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PHILLIES: For the second time in less than two years, Ryan Howard will require surgery on his left leg. The $125 million first baseman suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee, the team said Monday. He will miss six to eight weeks.

BREWERS: Activated slugger Ryan Braun from the disabled list and placed third baseman Aramis Ramirez on the DL with a nagging left knee injury. Braun has been out for a month with a bruised right thumb.

RAYS: right-hander Alex Cobb, hit in the head by a ball in June, hasn’t ruled out pitching again in the next month.

Cobb, struck in the right ear by a liner hit by Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer on June 15, threw off a mound for the second time since being hurt before Monday night’s game against Minnesota.

NATIONALS: Acquired outfielder Scott Hairston on Monday from the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitcher Ivan Pineyro.

The Cubs signed Hairston to a two-year deal in the offseason to platoon in right field, but he struggled, batting .172 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs. One of those homers came during Sunday’s 4-3, 11-inning win over Pittsburgh. He had 20 last season with the Mets.

INDIANS: Starter Zach McAllister pitched a three-inning simulated game, a significant step in his recovery from a finger injury.

McAllister has been on the disabled list since June 8 with a sprained right middle finger. He could join Cleveland’s after the All-Star break.

ALL-STAR GAME: Candice Glover, who won the 12th season of “American Idol,” will perform the national anthem before the All-Star game. Marc Anthony will sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning July 16.

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