Author: Drew Silva

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Giants scouting Reds starter Mike Leake


Cincinnati is currently 12 1/2 games back of St. Louis in the National League Central standings, so it’s a near certainty that the club will be sellers at the July 31 deadline. Johnny Cueto is an impending free agent and a tremendous trade chip. He’s as good as gone. Brandon Phillips has an expensive contract and is not aging gracefully. He could go. There’s even word that Aroldis Chapman may be dealt.

Now comes word from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that some members of the Giants front office have been scouting Reds right-hander Mike Leake, who is making $9.775 million in his final year of salary arbitration. The 27-year-old has posted a solid 3.95 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 974 career innings while making half of his starts in one of the least pitcher-friendly home parks in the major leagues.

He’d make sense as an innings-eater for just about any contending team.

Bryce Harper out Sunday with bruised knee

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Here is the Nationals’ starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers …

Harper got hit on the left knee by a pitch Saturday. He’ll ultimately be fine, but there is some swelling. Also absent for the Nats is catcher Wilson Ramos, who’s getting a day of maintenance. Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are both on the disabled list. It’s a starting nine with a spring training feel.

Indians place Nick Swisher on the disabled list

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From beat writer Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

The move clears a spot on the active 25-man roster for top shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor, who is joining the Indians on Sunday. Swisher, who underwent surgery on both of his knees last August, is batting just .198/.261/.297 in 111 plate appearances this season. He’ll probably be out longer than 15 days.