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1Yangervis Solarte, SD, 3B23
2Vance Worley, PIT, SP16
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4Josh Rutledge, COL, SS15
5Anthony Ranaudo, BOS, SP15
6Lucas Duda, NYM, 1B14
7Jedd Gyorko, SD, 2B12
8Brett Anderson, COL, SP12
9Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP11
10Danny Duffy, KC, SP10
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4Jesse Chavez, OAK, SP-13
5Clay Buchholz, BOS, SP-13
6Edinson Volquez, PIT, SP-13
7Matt Cain, SF, SP-12
8Jeff Locke, PIT, SP-12
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Jesus Guzman departs with back spasms
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:13 am ET) Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman left Friday's game against the Blue Jays with back spasms, the team announced.

Guzman was removed from the game in the fifth inning for Jon Singleton. He is hitting .200/.275/.269 with two homers and eight RBI in 145 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for the second game of a three-game set against Toronto.


Cole Gillespie smacks a double in rehab debut
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:08 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Cole Gillespie began a minor-league rehab assignment Friday with Class A Dunedin. Gillespie played right field the entire game and finished 1 for 5 with a double He has been sidelined since early July with a ribcage injury and remains without a timetable.

Brett Lawrie plays second base in rehab game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:05 am ET) Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie began a minor-league rehab assignment Friday with Class A Dunedin. Lawrie played second base for six innings and finished 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored in his first game action.

Lawrie has been out since June 23 with a fractured right index finger. He'll play at least a few more games at Class A before moving his rehab to Triple-A, manager John Gibbons told MLB.com.

"He's going to need some playing time," Gibbons said. "Last year, we brought him back a couple of times without a lot of playing time down there and he suffered for it. We brought him back out of desperation, so he needs to get his timing back. I have to believe it's at least a week."

Carlos Quentin seeking second opinion
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:00 am ET) Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin told reporters that he has damage to the bone in his left knee and will seek a second opinion in hopes of playing again this season, per MLB.com Friday. Quentin has had three surgeries on his right knee over his career.

"I'm waiting to get the second opinion to get some more information, get a set rehab [schedule] and a set direction of how to come back and prevent this from happening again," Quentin said. "But right now ... this just needs to heal. There's nothing else that can be done."

Report: David Ross has ruptured plantar fascia in right foot
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:55 am ET) Red Sox catcher David Ross ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot during Friday's game against the Yankees, according to a report from WEEI. Ross sustained the injury while covering first base on a sixth-inning ground out. He will be heading to the disabled list on Saturday.

"We’?'ll evaluate him tomorrow. Looks like he’??s got some pain in that plantar fascia tendon," manager John Farrell said. "We’?'ll take a look at him tomorrow to make any determination at that point."

Kyle Hendricks finds winning path vs. Dodgers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:52 am ET) Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks remained dominant with a quality start on Friday against the Dodgers, improving to 2-1 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and one walk while striking out three over seven innings of an 8-2 victory.

Hendricks has allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his last three starts. He owns a 2.05 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over four starts (26 1/3 innings). His next start will come Thursday against Colorado at Coors Field.

Dodgers fearing serious injury for Paul Maholm
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:48 am ET) The Dodgers believe that left-hander Paul Maholm's right knee injury is serious. He is heading for an MRI, according to the Orange County Register.

Maholm suffered the injury while trying to cover first base in the seventh inning. The results of the MRI will likely be revealed on Saturday. He owns a 4.84 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP over 70 2/3 innings of work.

Dan Haren gets knocked around in loss to Cubs
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:45 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren was knocked around at home by the Cubs on Friday, dropping to 8-9 on the year. The right-hander permitted seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and two walks while striking out three over 4 1/3 innings of an 8-2 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 9 1/3 innings, Haren has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 4.76 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 22 starts (126 2/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday against the Angels in Anaheim.

Paul Maholm departs Friday with knee injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:41 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Paul Maholm was forced out of Friday's game against the Cubs with a right knee injury, per MLB.com.

Maholm suffered the injury while trying to cover first base in the seventh inning. He was able to walk out of the field under his own power. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk in two innings of work. He owns a 4.84 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP over 70 2/3 innings of work. He will likely be further evaluated moving forward.

Yasiel Puig exits game with mild hamstring injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:35 am ET) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was forced out of Friday's game at home against the Cubs because of a mild left hamstring, according to Los Angeles Times.

Puig may have sustained the injury while making a slide at the plate in the sixth inning. He was replaced by Andre Ethier in the seventh. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored in an 8-2 defeat. He owns a .319/.405/.551 slash line with 13 homers and 55 RBI in 376 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game against Chicago.


 
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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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