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Danny Espinosa was released by the Angels on Thursday.

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The Angels ended the Espinosa experiment last weekend, designating him for assignment, and the 30-year-old is now free to explore other opportunities. Espinosa was a net positive at second base, but his struggles at the plate during his time with Anaheim (.162/.237/.276) far overshadowed his contributions in the field. Look for him to latch on with another club on a minor-league deal.

Josh Rutledge (concussion) begins his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times reports.

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Rutledge will DH during his first game back from a concussion that has caused him to miss nearly a month's worth of action. The infielder could spend the rest of the weekend rehabbing and shaking off the rust depending on how Boston decides to handle his return. Since he's been out, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero have been filling in just fine at third base, and it's unclear how manager John Farrell will shuffle the lineup moving forward.

Manny Pina went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

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Pina's pleasantly surprising season at the plate continues, as Thursday's showing raised his batting average to .299 and his OPS to .799. With Stephen Vogt (knee) sidelined until mid-to-late August, Pina seems to be in line for primary catching duties, a role he likely won't relinquish to Jett Bandy if he continues to hit like this on a regular basis.

Alex Presley is out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Royals, MLive Media Group's Evan Woodbery reports.

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Presley has started the past two games in the outfield, but will receive a breather with southpaw Danny Duffy taking the mound for Kansas City. In his place, Mikie Mahtook slides over to center while Andrew Romine draws the start in right.

Felipe Rivero fired a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Brewers en route to his ninth save of the season.

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The southpaw surprisingly didn't strike anyone out, but he avoided any late drama with three harmless groundouts. Thursday's outing lowered both his ERA and WHIP to 0.70, making Rivero a very reliable option for saves despite not occupying the role for very long.

Jimmy Nelson (8-5) allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five batters in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

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As has been the case during their series in Pittsburgh, it's tough to point at the pitching as the reason behind the loss. Nelson was plagued by a number of bloop hits strung together, although Gregory Polanco did leave the yard in the fourth inning to tie the game at that point. This is the first start since June 23 in which he allowed more than three earned runs. Nelson's ERA is still a solid 3.43 mark and he's striking out batters at a good rate, but he'll look to get back into the win column in his next start Wednesday against the Nationals.

Alex Avila is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against Kansas City, Evan Woodbery of the MLive Media Group reports.

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With left-hander Danny Duffy going up against the Tigers, Avila will head to the bench in favor of James McCann. Avila went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts during Wednesday's contest, and gets a rest for the fourth time in the past six games.

Jake Lamb went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and six RBI in Thursday's win over the Reds.

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He established a new career-high with the six RBI, and Lamb's now up to 76 RBI for the year, which puts him just 15 off his total from all of last year (91). Lamb continues to struggle in a major way against left-handed pitching – he came into Thursday with a .139/.227/.329 line against lefties – but he's so good against righties that it hardly matters for season-long players. The 26-year-old has been a top-five third baseman to this point.

Doug Fister will make the transition to the bullpen after allowing six earned runs on seven hits and four walks over 4.1 innings of work against the Blue Jays on Thursday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

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Fister delivered another underwhelming outing during Thursday's start, leaving the affair with the Red Sox losing in the top of the fifth inning. Most concerning, Fister just couldn't throw strikes, with only 53 out of 100 pitches registering as a positive for the right-hander. With Eduardo Rodriguez's return from the DL (knee) this past Monday, the team would have to go to a six-man rotation to keep Fister on the mound, and manager John Farrell was adamant about not going that route. Without the quantity of innings, Fister has not sold himself on being a viable fantasy commodity this season, especially after posting a 7.89 ERA in 20.2 innings of work for Boston since joining the team in June.

Jameson Taillon (6-3) picked up the victory Thursday against the Brewers, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight across 5.1 innings pitched.

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Although he didn't notch a quality start, Taillon held the Brewers at bay all afternoon. His 116 pitch count also seems high at first glance, but it was mostly due to the Brewers fouling off a number of pitches, as 74 of his offerings crossed the plate. Since June 29, the 25-year-old has been excellent, allowing just six runs and striking out 26 in 21.2 innings of work. He'll look to keep the good times rolling in his next scheduled start Tuesday in San Francisco.

Luis Castillo (1-3) gave up four runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven over six innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

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The 24-year-old more than held his own in yet another tough matchup – in his six starts, Castillo has faced the Nationals twice, the Diamondbacks twice, the Brewers and the Rockies at Coors Field. Despite the tough schedule, Castillo now sits with an impressive 3.86 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 43:15 K:BB over 35 innings this year, making him pretty easily the Reds' best starter since his callup. However, things won't get any easier for Castillo in the immediate future with a road start against the Yankees lined up for early next week.

Jake Diekman (abdomen) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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This occasion marked the first legitimate session from the mound since Diekman underwent three operations to rebuild his colon in the spring. He was able to shake off a little rust with eight tosses from the mound Monday, but finally let his arm loose during Thursday's session. Following his brief time on the mound, the left-hander stated that he "could throw 200 mph" right now, but settled for something a little less. There has yet to be a definitive timetable for Diekman, especially coming off an abnormal set of surgeries, so the Rangers will likely continue to take it slow with the reliever before allowing him to head out on a rehab assignment in the next couple weeks.

Trevor Rosenthal (2-4) gave up a run on two hits and a walk en route to the loss Thursday against the Mets.

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Just days after being indirectly named the top reliever in the Cardinals' bullpen, Rosenthal managed to add to the club's bullpen woes. The fashion in which he gave up the game was hard to watch as well, as the winning run scored on an infield single caused by Rosenthal forgetting to cover first base. His 58:17 K:BB in 37 innings this season is still impressive, but mistakes like this may be enough to keep him out of the ninth inning unless he can shore up his 3.89 ERA.

Patrick Corbin (7-9) allowed one run on seven hits and one walk while striking out six over 7.1 innings in a win over the Reds on Thursday.

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Called upon to replace Taijuan Walker (paternity) on Thursday, Corbin shined in Cincinnati, turning in his eighth straight start with three runs or fewer allowed. He got himself into trouble in the fourth, but Corbin escaped without allowing a run after loading the bases with nobody out. His season numbers are still unsightly, but Corbin's recent run of success has his stock trending upward ahead of an upcoming two-step (vs Braves, at Cardinals).

Keone Kela (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day DL on Thursday.

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Kela returns to the Rangers after landing on the disabled list with shoulder soreness in late June. The right-hander aced his rehab tests by pitching another bullpen session Tuesday and throwing off flat ground Wednesday, and will be active and available for the series finale against Baltimore on Thursday. It has yet to be determined whether the team will enact a closer-by-committee type of situation, or let Kela work his way back to full health, but he projects as the top man out of the Rangers' bullpen for the foreseeable future while southpaw Alex Claudio transitions to a setup role.

C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 7-0 win over the Nationals.

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The 27-year-old got a start against the left-handed Gio Gonzalez and connected on his fourth homer of the season. Cron has been shuttled back and forth between the majors and the minors, as well as having his role drastically changed on a regular basis by manager Mike Scioscia, all of which has severely diminished his fantasy value after contributing 32 long balls over the past two season. He is currently in a platoon at first base, but Cron could carve out a larger role if he can outperform Luis Valbuena and his .183 batting average.

Nomar Mazara is out of the lineup Thursday against Baltimore, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Mazara will get a breather after starting the first six games of the second half. He's been in a little bit of a slump at the plate as well, hitting 2-for-20 during that span, and could use a day to clear his head. With the Rangers stacking the lineup with right-handed bats against Wade Miley, Mazara retreats to the bench in favor of Delino DeShields in left.

Addison Reed (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth inning in a non-save situation Thursday against the Cardinals, allowing him to collect the victory.

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With many scouts in attendance, Reed impressed by getting through a drama-free inning in a tie ballgame to lower his ERA to 2.35. Eight of his 13 pitches went for strikes as well, likely creating plenty of intrigue for teams across the league. This could be one of his last appearances out of the Mets' bullpen, which could lead to a role change before the trade deadline on July 31.

Yunel Escobar batted leadoff Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in a win over the Nationals.

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With Cameron Maybin (knee) landing on the disabled list, Escobar returned to the leadoff spot after starting the year there. The 34-year-old isn't much more than a batting average booster at this stage of his career, but he could see a few more opportunities to improve on his mark of 37 runs until Maybin returns.

Joey Gallo is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Orioles, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Gallo will take a seat with southpaw Wade Miley on the hill for Baltimore. Manager Jeff Banister decided to stack the lineup with right-handed bats, placing Mike Napoli at first base and Jonathan Lucroy at DH.