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  • Steven Souza leaves with hand injury
    Steven Souza left Saturday's game against the Red Sox with a bruised left hand.

    Advice: Souza couldn't get out of the way of a pitch from Joe Kelly in the fifth inning. Brandon Guyer pinch-hit for him in his next at-bat. He went 1-for-2 with a single before exiting. Souza is headed for X-rays. Today, 1:57 pm
  • White Sox bring back Dayan Viciedo
    White Sox signed OF Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Viciedo was granted his release from Oakland earlier this week. Chicago has already assigned him to Triple-A Charlotte. This marks Viciedo's second stint with the White Sox after hitting 66 home runs in 483 games for the Pale Hose from 2010 to 2014. He'll work at first base, only playing outfield if there's an emergency. Today, 1:17 pm
    Not Active
    L, 7-6 vs x KC
  • Pollock (hamstring) not in lineup on Saturday
    A.J. Pollock is not in the Diamondbacks starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He was forced to leave Friday's game due to tightness in his hamstring, and it sounds as though manager Chip Hale wants to give him an extra day just to be safe. Cliff Pennington is starting in left field and will bat ninth for the D'Backs. Today, 12:48 pm
  • Zobrist clubs two homers as Royals top Jays
    Ben Zobrist clubbed a pair of solo home runs on Saturday, leading the Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

    Advice: Zobrist got the scoring started with a solo shot off Jays starter Mark Buehrle in the first inning. He then took Mark Lowe deep in the eighth inning, tying the game at 5-5 and igniting a rally that would lead the Royals to victory. He also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Today, 12:41 pm
    W, 7-6 ^ @Tor
  • Bautista's two bombs not enough for Jays
    Jose Bautista blasted a pair of home runs on Saturday, but it still wasn't enough for the Blue Jays to overcome the Royals.

    Advice: Bautista followed teammate Josh Donaldson's two-run shot with a solo homer in the fifth inning that gave the Jays a 5-1 lead at the time. He would add another long solo blast in the eighth off Wade Davis to pull the Jays to within a run at 7-6, but that would be as close as they would get. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 with three RBI. Bautista is now hitting .237/.365/.503 with 23 homers and 70 RBI on the season. Today, 12:40 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • White sox placed J.B. Shuck on the 15-day DL
    White Sox placed OF J.B. Shuck on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: The 28-year-old outfielder has done a nice job in a bench role for the White Sox, slashing .278/.339/.361 with 11 RBI in 97 at-bats. He should be ready to rejoin the club in mid-August. Today, 12:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs x NYY
  • Rockies expected to recall Kyle Parker
    Thomas Harding of reports that the Rockies are expected to recall Kyle Parker from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll take the place of the injured Corey Dickerson. The 25-year-old is hitting .280/.326/.431 with nine homers and 58 RBI in 93 games at Triple-A, though he isn't likely to see enough playing time to be fantasy relevant outside of NL-only formats. Today, 10:39 am
  • Kole Calhoun not in Angels lineup on Saturday
    Kole Calhoun is not in the Angels starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia is utilizing his improved bench to give Calhoun a breather against dominant left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Shane Victorino will start in right field while David DeJesus gets the call in left. Today, 10:34 am
  • Joc Pederson remains out of Dodgers lineup
    Joc Pederson remains out of the Dodgers lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The young outfielder has been in a massive slump at the plate, so skipper Don Mattingly wanted to give him a few days to clear his head. Pederson hit an atrocious .169/.229/.258 with one home run, five RBI and a 31/4 K/BB ratio in the month of July. Today, 9:46 am
  • Rockies place Dickerson (rib fracture) on DL
    Rockies placed OF Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list with non-displaced fractures of two ribs.

    Advice: An MRI exam revealed Friday that Dickerson had sustained non-displaced fractures of two ribs on his right side while diving for a line drive during Thursday's contest against the Cardinals. It's the third time that the outfielder has been forced to the disabled list this season. There is no clear timetable for his return at the moment. Today, 7:20 am
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm x @StL
  • Jays designate Danny Valencia for assignment
    Blue Jays designated INF/OF Danny Valencia for assignment.

    Advice: With all of the recent acquisitions that the Blue Jays have made, they were forced to make a few tough decisions on their roster and it appears that Valencia is the odd-man out. The lefty-masher was hitting .296/.331/.506 overall with seven homers and 29 RBI in 162 at-bats. He should attract interest from plenty of teams looking to upgrade their bench. Today, 7:17 am
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    L, 7-6 vs x KC
  • Blue Jays designate Carrera for assignment
    Blue Jays designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.

    Advice: The 28-year-old outfielder had done a nice job in limited time for the Jays, hitting .279/.327/.374 with three homers and 21 RBI in 70 games. He could attract some interest on waivers. Today, 7:15 am
    Not Active
    L, 7-6 vs x KC
  • Rays recall Grady Sizemore from Triple-A
    Rays recalled OF Grady Sizemore from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He takes the place of Mikie Mahtook on the Rays roster. Prior to his demotion, the veteran outfielder was hitting .235/.245/.392 with two homers, seven RBI and a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 15 games with the Rays. Today, 7:09 am
  • Phillies recall Jordan Danks from Triple-A
    Phillies recalled OF Jordan Danks from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: The 28-year-old outfielder was hitting .245/.305/.335 with three homers and 33 RBI in 94 games at Triple-A. He'll function as a reserve outfielder and left-handed bat off the bench for the Phillies. Today, 6:50 am
  • Cubs outright Mike Baxter to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs sent OF Mike Baxter outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Baxter was designated for assignment earlier in the week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. He'll continue to provide outfield depth in the minor leagues. Today, 6:44 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm x @Mil
  • Desmond Jennings hitless in first rehab game
    Desmond Jennings (knee) began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

    Advice: He also drew a pair of walks in the contest. Jennings is working his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to rejoin the Rays in early August. If all goes well in his first few rehab games, expect to see him with the big league club next weekend. Today, 6:38 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 11-7 x @Bos
  • Van Slyke returned to starting lineup Friday
    Scott Van Slyke (neck) returned to the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday, going 1-for-4 with a double in a victory over the Angels.

    Advice: Van Slyke hurt his neck in a cap ride in New York on Saturday and had only appeared as a pinch hitter since. He should be fine moving forward. Today, 5:39 am
  • Alex Guerrero hits 11th homer
    Alex Guerrero hit his 11th homer Friday in the win over the Angels.

    Advice: Guerrero had been struggling mightily in his bit role, and the homer was his first since June 2. He's due additional playing time now with Justin Turner on the DL, so maybe he'll go on another role. Mixed leaguers in need of homers could do worse than rotating him in next week. Today, 12:15 am
  • Mike Trout goes 3-for-4, homers
    Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a homer, a triple and three RBI against the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: The Angels had six hits in the loss, all of them coming from Kole Calhoun and Trout. At least they were hitting back-to-back, so the Angels did manage three runs. It wasn't enough, though. Trout now has 32 homers in 99 games, leaving him just four shy of last year's career high. Today, 12:13 am
  • Nelson Cruz goes 4-for-5, homers
    Nelson Cruz finished 4-for-5 with a homer and a double versus the Twins in Friday's win.

    Advice: After a month and a half of little production, Cruz has picked it back up again since the All-Star break, hitting six homers in his last 15 games. He remains a particularly strong DFS play whenever the Mariners are facing a mediocre lefty. Yesterday, 11:43 pm
  • Braun smacks solo homer Friday
    Ryan Braun smacked a solo homer Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: His first-inning blast against Jason Hammel was the only offense of the game for the Brewers. Braun had a fairly quiet July overall, but he has three home runs over his last seven games. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Aoki has RBI double in loss
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with an RBI double Friday in a losing effort against the Rangers.

    Advice: With the Giants playing under American League rules, Aoki batted ninth Friday while Angel Pagan was in the leadoff spot. Aoki was the primary leadoff hitter prior to landing on the disabled list with a fractured right fibula in late June, but it looks like he's going to bounce around the order for now. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Harper ejected from Friday's game
    Bryce Harper was ejected from Friday's game against the Mets in the 11th inning for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Jerry Meals' strike zone was questionable, but Harper pushed things too far and got himself kicked out of the game. It forced the Nationals to use Dan Uggla at first base and Ryan Zimmerman in the outfield. Harper went 0-for-5 with a strikeout before exiting. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • A.J. Pollock leaves game with tight hamstring
    A.J. Pollock was removed from Friday's game against the Astros due to tightness in his hamstring.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks are calling his early exit purely precautionary. He's considered day-to-day and should be able to rejoin the Diamondbacks lineup at some point over the weekend. Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Souza drives in run in loss to Red Sox
    Steven Souza went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Souza reached on an infield single in the second inning to drive home his first run since returning from the disabled list. The 26-year-old has hit safely in four straight games, but he's hitting just .212 with a .299 on-base percentage and continues to have real issues with the strikeout. Fortunately for fantasy owners, he has shown enough pop and speed to remain relevant. Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • J.D. Martinez goes deep in loss to Orioles
    J.D. Martinez smashed his 28th home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough for the Tigers to overcome the Orioles.

    Advice: His two-run blast in the fourth inning gave the Tigers an early 4-0 lead, but like so many times this season the bullpen was unable to protect an early advantage. He also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the night 1-for-4. He is now hitting .287/.347/.556 with 28 home runs and 68 RBI. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Corey Dickerson undergoes MRI on sore ribs
    Corey Dickerson underwent an MRI exam on his sore ribs on Friday.

    Advice: The results of that exam are not yet known. He was removed from Thursday's contest against the Cardinals with a right rib contusion sustained from diving for a line drive in the outfield. More should be known on his status later Friday. Yesterday, 4:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm x @StL
  • Joc Pederson not in Dodgers lineup Friday
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the struggling outfielder. Kike Hernandez will start in center field and hit eighth on Friday. Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Corey Dickerson (rib) not in lineup
    Corey Dickerson (rib) is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Dickerson left Thursday's game with a right rib contusion. He's day-to-day. Brandon Barnes is in left field Friday in his place. Yesterday, 3:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm x @StL
  • Orioles acquire Gerardo Parra from Brewers
    Orioles acquired OF Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for RHP Zach Davies.

    Advice: Two months later, the Orioles have replaced Alejandro De Aza with another Alejandro De Aza, but one who happens to be in the midst of a career season. Or, at least, a career three months so far. Parra was hitting .328/.369/.517 for Milwaukee, a huge improvement over his .265/.316/.387 lines from the previous two seasons. He's never played in the AL before, so he's facing a transition, and most likely, he'll begin to revert to something closer to his career numbers. That still probably makes him the Orioles' best option in left field against right-handers. He's just not really likely to be a difference maker. Yesterday, 9:55 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ Det
  • BAL 'closing in' on trade for Gerardo Parra
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "closing in" on a trade for Gerardo Parra in exchange for pitching prospect Zach Davies.

    Advice: CBS Sport' Jon Heyman says the deal is done, pending physicals. Parra has turned into a nice trade chip for Milwaukee by batting .328/.369/.517 with nine homers and nine stolen bases this season. The O's are also after Ben Revere as they look to remake their corner outfield spots. Yesterday, 7:30 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ Det
  • O's are 'best bet' to acquire Gerardo Parra
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman believes that the Orioles are the "best bet" to acquire Gerardo Parra from the Brewers.

    Advice: It's been reported that they're also after Ben Revere, as they could use help at both corner outfield spots. Parra entered the season as a highly paid fourth outfielder but has turned into a nice trade chip for the Brewers by batting .328/.369/.517 with nine homers and nine stolen bases. Yesterday, 6:28 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ Det
  • Orioles emerge as suitor for Gerardo Parra
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Orioles have emerged as a strong possibility to acquire Gerardo Parra from the Brewers.

    Advice: The Orioles continue to believe that they are in the thick of the race for one of the Wild Cards in the American League, and Parra would certainly be an upgrade both offensively and defensively. As the O's don't have the necessary prospects to land any of the top outfielders on the market, Parra seems like a tremendous fit. Thursday, 7:23 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Det
  • Dickerson leaves game with rib contusion
    Corey Dickerson was forced to exit Thursday's game against the Cardinals with a right rib contusion.

    Advice: Dickerson sustained the injury while diving for a line drive off the bat of Jason Heyward. He's considered day-to-day and should return to the Rockies lineup at some point over the weekend. Thursday, 6:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm x @StL
  • Athletics release Dayan Viciedo from minors
    Athletics released OF Dayan Viciedo.

    Advice: The veteran slugger opted out of his deal and was granted his release from the Athletics. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league pact. Thursday, 3:43 pm
    Not Active
    L, 7-6 vs x KC
  • Trout (wrist) back in Thursday's lineup
    Mike Trout (wrist) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: Trout missed the previous two games due to inflammation in his left wrist, but the hope is that it won't be a lingering issue. He's back in center field Thursday with the Angels trying to avoid a sweep. Thursday, 1:34 pm
  • Van Slyke (neck) scores run on Wednesday
    Scott Van Slyke (neck) drew a walk and scored a run in the later innings of Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Van Slyke hasn't started a game since hurting his neck in a cab ride on Saturday in New York. But it's not a major issue. He should be available for any role Friday after Thursday's scheduled team off-day. Thursday, 5:58 am
  • Bautista (hamstring) goes 2-for-5 on Wed.
    Jose Bautista (hamstring) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Bautista made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Phillies with a right hamstring injury, but it was only a cramp. The 34-year-old is batting .233/.367/.491 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI in 95 games this season. Thursday, 5:53 am
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Harper homers twice as Nats beat the Marlins
    Bryce Harper hit two home runs and knocked in four runs in a 3-for-4 effort, helping the Nationals take down the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Harper drilled a three-run home run to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning, then added a solo shot in the eighth for good measure. That ends a nine-game homerless streak and allows Harper to retake the National League lead in home runs with 29. He carries a superb .335/.463/.690 batting line with 68 RBI. Wednesday, 7:20 pm
  • Trout (wrist) sitting out again on Wednesday
    Mike Trout (wrist) is out of the Angels' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Trout injured his wrist on a diving catch attempt Monday. An MRI taken Tuesday showed only inflammation and the star center fielder is fully expected to avoid the 15-day disabled list. David DeJesus is starting in center field Wednesday in his Angels debut. Wednesday, 1:41 pm
  • Ryan Braun (back) returns to Brewers' lineup
    Ryan Braun (back) is back in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Braun missed the previous two contests with lower back tightness but is feeling well enough to give it a go. The former MVP is hitting .268/.338/.487 with 18 homers and 16 steals this season. Wednesday, 9:54 am
    4:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Mike Baxter designated for assignment
    Cubs designated OF Mike Baxter for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ben Rowen. Baxter has hit .246/.348/.263 in 46 games with the big club this season. Wednesday, 9:13 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm x @Mil
  • Corey Dickerson sitting out on Wednesday
    Corey Dickerson is not in the Rockies' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's on the bench with the Cubs throwing lefty Jon Lester. Drew Stubbs is handling left field in Dickerson's place. Wednesday, 9:05 am
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm x @StL
  • Cruz homers, but Mariners fall to the D'Backs
    Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Mariners dropped Tuesday's game to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The Mariners had fallen behind 6-1 after the top of the sixth when Cruz got one back with a solo shot off of Zack Godley in the bottom half. It's his fifth home run in his last eight games, giving him 26 on the season with 61 RBI and a .309/.375/.559 batting line. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Parra adds 3 hits, scores 3 runs as MIL wins
    Gerardo Parra went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and three runs scored while extending his hitting streak to 11 games in Tuesday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Parra led off the game with a double and came around to score in a two-run opening frame. He led off the third with a single and scored, then tripled and scored in the seventh. Parra is having a career year, batting .324/.365/.517 with nine home runs, 31 RBI, 52 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. He could be wearing a new uniform in the next two days as the trade deadline approaches. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Det
  • Mike Trout's (wrist) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Mike Trout's left wrist showed only mild inflammation.

    Advice: The Angels weren't worried about Trout's wrist, but this gives them and fantasy owners peace of mind. Manager Mike Scioscia said that Trout could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Dickerson has RBI, run scored against Cubs
    Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dickerson had a single and a double in the game, collecting an RBI on a groundout in the fifth inning. Since returning to the lineup, the 26-year-old is 7-for-16 with multiple hits in three of his four games. The strong return to the lineup has his overall line up to .315/.347/.510. Tuesday, 8:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm x @StL
  • Bautista (hamstring) expects to play Wed.
    Jose Bautista (hamstring) said after Tuesday's game that he's just dealing with a cramp and expects to play Wednesday.

    Advice: Bautista had to be lifted after pulling up while running out a groundball. It remains to be seen whether the Blue Jays are as optimistic as the outfielder is, but it does appear he's avoided a serious injury. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Bautista exits with apparent hamstring injury
    Jose Bautista left Tuesday's game versus the Phillies with an apparent right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Bautista pulled up lame while running out a groundball. It looked like a potentially significant injury, but we'll have to wait and see what the Blue Jays say after the game. Tuesday, 6:19 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Dodgers haven't asked Guerrero about clause
    Mark Saxon of reports that the Dodgers have yet to ask Alex Guerrero about waiving the opt-out clause in his contract in exchange for money.

    Advice: Guerrero has a clause in his contract that says he can become a free agent at the end of the season if he's traded. It was reported recently that he might be willing to waive it in exchange for some cash, but apparently the Dodgers have yet to ask him if that could happen. It doesn't mean it won't, of course, as there are still a few days before the deadline. Tuesday, 5:07 pm
  • Ryan Braun (back) held out again Tuesday
    Ryan Braun (back) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game he's missed with lower back tightness. Braun is considered day-to-day. Gerardo Parra is in right field Tuesday, with Khris Davis covering left. Tuesday, 3:25 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Mike Trout (wrist) to undergo MRI Tuesday
    Mike Trout (wrist) will undergo an MRI Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout tweaked his left wrist during Sunday's game. The Angels don't seem worried at this point and think he's probably just day-to-day, but they wanted to send him for an MRI just to be safe. More should be available on his status later Tuesday. Tuesday, 3:14 pm
  • Mike Trout not in Angels' lineup on Tuesday
    Mike Trout is not in the Angels' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout tweaked his left wrist Sunday afternoon on a diving catch, though he also went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in that same game. It's obviously not a serious issue. Daniel Robertson will start in center field Tuesday night against the Astros. Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • Royals pick up Ben Zobrist from Athletics
    Royals acquired INF/OF Ben Zobrist and cash considerations from the Athletics for RHP Aaron Brooks and LHP Sean Manaea.

    Advice: The deal is official. Zobrist drew interest from a long list of contenders, but the Royals are going for it and paid the price to bring to bring him into the fold. The 34-year-old impending free agent has an .801 OPS over 67 games this season and can be used in the infield and the outfield. He should be a useful piece for Ned Yost and the first-place Royals. Tuesday, 11:52 am
    W, 7-6 ^ @Tor
  • Royals to acquire Ben Zobrist from A's
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals are set to acquire Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

    Advice: Just in case it wasn't already clear after the Johnny Cueto deal, the Royals are going for it. Zobrist was a great fit for any contender because of his versatility and he could play second base or left field for Kansas City. The 34-year-old is batting .268/.354/.447 with six home runs and 33 RBI over 67 games this season. Jeff Passan of Yahoo sports hears that the Royals will send two pitchers back to Oakland in the deal. Tuesday, 11:32 am
    W, 7-6 ^ @Tor
  • A's deep in trade talks regarding Ben Zobrist
    Jane Lee of reports that the Athletics are "deep" in trade talks involving Ben Zobrist and a deal could happen soon.

    Advice: After dealing Scott Kazmir to the Astros last week and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, Zobrist is likely the next to go. The impending free agent has drawn interest from a long list of teams, including the Royals, Pirates, Angels, Cubs, Yankees, and Giants. Tuesday, 10:53 am
    W, 7-6 ^ @Tor
  • Dodgers discussing Guerrero in trade talks
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers have discussed parting with Alex Guerrero in trade talks.

    Advice: Guerrero has a clause in his contract that says he can become a free agent at the end of the season if he's traded, but the Los Angeles Times reported recently that he would consider waiving that right if it meant more money. Rosenthal says that the Dodgers, not surprisingly, are looking for pitching in return. Monday, 10:27 pm
  • Ryan Braun scratched with back tightness
    Ryan Braun was a late scratch from Monday's game with lower back tightness.

    Advice: He should be considered day-to-day. Gerardo Parra moved over to right field in Braun's spot, with Khris Davis entering the lineup in left field. Monday, 6:57 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Giants activate Nori Aoki (leg) from DL
    Giants activated OF Nori Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Aoki missed over a month of action with a small fracture in his right fibula. He's in left field and hitting eighth on Monday, as the Giants are keeping Angel Pagan in the leadoff spot. Monday, 3:40 pm
  • Jennings (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Desmond Jennings (knee) could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: Jennings is working his way back from last month's arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The Rays have said that they hope he'll be ready to return in early August, so his rehab assignment figures to be a short one if all goes well. Monday, 2:18 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 11-7 x @Bos
  • Aoki (leg) expected to return on Monday night
    Nori Aoki (leg) is expected back Monday night.

    Advice: Aoki, who's been on the disabled list since late June with a fractured right fibula, had a successful checkup with the Giants' medical staff on Sunday. The 33-year-old outfielder was off to an excellent start this season before the injury, batting .317/.383/.385 in 67 games. He returns to a hot Giants team that has moved within one game of Dodgers at the top of the National League West standings. Monday, 9:20 am
  • KC staying locked in on Ben Zobrist market
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are planning to stay locked in on the Ben Zobrist trade talks "until the end."

    Advice: Zobrist is a fit for just about every contending team because of his defensive versatility, so it's anyone's guess at this point where he's going to wind up after the July 31 trade deadline. Kansas City made the biggest splash yet with its weekend acquisition of Reds ace Johnny Cueto, but McCullough notes that the club still has shoppable prospects. If it wasn't already apparent, the Royals are going all-in. Monday, 6:27 am
    W, 7-6 ^ @Tor
  • Alex Guerrero (back) served as defensive sub
    Alex Guerrero served as a late-inning defensive sub in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Guerrero was a late scratch from the Dodgers' starting lineup on Friday because of stiffness in his back and he hasn't made a plate appearance since. The 28-year-old Cuban utilityman has 10 home runs and 30 RBI in just 167 plate appearances this season. Monday, 5:58 am
  • Trout smacks solo homer and grand slam in win
    Mike Trout went off against the Rangers in Sunday's 13-7 win, hitting a pair of home runs including a grand slam and finishing 4-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored.

    Advice: Trout crushed a solo homer in the first inning off of Rangers starter Nick Martinez. This was just a sign of things to come, as five innings later, the MVP stepped to the plate with the bases juiced and unloaded on a Spencer Patton offering to give the Angels an 8-2 lead. Trout's now launched 31 homers and the five RBI gave him 64 driven in for the season. He's hitting .315/.405/.632 and just seems to keep improving. At 23 years old, it's scary to think of the kinds of numbers he could theoretically post in the future. Sunday, 4:28 pm
  • Nori Aoki (leg) could return to lineup Monday
    Nori Aoki (leg) is set to undergo a medical evaluation on Monday, and if all goes well he will be able to return to the Giants starting lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki has been sidelined since late June due to a fractured leg. Before landing on the disabled list, he was hitting a stellar .317/.383/.385 with two homers and 19 RBI in 67 games. Sunday, 3:04 pm
  • Scott Van Slyke battling neck injury
    Scott Van Slyke was unavailable to play Saturday due to a neck injury.

    Advice: Van Slyke hurt his neck in a cab on the way to the game Saturday when his head hit the divider as the driver slammed on his breaks. He's considered day-to-day. Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Pederson doubles, homers in loss to Mets
    Joc Pederson went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run in Saturday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: At the time Pederson hit his solo home run against Mets starter Matt Harvey in the sixth inning, it made the score 8-2. The Dodgers wouldn't score again in the game and found themselves on the embarrassing end of a 15-2 loss. Pederson and Cubs stud Kris Bryant are in the middle of a fun NL Rookie of the Year battle right now, with Pederson slashing .234/.360/.476 with 21 homers and 43 RBI. It should be noted that Pederson's slash-numbers on a per-month basis have dropped with each calendar turn. Hopefully Saturday's nice game is a sign that he'll be able to get himself on a hot streak. Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Jose Bautista hits 21st homer
    Jose Bautista hit his 21st homer of the year Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: It was his 224th homer as a Blue Jay, moving him past Vernon Wells into second place on the franchise's all-time list. He's still 112 homers behind Carlos Delgado for first place. Friday, 10:32 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Mike Trout homers, reaches three times
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and a walk against the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: That's because he's Mike Trout and he often has games like this. He's up to 29 homers for the season, leaving him just seven shy of last year's total. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Ryan Braun homers in second straight
    Ryan Braun homered in a second straight game Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Braun, a late addition to the NL All-Star squad, has 18 homers in 92 games this year after hitting 19 in 135 games last season. Tonight's homer gave the Brewers their only run against Patrick Corbin. Friday, 9:59 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Nori Aoki still needs additional rehab games
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Nori Aoki (leg) still needs at least two additional minor league rehab games.

    Advice: The Giants had hoped to have him back in the fold on Friday, but Bochy admitted that Aoki wasn't quite ready to return just yet. He'll likely remain on his rehab assignment through the weekend and rejoin the club for Monday's series opener against the Brewers. Friday, 4:58 pm
  • Alex Guerrero scratched due to back stiffness
    Alex Guerrero was scratched from the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: He had been in line to make a rare start in left field, but his back acted up during pregame warmups. Kike Hernandez will take his place in left field and bat sixth for the Dodgers. Friday, 4:36 pm
  • Rockies activate Corey Dickerson from DL
    Rockies activated OF Corey Dickerson from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Dickerson had been sidelined since mid-June due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He'll immediately jump back into the Rockies lineup, hitting sixth against Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds on Friday. Fantasy owners should get him active and into lineups for the weekend series at Coors Field. Friday, 2:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm x @StL
  • Gerardo Parra not in Brewers lineup on Friday
    Gerardo Parra is not in the Brewers starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for Parra against opposing left-hander Patrick Corbin. Khris Davis will start in left field and bat sixth for the Brewers on Friday. Friday, 2:15 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Det
  • Pollock falls a homer short of cycle in win
    A.J. Pollock went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, two RBI and a run scored versus the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: Pollock is one of the most underrated fantasy players in the sport, one of its only five-category barbarians. Pollock is hitting .307 and is on pace for 19 homers, 76 RBI, 107 runs and 34 steals. Thursday, 10:16 pm
  • OF Calhoun keeps raking, collects three hits
    Kole Calhoun went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored Wednesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Calhoun, who has been on fire, was destined to torment Mike Pelfrey. He did just that. The outfielder, who came into tonight with three homers in his past four games, is slashing .276/.332/.438 and is on pace for 22 dingers and 91 RBI. Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Cruz's two HR can't prevent a Mariners loss
    Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI, but the Mariners dropped Wednesday's contest to the Tigers.

    Advice: Cruz got back some of the runs the Mariners gave up in an eight-run third inning, taking Anibal Sanchez out to left field for a two-run home run in the fourth. He tacked on a solo home run in the sixth against Sanchez. Cruz homered on Tuesday, which ended a 13-game homerless drought. Perhaps he's rediscovered his power stroke. He has 24 home runs on the year with 57 RBI and a .304/.372/.554 triple-slash line. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Pollock not in Diamondbacks' lineup Wednesday
    A.J. Pollock is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pollock will get a rest with tough righty Jose Fernandez toeing the slab for the Marlins. Ender Inciarte will start in center field with Pollock on the bench. Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Trout (heel) back in Angels lineup Wednesday
    Mike Trout (heel) returned to the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Trout missed Tuesday's game with a sore left heel, but fortunately for everyone it doesn't appear it will be a huge hindrance. Trout is batting third and will serve as the team's designated hitter for Wednesday's contest against the Twins. Wednesday, 3:07 pm
  • Dickerson (foot) could return this weekend
    Corey Dickerson (foot) is likely to return to the Rockies' active roster this weekend.

    Advice: Dickerson is 4-for-11 with an RBI, a walk, and two runs scored in three rehab games spread between High-A Modesto and Triple-A Albuquerque. Most important is that he has felt no discomfort in his left foot, which has been suffering from plantar fasciitis all season. Dickerson has appeared in just 38 games for the Rockies, but he has produced an .843 OPS and five home runs though the lingering foot injury. Wednesday, 1:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm x @StL
  • Ryan Braun sitting out on Wednesday
    Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Gerardo Parra is in right field in Braun's place, with Khris Davis handling left. Wednesday, 7:58 am
    4:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Bautista homers in 3rd consecutive game
    Jose Bautista homered in his third consecutive game, aiding in Tuesday's 7-1 win against the Athletics.

    Advice: Bautista finished 1-for-5. He socked his 20th homer of the year in the sixth inning against Kendall Graveman, pushing the Jays' lead to 3-0 at the time. The All-Star was hampered in the first half by a shoulder injury, but used the break to receive treatment and it seems to have done the trick thus far. Along with the 20 dingers, Bautista has knocked in 64 and hit .240/.379/.510. Tuesday, 9:57 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
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