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  • BAL Shortstop #2
    Gunnar Henderson, who had led off for the Orioles every game this season, is in the cleanup spot for Wednesday’s game.
    It seems like this is a consequence of the struggling Cedric Mullins being dropped to the ninth spot today, and manager Brandon Hyde not wanting to stack lefties. Still, Henderson hits more like a No. 3 or No. 4 hitter than a leadoff man anyway; he’s sitting at .264/.339/.553 this year and .257/.331/.495 for his career. Jordan Westburg is leading off today. It’d be great for his value if this becomes permanent, but it doesn’t sound like that’s what Hyde is planning at the moment.
  • CHC Left Fielder #52
    Cubs OF prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and four RBI on Friday for Triple-A Iowa.
    Crow-Armstrong was jettisoned to the minors last week with Cody Bellinger and Seiya Suzuki back from injured-list stints and certainly made some noise in this one with his fifth long ball of the year along with three doubles. The 22-year-old top prospect’s elite-caliber defense guarantees he’s going to be around for a long time and he offers enough of a power/speed combination for fantasy managers to dream on. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs when he gets another extended look in Chicago.
  • TEX Left Fielder #36
    Wyatt Langford (hamstring) went 1-for-4 with a walk on Friday in a minor league rehab contest for Triple-A Round Rock.
    It won’t show up in the surface stats, but Langford recorded impressive exit velocities of 109.6, 101.3 and 96 mph on three batted ball events during his rehab assignment debut on Friday night at Triple-A Round Rock. The 22-year-old top prospect will likely require a handful of additional contests to get back up to speed before returning to the Rangers’ lineup. He’s been on the shelf since early May recovering from a right hamstring strain.
  • ATL Catcher #12
    Sean Murphy (oblique) went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Friday in a minor league rehab game for Triple-A Gwinnett.
    Murphy homered in back-to-back contests to kick-off his rehab assignment prior to Friday’s game. He’s batting .357 (5-for-14) and appears close to returning to Atlanta’s lineup, possibly at some point this weekend.
  • FA Starting Pitcher #78
    Dodgers released LHP Stephen Gonsalves.
    Gonsalves was a notable pitching prospect with the Twins back a few years ago, but hasn’t appeared in the majors since the 2021 season when he made three relief appearances for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old southpaw signed a minor league pact with Los Angeles back in mid-January and never wound up making it to Dodger Stadium.
  • SF Starting Pitcher #96
    Giants signed RHP Josh Wolf to a minor league contract.
    Wolf quickly found a new home in San Francisco’s system after being released last week by Cleveland. The 23-year-old righty was the Mets’ second-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and was one of the ancillary components of the Francisco Lindor trade prior to the 2021 campaign.
  • TB Shortstop #90
    Rays signed SS Jamari Baylor to a minor league contract.
    Baylor was a third-round pick of the Phillies back in 2019 and has yet to reach Double-A. The 23-year-old middle infielder is back in affiliated ball after a solid showing with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League.
  • CIN Starting Pitcher #86
    Reds signed LHP Brandon Leibrandt to a minor league contract.
    Leibrandt hasn’t appeared in the majors since the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign when he made five relief appearances for the Marlins. The 31-year-old southpaw provides Cincinnati with some extra organizational starting pitching after an extremely impressive four-start run to open the year with the High Point Rockers of the independent Atlantic League.
  • CWS Relief Pitcher #60
    White Sox recalled RHP Justin Anderson from Triple-A Charlotte.
    Anderson got the call back to the majors ahead of Friday’s contest against the Orioles. The 31-year-old righty has pitched well in four relief appearances this season for Chicago. He’ll operate in middle relief moving forward.
  • COL Shortstop #14
    Ezequiel Tovar went 4-for-6 and delivered a game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th as the Rockies upset the Phillies 3-2 on Friday.
    Jacob Stallings previously tied this one up by homering in the bottom of the ninth. Neither team scored in the 10th, and the Phillies also came up empty in the 11th before the Rockies won it. Tovar had a double and a second RBI in the game. His first career four-hit game pushed his average up to .285 for the season.
  • COL Starting Pitcher #50
    Ty Blach delivered a quality start against the Phillies on Friday, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
    The runs came on homers from Nick Castellanos and Edmundo Sora in the fifth, but Blach remained in and pitched two more innings afterwards. He was actually at just 78 pitches when came out. Blach has a solid 4.55 ERA in four starts and three relief appearances for the Rockies, even though he’s fanned just 12 batters in 27 2/3 innings.