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  • David Ortiz back in Red Sox' lineup Friday
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Big Papi didn't play Thursday after exiting Wednesday's game with back spasms, but he's made a quick recovery. The designated hitter will be facing David Price, who he had some harsh words for last month after Price hit him with a pitch.
    Today, 1:10 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.
    Today, 12:50 pm
  • David Ortiz (back) expected to play Friday
    CSNNE's Sean McAdam reports that David Ortiz (back) has told Red Sox manager John Farrell that he's "good to go" for Friday's game in Tampa.

    Advice: The Red Sox haven't officially posted their lineup yet, but it sounds like Ortiz will be in it. Big Papi didn't play Thursday after exiting Wednesday's game with back spasms, but he's made a quick recovery. Ortiz is batting .251/.346/.501 with 24 homers and 72 RBI for the Sox this season.
    Today, 12:08 pm
  • Phillies won't release 1B Ryan Howard
    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has denied speculation that the team has considered releasing Ryan Howard.

    Advice: "That is not something we are contemplating," Amaro said. "I don't know where that's coming from." While the Phillies might not be considering releasing Howard, there's no doubt that they're trying to trade him. The first baseman is now in a platoon situation and is still owed $60 million after this season. Howard has batted just .236/.306/.418 over the last three seasons.
    Today, 8:17 am
    4:05 pm vs x Ari
  • Belt (concussion) feeling no improvement
    Brandon Belt (concussion) admitted Thursday that he's yet to feeling any improvement with his post-concussion symptoms.

    Advice: Belt will visit with a specialist this weekend in San Francisco. The first baseman has been sidelined for the last week after being hit with an errant throw during batting practice and his return is nowhere in sight. Perhaps there will be more clarity with his situation after he's seen the specialist.
    Today, 6:40 am
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • David Ortiz (back) to be re-evaluated Friday
    David Ortiz (back) will be re-evaluated on Friday before it's determined how much time he might miss.

    Advice: Ortiz exited Wednesday's game after admitting to feeling "like a little pop or something" in his upper back during his final at-bat. "I don't know. We haven't talked about it yet," Ortiz said of whether he will miss any additional time. "Pretty sure I can probably come in and see how it goes. But hopefully it's nothing serious."
    Today, 5:48 am
  • Eric Hosmer enters as defensive replacement
    Eric Hosmer entered Thursday's game as a defensive replacement.

    Advice: Hosmer's bruised right hand leaves him unable to swing a bat at the moment, as he was pinch-hit for by Raul Ibanez. He could be limited to defensive work for a few more days.
    Today, 1:16 am
  • Santana reaches base four times in a loss
    Carlos Santana singled twice and walked twice in six plate appearances as the Indians lost in 14 innings to the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana was the Indians' only consistent source of offense on Thursday, but they were only able to bring him around once -- to score the tying run in the ninth inning. The first baseman has had a nice turnaround after a sluggish start to the season, now slashing .218/.357/.400 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @KC
  • Daniel Murphy unlikely to be traded by Mets
    Newsday's Marc Carig reports that teams have reached out to the Mets about trading for Daniel Murphy, but the club is "more likely to keep Murphy rather than deal him away."

    Advice: Murphy, who made his first All-Star team this season, is batting .287/.335/.406 with seven homers, 38 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 2014. The 29-year-old is making $5.7 million this year and will be eligible for arbitration for a final time over the winter. He's been connected to the Giants and Blue Jays but it sounds like the Mets would prefer to hang on to him for the time being.
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Duda homers and walks but Mets lose to MIL
    Lucas Duda walked and homered in four at-bats in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Duda was the only one able to figure out Matt Garza, who dominated the Mets. Duda took Garza deep to center for a solo home run in the seventh inning, his club's only run of the evening. The first baseman has quietly been among the most productive at his position, at least offensively, as he is slashing .260/.360/.490 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI.
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @Mil
  • Lucroy homers as Brewers rout the Mets
    Jonathan Lucroy finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single as the Brewers routed the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: The catcher is starting to catch fire again, now with multi-hit games in his last three contests. He took Dillon Gee deep for a solo shot in the first, then capped off a four-run second with an RBI single. Lucroy maintains an impressive .314/.383/.508 slash line with 12 home runs and 49 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Johnson homers, but Braves fall to the Fish
    Chris Johnson hit a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats, in a losing effort against the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Johnson took Henderson Alvarez yard in the second inning to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead. It's been a rough year for Johnson, but he has been swinging a better bat in July -- he has five home runs in the month, as compared to three between April and June. Overall, he's slashing .277/.299/.389 with eight home runs and 42 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:50 pm
    4:35 pm vs ^ SD
  • DL stint possible for Mark Teixeira (lat)
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that a decision on whether Mark Teixeira (lat) will be placed on the disabled list will likely come Friday.

    Advice: "It's just seeing how he feels after three or four days," Girardi said. "Then we'll decide if we think it's going to be the near future that he would play or we're going to need the 15-day [disabled list]. If it's going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably makes sense to get a player here." Girardi added that it's unlikely Teixeira will play Friday, but "you want to feel that there's progress and that he feels better to start doing some stuff." Teixeira hasn't played since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain.
    Yesterday, 5:35 pm
  • Joe Mauer (oblique) hits in batting cage
    Joe Mauer (oblique) hit in the batting cage on Thursday.

    Advice: The next step is taking live batting practice, though that hasn't been scheduled yet. Mauer has been swinging a bat for a few days now and hasn't had any setbacks, which is obviously a good sign. A return sometime next week would seem to be doable.
    Yesterday, 5:14 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • Willie Bloomquist to undergo MRI on knee
    Willie Bloomquist will undergo an MRI on his right knee Thursday.

    Advice: Bloomquist hurt the knee while running to first base on Wednesday. He's already been placed on the disabled list, but a timetable for his return won't be known until the MRI results come back.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
    Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Brandon Moss hits third grand slam
    Brandon Moss hit his third grand slam of the year Thursday off the Astros' Anthony Bass.

    Advice: Moss never had a slam in 41 at-bats with the bases loaded prior to this season. This year, he's 3-for-8 with 17 RBI in those situations. He has 23 homers and 71 RBI overall, putting him in the top 10 in the AL in both categories.
    Yesterday, 3:48 pm
    5:05 pm ^ @Tex
  • Jon Singleton goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Jon Singleton went 0-for-4 and struck out in a 17th straight game Thursday against the A's.

    Advice: Since going without a strikeout in four of his first 10 games for the Astros, Singleton has fanned in 31 of his last 33 games. His average is down to .179.
    Yesterday, 3:43 pm
    5:10 pm vs x Mia
  • Billy Butler to lose playing time at DH
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Billy Butler will lose playing time in the designated hitter spot in the coming days.

    Advice: It's probably overdue, as Butler has struggled mightily with a .266/.321/.346 batting line and three homers this season and has hit just .234/.286/.313 this month. The 28-year-old is probably droppable in most mixed leagues at this point. Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez will pick up the extra at-bats in the DH spot.
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
    5:10 pm vs x Cle
  • Phillies 'working hard' to trade Ryan Howard
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are "working hard to find a suitor for Ryan Howard."

    Advice: Howard has hit just .236/.306/.418 over the last three seasons and is still owed $70 million, but Heyman says the Phillies "would be willing to eat much or most" of the contract. Heyman adds that a trade of Howard would "presumably" be to an American League team looking for a designated hitter. Two general managers told Heyman that they believe Howard could be worth around $5 million per year in such a role. Howard has a no-trade clause that allows him to block a deal to 20 teams.
    Yesterday, 3:09 pm
    4:05 pm vs x Ari
  • Hosmer (hand) will not swing bat Thursday
    Eric Hosmer (hand) will not swing a bat Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer got hit in the right hand by a pitch on Sunday before returning to the lineup Wednesday, but he was forced to make an early exit due to "decreased grip strength." He might have to miss a few days to get back to 100 percent.
    Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • M's place Bloomquist on 15-day DL
    Mariners placed INF Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: Bloomquist apparently suffered the injury during Wednesday's game. Chris Taylor has essentially taken his place on the active roster and could push Brad Miller for playing time at shortstop.
    Yesterday, 2:14 pm
    Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • David Ortiz (back) considered day-to-day
    David Ortiz is day-to-day with spasms in his upper middle back.

    Advice: Ortiz left Thursday's game against the Blue Jays in the ninth inning after tweaking his back on a swing. However, it doesn't sound like a major concern.
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • Juan Francisco homers, knocks in four
    Juan Francisco missed a cycle by a double and drove in four runs Thursday in the win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Francisco's second-inning triple should have been caught -- it deflected off Jackie Bradley Jr.'s glove -- but it was a well-hit ball. The homer was his 15th in 215 at-bats this season. He's always going to strike out too much to hit for average, but he's been quite a contributor this season.
    Yesterday, 12:53 pm
    4:05 pm ^ @NYY
  • Ortiz departs game with apparent back injury
    David Ortiz left Thursday's game against the Blue Jays with an apparent back injury.

    Advice: Ortiz took a hard check-swing in the ninth inning and immediately grabbed his lower back. The Red Sox should provide a status update shortly on the veteran DH.
    Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Mariners acquire Kendrys Morales from Twins
    Mariners acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from the Twins for RHP Stephen Pryor.

    Advice: Morales is back in Seattle after hitting just .234/.259/.325 in 162 plate appearances with the Twins, who signed him to a prorated one-year, $12 million contract in early June. The 31-year-old tallied 23 home runs and 80 RBI last season for the Mariners and will try to recapture that magic down the stretch. He was given a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the M's last fall and declined it, leading to his extended unemployment.
    Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • Rangers transfer Moreland to the 60-day DL
    Rangers transferred 1B Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: It's a procedural move to clear a 40-man roster spot for reliever Nate Adcock, who was called up Thursday in the wake of the Joakim Soria trade. Moreland underwent season-ending ankle surgery near the end of June.
    Yesterday, 7:46 am
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm vs x Oak
  • Darin Ruf getting another start at first base
    Darin Ruf is getting a second straight start at first base on Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

    Advice: Ryan Howard will again take a seat. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that he wants to see what Ruf can do with regular playing time, and there was a report from's Jim Salisbury that club officials are considering releasing Howard -- who's still owed over $60 million guaranteed -- after this season.
    Yesterday, 6:20 am
    Player Note
    Darin Ruf Phi - 1B,OF
    4:05 pm vs ^ Ari
  • Cubs 1B prospect Vogelbach blasts two homers
    Cubs prospect first baseman Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs on Wednesday for High-A Daytona.

    Advice: Both home runs were to left-center field, allowing Vogelbach to display his well above-average raw power. He has struggled in July, hitting just .250/.330/.400 and failing to continue a hot June in which he hit .319/.429/.553 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 17 walks, and 15 strikeouts.
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
    Not Active
    Top 8, 7-6 vs x StL
  • Abreu (back) doubles in return Wednesday
    Jose Abreu (back) went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored Wednesday in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: Abreu was held out of Tuesday's game with stiffness in his back. It was never a major concern. The sensational rookie first baseman has a .959 OPS, 29 homers, and 74 RBI through his first 87 games as a major leaguer.
    Yesterday, 5:42 am
    5:10 pm ^ @Min
  • Jose Abreu returned to action on Wednesday July 23.
    Yesterday, 1:20 am
    5:10 pm ^ @Min
  • Tommy Medica goes 3-for-5 in Padres' win
    Tommy Medica went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Padres' 8-3 defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just the sixth time this year the Padres have scored as many as eight runs. Medica's big game came in his first start since July 8, as he's been limited to pinch-hitting duties of late by a groin injury. He hadn't driven in a run since June 28, and he was just 2-for-25 this month.
    Wednesday, 10:20 pm
    4:35 pm ^ @Atl
  • Pujols has a pair of hits in triumph
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman got back on the board after going hitless over his past two games. He'd been plenty hot before that, however, entering tonight batting .313 with four homers in July. Pujols is hitting .274 overall with 20 homers and 66 RBI.
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Jose Bautista homers, doubles in win
    Jose Bautista homered and doubled to lead the Blue Jays past the Red Sox 6-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The homer off Andrew Miller was his first since July 2 (and the first Miller has given up since May 13). Whether it's a coincidence or not, Bautista has slumped mightily with Edwin Encarnacion sidelined. Still, this makes back-to-back two-hit games for him for the first time since June 4-5.
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
    4:05 pm ^ @NYY
  • David Ortiz hits three-run homer
    David Ortiz hit a three-run homer Wednesday off R.A. Dickey in the loss to the Jays.

    Advice: That's four homers in three days for Ortiz. He's now tied for fourth in the AL with 24 homers and tied for fifth with 72 RBI.
    Wednesday, 9:31 pm
  • Howard loses starting job; may be released?
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that first base will be a "day-to-day thing" going forward.

    Advice: It's a nice way of saying Ryan Howard has lost his grip on the starting first base job. Howard and Darin Ruf will platoon based on matchups and who is swinging the hotter bat, and it appears Sandberg is resolute in his willingness to see what Ruf can do over the next two months. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports the Phillies have considered the possibility of releasing Howard if he can't be moved in a trade. The Phillies owe Howard, who is hitting .224/.305/.377, $60 million guaranteed over the next three years.
    Wednesday, 4:36 pm
    4:05 pm vs x Ari
  • Giants 'growing more concerned' about Belt
    According to beat reporter Andrew Baggarly, the Giants are "growing more concerned" about Brandon Belt's concussion.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Tuesday that Belt was "making progress" and might soon be able to resume some baseball activities, but the first baseman was sent back to the team hotel on Wednesday evening in Philadelphia after exhibiting lingering concussion-related symptoms. There is no timetable for his return at this point.
    Wednesday, 2:40 pm
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • Hosmer removed from game with hand injury
    Eric Hosmer was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cubs with "decreased grip strength in his hand."

    Advice: That was the announcement from the Kansas City medical staff. Hosmer got hit by a pitch on Sunday and sat out Monday and Tuesday with what was called a right hand contusion. He obviously needs a little more rest.
    Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Twins 'open to trading' Kendrys Morales
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are "open to trading" Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Well, of course they are. Morales is under contract only for this season and the Twins are well out of the playoff picture, so it makes all the sense in the world to get something for Morales now if they can. While the designated hitter is sporting a lowly .599 OPS, he's picked it up of late with a 12-game hitting streak. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals were among the teams pursuing Morales before the Twins signed him, but it's not which if any of those clubs could still have interest in the 31-year-old.
    Wednesday, 10:18 am
  • Hosmer back in Royals' lineup Wednesday
    Eric Hosmer is back in the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Manager Ned Yost had indicated a desire to sit Hosmer until at least Thursday, but the first baseman has evidently talked his way back into the lineup a day early. Hosmer missed two games due to a bruised right hand, an ailment that was a result of a hit by pitch Sunday.
    Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Hosmer (hand) won't play until Thursday
    Eric Hosmer (hand) isn't expected to return to the Royals' lineup until at least Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer missed a second straight game Tuesday with a bruised right hand, and he's expected to sit out Wednesday, as well. The first baseman suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch Sunday and the Royals don't want the ailment to linger. "That's why I'm hoping this doesn't linger," manager Ned Yost said. "Give him a couple days now. It might save him. Instead of battling through it, and it affecting him for three weeks, instead of a week. Get it to where it's manageable."
    Wednesday, 7:33 am
  • Carter doubles twice, goes 3-for-5 vs A's
    Chris Carter went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the A's.

    Advice: Carter has now blown by the Mendoza Line, as he's up to a .213 average. The two RBI brought him up to 43 on the year. Carter hasn't ever been one to hit for average, but he does have nineteen home runs and a .478 slugging percentage, which tells you that he makes his hits count. Always a hot/cold slugger, Carter's on the scorching side this month, slashing .306/.352/.735 for July.
    Tuesday, 11:45 pm
    5:10 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Duda smashes 15th homer in win over Mariners
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 and hit his 15th home run in Tuesday's tilt with the Mariners.

    Advice: Duda had a nice all-around game. Not only did he smack an eighth inning home run, giving him fifty RBI even on the year, he also stole his third base of the season. You shouldn't hold your breath for another steal any time soon (please don't), but speedster abilities aside, Duda's slashing .261/.357/.485. He's really putting together a nice season.
    Tuesday, 10:46 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @Mil
  • Santana's three XBH lead Tribe past Twins
    Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a home run and nine total bases as the Indians cruised past the Twins 8-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Santana had just three extra-base hits in his previous nine games, but the 28-year-old added two doubles to go with his 15th home run of the year. If anything, he deserved to have an even better night from a statistical standpoint -- the homer came with nobody on, and his other three hits drove in just one run combined. The four-hit evening raised his season line to .214/.353/.401.
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @KC
  • Lucroy's second HR gives Brewers walk-off win
    Jonathan Lucroy's second home run of the game also served to give the Brewers a 4-3, walk-off victory over the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lucroy homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the sixth inning, and leading off the ninth he took reliever Sam LeCure out to send the fans home happy. The homers were his first since July 4, also against the Reds. The All-Star catcher has now got 11 home runs to go with a .310/.381/.500 line on the year.
    Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • Ortiz homers again, but Sox fall to the Jays
    David Ortiz hit another home run, finishing 2-for-5 overall in a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ortiz blasted a pair of home runs in Monday's rout of the Jays, but the rest of the lineup wasn't able to support pitcher Jake Peavy. Ortiz went yard in the eighth inning, a solo shot off of Dustin McGowan. The veteran DH continues to be productive, now with 23 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .253/.349/.500 slash line.
    Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Joe Mauer (oblique) hits off tee Tuesday
    Joe Mauer (oblique) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

    Advice: It's a nice step after he took dry swings over the weekend, but a clear timetable for his return won't be known until he faces live pitching. Mauer, who will next take soft-tosses in the cage, has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
    Tuesday, 4:58 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • Belt still a couple days away from activity
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Brandon Belt (concussion) is "making progress" but is still a couple days away from resuming baseball activities.

    Advice: Belt was placed on the 7-day concussion DL Monday after being hit in the head by a thrown ball Saturday during batting practice. Concussions are always tricky, but it does sound like he has a chance to return relatively quickly. The Giants are using Buster Posey and Adam Duvall at first base while Belt is out.
    Tuesday, 4:48 pm
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • Jose Abreu out Tuesday vs. KC with stiff back
    Jose Abreu is out of the White Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night due to stiffness in his back.

    Advice: White Sox manager Robin Ventura called the issue "minor." Paul Konerko is starting at first base on Tuesday versus the Royals. Abreu should be ready on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @Min
  • Phillies recall Darin Ruf from Triple-A level
    Phillies recalled OF Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Ruf went 1-for-10 with four strikeouts in a short stint with the Phillies earlier this season. He'll act as depth at first base and both corner outfield spots.
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
    Player Note
    Darin Ruf Phi - 1B,OF
    4:05 pm vs ^ Ari
  • Bloomquist's 3 hits leads Mariners to victory
    Willie Bloomquist went 3-for-5 with a steal, two runs scored, and an RBI double in a win over the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Somebody out there will wake up tomorrow morning grinning ear-to-ear that Bloomquist was in his AL-only fantasy lineup tonight. Chances are, that isn't you. In truth, nobody could have seen a big night coming from the veteran utilityman. This was Bloomquist's first steal of the season, his first three-hit game of the year, and the double represented his first extra-base hit since June 22. Willie Bloomquist will now return to being Willie Bloomquist.
    Monday, 10:06 pm
    Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
    7:10 pm vs Bal
  • Ryan Howard goes 2-for-4, drives in two
    Ryan Howard had two of the Phillies' 14 singles and two RBI in a loss to the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: None of the Phillies' hits went for extra bases. It was the first time since July 5, 1996 that they had collected as many as 14 hits with all of them being singles. Howard was in a 1-for-18 slump before his two-hit game tonight.
    Monday, 8:03 pm
    4:05 pm vs x Ari
  • David Ortiz homers twice in 14-1 victory
    David Ortiz slammed a pair of two-run homers off Brad Mills in the Red Sox's 14-1 drubbing of the Blue Jays on Monday.

    Advice: The Red Sox opened the game dead last in the AL in runs, but at least temporarily moved up to 10th in the rout. It was Ortiz's third two-homer game of the year, the other two coming back-to-back against the Twins on May 13-14. He's struggled to hit for average lately, but he has 11 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and a 3/9 K/BB ratio in 15 games this month.
    Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Billy Butler willing to renegotiate deal
    Billy Butler said Monday that he would be willing to renegotiate his contract, which currently includes a $12.5 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: The Royals seem unlikely to exercise the option given Butler's struggles this season, but the designated hitter is willing to redo his deal in order to remain in Kansas City. He's making $8 million this season. "If the option doesn't work, I'd be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I've always said that," Butler said. "I've been with the Royals for my whole career so why wouldn't I? It's all I've ever known and I love it here. I never said anything about, 'Oh, it's my option year, take it or leave it.'"
    Monday, 6:01 pm
    5:10 pm vs x Cle
  • Eric Hosmer scratched due to bruised hand
    Eric Hosmer was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a right hand contusion.

    Advice: Hosmer was hit by a pitch on Sunday and remains sore. He doesn't have any broken bones, though, and should be considered day-to-day. Billy Butler is playing first base Monday, while Salvador Perez is in the DH spot.
    Monday, 4:22 pm
  • Teixeira out 3-4 days due to mild lat strain
    Mark Teixeira will be sidelined for the next 3-4 days because of a mild lower lat strain.

    Advice: The Yankees are optimistic that the first baseman will not require a disabled list stint. Teixeira has tallied 17 home runs and 48 RBI in 76 games this season but has struggled to stay healthy for extended periods.
    Monday, 12:58 pm
  • Giants place Brandon Belt on concussion DL
    Giants placed 1B Brandon Belt on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Belt was struck in the head by a thrown ball Saturday during batting practice and began showing symptoms of a concussion a few hours later. It's not clear how long he'll be out. Adam Duvall was called up from Triple-A Fresno on Monday to provide depth at first base.
    Monday, 8:51 am
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • Brandon Belt (head) heading to disabled list
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Sunday that Brandon Belt (concussion) will be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment whether it will be the 7-day concussion disabled list, or the regular 15-day variety. Adam Duvall is expected to meet the team in Philadelphia to take his spot on the roster.
    Sunday, 1:11 pm
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • Mauer (oblique) takes some dry swings
    Joe Mauer (oblique) took some dry swings on Sunday.

    Advice: They came after the first baseman played soft-toss and fielded a few ground balls on Saturday. It's obviously a great sign that Mauer is ready to swing a bat again, and he should progress to hitting in the cage and then taking batting practice if all goes well. He's been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
    Sunday, 11:06 am
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • Giants awaiting test results on Belt (head)
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that he's still awaiting concussion test results on Brandon Belt (head).

    Advice: Belt was hit in the face during batting practice Saturday and admitted Sunday that he wasn't feeling very well. The Giants won't make a roster move Sunday, but it's possible one could come prior to the beginning of the series against the Phillies on Monday. Reliever George Kontos is on standby in case a move needs to be made. Buster Posey is at first base Sunday.
    Sunday, 8:58 am
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • Joe Mauer (oblique) goes through workout
    Joe Mauer (oblique) went through a light workout Saturday, playing soft-toss and fielding a few ground balls, including a handful while on his knees.

    Advice: It's a small step, but a step nonetheless. "At least he's [doing] baseball activity," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. "Let's wait and see what he comes in feeling like tomorrow. Maybe he'll be able to swing pretty soon." Manager Ron Gardenhire seemed more pessimistic, saying that Mauer "still feels it" while coughing and sneezing, "so he's obviously not ready to take swings." Mauer has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
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