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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Carlos Santana has looked "stiff and uncomfortable" while playing third base during Cactus League play.

Hoynes adds that in practice Santana "didn’t look like a catcher trying to play third base," but so far in Cactus League games "that’s exactly what he looks like." It's looking like Santana will probably only wind up being a backup plan at the hot corner, which is good news for Lonnie Chisenhall. Santana will still see everyday at-bats in the DH spot and will also play some at catcher and first base.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Brett Lawrie went 1-for-4, delivering a home run in the top of the 10th to help the Athletics squeak out a win against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Lawrie was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts coming into his at-bat in the 10th inning, so the home run was a nice way to recover. He's gone yard eight times this season with 37 RBI and a .291/.328/.432 batting line.
Jul 7 - 10:25 PM

Xander Bogaerts hit a bases-clearing single in the seventh inning to send the Red Sox to a victory over the Marlins on Tuesday.

Bogaerts finished 2-for-4 with a double on the evening. The bases were loaded with two outs in the seventh inning with the Red Sox trailing by two runs when Bogaerts lined a single to right-center, clearing the bases and giving his team the lead. The 22-year-old has hit safely in all six games in July. In those six games, he's registered multiple hits in four and multiple RBI in three. Bogaerts is hitting .304/.341/.418 with three home runs and 40 RBI on the season.
Jul 7 - 9:55 PM

Joey Votto went 3-for-5 with three RBI, finishing a triple short of the cycle in Tuesday's win against the Nationals.

Votto doubled in a run in the first inning and later scored. He blasted a solo home run in the third, and tacked on an RBI single in the fifth. The first baseman had curiously been held without an extra-base hit in 19 consecutive games dating back to June 15, so Tuesday's performance was a nice way to break the slump. Votto is hitting .281/.390/.492 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI on the season.
Jul 7 - 9:38 PM

Johnny Cueto held the Nationals to just two hits in a shutout to earn the win on Tuesday.

It's his first shutout of the year. He issued only one walk while striking out a season-high 11 batters. One of the two hits was a triple to Ian Desmond to lead off the fifth inning, but the right-hander rebounded with three consecutive strikeouts. Cueto appears to be getting stronger as the season progresses. He has a 2.61 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP and a 111/21 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings. His first half will come to a close in Miami against the Marlins.
Jul 7 - 9:36 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro on Tuesday indicated that Cesar Hernandez will remain the club's second baseman even after Chase Utley (ankle) returns from the disabled list.

"Not for me he's not," Amaro said when asked if Utley would still be the everyday second baseman when he returns. "Cesar Hernandez is our best second baseman." It's hard to argue with the GM given what Utley did before hitting the DL and what Hernandez has done this season, but it's still a little surprising to hear Amaro be so blunt. There remains no timetable for Utley's return.
Jul 7 - 7:41 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Brandon Beachy (elbow) is a candidate to start on Saturday versus the Brewers.

Making his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, Beachy holds a 2.41 ERA over five rehab starts and went six innings and threw 92 pitches in his last outing on Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Mattingly said the righty touched 93 mph on the radar gun in the start, so it appears he's ready. The Dodgers have been seeking back-of-the-rotation help all season, so it would be a huge lift if Beachy can be even close to his pre-op form.
Jul 7 - 7:22 PM

Josh Hamilton (hip) returned to the Rangers' lineup Tuesday.

Hamilton hadn't played since Friday due to what the team referred to has a groin issue but he says is more a right hip injury. His left hamstring also still isn't 100 percent yet, but Hamilton will try to gut it out for a few games before the All-Star break.
Jul 7 - 7:08 PM

Giants activated OF Hunter Pence from the 15-day disabled list.

Well, that's a nice surprise. Manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Pence could return before the All-Star break following a successful batting practice session, and, as it turns out, he's back a day later. The outfielder missed a month of action with tendinitis in his left wrist.
Jul 7 - 6:48 PM

Kolten Wong (head) passed a concussion test after suffering a head injury in Tuesday afternoon's contest with the Cubs.

Wong appeared to injure himself making a diving play in the fifth inning. After being lifted in the seventh, he passed the concussion test, though afterward said that he still has a slight headache. The Cubs and Cards are playing a double-header and it's a safe assumption that Wong will sit out the second game here. Matt Carpenter will likely start at second in his place.
Jul 7 - 5:06 PM

Denard Span (back) underwent an MRI on Tuesday and is set to see a specialist as he attempts to pinpoint the cause of recent back spasms.

Span's back locked up after a rain delay during Monday's game. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and will see a back specialist. For now, he should be considered day-to-day. The injury is well-timed, if there is such a thing, as the All-Star Break will afford Span a chunk of rest as he looks to avoid hitting the disabled list.
Jul 7 - 4:21 PM

Jayson Werth (wrist) is hopeful that he'll be able to begin a rehab assignment after the All-Star Break.

Werth has been swinging with a fungo bat as he steadily works his way back from a fractured wrist suffered earlier in the year. Nationals manager Matt Williams has said that Werth is making "significant progress." Assuming a rehab assignment is on the horizon, it's possible that Werth could return to the team in early August.
Jul 7 - 4:13 PM




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