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  • Valbuena (toe) out of Tuesday's lineup
    Luis Valbuena (toe) is out again Tuesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Valbuena is dealing with a sprained left big toe and will miss his second straight start. He's hopeful that a few days of rest will do the trick. Marwin Gonzalez will fill in at third once again.
    43 minutes ago
  • Mike Napoli out of lineup Tuesday
    Mike Napoli is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

    Advice: The struggling Napoli will take a seat against right-hander Dan Haren. Travis Shaw will start at first base.
    54 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs x Mia
  • Red Sox call up INF Shaw
    Red Sox recalled INF Travis Shaw from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Shaw has gone hitless in nine at-bats over six games with the Red Sox this season. He'll provide some depth at the corner infield spots.
    55 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Byrd out of Tuesday's lineup
    Marlon Byrd is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: He's presumably getting the day off. Skip Schumaker will start in left field against Max Scherzer.
    Today, 11:59 am
  • Braves recall RHP Foltynewicz from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Michael Foltynewicz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Foltynewicz struggled with a 5.19 ERA over nine starts with the Braves prior to being demoted last month. He's returning in a relief role.
    Today, 11:33 am
  • Blanton to start Saturday vs. Blue Jays
    Joe Blanton will start against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Blanton was originally slated to move to the bullpen with Yordano Ventura coming off the disabled list, but the Royals will need another start from him because of Tuesday's doubleheader. Edinson Volquez will start Sunday.
    Today, 8:46 am
  • Rays designate RHP Guilmet for assignment
    Rays designate RHP Preston Guilmet for assignment.

    Advice: Guilmet was optioned to Triple-A Durham last week, but this move takes him off the 40-man roster with John Jaso (wrist) returning from the 60-day disabled list. There's a chance he could pass through waivers unclaimed.
    Today, 8:15 am
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  • Rays activate Jaso (wrist) from 60-day DL
    Rays activated C John Jaso from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Jaso has been out since Opening Day with a bruised left wrist, but he's finally back to 100 percent. He figures to see semi-regular at-bats out of the DH spot, which makes him a sneaky add in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Today, 8:09 am
  • Howard hits 3-run HR in a loss to the Dodgers
    Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Howard lifted a three-run home run off of Eric Surkamp in the third inning to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead, but it didn't hold. It's his first home run since June 19. Howard has shown occasional power throughout the year but hasn't been useful otherwise, carrying a .218/.265/.435 triple-slash line with 14 home runs and 41 RBI.
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Martinez sets new career-high with 24th homer
    J.D. Martinez hit his 24th home run of the season, setting a new career high and helping the Tigers bash their way to a win against the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Martinez went back-to-back with Victor Martinez in the fourth inning and finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored on the evening. He has hit consecutively in seven games, homered in three consecutive games, and has homered 11 times in his last 13 games. Named an AL All-Star on Monday, Martinez is batting .290/.344/.573 with 24 home runs and 58 RBI this season.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Castellanos has big 4 hit, 4 RBI game vs. SEA
    Nick Castellanos went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and four runs batted in to help the Tigers pound out a win against the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Every Tiger, with the exception of Ian Kinsler, was hitting Mariner pitching on Monday as the club pounded out 19 hits. Castellanos started the scoring in the second with a solo home run, added a two-run single in a five-run sixth inning, and tacked on an RBI single in a four-run seventh. The third baseman is on a seven-game hitting streak, now batting .245/.289/.365 with five home runs and 34 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Monell's 2-run double sends Mets over Giants
    Johnny Monell hit a two-run double in the ninth inning to help the Mets hold off the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Neither the Mets nor the Giants seemed very interested in scoring runs after eight innings, but perhaps Monell just wanted to go home. Finishing 1-for-4, he doubled in a pair of runs off of Santiago Casilla to break a scoreless tie. He later came around to score on a Juan Lagares single. Monell had accrued an RBI in only one of his other 20 games this season, back on May 10 against the Phillies. He's batting an unimpressive .189/.250/.243 with four RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Soler doubles in two-hit effort but Cubs lose
    Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a double, but the Cubs lost Monday's game 6-0 to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Soler was the only Cub to register multiple hits, and he was also the only Cub to register an extra-base hit on the evening. He went 0-for-3 on Sunday, his first game back since being activated from the disabled list following an ankle injury. The 23-year-old is hitting .267/.322/.405 with four home runs and 19 RBI this season.
    Yesterday, 9:18 pm
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Lackey hurls 7 shutout innings to beat Cubs
    John Lackey hurled seven shutout innings to earn the win against the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Opposing starter Jon Lester was attempting to throw a no-hitter, but Lackey was still able to outlast him. He limited the Cubs to six hits and a walk while striking out four. Aside from one horrific start on June 8, Lackey has been brilliant this season, sporting a 3.09 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and an 81/27 K/BB ratio in 110 2/3 innings. He makes one more first half start in Pittsburgh against the Pirates ahead of the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Lester gets 1st career hit, flirts with no-no
    Jon Lester brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ultimately lost it and the game on Monday after giving up two unearned runs in seven innings against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The highlight of the game may have been Jon Lester ending a career-long 0-for-66 skid at the plate when he beat out an infield single in the second inning. He brought a no-hit bid into the seventh inning but lost it when Jhonny Peralta, fittingly, reached on an infield single. Kris Bryant later committed an error, which set up two unearned runs. Lester allowed two hits overall, walked two, and struck out eight on the evening. Lester has pitched quite well after a tough April, owning a 3.48 ERA on the year with a 1.28 WHIP and a 101/30 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings. He wraps up his first half with a home start against the White Sox.
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
    W, 7-4 vs StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Luis Valbuena nursing sprained big toe
    An X-ray has revealed that Luis Valbuena has a sprained left big toe.

    Advice: Valbuena has been dealing with the ailment for a while and finally underwent tests. He's not in Monday's lineup and is being listed as day-to-day. Marwin Gonzalez is filling in at third base.
    Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Valbuena has been bothered by toe injury
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch admitted Sunday that Luis Valbuena has been bothered by an injury to the big toe on his left foot.

    Advice: Valbuena has been able to play through the injury, but has apparently done so in some degree of pain. The 29-year-old has slugged 19 home runs and driven in 36 runs on the season, despite hitting .203/.286/.438.
    Sunday, 3:06 pm
  • Howard hitless, but knocks in the winning run
    Ryan Howard went 0-for-4, but knocked in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning on Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: The two clubs were knotted in a scoreless tie heading into the 10th inning, but the Phillies rallied to load the bases with no outs for Howard, facing lefty reliever Dana Eveland. Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in the first of four 10th-inning runs. Since his last home run on June 19, Howard has hit the skids, batting .135 (7-for-52) in his last 14 games. He's hitting .217/.262/.427 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI on the year.
    Sunday, 1:51 pm
  • Martinez swats 23rd HR, matching career best
    J.D. Martinez homered again, going 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Martinez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Thus continues his power surge: he's homered 10 times in his last 12 games. Sunday's blast marked his 23rd of the season, matching his career best set last year. Martinez has also knocked in 56 runs while batting .285/.340/.563.
    Sunday, 1:34 pm
  • John Jaso (wrist) could return this week
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that John Jaso (wrist) could "possibly" rejoin the club in Kansas City early this week.

    Advice: Jaso has batted .286/.348/.381 over six rehab games to this point. It's unclear whether he'd be ready to play regularly upon his activation, but the 31-year-old would figure to see regular starts in the designated hitter spot.
    Sunday, 9:04 am
  • Cubs activate Jorge Soler from disabled list
    Cubs activated OF Jorge Soler from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Soler went just 2-for-13 with four strikeouts during his four-game rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa, but his ankle is feeling fine and that's all the Cubs really care about. The youngster missed just over a month of action with a sprained left ankle.
    Sunday, 8:06 am
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Blanton allows four runs to Twins in 5 IP
    Joe Blanton surrendered four runs on nine hits in five innings of work against the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: Three of those four runs scored in the first inning, when Blanton served up a two-run homer to Joe Mauer and an RBI out to Aaron Hicks. He settled down after the initial hiccup and finished with four strikeouts and no walks. Pitching between the bullpen and the rotation, Blanton is the owner of a 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 30/7 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a Thursday afternoon home date with the Rays.
    Saturday, 8:00 pm
  • Jorge Soler (ankle) to return Sunday
    The Cubs are expected to activate OF Jorge Soler (ankle) from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: Soler went 2-for-13 with four strikeouts during his four-game rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa. He'll immediately take over for Chris Denorfia in right field. The 23-year-old went on the DL last month with a sprained left ankle.
    Saturday, 7:43 pm
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Valbuena has RBI single Saturday vs. Red Sox
    Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with RBI single Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: His RBI single in the ninth was the Astros' only offense of the day against Clay Buchholz. Through three months, Valbuena has had one of the strangest seasons to date. While he has 19 home runs and 36 RBI on the year, he's batting just .201 with a .281 on-base percentage. He could be pushed into a part-time role when Jed Lowrie is ready to come off the disabled list.
    Saturday, 1:47 pm
  • J.D. Martinez continues home run barrage
    J.D. Martinez continued his home run barrage in Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Blue Jays, smashing his 22nd home run of the season.

    Advice: The 27-year-old outfielder has now clobbered 12 home runs in his last 18 games. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .284/.338/.555 with 22 homers and 55 RBI on the season.
    Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Soler to play nine innings at Triple-A Friday
    Jorge Soler (ankle) is slated to play nine innings at Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

    Advice: If all goes well, it could be the final step before he's cleared to rejoin the Cubs. The young slugger has been on the shelf since early June with a left ankle sprain.
    Thursday, 8:33 pm
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Martinez cranks three-run homer in defeat
    J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Martinez's three-run shot in the eighth inning drew the Tigers to within 4-3, but the Pirates would score four times in the ninth to sap meaning from the bomb. The homer was his 21st of the season. Martinez hit a fantastic .290/.320/.677 with 11 homers and 26 RBI in the month of June alone and currently holds a season-long slash of .281/.335/.538 with 21 homers and 51 RBI. His career-high for homers in a season is 23. We're going to plant ourselves on a strong limb and say that he surpasses that soon enough.
    Thursday, 1:44 pm
  • Rays sent Preston Guilmet back to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: The Rays needed to make room for James Loney, who will be activated from the disabled list on Friday. Guilmet recorded four outs against Cleveland on Wednesday. He's spent most of the season bouncing back and forth between Tampa Bay and Durham.
    Thursday, 12:33 pm
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  • Jon Lester goes seven scoreless
    Jon Lester blanked the Mets for seven innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lester struck out seven and walked none in one of his best starts as a Cub. Granted, the Mets aren't really hitting anyone at the moment, but as difficult of a year as Lester has had, he'll take what he can get. Unfortunately, that didn't include a win, as the Cubs didn't take the lead until the 11th.
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
    W, 7-4 vs StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Martinez's 3-hit night not enough for Tigers
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 but it wasn't enough for the Tigers in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: All three hits were singles, and the Tigers weren't able to bring him home even once. Martinez now has back-to-back three-hit nights. He's been red-hot since June 13, clubbing 10 home runs with 21 RBI while batting .365 (23-for-63). On the season, he has 20 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .281/.335/.538 triple-slash line.
    Wednesday, 7:37 pm
  • Martinez homers again, but Tigers fall in 14
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-6 with a two-run home run, but the Tigers couldn't overcome the Pirates in 14 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Martinez belted a two-run home run to left-center off of Tony Watson in the bottom of the eighth inning, knotting the game up at four apiece. It's his fourth home run in his last five games and his seventh in his last seven. He has 20 round-trippers on the year with 48 RBI and a .275/.330/.535 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Preston Guilmet recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Guilmet has allowed three runs over four relief frames during his brief time with the Rays this season. He won't be used in high-leverage innings.
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
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  • Soler (ankle) starts minor league rehab stint
    Jorge Soler (ankle) went 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: "He looked good," said Iowa manager Marty Pevey. "He made a great catch down the right-field line in the bullpen and he got his at-bats in, and we'll build on today's game." Assuming Soler feels good, he's expected to play seven to nine innings on Tuesday and get four at-bats. He's on track to join the Cubs this weekend. Soler has been sidelined for about a month with a left ankle sprain.
    Tuesday, 8:01 am
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Blanton doesn't last long in loss to Astros
    Joe Blanton had a short evening, going only 2 2/3 innings after giving up five runs in Monday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Blanton had pitched well in his first two starts back in the rotation ahead of Monday's start, but the Astros had him figured out. They plated two runs in the second and three in the third on five hits and four walks. The right-hander struck out only two. Including his time in the bullpen, Blanton owns a 3.14 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He has a date at home against the Twins in his next start.
    Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Soler to begin rehab assignment on Monday
    Jorge Soler (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

    Advice: Soler was finally cleared for game action after running the bases without any issues over the weekend. He's only expected to need a couple of games before he's ready to rejoin the Cubs, so expect to see him for their upcoming weekend series against the Marlins.
    Jun 28, 3:02 pm
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Mike Napoli ejected from Sunday's game
    Mike Napoli was ejected from Sunday's game versus the Rays for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Home plate umpire Tripp Gibson looked to have a quick trigger, as Napoli seemed to be disputing a called strike three pretty calmly in the second inning before getting the heave-ho. It's been a nightmarish season for the first baseman, as Napoli sports an ugly .203/.304/.380 batting line.
    Jun 28, 10:38 am
    4:10 pm vs x Mia
  • Jorge Soler begins rehab assignment this week
    Jorge Soler (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment this week.

    Advice: The specifics of the assignment aren't known yet, but Soler was cleared for game action after running the bases this weekend with no issues. He shouldn't need too many games before being activated, so Soler figures to rejoin the Cubs prior to the All-Star break.
    Jun 28, 6:01 am
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; 5:05 pm vs StL
  • Red Sox option Travis Shaw back to Triple-A
    Red Sox optioned INF Travis Shaw to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: The 25-year-old has appeared in six games for the Red Sox this season, going hitless in nine at-bats. He'll continue to provide organizational infield depth in the minor leagues.
    Jun 27, 10:41 am
    4:10 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Ryan Howard not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest against tough southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Maikel Franco is getting the start at first base while Andres Blanco covers the hot corner. Look for Howard to return on Sunday.
    Jun 27, 9:26 am
  • Lackey allows two runs in no-decision
    John Lackey allowed two runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Lackey allowed eight hits and three walks, so the Cubs had their share of chances, but he managed to keep the damage to a minimum and keep the Cardinals in the ballgame. He struck out five in the no-decision. The veteran right-hander had a really rough outing in Coors Field earlier this month, but he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three straight starts since. He'll carry a 3.35 ERA into a start against the Padres next week at home.
    Jun 26, 9:32 pm
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