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Rangers release RP Kyuji Fujikawa


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:25 pm ET) Five days after designating reliever Kyuji Fujikawa for assignment, the Rangers have announced that they have given him his unconditional release.

Fujikawa did not distinguish himself in the two games in which he appeared this season, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings. His career ERA is 5.74.


Paulo Orlando starts eighth straight for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:15 pm ET) Paulo Orlando is in the Royals starting lineup in right field for the eighth straight game. 

With Alex Rios on the disabled list, Orlando appears to have beaten out Jarrod Dyson for the starting job. Orlando has started 22 of the 33 games since Rios went down. 


Mariners include Mike Zunino, Welington Castillo in Friday's lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) The Mariners are starting both of their catchers Friday night against Toronto. Manager Lloyd McClendon gave Mike Zunino the nod behind the plate. He will hit ninth in the order.

Newly-acquired catcher Welington Castillo will make his second start of the season -- this time as a designated hitter. He remains in the sixth-hole.

Seattle is favored (-149) against Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, per VegasInsider.com.


Nationals' Clint Robinson makes the start in left field Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:06 pm ET) Nationals left fielder Clint Robinson is making his first start since April 23. Robinson is in the starting lineup Friday against the Phillies, batting seventh.

With regular left fielder Jayson Werth on the disabled list, Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore have been splitting most of the time in the outfield. But they will be on the bench as Robinson will draw the start Friday. He's had just nine at-bats this month, with his only hit going for an RBI double which came in his last appearance as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday.


Nationals activate Casey Janssen, place Sammy Solis on DL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) The Nationals activated pitcher Casey Janssen from the 15-day disabled list, per Nationals.com

Janssen has been out all season with shoulder inflammation. He made six minor league rehab appearances in Class A and Double-A. 

The team also placed LHP Sammy Solis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 18. Solis is suffering from shoulder inflammation. He is 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA this season. 


Athletics SS Marcus Semien gets a breather Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:03 pm ET) Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was given the night off on Friday against Tampa Bay, after an 0-for-4 performance that put an end to an eight-game hitting streak the previous day. With Semien out of the lineup, manager Bob Melvin gave newcomer Andy Parrino the start at shortstop.

Semien is hitting .338 (26 for 77) with three doubles, two triples, three homers and three RBI over his last 19 games played.

Seattle is an underdog (+126) at Tropicana Field, per VegasInsider.com.


Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig (hamstring) feeling better in rehab


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:45 pm ET) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, who is currently working on a rehab assignment while recovering from a hamstring injury, is said to be feeling much better, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Previous reports indicated Puig had suffered a minor setback in his recovery, but it looks like he could be on the verge of returning to the Dodgers' lineup, though the team has not provided an offical update on his timetable. 

Puig has one hit in seven at-bats during his rehab at High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The one hit was a solo home run.


Devin Mesoraco (hip) not in Reds' starting lineup at Cleveland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was not included in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against Cleveland.

Mesoraco has been limited to DH duties because of left hip impingement he suffered in early April. He has appeared in the last two games, and only four games since April 11. He has been taking part in catching drills recently and should be cleared to catch a bullpen session over the weekend.

Mesoraco is hitting .178 (8 for 45) with a double, a triple and two RBI this season.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+145) at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Rays' Tim Beckham gets the start at second base on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:28 pm ET) Rays infielder Tim Beckham is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the A's. Beckham, who is making his first start since Saturday, will play second base while batting eighth. 

The former first-overall draft pick has struggled at the plate this season, and has just four hits in 30 at-bats this month. Logan Forsythe, the team's regular second baseman, will be the designated hitter on Friday. 


Reds move Brandon Phillips to top of order over Zack Cozart


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:25 pm ET) Red manager Bryan Price inserted second baseman Brandon Phillips into the leadoff spot for Friday's contest against the Indians. It's the first time since Sept. 25, 2014, he's at the top of the order.

Phillips bumped Zack Cozart to the No. 2 hole against right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Phillips is hitting .357 (25 for 70) with two homers, 11 RBI and six walks over his last 19 games played. Cozart has just one hit over his last 16 at-bats.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+155) at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Blue Jays INF Munenori Kawasaki makes season debut on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:24 pm ET) After just being recalled from Triple-A, Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners. Kawasaki is playing second base and batting ninth in manager John Gibbons' lineup.

In 23 games at Buffalo this season, Kawasaki was batting .222 (16 for 72) with four doubles and four stolen bases. Steve Tolleson will get the day off Friday after starting five straight games. 


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson finally gets a day off Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:18 pm ET) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson will get his first day off this season, as he is being held out of the lineup on Friday against the Mariners. Donaldson has hit well lately, batting .270 with two home runs and seven RBI over his last 10 games, batting solely out of the top two spots in the lineup.

It appears to just be a day of rest for Donaldson, who has started each of the team's first 43 games this year.

Danny Valencia will get the start at the hot corner, while Ezequiel Carrera will move up to the leadoff spot the batting order. 


Rays OF's Kevin Kiermaier, David DeJesus sit against lefty Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:09 pm ET) With the Rays facing a left-hander on Friday, manager Kevin Cash has loaded his lineup with right-handed swingers.

Outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and David DeJesus are being held out of the lineup against the A's. Kiermaier had started nine straight games for the Rays, but will take a seat on Friday, despite the fact he actually has a higher batting average against lefties (.267) than righties (.232).

DeJesus meanwhile has been on a tear lately. He's batting an even .400 (10 for 25) over his current seven-game hitting streak. But he's been heavily shielded against southpaws this season, having just three at-bats against left-handed pitching. 

Joey Butler will enter the lineup and bat fifth while playing left field. Brandon Guyer moves up to the leadoff spot and will play center field on Friday. 


Brewers RP Will Smith suspended eight games, will appeal


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:35 pm ET) Brewers left-hander Will Smith has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball. Smith is being disciplined for having a foreign substance on his arm during Thursday's game against the Braves.

Smith will appeal the suspension, MLB announced, meaning he should be available for Friday's game. He was ejected from the game on Thursday in the seventh inning when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez noticed the substance and asked the officials for Smith's removal.


Manager: Rest, rehab possible for Rays SP Drew Smyly


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Rays manager Kevin Cash has echoed the optimism expressed by Rays starter Drew Smyly in regard to the torn labrum that has the left-hander on the 60-day disabled list.

"There are so many different degrees to a shoulder issue," Cash told MLB Network Radio. "He met with doctors and rest and rehab is now a possibility."

Smyly is hopeful he can return to the mound at some point this season. He performed well in three starts before going down despite an 0-1 record, yielding just five runs on 10 hits in 16 2/3 innings while striking out 21.


Blue Jays want consistency from SP Daniel Norris at Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:22 pm ET) Blue Jays left-hander Daniel Norris could be close to returning to the Major Leagues. Norris was optioned to Triple-A on May 1 after allowing 10 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings over his first five starts with the Blue Jays this year. His 18:12 K:BB ratio didn't do him any favors either.

But in three starts at Buffalo, the rookie has a 2.50 ERA in three starts since his demotion. In his most recent start, Norris went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out nine. He will make his next start on Friday, according to SportsNet. The Blue Jays are looking for some consistency out of the young hurler before they decide to bring him back up.

“His last outing was pretty good, we just want to see that a couple of times, a few times maybe, for his own benefit. He needs that,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “We’re looking to get him back. He got here so quick, he started to struggle, you want to make sure what you did by sending him down was worthwhile, that he’s regrouped enough, instead of rushing him back. If he’s not quite ready yet, then you’re back to square one again.”


A's place Edward Mujica on DL, promote infielder Andy Parrino


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:20 pm ET) As expected, the Athletics placed reliever Edward Mujica on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a fractured thumb. Mujica suffered the injury during Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Rays. He held a 3.32 ERA at the time of the injury.

In a corresponding move, Oakland selected the contract of infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Nashville. Parrino hit .273 (38 for 139) with six doubles, two triples, four homers, 12 RBI, 20 walks and 43 strikeouts in 38 games at Triple-A this season.

The A's also added Tyler Ladendorf (ankle) to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.


Blue Jays manager says Jose Reyes' injury is 'all behind him'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:13 pm ET) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has confirmed that shortstop Jose Reyes will travel back to the team on Sunday and return from the disabled list and play Monday against the White Sox. Gibbons told MLB Network Radio "It looks like the injury is all behind him".

Reyes is currently on a rehab assignment has he is recovering from a fractured rib. He played on Thursday, and is expected to play Friday and Saturday before rejoining the club in Toronto. 


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal still reaching base consistently


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:03 pm ET) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is on an interesting run. He has gotten at least one hit in every other game since May 8 and is hitless in the others.

The bottom line is a 7-for-28 stretch that has lowered his batting average from .307 to a still-strong .287. Grandal has been among the pleasant surprises for the Dodgers with a fine .402 on-base percentage. He has 20 walks in 101 at-bats.


A's OF Coco Crisp (neck) may need season-ending surgery


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:02 pm ET) The neck injury to Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp could be potentially very serious. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Crisp may require season-ending neck surgery, though Crisp is getting other opinions before making a decision.

Crisp had an MRI on Thursday and hasn't played since suffering the injury on Tuesday. The team has not provided any further updates on his status, but he is unlikely to play this weekend in Tampa. 


Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings still up-and-down at the plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:55 am ET) Hot-and-cold Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings was hot early this week. Now he's cold.

Owings has remained inconsistent all season. The latest example was a 12-for-22 outburst followed by his current 2-for-17 slide. It all adds up to a mediocre .252/.273/.367 slash line with just 10 RBI in 139 at-bats.

He is also striking out at a much higher rate in 2015 than he did a year ago. Owings has fanned 35 times.


Mets are in no hurry to trade young pitching for a shortstop


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:53 am ET) The Mets are seeming less and less likely to deal from their surplus of young pitching, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. There have been numerous on-going talks about the team possibly looking to deal one of their young arms for a shortstop. 

But as Heyman reports, the Mets are not necessarily rushing to go out and get a shortstop. The club is apparently willing to give Wilmer Flores more time to prove himself. They also have a stock of young shortstops in the minor leagues, including Matt Reynolds, Gavin Cecchini and 19-year-old Amed Rosario.


Reds OF Marlon Byrd playing his role in team batting slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:48 am ET) The team batting slump that has ravaged the Reds has hit outfielder Marlon Byrd hard as well.

Byrd has been scuffling for two weeks, during which time he has just five hits in 35 at-bats. He is currently on a 1-for-17 slide.

He has generally remained productive, however. Byrd has six home runs and 15 RBI in May, but his overall slash line on the year is at .207/.283/.430. He has fanned 42 times in just 135 at-bats.


Rival executive: Cubs willing to deal prospects Baez, Vogelbach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:47 am ET) The Cubs appear willing to trade prospects Javier Baez and Dan Vogelbach, a rival executive told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The executive suggests it is partly because both players were drafted by a previous regime.

However, Heyman writes the reality is there are issues with Baez and Vogelbach. Baez is working on cutting down his strikeouts and getting rid of the perception he "doesn't make contact," according to one rival's assessment. One scout said Vogelbach is a "30 fielder," using scout parlance for well-below average on the 20-80 scale.

Vogelbach was the Cubs' minor-league player of the month for April. The first baseman has a .328/.449/.515/.964 slash line through 39 games for Double-A Tennessee. He has a career .289/.382/.485/.867 slash line. He was a second-round pick in 2011.

Baez was sent to the minors after struggling in spring training. He missed some time due to a personal leave, but the former top-10 prospect has a .284/.369/.405/.774 slash line through 20 games for Triple-A Iowa. He has 22 strikeouts in 20 games.


Rival teams looking to struggling Brewers for possible deals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:45 am ET) With the Brewers looking more and more like eventual sellers, rival teams are saying pitchers Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse have limited trade value, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Early on, teams seem to be preferring Lohse due to his pending free agency at the end of the season, and his excellent clubhouse presence. Both pitchers have struggled this season, each with an ERA over 5.00 in nine starts. 

Heyman also notes that teams are unsure if the Brewers would consider trading young shortstop Jean Segura, who is currently on the disabled list with a broken finger. There seems to also be uncertainty whether catcher Jonathan Lucroy or outfielder Carlos Gomez would be available, though Gomez would probably be the most likely to go since his contract is up after the 2016 season.