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Denard Span is just getting a day off Wednesday.

Span has battled a cold recently and is a bit worn out, but this is not an injury situation and he should be fine for Thursday's big series opener against the Nationals. Gregor Blanco is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Giants on Wednesday afternoon against Reds right-hander Dan Straily.
Jul 27 - 2:14 PM

Rays OF prospect Justin Williams drove in a career-high five runs Tuesday in a win for Double-A Montgomery.

He homered and singled twice as part of a three-hit effort. Williams has been on a serious heater over his last seven games. He's provided 13 RBI in that span including eight in his last two contests. Williams earned a promotion last week after hitting .330 with 31 RBI in his first 51 games for High-A Charlotte. The 20-year-old began his career in the Diamondbacks' organization but was sent to Tampa Bay in 2014 as part of the Jeremy Hellickson trade.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 2:03 PM

Blue Jays RHP prospect Conner Greene provided seven shutout innings Tuesday in a win for Double-A New Hampshire.

He scattered four hits and pair of walks while matching a season-high with seven strikeouts. Greene endured a couple of rocky outings after getting called up from High-A Dunedin but he's settled down over his last three starts, allowing just three earned runs in his last 19 innings of work (1.42 ERA). Walks have been an issue for Greene this year. The 21-year-old has yielded at least two free passes in each of his last 10 starts.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 1:56 PM

Braves C prospect Brett Cumberland delivered a career-high six RBI Tuesday in a win for Rookie-level Danville.

He homered and doubled twice as part of a three-hit night. Cumberland now has five multi-hit games in his last eight contests. That's raised his average from .167 to .232. The 21-year-old is still quite raw, though he's been among the better run producers in the Appalachian League this season with 22 RBI in 82 at-bats. The Braves selected Cumberland with the 76th overall pick in this year's draft following a successful college career at Cal-Berkeley.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 1:43 PM

Denard Span is out of the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

Gregor Blanco will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Reds right-hander Dan Straily. This could be an injury situation for Span. Updates to come.
Jul 27 - 1:32 PM

Enrique Hernandez (rib cage) has moved his minor league rehab assignment to Double-A Tulsa.

He was 3-for-8 with a double and two walks in two games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Hernandez has been on the disabled list since late June because of left rib cage inflammation. He should be ready for activation early next week.
Jul 27 - 1:29 PM

Brett Anderson (back) is scheduled to go three innings in a rehab start Thursday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

It will be his rehab debut, and he'll probably have another 3-4 minor league outings on top of it before the Dodgers consider him a realistic option for their starting rotation. Anderson has been out all season following March back surgery. He is aiming to make his first start for Los Angeles in mid-August.
Jul 27 - 1:26 PM

Rival executives talking to the Phillies about Jeremy Hellickson tell ESPN's Jayson Stark that the club is asking for "one of your top five prospects."

The quality of that top five obviously varies greatly from organization to organization, but the point is the Phillies want something significant in return for the 29-year-old right-hander, who boasts a 3.65 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 107/28 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings this season. Stark says Philadelphia would be content with getting a draft pick when Hellickson departs via free agency this winter. He is probably well on his way to a qualifying offer, and he is a Scott Boras client.
Jul 27 - 1:22 PM
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