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  • Crawford has three hits in win over Mets
    Brandon Crawford went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Crawford also had his ninth triple of the season. The three-hit night was nice to see from the 27-year-old, who entered Friday's action with an ugly .173 batting average and 21 strikeouts over 75 at-bats this month. He's shown a bit more pop this season, but most in mixed leagues can do better.
    45 minutes ago
  • Wright hitless in loss to Giants on Friday
    David Wright went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Wright is now hitting just .170 (9-for-53) with one-extra base hit (a double) over 14 games since the All-Star break. He missed some time late in the first half with a bruised rotator cuff and it's increasingly clear that he's not 100 percent.
    47 minutes ago
  • Jimmy Nelson scratched from Saturday start
    Jimmy Nelson has been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to a blister on his throwing hand.

    Advice: Kyle Lohse will start in his place on Saturday, with Matt Garza sliding up a day to pitch on Sunday. Nelson is tentatively scheduled to take on the Giants on Tuesday provided the blister cooperates.
    Today, 4:24 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt not in D'Backs lineup Friday
    Paul Goldschmidt is not in the Diamondbacks starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the All-Star slugger. Jordan Pacheco will draw the start at first base and bat sixth against opposing hurler Edinson Volquez.
    Today, 4:05 pm
  • Adam Lind nears rehab assignment
    Adam Lind (foot) could begin a rehab assignment early- to mid-next week.

    Advice: He should only need a few rehab games before being activated. Lind is expected to beat Edwin Encarnacion (quad) back from the disabled list. He's been out since early July with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot.
    Today, 2:58 pm
    Disabled List
    Bot 7, 1-1 x @Hou
  • Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) lands on DL
    Marlins placed RHP Henderson Alvarez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 30, with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: Alvarez threw seven scoreless innings in his last outing, but he evidently must have been feeling soreness then or during his between-starts bullpen session. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Jacob Turner had been set to be bounced from the rotation follow the Jarred Cosart addition, but he'll now start Sunday in Alvarez's place.
    Today, 2:26 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 5-2 vs Cin
  • Evan Scribner designated for assignment
    Athletics designated RHP Evan Scribner for assignment.

    Advice: Scribner has allowed one run over 5 1/3 relief innings for the A's this season. It's possible the 29-year-old will draw some interest on waivers.
    Today, 1:35 pm
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  • Zach McAllister designated for assignment
    Indians designated RHP Zach McAllister for assignment.

    Advice: It's not your typical DFA, as McAllister will be optioned once he clears waivers. The move is needed to be made this way because the righty is three years removed from his major league debut. McAllister holds a 5.91 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP this season.
    Today, 1:30 pm
    Not Active
  • Hector Sanchez could be cleared for BP
    Hector Sanchez (concussion) could be cleared to take batting practice Friday.

    Advice: Sanchez failed a concussion test Monday, but he's feeling better and could be ready for baseball activities again. The catcher should be activated soon if he can avoid setbacks.
    Today, 1:17 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 5-1 x @NYM
  • Zoilo Almonte optioned to Triple-A
    Yankees optioned OF Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Almonte has hit just .139/.139/.222 over his brief time in the majors this season. He'll be back in September.
    Today, 1:02 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 x @Bos
  • Jim Johnson given his release by Athletics
    Athletics released RHP Jim Johnson.

    Advice: They were unable to trade him after designating him for assignment, so Johnson is now free to sign wherever he wants. Someone should scoop him up quickly at the league minimum, but he's almost surely not going to be relevant in fantasy leagues again this season.
    Today, 11:29 am
    Not Active
  • Curtis Partch optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned RHP Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Partch was only up for a couple days while Jay Bruce was on the bereavement list. He threw two-thirds of a scoreless inning Wednesday and has managed to go unscored upon in seven frames for the Reds this season in spite of walking seven batters.
    Today, 11:25 am
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Collin Cowgill begins rehab assignment
    Collin Cowgill (nose) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.

    Advice: Cowgill has been out since mid-July with a broken nose and thumb. He should be activated early next week if all goes well.
    Today, 9:52 am
    Disabled List
    Top 9, 5-3 x @TB
  • Logan Schafer optioned to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned OF Logan Schafer to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He's clearing room for Gerardo Parra, who was added via trade Thursday. Schafer has batted only .183/.267/.288 with the big club this season.
    Today, 9:19 am
    Not Active
    Top 7, 7-1 x @StL
  • Jon Lester to make A's debut on Saturday
    Jon Lester will make his Athletics' debut on Saturday against the Royals.

    Advice: Coincidentally, Saturday happens to be Yoenis Cespedes (who was traded for Lester) t-shirt day at Coliseum. Lester has put up a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this season and should only get better at his new pitcher-friendly park.
    Today, 9:04 am
  • McAllister struggles in start vs. Mariners
    Zach McAllister failed to make it out of the fourth inning, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings, as the Indians fell to the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: The Mariners hung a three-spot on McAllister in the third, as Dustin Ackley ripped a two-run home run and Robinson Cano later doubled in another run. Overall, the right-hander yielded eight hits, did not walk a batter, and did not record a strikeout. 2014 has been tough for the 26-year-old, as he has a 5.91 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, and a 54/26 K/BB ratio. He'll try to turn things around at home against the Reds next Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
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  • A's officially get Lester, Gomes for Cespedes
    Athletics acquired LHP Jon Lester and OF Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for OF Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: The A's were unsatisfied with their rotation even after acquiring Jeff Samardzija (and Jason Hammel) from the Cubs, so they got a little more creative and picked up the top ace on the trade market. Lester can become a free agent after the 2014 World Series and is highly doubtful to re-sign with Oakland, but he'll give the club a big boost down the stretch and into October. The 30-year-old left-hander was sporting a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this season for Boston. Now he moves to the most pitcher-friendly park in MLB.
    Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • OAK to acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes
    WEEI's Alex Speier reports that the A's have acquired left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

    Advice: Boston also gets a competitive-balance pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. Without many elite-level prospects remaining in the wake of the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade, the A's had to get creative to work out a deal for Lester. And this sure is creative. Cespedes has big-time power, a huge throwing arm, and is under contractual control through 2015, so it's a big piece to give up for the penny-pinching A's. Lester, who can become a free agent this winter, gets a sizable fantasy boost with the move to pitcher-friendly Oakland.
    Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Cardinals, Pirates pushing hardest for Lester
    The Cardinals and Pirates are the two teams "pushing hardest" for Jon Lester, sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers remain involved as well. The Cardinals made a move for a starter on Wednesday, acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians, but they remain interested in Lester as more impactful starter to pair with Adam Wainwright. Lester would immediately become the Pirates' ace down the stretch. Lester is a free agent after the season.
    Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Jon Lester-to-Orioles deal not done yet
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that a trade sending Jon Lester to the Orioles is "not close."

    Advice: Rosenthal didn't rule out something getting done, but it appears the two sides aren't as close to crossing the finish line as previously reported.'s Peter Gammons adds that the Red Sox still have "plenty" of alternatives if they're not able to work something out with the O's.
    Wednesday, 12:27 pm
  • Orioles close to dealing for Jon Lester's Brittany Ghiroli reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring Jon Lester from the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham is also hearing the deal is close and says the Red Sox will receive a pitcher in return. He mentions Miguel Gonzalez, but he would figure to be a secondary part of the deal. It appears that Lester will get to stay in the AL East and has said in the past that he would still consider re-signing with the Red Sox.
    Wednesday, 12:16 pm
  • Cardinals could still pursue Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals could still go after Jon Lester even after the acquisition of Justin Masterson.

    Advice: Morosi says that they would have to be willing to give up Shelby Miller to do it. It's certainly possible that the Red Sox have floated this information to Morosi in order to drive up Lester's price with other teams. On the other hand, St. Louis didn't have to surrender any of their top prospects to get Masterson, so we can't rule anything out.
    Wednesday, 11:51 am
  • Dodgers out on Lester, Price, Hamels's Peter Gammons reports that the Dodgers are no longer pursuing Jon Lester, David Price and Cole Hamels.

    Advice: The Dodgers are refusing to give up Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias in any deal, which makes acquiring one of the aforementioned aces an impossibility. Gammons said they're now focused on adding a back-end starter and bullpen help. With the Cardinals also out of the picture, it appears the Lester market might be down to the Pirates and A's.
    Wednesday, 11:33 am
  • Marlins 'not completely' out on Jon Lester
    Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the Marlins are "not completely" out of the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

    Advice: Rodriguez says the Marlins will not trade Andrew Heaney for Lester, but it sounds like they might be willing to consider just about anyone else in their system. For what it's worth, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said the club is "not going to be short-sighted" in any deals.
    Wednesday, 9:37 am
  • Two 'elite' prospects needed to get Lester
    Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have told teams that it will require "at least two elite-level prospects" to acquire Jon Lester.

    Advice: It's a hefty price to pay for a two-month rental, but you can't blame the Red Sox for asking for that haul, especially when it looks like David Price might not be dealt. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has listed the Dodgers and the Cardinals as the favorites for Lester, and Lauber has been told by industry insiders that the Dodgers are the "front-runner." The Pirates and A's are lurking in the background.
    Wednesday, 6:22 am
  • Alvarez throws seven scoreless to defeat Nats
    Henderson Alvarez threw seven scoreless innings in the Marlins' 3-0 shutout of the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Alvarez had one sticky situation in the second inning that required a bit of magic -- and some luck -- but he otherwise quieted the Nationals over his seven innings. The right-hander allowed just three hits and walked four on the evening. The All-Star moved to 8-5 with a 2.48 ERA through 22 starts this season, and he'll square off with the Reds on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 5-2 vs Cin
  • Reds recall Partch from Triple-A
    Reds recalled RHP Curtis Partch from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: He'll take the roster spot of Jay Bruce, who has been placed on the bereavement list. Partch threw 1 2/3 innings Monday night, so he's not exactly a fresh arm.
    Tuesday, 12:00 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @Mia
  • Adam Lind (foot) could return on Thursday
    Adam Lind (foot) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday.

    Advice: However, the Blue Jays could decide to wait until they begin a homestand on August 5. "He's running, he's still a little bit hobbled, but he's able to do a bit of everything," manager John Gibbons said of Lind, who has been sidelined since early July with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot.
    Monday, 6:08 pm
    Disabled List
    Bot 7, 1-1 x @Hou
  • Hector Sanchez fails concussion test
    Hector Sanchez (concussion) failed a concussion test Monday.

    Advice: He'll have to wait 3-4 days before he can take another one. Sanchez was placed on the disabled list Saturday after having to leave Friday's game following a foul top to the mask.
    Monday, 4:55 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 5-1 x @NYM
  • Yanks call up OF Almonte from AAA
    Yankees recalled OF Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Almonte, 25, is 4-for-25 (.160) with a homer over 10 games with the Yankees this season. He'll serve as an extra outfielder.
    Monday, 1:23 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 x @Bos
  • Crawford has two hits in loss to Dodgers
    Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Giants shortstop plated Michael Morse with an RBI single in the fourth inning that put the Giants ahead 2-1 at the time. With the two-hit effort, he now sports a .238/.323/.404 slash line on the season to go along with eight homers and 45 RBI.
    Sunday, 8:27 pm
  • Nelson allows two runs over seven, takes loss
    Jimmy Nelson allowed two runs while striking out six over seven innings but took the loss against the Mets on Sunday.

    Advice: Nelson gave up five hits and two walks on the afternoon, with Lucas Duda's two-run homer serving as the game's only runs. Nelson has made two good starts since being destroyed by the Cardinals before the break, and he's got a 4.30 ERA and 22/8 K/BB ratio over 23 innings this year. Nelson will have a shot at redemption when he takes on those same Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday.
    Sunday, 3:20 pm
  • Curtis Partch optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned RHP Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Partch has managed to go unscored upon in his five relief appearances with the Reds this season even though he's walked seven over 6 1/3 frames. He'll return to a 5.71 ERA at Louisville.
    Sunday, 7:54 am
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 @Mia