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Mike Minor performs well on the mound and at the plate
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:56 pm ET) Braves pitcher Mike Minor helped himself out with a strong game on the mound and at the plate Thursday.

Minor allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks during the start. Minor was exceptional early, tossing four perfect innings to begin the game. While he allowed a hit to open the fifth inning, Minor was able to pitch around it. Minor gave up his only run in the eighth inning. He gave up a double and a run-scoring single to open the frame, and was pulled before picking up an out. 

Thanks to his strong game at the plate, Minor left with a two-run lead. Minor helped his own cause in the second inning, singling in a run. He struck again in the eighth, leading off the inning with a double. Minor would eventually score during the inning.

With the win, Minor improves to 6-8. He’ll take on the Phillies in his next start.


Jonathon Niese loses despite tossing quality start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:55 pm ET) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese turned in a solid start Thursday against the Braves.

Niese allowed three runs on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Niese had a tough time against opposing pitcher Mike Minor throughout the start. Minor helped his own cause in the second inning, singling home a run with two outs. Minor would also strike in the eighth inning, leading things off with a double. After notching a strikeout, Niese gave up a triple and single to the next two hitters, driving in two runs. 

Minor had a fantastic start, limiting the Mets to just one run. Because of that, Niese was saddled with the loss despite a decent start. He dropped to 7-10. Niese will take on the Marlins in his next start.


Josh Outman heading to New York
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:52 pm ET) The Yankees have acquired pitcher Josh Outman from the Indians, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Outman was dealt for a player to be named later or cash. He was designated for assignment by Cleveland August 18, and was outrighted to Triple-A Monday. 


Astros monitoring Dallas Keuchel's workload
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:49 pm ET) The Astros are monitoring pitcher Dallas Keuchel's workload, accoring to MLB.com.

Keuchel has already thrown 171 1/3 innings this season. That's close to his previous career-high of 177 2/3 innings. Manager Bo Porter did not say anything about an innings limit for Keuchel, but indicated the team will watch him closely down the stretch. "You look at his workload and the number of innings he's thrown this year, and it's something we definitely need to keep an eye on," Porter said.


Alex Presley hoping to take batting practice Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:45 pm ET) Astros outfielder Alex Presley is hoping to take batting practice Friday, according to MLB.com.

Presley has been sidelined due to an oblique injury. He's considered day-to-day. He's nearing a point where he's ready to return, though manager Bo Porter did not provide any specific timetable for the injury.


Robbie Grossman day-to-day with ankle injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:36 pm ET) Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman is day-to-day with an ankle injury, according to MLB.com.

Grossman injured his ankle during Wednesday's game. He was able to play through the game, but was fairly sore Thursday. Grossman is hitting .215/.330/.325 over 265 at-bats. 


Sean Doolittle yet to begin baseball activity
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:58 pm ET) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle has yet to begin baseball activity, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Doolittle has been sidelined since August 23 due to an intercostal injury. Manager Bob Melvin did say Doolittle is feeling much better despite his lack of activity. Doolittle has a 2.28 ERA over 55 1/3 innings. 


Yadier Molina driving back to St. Louis for Friday's game
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:36 pm ET) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will drive back to St. Louis following Thursday's Double-A rehab game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina will catch five innings Thursday, and drive back to St. Louis. As long as he doesn't have any setbacks, Molina will push to be activated for Friday's game. Molina has been out since July 9 due to thumb surgery. 


Daniel Murphy heading for MRI
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:29 pm ET) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is heading for an MRI, according to ESPN.

Murphy is dealing with a calf injury, and hasn't progressed as much as the team initially anticipated. He'll be further evaluated Thursday. Murphy is hitting .301/.343/.424 over 528 at-bats. 


Eric Hosmer could start rehab assignment soon
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:27 pm ET) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could begin playing rehab games soon, according to FoxSports.

Hosmer was able to take batting practice Thursday. There's a chance he could begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Hosmer has been sidelined since July 31 with a hand issue. 


 
 
 
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