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  • Ackley's glove and bat push Mariners to win
    Dustin Ackley had a monster game in Monday's 5-2 win over the Mets, going 3-for-4 at the dish and robbing a homer in the field.

    Advice: Ackley's heroics improved Seattle to 53-46, 2 1/2 games up for the second Wild Card slot in the American League. The outfielder had two singles and an RBI double, but his most impressive display came in stealing Travis d'Arnaud's sixth inning would-be-homer. Ackley started heating up right when we started hearing his name in trade rumors; he's batting .360 (18-for-50) in July.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs NYM
  • Brian Dozier in 1-for-16 slump
    Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 1-for-16 to begin the second half.

    Advice: Dozier had a two-homer game the Sunday before the All-Star break to end a quiet spell, but his batting average is back down to .234 now. Worse, he's drawn all of one walk in 70 at-bats this month, compared to 51 in 306 at-bats through the end of June.
    Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Adam Duvall homers in Giants' win
    In his first game since his recall, Adam Duvall went 2-for-5 and hit a two-run homer off Cliff Lee in the Giants' 7-4 victory over the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Duvall mostly say behind Mike Morse in his first stint with the Giants last month, but now it looks like he'll be the primary first baseman until Brandon Belt returns from a concussion. Exactly how long that'll be is something we should have a better idea about in a few days, but he'll have some fantasy value until it happens.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Justin Turner knocks in two runs
    Justin Turner went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored Monday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: It's safe to say the Mets blew it when they let Turner go last winter. He's been terrific in a utility role for the Dodgers, hitting .301 with three homers and 23 RBI in 166 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Brandon Phillips does some workouts Mon.
    Brandon Phillips (thumb) did some throwing on Monday.

    Advice: "He was able to throw. Obviously, he was not able to catch the ball," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "And he's able to do some movement with his hand a lot more comfortably. It's still on schedule but still a ways away." Phillips is expected to be sidelined until late August following left thumb surgery.
    Yesterday, 5:38 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Tony Abreu opts out of minor league deal
    Giants released INF Tony Abreu.

    Advice: Abreu opted out of his contract, presumably when he found out the club had signed Dan Uggla. The veteran infielder batted .281 with six homers and 29 RBI in 64 games for Triple-A Fresno. He should be able to net another minor league deal quickly.
    Yesterday, 3:40 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Robinson Cano (hamstring) in lineup Monday
    Robinson Cano (hamstring) is in Monday's lineup against the Mets.

    Advice: Cano got the day off Sunday due to hamstring tightness. It's an issue he should be able to manage for now.
    Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Phillies option Cesar Hernandez to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned INF Cesar Hernandez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Hernandez has been up and down multiple times this year. He's a .260/.315/.305 career hitter in the majors.
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs SF
  • Giants ink deal with Braves castoff Dan Uggla
    Giants signed INF Dan Uggla to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Uggla was batting just .162/.241/.231 with 40 strikeouts in 145 plate appearances this season for the Braves and showed up late to the second-to-last game of the first half, resulting in a one-game suspension and then his release. The 34-year-old is a shell of his former self and will have to prove that he has something left at Fresno. The Braves are on the hook for the $19 million remaining on his contract. Uggla's new minor league deal with the Giants comes with an August 1 opt-out.
    Yesterday, 10:43 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Report: A's have Nick Franklin as top target
    According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's have made Nick Franklin a "top target."

    Advice: Franklin has spent a large majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Tacoma with Robinson Cano manning second base and Brad Miller at shortstop for Seattle. The talented 23-year-old could step in as the starting second baseman in Oakland, but Slusser notes that the in-contention M's might not want to strengthen a division rival. Franklin is hitting .300/.394/.481 this year at Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 9:42 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs NYM
  • Giants recall Adam Duvall from AAA Fresno
    Giants recalled 1B Adam Duvall from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Duvall didn't do much in his first stint with the big-league club back in June, but the 25-year-old has registered a stellar .303/.361/.626 batting line with 26 home runs and 79 RBI in 78 games this season at the Triple-A level. He should get a good amount of playing time at first base while Brandon Belt recovers from a concussion and is worth a try in deeper mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:54 am
  • Alex Guerrero (ear) moves rehab to High-A
    Alex Guerrero (ear) went 1-for-2 with a double in his first rehab game Sunday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: Guerrero was 8-for-23 (.348) with a double and two home runs in seven games for the Dodgers' Arizona League team before moving his rehab to High-A ball this weekend. He played second base on Sunday at Rancho Cucamonga but saw time at both shortstop and third base in the AZL. The Cuban infielder is rehabbing from surgery to reattach a large portion of his ear that was bit off in May during a fight with Miguel Olivo. Guerrero could make his major league debut sometime in August.
    Yesterday, 6:01 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Scutaro (neck) scores run in return Sunday
    Marco Scutaro (neck) finished 1-for-4 with a run scored Sunday in his return to the Giants' lineup.

    Advice: It was only Scutaro's second game of the season. With his chronic back injury lingering and a new neck issue developing, the veteran second baseman is doubtful to be an everyday player down the stretch and can be ignored in standard fantasy formats.
    Yesterday, 5:40 am
  • Marco Scutaro returned to action on Sunday July 20.
    Yesterday, 12:33 am
  • La Stella knocks in 3 runs as Braves win
    Tommy La Stella doubled twice and knocked in three runs in four at-bats in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: With Uggla out of the picture, La Stella's job is secure. He has responded by hitting safely in all three games out of the All-Star break. The second baseman cleared the bases with one of his two doubles, padding the Braves' lead to 6-1 in the third inning. The rookie is slashing .297/.371/.376 with 21 RBI and a pair of stolen bases to begin his major league career.
    Sunday, 3:49 pm
  • Altuve homers as Astros outslug White Sox
    Jose Altuve blasted a two-run home run, one of his two hits in five at-bats, as the Astros emerged victorious in a high-scoring affair against the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: It's Altuve's first home run since May 22. Power isn't exactly his forte, so it's essentially a cherry on top of what has been a breakout season for the second baseman. He's slashing .336/.373/.443 with three home runs, 31 RBI, and 41 stolen bases.
    Sunday, 3:02 pm
  • Kolten Wong not in Cardinals lineup on Sunday
    Kolten Wong is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Sunday night's matchup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the hot-hitting second baseman, who is hitting .367/.424/.867 during an eight-game hitting streak. Mark Ellis will get the start in his place and hit seventh against Clayton Kershaw.
    Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Alberto Callaspo could return next week
    Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) thinks he'll be ready for activation just a couple days after he's eligible next Sunday.

    Advice: It's possible that Callaspo will play a few rehab games before the A's activate him. The veteran infielder has been on the shelf since mid-July with a strained right hamstring.
    Sunday, 11:11 am
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo Oak - 1B,2B,3B
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Cano not in lineup due to tight hamstring
    Robinson Cano is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday due to hamstring tightness.

    Advice: It's an ailment he's been nursing off and on all season and the M's finally decided to give him a rest. Cano should be back in there on Monday versus the Mets. Willie Bloomquist is handling second base Sunday.
    Sunday, 11:04 am
  • Jordany Valdespin to play regularly at 2B
    Marlins manager Mike Redmond indicated Saturday that Jordany Valdespin will see regular playing time at second base for the time being.

    Advice: Valdespin is starting at second and in the No. 2 spot in the batting order Sunday for the second time in as many games since being promoted. "Our offense has been slow and sluggish, so we are looking for a guy that can hit at the top of the order . and get us going a little bit," Redmond said. Valdespin is only a .220/.271/.378 hitter across 354 career plate appearances, but he has a little bit of pop and can run, so the 26-year-old is worth a shot in deeper leagues while he's hitting in front of Giancarlo Stanton.
    Sunday, 9:30 am
  • Skip Schumaker activated from disabled list
    Reds activated 2B/OF Skip Schumaker from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Schumaker passed his concussion test Saturday and got through workouts Sunday with no issues, clearing the way for his return to action. He's at second base and hitting second for the Reds Sunday.
    Sunday, 9:17 am
  • Tigers 2B prospect Travis with 3 hits in DH
    Tigers second base prospect Devon Travis went 3-for-6 with a walk during a doubleheader for Double-A Erie on Saturday.

    Advice: After a late start to the season due to an injury and a slow start in April and May, Travis has hit .321/.386/.476 in June and July, smacking eight doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Travis is blocked by Ian Kinsler, but he could be a good piece for a trade to help the Tigers down the stretch.
    Sunday, 9:16 am
    Not Active
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Brett Lawrie has splint removed from finger
    Brett Lawrie had the splint on his fractured right index finger removed on Friday.

    Advice: Lawrie is now able to begin strengthening exercises. He's still a couple weeks away from a return but is progressing slowly but surely.
    Sunday, 8:39 am
    Disabled List
    4:07 pm vs Bos
  • Ed Lucas optioned to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned INF Ed Lucas to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Lucas has hit just .239/.276/.277 across 51 games this season for the Fish. The 32-year-old does figure to get another shot at the big league level eventually.
    Sunday, 7:09 am
    Player Note
    Ed Lucas Mia - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Atl
  • Chase Utley unlikely to be traded
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Blue Jays and Giants are "taking their best shot" at trading for Chase Utley, but the second baseman is unlikely to be dealt.

    Advice: Utley has 10-and-5 trade veto rights and doesn't appear eager to leave Philadelphia even though the Phils appear headed for a rebuilding phase. It's possible that his mind can be changed before the end of the month, but at the moment it doesn't sound like the veteran second baseman is going anywhere.
    Sunday, 7:00 am
  • Rafael Furcal moved to 60-day DL
    Marlins transferred 2B Rafael Furcal from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: It's the second time Furcal has been on the 60-day DL this season due to leg issues. He's being transferred there this time in order to clear space on the 40-man roster for the addition of Jordany Valdespin.
    Sunday, 5:45 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Atl
  • Reds ink Donnie Murphy to minors deal
    Reds signed INF Donnie Murphy to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Murphy will provide some depth at second base for the Reds with Brandon Phillips (thumb) on the shelf for a while. He has a shot to be promoted quickly.
    Sunday, 5:17 am
    Player Note
    Donnie Murphy Cin - 1B,2B,3B
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Jordany Valdespin on his way to join Marlins
    Marlins purchased the contract of INF/OF Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: The highly-talented 26-year-old is expected to function in a utility role with the Marlins. He was hitting .270/.374/.437 with eight homers, 29 RBI and 15 steals for New Orleans.
    Saturday, 12:04 pm
  • Skip Schumaker passes concussion tests
    Skip Schumaker has passed his concussion tests, but has to wait on the league and players association to sign off on the results before he can be activated by the Reds.

    Advice: It sounds as though Schumaker will return to the Reds this weekend, though it doesn't look like it will get done in time for Saturday's afternoon game. Before hitting the DL, he was slashing .240/.287/.315 with a homer and 14 RBI in 47 games.
    Saturday, 8:43 am
  • Robinson Cano goes 4-for-6
    Robinson Cano went 4-for-6 with a walk in Friday's 16-inning game against the Angels.

    Advice: It was Cano's second four-hit game of this year and 26th overall. He's taken over the AL lead from Adrian Beltre with a .340 average in 359 at-bats.
    Saturday, 12:25 am
  • Wong has two hits, two runs scored Friday
    Kolten Wong went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: What, no home run? Wong is hitting .344 (11-for-32) with five home runs, two doubles, eight RBI, three stolen bases, and 10 runs scored in nine games since returning from the minors. The 23-year-old has hit safely in all but one of them. We're not counting on the power surge to continue, but he's capable of being a useful middle infielder in mixed leagues the rest of the way.
    Friday, 9:42 pm
  • Marco Scutaro day-to-day with stiff neck
    Marco Scutaro is considered day-to-day due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: Scutaro just returned from his chronic back injury and was already essentially going to be day-to-day the rest of the season. He should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 2:48 pm
  • Justin Turner activated from disabled list
    Dodgers activated INF Justin Turner from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Turner missed the last three weeks with a strained left hamstring but was able to complete a rehab assignment with no issues. He'll resume his role as a utilityman.
    Friday, 2:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Brett Lawrie (finger) making progress
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that there's no timetable for Brett Lawrie's (finger) return.

    Advice: Lawrie is improving, but he's not close. It was reported in late June when he fractured his right index finger that Lawrie was expected to miss 3-6 weeks. He's already past the three-week mark of that timetable.
    Friday, 1:48 pm
    Disabled List
    4:07 pm vs Bos
  • Skip Schumaker not cleared to return
    Skip Schumaker (concussion) has not yet been cleared to return to action.

    Advice: The hope was that Schumaker would be activated for the beginning of the second half, but he was unable to pass a concussion test Thursday. He'll try to take it again Friday.
    Friday, 1:11 pm
  • Mariners receiving interest in Dustin Ackley
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "a lot of teams" have asked the Mariners about Dustin Ackley.

    Advice: Ackley has hit only .242/.310/.351 across parts of four seasons in the majors, but many still feel that the former top prospect has untapped potential. He wouldn't be the headliner in any deal, but Ackley could turn out to be a nice buy low opportunity as a secondary piece.
    Friday, 12:01 pm
  • Veteran 2B Dan Uggla released by Braves
    Braves released 2B Dan Uggla.

    Advice: Uggla had been playing sparingly for the Braves this season and has hit just .175/.295/.332 batting line since the beginning of last year. He's still owed roughly $18.5 million through the end of next season, but Atlanta viewed it as a sunk cost at this point. Uggla will be scooped up cheaply by someone, but it's hard to imagine him rediscovering his stroke anytime soon.
    Friday, 11:57 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Braves expected to cut Dan Uggla loose
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves are expected to release Dan Uggla.

    Advice: There were rumors last weekend that they might be cutting him loose, and now it appears they'll indeed make the move. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is hearing the same as Sherman, though he says it's unclear whether Uggla will be designated for assignment or given his outright release. It's a moot point, as no one is going to claim him on waivers. Uggla is rarely playing for Atlanta these days and has hit just .175/.295/.332 batting line since the beginning of last season. He's owed roughly $19 million through the end of next season.
    Friday, 11:42 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Phi