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Brett Cecil removed from Blue Jays’ closer gig

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Brett Cecil allowed four earned runs on two walks and two hits Sunday in the Blue Jays’ loss to the Orioles, watching his season ERA rise to 5.96. And he’ll no longer be trusted in the ninth inning …

That committee should prominently feature 20-year-old right-hander Roberto Osuna, who has registered a 2.12 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 31 appearances this season while striking out 40 batters over 34 innings.

Video: Giancarlo Stanton hit a bomb for his 26th home run

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Giancarlo Stanton pounced on a hanging Carlos Martinez slider Tuesday for his 26th home run …

Stanton leads all major leaguers in homers and is now on pace to finish the season with a whopping 59.

Rangers bring Adrian Beltre back from the disabled list, keep Joey Gallo on active roster

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Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram shares the surprising news …

A report from late last week stated that Beltre, who landed on the disabled list June 2 with a sprained left thumb, was still unable to swing a bat. But he’s clearly made swift progress over the last couple of days.

Another mild surprise is that Joey Gallo wasn’t sent back to the minor leagues. Rangers management has clearly changed its mind on the readiness of the 21-year-old top third base prospect, who has tallied five home runs and 10 RBI through his first 18 major league games. Gallo is starting in left field and batting second for Texas on Tuesday night against the Athletics. Beltre will start at third base and hit cleanup.

Matt Moore expected to make 2015 debut next week

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Rays manager Kevin Cash told Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Tuesday evening that he expects Matt Moore to make his 2015 season debut next week against the Indians. Moore will make one final minor league rehab start on Friday at Triple-A Durham before rejoining the club in Tampa Bay.

Moore underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow in his second start of the 2014 season. The 26-year-old southpaw boasts a strong 3.53 ERA and 8.8 K/9 through 347 career major league innings.

A’s claim Jake Smolinski off waivers from Rangers

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Jane Lee, the Athletics beat reporter for MLB.com, shares the news

Smolinski was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Friday after batting just .133/.270/.200 in 74 plate appearances. But he showed some promise last season in Texas and he had hit .422 with a 1.280 OPS in 50 plate appearances this season at Triple-A Round Rock. The 26-year-old former second-round pick is a nice depth addition for Oakland. He’s headed to Triple-A Nashville but could be called up soon.