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Pirates | Russell Martin bumped to second spot

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:13:02 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin batted second on Friday, April 18, as part of a restructured lineup that manager Clint Hurdle hopes will improve the club's on-base percentage. Martin batted second for the first time the night before against the Milwaukee Brewers and went 2 for 3 with two walks and an RBI.

Brewers | Martin Maldonado hits cover off the ball, literally

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:05:35 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers C Martin Maldonado hit the cover off the baseball in the sixth inning of the team's Friday, April 18, game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Maldonado was ruled safe at first as Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez picked up the ball and threw it on several bounces to the base.

Cubs | Emilio Bonifacio snaps slump

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:53:23 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B Emilio Bonifacio snapped an 0-for-13 slump at the plate with a base hit Friday, April 18, against the Cincinnati Reds.

Cubs | Anthony Rizzo hitting well to start season

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:50:43 -0700

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to five games Friday, April 18, against the Cincinnati Reds. "He did a really nice job again. He continues to move forward in a consistent manner," manager Rick Renteria said. "They are all striving to get better, but he is certainly showing that he's having a nice start." Rizzo is 20-for-58 in 15 games for a .345 average.

Phillies | Jonathan Pettibone sent down

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:51:11 -0700

The Philadelphia Phillies have optioned SP Jonathan Pettibone to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and selected the contract of RP Shawn Camp from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

White Sox | Adam Eaton leaves game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:21:19 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Adam Eaton (hamstring) left the team's game early Friday, April 18, because of a hamstring injury, but it is not believed to be serious.

Yankees | Vidal Nuno could get spot start

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:17:47 -0700

The New York Yankees are leaning toward giving SP Vidal Nuno a spot start Sunday, April 20, because the team had a doubleheader earlier in the week. Manager Joe Girardi said Nuno could give the team 75 pitches.

Yankees | Carlos Beltran undergoes MRI

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:10:25 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (shoulder, wrist) underwent MRIs on his injured shoulder and wrist but both came back negative. Manager Joe Girardi said the team hopes Beltran will be able to play Saturday, April 19.

Orioles | Nick Markakis does some baseball activities

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:07:00 -0700

Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (neck) took 25 swings off a tee Friday, April 18, and played light toss.

Orioles | Francisco Peguero takes some swings

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:03:01 -0700

Baltimore Orioles OF Francisco Peguero (wrist) took 25 dry swings and 25 swings off a tee Friday, April 18.

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Orioles | Edgmer Escalona throws

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:49:55 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Edgmer Escalona (shoulder) made 25 throws from 90 feet Friday, April 18.

Blue Jays | Adam Lind placed on DL

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:40:57 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed 1B Adam Lind (back) on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury and recalled 1B Juan Francisco from Triple-A Buffalo. The team also transferred 2B Maicer Izturis (knee) to the 60-day disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Francisco may get most of the playing time while Lind is out of the lineup and should be an option for most AL-only owners.

Blue Jays | Jose Reyes activated

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:34:49 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays have activated SS Jose Reyes (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list. The team also optioned SS Munenori Kawasaki to the minor leagues.

Mets | Zack Thornton assigned to Triple-A

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:32:53 -0700

The New York Mets have assigned RP Zack Thornton to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Brewers | Brandon Kintzler throws

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:24:44 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers RP Brandon Kintzler (shoulder) threw a light bullpen session Friday, April 18. He is scheduled to throw a more intense bullpen session Sunday, April 20, and expects to be activated from the 15-day disabled list by April 25.

Astros | Alex Presley dealing with illness

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:24:12 -0700

Updating a previous report, Houston Astros OF Alex Presley (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup Friday, April 18, because he was dealing with flu-like symptoms.

Twins | Oswaldo Arcia takes some swings

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:21:11 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) took some swings underwater Friday, April 11, and also took some light swings off a tee.

Twins | Josh Willingham not swinging yet

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:16:01 -0700

Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham (hand) was able to lift weights Friday, April 18, but is still not ready to swing a bat.

Brewers | Interested in Joel Hanrahan

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:15:28 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers had a representative present for free-agent RP Joel Hanrahan's (Red Sox) workout earlier this week. Assistant general manager Gosh Ash would not say if the team will try to sign Hanrahan.

Reds | Skip Schumaker swinging bat

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:04:33 -0700

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said OF Skip Schumaker (shoulder) has started to swing a bat but is not ready to play in any games at this point. Schumaker is working on strengthening his shoulder and getting all of the soreness out.

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