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Your 2015 MLB Home Run Derby participants …

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The participants in the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park are being revealed live on Sportscenter at 6 p.m. ET. We’ll list all of the names here as they come out …

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs
Todd Frazier, 3B, Reds
Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs
Joc Pederson, CF, Dodgers

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays
Prince Fielder, 1B, Rangers
Manny Machado, 3B, Orioles

The event is July 13 — next Monday night. For a rundown of the new format, head here.

Stephen Strasburg lands on disabled list with oblique strain

Stephen Strasburg pitches for the Harrisburg Senators, June 17, 2015
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Via beat writer Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com

Strasburg suffered the oblique strain Saturday in his start against the Giants. He had thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings in that outing and was also sharp in his previous two starts since returning from a trapezius injury.

It’s been a frustrating season for Strasburg, to say the least. He owns a 5.16 ERA in 13 starts overall.

Phillies acquire No. 1 international signing slot for 2015-2016 from the Diamondbacks

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Todd Zolecki, the Phillies beat writer for MLB.com, shares the announcement …

It looks, at first glance, like another smart rebuilding move for the determined-to-rebuild Phils.

Oliver, a fourth-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Arkansas, has a 4.98 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, and 37/55 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 career innings between rookie ball and Low-A. Taylor, a 22-year-old who went undrafted, has a 4.06 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 83/28 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings between the very same levels.

These aren’t very enticing young pitchers, and now the Phillies have more flexibility on next year’s international market. This comes after the D’Backs included a top prospect in a salary dump. They’ve made some questionable moves so far under new GM Dave Stewart and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa.

Cardinals put Jaime Garcia on disabled list with groin injury

Jaime Garcia
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Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia had to make an early exit from a start June 24 at Marlins Park after tweaking his left groin muscle. It was initially called a cramp, but he was unable to take his next scheduled turn and now the Cards have placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

Tim Cooney will remain in the St. Louis rotation, piggybacking Tyler Lyons in Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Garcia boasts a 1.69 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in seven starts (48 innings) this season. He’s missed a ton of time to injuries in his career, but most of the major problems have been elbow- and shoulder-related.

The hope is that Garcia will be ready to return in a week or so. He’s been a huge lift for the first-place Cards in the absence of Adam Wainwright.

Cubs get Jorge Soler back from ankle sprain

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As announced on the official transactions feed of Major League Baseball …

Soler wound up missing over a month with a sprained left ankle. He was just 2-for-13 on his four-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and the 23-year-old returns Sunday to a relatively underwhelming .724 OPS. But he feels like a player who’s capable of breaking out in a huge way in the second half.

Soler put up a .903 OPS, five home runs, and 20 RBI over his first 24 major league games last year.