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National League team-by-team notebook -- Sunday, August 26, 2012

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Arizona: RHP Trevor Cahill, pushed up a day because of the Joe Saunders trade but still pitching on regular rest Sunday, did not get out of the fourth inning while giving up four runs and eight hits. Cahill is 5-4 with a 2.79 ERA in 13 road starts, 4-7 with a 5.33 ERA in 13 road starts. ... LF Jason Kubel grounded out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning, the second start he has missed in four games. Kubel, who leads the team with 26 home runs and 79 RBI, is hitting .160 (12-for-75) with four homers and seven RBI in August.

Atlanta: RHP Ben Sheets landed on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation. Since returning to the majors in July following a two-year absence, Sheets is 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA. RHP Miguel Batista, 41, signed to a minor league contract July 27 -- "Just in case," manager Fredi Gonzalez said then -- was recalled from Class AAA Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.) to serve as a spot starter and reliever. ... SS Andrelton Simmons, rehabbing a fractured right little finger, is taking dry swings and throwing at Gwinnett. He hopes to play on a rehab assignment before the minor league season ends.

Chicago: LHP Brooks Raley, recalled from Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa to start Saturday, will remain in the rotation. LHP Chris Rusin, who was optioned to Iowa to make room for Raley, is a likely September call-up and may get some starts in September. ... 2B Darwin Barney is in a 2-for-23 (.087) skid over his past eight games, though he drove in two runs Sunday, his first RBI in that span. "He's just one of those guys that's a grinder and going to do everything he can to make himself a better player," manager Dale Sveum said.

Cincinnati: 1B Joey Votto (torn left knee meniscus) is scheduled to play a rehab game Tuesday for low-A Dayton (Ohio) as he nears completion of his comeback from two minor surgical procedures. The Reds are 27-14 since Votto left the lineup July 16. ... According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Reds are the only team in the majors this season to use a right-handed starter in every game. The Reds have used a left-hander as a starting pitcher in at least one game of every season since at least 1893.

Colorado: OF Dexter Fowler flied out as a sixth-inning pinch hitter Sunday, his first action since Wednesday. He had been sidelined due to a sprained right ankle. ... OF Andrew Brown hit his first major league home run Saturday at Chicago. It came on his 38th at-bat with the Rockies and the 60th of his career. Brown played in 11 games for the Cardinals last year.

Houston: RHP Armando Galarraga cleared waivers and opted for free agency after he was designated for assignment. Since his famous near-perfect game for the Tigers in 2010, he has played for three major league teams. He went 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts for the Astros. ... OF Justin Maxwell (bruised right index finger) will be examined by doctors after the injury kept him from starting since Aug. 21. "The finger is not healing the way that we want," manager Tony DeFrancesco said.

Los Angeles: RHP Chad Billingsley went on the disabled list with right elbow pain after leaving his Friday start in the fourth inning. An MRI showed inflammation in the elbow, but Billingsley will have another MRI done to check for further damage once his swelling goes down. Billingsley, who missed 15 days in July with elbow inflammation, might take longer than 15 days to return this time, manager Don Mattingly said. ... SS Dee Gordon (thumb) began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Albuquerque on Saturday, going 0-for-2. He is on track to return to the Dodgers on Sept. 1.

Miami: The Marlins were expected to leave Los Angeles after Sunday's game and arrive in South Florida around 1:30 a.m. Monday to avoid Tropical Storm Isaac. Their Tuesday opponent, the Nationals, planned to fly to South Florida on Monday. ... Manager Ozzie Guillen said RF Giancarlo Stanton, who hit his 29th homer of the season Sunday, is the only reason to watch the Marlins. "At least we can enjoy every two or three innings to see this kid at the plate," Guillen said.

Milwaukee: SS Jeff Bianchi collected his first and second major league hits Saturday in Pittsburgh. Recalled for the third time from Class AAA Nashville, Bianchi had been hitless in his first 15 at-bats before hitting singles in consecutive at-bats. He added a pinch-hit double Sunday. ... 2B Rickie Weeks was moved from sixth in the batting order to second on Aug. 12 after emerging from a first-half batting slump. However, Weeks has slumped since, going 9-for-54 (.167).

New York: 3B David Wright and RHP R.A. Dickey will remain with the Mets beyond their option years, if it is up to the team, GM Sandy Alderson said during a Q&A with season-ticket holders. The Mets hold club options on both players for next season. ... LF Lucas Duda batted fifth and went 0-for-2 with a walk Sunday after getting called up from Class AAA Buffalo. He replaced IF/OF Jordany Valdespin, who was demoted to Buffalo after setting a team record with five pinch-hit homers this year.

Philadelphia: 3B Placido Polanco (lower back strain) didn't play in the three-game weekend sweep of Washington. After returning returned from the disabled list Aug. 20, he continues to be in pain. Fill-in Kevin Frandsen went 3-for-10 against the Nationals. ... RF Domonic Brown (sore left knee) was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game. He expects to return Tuesday.

Pittsburgh: RH reliever Chad Qualls (left big toe irritation) was placed on the disabled list. He has a 7.04 ERA in nine appearances since being acquired from the Yankees on July 31. In his place, the Pirates activated LH reliever Hisanori Takahashi, who was claimed off waivers Friday from the Angels. ... RHP Jeff Karstens (strained right groin muscle) is questionable for his Friday start. If he cannot go, LHP Erik Bedard would either pitch on his normal four days of rest or RH reliever Kevin Correia would get a spot start. ... LF Jose Tabata (strained right groin) did not start Sunday.

St. Louis: Rookie RHP Joe Kelly, who gained the win in relief Friday by striking out six in three innings, will take RHP Lance Lynn's place in the rotation Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Kelly made 12 starts earlier in the season. Lynn, a NL All-Star who is 13-5, hasn't won in five August starts, allowing 46 baserunners in 23 1/3 innings. ... 3B David Freese sat out the past two days due to a bruised left wrist. He expects to play tonight in Pittsburgh.

San Diego: The Padres will tie a franchise record Monday night when RHP Casey Kelly becomes the 15th starting pitcher used by the club this season. Kelly, 22, came to the Padres in the 2010 trade that sent 1B Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. He was 0-2 with a 3.35 ERA in eight minor league starts for three Padres affiliates, having missed most of this season with an elbow strain. ... LF Carlos Quentin extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI double. He is 10-for-28 (.357) during the streak with three doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs.

San Francisco: RH reliever Guillermo Mota will be eligible to be reinstated Tuesday after serving his 100-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. "Probably more than anything, this is going to be a baseball decision," said manager Bruce Bochy, who has lost two players this year to drug suspensions, including LF Melky Cabrera. ... Eli Whiteside was recalled from, giving the Giants an extra catcher with Buster Posey nursing a hamstring injury. RHP Eric Hacker, 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in four games (one start), was optioned to Class AAA Fresno.

Washington: OF Michael Morse (bruised right hand) and SS Ian Desmond (strained right hamstring) hope to be back in the lineup Tuesday in Miami. Morse has been out since he was hit by a pitch Friday. Desmond has been sidelined since he was hurt Wednesday. ... RHP Jordan Zimmermann pitched at least six innings in each of his first 21 starts this year, but he's failed to make it that far in four of his five August starts. He is 1-2 with a 4.39 ERA this month after going 8-6 with a 2.28 ERA through the end of July.
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