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  • Welington Castillo exits after HBP on elbow
    Welington Castillo left Monday's game versus the Mariners after being hit on the elbow by a pitch.

    Advice: Castillo didn't sound too optimistic about the injury after the game. "It doesn’t feel really good right now," he said. "We will see tomorrow." Jarrod Saltalamacchia would be in line for more playing time if Castillo is sidelined for a while. Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Cano walks twice, homers, but Mariners lose
    Robinson Cano had a pair of walks and a solo home run in five plate appearances, but the Mariners fell to the Diamondbacks in 10 innings on Monday.

    Advice: Cano delivered a solo home run off of Robbie Ray in the sixth inning to reduce the Mariners' deficit to one run. He's had a torrid July, homering seven times while hitting .347 (33-for-95). As a result, his triple-slash line is up to .265/.309/.416 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Castillo homers, D'Backs beat the Mariners
    Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Diamondbacks eked out a win over the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Castillo pushed the Diamondbacks' lead to 2-0 with a solo shot off of Mike Montgomery in the second inning. The catcher has gone yard six times in 122 plate appearances as a member of the Diamondbacks, giving him eight total along with 23 RBI. Castillo is carrying a .238/.324/.457 line as a National Leaguer. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Goldschmidt homers, draws 3 walks in a win
    Paul Goldschmidt drew three walks and went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Monday's 10-inning win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Goldschmidt put the Diamondbacks up 1-0 in the first inning when he drilled a solo home run to left field off of Mike Montgomery. The Mariners didn't seem to have any interest in pitching to him after that, and with good reason: the first baseman is batting an absurd .346/.465/.611 with 22 home runs, 75 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. Goldschmidt also leads the majors in walks by a large margin with 82, 10 more than the next-highest total (Bryce Harper, 72). Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Dodgers discussing Guerrero in trade talks
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers have discussed parting with Alex Guerrero in trade talks.

    Advice: Guerrero has a clause in his contract that says he can become a free agent at the end of the season if he's traded, but the Los Angeles Times reported recently that he would consider waiving that right if it meant more money. Rosenthal says that the Dodgers, not surprisingly, are looking for pitching in return. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Kevin Kiermaier exits with eye abrasion
    Kevin Kiermaier left Monday's game against the Tigers with a minor abrasion of his left eye.

    Advice: It's unclear how it happened, but Kiermaier should be alright in a day or two. He had an RBI double in three plate appearances before exiting. Yesterday, 6:48 pm
  • Tommy La Stella (oblique) set for rehab
    Tommy La Stella (oblique) is ready to resume a rehab assignment.

    Advice: La Stella has been out nearly all season with an oblique strain that he's aggravated on at least one occasion. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll need. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs Col
  • Matt Holliday not in lineup Monday
    Matt Holliday is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be some rest, as the Cards have been careful with Holliday as he returns from a quad injury. Stephen Piscotty is in left field. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Dombrowski knows nothing about Davis trade
    Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman on Monday that he knows nothing about the speculation that Rajai Davis has been traded to the Cardinals.

    Advice: That speculation started when Davis suddenly followed over 30 accounts related to the Cardinals on Twitter. The 34-year-old outfielder was in the visitors clubhouse on Monday at Tropicana Field with a Tigers t-shirt and Tigers shorts. Moving right along. Yesterday, 12:46 pm
  • Rajai Davis not in Tigers' lineup on Monday
    Rajai Davis is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday night against the Rays.

    Advice: What's notable about this is that Davis just followed a bunch of Cardinals-related accounts on Twitter, signaling that a trade might be close. Or it could just be nothing. Davis probably wouldn't be playing anyway Monday against Rays right-hander Nate Karns. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Maybin drawing attention, but trade unlikely?
    According to's Mark Bowman, teams have inquired about Cameron Maybin but the Braves have "made it clear" they would need to be blown away to move him.

    Advice: There's been talk of serious interest from the Giants, but it doesn't sound like any sort of deadline deal involving Maybin is going to happen. The 28-year-old center fielder has revitalized his career in his first season with Atlanta, batting .282/.346/.399 with eight home runs and 17 stolen bases in 89 games. He is under the Braves' control through 2017. Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Royals' interest in Martin Prado is 'minimal''s Joe Frisaro is hearing that the Royals' interest in Martin Prado is "minimal."

    Advice: FOX Sports' Jon Morosi connected the Royals and Prado on Sunday night, but the veteran infielder is apparently not high on Kansas City's priority list heading into the July 31 trade deadline. Or maybe this is all posturing. Prado, 31, is batting .273/.312/.369 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 73 games this season for Miami. Ben Zobrist has also been connected recently to the AL Central-leading Royals. Yesterday, 8:22 am
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Lambo (foot) shut down at least three weeks
    Andrew Lambo's rehabilitation from plantar fasciitis has been halted for at least three weeks.

    Advice: Lambo was given an anti-inflammatory injection. He's been on the disabled list since early May and might not return at all in 2015. "He had progressed into some baseball activity and was progressing well and came in with similar pain with what he had the first time we shut it down," Pirates GM Neal Huntington said Sunday. Yesterday, 6:53 am
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Min
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:27 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Piscotty (neck) goes 2-for-3 in return Sun.
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his first major league start at first base Sunday afternoon against the Braves.

    Advice: Piscotty started two games in left field for the Cardinals early last week in Chicago, but he was held out of the lineup for three straight games when the team returned home because of a stiff neck. The 24-year-old is obviously fine now and should begin to see semi-regular playing time at first base. He was sharp there defensively on Sunday and he's done some nice things offensively since his July 21 callup. Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Alex Guerrero (back) served as defensive sub
    Alex Guerrero served as a late-inning defensive sub in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Guerrero was a late scratch from the Dodgers' starting lineup on Friday because of stiffness in his back and he hasn't made a plate appearance since. The 28-year-old Cuban utilityman has 10 home runs and 30 RBI in just 167 plate appearances this season. Yesterday, 5:58 am
  • Royals interested in acquiring Martin Prado
    According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Royals have interest in acquiring Martin Prado from the Marlins.

    Advice: Sources tell Morosi that the Marlins would have to include cash to help facilitate the deal. With the veteran's versatility, he would be a nice upgrade to the Royals offense. He's hitting .277/.316/.374 with four homers and 26 RBI in 72 games on the season. Sunday, 6:48 pm
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Piscotty hits pinch-hit RBI single in win
    Stephen Piscotty hit a pinch-hit RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday as the Cardinals edged the Braves at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Piscotty was held out of the lineup for a second straight day due to neck stiffness, but he got called upon to hit after a Yadier Molina single and a Randal Grichuk walk and drove in pinch-runner Pete Kozma. It was the only run scored in the game, a duel between young starting pitchers Carlos Martinez and Shelby Miller. Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • Cano slugs three-run homer in M's loss
    Robinson Cano slugged a three-run homer Saturday in the Mariners' loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a fourth-inning shot to left field off Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Cano has been producing this entire month and is obviously capable of finishing strong. Saturday, 4:44 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 1:28 pm
  • Piscotty (neck) out of lineup again Saturday
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup again on Saturday.

    Advice: Piscotty remains day-to-day with a stiff neck. He was able to pinch-hit on Friday night against the Braves, so the injury obviously isn't too serious. The 24-year-old prospect should begin to see regular action at first base once he returns to full strength. Saturday, 1:13 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty appears as pinch hitter
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) grounded out in his lone at bat as a pinch hitter in Friday's victory over the Braves.

    Advice: He was out of the starting lineup the past two games due to a stiff neck, but the fact that he was available to take swings off of the bench is an encouraging sign. Look for him to return to the lineup on Saturday. Saturday, 5:40 am
  • Welington Castillo appears as pinch hitter
    Welington Castillo (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Castillo was scratched from the D'Backs starting lineup on Wednesday due to tightness in his hamstring and hasn't started since. He's expected to get back behind the dish at some point over the weekend. Saturday, 5:38 am
  • Maybin has RBI double, run scored
    Cameron Maybin hit an RBI double and scored a run Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Maybin was right in the middle of the only offense of the night for Atlanta. The 28-year-old has already reached a new career-high with 46 RBI. With two more homers, he'll have a new career-high in that category as well. He's been of the few bright spots for the Braves this season. Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Alex Guerrero scratched due to back stiffness
    Alex Guerrero was scratched from the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: He had been in line to make a rare start in left field, but his back acted up during pregame warmups. Kike Hernandez will take his place in left field and bat sixth for the Dodgers. Friday, 4:36 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty (neck) out again Friday
    Stephen Piscotty (neck) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now missed two straight contests due to a stiff neck, but Piscotty took swings before the game and could be available off the bench. Mark Reynolds is at first base Friday. Friday, 1:19 pm
  • Castillo (hamstring) remains out Thursday
    Welington Castillo (hamstring) remains out of Thursday's lineup.

    Advice: Castillo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to left hamstring tightness and apparently needs another day. Oscar Hernandez will start behind the plate again. Thursday, 2:24 pm
  • Piscotty scratched from Thursday's lineup
    Stephen Piscotty was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Royals due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: Piscotty was slated to make his first major league start at first base, but now Dan Johnson will fill in. Consider Piscotty day-to-day. Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • Piscotty starting at 1B on Thursday night
    Stephen Piscotty is starting at first base and batting eighth on Thursday versus the Royals.

    Advice: It will be Piscotty's first major league start at first base. He served as the Cardinals' left fielder during a two-game interleague set against the White Sox. Mark Reynolds is on the bench on Thursday night. Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Goldschmidt collects a pair of hits in loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and run scored in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt continues to torment pitchers amidst another lost season for Arizona. He's now slashing a ridiculous .343/.456/.603. The All-Star first baseman has become a five-category fantasy monster. He's on pace for 37 homers, 125 RBI, 106 runs and 30 steals. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Castillo scratched with hamstring tightness
    Welington Castillo was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: The injury appears to be new, as he hasn't missed any time due to hamstring tightness to this point. Oscar Hernandez will start behind the dish in his place Wednesday. Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Crawford belts 14th home run against Padres
    Brandon Crawford hit his 14th home run of the season in a win over the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: Crawford hit the solo shot off reliever Dale Thayer -- this time with no gum-throwing or bench-clearing discussions -- in the eighth inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats. Crawford has already set a career high in homers and we're not yet to August, and it's only a matter of time before he sets new single-season highs in most every category. The 28-year-old is hitting .266/.333/.477 on the year. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Crawford smacks 3-run homer as Giants roll
    Brandon Crawford had a big night, finishing 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's rout of the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford smacked a three-run home run to right-center off of Odrisamer Despaigne in the fourth inning, pushing the Giants' lead to 5-0. Though he's slumped over the last month, batting .224 (19-for-85) since June 21, he still has productive numbers, batting .266/.332/.471 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI. Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • Holliday's grand slam propels Cards past Sox
    Matt Holliday hit a grand slam and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Cardinals outlasted the White Sox 8-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Holliday went down to get a Carlos Rodon pitch and jacked it out to left. The homer was just his fourth of the year and his first since coming off the disabled list after the All-Star break. The Cardinals certainly missed his bat while he was away, and the 35-year-old is now batting .302/.413/.434 on the season. Tuesday, 9:19 pm
  • 'No discussions' between A's/Mets on Zobrist
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there are "no active discussions" between the Mets and Athletics regarding Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: This directly conflicts with a report from Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, which said the two sides had already discussed which pieces the Mets would send to the A's. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so you've got to believe his source is legit. Zobrist will be a hot commodity this month. Tuesday, 6:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Mets' trade talks for Ben Zobrist heating up
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that trade talks between the Mets and Athletics regarding Ben Zobrist have progressed.

    Advice: Ackert says that the two sides "have gotten as far as discussing pieces" and that the A's "have identified the prospects" from the Mets that they want in exchange for Zobrist. However, the report adds that "nothing is imminent." An earlier report suggested that the Mets might balk at picking up the roughly $3 million remaining on Zobrist's contract for this season, but this newer reports suggests that's probably not the case. Tuesday, 5:30 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Mets don't want to pay Zobrist's contract
    WFAN's Eddie Coleman reports that the Mets are hesitant to trade for Ben Zobrist because they don't want to pick up the roughly $2-3 million remaining on his contract for the rest of the season.

    Advice: That's embarrassing, if true. The Mets' money issues over the last few years have been no secret, but they're in dire need of some lineup help and Zobrist's contract is hardly unreasonable. It's hard to believe they're going to get any kind of real offensive upgrade if they're unwilling to take on any money. Zobrist will have many suitors, so the A's can move on quickly if the Mets are being stingy about money. Tuesday, 3:12 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Piscotty starting in LF in MLB debut Tuesday
    Stephen Piscotty is starting in left field and batting ninth in his MLB debut Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Matt Holliday will serve as the Cardinals' designated hitter in their series-opener at U.S. Cellular Field, an American League park. Piscotty was officially promoted Tuesday afternoon from Triple-A Memphis, where he was slashing .272/.366/.475 with 11 home runs over 87 games. The 24-year-old former first-rounder is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues. He'll play first base and some corner outfield for the Cards. Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Pirates asked A's about Ben Zobrist
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have asked about Ben Zobrist of the Athletics.

    Advice: The Pirates have also checked in on Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington and Padres shortstop Clint Barmes as they try to get by with Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer sidelined. Zobrist is the best player of the bunch and figures to be a very popular target leading up to the trade deadline, so Pennington or Barmes could be more realistic. Tuesday, 11:17 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Zobrist Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Cardinals call up prospect Stephen Piscotty
    Cardinals purchased the contract of OF/1B Stephen Piscotty from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: News of the move was reported on Monday, but it's now official. Piscotty has mostly played the outfield in the minors, but he has gotten some exposure at first base in recent weeks and could begin to take playing time away from the struggling Mark Reynolds. The 24-year-old was batting .272/.366/.475 with 11 home runs over 87 games this season in Triple-A. He's worth a look in deeper fantasy formats. Tuesday, 10:04 am
  • Tulowitzki homers as Rockies win a slugfest
    Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Rockies took down the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Tulowitzki polished off a four-run second inning with a two-run home run off of Nick Martinez to make it a 7-0 game at the time. The shortstop has homered in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the season with 52 RBI and a .320/.365/.502 triple-slash line. Monday, 9:21 pm
  • Cano homers again, but Mariners fall to DET
    Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Cano tied the game at three apiece with his solo home run in the fifth inning against Alfredo Simon. It's his fifth home run of the month and ninth of the season, as the second baseman appears to have finally discovered his power stroke. Cano still owns a disappointing .255/.294/.393 batting line with 35 RBI. Monday, 7:21 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty to join Cardinals on Tuesday
    Rob Rains of reports that top outfield prospect Stephen Piscotty will join the Cardinals on Tuesday evening in Chicago.

    Advice: Piscotty has been getting work at first base over the last couple of weeks at Triple-A Memphis and could see some starts there with Mark Reynolds struggling and Matt Adams (quad) possibly done for the year. Piscotty got off to a slow start this season in the minors, but the 24-year-old former 36th overall pick was batting .314/.401/.497 over his last 42 games. He could carry some value in NL-only formats if he works his way into a regular role. Monday, 10:25 am
  • Matt Holliday not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Holliday is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Cards are easing Holliday back into things with his return from a quad injury, as they pulled him for defense late on Friday and Saturday. Tommy Pham is handling left field Sunday. Jul 19, 8:30 am
  • Cano blasts pair of home runs to beat Yankees
    Robinson Cano blasted a pair of two-run home runs on Saturday, powering the Mariners to a 4-3 victory over the Yankees at his old stomping grounds in New York.

    Advice: It's the 14th time in Cano's career that he has recorded a multi-home run game, and the first time he has accomplished the feat as a Mariner. He got the Mariners on the board with a two-run shot off Michael Pineda in the first inning, then broke a 2-2 tie when he replicated the feat in the sixth. He finished the afternoon 3-for-4, raising his season slash to .254/.292/.387 to go along with his eight homers and 34 RBI. Jul 18, 1:22 pm
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