MLB In Full Bloom - Will Prince Fielder Miss Remainder Of 2014? - 5/23/2014

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Prince Fielder's consecutive games played streak was snapped at 547 games on Saturday due to a herniated disk in his neck and it turns out that the injury will have major ramifications for the Rangers and fantasy owners. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced Thursday that Fielder is tentatively scheduled to undergo neck surgery on Tuesday. He'll receive a second opinion on the injury, but the expectation is that he will have the C-5 and C-6 disks in his neck fused. The normal timeline for recovery after this type of surgery is about 3-4 months, which essentially ends his season. The Rangers already had 13 players on the disabled list and this is the biggest blow that could end the Rangers opportunity to remain a factor in the AL West.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Sonny Gray pitched eight innings of one-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Rays. Gray only avoided the loss when the A's scored off Grant Balfour in the ninth. He's a perfect 10-for-10 in quality starts, but he owns a 5-1 record. 
  • Mark Buehrle limited the Red Sox to two runs in seven innings to earn his eighth victory Thursday. Buehrle avenged his one loss of the season, which came at the end of April. In that game, Buehrle gave up seven runs -- six earned -- and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. That previous start against Boston was the only one all year in which he'd allowed more than three runs
  • Manny Machado (groin) was removed from Thursday's game as a precaution according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter. It appeared Machado might have tweaked his right groin on a slide into second base. He'll be re-evaluated Friday, but it doesn't sound like the third baseman is in any danger of landing on the disabled list. Consider him day-to-day for now.
  • Ryan Braun (oblique) left Thursday's game versus the Braves in the fifth inning with tightness in his right side. Braun returned from the disabled list just over a week ago after being sidelined with a right oblique injury, so this obviously isn't good news. A trip back to the disabled list is certainly a possibility for him.
  • Wandy Rodriguez was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. The Pirates had to make this move after Rodriguez allowed six runs (one earned) in just 1 2/3 innings in his last start and will depart having posted a 6.75 ERA. Rodriguez tried to pitch through an arthritic elbow and will likely pass through waivers. Brandon Cumpton appears to be the frontrunner to take the rotation spot now that Rodriguez is gone.
  • Chris Davis is expected to be away from the Orioles on Sunday and Monday for the birth of his child. The Orioles will place Davis on the paternity leave list, which allows him to be away from the club for 24 to 72 hours.
  • A Norman Rockwell painting of Boston Red Sox players has sold to a private buyer for $22.6 million. "The Rookie" shows Hall of Famer Ted Williams and other seasoned veterans as an awkward newcomer arrives for spring training.

MLB In Full Bloom - A's Get Just One Hit, But Beat Rays - 5/22/2014

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There are easier ways to win a game and almost any way anyone can think of to win a game would be easier than what the A's did Wednesday, getting one hit to beat Tampa Bay 3-2. In the last 100 years of Athletics' baseball, there has not been an A's team that has won a regular season win getting just one hit, although Game 4 of the 1974 American League Championship Series saw a double from Reggie Jackson and nothing else in a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The A's are the first team to win with a home run as its only hit since the White Sox beat the Cardinals that way on June 22, 2006. Brandon Moss homered in the fourth inning, a solo shot, and that was it for the A's offense. The other two Oakland runs came on two walks and two Rays errors in the second inning. Moss's homer was his 10th of the season and the RBI was his 40th of the year. He's tied with Miguel Cabrera for second in the A.L. in RBIs, trailing only Jose Abreu (42).

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Jered Weaver gave up just two hits and one run in a complete game in the Angels' 2-1 victory over the Astros Wednesday night in Anaheim. Since a 0-2 start with a 5.79 ERA through three starts, Weaver has had seven strong starts in a row. He's only given up three homers during this stretch. Weaver is now 5-3 with a 2.85 ERA and he will face the Mariners on Tuesday.
  • Allen Craig reached base in all six of his plate appearances and drove in the winning run in the as the Cardinals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in 12 innings. Craig singled in the second, fourth, and eighth innings, walking in the sixth and 10th, and then forced an errant throw from Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings on a game-winning fielder's choice grounder in the bottom of the 12th.
  • George Springer (hip) suffered a right hip flexor strain in Wednesday's loss to the Angels. Springer sustained the injury when he was picked off at first base in the top of the ninth inning by Angels starter Jered Weaver. Initial tests last night were better than anticipated, but Springer could still be looking at a 15-day disabled list stint. He hit his fourth home run since be re-called from Triple-A last night and had been settling into an offensive groove after a tough April.
  • Mike Trout (hamstring) was out of the lineup on Wednesday, but he did say he feels better Wednesday than he did Tuesday, and expects to be back in the lineup for Friday's game. The Angels have an off day today and the two day break should be enough for Trout to return to action on Friday. This was Trout's first off day of the season.
  • Matt Cain (hamstring) had an MRI on today and is unsure about his availability for his next scheduled start against the Cubs. Cain had to be removed from Wednesday's start after just three innings, and it was later revealed that he was suffering from a hamstring injury.
  • Mike Moustakas was demoted  to Triple-A Omaha by the Royals this morning. The former No. 2 overall pick with excellent career minor league numbers has was batting just .152 over his first 139 plate appearances this season for Kansas City. Moustakas has been working tirelessly to figure out his struggles at the plate and this is just as much a mental break for him as it is for him to play everyday and figure it out. Danny Valencia will be the primary third baseman for the Royals.
  • Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts is offering a new pitch to long-suffering fans as he struggles to get a Wrigley Field renovation underway. The Cubs published a video early this morning with Ricketts saying that if the rooftop owners are going to the Cubs anyway over blocked views into the stadium, they might as well get more of what we want in an upgraded ballpark. Ricketts plans to submit a revised proposal to City Hall that would feature more large electronic signs, additional seats, bigger clubhouses and a relocation of the quaint bullpens from foul territory to a spot under the bleachers by removing bricks and some of the iconic ivy and covering the space with a material that would allow relievers to see onto Wrigley Field.

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