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Major League Baseball has placed Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on administrative leave.

A domestic violence investigation into Russell was first opened last June and has re-entered the spotlight after Russell's ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, posted on her blog Wednesday details about the alleged abuse. The administrative leave lasts seven days but MLB can extend it if need be as they continue their investigation. Russell is batting just .250/.317/.340 with five homers this season and has seen his role reduced after the team's acquisition of Daniel Murphy.
Sep 21 - 1:51 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers plan to fire manager Jeff Banister.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday that the team was considering a change at manager and Grant says they will indeed part ways with Banister, who was under contract for 2019. Grant adds that change will occur before the end of the season, with bench coach Don Wakamatsu likely to manage the rest of the way. Banister won the AL Manager of the Year award in 2015 and the Rangers made the playoffs again in 2016, but they didn't win any playoff series and are headed for their second straight losing season in 2018.
Sep 21 - 1:41 PM

Addison Russell is not expected to be with the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field for their game against the White Sox on Friday.

Abuse allegations made by Russell's ex-wife resurfaced this week. It's unclear when he might be expected back with the team and Major League Baseball could re-open their investigation into Russell. The Cubs are using Javier Baez at shortstop Friday.
Sep 21 - 12:53 PM

Kyle Schwarber (back) is back in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

Schwarber is being eased back into action in the designated hitter spot in the interleague matchup versus the White Sox. It's his first game action in nearly two weeks as he battles through a nagging back injury. Addison Russell and Willson Contreras are on the bench Friday, as the Cubs are going with Javy Baez at shortstop and Victory Caratini at catcher.

Addison Russell's ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, posted on her blog Wednesday details about her ex-husband's alleged years of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse.

Russell was investigated by Major League Baseball last summer but was not punished after Melisa reportedly did not cooperate with the investigation. It's unclear at this point whether she might be intending to cooperate now, but the league could re-open its investigation based on this new information and law enforcement might get involved, as well.
Sep 21 - 10:51 AM

Kevin Gausman racked up seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of work in a no-decision against the Phillies on Thursday.

Gausman was tagged for three runs despite not allowing an extra-base hit over six-plus frames. He scattered five singles and only issued a pair of walks. The 27-year-old right-hander flummoxed the Phillies lineup by generating an eye-popping 12 swinging strikes on 32 splitters. He’s relied more heavily on the offering since arriving in Atlanta and the results have been astonishing. He’s 5-2 with a 2.80 ERA and 38/15 K/BB ratio in nine starts since being acquired from Baltimore at the trade deadline in July. He’ll close out the regular season with a tasty matchup against the Mets in New York on Thursday.
Sep 21 - 12:43 AM

Vince Velasquez yielded three runs on five hits over three innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Thursday.

Velasquez was essentially lifted before he could face the Braves lineup for a third time after throwing just 57 pitches over three frames. He struck out three batters and only issued one walk. The 26-year-old right-hander has completed six innings only twice in 11 starts since the All-Star break. He owns a prodigious strikeout rate (10.01 K/9) and a truly electric fastball/slider combo, but hasn’t quite put it all together for an extended period in the Phillies rotation over the last three seasons. He’s 9-11 with a 4.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 159/57 K/BB ratio in 30 appearances (29 starts) this year. He’s not a recommended streaming option in his next start against the Rockies in Coors Field on Tuesday.
Sep 21 - 12:43 AM

Dansby Swanson went 2-for-3 with a walk, a pair of runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in the Braves' win over the Phillies on Thursday.

Swanson stuffed the stat sheet with a stellar all-around performance, reaching safely in three of his four plate appearances in this one. He singled in the second inning, doubled and scored a run in the seventh inning and finally drew a bases-loaded walk, swiped second base, and also scored in the eighth inning. The 24-year-old shortstop is up to 14 homers and 10 steals in 524 plate appearances this year.
Sep 21 - 12:42 AM

Ender Inciarte went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, an RBI and a stolen base -- his 27th of the year -- in the Braves 8-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday.

Inciarte batted out of the second slot in the Braves lineup and reached safely in four of five plate appearances, serving as the main offensive catalyst in this one. He singled and scored a run in the first inning, walked in the fifth, walked and stole a base in the seventh and finally ripped an RBI single in eighth. The 27-year-old outfielder was underwhelming in the first-half of the season, but has come alive, hitting .306 (63-for-206) with 26 runs scored, four homers, 25 RBI and four steals in 58 games since the All-Star break.
Sep 21 - 12:36 AM

Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless 12th inning Thursday to close out a 5-4 win over the Nationals.

The Mets went to closer Robert Gsellman earlier in the game -- with a disappointing result, it should be noted -- so when the time came to save it in the 12th, it was Sewald who got the call. And it wasn't a cake walk, either, as he had to deal with Trea Turner, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon while nursing the one-run lead. Sewald proved worthy of the challenge, getting Turner to fly out, catching Harper looking and inducing a ground out from Rendon to end it. The 28-year-old is pitching for a spot in next year's bullpen, and Thursday's result helped that cause.
Sep 21 - 12:25 AM

Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Phillies' loss to the Braves on Thursday.

Cabrera recorded his 43rd multi-hit performance of the year in his first start since suffering a Grade 1 calf strain earlier this week. The Phillies offense managed just six hits combined in the loss. The 32-year-old infielder is hitting .264/.316/.461 with 68 runs scored, 23 homers and 75 RBI in 586 plate appearances.
Sep 21 - 12:24 AM

Anthony Rendon homered and drove in three runs in a loss to the Mets on Thursday.

Rendon hit a two-run homer, his 22nd of the year, in the sixth inning, and he chipped in an RBI groundout in the eighth. The game was the fifth in a row in which Rendon has driven in two or more runs, and he's hitting .480 during a six-game hitting streak. He's flat-out unconscious right now, and his season line is up to .304/.369/.522 with 82 RBI and 82 runs scored as a result of his amazing run.
Sep 21 - 12:21 AM

Eduardo Rodriguez surrendered five runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Thursday.

Rodriguez was bailed out by the Red Sox offense, which scored seven unanswered runs over the final five innings to take him off the hook. To say that he had issues with his control would be an understatement. He simply couldn't find the strike zone in this one. The 25-year-old southpaw issued a career-high seven walks and threw just 53 of 100 pitches for strikes. He also gave up a two-run homer to Luke Voit in the second inning and was charged with three of the four runs that crossed the plate on a grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton in the fifth inning. He’ll look to rebound in a favorable matchup against the Orioles at home in his final start of the regular season on Tuesday.
Sep 21 - 12:20 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's extra-innings win over the Nationals.

Bruce took Nats starter Max Scherzer deep in the third inning for the solo shot, adding an RBI single in the eighth. He's now got five homers and 14 RBI in September as he looks to close the year on a high note. Injuries have limited him to 86 games this season, and he's batting just .223/.307/.378 on the whole.
Sep 21 - 12:18 AM

Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a double in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

The double was his third in as many games and his fourth in his last five contests. The 33-year-old's upside is still limited due to his injury history, but he hit .316/.402/.658 in August and after Thursday is batting .298 in September. He's got one more year left on his deal, and it will be interesting to see what the Nats do with the veteran this winter.
Sep 21 - 12:15 AM



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