David Ortiz knocks two home runs in blowout win Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 2 for 5 with two home runs and four RBI in his team's 14-1 win over the Blue Jays Monday.

Ortiz was quiet early on while the team built up a lead, but he came through with two two-run home runs in the fourth and fifth innings for his third multihomer game of the season. He has hit .251/.349/.490 with 22 home runs and 68 RBI in 355 at-bats.


Billy Butler willing to renegotiate deal to remain with Royals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is due a $12.5 million club option for 2015 or a $1 million buyout, but he indicated Monday that he'd be willing to renegotiate the deal to remain in Kansas City, MLB.com reports.

"If the option doesn't work, I'd be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I've always said that," Butler said on Monday. "I've been with the Royals for my whole career so why wouldn't I? It's all I've ever known and I love it here. I never said anything about, 'Oh, it's my option year, take it or leave it.'"

Butler is in the middle of a down season, hitting just .269/.320/.348 with three home runs and 36 RBI in 353 at-bats. He has averaged just shy of 20 home runs over the last five seasons while never failing to post a batting average below .289.


Adam Lind will take batting practice Tuesday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind, who's on the DL with a fractured foot, will take batting practice Tuesday in Florida, reports the National Post. Lind could return late this month or early next month.

Alberto Callaspo may need more days to recover from hamstring injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Athletics infielder Alberto Callaspo is eligible to return from the disabled list next week, but believes he'll need a few more days to recover from a hamstring injury, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday. Callaspo, who has been sidelined since July 11, will likely go a on a rehab assignment before he returns.

Carlos Beltran may be nearing return to outfield
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Yankees veteran Carlos Beltran could begin a throwing program soon, MLB.com has reported. He has been recovering from an elbow injury that has prevented him from playing the field.

Beltran, who has been limited to designated hitter duties since then, is seeking to get back in the outfield.


Report: Victor Martinez to play first twice in Arizona
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is destined to start two of three games in Arizona next week at first base, thereby pushing Miguel Cabrera to third, according to MLive.com.

Those moves would force third baseman Nick Castellanos to the bench.

The slumping Tigers would be hard-pressed to take Martinez out of the lineup. Despite rare back-to-back hitless games in a Saturday doubleheader, he still owns a .322/.384/.583 stat line.


C.J. Cron sent down Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) The Angels optioned first baseman C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake Saturday, to clear room on the active roster for the acquisition of Huston Street.

Cron's demotion comes as a surprise, as he is hitting .269/.297/.480 with nine home runs and 27 RBI in 53 games this season. 


Ryan Raburn hoping to heat up after the break
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn hopes the All-Star break will serve as the catalyst needed to awaken his bat, as he told MLB.com Saturday.

"Definitely. It's a new half," Raburn said. "Everything that's happened in the past is in the past. You can't change anything with that. You just have to keep battling forward. Hopefully, it turns around."

Raburn came out of the break with a strong performance, as he went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles in a 9-3 win over the Tigers Friday, despite entering the game as a pinch-hitter. Raburn entered play Saturday with a .208 average and .542 OPS in 56 games for the Indians. 


Henry Urrutia returning to action at Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia will join Triple-A Norfolk next week, according to MASNSports.com.

Urrutia has been recovering from sports hernia surgery, but played in eight rehab games for the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate so far. He is hitting .200 in 30 at-bats in that span, and will likely return to action next week, with a chance to be called up later in the season if a need arises in the majors.

"There's ways to catch up and be an option for us," Showalter said.


Carlos Beltran able to return from concussion Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) The Yankees activated outfielder Carlos Beltran from the concussion disabled list and put him back in the lineup Friday against the Reds.

Beltran has been on the DL since he was hit in the face by a ball during batting practice July 9. He has not played since July 6 as he also dealt with a knee injury prior to suffering a concussion.  


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