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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Matheny discussed moving Matt Carpenter back to his customary leadoff spot, where he has produced far better numbers (.880 career OPS vs. .663 OPS) than as a No. 3 hitter:

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Niese is expected to have surgery for his left knee injury, according to Terry Collins. Niese landed on the disabled list. Robert Gsellman will start on Sunday against the Phillies.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins confirmed that Neil Walker will remain on paternity leave for the entire Cardinals series. Walker plans to rejoin the Mets on Friday at Citi Field. He welcomed a newborn daughter on Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Cardinals lineup for Wednesday's 8:15 p.m. ET game against the Mets.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the Mets lineup for Wednesday's 8:15 ET game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

The Tigers are planning to send a scout to watch Tim Tebow's workout, slated to take place next week in Los Angeles. Like many of the teams attending, the Tigers view this as doing their due diligence, though genuine interest is believed to be minimal. Asked three different (non-Tigers) scouts what they thought of the former Heisman Trophy winner's chances at a legitimate MLB bid. All three seemed extremely skeptical he was capable of playing at big-league level.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

As a lymphoma survivor, I have to say this is pretty cool: Nats star Bryce Harper talking about the New Era cap he designed to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Sources say Ryan Howard & Carlos Ruiz both cleared waivers. Heard of 2 teams mulling Ruiz. Howard virtually certain to stay in Philly.

Tommy Rancel

Tommy Rancel provides an update to his fantasy prospect rankings, focusing on the players who could make a big impact as September call-ups. High-impact potential September call-ups

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The secret to baseball's best bullpen? Bonding. Here's Nationals relievers Mark Melancon, Shawn Kelley, Yusmeiro Petit, and Oliver Perez (along with catcher Jose Lobaton) getting their soccer sweat on five hours before tonight's Nats/Orioles game in DC. Washington's pen has a 3.19 ERA this season, lowest in the majors.

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