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Jake Peavy may not start Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |

White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy may not make his start Tuesday against the Indians, even if he's still with the club, according to the Chicago Tribune

Minor-league pitcher Andre Rienzo is in Cleveland, and is expected to be promoted to make the start. Even if the White Sox haven't traded Peavy by game time, they likely won't risk an injury by starting him. 

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Orioles promote '14 top pick to Class A
by Chris Towers |

The Orioles have promoted top draft pick Brian Gonzalez to Class A Aberdeen for a late-season cup of coffee, reports Friday.

Gonzalez, the team's 3rd-round draft choice in June's draft, has yet to allow a run as a professional, as he opened his career with 24 2/3 straight scoreless innings at the rookie level. He will finish his season with two starts for Aberdeen. 

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Carlos Sanchez get the call
by Chris Towers |

The White Sox have recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte Friday, as expected, to take Gordon Beckham's spot on the active roster. 

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Charlie Leesman released by White Sox
by Chris Towers |

The White Sox have released pitcher Charlie Leesman, shortly after designating him for assignment. Leesman posted a 4.10 ERA in 66 2/3 innings at Triple-A Charlotte this season.  

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Manny Machado will need more than minimum time
by Chris Towers |

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has yet to begin baseball activities as he recovers from a sprained right knee, and manager Buck Showalter told reporters he will need more than the minimum time to return from the disabled list.

Machado is eligible to return Aug. 27, but he appears to be behind schedule at this point. The hope was that he would begin baseball activities by Sunday, but it appears unlikely. According to, Showalter is expected to give an update with more details on Machado's timetable Saturday. 

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Red Sox sign Rusney Castillo to record seven-year deal
by Chris Towers |

The Red Sox deal with Cuban free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo will be for seven years and a record $72.5 million, reports Friday.

Castillo's contract begins in 2014, though it is not yet clear whether he is expected to appear in the majors this season. The deal is heavily backloaded, according to the report, with very little money paid out for the truncated 2014 season. 

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Paco Rodriguez expected back after roster expansion
by Chris Towers |

Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez, on the disabled list with a strained teres major muscle, has been limited to less than max effort throwing so far as he continues to recover. According to the Orange County Register, he is not expected to return to the majors before Sept. 1 roster expansion. 

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Chris Perez does not expect to be 100 percent
by Chris Towers |

Though he expects to be in the majors when rosters expand Sept. 1, Dodgers reliever Chris Perez admitted to the Orange County Register Friday his ankle is still not 100-percent healthy.

"It's serviceable," Perez said. "I feel good. I'm still trying to build up the strength in it."

Perez has a 5.03 ERA in the majors this season, and is trying to work his way back from bone spurs in his ankle. He does not expect to undergo surgery to remove them, so he will have to manage the pain. He is currently on a rehab assignment at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he will make one more appearance next Friday. 

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Report: Red Sox near record-setting deal with Cuban free agent
by Chris Towers |

The Red Sox are set to sign free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo to a record contract, reports Friday.

According to the report, the Red Sox have nearly reached an agreement with the Cuban free agent on a six-year deal worth $72 million. That deal would top the $68 million contract Jose Abreu signed last year. 

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Logan Watkins starting Friday
by Chris Towers |

Cubs infielder Logan Watkins is in the starting lineup Friday against the Orioles, one day after being called up from Triple-A. This will be his first start of the season and just sixth in his career. 

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