Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki hits in 19th straight
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:44 am ET) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 1 for 4 with an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Angels. 

Tulowitzki hit in his 19th straight game. He's hitting .365 over the streak. He's also reached base in 34 straight games. 

Tulowitzki drove in his 45th run of the year. 


Braves' Andrelton Simmons sits on Tuesday as struggles continue
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Brewers. Simmons had started each of the last 10 games, struggling to a .143 batting average with just one RBI over that stretch.

Pedro Ciriaco is getting the start at shortstop, while batting seventh on Tuesday.


Phillies' Galvis extends streak, ties season high with three RBI
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis homered Monday against the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to eight games. 

Galvis connected for a two-run homer off Yimi Garcia in the second inning. He added a sac fly in the seventh inning to tie a season high with three RBI. It was the second time he had three RBI.

Galvis is batting .467 (14 for 30) with one double, one home run, six RBI, three runs, three walks, six strikeouts and one stolen base during his eight-game hit streak.


Eugenio Suarez homers in Reds' win
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Reds shortstop Eugenio Suarez hit his third home run of the year in Monday's win over Washington. 

"He got it enough," Nationals manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "When it's humid and warm like this, the ball carries pretty well, and he hit it in the perfect spot. Just got it over, inside the pole."

After hitting one home run in his first 16 games of the year, Suarez now has two in his last five games. He went 3 for 4 with two RBI, getting as many hits as he had in his previous 12 at bats, spanning four games. 

"[Suarez has] been a run producer, not just getting hits but timely hits, driving in runs," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's shown a little bit of power. That was a big one there off of [Casey] Janssen to give us a lead. There's nothing like being able to take a lead in the late innings knowing that Mattheus, Parra, Hoover and Chapman in that mix ends up finishing a lot of our wins."


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Giants sit 2B Joe Panik, SS Brandon Crawford against lefty
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The Giants have benched their starting middle infield Monday. Both second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford are out against Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese.

It marks the first absence for Panik since May 21 and third for Crawford since three days later.

Crawford has certainly not struggled against southpaws this season. He is batting .333 (20-for-60). Panik has 19 hits in 68 at-bats against them in 2015.


Dodgers SS Jimmy Rollins batting behind pitcher Monday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Don Mattingly has placed starting pitcher Yimi Garcia into the eighth spot in the Monday lineup against Philadelphia. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins will follow him.

That marks the first time a Dodgers pitcher has not batted ninth since Randy Wolf hit eighth on Aug. 6, 2009.


D-Backs rookie SS Nick Ahmed batting .313 in last 23 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Diamondbacks rookie shortstop Nick Ahmed tied a career best with three hits Sunday against the Rockies. He has accomplished the feat twice this season.

Ahmed had two singles and his eighth double this season in the 6-4 loss. He also scored a run.

The rookie middle infielder has been on a nice run offensively since early June. He is batting .313 with a .360 on-base percentage, .475 slugging percentage and .835 OPS in his last 23 games. He has three home runs, four doubles, nine RBI, 11 runs, six walks, eight strikeouts and two stolen bases in that span.


Giants SS Brandon Crawford slugs 12th home run of season
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was the lone offensive bright spot for his team during a 3-1 loss to the Nationals on Sunday.

Crawford went 1 for 4 with a solo home run, his 12th of the season.

Crawford is hitting just .228 over his last 10 games, but he does have eight hits, three home runs and seven RBI.


Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki hits in 18th straight
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit in his 18th straight game on Sunday, the longest current streak in MLB. 

Tulowitzki went 2 for 5 with a three-run home run. 

Tulowtizki had his seventh multi-hit game and second homer of the streak. He's hitting .371 over the streak.

Tulowitzki has also reached base for 33 straight games. 


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