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Taylor's recall won't change Miller's status as M's starting shortstop
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:37 am ET) Although Chris Taylor started at shortstop Thursday immediately following his recall from the minors, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Brad Miller will remain the starting shortstop, per MLB.com.

"Brad is in a pretty good groove right now," McClendon said. "There's still a lot of room for improvement, but he is improving every day. He has his moments [defensively], but most of the time it's just a mechanical thing where he doesn't move through the ball or he stands straight up. I would say the last 12-15 days, he's been a lot better at that."

Taylor will serve as a backup middle infielder and could get some playing time at other positions as well.

"It's still a progression, but I'm feeling a lot more comfortable and a lot better [at the plate]," Taylor said. "It was good to go down there and take some of the pressure off. I was able to stop pressing and just worry about going out there and having some fun again. I'm feeling a lot better now and I'm ready to go."


Cubs SS Starlin Castro catching break Friday against Marlins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:34 am ET) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has had successive multi-hit games for the first time in two weeks, but a third one is quite unlikely. He is on the bench for the Friday afternoon game against visiting Miami.

Castro has started all but two games at shortstop this season, but he has been fairly unproductive after a bounce-back season in 2014. He owns a slash line of .263/.298/.341 with just 26 runs scored as midseason approaches.


Blue Jays 2B Devon Travis returns from day off with three hits
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:32 am ET) Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis bounced back nicely after receiving a day off Wednesday by tying a season high with three hits during a 12-6 loss to the Red Sox on Thursday. He has totaled three hits three times.

Travis had three singles, one RBI and one run Thursday. He continues to do well since coming off the DL on June 26, as he has hit safely in five of his first six games since returning. He is batting .381 (8 for 21) with two doubles, two RBI, four runs and two strikeouts in that span.


Giants 2B Joe Panik has six multihit games in last 11 starts
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:28 am ET) Giants second baseman Joe Panik produced his third straight multihit game during a 5-4 loss to the Marlins on Thursday. He went 2 for 4 with one run, one double and one walk.

Panik has racked up six multihit games in his last 11 starts. He is batting .378 (17 for 45) with four RBI, five doubles, six runs, five walks, five strikeouts and one stolen base in that span.

Panik has 25 multihit games and 21 doubles through 77 appearances this season.


D-Backs' Yasmany Tomas contributes two RBI Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:23 am ET) Diamondbacks outfielder/third baseman Yasmany Tomas extended the lead to 5-1 on Thursday against the Rockies with a two-RBI double off Scott Oberg in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was his only hit in four at-bats. He also scored a run.

Tomas has two multi-RBI and four multihit games in his last nine starts. He is batting .333 with one home run, three doubles, six RBI, six runs, three walks and four strikeouts in that span.


Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen batting .364 in last 38 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:12 am ET) Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs during an 8-4 win Thursday against the Tigers via a sac fly in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the ninth inning. It was his 15th multi-RBI game this season.

McCutchen has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is batting .364 (12 for 33) with one home run, five doubles, five RBI, six runs, nine walks, seven strikeouts and two stolen bases.

The former NL MVP has been locked in at the plate for several weeks. Since May 20, he has a .364/.449/.593/1.042 slash line in his last 38 games.


Blue Jays CF Kevin Pillar has seven hits through two July games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:03 am ET) You could say Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar is off to a very good start in July. After producing three hits in his first July game Wednesday, Pillar came back with four hits Thursday against Boston.

Pillar went 4 for 5 with one double and one run. He is batting .778 (7 for 9) with two doubles through two July games.

Pillar has been on a pretty impressive run offensively since the beginning of June. He has a .400/.571/.984 slash line in his last 28 games. He has four home runs, six doubles, 18 RBI, 14 runs, three walks, 14 strikeouts and five stolen bases in that span.


Red Sox's Brock Holt ties season high with four hits
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:46 am ET) Red Sox utility player Brock Holt tied a season high with four hits during Thursday's 12-6 win at Toronto. He has accomplished the feat three times this season.

All four of his hits were singles. He finished with one run, one strikeout and one stolen base. Holt entered play mired in a 4-for-32 slump in his previous eight games.


Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts totals third four-hit game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts tied a season high with four hits during a 12-6 win Thursday at Toronto. He has totaled four hits three times this season.

Bogaerts opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. He added another single in the fourth and sixth innings before recording his second RBI on his fourth single of the game in the top of the seventh. He had one run in the game.

Bogaerts has been on a steady offensive run since May 31. He has a .341/.463/.821 slash line in his last 30 games. He has one home run, 12 doubles, 19 RBI, 15 runs, three walks, 19 strikeouts and two stolen bases in that span.


Marlins LF Christian Yelich batting .643 over last five games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:34 am ET) Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to a modest five games Thursday against the Giants. He went 1 for 2 with a double, two runs, two walks, one strikeout and one stolen base.

Yelich's hit streak started June 27 with a four-hit outing against the Dodgers. He is batting .643 (9 for 14) with three doubles, six walks, four runs, two strikeouts and two stolen bases in that span.

Yelich has been on a good run offensively since early June. He is batting .329 with a .507 slugging percentage and .937 OPS in his last 21 games. His batting average has climbed from .216 to .253 in that span.


 
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