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  • Report: Goldschmidt changes agents
    Paul Goldschmidt is now represented by Excel Sports Management.

    Advice: Goldschmidt left ISE Baseball, which was formerly called Relativity Sports. The 28-year-old is signed to a team-friendly deal through 2018 with an affordable club option for 2019, so his contract status isn't an immediate concern. 51 minutes ago
  • Boxberger (oblique) nearing return to mound
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) is tentatively scheduled to throw off the mound Thursday.

    Advice: Boxberger required core muscle surgery in February and suffered a left oblique strain in his season debut on May 31. He just resumed playing catch last week, so he's slowly ramping up his throwing program. It's been a nightmare first half for him, but he should be able to contribute out of the Rays' bullpen at some point after the All-Star break. Today, 7:16 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Guyer (hamstring) could return from DL Wed.
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

    Advice: Guyer is 0-for-8 over two rehab games with High-A Charlotte. He played left field Monday for the first time since his hamstring injury. The plan calls for him to be evaluated Tuesday to see if he's ready to rejoin the Rays or needs another rehab game. Today, 6:59 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Smoak (knee) fouled out as pinch-hitter
    Justin Smoak (knee) fouled out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Smoak has been held out of action since last Wednesday with left knee soreness. That he was able to pinch-hit indicates that he's close to returning to the lineup. Today, 6:06 am
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Kipnis homers in return to lineup Monday
    Jason Kipnis (general soreness) went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in his return to the lineup Monday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Kipnis got the day off Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with general soreness. It shouldn't be a lingering issue. Today, 5:59 am
  • Mercer (head) returned to action Monday
    Jordy Mercer (head) went 0-for-3 with two walks Monday in his return to the lineup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Mercer left Sunday's game with head and right ear discomfort after sliding into second base to break up a double play, but fortunately he avoided serious injury. He should be good to go moving forward. Today, 5:47 am
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez struggles in no-decision
    Chi Chi Gonzalez gave up five runs on 10 hits and two walks over five frames but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 9-6 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: He needed 87 pitches to cover the five innings, striking out just two batters. Gonzalez was up for a start with the Rangers dealing with multiple injuries to their rotation. He could get another shot this weekend in Minnesota but can be ignored for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Sam Dyson nails down 16th save
    Sam Dyson converted his 16th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: The Rangers plated four runs in the top of the ninth inning after a rain delay of three hours and 35 minutes, resulting in Dyson netting a save around 2:45 am. He's nailed down 16-of-17 save chances this season. Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Mark Teixeira homers in loss to Rangers
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Teixeira's dinger off of Luke Jackson in the seventh inning looked like it would prove to be the winning run, but the Rangers came back with four runs in the top of the ninth in the rain-delayed marathon. The Yankees' first baseman has gone deep in two of three games since returning from the disabled list. Yesterday, 11:46 pm
  • Will Harris gets save for Astros
    Will Harris pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to earn his seventh save as the Astros topped the Angels 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: The ninth started with a strikeout/wild pitch that allowed Johnny Giavotella to reach. Back-to-back singles followed, loading the bases with no outs. Fortunately, Harris had the bottom of the Angels' order to deal with at that point and no pinch-hitters in sight. He struck out Jett Bandy and then induced a comebacker from Andrelton Simmons that turned into a 1-2-3 double play. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Mike Trout homers, doubles twice
    Mike Trout homered and doubled twice in a losing cause Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Trout had all three of the Angels' extra-base hits. He's 6-for-9 with two homers in two games after being moved up to the second spot in the lineup on Sunday and 13-for-22 with three homers in his last five games. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Jeff Samarzjia gives up six runs in loss
    Jeff Samardzija was tagged for six runs in six innings by the A's on Monday.

    Advice: Samardzija has allowed six runs three times in June after never doing so in April or May. He's given up nine homers this month after allowing a total of three in the first two months. Hopefully, Dave Righetti and company can quickly figure out what's caused this and get him turned around. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Vincent Velasquez excels in return from DL
    Vincent Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Phillies shut out the Diamondbacks 8-0 on Monday.

    Advice: It was a surprise that the Phillies let Velasquez return from his biceps strain so soon, but it was a minor injury. He's still likely to be shut down at some point in the second half in order to prevent him from racking up too high of an innings count. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Drew Storen gives up four runs to Rockies
    Drew Storen gave up four runs while retiring just one batter Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Storen gave up two singles and hit two batters before being pulled. Jesse Chavez took over and merely added fuel to the fire in what turned out to be a six-run inning for the Rockies. Storen had been doing solid work the last two months after a horrid April, but tonight's showing pushed his ERA back up to 6.28. His struggles are the biggest reason the Jays will be on the hunt for another setup man next month. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Danny Duffy goes eight strong versus Cards
    Danny Duffy had it going Monday, striking out eight while limiting the Cardinals to two runs over eight frames in a 6-2 victory.

    Advice: Duffy served up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the first inning but was essentially untouchable after that, permitting just four baserunners over his final seven frames. The left-hander gave up six hits and didn't walk anyone. It was a fine bounce-back outing after Duffy had struggled in his last two trips to the hill. Duffy will go up against the Phillies this weekend. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Rangers call up RHP Rodriguez from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Rodriguez was called up to make his major-league season debut Monday against the Yankees. The 24-year-old had a 5.04 ERA across 14 starts in Triple-A this season and isn't a recommended fantasy option. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Jordy Mercer leaves with head and ear injury
    Jordy Mercer was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Dodgers with head and right ear discomfort.

    Advice: Mercer sustained the injury while sliding into second base in an attempt to break up a double play. He'll likely be re-evaluated on Monday, but it doesn't sound as though a trip to the disabled list is in his future. Sunday, 6:52 pm
  • Phillies activate Vincent Velasquez from DL
    Phillies activated RHP Vincent Velasquez from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll return to the Phillies rotation on Monday against the Diamondbacks. Prior to being shut down for two weeks due to a right biceps strain, Velasquez posted a 3.65 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings. Fantasy owners in weekly leagues will likely want to roll the dice on his first start back, as he's on tap for two starts next week. Sunday, 5:09 pm
  • Goldschmidt plates four in loss to Rockies
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 and drove home four runs on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead his club to victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Goldschmidt blasted a two-run triple in the fourth inning that increased the D'Backs advantage to 5-1. He later added a two-run single in the sixth that gave them a 7-6 lead, though they would fail to score the remainder of the ballgame. He has certainly picked up the pace offensively after a slow start and is now slashing .301/.436/.522 with 14 homers, 51 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Sunday, 4:51 pm
  • Teixeira socks first homer since DL return
    Mark Teixeira went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins

    Advice: Teixeira was just activated off the disabled list on Saturday after missing close to a month due to a cartilage tear in his right knee. His solo homer off Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the eighth inning provided the only Yankees run of the afternoon. Prior to the injury, the veteran slugger was slashing just .180/.271/.263. Fantasy owners should feel free to utilize him as normal moving forward, though it might be best to keep him on the bench until he starts to find something of an offensive groove. Sunday, 12:42 pm
  • Jason Kipnis (general soreness) out Sunday
    Jason Kipnis (general soreness) is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Kipnis left Saturday's game early due to what the Indians are simply calling "general soreness." "It's from hitting too many triples," said Kipnis. The second baseman should be good to go Monday. Jose Ramirez is at second base Sunday and Michael Martinez is in left field. Sunday, 8:48 am
  • Trout has three hits, home run
    Mike Trout finished Saturday's game 3-for-5 and hit his 15th home run of the season.

    Advice: Trout now has 50 RBI and 50 runs scored. He has the lowest strikeout rate of his career and now has 47 walks to go with his 60 strikeouts. He has 154 career home runs and is only 24 years old. His .308/.408/.540 slash line is very close to his career average. Saturday, 11:38 pm
  • Mercer goes deep for fourth time this year
    Jordy Mercer hit his fourth longball of the season on Saturday, a two-run homer off Joe Blanton of the Dodgers.

    Advice: Mercer started the season like gangbusters, hitting .381 in April. He has cooled off considerably since then however. He has a .724 OPS with 31 runs and 26 RBI on the year. Saturday, 7:23 pm
  • Kipnis leaves Saturday's game with illness
    Jason Kipnis left Saturday's game against the Tigers with an illness.

    Advice: Kipnis went 1-for-3 with a single before exiting in the seventh inning. Utility man Michael Martinez replaced him at second base and would likely get the start there Sunday if Kipnis is still feeling under the weather. Saturday, 4:28 pm
  • Velasquez discussed innings limit with Boras
    Vincent Velasquez said he's discussed an innings limit with agent Scott Boras.

    Advice: Here we go again. Boras butted heads with the Mets over Matt Harvey's innings limit last year and also went toe to toe with the Marlins over Jose Fernandez. Now it's the Phillies' turn to go 15 rounds with Boras. The Phillies won't be in the playoff race this year, which should make the decision to shut Velasquez down a little easier. "The agents and I discussed it a little bit, but I don't know the definite answer, an exact amount of innings," said Velasquez. "I'd want to say roughly like maybe 150 or something, maybe 160 tops." The right-hander has never logged more than 125 innings in a season. He's only at 61 2/3 innings now so there's still a long way to go before Velasquez hits his limit, whatever that might be. Saturday, 4:18 pm
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation
    Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his season debut for the Rangers Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gonzalez will fill the rotation spot left by Colby Lewis, who was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat. The 24-year-old has had a rocky year in the minor leagues with three wins and a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Gonzalez won't be a recommended fantasy option when he takes the mound Monday at Yankee Stadium. Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Guyer beginning rehab assignment Saturday
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Saturday.

    Advice: Guyer will serve as the DH on Saturday. He was placed on the disabled list three weeks ago with a strained hamstring. The Rays' outfield is pretty banged up right now with injuries to Steven Souza (hip), Mikie Mahtook (hand) and Kevin Kiermaier (hand), so it will be a welcome sight when Guyer returns sometime next week. Saturday, 1:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Smoak (knee) not in Saturday's lineup
    Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third. Saturday, 10:19 am
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Yankees activate Mark Teixeira from 15-day DL
    Yankees activated 1B Mark Teixeira from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The corresponding roster move isn't yet known. Teixeira has been sidelined since June 3 with a cartilage tear in his right knee, but he'll make his return Saturday and bat sixth against Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. The veteran slugger went 1-for-9 during a brief minor league rehab assignment and will return to a disappointing .180/.271/.263 batting line. Rob Refsnyder played well during his absence, but he's headed back to the bench for now. Saturday, 7:13 am
  • Kipnis triples twice in Indian's win on Fri
    Jason Kipnis hit two triples and knocked in three runners to help the Indians beat the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Kipnis tripled in two runs in the first inning, then tripled in another run in the fourth. His teammates failed to score him from third base both times. His .268/.325/.439 slash line isn't nearly as pretty as last year's .303/.372/.451 but his counting stats are looking better. His nine homers have already tied last year's total and put him on pace to beat his career high of 17. He has 36 runs and 38 RBI as well as four steals. Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Vincent Velasquez (biceps) expected back Mon.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) is expected to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on Monday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Velasquez tossed five frames of one-run ball in a rehab start Wednesday and that's all he's going to need before being re-inserted into the rotation. He's expected to replace Adam Morgan among the Phillies' starting five. Velasquez has missed just over two weeks with a right biceps strain. Friday, 8:04 am
  • Samardzija gets hammered for three home runs
    Jeff Samardzija coughed up six runs in only three innings of work but was spared a loss as the Giants came back to defeat the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He walked two batters and struck out two. Three home run balls proved to be Samardzija's undoing tonight, the biggest being a three-run blast by Gregory Polanco in the second inning. The six runs allowed ties a season high. Samardzija now has a 3.59 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 77 strikeouts and 22 walks over 97 2/3 innings. His record holds at 8-4. He will travel across the bridge to Oakland for his next start on Monday. Wednesday, 8:55 pm
  • Velasquez (biceps) posts strong rehab start
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) said that he felt "back to normal" following Wednesday's rehab outing at Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez surrendered a leadoff homer to shortstop Todd Haskins, but settled down to allow just one other hit over his five innings of work. He threw 76 pitches during his time on the mound. Velasquez is hoping this will be the only minor league work he needs. Should he be reinserted back into the rotation, his next start would likely come against the Diamondbacks on June 27. He has been on the shelf with a right biceps strain since June 8. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Goldschmidt doubles in loss to Blue Jays
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: While the Diamondbacks did manage eight hits as a team, Goldschmidt was their only player to turn in a multi-hit game. The star first baseman has been his typically stupendous self since a bit of a slow start to the season and is now slashing .290/.427/.514 with 14 homers, 45 RBI and nine steals across 255 at-bats. Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Will Harris allows run but earns sixth save
    Will Harris tallied his sixth save of the season Wednesday in the Astros' 3-2 defeat of the Angels.

    Advice: Harris gave up three singles and one earned run before ending the game on a Mike Trout lineout with Houston still leading 3-2. It was only the third run allowed by Harris this season. He has a shiny 0.83 ERA and 32/6 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 total innings. Wednesday, 2:35 pm
  • Duffy yields three earned in no-decision
    Danny Duffy yielded three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: Duffy struck out eight but walked four and gave up four hits. One of those hits was a two-run homer by Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the fifth inning. Duffy has now struggled in two straight outings, and it's the home run balls that have really killed him. He still has a respectable 3.38 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings for the year. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
  • Teixeira (knee) feels good after rehab debut
    Mark Teixeira (knee) felt good after his rehab debut Tuesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Teixeira went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, but those results are not all that important. "It’s really all about the health," he said. "There’s really nothing else that you can really simulate playing in a full game, and that’s what I have to get to." The veteran first baseman is hoping to be activated from the disabled list this Saturday. He was diagnosed with a cartilage tear in his right knee in early June. Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • Trout has RBI single, stolen base vs. Astros
    Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a stolen base against the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout also hit his second triple of the season in the loss. The stolen base was his 10th of the season, ensuring his fifth consecutive season with double-digit homers and steals. The 24-year-old is batting .301/.404/.537 with 14 homers, 48 RBI and 47 runs scored on the season. Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • Guyer (hamstring) nearing baseball activity
    Brandon Guyer (hamstring) could begin baseball activities on Friday.

    Advice: Guyer has been sidelined for a little over two weeks with a left hamstring strain, but he has increased his running in recent days and could take some swings against rehabbing right-handers Alex Cobb and Chase Whitley later this week. He appears on track to return in the early part of July. Tuesday, 6:32 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Velasquez (biceps) to make rehab start Wed.
    Vincent Velasquez (biceps) will make a minor league rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Velasquez, who has been sidelined since June 8 with a right biceps strain, believes that he will only require one rehab start. The 24-year-old owns a 3.65 ERA and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings over 12 starts this season. Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt getting the day off Monday
    Paul Goldschmidt is getting the day off Monday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Phil Gosselin will start at first base and bat second versus Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. It's just routine rest for Goldschmidt, who's been on fire offensively. He is batting .379/.460/.667 over his last 101 plate appearances. Jun 20, 7:41 am
  • Boxberger (abdomen) to play catch Monday
    Brad Boxberger is scheduled to play catch Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list June 1 with a strained left oblique.

    Advice: He has essentially been shut down for the last three weeks. Boxberger missed the first two months of the 2016 season after undergoing core muscle surgery in February and then strained his oblique May 31 on the same side as that abdominal procedure. It's been a frustrating first half, and he probably won't be ready to pitch again for the Rays until sometime after the All-Star break. Jun 20, 6:06 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bos
  • Dyson earns 11th save, Rangers sweep STL
    Sam Dyson earned his 11th save of the season Sunday in the Rangers' 5-4 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Dyson gave up a leadoff single to Greg Garcia to open the bottom of the ninth inning and then issued a two-out walk to Matt Carpenter, but Aledmys Diaz hit into an easy groundout to end it and give the visiting Rangers a three-game sweep. Dyson now has a 2.04 ERA on the season and he hasn't blown a save opportunity since officially taking over as the Rangers' closer in mid-May. Jun 19, 2:38 pm
  • Teixeira (knee) hopes to be activated Sat.
    Mark Teixeira (knee) is hoping to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: Teixeira will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and will play three games for them before returning to the big club if all goes well. Teixeira has a cartilage tear in his right knee but will attempt to play through it rather than have surgery. Jun 19, 10:11 am
  • Mercer homers, drives in two in loss to Cubs
    Jordy Mercer went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Batting leadoff, Mercer cranked a homer in the first inning against Cubs starter Jon Lester to get the Bucs on the board early. He then led off the third inning with a double and scored later in the frame. Mercer has cooled from his early production, but the 29-year-old is still batting .267/.355/.356 with three homers, 24 RBI and 29 runs scored in 65 games this year. Jun 18, 9:20 pm
  • Trout homers, drives in three in win over A's
    Mike Trout went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: Trout hit a solo homer in the fourth inning before adding a two-run double in the sixth. The home run was his 14th of the season, and Trout has 47 RBI and 47 runs scored. Both rank inside the top 10 in the American League, and his .302/.409/.540 line is nothing to sneeze at, either. Jun 18, 7:00 pm
  • Mark Teixeira (knee) to run bases on Saturday
    Mark Teixeira (knee) will attempt to run the bases on Saturday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he's scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday with Double-A Trenton. The slugger hopes to return to the Yankees' lineup no Friday. He's attempting to play through a cartilage tear in his right knee rather than undergoing season-ending surgery. Jun 18, 9:20 am
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