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  • Coco Crisp breaks tie in 13th
    Coco Crisp singled in Ryon Healy in the bottom of the 13th for the only run as the A's beat the Rays 1-0 on Friday.

    Advice: It was Crisp's only hit of the night, but it came at a good time. He should be starting to lose playing time with the A's needing to go younger down the stretch, but Bob Melvin just can't give him up. He's batting .196/.268/.235 in 51 at-bats this month. He's led off 12 times for the A's in July and scored just twice. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Matt Adams homers in 16th to win it
    Matt Adams hit a homer in the bottom of the 16th to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: The Cardinals' three, four and five hitters had been 0-for-19 on the night before Adams yanked a Bud Norris pitch out to right to end the game. The Cardinals as a whole were outhit 14 to eight in this one. It was the 11th homer for Adams this season. He's likely to resume losing some playing time next week after Brandon Moss comes off the DL. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Tyler Lyons goes 4 2/3 innings in relief
    Tyler Lyons pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings out of the pen Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lyons appeared likely to start for the Cardinals on Sunday, but that should be off the table after 53 pitches tonight. They'll probably call up a minor leaguer. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
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  • Orioles could send Jimenez in trade for Upton
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Orioles have discussed a potential trade that would send Ubaldo Jimenez and a prospect to the Padres for Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jimenez would only be included in any deal to help offset the money remaining on Upton's contract, as his actual value is very limited. The veteran right-hander is owed roughly $18 million through next season while Upton is owed more than $22 million over the same time frame. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Sean Manaea goes eight scoreless
    Sean Manaea tossed eight scoreless innings against the Rays in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: It's a career high in innings for Manaea, who was allowed to cross the century mark in pitches thrown for just the second time (he threw 103 tonight). He's allowed two runs over 20 innings in his last three starts, taking his ERA from 5.85 to 4.61. He's still a fringy mixed-league play, but he has things going in the right direction. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Morneau clubs three-run homer in loss Friday
    Justin Morneau clubbed a three-run homer as the White Sox fell to the Tigers on friday night in Chicago.

    Advice: It came at a very critical juncture as well, as his two-out, three-run blast off Michael Fulmer gave the White Sox a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning. Unfortunately for the White Sox, that wound up being the extent of their club's offense. Morneau finished the night 1-for-3 and is hitting .278/.409/.500 since he joined the White Sox on July 15. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Jacob Turner struggles against former club
    Jacob Turner struggled in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday, allowing four runs on five hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The right-hander did manage to strike out six in the ballgame while issuing four free passes. Turner became the first big league pitcher since Jaime Garcia in 2011 to throw 100 or more pitches in an outing that lasted 3 1/3 innings or less. He has now been blasted in each of his two starts since replacing the injured Carlos Rodon in the White Sox rotation. It's unlikely that he'll have a chance to extend that streak to three. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Shoemaker gives up two runs in loss to 'Stros
    Matt Shoemaker took another loss Friday after giving up two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Astros.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked one. The Astros got to him with RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings and Shoemaker didn’t get much help from his offense against Lance McCullers. Of course, that’s nothing new. Shoemaker dropped to 5-10 with the loss, but at least saw his ERA drop down to 3.99. Despite the lack of run support, he needs to be owned in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Jon Gray strikes out eight in victory
    Jon Gray struck out eight in seven innings of one-run ball Friday in a victory over the Braves.

    Advice: Gray has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 17 starts this season, which is pretty incredible for a rookie pitcher in Coors. Overall, he's 6-4 with a 4.12 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 102 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Kyle Gibson outstanding in win over Red Sox
    Kyle Gibson delivered an outstanding performance in Friday's victory over the Red Sox, allowing just two hits over eight innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Gibson walked one and punched out six on the evening. He gave up a leadoff home run to Mookie Betts to begin the ballgame, then shut down the vaunted Red Sox offense for eight innings. He'll look to further improve upon a 4.67 ERA and 1.39 WHIP when he squares off against Orioles at home on Thursday. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Tucker triples, scores run versus Angels
    Preston Tucker went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Tucker replaced A.J. Reed on the active roster Friday after batting .301/.349/.512 with eight home runs over 53 games with Triple-A Fresno. The 26-year-old offers power against right-handers and should see part-time at-bats out of the DH spot in the short-term. Things are going to get complicated once Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel are deemed ready for the majors. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Carlos Estevez records eighth save
    Carlos Estevez worked out of a bases-loaded jam for his eighth save Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: The Braves helped Estevez with a sac bunt after the first two reached in a 4-3 game. Estevez went on to walk Erick Aybar, but he was able to retire Chase d'Arnaud and Jace Peterson to end the game. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Eduardo Rodriguez fans eight in loss Friday
    Eduardo Rodriguez pitched well in Friday's loss to the Twins, allowing just two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The southpaw fanned eight on the night and walked only one. Brian Dozier tagged him for a solo homer in the second inning and Miguel Sano delivered an RBI double in the sixth that proved to be the difference in the contest. Rodriguez has looked incredibly sharp in each of his first two starts since returning from Triple-A and should be owned in all mixed leagues at this point for Wednesday's matchup against the Tigers. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jace Peterson hits fifth homer
    Jace Peterson hit his fifth homer Friday against the Rockies' Jason Motte.

    Advice: Peterson lost his job early this year and was sent down for a time, but he's been one of the Braves' best players this year, amassing a .743 OPS in 171 at-bats. Of course, with just 17 RBI, 23 runs scored and one steal in his 57 games, he still hasn't been able to do much for fantasy leaguers. That doesn't seem likely to change. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Jake Diekman (finger) back from DL
    Rangers activated LHP Jake Diekman from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed the last couple weeks with a lacerated left index finger. Diekman holds a 2.73 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 36/13 K/BB ratio in 33 innings of relief this season. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Preston Tucker recalled from Triple-A
    Astros recalled OF Preston Tucker from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Tucker hit only .176/.213/.353 earlier this season with the big club but earned another shot by batting .301/.349/.512 with eight homers over 53 games at Fresno. He should see a decent amount of playing time in the designated hitter spot against righties. Yesterday, 6:08 am
  • Carlos Estevez records sixth save
    Carlos Estevez worked a hitless ninth against the Rays on Monday for his sixth save.

    Advice: Estevez has two saves in three days after going nearly four weeks without one. Jake McGee's struggles since returning should result in Estevez holding down the closer gig for at least a couple of more weeks. Monday, 9:53 pm
  • Crisp in Monday's lineup
    Coco Crisp is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: The Athletics plan to give Jake Smolinski more time in center field, so Crisp hasn't played since Friday. He's hitting leadoff against right-hander Mike Fiers. Danny Valencia, who is also expected to take on a reduced role, is serving as the DH on Monday. Monday, 3:24 pm
  • Jacob Turner hammered in spot start
    Jacob Turner was hammered for eight earned runs over four innings Sunday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Turner was making a spot start in place of Carlos Rodon, who landed on the disabled list before the All-Star break with a wrist sprain. Turner gave up seven hits, including two homers, and he also issued a pair of walks. The right-hander will probably head right back to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Jon Gray strikes out eight in strong ND
    Jon Gray scooped up a no-decision against the Braves on Sunday, tossing seven shutout innings.

    Advice: Gray and Julio Teheran locked horns for an old-fashioned pitching duel. Neither man bested the other, with both taking no-decisions before the Braves finally won the scoring-adverse affair with a run in the bottom of the ninth. For the season, Gray holds a 4.33 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 103/32 K/BB ratio over 95 2/3 innings. A home rematch with these same Braves shows next on his schedule. Sunday, 2:40 pm
  • Gibson lit up for four runs in loss to Tribe
    Kyle Gibson was lit up for four earned runs in six innings Sunday as the Twins fell to the Indians.

    Advice: Gibson surrendered 10 hits, including a home run to Mike Napoli in the top of the second inning that set the tone for the Indians' 6-1 win. Gibson stands 2-6 on the year with a 5.12 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 63 1/3 innings. He'll face a dangerous Red Sox offense next. Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Shoemaker fans 13 in complete game shutout
    Matt Shoemaker struck out 13 batters in a masterful, complete-game, shutout victory over the White Sox by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

    Advice: This was an epic pitcher's duel between Shoemaker and James Shields. Shoemaker gave up six hits to Shields' two, but Shoemaker was able to keep the White Sox from scoring all night. The 13 strikeouts were a career high. He now has 110 strikeouts against only 22 walks in 106 innings. He will take a 5-9 record and 4.08 ERA on the road against Houston next week. Saturday, 9:08 pm
  • Estevez earns fifth save in win over Braves
    Carlos Estevez worked a perfect ninth inning Saturday, earning the save in a 4-3 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Estevez struck out one in the scoreless frame. He's now got five saves as the team's closer, owning a 4.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 36/14 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings overall. Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • E-Rod goes seven strong in return to Red Sox
    Eduardo Rodriguez allowed a lone run over seven innings as the Red Sox topped the Yankees 5-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Rodriguez was in command all afternoon, allowing just four hits -- including a Brett Gardner solo home run -- and walking two. He registered just one strikeout, which came in his final inning of work, but his dominance wasn't in question. It was a promising showing from the 23-year-old, who was making his first start for the club since his June 27 demotion. Healthy and effective, Rodriguez should stay in the Sox' rotation this time around. His next turn will come Friday against the Twins. Saturday, 6:11 pm
  • Jacob Turner to start Sunday vs. Angels
    White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Jacob Turner from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He'll start on Sunday against the Angels in place of Carlos Rodon (wrist). Sunday will be Turner's first appearance in the big leagues since 2014. The former first-round pick has had an up-and-down year for Charlotte, recording a 4.71 ERA over 18 starts. The White Sox will make a corresponding roster move after tonight's game. Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • Coco Crisp getting the day off Saturday
    Coco Crisp is not in the Athletics' lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It looks like the veteran is just getting a breather. Jake Smolinski is starting in center field with Khris Davis in left. Manager Bob Melvin said recently that he wanted to give Smolinski more time in center field, which could eventually reduce Crisp to a part-time role. The 36-year-old has hit .239 this year with seven homers and five steals. Saturday, 10:09 am
  • Crisp likely to see less playing time
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Coco Crisp will probably see less playing time in center field.

    Advice: The Athletics demoted Billy Burns on Friday, but they want to get a longer look at Jake Smolinski in center field. It's worth noting that Crisp's $13 million option for 2017 vests if he reaches 130 games played or 550 plate appearances this season, so it appears that the A's are trying to avoid that. Crisp batted .244/.305/.411 over 73 games during the first half. Friday, 4:56 pm
  • Morneau not in Friday's lineup
    Justin Morneau is not in Friday's lineup against the Angels.

    Advice: Morneau joined the White Sox on Friday after batting .174/.321/.261 over 28 plate appearances during his minor league rehab assignment. He should see plenty of at-bats out of the DH spot during the second half, but Avisail Garcia is starting against the southpaw Hector Santiago on Friday. Friday, 4:14 pm
  • White Sox activate Justin Morneau off the DL
    White Sox activated 1B/DH Justin Morneau from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Morneau batted just .174/.321/.261 over 28 plate appearances on his eight-game minor league rehab assignment, but he is recovered from offseason elbow surgery and the White Sox believe he can be of immediate help coming out of the All-Star break. Morneau should see semi-regular action between DH and first base. We wouldn't expect much, though, in terms of fantasy production. Friday, 10:09 am
  • White Sox to activate Justin Morneau on Fri.
    Justin Morneau (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Morneau signed a one-year, $1 million major league contract with the White Sox back in early June and is finally ready to join the team after completing his rehabilitation from flexor tendon surgery. The veteran first baseman was batting just .174/.321/.261 on his eight-game minor league rehab assignment and can go on being ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Friday, 10:00 am
  • Rangers lose Diekman to finger laceration
    Rangers placed LHP Jake Diekman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with a lacerated left index finger.

    Advice: Diekman figures to return when first eligible, unless it's a really nasty cut. The 29-year-old southpaw holds a cool 2.73 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 36/13 K/BB ratio in 33 innings of relief this season for Texas. Friday, 8:18 am
  • Eduardo Rodriguez up to start versus Yanks
    Red Sox recalled LHP Eduardo Rodriguez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Rodriguez will start Boston's first game out of the All-Star break Friday night against the rival Yankees. He owns a brutal 8.59 ERA in six starts this year at the major league level, but the young southpaw is healthier now after battling a knee injury all spring and his numbers have been very good at Triple-A. E-Rod is worth a shot in deeper formats under the hope that he can return to his 2015 big-league form. Friday, 7:37 am
  • Justin Morneau (elbow) progressing in rehab
    Justin Morneau said that the surgically-repaired flexor tendon in his left elbow is feeling great.

    Advice: Morneau is currently out on a rehab assignment and while he has yet to find his stroke, his health is coming along well enough. The White Sox signed him to a one-year contract at the beginning of June after he was cut adrift by the Rockies in October. He has been on rehab assignment for eight games, now, but should be able to provide the Sox a bench option sooner rather than later. Morneau, 35, hit .310/.363/.458 with three homers and 15 RBI in 49 games last season. There isn't much fantasy intrigue here, though he did pop 17 homers in 2014. Wednesday, 7:13 pm
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