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  • Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Scheduled start postponed Monday

    Martinez has had his scheduled start Monday postponed due to weather, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

    Martinez will start in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader as a result of this postponement with Jamie Garcia throwing in Game 2. Saturday was the next scheduled start for Martinez, and it is unclear at the moment how the Cardinals will opt to shuffle their rotation to adjust for this situation.

  • Mets' Noah Syndergaard: Monday's start postponed

    Syndergaard's scheduled start Monday has been postponed due to weather, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

    Tuesday will now be a doubleheader between the Mets and Cardinals. Syndergaard is scheduled to pitch in Game 1 with Bartolo Colon pitching in the subsequent contest. The Mets will likely need to find a spot-starter for Saturday while pushing the rotation back a day to fit Syndergarard in Sunday.

  • Rich Hill SP | OAK

    Athletics' Rich Hill: Athletics optimistic Hill can start on road trip

    Hill (blister) is still unable to throw without a protective covering on his left middle finger but the club is optimistic he can start sometime on their upcoming road trip, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Hill's next start is still to be decided, but a disabled list trip seems unlikely at this point. "We're keeping him on the roster for a reason," manager Bob Melvin said. The road trip in question runs from Monday through next Thursday, so unfortunately that leaves a big window of uncertainty for Hill's owners, but he should be expected to make his return at some point before the Athletics return home August 5 against the Cubs.

  • Coco Crisp LF | OAK

    Athletics' Coco Crisp: Taking batting practice from both sides

    Crisp (neck) was able to take batting practice from both sides of the plate before Monday's game, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Crisp has been dealing with the neck issue for some time and has occasionally been limited to hitting from one side of the plate or the other as a result. As such, it's a particularly good sign that he is able to swing from both sides after the neck issue forced him to be scratched from Sunday's contest. He is not in Monday's lineup, but he could potentially be available off the bench and should be considered day-to-day.

  • Giants' Jarrett Parker: Hitting third Monday

    Parker is starting in right field and hitting third Monday against the Reds.

    The streaking Mac Williamson will get the day off and the slumping Brandon Belt was moved to sixth in the lineup, providing Parker with an excellent opportunity to do some damage Monday against righty Anthony DeSclafani. Williamson has seen the bulk of the recent starts in right field, but Parker remains in the mix while Hunter Pence (hamstring) is out.

  • Brandon Belt 1B | SF

    Giants' Brandon Belt: Dropped to sixth in Monday's linuep

    Belt was dropped to sixth in the lineup Monday against the Reds.

    He is hitting just .185/.312/.277 in 65 at-bats in July and the cold stretch prompted manager Bruce Bochy to bat Belt sixth for the eighth game this season. The first baseman has typically hit third or fifth this season, and he should return to a more advantageous spot at some point, provided he snaps out of this funk. Jarrett Parker is starting in right field and hitting third Monday.

  • Giants' Mac Williamson: Out of Monday's lineup

    Williamson is out of the lineup Monday against the Reds.

    Williamson had started three of the last four games, even getting starts against righties, going 6-for-13 with two home runs over that stretch. He will get the night off Monday, with Jarrett Parker getting the start in right field, batting third.

  • Anthony Alford CF | TOR

    Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Swinging hot bat at High-A

    Alford, 22, is hitting .314 with two homers and five steals over his last 10 games with High-A Dunedin.

    Even with this hot stretch, Alford is slashing just .206/.310/.303 on the season. A concussion and a knee injury cost him a good chunk of the season, and likely affected his performance to some degree. Hopefully this recent hot stretch suggests he's as healthy as he has been all season, which could lead to him finishing the year on a high note.

  • Matt Bowman RP | STL

    Cardinals' Matt Bowman: Consistent in Cardinals' bullpen

    Bowman has given up just two earned runs over 11.2 innings pitched in July.

    Bowman's ERA now sits at 3.05 and he also holds a quality 0.99 WHIP, which ranks third best among all Cardinals' pitchers. Although the rookie has proven to be a strong foundation in the Cardinals' bullpen, his success hasn't led to more save opportunities.

  • Jose Ramirez 3B | CLE

    Indians' Jose Ramirez: Simmers off after hot start

    Ramirez's batting average has dropped from .310 on May 31 to his current .284 mark, and his OPS has gone from .832 to .742 in that same span.

    Ramirez's batting average is still .025 above the team average, however. Even with the slight decline, Ramirez will continue to man left field as long as Michael Brantley (shoulder) remains sidelined.