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Angels activated Rene Rivera from the 60-day disabled list.

Rivera is back after being out with a torn meniscus in his right knee since May. He's starting for the Angels on Wednesday, hitting sixth against the Padres. On the year, Rivera has an .804 OPS, but that's over just 54 at bats in 2018.
Aug 15 - 6:08 PM

Albert Almora reached base three times Wednesday in the Cubs’ win over Milwaukee.

Almora hammered a leadoff home run in the seventh while increasing the Cubs’ lead to 8-4. He also drew a pair of walks. Despite a sluggish second half (.209 AVG over 67 at-bats), the 24-year-old still boasts an impressive .297 average for the season.
Aug 15 - 6:07 PM

Anthony Rizzo bopped his 18th homer Wednesday in the Cubs’ victory over the Brewers.

Rizzo took Junior Guerra deep with a two-run shot in the first inning. He also drove in a run with an RBI single in the fourth and drew an intentional walk in the eighth. The 29-year-old has swung a hot bat since the All-Star break, hitting a robust .326 with six round-trippers and 14 RBI over 95 second-half at-bats.
Aug 15 - 6:06 PM

Jason Heyward delivered three hits Wednesday in Chicago’s 8-4 win over the Brewers.

Heyward stretched the Cubs’ lead to 3-0 with an RBI double in the third inning. He plated another run with an RBI single in the fourth and scored later in the frame on Anthony Rizzo’s single to center field. Heyward stayed hot in the sixth, this time blasting a double to deep right field. The 29-year-old has had a resurgent year offensively, batting .281 with 50 RBI and 60 runs scored over 405 plate appearances for the first-place Cubs.
Aug 15 - 6:05 PM

Kyle Hendricks gave up seven hits and four runs over six-plus innings Wednesday in Chicago’s win over the Brewers.

He contributed eight strikeouts and two walks over 93 pitches. Hendricks was chugging right along until the fourth when he allowed three hits including an RBI double by Jonathan Schoop. He encountered another rough patch in the seventh, yielding a base hit to Manny Pina and a walk to Jesus Aguilar before getting pulled by manager Joe Maddon. Carl Edwards allowed both inherited men to score. The right-hander will take a four-start unbeaten streak into his next outing Tuesday at Detroit.
Aug 15 - 6:04 PM

Luke Weaver will start Thursday's game against the Nationals.

Weaver was scratched from his start on Sunday because of a cut on his right index finger. Jack Flaherty, who was originally scheduled to start against Washington, will start on Friday against the Brewers instead.
Aug 15 - 6:04 PM

Mike Moustakas notched three hits Wednesday in the Brewers’ loss to Chicago.

All three were singles including an RBI base hit to right field in the seventh. Wednesday extended the 29-year-old’s hitting streak to five games. The Brewers continued to mix and match their infield on Wednesday, starting Moustakas at third, Jonathan Schoop at shortstop and Travis Shaw at second base. It’s notable that Moustakas has mostly sat against lefties since joining Milwaukee at the trade deadline, though obviously that wasn't an issue Wednesday with right-hander Kyle Hendricks throwing for the Cubs.
Aug 15 - 6:03 PM

Aaron Judge received a cortisone injection on Tuesday.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman also mentioned that Judge was able to do a couple of outfield drills prior to Wednesday's game against the Rays. It's still not known when Judge will be able to return, as he hasn't been able to swing the bat since fracturing his wrist.
Aug 15 - 6:02 PM

Junior Guerra was tagged for nine hits and seven runs (six earned) over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in Milwaukee’s loss to the Cubs.

He struck out two and walked one over his 58 pitches. Guerra also threw three wild pitches in what turned out to be his shortest start of the year. The right-hander served up a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo in the first inning before allowing another two runs to come across in the third. He somehow fared even worse in the fourth, yielding four hits in the frame before getting the hook from manager Craig Counsell. Despite a respectable 3.73 ERA, the 33-year-old will take a six-start winless streak into his next appearance Tuesday against the Reds.
Aug 15 - 6:02 PM

Chris Devenski (hamstring) will make another rehab appearance for Triple-A Fresno on Friday.

Devenski gave up two hits but no runs over 2/3 of an inning in his first rehab appearance for the Grizzlies on Tuesday. He's been on the disabled list with the left hamstring injury since July 31, and he should be close to rejoining the Houston bullpen if this outing on Friday goes to plan.
Aug 15 - 5:58 PM

Max Fried (groin) will make a rehab start on Friday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

This is impressive progress, considering Fried was placed on the disabled list with a left groin strain on the 10-day disabled list on August 7. There are no guarantees -- and the Braves may choose to be cautious with the injury -- but assuming the rehab start goes well, there's a chance the southpaw could be ready to rejoin the Braves' rotation in the next week.
Aug 15 - 5:52 PM

Tommy Pham (foot) will be reevaluated after Wednesday's rehab game with short-season Hudson Valley.

If things go well for Pham on Wednesday, there's a chance the outfielder could rejoin the Rays on Thursday. There's also a chance that Pham could play another game or two with Hudson Valley; that will be determined by how the former Cardinal feels after the rehab appearance. He's been on the disabled list since the beginning of August with a fractured right foot.
Aug 15 - 5:49 PM

Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports that Chad Bettis will likely move to the bullpen.

Antonio Senzatela is coming off the disabled list and starting on Saturday against the Braves, which likely pushes Bettis into the relief role; barring something unforeseen. The right-hander has struggled for most of the 2018 season with a 5.42 ERA over 106 1/3 innings accumulated in 19 starts.
Aug 15 - 5:46 PM

Stephen Strasburg (neck) threw a 70-pitch simulation game on Wednesday.

Strasburg told reporters after the simulation that he thought the outing went well, and that if he feels well on Thursday, that he'll prepare for a start; although he didn't say where that start would be. Assuming he does make a rehab start by the end of the week, there's a good chance that Strasburg will be pitching real games for the Nationals before the end of August.
Aug 15 - 5:29 PM

Antonio Senzatela (shoulder) will come off the disabled list to start on Saturday against the Braves.

Senzatela was placed on the 10-day disabled list on August 5 -- retroactive to August 3 -- with right shoulder inflammation. He was able to throw live batting practice on Tuesday, and that apparently went well enough for Colorado to schedule the start. On the season, Senzatela owns a 4.56 ERA with a 37/17 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings.
Aug 15 - 5:24 PM



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