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Yankees reinstate Bryan Mitchell from DL
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:26 am ET) Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell was activated from the 7-day concussion DL on Friday, the team announced.

Mitchell has not played since Aug. 17 after being hit in the face by a line drive, which caused a nasal fracture and concussion.


Cardinals to reevaluate Matt Holliday this weekend
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:19 am ET) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will return this St. Louis this weekend so the team can reevaluate his quad injury, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Holliday has been able to conduct running exercises at the team's spring training complex in Florida. He has been out since late May due to a right quad strain.


Cardinals' Jon Jay nearing rehab assignment
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:14 am ET) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay will report to Triple-A on Friday in the hope of beginning his rehab assignment soon, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

When Jay will begin his rehab assignment will depend on how he's feeling after taking batting practice for the last three days. Jay is dealing with a wrist injury, which has kept him out since late June.


Braves SP Manny Banuelos begins rehab assignment
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) Braves pitcher Manny Banuelos began his rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A by tossing two scoreless innings.

Banuelos is expected to make at least two more rehab starts before returning to the team in September. He has been sidelined since late July due to bone spurs in his elbow.


Cardinals' Brandon Moss slugs go-ahead homer in win Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:17 am ET) Cardinals left fielder Brandon Moss had one hit on Thursday against the Diamondbacks. But it was a big one, as he snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. The go-ahead homer was all the Cardinals would need, as they hung on for the 5-3 victory.

The home run was Moss' 16th of the year, and his first since coming to the Cardinals in a trade at the July 31 deadline. Moss is batting .200 (10 for 50) in his tenure with St. Louis so far.


Rangers' Jurickson Profar goes 1 for 4 in rehab debut Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:13 am ET) Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar began his minor-league rehab assignment with Class A Hickory on Thursday. Serving as the designated hitter, Profar went 1 for 4 before being lifted for a pinch runner in the seventh inning.

Profar is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, and it is not yet known if he will be able to return to the Rangers in 2015.


Cardinals RP Trevor Rosenthal survives shaky outing for 41st save
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:11 am ET) Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal made this dicey, but he settled down to preserve the 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday. Rosenthal allowed the tying run to reach base with one out. But he was able to strike out the final two batters of the ninth, en route to his 41st save of the season.

Rosenthal has successfully converted each of his last 15 save opportunities. His ERA is down to 1.52 on the season. The 41 saves ties him for the most in the Major Leagues this season.


Diamondbacks' Rubby De La Rosa scuffles in start Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:07 am ET) Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa was not very effective in his outing against the Cardinals on Thursday. The young right-hander allowed five runs on five hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out four in the 5-3 loss.

De La Rosa (11-6, 4.46 ERA) fell into an early hole in this one. He allowed a solo home run to Tony Cruz in the first inning, and then watched two more runs score on him in the second.

The D-Backs were able to tie the game in the bottom of the second, and De La Rosa put up goose eggs over the next two frames. But he served up a two-run home run to Brandon Moss in the fifth inning, and that would be the final blow for either side.

De La Rosa had been pitching well in August, as Thursday was the first time in five starts that he allowed more than three runs. He had won each of his last five decisions prior to Thursday's outing.


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez grinds out win on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:06 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez posted a quality start in his outing against the Diamondbacks on Thursday. The young right-hander allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. he walked two and struck out six, throwing 60 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

All three runs Martinez allowed came in the third inning, which tied the game. But the Cardinals were able to bring in two in the fifth, paving the way for Martinez to pick up the 5-3 victory.

Martinez (13-6, 2.91 ERA) posted quality outings in three of his five August starts. With Thursday's victory, he snapped a personal two-game losing streak.


Diamondbacks' Daniel Hudson leaves game with finger injury
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:52 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson was lifted from Thursday's game against the Cardinals due to a cut on his finger. Hudson suffered the injury while fielding a comebacker in the top of the ninth inning. 

Hudson went 1 1/3 innings, allowing a hit and striking out a batter with no runs allowed. 


 
 
 
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