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Padres' Justin Upton steals 16th base of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton went 1 for 4 in Friday's win over St. Louis. 

Upton stole his 16th base of the year, snapping a seven-game stolen base drought. He also snapped a streak of four straight hitless games. 


Jason Heyward scores only run of game for Cardinals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward went 1 for 3 with a walk and scored the team's only run in Friday's loss to San Diego. 

Heyward extended his hitting streak to six consecutive games. He's hitting .391 with 1.022 OPS over the streak.


Brewers CF Carlos Gomez belts first career grand slam on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez had a terrific night at the plate on Friday, as he went 3 for 5 with five RBI in the 12-1 win over the Reds. 

With the Brewers already up 5-0, Gomez blasted a grand slam in the seventh inning to bust the game wide open. It was his first career grand slam, and his sixth home run of the season--his first since May 29.

Gomez has hit safely in six of his last eight games, but is batting just .250 over that stretch following Friday's performance.


Brewers' Ryan Braun doubles among three hits on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 12-1 crushing over the Reds. Bruan, who also stole his 10th bag of the season, is batting .485 (16 for 33) over his current eight-game hitting streak.

Brewers' Gerardo Parra hits lead-off home run on Friday vs. Reds


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Outfielder Gerardo Parra got the night off on the right foot for the Brewers on Friday. Parra launched a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give his club the early 1-0 lead. The homer was Parra's sixth of the season.

Parra, who finished the game 2 for 4 with two runs scored and driven in, has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. During that time, Parra is batting .433 with two homers and five RBI. 


Dodgers OF Carl Crawford moving rehab to Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford says he will be moving his minor-league rehab assignment to Oklahoma City, the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, according to the Los Angeles Times. Crawford has been recovering from an oblique injury he suffered at the end of April.

Crawford played two games with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, recording a triple in four at-bats. It is not known when Crawford will be able to return to the big-league club.


Mets LF Michael Cuddyer (knee) still not starting on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer is still unable to go on Friday, as he is being held out of the starting lineup with a knee injury. Cuddyer hasn't played since leaving Tuesday's game with the ailment.

He'll be replaced on Friday by John Mayberry, who will bat cleanup on Friday. Manager Terry Collins is hoping Cuddyer will be available to pinch-hit if necessary on Friday. 


Marlins LF Christian Yelich stays hot with homer against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich got his team off on the right foot Friday against the Cubs. He didn't do much else - though neither did most hitters in a 2-1 Miami win.

Yelich slammed his fifth home run in the first inning to remain on a roll. It gave him 10 hits in his last 15 at-bats before he went hitless in his last three plate appearances. He now owns a respectable slash line of .253/.331/.364.


Cardinals add Tommy Pham to roster, option Tim Cooney


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) The Cardinals recalled outfielder Tommy Pham from Triple-A Memphis on Friday. Pham was immediately placed into the lineup against the Padres, starting in center field and batting eighth.

To clear a roster spot, pitcher Tim Cooney -- who started Thursday -- was optioned to Memphis.


Phillies LF Ben Revere benched again Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) The sporadic usage of Phillies left fielder Ben Revere continued Friday night with his absence from the lineup against Atlanta.

Revere has been benched for four of the last eight games despite fine production. He has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 starts and owns a slash line of .289/.326/.377.


Giants add OF Ryan Lollis to MLB roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) The Giants purchased the contract of outfielder Ryan Lollis from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. Lollis' first appearance in a game will be his MLB debut.

The 28-year-old outfielder hit .358 with a .431 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage and .931 OPS in 69 games between Class A, Double-A and Triple-A this season. He has a career .291/.359/.398/.757 slash line over seven seasons in the minors.


Mets aren't looking to promote Michael Conforto amid offensive slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) With the Mets offense in a serious slump, there have been cries for the team to promote top outfield prospect Michael Conforto to the majors, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

However, people within the Mets organization have said Conforto -- who was a 2014 first-round pick -- hasn't had enough time at Double-A and the team is reluctant to promote the 22-year-old outfielder.

Conforto, who is a top-100 prospect, began the season at high Class A St. Lucie. He hit .283 with a .462 slugging percentage and .811 OPS in 46 games before earning a promotion to Double-A Binghamton. He is batting .327 with a .411 on-base percentage, .522 slugging percentage and .933 OPS in 30 games at Double-A.


Marlins CF Marcell Ozuna sits Friday amid prolonged hitting slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna was held out of the starting lineup Friday against the Cubs for the first time in 16 games. It was just the sixth time in 81 games he did not start.

Cole Gillespie started in center field for Ozuna, who continues to be mired in a long hitting slump. He is batting just .165 in his last 22 games.


Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen batting .364 in last 38 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs during an 8-4 win Thursday against the Tigers via a sac fly in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the ninth inning. It was his 15th multi-RBI game this season.

McCutchen has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is batting .364 (12 for 33) with one home run, five doubles, five RBI, six runs, nine walks, seven strikeouts and two stolen bases.

The former NL MVP has been locked in at the plate for several weeks. Since May 20, he has a .364/.449/.593/1.042 slash line in his last 38 games.


Marlins LF Christian Yelich batting .643 over last five games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to a modest five games Thursday against the Giants. He went 1 for 2 with a double, two runs, two walks, one strikeout and one stolen base.

Yelich's hit streak started June 27 with a four-hit outing against the Dodgers. He is batting .643 (9 for 14) with three doubles, six walks, four runs, two strikeouts and two stolen bases in that span.

Yelich has been on a good run offensively since early June. He is batting .329 with a .507 slugging percentage and .937 OPS in his last 21 games. His batting average has climbed from .216 to .253 in that span.


Diamondbacks' David Peralta hits key two-run triple on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta had a big hit on Thursday, as he hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning of Thursday's 8-1 win over the Rockies. Peralta's three-bagger came with the score tied 1-1, giving his club a lead they would not relinquish.

Peralta, who went 2 for 4 on Thursday, is batting .371 with a double, two triples and one home run over his last 10 games.


Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock slugs 10th home run in win Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock went 2 for 5 with his 10th home run of the year in Thursday's 8-1 win over the Rockies. Pollock, who also singled and scored later in the game, tied the score at 1-1 with his sixth-run solo blast.

Pollock cooled off a bit after a torrid three-week period. But he's starting to pick it back up again at the plate, as he is batting .282 with two longballs over his last 10 games.


Cardinals RF Jason Heyward goes 2 for 5 in loss to Padres


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward continued his recent success at the plate during Thursday's outing against the Padres.

Heyward went 2 for 5 with a double, a walk and a RBI.

Over his last five games, Heyward is hitting .400 with eight hits, three doubles and two RBI.


Padres' Will Venable hits game-winning home run


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Padres center fielder Will Venable hit the game-clinching two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning against the Phillies on Thursday.

Venable had been 1-for-17 cominf off the bench prior to the home run, his sixth of the season.


Phillies CF Odubel Herrera records three hits, two RBI in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera went 3 for 6 with two RBI on Thursday against the Brewers.

Herrera singled to center in the fourth inning, bringing two runners around to score.

Over his last four games, Herrera is hitting an impressive .533 with eight hits and four RBI.


Braves' Cameron Maybin knocks in game-winning run on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Braves center fielder Cameron Maybin played hero on Thursday against the Nationals. Maybin came up to the plate with the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out and the possible winning run on second base.

Maybin promptly chopped a Max Scherzer pitch over the third base bag, allowing Eury Perez to motor in from second to win the game, 2-1. It was Maybin's only hit of the game, but it was the only one that mattered. 


Dodgers acquire OF Jordan Paroubeck, RP Caleb Dirks


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) The Dodgers acquired outfielder Jordan Paroubeck and relief pitcher Caleb Dirks, both minor league players, in a trade with the Braves on Thursday, the team announced via Twitter.

Dirks was assigned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga, while Paroubeck will go to the Rookie League Arizona Dodgers as he continues to rehab a quad injury.


Rockies option INF/OF Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) The Rockies have optioned infielder/outfielder Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A Alburquerque. Ynoa has struggled this year as a part-time player. In 52 games, he owns a .225 batting average with just four extra-base hits (all doubles) in 89 at-bats.

Ynoa's demotion clears a roster spot for Drew Stubbs, who was recalled from Triple-A on Thursday.


Rockies recall OF Drew Stubbs from Triple-A on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) The Rockies have recalled outfielder Drew Stubbs from Triple-A on Thursday, and he will be available off the bench for the game against the Diamondbacks.

After struggling for the first 24 games of the season with a .118 batting average and 30 strikeouts, Stubbs was sent down to Alburquerque on May 20. In 38 games at Triple-A, Stubbs was hitting .263 with four doubles, three triples and two home runs. 

"I think being sent down was good for me," Stubbs said, per The Denver Post. "I got back to being myself again. Stuff had compounded on me to where I wasn't playing effective baseball. I felt like that wiped the slate clean. I'm ready to go again."

To clear room on the roster, infielder/outfielder Rafael Ynoa was optioned to Triple-A. 


Dodgers OF Carl Crawford to miss rehab game with flu


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford will not play on Thursday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga because he is suffering from flu like symptoms, per the team's media relations department.

Crawford left Wednesday's game for Rancho Cucamonga because he was hit by a pitch, but was able to leave the field under his own power.

Crawford is on the disabled list with a right oblique injury.


 
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