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  • Chris Davis sitting Tuesday due to an illness
    Chris Davis is out Tuesday because of an illness.

    Advice: Davis should be fine after a day or two of rest. Steve Pearce is at first base and Delmon Young is serving as the Orioles' DH on Tuesday night versus the Angels.
    29 minutes ago
    4:05 pm vs x LAA
  • Napoli out on Tuesday with swelling in finger
    Mike Napoli has some swelling in one of his fingers.

    Advice: It's the reason he's out of the Red Sox starting lineup for the second time in three games. Mike Carp, who's thought to be available via trade, is starting at first base for Boston on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
    33 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs x Tor
  • Davis not in Tuesday's lineup
    Chris Davis is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Angels.

    Advice: The struggling Davis will sit against Jered Weaver. Meanwhile, Steve Pearce will start at first base and Delmon Young will serve as the DH.
    Today, 12:30 pm
    4:05 pm vs x LAA
  • Eric Hosmer (hand) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Eric Hosmer (hand) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Twins.

    Advice: Hosmer has missed four straight starts due to a bruised right hand, but he's ready to give it a go. He'll bat third against Trevor Bauer.
    Today, 12:18 pm
  • Napoli not in Tuesday's lineup
    Mike Napoli is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: This will be his second time out of the lineup in the past three games. We haven't heard anything about an injury, so perhaps the Red Sox are just using this as an opportunity to showcase Mike Carp, who is starting at first base Tuesday.
    Today, 12:15 pm
    4:10 pm vs x Tor
  • Lucas Duda out of Tuesday's lineup
    Lucas Duda is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: Duda has been the hottest hitter in the Mets' lineup of late, but he'll take a seat against left-hander Cole Hamels. Eric Campbell will make the start at first base.
    Today, 12:11 pm
    4:10 pm vs x Phi
  • Teixeira (lat) singles as pinch-hitter
    Mark Teixeira (lat) singled as a pinch-hitter Monday.

    Advice: Sidelined with a lower left lat strain, it was his first game action since July 20. The expectation is that he will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
    Today, 12:47 am
  • Chris Carter hits three-run homer
    Chris Carter hit a three-run homer off Jesse Chavez on Monday, giving him 21 homers this year.

    Advice: He hit the first of the Astros' four homers tonight. Carter is 10-for-29 in his last eight games, raising his average from .200 to .214.
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
    5:10 pm vs ^ Oak
  • Stephen Vogt hits fifth homer
    Stephen Vogt collected his fifth homer and eighth double against the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Vogt hasn't played much against lefties, but that may change now after his strong game against Brett Oberholtzer tonight. He's hitting .375 with just seven strikeouts in 80 at-bats this month and .361 in 148 at-bats overall.
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @Hou
  • Garrett Jones triples, doubles in win
    Garrett Jones tripled, doubled and scored twice against the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: Jones seems to have come out of his slump, as he's now hit in six straight. Yesterday's hit was a homer, ending a drought that extended back to June 24.
    Yesterday, 7:46 pm
    4:10 pm vs x Was
  • Adam Lind (foot) could return on Thursday
    Adam Lind (foot) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday.

    Advice: However, the Blue Jays could decide to wait until they begin a homestand on August 5. "He's running, he's still a little bit hobbled, but he's able to do a bit of everything," manager John Gibbons said of Lind, who has been sidelined since early July with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot.
    Yesterday, 6:08 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm x @Bos
  • Jon Singleton working to shorten swing
    Jon Singleton has been working with hitting coach John Mallee on shortening his swing.

    Advice: Mallee said the results so far have been "absolutely amazing" and Singleton just has to trust his new swing in game action. "I'm trying to get better each and every day," Singleton said. "I'm trying to make small adjustments and trying to adjust to what they throw me and stuff like that and trying to time the ball better. Nothing too major. Just daily adjustments." Singleton has homered seven times but is batting just .178 in 163 at-bats with the big club.
    Yesterday, 5:51 pm
  • Brandon Belt passes concussion test Monday
    Brandon Belt (concussion) passed a concussion test Monday.

    Advice: He could resume baseball activities as soon as Monday. It's obviously great news for the Giants, as Belt should rejoin the lineup in short order now that his post-concussion symptoms appear to be behind him. The first baseman has been out of action since July 19.
    Yesterday, 4:06 pm
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs Pit
  • Teixeira (lat) to take BP on field Monday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) will take BP on the field on Monday.

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

    Advice: Teixeira hasn't played since last Saturday due to a lower left lat strain, but he came through an extensive workout Sunday with no issues. The Yankees remain hopeful that he'll be able to avoid a DL stint and return soon.
    Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • D'Backs activate Jordan Pacheco from DL
    Diamondbacks activated C Jordan Pacheco from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pacheco missed over a month with tendinitis in his right shoulder. He was 3-for-8 as a pinch-hitter for the Diamondbacks before the tendinitis put him on the shelf.
    Yesterday, 12:11 pm
    4:10 pm x @Cin
  • Diamondbacks give Nick Evans his release
    Diamondbacks released 1B/OF Nick Evans.

    Advice: Evans has signed a deal with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles. The 28-year-old first baseman and corner outfielder tallied two home runs, two doubles, and seven RBI in 18 games this season with the Diamondbacks.
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm x @Cin
  • Johnson swats two-run double in win over Pads
    Chris Johnson hit a two-run double and scored a run in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Johnson knocked a bases-loaded double in the third inning, and he scored the Braves' sixth run later in the inning. The two runs driven in were the continuation of a strong month for the third baseman, who now has 22 RBI in July after driving in 24 in the first three months of the season combined. Johnson is hitting .273/.295/.385 with eight home runs and 46 RBI overall.
    Sunday, 7:05 pm
  • Santana hits two home runs, Tribe down Royals
    Carlos Santana remained red hot on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI in the Indians' 10-3 trouncing of the Royals.

    Advice: Santana has American League Player of the Week honors on lock after going 15-for-27 with six home runs, 10 RBI, eight runs scored and a stolen base to boot. The 28-year-old has also walked five times in his last three games, a good sign that he's seeing the ball really well right now. After a slow start that plagued him for much of the first half, Santana has his slash line up to a tolerable .232/.371/.456.
    Sunday, 4:36 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    4:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Butler has three-hit game in loss to Indians
    Billy Butler had a three-hit afternoon against the Indians on Sunday, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.

    Advice: Since Royals manager Ned Yost called Butler out on Thursday, the designated hitter has responded by collecting six hits in nine at-bats with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored. In Sunday's game, Butler scored the first run of the game and later delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning. His recent onslaught has raised his line to .273/.326/.370 and may give Yost second thoughts about taking playing time away from the talented 28-year-old.
    Sunday, 4:26 pm
  • Duda sinks Brewers again with game-winning HR
    Lucas Duda hit his second game-winning home run in three days on Sunday, as his two-run homer proved to be the difference in the Mets' 2-0 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Duda tortured the Brewers in the four-game set, hitting three homers and driving in six. He's got four home runs in his last six games to give him 18 on the season. The first baseman is batting .259/.356/.500 with 56 RBI and has put himself into the mixed league discussion with his recent power surge.
    Sunday, 3:37 pm
    4:10 pm vs x Phi
  • Murphy doubles, scores in win over Brewers
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the Mets' win over the Brewers on Sunday.

    Advice: Murphy has been locked in at the plate in recent days, going 7-for-12 in his last three games. The hit parade has raised his overall line to .293/.340/.412. With seven home runs and 11 stolen bases, Murphy has a decent shot at his second straight double-double season.
    Sunday, 3:30 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ Phi
  • Belt still experiencing concussion symptoms
    Brandon Belt (head) is still experiencing post-concussion symptoms and has yet to be cleared for baseball activity.

    Advice: Belt is scheduled to see a specialist on Sunday, who will hopefully provide a clearer picture of what's going on and a timeline for his return. Adam Duvall will continue to see the bulk of the action at first base while he's sidelined.
    Sunday, 3:07 pm
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs Pit
  • Singleton belts seventh homer against Marlins
    Jon Singleton hit his seventh home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Singleton took Marlins closer Steve Cishek deep in the ninth inning, just the second home run Cishek has allowed this season. It was Singleton's only hit in two at-bats, as he also walked twice. He's got seven home runs in 46 games but has struggled mightily at the dish, hitting .178/.266/.350 in his first taste of major league pitching.
    Sunday, 3:00 pm
  • Abreu has two more hits, RBI in loss to Twins
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Abreu continues his assault on American League pitching, racking up two more hits. He's now got 30 hits in 22 games this month, and he's currently working on a 17-game hitting streak. The first baseman is hitting .294/.344/.619 in his rookie campaign.
    Sunday, 2:07 pm
    4:08 pm ^ @Det
  • Ryan Howard goes deep as Phillies win
    Making the start against a left-hander, Ryan Howard launched a two-run homer and drew a walk in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Howard's blast off of Vidal Nuno in the first inning got the scoring going for the Phillies, and he eventually came around to score in the sixth after drawing a walk. The first baseman has gone 3-for-8 with a couple walks over the last two days after being benched for three straight contests.
    Sunday, 1:29 pm
    4:10 pm ^ @NYM
  • Nate Freiman optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned 1B/DH Nate Freiman to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Freiman has batted just .212/.257/.394 in the majors this season. He was sent out in order to make room for Alberto Callaspo's return from the DL.
    Sunday, 12:43 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm x @Hou
  • Alberto Callaspo activated from DL
    Athletics activated INF Alberto Callaspo from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Callaspo missed the minimum amount of time with a strained right hamstring. Nate Freiman was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to clear room on the roster.
    Sunday, 12:42 pm
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo Oak - 1B,2B,3B
    5:10 pm x @Hou
  • Lonnie Chisenhall (illness) sitting out again
    Lonnie Chisenhall (illness) remained out of the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Chisenhall has missed two straight games due to intestinal issues. He should be fine Tuesday after Monday's off day. Mike Aviles is at third base Sunday.
    Sunday, 10:16 am
    4:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Morneau beginning rehab assignment Mon.
    Justin Morneau (neck) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.

    Advice: He's currently slated to play two games before being activated Wednesday, but it's possible he'll talk his way into being activated Tuesday if things go well Monday. Morneau has missed the last couple weeks with a strained neck but appears to be over the ailment. He's hitting .312/.345/.502 with 13 homers and 60 RBI over 89 games this season.
    Sunday, 10:03 am
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Jack Hannahan activated from disabled list
    Reds activated 3B Jack Hannahan from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hannahan has been out all season following offseason shoulder surgery. He should see some playing time at third or first base while Joey Votto (quad) is out.
    Sunday, 7:53 am
    4:10 pm vs x Ari
  • Teixeira (lat) could return as soon as Tues.
    Mark Teixeira (lat) could return to the Yankees' lineup as soon as Tuesday.

    Advice: Teixeira went through an extensive workout Sunday morning and came out of it with no issues. He's missed the last week with a lower left lat strain but will avoid a trip to the disabled list. "Hopefully he's a player for us soon," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
    Sunday, 7:43 am
  • Nick Evans still a Diamondback for now
    Nick Evans has not yet signed a contract with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles.

    Advice: A report Saturday suggested that the deal was done, but it appears that was premature. Evans remains on the Diamondbacks' roster for now, though he is expected to sign with Rakuten in the coming days. "It's definitely something I had in my mind that would be exciting to do, but as of right now I'm still a Diamondback," he said.
    Sunday, 6:32 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm x @Cin
  • Efren Navarro hits first major league homer
    Efren Navarro hit his first big-league homer off Justin Verlander in Saturday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Navarro also had an RBI groundout and a walk in the game. He's 10-for-30 since coming up from Triple-A on July 12, and he deserves to be in the lineup against right-handers on a regular basis for now.
    Saturday, 9:39 pm
    4:05 pm ^ @Bal
  • Billy Butler slugs go-ahead homer vs. Indians
    Billy Butler homered for the second consecutive night as the Royals beat the Indians 7-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Butler's two-run fifth-inning blast put Kansas City ahead for good. He also hit a big go-ahead two-run homer on Friday and may be starting to come alive for the Royals, who badly need such a burst. The 28-year-old designated hitter owns a disappointing .268/.322/.363 slash line and only five total homers this year.
    Saturday, 7:29 pm
  • Carlos Santana homers in loss to the Royals
    Carlos Santana homered again Saturday but the Indians lost to the Royals.

    Advice: Santana's solo shot in the second inning opened the game's scoring. He later added a double, continuing his recent uptick in extra-base hits. The 28-year-old slugger is capable of putting up huge fantasy numbers down the stretch.
    Saturday, 7:25 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    4:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Justin Morneau (neck) takes batting practice
    Justin Morneau (neck) took batting practice Saturday.

    Advice: Morneau has been out since July 21 with a neck strain and this was his first batting practice session since being placed on the disabled list. He will be eligible to return to the active roster as soon as Tuesday, but his absence will likely extend into August.
    Saturday, 6:33 pm
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Jack Hannahan (shoulder) to be activated soon
    Jack Hannahan (shoulder) should be activated from the disabled list in the next day or two.

    Advice: Hannahan has been out all season because of a right shoulder injury. Reds manager Bryan Price broke the news Saturday that he will likely be activated Sunday or Monday. The versatile 34-year-old can be a valuable utilityman down the stretch for Cincinnati.
    Saturday, 4:11 pm
    4:10 pm vs x Ari
  • Lonnie Chisenhall scratched due to illness
    Lonnie Chisenhall has been scratched from the lineup Saturday versus the Royals due to illness.

    Advice: He should be fine after a day or two of rest. Chisenhall has regressed some but still owns a batting line of .313/.382/.480 with nine home runs and 41 RBI on the season.
    Saturday, 3:56 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Nick Evans signs with Rakuten in Japan
    Diamondbacks released 1B/OF Nick Evans.

    Advice: Evans has agreed to a deal with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles, so the Diamondbacks have released him from his contract. The 28-year-old has appeared in 16 games with the D'Backs this season, slashing .238/.238/.476 with a homer and four RBI in his 21 at-bats.
    Saturday, 9:01 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm x @Cin
  • Yankees to make decision on Teixeira Sunday
    The Yankees will decide on Sunday whether Mark Teixeira (lat) will require a trip to the disabled list.

    Advice: Teixeira is scheduled to do stretching and running on the field before Saturday's game, then will do tee and toss on Sunday before a determination is made. He has been sidelined since Sunday with a lower left lat strain.
    Saturday, 8:57 am
  • Callaspo to play in rehab game on Saturday
    Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) will play in a minor league rehab game with High-A Stockton on Saturday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he's still looking at a return to the Athletics on Sunday. The veteran infielder has been sidelined since July 11 with a strained hamstring.
    Saturday, 5:56 am
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo Oak - 1B,2B,3B
    5:10 pm x @Hou
  • Eric Hosmer appears as defensive replacement
    For the second straight night, Eric Hosmer (hand) entered Friday's game as a defensive replacement.

    Advice: Hosmer is dealing with a bruised right hand, and still hasn't been able to swing the bat. Expect it to be another day or two before he is able to return to the Royals starting lineup.
    Saturday, 1:35 am
  • Chris Davis homers to lead Orioles
    Chris Davis homered in the top of the 10th inning to break a 1-1 tie and lead the Orioles past the Mariners 2-1 on Friday.

    Advice: Davis hasn't had a whole lot of reason to celebrate this year, but he came through in a big spot tonight. It was his 17th homer in 310 at-bats this year, which is still a pretty good clip, even if it's well off last year's pace. The problem is that he has just 36 singles and 10 doubles on the year, leaving him with a .203 average.
    Friday, 10:47 pm
    4:05 pm vs x LAA
  • Efren Navarro goes 2-for-3 off bench
    After replacing an injured Josh Hamilton, Efren Navarro went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead single Friday in the Angels' 2-1 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Both Angels runs came in the sixth, as Kole Calhoun doubled in Chris Iannetta and Navarro singled in Calhoun. Navarro is hitting .333 with a 3/4 K/BB ratio in 27 at-bats since being called up on July 12. It makes sense for the Angels to use him against all right-handers right now, but they haven't made any sort of commitment to him yet.
    Friday, 10:35 pm
    4:05 pm ^ @Bal
  • Butler hits go-ahead homer against Indians
    Billy Butler hit a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run homer in a 6-4 win over the Indians on Friday night.

    Advice: The clutch blast came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was just his fourth home run of the season. While the 28-year-old played the role of hero for the Royals on this night, he's been one of the game's most disappointing players with a weak .266/.320/.353 batting line.
    Friday, 9:38 pm
  • Carlos Santana hits two home runs vs. Royals
    Carlos Santana clubbed two homers and knocked in three runs in a loss to the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Santana popped a solo blast in the fourth inning and added a two-run shot for good measure in the sixth. With three multi-hit games in his last four, his batting average is now up to .222 for the year, his high-water mark since early April. He's also up to 17 home runs and 45 RBI on the year.
    Friday, 9:35 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    4:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Duda delivers go-ahead blast against Brewers
    Lucas Duda delivered a go-ahead two-run homer in a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: The Mets entered the top of the ninth inning down 3-0, but David Wright knocked in the first run with an RBI single and Duda followed with a long blast to right-center field. The 28-year-old has now gone deep three times in his last four games and is up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI on the year. It looks like the Mets made the right choice between him and Ike Davis.
    Friday, 9:07 pm
    4:10 pm vs x Phi
  • Jose Abreu's 30th home run powers White Sox
    Jose Abreu launched his 30th home run of the season on Friday, powering the White Sox to a 9-5 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.

    Advice: The White Sox came out of the gate firing in this one, with a pair of singles to start the game followed by Abreu's three-run blast off Kevin Correia. He finished the night 2-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored, and is now hitting .292/.341/.620 with 30 long balls and 77 RBI in his first 353 big league at-bats. He's easily the favorite to take home Rookie of the Year honors in the American League.
    Friday, 8:13 pm
    4:08 pm ^ @Det
  • Teixeira not expected to return until Monday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that he doesn't expect Mark Teixeira (lat) to return to the lineup until Monday at the earliest.

    Advice: That means the Yankees will play with a short bench for the remainder of the weekend rather than opting to put Teixeira on the disabled list. He has been sidelined since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain.
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Brandon Belt (concussion) makes progress
    Brandon Belt (concussion) reported improvement with his post-concussion symptoms on Friday, but there remains no clear timetable for his return at the moment.

    Advice: Belt is scheduled to see a specialist over the weekend in San Francisco. He's eligible to come off of the disabled list as soon as Sunday, but that looks like a longshot at this point.
    Friday, 5:08 pm
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs Pit
  • Teixeira (lat) could swing a bat on Friday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) could swing a bat as soon as Friday.

    Advice: Teixeira hasn't played since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain but said Friday that he's feeling much better and looks like he'll avoid the disabled list. "I hope to be back soon," he said. The Yankees' first baseman is batting .231/.330/.443 with 17 homers and 48 RBI over 76 games this season.
    Friday, 12:50 pm
  • 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.
    Friday, 8:17 am
    4:10 pm ^ @NYM
  • 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.
    Friday, 6:40 am
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs Pit
  • 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.
    Friday, 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.
    Thursday, 9:45 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    4:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • 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.
    Thursday, 9:29 pm
    4:10 pm vs ^ Phi
  • 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.
    Thursday, 8:01 pm
    4:10 pm vs x Phi
  • 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.
    Thursday, 6:50 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 5:35 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 3:41 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 3:09 pm
    4:10 pm ^ @NYM
  • 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.
    Thursday, 2:35 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 5:42 am
    4:08 pm ^ @Det
  • Jose Abreu returned to action on Wednesday July 23.
    Thursday, 1:20 am
    4:08 pm ^ @Det