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Orioles sent C Francisco Peña outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Peña cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old has appeared in 17 games with the Orioles over the past two seasons and will continue to provide depth behind the plate in the minors.

Orioles recalled LHP Jayson Aquino from Triple-A Norfolk.

Aquino has a 9.00 ERA this year in the majors and a 5.13 ERA at the Triple-A level. No matter what role he fills, the 24-year-old left-hander carries no fantasy relevance in Baltimore.

Orioles optioned RHP Stefan Crichton to Triple-A Norfolk.

Crichton has allowed six earned runs on 15 hits over 8 1/3 innings of relief this season at the major league level. He's being replaced on the O's active roster by left-hander Jayson Aquino.

Red Sox optioned RHP Hector Velazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The newly-promoted Sam Travis will take his place on the active roster. The Red Sox were already planning to skip Velazquez's next turn after he was knocked around for six runs over five innings against the A's last Thursday.

Red Sox purchased the contract of 1B Sam Travis from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox sent down Hector Velazquez to clear a spot on the active roster. Travis got off to a slow start in April, but he was batting .333/.389/.561 with three home runs and 13 RBI this month. He's likely to see most of his at-bats against left-handers in his first stint in the majors.

Cubs optioned LHP Zac Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.

Rosscup was just called up on Monday and retired two batters in his lone appearance against the Giants. Felix Pena will replace him in the Cubs' bullpen.

Cubs recalled RHP Felix Pena from Triple-A Iowa.

Pena has allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk over five innings with the Cubs this season. He'll pitch in middle relief in his return to the majors.

Rockies re-signed 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo to a minor league contract.

Cardullo was released over the weekend, but the two sides quickly worked out a new deal. The 29-year-old is expected to miss at least a couple of months after recently undergoing wrist surgery. Cardullo has appeared in 42 games with the Rockies over the past two seasons.

Rockies activated SS Trevor Story from the 10-day disabled list.

As indicated Rockies manager Bud Black, Story will return to finish out the series in Philadelphia. The 24-year-old was batting just .180/.289/.396 through 33 games prior to landing on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain earlier this month. The Rockies and fantasy owners will have to hope that the time away did him some good.

Rockies optioned RHP Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Hoffman was excellent in a spot-start against the Phillies on Monday, allowing just one run over seven innings with seven strikeouts. However, there's not a spot available in the regular rotation right now. He'll get another chance soon enough.

Mets optioned RHP Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas.

It wasn't too long ago that Robles looked like one of the club's better relief arms, but he has been rocked for 12 runs on 10 hits (including four home runs) and four walks in his last three appearances. His ERA now stands at 6.23 for the year. Josh Smoker will take his place in the bullpen.

Mets recalled LHP Josh Smoker from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Smoker will rejoin the Mets' bullpen with Hansel Robles headed to the minors. The southpaw owns a 7.88 ERA and 20/10 K/BB ratio over 16 innings with the big club this season.

Phillies recalled LHP Adam Morgan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Morgan was just sent down when Aaron Nola returned, but he's back now that Daniel Nava (hamstring) has been placed on the disabled list. The 27-year-old has allowed seven runs over six innings of work with the Phils this season.

Phillies placed OF Daniel Nava on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a left hamstring strain.

Nava suffered the injury last Friday and will require an extended absence. The Phillies have called up left-hander Adam Morgan to take his place on the active roster.

Phillies released LHP Mario Hollands.

Hollands had a 4.15 ERA and 9/12 K/BB ratio over 13 innings with Double-A Reading this season. The 28-year-old made 50 appearances out of the Phillies' bullpen in 2014, but he hasn't been able to make it back to the majors since his Tommy John surgery.

Padres optioned RHP Jose Valdez to Triple-A El Paso.

The move clears a spot for Carlos Asuaje on the active roster. Valdez, who was claimed off waivers from the Angels earlier this month, was just called up on Saturday and threw 41 pitches in relief in his lone appearance.

Padres recalled INF/OF Carlos Asuaje from Triple-A El Paso.

This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Acquired as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, Asuaje was batting .222/.335/.319 with one homer and 20 RBI over 39 games this season with Triple-A El Paso. He'll function in a utility role.

Mariners activated 2B Robinson Cano from the 10-day disabled list.

Cano is a welcome sight for the Mariners, who have lost three in a row. The veteran second baseman has been out since May 10 with a right quad strain. He returns to a .296/.362/.533 batting line with eight homers and 28 RBI over 34 games.

Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis.

Tyler Lyons will take his place on the active roster as he returns from the disabled list. Tuivailala has compiled a 3.27 ERA and 8/5 K/BB ratio over 11 innings at the major league level this season.

Cardinals activated LHP Tyler Lyons from the 10-day disabled list.

Lyons posted a 5.56 ERA with three home runs allowed in 11 1/3 innings, but the good news is that he's over his right intercostal strain. The 29-year-old will return to a middle relief role.

Nationals optioned OF Brian Goodwin to Triple-A Syracuse.

Goodwin batted just .188/.235/.313 in 10 games with Washington. The 26-year-old will go on serving as organizational outfield depth for the Nationals.

Nationals recalled RHP Joe Ross from Triple-A Syracuse.

Ross will rejoin the Nationals' starting rotation on Tuesday night against the Mariners after tossing seven innings of one-run ball in his last start with Triple-A Syracuse. The young right-hander has struggled this season at the major league level, but he still carries a fair amount of fantasy upside and he'll give owners two starts this week.


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