Red Sox's Grady Sizemore gamble ends with DFA

  • BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment.The move comes as Sizemore 夜网论坛struggles after injuries sidelined him between September 2011 and this season. He made the All-Star team three times with the Cleveland Indians, then had seven operations since 2009, including surgery on both knees, his back and elbow. Sizemore hit .333 in spring training and started in center field on opening day when he homered in Boston's 2-1 loss at Baltimore. But in 52 games, he hit .216 with two homers and 15 RBIs.The Red Sox recalled third baseman Garin Cecchini From Triple-A Pawtucket. He played one game with Boston on June 1, going 1 for 2 with an RBI double in a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay.[......]

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    Royals GM: 'I'm as frustrated as anyone'

  • The Kansas City Royals were expected by many (including Sporting News) to contend for a playoff spot after last season's 86-win campaign.That could still happen, of course, but right now the Royals find themselves at 14-17, six games back in the AL Central and well down on the list of wild-card contenders. The biggest culprit has been the offense: KC has scored 121 runs; only the Houston Astros have fewer runs among AL teams. "I'm as frustrated as anyone," Royals GM Dayton Moore told FOXSportsKansasCity.com. "It's very simple why we're not winning as much as we should be — we're getting plenty of base runners but just not driving them in."(Monday) was another example," he said, referring to the team's 6-5 loss to the San Diego Padres. "What did we have, 19 base runners? That's a game we dominated but couldn't get enough runs home. Our ability to get runs home has to improve. Period." The team has a .241 batting average with runners in scoring position and just .211 with RISP and two outs."That's the time when, as a group, you have to concentrate and come up with your best at-bat," Moore said. "I get that we want to be aggressive and make things happen. But you also have to be selective and wait for your pitch to do some damage. That夜网论坛's not happening right now."One thing Moore says will change immediately: The team's propensity for swinging at 3-0 pitches."The results of that are unacceptable," Moore said. "That (situation) has been addressed (with manager Ned Yost[......]

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