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7:00 PM ET, August 12, 2017


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Associated Press:
West Point grad Rowley wins ML debut, Jays beat Pirates 7-2  —  TORONTO (AP) — Chris Rowley pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Saturday.  —  A former first lieutenant in the United States Army …
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Place Russell Martin On DL, Designate Chris Coghlan & Chris Smith
Discussion: Bluebird Banter and
ESPN:   Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin goes on DL with oblique strain
Dean Iampietro / WPXI-TV:
Polanco leaves Pirates game with hamstring injury
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and FanRag Sports
Chicago Tribune:
Cubs get contributions throughout lineup in 8-3 win over Diamondbacks  —  Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant on his 3-for-3 outing in the 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks and his lingering sore pinkie on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Kris Bryant described the necessary steps …
Mark Gonzales / The Charlotte Observer:
Cubs beat Diamondbacks 8-3 as John Lackey remains unbeaten post All-Star break
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:   Another game slips away from Diamondbacks, Torey Lovullo
Arizona Republic:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and AZ Snake Pit
Yankees place Masahiro Tanaka on DL with shoulder inflammation  —  Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, becoming the latest New York Yankees starting pitcher to miss time because of an injury.  —  Tanaka, who has battled elbow injuries over the last two years …
Associated Press:   Yankees put RHP Tanaka on DL with shoulder inflammation
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:   Yankees place Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day DL with shoulder inflammation
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers To Acquire Neil Walker  —  5:47pm: The Mets will pay some portion of the remaining $5MM-plus on Walker's contract, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (on Twitter).  —  4:34pm: The Brewers and Mets have reached agreement on a trade that sends second baseman Neil Walker to Milwaukee, FanRag's Jon Heyman tweets.
Discussion: Elite Sports NY and MLB Daily Dish
John Harper / New York Daily News:   Enough with the Subway Squabbles: Mets need to put Yankee non-deals behind them and focus on 2018
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Neil Walker says he is healthy following nixed deal to Yankees
Pedro Moura / Los Angeles Times:
Column Diamondbacks have snaked their way into contention this season  —  Forty minutes before they took the field in Cincinnati on July 18, the Arizona Diamondbacks received welcome news.  They were all assembled inside the visiting clubhouse at Great American Ball Park, browsing their phones …
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:   Three up, three down: A Dutch treat while the Mariners tread water
Sporting News:
Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (knee) headed back to DL  —  Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who came off the disabled list Tuesday, is headed back there because of lingering swelling in his sore left knee, the team announced Saturday. … The move — after Pedroia sat out two games following …
Kevin Santo / USA Today:   Yankees' comeback against Red Sox may prove to be a turning point
Peter Botte / New York Daily News:
Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez can prove doubters wrong in big series against Red Sox
Associated Press:
Pirela's homer in 8th leads Padres to 4-3 win over Dodgers  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jose Pirela hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth inning, Manuel Margot added two solo homers and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Friday night.
Rich Hill takes pitch to throat, taken to hospital as precaution
Discussion: Deadspin
George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Nick Castellanos open to moving from third base to right field for Detroit Tigers  —  Nicholas Castellanos leads the AL in triples.  Other Tigers of the past 60 years to lead the AL.  Video by Ryan Ford/DFP Wochit  —  CONNECT  —  In answering a question about whether the Tigers …
George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Not even Ausmus can defend Nick Castellanos' baserunning gaffe in loss
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Joe Harris / Associated Press:
DeJong, Grichuk lead streaking Cardinals past Braves 8-5  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) - Paul DeJong had two doubles with three RBIs and Randal Grichuk tripled and drove in two as the surging St. Louis Cardinals held off the Atlanta Braves 8-5 on Friday night to win their season-high seventh straight game.
Rick Hummel / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:   Doesn't matter how slow Waino throws — Cards still win 7th in a row
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rockies Sign Ryan Howard To Minors Deal  —  The Rockies announced that they have agreed to a minor league contract with first baseman Ryan Howard.  —  This is the second time this year the longtime Phillie has taken a minors pact.  Howard signed one with the Braves back in April …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Rox Pile
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Designate Cesar Puello  —  The Angels have designated outfielder Cesar Puello for assignment, according to Maria Guardado of (Twitter link).  His spot will go to reliever Andrew Bailey, whom the Angels activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Associated Press:
Stephen Strasburg expected to make his rehab start at Class-A Potomac on Monday  —  WASHINGTON — Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make a minor league rehab start Monday at Class A Potomac.  —  Strasburg has been on the disabled list since late July with a right elbow nerve impingement.
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
AL Notes: Park, Sabathia, Royals  —  After an underwhelming start to his US career in 2016, Twins first baseman ByungHo Park has yet to appear in the Majors this season, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press notes.  Park arrived in the US with fanfare but batted just .191 in his rookie season …
Discussion: Twin Cities and Kansas City Star
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Claim Phil Gosselin From Pirates  —  The Rangers have claimed utilityman Phil Gosselin from the Pirates and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock.  They've also outrighted infielder Tyler Smith to Round Rock.  —  The Pirates acquired Gosselin in a minor trade this spring after the Diamondbacks designated him for assignment.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
George Sipple / Detroit Free Press:
Norris planning for a few rehab starts soon; Presley (right side) off DL  —  Tigers outfielder Alex Presley faced left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris in a simulated game on Friday with Triple-A Toledo.  Both players were back at Comerica Park this afternoon.  —  Presley returned …
Charlie Wilmoth / MLB Trade Rumors:
Quick Hits: Miller, Freeman, Nationals  —  Differences between the levels of media attention in various markets can affect players as they change teams,writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  Andrew Miller (who has played for teams like the Indians and Marlins with relatively small media contingents …
Mitchell Forde / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals will back Martinez with same lineup as Friday  —  After weeks of injuries and scoring struggles prompted Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to experiment with different middle-of-the-order hitters and rotate through outfielders, Matheny appears to have found a lineup he likes.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Hamels tosses seven scoreless as Rangers hang on to beat Astros  —  Cole Hamels allowed three hits and two walks Friday over seven scoreless innings, and Elvis Andrus doubled twice and scored three runs as the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-4 in the opener of a three-game series.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers were this close to sending Gallo to Triple A
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