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Marlon Byrd moves to DH for Reds' interleague game
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:16 am ET) Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd will start at designated hitter in Sunday's interleague game at Cleveland. It's his first game at DH since August 13 of last year. 

Skip Schumaker replaces Byrd in left for the second straight game. He'll bat second in the order. 


Kris Negron replaces Zack Cozart in Reds' lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:12 am ET) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is out of the lineup on Sunday, after nine straight starts at the position.

Cozart is replaced by Kris Negron, who gets his sixth start of the year at short. Negron will bat ninth in the order. 


Michael Bourn, Jose Ramirez not in Indians' lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:09 am ET) Two regulars are not in the starting lineup for the Indians' game on Sunday. 

Center fielder Michael Bourn gets a rest after five straight starts in center. He's replaced by Michael Brantley, who gets his sixth start in center. 

Jose Ramirez sits after 12 straight starts at shortstop. Mike Aviles replaces him, batting ninth. 


Billy Hamilton out of Reds' lineup on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(10:36 am ET) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the team's lineup for Sunday's game. 

Hamilton suffered a shoulder and wrist injury while sliding, trying to steal a base on Saturday. 

Brennan Boesch replaces Hamilton in center, starting there for the fourth time this season. 


Indians activate Yan Gomes from disabled list
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(10:25 am ET) The Indians activated catcher Yan Gomes from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. 

Gomes has been out with a knee injury. He'll make his return behind the plate on Sunday, for the first time since mid-April, batting seventh in the lineup. 

To make room on the roster, the Indians designated Brett Hayes for assignment.


Cubs RF Jorge Soler hits game-tying double on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:00 am ET) Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler broke out of his recent mini-slump with a two-hit night in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks. Soler went 2 for 4 with a big game tying, two-run double in the top of the eighth inning.

Soler's two-bagger knotted the game up at six, and set the stage for the team to post three more in the ninth for the victory. 

This was Soler's fourth two-hit performance in his last seven games. However, he was hitless int he other three games, and he is now 8 for 29 over that stretch.


Diamondbacks getting aggressive on the basepaths
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:58 am ET) The Diamondbacks have been speed demons so far this season. Arizona entered Saturday's game tied for second in the National League with 40 stolen bases, led by A.J. Pollock with 10 and Paul Goldschmidt with eight.

"What we've really tried to do the whole year is if there's an opportunity there, be aggressive with it," Goldschmidt said to MLB.com. "It's just another way we can get a guy into scoring position and make it a little bit easier on offense to score."

Pollock is tied for fourth in the NL with his stolen bases and 12 different players have recorded at least one stolen base.

"If it is a good spot and it's a good opportunity to take one, we'll try to take it," Pollock said. "We've got a pretty dynamic team and overall our team speed is pretty good. You've got a couple guys that kind of fly under the radar with speed and they can sneak one here and there."


Diamondbacks LF David Peralta hits three-run double on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:56 am ET) Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta belted a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the fifth inning in Saturday's loss to the Cubs. It was Peralta's only hit of the game, and it gave his team a 5-4 advantage.

Saturday was Peralta's second three-RBI performance in his last four games as he continues to have a solid year at the plate in his second year as a big-leaguer. He's now hitting .257 with four home runs and 21 RBI on the year.


Rockies SS Daniel Descalso blasts second home run of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:55 am ET) Rockies shortstop Daniel Descalso went 1 for 4 at the plate in Colorado's 5-3 win over the Giants on Saturday.

Descalso did his damage in the sixth inning when he belted a two-run home run off of Yusmeiro Petit, his second of the season. Descalso is now hitting .200 with 11 RBI in 54 at-bats this season.


Rockies reliever John Axford nails down sixth save of the season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:55 am ET) Rockies relief pitcher John Axford worked a nearly perfect ninth inning on Saturday in Colorado's 5-3 win over the Giants, earning his sixth save of the season.

After allowing a leadoff single, Axford managed to get a fly out to center field, who then doubled off the baserunner trying to advanced to third. Axford then forced a groundout to end the game. Axford lowered his ERA to 0.90 in 10 innings of work.


 
 
 
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