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National League team-by-team notebook -- Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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Arizona: LHP Wade Miley tied the franchise season record for victories by a rookie when he won his 10th game Monday. RHP Brandon Webb and RHP Oscar Villarreal won 10 games in 2003, and RHP Josh Collmenter won 10 in 2011. ... LF Jason Kubel (hamstring) missed his fourth straight start, but manager Kirk Gibson said he is getting better. "I see him moving better. We don't want to put him in a game and he snaps it and is out for a long time," Gibson said.

Atlanta: LH reliever Jonny Venters (elbow) said his time on the disabled list has given him a chance to improve his mechanics. "The way I was throwing, I was constantly changing things," he said. "I'd like to throw the way I'm supposed to throw." ... RHP Tim Hudson's left ankle (bone spurs) responded to another cortisone shot and the All-Star break rest. His next scheduled start is Thursday.

Chicago: RH reliever Rafael Dolis threw a simulated game. Dolis, who served a brief stint as the Cubs' closer this season, had not pitched since July 3 entering Tuesday. ... RHP Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to start today for the first time since July 7. The Cubs are trying to give him as much rest as possible between starts in his first full year as a starter in the major leagues.

Cincinnati: 1B Joey Votto underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Votto is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. ... RHP Todd Redmond was called up from Class AAA Louisville as an insurance policy for RHP Johnny Cueto, who was pitching for the first time since developing a blister on the index finger of his right hand. Redmond was obtained from Atlanta on Saturday for SS Paul Janish.

Colorado: IF DJ LeMahieu and OF Andrew Brown were called up from Class AAA Colorado Springs, and IFs Chris Nelson (irregular heartbeat) and Jonathan Herrera (left wrist infection) were placed on the disabled list, both retroactive to July 16. To make room on the 40-man roster for Brown, RHP Juan Nicasio was moved from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. He underwent season-ending surgery Monday on his left knee. ... RHP Josh Roenicke worked three scoreless innings Monday, throwing just 37 pitches. It was the third time this season he has pitched three innings.

Houston: Cs Chris Snyder and Carlos Corporan will share time in the absence of C Jason Castro, manager Brad Mills said, adding, "The last thing we want to do is put Snyder in a position where he starts aching with his back." Snyder missed most of the 2011 season after undergoing back surgery. ... 1B Brett Wallace, who has been in the minor leagues somewhat unexpectedly since the Carlos Lee trade, will be called up at some point this season, GM Jeff Luhnow said. Luhnow said that once some things are sorted out with personnel at the major league level, Wallace will "spend the vast majority of the remainder of the season in Houston."

Los Angeles: RHP Chad Billingsley (elbow) was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 8, and RHP Stephen Fife was recalled from Class AAA Albuquerque to start against the Phillies in his major league debut. Fife was acquired from the Red Sox last July 31 in a three-team trade that sent OF Trayvon Robinson to the Mariners. ... 1B James Loney started for the third consecutive game after picking up a hit in each of his last two starts. Loney, who started just 16 of 28 games while hitting .203 in June, has started nine of 13 games in July, hitting .323 (10-for-31) with three doubles through Monday.

Miami: Manager Ozzie Guillen said he spoke with Nationals manager Davey Johnson about his exchange of words Sunday with OF Bryce Harper. Guillen said he was not trying to intimidate Harper when he complained about too much pine tar on the rookie's bat. "I never intimidate. How can I intimidate with this 200-pound body?" Guillen said. ... Guillen said he was looking forward to returning to Chicago along with ex-Cub Carlos Zambrano. "If I'm next to him they won't know which one they're going to boo," Guillen said.

Milwaukee: RH Francisco Rodriguez was named the new closer, replacing RH John Axford, who blew his sixth save of the season Monday and lost for the sixth time as well. Manager Ron Roenicke said what inning Axford pitches in will depend on the game situation. ... C Jonathan Lucroy (broken bone in right hand) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with low-A (Grand Chute) Wisconsin. Lucroy is expected to play two or three games there, then move up to Class AAA Nashville for a couple.

New York: OF Lucas Duda received a cortisone shot in his left hamstring Monday and expects to return to the lineup today in Washington. Duda appeared only as a pinch-hitter after complaining of hamstring soreness Friday, then saw a doctor Monday on the team's off day. ... LF Jason Bay (concussion) was activated from the disabled list and started in left field, and IF Omar Quintanilla was designated for assignment.

Philadelphia: LH reliever Brian Sanches was outrighted to Class AAA Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Pa.) to make room on the roster for RHP Roy Halladay, who came off the disabled list to make the start. ... 1B Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the season Monday, which left him 13 home runs away from being the sixth player in major league history to hit 300 home runs in his first nine seasons. "I've been scuffling a little bit, trying to get hits, but I've been feeling a little bit better day by day," he said.

Pittsburgh: CF Andrew McCutchen's 48 hits in his last 100 at-bats through Monday marked the highest 100 at-bat output since Matt Holliday also had 48 for the Athletics and Cardinals in 2009, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... LF Alex Presley, who singled Monday in his return from a concussion, vowed that nothing will change about his approach to the game even though he was injured making a headfirst dive in a vain attempt at a catch. "If something happens to me, that's just the way it is," Presley said. "I'm not out there to hold anything back."

St. Louis: OF Carlos Beltran made only his third start in center field this season, replacing slumping CF Jon Jay. Rookie Matt Carpenter took over for Beltran in right, as he had done the night before. ... LH reliever Brian Fuentes reported to the Cardinals' Gulf Coast League rookie team in Jupiter, Fla., and is throwing side sessions until this weekend. GM John Mozeliak said he foresees Fuentes joining the big club in late July if all goes well. "I'm not afraid to have three left-handers, if we have to," said Mozeliak.

San Diego: RHP Joe Wieland will undergo Tommy John surgery in the next two weeks, which will make him the third starting pitcher in the system to have the procedure this year. LHPs Cory Luebke and Juan Pablo Oramas are already rehabbing. ... LF Carlos Quentin was out of the lineup for the second straight game because of a sore right knee. He was a late scratch Monday.

San Francisco: C Hector Sanchez again caught LHP Barry Zito even though manager Bruce Bochy previously had said he would break up that regular pairing and have C Buster Posey behind the plate. Posey played first base, which meant slumping 1B Brandon Belt was on the bench. Bochy said Sanchez has been hitting too well lately to be left out of the lineup. ... LF Melky Cabrera rejoined the team after missing one game to be with his wife for the birth of their third child, a daughter.

Washington: SS Ian Desmond (strained left side) missed his third straight game. Manager Davey Johnson said the disabled list is still not a serious consideration, but he also said Desmond expects to have to deal with the injury for the rest of the season. ... RF Jayson Werth is on track for an early August return from a broken left wrist, according to Johnson. Werth will meet with team doctors today to decide when he can return to baseball-related activities.
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