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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Before Justin Verlander takes the mound tonight for Tigers, a note on tomorrow's starter -- rookie Michael Fulmer: Manager Brad Ausmus said the team will push back again with an upcoming off day on Thursday in a continued effort to monitor his workload and limit his innings: "Although he won't agree with it, we think it's to his advantage." The 23-year-old was pushed back amid this most recent turn of the rotation as well. He will face the Angels on Saturday having last pitched on August 19.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With 14 wins in 17 games, the Royals have pulled within four games of the second AL wild-card berth. The key to their success: "The bullpen hasn't given up a run in who knows how long," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "It's been nearly 40 innings." Boston, on the other hand, has lost eight of its last 13 one-run games largely because it lacks defined bullpen roles other than closer Craig Kimbrel. Should be an interesting three-game series at Fenway.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright seemed more visibly frustrated than usual in a 10-6 loss to the New York Mets Thursday night. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny discussed Wainwright's demeanor and what he expects from his erstwhile ace going into the big games to come. Wainwright has a 4.67 ERA, the highest on the staff.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

It may just be temporary, but right now it appears that a pair of Yankees who are owed $60 million through 2018 have lost their everyday jobs to rookies. Already, Brian McCann's catching duties have been usurped by the red-hot Gary Sanchez, and tonight, Ronald Torreyes will start his sixth game out of the last 7 at third base, displacing Chase Headley. (Headley is DH-ing tonight in place of McCann, who has suffered a death in his family). Torreyes went 9-for-16 on the just-completed west coast trip and Joe Girardi said, "He was on fire on that trip, so we're playing the hot hand."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

This Day In 1989: Chris Drury gives up only five hits & drives in two, leading Trumbull, Conn., to the Little League title

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Mets lineup for Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener against the Phillies at Citi Field. Jay Bruce returns from calf tightness. Jose Reyes - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Yoenis Cespedes - LF Neil Walker - 2B Wilmer Flores - 1B Jay Bruce - RF Justin Ruggiano - CF Travis d'Arnaud - C Bartolo Colon - RHP

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Buchholz will return to a bullpen role for the Red Sox, but manager John Farrell said it will be an enhanced responsibility, likely involving an opportunity to pitch the eighth inning. Sox are still seeking a primary setup man, with Farrell preferring to use Brad Ziegler mostly against right-handed hitters.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Benintendi could play again before the end of the regular season, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Benintendi doesn't have structural damage to his left knee, a diagnosis confirmed Friday after the Red Sox rookie left fielder underwent another MRI, an X-ray and a CT scan. "This could've been much, much worse," Farrell said.

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets manager Terry Collins said he hadn't talked to GM Sandy Alderson yet but said "there's a pretty good chance" that Jacob deGrom will skip his next start. DeGrom has had rough outings against both the Giants and Cardinals in his last two starts. Alderson said the Mets studied TrackMan data and found some of DeGrom's pitches are lacking the movement they typically have. "When he's had time off, he's bounced back and been dominant," Collins said.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Seen in Tigers clubhouse: Boxes upon boxes of Hostess snacks delivered to Tigers CF Cameron Maybin today. Asked him if he's ever expressed an interest in the multitude of Twinkies, Donettes and Sno Balls he received. He seemed as perplexed as everyone else about their arrival. He is planning on donating to a local homeless shelter.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Phillies lineup for Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener against the Mets at Citi Field. Hernandez, 2B Altherr, LF Franco, 3B Howard, 1B Rupp, C Herrera, CF Galvis, SS Bourjos, RF Morgan, LHP

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Update on Tigers SS Jose Iglesias: he will be activated off the disabled list (hamstring) and in the Tigers lineup tomorrow vs. the Angels. Spoke to him today and he said he is good to go, ready to play whenever he gets the green light from manager

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texas Rangers have placed relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress on the Major League Baseball restricted list for Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Jeffress, who has a 4.00 ERA in nine appearances after being acquired at the trade deadline, was arrested this morning and charged with driving while intoxicated. That incident has prevented Jeffress from attending Friday night's game and fulfilling his contract. "The Rangers are certainly disappointed in Jeremy's actions of early this morning," said President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels. "We have been in touch with Jeremy's representatives and Major League Baseball, and are continuing to work through this situation and gather more information."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian McCann out of the Yankees lineup tonight against Yovani Gallardo, a right-hander for tonight's opener against the Baltimore Orioles. Here's the Yankees lineup: Gardner lf, Ellsbury cf, Sanchez c, Teixeira 1b, Gregorius ss, Castro 2b, Headley DH, Judge rf, Torreyes 3b, Cessa p

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Upon entering the Phillies locker room today, players were greeted with a message on the dry-erase board that read "I will miss all you guys. Good luck the rest of the season. Love you all, Chooch!" Ruiz departed for Los Angeles to join his new team, the Dodgers, after being traded on Thursday.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

My favorite story about Carlos Ruiz's leadership qualities: Roy Halladay told me he was pitching one night, gave up a couple of hits late in the game and out came Charlie Manuel. Next thing he knew, Ruiz was running to the mound because he clearly wanted to get there before the manager. "He said, `Don't let him take you out of this game. We need you in this game,'" Halladay said. "So I said to Charlie, `I want to stay in.' He looked at me. He looked at Chooch. Then he looked at Chase (Utley), who was standing behind me. And he knew he was pretty much outnumbered." So of course he stayed in the game. By Carlos Ruiz's decree.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Picture day isn't just for Little Leaguers. Here, the Nats get ready for their annual close-up. The presidents don't look happy about not being included.