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Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera doesn't miss a beat, starts Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:43 pm ET) Despite being hit on the foot with a pitch on Thursday, Miguel Cabrera is in the starting lineup for the Tigers' contest with the Angels on Friday. Cabrera will indeed start at first base and bat third as usual. 

Being his typical self, Cabrera is batting .314 (11 for 35) with two doubles, a triple and a home run over his last 10 games. 


Brad Miller returns to shortstop for Mariners
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:43 pm ET) Brad Miller returns to the Mariners' lineup at shortstop for Friday's game against Cleveland. 

Miller will start his team-high 28th game at short, but it's just his second time there in the last 11 games. He replaces Chris Taylor.


Report: Free agent RP Rafael Soriano dumps agent
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:42 pm ET) Free agent reliever Rafael Soriano is leaving hard-core agent Scott Boras, a source familiar to the situation told the Washington Post. He is seeking a team for which to pitch.

Soriano has been linked to the Cubs and Mariners, though several teams could be looking for late-game relievers. He saved 39 games for the Nationals a year ago and 134 over the past three seasons for that team and the Yankees.


Nelson Cruz returns to right field for Mariners
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:40 pm ET) Nelson Cruz returns to right field for the Mariners for his 30th start there this season on Friday. Cruz is in the starting lineup in right after spending the last four games at designated hitter. 

Seth Smith, who had started the last four in right, moves to DH for his twelfth start there.. 


Robinson Cano out of Mariners' lineup for second straight day
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:38 pm ET) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was held out of the team's starting lineup for Friday's game against Cleveland. It's the second straight game he's missed due to an illness. 

Cano is replaced by Willie Bloomquist, who makes his first start at second base this season. It's the sixth different position where Bloomquist has started this year. He'll bat eighth in the lineup. 


Carlos Santana out of Indians lineup on Friday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:35 pm ET) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Seattle. 

Santana will be replaced at first for the second straight game by Brandon Moss, who moves from right to make his sixth start of the year at first base. 

David Murphy moves into right field to replace Moss, for his fifth start there this year. 


Mariners SP James Paxton (finger) going on 15-day DL
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:30 pm ET) Mariners starter James Paxton is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a strained tendon in his middle finger, according to the Seattle Times.

Paxton exited his start on Thursday in the fifth inning with the injury. The team has not announced a corresponding move at this point, and there is no timetable for his return. 


Angels SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) plans to return Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:30 pm ET) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has declared himself fine after sustaining a hamstring injury on Thursday, per the Orange County Register. He is on the bench Friday night, but plans on playing Saturday.

Aybar will return to a seven-game hitting streak, though he has just one multi-hit game during that stretch.


Blue Jays' Miguel Castro injured in Triple-A start
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:28 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Miguel Castro left Friday's start for Triple-A Buffalo with some type of injury. 

Castro was sent down earlier this season and is using his time with Buffalo getting stretched out to convert from the bullpen to the rotation. 

He gestured to the dugout in the second inning, after throwing his 44th pitch of the game. After meeting with trainers on the mound, he left the game. 


Eduardo Rodriguez remains in Red Sox rotation for another start
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:24 pm ET) Eduardo Rodriguez will get at least one more start, as the Red Sox plan to remain with a six-man rotation for at least one more week, per the Boston Herald

Rodriguez is scheduled to start on Wednesday, in Boston. 

The Red Sox rotation will have Wade Miley on Saturday and Joe Kelly on Sunday. Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello will precede Rodriguez, and Steven Wright will follow him. 

Miley, Kelly and Buchholz will pitch the series against Oakland, and then the team will decide on a long-term rotation after the off day. 

Manager John Farrell said that the Sox won't stay with a six man rotation for long. "I'm not a fan of it," he said, per the Providence Journal.


 
 
 
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