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  • Cueto (elbow) not ready for Sunday start
    Johnny Cueto (elbow) will not be ready to start on Sunday against the Nationals as hoped.

    Advice: It doesn't appear that Cueto has had another setback, but rather the Reds just want to give him some more time. They're hoping he'll be ready to take the ball sometime during the series with the Phillies that begins next Tuesday. Michael Lorenzen will start Sunday.
    Today, 12:44 pm
  • Marlins claim Chad Smith off waivers
    Marlins claimed RHP Chad Smith off waivers from the Angels; optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: It's the fourth different organization he's been in since February. Smith will give the Marlins relief depth on the farm.
    Today, 12:24 pm
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    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) returns to lineup
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is back in the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he suffered a mild groin injury on Sunday. Cabrera sports an ugly .213/.267/.338 batting line over 45 games this season.
    Today, 12:09 pm
  • Diamondbacks call up Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Saltalamacchia hit two homers in nine games for Reno but batted just .188/.222/.375 overall. However, with Tuffy Gosewisch (knee) going on the disabled list the Snakes needed another body behind the plate. Salty should get the bulk of the starts while Gosewisch is out and his power makes him worth an add in two-catcher leagues.
    Today, 10:56 am
  • Jason Hammel pushed back to Sunday
    Jason Hammel's next scheduled start has been pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.

    Advice: Hammel has been dealing with a fingernail issue on his pitching hand, and although it doesn't seem like a big deal, the Cubs are using the opportunity to give him an extra day of rest. He's flip-flopping spots with Tsuyoshi Wada, who moves up from Sunday to Saturday.
    Today, 10:14 am
  • Johnny Cueto on Astros' trade radar
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johnny Cueto "is at least on (the Astros') radar."

    Advice: It's possible they could ultimately shoot a little lower (Heyman says that they're also considering Aaron Harang), but it sounds like there's a good chance the Astros will add a starter before the deadline. One executive noted that potential trade talks between the Astros and Reds could get interesting given the icy relationship Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow and Cincinnati GM Walt Jocketty had when together in St. Louis. Cueto is currently dealing with an elbow issue, but he was cleared of structural damage and is expected to rejoin the rotation Sunday.
    Today, 9:28 am
  • Orioles getting interest in Alejandro De Aza
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "there's said to be a bit of a market" for Alejandro De Aza.

    Advice: De Aza was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Wednesday after batting .214/.277/.359 over 30 games. He's making $5 million this season, so the O's would likely have to eat some of the contract to move him in a trade. Heyman says that the Angels are not among the clubs interested in De Aza.
    Today, 9:10 am
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    4:05 pm vs x TB
  • Brandon Finnegan to work as SP at Triple-A
    Brandon Finnegan will be used as a starter at Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: The Royals had been planning to use him in relief in case he was needed for a bullpen role in the majors, but Finnegan needed to iron out some issues in his delivery and the club thought the best way for him to do that would be as a starter. Finnegan has split his time between starting and relieving in the minors this season, posting a 3.60 ERA and 15/13 K/BB ratio over 15 innings between Double- and Triple-A.
    Today, 8:20 am
  • Erick Aybar (hamstring) considered day-to-day
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia considers Erick Aybar (hamstring) day-to-day and doesn't think he'll require a disabled list stint.

    Advice: Aybar was lifted from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to tightness in his left hamstring. He actually tried to talk his way into staying in, so it doesn't appear to be too serious. Scioscia said the club will be careful, though, so he figures to be out a few days. "He's as important as anyone on our team," the skipper said.
    Today, 5:20 am
  • OF McCutchen has another multi-hit effort
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI as the Pirates bested the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: McCutchen has finally woken up from his early-season slumber. He's had multi-hit games in five of his last eight, recording three in three of them. Hitting .188 as recently as May 6, McCutchen has his slash line up to .272/.364/.473. Expect it to keep rising.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Kennedy reverts back into a pitching machine
    Ian Kennedy was ripped for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Pirates in Thursday's 11-5 loss.

    Advice: Here we go again. Kennedy coughed up three homers in the train wreck, the second time this year he's allowed at least three round-trippers and seven earned runs in a start. At 2-5 with a 7.15 ERA, he simply can't be trusted in fantasy at the moment.
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Iannetta smacks grand slam as LAA punks DET
    Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a double and a grand slam on Thursday in a 12-2 stomping of the Tigers.

    Advice: With the game already out of hand, Detroit stretched Tom Gorzelanny beyond his LOOGY capabilities and his ERA will suffer for it for some time. Not that Iannetta much cares. His slash line was a hideous .123/.217/.137 as recently as 11 days ago, but Carlos Perez's emergence has jolted him awake. Iannetta has 12 RBI in his past 10 games and three homers and three doubles across his last eight.
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Uncle! Buck: Farmer gets blasted in loss
    Buck Farmer was detonated by the Angels on Thursday, yielding seven runs on nine hits over five innings of a 12-2 loss.

    Advice: He gave up twice as many homers (two) as he struck out. Farmer was making his season debut in a spot start in place of the injured Kyle Lobstein (shoulder). We are about to see how much faith the Tigers currently have in the 24-year-old, because a quick hook back to the minors is certainly in play here. In four career MLB appearances (two starts), Farmer has a 11.57 ERA.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Yankees Clipp'ed: Clippard finishes off NYY
    Tyler Clippard gave up one run but evaded further damage to earn his fifth save of the season in Thursday's 5-4 victory against the Yankees.

    Advice: Clippard had himself to blame for the run after inexplicably walking Garrett Jones -- who has been hitting like your grandfather has been cooking -- with two outs. Brett Gardner next doubled Jones in, doing right by the karma gods. Clippard has been effective and owns a nice 2.57 ERA, but his days as closer are numbered with Sean Doolittle healthy and shaking off the rust in middle relief.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Burns Notice: Billy smacks another homer
    Billy Burns finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Billy Burns is apparently the new Rickey Henderson. He's hit two homers in the past five games (and also smacked a double). How surprising is that? Well, Mr. Burns hit a grand total of two homers in 1,796 minor league at-bats. He slugged .357 on the farm, but has found this major league stuff pretty easy with a .417 mark (and a .302 average). It won't continue, but who are we to rain on Billy Burns' parade?
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Moss goes 2-for-4 with a home run, 2 runs
    Brandon Moss finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: It was his third homer of the past eight games. Cleveland asked for power when acquiring Moss and that's exactly what they've gotten: He's on pace for 28 homers and 97 RBI. Everything else is still making the transit from California, as Moss sports an underwhelming .227/.300/.447 slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Aybar pulled with tightness in left hamstring
    Erick Aybar was pulled from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to tightness in his left hamstring.

    Advice: It's unclear if it's a day-to-day type of ailment, or if Aybar may require a stint on the disabled list. It may depend on how the shortstop is feeling on Friday. If he is forced to see an extended absence, the Angels may be forced to recall Josh Rutledge from Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Erick Aybar leaves game with hamstring injury
    Erick Aybar was removed from Thursday's game against the Tigers with an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: Aybar was hustling down the first base line while attempting to beat out a bunt single in the fifth inning. He was replaced by Taylor Featherston, who could see additional playing time if Aybar requires any sort of extended absence. The Angels should have an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • D'Backs to recall Saltalamacchia on Friday
    Steve Gilbert of reports that the Diamondbacks will recall Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno on Friday.

    Advice: With Tuffy Gosewish dealing with an injury, recalling the veteran backstop seemed the logical conclusions for the Diamondbacks to make. Fantasy owners expecting him to make an impact should note his uninspiring .188/.222/.375 line with two homers, seven RBI and a 13/2 K/BB ratio in nine games at Triple-A Reno.
    Yesterday, 6:09 pm
  • Tigers recall RHP Farmer from Triple-A
    Tigers recalled RHP Buck Farmer from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: He'll take the place of Kyle Lobstein (shoulder) in Detroit's rotation and will start against the Angels on Thursday. The 24-year-old struggled in his first stint in the majors last year, but he had a 2.98 ERA and 50/19 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings over nine starts this season in Triple-A. He should be relevant in AL-only leagues as long as he has a rotation spot.
    Yesterday, 2:34 pm
  • Alejandro De Aza designated for assignment
    Orioles designated OF Alejandro De Aza for assignment.

    Advice: He played really well for the O's last year down the stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs, but they've decided to cut him loose after his slow start in 2015. De Aza, who batted leadoff for Baltimore on Opening Day, has hit just .214/.277/.359 over 30 games this season and was seeing his playing time dwindle. He's making $5 million this season, which means he'll almost surely clear waivers.
    Wednesday, 11:15 am
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    4:05 pm vs x TB
  • Chad Smith designated for assignment
    Angels designated RHP Chad Smith for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Smith was just acquired from the A's earlier this month after they had designated him for assignment.
    Wednesday, 10:59 am
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    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Johnny Cueto (elbow) aiming to start Sunday
    The Reds are shooting for Sunday against the Nationals for Johnny Cueto's (elbow) return to the rotation.

    Advice: Cueto will play catch Wednesday before throwing a bullpen session Friday. If he feels good the next day on Saturday, he's expected to be cleared to take the ball Sunday. Cueto was cleared of any structural damage in his right elbow and the Reds hope he'll be fine after what would be 11 days of rest in between starts.
    Wednesday, 8:07 am
  • Brandon Moss not in Wednesday's lineup
    Brandon Moss is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off versus a righty for Moss. David Murphy is starting in right field, while Nick Swisher is handling designated hitter duties.
    Wednesday, 6:31 am
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) draws IBB as PH
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) drew an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera hasn't started the last two games due to a minor groin strain. He expects to be back in the lineup on Friday.
    Wednesday, 5:13 am
  • Cueto (elbow) plans to play catch Wednesday
    Johnny Cueto (elbow) will play catch Wednesday.

    Advice: Cueto had to be scratched from his last turn in the Reds' rotation due to stiffness in his pitching elbow, but an MRI taken Tuesday showed no structural damage. It's unclear when he will make his next start, but this is all obviously good news. The ace right-hander has registered a 3.03 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 60/12 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this season for the Reds.
    Tuesday, 1:13 pm
  • Cabrera (groin) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera made an early exit Sunday with a mild groin strain and will now miss his second straight game. Tim Beckham will start at shortstop Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 12:09 pm
  • Cueto (elbow) has no structural damage
    Johnny Cueto underwent an MRI on Tuesday which showed no structural damage in his throwing elbow.

    Advice: The Reds and Cueto were optimistic that it wasn't anything serious, but he was sent for tests just to be on the safe side. It's unclear whether he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, but this is encouraging news.
    Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • Johnny Cueto to undergo MRI on elbow
    Johnny Cueto will undergo an MRI on his elbow on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cueto was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to a stiff pitching elbow, but his agent Bryce Dixon said the right-hander is optimistic he's only dealing with fatigue. We should have a better idea about his status soon. In the meantime, the Reds and fantasy owners will cross their fingers.
    Tuesday, 8:01 am
  • Cueto (elbow) expected to miss just one start
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that he doesn't expect Johnny Cueto (elbow) to miss any more starts.

    Advice: Cueto had to be scratched from an outing Sunday due to a stiff pitching elbow, but the club doesn't consider the ailment to be serious. He'll throw a bullpen session in a few days and be cleared to rejoin the rotation presumably this weekend against the Nationals.
    Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Alejandro De Aza goes hitless against Astros
    Alejandro De Aza went 0-for-3 from the ninth spot in the Orioles order on Monday.

    Advice: De Aza is just 8-for-42 in May (.190), bringing his overall average down to .216. He's already lost some playing time against right-handers, and it looks like he's in position to lose more to David Lough and Travis Snider.
    Monday, 1:35 pm
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    4:05 pm vs x TB
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) aims to return Tues.
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) expects to return Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera is out of the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night against the Mariners after leaving Sunday's game with a groin strain. The strain is of the minor variety.
    Monday, 1:01 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) sitting out Monday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera was forced from Sunday's series finale against the A's with a mild groin strain. He's considered day-to-day. Tim Beckham is at shortstop on Monday.
    Monday, 11:51 am
  • Royals recall Brandon Finnegan from Triple-A
    Royals recalled LHP Brandon Finnegan from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Finnegan had a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings of relief for the Royals when they optioned him to the minors on May 7. He's presumably going to return to a long relief role, though he had made three starts on the farm.
    Monday, 7:09 am
  • Cabrera leaves with mild groin strain Sunday
    Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Athletics with a mild groin strain.

    Advice: Cabrera felt a pop in his groin area while scurrying back to second base in the seventh inning. While he's sore, he thinks he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list and should return to the lineup in a couple of days.
    Sunday, 4:08 pm
  • Hammel strikes out nine, allows four runs
    Jason Hammel allowed four runs in seven innings during Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Hammel struck out nine and walked one in the contest. Three of the four runs against came in the third inning, when he allowed a sacrifice fly and a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt also knocked him for an RBI single in the first. This season, Hammel has posted a 2.98 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 58/7 K/BB across 60 1/3 innings. He'll face off with the Royals in his next start.
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
  • Burns homers, scores 3 runs in an A's win
    Billy Burns went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, a stolen base, and three runs scored in Sunday's victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Burns led off the game with a solo home run to right field off of Erasmo Ramirez, serving as his first career long ball. He also singled twice and stole a base en route to scoring two more runs. The speedy outfielder has been a spark plug at the top of the Athletics' lineup, batting .309/.356/.395 with seven stolen bases in nine attempts.
    Sunday, 1:04 pm
  • Buck Farmer to start for Tigers on Thursday
    Buck Farmer will be recalled to start for the Tigers on Thursday in Anaheim.

    Advice: Farmer is taking Kyle Lobstein's (shoulder) spot in the rotation. The 24-year-old was knocked around during his time with the big club last season but is off to a great start this year at Triple-A Toledo with a 2.98 ERA and 50 strikeouts over 51 1/3 innings. He could be worth a shot in AL-only leagues.
    Sunday, 8:23 am
  • Kennedy allows two runs in loss to Dodgers
    Ian Kennedy allowed two earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Joc Pederson slugged a solo shot off Kennedy in the bottom of the first and then Justin Turner smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. Kennedy was otherwise sharp, yielding only six total hits and zero walks while striking out six Los Angeles hitters. The 30-year-old will carry a 2-4 record, 6.11 ERA, and 1.39 WHIP into his next start at home against the Pirates. He's been very inconsistent this season, but better results should be coming.
    Saturday, 9:27 pm
  • Aybar doubles and scores twice in loss to BOS
    Eric Aybar went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Aybar's double in the eighth inning was his seventh of the season. A hot May has helped boost Aybar's numbers and he's now hitting .274/.320/.335 with a homer, 14 RBI and 19 runs scored.
    Saturday, 7:41 pm
  • Cueto to miss next start with elbow stiffness
    Johnny Cueto will miss his scheduled start on Sunday due to elbow stiffnesss.

    Advice: Cueto believes that it's a minor issue and that he should only miss the one start. Raisel Iglesias will start in his place on Sunday against the Indians. If he indeed misses just the one start, he'll work next Saturday against the Nationals.
    Saturday, 10:51 am
  • Johnny Cueto has next start pushed back
    Johnny Cueto's scheduled start on Sunday has been pushed back.

    Advice: Raisel Iglesias will start in Cueto's place against the Indians on Sunday. Cueto has been bothered by general stiffness since his last start, but doesn't appear to be a major issue. It's unclear if he'll just be pushed back one day until Monday, or if he'll work later in the week.
    Saturday, 8:10 am
  • Iannetta smacks three-run homer vs. BoSox
    Chris Iannetta connected for a three-run homer and drew two walks in Friday's blowout win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: His three-run blast was the big blow in a nine-run fifth inning for the Angels. Iannetta got off to a miserable start this season, but he has shown signs of life in recent days by going 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs, two doubles, and seven RBI over his last five games.
    Friday, 9:14 pm
  • Moss homers, knocks in three vs. Reds
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in a win over the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Moss blasted a solo homer in the third inning and added a two-run double one inning later. The 31-year-old has three home runs and 13 RBI through 18 games this month, but he continues to have issues making contact. He's batting just .233 through 33 games this season while striking out 27 percent of the time.
    Friday, 7:47 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera not in Rays' lineup Thurs.
    Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Rays' starting lineup Thursday evening against the Athletics.

    Advice: Nick Franklin will get his first start at shortstop this season. Cabrera is just getting a day of rest.
    Thursday, 11:28 am
  • McCutchen homers, but Pirates fall in 13th
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, but the Pirates fell in 13 innings to the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: McCutchen knotted the game up at 3-3 with an eighth-inning opposite-field home run off of Blaine Boyer. It's number five on the year for the outfielder, who has started to look much better at the plate. He's batting .238/.333/.399 with 23 RBI on the year.
    Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Hammel solid over 7 innings in a Cubs loss
    Jason Hammel delivered seven strong innings, yielding only two unearned runs, but took a no-decision as the Cubs lost late to the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Cubs' defense cost Hammel a win as he was otherwise denying the Padres. Kris Bryant made a throwing error in the fifth inning on a Justin Upton ground ball, which later led to a run. Starlin Castro made a fielding error to kick off the seventh, and that too led to a run later on. Hammel allowed only three hits on the evening with no walks and eight strikeouts. The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five outings and now sports a 2.70 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and a 49/6 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. Hammel will do battle against the Diamondbacks in Arizona the next time he starts.
    Tuesday, 10:07 pm
  • Moss blasts sixth homer in win over White Sox
    Brandon Moss hit his sixth home run of the season in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moss took reliever Zach Putnam deep in the eighth inning. The homer was the first baseman's first since May 6. He's got six homers and 24 RBI through 35 games thus far.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Cueto allows three runs in loss to Royals
    Johnny Cueto allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Cueto was uncharacteristically hittable in the loss, allowing nine hits while striking out just four. The loss dropped him to 3-4 despite a strong 3.03 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. He'll attempt to get back in the win column Monday against the Rockies.
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Cabrera lifts second home run in win over ATL
    Asdrubal Cabrera hit his second home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Cabrera hit a solo shot off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning, his only hit in four at-bats. Cabrera was given a prime opportunity early in the season, batting third for 23 games for manager Kevin Cash, but he failed to capitalize and has now been moved lower in the order. The infielder is batting just .214 with his two homers and 11 RBI in 39 games.
    Tuesday, 7:14 pm
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