Hitters to target for the second half
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:49 pm ET) Need a sleeper for the second half? Matt Adams, Martin Prado, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and C.J. Cron are some of my favorites.

Check out my latest column to find out why.


Kyle Parker optioned as Brett Anderson returns
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:17 pm ET) As expected, Rockies starting pitcher Brett Anderson (finger) was activated off the disabled list to start Sunday's game vs. Minnesota. To clear a roster spot, Kyle Parker was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Matt Hague optioned as Francisco Liriano returns
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:51 am ET) As expected, Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (oblique) was activated off the 15-day disabled list to start Sunday's game at Cincinnati. To clear a roster spot, Matt Hague was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Brandon Moss has 20 HRs before All-Star break
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:28 am ET) Athletics first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss made it to 20 home runs before the All-Star break after clubbing his 20th home run Saturday at Seattle. Moss spoiled Hisashi Iwakuma's bid for a complete-game shutout when he hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning.

The All-Star slugger is batting .273 (9 for 33) with two home runs, three doubles, five RBI, five runs and two walks in nine July games.


Manager: Joey Votto will return in weeks, not months
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Reds manager Bryan Price believes first baseman Joey Votto's timetable will come down to weeks, not months, MLB.com reports Saturday.

"It's so far out, and when I say 'far out,' it's more weeks; I'm not talking about months and months and months," Price said. "But with both Brandon [Phillips] and Joey, we're talking more about weeks than days. So I think it would be reckless of me to suggest there's a due date on when either one of them would be back."

Nick Swisher goes deep in victory
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Indians outfielder Nick Swisher extended his modest hitting streak to seven games Friday, in a 7-4 win over the White Sox.

Swisher hit his third home run in five games as well Friday, as clubbed a two-run home run in the fifth inning to win the game. He finished the game 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two drive in during the win.

Swisher is hitting .310 with three home runs and seven RBI during his seven-game hitting streak, raising his average to .207.  


Lucas Duda continues hot hitting with homer
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda continued his season turnaround Friday, as he went deep in a 7-1 win over the Marlins.

The Mets jumped on the Marlins early in the game, and Duda was a big part of that. He slugged a two-run home run in the third inning to put the Mets up 4-0, with his only hit of the game. He was 1 for 4 with one run scored and two driven in.

Duda is now hitting .300/.432/.600 with two home runs and seven RBI in 10 games during the month of July. 


Tommy Medica to miss multiple games, but may avoid DL
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Padres infielder Tommy Medica is not available Friday against the Dodgers, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Medica will likely also be held out the rest of the weekend. With the All-Star break approaching, there's a chance Medica will avoid being placed on the disabled list. He's dealing with a right groin injury. 


Tommy Medica remains out Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Padres first baseman Tommy Medica was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Medica is dealing with a groin injury. He had to leave Thursday's game due to the issue. Jake Goebbert will get the start at first base with Medica out. Medica is hitting .230 over 122 at-bats.


Michael Saunders placed on 15-day DL, Justin Smoak recalled from Triple-A
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Mariners announced a pair of roster moves prior to Friday's game against the Athletics.

They placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Saunders batted .276 with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats. In a corresponding move, the Mariners have recalled first baseman Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

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