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  • Coco Crisp breaks tie in 13th
    Coco Crisp singled in Ryon Healy in the bottom of the 13th for the only run as the A's beat the Rays 1-0 on Friday.

    Advice: It was Crisp's only hit of the night, but it came at a good time. He should be starting to lose playing time with the A's needing to go younger down the stretch, but Bob Melvin just can't give him up. He's batting .196/.268/.235 in 51 at-bats this month. He's led off 12 times for the A's in July and scored just twice. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Julio Teheran (lat) thinks he'll avoid DL
    Julio Teheran was diagnosed with a mild lat strain which caused him to leave Friday's start against the Rockies prematurely.

    Advice: The right-hander thinks that the issue is minor and that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, though a lot will depend on how he responds in the next couple of days. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Corey Seager goes 4-for-7 against Cards
    Corey Seager went 4-for-7 and knocked in a run against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Seager didn't hit for the kind of average we were hoping for early on, but he's all of the way up to .307 for the season now. He's batting .331 with 15 homers in his last 66 games. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Wacha goes six innings in no-decision
    Michael Wacha gave up two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wacha had the lead until he gave up a game-tying homer to Howie Kendrick in his final inning of work. He gave up 10 hits and walked a batter, so he’s fortunate his line didn't look worse. Still, it was an improvement after he was chased after just four innings last time out. Wacha owns a 4.37 ERA through 20 starts this season and will face the Marlins next time out. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Cabrera becomes 56th player to reach 1500 RBI
    Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Friday, leading the Tigers to a 7-5 victory over the White Sox in Chicago.

    Advice: Cabrera delivered a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning that broke a 5-5 tie and stood as the difference in the ballgame. The first run that scored on that play gave the veteran slugger 1500 RBI for his big league career, a milestone that has only been achieved by 55 other players in MLB history. Even though he has slumped as of late, Cabrera is still hitting .300/.376/.515 with 19 homers and 56 RBI on the year. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Jake Odorizzi holds A's scoreless for eight
    Jake Odorizzi blanked the A's for eight innings on Friday.

    Advice: It didn't get him a win, as the game stayed scoreless into extra innings, but it was a second straight positive outing for the right-hander. Even if he hasn't pitched quite as well as hoped this year, he still has considerable trade value heading into the deadline. He has a 4.10 ERA and a 110/35 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Sean Manaea goes eight scoreless
    Sean Manaea tossed eight scoreless innings against the Rays in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: It's a career high in innings for Manaea, who was allowed to cross the century mark in pitches thrown for just the second time (he threw 103 tonight). He's allowed two runs over 20 innings in his last three starts, taking his ERA from 5.85 to 4.61. He's still a fringy mixed-league play, but he has things going in the right direction. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Morneau clubs three-run homer in loss Friday
    Justin Morneau clubbed a three-run homer as the White Sox fell to the Tigers on friday night in Chicago.

    Advice: It came at a very critical juncture as well, as his two-out, three-run blast off Michael Fulmer gave the White Sox a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning. Unfortunately for the White Sox, that wound up being the extent of their club's offense. Morneau finished the night 1-for-3 and is hitting .278/.409/.500 since he joined the White Sox on July 15. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Jacob Turner struggles against former club
    Jacob Turner struggled in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday, allowing four runs on five hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander did manage to strike out six in the ballgame while issuing four free passes. Turner became the first big league pitcher since Jaime Garcia in 2011 to throw 100 or more pitches in an outing that lasted 3 1/3 innings or less. He has now been blasted in each of his two starts since replacing the injured Carlos Rodon in the White Sox rotation. It's unlikely that he'll have a chance to extend that streak to three. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Shoemaker gives up two runs in loss to 'Stros
    Matt Shoemaker took another loss Friday after giving up two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Astros.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked one. The Astros got to him with RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings and Shoemaker didn’t get much help from his offense against Lance McCullers. Of course, that’s nothing new. Shoemaker dropped to 5-10 with the loss, but at least saw his ERA drop down to 3.99. Despite the lack of run support, he needs to be owned in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Kyle Gibson outstanding in win over Red Sox
    Kyle Gibson delivered an outstanding performance in Friday's victory over the Red Sox, allowing just two hits over eight innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Gibson walked one and punched out six on the evening. He gave up a leadoff home run to Mookie Betts to begin the ballgame, then shut down the vaunted Red Sox offense for eight innings. He'll look to further improve upon a 4.67 ERA and 1.39 WHIP when he squares off against Orioles at home on Thursday. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Tucker triples, scores run versus Angels
    Preston Tucker went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Tucker replaced A.J. Reed on the active roster Friday after batting .301/.349/.512 with eight home runs over 53 games with Triple-A Fresno. The 26-year-old offers power against right-handers and should see part-time at-bats out of the DH spot in the short-term. Things are going to get complicated once Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel are deemed ready for the majors. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Carlos Estevez records eighth save
    Carlos Estevez worked out of a bases-loaded jam for his eighth save Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: The Braves helped Estevez with a sac bunt after the first two reached in a 4-3 game. Estevez went on to walk Erick Aybar, but he was able to retire Chase d'Arnaud and Jace Peterson to end the game. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Trevor Story hits 24th homer
    Trevor Story collected his 24th homer Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: Story has now matched Troy Tulowitzki's homer total from his rookie season in 2007. The only shortstops to hit more than 24 as rookies were Nomar Garciaparra (30 in 1997) and Cal Ripken Jr. (28 while splitting time between short and third in 1982). Those two were Rookie of the Year winners. Time will tell is Story will be, too. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jace Peterson hits fifth homer
    Jace Peterson hit his fifth homer Friday against the Rockies' Jason Motte.

    Advice: Peterson lost his job early this year and was sent down for a time, but he's been one of the Braves' best players this year, amassing a .743 OPS in 171 at-bats. Of course, with just 17 RBI, 23 runs scored and one steal in his 57 games, he still hasn't been able to do much for fantasy leaguers. That doesn't seem likely to change. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Julio Teheran leaves with apparent injury
    Julio Teheran was removed from Friday's start against the Rockies in the fifth inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: Teheran may have tweaked something in his side while attempting to reach for a ground ball. The Braves should have an update on his status shortly. Any sort of injury or time missed though would certainly be a major blow to the right-hander's trade value, with the deadline only a week away. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Corey Seager (flu) returns to Dodgers' lineup
    Corey Seager (flu) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Seager missed three days of action with the flu bug, but he's evidently feeling better. He's at shortstop and hitting second against Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Preston Tucker recalled from Triple-A
    Astros recalled OF Preston Tucker from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Tucker hit only .176/.213/.353 earlier this season with the big club but earned another shot by batting .301/.349/.512 with eight homers over 53 games at Fresno. He should see a decent amount of playing time in the designated hitter spot against righties. Yesterday, 6:08 am
  • Seager (flu) remains out Thursday vs. Nats
    Corey Seager (flu) remains absent from the Dodgers' lineup Thursday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Seager is still battling that nasty flu bug that seems to be traveling from clubhouse to clubhouse. Chris Taylor will start at shortstop Thursday in Washington, D.C. Thursday, 6:52 am
  • Corey Seager (flu) remains out Wednesday
    Corey Seager (flu) remains out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Seager is one of the many major leaguers battling a stomach virus. Charlie Culberson will start at shortstop and bat eighth Wednesday versus the Nationals. Wednesday, 12:43 pm
  • Corey Seager out Tuesday because of virus
    Corey Seager is out Tuesday due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: It's probably the same bug that has been traveling around a number of MLB clubhouses. Chris Taylor will fill in at shortstop Tuesday night against the Nationals. Tuesday, 2:24 pm
  • Corey Seager out Tuesday versus Nationals
    Corey Seager is getting the day off Tuesday.

    Advice: Seager hit three doubles in Sunday's series finale against the Diamondbacks, but he'll take a seat in Tuesday's opener versus the Nationals and rookie right-hander Reynaldo Lopez. Chris Taylor is at shortstop. Tuesday, 12:53 pm
  • Trevor Story hits 22nd homer in victory
    Trevor Story went 2-for-3 with his 22nd homer and his sixth steal Monday to lead the Rockies to a 7-4 win over the Rays.

    Advice: The homer was a two-run shot off Drew Smyly. He also walked in the contest. Despite his propensity for striking out, he's been very steady at the plate these last couple of months. His OPS stands at .886 and still hasn't fallen below .850 at any point this season. Monday, 9:56 pm
  • Carlos Estevez records sixth save
    Carlos Estevez worked a hitless ninth against the Rays on Monday for his sixth save.

    Advice: Estevez has two saves in three days after going nearly four weeks without one. Jake McGee's struggles since returning should result in Estevez holding down the closer gig for at least a couple of more weeks. Monday, 9:53 pm
  • Crisp in Monday's lineup
    Coco Crisp is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: The Athletics plan to give Jake Smolinski more time in center field, so Crisp hasn't played since Friday. He's hitting leadoff against right-hander Mike Fiers. Danny Valencia, who is also expected to take on a reduced role, is serving as the DH on Monday. Monday, 3:24 pm
  • Jacob Turner hammered in spot start
    Jacob Turner was hammered for eight earned runs over four innings Sunday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Turner was making a spot start in place of Carlos Rodon, who landed on the disabled list before the All-Star break with a wrist sprain. Turner gave up seven hits, including two homers, and he also issued a pair of walks. The right-hander will probably head right back to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Gibson lit up for four runs in loss to Tribe
    Kyle Gibson was lit up for four earned runs in six innings Sunday as the Twins fell to the Indians.

    Advice: Gibson surrendered 10 hits, including a home run to Mike Napoli in the top of the second inning that set the tone for the Indians' 6-1 win. Gibson stands 2-6 on the year with a 5.12 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 63 1/3 innings. He'll face a dangerous Red Sox offense next. Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Teheran stellar in no-decision against COL
    Julio Teheran picked up a no-decision in a fine performance against the Rockies on Sunday, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Teheran's was one of a number of remarkable pitching performances on Sunday. He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three hits on the afternoon. Despite this sharp work, no decision came his way, as Jon Gray essentially matched him pitch-for-pitch. This sterling outing just added to what has been a lovely campaign for Teheran, who will carry a 2.79 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 112/26 K/BB ratio (125 2/3 innings) into a road outing against these same Rockies next time he toes the rubber. Given the way he has pitched this season, it wouldn't be a shock if he conquered Coors. Sunday, 2:34 pm
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Wacha charged with three runs in loss to MIA
    Michael Wacha was charged with three earned runs in just four innings Sunday in the Cardinals' loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Miami scored its first run on a Jeff Mathis bunt single in the top of the fourth inning and then Ichiro Suzuki walked to lead off the fifth inning followed by a Martin Prado ground-rule double and a Christian Yelich two-run single. Wacha was pulled at that point, having yielding seven total hits and two total walks. He struck out four. The young right-hander will carry a disappointing 4.45 ERA into his next start at home against the Dodgers. Sunday, 2:22 pm
  • Odorizzi strikes out seven in win over O's
    Jake Odorizzi came through with a nice showing in Sunday's win over the Orioles, surrendering two runs on seven hits over six innings.

    Advice: Odorizzi allowed a sacrifice fly to Manny Machado in the first inning and a solo home run to Pedro Alvarez in the sixth, but otherwise kept the scoreboard free and clear from damage. He struck out seven and walked just one on the afternoon. Through 20 starts, the 26-year-old right-hander holds a 4.39 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 105/35 K/BB ratio. He has the talent to pitch better than that in the second half and will look to build on Sunday's performance when he hits the road for a date with the A's in his next scheduled start. Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Trevor Story not in Sunday's lineup
    Trevor Story is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears that he's just getting a breather. The Rockies have Cristhian Adames at shortstop. Mark Reynolds and Nick Hundley are also sitting out as Daniel Descalso is at first base and Tony Wolters is catching. Sunday, 7:54 am
  • Shoemaker fans 13 in complete game shutout
    Matt Shoemaker struck out 13 batters in a masterful, complete-game, shutout victory over the White Sox by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

    Advice: This was an epic pitcher's duel between Shoemaker and James Shields. Shoemaker gave up six hits to Shields' two, but Shoemaker was able to keep the White Sox from scoring all night. The 13 strikeouts were a career high. He now has 110 strikeouts against only 22 walks in 106 innings. He will take a 5-9 record and 4.08 ERA on the road against Houston next week. Saturday, 9:08 pm
  • Estevez earns fifth save in win over Braves
    Carlos Estevez worked a perfect ninth inning Saturday, earning the save in a 4-3 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Estevez struck out one in the scoreless frame. He's now got five saves as the team's closer, owning a 4.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 36/14 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings overall. Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Jacob Turner to start Sunday vs. Angels
    White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Jacob Turner from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He'll start on Sunday against the Angels in place of Carlos Rodon (wrist). Sunday will be Turner's first appearance in the big leagues since 2014. The former first-round pick has had an up-and-down year for Charlotte, recording a 4.71 ERA over 18 starts. The White Sox will make a corresponding roster move after tonight's game. Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • Coco Crisp getting the day off Saturday
    Coco Crisp is not in the Athletics' lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It looks like the veteran is just getting a breather. Jake Smolinski is starting in center field with Khris Davis in left. Manager Bob Melvin said recently that he wanted to give Smolinski more time in center field, which could eventually reduce Crisp to a part-time role. The 36-year-old has hit .239 this year with seven homers and five steals. Saturday, 10:09 am
  • Crisp likely to see less playing time
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Coco Crisp will probably see less playing time in center field.

    Advice: The Athletics demoted Billy Burns on Friday, but they want to get a longer look at Jake Smolinski in center field. It's worth noting that Crisp's $13 million option for 2017 vests if he reaches 130 games played or 550 plate appearances this season, so it appears that the A's are trying to avoid that. Crisp batted .244/.305/.411 over 73 games during the first half. Friday, 4:56 pm
  • Morneau not in Friday's lineup
    Justin Morneau is not in Friday's lineup against the Angels.

    Advice: Morneau joined the White Sox on Friday after batting .174/.321/.261 over 28 plate appearances during his minor league rehab assignment. He should see plenty of at-bats out of the DH spot during the second half, but Avisail Garcia is starting against the southpaw Hector Santiago on Friday. Friday, 4:14 pm
  • White Sox activate Justin Morneau off the DL
    White Sox activated 1B/DH Justin Morneau from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Morneau batted just .174/.321/.261 over 28 plate appearances on his eight-game minor league rehab assignment, but he is recovered from offseason elbow surgery and the White Sox believe he can be of immediate help coming out of the All-Star break. Morneau should see semi-regular action between DH and first base. We wouldn't expect much, though, in terms of fantasy production. Friday, 10:09 am
  • White Sox to activate Justin Morneau on Fri.
    Justin Morneau (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Morneau signed a one-year, $1 million major league contract with the White Sox back in early June and is finally ready to join the team after completing his rehabilitation from flexor tendon surgery. The veteran first baseman was batting just .174/.321/.261 on his eight-game minor league rehab assignment and can go on being ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Friday, 10:00 am
  • Justin Morneau (elbow) progressing in rehab
    Justin Morneau said that the surgically-repaired flexor tendon in his left elbow is feeling great.

    Advice: Morneau is currently out on a rehab assignment and while he has yet to find his stroke, his health is coming along well enough. The White Sox signed him to a one-year contract at the beginning of June after he was cut adrift by the Rockies in October. He has been on rehab assignment for eight games, now, but should be able to provide the Sox a bench option sooner rather than later. Morneau, 35, hit .310/.363/.458 with three homers and 15 RBI in 49 games last season. There isn't much fantasy intrigue here, though he did pop 17 homers in 2014. Wednesday, 7:13 pm
  • Braves set rotation for weekend series vs COL
    The Braves rotation is set for this weekend's series against the Rockies, with Lucas Harrell (Friday), Michael Foltynewicz (Saturday) and Julio Teheran (Sunday) all scheduled to start.

    Advice: The Braves needed to wait to see if Teheran would pitch in the All-Star Game before they officially locked their rotation into place. He did, indeed, toss a scoreless inning in the Midsummer Classic. With that recent performance in the books, the team will hold off on starting him until Sunday. Wednesday, 1:23 pm
    5:10 pm @Col
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