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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday that the team has discussed promoting top prospect Michael Conforto from Double-A Binghampton.

The 22-year-old outfielder began the season at High-A St. Lucie and has slashed a torrid .300/.373/.485 with 10 homers and 46 RBI across two minor league levels. With the offensive struggles that the team has had, it isn't surprising that they would consider adding this potentially game-changing bat, though Alderson cautions that he doesn't expect it to happen "in the near-term".
Jul 3 - 9:07 PM

Miguel Cabrera has been diagnosed with a left calf strain and is set to undergo an MRI exam.

Cabrera sustained the injury while running the bases during Friday's game against the Blue Jays. The Tigers will know more on his status after the MRI, but a trip to the disabled list could be in play here.
Jul 3 - 9:03 PM

Clint Robinson blasted a two-run homer on Friday, powering the Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Giants.

Jake Peavy and Gio Gonzalez were locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel until the seventh inning when Buster Posey cranked a solo homer to give the Giants the lead. It would be short-lived though, as Robinson blasted his two-run shot in the bottom half of the inning, proving to be the difference in the game. He has done a nice job in limited action for the Nationals, slashing .264/.338/424 with four homers and 15 RBI.
Jul 3 - 8:58 PM

Drew Storen once again worked a perfect ninth inning on Friday, protecting a one-run lead against the Giants to earn his 24th save of the season.

Storen has been a force in the ninth inning for the Nationals this season, converting all but two of his first 26 save chances while registering a 2.03 ERA and 36/6 K/BB ratio over 31 innings.
Jul 3 - 8:56 PM

Gio Gonzalez delivered a strong performance in Friday's victory over the Giants, racking up six strikeouts over his seven frames.

Gonzalez surrendered just one run on five hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. The only damage that he allowed on the night was a solo homer off the bat of Buster Posey in the seventh inning. Now 6-4 on the season, the southpaw will carry a 4.16 ERA and 78/33 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Reds.
Jul 3 - 8:54 PM

Buster Posey swatted his 14th home run of the season on Friday, but that was the Giants' only offense in a losing effort against the Nationals.

The solo shot off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez briefly gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning, until the Nats struck back for a pair in the bottom half of the inning. Posey is having another terrific season at the dish, slashing .304/.375/.504 with 14 homers and 57 RBI.
Jul 3 - 8:52 PM

Jake Peavy pitched well in his return from the disabled list on Friday, allowing just two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Nationals.

Unfortunately, the Giants provided little run support and the veteran right-hander was saddled with a loss for his effort. Peavy walked four and struck out four in the contest. The only blemish on his night was a two-run homer off the bat of Clint Robinson in the seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He'll face a much easier assignment next time out when he takes on the Phillies on Friday.
Jul 3 - 8:50 PM

Miguel Cabrera was removed from Friday's game against the Blue Jays in the fourth inning due to an apparent hamstring injury.

Cabrera was running to second base on a 3-2 pitch to Victor Martinez when he pulled up lame. He had to be assisted off the field by the training staff and was walking with a noticeable limp. The Tigers should have an update on his status soon, but any sort of extended absence would be a deadly blow to the Tigers chances of a postseason berth.
Jul 3 - 8:12 PM

Scott Baker was forced to leave Friday's start at Triple-A Oklahoma City with an undisclosed injury.

Baker lasted just 2 2/3 innings before departing. It's unclear at the moment exactly what the injury that he sustained is, but the Dodgers should have an update on the veteran right-hander's status soon.
Jul 3 - 8:07 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday that Andre Ethier will remain the team's starting left fielder after Carl Crawford returns from the disabled list.

The news doesn't come as a huge surprise, as Ethier is slashing .270/.350/.479 with 10 homers and 28 RBI and has been a consistent performer throughout the season. Crawford appears destined for a reserve role upon his eventual return.
Jul 3 - 7:40 PM

Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) is not expected to rejoin the Mets when he's first eligible.

While the hyperextended elbow that he's dealing with isn't going to require surgery, it will keep the young backstop sidelined for longer than 15 days. There remains no clear timetable for his potential return to the Mets lineup.
Jul 3 - 7:33 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are willing to overpay to acquire Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

With the A's winning 12 of their last 18 games, there is hope within the organization that they could still make a run for the postseason, so at least for now Zobrist has been pulled off the trade block. That being said, you never want to give away leverage in a negotiating situation and now that the word is out A's general manager Billy Beane is likely to demand a king's ransom from the Mets in exchange for Zobrist.
Jul 3 - 7:22 PM

Carl Crawford (oblique) will resume his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Crawford has been out the past couple of days due to flu-like symptoms. He worked out with the Dodgers on Friday and admitted that he should be ready to return to the club immediately after the All-Star break, though it's likely to be in a reserve role.
Jul 3 - 7:13 PM

Michael Cuddyer (knee) remained out of the Mets' starting lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

The veteran outfielder is still expected to avoid the disabled list. He received a cortisone injection on Wednesday and is expected to return to action at some point over the weekend.
Jul 3 - 7:11 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that he'd like to have Sonny Gray (illness) return to the rotation on Tuesday.

That way, the right-hander would be able to make two starts before the All-Star break. He had to have his last start skipped and required hospitalization due to a nasty bout of salmonella, but he seems to be doing much better now. Chris Bassitt will start in his place again on Sunday, so look for Gray to take Tuesday's series opener against the Yankees in New York.
Jul 3 - 7:06 PM



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