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  • Dayan Viciedo returned to action on Thursday July 24.
    Today, 1:16 am
  • Castellanos goes 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI
    Nick Castellanos finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Thursday's 6-4 win versus the Angels.

    Advice: This was the fourth consecutive game in which Castellanos has doubled. The well-built third baseman has only six homers, but you can expect some of those doubles (he now has 24) to go over the fence in the future. That utopia may not occur in 2014, as he's slashing an acceptable-but-not-superlative .268/.313/.407.
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Young's 3-run dinger leads Orioles to victory
    Delmon Young went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Thursday's 4-0 triumph over the Mariners.

    Advice: The obituary of Young's career has been written more than once, but as Twain once wrote, the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Signed to a minor league deal over the winter, Young needed a Nolan Reimold injury to even make the Opening Day roster. Baltimore hasn't overexposed him, but don't think Young's damage is being done only against left-handers. In reality, he has a shocking .830 OPS against righties (tonight's homer came off right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma) and a terrible .265 OBP and .673 OPS against southpaws. He'll remain a riddle until his retirement is official. Overall, Young is slashing a healthy .317/.344/.455 over 123 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Aoki's single helps Royals walk off in 14th
    Norichika Aoki helped the Royals walk off with an RBI single in Thursday's 14-inning, 2-1 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Aoki had been hitless in his four previous trips to the plate, but ended up becoming the hero. Lorenzo Cain singled and stole second base to lead off the 14th. After Danny Valencia struck out, Aoki singled to left field to plate Cain. Aoki has been hitting better as of late, but still has a mediocre .262/.331/.320 slash line with no home runs, 15 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Santana ends Noesi's shutout with a home run
    Danny Santana ended Hector Noesi's shutout bid with a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats as the Twins fell to the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana took Noesi deep to right field to put his team on the board in the eighth, but it was too little, too late at that point. The 23-year-old has hit safely in five of six games since returning from the All-Star break -- and the disabled list -- on July 18. He owns a .325/.361/.465 slash line with three home runs, 18 RBI, and six stolen bases in 167 plate appearances this season.
    Yesterday, 8:19 pm
    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Gomez logs two hits, stolen base in a win
    Carlos Gomez finished 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a stolen base as the Brewers enjoyed an easy 9-1 win over the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Gomez drove in a run with a single in the second inning to increase his team's lead to 4-0. He then stole second and scored on a single. The outfielder has slowed down a bit in July -- he has just one home run in the month -- but he's still the proud owner of a .306/.370/.505 slash line along with 14 home runs, 52 RBI, and 19 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 8:05 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
  • J.D. Martinez nursing minor quad ailment
    J.D. Martinez was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a minor upper quad injury.

    Advice: Martinez tweaked his quad on Tuesday and has now sat out two straight contests. He'll be available to pinch-hit Thursday and it sounds like he should rejoin the lineup over the weekend.
    Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Justin Ruggiano nursing groin tightness
    Justin Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday due to some tightness in his groin.

    Advice: Ruggiano was feeling better Thursday and has been doing extra exercises with the Cubs' athletic trainers. It sounds like he should avoid a stint on the disabled list. "It's important that we make sure he maintains work with [the trainers]," manager Rick Renteria said.
    Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Angel Pagan could return during road trip
    Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Thursday that Angel Pagan (back) could return during the team's August 1-10 road trip.

    Advice: Pagan has resumed swinging a bat this week and is slowly but surely recovering from a back strain that put him on the disabled list in the middle of June. Gregor Blanco has been playing center field for the Giants and will continue to do so for the next week or so.
    Yesterday, 5:17 pm
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • 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
  • Byron Buxton (wrist) returns to action
    Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton is back in the lineup for High-A Fort Myers Thursday.

    Advice: Buxton missed the previous five games after being hit on the right wrist (it was the left one that caused him to miss two months of action) with a pitch. The top prospect is batting .280/.357/.520 with three homers, six RBI and two steals over 13 games for Fort Myers this season.
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Fowler (intercostal) not close to returning
    Dexter Fowler (intercostal) has yet to swing a bat or pick up a ball.

    Advice: The Astros were originally hoping that Fowler would be ready at the start of the second half, but he's still a ways off from returning. These injuries tend to linger, so the Astros don't want to take any chances. He'll need a minor league rehab assignment before being activated, so it's probably safe to rule him out until August at this point.
    Yesterday, 1:58 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs Mia
  • Granderson (illness) back in lineup Thursday
    Curtis Granderson is back in Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.

    Advice: Granderson missed the previous two games due to illness, but he's ready to give it a go. He'll bat leadoff against Matt Garza.
    Yesterday, 1:14 pm
  • Melky Cabrera doubles three times
    Melky Cabrera doubled three times and walked Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It's the first time in his career that he's had three doubles in a game. Cabrera regressed in May and June after his big April, but he's batting .365 in July.
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Mets option Kirk Nieuwenhuis to AAA level
    Mets optioned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis got the boot to clear a roster spot for infielder Wilmer Flores, who was called up Thursday with Ruben Tejada (head) dinged up. Nieuwenhuis has hit .246 in 67 plate appearances this season for New York.
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Mariners have asked Rockies about OF Stubbs
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Mariners have asked the Rockies about Drew Stubbs.

    Advice: But Morosi says the Rockies are unsure whether they're going to move the 29-year-old outfielder, who has a career-best .833 OPS with 10 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 82 games this season. Much of that production can be credited to Coors Field, and Colorado would be wise to sell high on the .245/.313/.392 career hitter. But the Rockies front office has always operated in mysterious ways.
    Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Orioles acquire Jimmy Paredes from Royals
    Orioles acquired INF Jimmy Paredes from the Royals for cash; optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Paredes was designated for assignment by Kansas City over the All-Star break. He has posted a decent .305/.332/.457 batting line with 17 stolen bases in 65 games this season at the Triple-A level, but the 25-year-old has never had much success in the majors.
    Yesterday, 10:18 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Cespedes (thumb) not in A's lineup Thursday
    Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is not in the A's starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Astros.

    Advice: Cespedes sprained his right thumb on a hard swing late Wednesday night -- after clubbing two home runs earlier in the game. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but the Cuban slugger could need multiple days of rest.
    Yesterday, 10:08 am
  • Pagan (back) took more swings Wednesday
    Angel Pagan (back) took more swings Wednesday.

    Advice: Pagan is slowly but surely recovering from a back strain that put him on the disabled list in the middle of June. He is aiming to return sometime in early August. Gregor Blanco has been playing center field for the Giants.
    Yesterday, 8:49 am
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • Rockies OF prospect Dahl promoted to High-A
    Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl has been promoted to High-A Modesto.

    Advice: Dahl hit .305/.345/.501 with 33 doubles, six triples, and 10 home runs for Low-A Asheville, and has been particularly hot as of late, hitting .372/.398/.521 with 18 doubles over his last 27 games. He has a large home/away split, hitting .319/.353/.556 at home and .290/.335/.438 on the road.
    Yesterday, 6:45 am
    Not Active
    5:40 pm vs Pit
  • Indians OF prospect Frazier with 3 more hits
    Indians prospect outfielder Clint Frazier went 3-for-3 with a walk for Low-A Lake County on Wednesday.

    Advice: Frazier has reached base by hit or walk at least once in each of the last 19 games, hitting .378/.465/.676 with six home runs, pushing his season line to .273/.352/.433 with 11 doubles, five triples, and 11 home runs. His on-base streak has coincided with the calendar flipping to July, and it is a great sign that Frazier has not begun to wear down, as is common with many prospects in their first full season of professional baseball.
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
    Not Active
  • Cespedes diagnosed with right thumb sprain
    Yoenis Cespedes has been diagnosed with a right thumb sprain.

    Advice: Cespedes suffered the injury on a violent swing Wednesday night. He had homered twice in the game before exiting. X-rays were negative, but the slugger is likely to sit out of Thursday afternoon's series finale with the Astros. The A's are calling him day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 6:05 am
  • Padres OF prospect Liriano 3 hits in AA debut
    Padres prospect outfielder Rymer Liriano went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk in his first game with Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.

    Advice: Liriano hit .264/.335/.442 with 20 doubles, two triples, and 14 home runs over 99 games with Double-A San Antonio. He has a right-fielder's profile and appears to have shaken off the rust after missing all of 2013 after having Tommy John surgery. Liriano has a career high in home runs (his previous high was 12), so this could be the beginning of his tapping into his power potential. San Diego seems like they are undergoing a full rebuilding effort, and Liriano is one of the prospects who could see time in the majors in the near future.
    Yesterday, 6:00 am
    Not Active
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Cespedes goes deep twice, then leaves (thumb)
    Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and drove in five runs before leaving Wednesday's game against the Astros with an apparent left thumb injury.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-4 before exiting in the seventh inning after jamming his hand while spinning to the ground on a violent swing. He's now riding a five-game hitting streak, and a three-game extra base hit streak. It's nice to see him break out of a funk, as he looked lost at the plate earlier this month. Cespedes came into this game batting .145 in July. Hopefully his hand bones are all intact after his nasty spill.
    Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • 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
  • Jeff Francoeur drives in run in debut
    Jeff Francoeur went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk as the Padres' right fielder in his debut Wednesday.

    Advice: Francoeur has a history of getting off to hot starts with his new teams, though that never materialized in his last major league stint with the Giants last year. We'll see what happens this time around. He's worth owning in NL-only leagues with Cameron Maybin out.
    Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Desmond Jennings goes 3-for-5
    Desmond Jennings went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored as the Rays' leadoff hitter on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is that Jennings is hitting .311 this month. The bad is that he hasn't attempted a single steal after going 1-for-4 in June. He also has just one homer, so he hasn't made much of a contribution in mixed leagues. He rates as a pretty big disappointment for fantasy purposes.
    Wednesday, 9:51 pm
  • Curtis Granderson (illness) out again
    Curtis Granderson (illness) remained out of the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Granderson is still under the weather. The Mets do have Chris Young back in the lineup, as he's playing right field in Grandy's place.
    Wednesday, 10:40 am
  • Veteran OF Jeff Francoeur called up by Padres
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Francoeur has batted .294 with 15 homers and a .790 OPS at El Paso this season and has also done some pitching, posting a 4.26 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 relief innings. It would be fun to see him get some work on the mound with San Diego, but most -- if not all -- of Frenchy's playing time figures to come as an outfielder. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. The Padres have yet to announce a corresponding move.
    Wednesday, 10:21 am
  • Dayan Viciedo scratched with tight hamstring
    Dayan Viciedo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to tightness in his left lower hamstring.

    Advice: It's not clear when Viciedo suffered the injury, nor is it known how long he might be sidelined. The White Sox should have an update on the outfield's status later Wednesday. Moises Sierra is covering for Viciedo in right field.
    Wednesday, 10:13 am
  • Padres to call up Jeff Francoeur's Peter Gammons reports that the Padres are expected to promote Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Frenchy has batted .294 with 15 homers and a .790 OPS at El Paso this season and has also done some pitching, posting a 4.26 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 relief innings. He figures to be used mostly -- if not exclusively -- as an outfielder with the Padres. It's a nice story, but Francoeur doesn't have any fantasy value.
    Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • 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
  • Curtis Granderson under the weather
    Curtis Granderson didn't start Tuesday's game against the Mariners due to an illness.

    Advice: "He came in and said, 'I don't think I can go,'" Mets manager Terry Collins said of Granderson. "He's been sick since midnight. We've got him on fluids and he'll be unavailable." The Mets are hopeful that Granderson will be ready to go on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Ruggiano has two hits, drives in two vs. Pads
    Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Ruggiano got the Cubs on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice fly, and he later delivered an RBI single. The outfielder, who missed a significant portion of the first half with a hamstring strain, is now hitting .291/.357/.442 with 22 RBI and 23 runs scored in 58 games.
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Cabrera logs three hits, knocks in two runs
    Melky Cabrera finished with a trio of hits and a pair of runs batted in over five at-bats as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera has notched three three-hit games out of his last four contests. He knocked in the game's first run with a single in the third, and added some insurance with an RBI single in the seventh to make it 5-0. The outfielder is having a nice season, slashing .309/.355/.467 with 12 home runs, 50 RBI, and five stolen bases.
    Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Pagan (back) takes swings from both sides
    Angel Pagan (back) was able to take swings from both sides of the plate on Monday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy called it a "step in the right direction." Pagan has been out since the middle of June with a back strain and is not expected to return to San Francisco's active roster until sometime in August.
    Tuesday, 2:53 pm
    Disabled List
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • X-rays on Buxton's wrist come back clean
    X-rays on Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton's right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Buxton was hit on the wrist by a pitch over the weekend. It was his left wrist that caused the top prospect to miss the first three months of the season. It's not clear when Buxton will return to High-A Fort Myers' lineup. He's batting .280/.357/.520 with three homers, six RBI and two steals over 13 games this season.
    Monday, 4:57 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Fowler still not doing baseball activities
    Dexter Fowler (intercostal) is still not doing baseball activities, and will require a minor league rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list.

    Advice: What it means, is that Fowler is still at least a week away from rejoining the Astros. The hope was that the speedy outfielder would be ready for the start of the season's second half, but he's making slow progress in his recovery.
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs Mia