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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

Franklin Gutierrez broke some blood vessels in his left eye Wednesday while sneezing.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times says the eye "looks pretty nasty," but Gutierrez is said to be available off the bench for Wednesday's afternoon series finale against the Astros. Norichika Aoki is starting in left field and Seth Smith is starting in right field.
Sep 28 - 1:20 PM

Athletics activated RHP Sonny Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

Gray will start for the Athletics on Wednesday night against the Angels, though the outing is only expected to last an inning or two. He had been sidelined since early August with inflammation in his right forearm. This is simply about establishing his return to full health heading into the offseason (and then of course 2017). Gray will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career over the winter. He's sitting on a disappointing 5.74 ERA through 116 innings.
Sep 28 - 1:01 PM

Indians sent LHP T.J. House outright to Triple-A Columbus.

House was designated for assignment by the Tribe on September 20 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The left-hander spent the majority of the 2016 season in Triple-A, posting a 3.98 ERA in 12 starts and 21 relief appearances.
Sep 28 - 12:07 PM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) is batting second for the Astros on Wednesday against the Mariners.

It will be the first start for Bregman since September 14, when he suffered a right hamstring strain while running the bases. Houston initially thought the 22-year-old top prospect might be done for the year, but he connected for a pinch-hit RBI single on Tuesday night to spark a big rally against Seattle and he will start at third base on Wednesday afternoon.
Sep 28 - 10:37 AM

Alex Bregman (hamstring) smacked a pinch-hit RBI single Tuesday in the Astros' defeat of the Mariners.

It was the first plate appearance in nearly two weeks for Bregman, who had been sidelined since September 14 because of a right hamstring strain. The initial diagnosis came with a timetable of 4-6 weeks, suggesting he was finished for the remainder of the 2016 regular season, but the 22-year-old top prospect made a swift recovery and could even start a few games before all is said and done. Bregman has a cool .797 OPS with eight home runs, 33 RBI, and 31 runs scored through his first 48 major league games. Impressive stuff all around.
Sep 28 - 8:58 AM

Tony Barnette (oblique) worked a scoreless sixth inning, earning a win, on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

Barnette gave up two singles but also struck out two batters in a clean sixth frame with the Rangers trailing 4-3. They would take the lead about 15 minutes later on a two-run double by Jonathan Lucroy. Barnette has been a terrific offseason find for Texas, boasting a 2.11 ERA in 59 2/3 innings of relief. He spent six years in Japan (2010-2015) reinventing himself after flaming out as a starter in the Diamondbacks' minor league system.
Sep 28 - 8:56 AM



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