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  • Bumgarner pitches brilliantly in loss to Reds
    Madison Bumgarner was stupendous in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Reds, striking out nine and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits over eight innings.

    Advice: Bumgarner won't lose many pitching duels, but Reds starter Dan Straily was just a touch better than him in this one. It was a fine start nonetheless. Tucker Barnhart pushed across a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and Jay Bruce burned Mad-Bum with a solo homer in the seventh. Otherwise, the ace southpaw kept the scoreboard clean. He will carry a sharp 2.09 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 170/36 K/BB ratio (150 2/3 innings) into a road date with the Phillies next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:37 pm
  • Dario Alvarez heading from Braves to Rangers
    Rangers acquired LHP Dario Alvarez and RHP Lucas Harrell from the Braves for INF Travis Demeritte.

    Advice: Alvarez should slot into relatively low-leverage action out of the pen at first. The 27-year-old southpaw pitched well in 20 1/3 relief innings with the Braves this season, holding a 3.00 ERA and 28/5 K/BB ratio in 15 innings of work. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:03 pm
  • Rodon (wrist) a possibility to start Sunday
    The Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen relays that Carlos Rodon (wrist) is a possibility to start against the Twins on Sunday.

    Advice: Rodon made a rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and is set to throw a side session on Friday. Should he emerge without issue, he might not need another rehab outing. The 23-year-old southpaw last started on July 6. He suffered a sprained left wrist after slipping on the dugout steps and was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:20 pm
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  • Lucroy trade talks are picking up steam
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that trade talks involving Jonathan Lucroy are "intensifying."

    Advice: Crasnick writes that "[m]omentum [is] building toward a trade by the deadline." He counts the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets and Red Sox as interested parties, but also notes that there is a "mystery team" in the mix. Worldwide Leader colleague Buster Olney reported on July 20 that the Indians were in talks with the Brewers regarding a potential Lucroy trade, but nothing came of it at the time. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:13 pm
  • Walker (foot) might only need one rehab start
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Taijuan Walker (foot) will be reevaluated after he makes his first start on a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Walker tossed a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. He will have a bullpen session on Friday and (assuming no setbacks) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. Servais said that once he makes that start, the team will reevaluate to determine whether he is ready to be activated from the disabled list. Right foot tendinitis has plagued him this summer. He hasn't pitched since July 1. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:07 pm
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  • Strasburg dominates Indians, moves to 14-1
    Stephen Strasburg fired seven scoreless innings in the Nationals' defeat of the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Strasburg thoroughly out-dueled Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who gave up three runs in six innings. Cleveland's offense managed just three hits and two walks against Strasburg while also whiffing seven times. The ace right-hander stands 14-1 with a 2.68 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 155/36 K/BB ratio in 127 2/3 innings this season. He'll get the Diamondbacks on the road next. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:30 pm
  • Carrasco allows three runs in loss to Nats
    Carlos Carrasco allowed three earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Trea Turner smacked a two-run single in the top of the second and Daniel Murphy went yard for a solo shot in the top of the sixth. Carrasco was otherwise decent, yielding only one other hit while striking out five. He'll carry a 7-4 record and 2.45 ERA into his next scheduled start at home against the light-hitting Twins. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:26 pm
  • Conley works 6 2/3 scoreless versus Phillies
    Adam Conley threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in the Marlins' 11-1 rout of the Phillies.

    Advice: Conley was staked to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and went into cruise control, scattering eight hits -- all singles -- across his 6 2/3 shutout frames. The left-hander can now boast a 3.21 ERA and 155 strikeouts over his last 162 2/3 innings dating back to August 2015. He was one of Rotoworld's favorite fantasy sleepers leading into the 2016 campaign. Up next is a tough road matchup against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:17 pm
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  • Nelson Cruz (foot) out Wednesday vs. Bucs
    Nelson Cruz (foot) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Cruz left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. It's just sore, and he's considered day-to-day. Seth Smith is starting in right field for the M's on Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:05 pm
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  • Walker (foot) nearing rehab assignment
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a successful three-inning simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll throw a bullpen session in two days and could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment -- possibly as soon as Monday at Triple-A Tacoma. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 due to tendinitis in his right foot. He's on track for an early-August activation, assuming no setbacks. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:53 am
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  • Denard Span just getting day off Wednesday
    Denard Span is just getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Span has battled a cold recently and is a bit worn out, but this is not an injury situation and he should be fine for Thursday's big series opener against the Nationals. Gregor Blanco is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Giants on Wednesday afternoon against Reds right-hander Dan Straily. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:14 am
  • Denard Span not in SF lineup on Wednesday
    Denard Span is out of the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Gregor Blanco will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Reds right-hander Dan Straily. This could be an injury situation for Span. Updates to come. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:32 am
  • Puig (hamstring) remains absent Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Puig has made just one pinch-hitting appearance since tweaking his right hamstring last Thursday in St. Louis. But he was able to run the bases Tuesday and could be available off the bench Wednesday versus the Rays. Scott Van Slyke is starting in right field. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:36 am
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  • Melvin Upton at cleanup for Toronto on Wed.
    Melvin Upton is batting cleanup in his first start with the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Upton was acquired from San Diego on Tuesday morning in exchange for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez. He will start in left field over Michael Saunders with the Padres throwing right-hander Luis Perdomo. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:27 am
  • Bud Norris brilliant into seventh vs Rays
    Bud Norris turned in a gem in Tuesday's win over the Rays, hurling 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Norris struck out six and walked two on the evening. He allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a single to Steve Pearce. And that was it. Pearce's single with one out in the seventh inning would cause manager Dave Roberts to make the call to the bullpen. The crisp outing is made all the more remarkable for the fact that Norris threw 23 pitches out of the pen in the 15th and 16th innings against the Cardinals on Friday. His last three starts prior to Tuesday saw him allow 14 runs on 21 hits in 15 innings. The outing before that stretch? Six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Norris' inconsistency equals out to a 4.27 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92/35 K/BB ratio over 99 innings between the Braves and Dodgers. He will try to keep things together in a home start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
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  • Reddick homers, drives in three to lead A's
    Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Athletics past the Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reddick hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and added an RBI single an inning later. It was a nice little showcase for the 29-year-old, who has been the subject of trade rumors in recent days. His .296/.373/.442 line has certainly increased his value, as have his seven homers, 27 RBI, 30 runs scored and four steals this year. We'll know soon enough whether the big night was his last as a member of the A's. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Semien hits 21st homer in win over Rangers
    Marcus Semien went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Semien connected for a solo dinger off Rangers starter Nick Martinez in the fifth inning, his 21st big fly of the year. That's easily a personal best for the 25-year-old, who will also set a new high for RBI in a season this year. Overall, Semien is hitting .236/.303/.460 with 49 RBI, 49 runs scored and nine steals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Nelson Cruz left game due to foot soreness
    Nelson Cruz was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Pirates because of a sore foot.

    Advice: Cruz fouled a ball off his foot early Tuesday night and looked to be laboring as he ran from first base to third base on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh. It doesn't sound like anything too serious, but the big slugger figures to get a full day off Wednesday as a precautionary measure. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:53 pm
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  • Nelson Cruz exits game with apparent injury
    Nelson Cruz made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Cruz was moving gingerly as he went from first to third on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh inning and Franklin Gutierrez took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. There should be an update from the Mariners within the hour. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 pm
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  • Puig (hamstring) available off bench Tuesday
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is available off the bench Tuesday.

    Advice: But that might only be in the event of an emergency. Puig tweaked his right hamstring last Thursday and has made just one pinch-hitting appearance since. "To me it's not to the point where I want him in [the starting lineup]," Roberts told reporters on Tuesday after watching Puig run the bases. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:13 pm
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  • Puig (hamstring) sits fifth consecutive game
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is out of the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday for the fifth consecutive game.

    Advice: Puig has been sidelined since tweaking his right hamstring last Thursday. He was able to pinch-hit Friday but hasn't been heard from since. Andrew Toles is starting in right field on Tuesday night against the Rays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:14 pm
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  • Walker (foot) to throw sim game Wed.
    Taijuan Walker (foot) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters that he wants to see Walker "get after it" to really test his right foot. A minor league rehab game could follow if the workout goes smoothly. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 with lingering foot tendinitis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:00 pm
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  • Blue Jays finalize trade for OF Melvin Upton
    Blue Jays acquired OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will cover all but $5 million of the roughly $22 million remaining on Upton's contract. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season with the Padres and will provide some depth and versatility to the Blue Jays' outfield. While the ballpark change is a positive, he might lose a couple of starts a week and probably won't run as much. His fantasy value takes a bit of a dip with the trade. Since the Padres are in Toronto this week, Upton will just have to switch dugouts on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Madison Bumgarner changes agents
    Madison Bumgarner is now represented by the Legacy Agency.

    Advice: Bumgarner left Relativity for Excel Sports Management earlier this year, but now he has switched representation again. The southpaw is under contract through 2017 with a pair of affordable club options for 2018 and 2019, so this is a move with a look toward the future. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • Report: Blue Jays to acquire OF Melvin Upton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres are expected to receive a Class A prospect in return. No word yet on the financial details, but the deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday. Upton is batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games this season and should add some versatility to Toronto's outfield. The addition could allow Jose Bautista to see more time out of the designated hitter spot and Edwin Encarnacion to play more first base. Upton is still under contract (for $16.45 million) next season, which is notable with Bautista, Encarnacion, and Michael Saunders due to hit free agency this winter. The Padres are expected to pick up some of the tab. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:10 am
  • Blue Jays 'front-runners' for Melvin Upton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are the "front-runners" for Padres outfielder Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported over the weekend that the Orioles and Blue Jays were the leaders in pursuit for Upton, but it appears that Toronto has emerged as the favorite in the past day or so. Rosenthal hears that the Indians are also in the mix. Upton has enjoyed a resurgent season in San Diego, batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games. He's under contract for $16.45 million next season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Melvin Upton out of lineup again Monday
    Melvin Upton is out of the Padres' lineup for a second straight day Monday.

    Advice: It's obviously a bit curious as Upton's name continues to float in trade rumors, but Padres manager Andy Green said that nothing is done yet and that the decision was made to give him a couple of days off. It still sounds very likely he'll be traded by August 1. Alex Dickerson will start in left field again Monday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:46 pm
  • Reddick (back) returns to A's lineup Monday
    Josh Reddick (back) has returned to the Athletics' starting lineup Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Reddick missed consecutive starts over the weekend due to back soreness, but he was able to play some defense on Sunday. It's not a major concern. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:44 pm
  • Reddick (back) plays inning of right field
    Josh Reddick (back) played an inning of right field Sunday in the A's defeat of the Rays.

    Advice: That's a pretty good indication that his return to the starting lineup is imminent. Reddick has been bothered by a sore back since Saturday. It's nothing serious. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:13 am
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) out again on Sunday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig was able to pinch-hit Friday, but he hasn't started a game since tweaking his right hamstring on Thursday. It doesn't appear at this point that a disabled list stint is being considered. Andrew Toles is in right field. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:19 pm
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  • Carlos Rodon (wrist) making rehab start Mon.
    Carlos Rodon (wrist) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said whether Rodon needs an additional rehab start will depend on how he feels. In other words, he should rejoin the Pale Hose rotation later this week as long as he doesn't have a setback. Rodon has missed two and a half weeks with a sprained left wrist. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:52 am
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  • Josh Reddick (back) out again on Sunday
    Josh Reddick (back) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a second straight game that he's missed due to a sore back. Reddick is considered day-to-day. Jake Smolinski is in right field Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:50 am
  • Melvin Upton not in Padres' lineup Sunday
    Melvin Upton is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's interesting, obviously, with the rumors floating around regarding Upton being traded soon. For now, though, it doesn't appear anything is imminent. Alex Dickerson is in left field. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:05 am
  • Lucroy hits two-run home run on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run in the first inning on Saturday and finished the game 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

    Advice: Lucroy is a prime candidate to be moved before next weekend's trade deadline. Today's game boosted his trade value a bit higher than it already was. His .301/.362/.494 slash stats with 13 homers and 50 RBI make him one of the top three catchers in fantasy baseball. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • Josh Reddick scratched with back soreness
    Josh Reddick was scratched from the A's lineup on Saturday due to back soreness.

    Advice: It sounds like a day-to-day type of thing. Reddick has posted a cool .295/.374/.433 batting line in 61 games this season and will be a big trade chip for the Athletics ahead of the August 1 non-waiver deadline. There is known to be interest from the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out Saturday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Puig was used as a pinch-hitter in Friday's extra-innings marathon, but he isn't ready to return to the outfield and probably won't start Sunday either. He tweaked his right hamstring Thursday afternoon in D.C. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:42 pm
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  • Cruz homers twice, plates seven runs in rout
    Nelson Cruz had a monster day at the dish on Saturday, blasting two long balls and plating seven runs in a 14-5 rout of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Cruz got the party started in the third inning with a grand slam off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. He then capped off the offense for the M's with a towering three-run shot off Drew Storen in the eighth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-5 and is now hitting an impressive .288/.372/.548 with 25 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:28 pm
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  • Orioles and Blue Jays leaders for Upton
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Orioles and Blue Jays are the leaders in the pursuit of Melvin Upton.

    Advice: The interest in Upton has certainly intensified in the past day or so, and it's looking increasingly likely that he'll be wearing a new uniform in August. While a park shift away from Petco Park could seem like a boon to his fantasy value, he hasn't handled changes of scenery well in the past, and isn't likely to land with a manager as willing to run as Andy Green has been this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:23 am
  • Blue Jays talking Upton with Padres as well
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have discussed Melvin Upton and Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that it's unclear if the Jays would have interest in just Upton if they can't get Cashner. The Padres seem to be pitting potential suitors against one another in an effort to drive up the price on their available pieces. Where there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so don't be surprised to see some sort of deal get done in the next couple of days. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:47 am
  • Indians have also discussed Melvin Upton
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Indians have had conversations with the Padres in recent weeks about Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Olney notes that while the two clubs have talked, nothing is close regarding a potential deal. The interest around Upton has picked up considerably in the last couple of days and it looks like there's a strong likelihood that he could get moved before next week's trade deadline. The Orioles are reported to be in negotiations for him as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:51 am
  • Bud Norris takes loss in 16th
    Two days after starting, Bud Norris took a loss in relief after giving up a homer in the 16th inning Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Norris pitched a scoreless 15th, but he gave up the homer with one out in the 16th. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled on Tuesday, though he should have sufficient time to recover. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:36 pm
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  • Yasiel Puig appears off bench
    Yasiel Puig popped out as a pinch-hitter in the 13th inning Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Puig didn't start because of a minor right hamstring injury, and he remains day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:30 pm
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  • Bumgarner takes no-decision vs. Yanks
    Madison Bumgarner yielded two runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Yankees.

    Advice: Bumgarner didn’t appear long for this one early on, as he needed 47 pitches to get through the first two innings, but he settled down from there. He ultimately threw 115 pitches on a sweaty night in the Bronx. The southpaw struck out six and walked three and has now allowed two earned runs or fewer in 16 out of his 21 starts this season. He’ll bring a 2.14 ERA into a start against the Reds next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Conley gives up two runs in no-decision
    Adam Conley allowed two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: The southpaw struck out three and walked one. Conley has had issues working deeper into games, so this was just the second time in his last five starts that he completed six innings. The Marlins tied things up after he left the game, but the bullpen quickly gave up the lead. With a 3.58 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 110 2/3 innings, Conley continues to show flashes of being a useful fantasy starter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:53 pm
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  • Orioles have talked to Padres about Upton
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Orioles have talked to the Padres about Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported earlier in the day that the Padres had told suitors that they were close to dealing Upton, and perhaps it's the O's who are hot on the trail after losing Joey Rickard for the next 4-to-6 weeks. It would certainly be an upgrade in home ballpark for Upton. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Marcus Semien sitting out on Friday
    Marcus Semien is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Danny Valencia is also sitting out, as the A's are going with Arismendy Alcantara at shortstop, Yonder Alonso at first base, Khris Davis in the designated hitter spot, Jake Smolinski in center field and Coco Crisp in left. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:46 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) sitting out on Friday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is absent from the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his right hamstring on Thursday. It doesn't appear that it's a potential disabled list injury at this point, but with his history of hammy issues you never know. Scott Van Slyke is filling in in right field. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:29 pm
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  • Taijuan Walker (foot) throws bullpen session
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a bullpens session Friday with no issues.

    Advice: He should be ready to make a rehab start soon. Walker has battled tendinitis in his right foot for a while now before finally being placed on the DL earlier this month, but it appears he's feeling better. He should return in late July or early August. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:00 pm
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  • Lucroy getting planned day off Thursday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Jonathan Lucroy is getting a planned day off Thursday.

    Advice: Trade speculation surfaced as soon as Thursday's lineup card was released, but Lucroy is staying put for now. Still, there's a good chance he's dealt by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Lucroy out of Brewers' lineup Thursday night
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Commence the trade speculation. Lucroy tallied three RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday night, but Martin Maldonado will get the nod at catcher Thursday. He is batting eighth versus Bucs lefty Francisco Liriano. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:57 pm
  • Strasburg takes first loss versus Dodgers
    Stephen Strasburg took his first loss of the season on Wednesday afternoon, yielding six earned runs over six innings versus the visiting Dodgers.

    Advice: Strasburg struck out 10 and issued only one walk, but the Dodgers got to him for two runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the top of the third. Justin Turner did most of the damage with a pair of two-run homers. This should go down as a random hiccup for Strasburg, who now stands 13-1 on the year with a 2.83 ERA. He gets the Indians on the road next. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Kenley Jansen earns 28th save vs. Nats
    Kenley Jansen earned his 28th save of the season Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park.

    Advice: Jansen gave up a one-out single to Bryce Harper, but he retired the other three batters he faced to easily protect the Dodgers' three-run lead. Jansen boasts a 1.30 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 53/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season, to go along with the 28 saves. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:44 pm
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  • Puig left game with right hamstring tightness
    Yasiel Puig left Thursday's game against the Nationals with right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his right hammy while trying to beat out a grounder to third base in the top of the seventh inning. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. This is not the same hamstring Puig injured in June, but he did have serious problems with it in 2015. Another trip back to the disabled list is a real possibility. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:22 pm
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  • Puig removed from game with apparent injury
    Yasiel Puig was removed from Thursday's game against the Nationals with an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: Puig entered the game in right field in the bottom of the sixth but then appeared to tweak something while trying to leg out a grounder in his first at-bat in the top of the seventh. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. Puig was limited to 79 games in 2015 because of hamstring problems and he spent time on the disabled list this June with the same type of issue. More awful injury news for Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:50 am
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  • Cubs looking at A's outfielder Josh Reddick
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cubs are "looking at" A's outfielder Josh Reddick.

    Advice: Morosi notes that Cubs president Theo Epstein drafted Reddick in Boston back in 2006. It's been a frustrating 2016 for the 29-year-old outfielder, who missed part of May and most of June with a fractured thumb, but he has been a productive hitter when healthy for going on five years and he's only owed about $3 million on his current contract. Reddick can become a free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:43 am
  • Lucroy drives in three runs and steals a bag
    Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs and added a stolen base as the Brewers beat the Pirates 9-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He drove in two runners with a single to left in the sixth inning, then hit a sacrifice fly to bring in an insurance run in the eighth inning. Lucroy's name is swirling in trade rumors but it hasn't been a distraction for the All Star catcher. He is batting .305/.362/.492 with 12 home runs in 311 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Norris pounded for six runs on three homers
    Bud Norris struck out eight batters in five innings but gave up six runs in the process, taking a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Three of the seven hits he gave up sailed over the wall. He falls to 5-8 with a 4.53 ERA in 91 1/3 innings. Norris had a good stretch of starts in May and June but has since reverted to his usual mediocre self. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:14 pm
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  • Carrasco goes six shutout innings vs. KC
    Carlos Carrasco delivered six shutout innings Wednesday in the Indians' defeat of the Royals.

    Advice: Carrasco carved his way through the Kansas City lineup with ease, yielding just one hit and two walks while striking out six. He was backed by 11 runs (and five homers) from the Cleveland offense. Carrasco will carry a 2.31 ERA into his next start at home versus the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:36 pm
  • Report: Indians shooting for Lucroy trade
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Indians are "in talks" for a potential Jonathan Lucroy trade.

    Advice: There are no details as to who the Indians might have to give up in return for Lucroy. As far as available catchers go, the 30-year-old backstop is about as reliable as they come. This season, he is slashing .305/.362/.494 with 12 homers and 45 RBI over the course of 308 at-bats. Lucroy has told FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman that he would like to play for a contender. At 55-38 and holding a seven-game lead in the AL Central, the Indians would fit that bill. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:18 pm
  • Reddick hits cue shot walkoff single vs HOU
    Josh Reddick hit a walk-off, opposite-field RBI single to beat the Astros in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's 4-3 victory.

    Advice: Reddick didn't exactly scald the walk-off winner against Tony Sipp, but as the old adage goes, he just needed to hit it where they ain't. In this case, the Astros employed the shift when Reddick stepped to the plate. He proceeded to hit an opposite-field grounder that would have likely been gobbled up by Carlos Correa had the shift not been on. As is, the ball just squeaked through to score Marcus Semien. For the season as a whole, Reddick is slashing .298/.378/.439 with six homers and 23 RBI over 205 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:18 pm
  • Carlos Rodon (wrist) played catch Tues.
    Carlos Rodon (wrist) played catch Tuesday without issue.

    Advice: "It's a good sign, throwing and not hurting," the left-hander told reporters after his workout. Rodon will throw on flat ground again Thursday and should then be cleared to return to a mound in a simulated setting. He's been on the disabled list since July 6 with a sprained left wrist and doesn't currently have a timetable for activation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:45 pm
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  • Walker (foot) ramping up throwing program
    Taijuan Walker (foot) will play catch the next two days before throwing a bullpen session this weekend in Toronto.

    Advice: Walker has been sidelined since July 5 with nagging tendinitis in his right foot, but he's slowly starting to ramp up his throwing program. He will need a minor league rehab start, but a return around the end of the month appears within reach. Walker hasn't ruled out offseason foot surgery. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 4:47 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • Conley whiffs nine batters in no-decision
    Adam Conley struck out nine batters over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It wasn't the prettiest outing -- Conley gave up three runs (two earned) on three walks and three hits -- but he did manage a ton of swing-and-misses and Miami wound up winning the game 6-3. Conley has a useful 3.61 ERA and 1.29 WHIP this season, and he's struck out 103 batters in 104 2/3 innings. A matchup with the Mets is next. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 2:25 pm
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