David Ortiz
Red Sox's Farrell: David Ortiz to be held out of lineup for a few days
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
2:59 PM
News: Red Sox DH David Ortiz will be held of the starting lineup for "a couple of days" to work on his swing, manager John Farrell told WEEI on Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told MLB Network Radio that Ortiz would likely be held out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

Ortiz, who hasn't started just five times in the first 47 games, has been struggling offensively for most of the season. He is mired in a 1-for-20 slump in his last five games and is batting just .171 in his last 18 games, dropping his average from .250 to .216.

Ortiz also has just six home runs and a .377 slugging percentage on the season.

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Scott Copeland
Blue Jays option reliever Scott Copeland to Triple-A
Scott Copeland, RP, TOR
2:51 PM
News: The Blue Jays optioned reliever Scott Copeland to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. Copeland has totsed three scoreless innings of relief for Toronto, allowing two hits and two walks.
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Bud Norris
Orioles' Showalter to talk with Bud Norris before deciding next step
Bud Norris, SP, BAL
2:28 PM
News: Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris (illness) showed improvement in his second rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Bowie after he allowed nine runs in 2 2/3 innings during his first start May 22. Norris allowed four runs on six hits, while striking out seven in five innings.

"The first three innings were really good. That was good to see," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNsports.com. "I want to hear what Bud has to say before we decide what we're going to do next. I've got an idea, but I want to hear it from Bud first."

Norris went 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA in six starts before going on the disabled list. Showalter wouldn't speculate about Norris' role upon his return until speaking with him.

"We all know what he's capable of as a starting pitcher for us and we'd like to get him back to that point," Showalter said. "That's a priority. See where the season takes us."

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Dan Black
White Sox farmhand Dan Black likely heading to South Korea
Dan Black, 1B, CHW
2:06 PM
News: First baseman/designated hitter Dan Black, who has been tearing it up at Triple-A Charlotte, will likely not be doing the same for the parent White Sox anytime soon. He is believed to be taking his talents to South Korea, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Black boasts a fine slash line of .324/.457/.568 with 24 RBI in 34 games with Charlotte. But the 27 year old has yet to play in a big-league game.

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Robbie Ross
Report: Red Sox promote RP Robbie Ross from Triple-A
Robbie Ross, RP, BOS
1:51 PM
News: The Red Sox have promoted left-hander Robbie Ross from Triple-A Pawtucket in a move corresponding to the placement of outfielder Daniel Nava on the disabled list, per WEEI.

Ross has spent most of the year with Boston, but has pitched just once for the Sox since a miserable appearance on May 8 that sent his ERA soaring from 3.86 to 6.17.

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Daniel Nava
Report: Red Sox shelve struggling OF Daniel Nava
Daniel Nava, RF, BOS
1:47 PM
News: Red Sox struggling outfielder Daniel Nava is heading to the disabled list with an undisclosed ailment, per WEEI, which is further reporting that veteran southpaw Robbie Ross will be promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place.

Nava has received sporadic playing time recently and has been scuffling at the plate nearly all season. He has just four hits in his last 31 at-bats.

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Alfredo Marte
Report: Angels to promote OF Alfredo Marte from Triple-A
Alfredo Marte, LF, LAA
1:20 PM
News: The Angels are expected to call up outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. Marte was picked up off waivers from the Diamondbacks in October.

The 26-year-old had 18 hits in 106 at-bats for Arizona in 2014. This season in Triple-A, Marte was hitting a strong .343 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 32 RBI. 

He will likely be a part-time outfield/pinch-hit option for manager Mike Scioscia. He is expected to take the roster spot of Collin Cowgill, who is likely to go on the disabled list according to the Orange County Register

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Brian Matusz
Date set for Orioles P Brian Matusz suspension hearing
Brian Matusz, RP, BAL
12:28 PM
News: Orioles reliever Brian Matusz will have the hearing on his pending suspension on June 3. Matusz was ejected from a game on Saturday due to a foreign substance being found on his arm. As consequence, he was given an eight-game suspension, which he has since appealed. 

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Luis Severino
Report: Yankees promote top SP prospect Luis Severino to Triple-A
Luis Severino, SP, NYY
12:23 PM
News: Yankees top pitching prospect Luis Severino has been promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to Baseball America.

The 21-year-old right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in eight starts. He had 48 strikeouts in 38 innings.

Severino is 16-11 with a 2.39 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 56 career outings (54 starts). He is striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings.

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Wei-Yin Chen
Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen sore, but Saturday start still set
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
12:15 PM
News: Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is dealing with some soreness, but has not been scratched from his Saturday start against visiting Tampa Bay, per MASNsports.com.

Chen has struggled in his last two outings in raising his ERA from 2.53 to 3.13. He has worked his way out of jams, but has allowed seven runs on 19 hits in his last 12 innings. His saving grace has been control - he has not walked a batter during that stretch.

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