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David Ortiz returns to Red Sox lineup on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) As John Farrell indicated earlier in the day, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is set to start Wednesday in Toronto. He had been sidelined since hurting his foot Sunday.

Ortiz is seeking to pick up where he left off - on a 17-for-33 tear in which he slugged four home runs and drove in nine.


Adam LaRoche ready to roll against Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has returned to the lineup Wednesday in Philadelphia after missing one game with a back problem.

LaRoche hopes to emerge from a slump that has limited him to just five hits in his last 33 at-bats.


Erasmo Ramirez has chance to stay in M's rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:25 pm ET) The Mariners officially recalled starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez for Wednesday's game against the Rangers. Manager Lloyd McClendon said it is "very possible" Ramirez stays in the rotation heading into September, according to MLB.com.

James Paxton's demotion to minors is temporary


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:19 pm ET) The Mariners announced Wednesday they optioned starting pitcher James Paxton to Triple-A Tacoma to clear a roster spot for Erasmo Ramirez, who was recalled from the minors. However, Paxton will be recalled when rosters expand Sept. 1, and he will make his next start Tuesday against the A's.

Anthony Rizzo a no-go Wednesday with back problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:19 pm ET) Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo has been sidelined for the Wednesday night game against Cincinnati with a back ailment.

His absence is a blow to the team. Rizzo has been on a power surge with five home runs since Aug. 12. He has 10 hits in his last eight games to sweeten his stat line to .278/.375/.514.


Hamstring injury forces Travis Snider out of Wednesday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:14 pm ET) The Pirates have announced that right fielder Travis Snider was removed from the Wednesday game with left hamstring discomfort. He will undergo treatment and be evaluated again Thursday.

Snider was taken out for a pinch-runner in the third inning after beating out a bunt single.


Sergio Santos out, Chad Jenkins in for Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:04 pm ET) Reliever Sergio Santos has been designated for assignment by the Blue Jays for the second time this season. The team has promoted fellow right-hander Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo.

Santos punched his ticket out with his latest performance. He gave up three runs in 1/3 of an inning and took the loss Sunday.


Travis Snider out of Wednesday game with apparent injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:48 pm ET) Pirates right fielder Travis Snider has been removed from the Wednesday game against St. Louis. He was replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the third inning after beating out a bunt single. No specifics about the injury are yet available.

Brayan Pena grabbing some pine against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:42 pm ET) A massive slump has Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena out of the lineup Wednesday night against the visiting Cubs. Todd Frazier is set to play first with Kris Negron at third.

Pena has just two hits in his last 20 at-bats. His .374 slugging percentage is at its lowest point since June 28.


Rusney Castillo reports for first official workout


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:01 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who recently signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, reported to the team's training complex in Florida Wednesday to go through his first official workout. Rusney stretched, jogged and played catch on a practice field.

Alexei Ramirez slugging better than .500 in August


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:52 pm ET) White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez homered for the second straight game during an 8-6 loss Tuesday against the Indians. He finished 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBI.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer off T.J. House in the fifth inning to give Chicago a 5-4 lead. He then tied the game at 6 with an RBI groundout in the seventh.

Ramirez is batting .303 with a .506 slugging percentage, .832 OPS, three home runs, nine doubles, 12 RBI, 13 runs and one stolen base in 22 August games.


Allen Craig hits first home run since trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:44 pm ET) Allen Craig hit his first home run as a member of the Red Sox during an 11-7 win Tuesday at Toronto. Craig capped a seven-run 11th inning with a two-run homer off Sergio Santos.

Craig finished 1 for 5 with one walk and two strikeouts. He is batting .174 (4 for 23) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, one run, two walks and eight strikeouts in six games since being acquired from St. Louis.


Justin Turner taking advantage of chance to play


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:34 pm ET) Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has taken the opportunity and run with it at the plate.

Turner has become an every-day player since mid-August and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. He has 11 hits in 28 at-bats with seven RBI and five runs scored. His stat line on the season has improved to .316/.387/.442.


Hot hitting against lefties earns Jon Jay more action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:28 pm ET) An ability to hit left-handers as well as righties has resulted in increased playing time for Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay recently. He has already earned more at-bats in August than in any previous month this season.

Jay is 24 of 60 against southpaws for a .400 average. He is 23 of 53 since Aug. 7 in raising his batting average from .285 to .310. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games.


Dustin Pedroia homers, drives in four runs during win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:20 pm ET) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia homered for the second straight game and drove in four runs during an 11-7 win Tuesday at Toronto. He finished 2 for 5 with two runs, one walk and one stolen base.

Pedroia opened the scoring with a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the first inning. He then added a two-run single off Casey Janssen in the top of the 11th inning, which broke a 4-all tie.

The veteran second baseman is having a productive August, batting .304 with three home runs, four doubles, 13 RBI, 18 runs and three stolen bases in 23 games.


Cole Hamels reportedly upset at Ryne Sandberg over hook


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:04 pm ET) Phillies standout left-hander Cole Hamels appeared upset at being removed from the Tuesday night game against Washinton after 84 pitches and seven-plus innings in a no-decision.

Hamels was removed by Ryne Sandberg after yielding a game-tying homer to open the eighth. According to CSNPhilly.com, he clearly looked angry when Sandberg emerged from the dugout. He looked around in disgust, began walking off the mound before Sandberg arrived and handed him the ball.

Hamels, however, would not address the issue when asked about it after the game, eventually won by the Phillies. "Um, I just think it was a good game and we were able to win," he said in avoiding the question. "It was a good game that we won today," he later said. "See you guys."

Hamels has been victimized by a lack of run support this season, which explains a 7-6 record despite a 2.59 ERA that ranks fifth in the National League.


Josh Reddick doesn't like taking strikes


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12:03 pm ET) Since returning from a knee injury in late July, Josh Reddick has rediscovered the power that had been sorely lacking for him earlier in the season. That has helped to catapult him among the top 25 outfielders in Fantasy since then, but his power resurgence is only part of the story.

Reddick has a history of extreme flyball hitting, and while that gives him the potential to hit 30-plus homers like he did in 2012, it also has a little something to do with his career .242 batting average. In 30 games since his disabled list stint, Reddick has a .301 batting average to complement his six home runs and eight doubles for the Athletics, but he hasn't relied on an inflated BABIP to achieve a high average. Reddick's BABIP since his return is .275, which is just three points higher than his career mark.

The key to Reddick's lofty status among his fellow outfielders (19th in Head-to-Head, 23rd in Rotisserie) is his near-refusal to take a strike. Since his July 22 activation, Reddick has the 17th-lowest called strike rate among hitters who have seen at least 300 pitches, allowing just 11.9 percent of pitches he has seen get called for strikes (as compared to the median rate of 16.7 percent). That has aided Reddick in striking out just seven times in 103 at-bats. Among the top 25 outfielders during this period, only Ben Revere, Melky Cabrera and Norichika Aoki have even come close to Reddick's strikeout rate or total.

Over most of his career, Reddick has been a pretty typical hitter in terms of his tendency to take a strike, so who knows if he can keep this going? We've seen strange things happen before over the course of 100 or so at-bats, but if Reddick continues to blend his new aggressive approach with the decent contact rate he's shown over the years, he could be legitimate as a top 25 outfielder.


Jose Bautista puts end to 0-for-17 slump with HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:54 am ET) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista put an end to a 0-for-17 slump when he homered off Alex Wilson in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 11-7 loss against the Red Sox. Bautista became the third player in team history to have at least 25 homers in five straight seasons, joining Carlos Delgado (1996-2004) and Joe Carter (1991-96).

"Even yesterday, he hit two balls on the money, one to center field," manager John Gibbons, per MLB.com. "It's just a matter of time. Everybody goes through those, even your top hitters. But we need him, we need him to heat up."


Report: Yadier Molina could return to Cardinals this weekend


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:44 am ET) Catcher Yadier Molina could return behind the plate for the Cardinals as early as this weekend against the visiting Cubs, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina is set to start a rehab stint from Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and catch as many as five or six innings. He has been out since undergoing thumb surgery on his throwing hand in early July.


Mike Napoli hits home run into fifth deck at Rogers Centre


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning Tuesday at Toronto, helping Boston to an 11-7 win. Napoli's home run went into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre, making it the 17th time in stadium history a player has homered into the fifth deck.

"It's always nice to mess around with your teammates and everyone's just going crazy in the dugout," Napoli said, per MLB.com. "But it's just a homer."

Napoli finished 2 for 5 with two runs, one hit by pitch and three strikeouts. He is batting .206 with three doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI, 14 walks, nine runs and 25 strikeouts in 20 August games.


David Wright: Shoulder problem not reason from slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:35 am ET) Mets third baseman David Wright has responded to those who believe he has been negatively affected by a left shoulder problem that has plagued him since early summer. He added that it will remain a problem until he receives offseason rest.

Wright, however, refused to blame the ailment for a miserable year at the plate that has resulted in a stat line of ..266/.324/.368 with just eight home runs. He has just three hits in his last 28 at-bats and was forced to sit Tuesday.

"Is [the shoulder] the reason that I'm struggling the way I'm struggling?" Wright asked Newsday. "No. So, I think it's not a reasonable assessment as to why I'm playing poorly."

Wright has also been dealing with an unrelated neck injury.


Troy Patton on roll in rehab stint


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:23 am ET) Padres left-hander Troy Patton has performed well in his rehab assignment after missing two months with a shoulder injury.

Patton has allowed just one baserunner while fanning six in four innings covering four appearances.


Yan Gomes 'should be ready' to return Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:22 am ET) Indians manager Terry Francona indicated Tuesday that catcher Yan Gomes (concussion) is on track to come off the 7-day disabled list Friday, which is the first day he is eligible to return.

Gomes was able to go through sprint drills prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox, according to The Plain Dealer.

"Yan is having a really good day," Francona said Tuesday. "His eyes look a lot clearer. I don't want to be unfair to him, but I'd surprised if he's not raring to go by Friday and Friday is his day (to be activated). Unless he has a setback, he should be ready Friday."


Andrew McCutchen fine for Wednesday clash


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:18 am ET) A rib ailment that knocked Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen out of the Tuesday night game does not have him sidelined for the Wednesday afternoon game against visiting St. Louis. He is in the lineup.

McCutchen sustained the injury crashing into the wall in the third inning, though he remained in the game for a while. His hitless performance ended a strong stretch in which he slugged seven hits, including three home runs, in the previous four games.


Kirk Gibson: Patrick Corbin won't be back by 2015 opener


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin could remain out until next June after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 25, per the Arizona Republic.

"He'd probably punch me if he heard me saying that, but you're really going to take your time and make sure he's ready to go," Kirk Gibson said. "You're not going to expect him to come back and throw 220 innings. You kind of manage his rehab through innings and put him in position to finish strong. ... We're going to make sure we err on the side of very cautious."

Corbin emerged as a standout in 2013 with a 14-8 record, 3.41 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 208 1/3 innings.