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National League notebook -- Sunday, July 22, 2012

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Arizona: RHP Brad Bergesen, claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Friday to address the need for a long reliever, was activated and made his Diamondbacks debut Sunday. He pitched a scoreless inning. RH reliever Bryan Shaw, 1-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 43 appearances, was optioned to Class AAA Reno. ... With the Diamondbacks facing three left-handers in a three-game series against Colorado that starts Monday, RF Justin Upton sat out Sunday. "Not that I want to take him out of the lineup. I just need to do it," manager Kirk Gibson said.

Atlanta: With the bullpen depleted after Friday's 4-hour, 20-minute game, LH reliever Jonny Venters (left elbow inflammation) was activated for Saturday's doubleheader. He had pitched a perfect rehab inning Friday for Class AAA Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.), and he was due to pitch for the same team Sunday before the major league club needed him sooner. OF Matt Diaz went on the disabled list due to a bruised right thumb. ... Chipper Jones recorded his 1,597 RBI on Friday, becoming the all-time leader for players whose primary position was third base. He passed George Brett.

Chicago: RHP Matt Garza left Saturday's start after three innings because of right triceps cramping. X-rays proved negative, and he was feeling better Sunday. An off day in the schedule Thursday may enable the Cubs to push him back in the rotation. ...LH reliever Jeff Beliveau was recalled from (Des Moines) Iowa, and RH reliever Rafael Dolis was optioned to the Class AAA club. Beliveau, 25, was the Cubs' minor league pitcher of the year in 2011. This year at Iowa, he was 4-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 34 appearances.

Cincinnati: RH reliever Jose Arredondo (upper right forearm bruise) was expected to be unavailable for a few days after getting hit by a batted ball Saturday. Arredondo, who had a bruise and some swelling, stayed in for one batter before leaving the game. ... Milwaukee's run in third inning snapped RHP Johnny Cueto's streak of consecutive scoreless innings at Great American Ball Park at 23. That's the second-longest streak in the 10-year history of the ballpark. Then-Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano had a 30-inning streak from July, 29, 2007, to April 10, 2010.

Colorado: 1B Todd Helton (inflamed right hip) had been scheduled to be activated Tuesday, but he was sore Sunday after playing rehab games the previous two days. "It's still up in the air," manager Jim Tracy said of Helton's status. Helton went 3-for-5 for rookie-level Grand Junction (Colo.). ... Jordan Pacheco made his second career start at catcher Sunday with Wilin Rosario dealing with a tight left ankle and Ramon Hernandez having caught 12 innings Saturday night. Pacheco had a career-high four RBI on Saturday, when he played both third base and first base.

Houston: RH closer Brett Myers was traded to the White Sox for two minor league pitchers and a player to be named. Myers was the fourth major-leaguer the Astros have traded this month with a return of two big-leaguers and 10 prospects. ... RH reliever Francisco Cordero was appointed the Astros' closer after Myers was traded. Cordero was acquired Friday from Toronto, where he was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA and two saves in 41 games. "I hope it goes a lot better than it was going over there for the Blue Jays," he said. ... LHP Dallas Keuchel rejoined the rotation Saturday after the flurry of trades but fell off sharply from his first-half performance. After compiling a 2.45 ERA in his first major league stint (four starts), Keuchel walked four and allowed seven runs (six runs) in 3 1/3 innings in his first game back.

Los Angeles: LHP Ted Lilly, who threw a bullpen session Friday in New York, plans to throw 60-65 pitches in an extended bullpen session Tuesday in St. Louis. Lilly, who has been out since May 24 with shoulder inflammation, hopes to return to the Dodgers by the second week of August. ... C A.J. Ellis sat out Friday and Saturday due to left knee inflammation, the first time all season he missed back-to-back games. However, MRI results were negative, and he started Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a walk.

Miami: 3B Hanley Ramirez missed a third consecutive start because of an infection on his right hand. Manager Ozzie Guillen said Ramirez might not return to action until the middle of this week at the earliest. Ramirez said he had about 50 percent use of his hand. ... RH reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, finished serving his eight-week suspension for identity fraud Sunday. However, he is expected to go on the disabled list Monday after leaving a rehab game July 14 with a right elbow sprain.

Milwaukee: RHP Zack Greinke threw his bullpen session Saturday and remains on schedule to return to the rotation Tuesday. He has a $100 million-plus extension offer on the table from the Brewers. Greinke had his last turn skipped after he got "out of whack" by pitching three times within a week. ... The Brewers have lost two of their last seven series, but both have come at first-place Cincinnati. Milwaukee is a season-high 10 1/2 games behind the Reds, who swept the weekend series.

New York: RH reliever Miguel Batista (1-3, 4.82 ERA in 30 games) was designated for assignment Sunday, a day after he allowed four runs in three innings in a spot start. RH reliever Elvin Ramirez was called up from Class AAA Buffalo. ... RHP Jeremy Hefner will take one of the Mets' two open rotation spots Wednesday. With LHP Johan Santana (sore ankle) placed on disabled list Saturday, the Mets will need another starter Thursday. Manager Terry Collins said options were still being discussed.

Philadelphia: OF Laynce Nix (left calf strain) was activated off the disabled list and came in as a defensive replacement. The Phillies designated OF Jason Pridie for assignment after he went 3-for-10 in nine games. ... LHP Cole Hamels and Giants RHP Matt Cain homered off each other in the third inning Saturday. It was the first time since May 14, 1990, that two pitchers homered off each in the same inning (the Expos' Kevin Gross and the Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela).

Pittsburgh: GM Neal Huntington said the team was undecided if it would make a major move before the July 31 trade deadline. "It continues to be an interesting dynamic," he said. "We don't need to go out and get a bat. We don't need to go out and get an arm. We're going to continue to look at what makes sense for us from a cost standpoint." ... RH reliever Juan Cruz (right shoulder inflammation) was placed on the disabled list. RH reliever Evan Meek was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis to take his place.

St. Louis: 1B Allen Craig had two of the Cardinals' record-tying seven doubles in the seventh inning Saturday. The Cardinals sent 17 players to the plate in the inning when they scored 12 runs, most by the club in an inning since 1926. ... SS Rafael Furcal, whose average has been dropping for the past six weeks, got a day off Sunday, with Daniel Descalso starting at shortstop and 2B Tyler Greene replacing the All-Star in the leadoff spot.

San Diego: LF Carlos Quentin, a subject of much speculation, won't be going anywhere at the trade deadline. The Padres signed Quentin to a three-year, no-trade contract extension with an option for 2016. ... LHP Eric Stults, who had been out since June 4 due to a strained left latissimus dorsi muscle, was activated from the disabled list. He posted a 5.40 ERA in two rehab starts for Class AAA Tucson. RH reliever Nick Vincent, who was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in seven appearances, was optioned to Tucson.

San Francisco: RF Nate Schierholtz hit two homers Sunday while making a third consecutive start for the first time since late June. His extra playing time comes in the wake of a report in the San Francisco Chronicle in which he's said his future might not be in San Francisco. ... RH reliever Guillermo Mota, suspended 100 games on May 7 for violating baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy by testing for Clenbuterol, began a throwing program. Mota, who can be activated in late August, was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in nine games before the suspension.

Washington: LHP John Lannan was sent back to Class AAA Syracuse (N.Y.) after getting the win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Lannan, who led the team in wins last year, was called up before the game for his first appearance in the majors this year. ... RF Bryce Harper returned to start Sunday after bunting a ball off his left ankle in first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Harper singled as a pinch hitter in the nightcap and stayed in for defense. ... SS Ian Desmond's side muscle injury started bothering him again Saturday, and he sat out Sunday.
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