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  • Cano tallies four hits as M's defeat Padres
    Robinson Cano finished 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Mariners' defeat of the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cano hit a single in the fourth inning, a solo shot in the sixth inning, another single in the seventh inning, and an RBI double in the top of the ninth. It was one of his best games of the season. He's still batting just .247/.285/.365 in 75 total games.
    26 minutes ago
  • Pence 'more than likely' back after ASG
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Hunter Pence (wrist) "more than likely" won't return until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: "He's doing well, but he is just hitting off a tee now," Bochy said. "We're going to slow-play this. He'll probably need a couple of (minor-league rehab) games. More than likely he'll be back after the All-Star break. I’m going to be hopefully he makes a speedier recovery." Pence has been on the disabled list since June 12 with wrist tendinitis. The outfielder has played just 18 games for the club this season.
    33 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 x @Mia
  • Orioles designate Delmon Young for assignment
    Orioles designated OF Delmon Young for assignment.

    Advice: Young wasn't terrible this year but wasn't producing much, either, owning a .270/.289/.339 with two home runs in 174 at-bats. The 29-year-old showed enough that he could be of interest to a team as a possible trade target or waiver claim, though. Young is making $2.25 million this year before becoming a free agent this winter.
    Today, 3:20 pm
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    Top 2, 0-0 vs x Tex
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) won't start on Thursday
    Jaime Garcia (groin) won't make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Garcia is expected to avoid the disabled list, but he was unable to complete scheduled throwing sessions on Saturday and Monday due to ongoing cramping in his left groin. He should be fine after one skipped turn in the Cardinals' rotation. Tim Cooney is probably going to fill in on Thursday versus San Diego.
    Today, 1:51 pm
  • Brandon Phillips doubles, scores run
    Brandon Phillips doubled and scored a run in Wednesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Playing in his first game since Sunday, Phillips just snuck in ahead of a throw from left fielder Shane Robinson to score on Joey Votto's sac fly in the third inning. Billy Hamilton later scored on an error and that was all the Reds needed in the pitcher's duel. Phillips has a modest seven-game hitting streak going.
    Today, 12:29 pm
  • Alex Jackson belts first homer of 2015
    Mariners OF prospect Alex Jackson hammered his first home run of the season Tuesday in a win for Low-A Everett.

    Advice: Jackson hadn't homered since July 18 of last year. The 19-year-old hurt his shoulder in May and spent about a month in extended spring training before resurfacing with Everett. In his first 11 games back, he's hit .282 with four extra-base hits. Jackson is No. 22 on's list of top prospects.
    Today, 12:26 pm
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    W, 7-0 x @SD
  • Christian Arroyo smashes five hits Tuesday
    Giants SS prospect Christian Arroyo belted a career-best five hits in Tuesday's win for High-A San Jose.

    Advice: That matches a team record. Arroyo has hit .467 with two RBI over his last seven games. Over that stretch, his batting average has climbed 39 points from .282 to .321. The former first-round pick missed several games in May with a strained oblique but that injury is obviously well behind him.
    Today, 11:54 am
    Not Active
    Bot 1, 0-0 x @Mia
  • Shane Robinson leaves after HBP on elbow
    Shane Robinson left Wednesday's game against the Reds after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

    Advice: Robinson stayed in to run the bases after being pelted by the Johnny Cueto offering, but he appeared to be in a lot of pain so it's no surprise he eventually exited. It's unclear whether he'll need to have X-rays.
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Holliday (quad) doing light running this week
    Matt Holliday (quad) is scheduled to do some light running this week.

    Advice: Holliday has been taking batting practice and is nearly ready to test out his ailing right quad with some jogging. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that he wasn't sure when Holliday would be cleared to up the intensity of his running. The Cards are holding out hope that the outfielder could return before the All-Star break, but it's certainly not a given.
    Today, 7:22 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs x CWS
  • Brandon Phillips (thumbs) returns to lineup
    Brandon Phillips (thumbs) is back in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Phillips sat out the last two games with soreness in both of his thumbs. With Phillips returning to the leadoff spot, Billy Hamilton has been moved back down to the No. 9 spot.
    Today, 6:56 am
  • De La Rosa solid in 5 2/3 IP in no-decision
    Rubby De La Rosa scattered two runs in 5 2/3 innings, but got a no-decision in Tuesday's 10-inning loss versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Both runs scored on a Yasmany Tomas home run in the second inning. De La Rosa allowed six hits and a walk overall while striking out seven. He's put together four terrific starts in a row now but still has a mediocre 4.60 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 94/26 K/BB ratio in 101 2/3 innings. De La Rosa will look to keep it going when he faces the Rockies at home in his next start.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Cole pitches well in no-decision vs. Tigers
    Gerrit Cole yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings but got a no-decision as the Pirates needed 14 innings to pull out a 5-4 victory against the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cole allowed run-scoring doubles in each of the fifth and seventh innings. He gave up nine hits overall while walking none and striking out six. He was once again denied his 12th win, but still maintains a terrific 2.20 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 108/25 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Cole will take on the Indians at home in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Walker's 14th-inning RBI sends Bucs past DET
    Neil Walker hit an RBI double in the 14th inning, helping the Pirates outlast the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Walker finished 2-for-6 with two walks on the night. His RBI double helped salvage a scoring opportunity that appeared to have been squandered when Gorkys Hernandez made an awful base running blunder during the previous at-bat. Walker has yet to find his power, batting a meager .259/.331/.380 with four home runs and 24 RBI on the year.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Street mows Yankees down for his 23rd save
    Huston Street vanquished the Yankees to convert his 23rd save as the Angels eked out a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

    Advice: Street struck out Brett Gardner and Chris Young in succession before getting Alex Rodriguez to hit a 5-3 ground out to end the game. The veteran closer moves to 23-for-26 in save opportunities with a 2.14 ERA and a 35/9 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Teixeira's 19th HR serves as Yanks' only run
    Mark Teixeira provided the Yankees their only run in Tuesday's loss against the Angels.

    Advice: It was a solo home run to left-center off of Andrew Heaney, one of only two Yankee hits on the evening. He finished 1-for-2 with a walk. Teixeira hadn't homered since June 15, but has 19 on the season with 54 RBI and a .246/.359/.536 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Flowers hits game-winning homer in extras
    Tyler Flowers hit a solo home run in the 11th inning to lead the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flowers took reliever Miguel Socolovich deep to break a 1-1 tie. The catcher finished 2-for-5 in the game. The homer was his sixth of the season and his second in as many games. Flowers is hitting .217/.268/.369 while splitting time behind the dish for the Sox.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Shane Robinson scratched due to the flu
    Shane Robinson was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to the flu.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Danny Santana took Robinson's spot in the lineup and played center field, while Eddie Rosario moved over to left.
    Yesterday, 6:31 pm
  • Hunter Pence (wrist) takes swings off tee
    Hunter Pence (wrist) took swings off a tee with a fungo bat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He also played catch as he resumed baseball activities for the first time in nearly two weeks. There remains no timetable for Pence's return, as the Giants will have to see how his ailing left wrist responds to increased activity.
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 x @Mia
  • Garcia (groin) did not throw bullpener Mon.
    Jaime Garcia (groin) did not throw a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: And he also had to skip a side session Saturday due to ongoing cramping in his left groin. It's not clear whether Garcia will be able to start Thursday against the White Sox. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny expects to have some kind of answer on that by Wednesday afternoon.
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Brandon Phillips (hand) out again Tuesday
    Brandon Phillips (hand) is out of the Reds' lineup again for the second straight game Tuesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Phillips injured both of his hands in Sunday's loss to the Mets and isn't feeling quite right yet. Ivan De Jesus will start at second base again while Billy Hamilton remains in the leadoff spot.
    Yesterday, 11:03 am
  • Street shows Yankees the door for 22nd save
    Huston Street slammed the door on the Yankees in the ninth inning for his 22nd save as the Angels completed a 4-1 victory on Monday.

    Advice: Street got Garrett Jones and Brian McCann to fly out for two quick outs, but Didi Gregorius singled to keep hope alive. The ever-dangerous Brett Gardner hit a fly out to end the game. Street is 22-for-25 picking up saves this year with a 2.20 ERA and a 33/9 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings.
    Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Brandon Phillips (hand) not in Reds' lineup
    Brandon Phillips (hand) is not in the Reds' starting lineup Monday versus the Twins.

    Advice: He hurt both hands in Sunday's loss to the Mets. Ivan De Jesus will grab the start at second base and hit second. Phillips is having a nice bounce-back season. His .287 average this year is his highest since 2011.
    Monday, 12:05 pm
  • Brandon Phillips leaves late with hand injury
    Brandon Phillips was removed from Sunday's game against the Mets with injuries to both of his hands.

    Advice: Phillips, who had surgery on his left thumb last season, suffered a left thumb injury last week. It's unclear what happened on Sunday, but he was seen looking at his right hand numerous times before departing. The Reds should have an update on his status shortly, but fantasy owners may want to secure a replacement for next week.
    Sunday, 5:07 pm
  • Phillips clubs solo HR, but Reds fall to Mets
    Brandon Phillips went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, but the Reds were unable to overcome the Mets on Sunday.

    Advice: Phillips led off the game with a home run against rookie pitcher Steven Matz, but the Reds couldn't generate much else for the rest of the afternoon. Phillips now has five home runs, 30 RBI, and a .288/.321/.385 batting line along with a six-game hitting streak.
    Sunday, 4:47 pm
  • Robinson Cano (head) back in M's lineup
    Robinson Cano (head) is back in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cano was hit in the forehead by an errant throw from the Angels' Taylor Featherston in between innings Saturday. He avoided a serious injury, though, and is back in there Sunday.
    Sunday, 10:33 am
  • Neil Walker sitting out on Sunday
    Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Walker sits often versus lefties and is doing so here against the Braves' Alex Wood. Josh Harrison is at second base Friday, with Jung Ho Kang filling in at third.
    Sunday, 9:58 am
  • Cano day-to-day with bruised forehead
    Robinson Cano is day-to-day with a bruised forehead.

    Advice: The injury occurred when Cano got hit by an errant throw from Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston between innings. Cano passed his concussion test and most of the swelling has already gone down. Expect the six-time All-Star to be back in the lineup on Sunday.
    Saturday, 6:52 pm
  • Robinson Cano leaves game with head injury
    Robinson Cano left Saturday's game against the Angels with a head injury.

    Advice: A ball struck him in the forehead while the Angels were warming up between innings. Willie Bloomquist replaced Cano at second base. Cano was hitless in three at-bats before exiting. The six-time All-Star is likely headed for a concussion test.
    Saturday, 6:14 pm
  • Jaime Garcia misses side session Saturday
    Jaime Garcia (groin) wasn't able to throw a side session on Saturday.

    Advice: The Cardinals are deciding whether to skip his next turn or push his start from Tuesday to Wednesday. Garcia has gone 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts since coming off the disabled list. He's day-to-day.
    Saturday, 3:03 pm
  • Phillips singles, steals two bases in loss
    Brandon Phillips singled and stole two bases in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Phillips is now up to 11 steals on the year. He had just seven steals combined between 2013-2014. The 33-year-old isn't providing as much power as he once did, but he's finding other ways to be useful for fantasy owners.
    Friday, 6:41 pm
  • Jaime Garcia (groin) expected to be fine
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that he expects Jaime Garcia (groin) to "stay with his normal (between starts) program."

    Advice: Garcia had to leave Wednesday's start with a cramp near his left groin, but the lefty said Thursday that he felt fine and wasn't limited at all. The schedule will give him an extra day of rest before his next start and it seems like he should be fine to take the ball against the White Sox next week.
    Friday, 5:55 am
  • Holliday (quad) resumes baseball activities
    Matt Holliday (quad) has been throwing and hitting off a tee this week.

    Advice: Holliday has also been receiving acupuncture on his right quad, which he says is feeling "better" and "stronger." He has not been cleared to resume running yet and it doesn't sound like that will happen until closer to the All-Star break. With an eight-game lead in the NL Central, the Cardinals don't have any pressure to rush the outfielder back. "We’re not putting a lot of pressure on him to rush," manager Mike Matheny said. "He’ll be back when he’s ready."
    Friday, 5:50 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs x CWS
  • Brandon Phillips leads Reds past Pirates
    Brandon Phillips went 3-for-7 with a go-ahead homer in the 13th as the Reds edged the Pirates 5-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: Andrew McCutchen thought he had a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 12th, but it turned out to be a double instead and he was left stranded. Phillips then delivered the decisive blow in the top of the 13th. He also tripled, stole a base and made a couple of nice defensive plays in the game. And all of this came after he was forced to sit out Wednesday's game because of a jammed left thumb.
    Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • De La Rosa impressive in no-decision
    Rubby De La Rosa spun seven innings of one-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Rockies.

    Advice: De La Rosa left with the lead, but the Diamondbacks' bullpen quickly coughed it up in the eighth inning. Still, it was a very impressive outing at a tough place to pitch. De La Rosa gave up just five hits and one walk while striking out five, with the only damage coming on a solo homer from Nolan Arenado in the sixth. The 26-year-old has allowed just two earned runs in 22 innings over his last three starts, improving his ERA from 5.84 to 4.69 in the process. He'll try to keep it going against the Dodgers next week at home.
    Thursday, 4:02 pm
  • Phillips (thumb) in Thursday's lineup
    Brandon Phillips (thumb) is in Thursday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Phillips didn't play Wednesday after jamming his thumb during Tuesday's game, but X-rays showed no fractures or tears. He'll likely test things out before the game before he's officially a go, but this is a good sign.
    Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • X-rays negative on Phillips' left thumb
    X-rays taken Wednesday on Brandon Phillips' jammed left thumb showed no fractures or tears.

    Advice: Phillips will test the thumb in pregame batting practice before the Reds release their starting lineup for Thursday night's series finale against the Pirates. Ivan DeJesus started at second base for Cincinnati on Wednesday.
    Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Garcia battled groin cramp on Wednesday
    Jaime Garcia dealt with a cramp near his left groin throughout Wednesday's start against the Marlins.

    Advice: But he managed to pitch through the discomfort over seven innings of one-run ball. The cramp only became apparent when Garcia pulled up lame while rounding third base on an eighth-inning RBI single by Matt Carpenter. Randy Choate relieved him in the bottom half of that frame. Garcia boasts a 1.69 ERA in 48 innings this season and should be fine for his next scheduled start at home against the White Sox.
    Thursday, 7:10 am
  • Cole falters vs. Reds, fails to get 12th win
    Gerrit Cole struggled on Wednesday against the Reds, serving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings, resulting in his third loss of the season.

    Advice: Cole was going for his league-leading 12th win, but the Reds jumped on him for four runs in the first inning. Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce both hit run-scoring doubles, then Marlon Byrd drilled a two-run home run. Cole gave up eight hits overall, walked three, and struck out five. He still sports a terrific 2.16 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP and a 102/25 K/BB ratio over 95 2/3 innings. The right-hander will aim for redemption in a road start against the Tigers next week.
    Wednesday, 7:39 pm
  • Garcia stymies Fish before suffering injury
    Jaime Garcia limited the Marlins to one run in seven innings, earning the win on Wednesday, but exited with an injury.

    Advice: Garcia led off the top of the eighth with a single and suffered a leg injury rounding third base when he scored on an RBI single. Randy Choate relieved him. Garcia gave up only five hits while walking none and striking out four. The lone run came courtesy of a Giancarlo Stanton home run to center field in the second inning. Garcia now has a 1.69 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 32/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. If he's able to make his next start, it will be at home against the White Sox.
    Wednesday, 6:44 pm
  • Pence (wrist) still 5-7 days from activity
    Hunter Pence (wrist) is still 5-7 days away from baseball activity.

    Advice: Pence was able to shed the splint he'd been wearing, but after being re-evaluated the outfielder will still need some down time before ramping up the work. The Giants are certainly eager to get Pence back with Nori Aoki now on the disabled list as well, but they won't rush him. Pence is likely out until after the All-Star break at least.
    Wednesday, 4:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 x @Mia
  • Teixeira drives home two in return Wednesday
    Mark Teixeira finished 3-for-5 with two RBI in the Yankees' rout of the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: That cortisone shot for his neck injury apparently did the trick. All of Teixeira's hits were singles, but he drove in one run in the Yankees' three-run fourth inning and another run in the Yankees' four-run seventh inning. The veteran first baseman is batting .259/.369/.557 with 51 RBI in 66 games this season.
    Wednesday, 1:25 pm
  • Mark Teixeira (neck) returns to lineup Wed.
    Mark Teixeira (neck) is back in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Teixeira was given a cortisone shot to combat his ailing neck and was cleared to return to action after testing things out in batting practice. The Yankees' first baseman is tied for fourth in the American League with 18 home runs this season.
    Wednesday, 8:45 am
  • Neil Walker dealt with hip/core issue
    The ailment that kept Neil Walker out of the lineup for five games involved his right hip and core.

    Advice: Although the pain did move into his stomach, it wasn't an illness that held Walker out as previously reported. "For whatever reason it wouldn’t subside," Walker said. "We thought maybe it was an ab strain or something along those lines. I couldn’t get to the point where I was comfortable enough to run and swing a bat and all those things." Walker, who returned to action Tuesday, admitted that he's "not 100 percent" but is "close enough," so he'll play through it.
    Wednesday, 6:14 am
  • Mark Teixeira (neck) out of Tuesday's lineup
    Mark Teixeira (neck) is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: An MRI came back negative on Teixeira's neck, but he received a cortisone shot and is expected to be out until at least Wednesday. Garrett Jones will start at first base against right-hander Sean O'Sullivan.
    Tuesday, 12:57 pm
  • Neil Walker back in Pirates' lineup Tuesday
    Neil Walker (illness) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

    Advice: Walker pinch-hit on Sunday, but he missed five straight starts due to illness. He'll bat cleanup in his return Tuesday against Reds right-hander Josh Smith.
    Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Cano provides Mariners' only run with a homer
    Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Mariners dropped Monday's game against the Royals.

    Advice: Cano gave the Mariners a quick 1-0 lead with a first-inning solo home run off of Joe Blanton. It's his first home run since May 30 and only his third of the season in what has been a terrible season. He's batting .244/.283/.343 with 23 RBI.
    Monday, 9:54 pm
  • MRI on Mark Teixeira's neck comes back clean
    An MRI on Mark Teixeira's neck came back negative.

    Advice: Teixeira isn't dealing with anything serious, although he was given a cortisone injection in hopes of speeding up the healing process. He could miss a few more games while the shot takes effect.
    Monday, 7:56 pm
  • Teixeira (neck) expected to be out until Wed.
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't expect Mark Teixeira (neck) back in the lineup until at least Wednesday.

    Advice: Teixeira has been bothered by a neck issue for about 10 days and was sent for an MRI. He's sitting out Monday and will be on the bench Tuesday, as well. "It's hard to turn," Girardi said. "I think we've all experienced that. It can be frustrating, and it's irritating. It's something that's tough to play in, because obviously they have to turn a lot in this game."
    Monday, 4:53 pm
  • Teixeira out Monday, undergoing MRI on neck
    Mark Teixeira is out of the Yankees' lineup on Monday because of lingering stiffness in his neck.

    Advice: Garrett Jones is starting at first base and batting sixth against Phillies right-hander Kevin Correia. Teixeira boasts a stellar .920 OPS with 18 home runs and 49 RBI in 65 games this season, but this neck issue won't seem to go away. He is undergoing an MRI.
    Jun 22, 12:31 pm
  • Neil Walker singled as pinch-hitter Sunday
    Neil Walker (illness) singled as a pinch-hitter Sunday in the Pirates' loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Walker was out of the starting lineup for a fifth straight game, but it was a scheduled absence with the Nats throwing left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Walker is over his stomach bug and should start at second base for the Pirates in Tuesday's series opener versus the Reds.
    Jun 22, 7:17 am
  • Neil Walker (illness) available off bench
    Neil Walker (illness) is available off the bench Sunday.

    Advice: Walker is absent from the lineup for the fifth straight day, but he wasn't going to be starting, anyway, with a lefty (Gio Gonzalez) on the mound for the Nationals. He should be back in there on Tuesday following Monday's off day. Josh Harrison is at second base again Sunday, while Jung Ho Kang slides over to third base and Jordy Mercer handles shortstop.
    Jun 21, 8:57 am
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