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Cliff Lee exits start with apparent arm injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:03 pm ET) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee was forced out of Thursday's contest against the Phillies with an apparent injury to his arm.

Lee exiited the game with a team trainer after making a gesture toward his elbow in the bottom of the third inning. Antonio Bastardo took over for him in the third. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed one hit with four strikeouts and no walks in 31 pitches.

Lee missed two months this season because of a left elbow strain. He will likely be further evaluated moving forward. He owns a 3.65 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 13 starts (81 1/3 innings). His status remains uncertain for Wednesday's start against Houston.

Starling Marte to start four-game rehab stint Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:23 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is scheduled to start a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Marte, who is working back from concussion symptoms, is expected to play four games in the minors before he returns to the big-league team.

Odrisamer Despaigne gets roughed up in loss to Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:13 pm ET) Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne was hit hard and took another loss Thursday afternoon at home against St. Louis, dropping to 2-3 on the year. The right-hander coughed up six run son nine hits and one walk while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings of a 6-2 defeat.

Despaigne has not won a decision since June 29. Over his last two starts covering 9 1/3 innings, Despaigne has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.68 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over seven starts (43 2/3 innings). He will look to bounce back Wednesday at Minnesota.

Shelby Miller pitches six strong in win over Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:09 pm ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (8-8) tossed a quality start and got back to .500, leading his team past the Padres on Thursday. The right-hander permitted two runs on three hits and no walks while striking out five over six innings of a 6-2 victory. Home runs to Jed Gyorko and Wil Venable proved to be the only damage.

Over his last two starts covering 11 2/3 innings, Miller has allowed only four earned runs. He owns a 4.14 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 121 2/3 innings. He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Boston.

Yasmani Grandal dealing with fluid buildup in right knee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:58 pm ET) Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal was unable to play Thursday against the Cardinals because of fluid buildup in his right knee, U-T San Diego reports. He is expected to be "fine" moving forward, according to manager Bud Black.

Grandal has appeared in 82 of 108 games this season for San Diego. He is hitting .206 with nine homers and 24 RBI in 228 at-bats.

Red Sox to use Will Middlebrooks at third, Xander Bogaerts at shortstop


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:47 pm ET) The Red Sox will recall Will Middlebrooks Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Friday's game against the Yankees. He is expected to serve as the everyday third baseman, shifting Xander Bogaerts to shortstop moving forward, MassLive.com reports.

White Sox purchase contract of Ezequiel Carrera


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:36 pm ET) The Tigers have purchased the contract of outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from Triple-A Toledo following Thursday's loss to the White Sox. Carrera batted .307 with six homers and 41 RBI in 374 at-bats in the minors this season.

Hector Rondon escapes shaky outing with the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:34 pm ET) Cubs closer Hector Rondon was not at his best but still managed to pick up the save Thursday afternoon at home against the Rockies.

Rondon allowed back-to-back singles to start the ninth, but settled down with a pair of strikeouts to close out a 3-1 victory. He allowed two hits and no walks while striking out two over a scoreless frame. He has converted 14 saves in 17 attempts, with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 40 1/3 innings.

Jake Arrieta cruises past Colorado


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:29 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta bounced back with a gem Thursday afternoon at home against the Rockies, improving to 6-2 on the year. He limited his opposition to only one run on three hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 3-1 victory.

Arrieta has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last six starts. He owns a 2.11 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 16 starts (98 innings). He'll get another chance to dominate the Rockies -- this time in Colorado on Wednesday.

Sixth-inning jam proves costly for Pedro Hernandez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:23 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Pedro Hernandez made his season debut in a spot start Thursday afternoon against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Hernandez got off to a fast start and tossed five scoreless frames before running into trouble in the sixth. He issued a bases-loaded walk, allowed a sacrifice fly and allowed one more to score on a ground out to shortstop.

Hernandez was charged with three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings of work, dropping to 0-1 on the year. Of his 94 pitches, 58 were strikes.

Shane Victorino to 'miss little time' due to back issue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:12 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino is expected to "miss little time" due to a back injury, general manager Ben Cherington told reporters, per NESN on Thursday. A stint on the disabled list remains likely for the veteran outfielder.

Victorino was removed from Wednesday's game because of the injury. The GM said that his time off will be used to get Yoenis Cespedes acclimated to right field, Allen Craig to left field. Victorino owns a .268/.303/.382 slash line with two home runs and 12 RBI in 123 at-bats.

Tigers make few roster moves after loss to White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:06 pm ET) The Tigers have announced a pair of roster moves following Thursday's game against the
White Sox, the Detroit Free Press reports. They sent reliever Ian Krol down to Triple-A Toledo and activated reliever Patrick McCoy from the disabled list.

Scott Elbert sent outright to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:02 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert has been outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque after clearing waivers, MLB.com reports. Elbert was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and immediately designated him for assignment.

Matt Cain 'checks out fine' with Dr. James Andrews


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:00 pm ET) Giants pitcher Matt Cain visited with Dr. James Andrews about his ailing right elbow and "checked out fine," according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Thursday. No ligament damage was found on his elbow. Andrews gave the team his recommendation on the loose bodies in Cain's elbow, so a decision on his status should come soon.

Cain has been sidelined since July 9 and was in danger of missing the remainder of the season.

J.D. Martinez picks up momentum with big game Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:59 pm ET) The slump experienced by Tigers surprising outfielder J.D. Martinez is apparently over. He homered, singled, walked and scored twice Thursday in a defeat to the White Sox.

Martinez has rebounded from a 4-for-30 slide to slam five hits and score four runs in the last three games. He still boasts an impressive .325/.363/.605 this season.


Torii Hunter slams 15th homer in Thursday loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:55 pm ET) Tigers veteran outfielder Torii Hunter continued to sizzle Thursday against the White Sox with his third home run in nine games.

Hunter blasted off in the third inning and added a single, walk and hit-by-pitch. He was not retired until the last out of the game. Hunter has six hits with four runs scored in his last three games combined.


Jason Lane outrighted to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:52 pm ET) The Padres outrighted pitcher Jason Lane to Triple-A El Paso Thursday, two days after he was designated for assignment.

Lane appeared in three games for the Padres, allowing just one run in 10 1/3 innings while going 0-1.  


Jake Petricka remains on roll by shutting down Detroit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:51 pm ET) Right-hander Jake Petricka continued to cement his hold on the closer role for the White Sox with a fine appearance Thursday in Detroit.

Petricka yielded only an infield single to Miguel Cabrera in a shutout inning for his seventh save. He closed it out by enducing Torii Hunter, who had yet to be retired, to ground out.


Taylor Teagarden clears waivers, sent to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:50 pm ET) Mets catcher Taylor Teagarden cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas, ESPN New York reports. Teagarden was rehabbing in the minors after landing on the bi-league disabled list on July 22 with a strained left hamstring.

Adam Eaton fills up stat book in defeat of Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:47 pm ET) Leadoff hitter Adam Eaton played the role of offensive hero in a White Sox victory in Detroit on Thursday.

Eaton singled three times, scored twice, drove in two and put the cherry on top with a stolen base. He has 15 hits in his last 34 at-bats and a seven-game hitting streak as his stat line on the year has improved to .296/.362/.390.


C.J. Wilson expected to start Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is expected to make his return from an ankle injury Saturday, manager Mike Scioscia told the Orange County Register Thursday.

Wilson, who is recovering from an ankle and hip issue that has kept him out since July 9, is "penciled in" as the starter for Saturday in Tampa. 


Nick Franklin shipped to Durham after deadline trade


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:43 pm ET) The Rays have assigned newly acquired infielder Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Tribune on Thursday. Franklin was included in the deal that sent David Price to Detroit just before the trade deadline. He had only nine homers in 279 at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma. 

Drew Smyly clobbered before move to Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:42 pm ET) Left-hander Drew Smyly did a five-and-fly Thursday - literally. He pitched five poor innings for the Tigers against the White Sox before leaving for trade destination Tampa Bay.

It could have been worse for Smyly, who worked around 11 hits to give up just four runs with no walks and two strikeouts. He did not retire Chicago in order in any inning.

It remains to be confirmed when Smyly makes his debut with the Rays. He is on schedule to pitch in Oakland on Tuesday.


Rangers GM: Alexi Ogando, Tanner Scheppers likely done for season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:40 pm ET) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels does not expect pitchers Alexi Ogando or Tanner Scheppers to pitch again this season, as he told the Dallas Morning News Thursday.

Both pitchers are dealing with elbow issues, though neither is expected to require surgery to repair. Daniels said the team will treat them with caution for the remainder of the season, without much left to play for. 


Braves tweak their roster after trade deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:39 pm ET) The Braves have transferred pitcher Gavin Floyd to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. He is not expected to pitch again this season. The team also designated right-hander Luis Vasquez for assignment to clear up roster space.