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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves have fired general manager Frank Wren.

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported early Monday morning that the club was leaning this way, and the hammer came down quickly. Wren had a good amount of overall success in his seven years as Atlanta's general manager, but somebody had to take the fall for this year's late-season collapse and it'll be Wren instead of manager Fredi Gonzalez. John Hart will take over as interim GM in Atlanta and retired skipper Bobby Cox will help lead the search for a permanent replacement. The last GM fired from the Braves was John Mullen, the man who signed Hank Aaron. It's not an organization that likes to make drastic off-the-field changes.
Sep 22 - 10:48 AM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution expects the Braves to fire GM Frank Wren.

And FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is hearing that it might happen this week, before the end of the regular season. The Braves haven't fired a GM or manager since 1990, but this year's late-season collapse isn't sitting well with the club's higher-ups and it looks as though Wren will be the scapegoat. O'Brien says manager Fredi Gonzalez will likely keep his job but that several other coaches could be gone.
Sep 22 - 9:31 AM

Desmond Jennings (knee) is done for the season.

Jennings has been on the shelf since August 28 due to discomfort in his left knee. It's beginning to show improvement, but the Rays aren't going to rush him back for the final week. "It's gotten better, it's coming along," Jennings told reporters Sunday evening. "I was worried at first, I'm not really as worried now."
Sep 22 - 8:55 AM

Jason Kipnis (hamstring) finished 2-for-5 with a double in his return to action Sunday.

Kipnis tweaked his hamstring on Thursday and was held out of the Indians' starting lineup on Friday and Saturday, but he returned with a productive game Sunday and should be a full-go for the final week of the regular season. The 27-year-old second baseman will look to finish 2014 on a positive note. He's been a disappointment coming off his breakout 2013.
Sep 22 - 8:41 AM

Domonic Brown (hand) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.

Brown was left out of the starting lineup for a third straight game due to a right hand injury and will probably remain limited over the final week of the regular season. It's been a hugely disappointing summer for the 27-year-old outfielder, who's batting .236/.287/.355 with only 10 home runs in 138 games.
Sep 22 - 8:35 AM

Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) tossed a perfect inning Sunday in his first appearance since August 26.

Benoit missed close to a month with a right shoulder injury. He struck out two of the three batters he faced Sunday in his return to action and could rack up another save or two before the 2014 regular season comes to a close. Benoit owns a stellar 1.55 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 62/14 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings this season.
Sep 22 - 8:30 AM

Welington Castillo (ribs) homered Sunday in his return to the Cubs' starting lineup.

It was an eighth-inning solo shot off Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez. Castillo suffered a right rib contusion on Friday, but it's obviously feeling better now. The 27-year-old catcher has 12 home runs this season.
Sep 22 - 4:12 AM

Alex Avila (concussion) took batting practice and plated in a simulated game on Sunday without any issues.

As long as he receives the proper medical clearance on Monday, there's a strong chance that he'll rejoin the Tigers starting lineup for the opener of a three-game set against the White Sox.
Sep 22 - 12:30 AM

Mat Latos (elbow) has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Latos, who has missed a large chunk of the 2014 campaign due to various injuries, is struggling to recover from a bone bruise in his right elbow. He'll finish the season 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 74/23 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Daniel Corcino will get the ball in his place again on Wednesday against the Brewers.
Source: MLB.com
Sep 22 - 12:17 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce clobbered a pair of home runs and drove home three, leading the Reds to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Bruce opened up the game's scoring with a solo blast off opposing starter Lance Lynn in the fourth inning, chipped in an RBI single in the sixth and added his second long ball in the eighth inning. It's been a disappointing year for the 27-year-old slugger, hitting just .217/.283/.377 with 18 homers and 65 RBI.
Sep 22 - 12:12 AM

Todd Frazier belted his 27th home run of the season on Sunday, helping to power the Reds past the Cardinals.

The 28-year-old is having an outstanding season at the plate, slashing .274/.335/.453 with 27 homers, 76 RBI and 20 stolen bases. While a full repeat shouldn't be counted on for next season, Frazier has likely worked his way into the first few rounds of fantasy drafts.
Sep 22 - 12:01 AM

Alfredo Simon picked up his 15th victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Cardinals to just two runs on seven hits over six frames.

Simon walked a pair and struck out three on the evening. The 33-year-old right-hander didn't even begin the season penciled into the rotation, and hadn't won more than six games in any season, and now sports a 3.35 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 123/54 K/BB ratio across 191 1/3 innings. He'll make his final start of the year on Saturday against the Pirates.
Sep 21 - 11:57 PM

Xavier Scruggs went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Cardinals fell to the Reds on Sunday night.

Starting for the second consecutive day in place of Matt Adams (illness), Scruggs got the Cardinals on the board with an RBI single off Alfredo Simon in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old is 3-for-13 (.231) with two RBI in his limited time with the Cardinals.
Sep 21 - 11:53 PM

Daniel Descalso collected a pair of hits in Sunday's loss to the Reds, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.

It was the second straight start for Descalso at third base, filling in for Matt Carpenter who has been under the weather with a stomach illness. The veteran utilityman is hitting .244/.333/.314 with 10 RBI in 156 at-bats on the season.
Sep 21 - 11:47 PM

Lance Lynn racked up nine strikeouts in a losing effort on Sunday, surrendering three runs on four hits and a pair of walks over his six innings of work.

Most of the damage against him in the ballgame came via the long ball, with Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each smacking solo home runs. He'll head into his final start of the regular season against the Brewers on Saturday with a 15-10 record, 2.73 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 176/71 K/BB ratio over 197 2/3 innings.
Sep 21 - 11:44 PM



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