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David Ortiz homers twice in Red Sox win 05-14-2014
David Ortiz DH BOS
David Ortiz homered twice in a second straight game Wednesday as the Red Sox beat the Twins 9-4. Ortiz also doubled. He's raised his average from .241 to .298 by going 15-for-29 with five homers and three doubles over his last seven games, and he's now tied for second in the majors with 11 homers this season.
Felix Doubront limits Twins to one run 05-14-2014
Felix Doubront P OAK
Felix Doubront yielded one run in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over Minnesota. Doubront was a little shaky early, but he retired nine straight in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before getting into trouble and getting pulled in the seventh. Blake Burdenhop bailed him out then, stranding both runners he inherited. Doubront's win was his first since his season debut back on April 3.
Kevin Correia falls to 1-5 05-14-2014
Kevin Correia P PHI
Kevin Correia was pulled after giving up five runs and nine hits in four innings against the Red Sox on Wednesday. Why is he even still in the rotation? Correia is now 1-5 with a 6.80 ERA, while better options abound in Triple-A. Maybe the Twins will stash him on the DL, much like they did the similarly struggling Mike Pelfrey.
Grady Sizemore knocks in two 05-14-2014
Grady Sizemore RF TB
Grady Sizemore had two hits, two RBI and a walk Wednesday against the Twins. After finishing April with a .208 average, Sizemore is at .323 with five walks in 31 at-bats this month. He's probably ready for another look in the leadoff spot, but since Dustin Pedroia is doing well up there now, it's unlikely Boston will make a change right away.
Trevor Plouffe hits two-run homer 05-14-2014
Trevor Plouffe 3B OAK
Trevor Plouffe had a two-run homer and a double in a losing cause on Wednesday. Plouffe was in an 0-for-20 slump before going 4-for-8 the last two days. It was only a matter of time before the homers started up again; he has just two all season, but he has 16 doubles. Still, we'd expect pretty mediocre overall numbers the rest of the way.
Rodriguez tagged for three runs in loss 05-14-2014
Francisco Rodriguez P DET
Francisco Rodriguez allowed three runs in his only inning of work, taking the loss as the Brewers fell to the Pirates 4-1 on Wednesday. Rodriguez looked untouchable, carrying a spotless 0.00 ERA as recently as four days ago, but he has now allowed runs in two out of his last three outings. The right-hander allowed three hits and a double, turning a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 Pirates lead. Rodriguez still has a very respectable 1.64 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 28/4 K/BB ratio in 22 innings, however.
Zobrist (thumb) likely going on disabled list 05-14-2014
Ben Zobrist 2B CHC
Ben Zobrist (thumb) will likely be placed on the disabled list in the coming days after leaving Wednesday's game with a dislocated left thumb.

Tampa Bay Times
"I'd be surprised (if I wasn't) because I jammed it pretty good and it's dislocated," Zobrist said after Wednesday's game. "We want to make sure it heals properly so I don't have any problems going forward." Rays manager Joe Maddon is taking a wait-and-see approach, saying Zobrist will be re-evaluated Thursday, but if Zobrist thinks he'll need a DL stint that's a good indication of the severity of the injury. Sean Rodriguez and Logan Forsythe will likely split time at second base in Zobrist's absence, however long that might be.
Melancon records fifth save against MIL 05-14-2014
Mark Melancon P SF
Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth inning to convert his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Brewers. Melancon has been great for the Pirates since taking over as the closer when Jason Grilli hit the DL. Since April 24, Melancon has allowed one run over nine innings, converting five of six save opportunities.
Braun singles twice in loss to Pirates 05-14-2014
Ryan Braun LF MLW
Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles as the Brewers lost to the Pirates on Wednesday. Braun collected his first hits since being activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. He had been dealing with a strained oblique and played only six innings in his return. On Thursday, he went eight innings before being taken out for Logan Schafer. When Braun has been healthy, he has been very productive, now slashing .319/.365/.574 on the year.
Liriano solid vs. MIL but takes no-decision 05-14-2014
Francisco Liriano P TOR
Francisco Liriano allowed one run over six innings but took the no-decision in Wednesday's win over the Brewers. Liriano has been inconsistent all season, as Wednesday's start was his best since his first start against the Cubs at the end of March. The left-hander held the Brewers to four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Control issues have been more of a problem for him compared to last season, but he'll look to continue improving on it at home against the Orioles in his next start.
Peralta excellent in no-decision loss vs. PIT 05-14-2014
Wily Peralta P MLW
Wily Peralta limited the Pirates to one run over seven innings but took the no-decision as the Brewers lost on Wednesday. Peralta continues to throw the ball well, turning in his seventh consecutive quality start. The right-hander allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four, lowering his ERA to 2.05 and his WHIP to 1.10. Peralta has quietly been one of baseball's best starters this season and he'll look to keep it going in his next start against the Braves on the road.
Kluber solid over seven innings, moves to 4-3 05-14-2014
Corey Kluber P CLE
Corey Kluber earned the win, allowing two runs over seven innings as the Indians battered the Blue Jays by a 15-4 score on Wednesday. Kluber, now 4-3, wasn't the beneficiary of all those runs as the Indians scored nine of those runs after the left the game. He still had to pitch in a relatively close ballgame, and he pitched well, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out nine. The right-hander now has a 3.38 ERA with a 66/13 K/BB ratio. Kluber will face the Tigers at home next.
McGowan gives up 4 ER in 4 IP, earns loss 05-14-2014
Dustin McGowan P MIA
Dustin McGowan fell to 2-2 following Wednesday's start against the Indians, allowing four runs over four innings of work. McGowan allowed nine hits, walked two, and struck out three in the effort. He has been unreliable in the rotation, now sitting with a 5.08 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. The Jays' bullpen didn't help matters, allowing 11 runs in the five innings after he exited the game. Prospect Marcus Stroman, hoping a spot opens up in the rotation, allowed five of those runs, which may give McGowan a tiny amount of extra breathing room. If McGowan gets another crack at it, he'll face the Red Sox on the road next.
Cabrera knocks three hits, swipes bag 05-14-2014
Asdrubal Cabrera SS NYM
Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a walk, a double, and a stolen base in Wednesday's drubbing of the Blue Jays. Cabrera was one of six Indians with two or more hits against Blue Jays pitching, scoring three runs in the process. The stolen base is his fourth of the season and he is slashing .259/.335/.401. Wednesday marks only the second time all season Cabrera has his slugging percentage over .400.
Report: Mets release RHP Kyle Farnsworth 05-14-2014
Kyle Farnsworth P HOU
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Mets released Kyle Farnsworth.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
It's a curious move, given that Farnsworth saved a game as recently as Monday for the Mets. The right-hander had a 3.18 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 17 innings of work, but his effectiveness had tailed off in recent weeks after a hot start. Given that he's had some success this season, the 38-year-old likely won't be out of a job for too long.
Gomes homers as Tribe dismantle Blue Jays 05-14-2014
Yan Gomes C CLE
Yan Gomes went 2-for-6 with a three-run home run as the Indians clobbered the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Gomes ripped a three-run home run off of Neil Wagner in the ninth inning, giving the Indians a 15-2 lead at the time. The blast is Gomes' sixth of the season and he now has three in the first two weeks of May after hitting three in all of April. Despite the mediocre start, Gomes is now slashing a respectable .269/.313/.487.
Chisenhall batters Jays pitching for 5 hits 05-14-2014
Lonnie Chisenhall RF CLE
Lonnie Chisenhall went 5-for-6 with a double and an RBI. Chisenhall and teammate David Murphy became the first two Cleveland teammates each with five hits in a nine-inning game since July 29, 1928. Chisenhall raised his average from .325 to .361 with the effort and is now carrying an .887 OPS, getting a vast majority of his plate appearances against right-handed pitching.
Murphy adds 5 hits, 5 RBI in rout of BlueJays 05-14-2014
David Murphy RF BOS
David Murphy went 5-for-6 with three doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored as the Indians routed the Blue Jays on Wednesday. It was a ballgame for much of Wednesday's affair, but the Indians kept piling on, thanks in part to Murphy's hot bat. Lonnie Chisenhall joined him in the five-hit club as well. Murphy raised his OPS a whopping 71 points with the performance, now sitting with a .273/.350/.413 slash line with 24 RBI.
Masahiro Tanaka hurls shutout versus Mets 05-14-2014
Masahiro Tanaka P NYY
Masahiro Tanaka pitched a four-hitter against the Mets on Wednesday for his first major league complete game and shutout. Tanaka notched his first complete game on May 14 of his rookie year, just like Daisuke Matsuzaka did for the Red Sox seven years ago tonight. Dice-K has never had another since, but odds are that Tanaka will have a few more. He struck out eight and walked none in the 114-pitch gem tonight. He even had a single in the ninth, giving him one more hit than Mets pitchers have all season.
d'Arnaud to undergo more concussion testing 05-14-2014
Travis d'Arnaud C NYM
Travis d'Arnaud will undergo another test Thursday to determine if he needs to go on the disabled list.

Matt Ehalt on Twitter
d'Arnaud passed initial concussion tests Tuesday after taking an Alfonso Soriano backswing to the head, but the Mets gave him a concussion test Wednesday after he reported symptoms during a workout. At this point, a stay on the seven-day concussion DL seems likely.
Rafael Montero takes loss in MLB debut 05-14-2014
Rafael Montero P NYM
Rafael Montero took a loss after allowing three runs in six innings against the Yankees in his major league debut. Montero was solid despite allowing two homers, but solid wasn't nearly good enough with Masahiro Tanaka also on the mound tonight. Expectations are that the 23-year-old will get home starts against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks next week, making him a pretty good play in mixed leagues.
Yangervis Solarte hits fourth homer 05-14-2014
Yangervis Solarte 3B SD
Yangervis Solarte hit his fourth homer and walked Wednesday against the Mets. As terrific as Solarte was early on, he had just one homer in his first 28 games. Now he has three in his last six. He's also upped his average from .284 to .336 during a nine-game hitting streak. It's not going to last forever, but he's been a star for the first quarter of the season.
Jacoby Ellsbury goes hitless in 3rd straight 05-14-2014
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury went hitless on Wednesday and is in a 4-for-37 slump over his last 10 games. On the plus side, Ellsbury has walked seven times during his slump. He's up to 18 walks in 144 at-bats for the year, a much better rate than usual. His career high for walks is 52, established in 660 at-bats during his near-MVP season in 2011.
Garcia (shoulder) to rejoin rotation Sunday 05-14-2014
Jaime Garcia P ATL
Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is scheduled to rejoin the Cardinals' rotation on Sunday.

The southpaw had previously planned to throw a bullpen Wednesday ahead of a Saturday start, but Wednesday's rainout pushed those plans back a day. Garcia will throw a bullpen session Thursday, and assuming everything goes well he'll be activated ahead of Sunday's start against the Braves instead. Garcia hasn't made a start with the Cardinals since May 17 of last season.
Morgan leaves with mild right knee sprain 05-14-2014
Nyjer Morgan CF CLE
Nyjer Morgan left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays with a mild right knee sprain.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
The kicker is that Morgan was only in the game because of an injury to Michael Brantley. The term "mild" suggests it's not a serious issue and Morgan should be back soon. Still, with two outfielder's down the Indians may need to make a roster move before Thursday's game.
Williams struggling at Double-A Trenton 05-14-2014
Mason Williams RF NYY
Yankees prospect OF Mason Willliams went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday for Double-A Trenton. Williams batted .153 in 17 games at Trenton last season after an August promotion, and the 22-year-old appears to be headed down a similar unproductive path this season with a .539 OPS through 35 games. That being said, Williams' .217 BABIP and respectable 23/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season suggests his batting average should improve (at least to an extent).
Brantley exits Wednesday with back tightness 05-14-2014
Michael Brantley LF CLE
Michael Brantley left Wednesday's game with mid-back tightness.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Brantley doubled in the top of the fifth inning and scored on Carlos Santana's homer, but he was replaced by Nyjer Morgan in left field to start the bottom of the inning. More will be known about his availability after the game, but he's likely day-to-day until further notice.
Fuld (concussion) takes step back Wednesday 05-14-2014
Sam Fuld CF OAK
Sam Fuld (concussion) saw a doctor again Wednesday due to persisting symptoms.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"It's not a setback," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You're going to have those up-and-down days." Fuld is eligible to come off the 7-day concussion disabled list on Thursday, but that's extremely unlikely. He'll need to be symptom-free for a couple of days before the Twins will consider reinstating him.
Todd Coffey impresses at showcase Wednesday 05-14-2014
Todd Coffey P LAD
According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, scouts in attendance at Todd Coffey's showcase Wednesday were impressed with the right-hander's throwing.

Jeff Passan on Twitter
Passan said Coffey's fastball hit 91-92 mph with a slider between 82 and 84 mph. Coffey is coming off his second Tommy John surgery, a procedure that forced him to miss the entire 2013 season. Passan said Coffey could have a contract by the weekend.
Cingrani (shoulder) won't start on Saturday 05-14-2014
Tony Cingrani P CIN
Tony Cingrani (shoulder) won't start on Saturday as originally expected.

John Fay on Twitter
Cingrani will likely start Sunday or Monday instead, according to Reds manager Bryan Price. The Reds game Wednesday was postponed, possibly the cause of Cingrani's return being delayed. Either way, it appears he'll be back by early next week at the latest.
Holland (knee) to throw sim game Thursday 05-14-2014
Derek Holland P CWS
Derek Holland (knee) will throw a three-inning simulated game Thursday in Arizona.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
Holland continues to work back from microfracture surgery. His return can't come soon enough for the Rangers, who recently lost Martin Perez and Matt Harrison for the long-term. He's still looking at a midseason return.
Gorzelanny (shoulder) goes two in rehab start 05-14-2014
Tom Gorzelanny P CLE
Tom Gorzelanny (shoulder) threw two scoreless innings in a rehab start with High-A Brevard County on Wednesday.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
It was the lefty's first rehab start since being placed on the disabled list in late March. He's shooting for a return at the end of May.
Martin (hamstring) takes batting practice 05-14-2014
Russell Martin C TOR
Russell Martin (hamstring) took batting practice on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The next steps are running and catching. Martin will also likely require a short rehab assignment before returning, although the veteran doesn't seem to want to go on one. Either way, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Martin is progressing well in his recovery.
Grilli (oblique) throws simulated game Wed. 05-14-2014
Jason Grilli P TOR
Jason Grilli (oblique) threw a 24-pitch simulated game on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Grilli threw two 12-pitch "innings" and reported no ill effects. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, pitching coach Ray Searage and general manager Neal Huntington will discuss Grilli's next step. A rehab assignment may be in his near future.
Odorizzi tosses six scoreless in win over M's 05-14-2014
Jake Odorizzi P TB
Jake Odorizzi threw six shutout innings of one-hit ball as the Rays topped the Mariners 2-0 on Wednesday. Odorizzi allowed only a single, walking two, in his six innings of brilliance. The right-hander struck out seven, and combined with his last start Odorizzi has thrown 11 scoreless innings while striking out 18 batters. He's got the A's in his sights for his next start, scheduled for Tuesday.
Myers doubles, scores in win over Mariners 05-14-2014
Wil Myers 1B SD
Wil Myers went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Mariners. The teams combined for five hits in the game, and Myers' double was one of just two extra-base hits. The double was his ninth of the season and fourth in his last 10 games. That's a small glimmer of hope for what's largely been tough sledding for Myers thus far this year -- after Wednesday's game, he's batting .252/.314/.387 in 155 at-bats.
Pelfrey set for rehab start Fri. at Triple-A 05-14-2014
Mike Pelfrey P DET
Mike Pelfrey will make a rehab start Friday for Triple-A Rochester.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
Pelfrey will throw around 60 pitches in the start, his first since hitting the disabled list on May 2. He'll have 30 days to rehab before being required to be activated, and the Twins will likely take their time to ensure the 30-year-old makes it back healthy.
Maurer walks four over 3 2/3 innings vs. Rays 05-14-2014
Brandon Maurer P SD
Brandon Maurer had another abbreviated start on Wednesday, allowing two runs while walking four over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays. Maurer needed 84 pitches to get through his 3 2/3 innings. The Rays only managed two hits off Maurer, but he walked in a run and allowed another to score on a wild pitch. It's the third time in five starts that Maurer hasn't made it through five innings. His next start will come Wednesday at the Rangers.
Balfour slams door on Mariners for 7th save 05-14-2014
Grant Balfour P TB
Grant Balfour pitched an uneventful ninth inning to earn his seventh save of the season against the Mariners on Wednesday. Balfour struck out one while not allowing a baserunner in the inning. Balfour has converted three straight save opportunities since getting lit up by the White Sox on April 25. The right-hander is 7-for-8 in save chances, and he owns a 4.70 ERA -- inflated by allowing five runs in 2/3 of an inning in said thrashing -- and 1.43 WHIP in 15 1/3 innings this year.
Albers (shoulder) could be out another month 05-14-2014
Matt Albers P CWS
Matt Albers (shoulder) said he could be out of action another three to four weeks while recovering from shoulder tendinitis.

Albers tried to throw a simulated game at full effort on Friday but had to shut it down because it didn't feel right. An MRI showed no structural damage, so it's just an issue of managing the discomfort. Albers had a cortisone injection in the shoulder on Tuesday, and he'll be shut down from throwing for at least 10 days.
Reds-Padres game postponed due to rain 05-14-2014
Johnny Cueto P SF
Wednesday's game between the Reds and Padres was postponed due to rain. The game was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Abreu's late homer lifts White Sox over A's 05-14-2014
Jose Abreu 1B CWS
Jose Abreu hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to help give the White Sox a 4-2 win over the Athletics on Wednesday. It was Abreu's only hit in four at-bats. The Cuban slugger has now hit 15 homers in his first 42 MLB games, posting a ridiculous .620 slugging percentage as well. He leads the American League in home runs, RBI (41) and slugging percentage, and is fourth in runs scored (28) and OPS (.941).
Hunter Pence goes 4-for-5, homers in win 05-14-2014
Hunter Pence RF SF
Hunter Pence went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Giants to a 10-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday. Pence's third homer of the season came as the second batter of the game. He entered with just 10 RBI all season, a product of him primarily batting second in the Giants lineup. Still, he hasn't been the same kind of power hitter he was last year, when he finished with 27 homers.
Madison Bumgarner gives up four runs in win 05-14-2014
Madison Bumgarner P SF
Madison Bumgarner picked up a win after allowing four runs in five innings Wednesday against the Braves. Bumgarner wasn't nearly at his best today, but, fortunately, neither was opposing starter Julio Teheran. It's his fifth win already, as he's easily getting the best support among Giants starters.
Julio Teheran struggles against Giants 05-14-2014
Julio Teheran P ATL
Julio Teheran had his worst outing of the year Wednesday, giving up five runs -- four earned -- in 3 1/3 innings against the Giants. It looked like Teheran wouldn't even make it through one. He appeared to be dealing with a blister or similar finger problem early on, and he didn't finish the first until retiring Madison Bumgarner with his 41st pitch of the inning. Even at that point, it seemed iffy that he'd come back out. However, he returned and pitched OK for a couple of innings before getting yanked in the fourth. Hopefully, whatever was going on is all better next week.
Donaldson hits ninth homer against White Sox 05-14-2014
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox. Donaldson hit a solo shot off White Sox starter Andre Rienzo to give his team the lead in the fourth inning, and he singled off closer Matt Lindstrom in the ninth to put the tying run on base. Alas, neither led to an A's victory. The homer was Donaldson's ninth of the season, and the third baseman is hitting .267/.344/.491 through 40 games.
Gregor Blanco steals three bases 05-14-2014
Gregor Blanco RF SF
Gregor Blanco singled, walked twice, stole three bases and scored three runs versus the Braves on Wednesday. Blanco is the first Giant to steal three bases since he did so two years ago against the A's. He entered the game with just one steal this season. Even after today, he's batting just .136. Still, he'll have some fantasy value if Angel Pagan's knee problems force him to the DL at some point.
Lindstrom escapes jam vs. A's for sixth save 05-14-2014
Matt Lindstrom P LAA
Matt Lindstrom put two runners on with no outs but escaped without incident, earning his sixth save in Wednesday's win over the A's. Lindstrom walked Jed Lowrie and allowed a Josh Donaldson single to start the frame, but he induced a Brandon Moss double play before getting Yoenis Cespedes to line out to end it. It hasn't always been a walk in the park -- in fact, it's rarely been a walk in the park -- but White Sox manager Robin Ventura keeps turning to Lindstrom with the game on the line. Fantasy owners should continue to, too.
Brandon Crawford goes 3-for-5, homers 05-14-2014
Brandon Crawford SS SF
Brandon Crawford went 3-for-5 with a splash hit Wednesday for his fifth homer of the year. Crawford is hitting his usual .250ish, but now has more homers this year than he did in 2012 and more than half of his 2013 total of nine in 499 at-bats. It's too bad he's not a basestealer at all; that's what really limits him as a fantasy shortstop.
Beckham belts leadoff homer in win over A's 05-14-2014
Gordon Beckham 2B SF
Gordon Beckham went 3-for-4 with a leadoff home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the A's. Beckham took A's starter Tommy Milone deep to start the contest, and he also scored on Jose Abreu's deciding three-run shot in the eighth inning. The second baseman has pulled his season line up to .266/.310/.418 with his hitting of late. The homer was his third since May 6.
Milone allows one run in no-decision vs. Sox 05-14-2014
Tommy Milone P MLW
Tommy Milone was stingy on Wednesday, allowing one run on five hits in a no-decision against the White Sox. Gordon Beckham took Milone deep to open the game, and the left-hander responded with six innings of zeros before exiting. He didn't walk a batter while striking out four. Unfortunately for Milone, his bullpen blew the lead late, saddling him with a no-decision. It was the second straight promising start for the southpaw. He'll look to continue building on that Wednesday at the Rays.
Rienzo limits Athletics to two runs in win 05-14-2014
Andre Rienzo P MIA
Andre Rienzo allowed two runs -- on two solo home runs -- over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Athletics on Wednesday. The solo homers, to John Jaso and Josh Donaldson, were the only hits Rienzo allowed on the day. The right-hander also walked two while striking out four. An unheralded member of the White Sox rotation, Rienzo has a 3-0 record, 4.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 30 innings, and the White Sox have won all five of his starts. He'll have a chance to run that perfect record higher Tuesday at the Royals.
Sandoval exits Wednesday with sore big toe 05-14-2014
Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS
Pablo Sandoval left Wednesday's game after aggravating a left big toe injury.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
He did it in his first at-bat and was removed in the sixth inning. He's considered day-to-day.
Harrison placed on DL with back inflammation 05-14-2014
Matt Harrison P PHI
Rangers placed LHP Matt Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. Of course, the injury is much more serious than that. Harrison is looking at the possibility of needing spinal fusion surgery, which could threaten his career. More will likely be known about his outlook in the coming days.
Rangers recall RHP Mikolas from Triple-A 05-14-2014
Miles Mikolas P TEX
Rangers recalled RHP Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Round Rock. Mikolas will take the roster spot of Matt Harrison, who is facing another lengthy DL stay due to back injuries. The right-hander has a 3.38 ERA in eight innings with Round Rock this season.
Cubs place Rosscup (shoulder soreness) on DL 05-14-2014
Zac Rosscup P CHC
Cubs placed LHP Zac Rosscup on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 10, with left shoulder soreness. It's unfortunate timing for the left-hander, as he hasn't allowed a run in four innings of work since being recalled. Jose Veras was activated to take his roster spot.
Cubs activate RHP Veras from disabled list 05-14-2014
Jose Veras P ATL
Cubs activated RHP Jose Veras from the 15-day disabled list. Veras hasn't pitched since April 24 due to an oblique strain. He'll likely return as a setup man to Hector Rondon.
Dodgers option Olivo to Triple-A Albuquerque 05-14-2014
Miguel Olivo C LAD
Dodgers optioned C Miguel Olivo to Triple-A Albuquerque. Olivo hit .217/.240/.304 in 23 at-bats with the Dodgers. He was optioned to make room for A.J. Ellis on the active roster.
Ian Desmond plates go-ahead run in victory 05-14-2014
Ian Desmond 1B COL
Ian Desmond delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth as the Nationals topped the Diamondbacks 5-1 on Wednesday. It was Desmond's second hit of the game, as he more than made up for committing his 10th error earlier. After slumping for the first 10 days in the month, he's gone 5-for-15 with a homer, a triple and five RBI in his last four games.
Harrison (back) facing spinal fusion surgery 05-14-2014
Matt Harrison P PHI
Matt Harrison (back) has a displacement of a vertebra in his back and could be faced with spinal fusion surgery.

Dallas Morning News
Harrison also has significant nerve irritation in the back. As an alternative to surgery, Harrison could also opt to live with the condition for the rest of his playing career, a more painful option but one that wouldn't put his career in jeopardy. Surgery would almost certainly threaten to end his pitching career.
Doug Fister impresses versus D'Backs 05-14-2014
Doug Fister P HOU
Doug Fister was much improved in his second start for the Nationals, allowing one run over seven innings in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks. An Aaron Hill solo shot accounted for the only damage. Fister struck out six and walked none. He struggled against the A's last week in his first start back from the DL, but he seems good to go in fantasy leagues now.
Brandon McCarthy goes eight stromg 05-14-2014
Brandon McCarthy P LAD
Brandon McCarthy held the Nationals to one run over eight innings and struck out seven in a no-decision Wednesday. McCarthy had one ugly, ugly inning last week against the White Sox, but apart from that, he's been dominant the last couple of weeks. With his velocity up, he can remain a useful mixed-league pitcher.
Brad Ziegler gives up four runs 05-14-2014
Brad Ziegler P MIA
Brad Ziegler had a rare off day on Wednesday, giving up four runs in the ninth to take a loss versus the Nationals. Ziegler's recent performance made him the obvious choice to step into ninth inning duties if the Diamondbacks opted to replace Addison Reed, but he didn't have it today. His ERA nearly tripled from 0.86 to 2.53.
Perez (elbow) diagnosed with partial UCL tear 05-14-2014
Martin Perez P TEX
Martin Perez was diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL in his left elbow.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
Torn elbow ligaments and Tommy John surgery go hand in hand, and it's already been identified as an option for the 23-year-old. A non-surgical option also exists, and Perez will consult with the Rangers on the next move. Either way, we're not likely to see the left-hander back any time soon.
Aaron Hill goes 2-for-4, hits fourth homer 05-14-2014
Aaron Hill 3B BOS
Aaron Hill went 2-for-4 and homered for the Diamondbacks' lone run Wednesday against the Nationals. Hill ended up with six hits in the series against the Nationals. He is batting .329 with three homers and 15 RBI in 20 games since being dropped to the fifth spot in Arizona's lineup.
Chris Owings goes hitless in third straight 05-14-2014
Chris Owings CF ARZ
Chris Owings went hitless in a third straight game Wednesday against the Nationals. Owings has been useless in fantasy leagues this last month; after stealing four bases in his first 14 games, he's gone without even attempting one since April 13. he also has just four RBI and 10 runs scored in 123 at-bats for the season. A lot of that is from hitting at the bottom of a subpar lineup, but it's certainly not doing his owners any good.
Fien (biceps) throws bullpen session Wed. 05-14-2014
Casey Fien P SEA
Casey Fien (biceps) was encouraged with his bullpen session on Wednesday.

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Fien took a line drive off his right biceps on Sunday and is day-to-day with a bruise. Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said he was "impressed" with the session. Fien should be available in a day or two.
Kemp, Uribe not starting for Dodgers on Wed. 05-14-2014
Matt Kemp LF ATL
Matt Kemp is not in the lineup for the Dodgers' game against the Marlins on Wednesday. It's just a day off for the outfielder, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday night's game. Andre Ethier started in center field in Kemp's absence. Juan Uribe also got the night off at third base.
Dodgers activate Ellis from 15-day DL 05-14-2014
A.J. Ellis C MIA
Dodgers activated C A.J. Ellis from the 15-day disabled list. Ellis has been out since April 8 due to surgery on his left knee. Miguel Olivo was optioned to make room for Ellis, who was behind the plate for Wednesday's game.
Cardinals-Cubs game postponed due to rain 05-14-2014
Michael Wacha P STL
Wednesday's game between the Cardinals and Cubs has been postponed due to rain. The teams will make the game up as part of a doubleheader on August 30. The series finale between the two teams is set for Thursday afternoon.
Zobrist leaves with dislocated left thumb 05-14-2014
Ben Zobrist 2B CHC
Ben Zobrist left Wednesday's game against the Mariners with a dislocated left thumb.

Roger Mooney on Twitter
Zobrist hurt the thumb sliding head-first into second base. The thumb was set back into place, and Zobrist will be re-evaluated when the team returns home on Tuesday. It appears he'll avoid the disabled list for the time being.
B.J. Upton gets ejected for arguing 05-14-2014
Melvin Upton CF TOR
B.J. Upton was ejected from Wednesday's game in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Upton had just struck out for the eighth time in the series and the sixth time looking. The last pitch he saw was clearly a ball -- a few inches outside -- and it's not surprising his frustration boiled over.
Padres activate RHP Dale Thayer 05-14-2014
Dale Thayer P SD
Padres activated RHP Dale Thayer from the paternity leave list. Thayer will be back in his sixth- and seventh-inning role after missing just one day of action.
Padres send Quackenbush to Double-A 05-14-2014
Kevin Quackenbush P SD
Padres optioned RHP Kevin Quackenbush to Triple-A El Paso. Quackenbush was only up for a day this time. He's allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings in his brief stints with the Padres.
Ben Zobrist injures thumb on slide 05-14-2014
Ben Zobrist 2B CHC
Ben Zobrist left Wednesday's game in the fifth inning with an apparent thumb injury.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Zobrist was hurt sliding head first, and yes, that does sound very familiar. The Rays can use both Logan Forsythe and Sean Rodriguez at second base if Zobrist is DL bound, giving them the flexibility to call up a non-middle infielder from Triple-A if they prefer. Wilson Betemit is an option.
Jason Vargas strikes out eight in victory 05-14-2014
Jason Vargas P KC
Jason Vargas struck out eight while allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Rockies. Eight strikeouts is a new high for him as a Royal, and it's the ninth time he's reached that mark in his career. After a rough patch against the Blue Jays and Tigers, he's allowed two runs over 13 2/3 innings while winning his last two starts. That's good, but he's still a risky play next week with the right-handed heavy White Sox and Angels on the schedule.
Mike Moustakas doubles twice in Royals' win 05-14-2014
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Mike Moustakas doubled twice and drove in three runs Wednesday against the Rockies. The Royals for some reason have themselves convinced that they can't win without Moustakas playing well, even though their 20-19 this year while giving regular at-bats to one of the game's worst performers. It's not that Moustakas can't hit. He can, at least a little. But it certainly would have made sense to let him find his swing in the minors a couple of weeks ago. Maybe he's ready to start to turn it around anyway.
Charlie Blackmon goes hitless in loss 05-14-2014
Charlie Blackmon CF COL
Leading off against Jason Vargas, Charlie Blackmon went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Royals on Wednesday. Blackmon's success against lefties has earned him more chances against them, but now that he's fading some, we'll see if that holds up. He'll probably resume being platooned with Drew Stubbs in center once Michael Cuddyer comes off the DL. He should remain a force in mixed leagues anyway.
Twins demote OF Arcia to Triple-A 05-14-2014
Oswaldo Arcia RF SD
Twins activated outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester. The Twins are overrated their current group if they think they don't need Arcia, who hit .308/.349/.487 in 12 games on his rehab assignment. One imagines he'll be up for good sign enough; Jason Kubel's OPS is down to .691, Chris Colabello's is at .702.
Richards whiffs eight over seven scoreless 05-14-2014
Garrett Richards P LAA
Garrett Richards struck out eight while allowing just five hits and no walks over seven scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Phillies. Yet another impressive performance from the young right-hander. Richards cruised for most of the day but did have to wiggle out of a jam in the sixth, getting Ryan Howard to strike out and Marlon Byrd to foulout with runners on second and third. The 25-year-old's results are finally matching his stuff, as he's 4-0 and boasts a 2.45 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 54 strikeouts over 52 innings. He has a good chance to keep it going with home starts versus the Astros and Royals next week.
Joe Smith converts fifth save Wednesday 05-14-2014
Joe Smith P TOR
Joe Smith notched his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Phillies. Smith induced a flyout and a foulout before getting Domonic Brown swinging to end it. He had been preceded by Ernesto Frieri, who fired a perfect frame of his own. Angels manager Mike Scioscia would like Frieri to take hold of the closer role, but Smith is probably the more reliable option right now. It's a situation in flux.
A.J. Burnett labors through five frames 05-14-2014
A.J. Burnett P PIT
A.J. Burnett labored through five innings Wednesday, yielding three runs on seven hits and five walks in a loss to the Angels. Burnett has been sporadically wild this season, as this is the third time he's walked at least five batters in a game. He hasn't issued more than two free passes in any of his other six outings. Altogether the veteran righty has been effective, putting up a 3.13 ERA while striking out 45 across 54 2/3 frames. He'll take on Marlins next week.
Albert Pujols scores a pair of runs 05-14-2014
Albert Pujols DH LAA
Albert Pujols went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Phillies. Pujols doubled and scored in the first inning and singled and scored in the third. He was lumbering around the bases to the point where he almost looked to be in pain, so hopefully his foot isn't acting up on him again. While he's hitting just .264 with a .330 OBP, Pujols' counting stats have been there with 10 homers, 26 RBI and 26 runs scored.
Ben Revere goes hitless vs. Angels 05-14-2014
Ben Revere CF LAA
Ben Revere went 0-for-4 at the plate in Wednesday's loss to the Angels. Revere wasn't the only one who struggled, as the Phillies managed just five hits off of Garrett Richards and the Angels' bullpen. The outfielder is hitting a respectable .268 with 12 stolen bases this season, so he's pretty much giving fantasy owners what they expected. However, he's drawn only three walks and has a .284 OBP, making him a poor fit for the leadoff spot.
Justin Verlander survives to win fifth 05-14-2014
Justin Verlander P DET
Justin Verlander survived a rough fifth inning to win his fifth game Wednesday, allowing five runs over six frames in a 7-5 victory over the Orioles. Verlander was cruising along until the fifth inning, when the O's rallied for five two-out runs punctuated by a Nelson Cruz three-run blast. That cut the Tigers' lead to one at the time, but the Orioles never got any closer. Though he already has five wins, Verlander hasn't quite been himself yet with a 3.15 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and just 47 strikeouts over 60 innings. He'll get the Indians and Rangers next week.
Travis d'Arnaud to undergo concussion tests 05-14-2014
Travis d'Arnaud C NYM
Travis d'Arnaud will receive a concussion test after getting hit in the head by Alfonso Soriano's backswing during Tuesday's game.

Mike Puma on Twitter
Anthony Recker will catch tonight's game against the Yankees. If d'Arnaud needs to go on the DL, either Juan Centeno or Taylor Teagarden will be called up to share time behind the plate. It'd be a shame; we were looking forward to Thursday's de Grom-d'Arnaud battery.
Joe Nathan converts 10th save Wednesday 05-14-2014
Joe Nathan P SF
Joe Nathan nailed down his 10th save of the season with a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the Orioles. Nathan should have had a perfect inning, as he had Chris Davis struck out on a 2-2 pitch that was called a ball before eventually walking him. However, he then got Nelson Cruz to ground out weakly to end it. Nathan is unscored upon in his last nine appearances.
Kolten Wong unavailable with illness 05-14-2014
Kolten Wong 2B STL
Kolten Wong, called up earlier in the day, won't be available Wednesday because of an illness.

Bernie Miklasz on Twitter
What timing. The Cardinals wish they had known this before they officially activated Wong; they would have held off on demoting Greg Garcia.
Rangers place LHP Perez on 15-day DL 05-14-2014
Martin Perez P TEX
Rangers placed LHP Martin Perez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 11, with left elbow inflammation. Perez is out indefinitely, but the Rangers are hopeful that he won't require surgery. Nick Tepesch is joining the rotation in his place.
Kevin Gausman struggles in season debut 05-14-2014
Kevin Gausman P BAL
Kevin Gausman's season debut Wednesday didn't go well, as the youngster was lit up for five runs on six hits and two walks over four innings in a loss to the Tigers. Gausman's stuff was there, as he was sitting mostly in the mid-90s and touching 95 mph. His command was not there, however, and he needed 87 pitches to cover the four frames. The Orioles didn't put Gausman in a great spot, having him pitch on short rest against the Tigers in his major league debut, but there's no doubt that this goes down as a missed opportunity. If Gausman gets another start, it will come next week in Pittsburgh.
Rangers call up RHP Tepesch 05-14-2014
Nick Tepesch P KC
Rangers recalled RHP Nick Tepesch from Triple-A Round Rock. Tepesch, the Rangers' fifth starter to open last year, will make his 2014 debut when he starts tonight against the Astros. He was doing excellent work in Triple-A (1.58 ERA), so he's worth grabbing in AL-only leagues.
Rangers purchase RHP Baker's contract 05-14-2014
Scott Baker P LAD
Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Scott Baker from Triple-A Round Rock. Baker got designated for assignment last Thursday because he threw 79 pitches on Wednesday. Now, six days later, he's back because Justin Germano threw 81 pitches last night. Baker has to hope he's not needed to throw 80 pitches tonight, because he'd probably get shipped off again immediately.
Rangers designate RHP Germano 05-14-2014
Justin Germano P SEA
Rangers designated RHP Justin Germano for assignment. Unfortunately for him, Germano threw 81 pitches on Tuesday, meaning he wasn't going to be available for a few days. As a result, he's getting swapped out for a fresh arm.
Rajai Davis rips two-run homer Wednesday 05-14-2014
Rajai Davis CF OAK
Rajai Davis belted a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Orioles. Davis' blast in the sixth inning provided a two-run cushion after the Orioles had trimmed a 6-0 lead down to a 6-5 deficit. It's already the third longball on the year for Davis, who is on pace to easy set a career high with 14 dingers. Davis has also swiped 13 bases this season.
Nelson Cruz homers in loss to Tigers 05-14-2014
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers. Justin Verlander threw a pitch behind Cruz in the fourth inning in what was no doubt a retaliation for Torii Hunter being hit earlier in the series. Cruz got revenge, though, reaching on an infield single in that at-bat before launching a three-run jack in his next trip to the plate. The outfielder is batting .278/.346/.556 with 11 longballs and 33 RBI this season.
Gonzalez to begin rehab assignment 05-14-2014
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez P PHI
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater on Thursday.

Todd Zolecki on Twitter
Gonzalez has dealt with a shoulder issue since early on in spring training but has made nice progress in recent weeks, getting clocked at 95 mph. His rehab assignment figures to be a lengthy one, but he could be an option for the Phillies' rotation or bullpen before long.
Gomez (back) not in lineup Wednesday 05-14-2014
Carlos Gomez CF TEX
Carlos Gomez (back) is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

Adam McCalvy on Twitter
Gomez exited Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, an ailment that he first felt when he woke up Tuesday morning. He is considered day-to-day. The outfielder should also soon find out about his suspension appeal. Elian Herrera is in center field and leading off Wednesday.
Mariners sticking with Brad Miller for now 05-14-2014
Brad Miller SS TB
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that he's sticking with Brad Miller as his starting shortstop for the time being.

Miller is 1-for-21 so far on the team's current homestand to drop his batting average for the year down to .156. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned," McClendon said. "He's struggling right now and I'm trying to get him out of it. I've said a few times, you either play `em or you bench `em. We're trying to play him and see if he can come out of it." The M's could eventually give Nick Franklin a look at short if Miller's struggles continue.
Tulowitzki ejected from Wednesday's game 05-14-2014
Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
Troy Tulowitzki was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Royals for arguably balls and strikes.

Nick Groke on Twitter
Tulo had a beef after getting rung up on a called strike three that was clearly a ball. He kept barking at home plate ump Dan Bellino from the dugout, and Bellino had had enough. Tulo won't be facing a suspension.
Rafael Montero called up from Triple-A 05-14-2014
Rafael Montero P NYM
Mets purchased the contract of RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas. Montero earned the promotion after putting up a 3.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings for Las Vegas. He'll make his major league debut on Wednesday versus the Yankees and will be given a chance to stick in the rotation for the long haul. Montero is worth a flier in all fantasy formats.
Jacob deGrom to make MLB debut Thursday 05-14-2014
Jacob deGrom P NYM
Jacob deGrom will make his major league debut on Thursday versus the Yankees.

New York Mets on Twitter
He's taking the rotation spot of the injured Dillon Gee (lat). Ranked prior to the season by Baseball America as the team's No. 10 prospect, deGrom boasts a 2.58 ERA and 29/10 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings over seven starts at Triple-A this year. He could be worth a shot in NL-only formats.
Dillon Gee lands on DL with strained lat 05-14-2014
Dillon Gee P KC
Mets placed RHP Dillon Gee on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 11, with a strained right lat. It's a big blow for the Mets, as Gee had been pitching arguably the best ball of his career with a 2.73 ERA over his first eight starts. The Mets haven't set a timetable for his return, but a strained lat is an injury that usually requires a significant amount of down time. Jacob deGrom will start Thursday in Gee's place.
LaRoche (quad) expected back when eligible 05-14-2014
Adam LaRoche DH CWS
The Nationals expect Adam LaRoche (quad) to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on May 25.

Dan Kolko on Twitter
LaRoche was placed on the disabled list over the weekend but is already rehabbing and evidently progressing. The Nats will be happy to get one of their hottest hitters back in the lineup, as LaRoche was batting .319/.421/.504 with five homers and 21 RBI over his first 32 games.
Greg Garcia optioned to Triple-A 05-14-2014
Greg Garcia 2B STL
Cardinals optioned INF Greg Garcia to Triple-A Memphis. The Cards won Tuesday's game when Garcia was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, but the young infielder finds himself back in the minors the next day. It's no surprise given his lack of playing time (10 at-bats in over three weeks). He'll go back to playing second base and shortstop at Memphis.
Cardinals recall Kolten Wong from Triple-A 05-14-2014
Kolten Wong 2B STL
Cardinals recalled 2B Kolten Wong from Triple-A Memphis. Wong batted .344/.382/.484 with two homers, 10 RBI and five stolen bases over 15 games at Triple-A Memphis since his demotion late last month to earn a trip back to the majors. With Mark Ellis underwhelming, he figures to at least play regularly against right-handed pitching. The young infielder is worth scooping back up in deeper fantasy leagues if he's on your waiver wire.
Neil Wagner recalled from Triple-A 05-14-2014
Neil Wagner P TB
Blue Jays recalled RHP Neil Wagner from Triple-A Buffalo. Wagner was placed on the disabled list at Buffalo earlier this month due to a right forearm strain, but he's evidently over that ailment. He'll be used in the middle innings.
Chad Jenkins optioned to Triple-A 05-14-2014
Chad Jenkins P TOR
Blue Jays optioned RHP Chad Jenkins to Triple-A Buffalo. Jenkins has allowed three runs over three innings in his time with the big club this season. He's being replaced in the bullpen by Neil Wagner.
Erik Kratz recalled from Triple-A 05-14-2014
Erik Kratz C PIT
Blue Jays recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo. He's replacing Dioner Navarro, who was placed on the bereavement list. Kratz will share time behind the plate with Josh Thole.
Dioner Navarro placed on bereavement list 05-14-2014
Dioner Navarro C TOR
Blue Jays placed C Dioner Navarro on the bereavement list. Navarro will be away from the club for 3-7 days to attend to a personal matter. Erik Kratz has taken his place on the roster and will share time behind the dish with Josh Thole.
Randy Wolf inks one-year deal with Marlins 05-14-2014
Randy Wolf P DET
Marlins signed LHP Randy Wolf to a one-year contract.

Jayson Stark on Twitter
Wolf exercised an opt-out clause in his minor league deal with the D'Backs because he's finally found the big league deal he was looking for. The veteran left-hander figures to join the Marlins' rotation, so Wednesday's starter, Anthony DeSclafani, could just be making the one start.
James Paxton (lat) to throw sim. game 05-14-2014
James Paxton P SEA
James Paxton (lat) will throw a simulated game on Saturday.

Bob Dutton on Twitter
He was cleared to face hitters after throwing all of his pitches during a bullpen session Wednesday. Paxton has been out since early April with a strained left lat but could be ready to rejoin the Mariners' rotation before the end of the month.
Taijuan Walker has 'really good' 'pen session 05-14-2014
Taijuan Walker P ARZ
Taijuan Walker (shoulder) said his bullpen session Wednesday went "good. Really good."

Bob Dutton on Twitter
The young right-hander will throw off a mound again on Saturday. It's not clear what the next step will be after Saturday, but Walker should be close to facing hitters and then going out on a rehab assignment. He should return sometime next month if he can avoid another setback.
Randy Wolf given release by Diamondbacks 05-14-2014
Randy Wolf P DET
Diamondbacks released LHP Randy Wolf.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
Wolf exercised the opt-out clause in his contract. The veteran left-hander posted a 4.50 ERA in six starts with Triple-A Reno and evidently determined that he wasn't likely to be called up by the D'Backs anytime soon. He'll look for a minor league deal elsewhere.
Eaton (hamstring) expected back on Sunday 05-14-2014
Adam Eaton CF WAS
Adam Eaton (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday.

Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter
Eaton is expected to get 12 at-bats with the minor league affiliate before being activated from the disabled list on Sunday. The speedy outfielder has been on the shelf since early May with a strained right hamstring. He'll return to a .276/.363/.378 batting line with one homer, 14 RBI and two steals.
Jason Heyward not in lineup Wednesday 05-14-2014
Jason Heyward RF CHC
Jason Heyward is not in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

David O'Brien on Twitter
He's getting a breather versus left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Ryan Doumit is starting in right field, while Tyler Pastornicky is in Heyward's normal leadoff spot.
Coco Crisp (neck) still out Wednesday 05-14-2014
Coco Crisp LF CLE
Coco Crisp (neck) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

Steve Corkran on Twitter
Crisp is hoping to return to action on Friday following Thursday's off day. The outfielder hasn't played since tweaking his neck when he crashed into the right-center field wall last Wednesday.
White Sox GM says Keppinger is healthy 05-14-2014
Jeff Keppinger 3B CWS
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said that Jeff Keppinger was designated for assignment because the club didn't want to give him playing time over Conor Gillaspie, Marcus Semien and Gordon Beckham.

Dan Hayes on Twitter
Keppinger has dealt with shoulder issues since the beginning of the 2013 season, but Hahn says the veteran infielder is now healthy. He'll clear waivers due to the amount remaining on his contract, but Keppinger shouldn't have trouble latching on somewhere on a minor league deal.
White Sox designate Keppinger for assignment 05-14-2014
Jeff Keppinger 3B CWS
White Sox activated INF Jeff Keppinger from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment. Keppinger is making $4 million this season and is set to make $4.5 million in 2015, so the White Sox are eating a lot of money with this move. The veteran infielder has dealt with shoulder issues since the beginning of last season and the Pale Hose might be convinced that he was never going to be healthy enough again to contribute. They now have an open spot on their 40-man roster.
Josh Fields recalled from Triple-A 05-14-2014
Josh Fields P LAD
Astros recalled RHP Josh Fields from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Fields was sent down a week ago after a string of poor performances for the big club. The Astros are hoping he's righted the ship after three scoreless innings at Oklahoma City. While Fields was in the mix for saves earlier this season, he's unlikely to be trusted in the ninth inning again anytime soon.
Anthony Bass (intercostal) placed on DL 05-14-2014
Anthony Bass P SEA
Astros placed RHP Anthony Bass on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 11 with a right intercostal strain. It's not clear at this point how long Bass will be sidelined. The reliever has recorded a pair of saves this season for the Astros, but the last one came on April 12. Josh Fields has replaced him on the roster.
Tillman (groin) cleared for Friday start 05-14-2014
Chris Tillman P BAL
Chris Tillman (groin) has been cleared to start on Friday after throwing a bullpen session Wednesday.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Tillman has been dealing with some groin soreness, but it doesn't sound like it will be a concern going forward. The right-hander holds a 3.97 ERA and 40/19 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings this season.
Showalter unsure who would close Wednesday 05-14-2014
Tommy Hunter P BAL
When asked whether Tommy Hunter would close if there is a save situation Wednesday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter replied, "I don't know yet. We'll see"

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Showalter was also noncommittal about his ninth inning situation after Hunter blew his third save of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers. Hunter is tied for the American League lead with his 11 saves, but he also holds a 6.60 ERA and 1.87 WHIP. Darren O'Day and Zach Britton would be options for saves if Showalter decides to go away from Hunter.
Dane De La Rosa (shoulder) has setback 05-14-2014
Dane De La Rosa P BAL
Dane De La Rosa (shoulder) has returned to California to be re-evaluated after having a setback during his rehab assignment.

Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
De La Rosa hasn't pitched for Triple-A Salt Lake since last Friday. More will obviously be known about how long he could be sidelined after his exam. De La Rosa has been limited to just one appearance in the majors this season due to injury.
Torii Hunter sitting out on Wednesday 05-14-2014
Torii Hunter RF MIN
Torii Hunter is not in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Hunter was still sore but was in the lineup Tuesday following Monday's hit by pitch in the ribs. It's not clear if the hit by pitch is the reason for his absence from Wednesday's lineup, but it would make sense. J.D. Martinez is in right field Wednesday.
Chen (back) to throw bullpen session 05-14-2014
Bruce Chen P CLE
Bruce Chen (back) hopes to throw a light bullpen session Wednesday.

Kansas City Star
Nursing a bulging disk in lower back, Chen has been limited to playing catch to this point. There's no timetable for the veteran left-hander's return to the Royals' rotation, but he does appear to finally be making some progress.
Royals sticking with Mike Moustakas 05-14-2014
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Royals manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore on Tuesday said that Mike Moustakas will remain the team's starter at third base.

Kansas City Star
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported over the weekend that the club was considering sending the struggling 25-year-old to Triple-A, but they've decided to stick with Moustakas for now. "I'm not doing it," Yost said. "Simple as that. I'm not really discussing it. He's going to stay here right now." Moore offered a more realistic explanation of Moustakas' status, saying "What's the alternative?" Well, the Royals don't really have any good ones, so they'll stick with Moustakas against righties while using Danny Valencia versus southpaws.
Bryant clubs 11th homer of season 05-14-2014
Kris Bryant 3B CHC
Cubs prospect 3B Kris Bryant was at it again on Tuesday, going 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI for Double-A Tennessee. The 22-year-old slugger has five home runs and 18 RBI in his last 10 games, and he's now batting a robust .324/.425/.620 with nine doubles, 11 homers and 33 RBI through 38 games on the season. He also has 35 runs and five steals thus far, to go along with a 46/20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 167 plate appearances. Bryant continues to check all the developmental boxes at Tennessee and shows no signs of slowing down until he reaches the major leagues, which looks like it will occur at some point later this season.
Almora breaks out with three doubles 05-14-2014
Albert Almora CF CHC
Cubs prospect OF Albert Almora enjoyed his best game of the season on Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI for High-A Daytona. The 20-year-old had been struggling heading into the game, with a dismal .386 OPS and one extra-base hit in his 10 previous contests, so his three-double, four-RBI performance on Tuesday was definitely a step in the right direction. Through 31 games at Daytona this season, Almora is batting .250/.280/.355 with 10 doubles, one home run, 16 RBI and a 15/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Ross Ohlendorf beginning rehab assignment 05-14-2014
Ross Ohlendorf P CIN
Ross Ohlendorf (back) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Potomac on Wednesday.

Adam Kilgore on Twitter
Ohlendorf has been sidelined all season with a right lumbar strain. He's eligible to return in late May and could be ready at that time, though he's not a given to be added to the big league roster.
Wojciechowski 1-2 weeks away from rehab 05-14-2014
Asher Wojciechowski P MIA
Asher Wojciechowski (lat) is 1-2 weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment.

Houston Chronicle
Wojciechowski, who missed all of spring training with a strained right lat, is currently pitching in extended spring training games. He's not a given to be added to the big league roster once ready.
Polanco goes 4-for-4 with three RBI 05-14-2014
Gregory Polanco LF PIT
Pirates prospect OF Gregory Polanco had yet another monster game on Tuesday, going 4-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBI for Triple-A Indianapolis. After falling into a mini-slump (1-for-14) over the weekend, Polanco is 6-for-8 with two doubles, home run, triple and six RBI in his last two games. The 22-year-old leads the International League in most offensive categories including batting average (.378), on-base percentage (.439), slugging (.622), total bases (92), triples (five), runs scored (28) and RBI (35). At this point, it's clear that the Pirates will wait until at least June to promote Polanco after the Super Two cutoff has passed.
Alex Cobb (oblique) aiming for May 22 return 05-14-2014
Alex Cobb P TB
Alex Cobb (oblique) is hoping to rejoin the Rays' rotation on May 22.

Tampa Bay Times
Cobb will make what is expected to be his lone rehab start on Saturday for High-A Charlotte. If he gets through that outing with no issues, he'll be cleared to rejoin the rotation on May 22 against the A's. Cobb has been sidelined since mid-April with a strained left oblique.
Enny Romero won't be recalled 05-14-2014
Enny Romero P WAS
Rays pitching prospect Enny Romero will not be recalled from Triple-A Durham.

Tampa Bay Times
The Rays had Romero on standby in case Erik Bedard (pec) couldn't make his next start, but Bedard has been cleared to start Thursday. Romero has a 5.02 ERA with 36 strikeouts over 37 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham this season.
Bedard will start in spite of sore pec 05-14-2014
Erik Bedard P LAD
Erik Bedard is nursing some soreness in his left pec but will start on Thursday against the Angels as scheduled.

Tampa Bay Times
Bedard went through a brief throwing session Monday and didn't have any issues, clearing him for the start. The Rays had Enny Romero on standby but have sent him back to Triple-A Durham.
Wong stays hot with 4-for-5 performance 05-14-2014
Kolten Wong 2B STL
Cardinals prospect 2B Kolten Wong went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored on Tuesday for Triple-A Memphis. Wong, 23, has hit safely in 13 of 15 games since being demoted to Triple-A in late April, batting .344 with five extra-base hits (two homers), 14 runs scored, 10 RBI and five steals during that span. The Cardinals wanted to make sure Wong received everyday at-bats when Mark Ellis returned from the disabled list, though the rookie certainly didn't help his cause by batting .225/.276/.268 in 76 big-league plate appearances. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Tuesday that Wong will likely be recalled from the minor leagues soon.
No structural damage for Sabathia confirmed 05-14-2014
CC Sabathia P NYY
Dr. James Andrews confirmed on Tuesday that CC Sabathia has no structural damage in his right knee.

Newark Star-Ledger
Sabathia, who had surgery on the same knee in 2010 to repair a torn meniscus, requested the second opinion from Dr. Andrews himself just to be sure. He needs the knee drained but has managed to avoid a serious issue. Sabathia should be able to return when eligible or shortly after.
Jose Abreu (ankle) to get day off soon 05-14-2014
Jose Abreu 1B CWS
Jose Abreu (ankle) is expected to receive a day off on Wednesday or Friday.

Chicago Sun-Times
Abreu has been used in the designated hitter spot for each of the last five games after turning his left ankle. It's not a long-term concern, but the White Sox with the off day Thursday want to give him a couple days off in a row. "There's nothing structurally that you're concerned about,'' manager Robin Ventura said.
Swihart extends hitting streak 05-14-2014
Blake Swihart C BOS
Red Sox prospect C Blake Swihart went 2-for-3 with a solo home run on Tuesday for Double-A Portland. The home run was Swihart's third of the season, and he's batting .286 with four extra-base hits and five RBI during his current seven-game hitting streak. The 21-year-old switch-hitter has made a smooth adjustment to the Double-A level, batting .300/.319/.491 with eight doubles, two triples, three homers and 17 RBI through 27 games. He's been equally impressive in 24 starts behind the plate, as he's yet to commit a passed ball while throwing out base stealers 42% (8-for-19) of the time. Swihart is likely to debut in the major leagues at some point during the 2015 season.
Edgmer Escalona throw live BP 05-14-2014
Edgmer Escalona P SF
Edgmer Escalona (shoulder) threw live batting practice with no issues on Tuesday.

Baltimore Sun
Escalona has been on the disabled list all season due to discomfort in his throwing shoulder, but it appears he's making progress. There's no timetable for his return.
Gallo blasts 14th home run 05-14-2014
Joey Gallo 3B TEX
Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo hit his minor league-leading 14th home run on Tuesday as part of a 1-for-2 performance for High-A Myrtle Beach. Just another day at the office for Mr. Gallo, who continues to terrorize opposing pitchers and post gaudy numbers in the Carolina League. The 20-year-old slugger is batting .318/.427/.712 with 21 extra-base hits, 32 RBI and 37 runs scored through 37 games, and he's shown a better feel for the strike zone with a 43/28 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Gallo is in a league of his own in terms of power; of his 14 bombs this season, he's hit four to left field, five to center and five to right. In his full-season debut last season, Gallo posted a .961 OPS and led the minor leagues with 40 home runs.
Bundy (elbow) reaches 93 mph in live BP 05-14-2014
Dylan Bundy P BAL
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Dylan Bundy (elbow) topped out at 93 mph during a live batting practice session Tuesday.

Baltimore Sun
"Everything went real well, threw all his pitches," Showalter said. It was the first time since last year's Tommy John surgery that Bundy was throwing to hitters. The 93 mph is a little below his peak velocity when he was healthy, but of course he still has time to get his heater all the way back. Bundy could be an option for the O's around midseason.
Susac goes 2-for-3 with two homers 05-14-2014
Andrew Susac C MLW
Giants prospect C Andrew Susac continued his recent power surge on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs for Triple-A Fresno. Susac hit a two-run homer in the third inning and added a solo shot in the seventh. The 24-year-old has hit five of his six long balls this season in the last 10 games, and he's also batting .353 with three doubles, 11 RBI and a 6/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span. Susac has put impressive numbers this season (albeit in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League) with a 1.061 OPS, 11 extra-base hits and 17 RBI in 21 games, though it will likely take an injury for him receive significant playing time in the major leagues this season.
J.J. Putz (forearm) plays catch Tuesday 05-14-2014
J.J. Putz P ARZ
J.J. Putz (forearm) played catch Tuesday.

Arizona Republic
Putz was shut down for a week due to mild irritation in his right forearm. There's no timetable for the veteran reliever's return, but he's progressing in the right direction.
Bradley (elbow) could resume throwing soon 05-14-2014
Archie Bradley P ARZ
Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley will be examined soon to determine when he can resume throwing.

Arizona Republic
Bradley has been shut down since late April after being diagnosed with a mild flexor strain in his pitching elbow. Manager Kirk Gibson noted on Tuesday that the top prospect is feeling much better and it sounds like a return to throwing isn't far off. Obviously, the club will proceed cautiously with the prized right-hander.
Dan Jennings optioned to Triple-A 05-14-2014
Dan Jennings P CWS
Marlins optioned LHP Dan Jennings to Triple-A New Orleans. Jennings pitched a scoreless frame over two appearances during his latest stint with the big club, but that wasn't enough to keep him around. He'll be back later this season.
Henry Rodriguez designated for assignment 05-14-2014
Henry Rodriguez P ARZ
Marlins designated RHP Henry Rodriguez for assignment. Rodriguez lasted only a few days, allowing two runs while walking five over his 1 2/3 innings of work. The 27-year-old is likely to clear waivers and could wind up back at Triple-A New Orleans.
Kevin Gausman recalled from Triple-A 05-14-2014
Kevin Gausman P BAL
Orioles recalled RHP Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk. Gausman will make his first big league start of the season on Wednesday against the Tigers. It's a tough assignment, especially when you consider that he's going on short rest. However, it's possible that he'll remain in the rotation if he pitches well, and his upside is worth gambling on in fantasy leagues.
Cingrani (shoulder) expected back Saturday 05-14-2014
Tony Cingrani P CIN
Tony Cingrani (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Reds' rotation on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Cincinnati Enquirer
Against his will, Cingrani went on the disabled list earlier this month with a minor shoulder injury. It sounds like he'll be activated just one day after he's eligible. "He's got a little more to accomplish," manager Bryan Price said. "He's got a couple more bullpens. But we anticipate he'll pitch for us on the road trip."
Will Middlebrooks 3B MLW
Will Middlebrooks returned to action on Tuesday May 13.
Nate McLouth LF WAS
Nate McLouth returned to action on Tuesday May 13.
Everth Cabrera SS SF
Everth Cabrera returned to action on Tuesday May 13.
Kemp goes 2-for-4 with an RBI, run 05-14-2014
Matt Kemp LF ATL
Matt Kemp finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Marlins. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly anointed Kemp and Yasiel Puig everyday starters last week, and Kemp hasn't had an off day since. Kemp looks poised to reward owners who ended his tumble down fantasy draft boards in the spring. He's sporting a .276/.350/.480 batting line with five homers, 12 RBI and five steals this season.
Puig goes 2-for-3 with double to lead Dodgers 05-14-2014
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 7-1 win against the Marlins. The 23-year-old has walked three times over the series' first two games, but Miami pitchers aren't really getting him out when they get it across the plate (3-for-6). Puig has ridden a 13-game hitting streak to a .326/.417/.563 slash line with 30 RBI.
Beckett beats Marlins for first 2014 victory 05-14-2014
Josh Beckett P LAD
Josh Beckett allowed merely an unearned run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the season Tuesday versus the Marlins. Beckett struck out six and walked three in the date with his former club. Beckett has to be taken seriously by mixed league owners at this point. He's been dynamite since returning from the disabled list, going 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in seven starts. Beckett squares off with the Phillies this weekend.
Turner unravels in 6th inning in loss to LAD 05-14-2014
Jacob Turner P CWS
Jacob Turner was beat up by the Dodgers Tuesday to the tune of five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. This start embodies why Turner will remain a fantasy tease for the time being. He shut out the Dodgers for five innings, then couldn't retire a batter in the sixth inning outside of Josh Beckett. The 22-year-old, who missed most of April with a shoulder strain, is not a good fantasy bet in any format right now. Turner packs his bags for a Sunday matinee in San Francisco.
Peralta scores on walk-off HBP to down Cubs 05-14-2014
Jhonny Peralta 3B STL
Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-5 and scored the game-winning run as the Cardinals pulled out a 4-3 win in 12 innings over the Cubs on Tuesday. Peralta led off the bottom of the 12th inning with his third single of the game, eventually ending up at third base with the bases loaded and one out. Cubs reliever Justin Grimm proceeded to hit pinch-hitter Greg Garcia with a pitch, bringing Peralta home and giving the Cardinals a walk-off victory. Earlier in the game, Peralta delivered his 17th RBI, and his three-hit night raised his season line to .250/.340/.479.
Angel Pagan (knee) to sit out Wednesday 05-14-2014
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan will sit out Wednesday's game due to a sore knee.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
The knee has bothered Pagan off-and-on for a couple weeks now and requires some maintenance. Consider the outfielder day-to-day.
Gattis has RBI triple in win against Giants 05-14-2014
Evan Gattis DH HOU
Evan Gattis tagged a fourth inning RBI triple to deep center field off Ryan Vogelsong in Tuesday's 5-0 win. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk. El Oso Blanco also homered on Monday. Is it too soon to hope he's broken out of the mini slump that mired his earlier May play? Gattis is outperforming his career numbers in all three slash categories so far, batting .259/.292/.528 with eight homers.
David Price goes nine, strikes out 12 in win 05-14-2014
David Price P BOS
David Price went the distance, striking out 12, in the Rays' 2-1 win over the Mariners on Tuesday. It looked like it'd be a complete-game loss for Price, who only gave up a run in the first, but new life came when the Rays scored twice in the top of the ninth off Fernando Rodney. Price came back out and struck out two in a perfect bottom of the ninth for his second complete game of the season. He retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced, with the one batter that did reach (Dustin Ackley) doing so on a grounder that was just too soft to turn into an out (and he was picked off first anyway). It was Price's second 12-strikeout game of the year. He has a 70/6 K/BB ratio, though it comes with a 4.02 ERA.
Valbuena homers, has three hits vs. Cardinals 05-14-2014
Luis Valbuena 3B LAA
Luis Valbuena went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals. Valbuena took Adam Wainwright deep for a two-run blast in the third inning, his second homer of the season. He also doubled in the top of the 12th inning, finishing an elusive triple shy of the cycle. The third baseman is batting .226 with a .738 OPS in 35 games this year.
Hisashi Iwakuma goes eight scoreless 05-14-2014
Hisashi Iwakuma P SEA
Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out five, in a no-decision against the Rays on Tuesday. Iwakuma cruised for most of the game and looked like he might go the distance even on an unofficial pitch count. However, the Rays did make him work a little harder late, and the Mariners weren't going to send him back out for the ninth at 97 pitches in what was just his second start off the DL. The decision cost them tonight, as Fernando Rodney blew the save, but it'll probably pay off in the long run.
Freeman plates two, scores two more in win 05-14-2014
Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's win versus the Giants. Freeman's bat had cooled in recent days, and he entered this evening having hit safely just once in his past three games (though that hit was a home run, granted). Owners can only hope more power is on the way after Freeman struggled through the past couple weeks. The first baseman is slashing a robust .308/.382/.521.
Rosenthal suffers 1st blown save against Cubs 05-14-2014
Trevor Rosenthal P STL
Trevor Rosenthal suffered his first blown save of the year against the Cubs on Tuesday, allowing a run in one inning of work. Rosenthal got an out before allowing a Junior Lake single and a walk to Darwin Barney, who's hitting .176 on the season. He followed with a strikeout of Chris Coghlan, but Emilio Bonifacio dropped a single in front of right fielder Joey Butler to tie the game at 3-3. The outing itself wasn't particularly alarming, but it's the continuation of a trend that's concerning for Rosenthal owners -- after Tuesday's appearance, Rosenthal has a 5.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 21/11 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings. Tuesday may have been his first official blown save, but the 23-year-old has been playing with fire all season. It's not likely to be the last time he gets burned if something doesn't change.
Minor hurls 6 2/3 shutout innings vs. Giants 05-14-2014
Mike Minor P KC
Mike Minor fired 6 2/3 shutout innings Tuesday in a victory against the Giants. He struck out six and walked two. This is the Minor we've been waiting to see. He tantalized in his debut against these same Giants earlier this month, but crushed owners who placed him quickly back into starting lineups Wednesday against the Cardinals, allowing six runs across 4 1/3 frames. He's too talented to sit. The young left-hander gets the Brewers next week.
Vogelsong runs out of steam in loss to Braves 05-14-2014
Ryan Vogelsong P PIT
Ryan Vogelsong served up four runs on seven hits over six innings of a Tuesday loss against the Braves. Vogelsong more or less controlled Atlanta for five innings -- Evan Gattis' RBI fourth inning triple notwithstanding -- but got pecked apart in the sixth with three RBI singles. It's too bad, too, because Vogelsong brought his good stuff to the park tonight, striking out eight. The veteran takes on the Marlins in San Francisco this weekend. He's been great for the past two-plus weeks, but is too big a risk to start in most standard formats.
Fernando Rodney takes blown save, loss 05-14-2014
Fernando Rodney P ARZ
Fernando Rodney spoiled Hisashi Iwakuma's gem on Tuesday, giving up two runs and four hits in the ninth to take a blown save and a loss. Rodney allowed four hits in an inning for just the second time since 2010. The first was a leadoff homer from David DeJesus that tied the game at 1-1. He then gave up three singles -- the first coming on a pitch James Loney picked off his shoetops -- before walking a batter and finally getting pulled. It's just his second blown save of the year and first that's entirely his fault (the runs were unearned after a Brad Miller error in the other), so his job is safe.
David DeJesus homers in Rays' win 05-14-2014
David DeJesus LF LAA
David DeJesus homered and doubled to give the Rays both of their extra-base hits on Tuesday night. DeJesus is hitting .432 with three homers and five doubles this month, after finishing April with a .190 average, one homer and three doubles in 63 at-bats. He's not going to remain especially valuable for fantasy purposes, but he's not a bad stopgap right now.
Bourjos has two hits, stolen base versus Cubs 05-14-2014
Peter Bourjos RF PHI
Peter Bourjos went 2-for-5 with a double, stolen base and run scored against the Cubs on Tuesday. Bourjos doubled in the second inning, his fourth double of the season, before reaching on a bunt single in the sixth. After being moved to second on a ground out, Bourjos stole third base for his third steal in three attempts this year. He later scored on a throwing error. After splitting time with Jon Jay for much of the first month, the 27-year-old has now started six of the last eight games in center field for the Cardinals.
Brad Miller goes 0-for-3 in loss 05-14-2014
Brad Miller SS TB
Brad Miller went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts from the ninth spot in the order on Tuesday. It was a really tough assignment for Miller against fellow lefty David Price, but he's not hitting the guys he's supposed to hit, either. In fact, he's just 5-for-42 this month, coming off an April in which he hit .173. The Mariners have showed considerable patience, but it's yet to pay off. He's a candidate to be sent down to Triple-A.
Moss belts 2 HRs, 2B, tallies 5 RBI in win 05-14-2014
Brandon Moss DH KC
Brandon Moss blasted two home runs and a double against the White Sox in Tuesday's win. He finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. Moss feasts on right-handers with all kinds of stuff, so he had a sort of delicious buffet of Scott Carroll (RBI double!), Frank Francisco (two-run sixth inning homer!), and Matt Lindstrom (two-run eighth inning homer!) to enjoy tonight. This was his fifth career multi-homer game. Moss is slashing .286/.364/.526 with eight homers and 29 RBI (sixth in the AL).
Arrieta walks five in four innings vs. Cards 05-14-2014
Jake Arrieta P CHC
Jake Arrieta allowed only one run but lasted just four innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Runners were on base all night -- he allowed four hits and walked five on the evening -- but they were only able to push one run across during Arrieta's watch. That was due in part to the right-hander's five strikeouts. It was the second straight start Arrieta has lasted just four innings, mostly due to inefficiency. He'll look to last long enough to earn a victory when the Cubs meet the Brewers on Saturday.
Reddick cracks a home run to propel A's 05-14-2014
Josh Reddick RF HOU
Josh Reddick went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer against the White Sox in Tuesday's 11-0 win. Don't look now, but medics have located a faint pulse in Reddick's bat over the past 48 hours. That's two multi-hit games in a row; Monday's came with a triple. Reddick has justifiably been one of the most dropped players in fantasy this year, slashing .233/.298/.342, but a good week or two will make Reddick a hot waiver wire name.
Wainwright allows two runs in ND against Cubs 05-14-2014
Adam Wainwright P STL
Adam Wainwright limited the Cubs to two runs on seven hits over six innings but settled for a no-decision on Tuesday. It wasn't a typical Wainwright start, as he gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out four. He allowed a two-run home run to Luis Valbuena for the only damage. Even with the no-decision, the right-hander continues to be among the National League leaders in most every pitching category, and he'll carry a 2.11 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 56/15 K/BB ratio into his start Sunday against his former organization, the Braves.
Parmelee's two-run walk-off homer downs BoSox 05-14-2014
Chris Parmelee 1B NYY
Chris Parmelee hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Twins an 8-6 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday. With two outs and the virtually untouchable left-hander Andrew Miller on the mound, Parmelee crushed a 96 mph fastball over the right field wall to give the Twins a victory. It was the exclamation point on a very good night for the 26-year-old, who finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. In four games since being recalled, Parmelee is hitting .438 with a 1.096 OPS.
Pomeranz fans 8 in 5 shutout inn. to beat CHW 05-14-2014
Drew Pomeranz P BOS
Drew Pomeranz struck out eight and blanked the White Sox for five innings to pick up another win on Tuesday. Pomeranz's stellar showing in the bullpen and Dan Straily's struggles in the rotation prompted the latter's demotion to the minors, and it doesn't look like Pomeranz is going to give him his old job back. Pomeranz scattered three hits and walked just two tonight. He hasn't been completely stretched out, unfortunately, which is why his outing was limited to 82 pitches (up from 68 last time). Pomeranz, a former top prospect now with his third organization, hurled five shutout innings in both of those outings. He's 3-1 with a 1.14 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 24/8 K/BB rate over 23 2/3 innings. The left-hander travels east next week to oppose the Rays. By that time, he should be owned in every AL-only league. He's got enough talent that mixed league owners need to pay close attention.
SP Carroll allows 6 runs, 11 hits in loss 05-14-2014
Scott Carroll P CWS
Scott Carroll got clobbered by the A's for six runs on 11 hits in five innings of a Tuesday loss. Carroll allowed only one earned run in his first two starts of the season, but he's been rather harshly yanked down to earth in his last two outings. Carroll, now 1-3 with a 5.24 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, will not have a long leash. Even if he sticks around for a while, the 29-year-old right-hander is not an attractive fantasy option. Carroll's next turn in the rotation comes up Monday in Kansas City.
Victorino triples among three hits vs. Twins 05-14-2014
Shane Victorino RF LAA
Shane Victorino went 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday. Victorino's triple was his first of the season, and he came around to score on a David Ortiz single. The three-hit game was Victorino's third multi-hit contest in his last five. It brought his season line up to .300/.343/.417.
Suzuki has three hits, RBI against Red Sox 05-14-2014
Kurt Suzuki C ATL
Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored against the Red Sox on Tuesday. Suzuki delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning, and he scored the winning run on Chris Parmelee's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Suzuki now has 25 RBI to go with a .314/.390/.410 line. He's hit safely in seven of his last nine games.
Ortiz goes 4-for-5 with two homers, four RBI 05-14-2014
David Ortiz DH BOS
David Ortiz went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Twins. Ortiz drove in runs with each of his four hits, the first two times with solo homers and the last two with RBI singles. His monster night raised his line to .287/.384/.537 with nine home runs and 23 RBI. Papi took a little while to get rolling, but it appears the train is currently moving full speed ahead.
Nolasco turns in quality start against BoSox 05-14-2014
Ricky Nolasco P LAA
Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Tuesday. Nolasco gave up six hits and a walk, striking out six in the outing. A 5.51 ERA and 1.50 WHIP is not exactly what the Twins had in mind when they signed him to a four-year, $49 million deal this offseason, but Nolasco has now turned in three straight quality starts as he rounds into form. He'll try to keep it rolling Sunday against the Mariners.
Peavy allows nine hits and six runs vs. Twins 05-14-2014
Jake Peavy P SF
Jake Peavy allowed six runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday. The upshot is that Peavy only walked two on the night, which had been an issue for the American League leader in free passes. Unfortunately for Peavy, that's about the only positive to be taken from the night. He allowed a home run for his eighth straight start, and it was the first time this season he's lasted fewer than five innings. Peavy owns a 3.94 ERA and 1.46 WHIP into his next start against the Tigers on Saturday.
Rodriguez closes down Pirates for 16th save 05-14-2014
Francisco Rodriguez P DET
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 16th save, and the Brewers beat the Pirates 5-2 on Tuesday. Rodriguez bounced back from suffering his first blown save on Sunday to retire the Pirates in order, getting Chris Stewart to ground out and Travis Snider to fly out before striking out Jaff Decker. Granted, it wasn't the most dangerous trio of hitters he's ever seen, but a save is a save. The right-hander now owns a 0.43 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 27/4 K/BB ratio, and his 16 saves are the most in the National League.
Tabata has three hits as Bucs lose to Brewers 05-14-2014
Jose Tabata RF LAD
Jose Tabata went 3-for-4 in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. Tabata had three of the Pirates' nine hits on the evening, raising his batting average to .269 for the season. He also unsuccessfully attempted his first stolen base of the year. Clamoring for prospect Gregory Polanco will continue, but Tabata likely has a hold on the starting job until June at the earliest.
Segura has RBI single, scores against Pirates 05-14-2014
Jean Segura SS SEA
Jean Segura went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Pirates on Tuesday. Segura doubled and scored in the sixth inning, and he had an RBI single in the seventh. The 24-year-old is still hitting just .252/.279/.351, but he's been better since moving down in the lineup. Segura is 7-for-21 (.333) batting seventh, as he did Tuesday, and is 14-for-49 (.286) overall since moving out of the second spot.
Lucroy has two hits, drives in two vs. Bucs 05-14-2014
Jonathan Lucroy C TEX
Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. Lucroy came up with the bases loaded in the third inning and delivered a two-run single off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole. Lucroy also walked and scored a run in the game. He's got six hits in his last 13 at-bats, driving in six and raising his season line to .310/.378/.450.
Goldschmidt has game-winning double Tuesday 05-14-2014
Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARZ
Paul Goldschmidt finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Nationals. Goldschmidt went hitless in the weekend series against the White Sox, but he's gotten back to business against Washington, collecting three doubles in the first two contests. The first baseman has been a slightly better version of himself thus far -- which is to say terrific -- slashing .324/.371/.541 with seven homers and 26 RBI.
Cole allows three runs in loss to Brewers 05-14-2014
Gerrit Cole P PIT
Gerrit Cole allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. Cole also walked three while striking out six. The right-hander has now allowed three earned runs or fewer in six of his eight starts on the season, but he's just 3-3 to show for it. He's got a tough test Sunday in an interleague matchup with the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Estrada strikes out eight in win over Pirates 05-14-2014
Marco Estrada P TOR
Marco Estrada allowed one run over six innings while striking out eight in a win over the Pirates on Tuesday. The right-hander gave up six hits, including a Neil Walker home run for the night's only blemish, and walked two in the game. The win moved Estrada to 3-1 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 46/14 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings this year. He's got another ripe matchup with the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field.
Arroyo goes the distance to beat Nationals 05-14-2014
Bronson Arroyo P LAD
Bronson Arroyo turned in a complete game gem on Tuesday, restricting the Nationals to one run in a 3-1 win. Arroyo scattered seven hits, walked one, and struck out seven. Nobody is more pleased -- or relieved -- by Arroyo's recent resurgence than GM Kevin Towers. The veteran has now strung together four straight stellar outings after opening with a 9.50 ERA in four outings, leaving him 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. Unless you're an NL-only player, Arroyo isn't a fantasy option when he toes the rubber against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Shields punches out eight as Royals best Rox 05-14-2014
James Shields P CWS
James Shields allowed one run over seven innings, striking out eight, in the Royals' 5-1 win over the Rockies on Tuesday. Shields limited the dangerous Rockies lineup to just five singles without walking a batter in his seven innings of work. The win moved him to 5-3 on the year with a 2.54 ERA and 1.08 WHIP through nine starts. He's once again among the best starters in the American League. He'll look to keep his strong season going Sunday against the Orioles.
Strasburg coughs up 3 runs in loss to Snakes 05-14-2014
Stephen Strasburg P WAS
Stephen Strasburg yielded three runs across seven innings in Tuesday's loss against the Diamondbacks. He struck out six and walked none. Strasburg's start began to sour when he allowed a fifth inning leadoff single to opposing pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Martin Prado also singled two batters later, and then Paul Goldschmidt doubled to deep center to plate the pair. Strasburg falls to an even 3-3 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander hosts Cincinnati at home next week.
Morneau drives in 30th run in loss to Royals 05-14-2014
Justin Morneau 1B CWS
Justin Morneau went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday. The Rockies managed just five hits on the night, and Morneau's RBI single in the fourth inning was the team's lone run scored. The first baseman now has 30 RBI and a .329/.355/.587 line, and he remains among the National League leaders in many of the offensive categories in what's been a resurgent year for the 32-year-old.