Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler left tonight's game against the Texas Rangers at the end of the fourth inning with left hamstring tightness, the team said. Kinsler was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the first four innings, but did not come on to the field for the top of the fifth. He was replaced in the lineup by Andrew Romine. The 34-year-old second baseman is hitting .248 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 35 games this season. He suffered an injury to the same hamstring earlier this month and missed five games.
The Los Angeles Angels reached agreement on a major league contract with free agent right-hander Doug Fister, the team announced Saturday. Fister agreed to be optioned to Class A Inland Empire but likely will be promoted soon to the 40-man roster, as Los Angeles is dealing with injuries to starters Garrett Richards (biceps strain) and Tyler Skaggs (oblique). Fister posted a 12-13 mark with a 4.64 ERA last season with the Houston Astros. The 33-year-old is three years removed his best season, in which he produced a 16-6 record with a 2.41 ERA for the Washington Nationals. Fister has a 77-76 career mark with seven complete games, two shutouts and a 3.60 ERA in eight seasons with the Seattle Mariners,
As sometimes happens in the minor leagues, Buck Farmer had something of a rollercoaster week and it showed on Saturday. The righthander, who was just optioned back to Toledo on Saturday morning, surrendered six earned runs in six innings of work. Still, the Mud Hens had a one run lead after a Brendan Ryan double scored Logan Watkins in the top of the sixth. Edward Mujica came on in relief after Farmer after command hit a batter and then walked the next without recording an out in the seventh. Mujica allowed both to score and gave up another pair of runs on top of it, putting the Mud Hens in a hole they couldn’t recover from. Holaday: 4-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B Jones: 1-2, 2 R Ryan: 3-3, RBI, 2 2B, BB