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Report: Yadier Molina could return to Cardinals this weekend


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:44 am ET) Catcher Yadier Molina could return behind the plate for the Cardinals as early as this weekend against the visiting Cubs, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina is set to start a rehab stint from Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and catch as many as five or six innings. He has been out since undergoing thumb surgery on his throwing hand in early July.


Mike Napoli hits home run into fifth deck at Rogers Centre


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning Tuesday at Toronto, helping Boston to an 11-7 win. Napoli's home run went into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre, making it the 17th time in stadium history a player has homered into the fifth deck.

"It's always nice to mess around with your teammates and everyone's just going crazy in the dugout," Napoli said, per MLB.com. "But it's just a homer."

Napoli finished 2 for 5 with two runs, one hit by pitch and three strikeouts. He is batting .206 with three doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI, 14 walks, nine runs and 25 strikeouts in 20 August games.


David Wright: Shoulder problem not reason from slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:35 am ET) Mets third baseman David Wright has responded to those who believe he has been negatively affected by a left shoulder problem that has plagued him since early summer. He added that it will remain a problem until he receives offseason rest.

Wright, however, refused to blame the ailment for a miserable year at the plate that has resulted in a stat line of ..266/.324/.368 with just eight home runs. He has just three hits in his last 28 at-bats and was forced to sit Tuesday.

"Is [the shoulder] the reason that I'm struggling the way I'm struggling?" Wright asked Newsday. "No. So, I think it's not a reasonable assessment as to why I'm playing poorly."

Wright has also been dealing with an unrelated neck injury.


Troy Patton on roll in rehab stint


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:23 am ET) Padres left-hander Troy Patton has performed well in his rehab assignment after missing two months with a shoulder injury.

Patton has allowed just one baserunner while fanning six in four innings covering four appearances.


Yan Gomes 'should be ready' to return Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:22 am ET) Indians manager Terry Francona indicated Tuesday that catcher Yan Gomes (concussion) is on track to come off the 7-day disabled list Friday, which is the first day he is eligible to return.

Gomes was able to go through sprint drills prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox, according to The Plain Dealer.

"Yan is having a really good day," Francona said Tuesday. "His eyes look a lot clearer. I don't want to be unfair to him, but I'd surprised if he's not raring to go by Friday and Friday is his day (to be activated). Unless he has a setback, he should be ready Friday."


Andrew McCutchen fine for Wednesday clash


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:18 am ET) A rib ailment that knocked Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen out of the Tuesday night game does not have him sidelined for the Wednesday afternoon game against visiting St. Louis. He is in the lineup.

McCutchen sustained the injury crashing into the wall in the third inning, though he remained in the game for a while. His hitless performance ended a strong stretch in which he slugged seven hits, including three home runs, in the previous four games.


Kirk Gibson: Patrick Corbin won't be back by 2015 opener


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin could remain out until next June after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 25, per the Arizona Republic.

"He'd probably punch me if he heard me saying that, but you're really going to take your time and make sure he's ready to go," Kirk Gibson said. "You're not going to expect him to come back and throw 220 innings. You kind of manage his rehab through innings and put him in position to finish strong. ... We're going to make sure we err on the side of very cautious."

Corbin emerged as a standout in 2013 with a 14-8 record, 3.41 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 208 1/3 innings.


Daniel Hudson nearing return from rehab stint


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:56 am ET) Right-hander Daniel Hudson has all but completed his rehab assignment and is slated to rejoin the Diamondbacks soon after his Friday outing for Triple-A Reno.

It remains to be seen if Hudson maintains his status as a starter, a role in which he showed promise before struggling mightily in 2012 and losing two seasons to multiple elbow surgeries.


Archie Bradley might not make major league debut this season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) Diamondbacks stud pitching prospect Archie Bradley might not see a major league mound in 2014. Those hoping he'd be called up in September could wind up being disappointed, per the Arizona Republic.

Bradley will pitch in the Arizona Fall League, which might preclude him from working with the Diamondbacks down the stretch. Kirk Gibson said the decision will be up to general manager Kevin Towers.

The right-hander needs the work. An elbow injury has limited him to just 82 2/3 innings this season, just over half the number he racked up in 2013.


Report: Reds place two starters on revocable waivers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) The Reds have placed starters Mat Latos and Mike Leake on revocable waivers, per MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal, who is further reporting that both should be claimed, but neither is likely to be traded.

The Reds have fallen virtually out contention for a playoff spot with a 2-8 slide, which could have led to the decision to test the interest in Latos and Leake.


Pedro Alvarez in walking boot after spraining foot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:26 am ET) Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez arrived at the ballpark Wednesday in a walking boot. He sprained his foot diving in vain for a ball Tuesday night.

Alvarez has three home runs in the last four games to give him 18 on the season.


Kolten Wong absent from St. Louis lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:14 am ET) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has been given the afternoon off Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Daniel Descalso will man the position instead.

Wong owns a stat line of .249/.289/.388. He has seven hits in his last five games, but no RBI in nearly two weeks.


Oscar Taveras set to sit Wednesday against Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:10 am ET) Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras has heated up, but he will cool his heels Wednesday against Pittsburgh. Taveras is out of the lineup in favor of Randal Grichuk.

Taveras has hit safely in seven of his last eight games in raising his average from .213 to .233, but has just one RBI since Aug. 17 and nary a homer since July 31.


Wilin Rosario could be sent to disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:16 am ET) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario could soon find himself on the disabled list as he continues to deal with a sore wrist, MLB.com reports.

"He's been getting treatment and trying to swing the bat in the cage the past couple days," manager Walt Weiss said Tuesday. "But he's getting close to probably looking at a DL [stint] is what we're looking at. The wrist just isn't responding like we want."

Rosario hasn't played since Friday due to the injury.


Joaquin Benoit records ninth save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:14 am ET) Padres closer Joaquin Benoit earned his ninth save Tuesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 4-1 win over the Brewers.

Benoit hasn't given up an earned run since July 18, stringing together 11 2/3 innings with only one unearned run, three walks and 14 strikeouts. Benoit owns a 1.58 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.


Abraham Almonte homers, steals base Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:11 am ET) Padres outfielder Abraham Almonte went 2 for 3 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and one stolen base in his team's 4-1 win over the Brewers Tuesday.

Almonte put his team ahead for good with his first-inning solo home run, which he followed up with an RBI single in a three-run third inning. He has hit .239/.277/.356 with three home runs, 15 RBI and four stolen bases in 163 at-bats.


Matt Shoemaker twirls seven scoreless innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:09 am ET) Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker earned a win Tuesday, giving up just two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 8-2 victory over the Marlins.

Shoemaker (13-4) has delivered back-to-back gems, allowing just three hits in 14 2/3 innings while striking out 15 during that stretch. He now owns a 3.33 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 108:21 K:BB ratio in 110 2/3 innings. Shoemaker will look to keep rolling Sunday against the A's.


Nathan Eovaldi chased in fourth inning in loss vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:09 am ET) Marlins pitcher Nathan Eovaldi took a loss Tuesday, surrendering six earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in just 3 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 8-2 defeat against the Angels.

Eovaldi (6-9) turned in his shortest outing of the season as he continues to deal with a rough second half. He gave up one run in the first inning Tuesday before the Angels racked up five more in the fourth inning. Eovaldi owns a 4.30 ERA and 117:34 K:BB ratio in 165 1/3 innings after owning a 3.61 ERA at the All-Star break. He's scheduled to face the Mets Monday.


Tyson Ross surrenders one run in win vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:08 am ET) Padres pitcher Tyson Ross earned a win Tuesday, allowing only one earned run on four hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 4-1 victory over the Brewers.

Ross (12-12) was handed a 4-0 lead after three innings before allowing his only run of the game on a ground-rule double in the fourth. He extended his quality-start streak to 13 starts with his excellent outing Tuesday. Ross owns a 2.64 ERA and 176:64 K:BB ratio in 181 innings. He's scheduled to face the Diamondbacks Monday.


Jimmy Nelson strikes out seven in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:08 am ET) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson took a loss Tuesday, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in five innings while striking out seven in his team's 4-1 defeat against the Padres.

Nelson (2-5) served up a solo home run in the first inning before the Padres added three more runs in the third. Though he's pitched relatively well in the second half of the season, Nelson could be in danger of losing his rotation spot with Matt Garza on the verge of returning. Nelson owns a 4.10 ERA and 45:15 K:BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cubs Monday.


Matt Kemp slugs 16th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:06 am ET) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

Kemp kicked off the scoring with a two-run shot in the first inning, and though the Diamondbacks evened the score in the second inning, the Dodgers picked up a win with relative ease. Kemp owns a .276/.341/.465 line with 16 home runs, 61 RBI and eight stolen bases in 434 at-bats.


Roberto Hernandez posts quality start in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:06 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez picked up a win Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in six innings and striking out three in his team's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Hernandez (8-9) gave up a two-run single in the second inning to tie the game but watched his offense delivered plenty of support with a six-run fourth inning. He's managed three quality starts in four tries since joining the Dodgers. Hernandez owns a 3.81 ERA and 90:63 K:BB ratio in 144 innings. He's in line to face the Padres Sunday, depending on the status of Hyun-Jin Ryu.


Trevor Cahill slammed for eight runs in loss vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:05 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill took a loss Tuesday, allowing eight earned runs on six hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 9-5 defeat against the Dodgers.

Cahill (3-9) surrendered a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, but things didn't get hairy until the fourth, when he walked the first two batters of the frame before recording a strikeout. It would be his final out of the day, as the starter gave up five straight singles in succession before being pulled. Cahill owns a 5.19 ERA and 78:40 K:BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Padres in San Diego Monday.


James Paxton tosses 6 2/3 scoreless innings vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:05 am ET) Mariners pitcher James Paxton earned a win Tuesday, giving up four hits and three walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 5-0 victory over the Rangers.

Paxton (4-1) got the first two outs of the seventh inning with ease but was pulled after walking the next batter, ending his night with a season-high 118 pitches thrown. He owns a 1.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 33:11 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. Paxton is scheduled to face the A's next Tuesday.


Robinson Cano swats 12th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:04 am ET) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-0 win over the Rangers Tuesday.

Cano opened the scoring Tuesday with a first-inning home run, and it was all the help that James Paxton and Danny Farquhar would need in the win. The second baseman has hit .326/.394/.469 with 12 home runs, 71 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 482 at-bats.


 
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Fan Poll

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