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  • Dayan Viciedo returned to action on Thursday July 24. Rotoworld.com
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  • Eric Hosmer returned to action on Thursday July 24. Rotoworld.com
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  • Joakim who? Joe Nathan strikes out side
    Joe Nathan struck out the side to emphatically shut out the lights on the Angels in a 6-4 Thursday victory.

    Advice: He did so as new Dave Dombrowski toy Joakim Soria looked on from the bullpen area. This was the second time this season that Nathan has struck out the side. Nathan toted an embarrassing 6.23 ERA from the ballpark after July 19's blown save against the Indians, but he's struck out five and given up just one hit and no walks in three consecutive shutout appearances. As long as he keeps stringing together scoreless appearances, Brad Ausmus will keep trotting Nathan out in the ninth. If Nathan returns to his June form (9.00 ERA), however, it will be Soria time in Detroit. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Castellanos goes 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI
    Nick Castellanos finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Thursday's 6-4 win versus the Angels.

    Advice: This was the fourth consecutive game in which Castellanos has doubled. The well-built third baseman has only six homers, but you can expect some of those doubles (he now has 24) to go over the fence in the future. That utopia may not occur in 2014, as he's slashing an acceptable-but-not-superlative .268/.313/.407. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Scherzer strikes out 11, Tigers top Angels
    Max Scherzer struck out 11 and allowed three runs over seven innings in Thursday's 6-4 victory over the Angels.

    Advice: He walked one and gave up six hits. Los Angeles nickel-and-dimed three runs out of Scherzer in the fifth inning, but was otherwise baffled by his arsenal. They aren't alone, of course. The right-hander has been flat dealing since his 10-run meltdown against the Royals last month, allowing only 10 earned runs over six starts (he also won the All-Star Game with a scoreless inning during that stretch). Scherzer (12-3, 3.37 ERA) toes the rubber against the White Sox next week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Richards gets knocked around in loss to DET
    Garrett Richards surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in Thursday's setback against the Tigers.

    Advice: This was the first time Richards has allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 30, the first time he's surrendered as many as seven hits since May 19, and the first time he hasn't completed seven innings of work since June 20. The right-hander has dazzled in his breakout campaign to the tune of an 11-3 record and 2.62 ERA. Don't be surprised if his production drops off, however -- Richards has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season, and he now sits at 137 1/3. The good news is that Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said earlier this week that the club has no plans to limit his workload. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Young's 3-run dinger leads Orioles to victory
    Delmon Young went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Thursday's 4-0 triumph over the Mariners.

    Advice: The obituary of Young's career has been written more than once, but as Twain once wrote, the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Signed to a minor league deal over the winter, Young needed a Nolan Reimold injury to even make the Opening Day roster. Baltimore hasn't overexposed him, but don't think Young's damage is being done only against left-handers. In reality, he has a shocking .830 OPS against righties (tonight's homer came off right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma) and a terrible .265 OBP and .673 OPS against southpaws. He'll remain a riddle until his retirement is official. Overall, Young is slashing a healthy .317/.344/.455 over 123 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Joseph goes 2-for-3 with a run scored in win
    Caleb Joseph went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Thursday's 4-0 victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: Joseph is now batting .272 (9-for-33) in July, which is a great improvement over the zero he provided offensively in May and June. Of course, the Orioles weren't expecting Matt Wieters' offensive production out of him. AL-only owners should only break Joseph's glass in case of emergency. He's slashing .195/.274/.305. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Iwakuma yields 4 runs in loss to the Orioles
    Hisashi Iwakuma gave up four runs on seven hits over seven innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out five and walked none. The Japanese left-hander was lit up for 10 runs over nine innings (10.00 ERA) over his last two starts of June, but he'd given up only five runs total over his four subsequent starts entering tonight's mediocre showing. In truth, he was great for six shutout innings and awful in a four-run third inning capped by a three-run Delmon Young homer. Iwakuma will take an 8-5 record and 3.09 ERA into a date in Cleveland next week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Aoki's single helps Royals walk off in 14th
    Norichika Aoki helped the Royals walk off with an RBI single in Thursday's 14-inning, 2-1 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Aoki had been hitless in his four previous trips to the plate, but ended up becoming the hero. Lorenzo Cain singled and stole second base to lead off the 14th. After Danny Valencia struck out, Aoki singled to left field to plate Cain. Aoki has been hitting better as of late, but still has a mediocre .262/.331/.320 slash line with no home runs, 15 RBI, and eight stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Santana reaches base four times in a loss
    Carlos Santana singled twice and walked twice in six plate appearances as the Indians lost in 14 innings to the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana was the Indians' only consistent source of offense on Thursday, but they were only able to bring him around once -- to score the tying run in the ninth inning. The first baseman has had a nice turnaround after a sluggish start to the season, now slashing .218/.357/.400 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Duffy nearly outduels unstoppable Kluber
    Danny Duffy tossed seven shutout innings, but took a no-decision as the Royals needed 14 innings to earn victory from the Indians on Thursday.

    Advice: Duffy had the misfortune of going up against Corey Kluber, who was on point all night long. Nevertheless, Duffy nearly outmatched the Indians' right-hander, relenting only two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Duffy has been great since moving into the rotation in May, sporting a 2.50 ERA as a starter. On the season overall, including his six relief appearances, he has a 2.47 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and a 76/34 K/BB ratio. Duffy will take the hill against the Twins at home in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Kluber flirts with perfecto, but game goes 14
    Corey Kluber brought a perfect game into the seventh inning, ultimately pitching nine innings of one-run (unearned) ball, but the Indians lost in 14 innings to the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Kluber's dance with a perfect game ended with one out in the seventh inning when Omar Infante singled on a line drive to center field. Kluber lost his shutout in the eighth when a poor defensive play by Ryan Raburn allowed Mike Moustakas to round the bases on a Little League home run (scored a double and a two-base error). Kluber went nine innings but the Indians needed 14 before they were dispatched. On the night, Kluber allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out 10. The right-hander now has a 2.77 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 162/33 K/BB ratio. Kluber will face the Mariners at home next week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Daniel Murphy unlikely to be traded by Mets
    Newsday's Marc Carig reports that teams have reached out to the Mets about trading for Daniel Murphy, but the club is "more likely to keep Murphy rather than deal him away."

    Advice: Murphy, who made his first All-Star team this season, is batting .287/.335/.406 with seven homers, 38 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 2014. The 29-year-old is making $5.7 million this year and will be eligible for arbitration for a final time over the winter. He's been connected to the Giants and Blue Jays but it sounds like the Mets would prefer to hang on to him for the time being. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Mets have inquired on Tulowitzki, CarGo
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have told the Rockies that they want in on the bidding if Colorado ever decides to trade Troy Tulowitzki and/or Carlos Gonzalez.

    Advice: At least publicly, the Rockies have maintained a commitment to both players. However, there's some feeling that they could eventually change their mind, whether it be at the trade deadline or this offseason. The Mets have been shopping for a shortstop for a while now and have a bevy of pitching prospects, so they could be a fit. However, Sherman notes that Tulo has a no-trade clause and might prefer to play for the Yankees than the Mets. Sherman also adds that the Cardinals are "enamored with Tulowitzki and would move significant pieces to land him." Rest assured, there will be multiple teams in on the bidding if Tulo and/or CarGo are put on the trade block. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
     
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  • Hosmer (hand) will not swing bat Thursday
    Eric Hosmer (hand) will not swing a bat Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer got hit in the right hand by a pitch on Sunday before returning to the lineup Wednesday, but he was forced to make an early exit due to "decreased grip strength." He might have to miss a few days to get back to 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Nathan to remain closer despite Soria trade
    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Joe Nathan will remain the Tigers' closer despite Wednesday's trade for Joakim Soria, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

    Advice: It was a legitimate question, as Nathan owns a 5.89 ERA and five blown saves on the year. The right-hander has been better in July, though, having been scored upon in just one of his seven appearances. Soria will presumably hold down a setup role with his new club, but he will be looming if Nathan falters in the closer role going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:55 pm
  • Hosmer removed from game with hand injury
    Eric Hosmer was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cubs with "decreased grip strength in his hand."

    Advice: That was the announcement from the Kansas City medical staff. Hosmer got hit by a pitch on Sunday and sat out Monday and Tuesday with what was called a right hand contusion. He obviously needs a little more rest. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Dayan Viciedo scratched with tight hamstring
    Dayan Viciedo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to tightness in his left lower hamstring.

    Advice: It's not clear when Viciedo suffered the injury, nor is it known how long he might be sidelined. The White Sox should have an update on the outfield's status later Wednesday. Moises Sierra is covering for Viciedo in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:13 am
  • Hosmer back in Royals' lineup Wednesday
    Eric Hosmer is back in the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Manager Ned Yost had indicated a desire to sit Hosmer until at least Thursday, but the first baseman has evidently talked his way back into the lineup a day early. Hosmer missed two games due to a bruised right hand, an ailment that was a result of a hit by pitch Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Hosmer (hand) won't play until Thursday
    Eric Hosmer (hand) isn't expected to return to the Royals' lineup until at least Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer missed a second straight game Tuesday with a bruised right hand, and he's expected to sit out Wednesday, as well. The first baseman suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch Sunday and the Royals don't want the ailment to linger. "That's why I'm hoping this doesn't linger," manager Ned Yost said. "Give him a couple days now. It might save him. Instead of battling through it, and it affecting him for three weeks, instead of a week. Get it to where it's manageable." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:33 am
  • Santana's three XBH lead Tribe past Twins
    Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a home run and nine total bases as the Indians cruised past the Twins 8-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Santana had just three extra-base hits in his previous nine games, but the 28-year-old added two doubles to go with his 15th home run of the year. If anything, he deserved to have an even better night from a statistical standpoint -- the homer came with nobody on, and his other three hits drove in just one run combined. The four-hit evening raised his season line to .214/.353/.401. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Tulo (hip) could be out more than 15 days
    Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said Tuesday that there's no guarantee Troy Tulowitzki (hip) will be ready for activation when his 15 days are up.

    Advice: Tulo was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a left hip flexor strain. It's possible he'll be ready to go in two weeks, but it's far from a given, particularly with his history of leg issues. Josh Rutledge will handle shortstop while Tulo is out. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
     
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    5:40 pm vs Pit
  • Troy Tulowitzki lands on DL with strained hip
    Rockies placed SS Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with a left hip flexor strain.

    Advice: Tulo suffered the hip strain Saturday while trying to leg out a single. The Rockies called the injury a quad "cramp" at first, but Tulo wasn't making much progress and will now be sidelined through the July 31 trade deadline. He wasn't likely to be dealt anyway. Josh Rutledge will fill in at shortstop and could be a decent mixed-league fantasy option for a bit. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:44 pm
     
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    5:40 pm vs Pit
  • Tulo (quad) likely to be placed on 15-day DL
    Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is likely to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Tulo hasn't played since tweaking his quad Saturday while running down the first base line. The injury was initially called a "cramp," but it's obviously more serious than that. The shortstop is not listed anywhere on the Rockies' lineup card Tuesday night. Not even as a reserve. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:35 pm
     
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    5:40 pm vs Pit
  • Tulo (quad) out of Rockies lineup again Tues.
    Troy Tulowtizki (quad) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Tulowitzki has now missed three straight games since pulling up lame while running down the first base line on Saturday night with what was initially labeled a "cramp." It's clear by now that the injury is more serious than the Rockies are willing to acknowledge, but there's been no talk yet about a 15-day disabled list stint. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:07 pm
     
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    5:40 pm vs Pit
  • Angels won't limit Garrett Richards' workload
    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that the club has no plans to temporarily shut down Garrett Richards in order to limit his workload.

    Advice: Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings, just a tad shy of the 145 innings he threw last season. He has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season before in pro ball, but Dipoto said there haven't been any discussions about giving him a break. "Not at all," said Dipoto. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily." Richards is currently on pace for 216 2/3 innings and could pitch more if the Angels play deep into October. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:41 am
  • Nathan shuts out lights on Zona, DET wins 4-3
    Joe Nathan worked around a single to toss a scoreless ninth, preserve a 4-3 win, and earn his 20th save of the season Monday against Arizona.

    Advice: Nathan has finished off scoreless appearances in six of his last seven. Unfortunately, the one he didn't was a three-run implosion over the weekend against the Indians, after which the media began discussing his job security. Nathan has been scored upon in 10 of his last 22 appearances, but manager Brad Ausmus has proven he'll grant an extremely long leash. Nathan is 20-for-25 in save conversions to go with a 5.89 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Eric Hosmer scratched due to bruised hand
    Eric Hosmer was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a right hand contusion.

    Advice: Hosmer was hit by a pitch on Sunday and remains sore. He doesn't have any broken bones, though, and should be considered day-to-day. Billy Butler is playing first base Monday, while Salvador Perez is in the DH spot. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:22 pm
  • Iwakuma to start Thursday vs. Orioles
    Hisashi Iwakuma has had his next start pushed back to Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Iwakuma was previously scheduled to start Wednesday vs. the Mets, but the Mariners have decided to push him back a day. Wednesday's starter hasn't been announced, but Taijuan Walker is a possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:54 pm
  • Tulo (quad) out of lineup again Monday
    Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the Rockies' lineup again Monday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Tulo had to exit Saturday's contest with a cramp in his left quad and will now miss his second straight start. He's considered day-to-day for now. Josh Rutledge will fill in at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:00 pm
     
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    5:40 pm vs Pit
  • Troy Tulowitzki (quad) out of lineup Sunday
    Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Tulo had to exit Saturday's contest with a cramp in his left quad. As long as it's indeed just a cramp, he should be fine after a day or two of rest. Josh Rutledge is at shortstop Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:11 am
     
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    5:40 pm vs Pit
  • Max Scherzer dealing with neck issue
    Max Scherzer was nearly scratched from Saturday's start after his neck tightened up on him while he warmed up in the bullpen prior to the game.

    Advice: He wound up allowing two runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings against the Indians. Scherzer expects to be fine for his next outing. "I've got five days to take care of this," said Scherzer, who described it as a neck spasm. "This is just a one-day thing. We've got great trainers and we'll have a program for what I'm going to do over the next five days to take care of it." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:35 am
  • Ausmus not considering replacing Nathan
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he's "not near that point" to replace Joe Nathan at closer.

    Advice: Nathan on Saturday allowed a bases-clearing double, which was preceded by a double and two walks (one intentional). He's been scored upon in 10 of his last 20 appearances and holds a 9.00 ERA over that stretch. Yet, Ausmus is sticking by his veteran closer. "I'm sure there's a possibility I could reach a point sometime," he said. "I'm not near that point. I'll let you know when I am." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:31 am
  • Garrett Richards goes eight strong
    Garrett Richards limited the Mariners to one run and three hits in eight innings on Saturday.

    Advice: Richards wasn't involved in the decision in his latest gem, so his seven-game winning streak is still intact. He's allowed a total of four hits in 15 innings against the Mariners this season, and he's 11-2 with a 2.47 ERA overall. Yeah, he really should have been an All-Star. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:19 pm