Cardinals sticking with Kyle Lohse in the starting rotation

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Kyle Lohse has a 10.31 ERA in four starts since returning from the forearm surgery that sidelined him for three months and he’s 2-7 with a 7.13 ERA in 13 starts overall this season, but the Cardinals are sticking with him in the rotation and he’ll face the Braves on Sunday night.
Tony La Russa told B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com that Lohse did enough “good things” in his last outing to make him a better option than Blake Hawksworth or Jeff Suppan, which perhaps says more about them than it does about Lohse. “He’s improved,” La Russa said. “His stuff is good, you can tell he’s feeling better about it, but he’s just a little inconsistent with his location. He had to earn the start.”
Another aspect of the decision-making regarding Lohse is that the Cardinals still owe him $11.875 million in both 2011 and 2012, so dumping him now could impact more than a few September starts.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.