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Pedro Strop (foot) unavailable on Friday 04-24-2015
Pedro Strop P CHC
Pedro Strop was unavailable on Friday due to a foot issue.

Jesse Rogers on Twitter
The injury appears to be minor and Strop is expected to be available for Saturday's contest. He has been exceptional in the early going in a setup role for the Cubs, hurling 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 0.55 WHIP and 10/2 K/BB ratio.
Texieira homers twice and drives in four 04-24-2015
Mark Teixeira 1B NYY
Mark Teixeira hit a pair of two-run homers off of Jacob deGrom in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Mets. Teixeira hit his home runs in the first and third innings before quieting. He finished the contest 2-for-4 with four RBI. The veteran first baseman has shown fantastic power through the first three weeks, with seven home runs and 17 driven in. As good as he's been with the power-stick, he's been just as mediocre in his average, thus leading to a crescendo of a slash-line: .218/.333/.673. The average is never coming back, but if he stays healthy, he could be in for his best home run season since hitting 24 back in 2012. Of course, the "if" on the health aspect in the equation is a big "if."
Ellsbury launches first homer of season 04-24-2015
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home run of the season in Friday's win over the Mets, finishing the game 2-for-5. Ellsbury smacked the solo home run off of Jacob deGrom in the third inning. It doubled his RBI total. He now has two driven in on the year. Math. Ellsbury has been hitting for average in the early going, but the power's been difficult to come by. Fantasy owners should be happy to see him finally get on the board. He hit 16 bombs with the Yankees in 2014 and while he's probably never going to match the career-best 32 he launched in 2011, a home run total between 13-17 is still well within reach for the speedy centerfielder.
Duda drives in one on sacrifice fly vs NYY 04-24-2015
Lucas Duda 1B NYM
Lucas Duda had a sacrifice fly in Friday's loss to the Yankees. Duda hit the sac fly off of Michael Pineda in the sixth inning and would finish the game 0-for-3 with an RBI. It was his 10th run knocked in this season. Duda's slashing .333/.414/.500 this April and looks primed for another big year. You can probably expect the average to fall somewhat, though, as he has just one major league season in which he's batted higher than .253.
Erasmo Ramirez to start for Rays on Saturday 04-24-2015
Erasmo Ramirez P TB
Rays manager Kevin Cash announced Friday that Erasmo Ramirez will start on Saturday.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
That's the sound of legions of DFS players rushing to stack the Blue Jays on Saturday. Ramirez has been a dumpster fire for the Rays this season, registering a 19.89 ERA and 3.16 WHIP in 6 1/3 innings. Matt Andriese, the other candidate to pitch Saturday, worked the final three innings of Friday's game to earn his first career save.
Lagares' hit streak snapped after 10 games 04-24-2015
Juan Lagares CF NYM
Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Yankees, ending his 10-game hitting streak. This was just the third game of a season in which Lagares has not recorded a hit. While ten-game hitting streaks are shiny, there's a dull sheen beneath the surface, as Lagares has just one extra-base hit on the season (a double) and is still searching for his first home run. He'll be hitting in the two-hole until David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud recover from injuries, but his value is still limited to deeper mixed leagues. Even in deeper leagues, the lack of power makes the 26-year-old outfielder a less than appealing option.
Rizzo has three hits, homer to pace Cubs 04-24-2015
Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
Anthony Rizzo filled up the box score in Friday's 7-3 extra-inning victory over the Reds, going 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBI. Rizzo also drew a walk, scored a pair of runs and swiped his fourth base of the season. His two-run shot off Mike Leake got the Cubs on the board in the fourth inning. He's off to a terrific start at the dish this season, slashing .345/.493/.509 with two long balls and seven RBI.
Yankees blast three home runs off deGrom 04-24-2015
Jacob deGrom P NYM
Jacob deGrom had his worst start of the season in Friday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering six runs on eight hits in just five innings. DeGrom was hit hard early, as he allowed a pair of two-run home runs to Mark Teixera and a solo shot to Jacoby Ellsbury to put his team in a 6-0 hole after three innings. The Mets would manage just one run, leveling deGrom's record at 2-2. The poor outing raised the 27-year-old righty's ERA to 2.96 and his WHIP to 1.32. While nothing good came of Friday's start, deGrom allowed just seven long balls in 2014 and it's safe to say that we'll probably go a while before we see him blasted for another three-homer game. He'll try to keep the ball in the yard when he faces the Nationals in his next outing.
Jon Lester whiffs 10 Reds in no-decision 04-24-2015
Jon Lester P CHC
Jon Lester racked up 10 strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday. The All-Star southpaw surrendered three runs on five hits and a walk over his six frames. The damage against him came in the form of single runs in first, third and fourth innings. It was Lester's finest start as a Cub, though he still sports an uninspiring 6.23 ERA and 1.57 WHIP through his first 21 2/3 innings. He'll try again for that elusive first victory on Wednesday when he takes on the Pirates.
Billy Hamilton swipes three bases in loss 04-24-2015
Billy Hamilton CF CIN
Billy Hamilton ran wild in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday, swiping three bases in three attempts. Hamilton took full advantage of Jon Lester's inability to hold runners on, running every possible chance he got. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and is now hitting .230/.309/.328 on the season with a league-leading 13 stolen bases.
Leake delivers quality start in no-decision 04-24-2015
Mike Leake P CIN
Mike Leake delivered a quality start in a no-decision against the Cubs on Friday, allowing three runs on four hits over his seven frames. Leake punched out nine on the evening while issuing just one walk. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Anthony Rizzo blasting a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Chris Coghlan adding a solo shot in the seventh. Leake owns a 3.90 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 22/8 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings on the season. He'll take on the Brewers his next time out on Wednesday.
Pineda dominates Mets in 6-1 win 04-24-2015
Michael Pineda P NYY
Michael Pineda pitched 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball in Friday's 6-1 win over the Mets, allowing just five hits and striking out seven. The Yankees made things easy for their pitcher, as they jumped on Jacob deGrom for six runs through the first three innings. Pineda took full advantage. He struck out seven and the only run he allowed came via a Lucas Duda sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. The outing lowered Pineda's ERA to 3.92. Far more impressive is his sterling 27/2 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings. Yet again, he showed pinpoint control, throwing 78 of his 100 pitches for strikes. Needless to say, he didn't walk a batter. Gone are the sizzling fastball and cover-your-eyes slider from Pineda's Mariner days, but his control has allowed him to compensate for the slight drop-off in pure stuff. Next up, a Wednesday afternoon date with the Rays.
Roenis Elias expected to start for M's Sunday 04-24-2015
Roenis Elias P SEA
Roenis Elias is expected to start in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma for the Mariners on Sunday.

Greg Johns on Twitter
Elias is scheduled to pitch at Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, so pushing him back a day and allowing him to work against the Twins makes logical sense. Expect a formal announcement from manager Lloyd McClendon following Friday's game.
Rays option RHP Jose Dominguez to Triple-A 04-24-2015
Jose Dominguez P TB
Rays optioned RHP Jose Dominguez to Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old didn't allow a run in his 5 2/3 innings with the big league club, posting a 5/2 K/BB ratio. He should get another opportunity in Tampa Bay relatively soon.
Gordon notches three hits and a steal in win 04-24-2015
Dee Gordon 2B MIA
Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Friday's win over the Nationals. Gordon hit the RBI single off of Jordan Zimmerman in the fifth inning. He also flashed his reckless side, as he was thrown out at second on the same play. Gordon giveth and he taketh away in that fashion. Later in the game, he recorded his eighth steal of the season. In Gordon's first year with the Marlins, he is slashing a lovely .370/.382/.452. If we're going to quibble with the great start, Gordon's walked just twice in 73 at-bats, meaning that his OBP is largely dependent on his bat.
Yadier Molina (knee) removed from game 04-24-2015
Yadier Molina C STL
Yadier Molina was removed from Friday's game against the Brewers for precautionary reasons after taking a foul ball off his knee.

St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter
He was replaced by Tony Cruz, who would stand to see increased action should Molina be forced to miss a couple of games. He's considered day-to-day.
Michael Saunders activated from disabled list 04-24-2015
Michael Saunders RF TOR
Blue Jays activated OF Michael Saunders from the 15-day disabled list. Saunders had minor knee surgery during spring training, but has made a quick recovery and is ready to get his season back on track. With his blend of power and speed and playing in the friendly confines of the Rogers Centre, he could be very relevant in mixed leagues.
Jays designate Steve Tolleson for assignment 04-24-2015
Steve Tolleson 2B TOR
Blue Jays designated INF Steve Tolleson for assignment. The 31-year-old hit just .200/.250/.400 with five strikeouts in his 16 plate appearances with the Jays. With his versatility, there's a chance that Tolleson could attract interest on waivers, otherwise he'll continue to provide organizational infield depth for the Jays.
Uggla continues to struggle in loss to MIA 04-24-2015
Dan Uggla 2B WAS
Dan Uggla went 0-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Marlins. As is his wont, Uggla also struck out twice in the contest. This brings his batting line to a cringe-inducing .118/.189/.176 over 34 at-bats. It's difficult to believe that the hitter we're seeing now had six seasons with 25 or more home runs. Those days are long, long gone. Once Anthony Rendon returns from a knee injury, Uggla's at-bats figure to drop off a cliff. That's assuming the Nationals keep him on the active roster, which at this point, is not a given.
Brandon Moss plates seven in blowout win 04-24-2015
Brandon Moss RF CLE
Brandon Moss blasted a pair of homers and drove home seven runs on Friday, powering the Indians in a 13-1 thrashing of the Tigers in Detroit on Friday. Moss got the scoring started with a two-run double off Shane Greene in the first inning. He then clubbed a three-run shot off Alex Wilson in the fifth and for good measure added a two-run bomb off Al Albuquerque in the ninth. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .214/.327/.524 with three long balls and nine RBI on the season.
Danny Salazar fans 11 in victory over Tigers 04-24-2015
Danny Salazar P CLE
Danny Salazar delivered another impressive outing in Friday's victory over the Tigers, racking up 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball. Salazar became the first Tribe hurler since 1970 to record ten or more strikeouts in each of his first two April starts. He allowed just six hits and three walks on the night, with the only blemish against him on a solo home run off the bat of Nick Castellanos. He'll look to continue his dominance on Wednesday against the Royals.
Castellanos goes deep in loss to Indians 04-24-2015
Nick Castellanos 3B DET
Nick Castellanos blasted his second home run of the season in a losing effort against the Indians on Friday. His solo shot off Danny Salazar in the second inning wound up being the only run the Tigers would muster on the evening. The 23-year-old finished the night 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and is now hitting .259/.333/.448 with a pair of homers and seven RBI on the year.
Harper drives in both runs in loss to Marlins 04-24-2015
Bryce Harper RF WAS
Bryce Harper supplied both of Washington's runs in a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday. Harper hit a sacrifice fly off Mat Latos in the first inning and an RBI single off Latos in the sixth. He finished the game 2-for-2, plus a walk. Harper's hitting .286/.438/.518 to start the season. He's also smacked four home runs, driven in eight and scored 11. It's been a great open to the 2015 campaign for the 22-year-old and if he stays healthy, we could be seeing career-high numbers by the end of the year.
Greene gives up eight runs in loss to Indians 04-24-2015
Shane Greene P DET
Shane Greene came crashing back to Earth on Friday as he was thrashed for eight runs on nine hits over four-plus innings against the Indians. Greene entered play on Friday having allowed just one earned run over 23 frames in his first three outings, but he wasn't fooling any of the Indians left-handed bats in this one. Most of the damage came during a six-run uprising in the fifth inning. Even with this disaster, Green will carry a 3.00 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into Minnesota where he'll battle the Twins on Wednesday.
Stanton finishes game hit-less in four AB's 04-24-2015
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Marlins. Stanton came into the game on a power tear, with four home runs in his last seven games, but Jordan Zimmerman and company shut the slugger down on Friday. Stanton is slashing .226/.342/.484 and has hit four home runs with 14 RBI and nine runs scored through the first three weeks of the 2015 season. He remains one of the top offensive threats in the game and the low average figures to rise as the weather warms.
Latos pitches into seventh against Nationals 04-24-2015
Mat Latos P MIA
Mat Latos hurled 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Nationals on Friday, though he did not factor into the decision. Latos gave up a sacrifice fly to Bryce Harper in the first inning and an RBI single to Harper in the sixth. That was all the Nationals would muster against the right-hander. He's allowed four runs over his last 11 1/3 innings to help drop his ERA to 7.31, which tells you just how poorly he pitched to open the year. Latos spoke of mechanical issues during spring training and it appears that he might have started to iron those out. He'll look to post another quality start when he toes the rubber against the division-leading Mets in his next outing.
Papelbon (illness) unavailable on Friday 04-24-2015
Jonathan Papelbon P PHI
Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable on Friday due to illness.

Todd Zolecki on Twitter
Papelbon wasn't even with the team on Friday, he was at home in bed. He may need another day or two before he's able to rejoin the active ranks. Ken Giles would get the call in any save chances while the veteran right-hander is sidelined.
Zimmerman tosses quality start in loss 04-24-2015
Jordan Zimmermann P WAS
Jordan Zimmerman held the Marlins to two runs over six innings in Friday's loss. Zimmerman had allowed nine earned runs over his last 8 2/3 innings, but he settled things down against the Marlins. Over his six innings on Friday, he scattered six hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter. The lone cloud on this outing came when he allowed RBI singles to Mat Latos and Dee Gordon in the fifth inning. Zimmerman would not factor into the decision in the 3-2 loss. He'll look to keep that 5.25 ERA moving downward when he takes to the road against the Braves in his next start.
Ben Revere collects walkoff winner Friday 04-24-2015
Ben Revere CF PHI
Ben Revere drove home the game-winning run in the ninth inning on Friday, delivering the Phillies a 1-0 victory over the Braves. Freddy Galvis singled off Jim Johnson to lead off the ninth inning, was sacrificed to second and took third on a passed ball, setting the stage for Revere's ground ball to first base to plate the winning run. Even with the lone RBI, Revere finished the night 0-for-5 and is hitting just .172/.213/.259 on the season.
Aaron Harang fires eight scoreless innings 04-24-2015
Aaron Harang P PHI
Aaron Harang was magnificent again on Friday, firing eight shutout innings in a no-decision against the Braves. Unfortunately for Harang, his team was unable to scratch out a run of support for him. He scattered just two hits and a walk over his eight frames while racking up six strikeouts. He seems to be at his best every April, and this year has been no different with a 1.37 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings. He'll face a much tougher test next time out when he does battle against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Wednesday.
Eric Young goes hitless in loss to Phillies 04-24-2015
Eric Young Jr. CF ATL
Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-4 as the Braves were shutout by the Phillies on Friday. As a team, the Braes were able to muster just two hits against Aaron Harang and company. Young continues to play regularly and hit atop the Braves lineup despite his .174/.208/.326 slash line. It could only be a matter of time before Cameron Maybin supplants him in the leadoff spot.
Alex Wood pitches well in no-decision Friday 04-24-2015
Alex Wood P ATL
Alex Wood pitched well in a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday, hurling 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. Wood allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out one. He did struggle with his command though, which led to an elevated pitch count (101) and a departure before finishing the sixth inning. The young southpaw now boasts a 3.00 ERA on the season, though he has fanned just 12 hitters in 24 innings and carries a troublesome 1.50 WHIP. He'll look to get back in the win column on Wednesday when he takes on the Nationals.
Mariners recall Lucas Luetge from Triple-A 04-24-2015
Lucas Luetge P SEA
Mariners recalled LHP Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma. The 28-year-old hurler appeared in 12 games for the Marlins in 2014, posting a 5.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over nine innings. His stay is likely to be short lived as the M's must decide how to handle Hisashi Iwakuma's vacant rotation spot on Sunday.
Mariners place Iwakuma (lat strain) on DL 04-24-2015
Hisashi Iwakuma P SEA
Mariners placed RHP Hisashi Iwakuma on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a strained lat muscle. Iwakuma was scheduled to start on Sunday, though it's unclear at the moment who will fill in for him. He posted a troublesome 6.61 ERA and 1.40 WHIP awhile allowing five home runs over 16 1/3 innings in his first three starts. The M's hope to have him back in the rotation in late-May.
Angels will not receive player from Rangers 04-24-2015
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels would not receive a player in return in the rumored Josh Hamilton deal, it would strictly be for cash considerations.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
It looks like it will be a move strictly to get Hamilton out of Los Angeles and back in Texas where he flourished in the past. The Rangers are expected to pay less than $15 million of the $80 million remaining on Hamilton's deal through the 2017 season. Rosenthal cautions that there are still several hurdles to clear and the talks could still fall apart, it isn't yet a done deal.
Marisnick scratched with leg discomfort 04-24-2015
Jake Marisnick CF HOU
Jake Marisnick was scratched from the Astros starting lineup on Friday due to right leg discomfort.

Houston Chronicle
Marisnick will also sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. The young outfielder felt something while running the bases in Wednesday's contest. Robbie Grossman is getting the start in his place on Friday and batting ninth against the Athletics.
Dodgers outright Corcino to Double-A Tulsa 04-24-2015
Daniel Corcino P LAD
Dodgers sent RHP Daniel Corcino outright to Double-A Tulsa. Corcino was designated for assignment on Wednesday to make room on the 40-man roster for Xavier Cedeno, but he passed through waivers unclaimed and will remain as organizational depth for the Dodgers.
Josh Johnson (elbow) throws successful pen 04-24-2015
Josh Johnson P SD
Josh Johnson (elbow) threw a successful 40-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

Jeff Sanders on Twitter
Johnson was able to use all of his pitches and reported feeling good afterwards. He'll repeat the process on Monday or Tuesday, and if all goes well could then be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment.
Dodgers purchase contract of Sergio Santos 04-24-2015
Sergio Santos P LAD
Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Sergio Santos from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Santos joined the team in San Diego on Friday and is in uniform for their series-opener against the Padres. He had an opt-out clause in his contract if he wasn't on the big league roster before May 1 which he was expected to utilize. Santos will work in mddle relief for the Dodgers.
Dodgers designate Cedeno for assignment 04-24-2015
Xavier Cedeno P LAD
Dodgers designated LHP Xavier Cedeno for assignment. The 28-year-old southpaw was just acquired by the Dodgers from the Nationals on Wednesday for cash considerations, but it appears as though they believe the roster spot could be better utilized with Sergio Santos. He could attract some interest on waivers.
Dodgers option Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A 04-24-2015
Mike Bolsinger P LAD
Dodgers optioned RHP Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A Oklahoma City Bolsinger pitched well in a spot start on Thursday, taking a no-decision after 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Giants. He could get the another opportunity the next time the Dodgers need a spot starter.
Doolittle (shoulder) pleased with his bullpen 04-24-2015
Sean Doolittle P OAK
Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw 15 pitches in a successful bullpen session on Friday.

Jane Lee on Twitter
Doolittle came away from the session feeling great and said the he's using the time to work on new grips for his changeup and slider. He'll continue to build up his strength before going out on a minor league rehab assignment, with a return to the A's bullpen not likely until mid-May.
A.J. Ellis (hand) available off bench Friday 04-24-2015
A.J. Ellis C LAD
A.J. Ellis admitted that his hand is still swollen, but he hopes to be available off the bench to either hit or catch on Friday.

J.P. Hoornstra on Twitter
Ellis was able to hit off a tee before the game without issue. Yasmani Grandal is once again getting the start behind the dish with the veteran on the shelf. Look for Ellis to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
Moreland returns to Rangers lineup on Friday 04-24-2015
Mitch Moreland 1B TEX
Mitch Moreland (elbow) has returned to the Rangers starting lineup on Friday.

John Blake on Twitter
Moreland has been battling elbow discomfort in recent weeks, but is finally ready to return to the lineup. He's batting second and starting at first base while Prince Fielder serves as the team's designated hitter.
Matt Cain (forearm) to play catch next week 04-24-2015
Matt Cain P SF
Matt Cain (forearm) is expected to begin playing catch next week.

Hank Schulman on Twitter
Cain is still a minimum of several weeks away from a potential return to the Giants rotation, and makes for a difficult hold in leagues where he can't be stashed in a DL spot. Chris Heston will continue to occupy his spot in the Giants rotation for the foreseeable future.
Angels to pick up most of Hamilton's salary 04-24-2015
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rangers would only be on the hook for $15 million of the $80 million remaining on Josh Hamilton's contract through the 2017 season.

Jeff Passan on Twitter
The more news comes out, it certainly seems like it's nearly a done deal that Hamilton will be returning to the Rangers. What remains unclear, is what the Angels will be receiving in return.
Grichuk may not be ready when first eligible 04-24-2015
Randal Grichuk RF STL
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Friday that Randal Grichuk (back) may not be ready to come off the disabled list when first eligible on May 2.

Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
Matheny noted that the injured outfielder has been making slow progress to this point. It sounds like a return closer to mid-May is more likely for Grichuk.
Nolasco has rehab start pushed back 04-24-2015
Ricky Nolasco P MIN
Ricky Nolasco's next minor league rehab start was pushed back to Sunday.

LaVelle Neal on Twitter
He had been scheduled to pitch Saturday, and the change doesn't appear to be injury related. He's expected to rejoin the Twins in mid-May.
Padres recall Quackenbush from Triple-A 04-24-2015
Kevin Quackenbush P SD
Padres recalled RHP Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso. Quackenbush was squeezed out of the team's Opening Day bullpen with the late addition of Craig Kimbrel, but has certainly proven to be a more than capable option as both a middle reliever and setup man. As long as he performs, he should remain in San Diego the duration of the season.
Padres place Shawn Kelley on disabled list 04-24-2015
Shawn Kelley P SD
Padres placed RHP Shawn Kelley on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain. The 30-year-old hurler has struggled in his time with the Padres, and perhaps the strained calf is an underlying cause. In his 5 1/3 innings of work, he's allowed six runs (10.13 ERA) while amassing a 2.63 WHIP. Kevin Quackenbush will replace him in the Padres bullpen.
Rangers designate RHP Verrett for assignment 04-24-2015
Logan Verrett P TEX
Rangers designated RHP Logan Verrett for assignment. The 24-year-old hurler appeared in four games for the Rangers, posting a 6.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over nine innings of work. He has a live arm and should attract interest from other teams looking for bullpen depth.
Rangers purchase contract of Rodriguez 04-24-2015
Wandy Rodriguez P TEX
Rangers purchased the contract of LHP Wandy Rodriguez from Triple-A Round Rock. Rodriguez will make his Rangers debut with a start against the Angels on Friday. The 36-year-old posted a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings with the Pirates in 2014. Though he looked strong in spring training, he's unlikely to make an impact in mixed leagues, especially pitching half of his games in Arlington.
Rangers close to acquiring Josh Hamilton 04-24-2015
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are close to acquiring Josh Hamilton from the Angels.

TR Sullivan on Twitter
A return to the Rangers is the one destination that seems to make sense, though Sullivan notes that there remains a lot of work to be done before a trade is officially announced, which may not happen until Monday. Reports from SI.com and Ken Rosenthal first noted that the Angels and Hamilton were close to parting ways.
Angels recall Grant Green from Triple-A 04-24-2015
Grant Green LF LAA
Angels recalled INF/OF Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake City. The 27-year-old was off to a fast start in the PCL, slashing .328/.333/.492 with four RBI in his first 13 contests. He'll add versatility and bench depth to the Angels roster.
Nick Tropeano optioned to Triple-A 04-24-2015
Nick Tropeano P LAA
Angels optioned RHP Nick Tropeano to Triple-A Salt Lake. Tropeano fared well in a spot start Thursday, tossing six scoreless frames against the A's. He's no longer needed, though, with Matt Shoemaker expected back from bereavement next week.
Sergio Santos expected to be called up 04-24-2015
Sergio Santos P LAD
Sergio Santos has joined the Dodgers in San Diego.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
He hasn't officially been called up yet. It's expected, though, as Santos' opt-out date is coming up and the Dodgers don't want to lose him. The reliever has allowed two runs while striking out eight over 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
Angels 'close to parting' with Josh Hamilton 04-24-2015
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels are "close to parting" with Josh Hamilton.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
It confirms a report from SI.com. It's unclear at this point how the relationship will be dissolved, but the two sides have been discussing various scenarios to resolve the dispute, including a trade. Hamilton still has $83 million remaining on his contract, and the Angels will surely have to end up eating a lot of that. The outfielder is working his way back from shoulder surgery and isn't going to be ready to play for a while, regardless of where he ends up.
Casey Janssen (shoulder) throws off mound 04-24-2015
Casey Janssen P WAS
Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw bullpen sessions on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Chelsea Janes on Twitter
Assuming he recovers fine, he'll be cleared to throw a simulated game. It's not clear whether the Nationals will ask Janssen to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated, but it appears he's turned a corner with his shoulder ailment.
Nick Swisher (knees) to be re-evaluated Mon. 04-24-2015
Nick Swisher 1B CLE
Nick Swisher (knees) will be re-evaluated by the Indians on Monday after playing two rehab games with Triple-A Columbus over the weekend.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Assuming he doesn't have a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list at that point. Swisher will play right field once back with the Tribe, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees.
Ben Zobrist (knee) back in action Friday 04-24-2015
Ben Zobrist LF OAK
Ben Zobrist (knee) is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

Oakland Athletics on Twitter
It's his first start since he hurt his left knee during Sunday's game. Zobrist is being used in the designated hitter spot Friday but should be ready to play the field soon.
Rusney Castillo (shoulder) could return Wed. 04-24-2015
Rusney Castillo CF BOS
Rusney Castillo (shoulder) could return to Triple-A Pawtucket's lineup next Wednesday in the designated hitter spot.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Castillo isn't ready to play the field yet, but he's been hitting the last couple days as he works his way back from inflammation in his right shoulder. The Cuban defector could be an option for the big club before long if Shane Victorino's hamstring injury lingers.
Saunders (knee) expected to be activated Sat. 04-24-2015
Michael Saunders RF TOR
Michael Saunders (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
The Blue Jays had been considering bringing him back Friday, but with the Rays sending a lefty (Drew Smyly) to the mound, it made sense to wait another day. Saunders got a late start to the season after having minor knee surgery, but he's an interesting fantasy option in deeper leagues with Rogers Centre as his new home.
Bautista (shoulder) likely back this weekend 04-24-2015
Jose Bautista RF TOR
Jose Bautista (shoulder) is likely to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.

Gregor Chisholm on Twitter
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Bautista's sore right shoulder is improving rapidly to the point that he's ruled out the possibility of a disabled list stint. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field.
Omar Infante returns to Royals' lineup Fri. 04-24-2015
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Omar Infante (groin) is back in the Royals' lineup Friday.

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Infante hadn't played since straining his left groin on Sunday. The veteran infielder is sporting an ugly .250/.244/.350 batting line in the early going this season.
Norichika Aoki finally getting a breather 04-24-2015
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Norichika Aoki is not in the Giants' lineup Friday.

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It's his first day off this season. Gregor Blanco is in left field Friday, with Justin Maxwell covering right.
Troy Tulowitzki absent from Friday's lineup 04-24-2015
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Troy Tulowitzki is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

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It appears to just be a day of rest. Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop Friday in Tulowitzki's place.
Mesoraco hopes to catch bullpen over weekend 04-24-2015
Devin Mesoraco C CIN
Devin Mesoraco (hip) is hoping to be able to catch a bullpen session within the next few days.

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That should mean we can effectively rule him out for a return to the lineup this weekend. Mesoraco has been limited to just one pinch-hitting appearance over the last 12 days while battling a left hip impingement. Brayan Pena is behind the dish again Friday.
Bobby Parnell (forearm) shut down for a week 04-24-2015
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Bobby Parnell (elbow) will be shut down for the next week due to forearm soreness.

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The Mets don't appear to be overly concerned at this point, but Parnell's velocity has been down and he's been knocked around in his three rehab outings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. Obviously, he's not going to rejoin the big club's bullpen anytime soon.
Joe Wieland to be called up for start 04-24-2015
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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers will recall Joe Wieland to start either Saturday or Sunday in San Diego.

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It would allow both Brett Anderson (who's currently scheduled to start Sunday) and Clayton Kershaw to receive an extra day of rest before their next outings. Brandon McCarthy is on the docket for Saturday at the moment. It's not clear whether Wieland would be up for just the one start or if he might stick around for a while. He's put up a 1.80 ERA and 14/1 K/BB ratio over his first 10 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Alex Cobb (forearm) has good 'pen session 04-24-2015
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Alex Cobb (forearm) said he felt good during a bullpen session Friday.

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It was his first time throwing off a mound since being diagnosed with right forearm tendinitis over five weeks ago. "You can see the light at the end of the tunnel," Cobb said. The right-hander will throw another bullpen session on Monday and go from there. He should rejoin the Rays' rotation at some point next month if all goes well.
Jose Bautista (shoulder) out again on Friday 04-24-2015
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Jose Bautista (shoulder) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

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The Jays are still confident that Joey Bats will be able to avoid the disabled list, but he'll miss a third straight contest with a right shoulder strain. Kevin Pillar is in right field Friday, with Steve Tolleson in left.
Brandon Finnegan recalled from Double-A 04-24-2015
Brandon Finnegan P KC
Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Finnegan will likely only be up briefly, as the Royals needed a fresh bullpen arm. The young left-hander posted a 3.86 ERA over two starts with Northwest Arkansas.
Orlando Calixte optioned to Triple-A 04-24-2015
Orlando Calixte SS KC
Royals optioned INF Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Omaha. He received just two at-bats in his week up with the big club. Brandon Finnegan has replaced Calixte on the active roster.
Dean Anna optioned to Triple-A 04-24-2015
Dean Anna SS STL
Cardinals optioned INF Dean Anna to Triple-A Memphis. He managed just one pinch-hitting appearance during his brief time with the big club. Anna will go back to being Memphis' regular shortstop.
Peter Bourjos back from paternity leave 04-24-2015
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Cardinals activated OF Peter Bourjos from the paternity leave list. He was away for a few days while attending the birth of his first child. Dean Anna has been sent down in a corresponding move.
Dexter Fowler back in Cubs' lineup Friday 04-24-2015
Dexter Fowler CF CHC
Dexter Fowler (groin) is back in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

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Fowler missed just one game after exiting Wednesday's contest with right groin tightness. His return allows Kris Bryant to go back to third base. David Ross is again behind the plate for Jon Lester's start, meaning Miguel Montero is on the bench.
Shane Victorino (hamstring) out on Friday 04-24-2015
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Shane Victorino (hamstring) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

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Victorino's right hamstring injury felt better than expected Thursday, but he could still very well be out of action all weekend. Daniel Nava is starting in his place in right field. The Red Sox are also giving Xander Bogaerts a breather Friday, with Brock Holt filling in at shortstop.
Steven Souza not in Rays' lineup Friday 04-24-2015
Steven Souza Jr. RF TB
Steven Souza is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

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Souza returned to action Thursday after exiting Wednesday's game with a right forearm cramp. It's not clear whether he's had a setback or if this is just a routine day of rest. Kevin Kiermaier is in right field Friday, with Brandon Guyer in left and Desmond Jennings in center.
Jhonatan Solano called up from Triple-A 04-24-2015
Jhonatan Solano C MIA
Marlins purchased the contract of C Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A New Orleans. He'll provide catching depth over the weekend while Jarrod Saltalamacchia is on paternity leave. Solano is a career .217/.253/.349 hitter over 87 plate appearances.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia goes on paternity leave 04-24-2015
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C MIA
Marlins placed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the paternity leave list. He figures to miss the weekend series against the Nationals. Salty had already been losing out on a bunch of playing time to J.T. Realmuto of late.
Justin Bour recalled from Triple-A 04-24-2015
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Marlins recalled 1B Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans. Bour was off to a .275/.403/.353 start for New Orleans, hitting one homer. He could see some time at first base if the Marlins decide to use Mike Morse on occasion in left field with Christian Yelich (back) out.
Christian Yelich lands on DL with back injury 04-24-2015
Christian Yelich LF MIA
Marlins placed OF Christian Yelich on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, with a lower back strain. Yelich has been battling back issues for over a week and the Marlins finally decided it was best to make a DL move with him. It's not clear at this point how long he might be on the shelf. Ichiro Suzuki figures to see the bulk of the starts in left field while Yelich is out.
Ryan Flaherty (groin) placed on disabled list 04-24-2015
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Orioles placed INF Ryan Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 23, with a strained right groin. It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. With J.J. Hardy (shoulder) and Jonathan Schoop (knee) also out, the O's will roll with Everth Cabrera at shortstop and Jimmy Paredes at second base for a while. Rey Navarro has also been summoned for depth.
Zach Walters activated; optioned to Triple-A 04-24-2015
Zach Walters 3B CLE
Indians activated INF/OF Zach Walters from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Columbus. Walters has played a couple rehab games after recovering from a right oblique, but the Indians don't have a need for him at the moment on the big league roster. He should still spend plenty of time in the majors this season.
Devin Mesoraco (hip) out again Friday 04-24-2015
Devin Mesoraco C CIN
Devin Mesoraco (hip) remained out of the Reds' lineup Friday.

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Mesoraco has been limited to just one pinch-hitting appearance over the last 12 days while battling a left hip impingement. He'll presumably be available off the bench again Friday, but it remains unclear when he might be ready to catch. Brayan Pena is behind the dish Friday.
Saunders (knee) to play another rehab game 04-24-2015
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Michael Saunders (knee) will play another rehab game with High-A Dunedin on Friday.

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The Blue Jays had left open the possibility that Saunders would be activated from the disabled list on Friday, but they've decided to give him one more rehab game. Blue Jays Alex Anthopoulos told MLB Network Radio that he expects the outfielder to be activated "I would think in the next day or two."
Soriano has had 'some contact' with Mariners 04-24-2015
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there has been some contact" between the Mariners and Rafael Soriano's agent, Scott Boras.

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Heyman has also noted previously that the Tigers have expressed some interest and, in his opinion, "remain the most logical fit." He lists the Pirates, Indians and Dodgers as "three other logical suitors," but it's unclear if they've expressed interest to Boras. The agent told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe on Thursday that calls on his client are "increasing." It's looking unlikely at the moment that Soriano will be able to land a closer job, but he could certainly help someone as a setup man.
Braves to promote Michael Kohn, John Cornely 04-24-2015
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Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Braves will call up Michael Kohn and John Cornely prior to Friday's game in Philadelphia.

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The club needs a couple fresh bullpen arms after their relievers were overworked in the series versus the Mets. Kohn held a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings with the Angels last season.
Juan Jaime outrighted to Triple-A 04-24-2015
Juan Jaime P ATL
Braves sent RHP Juan Jaime outright to Triple-A Gwinnett. It's a tad surprising that he cleared waivers, as there's usually always one team willing to take a shot on a guy who can tough the upper-90s with his fastball. However, it appears that not only the Braves are skeptical about Jaime's ability to ever throw strikes consistently.
James Loney returns from disabled list 04-24-2015
James Loney 1B TB
Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list. Loney needed just one rehab game to show that he was over his right oblique strain. The first baseman would up missing just over a week of action. Allan Dykstra, who had been filling in at fist in Loney's absence, has been sent down in a corresponding move.
Rays activate Drew Smyly from disabled list 04-24-2015
Drew Smyly P TB
Rays activated LHP Drew Smyly from the 15-day disabled list. The left-hander will make his season debut on Friday against the Blue Jays after missing the first few weeks of the season with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. Smyly went just 3 2/3 innings in his last rehab start, so he'll be on a pretty limited pitch count Friday.
Eric Hosmer goes 3-for-5 in Royals' win 04-24-2015
Eric Hosmer 1B KC
Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 and doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th as the Royals edged the White Sox 3-2 on Thursday. Hosmer's second double of the game plated Jarrod Dyson. He had just one double and three extra-base hits for the season coming into this one. He has, however, been a great on-base guy with a .339 average and 11 walks in 59 at-bats. Last year, he walked 35 times in 503 at-bats.
Ryan Madson goes two hitless in relief 04-24-2015
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Ryan Madson pitched a pair of hitless innings Thursday against the White Sox. Madson's comeback is off to a terrific start, with just one run and five hits allowed over 7 2/3 innings. It doesn't really make him an AL-only option, but it's nice rooting for him.
Chris Sale gives up two runs, gets run 04-24-2015
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Chris Sale allowed two runs over seven innings before getting ejected from Thursday's game against the Royals. Sale did some jawing with Ned Yost on the field after Yordano Ventura and Adam Eaton touched off the brawl in the seventh tonight. Before that, it looked like Sale might stay in another inning, even though he was at 99 pitches. Both runs came in a very sloppy first, but he was just fine after that.
Conor Gillaspie goes 0-for-4 in loss 04-24-2015
Conor Gillaspie 3B CWS
Conor Gillaspie went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Thursday, dropping his average to .195. Gillaspie was a nice platoon player for the White Sox last season, but he's yet to get it going this year, with just two RBI and two walks to go along with his subpar average. Maybe it has something to do with the plantar fasciitis he was diagnosed with this spring. If he continues to slump, the White Sox could give more time at third base to Gordon Beckham.