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Carlos Beltran could sit out on Friday after flipping over a short fence in foul territory during Thursday's game.

Beltran was in a dead sprint after a ball and tumbled over a fence at Tropicana Field. He popped right back up and finished the game in spite of a sore left shoulder and right wrist. Beltran should be fine over the long haul, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Yankees manager Joe Girardi gives the soon-to-be 37-year-old a breather Friday.
Apr 18 - 9:59 AM

Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio Network reports that at least three teams, including the Cardinals, Brewers and White Sox, have shown interest in Jeremy Jeffress.

Jeffress elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier this month. While he has a career 4.47 ERA over 52 1/3 frames at the big league level, Jeffress has struck out 50, has a fastball that touches the upper 90s and won't turn 27 until September. It's no surprise that there are some clubs apparently willing to take a shot on him.
Apr 18 - 9:00 AM

Angels transferred RHP Ryan Brasier from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move cleared room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Brennan Boesch. Brasier is out indefinitely with a right elbow strain.
Apr 18 - 8:45 AM

Yankees optioned RHP Shane Greene to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Greene was the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader but didn't make an appearance. It's the second time he was up this month but didn't see any action. He figures to get another chance at some point.
Apr 18 - 8:40 AM

Cubs optioned LHP Zach Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.

Rosscup was the 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader and tossed 1 2/3 perfect innings in an appearance. He should get another shot later this summer.
Apr 18 - 8:37 AM

Diamondbacks sent RHP Alex Sanabia outright to Triple-A Reno.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Sanabia, 25, has posted a 9.49 ERA in his first three starts at Reno.
Apr 18 - 8:35 AM

Chase Headley delivered a pinch-hit single in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

Headley has missed two straight starts with a right biceps strain, but him being able to pinch-hit is a good sign that he'll be back in the lineup soon. The third baseman is batting just .176/.222/.275 in the early going.
Apr 18 - 4:10 AM

Brandon Crawford flied out as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Crawford has missed two straight starts with a tight right hamstring, but it's a good sign that he was able to enter Thursday's game late. He's aiming to return to the lineup Friday.
Apr 18 - 4:10 AM

Jon Lester tossed eight strong outings, allowing just one run and striking out nine, in defeating the White Sox on Thursday.

Lester cost himself in the sixth, when he was too slow to get over to first base on Adam Eaton's run-scoring infield single, and again in the seventh, when he failed to handle a pretty easy comebacker. But fielding issues aside -- and his awkward throws to first likely will lose him a game at some point -- he's been outstanding on the mound. He's currently sporting a 29/4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings and a 2.03 ERA. Next up for him is his second start of the month against the Yankees.
Apr 18 - 12:14 AM

Koji Uehara earned a save with a scoreless ninth in his return to the mound Thursday against the White Sox.

Uehara showed his usual velocity in his return from a sore shoulder, but he did give up a single and miss up with a couple of splitters to a dangerous hitter in Jose Abreu with two outs. Fortunately, Abreu didn't take a cut at either of those before grounding out on a better offering. In all, Uehara threw 13 pitches. The Red Sox will likely be especially careful with him for the next few weeks, so if they have another save situation on Friday, we imagine it will go to Edward Mujica.
Apr 18 - 12:11 AM

Chris Sale wasn't involved in the decision after allowing one run in seven innings and striking out 10 against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Sale was dominant for the most part, with the Red Sox crushing two of his very few mistakes. Fortunately, the first didn't hurt him, as Adam Eaton robbed David Ortiz of a homer in the first. The other did, though, as Xander Bogaerts was able to hit one out to left in the sixth. It was the first homer allowed by Sale in four starts this season.
Apr 18 - 12:06 AM

Xander Bogaerts hit his first homer of the year to give the Red Sox their lone run in seven innings against Chris Sale on Thursday.

Bogaerts doesn't yet have consistent major league power at age 21, but he does show glimpses and it's only a matter of time until he's a 20- or 25-homer guy. For this year, expect more modest numbers. That he's worth owning in mixed leagues anyway owes much to Fenway and the surrounding members of Boston's lineup (even if the group is off to a slow start).
Apr 18 - 12:02 AM

Making just his second start of the season, Paul Konerko went 0-for-4 on Thursday, leaving him 1-for-13.

With Adam Dunn and Jose Abreu off to such nice starts, the White Sox haven't found much for Konerko to do yet. Fortunately, that seems to be OK with him, though he'd surely prefer to better capitalize on what chances he does get.
Apr 17 - 11:58 PM

James Shields fanned 12 while surrendering just one run in eight innings to beat the Astros for his first win of the year on Thursday.

It was Shields' seventh career 12-strikeout game, but his first since he joined the Royals a year ago; his season high last year was 10 strikeouts. Shields gave up six unearned runs in his last start against the Twins, but outside of the one bad inning when all of them scored, he's been excellent through four starts, amassing a 2.00 ERA and a 26/6 K/BB ratio.
Apr 17 - 11:53 PM

Scott Feldman surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Royals on Thursday.

It was Feldman's first defeat in four starts for the Astros. He still has an exceptional 1.69 ERA, even though he has just as many walks (nine) as strikeouts through 26 2/3 innings.
Apr 17 - 11:50 PM


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