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Rice headed for elbow surgery 07-22-2014
Scott Rice P NYM
Scott Rice will undergo season-ending elbow surgery Wednesday in New York.

Marc Carig on Twitter
Rice will have a bone spur removed and a nerve relocated, so he's looking at a four-month rehab process. The 32-year-old southpaw was used heavily by the Mets last season, but he struggled to the tune of a 5.93 ERA over 13 2/3 innings this season prior to being demoted to Triple-A last month.
Reds recall RHP Partch from Triple-A 07-22-2014
Curtis Partch P CIN
Reds recalled RHP Curtis Partch from Triple-A Louisville. Partch will replace the injured Logan Ondrusek (shoulder) on the active roster. Partch has tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings with the Reds this season and will operate in middle relief.
Reds place Ondrusek on 15-day DL 07-22-2014
Logan Ondrusek P CIN
Reds placed RHP Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 13, with a strained right shoulder. Curtis Partch will take his place in the Reds' bullpen. Ondrusek owns a 4.31 ERA and 29/13 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings this season.
Mills to be designated for assignment 07-22-2014
Brad Mills P TOR
Brad Mills is expected to be designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
The move will clear a spot for top prospect Aaron Sanchez, who is expected to join the team's bullpen. Mills was rocked for eight runs over two innings Monday night against the Red Sox.
Blue Jays option C Kratz to Triple-A 07-22-2014
Erik Kratz C TOR
Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays are expected to make multiple roster moves in advance of Tuesday's game. Kratz has hit .198 with three homers and a .572 OPS over 84 plate appearances with the Jays this season.
Marquis lands on disabled list in Triple-A 07-22-2014
Jason Marquis P SD
Jason Marquis has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley due to a strained right oblique.

Matt Gelb on Twitter
Marquis' contract included an opt-out on July 31, but the injury figures to keep him around for a little while longer. The 35-year-old right-hander has a 2.22 ERA over his first four starts in Triple-A.
Yankees officially acquire 3B Chase Headley 07-22-2014
Chase Headley 3B NYY
Yankees acquired 3B Chase Headley and cash considerations from the Padres for INF Yangervis Solarte and RHP Rafael De Paula. The deal is now official. Headley's stock has plummeted since his breakout season in 2012, but he's a worthwhile gamble for the Yankees given their current options at third base. The 30-year-old has swung the bat better of late and has good road numbers for his career, so it would be no surprise if he finishes his walk year on a high note.
Padres acquire Solarte in Headley deal 07-22-2014
Yangervis Solarte 3B SD
Padres acquired INF Yangervis Solarte and RHP Rafael De Paula from the Yankees for 3B Chase Headley and cash considerations. The Yankees picked Solarte up for nothing over the winter and managed to turn him into an upgrade at third base. Pretty nice work by GM Brian Cashman. For San Diego, this was mostly about getting anything for Headley, who will be a free agent after the season. A qualifying offer wasn't a realistic option, as he likely would have accepted a one-year deal in the range of $15 million. Solarte could see some time at third base down the stretch in San Diego, but his days of fantasy relevancy are likely already behind him.
Rays INF prospect Beckham back from ACL tear 07-22-2014
Tim Beckham SS TB
Rays prospect Tim Beckham went 3-for-4 with a triple for rookie-level GCL Rays on Monday. Beckham tore his ACL in December and has been working his way back since then. He was viewed as a potential five-tool talent when drafted first overall in 2008, but has struggled to live up to his lofty draft status and has turned into a potential utility infiedler with some pop. Beckham may return to the major leagues in September.
Report: Yankees acquire Headley from Padres 07-22-2014
Chase Headley 3B NYY
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
Neither team has confirmed the deal, but the Yankees will send infielder Yangervis Solarte and prospect right-hander right-hander Rafael De Paula to the Padres. New York will also receive $1 million from San Diego to help cover part of the nearly $4 million remaining on Headley's contract for this season.
Pirates C prospect McGuire 3 hits, double 07-22-2014
Reese McGuire C PIT
Pirates prospect catcher Reese McGuire went 3-for-5 with a double for Low-A West Virginia on Monday. McGuire had a brutal June, hitting .213/.272/.267, and has improved slightly in July, hitting .258/.262/.306. It is common for prospects in their first full season to struggle with the grind of travel and games, but McGuire has struggled with the bat all season, hitting just .263/.310/.309 with eight doubles, one triple, and one home run. McGuire has All-Star potential, and has controlled the running game, throwing out 42 percent of all base stealers for the season.
Report: Blue Jays showing interest in OF Rios 07-22-2014
Alex Rios RF TEX
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in re-acquiring Rangers outfielder Alex Rios.

CBSSports.com
Report: Burnett would prefer trade to Pirates 07-22-2014
A.J. Burnett P PHI
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett would prefer to be dealt to the Pirates and that Pittsburgh players are lobbying for his return.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Burnett made a bit of an awkward exit from Pittsburgh when he signed with the Phillies during the offseason, but it's water under the bridge at this point. However, one possible hangup in a deal is his player option for 2015. He's currently at 21 starts this season, but his 2015 salary would rise to $8.5 million at 24 starts, $10 million at 27, $11.75 million at 30 and a maximum of $12.75 million if he makes it to 32 starts.
Dodgers SS prospect Seager 2 hits, double 07-22-2014
Corey Seager SS LAD
Dodgers shortstop prospect Corey Seager went 2-for-4 with a double for Double-A Chattanooga on Monday. Seager went 1-for-6 with four strikeouts in his Double-A debut, but has gone 3-for-10 in his first two games in the Southern League. For the season, he hit .352/.411/.633 with 34 doubles, two triples, and 18 home runs over 80 games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Seager is likely to finish the season in Double-A, and could reach the major leagues no earlier than late-2015.
Angels 1B prospect C 2 hits in return to AAA 07-22-2014
C.J. Cron 1B LAA
Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a walk in his return to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. Cron hit .269/.297/.480 during his time in the majors, but just .233/.258/.383 over his last 15 games. It appears that the Angels are trying to keep an extra reliever on their roster, and Cron could be back up in the next few weeks, and no later than September 1.
Blue Jays to call up Rogers from Triple-A 07-22-2014
Esmil Rogers P TOR
Esmil Rogers is expected to be called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.

Sportsnet.ca
Rogers was outrighted off the 40-man roster back in May, but the Blue Jays need a fresh arm in their bullpen. The 28-year-old owns a 6.97 ERA over 16 appearances at the major league level this season and figures to pitch in long relief.
Burnett can be traded 9 teams without consent 07-22-2014
A.J. Burnett P PHI
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett can be traded to the Orioles, Red Sox, Red Sox, Reds, Royals, Mets, Yankees, Pirates, Cardinals, and Nationals without his consent.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
Similar to teammate Cliff Lee, Burnett has a 20-team no-trade list. The Pirates and Orioles are two of the teams who have been scouting Burnett recently and the trade list won't be an issue.
Report: Yanks have checked in on John Danks 07-22-2014
John Danks P CWS
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have checked in with the White Sox about the availability of left-hander John Danks.

CBSSports.com
There's nothing to indicate that the two sides are close to a deal, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn't made any secret about his desire to add starting pitching. Danks owns a 4.35 ERA and 87/46 K/BB ratio over 124 innings this season, so he's not quite the pitcher he once was. There's still around $34 million remaining on his contract, which runs through 2016. He has a six-team no-trade list, but it's unclear if the Yankees are on it.
Cishek, Dunn being watched by scouts 07-22-2014
Steve Cishek P MIA
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Marlins' relievers Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn are being closely watched by scouts.

MLBlogs.com
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported that Cishek has been a popular name in recent trade talks, but it's unclear whether the Marlins are willing to move him. However, he's making $3.8 million in his first year of arbitration and won't qualify for free agency until after 2017, so he could fetch a big return. The Marlins would like to add a controllable starting pitcher and/or a second baseman, which would be reasonable requests in a Cishek deal. Dunn making $1.4 million in his first year of arbitration and is under team control through 2016.
Peralta (virus) expected to be placed on DL 07-22-2014
Joel Peralta P TB
Joel Peralta (virus) is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Peralta believes that he acquired the chikungunya virus, an illness transferred by mosquitoes in the Caribbean, which is where Peralta spent his All-Star break. He would be placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 13, setting him up to return within a few days assuming he feels up to it. Jeff Beliveau is the most likely replacement on the active roster.
Fujikawa (elbow) pitches in Triple-A 07-22-2014
Kyuji Fujikawa P CHC
Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) allowed one run on two hits over one inning Monday in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Fujikawa, who is currently making his way back from Tommy John surgery, moved his rehab up to Triple-A on Monday after he made six scoreless appearances between rookie ball and Class A Wayne County. He could be ready to join the Cubs' bullpen after a handful of appearances in Triple-A.
Angels won't limit Garrett Richards' workload 07-22-2014
Garrett Richards P LAA
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that the club has no plans to temporarily shut down Garrett Richards in order to limit his workload.

Angels.mlb.com
Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings, just a tad shy of the 145 innings he threw last season. He has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season before in pro ball, but Dipoto said there haven't been any discussions about giving him a break. "Not at all," said Dipoto. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily." Richards is currently on pace for 216 2/3 innings and could pitch more if the Angels play deep into October.
Cowgill (nose) could return in a couple weeks 07-22-2014
Collin Cowgill RF LAA
Collin Cowgill (nose) expects to return from the disabled list in a couple of weeks.

Angels.mlb.com
Cowgill landed on the disabled list prior to the All-Star break after he was hit by a pitch on July 12 and broke both his nose and his right thumb. He had stitches removed from his nose on Monday and is likely a few days away from swinging a bat.
Wilson (ankle) set for sim. game Wednesday 07-22-2014
C.J. Wilson P LAA
C.J. Wilson (ankle) is scheduled to throw an "up-and-down" bullpen session on Wednesday.

Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
Wilson felt good after throwing 50 pitches in a bullpen session Monday and will test himself Wednesday in what will essentially amount to a simulated game, as he'll take breaks as if he was pitching separate innings. The southpaw will almost certainly require a minor league rehab assignment, but should be able to return within a couple of weeks.
Ryan Goins to be called up from Triple-A 07-22-2014
Ryan Goins SS TOR
Ryan Goins is expected to be called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.

Sportsnet.ca
The Blue Jays will also call up top prospect Aaron Sanchez. No word yet on the corresponding roster moves involved. Goins began the year as Toronto's starting second baseman, but he batted just .150/.203/.217 over 24 games before being demoted. Still, he's highly-regarded for his defense and could have value as a backup infielder.
Blue Jays calling up prospect Aaron Sanchez 07-22-2014
Aaron Sanchez P TOR
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays plan to call up prospect right-hander Aaron Sanchez on Tuesday.

Sportsnet.ca
Sanchez was just shifted to the bullpen last week in Triple-A, which is where he'll pitch in his first taste of the majors. The 22-year-old has posted a 3.95 ERA and 84/57 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings this season between Double- and Triple-A. He still has a promising future as a starter, but the Jays are hoping he can make an impact down the stretch in a relief role.
Kipnis says oblique injury still a factor 07-22-2014
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
Jason Kipnis acknowledged Monday that his right oblique muscle is still an issue and will likely linger for the rest of the season.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Kipnis missed about a month after straining his right oblique muscle in late April and he's still trying to make adjustments to his swing in order to get comfortable. "I wouldn't use the word progress, I'd use the word adjustment," said Kipnis. "As far as the oblique goes, it's going to be there all year. It's not going to go away until the offseason. What I can do is find a swing that works for me. I thought we may have found something coming out of Detroit. It was a step in the right direction and we're going to keep making adjustments day to day and pitch to pitch and see how it goes." Kipnis was named the American League Player of the week on Monday after he went 5-for-15 (.333) with two homers and six RBI during a four-game series against the Tigers, but those looking for a big second half might end up disappointed.
Lee can be traded to 9 teams without consent 07-22-2014
Cliff Lee P PHI
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Cliff Lee can be traded to the Braves, Indians, Astros, Marlins, Twins, Mets, Padres, Rays, and Nationals without his consent.

Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
You'll notice that there are four teams from the NL East on his list, but the Phillies would be unlikely to deal him to any of those teams anyway, so there's a mix of strategy and preference in his list. Lee has 20 teams on his no-trade list, but it's still possible that he could waive it if the right situation presents itself. The veteran southpaw struggled in his return from the disabled list Monday, so a trade appears unlikely right now. The Phillies might be better off waiting until August or potentially the offseason.
Cuddyer (shoulder) aims for mid-August return 07-22-2014
Michael Cuddyer RF COL
Michael Cuddyer has received the green light to begin a strengthening program after an MRI showed that his left shoulder was healing properly.

Rockies.mlb.com
Young leaves game with calf cramp 07-22-2014
Chris Young CF NYM
Chris Young left Monday's game against the Mariners in the eighth inning due to a left calf cramp.

Newark Star-Ledger
Young suffered the injury running to first base in the top of the eighth inning. The hope is that it's not a big deal, but the Mets should know more Tuesday.
M's option Justin Smoak to Triple-A 07-22-2014
Justin Smoak 1B SEA
Mariners optioned 1B Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma. The move clears a spot for Tuesday's starter Erasmo Ramirez. Smoak went 4-for-20 (.200) with one double and one RBI during his most recent stint with the big club.
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Cody Ross LF ARZ
Cody Ross returned to action on Monday July 21.
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Danny Farquhar P SEA
Danny Farquhar returned to action on Monday July 21.
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Charlie Blackmon CF COL
Charlie Blackmon returned to action on Monday July 21.
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Erick Aybar SS LAA
Erick Aybar returned to action on Monday July 21.
Jones goes deep twice to sink the Angels 07-22-2014
Adam Jones CF BAL
Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Monday's 4-2 win against the Angels. Jones' first inning shot off Matt Shoemaker plated Nick Markakis and put the Orioles on top 2-0. Five frames later, deja vu, only this time Jones was even more emphatic, pulverizing the ball 443 feet over the left center wall to give Baltimore a 4-2 lead it wouldn't relinquish. Jones has two homers and nine RBI over his last three games. His slash line is up to a healthy .300/.325/.500, and the outfielder is on pace for 31 homers and 104 RBI.
Britton's perfect 9th cements Orioles' win 07-22-2014
Zach Britton P BAL
Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning on Monday to earn save No. 17 as the Orioles emerged victorious against the Angels. Britton has worked a pair of perfect appearances since blowing the save and taking the loss by allowing three runs without retiring a batter Friday against the A's. Since June 21, those three runs are the only runs he's yielded. He's given up runs in only three of 34 appearances since the start of May. Britton boasts a stellar 1.81 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.
Norris allows 2 runs in Monday's win over LAA 07-22-2014
Bud Norris P BAL
In his return to the rotation, Bud Norris allowed two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Monday against the Angels. Demoted prior to the All-Star break to keep him on a regular pitching schedule, Norris walked two and allowed eight hits, but he also struck out eight. The right-hander struggled in his one-start sojourn in Double-A, so it was nice to see a quick return to form at the game's highest level. Norris (8-6, 3.78 ERA) stays out West next time around, taking on the Mariners this weekend in Seattle.
Shoemaker K's 10 but still loses to Orioles 07-22-2014
Matt Shoemaker P LAA
Matt Shoemaker struck out 10 but fell to 7-3, allowing four runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Angels lost to the Orioles 4-2 on Monday. Shoemaker didn't walk a batter and surrendered five hits. He would have won this game, but couldn't figure out how to pitch to Adam Jones, against whom he served up a pair of two-run homers. The right-hander has shuffled between the rotation and bullpen all year, entering this contest 6-1 with a 4.15 ERA as a starter. Despite the loss, the Angels are the majors' best home team at 34-17.
Ackley's glove and bat push Mariners to win 07-22-2014
Dustin Ackley LF SEA
Dustin Ackley had a monster game in Monday's 5-2 win over the Mets, going 3-for-4 at the dish and robbing a homer in the field. Ackley's heroics improved Seattle to 53-46, 2 1/2 games up for the second Wild Card slot in the American League. The outfielder had two singles and an RBI double, but his most impressive display came in stealing Travis d'Arnaud's sixth inning would-be-homer. Ackley started heating up right when we started hearing his name in trade rumors; he's batting .360 (18-for-50) in July.
Bloomquist's 3 hits leads Mariners to victory 07-22-2014
Willie Bloomquist SS SEA
Willie Bloomquist went 3-for-5 with a steal, two runs scored, and an RBI double in a win over the Mets on Monday. Somebody out there will wake up tomorrow morning grinning ear-to-ear that Bloomquist was in his AL-only fantasy lineup tonight. Chances are, that isn't you. In truth, nobody could have seen a big night coming from the veteran utilityman. This was Bloomquist's first steal of the season, his first three-hit game of the year, and the double represented his first extra-base hit since June 22. Willie Bloomquist will now return to being Willie Bloomquist.
Niese struggles in loss Mariners on Monday 07-22-2014
Jonathon Niese P NYM
In his return from the disabled list, Jon Niese allowed four earned runs over six innings in the Mets' loss to the Mariners on Monday. Out since early July with shoulder inflammation, Niese punched out six and issued two free passes. The Mariners weren't fooled by his stuff, collecting 11 hits. Regardless, New York is happy to have Niese back, if for no other reason than to showcase him. The left-hander's contract is extremely team-friendly, paying out just $16 million over the next two seasons, with the Mets also in possession of a pair of club options totaling $21 million after that. Outside of a rusty return from layoff, Niese has been remarkably consistent; this was the first time he'd yielded more than three earned runs in a start. Now 5-5 with a 3.13 ERA, Niese heads to Milwaukee this weekend.
Nathan shuts out lights on Zona, DET wins 4-3 07-22-2014
Joe Nathan P DET
Joe Nathan worked around a single to toss a scoreless ninth, preserve a 4-3 win, and earn his 20th save of the season Monday against Arizona. Nathan has finished off scoreless appearances in six of his last seven. Unfortunately, the one he didn't was a three-run implosion over the weekend against the Indians, after which the media began discussing his job security. Nathan has been scored upon in 10 of his last 22 appearances, but manager Brad Ausmus has proven he'll grant an extremely long leash. Nathan is 20-for-25 in save conversions to go with a 5.89 ERA and 1.53 WHIP.
Hunter's HR helps Tigers charm the Snakes 07-22-2014
Torii Hunter RF DET
Torii Hunter finished 1-for-4 with two-run homer as the Tigers topped the Diamondbacks on Monday. Hunter has now homered in two straight, and five of his last 14. The 39-year-old outfielder -- Hunter's birthday celebration occurred last week -- has rapped an extra-base hit in four straight to boost his slash line to .274/.297/.470. He's on pace for 24 homers and 96 RBI.
Verlander posts quality start versus Snakes 07-22-2014
Justin Verlander P DET
Justin Verlander beat the Diamondbacks by allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings Monday in a 4-3 victory. Verlander struck out five and gave up six hits and three walks. The quality start and victory are nice to see, but we're still waiting for a dominant performance by the formerly elite ace. Verlander hasn't allowed less than two runs in an outing all season (though he did escape one five-inning outing with no earned runs on his ledger). The right-hander was 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA in 2008, and he's headed towards similar numbers if he can't turn things around soon. Verlander will bring a 9-8 record and 4.84 ERA into a scheduled outing against the Angels on Saturday.
Nuno allows 3 Tiger runs in 4 2/3 frames 07-22-2014
Vidal Nuno P ARZ
Vidal Nuno yielded three runs on seven hits over just 4 2/3 innings Monday in a no-decision against the Tigers. Nuno was lucky it wasn't worse. He gave up two homers, accounting for all three runs on his ledger, but managed to strand runners in every inning except the first (reliever Randall Delgado cleaned up Nuno's two-runner mess in the fifth inning). The newly-acquired left-hander posted a 4.78 ERA across 98 innings the last two seasons for the Yankees, and has looked much the same in three starts in the desert, though he has a fluky 3.78 ERA to show for it. The 26-year-old Nuno takes the mound in Philadelphia this weekend.
Ian Desmond goes 5-for-5, homers in win 07-22-2014
Ian Desmond SS WAS
Ian Desmond went 5-for-5 with his 17th homer in the Nationals' 7-2 defeat of the Rockies on Monday. It was his second career five-hit game, the other coming against the Mets in Sept. 2011. He raised his average from .243 to .253, which is the highest it's been since way back on April 12. He's now driven in runs in five straight games and collected a total of 16 RBI in his last 15 games.
Doug Fister picks up ninth win 07-22-2014
Doug Fister P WAS
Doug Fister gave up two runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings Monday in a win over the Rockies. Fister wasn't at his best tonight, but he didn't need to be against a Rockies lineup missing Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer. He still managed to take a shutout into the sixth inning before giving up five hits and a walk in the frame. Fortunately, Aaron Barrett was able to strand the bases loaded by striking out Brandon Barnes.
Elias leaves with forearm cramp, K's eight 07-22-2014
Roenis Elias P SEA
Roenis Elias left with a forearm cramp on Monday, but not before striking out eight and allowing one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Mets.

Ryan Divish on Twitter
The Mariners were just being cautious with their young left-hander -- he was at 90 pitches and would have been pulled after the inning anyway -- and it would be surprising if his next start were pushed back. Elias needed a positive outing to prevent talk of a demotion, and he got it, tying for his second highest strikeout total of the season. All shouldn't be forgiven -- the 25-year-old left-hander was 0-3 while getting lit up for a 10.05 ERA over his previous three outings, and had coughed up four runs or more in five of seven to close out the first half -- but he just bought himself some leash. Assuming the injury isn't more serious than the team is letting on, Elias hosts the Orioles this weekend.
Josh Willingham powers Twins to victory 07-22-2014
Josh Willingham LF MIN
Josh Willingham went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead homer off Bryan Shaw in the eighth as the Twins edged the Indians 4-2 on Monday. Willingham had been in an 11-for-89 dry spell before tonight, with just one homer since June 25. The Twins sure would like to see him find his stroke again this week and give himself some trade value in advance of the deadline.
T.J. House gives up three runs to Twins 07-22-2014
T.J. House P CLE
T.J. House surrendered three runs in five innings Monday in a no-decision against the Twins. House didn't lose his spot as the Indians' fifth starter despite being sent down for the All-Star break, but his job could be in jeopardy pending Danny Salazar's outing on Tuesday. It'd be best for the Indians if Salazar steps up and claims the spot.
Brian Dozier in 1-for-16 slump 07-22-2014
Brian Dozier 2B MIN
Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 1-for-16 to begin the second half. Dozier had a two-homer game the Sunday before the All-Star break to end a quiet spell, but his batting average is back down to .234 now. Worse, he's drawn all of one walk in 70 at-bats this month, compared to 51 in 306 at-bats through the end of June.
Nick Swisher plays right field 07-22-2014
Nick Swisher 1B CLE
Playing right field for the first time this season, Nick Swisher went 0-for-3 with a walk on Monday. The Indians gave up some defense to get Yan Gomes into the lineup at DH tonight. Swisher to the outfield doesn't figure to become a frequent occurrence. Really, Swisher to the bench once in a while might be a better solution for Cleveland.
Chris Sale beats Royals, goes to 9-1 07-22-2014
Chris Sale P CWS
Chris Sale moved to 9-1 on Monday after holding the Royals to one run in seven innings. Sale allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out eight. Surprisingly, he's just 7-7 lifetime against the Royals, though that does come with a sterling 2.36 ERA. He's allowed three runs total in his last three starts, and he's given the White Sox seven straight quality starts.
Adam Eaton playing through broken finger 07-22-2014
Adam Eaton CF CWS
Adam Eaton has been playing through a broken right middle finger.

Chicago Tribune
Eaton broke the finger on a head-first slide in the series against the Red Sox prior to the All-Star break but kept the injury quiet. He singled twice and stole a base Monday, so it appears the ailment isn't bothering him too much. "I've been trying to hold the bat a little differently and swing it differently," said Eaton "It's something you deal with," Eaton said after Monday's game. "It's something you have to play through and I know anybody else in here would do it."
Jacob Petricka records fourth save 07-22-2014
Jake Petricka P CWS
Jacob Petricka notched his fourth save with a scoreless ninth in a two-run game against the Royals on Monday. Ronald Belisario has settled back into his eighth-inning role, but it's still unclear who will get the ninth on a nightly basis. Petricka was also given a chance to close Saturday, only to be pulled in favor of Zach Putnam after allowing two to reach with two outs. Putnam converted that one to earn his second save in two days, but he went unused tonight after also getting Sunday off. At least it seems pretty clear in light of Javy Guerra's recent struggles that the closer committee is down to Petricka and Putnam. If one of the two has a couple of bad appearances in a row, it will probably solve matters.