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  • Adrian Gonzalez scores game-winner
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday as the Dodgers edged the Padres 1-0.

    Advice: Gonzalez doubled off Kevin Quackenbush in the ninth and came around to score on A.J. Ellis's sac fly to give Kenley Jansen his first win of the year.
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Paul Maholm combines on shutout of Padres
    Filling in for Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm held the Padres scoreless for six innings on Saturday.

    Advice: Maholm entered with a 5.18 ERA and he hadn't pitched more than 2 1/3 innings in an outing in two months, so of course he combined on a shutout of the Padres. He allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out four while throwing 65 pitches in his six innings. It's the first time since April 14, 2013 that he's escaped a start without allowing a run.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Ian Kennedy goes eight scoreless
    Ian Kennedy went unrewarded after blanking the Dodgers for eight innings on Saturday.

    Advice: Kennedy has nine starts this season in which he's allowed one or no runs, but he has just seven wins total (six coming in those games, plus one more in which the Padres offense flexed its muscles in a 3-2 victory). The Padres have scored a total of 15 runs in his nine losses.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Hisashi Iwakuma narrowly misses shutout
    Hisashi Iwakuma just missed out on a shutout Saturday, allowing two runs over 8 2/3 innings in a win over the A's.

    Advice: Brandon Moss homered with two outs in the ninth to knock Iwakuma out of the game, denying him not only his first shutout, but actually his first career complete game. After struggling at the end of June, Iwakuma has allowed just three runs over 21 2/3 innings in winning his first three starts of July. He's struck out 25 and walked none during that span. Overall, he has an 80/8 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Jesse Chavez gives up three runs in loss
    Jesse Chavez yielded three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: Chavez will head into the All-Star break with just one quality start in his last four tries, and he's rapidly approaching his career high for innings. We expect that the A's will sent him to the bullpen at some point, though it doesn't figure to happen immediately after the break.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Robinson Cano hits three-run homer
    Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: Cano has 11 hits in his last four games, pushing his average up to .334 for the year. The power numbers haven't been what anyone expected, but he's been one of the AL's best players anyway. He currently trails only Jose Altuve (.339) and Adrian Beltre (.338) in average.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz (hand) sharp in rehab debut
    Drew Pomeranz (hand) allowed one run over four innings Saturday in his rehab debut at Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: He struck out seven, walked none, and yielded just one hit -- a solo home run. The left-hander is expected to remain at Sacramento when he's deemed healthy as an emergency option for the Oakland rotation. He's been out since June 17 with a broken right hand.
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Sea
  • Frieri walks two batters in 10th inning Sat.
    Ernesto Frieri walked both of the batters he faced in the 10th inning Saturday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Luckily for the Pirates, left-hander Justin Wilson was able to eliminate that threat. Pittsburgh went on to win in the bottom of the 10th. Frieri has allowed 11 baserunners and recorded only 12 outs since joining the Bucs. He's not going to see a save opportunity anytime soon.
    Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Strasburg pitches well in no-decision vs. PHI
    Stephen Strasburg held the Phillies to two runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a Nationals victory.

    Advice: Strasburg was left with a no-decision because the Nats didn't win the game until the 10th inning. The right-hander struck out nine batters and will head into the All-Star break having registered a 3.46 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 149/22 K/BB ratio across 125 first-half innings.
    Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Collin Cowgill receives stitches in his nose
    Collin Cowgill got stitches in his nose Saturday.

    Advice: Cowgill was hit by a pitch in the nose in Saturday night's game versus the Rangers. He was taken to a local hospital to have more tests done. The outfielder will likely be unavailable for Sunday's first-half finale.
    Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Collin Cowgill hit by pitch in the nose Sat.
    Collin Cowgill left Saturday's game against the Rangers after being hit by a pitch in the nose.

    Advice: Cowgill looked to be fine other than a gash on his nose. Efren Navarro replaced him in left field.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Castro's homer helps Astros beat Red Sox
    Jason Castro hit a two-run homer to help the Astros beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Castro also tripled in the game. He missed most of this week with discomfort in his left armpit, but the pain medication he was prescribed appears to be working. The 27-year-old catcher has eight homers and 36 RBI on the season. He's capable of a nice second half.
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Tony Cruz drives in three, Cards rout Brewers
    Tony Cruz finished 2-for-5 with three RBI in the Cardinals' defeat of the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Cruz hit a two-run single in the top of the first inning and scored Jhonny Peralta on an RBI double in the top of the third. St. Louis managed 10 runs on 12 hits in the blowout win. Cruz is expected to be the Cardinals' primary catcher with Yadier Molina (thumb) out and could carry value in NL-only fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Chris Johnson homers twice in shootout win
    Chris Johnson homered twice Saturday as the Braves won an 11-6 shootout against the Cubs.

    Advice: Both starting pitchers were terrible on a day that the flood gates opened early and often at Wrigley Field. Johnson hit a two-run shot off Edwin Jackson in the top of the second inning and then took E-Jax deep again in the top of the fourth. He finished the afternoon with four RBI.
    Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Minor knocked around by Cubs but gets win
    Mike Minor was knocked around for six earned runs in six innings Saturday by a weak Cubs team.

    Advice: Minor took a step in the right direction Monday against the Mets, allowing only two runs and two hits over seven strong innings, but his struggles returned Saturday at Wrigley Field. Chicago managed 11 hits off him -- including five doubles -- but the Atlanta offense was even better and netted him a victory. Minor has a disappointing 4.86 ERA and 1.49 WHIP on the season.
    Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Mejia earns 10th save as Mets beat Marlins
    Jenrry Mejia tallied his 10th save of the season Saturday in the Mets' 5-4 defeat of the Marlins.

    Advice: Mejia threw a perfect ninth inning, striking out one. He has been steadier than expected since taking over as the Mets' closer and should remain a valuable fantasy chip in the second half of the 2014 campaign.
    Yesterday, 4:10 pm
  • Reed gets save as Diamondbacks top Giants
    Addison Reed picked up his 21st save of the season Saturday in the Diamondbacks' 2-0 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Reed retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was a needed clean outing for the 25-year-old right-hander, who has blown five saves and owns a rough 4.30 ERA in 37 2/3 innings this season.
    Yesterday, 4:01 pm
  • Miley hurls seven scoreless to beat Giants
    Wade Miley hurled seven scoreless innings in the Diamondbacks' win over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Miley walked three but gave up only four hits in the impressive outing. He's been fantastic so far in July and will try to stay hot after the All-Star break. The Diamondbacks are expected to be sellers at this year's deadline but Miley is said to be unavailable.
    Yesterday, 3:59 pm
  • A's recall Andy Parrino from AAA Sacramento
    Athletics recalled INF Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Parrino is replacing Alberto Callaspo, who was placed on the disabled list in a corresponding move with a hamstring strain. Parrino is a .185/.295/.245 career hitter.
    Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Domonic Brown is out Saturday with illness
    Domonic Brown was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Nationals with an illness.

    Advice: It's not clear whether he'll be able to return Sunday for the Phillies' final game before the All-Star break. Brown is batting just .225/.277/.328 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 90 games this season.
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Angels recall Efren Navarro from Triple-A
    Angels recalled OF Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Navarro impressed during his brief audition with the Halos earlier in the season, slashing .297/.350/.432 with three RBI in his 37 at-bats. He isn't likely to see enough playing time to be worth the addition in AL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Indians option Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: He has struggled in his limited time with the Indians this season, posting a 5.00 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and .333 batting average against over his first nine innings. He'll surely return at some point after the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 8:05 am
    Not Active
    10:05 am vs CWS
  • Orioles recall Steve Clevenger from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled C Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll provide extra depth behind the plate and function as a utility option for the O's in the last two games leading up to the All-Star break. In 24 games with the Orioles this season, he's hitting .243/.300/.378 with eight RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Stubbs hits two-run homer vs. Twins
    Drew Stubbs launched a two-run homer Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was his 10th home run of the season. Four of them have come in his last six games. His playing time is going to take a hit now that Carlos Gonzalez is back from the disabled list, but he still figures to get regular at-bats against left-handed starters at the very least.
    Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Cardinals' Wong homers again Friday
    Kolten Wong swatted a solo homer Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: What's gotten into this guy? Wong now has four home runs in six games since coming off the disabled list. The 23-year-old had just one over his first 233 plate appearances in the majors. Many considered Wong a sleeper coming into the season and he finally appears ready to take off. With his speed potential, he should be scooped up in most leagues with a middle infielder spot.
    Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Carter hits two solo homers vs. Red Sox
    Chris Carter hit a pair of solo homers in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Carter has two two-homer games over the past four days and has gone deep six times over his last six games. He's now tied for eighth in the AL with 19 homers, though he's done it with a .203 batting average and a .280 on-base percentage. In other words, he's pretty much doing what was expected of him.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
    11:10 am vs Bos
  • Castro (arm) returns to action for Astros
    Jason Castro (arm) went 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout in his return to action Friday.

    Advice: Castro hasn't played since Sunday due to pain in the area of his left armpit. While there was some speculation that a swollen lymph node could be the cause, he has seen improvement after receiving treatment.
    Friday, 9:03 pm
  • Jason Castro back in Astros' lineup Friday
    Jason Castro is back in the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since Sunday, as Castro has been battling pain in his left armpit. The Astros catching is sporting a .228/.303/.366 batting line with seven homers and 34 RBI over 73 games this season.
    Friday, 1:41 pm
  • D'Backs make Wade Miley unavailable
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that teams checking with the Diamondbacks regarding Wade Miley have been told that he's unavailable.

    Advice: Miley is under club control through 2017 and the D'Backs don't want to give him up. Arizona has also told teams that Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock, Archie Bradley, Brandon Shipley and probably Brad Ziegler and Mark Trumbo are also unavailable.
    Friday, 11:54 am
  • Cano goes 3-for-5 in Thursday's setback
    Robinson Cano finished 3-for-5 in Thursday's 4-2 loss versus the Twins.

    Advice: The big-money import limped through a sluggish start to the season, but has been dynamite since May. Cano's .327 batting average ranks No. 4 in the American League, and his .387 OBP is 30 points above his career mark. The second baseman is on pace for 92 RBI and 83 runs. He's hit only six homers, however.
    Thursday, 10:34 pm
  • Wong productive again in loss to the Pirates
    Kolten Wong singled, was hit by a pitch, and stole a base in three plate appearances as the Cardinals were defeated by the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cardinals just couldn't muster much of an attack against Edinson Volquez despite Wong's effort. Wong has hit safely in four of five games since returning from the disabled list and carries a .244/.305/.372 slash line overall. He has stolen 11 bases in 12 attempts as well.
    Thursday, 7:32 pm
  • Paul Maholm likely to start on Saturday
    Paul Maholm is likely to start on Saturday against the Padres in place of the injured Josh Beckett (hip).

    Advice: He's expected to take the ball unless he's needed relief on Thursday or Friday. Red Patterson will be on standby at Triple-A Albuquerque in case Maholm does have to pitch in relief over the next couple days. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
    Thursday, 6:49 pm
  • Kolten Wong homers, walks twice
    Kolten Wong homered again Wednesday and walked twice as the Cardinals' No. 2 hitter.

    Advice: Wong has three homers in four games and four overall in 170 at-bats this season. He also stole his 10th base in 11 attempts. As long as the Cardinals don't intend to hit him eighth regularly, he seems ready to be a useful middle-infield option in mixed leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Mejia escapes danger to grab his 9th save
    Jenrry Mejia escaped danger in the ninth inning to pick up his ninth save of the season as the Mets earned a 4-1 victory over the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mejia gave up back-to-back one-out singles, giving the Braves at least two at-bats with the tying run at the plate. Mejia, however, was able to get Chris Johnson to foul out and Tommy La Stella to strike out to end the game. The 24-year-old right-hander is now 9-for-11 in save chances with a 3.98 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and a 64/31 K/BB ratio.
    Wednesday, 6:49 pm
  • Castro (shoulder) out of Astros' lineup again
    Jason Castro (arm) is out of the Astros' starting lineup again on Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Castro has now missed three straight games with pain in his left armpit. The Astros still aren't exactly sure what's bothering him. He's been prescribed pain meds.
    Wednesday, 1:43 pm
  • Gibson sticking with Addison Reed at closer
    Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson on Wednesday said that Addison Reed remains the team's closer.

    Advice: Reed blew another save Tuesday, serving up a two-out, two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna in a loss to the Marlins. The reliever has blown five saves, allowed a whopping nine home runs over 36 2/3 innings and has a 4.42 ERA, but Gibson obviously thinks he's still the club's best option in the ninth inning. We can't imagine Reed having more leash going forward, but then again we figured a change would probably have been made by now. Brad Ziegler remains the best bet for saves in Arizona if the Snakes eventually make a move.
    Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • Drew Pomeranz likely to be optioned
    Drew Pomeranz (hand) is likely to be optioned to Triple-A Sacramento when he's ready to return from the disabled list.

    Advice: The A's no longer have a need in the rotation following the addition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and they'd rather keep Pomeranz stretched out at Triple-A rather than put him in the bullpen. It's also possible the club could use him as trade bait in an effort to add second base help. The lefty is nearly ready for a rehab assignment.
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Sea
  • Carter launches two home runs to sink Rangers
    Chris Carter hit two home runs as the Astros bested the Rangers 8-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carter connected off of Neftali Feliz in the sixth inning before taking Aaron Poreda deep in the eighth. The homers give him four jacks in his last four games, and he's 7-for-20 with six runs scored and seven RBI in his last five. The blasts give him 17 home runs overall. It's about all he does well -- he's batting just .194/.274/.446 for the year -- but in AL-only leagues where pop is hard to come by, Carter is a decent source of power, if nothing else.
    Tuesday, 10:04 pm
    11:10 am vs Bos
  • Reed blows another save against the Marlins
    Addison Reed gave up a two-run homer to blow a save and take the loss in Tuesday's 2-1 setback versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Reed came on in a tense pitcher's duel and promptly walked Ed Lucas. It looked like he would dance around danger after Reed mowed down Giancarlo Stanton and drew a line out from Casey McGehee, but Marcell Ozuna took him deep. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson continues to stick by the 25-year-old stopper, but even Job would be running out of patience by this point. Having coughed up nine homers, Reed is four away from matching his career output prior to this season. He's 1-5 and 20-for-25 in save conversions to go to with a 4.42 ERA.
    Tuesday, 9:23 pm
  • Wong blasts walk-off homer to down Pirates
    Kolten Wong hit a walk-off home run, the second in as many nights for the Cardinals, to defeat the Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Those sort of theatrics are expected from Matt Adams, who hit a two-run walk-off shot on Monday, but it's more surprising from Wong, who had two career home runs in 223 at-bats heading into Tuesday's game. Wong also delivered a two-run double in the game, his second two-hit effort in three games since returning from the disabled list. The second baseman scuffled to a .238/.289/.351 line in an injury-plagued first half, and he'll look for better days in the season's second stanza.
    Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Jason Castro (arm) could pinch-hit Tuesday
    Jason Castro (arm) could pinch-hit on Tuesday.

    Advice: Castro was held out Monday and is not in Tuesday's starting lineup due to pain in his left armpit. He's been prescribed pain medication and should ultimately be fine.
    Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Mejia to get night off Tuesday
    Jenrry Mejia is expected to get the night off Tuesday.

    Advice: Mejia has thrown 40 pitches over the past two days, so this doesn't come as a big surprise. Jeurys Familia will be used if a save opportunity presents itself Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 1:01 pm
  • SP Chavez wins for first time since mid-June
    Jesse Chavez worked six shutout innings, striking out nine, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Chavez scattered four hits and walked two to win his first outing since June 15, and just his third since May 19. The right-hander boated a 2.78 ERA at the end of May, but he'd gone just 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in six starts since the beginning of June prior to tonight. He gave up a fluky .340 BABIP during that stretch, though his 28/14 K/BB rate in 35 innings was asking for trouble. Having improved to 7-5 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, Chavez is scheduled to start Saturday in Seattle.
    Monday, 10:22 pm
  • Ian Kennedy strikes out nine in win
    Ian Kennedy allowed one run over seven innings and struck out nine to beat the Rockies in Coors Field on Monday night.

    Advice: After a bumpy June, Kennedy has opened July 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts. Overall, he's struck out 125 batters in 116 1/3 innings this season. He should bring a nice return if the Padres opt to move him this month.
    Monday, 10:05 pm
  • Iwakuma tosses 7 shutout frames, Ks 10 Twins
    Hisashi Iwakuma struck out 10 Twins in firing seven shutout innings in Monday's 2-0 win.

    Advice: Iwakuma scattered four hits and walked none. The Japanese right-hander loves seeing Minnesota on the schedule. He's now surrendered only two unearned runs over 33 2/3 career innings against the Twins, going 5-0 in five starts. He improves to 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 72/8 K/BB ratio over 88 innings. Iwakuma welcomes the A's to the Northwest on Sunday.
    Monday, 9:49 pm