Josh Beckett (hip) played catch from 90 feet Thursday.
It came just three days after he had a cortisone injection in his left hip. "Josh feels pretty good," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Played catch up to 90 feet, felt good. We're hopeful that this time will allow the injections and all of that to take hold, and we'll be able to strengthen areas that he needs to and just kind of feel better in general." The Dodgers are hoping the right-hander will only miss one start.
Carlos Santana ripped a two-run home run, his only hit in five at-bats, as the Indians defeated the Yankees on Thursday.
Santana has turned his season around after a tremendously slow first two months of the season. The home run, which topped off a five-run eighth inning, is Santana's 14th and the two RBI give him 36 along with a .208/.349/.391 slash line.
Jason Kipnis singled three times, walked, and stole two bases in five plate appearances as the Indians enjoyed a come-from-behind victory over the Yankees on Thursday.
Kipnis now has back-to-back-to-back multi-hit games and six in nine July games. He has also stolen five bases in his last three games. The power still hasn't shown up for him yet the way it did last season, however, as he has a mediocre .262/.335/.361 slash line with three home runs, 23 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.
Asdrubal Cabrera ripped a game-tying three-run triple in the seventh inning, helping the Indians come from behind and win against the Yankees on Thursday.
He would later score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. Cabrera also walked and singled in five plate appearances on the evening. The shortstop has a mediocre .251/.312/.398 slash line with eight home runs and 37 RBI on the season.
Andrew McCutchen did a little of everything on Thursday, logging two hits, knocking in two runs, scoring twice, and stealing two bases as the Pirates trampled the Cardinals in a 9-1 victory.
The cornerstone of the Pirates' franchise showed why he's now a five-time All-Star and the defending NL MVP. McCutchen singled, then stole second and third base before scoring in the first inning. He singled in a run and later scored in the fifth, and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. McCutchen owns an impressive .318/.415/.539 slash line with 14 home runs, 18 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
Russell Martin had three hits, including an RBI single and a solo home run, as the Pirates routed the Cardinals on Thursday.
Martin bookended the Pirates' nine-run outburst against the Cardinals, starting the scoring in the first inning with a single and ending it with a solo home run in the ninth inning. The 31-year-old catcher is having the best offensive season of his career, slashing .282/.413/.409 with five home runs and 28 RBI.
Kolten Wong singled, was hit by a pitch, and stole a base in three plate appearances as the Cardinals were defeated by the Pirates on Thursday.
The Cardinals just couldn't muster much of an attack against Edinson Volquez despite Wong's effort. Wong has hit safely in four of five games since returning from the disabled list and carries a .244/.305/.372 slash line overall. He has stolen 11 bases in 12 attempts as well.
Shelby Miller took his eighth loss, allowing four runs in five innings to the Pirates on Thursday.
The Cardinals have lost the game in each of Miller's last five starts, as the right-hander has posted a 7.30 ERA in that span of time. Against the Pirates, Miller yielded five hits and four walks while striking out only one. The 23-year-old right-hander will go into the All-Star break looking to turn things around, as he sports a 4.29 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, and a 73/54 K/BB ratio.