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  • Marlins will recall Valdespin from Triple-A
    Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins will recall Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He'll take the spot of Marcell Ozuna on the Marlins active roster after the outfielder was demoted on Sunday. Valdespin was pulled from his game at Triple-A shortly afterwards and is heading to join the team in Boston for Tuesday's game, though the move hasn't been announced yet.
    Yesterday, 5:08 pm
  • Fuld cracks homer for lone A's run vs M's
    Sam Fuld went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The homer was Fuld's first of the season. In 176 at-bats this season, he's hitting a dismal .212/.294/.324. The best we can of that batting line is that the OBP is relatively impressive given that there is no reason, whatsoever, for pitchers to pitch cautiously to him.
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Sam Fuld Oak - LF,CF,RF
  • Hunter Renfroe homers, raises average to .255
    Padres OF prospect Hunter Renfroe homered as part of a two-hit performance Saturday for Double-A San Antonio.

    Advice: It was Renfroe's fifth multi-hit game in a row. During that stretch, his average has spiked from .236 to .255. Renfroe's strikeout numbers are still too high (74 punch-outs in 267 at-bats) but the Padres have to be encouraged by his .309 average since June 1. Before that, he was hitting just .224.
    Yesterday, 2:52 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Pit
  • Jayson Werth (wrist) swings bat on Saturday
    Jayson Werth (wrist) was able to take swings with a fungo bat for the first time on Saturday.

    Advice: Nationals manager Matt Williams called it "significant progress" for the injured outfielder who is recovering from a fractured wrist. He isn't expected to be ready to rejoin the Nationals lineup until early August, but is at least making strides in the right direction.
    Yesterday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Cin
  • Coghlan involved with both runs in 2-0 win
    Chris Coghlan went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Coghlan scored on a wild pitch by Marlins starter Mat Latos in the first inning, then pushed the advantage to 2-0 with an RBI single in the eighth. The Cubs would win by that final score. While his numbers aren't eye-popping, he's shown frisky power and is a useful real-life baseball piece, if not a legitimate fantasy one. Coghlan's hitting .254/.355/.428 with eight homers, 19 RBI and 31 runs scored this season.
    Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Pham doubles and homers to beat Padres
    Tommy Pham went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and an RBI double in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Pham drove in all three Cardinal runs, all off of Padres starter Ian Kennedy. He smacked a two-run homer in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth. As long as the Cardinals continue to grapple with outfield injuries, Pham figures to see at-bats. He hit .338/.402/.625 with five homers and six steals in 24 games for Triple-A Memphis and owners in deeper leagues might want to keep an eye on him to see if he's able to string together a little hot streak before pitchers catch up to his tendencies.
    Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Delino DeShields activated from disabled list
    Rangers activated OF Delino DeShields from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: DeShields is back from his hamstring injury after completing a six-game rehab assignment. With Josh Hamilton's (groin) status up in the air, he could wind up playing a lot in left field.
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Matt Szczur optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned OF Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Szczur has managed just a .211/.246/.316 batting line during his multiple stints in the majors this season. He's making way for the return of Jorge Soler (ankle).
    Yesterday, 8:08 am
    Player Note
    Matt Szczur ChC - LF,RF
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs StL
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 6:13 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Hou
  • Delino Deshields close to returning from DL
    Delino Deshields (hamstring) will be reevaluated after Saturday's workout.

    Advice: Deshields recently wrapped up a six-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock and is close to 100 percent. He should be activated from the disabled list in the next day or two. Texas has a crowded outfield now with Josh Hamilton, Leonys Martin and Shin-Soo Choo all seeing regular at-bats. Deshields had 13 steals in 48 games before his injury.
    Saturday, 4:52 pm
  • Nolan Reimold to go on paternity leave
    Nolan Reimold is expected to go on the paternity list after Sunday's game.

    Advice: He can be away from the team for up to three days. The 31-year-old has played sparingly this year, making just 38 at-bats over 16 games. The 10-day minor league rehab window doesn't apply to players on paternity leave. That allows Ryan Flaherty to take Reimold's roster spot even though he was just optioned on Saturday.
    Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • J.B. Shuck delivers game-winning double
    J.B. Shuck played the role of hero on Saturday, delivering a pinch-hit RBI double in the eighth inning to break a tie and propel the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: He pinch-hit for Geovany Soto with a man on second and one-out in the eighth inning, greeting Darren O'Day with a double to right field to break the 2-2 deadlock. Shuck has played well in his limited playing time this season, slashing .292/.358/.333 with no homers and six RBI in 72 at-bats.
    Saturday, 2:13 pm
    Player Note
    J.B. Shuck CWS - LF,CF,RF
    5:10 pm vs Tor
  • Pham scores two runs as Cardinals top Padres
    Tommy Pham went 1-for-4 with a double and scored both of the Cardinals runs in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the visiting Padres.

    Advice: Pham clubbed a leadoff double in the sixth inning and came around to score the Cardinals first run on a Matt Carpenter single. He then reached on an error in the eighth inning, swiped second base, advanced on a ground out and dashed home on a sacrifice fly. He should continue to see some playing time in center field while Jon Jay is on the disabled list.
    Saturday, 2:03 pm
  • Victorino has two hits against Astros
    Shane Victorino went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: It was his first game action since being activated from the disabled list on Friday. Victorino got the start against right-hander Collin McHugh, but he'll likely be on the short side of a platoon with Alejandro De Aza in right field.
    Saturday, 1:48 pm
  • 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.
    Saturday, 6:00 am
    Not Active
  • Brandon Barnes goes 0-for-3 against Arizona
    Brandon Barnes went 0-for-3 before being removed as part of a double-switch Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Barnes should start losing some time now that the Rockies have brought Drew Stubbs back to the majors. Barnes still has a decent .276 average, but it's going down quickly and he doesn't bring much else to the table.
    Friday, 10:54 pm
  • Brad Miller delivers eighth homer
    Brad Miller collected his eighth homer and his 12th double Friday against the A's.

    Advice: It's Miller's second homer in four games. His struggles in limited action against left-handers have taken a toll on his numbers, but he's hitting .267/.357/.487 versus righties.
    Friday, 10:11 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Det
  • Shane Victorino activated from DL
    Red Sox activated OF Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Victorino has been on the shelf since late May with a calf injury. He's in line to serve on the short side of a platoon in right field with Alejandro De Aza.
    Friday, 2:00 pm
  • Tommy Pham recalled from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled OF Tommy Pham from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Pham batted .338/.402/.625 with five homers and six steals over 24 games for Memphis after returning from a quad injury. He's starting in center field Friday and could see some more time there until Matt Holliday (quad) returns from the disabled list an Randal Grichuk moves to center.
    Friday, 1:12 pm
  • Brad Miller to remain M's starting shortstop
    Despite the return of Chris Taylor, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon clarified Thursday that Brad Miller will remain the team's starting shortstop.

    Advice: The 25-year-old has struggled at the dish this season, slashing .238/.319/.403 with seven homers and 22 RBI in his 74 games. It sounds like it's a vote of confidence from the skipper, but if Taylor continues to mash the baseball he'll find his way into more playing time soon enough.
    Thursday, 4:51 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Det
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 7:06 pm
    Not Active
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
    Not Active
  • Miller homers as Mariners blank the Padres
    Brad Miller launched a two-run home run in a 2-for-4 effort as the Mariners shut the Padres out 5-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miller took Ian Kennedy out to right-center in the fourth inning for a two-run homer, making it a 4-0 Mariners lead at the time. It's his seventh homer of the season. He looks certain to surpass his career high of 10 set last season. He's also knocked in 22 runs while batting a passable .237/.316/.404.
    Tuesday, 9:43 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Det
  • Matt Szczur has RBI double in win over Mets
    Matt Szczur had an RBI double in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: The run-scoring double in the sixth inning was the only run either side could muster on the evening. Szczur finished 2-for-4 in the contest. He's hitting .214/.250/.321 in a part-time role with the Cubs.
    Tuesday, 6:37 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Szczur ChC - LF,RF
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs StL
  • Victorino (calf) nearing return to Boston
    The Red Sox could activate Shane Victorino (calf) from the disabled list as early as Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Victorino went 1-for-4 in Sunday's rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox want to see him play in back-to-back games before activating him. With Hanley Ramirez (hand) sidelined, Victorino could be an everyday player when he comes back. Boston's current outfield features Mookie Betts, Alejandro De Aza, Jackie Bradley and utility man Brock Holt.
    Jun 29, 5:08 am
  • 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.
    Jun 26, 8:02 pm
    Not Active
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