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  • Adrian Gonzalez paces Dodgers with grand slam
    Adrian Gonzalez blasted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis.

    Advice: The Dodgers jumped on rookie right-hander Mike Mayers right out of the gate, with a pair of singles and a walk before Gonzalez unloaded on a towering grand slam to center field. He added a pair of singles, including a run-scoring knock in the second inning, finishing the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI. He's now hitting .284/.360/.412 with nine homers and 51 RBI. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Piscotty plates two in loss to Dodgers Sunday
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cardinals fell to the Dodgers on Sunday night.

    Advice: Piscotty's two-run double off Adam Liberatore in the seventh inning pulled the Cardinals to within three runs at 9-6, but that would be as close as they would get. With the two-hit attack, Piscotty is now slashing an impressive .295/.366/.490 with 14 homers and 58 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Kenley Jansen slasms the door on Cardinals
    Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless frame to protect a three-run advantage.

    Advice: Jansen induced a ground ball from Kolten Wong, then fanned Alberto Rosario and Randal Grichuk to retire the Cardinals without issue. He has once against been one of the most dominant closers in baseball this season, compiling a 1.45 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while converting 29 saves in 34 chances. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Scott Kazmir gives up three in win on Sunday
    Scott Kazmir earned his ninth victory of the season on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Kazmir struck out three and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. The Dodgers offense staked him to nine runs in the first two innings, so all Kazmir had to do was throw strikes and make sure the Cardinals didn't mount a major rally against him. Tommy Pham provided the big blow against him with a two-run blast in the second. He'll bring a 4.35 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Kimbrel (knee) to throw bullpen on Monday
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch without any issues on Sunday and is expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: If that goes well, he'll repeat the process on Wednesday. Assuming all goes well with both bullpens, Kimbrel will progress to either a minor league rehab assignment or a simulated game. He's on track to return to the Red Sox bullpen in early August. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Det
  • Chapman to clubs looking likelier, not done
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a deal that would send Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs isn't completed yet, but looks even likelier.

    Advice: The Yankees would receive multiple pieces in return including Gleyber Torres. It sounds as though this deal is going to get done soon, though it may not end up getting finished on Sunday night. Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Cubs, Yanks working toward Chapman trade
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Yankees are working to finalize an Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: Cubs shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is believed to be in the package that would head to New York, along with another piece or two. Chapman, a 28-year-old impending free agent, has registered a stellar 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension. There's a report from Rian Watt of Baseball Prospectus suggesting that the Cubs are trying to work out a contract extension with Chapman on top of the trade. That could be the major hold-up. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Rondon picks up 18th save against Brewers
    Hector Rondon notched his 18th save of the season Sunday in the Cubs' 5-4 defeat of the Brewers.

    Advice: Rondon served up a two-out homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis but retired the other three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning at Miller Park -- two via strikeout. The right-hander holds a 1.95 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 48/5 K/BB ratio in 37 innings this season for the Cubs, but his days as a closer could be numbered with Theo Epstein and Co. searching the trade block for another elite late-inning arm. Yesterday, 3:44 pm
  • Naquin picks up RBI double against O's
    Tyler Naquin went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Naquin notched an RBI double in the fourth inning. The two-bagger was his 11th of the season. Overall, he is slashing a fine .321/.380/.626 with 12 homers, 30 RBI and five triples over 187 at-bats. That all of this comes in his first major league season is impressive. Yesterday, 3:19 pm
  • Castillo crushes three-run homer to lead ARI
    Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Castillo jumped the Diamondbacks to a 5-2 advantage when he launched a three-run homer off Reds starter Brandon Finnegan in the third inning. Snakes starter Zack Godley immediately counteracted that by allowing three runs of his own in the bottom of the frame, but the Diamondbacks eventually came away with the win regardless. For his part, Castillo is slashing .258/.307/.431 with 11 homers and 34 RBI over 260 at-bats. Those numbers aren't mind-melting by any stretch of the imagination, but he offers a nice bit of pop, particularly for a backstop. Yesterday, 2:48 pm
  • Danny Worth designated for assignment
    Astros designated INF Danny Worth for assignment.

    Advice: He's clearing space for the arrival of Alex Bregman, who will be promoted Monday. Worth hit just .179/.200/.231 with the big club. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Steinbrenner hasn't OK'd selling just yet
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner "has not given authorization to sell top guys" yet.

    Advice: The Aroldis Chapman rumors have been swirling, but it doesn't appear Steinbrenner is ready to give up on the season just yet with the Yanks having won six of their last eight games to pull within shouting distance of a Wild Card spot. Ultimately, it would be hard to see the Bombers not selling, but perhaps it will depend on how they play this week. The Nationals, Cubs and Indians look like the three favorites to land Chapman. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Matz tosses six shutout innings vs Marlins
    Steven Matz was sharp in Sunday's win over the Marlins, firing six shutout innings.

    Advice: Matz scattered four hits, walked two and struck out six on the afternoon. It was a nice rebound outing for the youngster, who surrendered four runs to the Cubs last time he toed the rubber. The 25-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 3.36 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 101/26 K/BB ratio across 107 innings. A home date with the Rockies shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 1:05 pm
  • Report: Indians have best offer for Chapman
    Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and reports that the Indians "have the best names on the table" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Previous reports have had both the Nationals and Cubs out in front in the sweepstakes for Chapman. There's also been a "mystery team" floated. In other words, welcome to the trade deadline. The Indians already have a capable closer in Cody Allen, but adding Chapman would bolster their bullpen for a possible playoff run. Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • Glasnow might have been hurt before start
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Tyler Glasnow's shoulder might have been bothering him before his start on Saturday.

    Advice: Glasnow was pulled in the third inning against the Phillies. The good news is that Huntington thinks the injury was caught before it got too bad, although the GM noted that Glasnow should've alerted the staff sooner that he wasn't 100 percent. Glasnow hasn't undergone any tests and it doesn't appear at this point that he will, so he might not be sidelined for terribly long. Yesterday, 10:46 am
    15-Day DL
  • White Sox suspend Chris Sale for five games
    The White Sox have suspended Chris Sale five games for his conduct in a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game.

    Advice: Sale cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife after getting into a heated argument with the front office about not wanting to wear the uniforms Saturday. The left-hander is tentatively slated to rejoin the White Sox' rotation on Thursday against the Cubs. General manager Rick Hahn said that the incident won't affect the club's decision on whether to trade the lefty or not, although that could just be GM speak. Yesterday, 9:57 am
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Drew Stubbs (toe) ready for rehab games
    Drew Stubbs (toe) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

    Advice: Stubbs has been sidelined for two months with a left toe sprain. He should be ready for activation before long. Yesterday, 9:52 am
    60-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs Oak
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:50 am
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Cain (hamstring) to do some running Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) will do some running on Sunday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that Cain is getting close to beginning a rehab assignment. He's been on the shelf for nearly a month with a strained left hamstring but doesn't appear to be too far off from a return. Yesterday, 9:46 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs LAA
  • Cubs push past Nats as leaders for Chapman?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals "are trailing at least three other teams" in the pursuit of Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: It's a notable change, as they had been viewed as the favorite. It was Heyman who previously reported that the Yankees wanted Joe Ross but the Nats weren't willing to part with him, so perhaps that could be a deal killer between the two teams. Heyman backs up FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's previous report about the Cubs possibly jumping into the lead for Chapman, as he says they're "pushing hard" for the reliever. The Indians and Giants are in on Chapman, as well, although Alex Pavlovic of hears that the Giants "aren't in the final mix" for the reliever. Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Chris Sale won't be at ballpark Sunday's Scott Merkin reports that Chris Sale is not expected to be at the ballpark on Sunday.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a run-in with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. The White Sox have listed him as the scheduled starter on Thursday against the Cubs, although that could be tentative. Sale has also been mentioned as a trade candidate. Yesterday, 8:22 am
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Cubs 'strong in mix' for Aroldis Chapman
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are "strong in mix" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: The Nationals have been perceived as the favorites to land Chapman and they still might be, but the Cubs appear to be a threat. Rosenthal adds that there are "at least two other clubs involved" for Chapman in addition to the Cubs, noting that Giants, Dodgers and Indians in addition to the aforementioned Nats have been connected to the reliever. Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Neil Walker not in Sunday's lineup
    Neil Walker is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day off. Kelly Johnson is filling in at second base for Walker. Travis d'Arnaud is also sitting out, as Rene Rivera is doing the catching. Michael Conforto is getting his first career start in center field Sunday. Yesterday, 8:07 am
  • Zack Cozart getting a breather Sunday
    Zack Cozart is absent from the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Jose Peraza is filling in for Cozart at shortstop. Eugenio Suarez is also receiving a breather, as Ivan DeJesus Jr. is at third base. Yesterday, 7:54 am
  • Blue Jays designate Storen for assignment
    Blue Jays designated RHP Drew Storen for assignment.

    Advice: What a disaster of a season it's been for Storen, who has posted a 6.21 ERA over 38 appearances with the Jays. His velocity has also been down a bit, although he's struck out a batter per inning. Storen will almost surely clear waivers given his $8.375 million salary, although it's possible the Jays will be able to work out a trade. Yesterday, 7:42 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm vs SD
  • Glasnow (shoulder) placed on disabled list
    Pirates placed RHP Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Glasnow departed Saturday's start against the Phillies with a sore shoulder. It's unclear at this point whether he might be dealing with any structural issues, but obviously the Pirates don't want to take any chances here. The club could offer more on a potential timetable for Glasnow later Sunday. Yesterday, 7:32 am
    15-Day DL
  • Nick Burdi (elbow) likely done for season
    Twins pitching prospect Nick Burdi (elbow) is unlikely to pitch in another game this season.

    Advice: Burdi has been limited to just three appearances this season due to a bone bruise near his right elbow that he suffered at the end of spring training. He's rehabbing at the club's spring training complex and could resuming a throwing program soon, but with just over a month left in the minor league season he's likely to run out of time. Burdi is a potential closer candidate for the Twins assuming he can get healthy, but he won't debut until at least 2017 now. Yesterday, 7:15 am
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  • Nationals could be favorite to land Chapman
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals "could be a favorite" to land Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that the Yankees are telling teams they are close to dealing Chapman and Heyman says the reliever is the Nats' main target at the trade deadline. It appears that something could get done soon, although Heyman notes that the Yanks are targeting Joe Ross in a deal but the Nats are "disinclined to trade him." Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Ventura won't say when Sale will start again
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Saturday wouldn't say when Chris Sale would make his next start.

    Advice: Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a dust-up with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. "I'll talk about the game, but any of that stuff, we'll wait on that," Ventura said. "I'm not going to discuss what went on in there. But (it's) unfortunate he didn't start tonight. Proud of the guys who filled in." Jose Quintana will start as scheduled on Sunday. Miguel Gonzalez is currently slated to take the ball Monday, although that seems like a spot Sale could easily slide into, assuming he and the front office work out their issues. The left-hander might be traded prior to the deadline. Yesterday, 6:33 am
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Ezequiel Carrera (Achilles) hitless in return
    Ezequiel Carrera (Achilles) went 0-for-5 at the plate in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Carrera missed a few days of action with a sore Achilles. With Jose Bautista (toe) due back Monday, Carrera's time in the starting lineup is about to come to an end. Yesterday, 5:47 am
  • Margot to replace Upton on Padres' roster?
    Padres outfield prospect Manuel Margot was pulled from a game at Triple-A El Paso in the fourth inning Saturday.

    Advice: Margot was spotted in the dugout and he isn't believed to be injured. The speculation is that he could be headed to the Padres to replace Melvin Upton, who appears likely to be traded at any moment. Margot is a top-50 prospect who's batting .306/.356/.434 with four homers and 24 steals for El Paso. He's worth a speculative add in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 5:31 am
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    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Wisler gives up six runs at Coors Field
    Matt Wisler took a beating at Coors Field on Saturday, giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings and earning his 10th loss of the season.

    Advice: Good things rarely happen for pitchers in Denver and today was no exception. Wisler allowed seven baserunners and six of them scored. He gave up five hits and two walks while fanning three. The bad game lowers his record to 4-10 with a 4.92 ERA. As a mediocre pitcher on a team that rarely gives him much run support, Wisler is only an option for desperate fantasy owners. On the other hand, he is only 23 years old and is holding his own in the major leagues already, so maybe he will be a good fantasy pitcher in a few years. Saturday, 10:00 pm
  • Rosario nabs four hits, three runs versus Sox
    Eddie Rosario went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: All four of Rosario's hits were singles, but that's about all the fault you can find with his night Saturday. The 24-year-old has been a breath of fresh air since being recalled on July 2, batting .396 (21-for-53) with two homers, seven RBI and 11 runs scored. With the Twins going nowhere, it would behoove them to continue to find Rosario at-bats with the hope that this could finally be the breakout that has been promised for years. Saturday, 9:51 pm
  • Stanton breaks out with four hits, homer
    Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a miniature slump in a big way Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Marlins past the Mets 7-2.

    Advice: Stanton connected for a two-run home run in the third inning, later adding an RBI single. The big night broke a 6-for-27 (.222) stretch dating back to last week's All-Star break. The homer was his 21st of the season. The 26-year-old is hitting .241/.334/.495 with 55 RBI and 44 runs scored on the year. Saturday, 9:13 pm
  • A-Gonz connects for eight homer vs. Cardinals
    Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth home run of the season in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was the solo variety, hit off Cards starter Mike Leake in the sixth inning. His power outage has been baffling, as Gonzalez has traditionally averaged 22 home runs over his big league career. The 34-year-old is hitting .280/.357/.401 with 47 RBI and 37 runs scored through 95 games. Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • NYY close to Chapman trade; keeping Miller
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are telling teams that they are close to trading Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: They're also telling teams that they intend to keep Andrew Miller. Chapman has been his usual dominant self this season with New York, boasting a 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old impending free agent is averaging 100 mph with his fastball. There is believed to be interest from the Cubs, Nationals, and Giants. Saturday, 7:36 pm
  • Sale sent home for cutting up throwback uni
    Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    Advice: This story takes another fascinating turn. Via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal: "Sale asked that they not wear (throwbacks) on his day because they are uncomfortable. Things escalated when they wouldn't relent." Sale went after the jerseys with a knife during pregame batting practice, and then apparently exchanged some words with members of the White Sox front office for putting merchandise sales ahead of winning. He could be traded before the August 1 deadline, though that wouldn't really have anything to do with this odd incident. Matt Albers is starting in Sale's place on Saturday night against the Tigers. Saturday, 5:17 pm
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Sale altercation was with front office staff
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears the Chris Sale clubhouse incident was with front office staff.

    Advice: Crasnick says the incident began with something "silly" and blew up into a bigger argument. It did not get physical, per a press release from the club, but the words exchanged were serious enough to cause the White Sox to scratch their ace from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Tigers. Matt Albers is going to take the mound instead versus Detroit. Saturday, 4:24 pm
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • 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. Saturday, 4:19 pm
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Report: Sox still talking to teams about Sale
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the White Sox are talking to teams about Chris Sale.

    Advice: That's not exactly breaking news -- trade rumors have swirled around Sale for weeks -- but Passan's report is relevant because those discussions are ongoing even after the ace left-hander was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers because of a pregame clubhouse incident. We don't have any details about that incident, only that it was non-physical and did not cause an injury. This could be a very busy night for Sale's Rotoworld profile. Saturday, 3:59 pm
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Sale sent home following clubhouse incident
    Chris Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Tigers because of a pregame "clubhouse incident."

    Advice: Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field and the White Sox will start Matt Albers instead. Via a statement from the White Sox: "The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club. The White Sox will have no additional comment until the investigation is completed." Odd stuff. Saturday, 3:50 pm
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Glasnow left start because of shoulder injury
    Tyler Glasnow was pulled from his second major league start Saturday due to shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: Shoulder troubles rarely end well, but there's no word yet as to the severity of this particular issue. Glasnow figures to see a specialist within the next couple of days. He gave up two runs in three-plus innings Saturday versus the Phillies, hitting two batters and walking three. Saturday, 3:28 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Chris Sale scratched Saturday due to the flu
    Chris Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to the flu.

    Advice: The initial report didn't include the reason for the scratch, so trade speculation swirled for a few minutes. But it's just a minor illness. Matt Albers will start against the Tigers in Sale's place. Saturday, 3:02 pm
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Glasnow leaves game with an apparent injury
    Tyler Glasnow left his start Saturday against the Phillies with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Glasnow had hit two Phillies batters and gave up a run in both the first and second. He exited with zero outs in the top of the fourth. This was the 22-year-old top prospect's second start in the major leagues. Saturday, 2:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Craig Kimbrel (knee) near rehab assignment?
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment late next week.

    Advice: Kimbrel is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday and he'll do the same on Wednesday. If that all goes well, the next step may be a minor league game. "That could be done at (Triple-A) Pawtucket," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday. "We could be looking at an appearance at Pawtucket. We're not scripting it out past Wednesday, because we could go one of two ways here." Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer for the Red Sox with Koji Uehara (pectoral) possibly done for the year. Saturday, 2:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Det
  • Pirates recall Glasnow for Saturday start
    Pirates recalled RHP Tyler Glasnow from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Glasnow will make his second start with the Pirates on Saturday at home against the Phillies. If he pitches well, he could make a case for remaining in the rotation for the remainder of the season. Saturday, 10:30 am
    15-Day DL
  • Jansen blows fifth save of season
    Kenley Jansen blew his fifth save of the season Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Dodgers pulled in front in the top of the ninth inning thanks to a solo homer off the bat of the red-hot Justin Turner, but the Cardinals answered right back in the bottom of the frame with a game-tying blast from the equally-hot Jedd Gyorko. Jansen came into Friday’s action having allowed just one home run over his first 41 2/3 innings of work this season. Hey, he was probably due for an off-night. He remains one of the game’s best. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Rondon secures 17th save of season
    Hector Rondon converted his 17th save with a scoreless inning Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Rondon struck out a pair in the frame and worked around a one-out walk to lock down the victory. He only has 17 saves this season, but four of them have come in the past two weeks. With a 1.75 ERA and 46/5 K/BB ratio in 36 innings, there’s no reason for Rondon to lose his closer job on merit, but the pecking order could change if the Cubs end up acquiring another late-inning reliever by August 1. Friday, 8:50 pm
  • Chapman notches 20th save of season
    Aroldis Chapman threw a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Giants to convert his 20th save of the season.

    Advice: After the Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Brandon Crawford’s third error of the game, Chapman allowed a leadoff double to Gregor Blanco to begin the ninth inning before retiring the next three batters he faced. He averaged 103 mph with his fastball and reached 104 mph with seven out of his 17 pitches. It goes without saying that he’d have a ton of value if the Yankees decide to sell before August 1, but their recent winning ways could complicate matters. As for the Giants, they have now lost six straight. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Tyler Glasnow to start for Pirates Saturday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Friday that Tyler Glasnow will start on Saturday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It will be the first start in Pittsburgh for the 22-year-old southpaw. He gave up four runs on three hits and a pair of walks over 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut against the Cardinals on July 7. If he pitches well, he could stake his claim to a rotation spot for the remainder of the season. Friday, 7:13 pm
    15-Day DL
  • White Sox fielding trade inquiries on Sale
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball and FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox "are being inundated with calls of interest in ace Chris Sale."

    Advice: The report comes on the heels of one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who said that the White Sox were offered a "king's ransom" for Sale earlier this week and replied with a flat "no." Heyman says that the White Sox "are contemplating a serious sale," but it's unclear at this point whether they'll move Sale or Jose Quintana. He adds that the Red Sox are "greatly interested" in Sale and Quintana but "the list of interested suitors is expected to be extremely long" should the Pale Hose wind up putting them on the trade block. Friday, 1:20 pm
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Nationals 'want in on' closer Aroldis Chapman
    Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals "want in on" Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Svrluga notes that "others are very interested" in Chapman, as well, and the Nats will not give up Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner, Victor Robles or Reynaldo Lopez in any trade for the closer. This isn't the first time Washington has been connected to Chapman, as they're seeking a shutdown reliever and the fireballer would be reunited with his old manager Dusty Baker. Friday, 12:00 pm
  • Tyler Glasnow could start on Saturday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday that Tyler Glasnow is "definitely one of the guys we’re talking about" when it comes to who will start on Saturday.

    Advice: Glasnow had been listed as Triple-A Indianapolis' starter for that day, but now Chad Kuhl is listed in that spot. Kuhl is less than 10 days from being optioned, so he can't be recalled unless someone goes on the disabled list. Glasnow is looking like the heavy favorite to take the ball against the Phillies on Saturday. Friday, 7:30 am
    15-Day DL
  • Piscotty hits pinch three-run homer Thursday
    Stephen Piscotty hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Piscotty was called on to hit for Matt Adams against lefty Ryan Buchter with two on and one out in a 5-2 game, and he delivered with a blast to center field that just eluded the glove of Travis Jankowski. The homer was Piscotty's 14th of the year to go with 56 RBI and 57 runs scored. The 25-year-old is hitting .297/.370/.497 in his first full campaign. Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Kenley Jansen converts save No. 28
    Kenley Jansen allowed a hit but tossed a scoreless frame to pick up his 28th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Daniel Murphy flew out after a 10-pitch battle and Bryce Harper then singled, but Jansen set the Nats down easily after that. He's blown four saves this season but remains one of the best closers in the game with a 1.30 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. Thursday, 1:12 pm
  • Stanton sits Thursday night versus Phillies
    Giancarlo Stanton is not in the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday night against the Phillies.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field and bat leadoff versus Philadelphia right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Stanton is 1-for-12 (.083) so far in this four-game series. He had been on an offensive tear. Daily Slant: With Stanton out of the lineup, the Marlins will be missing their most potent bat, not to mention that typical leadoff man J.T. Realmuto will also get a night off. This is now a much improved spot for Jerad Eickhoff, who generally pitches well at home (.281 wOBA allowed, career 18.4 K-BB% with a 9.1 HR/FB rate). He also owns a 22.0 K% at home which is the highest mark among pitchers taking the hill tonight. Adam Wainwright and Steven Wright are still safer cash game targets, but Eickhoff is a perfectly suitable tournament target at a lower price tag. Thursday, 12:25 pm
  • ChiSox turned down 'king's ransom' for Sale
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox were offered a "king's ransom" for Chris Sale in the last 48 hours and replied with a flat "no."

    Advice: There have been reports that the White Sox do not want to break up their starting rotation, which would pull Jose Quintana off the block too. Sale is under club control through 2019 and boasts a 3.18 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 129/29 K/BB ratio in 133 innings this season. He finished fourth in the American League Cy Young Award voting last year and probably should have been higher. The 27-year-old ace is not going anywhere. Thursday, 11:03 am
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • 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. Thursday, 9:43 am
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Kimbrel (knee) takes to flat ground for catch
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch on flat ground Wednesday.

    Advice: Kimbrel underwent a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy just before the All-Star Game. At the time of the procedure, it was thought he would miss 3-6 weeks, which would put him in line to return in early to mid-August. Brad Ziegler will close in his absence. Wednesday, 3:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Det
  • Naquin homers twice, drives in six vs. Royals
    Tyler Naquin went 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, and six RBI in the Indians' 11-4 rout of the Royals on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City.

    Advice: Naquin hit a solo shot off Ian Kennedy in the third inning, a two-run double off Kennedy in the fourth inning, and then he capped off the Indians' seven-run fifth inning with a three-run bomb against reliever Peter Moylan. The 25-year-old outfielder is making a strong case for 2016 American League Rookie of the Year honors, now with a .324/.387/.636 batting line, 12 home runs, and 29 RBI in 63 games. Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Ezequiel Carrera out with Achilles discomfort
    Ezequiel Carrera is sitting out Wednesday due to a recurrence of Achilles discomfort.

    Advice: Carrera first began having problems with the Achilles in late June. We'll call him day-to-day for now. Darwin Barney is starting in left field and Junior Lake is starting in right field Wednesday in Arizona.Daily Slant: With Carrera out of the lineup, it'll be Darwin Barney leading off against Patrick Corbin with Devon Travis hitting in the 8th spot. Barney's numbers certainly don't jump off the table, but hitting atop of a very potent Toronto order in a hitter-friendly environment makes him a viable punt play. Corbin has allowed a .399 wOBA and a 2.54 HR/9 rate when facing RH bats at home. Wednesday, 10:58 am
  • Neil Walker getting day off Wednesday
    Neil Walker is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kelly Johnson will start at second base and bat sixth in the matinee game versus Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Walker has 16 home runs and 40 RBI on the season. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 11:18 pm
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Kazmir goes seven strong in win over Nats
    Scott Kazmir allowed a solitary run over seven innings of work in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: On a day when the Dodgers had to shut down ace Clayton Kershaw due to lingering back discomfort, Kazmir offered some solace with his longest outing since May 14. The southpaw scattered four hits without issuing a walk, striking out eight Nationals in the victory. Kazmir improved to 8-3 with the win and will take a 4.30 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Sunday night's start against the Cardinals. Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Matt Wisler undone by the longball Monday
    Matt Wisler was roughed up for six runs -- five earned -- over five innings in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Wisler faced the minimum through the first three innings, but the Reds got to him with three home runs and five runs in the fourth. The young right-hander has had an up-and-down season and has now allowed six runs in back-to-back outings. He'll have a tough time bouncing back this weekend in Colorado. Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Steven Matz roughed up by Cubs Monday
    Steven Matz was touched up for four runs over five innings of work in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked just one, but Matz gave up eight hits, including a three-run homer to Anthony Rizzo. The left-hander has lost five straight decisions, as he hasn't won a game since May 25. Matz has been hit or miss since his elbow issue cropped up. He'll get the Marlins over the weekend. Monday, 7:59 pm
  • Hector Rondon converts save No. 16
    Hector Rondon retired the only two batters he faced to nail down his 16th save of the season in Monday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: It was about as easy as it comes as far as saves go, as Rondon entered with a four-run lead and two runners on and induced a double-play ball to end it. The Cubs have easily the best run differential in the majors, but since they've been in so many blowouts it hasn't led to many save chances for Rondon. However, with a 1.64 ERA and 42/4 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, he's been absurdly good when called upon. Monday, 7:52 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez not in Sunday's lineup
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day off. Scott Van Slyke is at first base. Jul 17, 10:39 am
  • Piscotty gets two hits and two RBI
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: His double in the third inning drove in two runs, which is more than his team would need to win the game. Piscotty is now batting .298/.375/.492 with 51 RBI and 55 runs scored in 325 at-bats. Jul 16, 7:17 pm
  • Josh Reddick homers, scores four runs
    Josh Reddick reached four times, homered and scored four runs Friday in Oakland's 8-7 edging of Toronto.

    Advice: Reddick usually comes to the plate with two out and none on, so he's not often in a position to score (or drive in) runs. He had some fun tonight, though. It's the second time in his career that he's scored four runs in a game. He's just the second Athletic in the last two seasons to score four times; Coco Crisp did it on June 25. Jul 15, 10:55 pm
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Stanton goes 2-for-3 with a run and RBI
    Giancarlo Stanton continued his rebound, finishing 2-for-3 with a run and RBI on Friday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk. Stanton has really struggled to hit for average this year. Today's game lifts his line to .238/.335/.500 with 20 home runs, 41 runs and 51 RBI. Everyone knows he has super-human power but his owners need him to improve his batting average if he is going to be a fantasy star. Jul 15, 9:34 pm
  • Walker slugs three-run homer vs. Phillies
    Neil Walker slugged a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Phillies.

    Advice: His sixth-inning blast off Jeremy Hellickson was his only hit in four trips to the plate on Friday, but it proved to be the big hit in the ballgame. He’s now up to 16 homers on the year, which equals his total from all of last season. Walker batted cleanup Friday and could continue to stick there until Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is ready to return. Jul 15, 7:38 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) near rehab games
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Cain has been taking batting practice and doing other light baseball activities for the last seven days without issue, and manager Ned Yost said Friday that the center fielder is "85 percent ready" for live games. Cain has been on the disabled list since June 29 because of a left hamstring strain. Jul 15, 1:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs LAA
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