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  • Crisp has 'chronic degenerative' neck injury
    Athletics trainer trainer Nick Paparesta said Tuesday that Coco Crisp has "some chronic degenerative changes" in his neck.

    Advice: Crisp was initially injured back on May 7 and has dealt with pain his his neck off-and-on since then. He'll avoid the disabled list for now and could return to the lineup as soon as Friday, but it's something that the outfielder is "going to battle throughout the season," Paparesta said. "Now we're trying to figure out what the next course would be to alleviate some of the issues that he's having," manager Bob Melvin added, "whether it's medication or whatever."
    48 minutes ago
  • Orioles interested in Astros' Keuchel, Cosart
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are interested in the Astros' Dallas Keuchel and Jarred Cosart.

    Advice: The O's don't want to give up one of their better pitching prospects for a rental like Jon Lester and instead are focused more on players that they'd control longer. Both Keuchel and Cosart have yet to reach arbitration, so they'd fit the bill. The Orioles have also dealt with the Astros in the past, having acquire Bud Norris at the deadline last season.
    Today, 7:01 am
    11:10 am vs ^ Oak
  • Kyle Gibson returned to action on Tuesday July 29.
    Today, 2:44 am
  • Mark Teixeira returned to action on Tuesday July 29.
    Today, 2:44 am
  • Lonnie Chisenhall hitless in return to lineup
    Lonnie Chisenhall went 0-for-4 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Chisenhall missed the previous two contests due to illness, but it shouldn't be an issue going forward. The third baseman his hit just .219/.318/.307 over 38 contests since his three-homer game back on June 9.
    Today, 2:44 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.
    Today, 2:44 am
  • Harang allows 4 ER in no-decision vs. LAD
    Aaron Harang was trampled for four runs on nine hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers in Tuesday's start.

    Advice: Harang whiffed three and issued one free pass. The veteran right-hander entered this game 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA in his last six outings, but couldn't sustain the success, which is always the fear with a slop thrower. Harang, 9-6 with a 3.43 ERA, has a nice matchup next time out, as he's scheduled to visit Petco Park and the Padres on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Benoit has 2nd save since taking closer job
    Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless ninth in a 3-1 game for his third save Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Benoit was perfect outside of plunking Daniel Descalso. That exhale you heard was San Diego's front office, which is reportedly shopping Benoit. With a 4.91 ERA in July and six walks over his last four appearances, shopping was making that task a little more difficult for them. Benoit is one of the best relievers on the market. He boasts a 1.88 ERA and 0.84 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 10:41 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.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Posey has 3 hits in Giants 6th straight loss
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 Tuesday in a 3-1 setback against the Pirates.

    Advice: Posey came into tonight in a 3-for-17 slump, so it was nice to see the big game, though it came without an extra-base hit, run scored or RBI. It was that kind of night for the offense, and it's been that kind of week for the Giants, who are free-falling. San Francisco has been outscored 27-6 during its current six-game losing streak.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Rockies to hang on to LaTroy Hawkins
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies are expected to hang on to LaTroy Hawkins.

    Advice: Hawkins is 41 and would have some value on a contending team in a middle relief role, but the Rockies like his veteran presence and plan to pick up his $2.25 million club option for 2015. Hawkins has saved 17-of-18 chances this season while sporting a 3.09 ERA. The Pirates and a couple other clubs had expressed interest.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Gardner gets four hits, Yanks outlast Rangers
    Brett Gardner continued his hot hitting on Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and three runs scored in the Yankees' 12-11 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Gardner is now 7-for-10 with three home runs and five runs scored in the first two games of the series. His three runs give him 67 runs scored for the year, sixth-most in the American League. The 30-year-old's hit parade has his triple slash line up to .283/.357/.455, and if the season ended today he would set personal bests in both slugging percentage and OPS.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Teixeira homers, scores three times in win
    Mark Teixeira went 1-for-2 with a home run, three walks and three runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was a triumphant return to the lineup for the 34-year-old, who had missed more than a week with a lower left lat strain. The homer was his 18th in 78 games this year, and he's got 50 RBI to boot. Now healthy and, apparently, seeing the ball well, Teixeira can safely be inserted back into fantasy lineups going forward.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Andrus has three-hit, two-RBI night vs. Yanks
    Elvis Andrus finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Andrus had three of the Rangers' 15 hits on the night. The stolen base was his 21st of the year, fourth-best in the American League. He's hit safely in six straight games, raising his season line to .268/.316/.342. It's been a down year by Andrus' standards, but perhaps his recent success is a sign of better things to come from here out.
    Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Hernandez doubles, triples in loss to A's
    Enrique Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Hernandez also scored a run in the loss. The triple, which plated a run in the fifth inning, was his second in 23 games this season. Hernandez has held his own in his first go-round in the majors, batting .289/.357/.434 thus far. The spark plug doesn't hold much mixed league value, but he's certainly an AL-only commodity with his performance to date.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Reddick homers, scores twice in win over HOU
    Josh Reddick went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in the Athletics' come-from-behind win over the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reddick hit a solo shot off Scott Feldman in the fifth inning, and he also scored in the team's six-run ninth inning. Reddick has come back from a strained right knee with a purpose, going 10-for-28 (.357) with four doubles, two homers, four RBI and seven runs scored in eight games. The strong stretch has his overall line up to .246/.305/.406.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Gibson goes seven scoreless, Twins top Royals
    Kyle Gibson struck out seven, allowing only two hits, over seven shutout innings in the Twins' 2-1 defeat of the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gibson surrendered just two singles and walked two, needing just 95 pitches to get through his seven innings of work. The start was especially good to see because Gibson had missed his previous turn in the rotation due to back stiffness. The right-hander now owns a 3.94 ERA through 20 starts this year. Showing no lingering effects from the back injury, Gibson should be ready to roll for his next start, scheduled for Sunday at the White Sox.
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Coco Crisp (neck) out until at least Friday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that an MRI on Coco Crisp's neck showed "no changes."

    Advice: It would qualify as good news, but Crisp will be held out of the lineup until at least Friday and it's not clear when he'll be ready to return. More will be known when the A's return home this weekend. Crisp has battled a neck issue off-and-on for much of the season.
    Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Report: Joaquin Benoit could still be moved
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears from a major league source that there is "still a good chance" that the Padres deal Joaquin Benoit before Thursday's trade deadline.

    Advice: The Padres have already traded Huston Street this month, but they could also move Benoit if the right offer comes along. The Tigers are likely out as a possibility after the Joakim Soria deal, but teams like the Pirates and Indians could be in the mix. Benoit is owed $8 million next season while his contract includes an $8 million vesting option or $1.5 million buyout for 2016, so the Padres have no sense of urgency to move him. Dale Thayer could take over the closer role if Benoit ends up elsewhere.
    Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Teixeira (lat) singles as pinch-hitter
    Mark Teixeira (lat) singled as a pinch-hitter Monday.

    Advice: Sidelined with a lower left lat strain, it was his first game action since July 20. The expectation is that he will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 12:47 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 12:47 am
  • Brett Gardner launches two homers
    Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 and hit his 11th and 12th homers Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Gardner homered in consecutive at-bats off Yu Darvish, which is a pretty impressive feat. He's up to 12 homers this year, which is four more than he had ever hit before. Oddly, he has just 13 doubles after hitting 33 last year. Still, it's quite a season that he's having.
    Monday, 8:26 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.
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Astros willing to trade a starter for a bat
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Monday that he's willing to trade one of the team's starters if he can "get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat."

    Advice: Rosenthal lists Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Jarred Cosart as starters that could be on the move for the right price. "We do seem to have an excess of pretty good young starters so we wouldn't rule anything out," Luhnow said. "We'd have to get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat, in a package that makes sense for the future and present." As Rosenthal points out, Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart all have fewer than two years of major-league service time, so the Astros will want something pretty good in return.
    Monday, 3:41 pm
    11:10 am vs ^ Oak
  • Coco Crisp undergoing MRI on ailing neck
    Coco Crisp will undergo an MRI on his ailing neck Monday.

    Advice: The A's expect to know the results of the exam on Tuesday. Oakland is in a bit of a bind in center field, as both Crisp and Craig Gentry (hand) are banged up. Yoenis Cespedes will play center against right-handers, with the recently promoted Billy Burns covering the position versus lefties.
    Monday, 3:27 pm
  • Teixeira (lat) to take BP on field Monday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) will take BP on the field on Monday.

    Advice: If all goes well, Teixeira will be cleared to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday. The veteran first baseman has been sidelined for over a week with a lower left lat strain.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Teixeira (lat) out of lineup again Monday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) is out of the Yankees' starting lineup again Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Teixeira hasn't played since last Saturday due to a lower left lat strain, but he came through an extensive workout Sunday with no issues. The Yankees remain hopeful that he'll be able to avoid a DL stint and return soon.
    Monday, 1:45 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.
    Monday, 1:19 pm
  • Pirates interested in Rockies' LaTroy Hawkins
    According to's Thomas Harding, the Pirates have interest in Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins.

    Advice: The Bucs are looking for some easy and inexpensive ways to upgrade their bullpen, and the 41-year-old Hawkins fits that mold. He has posted a 3.09 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 35 innings this season out of the Colorado bullpen on a salary of just $2.25 million. Hawkins also carries a $2.25 million club option for the 2015 campaign.
    Monday, 6:10 am
  • 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.
    Sunday, 7:17 pm
  • Coco Crisp heads home to get neck examined
    Coco Crisp (neck) is heading back to Oakland to have his ailing neck examined by a specialist.

    Advice: Crisp missed a pair of games over the weekend as his chronic neck issue continued to bother him. At this point, he could be looking at another trip to the disabled list.
    Sunday, 5:12 pm
  • Coco Crisp not in Athletics lineup Sunday
    Coco Crisp is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: The A's continue to give Crisp occasional days off in order to protect his health and avoid a recurrence of his chronic neck injury. Craig Gentry will get the start in center field and hit ninth on Sunday against Mike Mikolas.
    Sunday, 1:09 pm
  • Lonnie Chisenhall (illness) sitting out again
    Lonnie Chisenhall (illness) remained out of the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Chisenhall has missed two straight games due to intestinal issues. He should be fine Tuesday after Monday's off day. Mike Aviles is at third base Sunday.
    Sunday, 10:16 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.
    Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Teixeira (lat) could return as soon as Tues.
    Mark Teixeira (lat) could return to the Yankees' lineup as soon as Tuesday.

    Advice: Teixeira went through an extensive workout Sunday morning and came out of it with no issues. He's missed the last week with a lower left lat strain but will avoid a trip to the disabled list. "Hopefully he's a player for us soon," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
    Sunday, 7:43 am
  • Kyle Gibson (back) cleared for Tuesday start
    Kyle Gibson (back) has been cleared to start on Tuesday against the Royals after getting through a bullpen session Saturday with no issues.

    Advice: Gibson missed an outing with lower back stiffness, but he's feeling fine now. The right-hander holds a 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 54/30 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings this season for the Twins.
    Sunday, 7:01 am
  • Lonnie Chisenhall scratched due to illness
    Lonnie Chisenhall has been scratched from the lineup Saturday versus the Royals due to illness.

    Advice: He should be fine after a day or two of rest. Chisenhall has regressed some but still owns a batting line of .313/.382/.480 with nine home runs and 41 RBI on the season.
    Saturday, 3:56 pm
  • Yankees to make decision on Teixeira Sunday
    The Yankees will decide on Sunday whether Mark Teixeira (lat) will require a trip to the disabled list.

    Advice: Teixeira is scheduled to do stretching and running on the field before Saturday's game, then will do tee and toss on Sunday before a determination is made. He has been sidelined since Sunday with a lower left lat strain.
    Saturday, 8:57 am
  • Andrus has two hits, two runs scored vs. A's
    Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored Friday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Andrus entered Friday's action with a lousy .232/.259/.293 batting line this month. The 25-year-old has salvaged some of his value with 20 stolen bases and 51 runs scored, but he remains a major disappointment in fantasy leagues. Of course, a poor supporting cast hasn't helped his cause.
    Friday, 8:37 pm
  • Keuchel suffers tough luck loss against Fish
    Dallas Keuchel suffered a tough luck loss against the Marlins on Friday, allowing just two unearned runs on nine hits over his seven strong innings.

    Advice: He punched out seven without issuing a walk on the evening. It was certainly an encouraging start for Keuchel, who appears to be completely over his wrist injury. A defensive miscue by Kike Hernandez ended up being responsible for a pair of runs scoring in the seventh inning, and that was the only offense in the ballgame. He'll bring a 3.11 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 99/30 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Athletics.
    Friday, 8:19 pm
    11:10 am vs ^ Oak
  • Benoit notches four-out save vs. Braves
    Joaquin Benoit notched a four-out save Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: It was his second save of the season and his first since taking over the closer role from Huston Street, who was traded to the Angels last week. Benoit owns a quality 1.93 ERA and 49/13 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this season and is capable of being a valuable fantasy closer the rest of the way. Of course, that's assuming he doesn't end up in a set-up role elsewhere in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
    Friday, 8:12 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.
    Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Teixeira not expected to return until Monday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that he doesn't expect Mark Teixeira (lat) to return to the lineup until Monday at the earliest.

    Advice: That means the Yankees will play with a short bench for the remainder of the weekend rather than opting to put Teixeira on the disabled list. He has been sidelined since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain.
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Kyle Gibson (back) likely to start on Tuesday
    Kyle Gibson (back) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and if all goes well he will make his next start on Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: He had been scheduled to start on Wednesday, but was scratched due to back stiffness. The 26-year-old owns an 8-8 record, 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 54/30 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings through his first 19 starts.
    Friday, 4:48 pm
  • Coco Crisp getting a day off Friday
    Coco Crisp is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The A's are trying to be proactive with some days off for Crisp so that his chronic neck injury doesn't get worse. Yoenis Cespedes is handling center field Friday.
    Friday, 1:48 pm
  • Teixeira (lat) could swing a bat on Friday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) could swing a bat as soon as Friday.

    Advice: Teixeira hasn't played since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain but said Friday that he's feeling much better and looks like he'll avoid the disabled list. "I hope to be back soon," he said. The Yankees' first baseman is batting .231/.330/.443 with 17 homers and 48 RBI over 76 games this season.
    Friday, 12:50 pm