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  • Thayer to start rehab stint this weekend
    Dale Thayer (shoulder) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: He might only need a couple of appearances before returning. Thayer has been out since June 16 with a right shoulder strain.
    Today, 2:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm @StL
  • Sano batting sixth in MLB debut Thursday
    Miguel Sano will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth in his MLB debut Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: Sano was called up Thursday after batting .274/.374/.544 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI over 66 games this season with Double-A Chattanooga. The 22-year-old offers massive power potential from the right side of the plate. He's expected to serve as the primary DH now that Kennys Vargas has been demoted, so he's well worth a flier in most fantasy formats.
    Today, 1:41 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @KC
  • A's acquire RHP Martin from Braves
    Athletics acquired RHP Cody Martin from the Braves for international bonus slot No. 53; optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Martin posted a 5.40 ERA over 21 appearances with the Braves this season, but he had a solid 24/7 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old has the chance to be a useful bullpen piece for Oakland.
    Today, 1:13 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Sea
  • Report: Dodgers sign RHP Trevor Cahill
    Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the Dodgers have signed right-hander Trevor Cahill.

    Advice: No official word yet from the Dodgers, but it's presumably a minor league deal. Cahill had an ugly 7.52 ERA in three starts and 12 relief appearances with the Braves this season and will function as organizational depth.
    Today, 1:08 pm
    Not Active
  • Orioles ink Chris Perez
    Orioles signed RHP Chris Perez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Perez recently received a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. While the former All-Star closer has latched on with a new team, they'll have to wait a while for him to return to game action.
    Today, 1:05 pm
    Not Active
  • Rays sent Preston Guilmet back to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Preston Guilmet to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: The Rays needed to make room for James Loney, who will be activated from the disabled list on Friday. Guilmet recorded four outs against Cleveland on Wednesday. He's spent most of the season bouncing back and forth between Tampa Bay and Durham.
    Today, 12:33 pm
  • Moore pitches into fifth inning in DL return
    Making his first start since April 7, 2014, Matt Moore allowed four runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in Thursday's no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: Moore had been on the shelf for over a year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He held a 2.95 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 minor league rehab innings before the Rays eased him back into action against the Indians on Thursday. Throwing 53 of his 84 pitches for strikes, he struck out four and walked two in the contest. After putting up zeros on the scoreboard through the first three innings, he allowed a run in the fourth, then three straight RBI singles in the fifth before being relieved of duty. Moore was an All-Star in 2013, but it's reasonable to expect some inconsistency here, as it's been a long time since the southpaw faced major league hitting. He'll take to the road for a potential tough test against the Royals as he tries to work himself back into game-shape.
    Today, 12:20 pm
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Cle
  • Aaron Harang (plantar fasciitis) placed on DL
    Phillies placed RHP Aaron Harang on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis.

    Advice: This has "phantom injury" written all over it. Harang has imploded over his last eight starts, losing all eight with a 6.94 ERA. His outing Wednesday against the Brewers may have been his worst yet. He scattered 14 hits and eight runs over five brutal innings. The Phillies activated Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list in the corresponding roster move.
    Today, 10:42 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-4 vs Mil
  • Burdi demoted to High-A Fort Myers
    Twins prospect RHP Nick Burdi has been demoted to High-A Fort Myers from Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: The Twins selected Burdi in the second round of the 2014 draft, targeting the Louisville closer for his potential to impact a big league bullpen in short order. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case for the 22-year-old right-hander, who is headed back to the Florida State League after posting a 5.93 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 33/22 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 30 1/3 innings (22 appearances) at Double-A Chattanooga. Burdi dominated last summer after signing, pitching to a 2.66 ERA with five saves and 16.8 K/9 in 20 1/3 innings (20 appearances) between both Class-A levels.
    Today, 10:26 am
    Not Active
  • Alex Presley brought up to replace Springer
    The Astros will call up OF Alex Presley from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He's expected to replace George Springer, who left Wednesday night's game with a bruised wrist. The 29-year-old appeared in 89 games for Houston last season, batting .244 with six homers and 19 RBI. In 244 at-bats for Fresno this season, Presley has hit .308 with 10 steals and 35 RBI.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Twins officially promote prospect Miguel Sano
    Twins recalled INF Miguel Sano from Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: Sano will take over as the Twins' regular designated hitter in Thursday's series opener against the Royals. The 22-year-old was sporting a .918 OPS with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 66 games this season at the Double-A level and he's a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues for his massive power potential.
    Today, 8:57 am
    5:10 pm ^ @KC
  • Roach getting another start for the Cubs
    Donn Roach will take another turn in the Cubs' rotation Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Roach got roughed up in his debut last weekend against the Cardinals, yielding eight hits and four runs over just 3 1/3 innings. He's a poor fantasy bet versus the Fish.
    Today, 7:51 am
  • Marlins option Jose Urena to Triple-A level
    Marlins optioned RHP Jose Urena to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Urena is giving up his rotation spot to Jose Fernandez, who is due to return from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday. Urena posted a decent 4.04 ERA in 42 1/3 innings. He'll get another look soon.
    Today, 6:51 am
    Not Active
    W, 5-4 vs SF
  • Tim Lincecum (forearm) placed on 15-day DL
    Giants placed RHP Tim Lincecum on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm contusion.

    Advice: Lincecum suffered a bad bruise Saturday in his start against the Rockies. He may be moved to the bullpen once he's back to 100 percent health. Matt Cain (elbow) is taking over the vacant rotation spot.
    Today, 5:41 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Hill socks solo homer in loss to Dodgers
    Aaron Hill went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Hill connected for his fourth homer of the season when he launched a Brett Anderson offering into the seats in the sixth inning. He also chipped in with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to push his overall RBI total for the season to an even 20. Hill is a possible candidate for trade as we enter July, though his .224/.284/.333 slashline makes one wonder what, if anything, the Diamondbacks could get in return for the 33-year-old infielder.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
    6:40 pm vs ^ Col
  • Anderson holds D-Backs to one run in seven IP
    Brett Anderson picked up his fifth win of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks, yielding just one run over seven innings.

    Advice: Anderson scattered seven hits over his seven innings of work. The lone run to dent his line came when he served up a solo homer to Aaron Hill in the sixth inning. Otherwise, Anderson was aces, striking out seven against two walks and improving to 5-4 on the year. This isn't anything new, as he's allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts. Anderson's bugaboo has always been health, but for the time being, he is pitching some of his best baseball of the season. Overall, he holds a 3.00, 1.29 WHIP and 69/26 K/BB ratio over 96 innings. A home date with the Phillies awaits for his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Moore (elbow) activated; to start Thursday
    Rays activated LHP Matt Moore from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Moore will start Thursday for the Rays, his first start since April 7 of last season. The southpaw owned a 2.95 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings while rehabbing in the minors. Moore was an All-Star in 2013 and, while he'll have some bumps along the way, should enjoy a return to form eventually. Whether that's in 2015 is still anyone's guess.
    Yesterday, 7:53 pm
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Cle
  • Harang obliterated by the Brewers' offense
    Aaron Harang was torched in a loss on Wednesday, allowing eight runs in five innings versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Harang gave up 14 hits, which included four doubles and a two-run Adam Lind home run. The right-hander had a great first two months of the season, but fell back to earth in June and it is continuing in July. Over his last six starts, Harang has an 8.55 ERA. Overall, he carries a 4.08 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 73/27 K/BB ratio in 106 innings. He'll try to rebound in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
    Yesterday, 7:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-4 vs Mil
  • Twins calling up top prospect Miguel Sano's Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins are calling up prospect Miguel Sano.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas has already been optioned to Triple-A Rochester to open up a roster spot. Sano, 22, boasts a .918 OPS with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 66 games this season at the Double-A level. He's primarily played third base in the minors, but look for the Twins to use him as their everyday designated hitter. Sano has been a consensus top-20 prospect for going on four years and is worth a shot in every mixed fantasy league for his power potential.
    Yesterday, 2:14 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @KC
  • Preston Guilmet recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Guilmet has allowed three runs over four relief frames during his brief time with the Rays this season. He won't be used in high-leverage innings.
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Lincecum (forearm) to be placed on DL Sat.
    Tim Lincecum (forearm) will be placed on the disabled list Thursday.

    Advice: Lincecum suffered a right forearm contusion in his start Saturday against the Rockies. It's not a serious injury, but the Giants need a spot for Matt Cain anyway.
    Tuesday, 2:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Rays officially tap Moore (elbow) for Thurs.
    The Rays officially announced that Matt Moore (elbow) will make his season debut on Thursday against the Indians.

    Advice: Moore struck out eight while allowing two runs over five innings for Triple-A Durham on Saturday in his final rehab start. Overall, he held a 2.95 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 frames across five rehab outings. The numbers are nice, but Moore's velocity hasn't returned to pre-Tommy John levels yet and he's a guy who had control issues before the operation. Fantasy owners would be wise not to get too carried away with expectations.
    Monday, 7:23 pm
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Cle
  • Urena suffers tough luck loss to the Dodgers
    Jose Urena pitched well but suffered a loss on Sunday against the Dodgers after giving up a lone run in five innings.

    Advice: Urena had the unenviable task of matching up with Zack Greinke. He relented his only run in the fifth inning on a ground out, which was more than enough run support for Greinke. On the afternoon, Urena gave up four hits and walked four while striking out four. Keeping the theme of fours going, he owns a 4.04 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and a 19/17 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings. Urena may be edged out of the rotation. If he isn't, he's on schedule to make a Wrigley Field start next weekend.
    Sunday, 1:18 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-4 vs SF
  • Donn Roach struggles in loss to Cardinals
    Donn Roach got roughed up in his Cubs debut, allowing eight hits and four run in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: He only lasted 3 1/3 innings. With Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) only expected to miss one start), Roach is probably headed back to Triple-A. Saturday marked Roach's first loss in 17 big league appearances.
    Saturday, 8:05 pm
  • Tim Lincecum leaves with forearm contusion
    Tim Lincecum suffered a right forearm contusion Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Lincecum was having a pretty rough day even before the injury, surrendering three runs on just 41 pitches. Putting Lincecum on the disabled list would save him the embarrassment of being sent to the bullpen, which is sure to happen once Matt Cain (elbow) and Jake Peavy (back) finish their rehab assignments.
    Saturday, 2:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Lincecum leaves after getting hit by liner
    Tim Lincecum left Saturday's game against the Rockies after taking a line drive off his right arm.

    Advice: D.J. LeMahieu drilled him right above his pitching elbow. Lincecum allowed four hits, three runs and two walks over 1 2/3 innings before exiting. Yusmeiro Petit entered the game in his place. With Matt Cain (elbow) and Jake Peavy (back) slated to rejoin the rotation next week, this may have been Lincecum's last start for a while.
    Saturday, 1:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Cubs officially recall Donn Roach
    Cubs recalled RHP Donn Roach from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Roach is getting the start Saturday in place of Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder). The right-hander went 1-0 with a 4.75 ERA in 16 appearances for the Padres last season. Chicago sent Yoervis Medina to Triple-A in the corresponding roster move.
    Saturday, 1:13 pm
  • Matt Moore (elbow) to rejoin Rays on Thursday
    Matt Moore (elbow) will make his final minor league rehab start at Triple-A Durham on Saturday and is expected to rejoin the Rays rotation on Thursday against the Indians.

    Advice: The only thing that could derail that plan would be a setback in Saturday's minor league tune-up. The 26-year-old southpaw has a high ceiling and is worth an add in most mixed leagues, though his command could continue to be a problem.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Cle
  • Brett Anderson Ks 10 in win over Marlins
    Brett Anderson was sensational against the Marlins on Friday, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out a season-high 10 batters.

    Advice: Anderson gave up just five hits and one walk, with the lone run scoring on a ground out from Adeiny Hechavarria in the first inning. The southpaw missed bats and kept the ball on the ground, allowing just one fly ball all night long. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six out of his last seven starts, giving him a 3.13 ERA on the year. Injuries have kept him off the field in recent years, but he's been a great story in the Dodgers' rotation this season.
    Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Harang goes six innings in loss
    Aaron Harang yielded five runs (four earned) over six innings in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: Harang gave up nine hits, including a two-run homer to Matt den Dekker in his final inning of work. After starting the season strong, the veteran right-hander has allowed four earned runs or more in each of his last five starts. His ERA has jumped from 2.02 to 3.56 during that time.
    Friday, 7:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-4 vs Mil
  • Donn Roach to start for Cubs Saturday
    Donn Roach will be called up to start on Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) isn't feeling quite ready, so the Cubs need a spot starter. Roach has put up a 2.29 ERA over 14 starts for Triple-A Iowa this season, although he's managed only 33 strikeouts over 82 2/3 innings. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
    Friday, 2:00 pm
  • Urena to start vs. Dodgers on Sunday
    Jose Urena will start against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: Urena gave up three runs over five innings in his last turn Tuesday against the Cardinals and owns a 4.34 ERA and 15/13 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings over his first six starts and two relief appearances in the majors. The Marlins' rotation is about to get very crowded, so this could be his last start for a while.
    Thursday, 1:24 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-4 vs SF
  • Thayer lands on DL with right shoulder strain
    Padres placed RHP Dale Thayer on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

    Advice: Thayer owns a 3.41 ERA through 29 innings in a middle relief role this year. The Padres promoted Kevin Quackenbush to take his spot in the bullpen.
    Wednesday, 3:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm @StL
  • Chris Perez gets 50 games for drug of abuse
    MLB has suspended Chris Perez for 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

    Advice: Perez is currently a free agent and obviously won't be signing on a with a new team anytime soon. The 29-year-old former All-Star closer began the 2015 season with the Brewers' Triple-A team but opted out of his minor league contract after allowing 14 hits and eight earned runs in 7 2/3 innings at Colorado Springs.
    Wednesday, 2:21 pm
    Not Active
  • Tim Lincecum might be bound for bullpen
    Tim Lincecum might be moved to the bullpen when Jake Peavy (back) and Matt Cain (elbow) rejoin the rotation next week.

    Advice: Lincecum got off to a fine start this season but has hit a wall of late, putting up a 7.00 ERA over his last six starts. The Giants currently have Peavy and Cain lined up to replace Lincecum and Tim Hudson (ankle), who could be placed on the disabled list. Lincecum has thrived when used as a reliever in the postseason and that might be the best role for him at this point.
    Wednesday, 7:17 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 @Mia
  • Jose Urena gives up three runs in no-decision
    Jose Urena allowed three runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Urena gave up six hits and three walks, with all three of the Cardinals' runs coming in the fourth inning. The five-inning start snapped a stretch of four straight quality starts for Urena, who now owns a 4.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He's got another tough test on deck Sunday against the Dodgers.
    Tuesday, 7:02 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-4 vs SF
  • Matt Moore (elbow) to rejoin Rays next week
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that Matt Moore (elbow) will join the rotation next week.

    Advice: Moore's first start in more than 13 months will be at home against the Indians. He allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings Sunday at Triple-A Durham, though the 26-year-old left-hander did whiff seven batters. It's going to take Moore a while to get back to full strength. Expectations should be tempered from a fantasy perspective.
    Tuesday, 2:07 pm
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Cle
  • Nationals interested in D'Backs infielders
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are interested in the Diamondbacks' middle infield depth.

    Advice: He doesn't say which player(s) specifically they might be targeting, but Aaron Hill, Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Cliff Pennington are the options. Hill would probably make the most sense, as the D'Backs have been trying to trade him for a while. The 33-year-old hasn't been very good this season, hitting .236/.301/.338 with three homers.
    Jun 22, 1:34 pm
    6:40 pm vs ^ Col
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