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Devon Travis out fourth straight game with shoulder injury

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Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis has been bothered by discomfort around his left shoulder — or, more accurately, his left collarbone — since a bad hop caught him there on April 30. He reaggravated it Saturday in the Blue Jays’ loss to the Astros and has not appeared in a game for Toronto since.

Travis will miss his fourth straight game Wednesday vs. the Angels, with Steve Tolleson again filling in.

Travis was off to a hot start in his rookie campaign, batting .271/.336/.504 with seven home runs, 26 RBI, and 24 runs scored through 36 games. The 24-year-old is considered day-to-day.

Video: Ryan Zimmerman cranks walkoff vs. Andrew Miller

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Yankees closer Andrew Miller had allowed only three hits (and zero runs) over 17 2/3 innings entering play Tuesday night. And then this happened in the bottom of the 10th inning at Nationals Park …

With that 8-6 victory, the Nationals are now tied with the Mets at the top of the NL East standings.

Chris Tillman to rejoin Orioles’ rotation Thursday

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Orioles righty Chris Tillman had to be scratched from his scheduled start this past Sunday against the Angels after experiencing stiffness in back.

But it was nothing more than a minor injury.

Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that Tillman made it through a game of catch Tuesday without issue and has been cleared to start this Thursday afternoon at Camden Yards in the Orioles’ series finale against the Mariners.

Tillman, the Opening Day starter for the Orioles, owns a disappointing 6.34 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings this season. He posted a 3.34 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 207 1/3 innings last year.

Video: Nelson Cruz slugs MLB-leading 16th home run

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Watch as Nelson Cruz reclaims the major league home run lead from Bryce Harper with this three-run shot to deep left-center field Tuesday evening against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez …

Seth Smith also went yard for the Mariners, but Baltimore marched back to win the game 9-4.

Drew Smyly might be able to return this season

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Rays starter Drew Smyly was diagnosed earlier this month with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and the initial expectation was that he would require season-ending surgery. But there have been some very positive developments along that front …

According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, there is growing optimism that Smyly will be able to heal the injury with rest and rehab and could even return to the Rays’ starting rotation later this season. Smyly is scheduled to meet with the Rays’ medical staff on Thursday to formulate a rehab plan.

Smyly had an outstanding 2.70 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 21/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings (three starts) this season before suffering the serious left shoulder injury. The 25-year-old southpaw boasts a 1.96 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 65/14 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings since joining the Rays via trade last summer.