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Gleyber Torres (hip) could return to Yankees on July 23
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (hip) could be activated from the disabled list on July 23.
"I think I’m ready right now," Torres said. "I’m just waiting for more (rehab) games. If everything is all right I’m back to play." The 21-year-old rookie completed some base running drills in Washington, D.C. on Monday, and he's scheduled for a brief minor league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa over the weekend. Assuming all goes well, he should be back for a road date against the Tampa Bay Rays next Monday. Torres has been out since July 4 due to a right hip strain.
Torres was averaging 11.1 FanDuel points through 63 games while posting a .294/.350/.555 slash with 15 home runs and 42 RBI across 241 plate appearances this season.
Mookie Betts to lead off for American League on Tuesday
Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts will bat leadoff and start in right field for the American League All-Star team on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.
Betts will be followed by Jose Altuve, Mike Trout, J.D. Martinez, Jose Ramirez, Aaron Judge, Manny Machado, Jose Abreu, and Salvador Perez in the AL lineup as they square off with the National League in the 86th Midsummer Classic.
Betts is averaging 16.9 FanDuel points through 78 contests this season while slashing .359/.448/.691 with 23 home runs, 51 RBI, 18 steals, and 79 runs scored across 355 plate appearances.
Javier Baez in the leadoff spot for National League All-Stars
Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez will bat leadoff and start at second base for the National League in Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.
Baez will lead off the order versus Chris Sale and the rest of the American League roster. Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper, Nick Markakis, Brandon Crawford, and Willson Contreras fill out the rest of the NL lineup.
Baez averaged 13.3 FanDuel points in the first half while slashing .292/.326/.566 with 19 home runs, 72 RBI, 18 steals, and 61 runs scored across 365 plate appearances (91 games).
Max Scherzer draws another start for National League in All-Star Game
Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has been named the starter for the National League in Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.
It will be Scherzer's second straight start for the NL squad. Chris Sale has been selected as the American League starter.
Scherzer averaged 49.1 FanDuel points and went 12-5 across 20 starts in the first half of the season while recording a 2.41 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with 182 strikeouts and 34 walks across 134 2/3 innings.
Chris Sale to start All-Star Game for American League
Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale will start for the American League in Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.
This will be Sale's third All-Star Game start in a row. Max Scherzer has been named the starter for the National League.
The 29-year-old left-hander spun a 2.23 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with 188 strikeouts and 31 walks across 129 innings for the Red Sox in the first half while going 10-4 and averaging 48.8 FanDuel points across 20 starts.
Yoenis Cespedes (hip) could return for Mets on Friday
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hit 2 home runs and played five innings of left field in a simulated game at the club's spring training complex on Monday.
Cespedes also singled and drew a walk. He has been shelved since May 13 due to hip and quad injuries but could be activated off the disabled list for the Mets' first game after the All-Star break against the New York Yankees on Friday night at New York at Yankee Stadium.
Cespedes averaged 11.0 FanDuel points in 37 games prior to the injury while slashing .255/.316/.474 with 8 home runs and 28 RBIs across 152 plate appearances.
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