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Manny Piña (R) Headshot

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.
12:41 pm (EST)
Tyler Clippard (R) Headshot

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.
12:32 pm (EST)
Héctor Santiago (L) Headshot

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.
12:32 pm (EST)
Blaine Boyer (R) Headshot

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.
12:28 pm (EST)
Ben Thomson Headshot

Thomson agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils on Wednesday.

Thomson spent the last three seasons in the AHL, until finally seeing NHL action in the Devils' final three regular-season games last year. The 24-year-old only managed 10 points for the Albany Devils last season, but racked up 90 PIM. Thomson will have a difficult time standing out among the Devils' young prospects in his quest to make the final 23-man roster.
12:23 pm (EST)
Marcos Molina (R) Headshot

Molina has 33 strikeouts in 37.0 innings with Double-A Binghamton after getting a late start to the season due to a lat strain, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports.

After missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, Molina's return to action was pushed even further back because of a lat strain. Once he returned though, he impressed with High-A St. Lucie in six games (five starts) with 23 strikeouts over 28.2 innings with a 1.26 ERA. His ERA has jumped to 4.14 since his promotion to Double-A, but the increased strikeout rate from one level to the other is a sign of a bright future for one of the Mets' top pitching prospects.
12:11 pm (EST)
Nick Tepesch (R) Headshot

Tepesch (elbow) made his return from the disabled list with Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three in two innings of relief for the Bisons.

Tepesch threw 46 pitches (28 strikes) in the outing Tuesday, so it's safe to say that his elbow is feeling fine. Now that he's back and healthy, he'll act as an organizational depth piece for the remainder of the season in the Blue Jays' organization.
12:10 pm (EST)
Andrew Chafin (L) Headshot

Chafin gave up two runs on two hits and two walks over an inning of relief in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Braves.

The game was tied at 2-2 entering the top of the seventh inning, but the Braves broke it open against J.J. Hoover and Chafin, who combined to give up three home runs. The last two blasts were back-to-back solo shots given up by Chafin, who hadn't allowed a home run prior to that since his first appearance of the season. It's only the third time in his last 23 outings that Chafin has conceded a run, so despite the poor showing Tuesday, he'll remain locked into a seventh- or eighth-inning role for the Diamondbacks in most contests.
12:07 pm (EST)
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