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'Still a good chance' Joaquin Benoit gets dealt
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:00 am ET) A major-league source told MLBDailyDish.com that there is "still a good chance" the Padres trade reliever Joaquin Benoit, who has taken over the closer's role since San Diego traded Huston Street to the Angels. The Pirates and Indians could be two teams still interested in acquiring the veteran reliever.

Adam Eaton on a roll for White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton has remained steady and productive since a mini-slump in late June and early July.

Eaton has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games with 22 hits in 58 at-bats during that stretch. He has scored six runs in the last eight games and has sweetened his stat line to .285/.355/.383. The lone mild disappointment has been his 10 stolen bases in 16 attempts.


Report: Brewers among teams interested in Jon Lester
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) The Brewers are among several teams trying to trade for Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles are among other teams reported to have inquired about Lester.

Seth Smith continues to rake against righties
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Padres left fielder Seth Smith continues to give his team what it expects - a strong bat against right-handers and a fixture on the bench against lefties.

Smith is arguably enjoying his finest season for the offensively challenged Padres with a stat line of .295/.392/.510. He is coming off a 12-for-21 stretch in which he scored five runs and drove in four. He has 11 homers and 44 walks, but just 30 at-bats against left-handers this season with seven hits.


Deep league owners need Billy Burns
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10:38 am ET) On Monday night, Billy Burns made his major league debut, pinch-hitting for Josh Reddick and lining out. It's wasn't an auspicious beginning for the Athletics' callup, but there should be better times ahead.

Though he had not advanced beyond Double-A, Burns had already demonstrated Fantasy potential with his blazing speed. Burns stole 51 bases in 56 attempts for Double-A Midland after notching 74 steals across two levels in the Nationals' system in 2013. He has very little power, but Burns has shown good plate discipline and has some potential to help owners with batting average and on-base percentage.

Even as just a pinch-running specialist, Burns would have value for owners in AL-only leagues, but he will be more than that. According to MLB.com, Burns will fill the role vacated by Craig Gentry, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand. That means he will platoon in center field against left-handed pitchers. That additional playing time gives Burns some appeal in deeper mixed leagues.


Chris Archer earns praise for standing up to David Ortiz
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:28 am ET) Rays starter Chris Archer has earned the respect of his teammates for his reaction to the showmanship of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in flipping his bat and taking his time rounding the bases after blasting a home run against the right-hander.

Archer claimed Ortiz feels he's bigger than the game. Ortiz said Archer had no business reacting that way as a player with "two days" in the game. Archer countered by noting that classy Hank Aaron never flipped his bat.

"My initial thought was you're never too youthful to tell the truth and say things how you see them," Archer told the Tampa Tribune.

Archer standing up to Ortiz prompted praise from David Price, who has his own feud going with the Red Sox stud.

"Not only did he earn respect here, but in all of baseball," Price said about Archer. "He said what he needed to say. He said it well. I wish I would've said it as well."


Report: Royals interested in adding Andrew Miller
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:17 am ET) The Royals are seeking to bolster one of the premier bullpens in the bigs by adding Red Sox fireballing southpaw Andrew Miller, WEEI.com has claimed.

Miller is reportedly on the trading block. The failed starter has thrived as a short reliever in recent years. He has been most dominant this season with 25 hits allowed in 40 1/3 innings, 13 walks and 65 strikeouts. He has only allowed two home runs, which bodes well for spacious Kauffman Stadium.


Marlon Byrd strings together four singles in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:47 am ET) Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd put together a strange performance Monday, in a 7-1 loss to the Mets.

Byrd, who ranked fourth in the National League with 20 home runs this season, had a fairly quiet four-hit game in the loss. Byrd went 4 for 5 with all of his hits going for singles, and he neither scored nor drove in a run.

Byrd is now hitting .273/.321/.482 in 105 games. 


Carlos Ruiz hitting well since return
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:41 am ET) Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz continues to hit the ball well since his return from the disabled list, as he put together another multi-hit game Monday against the Mets.

Though the Phillies lost 7-1, Ruiz had one of his best performance of the season in the loss. He went 4 for 4 in the game with one double, and he drove in the team's lone run in the loss.

Ruiz has put together three multi-hit games over the last four since his return from a concussion. He was hitting .257 prior to the DL trip, but is now at .272/.375/.382 for the season. 


Vance Worley spins first career CGSHO Monday vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:56 am ET) Pirates pitcher Vance Worley turned in a masterful effort Monday, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out three and recording his first career complete-game shutout in his team's 5-0 win over the Giants.

Worley (4-1) opened the game by tossing four perfect innings, and he managed to face the minimum through seven innings thanks to two double plays and one caught-stealing. Hunter Pence threatened the CGSHO with a two-out triple in the ninth, but Worley was able to slam the door immediately and finish the gem with 100 pitches on the nose. He owns a 2.54 ERA and 30:8 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings after the excellent effort. Worley is slated to take on the Diamondbacks Saturday.


 
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