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.

Yoenis Cespedes keeps on rolling for Mets
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:04 am ET) Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes stayed red-hot at the plate on Thursday, as he connected on a two-run home run in the 9-5 win over the Phillies. Cespedes' home run came in the fifth inning, as the Mets stormed back to erase a five-run deficit.

The home run was Cespdes' only hit of the night, but it was his eighth longball since coming to the Mets at the July 31 trade deadline. Perhaps even more impressively, over his last eight games, Cespedes is batting .350 with six home runs and 15 RBI. He has certainly been a catalyst for the Mets' recent upswing.

Nationals CF Denard Span (hip) going back to DL on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Two days after being activated from the disabled list, Nationals center fielder Denard Span is heading back to the DL on Thursday. The Nationals placed the oft-injured Span on the 15-day DL with left hip inflammation. 

Span missed about six weeks with back tightness, and this latest ailment appears to be related to that injury. It is not yet clear if Span will need more than the minimum 15 days before returning.

The Nationals will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday.

Nationals CF Michael Taylor leaves with knee injury Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) As if the Nationals could use any more bad news, their young center fielder Michael Taylor was forced to leave Thursday's game with a right knee injury. Taylor collided with the center field wall at Nationals Park and was removed from the game.

Taylor was 0 for 2 before leaving the game. The Nationals should supply an update on Taylor's status before too long.

Yankees LF Dustin Ackley slams double in first rehab game
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2015) Yankees utility man Dustin Ackley doubled in a run and scored in four at-bats Thursday in his first rehab game for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Ackley is dealing with a herniated disk that has kept him sidelined since Aug. 2.

Padres OF Matt Kemp day-to-day with sore shoulder
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2015) 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
(8/27/2015) 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 "If he feels good enough to go, we have to make sure we monitor it as we go."

Orioles CF Adam Jones improves after scary collision
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2015) 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 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.

Marlon Byrd powers Giants to victory over Cubs on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) 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.

Cardinals LF Stephen Piscotty out Thursday for first time in month
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2015) Hot-hitting Cardinals left fielder Stephen Piscotty is catching a break Thursday night at Arizona. It marks his first absence from the lineup since July 25, four days after his promotion.

Brandon Moss is set to play the position instead.

Piscotty owns a slash line of .316/.349/.538.

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