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Phillies SP Kevin Correia out of rotation, taken off roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:24 pm ET) The Phillies not only removed starting pitcher Kevin Correia from the starting rotation, they took him off the roster by designating him for assignment Tuesday.

The veteran right-hander did not have a good run with Philadelphia. He went 0-3 with a 6.56 ERA in five starts. He lasted only 3 1/3 innings Saturday against the Braves, allowing nine runs on 10 hits and two walks.

Severino Gonzalez will be recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Correia's spot in the rotation and start Thursday against the Dodgers.


Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen ties career-long hitting streak
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:18 pm ET) Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen pushed his hitting streak to 13 games on Monday against the Padres. He went 1 for 2 with one double, two runs and two walks.

McCutchen is batting .372 (16 for 43) with two home runs, seven doubles, nine RBI, nine runs, 14 walks, nine strikeouts and two stolen bases in his last 13 games.

McCutchen's hitting streak is tied for the longest of his career, per Baseball-Reference.com. He also had a 13-game hit streak in 2009.


Astros 2B Jose Altuve matches career-high 14-game hit streak
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:05 pm ET) Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve pushed his hitting streak to 14 games on Monday against the Indians. He went 2 for 4 with one double, one RBI, one run and one walk.

Altuve has managed four multihit games during his hitting streak. He is batting .375 (21 for 56) with two home runs, five doubles, eight RBI, 15 runs, four walks, six strikeouts and seven stolen bases in his last 14 games.

Altuve's hit streak is tied for the longest of his career, per Baseball-Reference.com. He also had a 14-game hit streak last season.


Royals P Joe Blanton given spot start Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:11 pm ET) Veteran Royals right-hander Joe Blanton is set for a spot start Saturday against Toronto despite his recent move to the bullpen, per MLB.com.

The start was necessitated by shifts in the rotation off the Tuesday doubleheader and the return of Yordano Ventura on Thursday.

Blanton was pounded in his last two appearances, but still owns a respectable ERA of 3.74.


Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon reiterates desire to be traded
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:44 pm ET) Phillies disgruntled closer Jonathan Papelbon has claimed that he would be both surprised and disappointed if he wasn't traded by the July 31 deadline, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Papelbon has been outspoken in his criticism of the front office for not rebuilding in the offseason and maintaining the core of a club that is on pace to lose 109 games.

"I don't make those decisions," he said. "The front office knows where my heart is and where my mind is. And that's to be with a contending ballclub. The ball is in their court."

Papelbon added, however, that he only wants to be dealt to a team that would maintain his role as a closer.


RP Justin Germano signs with Korean team
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) Reliever Justin Germano, who opted out of his minor league contract with Seattle last week, has signed with KT Wiz in Korea, per MLB.com.

Germano has pitched in only two major league games over the last three seasons.


Report: Rangers seeking to unload SP Wandy Rodriguez
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) The Rangers are receiving some feelers in their openness to trade starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, per Fox Sports, which is claiming he could be gone in the next few weeks.

The team is seeking a trade that would allow them to bring in a top-of-the-line pitcher for its rotation in an attempt to remain in playoff contention.

Rodriguez could fetch a fair price, but his recent performances aren't driving up his value. He has allowed 19 runs in his last 19 1/3 innings pitched and hasn't managed a quality start in his last four outings.

His ERA has soared from 3.03 to 4.23.


Dodgers OF Andre Ethier hits safely in five of last six games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:11 pm ET) Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier had two hits, including his eighth double, and one RBI during a 10-7 win Monday against the Phillies. He also had one run and one walk.

Ethier has hit safely in five of his last six games. He is batting .471 (8 for 17) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, four runs, four walks and two strikeouts in that span.


Royals SP Jason Vargas set for simulated game Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:07 pm ET) A simulated game scheduled for Royals rehabbing left-hander Jason Vargas has been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday, per Sports Radio 810. He will throw about 60 pitches.

Vargas has been sidelined for a month with a left flexor strain. He won five of seven decisions and posted a 4.10 ERA before going down.


Cardinals LF Randal Grichuk out of lineup for Game 1 Tuesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:42 am ET) After 16 straight starts in left field, slumping Randal Grichuk is out of the lineup for the Cardinals in the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader against the Cubs.

Tommy Pham will slide over from center to play that spot.

Grichuk is batting .050 (1-for-20) over his last six games, though he did slam a two-run double in the ninth inning Monday that could get him going again.


 
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