Reds LF Marlon Byrd homers for third time since DL activation
by Michael Hurcomb |
(12:45 pm ET) Reds left fielder Marlon Byrd homered during an 8-5 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. Byrd connected for a solo home run off Phil Hughes leading off the seventh inning for his 13th home run.

Byrd has homered three times in 10 games since coming off the disabled list June 19. Nine of his 13 home runs have been solo homers.

Byrd is batting .311 (14 for 45) with a .511 slugging percentage, .837 OPS, six runs, five RBI, one walk and seven strikeouts in his last 10 games.

Pirates LF Starling Marte owns six-game hitting streak
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:08 pm ET) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte went 1 for 6 in Tuesday's extra-innings victory over the Tigers. Marte is now carrying a modest six-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .348 (8 for 23).

Tigers OF Rajai Davis pushes hit streak to eight games on Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:03 pm ET) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis extended his current hitting streak to eight games with a pinch-hit single in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Pirates.

During the eight-game stretch, Davis is batting .346 with a home run and two doubles. 

Blue Jays OF Michael Saunders still not close to returning
by Michael Hurcomb |
(11:48 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders (knee) is slowly recovering and there remains no timetable for his return, according to the Toronto Star. He is expected to need a long rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos doesn't expect Saunders to return until at least August.

A's RF Josh Reddick good to go for Wednesday vs. Rockies
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:38 am ET) Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's clash with the Rockies. Reddick was held out of Tuesday's game with general soreness, but it was never expected to keep him out for very long.

He is in right field and batting fourth on Wednesday. 

Blue Jays planning to keep Dalton Pompey at Double-A for now
by Michael Hurcomb |
(11:36 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey continues to have great success at Double-A New Hampshire, batting .372 with a .641 slugging percentage and 1.066 OPS in 19 games since his demotion from Triple-A Buffalo.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the plan for now is to keep Pompey at Double-A ,and added Pompey could be promoted back to the major-league roster from New Hampshire without having to go to Buffalo.

Twins OF Shane Robinson ready to roll on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:09 am ET) Twins outfielder Shane Robinson is in the lineup for Wedenesday's contest against the Reds. Robinson, who is batting ninth while starting in left field, was unavailable for Tuesday's game due to an illness.

But he informed the trainers that he was good to go for Wednesday, and he is indeed back in there for the afternoon game.

Red Sox OF Daniel Nava to begin rehab assignment Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:07 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava, on the disabled list with a sprained thumb, is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A on Thursday, the Boston Herald reports. 

Nava has been on the DL since the end of May with the injury. He was 10 for 63 in 27 games prior to his injury.

Red-hot Twins RF Torii Hunter gets a day off on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:48 am ET) Twins right fielder Torii Hunter is getting a breather, as he is being held out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Reds. Hunter had played in 10 straight games prior to Wednesday, hitting a cool .342 with four home runs and eight RBI over that time.

Eddie Rosario will handle the right field duties for the matinee affair on Wednesday.

Red Sox's Bradley moves to bench as Hanley returns from injury
by Michael Hurcomb |
(10:13 am ET) Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays after missing six straight games due to a wrist injury.

Unfortunately, Ramirez's return meant Jackie Bradley was held out of the starting lineup, as Alejandro De Aza started in right field after Bradley made six straight starts.

Bradley homered in a 4-3 win Tuesday. However, he is batting just .211 (4 for 19) in six games since returning from the minors. He has two RBI, two walks, two runs and six strikeouts in that span.

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