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Masahiro Tanaka effective in long-awaited return
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5:02 pm ET) Making his first start in 10 weeks, Masahiro Tanaka showed few signs of his long layoff in getting credited with the win in the Yankees' 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday. It was Tanaka's first start since July 8, as he had been recovering from a partially torn UCL in his right elbow.

Tanaka pitched 5 1/3 innings, as he was limited to 70 pitches, allowing one run on five hits and no walks. He got four strikeouts in the game, which raised his record to 13-4 and lowered his ERA to 2.47.

Assuming Tanaka emerges healthy from this outing, he will start against the Red Sox next weekend for his final appearance of the season.


Brian McCann maintaining September power surge
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:49 pm ET) Brian McCann blasted two home runs in the Yankees' 5-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. The homers were McCann's sixth and seventh in September and his 21st and 22nd on the season. It was McCann's 11th multi-homer game of his career.

He finished the afternoon 2 for 3 with three RBI, two runs and a walk. McCann is now batting .235 on the season.


Wily Peralta a tough-luck loser
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:39 pm ET) Wily Peralta notched his fourth quality start in four tries in September on Sunday, but he couldn't escape with his second win of the month. The Brewers failed to score against the Pirates' Vance Worley and Tony Watson, so Peralta wound up on the wrong side of a 1-0 decision.

Peralta limited the Pirates to five singles and three walks, resulting in a single run over seven innings. He also struck out four batters.

Dropping his record to 16-11, Peralta managed to lower his ERA to 3.62. His next assignment is to start against the Cubs on Saturday.


Vance Worley dominates in return to rotation
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:31 pm ET) In making his first start for the Pirates in 11 days, Vance Worley turned in one of his best performances of the season, shutting down the Brewers in a 1-0 victory. The eight-inning scoreless stint was Worley's second-longest of the season, as he limited the Brewers to four singles with no walks.

Worley struck out five batters on the afternoon. He now owns an 8-4 record and a 2.93 ERA. Assuming he remains in the rotation in place of the injured Charlie Morton (sports hernia), Worley would pitch next at the Reds on Friday.


Stephen Strasburg continues strong late-season stretch
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:22 pm ET) Stephen Strasburg tossed seven scoreless innings against the Marlins on his way to his 13th win of the season on Sunday. In holding the Marlins to just three hits and two walks, Strasburg turned in his eighth start out his last 11 in which he has allowed no more than one earned run.

Strasburg struck out five batters in the Nationals' 2-1 victory. He improved his record to 13-11 and his ERA to 3.23. He is next scheduled to face the Marlins again on Friday.


Carlos Beltran putting off elbow surgery
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4:07 pm ET) According to MLB.com, Carlos Beltran has opted not to have surgery on his right elbow until after the season, opening up the possibility that he could play during the regular season's final week. Beltran has reported feeling more pain recently as a result of bone spurs in the elbow, and he was too sore to start Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

However, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "We're going to wait to see if he can help us any time in the course of this week because we're still fighting." Beltran last played on Friday, serving as the Yankees' designated hitter against the Blue Jays.


Marcell Ozuna sustains ankle sprain
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:51 pm ET) Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna left Sunday's game against the Nationals after turning over his right ankle running into second base. According to the Palm Beach Post, X-rays on Ozuna's ankle were negative, and he has been diagnosed with a sprain.

Right fielder Enrique Hernandez shifted to center field to replace Ozuna, while Garrett Jones replaced Hernandez defensively.


Xander Bogaerts exits early with stiff neck
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:44 pm ET) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Sunday's game at the Orioles in the bottom of the second inning, and according to MassLive.com, he had a stiff neck. Jemile Weeks replaced Bogaerts in the game.

Bogaerts made just one plate appearance, and he grounded out.


Chris Sale to be limited to one more start
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:38 pm ET) Chris Sale had his next start pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday, as reported by MLB.com, eliminating the possibility of him making two starts in the season's final week. Wednesday's outing against the Tigers will be Sale's final start of the 2014 season.

Scott Carroll will toe the slab for the White Sox in a spot start on Tuesday. Sale will enter his final start with a 12-4 record and a 2.20 ERA.


Anibal Sanchez could be activated this week
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3:21 pm ET) MLive.com reports that Anibal Sanchez pitched a simulated game on Sunday, and he could return to the Tigers' pitching staff as soon as Wednesday. The date of Sanchez's activation from the disabled list depends on how well he feels on Monday.

It is not yet known what Sanchez's role will be when he returns, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he has discussed the possibility of both starting and relief roles with Sanchez. The last time Sanchez made a relief appearance was in his 2006 rookie season with the Marlins.

Sanchez has been out since Aug. 8 with a pectoral injury.


 
 
 
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