Yoenis Cespedes rejoins A’s lineup after wrist injury

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Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t played since winning the Home Run Derby because of a wrist injury, but the A’s outfielder is back in the lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Astros.

Cespedes is batting fifth and playing left field after sitting out five straight games. Chris Young, who filled in for him in left field, is back on the bench with his .192 batting average.

Cespedes, who was the only Home Run Derby participant not chosen for the All-Star team, hit just .227 with 15 homers and a .718 OPS in 80 first-half games, which represents a 143-point drop in OPS compared to his rookie season.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.