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Sunday's Starters
Phillies (Joe Blanton - R) at Marlins (Ricky Nolasco - R), 1:10
Indians (Justin Masterson - R) at Orioles (Brian Matusz - L), 1:35
Nationals (Gio Gonzalez - L) at Braves (Tim Hudson - R), 1:35
Tigers (Drew Smyly - L) at Rays (Alex Cobb), 1:40
White Sox (Gavin Floyd - R) at Yankees (Phil Hughes - R), 2:05
Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter - R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo), 2:10
Royals (Bruce Chen - L) at Twins (Francisco Liriano - L), 2:10
Pirates (Erik Bedard - L) at Cardinals (Jake Westbrook), 2:15
Astros (Wandy Rodriguez - L) at Cubs (Travis Wood - L), 2:20
Angels (C.J. Wilson - L) at Blue Jays (Aaron Laffey - L), 3:07
Padres (Kip Wells - R) at Rockies (Drew Pomeranz - L), 3:10
Reds (Bronson Arroyo - R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelson - R), 4:05
Red Sox (Felix Doubront - L) at Mariners (Jason Vargas - L), 4:10
Athletics (Travis Blackley - L) at Rangers (Yu Darvish - R), 7:05
Mets (Dillon Gee - R) at Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw - L), 8:00

Day Game After Night Game:
KC/MIN, ARZ/MIL, DET/TB, SD/COL, BOS/SEA

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Henderson Alvarez, P, TOR -- (Elbow) Soreness did not slow down a seven inning and one-run effort Saturday.
David Price, P, TB -- (Back) Next start should not be in jeopardy after he stated he felt fine Saturday.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN -- (Knee) Left Saturday's game with inflammation.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT -- (Wrist) Left in the seventh inning Saturday because of an injury on catch earlier in game.
Edward Mujica, P, MIA -- (Foot) Fracture suffered on Friday will keep him out for two weeks. DL stint possible.

Disabled List
Nick Johnson, 1B, BAL -- (Wrist) X-rays came back negative, and should return after All-Star break.
Clay Buchholz, P, BOS -- (Illness) Resumed throwing in light workouts.
Josh Beckett, P, BOS -- (Shoulder) Will not face limited pitch count in return Saturday.
David Aardsma, P, NYY -- (Elbow) Felt tightness in rehab from Tommy John, and will consequently be shut down.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB -- (Hamstring) Cleared to resume baseball activities.
Joe Saunders, P, ARZ -- (Shoulder) Threw light bullpen session Saturday.
Ryan Dempster, P, CHC -- (Shoulder) Was pushed back from bullpen session over weekend. Now slated to have session Monday.
Nick Masset, P, CIN -- (Elbow) If progress is shown, could face live hitters soon.
Jhoulys Chacin, P, COL -- (Chest) Nearing rehab assignment after break.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI -- (Achilles) Played five innings at first in rehab assignment.
Roy Halladay, P, PHI -- (Shoulder) Pitching coach says Doc is slightly ahead of schedule for his return.
Aubrey Huff, 1B, SF -- (Knee) Rehab assignment will start at High-A San Jose.
Chad Tracy, 1B, WAS -- (Groin) Should return to Nationals after All-Star break.

Transactions

Placed on the DL
Mark Lowe, P, TEX (retroactive 6/26)
Kyle Farnsworth, P, TB (retroactive 6/30)
Kyle McClellan, P, STL (transferred from 15-day to 60-day DL)
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE (retroactive 6/30)

Activated from DL
Jeremy Hellickson, P, TB

Activated from Suspension
Joel Peralta, P, TB

Optioned to Triple-A
Nick Hundley, C, SD
Brandon Gomes, P, TB
Cesar Ramos, P, TB
Yasiel Puig, OF, LAD
Eduardo Sanchez, P, STL
Sam Freeman, P, STL
Adam Warren, P, NYY

Called Up
Yasmani Grandal, C, SD
Maikel Cleto, P, STL
Barret Browning, P, STL
D.J. Mitchell, P, NYY
Tommy Hottovy, P, KC
Cole De Vries, P, MIN
Jason Donald, 3B, CLE

Signed
Jorge Soler, OF, CHC
Shane Lindsay, P, CHW
Joe Karlik, P, KC

Closer Watch
Rangers -- Joe Nathan and Mike Adams, the Rangers' closer and setup men respectively, were unavailable against the Athletics on Friday with both having pitched the previous three games. In this case, Tanner Scheppers stepped in the ninth inning with a two-run lead, but did not leave unmarked. Scheppers, the normal seventh inning man gave up a solo shot to Chris Carter, but was able to get the last out of the game and his first save of the season. This was a rare save for Scheppers, but he figures to be a low man on the pecking order for saves going forward.

Royals -- Jonathan Broxton had a shaky ninth inning Friday against the Twins, giving up two runs while still earning a save, as his team gave him a three-run lead entering the last frame. Those two runs did make a noticeable difference for the closer's ERA, as it rose by over half a point. That normally would be a cause for concern, but Broxton has only given up five earned runs in 29.2 innings so far in 2012. Fridayís performance will just be judged as a small blip, for now, on what has been a terrific first season with the Royals for Broxton.


Recommended Pickup

Other Recent Recommendations:
Jeff Baker, UTIL, CHC -- It may be a stretch to make a recommendation on a guy that is in no guarantee to play, but who is Cubs manager Dale Sveum to keep out a guy that has a .400+ average and 1.000+ OPS against any pitcher? That guy happens to be the utility man extraordinaire Jeff Baker, who owns Houstonís starter on Sunday, Wandy Rodriguez. Baker is eligible to play at 1B, 2B, and even possibly an OF spot in certain leagues, which makes him a valuable asset to hold onto if he happens to get regular playing time. For the mean time, if you are in a close weekly matchup, and Baker gets his due and is in the starting lineup against Rodriguez, why not pick him up in what one could call an offensive spot start?

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Salvador Perez, C, KC ($6,625)
Justin Morneau, 1B, MIN ($4,878)
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