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  • Joel de la Cruz to get another start
    Joel de la Cruz is expected to make another start for the Braves on Monday in Philadelphia.

    Advice: De la Cruz had a solid major league debut on Wednesday, holding the Indians to three runs over six innings. The Braves are dealing with a handful of injuries to their rotation, so the 27-year-old will get a shot to stick around for a while. He's not recommended in fantasy leagues. Today, 5:54 am
  • Greinke (oblique) update coming on Friday
    The Diamondbacks expect to have a clearer picture as to Zack Greinke's (oblique) status on Friday.

    Advice: That's the day he's slated to throw his normal between-starts bullpen session. Greinke, who left Tuesday's outing with tightness in his left oblique, is scheduled to start again on Monday but might wind up needing a stint on the disabled list. "We’ve just got our fingers crossed," chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said. "I know there’s a lot of the season left after the All-Star break, so we want to be very careful. … We’ll be more careful than aggressive in pushing." If Greinke does need a DL stint, Zack Godley and possibly Braden Shipley are the most likely options to fill his spot in the rotation. Today, 5:49 am
  • De La Rosa (elbow) to play catch for a week
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will play catch every other day for another week before hopefully beginning a throwing program.

    Advice: He played catch Wednesday for the second time since being placed on the disabled list. "I feel good," he said. "I feel pretty much normal." It's a nice first step for De La Rosa, who is battling a stretched ulnar collateral ligament, but he's a ways away. "When he starts to get off the mound, that will be the tell-tale sign of when he starts to go out and throw a couple (bullpens)," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "It’s back to spring-training mode for him." Today, 5:40 am
    15-Day DL
  • Jameson Taillon defeats Mariners
    Jameson Taillon defeated the Mariners by allowing one run in six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Taillon struck out six and walked none in his second big-league victory. He's issued a total of six walks in five starts for the Pirates, so control isn't any kind of issue. He's not getting as many swings and misses on his fastball as one would like to see from someone who throws in the mid-90s, but he's been pretty impressive anyway, particularly for someone who has missed so much time as a professional. Next up for him is a showdown in St. Louis. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Wade Miley gives up five runs to Pirates
    Wade Miley lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miley was making his return after missing a couple of weeks with a shoulder impingement. He had a 5.28 ERA before getting hurt, so there's no telling from his performance whether the Mariners rushed him back or not; he just hasn't been consistent or good. His rotation spot should be safe until Felix Hernandez comes back, but he needs to do better if he wants to keep it for the long haul. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Nate Karns dominates in relief
    In his first appearance after being moved to the pen, Nate Karns struck out six in two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Starling Marte scores three times
    Starling Marte had three hits, a walk, a steal and three runs scored Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Marte hit sixth tonight for just the fourth time this season, not that it stopped him. He's been an elite fantasy outfielder even while being locked out of the top three spots in the Pirates order this year. Still, we prefer to see him hitting cleanup than fifth or sixth. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Carlos Martinez goes six scoreless
    Carlos Martinez shut out the Royals for six-plus innings in a no-decision Wednesday.

    Advice: Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. In his last six starts, he has a 1.06 ERA and one homer allowed. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Martinez tosses six scoreless in no-decision
    Carlos Martinez did not surrender a run in six innings, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out three batters in a strong no-decision effort versus the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Run support has been an issue for Martinez of late, as he's received three straight no-decisions while allowing a total of one run in 20 innings. Martinez dipped his ERA under the 3.00 barrier and is now at 2.83 for the season. His record holds steady at 7-5. His 6.89 strikeouts per nine innings are way down from his 9.22 mark last season, however he is currently beating last year's excellent 3.01 ERA nonetheless. Martinez generates a lot of groundballs, which helps him limit home runs. He has given up only 6 dingers in 95 1/3 innings so far. He draws the Pirates on Monday. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Jonathan Broxton gives up run to Royals
    Working the eighth in a scoreless game, Jonathan Broxton gave up a run on two hits and a walk Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Broxton is technically in the Cardinals' closer mix now that Trevor Rosenthal is out of the picture, but it's hard to imagine that Mike Matheny sees him a better option than Kevin Siegrist or Seung-Hwan Oh in close games. Even the struggling Rosenthal seems more trustworthy. Rosenthal did pitch a scoreless 11th inning in this one. Oh, who also worked in a tie game, gave up an unearned run in his inning. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Piscotty hits extra-inning home run vs Royals
    Stephen Piscotty hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cardinals eventually lost to the Royals in 12 innings. Piscotty went 2-for-6 to boost his line to .288/.369/.466 on the season. He has nine home runs, 45 runs and 40 RBI. Even though he is not a big slugger, his blend of power and average is valuable to any fantasy roster. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Sean Manaea goes six scoreless for win
    Sean Manaea blanked the Giants for 5 2/3 innings in a victory Wednesday.

    Advice: Manaea gave up three of his six hits in the fourth, but they were all singles and none plated a run. It's the first time in 10 major league starts that he's gone without allowing a run, and it comes in his return from a pronator strain that put him on the DL for two weeks. He'll get the Twins next time out. That's a pretty good matchup, but Manaea remains too risky to play in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Jake Peavy gives up seven runs in loss
    Jake Peavy was tagged for seven runs -- four earned -- in 3 1/3 innings by the A's on Wednesday.

    Advice: Peavy had gone six straight starts without a homer before giving up two tonight to two guys who had combined for two all year (Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso both had one apiece coming into the game). The Giants won't worry overly much about one bad outing on the heels of a nice month-plus, but this is why we still don't trust him in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Yonder Alonso hits two-run homer
    Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer off Jake Peavy in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: It's just the second homer of the year for Alonso, but he is hitting .325 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven) in 83 at-bats this month. It's raised his season OPS from .552 to .640. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Villar get three hits to raise AVG to .300
    Jonathan Villar rapped three hits in four at-bats, raising his batting average to an even .300 on the season.

    Advice: Villar has come out of nowhere to generate significant fantasy value this year. Most of that value comes from his 26 stolen bases and high batting average. The steals have always been a strength and should stay that way. The batting average is going to fall. His .397 BABIP is unsustainable, so enjoy the high AVG while it lasts. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Seager collects one of only two Dodger hits
    Corey Seager doubled in a 1-for-4 game on Wednesday in Milwaukee on a night when the Dodgers could muster only two base hits.

    Advice: Seager is now batting .296/.355/.531 on the season. Not bad fora 22-year-old, eh? He has 16 home runs, 51 runs scored and 38 RBI to boot. Yasiel Puig got the only other Dodgers' hit before leaving with a minor leg injury. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • De La Cruz nets quality start in MLB debut
    Joel De La Cruz registered a quality start but lost to the Indians on Saturday, surrendering three runs on seven hits in his six innings of work.

    Advice: He fanned one batter and walked another. He was making his major league debut after being called up for a spot start earlier in the day. De La Cruz is 27 years old and has posted mediocre numbers at Triple-A as a part time starter / part time reliever. He has little chance of ever being a useful pitcher in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Wade Miley (shoulder) jumps off of DL
    Mariners activated LHP Wade Miley from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Miley has been rehabbing from a left shoulder impingement, one that had been nagging him for some time prior to his hitting the disabled list in mid-June. In his 13 pre-injury outings, the 29-year-old southpaw held a 5.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. There is no real fantasy intrigue here. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • A's activate Sean Manaea from 15-day DL
    Athletics activated LHP Sean Manaea from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Manaea was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left pronator strain in mid-June, but no structural damage was found in the subsequent MRI. He ended up missing the minimum 15 days while on the DL. In nine starts prior to the injury, the 24-year-old southpaw held a tough 6.02 ERA. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Braves call up RHP De La Cruz
    Braves recalled RHP Jose De La Cruz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Cruz will make his major league debut in a spot start against the red-hot Indians on Wednesday. The 27-year-old posted owns a 4.68 ERA over five starts and 16 relief appearances this year in Triple-A and can be avoided for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Starling Marte hits RBI triple in loss to M's
    Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Marte's RBI triple in the seventh came as part of a little two-run rally, but the Mariners held a 5-0 lead at the time, a lead which was never seriously in jeopardy. The star outfielder is hitting .325/.364/.489 with 19 doubles, six homers, 30 RBI and 20 steals over 274 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Zack Greinke leaves start with oblique issue
    Zack Greinke was forced to leave Tuesday's start against the Phillies due to tightness in his left oblique.

    Advice: Oblique injuries can be tricky and tend to linger, so it's hard to speculate how much time, if any, Greinke could miss. It's likely that the team could play it safe and skip a start or two heading into the All-Star break. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Zack Greinke leaves start with back injury
    Zack Greinke was pulled from Tuesday's start against the Phillies after just two innings due to an apparent back injury.

    Advice: Greinke felt something and grabbed for his back after throwing a warmup pitch before the third inning, and that was enough for the D'Backs coaching staff to lift him from the game. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out two before departing. Expect an update from the club shortly. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Joel de la Cruz to start for Braves Wednesday
    Joel de la Cruz will make his major league debut against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll start in place of the injured Aaron Blair. The 27-year-old hurler owns a troublesome 4.68 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 44/24 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings at Triple-A. He isn't worth using in any fantasy formats, and should be stacked heavily against in daily leagues. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Mariners moving Nate Karns to the bullpen
    Mariners manager Scott Servais announced Tuesday that Nate Karns has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: Karns has struggled in the M's rotation this season, compiling a 4.56 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 84/38 K/BB ratio across 81 innings. He has terrific stuff, but has gotten into trouble due to an extremely high walk rate (4.2 BB/9) this season. It'll be interesting to see if its a temporary move until he rights the ship, or if the M's believe his future is as a late-inning reliever. Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • De La Rosa (elbow) set to play catch Mon.
    Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) was scheduled to play catch Monday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: De La Rosa was diagnosed with a stretched ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow earlier this month, which Dr. James Andrews determined did not require Tommy John surgery. The Diamondbacks are hopeful that he'll return at some point in the second half. Monday, 6:01 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Corey Seager not in Monday's starting lineup
    Corey Seager is getting the day off Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's a quick turnaround for the Dodgers, who are playing at 12:35 PM ET after a night game on Sunday. Seager has appeared in all but one game this season with his last day off coming on April 15. The 22-year-old has contributed All-Star numbers this year with 16 HR and a .298 batting average in 299 at-bats. Chris Taylor will handle shortstop duties Monday while batting eighth against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano. Monday, 7:07 am
  • Karns fortunate to get a win over the Cards
    Nate Karns surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings, leading the Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not pitch very well but snared a win anyway. The big blow was a 5th-inning, three-run home run by Aledmys Diaz that ruined what had been a very effective outing up to that point. The poor game boosts Karns' ERA up to 4.56 on the season. He strikes out a lot of batters (9.33 K/9) but spoils that by walking too many (4.22 BB/9). He will face the Orioles in his next start on Friday in Seattle. Saturday, 11:21 pm
  • de la Cruz could take Blair's rotation spot
    Joel de la Cruz is a candidate to start Wednesday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: That would have been Aaron Blair's turn to pitch but the Braves optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. De la Cruz was called up last month but the Braves sent him down before he got a chance to pitch in a game. The 27-year-old holds a 4.68 ERA over 21 appearances (five starts) for Gwinnett this season. Saturday, 9:01 pm
  • Villar has three hits, stolen base vs. Nats
    Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Villar's breakout season continues, with Saturday's three-hit game counting as his fifth in his last 10 contests. He also leads the league with his 26 stolen bases. The 25-year-old is batting .299/.380/.429 overall. Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • Sean Manaea (elbow) to return Wednesday
    Sean Manaea (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Manaea suffered a left pronator strain earlier this month but only missed a few starts. The left-hander allowed two hits, two runs and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a rehab outing for High-A Stockton. He's had a tough time adjusting to the big leagues with just two wins and a 6.02 ERA through his first nine starts. Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • Miley (shoulder) pitches well in rehab game
    Wade Miley (shoulder) tossed four perfect innings Friday in a minor league rehab start with Low-A Everett.

    Advice: Miley struck out seven batters and got stretched out to 55 pitches. He reported no issues with his shoulder. "Pain free. I'm ready to rock and roll," said Miley. "I felt like I probably could have pitched last week, but they wanted to be smart about it. So I took some time off and hopefully it'll pay off in the long run." The southpaw should make his return Wednesday against the Pirates. Saturday, 8:13 am
  • Jake Peavy goes seven innings in victory
    Jake Peavy improved to 4-6 after allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Since falling to 1-5 with an 8.21 ERA on May 20, Peavy is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his last six starts. It's not enough to make him a quality pickup in mixed leagues again, but the Giants will certainly take it. Friday, 11:07 pm
  • Carlos Martinez sharp again
    Carlos Martinez held the Mariners to one run in seven innings in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: Martinez has allowed a total of two runs in 22 1/3 innings in his last three starts, lowering his ERA from 3.76 to 3.02. Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Taillon gives up four runs vs. Dodgers
    Jameson Taillon had a rough night Friday against the Dodgers, allowing four runs over four-plus innings of work.

    Advice: Taillon was pulled after allowing the first three batters to reach in the fifth inning. All told, the young right-hander allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out two batters. He also was charged with a run-scoring balk. The 24-year-old has failed to complete five innings in each of his last two starts and now owns a 4.50 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings over his first four starts in the majors. He’ll look for improvement next week against the Mariners. Friday, 7:43 pm
  • Marte (foot) has two hits in return to lineup
    Starling Marte (foot) went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in his return to the lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte was limited to pinch hitting duties over the past two days due to a sore foot. He still appeared to be favoring the injury a bit on Friday, but he’s feeling good enough to play right now. Friday, 7:42 pm
  • Starling Marte (foot) back in Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (foot) is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte hasn't started since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore foot. He's batting second and playing left field. The Pirates are also resting Josh Harrison, as Sean Rodriguez is handling second base. Friday, 12:40 pm
  • Wade Miley (shoulder) making rehab start
    Wade Miley (shoulder) will make a rehab start with Short-Season Everett on Friday.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well Friday, Miley will rejoin the Mariners' rotation next Wednesday against the Pirates. The left-hander has missed almost two weeks of action with a shoulder impingement. Friday, 10:00 am
  • Greinke can't manage six innings vs Rockies
    Zack Greinke was serviceable in Thursday's no-decision against the Rockies, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Greinke struck out four and walked two in what was a relatively uneventful outing. He surrendered an RBI double to Nolan Arenado and an RBI single to Trevor Story in the first inning, then coughed up a solo homer to Mark Reynolds in the second before settling down to toss goose eggs over his next 3 2/3 innings. Up next on the docket, Greinke will carry a 3.61 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 89/21 K/BB ratio (107 1/3 frames) into a home start against the Phillies. Thursday, 9:31 pm
  • Starling Marte appears as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte flied out as a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte also came off the bench yesterday. He's been unable to start the last two days because of left foot soreness. Thursday, 1:17 pm
  • Marte (foot) out of Bucs lineup again Thurs.
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was also held out of the starting lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. He did pinch-hit on Wednesday, which is usually a good indication that the injury is not serious. Sean Rodriguez is starting in left field Thursday. Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Starling Marte (ankle) serves as pinch hitter
    Starling Marte (foot) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was held out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. It's clearly nothing too serious, but he may also have to be limited to bench work in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Thursday, 5:33 am
  • Corey Seager hits 16th home run
    Corey Seager went 3-for-4 and hit his 16th homer Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: 16 homers in 287 at-bats for Seager. Last year, he had 13 in 421 at-bats while playing in the PCL, so it seemed like it would be a while before he was going to chase 20 homers, much less 30, in the majors. Alas, here he is, on pace for 35. We don't expect him to keep that up, but he has a better chance of maintaining his current .289 average. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Starling Marte (ankle) out Wednesday vs. SF
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte was lifted from Tuesday's game after experiencing pain in his left foot while trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. He's considered day-to-day for now. Gregory Polanco will start in left field and Matt Joyce will play right on Wednesday night against the Giants. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Jonathan Villar out Wednesday against A's
    Jonathan Villar is out of the Brewers' starting lineup Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Yadiel Rivera will start at shortstop and bat ninth versus A's right-hander Daniel Mengden. Aaron Hill is batting leadoff in the afternoon game at Oakland Coliseum. Wednesday, 10:24 am
  • Starling Marte left game with foot discomfort
    Starling Marte departed Tuesday's game against the Giants with left foot discomfort.

    Advice: He dealt with a left ankle injury earlier this month, but it's not clear if this new foot thing is related. Marte pulled up in pain after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Starling Marte departs game with leg injury
    Starling Marte left Tuesday's game against the Giants with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Marte came up hurting after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. Marte brought a stellar .333/.374/.502 batting line into the game. It'd be a huge loss for the Pirates if he requires a stint on the 15-day disabled list. Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Peavy defrauded more than $15 million
    Jake Peavy was defrauded more than $15 million by a financial adviser, according to a filing Tuesday by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Advice: Retired pitcher Roy Oswalt and NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez were also involved in this fraudulent scheme, per the filing in U.S. District Court. The SEC is seeking to freeze the assets of this adviser, a man named Ash Narayan, and recoup more than $33 million that he took from the three pro athletes. Peavy told the San Francisco Chronicle that he learned about the fraud on the first day of spring training. "I think I did the best I could to stay focused," he said. "Maybe at times I haven't done my best, but I think the last month is indicative of what I can do to help this team. I’m doing what I can to push the needle forward." Tuesday, 4:33 pm
  • Sean Manaea (arm) set for Friday rehab start
    Sean Manaea (arm) is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Manaea has been on the disabled list since June 14 because of a left pronator (elbow) strain. The lefty had a 6.02 ERA in nine starts before the injury and could be asked to make more than one start on the farm. Tuesday, 4:01 pm
  • Karns allows five runs over five vs. Tigers
    Nate Karns allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Karns struck out six while walking three, and he served up a two-run home run to Miguel Cabrera among his seven hits allowed. He's given up just seven home runs in 14 starts this year, a step forward after allowing 19 dingers last season. The right-hander is still winless in the month of June and is 5-1 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP overall. He'll square off with the Cardinals in an interleague tilt Saturday. Monday, 8:51 pm
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