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Xander Bogaerts is in the Red Sox's starting lineup Monday against the Rays.

Manager John Farrell hinted that Bogaerts would get the night off after making his third error in four games Sunday against Texas. The Red Sox even called up infielder Mike Miller from Triple-A Pawtucket to spell Bogaerts at shortstop but here he is, starting for the 59th game in a row. Bogaerts will bat in his usual third spot against Rays left-hander Blake Snell.
Jun 27 - 3:25 PM

Braves designated RHP Alexi Ogando for assignment.

Ogando got off to a decent start this year but unraveled in June with a 6.52 ERA in 12 appearances. The Braves promoted Mauricio Cabrera from Double-A Mississippi in the corresponding roster move. Ogando will likely report to Triple-A Gwinnett if he clears waivers.
Jun 27 - 3:17 PM

Braves recalled RHP Mauricio Cabrera from Double-A Mississippi.

The 22-year-old will head to Atlanta to make his big league debut. Cabrera has had a stellar year in Mississippi, holding opponents to a .165 average with 35 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. He'll try to carve out a role in middle relief.
Jun 27 - 3:11 PM

Three Cubs scouts attended the Yankees' series against Minnesota this past weekend.

They were scouting the dominant bullpen trio of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. The Cubs have been linked to Chapman and Miller for a while so their presence in New York this weekend shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The Yankees have incentive to trade both, especially with Chapman headed for free agency this winter. With that said, the Yankees probably won't pull the trigger unless they're completely out of the AL East race. Right now they trail first-place Baltimore by 7.5 games and are 2.5 games behind Toronto for the final Wild Card spot.
Jun 27 - 2:38 PM

Steve Delabar has signed a contract with Japan's Hiroshima Carp.

Delabar will head overseas after getting released by the Reds on Friday. The 32-year-old holds a 4.07 ERA over 190 relief appearances for three major league teams. He registered a 6.75 ERA in seven outings for the Reds this year.
Jun 27 - 2:27 PM

Marlins signed RHP Jeremy Guthrie to a minor league contract.

The deal is pending a physical. He'll start out at Triple-A New Orleans and try to work his way up from there. Guthrie was in the Padres' system earlier this year but exercised his opt-out clause when he didn't get a call-up. The 37-year-old recorded a lousy 5.95 ERA in 30 outings (24 starts) for the Royals last season.
Jun 27 - 2:21 PM

Clayton Kershaw was treated for minor back discomfort after pitching Sunday against the Pirates.

Kershaw endured his worst start of the season on Sunday but manager Dave Roberts insists his ineffectiveness had nothing to do with his ailing back. Roberts added that the injury has been an "off-and-on issue." Kershaw put in his usual post-start workout Monday morning and isn't expected to miss any time. He's in line to pitch Friday against the Rockies.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 2:11 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP William Cuevas to Triple-A Pawtucket.

He was optioned to make room for infielder Mike Miller. Cuevas allowed two hits and four walks over 2 2/3 scoreless innings against Texas this weekend. He'll probably make his way back to Boston later this season.
Jun 27 - 2:03 PM
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