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  • Cardinals, Pirates pushing hardest for Lester
    The Cardinals and Pirates are the two teams "pushing hardest" for Jon Lester, sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers remain involved as well. The Cardinals made a move for a starter on Wednesday, acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians, but they remain interested in Lester as more impactful starter to pair with Adam Wainwright. Lester would immediately become the Pirates' ace down the stretch. Lester is a free agent after the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:01 pm
  • Britton preserves one-run lead for 21st save
    Zach Britton had an easy ninth inning, allowing only a two-out infield single, in the process of grabbing his 21st save of the season in Wednesday's win against the Angels.

    Advice: Just another easy outing for the 26-year-old left-hander. He has allowed a run in only one out of his last 18 appearances. Overall, he is 21-for-24 in save opportunities with a 1.65 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 48/14 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:50 pm
     
    W, 4-3 vs LAA
  • Hernandez outdueled by Kluber, takes 3rd loss
    Felix Hernandez pitched well, allowing only two runs over seven innings, but took his third loss of the season on Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: The spotlight normally reserved for King Felix was taken by Indians right-hander Corey Kluber, who pitched a shutout. Hernandez was no slouch himself, though, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out five. Yan Gomes struck the only big blow of the game, driving in a pair of runs with a double in the fifth. Other than that, Hernandez was strong as usual. He'll bring a 2.01 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 178/31 K/BB ratio into next week's start at home against the Braves. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:24 pm
  • C.J. Wilson (ankle, hip) to return Saturday
    C.J. Wilson (ankle, hip) threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Wilson, who's been out since early July with a sprained ankle and hip tightness, is expected to rejoin the Angels' starting rotation on Saturday in Tampa Bay. The 33-year-old left-hander owns an underwhelming 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 107/48 K/BB ratio in 116 1/3 innings this season. He's capable of much better down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:20 pm
     
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  • Dodgers option Darwin Barney to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned 2B Darwin Barney to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Barney was acquired from the Cubs earlier this week for pitcher Jonathan Martinez, but the 28-year-old infielder is going to get some time in the minors before joining Los Angeles' active roster. Barney is an elite defender at second base, but he owns a .244/.290/.335 career slash line at the major league level. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:19 pm
     
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  • Lucas Duda goes deep again Wednesday
    Lucas Duda singled in a run and launched a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: That gives Duda seven longballs this month and five over his last eight games. The 28-year-old is hitting just .262 for the season, but it's come along with a .358 OBP, 19 homers and 60 RBI. He's currently on pace for a 29-homer, 90-RBI campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:06 pm
     
    W, 11-2 vs ^ Phi
  • Jon Lester-to-Orioles deal not done yet
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that a trade sending Jon Lester to the Orioles is "not close."

    Advice: Rosenthal didn't rule out something getting done, but it appears the two sides aren't as close to crossing the finish line as previously reported. MLB.com's Peter Gammons adds that the Red Sox still have "plenty" of alternatives if they're not able to work something out with the O's. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:27 pm
  • Orioles close to dealing for Jon Lester
    MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring Jon Lester from the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham is also hearing the deal is close and says the Red Sox will receive a pitcher in return. He mentions Miguel Gonzalez, but he would figure to be a secondary part of the deal. It appears that Lester will get to stay in the AL East and has said in the past that he would still consider re-signing with the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:16 pm
  • Cardinals could still pursue Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals could still go after Jon Lester even after the acquisition of Justin Masterson.

    Advice: Morosi says that they would have to be willing to give up Shelby Miller to do it. It's certainly possible that the Red Sox have floated this information to Morosi in order to drive up Lester's price with other teams. On the other hand, St. Louis didn't have to surrender any of their top prospects to get Masterson, so we can't rule anything out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:51 am
  • Dodgers out on Lester, Price, Hamels
    MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Dodgers are no longer pursuing Jon Lester, David Price and Cole Hamels.

    Advice: The Dodgers are refusing to give up Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias in any deal, which makes acquiring one of the aforementioned aces an impossibility. Gammons said they're now focused on adding a back-end starter and bullpen help. With the Cardinals also out of the picture, it appears the Lester market might be down to the Pirates and A's. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:33 am
  • Marlins 'not completely' out on Jon Lester
    Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the Marlins are "not completely" out of the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

    Advice: Rodriguez says the Marlins will not trade Andrew Heaney for Lester, but it sounds like they might be willing to consider just about anyone else in their system. For what it's worth, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said the club is "not going to be short-sighted" in any deals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:37 am
  • C.J. Wilson has dealt with hip issue
    C.J. Wilson (ankle) revealed Tuesday that he believes his recent struggles have been due to tightness in his left hip.

    Advice: Wilson has been out since early July with a sprained ankle, but it's the hip the lefty says was giving him issues well before that. "It had the affect of dragging the ball back over the middle of the plate, which is bad," Wilson deadpanned. "That's where they hit the ball." Wilson has been doing exercises to loosen the hip and says it's "better, way better." He's expected to rejoin the Angels' rotation this weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:58 am
     
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  • Wil Myers (wrist) nearing rehab assignment
    Wil Myers (wrist) will learn on Friday when he'll begin a rehab assignment.

    Advice: It will be a day before he resumes taking batting practice. Myers has been hitting off a tee for a few days and played catch in the outfield prior to Tuesday's game. He figures to begin a rehab assignment sometime next week and is on track for a mid-August return. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:48 am
     
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  • Two 'elite' prospects needed to get Lester
    Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have told teams that it will require "at least two elite-level prospects" to acquire Jon Lester.

    Advice: It's a hefty price to pay for a two-month rental, but you can't blame the Red Sox for asking for that haul, especially when it looks like David Price might not be dealt. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has listed the Dodgers and the Cardinals as the favorites for Lester, and Lauber has been told by industry insiders that the Dodgers are the "front-runner." The Pirates and A's are lurking in the background. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:22 am
  • Dodgers, Cardinals lead way for Lester, Price
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers and Cardinals "appear to be the teams most aggressively competing" for Jon Lester and David Price.

    Advice: Lester is virtually certain to get moved after being scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start, while Price's status is more up the air with the Rays back in the playoff hunt. Heyman writes that the Pirates "are still involved to some degree on the Lester front, but they are reluctant to surrender top prospects for a rental, seeming to place them third in the derby at the moment." The A's have also been mentioned as a potential suitor for Lester, but it appears that they may have fallen back from the pack, as well. It could be an interesting battle between the Dodgers and Cardinals for Lester and perhaps Price, as they both have the prospects to deal and the room to add payroll. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:58 am
  • Aaron Hill goes hitless in return to action
    Aaron Hill went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill missed back-to-back starts after being hit on the right hand by a pitch Saturday, but he's ready to go now. The 32-year-old could be traded before Thursday's deadline. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:44 am
  • Kyle Gibson returned to action on Tuesday July 29. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:44 am
  • Lonnie Chisenhall hitless in return to lineup
    Lonnie Chisenhall went 0-for-4 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Chisenhall missed the previous two contests due to illness, but it shouldn't be an issue going forward. The third baseman his hit just .219/.318/.307 over 38 contests since his three-homer game back on June 9. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:44 am
  • Ross holds Cardinals to one run in victory
    Tyson Ross struck out seven while allowing one run over six innings in a victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ross put himself in several bad spots with unforced errors, but managed to miss bats when he needed to, negating five walks and four hits. The right-hander came into this game with a 1.03 ERA in July, the NL's best mark, and he just completed his first career three-start win streak. Ross is riding the majors' second best groundball percentage (behind Dallas Keuchel) and better than a strikeout per inning into a breakout season. The first-time All-Star brings a 10-10 record and 2.60 ERA into a start versus the Braves this weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Lynn slapped with loss against the Padres
    Lance Lynn yielded two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a 3-1 loss to the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lynn struck out six, walked three and surrendered four hits. The right-hander came into the game with a 1.75 ERA in July. Outside of a seven-run implosion against the Dodgers on June 28, Lynn hasn't given up more than two runs in a start since June 6. Now 11-8 with a 2.98 ERA, Lynn looks to keep up the good vibes when he welcomes the Brewers to St. Louis on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Daniel Descalso exits after HBP on knee
    Daniel Descalso left Tuesday's game versus the Padres after being hit on the right knee by a pitch.

    Advice: Descalso was able to limp down to first base but was then replaced by pinch-runner Peter Bourjos. He'll likely be re-evaluated Wednesday before the Cardinals know how much time he might miss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
     
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  • J.P. Arencibia homers twice, drives in seven
    J.P. Arencibia had a ridiculous night at the plate Tuesday, finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI against the Yankees.

    Advice: Arencibia connected on a solo shot in the fifth inning before blasting a grand slam in the seventh. His 12 total bases were a career high for a single game, and it was the eighth two-homer game of his career. The power has always been present, but his .183/.223/.404 line is what keeps him from being a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
     
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  • A's, Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates in on Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are also "in the mix" for Jon Lester.

    Advice: It would certainly be a stunner if they were able to land Lester after picking up Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel earlier this month. Rosenthal has also reported that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates are in negotiations with the Red Sox regarding Lester. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com also hears that the Blue Jays and Orioles are in on Lester, though WEEI.com's Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are saying those two teams are out of it. Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start and is expected to be dealt soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • McCarthy allows nine hits, four runs vs. TEX
    Brandon McCarthy allowed nine hits and four runs over six innings but went home with the win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCarthy turned in his worst start in four outings since joining the Yankees, but it was still good enough for his third win in pinstripes. McCarthy walked one while striking out three in the game. He's got a 2.55 ERA in those four starts as a member of the Yankees, and the change of scenery appears to have done him some good. McCarthy will try to keep the good times going Monday against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates in on Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates are all "in the mix" for Jon Lester.

    Advice: Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start and is expected to be dealt soon, so it sounds like it will come down to which of the three clubs Rosenthal mentions makes the best offer. It was reported previously that Josh Bell was at the center of the Red Sox' talks with the Pirates. It's not clear at this point what the Cardinals and Dodgers are offering. Lester seems likely to change addresses on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Gibson goes seven scoreless, Twins top Royals
    Kyle Gibson struck out seven, allowing only two hits, over seven shutout innings in the Twins' 2-1 defeat of the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gibson surrendered just two singles and walked two, needing just 95 pitches to get through his seven innings of work. The start was especially good to see because Gibson had missed his previous turn in the rotation due to back stiffness. The right-hander now owns a 3.94 ERA through 20 starts this year. Showing no lingering effects from the back injury, Gibson should be ready to roll for his next start, scheduled for Sunday at the White Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Lucas Duda out of Tuesday's lineup
    Lucas Duda is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: Duda has been the hottest hitter in the Mets' lineup of late, but he'll take a seat against left-hander Cole Hamels. Eric Campbell will make the start at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:11 pm
     
    W, 11-2 vs ^ Phi
  • C.J. Wilson (ankle) pitches in rehab game
    C.J. Wilson (ankle) allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings Monday in a minor league rehab start with Double-A Arkansas.

    Advice: Wilson threw 81 pitches and gave up four hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. The southpaw has been sidelined all month with a right ankle sprain, but he should be cleared to rejoin the Angels' rotation this weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:50 am
     
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  • Hill (hand) flies out as pinch-hitter
    Aaron Hill (hand) flew out as a pinch-hitter Monday.

    Advice: Hill left Saturday's game after he was hit on the right hand with a pitch and has missed back-to-back starts since, but he's expected to return to the lineup Tuesday. The 32-year-old could be a trade target this week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:47 am
  • Aaron Hill (hand) expected back on Tuesday
    Aaron Hill (hand) is expected back in the lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill has missed the last two games after being hit on the right hand by a pitch Saturday, but he's feeling much better. The second baseman had heated up at the plate of late, batting .410/.442/.718 with a couple homers during a 10-game hit streak. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Hill (hand) out of lineup again Monday
    Aaron Hill (hand) is out of Monday's lineup against the Reds.

    Advice: Hill left Saturday's game after he was hit on the right hand with a pitch and will now miss his second straight start. He is available off the bench Monday, so it sounds like he'll be ready to go soon. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:19 pm
  • Dodgers acquire Barney from Cubs for PTBNL
    Dodgers acquired 2B Darwin Barney from the Cubs for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

    Advice: The Cubs designated Barney for assignment last week, handing second base duties to Arismendy Alcantara and Emilio Bonifacio. Barney had a rough .244/.290/.335 batting line in parts of five seasons with Chicago, but he's an elite defender at second base. The Dodgers plan to use him all around their infield. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:58 am
     
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  • Report: Darwin Barney traded to Dodgers
    According to Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, infielder Darwin Barney is headed to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Barney was designated for assignment by the Cubs last week after batting just .244/.290/.335 in parts of five seasons with Chicago. He is a very good defensive second baseman -- with a Gold Glove Award to prove it -- but the 28-year-old simply can't hit. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:29 am
     
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  • Britton strikes out the side for 20th save
    Zach Britton struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th inning to earn the save against the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: His most recent outing was a continuation of Britton's dominance of the American League in recent days, as he's thrown 4 1/3 perfect innings with eight strikeouts in five appearances since a blown save on July 18. The southpaw has a 1.71 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 46/14 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings on the year, and he's got one of the best jobs around closing for the AL East-leading Orioles. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:43 pm
     
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  • Duda sinks Brewers again with game-winning HR
    Lucas Duda hit his second game-winning home run in three days on Sunday, as his two-run homer proved to be the difference in the Mets' 2-0 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Duda tortured the Brewers in the four-game set, hitting three homers and driving in six. He's got four home runs in his last six games to give him 18 on the season. The first baseman is batting .259/.356/.500 with 56 RBI and has put himself into the mixed league discussion with his recent power surge. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:37 pm
     
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  • Lonnie Chisenhall (illness) sitting out again
    Lonnie Chisenhall (illness) remained out of the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Chisenhall has missed two straight games due to intestinal issues. He should be fine Tuesday after Monday's off day. Mike Aviles is at third base Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:16 am
  • Aaron Hill (hand) sitting out Sunday
    Aaron Hill (hand) is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Hill had to exit Saturday's contest following a hit by pitch on his right hand. X-rays came back negative, but he's obviously still a bit sore. Consider him day-to-day. Didi Gregorius is at second base Sunday in Hill's place. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Kyle Gibson (back) cleared for Tuesday start
    Kyle Gibson (back) has been cleared to start on Tuesday against the Royals after getting through a bullpen session Saturday with no issues.

    Advice: Gibson missed an outing with lower back stiffness, but he's feeling fine now. The right-hander holds a 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 54/30 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings this season for the Twins. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:01 am
  • Lonnie Chisenhall scratched due to illness
    Lonnie Chisenhall has been scratched from the lineup Saturday versus the Royals due to illness.

    Advice: He should be fine after a day or two of rest. Chisenhall has regressed some but still owns a batting line of .313/.382/.480 with nine home runs and 41 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:56 pm
  • C.J. Wilson (ankle) to make rehab start Mon.
    C.J. Wilson (ankle) will make a rehab start Monday with Double-A Arkansas.

    Advice: Wilson has been out retroactive to July 1 with a right ankle sprain. He should be cleared to rejoin the Angels rotation after his one minor league rehab outing. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:55 pm
     
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  • Felix Hernandez strikes out 10 Orioles
    Felix Hernandez wasn't involved in the decision after allowing one run over seven innings and striking out 10 Friday against the Orioles.

    Advice: This makes 13 starts in a row of seven or more innings and no more than two runs allowed. The Mariners have won 10 of those outings, with seven of the wins getting credited to Hernandez. Tonight, though, they lost 2-1 in 10 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:44 pm
  • Duda delivers go-ahead blast against Brewers
    Lucas Duda delivered a go-ahead two-run homer in a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: The Mets entered the top of the ninth inning down 3-0, but David Wright knocked in the first run with an RBI single and Duda followed with a long blast to right-center field. The 28-year-old has now gone deep three times in his last four games and is up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI on the year. It looks like the Mets made the right choice between him and Ike Davis. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:07 pm
     
    W, 11-2 vs ^ Phi
  • Aaron Hill has three hits in loss to Phillies
    Aaron Hill had a nice night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Phillies, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

    Advice: A popular name in trade rumblings, the veteran infielder may be donning a new jersey at this time next week. With the three-hit effort, he is slashing .255/.289/.390 with eight homers and 48 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Kyle Gibson (back) likely to start on Tuesday
    Kyle Gibson (back) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and if all goes well he will make his next start on Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: He had been scheduled to start on Wednesday, but was scratched due to back stiffness. The 26-year-old owns an 8-8 record, 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 54/30 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings through his first 19 starts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:48 pm
  • Wil Myers (wrist) hits off tee Friday
    Wil Myers (wrist) hit off a tee on Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since fracturing his right wrist back in late May. Myers is expected back in mid-August if all goes well. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:29 pm
     
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