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Francisco Cervelli (head) is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Cervelli missed three games after taking a foul tip to the mask on Saturday. He will start behind the plate and bat fifth Wednesday versus Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke. The veteran catcher is off to the best start of his career, boasting a .906 OPS, nine home runs, and 35 RBI through 49 games.
Jun 13 - 1:14 PM

X-rays on Ronald Acuña's left elbow came back negative.

The good news is that Acuña does not have a fracture. The (potentially) bad news is that he's undergoing a CT scan, so we likely won't have full results on the 20-year-old star until Thursday. Consider Acuña day-to-day for now, but be sure to check to see the results of the scan to see if he's going to a void a trip to the disabled list or not.
Aug 15 - 11:37 PM

Tommy Pham will be activated off the 10-day disabled list on Thursday.

Pham was scheduled to play in a rehab game for short-season Hudson Valley, but that rehab appearance was cancelled, and instead he'll make a return to the Tampa Bay lineup after being out for over two weeks with the fractured right foot. In a cooresponding move, the Rays have sent down Jacob Faria. On the year, Pham has a .244/.332/.393 line with 14 homers and 10 steals over 100 games.
Aug 15 - 11:21 PM

X-rays on Matt Carpenter's right hand came back negative.

That's obviously great news. Carpenter exited after being hit by a Matt Grace offering on Wednesday. This doesn't completely clear Carpenter from missing time, but it certainly appears that Carpenter was able to avoid a long-term injury. We should know more about the severity after the completion of the game.
Aug 15 - 11:07 PM

Jose Urena was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Braves after hitting Ronald Acuna with a pitch.

It was blatantly obvious that the pitch was intended to hit Acuna, and he was justifiably ejected from the game. Benches cleared after he was hit, and Urena was tossed. Braves manager Brian Snitker was also ejected from the game. Expect both to receive a suspension.
Aug 15 - 7:59 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Ross Stripling on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to August 12 with lower back inflammation.

The move clears up a roster spot for Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is coming off the 60-day disabled list with a groin injury to start against the Giants on Wednesday. Stripling visited a back specialist on Wednesday after experiencing discomfort in the back over the weekend with little improvement over the past few days. He'll be eligible to return on August 22, but there's a chance we won't see Stripling back on the mound until the end of August or beginning of September.
Aug 15 - 7:21 PM

Edwin Diaz struck out three hitters and pitched a scoreless ninth against Oakland to pick up a save.

Diaz gave up a leadoff single, but he quickly disposed of the next three A's to pick up his league leading 47th save. The scoreless inning lowers the 24-year-old's season ERA to 1.95, and the three punchouts give him 103 on just 60 innings this year. He's on pace now for 62 saves, which would tie the single season record set by Francisco Rodriguez in 2008.
Aug 15 - 6:59 PM

Dee Gordon hit a two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning to help the Mariners to a 2-0 win on Wednesday.

It's the second homer of the season for Gordon, and the first for the speedy player since April 16. It was the only hit of the game for Gordon, who has seen his season line fall to .277/.299/.345, and his OPS in the month of August is just .419 even with the homer. Gordon has been a streaky player throughout his career, and while you shouldn't expect many more homers -- if any -- you should expect that average to rise as the season progresses.
Aug 15 - 6:55 PM

Victor Martinez told reporters that he'll likely retire after the conclusion of the 2018 season.

""I’m pretty sure this is going to be it," Martinez told reporters after Wednesday's game against the White Sox. "Like I said, I’m just enjoying these last six weeks and finally go home." Martinez will turn 40 in December, and the 2018 season is his last under contract. If this is in fact his last year, he'll be remembered as an impressive offensive threat, with a career OPS of .815 with 243 homers and 1,163 RBI over 16 seasons. Those numbers become more impressive when you remember that much of the damage was done behind the plate.
Aug 15 - 6:50 PM

Jose Altuve (knee) will take batting practice on the field before Wednesday's game against the Rockies.

It was announced yesterday that Altuve would be able to take BP on either Tuesday or Wednesday, and it turns out that Wednesday is the day. Altuve has been on the disabled list since July 26 with discomfort in his right knee. It's still not known when Altuve will be ready to play -- he'll almost assuredly need to play in some rehab games before rejoining Houston considering he's missed three weeks -- but if things go well on Wednesday, that rehab could begin soon, giving him a chance to rejoin the Astros before the end of August.
Aug 15 - 5:18 PM

Jose Abreu belted his 21st homer as part of a three-hit afternoon Wednesday in the White Sox’s 6-5 victory over the Tigers.

Abreu drove in a run with an infield single in the third, then drilled a two-run shot to left field in the fifth. He logged another hit in the ninth inning, though the White Sox would strand him at third base. The 31-year-old has found his power stroke in the second half, leaving the yard eight times in 96 at-bats since the All-Star break.
Aug 15 - 5:01 PM

Carlos Rodon surrendered five hits and three runs over eight innings Wednesday in Chicago’s victory over the Tigers.

He racked up six strikeouts and one walk over 106 pitches. Rodon barely made it out of the third, allowing three hits, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and three runs before Niko Goodrum ended the threat by hitting into an inning-ending double play. The left-hander settled down after that, limiting Detroit to just two more hits (both singles) the rest of the day. Rodon has been a workhorse for the Pale Hose, logging at least seven innings in five of his last six starts. He’ll take a pristine 2.69 ERA into his next outing Tuesday versus Minnesota.
Aug 15 - 4:58 PM




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