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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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Collin Cowgill to DL with nasal fracture
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:51 pm ET) The Angels put outfielder Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list with a nasal fracture, reports the Los Angeles Times. Cowgill was hit by a pitch in his face when he squared to bunt Saturday.

Nyjer Morgan might not be back until September
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:47 pm ET) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said outfielder Nyjer Morgan's rehab from a knee sprain is going slowly and that he might not return until August or even September, reports MLB.com. Morgan hasn't played since May 14.

Coco Crisp still sidelined
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:41 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp remained out of the lineup Sunday while he continues to nurse an ankle injury. He has not played since Wednesday, but should be ready to go after the All-Star break.

Red Sox announce rotation plans for start of second half
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:41 pm ET) The Red Sox announced Clay Buchholz will be on the mound for the team's second-half opener Friday vs. Kansas City. He will be followed in the three-game series by Rubby De La Rosa and Jon Lester.

John Lackey will then open a series at Toronto July 21. He will be followed by Jake Peavy before the rotation resets.

It appears for the time being that Brandon Workman will remain in the minors. He was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday in order to clear a roster spot for De La Rosa.


Tigers set rotation following All-Star break
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:34 pm ET) The Tigers announced they'll use this pitching rotation following the All-Star break: Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Drew Smyly, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello. Detroit starts the second half by hosting the Indians on Friday.


Collin Cowgill out of Sunday's lineup
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:30 pm ET) Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill was not in Sunday's lineup one day after getting hit by a pitch in the nose.

Cubs set rotation for first series after All-Star break
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:25 pm ET) The Cubs announced starting pitcher Edwin Jackson will be on the hill for the team's second-half opener Friday at Arizona. He will be followed by Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta in the three-game series.

The Cubs have yet to make a decision on who will occupy the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation, according to Daily Herald.


George Springer 'a little sore'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:22 pm ET) Astros left fielder George Springer will serve as the designated hitter Sunday because he's "a little sore," manager Bo Porter told the Houston Chronicle. Chris Carter will take his spot in left.

Springer sat out Friday with knee soreness.


Rangers set rotation beyond All-Star break
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:13 pm ET) Rangers manager Ron Washington said his rotation after the All-Star break will be Yu Darvish, Colby Lewis and Nick Tepesch, with the other two spots up in the air, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Washington also mentioned Miles Mikolas as a candidate to start.

Texas opens a three-game series at Toronto on Friday.


Phillies outline post-break rotation plans
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:08 pm ET) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett will be on the hill in the team's second-half opener Friday against the Braves, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He will be followed by Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick in the three-game series at Atlanta.

Cliff Lee (elbow) will then be activated off the 60-day disabled list to open a series vs. San Francisco July 21. He will be followed by Roberto Hernandez before the rotation resets.


 
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