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Orioles still working on trading OF Delmon Young


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:33 pm ET) Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette remains hopeful the team will be able to trade veteran outfielder Delmon Young, who was designated for assignment last Wednesday.

"We're still working with a couple of teams and hopefully it will come together," Duquette said, per MASNsports.com.


Phillies to recall SP Severino Gonzalez to start Thursday vs. Dodgers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:30 pm ET) The Phillies will recall starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start Thursday's game against the Dodgers. He is replacing Kevin Correia in the rotation after Correia was designated for assignment Tuesday.

Gonzalez is back for his fourth stint with the Phillies. He has had his ups and downs in the majors, going 3-2 with a 8.28 ERA in six starts.


Phillies SP Kevin Correia out of rotation, taken off roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:24 pm ET) The Phillies not only removed starting pitcher Kevin Correia from the starting rotation, they took him off the roster by designating him for assignment Tuesday.

The veteran right-hander did not have a good run with Philadelphia. He went 0-3 with a 6.56 ERA in five starts. He lasted only 3 1/3 innings Saturday against the Braves, allowing nine runs on 10 hits and two walks.

Severino Gonzalez will be recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Correia's spot in the rotation and start Thursday against the Dodgers.


Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen ties career-long hitting streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:18 pm ET) Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen pushed his hitting streak to 13 games on Monday against the Padres. He went 1 for 2 with one double, two runs and two walks.

McCutchen is batting .372 (16 for 43) with two home runs, seven doubles, nine RBI, nine runs, 14 walks, nine strikeouts and two stolen bases in his last 13 games.

McCutchen's hitting streak is tied for the longest of his career, per Baseball-Reference.com. He also had a 13-game hit streak in 2009.


Astros 2B Jose Altuve matches career-high 14-game hit streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:05 pm ET) Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve pushed his hitting streak to 14 games on Monday against the Indians. He went 2 for 4 with one double, one RBI, one run and one walk.

Altuve has managed four multihit games during his hitting streak. He is batting .375 (21 for 56) with two home runs, five doubles, eight RBI, 15 runs, four walks, six strikeouts and seven stolen bases in his last 14 games.

Altuve's hit streak is tied for the longest of his career, per Baseball-Reference.com. He also had a 14-game hit streak last season.


Royals P Joe Blanton given spot start Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:11 pm ET) Veteran Royals right-hander Joe Blanton is set for a spot start Saturday against Toronto despite his recent move to the bullpen, per MLB.com.

The start was necessitated by shifts in the rotation off the Tuesday doubleheader and the return of Yordano Ventura on Thursday.

Blanton was pounded in his last two appearances, but still owns a respectable ERA of 3.74.


Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon reiterates desire to be traded


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:44 pm ET) Phillies disgruntled closer Jonathan Papelbon has claimed that he would be both surprised and disappointed if he wasn't traded by the July 31 deadline, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Papelbon has been outspoken in his criticism of the front office for not rebuilding in the offseason and maintaining the core of a club that is on pace to lose 109 games.

"I don't make those decisions," he said. "The front office knows where my heart is and where my mind is. And that's to be with a contending ballclub. The ball is in their court."

Papelbon added, however, that he only wants to be dealt to a team that would maintain his role as a closer.


RP Justin Germano signs with Korean team


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) Reliever Justin Germano, who opted out of his minor league contract with Seattle last week, has signed with KT Wiz in Korea, per MLB.com.

Germano has pitched in only two major league games over the last three seasons.


Report: Rangers seeking to unload SP Wandy Rodriguez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) The Rangers are receiving some feelers in their openness to trade starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, per Fox Sports, which is claiming he could be gone in the next few weeks.

The team is seeking a trade that would allow them to bring in a top-of-the-line pitcher for its rotation in an attempt to remain in playoff contention.

Rodriguez could fetch a fair price, but his recent performances aren't driving up his value. He has allowed 19 runs in his last 19 1/3 innings pitched and hasn't managed a quality start in his last four outings.

His ERA has soared from 3.03 to 4.23.


Dodgers OF Andre Ethier hits safely in five of last six games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:11 pm ET) Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier had two hits, including his eighth double, and one RBI during a 10-7 win Monday against the Phillies. He also had one run and one walk.

Ethier has hit safely in five of his last six games. He is batting .471 (8 for 17) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, four runs, four walks and two strikeouts in that span.


Royals SP Jason Vargas set for simulated game Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:07 pm ET) A simulated game scheduled for Royals rehabbing left-hander Jason Vargas has been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday, per Sports Radio 810. He will throw about 60 pitches.

Vargas has been sidelined for a month with a left flexor strain. He won five of seven decisions and posted a 4.10 ERA before going down.


Cardinals LF Randal Grichuk out of lineup for Game 1 Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:42 am ET) After 16 straight starts in left field, slumping Randal Grichuk is out of the lineup for the Cardinals in the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader against the Cubs.

Tommy Pham will slide over from center to play that spot.

Grichuk is batting .050 (1-for-20) over his last six games, though he did slam a two-run double in the ninth inning Monday that could get him going again.


Phillies' Galvis extends streak, ties season high with three RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:38 am ET) Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis homered Monday against the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to eight games. 

Galvis connected for a two-run homer off Yimi Garcia in the second inning. He added a sac fly in the seventh inning to tie a season high with three RBI. It was the second time he had three RBI.

Galvis is batting .467 (14 for 30) with one double, one home run, six RBI, three runs, three walks, six strikeouts and one stolen base during his eight-game hit streak.


Scuffling Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter gets afternoon off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:37 am ET) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is catching a break in the first game of the Tuesday doubleheader against the host Cubs. He is out of the lineup as Mark Reynolds will man the position instead.

Carpenter has been in a slump. He is hitless in his last two games and has just seven hits in his last 48 at-bats. His .271 average is at its lowest point since the second game of the season.


Phillies OF Odubel Herrera off to blistering start in July


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:29 am ET) Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera homered for the second time in three games during a 10-7 loss Monday against the Dodgers. He parked his fourth home run in the fourth inning -- a solo homer off Eric Surkamp.

Herrera is off to a great start in July. He has hit safely in his first six starts this month. He is batting .400 (10 for 25) with two home runs, three doubles, five RBI, three runs, two strikeouts and one stolen base in that span.


Rays remove RP Preston Guilmet from 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:24 am ET) In order to activate DH John Jaso from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, the Rays needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. To make that happen, the team opted to designate reliever Preston Guilmet for assignment.

Guilmet was optioned to the minors Thursday. He has made three relief appearances for Tampa Bay this season, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. He also has five strikeouts.


Rays activate DH John Jaso from 60-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Rays DH John Jaso was activated off the 60-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's doubleheader against the Royals. He has been sidelined since early April due to a wrist contusion.

Jaso spent eight games on a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. He hit .250 (7 for 28) with one RBI, two doubles, two walks, three runs and four strikeouts.

Jaso played in five games at DH, two games in left field and one game at first base during his rehab assignment.


Phillies 1B Ryan Howard halts slump with blast Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:13 am ET) Any kind of hits have been hard to come by for Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard lately, but he certainly came up with a big one - at least at the time - Monday night against the host Dodgers.

Howard smashed a three-run homer to right-center in the third inning to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead. He also fanned twice in the game.

That it was his lone hit is no surprise. Howard is batting .100 (3-for-30) over his last 10 games as his average has plunged to .218.


Rays RF Steven Souza lands on DL due to finger laceration


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:12 am ET) With the All-Star break right around the corner, the Rays opted to place starting right fielder Steven Souza on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday due to a finger laceration. The move is retroactive to July 6.

Souza said he still has no feeling in his right pinkie finger, per the Tampa Bay Times. Souza added there is some nerve damage, but he doesn't know how severe.

He is hoping to return from the disabled list after the minimum stay. He is expected to see another doctor once Tampa Bay returns home.

Souza could probably benefit from the time off, as he heads to the disabled list mired in a 2-for-31 slump in his last 11 games (eight starts). He has 18 strikeouts in that span.


White Sox RP Matt Albers continues to put up zeroes in rehab


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) White Sox veteran reliever Matt Albers has continued his encouraging work in his rehab stint at Triple-A Charlotte, throwing another scoreless inning, per CSN Chicago. He has allowed just one run in seven innings pitched as he recovers from a broken finger.

Albers has been out for nearly two-and-a-half months after sustaining the injury in a brawl with the Tigers. He has pitched in just four major league games this season.


Athletics recall OF Jake Smolinski, option pitcher Chris Bassitt


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:00 am ET) The Athletics recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. To clear a roster spot, pitcher Chris Bassitt was optioned to Nashville.

Royals opt to rest Salvador Perez for first game of doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:54 am ET) Since it was unlikely Royals catcher Salvador Perez was going to catch both games of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rays after Monday's game was rained out, manager Ned Yost made the decision to rest his starting catcher during the first game of the doubleheader.

Drew Butera, who also started Sunday for Kansas City, was behind the plate for the doubleheader opener.

Perez has started behind the plate in 71 of the Royals' 80 games. Unfortunately, Perez has been mired in an offensive slump for a few weeks, batting .164 in his last 16 games.


Royals CF Lorenzo Cain will not play in doubleheader Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) Although Monday's game against the Rays was postponed due to rain, it still wasn't enough time for Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain to recover from a hamstring injury. He remained absent from the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, as Paulo Orlando started in center field.

After the lineup was posted, manager Ned Yost told reporters Cain will also not play in the second game of the doubleheader.


Cubs 2B Addison Russell won't start both games of doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:45 am ET) The Cubs chose to give rookie second baseman Addison Russell a breather during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, opting to go with Jonathan Herrera at second base.

Russell continues to have his issues at the plate. He has opened July mired in a 1-for-17 slump in his first six games. Although, his hitting slump has extended from mid-June, as he is batting .125 in his last 18 games.


Phillies GM: Aaron Nola 'close' to major-league promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:35 am ET) With the Phillies rotation continuing to struggle, MLB.com beat writer Todd Zolecki wrote Monday that "it would not be a surprise" to see starting pitcher prospect Aaron Nola in the majors by the end of July. 

Zolecki's comments come after general manager Ruben Amaro said Monday that Nola is getting closer to a promotion to the majors.

"He's close," Amaro said. "He's still working on some things. He struggled through a couple of games. He hasn't necessarily been knocked around, but it hasn't been easy for him. He's still learning some things and dealing with more veteran hitters in Triple-A, which is a good test for him.

"I don't think he's that far away, but when he's ready he'll be here. Just because our rotation is very poor right now, it doesn't mean we're going to bring him to the big leagues for that reason. We're going to bring him when it's time for him developmentally."

Nola, who is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 37) and Baseball America (No. 39), has made four starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley following his promotion from Double-A Reading. The 2014 first-round pick is 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA at Triple-A. He is 14-6 with a 2.31 ERA in 28 outings (27 starts) since turning pro.