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Brewers' Scooter Gennett batting second Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:48 pm ET) Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett has been moved to the No. 2 spot in the batting order for Wednesday's matchup with the Dodgers.

Gennett returned from the disabled list Tuesday and went 1 for 3 while batting sixth, but with Tuesday's No. 2 hitter Gerardo Parra on the bench in favor of Khris Davis, Gennett is making his first start in the top third of the lineup this season. He has hit .219/.306/.219 in 32 at-bats.

The Brewers are home underdogs (+108) against the Dodgers Wednesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Cubs activate Grimm, DFA Varvaro; option Lake, Szczur to Triple-A
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:45 pm ET) The Cubs announced several roster moves prior to Wednesday's game in St. Louis, per the team's official website. The club activated right-hander Justin Grimm off the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa. Outfielder Junior Lake has been optioned to Triple-A and right-hander Anthony Varvaro has been designated for assignment.

White Sox activate, DFA reliever Javy Guerra Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:42 pm ET) The White Sox activated reliever Javy Guerra from the 15-day disabled list and designated him for assignment on Wednesday, according to MLB.com. 

Guerra had been rehabbing in Triple-A after recovering from a shoulder injury. He made three appearances for the White Sox before suffering the injury. He did not allow a run over his 1 2/3 innings pitched.

Last season, Guerra appeared in 42 games for the Sox, recording a 2.91 ERA with a 7.4 K/9 ratio.


Braves recall Williams Perez, option Michael Kohn
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:41 pm ET) The Braves recalled pitcher Williams Perez from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned pitcher Michael Kohn to the same team.

Perez has made five starts with Gwinnett, going 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA and 21:9 K:BB ratio in 27 innings. He has yet to pitch in a major-league game in the regular season.

Kohn has made six appearances with the Braves without giving up a run or a hit, but he has walked six batters while striking out four.


Pirates shuffle lineup Wednesday, drop Josh Harrison to seventh
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:38 pm ET) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds but batting seventh for the first time this season.

Harrison led off in 20 of the team's first 21 games, only getting one game off from starting. After his next day off, he was slotted second Friday and left in the spot for three games. Harrison was off again Tuesday and now returns in the bottom third of the order. He has hit just .188/.220/.313 with two home runs and six RBI in 96 at-bats.

With Harrison dropped in the lineup, second baseman Neil Walker has been moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, while the team's regular fifth-through-seventh hitters have been bumped up a spot, with left fielder Starling Marte landing in the cleanup role.

The Pirates are favorites (-160) against the Reds Wednesday with Gerrit Cole on the mound.


Rays' Steven Souza out of the starting lineup Wednesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:36 pm ET) Rays right fielder Steven Souza is out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Brandon Guyer with shift to right in his place. Souza has only missed two games this season and started 10 games in a row for Tampa Bay. Souza is hitting .232 with four home runs in 95 at-bats this season. The Rays are currently the underdogs (+115) against Boston.


Dodgers recall Joe Wieland, option Daniel Coulombe
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:22 pm ET) The Dodgers recalled pitcher Joe Wieland from Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday and optioned pitcher Daniel Coulombe to the same team.

Weiland is set to take the mound Wednesday to face the Brewers in Milwaukee. It'll be his first start of the season for the Dodgers after going 3-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 22:2 K:BB ratio in 20 innings with Oklahoma City.

Coulombe made his season debut with the Dodgers Tuesday, giving up one earned run on one hit and one walk in one inning of work.


Pirates place Lambo (foot) on DL; promote Lombardozzi from Triple-A
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:19 pm ET) The Pirates have purchased the contract of infielder/outfielder Steve Lombardozzi from Triple-A Indianapolis and have placed outfielder Andrew Lambo on the 15-day disabled list -- retroactive to May 4 -- with a case of plantar fasciitis, per the team's official website.

Lombardozzi started the year with a .379 batting average, which currently ranks second in the International League. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 minor-league games, while batting .415 (17 for 41) over that span.


Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) not able to start Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:14 pm ET) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart remained out of the starting lineup on Wednesday. Cozart also missed Tuesday's game due to a finger injury sustained on Sunday. Kris Negron started at shortstop for the second straight game. No updates on Cozart's injury have been released.

Reds C Bryan Pena out, Tucker Barnhart in lineup Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:10 pm ET) Reds catcher Brayan Pena was given the day off and held out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates. Pena had started each of the last four games for Cincinnati, and has been hitting fairly well recently. Over his last eight games, the veteran catcher is hitting .269 (7 for 26) with three doubles.

Tucker Barnhart made his fifth start of the year behind the dish, batting eighth for manager Bryan Price. 


 
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