• Henderson Alvarez is throwing a rehab assignment game with Double-A Jacksonville on Sunday. He is close to being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, where he has missed the entire season with right shoulder inflammation.
• Justin Ruggiano made his second straight start in left field in place of Juan Pierre. The move was done in hopes of adding more power to a lineup that is struggling for run production.
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