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  • Howard hitless, but knocks in the winning run
    Ryan Howard went 0-for-4, but knocked in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning on Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: The two clubs were knotted in a scoreless tie heading into the 10th inning, but the Phillies rallied to load the bases with no outs for Howard, facing lefty reliever Dana Eveland. Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in the first of four 10th-inning runs. Since his last home run on June 19, Howard has hit the skids, batting .135 (7-for-52) in his last 14 games. He's hitting .217/.262/.427 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:51 pm
  • Pirates claim Travis Ishikawa off waivers
    Pirates claimed 1B/OF Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Giants.

    Advice: Ishikawa was actually the Pirates' Opening Day first baseman last season but didn't last with the club for long. The veteran has spent almost all of 2015 at Triple-A, batting .271/.342/.421 with four homers over 34 games. He'll give the Pirates a backup option at first base and the corner outfield spots. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:59 am
     
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    5:08 pm x @Was
  • Nate Freiman outrighted to Triple-A
    Athletics sent 1B Nate Freiman outright to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. Freiman has hit only .171/.225/.188 over 35 games this season for Nashville. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:38 am
     
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    L, 2-1 vs x Sea
  • Nick Swisher (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Nick Swisher (knee) is on track to begin a rehab assignment just after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Swisher ran on the field prior to Saturday's game as he works his way back from inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee. He's already missed nearly a month and it's unclear how many rehab games he'll require. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:13 am
     
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 x @Pit
  • C.J. Cron hits three-run homer, knocks in six
    C.J. Cron went 3-for-6 with a three-run homer and six RBI in the rout the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: The outburst was appreciated, but Cron needs to come up big in games the Angels aren't winning 13-0. He entered the night with a .198/.228/.281 line and a 30/2 K/BB ratio in 121 at-bats. The Angels are starved for offense, though, so this might earn him some extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Michael Morse ready to return from DL
    Marlins activated Michael Morse (back) from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Miami went struggling right-hander Jarred Cosart to Triple-A New Orleans in the corresponding roster move. Morse hit .270 with one homer and four RBI during his 11-game rehab assignment. He'll share time at first base with hot-hitting Justin Bour. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:36 pm
     
    L, 2-0 x @ChC
  • Ruf smacks three-run homer in loss to Braves
    Darin Ruf went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Ruf took an Alex Wood offering out of the park in the fifth inning to pull the Phillies to within 9-4. Suffice it to say, the Phillies lost the game. Ruf was called up on June 24 to take Chase Utley's (ankle) spot on the active roster. Across 118 major league at-bats this season, he's hitting .229/.268/.390 with four homers and 14 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:35 pm
     
    W, 4-0 x @Atl
  • Braves still looking to move Chris Johnson
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are still looking to trade Chris Johnson, including deals where he would be "attached to another player."

    Advice: The Braves used this same technique in April when the Padres were forced to acquire Melvin Upton Jr. in order to get Craig Kimbrel. Johnson has hit just .258 since his breakout season in 2013. He'll be a free agent after next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:58 pm
     
    L, 4-0 vs ^ Phi
  • Danny Dorn sent down to Triple-A Reno
    Diamondbacks optioned 1B/OF Danny Dorn to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: The D'Backs needed to clear space for Patrick Corbin and Oscar Hernandez, who are both coming off the 60-day DL. Dorn has just five hits in 29 at-bats for the big club this year. He'll get another shot when the rosters expand in September, if not sooner. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:27 pm
     
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    L, 6-4 vs x Col
  • Moore drives in four runs in win over Giants
    Tyler Moore was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Moore doubled home a run in the fourth inning before hitting a two-run double in the sixth. He then added an RBI single in the seventh. It was his first three-hit game of the season. The 28-year-old is batting .227/.277/.400 in part-time duty this year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
     
    Player Note
    Tyler Moore Was - 1B,LF
    5:08 pm vs x SF
  • Rays designate Marc Krauss for assignment
    Rays designated 1B Marc Krauss for assignment.

    Advice: The first baseman was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week after going just 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in his limited time with the Rays. There's a chance that he could attract some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:00 am
     
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    W, 8-1 x @NYY
  • Ryan Rua leaves the yard in loss to Angels
    Ryan Rua blasted his third home run of the season on Friday as the Rangers fell to the Angels.

    Advice: Rua didn't draw the start in the ballgame, with his lone at-bat coming against Mike Morin in the ninth inning. With the return of Josh Hamilton to the Rangers lineup, he's going to struggle to find his way into the lineup on a nightly basis, especially while hitting just .208/.224/.438. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:23 pm
     
    Player Note
    Ryan Rua Tex - 1B,LF
    Bot 2, 1-5 vs ^ LAA
  • Clint Robinson's two-run homer powers Nats
    Clint Robinson blasted a two-run homer on Friday, powering the Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: Jake Peavy and Gio Gonzalez were locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel until the seventh inning when Buster Posey cranked a solo homer to give the Giants the lead. It would be short-lived though, as Robinson blasted his two-run shot in the bottom half of the inning, proving to be the difference in the game. He has done a nice job in limited action for the Nationals, slashing .264/.338/424 with four homers and 15 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:58 pm
     
    Player Note
    Clint Robinson Was - 1B,LF,RF
    5:08 pm vs ^ SF
  • Travis Ishikawa designated for assignment
    Giants designated 1B/OF Travis Ishikawa for assignment.

    Advice: It's the second time since late May that he's been removed from the 40-man roster. Ishikawa, who is hitless in just six at-bats for the Giants this season, will likely declare free agency if he clears waivers and is outrighted. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:42 am
     
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    5:08 pm x @Was
  • Loney (finger) activated from disabled list
    Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Loney progressed more quickly than expected in his recovery from a broken left middle finger and has been cleared to return after a few rehab games. He returns to a .275/.322/.376 batting line and should provide a much-needed boost for the Rays at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:26 am
     
    W, 8-1 ^ @NYY
  • Jason Rogers optioned to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned INF Jason Rogers to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Rogers got off to a nice start with the Brew Crew but hasn't had a hit in a couple weeks while playing sparingly. He returns to a .360/.429/.640 batting line at Colorado Springs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:58 am
     
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    W, 6-1 x @Cin
  • A's designate Freiman for assignment
    Athletics designated 1B Nate Freiman for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Cody Martin on the 40-man roster. Freiman, 28, was batting just .171/.225/.188 over 35 games this season in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:16 pm
     
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    L, 2-1 vs x Sea
  • Loney (finger) expected to return on Friday
    James Loney (finger) is expected to return to the Rays' active roster on Friday.

    Advice: Loney has been on a minor league rehab assignment since Tuesday. He broke a bone in his left middle finger back in late May and will wind up missing around five weeks. The first baseman returns to a .275/.322/.376 batting line, two homers, and 11 RBI in 30 games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:49 am
     
    W, 8-1 ^ @NYY
  • Marc Krauss sent to Triple-A Durham by Rays
    Rays optioned 1B Marc Krauss to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Krauss was 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in four games with the Rays since being acquired from the Angels on June 25. He was optioned to make room for Matt Moore on the active roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 pm
     
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    W, 8-1 x @NYY
  • Marc Krauss strikes out twice
    Marc Krauss struck out in both of his at-bats Wednesday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: Incredibly, it's the second time in four games for the Rays that Krauss, a left-handed hitter, has been replaced by a right-handed pinch-hitter against a right-handed pitcher. Which makes one wonder why the Rays are playing him at first base or why they bothered acquiring him in the first place. He's 1-for-10 so far for the team. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
     
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    W, 8-1 x @NYY
  • Morse (back) to be activated in a few days
    Marlins manager Dan Jennings said Michael Morse (back) will be activated in the next few days.

    Advice: Morse was pulled off his rehab assignment on Monday after tweaking a muscle in his back, but tests taken Tuesday showed nothing major. Morse was originally placed on the disabled list May 23 with a finger sprain. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:36 pm
     
    L, 2-0 x @ChC
  • Loney (finger) begins rehab stint Tuesday
    James Loney (finger) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney, out since May 24 with a broken left middle finger, will DH in his return to game action. He has a good chance to return prior to the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
     
    W, 8-1 ^ @NYY
  • Morse tweaks back muscle on rehab stint
    Michael Morse has returned to Miami after tweaking a back muscle during his minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Morse was considered likely to be activated Tuesday, but that's obviously not going to happen now. No word yet on how much time he'll miss. The 33-year-old has already been sidelined since May 23 with a finger sprain. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:39 am
     
    L, 2-0 x @ChC
  • Cron's homer does the job in win vs. Yankees
    C.J. Cron went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, helping the Angels edge the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: Cron, recently recalled from Triple-A, drilled his second big league home run of the season in the seventh inning off of CC Sabathia to pad the Angels' lead to 4-1. He hasn't hit much in the majors this season, but has crushed Triple-A competition in two short stints. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:04 pm
  • James Loney (finger) nearing rehab assignment
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday that James Loney (finger) could begin a rehab assignment "in the next couple of days."

    Advice: Loney has progressed more quickly than expected in his recovery from a broken left middle finger and could be activated prior to the All-Star break. The first baseman sports a .275/.322/.376 batting line with two homers and 11 RBI in 30 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:10 pm
     
    W, 8-1 ^ @NYY
  • C.J. Cron recalled from Triple-A
    Angels recalled 1B/DH C.J. Cron from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Cron is batting just .204/.237/.269 in his time with the big club this season. He'll see some time versus left-handers. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 29, 1:26 pm
  • James Loney (finger) ahead of schedule
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that James Loney (finger) is ahead of schedule in his recovery and should return to the Rays before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Loney has been on the shelf since May 25 with a broken left middle finger and was expected to be sidelined until after the Mid-Summer classic. Before hitting the disabled list, he was hitting .275/.322/.376 with two homers and 11 RBI in 30 games. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 27, 9:53 am
     
    W, 8-1 ^ @NYY
  • Ryan Howard not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest against tough southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Maikel Franco is getting the start at first base while Andres Blanco covers the hot corner. Look for Howard to return on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 27, 9:26 am
  • Morse (finger) expected to rejoin Marlins
    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com believes that Michael Morse will rejoin the Marlins within the next couple of days.

    Advice: With the injury to Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins need a powerful bat in the middle of their lineup, and hope that Morse is healthy enough to provide that. He has looked good on his minor league rehab assignment and should be activated before the end of the weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 27, 9:02 am
     
    L, 2-0 x @ChC
  • Krauss has RBI double in Rays' debut
    Marc Krauss had an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Krauss was playing his first game with the Rays after being acquired from the Angels on Thursday. The 27-year-old should see part-time duty at first base until James Loney (finger) is ready to return from the disabled list. There's some pop in his bat, but it's hard to recommend him outside of deeper AL-only formats. He came into Friday's action with a .194/.268/.335 batting line in the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 26, 8:02 pm
     
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    W, 8-1 x @NYY
  • Rays acquire Marc Krauss from Angels
    Rays acquired 1B Marc Krauss from the Angels for Kyle Winkler.

    Advice: The 27-year-old slugger struggled in his brief time with the Angels, but was hitting .289/.415/.453 with four homers and 29 RBI in 47 games at Triple-A Salt Lake. He should handle first base regularly until James Loney (finger) returns, making him worth an add in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
    Jun 25, 4:23 pm
     
    Not Active
    W, 8-1 x @NYY
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