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  • Giants making 'strong push' for Cole Hamels
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are making a "strong push" to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Giants have $50 million coming off the payroll at the end of the season, so adding Hamels wouldn't break the bank. The Giants' biggest competition might be the division rival Dodgers, though the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Astros have also been mentioned as possibilities. Rotoworld.com 32 minutes ago
  • Segura (illness) hitless in return to lineup
    Jean Segura (illness) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday in his return to action against the Giants.

    Advice: Segura was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore throat, but he's back to normal now. The 25-year-old is batting .272/.301/.346 over 82 games this season. Rotoworld.com 45 minutes ago
  • Mets not interested in reacquiring Jose Reyes
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are not interested in reacquiring Jose Reyes.

    Advice: Reyes is set to be traded to the Rockies (along with Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco), but many expect that he will eventually be flipped elsewhere. The 32-year-old is owed $22 million per season through 2017, with a $22 million option or a $4 million buyout for 2018, which would likely be too expensive for the Mets unless the Rockies were to absorb a big chunk of his remaining salary. Reyes has also shown a decline in skills, both at the plate and in the field. He's batting .285 with four home runs and a .708 OPS over 69 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:30 am
  • Welington Castillo exits after HBP on elbow
    Welington Castillo left Monday's game versus the Mariners after being hit on the elbow by a pitch.

    Advice: Castillo didn't sound too optimistic about the injury after the game. "It doesn’t feel really good right now," he said. "We will see tomorrow." Jarrod Saltalamacchia would be in line for more playing time if Castillo is sidelined for a while. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Chafin closes out 10-inning win over Mariners
    Andrew Chafin pitched a scoreless 10th inning, closing out Monday's 4-3 win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Regular closer Brad Ziegler had pitched on each of the previous three days, so Chafin filled in on Monday. He allowed a one-out hit to Kyle Seager, who advanced to second base on a ground out. The lefty then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before getting Seth Smith to strike out to end the game. Brad Ziegler will continue getting the ball in save opportunities for the D'Backs, but there's a chance he could be traded. In that case, Chafin would be a candidate to pick up saves. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Ray fires seven strong innings vs. Mariners
    Robbie Ray pitched well in a no-decision, halting the Mariners at two runs in seven innings in Monday's 10-inning victory.

    Advice: Ray allowed six hits and two walks while striking out eight. The first run came in on Logan Morrison's RBI single in the fifth inning, and the second was courtesy Robinson Cano in the sixth on a solo homer. Ray has been terrific in 11 starts this year, boasting a 2.70 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and a 58/17 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings. He'll face off with the Astros at Minute Maid Park in his next outing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Montgomery pitches into 7th in no-decision
    Mike Montgomery picked up a no-decision, allowing three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings as the Mariners lost in 10 innings to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Montgomery allowed two solo home runs: to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, and to Welington Castillo in the second. The D'backs tacked on an extra run in the second, helped by a Brad Miller fielding error. The lefty, overall, yielded five hits and four walks while striking out five. Despite a solid 3.20 ERA, Montgomery has battled control issues and a proneness to home runs lately: he has walked 13 batters and allowed seven home runs in 26 innings in July. He'll aim for improvement over the weekend when he faces the Twins on the road. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Cano walks twice, homers, but Mariners lose
    Robinson Cano had a pair of walks and a solo home run in five plate appearances, but the Mariners fell to the Diamondbacks in 10 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Cano delivered a solo home run off of Robbie Ray in the sixth inning to reduce the Mariners' deficit to one run. He's had a torrid July, homering seven times while hitting .347 (33-for-95). As a result, his triple-slash line is up to .265/.309/.416 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Castillo homers, D'Backs beat the Mariners
    Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Diamondbacks eked out a win over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Castillo pushed the Diamondbacks' lead to 2-0 with a solo shot off of Mike Montgomery in the second inning. The catcher has gone yard six times in 122 plate appearances as a member of the Diamondbacks, giving him eight total along with 23 RBI. Castillo is carrying a .238/.324/.457 line as a National Leaguer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Goldschmidt homers, draws 3 walks in a win
    Paul Goldschmidt drew three walks and went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Monday's 10-inning win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Goldschmidt put the Diamondbacks up 1-0 in the first inning when he drilled a solo home run to left field off of Mike Montgomery. The Mariners didn't seem to have any interest in pitching to him after that, and with good reason: the first baseman is batting an absurd .346/.465/.611 with 22 home runs, 75 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. Goldschmidt also leads the majors in walks by a large margin with 82, 10 more than the next-highest total (Bryce Harper, 72). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Dodgers discussing Guerrero in trade talks
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers have discussed parting with Alex Guerrero in trade talks.

    Advice: Guerrero has a clause in his contract that says he can become a free agent at the end of the season if he's traded, but the Los Angeles Times reported recently that he would consider waiving that right if it meant more money. Rosenthal says that the Dodgers, not surprisingly, are looking for pitching in return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Romo escapes trouble to earn second save
    Sergio Romo got out of hot water in the ninth inning to pick up his second save in Monday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Carlos Gomez led off the inning, reaching first base on an infield single, but he was thrown out at second base attempting to steal on a controversial call. He was ejected from the game for arguing the call. With two outs, Romo then gave up a double to Scooter Gennett to bring the winning run to the plate, but struck out Jean Segura to end it. Romo has functioned as the set-up man for closer Santiago Casilla, so his save chances should continue coming in very rarely going forward. He was just giving Casilla an extra day of rest after he threw 35 pitches on back-to-back days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Heston picks up eleventh win against Brewers
    Chris Heston pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs to earn his 11th win of the season on Monday facing the Brewers.

    Advice: The Brewers ended Heston's shutout bid, when they used a walk, a double, and a single to plate two runs. The right-hander worked around five hits and three walks while striking out four on the evening. Heston owns a terrific 11-5 record with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 99/35 K/BB ratio over 126 innings. He hasn't lost since June 14 and will look to keep that streak going over the weekend in a road start against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Lohse pitches into seventh, but loses to SFG
    Kyle Lohse yielded four runs over 6 2/3 innings, taking his 12th loss of the season on Monday versus the Giants.

    Advice: The Giants put up a three-spot in the fourth inning, which included a two-run Brandon Crawford home run. Gregor Blanco ripped a pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. Lohse, overall, gave up five hits and three walks, and failed to register a strikeout. The right-hander owns an abysmal 6.24 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and an 83/29 K/BB ratio over 119 2/3 innings. He faces the Cubs in a home start next. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Crawford homers as Giants top the Brewers
    Brandon Crawford homered and walked in a 1-for-2 effort on Monday as the Giants defeated the Brewers.

    Advice: Crawford delivered a two-run home run off of Kyle Lohse in the third inning, pushing the Giants' lead to 3-0. He's on a six-game hitting streak, currently standing with a .270/.336/.481 batting line along with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Troy Tulowitzki traded to Jays for Jose Reyes
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins have been traded to the Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and minor leaguers.

    Advice: Well, how about that for a late-night surprise? Offense certainly wasn't a need for Toronto given that they are leading baseball in runs by a wide margin, but they obviously saw an opportunity to make a strength even stronger. They're also improving their defense with the deal, as Reyes' defense has really gone south. Tulo is under contract through 2020 with a club option for 2021. Reyes might be flipped elsewhere, as dealing Tulo but then taking on Reyes' contract wouldn't mesh with the Rockies' rebuild. Colorado is reportedly set to receive Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and one other minor leaguer in the deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • 'Several teams' interested in Hisashi Iwakuma
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have heard from "several teams" interested in Hisashi Iwakuma.

    Advice: However, Morosi adds that Seattle "still hasn't committed firmly to trading him." The Mariners are, at best, on the fringe of the Wild Card race and Iwakuma is a free agent after this season, but it doesn't appear they're ready to give up yet. Iwakuma has been limited to just seven starts this season due to injury but has been really good the last three times out, allowing a total of just four runs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Chris Capuano to start on Tuesday
    Chris Capuano will start on Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It will presumably just be a spot start. Capuano holds a 5.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 15 appearances -- three starts -- this season and allowed four runs over an inning of work in his last game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Sanchez allows three runs, suffers 8th loss
    Anibal Sanchez gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Rays on Monday, resulting in his eighth loss of the season.

    Advice: Curt Casali hit a solo home run in the third, Kevin Kiermaier ripped an RBI double in the fourth, and Logan Forsythe hit an RBI single in the fifth to account for the damage. Sanchez, overall, allowed eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. Though it was his eighth loss of the season, he hadn't lost a start since June 3, ending a stretch of eight starts in which he earned seven wins. Sanchez owns a disappointing 4.61 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP and a 121/43 K/BB ratio over 136 2/3 innings. He'll go up against the Orioles in a road start this weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Hamels has told Astros he won't go there
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Astros "were told weeks ago" that Cole Hamels would not approve a trade to Houston.

    Advice: It apparently hasn't kept the Astros from pursuing him, as both Stark and his colleague, Jerry Crasnick, are hearing that Houston is making a late push for the left-hander. Whether they'd be able to offer the best package and talk the left-hander into changing his mind remains to be seen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:09 pm
  • Ross is 'focus' in Cubs' talks with Padres
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Tyson Ross has been the "focus" of the Cubs' trade talks with the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres appear willing to trade anyone from their rotation, but Ross would probably be the least likely to be dealt since he's under team control through 2017. The Cubs have also expressed interest in Ian Kennedy and there's been some speculation that they could consider James Shields. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • Astros 'making big push' for Cole Hamels
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros "remain in the thick" of the bidding for Cole Hamels and are "making a big push" for the left-hander.

    Advice: The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir last week but apparently aren't done in their search for frontline pitching. Houston is on Hamels' no-trade list and it's been reported previously that he might not be willing to waive it in order to go to the Astros. The Rangers are viewed by most as the favorites at the moment to land Hamels. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:03 pm
  • Weaver (hip) to make rehab start on Thursday
    Jered Weaver (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Thursday.

    Advice: Weaver's recovery from left hip irritation has dragged on a bit longer than expected, and with the Angels' rotation pitching so well they can afford to take their time. It's possible Thursday's rehab start will be the only one Weaver requires. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:13 pm
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  • Diamondbacks showing interest in Cole Hamels
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have reached out to the Phillies to express their interest in Cole Hamels.

    Advice: The D'Backs can't be considered real contenders this season, but they'd be looking at Hamels as more of a long-term play since he's under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019. Arizona is one of 20 clubs on Hamels' no-trade list, although the southpaw has noted that he'd be willing to consider a deal to any club. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Diamondbacks option Dominic Leone to AA
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Dominic Leone to Double-A Mobile.

    Advice: Leone was only in the majors for a week. He got the boot Monday to open a roster spot for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:00 pm
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  • Maybin drawing attention, but trade unlikely?
    According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, teams have inquired about Cameron Maybin but the Braves have "made it clear" they would need to be blown away to move him.

    Advice: There's been talk of serious interest from the Giants, but it doesn't sound like any sort of deadline deal involving Maybin is going to happen. The 28-year-old center fielder has revitalized his career in his first season with Atlanta, batting .282/.346/.399 with eight home runs and 17 stolen bases in 89 games. He is under the Braves' control through 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Alex Presley accepts assignment to AAA
    Alex Presley has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Presley had the option of electing free agency when he was moved off the Astros' 40-man roster last week, but the 30-year-old outfielder will remain with the organization. He is a .259/.299/.393 career hitter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 am
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  • TOR, HOU, LAD, TEX interested in Tyson Ross
    Tyson Ross has drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Dodgers, and Rangers, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Advice: Heyman calls Ross "an extremely popular man on the trade market," and rightly so. The 28-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2017 and boasts a 3.05 ERA and 9.2 K/9 in 318 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 season. It's going to take a big return for the Padres to give him up, but it does sound like they're listening. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Royals' interest in Martin Prado is 'minimal'
    MLB.com's Joe Frisaro is hearing that the Royals' interest in Martin Prado is "minimal."

    Advice: FOX Sports' Jon Morosi connected the Royals and Prado on Sunday night, but the veteran infielder is apparently not high on Kansas City's priority list heading into the July 31 trade deadline. Or maybe this is all posturing. Prado, 31, is batting .273/.312/.369 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 73 games this season for Miami. Ben Zobrist has also been connected recently to the AL Central-leading Royals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 am
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  • Sadler given PRP injection for forearm, elbow
    Casey Sadler recently had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right forearm and elbow.

    Advice: Sadler is expected to need another 6-8 weeks of recovery time, which could mean his season is over. "Good days, bad days, unfortunately probably more bad days than good days right now," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday. Sadler, 25, made one spot start earlier this season for the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:50 am
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  • Alex Guerrero (back) served as defensive sub
    Alex Guerrero served as a late-inning defensive sub in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Guerrero was a late scratch from the Dodgers' starting lineup on Friday because of stiffness in his back and he hasn't made a plate appearance since. The 28-year-old Cuban utilityman has 10 home runs and 30 RBI in just 167 plate appearances this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:58 am
  • Royals interested in acquiring Martin Prado
    According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Royals have interest in acquiring Martin Prado from the Marlins.

    Advice: Sources tell Morosi that the Marlins would have to include cash to help facilitate the deal. With the veteran's versatility, he would be a nice upgrade to the Royals offense. He's hitting .277/.316/.374 with four homers and 26 RBI in 72 games on the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:48 pm
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  • Jean Segura (sore throat) scratched
    Jean Segura was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore throat.

    Advice: He should be better in a day or two. Hector Gomez will take Segura's spot at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:06 am
  • Rangers not close to Cole Hamels deal yet
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers and Phillies "remain in dialogue" about a Cole Hamels trade, but a deal isn't close at this point.

    Advice: The Rangers appear to have moved to the front of the pack in the race for Hamels, but it sounds like nothing is imminent. Texas isn't a legitimate contender this season, but they'd be eyeing the future in acquiring Hamels, who is under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:17 am
  • Rangers the 'lead team' in Hamels trade talks
    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Rangers are the "lead team" in the Cole Hamels trade discussions.

    Advice: The report comes on the heels of FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal saying that there is "momentum building" toward a Hamels deal. The Rangers aren't real playoff contenders this season, but Hamels is under contract through at least 2018 and would represent a dynamic 1-2 punch with Yu Darvish over the next few years. The Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants are viewed as the biggest challengers to the Rangers for Hamels' services. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:35 am
  • 'Momentum building' toward Cole Hamels trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is "momentum building" toward a trade of Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Rosenthal says that trade proposals for Hamels have improved since the left-hander threw a no-hitter versus the Cubs on Saturday, with clubs offering better players and asking for the Phillies to cover less of the southpaw's contract. He also notes that the Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees and Giants have shown the most interest in Hamels of late. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:05 am
  • Cano slugs three-run homer in M's loss
    Robinson Cano slugged a three-run homer Saturday in the Mariners' loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a fourth-inning shot to left field off Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Cano has been producing this entire month and is obviously capable of finishing strong. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:44 pm
  • Hamels gets his first no-no at Wrigley Field
    Cole Hamels pitched the first no-hitter of his career on Saturday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: It ended on a Kris Bryant fly to deep center field that Odubel Herrera nearly lost on the warning track. Hamels walked two but struck out 13 in what might be his final appearance as a member of the Phillies. It gave the franchise its 13th no-hitter, and it was the first no-hitter thrown against the Cubs in 50 years. The 31-year-old left-hander will carry a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 137/39 K/BB ratio (through 128 2/3 innings) into trade deadline week. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:47 pm
  • Mets made push for Tulo, doubtful he's moved
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mets made a push for Troy Tulowitzki but came away with the impression that the Rockies will not move him.

    Advice: The Mets have the kind of young pitchers the Rockies should be trying to stockpile, but there has been no indication from the Colorado front office that Tulo is on the block. And it seems the Mets have now moved on to other offensive targets like Ben Zobrist, Jay Bruce, and Justin Upton. Tulowitzki, 30, is under contract with the Rockies through at least 2020. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:28 pm
  • Yankees have inquired about Cole Hamels
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have contacted the Phillies about acquiring Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Phillies like Aaron Judge, but he's one of the prized young prospects that the Yankees aren't planning to move at the trade deadline. Hamels would provide a much needed upgrade atop the Yankees rotation if they are able to acquire the veteran southpaw. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:28 am
  • Welington Castillo appears as pinch hitter
    Welington Castillo (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Castillo was scratched from the D'Backs starting lineup on Wednesday due to tightness in his hamstring and hasn't started since. He's expected to get back behind the dish at some point over the weekend. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:38 am
  • Maybin has RBI double, run scored
    Cameron Maybin hit an RBI double and scored a run Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Maybin was right in the middle of the only offense of the night for Atlanta. The 28-year-old has already reached a new career-high with 46 RBI. With two more homers, he'll have a new career-high in that category as well. He's been of the few bright spots for the Braves this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Alex Guerrero scratched due to back stiffness
    Alex Guerrero was scratched from the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: He had been in line to make a rare start in left field, but his back acted up during pregame warmups. Kike Hernandez will take his place in left field and bat sixth for the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:36 pm
  • Rangers, Phils have 're-opened' Hamels talks
    MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports that the Rangers and Phillies have "re-opened" trade talks involving Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Sullivan's sources described the chances of the two sides coming together on a deal as "maybe." Texas has been linked often with Hamels even though they're not real playoff contenders, as they'd consider the left-hander a long-term play. Hamels is making $22.5 million this season and is guaranteed $73.5 million from 2016-2018. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:33 pm
  • Alex Presley outrighted to Triple-A
    Astros sent OF Alex Presley outright to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: It's the second time this season he's been removed from the 40-man roster. Presley can elect free agency if he wants. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:27 am
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  • Ross gives up hree earned runs in loss
    Tyson Ross allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: What's strange about the poor outing is that Ross struck out eight, walked zero and gave up no homers. That second bit is shocking given his ineffectiveness tonight, as Ross entered last in the bigs with 4.38 walks per nine (but also leading the league with 0.23 homers allowed per nine innings). Ross gets the Mets next time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:21 pm
  • Jered Weaver to throw bullpen session Friday
    Jered Weaver (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: Weaver had hoped to return to the Angels rotation immediately following the All-Star break, but he has been slow to progress in his recovery from his left hip irritation. If everything goes well on Friday, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment, where he'll likely make just one start before his return. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:01 pm
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  • Jose Reyes should be able to play on Friday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Jose Reyes was fine and should be able to play on Friday.

    Advice: Reyes was forced to leave Thursday's game after taking an errant throw off his face. Gibbons indicated he had been hit on the lips and was "spitting a little blood", but otherwise should be fine. Look for Reyes to be at his regular post atop the Blue Jays lineup on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:29 pm
  • Jose Reyes exits game with apparent injury
    Jose Reyes left Thursday game against the Athletics in the eighth inning with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Reyes appeared to injure himself in a collision at second base, potentially as a result of being hit by the ball. Ryan Goins replaced him at shortstop. The Blue Jays should pass along an update soon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:50 pm
  • Iwakuma duels Price to standstill
    Hisashi Iwakuma earned a strong no-decision in Thursday afternoon's contest with the Tigers, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma and David Price were locked in a fun little pitcher's duel on Thursday. For most of the game, Price held a 2-1 advantage, but the M's managed to tie things up with a Mark Trumbo single in the seventh. They would go on to win in 12 innings, though Iwakuma was long gone by that point. For his part, the pitcher allowed a two-run double to Victor Martinez in the first inning before settling down to shutout the Tigers over the next six innings. He struck out seven and walked two on the day. After missing over two months with a strained lat muscle, the Japanese import finally appears to be rounding into form and should be seriously considered for deeper mixed-league formats. Overall, he's the owner of a 4.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 32/7 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. He's never posted an ERA higher than 3.52 in his career. He'll try to keep his good roll going in a home start against the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:43 pm
  • Castillo (hamstring) remains out Thursday
    Welington Castillo (hamstring) remains out of Thursday's lineup.

    Advice: Castillo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to left hamstring tightness and apparently needs another day. Oscar Hernandez will start behind the plate again. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:24 pm
  • Goldschmidt collects a pair of hits in loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and run scored in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt continues to torment pitchers amidst another lost season for Arizona. He's now slashing a ridiculous .343/.456/.603. The All-Star first baseman has become a five-category fantasy monster. He's on pace for 37 homers, 125 RBI, 106 runs and 30 steals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Ray falls back to earth in loss to the Fish
    Robbie Ray coughed up five runs (four earned) across 4 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Ray whiffed four, issued three free passes and gave up five hits. It was a disappointing outing from the resurgent 23-year-old, who had allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his last nine starts coming in. We endorse Ray as a consistent NL-only play. Mixed leaguers may also want to take a look at Ray's upcoming two-start week; the matchup in Seattle is ideal, while the date in Houston brings risk. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Leone ejected Wednesday for HBP retaliation
    Dominic Leone was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Marlins for hitting Christian Yelich with a pitch.

    Advice: The previous half-inning Leone's teammate David Peralta was hit in the helmet by a Jose Fernandez pitch, so Leone exacted revenge on the Marlins outfielder. He'd pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings prior to being ejected. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:42 pm
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  • Weaver (hip) not yet ready to return to Halos
    Jered Weaver (hip) said he's "not yet" ready to return to the Angels' rotation.

    Advice: "Not yet," Weaver said Wednesday, following a 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. "It's just not there yet." It was originally hoped Weaver could return to the Angels' rotation following the simulated game, but now it appears he'll need another sim game or a rehab start before returning. Either way, Tuesday was a step in the right direction and he seems to be close to a return. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:14 pm
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  • Sanchez backed by offense to beat Mariners
    Anibal Sanchez yielded four runs in 6 2/3 innings and earned the win on Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Nelson Cruz did most of the damage, hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the sixth. Sanchez allowed nine hits and two walks overall while striking out six. The right-hander hasn't lost a decision since June 3, earning the win in seven of eight starts since. But he still has a mediocre 4.59 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 115/41 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings. Sanchez will aim to continue his undefeated streak in Tampa Bay next week against the Rays. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Montgomery demolished in a loss to the Tigers
    Mike Montgomery surrendered eight runs (six earned) in 2 2/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: All eight runs scored in the third inning. Nick Castellanos struck the big blow with a grand slam, accounting for the first four runs. Montgomery allowed six hits, walked five, and struck out two in a nightmarish performance. The lefty has otherwise been solid in 10 starts, sporting a 3.25 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP and a 45/21 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings. Montgomery will attempt to rebound next week at home versus the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Castillo scratched with hamstring tightness
    Welington Castillo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: The injury appears to be new, as he hasn't missed any time due to hamstring tightness to this point. Oscar Hernandez will start behind the dish in his place Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Crawford belts 14th home run against Padres
    Brandon Crawford hit his 14th home run of the season in a win over the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: Crawford hit the solo shot off reliever Dale Thayer -- this time with no gum-throwing or bench-clearing discussions -- in the eighth inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats. Crawford has already set a career high in homers and we're not yet to August, and it's only a matter of time before he sets new single-season highs in most every category. The 28-year-old is hitting .266/.333/.477 on the year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Lohse pounded for five runs by Indians
    Kyle Lohse fooled nobody in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Indians, surrendering five runs on 10 hits over five innings.

    Advice: Of the 10 hits Lohse allowed, two left the ballpark in the form of a solo home run by Francisco Lindor in the first inning and a three-run shot by Michael Brantley in the third. The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked three in the ugly outing. His numbers for the season? Also less than shiny, as he now holds a 6.29 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 83/26 K/BB ratio over 113 innings. Assuming he hasn't pitched his way out of the Brewer rotation, he'll take to the road to face the Giants in his next start. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Weaver (hip) could rejoin rotation next week
    Jered Weaver (hip) could rejoin the Angels' rotation next week.

    Advice: Weaver threw a successful 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. "The way he pitched today, that stuff is pretty much what we’ve seen Weave have," manager Mike Scioscia said. It's possible the Halos will have Weaver make a rehab start first, although from the way Scioscia is talking it sounds like he thinks the right-hander is ready to rejoin the big club's rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 am
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  • Crawford smacks 3-run homer as Giants roll
    Brandon Crawford had a big night, finishing 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's rout of the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford smacked a three-run home run to right-center off of Odrisamer Despaigne in the fourth inning, pushing the Giants' lead to 5-0. Though he's slumped over the last month, batting .224 (19-for-85) since June 21, he still has productive numbers, batting .266/.332/.471 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • Heston flirts with no-no again, gets 10th win
    Chris Heston flirted with a no-hitter but settled for shutting the Padres out on one hit over 7 1/3 innings, earning his 10th win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heston, who authored a no-hitter on June 9 against the Mets, no-hit the Padres through five innings on Tuesday, but Melvin Upton, Jr. broke it up with a leadoff single in the sixth. The right-hander walked two while striking out six in the sterling effort. He has a 3.18 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 95/32 K/BB ratio over 119 innings to date. Heston will face the Brewers at home next. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Segura fills up the box score against Indians
    Jean Segura did a bit of everything Tuesday, finishing 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base against the Indians.

    Advice: Segura was one of the few Brewers to find success against Indians starter Danny Salazar, hitting a two-run homer off him -- his first homer since June 5 -- in the second inning. The stolen base was his 14th of the year, and Segura is batting .282/.310/.361 overall in a decent bounce-back campaign. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Astros have discussed Ross, Cashner with Pads
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have "had at least a preliminary conversation" with the Padres about Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: They've also talked with the Phillies about Cole Hamels, although there's been some feeling that Hamels would reject a trade to the Astros. Houston has been connected to Johnny Cueto, as well. Both Ross and Cashner would be more than rentals for the Astros, as Ross is under team control through 2017 and Cashner through 2016. Drellich does add that the Astros "do seem prepared to part with top prospects, however, even for a rental." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:41 pm
  • Diamondbacks recall Dominic Leone from AA
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Dominic Leone from Double-A Mobile.

    Advice: Leone got torched in his one appearance earlier this season with the Snakes. He'll pitch in long relief. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:26 pm
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  • Tulowitzki homers as Rockies win a slugfest
    Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Rockies took down the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Tulowitzki polished off a four-run second inning with a two-run home run off of Nick Martinez to make it a 7-0 game at the time. The shortstop has homered in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the season with 52 RBI and a .320/.365/.502 triple-slash line. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:21 pm
  • Cano homers again, but Mariners fall to DET
    Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Cano tied the game at three apiece with his solo home run in the fifth inning against Alfredo Simon. It's his fifth home run of the month and ninth of the season, as the second baseman appears to have finally discovered his power stroke. Cano still owns a disappointing .255/.294/.393 batting line with 35 RBI. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:21 pm
  • Jered Weaver not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Jered Weaver (hip) is a "long shot" to pitch on Friday when the club needs another starter.

    Advice: Weaver will throw a simulated game on Tuesday, and it appears that the Angels will either have him thrown an additional sim game after that or possibly make a rehab start. Nick Tropeano looks like the most likely candidate for a spot start on Friday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:53 pm
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  • Sergio Romo earns first save of the season
    Sergio Romo earned his first save of the season Saturday in the Giants' victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Romo entered in the eighth inning and retired the only batter he faced in that frame, so Giants manager Bruce Bochy just let him finish out the eventual 8-4 win. Santiago Casilla is still the closer in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 9:02 pm
  • Ross allows three runs in no-decision vs. Rox
    Tyson Ross allowed three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Rockies.

    Advice: San Diego wound up winning the back-and-forth game 5-4. Ross was good but not great, yielding six hits and two walks while striking out six. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 3.38 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 117 innings this season, though spotty control (1.39 WHIP, 57 walks) has doomed some of his outings. He'll face the Marlins next. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 8:45 pm
  • Iwakuma fans five in victory over Yankees
    Hisashi Iwakuma racked up five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings as he defeated the Yankees in New York on Saturday.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits in the contest. All of the damage against him came on a two-run homer off the bat of Brian McCann in the fourth inning. After delivering a clunker in his return from the disabled list, Iwakuma has now won two consecutive starts and looks to be getting stronger as he goes. He'll take on the Tigers in Detroit his next time out on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 1:22 pm
  • Cano blasts pair of home runs to beat Yankees
    Robinson Cano blasted a pair of two-run home runs on Saturday, powering the Mariners to a 4-3 victory over the Yankees at his old stomping grounds in New York.

    Advice: It's the 14th time in Cano's career that he has recorded a multi-home run game, and the first time he has accomplished the feat as a Mariner. He got the Mariners on the board with a two-run shot off Michael Pineda in the first inning, then broke a 2-2 tie when he replicated the feat in the sixth. He finished the afternoon 3-for-4, raising his season slash to .254/.292/.387 to go along with his eight homers and 34 RBI. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 1:22 pm
  • Astros designate Alex Presley for assignment
    Astros designated OF Alex Presley for assignment.

    Advice: The move was made to create a spot on the roster for Scott Feldman who was activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Presley appeared in just eight games with the Astros this season, hitting .250/.308/.250 with five strikeouts in 12 at-bats. He should generate some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 12:45 pm
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  • Robbie Ray strikes out eight Giants
    Robbie Ray yielded two runs in five innings and struck out eight Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: It's a new career high in strikeouts for Ray. His last five starts haven't matched his first four, but he's still pitching plenty well enough to keep his rotation spot. With no walks tonight, he has a 46/12 K/BB ratio in 55 innings. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 10:53 pm
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