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  • Brandon Morrow (finger) throws off a mound
    Brandon Morrow (finger) threw off a mound Thursday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Morrow has been on the disabled list since early May with a torn tendon sheath in his right index finger. "It was good," the right-hander said of Thursday's short workout. "I still had the tape job on my finger so it's not completely there, but the bullpen was fine." He could be a relief (or rotation) option for Toronto around late August.
    Thursday, 11:51 am
    Disabled List
  • Twins get Stephen Pryor for Kendrys Morales
    Twins acquired RHP Stephen Pryor from the Twins for 1B/DH Kendrys Morales; assigned him to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: It's essentially a salary dump. Pryor has spent the majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Tacoma, where he owns an underwhelming 4.65 ERA in 31 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander could join Minnesota's bullpen soon, but only as a middle reliever.
    Thursday, 11:47 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Mariners acquire Kendrys Morales from Twins
    Mariners acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from the Twins for RHP Stephen Pryor.

    Advice: Morales is back in Seattle after hitting just .234/.259/.325 in 162 plate appearances with the Twins, who signed him to a prorated one-year, $12 million contract in early June. The 31-year-old tallied 23 home runs and 80 RBI last season for the Mariners and will try to recapture that magic down the stretch. He was given a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the M's last fall and declined it, leading to his extended unemployment.
    Thursday, 11:44 am
  • Marwin Gonzalez (hamstring) in lineup Thurs.
    Marwin Gonzalez is in the Astros' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Gonzalez was pulled from Wednesday's game with soreness in his right hamstring -- something he's been dealing with since last week. But it's a manageable injury and he'll start at shortstop on Thursday. Gonzalez is batting .294/.333/.412 so far in July. He took over starting duties from Jonathan Villar at the end of June.
    Thursday, 10:33 am
    Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Cespedes (thumb) not in A's lineup Thursday
    Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is not in the A's starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Astros.

    Advice: Cespedes sprained his right thumb on a hard swing late Wednesday night -- after clubbing two home runs earlier in the game. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but the Cuban slugger could need multiple days of rest.
    Thursday, 10:08 am
  • Padres 'need to be overwhelmed' for Kennedy
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Padres "have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade" starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: This could be a negotiating ploy on the part of the Padres, or it might just be serious. Kennedy is under contractual control (via arbitration) through the 2015 season, so the San Diego front office can slow-play this and wait for the best offer -- even if it doesn't come until this winter or next summer. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 143/42 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings (22 starts) this season.
    Thursday, 8:17 am
  • CC Sabathia has season-ending knee surgery
    CC Sabathia underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

    Advice: The Yankees announced Thursday that the procedure went "as planned." Sabathia is aiming to be ready for the start of spring training next season, but that's not a certainty. He finished 2014 with a 5.28 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 48/10 K/BB ratio in 46 innings (eight starts). The big left-hander is under contract through 2016, with a vesting option for 2017.
    Thursday, 6:50 am
    Disabled List
    10:05 am vs Tor
  • Cubs 1B prospect Vogelbach blasts two homers
    Cubs prospect first baseman Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs on Wednesday for High-A Daytona.

    Advice: Both home runs were to left-center field, allowing Vogelbach to display his well above-average raw power. He has struggled in July, hitting just .250/.330/.400 and failing to continue a hot June in which he hit .319/.429/.553 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 17 walks, and 15 strikeouts.
    Thursday, 6:16 am
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs StL
  • Cespedes diagnosed with right thumb sprain
    Yoenis Cespedes has been diagnosed with a right thumb sprain.

    Advice: Cespedes suffered the injury on a violent swing Wednesday night. He had homered twice in the game before exiting. X-rays were negative, but the slugger is likely to sit out of Thursday afternoon's series finale with the Astros. The A's are calling him day-to-day.
    Thursday, 6:05 am
  • Marwin Gonzalez pulled Wed. with sore hammy
    Marwin Gonzalez was pulled from Wednesday's loss to the A's with soreness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: "It happened the second game in Chicago (on Saturday), I got sore running the bases and since that day I've been playing with (soreness)," Gonzalez told reporters late Wednesday night. "So I've been dealing with it." The shortstop is hoping to play in Thursday's series finale. He's hit well since taking over for Jonathan Villar.
    Thursday, 6:01 am
    Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • Rios (ankle) goes 1-for-2 in return to lineup
    Alex Rios (ankle) went 1-for-2 in the Rangers' rain-shortened loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rios had missed a couple of games due to soreness in his right ankle. The 33-year-old outfielder is batting .303/.331/.435 with four home runs and 16 stolen bases in 97 games this season and is likely to be shopped by the Rangers at the July 31 trade deadline. The Blue Jays and Royals are among the teams with reported interest.
    Thursday, 5:49 am
  • Alex Rios returned to action on Wednesday July 23.
    Thursday, 1:20 am
  • Cespedes goes deep twice, then leaves (thumb)
    Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and drove in five runs before leaving Wednesday's game against the Astros with an apparent left thumb injury.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-4 before exiting in the seventh inning after jamming his hand while spinning to the ground on a violent swing. He's now riding a five-game hitting streak, and a three-game extra base hit streak. It's nice to see him break out of a funk, as he looked lost at the plate earlier this month. Cespedes came into this game batting .145 in July. Hopefully his hand bones are all intact after his nasty spill.
    Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Street nails down his 1st save as an Angel
    Huston Street picked up his first save as an Angel -- and his 25th save of the season -- in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: The Angels came back to win once again, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth to hand Street his first American League save opportunity since he was a member of the A's in 2008. Los Angeles acquired one of the game's best relievers from the Padres for prospects 2B Taylor Lindsey, SS Jose Rondon and RHPs R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris last week. Street boasts a 1.03 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over 35 innings.
    Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Jeff Francoeur drives in run in debut
    Jeff Francoeur went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk as the Padres' right fielder in his debut Wednesday.

    Advice: Francoeur has a history of getting off to hot starts with his new teams, though that never materialized in his last major league stint with the Giants last year. We'll see what happens this time around. He's worth owning in NL-only leagues with Cameron Maybin out.
    Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Pujols has a pair of hits in triumph
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman got back on the board after going hitless over his past two games. He'd been plenty hot before that, however, entering tonight batting .313 with four homers in July. Pujols is hitting .274 overall with 20 homers and 66 RBI.
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Jake McGee fans side for ninth save
    Jake McGee struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Rays don't want to use McGee as a full-time closer, but it just hasn't worked out very well when they've gone other routes lately. Manager Joe Maddon didn't fool around tonight, using his second best reliever, Brad Boxberger, in the eighth and then his best in the ninth to secure a 3-0 victory.
    Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Clay Buchholz struggles in loss to Jays
    Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: This was a definite step backward for Buchholz, who seemed to be making progress prior to the All-Star break. He walked four and hit two batters tonight, while striking out just one. It was actually quite an accomplishment that he managed to get through six innings. Buchholz will face the Jays again next time out, making him a tough play in any format.
    Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Josh Thole reaches four times
    Josh Thole went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Even though Thole only gets to play while R.A. Dickey is pitching, he's managed to stay sharp enough to hit .282 in 85 at-bats this season, albeit without any power at all (three doubles, no triples and no homers). Since the beginning of June, he's started exactly one game in which he wasn't paired with Dickey, and he was removed after two at-bats in that one.
    Wednesday, 9:34 pm
  • Veteran OF Jeff Francoeur called up by Padres
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Francoeur has batted .294 with 15 homers and a .790 OPS at El Paso this season and has also done some pitching, posting a 4.26 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 relief innings. It would be fun to see him get some work on the mound with San Diego, but most -- if not all -- of Frenchy's playing time figures to come as an outfielder. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. The Padres have yet to announce a corresponding move.
    Wednesday, 10:21 am
  • Twins 'open to trading' Kendrys Morales
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are "open to trading" Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Well, of course they are. Morales is under contract only for this season and the Twins are well out of the playoff picture, so it makes all the sense in the world to get something for Morales now if they can. While the designated hitter is sporting a lowly .599 OPS, he's picked it up of late with a 12-game hitting streak. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals were among the teams pursuing Morales before the Twins signed him, but it's not which if any of those clubs could still have interest in the 31-year-old.
    Wednesday, 10:18 am
  • Padres to call up Jeff Francoeur's Peter Gammons reports that the Padres are expected to promote Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Frenchy has batted .294 with 15 homers and a .790 OPS at El Paso this season and has also done some pitching, posting a 4.26 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 relief innings. He figures to be used mostly -- if not exclusively -- as an outfielder with the Padres. It's a nice story, but Francoeur doesn't have any fantasy value.
    Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Alex Rios (ankle) expected back on Wed.
    Alex Rios (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rios tested out his sore right ankle prior to Tuesday's game and said he's fine, but Rangers manager Ron Washington elected to hold the outfielder out for a third straight game. "It felt good," Rios said. "I know Wash wanted to give me an extra day, but I'm ready. I expect to be as good as ever."
    Tuesday, 4:31 pm
  • Report: Blue Jays showing interest in OF Rios
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in re-acquiring Rangers outfielder Alex Rios.

    Advice: It's interesting, since the Blue Jays let Rios go for nothing to the White Sox in 2009, but they are considering a reunion now that they are starving for offense and his contract doesn't look nearly as bad as it once did. He's making $12.5 million this season and his contract includes a $13.5 million team option for 2015. The Rangers will almost certainly pick it up if they keep him, so they'd likely want a sizable return. The Royals and Mariners are among the other teams who have interest in Rios.
    Tuesday, 9:41 am
  • Report: Royals considering Alex Rios trade
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals are considering a trade for outfielder Alex Rios.

    Advice: Kansas City's offense ranks second-to-last in the American League in OPS and Rios could provide a boost. The 33-year-old is hitting .302/.330/.435 with four home runs and 16 stolen bases in 96 games this season for the Rangers, who are paying him $12.5 million in 2014 and hold a $13.5 million club option on him for 2015.
    Monday, 1:02 pm
  • Alex Rios (ankle) out until at least Tuesday
    Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated Sunday that Alex Rios (ankle) will likely sit out until at least Tuesday.

    Advice: Rios is sitting Sunday after exiting Saturday's contest with a sore right ankle, and he's not expected to play Monday, either. "I don't think tomorrow, but Tuesday could be an option," Washington said of Rios. "The ankle is a lot better, a lot better. We'll use today to get some more swelling out of it and tomorrow for treatment and hope he's ready to go on Tuesday." Daniel Robertson is in right field Sunday in Rios' place.
    Sunday, 9:40 am
  • Rios removed after twisting ankle in first
    Alex Rios was removed from Saturday's game against the Blue Jays in the first inning after twisting his ankle on a foul ball.

    Advice: He was replaced in the lineup by Daniel Robertson. It doesn't sound like the type of injury that will warrant a trip to the disabled list, so Rios should be considered day-to-day.
    Saturday, 10:17 am
  • Pirates and Royals scouted Ian Kennedy Friday
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Pirates and Royals each had scouts on hand to watch Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy on Friday.

    Advice: The Pirates are in the market for rotation and bullpen help, while Rosenthal notes that the Royals are simply keeping all of their options open. With the Huston Street trade completed on Friday, expect the Padres to be very active in the coming days as they deal several other veterans who don't fit into the team's long-term vision.
    Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Angels acquire Street in six-player trade
    Angels acquired RHP Huston Street and RHP Trevor Gott from the Padres for 2B Taylor Lindsey, SS Jose Rondon and RHPs R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.

    Advice: Even though Joe Smith has done such a nice job in the ninth, the Angels wanted a closer to strengthen their bullpen as a whole. Enter Street, who has been exceptional this year after giving up 12 homers in 56 2/3 innings in 2013. He has a 1.09 ERA so far in 2014, with just three homers allowed in 33 innings. His addition makes Smith and Jason Grilli droppable in mixed leagues. Joaquin Benoit will take over as San Diego's closer. Gott, a 2013 sixth-round pick, projects as a middle reliever or perhaps a setup man in the majors. He has a 3.56 ERA and a 42/18 K/BB in 43 innings between high-A and Double-A this year.
    Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Buchholz defeats Royals to earn fifth victory
    Clay Buchholz picked up his fifth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits over six innings against the Royals.

    Advice: While he wasn't at his best, he did just enough to keep his team in the ballgame and afford them the chance to win. He'll bring a disappointing 5.46 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
    Friday, 9:47 pm
  • Angels acquire Street in six player trade
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Angels have agreed to a deal with the Padres to acquire closer Huston Street and a minor league pitcher for Taylor Lindsay, Jose Rondon, Jose Alvarez and another minor leaguer.

    Advice: On the surface, it looks like a good deal for both sides. The Angels get another stellar bullpen arm that they so desperately coveted, while the Padres receive more than an ample return package as they look to build toward the future. Street is expected to close for the Angels, with Joe Smith moving back into his customary setup role.
    Friday, 9:11 pm