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Dodgers CF Joc Pederson set to sit again Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:49 pm ET) Slumping Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson will sit for the second straight game Saturday against the Angels. It also marks his second consecutive benching against a left-hander.

Pederson, who is 17-for-73 against southpaws this season, has one multi-hit game since July 10 and has just 11 hits in his last 58 at-bats.


Williams upset at Nationals RF Bryce Harper for latest ejection


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:23 pm ET) Matt Williams expressed anger at Nationals slugger Bryce Harper after the latter was ejected for the third time this season Friday night for blowing up at umpire Jerry Meals.

Washington could have used Harper in a one-run, extra-inning defeat.

"I want him to stay in every game," Williams told MASNSports.com. "We've talked about it. We'll talk about it again."

Harper defended himself. "I was sticking up for my team and myself at the same time," he said. "(Meals) was bad all night."


Gibbons: Blue Jays will not platoon OF Ben Revere


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) John Gibbons has changed his tune after declaring after the Blue Jays traded for outfielder Ben Revere that he would platoon against right-handers.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos has stated that Gibbons wants to play Revere every day, per the Toronto Star.

Revere was an every-day player for a Philadelphia team that was albeit nowhere close to Toronto offensively. He has batted .237 (22-for-94) against left-handers this season.


Reds OF Marlon Byrd homers in Friday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:49 am ET) Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd went 2 for 4 at the plate during Friday's 5-4 loss to the Pirates.

Byrd hit a solo home run for his 18th home run of the season. It was his only RBI in the game. Byrd is hitting .224 with three home runs and five RBI in his last 12 games.


Red Sox LF Hanley Ramirez back in action Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:37 am ET) Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup Saturday against Tampa Bay after losing one game to a shin problem.

Ramirez returns with three multi-hit performances in the last six games.


Blue Jays promote Munenori Kawasaki, DFA Ezequiel Carrera


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) The Blue Jays have announced that they have recalled second baseman Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo and designated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.

Kawasaki has been tearing it up for the Bisons with 19 hits in 52 at-bats since his demotion in late June.

Carrera lost his job despite a hot streak in which he smacked eight hits in his last 14 at-bats to sweeten his slash line to .279/.327/.374.


Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen homers in Friday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:23 am ET) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen smacked his 15th home run of the season during Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds.

The solo shot was his only hit in four at-bats during the game. Over his last nine games, McCutchen is hitting .324 with three home runs and nine RBI.


OF Danny Valencia receives DFA tag from Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:19 am ET) The Blue Jays have designated for assignment left fielder Danny Valencia, who spent much of the season platooning against left-handers, per Sportsnet.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise. Valencia has performed well this season, compiling a .296/.331/.506 slash line with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 162 at-bats. He rebounded from a poor start in July to hit safely in seven of eight starts.

But John Gibbons explained that he wanted to use newcomer Ben Revere every day and that he believes Chris Colabello hits lefties better than Valencia, the Toronto Star has reported.


Mets OF Michael Cuddyer hopes to return next weekend


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:44 am ET) Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer said he is making progress from his knee injury and is hopeful of returning next weekend in Tampa Bay, reports ESPN.com.

"I've done all baseball stuff. The next step is running," Cuddyer said. "I haven't tried that yet. Just casually walking and things like that. The last couple of days have been the best it's been in a month, since it's happened."

If Cuddyer continues to progress from the bone bruise in his knee, he would begin his rehab assignment early next week. When he does return, Cuddyer said he expects to play in right field and first base.


Rib injury lands Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson on DL


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:37 am ET) Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson was placed on the disabled list Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Dickerson suffered non-displaced fractures of two ribs while diving to make a catch during Thursday's contest. It is his third stint on the DL this season.

"To do as well as I was and still having injuries and playing through them, it stinks because I had high hopes for this season," Dickerson said. "But I can't control that. All I can do is try to be better, try to control what I can control, and do better when I'm back in there."

Dickerson added that it was too early to tell when he could return.


Cardinals OF Matt Holliday doesn't have time frame for return


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:40 am ET) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday thinks he will be back on the field "soon" from his quad injury, but stated that there is not a specific time frame for his return, according to MLB.com.

"It's one of those deals [where] you know when you know, and right now I don't have any idea," Holliday said.

Holliday landed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a Grade 2 quad strain.

"I want to play as soon as I can play," Holliday said. "My leg will dictate when that is. Whenever I am able to run and play at a decent clip, I'll play."


Rays option OF Mikie Mahtook back to Triple-A Durham


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:35 am ET) The Rays optioned outfielder Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Durham after their loss to the Red Sox on Friday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Angels CF Mike Trout enjoys three hit, three RBI performance


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:30 am ET) Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 3 for 4 with a triple, a home run and three RBI in Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

Over his last six games, Trout is hitting .521 with 12 hits, four home runs and 10 RBI.


Dodgers closer Kenley Jensen struggles to pick up 18th save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:15 am ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jensen didn't have his best outing of the season on Friday against the Angels, but he still managed to put the game away and earn his 18th save of the year.

Jensen allowed a solo home run to Mike Trout in the ninth inning to make the game closer, but quickly erased any lingering hopes the Angels had of a comeback.

Jensen now has a 2.81 ERA this season.


Nationals RF Bryce Harper gets ejected Friday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:00 am ET) Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper was ejected from Friday's loss to the Mets after arguing a strike three call during the top of the 11th inning.

Harper, who went 0 for 5, was not pleased to be called out looking and began to argue with the home plate umpire, who quickly tossed him from the game.

The hitless performance snapped an eight-game hitting streak for Harper. Over that stretch, he hit .379 with 11 hits, three doubles, two home runs and four RBI.


Marlins' Christian Yelich slugs two-run home run in loss Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich put his club on top early, when he smacked a two-run home run in the first inning. The home run, which came off Padres starter Ian Kennedy, was Yelich's sixth of the year. It was not enough though, as the Padres took the 8-3 win in extra innings.

Yelich, who went 2 for 5 with a pair of runs scored in the game, as cooled off recently after a hot stretch. Still, he's batting .289 over his past 10 games.


Nelson Cruz has four hits for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Mariners DH Nelson Cruz went 4 for 5 in Friday's win over Minnesota. 

Cruz had his first four-hit day since September of last season. He doubled and homered, driving in two runs. 

Cruz hit in his 11th straight game. He's hitting .400 with six home runs over the streak. 


White Sox OF J.B. Shuck leaves game with hamstring injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) White Sox outfielder J.B. Shuck left Friday's game against the Yankees in the eighth inning with a left hamstring strain. Shuck, who entered the game in the seventh, singled in a run and scored another in his only at-bat of the night.

He will be re-evaluated on Saturday before the White Sox determine his status going forward. 


Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock leaves game with hamstring injury


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Diamondbacks All-Star center fielder A.J. Pollock left Friday's game against the Astros in the seventh inning due to hamstring tightness. Pollock went 1 for 4 in the game, and was lifted for a pinch runner after he singled in the seventh.

His status for Saturday's game is currently unknown.


Rays' Desmond Jennings (knee) begins rehab assignment Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings began his minor-league rehab assignment on Friday. Jennings served as the designated hitter for Triple-A Durham.

He went 0 for 3 with a pair of walks in the 8-4 loss to Gwinnett. Jennings has been out of action since the end of April with a knee injury. He will likely need a few more games before being ready to return to the Rays' lineup.


Dodgers CF Joc Pederson sits on Friday amid struggles


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Struggling Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson is not in the starting lineup for Friday's matchup with the Angels. Pederson, who was recently moved out of the lead-off spot in the order, will take a seat with left-hander Hector Santiago on the mound for the Halos.

Pederson, who has just six hits in his last 33 at-bats, is hitting .233 with three home runs against southpaws this season. The rookie center fielder was held hitless over his last three games.

Enrique Hernandez will replace Pederson in left field and bat eighth on Friday.


Orioles DFA Chris Parmelee to make room for Gerardo Parra


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Outfielder Gerardo Parra reported to the Orioles and will be active on Friday, the team announced.

Parra was acquired from Milwaukee at the trade deadline. 

To make room, the Orioles designated infielder Chris Parmelee for assignment. Parmelee was hitting .216 for the Orioles this season. 


Dodgers' Scott Van Slyke in the starting lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke has returned to the starting lineup for Friday's matchup with the Angels. Van Slyke hadn't started a game since July 24 due to a neck injury.

He was used as a pinch-hitter a couple of times this week, and he has made his way back into the lineup as the starting left fielder and clean-up hitter on Friday.


Indians promote OF Jerry Sands, send pair to Triple-A


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) The Indians have promoted outfielder Jerry Sands from Triple-A Columbus as part of several moves made Friday.

They have also sent newly acquired outfielder Abraham Almonte to the same team and activated starting pitcher Josh Tomlin off the disabled list. He too has landed in Columbus.

Sands batted .375 in 24 at-bats with Cleveland early in the year. He continued to produce with the Clippers with a .287/.409/.538 slash line and a current seven-game hitting streak.


Rib injury keeps OF Corey Dickerson out of lineup for Rockies


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals. Dickerson suffered a rib contusion while diving for a ball in Thursday's game.

There is currently no talks of a possible DL stint for Dickerson, but his immediate status is unknown. 

Brandon Barnes will cover left field for the Rockies on Friday.


 
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