Three players from each of the American and National leagues were named Tuesday to participate in the Home Run Derby.
American League captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays added Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics, Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles. Joining National League captain Troy Tulowitzki in the National league lineup will be Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds.
A fifth member will be selected for each team on Thursday. The Home Run Derby is set for 8 p.m. ET Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis. The All-Star Game will follow on Tuesday night.
---Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was placed back on the disabled list less than 30 days after he returned to the team recovered from the same quadriceps injury.
Votto, 30, was replaced on the active roster by catcher Brayan Pena, who was reinstated from the paternity list.
Votto spent 25 days on DL from May to June 10. He is batting .255 with six home runs in 62 games this season, including 6 for 37 in the past 11 games.
---Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole landed on the disabled list again Tuesday because of a sore back.
Cole departed after five shutout innings in his last outing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday because of soreness in his right lat. He was sore again Monday after throwing in the bullpen and the Pirates decided to shut him down.
Right-hander Brandon Cumpton will be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Cole's start Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In 14 games this season, Cole has a 7-4 record with a 3.78 ERA in 85 2/3 innings with 29 walks and 78 strikeouts. Cumpton started nine starts earlier this year for the Pirates and posted a 3-2 record with a 4.61 ERA.
---The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox discussed a deal for veteran pitcher Jake Peavy that could be finalized soon, according to ESPN.com.
The Cardinals are in need of help for their starting rotation to stay competitive in the National League Central. Starters Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha are out because injuries.
The 33-year-old Peavy signed a two-year, $29 million contract with the Red Sox before the 2013 season and has approximately $7 million left on the deal, but the 2014 season has not gone well for Peavy, who has seven consecutive losses and a 1-7 record with a 4.64 ERA in 18 starts.
---Struggling Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right knee injury.
The Indians recalled left-hander Nick Hagadone and selected the contract of catcher Roberton Perez from Columbus, optioned outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A and designated right-hander Mark Lowe for assignment.
Masterson has never been on the DL during his eight-year major league career. The right-hander has battled the knee inflammation since missing a start last month. In 19 starts this season, Masterson has a 4-6 record with a 5.51 ERA and 56 walks with 93 strikeouts in 98 innings. His last win came on June 8 against the Texas Rangers.
---The Kansas City Royals signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a minor league contract on Tuesday and sent him to Triple-A Omaha.
Saunders was released last week by the Texas Rangers. The 33-year-old started eight games for Texas this year and was 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA, 20 walks and 22 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.
---The Minnesota Twins feared after that right-hander Ricky Nolasco's elbow tightness during Sunday's game against the New York Yankees might be a problem and on Tuesday announced he was going on the 15-day disabled list.
The move is retroactive to July 7. To replace Nolasco on the roster, the Twins recalled catcher-outfielder Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester, where he was batting .291.
In 18 starts this season, the 31-year-old Nolasco is 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA.
---The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement and recalled reliever Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
Beckett left Sunday's win in Colorado after five scoreless innings and 82 pitches. After starting the season on the DL with a thumb bruise, he made 17 straight starts and was 6-5 with a 2.26 ERA, 32 walks and 95 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings.
The 26-year-old Baez pitched one game for the Dodgers on May 5 at Washington, giving up two runs and two hits in one inning of relief in his major league debut.
---Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz went to bat for himself with an expletive-filled reponse to insinuations that he might have used performance-enhancing drugs in the past.