Author: Drew Silva

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Video: Michael Taylor slugs go-ahead grand slam


Watch as Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor put Washington on top for good Wednesday afternoon with this super-clutch ninth-inning grand slam off Diamondbacks right-hander Addison Reed …

Taylor was only in the game because Bryce Harper had been ejected in the top of the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes. Washington has now won nine of its last 11 games. Here come the Nats.

Rangers activate Mitch Moreland from disabled list

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From the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications, John Blake …

Moreland missed exactly 15 days following surgery to remove loose bodies from his left elbow. He was batting .304/.393/.457 in 16 games before landing on the disabled list despite playing through discomfort that those loose bodies were causing. Moreland will resume serving as the Rangers’ primary designated hitter.

Smolinski was able to crack the Opening Day roster with a big spring, but the 26-year-old outfielder wound up batting just .140/.290/.220 in 62 regular-season plate appearances. He’ll probably get another shot soon.

Brandon Phillips diagnosed with turf toe

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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was lifted from Tuesday’s game against the Braves in the bottom of the eighth inning and he is absent from Wednesday’s starting lineup. The injury? Turf toe.’s Mark Sheldon says the Reds’ medical staff is scrambling to find an orthotic insert that can be placed in Phillips’ left cleat and allow him to play through the pain. Cincinnati kicks off a four-game series at home against the Giants on Thursday night.

Kristopher Negron is filling in at second base in Wednesday night’s series finale against Atlanta.

Phillips, 33, is batting .311/.349/.345 with one homer and 15 RBI in 31 games this season.

Matt Wieters expected to be activated June 4

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Rehabbing catcher Matt Wieters caught nine innings Tuesday in a game at the Orioles’ spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida and manager Buck Showalter is now eyeing a specific date for the 28-year-old’s 2015 debut:

Wieters, who had Tommy John surgery last June 17, was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, and he’s eligible to return on June 4.

“He should join us then if everything goes well, if we don’t have any setbacks. It may be an every other day scenario,” manager Buck Showalter said.

That comes from Rich Dubroff, the Orioles insider for

Wieters is in a contract year, so the final four months of the 2015 season will be a pretty important stretch of his career. A very good defensive backstop, Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games last season for the Orioles and he tallied 22 home runs and 79 RBI over 148 games in 2013.