>>Abreu Makes History, Earns More AL Honors
(Chicago, IL) -- White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu is making history after his latest round of honors. Abreu has been named both the player and rookie of the month in the American League for July. It marks the first time someone has won both awards in the same month twice in one season.
>>Cubs To Call Up Acclaimed Prospect Baez
Touted prospect Javier Baez will join the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in Colorado and could make his major league debut in the three-game series against the Rockies.
The 21-year-old Baez got off to a slow start this year in the minors, but has been playing well of late. The middle infielder, who is known for his tremendous bat speed, hit .300 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs in his last 32 games for Triple-A Iowa.
Baez will have his contract purchased from the minors before the series opener against Colorado. There was no word Monday on a corresponding roster move.
Baez is part of a loaded minor league system for Chicago that Cubs fans are hoping will lead the team back to respectability after a string of down years. The Cubs are 47-63 this season and in last in the NL Central.
>>Cards Host Red Sox
(St. Louis, MO) -- Lance Lynn will toe the rubber tonight as the Cardinals welcome the Red Sox to Busch Stadium. Lynn is 11-and-8 with a 2.98 earned run average on the season and is coming off back-to-back losses. Shelby Miller will face former Red Bird Joe Kelly in game two tomorrow with Adam Wainwright taking the rock in the finale on Thursday. It will be the first time Allen Craig and Kelly return to St. Louis since last Thursday's trade deadline deals.
>>Dodgers' Kemp NL Player Of Week
(New York, NY) -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is the National League Player of the Week. Kemp went 9-for-22 for a .409 batting average with five home runs and nine RBI. Kemp also stole a base and scored six times while leading the NL with a 1.091 slugging percentage.
>>Yankees' Gardner AL Player Of Week
(New York, NY) -- New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is the American League Player of the Week. Gardner went 11-for-23 for a .478 batting average with five home runs, three doubles and eight runs scored. He also walked five times and drove in seven runs.
>>Padres Focused On Yankees' Eppler For GM Job
(San Diego, CA) -- The San Diego Padres could be trimming their list of potential general managers. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler has emerged as a favorite for the job. Eppler joined the Yanks in 2004 and was director of pro scouting from 2005-2011 prior to his promotion to his current position. He is also a San Diego native. Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller, Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen, and MLB's senior VP for baseball operations Kim Ng [[ ANG ]] are also in the running for the job. The Padres are looking to replace Josh Byrnes, who was fired earlier this season. A decision is expected this week.
>>Pirates' McCutchen Headed To DL
(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is headed to the 15-day disabled list. The "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" reports he could miss three weeks to a month with what appears to be a serious oblique injury. The 27-year-old slugger left Sunday's loss in Arizona after hitting a sac-fly in the eighth inning. The team originally called it "left side discomfort." McCutchen is hitting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBI this season.
>>Giants' Cain To Have Season-Ending Surgery
(Flushing, NY) -- San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain has thrown his last pitch of the 2014 season. Manager Bruce Bochy [[ BOE-chee ]] said Cain will undergo surgery on his right elbow to have bone chips and spurs removed. Giants orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki will perform the surgery and the pitcher is looking at a three-month timetable for recovery. Cain also met with Dr. James Andrews and Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek and got the same diagnosis from both. The 29-year-old has hit the 200-inning mark every year from 2007-to-2012 and will end his 2014 campaign with a 2-and-7 record. The former first round pick holds a career worst 4.18 earned run average in 90-and-a-third innings this season.