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Cardinals call up Mitch Harris option Greg Garcia
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:52 am ET) The Cardinals recalled Mitch Harris from Triple-A Memphis before Saturday's game. 

Harris had a 4.00 ERA and two saves in nine appearances at Memphis. He's appeared in 16 games with the Cardinals earlier this season, going 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA. 

To make room on the roster, the team optioned infielder Greg Garcia to Memphis. Garcia hit .417 with a home run in 10 games with the Cardinals.


Cardinals shuffle lineup prior to Saturday's matchup
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(11:52 am ET) The Cardinals tweaked their lineup prior to Saturday's game against the Padres.

Second baseman Kolten Wong, who has hit from the leadoff spot 39 times this season, will hit from the sixth spot. Replacing Wong at the top of the lineup is center fielder Thomas Pham.

Wong is hitting .314 with four double and six RBI over his last nine games. Pham was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Friday and went 0 for 3 during his debut.


Astros LF Colby Rasmus in lineup for first time since June 27
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(11:34 am ET) Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus will be in the lineup on Saturday against the Red Sox.

Rasmus is returning to the lineup -- where he will bat sixth -- for the first time since June 27. He has been dealing with a lingering skin infection that has kept him out of play. 

Rasmus is hitting .247 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI in 194 at-bats this season.


Rays call up Everett Teaford, option down C.J. Riefenhauser
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) The Rays selected the contract of pitcher Everett Teaford from Triple-A Durham on Sunday. 

Teaford is 4-6 with a 5.56 ERA in 13 starts at Durham. He gave up a run in 2 1/3 innings in his previous appearance for the Rays this year. 

To make room, the Rays optioned pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser to Triple-A. He was 1-0 with a 9.95 ERA in six relief appearances with the Rays. 

The Rays also designated first baseman/outfielder Marc Krauss for assignment, opening a spot on the 40-man roster. Krauss was acquired in a trade with the Angels on June 25. He was 1 for 10 with seven strikeouts in four games with the Rays. 


Rays RF Steven Souza returns to lineup Saturday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(11:10 am ET) Rays right fielder Steven Souza is in the lineup for Saturday's matchup against division-rivals Yankees.

Souza had not started a game since Wednesday, but has played in pinch-hit opportunities over the past few days.

For the season, Souza is hitting .208 with 14 home runs and 31 RBI in 264 at-bats.


Yankees C Brian McCann out of lineup Saturday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:58 am ET) One day removed from hitting a walk-off home run, Yankees catcher Brian McCann is out of the lineup against the Rays on Saturday. 

McCann will have the day off after hitting a three-run blast that won the game versus the Rays on Friday night in the 12th inning.

McCann will be replaced by John Ryan Murphy in the lineup.


Yankees LF Ramon Flores to start Saturday against Rays
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:45 am ET) Yankees left fielder Ramon Flores will start on Saturday against the Rays.

Flores, who was recalled from Triple-A on Friday, will hit from the sixth spot in the lineup.

Flores is hitting .241 in 29 at-bats with the Yankees this season.


Fresh off the DL, Red Sox RF Shane Victorino to start Saturday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:16 am ET) Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will be in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Astros.

Victorino was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game against Houston but did not play. He was sidelined with a hamstring injury and has not played since May 23.

In just 55 at-bats this season, Victorino is hitting .255 with one home run and three RBI.


Tigers' Alex Avila to start at first base Saturday
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:05 am ET) Alex Avila will start at first base for the Tigers for only the third time in his career on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Avila is filling the void left by first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain on Saturday. Avila has only played out of the catcher position this season, where he has started 21 games to date.

Avila is hitting .194 with two home runs and eight RBI in 62 at-bats this season.


Tigers purchase contract of INF Jefry Marte to fill void
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9:55 am ET) With first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list, the Tigers have purchased the contract of infielder Jefry Marte from Triple-A Toledo to help fill the void Cabrera will leave, the team announced via Twitter.

The 24-year-old Marte was hitting .271 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI in 288 at-bats in Triple-A this season.


 
 
 
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