>>Pirates Place McCutchen On DL
(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is headed to the disabled list after all. The reigning NL MVP has been placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to August 4th, with a fractured rib. The Pirates had been trying to avoid placing McCutchen on the DL, attempting to give him time to heal, but things didn't improve enough for him to return. McCutchen was drilled in the back by a fastball on August 2nd by Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Randall Delgado in retaliation for the Bucs hitting first baseman Paul Goldschmidt the night before. Goldschmidt is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a broken hand.
>>Royals Acquire Josh Willingham From Twins
(Kansas City, MO) -- The Kansas City Royals are adding some pop to their lineup. The Royals have acquired outfielder Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league right-hander Jason Adam. Willingham is batting just .210 with 12 homers and is two seasons removed from bopping 35 home runs for the Twins in 2012.
>>Pineda To Start For Yankees Tomorrow
(Baltimore, MD) -- Michael Pineda [[ pin-AYE-duh ]] is ready to return to the New York Yankees' rotation. He is slated to start Wednesday's series finale in Baltimore after missing nearly four months with a shoulder injury. Pineda was originally scheduled for another rehab start, with Esmil Rogers penciled in as the Yanks' probable starter Wednesday against the Orioles. Pineda last pitched for the Yanks on April 23rd in Boston when he was ejected for having pine tar smeared on the side of his neck. He then suffered a lat strain below his pitching shoulder while throwing to stay sharp during a 10-game suspension.
>>Reds' Cueto NL Player Of Week
(New York, NY) -- Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto [[ KWAY-toh ]] is the National League Player of the Week. The right-hander went 2-and-0 against the Indians and Marlins while allowing four earned runs and striking out 15 in 17 combined innings. It's Cueto's first career weekly award.
>>Royals' Butler AL Player Of Week
(New York, NY) -- Kansas City Royals first baseman Billy Butler is the American League Player of the Week. Butler hit .435 over six games last week with two home runs, five doubles, seven RBI and a .458 on-base percentage as Kansas City went a perfect 6-and-0.