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08-24

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The Call-Up: Trea Turner
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

08-14

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The Call-Up: John Lamb
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-13

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The Call-Up: Greg Bird
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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

08-12

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The Call-Up: Colin Rea
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

08-10

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The Call-Up: Jose Peraza
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

08-03

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The Call-Up: Jon Gray
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Brendan Gawlowski and J.P. Breen

08-03

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The Call-Up: Luis Severino
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

08-03

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The Call-Up: Henry Owens
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

08-03

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The Call-Up: Richie Shaffer
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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The Call-Up: Ketel Marte
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

07-27

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The Call-Up: Zach Lee
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Brendan Gawlowski and Wilson Karaman

07-24

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The Call-Up: Michael Conforto
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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

07-21

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The Call-Up: Stephen Piscotty
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

07-20

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The Call-Up: Aaron Nola
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

07-17

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The Call-Up: Frankie Montas
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Mauricio Rubio and George Bissell

07-13

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The Call-Up: Brian Johnson
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

07-08

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The Call-Up: Gleyber Torres
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

07-02

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The Call-Up: Manny Banuelos
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David Lee and Wilson Karaman

07-02

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The Call-Up: Miguel Sano
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

06-26

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The Call-Up: Alex Meyer
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Mark Anderson and Greg Wellemeyer

06-26

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The Call-Up: Steven Matz
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Jeff Moore and George Bissell

06-22

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The Call-Up: Justin Nicolino
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Brendan Gawlowski and George Bissell

06-19

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The Call-Up: Matt Wisler
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David Lee and J.J. Jansons

06-16

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The Call-Up: Kyle Schwarber
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

06-15

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The Call-Up: Francisco Lindor
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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

06-15

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The Call-Up: Byron Buxton
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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

06-09

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The Call-Up: Vincent Velasquez
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Craig Goldstein and Mike Gianella

06-08

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The Call-Up: Carlos Correa
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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

06-08

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The Call-Up: Joe Ross
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Tucker Blair and Mike Gianella

06-02

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The Call-Up: Joey Gallo
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Kate Morrison and Bret Sayre

06-01

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The Call-Up: Chi Chi Gonzalez
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Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

06-01

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The Call-Up: Michael Feliz
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Wilson Karaman

05-28

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The Call-Up: Eduardo Rodriguez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

05-20

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Difo
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CJ Wittmann and Bret Sayre

05-18

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The Call-Up: Lance McCullers
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

05-09

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The Call-Up: Noah Syndergaard
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

05-05

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The Call-Up: Eddie Rosario
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Christopher Crawford and Craig Goldstein

05-04

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The Call-Up: Austin Hedges
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Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen

05-02

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The Call-Up: Blake Swihart
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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

04-29

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The Call-Up: Michael Lorenzen
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Mark Anderson and Wilson Karaman

04-28

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The Call-Up: A.J. Cole
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Al Skorupa and Craig Goldstein

04-21

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The Call-Up: Addison Russell
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Christopher Crawford and Nick Shlain

04-20

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The Call-Up: Kevin Plawecki
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-20

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The Call-Up: Carlos Rodon
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

04-17

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The Call-Up: Kris Bryant
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

09-04

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The Call-Up: The Others
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Mauricio Rubio, Tucker Blair, Jordan Gorosh, Craig Goldstein, Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre and Jeff Moore

09-03

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The Call-Up: Dalton Pompey
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Jeff Moore and Ben Carsley

09-02

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The Call-Up: Joc Pederson
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Chris Rodriguez and Bret Sayre

09-02

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The Call-Up: Brandon Finnegan
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Craig Goldstein and CJ Wittmann

09-02

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The Call-Up: Maikel Franco
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

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August 24, 2015 12:35 am

The Call-Up: Trea Turner

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Christopher Crawford and Mike Gianella

The Nationals are both reeling, and not out of the hunt for a playoff spot. Enter Trea Turner.

The situation: The Nationals have been among the most disappointing teams of not just this year, but the past decade. Desperate times call for desperate measures; and Washington will call upon Trea Turner to see if they can rectify the disaster that has been 2015.

Background: Turner was one of the highest-rated juniors coming into the 2014 draft, but a so-so junior season saw his stock slip, and he fell to the Padres with the 13th-overall pick. His stock was quickly reestablished as a professional, as he put up impressive numbers at the lower levels and was a standout out in the Arizona Fall League. He then went on to give an award-winning acting performance as he pretended to be a Padres prospect for eight months, as the player to be named later in the three-team deal that saw Wil Myers end up in San Diego. He’s been just as good since arriving in DC, and was hitting .313 in Triple-A Syracuse before his promotion to the big league club.

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August 14, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: John Lamb

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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

His call up goes well with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

The situation: The Reds are not very good, and traded away forty of percent of their rotation two weeks ago. One of the benefits of not being very good is you get a chance to see young players perform at the big-league level, and on Tuesday the Reds will call on John Lamb to see if he might be someone they can count on for the 2016 rotation.

Background: A fifth round pick out of Laguna Hills High School in California, Lamb was at one point one of the best left-handed pitching prospects in baseball – punctuated by a dominant 2010 season that saw him reach Double-A as a teenager and post ERAs of 1.58 and 1.45 in Low- and High-A, respectively, and rank 11th in the BP 101 prior to the 2011 season. Unfortunately, the southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery that summer, and he spent the next two and a half years trying to regain that form. He appears to have done just that though, and after a solid first two months of the 2015 season – 2.67 ERA, 96 strikeouts in just over 94 innings – he was one of the key components of the deal that sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals.

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August 13, 2015 12:30 pm

The Call-Up: Greg Bird

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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

Bird is the word, in New York.

The situation: We’re just about two weeks out from the non-waiver trade deadline and the Yankees have seen their big lead in the division dry up faster than a California aquifer. The Bombers find themselves looking up at a deep and talented Blue Jays team. They are also entering a stretch of 16 August consecutive dog-day games. Concerns about an older roster and the desire for a sparkplug have led them to tap first base prospect Greg Bird.

Background: Bird is from Aurora, Colorado, but he’s not the most famous baseball player from his high school class. That would be Orioles right hander Kevin Gausman. Scouts, crosscheckers and all sorts of people with “director” in their titles came in to see Gausman and many also saw qualities to like in Bird. He was committed to Arkansas, but he never made it to campus. The Yankees took him in the fifth round and gave him an over-slot $1.1 million bonus. Bird missed time in the low minors with recurring back problems, but has hit for power and showed an ability to get on base at every stop where he spent any significant time.

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August 12, 2015 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Colin Rea

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Christopher Crawford and J.J. Jansons

Will Colin be a Rea of hope for the Padres?

The situation: The Padres have been among the most disappointing team in baseball, and their hopes of making the playoffs have all but been eviscerated. The starting pitching has been particularly disappointing, and they’ll call on Rea to see if he can be a part of the rotation in 2016.

Background: The Padres took Rea in the 12th round of the 2011 draft out of Indiana State to little fanfare, and the right-hander struggled to throw strikes on a consistent basis in his first three years in the system, posting walks-per-nine-inning rates above 3.5 from 2011 to 2013. His control took a major step forward in 2014 – 2.4 at High-A Lake Elsinore, and a bigger step this summer in Double-A. Rea was even more impressive this summer, posting a 1.08 ERA in Double-A with a 60-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and earning a trip to this year’s Futures Game in the process.

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August 10, 2015 8:17 pm

The Call-Up: Jose Peraza

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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

The Dodgers need someone to man the keystone while Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner are on the mend.

The situation: The Dodgers are likely going to be without Howie Kendrick for a decent amount of time, and with Justin Turner already on the DL, Los Angeles will call up Peraza to man the keystone.

Background: Peraza was given six figures by the Braves in the summer of 2010 as an athletic but raw middle infielder, and he’s moved quicker than even Atlanta – and maybe even Peraza – could have imagined. After making his stateside debut in 2012, Peraza took a major step forward in 2014, hitting .339 at the High-A and Double-A level, stealing 60 bases in the process. Another strong campaign made him one of the more highly-touted trade deadline candidates, and the Dodgers were able to procure his services along with Jim Johnson and Alex Wood in the deal that sent Hector Olivera over to Atlanta.

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August 3, 2015 8:57 am

The Call-Up: Jon Gray

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"My development has been... unconventional."... "so show me."

The Situation: Mired in last place and committed to a rebuild, the Rockies have recalled their top farmhand, Jon Gray. Gray is replacing Kyle Kendrick in the rotation, after the latter was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

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August 3, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Luis Severino

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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

Severino The Mc

The situation: New York has taken a solid lead in the AL East thanks in large part to one of the best offenses in baseball. The starting pitching hasn’t been up to the task as of late though, and with the Yankees unwilling to move their big prospects at the trade deadline to improve the rotation, they’ll call up one of those untouchable prospects in Luis Severino to make his debut Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Background: The Yankees gave Severino $225,000 in the summer of 2012 as a raw right-hander out of Sabana de la Mar in the Dominican Republic. Despite being in the system for only three years, he’s advanced quickly and put up imposing numbers along the way; with a career ERA of 2.30 and 323 strikeouts in just over 320 innings. He’s been even more impressive in 2015 – particularly since his call up to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, where the 21-year-old right-hander has posted a 1.91 ERA in 61 innings before receiving his call-up to The Bronx.

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August 3, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Henry Owens

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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

Pick a petal, eeny meeny miny mo / And flower, you're the chosen one...

The situation: The Red Sox rotation has been better as of late, though one could argue that is only because it couldn’t pitch any worse. Now that Boston is all but mathematically eliminated, the Red Sox will turn to one of the top pitching prospects in its system in Henry Owens.

Background: Owens was one of the more well-known prospects coming into the 2011 MLB Draft, and his combination of relatively advanced stuff along with a very projectable frame saw him go 37th overall in a very strong pitching class. After an inauspicious start in his first full season, Owens was very impressive in both 2013 and 2014, striking out over a batter an inning and posting ERAs below 3.00 in each year. He ranked behind only Blake Swihart in the Red Sox top-10 this offseason, and 46th overall in the BP 101 coming into the season.

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August 3, 2015 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Richie Shaffer

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Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

A Richie for the not-so-rich.

The situation: Tampa Bay is still alive in the playoff race despite ranking last in the American League in runs and getting very little production from the DH and first base positions. In hopes of getting more offensive production, they’ll call up Shaffer on Monday to face the White Sox.

Background: Shaffer was an offensive stalwart at the University of Clemson, and after a .336/.480 /.573 junior campaign for the Tigers, the right-handed hitting infielder was selected 25th overall by Tampa Bay in the 2012 MLB Draft. Unfortunately, that offensive prowess was not consistently on display in his first few seasons in the Rays system, as he failed to post an OPS above .760 from 2012-2014. He’s been considerably better in 2015, however, hitting .261/.357/.538 on the year with 23 homers and 45 extra-base hits.

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August 1, 2015 3:32 pm

The Call-Up: Ketel Marte

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Christopher Crawford and Ben Carsley

Is Ketel Marte the next Chris Taylor? Or Brad Miller?

The situation: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Mariners offense is lethargic in 2015; ranking in the bottom third in the majority of the important offensive categories. With another year of missing the playoffs (essentially) a foregone conclusion, Seattle will call up Marte and hope he can provide a glimmer of hope for 2016 and beyond.

Background: Marte was not a highly touted international signee; joining the Mariners in August of 2010 without much fanfare. After a pair of mediocre seasons in the Dominican Summer and Northwest Leagues, Marte took a major step forward in 2013 – hitting .295 at three different levels – and followed it up with a .304/.335/.411 season with Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma in 2014. Despite a broken left thumb, he’s continued that progression in 2015, ranking in the top 10 of the Pacific Coast League in batting average (.314) and stolen bases (20).

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July 27, 2015 12:01 am

The Call-Up: Zach Lee

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Brendan Gawlowski and Wilson Karaman

The Dodgers are hoping he's ex-Zach-Lee what they need for the back end of their rotation.

The Situation: The birth of Zack Greinke’s son forced the Dodgers to shuffle their rotation this weekend. Ian Thomas filled in on Friday and was optioned Saturday afternoon to make room for another starter, Zach Lee, who will pitch today against the Mets.

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July 24, 2015 4:12 pm

The Call-Up: Michael Conforto

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Al Skorupa and Mike Gianella

The Mets look for some comfort in Conforto

The situation: The Mets have a young and talented pitching staff. They stand at two games over .500 and only three games out of a wild card spot despite scoring only 329 runs - good for worst in the National League and second-worst in all of baseball. The absence of David Wright has been felt all year, and now with Michael Cuddyer hurting, the lineup looks shallower than ever. Conforto is hitting a blistering .297/.372/.482 and the hope is that his talented young bat can provide a spark.

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