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Blackmon, who has played in every game for the Rockies since the All-Star break, will get a much deserved night off when the Rockies face right-hander Dylan Bundy tonight at Camden Yards. The 30-year-old outfielder has had a down month in terms of power in July as he is yet to hit a home run and has just four extra-base hits in 92 at-bats this month. Rookie David Dahl will be getting the start in center field in Blackmon's absence and is hitting second for Colorado today.
With Peter Bourjos on his way to the disabled list with a shoulder injury, the Phillies will have an open roster spot and it's looking like they will use it to active Aaron Altherr who has been out all season with a torn tendon sheath. Altherr hit .351 with one homer and five RBIS in his 57 plate appearances for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2016. The 25-year-old played in 39 games for the Phillies last year and hit just .241 with five homers and 22 runs batted in.
Anderson, who is rehabbing from surgery that repaired a herniated disc in his back, is scheduled to throw three innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. Anderson had the surgery back in March, so he should be making at least two or three more rehab appearances before he's able to join up with the big league squad. His return will certainly bolster a Dodgers rotation that has been hamstrung by injuries over the last couple of months. The 28-year-old went 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts for Los Angeles in 2015.
With the Pirates squaring off against left-hander James Paxton today, the left-handed hitting Polanco will get the day off. The 24-year-old hasn't been great since the month of June but went 4-for-5 last night with a home run so hopefully he'll be returning to form soon. Sean Rodriguez will be playing left field and hitting seventh for the Pirates tonight against left-hander James Paxton.
After playing in five straight games, Utley will get a much deserved day of rest when the Dodgers square off against left-hander Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay Rays. Utley is hitting just .171 against lefties this season, so today is a good spot for him to get a breather. The 37-year-old hasn't been great this year, hitting just .258 with six home runs, 30 runs batted in, and an OPS of .710. Chris Taylor will be playing second base and hitting sixth today for the Dodgers.
Well, that is exactly what Green Bay coaches, teammates, fans and fantasy players wanted to see regarding Lacy. After two strong seasons to begin his NFL career, Lacy greatly disappointed in 2015 and much of it was blamed on him being overweight and out of shape.
Puig is still struggling with the hamstring injury that has kept him out of the Dodgers' lineup since last Wednesday. Scott Van Slyke will start in right field and bat cleanup for the Dodgers opposite Rays' lefty Matt Moore.
Span has been swinging a hot bat lately, as he has come up with five multi-hit performances over the past seven games. He will get an extra day of rest Wednesday, giving way to Gregor Blanco in center field and the leadoff spot.
It is not surprising to see Grandal out from behind the plate for a day game following a night game. A.J. Ellis will get the start at catcher and bat eighth against Rays' lefty Matt Moore.