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National League team-by-team notebook -- Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Arizona: Third base coach Matt Williams will manage the Salt River Rafters in the 2012 Arizona Fall League, the D-backs announced. Williams has previous minor league managing experience, filling in at Class AA Mobile (Ala.) for the final two months of 2007 after manager Brett Butler suffered a stroke. Butler has had no ill effects since. ... Class AAA Reno RHP Trevor Bauer will be shut down for several starts, according to Butler, a normal precaution for young pitchers at this stage of the season. Bauer, who was optioned to Reno a week after four major league starts, gave up seven hits and two runs in five innings of a no-decision at Las Vegas on Sunday.

Atlanta: 2B Dan Uggla was out of the lineup after being hit by a pitch on the ear flap of his helmet the night before. He told manager Fredi Gonzalez he was fine, joking that the ball hit him in the best spot. A concussion test was negative. ... CF Michael Bourn grounded into his first double play of the season but made up for it with a two-run homer. Bourn is hitting .339 in the Braves' 54 wins and .246 in their 44 losses.

Chicago: 1B Anthony Rizzo's home run was his first since July 6. He drove in both Cubs runs, one with the homer and the other with an RBI single. ... 3B Luis Valbuena was 0-for-15 on the road trip as the Cubs continue to struggle to get offense from that position. The Cubs have a third-base prospect, Josh Vitters at Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa, but have shown no indication they'll call him up before September. Vitters entered Wednesday hitting .303 with 15 homers.

Cincinnati: CF Drew Stubbs, whose two-run homer was the key hit in Tuesday's victory, has struggled much of the year. "I see the ability there," manager Dusty Baker said. "He wasn't a No. 1 draft choice for nothing. It frustrates him. Quite often, it frustrates us, too." ... SS Billy Hamilton, the Reds' top prospect, was hitting .333 through Tuesday with a .458 on-base percentage and eight steals in 12 attempts since his promotion to Class AA Pensacola (Fla.). He stole 104 bases in 125 attempts at high-A Bakersfield (Calif.).

Colorado: LF Carlos Gonzalez is just the sixth player from Venezuela to hit at least 20 homers in three straight seasons. The other active player to do it is Detroit 3B Miguel Cabrera, who reached that milestone for the ninth straight season this year. ... The Rockies have not won a series at Arizona since they took two of three on Sept. 18-20, 2009. They are 7-21-3 in series this season and 2-12-1 in road series.

Houston: RHP Lucas Harrell on Tuesday and became the first Astros pitcher to throw 120 pitches this year. Harrell is 5-1 with a 1.89 ERA in home games, but he got a no-decision thanks to a blown save by RH closer Francisco Cordero. ... With LHP Wandy Rodriguez traded, the Astros have only one player remaining from their 2008 team -- LH reliever Wesley Wright.

Los Angeles: RH reliever Todd Coffey, who underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery last week, was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for LH reliever Randy Choate, acquired along with SS Hanley Ramirez from Miami. ... The eight runs LHP Clayton Kershaw allowed Tuesday marked the second worst start of his career, behind the nine runs he allowed on April 26, 2009 at Colorado.

Miami: RF Giancarlo Stanton said he did some light jogging Tuesday for the first time since his July 8 arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and plans to run again on Friday. Barring a setback, he expects to be playing within two weeks. ... Manager Ozzie Guillen said IF Donnie Murphy will be called up from Class AAA New Orleans to help at third base now that 3B Hanley Ramirez has been traded. Greg Dobbs is another option at third but Guillen said he prefers Dobbs off the bench.

Milwaukee: C Jonathan Lucroy was scheduled to finish his minor league rehab stint with Class AAA Nashville and rejoin the Brewers today. He has been out since late May because of a broken bone in his right hand. ... OF Norichika Aoki was out of the lineup, but manager Ron Roenicke said it was merely to give him some rest after he had played in every game coming out of the All-Star break. CF Carlos Gomez has been swinging a hot bat of late, and Roenicke wanted to keep him in the lineup.

New York: C Rob Johnson was recalled from Class AAA Buffalo, and C Mike Nickeas was sent down. Nickeas had just one hit in his last 16 at-bats and was hitting .168 on the season. Johnson was hitting .207 for Buffalo in 45 games but batted .313 in 11 games during an earlier stint with the Mets this season. ... LHP Johan Santana (sprained right ankle) will continue to long-toss for the next week or so before throwing off a mound, manager Terry Collins said. Santana is tentatively scheduled to make his next start on Aug. 8 or 9, according to Collins.

Philadelphia: LHP Cliff Lee tied a season high Tuesday by allowing 12 hits, including four home runs -- all on the first pitch of the at-bat. The four homers tied a career high, set on August 21, 2010 against Baltimore when he was a member of the Texas Rangers. ... RF Hunter Pence did not like hearing rumors that the Phils might trade him. "I want to play here, period," he said. "I want to win, this year. I still believe in us, and that's what I'm focused on."

Pittsburgh: OF Starling Marte, considered the Pirates' top prospect among position players, will be called up today from Class AAA Indianapolis, the club announced. He was hitting .286 with 12 homers and 62 RBI in Class AAA. ... C Michael McKenry has eight home runs in 116 at-bats this season in his role as the backup to C Rod Barajas, and 16 of his 29 hits have gone for extra bases, including seven of his last nine. McKenry is hitting .346 with five doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI in his last 16 games.

St. Louis: LH reliever Brian Fuentes' contract was purchased from Class AA Springfield (Mo.) after he threw one perfect inning of relief Tuesday, and RH reliever Victor Marte was optioned to Class AAA Memphis. To make room for Fuentes on the 40-man roster, RHP Chuckie Fick was designated for assignment. ... RHP Adam Wainwright was hitting .079 going into Tuesday's game, in which he drove in two runs with a double and a bases-loaded walk. "I had pretty much been wasting everyone's time going up to the plate before tonight," he said. "I've been embarrassing myself all year long. I was just brutal. It's about time I did something."

San Diego: LF Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch nine times in his 43 games as a Padre. That's the most times a Padre has been hit by a pitch since David Eckstein was hit nine times in 2010. ... RH reliever Luke Gregerson has allowed no runs on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in his last 10 appearances.

San Francisco: 3B/1B Pablo Sandoval will get treatment on his strained left hamstring today, and the Giants will decide by Friday whether to put him on the disabled list, manager Bruce Bochy said. Sandoval was injured Tuesday when he did the splits while playing first base. One possible replacement, according to Bochy, is 1B Aubrey Huff, who has had trouble rehabbing a sprained right knee. ... C Hector Sanchez (sprained left knee) is scheduled to catch five innings for Class AAA Fresno tonight. He is eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 2.

Washington: Manager Davey Johnson said RH Tyler Clippard will remain the closer while the normal closer, RH Drew Storen, gets acclimated after missing the first half of the season because of a bone chip in his elbow. Storen got Mets 3B David Wright to ground out with two men in scoring position in the eighth inning in his biggest matchup so far this season. ... SS Danny Espinosa extended his hitting streak to 11 games, during which he has hit .442 (19-for-44) with two homers and seven RBI.
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