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Yankees activate Josh Outman
by Chris Towers |

The Yankees placed newly acquired pitcher Josh Outman on the 25-man roster Friday, one day after receiving him from the Indians.

Outman had a 3.28 ERA in 24 2/3 innings before he was designated for assignment by the Indians. He will be available out of the bullpen beginning Friday against the Blue Jays

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Colby Rasmus returns from illness Friday
by Chris Towers |

Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus is back in the lineup Friday against the Yankees, after he was scratched due to an illness earlier in the week. He is serving as the designated hitter for Friday's game.  

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Yankees clear roster spot DFA of Rich Hill
by Chris Towers |

The Yankees designated pitcher Rich Hill for assignment Friday, in order to clear a spot on the active roster for Josh Outman.

Hill appeared in six games for the Yankees as a lefty specialist, allowing just two hits in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  

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Omar Infante still not in Friday's lineup
by Chris Towers |

Royals infielder Omar Infante is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game Friday against the Indians, as he continues to deal with a shoulder injury. At this point, it is not clear when he is expected back from the injury, which has kept him out since Monday.

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Travis Snider out of Friday's lineup
by Chris Towers |

Pirates outfielder Travis Snider was not back in the lineup Friday against the Reds, after leaving the team's previous game with a hamstring injury. He should be considered day to day moving forward at this point, though further details are not yet known on the extent of the injury. 

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Pedro Alvarez still out Friday with foot injury
by Chris Towers |

Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is out of the starting lineup yet against Friday against the Reds, as he continues to deal with a sprained left foot.  He has missed two games since suffering the injury Tuesday, and remains day to day at this point.

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Dilson Herrera to play only second in majors
by Chris Towers |

Mets shortstop Dilson Herrera will only play second base in the majors, reports, despite playing 27 games in the minors at shortstop this season.

Herrera was recalled Thursday from Double-A Binghamton, where he was hitting .340/.406/.560 in 61 games. He is expected to help replace Daniel Murphy, who was placed on the DL Thursday. 

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Derek Holland ready after final rehab start
by Chris Towers |

Rangers pitcher Derek Holland's rehab start at Triple-A Round Rock Thursday should be his last one, according to

Holland, who is recovering from knee surgery which has cost him his entire season so far, had his last start scratched due to a back injury. However, he said he did not feel the back was an issue Thursday, and feels ready to pitch in the majors.

"I felt good," Holland said. "I think the big thing was to just test my back and make sure everything was OK with that from there. I felt good and continue to pound the zone and just getting myself ready, that's the main thing. Just to get back to make sure I'm ready to go." 

The team currently does not have a plan for getting Holland into the rotation in the majors, but the report indicates it could happen at some time in the next week. 

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Joey Gallo sets franchise minor-league strikeout record
by Chris Towers |

Rangers prospect Joey Gallo established a new franchise-record in a minor-league season with his 175th strikeout Thursday, according to the Dallas Morning News. 

Gallo broke the previous franchise mark set in 1975, and he did it in his 430th at-bat between Class A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco. He ranks fourth in the minors overall in strikeouts, though he has also hit 41 home runs while hitting .274/.395/.619 overall. 

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Russell Branyan signs minor-league deal with Indians
by Chris Towers |

The Indians signed veteran infielder Russell Branyan and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus Friday, the team announced.

Branyan, 38, has not played in the majors since 2011. He was playing professionally in Mexico before signing his minor-league deal.

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