Brandon Guyer
Rays' Brandon Guyer: Not in Saturday's lineup
Brandon Guyer, LF, TB
1:18 PM
News: Guyer is out of the lineup Saturday against the Yankees, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Guyer's playing time is starting to dry up as his second-half struggles continue, with Saturday's absence marking his third in five games. The 30-year-old is just 6-for-32 since the All-Star break and 9-for-59 in July, and he may continue to lose out on at-bats against right-handed pitching if he doesn't pick it up.

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Alex Cobb
Rays' Alex Cobb: Fires two scoreless innings in Friday rehab appearance
Alex Cobb, SP, TB
12:52 PM
News: Cobb (elbow) made a successful return to game action Friday, tossing two scoreless innings against Brevard County and recording two strikeouts.

It appears the pause in the rehab process did the trick for Cobb, who looked sharp while firing 15 of 23 pitches for strikes. It was his first live action since July 11, when he's given up a pair of hits and a run over an inning against Daytona, an outing that led to the Rays relegating him to bullpen and batting practice duty for the ensuing two-plus weeks while he worked on building stamina and improving mechanics.

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Desmond Jennings
Rays' Desmond Jennings: Struggling in rehab appearances for High-A Charlotte
Desmond Jennings, LF, TB
12:48 PM
News: Jennings (hamstring), who was scratched from Wednesday's game due to a stiff neck, has gone 1-for-6 with a walk and a run for High-A Charlotte over two subsequent contests.

The rehabbing outfielder has hit just .200 overall in the three games he's participated in with the Stone Crabs. However, he's suffered no reported setbacks with his hamstring, and his return to the big league club could therefore be imminent, especially with Oswaldo Arcia's (elbow) placement on the DL on Friday.

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Mikie Mahtook
Rays' Mikie Mahtook: Begins taking swings in rehaf
Mikie Mahtook, CF, TB
12:42 PM
News: Mahtook (hand) has begun taking swings in his rehab, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The recovering outfielder has been out since being hit on the hand against the Indians on June 20, and has been slowly working his way back. He's expected to encounter a Rays outfield upon his eventual return that's much healthier than when he was last active, although that was offset somewhat by Oswaldo Arcia's placement on the DL with a right elbow strain on Friday.

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Steve Pearce
Rays' Steve Pearce: Hopes to remain with Rays past trade deadline
Steve Pearce, 1B, TB
12:38 PM
News: Pearce is hoping to avoid getting dealt from the Rays before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I hope not," Pearce said (regarding a possible trade). "I like this team a lot. I have fun every day when I come here."

The veteran infielder has enjoyed a stellar season for Tampa, with a .312 average and .912 OBP among his solid numbers. Pearce joined the Rays on a bargain one-year, $4.75 million deal in the offseason, and expresses an affinity for his tenure with the team despite their overall struggles, which he feels don't accurately reflect the club's overall talent level. "We've just been hit with injuries and bad luck all year, " he said. "If you would've told me this would be our record in the middle of the year, I'd tell you you were crazy. There's no way our team is as bad as our record reflects. We have a really good team. I believe we still have a good team. We're going to have a good team in the future. And I hope I stay."

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Jason Kipnis
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Stays hot with two-hit effort Friday
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
11:48 AM
News: Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a game-tying RBI in Friday's 5-3 victory over the A's.

The veteran second baseman delivered in the clutch Friday, plating Tyler Naquin with a bloop to shallow left that forged a 3-3 tie in the seventh. Kipnis has enjoyed his best month of the season in July, with 10 multi-hit efforts and a .333/.388/.589 line over 90 at-bats.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Ignites comeback with homer Friday
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
11:42 AM
News: Santana went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, walk and two runs in Friday's 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the A's.

Santana got the Indians' comeback from a 3-0 deficit started with 386-foot shot to right center in the sixth, and subsequently scored a valuable insurance run in the seventh on a Francisco Lindor sacifice fly. It was the veteran slugger's second homer since the inception of the second half of the season and keeps him well on pace to surpass the career-best 27 bombs he's reached on two prior occasions.

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Khris Davis
Athletics' Khris Davis: Continues power surge in Friday loss
Khris Davis, LF, OAK
11:36 AM
News: Davis went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Indians.

The slugging outfielder continues to knock the cover off the ball, with his 395-foot shot in the sixth representing his third homer in the last two games. Davis also has a six-game hitting streak and six extra-base hits overall during that span.

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Josh Reddick
Athletics' Josh Reddick: Homers again in Friday loss
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK
11:34 AM
News: Reddick went 1-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Indians.

The veteran outfielder laced a 398-foot shot to right center in the sixth, blast that would be immediately followed by one from Khris Davis that would serve to chase Indians starter Trevor Bauer. The 29-year-old has hit safely in four straight, and has homers in two of his last three contests.

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Brad Miller
Rays' Brad Miller: Smacks pair of extra-base hits in Friday victory
Brad Miller, SS, TB
11:30 AM
News: Miller went 2-for-5 with a double, triple and two runs in Friday's 5-1 victory over the Yankees.

The 26-year-old shortstop was making some impactful contact against Yankees starter Ivan Nova, with the three-bagger representing his fifth of the season overall. Miller has hit safely in four of the last five contests as well and has consecutive multi-hit efforts. While he's still hitting a rather middling .250, he's picked it up in the power department over the last several weeks, tallying 10 homers since June 11 while also posting 22 of his 37 RBI since June 1.

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