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Melky Cabrera (flu) is back in the White Sox lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

Cabrera is back after missing two games with the flu. He'll handle left field and bat third against M's starter Ariel Miranda. Cabrera has hit .287 since the All-Star break with one homer and 16 RBI.
Aug 27 - 6:40 PM

Koji Uehara (pectoral) threw 53 pitches off a mound on Friday.

ESPN's Scott Lauber noted that Uehara was throwing with "good intensity." Uehara is scheduled to throw again Monday and could face live hitters for the first time since straining his pectoral muscle shortly after the All-Star break. He'll likely share setup duties with Brad Ziegler upon his return.
Aug 27 - 6:31 PM

Hunter Pence (hamstring) is not in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Braves.

Pence hasn't played since leaving Thursday's game with hamstring tightness. Gorkys Hernandez will draw the start in right field Saturday while batting eighth against Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz. The Giants are hoping Pence will return for Sunday's series finale.
Aug 27 - 6:20 PM

Tucker Barnhart (hand) is not in the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

It's his second straight absence. Barnhart bruised his hand against the Dodgers earlier this week, though fortunately his X-rays came back negative. Ramon Cabrera will start behind the plate and bat eighth against D'Backs starter Zack Godley. Barnhart is considered day-to-day, though the Reds did call up Raffy Lopez from Triple-A in case the injury lingers.
Aug 27 - 6:16 PM

Reds optioned 2B Tony Renda to Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds needed to clear a roster spot for backup catcher Raffy Lopez. Renda played sparingly in his month with Cincinnati, making only five starts at second base and left field. There's a good chance the Reds will welcome him back when rosters expand in a few days.
Aug 27 - 6:10 PM

Reds purchased the contract of C Raffy Lopez from Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds needed to add a catcher with Tucker Barnhart battling a bruised hand. Second baseman Tony Renda was demoted to Louisville in the corresponding move. Lopez has hit just .213 with one homer over 155 minor league at-bats this season.
Aug 27 - 6:06 PM

Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-6 and clobbered a pair of home runs as the Rockies dispatched of the Nationals 9-4 in 11 innings in Washington on Saturday afternoon.

Blackmon's solo shot off of Alex Cole in the third inning opened the scoring in the contest. He then blasted a game-changing two-run homer off of Yusmeiro Petit in the 11th inning that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Blackmon finished the afternoon 3-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI and is now hitting .318/,378/.540 with 23 long balls, 63 RBI and 15 stolen bases on the season.
Aug 27 - 5:58 PM

Jorge De La Rosa racked up eight strikeouts over five innings of three-run ball in a no-decision against the Nationals on Saturday.

De La Rosa gave up eight hits on the afternoon while walking one. He also contributed with his bat, delivering an RBI single in the fourth inning that increased the Rockies' lead to 3-0. The veteran southpaw has struggled for most of the season, compiling a 5.09 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 90/51 K/BB ratio over 115 frames. He'll do battle against the Diamondbacks his next time out at home on Friday.
Aug 27 - 5:58 PM

Trea Turner went 2-for-6 and swiped his 17th base of the season as the Nationals fell to the Rockies on Saturday.

Turner continues to be a terrific catalyst atop the Nationals lineup with a pair of singles and another stolen base in this one. The rookie shortstop is now hitting .341/.363/.532 with four homers and 20 RBI on the season. He needs to be owned and started in all formats at this point.
Aug 27 - 5:58 PM

A.J. Cole delivered a decent effort in a no-decision against the Rockies on Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The rookie right-hander struck out four and walked three on the afternoon. He surrendered a solo homer to Charlie Blackmon in the third inning, then allowed the Rockies to scratch out a pair of runs in the fourth. It's unclear if he'll stick around to make another start, but if he does his next turn will come on Friday against the Mets in New York.
Aug 27 - 5:58 PM

Jeremy Jeffress will remain on the restricted list while Major League Baseball investigates his recent arrest.

Jeffress was arrested on suspicion of DWI early Friday morning. The Rangers were expected to activate him on Saturday but the league has intervened and now it looks like he'll be out until further notice. In the meantime, Jake Diekman will handle setup work ahead of closer Sam Dyson.
Aug 27 - 5:53 PM

Bryce Harper was ejected for arguing balls and strikes Saturday against the Rockies.

Harper got his money's worth on this one. He slammed his helmet down right in front of home plate umpire Mike Winters after a called strike three in the 10th inning and was immediately tossed. Before his outburst, Harper went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double. Chris Heisey replaced him in right field. Harper will almost certainly be fined for his behavior and could even be looking at a short suspension. This was Harper's eighth career ejection and his second of the season.
Aug 27 - 5:47 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) was not able to make his scheduled appearance Friday for Triple-A Nashville.

Doolittle's shoulder is acting up again, though it looks like the decision to scratch him was precautionary. The A's are calling him day-to-day. Doolittle hasn't pitched for Oakland since late June. He'll fill a setup role when he's ready to return.
Aug 27 - 5:31 PM

Gerrit Cole (elbow) will not make his scheduled start Monday against the Cubs.

Instead he'll fly to Los Angeles where he'll be examined by famed surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Cole admitted Saturday that he hadn't thrown a bullpen session since his last start on Wednesday, which should have been the first clue that something was wrong. The Pirates aren't concerned about ligament damage, which is obviously a positive sign. Trevor Williams, Drew Hutchison and Stephen Brault are all possibilities to start Monday's series opener.
Aug 27 - 5:26 PM

Zack Cozart (knee, heel) is back in the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Cozart missed seven games with knee and heel injuries before returning as a pinch-hitter on Friday night. He's back at shortstop and hitting second against D'Backs right-hander Zack Godley. Cozart has already matched a career-high with 15 homers this season.
Aug 27 - 5:20 PM



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