Rays call up Grady Sizemore on Saturday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) The Rays promoted Grady Sizemore from Triple-A on Saturday, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Sizemore had been demoted to Triple-A last month after hitting .242 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 149 at-bats. He will play in left field during Saturday's game at Boston.

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez scores four runs in win
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 2 with three walks in Friday's win over the White Sox. 

A-Rod doubled, drove in a run and scored four runs in the game. 

Rodriguez last scored four times in a game on July 2, 2008. 

Rodriguez hit in his seventh straight game. He's hitting .407 over the streak. 

Adam LaRoche gets four hits for White Sox
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) White Sox DH Adam LaRoche went 4 for 5 in Friday's loss to the Yankees. 

LaRoche doubled and drove in a run and recorded his first multi-hit game since July 8. 

It was his first four-hit game since September 4, 2012.

LaRoche also took the mound to pitch a perfect ninth inning, striking out one. It was his first pitching appearance in the Majors and first overall since Double-A Greenville in 2003.

Astros send 1B Jon Singleton to Triple-A on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Astros have optioned young first baseman Jon Singleton to Triple-A Fresno on Friday. The move clears a spot for the recently-acquired Carlos Gomez, who was added to the roster Friday.

Singleton, who made his MLB debut in 2014, began this season at Triple and was recalled at the end of June. In 16 games since the call-up, the young slugger hit .205 with just one home run and 16 strikeouts.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz goes 3-for-3 in victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) David Ortiz has not hit well against left-handed pitching this year, but he delivered a strong performance against White Sox ace Chris Sale in the Red Sox's 8-2 win on Thursday. 

Ortiz was 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs to pace Boston's offensive attack. He drove in a run with a first-inning double and added another on a fifth-inning single, both of which came off Sale. The veteran DH now has 58 RBIs on the season. 

Ortiz entered the game hitting just .162 with 12 RBIs off left-handed pitchers this season. 

Astros DH Evan Gattis grabbing some pine Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is catching a rare break Thursday night against the Angels. He is out of the lineup.

Gattis is not sitting for struggling. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games and has 16 home runs and 58 RBI on the year despite a slow start.

Angels acquire David Murphy from Indians for Eric Stamets
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) The Indians traded outfielder David Murphy to the Angels prior to Tuesday's game. 

Murphy was scratched from the lineup, leading to speculation that a deal was in the works. CBSSports.com's baseball insider Jon Heyman reports that the Indians will receive Eric Stamets from the Angels. 

Murphy is hitting .296 with .781 OPS for the Indians this year. He's started games in left field, right field and DH. 

Stamets, a shortstop, was hitting .248 at Double-A Arkansas. 

David Murphy pulled from Indians' lineup, trade with Angels brewing
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Indians designated hitter David Murphy was pulled from the starting lineup prior to Tuesday's game. 

The reason for his being scratched wasn't made apparent. It's possible he's the subject of trade negotiations. A report from the Los Angeles Times said that the Angels were close to finalizing a deal to acquire Murphy.

Jason Kipnis moves from second base to DH to replace Murphy, and Mike Aviles entered the lineup at second base. 

Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez homers on 40th birthday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez celebrated his 40th birthday in style during Monday's 6-2 win over the Rangers.

Rodriguez hit his 24th home run of the season off Matt Harrison in the sixth inning. The solo shot was his only hit in five at-bats during the contest.

Prior to Monday's win, Rodriguez was hitting .286 with seven home runs and 11 RBI in his last 11 games.

Scuffling White Sox 1B Adam LaRoche benched for two games
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Struggling White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche is set to sit for the first two games of the series in Boston.

LaRoche is batting just .212 with nine homers and 34 RBI with a terrible .347 slugging percentage. He has gone homerless over the last 25 games. He has just six hits in his last 49 at-bats.

"Probably give him two just to work out some things," Robin Ventura told MLB.com. "I know you can get frustrated."

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