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1Chris Young, SEA, SP28
2Steve Pearce, BAL, LF26
3Santiago Casilla, SF, RP21
4Joe Smith, LAA, RP18
5Arismendy Alcantara, CHC, SS17
6Charlie Morton, PIT, SP14
7Brandon McCarthy, NYY, SP14
8Stephen Vogt, OAK, RF14
9Carlos Martinez, STL, RP13
10Tom Koehler, MIA, SP12
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2Yangervis Solarte, NYY, 3B-21
3CC Sabathia, NYY, SP-20
4Jaime Garcia, STL, SP-17
5Tommy Milone, OAK, SP-16
6Collin McHugh, HOU, SP-15
7Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP-11
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Wei-Chung Wang hits disabled list with shoulder issue
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:21 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Wei-Chung Wang has been placed on the disabled list due to shoulder tightness.

Wang has struggled this season, posting an 11.12 ERA over 17 innings. He gave up two earned runs over one inning of work Thursday, which likely led to his placement on the disabled list. 


Joe Mauer unlikely to return immediately after the break
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:00 pm ET) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is unlikely to return immediately after the All-Star break, according to MLB.com.

Mauer is sidelined with an oblique injury, and there's a sense he could need some rehab games before he's ready to return. Mauer doesn't have an exact timetable for a return just yet. He's hitting .271/.342/.353 over 303 at-bats. 


Andrew Miller picks up relief win in extras
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:40 pm ET) Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller took the win Thursday afternoon against the White Sox in extras.

Miller allowed one hit and one walk in a scoreless 10th inning while the offense scored in the bottom of the frame to secure a 4-3 win for the Red Sox. He owns a 2.27 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP over 35 2/3 innings of relief this season.

Koji Uehara suffers rare blown save
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:38 pm ET) Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara was charged with a blown save Thursday afternoon at home against the White Sox.

Uehara served up a game-tying two-run home run to Conor Gillaspie in the ninth inning, which sent the game to extras. He was charged with two runs on two hits and no walks while striking out two over one inning of work in a 4-3 victory. He owns a 1.65 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP over 43 2/3 innings of relief.

Travis d'Arnaud emerging as mixed-league catcher
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:35 pm ET) It's too early to tell anything -- most any player can go off for a two-week stretch -- but the timing of this particular hot streak and the history of the player in question make it too enticing to ignore.

In 13 games since returning from the minors, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is hitting .300 (15 for 50) with three home runs and a .900 OPS.

No, his plate discipline hasn't been especially good -- he has 13 strikeouts to just three walks during that stretch -- but that wasn't exactly his calling card in the minors either. He was just a good hitter, routinely hitting well over .300 with plus power.

It's worth noting he hit .436 (24 for 55) with six home runs and a 1.384 OPS during his stint in the minors, but that was at Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League, a level he dominated while in the Blue Jays organization as well. Still, it all plays into d'Arnaud's theory that he was simply trying to do too much in his previous stints in the majors.

So a former top prospect who struggles to find his footing in the majors gets sent down, rediscovers his stroke and comes back to put up the numbers everyone from him all along. Again, it's not an open-and-shut case, but if you need a catcher (perhaps if you lost Yadier Molina), it's reason enough to act.


Ronald Belisario takes the loss in extras vs. Boston
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:35 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Ronald Belisario was charged with the loss Thursday against the Red Sox in Boston.

Belisario allowed a run-scoring single to Mike Carp in the 10th inning, which proved to be the difference. He was charged with one run on one hit and two walks over two-thirds of an inning in a 4-3 defeat. He owns a 5.16 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 45 1/3 innings of relief.

Arismendy Alcantara picks up four hits Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:31 pm ET) Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara picked up four hits Thursday against the Reds.

After striking out in his first at-bat, and hitting a sac fly his second time up, Alcantara quickly turned things around. He doubled in his third plate appearance, singled his fourth time up and clubbed a triple his fifth time at the plate. He would go on to add another single his final time up. Alcantara finished 4 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. The strong performance likely played a role in the Cubs keeping Alcantara on the active roster following the game. 


Clint Robinson designated for assignment Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7:23 pm ET) Dodgers infielder Clint Robinson has been designated for assignment Thursday.

The club needed to make space on the roster for Carl Crawford, and decided to get rid of Robinson. Robinson had a .333 average over nine at-bats in the majors this season. 


Danny Santana will start rehab assignment this week
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:19 pm ET) Twins rookie shortstop Danny Santana will start a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend for Class A Fort Myers, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Santana remains hopeful of returning to the Twins for the homestand starting July 18.

What to do with Masahiro Tanaka?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7:16 pm ET) If you own Masahiro Tanaka in Fantasy, your best bet is to hang on to him for now. If you try to trade him with all the uncertainty surrounding his elbow, you might get only pennies on the dollar.

Pennies don't win championships. A crumpled dollar might.

I've downgraded Tanaka in my rankings because, like everyone else, I'm scared. We've seen enough season-ending elbow injuries this year to know how suddenly they pop up, and the lack of information on Tanaka's so far is unsettling. But a panic move is never advised. To trade one of the most valuable players in Fantasy knowing he could end up missing just 2-4 weeks (or whatever), you'd still need something awfully good in return.

Tanaka now ranks 14th for me, meaning I'd still need a true ace to part with him. Cole Hamels is the last of what I'd consider the "true aces," coming in at 13th.

Obviously, that's subject to change as the situation develops, but if you can get one of my top 13 starting pitchers for Tanaka, you might want to unload the worry on someone else.


 
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