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Santiago dominates in win over Royals 06-21-2013
Hector Santiago P LAA
Hector Santiago spun eight innings of one-run ball Friday in a 9-1 win over the Royals. It was the longest outing of his major league career. Santiago was dominant, holding the Royals to just three hits while walking one and striking out five. His only mistake was a solo homer by Eric Hosmer in the sixth inning. The southpaw has pitched well while filling in for Jake Peavy (rib) and should continue to be relevant in AL-only formats in the short-term.
Guthrie gives up six runs in loss 06-21-2013
Jeremy Guthrie P KC
Jeremy Guthrie was chased for six runs in just 2 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the White Sox. Guthrie really labored, allowing five hits and three walks while notching just one strikeout. It was the first time he had pitched fewer than five innings in a start this season. The veteran right-hander is missing fewer bats than ever before and has always been homer-prone, which is a troubling combination for fantasy owners. He'll face the Twins next week in Minnesota.
De Aza hits 10th homer in win over Royals 06-21-2013
Alejandro De Aza LF BAL
Alejandro De Aza launched his 10th home run of the season and drew a walk in Friday's win over the Royals. It was a two-run shot off Bruce Chen. De Aza had nine home runs in 131 games last season, but he has already a established a new career-high through 68 games in 2013. It's a nice bonus for fantasy owners who were mostly counting on him as a speed source.
Hosmer hits third homer in loss to White Sox 06-21-2013
Eric Hosmer 1B KC
Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the White Sox on Friday. His sixth-inning solo shot off Hector Santiago was the only offense of the night for the Royals. After managing just one home run in his first 61 games this season, Hosmer has two in his last eight. However, as long as he keeps hitting the ball on the ground, it's hard to see a legitimate power surge in his future.
Figueroa signs with Taiwanese team 06-21-2013
Nelson Figueroa P ARZ
Nelson Figueroa has signed with the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

MLB Trade Rumors
Figueroa failed to make the Diamondbacks out of spring training and was given his outright release in May. The 39-year-old right-hander will look to continue his career at the International level. He posted a 4.55 ERA over parts of nine seasons in the major leagues.
Richard leaves game with left AC joint pain 06-21-2013
Clayton Richard P SD
Clayton Richard was removed from Friday's game with left AC joint pain.

Corey Brock on Twitter
The injury is to the same shoulder that Richard had surgery on in 2011. The Padres will have him undergo further evaluation before determining the extent of the damage, but a stint on the disabled list is very possible.
Victorino drives in five in win over Tigers 06-21-2013
Shane Victorino RF BOS
Shane Victorino went 4-for-5 with a home run and a season-high five RBI in Friday's 10-6 win over the Tigers. The five RBI tied a career-high, which he had done on two previous occasions. Victorino had a solo home run in the first inning, RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings, and drove in his final run of the day on a fielder's choice in the eighth. The 32-year-old has been banged up at times this season, but he owns a a fine .292/.351/.392 batting line through 46 games.
Jon Lester gives up five runs, gets win 06-21-2013
Jon Lester P OAK
Jon Lester gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings Friday in a win over the Tigers. Not pretty, but fantasy owners will take it. Most of the damage came in the fourth inning, as Lester gave up a solo homer to Andy Dirks and a three-run blast to Miguel Cabrera. The southpaw struck out three and walked three in the win and owns an ugly 7.30 ERA across his last seven starts. The Red Sox insist that he's healthy, but something clearly isn't right with him at the moment. He lines up for a start against the surging Blue Jays next week at home.
Fister gives up six runs in loss to Red Sox 06-21-2013
Doug Fister P WAS
Doug Fister was tagged for a season-high six runs over 3 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Red Sox. Fister just didn't have it, as he allowed 11 hits (including one home run) and one walk while failing to register a strikeout. His ERA jumped from 3.21 to 3.66 in the loss. He'll look to get back on track when he faces the Angels next week at home.
Miggy has four hits in loss to Red Sox 06-21-2013
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run and a walk Friday against the Red Sox. Just another night at the office for Miggy. While Cabrera was recently in a bit of a mini-funk, he has four multi-hit games in his last five, pulling his batting average up from .352 to .368 in the process. He's currently tied for second in the American League with 20 home runs and leads the majors with 74 RBI.
Hefner goes six innings in win over Phillies 06-21-2013
Jeremy Hefner P NYM
Jeremy Hefner surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over six innings Friday in a 4-3 win over the Phillies. All three runs scored in the second inning. Hefner allowed 10 hits against one walk and six strikeouts for his second win of the season. His ERA now sits at a surprising 3.89 for the year. While the arrival of Zack Wheeler appeared to put his rotation spot into jeopardy, the injury to Jon Niese (shoulder) means that he'll be sticking around for a while longer. He makes for a solid option in NL-only leagues right now.
Cole Hamels handed 11th loss of season 06-21-2013
Cole Hamels P PHI
Cole Hamels was handed his 11th loss of the season Friday after he gave up four runs over six innings against the Mets. Hamels had a 3-0 lead, but squandered it by giving up one run in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and a go-ahead run in the sixth. He fanned five and walked three (one intentional) in the loss. While it hasn't all been his fault, the southpaw is the first Phillies' pitcher with 11 losses before the end of June since 1937. He'll bring a 4.50 ERA into a start against the Padres in his hometown of San Diego next week.
Lagares delivers go-ahead double in win 06-21-2013
Juan Lagares CF NYM
Juan Lagares went 3-for-4 with a go-ahead RBI double in Friday's win over the Phillies. Lagares doubled off Cole Hamels with two outs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie. The 24-year-old has hit safely in four straight games and six out of his last seven, but the Mets are mostly playing him for his defense in center field as opposed to his bat. Steer clear outside of deeper NL-only formats.
Brown has two hits, RBI double in loss 06-21-2013
Domonic Brown LF PHI
Domonic Brown went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored Friday in a loss to the Mets. Brown also drew a walk. The 25-year-old entered Friday's action in a 5-for-37 slump, so fantasy owners will have to hope that this is the start of something. He hasn't homered since back on June 8.
Puig expected to move to left field 06-21-2013
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
The Dodgers are expected to move Yasiel Puig to left field when Matt Kemp (hamstring) returns from the disabled list.

Los Angeles Times
Puig has been starting in right field, but the Dodgers tentatively plan to move Andre Ethier back there with Kemp set to come off the DL next week. Ethier will likely be reduced to a part-time role when Carl Crawford (hamstring) returns.
Almonte homers, has three hits in MLB debut 06-21-2013
Zoilo Almonte LF ATL
Zoilo Almonte went 3-for-4 with his first big league homer Friday in a 6-2 win over the Rays. He also received a curtain call. Not bad for his first major league start. The 24-year-old switch-hitter was batting .297/.369/.421 with six homers and a .789 OPS over 68 games at the Triple-A level this season. We don't have very high expectations from a fantasy perspective, but it won't take much for him to outproduce Vernon Wells.
Phelps gives up two runs in win over Rays 06-21-2013
David Phelps P NYY
David Phelps gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Rays on Friday. Phelps exhausted his pitch count by giving up eight hits and one walk, but he was able to prevent things from getting out of control. He struck out four in the win and now sits at 5-4 with a 4.01 ERA and 69/30 K/BB ratio over 74 innings this season. He'll have a tough test next week when he faces the Orioles at Camden Yards.
Hernandez gives up five runs in loss 06-21-2013
Roberto Hernandez P LAD
Roberto Hernandez was touched up for five runs over seven innings Friday in a loss to the Yankees. Hernandez gave up nine hits (including a solo homer to Zoilo Almonte) while walking none and striking out four. He has allowed at least eight hits in four consecutive starts. While the 32-year-old has an impressive 69/20 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings this season, his ERA now sits at 5.14 for the year. He lines up for a start against the red-hot Blue Jays next week at home, so most fantasy owners should sit that one out.
Zobrist has two hits, RBI single in loss 06-21-2013
Ben Zobrist 2B TB
Ben Zobrist finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Yankees. Zobrist has three straight two-hit games and has driven in one run in each of them. While he only has four home runs through 71 games this season, his batted ball profile is right in line for his career norms. Look for more power as the season moves along.
Yankees confirm Nova will start Sunday 06-21-2013
Ivan Nova P NYY
Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Ivan Nova will start Sunday against the Rays.

Chad Jennings on Twitter
Phil Hughes was the scheduled starter, but would have been pitching on short rest. Nova has 2.04 ERA over three starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last month.
Josh Hamilton dealing with wrist soreness 06-21-2013
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
Josh Hamilton missed Friday's game due to right wrist soreness.

Los Angeles Times
Hamilton is dealing with a tendinitis-like condition in his wrist and is expected to remain sidelined until Tuesday. "We want give that some time to heal," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's going to get an evaluation from doctors today and see if there's any kind of medicine or something that can help it. It's been bothering him for about 10 days or so, just on and off. It's just something that we want to get a handle on."
Josh Lueke optioned to Triple-A 06-21-2013
Josh Lueke P TB
Rays optioned RHP Josh Lueke to Triple-A Durham. The move clears a spot for Alex Colome on the active roster. Lueke has a 3.75 ERA in 11 appearances with the Rays this season.
Clayton Richard exits with apparent injury 06-21-2013
Clayton Richard P SD
Clayton Richard left Friday's game with an apparent injury.

Corey Brock on Twitter
He was removed after just three pitches. Tim Stauffer has taken over for him in the first inning. The Padres should provide an update on his status soon.
Jaso scratched from Friday's lineup 06-21-2013
John Jaso C OAK
John Jaso has been scratched from Friday's lineup.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Jaso may have injured his hand while sliding into second base in Thursday's loss. Derek Norris will replace him in the the lineup Friday against the Mariners.
Davis has walk-off hit, Jays climb to .500 06-21-2013
Rajai Davis LF DET
Rajai Davis delivered a walk-off RBI single in a 7-6 win over the Orioles on Friday. It was his only at-bat on the night, as Davis entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. While the Blue Jays dug themselves a very big hole early, they have now won nine straight games and sit at an even 36-36 on the year.
Dickey gives up six runs in no-decision 06-21-2013
R.A. Dickey P TOR
R.A. Dickey was hammered for six runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Orioles. Dickey allowed seven hits, including three home runs. The knuckleballer has now served up 17 home runs in just 99 2/3 innings this season. Only Dan Haren (18) and Jeremy Guthrie (19) have allowed more. This was admittedly a tough matchup, but it's getting tougher to trust Dickey on a start-to-start basis. Fantasy owners will have to hope that the good version shows up for a road start next week against the Rays.
Hammel goes six innings in no-decision 06-21-2013
Jason Hammel P OAK
In his first start since June 12, Jason Hammel yielded four runs in six innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays. Back to full health after a recent illness, Hammel held the Jays to just four hits, but two of them were home runs. He struck out seven and walked one. While he left in line for the victory, Tommy Hunter coughed up the lead in the seventh inning. It was nice to see Hammel miss some more bats, but he'll need to show more consistency before earning his way back into relevancy in mixed leagues. He'll face the Indians next week at Camden Yards.
Encarnacion homers Friday against Orioles 06-21-2013
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
Edwin Encarnacion homered, doubled and scored two runs Friday in a win over the Orioles. The home run was a solo shot against Jason Hammel. Encarnacion is currently tied for third in the majors with 20 home runs and ranks fourth with 59 RBI. He's well on his to equaling, or perhaps exceeding, his production from his breakthrough campaign last year.
Chris Davis connects for 27th homer in loss 06-21-2013
Chris Davis 1B BAL
Chris Davis connected for his 27th home run Friday in a loss to the Blue Jays. It was a three-run blast against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Davis has seven home runs in his last nine games and is showing no signs of slowing down. It's hard to complain when he's producing, but it's worth noting that he has a 30/3 K/BB ratio in 19 games this month.
Yankees re-sign RHP Chris Bootcheck 06-21-2013
Chris Bootcheck P PHI
Yankees re-signed RHP Chris Bootcheck.

MLB Trade Rumors
Bootcheck was designated for assignment on Tuesday, but elected free agency and re-signed with the Yankees instead of accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Chris Cotillo of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Bootcheck can opt out of the deal if he isn't promoted to the major leagues by August 15.
Kazmir shuts down Twins for quality start 06-21-2013
Scott Kazmir P OAK
Scott Kazmir held the Twins to one run on five hits over seven innings Friday to earn his fourth win of the season. It was a much needed quality start for Kazmir, who had allowed at least four earned runs in his previous three outings. He didn't give up any walks and managed seven strikeouts, with his lone mistake coming on a home run to Brian Dozier in the sixth inning. Kazmir will make his next start Wednesday against the Orioles.
06-21-2013
Mark Reynolds 1B MLW
Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 with RBI single and a run scored in Friday's win over the Twins. He also added a walk in the eighth inning. Reynolds is batting just .153/.206/.203 over 18 games this month, but could start to get back on track now that he isn't being asked to play third base on a regular basis.
Strasburg gives up one run, Ks nine in win 06-21-2013
Stephen Strasburg P WAS
Stephen Strasburg limited the Rockies to one run in seven innings as part of a 2-1 victory on Friday. While Strasburg was a little rusty in his first start back from the DL on Sunday, he was in complete control Friday, allowing five hits and no walks while fanning nine. The only run scored on an RBI single by D.J. LeMahieu in the third inning. His ERA improved to 2.40 with the victory. He'll square off against the Diamondbacks next week at home.
Chatwood goes six innings in no-decision 06-21-2013
Tyler Chatwood P COL
Tyler Chatwood tossed six innings of one-run ball Friday in a no-decision against the Rockies. Chatwood was solid once again, giving up just four hits while walking a pair and striking out four. However, an RBI double by Ryan Zimmerman in his final inning of work was enough to cost him a chance at the victory. On the bright side, the 23-year-old now owns an impressive 2.22 ERA and 35/15 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings over eight starts this season. He currently lines up for a start against the Mets at home next week.
Desmond launches go-ahead homer in win 06-21-2013
Ian Desmond SS WAS
Ian Desmond launched a go-ahead solo homer in Friday's win over the Rockies. His seventh inning blast broke a 1-1 tie. Desmond has gone deep in three straight games and now has 12 home runs on the season. While some were wondering whether his performance last season was a fluke, he sure looks like the real deal right now.
Dozier hits seventh home run of season 06-21-2013
Brian Dozier 2B MIN
Brian Dozier went 1-for-4 with a home run Sunday against the Indians. Dozier was the Twins' entire offense, hitting a solo shot off Scott Kazmir in the sixth inning. He's now batting .333 (6-for-18) over his last seven games.
Fowler (finger) hitless in return to action 06-21-2013
Dexter Fowler CF HOU
Dexter Fowler (finger) went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in his return to action Friday. Fowler hadn't played since Monday due to an injury to his right ring finger. There's no fracture, so it appears that he will play as long as he can tolerate the pain.
Rutledge has two hits in loss to Nationals 06-21-2013
Josh Rutledge SS COL
Josh Rutledge went 2-for-3 with a run scored Friday in a loss to the Nationals. He was also hit by a pitch. Rutledge came into Friday's action with just one hit in 22 at-bats since being called up from the minors, so this was nice to see. His power-speed potential from the middle infield makes him worth owning in deeper mixed leagues.
Deduno allows four earned runs in loss 06-21-2013
Samuel Deduno P HOU
Samuel Deduno allowed four runs on six hits over six innings in Friday's loss to the Indians. He gave up two walks and had six strikeouts. His line would have looked a lot better had the Twins' bullpen not allowed two of his inherited runs to score. Deduno will look to improve on his 3.72 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in his next start Thursday against the Royals.
Tabata (oblique) begins rehab assignment 06-21-2013
Jose Tabata RF PIT
Jose Tabata (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Rob Biertempfel on Twitter
Tabata has been on the DL since May 27 with a strained left oblique. If all goes well, he should rejoin the Pirates before the end of the month.
Hill (hand) not be activated this weekend 06-21-2013
Aaron Hill 2B ARZ
Aaron Hill (hand) will need "at least" two more rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list.

Steve Gilbert on Twitter
Hill has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno since Saturday and still isn't 100 percent. He won't be available for this weekend's series against the Reds, but could return early next week.
Matt Garza dominates in win over Astros 06-21-2013
Matt Garza P MLW
Matt Garza allowed just one run over eight innings in Friday's 3-1 win over the Astros. Garza was given a chance for the complete game, but he was pulled after issuing a leadoff walk in the ninth. Either way, it was his longest outing of the season. He gave up just four hits -- the lone run scoring on Chris Carter homer -- while walking a pair and striking out eight. His ERA now sits at 4.25 through seven starts this season. The Cubs will be happy if there are more outings like this in his future, as he figures to be one of the most-coveted names leading up to the trade deadline.
Mets prospect d'Arnaud running in pool 06-21-2013
Travis d'Arnaud C NYM
Mets prospect Travis d'Arnaud (foot) has been limited to running in a pool.

ESPN New York
d'Arnaud will be reevaluated early next week before he's cleared to resume land-based running. The 24-year-old top prospect has been out since April 17 with a fractured left foot.
Keuchel gives up three runs, Ks nine in loss 06-21-2013
Dallas Keuchel P HOU
Dallas Keuchel yielded three runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Cubs. Keuchel struck out a career-high nine and walked just one batter. However, three solo homers did him in. While Keuchel took the loss, he has now gone six innings or more in seven straight starts and has quality starts in each of his last four. The southpaw will look to keep it going next week when he faces the Angels at home.
Barney homers, has three hits in win 06-21-2013
Darwin Barney 2B LAD
Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Astros. Barney also doubled and singled. The 27-year-old is now batting .306 with three homers and three doubles in 62 at-bats against southpaws this season. Unfortunately for the Cubs, he's hitting just .192 against right-handed pitching.
Rizzo hits first home run since May 18 06-21-2013
Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with his first home run since May 18 in Friday's win over the Astros. With the solo blast, Rizzo also collected his first RBI since way back on June 5. Coincidence or not, the young first baseman has really struggled since he agreed to his contract extension. The power is obviously legit, so we're expecting him to bust out again soon.
Chris Carter homers in loss to Cubs 06-21-2013
Chris Carter 1B HOU
Chris Carter went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Friday in a loss to the Cubs. Carter accounted for half of the Astros' hits on the day. He now has five homers this month and 15 for the season. While he continues to strike out at a ridiculously high rate, the power plays in deeper mixed formats.
Uggla returns to Braves lineup 06-21-2013
Dan Uggla 2B SF
Dan Uggla returned to the Braves' lineup Friday.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Uggla has been dealing with vision issues and will attempt to wear contacts for the remainder of the season before undergoing Lasik surgery. If Uggla decides to undergo the procedure during the year, he would require a two week stint on the disabled list.
McCarthy (shoulder) throws bullpen session 06-21-2013
Brandon McCarthy P NYY
Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday.

Jack Magruder on Twitter
It was the first time he's thrown from the mound since being placed on the disabled list. It's not clear when the Diamondbacks will send McCarthy on a rehab assignment, but he's on track to be activated at some point early next month.
Capuano could start Sunday on short rest 06-21-2013
Chris Capuano P NYY
Dodgers manager Don Matingly said Chris Capuano could start Sunday against the Padres.

Bill Shaikin on Twitter
Capuano would be pitching on short rest after throwing six shutout innings Wednesday. The left-hander has 4.62 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in seven starts this season and should be avoided outside of deeper in NL-only leagues.
Padres release INF James Darnell 06-21-2013
James Darnell 3B TB
Padres released INF James Darnell.

Corey Brock on Twitter
Darnell was designated for assignment last week and went unclaimed on waivers. The 26-year-old has been ruled out for the season due to a left shoulder injury that could require surgery.
Casilla throws bullpen, could return July 4 06-21-2013
Santiago Casilla P SF
Santiago Casilla (knee) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Thursday.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Casilla reportedly ran at 50 percent on Friday and could be cleared to face live hitting next week in Los Angeles. If he can avoid setbacks, he'll likely appear in 2-3 rehab games before rejoining the Giants on July 4.
Crawford (fingers) could return Saturday 06-21-2013
Brandon Crawford SS SF
Brandon Crawford (fingers) could return to the Giants' lineup Saturday.

Amy Gutierrez on Twitter
Crawford missed his third straight game Friday, but is available off the bench. Joaquin Arias will continue to replace him at shortstop for now.
Andre Ethier (knee) not in Friday's lineup 06-21-2013
Andre Ethier RF LAD
Andre Ethier (knee) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
Ethier is dealing with knee soreness, but it's only a minor concern. Skip Schumaker is starting in center field Friday against the Padres.
Gaudin (elbow) questionable for Tuesday start 06-21-2013
Chad Gaudin P PHI
Chad Gaudin (elbow) is questionable for his next start Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Gaudin is dealing with a bruised right elbow and will be reevaluated after a bullpen session on Sunday. X-rays ruled out structural damage, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he's "unsure" if Gaudin will be available.
Kemp (hamstring) set for rehab stint Saturday 06-21-2013
Matt Kemp CF LAD
Matt Kemp (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter
Kemp was cleared after running the bases Friday. Assuming he avoids setbacks, he should be on track to return from the disabled list by next weekend.
Price (triceps) makes first rehab start 06-21-2013
David Price P DET
David Price (triceps) allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over 2 2/3 innings in his first rehab start Friday with High-A Charlotte.

Joe Smith on Twitter
He gave up two walks and had four strikeouts. Price didn't report any setbacks and said he feels better than he did before injury. He remains on track to rejoin the Rays' starting rotation in the next 2-3 weeks.
Jerome Williams to replace Vargas in rotation 06-21-2013
Jerome Williams P PHI
Jerome Williams will start Saturday against the Pirates.

Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
With Jason Vargas on the DL, Williams will be promoted from the bullpen. He has a 3.14 ERA in 18 appearances (seven starts) this season.
Chris Carpenter cleared for throwing program 06-21-2013
Chris Carpenter P STL
Chris Carpenter (shoulder, back) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

Associated Press
Carpenter has been shut down since earlier this week with lower back stiffness and will throw a light bullpen session Saturday before being reevaluated. The Cardinals originally hoped that Carpenter could be available in late June, but he likely won't be an option to return until after the All-Star break.
Lance Berkman not in Friday's lineup 06-21-2013
Lance Berkman 1B TEX
Lance Berkman is not in Friday's lineup against the Cardinals.

Jeff Wilson on Twitter
Berkman had a cortisone shot on Thursday, but said he's available for pinch-hit duties. The Rangers haven't ruled out him playing at first base during this weekend's series in St. Louis.
Josh Wilson DFA'd by Diamondbacks 06-21-2013
Josh Wilson 2B TEX
Diamondbacks designated INF Josh Wilson for assignment. Wilson batted just .200/.262/.300 in 65 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks. Zeke Spruill has been recalled from Triple-A Reno to replace him on the 25-man roster.
Yankees acquire INF/OF Brent Lillibridge 06-21-2013
Brent Lillibridge 2B TEX
Yankees acquired INF/OF Brent Lillibridge from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Lillibridge struggled mightily with the Cubs earlier this season, but has posted a .281/.331/.425 batting line in 48 games with Triple-A Iowa. The 29-year-old will provide depth as a utility infielder.
Ivan Nova expected to be called up Sunday 06-21-2013
Ivan Nova P NYY
Ivan Nova is expected to be recalled to start Sunday against the Rays.

Andrew Marchand on Twitter
No word yet on what the corresponding move will be or who he'll be replacing in the starting rotation. Nova has a 2.04 ERA over three starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, so it's a deserved promotion.
Crawford (fingers) held out of lineup again 06-21-2013
Brandon Crawford SS SF
Brandon Crawford (fingers) in not in Friday's lineup against the Marlins.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
Crawford will miss his third straight game and remains day-to-day. Joaquin Arias will replace him at shortstop, while Nick Noonan is starting at third base.
Pirates option RHP Brandon Cumpton 06-21-2013
Brandon Cumpton P PIT
Pirates optioned RHP Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A Indianapolis. Cumpton posted a 3.60 ERA in two spot starts, but is no longer needed with Jeanmar Gomez returning from the DL. The Pirates have called up Tony Sanchez to replace him on the active roster.
Angels call up RHP Billy Buckner 06-21-2013
Billy Buckner P MLW
Angels purchased the contract of RHP Billy Buckner from Triple-A Salt Lake. With Jason Vargas injured, Buckner will provide bullpen depth. The 29-year-old has a 4.50 ERA over 12 starts at the Triple-A level.
Angels place Vargas (illness) on 15-day DL 06-21-2013
Jason Vargas P KC
Angels placed LHP Jason Vargas on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 18, with a blood clot in his left arm.
Yankees sign OF Corey Patterson 06-21-2013
Corey Patterson CF MLW
Yankees signed OF Corey Patterson to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

YES Network on Twitter
Patterson, 33, was released by the Mariners earlier this month after batting just .175/.224/.270 over 19 games at the Triple-A level. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 and will continue to provide organizational depth.
Josh Hamilton not in Anglels' lineup Friday 06-21-2013
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
Josh Hamilton is not in the Angels' lineup Friday.

Bill Shaikin on Twitter
Hamilton is batting just .171/.200/.343 in 70 at-bats this month, so the Angels will hope that the day off will help him get back on track. Brad Hawpe is starting in right field in his place.
Jeanmar Gomez (forearm) to start Wednesday 06-21-2013
Jeanmar Gomez P PIT
Jeanmar Gomez (forearm) will start Wednesday against the Mariners.

Michael Sanserino on Twitter
Gomez threw five hitless innings at Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday and won't need another rehab appearance before being activated from the disabled list. He has a 3.07 ERA over 12 appearances (seven starts) and will immediately rejoin the Pirates' starting rotation.
Mets seeking trade offers for Collin Cowgill 06-21-2013
Collin Cowgill RF LAA
ESPN New York reports that the Mets are seeking trade offers for Collin Cowgill.

ESPN New York
Cowgill was designated for assignment on Tuesday and will be sent to Triple-A Las Vegas if he isn't traded and goes through waivers unclaimed. Prior to being DFA'd, he was batting just .180/.206/.311 in 63 plate appearances this season.
Johnson (oblique) to start playing catch Sat. 06-21-2013
Steve Johnson P BAL
Steve Johnson (oblique) will begin playing catch Saturday.

Eddie A. Encina on Twitter
It will be his first time throwing since he was shut down with a strained left oblique two weeks ago. Johnson figures to need a few days to get back on a mound and will likely require a rehab assignment, so a return in the early part of July appears realistic.
Randall Delgado to start Sunday vs. Reds 06-21-2013
Randall Delgado P ARZ
Randall Delgado will start Sunday against the Reds.

Steve Gilbert on Twitter
Delgado gets another crack in the rotation after he allowed two runs in seven innings and struck out six Tuesday in a no-decision against the Marlins. The Reds are obviously a much tougher matchup, so he's more of an NL-only play.
Mejia (elbow) close to pitching in rehab game 06-21-2013
Jenrry Mejia P NYM
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Friday that Jenrry Mejia (elbow) is close to resuming a rehab assignment.

Mike Puma on Twitter
Mejia, out all season with elbow inflammation, made a pair of rehab starts last month before having a setback. However, he has made satisfactory progress over the past couple of weeks and could join High-A St. Lucie before long. The Mets figure to stretch him out as a starter, so he could come in handy if Jon Niese (shoulder) ends up missing significant time.
Quentin (shoulder) out of lineup again Friday 06-21-2013
Carlos Quentin LF SD
Carlos Quentin (shoulder) is out of the Padres' lineup for the seventh straight game Friday.

Bill Shaikin on Twitter
Quentin hasn't played since last Friday due to a sore left shoulder, but Padres manager Bud Black still thinks he will avoid a stint on the disabled list. Kyle Blanks will start in left field Friday while Jesus Guzman will play first base.
Mariners promote Taijuan Walker to Triple-A 06-21-2013
Taijuan Walker P SEA
Mariners prospect right-hander Taijuan Walker has been promoted to Triple-A Tacoma.

Seattle Mariners on Twitter
It's a well-deserved promotion, as Walker posted a 2.46 ERA and 96/30 K/BB ratio in 84 innings over 14 starts with Double-A Jackson. He has been especially dominant recently, compiling a 1.93 ERA and 39/5 K/BB ratio over his last five outings. The 20-year-old is one of the top pitching prospects in the game.
O's Schoop (back) to field grounders Monday 06-21-2013
Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
Orioles prospect infielder Jonathan Schoop (back) will begin taking ground balls on Monday.

Eddie A. Encina on Twitter
Schoop has been sidelined for about a month with a stress fracture in his back. His absence is expected to stretch into the second half.
Roberts (hamstring) to begin rehab stint Tue. 06-21-2013
Brian Roberts 2B NYY
Brian Roberts (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Norfolk.

Eddie A. Encina on Twitter
Roberts has already been hitting for a while, but he was able to run without any issues this week. The Orioles figure to be extra cautious with him coming back from surgery, but he appears on track to return around the end of the month.
Matt Kemp (hamstring) running bases Friday 06-21-2013
Matt Kemp CF LAD
Matt Kemp (hamstring) is running the bases Friday.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
That should be the final hurdle before he goes out on a minor league rehab assignment. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that he was hoping Kemp would be ready for rehab games early next week. That could set him up for a return next weekend, barring any setbacks.
David Ross dealing with another concussion 06-21-2013
David Ross C BOS
David Ross has been diagnosed with another concussion.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
Ross was placed on the 7-day disabled list earlier this week due to recurring symptoms. He'll be shut down until going for more tests in early July. Ryan Lavarnway will serve as Jarrod Saltalamacchia's backup for now.
Report: Yanks, Cano 'nowhere near a deal' 06-21-2013
Robinson Cano 2B SEA
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that it's clear that the Yankees and Robinson Cano are "nowhere near a deal at this point."

CBS Sports
There's chatter that the two sides could have some negotiations after the All-Star break, but Heyman now believes that he could enter the free agent period without a deal. This doesn't mean that Cano will sign elsewhere -- in fact, Heyman hears from other players that the Yankees are far and away his top choice -- but it just might not happen as quickly as many thought after he joined up with Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports. While this doesn't come as a big surprise, Heyman hears that Cano appears to be aiming for a deal rivaling Alex Rodriguez's $275 million contract with the club.
LaTroy Hawkins away from Mets on Friday 06-21-2013
LaTroy Hawkins P COL
LaTroy Hawkins will not be available for Friday's game.

Mike Puma on Twitter
Hawkins received permission from the team to attend the funeral of a close friend. He is expected back Saturday.
Report: Marlins see Stanton as building block 06-21-2013
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com was told by "two well-connected sources" that the Marlins consider Giancarlo Stanton "as a building block, not a trade chip."

MLBlogs.com
In fact, one source described recent trade speculation as "laughable and lies." While the Marlins would love to keep Stanton if the price is right, indications are that he isn't ready to accept a long-term deal with the club. That situation could come to a head eventually, as the young slugger will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. But the Marlins have no sense of urgency to move him and it would take a substantial offer to get them to bite.
Jon Niese has partial tear of rotator cuff 06-21-2013
Jonathon Niese P NYM
Jon Niese was diagnosed with a partial tear of his rotator cuff.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that the issue was not severe and that Niese could be back within three weeks, but it's clear that won't happen. He'll be shut down for two weeks before undergoing another MRI in order to see if there's any healing in the shoulder. If not, it's possible that surgery could be on the table.
Brewers option OF Prince to Triple-A 06-21-2013
Josh Prince CF MLW
Brewers optioned OF Josh Prince to Triple-A Nashville. Prince was called up from the minors earlier this week, but he'll head back down now that Norichika Aoki is back from paternity leave. The 25-year-old went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored during his brief stay with the big club.
Norichika Aoki activated from paternity leave 06-21-2013
Nori Aoki RF KC
Brewers activated OF Norichika Aoki from the paternity leave list. Aoki left the team on Wednesday to be present for the birth of his second child. He'll bat leadoff in his return Friday night against Julio Teheran and the Braves.
Cabrera (quad) takes grounders, hits on field 06-21-2013
Asdrubal Cabrera SS WAS
Asdrubal Cabrera (quad) took grounders and hit on the field Friday.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
It was his first time doing both activities since he was placed on the disabled list earlier this month with a right quad strain. He's slated to travel with the team to Baltimore next week and could be activated for the weekend series against the White Sox.
Nick Swisher (shoulder) hits on field Friday 06-21-2013
Nick Swisher 1B CLE
Nick Swisher (shoulder) hit on the field Friday.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
It was his first batting practice session since he was given a cortisone shot in his shoulder earlier this week. Depending on how he feels, there's a chance he'll return to the starting lineup Saturday.
Gonzalez activated from paternity leave list 06-21-2013
Miguel Gonzalez P BAL
Orioles activated RHP Miguel Gonzalez from the paternity leave list. Gonzalez left the team earlier this week following the birth of his daughter. He's set to rejoin the O's rotation on Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Orioles place Steve Pearce (wrist) on DL 06-21-2013
Steve Pearce 1B BAL
Orioles placed INF/OF Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with left wrist tendinitis. Miguel Gonzalez has been activated from the paternity leave list in a corresponding roster move. Pearce, 30, is batting .235/.311/.383 with three home runs and nine RBI in 28 games this season.
Harper (knee) could begin rehab stint Tuesday 06-21-2013
Bryce Harper LF WAS
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Friday that Bryce Harper (knee) is on pace to begin a minor league rehab assignment next Tuesday, likely with High-A Potomac.

Chase Hughes on Twitter
Harper was cleared to ramp up activities during a checkup on Monday and hasn't had any issues with his knee over the past couple of days. Johnson doesn't seem to think he'll need many rehab games, so he could be back with the Nats by next weekend if all goes well.
Red Sox plan to use Koji Uehara at closer 06-21-2013
Koji Uehara P BOS
Koji Uehara said Friday that he was told he was told by Red Sox manager John Farrell that he will serve as the closer.

Evan Drellich on Twitter
He'll replace the struggling Andrew Bailey, who will get a break from the closer role for now. The decision comes as minor surprise, as many pegged Junichi Tazawa as the favorite to take over. Uehara is obviously no slouch, but the Red Sox figure to be careful about his workload.
Niese's shoulder issue is 'nothing severe' 06-21-2013
Jonathon Niese P NYM
Jon Niese is dealing with a left shoulder strain.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
Niese was placed on the disabled list Friday, but Mets manager Terry Collins said that it's "nothing severe." He'll work on strengthening the shoulder for now, but Collins estimates that he could be back in the Mets' rotation within three weeks if all goes well. The southpaw is expected to need at least one rehab start before returning.
Mattheus (hand) throwing from 60 feet 06-21-2013
Ryan Mattheus P WAS
Ryan Mattheus (hand) has thrown from a distance of 60 feet each of the past two days.

Dan Kolko on Twitter
Mattheus is currently working his way back from a broken right hand, which he suffered when he punched a locker in frustration in May. He hopes to begin a rehab assignment in about four weeks, which means he likely won't rejoin the Nats' bullpen until August.
Austin Jackson out Friday with leg soreness 06-21-2013
Austin Jackson CF SEA
Austin Jackson is out of Friday's lineup against the Red Sox due to left leg soreness.

Jason Beck on Twitter
It's apparently in the same area as his hamstring injury last month, which isn't what you want to hear. Jackson is getting treatment on Friday and his status for the rest of the weekend isn't yet clear.
Fowler (finger) says he'll be in lineup Fri. 06-21-2013
Dexter Fowler CF HOU
Dexter Fowler (finger) said he'll be in the starting lineup Friday against the Nationals.

Thomas Harding on Twitter
Just a few hours ago, it appeared that Fowler was headed for the disabled list, but he's apparently feeling much better. Still, we're guessing that the Rockies will want to see how he fares during batting practice before clearing him to return. Stay tuned.
Rockies designate Kensing for assignment 06-21-2013
Logan Kensing P SEA
Rockies designated RHP Logan Kensing for assignment. The move clears a spot for Corey Dickerson on the 40-man roster. Kensing was called up from the minors on Sunday and made just one appearance during his brief stint with the big club.
Yanks call up INF Gonzalez from Triple-A 06-21-2013
Alberto Gonzalez 2B SD
Yankees purchased the contract of INF Alberto Gonzalez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He'll replace Reid Brignac on the active roster. The Yankees plan to go with Jayson Nix at shortstop and David Adams at third base for now, so Gonzalez will function as a backup around the infield. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Avisail Garcia recalled from Triple-A 06-21-2013
Avisail Garcia RF CWS
Tigers recalled OF Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo. Garcia hit .279/.315/.441 in an earlier stint with the Tigers. He should see pretty regular work in left field against left-handed pitching.
Matt Tuiasosopo placed on disabled list 06-21-2013
Matt Tuiasosopo LF TOR
Tigers placed INF/OF Matt Tuiasosopo on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with a strained rib cage. He could be out longer than the minimum 15 days. Avisail Garcia has taken Tuiasosopo's spot on the roster.
Al Alburquerque recalled from Triple-A 06-21-2013
Al Alburquerque P DET
Tigers recalled RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo. Alburquerque continued to struggle with walks since his demotion to Triple-A, but he also continued to strike batters out at an eye-popping rate. In the majors and minors combined, the righty holds a 53/26 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings this season. Manager Jim Leyland doesn't totally trust him given his control issues, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he winds up giving his big arm some high-leverage innings.
Greg Burke recalled from Triple-A 06-21-2013
Greg Burke P COL
Mets recalled RHP Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas. Burke has posted a 3.15 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 20 innings this season with the Mets. The sidearmer will work in middle relief.
Jon Niese (shoulder) lands on disabled list 06-21-2013
Jonathon Niese P NYM
Mets placed LHP Jon Niese on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury. The Mets have yet to release the exact diagnosis for Niese's shoulder, but they have placed him on the DL. The left-hander dealt with shoulder soreness last month and had to leave Thursday's outing after it started bothering him again. More will be known about his timetable after his visit with the doctor Friday.
Reid Brignac designated for assignment 06-21-2013
Reid Brignac 3B MIA
Yankees designated INF Reid Brignac for assignment. Brignac hit a pathetic .114/.133/.136 over 17 games for the Bombers to earn his walking papers. He could clear waivers and remain in the organization, assuming the Yankees still want him.
Tigers designate Jose Valverde for assignment 06-21-2013
Jose Valverde P NYM
Tigers designated RHP Jose Valverde for assignment. Valverde pitched well initially after being called up by the Tigers in late April, but it came crashing down of late, as he blew two of five save chances while posting a 13.50 ERA over his last eight appearances. He should be able to catch on elsewhere, but his days as a closer anywhere are surely over. Joaquin Benoit has taken over as the Tigers' closer.
Dexter Fowler won't be placed on DL 06-21-2013
Dexter Fowler CF HOU
Dexter Fowler (finger) will not be placed on the disabled list as previously reported.

Troy Renck on Twitter
The Rockies are slated to call up Corey Dickerson Friday with Fowler (finger) banged up, but apparently the club isn't ready to DL Fowler just yet. At the very least, though, he's likely to receive a few more days of rest.
Will Middlebrooks sitting out again Friday 06-21-2013
Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS
Will Middlebrooks is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

WEEI.com
It's the fourth time in the last eight games that the slumping Middlebrooks has been benched. The third baseman is down to a .192/.228/.389 batting line after picking up just four hits in his last 39 at-bats. The hot-hitting Jose Iglesias is at the hot corner again Friday.
Donovan Hand to make spot start 06-21-2013
Donovan Hand P MLW
Donovan Hand will start for the Brewers on Saturday against the Braves.

Mike Vassallo on Twitter
Hand has only been used as a reliever this season both in the minors and majors, and he has throw more than an inning since early June, so it will be a bullpen start for the Brew Crew. He holds a 3.38 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over 13 1/3 relief innings this season.
Brian Omogrosso recalled from Triple-A 06-21-2013
Brian Omogrosso P CWS
White Sox recalled RHP Brian Omogrosso from Triple-A Charlotte. Omogrosso has posted a 5.14 ERA but struck out 14 over 14 innings during his time with the White Sox this season. He'll work the middle innings.
Michael Martinez optioned to Triple-A 06-21-2013
Michael Martinez 2B PIT
Phillies optioned INF/OF Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Martinez has been up with the Phillies a couple times this season but has received just four at-bats. He's clearing the way for the return of Chase Utley.
Chase Utley activated from disabled list 06-21-2013
Chase Utley 2B PHI
Phillies activated 2B Chase Utley from the 15-day disabled list. Utley was hitless in nine at-bats over two rehab games, but the important thing is that he didn't have any issues with his oblique. He'll return to a .272/.339/.475 batting line with seven homers, 25 RBI and five steals and should be re-inserted into fantasy lineups immediately.
Paul Janish recalled from Triple-A 06-21-2013
Paul Janish SS COL
Braves recalled INF Paul Janish from Triple-A Gwinnett. Janish has batted just .207/.285/.244 this season in the minors, but his glove is his calling card. He'll operate as a utility infielder.
Ramiro Pena lands on DL with shoulder injury 06-21-2013
Ramiro Pena 2B ATL
Braves placed INF Ramiro Pena on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 17, with a right shoulder injury. Pena originally hurt the shoulder on June 9 and has been trying to play through the pain. It's not clear how long he'll be out. Paul Janish has taken his spot on the roster.
Zach McAllister has played catch 06-21-2013
Zach McAllister P CLE
Zach McAllister (finger) has played catch a few times this week.

Indians.mlb.com
It's not clear when McAllister will be able to return to the mound, and when he does he'll likely be limited to fastballs initially. The right-hander's middle finger strain is likely to sideline him until around the All-Star break.
Yoshinori Tateyama acquired by Yankees 06-21-2013
Yoshinori Tateyama P TEX
Yankees acquired RHP Yoshinori Tateyama from the Rangers in exchange for future considerations. In other words, they'll get some cash. Tateyama has spent all of 2013 at Triple-A Round Rock, where he's posted a 4.24 ERA and 44/10 K/BB ratio over 34 innings. He'll join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's bullpen.
Rangers activate Mitch Moreland from DL 06-21-2013
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX
Rangers activated 1B Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list. Moreland spent the minimum amount of time on the DL and was cleared for activation after going 6-for-12 with a homer over three rehab games. The first baseman will return to a .288/.338/.561 batting line with 12 homers and 29 RBI and should be thrown back into fantasy lineups.
Mike Zagurski inks minors deal with Yankees 06-21-2013
Mike Zagurski P CLE
Yankees signed LHP Mike Zagurski to a minor league contract. Zagurski posted a 15.00 ERA in six games for the Pirates over the last few weeks before being designated for assignment. His deal includes an August 15 opt-out date if he has not been promoted to the majors by that time.
Ryan Langerhans released by Blue Jays 06-21-2013
Ryan Langerhans LF TOR
Blue Jays released OF Ryan Langerhans. Langerhans has spent all year at Triple-A Buffalo, where he hit nine homers but batted just .220/.338/.435 overall. The 33-year-old will look to catch on elsewhere.
Carlos Lee announces retirement from baseball 06-21-2013
Carlos Lee 1B MIA
Carlos Lee has announced his retirement from baseball.

ESPN Deportes
Lee said on a radio show in Panama that he received offers from four different teams over the offseason, but none of them were for the two years he desired. "El Caballo" hit .285/.339/.483 with 358 homers, 1,363 RBI and 125 stolen bases over 14 major league seasons. In addition to making $130.275 million during his career, Lee also Lee owns and operates profitable cattle ranches, so he's done quite well for himself.
Tim Byrdak begins rehab assignment 06-21-2013
Tim Byrdak P NYM
Tim Byrdak (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Mets on Friday.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
Byrdak has appeared in extended spring games, but this will be his first official game experience since he underwent shoulder surgery last September. The Mets are hoping he can join their bullpen around the All-Star break.
Jordan Norberto files grievance against A's 06-21-2013
Jordan Norberto P OAK
Jordan Norberto has filed a grievance against the Athletics.

San Francisco Chronicle
Norberto contends that he hurt his elbow before being optioned to Triple-A Sacramento just before Opening Day. He went on to make three unsuccessful appearances at Sacramento before being placed on their disabled list, after which he was released and then eventually underwent Tommy John surgery. "I expected more from the team after the way I pitched for them last year," said Norberto. "But I'll work hard and get a job with someone else."
Anthony Gose in doghouse at Triple-A 06-21-2013
Anthony Gose CF DET
Anthony Gose was benched at Triple-A Buffalo Thursday due to a mental error he made during Wednesday's game.

Toronto Sun
Gose failed to field a ball cleanly in center field in the ninth inning of a one-run game and then took his time getting the ball back in, letting the winning run score from first base. "For the life of me, I've had some players as a manager who have really been challenging," Bisons manager Marty Brown said. "Anthony is one of the most talented players I've had as a manager. But sometimes it's difficult because he doesn't apply that. It's nothing we can't work through."
Alexi Ogando hopes to throw from mound soon 06-21-2013
Alexi Ogando P TEX
Alexi Ogando (shoulder) played long-toss at 150 feet Thursday and will do so again on Friday.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Rangers are hoping he'll be ready to throw a bullpen session a few days after that. As long as he doesn't have any setbacks, Ogando seems likely to be ready for a rehab assignment around the end of June.
Joakim Soria won't return before AS break 06-21-2013
Joakim Soria P DET
Joakim Soria (elbow, pectoral) is unlikely to be activated from the disabled list prior to the All-Star break.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Soria began a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco Thursday, striking out one in a perfect inning. The Rangers want him to log about 10 rehab innings and appear on back-to-back days before returning, though. He hasn't appeared in a major league game since September of 2011.
Henderson Alvarez stretched out to 85 pitches 06-21-2013
Henderson Alvarez P MIA
Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will move his pitch count up to 85 pitches in a rehab start with Double-A Jacksonville on Saturday.

Miami Herald
Alvarez allowed only three runs over 10 innings in two starts for High-A Jupiter. He struck out only two over those 10 frames but, of course, that's nothing new for him. The right-hander is expected to need one final rehab start next week before being inserted into the Marlins' rotation.
Alex Cobb does arm exercises Thursday 06-21-2013
Alex Cobb P TB
Alex Cobb (concussion) did some arm exercises on Thursday at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Tribune
Cobb has some fluid behind his right ear and is having trouble with his balance, so he's not ready to start throwing just yet. The Rays obviously want him to do his best to keep his arm strength up, though. There is no timetable for Cobb's return.
Edgmer Escalona nearing rehab assignment 06-21-2013
Edgmer Escalona P NYY
Edgmer Escalona (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday.

Denver Post
The reliever is close to being sent out on a rehab assignment, though it's not clear when or where that will happen. Escalona has been out since mid-June with right elbow inflammation.
A.J. Burnett throws off flat ground 06-21-2013
A.J. Burnett P PIT
A.J. Burnett (calf) threw some pitches on flat ground prior to Thursday's game.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Burnett had been limited to strengthening exercises for his calf, so it's a nice step. It's not clear how close the right-hander might be to returning to a mound, though. He's dealing with a Grade 1 tear in his right calf.
Gomez might not need another rehab outing 06-21-2013
Jeanmar Gomez P PIT
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday that Jeanmar Gomez (forearm) might not need another rehab appearance before being activated.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Gomez struck out four over five hitless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday. The Pirates could use him in their rotation, but with three off days in the next two weeks, they could choose to shuffle things around. "We'll see how he feels when we get our hands on him," Hurdle said. "He could be very well close to getting back in the mix."
X-rays on Chad Gaudin's arm are negative 06-21-2013
Chad Gaudin P PHI
X-rays on Chad Gaudin's right arm came back negative.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Gaudin was injured in Thursday's game when a line drive caught his pitching arm. We'll have to see how he recovers over the next few days, but the right-hander seems to think he'll be fine for his next start. "It's all muscle and tissue so ... work it out, get back out there," he said.
Roger Bernadina returns to action Thursday 06-21-2013
Roger Bernadina CF LAD
Roger Bernadina appeared as a defensive replacement in Thursday's game. Bernadina was unavailable Wednesday due to an infection in his left eye. He visited the eye doctor, though, and evidently was cleared to return to action.
Konerko hits first home run since June 8 06-21-2013
Paul Konerko 1B CWS
Paul Konerko went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs in a loss to the Twins on Thursday. Minnesota swept Chicago, but at least Konerko woke from his season-long offensive slump. The veteran slugger went 7-for-12 over those three losses, raising his average from .235 to .252. Thursday's home run was his first since June 8.
Arcia goes 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI 06-21-2013
Oswaldo Arcia RF MIN
Oswaldo Arcia went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI against the White Sox on Thursday. It was his first home run since being recalled on June 10. Arcia has big-time potential and has posted an impressive .273/.340/.477 triple slash as a 22-year-old rookie. He's already a very good AL-only player, with five homers and 17 RBI in 128 at-bats.
Mercer goes 0-for-5 against the Reds 06-21-2013
Jordy Mercer SS PIT
Jordy Mercer went 0-for-5 Thursday against the Reds. Now the club's starting shortstop, the 26-year-old is batting .272/.324/.456 with three homers and two steals over 103 at-bats. Prior to Thursday's rough night, Mercer was batting .308 in June.
Bourjos goes 3-for-4 with homer, stolen base 06-21-2013
Peter Bourjos CF STL
Peter Bourjos went 3-for-4 with a homer, a stolen base and three RBI in Thursday's win against the Thursday. The speedy outfielder is 15-for-36 (.417) since returning from the disabled list (hamstring) on June 10. He's stolen three bases in those 10 games, assuaging doubt that a lingering malady would slow him down. Bourjos has put up a dynamite .345/.392/.479 line with three homers and four stolen bases in 32 games.
Frieri whiffs two in perfect 9th, earns save 06-21-2013
Ernesto Frieri P TB
Ernesto Frieri struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his 17th save against the Mariners on Thursday. Frieri hasn't allowed a run since May 29. He's lowered his ERA from 3.57 to 2.53 over that stretch, solidifying his role as Angels' closer. In June, Frieri has a 14/1 K/BB rate over nine outings. He hasn't surrendered a hit since June 5, a stretch of seven games.
Trumbo goes 1-for-4 with a home run and walk 06-21-2013
Mark Trumbo LF ARZ
Mark Trumbo went 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk in Thursday's win against the Mariners. It was his second homer in his last three games and his 17th on the season, good for sixth in the American League. Trumbo has slumped a bit in June, but he's still batting .264 with 50 RBI and 41 runs over 73 games.
Gonzalez allows a walk-off three-run homer 06-21-2013
Michael Gonzalez P WAS
Mike Gonzalez allowed a walk-off three-run homer to Carlos Pena to take the loss in Milwaukee's 7-4 setback against Houston. The 10th inning started well enough for the veteran lefty, as he struck out the first two batters he faced. Unfortunately, in the latter whiff, Gonzalez' wild pitch allowed Carlos Corporan to reach first. J.D. Martinez' double was followed by Pena's game-ending 413-foot charge to right. Thursday's outing inflated Gonzalez' ERA from 2.66 to 3.75. The left-handed specialist has a 34/14 K/BB rate over 24 innings.
Trout continues tear, reaches in all 5 PAs 06-21-2013
Mike Trout CF LAA
Mike Trout continued to shred opposing pitching on Thursday, reaching base in all five plate appearances and stealing a base in a 10-9, shootout victory against the Mariners. Trout went 4-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Entering the game, Trout was hitting .383/.483/.638 over 12 games since returning to the leadoff spot on June 8. He's on a seven-game hitting streak, and, perhaps more impressively, has walked in six consecutive contests. Trout is seventh in the league in batting average (.317), second in runs (53) and third in steals (16). He has 44 RBI and 12 homers in 293 at-bats.
Hanson allows 7 runs in 2 frames to Mariners 06-21-2013
Tommy Hanson P TEX
Tommy Hanson was skewered by the Mariners on Thursday for seven runs on six hits and two walks over just two innings. He escaped with the no-decision in a 10-9 victory. Thursday's turd spiked Hanson's ERA from 3.94 to 5.10. The right-hander has a far more difficult task than silencing the Mariners next week, when he takes a 4-2 record into a date with the Tigers in Detroit. Make sure to remove him from mixed league lineups.
Seager smacks two doubles and a homer in loss 06-21-2013
Kyle Seager 3B SEA
Kyle Seager went off in Thursday's 10-9 loss to the Angels, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, three RBI and three runs scored. Seager, who saw a 10-game hitting streak snapped on June 10, is currently riding a five-game hit streak. On the season, the young hot corner man sports an impressive .287/.349/.468 line with nine home runs and 33 RBI.
Hernandez roughed up for 7 runs on 12 hits 06-21-2013
Felix Hernandez P SEA
Felix Hernandez was roughed up for seven runs -- six earned -- on 12 hits Thursday against the Angels. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter. King Felix' downfall came in the fifth inning, when he surrendered a solo homer to Peter Bourjos and a three-run bomb to Mark Trumbo. Hernandez escaped with a no-decision in the wild 10-9 loss, his worst start of the season. He remains 8-4 with a 2.71 ERA.
Marquis allows 2 runs on 7 hits in ND victory 06-21-2013
Jason Marquis P SD
Jason Marquis allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Thursday. Marquis exited with the game square at two apiece. The Padres roughed up Los Angeles' bullpen and emerged victorious, 6-3. Marquis is fourth in the National League with nine wins, and his ERA stands at a very respectable 3.59. He's allowed 15 home runs, however, including at least one in six straight games, and leads the NL in walks issued (48). Marquis can be used in NL-only formats next time out against the Phillies in San Diego, where the veteran is 6-1 over 10 starts.
Ciriaco hits a triple and homer in win 06-21-2013
Pedro Ciriaco 3B ATL
Pedro Ciriaco continued his offensive assault as a Padre on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a homer, a stolen base, three RBI and two runs scored against the Dodgers. Acquired from the Red Sox one week ago, Ciriaco is 7-for-17 with two stolen bases in a San Diego uniform, tallying an impressive .412/.444/.706 slash line. There's no chance he sustains a pace even close to this, but Ciriaco is worth using in NL-only formats until Jedd Gyorko is activated.
Puig hits solo home run in the Dodgers' loss 06-21-2013
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run in the Dodgers' 6-3 loss to the Padres on Thursday. It was his only hit in five at-bats out of the two-hole. Puig has homered in back-to-back games and is currently sitting on a seven-game hit streak. He's also struck out at least once in six straight games, and whiffed three times on Thursday. Puig has only walked once in 16 games. The Cuban phenom is batting .452/.477/.790 with six home runs, two stolen bases, 12 runs scored and 12 RBI over his first 64 plate appearances in the major leagues. He's a fantasy star already, yes, but adjustments from around the league are already coming in. A 14/1 K/BB rate is great if you're a closer, not so good if, as a batter, you're concerned with the pitches you'll be seeing.
Fife holds the Pads to 2 runs in no-decision 06-21-2013
Stephen Fife P LAD
Stephen Fife held the Padres to two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a no-decision. Fife struck out six and walked one, scattering four hits. The 26-year-old has been great since he was recalled from the minors earlier this month, allowing just four runs over four starts and 23 innings. Unfortunately, Fife is allowing a bonanza of baserunners and we don't expect him to continue dancing out of danger.
Cishek strikes out two, earns 11th save 06-21-2013
Steve Cishek P MIA
Steve Cishek struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 11th save Thursday against the Giants. Cishek is 11-for-13 in save conversions this year, to go with a 3.56 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 28/12 K/BB rate over 30 1/3 innings. Cishek is a decent closer, but Miami will continue to deprive him of save opportunities.
Koehler spins 7 innings of 1-run ball in win 06-21-2013
Tom Koehler P MIA
Tom Koehler spun seven innings of one-run ball in a win against the Giants on Thursday. He surrendered only three hits and three walks, striking out three. It was a much needed quality start for Koehler, who had allowed 17 runs over his previous three outings. Koehler, 1-5 with a 4.65 ERA, gets the Twins next week.
Ozuna's two-run single to push Miami to win 06-21-2013
Marcell Ozuna CF MIA
Marcell Ozuna's two-run, pinch-hit single propelled the Marlins to a 2-1 victory against the Giants on Thursday. Trailing 1-0 in the eighth inning with two outs and two on, Miami called on Ozuna to pinch-hit for Tom Koehler. His single to right proved to be the game's deciding play. The 22-year-old rookie is batting .287/.326/.402 with 19 RBI in 174 at-bats.
Angel Pagan suffers major setback in rehab 06-21-2013
Angel Pagan CF SF
Angel Pagan had to be carted off after apparently reinjuring his hamstring on his rehab assignment on Thursday.

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Pagan limped to first base and then fell to the ground, according to San Jose Giants play-by-play man Joe Ritzo. It sounds like he could be headed towards hamstring surgery now. Andres Torres and Juan Perez will continue to man center for the Giants.