The Houston Astros have improved somewhat on last year's 51-win season, but are still 57-79 and 25 games behind in the American League West. One area of continued concern is the pitching staff which is 26th in the Major Leagues in ERA. Injuries have not helped matters, as six pitchers are currently on the DL. One pitcher, Josh Zeid has been transferred to the 60-day DL and is possibly done for the season.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left in the fourth inning of Saturday night's game with the Chicago White Sox after hitting an RBI ground-out. Cabrera appeared to run hard though the first base bag but then pull up as he crossed it. Don Kelly moved from third to first when the Tigers took the field in the bottom of the fourth, and Nick Castellanos came in to play third.
The Miami Marlins enter the second game of a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves having lost 5-2 on Friday to drop their record to 65-68 on the season. At 11 games out with 29 games left to play, the Marlins are looking to work their way back to .500 by season's end. In order to do so, they will need to improve on a pitching staff that is 20th in the league in ERA. The bullpen has taken a recent blow with the absence of Bryan Morris with a groin strain.
Chicago Cubs slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo sat out again Saturday against the Cubs' most-heated rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, making four straight games that he has missed. Rizzo has tightness in his lower back, and the Cubs expect him to miss the entire weekend series. He could return on Labor Day, September 1, when the Cubs host the Milwaukee Brewers in a Wrigley Field afternoon game.
The St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Chicago Cubs on Friday by the score of 7-2. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 71-62 on the season, a game and a half behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. On the injury front, reserve outfielder Shane Robinson had shoulder surgery on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.
Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp left Friday night's game with the Los Angeles Angels after crashing into the wall in an attempt to rob Chris Iannetta
of a home run. Initial indications are that Crisp sustained a neck strain. It took a few minutes for Crisp to gather himself, but he eventually walked off the field under his own power.
The Tampa Bay Rays dropped to 65-70 on the season following an 8-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. The Red Sox scored all eight runs in the first two innings off Chris Archer, who went four innings and fell to 8-7 on the season. Brandon Guyer led the Rays with a home run and three RBI. The Rays were without center fielder Desmond Jennings due to a sore knee.
Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to pull out a victory against the Cincinnati Reds while not playing at full strength. Both Pedro Alvarez and Travis Snider were unable to be in the lineup due to their respective injuries.
The Baltimore Orioles won Friday's nights game handily, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-1, but they did not come out of the game without issues. Steve Pearce exited the game early with an abdominal strain.
The Baltimore Orioles entered Saturday night's game against the Minnesota Tiwns with a record of 77-56, a comfortable seven and a half games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East. The Orioles have been solid all season at the plate and on the mound, ninth in the league in runs scored and 12th in ERA. On the injury front, Steve Pearce got some encouraging news, as an MRI on his abdomen revealed only a minor strain.
The Baltimore Orioles entered a weekend series on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays with a record of 76-67, seven games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East. With 30 games left in the season, the Orioles are in good shape to close out the division next month, barring a collapse. On the injury front, catcher Matt Wieters, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow in June, had LASIK surgery on Thursday.
The Reds are 65-69 and are 8.5 games behind the first place Brewers in the NL Central. Their best player, Joey Votto has been dealing with injuries for most of the season, as he's only played in 62 games this season. After being cleared to resume baseball activities earlier in the week, Votto is apparently still feeling discomfort in his quad, writes Mike Axisa.
The Atlanta Braves and Jonny Venters are hoping that the third time is a charm in his career. Venters will attempt yet another comeback as he will undergo the third Tommy John surgery of his career on Thursday.
New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka threw a 49-pitch simulated game in which he used all his pitches Thursday morning.
Tanaka first reported only normal arm soreness that one could expect after pitching. In fact, CBS Sports.com's Dayan Perry said that Tanaka felt well. Jack Curry of YES Network, though, noted that Tanaka has returned to New York for arm strengthening exercises.