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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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4Santiago Casilla, SF, RP23
5Jimmy Nelson, MIL, SP22
6Edinson Volquez, PIT, SP17
7Kolten Wong, STL, 2B16
8Jacob deGrom, NYM, SP16
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10Joe Smith, LAA, RP15
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6Jaime Garcia, STL, SP-15
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Fernando Rodney a late addition to ASG roster
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:25 pm ET) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney was a late addition to the American League roster for the All-Star Game, according to the Tacoma News Tribune on Saturday. Rodney will replaced David Price's spot on the roster. Rodney is 27 for 29 in save chances, with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 36 1/3 innings of relief.

Manager: Joey Votto will return in weeks, not months
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:17 pm ET) Reds manager Bryan Price believes first baseman Joey Votto's timetable will come down to weeks, not months, MLB.com reports Saturday.

"It's so far out, and when I say 'far out,' it's more weeks; I'm not talking about months and months and months," Price said. "But with both Brandon [Phillips] and Joey, we're talking more about weeks than days. So I think it would be reckless of me to suggest there's a due date on when either one of them would be back."

Alberto Callaspo diagnosed with Grade 2 hamstring strain
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(9:05 pm ET) Athletics infielder Alberto Callaspo was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Callaspo pulled up lame while trying to beat out a grounder Friday night against the Mariners. He is expected to need at least seven days to recover, which is why he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

Nick Martinez nearing 'pen session
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(8:41 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez threw long toss in the outfield prior to Saturday's game against the Angels. Martinez, who is on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his left side, is expected to throw his first bullpen next weekend in Toronto, MLB.com reports.

Victor Martinez not healthy enough to play in ASG
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(8:39 pm ET) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (back) will not play in the All-Star game, but will be there for the festivities in Minneapolis, MLB.com reports Saturday.

"He should go, I mean he was selected by his peers. He should definitely go," manager Brad Ausmus said.

Twins part ways with Scott Diamond
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(8:33 pm ET) The Twins have released minor-league pitcher Scott Diamond Saturday afternoon, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Diamond went 4-7 with a 6.53 ERA over 80 innings at Triple-A Rochester.

X-rays come back negative for Brian McCann
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(7:54 pm ET) Yankees catcher Brian McCann underwent X-rays on his injured foot, which came back negative, the Star-Ledger reports Saturday. McCann, who fouled off ball off his toe Saturday, remains hopeful he can play on Sunday against the Orioles, the final game before the All-Star break.

Chris Young delivers game-tying, pinch-hit home run Saturday
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(7:50 pm ET) Mets outfielder Chris Young knocked a pinch-hit, two-run home run Saturday to tie the game in the seventh inning before his team went on to defeat the Marlins, 5-4.

Young was 0 for 8 in July going into Saturday's game before delivering his eighth home run of the season. The outfielder has hit .199/.280/.354 with eight home runs, 25 RBI and seven stolen bases in 206 at-bats.


Christian Yelich smacks eighth home run Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:46 pm ET) Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Mets Saturday.

Yelich gave his team a 2-0 lead with his shot to right center field in the top of the fifth, but the Mets were able to even the score in the bottom half of the inning. Yelich owns a nine-game hitting streak as well as a .273/.351/.431 line with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 304 at-bats.


Charlie Blackmon collects five hits in loss vs. Twins
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:43 pm ET) Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon went 5 for 5 with one double, one RBI and one stolen base in his team's 9-3 loss to the Twins Saturday.

Blackmon has managed to tally at least two hits in each of his last four games, and Saturday's five-hit effort was his best performance since going 6-for-6 with three doubles and a home run in a game during the first week of the season. He has hit .306/.352/.483 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 346 at-bats.


 
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