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  • Soler doubles in two-hit effort but Cubs lose
    Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a double, but the Cubs lost Monday's game 6-0 to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Soler was the only Cub to register multiple hits, and he was also the only Cub to register an extra-base hit on the evening. He went 0-for-3 on Sunday, his first game back since being activated from the disabled list following an ankle injury. The 23-year-old is hitting .267/.322/.405 with four home runs and 19 RBI this season.
    44 minutes ago
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • Wong adds 2 hits, RBI, stolen base in a win
    Kolten Wong did a little bit of everything in Monday's win against the Cubs, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, an a stolen base.

    Advice: Wong was mired in a slump, entering the game 2-for-20 in his last six games. He added what was at the time a crucial insurance run, singling in Jason Heyward in the seventh inning to make it 2-0. He scored as part of a four-run ninth inning as well. The second baseman, snubbed for the NL All-Star team, is hitting .281/.339/.444 with nine home runs, 36 RBI, 43 runs scored, and eight stolen bases.
    46 minutes ago
  • Johnson homers, knocks in 3 to top Brewers
    Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help the Braves fend off the Brewers on Monday.

    Advice: Johnson started the scoring with a two-run blast to right-field off of Kyle Lohse in the first inning. He added an RBI single in the second inning to make it a 4-1 game. The 33-year-old has cooled off considerably since being activated from the disabled list a month ago, but is still hitting a respectable .272/.315/.437 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.
    Today, 8:42 pm
    W, 5-3 ^ @Mil
  • Moss triples and knocks in two in a loss
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in Monday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Moss tripled in a run in the fourth inning to reduce the Indians' deficit to 5-2, then added an RBI single in the sixth. He's already up to nine RBI in six July games. On the season, Moss is hitting an adequate .232/.306/.450 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI.
    Today, 7:53 pm
    L, 9-4 vs ^ Hou
  • McCutchen scores both Pirate runs in a win
    Andrew McCutchen doubled, walked twice, and scored both Pirate runs in four plate appearances in a win over the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: McCutchen doubled with one out in the seventh inning and scored the Pirates' first run later when Yangervis Solarte made a throwing error. He walked with one out in the bottom of the ninth and came around to score the winning run on Pedro Alvarez's single. Now a starting outfielder for the 2015 NL All-Star squad, McCutchen is hitting .299/.395/.497 with 10 home runs, 51 RBI, and 45 runs scored.
    Today, 7:39 pm
  • Yunel Escobar departs with tight hamstring
    Yunel Escobar had to exit Monday's game versus the Reds with left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Escobar didn't seem to injure the hamstring on one particular play, but he was spotted stretching multiple times as the ailment appeared to creep up on him. It's unclear at this point how much time he might miss.
    Today, 7:33 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Espinosa homers, but Nats drop game to Reds
    Danny Espinosa homered in a 2-for-4 effort Monday as the Nationals lost to the Reds.

    Advice: Espinosa knotted the game up at two apiece with a solo shot to right-center in the sixth inning against Anthony DeSclafani. The homer marks Espinosa's first extra-base hit of July. He's hitting .262/.343/.443 with nine home runs and 25 RBI on the year.
    Today, 7:26 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Suarez homers late to send Reds over the Nats
    Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to break a tie and ultimately send the Reds to a win over the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: Suarez, in a 3-for-4 effort, took reliever Casey Janssen out to left field to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning. He has done a commendable job filling in for Zack Cozart at shortstop, batting .329/.372/.493 with three home runs, 13 RBI, and three stolen bases since June 11.
    Today, 7:23 pm
  • Donaldson homers, but Jays fall to Palehose
    Josh Donaldson ripped his 20th home run of the season, but the Blue Jays suffered a 4-2 loss to the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Donaldson finished 2-for-3 on the night. He drilled a solo home run to left field off of Chris Sale in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie. The Blue Jays' slugger was the leading vote-getter in All-Star balloting, setting a new record for votes in fact. It has a lot to do with his .300/.357/.537 batting line with 20 home runs and 57 RBI.
    Today, 7:21 pm
  • Yunel Escobar leaves game with injury
    Yunel Escobar exited Monday's game versus the Reds with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Escobar was seen stretching his legs a few times, so it appears to be something related to his lower half. The Nationals should provide an update on him later Monday.
    Today, 6:07 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Matt Holliday (quad) dealing with virus
    Matt Holliday (quad) was unable to do any running and agility work on Monday because he's dealing with a virus.

    Advice: The Cardinals told Holliday to stay at the team hotel in Chicago rather than come to the ballpark. Holliday is aiming to return for the weekend series in Pittsburgh, but it's possible the illness might push him back until after the All-Star break. The Cards should have more on his status Tuesday.
    Today, 5:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-0 x @ChC
  • Pence (wrist) could return before AS break
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that he thinks Hunter Pence (wrist) could return before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Pence took batting practice on Sunday and the club was very happy with how it went. He'll be examined by a doctor on Monday before the next step is determined. Pence has missed nearly a month of action with tendinitis in his left wrist but has evidently made rapid progress in recent days.
    Today, 5:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-0 vs x NYM
  • McCutchen to start ASG in Stanton's place
    Andrew McCutchen will start next week's All-Star Game in place of the injured Giancarlo Stanton (hand).

    Advice: Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock and Justin Upton joined McCutchen as All-Star reserve outfielders, and one of them could also start if Matt Holliday (quad) can't go. Also named as reserves to the National League team were Kris Bryant, Adrian Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado, Brandon Crawford, Yadier Molina, Yasmani Grandal, Anthony Rizzo, D.J. LeMahieu and Joe Panik.
    Today, 4:16 pm
  • Joe Panik sitting out on Monday
    Joe Panik is not in the Giants' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a day of rest. Joaquin Arias is at second base in Panik's place.
    Today, 3:51 pm
    L, 3-0 vs x NYM
  • Brandon Crawford getting a breather Monday
    Brandon Crawford is not in the Giants' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day of rest. Ehire Adrianza is handling shortstop while Crawford sits.
    Today, 3:50 pm
  • Lucas Duda sitting out on Monday
    Lucas Duda is absent from the Mets' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a day off for the slumping Duda, who is hitting just .170/.282/.250 since the beginning of June. Michael Cuddyer is at first base, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis covering left field.
    Today, 3:47 pm
  • Ben Revere (hamstring) in lineup Monday
    Ben Revere (hamstring) is back in the Phillies' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Revere hadn't played since last Wednesday, in part due to a minor right hamstring ailment. The speedy outfielder is expected to be traded this month.
    Today, 3:37 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (hand) in lineup on Monday
    Adrian Gonzalez (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Gonzalez had to exit Sunday's game after being hit on the right hand by a pitch, but he escaped with merely a bruise. The first baseman sports a .291/.366/.518 batting line with 15 homers and 50 RBI this season.
    Today, 3:19 pm
  • No broken finger for Souza confirmed
    A specialist has confirmed that Steven Souza doesn't have a fracture or tendon damage in his ailing right pinkie.

    Advice: The Rays don't expect Souza to need a stint on the disabled list, although it's possible that could change if he doesn't feel improvement in the coming days. The outfielder is available Monday to pinch-run and/or play defense.
    Today, 2:31 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) to sit a few days
    Lorenzo Cain will be sidelined for a few days after aggravating his left hamstring injury on Sunday.

    Advice: It's an ailment Cain has been trying to play through for a couple weeks now. Royals manager Ned Yost expects the outfielder to be fine for next week's All-Star game, but it sounds like he could be sidelined for most of this week's action. Jarrod Dyson is handling center field Monday.
    Today, 2:22 pm
    PPD vs x TB
  • James Jones optioned to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned OF James Jones to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Jones is hitless in 12 at-bats during a couple stints with the big club this season. He returns to a .260/.339/.358 line at Tacoma.
    Today, 1:56 pm
    Not Active
    Top 8, 5-12 vs x Det
  • Corey Seager mashes eighth homer for OKC
    Dodgers SS prospect Corey Seager launched his eighth homer for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday.

    Advice: That gives him 13 blasts across two minor league levels this season. With Byron Buxton and Kris Bryant both in the bigs, Seager might be the most intriguing prospect left in the minor leagues. He's hit just .265 since June 1 but is still batting .306 for the year with 44 RBI. Even when the hits aren't falling, the 21-year-old doesn't have to worry about making contact. He's struck out just 43 times in 307 at-bats (14 percent). At this point, it would be an upset if Seager doesn't make his Dodgers debut in 2015.
    Today, 1:27 pm
    Not Active
    Top 7, 7-6 vs x Phi
  • Lorenzo Cain not in Monday's lineup
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Cain isn't quite 100 percent yet while battling a hamstring issue, so this is just a precautionary day of rest. Jarrod Dyson is handling center field.
    Today, 1:19 pm
    PPD vs x TB
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) returns to lineup Monday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) is back in the Brewers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Gomez sat out Sunday's game after having to leave Saturday following a hit by pitch on the left wrist. He's probably still a tad sore but should be fine.
    Today, 1:05 pm
  • Harrison heads to DL with thumb injury
    Pirates placed 3B Josh Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury.

    Advice: Harrison injured his hand attempting an awkward slide into second on Sunday. Some initial reports had the injury tabbed as torn ligaments in the thumb, but Harrison will be reevaluated after the swelling goes down. If the ligaments are torn, he's expected to miss at least six weeks, which would put him on target to return in the middle of August. Jung-ho Kang is starting at third for Monday's game against the Padres and should see the majority of the at-bats in Harrison's absence.
    Today, 12:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs x SD
  • Huntington says Polanco will not be demoted
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that the idea of sending the struggling Gregory Polanco to Triple-A "hasn't even been a conversation."

    Advice: That's a very strong endorsement from Huntington. He elaborated by saying, "We believe Gregory Polanco is going to be a quality major league player but there are growing pains. There is an evolution for a young player." The 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .231/.300/.330 with three homers, 19 RBI and 17 steals across 273 at-bats this season.
    Today, 9:29 am
  • Braves may be willing to trade Maybin
    ESPN's Buster Olney wrote that some other teams perceive that the Braves may be willing to trade Cameron Maybin as a sell-high move before the trade deadline.

    Advice: It should be noted here that Olney does not attach any specific team names, but it would make sense that the Braves would at least be open to discussing Maybin, who is posting one of the best overall seasons of his career (.294/.363.416, seven homers, 39 RBI, 15 steals). The team currently sits at 40-42.
    Today, 9:17 am
  • Maddon not worried about Russell's struggles
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon issued a vote of confidence for struggling second baseman Addison Russell.

    Advice: Russell's going through a major slump right now and has just two hits in his last 31 at-bats. Joe Maddon didn't seem worried when asked about the 22-year-old, though, saying "I think he looks good at the plate" and professing confidence that Russell will snap out of the slump soon enough. He's hitting .229/.294/.361 this season.
    Today, 7:08 am
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • Brandon Crawford goes deep in loss to Nats
    Brandon Crawford swatted his 12th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Nationals on Sunday Night.

    Advice: The solo blast off Nats starter Jordan Zimmerman produced the extent of the Giants offense on the night, and was Crawford's lone hit in four at-bats. He has already bettered his previous career best in home runs (10 in 2015) and is well on his way to a career year in his age-28 season. The slick-fielding shortstop is slashing .265/.339/.473 with the aforementioned 12 long balls and 49 RBI.
    Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Four Royals will start in the All-Star Game
    While it wasn't the complete sweep that Royals fans had pushed so hard for, four Royals were voted in as starters for the American League squad in the 2015 All-Star game.

    Advice: Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez were each the leading vote getters at their respective positions, while Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon finished second and third respectively in the outfield. They'll join Miguel Cabrera, Jose Altuve, Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz and Mike Trout as the fan's picks to start the mid-summer classic, though Cabrera is on the disabled list and will not be able to play in the game.
    Yesterday, 5:16 pm
    PPD vs x TB
  • Gonzalez diagnosed with right hand contusion
    Adrian Gonzalez was diagnosed with a right hand contusion after being hit by a pitch during Sunday's game against the Mets.

    Advice: Gonzalez appears to have avoided any significant injuries after being drilled by Steven Matz on Sunday. He should be considered day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez leaves after hit by pitch
    Adrian Gonzalez was removed from Sunday's contest against the Mets after being hit by a pitch on his hand.

    Advice: Gonzalez remained in the game until his next at-bat, where Alex Guerrero pinch-hit for him. He's likely headed for precautionary X-rays to rule out any structural damage and the Dodgers should have an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • Steven Souza (hand) considered day-to-day
    Steven Souza is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his hand came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: Souza sustained a laceration in his hand after being hit by a pitch and required three stitches. He'll visit a specialist on Monday in Kansas City due to concern of lost feeling in his pinkie finger.
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Ben Revere nursing hamstring injury
    Ben Revere revealed Sunday that he's been battling a minor right hamstring issue of late.

    Advice: It's unclear when the ailment first popped up, but it helps explain why Revere hasn't been playing much of late. The speedy outfielder is hitting .333 with 13 stolen bases over his last 43 games, but the Phillies have been trying hard to trade him of late. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has reported that the Phillies agreed to send Revere to the Angels for reliever Trevor Gott, but the Halos backed out of the deal.
    Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Gregory Polanco not in Sunday's lineup
    Gregory Polanco is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's rare to see Polanco sitting versus a righty, but Danny Salazar has fared a bit better against left-handed batters in his career. Josh Harrison is in right field Sunday, with Jung-Ho Kang handling third base.
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Cubs activate Jorge Soler from disabled list
    Cubs activated OF Jorge Soler from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Soler went just 2-for-13 with four strikeouts during his four-game rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa, but his ankle is feeling fine and that's all the Cubs really care about. The youngster missed just over a month of action with a sprained left ankle.
    Yesterday, 8:06 am
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) sitting out on Sunday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez had to exit Saturday's contest after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. X-rays came back clean and he's expected to be fine, but the outfielder is surely sore. Gerardo Parra is handling center field Sunday.
    Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Cain doubles, drives in two in loss to Twins
    Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Cain has been a hitting machine of late, with multi-hit efforts in four of his last five games. The recent hot streak has propelled his season triple-slash line to .309/.365/.467 and he's also hit six homers and driven in 38 runs. Cain's been very consistent this season and has turned into one of the more dependable players in the game.
    Saturday, 8:17 pm
    PPD vs x TB
  • Gonzalez smacks solo homer to help lead win
    Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Gonzalez took Mets starter Matt Harvey deep for his 15th homer of the year in the fifth inning and with the RBI, Gonzalez has now batted in an even 50 for the season. His season-long triple-slash looks solid at .293/.367/.514, but it should be noted that after a molten hot April, he's posted progressively lower numbers each of the last two months. In June, he hit just .248/.320/.381.
    Saturday, 7:58 pm
  • Jorge Soler (ankle) to return Sunday
    The Cubs are expected to activate OF Jorge Soler (ankle) from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: Soler went 2-for-13 with four strikeouts during his four-game rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa. He'll immediately take over for Chris Denorfia in right field. The 23-year-old went on the DL last month with a sprained left ankle.
    Saturday, 7:43 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • Maybin homers and scores three runs vs PHI
    Cameron Maybin played a nice all-around game in Saturday's win over the Phillies, homering, scoring three runs and driving in two.

    Advice: Maybin doubled in the first inning, homered in the second and singled in the fourth. He couldn't find himself a triple for the cycle, finishing 3-for-5. The big game pushed his season slash to .295/.364/.418 to side with seven home runs, 39 RBI, 34 runs scored and 14 steals in what's shaping up to be the best overall season of his career.
    Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Carlos Gomez leaves with wrist contusion
    Carlos Gomez left Saturday's game against the Reds with a left wrist contusion.

    Advice: He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before exiting in the sixth inning. His X-rays came back negative and the Brewers are listing him as day-to-day. Gerardo Parra is likely to play center field if Gomez gets the day off on Sunday.
    Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • Holliday could be back before All-Star break
    Matt Holliday (quad) will travel with the Cardinals on their upcoming road trip.

    Advice: That puts Holliday on track to return before the All-Star break. He's gone through batting practice without issue but needs to pass a few more tests before he can return. Holliday was placed on the disabled list last month with a strained right quad. Randall Grichuk has been the primary left fielder during his absence.
    Saturday, 1:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-0 x @ChC
  • Souza hits two-run homer vs. Yankees
    Steven Souza went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Souza was in an 0-for-26 funk before a fourth-inning single. His two-run hoes homer tied the game against Dellin Betances in the top of the ninth inning, but the Yankees eventually secured a walk-off victory. The Rays have lost seven straight games.
    Saturday, 1:05 pm
  • Mariners recall James Jones from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled OF James Jones from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The 26-year-old has appeared in seven games for the M's this season, going hitless in eight at-bats. He's likely only with the club as an extra bat for a few days until Hisashi Iwakuma returns from the disabled list on Monday.
    Saturday, 9:48 am
    Not Active
    Top 8, 5-12 vs x Det
  • McCutchen hits 10th homer of season in loss
    Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: McCutchen homered with a runner on against Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning, the only runs that the Pirates would score in the game. After hitting just .194/.302/.333 in April, McCutchen has posted batting averages north of .300 and slugging percentages north of .500 in each of the last two months. Overall, he's slashing .296/.390/.493 with 10 homers and 49 RBI.
    Friday, 10:37 pm
  • Moss cranks two-run homer in win over Pirates
    Brandon Moss went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Moss launched his two-run shot off of Pirates starter Charlie Morton in the second inning. It was the first baseman's 14th bomb of the season and pushed his RBI total to 44. He might not hit for much average (currently .230), but his 14 homers put him on track to come close to--if not surpass--the career-high 30 he smacked in 2013. Moss is looking to post his fourth straight season with 20 or more long balls.
    Friday, 10:31 pm
    L, 9-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Wong struggles in 0-for-4 game
    Kolten Wong couldn't find any traction against the Padres on Friday, finishing the game 0-for-4.

    Advice: Wong struggled on Friday, but it's not indicative of what he's done on the whole this season. His triple-slash of .283/.341/.451 stands in the upper tier of his position offensively and he's hit nine homers while driving in 36 runs and scoring 42. At just 24 years of age, there's still room for offensive improvement here.
    Friday, 10:09 pm
  • Cain doubles, singles twice in leading Royals
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Cain was all over the place in this contest. He would drive in a run with a single in the third inning and score both the game-tying run in the eighth and the game-winning run in the 10th as the Royals improved to 45-32 for the season. He's now racked up nine hits in his last 16 at-bats.
    Friday, 9:46 pm
    PPD vs x TB
  • Gomez hits grand slam to help destroy Reds
    Carlos Gomez launched a grand slam and finished with five RBI to help down the Reds by a 12-1 score on Friday.

    Advice: Gomez stepped up with the bases loaded and the Brewers up 5-0 in the seventh inning. He promptly unloaded on a Carlos Contreras offering for a grand slam to vanquish any vague hopes of a Reds comeback. In addition to the big slam, Gomez also chipped in with an RBI single to finish 3-for-5 with five total RBI. Overall, he's hitting .271/.314/.427 with six homers, 31 RBI and 36 runs scored. Plus seven steals, though he's also been caught four times.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Holliday (quad) increases running intensity
    Matt Holliday (quad) increased the intensity of his running on Friday.

    Advice: Holliday began light jogging earlier this week and is slowly but surely ramping things up. The outfielder admitted that he's not anywhere close to full speed yet. The Cardinals are hoping to get Holliday back prior to the All-Star break, but it's no sure thing.
    Friday, 2:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-0 x @ChC
  • Steven Souza getting another day off
    Steven Souza is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his second day off in a row, as manager Kevin Cash is giving the struggling outfielder an extended break. Souza has slugged 14 homers this season, but he's been very inconsistent and has hit just .209/.297/.411 overall with 104 strikeouts over 297 plate appearances. Joey Butler is in right field Friday, with Grady Sizemore in the designated hitter spot.
    Friday, 9:53 am
  • Soler to play nine innings at Triple-A Friday
    Jorge Soler (ankle) is slated to play nine innings at Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

    Advice: If all goes well, it could be the final step before he's cleared to rejoin the Cubs. The young slugger has been on the shelf since early June with a left ankle sprain.
    Thursday, 8:33 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • Maybin delivers walk-off single vs. Nats
    Cameron Maybin delivered a walk-off RBI single in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: The game-winning rally was set up after pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco reached on an infield single and was moved over to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Jace Peterson. Maybin then hit a chopper just inside the third base line to plate Ciriaco for the win. The 28-year-old has had a huge first half with Atlanta, putting up a .281/.354/.388 batting line to go along with six home runs, 37 RBI, and 14 steals over 70 games.
    Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • McCutchen drives in two runs in win over DET
    Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Thursday afternoon's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the ninth. The two runs driven in gave him 47 for the season. After a slow start to the season, the numbers are more or less where you would expect them to be, as the star outfielder is now hitting .295/.386/.482 with nine homers and those 47 RBI. There's still a little room for improvement in the slugging department, but the rest of his body of work looks shiny enough.
    Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Duda fans twice as hitting struggles continue
    Lucas Duda went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Duda's played absolutely horrifically over the last month. While he's launched 10 homers and driven in 33, nine of those homers and 25 of those RBI were compiled during April and May. June was an unqualified disaster for the slugger, who hit just .187/.312/.264 over 91 at-bats. He's too good a hitter to remain in that trough forever, but there are few current signs that a hot streak is around the corner.
    Thursday, 1:06 pm
  • Lucas Duda goes 0-for-5, K's four times
    Lucas Duda went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Duda is hitting .177 with one homer in 26 games since the beginning of June. The Mets badly need him to recapture his April and May form if they're going to have any sort of offense at all.
    Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Brandon Moss homers, knocks in five
    Brandon Moss had a three-run homer and a two-run double Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Moss's average has been slipping some, but the power has been consistent; he hit four homers in each of the first three months of the season. He's now driven in 42 runs in 72 games.
    Wednesday, 6:55 pm
    L, 9-4 vs ^ Hou
  • Pence 'more than likely' back after ASG
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Hunter Pence (wrist) "more than likely" won't return until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: "He's doing well, but he is just hitting off a tee now," Bochy said. "We're going to slow-play this. He'll probably need a couple of (minor-league rehab) games. More than likely he'll be back after the All-Star break. I’m going to be hopefully he makes a speedier recovery." Pence has been on the disabled list since June 12 with wrist tendinitis. The outfielder has played just 18 games for the club this season.
    Wednesday, 3:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-0 vs x NYM
  • A-Gonz out of Dodgers' lineup on Wednesday
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: With lefty Robbie Ray on the hill, Gonzalez and a few of the other left-handed hitting Dodgers are getting a rest. Scott Van Slyke started in his place at first base Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Addison Russell not in lineup Wednesday
    Addison Russell is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a day off. Jonathan Herrera is at second base while Russell rests.
    Wednesday, 12:41 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • Holliday (quad) doing light running this week
    Matt Holliday (quad) is scheduled to do some light running this week.

    Advice: Holliday has been taking batting practice and is nearly ready to test out his ailing right quad with some jogging. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that he wasn't sure when Holliday would be cleared to up the intensity of his running. The Cards are holding out hope that the outfielder could return before the All-Star break, but it's certainly not a given.
    Wednesday, 7:22 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-0 x @ChC
  • McCutchen reaches base 5 times in a win
    Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with three walks and an RBI in Tuesday's 14-inning win against the Tigers.

    Advice: McCutchen knocked in what turned out to be a very important run with a single in the eighth inning. The Tigers would knot the game up in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run. McCutchen is again putting up All-Star numbers, batting .296/.389/.485 with nine home runs and 45 RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:02 pm
  • Suarez blasts second home run against Twins
    Eugenio Suarez hit his second home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Suarez hit a solo shot off Phil Hughes in the third inning to get the Reds on the board. The homer was his second in 17 games this season. Suarez took over for Zack Cozart at shortstop and has held his own, hitting .328/.369/.475. Despite that, his offensive upside is limited and he can be ignored in most fantasy formats.
    Tuesday, 9:34 pm
  • Cain doubles twice, collects three hits
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with two doubles in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Cain and the Royals' bats were kept pretty well under wraps by Dallas Keuchel, but the outfielder did manage to collect three of the team's eight hits and two of their three extra-base hits on the evening. Alas, they were shut out in the contest. That didn't keep Cain from raising his overall line to .296/.352/.447 with the strong showing.
    Tuesday, 8:32 pm
    PPD vs x TB
  • Espinosa's 3-hit, 2-double night aids in win
    Danny Espinosa doubled twice with an RBI and two runs scored in a 3-for-5 effort as the Nationals topped the Braves 6-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Espinosa sparked a four-run first inning with an RBI double. He later scored on a Wilson Ramos single. He singled to lead off the third inning and eventually scored following A.J. Pierzynski's throwing error. Espinosa had been slumping, batting .107 (3-for-28) since June 20. He's batting .259/.336/.438 overall with eight home runs, 23 RBI, and 37 runs scored.
    Tuesday, 7:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Hunter Pence (wrist) takes swings off tee
    Hunter Pence (wrist) took swings off a tee with a fungo bat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He also played catch as he resumed baseball activities for the first time in nearly two weeks. There remains no timetable for Pence's return, as the Giants will have to see how his ailing left wrist responds to increased activity.
    Tuesday, 5:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-0 vs x NYM
  • Wong not in starting lineup Tuesday
    Kolten Wong is not in Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: The Cardinals had a scheduled off-day on Monday, so manager Mike Matheny is likely just using this as an opportunity to give him some extra rest. Pete Kozma will start at second base while Peter Bourjos will bat leadoff. Chris Sale is on the mound for Chicago.
    Tuesday, 1:01 pm
  • Harrison not in Tuesday's lineup
    Josh Harrison is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

    Advice: He's likely just getting a breather. Jung Ho Kang will start at third base while Francisco Cervelli serves at the DH and Chris Stewart starts behind the plate.
    Tuesday, 12:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs x SD
  • Polanco batting leadoff Tuesday
    Gregory Polanco will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Polanco took a seat Sunday against Braves left-hander Alex Wood, but he's back in there against right-hander Justin Verlander. The 23-year-old owns a .691 OPS against right-handers this season compared to a .301 OPS vs. southpaws.
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • Escobar in Tuesday's lineup vs. Braves
    Yunel Escobar is in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Escobar missed back-to-back games after he was hit on the hand by a pitch on Friday, but he was able to return for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. The Nationals are surely hoping that he's feeling even better after Monday's scheduled off-day.
    Tuesday, 12:40 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Soler (ankle) starts minor league rehab stint
    Jorge Soler (ankle) went 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: "He looked good," said Iowa manager Marty Pevey. "He made a great catch down the right-field line in the bullpen and he got his at-bats in, and we'll build on today's game." Assuming Soler feels good, he's expected to play seven to nine innings on Tuesday and get four at-bats. He's on track to join the Cubs this weekend. Soler has been sidelined for about a month with a left ankle sprain.
    Tuesday, 8:01 am
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • Cain (hamstring) hitless in return to lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Monday in his return to action against the Astros.

    Advice: Cain didn't start Sunday due to a lingering hamstring issue, but he felt good enough to serve as the DH on Monday. He might not be completely out of the woods yet, but it's a good sign.
    Tuesday, 6:24 am
    PPD vs x TB
  • Suarez knocks in 3 runs, steals two bases
    Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI, and two stolen bases as the Reds held on to beat the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Suarez had logged four straight multi-hit games between June 21-25 and did it again on Monday. He doubled in two runs in the third inning and singled in a run in the sixth in a slugfest. Suarez is filling in for the injured Zack Cozart and has done well thus far, batting .316/.361/.421 with nine RBI and three stolen bases in 62 plate appearances.
    Jun 29, 8:04 pm
  • Soler to begin rehab assignment on Monday
    Jorge Soler (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

    Advice: Soler was finally cleared for game action after running the bases without any issues over the weekend. He's only expected to need a couple of games before he's ready to rejoin the Cubs, so expect to see him for their upcoming weekend series against the Marlins.
    Jun 28, 3:02 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • Gomez has two hits, stolen base against Twins
    Carlos Gomez finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored Sunday against the Twins.

    Advice: Gomez had a double among his two hits, his 15th double of the year. In the eighth inning, Gomez singled, stole second and scored on Adam Lind's two-run homer. Gomez has enjoyed a good month of June that has brought his overall line up to .279/.319/.438 with five homers, 26 RBI, 31 runs scored and seven steals.
    Jun 28, 2:14 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) returns for Game 2
    Yunel Escobar (hand) returned to the Nationals starting lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Escobar was removed from Friday's game after being hit on the hand by a pitch. While not all at the same time, the Nationals had Escobar, Denard Span and Bryce Harper return to game action on Sunday, and the lineup should look much healthier overall in the coming week.
    Jun 28, 1:54 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Gonzalez provides 3 hits, RBI in a win
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI double in Sunday's win against the Marlins.

    Advice: Gonzalez added some insurance in a low-scoring affair, doubling in the seventh inning to make it a 2-0 ballgame. While no one realistically expected him to maintain a 1.000 OPS over the course of the season, his June swoon has caused his OPS to drop 137 points since the beginning of the month. He's still batting a very productive .297/.371/.518 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI.
    Jun 28, 1:16 pm
  • Josh Donaldson launches 18th homer
    Josh Donaldson singled and belted a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Donaldson's towering blast off of Chi Chi Gonzalez in the fourth inning got the scoring going and the Blue Jays held on for a one-run victory. The third baseman now has 18 longballs and 48 RBI for the season to go along with a .301/.360/.540 batting line. Toronto's trade for Donaldson looks smarter by the day.
    Jun 28, 1:00 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) sitting out Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday after aggravating his hamstring injury while stealing a base Saturday.

    Advice: He missed a few games over the last week with the ailment but had played in two straight after Thursday's off day. Cain is hoping to return to the lineup on Monday. Jarrod Dyson is in center field in his place Sunday.
    Jun 28, 10:41 am
    PPD vs x TB
  • Gregory Polanco on the bench Sunday
    Gregory Polanco is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench against a southpaw (Alex Wood) as he usually is. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in right field in Polanco's place.
    Jun 28, 10:00 am
  • Andrew McCutchen (elbow) in Sunday's lineup
    Andrew McCutchen (elbow) is back in the Pirates' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: 'Cutch had to ext Saturday's game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his left elbow. X-Rays came back negative, though, and he's ready to go.
    Jun 28, 8:41 am
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) held out again
    Yunel Escobar (hand) remained out of the Nationals' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Escobar was hit on the hand by a pitch on Friday. There's no word on whether he might have a shot to return for the second game Sunday. Danny Espinosa is at third base in the first contest, with Dan Uggla handling second.
    Jun 28, 7:52 am
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Jorge Soler begins rehab assignment this week
    Jorge Soler (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment this week.

    Advice: The specifics of the assignment aren't known yet, but Soler was cleared for game action after running the bases this weekend with no issues. He shouldn't need too many games before being activated, so Soler figures to rejoin the Cubs prior to the All-Star break.
    Jun 28, 6:01 am
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • McCutchen's elbow X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Andrew McCutchen's left elbow came back negative.

    Advice: Pirates fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief. McCutchen is day-to-day. Meanwhile, Saturday's game just got a little more interesting. Both dugouts were warned after Charlie Morton plunked Andrelton Simmons. It's unclear if Morton was retaliating for McCutchen's hit-by-pitch earlier in the game.
    Jun 27, 2:24 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen goes down with elbow injury
    Andrew McCutchen left Saturday's game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his left elbow.

    Advice: He couldn't get out of the way of Julio Teheran's 91 mph fastball in the first inning. Jung Ho Kang pinch-ran for McCutchen with Starling Marte moving to center field. McCutchen has hit.333 with 31 RBI since May 1. If he faces an extended absence, it would be a huge loss for fantasy owners.
    Jun 27, 2:01 pm
  • Yunel Escobar not in Nats lineup Saturday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Escobar was hit in the hand by a pitch during Friday's game. While X-rays came back negative, he's still sore and will require an extra day of rest. Look for the infielder to return to the lineup on Sunday.
    Jun 27, 10:08 am
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Lorenzo Cain goes 1-for-4 in return to lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in his return to the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Cain sat out two of the team's previous three contests with a slight hamstring strain. It doesn't sound as though the issue will warrant a trip to the disabled list, but he could require a day off here and there to manage it.
    Jun 27, 5:35 am
    PPD vs x TB
  • X-Rays come back negative for Escobar
    Yunel Escobar received good news on Friday when X-rays on his hand came back negative.

    Advice: Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game against the Phillies after being hit by a pitch. His hand was still very swollen after the game, but the fact that there was no structural damage is certainly encouraging. The Nationals should have an update on his status on Saturday.
    Jun 26, 7:44 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Revere homers off Max Scherzer
    Ben Revere clubbed a pinch-hit home run Friday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Revere took Max Scherzer deep in the eighth inning, which is one of the least likely outcomes we can imagine. The 27-year-old had just two home runs over his previous 2,330 plate appearances in the majors.
    Jun 26, 7:08 pm
  • Jorge Soler tests ankle by running on Friday
    Jorge Soler tested his injured ankle by running to first base on Friday.

    Advice: Everything went well by all accounts. He's expected to continue baseball activities throughout the weekend and could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment next week. He's on track to return to the Cubs lineup in early July.
    Jun 26, 4:41 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ StL
  • Yunel Escobar removed after hit by pitch
    Yunel Escobar was removed from Friday's game against the Phillies after being drilled on the hand/wrist by a pitch during his first at-bat.

    Advice: He remained in the game to run the bases for himself, but was replaced by Dan Uggla defensively. He'll presumably head for precautionary X-rays to determine the severity of the injury, but the Nationals can ill-afford to lose another bat in their infield.
    Jun 26, 4:26 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Cin
  • Cameron Maybin not in Friday's lineup
    Cameron Maybin is absent from the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day of rest. Eury Perez is in center field in Maybin's place.
    Jun 26, 12:15 pm
  • Holliday (quad) resumes baseball activities
    Matt Holliday (quad) has been throwing and hitting off a tee this week.

    Advice: Holliday has also been receiving acupuncture on his right quad, which he says is feeling "better" and "stronger." He has not been cleared to resume running yet and it doesn't sound like that will happen until closer to the All-Star break. With an eight-game lead in the NL Central, the Cardinals don't have any pressure to rush the outfielder back. "We’re not putting a lot of pressure on him to rush," manager Mike Matheny said. "He’ll be back when he’s ready."
    Jun 26, 5:50 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 6-0 x @ChC
  • Gregory Polanco goes 0-for-6 in loss
    Gregory Polanco went 0-for-6 in the 13-inning loss to the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Polanco also had an 0-for-7 game earlier this month. He seemed to have things turned around in the last week of May and the first week of June, but he's struggled again these last 2 1/2 weeks. While there's still reason to hope better days are ahead, only the 17 steals have prevented him from being a big disappointment for fantasy purposes.
    Jun 25, 9:55 pm
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