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Twins option 1B Kennys Vargas to Double-A on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:37 pm ET) The Twins have optioned first baseman Kennys Vargas to Double-A Chattanooga following Wednesday's loss to the Reds, according to MLB.com. Vargas started on Wednesday and went 1 for 3 with a single and a strikeout.

Vargas has struggled all season, and was demoted to Triple-A earlier this season. He made his return to the majors on June 8, but hit just .240 (13 for 54) with two home runs and 17 strikeouts. 

The Twins are expected to announce a corresponding roster move on Thursday.


Rangers 2B Rougned Odor gets a day off Wednesday vs. Orioles


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:31 pm ET) Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor is out of the lineup for Wednesday's clash with the Orioles. Odor had started each of the last eight games for the Rangers, and has been on quite a roll.

In those eight games, Odor was batting .387 (12 for 31) with two home runs, three doubles and just three strikeouts with five walks. Nevertheless, he'll take a seat with a lefty on the mound for the Orioles. Hanser Alberto will get the start at second base on Wednesday.


Braves OF Eury Perez (torso) back in lineup Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:25 pm ET) Braves outfielder Eury Perez (torso) was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Nationals for the first time since colliding with Cameron Maybin in the outfield during Sunday's game against the Pirates. 

Perez is batting .286 with one double, one RBI, one run and five strikeouts in 11 games (seven starts) for Atlanta.


Angels activate RP Mike Morin from 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:20 pm ET) The Angels activated reliever Mike Morin off the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. He has been sidelined since late May due to an oblique injury.

Morin spent four games on a rehab assignment between the Rookie League and Triple-A Salt Lake. He went 1-0 with one save and a 9.82 ERA. He had three scoreless outings to begin his rehab assignment before allowing four runs in his final appearance for Salt Lake.


Mets LF Michael Cuddyer sits with knee soreness on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:20 pm ET) Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs. Cuddyer exited Tuesday's game with knee soreness, so it's of little surprise that he is on the bench for Wednesday's tilt.

John Mayberry will get the start in left field and bat fifth. The team has not declared if Cuddyer could be available off the bench. 


Indians SS Francisco Lindor rests amid 1-for-15 slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:14 pm ET) Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor received his first day off Wednesday against the Rays since entering the starting lineup June 16. Mike Aviles stepped in at shortstop in place of Lindor, who made his MLB debut on June 14.

Lindor is mired in a 1-for-15 slump in his last four games, dropping his average to .211 in 15 games. He has one double, one home run and five RBI.


Twins' Shane Robinson leaves Wednesday's game after HBP


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:07 pm ET) Twins outfielder Shane Robinson exited Wednesday's game in the sixth inning with a left elbow contusion. Robinson was hit by a pitch in the top of the fifth inning, and was able to stay in the game for a bit. But he was lifted for a defensive replacement in the bottom of the sixth.

The team has not provided any further details on Robinson's status, and his availability for Thursday's game in Kansas City is in question.


Rangers' Josh Hamilton not starting on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:01 pm ET) One day after returning from the disabled list, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Orioles. Hamilton played on Tuesday for the first time since landing on the DL in early June.

But he'll get the day off on Wednesday. No injury has been reported, so with a left-hander on the mound for the Orioles, it sounds like it could just be a day off for Hamilton. Ryan Rua is getting the start in left field and batting sixth on Wednesday.


Brewers SS Jean Segura gets day off amid 15-game hitting slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:58 pm ET) Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Phillies. It was the first time in 15 games he did not start and just the second time since coming off the disabled list May 29.

Segura is hitless in his last three games (14 at-bats). He is batting just .119 in his last 15 games, which has dropped his season average from .289 to .249.


Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy rests for first time in 10 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:51 pm ET) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Phillies. It was the first time in 10 games he did not start and just the third time since coming off the disabled list June 1.

Since returning from the DL, Lucroy is batting .278 with a .352 slugging percentage and .671 OPS in 27 games. He has one home run, five doubles, 13 RBI, 11 runs, seven walks and 15 strikeouts.


Rays' Joey Butler gets back into the lineup on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:45 pm ET) Joey Butler is back in the lineup for the Rays, as he will be in left field and bat second on Wednesday against the Indians. Butler had been held out of the lineup for the last three games in favor of recent-acquisition Grady Sizemore.

But Butler will be back in there on Wednesday. Prior to the three game absence, Butler had started nine straight, hitting .250 with a pair of home runs in that span.


A's SP Sonny Gray dealing with bacterial illness


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:26 pm ET) Athletics starter Sonny Gray was diagnosed with bacterial gastroenteritis, and is still in the hospital. However, the right-hander is said to be feeling better and could be released later on Thursday or Friday, according to the Bay Area News Group.

It is still unknown if Gray will be able to make his next start on Sunday, as his expected return to the team is currently unknown.


Jordan Zimmermann's success tied to effectiveness of curveball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:44 pm ET) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has been outstanding in his last two starts, tossing 15 2/3 scoreless innings. He has struck out nine and not issued a walk in that span.

"I had a good curveball the last two starts and felt like I could throw it when I wanted to, where I wanted to, any count," Zimmermann told reporters, per MASNsports.com. "Keep them off balance, just pound the zone, let those guys behind me play defense."

Manager Matt Williams said having solid command of his offspeed pitches has allowed Zimmermann's fastball to be more effective.

"The ability to throw a breaking ball behind in the count, early in the count," Williams said. "Had a good feel for his curveball tonight, especially against their lefties. The ball was down in the strike zone. If he can do that, then he can get a lot of swings and misses down on the breaking ball, which he got tonight."


Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki getting a breather on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:39 pm ET) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will put his 14-game hitting streak on hold on Wednesday, at least to start the game. Tulowitzki is getting a rest and is being held out of the lineup for the afternoon matchup with the A's.

Tulowitzki had started all but one of the 14 games, so he is due for a rest. Daniel Descalso will draw the start at shortstop, while batting eighth.


Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez throws off mound on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:30 pm ET) Blue Jays young right-hander Aaron Sanchez sucessfully threw off of a mound on Wednesday in Dunedin. It's the first time he has done such since landing on the disabled list early in June with a strained lat muscle. 

No issues were reported, according to SportsNet, and he's expected to have another mound session on Saturday before the next steps in his recovery are determined.


Padres 3B Will Middlebrooks (ankle) still sidelined Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:07 pm ET) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks remains out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners. Middlebrooks will miss a second consecutive game after spraining his right ankle on Sunday. 

Middlebrooks was able to pinch hit on Tuesday, but his availability for Wednesday's game is unknown.


Reds LF Marlon Byrd homers for third time since DL activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:45 pm ET) Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd homered during an 8-5 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. Byrd connected for a solo home run off Phil Hughes leading off the seventh inning for his 13th home run.

Byrd has homered three times in 10 games since coming off the disabled list June 19. Nine of his 13 home runs have been solo homers.

Byrd is batting .311 (14 for 45) with a .511 slugging percentage, .837 OPS, six runs, five RBI, one walk and seven strikeouts in his last 10 games.


Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed homers in consecutive games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:32 pm ET) Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed homered for the second straight game during Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers. Ahmed connected for a two-run homer off Carlos Frias in the fourth inning for his sixth home run.

Ahmed has been on a nice power surge, homering three times in his last eight games. He is batting. 295 with a .492 slugging percentage and .840 OPS in his last 18 games. He has three doubles, three home runs, nine RBI, eight runs, five walks and two stolen bases in that span.


Red Sox's Koji Uehara on struggles in day games: 'Because I'm old'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has been much more effective during night games than day games in 2015. He has a 1.40 ERA in 21 appearances at night, as opposed to a 6.23 ERA in 10 outings during the day.

“Because I’m old,” Uehara said through a translator, per WEEI.com. “Older guys need to sleep in.

“What I’m figuring could be in the sunlight can see better and that’s why I’m getting hit a little bit more in day games. That’s the only reasoning I can think of. Also the fact that my body is not awakened as night games.”

Pitching coach Carl Willis doesn't have an issue with Uehara saying he struggles during the day.

“That’s where the communication comes in, and the trust factor,” Willis said. “It’s good to hear him say that because you don’t want that false positivity when you’re not 100 percent, or you are dragging that day. We need to know those things.

“It’s more difficult [when you’re older]. But I think in his case he does everything he can to combat that. He’s very routine oriented and understands what he needs to do. But there are times you can’t avoid it, either.”


Twins' Molitor excited about Ervin Santana's return from suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:16 pm ET) Twins manager Paul Molitor is excited about starting pitcher Ervin Santana's return from an 80-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Santana is slated to start Sunday against the Royals.

Santana threw eight shutout innings in his final rehab start for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

“I just had a chance to look at the numbers,” Molitor said, per the Pioneer Press. “They kind of jump out at you. He was efficient, obviously effective. Command must have been good; he didn’t walk anybody. I think everyone is excited to know we’re getting a pitcher of Ervin’s caliber back here to join our club over the weekend.”


Pirates LF Starling Marte owns six-game hitting streak


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:08 pm ET) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte went 1 for 6 in Tuesday's extra-innings victory over the Tigers. Marte is now carrying a modest six-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .348 (8 for 23).

Tigers OF Rajai Davis pushes hit streak to eight games on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:03 pm ET) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis extended his current hitting streak to eight games with a pinch-hit single in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Pirates.

During the eight-game stretch, Davis is batting .346 with a home run and two doubles. 


White Sox activate RP Dan Jennings from DL, option Junior Guerra


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:50 am ET) The White Sox have activated reliever Dan Jennings from the disabled list, the team announced on Wednesday. Jennings had been on the DL since early June with neck inflammation.

In a corresponding roster move, reliever Junior Guerra was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday. 


Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders still not close to returning


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:48 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders (knee) is slowly recovering and there remains no timetable for his return, according to the Toronto Star. He is expected to need a long rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos doesn't expect Saunders to return until at least August.


A's RF Josh Reddick good to go for Wednesday vs. Rockies


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:38 am ET) Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's clash with the Rockies. Reddick was held out of Tuesday's game with general soreness, but it was never expected to keep him out for very long.

He is in right field and batting fourth on Wednesday.