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Kevin Kiermaier (hand) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

Kiermaier had been held out of the lineup the past few games after he was plunked on the hand on Sunday. With a few days of rest under his belt, his discomfort has subsided. The 26-year-old outfielder is playing center and batting second on Wednesday.
Sep 28 - 4:44 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Jordan Zimmermann will start against the Braves on Friday.

Zimmermann was a potential starter for Saturday, too, but Ausmus is opting to trot him out a day earlier. He just recently returned from a pesky lat injury, throwing three innings of relief against the Reds on Sunday.
Sep 28 - 4:40 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Noah Syndergaard will only throw 25 pitches in Sunday's start against the Phillies if the team has already clinched a wild card.

If the Mets have wrapped up a wild card spot by Sunday, Syndergaard would be limited to 25 pitches, as he would start next Wednesday's wild card game. However, if the Mets are still in need of a win to get in on Sunday, Syndergaard would not be on a limited pitch count.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 28 - 4:30 PM

Seth Smith was lifted for a pinch-runner after being hit in the foot during Wednesday's game against the Astros.

Smith was hit in the foot in the top of the sixth inning. Ben Gamel subsequently came on to pinch-run for him. The Mariners should provide an update as to Smith's injury later on Wednesday.
Sep 28 - 4:25 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Bartolo Colon could start against the Phillies on Friday.

Colon is currently slated to toe the rubber on Saturday. He threw just 47 pitches in his last start, as the Marlins blasted him for seven runs. An additional benefit of starting him on Friday is that it would line him up on regular rest for the wild-card game next Wednesday. Colon could start that game (if the Mets get in) should Noah Syndergaard be needed for a longer outing on Sunday in order to secure the playoff spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 28 - 4:23 PM

Cubs signed president of baseball operations Theo Epstein to a five-year contract extension.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale is reporting that the extension will be in excess of $50 million. Since joining the Cubs in 2011, Epstein has steadily built the club into a World Series favorite. This season, the Cubbies have run away with the NL Central. Their record currently sits at 101-56. In addition to Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer and vice president Jason McLeod are also being awarded extensions.
Sep 28 - 4:14 PM

Devon Travis (shoulder) is out again Wednesday.

Travis injured his left shoulder Monday in the Blue Jays' benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees and remains day-to-day. Ryan Goins is at second base and Ezequiel Carrera is leading off Wednesday night against the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman.
Sep 28 - 3:38 PM

Nick Castellanos is starting at third base and batting seventh Wednesday versus the Indians.

It will be his first start for the Tigers since August 6, when the young third baseman suffered a fractured left hand on a hit-by-pitch. Castellanos smacked a pinch-hit double and scored a run Tuesday in his first action off the disabled list. He looks to be fully healthy.
Sep 28 - 3:18 PM

Daniel Murphy (glute) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup again on Wednesday.

Murphy hasn't started a game since September 17 due to a strained left glute and he might not see much action over the Nationals' final handful of regular-season tilts, though he should be ready to rock for the NLDS. Trea Turner is starting at second base and batting leadoff on Wednesday night against Diamondbacks righty Shelby Miller.
Sep 28 - 3:07 PM

Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out of the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday night.

Harper hasn't appeared in a game since injuring his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base Sunday against the Pirates. X-rays taken Monday came back negative and he should be fine for the start of the NLDS. Brian Goodwin will handle right field and bat sixth Wednesday versus Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller.
Sep 28 - 3:03 PM

Nick Markakis is out of the Braves' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Phillies.

It appears to be a routine day of rest for Markakis, who's batting .270/.345/.396 with 12 home runs and 88 RBI in 154 games this season for Atlanta. Mallex Smith will start in right field and hit seventh Wednesday versus Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan.
Sep 28 - 2:54 PM
Tim Tebow - OF - Mets

Tim Tebow homered on the first pitch he saw Wednesday in his instructional league debut.

Tebow launched a high fastball over the left-center field fence in Port St. Lucie, an impressive opposite-field shot for the lefty-batting former NFL quarterback. The pitch was delivered by 22-year-old southpaw John Kilichowski, an 11th-round pick of the Cardinals this past June out of Vanderbilt. Tebow showed good power in his workout for teams and media last month in Los Angeles, but there are major holes in his game and the 29-year-old seems doubtful to ever advance past A-ball. This remains nothing more than a sideshow for the Mets, who signed Tebow to a minor league contract on September 8 and have watched his jerseys fly off the shelves. He is still working weekends as a football analyst on the SEC Network.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Sep 28 - 2:52 PM

Reds transferred SS Zack Cozart from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Patrick Kivlehan, who was claimed off waivers from the Padres on Wednesday afternoon. Cozart is done for the season with a nagging right knee injury. He will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.
Sep 28 - 2:21 PM

Reds claimed OF Patrick Kivlehan off waivers from the Padres.

Kivlehan has also spent time with the Triple-A affiliates of the Rangers, Mariners, and Padres in 2016. He is a .282/.344/.470 career hitter in the minors and the 26-year-old outfielder tallied 22 homers and 14 stolen bases in 123 games last season at Triple-A Tacoma. There's still some promise here.
Sep 28 - 2:20 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the White Sox are aiming to bring back manager Robin Ventura.

But the fifth-year manager's current deal expires at the end of October, so a new contract will have to be worked out. Nightengale calls the desire to retain Ventura a "surprise" given the way the White Sox have underperformed expectations over the last few seasons, but Nightengale then goes on to note that the club's front office "refuses to blame him for their woes." Ventura is earning around $1.5 million for the 2016 season.
Source: USA Today
Sep 28 - 2:15 PM



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