MLB In Full Bloom - Simon Gets NL-Leading 12th Win - 7/10/2014

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Much of the attention this year has been focused on Johnny Cueto as the ace of the Reds rotation. However, Alfredo Simon picked up his National League-leading 12th win, allowing one run over 6 2/3 innings as the Reds defeated the Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday. At 12-3 in 18 starts this season, he has overtaken Adam Wainwright and Zach Greinke for the NL lead in victories and tied the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka for the Major League lead. Simon hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since May 27. When the NL All-Star team was announced on Sunday, Simon's name was one that was left off. His chances to be a roster replacement could improve if another pitcher -- such as Cueto -- starts this Sunday ahead of Tuesday's game at Target Field. Simon's numbers are making it harder to deny him a ticket to Minneapolis.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Doug Fister improved his record to 8-2 after limiting the Orioles to two runs over seven innings on Wednesday. Fister put together his fourth consecutive quality start, holding the Orioles to seven hits, which included Manny Machado's solo home run, and two walks while striking out three. When the Nationals return from the All-Star break, Fister will take the hill against the Brewers at home.
  • Mark Teixeira went 2-for-6 with two home runs as the Yankees won in extra innings against the Indians on Wednesday. Teixeira hit a solo shot off of Josh Tomlin in the fourth inning, and then hit a two-run shot off of Tomlin in the fifth. The first baseman now has 17 on the season along with 47 RBI and a .241 batting average.
  • Roberto Hernandez needed only 84 pitches to hold the Brewers to one run over eight innings in Wednesday's victory. Hernandez very easily could have pitched inning, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg opted to let closer Jonathan Papelbon pick up the save. Hernandez limited the Brewers to three hits and two walks while striking out three in his most dominant start of the season. Hernandez will face the Braves in Atlanta when the Phillies return from the All-Star break.
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) had an MRI on his sprained right thumb last night to determine the severity of the injury. Molina will underwent tests Wednesday night, with the results being announced today. Once the extent of the injury is known, it will shed some light on how much time he will miss. Tony Cruz will start in Molina's place tonight and perhaps through the weekend. Molina suffered the sprain Wednesday on an awkward slide into third base.
  • Jered Weaver (back) is expected to make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Rangers. Weaver left early from his outing Monday against the Blue Jays with tightness in his lower back, but he played catch Tuesday and felt fine.
  • Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox have agreed upon a deal for more than $6.45 million, pending a physical, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The third overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft will be assigned to High-A Winston-Salem. He should be a fast-moving prospect who could be in Chicago at some point in 2015.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals appear to be the most well positioned to land David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade. The Rays have been looking for top young position players in their discussions with teams, but suddenly the team has played better lately (the Rays have won 14 of their last 21), interested teams are noticing no urgency on the part of Tampa to make a trade. The Rays are just 8 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles as play begins today. The American League East is the weakest in recent memory and the Rays feel that a strong second half can put them in contention to win the division. If the Rays do decide to make a deal, the Dodgers and Cardinals make the most sense because of their depth of prospects. The Rays have shown interest in the Dodgers top two position prospects, shortstop Corey Seager and outfielder Joc Pederson. Seager, one of the best prospects in baseball, is hitting .353 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI at Rancho Cucamonga, and Pederson is hitting .319 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI for Triple-A Albuquerque.

MLB In Full Bloom - Tanaka's Takes 3rd Loss of 4 Starts - 7/9/2014

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Masahiro Tanaka (12-4) gave up season highs of five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Yankees lost 5-3 to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. With the loss, the right-hander missed a chance to become the major league's first 13-game winner. Tanaka has anchored a shaky Yankees rotation missing CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.  The Yankees are 13-5 in Tanaka's 18 starts, but he has lost three of his last four outings. In his last start on Thursday, Tanaka allowed four runs for the first time in his major league career. On Tuesday, Tanaka allowed five for the first time. The right-hander surrendered two home runs (Nick Swisher and Michael Brantley) while allowing ten hits, walked one, and striking out five. Tanaka still owns an impressive 12-4 record with a 2.51 ERA. He'll try to get back in the final game before the All-Star break and get back into the win column in Sunday's start against the Orioles at Camden Yards.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Jose Reyes was batting just .227 over his previous 10 games before Tuesday's 4-for-5 outburst that included a home run in a Blue Jays victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Reyes admitted before Tuesday's game that he's been playing with a right shoulder injury for the past month. Reyes is not sure what triggered the injury and it appears to bother him one day, but not necessarily the next. The injury has caused Reyes to make a several throwing errors of late.
  • Chris Carter hit two home runs as the Astros defeated the Rangers 8-3 on Tuesday. The two home runs give him four bombs in his last four games, and he's 7-for-20 with six runs scored and seven RBI in his last five. Carter has 17 home runs this year and that is about all he does well. He's batting just .194 this season, but in AL-only leagues where power is tough to find, Carter is a decent source of power.
  • Phil Hughes struck out eight while throwing 7 1/3 shutout innings in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over the Mariners. Hughes scattered eight hits and did not walk anyone as he looked more like the elite May pitcher (3-0, 1.62 ERA). Hughes needed a positive outing after going 1-2 with an 8.05 ERA in his past three starts, a stretch that probably cost him a chance to pitch in his home ballpark in next week's All-Star Game. Hughes improved to 9-5 with a 3.70 ERA and he will pitch in Colorado on Sunday to close out a first half renaissance.
  • Kolten Wong hit a walk-off home run, the second in as many nights for the Cardinals, to defeat the Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday. Those sort of theatrics expected from Matt Adams, who hit a two-run walk-off shot on Monday, but it's more surprising from Wong, who had two career home runs in 223 at-bats heading into Tuesday's game. Wong has struggled to a .238  in an injury-plagued first half, and he'll look for better days after the All-Star break.
  • Arismendy Alcantara will be recalled by the Chicago Cubs from Triple-A Iowa today because Darwin Barney was placed on paternity leave. While it will be nice to get a look at Alcantara, he will be sent right back to the minors on Friday was Barney is activated from the paternity list. Alcantara entered play Tuesday batting .308 with 10 homers, 41 RBI and 21 stolen bases at Triple-A Iowa. Alcantara is certainly a guy fantasy owners need to keep an eye on as we move into the second half of the season. The Cubs could certainly recall him and take a longer look as he is part of the rebuilding process as Barney is not.
  • The Oakland Athletics and O.co Coliseum and local officials have been discussing a new 10-year contract that will keep the A's in Oakland. It is also public information that the negotiations have not gone smoothly and according to Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid, he doesn't believe the A's are bluffing in their threat to leave the city if they don't get a 10-year lease extension at the Coliseum, and he pointed to a pair of possible destinations — Montreal and San Antonio, Texas. There are certainly questions about both cities and whether or not they could support the Athletics, but at the end of the day the A's have options.
  • A Colorado Rockies fan, Michael Ferguson took his family to a game on July 4, and he was treated to the Rockies bad play as they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0. Ferguson was disappointed by the experience, so he decided to fill out a feedback form and left it in a comments drop-box. He comments reached the owner, chairman, and CEO of the Colorado Rockies Dick Monfort. Monfort responded to Ferguson by saying, "“If product and experience that bad don't come!” Nice job Monfort with the customer relations. The Rockies won on Tuesday night for just the 4th time in their past 22 games and sit 15 games under .500 in the NL West. Fans have every right to voice their disappointment to management especially if comment cards are there for fans to complete and submit.

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