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1Carlos Carrasco, CLE, RP34
2Mike Fiers, MIL, RP31
3Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP25
4Avisail Garcia, CHW, RF23
5Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC, SP17
6Jake Peavy, SF, SP13
7Carl Crawford, LAD, LF13
8Kennys Vargas, MIN, 1B12
9Oswaldo Arcia, MIN, RF11
10Jason Vargas, KC, SP10
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2Garrett Richards, LAA, SP-21
3Carlos Gonzalez, COL, LF-12
4Charlie Morton, PIT, SP-12
5Carlos Beltran, NYY, DH-11
6Troy Tulowitzki, COL, SS-10
7Shelby Miller, STL, SP-9
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Ian Krol demoted to Triple-A
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:16 pm ET) The Tigers beleaguered bullpen took another twist with the demotion of Ian Krol to Triple-A Toledo.

Krol has yielded four runs on seven hits in his last five innings and owns a 4.97 ERA on the season.


Robbie Ray sent back to Toledo
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:13 pm ET) Tigers starter Robbie Ray was demoted to Triple-A Toledo after he took a pounding Friday night in Minnesota.

Ray has surrendered 20 earned runs in his last 14 1/3 innings pitched covering four outings.


Jacob Turner in, Edwin Jackson out of Cubs rotation
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:06 pm ET) What was suspected is now official: Jacob Turner is set to start Wednesday for the Cubs. He is replacing struggling Edwin Jackson in the rotation.

Turner has pitched two games out of the bullpen since the trade that brought him from Miami. He has been battered this season to the tune of a 4-7 record and 5.77 ERA. Jackson has been a mess for months. He is 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA.


Justin Ruggiano sidelined with ankle ailment
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:56 pm ET) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been scratched from the Saturday lineup against the Orioles with left ankle soreness.

Ruggiano has hit safely in the last six games in which he has started.


Odrisamer Despaigne: Hitters have adjusted against me
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Padres rookie starter Odrisamer Despaigne has admitted that hitters have made an adjustment against him, resulting in some tough outings.

Among them was Friday night, when he surrendered three runs on five hits in five innings in Arizona for his second straight loss. Despaigne has yielded 20 earned runs on 39 hits in his last 31 innings pitched covering six starts to raise his ERA from a sparkling 1.31 to 3.44.

"The first five starts, hitters had no idea about me," Despaigne told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I was the new guy. The last six of them, it's been different. Guys are making more adjustments, seeing me the second time, getting a better idea of how I like to work."

Despaigne found success in his early starts releasing the ball from several different arm angles.


Travis Snider raking while Gregory Polanco learning
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:42 pm ET) Travis Snider has continued to take away at-bats from far-more-ballyhooed Pirates rookie Gregory Polanco.

Despite an 0-for-5 night on Friday, Snider has earned the playing time. He owned an 11-game hitting streak previously in which he had six multi-hit games, scored seven runs and rose his batting average from .242 to .277. Polanco, on the other hand, has just one hit in his last 27 at-bats.

"Snider's been torrid," Clift Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday. "Thirty-five games left, another day, another opportunity for Polanco to get some work done. The good side of it is when we've  had some time to settle him down a little bit, when he has been back plugged in he's been very fresh and usually shows a lot of improvement."

Hurdle added that he wants Polanco to revert to the swing that proved successful upon his promotion from the minors. He began the season on an 11-game hitting streak that vaulted his average to .365 and allowed him to score 11 runs.

"I think we're trying to show him the fact once his front foot hits, that his hands are set in a position," Hurdle said. "There's been, I think, a little more movement than necessary with his hands. ... Sometimes you don't know whether it's fatigue, whether it's anxiety, whether it's the ptiches, but they're pitching him up a lot more. That's no secret. He's doing a lot more up-chasing than he had done when he first got here."


Michael Taylor dispatched to Syracuse
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:25 pm ET) Right fielder Michael Taylor has been demoted by the Nationals to Triple-A Syracuse to create a roster space for Nate Schierholtz.

Taylor managed three hits in 18 at-bats during his brief stint with Washington and is expected to return sometime soon.


Report: Nationals set to promote Nate Schierholtz
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:14 pm ET) Veteran outfielder Nate Schierholtz is set for a promotion to the Nationals from Triple-A Syracuse, per the Washington Post.

The 30-year-old Schierholtz, who was dumped earlier in the month by the Cubs, had three hits - all in one game - for the Chiefs. He will provide an experienced left-handed bat off the bench.


Xander Bogaerts: 'I'm OK' after scary HBP
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:01 pm ET) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has declared himself fine after taking an 89 mph changeup to the earpiece of his helmet Friday night. He wasn't blaming Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for the errant pitch.

"He's 0-2 and it probably slipped in his hand but it wasn't intentional," Bogaerts told ESPN. "You don't want to get hit in your head, obviously, but I got hit pretty good and thank God I'm OK right now."


Mission of mercy has Oswaldo Arcia out of Game 1
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:49 am ET) Torrid Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is catching a break Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tigers. He is out of the lineup after spending most of the night in the hospital with a sick child, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Chris Parmelee is taking his place in right field.

Arcia has hit safely in six straight games with four home runs. He is expected to play in the nightcap.


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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