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Robbie Ray will start Friday against the Twins.

Ray has struggled in two outings since being recalled on August 12 and owns a rough 5.33 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 25 1/3 total innings this season. The left-hander is not a good fantasy play, even against the Twins.
Aug 20 - 4:54 PM

Nick Swisher underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday afternoon on both of his knees.

The procedures were arthroscopic debridements, and come with an 8-10 week rehab timetable. Swisher is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training next season. He concludes the 2014 campaign with a career-worst .208/.278/.331 batting line.
Aug 20 - 4:32 PM

Red Sox recalled OF/1B Alex Hassan from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Hassan has hit .282/.373/.431 with eight home runs and 50 RBI in 104 games this season at Triple-A. He'll act as bench depth while Mike Napoli nurses a back injury.
Aug 20 - 4:23 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Wright was only in the majors for a couple of days this time around. The 29-year-old right-hander will likely be brought back up when rosters expand in September.
Aug 20 - 4:22 PM

Mike Napoli is out Wednesday with back spasms.

It shouldn't be more than a day or two before he feels better. Napoli has a cool .266/.385/.446 batting line with 15 home runs and 45 RBI in 101 games this year.
Aug 20 - 4:20 PM

James Paxton allowed four runs -- one earned -- over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Phillies.

It was the first career loss for Paxton, who hurt himself with a costly throwing error in the fourth inning -- which became a three-run frame for the host Phillies. The left-hander surrendered seven hits and walked two. He'll carry a 3-1 record, 2.20 ERA, and 1.10 WHIP into his next start at home versus the Rangers.
Aug 20 - 4:13 PM

Nick Martinez limited the Marlins to two runs over six innings in Wednesday's 5-4 victory.

He permitted six hits and two walks while recording a career-high seven strikeouts. After not recording more than three punchouts in any of his first 11 starts, Martinez has whiffed 23 across his last 22 frames. He posted decent strikeout totals in the minors, so perhaps the 24-year-old is starting to figure it out. He'll get the Mariners on the road next.
Aug 20 - 4:08 PM

Neftali Feliz served up a pair of long homers but hung in there to record the save in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

Marcell Ozuna led off the ninth with a longball to left field. After Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out sharply to second base, pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia then put one into the upper deck in right field off Feliz. The righty was able to escape with a couple strikeouts sandwiched around a walk. Feliz has converted five of six save chances since taking over as closer but is still looking like a shell of his former self.
Aug 20 - 4:03 PM

Justin Verlander (shoulder) expects to start Saturday against the Twins.

Verlander played catch on flat ground Tuesday without issue and is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session on Thursday. The right-hander has been sidelined since last Monday due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He's not a very reliable fantasy option at this point, even against light-hitting Minnesota.
Aug 20 - 4:03 PM

Carlos Beltran is not in Wednesday's lineup after aggravating his right elbow injury on a swing Tuesday.

Beltran return to playing the outfield in the last week, but he was in the DH spot Tuesday and felt something in his elbow on a swing. The veteran will be examined by the doctor before it's determined how big of a setback it is, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hoping Beltran will only be out "just a day or two."
Aug 20 - 3:57 PM

Red Sox optioned C Dan Butler to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Butler is hitless in 11 at-bats during his brief time with the big club this season. He'll be back in September.
Aug 20 - 3:53 PM

Red Sox activated C David Ross from the 15-day disabled list.

Ross missed nearly three weeks after tearing the plantar fascia in his right foot. He's in the lineup Wednesday.
Aug 20 - 3:52 PM

Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) is not in Wednesday's lineup.

The Red Sox are calling him day-to-day after he exited Tuesday's contest with right hamstring tightness, but he figures to miss at least a couple games. Brock Holt is at third base Wednesday in Middlebrooks' place.
Aug 20 - 3:51 PM

After sitting out Tuesday with a bruised thumb, Alex Rios return to action Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Marlins.

Rios notched the first hit of the day with a sharp single in the first inning before plating two runs with a bloop double in the second. The two runs proved to be the winning margin for the Rangers. Rios' power has been a disappointment this season, but he's still hitting .286.
Aug 20 - 3:49 PM

Yankees prospect RHP Luis Severino (oblique) allowed two runs on one hit and one walk over three innings on Tuesday in his return to Double-A Trenton.

Severino struck out three batters in the outing, which was his first since suffering a left oblique injury in late July. The 20-year-old right-hander already has worked 106 innings this year after logging just 44 in 2013, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Yankees handle his workload over the final weeks of the minor league season. On the year, Severino has posted a 2.46 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 121-26 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 106 innings (22 starts) between the Low-, High- and Double-A levels.
Aug 20 - 3:46 PM



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