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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.


 
 
 
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