Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs on five hits, including a home run, and a walk with three strikeouts over seven innings of the no-decision against the Rays Monday.
Like his counterpart Jason Hammel, who came over in the trade with the Cubs, Samardzija has had his struggles, albeit not as rough as Hammel, but definitely not to the overly liking of A's fans nor his fantasy owners. Monday's outing was not horrible, but considering he only struck out three batters and had allowed three-plus runs in three of his first five starts with his new club coming into Monday's outing he is surely meeting very few peoples' early expectations since the trade. Luckily for him, his next start on Saturday is a very favorable one at home against the Twins.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Colts signed running back Zurlon Tipton.
The Colts lost Ahmad Bradshaw for the season with a wrist injury on Sunday. Indianapolis decided to promote running back Zurlon Tipton from their practice squad. He will provide the back up duties to the old veteran Frank Gore in the Colts back field. Analysis: Drew Phelps
Luol Deng (hamstring) is officially listed as out for the Heat on Monday.
There was not much of a sweat as to whether or not Deng would play on Monday night but the Heat are hoping that he'll be able to return to the court on Thursday against the Thunder. This will be his third consecutive missed game. The hamstring is a tricky thing and it depends player to player how fast they can return. "My jump shot is fine. It's when I try to sprint, and I'm trying to just take off. That's when it's troubling me," Deng said. Gerald Green will start on Monday and should make for a nice daily fantasy value play. Analysis: Drew Phelps
Marc Anthony is now representing Aroldis Chapman.
In the spirit of Jay-Z, Anthony has taken his company, Magnus Media, and launche da sports division as a joint venture with veteran agents Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, who will team with Magnus Media CEO Michel Vega to oversee the operations of the newly formed Magnus Sports. Praver and Shapiro have an extensive history working with Latino ballplayers and the expectation is that a number of them will follow the two to Anthony's group. This shouldn't have any effect on negotiations moving forward for the potentially soon-to-be-dealt Chapman. Analysis: Howard Bender