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August 19, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
LAA has activated Scott Downs (LHP, LAA) from the 15-day DL after missing the minimum amount of time with a left shoulder strain. In a prior update,'s Brian Rudd surmised that Ernesto Frieri (RHP, LAA), who had been in a timeshare for save opportunities with Downs in July, would run away with the role during his absence.
August 18, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Jon Rauch (RHP, NYM), among the few bright lights in a largely dim bullpen, might be emerging as his team's preferred saves option. Rauch has recorded NYM's two most recent saves, August 12 and 16. Each of those two saves were of the one-out variety, with Rauch summoned to preserve dwindling leads in games which did not present closing situations entering the 9th inning. The NYM closing situation remains murky, as both Bobby Parnell (RHP, NYM) and Frank Francisco (RHP, NYM) have also recorded saves this month.
August 17, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Jaime Garcia will be back this weekend; who gets bumped from the rotation in STL? Plus a key cog in PIT could miss some time, the developing OF situation in SEA, and more ...
August 16, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Cabrera suspended for PEDs, James McDonald might head to the bullpen, and more...
August 15, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
After missing a series and returning for a pinch-hit appearance August 13, Jason Kipnis (2B, CLE) returned to the starting lineup August 14. After a blazing hot start to the season, he has cooled off considerably, having not homered since June 17, and only recording three steals since July 1. His year-to-date numbers remain strong, though it appears obvious that his power surge to open the season was a bit over his head. Kipnis had eight home runs by the end of May, but is still looking for his first month with above average power.
August 14, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
The imminent return of Andrew Bailey should concern Alfredo Aceves owners. OAK may need a new 3B, Jason Castro hopes to pick up where he left off, and more ...
August 13, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
The Reds are making due without their starting 1B and 3B and will have to do without Joey Votto for a bit longer. Meanwhile, a couple of unlikely candidates are being eyed for the Royals 2013 rotation.
August 12, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Key injuries abound: Boston loses Middlebrooks, San Diego closes Street, New York shelves Sabathia, Texas sits Napoli; there's a new/old SP in Milwaukee, Santana rejoins the Mets, and more...
August 11, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Ben Zobrist (2B/OF, TAM) gained SS eligibility in one-game-eligibility formats August 9 by making his first SS start since 2009. Zobrist replaced slumping regular Elliot Johnson (SS, TAM), carrying sub-.200 BA and sub-.500 OPS in 82 second-half AB. Johnson's season-long .225 xBA suggests his .248 BA is more likely to continue its descent than to climb.
August 10, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Manny Machado called up by BAL, Brett Lawrie placed on DL, Tyler Greene traded to STL, and more...
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