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|8/20/2014||Justin Verlander, P (Det)||Verlander could rejoin the Detroit Tigers' rotation on Saturday. The right-hander threw for the second straight day Wednesday and said it's ''strong to quite strong'' that he will start one game of a doubleheader against Minnesota.
Analysis: Verlander will throw a light bullpen Thursday. He is 10-11 with a 4.76 ERA in 25 starts this season.
|8/20/2014||Gerrit Cole, P (Pit)||The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Gerrit Cole from the 15-day disabled list and will start him right away against Atlanta. Cole came off the DL on Wednesday night to face the Braves.
Analysis: Cole was put on the disabled list for the second time this season on July 9 because of soreness in his right lat. He also was out for three weeks in June because of right shoulder soreness. The overall No. 1 pick from the 2011 draft is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts.
|8/20/2014||Justin Upton, LF (Atl)||Upton homered and drove in five runs in Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Upton has hit safely in 10 straight. In his last 12, he's got a .480 on-base percentage with five home runs and 16 RBIs.
|8/20/2014||Ian Desmond, SS (Was)||Desmond went 3 for 4 with four RBIs in Tuesday's win over Arizona.
Analysis: Desmond is batting .375 with eight RBIs over nine games.
|8/20/2014||Oswaldo Arcia, RF (Min)||Arcia homered for a third straight game Tuesday in a loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: The 23-year-old has left the yard five times with 10 RBIs in his last seven games.
|8/20/2014||Chris Tillman, P (Bal)||Tillman earned the decision after allowing a run and three hits in eight innings of Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last seven starts.
|8/20/2014||James Loney, 1B (TB)||Loney went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's loss to Detroit.
Analysis: Loney is batting .400 over six games with a .571 clip with runners in scoring position, resulting in seven RBIs.
|8/20/2014||Wil Myers, RF (TB)||The Rays have activated Myers from the 60-day disabled list after missing 70 games with a broken right wrist.
Analysis: The 2013 AL rookie of the year played seven games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham.
|8/20/2014||Ryan Raburn, LF (Cle)||The Indians placed outfielder Ryan Raburn on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Analysis: Raburn, who has been bothered by soreness in his right wrist most of the season after hurting it in spring training, aggravated the injury last week with a diving catch. He's batting .191 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 188 at-bats over 70 games.
|8/20/2014||Darin Downs, P (Hou)||The Astros placed left-handed reliever Darin Downs on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 15, with a strained muscle on his right side.
Analysis: Downs is 2-1 with a 4.31 ERA in 40 appearances.
|8/19/2014||Ubaldo Jimenez, P (Bal)||Manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday before the Orioles' game against the Chicago White Sox that Jimenez is moving to the bullpen.
Analysis: With right-hander Miguel Gonzalez expected to be recalled soon after throwing a 75-pitch simulated game Monday for Double-A Bowie, the Orioles needed to clear a spot in the rotation for his impending return from the minor leagues. Jimenez, 30, has struggled in his first year with the Orioles after signing a four-year, $50 million contract before the season. He's 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA and has walked 66 batters, tops in the American League.
|8/19/2014||Mark Ellis, 2B (StL)||The Cardinals have put Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Aug. 15.
Analysis: The 37-year-old Ellis has not played since last Thursday against the Padres. He made four starts after rookie Kolten Wong returned from the disabled list on July 6.
|8/19/2014||Jay Bruce, RF (Cin)||Bruce homered and doubled with four RBIs in Monday's loss to St. Louis.
Analysis: Bruce's numbers have improved some lately, but it hasn't been anything extraordinary that's going to save his season. The Reds right fielder is batting .279 with four home runs and 13 RBIs over 14 games. His season average is .224.
|8/19/2014||Starling Marte, LF (Pit)||Marte went 3 for 4 with two home runs and a double in Monday's loss to Atlanta.
Analysis: Over 10 games, Marte is batting .405 with three homers, a triple, four doubles and eight RBIs.
|8/19/2014||Kyle Hendricks, P (ChC)||Hendricks allowed a run and three hits in Monday's 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.
Analysis: The rookie has won four straight starts and lowered his ERA to 1.48. Over his last six outings, he's 5-1 with a 0.84 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
|8/19/2014||Erik Kratz, C (KC)||Kratz hit a pinch-hit home run in the seventh, stayed in the game and homered in his next at-bat in the ninth in Monday's 6-4 win over Minnesota.
Analysis: In six games with Kansas City, the catcher is 6 for 13.
|8/19/2014||Nick Markakis, RF (Bal)||Markakis went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Markakis has a 10-game hitting streak, but his .415 average in that time extends back an additional six games to the beginning of August.
|8/19/2014||Scott Atchison, P (Cle)||The Indians have signed Atchison to a contract for next season. Atchison's deal includes a team option in 2016. Financial terms were not immediately available.
Analysis: The 38-year-old Atchison has been major contributor out of Cleveland's bullpen this season, going 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 53 appearances. The 38-year-old signed a free agent minor league contract with the Indians in January and made the 25-man roster in spring training. He pitched in 50 games last season for the New York Mets. Atchison has held hitters to a .218 average and ranks among AL relief leaders in wins, inherited runners scored and innings.
|8/19/2014||Adam Dunn, DH (CWS)||Dunn's four-year, $40 million contract is up at the end of this season and the slugger hinted Monday there is a possibility he could retire.
Analysis: Dunn, who turns 35 in November, has 459 homers and could move way up the all-time list by sticking around a few more years since he's just three away from tying Jose Canseco for 34th place. But he said numbers, even the possibility of hitting 500 homers, won't be a determining factor.
|8/19/2014||Salvador Perez, C (KC)||Perez was back in action Tuesday.
Analysis: Perez had two hits and two RBIs before leaving in the seventh inning Monday. Manager Ned Yost said Perez tweaked a tendon in his knee while running the bases in the fifth, but was removed purely as a precaution.
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