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  • Kemp not likely to be moved before deadline
    Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti strongly indicated Matt Kemp wouldn't be dealt before Thursday's trade deadline.

    Advice: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times quoted Colletti as saying, "No one's ever heard me say we're shopping Matt Kemp. That's all in another world." The Kemp rumors have generally been one-sided, with the Dodgers playing the role of the team listening, so it stands to reason that Kemp will remain with the club barring a strong offer before the deadline. Rotoworld.com
    45 minutes ago
  • Report: Willingham staying put with Twins
    A source tells Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that it appears Josh Willingham is "staying put" with the Twins through the trade deadline.

    Advice: Berardino also notes that a deal during the August waiver trading period is still a possibility. The outfielder is hitting .225/.367/.439 this year. A report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick earlier Wednesday said the club is hopeful to move Willingham this season. Rotoworld.com
    56 minutes ago
  • Marlins discussing Danks trade with White Sox
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Marlins and White Sox have discussed a possible trade involving John Danks.

    Advice: The Marlins are in a difficult position, stuck somewhere between a buyer and a seller. With their recent winning streak, though, it appears they've become buyers. Danks is signed through 2016, so any team taking him on would also have concerns about the $28.5 million he's owed over the duration of his deal. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:19 pm
  • Jones' 21st homer powers O's past Angels
    Adam Jones went yard for the 21st time this season and finished 2-for-4 overall on Wednesday as the Orioles edged out the Angels for a win.

    Advice: Jones belted a two-run home run off of Garrett Richards in the first inning to stake the Orioles to a 2-0 lead. The outfielder went yard last night as well, giving him five long balls in 12 games since returning from the All-Star break. On the season, Jones owns a .294/.321/.498 slash line with 67 RBI and six stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:47 pm
     
    W, 4-3 vs ^ LAA
  • Morton allows four runs in ND against Giants
    Charlie Morton allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings in Wednesday's no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: Morton has now failed to turn in a quality start in three of his last four starts, a bad trend for a guy who will never have much fantasy value for his strikeout ability. Morton walked three batters while striking out two. The right-hander owns a 3.54 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 22 starts, and he'll match up with the Marlins on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:13 pm
  • Beckham among Giants' second base options
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports Gordon Beckham, Emilio Bonifacio and Asdrubal Cabrera are among the players being considered by the Giants to fill their second base void.

    Advice: Bonifacio appears to be on the move -- somewhere -- and the Jays are in on Cabrera as well, but Beckham's name is one that hasn't surfaced much in rumors recently. The second baseman is hitting .225/.271/.358 this season and wouldn't appear to be much of an upgrade for any team, but he's cheap and is under team control for another season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:11 pm
  • Yanks not interested in picking up Danks' tab
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports the Yankees aren't interested in the $28.5 million John Danks will make in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

    Advice: Danks will make $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons before becoming a free agent, and the Yankees aren't wild about taking on that kind of salary. It appears the White Sox would need to be willing to eat some of that salary, and it's unclear whether they'd be willing to do that at this point. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported the Yankees' continued interest in the left-hander in recent days. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:03 pm
  • Pelfrey (elbow) begins throwing program Wed.
    Mike Pelfrey (elbow) began a throwing program on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pelfrey has been out since May 2, first with a groin strain and then nerve irritation in his elbow. He's got a long way back, but it's a step in the right direction. Pelfrey could be back with the Twins for a September cameo if things progress well. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:54 pm
     
    Disabled List
    L, 3-2 @KC
  • Rutledge (illness) out Wednesday vs. Cubs
    Josh Rutledge (illness) will be available in an emergency on Wednesday night versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Rutledge is still getting over the upper respiratory infection that kept him out of the lineup on Monday and Tuesday. He'll be on the bench again Wednesday but could enter late as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:46 pm
     
    Bot 10, 6-4 x @ChC
  • Harvey (elbow) to throw off mound next week
    Matt Harvey (elbow) has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound next week.

    Advice: Harvey was hoping to hop on a mound in June, but the Mets decided to play it safe and nixed that idea. The right-hander could get some innings in a fall instructional league but won't return to the majors until 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:56 pm
     
    Disabled List
    W, 11-2 vs Phi
  • Jon Lester-to-Orioles deal not done yet
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that a trade sending Jon Lester to the Orioles is "not close."

    Advice: Rosenthal didn't rule out something getting done, but it appears the two sides aren't as close to crossing the finish line as previously reported. MLB.com's Peter Gammons adds that the Red Sox still have "plenty" of alternatives if they're not able to work something out with the O's. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:27 pm
  • Orioles close to dealing for Jon Lester
    MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring Jon Lester from the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham is also hearing the deal is close and says the Red Sox will receive a pitcher in return. He mentions Miguel Gonzalez, but he would figure to be a secondary part of the deal. It appears that Lester will get to stay in the AL East and has said in the past that he would still consider re-signing with the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:16 pm
  • Cardinals could still pursue Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals could still go after Jon Lester even after the acquisition of Justin Masterson.

    Advice: Morosi says that they would have to be willing to give up Shelby Miller to do it. It's certainly possible that the Red Sox have floated this information to Morosi in order to drive up Lester's price with other teams. On the other hand, St. Louis didn't have to surrender any of their top prospects to get Masterson, so we can't rule anything out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:51 am
  • Dodgers out on Lester, Price, Hamels
    MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Dodgers are no longer pursuing Jon Lester, David Price and Cole Hamels.

    Advice: The Dodgers are refusing to give up Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias in any deal, which makes acquiring one of the aforementioned aces an impossibility. Gammons said they're now focused on adding a back-end starter and bullpen help. With the Cardinals also out of the picture, it appears the Lester market might be down to the Pirates and A's. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:33 am
  • Marlins 'not completely' out on Jon Lester
    Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the Marlins are "not completely" out of the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

    Advice: Rodriguez says the Marlins will not trade Andrew Heaney for Lester, but it sounds like they might be willing to consider just about anyone else in their system. For what it's worth, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said the club is "not going to be short-sighted" in any deals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:37 am
  • Market for Josh Willingham is soft
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins "really want to move" Josh Willingham, but a competing executive said he doesn't think "they're getting any bites."

    Advice: The Mariners and Yankees have both been connected to Willingham, but it appears their interest might not be very strong. Willingham has 10 homers in 57 games this season but is batting just .219/.361/.421 overall. He's a free agent after the season, so the Twins would love to get something for him now while they can. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:59 am
  • Evan Reed charged with sexual assault
    Evan Reed has been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault as a result of an incident that occurred on March 30 in a Motor City Casino hotel room.

    Advice: Each charge carries a prison term of up to 15 years if Reed is convicted. Reed allegedly met a 45-year-old woman at a bar that night before taking her back to his room and assaulting her. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said that he has interview numerous witnesses and also reviewed surveillance footage before the charges were brought. Reed, who is currently at Triple-A Toledo, is expected to turn himself into the authorities. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:52 am
     
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    W, 7-2 vs CWS
  • Billy Hamilton sitting out Wednesday
    Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day off for the speedster. Chris Heisey is in center field Wednesday in Hamilton's place. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:23 am
  • Two 'elite' prospects needed to get Lester
    Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have told teams that it will require "at least two elite-level prospects" to acquire Jon Lester.

    Advice: It's a hefty price to pay for a two-month rental, but you can't blame the Red Sox for asking for that haul, especially when it looks like David Price might not be dealt. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has listed the Dodgers and the Cardinals as the favorites for Lester, and Lauber has been told by industry insiders that the Dodgers are the "front-runner." The Pirates and A's are lurking in the background. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:22 am
  • Dodgers, Cardinals lead way for Lester, Price
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers and Cardinals "appear to be the teams most aggressively competing" for Jon Lester and David Price.

    Advice: Lester is virtually certain to get moved after being scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start, while Price's status is more up the air with the Rays back in the playoff hunt. Heyman writes that the Pirates "are still involved to some degree on the Lester front, but they are reluctant to surrender top prospects for a rental, seeming to place them third in the derby at the moment." The A's have also been mentioned as a potential suitor for Lester, but it appears that they may have fallen back from the pack, as well. It could be an interesting battle between the Dodgers and Cardinals for Lester and perhaps Price, as they both have the prospects to deal and the room to add payroll. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:58 am
  • Aaron Hill goes hitless in return to action
    Aaron Hill went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill missed back-to-back starts after being hit on the right hand by a pitch Saturday, but he's ready to go now. The 32-year-old could be traded before Thursday's deadline. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:44 am
  • Kemp blasts two homers, collects four RBI
    Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI in Tuesday's 8-4 win against the Braves.

    Advice: Kemp's two-run homer to the opposite field in the second off Atlanta starter Aaron Harang put the Dodgers up 2-1, and his two-run shot to dead center in the seventh gave Los Angeles a 7-4 lead. He went 103 plate appearances between hitting his last homer on June 25. This was the seventh multi-homer game of Kemp's career. His slash line is up to .282/.347/.453 to go with 10 homers and 44 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Solarte continues to swing hot bat, homers
    Yangervis Solarte homered, walked and scored two runs on Tuesday in a 3-1 win against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Solarte delighted the faithful in his home debut, homering for the second time in three games. The infielder is off to a sizzling start on the West Coast, recording an RBI in six of his first seven games as a Padre. Solarte isn't likely to make anybody forget Chase Headley, but he is slashing .286/.353/.571 over his short tenure with the Padres. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Daniel Descalso exits after HBP on knee
    Daniel Descalso left Tuesday's game versus the Padres after being hit on the right knee by a pitch.

    Advice: Descalso was able to limp down to first base but was then replaced by pinch-runner Peter Bourjos. He'll likely be re-evaluated Wednesday before the Cardinals know how much time he might miss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • A's, Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates in on Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are also "in the mix" for Jon Lester.

    Advice: It would certainly be a stunner if they were able to land Lester after picking up Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel earlier this month. Rosenthal has also reported that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates are in negotiations with the Red Sox regarding Lester. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com also hears that the Blue Jays and Orioles are in on Lester, though WEEI.com's Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are saying those two teams are out of it. Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start and is expected to be dealt soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates in on Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates are all "in the mix" for Jon Lester.

    Advice: Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start and is expected to be dealt soon, so it sounds like it will come down to which of the three clubs Rosenthal mentions makes the best offer. It was reported previously that Josh Bell was at the center of the Red Sox' talks with the Pirates. It's not clear at this point what the Cardinals and Dodgers are offering. Lester seems likely to change addresses on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Jones homers but O's need 12 to beat Angels
    Adam Jones hit a solo home run, his only hit in five at-bats, in Tuesday's 12-inning win over the Angels.

    Advice: Jones tied the game up at 1-1 when he took Jered Weaver deep in the first inning. It's the 20th blast of the season for the 28-year-old outfielder, who now has four consecutive seasons with at least 20 homers. Jones is slashing .292/.319/.491 with 65 RBI and six stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:23 pm
     
    W, 4-3 vs ^ LAA
  • Mariners talking to Twins about Willingham
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are talking to the Twins about Josh Willingham.

    Advice: It's not surprising, as the M's have been searching for a right-handed bat and Willingham is one of the better ones available. At this point, it's not clear how far along the talks are between the two clubs. Willingham entered play Tuesday batting just .219/.361/.421, but he's slugged 10 homers over 57 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Jon Lester expected to be traded soon
    WEEI.com's Rob Bradford and Alex Speier were told by a rival general manager that a Jon Lester trade is likely to be completed late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

    Advice: The Red Sox have already scratched Lester from his scheduled start Wednesday, suggesting a deal is imminent. However, one is not in place yet, as Bradford and Speier say Boston is still talking to multiple teams. The Brewers, Blue Jays and Orioles, three teams that have been connected to Lester, have been ruled out as potential landing spots. The Pirates, Mariners, Cardinals, Dodgers and Marlins are among the clubs that have been linked to Lester. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Rutledge (ill) out of Rox lineup again Tues.
    Josh Rutledge is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again on Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Rutledge is battling an upper respiratory infection and could need a few more days off. The infielder has performed well as Troy Tulowitzki's (hip) fill-in at shortstop but obviously needs to be benched for now in fantasy leagues that allow for daily lineup changes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:01 pm
     
    Bot 10, 6-4 x @ChC
  • Hill (hand) flies out as pinch-hitter
    Aaron Hill (hand) flew out as a pinch-hitter Monday.

    Advice: Hill left Saturday's game after he was hit on the right hand with a pitch and has missed back-to-back starts since, but he's expected to return to the lineup Tuesday. The 32-year-old could be a trade target this week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:47 am
  • Josh Rutledge scratched due to illness
    Josh Rutledge was scratched from Monday's lineup due to illness.

    Advice: He should be ready to go in a day or two. Rutledge has hit .375/.375/.656 with one homer and nine RBI over seven games since taking over shortstop for the injured Troy Tulowitzki (hip). Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:43 pm
     
    Bot 10, 6-4 x @ChC
  • Red Sox not targeting Kemp at the moment
    WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports that the Red Sox are "not looking to trade for" Matt Kemp at the moment.

    Advice: ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reported Sunday that the Sox were considering a run at Kemp, possibly as part of a package that would send Jon Lester to the Dodgers. Bradford, though, is hearing otherwise. The Mariners are known to have interest in Kemp, but Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan said Sunday that he's more of a backup plan for them at this time. The Dodgers will have to eat a big portion of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season in order to make a deal happen. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:14 pm
  • Aaron Hill (hand) expected back on Tuesday
    Aaron Hill (hand) is expected back in the lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill has missed the last two games after being hit on the right hand by a pitch Saturday, but he's feeling much better. The second baseman had heated up at the plate of late, batting .410/.442/.718 with a couple homers during a 10-game hit streak. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Hill (hand) out of lineup again Monday
    Aaron Hill (hand) is out of Monday's lineup against the Reds.

    Advice: Hill left Saturday's game after he was hit on the right hand with a pitch and will now miss his second straight start. He is available off the bench Monday, so it sounds like he'll be ready to go soon. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:19 pm
  • Solarte hits first Padres homer vs. Braves
    Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-5 with his first home run as a member of the Padres in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Solarte has enjoyed a revitalization since being dealt to the Padres, going 7-for-21 (.333) with Sunday's homer, five RBI and five runs scored. The infielder is hitting .260/.341/.396 overall. He'll continue to get everyday playing time for the next two months and is a decent option in NL-only leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:17 pm
  • Jones scores winning run in extras to top M's
    Adam Jones doubled twice and scored two runs, including the game-winning run in the 10th inning, as the Orioles beat the Mariners 3-2 on Sunday.

    Advice: Jones doubled and scored in the eighth and 10th innings, finishing 2-for-5. He'd had just two doubles all month prior to the game. His 61 runs scored are 10th-most in the American League, and the outfielder is hitting .293/.321/.487 with 19 home runs and 64 RBI overall. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:55 pm
     
    W, 4-3 vs ^ LAA
  • Yankees still interested in John Danks
    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees remain interested in White Sox hurler John Danks.

    Advice: The idea to acquire Ian Kennedy from the Padres seems to be losing steam, which makes Danks among the most likely trade targets for the Yankees to acquire. The veteran southpaw is 9-6 on the season with a 4.40 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:10 pm
  • Red Sox considering trading for Matt Kemp
    ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox are considering trying to acquire Matt Kemp from the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Dodgers have reportedly been shopping Kemp around, but would likely have to eat a large portion of his remaining salary (he's owed $107 million between 2015-2019) to make a deal work. Edes suggests that Jon Lester -- who is scheduled to become a free agent this winter --- could be involved in the return package heading to the Dodgers. Los Angeles is known to be seeking a starting pitcher at the trade deadline and Boston would be a seemingly-excellent change of scenery for Kemp. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:20 pm
  • Mariners' interest in Matt Kemp 'very real'
    Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that while he's considered a backup plan at the moment, the Mariners' interest in Matt Kemp is "very real."

    Advice: Passan says the M's plan would be to eventually transition Kemp into a designated hitter role. Seattle is still searching for a right-handed bat even after the acquisition of switch-hitter Kendrys Morales. The Dodgers undoubtedly would have to eat a bunch of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season, but they seem motivated to trade the outfielder. Kemp is hitting .273/.339/.429 with eight homers and 40 RBI this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:43 am
  • Aaron Hill (hand) sitting out Sunday
    Aaron Hill (hand) is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Hill had to exit Saturday's contest following a hit by pitch on his right hand. X-rays came back negative, but he's obviously still a bit sore. Consider him day-to-day. Didi Gregorius is at second base Sunday in Hill's place. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Yankees interested in Josh Willingham
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are showing interest in Josh Willingham.

    Advice: They're also considering Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios, but Willingham appears to be at the top of their list in part because he's a free agent after this season. Willingham is batting .215 10 homers in only 56 games this season, as he missed 41 contests with a fractured wrist. The 35-year-old has played in pitchers parks his entire career, so a move to Yankee Stadium would be a nice boost to his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:14 am
  • Rutledge drives in four in win over Pirates
    Josh Rutledge went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored in an 8-1 win over the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: Rutledge got the Rockies on the board with an RBI double in the third inning and later had a bases-clearing double in a seven-run seventh. The 25-year-old has hit .308 with three home runs and 16 RBI over 53 games this season and should get regular playing time over the next two weeks with Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list. He should be a useful fantasy shortstop in the meantime. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:01 pm
     
    Bot 10, 6-4 x @ChC
  • Morton gives up four runs in loss
    Charlie Morton allowed four runs over six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Morton held the Rockies to just one run before he unraveled to begin the seventh inning. He struck out three and walked one in the loss and now sits at 5-10 with a 3.40 ERA and 106/44 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings of work this season. He'll attempt to turn the page next week in another road start, this time against the Giants. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:00 pm
  • John Danks fans five in victory over Twins
    John Danks picked up his ninth victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Twins to four runs on six hits over seven innings of work.

    Advice: Danks punched out five on the night without walking a batter. Staked to a big early lead, Danks was in cruise control most of the night, throwing plenty of strikes and giving the White Sox bullpen a bit of a rest. He'll bring a 4.40 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into Thursday's matchup against the Tigers in Detroit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:08 pm
  • Aaron Hill has three hits in loss to Phillies
    Aaron Hill had a nice night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Phillies, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

    Advice: A popular name in trade rumblings, the veteran infielder may be donning a new jersey at this time next week. With the three-hit effort, he is slashing .255/.289/.390 with eight homers and 48 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Five teams have talked to Dodgers about Kemp
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that five teams "are said to have shown interest, or at least talked to" the Dodgers about Matt Kemp.

    Advice: Rival executives have told Heyman that they "have the feeling the Dodgers are ready to move on" from Kemp. It's no surprise, of course, as they have a logjam of outfielders and Kemp hasn't been thrilled about moving from center to left field. Kemp sports a decent .268/.333/.422 batting line with eight homers and 38 RBI this season, but the Dodgers will undoubtedly have to pick up a large portion of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season in order to find a taker for him. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:22 pm