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Brewers' Manny Pina: Homers in Tuesday's victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pina went 3-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday's victory over the Nationals.

Pina continues to produce at the plate, and he has been particularly hot of late, going 17-for-46 (.370) over his last 14 games. He started to lose some playing time after the Brewers acquired Stephen Vogt in June, but with Vogt now on the disabled list, he is working as the Brewers' primary catcher.

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White Sox's Tyler Clippard: Likely to stick as closer for now
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Clippard is expected to settle in as the White Sox's closer for the time being following the trade of Anthony Swarzak to the Brewers on Wednesday.

With the White Sox dealing away their top three relievers (David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Swarzak) in the past eight days, the bullpen now looks to be one of the weaker units in baseball, but that's not a major concern while the club embarks on a long-term rebuild. According to Dave Kerner of WBBM Newsradio 780 AM, manager Rick Renteria said that Clippard would have received the save opportunity in Tuesday's game to the Cubs had the situation presented itself, which seemingly indicates that the veteran is being viewed as the club's top ninth-inning option. By virtue of possessing the most prior closing experience of anyone in the bullpen, Clippard should have an opportunity to build up some security at the back end, but his recent performances haven't offered much encouragement that he'll be able to do so. With four losses, three blown saves and an 11.85 ERA on his ledger over 17 appearances since June 4, Clippard might not have room for slippage, even with few attractive alternatives looming. Of the White Sox's other options in the bullpen, Dan Jennings and Jake Petricka (elbow) -- who was activated from the 10-day disabled list to take Swarzak's spot on the active roster -- look to be Clippard's top challengers.

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Twins' Hector Santiago: Struggles in rehab outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Santiago (back) gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks in one inning Tuesday in rehab appearance for Triple-A Rochester.

Santiago is scheduled to make at least three appearances during his rehab assignment. With the Twins trading for Jamie Garcia, Santiago appears likely to move to the bullpen when he returns from the DL.

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Blue Jays' Justin Maese: Hasn't pitched since end of May
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Maese (shoulder) hasn't pitched since the end of May, John Manuel of Baseball America reports.

What was originally listed as a slight injury appears to have ended up being much worse as Maese has now missed two months of action with the injury. Before hurting his shoulder, the right-handed prospect had an ERA of 4.35 and 54 strikeouts in 63.2 innings with Low-A Lansing. He is currently rehabbing in the Gulf Coast League but it is unclear when he will return to Lansing.

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Red Sox's Blaine Boyer: Activated from disabled list Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boyer (elbow) was reinstated from the 10-day DL prior to Wednesday's game against Seattle, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Boyer rejoins the big-league club after spending 10 days on the disabled list with elbow tightness, taking the place of Ben Taylor, who was placed on the DL due to an intercostal strain in a corresponding move. On the year, Boyer has posted a 3.00 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP over the course of 18 appearances, and should slide into the back-end of the bullpen moving forward.

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