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  • Gregory Polanco out of Bucs' lineup on Wed.
    Gregory Polanco is out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Polanco went 4-for-5 and slugged his 13th home run of the season on Tuesday night against Seattle, but Sean Rodriguez will start in right field and bat seventh Wednesday versus Mariners lefty James Paxton. Today, 11:17 am
  • McGuire contributes four hits in Tuesday's win
    Pirates C prospect Reese McGuire tallied four hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Altoona.

    Advice: It was McGuire's fifth career four-hit game and his first in almost two years. He singled three times and added a triple for good measure. The former first-round pick now has four multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. McGuire hasn't hit for much power this year—he's homered just once—but he's been a great contact hitter with only 24 strikeouts in 257 at-bats. Overall he's hitting .265 with 36 RBI and a .350 slugging percentage. Today, 10:13 am
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  • Tulo absent from Jays' lineup on Wednesday
    Troy Tulowitzki is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Darwin Barney will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo. This is just a day of maintenance for Tulo, who's batting .317/.348/.500 with four homers and 17 RBI so far in July. Today, 7:29 am
  • Melvin Upton at cleanup for Toronto on Wed.
    Melvin Upton is batting cleanup in his first start with the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Upton was acquired from San Diego on Tuesday morning in exchange for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez. He will start in left field over Michael Saunders with the Padres throwing right-hander Luis Perdomo. Today, 7:27 am
  • Yangervis Solarte placed on family leave list
    Padres placed 3B Yangervis Solarte on the family medical emergency leave list.

    Advice: He'll be gone for the next 3-7 days to handle a private matter. Solarte has registered a cool .856 OPS with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 61 games this season. Today, 7:13 am
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  • Marlins outright Asher Wojciechowski to AAA
    Marlins sent RHP Asher Wojciechowski outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Wojciechowski was designated for assignment by Miami earlier this month and passed through waivers without drawing a claim from another team. The 27-year-old right-hander has a brutal 6.02 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 46 1/3 innings this season in the minor leagues. Today, 6:37 am
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  • Grandal rocks mammoth solo homer in win
    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with a long solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Grandal absolutely unloaded on a Chris Archer offering to lead off the seventh inning, hitting a moonshot solo home run to right. The tater was his 14th of the season. While that is a healthy home run total for a catcher, the 27-year-old backstop has struggled to do much else with the bat and is hitting just .211/.330/.430 over the course of 228 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Bud Norris brilliant into seventh vs Rays
    Bud Norris turned in a gem in Tuesday's win over the Rays, hurling 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Norris struck out six and walked two on the evening. He allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a single to Steve Pearce. And that was it. Pearce's single with one out in the seventh inning would cause manager Dave Roberts to make the call to the bullpen. The crisp outing is made all the more remarkable for the fact that Norris threw 23 pitches out of the pen in the 15th and 16th innings against the Cardinals on Friday. His last three starts prior to Tuesday saw him allow 14 runs on 21 hits in 15 innings. The outing before that stretch? Six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Norris' inconsistency equals out to a 4.27 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92/35 K/BB ratio over 99 innings between the Braves and Dodgers. He will try to keep things together in a home start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Gallo shows off oppo power on first home run
    Joey Gallo hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: So it begins. Gallo muscled a Sonny Gray pitch to left-center in the fifth inning to get the Rangers on the board. It was his only hit in four at-bats, and he struck out in two of the four at-bats. That's a typical Gallo night, as he'll strike out plenty but he hits it plenty far when he makes contact. The power makes him fantasy relevant, but the propensity to swing and miss makes him a high-risk, high-reward player. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
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  • Martinez serves up three homers to Athletics
    Nick Martinez allowed five runs, including three home runs, over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Martinez gave up homers to Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien, accounting for four of the five runs allowed and three of the Athletics' six hits against him. It wasn't the outing he was hoping for in his return to the bigs, as the start was his first in nearly a month after being sent to Triple-A on July 9. Martinez holds a 7.18 ERA and 1.97 WHIP as a member of the Rangers this year, and it's hard to imagine they'll give him another start given the results. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Braun scores three times in win over D'backs
    Ryan Braun went 1-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As he's been all month and most of the year, Braun was an on-base machine Tuesday, and he made the D'backs pay each time he reached. He's now hitting .319 with 16 runs scored this month, but strangely just two RBI. The 32-year-old is also riding an 11-game hitting streak. It all adds up to a .324/.386/.520 line with 14 homers, 46 RBI, 50 runs scored and 12 stolen bases overall. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Corbin gives up four runs against Brewers
    Patrick Corbin allowed four runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Corbin struck out six, a positive, but he also gave up six hits and walked three in his five innings of work. The no-decision means he still hasn't picked up a win this month, and he's just 4-9 through 21 starts overall. Corbin will work on improving his record, as well as his ugly 5.31 ERA and 1.55 WHIP, when he takes on the Dodgers on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Garza registers quality start against D'backs
    Matt Garza allowed three runs over six innings Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Garza gave up five hits and walked two in the quality start, his first such start in over a month and only his second QS in eight starts this year. Despite that, he didn't factor in the decision, leaving his record at 1-4 with a 5.74 ERA and 1.68 WHIP. Garza will try again for that second win Sunday against the Pirates. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Skaggs dominates Royals in first 2016 start
    Tyler Skaggs showed no rust in carving up the Royals on Tuesday, allowing just three hits over seven scoreless innings in the Angels' 13-0 victory.

    Advice: Making his first major league start since July 31, 2014, Skaggs was brilliant, needing just 88 pitches to get through his seven innings. He walked one and struck out five before exiting. The 25-year-old, who is working his way back from elbow and shoulder issues, had similar success in minor league rehab starts leading up to Tuesday, so it wasn't a total surprise, but dominating Triple-A opponents and flaying the defending World Series champs are two different things. Skaggs is definitely worth a mixed league flyer, and we'll get a better idea of what we're looking at when he squares off with the potent Red Sox offense on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Giavotella has three hits, three runs Tuesday
    Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Giavotella also threw in a stolen base for good measure. The big night raised Giavotella's line to .267/.293/.390 with 28 RBI, 43 runs scored and four steals. It certainly had to feel good coming against his former team to boot. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Gregory Polanco goes 4-for-5, homers
    Gregory Polanco went 4-for-5 and hit his 13th homer Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Polanco has been a thoroughly mediocre hitter since the beginning of June, but we'd like to think he still has a nice run in him prior to season's end. A big game against Felix Hernandez would be a nice way to start to turn it around. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Gallo at 1B and batting sixth Tuesday night
    Joey Gallo is starting at first base and batting sixth on Tuesday night against the Athletics.

    Advice: Mitch Moreland is at designated hitter and Jurickson Profar is starting at shortstop. Gallo will probably get the majority of his playing time at first base, with Moreland seeing a dip in action. The 22-year-old slugger was sporting a .939 OPS with 19 home runs and 47 RBI in 70 games this season at Triple-A Round Rock. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
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  • Rangers promote 22-year-old slugger Gallo
    Rangers recalled INF/OF Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gallo has posted a .949 OPS with 19 home runs and 47 RBI in 70 games this season at the Triple-A level. Plate discipline remains an issue for the 22-year-old, but he has incredible raw power and could take on significant fantasy value if he finds a good offensive groove and regular playing time in Texas. Gallo has appeared in 23 games at first base and 33 games at third base this year with Round Rock. He played a lot of left field last year. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
    5:05 pm vs Oak
  • Angels call up Tyler Skaggs for season debut
    Angels recalled LHP Tyler Skaggs from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Skaggs is over the elbow and shoulder troubles that have cost him nearly two years and will make his 2016 debut on Tuesday night in Kansas City. He dominated in his final two minor league rehab starts, racking up a combined 26 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake. Get the 25-year-old southpaw activated in all standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Rangers recall Nick Martinez for start Tues.
    Rangers recalled RHP Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Martinez will start Tuesday night against the Athletics. He owns a rough 6.45 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances this season at the major league level. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Blue Jays finalize trade for OF Melvin Upton
    Blue Jays acquired OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will cover all but $5 million of the roughly $22 million remaining on Upton's contract. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season with the Padres and will provide some depth and versatility to the Blue Jays' outfield. While the ballpark change is a positive, he might lose a couple of starts a week and probably won't run as much. His fantasy value takes a bit of a dip with the trade. Since the Padres are in Toronto this week, Upton will just have to switch dugouts on Tuesday. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Report: Blue Jays to acquire OF Melvin Upton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres are expected to receive a Class A prospect in return. No word yet on the financial details, but the deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday. Upton is batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games this season and should add some versatility to Toronto's outfield. The addition could allow Jose Bautista to see more time out of the designated hitter spot and Edwin Encarnacion to play more first base. Upton is still under contract (for $16.45 million) next season, which is notable with Bautista, Encarnacion, and Michael Saunders due to hit free agency this winter. The Padres are expected to pick up some of the tab. Yesterday, 5:10 am
  • Nick Martinez to start Tuesday vs. Athletics
    The Rangers will call up Nick Martinez to start Tuesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: It was assumed after Martinez was scratched from his start at Triple-A on Sunday, but it's now official. He'll essentially take Kyle Lohse's spot in the rotation. Martinez has posted an ugly 6.45 ERA over four starts and two relief appearances with the Rangers this season, but he has had better results since being sent down to the minors earlier this month. Still, he's not a recommended fantasy option. Monday, 8:28 pm
  • Blue Jays 'front-runners' for Melvin Upton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are the "front-runners" for Padres outfielder Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported over the weekend that the Orioles and Blue Jays were the leaders in pursuit for Upton, but it appears that Toronto has emerged as the favorite in the past day or so. Rosenthal hears that the Indians are also in the mix. Upton has enjoyed a resurgent season in San Diego, batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games. He's under contract for $16.45 million next season. Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Melvin Upton out of lineup again Monday
    Melvin Upton is out of the Padres' lineup for a second straight day Monday.

    Advice: It's obviously a bit curious as Upton's name continues to float in trade rumors, but Padres manager Andy Green said that nothing is done yet and that the decision was made to give him a couple of days off. It still sounds very likely he'll be traded by August 1. Alex Dickerson will start in left field again Monday. Monday, 2:46 pm
  • Tyler Skaggs to make season debut Tuesday
    Tyler Skaggs will make his season debut for the Angels on Tuesday in Kansas City.

    Advice: Skaggs has completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery and also from a shoulder ailment that cropped up earlier this season. The usual caution should be applied here with anyone coming back from Tommy John surgery, but Skaggs was dominant of late for Triple-A Salt Lake, allowing just two runs while striking out 26 over his last 12 2/3 frames. He's worth a flier in deeper mixed leagues. Sunday, 10:20 am
  • Melvin Upton not in Padres' lineup Sunday
    Melvin Upton is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's interesting, obviously, with the rumors floating around regarding Upton being traded soon. For now, though, it doesn't appear anything is imminent. Alex Dickerson is in left field. Sunday, 8:05 am
  • Orioles and Blue Jays leaders for Upton
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Orioles and Blue Jays are the leaders in the pursuit of Melvin Upton.

    Advice: The interest in Upton has certainly intensified in the past day or so, and it's looking increasingly likely that he'll be wearing a new uniform in August. While a park shift away from Petco Park could seem like a boon to his fantasy value, he hasn't handled changes of scenery well in the past, and isn't likely to land with a manager as willing to run as Andy Green has been this season. Saturday, 8:23 am
  • Blue Jays talking Upton with Padres as well
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have discussed Melvin Upton and Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that it's unclear if the Jays would have interest in just Upton if they can't get Cashner. The Padres seem to be pitting potential suitors against one another in an effort to drive up the price on their available pieces. Where there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so don't be surprised to see some sort of deal get done in the next couple of days. Saturday, 5:47 am
  • Indians have also discussed Melvin Upton
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Indians have had conversations with the Padres in recent weeks about Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Olney notes that while the two clubs have talked, nothing is close regarding a potential deal. The interest around Upton has picked up considerably in the last couple of days and it looks like there's a strong likelihood that he could get moved before next week's trade deadline. The Orioles are reported to be in negotiations for him as well. Saturday, 4:51 am
  • Bud Norris takes loss in 16th
    Two days after starting, Bud Norris took a loss in relief after giving up a homer in the 16th inning Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Norris pitched a scoreless 15th, but he gave up the homer with one out in the 16th. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled on Tuesday, though he should have sufficient time to recover. Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Braun slugs solo homer in loss
    Ryan Braun slugged a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: His fourth-inning blast against Jason Hammel was his 14th home run on the year and his first since June 29. Braun has now hit safely in seven straight games and is hitting .315/.373/.516 on the year. Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Orioles have talked to Padres about Upton
    Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Orioles have talked to the Padres about Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported earlier in the day that the Padres had told suitors that they were close to dealing Upton, and perhaps it's the O's who are hot on the trail after losing Joey Rickard for the next 4-to-6 weeks. It would certainly be an upgrade in home ballpark for Upton. Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal (illness) back in lineup
    Yasmani Grandal (illness) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Grandal was unavailable Thursday due to a stomach bug. He's catching and batting sixth against Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. Friday, 1:54 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal battling stomach virus
    Yasmani Grandal was unavailable on Thursday due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: It's the same ailment that's kept Corey Seager out of action for three games. Whether either player is available to play on Friday in St. Louis remains to be seen. Friday, 7:57 am
  • Solarte homers among three hits vs. Cardinals
    Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Solarte hit a solo dong in the eighth inning, his 10th homer of the year. He finished the proverbial triple shy of the cycle in the game. Amidst a down year for the Padres, the 29-year-old Solarte is having a quietly good season, batting .297/.366/.530 with 39 RBI and 27 runs scored in 56 games. Thursday, 8:49 pm
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  • Garza yields four ER in fourth straight loss
    Matt Garza allowed five runs -- four earned -- over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Garza gave up eight hits, including a home run, while walking two in the start. The loss was his fourth in a row after going 1-0 in his first three starts. The right-hander has a 5.94 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in his seven starts this year, and he'll look to break the losing streak Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Braun goes 2-for4 with three runs scored
    Ryan Braun finished 2-for-4, walked, stole a base and scored three runs on Wednesday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a triple. Braun spent a lot of time running around the bases tonight, which is a pleasing sight for his owners. All that running is a sign that Braun is fully healthy for once, and a fully healthy Ryan Braun can be a fantasy monster. He is batting .316/.373/.512 with 13 home runs, 44 RBI and 8 stolen bases. Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Norris pounded for six runs on three homers
    Bud Norris struck out eight batters in five innings but gave up six runs in the process, taking a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Three of the seven hits he gave up sailed over the wall. He falls to 5-8 with a 4.53 ERA in 91 1/3 innings. Norris had a good stretch of starts in May and June but has since reverted to his usual mediocre self. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Skaggs (shoulder) fans 12 in rehab start
    Tyler Skaggs (shoulder) looked in midseason form during Wednesday's rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake, striking out 12 over 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Skaggs yielded just one hit over his 5 2/3 innings of work. He is nearing a return to the majors after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the August of 2014. Several setbacks have prevented him from a speedier recovery. The 25-year-old southpaw could rejoin the Angels next week. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Corbin's struggles continue in loss to Jays
    Patrick Corbin struggled in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays, yielding six runs (five earned) on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Corbin has now allowed at least five runs in each of his last five starts. Josh Donaldson set the tone by whacking a two-run homer off the southpaw in the first inning and things just snowballed from there. Corbin will bring a 5.38 ERA and 1.53 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a road date with the Brewers. Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Grandal connects for 13th homer against Nats
    Yasmani Grandal hit his 13th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: The dong was Grandal's first since a three-homer game leading into the All-Star break. He's got 38 RBI and 22 runs scored to go with a disappointing .208/.321/.429 line on the season. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Polanco (hamstring) returns to lineup Tuesday
    Gregory Polanco (hamstring) is back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Polanco hasn't played since July 8 due to a tight left hamstring, but he apparently feels ready to give it a go. He's batting second against righty Junior Guerra in his return to action. Tuesday, 12:26 pm
  • Skaggs (shoulder) to make rehab start Wed.
    Tyler Skaggs (shoulder) will make his next minor league rehab start on Wednesday with Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Skaggs was originally scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, but he was pushed back a day due to rain. Nick Tropeano (elbow) appears likely to land on the disabled list, so Skaggs could replace him in the rotation as soon as next week. The Angels have a scheduled off-day on Thursday, so they can skip Tropeano's next turn this weekend. Tuesday, 10:07 am
  • Rangers open to trading Joey Gallo for pitching
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports the Rangers are willing to trade Joey Gallo for a long-term starting pitcher.

    Advice: The Rangers have been talking to the Rays about acquiring one of their starting pitchers and Gallo, who was previously thought to be off limits, could be part of the return package if the two sides strike a deal. Gallo is still a power-hitting behemoth but he hasn't been able to crack the Rangers' lineup with Adrian Beltre occupying third base and Shin-Shoo Choo and Nomar Mazara blocking his path at corner outfield. The 22-year-old has hit .250 this year with 16 HR and 40 RBI in 216 at-bats for Triple-A Round Rock. Jul 18, 11:44 am
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  • Polanco (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Gregory Polanco (hamstring) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Polanco hasn't played since July 8 due to a strained hamstring. If he's not ready to play by Tuesday after Monday's off day, the Pirates could consider a disabled list stint. Josh Harrison is also sitting out Sunday, as the Bucs have Matt Joyce in right field and Adam Frazier at second base. Jul 17, 8:06 am
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