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  • Alvarez delivers two-run single vs. Rays
    Pedro Alvarez had a two-run single as the Orioles won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader versus the Rays.

    Advice: Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on the afternoon. After a miserable start to the season, the 29-year-old has turned things around by batting .315 (17-for-54) with six homers and 15 RBI this month. The batting average won’t last, but he’s in a great spot for his power to shine. Today, 1:28 pm
    W, 5-0 vs ^ TB ; 4:05 pm vs ^ TB
  • Smoak (knee) not in Saturday's lineup
    Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third. Today, 10:19 am
    W, 10-8 x @CWS
  • Twins hopeful Plouffe (groin) will play Sun.
    The Twins are hopeful that Trevor Plouffe (groin) will play Sunday.

    Advice: Plouffe suffered a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he went through baseball activities Saturday and felt good. At the very least, it appears likely he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list. Today, 9:54 am
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Morneau (elbow) takes BP on field
    Justin Morneau (elbow) took batting practice on the field Saturday.

    Advice: It was his first time doing so since offseason surgery to repair a flexor injury in his left elbow. Morneau signed a deal with the White Sox earlier this month and appears on track to help the major league roster during the second half. Today, 9:50 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 10-8 vs x Tor
  • Yanks designate Ike Davis for assignment
    Yankees designated 1B Ike Davis for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Mark Teixeira's return from the disabled list. Davis went 3-for-14 (.214) with an RBI during his brief stint with the Yankees. He told reporters that he'll consider staying with the organization if he passes through waivers unclaimed. Today, 8:17 am
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 vs x Min
  • Plouffe (groin) could take swings in cage Sat
    Trevor Plouffe (groin) could take some swings in the cage on Saturday.

    Advice: Plouffe was held out of the lineup Friday after suffering a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he's feeling some improvement. The Twins are optimistic he'll be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but it depends on how he responds in the next couple of days. Today, 7:48 am
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Mauer to serve as DH on Saturday
    Joe Mauer will serve as the designated hitter Saturday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: The Twins are using the same lineup they did on Friday, but Mauer will DH and Byung Ho Park will play first base. Today, 7:20 am
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYY
  • Adam Lind's homer propels Mariners
    Adam Lind delivered a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Lind's 11th homer of the year came off Trevor Rosenthal. He has five homers in his last 11 games, though he's recorded just two other hits in that span. His average has actually tumbled from .259 to .234 during the month of June. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Bour smashed grand slam but Marlins lose
    Justin Bour swatted a grand slam in the first inning but that was all the Marlins could muster in a loss to the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: Bour's slam tied the game at 4-4 in the first inning but only one more run was scored the rest of the game. The big fly was the 13th of the season for Bour, who sports a .268/.339/.515 line on the season. Those rate stats look good but he doesn't have the counting stats to match. His 26 runs and 40 RBI with no steals are not what his owners need from their first baseman. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Loney slugs three-run HR in win over Braves
    James Loney went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a hit-by-pitch, and three runs scored Friday in an 8-6 victory over the Braves.

    Advice: He also made a heck of a play at first base to end the game. The Mets’ offense has been struggling in a big way, but Loney has done a fine job as the regular first baseman since joining the team at the end of May. He’s now batting .305/.367/.463 with two home runs and eight RBI through 22 games. He’s not a relevant option in mixed fantasy leagues, but the Mets are happy with what he’s providing right now. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Matt Adams scratched from lineup
    Matt Adams was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Mariners due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko made the start at first base in his place. Consider Adams day-to-day. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Luis Valbuena exits game with back tightness
    Luis Valbuena exited Friday's game against the Royals with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Valbuena went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before exiting in the second inning. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe (groin) sitting out Friday
    Trevor Plouffe (groin) is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Plouffe tweaked his right groin on Thursday. The feeling is that it's a minor ailment, but he could need a few days of rest. Eduardo Nunez had slid over to third base and Eduardo Escobar will get a start at shortstop Friday. Yesterday, 12:57 pm
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Reynolds crunches solo homer in loss to ARI
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Reynolds connected for a solo homer off Zack Greinke in the second inning. It was his seventh homer of the year and pushed his RBI total to 28. The veteran first baseman is slashing .291/.359/.457 across 224 at-bats. The average is particularly impressive -- and out of character -- given that Reynolds is a career .232 hitter. Thursday, 9:37 pm
    Player Note
    Mark Reynolds Col - 1B,3B,OF
    Bot 4, 4-1 vs x Ari
  • Norris hits three-run homer in win over Reds
    Derek Norris hit a three-run home run, and the Padres bested the Reds 7-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Padres were trailing 4-3 when Norris connected on a JC Ramirez pitch for the three-run bomb in the sixth inning. The homer was his second in as many games and his third in his last five contests, giving him 10 home runs and 25 RBI on the year. The power is nice, but Norris' on-base skills have disappeared completely this year en route to a paltry .215/.266/.402 line overall. Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe diagnosed with a groin strain
    Trevor Plouffe has been diagnosed with a mild right groin strain.

    Advice: Plouffe suffered the injury while trying to leg out a grounder in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday versus the Phillies. He's listed as day-to-day, but the third baseman might have to sit out all weekend to give the strain ample time to heal. Eduardo Nunez took over at the hot corner Thursday, with Eduardo Escobar drawing the start at short. Thursday, 12:50 pm
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Tommy Joseph scratched Thursday with cold
    Tommy Joseph was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to an illness.

    Advice: It sounds like the same bug that has been traveling around MLB clubhouses over the last week. Andres Blanco will get the start at first base versus the Twins. Thursday, 9:16 am
  • Trevor Plouffe goes 3-for-4, doubles
    Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with a double and a couple of runs scored Wednesday in the Twins' 6-5 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Twins have to make a decision soon on what to do with Miguel Sano, and their ideal solution should be to put Sano back at third and trade Plouffe. Plouffe, though, doesn't have the same kind of trade value he did in the offseason, and the Twins like him too much to want to sell low. It'd help a lot if he could get hot, and he has gone 5-for-9 with three RBI the last two days. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Chris Carter notches RBI single in loss
    Chris Carter went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Carter hit an RBI single off A's starter Sonny Gray in the sixth inning. It gave the Brewers a short-lived 2-1 lead which would be erased in the bottom of the frame. Outside of the single, the all-or-nothing slugger struck out three times. For the season, Carter is slashing .225/.297/.502 with 18 homers and 44 RBI across 249 at-bats. That fantastic power output comes with 91 strikeouts. Tuesday, 10:54 pm
    Bot 4, 6-3 vs ^ Was
  • Plouffe has two-run triple in win over Phils
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The triple was the first of 2016 for Plouffe, who had four last season. The runs batted in were Plouffe's first in almost a week, giving him 22 RBI in 51 games this year. The 30-year-old is hitting .244/.267/.373 on the year. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Pedro Alvarez socks two long balls in loss
    Pedro Alvarez socked a pair of long balls and drove home five runs, but it wasn't enough to lead the Orioles to victory over the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Alvarez smacked a two-run homer off of Luis Perdomo in the fourth inning, putting the O's on top 4-3. He repeated the feat the following frame, then added an RBI single in the ninth. Alvarez finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, raising his season slash to .240/.318/.473 to complement his nine homers and 24 RBI. Tuesday, 10:01 pm
    W, 5-0 vs ^ TB ; 4:05 pm vs ^ TB
  • Lind homers among three hits against Tigers
    Adam Lind went 3-for-6 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Lind hit the home run off Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey in the fifth inning. He's now got four homers in his last eight games and 10 overall. It's been largely feast or famine -- he's batting just .243/.277/.441 on the year -- and Lind regaining his power stroke could bode well for the 32-year-old's immediate future. Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Reynolds swats two homers in win over Marlins
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 with two home runs as the Rockies outslugged the Marlins 7-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Reynolds' two dingers, both solo jobs, were just a few of the eight home runs the Marlins and Rockies combined for on the evening. The homers were numbers five and six on the year for the 32-year-old, who now has 25 RBI and 32 runs scored as the Rockies' primary first baseman. Somewhat unbelievably, the career .232 hitter has also maintained a respectable .290/.362/.448 line through 63 games. Monday, 8:13 pm
    Player Note
    Mark Reynolds Col - 1B,3B,OF
    Bot 4, 4-1 vs x Ari
  • Mets have had trade talks with Brewers
    Justin Tasch and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News report that the Mets have talked to the Brewers "about a few players."

    Advice: Chris Carter is surely available via trade and would make sense for the Mets with Lucas Duda (back) out indefinitely. He's making $2.5 million in 2016 in a year where he's hit 18 homers and is under team control through 2018. The Brewers are also expected to shop Jonathan Lucroy and he could be a possibility for the Mets, especially if they're not confident Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) can stay healthy. Sunday, 6:29 am
    Bot 4, 6-3 vs ^ Was
  • Loney smacks three extra-base hits in loss
    James Loney smacked three extra-base hits against the Braves on Saturday, finishing the game 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

    Advice: Loney tripled once and doubled twice. The nice game raised his OPS from .642 all the way to .774 after 71 plate appearances. Loney has been playing every day since becoming a Met on May 31st. He has never hit for much power. He can be relied upon for a good batting average but not much else. Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • Bour hits 11th home run in win over Rockies
    Justin Bour went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Bour hit the two-run shot in the third inning, his 11th home run of the season. He later singled and scored in the fifth. The 28-year-old has been steady if unspectacular in his second full season in the majors, batting .261/.333/.484 with those 11 homers, 34 RBI and 23 runs scored. Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • Lind hits ninth home run in loss to Red Sox
    Adam Lind hit his ninth home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Lind took Red Sox starter Rick Porcello deep in the second inning, his only hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. After a promising month of May, Lind has struggled in June and is slowly losing some at-bats to Dae-Ho Lee, who has acquitted himself very well in his first year in MLB. Lind, meanwhile, does have three homers in his last five starts. He's hitting .235/.271/.418 on the year. Saturday, 4:41 pm
  • Tommy Joseph not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the hard-hitting first baseman who has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. Ryan Howard is starting in his place and batting cleanup against Zack Greinke on Saturday. Saturday, 9:04 am
  • Trevor Plouffe not in Twins lineup Saturday
    Trevor Plouffe is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Yankees.

    Advice: It looks to be just a regular day of rest for Plouffe. Eduardo Escobar wI'll start in his place and bat seventh against Michael Pineda and the Yankees. Saturday, 7:56 am
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Joseph continues funk in loss to D-Backs
    Tommy Joseph went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Joseph was on a tear to begin his major league career, but he has now has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. The 24-year-old has shown some intriguing pop with seven homers, but he also has a troubling 26/3 K/BB ratio. Still, the Phillies are understandably giving him the majority of at-bats at first base over Ryan Howard. Friday, 8:33 pm
  • Smoak socks solo homer vs. Orioles
    Justin Smoak socked a two-run homer versus the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: It was one of five home runs for the Jays on the night, as Michael Saunders hit three of them and Josh Donaldson also went deep. The Blue Jays have now scored 10-plus runs in five out of their last seven games, so their offense is finally clicking, though Jose Bautista (toe) will surely be missed. Smoak owns a respectable .256/.360/.424 batting line with seven homers through 64 games, though he has slowed down considerably since a hot start to the season. Friday, 7:17 pm
    W, 10-8 x @CWS
  • Joe Mauer not starting Thursday's game
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Mauer, who has appeared in every game but one this year, will get a rare day off. Byung-ho Park is filling in at first base. He'll bat fifth against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia. Thursday, 2:27 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYY
  • Mauer has need for speed, hits RBI triple
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-5 with an RBI triple in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Mauer sped around the bases for an RBI three-bagger against Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth inning. It was his second triple of the season. The veteran is slashing .286/.388/.420 with seven homers and 25 RBI across 231 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:34 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYY
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