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8/30/2014 | Rox hope Brothers can finish season strong

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he wants to take some pressure off Rex Brothers, but it's especially tough because of Brothers' role in the bullpen.


8/30/2014 | Bench coach Wallach designed unusual shift

Bench coach Tim Wallach is the creator of the bizarre defensive alignment the Dodgers used with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning Friday night that featured four defenders equal distance apart between first base and second base.


8/30/2014 | Dodgers ready to bolster roster with callups

Manager Don Mattingly didn't rule out the possibility of a trade before Sunday's deadline, saying the front office has floated "a few different names, but not a lot."


8/30/2014 | Weiss says Kahnle looks good in BP session

Reliever Tommy Kahnle took a step toward returning to the Rockies' bullpen, throwing a live batting-practice session on Saturday before the game against the D-backs.


8/30/2014 | Twins GM Ryan eyeing potential September callups

Twins general manager Terry Ryan has been scouting Triple-A Rochester for nearly a week to get a better feel for potential September callups.


8/30/2014 | Vargas getting extended look at first base

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he's going to continue to find ways to get rookie Kennys Vargas looks at first base down the stretch, which will also give Joe Mauer opportunities to serve as designated hitter here and there.


8/30/2014 | Any Phils trades likely won't come until offseason

If the Phillies plan to rebuild their roster through trades, those deals are likely to come in the offseason. The Phillies seem unlikely to trade anybody before Sunday's midnight deadline to acquire players eligible for the postseason, unless there is an injury or an unexpected change of heart from an opposing general manager.


8/30/2014 | Asche won't try outfield if Franco is called up

Triple-A Lehigh Valley infielder Maikel Franco could be in the big leagues as early as Monday when rosters expand. If he is called up, the Phillies will need to find playing time for him. He can spell Ryan Howard at first base, but he also can play third base.


8/30/2014 | Start of Rays-Red Sox delayed by power outage

The start of Saturday night's game between the Rays and Red Sox at Tropicana Field was delayed by 12 minutes due to a partial power outage at the ballpark.


8/30/2014 | Benoit sidelined by shoulder pain

Closer Joaquin Benoit, who went 11 days between appearances recently because of a sore right shoulder, will be sidelined again after the pain in his shoulder returned.


8/30/2014 | Hanley, Puig both return to lineup

Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig, who were injured and benched Friday, respectively, were back in the Dodgers lineup Saturday.


8/30/2014 | Lyons makes starting case with 4 2/3 shutout frames

Regardless of whether Tyler Lyons' terrific long relief stint on Saturday earns him consideration for a start during the next turn through the Cardinals' rotation, it at least positioned the Cardinals well for the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Cubs.


8/30/2014 | Farrell leaning toward implementing six-man rotation

Red Sox manager John Farrell expects to go to a six-man rotation as early as next week. And even though Anthony Ranaudo was optioned to Class-A Greenville on Saturday to make room for the return of shortstop Xander Bogaerts, the young right-handed prospect is expected to be one of the six starters Farrell deploys.


8/30/2014 | Wood working toward becoming rotation fixture

As Alex Wood approaches the end of what is just his second full season at the professional level, he has positioned himself to be a mainstay in Atlanta's rotation for many years to come.


8/30/2014 | Kimbrel joins short, elite list with 40th save

Craig Kimbrel joined yet another exclusive club when he notched his Major League-high 40th save to end Friday night's 5-2 win over the Marlins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kimbrel became just the third Major League pitcher to register 40 or more saves in each of four consecutive seasons.


8/30/2014 | Collins manages 1,500th career game

Terry Collins wasn't sure he would ever reach this mark. But Collins blasted past a personal milestone on Saturday, managing his 1,500th career big league game.


8/30/2014 | deGrom making case to be NL Rookie of the Year

Jacob deGrom's National League Rookie of the Year Award bid appears to be back on track. By firing seven innings of one-run (zero earned) ball against the Phillies on Friday night, deGrom increased his win-loss record to 7-6 while decreasing his ERA to 2.94. Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton has also been hot, batting .304 since Aug. 19, thereby narrowing this even further into a two-man race.


8/30/2014 | After encouraging MRI, Pearce still day to day

The right abdominal strain that forced Steve Pearce out of the Orioles' 9-1 win against the Twins on Friday before the fourth inning shouldn't keep him out long -- a Saturday morning MRI confirmed that it was just a mild strain and the surprising slugger said he's "day to day."


8/30/2014 | Amid tough stretch, Escobar gets scheduled day off

Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was not in the starting lineup for Saturday night's game against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field, received a scheduled day off unrelated to his recent string of throwing errors.


8/30/2014 | Jennings sits out again, but may return soon

Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game Saturday night with left knee soreness. Jennings was a late scratch in Friday's series opener against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field. After the game, Jennings had an MRI, which didn't turn up anything serious.


8/30/2014 | Smyly could be shut down in September

Rays left-hander Drew Smyly, who will pitch Monday's series finale against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field, could be shut down in September due to a career-high innings total this season.


8/30/2014 | Fill-in Paredes comes up big to down Twins

Injuries thrust Jimmy Paredes into the starting lineup Saturday night for the first time since May 27 with the Royals, and he came up big. Paredes smacked a ground-rule double and drilled a home run to left-center field to lead the O's over the Twins, 3-2, in front of 30,322 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.


8/30/2014 | Sanchez's hot hand nets save for Blue Jays

The Blue Jays might have a mini-competition at the back end of their bullpen after rookie right-hander Aaron Sanchez picked up the first save of his career during Saturday afternoon's 2-0 victory over the Yankees. Sanchez pitched a clean eighth and was then brought back for the ninth. That spot is normally reserved for veteran closer Casey Janssen, but in this case, manager John Gibbons decided to stick with the hot hand.


8/30/2014 | Penciled in as fifth starter, Penny to pitch Tuesday

It remains subject to change, but for now, Brad Penny is getting the nod as Miami's fifth starter. Manager Mike Redmond made the announcement official on Saturday afternoon, noting that Penny will make the start on Tuesday against the Mets at Marlins Park.


8/30/2014 | Good pitching can help pick up Miami's bats

What the Marlins are experiencing this month is a case of good hitting being shut down by good pitching. In August, Miami has scored 97 runs in 25 games, the 12th most in the National League. Overall, the production has been good, as the Marlins are sixth in the NL with 540 runs.




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