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Giants' Brandon Crawford sits, Joaquin Arias in at shortstop
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2:03 pm ET) Shorstop Brandon Crawford is sitting out of Sunday's series-finale against the Rockies. 

Crawford rested on Thursday and appears to be doing the same for this game as well. In his place at shortstop will be Joaquin Arias, who is penciled in to bat eighth. 

Buster Posey and Nori Aoki are in the lineup after playing one game of Saturday's doubleheader. 


Austin Jackson may return to Mariners on Monday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:57 pm ET) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson may return to the team on Monday, manager Lloyd McClendon said before Sunday's game. 

"He’s feeling a lot better. I think he’s real close," McClendon said per MLB.com. "We’ll see how he feels after today’s game and go from there."

Jackson is on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury. He's hitting .310 in seven rehab games at Triple-A.


Kurt Suzuki, Danny Santana out of Twins lineup on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:52 pm ET) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki was out of the starting lineup on Sunday. Suzuki was replaced by Chris Herrmann, who gets his ninth start behind the plate. 

Shortstop Danny Santana also misses a start. He's replaced by Eduardo Escobar for the fifth time this season. 

Right fielder Torii Hunter also gets a day away from the field, starting at DH.


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. 


 
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