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  • Drew triples, drives in four runs vs CWS
    Stephen Drew went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and four RBI in Sunday's 12-3 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Drew fell a home run short of the cycle. He doubled in two runs in the fifth inning, then tripled in two more in the seventh. The three-bagger was his first of the season. Despite some nice power numbers, the embattled second baseman is hitting just .199/.268/.390 with 13 homers and 32 RBI. The Mendoza Line is so, so close. Today, 3:16 pm
    W, 12-3 ^ @CWS
  • Corey Seager goes off for four hits Saturday
    Dodgers SS prospect Corey Seager recorded four hits in Saturday's win for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: It was Seager's first four-hit game since May 28. He entered Saturday's game in a 4-for-33 slump and has only hit .241 in 79 at-bats since July 1. Seager remains a fascinating prospect and should arrive in the majors no later than 2016. Today, 2:52 pm
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    W, 5-3 vs x LAA
  • Russell hits seventh homer to help fuel Cubs
    Addison Russell went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Russell took a Kyle Lohse offering for a ride in the second inning to notch his seventh home run of the season. In 299 at-bats this season, he's hitting .237/.303/.368 with 27 RBI and the seven long balls. At 21 years old, Russell is not a finished product yet. Those in keeper formats should just stay the course until he's had more time to develop. Today, 2:51 pm
  • Zobrist homers again, but Royals fall to TOR
    Ben Zobrist supplied a two-run home run and walked in four plate appearances in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Zobrist went yard twice on Saturday, and added another in his fourth game as a Royal. His two-run blast in the eighth inning brought the Royals to within a run at 3-2. Zobrist is batting .272/.355/.480 with nine home runs and 39 RBI on the year. Today, 2:02 pm
    L, 5-2 ^ @Tor
  • Hechavarria launches walk-off homer vs Padres
    Adeiny Hechavarria ended Sunday's 5-2 win over the Padres with a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning.

    Advice: Padres reliever Brandon Maurer was his own worst enemy on Sunday, walking two in the ninth inning before serving up the three-run homer with one out. The homer was Hechavarria's fifth of the season. He's hitting .279/.311/.375 with the five taters and 42 RBI. Most of that production came in April and he's cooled off after a hot start. Today, 1:41 pm
  • Amarista socks homer to tie MIA in ninth
    Alexi Amarista went 2-for-4 with a triple and a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Amarista's triple is notable for the fact that it was the only extra-base hit allowed by Marlins starter Jose Fernandez. After Fernandez left the game, the Padres looked dead in the water until the ninth inning, when Amarista struck like lightning, belting a two-run homer off reliever A.J. Ramos with one out to tie the proceedings at two-all. The big offensive showing is all the more surprising for the fact that Amarista was dealing with an 0-for-24 skid prior to his triple. He's batting just .201/.267/.293 with three home runs and 23 RBI this season. Today, 1:32 pm
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    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-2 ^ @Mia
  • Simmons diagnosed with sprained thumb
    Andrelton Simmons has been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb.

    Advice: Simmons was injured on Saturday when he jammed the thumb on a play in left field. It looks like he'll avoid the disabled list for now, as the Braves are hopeful he'll only miss a few games. Daniel Castro is filling in at shortstop Sunday. Today, 8:08 am
  • Hanley Ramirez (shin) plates run in return
    Hanley Ramirez (shin) singled and had a sac fly in his return to the lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ramirez sat out Friday's game with a shin injury, but he's fine. He's sporting a .263/.305/.451 batting line with 19 homers and 50 RBI this season. Today, 5:36 am
    L, 4-3 vs ^ TB
  • Marcus Semien homers, walks against Indians
    Marcus Semien homered, walked and scored twice against the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Semien has more errors (29) than RBI (23) or walks (25) this year, yet he still has an OPS (.670) right at the league average for shortstops. It's about as weird of a bad season as one could dream up. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Cle
  • Andrelton Simmons leaves with thumb injury
    Andrelton Simmons left Saturday's game against the Phillies after jamming his right thumb on a play in left field.

    Advice: Daniel Castro replaced him in the eighth inning. His X-rays came back negative but the soreness could keep Simmons out for a few days. He was hitless in three at-bats before exiting. Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Kang cracks solo home run in loss to Reds
    Jung Ho Kang went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Kang took a Raisel Iglesias offering for a ride with two outs and nobody on in the fourth inning. The homer was his eighth of the season. He hit a blistering .379/.443/.621 in July, a triple-slash that was buoyed by 13 extra-base hits over the course of the month. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
    W, 3-0 ^ @Cin
  • Zobrist clubs two homers as Royals top Jays
    Ben Zobrist clubbed a pair of solo home runs on Saturday, leading the Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

    Advice: Zobrist got the scoring started with a solo shot off Jays starter Mark Buehrle in the first inning. He then took Mark Lowe deep in the eighth inning, tying the game at 5-5 and igniting a rally that would lead the Royals to victory. He also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
    L, 5-2 ^ @Tor
  • Troy Tulowitzki not in Jays lineup Saturday
    Troy Tulowitzki is not in the Blue Jays lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

    Advice: Manager John Gibbons simply wanted to give his new shortstop a day of rest. Munenori Kawasaki will start in his place and bat eighth against Yordano Ventura on Saturday. Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Castro drives in two runs vs. Brewers
    Starlin Castro knocked in two runs against the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Castro had an RBI single in the second inning before hitting into a fielder's choice in the fourth inning to drive in another run. The 25-year-old was in the middle of trade discussions this week, but the Cubs are surely hoping he'll breathe a bit easier now that the deadline has passed. He owns a disappointing .237/.271/.304 batting line on the year. Friday, 10:16 pm
  • Crawford hits 16th home run in loss
    Brandon Crawford launched a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: It was his 16th home run of the season and his fourth in his last nine games. The 28-year-old has been a surprising force at the shortstop position this season, batting .268/.331/.481 across 99 games. Friday, 9:51 pm
  • Wilmer Flores plays hero in win over Nats
    Wilmer Flores clubbed a walk-off homer in the 12th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win over the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: You couldn't write it up any better. Flores, who cried on the field Wednesday night after believing that he had been traded to the Brewers, drove in both runs for the Mets on Friday night and was the most popular person at Citi Field. After hitting an RBI single in the fourth inning, he took Felipe Rivero deep to lead off the bottom of the 12th to end it. It was a feel-good moment for Flores and for the Mets, who are two games back of the Nationals in the NL East. Friday, 9:05 pm
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  • Escobar has RBI single in loss to Mets
    Yunel Escobar drove in the Nationals' only run of the night Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: His eighth-inning single off Matt Harvey tied the game, but the Mets eventually won in extras. Escobar went 1-for-5 on the night and has a .312/.360/.410 batting line on the year. Friday, 9:02 pm
    Bot 1, 1-0 ^ @NYM
  • Tulo has two hits, two runs scored in win
    Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-6 with two runs scored in Friday's extra-inning win over the Royals.

    Advice: Tulowitzki singled with one out in the 11th inning and eventually came around to score the winning run on Josh Donaldson's walk-off single. With Devon Travis (shoulder) back on the disabled list, the slugging shortstop appears likely to stick in the leadoff spot for Toronto. Friday, 8:42 pm
  • Kang has three hits in win over Reds
    Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Kang had two doubles on the night. He continues to swing and incredibly hot bat, hitting .435 (27-for-62) over his last 17 games. His batting average is now up to .299 on the year. Friday, 7:30 pm
    W, 3-0 ^ @Cin
  • Hanley Ramirez (shin) not in lineup Friday
    Hanley Ramirez (shin) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ramirez injured his shin during Thursday's game. He's considered day-to-day. Alejandro De Aza is in left field Friday. Friday, 12:23 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ TB
  • Cubs aggressively trying to move SS Castro
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Cubs are "aggressively trying to include Starlin Castro in any deal."

    Advice: It's notable that Addison Russell started at shortstop on Wednesday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said earlier this week that Castro would not be traded, but that's not a promise he can keep. The 25-year-old is batting just .237/.271/.305 in 406 plate appearances this season and his defense at shortstop has deteriorated. There's been talk of interest from the Padres. Thursday, 11:32 am
  • Tulowitzki homers, knocks in 3 in TOR debut
    Troy Tulowitzki made his Blue Jays debut and went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and three RBI in a win against the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: What a way to make a debut. He struck out in his first at-bat with his new club, but made up for it with a two-run home run in the third inning. He added an RBI double in the sixth. Tulowitzki now has 13 home runs on the year with 56 RBI along with a .305 average. The Rogers Center is friendly to right-handed hitters, so the move away from Coors Field may not hurt his numbers all that much. Wednesday, 6:54 pm
  • Wilmer Flores heading to Brewers for Gomez
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Wilmer Flores will head to the Brewers with Zack Wheeler in exchange for outfielder Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: It's unclear if he'll be utilized at shortstop for the Mets, or if he'll take over their vacancy at third base. The 23-year-old was hitting .249/.281/.379 with 10 homers and 40 RBI in 92 games with the Mets this season. It's a nice haul for the Brewers in exchange for a year-plus of Gomez. Wednesday, 6:17 pm
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  • Troy Tulowitzki hitting leadoff for Blue Jays
    Troy Tulowitzki is at shortstop and batting leadoff in his Blue Jays debut Wednesday.

    Advice: He might be lower in the order if Devon Travis (shoulder) wasn't hurt, but, unfortunately, that's not the case. It's the first time in Tulowitzki's career that he's hit leadoff. Wednesday, 12:58 pm
  • Starlin Castro not in lineup on Wednesday
    Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a day off for the struggling Castro. Addison Russell has slid over to handle shortstop, while Jonathan Herrera is getting a start at second base. Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Kang blasts game-winning homer against Twins
    Jung-Ho Kang went 2-for-4 with a game-winning home run as the Pirates outlasted the Twins 8-7 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kang was hit by a pitch and scored in the sixth inning and came up with the game tied in the top of the ninth. Against Twins closer Glen Perkins, Kang launched a solo homer to give the Pirates the lead and ultimately the win. The shortstop has seven multi-hit games in his last nine contests, raising his season line to .289/.367/.426 with six homers and 32 RBI. Tuesday, 9:16 pm
    W, 3-0 ^ @Cin
  • Flores out of Mets' lineup again Tuesday
    Wilmer Flores is out of the Mets' lineup again Tuesday.

    Advice: Flores has now been on the bench for three straight games following the additions of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe. With Ruben Tejada as the regular shortstop, he will have to make the best of his opportunities as a bench player. Uribe is starting at third base Tuesday and Daniel Murphy will play second base. Tuesday, 12:32 pm
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  • Royals pick up Ben Zobrist from Athletics
    Royals acquired INF/OF Ben Zobrist and cash considerations from the Athletics for RHP Aaron Brooks and LHP Sean Manaea.

    Advice: The deal is official. Zobrist drew interest from a long list of contenders, but the Royals are going for it and paid the price to bring to bring him into the fold. The 34-year-old impending free agent has an .801 OPS over 67 games this season and can be used in the infield and the outfield. He should be a useful piece for Ned Yost and the first-place Royals. Tuesday, 11:52 am
    L, 5-2 ^ @Tor
  • Royals to acquire Ben Zobrist from A's
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals are set to acquire Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

    Advice: Just in case it wasn't already clear after the Johnny Cueto deal, the Royals are going for it. Zobrist was a great fit for any contender because of his versatility and he could play second base or left field for Kansas City. The 34-year-old is batting .268/.354/.447 with six home runs and 33 RBI over 67 games this season. Jeff Passan of Yahoo sports hears that the Royals will send two pitchers back to Oakland in the deal. Tuesday, 11:32 am
    L, 5-2 ^ @Tor
  • A's deep in trade talks regarding Ben Zobrist
    Jane Lee of reports that the Athletics are "deep" in trade talks involving Ben Zobrist and a deal could happen soon.

    Advice: After dealing Scott Kazmir to the Astros last week and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, Zobrist is likely the next to go. The impending free agent has drawn interest from a long list of teams, including the Royals, Pirates, Angels, Cubs, Yankees, and Giants. Tuesday, 10:53 am
    L, 5-2 ^ @Tor
  • Blue Jays officially acquire Troy Tulowitzki
    Blue Jays acquired SS Troy Tulowitzki and RHP LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies for SS Jose Reyes and RHPs Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco.

    Advice: While many expected the Blue Jays to make a big splash for their pitcher, they stunned the baseball world late Monday night by upgrading what was already the best offense in the majors. Tulowitzki has managed to stay mostly healthy this season while batting .300/.348/.471 with 12 home runs and 53 RBI over 87 games. His injury history is a concern, especially on the turf at Rogers Centre, but the 30-year-old could age better in the American League because of the ability to DH. Tulowitzki will receive a $2 million assignment bonus for being traded and his contract now includes a full no-trade clause. He's owed $94 million from 2016-2020 with a $15 million club option or $4 million buyout in 2021. Tuesday, 8:06 am
  • Crawford homers as Giants top the Brewers
    Brandon Crawford homered and walked in a 1-for-2 effort on Monday as the Giants defeated the Brewers.

    Advice: Crawford delivered a two-run home run off of Kyle Lohse in the third inning, pushing the Giants' lead to 3-0. He's on a six-game hitting streak, currently standing with a .270/.336/.481 batting line along with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. Monday, 9:56 pm
  • Troy Tulowitzki traded to Jays for Jose Reyes
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins have been traded to the Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and minor leaguers.

    Advice: Well, how about that for a late-night surprise? Offense certainly wasn't a need for Toronto given that they are leading baseball in runs by a wide margin, but they obviously saw an opportunity to make a strength even stronger. They're also improving their defense with the deal, as Reyes' defense has really gone south. Tulo is under contract through 2020 with a club option for 2021. Reyes might be flipped elsewhere, as dealing Tulo but then taking on Reyes' contract wouldn't mesh with the Rockies' rebuild. Colorado is reportedly set to receive Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and one other minor leaguer in the deal. Monday, 9:32 pm
  • Pads have discussed Starlin Castro with Cubs
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Padres have discussed Starlin Castro with the Cubs.

    Advice: Morosi adds that the Cubs have inquired on the Padres' starters and he opines that a Castro-for-James Shields swap might make some sense. Castro has been a colossal disappointment with the Cubs this season, hitting just .233/.268/.302 with five homers. He's under contract through 2019 and the Cubs would probably love to use him as a trade chip this week to get pitching help. Jul 27, 3:33 pm
  • Mets asked Braves about Andrelton Simmons
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Mets asked the Braves about the availability of shortstop Andrelton Simmons, but "the conversation went nowhere."

    Advice: Olney says Atlanta "placed an unreachable price tag" on the 25-year-old. Simmons hasn't developed offensively as quickly as many were hoping, but he's a generational type of talent defensively and the kind of player the rebuilding Braves want to build around. Simmons is under contract with Atlanta through 2020 at some fairly reasonable rates. Jul 27, 7:44 am
  • KC staying locked in on Ben Zobrist market
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are planning to stay locked in on the Ben Zobrist trade talks "until the end."

    Advice: Zobrist is a fit for just about every contending team because of his defensive versatility, so it's anyone's guess at this point where he's going to wind up after the July 31 trade deadline. Kansas City made the biggest splash yet with its weekend acquisition of Reds ace Johnny Cueto, but McCullough notes that the club still has shoppable prospects. If it wasn't already apparent, the Royals are going all-in. Jul 27, 6:27 am
    L, 5-2 ^ @Tor
  • Drew launches two-run homer in win over Twins
    Stephen Drew went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Drew cranked his two-run homer off of Twins reliever Ryan O'Rourke to put an exclamation point on a six-run sixth inning by the Yankees. The bomb was his 13th of the season. Some of his overall stats are, frankly, bizarre. He has a shot at hitting 20 homers for the first time since 2008, yet to this point he's amassed just 28 RBI. Almost half of his hits have either gone for doubles or home runs and he's still slashing a horrific .188/.263/.380. His numbers seem to defy the laws of nature. Jul 26, 2:27 pm
    W, 12-3 ^ @CWS
  • Yunel Escobar (wrist) in Nats' lineup on Sat.
    Yunel Escobar (wrist) is in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: It looked like Escobar suffered a serious hand or wrist injury on a couple of check swings Wednesday, but he only wound up missing two games. Escobar is batting cleanup and starting third base in his return Saturday. Jul 25, 1:30 pm
    Bot 1, 1-0 ^ @NYM
  • Mets made push for Tulo, doubtful he's moved
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mets made a push for Troy Tulowitzki but came away with the impression that the Rockies will not move him.

    Advice: The Mets have the kind of young pitchers the Rockies should be trying to stockpile, but there has been no indication from the Colorado front office that Tulo is on the block. And it seems the Mets have now moved on to other offensive targets like Ben Zobrist, Jay Bruce, and Justin Upton. Tulowitzki, 30, is under contract with the Rockies through at least 2020. Jul 25, 1:28 pm
  • Yunel Escobar takes swings in cage on Friday
    Yunel Escobar (wrist) was able to take some swings in the batting cages on Friday and could be available off the bench against the Pirates.

    Advice: He still needs another day or two before returning to the starting lineup, but should be able to do so before the end of the weekend. Dan Uggla is starting at second base for the Nats on Friday and batting eighth against Jeff Locke. Jul 24, 2:29 pm
    Bot 1, 1-0 ^ @NYM
  • Yunel Escobar (wrist) out again on Friday
    Yunel Escobar (wrist) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Escobar avoided a serious wrist injury but has missed two games in a row now. Danny Espinosa is at third base Friday, with Dan Uggla covering second. Jul 24, 12:57 pm
    Bot 1, 1-0 ^ @NYM
  • Escobar (hand, wrist) available Thursday
    Yunel Escobar (hand, wrist) is available to play Thursday.

    Advice: Escobar left Wednesday's game after tweaking his left hand/wrist on a swing, but X-rays and a CT scan both came back negative. He's not in the lineup Thursday, but it doesn't sound like he'll need to miss much time. Jul 23, 2:47 pm
    Bot 1, 1-0 ^ @NYM
  • Escobar (hand, wrist) out Thursday vs. Bucs
    Yunel Escobar (hand, wrist) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday night.

    Advice: No surprise there. Escobar left Wednesday's series finale against the Mets after appearing to suffer a serious hand or wrist injury on a pair of check swings. X-rays turned up negative, but an MRI is planned. Danny Espinosa is starting at third base and batting second on Thursday against the Pirates. Dan Uggla is at second base. Jul 23, 12:38 pm
    Bot 1, 1-0 ^ @NYM
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