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Rafael Montero demoted to Las Vegas


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:33 pm ET) The Mets have disaptched rookie right hander Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Jacob deGrom.

Montero struggled to find consistency in the rotation. He managed three quality starts, but was pounded for 13 runs in 13 innings in his other three starts combined.


Yankees consider six-man rotation when Masahiro Tanaka returns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:29 pm ET) The Yankees could utilize a six-man rotation upon the return of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, per ESPN. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild indicated that arrangement could continue through 2015 as the team looks to protect Tanaka and his ailing elbow.

"We are going to look at every avenue possible," Rothschild said. "It doesn't mean we are going to do it."

Rothschild added that the Yankees could use a six-man rotation not just to protect Tanaka, but his other starters in the wake of the epidemic of arm problems in the major leagues.


Tigers promote two southpaws from Toledo


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:22 pm ET) The Tigers have promoted left-handers Kyle Lobstein and Patrick McCoy from Triple-A Toledo in time for the Saturday doubleheader opener in Minnesota.

The latter gave up four runs on eight hits in seven innings during an earlier stint with the big league club this year. Lobstein has yet to make his major league debut.


Ian Krol demoted to Triple-A


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:16 pm ET) The Tigers beleaguered bullpen took another twist with the demotion of Ian Krol to Triple-A Toledo.

Krol has yielded four runs on seven hits in his last five innings and owns a 4.97 ERA on the season.


Robbie Ray sent back to Toledo


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:13 pm ET) Tigers starter Robbie Ray was demoted to Triple-A Toledo after he took a pounding Friday night in Minnesota.

Ray has surrendered 20 earned runs in his last 14 1/3 innings pitched covering four outings.


Jacob Turner in, Edwin Jackson out of Cubs rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:06 pm ET) What was suspected is now official: Jacob Turner is set to start Wednesday for the Cubs. He is replacing struggling Edwin Jackson in the rotation.

Turner has pitched two games out of the bullpen since the trade that brought him from Miami. He has been battered this season to the tune of a 4-7 record and 5.77 ERA. Jackson has been a mess for months. He is 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA.


Justin Ruggiano sidelined with ankle ailment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:56 pm ET) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been scratched from the Saturday lineup against the Orioles with left ankle soreness.

Ruggiano has hit safely in the last six games in which he has started.


Odrisamer Despaigne: Hitters have adjusted against me


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Padres rookie starter Odrisamer Despaigne has admitted that hitters have made an adjustment against him, resulting in some tough outings.

Among them was Friday night, when he surrendered three runs on five hits in five innings in Arizona for his second straight loss. Despaigne has yielded 20 earned runs on 39 hits in his last 31 innings pitched covering six starts to raise his ERA from a sparkling 1.31 to 3.44.

"The first five starts, hitters had no idea about me," Despaigne told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I was the new guy. The last six of them, it's been different. Guys are making more adjustments, seeing me the second time, getting a better idea of how I like to work."

Despaigne found success in his early starts releasing the ball from several different arm angles.


Travis Snider raking while Gregory Polanco learning


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:42 pm ET) Travis Snider has continued to take away at-bats from far-more-ballyhooed Pirates rookie Gregory Polanco.

Despite an 0-for-5 night on Friday, Snider has earned the playing time. He owned an 11-game hitting streak previously in which he had six multi-hit games, scored seven runs and rose his batting average from .242 to .277. Polanco, on the other hand, has just one hit in his last 27 at-bats.

"Snider's been torrid," Clift Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday. "Thirty-five games left, another day, another opportunity for Polanco to get some work done. The good side of it is when we've  had some time to settle him down a little bit, when he has been back plugged in he's been very fresh and usually shows a lot of improvement."

Hurdle added that he wants Polanco to revert to the swing that proved successful upon his promotion from the minors. He began the season on an 11-game hitting streak that vaulted his average to .365 and allowed him to score 11 runs.

"I think we're trying to show him the fact once his front foot hits, that his hands are set in a position," Hurdle said. "There's been, I think, a little more movement than necessary with his hands. ... Sometimes you don't know whether it's fatigue, whether it's anxiety, whether it's the ptiches, but they're pitching him up a lot more. That's no secret. He's doing a lot more up-chasing than he had done when he first got here."


Michael Taylor dispatched to Syracuse


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:25 pm ET) Right fielder Michael Taylor has been demoted by the Nationals to Triple-A Syracuse to create a roster space for Nate Schierholtz.

Taylor managed three hits in 18 at-bats during his brief stint with Washington and is expected to return sometime soon.


Report: Nationals set to promote Nate Schierholtz


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:14 pm ET) Veteran outfielder Nate Schierholtz is set for a promotion to the Nationals from Triple-A Syracuse, per the Washington Post.

The 30-year-old Schierholtz, who was dumped earlier in the month by the Cubs, had three hits - all in one game - for the Chiefs. He will provide an experienced left-handed bat off the bench.


Xander Bogaerts: 'I'm OK' after scary HBP


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:01 pm ET) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has declared himself fine after taking an 89 mph changeup to the earpiece of his helmet Friday night. He wasn't blaming Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for the errant pitch.

"He's 0-2 and it probably slipped in his hand but it wasn't intentional," Bogaerts told ESPN. "You don't want to get hit in your head, obviously, but I got hit pretty good and thank God I'm OK right now."


Mission of mercy has Oswaldo Arcia out of Game 1


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:49 am ET) Torrid Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is catching a break Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tigers. He is out of the lineup after spending most of the night in the hospital with a sick child, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Chris Parmelee is taking his place in right field.

Arcia has hit safely in six straight games with four home runs. He is expected to play in the nightcap.


Trevor Plouffe set to sit in opener of Saturday doubleheader


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:45 am ET) Perhaps Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe got tired out running around the bases Friday night. But Ron Gardenhire has given him the afternoon off for the first game of the split doubleheader Saturday against Detroit.

Plouffe had three hits and scored four runs in a rout to open the weekend series.


Zach Walters goes deep for third straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:31 am ET) Indians infielder Zach Walters continues to make his impact felt, as he homered for the third straight game in a 5-1 loss to the Astros Friday.

Walters had just one hit in the game, going 1 for 3 with a solo home run. He now has eight home runs  in 75 at-bats for the season, including five in 10 games since joining the Indians. 


Jon Singleton hits late homer in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:29 am ET) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton had just one hit Friday against the Indians, but it was a big one in a 5-1 win.

Singleton went 1 for 4 in the game, and his lone hit was a late three-run home run to clinch the game. He scored just once while striking out twice in the game.

Singleton has been a solid power source for the Astros, but contact issues have impacted him as a rookie. He is hitting .187/.290/.374 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 70 games. 


Joe Panik still hitting it well


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:28 am ET) Giants infielder Joe Panik continued his hot-hitting ways Friday, in a 10-3 win over the Nationals.

Panik, who recorded his sixth multi-hit performance in seven games, went 4 for 5 this time around. He hit his first major-league home run and drove in three runs, while scoring twice in the win.

Panik has been a solid contributor for the Giants since getting the call, hitting .316/.361/.383 in 40 games. 


Miguel Montero keys Friday defeat of Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero crossed the plate for the first time in two weeks Friday night against San Diego. And he was able to step on it leisurely.

Montero slammed a two-run homer in the first inning and added a double and run to key the victory. He now owns a stat line on the season of .260/.345/.410.


Jayson Werth clubs first August homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth homered for the first time in nearly a month and a half Friday, in a 10-3 loss.

Werth, who has been bothered by a shoulder injury, hit a solo home run to left in the fourth inning, with the Nationals already trailing. He ultimately finished the game 2 for 4 with one run scored and one RBI.

Friday's home run was Werth's first since July 13, before the All-Star break. Still, he is hitting .311/.409/.444 overall since the break. 


Justin Morneau finally goes deep again Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:15 am ET) Summer had barely begun the last time Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau blasted off. But he slammed his first home run in two months in a Friday night loss to Miami.

Morneau went deep with one on in the fourth inning for his 14th of the year. He also singled to give him 12 hits in his last 39 at-bats.


Marcell Ozuna ends rout of Rockies with grand slam


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) Marlins emerging slugger Marcell Ozuna came up in the ninth inning Friday night in Colorado with the bases loaded and unloaded them.

Ozuna blasted one 428 feet to complete the rout. He has not only homered in three straight games, but he also added two singles and scored twice against the Rockies. He has 10 RBI in the last four games to give him 70 on the year and an outside shot at 100 this season.


Martin Prado wins it for Yankees late


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:09 am ET) Yankees infielder Martin Prado played a big part in Friday's 4-3 win over the White Sox.

Prado got the Yankees on the board in the third inning with his two-run home run, and then won it with an RBI single in the ninth. He finished the game 2 for 5 with three RBI and one run scored in the win.

Prado has hit three home runs in 19 games since joining the Yankees, but hasn't done much otherwise. He is hitting just .242/.275/.439 over 66 games with his new club.  


Trevor Plouffe through the roof in production Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe began August on a tear and seems to be setting out to end it the same way.

Plouffe pitched in to a two-touchdown pounding of Detroit on Friday in a big way. He singled, doubled and put the cherry on top with a 422-foot blast in the eighth inning. He scored four runs and drove in three to improve his stat line on the year to .245/.312/.407.


Wil Myers hits first homer since return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:02 am ET) Rays outfielder Wil Myers made his first hit upon his return from the disabled list a big one Friday, in an 8-0 win over the Blue Jays.

Appearing in his third game since returning from a wrist injury, Myers slugged his first home run since late May, when he suffered the injury. He finished the game 1 for 3 with one RBI, but added two walks and scored twice in the win.

Myers has been limited to just 56 games due to the injury, and is hitting just .222/.311/.357 overall in 207 at-bats. 


Evan Longoria breaks out in blowout win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:59 am ET) Rays third baseman Evan Longoria snapped out of a slump in a big way Friday, in an 8-0 win over the Blue Jays.

Longoria, who had failed to record multiple hits in his previous six games, brought out with a 3-for-4 performance Friday. He added a double and a home run, driving in three runs and scoring once in the blowout.

Longoria has struggled through the worst season of his career so far, hitting just .254/.327/.397, with 16 home runs and 70 RBI in 128 games. 


 
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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