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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Yordano Ventura Gets a 7-Game Suspension

UPDATE: The Royals will also lose Edinson Volquez for 5 games and Lorenzo Cain for 2, as they both were given a suspension.

Well we all knew it was only a matter of time before the MLB handed down a penalty on the Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. In back to back starts he was ejected from the game and caused multiple bench clearing scuffles. Ventura will receive a 7 games suspension for the bench clearing brawl that he caused on Thursday night against the White Sox.

In 4 starts this year, Ventura is 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He has struck out 19 batters in 22 innings.

Here is the incident that got Ventura Suspended

And his start before that

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Ben Zobrist Lands on DL

The Oakland Athletics have placed Ben Zobrist on the DL with a medial meniscus tear. Zobrist was hitting .240 in his first season with the A's, with 1 home run and 8 RBI. The team will bring up Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville.

No word on the timetable for Zobrist. He tried to play through the injury but the team is playing it safe by placing him on the DL. There is still a chance the injury requires arthroscopic surgery.

This is a pretty big blow to the A's offense who currently are ranked third in runs scored with 87. They'll need guys like Billy Butler, Stephen Vogt, and Ike Davis to continue hitting and Brett Lawrie will need his bat to get hot. Oakland Athletics Logo

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays Activate Drew Smyly

The Tampa Bay Rays are 8-8 to start the 2015 MLB season and have done so without Drew Smyly, who has been out with shoulder inflammation.  Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Nate Karns have made 12 of the teams 16 starts.  Archer and Odorizzi have been lights out.  Karns, not so much.  Smyly is a huge upgrade to a rotation that has seen Matt Andriese, Steve Geltz and Erasmo Ramirez makes its four other starts.

Smyly was acquired in the David Price trade with the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners.  Austin Jackson landed in the Pacific Northwest.

Smyly made 7 starts for Tampa last season and pitched 47.2 innings and finished with a 1.70 ERA/0.77 WHIP.  He struck out 44 batters, walking 11.

He will help the Rays fight the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles for the American League East crown.

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