, and he'll try to end on a high note next week in an interleague tilt with the Royals.
Sep 20 - 10:51 PM

Christin Stewart went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and six RBI to lead the Tigers to an 11-8 win over the Royals on Thursday.

Stewart crushed his first major-league home run, a two-run shot off Royals starter Jorge Lopez in the opening frame, and followed it up with a go-ahead three-run blast in the third inning. He also picked up an RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning. It was a monster performance from the 24-year-old outfielder, who hit .264/.364/.480 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI in 122 games for Triple-A Toledo before being called up earlier this month. He’s showcased an impressive blend of pitch recognition and plate discipline in his brief major-league debut, walking in 13 percent of his 46 plate appearances this month. It’s an extremely small sample size, but Stewart hasn’t looked overmatched in his first exposure to big-league pitching. He's one of the most exciting outfield prospects in fantasy baseball.
Sep 20 - 10:27 PM

Wilmer Flores has arthritis in both his knees and is done for the season.

The good news is, he's expected to be ready for spring training. Flores was sent back to New York on Wednesday to have his ailing knees checked, and the check showed early onset arthritis in both knees. His year ends with a relatively disappointing 11 homers and 51 RBI, hitting .267/.319/.417 in 126 games.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Sep 20 - 7:20 PM

The Braves will skip Sean Newcomb's next scheduled start.

Instead, Mike Foltynewicz and Anibal Sanchez will start Saturday and Sunday, respectively, on regular rest. The southpaw began the year like a house on fire but has shown some signs of wear in recent weeks, posting a 6.75 ERA in August and owning a 6.08 ERA through three September starts. A strong final outing could get Newcomb's season ERA below 4.00, a nice way to end what was a breakout year in many respects for the 25-year-old.
Sep 20 - 6:36 PM

Michael Fulmer underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told reports that Fulmer is expected to be at full strength by the beginning of spring training next February. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 4.69 ERA and 110/46 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings with the Tigers in 2018. He was probably going to be a trade candidate this winter, but those numbers and the late-season knee injury have likely torched his market.
Sep 20 - 3:50 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera (calf) is back in the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday versus the Braves.

Cabrera only wound up missing two starts with a Grade 1 calf strain. He will play shortstop and bat third Thursday night against right-hander Kevin Gausman.
Sep 20 - 3:37 PM

Jeimer Candelario (back) remains out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday.

Candelario is still working through lumbar spine spasms and it's unclear how much he's going to be able to play down the stretch. Ronny Rodriguez will get the start at third base and bat sixth Thursday versus the Royals.
Sep 20 - 3:34 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers "are contemplating replacing" manager Jeff Banister after the season.

Banister is under contract through 2019, but the Rangers are playing out the string on a second consecutive losing campaign and Wilson writes that club officials "have started to wonder if he is a fix in the long-range plan." Wilson's sources cite "communication issues" with players as another possible reason for his potential firing. No final decision has been made yet, but usually when these types of rumors start blowing it doesn't end well for the subject of them.
Sep 20 - 3:15 PM




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