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Jose Altuve out fourth straight game with hamstring injury

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hasn’t appeared in a game since making an early exit last Wednesday in Colorado with discomfort in his right hamstring. And he is not starting Sunday …

Altuve ran sprints forward and backward Saturday afternoon at Safeco Field and told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that he felt “great” during and after the workout, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch has understandably decided to play it safe with his star second baseman. “Very happy with where he’s at,” Hinch said Saturday. “I’m going to go one day too long rather than one day too short, I can tell you that.”

Atluve should be ready to go for Monday night’s series opener against the Angels.

Victor Martinez homered Sunday for first time since May 5

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Victor Martinez is back with the Tigers after missing over a month of action with discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee and he went way deep in Sunday’s series finale at Yankee Stadium …

That was V-Mart’s first home run since May 5 and only his second this year. He hit 32 homers in 2014.

Video: MLB players reflect on Father’s Day

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Baseball dads and sons offer some thoughts on fatherhood in this cool feature from MLB.com …

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who check in here at HBT. Fire up the grill and grab a cold one.

Cole Hamels throws successful bullpen session, on track to rejoin Phillies rotation Wednesday

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Phillies ace Cole Hamels had to be scratched from his scheduled start Friday night against the visiting Cardinals because of hamstring discomfort, but MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that the left-hander made it through a bullpen session Sunday morning without issue and is on track to return to the rotation Wednesday against the Yankees.

Phillippe Aumont took the mound in Hamels’ place on Friday versus St. Louis and got shelled for six earned runs on seven walks and five hits. He was designated for assignment the next day.

Hamels, one of the biggest names on this summer’s trade block, boasts a 2.96 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 103 strikeouts through 94 1/3 innings.

Ervin Santana sharp in first tuneup start at AAA Rochester

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Twins right-hander Ervin Santana is eligible to return from his 80-game PED suspension on July 4. He’s been throwing on the side for months and will spend the next few weeks making minor league starts to get his arm in proper game shape. The first one of those outings was Saturday at Triple-A Rochester

Not bad for a guy who had been mostly idle since March. Santana signed the biggest free agent contract in Twins history over the winter — four years, $54 million — after posting a 3.95 ERA and 179/63 K/BB ratio across 196 innings last season for the Braves. He had a 3.24 ERA in 211 innings with the Royals in 2013.