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1Jorge Soler, CHC, RF48
2Yusmeiro Petit, SF, RP21
3Carlos Carrasco, CLE, RP19
4Shane Greene, NYY, SP17
5Hector Santiago, LAA, SP17
6Jordan Schafer, MIN, LF16
7Yadier Molina, STL, C15
8Mookie Betts, BOS, RF14
9Eric O'Flaherty, OAK, RP13
10Luis Valbuena, CHC, 3B12
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1Shin-Soo Choo, TEX, LF-23
2Wei-Yin Chen, BAL, SP-12
3Tim Lincecum, SF, SP-11
4Stephen Vogt, OAK, 1B-11
5Wilin Rosario, COL, C-10
6Eric Stults, SD, SP-10
7Daniel Murphy, NYM, 2B-9
8Yu Darvish, TEX, SP-8
9Gregory Polanco, PIT, RF-7
10Brandon McCarthy, NYY, SP-7
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Sean Doolittle could return from DL when eligible
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle has begun doing sock throws on Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Doolittle has been sidelined since August 23 due to an intercostal injury. The team has not ruled him coming off the DL when eligible next week.

Rockies bring up three from Triple-A
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(3:01 pm ET) Rockies purchased the contract of infielder Rafael Ynoa from Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled left-hander Yohan Flande and first baseman Ben Paulsen from Colorado Springs.

Michael Saunders heading to Arizona to regain his strength
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(2:54 pm ET) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will report to the team's spring training facility in Arizona to "try to get his strength back," manager Lloyd McClendon told the Tacoma News Tribune on Monday. Saunders has been sidelined since mid-July because of a back issue, and was recalled from his rehab assignment late August due to a viral infection.

Erasmo Ramirez, Taijuan Walker expected to pitch long relief in September
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(2:42 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. Ramirez -- along with Taijuan Walker -- will pitch long relief for the final month of the season, per MLB.com.

Boone Logan transferred to 60-day disabled list
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(2:40 pm ET) The Rockies have transferred pitcher Boone Logan to the 60-day disabled list on Monday, the Denver Post reports. Logan has been sidelined since Aug. 27 with elbow inflammation. He owns a  6.84 ERA over 25 innings. 

Henderson Alvarez exits start with oblique injury
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(2:35 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez was forced out of Monday's start against the Marlins with a strained left oblique, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Alvarez had his back wrapped during pregame and his velocity topped out at 93 mph before leaving the game in the third inning. He allowed four runs -- three earned -- on three hits and walk while striking out one over 2 1/1 innings of work. Of his 40 pitches, 28 were strikes. The team has listed him as day to day, leaving his status up in the air for Sunday's start against Atlanta.


Report: Maikel Franco to be promoted Tuesday
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(2:27 pm ET) The Phillies are expected to promote third baseman Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Franco is slashing .257/.298/.427 with 32 doubles, four triples, 16 homers and 78 RBI over 518 at-bats for the IronPigs.

Padres announce September callups
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(2:19 pm ET) The Padres announced several roster moves on Monday. The team recalled Robbie Erlin and selected the contracts of Cory Spangenberg and Leonel Campos. Additionally, San Diego transferred Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso to the 60-day disabled list.


Mark Ellis reinstated from the disabled list
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(1:48 pm ET) The Cardinals activated infielder Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Ellis was sidelined since Aug. 19 with a strained left oblique. He is hitting .192 over 167 at-bats. 

Coco Crisp to receive trigger point injections Tuesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:44 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp took some right-handed swings prior to Monday's game against Seattle, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports. He is expected to receive trigger point injections in his neck on Tuesday. Crisp remains without a timetable moving forward.

 
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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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