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Nats hope 2 weeks enough for Strasburg

Tim Kurkjian isn't sure Stephen Strasburg will be ready to return from the DL after two weeks, but likes the move: "This was clearly the right thing to do ... because they have to get him right. He hasn't been himself all year."


David Ortiz back in lineup

Ortiz will be the DH for Boston this afternoon against the Rangers. He sat out the previous two games. Ortiz is hitting .216 this season and .200 in May.

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Dodgers activate Yasmani Grandal

The catcher was activated from the 7-day concussion DL today. To make room on the roster, Los Angeles returned OF Chris Heisey to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Plouffe double puts Twins on top

Trevor Plouffe's 10th double of the season knocked in his 27th RBI to give the Twins a 2-1 lead over the Blue Jays in the bottom of the fourth. Follow live

Jays' Kevin Pillar ties the game

Pillar matched Chris Herrmann's earlier feat with his own solo home run in the top of the 4th to tie Toronto with Minnesota at 1. Follow live

Twins take lead over Blue Jays

Minnesota got the first run of the game thanks to Chris Herrmann's solo blast in the bottom of the third. It's Herrmann's first home run of the season, and fifth for his career. Follow live

May 30, 1935: Babe plays his last game

On this date 80 years ago, Babe Ruth played his final major league game, striking out in his only at-bat with the Boston Braves. He left with a knee injury and three days later announced his retirement.

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This is the 4th trip to the DL for Stephen Strasburg. He missed a year for Tommy John surgery, but his other 2 trips were 20 days or fewer.

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Stephen Strasburg to the DL with neck tightness. His 6.55 ERA this season is 2nd-highest in MLB (min. 40 IP) behind Jeremy Guthrie (6.70).

What else can go wrong for Strasburg?

Nothing exemplifies the struggles of recently DL'd Nats RHP Stephen Strasburg better than this: He's the only pitcher this season to record fewer than 17 outs in six straight starts. (via Elias)


Nats' Strasburg goes on 15-day DL

Stephen Strasburg left his Friday start with neck tightness, an injury that forced him to the DL today. Strasburg's had a disastrous season, with a 6.55 ERA in his 10 first starts.

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