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Na­tion­als: RHP Stephen Stras­burg has a strained flexor mass in his el­bow and the Na­tion­als don’t know when he will pitch again. Stras­burg had Tommy John surgery in Au­gust 2011, but an MRI did not re­veal any new lig­a­ment dam­age. Stras­burg, who came off the dis­abled list Wed­nes­day af­ter deal­ing with el­bow sore­ness, started against the Braves but left in the third in­ning af­ter feel­ing a pinch in the back of his el­bow. Trainer Paul Les­sard said this was a new in­jury and un­re­lated to the pre­vi­ous prob­lem, adding it was an acute in­jury that could have hap­pened on one pitch and wasn’t due to stress that built up on Stras­burg’s el­bow.

In­di­ans: A con­tro­ver­sial bases- loaded wild pitch by Astros RHP David Paulino in the third in­ning re­sulted in a pair of runs for the In­di­ans, who went on to earn a 10-7 vic­tory. The In­di­ans led 2-1 and had the bases loaded when OF Lon­nie Chisen­hall at­tempted to check his swing on a pitch in the dirt. The ball bounced away from C Ja­son Cas­tro and rolled to­ward the on-deck cir­cle near the In­di­ans dugout. Play was al­lowed to con­tinue, al­though re­plays showed Chisen­hall fouled off the pitch. Af­ter a video re­view, SS Francisco Lin­dor and DH Mike Napoli were al­lowed to score for a 4-1 lead and 3B Jose Ramirez was placed at sec­ond.

Rays: SS Alexei Ramirez signed with the Rays prior to Thurs­day night’s game against the Yan­kees. Ramirez was re­leased by the Padres on Sun­day af­ter los­ing his job as start­ing short­stop.

Yan­kees: Rookie 1B Tyler Austin hit a solo homer in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning to give the Yan­kees their sea­son-high fifth straight vic­tory, 5-4 over the Rays. C Brian McCann hit two homers for the Yan­kees, who moved within two games of the Amer­i­can League’s sec­ond wild­card spot.

Phillies: 1B Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer, RHP Alec Asher pitched six in­nings of two-hit ball com­ing off an 80game sus­pen­sion, and the Phillies de­feated the Na­tion­als 4-1. OF Peter Bour­jos also home­red. Stephen Stras­burg, right, does not need an­other Tommy John surgery. “It’s good to hear that it wasn’t what ev­ery­body was spec­u­lat­ing that it was,” man­ager Dusty Baker said.

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