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  • Brandon Belt homers twice in Giants' win
    Brandon Belt hit his 11th and 12th homers of the year Saturday as the Giants beat the Rangers 9-7 in 11 innings.

    Advice: Hunter Pence had the go-ahead homer in the 11th before Belt hit his second of the game to provide an insurance run. Remarkably, both homers tonight were off lefties (Brandon Belt and Sam Freeman). He had been homerless in 66 at-bats versus southpaws this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • Chris Heston gives up three runs to Rangers
    Chris Heston surrendered three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Heston had his worst start in months, but his five-game winning streak remained intact thanks to ample run support. It's just the third time this season that he's failed to make it through five innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Hunter Strickland perfect for two innings
    Hunter Strickland pitched two perfect innings Saturday to pick up a win in relief against the Rangers.

    Advice: Incredibly enough, Strickland still hasn't given up a homer in 35 career regular-season innings. He gave up a whopping six in 8 1/3 innings in the postseason last year. He's back looking like a future closer now, and he might pick up the odd save down the stretch if Santiago Casilla battles more physical problems. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Hamels gives up five runs in Rangers debut
    Cole Hamels surrendered five runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Giants in his debut for the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels, coming off his no-hitter against the Cubs, retired his first six tonight before Brandon Belt homered to start the third. The Giants totaled three runs then, but Hamels kept them scoreless into the seventh afterwards. Despite giving up a Buster Posey homer in that frame, he came back out for the eighth. He retired the first two batters he faced, only to get pulled after a Joe Panik double. The Rangers still led 7-4 at that point, but Panik scored off Tanner Scheppers, as did two others, and Hamels lost his chance at a win. Hamels threw just 97 pitches, so there was little reason not to use him in the eighth. If only he had been left in to attack Matt Duffy after the Panik double, he might have gotten his win after all. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Buster Posey goes 3-for-5, homers
    Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double against the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey never had a homer as a DH coming into 2015, but now he has two in three starts there. He's hitting .328 with 15 homers overall, and he's struck out just 33 times in 351 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Aaron Brooks pitches 7 1/3 innings in victory
    Making his A's debut, Aaron Brooks held the Indians to one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Pitching for the Royals, Brooks gave up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in his first big league start on May 31. He allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings in his second start this June 21 against the Red Sox. This was his third start. If keeps improving at this rate, he'll allow -4 runs in 13 innings next time out. Still, we're a bit skeptical. He's a risky pickup in AL-only leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Cody Anderson gives up four runs in loss
    Cody Anderson yielded four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: It was better than his previous two starts, but still a far cry from his first four. If Anderson isn't better next time out, his rotation spot could come up for grabs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
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  • Lonnie Chisenhall homers for Indians
    Lonnie Chisenhall homered for the Indians' only run Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: Chisenhall is 4-for-11 in three games since returning to the majors Thursday. Since he's likely to keep on starting in the outfield against righties, he should be a nice AL-only option the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Suzuki ends Mariners with walk-off single
    Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Twins faced a 2-1 deficit entering the ninth inning, but rallied with some nice situational hitting and a woeful bullpen performance from the M's. Miguel Sano led off the inning by doubling off Carson Smith, who recorded the next two outs, but also uncorked a wild pitch that allowed pinch-runner Shane Robinson to reach third. Following an intentional walk to Eddie Rosario, Smith delivered yet another wild pitch, which scored Robinson. Rosario would subsequently steal third before Suzuki ended the game with an RBI single. The heroics are fun, but they do little to mask the fact that the veteran catcher is hitting just .234/.290/.305 this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Cruz smashes homer and double in loss
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz took Twins starter Kyle Gibson deep for a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning. The bomb was his 28th of the year. He's homered in four of his last seven games, including each of his last two. For the season, he's slashing .316/.380/.576 with the 28 homers and 64 RBI. Cruz will go through his cold streaks, as he did in a tough June, but when he's on, his bat is magical. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Billingsley to have elbow examined next week
    Chad Billingsley will travel to Los Angeles to have his elbow examined next week.

    Advice: This has all the makings of a season-ending injury. Billingsley has had trouble staying on the field his entire career. He's made just nine starts since 2013 and another Tommy John surgery could put his career in jeopardy. The Phillies knew they were rolling the dice when they signed Billingsley last offseason. Fortunately for Philadelphia, it was only a one-year commitment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 pm
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    10:35 am vs Atl
     
  • Aaron Brooks officially recalled
    Athletics recalled RHP Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He'll start Saturday's game against Cleveland. Oakland acquired Brooks Tuesday in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to Kansas City. The 25-year-old has a 6-5 record in 18 Triple-A appearances this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Cubs outright Mike Baxter to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs sent OF Mike Baxter outright to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Baxter was designated for assignment earlier in the week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. He'll continue to provide outfield depth in the minor leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:44 am
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  • Alex Guerrero hits 11th homer
    Alex Guerrero hit his 11th homer Friday in the win over the Angels.

    Advice: Guerrero had been struggling mightily in his bit role, and the homer was his first since June 2. He's due additional playing time now with Justin Turner on the DL, so maybe he'll go on another role. Mixed leaguers in need of homers could do worse than rotating him in next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:15 am
    1:10 pm vs LAA
     
  • Edward Mujica gives up run, takes loss
    Edward Mujica gave up a run in a tie game Friday to take a loss against the Indians.

    Advice: Mujica is Oakland's closer for now following the Tyler Clippard trade, but he could be part of an August deal if anyone wants him and he could be replaced by Sean Doolittle for the final month if everything goes well with the left-hander's rehab. So, while Mujica has some value in mixed leagues right now, he's not exactly someone to count on. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:06 am
  • Lonnie Chisenhall goes 3-for-4, doubles
    Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-4 with a double and a steal as the Indians' right fielder on Friday.

    Advice: Chisenhall will get a chance to take some of David Murphy's at-bats, though how much playing he receives will hinge on what happens with Nick Swisher following his return. Ideally, Chisenhall would be in there pretty regularly against right-handers the rest of the way before the Indians have to decide whether to tend him a contract for 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:05 am
  • Nelson Cruz goes 4-for-5, homers
    Nelson Cruz finished 4-for-5 with a homer and a double versus the Twins in Friday's win.

    Advice: After a month and a half of little production, Cruz has picked it back up again since the All-Star break, hitting six homers in his last 15 games. He remains a particularly strong DFS play whenever the Mariners are facing a mediocre lefty. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:43 pm
  • Rangers complete Cole Hamels deal
    Rangers acquired LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash from the Phillies for C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Jerad Eickhoff.

    Advice: The Rangers have themselves a co-ace with Yu Darvish to put in front of their 2016 rotation, and since the Phillies ate $9.5 million of the $82 million he's still owed and took back Harrison's $33 million, he won't break the budget. Of course, they had to give up three top prospects to get him, but since they managed to hold on to their two best in Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, it's hard to blame them for making the deal. They'd still seem to be long shots to reach the postseason this year, but this can't hurt their chances. Hamels loses some fantasy value with the deal, since he's going to the tougher league and a hitter's park, but at least he's looking at getting run support for the first time in years. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:31 am
  • Rangers and Phillies deal announced on Friday
    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the eight-player trade between the Rangers and Phillies involving Cole Hamels is complete, but won't be announced until Friday.

    Advice: The deal had officially been approved by Major League baseball and will get completed, it just won't become official until Friday. Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman will be heading to the Rangers in exchange for Matt Harrison and five prospects: Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson, Nck Williams, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • Indians recall Lonnie Chisenhall from AAA
    Indians recalled INF Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: With Brandon Moss shipped out of town, Chisenhall could see some action in the corner outfield, where he had been working in the minors. Unless he finds everyday at-bats though, his fantasy value is limited to AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Rangers send six players to Phils for Hamels
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff, Jorge Alfaro, and Nick Williams in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

    Advice: Alfaro, Williams, and Thompson are the three best prospects in the deal, and represent a nice return package for the Phillies. The Rangers get another ace to pair with Yu Darvish for the next few seasons as they strive to return to glory in the American League West. Hamels has a cool 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season and he's coming off a no-hitter last Saturday against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Rangers agree to acquire Hamels from Phillies
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Rangers have agreed to a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: TR Sullivan of MLB.com had first reported that the two sides were very close on ironing out a deal. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and and Nick Williams will head to the Phillies, while Jake Diekman will join the Rangers. The Phillies will also send cash to the Rangers as part of the deal. Expect everything to be finalized and officially announced on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Rangers getting close to deal for Cole Hamels
    TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are getting close to acquiring Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: While the two sides are reportedly at the finish line of a potential deal, there has been no word as to what the Phillies would receive in return. Sullivan expects a deal to be finalized on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Rangers 'clear-cut favorite' for Cole Hamels
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "now the clear-cut favorite" to land Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Nightengale says the Dodgers prefer David Price, and the Tigers made it public Wednesday that they're going to begin selling parts. Hamels is also drawing interest from the Astros, but word from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle is that the Astros expect the ace left-hander to land elsewhere. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are "fading" in the Hamels chase. It's all coming together for Texas. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Astros don't expect to land Cole Hamels
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros "remain in the Cole Hamels race" but expect him to land elsewhere.

    Advice: That's seemed to be the feeling for a while, as the Astros have made a nice effort for Hamels but can't seem to convince the left-hander to consider accepting a trade there. The Rangers and Dodgers are looking like the teams to beat for the southpaw. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:10 am
  • Buster Posey getting a breather Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off with it being a day game after a night game. Hector Sanchez is catching in Posey's place. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:28 am
  • Giants 'fading' in race for Cole Hamels
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are "fading" in the pursuit of Cole Hamels.

    Advice: It's not a surprise. The Giants would like a frontline starter to pair with Madison Bumgarner, but they have a weak farm system and, thus, can't compete for Hamels if there's a bidding war. San Francisco might have to set their sights a bit lower in their desire for a starter. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Salisbury predicts Cole Hamels to Rangers
    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com "strongly believes" that the Phillies will trade Cole Hamels to the Rangers.

    Advice: Salisbury is well-connected with the Phillies and it's the second time in the last few days that he's listed the Rangers as the favorites for Hamels' services. The Dodgers will likely be their biggest competitors, with the Astros, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Diamondbacks also in the mix. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Mike Baxter designated for assignment
    Cubs designated OF Mike Baxter for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ben Rowen. Baxter has hit .246/.348/.263 in 46 games with the big club this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:13 am
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  • Cruz homers, but Mariners fall to the D'Backs
    Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Mariners dropped Tuesday's game to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The Mariners had fallen behind 6-1 after the top of the sixth when Cruz got one back with a solo shot off of Zack Godley in the bottom half. It's his fifth home run in his last eight games, giving him 26 on the season with 61 RBI and a .309/.375/.559 batting line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Aaron Brooks to start for A's Saturday
    Aaron Brooks will be recalled to start on Saturday against the Indians.

    Advice: Acquired from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal, Brooks holds a 3.71 ERA over 18 appearances -- 17 starts -- at Triple-A this season. The A's will keep Drew Pomeranz in the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • Athletics to use Edward Mujica at closer
    The A's will use Edward Mujica as their closer following the trade of Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: He hasn't been the club's most effective reliever, but how he's been used indicated that he'd probably be the guy. Having closer experience surely helped him, too. Mujica has put up a 3.68 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings since joining the A's in May. Scoop him up in your league if he's still available. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:11 pm
  • Dodgers haven't asked Guerrero about clause
    Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that the Dodgers have yet to ask Alex Guerrero about waiving the opt-out clause in his contract in exchange for money.

    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. It was reported recently that he might be willing to waive it in exchange for some cash, but apparently the Dodgers have yet to ask him if that could happen. It doesn't mean it won't, of course, as there are still a few days before the deadline. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:07 pm
    1:10 pm vs LAA
     
  • A's acquire RHP Brooks from Royals
    Athletics acquired RHP Aaron Brooks from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal.

    Advice: Brooks doesn't miss many bats and has struggled in his limited opportunities in the majors, but he has excellent control and has pitched well in the Pacific Coast League over the past two seasons. The 25-year-old could be a useful depth arm for Oakland, but there's not a lot of upside here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:02 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:27 pm
    1:10 pm vs LAA
     
  • Heston picks up eleventh win against Brewers
    Chris Heston pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs to earn his 11th win of the season on Monday facing the Brewers.

    Advice: The Brewers ended Heston's shutout bid, when they used a walk, a double, and a single to plate two runs. The right-hander worked around five hits and three walks while striking out four on the evening. Heston owns a terrific 11-5 record with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 99/35 K/BB ratio over 126 innings. He hasn't lost since June 14 and will look to keep that streak going over the weekend in a road start against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Anderson knocked around in loss to the Royals
    Cody Anderson was hit around in Monday's loss to the Royals, yielding seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Anderson entered the start having allowed seven runs in 33 innings spanning five starts. He doubled that with Monday's effort. The Royals got to him early, as Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the first and Omar Infante tacked on a solo shot in the second. Anderson allowed eight hits and a pair of walks overall while striking out two. He'll bring a 3.26 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and a 14/5 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings into his next start in Oakland versus the Athletics. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:27 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:58 am
    1:10 pm vs LAA
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Jul 24, 4:36 pm
    1:10 pm vs LAA
     
  • Indians have made Lonnie Chisenhall available
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Lonnie Chisenhall is available for a trade.

    Advice: Chisenhall has been on a steep decline since his roaring first half of the 2014 season, and the Indians finally shipped him to Triple-A Columbus last month. The 26-year-old does have some defensive versatility and decent career numbers against right-handed pitching. Maybe he'll draw some interest from a team looking to bolster its bench. Rotoworld.com Jul 23, 7:48 am
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