Astros activate Carlos Lee, demote Brett Wallace

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From beat writer Brian McTaggart of MLB.com comes word that the Astros have activated veteran slugger Carlos Lee from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Brett Wallace back to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding 25-man roster move.

Lee missed exactly 15 days with a strained left hamstring. He returns to a decent .297/.348/.411 slash line, four homers, eight doubles and 23 RBI.

Wallace batted .333/.415/.583 in 11 games (42 plate appearances) with Houston while displaying an improved approach and physique. The 25-year-old former first-round pick of the Cardinals should get another crack at major league action later this summer.

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off three-run home run off of John Lackey in the ninth inning to win Game 2 for the Dodgers.

Taylor hit .316/.458/.789 with two singles, a double, a triple, two home runs, and five walks in 24 NLCS plate appearances. He hit a go-ahead solo home run in Game 1. He hit another go-ahead solo homer in Game 3 and later added an RBI triple.