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  • Mets call up Brandon Nimmo from Las Vegas
    Mets recalled OF Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN.com believes the Mets are sending someone to the disabled list, though it doesn't appear to be Yoenis Cespedes (quad) or Jose Reyes (intercostal). Nimmo hit .389 in nine games for Las Vegas after his demotion. Cespedes has been limited to playing left field since his quad injury, so Nimmo will likely see most of his time in center. Rotoworld.com 54 minutes ago
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  • Young, Rutledge nearing rehab assignments
    Chris Young (hamstring) and Josh Rutledge (knee) could begin rehab assignments when the Red Sox return from their 11-game road trip.

    Advice: They'll be back home on August 8, so Young and Rutledge are still at least a week and a half away from playing in rehab games. Young will slide into a left field platoon with Brock Holt upon his return. Rutledge's role is more uncertain now that Aaron Hill has taken over as Boston's utility infielder. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:43 pm
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  • Pence (hamstring) could return Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) could return as early as Saturday.

    Advice: Pence suffered a minor setback early in his rehab assignment but has rebounded quickly by hitting home runs in three of his last five contests. The 33-year-old was having a solid year before his hamstring surgery, batting .298 with seven jacks and 36 RBI over 181 at-bats. Mac Williamson will probably head back to the minors when Pence is activated. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:11 pm
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  • Kyle Waldrop sent down to AAA Louisville
    Reds optioned OF Kyle Waldrop to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: For some reason the Reds have decided to activate Homer Bailey from the disabled list even though he's not scheduled to pitch until Sunday. Waldrop owns a .250 average over 20 at-bats for the Reds this season. We'll see him again in September, if not sooner. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:56 pm
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  • Michael Freeman sent down to Triple-A
    Diamondbacks optioned INF/OF Michael Freeman to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: A corresponding move hasn't been announced yet but David Peralta (back) is expected to come off the disabled list on Friday. Freeman was hitless with five strikeouts in nine at-bats during his brief stint in Arizona. The 28-year-old could be back when rosters expand in September. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:20 pm
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  • Hernan Perez homers, steals two bases
    Hernan Perez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The D'Backs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Perez knotted things back up with a two-run blast in the third. He also added a pair of stolen bases, giving him 16 on the season. While he played shortstop Thursday, Perez has taken over as the Brewers' third baseman since the trade of Aaron Hill and has provided sneaky production this season. He's on pace for 10 homers and 26 stolen bases despite a relatively limited number of at-bats. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:15 pm
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  • Yasmany Tomas stays hot with two more RBI
    Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-4 with a two-RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Tomas' ground-rule double in the top of the first inning plated two and he later added a single in the seventh. The big outfielder has really been swinging a hot stick of late with 14 hits -- including four home runs -- over his last 36 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:02 pm
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  • Heyward out of Cubs' lineup on Thursday
    Jason Heyward is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Thursday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Heyward has played his usual brand of elite-level defense this season in the Cubs' outfield, but he's batting just .229/.317/.315 in 91 games and he'll sit Thursday versus ace left-hander Chris Sale. Ben Zobrist will start in right field and hit cleanup. Javier Baez is at second base. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:30 pm
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    Jason Heyward ChC - CF,RF
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  • Hamilton (knee) expects to ready by spring
    Josh Hamilton (knee) said he expects to be 100 percent healthy by the start of spring training in 2017.

    Advice: Hamilton underwent surgery for an ACL injury and to repair arterial and meniscus cartilage in his left knee back in June. He is due $28.4 million in 2017, though the Angels are on the hook for most of that. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:46 am
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  • Orioles outright Henry Urrutia to AA Bowie
    Orioles sent OF Henry Urrutia outright to Double-A Bowie.

    Advice: Urrutia was designated for assignment by the Orioles on July 19 and passed through waivers unclaimed. He is batting .280/.339/.372 this year in the minors. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:43 am
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  • Dietrich starting at 1B on Thursday night
    Derek Dietrich is starting at first base for the Marlins on Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Dee Gordon has returned from his 80-game PED suspension and is starting at second base and leading off. Dietrich has been pushed into a utility infield role. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:40 am
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  • Phillies activate Altherr (wrist) from the DL
    Phillies activated OF Aaron Altherr from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Altherr is finally ready to join the Phils after missing the first four months of the 2016 season with a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. The dynamic 25-year-old batted .341/.481/.463 with one homer and two stolen bases on his 13-game minor league rehab assignment and could carry deep mixed league value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:17 am
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  • Phils put Bourjos on DL and activate Altherr
    Phillies placed OF Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain.

    Advice: That will obviously kill off any trade value he might have had. Bourjos suffered the injury on Tuesday night while robbing Ichiro Suzuki of a base hit and could be sidelined until September. Aaron Altherr has been activated in a corresponding roster move. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:15 am
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  • Jocketty: Reds haven't seen fair Bruce offer
    Reds president Walt Jocketty said Thursday that he hasn't received a great offer for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: "Clubs inquire about certain players, but they never want to trade you anything," Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "So what’s the point? You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff." We'd expect those offers to improve over the next couple of days as the August 1 trade deadline approaches. Bruce, 29, boasts an .895 OPS with 25 home runs and 79 RBI in 95 games this season for Cincinnati. He carries a $13 million team option for 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:56 am
  • Ryan Braun (side) scratched from lineup Thu.
    Ryan Braun was scratched from the Brewers' lineup on Thursday due to right side tightness.

    Advice: He is considered day-to-day for now. Ramon Flores will switch from right field to left field and Kirk Nieuwenhuis will draw the start in right versus Arizona. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:04 am
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  • Trayce Thompson (back) swinging bat
    Trayce Thompson (back) began swinging off a tee on Wednesday.

    Advice: And he said he's hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment sometime next week. Thompson landed on the disabled list July 16, retroactive to July 11, with lower back irritation. He was slashing .225/.302/.436 with 13 homers and five stolen bases through 80 games this season for Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:14 am
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  • Alford breaks out for three hits Wednesday
    Blue Jays OF prospect Anthony Alford ripped three hits Wednesday in a win for High-A Dunedin.

    Advice: He supplied two triples, a double and two RBI as the Blue Jays squeaked out a 10-9 win over Lakewood. Alford has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .371 during that span with two homers and six RBI. The hot streak has raised his average from .188 to .232. The 22-year-old is looking for better results after a disappointing first half that included a .200 batting average and 50 strikeouts in 125 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:43 am
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  • Cespedes out Thursday due to quad flareup
    Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' lineup Thursday because he had a flareup with his quad.

    Advice: Cespedes missed a chunk of time earlier this month with a quad strain, and now it's rearing its ugly head again. Consider him day-to-day for now. Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center field on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:06 am
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  • Yoenis Cespedes out of Mets lineup Thursday
    Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center in the series opener versus Colorado. This is just a day of maintenance for Cespedes, who slugged a two-run homer on Wednesday against the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:49 am
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  • CarGo open to moving to 1B for Rockies
    Carlos Gonzalez said he's open to shifting to first base for the Rockies.

    Advice: That might be where the Rockies have to put him next year -- or perhaps down the stretch this year -- if they don't trade him ahead of the August 1 deadline. David Dahl arrived in the majors this week, prospect Raimel Tapia is going to arrive eventually, and Gerardo Parra and Charlie Blackmon are both locked in for the next couple of years. CarGo is under contract for $20 million in 2017 and can then become a free agent. "We have some really good outfielders, and prospects coming up," Gonzalez said Wednesday. "So if (moving to first base) is something that will be for our benefit, that’s something that I would definitely do. I love playing in Denver, I feel at home playing there." Rotoworld.com Today, 5:13 am
  • Jennings scratched from High-A rehab game
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) was scratched from what should have been his second rehab game Wednesday due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: The hope is that he can play Thursday night and remain on track to rejoin the Rays early next week. Jennings, out since July 1 with a left hamstring strain, went 1-for-4 in his rehab debut Tuesday with High-A Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:05 am
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  • Bryant hits 26th home run of the season Wed.
    Kris Bryant connected for his 26th home run of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went 1-for-3 with two runs scored on the night. The solo home run came off Anthony Ranaudo in the sixth inning to provide the first of eight Cubs runs in the game. He is batting .283/.377/.550 with 81 runs and 66 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
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  • Desmond get two hits, cracks two-run bomb
    Ian Desmond homered and doubled in four at-bats on Wednesday night.

    Advice: His two-run bomb in the fifth inning was his 20th home run of the season. He is having an excellent bounce-back season with a .308/.359/.527 batting line. He has added 71 runs, 60 RBI and 16 stolen bases as well. He has already matched or exceeded his production totals from last year and still has two months to go. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 pm
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  • Pence (hamstring) smacks third rehab homer
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) hit the third home run of his minor league rehab assignment in Wednesday's game with Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Pence has been on the shelf since undergoing surgery to repair his right hamstring in early June. While he has suffered several setbacks while recovering from that procedure, the veteran outfielder is finally starting to put it together during his current rehab stint. CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic writes that the Giants are "[leaving the] door open for [an] early return." A reunion this weekend is not out of the question. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:26 pm
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  • Tomas blasts two home runs to lead D'Backs
    Yasmany Tomas had a monster day at the dish on Wednesday, blasting a pair of home runs and plating five as the Diamondbacks routed the Brewers 8-1 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Tomas capped off a five-run uprising off of Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson in the first inning with a three-run shot. He inflicted more damage in the fifth inning, with a two-run homer to chase Nelson from the ballgame. Tomas finished the night 2-for-5, raising his season slash to .262/.305/.477 to go with 17 homers and 42 RBI in what has been a breakout season offensively. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 pm
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  • Hernan Perez plates lone run in losing effort
    Hernan Perez went 1-for-2 and drove home the Brewers' lone run in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Perez brought home Jonathan Lucroy with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, pulling the Brewers to within seven runs at 8-1. He has been a pleasant surprise in the Brewers lineup this season, slashing .274/.301/.411 with five homers, 28 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:14 pm
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  • Cespedes goes 2-for-4 with two-run bomb
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The home run put the Mets ahead in the seventh inning but the Cardinals came back to win in the ninth. Cespedes has been banged up lately and missed some games, but he looked good tonight. He is slashing a whopping .297/.367/.566 but his counting stats have not been quite as pretty. He has 22 home runs, 49 runs and 58 RBI. His weak-hitting teammates haven't given him the support he needs to score and drive in runs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:03 pm
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  • McCutchen goes 3-for-5 with three-run bomb
    Andrew McCutchen crushed a three-run bomb Wednesday and finished the night 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.

    Advice: The home run gave him 15 for the season to go with his .246 batting average, 56 runs, 42 RBI and three steals. Those stats are far, far below what his owners expected. Games like today's have been few and far between this year for the perennial fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Bruce whacks solo homer as rumors swirl
    Jay Bruce went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Trade rumors have been bubbling around Bruce's name of late, with ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reporting that the Reds have been pushing dialogues with interested parties as they look to throw in the towel on the 2016 season. For the time being, though, Bruce still plies his trade with the Reds. And he still plies it well. Against the Giants, the slugger rocked a solo home run off Madison Bumgarner to lead off the seventh inning. The bomb snapped a 1-1 tie and stood as the difference in the 2-1 final. Bruce's trade value probably can't get much higher at this point. He is slashing a beautiful .271/.323/.572 with 25 homers and 79 RBI across 362 at-bats. The 29-year-old outfielder has launched home runs in five consecutive games and has homered seven times in his last 10 contests. That is how you increase your trade value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Report: Mariners have talked Bruce with Reds
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners have "reached out" to the Reds regarding Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Crasnick reported on Tuesday that discussions regarding a Bruce trade have been picking up steam of late, with at least four teams showing legitimate interest in the slugger. This season, Bruce is hitting a stellar .271/.324/.567 with 24 homers and 78 RBI over 358 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Maddon drops struggling Heyward down
    Jason Heyward will hit seventh in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: This is the first time that Heyward has hit seventh during the 2016 campaign. He has struggled in his first season with the Cubs, slashing just .228/.315/.315 with four homers and 28 RBI over 346 at-bats.Daily Slant: While the Cubs are in a dream spot against Anthony Ranaudo (who has allowed a wOBA of at least .359 to both sides of the plate in his young career), Heyward is maybe the only Cubs bat that isn't worth a strong look. He's been hitting the ball on the ground far too often (nearly a 50% GB rate, which would be a great mark for any pitcher) and owns a negative Hd-Sft% against both right and left handed pitchers. Heyward's 79.5 MPH exit velocity over the past week is his worst mark for any week dating back to mid May. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:35 pm
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  • Denard Span just getting day off Wednesday
    Denard Span is just getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Span has battled a cold recently and is a bit worn out, but this is not an injury situation and he should be fine for Thursday's big series opener against the Nationals. Gregor Blanco is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Giants on Wednesday afternoon against Reds right-hander Dan Straily. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
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  • Denard Span not in SF lineup on Wednesday
    Denard Span is out of the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Gregor Blanco will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Reds right-hander Dan Straily. This could be an injury situation for Span. Updates to come. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 am
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  • Rangers release OF Justin Ruggiano
    Rangers released OF Justin Ruggiano.

    Advice: Ruggiano was batting .226/.321/.427 with seven home runs over 190 plate appearances this season at Triple-A Round Rock. The 34-year-old outfielder will probably latch on with another organization soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:22 am
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  • Braun scores three times in win over D'backs
    Ryan Braun went 1-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As he's been all month and most of the year, Braun was an on-base machine Tuesday, and he made the D'backs pay each time he reached. He's now hitting .319 with 16 runs scored this month, but strangely just two RBI. The 32-year-old is also riding an 11-game hitting streak. It all adds up to a .324/.386/.520 line with 14 homers, 46 RBI, 50 runs scored and 12 stolen bases overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:28 pm
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  • Bourjos (shoulder) to miss a couple of games
    Peter Bourjos (shoulder) said he expects to miss a couple of games.

    Advice: Bourjos banged his right shoulder on the outfield fence Tuesday while robbing Ichiro Suzuki of a base hit in the first inning. "I jammed it pretty good," he told reporters late Tuesday night. This could obviously damage the 29-year-old's trade value with the August 1 deadline fast approaching. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:49 pm
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  • Bourjos pulled from game with shoulder injury
    Peter Bourjos was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Marlins with a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Bourjos slammed into the right field fence in the first inning while robbing Ichiro Suzuki of a hit and Jimmy Paredes entered to play right field in the second inning. There's probably a reevaluation of Bourjos' status coming Wednesday morning. Bad timing for the trade candidate. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:40 pm
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  • Jennings (hamstring) to begin rehab Tues.
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He's been working out with the Charlotte Stone Crabs since the weekend and has now been cleared to play in live games. Jennings will probably spend the rest of this week in the minor leagues. He has been out since July 1 because of a left hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:54 pm
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  • Reds 'pick up pace' on Jay Bruce trade talk
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Reds have "picked up the pace on Jay Bruce trade discussions."

    Advice: Crasnick says the Reds are talking to at least four teams and seeking a top prospect in return. Bruce has revitalized his market value this season, boasting an .889 OPS with 23 home runs and 77 RBI in 93 games. The 29-year-old corner outfielder is scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Jay Bruce hits two homers in victory
    Jay Bruce hit a pair of two-run homers off Jake Peavy to lead the Reds to a 7-5 win over the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: One last hurrah for Bruce in a Reds uniform? It was his third two-homer game of the season, the others coming on April 7 and May 18. He's tied with teammate Adam Duvall for fifth place in the NL with 23 homers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:58 pm
  • Derek Dietrich's slump continues Monday
    Derek Dietrich was hitless in three trips to the plate Monday.

    Advice: The Marlins managed just two singles all night against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies' bullpen. Dietrich now has just four hits over his last 41 at-bats, dropping his average from .307 to .275. It's a bad time for him to be slumping with Dee Gordon due back later this week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:52 pm
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  • Altherr (wrist) shifts rehab to Triple-A
    Aaron Altherr (wrist) has shifted his rehab assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Alther is batting .353/.511/.471 with one home run and two stolen bases in 11 minor league rehab games between the Gulf Coast League, High-A Clearwater, and Double-A Reading. Out all season with a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, Altherr should be cleared to join the Phillies' outfield mix by the end of this week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:40 am
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  • Bruce whacks three-run homer, drives in four
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bruce came through with an RBI single in the third inning for his first RBI. The other three would come when he slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with nobody out. That shot drew the Reds to within 9-8. They failed to scrape together a run to tie it up, though, falling to 38-60 in the process. That is through no fault of Mr. Jay Bruce, who is slashing a stellar .269/.324/.547 with 21 homers and 73 RBI over 349 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen sitting out on Sunday
    Andrew McCutchen is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the veteran outfielder. Starling Marte has slid over to center field, Gregory Polanco has moved to left and Matt Joyce is starting in right. The Pirates also have Sean Rodriguez at shortstop and David Freese at third base, as Jordy Mercer and Jung Ho Kang are on the bench. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:58 am
  • Bruce blasts three-run bomb as Reds win
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run to lead the Reds to a 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: The blast gave him 20 for the season with 69 RBI. He also doubled tonight. His .859 OPS is a nice gift for his owners after his sub-par 2014 and 2015 seasons. Bruce is highly likely to be traded in the next 10 days, but tonight he remained a key member of the team that drafted him in the first round in 2005. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Hunter Pence to play six innings Saturday
    Hunter Pence is scheduled to play six innings in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll play seven innings on Sunday. If all continues to progress, he could be looking at a return to the Giants lineup before the end of next week, though there have already been multiple setbacks in his recovery so nothing is a given. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:41 am
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  • Braun slugs solo homer in loss
    Ryan Braun slugged a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: His fourth-inning blast against Jason Hammel was his 14th home run on the year and his first since June 29. Braun has now hit safely in seven straight games and is hitting .315/.373/.516 on the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:49 pm
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  • Many teams interested in outfielder Jay Bruce
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Indians, Rangers, Dodgers, and Blue Jays have interest in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the Nationals are "also on the periphery" of the market for Bruce, saying that "perhaps no outfielder is drawing as much interest" as the Red. Bruce was nearly traded to the Blue Jays over the winter, but that deal fell through due to a medical issue involving one of the players. Assuming he's traded, the team that acquires Bruce would have a $13 million option on him for next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:01 pm
  • Dietrich breaks slump with three-hit contest
    Derek Dietrich went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Dietrich had been 8-for-43 in the month of July, and he was mired in a 1-for-24 slump heading into Thursday's game. He's still hitting .289/.378/.418 despite the slump, a nod to his strong first half. With Dee Gordon set to return from suspension in a handful of games, it remains to be seen where the 27-year-old Dietrich will find at-bats as the season continues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:04 pm
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  • Perez has RBI double, run scored vs. Bucs
    Hernan Perez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Perez was one of the few Brewers able to get to Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, knocking the run-scoring double in the seventh inning. The multi-hit game was his third in a row, and Perez has now hit in five straight. The infielder is batting .279/.304/.422 in 57 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:37 pm
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  • Aaron Altherr (wrist) moves rehab to Double-A
    Aaron Altherr (wrist) has moved his rehab assignment to Double-A Reading.

    Advice: He batted .375 with a 1.073 OPS in 32 plate appearances between the Gulf Coast League and High-A Clearwater. On the disabled list all season with a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, Altherr could be ready to join the Phillies' outfield mix in about a week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:24 am
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  • Jennings (hamstring) running at Charlotte
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) has been doing light running with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: That's where he could begin a minor league rehab assignment in about a week. Jennings was placed on the disabled list July 4, retroactive to July 1, with a left hamstring strain. He may be ready to return the first week of August, but the 29-year-old outfielder is batting .202 this season and probably won't be a factor in fantasy leagues down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:53 am
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  • Braun goes 2-for4 with three runs scored
    Ryan Braun finished 2-for-4, walked, stole a base and scored three runs on Wednesday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a triple. Braun spent a lot of time running around the bases tonight, which is a pleasing sight for his owners. All that running is a sign that Braun is fully healthy for once, and a fully healthy Ryan Braun can be a fantasy monster. He is batting .316/.373/.512 with 13 home runs, 44 RBI and 8 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:41 pm
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  • Pence (hamstring) held out of rehab game
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) sat out Wednesday's rehab game at Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Pence is still feeling soreness in his hamstring and the Giants would prefer not to take chances with the outfielder. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he is about a week behind his initial hopeful return target of July 25, which could push his activation date into early August. The hamstring has nagged him at several points during his current rehab assignment, which began July 16. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:00 pm
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  • Cespedes, Walker not in Mets' lineup Wed.
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera will also take a seat against Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks. Michael Conforto is starting in left field and Juan Lagares is in center field in the afternoon game at Wrigley Field. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:34 am
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  • Tomas doubles, singles in loss to Blue Jays
    Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The double was Tomas' 16th of the season. In addition to that smattering of two-baggers, he is slashing .253/.299/.438 with 13 homers and 34 RBI. At this juncture, his production (or lack thereof) makes him a questionable fantasy option, particularly for those in shallower mixed-league formats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:49 pm
    L, 6-4 ^ @Mil
     
  • Perez plates both Brewers runs against Bucs
    Hernan Perez finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in a loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Perez had an RBI groundout in the fourth inning, but it was his hit with two runners on and two outs in the ninth inning -- against Pirates closer Mark Melancon, no less -- that tied the game briefly. In 55 games as a part-timer, the 25-year-old is hitting .267/.289/.411 with five homers, 24 RBI, 13 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:18 pm
    W, 6-4 vs ^ Ari
     
  • Pence (hamstring) could resume rehab Wed.
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) could resume his rehab assignment Wednesday.

    Advice: That was supposed to happen Tuesday, but Pence decided to play it safe after going through pregame drills at Triple-A Sacramento. He did not suffer another setback. Out since June 1 with a severe hamstring strain, Pence has been aiming to return to the Giants' active roster July 25 -- this Sunday. That still seems doable. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs x Was
     
  • Chris Young (hamstring) still isn't running
    Chris Young (hamstring) still isn't running.

    Advice: Young can't put enough weight on his strained right hamstring, so he's been limited to light movement on an ergonomic treadmill. "It sucks right now," the outfielder said Tuesday. "It's been a slow process." Young has been on the disabled list since June 23 and is probably at least a month away. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Young Bos - LF,CF,RF
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm x @LAA
     
  • Orioles DFA outfielder Henry Urrutia
    Orioles designated OF Henry Urrutia for assignment.

    Advice: Urrutia arrived in the majors to a good deal of hype back in 2013, but it's been mostly downhill since then due to injuries and poor offensive output. The 29-year-old from Cuba was batting just .245/.347/.304 in 118 plate appearances this season at Triple-A Norfolk. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:12 pm
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    Bot 8, 2-6 x @Min
     
  • Pence (hamstring) hopes to resume rehab stint
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) hopes to resume his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Pence felt some hamstring soreness in his first rehab game on Saturday and was held out of the lineup on Sunday as a precaution. Monday's game was rained out and he plans to go through pre-game activity on Tuesday to show his readiness to return to the lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:44 am
    15-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs x Was
     
  • Cespedes might not play CF on Tuesday
    Mets manager Terry Collins plans to talk to Yoenis Cespedes about whether it's a good idea for him to play center field on Tuesday.

    Advice: Collins said that Cespedes moved cautiously while playing left field on Monday, so he might not want to push it with his recent quad injury. The original plan called for Michael Conforto to make the start in left field on Tuesday and slide Cespedes back over to center field, but that could change now. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:49 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 2-1 vs x Col
     
  • Altherr (wrist) moves to High-A on rehab
    Aaron Altherr (wrist) had his minor league rehab assignment transferred to High-A Clearwater.

    Advice: Altherr, who is working his way back from left wrist surgery, batted .375 with a homer, a double, six walks, and a 1.190 OPS over 23 plate appearances during his time with the Phillies' rookie league affiliate. His season originally appeared to be at risk, but he appears on track to be a significant contributor down the stretch. He's worth a stash in NL-only formats. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 1:54 pm
    Bot 8, 7-4 ^ @Atl
     
  • Cespedes to play CF on Tuesday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Yoenis Cespedes will play center field on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cespedes prefers to play left field, partially to protect his recent quad injury, but he'll slide over to center field on Tuesday in order to go Michael Conforto's bat in the lineup. However, the Mets don't plan to make this a regular thing. Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Monday that Conforto could see time in center field now that he's back from the minors. That's not an ideal alignment. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 1:27 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 2-1 vs x Col
     
  • Jason Heyward sitting Monday against Mets
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs' lineup Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon is stacking the lineup with right-handers against Mets lefty Steven Matz. Matt Szczur is starting in right field with Albert Almora Jr. getting the nod in center. Heyward has been a fantasy disappointment this year with just four homers, eight steals and a .245 average through 82 appearances. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 11:27 am
    New Player Note
    Jason Heyward ChC - CF,RF
    Top 7, 2-1 vs x CWS
     
  • Yoenis Cespedes said he prefers left field
    Yoenis Cespedes said he'd prefer to stay in left field for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: He's spent most of the year in center but returned to the lineup as a left fielder on Sunday. Cespedes won the AL Gold Glove as a left fielder last season so he has plenty of experience at the position. Left field is certainly the less taxing of the two spots and Cespedes said his quad is only about 80-90 percent right now. If Cespedes becomes a permanent fixture in left field, it will be good news for Juan Lagares and Alejandro De Aza but bad news for Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson, who have been used exclusively on the corners this year. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 5:29 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 2-1 vs x Col
     
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