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Mark Teixeira out again with lat strain
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is set to sit for the fifth straight game Friday night against Toronto. A nagging lat strain could wind up sending him to the disabled list.

Brian McCann is manning the position instead.

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Frequent benchings begin as Billy Butler out of Friday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Despite the continued absence of injured Eric Hosmer from the Royals lineup Friday against Cleveland, designated hitter Billy Butler is not playing. That indicates how far he has fallen in the eyes of Ned Yost.

Yost has already announced that Butler will be losing playing time. The one-time slugger has just one hit in his last 15 at-bats and owns a stat line of .264/.319/.343 that pales in comparison to those compiled in seasons past.

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Scooter Gennett sits out third straight
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett missed his third game in a row Friday against the Mets, as he continues to deal with a quad injury. He remains day to day moving forward, but has now played since suffering the injury Tuesday.  

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Hand issue still keeping Eric Hosmer sidelined
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Friday against the Indians, as he continues to deal with a hand injury.

Hosmer has been out since leaving Wednesday's game due to ongoing issues with his hand, which have led to decreased grip strength. He remains day to day as a result of this issue. 

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Report: David Ortiz says he can play Friday against Rays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A back issue will apparently not prevent David Ortiz from making his appointed rounds at designated hitter Friday for the Red Sox at Tampa Bay. He has told John Farrell that he's good to go, per Comcast Sports Net.

Ortiz, who felt twinges in his mid-back Wednesday and Thursday, had it evaluated Friday.

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Anthony Varvaro's return ends Gus Schlosser's cameo
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Braves activated pitcher Anthony Varvaro from the paternity leave list Friday, after spending two days away from the team. Gus Schlosser was optioned right back to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for him.

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Jayson Werth returns from knee issue
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds, after sitting out the team's previous game with a knee injury.

Werth got two days off with the offday Thursday, which allowed him to get past the soreness that was bothering him earlier in the week. He is hitting .377/.472/.852 in 16 July games.  

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Deck McGuire snagged from Toronto by Athletics
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Athletics have acquired minor league pitcher Deck McGuire from the Blue Jays for cash considerations and sent him to Triple-A Sacramento.

The 25-year-old McGuire has struggled at Buffalo this season to the tune of a 3-5 record and 5.56 ERA with 57 hits and 23 walks allowed in 55 innings. 

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Edwin Jackson hand much better Friday than his ERA
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson has no lingering effects from a hand injury that forced him out of his Thursday outing against San Diego, according to MLB.com, which is reporting that he's fine.

Jackson has struggled recently with 38 earned runs allowed in his last 47 innings covering nine starts. He is 1-6 during that stretch and owns a disturbing 5.68 ERA on the season.

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Jeff Manship sailing off to Lehigh Valley
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Right-handed reliever Jeff Manship has accepted an assignment by the Phillies to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was designated Wednesday.

Manship has never compiled an ERA lower than 5.28 in six big-league seasons and owns a 6.65 ERA this year.

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