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Date Player News
8/31/2014 Miguel Cabrera, 1B (Det) The Detroit Tigers withheld Cabrera from the lineup for Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox because of a sore right ankle. Manager Brad Ausmus says he is day to day.

Analysis: The AL MVP the past two years, Cabrera left in the fourth inning of the second game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader after struggling to run out a grounder. He pulled up after being thrown out at first and was replaced in the bottom half of the inning.
8/31/2014 Adam Dunn, DH (Oak) The Oakland Athletics have acquired Dunn from the Chicago White Sox, hoping to boost their lineup for the final stretch.

Analysis: Second in the AL West, the Athletics were looking to add a hitter after trading Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for starter Jon Lester before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. Dunn has 460 career homers, but has struggled in four seasons with the White Sox.
8/31/2014 Miles Mikolas, P (Tex) Mikolas is dealing with fatigue in his right throwing shoulder.

Analysis: It's unclear when Mikolas will get back on the mound.
8/30/2014 Kelly Johnson, 3B (Bal) The Baltimore Orioles have acquired Johnson in a trade with the Boston Red Sox. The AL East-leading Orioles also received minor league infielder Michael Almanzar from Boston in exchange for minor league infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus.

Analysis: The addition of Johnson provides some infield depth for Baltimore in the wake of Manny Machado's season-ending knee injury and Steve Pearce's abdominal strain. The 32-year-old Johnson hit .212 with six homers and 23 RBIs in 87 games combined for the Yankees and Red Sox. He has played first, second and third base, along with left and right field, this season.
8/30/2014 Alejandro De Aza, LF (Bal) The AL East-leading Orioles have acquired De Aza in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. Baltimore sent minor league right-handers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas to Chicago to complete Saturday's trade.

Analysis: De Aza, 30, hit .243 with five homers, 31 RBIs and 15 steals in 122 games with the White Sox this year. He made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2007 and is a .268 career hitter with 35 homers and 179 RBIs in seven seasons.
8/30/2014 Miguel Cabrera, 1B (Det) Cabrera has left Detroit's nightcap against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning after struggling to run out an infield grounder.

Analysis: Cabrera pulled up lame after being thrown out at first. His status for the immediate future is uncertain.
8/30/2014 Dustin Pedroia, 2B (Bos) Pedroia is out of the starting lineup one day after leaving a game because of concussion-like symptoms.

Analysis: Brock Holt replaced Pedroia for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Pedroia left Saturday night's 7-0 loss to the Rays in the second inning. He was elbowed in the head by the Rays' Logan Forsythe, who was sliding head-first into second while advancing on a fly.
8/30/2014 Chris Davis, 1B (Bal) Davis continues to show glimpses of his 2013 form, hitting his 24th home run in a 9-1 win over Minnesota on Friday.

Analysis: Davis, who hit 53 homers last season, has three long balls with seven RBIs in his last five games.
8/30/2014 Jayson Nix, 3B (KC) The Kansas City Royals have optioned rookie infielder Christian Colon to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, opening a roster spot for Nix. The moves were made before Saturday's game against Cleveland.

Analysis: The 32-year-old Nix hit .111 in 16 games with the Pirates. He began the season with Philadelphia.
8/30/2014 Christian Colon, SS (KC) The Kansas City Royals have optioned Colon to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, opening a roster spot for infielder Jayson Nix.

Analysis: The moves were made before Saturday's game against Cleveland. Colon batted .302 in 19 games with the Royals. Nix was claimed off waivers Thursday from Pittsburgh and arrived in time for Saturday's game.
8/30/2014 Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (NYY) Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays because of a sore left ankle.

Analysis: Ellsbury was injured when he slid into Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro in the ninth inning of New York's 6-3 win Friday. Home plate umpire Mike Everitt initially ruled Ellsbury safe, but the call was overturned on review. Ellsbury remained in the game in the bottom half. X-rays afterward were negative.
8/29/2014 Yasiel Puig, RF (LAD) Yasiel Puig is out of the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup because manager Don Mattingly says the outfielder seems frustrated. "I wouldn't call it rest today. I think it's probably more a frustration day. That's what we've seen of him lately."

Analysis: Puig is in an 0-for-16 slump. Mattingly says his frustration, coupled with his 1-for-11 lifetime numbers against San Diego's Andrew Cashner, led to the decision for Friday night's game.
8/29/2014 Evan Reed, P (Det) The Detroit Tigers have promoted right-hander Evan Reed from Triple-A Toledo after a judge dismissed rape charges against the pitcher last week.

Analysis: The Tigers brought Reed back to the majors before they opened a series at the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Right-hander Jose Ortego was designated for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Reed, 28, was facing third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges before a judge said Aug. 21 that the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.
8/29/2014 Steve Pearce, 1B (Bal) Pearce has left Baltimore's game against Minnesota with a right abdominal strain Friday.

Analysis: The injury appeared to occur in the third inning when Pearce went to his right to snare a grounder before throwing to pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. Pearce came into the season as a utility player but eventually earned a starting role with the AL East leaders. He came into the game with a .290 batting average, 16 homers and 37 RBIs.
8/29/2014 Dilson Herrera, 2B (NYM) After a rapid rise through the Mets' system, Herrera arrived at Citi Field on Friday and was in the starting lineup against Philadelphia. He was called up Thursday night from Double-A Binghamton when Daniel Murphy went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with a strained right calf.

Analysis: It's a temporary stopgap for now, but the 20-year-old Herrera could be New York's second baseman of the future. Not only does he become the youngest active player on a major league roster, according to STATS, he was the youngest player in the Eastern League this year.
8/29/2014 Jesus Montero, 1B (Sea) Montero will not play baseball again this season for the Seattle Mariners' organization after a heated confrontation in the stands with a team scout during a minor league game in Boise, Idaho.

Analysis: Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik on Friday called the actions of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala ''unacceptable.'' The argument came during a Single-A game between the Boise Hawks and Seattle's affiliate, the Everett AquaSox, on Thursday night. Montero was with the Single-A club while recovering from an oblique injury in the hopes that the first baseman and designated hitter could be a possible September addition to the Mariners when rosters expand.
8/29/2014 Andrew Lambo, RF (Pit) The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled Lambo from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday night before their game against the Cincinnati Reds to add bench depth with first baseman Pedro Alvarez and outfielder Travis Snider both injured.

Analysis: Lambo hit .328 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 61 games at Indianapolis. He had also hit six home runs in his last eight games.
8/29/2014 Bruce Chen, P (KC) The Royals have designated Chen for assignment after six seasons with the team. Friday's move came one day after he gave up six runs in the 10th inning of an 11-5 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Chen is 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 13 games this season. He was in the Royals' rotation when the season began, but went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
8/29/2014 Masahiro Tanaka, P (NYY) Tanaka is being sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm. Tanaka said before Friday night's game in Toronto that he wanted to be cautious.

Analysis: He hasn't pitched in a game since July 8 as he recovers from a partial tear in his elbow. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it would be ''maybe a week'' before Tanaka throws his next bullpen session.
8/29/2014 Masahiro Tanaka, P (NYY) Tanaka is being sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm. Tanaka said before Friday night's game in Toronto that he wanted to be cautious.

Analysis: He hasn't pitched in a game since July 8 as he recovers from a partial tear in his elbow.
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