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Mike Trout slugs 24th home run Tuesday vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:41 am ET) Angels outfielder Mike Trout provided his team's only offense Tuesday, going 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 4-2 loss to the Orioles.

Trout was one of only two Angels to get a hit in the game, and while his hit sailed over the outfield fence for a home run, it wasn't enough to avoid the loss. He has hit .309/.395/.610 with 24 home runs, 76 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 369 at-bats.


Michael Saunders not expected back before mid-August


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders could be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery from an oblique strain, MLB.com reports.

Even though Saunders is recovering well, he isn't expected to return until mid-August at the earliest. "He's feeling better," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's getting better. He may be a little ahead of schedule, but that's going to be a while."


Alex Rios, Jake Smolinski expected to be available Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Rangers expect outfielders Alex Rios and Jake Smolinski to both be available Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Rios was out of the lineup for a third straight day Tuesday while nursing a sprained ankle, but he said he's ready to return. "It felt good," Rios said before the game. "I know Wash wanted to give me an extra day, but I'm ready. I expect to be as good as ever."

Smolinski was removed from Monday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. "As of right now, it's nothing to be concerned about," manager Ron Washington said Tuesday of Smolinski's injury. "It's just sore where it hit off his foot."


Andy Dirks resumes baseball activities


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is resuming baseball activities, the Detroit News reports.

Dirks was pulled off his rehab assignment about a week ago due to back inflammation, but after a few days the team's training staff indicated he should be ready to resume his rehab this week. He has missed the entire season while recovering from March back surgery.


George Springer remains out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Astros outfielder George Springer is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the A;s.

Springer hasn't played since Saturday due to right quad soreness as well as a knee issue, the latter of which he had checked out with an MRI. He has hit .231/.336/.468 with 20 home runs, 51 RBI and five stolen bases in 295 at-bats.


Stephen Vogt dealing with minor foot injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Athletics catcher/outfielder/first baseman Stephen Vogt has been dealing with a minor foot injury that has kept him from seeing time behind the plate in recent weeks, Comcast SportsNet California reports.

Vogt has made seven appearances at first base in his last eight games since last seeing brief action at catcher on July 7. His last start behind the plate came back on July 3. Despite the foot issue, Vogt has been producing with the bat, hitting .392/.436/.608 with two home runs and six RBI in 51 at-bats during July.


Jake Smolinski sitting out with foot injury Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski was out of the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, one day after suffering a bruised left foot.

Smolinski remains day to day moving forward, after X-rays came back negative Monday. 


Ankle still keeping Alex Rios out Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, as he continues to deal with an ankle injury.

Rios has missed three starts as a result of the injury, but is expected back before the end of the series Thursday.  


Josh Reddick returns from DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick was activated from the disabled list as expected Tuesday, after recovering from a right knee strain.

Reddick has been out  since late June as a result of this injury, but makes his return after spending a few days on a minor-league rehab assignment. He was hitting .229/.296/.358 in 179 at-bats prior to the injury. 


Darin Mastroianni sent to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Blue Jays optioned Darin Mastroianni to Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday, in order to clear a roster spot.

Mastroianni has appeared in 21 games during three stints with the Blue Jays, and is hitting just .116/.136/.186 in 43 at-bats.  


Rangers expect Alex Rios back during series


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was able to work out prior to Tuesday's game in New York, and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports he is expected to return from an ankle injury at some point during the team's current series.

Rios was forced out of the lineup Sunday and Monday due to an ankle injury, but should return before Thursday's series finale. It is not clear whether he will play Tuesday, however.


Mariners top prospect Alex Jackson suffers facial fracture


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Mariners outfielder prospect Alex Jackson had to leave his Arizona Rookie League game Monday, after he was hit in the face by a line drive.

Jackson, the team's top pick in this year's draft, had to be taken to a local hospital for X-rays, and Director of Minor League Operations Chris Gwynn told the Seattle Times Tuesday Jackson suffered a small fracture below his eye. At this point, there is no timetable for Jackson's return to action.

"He's doing okay," Gwynn said. "It's supposed to be not really too bad. When you think about it, he could have got hit in the eye or other different places that could have been worse. We're having him see our specialist and we'll see where it goes. Right now, we don't think it's that bad. He's going to rest for a while and see some doctors."

Jackson, the No. 6 overall pick in this year's amateur draft, was hitting .289/.333/.500 in the first 20 games of his career. 


Report: Blue Jays among teams interested in Alex Rios


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Blue Jays have expressed interest in outfielder Alex Rios, according to a report from CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Blue Jays are dealing with injuries to the starting lineup, and could have interest in re-acquiring Rios, who spent parts of six seasons with the Blue Jays earlier in his career. He is hitting .302/.330/.435 in 96 games for the Rangers this season, with four home runs and 42 RBI.

The Royals and Mariners have also expressed interest in Rios, who has a team option worth $13.5 million for next season. 


Adam Jones blasts two home runs in win vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Orioles outfielder Adam Jones went 2 for 4 with a pair of two-run home runs in his team's 4-2 win over the Angels Monday.

Providing all the offense for the winning side, Jones knocked his first home run in the top of the first inning to give his team a quick lead. He then broke a 2-2 tie with a sixth-inning blast that ended the scoring on the night. Jones has homered three times in the last three games, and he owns a .300/.325/.500 line with 19 home runs, 63 RBI and six stolen bases in 400 at-bats.


Torii Hunter slugs 14th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks Monday.

Hunter kicked off the scoring with his second-inning blast, giving him home runs in back-to-back games and extra-base hits in four straight. He owns a .274/.297/.470 line with 14 home runs and 57 RBI in 317 at-bats.


Austin Jackson slugs fourth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson went 2 for 5 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks Monday.

Jackson has recorded multiple hits in four straight outings and eight of his last 10 games. His current four-game streak includes at least one extra-base hit in each game. Jackson has started to catch fire in July and now owns a .266/.328/.400 line with four home runs, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases in 335 at-bats.


Jake Smolinski's X-rays come back clean


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) X-rays on the foot of Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski showed that he did not suffer any fractures Monday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Smolinski fouled a ball off his foot Monday, was removed and was later diagnosed with a bruised foot. Hitting .389/.450/.472 line in 36 at-bats, the outfielder is likely day-to-day moving forward.


Josh Willingham slugs ninth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham went 2 for 3 with a walk and a tiebreaking eighth-inning home run in his team's 4-3 win over the Indians Monday.

Willingham entered the game just 5 for 45 in July but managed to turn in his first multihit game of the month Monday. He has hit .217/.365/.422 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 166 at-bats.


Jacoby Ellsbury smacks eighth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-2 loss to the Rangers Monday.

Ellsbury has come out of the break firing, going 8 for 16 with a double, two home runs and three stolen bases. He has hit .291/.354/.423 with eight home runs, 46 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 371 at-bats.


Jake Smolinski exits game Monday with bruised foot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Rangers designated hitter Jake Smolinski was removed from Monday's game with a bruised left foot, which was suffered on a foul ball.

Smolinski was 2 for 3 and scored a run before coming out of the game. Though the Rangers have struggled to find wins over the last few weeks, Molinski owns a .389/.450/.472 line in 36 at-bats over his 11 appearances with the team.


X-rays negative on Byron Buxton's wrist


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Precautionary X-rays on the injured wrist of Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton have come back negative, MLB.com reports.

Buxton appears to have avoided major injury after taking a ball off his right wrist Friday. He remains day-to-day.


Shin-Soo Choo still 'not really comfortable' with sore ankle


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo said Monday that he's still "not really comfortable" with his chronically sore ankle, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Choo admits that he tried to come back from his ankle injury in April too quickly. "I made a bad decision," he said. "But I wanted to come back as soon as possible. I was more aggressive. But I just want to play the whole year."

Choo will play in right field over the next few days to help manage the stress, giving himself less area to cover than at his normal position in left field. However, manager Ron Washington downplayed the notion Choo would move to the position more permanently.


Royals considering Alex Rios


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The slumping Royals are considering trading for Rangers right fielder Alex Rios, reports CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Rios would boost Kansas City's offense, but he's scheduled to make $12 million this year and has a $13.5 million option for 2015.

According to Heyman, Rios also has a limited no-trade list of six teams to which he can block trades.


Rangers activate Jim Adduci, option Matt West


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Rangers activated outfielder Jim Adduci (broken finger) from the disabled list and optioned pitcher Matt West to Triple-A Round Rock. Adduci batted .462/.462/.615 in nine games before the injury.


Austin Jackson back to being a catalyst


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson has been back in the leadoff spot for 16 games, and he's getting very comfortable, reports the Detroit News. After going 0 for 9 in his first two games at leadoff, Jackson has hit .386 (22 of 57) with a .429 on-base percentage over his last 14 games.

He went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk in Sunday's 5-1 win. 

"It really wasn’t something that was hard for me to do, just because I’ve been in that position before and it’s something about getting the offense started," Jackson told the paper. "You have a different mindset and you’re more aggressive. It’s a mental thing that I really enjoy."


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