Pirates demote starting left fielder Alex Presley to Triple-A

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Alex Presley forced his way into the Pirates’ plans by hitting .298 with an .804 OPS in 52 games as a 25-year-old rookie last season and entered this year as the starting left fielder and Opening Day leadoff man.

Six weeks later Presley is headed back to Triple-A after hitting just .220 with a .551 OPS and ugly 30/4 K/BB ratio in 34 games.

Presley wasn’t as good as he looked last season and isn’t as terrible as he’s looked this season, but at age 26 his upside was never particularly big and his minor-league track record leans more toward role player than impact guy.

He’ll be back at some point, but in the meantime the Pirates filled his roster spot by recalling recently demoted reliever Evan Meek from Triple-A and Nate McLouth may suddenly be in line for regular starts in the outfield.

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.