Venters ready to call it quits? 

August, 30, 2014
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On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves announced that they had shut down 29-year-old reliever Johnny Venters for the rest of the season after it was discovered that the once-dominant reliever had torn an elbow ligament while trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery.

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Why Philly backtracked on Howard stance 

August, 30, 2014
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A month ago, it appeared that Ryne Sandberg and the Philadelphia Phillies would be reducing the playing time of their overpriced slugger, Ryan Howard. But after three games on the bench in favor of Darin Ruf, the 34-year-old has started 29 of the past 30 games. What gives?

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White Sox eyeing Victor Martinez in 2015? 

August, 30, 2014
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The Chicago White Sox (60-74) will have plenty of holes to address after the season ends, and Detroit's Victor Martinez is reportedly among the players the team is expected to pursue.

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Masterson's last chance? 

August, 29, 2014
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Since joining the St. Louis Cardinals, starting pitcher Justin Masterson has been a bit of a disappointment. He's gone 2-2 with a 7.43 ERA in five starts, with opposing hitters posting a .311 batting average with him on the mound.

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Smyly shutdown ahead? 

August, 29, 2014
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When the Tampa Bay Rays traded away David Price, there were few who expected that the man they got back in the deal to replace him would outperform the ace for the rest of the season. However, so far at least, that's exactly what Drew Smyly has done.

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Homser closing in on return? 

August, 29, 2014
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Last Friday, the Kansas City Royals seemed very tentative in terms of rushing injured first baseman Eric Hosmer's rehab process too much, in fear that his fractured hand might not respond properly and he'd be lost for the season.

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O's still looking to deal? 

August, 29, 2014
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Although the Baltimore Orioles have a seven game lead in the American League East as the start of September quickly approaches, that doesn't mean the organization is content to remain pat in the final weekend before the calendar page turns.

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Giants closer in flux? 

August, 29, 2014
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While most of the attention given to the San Francisco Giants 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday went to starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit and his record-breaking run of perfection, it was in the bullpen where things may have gotten interesting.

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Mets catcher on the move? 

August, 29, 2014
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Travis d'Arnaud has been a reliable starter for the New York Mets behind the plate this season, but when the organization looks ahead to the future, there are some concerns as to exactly how long that statement will be true.

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Cards getting battery back? 

August, 28, 2014
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UPDATE: If Wednesday was any indication, Yadier Molina may soon be on his way back to the big league roster.

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The New York Yankees appear to be very optimistic that Masahiro Tanaka will be able to pitch again for the team before the end of the season following a strong simulated game Thursday morning.

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Will Lewis return to Rangers? 

August, 28, 2014
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At the end of the season Colby Lewis will become a free agent, and the Texas Rangers will have a decision to make as to whether or not they're going to want to make him an offer to remain in their rotation going forward.

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Will Reds shut Votto down? 

August, 28, 2014
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There's still a possibility that the Cincinnati Reds could get Joey Votto back in their lineup this season, though given how far the team has fallen out of the playoff race, it may be a case of too little, too late.

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Jays looking to deal SP? 

August, 28, 2014
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After winning just four of their last 14 games and now sitting 5-1/2 games out of the playoffs -- with several teams to hurdle just to reach that last wildcard spot -- there's a chance the Toronto Blue Jays may be willing to deal away some of their starting pitching.

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Seattle's new utility man 

August, 27, 2014
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The Seattle Mariners signed 36-year-old veteran Willie Bloomquist to a two-year deal last winter to be the team's primary utility man, but with Bloomquist now out for the year (microfracture surgery on his right knee) the M's have reportedly settled on his replacement. And it may not be who you think it is.

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