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Pablo Sandoval misses fifth straight start for Red Sox
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:48 pm ET) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game, with an injured knee. 

Brock Holt replaces Sandoval at third, his eighth start of the year at the hot corner. 


Red Sox place Shane Victorino on disabled list
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:40 pm ET) The Red Sox placed right fielder Shane Victorino back on the disabled list with a calf injury. Victorino left Saturday's game in the third inning after stumbling while fielding a fly ball, due to the injury.

"I’m not saying he fought this, but, at the same time, he’s frustrated," manager John Farrell said, per the Providence Journal. "He’s disappointed. But it's kind of hard to plan inning to inning rather than game to game."

Infielder Jeff Bianchi was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, where he was hitting .302, to replace him on the roster. 


Brett Lawrie out of Athletics' lineup again on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:34 pm ET) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game. 

Lawrie has missed the time due to overall soreness. He's replaced at third by Max Muncy, who gets his fourth time this year. 


Robinson Cano moves from second to DH for Mariners
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:31 pm ET) Robinson Cano gets a day off from the field on Sunday for the first time this season. After starting the first 42 games for the Mariners at second base, Cano is in the lineup as DH. 

Brad Miller replaces Cano at second base, batting leadoff. 

The Mariners also started Welington Castillo at catcher for the second time this year, giving Mike Zunino a rest. 


Jose Bautista out of Blue Jays' lineup after cortisone shot
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:27 pm ET) Blue Jays DH Jose Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder, per Toronto's 590 AM. Bautista is out of the lineup Sunday and will likely miss Monday as well. 

Edwin Encarnacion moves to DH from first base to replace Bautista, with Justin Smoak getting the start at first. 

Munenori Kawasaki also gets his second start of the year second base, replacing Steve Tolleson

Danny Valencia also gets a rest. Chris Colabello moves over from right field to left to replace him. Ezequiel Carrera replaces Colabello in right. 


Tigers' Jose Iglesias out of lineup, but MRI clear
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:15 pm ET) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is out of the lineup for Sunday's game with a sore knee. An MRI and X-ray showed no structural damage, and he's considered day-to-day, per MLive.

Andrew Romine replaces Iglesias at short.

The Tigers also gave catcher James McCann a rest. starting Bryan Holaday behind the plate.

J.D. Martinez moves to DH, replaced in right by Rajai Davis


Jose Altuve out of Astros' lineup for first time this year
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:07 pm ET) Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, after 44 starts. 

Altuve snapped a string of 88 straight starts, dating back to last season. He's replaced by Marwin Gonzalez, who moves over from shortstop. 

Jonathan Villar replaces Gonzalez at short. 


Avisail Garcia returns to White Sox lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia will return to the lineup on Sunday. 

Garcia is batting fifth in the order and returns after two games with a sore knee. 

The White Sox also flipped positions of Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche for the game. Abreu will play DH for the sixth time this year, while LaRoche plays first for the seventh time.


Collin Cowgill a late scratch from Angels' lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:54 pm ET) Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup. He was replaced by Matt Joyce

Cowgill has been bothered by a sore back and was unable to complete pregame batting practice, per MLB.com.

Also, with a lefthander facing the Angels, second baseman Johnny Giavotella is out of the lineup for just the fourth time this season. He's replaced by Taylor Featherston.


Orioles rest outfielders Delmon Young, Travis Snider
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:49 pm ET) The Orioles rested two starting outfielders on Sunday. 

Left fielder Travis Snider is out of the starting lineup, replaced by David Lough.

Lough will bat second and play left for the seventh time this year.

In right field, Delmon Young is out of the lineup, replaced by Alejandro De Aza. It's De Aza's eighth start, and he'll bat eighth in the lineup. 


 
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