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  • Gomez hits grand slam to help destroy Reds
    Carlos Gomez launched a grand slam and finished with five RBI to help down the Reds by a 12-1 score on Friday.

    Advice: Gomez stepped up with the bases loaded and the Brewers up 5-0 in the seventh inning. He promptly unloaded on a Carlos Contreras offering for a grand slam to vanquish any vague hopes of a Reds comeback. In addition to the big slam, Gomez also chipped in with an RBI single to finish 3-for-5 with five total RBI. Overall, he's hitting .271/.314/.427 with six homers, 31 RBI and 36 runs scored. Plus seven steals, though he's also been caught four times.
    19 minutes ago
    W, 12-1 ^ @Cin
  • Ryan Rua leaves the yard in loss to Angels
    Ryan Rua blasted his third home run of the season on Friday as the Rangers fell to the Angels.

    Advice: Rua didn't draw the start in the ballgame, with his lone at-bat coming against Mike Morin in the ninth inning. With the return of Josh Hamilton to the Rangers lineup, he's going to struggle to find his way into the lineup on a nightly basis, especially while hitting just .208/.224/.438.
    43 minutes ago
    L, 8-2 vs x LAA
  • Jimenez sees 4-game winning streak snapped
    Ubaldo Jimenez picked up a tough-luck loss against the White Sox on Friday, going down in defeat despite allowing just one run over seven innings.

    Advice: Jimenez allowed a solo homer to Jose Abreu in the third inning. And that was it. A rare shutout gem of a start by John Danks was all that prevented Jimenez from picking up his fifth win in a row. Still, he's been rolling and now owns a shiny 2.96 ERA, solid 1.26 WHIP and a 93/29 K/BB ratio over 94 1/3 innings. A Wednesday afternoon road contest with the Twins is up next on his schedule as he tries to return to the win column.
    Today, 7:53 pm
  • Hernandez drives in lone run in loss to ATL
    Cesar Hernandez went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Hernandez's RBI single off Julio Teheran in the fourth inning would score the only run that the Phillies managed in the game. While his power is almost non-existent, he should continue to see at-bats as long as he's able to keep up the average portion of his .285/.374/.376 slash-line.
    Today, 7:41 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Atl
  • Soria works scoreless ninth to secure save
    Joakim Soria worked a scoreless ninth inning on Friday to protect a two-run advantage against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Soria allowed just a single and struck out two during his inning of work. He has been a rock at the back of the Tigers' bullpen this season, compiling a 2.48 ERA and 28/5 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings while converting 18 of his first 20 save chances.
    Today, 7:17 pm
  • Clint Robinson's two-run homer powers Nats
    Clint Robinson blasted a two-run homer on Friday, powering the Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: Jake Peavy and Gio Gonzalez were locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel until the seventh inning when Buster Posey cranked a solo homer to give the Giants the lead. It would be short-lived though, as Robinson blasted his two-run shot in the bottom half of the inning, proving to be the difference in the game. He has done a nice job in limited action for the Nationals, slashing .264/.338/424 with four homers and 15 RBI.
    Today, 5:58 pm
    W, 2-1 vs ^ SF
  • Carlos Rodon to start for White Sox on Sunday
    Carlos Rodon will start for the White Sox on Sunday against the Orioles.

    Advice: The White Sox, as anticipated, will push Chris Sale back a day and have him go against the Blue Jays on Monday. The 22-year-old hurler owns a 4.07 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 55/31 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings with the White Sox n his rookie season.
    Today, 3:27 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Shane Victorino activated from DL
    Red Sox activated OF Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Victorino has been on the shelf since late May with a calf injury. He's in line to serve on the short side of a platoon in right field with Alejandro De Aza.
    Today, 2:00 pm
  • Blake Swihart (foot) placed on DL
    Red Sox placed C Blake Swihart on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1, with a sprained left foot.

    Advice: Swihart first suffered the injury two weeks ago and has never quite been able to shake it. The decision to DL him was made easy by Ryan Hanigan's return.
    Today, 1:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-8 vs x Hou
  • Collin Cowgill moved to 60-day DL
    Angels transferred OF Collin Cowgill from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Cory Rasmus. Cowgill is making progress from a sprained joint in his right wrist but now can't be activated until late July.
    Today, 12:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-2 x @Tex
  • Bryan Holaday optioned to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned C Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: He's no longer needed with Alex Avila back from the disabled list. Holaday hit .271/.271/.396 over 16 games.
    Today, 12:23 pm
    Not Active
    W, 8-6 vs x Tor
  • Tigers DFA Joba Chamberlain, Tom Gorzelanny
    Tigers designated RHP Joba Chamberlain for assignment.

    Advice: Chamberlain pitched well for the Tigers last season and wound up resigning over the winter. He went on to post a 4.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 30 appearances and was particularly bad of late with eight runs allowed over his last seven games. He'll clear waivers and get a shot elsewhere. Detroit also designated Tom Gorzelanny for assignment as they shake up their bullpen.
    Today, 12:12 pm
    Not Active
    W, 8-6 vs Tor
  • Mets could consider Upton if he's available
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets "might at least look at Justin Upton if he becomes available."

    Advice: The club would prefer a left-handed hitter as they look to upgrade their offense, but it appears they'd overlook Upton's right-handedness since he'd be a potential game-changer. It's not a given that the Padres will be sellers, though, as they're still within reach of a Wild Card spot at six games out. Upton, of course, will be a free agent after the season.
    Today, 10:12 am
    W, 2-1 ^ @StL
  • Brandon Morrow (shoulder) throws off mound
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's slated to throw off the bump again on Saturday. Morrow has hit some bumps in the road in his recovery from inflammation in his right shoulder, but at least for the moment he's starting to get back on track. There remains no timetable for his return.
    Today, 7:54 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 @StL
  • Chris Volstad outrighted to Triple-A
    Pirates sent RHP Chris Volstad outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Volstad had been designated for assignment after a two-inning scoreless appearance with the big club. He returns to a 3.43 ERA at Indy.
    Today, 6:23 am
    Not Active
    Bot 8, 2-5 vs Cle
  • Hernandez to get a chance to stick at 2B?
    Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said Tuesday that he "would like to think that Cesar (Hernandez) has proven that he deserves a chance to be the everyday second baseman."

    Advice: Hernandez, 25, entered Tuesday batting .277/.365/.365 on the season and .328/.394/.406 in June. Chase Utley, meanwhile, is on the disabled list with an ankle injury and sports an ugly .179/.257/.275 line this season. It's hard to believe the Phils would bench Utley even given his struggles, and Mackanin did note that he didn't "want to get ahead of myself." However, if Hernandez keeps performing, it's possible. Notable is that the Phillies have a $15 million club option for 2016 on Utley that automatically vests if he reaches 500 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 5:31 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Atl
  • Hernandez stays hot with 2 more hits in loss
    Cesar Hernandez's bat continued to stay hot as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run, and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Fresh off a four-hit performance on Sunday, Hernandez logged his fifth multi-hit performance in seven games on Monday. He knocked in the Phillies' first run in the first inning with an infield single and later came around to score on a balk. Hernandez is batting .277/.365/.365 with 25 runs scored, 16 RBI, and seven stolen bases and is now getting regular at-bats while Chase Utley is sidelined. It's not known yet when Utley returns, so those in daily leagues might find utility in Hernandez as a cheap source of stolen bases.
    Monday, 7:49 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Atl
  • Victorino (calf) nearing return to Boston
    The Red Sox could activate Shane Victorino (calf) from the disabled list as early as Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Victorino went 1-for-4 in Sunday's rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox want to see him play in back-to-back games before activating him. With Hanley Ramirez (hand) sidelined, Victorino could be an everyday player when he comes back. Boston's current outfield features Mookie Betts, Alejandro De Aza, Jackie Bradley and utility man Brock Holt.
    Monday, 5:08 am
  • Hernandez's four-hit day contributes to a win
    Cesar Hernandez singled four times in as many at-bats, helping the Phillies in a win over the Nationals in the back end of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: It's the second four-hit game of Hernandez's career, with the other occuring on September 28, 2013. The Phillies, despite scoring eight runs, only brought him home once, at the end of their four-run second inning. Hernandez has been hitting well as of late, logging multi-hit efforts in three of his last five games. With Chase Utley on the shelf, he should be a regular in the lineup. He's hitting .271/.361/.361 in 163 plate appearances.
    Sunday, 6:38 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Atl
  • Gomez has two hits, stolen base against Twins
    Carlos Gomez finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored Sunday against the Twins.

    Advice: Gomez had a double among his two hits, his 15th double of the year. In the eighth inning, Gomez singled, stole second and scored on Adam Lind's two-run homer. Gomez has enjoyed a good month of June that has brought his overall line up to .279/.319/.438 with five homers, 26 RBI, 31 runs scored and seven steals.
    Sunday, 2:14 pm
    W, 12-1 ^ @Cin
  • Jimenez tosses eight scoreless versus Indians
    Ubaldo Jimenez threw eight shutout innings in the Orioles' 4-0 win over the Indians on Sunday.

    Advice: Jimenez had it all working, allowing just four hits -- all singles -- while striking out seven on the afternoon. The win was his fourth in a row, moving him to 7-3 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 89/27 K/BB ratio over 87 1/3 innings this year. A date with the White Sox in Chicago is on deck for Friday.
    Sunday, 1:03 pm
  • Carlos Rodon will have turn skipped
    The White Sox will skip Carlos Rodon's next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: It's a move designed to keep the left-hander's innings down. Rodon will rejoin the club's rotation next week versus the Blue Jays.
    Sunday, 8:14 am
    W, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Chris Volstad designated for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP Chris Volstad for assignment.

    Advice: Volstad went two scoreless innings in his lone appearance for the Pirates. He's likely to clear waivers.
    Sunday, 8:10 am
    Not Active
    Bot 8, 2-5 vs Cle
  • Justin Upton hits two-run homer
    Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Upton has been slumping for most of the last month, and he had homered just once since May 24. Facing his old team usually helps him pull out of it, though. He's hit .341 with seven homered and 19 RBI in 24 career games versus the Diamondbacks.
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
    W, 2-1 ^ @StL
  • Jimenez and Tillman to pitch on Sunday
    Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman will start for the Orioles in Sunday's doubleheader against the Indians.

    Advice: It had been previously reported that Kevin Gausman would be recalled to start one of the games, but that no longer appears to be the case.
    Saturday, 12:53 pm
  • Victorino (calf) goes 2-for-3 in rehab game
    Shane Victorino (calf) went 2-for-3 with a double in his latest minor league rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

    Advice: Victorino has been on the shelf since May 24 due to a left calf strain. He is expected to return to the Red Sox early next week, and could log considerable time in right field with Rusney Castillo back in Triple-A, though with Alejandro De Aza playing well, he'll have to hit to remain in the lineup against right-handers.
    Thursday, 8:23 pm
  • Rodon ineffective in no-decision vs. Tigers
    Carlos Rodon gave up four runs in five innings, taking a no-decision as the White Sox pulled out a win in 10 innings against the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Tigers got to Rodon twice with two-run home runs: first, by Ian Kinsler in the first inning, and second by J.D. Martinez in the fifth. The young lefty allowed eight hits and walked three batters overall, but struck out seven. He entered the start having allowed only one home run in 50 1/3 innings. Rodon will bring a 4.07 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and a 55/31 K/BB ratio over 55 1/3 innings into a start in St. Louis against the Cardinals next.
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Bal
  • Swihart (foot) back in Red Sox lineup Thurs.
    Blake Swihart (foot) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Swihart missed a handful of games with a sprained left foot. He's starting at catcher and batting eighth.
    Thursday, 11:09 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-8 vs x Hou
  • Gomez, Aramis out of Brewers' lineup Thurs.
    Carlos Gomez is out of the Brewers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's a day of maintenance for Gomez, who missed five games last week with a hip injury. Aramis Ramirez is also sitting out of Thursday's series finale with the Mets. Gerardo Parra is in center field and leading off. Hernan Perez is at third base and hitting eighth.
    Thursday, 7:17 am
    W, 12-1 ^ @Cin
  • Padres transfer Brandon Morrow to 60-day DL
    Padres transferred RHP Brandon Morrow to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move is procedural to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Marcos Mateo. Morrow remains on the comeback trail from shoulder inflammation.
    Wednesday, 3:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 @StL
  • Victorino (calf) cleared for rehab assignment
    Shane Victorino (calf) is starting a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Victorino has been out since May 24 with a strained left calf. He should be ready to return by early next week and will presumably take over as Boston's starting right fielder with Rusney Castillo now out of the picture.
    Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Chris Volstad called up from Triple-A
    Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Chris Volstad from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Volstad has put up a 3.43 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 76 innings for Indy this season. He'll be used in long relief.
    Wednesday, 1:00 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 8, 2-5 vs Cle
  • Jimenez fans eight over 5 IP in win over Sox
    Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight while allowing three runs over five innings in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Along with his eight strikeouts, Jimenez yielded six hits and three walks in the short outing. Jimenez has now won three straight decisions and hasn't lost dating back to May 16. The right-hander is now 6-3 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.31 WHIP on the year. He'll try to run his win streak further Sunday against the Indians.
    Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Brandon Morrow (shoulder) nearing mound work
    Brandon Morrow (shoulder) hopes to throw a bullpen session this weekend.

    Advice: Morrow has expanded his long-tossing to 120 feet and is almost ready to step on the bump. While the right-hander is pointed in the right direction again after having a setback with his shoulder earlier this month, the Padres won't be putting any timetable on him anytime soon.
    Tuesday, 5:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 @StL
  • Victorino (calf) could begin rehab games Wed.
    Shane Victorino (calf) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as Wednesday.

    Advice: Victorino made it through baserunning drills over the weekend without issue and will go through a standard team workout with the Red Sox on Tuesday. The veteran outfielder has been out since May 24 with a strained left calf. Rusney Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday afternoon, so there will be less of a crowd for playing time when Victorino returns.
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (hip) back in Brewers' lineup
    Carlos Gomez (hip) is back in the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Mets.

    Advice: Gomez missed five games last week with a hip injury. He is starting in center field and batting cleanup in his return to action Tuesday versus Mets lefty Jon Niese.
    Tuesday, 1:08 pm
    W, 12-1 ^ @Cin
  • Swihart (foot) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Blake Swihart (foot) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: Swihart left Saturday's game with a sprained left foot and will now miss his second straight game. He was hoping to return Tuesday, but apparently he needs more time. Sandy Leon will start behind the plate and bat ninth.
    Tuesday, 12:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-8 vs x Hou
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