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Which starting pitchers is Al Melchior optimistic on for the second half? He shares his top five and some sell-high candidates to consider over the break. Full story
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A's announce rotation plans for start of second half
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:03 pm ET) The Athletics announced their post-All-Star-break rotation plans Sunday. Jeff Samardzija has drawn the first start of the second half Friday vs. Baltimore.

Jason Hammel will pitch the second game of the Baltimore series and Sonny Gray will finish off the three-game set. Scott Kazmir will then pitch the opener of a series against Houston July 22. He will be followed by Jesse Chavez before the rotation resets.


Drew Pomeranz optioned to minors after DL activation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:55 pm ET) Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz (hand) was activated off the 15-day disabled list and then optioned to Triple-A Sacramento Sunday. The A's did not have a rotation spot for Pomeranz after trading for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Mariners line up post-break rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced his team's post-All-Star-break rotation plans Sunday, and Hisashi Iwakuma was given the nod to start the second-half opener Friday against the Angels.

He will be followed by Felix Hernandez and Chris Young in the three-game series at Los Angeles. Roenis Elias will then open a series at home against the Mets July 21, but McClendon did not announce a starter for the second game of the New York series. 

It is assumed Taijuan Walker will rejoin the rotation from Triple-A Tacoma. However, McClendon didn't seem pleased with how Walker fared for Tacoma Saturday, according to MLB.com. Walker allowed one run on four hits and one walk in five innings, but he needed 83 pitches and had only one strikeout. McClendon said the bar needs to be raised for Walker.


Reds making sure not to rush Jack Hannahan
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:31 pm ET) Reds infielder Jack Hannahan, who is working his way back from October shoulder surgery, has gone 3 for 9 (.333) with one double and one RBI in three games since beginning a rehab assignment with Class A Dayton. He has been the DH all three games.

"He's starting to do some things at first base and we're segueing probably from DH to first base and eventually to third base," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "But he's doing some different throws -- like that 3-6-1 double play -- which requires a different arm angle and footwork. So every time we reintegrate something, there's typically a little more soreness afterward, as you would expect while getting into shape.

"So we're taking a step and then we're taking a day off for recovery. He felt great yesterday."


Ramon Santiago sits out due to sore shoulder
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:27 pm ET) Reds manager Bryan Price chose to keep Ramon Santiago out of the starting lineup Sunday vs. Pittsburgh after he hurt his left shoulder diving for a ground ball while playing second base Saturday, per MLB.com.

"I think he's probably a little bit sore, but he can play," manager Bryan Price said of Santiago. "He got a little beat up yesterday, as you saw. But [the medical staff] did all the tests and stuff on him in there, and he had good strength and swung the bat fine and seemed to be OK. But I think he has the chance to feel a little bit more sore today than yesterday."


Shin-Soo Choo needs to 'get himself back mentally'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:13 pm ET) Rangers manager Ron Washington kept slumping outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out of the lineup Sunday, saying Choo needs to "get himself back mentally," reports the Dallas Morning News. Shoo is hitting .152 over his lst 33 at-bats.

Tim Hudson replacing teammate on NL All-Star team
by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(2:07 pm ET) Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson will take the roster spot of teammate Madison Bumgarner on the NL All-Star team because Bumgarner started Sunday vs. Arizona. It will be the fourth time Hudson has made an All-Star team.

Twins set rotation beyond All-Star break
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:04 pm ET) The Twins announced their rotation for the three-game series starting Friday against the Rays. Kyle Gibson, Kevin Correia and Phil Hughes will face Tampa Bay, with the rest of the rotation still undetermined, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


Tigers planning to get Victor Martinez back Friday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:00 pm ET) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he's planning on getting designated hitter Victor Martinez back in the lineup Friday, reports MLive.com. Martinez hurt his back June 29 while taking a swing and will go into the All-Star break having played in just two of the team's last 13 games.

He's hitting .328 with 21 homers and 55 RBI. Martinez will participate in All-Star festivities but not the game. He'll swing the bat in a team workout early Friday, hoping to get cleared for Friday's game against the Indians.


Alfredo Simon added to NL All-Star team
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:59 pm ET) Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon has been added to the NL All-Star team roster, a source told FOX Sports. It will be Simon's first All-Star appearance.

 
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