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  • Fuld cracks homer for lone A's run vs M's
    Sam Fuld went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The homer was Fuld's first of the season. In 176 at-bats this season, he's hitting a dismal .212/.294/.324. The best we can of that batting line is that the OBP is relatively impressive given that there is no reason, whatsoever, for pitchers to pitch cautiously to him.
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Valbuena has been bothered by toe injury
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch admitted Sunday that Luis Valbuena has been bothered by an injury to the big toe on his left foot.

    Advice: Valbuena has been able to play through the injury, but has apparently done so in some degree of pain. The 29-year-old has slugged 19 home runs and driven in 36 runs on the season, despite hitting .203/.286/.438.
    Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • Hendricks pitches shutout ball into eighth
    Kyle Hendricks was on his game in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Marlins, tossing 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Hendricks and Marlins starter Mat Latos were locked into an old school pitcher's duel, with both pitchers lasting through seven innings. It was Hendricks who persevered for the victory, improving to 4-4 on the year. He'll carry a 3.82 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into his next start, a home showdown with the rival White Sox.
    Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Tigers option Drew VerHagen back to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned RHP Drew VerHagen to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: The young right-hander struggled in Sunday's outing against the Blue Jays, allowing a pair of runs and walking four in his lone inning of work. The Tigers will continue to audition any live arms that they can find as struggle to find consistent performers in their bullpen.
    Yesterday, 1:58 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Quality start not enough to earn Kennedy win
    Ian Kennedy was saddled with the loss in Sunday's showdown with the Cardinals after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings pitched.

    Advice: Kennedy pitched well and struck out four without walking a batter, but he was done in by Tommy Phan, whose bat accounted for a two-run homer in the third and an RBI double in the sixth. Kennedy now holds a 4.84 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 74/23 K/BB ratio. He's a better pitcher than that ERA, but has yet to show any kind of sustained consistency. He'll try to improve off this quality start when he takes the ball on a road date with the Rangers next weekend.
    Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Estrada strong in five innings to beat Tigers
    Marco Estrada limited the Tigers to two runs in five innings, snagging a win on his birthday as the Blue Jays won on Sunday.

    Advice: Not a bad way to celebrate a 32nd birthday. Estrada kept the Tigers off the board until the fifth inning, when Ian Kinsler knocked in two runs with a triple. He allowed five hits overall with a walk and three strikeouts. Estrada has been solid since joining the rotation in early May, sporting a 4.00 ERA with a 56/23 K/BB ratio across 12 starts. He'll make a road start in Kansas City against the Royals next.
    Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Matt Duffy not in Giants lineup on Sunday
    Matt Duffy is not in the Giants starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Nationals.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting third baseman. Ehire Adrianza will start at the hot corner in his place and bat eighth against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 1:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    7:15 pm vs NYM
  • Blevins (forearm) still not able to throw
    Jerry Blevins (forearm) has yet to be cleared to resume a throwing program.

    Advice: Blevins has been sidelined since mid-April with a distal radius fracture of his left arm. Obviously, a timetable for his return won't become cleared until he's throwing again.
    Yesterday, 11:19 am
    60-Day DL
  • Carlos Frias (back) placed on DL
    Dodgers placed RHP Carlos Frias on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1, with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Frias was able to get through a bullpen session Saturday, but his back still isn't 100 percent so the Dodgers have decided to play it safe. Manager Don Mattingly wouldn't reveal who will start Monday in Frias' place, but he indicated it would be a promotion from the minors.
    Yesterday, 10:07 am
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Phi
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) placed on disabled list
    Cardinals placed LHP Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 25, with a left groin strain.

    Advice: Garcia got through a bullpen session on Saturday without any apparent issues with his groin, but he reported some discomfort when he arrived at the park Sunday. The Cardinals are hoping he'll be ready to go right after the All-Star break. Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney will now start during Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Cubs.
    Yesterday, 10:01 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • John Jaso (wrist) could return this week
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that John Jaso (wrist) could "possibly" rejoin the club in Kansas City early this week.

    Advice: Jaso has batted .286/.348/.381 over six rehab games to this point. It's unclear whether he'd be ready to play regularly upon his activation, but the 31-year-old would figure to see regular starts in the designated hitter spot.
    Yesterday, 9:04 am
    60-Day DL
  • Justin Masterson moved to 'pen for a week
    Justin Masterson will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the first half.

    Advice: The Red Sox don't need a fifth starter during the remaining week. With Masterson being used in relief, Wade Miley will move up to pitch Tuesday and Rick Porcello will take the ball Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 8:36 am
  • Justin Upton sitting out on Sunday
    Justin Upton is absent from the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day of rest. Will Venable is in left field with Upton out.
    Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Matt Szczur optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned OF Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Szczur has managed just a .211/.246/.316 batting line during his multiple stints in the majors this season. He's making way for the return of Jorge Soler (ankle).
    Yesterday, 8:08 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs StL
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) sitting out on Sunday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez had to exit Saturday's contest after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. X-rays came back clean and he's expected to be fine, but the outfielder is surely sore. Gerardo Parra is handling center field Sunday.
    Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Carlos Gomez leaves with wrist contusion
    Carlos Gomez left Saturday's game against the Reds with a left wrist contusion.

    Advice: He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before exiting in the sixth inning. His X-rays came back negative and the Brewers are listing him as day-to-day. Gerardo Parra is likely to play center field if Gomez gets the day off on Sunday.
    Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • Frias (back) questionable Monday vs. PHI
    Carlos Frias (back) is questionable for Monday's start against the Phillies.

    Advice: His MRI came back clean and he was able to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. Even against the Phillies, Frias wouldn't be an enticing fantasy option. Opponents have hit .311 against him and his K/9 is a disappointing 5.17.
    Saturday, 1:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Phi
  • Valbuena has RBI single Saturday vs. Red Sox
    Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with RBI single Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: His RBI single in the ninth was the Astros' only offense of the day against Clay Buchholz. Through three months, Valbuena has had one of the strangest seasons to date. While he has 19 home runs and 36 RBI on the year, he's batting just .201 with a .281 on-base percentage. He could be pushed into a part-time role when Jed Lowrie is ready to come off the disabled list.
    Saturday, 1:47 pm
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) on track for Tuesday
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Saturday that Jaime Garcia (groin) remains on track to return to the rotation on Tuesday.

    Advice: Garcia's bullpen session on Saturday was the last remaining hurdle, and Matheny indicated that everything went well. He owns a terrific 1.69 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the season, but has been limited to just 48 innings due to injuries.
    Saturday, 11:13 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Masterson rocked for five runs in fourth
    Justin Masterson unraveled in the fourth inning of Friday's loss to the Astros, allowing all five runs on his line before exiting with two outs in the frame.

    Advice: Masterson was cruising through the first three innings, but the cruise hit a whirlpool in the fourth when Masterson allowed seven hits and five runs in the frame. There was no huge hit, just a parade of singles and doubles. With the debacle, Masterson saw his ERA jump from an already poor 5.58 to an even more questionable 6.14. He's also pitching to a 1.68 WHIP. Given that he just reentered the rotation on June 28, it's likely he'll get at least one more start, but the numbers are discouraging. Said start would come in a high-profile environment, as the Red Sox will be facing the Yankees at Fenway when Masterson's next slated to take the ball.
    Friday, 8:51 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Drew VerHagen recalled from Triple-A
    Tigers recalled RHP Drew VerHagen from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: VerHagen was moved to the bullpen this season and will get a shot with the big club despite a 5.73 ERA between Double- and Triple-A. He'll operate in middle relief.
    Friday, 12:18 pm
    Not Active
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • 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.
    Friday, 10:12 am
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) won't start on Thursday
    Jaime Garcia (groin) won't make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Garcia is expected to avoid the disabled list, but he was unable to complete scheduled throwing sessions on Saturday and Monday due to ongoing cramping in his left groin. He should be fine after one skipped turn in the Cardinals' rotation. Tim Cooney is probably going to fill in on Thursday versus San Diego.
    Wednesday, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Frias goes 5 innings in no-decision vs DBacks
    Carlos Frias allowed three runs in five innings, getting a no-decision as the Dodgers needed 10 innings to fend off the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Frias gave up seven hits and walked three while striking out only one batter. Nick Ahmed struck the big blow in the fourth inning with a two-run home run. Things could've gone a lot worse for Frias. The young right-hander now owns a 4.39 ERA with a 1.55 WHIP and a 40/24 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings. He'll have a decent match-up his next time out as he'll face the Phillies at home.
    Tuesday, 10:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm vs Phi
  • Kennedy serves up two homers in loss to SEA
    Ian Kennedy gave up four runs over five innings to take the loss on Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Mike Zunino ripped a solo home run in the third inning to open the scoring. An Austin Jackson RBI single and a two-run Brad Miller home run created a three-run fourth to account for the rest of the offense. Kennedy allowed five hits and a walk overall while striking out five. The right-hander has looked competent at times this season, but hasn't been able to gather any momentum. He has a 5.23 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP and a 70/23 K/BB ratio in 74 innings. Kennedy will try to change his luck with a road start against the Cardinals in his next trip out to the mound.
    Tuesday, 9:39 pm
  • Estrada struggles in a loss to the Red Sox
    Marco Estrada yielded four runs (two earned) in 2 1/3 innings, suffering a loss against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Estrada flirted with a perfect game in his previous outing, so he really stunk by comparison. The right-hander was hurt by a Devon Travis error on leadoff hitter Mookie Betts' grounder, which helped lead to two runs scoring. But Estrada also walked four and allowed three hits while striking out only one batter. He'll try for better results next time when he takes on the Tigers in Detroit. He now has a 3.58 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 64/27 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings.
    Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Hendricks keeps Mets silent over six innings
    Kyle Hendricks held the Mets scoreless over six innings in Tuesday's 1-0 victory.

    Advice: Hendricks allowed just three hits and a walk over his six innings. He struck out six in the effort. The win was his first since June 7, raising his record to 3-4 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. More than that, it righted the ship a bit after a few tough starts for the 25-year-old. He'll try to keep it going Sunday at the Marlins.
    Tuesday, 6:54 pm
  • Matt Szczur has RBI double in win over Mets
    Matt Szczur had an RBI double in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: The run-scoring double in the sixth inning was the only run either side could muster on the evening. Szczur finished 2-for-4 in the contest. He's hitting .214/.250/.321 in a part-time role with the Cubs.
    Tuesday, 6:37 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs StL
  • Garcia (groin) did not throw bullpener Mon.
    Jaime Garcia (groin) did not throw a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: And he also had to skip a side session Saturday due to ongoing cramping in his left groin. It's not clear whether Garcia will be able to start Thursday against the White Sox. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny expects to have some kind of answer on that by Wednesday afternoon.
    Tuesday, 2:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Matt Duffy homers, triples in win
    Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with a homer, a triple, a double and three runs scored Sunday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Duffy missed a cycle by a triple on Saturday. Today, he missed it by the single. He's hit .385 with four homers in 10 games against the Rockies this season and .285 with four homers in 54 games against everyone else. It's hard to imagine him remaining useful in mixed leagues now that the Giants are done with the Rockies until September. Still, he just loves defying expectations.
    Jun 28, 5:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    7:15 pm vs NYM
  • 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.
    Jun 28, 2:14 pm
  • Masterson sharp in 5 frames in return for BOS
    Justin Masterson, making his first start since May 12, held the Rays to one unearned run in five innings en route to a win on Sunday.

    Advice: Masterson is taking the rotation spot of Joe Kelly and pitched well enough to warrant that decision, scattering five hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The lone run came across in the fifth, helped in part by a passed ball from catcher Blake Swihart. In eight starts overall this season, Masterson has a 5.58 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP, and a 30/19 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. He'll start against the Astros at home next weekend.
    Jun 28, 1:35 pm
  • 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.
    Jun 27, 10:25 pm
  • Duffy has three hits, homer in win over Rox
    Matt Duffy finished 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored as the Giants came back to best the Rockies 7-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Duffy had an RBI groundout in the third inning before smacking a solo homer in the fifth. He also singled and doubled in the win. Duffy now has seven homers and a .294/.342/.458 line and 36 RBI in 63 games. He's been a starter for most of the year and has crept into mixed-league relevancy with his strong hitting in recent months.
    Jun 27, 4:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    7:15 pm vs NYM
  • Jaime Garcia misses side session Saturday
    Jaime Garcia (groin) wasn't able to throw a side session on Saturday.

    Advice: The Cardinals are deciding whether to skip his next turn or push his start from Tuesday to Wednesday. Garcia has gone 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts since coming off the disabled list. He's day-to-day.
    Jun 27, 3:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • John Jaso (wrist) ready for rehab assignment
    John Jaso (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Saturday.

    Advice: Jaso finally turned a corner recently with his ailing left wrist and is ready for game action now. It's not clear how many rehab games he'll need, but given that he's been sidelined since Opening Day it figures to be quite a few. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on him being back until the start of the second half.
    Jun 26, 1:20 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) expected to be fine
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that he expects Jaime Garcia (groin) to "stay with his normal (between starts) program."

    Advice: Garcia had to leave Wednesday's start with a cramp near his left groin, but the lefty said Thursday that he felt fine and wasn't limited at all. The schedule will give him an extra day of rest before his next start and it seems like he should be fine to take the ball against the White Sox next week.
    Jun 26, 5:55 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
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