The Minnesota Twins lost to the Chicago White Sox on Friday by the score of 9-5. The loss dropped the Twins to 46-56, last in the American League Central. The Twins continue to be hurt by their pitching staff which is 27th in the Major Leagues in ERA. There is some good news regarding the staff, as Phil Hughes is not expected to miss a start after being hit in the shin by a batted ball on Thursday. There is other injury news regarding first baseman Joe Mauer and pitching prospect Kohl Stewart.
Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers has begun swinging for the first time since fracturing his right wrist on May 30. He has hit off a tee using a fungo bat, a normal bat, and a Shelty stick. Live batting practice should occur within the coming week. In addition, Joel Paralta (illness) is also recovering well, but Jerry Sands (wrist) is out for the season. Here are the latest updates on each player via MLB.com's David Adler.
The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Seattle Mariners on Friday by the score of 2-1 to improve to 57-45 on the season. Four Orioles' pitchers scattered eight hits and struck out nine. Darren O'Day picked up his third win of the season, with Zach Britton recording his 19th save. Chris Davis hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the 10th inning. The good news of the win was preceded earlier in the day with good news on pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who threw a simulated game.
The San Francisco Giants are awaiting the returns of four key players from the disabled list. Two of them are starting to show progress after some time already on while the others joined the disabled list on July 25. Here are the latest updates on Marco Scutaro, Ehire Adrianza, Angel Pagan, and Brandon Beltvia Giants beat writers Carl Steward and Ryan Hood.
Cole who is dealing with a right lat strain threw a 55 pitch bullpen session with ease on Friday and Clint Hurdle believes he is ready to make the 80 pitch rehab start for Indianapolis. Cole did not make a rehab start after he returned from shoulder fatigue in June. Cole made two Major League starts before leaving his second start with back issues.
The Pirates have been careful with their young superstar. They do not want him to return and then have to hit the disabled list for a third time. He will be a difference make as the Pirates make a playoff push.
The New York Mets scored three runs in the ninth inning on Friday night to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 3-2. Lucas Duda hit a two-run home run and David Wright had an RBI single in the ninth. The win improved the Mets to 49-54 on the season, fourth place in the National League East. The Mets are struggling offensively, but are hanging tough with a pitching staff ranked 10th in the Major Leagues in ERA. There is some concern with reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is dealing with an elbow issue.
The Washington Nationals transferred left-handed pitcher Matt Purke to the 60-day DL, activated outfielder Eury Perez from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Purke underwent Tommy John surgery May 29, and is out for the season. Perez fractured his toe in April.
Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton made an early exit on Friday, coming out of the team's 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning. Matthew DeFranks of MLB.com reports that Hamilton was removed as a result of a sore left knee.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson is hoping to
return to team’s rotation soon, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Berardino adds
that outfield prospect Byron Buxton returned to action Thursday night with
High-A Fort Myers after missing five games with a sore wrist:
Texas Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland was officially sent to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. He is out for the season because of ankle reconstruction surgery in June. Also, the Rangers sent left handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz to Double-A Frisco to continue his rehab assignment.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas continues to make progress in his recovery from an appendectomy that landed the pitcher on the disabled list. Also, Eric Hosmer, who is dealing with a bruised hand, has been kept out of the Royals lineup.
The San Francisco Giants are leading the National League West and are looking to gain ground on the Los Angeles Dodgers who are 1.5 games back. Brandon Belt, one of the Giants' main pieces, was hit in the head with a pitch on Saturday and is on the disabled list with a concussion. He let his manager know that the concussion like symptomshave worsened. Joe Panik, who sprained his right ankle, claimed it did not seem as bad, and it did not swell according to Henry Schulman from the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Washington Nationals enter a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds coming off a 6-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Denard Span went 4-for-5 with two runs scored in the loss, which dropped the Nationals to 55-44, a game and a half ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. There is a bit of concern on the injury front, as right fielder Jayson Werth has been dealing with a sore knee.
The New York Mets lost in blowout fashion yesterday against the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 9-1. The Mets scored their only run on a home run by Lucas Duda in the seventh inning. Matt Garza allowed only two hits in eight innings to get the win for the Brewers. The loss dropped the Mets to 48-54 on the season, fourth in the National League East. Wilmer Flores started at shortstop for the Mets in place of Ruben Tejada, who sat for the second straight game after being hit in the head by a pitch. The good news is that Tejada should be ready for today's game.