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  • Neal Cotts claimed by unnamed team
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Neal Cotts has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unnamed team.

    Advice: There would seem to be a good chance Cotts is traded, as he could be a useful bullpen piece for a contending team. The left-hander boasts a 3.48 ERA and 58/20 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season.
    Today, 7:53 am
  • Rafael Betancourt moves up to Triple-A
    Rafael Betancourt (elbow) has been moved up to Triple-A Colorado Springs from Short-Season Grand Junction.

    Advice: Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Betancourt holds a 1.76 ERA and 12/5 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 rehab innings to this point. He could join the Rockies' bullpen next month. "He's building himself up," manager Walt Weiss said. "We'll see if there's an opportunity to get him in the mix down the stretch."
    Today, 7:00 am
    Not Active
    5:40 pm vs KC
  • Nick Punto (hamstring) yet to swing bat
    Nick Punto (hamstring) has yet to swing a bat since being placed on the disabled list nearly three weeks ago.

    Advice: Obviously he hasn't done any running, either. Punto's progress from a strained right hamstring has come along slower than expected and he won't rejoin the A's until rosters expand.
    Today, 6:43 am
    New Player Note
    Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    Disabled List
    12:35 pm vs NYM
  • White Sox could try Conor Gillaspie in OF
    The White Sox are considering giving Conor Gillaspie some playing time in the outfield.

    Advice: The idea is geared more towards next season as the Sox try to find out how versatile Gillaspie can be. The 27-year-old sports a nice .309/.360/.451 batting line as the club's starting third baseman next season, but the Pale Hose would be better off in the long haul if they're not counting on Gillaspie to be more than a backup. "I will,'' Gillaspie said when asked about if he'd be willing to play the outfield. "I'm sure I could get the hang of it. If not this year, then for sure in the spring. Whatever it is they want me to do. If it means I can stay here and play, I'll do whatever they ask.''
    Today, 6:11 am
  • Almonte has 4 hits, run and RBI in loss
    Abraham Almonte went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's setback against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Almonte was spectacular at the dish, but an adventure on the base paths, as he was caught stealing and later thrown out to end the game. Fortunately, the latter two mistakes won't be counted in the vast majority of formats. He's almost unowned across formats, and that needs to change. The 25-year-old -- Seattle's Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter -- is slashing .361/.368/.528 since coming over in the Chris Denorfia deal. As long as he's hot and playing every day, Almonte should be started in NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Derek Norris (back) to sit out Wednesday
    Derek Norris will not play Wednesday due to a minor back issue.

    Advice: The ailment doesn't affect Norris behind or at the plate but does when he's running. He should be OK in a day or two.
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Gyorko goes 2-for-5 with homer and 3 RBI
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 8-6 loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko crushed a Kevin Correia pitch 413 feet over the center field wall in the first inning to plate Abraham Almonte and Seth Smith and give San Diego an early 3-0 lead. He didn't reach again until a ninth inning single off Kenley Jansen. That hit momentarily made the affair very interesting, but Almonte was thrown out after rounding third to end the game. Gyorko remains hot since returning from the disabled list (plantar fasciitis) in late July, going 24-for-77 (.312) with four homers, five doubles and 20 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Correia gets win despite poor start vs. Pads
    Kevin Correia beat the Padres despite allowing four runs on eight hits over five innings Tuesday.

    Advice: Correia struck out six and walked one against his former team (he's also a San Diego native). Like a jilted lover forced to have dinner with an ex, Correia took his lumps but was just effective enough to come out victorious, thanks to his wing men (who scored eight runs in an 8-6 victory). He was filling in for the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu. The veteran right-hander posted a rough 4.94 ERA in Minnesota earlier this season, but has made a nice first impression in Los Angeles, winning each of his first two starts (4.09 ERA). He's not to be used outside of NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Dodgers blues: Kennedy whipped by LA again
    Ian Kennedy was blasted for six runs (five earned) over five innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

    Advice: The Dodgers didn't take Kennedy out of the yard, but they were quite content to make the evening miserable on him within the confines of Dodger Stadium. Chief amongst those hitting the balls on the screws were Matt Kemp and Justin Turner, each of whom doubled twice. You could be forgiven for not having seen this stinker coming: Kennedy came into the game 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA over his last eight starts. We do know, however, that the right-hander hates facing Los Angeles, having gone 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA in his previous six outings against them. While you're advised to avoid him in any matchup across from the Dodgers, Kennedy is a useful fantasy hurler against most everybody else. He will take a 3.72 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 168/54 K/BB ratio into this weekend's start in Arizona.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Slump buster?: Crisp has 2 hits, 3 RBI in win
    Coco Crisp singled, tripled and drove in three runs as Oakland held off the Mets in a 6-2 Tuesday victory.

    Advice: And oh boy, was it needed. Crisp has battled a chronic neck injury while looking absolutely helpless in the batter's box in the second half, entering this game 9-for-73 (.123) since the All-Star break. His owners are a bit shell shocked, as Crisp slashed a robust .291/.387/.449 in the first half. He had only one extra-base hit and one RBI in his past eight games, and both came on Monday. Hopefully we're seeing the beginnings of a strong six-week run to finish the season.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • d'Arnaud keeps raking, goes deep in loss
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a home run against the A's on Tuesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud's fourth inning solo homer put the Mets up 1-0, but they had difficulty mustering up offense the rest of the way in the 6-2 setback. The 25-year-old backstop continues to be a fantasy godsend for owners who took a chance on him after he was promoted on June 24. He was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in early June after batting a cringe-worthy .180/.271/.273 over 39 games, but destroyed the ball on the farm (24-for-55 with six home runs, eight doubles, and 16 RBI over 15 games) to earn a quick trip back to the Big Apple. Since his promotion, d'Arnaud is 42-for-158 (.266) with eight homers, 10 doubles and a triple. That's serious power for a catcher. Keep riding the hot hand.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Gee allows 4 runs in setback versus the A's
    Dillon Gee dropped to 4-6 on Tuesday, allowing four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets fell 4-2 to the A's.

    Advice: The right-hander was not sharp, coughing up eight hits and two walks while striking out four. To make matters worse, his teammates continued to refuse to support him. In his last seven starts, Gee has been given nine runs total (the Mets went 1-6). It's not like he's been unlucky, though: In those seven starts, he's coughed up four runs or more five times. Looking to get back on the right track and fortify the troops behind him, Gee gets the Braves next time around.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Jay sends Cards home winners via walk-off HBP
    Jon Jay was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Tuesday, giving the Cardinals a walk-off, 5-4 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Jay has the strange distinction of leading the league with 15 hit-by-pitches this season, and none were more important than Tuesday's. The spectacle takes away from the fact that Jay also had two hits and scored twice in the victory. He owns an 11-game hitting streak that has his season line up to .307/.378/.402, and he's finding everyday at-bats in the Cardinals lineup. Mixed league owners need to start taking note.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Max Scherzer strikes out nine Rays
    Max Scherzer recovered from a three-run first to hold the Rays to four runs in seven innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was briefly five runs, but Vince Belnome's first major league homer was overturned on replay. Scherzer finished the night with nine strikeouts, pushing him over 200 for the third straight year. He's at 205 right now, and he's well on his way to eclipsing last year's total of 240.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • James Loney goes 3-for-4, homers
    James Loney went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Detroit's Max Scherzer on Tuesday.

    Advice: Loney's having his nicest surge of the season to date, with a .333 average and 10 RBI in 17 games this month. He has just seven homers overall, but the Rays knew what they were signing up for when they gave him a three-year deal last winter.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Rangers place Cotts on revocable waivers
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have placed reliever Neal Cotts on revocable waivers.

    Advice: Heyman also hears that Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus all cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded. It's a bit surprising that Darvish passed through waivers, but it's not like the Rangers are going to move him. On the other hand, Cotts is someone who could be traded, whether he passes through waivers successfully or not. The 34-year-old has posted a 3.54 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 53 1/3 innings this season and could a useful bullpen piece for a contender.
    Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Gillaspie hits salami as White Sox top Jays
    Conor Gillaspie walked and hit a grand slam in four trips to the plate as the White Sox held on to defeat the Blue Jays on Sunday.

    Advice: Gillaspie smoked a grand slam off of Drew Hutchison in the first inning, providing the first four runs in what turned out to be a six-run frame. Gillaspie has been a good find for the White Sox, as he has five home runs, 46 RBI, and an impressive .311/.363/.456 slash line on the season.
    Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Gyorko drives in five, Padres take down STL
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI in Saturday's 9-5 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: St. Louis jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but the Padres answered back with four runs in the top of the third (with the help of a Gyorko RBI single). Gyorko then slugged a grand slam in the seventh inning off Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist, just before a lengthy rain delay. Gyorko has been on fire since returning from a bad case of plantar fasciitis and looks poised to finish the 2014 season on a positive binge.
    Saturday, 9:40 pm
  • Derek Norris has two hits in losing effort
    Derek Norris went 2-for-4 with a double in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Norris also came around to score one of just two A's runs in the contest. He's enjoying a strong season at the dish, slashing .283/.376/.454 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in only 269 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Loney homers in win over Yankees
    James Loney went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's 5-0 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Loney drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the first inning and later took Esmil Rogers deep in the eighth. The veteran first baseman has delivered three straight multi-hit games and now owns a .289/.341/.378 batting line on the year.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Kevin Correia to start for Dodgers on Tuesday
    Kevin Correia will fill in for the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu in the Dodgers rotation, making his next start on Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander fared well in his first start with his new club, limiting the Braves to one run on four hits over six innings in Monday's victory. He is still nothing more than a matchup play in mixed leagues.
    Friday, 4:28 pm
  • Gee allows 4 ER in 6 IP, takes his 5th loss
    Dillon Gee suffered his fifth loss of the season after allowing four runs in six innings as the Mets fell to the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Gee was done by two two-run home runs he allowed: one to Adam LaRoche in the first inning, and the other to Bryce Harper in the fourth. The right-hander gave up four hits, walked four, and struck out three. Now with a 3.69 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 66/31 K/BB ratio, Gee will try to bounce back in a road start against the Athletics on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 7:14 pm
  • Max Scherzer strikes out 14, earns 14th win
    Max Scherzer blanked the Pirates for eight innings, striking out 14, to earn his 14th win Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer struck out 14 for the third time in his career, falling one K short of his career high of 15, also against the Pirates, on May 20, 2012. He was also the fifth pitcher to strike out at least 14 in a game this season. Interestingly, he came back out for the eighth at 108 pitches in this one. A week ago, there was much controversy after he was taken out after 106 pitches in a 2-1 game going to the ninth. Joe Nathan blew the lead in that one, and the Tigers lost in extra innings. Scherzer ended up at 121 pitches today, the first time this year and seventh time ever that he's hit the 120 mark. The Tigers turned a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth and won 5-2 after Phil Coke gave up a homer in the ninth.
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
  • d'Arnaud tries to spark rally with solo homer
    Travis d'Arnaud did his best to spark a rally, blasting a solo home run in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Mets lost to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud greeted closer Rafael Soriano with a lead-off home run to left field, cutting the Nationals' lead to one. The catcher has hit three home runs in his last five games and has looked much improved since returning from a demotion to Triple-A. He has a .230/.295/.398 slash line with 10 home runs and 30 RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Kennedy grabs ninth win with a quality start
    Ian Kennedy earned his ninth win, relenting three runs over six innings as the Padres defeated the Rockies 5-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Since the beginning of July, Kennedy has allowed three or fewer runs in seven of eight starts. However, he hasn't exactly been an innings-eater, going beyond the sixth inning only twice in that span of time. On Wednesday, the Rockies scratched out six hits, including a D.J. LeMahieu solo home run, while drawing two walks and fanning eight times. Kennedy will take a 3.54 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 163/52 K/BB ratio into next week's start against the Dodgers on the road.
    Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • Gyorko scores four-hit night in win vs. COL
    Jedd Gyorko had one of his best performances of the season, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's Gyorko's first four-hit game of the season, and he was one of only two Padres to accrue multiple hits on the evening. The second baseman has been performing much better at the plate since coming off of the disabled list on July 28. He now has a .333 average (19-for-57) in 15 games since his activation. A surge over the remaining 43 games could help pull up his sagging numbers. He carries a disappointing .199/.251/.326 slash line with seven home runs and 35 RBI.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • Nick Punto (hamstring) still not able to run
    Nick Punto (hamstring) still hasn't progressed to running.

    Advice: Punto strained his right hamstring on August 2, so he definitely won't be back when his 15 days are up. He may begin to run next week, but he's still a long way away from returning to the A's.
    Wednesday, 3:37 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    Disabled List
    12:35 pm vs NYM
  • Kevin Correia earns victory in Dodgers debut
    Kevin Correia picked up a win in his Dodgers debut by holding the Braves to one run and four hits in six innings Monday.

    Advice: Correia struck out five batters for the first time in 14 starts. One could say it says more about how lousy the Braves lineup is right now than anything Correia did, but we'll just congratulate Correia on a solid first outing and victory for his new team. Whether he'll start again this weekend is unclear; the Dodgers don't figure to use a six-man rotation going forward, leaving Correia and Roberto Hernandez fighting for one spot.
    Monday, 7:46 pm
  • d'Arnaud homers, scores twice vs. Phillies
    Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his second home run in three games. The catcher has also scored six times in the past five games. D'Arnaud is batting .226/.293/.383 on the year.
    Aug 10, 2:51 pm
  • Gyorko has two hits, two RBI against Pirates
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Gyorko delivered a two-run single to extend the Padres' lead in the ninth inning. The second baseman is 13-for-45 (.289) with 11 RBI since returning from the disabled list in late July. A miserable first half has his line at .185/.240/.309, but Gyorko is more talented than that line would indicate.
    Aug 10, 2:14 pm
  • Kevin Correia could start on Monday
    Kevin Correia could make his Dodgers' debut on Monday versus the Braves.

    Advice: The Dodgers are looking to give their rotation a rest, so they could elect to go with six starters for a while. Roberto Hernandez and Correia have been added in recent days in hopes that they can provide some innings, though neither of them are safe bets.
    Aug 10, 8:18 am
  • Derek Norris homers, knocks in five in win
    Derek Norris clubbed a three-run homer and drew two bases-loaded walks as the A's beat the Twins 9-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Both bases-loaded walks came early while Trevor May was in the game. The homer came off Samuel Deduno in the sixth. It was Norris's third career five-RBI game, all of which have come this season. He joins Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Morneau as the only players with three five-RBI games this year.
    Aug 9, 10:03 pm
  • Dodgers acquire Correia from Twins
    Dodgers acquired RHP Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named,

    Advice: Presumably, the Dodgers aren't giving up a prospect of any consequence here. The Twins should just be happy to be out from under the $1.5 million or so he's still owed. The Dodgers get another fifth starter option to go along with Roberto Hernandez to help out in Josh Beckett's absence, but Correia doesn't appear to have much left in the tank.
    Aug 9, 9:41 pm
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