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  • Darvish to pitch simulated game Wednesday
    Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Darvish threw all of his pitches during a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. It was Darvish's first time on the mound since injuring his neck earlier this month. He'll throw about three innings on Wednesday. The right-hander landed on the disabled list in just his third game back from Tommy John surgery. 26 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Joc Pederson sitting against Francisco Liriano
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's no coincidence that the left-handed-hitting Pederson is getting the afternoon off with Francisco Liriano on the mound for Pittsburgh. Pederson also sat Saturday against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will bat third and play center field. Pederson is still having contact issues (.236 AVG, 66 strikeouts) but his power numbers have been impressive (13 HR, .480 slugging percentage). 54 minutes ago
  • Corey Seager not in Monday's starting lineup
    Corey Seager is getting the day off Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's a quick turnaround for the Dodgers, who are playing at 12:35 PM ET after a night game on Sunday. Seager has appeared in all but one game this season with his last day off coming on April 15. The 22-year-old has contributed All-Star numbers this year with 16 HR and a .298 batting average in 299 at-bats. Chris Taylor will handle shortstop duties Monday while batting eighth against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano. Today, 7:07 am
  • Chatwood could begin rehab assignment Thursday
    Tyler Chatwood (back) threw all his pitches during Sunday's bullpen session.

    Advice: He'll throw another on Monday in hopes of beginning a rehab assignment on Thursday. Chatwood seems to be making solid progress in his recovery from a strained lower back. He's been a borderline All-Star this year with eight wins and a 3.15 ERA in 14 starts. Today, 6:56 am
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • D.J. LeMahieu (knee) headed for MRI Monday
    D.J. LeMahieu left Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with a bruised left knee.

    Advice: He came out in the sixth inning after going 0-for-1 with a pair of walks. LeMaheiu landed awkwardly on his knee after diving for a single by Paul Goldschmidt. He'll have an MRI on Monday. Daniel Descalso replaced LeMahieu at second base and will probably start there during his absence. LeMahieu's .327 average is tied for third-best in the National League. Today, 6:51 am
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • Cole throws 15-pitch bullpen session Sunday
    Gerrit Cole (triceps) threw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list.

    Advice: Pitching coach Ray Searage said Cole was "very, very good" and actually had to reel him in a bit so he wouldn't re-injure himself. The right-hander threw 15 fastballs while emphasizing timing and a consistent delivery. He's expected to throw two more bullpen sessions during the Pirates' upcoming road trip. After that Cole will be reevaluated in hopes of beginning a rehab assignment. There's no timetable for his return. Today, 6:42 am
    15-Day DL
    9:35 am vs LAD
  • Ross Stripling to throw for OKC on Tuesday
    Ross Stripling will make an appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll pitch in relief of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is making his fourth rehab start. Stripling has spent the past month at the team's spring training facility in Arizona in an effort to limit his innings. This is Stripling's first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014. He should be back with the Dodgers at some point this year. Today, 6:22 am
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    9:35 am @Pit
  • Gonzalez benched for second straight game
    Adrian Gonzalez will sit for the second straight game Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Scott Van Slyke got the nod at first base Sunday with Gonzalez appearing as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and will start there again on Monday. Gonzalez has had a hard time this month (.181 with one homer in 83 at-bats) and manager Dave Roberts thinks defensive shifts could be to blame. "If you see the three infielders on the right side of the infield and you’re not getting hits, logic says that if I can put the ball on the ground the other way, I can get a hit," said Roberts. "It kind of plays into the psyche of the defense." Gonzalez's .262 average this year is his lowest since 2005 when he hit .227 in 43 games for Texas. Today, 6:16 am
    9:35 am @Pit
  • Corey Dickerson nursing sore left thumb
    Corey Dickerson (thumb) missed Sunday's game with a sore left thumb.

    Advice: Dickerson won't be in the lineup Monday against Boston but he's hoping to return on Tuesday. The 27-year-old has struggled in his first year away from Coors Field, hitting just .209 with 13 HR and 34 RBI. Evan Longoria filled in as the DH Sunday against Baltimore. The Rays have sunk to the bottom of the AL East by losing 11 straight. Today, 5:58 am
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Souza (hip) to take batting practice Monday
    Steven Souza (hip) will take batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: Souza has been limited to hitting in a cage so far but he'll be on the field for Monday's BP session at Tropicana Field. He should be close to beginning a rehab assignment. Souza received a cortisone shot for a strained hip about a week and a half ago. He'll be back before the All-Star break. Today, 5:53 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Tired Xander Bogaerts struggling on defense
    Red Sox manager John Farrell says Xander Bogaerts is tired and "needs a day."

    Advice: Bogaerts' bat hasn't slowed down yet—his batting average is second in the American League behind Jose Altuve—but his defense has deteriorated over the past week with three errors in his last four games. Xander hasn't sat since April 23 and is due for a breather. Sitting Wednesday against the Rays is the most likely scenario with the Red Sox off on Thursday. That would give Xander a couple days to catch his breath. Today, 5:48 am
  • McCutchen a trade candidate this offseason?
    According to John Perrotto of FanRag Sports, the Pirates aren't looking to shop Andrew McCutchen until the offseason.

    Advice: The Pirates have been plummeting in the NL Central race, fueling speculation that the Bucs will become sellers at the trade deadline. They still might—Francisco Liriano and Mark Melancon are logical trade candidates—but McCutchen won't be part of that discussion. However, the team could entertain offers for McCutchen this winter in anticipation of top outfield prospect Austin Meadows' big-league debut in 2017. McCutchen is having his worst season, though he did bop a pair of home runs Saturday off Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda. Today, 5:36 am
  • Trevor Story diagnosed with bruised finger
    Trevor Story was diagnosed with a bruised right middle finger after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning on Sunday.

    Advice: Thankfully for the Rockies and fantasy owners alike, X-rays came back negative. Consider him day-to-day heading into next week. Today, 2:01 am
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • McCutchen tossed for arguing strike call
    Andrew McCutchen was ejected from Sunday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called third strike call.

    Advice: McCutchen doesn't get visibly frustrated often, but he let his emotions spill over in this one on what was a questionable third strike call. He'll catch the rest of this game from the clubhouse. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Trevor Story heading for X-rays on his hand
    Trevor Story is heading for X-rays on his hand after being drilled by a pitch leading off the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: Story was drilled leading off the ninth inning, then came around to score the game-winning run on Mark Reynolds' walk-off blast. The Rockies are hopeful that his hand isn't broken, but it remains a very real possibility at this time. Expect an update on his status shortly. Yesterday, 5:21 pm
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • Kennedy strikes out 11 as Royals top 'Stros
    Ian Kennedy fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Royals' 6-1 defeat of the Astros.

    Advice: Kennedy dominated in what might have been his best start in a Royals uniform, yielding just three hits and a walk while striking out 11. The one run he gave up came on an Evan Gattis solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. Kennedy now stands 6-6 with a cool 3.96 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 85/29 K/BB ratio 88 2/3 innings this season, and he has a nice matchup next week in Philly. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • DeSclafani blanks Padres over eight innings
    Anthony DeSclafani was marvelous in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Padres, tossing eight innings of five-hit shutout ball.

    Advice: DeSclafani struck out five without walking a batter. He figures to sleep well tonight after throwing 117 pitches (77 strikes). Through his first four starts -- an oblique injury kept him off the mound for the first two months of the season -- the 26-year-old right-hander holds a sharp 1.52 ERA and slightly more dull 1.31 WHIP. He will look to continue rounding into form when he takes to the road for a date with the Nationals in his next scheduled start. Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • LeMahieu, Rox pound out 11 runs vs. D'backs
    DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored as the Rockies pounded the Diamondbacks 11-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: LeMahieu had one of the team's three home runs on the day, his fifth homer of the year. The second baseman has been terrific in his last six games, going 13-for-28 with four RBI and five runs scored. The good stretch is a microcosm of what has been a stellar first half for the 27-year-old, who's batting .328/.392/.500 with 46 runs scored overall. Saturday, 7:42 pm
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • McCutchen crushes two home runs on Saturday
    Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, then trumped that with a three-run bomb in the sixth to carry the Pirates to a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: The two home runs give McCutchen 12 for the season. He has been a major disappointment for his fantasy owners so far this year but he gave them a big treat today. McCutchen played poorly in the early part of last season before coming on strong in the second half, perhaps today is an indication he will repeat that cycle this year. He is now batting .243 with 41 runs, 32 RBI and only two steals. Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Yu Darvish (neck) to throw bullpen on Sunday
    Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: This will be his first mound session since being placed on the disabled list with neck and shoulder discomfort earlier this month. If his bullpen session goes well, the next step would be either a simulated game or a rehab assignment. Darvish is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA in three starts this season. He missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Saturday, 4:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Pederson not in Saturday's lineup
    Joc Pederson is not in Saturday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will start in center field while Scott Van Slyke will play left. Saturday, 12:53 pm
  • Dickerson homers in loss to Orioles
    Corey Dickerson homered as part of a 2-for-4 night with two RBI on Friday.

    Advice: His home run in the first inning was his 13th of the year. Dickerson has struggled mightily since being traded from the Rockies to the Rays. He has a very unlucky .225 BABIP so perhaps better days are ahead for the 27-year-old outfielder. Friday, 7:26 pm
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Xander Bogaerts wins game for Boston
    Xander Bogaerts singled in Mookie Betts in the bottom of the 10th to give the Red Sox an 8-7 win over the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Bogaerts' second hit of the game, and it made a winner out of Craig Kimbrel, who came up big for a Red Sox team that badly needed it today. With the win, the Red Sox avoided what would have been the White Sox's first four-game sweep at Fenway since 1927. Thursday, 3:11 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen getting the day off Thurs.
    Andrew McCutchen is getting the day off Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

    Advice: Gregory Polanco will start in center field and Matt Joyce will start in right. Sean Rodriguez is in left for Starling Marte, who has a foot injury. This is just a routine day of maintenance for McCutchen. Thursday, 7:24 am
  • Corey Seager hits 16th home run
    Corey Seager went 3-for-4 and hit his 16th homer Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: 16 homers in 287 at-bats for Seager. Last year, he had 13 in 421 at-bats while playing in the PCL, so it seemed like it would be a while before he was going to chase 20 homers, much less 30, in the majors. Alas, here he is, on pace for 35. We don't expect him to keep that up, but he has a better chance of maintaining his current .289 average. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts goes 3-for-5, knocks in three
    Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI against the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: The double might have been a homer, but a fan interfered with it from atop the Green Monster and it was ruled a double after replays were inconclusive. Bogaerts is having such a strong season that a three-hit game merely raises his average from .347 to .351. He's collected 104 hits, seven more than anyone else in either league. Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Darvish (shoulder) could throw bullpen Sat.
    Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail said that Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) could throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: Darvish remains a ways away from a return to the big league team. Brocail said that he won't be taking part in a rehab or simulated game for at least another week. A mid-June MRI did not reveal any structural damage, but expect the Rangers to continue to take it slow with their ace right-hander, especially given that he is just coming off of a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery. Wednesday, 5:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • No timetable for Cole (triceps) to return
    Pirates athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said that there is no current timetable for Gerrit Cole (triceps) to return to the mound.

    Advice: Cole has been playing catch, but beyond that, there has not been any tangible movement in his rehab. He will first be eligible to return to the disabled list on June 26, but that is not likely at this point. Until the Pirates put forth a more definitive timetable, it is unknown when Cole might be ready to pitch again. Wednesday, 3:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    9:35 am vs LAD
  • DeSclafani goes seven strong against Rangers
    Anthony DeSclafani allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: His third start since coming off the disabled list was his best yet, as the right-hander gave up five hits and a walk while striking out six. He now owns a 2.30 ERA through those three starts, but his 1.66 WHIP speaks to the fact that he's still rounding into form. DeSclafani made a name for himself in 2015 and will look to continue knocking the rust off Sunday against the Padres. Tuesday, 8:05 pm
  • Kennedy pulled after four innings versus Mets
    Ian Kennedy was given just four innings Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits in a loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Kennedy wasn't pitching poorly, but Royals manager Ned Yost saw an opportunity to produce some offense in the top of the fifth inning and pinch-hit for Kennedy. He did allow two home runs before exiting, giving him 18 home runs allowed in 14 starts this year. The right-hander has a 4.19 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in his first year with KC. He'll hope for a longer leash Monday against the Cardinals. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Cole (triceps) plays catch back-to-back days
    Gerrit Cole (triceps) played catch Sunday and Monday.

    Advice: It was his first time throwing since leaving a start on June 10 with a right triceps muscle strain. The Pirates have yet to reveal a specific timetable for his return to the rotation. Tuesday, 7:30 am
    15-Day DL
    9:35 am vs LAD
  • Steven Souza (hip) gets cortisone shot
    Steven Souza (hip) underwent an MRI and received a cortisone shot on Monday.

    Advice: Souza, who landed on the disabled list last week with a left hip strain, visited a specialist in Nashville on Monday. As of now, the Rays are hopeful that he'll be able to return during their upcoming homestand from June 27-July 7. Monday, 2:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Tyler Chatwood (back) placed on disabled list
    Rockies placed RHP Tyler Chatwood on the 15-day disabled list with a mid-back strain.

    Advice: Chatwood had to depart Saturday's game with the injury and apparently wasn't feeling any better the next day. The good news is he's expected back when his 15 days are up. Eddie Butler will take his spot in the Rockies' rotation. Jun 19, 9:00 am
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • Pederson homers, gets three hits at leadoff
    Joc Pederson led off for the first time this season and got three hits, including his 12th home run as the Dodgers beat the Brewers 10-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: Pederson finished 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base. The good game boosted his batting average up to a still-subpar .238 on the season. Pederson strikes out a lot and hits the ball in the air frequently, so his owners should not expect a good batting average from him any time soon. He is an odd fit as a leadoff hitter due to his .316 OBP and prodigious power. Right now Pederson is a second-division fantasy outfielder, but he has the potential to be a star if he can hone his natural talent into sharpened skills. Jun 19, 12:08 am
  • A-Gon raps three hits on Saturday
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored a run on Saturday in his first strong game in a week.

    Advice: Gonzalez got off to a good start in April but has cooled down of late. Prior to today he had a poor .500 OPS in June. All of his stats this season are well below his career norms. The 34-year-old is likely to heat up eventually but it might be time for the aging slugger's owners to start preparing a replacement plan. Jun 18, 11:55 pm
    9:35 am @Pit
  • Bogaerts hits ninth homer against Mariners
    Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a home run in a win over the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: He just keeps hitting. The 23-year-old is now hitting .359 this month with three homers and 16 RBI. Overall, he's still the AL leader in batting with a .352 average while placing fourth in the league in runs (54) and ninth in RBI (46). And he's just getting started. Jun 18, 4:15 pm
  • Pederson batting leadoff on Saturday
    Joc Pederson is batting leadoff for the Dodgers on Saturday night against the Brewers.

    Advice: This will be Pederson's first start at leadoff in 2016. He hit leadoff 69 times last season. Jun 18, 3:05 pm
  • Chatwood left start because of back spasm
    Tyler Chatwood left his start Saturday against the Marlins because of a mid-back spasm.

    Advice: Chatwood couldn't even make it through two innings and he wound up getting charged with three earned runs. The right-hander will be reevaluated Sunday. Jun 18, 2:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Tor
  • Chatwood leaves start with apparent injury
    Tyler Chatwood was lifted from his start Saturday against the Marlins with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Chatwood was charged with three earned runs over 1 2/3 innings. He told reporters after his last start that he felt ill, and this early exit Saturday could obviously be related. There should be an update shortly. Jun 18, 2:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Tor
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