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Weeks hits go-ahead homer, Brewers top Astros 06-19-2013
Rickie Weeks LF ARZ
Rickie Weeks hit a game-winning two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Brewers beat the Astros 3-1 on Wednesday. It was Weeks' first game hitting leadoff this year, and he responded by going 2-for-4 with the winning home run. The homer was his sixth of the season, and while he's taken a while to get going his average has been slowly rising since the middle of May. He's always a slow starter, so expect him to continue to get better as the season rolls on.
K-Rod picks up save No. 299 against Astros 06-19-2013
Francisco Rodriguez P DET
Francisco Rodriguez earned his fifth save of the season, number 299 of his career, against the Astros on Wednesday. K-Rod is now just one away from 300, a number only 24 others have reached in baseball's history. Jim Henderson will be reinstalled as the Brewers' closer once K-Rod gets to the plateau, but even then Rodriguez should continue to be a valuable pitcher in leagues that count holds. He has a 0.68 ERA and 0.75 WHIP through 13 1/3 innings and will likely become the team's setup man once Henderson is back closing.
Altuve swipes three bags in loss to Brewers 06-19-2013
Jose Altuve 2B HOU
Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases on Wednesday, but the Astros fell to the Brewers. Altuve took it upon himself to generate all the Astros offense on Wednesday, as he twice stole third base and scored the only Houston run on a sacrifice fly. The stolen bases gives him 16 on the year and seven in his last seven games.
Lohse solid in another no-decision vs. Astros 06-19-2013
Kyle Lohse P TEX
Kyle Lohse allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Wednesday. Lohse can't buy a win. The right-hander has limited teams to two earned runs over his last two starts with no wins to show for it, and he's won just two games all season. It doesn't take away from the effort on Wednesday, as he allowed six hits and two walks, striking out five. He'll look for better luck Tuesday against the Cubs.
Chad Tracy dealing with some discomfort 06-19-2013
Chad Tracy 1B LAA
Chad Tracy is dealing with a strain in his midsection.

Adam Kilgore on Twitter
Tracy said he was available to pinch-hit Wednesday, but he thinks he might have to deal with the discomfort for a few days. It shouldn't be a long-term concern.
Bedard sharp in no-decision against Brewers 06-19-2013
Erik Bedard P LAD
Erik Bedard allowed just one run over 7 1/3 innings on Wednesday but was forced to take a no-decision as the Astros lost to the Brewers. Bedard was in vintage form, as he allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Save for one start, the southpaw has actually been very good since early May but has just two wins to show for it. Such is life as a Houston Astros pitcher. He'll take on the Cardinals next on Tuesday.
Roger Bernadina has eye infection 06-19-2013
Roger Bernadina CF COL
Roger Bernadina (eye) will visit a doctor on Thursday.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
Bernadina developed an infection in his left eye prior to Wednesday's game and was unavailable to play in that contest. It shouldn't be a big deal, but the Nats should provide an update prior to Thursday's contest versus the Rockies.
Myers drives in first two, Rays beat Sox 6-2 06-19-2013
Wil Myers 1B SD
Wil Myers hit a two-run double, his first two runs batted in, to help the Rays beat the Red Sox 6-2 on Wednesday. The hit, which came in the seventh inning, was Myers' only hit in five at-bats on the night, but it was an important one in his history. Through three games with the club he has just two hits, but expect Myers to start showing more of why the Rays traded for him as he continues to get at-bats.
Morneau homers for first time since April 28 06-19-2013
Justin Morneau 1B CWS
Justin Morneau finally hit his third home run of the year Wednesday in the Twins' 7-4 win over the White Sox. Morneau hadn't gone deep since April 28. He owns a decent .289 batting average in 64 games this season and has been effective with runners in scoring position, but the power has completely vanished. It may be a struggle for him to reach a double-digit home run total.
Sale surrenders four runs over five in loss 06-19-2013
Chris Sale P BOS
Chris Sale allowed four earned runs over five innings Wednesday as the White Sox lost to the Twins. Sale battled bad defense, a comebacker that that hit him on the leg and a collision at first base with the Twins' Pedro Florimon. The left-hander should bounce back next week when he faces the Mets at home.
Jennings homers, scores twice against Red Sox 06-19-2013
Desmond Jennings LF TB
Desmond Jennings went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored against the Red Sox on Wednesday. Jennings is slowly approaching double digits in both homers and steals, as he has nine dingers to go with eight steals after Wednesday's game. That's a bit of a shock, as Jennings has always been known more for his speed than his power. He'll still almost certainly finish with more stolen bases than homers, but a little extra power never hurt, either.
Yadi's two-run shot helps Cardinals beat Cubs 06-19-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer in the Cardinals' 4-1 defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday in St. Louis. The two-run shot was Yadi's only hit of the night but it was a big gone, breaking a 1-1 tie and putting the Cardinals ahead for good. Molina, the best defensive catcher in baseball, is now batting .365/.406/.514 with five homers and 41 RBI. He might be the early NL MVP.
Hellickson bounces back to earn win over Sox 06-19-2013
Jeremy Hellickson P PHI
Jeremy Hellickson went six innings, allowing just two runs in a win over the Red Sox on Wednesday. The right-hander was pounded his last time out but rebounded well, holding the Red Sox to seven hits while striking out four. Hellickson has been up and down all year, as his ERA still sits at 5.50 despite being 5-3 on the season. He'll try to carry that momentum over into his next start against the Blue Jays on Monday.
Castro goes 0-for-4 in Cubs' loss to Cards 06-19-2013
Starlin Castro 2B NYY
Starlin Castro finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout Wednesday in the Cubs' loss to the Cardinals. Castro is now batting .235/.269/.327 and there seems to be no end in sight for his offensive struggles. Pete Kozma, the Cardinals' light-hitting shortstop, is at least batting .256 with a .303 OBP.
Ryan Dempster falls to 4-8 with loss to Rays 06-19-2013
Ryan Dempster P BOS
Ryan Dempster allowed three runs over six innings to take the loss against the Rays on Wednesday. The outing was similar to Dempster's other starts recently, as he's turned in quality starts in his last five outings. Despite the "quality" label, Wednesday's was mostly forgettable, as he allowed eight hits and two walks in his six innings of work. He'll take on the Rockies in his next time out on Tuesday.
Westbrook goes seven strong, Cards top Cubs 06-19-2013
Jake Westbrook P STL
Jake Westbrook held the Cubs to one (unearned) run over seven innings Wednesday in a Cardinals victory. It was his second start back from the disabled list and he looked sharp, yielding just two hits while inducing 15 groundball outs. Westbrook has hardly been dominant this season, but he's used his craftiness to work out of jams and currently boasts a 1.76 ERA in 51 total innings. He'll be a decent fantasy option next week in Houston.
E-Jax gives up four runs in loss to Cardinals 06-19-2013
Edwin Jackson P SD
Edwin Jackson surrendered four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals. Facing one of his many former teams, Jackson yielded six hits and gave up two walks -- a dangerous amount of baserunners for the Cardinals' hot lineup. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out only one batter. He'll carry a 3-9 record, 5.49 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into his next scheduled start in Milwaukee against the Brewers.
Lind's homer helps Blue Jays beat Rockies 5-2 06-19-2013
Adam Lind 1B WAS
Adam Lind hit a three-run homer in the Blue Jays' 5-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday. The hit was Lind's only in four at-bats, but it was enough to give the Jays the win. Lind is quietly putting together a terrific season, as the homer was his ninth to go with a .340/.406/.555 batting line.
Gonzalez whiffs 11 over seven superb frames 06-19-2013
Gio Gonzalez P WAS
Gio Gonzalez struck out 11 and permitted just two runs and two hits over seven innings in Wednesday's 6-2 extra-innings win over the Phillies. Gonzalez yielded hits to Ben Revere (single) and Michael Young (homer) to start off the game, and that was it. He was in line for a loss but wound up with a no-decision after his teammates rallied in the ninth and won it in the 11th. Gonzalez boasts a 2.26 ERA since the beginning of May and has struck out 93 over 91 2/3 frames this season. He'll take on the D'Backs at home next.
Rutledge hitting .045 since being recalled 06-19-2013
Josh Rutledge 2B BOS
Josh Rutledge went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, dropping his average to .045 in the five games since being recalled on June 14. The shortstop was hitting well at Triple-A Colorado Springs before the promotion but his bat has gone ice cold with the big club, as he's just 1-for-22 in the five games. He's also struck out seven times while walking only once. The Rockies don't have many better options while Troy Tulowitzki is out, though, so Rutledge will likely continue to see playing time unless his struggles persist.
Kyle Kendrick gets tough-luck no-decision 06-19-2013
Kyle Kendrick P COL
Kyle Kendrick deserved a win but was dealt a no-decision Wednesday, as he held the Nationals to one run on just two hits and a walk over 7 2/3 innings. Kendrick struck out six and gave up only an Adam LaRoche single in the second and Jayson Werth RBI single in the seventh, but Jonathan Papelbon was unable to nail down the one-run victory. The outing comes after Kendrick's worst of the season, though that was at Coors Field and, thus, forgivable. He'll get the Padres in San Diego next.
Buehrle lasts five to pick up the win vs. Rox 06-19-2013
Mark Buehrle P TOR
Mark Buehrle allowed two runs over five innings to earn the win against the Rockies on Wednesday. Buehrle wasn't sharp, as he allowed eight hits and a walk on the evening, but he was good enough to pick up his fourth win. The southpaw has started to find his groove of late, as his ERA is down to 4.60 after spending much of the first two months above 6. He'll try to get his record above .500 on Tuesday as he takes on the Rays in Tampa.
Jonathan Papelbon blows second save 06-19-2013
Jonathan Papelbon P WAS
Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save of the season Wednesday, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in a loss to the Nationals. Papelbon retired the next two hitters after a leadoff single, but he then walked Adam LaRoche before Jayson Werth poked one into left field to knot things up. It was the second blown save of the series for Paps. The Nationals wound up winning in extra innings.
Ian Desmond's grand slam wins it for Nats 06-19-2013
Ian Desmond 1B COL
Ian Desmond's 11th-inning grand slam propelled the Nationals to a comeback win over the Phillies Wednesday. Desmond was hitless with three strikeouts in his first four plate appearances, but he came through in extras, depositing a Michael Stutes hanger into the left-center field seats. The shortstop is now hitting .280 with 10 homers and 38 RBI on the season.
Nicasio takes 3rd loss at hands of Blue Jays 06-19-2013
Juan Nicasio P PIT
Juan Nicasio allowed four runs -- two earned -- in five innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Nicasio was hurt mostly by one swing, an Adam Lind three-run homer in the first inning. Otherwise he was fairly effective, limiting the Blue Jays to a total of four hits and a walk on the night. With Jeff Francis being sent to Triple-A, it appears Nicasio's spot in the rotation is safe for now. He'll go again Tuesday in an interleague tilt with the Red Sox in Boston.
Medlen goes seven strong, Braves top Mets 5-3 06-19-2013
Kris Medlen P KC
Kris Medlen allowed three runs -- one earned -- in seven innings as the Braves topped the Mets 5-3 on Wednesday. Medlen bounced back from a loss his last time out to limit the Mets to just six hits in his seven innings. He also struck out seven while walking none, continuing a trend in his last six starts in which he has a 33:3 K:BB ratio. His performance of late is much more like the Medlen we saw in 2012 than it was earlier in the season. His next start is scheduled against the Royals in KC on Tuesday.
Francisco Lindor posts impressive first half 06-19-2013
Francisco Lindor SS CLE
Francisco Lindor, the eighth overall selection from the 2011 draft, posted a very impressive first half to his season while being named to the Carolina League All-Star team. The 19-year-old shortstop has certainly held his own during his first taste of High-A ball, hitting .300/.375/.400 with one homer, 23 RBI and 18 stolen bases while playing tremendous defense. He's still a few years away from making an impact for the Indians, but has given no reason to doubt his immense potential thus far.
Johnson homers, drives in three against Mets 06-19-2013
Chris Johnson 3B MIA
Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as the Braves beat the Mets on Wednesday. For as good as Johnson has been this year, the homer was surprisingly just his fourth on the year and first since May 13. The Braves recently dealt Johnson's handcuff, Juan Francisco, in what amounted to a vote of confidence in the 28-year-old. He's responded with a .319/.355/.463 line in 56 games.
Marcum still winless as Mets fall to Braves 06-19-2013
Shaun Marcum P CLE
Shaun Marcum fell to 0-9 as he allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Braves on Wednesday. Marcum hasn't been as awful as his record would indicate, but he's now turned in two subpar starts in a row that have seen his ERA balloon from 4.96 to 5.76. Marcum's control failed him on Wednesday, as he walked a season-high four batters to go along with six hits allowed. At this point, it's not hard to see Marcum being the odd man out when Zack Wheeler arrives in New York for good.
B.J. Upton doubles, scores in win over Mets 06-19-2013
Melvin Upton CF TOR
B.J. Upton went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the Braves' win over the Mets on Wednesday. June has been by far Upton's best month at the dish, as he now has more runs batted in this month (9) than he had in the first two months combined (8). He's hitting a modest .255 in 18 June games, but that, too, is a season high for a month. It's certainly been a first half to forget for the elder Upton, but he's capable of getting hot and producing in bunches at a moment's notice.
Justin Masterson picks up ninth win 06-19-2013
Justin Masterson P BOS
Justin Masterson held the Royals to two runs over 6 1/3 frames in Wednesday's 6-3 victory. Masterson struck out eight but wasn't overly sharp, as he allowed nine hits and walked a pair. Just one of the hits went for extra bases, though. Masterson now has nine victories and will bring a nice 3.48 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into next week's start in Baltimore.
Luis Mendoza loses it in a hurry Wed. 06-19-2013
Luis Mendoza P KC
Luis Mendoza yielded four runs on four hits and three walks over just five innings in Wednesday's loss to the Indians. Things turned sour in a hurry for Mendoza, who held the Tribe hitless through the first four frames. Michael Brantley took him deep to lead off the fifth, and Mendoza allowed the first five batters to reach in the sixth before getting yanked. Mendoza has mostly pitched well of late but still sports a 4.30 ERA and 1.45 WHIP for the season. He'll get the Braves at home next.
Michael Brantley homers twice in Indians' win 06-19-2013
Michael Brantley LF CLE
Michael Brantley had a pair of solo homers and three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Royals. Brantley's solo shot to lead off the fifth was the Tribe's first hit of the game, and his solo blast in the eighth extended their lead to 6-2. The outfielder entered the night hitting just .173/.241/.192 with one extra-base hit in June, so it was a much-needed breakout.
Alex Gordon goes 0-for-5 Wednesday 06-19-2013
Alex Gordon LF KC
Alex Gordon went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Indians. Gordon has really scuffled in June, batting just .154 over 17 games. He still sports a .288/.344/.416 batting line with six homers and 36 RBI, so fantasy owners can't complain too much.
Puig homers again, Dodgers split doubleheader 06-19-2013
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a home run, leading the Dodgers to a 6-0 victory over the Yankees in the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader in New York. Puig was 2-for-5 in the early game but the Dodgers lost 6-4. The young Cuban phenom is batting .474/.500/.789 with five home runs, two stolen bases, 11 runs scored and 11 RBI over his first 59 plate appearances in the major leagues. He is already a fantasy monster.
Chris Capuano goes six scoreless in victory 06-19-2013
Chris Capuano P MLW
Chris Capuano tossed six shutout innings on Wednesday evening as the Dodgers won the second half of a doubleheader against the Yankees. It was his first start since suffering a lat strain in late May and he looked excellent, yielding only three total hits. Capuano struck out four and did not give up a walk, throwing 51 of his 84 pitches for strikes. Still, he has a 4.62 ERA and 1.36 WHIP on the season and is not always a reliable streaming option in mixed leagues. The left-hander will get the Giants at home next time out.
Hughes allows five runs in loss to Dodgers 06-19-2013
Phil Hughes P MIN
Phil Hughes was shelled for five earned runs over six innings as the Yankees dropped the second half of a doubleheader on Wednesday night against the Dodgers. It was another underwhelming outing for the 26-year-old right-hander. Hughes did not issue a walk and struck out three, but he surrendered a total of 10 hits and got no support from the Yankees offense. He will carry a 3-6 record and 5.09 ERA into his next start at home against a dangerous Rangers team.
A.J. Burnett 'has been nowhere near a mound' 06-19-2013
A.J. Burnett P PIT
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said A.J. Burnett (calf) "has been nowhere near a mound" since being placed on the disabled list.

Burnett hasn't pitched since June 8, and it appears he's not terribly close to being activated. "We're working on flexibility, mobility and strengthening," Hurdle said. "That's not to say that can't change in another 24 hours with A.J. He's really tried to not do some things at all and do a lot of things. As far as his rehab goes, he didn't want to do anything as far as moving around other than strengthening, loosening and working on the flexion part of it."
Mike Zagurski elects free agency 06-19-2013
Mike Zagurski P CLE
Mike Zagurski has elected free agency. Zagurski cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but he's decided to look for an opportunity elsewhere. He posted a 15.00 ERA in six games for the Pirates.
Jeanmar Gomez terrific in rehab start 06-19-2013
Jeanmar Gomez P PHI
Jeanmar Gomez (forearm) struck out four over five hitless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday. He walked one batter, needing just 52 pitches to cover the five frames. Gomez allowed one earned run over three frames in his first rehab start. The righty appears to be ready to be activated and seems likely to return to the Pirates' rotation given the team's injuries.
Wilkin Ramirez to begin rehab assignment 06-19-2013
Wilkin Ramirez RF MIN
Wilkin Ramirez (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Fort Myers on Thursday.

Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
Ramirez was cleared after passing a concussion test. He's been out since late May and would figure to need a handful of games before being activated.
Manny Ramirez would like to return to MLB 06-19-2013
Manny Ramirez LF OAK
Manny Ramirez's agent, Barry Praver, told FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi Wednesday that his client would like to return to Major League Baseball.

Jon Paul Morosi on Twitter
Ramirez has been taken off the roster of the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League after batting .352/.422/.555 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 206 plate appearances. There's been speculation that the 41-year-old could go to Japan, but his first choice would surely be to return to the states. Whether anyone would have interest in him remains to be seen.
Eric Young Jr. to play often for Mets 06-19-2013
Eric Young Jr. CF NYY
Mets manager Terry Collins plans to play new acquisition Eric Young Jr. often.

"We'll probably play him quite often to see what he brings to the table," Collins said. "We're hoping he brings something that we haven't had since Jose [Reyes]." Young was in center field and hitting leadoff on Wednesday in his first game with the Mets. Fantasy owners in need of steals should scoop him up.
Perez to be re-evaluated after pen session 06-19-2013
Chris Perez P MLW
Chris Perez (shoulder) will be re-evaluated after a bullpen session on Friday.

Perez had been scheduled for activation that day, but that's been pushed back after he allowed three homers and five runs in a rehab appearance Tuesday. He's feeling fine physically, but the Indians want him to work on his mechanics, as they think he was coming open a little too soon in his delivery. Vinnie Pestano will continue to close for the Tribe for now.
Michael Morse returns to lineup 06-19-2013
Michael Morse 1B PIT
Michael Morse is back in the Mariners' lineup Wednesday.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Morse sat out Tuesday due to his nagging right quad injury. He's been playing first base lately in order to limit his running, which means Justin Smoak is on the bench.
Trevor Cahill expected to make next start 06-19-2013
Trevor Cahill P SD
Trevor Cahill (hip) is expected to be ready for his next start.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
Cahill had to leave Wednesday's game after taking a first-inning Marcell Ozuna line drive off his right hip. His removal was a precaution, though, and he'll be fine for a start early next week against the Nationals.
Madison Bumgarner defeats Padres 06-19-2013
Madison Bumgarner P SF
Madison Bumgarner held the Padres to two runs and three hits over seven innings to earn his seventh victory Wednesday. Will Venable and Jesus Guzman homered off Bumgarner, but none of the four walks (one intentional) did any damage. It's the first time this season that Bumgarner has allowed multiple homers in a game. He's won three straight starts after a May swoon, and he has his ERA back down to 3.25. Next up for him is an outing against the Dodgers.
Cody Ross had been having contact issues 06-19-2013
Cody Ross RF OAK
Cody Ross has been dealing with contact issues due to the dry climate in Arizona.

Jack Magruder on Twitter
Ross paid a visit to the eye doctor, who evidently fixed the issue, as the outfielder launched a pinch-hit three-run homer Wednesday. Perhaps he's due for a hot streak with his vision issues behind him.
Luke Gregerson takes blown save and loss 06-19-2013
Luke Gregerson P HOU
Luke Gregerson gave up hits to all four Giants he faced and took a blown save and a loss on Wednesday. Gregerson has already pushed back into a setup role with Huston Street back, but he's still struggling. He's given up six runs and 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings in his last five appearances.
Tyson Ross fans five in relief 06-19-2013
Tyson Ross P TEX
Tyson Ross struck out all five Giants he faced out of the pen on Wednesday. He needed just 21 pitches to do it, too. The Padres said last month that Ross was going to get another shot in the rotation, but nothing of late suggests that they're intending to make that happen anytime soon. He ha a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings since coming off the DL and joining the pen.
Cody Ross delivers big homer for Arizona 06-19-2013
Cody Ross RF OAK
Cody Ross delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer off Mike Dunn in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Diamondbacks past the Marlins on Wednesday. The untradeable Mike Dunn, that is. Ross has been flat-out horrible against right-handers this year, which is part of the reason he was out of the starting lineup today, but he's still killing lefties to the turn of a .387 average in 62 at-bats. All three of his homers have come off southpaws. He made a winner of David Hernandez with the blast today.
Rockies to option Jeff Francis to Triple-A 06-19-2013
Jeff Francis P TOR
The Rockies will option Jeff Francis to Triple-A Colorado Springs prior to Thursday's game.

Denver Post
The move won't be made official until the Rockies call up Roy Oswalt. The club is hoping that Francis will agree to stick around for depth, but he has the option of choosing free agency because of his major league service time. He's put up a 6.58 ERA and 1.56 WHIP this season and wouldn't figure to net a major league deal elsewhere.
Josh Collmenter goes six scoreless in relief 06-19-2013
Josh Collmenter P ATL
Josh Collmenter allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings and struck out seven in relief of an injured Trevor Cahill against the Marlins on Wednesday. Collmenter missed out on a start Tuesday, as the Diamondbacks picked Randall Delgado instead. He got what essentially was a start today anyway and was outstanding, though he didn't get a win out of it. He's 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 40 2/3 innings out of the pen this season.
Heath Bell gives up homer in fourth straight 06-19-2013
Heath Bell P WAS
Heath Bell gave up a homer in a fourth straight appearance Wednesday, yet he still picked up his 13th save against the Marlins. The homer by Justin Ruggiano only brought the Marlins to within 3-1. Bell, however, did allow a hit and a walk afterwards as part of a 31-pitch ninth inning. Fortunately for him, the Diamondbacks now have Thursday off, giving him a chance to recover. Bell, though, is leaving the door wide open for J.J. Putz to reclaim closing duties should Putz's rehab progress as hoped.
David Freese sitting out Wednesday 06-19-2013
David Freese 3B PIT
David Freese is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a day off for Freese, who grounded into three double plays and struck out in his four at-bats Tuesday. Daniel Descalso is getting the start at third base.
Jose Fernandez gets a tough-luck loss 06-19-2013
Jose Fernandez P MIA
Jose Fernandez was a hard-luck loser Wednesday after being charged with two runs in 7 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks. Both of those runs scored on a Cody Ross three-run homer after Fernandez departed. Fernandez allowed just three hits for the third time in his last four starts. He has a 1.65 ERA in 27 1/3 innings during June.
Justin Ruggiano homers against Arizona 06-19-2013
Justin Ruggiano RF NYM
Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-4 and homered for the Marlins' only run Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. The homer came off former teammate Heath Bell in the ninth. It's the third straight start in which Ruggiano has collected two hits. Unfortunately, those three games have been spread out over 11 days. He's in line for more at-bats while he's hot, but the Marlins will probably go primarily with their younger outfielders as the season progresses
Roger Bernadina scratched from lineup 06-19-2013
Roger Bernadina CF COL
Roger Bernadina was scratched from Wednesday's lineup after getting something in his eye.

Dan Kolko on Twitter
It's no big deal, as Bernadina is available off the bench. Steve Lombardozzi is now starting in left field Wednesday.
Eric Chavez nearing rehab assignment 06-19-2013
Eric Chavez 3B ARZ
Eric Chavez (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment as soon as next week.

"Everything has been good -- hitting, running, throwing," Chavez said. "I didn't know really what to expect, but [it's] gone really good." Chavez has already missed three weeks of action and doesn't figure to be activated until the tail end of June, at the earliest.
Dewayne Wise delayed by rib injury 06-19-2013
Dewayne Wise CF CWS
Dewayne Wise's (hamstring) return is being delayed by a rib injury.

Mark Gonzales on Twitter
Wise has played in three rehab games and seems to be over his hamstring ailment, but now he has a new injury to deal with. It's not clear how long this will set him back.
Ruben Tejada not progressing as hoped 06-19-2013
Ruben Tejada SS SF
Ruben Tejada (quad) remains unable to do any lateral movements.

ESPN New York
Tejada is limited to fielding grounders hit right at him, as well as hitting off a tee. He missed seven weeks with a right quad strain last season, and it's looking like he could miss that much time again, which would put his return in mid-July.
David DeJesus expected to miss a month 06-19-2013
David DeJesus LF LAA
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday that he expects David DeJesus (shoulder) to miss about a month.

Patrick Mooney on Twitter
DeJesus on Monday was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain, an injury he suffered when he slammed into the center field fence last Friday. The Cubs will use Ryan Sweeney as their primary center fielder while DeJesus is out.
Asdrubal Cabrera (quad) to take BP on Friday 06-19-2013
Asdrubal Cabrera SS NYM
Asdrubal Cabrera (quad) will take batting practice Friday for the first time since hitting the DL.

Paul Hoynes on Twitter
Cabrera has been on the shelf since June 4 because of a right quad strain. He should be cleared to return to the Indians' active roster in less than two weeks.
Hamilton hitting seventh for Angels Wednesday 06-19-2013
Josh Hamilton LF TEX
Josh Hamilton is batting seventh Wednesday for the first time since signing with the Angels.

Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
Hamilton has hit primarily second, fourth or fifth in the Anaheim batting order but will get a big bump to seventh on Wednesday night. The $125 million man is sporting a rough .213/.269/.388 slash line this season.
Jeter (ankle) takes round of BP down in Tampa 06-19-2013
Derek Jeter SS NYY
Derek Jeter (ankle) took batting practice Wednesday for the first time since his second ankle fracture.

Andy McCullough on Twitter
It's another big step for the rehabbing shortstop, who is working out at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. Jeter has been hitting off a tee and doing light fielding drills for about a week and is currently on track to return to the Yankees' active roster shortly after the All-Star break.
Marshall (shoulder) long-tossing from 120 ft. 06-19-2013
Sean Marshall P CIN
Sean Marshall (shoulder) is long-tossing at 120 feet.

Cincinnati Enquirer
"He threw very well today," Reds trainer Paul Lessard told reporters on Wednesday evening. Marshall is expected to return from the disabled list around early July.
Broxton is almost ready to resume throwing 06-19-2013
Jonathan Broxton P STL
Jonathan Broxton (elbow) is expected to resume throwing at some point this weekend.

Cincinnati Enquirer
Broxton has been idle since being placed on the disabled list June 14 with a right elbow flexor strain. "He's been working on strengthening it," trainer Paul Lessard said Wednesday. "He finally has his full range of motion back. We wanted to get it flushed out."
Price to make rehab start at High-A on Friday 06-19-2013
David Price P BOS
David Price (triceps) is scheduled to make his first rehab start on Friday with High-A Charlotte.

Roger Mooney on Twitter
Price will have to make at least two total starts in the minor leagues before the Rays consider activating him from the disabled list. The ace left-hander has been sidelined since May 15 with a left triceps strain. He felt "great" after a bullpen session Tuesday.
Cahill diagnosed with contusion on right hip 06-19-2013
Trevor Cahill P SD
Trevor Cahill has been diagnosed with a hip contusion.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
Cahill suffered the bruise Wednesday when he took a first-inning Marcell Ozuna line drive off his upper right leg. It's an injury that will heal in a couple of days and should not affect the right-hander's schedule much.
Dodgers activate Capuano for Wednesday start 06-19-2013
Chris Capuano P MLW
Dodgers activated LHP Chris Capuano from the 15-day disabled list. Capuano will start against the Yankees in the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader. The left-hander wound up missing a little under three weeks with a left lat strain. He has an ugly 5.45 ERA in 33 innings this year.
Dodgers option Alex Castellanos to Triple-A 06-19-2013
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Dodgers optioned OF Alex Castellanos to Triple-A Albuquerque. Castellanos went 2-for-9 during his week-long stay in the majors. He should get another shot later this year.
Hiroku Kuroda picks up win over Dodgers 06-19-2013
Hiroki Kuroda P NYY
Facing his old team for the first time, Hiroki Kuroda outdueled Hyun-Jin Ryu with 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball as the Yankees beat the Dodgers 6-4 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Yankees were up 3-0 when Ryu left after six before Kuroda gave up both of his runs in the seventh. Fortunately, the Yankees were able to build on from there, and the two-run home run that Preston Claiborne gave up to Hanley Ramirez in the eighth didn't cost Kuroda the win. It was his first since May 17. The Yankees had scored a total of seven runs in his previous five starts.
Ichiro goes 3-for-4, hits third homer 06-19-2013
Ichiro Suzuki RF MIA
Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees. Ichiro has done his best work against lefties this year, but the homer off Hyun-Jin Ryu today was his first off a southpaw. He's batting .326 in 52 at-bats this month. He's also 4-for-5 stealing bases, with the one caught stealing coming on a bad call.
Hanley Ramirez goes 4-for-4, homers 06-19-2013
Hanley Ramirez 1B BOS
Hanley Ramirez went 4-for-4 and hit a two-run homer as the Dodgers' designated hitter in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader. The availability of the DH in New York this week was well timed for Hanley, who is still dealing with a balky hamstring. No word yet on whether he'll play the field, DH again or sit in the nightcap versus the Yankees.
Chris Davis homers twice as O's rout Tigers 06-19-2013
Chris Davis 1B BAL
Chris Davis crushed his 25th and 26th home runs Wednesday as the Orioles pounded the Tigers 13-3. Both were two-run shots; he had one off Rick Porcello in the fourth and another off Jose Valverde in the ninth. He also mixed in a ground-rule double, giving him five RBI on the day. After going eight games without an RBI earlier this month, Davis has come back with six homers and 14 RBI in his last eight games. He's also overtaken Miguel Cabrera for the AL lead in OPS.
Rick Porcello gives up six runs in defeat 06-19-2013
Rick Porcello P BOS
Rick Porcello was tagged for six runs in six innings by the Orioles in a loss Wednesday. Coming off four straight excellent starts, Porcello appeared on the way to another nice outing today, at least until the fourth. He gave up all six runs and seven hits in that frame before coming back with perfect fifth and sixth innings afterwards. One bad innings doesn't necessarily mean that his strong run is over, but it does put a damper on things. Fortunately, he'll miss the Red Sox this weekend and get the Angels next time out.
Swisher (shoulder) expected to return on Sat. 06-19-2013
Nick Swisher 1B ATL
Nick Swisher (shoulder) is expected to return to the Indians' starting lineup this Saturday.

Paul Hoynes on Twitter
That's contingent on a batting practice session going well on Friday. Swisher hasn't placed since last Saturday because of a sore left shoulder. He was given a cortisone injection to treat the discomfort earlier this week and is apparently feeling much better.
Jose Valverde lit up in blowout 06-19-2013
Jose Valverde P SD
Mopping up against the Orioles, Jose Valverde gave up four runs and five hits in the ninth Wednesday. The Tigers were already down 9-3, so Valverde's showing didn't hurt the team. It did, however, demonstrate once again why he's a really hard guy to trust. When Chris Davis took him deep today, it upped his total to six homers allowed in 19 1/3 innings.
Tigers option Avisail Garcia back to Triple-A 06-19-2013
Avisail Garcia RF CWS
Tigers optioned OF Avisail Garcia to Triple-A Toledo. Garcia was up in the bigs for only a few days this time around. The 22-year-old outfielder has a .279/.315/.441 batting line in 25 major league games this season.
Nate McLouth goes 3-for-5 in rout 06-19-2013
Nate McLouth LF WAS
Nate McLouth went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a steal and two runs scored against the Tigers on Wednesday. McLouth was hitting .226/.344/.264 in 53 at-bats for the month entering the day. But even though he hasn't hit for average since April, he's still drawing walks and stealing bases. While McLouth, with 24, is seven steals behind Jacoby Ellsbury for the AL lead, he has eight more than anyone else in the circuit.
David Ross to visit a concussion specialist 06-19-2013
David Ross C CHC
David Ross will visit concussion specialist Dr. Mickey Collins on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Scott Lauber on Twitter
Ross has been bothered by post-concussion symptoms since mid-May and was officially placed back on the disabled list on Tuesday night. He is out indefinitely.
Prince Fielder goes hitless in loss 06-19-2013
Prince Fielder DH TEX
Prince Fielder went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and is without a homer since June 4. Fielder has been hitting for average of late, but except for a three-game surge at the beginning of the month, the power hasn't been there. He has a total of five homers and 27 RBI in 44 games since May 1 after totaling seven homers and 27 RBI in 25 games in April. Fortunately, since he's hitting behind Miguel Cabrera, he's still driving in runs with singles and doubles.
Perez (shoulder) won't be activated on Friday 06-19-2013
Chris Perez P MLW
Chris Perez (shoulder) will not be activated from the disabled list this Friday.

Nick Camino on Twitter
The original plan was to bring him back for the weekend but Perez yielded three homers (and five runs in total) during a rehab appearance Tuesday night at Double-A Akron. The Indians want to get him a little more work against minor league competition. Vinnie Pestano will remain the Indians' primary ninth-inning man.
Brett Lawrie (ankle) takes grounders and BP 06-19-2013
Brett Lawrie 2B CWS
Brett Lawrie (ankle) took grounders and some light batting practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
It's a nice step in the right direction for the young third baseman, who injured his ankle on a slide on May 27. He should be cleared to run the bases in about one week. Then comes the minor league rehab assignment. The best guess right now is that he's back in early July.
Jose Reyes (ankle) jumping to AAA on Friday 06-19-2013
Jose Reyes 3B NYM
Jose Reyes (ankle) will join Triple-A Buffalo on Friday to continue his rehab assignment.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
He'll be just one step away from activation at that point. Reyes, who has been on the shelf since April 12 with a severe ankle sprain, is 3-for-8 through his first two rehab games at High-A Dunedin. He should be back in the Blue Jays' starting lineup in less than a week.
MRI on Morrow's forearm shows nothing major 06-19-2013
Brandon Morrow P SD
An MRI taken Wednesday on Brandon Morrow's troublesome right forearm showed no major damage.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
Morrow felt lingering discomfort in his forearm Monday after going two innings in a rehab start at High-A Dunedin. He will refrain from throwing for a week or so to let the inflammation that is bothering him go away. Morrow remains sidelined indefinitely.
Cahill leaves game after taking liner off leg 06-19-2013
Trevor Cahill P SD
Trevor Cahill was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Marlins after taking a line drive off his leg. Cahill got hit on the leg in the first inning and tried to come out to pitch the second but couldn't make it through his warmup tosses. He threw a scoreless first frame. It did not appear to be a serious injury.
Mets place Atchison (groin) on 15-day DL 06-19-2013
Scott Atchison P MIN
Mets placed RHP Scott Atchison on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain. Atchison suffered the injured while warming up during Tuesday's doubleheader. The veteran right-hander just made it back after missing a month with elbow inflammation, but now he'll need to miss at least two more weeks.
Coco Crisp not in Wednesday's lineup 06-19-2013
Coco Crisp LF CLE
Coco Crisp is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rangers.

Oakland Athletics on Twitter
No word on the reason for his absence, though he has been bothered by a heel injury recently. Chris Young is starting in center field.
Eric Young Jr. batting leadoff in Mets' debut 06-19-2013
Eric Young Jr. CF NYY
Eric Young, Jr. will bat leadoff and start in center field in his Mets' debut Wednesday against the Braves.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
Young was acquired from the Rockies on Tuesday night in exchange for right-hander Collin McHugh. The 28-year-old was batting just .242/.290/.352 with the Rockies this season, but he has plenty of speed and could receive regular playing time in the Mets' outfield. He's someone to keep in mind if you need stolen bases in deeper mixed formats.
Casilla (knee) to throw bullpen Thursday 06-19-2013
Santiago Casilla P OAK
Santiago Casilla (knee) will throw a bullpen session Thursday.

Casey Pratt on Twitter
It will be his first since he had a cyst removed from his right knee last month. While Casilla was originally expected to be out until the second half of the season, it appears he could rejoin the Giants' bullpen prior to the All-Star break.
Heyward not in Wednesday's lineup vs. Mets 06-19-2013
Jason Heyward RF CHC
Jason Heyward is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Mets.

Mark Bowman on Twitter
Heyward played both games in Tuesday's doubleheader, so he'll get a breather. Jordan Schafer is making the start in right field Wednesday.
Anthony Rizzo back in Wednesday's lineup 06-19-2013
Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
Anthony Rizzo is back in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
The struggling first baseman was given the day off Tuesday. Rizzo is batting just .157 this month and hasn't homered since May 18.
Choo batting second Wednesday vs. the Pirates 06-19-2013
Shin-Soo Choo DH TEX
Shin-Soo Choo will bat second Wednesday against the Pirates.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Meanwhile, Derrick Robinson will bat leadoff against left-hander Jeff Locke. It's worth noting that Reds manager Dusty Baker had the same arrangement last week when southpaw Travis Wood was on the hill for the Cubs.
Sandoval (foot) to begin rehab stint on Sat. 06-19-2013
Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS
Pablo Sandoval (foot) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with High-A San Jose.

Henry Schulman on Twitter
It was previously reported that he would begin his rehab assignment on Friday, but it will actually start one day later. Either way, he could be activated from the disabled list when the Giants begin a three-game series in Los Angeles on Monday.
Padres release INF James Darnell 06-19-2013
James Darnell 3B TB
Padres released INF James Darnell.

Corey Brock on Twitter
Darnell cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The 26-year-old is done for the season due to a left shoulder injury and could require another surgery.
Reyes (ankle) has two hits in rehab game 06-19-2013
Jose Reyes 3B NYM
Jose Reyes (ankle) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base Wednesday in his latest rehab game with High-A Dunedin.

John Lott on Twitter
Reyes is now 5-for-12 over his first three rehab games. The Jays' shortstop will likely move to a higher minor league affiliate soon, but he should rejoin the Blue Jays at some point next week if all goes according to plan.
Pagan (hamstring) to begin rehab stint Thu. 06-19-2013
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with High-A San Jose.

Amy Gutierrez on Twitter
Pagan received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his hamstring last week and is no longer dealing with soreness. He's slated to play five innings in his return to game action Thursday. It's not clear how many games he'll need, but he appears on track to rejoin the Giants before the end of the month.
Brewers recall OF Prince from Triple-A 06-19-2013
Josh Prince CF MLW
Brewers recalled OF Josh Prince from Triple-A Nashville. Prince will provide some outfield depth while Norichika Aoki is away on paternity leave. The 25-year-old went 1-for-5 in six games with the Brewers earlier this season.
Norichika Aoki placed on paternity leave list 06-19-2013
Nori Aoki LF HOU
Brewers placed OF Norichika Aoki on the paternity leave list. Aoki has left the team to be present for the birth of his second child. He is permitted to be away for 24 to 72 hours. Josh Prince has been called up to replace him on the active roster.
Padres recall OF Jaff Decker from Triple-A 06-19-2013
Jaff Decker LF TB
Padres recalled OF Jaff Decker from Triple-A Tucson. He'll take the place of Everth Cabrera (hamstring) on the active roster. Decker didn't get an at-bat during a brief stint with the Padres last week, but he should stick around a bit longer this time.
Padres place Everth Cabrera (hamstring) on DL 06-19-2013
Everth Cabrera SS SF
Padres placed SS Everth Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 17, with a mild left hamstring strain. Cabrera suffered the injury trying to steal second base on Sunday. He'll be eligible to return around the start of July and there's a chance he'll be ready by then. Alexi Amarista and Pedro Ciriaco should see playing time at shortstop when he's sidelined.
Crawford (fingers) not in Wednesday's lineup 06-19-2013
Brandon Crawford SS SF
Brandon Crawford (fingers) is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

Amy Gutierrez on Twitter
Not surprising, as Crawford sprained the index and middle fingers on his right hand during Tuesday's game and is dealing with some swelling. There's a chance he could return Thursday. Joaquin Arias is starting at shortstop Wednesday while Tony Abreu plays third.
Jake Arrieta to pitch as starter in minors 06-19-2013
Jake Arrieta P CHC
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Jake Arrieta will join the starting rotation with Triple-A Norfolk.

Baltimore Sun
Arrieta was optioned to the minors after he gave up five runs on 10 hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings Monday in a spot-start against the Tigers. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 7.23 ERA in five starts in the majors this season and a 5.50 ERA in six starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A, but the Orioles aren't considering changing his role yet.
Reimold (hammy) feels good after rehab game 06-19-2013
Nolan Reimold RF BAL
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Nolan Reimold (hamstring) felt good after his first rehab game with Double-A Bowie on Tuesday.

Eddie A. Encina on Twitter
Reimold, out since May 11 with a right hamstring strain, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter. He's slated to start in left field on Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, he should rejoin the Orioles' lineup by the end of the month.
Padres to call Jaff Decker from Triple-A 06-19-2013
Jaff Decker LF TB
Jaff Decker will be recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Wednesday.

Corey Brock on Twitter
He'll fill the roster spot of Everth Cabrera, who will be placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Decker had a brief stint with the Padres last week, but didn't get an at-bat. The 26-year-old is a .264/.403/.452 hitter over parts of six seasons in the minors.
Report: Suspensions likely in Biogenesis case 06-19-2013
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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that people who have spoken with MLB investigators feel it's likely that "at least some" suspensions will be issued in the Biogenesis case.

MLB has begun interviewing players associated with the case, though they have yet to talk to Ryan Braun or Alex Rodriguez, seemingly because they want to gather enough evidence before confronting them. Interestingly, Heyman notes that MLB officials believe the league's Joint Drug Agreement may allow it to announce suspensions before any appeal process because the names involved have already been leaked. The MLBPA obviously wouldn't be happy with that. While Braun and Rodriguez have garnered most of the attention in the case, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero are among the other players who have been connected to the now-shuttered clinic.
Nationals will keep Danny Espinosa in minors 06-19-2013
Danny Espinosa 2B LAA
Nationals activated 2B Danny Espinosa from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. An expected move, as Espinosa batted just .118 (2-for-17) with 10 strikeouts over six rehab games in Triple-A. His wrist is apparently feeling better, but he'll need to have better results before returning to the majors. Anthony Rendon will continue to handle second base duties for the Nats for now.
Harper (knee) to begin baseball activity soon 06-19-2013
Bryce Harper RF WAS
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday that Bryce Harper (knee) will resume baseball activities in "the next day or two."

Adam Kilgore on Twitter
Harper continues to make progress, as he was cleared to progress toward running following a visit to the team doctor earlier this week. While he could begin baseball activities within the next couple of days, there's no timetable for him to return to game action. The 20-year-old outfielder has been sidelined since May 26 with left knee bursitis.
Norris says he'd like to pitch with Giants 06-19-2013
Bud Norris P LAD
Bud Norris told FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi that it would be a "dream come true" to pitch for the Giants.

FOX Sports
With the Astros in rebuilding mode, Norris is an obvious candidate to be traded this summer. While he's fully aware that he can't control his destiny, he would welcome a trade to the Giants, who could be in the market for pitching. "It gives you goose bumps when you think about it," said Norris. "Obviously growing up there, being a big Giants fan - and I rooted for the A's, too, in the area, but I was more of a Giants fan. That's a possibility. It's all trade rumors, as they say. But if it were to happen, it would be a dream come true for me to play for my childhood team." Norris, who is under team control through 2015, has a 3.64 ERA and 61/28 K/BB ratio in 89 innings across 15 starts this season.
Roberts (knee, hammy) doing sprints 06-19-2013
Brian Roberts 2B NYY
Brian Roberts (knee, hamstring) began doing sprints Tuesday.

Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter
Roberts has been hitting for a little while now, but he'll need to run without restrictions before being cleared to return to game action. As of now, he's hoping to begin a rehab assignment after the Orioles' roadtrip ends on Sunday.
Matt Wieters not in Wednesday's lineup 06-19-2013
Matt Wieters C BAL
Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

Eddie A. Encina on Twitter
He's getting the day off with the early start time. Taylor Teagarden will start behind the plate and catch Chris Tillman.
Hanley Ramirez to DH on Wednesday 06-19-2013
Hanley Ramirez 1B BOS
Hanley Ramirez will serve as the designated hitter in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

Dylan Hernandez on Twitter
This will give Ramirez's hamstring a bit of a rest. Nick Punto will make the start at shortstop.
Torii Hunter not in Wednesday's lineup 06-19-2013
Torii Hunter RF MIN
Torii Hunter is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Orioles.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
He's likely just getting the day off. Don Kelly is starting in right field.
Utley (oblique) begins rehab stint Wednesday 06-19-2013
Chase Utley 2B LAD
Chase Utley (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Reading.

Todd Zolecki on Twitter
Report: Manny Ramirez leaves team in Taiwan 06-19-2013
Manny Ramirez LF OAK
According to the blog Manny Does Taiwan, Manny Ramirez has been taken off the roster of the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Manny Does Taiwan
Ramirez is slated to leave the country on June 21. No word on the reason for him leaving the team, though there has been some speculation that he could be headed to Japan. The 41-year-old slugger batted .352/.422/.555 with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 206 plate appearances during his time with the Rhinos.
Danny Espinosa could stay in minors 06-19-2013
Danny Espinosa 2B LAA
Danny Espinosa (wrist) could stay in the minors once his 20-day rehab window expires.

Washington Post
Espinosa's wrist is feeling better, but it hasn't shown in his performance thus far in Triple-A, as he's hitting just .118 (2-for-17) with 10 strikeouts over his first six games. Anthony Rendon is playing well during his absence, so there's no reason to make a change if Espinosa continues to struggle during his rehab stint.
Burgos (shoulder) makes second rehab start 06-19-2013
Hiram Burgos P MLW
Hiram Burgos (shoulder) allowed two runs in four innings for High-A Brevard County on Tuesday in his second minor league rehab start.

Burgos, who is working his way back from a right shoulder impingement, struck out four and walked none. It's not clear if he'll require another rehab start. The 25-year-old right-hander has a 6.44 ERA and 18/11 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings over six starts this season.
Ryan Vogelsong has pins removed from hand 06-19-2013
Ryan Vogelsong P PIT
Ryan Vogelsong had all five pins removed from his surgically-repaired right hand on Tuesday.

That's good news for Vogelsong, who originally expected to only have two or three pins removed. He'll now have the ability to perform more mobility and flexibility exercises, some of them earlier than expected. As of now, the Giants are hoping to get Vogelsong back near the end of July.
Brandon Crawford (fingers) could return Thu. 06-19-2013
Brandon Crawford SS SF
Brandon Crawford (fingers) is expected to miss Wednesday's game.

Amy Gutierrez on Twitter
Crawford sprained the index and middle fingers on his right hand during Tuesday's win over the Padres. His fingers were swollen and he couldn't grip a ball, but it sounds like there's a chance he could return Thursday. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.
Everth Cabrera (hamstring) headed to DL 06-19-2013
Everth Cabrera SS SF
Everth Cabrera (hamstring) is expected to be placed on the disabled list Wednesday.

Corey Brock on Twitter
Cabrera injured his left hamstring during Sunday's game and will now receive some extended rest. It's too bad, as the 26-year-old is in the midst of a breakout season. Alexi Amarista and Pedro Ciriaco figures to split playing time at shortstop during his absence.
Yoervis Medina records first career save 06-19-2013
Yoervis Medina P PIT
Yoervis Medina pitched a perfect bottom of the 10th in a 3-2 game to earn the save as the Mariners edged the Angels on Tuesday. Medina might have been in line for the save in the ninth anyway, given that Oliver Perez was used to pitch a scoreless seventh with the Mariners up 2-1. Tom Wilhelmsen let that lead get away in the eighth, but the Mariners reclaimed it in the 10th after Erick Aybar couldn't quite get a handle on Kendrys Morales' sharp liner over his head. Medina went on to retire Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick in order for the save. He's now a candidate for more saves, though he has the same sort of control troubles as Wilhelmsen. Even after tonight, he's walked 11 in his last 13 1/3 innings of work.
Jeremy Bonderman goes six versus Angels 06-19-2013
Jeremy Bonderman P DET
Despite striking out no one, Jeremy Bonderman gave up just one run over six innings Tuesday against the Angels. Bonderman allowed six hits, walked three and hit a batter, but he had Josh Hamilton hitting double-play balls to bail him out whenever things got tough. Just 52 of Bonderman's 92 pitches were strikes tonight, and that's not going to fly against most lineups.
Tom Wilhelmsen gives up game-tying homer 06-19-2013
Tom Wilhelmsen P SEA
Tom Wilhelmsen gave up a game-tying homer to the first batter he faced after being brought into a one-run game in the eighth Tuesday against the Angels. So, Wilhelmsen can't close at the moment, but he can be brought in to face Albert Pujols with the game on the line? Pujols took him deep on just his second pitch of the night. It was actually the first homer allowed by Wilhelmsen this season. After that, he came back and got five outs, though he did need Charlie Furbush to bail him out of a jam in a tie game in the ninth. Overall, it probably wasn't a showing that's going to help his chances of returning to the closer's role.
Joe Blanton strikes out 11 Mariners 06-19-2013
Joe Blanton P LAD
After having his last start skipped, Joe Blanton allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out 11 against the Mariners on Tuesday. That's a nice Quality Start for Blanton, but he still gave up two more homers (Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak went back-to-back in the second inning), bringing his season total to 15 surrendered in 83 1/3 innings. He has pitched effectively in four of his last five outings, but an easier schedule has had a lot to do with that.
Josh Hamilton has brutal game in loss 06-19-2013
Josh Hamilton LF TEX
Josh Hamilton has his worst game yet for the Angels on Tuesday, grounding into three double plays and striking out twice. Hamilton had at least one runner on every time up tonight, and he snuffed rallies at every single opportunity in the 3-2 loss. Manager Mike Scioscia may want to move him out of the two hole after this one. He may actually want to bat him ninth after this one.
Brandon Belt goes 3-for-4 in Giants' win 06-19-2013
Brandon Belt 1B SF
Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the Giants' 5-4 win over the Padres on Tuesday. The Giants snapped San Diego's seven-game winning streak. Belt's double off Dale Thayer tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, and Juan Perez singled him home for the go-ahead run. Belt has collected seven hits in his last three games, raising his average from .246 to .264.
Matt Cain strikes out 10 in no-decision 06-19-2013
Matt Cain P SF
Matt Cain was denied a win after holding the Padres to two runs in seven innings and striking out a season-high 10 on Tuesday. Cain left with a one-run lead, but that was blown by Jeremy Affeldt in the eighth. He's allowed just three runs over 20 2/3 innings in his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 5.45 to 4.55. He did have a streak of five straight starts without allowing a homer snapped when he gave up two solo shots tonight.
Logan Forsythe homers against Giants 06-19-2013
Logan Forsythe 2B LAD
Logan Forsythe went 2-for-4 and hit his second homer as the Padres' leadoff man on Tuesday. Forsythe was a forgotten man in San Diego due to his spring foot injury and Jedd Gyorko's move to second base, but getting a chance with Gyorko absent, he's gone 9-for-28 so far and demonstrated why he still belongs in the Padres' plans going forward. He'll probably play some outfield after Gyorko returns.
Mauer collects three hits, Twins top Sox 7-5 06-19-2013
Joe Mauer 1B MIN
Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a home run in the Twins' 7-5 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday. Mauer hit a two-run homer in the first inning and later doubled off White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod, falling a triple short of the cycle. The two RBI gave him 23 on the season to go with a .327/.412/.492 line. And the homer was his seventh, giving him a fair chance to eclipse his total of 10 in 2012. If he finishes with his current slugging percentage it would actually be his third-highest all-time among full seasons.
Paul Goldschmidt hits walkoff homer 06-19-2013
Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARZ
Paul Goldschmidt homered off Chad Qualls in the bottom of the ninth to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday. Does it still count as a walkoff homer when it comes off Qualls? We'll assume it does. The homer, Goldschmidt's 17th, snapped the Diamondbacks' four-game losing streak. He's batting just .232 in 69 at-bats this month, but he's driven in 20 runs anyway.
Konerko goes 4-for-4, but Sox lose to Twins 06-19-2013
Paul Konerko 1B CWS
Paul Konerko went 4-for-4 in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday. The four-hit night was Konerko's first of the season, raising his batting average 13 points in one night. The first baseman, who served as designated hitter on Tuesday, has had a rough go of it this year, hitting just .248/.314/.365. This may be the swan song for the 37-year-old.
Randall Delgado strikes out six Marlins 06-19-2013
Randall Delgado P ARZ
Randall Delgado yielded two runs in seven innings and struck out six Tuesday in a no-decision against the Marlins. Delgado, who lost out on a rotation spot to Patrick Corbin this spring, was making his first start as a member of the Diamondbacks. He figures to get at least one more next week before a decision is made on his status. Since he won't be facing the Marlins again then (he could get the Reds on Sunday or the Nationals in the middle of the week), he won't be as good of a play in NL-only leagues.
Nathan Eovaldi effective in season debut 06-19-2013
Nathan Eovaldi P TB
Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings of two-run ball Tuesday against the Diamondbacks in his season debut. Back from a shoulder injury, Eovaldi allowed just three hits tonight and he made it through six innings in a modest 84 pitches. That he's a Marlin really cuts into his fantasy upside -- wins will be very difficult to come by -- but he should have a little value in NL-only leagues anyway.
Pelfrey stumbles in no-decision against Sox 06-19-2013
Mike Pelfrey P DET
Mike Pelfrey allowed four runs in six innings in a no-decision against the White Sox on Tuesday. Pelfrey was only slightly better than his counterpart, Dylan Axelrod, as both starters allowed 10 hits over six innings. On the plus side, Pelfrey didn't walk a batter in the outing, only the second time he's done that all season. He's stuck at 3-6 and hasn't recorded a win in over a month, with the last coming on May 5. He'll search for his fourth win against the Indians Sunday in Cleveland.
Axelrod struggles in no-decision versus Twins 06-19-2013
Dylan Axelrod P MIA
Dylan Axelrod allowed five runs -- four earned -- over six innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday. Axelrod was actually somewhat fortunate to allow just the four earned runs, as he surrendered 10 hits and two walks on the night. The right-hander has hit a bit of a rough stretch, as he hasn't gotten a win since May 26. He'll try to correct that Sunday in Kansas City.
Moss homers, scores twice as A's beat Rangers 06-19-2013
Brandon Moss DH KC
Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored as the A's beat the Rangers 6-2 on Tuesday. Moss has homers in two of his last three games and 13 on the year. The first baseman also tripled in the game, his third already this season. Moss likely won't replicate the .291 batting average he finished with in 2012, but he is well on his way to another 20-homer season.
Jaso hits 2nd homer as Athletics top Rangers 06-19-2013
John Jaso 1B PIT
John Jaso hit his second home run of the season as the A's beat the Rangers on Tuesday. Jaso doesn't put a charge in one often, so it's even more surprising when he hits one off the likes of Rangers starter Yu Darvish. In fact, Jaso's game is so predicated on getting on base that he actually owns a higher OBP than slugging percentage, sporting a .281/.379/.371 line for the year.
Parker picks up sixth victory against Rangers 06-19-2013
Jarrod Parker P OAK
Jarrod Parker allowed two runs over seven innings in a win against the Rangers on Tuesday. Parker had a miserable start to the season but has been just as terrific recently, as he's now turned in a quality start in each of his last eight outings. The right-hander limited the Rangers to three hits and two walks in his seven innings on Tuesday, striking out four. The win finally evened his record at 6-6 after he was 1-5 at one point. He'll take on the Mariners Sunday in Seattle.
Jordan Lyles goes seven strong vs. Brews 06-19-2013
Jordan Lyles P COL
Jordan Lyles spun seven innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's 10-1 victory over the Brewers. Lyles permitted seven hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out five. It continues a run of excellent work from the young right-hander, as Lyles now boasts a 1.61 ERA over his last seven starts. He needs to be in fantasy lineups this weekend in Chicago against the Cubs.
Darvish mortal as Rangers fall to Athletics 06-19-2013
Yu Darvish P TEX
Yu Darvish allowed five runs -- four earned -- in six innings in a loss to the A's on Tuesday. Even Darvish's bad starts aren't all that bad, as he still managed to strike out 10 A's batters. Still, you could tell he didn't have his best stuff, as he served up homers to John Jaso and Brandon Moss among his six hits allowed. He'll go again Sunday in St. Louis in an interleague matchup.