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Anthony Ranaudo to start Friday, Red Sox announce
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:10 pm ET) Red Sox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo is expected to be called up Friday in order to start that evening's game against the Rays, the team announced Thursday.

Ranaudo allowed six runs in 12 innings in his first two major-league starts earlier in the month, winning both. It is not clear if he is expected to remain in the rotation moving forward. 


Dylan Axelrod called up prior to start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:06 pm ET) The Reds recalled pitcher Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Louisville Thursday, ahead of his scheduled start against the Cubs that afternoon. He will likely be sent back down following his outing, though that has not been confirmed.  

Daniel Corcino sent back to Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:04 pm ET) The Reds optioned pitcher Daniel Corcino to Triple-A Louisville Thursday, in order to clear a roster spot for the recall of Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A.

Corcino spent less than a week with the Reds, appearing in one game and tossing a scoreless inning in relief. 


Justin Ruggiano set to see specialist
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:31 am ET) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano will visit with a specialist to determine the exact nature of the ankle injury that landed him on the disabled list Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Ruggiano had been out for nearly a week before the team opted to put him on the DL, and at this point no timetable for a potential return is known.  


Masahiro Tanaka tossed 49 pitches in simulated game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:28 am ET) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was able to throw his splitter "worry-free" in a simulated game Thursday, reports MLB.com.

Tanaka, who is trying to work his way back from a partially torn UCL, threw 49 pitches and reported no issues Thursday. He felt "normal" but is still trying to find his command, though infielder Brendan Ryan thought he looked pretty close to ready after facing him during the session.

"He could get outs now on stuff alone," Ryan said.

Tanaka is still working on getting back to full strength, but he still needs to throw at least 75 pitches in a session before the team considers bringing him off the DL. At this point, it seems unlikely he will go on a rehab assignment in the minors. 


Luke Putkonen beginning rehab assignment Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen is expected to take his recovery from elbow surgery out on rehab assignment Thursday, the team announced. Putkonene will begin his assignment for Class A West Michigan, though it is not clear how long he is expected to stay on assignment at this point. 

Brewers claim Justin Morneau, cannot work out deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) The Brewers won a waiver claim on Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, but were unable to work out a trade for him, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Thursday.

The details of the Brewers' offer for Morneau are not known, but the Rockies evidently did not consider it worth of Morneau's services. He is still under contract for next season and is providing excellent value, leading the National league with a .317 average while adding 14 home runs, 69 RBI and an .857 OPS.

Morneau will be paid $6.75 million in 2015, and his contract has a mutual option for $9 million for 2016. 


Carl Crawford producing well in part-time role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:00 am ET) Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford hit safely for the sixth time in eight games Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, as he continues to find ways to contribute.

Crawford, who entered the 3-1 win as a reserve, went 1 for 2 in his two trips to the plate. He has been mostly used as a platoon hitter recently, and it has helped his production, as Crawford is 10 for 23 with four stolen bases and eight runs scored over his last eight games. 


Jordan Schafer contributing for Twins
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:56 am ET) Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer continues to produce since joining the team, as he extended his heating streak to seven games in a 6-1 loss to the Royals Wednesday.

Schafer went 1 for 3 with a stolen base Wednesday, raising his average since joining the Twins to .305 in 59 at-bats. He has appeared in all but two games since, and has a .397 on-base percentage with 10 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 10 tries.  


Gordon Beckham goes deep, drives in two in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:44 am ET) The Angels got a boost from newly acquired infielder Gordon Beckham Wednesday, in a 6-1 win over the Marlins.

Beckham slugged a solo home run in the fourth inning and added an RBI groundout in the eighth, ultimately finishing the game 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  

Beckham had been hitless in his previous seven at-bats since joining the Angels, and is hitting just .219/.262/.339 in 401 at-bats overall. 


 
 
 
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