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  • MRI confirms Kendrick has inflammation
    An MRI taken Tuesday on Kyle Kendrick's right shoulder confirmed the initial diagnosis of inflammation.

    Advice: That's obviously good news, though Kendrick will get a second opinion this week from Dr. David Altchek. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list August 1. 30 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Sea
  • Sox officially promote Owens for MLB debut
    Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Henry Owens from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Owens will make his major league debut on Tuesday night against the rival Yankees. The 23-year-old right-hander had registered a 3.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 103/56 K/BB ratio through 122 1/3 innings this season at Pawtucket and is worth a try in most mixed fantasy leagues. He was the No. 19 prospect on's top 100 this winter. 36 minutes ago
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Cubs' lineup Tuesday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: David Ross will catch Jake Arrieta and bat seventh Tuesday against Pirates left-hander J.A. Happ. Today, 1:33 pm
  • Williams to have surgery on Friday
    Mason Williams will have right shoulder surgery on Friday.

    Advice: Williams jammed his shoulder in June and continues to have discomfort. The surgery will end his season. It's too bad, as the 23-year-old was having a nice bounceback year prior to the injury. Today, 12:53 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs x Bos
  • Piscotty batting second Tuesday
    Stephen Piscotty will bat second Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: This makes back-to-back starts for Piscotty out of the No. 2 spot. The 24-year-old has batted .400/.450/.514 through his first 40 plate appearances in the majors and is gaining momentum in mixed fantasy leagues. Today, 12:34 pm
  • Reds activate Manny Parra from DL
    Reds activated LHP Manny Parra from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Parra has been out since July 19 with a left elbow strain. He returns to a 4.00 ERA over 24 relief appearances this season. Today, 12:29 pm
  • Blue Jays' Sanchez suspended three games
    Aaron Sanchez was suspended three games by MLB for throwing at Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Sunday.

    Advice: Things were tense all weekend between the clubs and Sunday's incident caused both benches to empty. Sanchez is expected to appeal the suspension. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has also received a one-game suspension for coming back onto the field following his ejection earlier in the game. Today, 12:08 pm
  • Tigers calling up Matt Boyd
    Matt Boyd will be called up from Triple-A Toledo to start Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Boyd, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in last week's David Price deal, will start in Buck Farmer's place. The 24-year-old struggled in his first two major league starts this season, but he has posted a 1.65 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 over 19 starts between Double- and Triple-A. Those in mixed formats can wait and see, but he should be relevant in AL-only formats. Today, 11:43 am
    Not Active
    4:08 pm vs KC
  • Braves recall RHP Kelly from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Ryan Kelly from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly will take Jason Frasor's spot in the bullpen. Kelly has made three appearances with the Braves this season and has posted a 0.87 ERA and 40/13 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A. Today, 11:38 am
  • Braves place Frasor (shoulder) on DL
    Braves placed RHP Jason Frasor on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 2, with a right shoulder strain.

    Advice: No word on how long he'll be sidelined. Frasor has tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings since joining the Braves last month. Today, 11:33 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs SF
  • Tigers calling up LHP Boyd?
    James Wagner of the Toledo Blade writes that Matt Boyd's locker was empty after Tuesday's game with Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: This would seem to indicate that Boyd could be on his way to the majors. Acquired from the Blue Jays last week in the David Price deal, the southpaw threw two innings and 40 pitches in his organizational debut on Saturday, which some have speculated was a sign that he would be called up to start on short rest. Jason Beck of writes that it's unlikely he'll pitch Tuesday, but that Wednesday is a strong possibility. Stay tuned. Today, 5:52 am
    Not Active
    4:08 pm vs KC
  • Crisp (neck) has two hits in return from DL
    Coco Crisp (neck) went 2-for-4 with a run scored Monday against the Orioles in his return from the disabled list.

    Advice: Crisp ended up missing more than two more months with a neck injury. He's no sure thing to stay healthy given his history, but the A's are planning on using him as their primary left fielder and No. 2 hitter. Today, 5:33 am
  • Gomes homers, but Indians drop game to LAA
    Yan Gomes finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Gomes clubbed a two-run home run in the first inning to extend the Indians' lead to 3-0. The backstop has swung a better bat since the beginning of July, but still has a measly .227/.254/.369 batting line on the year along with six home runs and 20 RBI. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Chavez chased by the Orioles after 3 2/3 IP
    Jesse Chavez was chased after 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs to the Orioles in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Chris Davis put Chavez against the ropes early with a three-run home run in the first inning. Caleb Joseph added a two-run blast in the fourth. Overall, the right-hander allowed nine hits and two walks while striking out only one. It ranks as Chavez's poorest start of the year, but he still holds a 3.88 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 100/33 K/BB ratio over 118 1/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber at home against the Astros in his next outing. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Cruz belts 30th HR, Mariners hang on to win
    Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run as the Mariners narrowly escaped with a win against the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Cruz went back-to-back with Kyle Seager in the second inning, extending the Mariners' lead to 6-1. It's his 30th homer of the year, marking only the third time he's crossed the 30-homer threshold in 11 big league seasons. (He's hit 29 twice, though.) Cruz has also knocked in 66 runs while hitting .321/.385/.590. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Sizemore homers, Rays rally late vs White Sox
    Grady Sizemore ripped a game-tying solo home run, aiding in a comeback win over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Sizemore entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and doubled, then later scored. The next inning, he slugged a game-tying solo home run off of lefty reliever Zach Duke. Aside from a few productive games in early July shortly after joining the Rays, Sizemore hasn't done much at the plate, batting .241/.250/.448 with three home runs and eight RBI. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • A's activate Coco Crisp from disabled list
    Athletics activated OF Coco Crisp from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Crisp is finally ready to give it a go again after being sidelined since mid-May with his ongoing neck issue. He had only two hits in 45 at-bats before going on the disabled list and remains a major health risk going forward. However, the A's plan to start him in left field and bat him second in the lineup as long as he's able to stay on the field. Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Cruz crushes 440-foot homer against Twins
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a long solo home run in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz belted his prodigious bomb off of Twins closer Glen Perkins with two outs in the ninth. It was the first run that either team scored on the day. The Twins would tie it up in the bottom of the inning before the Mariners pushed across three runs in the 11th to pick up the victory. Cruz has been on fire of late, with homers in each of his last three games and five over his last eight. He's now hitting a sterling .317/.380/.581 with 29 homers and 65 RBI. Sunday, 3:41 pm
  • Henry Owens to start for Red Sox on Tuesday
    Red Sox manager John Farell announced Sunday that Henry Owens will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to start against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: It will be the major league debut for the 23-year-old right-hander, who is regarded by many to be the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization. He owns a 3.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 103/56 K/BB ratio over 122 1/3 innings at Pawtucket this season. Sunday, 2:22 pm
  • Coco Crisp (neck) to be activated Monday
    Coco Crisp (neck) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Crisp has been out since late May with his chronic neck injury. He had just two hits in 45 at-bats before going on the disabled list and is a poor bet to remain healthy over a long period of time. A's manager Bob Melvin did note that he plans to hit Crisp second, though, which helps make him an interesting gamble in deeper leagues. Sunday, 11:47 am
  • Yan Gomes not in Sunday's lineup
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Roberto Perez will catch in Gomes' place. Sunday, 10:26 am
  • Cruz smashes homer and double in loss
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz took Twins starter Kyle Gibson deep for a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning. The bomb was his 28th of the year. He's homered in four of his last seven games, including each of his last two. For the season, he's slashing .316/.380/.576 with the 28 homers and 64 RBI. Cruz will go through his cold streaks, as he did in a tough June, but when he's on, his bat is magical. Saturday, 9:01 pm
  • Cubs have no plans to send Schwarber down
    Kyle Schwarber will remain with the Cubs after Miguel Montero is activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: "We want his bat in the lineup," said manager Joe Maddon. Schwarber is still a work in progress behind the plate but it's hard to send him down to the minors when he's hitting .323 with a .523 slugging percentage. Schwarber has started two games in left field and could see more action there when Montero returns from his thumb injury later this week. Saturday, 4:12 pm
  • Kyle Kendrick (shoulder) lands on 15-day DL
    Rockies placed RHP Kyle Kendrick on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: He left Friday's start after throwing just 25 pitches. Kendrick could be dealing with a rotator cuff injury, which sometimes requires surgery. His roster spot will be absorbed by right-hander Scott Oberg. Saturday, 2:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Sea
  • Rays recall Grady Sizemore from Triple-A
    Rays recalled OF Grady Sizemore from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He takes the place of Mikie Mahtook on the Rays roster. Prior to his demotion, the veteran outfielder was hitting .235/.245/.392 with two homers, seven RBI and a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 15 games with the Rays. Saturday, 7:09 am
  • Nelson Cruz goes 4-for-5, homers
    Nelson Cruz finished 4-for-5 with a homer and a double versus the Twins in Friday's win.

    Advice: After a month and a half of little production, Cruz has picked it back up again since the All-Star break, hitting six homers in his last 15 games. He remains a particularly strong DFS play whenever the Mariners are facing a mediocre lefty. Friday, 11:43 pm
  • Kendrick (shoulder) to undergo MRI Monday
    Kyle Kendrick will undergo an MRI exam on his injured shoulder on Monday.

    Advice: The Rockies believe that the injury is to his rotator cuff but remain hopeful that it isn't too serious. Either way, a trip to the disabled list could be in the works for the veteran right-hander. Friday, 8:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Sea
  • Kendrick leaves with shoulder inflammation
    Kyle Kendrick was forced to leave Friday's start against the Cardinals due to inflammation in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Before departing, the right-hander had surrendered a pair of runs on four hits in his lone inning of work, including a home run by Matt Carpenter. He's considered day-to-day and should be ready to take his next turn through the rotation on Wednesday against the Mariners. He and his 6.43 ERA should continue to be avoided for fantasy purposes. Friday, 6:21 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Sea
  • Coco Crisp to remain on rehab through weekend
    Coco Crisp (neck) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment with High-A Stockton throughout the weekend.

    Advice: He is scheduled to play in games on Friday and Saturday before being re-evaluated by the Athletics medical staff on Sunday. If all goes well, there's a chance that he could rejoin the A's lineup on Monday. Friday, 4:03 pm
  • Aaron Sanchez records first hold
    Aaron Sanchez struck out two in a perfect eighth inning for his first hold Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: Barring a late acquisition, it looks like this is the new blueprint for the Jays: LaTroy Hawkins in the seventh, Sanchez in the eighth and Roberto Osuna in the ninth. Sanchez has little fantasy value at the moment, but he'd become interesting in a hurry if Osuna begins to struggle. Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Braves option Ryan Kelly back to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Ryan Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly was with the club for just one day as an emergency arm in the bullpen. He'll continue to provide organizational depth at Triple-A and should once again get the call the next time an extra arm is required. Thursday, 7:36 pm
  • Braves recall Ryan Kelly from AAA Gwinnett
    Braves recalled RHP Ryan Kelly from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly has been up and down a couple of times this season but has worked only 2 2/3 total innings. The 27-year-old right-hander will pitch in a middle relief role. Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • Tigers get Boyd, two others for Price
    Tigers acquired LHPs Matt Boyd, Jairo Labourt, and Daniel Norris from the Blue Jays for LHP David Price.

    Advice: Boyd, a 6-foot-3 southpaw, boasts a 1.68 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 107/24 K/BB ratio in 112 2/3 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A. He made two starts earlier this year for Toronto and neither went particularly well, but the 24-year-old former sixth-round pick looks like a nice long-term rotation piece for the retooling Tigers. Thursday, 10:34 am
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    4:08 pm vs KC
  • Chavez unimpressive in a no-decision vs. LAD
    Jesse Chavez scuffled Wednesday night against the Dodgers, surrendering three runs over five innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Chavez got a gift when opposing starter Clayton Kershaw was scratched before first pitch, but he couldn't capitalize. The 31-year-old hurler hasn't completed seven innings in a month-and-a-half and he'd given up four runs in three of his four July outings before tonight, causing his ERA to jump from 3.02 to 3.53 after tonight's outing. He'll try to turn things around against the Orioles on Monday, kicking off a two-start week. Wednesday, 10:40 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber garnering start in LF
    Kyle Schwarber is making his first major league start in left field Wednesday.

    Advice: Schwarber's bat has been too good to keep out of the lineup, so the Cubs are doing what they can to keep him in there on days he doesn't catch. The youngster is hitting .352/.426/.593 with three homers over 18 games with the Cubs. Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Cruz homers, but Mariners fall to the D'Backs
    Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Mariners dropped Tuesday's game to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The Mariners had fallen behind 6-1 after the top of the sixth when Cruz got one back with a solo shot off of Zack Godley in the bottom half. It's his fifth home run in his last eight games, giving him 26 on the season with 61 RBI and a .309/.375/.559 batting line. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Yan Gomes not in Indians' lineup Tuesday
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It's just a day off for the 28-year-old catcher, who has a disappointing .223/.249/.346 slash line on the season. He's a pretty good bet to produce better numbers down the stretch. Roberto Perez is starting behind the plate Tuesday night against the Royals. Tuesday, 1:01 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber could see more time in LF
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Kyle Schwarber could start seeing more playing time in left field.

    Advice: He played one inning in left field on Sunday and has been working on outfield drills on days he's not starting at catcher. The outfield isn't totally foreign to Schwarber, as he played left field 36 times in the minors last season. "You saw him play one minute of outfield [Sunday]," Maddon said. "You might see him out there more often as we move along." Schwarber has only been starting three out of every five games at catcher, sitting out on days when Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta pitch. Fantasy owners would obviously love to see his bat in the lineup more often. Monday, 6:16 pm
  • Manny Parra (elbow) still not throwing
    Manny Parra (elbow) has yet to resume throwing.

    Advice: Parra has been on the disabled list for a week with a strained left elbow and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. "He still has a little bit of soreness in the back of his elbow, which is a little bit more like a bone bruise. It's providing some discomfort," Reds manager Bryan Price said. Monday, 4:56 pm
  • Schwarber batting second, starting at catcher
    Kyle Schwarber is starting at catcher and batting second for the Cubs on Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He went 1-for-2 with two walks in the same spot Sunday. Schwarber has a tremendous .396/.453/.667 batting line over his first 53 major league plate appearances. Jul 27, 12:36 pm
  • Piscotty (neck) goes 2-for-3 in return Sun.
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his first major league start at first base Sunday afternoon against the Braves.

    Advice: Piscotty started two games in left field for the Cardinals early last week in Chicago, but he was held out of the lineup for three straight games when the team returned home because of a stiff neck. The 24-year-old is obviously fine now and should begin to see semi-regular playing time at first base. He was sharp there defensively on Sunday and he's done some nice things offensively since his July 21 callup. Jul 27, 6:02 am
  • Kyle Kendrick gives up six runs in victory
    Kyle Kendrick was tagged for six runs on seven hits over five innings against the Reds on Sunday, but walked away with his fourth victory after an offensive explosion from the Rockies bailed him out.

    Advice: Kendrick walked three and struck out three in the ballgame. He has been a complete disaster in his first season with the Rockies, posting a 6.33 ERA and 59/34 K/BB ratio over 112 1/3 innings. He'll look for better results on Friday when he does battle against the Cardinals in Saint Louis. Jul 26, 5:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:40 pm vs Sea
  • Coco Crisp (neck) to begin rehab assignment
    Coco Crisp (neck) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Monday.

    Advice: He's slated to play for games there before being re-evaluated, so it sounds like Crisp could be activated by the end of the week. The veteran outfielder has been on the shelf since late May with a nagging neck issue. He had just two hits in 45 at-bats before going on the disabled list. Jul 26, 11:15 am
  • Piscotty hits pinch-hit RBI single in win
    Stephen Piscotty hit a pinch-hit RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday as the Cardinals edged the Braves at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Piscotty was held out of the lineup for a second straight day due to neck stiffness, but he got called upon to hit after a Yadier Molina single and a Randal Grichuk walk and drove in pinch-runner Pete Kozma. It was the only run scored in the game, a duel between young starting pitchers Carlos Martinez and Shelby Miller. Jul 25, 6:34 pm
  • Piscotty (neck) out of lineup again Saturday
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup again on Saturday.

    Advice: Piscotty remains day-to-day with a stiff neck. He was able to pinch-hit on Friday night against the Braves, so the injury obviously isn't too serious. The 24-year-old prospect should begin to see regular action at first base once he returns to full strength. Jul 25, 1:13 pm
  • Blue Jays activate Aaron Sanchez from DL
    Blue Jays activated RHP Aaron Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Sanchez will work out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays this time around and should find his way into high-leverage situations fairly quickly. For those speculating on saves in deep leagues, he could be worth a look. Jul 25, 10:24 am
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is once again not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon has held true to his word that David Ross would remain the backstop for Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta with Schwarber working the other three games. Ross will bat seventh against opposing left-hander Cole Hamels on Saturday. Jul 25, 8:58 am
  • Stephen Piscotty appears as pinch hitter
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) grounded out in his lone at bat as a pinch hitter in Friday's victory over the Braves.

    Advice: He was out of the starting lineup the past two games due to a stiff neck, but the fact that he was available to take swings off of the bench is an encouraging sign. Look for him to return to the lineup on Saturday. Jul 25, 5:40 am
  • Jesse Chavez gives up four runs in loss
    Jesse Chavez was lifted after allowing four runs in three innings Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Chavez took the loss, but he still has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He is a trade candidate with the A's selling, though there's certainly no urgency for the A's to shed his modest his salary. It might actually take a bigger return than the one they got for Scott Kazmir to pry him away. Jul 24, 10:47 pm
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