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  • Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
    Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Next step could be rehab stint
    10m ago

    Kershaw (shoulder) completed three simulated innings at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, and he could next move on to pitching in rehab games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, per MLB.com.

    Kershaw's fastball hit 88-89 mph in the sim game, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, which is in the range of his usual velocity over the past three seasons. Manager Dave Roberts proclaimed the future Hall of Famer to be "much further" along in his recovery than initially expected, and it's expected that Kershaw will next move on to pitching in minor-league contests. He'll almost certainly need to log multiple rehab starts, and the Dodgers are very unlikely to rush him back, but Kershaw could be ready to make his season debut with Los Angeles sometime in July.

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  • Addison Barger TOR LF
    Blue Jays' Addison Barger: Rejoining big club
    20m ago

    The Blue Jays recalled Barger from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.

    The 24-year-old went 1-for-18 during a brief stint with the Blue Jays earlier this season, and he'll rejoin the MLB roster after he posted a .218/.344/.391 slash line in 31 games since being returned to Buffalo in early May. Barger doesn't have a clear path to an everyday role despite being one of the organization's top prospects, but he's still likely to see at least semi-regular playing time while up with Toronto.

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  • Daniel Vogelbach TOR DH
    Blue Jays' Daniel Vogelbach: Designated for assignment
    24m ago

    The Blue Jays designated Vogelbach for assignment Friday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.

    Vogelbach had been hitless over his last five games to drop his season line to just .186/.278/.300 across 79 plate appearances. The 31-year-old has an above-average 106 OPS+ for his career, but his lack of versatility will limit his appeal on the open market, assuming he clears waivers and becomes a free agent.

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  • Ryan Yarbrough LAD RP
    Dodgers' Ryan Yarbrough: Covers three frames in bulk relief
    27m ago

    Yarbrough tossed three relief innings against Texas on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits and four walks while striking out three batters.

    With Yoshinobu Yamamoto's scheduled start pushed back to Saturday, Los Angeles opted for a bullpen game in the finale of a three-game set against the Rangers. Michael Grove opened and took the loss after allowing two runs in one inning, and Yarbrough settled things down a bit with three innings of one-run ball despite issuing a season-high four free passes. Yarbrough has shifted between a starting role and a relief role throughout his career, but he's made all 19 of his appearances so far this year out of the bullpen. The southpaw has covered two or more innings in 11 of those outings, and overall he's posted a 3.11 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 22:16 K:BB over 46.1 frames.

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  • Burch Smith MIA RP
    Marlins' Burch Smith: DFA'd by Miami
    31m ago

    The Marlins designated Smith for assignment Friday.

    The right-hander was acquired from the Rays in late March and posted a 4.25 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 23:9 K:BB over 29.2 innings for the Marlins. Smith could head to Triple-A Jacksonville if he passes through waivers unclaimed.

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  • Shaun Anderson MIA RP
    Marlins' Shaun Anderson: Recalled to start Friday
    33m ago

    The Marlins recalled Anderson from Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday.

    Anderson will start Friday's game against the Nationals. The right-hander's two major-league appearances this season came in relief with the Rangers, but he's posted a 2.51 ERA and 31:4 K:BB over 28.2 innings across six starts at Triple-A in 2024.

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  • Seby Zavala SEA C
    Mariners' Seby Zavala: Draws rare start Thursday
    6h ago

    Zavala started at catcher and went 0-for-1 with a walk in an extra-inning loss to the White Sox on Thursday.

    Making his first appearance of any kind since June 1, Zavala was able to reach safely for the first time since May 23 via his one walk. The 30-year-old backstop has seen Cal Raleigh, who eventually replaced him in Thursday's game, draw the overwhelming majority of starts behind the dish, and more recently, Mitch Garver has filled in at catcher on a handful of occasions as well. Therefore, Zavala's playing time figures to remain sparse, barring injury to one of the two veterans in front of him.

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  • Logan O'Hoppe LAA C
    Angels' Logan O'Hoppe: Back in action Thursday
    19h ago

    O'Hoppe (groin) is starting at catcher and batting fifth Thursday versus Arizona, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    O'Hoppe had to sit out Wednesday's contest after getting hit in the groin by a foul tip Tuesday, but he is seemingly feeling well enough to catch Griffin Canning in Thursday's series finale. The 24-year-old backstop has been white-hot at the plate recently, going 10-for-23 with a homer, two RBI and five runs scored since the beginning of June.

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  • Will Smith LAD C
    Dodgers' Will Smith: Idle Thursday
    20h ago

    Smith isn't in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday versus the Rangers.

    Smith will get some scheduled rest after starting in five consecutive games. In that span, the catcher went 5-for-19 with a homer in series versus the Yankees and Rangers. With the 29-year-old on the bench Thursday, Austin Barnes will start behind the dish and bat ninth.

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  • Cal Raleigh SEA C
    Mariners' Cal Raleigh: Not starting Thursday
    20h ago

    Raleigh isn't in the Mariners' lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox.

    Although Raleigh is currently enjoying a five-game hitting streak, the Mariners will sit him down for Thursday's series finale while Seby Zavala starts behind the plate and bats ninth.

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  • Francisco Alvarez NYM C
    Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Sitting out Thursday
    23h ago

    Alvarez is not in the lineup for Thursday's contest versus the Marlins.

    Alvarez started at catcher in the first two games of the series after being activated from the 10-day injured list, but he will sit out the finale. Luis Torrens will do the catching for Luis Severino.

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  • Connor Wong BOS C
    Red Sox's Connor Wong: Taking seat Thursday
    23h ago

    Wong is not in the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Phillies.

    The Red Sox will go with Reese McGuire behind the dish in the rubber game of the series. Wong had started each of the previous six contests, with five of those coming at catcher.

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  • Nick Pratto KC 1B
    Royals' Nick Pratto: Optioned to Triple-A
    5h ago

    The Royals optioned Pratto to Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

    While there's no corresponding move yet, it will presumably be Adam Frazier returning from the bereavement list. Pratto was up with the big club only for a few days and didn't make an appearance.

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  • Christian Walker ARI 1B
    Diamondbacks' Christian Walker: Gets rout started
    6h ago

    Walker went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Thursday's 11-1 win over the Angels.

    Walker told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that he was not happy with how he was handling fastballs, so he put in extra work in the batting cage this week. It paid off immediately when Walker belted a three-run homer off a four-seamer in the first inning to give Arizona a 3-0 lead. "I've been missing fastballs [and fouling them] straight back a little bit and it's been bothering me," Walker said. He followed that up a solo shot in the third -- a slider this time. The first baseman has three long balls over the last two games and leads the team with 15 home runs and 46 RBI through 69 contests.

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  • Tyler Locklear SEA 1B
    Mariners' Tyler Locklear: Notches first big-league homer
    9h ago

    Locklear went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in an extra-inning loss to the White Sox on Thursday.

    Garrett Crochet dominated Seattle with 13 punchouts over seven frames, and Locklear accounted for the only run against the hurler with a solo blast in the fifth inning. The long ball was Locklear's first as a major-leaguer and just his second extra-base hit of any type. Locklear has started four of five games since being called up June 9 and has hit .250 (4-for-16) with two runs and two RBI. He's struggled to make contact with a 35.3 percent strikeout rate thus far, and he could head back to the minors when Ty France (heel) is cleared to return, which could happen early next week.

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  • Andrew Vaughn CHW 1B
    White Sox's Andrew Vaughn: Slugs eighth homer
    9h ago

    Vaughn went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional RBI in Thursday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Mariners.

    Vaughn opened the scoring in the contest with a solo homer to center field in the third inning and later produced the game-winning RBI with a run-scoring groundout in the 10th. The first baseman has been swinging a hot bat of late with six multi-hit efforts over his past 10 contests. Vaughn has reached safely via hit or walk in 14 consecutive games and is slashing .327/.373/.600 with four homers, seven RBI and 10 runs over that span.

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  • Tyler Soderstrom OAK 1B
    Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom: Carries offense in loss
    10h ago

    Soderstrom went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.

    Soderstrom got Oakland off to a strong start with a two-run blast in the second inning, but the team was unable to add any additional offense thereafter. The long ball gave the suddenly hot first baseman three homers over his past four games and extended his hitting streak to five contests. Soderstrom is slashing .353/.450/.882 with six RBI, five runs and a 3:2 BB:K over that stretch.

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  • Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
    Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt: Blasts homer in win
    19h ago

    Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win against the Pirates.

    He plated the first runs of the game, taking Mitch Keller deep in the third inning. With the long ball Goldschmidt snapped a 14-game homerless drought. The veteran now has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games, but he still has just five RBI over his last 15 contests. The first baseman has a .226/.299/.354 slash line with eight home runs and 27 RBI through 65 games this season.

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  • Adam Frazier KC 2B
    Royals' Adam Frazier: Back from bereavement list
    3h ago

    The Royals reinstated Frazier (personal) from the bereavement list Friday.

    The 32-year-old has been away from the team for the past few days to tend to personal matters but is now back with the Royals. Frazier hasn't been operating in an everyday role but has been a solid contributor since the start of May with a .266/.329/.422 slash line in 24 games.

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  • Cavan Biggio LAD 2B
    Dodgers' Cavan Biggio: Making another start versus righty
    19h ago

    Biggio is in the lineup at third base and batting eighth Thursday versus the Rangers.

    Biggio is getting his second start at third base for the Dodgers after going 1-for-3 in his debut for the team Wednesday. Thursday's start comes against righty Michael Lorenzen on the mound for the Rangers. With Max Muncy remaining on the injured list and Enrique Hernandez sitting versus a righty, it appears Biggio will be the primary option at third versus right-handers. Hernandez was filling the role as the everyday third baseman with Muncy out, but has been lackluster versus righties.

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  • Ozzie Albies ATL 2B
    Braves' Ozzie Albies: Collects season-high four hits
    21h ago

    Albies went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Orioles.

    Albies' first-inning double set the stage for Atlanta to take an early lead while his double in the ninth eventually led to a couple of insurance runs as a tight one-run lead turned into a three-run victory. Albies collected multiple hits for the 17th time in 58 games, though it's just the second time he's had three or more in a game this season. His four-hit effort came on the heels of a seven-game stretch in which he had collected just four hits total, batting .143 over 28 at-bats during that span.

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  • Jorge Polanco SEA 2B
    Mariners' Jorge Polanco: On verge of rehab assignment
    1d ago

    Polanco (hamstring) is slated to run the bases before Thursday's game against the White Sox and then head out on a rehab assignment, Shannon Drayer of SeattleSports.com reports.

    Polanco has been progressively ramping up his level of activity in recent days, apparently without any setbacks. MLB.com reports that general manager Justin Hollander indicated team trainers would jointly assess Polanco's condition with the veteran infielder following Thursday's activity, at which point the length of the rehab assignment would likely be determined.

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  • Zack Gelof OAK 2B
    Athletics' Zack Gelof: Timely double in loss
    1d ago

    Gelof went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in a loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

    Gelof's eighth-inning two-bagger brought home Seth Brown to extend the Athletics' lead to 4-2 at the time. The infielder now has a trio of two-hit efforts in the last seven games, but his 33.3 percent strikeout rate in that same span is emblematic of the persistent struggles that have led to his .194 average and .572 OPS across 203 plate appearances this season.

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  • Alika Williams PIT 2B
    Pirates' Alika Williams: Beginning rehab assignment
    1d ago

    Williams (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

    Williams has been absent for most of this month with a right wrist sprain but is feeling well enough to test himself in a game setting. He's eligible for activation from the 10-day injured list at any time and shouldn't need a lengthy rehab assignment, given his brief absence.

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  • Jake Burger MIA 3B
    Marlins' Jake Burger: Clubs sixth homer
    2h ago

    Burger went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

    The third baseman appears to be breaking out of his early-season slump. Burger has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, slashing .333/.373/.479 over that stretch and going yard twice in the last four contests. His 31.4 percent strikeout rate during that time is still a concern, however. On the season, the 28-year-old is batting .228 with only six homers in 47 games, a far cry from the 34 in 141 games he slugged in 2023.

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  • Nolan Arenado STL 3B
    Cardinals' Nolan Arenado: Good to go Friday
    2h ago

    Arenado (hand) is starting at third base and batting cleanup Friday against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    The 33-year-old had X-rays come back negative on his right hand after being hit by a pitch Thursday, and he's apparently fine given he's back in the lineup a day later. Arenado is 8-for-20 with two doubles and two RBI in his past five games, and he has a .273/.340/.386 slash line through 12 contests in June.

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  • Austin Riley ATL 3B
    Braves' Austin Riley: Struggles continue Thursday
    3h ago

    Riley went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Thursday's win over the Orioles.

    The third baseman's been dropped down to fifth in the order, even with lefty-hander Cole Irvin on the mound for Baltimore on Thursday, but it hasn't helped wake up Riley's bat. His last homer came May 3, and in 16 games since he returned from an intercostal strain he's slashing just .161/.212/.194 with two RBI and a 4:17 BB:K. Riley's track record says he will heat up at some point this summer, and his Statcast profile suggests there's a great deal of bad luck contributing to his numbers this season -- he's in the 91st percentile in max exit velocity, 90th percentile in bat speed and 82nd percentile in hard-hit rate.

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  • Josh Jung TEX 3B
    Rangers' Josh Jung: Takes live BP
    5h ago

    Jung (wrist) took live batting practice Thursday, Kenndi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    The rehabbing Jung saw 30-40 pitches from the rehabbing Tyler Mahle (elbow). The next step for Jung is a trip to Triple-A Round Rock to continue live BP before he officially begins a rehab assignment.

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  • Josh H. Smith TEX 3B
    Rangers' Josh Smith: Stays at shortstop
    6h ago

    Smith started at shortstop and went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

    Smith made another start at shortstop, as the Rangers are being careful with Corey Seager (hamstring). Seager had returned to action Wednesday, serving as the DH, and was originally in Thursday's starting lineup at DH before being scratched. Smith continued to be surprising contributor for the Rangers; he's 19-for-53 (.358) with six extra-base hits, two steals, four RBI and 10 runs scored over the last 15 games.

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  • Eugenio Suarez ARI 3B
    Diamondbacks' Eugenio Suarez: Back in lineup
    6h ago

    Suarez started at third base and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's 11-1 win over the Angels. He was also hit by a pitch.

    Suarez returned to the lineup after being replaced at the hot corner by Blaze Alexander the previous day. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Alexander will be given more opportunities at third with Suarez (.195/.267/.309) mired in a season-long slump.

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  • Nick Ahmed SF SS
    Giants' Nick Ahmed: Returns from injured list
    1h ago

    The Giants reinstated Ahmed (wrist) from the 10-day injured list Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Areareports.

    Ahmed has been sidelined just over a month by a sprained left wrist but is ready to rejoin the Giants after three rehab appearances in the minors. He was operating as San Francisco's primary shortstop prior to the injury and has a .236/.274/.291 slash line through 36 games this season.

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  • Casey Schmitt SF SS
    Giants' Casey Schmitt: Optioned to Triple-A
    1h ago

    The Giants optioned Schmitt to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.

    Schmitt saw some action at shortstop after Nick Ahmed (wrist) went down, but Brett Wisely had overtaken him recently and now Ahmed is back in the fold. The 25-year-old Schmitt has produced just a .586 OPS in 102 games so far at the big-league level.

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  • Marco Luciano SF SS
    Giants' Marco Luciano: Activated and optioned
    1h ago

    The Giants activated Luciano (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list Friday and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.

    Luciano has put his hamstring injury in the rearview mirror, but he will remain at Sacramento where he had been on a rehab assignment rather than return to the majors. Nick Ahmed (wrist) is also back from the IL and will take over as the Giants' shortstop.

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  • Romy Gonzalez BOS SS
    Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez: Serves as DH on rehab
    5h ago

    Gonzalez (hamstring) served as the designated hitter and went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI for Triple-A Worcester on Thursday.

    Gonzalez made his first appearance while on a rehab assignment and played five innings. Per Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe, Gonzalez is expected to start at first base Friday.

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  • David Hamilton BOS SS
    Red Sox's David Hamilton: Moves up order
    5h ago

    Hamilton batted second and went 1-for-5 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 9-3 win over Philadelphia.

    Hamilton's good stretch of hitting led to batting second for the second consecutive game against a right-hander, and the shortstop extended a hit streak to five games. Since mid-May, when manager Alex Cora started giving him regular run in the starting lineup, Hamilton has batted .341/.378/.553 with 11 extra-base hits, nine RBI, 14 runs and 10 steals over 26 contests.

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  • Kevin Newman ARI SS
    Diamondbacks' Kevin Newman: Contributes to win
    6h ago

    Newman started at shortstop and went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's 11-1 over the Angels.

    Newman delivered a two-run single in the seventh then, after stealing his third bag of the season, trotted home on Joc Pederson's grand slam. Newman made his first start in three games; he had been the primary shortstop until Geraldo Perdomo was activated off the IL on Tuesday. Newman will work in a utility role and currently is considered the top backup to Christian Walker at first base.

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  • Addison Barger TOR LF
    Blue Jays' Addison Barger: Rejoining big club
    20m ago

    The Blue Jays recalled Barger from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.

    The 24-year-old went 1-for-18 during a brief stint with the Blue Jays earlier this season, and he'll rejoin the MLB roster after he posted a .218/.344/.391 slash line in 31 games since being returned to Buffalo in early May. Barger doesn't have a clear path to an everyday role despite being one of the organization's top prospects, but he's still likely to see at least semi-regular playing time while up with Toronto.

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  • Pete Crow-Armstrong CHC CF
    Cubs' Pete Crow-Armstrong: Not in Friday's lineup
    1h ago

    Crow-Armstrong is out of the lineup for Friday's game versus the Cardinals.

    Crow-Armstrong will sit Friday after a run of four straight starts, during which he went 3-for-15 with five strikeouts and two stolen bases. Mike Tauchman will man center field while Cody Bellinger receives a turn as Chicago's designated hitter.

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  • Mike Siani STL CF
    Cardinals' Mike Siani: Taking seat Friday
    2h ago

    Siani is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Sian started the previous four games and will receive Friday off after going 3-for-13 with four strikeouts and a stolen base during that stretch. Dylan Carlson will start in center field and bat seventh for the series opener in Chicago.

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  • Andy Pages LAD CF
    Dodgers' Andy Pages: Launches seventh homer
    3h ago

    Pages went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

    Pages singled in his second at-bat before taking Michael Lorenzen deep for a solo shot in the seventh, giving the outfielder his second multi-hit performance in his last three games. He's now batting .378 in June with two homers, three RBI and eight runs scored. Pages has also walked seven times already this month after drawing just four free passes through all of May.

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  • Everson Pereira NYY LF
    Yankees' Everson Pereira: Needs internal brace surgery
    4h ago

    Pereira is set to undergo a season-ending internal brace surgery on his right elbow in the coming days, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports.

    Pereira had already been placed on Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's full-season minor-league injured list, so it comes as little surprise that he'll be in line for major surgery. The rehab from an internal brace procedure is shorter than a full Tommy John surgery, especially for position players, but Pereira still seems likely to get a late start to next season. The 23-year-old slashed .265/.346/.512 with 10 home runs and five stolen bases over 40 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2024.

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  • Lawrence Butler OAK RF
    Athletics' Lawrence Butler: Continues producing in Vegas
    6h ago

    Butler owns a .250/.348/.420 slash line with nine extra-base hits (five doubles, four home runs), nine RBI and seven stolen bases in the 24 games he's played with Triple-A Las Vegas since being optioned May 14.

    Butler also boasts a 13.0 percent walk rate and modest 20.9 percent strikeout rate in that span, the latter figure representing a welcome reduction from the 29.8 percent number he sported during his time with the big-league club earlier this season. With Athletics primary right fielder Seth Brown now in a two-month-plus season-opening slump at the plate and Butler showing signs of life with the Aviators, a potential promotion for the latter in coming weeks doesn't seem like a far-fetched notion.

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  • Clayton Kershaw LAD SP
    Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Next step could be rehab stint
    10m ago

    Kershaw (shoulder) completed three simulated innings at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, and he could next move on to pitching in rehab games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, per MLB.com.

    Kershaw's fastball hit 88-89 mph in the sim game, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, which is in the range of his usual velocity over the past three seasons. Manager Dave Roberts proclaimed the future Hall of Famer to be "much further" along in his recovery than initially expected, and it's expected that Kershaw will next move on to pitching in minor-league contests. He'll almost certainly need to log multiple rehab starts, and the Dodgers are very unlikely to rush him back, but Kershaw could be ready to make his season debut with Los Angeles sometime in July.

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  • Jordan Wicks CHC SP
    Cubs' Jordan Wicks: Drawing start Friday
    4h ago

    Wicks is slated to start Friday's game against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

    Wicks worked out of the bullpen in last Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Reds following his return from the 15-day injured list, but he'll slot back into the rotation for Friday's series opener with Ben Brown (neck) landing on the IL. Given that he covered 3.1 innings and 52 pitches in his relief outing last weekend, Wicks should be fairly stretched out for starting duties Friday. Over his five starts prior to landing on the IL, Wicks went 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 28:9 K:BB across 23 innings.

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  • Michael Lorenzen TEX SP
    Rangers' Michael Lorenzen: Strong over seven innings
    4h ago

    Lorenzen (4-3) picked up the win over the Dodgers on Thursday, allowing one run on four hits and one walk over seven innings. He struck out two.

    Lorenzen kept the Dodgers' offense at bay for most of the contest and only allowed one extra-base hit on the night, which came off the bat of Andy Pages in the seventh inning for a solo shot. However, the right-hander was able to get through seven frames for just the second time this season while logging his second win in his last three starts. It also marked the first time in Lorenzen's last eight starts that he didn't walk multiple batters. On the downside, he's now posted a 3:3 K:BB over his last two outings.

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  • Tyler Mahle TEX SP
    Rangers' Tyler Mahle: Throws to batters
    5h ago

    Mahle (elbow) threw 30-to-40 pitches in a live batting practice session Thursday, Kenndi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    This was Mahle's second live BP session. Texas manager Bruce Bochy said the right-hander showed good command and velocity. He'll take a week off before throwing more live BP, then Mahle will go on a rehab assignment.

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  • Griffin Canning LAA SP
    Angels' Griffin Canning: Tagged with seventh loss
    6h ago

    Canning (2-7) took the loss against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, allowing four runs on four hits and one walk over six innings while striking out three.

    Canning got himself into trouble early after allowing two of the first three batters to reach base, which Christian Walker would capitalize on with a three-run shot to left field as Arizona took the lead over the Angels. The right-hander would allow only two hits from that point on, though one of those hits was a second long ball off the bat of Walker, putting Los Angeles in a 4-0 hole. Canning had not allowed more than three runs in either of his last seven outings coming in and it marked only the third time this season in which he's surrendered multiple home runs. He has, however, managed to go at least six innings in three consecutive starts.

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  • Brandon Pfaadt ARI SP
    Diamondbacks' Brandon Pfaadt: Fans eight over six frames
    6h ago

    Pfaadt (3-5) earned the win over the Angels on Thursday, allowing one run on six hits and three walks over six innings while striking out eight.

    Pfaadt allowed the leadoff man to reach base in two of his first three innings of work, but lucked out with double play balls on each occasion and managed to escape each frame unscathed. He would then surrender an RBI single to Mickey Moniak in the fourth before going on to log his seventh quality start of the campaign. The right-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his last six outings, going 2-2 over that stretch. He's also recorded at least seven strikeouts in four of his last six starts.

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  • Ryan Yarbrough LAD RP
    Dodgers' Ryan Yarbrough: Covers three frames in bulk relief
    27m ago

    Yarbrough tossed three relief innings against Texas on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits and four walks while striking out three batters.

    With Yoshinobu Yamamoto's scheduled start pushed back to Saturday, Los Angeles opted for a bullpen game in the finale of a three-game set against the Rangers. Michael Grove opened and took the loss after allowing two runs in one inning, and Yarbrough settled things down a bit with three innings of one-run ball despite issuing a season-high four free passes. Yarbrough has shifted between a starting role and a relief role throughout his career, but he's made all 19 of his appearances so far this year out of the bullpen. The southpaw has covered two or more innings in 11 of those outings, and overall he's posted a 3.11 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 22:16 K:BB over 46.1 frames.

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  • Burch Smith MIA RP
    Marlins' Burch Smith: DFA'd by Miami
    31m ago

    The Marlins designated Smith for assignment Friday.

    The right-hander was acquired from the Rays in late March and posted a 4.25 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 23:9 K:BB over 29.2 innings for the Marlins. Smith could head to Triple-A Jacksonville if he passes through waivers unclaimed.

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    Marlins' Shaun Anderson: Recalled to start Friday
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    The Marlins recalled Anderson from Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday.

    Anderson will start Friday's game against the Nationals. The right-hander's two major-league appearances this season came in relief with the Rangers, but he's posted a 2.51 ERA and 31:4 K:BB over 28.2 innings across six starts at Triple-A in 2024.

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    Cubs' Ben Brown: Stress reaction in neck
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    Brown has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his neck, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Brown was placed on the 15-day injured list earlier this week with what was referred to as a neck strain at the time. With this more serious diagnosis, he is likely to be sidelined longer than the minimum 15 days, although a clearer timetable might not be known for a while. Jordan Wicks has re-entered the Cubs' rotation in Brown's place.

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    Nationals' Derek Law: Tagged with loss Thursday
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    Law (3-2) took the loss Thursday against the Tigers, coughing up four runs on four hits in 1.1 innings of relief. He struck out one.

    The journeyman right-hander wasted a strong effort by Patrick Corbin, giving up a solo shot to Justyn-Henry Malloy in the sixth inning before the wheels came off completely for Law in the seventh. He's handled a versatile role out of the Nationals' bullpen this season, recording six holds and three wins in 33 appearances with a 3.48 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and a 41:13 K:BB through 41.1 innings, but the heavy workload may be catching up to him -- Law's been scored up in four of his last eight trips to the mound, and he's been taken deep twice in his last three games.

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  • Edwin Diaz NYM RP
    Mets' Edwin Diaz: Nabs win in return
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    Diaz (2-1) struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Thursday to pick up the win over the Marlins.

    The right-hander looked good in his first appearance since May 25, topping out at 99.6 mph with his fastball. Diaz had been on the IL with a shoulder impingement before being activated Thursday, but he hadn't been his usual dominant self even before getting shut down -- so far in 2024 he has a 16.7 percent whiff rate, one of the lowest marks of his career and a massive drop from the 25.2 percent rate he delivered last year. While his results were impressive Thursday, Diaz managed only two swinging strikes on 15 pitches, suggesting that he may not be fully back in form yet.

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    Blue Jays' Daniel Vogelbach: Designated for assignment
    24m ago

    The Blue Jays designated Vogelbach for assignment Friday, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.

    Vogelbach had been hitless over his last five games to drop his season line to just .186/.278/.300 across 79 plate appearances. The 31-year-old has an above-average 106 OPS+ for his career, but his lack of versatility will limit his appeal on the open market, assuming he clears waivers and becomes a free agent.

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  • Nick Martini CIN DH
    Reds' Nick Martini: Back in majors
    41m ago

    The Reds recalled Martini from Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

    He's taking the roster spot vacated by Blake Dunn, who was optioned to Louisville on Thursday. Martini has slashed .200/.242/.355 with four home runs in 38 games with the big club this season. He could see the occasional start against righties but mostly figures to operate as a bench bat.

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    Rangers' Wyatt Langford: Two RBI, two steals in win
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    Langford went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two stolen bases in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

    Langford drove in two of the Rangers' three runs on the night with RBI singles in the first and third innings while also swiping two bags. It marked the outfielder's third game this month with two RBI and his first multi-steal effort of the campaign. Langford has now hit safely in five of his last six games, going 7-for-22 (.318) over that stretch with four RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored.

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  • Joc Pederson ARI DH
    Diamondbacks' Joc Pederson: Finishes off Angels
    6h ago

    Pederson went 2-for-5 with a walk, a home run, five RBI and an additional run scored in Thursday's 11-1 over the Angels.

    Pederson was responsible for Arizona's final five runs, belting a grand slam in the seventh inning then singling in the final run an inning later. The homer was the first in 10 games for Pederson, who entered on a 4-for-27 (.148) run over the previous nine contests.

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  • J.D. Martinez NYM DH
    Mets' J.D. Martinez: Belts first career walk-off homer
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    Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double Thursday in a 3-2 win against the Marlins.

    Martinez accounted for both of New York's extra-base hits in the victory, with his first knock being a seventh-inning double that contributed to the team's first run. The veteran slugger's second hit was more dramatic -- he took Miami closer Tanner Scott deep for a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was Martinez's 321st career long ball and the first walk-off home run of his 14-year career. He's gone deep six times through 168 plate appearances this season.

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  • Mark Canha DET DH
    Tigers' Mark Canha: Tallies two hits, steal in win
    15h ago

    Canha went 2-for-3 with two RBI in Thursday's 7-2 win over the Nationals. He also stole a base.

    Canha extended his hitting streak to three games, and he's recorded a stolen base in two of those contests. That gives the veteran four steals for the season, and while he's not known for his speed at this point in his career, Canha did swipe 11 bases last year in 12 chances. He's a smart and efficient baserunner who can contribute a little bit in that category, though fantasy managers shouldn't expect huge numbers the rest of the way.

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