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• Black announced Friday that Andrew Cashner will start Monday in Milwaukee, with Jason Marquis taking the mound Wednesday and Edinson Volquez following on Thursday. Black said he has made a decision on a Tuesday starter, but he will hold off the announcement until he informs the player first.

• The All-Star break came at a perfect time for Joe Thatcher and his wife Katlyn, as they welcomed their first child Tuesday night, a baby boy named Jackson Joseph Thatcher.

"Everybody says it's a life changer," Thatcher said. "You can't really grasp it until it happens to you and you hold your baby in your arms. It just puts a whole different perspective on life itself and not baseball."

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for
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