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4Avisail Garcia, CHW, RF22
5Norichika Aoki, KC, RF19
6Jason Vargas, KC, SP18
7Kyle Hendricks, CHC, SP18
8Justin Masterson, STL, SP15
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5Charlie Morton, PIT, SP-14
6J.P. Arencibia, TEX, C-13
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C.J. Cron likely to be called up soon
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:10 pm ET) Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron is likely to be called up soon, according to the Orange County Register

Cron has performed well in a nine-game stint in the minors, and could be on his way back up with the team facing two lefties during the weekend series. Cron has hit .266/.295/.462 over 199 at-bats this season.


Steven Souza could begin rehab assignment Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:08 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Steven Souza said Wednesday that he could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Thursday, MLB.com reports.

"It's a matter of just how I feel," Souza said. "Kind of build of slowly and see how I feel from there."

Souza suffered a sprained AC joint after crashing into the outfield wall on Aug. 8 and was placed on the disabled list two days later. He went through a full hitting workout Wednesday and will hope to progress to a rehab assignment Thursday or soon after.


Jeff Samardzija gets knocked around Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:06 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Jeff Samardzija was knocked around Wednesday against the Mets.

Samardzija allowed seven runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings during the start. He struck out three and walked two. Samardzija melted down in the third inning. Eric Campbell hit a solo shot to lead things off, and it only went downhill from there. With two outs, Samardzija gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch brought one run home. The next batter then proceeded to smash a three-run homer to center off Samardzija. The fourth inning didn’t go much better. With a man on and two outs, Samardzija gave up three straight singles, bringing in two more runs. He was replaced by Jesse Chavez at that point.

With the loss, Samardzija fell to 5-10. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start.


Eric Campbell slugs third home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:04 pm ET) Serving as his team's designated hitter Wednesday, Mets first baseman Eric Campbell went 2 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 8-5 win over the A's.

Campbell kicked off a five-run third inning with his shot, which broke a scoreless tie. He has two home runs in his last five games after collecting just one in his first 56 games. Campbell has hit .301/.348/.418 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 146 at-bats.


Lucas Duda swats 23rd home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:01 pm ET) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 8-5 win over the A's Wednesday.

Duda capped off a five-run third inning with his blast, and the Mets kept the lead the entire game. It was just his third multihit performance of August as he has watched his season rate statistics dip this month. Duda has hit .255/.354/.487 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI in 392 at-bats.


Zack Wheeler picks up win vs. A's Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:58 pm ET) Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler picked up a win Wednesday, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 8-5 victory over the A's.

Wheeler (9-8) surrendered a pair of runs in the third inning then watched two more come home on a fourth-inning error. He hasn't taken a loss since June 25, going 6-0 during that stretch. Wheeler owns a 3.48 ERA and 148:65 K:BB ratio in 152 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves next Wednesday.


Report: Cubs, Giants set to continue Tuesday game Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:58 pm ET) The Giants have prevailed in a protest of how Tuesday's called game was handled, and Tuesday's 2-0 Cubs win is set to be continued Thursday, picking up where things left off in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The game was delayed for more than four hours after the grounds crew was unable to get the tarp completely on the infield before it was drenched, with the umpires ultimately deciding to call the game and award Chicago with the win late into the night. Tsuyoshi Wada (win) and Ryan Vogelsong (loss) were the pitchers of record in the game, but if it's continued, those decisions are up in the air.


Brandon Belt still weeks away from returning
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:39 pm ET) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will remain sidelined for at least two or three more weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Belt will be held out of baseball activities for the next few weeks in order to rest, per orders from the doctor. He is attempting to return from a concussion.


Buster Posey dealing with hip issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:35 pm ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey is dealing with left hip tightness, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Posey is scheduled to receive treatment Wednesday, and though he isn't in the starting lineup, he should be available off the bench. Manager Bruce Bochy hopes he'll be able to catch Thursday.


Adam Eaton to begin rehab assignment soon
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:33 pm ET) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton will begin a rehab assignment soon, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

Eaton will only need a few rehab games before he's ready to return. If all goes well, he could re-join the club Tuesday. Eaton is hitting .304/.370/.401 over 372 at-bats.


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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