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Collin McHugh finished off a strong August with a win, holding the Rangers to two runs over seven innings on Thursday.

McHugh ends August 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a 30/6 K/BB ratio. The right-hander scattered eight hits without walking a batter and punching out six on the evening. Overall, McHugh has a 2.99 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 132/40 K/BB ratio. He'll have to face the Angels at home in his next start on Wednesday.
Aug 28 - 11:20 PM

Jason Castro's fifth inning grand slam was the deciding factor in Thursday's victory over the Rangers.

Castro finished 2-for-3 with a walk and the salami. His fifth inning 420-foot shot to right field off of Roman Mendez would prove to be the only offense the Astros would muster on the evening but it was enough behind a strong start from Collin McHugh. Castro had been held hitless in each of his previous six games spanning 22 plate appearances. On the season, he has 13 home runs, 50 RBI, and a .227/.297/.377 slash line.
Aug 28 - 11:17 PM

Bud Norris got a no-decision, allowing four runs over six innings, but the Orioles went on to a 5-4 win against the Rays on Thursday.

Just as opposing starter Jeremy Hellickson did, Norris allowed two runs in the first and two more in the fifth. Overall, the right-hander surrendered six hits and a pair of walks while striking out five. Norris will take a 4.00 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 105/41 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start at home against the Reds.
Aug 28 - 10:50 PM

Jeremy Hellickson couldn't make it out of the fifth inning but got a no-decision, allowing four runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings as the Rays fell to the Orioles on Thursday.

Hellickson gave up two runs in the first and two more in the fifth. The right-hander yielded eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out two, throwing 88 pitches before being lifted for reliever Jeff Beliveau. Hellickson has a 2.98 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a 35/11 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Blue Jays at home in his next start on Tuesday.
Aug 28 - 10:47 PM

Zach Britton retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his 29th save in Thursday's win over the Rays.

Britton was tasked with protecting a one-run lead and did so with relative ease, getting three consecutive ground outs on eight pitches. The lefty is now 29-for-32 in save chances with a 1.95 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 55/18 K/BB ratio.
Aug 28 - 10:45 PM

Steve Pearce walked and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances as the Orioles defeated the Rays on Thursday.

Pearce helped the Orioles respond to the Rays' two-run top of the first by putting his team on the board with his solo shot off of Jeremy Hellickson in the bottom half. The first baseman has hit safely in 11 consecutive games and has shown no signs of slowing down. He has 16 home runs, 37 RBI, and a .290/.355/.534 slash line in 313 plate appearances.
Aug 28 - 10:42 PM

Evan Longoria clubbed a solo home run and later added a sacrifice fly over four at-bats in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Longoria hit a line drive to left field that just escaped the fence at Camden Yards in the first inning, his 17th blast of the season. The third baseman has been hitting better lately, but still has a mediocre .255/.325/.399 slash line with 76 RBI.
Aug 28 - 10:39 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that the club has "talked about" eventually moving Travis d'Arnaud to left field.

D'Arnaud has suffered four known concussions and a move to the outfield would give him a better chance of staying healthy. It's a move that hasn't seriously been discussed yet but something that could eventually happen down the road. The presence of Kevin Plawecki at Triple-A could also be a factor. "We’ve talked about it," Collins said. "We’ve brought it up. Obviously, with what he’s started to do offensively, we’ve got to see if these concussions are leading to anything. Is he changing his position (defensively), where he is positioning himself behind the hitter, to get less foul tips?"
Aug 28 - 10:39 PM

Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a walk and a steal of home in Thursday's victory against the Rays.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Orioles pulled off a delayed steal with Nelson Cruz attempting to steal second base and Jones going home after the throw. The last time an Oriole stole home came on June 14, 2009 against the Braves, when Robert Andino accomplished the feat. Jones is slashing .288/.317/.475 with 24 home runs and 78 RBI on the season.
Aug 28 - 10:37 PM

Mets purchased the contract of 2B Dilson Herrera from Double-A Birmingham.

Well, that's a surprise. Daniel Murphy (calf) is headed to the disabled list and the Mets have made a bold move to give Herrera a shot. Acquired last season from the Pirates, Herrera entered play Thursday batting .319/.377/.471 with 12 homers, 70 RBI and 20 stolen bases between High- and Double-A and then went 3-for-4 with a homer for Binghamton. The 20-year-old should play regularly for the Mets while Murphy is out and is worth a shot in fantasy leagues even if he might not be ready.
Aug 28 - 10:30 PM

Mets placed 2B Daniel Murphy on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 25, with a right calf strain.

The results from Murphy's MRI aren't known yet, but the club will proceed cautiously and place him on the DL regardless. Dilson Herrera will come up to play second base for the Mets.
Aug 28 - 10:23 PM

Jim Adduci is being evaluated for a possible concussion after leaving Thursday's game versus the Astros with a head injury.

Adduci banged his head on the warning track after making a running catch. The Rangers should have an update on his status later Thursday.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Aug 28 - 9:58 PM

Mike Minor earned his 6th win of the season after limiting the Mets to one run over seven innings as the Braves enjoyed a 6-1 victory on Thursday.

Minor, who flirted with a no-hitter in his previous start against the Reds, retired the first 12 Mets he faced. He blanked the Mets through seven innings, but allowed a double followed by an RBI single before being relieved in the eighth inning. Overall, he yielded only four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Minor now owns a 4.70 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a 111/36 K/BB ratio. His next task will come on Tuesday at home against the Phillies.
Aug 28 - 9:54 PM

Jon Niese suffered his 10th loss of the season, allowing three runs over 7 1/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Braves on Thursday.

Niese had been struggling in the second half following his return from the disabled list, posting a 4.63 ERA in his last seven starts entering Thursday's outing. The Braves tallied nine hits and a walk, but were only able to push across the three runs, two of which scored in the eighth. Niese also struck out five on the evening. The lefty has a 3.48 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a 111/43 K/BB ratio, which he'll take into Tuesday's road start against the Marlins.
Aug 28 - 9:51 PM

Yankees acquired LHP Josh Outman from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

Outman had been at Triple-A Columbus after being removed from the Indians' 40-man roster, but he'll report to the big club with the Yankees. He has control issues (16 walks in 24 2/3 innings this season), but Outman has struck out over a batter per inning in his career as a reliever and held lefties to a .188/.257/.287 batting line.
Aug 28 - 9:49 PM



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