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E-Rod (hamstring) says he's ready for Sunday 08-25-2016
Eduardo Rodriguez P BOS
Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) has declared himself ready to start Sunday versus the Royals.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Rodriguez went all-out in a bullpen session Thursday at Tropicana Field and experienced no lingering discomfort in his left hamstring. He last started August 16 against the Orioles and made it through just four innings (hitless innings, by the way) before feeling hamstring tightness. The young left-hander owns a sharp 2.52 ERA in 39 1/3 innings (seven starts) since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July.
Hector Santiago (thumb) expected back Wed. 08-25-2016
Hector Santiago P MIN
Hector Santiago (thumb) is expected to return to the Twins' rotation next Wednesday in Cleveland.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
Santiago had to be scratched from his scheduled start this Friday night against the Blue Jays because of a bruised left thumb. He has an awful 10.89 ERA in 19 innings (four starts) for the Twins since being acquired from the Angels at the August 1 trade deadline.
Iglesias (hamstring) could be activated Fri. 08-25-2016
Jose Iglesias SS DET
Jose Iglesias (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Evan Woodberry on Twitter
Iglesias is 4-for-12 with a homer in three rehab games with Triple-A Toledo. The shortstop has been sidelined since August 12 because of a left hamstring strain. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that he plans to keep Erick Aybar active even when Iglesias returns, for what it's worth.
Orioles option Parker Bridwell to Norfolk 08-25-2016
Parker Bridwell P BAL
Orioles optioned RHP Parker Bridwell to Triple-A Norfolk. Bridwell surrendered five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings out of the Baltimore bullpen during his short stay at the big league level. He could be back in September.
Orioles recall Logan Ondrusek from Norfolk 08-25-2016
Logan Ondrusek P BAL
Orioles recalled RHP Logan Ondrusek from Triple-A Norfolk. Baltimore needs a fresh bullpen arm after a messy game Wednesday night against the Nationals, and with Ubaldo Jimenez scheduled to start on Thursday. Ondrusek, 31, has allowed four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings this season at the major league level.
Carlos Gomez to start in LF in Rangers debut 08-25-2016
Carlos Gomez LF TEX
Rangers purchased the contract of OF Carlos Gomez from Triple-A Round Rock.

Richard Justice on Twitter
He will start in left field for Texas on Thursday night against the Indians. Gomez signed a minor league contract with the Rangers last week after getting released by the Astros and earned the quick promotion by hitting .308/.357/.538 over 14 plate appearances at Round Rock. We doubt he's suddenly going to find himself again in Arlington, but stranger things have happened. Gomez was a back-to-back National League All-Star in 2013-2014 with the Brewers.
Mauer absent from Twins' lineup again Thurs. 08-25-2016
Joe Mauer 1B MIN
Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

LaVelle E. Neal III on Twitter
Mauer didn't play Wednesday either and could be dealing with another flareup of quad soreness. Trevor Plouffe is at first base and Eduardo Escobar is at third.
Chris Young takes over as Sox left fielder 08-25-2016
Chris Young LF BOS
Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Thursday morning that Chris Young will serve as the club's regular left fielder down the stretch.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Andrew Benintendi suffered a serious-looking left leg injury on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field and could very well be done for the season. Young just returned Monday from a two-month hamstring strain and tends to struggle against right-handed pitching, but he has a cool .858 OPS in 147 total plate appearances this year. With good power and speed, he's worth a claim in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Brock Holt will draw some starts in left field versus tougher righties.
Red Sox recall Marco Hernandez from AAA 08-25-2016
Marco Hernandez SS BOS
Red Sox recalled INF Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket. He'll provide depth for the Boston bench with Andrew Benintendi (knee, ankle) landing on the disabled list Thursday. Hernandez is 13-for-44 this year in the majors.
Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski from A's 08-25-2016
Marc Rzepczynski P WAS
Nationals acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics for INF Max Schrock.

Jamal Collier on Twitter
Rzepczynski has walked 24 batters and yielded 38 hits in 36 innings this season for a nasty 1.72 WHIP, but he has somehow managed a 3.00 ERA. Washington is desperate for bullpen help, especially from the left side. "Scrabble" will function in a lefty specialist role.
Hanigan (ankle) set for rehab assignment 08-25-2016
Ryan Hanigan C BOS
Ryan Hanigan (ankle) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this Saturday.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
And he could return to the Red Sox right after major league rosters expand on September 1. Hanigan has been out since August 6 with left ankle tendinitis. Sandy Leon will remain Boston's primary catcher.
Maybin out of Tigers' lineup on Thursday 08-25-2016
Cameron Maybin CF DET
Cameron Maybin is out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Twins.

Tigers PR on Twitter
Tyler Collins will start in center field and bat second versus Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios. This is just a routine day of maintenance for Maybin, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Wednesday and boasts a .326 batting average in 274 plate appearances this season.
Dodgers have 'rebuffed offers' on Yasiel Puig 08-25-2016
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers have "rebuffed offers" for Yasiel Puig.

FanRag Sports
Heyman says teams "appear to be bottom feeding for Puig" -- in other words, making lowball trade proposals -- and the Dodgers are not actually that desperate to give him away. The polarizing 25-year-old outfielder is batting .396/.448/.698 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 14 games since his demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City on August 2. Josh Reddick, meanwhile, is slashing .143/.211/.157 in 20 games since the Dodgers acquired him via trade from the A's. Puig is under contract with Los Angeles through 2018, with about $25 million still due.
Tim Beckham (hamstring) remains out Thurs. 08-25-2016
Tim Beckham 2B TB
Tim Beckham (hamstring) remains out of the Rays' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

Roger Mooney on Twitter
Beckham made an early exit Tuesday after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring and did not play Wednesday. He usually starts somewhere when the Rays face a left-handed pitcher, but the versatile 26-year-old is on the bench Thursday versus Red Sox southpaw Drew Pomeranz.
Sandy Leon out of Red Sox lineup Thursday 08-25-2016
Sandy Leon C BOS
Sandy Leon is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Bryan Holaday will start at catcher and bat ninth in the finale at Tropicana Field. It's just a routine day off for Leon, who's been one of the best stories of the second half. He's sitting on a .369/.425/.618 season slash.
David Ortiz getting day off Thursday vs. Rays 08-25-2016
David Ortiz DH BOS
David Ortiz is getting the day off Thursday.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Hanley Ramirez will start at DH, Travis Shaw will play first base, and Aaron Hill will get the nod at third base in the early-afternoon finale at Tropicana Field.
Mike Minor (shoulder) shut down for season 08-25-2016
Mike Minor P ATL
Mike Minor (shoulder) has officially been shut down for the year.

Rustin Dodd on Twitter
Minor had another setback with his troublesome left shoulder in a rehab start Friday with Triple-A Omaha and Royals GM Dayton Moore confirmed Wednesday that the 28-year-old southpaw has simply run out of time. Minor hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014, and he hasn't been effective since 2013. Kansas City owes him $4 million next year.
Braves add Brandon Snyder from AAA level 08-25-2016
Brandon Snyder 3B ATL
Braves purchased the contract of 3B/1B Brandon Snyder from Triple-A Gwinnett. Snyder was designated for assignment by Atlanta just a few weeks ago, but he's getting called back to fill the roster spot left vacant by Wednesday night's Jeff Francoeur trade. Snyder, 29, owns a weak .232/.272/.420 career batting line in 107 games at the MLB level.
Hudson moving into late-inning role with ARI 08-25-2016
Daniel Hudson P ARZ
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said late Wednesday that Daniel Hudson will likely be moved into a late-inning role.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
Hale didn't officially anoint Hudson as the team's new closer, but it's a decent bet he gets the next save opportunity. Hudson earned his 17th hold of the season on Wednesday night against the Braves and has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run after struggling badly in July. Enrique Burgos, meanwhile, has surrendered seven earned runs over his last three innings of work, including four earned Wednesday versus Atlanta. Hale also mentioned Randall Delgado as a possible late-inning guy for the stretch run. Arizona's bullpen is such a mess.
Jordan Zimmermann (lat) set for rehab outing 08-25-2016
Jordan Zimmermann P DET
Jordan Zimmermann (lat) is set to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Toledo.

Catherine Slonksnis on Twitter
Zimmermann received clearance after making it through another bullpen session on Wednesday. The right-hander has been out since August 6 with a strained lat muscle and may require multiple rehab outings. He had allowed 32 runs -- 29 earned -- over his last 31 innings with Detroit, ballooning his season ERA to 4.44.
Gurriel (hamstring) lines out as pinch-hitter 08-25-2016
Yulieski Gurriel 3B HOU
Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) lined out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday against the Pirates. Gurriel was held out of the Astros' starting lineup for the third straight game due to tightness in his right hamstring. It's something he came down with in his major league debut Sunday versus the Orioles. Gurriel should be ready to rock for the opening of a three-game weekend series Friday night against the Rays.
Saladino (back) singles, steals base 08-25-2016
Tyler Saladino SS CWS
Tyler Saladino (back) singled in three at-bats and stole a base on Wednesday. Saladino had missed four straight games due to back soreness. It obviously wasn't anything too serious. He's hitting .258/.295/.385 with 10 steals in 70 games this season as a utilityman for the White Sox.
Peterson (neck, shoulder) returned Wed. 08-25-2016
Jace Peterson 2B ATL
Jace Peterson (neck, shoulder) was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored on Wednesday. Peterson had been held out of the Braves' starting lineup for two games due to tightness in his neck and shoulder. The 26-year-old is batting .256/.354/.386 in 86 total games this season for last-place Atlanta.
Brock Holt (oblique) hitless in return Wed. 08-25-2016
Brock Holt LF BOS
Brock Holt (oblique) went hitless in three at-bats Wednesday in his return to the Red Sox lineup. It was the first game in five days for Holt, who has been battling oblique tightness. He might be looking at a bigger workload for the stretch run with starting left fielder Andrew Benintendi (knee, ankle) possibly done for the season. Chris Young will also draw starts in left, but he struggles against right-handed pitching.
Soler (leg) returns with a 2-for-3 on Wed. 08-25-2016
Jorge Soler LF CHC
Jorge Soler (leg) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his return to action Wednesday. Soler was out a handful of days after fouling a ball off his leg over the weekend. The double was his seventh of the season. He's slashing .246/.328/.440 in 65 games.
Reddick (finger) goes 0-for-3 in return Wed. 08-25-2016
Josh Reddick RF LAD
Josh Reddick went 0-for-3 (finger) in his return to the Dodgers' lineup on Wednesday. Reddick had been held out two games after jamming his right middle finger while having room service delivered to the Dodgers' team hotel in Cincinnati on Sunday. The 29-year-old outfielder is batting just .143/.211/.157 in 76 plate appearances so far with Los Angeles.
Jake Lamb goes 3-for-6, homers 08-25-2016
Jake Lamb 3B ARZ
Jake Lamb went 3-for-6 with a homer and scored the winning run in the 11th as the Diamondbacks edged the Braves 10-9 on Wednesday. Lamb doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored the winning run on Brandon Drury's sac fly. The homer in the fifth inning was his 25th of the year. He has five hits the last two days to snap out of an ugly 2-for-46 slump.
Ender Inciarte goes 4-for-7 08-25-2016
Ender Inciarte CF ATL
Ender Inciarte went 4-for-7 with a double and two RBI against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Inciarte is hitting .355 in 152 at-bats since the All-Star break, which is really good. Still, fantasy leaguers need him to steal a few more bases. He's 3-for-5 during the second half and 11-for-16 in 96 games this season. With his speed, he should be a bigger weapon on the basepaths.
Julio Teheran gives up six runs to Arizona 08-25-2016
Julio Teheran P ATL
Julio Teheran was charged with six runs in six innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Teheran's stuff hasn't looked particularly crisp since he came off the disabled list last week, and it's wort wondering if he can recapture his first-half success before the season ends. He allowed 11 hits in all tonight, two of them homers.
Zack Greinke gives up four runs to Braves 08-25-2016
Zack Greinke P ARZ
Zack Greinke allowed four runs over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Braves. Greinke picked up his 2,000th career strikeout in an otherwise unmemorable outing. He's given up four runs on seven occasions this year after doing so just twice in 2015.
Enrique Burgos gives up four runs in ninth 08-25-2016
Enrique Burgos P ARZ
After entering the ninth with a 9-5 lead, Enrique Burgos gave up four runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Braves. Burgos just got the closer gig from Jake Barrett last week, but he's probably thrown it away now (he also blew a save on Monday). The Diamondbacks could go back to Barrett or turn to Daniel Hudson, who has put together a nice August following his July implosion. We'd say Hudson is worth a shot.
Rich Hill earns win in Dodgers debut 08-25-2016
Rich Hill P LAD
Finally making his Dodgers debut, Rich Hill earned a win after shutting out the Giants for six innings on Wednesday. Hill allowed five hits, all of them singles, and walked none to outduel Johnny Cueto in what ended up being a 1-0 game. He came out after 81 pitches, which seemed appropriate after his lengthy DL stint due to a blister. He should be able to throw closer to 100 next time out.
Johnny Cueto loses 1-0 game 08-25-2016
Johnny Cueto P SF
Johnny Cueto took the loss in a 1-0 game Wednesday against the Dodgers. Cueto pitched six innings and gave up a homer to Justin Turner in the fourth as the only damage. Cueto fell to 1-3 since the All-Star break after finishing the first half 13-1. He hasn't been that bad, though; he has a 3.91 ERA and a 43/10 K/BB ratio in his eight starts since the break.
Justin Turner hits 24th homer 08-25-2016
Justin Turner 3B LAD
Justin Turner went 2-for-3 and homered to account for the only run in the Dodgers' win over the Giants on Wednesday. Turner is up to 24 homers in 485 plate appearances this year. For the Mets in 2011, he had four homers in 487 plate appearances. Legitimately one of the NL's best players the last three years, Turner is going to be a fascinating free agent this winter.
Miggy collects four hits and homer vs. Twins 08-25-2016
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday. His solo blast in the first inning opened the scoring. He contributed an RBI-double in the third inning. He later doubled twice. The future Hall of Famer is batting .313/.386/.552 with 28 home runs, 80 RBI and 71 runs scored in 124 games.
Boyd notches win in quality start vs Twins 08-25-2016
Matt Boyd P DET
Matt Boyd struck out seven while yielding three runs in six innings to earn a win versus the Twins on Wednesday. It wasn't always pretty as he served up home runs to Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier. Luckily they were both solo blasts that didn't do excessive harm. The win boosts his record to 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA after 13 starts and two relief appearances. His 64 to 24 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 74 2/3 innings at the age of 25 gives him some intrigue as a middle-of-the-rotation streamer with upside.
Duffey slammed for six runs in three innings 08-25-2016
Tyler Duffey P MIN
Tyler Duffey lasted only three innings while getting pounded for six runs in a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday. He gave up seven hits and a walk while fanning two in the brief and unpleasant outing. Miguel Cabrera took him deep for a solo homer in the first inning. The biggest blow was a three-run shot by Justin Upton in his third and final frame. It is hard to imagine the Twins will continue to run him out there considering he has a brutal 6.24 ERA after 22 starts. That would be the worst ERA in the major leagues but he is a few innings shy of qualifying for that dishonor.
Carlos Martinez goes eight in victory 08-25-2016
Carlos Martinez P STL
Carlos Martinez held the Mets to one run in eight innings to cruise to a win Wednesday. Martinez threw 97 pitches in the gem. He also had a couple of hits, raising his average to .255 this season. Martinez will carry a 12-7 record into his next start against the Brewers on Monday.
Upton cranks three-run bomb on Wednesday 08-25-2016
Justin Upton LF DET
Justin Upton blasted a three-run jack to help lead the Tigers over the Twins on Wednesday. He added a single to finish the night 2-for-5. He has been performing a little better lately but it has been a very disappointing season for his owners. He has a .236 batting average with 16 home runs, 55 RBI and eight stolen bases in what has been by far the worst year of his career.
Jacob deGrom gives up five runs in loss 08-25-2016
Jacob deGrom P NYM
Jacob deGrom surrendered five runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals. DeGrom has followed up a couple of awesome months with a pair of ugly starts the last six days. He gave up three homers tonight after allowing a total of 12 in 22 starts coming in. It doesn't seem like his stuff has fallen off suddenly, so let's assume he'll bounce back next time out when he faces the Marlins.
Stephen Piscotty hits 18th homer 08-25-2016
Stephen Piscotty RF STL
Stephen Piscotty finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's rout of the Mets. Piscotty has four homers and 10 RBI in his last 10 games. His average and OBP have slipped, but he's remained pretty valuable anyway.
Randal Grichuk homers, doubles 08-25-2016
Randal Grichuk CF STL
Batting seventh, Randal Grichuk homered, doubled and walked against the Mets on Wednesday. It certainly helps when Mike Matheny hits Grichuk somewhere other than eighth in front of the pitcher. It's just a terrible spot for someone with his ample power and subpar plate discipline. Hitting in front of an actual hitter will get him something to hit once in a while, as it did tonight.
Dozier swats solo home run on Wednesday 08-25-2016
Brian Dozier 2B MIN
Brian Dozier connected for his 30th home run of the season in the Twins' loss to the Tigers on Wednesday. He added a single and finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Dozier has generated a sudden burst of power lately with 13 home runs in his last 23 games. This is the first 30-homer season in Dozier's career. He has a .270 batting average this year after being a burden in that fantasy category in all prior seasons. He contributes nicely across the board with 79 runs scored, 76 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
James Loney goes 0-for-4 in loss 08-25-2016
James Loney 1B NYM
James Loney went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday. Loney won some fans in New York after a solid start replacing James Loney, but his OPS is under .700 now and he's driven in all of 26 runs in 71 games (and scored a total of 21 times). He's not helping.
Machado finishes 4-for-6 with two-run bomb 08-25-2016
Manny Machado 3B BAL
Manny Machado went 4-for-6 with a homer and four total RBI to lead the Orioles over the Nationals 10-8 on Wednesday. Machado's two-run bomb in the first inning set the tone for the high-scoring night. He then added run-scoring singles in the second and eighth innings. The four hits raised his batting average to .306 in 494 at-bats. The home run was his 29th. Machado has scored 87 runs and driven in 78. He has yet to steal a base after swiping 20 last year, but that's kind of a side concern at this point for his fantasy owners.
Miley holds Nats to two runs in five frames 08-25-2016
Wade Miley P BAL
Wade Miley earned a win against the Nationals by holding them to two runs over five innings on Wednesday. He gave up seven hits, including a solo homer by Danny Espinosa. His six strikeouts helped quell some threats. It was a short outing but the Orioles will take it. Miley has not been good this year. Tonight's pleasant outing improves his record to 8-10 with an unsightly 5.51 ERA. His owners must soon decide if they are brave enough (or desperate enough) to use him in a two-start week against the Blue Jays and Yankees beginning on Monday.
Mets bring southpaw Gilmartin up to majors 08-25-2016
Sean Gilmartin P NYM
Mets recalled LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas. Gilmartin held a 2.67 ERA in 57 1/3 innings last season, but he has yet to find that kind of success in 2016. The 26-year-old southpaw has made five appearances with the Mets this season and has allowed seven runs on 11 hits in nine innings. There is no fantasy intrigue here.
Mets option Erik Goeddel back to Triple-A 08-25-2016
Erik Goeddel P NYM
Mets optioned RHP Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas. Goeddel was just up for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. He tossed 1 2/3 innings of two-run ball in the 8-1 loss. Goeddel has pitched to a 4.55 ERA in 29 1/3 innings at the major league level this season. Now back to Triple-A.