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  • George Kontos optioned to Triple-A
    Giants optioned RHP George Kontos to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Kontos has gone back-and-forth between the majors and minors a few times this season even though he's pitched well with the big club, posting a 3.00 ERA while striking out 21 over 21 frames. He'll be back eventually.
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  • Mark Teixeira returned to action on Tuesday July 29.
    Today, 2:44 am
  • Kyle Gibson returned to action on Tuesday July 29.
    Today, 2:44 am
  • Kemp blasts two homers, collects four RBI
    Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI in Tuesday's 8-4 win against the Braves.

    Advice: Kemp's two-run homer to the opposite field in the second off Atlanta starter Aaron Harang put the Dodgers up 2-1, and his two-run shot to dead center in the seventh gave Los Angeles a 7-4 lead. He went 103 plate appearances between hitting his last homer on June 25. This was the seventh multi-homer game of Kemp's career. His slash line is up to .282/.347/.453 to go with 10 homers and 44 RBI.
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Puig goes 4-for-5, misses cycle by homer
    Yasiel Puig finished 4-for-5 and missed the cycle by a homer in Tuesday's 8-4 win against Atlanta.

    Advice: You'll recall that Puig went 4-for-5 with three triples and a double on Friday. The center fielder ranks second in the National League in batting average (.318), slugging percentage (.545) and OPS (.949). He's on pace for 18 homers, 82 RBI and 89 runs.
    Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Benoit has 2nd save since taking closer job
    Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless ninth in a 3-1 game for his third save Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Benoit was perfect outside of plunking Daniel Descalso. That exhale you heard was San Diego's front office, which is reportedly shopping Benoit. With a 4.91 ERA in July and six walks over his last four appearances, shopping was making that task a little more difficult for them. Benoit is one of the best relievers on the market. He boasts a 1.88 ERA and 0.84 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Solarte continues to swing hot bat, homers
    Yangervis Solarte homered, walked and scored two runs on Tuesday in a 3-1 win against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Solarte delighted the faithful in his home debut, homering for the second time in three games. The infielder is off to a sizzling start on the West Coast, recording an RBI in six of his first seven games as a Padre. Solarte isn't likely to make anybody forget Chase Headley, but he is slashing .286/.353/.571 over his short tenure with the Padres.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Ross holds Cardinals to one run in victory
    Tyson Ross struck out seven while allowing one run over six innings in a victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ross put himself in several bad spots with unforced errors, but managed to miss bats when he needed to, negating five walks and four hits. The right-hander came into this game with a 1.03 ERA in July, the NL's best mark, and he just completed his first career three-start win streak. Ross is riding the majors' second best groundball percentage (behind Dallas Keuchel) and better than a strikeout per inning into a breakout season. The first-time All-Star brings a 10-10 record and 2.60 ERA into a start versus the Braves this weekend.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Lynn slapped with loss against the Padres
    Lance Lynn yielded two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a 3-1 loss to the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lynn struck out six, walked three and surrendered four hits. The right-hander came into the game with a 1.75 ERA in July. Outside of a seven-run implosion against the Dodgers on June 28, Lynn hasn't given up more than two runs in a start since June 6. Now 11-8 with a 2.98 ERA, Lynn looks to keep up the good vibes when he welcomes the Brewers to St. Louis on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Daniel Descalso exits after HBP on knee
    Daniel Descalso left Tuesday's game versus the Padres after being hit on the right knee by a pitch.

    Advice: Descalso was able to limp down to first base but was then replaced by pinch-runner Peter Bourjos. He'll likely be re-evaluated Wednesday before the Cardinals know how much time he might miss.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Harrison goes deep in third straight game
    Josh Harrison homered in his third consecutive game, helping the Pirates to a 3-1 win over the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-3 with a walk. Harrison is smoking hot, going 7-for-12 with three homers and four RBI in his last three games. Keep riding the wave while Harrison is surfing, but you never know when he'll be washed ashore. For instance, Harrison was 5-for-27 in his previous eight games prior to his last three.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • J.P. Arencibia homers twice, drives in seven
    J.P. Arencibia had a ridiculous night at the plate Tuesday, finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI against the Yankees.

    Advice: Arencibia connected on a solo shot in the fifth inning before blasting a grand slam in the seventh. His 12 total bases were a career high for a single game, and it was the eighth two-homer game of his career. The power has always been present, but his .183/.223/.404 line is what keeps him from being a fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • A's, Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates in on Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are also "in the mix" for Jon Lester.

    Advice: It would certainly be a stunner if they were able to land Lester after picking up Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel earlier this month. Rosenthal has also reported that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates are in negotiations with the Red Sox regarding Lester. Gordon Edes of also hears that the Blue Jays and Orioles are in on Lester, though's Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are saying those two teams are out of it. Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start and is expected to be dealt soon.
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Teixeira homers, scores three times in win
    Mark Teixeira went 1-for-2 with a home run, three walks and three runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was a triumphant return to the lineup for the 34-year-old, who had missed more than a week with a lower left lat strain. The homer was his 18th in 78 games this year, and he's got 50 RBI to boot. Now healthy and, apparently, seeing the ball well, Teixeira can safely be inserted back into fantasy lineups going forward.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Cespedes' three hits help A's overcome Astros
    Yoenis Cespedes finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI -- including the game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning -- and a run scored in the Athletics' 7-4 comeback win over the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cespedes filled up the stat sheet, as he also stole his third base of the season in the win. The three-hit game was his first since June 11, but Cespedes has hits in nine of his last 10 games to pull his slash line up to .258/.306/.468. A notoriously streaky hitter, the 28-year-old is swinging a hot bat right now.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Hernandez doubles, triples in loss to A's
    Enrique Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Hernandez also scored a run in the loss. The triple, which plated a run in the fifth inning, was his second in 23 games this season. Hernandez has held his own in his first go-round in the majors, batting .289/.357/.434 thus far. The spark plug doesn't hold much mixed league value, but he's certainly an AL-only commodity with his performance to date.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates in on Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates are all "in the mix" for Jon Lester.

    Advice: Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start and is expected to be dealt soon, so it sounds like it will come down to which of the three clubs Rosenthal mentions makes the best offer. It was reported previously that Josh Bell was at the center of the Red Sox' talks with the Pirates. It's not clear at this point what the Cardinals and Dodgers are offering. Lester seems likely to change addresses on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Gibson goes seven scoreless, Twins top Royals
    Kyle Gibson struck out seven, allowing only two hits, over seven shutout innings in the Twins' 2-1 defeat of the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gibson surrendered just two singles and walked two, needing just 95 pitches to get through his seven innings of work. The start was especially good to see because Gibson had missed his previous turn in the rotation due to back stiffness. The right-hander now owns a 3.94 ERA through 20 starts this year. Showing no lingering effects from the back injury, Gibson should be ready to roll for his next start, scheduled for Sunday at the White Sox.
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Jon Lester expected to be traded soon's Rob Bradford and Alex Speier were told by a rival general manager that a Jon Lester trade is likely to be completed late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

    Advice: The Red Sox have already scratched Lester from his scheduled start Wednesday, suggesting a deal is imminent. However, one is not in place yet, as Bradford and Speier say Boston is still talking to multiple teams. The Brewers, Blue Jays and Orioles, three teams that have been connected to Lester, have been ruled out as potential landing spots. The Pirates, Mariners, Cardinals, Dodgers and Marlins are among the clubs that have been linked to Lester.
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Lester scratched from Wednesday start
    Jon Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He hasn't been traded yet, but this move suggests that the Red Sox believe they might be close to dealing their ace left-hander. Brandon Workman will take the ball Wednesday in Lester's place. The Pirates, Blue Jays, Mariners, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles, and Marlins are among the clubs that have been linked to Lester.
    Yesterday, 7:27 pm
  • Lester likely to be scratched from Wed. start
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that it's "increasingly likely" that Jon Lester will be scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade talks.

    Advice: The Red Sox have yet to officially scratch him, but they have a contingency plan in place with Brandon Workman on standby at Triple-A Pawtucket. With no long-term extension in sight, Boston has decided they're best off exploring the trade market for Lester. The left-hander hasn't ruled out eventually re-signing with the Red Sox even if he's traded.
    Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Report: Bucs a 'dark horse' for Jon Lester
    According to Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the Pirates are "a fast-emerging dark horse" to acquire Jon Lester from the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Pirates could use an ace as much as anyone and they have the prospects to get a deal done. For what it's worth, prospect outfielder Josh Bell is said to be "at the center" of talks. The Dodgers, Brewers, and Orioles are among the other teams who have been linked to Lester over the past couple of days.
    Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • SEA, MIL, STL, LAD among interested in Lester
    Jim Bowden of and MLB Network on Sirius XM hears that the Blue Jays, Mariners, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Orioles, and Marlins are the teams that are "in" on Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: With this many teams involved, it's increasingly likely that the Red Sox will find a deal to their liking. Lester is due to become a free agent after the season, so teams will be paying for a rental, but he's capable of putting a contender over the top. The 30-year-old has a 2.52 ERA and 149/32 K/BB ratio over 143 innings this season.
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Report: Joaquin Benoit could still be moved
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears from a major league source that there is "still a good chance" that the Padres deal Joaquin Benoit before Thursday's trade deadline.

    Advice: The Padres have already traded Huston Street this month, but they could also move Benoit if the right offer comes along. The Tigers are likely out as a possibility after the Joakim Soria deal, but teams like the Pirates and Indians could be in the mix. Benoit is owed $8 million next season while his contract includes an $8 million vesting option or $1.5 million buyout for 2016, so the Padres have no sense of urgency to move him. Dale Thayer could take over the closer role if Benoit ends up elsewhere.
    Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Brewers have called Red Sox about Lester
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are among the teams who have called the Red Sox about left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: As Heyman notes, the Brewers have been aggressive with in-season moves before, but it's not clear if they have the pieces to get a deal done. Rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson is one possibility. Of course, the Brewers aren't alone in their interest for Lester, as the Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles have also reportedly been in touch with the Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 5:36 am
  • Teixeira (lat) singles as pinch-hitter
    Mark Teixeira (lat) singled as a pinch-hitter Monday.

    Advice: Sidelined with a lower left lat strain, it was his first game action since July 20. The expectation is that he will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 12:47 am
  • Harrison goes 2-for-3 with BB, HR, 2 runs
    Josh Harrison finished 2-for-3 with a walk, solo homer and two runs scored in Monday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Harrison's last 48 hours have been better than yours. He went 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI, two runs and two steals in Sunday's win against the Rockies and followed it up with tonight's box score stuffer. Harrison has been one of Pittsburgh's most valuable players this year, posting a solid .298/.336/.460 slash with seven homers while starting 11 games or more at four different positions (second base, third base, left field and right field).
    Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Red Sox not targeting Kemp at the moment's Rob Bradford reports that the Red Sox are "not looking to trade for" Matt Kemp at the moment.

    Advice: ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reported Sunday that the Sox were considering a run at Kemp, possibly as part of a package that would send Jon Lester to the Dodgers. Bradford, though, is hearing otherwise. The Mariners are known to have interest in Kemp, but Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan said Sunday that he's more of a backup plan for them at this time. The Dodgers will have to eat a big portion of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season in order to make a deal happen.
    Monday, 5:14 pm
  • M's have called Red Sox about Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have been in touch with the Red Sox regarding Jon Lester.

    Advice: Of course, the Mariners have been linked to the Rays' David Price for a long time now, but Lester would almost certainly cost less since he's due to become a free agent this offseason. The Dodgers and Orioles have also reportedly called the Red Sox about Lester, but they figure to get calls from most contenders leading up to Thursday's trade deadline.
    Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Report: O's have inquired on Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Orioles are among the teams who have contacted the Red Sox about Jon Lester.

    Advice: Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask. Still, it's probably unlikely that the Red Sox would deal Lester to a division rival, even for just two months. The Dodgers are among the other teams who have expressed interest in Lester, who suddenly appears to be a legitimate possibility to be dealt before Thursday.
    Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Teixeira (lat) to take BP on field Monday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) will take BP on the field on Monday.

    Advice: If all goes well, Teixeira will be cleared to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday. The veteran first baseman has been sidelined for over a week with a lower left lat strain.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Teixeira (lat) out of lineup again Monday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) is out of the Yankees' starting lineup again Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Teixeira hasn't played since last Saturday due to a lower left lat strain, but he came through an extensive workout Sunday with no issues. The Yankees remain hopeful that he'll be able to avoid a DL stint and return soon.
    Monday, 1:45 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes has two hits, RBIs in victory
    Yoenis Cespedes had a nice night at the dish in Sunday's victory over the Rangers, going 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBI.

    Advice: He also came around to score a run in the ballgame. His two-run double off Mike Mikolas capped a five-run second inning. The Home Run Derby champion is now hitting .256/.305/.465 with 17 long balls and 65 RBI on the year.
    Sunday, 7:36 pm
  • Solarte hits first Padres homer vs. Braves
    Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-5 with his first home run as a member of the Padres in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Solarte has enjoyed a revitalization since being dealt to the Padres, going 7-for-21 (.333) with Sunday's homer, five RBI and five runs scored. The infielder is hitting .260/.341/.396 overall. He'll continue to get everyday playing time for the next two months and is a decent option in NL-only leagues.
    Sunday, 7:17 pm
  • Harrison has monster game in win over Rockies
    Josh Harrison had a monster day on Sunday, going 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases in the Pirates' 7-5 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Harrison was 5-for-27 since the All-Star break before Sunday's outburst. He's now hitting .294/.330/.447 with six homers and 13 stolen bases overall. He'll continue to find his way into the Pirates lineup on an everyday basis going forward.
    Sunday, 6:44 pm
  • Red Sox considering trading for Matt Kemp
    ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox are considering trying to acquire Matt Kemp from the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Dodgers have reportedly been shopping Kemp around, but would likely have to eat a large portion of his remaining salary (he's owed $107 million between 2015-2019) to make a deal work. Edes suggests that Jon Lester -- who is scheduled to become a free agent this winter --- could be involved in the return package heading to the Dodgers. Los Angeles is known to be seeking a starting pitcher at the trade deadline and Boston would be a seemingly-excellent change of scenery for Kemp.
    Sunday, 2:20 pm
  • Mariners' interest in Matt Kemp 'very real'
    Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that while he's considered a backup plan at the moment, the Mariners' interest in Matt Kemp is "very real."

    Advice: Passan says the M's plan would be to eventually transition Kemp into a designated hitter role. Seattle is still searching for a right-handed bat even after the acquisition of switch-hitter Kendrys Morales. The Dodgers undoubtedly would have to eat a bunch of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season, but they seem motivated to trade the outfielder. Kemp is hitting .273/.339/.429 with eight homers and 40 RBI this season.
    Sunday, 9:43 am
  • Teixeira (lat) could return as soon as Tues.
    Mark Teixeira (lat) could return to the Yankees' lineup as soon as Tuesday.

    Advice: Teixeira went through an extensive workout Sunday morning and came out of it with no issues. He's missed the last week with a lower left lat strain but will avoid a trip to the disabled list. "Hopefully he's a player for us soon," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
    Sunday, 7:43 am
  • Kyle Gibson (back) cleared for Tuesday start
    Kyle Gibson (back) has been cleared to start on Tuesday against the Royals after getting through a bullpen session Saturday with no issues.

    Advice: Gibson missed an outing with lower back stiffness, but he's feeling fine now. The right-hander holds a 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 54/30 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings this season for the Twins.
    Sunday, 7:01 am
  • Yankees to make decision on Teixeira Sunday
    The Yankees will decide on Sunday whether Mark Teixeira (lat) will require a trip to the disabled list.

    Advice: Teixeira is scheduled to do stretching and running on the field before Saturday's game, then will do tee and toss on Sunday before a determination is made. He has been sidelined since Sunday with a lower left lat strain.
    Saturday, 8:57 am
  • Puig first since 2010 with three triples
    Yasiel Puig went 4-for-5 and became the first player in four years to triple three times in a game Friday as the Dodgers topped the Giants 8-0.

    Advice: The Twins' Denard Span was the last player with three triples in a game, doing so against the Tigers on June 29, 2010. The next to last was Rafael Furcal in 2002. Before that, it was Lance Johnson in 1995. So, obviously, it's a very rare feat. In fact, no Dodger had done it since at least 1901. Puig now has eight triples this year, leaving him two behind teammate Dee Gordon (who also had one tonight) for the major league lead.
    Friday, 10:59 pm
  • Cespedes (thumb) has RBI single in return
    Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) had an RBI single and a stolen base in his return to action Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It was the only offense of the night for the A's. Cespedes sat out Thursday's game after he sprained his right thumb on an awkward swing on Wednesday, but it shouldn't be a lingering issue.
    Friday, 8:36 pm
  • Benoit notches four-out save vs. Braves
    Joaquin Benoit notched a four-out save Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: It was his second save of the season and his first since taking over the closer role from Huston Street, who was traded to the Angels last week. Benoit owns a quality 1.93 ERA and 49/13 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this season and is capable of being a valuable fantasy closer the rest of the way. Of course, that's assuming he doesn't end up in a set-up role elsewhere in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
    Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Teixeira not expected to return until Monday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that he doesn't expect Mark Teixeira (lat) to return to the lineup until Monday at the earliest.

    Advice: That means the Yankees will play with a short bench for the remainder of the weekend rather than opting to put Teixeira on the disabled list. He has been sidelined since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain.
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Kyle Gibson (back) likely to start on Tuesday
    Kyle Gibson (back) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and if all goes well he will make his next start on Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: He had been scheduled to start on Wednesday, but was scratched due to back stiffness. The 26-year-old owns an 8-8 record, 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 54/30 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings through his first 19 starts.
    Friday, 4:48 pm
  • Puig returns to Dodgers lineup on Friday
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is in the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He was forced to sit out four consecutive contests due to a bruised left hand, but was able to appear as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates. He returns to a terrific .308/.398/.519 line with 12 homers and 52 RBI through his first 93 ballgames.
    Friday, 3:58 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes returns to A's lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes sat out Thursday after spraining his right thumb on an awkward swing Wednesday. Not only is he back in the lineup Friday, he's making just his second start this season in center field.
    Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Teixeira (lat) could swing a bat on Friday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) could swing a bat as soon as Friday.

    Advice: Teixeira hasn't played since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain but said Friday that he's feeling much better and looks like he'll avoid the disabled list. "I hope to be back soon," he said. The Yankees' first baseman is batting .231/.330/.443 with 17 homers and 48 RBI over 76 games this season.
    Friday, 12:50 pm
  • Five teams have talked to Dodgers about Kemp
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that five teams "are said to have shown interest, or at least talked to" the Dodgers about Matt Kemp.

    Advice: Rival executives have told Heyman that they "have the feeling the Dodgers are ready to move on" from Kemp. It's no surprise, of course, as they have a logjam of outfielders and Kemp hasn't been thrilled about moving from center to left field. Kemp sports a decent .268/.333/.422 batting line with eight homers and 38 RBI this season, but the Dodgers will undoubtedly have to pick up a large portion of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season in order to find a taker for him.
    Friday, 12:22 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes available to pinch-hit
    Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) was available to pinch-hit Thursday.

    Advice: Cespedes didn't start the game after spraining his right thumb on an awkward swing Wednesday. It's a bit of a concern because he's had hand issues in the past, but this one does seem like a minor ailment. Cespedes is listed as day-to-day.
    Friday, 6:09 am