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Mike Minor will get extra rest and will make his next start at home in the series opener against the Indians Tuesday.

Minor has been outstanding this season, having taken another step forward after a solid season last year. Minor is 12-5 with 3.06 ERA/3.14 FIP, has lowered his HR/FB% by about four percent from last year down to 7.9% and increased his K:BB rate from 2.59 last year to an impressive 4.03 this season.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Paul Maholm will step in for a start to allow Minor to rest for a few extra days. Minor has seen his ERA rise from 2.76 to 3.06 as he's allowed eight runs over his last two starts - covering 8.2 innings, so it's a nice time to get him a breather even though he's still about 20 innings short of the 179.1 he tossed last season. ANALYST: Ray Flowers

Manager Ned Yost says Alcides Escobar will test knee running in a bit. If he passes, he will start and bat leadoff Saturday.

That was a major turn around, as the early reports had Escobar on the bench and Christian Colon starting at short. Do not set your daily lineups until you know Escobar's status, if you like light-hitting speed guys. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Update: Manager Ned Yost is optimistic that Greg Holland's trip to the disabled list won't be too long.

You bet he's optimistic. Although Wade Davis should prove to be a competent closer in Holland's absence, it always hurts to lose one of the most dominant relievers in the game. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Kevin Kiermaier (illness) is not available for Saturday's game.

He could be available later in the game, according to manager Kevin Cash. In his place, Desmond Jennings will cover center and David DeJesus will bat lead off. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Tyreke Evans went to the locker room with a leg injury.

He suffered a knee contusion and it has not been ruled out that he could return to action. He left after playing 12 minutes with one point and one rebound on his stat sheet. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Brett Oberholtzer will throw a live batting practice on Monday.

He is eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday, but his perfromance on Monday will go a long way to determining if he is ready to pitch for the Astros again that early. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Billy Hamilton left Saturday's game with a right leg injury.

He left the game after trying to beat out a hit in the eighth inning Saturday. No clear word on what is wrong yet, so consider him day-to-day for now, and hope it is not something serious. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Manager Bud Black did say that Joaquin Benoit wouldn't be available on Saturday.

The idea is to avoid using the 37-year old in back to back games. He got the hold Friday night by pitching a scoreless frame with one strikeout, but will rest on Saturday afternoon.  Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

James Johnson was a DNP-coaches decision on Saturday.

His scoring is too inconsistent to consider using him even when he is on the court, despite being listed as the second option of the depth chart at small forward. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Yankees outright RHP Joel De La Cruz to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The team had optioned him to Double-A earlier this week when they recalled reliever Brain Pinder from Triple-A. De La Cruz did not make an apparance while with the big league club. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Jose Fernandez has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Likely a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. Now the Marlins have room to add Matt Tracy to the roster, whom they picked up off of waivers on Saturday. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

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