The National League
The Kevin Towers
Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com: "[Wade Miley] might not have the star power of a Bryce Harper, but if the season ended today, he would be the presumptive favorite for the National League Rookie of the Year Award."
The Frank Wren
Carroll Rogers of Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Monday that the Braves will indeed go to a six-man rotation starting Friday and use it through the end of the month, to give each of his starters an extra day's rest."
The Jed Hoyer
Gordon Wittenmeyer of Chicago Sun-Times: "The promotion Friday of amateur scouting director Tim Wilken into a more prominent, wide-ranging role underscored one of the management traits team president Theo Epstein was said to bring to the Cubs: blending old-guard strengths into a new front-office culture."
The Walt Jocketty
Roger Schlueter of MLB.com: "Aroldis Chapman extended his streak of scoreless appearances to 22, covering 21 2/3 innings. In this stretch, Chapman has allowed nine hits, a .326 OPS against and has struck out 45, while only walking three. Chapman is the fifth pitcher this season to have a scoreless streak of at least 22 appearances."
The Dan O-Dowd
The Denver Post: "Jhoulys Chacin pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and striking out five in a loss to Round Rock. He recorded 12 groundball outs. He has been out since the first of May with nerve irritation in his right pectoral muscle."
The Michael Hill
Dylan Hernandez of South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "In the three-game series, [Hanley] Ramirez was eight for 13 with five runs batted in, two runs scored and a double. The last of his three RBIs was the 500th of his career."
The Jeff Luhnow
Jose de Jesus Ortiz of Houston Chronicle: "Since reaching the majors in 2009, [Tyler] Greene is a career .218 hitter. [Jose] Cruz didn't hit much better with St. Louis. He was a .247 hitter over his first five seasons with the Cardinals."
The Ned Colletti
Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.: "Andre Ethier finished his weekend in Miami with a relatively productive final two days. He had two hits on Saturday and a run-scoring single on Sunday, marking the first time he had back-to-back games with an RBI since July 14-15. But Ethier remains in a power drought, the third longest of his career."
The Doug Melvin
Tom Haudricourt of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he had been contemplating for some time moving Rickie Weeks back toward the top of the batting order. With Weeks swinging a hot bat and Carlos Gomez cooling off, he made the change."
The Sandy Alderson
Justin Tasch of New York Daily News: "Frank Francisco has a penchant for making things interesting, both on and off the field. Francisco entered Sunday night's game in a rare save situation with a five-run lead, inheriting loaded bases from Josh Edgin with two outs in the ninth."
The Ruben Amaro Jr.
Jay Floyd of Phillies Nation: "He leads the Double-A Eastern League in home runs (23) and OPS (.961), ranks second in RBI (72) and is seventh in batting average (.306), but Reading Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf has done all of this without much consideration as a real contender to join the Phillies' major league roster."
The Neal Huntington
Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects: "Remember Gustavo Nunez? It would be understandable if you didn't recognize the name. Nunez was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft."
The John Mozeliak
Viva El Birdos: "On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals lost another game in which the bullpen surrendered late-inning runs. The relief corps has been one of the primary reasons behind the Cardinals finding themselves in third place, seven games behind division-leading Cincinnati, despite owning the best run differential in baseball."
The Josh Byrnes
Gaslamp Ball: "[Mark] Kotsay was signed to a very team friendly one year, $1.25M this past offseason and has provided a number of clutch hits in the pinch hitter role as well as a platoon option in both left and right field."
The Brian Sabean
John Shea of San Francisco Chronicle: "The Giants had runners at the corners and one out in the fifth inning Friday. And the pitcher coming up. Worst-case scenario: an inning-ending double play, which is why Tim Lincecum was asked to bunt."
The Mike Rizzo
Adam Kilgore of Washington Post: "A major theme of the season, which has surpassed most all external expectations, has been how the Nationals have withstood injuries. They've played without Jayson Werth and Michael Morse and Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman and Drew Storen and Ian Desmond and many others, and they have still won and won. A lot has gone wrong."
The American League
The Dan Duquette
Jon Meoli of Baltimore Sun: "The Orioles invested more in [Dylan] Bundy than they have in any other pitcher, and the right-hander came to Frederick in late May after posting utterly goofy numbers during his stint in Low-A Delmarva (30 innings, no earned runs, five hits, and 40 strikeouts in eight starts) with one developmental goal in mind: developing secondary pitches."
The Ben Cherington
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com: "The team hasn't ruled out [Will] Middlebrooks returning this season, but it would probably behoove the Red Sox to proceed as if living life without the rookie for the remainder of 2012 is the likely scenario."
The Kenny Williams
Jim Margalus of South Side Sox: "Should Konerko be out for an extended amount of time, further roster improvisation will be required with position players. We've seen it already with Dayan Viciedo moving to designated hitter, as well as a two-catcher lineup that featured Tyler Flowers behind the plate and A.J. Pierzynski DHing."
The Chris Antonetti
Lets Go Tribe: "Very minor trade, not surprisingly. Carlos Rojas is a 28-year old career minor leaguer."
The Dave Dombrowski
Tom Gage of Detroit News: "It could be wishful thinking for Jim Leyland that the Tigers' bullpen is fine. He might be trying to will it to be fine. But overall it hasn't been fine."
The Dayton Moore
Clark Fosler of Royals Review: "With speculation coming from the Royals that they might give the likes of Tim Collins, Kelvin Herrera and Aaron Crow a look at becoming starters this off-season, I though a quick rundown of what other in-house options are available or on the horizon might be relevant."
The Jerry DiPoto
Lance Pugmire of Los Angeles Times: "Albert Pujols is slumping along with his teammates now, his one-for-23 skid tacked onto the Angels' eight losses in 11 games."
The Terry Ryan
The Star Tribune: "It also could be a rallying cry for rookie shortstop Brian Dozier, because there continue to be moments when the game appears to get the best of him. A key play Sunday became another teaching moment for manager Ron Gardenhire and his pupil."
The Brian Cashman
Janon Fisher and Jason Sheftell of New York Daily News: "Alex Rodriguez is looking to unload his 20,000-square-foot mega crib in Miami for a whopping $38 million."
The Billy Beane
Athletics Nation: "I've heard concern about the notion of re-signing Brandon Inge with Scott Sizemore returning, as if the A's might wind up with a logjam."
The Jack Zduriencik
Geoff Baker of Seattle Times: "Not often you see a team so upbeat after a 3-6 road trip, but this stretch of games could have ended far, far worse for Seattle."
The Andrew Friedman
Roger Mooney of Tampa Tribune: "B.J. Upton tried to bunt Desmond Jennings to second base in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Twins. He didn't, but slammed the next pitch for a two-run homer, so, it was a very good at-bat."
The Jon Daniels
Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News: "Manager Ron Washington said he expects the Rangers to go back to a full four-man bench when the club finishes off the week-long road trip that began Monday. When it does, it's quite likely that 19-year-old Jurickson Profar will have a spot on it."
The Alex Anthopoulos
Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com: "Brett Lawrie, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list, is making progress with his strained left oblique muscle. Lawrie has shown signs of improvement in the past couple of days and is expected to come off the DL when he becomes eligible on Sunday."
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