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The Athletics are considering using Drew Pomeranz or Jesse Chavez to make a spot start next week.

The idea would be to use a sixth starter for one turn in order to line up their four best starters for the August 28-31 series versus the Angels. Both Pomeranz and Chavez have pitched well when in the A's rotation this season but were booted when the club acquired Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jon Lester.
Aug 21 - 9:24 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rockies placed Michael Cuddyer on revocable waivers Sunday but pulled him back after he experienced hamstring soreness.

Thus, Rosenthal says the veteran outfielder will not be traded. Cuddyer has had an injury-plagued 2014 season, but he's been awfully productive when healthy the last two years, batting .331/.386/.533. He would have been a nice post-deadline acquisition for a contender.
Aug 21 - 9:08 PM

Everth Cabrera (hamstring) is slated to begin jogging on Monday.

Cabrera took some grounders and hit in the batting cage on Thursday. It's sounding like the shortstop has a good chance to be activated on September 1 when rosters expand.
Aug 21 - 8:40 PM

Padres manager Bud Black said that Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) could be available as soon as Friday.

If not Friday, Benoit is expected to be ready to go on Saturday. There was some worry that the reliever's wonky shoulder could send him to the disabled list, but he threw a bullpen session Thursday with no issues.
Aug 21 - 8:38 PM

Cubs recalled RHP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa.

Parker will be the 26th man as the Cubs and Giants complete their abbreviated "doubleheader." The righty owns a 6.57 ERA this year in 12 1/3 big league innings.
Aug 21 - 8:35 PM

Ryan Vogelsong took a loss on Thursday, allowing four runs over two innings, as play was resumed from Tuesday and the Cubs defeated the Giants by a 2-1 margin.

Play was halted after Vogelsong had allowed two runs through four innings, both on Anthony Rizzo's first-inning, two-run home run. It proved to be the deciding factor. Vogelsong did not pitch on Thursday, finishing the game having allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four. He'll take a 3.73 ERA and a 122/41 K/BB ratio into Sunday's road start against the Nationals.
Aug 21 - 8:34 PM

Hector Rondon escaped a ninth-inning jam to pick up his 19th save as the Cubs defeated the Giants on Thursday, when play resumed from Tuesday's rain-shortened contest.

Rondon allowed two one-out singles to Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford, but was able to strike out Gregor Blanco and get Angel Pagan to sharply ground out to end the threat and the ballgame. Rondon is now 19-for-23 in save chances with a 2.92 ERA and a 53/13 K/BB ratio.
Aug 21 - 8:31 PM

Athletics optioned RHP Dan Otero to Triple-A Sacramento.

Otero holds a 1.96 ERA over 89 relief appearances for the A's over the last two seasons, so it's an unexpected move. However, it should be a short-term one, with Otero returning on September 1. Craig Gentry (hand) will be activated from the DL on Friday to take Otero's spot on the roster.
Aug 21 - 8:28 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada got the win with five shutout innings as play resumed on Thursday from Tuesday's rain-shortened match-up with the Giants.

Wada did not pitch on Thursday, as play picked back up in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scratched out six hits but could not touch the plate. Wada yielded no walks and struck out three in the effort. The left-hander is now 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA and a 36/10 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Orioles at home on Sunday.
Aug 21 - 8:28 PM

Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game versus the Angels due to a personal matter.

Cespedes was hitless in his first at-bat before exiting after the third inning. The Red Sox could clarify his status after the game.
Aug 21 - 8:23 PM

Anthony Rizzo's first-inning, two-run home run was the deciding factor in the Cubs' win over the Giants on Thursday -- a game resumed from Tuesday.

The Giants won a protest and Tuesday's match against the Cubs was resumed on Thursday with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scored once in the sixth, but Rizzo's home run two days ago stood the test of time and was the reason the Cubs won. Rizzo finished 2-for-4, his other hit being a double. The first baseman now has 29 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .279/.377/.515 slash line.
Aug 21 - 8:21 PM

Carlos Sanchez will be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday to take Gordon Beckham's spot on the roster.

That means Marcus Semien will not be recalled, at least not until September. Sanchez was hitless in five at-bats for the big club earlier this season but has batted .293/.349/.412 with seven homers, 57 RBI and 16 steals at Charlotte. He figures to see plenty of time at second base and is worth a look in AL-only formats.
Aug 21 - 7:56 PM

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox and Tigers "appear to be the front-runners" for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday listed those two teams in addition to the Giants as the most likely landing spots for Castillo, but it appears San Francisco may have dropped out of the bidding. Edes also adds that Castillo is expected to make a decision "no later than the weekend." Castillo reportedly could receive a deal in the five-year, $60 million range.
Aug 21 - 7:49 PM

Yankees signed RHP Wilking Rodriguez to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rodriguez was cut loose by the Royals even though he posted a 2.36 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 26 2/3 frames between Double- and Triple-A. It's possible he'll be up in September.
Aug 21 - 7:43 PM

Chris Perez (ankle) isn't expected to be activated from the disabled list until rosters expand next month.

Perez began a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, but he'll remain there through next Friday. The veteran reliever struggled with a 5.03 ERA and 1.45 WHIP while walking 21 over 39 1/3 innings before landing on the DL earlier this month with bone spurs in his right ankle.
Aug 21 - 7:24 PM


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