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Sean Manaea twirled another gem Sunday, allowing a run on two hits over seven innings in a 2-1 win over the Mariners.

Manaea hung an off-speed pitch to Taylor Motter that Motter swatted over the boards, but otherwise the M's couldn't do much of anything against the southpaw. Manaea walked a pair and struck out four in the efficient outing. He's been nothing short of stellar through four starts, posting a 1.63 ERA and 0.72 WHIP while throwing 27 2/3 innings, most in the American League through Sunday. A challenge awaits Manaea Saturday with the Red Sox in town, but right now he's a must-start until he falters. He hasn't yet.
Apr 15 - 7:09 PM

CC Sabathia plans to play one more season in 2019.

Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday but has had another solid season with a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts. "I'm [going] start to start," Sabathia said last weekend. "I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I'm [feeling] done. But if I can stay healthy -- if my knee holds up -- hopefully I'll play one more." Sabathia didn't say he would only pitch for the Yankees in 2019, but that undoubtedly would be his preference. He's in his 10th season in pinstripes and 18th overall.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 20 - 2:42 PM

Orioles designated RHP Chris Tillman for assignment.

Tillman made three Opening Day starts for the Orioles and was an All-Star back in 2013, but the 30-year-old hasn't been any good for a while. The Orioles have offered him the chance to stick around in the organization at Triple-A Norfolk and Tillman is still trying to make up his mind whether he wants to do that or elect free agency. He's posted a hideous 8.42 ERA since the beginning of last season and wound surely have to settle for a minor league contract elsewhere.
Jul 20 - 2:28 PM

Mets activated OF Yoenis Cespedes from the 10-day disabled list.

Cespedes wound up missing nine weeks of action with a strained hip flexor and he also dealt with a bout of quad tightness. The Mets had him play some first base while on a rehab assignment and he appears likely to see some time there at some point, but most of his at-bats should come in left field. As far as this weekend goes, he can be used in the designated hitter spot during the interleague series versus the Yankees.
Jul 20 - 2:12 PM

The Mariners have signed manager Scott Servais to a multi-year contract extension.

This move was expected after the team inked general manager Jerry Dipoto to an extension earlier this month. The specifics of the extension weren't revealed. Servais has gone 222–199 in two and a half years at the helm of the Mariners, including a 58-39 record this season.
Source: MLB.com
Jul 20 - 1:04 PM

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak conceded Thursday that the team could look to trade Jose Martinez to an American League club "at some point."

Interim manager Mike Shildt has had Martinez on the bench in both of his lineups so far, as he's preferred to go with the better defensive alignment with Matt Carpenter at first base and Jedd Gyorko at third. Martinez is sporting a nifty .299/.365/.478 batting line with 13 home runs and 56 RBI this season, but his defensive shortcomings make him a better fit as a designated hitter. He'll turn 30 next week but still won't be arbitration-eligible this winter, so there should be plenty of interest. Martinez's fantasy outlook appears cloudy should he remain in St. Louis.
Jul 20 - 10:35 AM

Pedro Strop was asked to get the final out Thursday and was up to the task, earning his third save in preserving the Cubs' 9-6 win over the Cardinals.

With closer Brandon Morrow hitting the disabled list Thursday, there was some interest in how Cubs manager Joe Maddon would deploy his bullpen in a close game. How he did tells a story: Steve Cishek, viewed by some as a possible fill-in closer, pitched the seventh inning with a two-run lead; Carl Edwards Jr. entered in the eighth and was almost able to finish it off but yielded a run with two outs in the ninth; and needing a stopper, Maddon turned to Strop to finish it. Morrow's health is a constant question mark and Strop has been terrific this year, posting a 2.50 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 39/14 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings of work, so he's worth adding everywhere, even if Morrow's stay on the shelf is abbreviated. Strop could still pick up a few saves between now and Morrow's return.
Jul 19 - 11:39 PM

Brandon Morrow underwent an MRI on his injured biceps.

Morrow said there was "stuff in there," though nothing that would require a long-term shutdown. "This is a new one, but it’s manageable," said the Cubs closer. "We have a good idea of how to proceed and I’m hopeful that it’s just a muscle strain that can clear up." There was some thought that Morrow could be back when first eligible but that's probably a long shot. Pedro Strop earned the save for Chicago on Thursday night and could earn more opportunities in the ninth inning with Morrow sidelined until further notice.
Jul 19 - 11:35 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Edwin Encarnacion (hand) is "all good."

Encarnacion exited Sunday's game after taking a pitch off his left hand/forearm but it sounds like he'll be ready to go for Friday's second-half opener at Texas. The veteran didn't hit for a high average during the first half (.225) but his power numbers (22 homers and 65 RBI) are about where they usually are this time of year.
Jul 19 - 10:46 PM

Yankees activated C Gary Sanchez from the 10-day disabled list.

To clear a roster spot for him, the Yankees optioned Kyle Higashioka to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Sanchez is back after missing about a month with a strained groin. The 25-year-old managed just two hits in 12 at-bats during his rehab stint with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though both were home runs. He should be back behind the plate for Friday's second-half opener against the Mets.
Jul 19 - 9:08 PM

According to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, Keone Kela and Jake Diekman are both drawing trade interest.

Many contenders will be looking to bolster their bullpens ahead of the July 31 trade deadline and Kela and Diekman both have the goods to be difference-makers down the stretch. Kela has been especially impressive, converting all 23 of his save chances this year while delivering an electric 10.91 K/9. With Texas heading toward a rebuild, there's a good chance the Rangers will be sellers at the deadline.
Jul 19 - 8:57 PM

Shelby Miller's MRI showed no further damage to his injured elbow.

Despite this, Miller be shut down for at least another week. The right-hander has struggled mightily since coming back from Tommy John surgery (0-4, 11.40 ERA) and landed on the DL with renewed elbow inflammation prior to the All-Star break. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him for any significant contributions down the stretch.
Jul 19 - 8:32 PM




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