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Burnett picks up 3rd win against the Marlins 05-20-2014
A.J. Burnett P PIT
A.J. Burnett was solid enough to pick up his third win, allowing three runs over five innings as the Phillies defeated the Marlins 6-5 on Tuesday. Burnett was behind the eight-ball early, needing 30-plus pitches to escape the first inning. He was able to settle down for the most part, pitching just solidly enough to pick up the win. Overall, the right-hander allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out five. Burnett and his 3.32 ERA will look to improve in his next start at home against the Dodgers over the weekend.
DeSclafani struggles in second career start 05-20-2014
Anthony DeSclafani P CIN
Anthony DeSclafani struggled in his second career start, allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies. DeSclafani gave up two first-inning runs, then settled down. The Phillies caught up to him as the rookie tired in the fifth and sixth innings, however. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed six hits and walked one while striking out only two. He'll look to bounce back in his next start against the Brewers at home.
Iwakuma limits Rangers to two runs over eight 05-20-2014
Hisashi Iwakuma P SEA
Hisashi Iwakuma held the Rangers to two runs on six hits over eight innings to pick up his third straight win on Tuesday. Iwakuma continued his assault on the American League since coming off the disabled list, as Tuesday was his third straight start going eight innings while allowing two or fewer runs. The right-hander also walked one while striking out three in the outing. His ERA and WHIP actually went up in the start, a testament to how good he's been in his four starts this year. Iwakuma will carry a 3-0 record, 1.76 ERA and 0.72 WHIP into his matchup with the Astros on Sunday.
Papelbon's scoreless streak snapped in save 05-20-2014
Jonathan Papelbon P WAS
Jonathan Papelbon had his streak of 15 consecutive scoreless appearances snapped on Tuesday, but he picked up his 12th save of the season anyway against the Marlins. Papelbon walked Christian Yelich to lead off the inning but appeared to be on his way out of trouble after inducing two ground outs. Another walk and a Garrett Jones single later, however, the Marlins were within one run with the tying run on third base. Thankfully for fantasy owners, Papelbon was able to get Jarrod Saltalamacchia to fly out to left field to end the game for his 12th save. Despite a 14/8 K/BB ratio, Papelbon has been great for the Phillies, as he has a 2.08 ERA in 17 1/3 innings.
DL stint looking likely for Uribe (hamstring) 05-20-2014
Juan Uribe 3B CLE
Juan Uribe said that the right hamstring injury that forced him from Tuesday's game is worse than the one he suffered earlier this month.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
He missed five games the last time, so a stint on the disabled list seems likely this time around. Justin Turner replaced Uribe during Tuesday's game and would likely share the position with Chone Figgins if Uribe indeed does go on the DL. Uribe had two hits Tuesday before exiting and is hitting .303/.331/.454 this season, so it would be a notable loss for the Dodgers.
Stanton walks twice, scores three runs 05-20-2014
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-3, but drew two walks and scored three runs in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies. The Phillies didn't seem to want any part of Stanton. Garrett Jones, batting fifth, knocked in Stanton twice on third- and ninth-inning doubles. Stanton has been a fantasy monster thus far, slashing .312/.405/.601 with 12 home runs, 43 RBI, and four stolen bases just for good measure.
Jones' four hits not enough in Marlins' loss 05-20-2014
Garrett Jones 1B NYY
Garrett Jones went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs batted in, but the Marlins fell to the Phillies on Tuesday. While Jones' four hits represented two-thirds of the Marlins' total on the night, the club drew a total of eight walks. Jones knocked in a go-ahead run with a third-inning double, and brought his team within one run with a ninth-inning double. The first baseman has been a welcome contributor to the Marlins, as he is now slashing .273/.339/.472.
Rollins' 2-run home run, SB aid Phils in win 05-20-2014
Jimmy Rollins SS CWS
Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Marlins. Rollins singled to lead off the game, stole second base, and scored on a Ryan Howard double. He later put the Phillies ahead 4-3 with a two-run home run, his sixth of the season, off of Anthony DeSclafani in the fifth inning. It's been a resurgent year for the shortstop, who is now slashing .268/.366/.450 with six stolen bases, 20 RBI, and 25 runs scored.
Doolittle converts third save as A's top Rays 05-20-2014
Sean Doolittle P OAK
Sean Doolittle struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season, closing out the Athletics' 3-0 win over the Rays on Tuesday. Doolittle hadn't issued a free pass all season before feared walking slugger Ryan Hanigan with two outs. It was an otherwise carefree inning of work, as he struck out Evan Longoria and Wil Myers before getting Logan Forsythe to pop out to end the game. He still hasn't allowed a run in 9 1/3 innings in May, lowering his ERA to 3.27. Closer-needy teams should be all over the southpaw by now.
Beckett shaky but picks up second win vs. NYM 05-20-2014
Josh Beckett P LAD
Josh Beckett improved to 2-1, allowing four runs in five innings as the Dodgers defeated the Mets 9-4 on Tuesday. Beckett wasn't particularly effective, allowing eight hits -- including home runs to Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda -- while walking two and striking out six. But he was better than Rafael Montero, which was all he needed to pick up his second win of the season. Beckett will take his 2.89 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 46/17 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Phillies on the road.
Hammel cruises as Cubs defeat the Yankees 05-20-2014
Jason Hammel P KC
Jason Hammel tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Cubs' 6-1 win over the Yankees on Tuesday. It was a great bounceback effort from Hammel, who was shelled for five runs in 5 1/3 innings last Thursday against the Cardinals. He fanned six Yankees on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field and issued just one walk, improving to 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA and 0.90 WHIP through nine starts. If he can keep it up, the 31-year-old right-hander will be excellent trade bait for the Cubs in July. Hammel gets the Padres in San Diego next and remains a must-start in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Montero falls to 0-2 with 5 ER in 4 1/3 IP 05-20-2014
Rafael Montero P NYM
Rafael Montero took his second loss of the season after allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Dodgers on Tuesday. Montero allowed seven hits, including a home run to Adrian Gonzalez, while walking four and striking out four. The rookie right-hander hasn't been terribly effective at generating swings and misses, getting only five of them in his start last Wednesday and seven against the Dodgers. Montero will look to get off the schneid in his next start against the Diamondbacks.
Cubs hand Tanaka first pro loss since 2012 05-20-2014
Masahiro Tanaka P NYY
Masahiro Tanaka surrendered four runs -- three earned -- over six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Cubs. It was his first loss in professional baseball since 2012. Tanaka struck out seven batters and issued only one walk, but the Cubs got to him for eight hits on a wet night at Wrigley Field. Tanaka is now 6-1 with a 2.39 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 73/8 K/BB ratio in 64 innings with the Yankees. He should get back on track Sunday versus the White Sox.
Punto has two hits, stolen base against Rays 05-20-2014
Nick Punto 2B ARZ
Nick Punto went 2-for-4 with a stolen base starting in place of Jed Lowrie on Tuesday. With Lowrie sidelined due to a strained neck, Punto took advantage, singling twice in his four at-bats. Punto also stole his second base of the year. With Lowrie expected back Wednesday, Punto will return to his reserve role.
Duda homers, but Mets still fall to Dodgers 05-20-2014
Lucas Duda 1B NYM
Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers. Duda hit his fifth home run of the season when he took Josh Beckett deep in the sixth inning. There was a bit of symmetry as Ike Davis, formerly his competition for the first base job with the Mets, also homered for the Pirates on Tuesday night. The Mets are still hoping to see increased production out of the position, as Duda has an uninspiring .250/.326/.411 slash line in 138 plate appearances.
Granderson's 3 hits, HR not enough vs. LAD 05-20-2014
Curtis Granderson CF NYM
Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers. Granderson took Josh Beckett deep in the sixth inning for his sixth home run of the season. The two hits were his first of the extra-base variety since homering at Yankee Stadium a week ago. The Mets and fantasy owners alike are hoping Granderson starts to come around soon, as he's the owner of a paltry .205/.301/.364 slash line with 20 RBI.
Norris walks three times, steals base Tuesday 05-20-2014
Derek Norris C WAS
Derek Norris walked three times, stole a base and scored a run against the Rays on Tuesday. Norris put his on-base skills to good use, walking and scoring on a double in the A's three-run third inning. Norris also stole his second base of the year after a walk in the fourth inning. He's been effective when utilized this year, batting .351/.452/.546 in 97 at-bats.
Crawford reaches base 3 times, swipes bag 05-20-2014
Carl Crawford LF LAD
Carl Crawford went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, two stolen bases, and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mets. Crawford was a pest for the Mets all night long. The two stolen bases give Crawford eight for the season in 10 attempts, and he now carries a .280/.305/.408 slash line after putting up six multi-hit games out of his last 11.
Ryan Ludwick dealing with quad injury 05-20-2014
Ryan Ludwick LF TEX
Ryan Ludwick hasn't started the last two games due to a minor quad injury.

Cincinnati Enquirer
Ludwick did pinch-hit Monday and was available to play Tuesday, so the ailment doesn't seem to be a big deal. However, it's not clear when he'll return to the lineup. "He's got just a little bit of discomfort in the top of his quad," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's enough where we didn't want to run him around in the outfield. He hit yesterday, he could have played yesterday, he could have played today. That being said, we don't want to have him out there somewhat hobbled trying to battle his way through that game. We felt better that we use him off the bench, we have guys who are 100 percent healthy that can go out there and play and we'll take a look tomorrow and see how he's feeling."
Gonzalez blasts 11th homer in win vs. Mets 05-20-2014
Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Mets. Gonzalez's 11th long ball of the season came against Rafael Montero in the fifth inning. He was a triple short of the cycle, but no one was holding their breath in anticipation. The first baseman has been solid all season long, now slashing .287/.364/.544 with 32 RBI.
Crisp doubles in two as Athletics top Rays 05-20-2014
Coco Crisp LF CLE
Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Tuesday's win over the Rays. Crisp doubled twice in his first two at-bats, with his second double of the game bringing in the first two runs of the game. It was all the support Drew Pomeranz and the A's bullpen would need. Crisp was removed later in the game after aggravating a neck injury, and A's manager Bob Melvin has already said Crisp will get a day off Wednesday.
Happ good enough to pick up his third win 05-20-2014
J.A. Happ P TOR
J.A. Happ picked up his third win of the season, allowing four runs over five innings as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 7-4 on Tuesday. Happ was strong early, at one point getting five consecutive outs -- and six of seven -- via the strikeout. Overall, Happ allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out six. That's three solid outings out of four for Happ since he joined the rotation on May 5. The lefty owns a 4.37 ERA with a frightening 1.76 WHIP, which seems ominous for his next start against the powerhouse Athletics offense at home.
Cesar Ramos moved to Rays' bullpen 05-20-2014
Cesar Ramos P TEX
Cesar Ramos has been moved to the Rays' bullpen.

Joe Smith on Twitter
He gets the boot from the rotation with Alex Cobb (oblique) set to return on Thursday. Ramos was lit up for 13 runs -- nine earned -- over his last two starts, so the demotion comes as no surprise. He should be a weapon in relief for the Rays.
Doubront shaky, exits Tuesday's outing early 05-20-2014
Felix Doubront P OAK
Felix Doubront took the loss, allowing five runs over four innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Doubront allowed five hits, including two home runs, while walking three and striking out two. The left-hander departed early with what was described as left shoulder fatigue. If Doubront requires a stint on the disabled list, he'll do so with a 5.12 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 31/19 K/BB ratio. His next start, against the Rays on the road, could be in jeopardy at the very least.
Odorizzi walks five, fans eight against A's 05-20-2014
Jake Odorizzi P TB
Jake Odorizzi had a strange night on Tuesday, issuing five free passes, striking out eight and allowing three runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the A's. The A's did all their damage with a three-run third inning, but Odorizzi worked into and out of trouble most of the night. The five walks were the most he's given out in a start this year, as he's now walked 23 in 43 1/3 innings. The eight strikeouts are also a continuation of a trend, giving him 26 in his last 15 2/3 innings and 52 punchouts on the year. The loss dropped him to 2-4 with a 4.98, numbers he'll try to improve upon Sunday against the Red Sox.
Janssen wraps up fourth save in win vs. BOS 05-20-2014
Casey Janssen P WAS
Casey Janssen picked up his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning during Tuesday's win over the Red Sox. Janssen found himself in trouble, giving up back-to-back singles to start the inning. But a strikeout and a ground ball double play ended the threat. It was the first white-knuckle adventure for the right-hander since he came off of the disabled list. Janssen has yet to allow a run in five innings.
Juan Uribe aggravates hamstring injury 05-20-2014
Juan Uribe 3B CLE
Juan Uribe left Tuesday's game versus the Mets after aggravating his right hamstring injury.

Eric Stephen on Twitter
Uribe missed a week with the injury before returning to action last Friday, but it appears the hamstring is bothering him again. The Dodgers should update his status after Tuesday's game, but a trip to the disabled list seems likely.
Gomes logs 3 hits with HR in loss to TOR 05-20-2014
Jonny Gomes LF KC
Jonny Gomes went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays. Gomes brought the Red Sox back within three runs with his two-run blast off of J.A. Happ, his fourth of the year. The outfielder has been reliable for his club a year after helping them to a championship. Gomes is slashing .256/.343/.444 with 18 RBI.
Pomeranz tosses five shutout innings vs. Rays 05-20-2014
Drew Pomeranz P BOS
Drew Pomeranz kept the Rays off the scoreboard for five innings in Tuesday's win over the Rays. Pomeranz remained spotless as a starter, as he's now thrown 15 scoreless innings in his first three starts of the season for the A's. On Tuesday, he gave up three singles and walked two while striking out three. The left-hander owns a 0.94 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 27/10 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings this year. The Blue Jays will be the next team to attempt to score a run off Pomeranz when they meet in Toronto on Sunday.
Jed Lowrie (neck) expected back Wed. 05-20-2014
Jed Lowrie 2B OAK
Jed Lowrie (neck) is expected back in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

John Hickey on Twitter
Lowrie left Sunday's game against the Indians with a strained neck and didn't play Tuesday, but it's evidently a minor issue. He's hitting .258/.358/.399 with three homers and 18 RBI for the A's this season.
Wainwright twirls one-hitter vs. Diamondbacks 05-20-2014
Adam Wainwright P STL
Adam Wainwright absolutely rolled over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, throwing a one-hit shutout en route to a 5-0 victory. The only blemish on the night was a two-out double by Paul Goldschmidt in the fourth inning. Otherwise, Wainwright was brilliant. The right-hander didn't walk a batter while striking out nine, and he faced just one batter over the minimum. With all his accomplishments, Tuesday's outing was the first one-hit shutout of his career. He leads the National League with seven wins and is among the league leaders in most every pitching category. He'll take a 1.85 ERA and 0.86 WHIP into Sunday's start at the Reds.
Cabrera logs 4 hits, including homer vs. BOS 05-20-2014
Melky Cabrera LF CWS
Melky Cabrera went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox. Cabrera knocked in a run with a double in the fifth innings, then went deep off of Edward Mujica in the sixth, his seventh of the season. The embattled outfielder has been a monster at the plate, a good sign now that he is back to full health after last year's scare. Cabrera is slashing .323/.361/.516 with 22 RBI and 31 runs scored on the season.
Melvin says Sean Doolittle will close for A's 05-20-2014
Sean Doolittle P OAK
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that "the way things are setting up, (Sean Doolittle will) be in the closer role."

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Doolittle closed out the Rays with a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to earn his third save of the season. With a 3.27 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and ridiculous 30/1 K/BB ratio over 22 innings this season, Doolittle has probably been the team's best reliever. He's been unscored upon in his last nine appearances and is certainly good enough to run with the role.
Encarnacion logs 3rd multi-homer game in May 05-20-2014
Edwin Encarnacion DH CLE
Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with a pair of two-run home runs in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox. Encarnacion now has three multi-homer games dating back to May 8. His two blasts came off of Felix Doubront in the third inning and Edward Mujica in the fifth. The slugger had no homers through April 20 but now has 11 in the 27 games since. Encarnacion is slugging .249/.332/.531 with 35 RBI.
Goldschmidt gets lone hit in loss to Cards 05-20-2014
Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARZ
Paul Goldschmidt had the Diamondbacks' lone hit, a double, in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals. Goldschmidt and his Diamondbacks teammates were rendered absolutely useless by Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. Goldschmidt hit a double with two outs in the fourth inning, and Wainwright retired the next 16 batters to finish the gem. The double was Goldschmidt's 19th of the season as he's in the midst of another monster offensive season.
Bauer picks up first win of 2014 vs. Tigers 05-20-2014
Trevor Bauer P CLE
Trevor Bauer picked up his first win of the season, giving up two runs over six innings as the Indians defeated the Tigers 6-2 on Tuesday. Bauer is back in the Indians' rotation and put together a solid effort on Tuesday, allowing seven hits -- including two solo home runs to Torii Hunter and Alex Avila -- while walking three and striking out five. The 23-year-old has a sky-high potential if he can tame his control problems. Bauer will go for his second win against the Orioles on the road in his next outing.
Verlander hit around, takes loss vs. Indians 05-20-2014
Justin Verlander P DET
Justin Verlander gave up five runs in six innings and took the loss on Tuesday against the Indians. Verlander surrendered a season-high 11 hits, which included five doubles, along with three walks and only two strikeouts. We've certainly seen better from the right-hander. Curiously, Verlander is striking out hitters at a low rate not seen since his first full season in the big leagues in 2006. It's certainly something to keep an eye on. Nevertheless, Verlander will take his 3.55 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 49/27 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Rangers at home.
Lee (elbow) to be placed on disabled list 05-20-2014
Cliff Lee P PHI
Cliff Lee will be placed on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a Grade 1/2 strain of his left elbow.

Ryan Lawrence on Twitter
"It's pretty mild," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. "But it is a strain and we want to be careful." It could have been much worse, but it's worrisome anytime there's a strain in the elbow. The club is hoping that Lee will need a minimal stay on the disabled list, but it's far from a given. The veteran lefty holds a 3.18 ERA over 10 starts this season.
Holliday has two hits, RBI against D'backs 05-20-2014
Matt Holliday LF NYY
Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks. Holliday had two of the Cardinals' nine hits against Bronson Arroyo -- in fact, he had the only two singles the right-hander gave up on the night. He came around to score on his first-inning single, and he drove in a run with his single in the fifth. He's heating up, having hit in five straight games. He's still looking for his third homer of the year, though, as his power stroke has gone cold.
X-rays on Gallardo's ankle come back clean 05-20-2014
Yovani Gallardo P SEA
X-rays on Yovani Gallardo's left ankle came back negative.

Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter
Gallardo was injured during Tuesday's start when he turned the ankle while trying to field a chopper. He'll probably be fine for his next outing, but the Brewers don't figure to clear him until he gets through his between-starts bullpen session. Gallardo holds a 6.33 ERA in four starts this month.
Bourn doubles twice, steals base in win 05-20-2014
Michael Bourn CF BAL
Michael Bourn went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Tigers. Bourn knocked in a run with a second-inning double, stole third base, and later scored. The center fielder has now hit safely in 11 of 13 May games. However, Bourn has a disappointing .254/.289/.386 slash line with three stolen bases.
Murphy homers, walks in win over the Tigers 05-20-2014
David Murphy RF BOS
David Murphy went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Tigers. Murphy took Evan Reed out to right field for his fourth home run of the season. The Indians' signing of Murphy during the off-season has worked out well, as the outfielder now sports a .292/.364/.460 with a vast majority of the damage being done against right-handed pitching.
Peralta hits 9th home run in win over D'backs 05-20-2014
Jhonny Peralta 3B STL
Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Peralta came through with an RBI double in the fourth inning, and he hit a solo homer off Bronson Arroyo in the sixth to cap the scoring in the game. It's been a strange year for the 31-year-old, as he's now got nine home runs and just 20 RBI in 43 games. He's well on his way to his best power output since 2011.
Avila blasts a solo homer in loss to Indians 05-20-2014
Alex Avila C DET
Alex Avila went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Indians. Avila went deep in the fifth inning off of Trevor Bauer, his third of the season. The catcher has been solid behind the dish for the Tigers, slashing .240/.365/.417 in 116 plate appearances.
Doubront (shoulder) to under MRI Wednesday 05-20-2014
Felix Doubront P OAK
Felix Doubront (shoulder) will undergo an MRI Wednesday.

Scott Lauber on Twitter
Doubront was pulled from Tuesday's start because he was feeling a "restriction" in his left shoulder that was affecting his arm speed. Even if the MRI comes back clean, it would seem that a trip to the disabled list would still be a possibility. The southpaw holds a 5.12 ERA over nine starts this season.
Hunter homers in Tigers' loss to the Indians 05-20-2014
Torii Hunter RF MIN
Torii Hunter went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Indians. Hunter's sixth home run of the season was a first inning solo home run off of Trevor Bauer. The 38-year-old is still alive and kicking, slashing .293/.323/.476 with 24 RBI.
Arroyo allows five runs in loss to Cardinals 05-20-2014
Bronson Arroyo P LAD
Bronson Arroyo allowed five runs on nine hits over seven innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday. Arroyo never stood a chance at earning the victory with Adam Wainwright dealing a one-hit shutout on the other side, but the 37-year-old wasn't at his best Tuesday. He gave up seven extra-base hits, including two home runs, of his nine hits allowed. He didn't walk a batter while striking out six. It snapped a string of three straight wins allowing one run or fewer for the veteran right-hander. He'll try to get back on the horse Sunday at the Mets.
Adams hits two-run homer against Diamondbacks 05-20-2014
Matt Adams 1B STL
Matt Adams hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks. With a runner on base and two outs in the first inning, Adams took Bronson Arroyo deep for just his third home run of the season. It was the hefty first baseman's first jack in May and his first since April 30. Despite the power outage Adams has been effective at the plate this year, batting .308/.320/.467.
Fister picks up his first win as a National 05-20-2014
Doug Fister P HOU
Doug Fister picked up his first win as a member of the Nationals, allowing two runs over seven innings in Tuesday's 9-4 victory over the Reds. Fister has back-to-back solid outings now. Against the Reds, the right-hander allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five. Fister now has a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings. He'll go for win number two in his next outing against the Pirates on the road.
Desmond held hitless as Nats fall to the Reds 05-20-2014
Ian Desmond 1B COL
Ian Desmond went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Reds. Desmond ended a streak of three consecutive games with at least two hits. The shortstop appeared on his way to getting his OPS up over .700 for the first time since mid-April, but he'll have to wait a little longer to do that. Desmond is slashing .232/.279/.395 with seven home runs and 25 RBI.
Cozart's 2 hits, 2 runs not enough in loss 05-20-2014
Zack Cozart SS CIN
Zack Cozart went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals. Cozart was the only Red with multiple hits on the night, a small consolation. Like a lot of Reds, Cozart has yet to get on a roll offensively, putting up a meager .214/.255/.297 slash line thus far.
Denard Span racks up five hits in Nats' win 05-20-2014
Denard Span CF SF
Denard Span went 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a pair of RBI, a pair of runs scored, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Reds. It was the third five-hit game of Span's career, and his first since August 8, 2009 as a member of the Twins. While Tuesday's effort marked his seventh multi-hit game out of 17 May games, the month hasn't been too kind to the slumping center fielder. Span is still slashing a disappointing .263/.308/.363 with six stolen bases on the season.
Teheran tosses six-hit shutout versus Brewers 05-20-2014
Julio Teheran P ATL
Julio Teheran spun a complete-game shutout, giving up just six hits and two walks, in the Braves' 5-0 win over the Brewers on Tuesday. Teheran allowed just two extra-base hits, both Jonathan Lucroy doubles, while striking out eight in the victory. He entered the ninth inning at 109 pitches, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez showed confidence in the right-hander in letting him finish what he started. After allowing two singles in the ninth, Teheran dug deep to get Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez swinging to end the game. He finished at 128 pitches thrown. It was his first shutout of 2014, but Teheran has been absolutely brilliant all season -- the win lowered his ERA to 1.92 and WHIP to 0.95 in 10 starts. He'll look to keep the potent Rockies offense at bay on Sunday.
Cueto allows 8 runs, ending historic streak 05-20-2014
Johnny Cueto P SF
Johnny Cueto took the loss in Tuesday's start against the Nationals, allowing eight runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Cueto ended a string of nine consecutive starts in which he went at least seven innings and allowed two runs or fewer, the longest such streak in 105 years. The right-hander allowed six hits, walked none but hit two batters, and struck out six. Cueto will take his 1.86 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and 82/18 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Dodgers on the road.
Gonzalez halts the Pirates to pick up 2nd win 05-20-2014
Miguel Gonzalez P CWS
Miguel Gonzalez picked up the win, allowing two runs in six innings as the Orioles defeated the Pirates 9-2 on Tuesday. Gonzalez, making a return to the rotation, worked around a bunch of singles to limit the damage against the Pirates. He allowed seven hits, walked none, and struck out seven. His first start of the season aside, Gonzalez has been reliable out of the rotation and Tuesday's effort should help restore the team's confidence in him. Gonzalez now has a 4.53 ERA with a 42/15 K/BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings. He'll face the Indians at home in his next start.
Laird has two hits, run scored versus Brewers 05-20-2014
Gerald Laird C ARZ
Gerald Laird went 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Brewers on Tuesday. Laird has appeared in 15 games this year, but Tuesday was his first multi-hit game. The catcher also scored in the Braves' three-run third inning. Laird is primarily a backup to Evan Gattis, who missed Tuesday's game due to viral symptoms.
Liriano gives up 2 HR, remains winless in '14 05-20-2014
Francisco Liriano P TOR
Francisco Liriano fell to 0-4, giving up six runs in five innings against the Orioles on Tuesday. Liriano is now winless in ten starts. Tuesday's start was his worst of the season, as the lefty allowed nine hits -- including two home runs to Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz -- while walking two and striking out four. Liriano now has a 4.86 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, a terrible follow-up to his breakout campaign in 2013. He'll look for his first win at home against the Nationals next.
McCutchen singles twice in Pirates loss 05-20-2014
Andrew McCutchen RF PIT
Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-3 with a walk and two singles in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles. McCutchen put the Pirates up 1-0 in the third inning with an RBI single, but it was a lead his team would soon relinquish. McCutchen also drew another walk, pushing his league-leading total up to 35. He is now slashing .308/.431/.472. He slugged over .500 in each of the last two seasons, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him eventually cross that threshold with more time.
Upton has homer, three RBI against Brewers 05-20-2014
Justin Upton LF DET
Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Brewers. Upton delivered a bases-loaded double in the third inning before taking Tyler Thornburg deep for a solo shot in the fifth inning. The homer was his 12th of the season, and Upton has homered in three straight games heading into Wednesday's contest. The outfielder is enjoying a strong year, hitting .288/.371/.582 line through roughly the season's first quarter of action.
Davis homer provides one of Pirates' two runs 05-20-2014
Ike Davis 1B NYY
Ike Davis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles. Ike's seventh-inning homer off of Miguel Gonzalez was one of four hit by a Davis on the night. Unfortunately, Chris had the other three. Ike's shot was his third of the year and first since April 21. Since joining his new club, Davis is slashing .263/.372/.413 which isn't bad by any means, but the Pirates were hoping for more power from their first baseman.
Lucroy doubles twice in loss to Teheran, ATL 05-20-2014
Jonathan Lucroy C TEX
Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Braves. Julio Teheran had the Brewers hitters' number all night, giving up just six hits in a complete-game shutout, but Lucroy got to him for his 14th and 15th doubles of the season. They were the Brewers' only extra-base hits on the evening. The catcher now has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats, bringing his season line up to .318/.390/.455.
Simmons hits fourth homer in win over Brewers 05-20-2014
Andrelton Simmons SS LAA
Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 with a home run against the Brewers on Tuesday. Simmons hit a solo home run off Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo in the third inning to open the scoring, and he also had a single in the game. It was the shortstop's third multi-hit game in his last four starts. The onslaught has raised his season line to .285/.304/.450.
Cruz homers as the Orioles rout the Pirates 05-20-2014
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. Cruz went deep off of Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning, number 13 on the season for the $8 million man. With 13 homers, Cruz moves into a tie with Troy Tulowitzki with the second-most in baseball, behind only Jose Abreu's 15. Cruz's 38 RBI are fifth-most in baseball, and he's now slashing .273/.335/.552.
Chris Davis crushes three homers vs. Pirates 05-20-2014
Chris Davis 1B BAL
Chris Davis went 4-for-5 with three home runs in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. Davis doubled his season home run total in one night. The blasts came off of Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning, Jared Hughes in the seventh, and Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth. He finished with five RBI, giving him 20 on the season, and the slugger now carries a .257/.376/.468 slash line. A slow start and oblique injury have made Davis a frustrating player for fantasy owners, but the hope is that Tuesday's performance is the start of something big.
Crisp leaves after aggravating neck injury 05-20-2014
Coco Crisp LF CLE
Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Rays after aggravating his neck injury.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Crisp returned to action last Friday after missing over a week of action with a neck ailment, but the injury has popped up again. The A's should update his status after the game, but you've got to think they'll consider placing him on the disabled list this time around.
Dillon Gee (lat) throws on flat ground 05-20-2014
Dillon Gee P KC
Dillon Gee (lat) threw on flat ground Tuesday.
Assuming he recovers fine, he'll throw off a mound later this week. Gee could then be ready for a rehab assignment after that. The right-hander will miss at least one more turn through the rotation but could conceivably return before the end of the month.
Doubront exits outing with shoulder fatigue 05-20-2014
Felix Doubront P OAK
Felix Doubront left Tuesday's start against the Blue Jays with left shoulder fatigue.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
Doubront was pulled from the outing in the fifth inning after summoning the trainer to the mound. It's not clear at this point if an MRI will be performed, but a trip to the disabled list would seem to be a distinct possibility. Doubront allowed four runs on five hits and three walks before exiting Tuesday.
Jay Bruce may not need rehab assignment 05-20-2014
Jay Bruce RF NYM
Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that it was undecided whether Jay Bruce (knee) would need a rehab assignment.
Bruce had an extensive workout Tuesday, which included hitting off of Mat Latos (elbow) during his simulated game. While it seems unlikely that the outfielder will return when first eligible on Wednesday, it's looking like he'll beat his early June timetable. "I don't want to put dates on it," he said. "Getting close, really close. We'll see [how I] bounce back from this. Today was the most involved day that I've had so far. I ran the bases full speed, hit off Mat Latos, and if I bounce back from this, we're heading in the right direction pretty fast."
Sergio Santos to resume throwing Friday 05-20-2014
Sergio Santos P NYY
Sergio Santos (elbow) will resume throwing on Friday.
He'll need at least a couple bullpen sessions before going out on a rehab assignment. Santos seems likely to return in early June. "It won't be long," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's going to start throwing the ball around when we get home. See where he's at. He said he's feeling good, I know that."
Colby Rasmus (hamstring) undergoes MRI 05-20-2014
Colby Rasmus LF TB
Colby Rasmus (hamstring) underwent an MRI Tuesday.
The results are not yet known, but the Blue Jays are hopeful that Rasmus will be ready to return at the beginning of June. The outfielder has been sidelined since mid-May with a strained right hamstring.
Aaron Hill (shoulder) likely to return Wed. 05-20-2014
Aaron Hill 3B BOS
Aaron Hill (shoulder) is likely to return to the lineup Wednesday.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
Out since Friday due to a sore shoulder, Hill felt that he could play Tuesday but the Diamondbacks decided to hold him out one more day. The second baseman is batting .269/.324/.431 with four homers and 22 RBI this season.
Tyler Pastornicky (calf) out until Friday 05-20-2014
Tyler Pastornicky 2B ATL
Tyler Pastornicky (calf) isn't expected back in the Braves' lineup until Friday.
Pastornicky's left calf flared up when he took batting practice Monday. He's missed three straight starts but will be back in there later this week.
Jonny Venters cleared to resume throwing 05-20-2014
Jonny Venters P ATL
Jonny Venters has been cleared to resume throwing after an exam revealed a minor strain of the flexor muscle in his left elbow.
Venters had a live batting practice session last Wednesday cut short due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow, but he's avoided a serious setback. "He said my elbow looks as good as he's ever seen it over the past couple of years," Venters said. "I'm excited about what he told me and I'm looking forward to getting back on the mound."
Walden (hamstring) out until mid-June 05-20-2014
Jordan Walden P STL
Jordan Walden (hamstring) isn't expected to be activated from the disabled list until mid-June.
Walden has felt good while long-tossing, but the Braves want to be extra careful given how much stress his delivery puts on his left leg. He won't throw off a mound for another couple weeks. "Especially with his delivery, that left leg is very important because it's the one he lands on," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "So, we've got to make sure that's right because if it's not, that's what could lead to something else."
Yovani Gallardo leaves start with foot injury 05-20-2014
Yovani Gallardo P SEA
Yovani Gallardo left Tuesday's start versus the Braves in the fourth inning with an apparent left foot injury.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Gallardo's foot slipped on the mound when he tried to field a chopper. After a lengthy discussion, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and the trainer decided it would be best to pull the righty. Gallado allowed four runs on four hits and three walks over 3 1/3 frames before exiting.
Felix Doubront exits with apparent injury 05-20-2014
Felix Doubront P OAK
Felix Doubront left Tuesday's start versus the Blue Jays in the fifth inning with an apparent injury.

Sean McAdam on Twitter
He called the trainer to the mound after allowing back-to-back doubles and eventually walked off the field and into the clubhouse. Doubront probably wasn't going to be in much longer, having allowed four runs on five hits and three walks before exiting with a runner on second. The Red Sox should update his status shortly.
Carlos Quentin to miss a few more games 05-20-2014
Carlos Quentin LF ATL
Carlos Quentin (groin) will not start for a few more days, but the Padres remain hopeful that he'll avoid the disabled list.
Manager Bud Black likened Quentin's groin injury to that of Seth Smith's, who missed four games and then had his play limited for an additional five contests last month. Quentin was just activated from the disabled list a week ago.
Middlebrooks could start at 3B vs. LHP 05-20-2014
Will Middlebrooks 3B MLW
Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that Will Middlebrooks (finger) could start at third base versus lefties once he returns from the disabled list.
The signing of Stephen Drew has pushed Xander Bogaerts to third base, leaving Middlebrooks without an everyday gig. However, he could still be a factor against southpaws, with Bogaerts moving back to shortstop. "We fully anticipate Will being here," said Farrell. "If there are alignments to take advantage of individual strengths, we're going to do that. Without getting too far ahead of myself, that's the best I can tell you right now."
Ryan Zimmerman's thumb still not healed 05-20-2014
Ryan Zimmerman 1B WAS
An X-ray Monday showed that Ryan Zimmerman's right thumb is still not fully healed.
His recovery is going slower than expected, as he's already five weeks into what was a projected 4-6 week timetable. Zimmerman will get a splint on the thumb that will allow him to begin exercising his right arm, though he has not been cleared to throw full-out or swing a bat yet. "It's not really throwing. It puts his thumb in a position where he can start working his arm, which is good," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "It's what he needs to do. [The thumb] is not fully healed, so [the doctors] are cautious."
Chris Sale (elbow) could return this weekend 05-20-2014
Chris Sale P BOS
Chris Sale (elbow) could rejoin the White Sox' rotation this weekend against the Yankees.

Dan Hayes on Twitter
Sale got through a bullpen session Tuesday with no issues, but the White Sox want to see how he rebounds before clearing him to return to action. The left-hander struck out 11 batters over four scoreless innings during a rehab start last week, and it appears it might be the only outing he needs before being activated.
Russell Martin swinging bat with no issues 05-20-2014
Russell Martin C TOR
Russell Martin (hamstring) took some swings on Tuesday and will catch a simulated game Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Pirates haven't set a timetable for Martin's return yet, but it sounds like he's close. "The catching component is the most critical right now," said manager Clint Hurdle. "He's shown the ability to swing the at-bat. He fired a checked swing off (Tuesday) and didn't feel anything. He's ramped up the running portion of it. We'll have a conversation after batting practice on what the future is going to hold."
Jason Grilli in line for activation this week 05-20-2014
Jason Grilli P TOR
Jason Grilli (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list if a simulated game on Wednesday goes well.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Grilli already threw a sim game Tuesday with no issues, but the Pirates want to make sure he's OK to throw on back-to-back days. It appears he will not need a rehab assignment. "I'm fulfilling their requirements, and I'm passing with flying colors," Grilli said. "We as players know when we're ready, and in our minds we're always ready. We're the horses. They're the jockeys, and we just try to communicate. And seeing is believing, too. But it all feels good, and that's the big thing."
Cashner (elbow) could play catch this weekend 05-20-2014
Andrew Cashner P TEX
Andrew Cashner (elbow) could play catch as soon as this weekend.

Jesse Alger on Twitter
It's far from a given, though. An MRI on Cashner's right elbow came back clean, but the Padres will obviously proceed cautiously with their Opening Day starter. Donn Roach is expected to get another start on Saturday in Cashner's place.
Pagan expects to return to lineup Wednesday 05-20-2014
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan (shoulder) expects to be back in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
An MRI taken Sunday on Pagan's left shoulder revealed a sprain, but the outfielder took batting practice Tuesday and is available off the bench. Pagan has been terrific this season, batting .321/.370/.440 with three homers, 15 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Evan Gattis scratched due to virus 05-20-2014
Evan Gattis DH HOU
Evan Gattis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to viral symptoms.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Gattis figures to be ready to play in a day or two, but we'll just have to see how he recovers. Gerald Laird took his spot behind the plate Tuesday.
Beltran (elbow) to try swinging bat Monday 05-20-2014
Carlos Beltran RF HOU
Carlos Beltran (elbow) will try swinging a bat on Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

Newark Star-Ledger
Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday confirmed that Beltran is dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow. The outfielder will see if he can take swings without too much pain and will play through the ailment if that's the case. If he can't, he'll undergo surgery and will be sidelined 8-10 weeks. "Does he feel that he can take his A swing? " Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You don't him going out there if he's taking a B or C swing. That's not going to help us. If he can take his A swing and not have the pain and not have to hold back, then he's a player."
Hamilton (thumb) shooting for May 26 return 05-20-2014
Josh Hamilton LF TEX
Josh Hamilton (thumb) is hoping to be activated from the disabled list on May 26.

Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
Hamilton will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake Friday and expects to play three games there before being activated next Monday. The outfielder has been on the shelf since early April with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. He batted .444/.545/.741 with a pair of homers in his first eight games before the injury.
Guerrero involved in altercation with Olivo 05-20-2014
Alex Guerrero LF LAD
Agent Scott Boras told FOX Sports' Jon Morosi that Alex Guerrero's ear was "displaced by a bite" during an altercation with Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Miguel Olivo.

Jon Morosi on Twitter
Well then. It's not clear what caused the incident, but Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday that the club is looking into it. Guerrero is undergoing plastic surgery on his ear and it's not clear how long he'll be sidelined. The Cuban defector is hitting .368/.411/.737 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 32 games this season at Albuquerque.
White Sox not naming set closer 05-20-2014
Ronald Belisario P BOS
White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Tuesday refused to name a set closer while Matt Lindstrom (ankle) was on the disabled list.

Dan Hayes on Twitter
Ventura mentioned that he has a few options among guys that have pitched well lately. Ronald Belisario would certainly qualify, as he hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 17 1/3 innings and boasts 13/1 K/BB ratio over that time. Daniel Webb and Jacob Petricka, who earned the save Monday after Lindstrom exited, could also be in the mix.
Cliff Lee undergoes MRI on pitching elbow 05-20-2014
Cliff Lee P PHI
Cliff Lee underwent an MRI on his sore left elbow Tuesday.

Jim Salisbury on Twitter
Yikes. Lee has apparently pitched through an elbow strain in recent starts and experienced a velocity decline. The Phillies are still awaiting the results of Tuesday's exam. Lee is currently scheduled to face the Dodgers this weekend, but obviously whether he'll be ready for that outing is up in the air.
Cowgill (hip) back in Angels' lineup on Tues. 05-20-2014
Collin Cowgill RF CLE
Collin Cowgill (hip) is back in the Angels' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Astros.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
Cowgill sat out Monday because of tightness in his hip flexor. It was never a serious concern. He is batting eighth and starting in center field on Tuesday.
Halos activate David Freese from 15-day DL 05-20-2014
David Freese 3B PIT
Angels activated 3B David Freese from the 15-day disabled list. Freese wound up missing just 17 days with a small fracture in his right middle finger. He homered twice on his three-game minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake but returns Tuesday to a brutal .202/.266/.286 major league batting line. The 31-year-old third baseman is not a good option in mixed fantasy leagues.
Angels option Luis Jimenez back to AAA 05-20-2014
Luis Jimenez 3B BOS
Angels optioned INF Luis Jimenez to Triple-A Salt Lake. David Freese is back from the disabled list, so Jimenez was no longer needed as third base depth. Jimenez is 4-for-25 (.160) in nine games this season with Anaheim.
Pimentel throws another bullpen session 05-20-2014
Stolmy Pimentel P NYM
Stolmy Pimentel (shoulder) threw another successful bullpen session on Monday.

Bill Brink on Twitter
Pimentel will be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment if he makes it through one final bullpen session later this week without experiencing any discomfort in his shoulder. The 24-year-old righty is currently on track to return to the Pirates' bullpen in early June. He owns a 2.61 ERA and 8.7 K/9 in 20 2/3 career major league frames.
Posey sitting Tuesday due to back irritation 05-20-2014
Buster Posey C SF
Buster Posey is out of the Giants' lineup on Tuesday due to nerve irritation in his back.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
Posey told reporters that he is available to pinch-hit, so the ailment is obviously fairly minor. Hector Sanchez will start behind the plate against the Rockies.
Scott Baker to start for Rangers on Friday 05-20-2014
Scott Baker P LAD
Scott Baker will start on Friday against the Tigers. Robbie Ross was demoted to a relief role on Tuesday and Baker is going to get the first crack at the vacant rotation spot. Baker made a promising start earlier this month against a good Rockies lineup, allowing just two runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. Still, the 32-year-old right-hander is not an attractive fantasy option.
Robbie Ross removed from Rangers rotation 05-20-2014
Robbie Ross Jr. P BOS
Robbie Ross has been removed from Texas' rotation.

Jeff Wilson on Twitter
Ross registered an ugly 4.78 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and 34/16 K/BB ratio in nine starts (49 innings) for Texas. He is presumably being shifted to a long relief role.
O'Flaherty (elbow) throws two sim. innings 05-20-2014
Eric O'Flaherty P ATL
Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw two simulated innings on Tuesday afternoon without issue.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
O'Flaherty will perform a similar workout later this week before embarking on a minor league rehab assignment. He is about a year removed from Tommy John surgery and should join the A's bullpen sometime in June.
Ryan Cook (forearm) cleared for throwing 05-20-2014
Ryan Cook P CHC
Ryan Cook (forearm) has been cleared to throw.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Cook will start out with light games of catch before eventually advancing to bullpen sessions and then simulated games. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since May 8 with a right forearm strain. If all goes well, he could be back in early June.
Tim Hudson (hip) on track for Thursday start 05-20-2014
Tim Hudson P SF
Tim Hudson (hip) expects to return to the Giants' starting rotation Thursday against the Rockies.

John Shea on Twitter
Hudson had to be scratched from his previous turn because of a strained hip, but he threw his entire arsenal in a bullpen session on Tuesday and felt no lingering discomfort. The veteran right-hander boasts a 2.09 ERA and 0.81 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings this season.
Germen (virus) won't be ready Wednesday 05-20-2014
Gonzalez Germen P COL
Gonzalez Germen will not be ready to return from the disabled list Wednesday when first eligible.

ESPN New York
Germen has an abscess in an undisclosed location and is still dealing with flu-like symptoms. He made a relief appearance Friday with High-A St. Lucie but has since been pulled off that rehab assignment.
Pagan (shoulder) out of Giants' lineup Tues. 05-20-2014
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan (shoulder) is not in the Giants' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Rockies.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
An MRI taken Sunday on Pagan's left shoulder revealed a sprain. The Giants are hoping that the center fielder will be able to avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list, but that can't quite be guaranteed at this point.
Tabata (hamstring) available off bench Tues. 05-20-2014
Jose Tabata RF LAD
Jose Tabata (hamstring) is available off the Pirates' bench on Tuesday night against the Orioles.

Bill Brink on Twitter
Tabata made an early exit from the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Yankees because of tightness in his right hamstring. It's not a major concern.
Rockies activate Cuddyer from disabled list 05-20-2014
Michael Cuddyer LF NYM
Rockies activated OF Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list. Cuddyer missed a little over four weeks with a left hamstring strain. He was off to a tremendous start before the injury, batting .317/.373/.533 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 16 games. His return to the active roster means less playing time for Corey Dickerson.
Rockies option Chris Martin to Triple-A 05-20-2014
Chris Martin P NYY
Rockies optioned RHP Chris Martin to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Martin posted a 4.15 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 8 2/3 innings of relief for Colorado. The 27-year-old right-hander should get another chance later this summer.
Jason Kipnis to begin rehab assignment Fri. 05-20-2014
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
Jason Kinpis (oblique) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Columbus.

Paul Hoynes on Twitter
If all goes smoothly, the second baseman will be activated from the disabled list Monday (May 26) for the Indians' series-opener against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Kipnis has been on the shelf since April 30 because of a right oblique strain.
Leonys Martin out Tuesday due to neck pain 05-20-2014
Leonys Martin CF SEA
Leonys Martin was scratched from the Rangers' lineup Tuesday versus the Mariners due to neck pain.

Richard Durrett on Twitter
It's not believed to be a major issue. Martin has two homers and nine steals in 42 games this season.
Fielder scratched from Rangers' lineup Tues. 05-20-2014
Prince Fielder DH TEX
Prince Fielder has been scratched from the Rangers' lineup Tuesday against the Mariners.

Richard Durrett on Twitter
Fielder sat out Saturday and Sunday due to a herniated disc and is now out Tuesday with arm weakness. The Rangers are hoping that he will be ready for action on Wednesday. Fielder is batting just .247 with a .720 OPS and three home runs in 42 games this year for Texas.
Scheppers (elbow) will return as a reliever 05-20-2014
Tanner Scheppers P TEX
Tanner Scheppers (elbow) will return as a reliever.

The Rangers are worried about putting too much stress on the right-hander's elbow, so they'll move him back to a mid-relief role. Scheppers has been on the disabled list since April 18 with elbow inflammation. He is currently throwing bullpen sessions and should be ready for activation near the end of this month.
Hart to miss 4-6 weeks with hamstring strain 05-20-2014
Corey Hart RF PIT
Corey Hart (hamstring) is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Hart suffered a Grade 2 left hamstring strain on Sunday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday afternoon. The veteran outfielder was batting just .209 with a .647 OPS this season for the Mariners, but he did have five home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games. That power will be dearly missed in the Seattle lineup.
Marlins promote Andrew Heaney to Triple-A 05-20-2014
Andrew Heaney P LAA
Andrew Heaney has been promoted to Triple-A New Orleans.

New Orleans Zephyrs on Twitter
It is a well-deserved promotion for the 22-year-old top pitching prospect, who had a 2.35 ERA and 52/13 K/BB ratio through 53 2/3 innings this season at Double-A Jacksonville. Heaney could reach the majors in June.
Votto (quad) aiming to return this weekend 05-20-2014
Joey Votto 1B CIN
Joey Votto (quad) is aiming to return to the Reds' starting lineup this weekend versus the Cardinals.

C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter
Votto will remain sidelined through the final two games of the Reds' three-game set in Washington, D.C. But the good news is that he is going to avoid a 15-day disabled list stint. Votto has been out since late last week because of a distal left quadriceps strain.
Rangers transfer Martin Perez to 60-day DL 05-20-2014
Martin Perez P TEX
Rangers transferred LHP Martin Perez from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Perez underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Monday. He will be out until mid-2015.
Hanigan (hamstring) available on Tues. night 05-20-2014
Ryan Hanigan C BOS
Ryan Hanigan (hamstring) will be available off the bench for the Rays on Tuesday night.

Joe Smith on Twitter
Hanigan has been out since last Friday with soreness in his right hamstring, but he was able to do a full range of baseball activities on Tuesday afternoon and should return to the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday.
Rangers promote C Chris Gimenez from AAA 05-20-2014
Chris Gimenez C CLE
Rangers purchased the contract of C Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Round Rock. Gimenez was hitting .259/.352/.435 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 31 games this season at the Triple-A level. He will share time at catcher with Robinson Chirinos until Geovany Soto (knee) is ready to return.
Rangers option Arencibia to AAA Round Rock 05-20-2014
J.P. Arencibia C PHI
Rangers optioned C J.P. Arencibia to Triple-A Round Rock. Arencibia was batting just .133/.182/.233 with 15 strikeouts in 20 games this season for the Rangers. Texas made a $1.8 million mistake on him in December.
Henderson (shoulder) ready for rehab games 05-20-2014
Jim Henderson P NYM
Jim Henderson (shoulder) threw another successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Henderson is now expecting to be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment, and the 31-year-old setup man should be back in the Brewers' bullpen by the end of May. He's been out since May 2 with shoulder inflammation.
Cardinals option Sam Freeman to Memphis 05-20-2014
Sam Freeman P MLW
Cardinals optioned LHP Sam Freeman to Triple-A Memphis. Freeman was removed from the 25-man roster to clear a spot for Jason Motte, who is back from Tommy John surgery. Freeman pitched one scoreless inning during his short stay in St. Louis. He'll get an extended look soon.
Cardinals activate Jason Motte from the DL 05-20-2014
Jason Motte P COL
Cardinals activated RHP Jason Motte from the 15-day disabled list. Motte will be an active member of the Cardinals' bullpen on Tuesday night for the first time since the 2012 playoffs. He wound up missing close to 13 months following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will likely be eased back into high-leverage situations. The bearded right-hander is expected to eventually settle in as the primary setup man for St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal.
LaRoche (quad) expects to return on Sunday 05-20-2014
Adam LaRoche DH CWS
Adam LaRoche (quad) expects to be activated from the disabled list Sunday when first eligible.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
LaRoche has taken grounders and batting practice this week without issue. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 10 with a quad strain.
Fielder (herniated disc) in TEX lineup Tues. 05-20-2014
Prince Fielder DH TEX
Prince Fielder (back) is in the Rangers' lineup Tuesday.

Fielder received a nerve-blocking injection Saturday for a herniated disc and wound up missing two games. He's batting fifth as the DH on Tuesday versus the Mariners.
Drew to spend 7-10 days in the minor leagues 05-20-2014
Stephen Drew 2B WAS
Stephen Drew will spend 7-10 days in the minor leagues before officially joining the Red Sox.

Nick Cafardo on Twitter
Drew was signed Tuesday to a one-year contract worth about $10 million, but the Red Sox want him to get some playing time down on the farm before throwing him into major league games. It'll be like a mini spring training for Drew, who is expected to take over as Boston's primary shortstop once he's deemed fit for big league action. Xander Bogaerts will slide to third base. Drew is worth stashing in most fantasy leagues.
Travis d'Arnaud still has concussion symptoms 05-20-2014
Travis d'Arnaud C NYM
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that Travis d'Arnaud is still experiencing concussion symptoms.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
The young catcher is eligible to be activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list on Thursday, but it doesn't sound like he will be ready. Juan Centeno is starting behind the plate Tuesday night against the Dodgers.
Lagares (family) expected back Wednesday 05-20-2014
Juan Lagares CF NYM
Juan Lagares (family) is expected back Wednesday.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
Lagares flew to the Dominican Republic on Sunday to handle a private family matter. The Mets aren't going to place him on the bereavement list, so they'll be playing a man short on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. Lagares, 25, is batting .302/.345/.462 in 30 games this season and has played fantastic defense in center field.
M's Walker (shoulder) throws simulated game 05-20-2014
Taijuan Walker P ARZ
Taijuan Walker (shoulder) tossed a two-inning simulated game Tuesday without experiencing discomfort.

Bob Dutton on Twitter
It's another big step in the right direction for the rehabbing right-hander, who has been out all season with a right shoulder injury. Walker will throw another simulated game later this week and could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He should be an option for the Mariners' starting rotation in early-to-mid June.
Paxton (lat) throws three-inning sim. game 05-20-2014
James Paxton P SEA
James Paxton (lat) threw a three-inning simulated game Tuesday and reported feeling fine.

Bob Dutton on Twitter
It was a 53-pitch session. Paxton, who's been on the shelf since April 9 with a lat strain, should now be cleared to embark on a minor league rehab assignment. He's on track to rejoin the Seattle rotation in early June.
Ben Revere remains out of PHI lineup Tues. 05-20-2014
Ben Revere CF LAA
Ben Revere is not in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Revere sat out all weekend with a stomach virus, but his absence Tuesday night against the Marlins appears to be a straight benching. The 26-year-old speedster is batting just .268/.284/.297 in 36 games this season and remains homerless in 1,542 career major league plate appearances. Tony Gwynn Jr. will start in center field against Miami right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.
Lagares not in Mets' lineup on Tuesday night 05-20-2014
Juan Lagares CF NYM
Juan Lagares is not in the Mets' lineup Tuesday.

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Lagares headed home to the Dominican Republic on Sunday to deal with a family issue. If he's going to be out for a couple of days, the Mets could place him on the bereavement list. Eric Young Jr. is starting in center field Tuesday night against the Dodgers.
Rays activate Jennings from bereavement 05-20-2014
Desmond Jennings LF TB
Rays activated OF Desmond Jennings from the bereavement list. Jennings was excused Saturday and Sunday for a private family matter. He's batting second and starting in center field on Tuesday night against the Athletics.
Marte (hamstring) in Pirates' lineup Tuesday 05-20-2014
Starling Marte CF PIT
Starling Marte (hamstring) is in the Pirates' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Orioles.

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Marte left the second half of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees because of minor tightness in his left hamstring. Monday's team off day gave him ample rest.
Beltran (elbow) will try to play through pain 05-20-2014
Carlos Beltran RF HOU
Dr. James Andrews has confirmed that Carlos Beltran is dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow.

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Beltran visited Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday for a second opinion. He'll attempt to play through the pain for now, but if he can't, surgery would cost him approximately two months. It's unclear when he'll be ready to come off the disabled list.
Stephen Drew will be active on Wednesday 05-20-2014
Stephen Drew 2B WAS
Stephen Drew is expected to be active for the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Nick Cafardo on Twitter
The Red Sox aren't wasting any time. Drew is reportedly in Boston on Tuesday, presumably to take a pre-signing physical in order to finalize his new one-year contract. The Red Sox have yet to announce their plans, but we're expecting him to be the regular shortstop again while Xander Bogaerts shifts over to third base.
Indians option Jose Ramirez to minors 05-20-2014
Jose Ramirez 3B CLE
Indians optioned INF Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Columbus. Ramirez really struggled after joining the Indians earlier this month, hitting just .080 (2-for-25) with zero extra-base hits and one RBI in 11 games. The Indians have called up Justin Sellers to take his place on the active roster.
Indians option Aguilar to Triple-A 05-20-2014
Jesus Aguilar 1B MLW
Indians optioned 1B Jesus Aguilar to Triple-A Columbus. Aguilar just joined the Indians last week, but he'll head back down to the minors now that Jason Giambi is back from the disabled list. The 23-year-old went 1-for-7 with two RBI in his first taste of the big leagues.
Indians option LHP House to Triple-A 05-20-2014
T.J. House P CLE
Indians optioned LHP T.J. House to Triple-A Columbus. House joined the club on Saturday and tossed a scoreless inning in his lone appearance. He'll return to a 2.40 ERA and 34/11 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings in the minors.
Indians officially call up Trevor Bauer 05-20-2014
Trevor Bauer P CLE
Indians recalled RHP Trevor Bauer from Triple-A Columbus. Bauer will join the Indians' starting rotation and get the nod Tuesday night against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. It's a well-deserved opportunity for the 23-year-old, as he had an impressive 2.15 ERA and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 46 innings across seven starts in Triple-A. It wasn't too long ago that he was considered among the best starting pitching prospects in the game, so he's well worth a flier in most fantasy leagues.
Indians call up Justin Sellers from Triple-A 05-20-2014
Justin Sellers SS CWS
Indians recalled INF Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus. Sellers, 28, owns an ugly .199/.278/.301 batting line over 266 plate appearances in the majors. He's a decent defender, but will purely be middle infield depth for the Indians.
Giambi (calf) activated from disabled list 05-20-2014
Jason Giambi DH CLE
Indians activated DH Jason Giambi from the 15-day disabled list. As expected. Giambi has been sidelined since May 4 with a calf strain, but didn't require a rehab assignment.
Royals option Giavotella to Triple-A 05-20-2014
Johnny Giavotella 2B LAA
Royals optioned INF Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha. The Royals have called up catcher Francisco Pena as some insurance while Salvador Perez nurses a hand injury. Giavotella is hitting .176 (6-for-34) with one home run and five RBI at the major league level this year.
Report: Red Sox to sign Stephen Drew 05-20-2014
Stephen Drew 2B WAS
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have signed Stephen Drew.

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Indians expected to call up Justin Sellers 05-20-2014
Justin Sellers SS CWS
The Indians are expected to call up Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus.

Nick Camino on Twitter
Nothing official yet from the team. Sellers is hitting .227 with .593 OPS through 37 games in the minors this year and owns a .199/.278/.301 batting line over 266 plate appearances in the majors. He's not a fantasy option.
Jed Lowrie (neck) not in Tuesday's lineup 05-20-2014
Jed Lowrie 2B OAK
Jed Lowrie (neck) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Lowrie left Sunday's game against the Indians with a strained neck. It's unclear how much time he'll need to miss, but the A's should have an update soon. Nick Punto is starting at shortstop Tuesday.
Mariners call up Nick Franklin from Triple-A 05-20-2014
Nick Franklin 1B TB
Mariners recalled INF/OF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma. As expected, he'll take Corey Hart's spot on the active roster. Given Brad Miller's struggles, Franklin could have a chance to take away at-bats at shortstop. It's also worth noting that he has been playing the outfield in Triple-A. Either way, he makes for a worthwhile addition in deeper mixed leagues.
M's place Hart (hamstring) on 15-day DL 05-20-2014
Corey Hart RF PIT
Mariners placed OF/DH Corey Hart on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 19, with a left hamstring strain. The Mariners have called up Nick Franklin in a corresponding roster move. Hart is dealing with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring and might not be ready when he's first eligible.
White Sox call up RHP Guerra from Triple-A 05-20-2014
Javy Guerra P LAA
White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Javy Guerra from Triple-A Charlotte. He'll take the place of the injured Matt Lindstrom (ankle) on the active roster. Guerra, 28, had a 2.33 ERA and 11/8 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level.
Matt Lindstrom (ankle) placed on 15-day DL 05-20-2014
Matt Lindstrom P LAA
White Sox placed RHP Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a tendon injury in his left ankle. Lindstrom suffered the injury during Monday's game against the Royals. No word on where the White Sox will go from here with the closer role, but Ronald Belisario and Daniel Webb are likely at the top of the list.
Furcal (hamstring) has cortisone shot 05-20-2014
Rafael Furcal 2B MIA
Rafael Furcal (hamstring, groin) recently received a cortisone shot.
Furcal originally began the year on the DL with a left hamstring injury, but he suffered a right groin strain during his rehab process and hasn't played since he aggravated the injury earlier this month. He's not quite ready for baseball activities and there's no timetable for him to join the Marlins.
Santana (shoulder) to throw ext. spring game 05-20-2014
Johan Santana P TOR
Johan Santana (shoulder) is slated to throw four innings or 65 pitches Thursday in an extended spring training game.

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Santana has already completed two extended spring training outings, hitting between 87-89 mph with his fastball. The veteran left-hander is a lottery ticket after another major shoulder surgery, but the Orioles are hoping he'll pay off at some point this season.
Mariners agree to minors deal with RHP Coffey 05-20-2014
Todd Coffey P LAD
Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners have signed right-handed reliever Todd Coffey to a minor league contract, pending a physical.

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Coffey missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, but he impressed scouts during a throwing session last week. The 33-year-old could be a useful bullpen piece for Seattle.
Bundy (elbow) throws in ext. spring game 05-20-2014
Dylan Bundy P BAL
Dylan Bundy (elbow) threw 18 pitches Tuesday in his first extended spring training game.

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It was his first time facing hitters in a competitive environment since his Tommy John surgery last summer. The 21-year=old right-hander allowed a pair of home runs, but sat in the 90-92 mph range with his fastball and felt good physically. He's scheduled to pitch again on Saturday. Barring any setbacks, he could be an option to join the Orioles at some point around midseason.
Danny Salazar struggles in Triple-A start 05-20-2014
Danny Salazar P CLE
Danny Salazar allowed five runs on six hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings Tuesday in his first start since his demotion to Triple-A Columbus.

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Oof. Salazar threw 42 out of 70 pitches for strikes and struck out just one batter. He had a 5.53 ERA over eight starts prior to being demoted to the minors last week and it's clear he has some work to do before he gets another chance in the majors.
Brandon Lyon elects free agency 05-20-2014
Brandon Lyon P LAA
Brandon Lyon has elected free agency.

MLB Trade Rumors
Lyon, 34, had a 4.08 ERA and 9/8 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate. He'll hope to find a better situation elsewhere.
Harvey (elbow) hopes to join Mets in August 05-20-2014
Matt Harvey P NYM
Matt Harvey (elbow) told Tom Verducci of that he hopes to be pitching for the Mets in August.
It's a lofty goal, especially considering that he would only be 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery, but Harvey wants peace of mind going into 2015. "I want to go back out there and know I still have the stuff to strike out major league hitters," said Harvey. "And I want to know that when I shut it down at the end of the year, I'm just like everybody else shutting it down. I don't want to go through all this work and wonder all winter where I am. I want to be just like everybody else when this season ends and the next one starts." Harvey hopes to throw from a mound for the first time on June 10. While he hopes to make it back this year, he'll ultimately have to respect the Mets' wishes if they prefer him to take it slow.
Franco stays hot with fourth home run 05-20-2014
Maikel Franco 3B PHI
Phillies prospect 3B Maikel Franco went 1-for-3 with a solo home run on Monday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Franco, 21, struggled mightily during the first month of the season, as he posted a hugely disappointing .487 OPS with one home run and 18 strikeouts in 23 games. Since then, however, he's settled in nicely at the plate to bat .324/.422/.535 with six doubles, three home runs and an 11/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 May games. With Cody Asche mostly holding his own in the major leagues, the Phillies can afford to offer Franco additional seasoning at the Triple-A level before an inevitable promotion later in the season.
Willingham (wrist) close to being activated 05-20-2014
Josh Willingham LF KC
During an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirus XM on Tuesday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire estimated that Josh Willingham (wrist) is likely to be activated on the team's upcoming homestand.

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Willingham is 2-for-12 with five strikeouts through four rehab games in Triple-A, but he hasn't reported any issues with his wrist. "He was out six weeks and my guess would be that he'll meet us when we get back home," said Gardnehire. "The hand is feeling good." The Twins return home next Monday for a four-game series against the Rangers.
Pederson hits 14th home run 05-20-2014
Joc Pederson CF LAD
Dodgers prospect OF Joc Pederson had another big game on Monday, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for Triple-A Albuquerque. He also scored four runs, struck out and stole his 13th base of the season. Pederson continues to put up gaudy numbers in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, as the 21-year-old is now batting .361/.465/.663 with 22 extra-base hits, 41 runs scored and a 52/32 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 43 games. He's currently riding a six-game hitting streak in which he's posted a 1.097 OPS with eight runs scored and three home runs.
Blue Jays call up LHP Rob Rasmussen 05-20-2014
Rob Rasmussen P LAA
Blue Jays recalled LHP Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Buffalo. Rasmussen, who was acquired from the Phillies in the Brad Lincoln deal, owns a 2.65 ERA and 19/10 K/BB ratio over 17 innings in Triple-A this year. While the 25-year-old has mostly been a starter in the minors, he has pitched exclusively in relief this year. The Blue Jays are hoping he'll be an upgrade for their shaky bullpen.
Heaney likely to be promoted to Triple-A 05-20-2014
Andrew Heaney P LAA
The Marlins are expected to promote prospect left-hander Andrew Heaney to Triple-A New Orleans this week.

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Triple-A New Orleans has "TBA" listed as Thursday's starter, but all signs point to Heaney getting the nod. And why not, as the 22-year-old owns a 2.35 ERA and 52/13 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings over eight starts and one relief appearance in Double-A this year. If all goes well in Triple-A, he could find himself in the majors at some point in June.
Report: Four teams interested in Stephen Drew 05-20-2014
Stephen Drew 2B WAS
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that four teams have shown preliminary interest in Stephen Drew.

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It appears that the bidding will begin in earnest after the First-Year Player Draft on June 5, as teams will no longer have to give up a draft pick in order to sign him. No word on who could be involved, but teams like the Tigers and Yankees make sense as potential fits.
Cuddyer (hamstring) will be activated Tuesday 05-20-2014
Michael Cuddyer LF NYM
Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
Cuddyer, out since mid-April with a left hamstring strain, needed just one rehab game with Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Rockies will be happy to have last year's NL batting champion back, but his return figures to have an impact on playing time for Corey Dickerson and Drew Stubbs.
Ruggiano (hammy) has two hits in rehab game 05-20-2014
Justin Ruggiano RF NYM
Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) went 2-for-3 with a run scored Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Iowa.

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Ruggiano might only need another couple of games before he's cleared to rejoin the Cubbies. The 32-year-old has been sidelined since late April with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring.
Phils talking about moving Asche to outfield 05-20-2014
Cody Asche LF PHI
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies are talking internally about moving Cody Asche to the outfield next season.

FOX Sports
The potential move would clear a spot for top prospect Maikel Franco to play third base in the majors. Asche owns a .259/.344/.444 batting line to go along with four home runs and 18 RBI over 37 games this season, but he has struggled with his defense at times. The Phillies aren't getting much offense out of their outfield this year, so they are willing to consider all options.
Hendriks or Redmond likely to start Saturday 05-20-2014
Liam Hendriks P OAK
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said during an appearance on 590 The Fan in Toronto on Tuesday that Liam Hendriks and Todd Redmond are the "leading candidates" to start Saturday against the Athletics.

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These are the logical candidates now that Dustin McGowan is in the bullpen and Marcus Stroman has been sent down to the minors. Redmond has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen with the Jays this season while Hendriks has an impressive 1.48 ERA and 36/3 K/BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings over seven starts and two relief appearances in Triple-A.
Rays to make decision on Hanigan (hammy) soon 05-20-2014
Ryan Hanigan C BOS
The Rays are expected to make a decision on the status of Ryan Hanigan (hamstring) prior to Tuesday's game.

Tampa Bay Times
Hanigan hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with right hamstring soreness. The 33-year-old has been adamant that he'll be fine with rest and won't require a stint on the disabled list, but we should know more about his status after he tests his progress with an afternoon workout.
Reds sign Jair Jurrjens to minor league deal 05-20-2014
Jair Jurrjens P COL
Reds signed RHP Jair Jurrjens to a minor league contract.

Bob Nightengale on Twitter
Knee problems have limited Jurrjens to 13 appearances (11 starts) in the majors over the past two seasons, but he's back to 100 percent following a procedure last September. It's tough to expect much at this point, but it's easy to forget that he's only 28 years old.
Freese (finger) expected to be activated Tue. 05-20-2014
David Freese 3B PIT
David Freese (finger) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
Freese, out since early May with a fractured right middle finger, went 2-for-10 with two homers over three rehab games with Triple-A Salt Lake. Kole Calhoun should also return from the DL early this week, so the Angels could soon be faced with some tough roster decisions.
Altuve goes 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored 05-20-2014
Jose Altuve 2B HOU
Jose Altuve finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Monday's triumph over the Angels. Forget the bat for a second: Altuve put on an absolute show in the field tonight. The second baseman made a spectacular play on a shift against Chris Iannetta where he ranged from short to second and gunned down the catcher on an off-balance throw. To secure the third out of the eighth inning, Altuve picked an Efren Navarro grounder up the middle and got the one-hop throw to first in time while falling towards shallow center. He's now riding an 11-game hitting streak and slashing .305/.350/.416.
Castro goes 2-for-4 with a 2-run homer in win 05-20-2014
Jason Castro C MIN
Jason Castro went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored as the Astros beat the Angels 5-2 on Monday. Castro has extra-base hits in four of his past six games. While he's gradually bringing that average up -- Castro is now batting .225 after hitting safely in 10 of 13 May games -- he's spiked the slugging percentage from .374 to .406 in those six contests.
Keuchel whiffs eight Angels in Monday's gem 05-20-2014
Dallas Keuchel P HOU
Dallas Keuchel fired 8 2/3 innings of two-run ball, striking out eight and allowing five hits, as the Astros beat the Angels 5-2 on Monday. The left-hander walked one. Keuchel was one out away from his second straight complete game, but Mike Trout beat out an infield single and Albert Pujols singled him to third, prompting Bo Porter to yank him at 128 pitches (Josh Zeid promptly gave up a two-run triple to Howie Kendrick). Keuchel is on fire right now. He threw a seven-hit shutout against the Rangers on Tuesday, and is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his last three outings (it would have been a 0.69 ERA, for the record, if Keuchel had gotten Trout or Pujols out). Keuchel has ridden a nasty slider, the best GB/FB ratio in the game, and improved control to the early makings of a breakout campaign. After producing a 5.15 ERA, 4.25 FIP and 123 strikeouts in 153 2/3 innings last year, Keuchel is 5-2 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He's been a must-own in mixed league for a few weeks now, but is still held in just 34% of Yahoo! leagues. Keuchel, seeking more respect, packs his bags for the northwest with a Saturday date in Seattle.
Richards gets knocked around in loss to Stros 05-20-2014
Garrett Richards P LAA
Garrett Richards was touched up for five runs on 10 hits over seven innings in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Astros. He struck out only one and walked two. Fantasy owners that giddily started Richards on a two-start week that began with a sweet home matchup against the punchless Astros will undoubtedly wake up perturbed Tuesday morning. This was Richards' worst start of the season, and just the third time he's allowed more than two earned runs in a start. The 25-year-old, now 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, will look to get back on track when he hosts the Royals over the weekend.
Todd Frazier's homer in 15th leads Reds 05-20-2014
Todd Frazier 3B CWS
Todd Frazier went 3-for-6 with a two-run homer in the top of the 15th to lead the Reds to a 4-3 win over the Nationals on Monday. The Nats tried to come back in the bottom of the 15th, but their rally ceased at one run. Frazier's homer off Ross Detwiler was the only one in the 15 innings tonight. He's the one real power threat in the Reds lineup with Jay Bruce and Joey Votto absent, but it was enough tonight.
Mike Leake strong versus Nationals 05-20-2014
Mike Leake P STL
Mike Leake pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed one run in a no-decision versus the Nationals on Monday. Leake allowed his first run on his 110th and final pitch of the night. He left with a one-run lead, only to lose the win when Aroldis Chapman gave it up in the ninth. As a result, he's still winless since April 15, even though he's gone at least 6 2/3 innings in six straight starts and allowed a total of six runs in his last four.
Aroldis Chapman blows first save 05-20-2014
Aroldis Chapman P NYY
Aroldis Chapman took his first blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Monday against the Nationals. Chapman's outing started off with three straight hard-hit balls. The second and third were caught, but they were both able to advance the runner after a leadoff double, pushing the tying run across. Chapman preserved the tie from there and stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th. He's throwing 100 mph and the slider is coming along, so we see little reason to worry.
Stephen Strasburg gives up two runs to Reds 05-20-2014
Stephen Strasburg P WAS
Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs over seven innings Monday in a no-decision against the Reds. Both guys who scored off Strasburg reached base on HBPs: Todd Frazier in the fourth and Zack Cozart in the fifth. That was enough to ruin his chances of winning with Mike Leake impressing tonight.
Chris Heisey doubles three times 05-20-2014
Chris Heisey LF WAS
Chris Heisey doubled three times and walked in seven plate appearances against the Nationals on Monday. The Reds have often picked Skip Schumaker over Heisey as Jay Bruce's replacement lately, though they could certainly use Heisey's power in the lineup with their best slugger missing. Still, it's not like Heisey was making much of a case for playing time: he entered the day with a .175 average and no RBI in 40 at-bats this month.
Wilson Ramos goes 0-for-7 in loss 05-20-2014
Wilson Ramos C TB
Wilson Ramos followed up Sunday's four-RBI day by going 0-for-7 in Monday's 15-inning loss. Safe to say Ramos will get Tuesday off after this. He's hitting just .181 with no homers in 33 at-bats since coming off the DL.
Alexei Ramirez homers as No. 3 hitter 05-20-2014
Alexei Ramirez SS TB
Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBI as the White Sox overcame the Royals' five-run first to win 7-6 on Monday. This was a particularly ugly loss for Royals fans. Ramirez, hitting in the top half of the order for the first time all year, matched his 2013 total with his sixth homer. Manager Robin Ventura held off on moving him up for the longest time, but now it looks like Ramirez will bat third during Jose Abreu's absence, giving his fantasy value a boost.
Scott Carroll gives up six runs to Royals 05-20-2014
Scott Carroll P CWS
Scott Carroll was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Royals in a no-decision Monday. Carroll has given up six runs in three straight starts, so his time in the White Sox rotation should be at end. Charlie Leesman could be next in line, unless management wants to go back to Erik Johnson already.
Jacob Petricka picks up first save 05-20-2014
Jake Petricka P CWS
After Matt Lindstrom got hurt, Jacob Petricka recorded the final two outs of the game against the Royals on Monday for his first career save. Daniel Webb might have been the choice, but he pitched three innings the previous two days. Both Petricka and Webb could be candidates for saves if Lindstrom's ankle/foot problem turns out to be significant. Petricka has a 1.85 ERA in 24 1/3 innings since his callup.
Jason Vargas gives up seven runs in loss 05-20-2014
Jason Vargas P KC
Jason Vargas was lit up for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings by the White Sox on Monday. Vargas has allowed just 28 runs in 10 starts, but half of those have come in two outings this month: the seven tonight and seven against the Tigers on May 4. It was the homers that did it tonight; he surrendered a season-high three, bringing his total for the year to 10. He gets the righty heavy Angels next time out, making him a mediocre play in mixed leagues.
Paul Konerko hits two-run homer in win 05-20-2014
Paul Konerko 1B CWS
Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer off the Royals' Jason Vargas in Monday's win. Konerko should be the White Sox's regular first baseman for a couple of weeks while Jose Abreu rests his ankle. He probably won't go on a homer spree to celebrate, but it'd sure be nice. Tonight's long ball was his second of the year.
Eric Hosmer knocks in three runs 05-20-2014
Eric Hosmer 1B KC
Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a walk versus the White Sox in Monday's loss. Hosmer broke out of a 2-for-24 slump in this one. The double was his 16th of the year, yet he still has just the one homer. It's hard for a first baseman to be very valuable for fantasy purposes with no homers and no steals.
Billy Butler goes 3-for-5 against White Sox 05-20-2014
Billy Butler DH NYY
Billy Butler had a second straight three-hit game Monday against the White Sox. Butler has upped his average from .227 to .252 by going 6-for-9 the last two days. He's still stuck on one homer for the year, but things are looking up.