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Nationals released 1B/OF Kila Ka'aihue.

The 31-year-old slugger has been playing for Triple-A Syracuse where he slashed just .193/.314/.328 with four homers and 13 RBI in 39 games. It's unclear if he'll look to continue his career elsewhere or decide to hang up his cleats.
May 24 - 7:54 PM

Yasmani Grandal (concussion) will serve as the designated hitter on his upcoming rehab stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

It's a good sign that he'll be ready to come off the 7-day concussion disabled list as soon as he's eligible to do so, as his timing shouldn't be off. Expect Grandal to rejoin the Dodgers by the end of next week.
May 24 - 7:30 PM

Justin Upton had a monster game against the Dodgers on Sunday, hitting a first-inning grand slam, doubling and driving in six.

Upton had six RBI by the end of the second inning, clubbing a grand slam off Carlos Frias in the first inning, then smacking a two-run double in the second. These would be his only hits of the game, as he finished 2-for-4. Good on the Dodgers for closing that barn door after the horse was halfway to Mexico. The early MVP race in the National League is something to behold at the moment and Upton's certainly in the running with 12 homers, 35 RBI, 32 runs scored, nine steals and a .284/.343/.562 slash.
May 24 - 7:15 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will start in left field for the Rangers on Monday.

He'll be activated from the disabled list on Monday and make his return to the Rangers. Manager Jeff Bannister has yet to announce where he'll hit in the batting order, but with the team's offense rolling in recent days it's unlikely he will want to disrupt the middle of the lineup.
May 24 - 7:11 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Athletics with a mild groin strain.

Cabrera felt a pop in his groin area while scurrying back to second base in the seventh inning. While he's sore, he thinks he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list and should return to the lineup in a couple of days.
May 24 - 7:08 PM

Alex Guerrero hit a two-run homer in Sunday's big loss to the Padres.

Guerrero smacked his homer off of James Shields in the seventh inning, drawing the Padres to within 10-3. There was no epic comeback in the works, though, and the homer worked merely to pad Guerrero's stats. Not that they need much padding. With a .300/.329/.638 slash line, plus seven homers and 18 RBI in just 80 at-bats, Guerrero has taken advantage of limiting playing time to put up productive numbers.
May 24 - 7:06 PM

James Loney sustained a sprained finger in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.

He'll be re-evaluated on Monday before determining his status moving forward. He was one of three Rays offensive starters who suffered injuries in Sunday's defeat.
May 24 - 7:04 PM

James Shields pitched well in a win over the Dodgers on Sunday, striking out seven and allowing three runs over seven innings.

Shields was the benefactor of an early barrage of runs by his offensive mates. He was up 4-0 after the first inning, 8-0 after the second and 9-0 after the third. Suffice it to say, Big Game James did not end up the losing pitcher. The Dodgers finally managed some traction against Shields in the seventh inning, scoring on a double-play and a two-run homer by Alex Guerrero, but these were just cosmetic runs and had no actual bearing on the 11-3 final score. Shields now holds a 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a shiny 82/17 K/BB ratio across 62 1/3 innings. He hasn't posted a 200-strikeout season since 2012, but that's definitely in play if he keeps fanning batters at his current rate. A home date with the Pirates is next on the schedule for Shields.
May 24 - 7:00 PM

Carlos Frias was hammered in a loss to the Padres on Sunday, serving up 10 runs on 12 hits over four innings.

The Padres unleashed the carnage early, scoring eight runs in the first two innings. Justin Upton was the main carnage man in this case, as he belted a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run double in the second. The rough start took its predictable beating on Frias' numbers, jumping his ERA from 2.82 to 5.34. Not the best day's work. This start was, by far, the worst of Frias' season. To this point, he had actually done a nice job holding down a spot in the rotation. Things don't get any easier moving forward, as a road start against the Cardinals awaits.
May 24 - 6:59 PM

Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Goldy almost single-handedly won the Diamondbacks the game, as he drove in three of the four runs. The other was driven in by starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. Goldschmidt hit an RBI single in the first inning, then decided to up the excitement factor with a two-run homer in the third. Just another day at the office for the slugger, who is hitting a phenomenal .333/.438/.635 with 12 homers, 38 RBI and 34 runs scored.
May 24 - 6:58 PM

Chris Coughlan went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Coughlan's fifth inning shot off of Jeremy Hellickson drew the Cubs to within 4-3, but neither team would score the rest of the way, giving the Diamondbacks a sweep of the weekend series. The homer was Coughlan's seventh of the season and he's hitting .208/.283/.440. He'll give you the occasional home run, but he's sorely lacking in most other areas of play.
May 24 - 6:53 PM

Steven Souza has been diagnosed with a sprained left wrist, and was spotted wearing a brace after Sunday's game.

He sustained the injury in a collision with A's catcher Stephen Vogt on Sunday. While initial X-rays came back negative, he will undergo an MRI on Monday to make sure there's no further damage. At this stage, it doesn't sound like a trip to the disabled list is imminent, but check for updates before setting weekly lineups on Monday.
May 24 - 6:53 PM

Jeremy Hellickson allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings during Sunday's win over the Cubs.

Hellickson surrendered just four hits while striking out four and walking one. All three runs allowed came on the long ball, as Miguel Montero touched him up for a solo homer in the second inning and Chris Coghlan burned him for a two-run shot in the fifth. With the win, Hellickson improved to 2-3, with a 5.33 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and a 36/17 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings. He'll need more starts like Sunday's if he wants those numbers to drop. Up next, a road start against the Brewers.
May 24 - 6:48 PM

Jake Peavy (back) is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.

The veteran right-hander came through his first start with High-A San Jose without any issues. Depending on how well that start goes, he could be cleared to rejoin the Giants rotation shortly after.
May 24 - 6:46 PM

Jason Hammel allowed four runs in seven innings during Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Hammel struck out nine and walked one in the contest. Three of the four runs against came in the third inning, when he allowed a sacrifice fly and a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt also knocked him for an RBI single in the first. This season, Hammel has posted a 2.98 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 58/7 K/BB across 60 1/3 innings. He'll face off with the Royals in his next start.
May 24 - 6:44 PM



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