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Orioles designated INF/OF Danny Valencia for assignment.

Valencia, 33, has batted just .263/.316/.408 with nine homers this season, although he's been as productive as usual against lefties with a .303/.368/.505 line. The Orioles had no real reason to keep playing Valencia, but he should catch on somewhere as a bench bat.
Aug 10 - 3:30 PM

Matt Chapman underwent surgery on his left thumb Thursday.

Per the Athletics' press release: "Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Matt to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training." Chapman battled thumb and wrist issues at various points this season, twice receiving cortisone injections, but the 25-year-old budding star still managed a strong .864 OPS with 24 home runs and 42 doubles in 145 games while also playing elite-level defense at third base.
Oct 18 - 12:10 PM

Despite warming up in the eighth and ninth innings Wednesday, David Price will start Thursday's Game 5 against the Astros, manager Alex Cora said.

It doesn't seem fair to Price, given that he'd be on short rest Thursday even if not for Wednesday's extended bullpen session, but the Red Sox are really low on options. It's doubtful that they'll ask him to go deep before turning the ball over to Eduardo Rodriguez and company. Chris Sale (illness) is lined up for a potential Game 6.
Oct 18 - 1:55 AM

Craig Kimbrel escaped with his first ever two-inning save Wednesday, giving up a run while getting six outs against the Astros.

Kimbrel couldn't possibly have been any shakier. His first out came when Tony Kemp was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double to start the eighth. He went on to hit a batter and allow a run in the inning anyway. In the ninth, with David Price warming up behind him, he walked three to load the bases for Alex Bregman with two outs. Bregman then hit a hard liner to left on which Andrew Benintendi made a fantastic catch, giving the Red Sox an 8-6 win. Boston will take a 3-1 lead into Thursday's Game 5.
Oct 18 - 1:33 AM

Clayton Kershaw limited the Brewers to one run in seven innings and struck out nine as the Dodgers won 5-2 on Wednesday to take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS.

Kershaw nearly came out after five, but the Dodgers opted to leave him in to bat after Austin Barnes singled in a run to tie the game at 1-1. Kershaw did some of his best work afterwards, and departed a 5-1 game after walking and scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh. It was a big rebound for him after he gave up five runs -- four earned -- over three-plus innings in a Game 1 loss.
Oct 17 - 8:54 PM

Chris Sale will not start Thursday's ALCS Game 5 after spending time in the hospital with an illness.

It sounds like Sale will be good for Saturday's Game 6, but he's too weak to pitch Thursday. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez and David Price are possibilities to start Game 5. Price would be on three days' rest after starting Game 2.
Oct 17 - 6:14 PM

Major League Baseball has fined Manny Machado an undisclosed amount for the way he ran into Jesus Aguilar in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

Machado appeared to intentionally drag his left foot across Aguilar's right leg at first base following a routine groundout in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the resulting argument set off a short-lived benches-clearing dustup. A number of Brewers expressed anger about the play after the game, and there could very well be some kind of carryover into Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday. Machado will not be suspended by MLB for the act.
Oct 17 - 3:42 PM

Cody Bellinger is batting leadoff for the Dodgers in NLCS Game 5 on Wednesday versus the Brewers.

Bellinger came off the bench in Game 4 and singled off Josh Hader in the bottom of the eighth inning before walking it off in the bottom of the 13th. He also made a tremendous diving catch in the outfield in the top of the 10th. Here is the full NLCS Game 5 lineup for Los Angeles: Cody Bellinger CF, Justin Turner 3B, David Freese 1B, Manny Machado SS, Max Muncy 2B, Chris Taylor LF, Enrique Hernandez RF, Austin Barnes C, Clayton Kershaw SP.
Oct 17 - 2:14 PM

Hernan Perez will start at second base and bat fifth for the Brewers in NLCS Game 5 on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Travis Shaw is on the bench as the Brew Crew go righty-heavy versus Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Jonathan Schoop and Manny Pina are also sitting. Here is the full Game 5 starting lineup for Milwaukee: Lorenzo Cain CF, Christian Yelich RF, Ryan Braun LF, Jesus Aguilar 1B, Hernan Perez 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B, Erik Kratz C, Orlando Arcia SS, Wade Miley SP.
Oct 17 - 2:04 PM

Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday on his right elbow.

The Yankees announced last week that Gregorius would require the reconstructive elbow procedure, so this isn't breaking news. The hope is the 28-year-old shortstop will be able to return around the middle of the 2019 season, probably just before the All-Star break. He put up a career-high .829 OPS and 27 home runs in 134 games this summer with New York, also adding 86 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 89 runs scored.
Oct 17 - 2:00 PM

Zach Davies has replaced Gio Gonzalez (ankle) on the Brewers' NLCS roster.

Gonzalez suffered a high left ankle sprain in the second inning of his NLCS Game 4 start against the Dodgers on Tuesday night. This situation actually sets up quite nicely for the Brewers, who will have an extra pitcher available for Game 5 on Wednesday following the 13-inning, five-and-a-half hour marathon loss to Los Angeles in Game 4. The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2.
Oct 17 - 12:36 PM

Seunghwan Oh told the Yonhap News Agency that he is considering returning to the Korea Baseball Organization for the 2019 season.

Oh triggered a $2.5 million vesting option with the Rockies in late September when he made his 70th appearance of the regular season, but the 36-year-old right-hander sounds ready to head back to his native South Korea. "I am a bit exhausted after spending five seasons in Japan and the United States," said Oh. "I feel like I want to return to the KBO while I still have the energy to help the team and pitch in front of home fans. I can’t make this decision alone. I’ll have to speak with my agency about the next season." Colorado would surely be said to see him go, as he registered a sharp 2.63 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 79/17 K/BB ratio across 68 1/3 total innings in 2018.
Source: Yonhap News
Oct 17 - 11:37 AM




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