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Padres OF Matt Kemp day-to-day with sore shoulder
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8:22 pm ET) The absence of Padres slugger Matt Kemp from the lineup Thursday against Washington was due to a sore shoulder sustained on an awkward landing while trying to catch a fly ball Wednesday.

Kemp remained in that game, but is now considered day-to-day.


Nationals CF Denard Span (back) not starting on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8:21 pm ET) Nationals center fielder Denard Span was out of the lineup for Thursday's series-finale with the Padres due to a recurrence of his stiff back

Span just returned from a 40-game stint on the disabled list due to back tightness, but he was expected to experience residual discomfort following his activation.

"We certainly want him back as quickly as possible," Manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "If he feels good enough to go, we have to make sure we monitor it as we go."


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli ejected for contesting balls and strikes
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8:08 pm ET) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was ejected in the third inning of Thursday's game against the Marlins. Home plate umpire Alan Porter gave Cervelli the hook for arguing balls and strikes.

Cervelli was 1 for 2 with a triple, a run scored and a strikeout before his ejection. Chris Stewart took over behind the plate.


Orioles send RP Jorge Rondon down to Triple-A
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7:47 pm ET) The Orioles have optioned right-handed reliever Jorge Rondon to Triple-A Norfolk. Rondon pitched two innings of relief in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Royals, allowing one run on three hits.

The team has not announced a corresponding roster move at this time.


Cubs option RP Zac Rosscup, designate RP Brian Schlitter
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:16 pm ET) The Cubs have optioned Zac Rosscup three days after promoting him and designated for assignment fellow reliever Brian Schlitter.

Rosscup did not receive an opportunity to pitch in his latest stint with the team. Schlitter did - and that was a problem. He compiled a 7.36 ERA before his demotion in mid-June.


Mariners send RP Fernando Rodney to Cubs
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:10 pm ET) The Mariners have dispatched veteran reliever and former closer Fernando Rodney to the Cubs for a player to be named, per the Chicago Sun-Times. He had been designated for assignment Saturday.

The 38-year-old Rodney has seemingly run out of gas this season. He owns a 5.68 ERA in 50 2/3 innings. He has tossed just one clean inning since Aug. 4.


Orioles CF Adam Jones improves after scary collision
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:02 pm ET) The Orioles appear likely to have dodged a bullet in regard to center fielder Adam Jones, who left the game Thursday in Kansas City after bashing into the wall chasing a ball hit by Ben Zobrist.

X-rays on Jones were negative, per MLB.com. Buck Showalter declared after the game that Jones was feeling better. How he's feeling Friday will determine if he can play in the series opener at Texas.


Bad stretch dooms Orioles SP Chris Tillman in Kansas City
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:56 pm ET) The swoon continued Thursday for Orioles starter Chris Tillman. The hope for a second-half surge that appeared quite possible earlier this month has faded away.

Tillman was rolling merrily along for three innings in Kansas City before giving up four runs over the next three. He finished having given up nine hits while walking one and whiffing one. The loss evened his record to 9-9.

He allowed one hit in each of those first three innings, then two doubles, single and sacrifice fly put two runs on the board in the fourth. Two singles resulted in another run in the fifth and a Paulo Orlando homer in the sixth all but drove him from the game.

Tillman has yielded 14 runs over his last 22 innings to raise his ERA to 4.58.


Marlon Byrd powers Giants to victory over Cubs on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:49 pm ET) New Giants outfielder Marlon Byrd came through with another big hit, as he led the way to the 9-1 victory over the Cubs on Thursday. Byrd had just one hit on the day, but it was a three-run home run in the third inning to give the Giants a 5-1 lead.

This was Byrd's second home run in six games since coming over to the Giants in a trade earlier this month. It was also his 21st home run overall this season, which is four shy of his career-high, which was set last season.


Royals SP Yordano Ventura powers past Orioles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:45 pm ET) It took about four months, but Royals flamethrower Yordano Ventura has finally found himself on the mound. The Orioles paid for it Thursday.

Ventura was dealing. He racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts in six shutout innings. He allowed just two hits and walked four in raising his record to 9-7.

He walked two and struck out the side in the first, then really settled down. He retired seven in a row at one point and 10 of the last 12 batters he faced.

Ventura has given up just three runs over his last 25 innings and has won his last five decisions. His ERA has shrunk to 4.41, its lowest point since May 31.


 
 
 
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