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  • Shelby Miller holds Padres to two runs
    Shelby Miller pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs and three hits, Thursday in a victory over the Padres.

    Advice: The runs came on homers from Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable in the second inning. Apart from that, Miller faced just one batter over the minimum, striking out five and walking none. That's two pretty encouraging outings for him since he was restored to the rotation, albeit coming against weak offenses. If he's available in your mixed league and you have an open bench spot, it wouldn't be a bad idea to give him another try.
    Today, 4:14 pm
  • Grandal dealing with fluid buildup in knee
    Yasmani Grandal was scratched from Thursday's lineup because of fluid buildup in his surgically-repaired right knee.

    Advice: It's a bit of a red flag, but Padres manager Bud Black insists that Grandal will be fine. Consider the catcher day-to-day.
    Today, 3:55 pm
  • Matt Cain has no ligament damage in elbow
    According to Andrew Baggarly of, Matt Cain does not have any damage in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow.

    Advice: It was easy to fear the worst when it was reported that Cain was scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews, but it appears that he has avoided the worst-case scenario. Still, apparently he's dealing with "loose bodies" in the elbow and the Giants are discussing how to proceed. There should be more clarity on his status soon, but it doesn't look like he'll be pitching for the Giants in the near future.
    Today, 2:50 pm
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  • C.J. Wilson expected to be activated Saturday
    C.J. Wilson (ankle, hip) is penciled in to rejoin the Angels' rotation Saturday against the Rays.

    Advice: Wilson has been sidelined since early July with a right ankle sprain and hip tightness, but he made it through a minor league rehab start Monday with no issues. The 33-year-old southpaw owns a 4.33 ERA and 107/48 K/BB ratio in 116 1/3 innings this season, but there's reason to expect better if he's back to full health.
    Today, 2:34 pm
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  • Jason Lane outrighted to Triple-A
    Padres sent LHP Jason Lane outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: He had been designated for assignment but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. Lane tossed six-plus innings of one-run ball in his first major league start on Monday.
    Today, 2:18 pm
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    L, 6-2 vs StL
  • Boston takes Kelly Johnson for Stephen Drew
    Red Sox acquired INF/OF Kelly Johnson from the Yankees for SS Stephen Drew.

    Advice: Johnson was a popular fantasy sleeper in the spring, but unfortunately he kept dozing after Opening Day. He ended up hitting just .219 with a .304 OBP and six home runs in 77 games for the Yankees. Currently on the disabled list with a strained left groin, Boston won't rush him back. Slotted behind Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia in the infield, and Shane Victorino and Allen Craig in the outfield, the tank of Johnson's 2014 fantasy value has run dry.
    Today, 1:42 pm
    New Player Note
    Kelly Johnson Bos - 1B,2B,3B,OF
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  • Dana Eveland returned to action on Wednesday July 30.
    Today, 1:42 pm
  • Daniel Descalso returned to action on Wednesday July 30.
    Today, 1:42 pm
    W, 6-2 x @SD
  • Red Sox trade maligned Drew to rival Yankees
    Yankees acquired SS Stephen Drew from the Red Sox for INF Kelly Johnson.

    Advice: Drew's bizarre season continues. He was on Boston's World Series championship squad last year, turned down a qualifying offer over the winter, and sat out the first month-plus of the season before returning to the Red Sox. Batting a gruesome .176 with four home runs and 11 RBIs, Boston pulled the plug, and in so doing consummated their first trade with the hated Yankees since Aug. 13, 1997, when New York shipped Tony Armas and a PTBNL to Boston for Randy Brown and Mike Stanley. Drew won't halt Derek Jeter's retirement party. Instead, he'll play primarily second base.
    Today, 1:36 pm
  • Red Sox ship SS Stephen Drew to Yankees
    According to ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes, shortstop Stephen Drew has been traded to the Yankees.

    Advice: It's a rare swap between the two bitter rivals. Drew has struggled to the tune of a .176/.255/.328 slash line since returning to the major leagues on June 1, but he plays steady defense at shortstop and there's reason to expect that he'll hit better down the stretch. Kelly Johnson is headed to Boston in a straight one-for-one swap.
    Today, 12:44 pm
  • Mariners add Denorfia for Almonte, prospect
    Mariners acquired OF Chris Denorfia from the Padres for OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen.

    Advice: Seattle had to do something to fortify an uninspiring outfield consisting of Endy Chavez, James Jones, and Dustin Ackley, and Denorfia will have to do. He never offered a ton with the bat, and provides even less now (.242/.293/.319), but is a good defender who the M's can comfortably slot into all three positions as needed.
    Today, 11:45 am
  • Mariners get OF Chris Denorfia from Padres
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mariners have landed Chris Denorfia from the Padres.

    Advice: Seattle was probably hoping to land a bigger bat than what Denorfia can provide, but it's a weak trade market for such a desire. Denorfia can play all three outfield positions and will likely be moved frequently around by the M's. He was hitting .242/.293/.319 with San Diego. Abraham Almonte is headed to the Padres in return along with minor league pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen.
    Today, 11:17 am
  • Report: Beane listening to Hammel offers
    The Athletics are getting "flooded" with calls on Jason Hammel, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: "Weren't planning to trade him, but..." Rosenthal tweeted. Billy Beane is going all in on this season, so you'd expect him to only consider a Hammel package that brought back immediate help -- perhaps a bat to slot at designated hitter, or another outfielder to cover for Yoenis Cespedes' move to Boston or Coco Crisp's nagging neck injury? Either way, Beane has the luxury of listening with Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzija, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jesse Chavez forming an outstanding rotation, even without Hammel.
    Today, 10:51 am
  • Royals, Braves leaders for Chris Denorfia
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Royals and Braves are the leaders for Chris Denorfia.

    Advice: Denorfia is fully expected to be traded by the Padres before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. The 34-year-old hasn't hit very well this season for San Diego, but part of that is the pitcher-friendly ballpark. He is known as a versatile defender in the outfield.
    Today, 9:13 am
  • Texas won't deal Lewis unless he wants to go
    The Rangers received a call on Colby Lewis, but's T.R. Sullivan reports that the club will only deal him if "the situation really appeals to Lewis."

    Advice: The first Twitter reply to the report quickly sums up the fanbase's reaction: "omg do it! Even if it's for a bag of sunflower seeds." It's a bit surprising that the Rangers could drum up any interest at all for a pitcher with a 5.98 ERA and 1.73 WHIP across 19 starts, but it's fair to point out that Lewis has been much better on the road (4.29 ERA) than at home (7.62 ERA) this year.
    Today, 8:58 am
  • Twins acquire SP Tommy Milone from the A's
    Twins acquired LHP Tommy Milone from the Athletics for OF Sam Fuld; assigned him to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Milone was pushed even further down the A's rotation depth chart with Thursday's Jon Lester trade. He'll get new life in Minnesota, which is almost as pitcher-friendly as Oakland. The 27-year-old left-hander had a solid 3.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 61/26 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings this season with the Athletics. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. It's a decent get for the Twins.
    Today, 7:56 am
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  • Astros have made Scott Feldman available
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Astros have made starting pitcher Scott Feldman available.

    Advice: But the 30-year-old right-hander signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Houston last offseason and hasn't pitched well enough to justify it, so the Astros may have a hard time finding a trade partner. Feldman owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 19 starts this season.
    Today, 6:30 am
  • Dirks (back) to resume rehab games Friday
    Andy Dirks (back) is scheduled to resume his minor league rehab assignment Friday with Low-A West Michigan.

    Advice: Dirks had his rehab halted in mid-July after experiencing renewed inflammation in his surgically-repaired lower back. There is no longer a timetable for his return.
    Today, 6:28 am
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    L, 7-4 vs x CWS
  • Colby Lewis holds Yankees to two runs
    Colby Lewis yielded two runs in seven innings Wednesday in a win over the Yankees.

    Advice: It looked like this would be a high-scoring game after Brett Gardner led off the first with a homer and the Rangers came through with three in the bottom of the inning against Hiroki Kuroda, but it ended up being a 3-2 Rangers win. Lewis allowed just four hits, two of them being solo shots (the other belonged to Jacoby Ellsbury). It was Lewis's first win since July 5, but he has pitched decently in three straight starts after giving up 13 runs in his final outing before the break. He probably still doesn't have much trade value right now should the Rangers decide to cash him in.
    Yesterday, 8:08 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.
    Yesterday, 2:20 pm
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  • Hammel shelled for eight runs by Astros
    Jason Hammel was hammered for eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Hammel now has a 9.53 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in four starts with Oakland. The A's are known to be in the market for another starting pitcher with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon, so the right-hander could soon be out of a rotation spot. If not, he'll get the Rays next.
    Yesterday, 2:04 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
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  • 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.
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
    W, 6-2 x @SD
  • Feldman limits A's to one run over seven
    Scott Feldman kept the A's to one run on five hits over seven innings but walked away with a no-decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: Feldman was in line for his fifth win, but a complete meltdown from closer Chad Qualls rendered Feldman's work meaningless. It's been that kind of year for the right-hander, who loses when he gets shelled and rarely wins when he pitches well. Feldman has a 4.39 ERA through 19 starts but remains 4-8 on the season. He'll look for a better fate Sunday against the Blue Jays.
    Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Andy Dirks yet to resume rehab assignment
    The Tigers have yet to decide when Andy Dirks (back) will resume his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Dirks was pulled off his rehab assignment earlier this month due to muscle inflammation in his surgically-repaired back. He's resumed baseball activities, but it's not clear when he'll be ready for game action. Obviously, he's a long shot at this point to be a major contributor to the Tigers this season.
    Tuesday, 5:11 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 7-4 vs x CWS
  • Matt Cain scheduled to visit with Dr. Andrews
    Matt Cain has scheduled a visit with Dr. James Andrews.

    Advice: That's usually not good news. Cain has failed to make any progress in his rehabilitation from right elbow inflammation and may now be facing surgery. The right-hander could be done for the year no matter what.
    Tuesday, 2:15 pm
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  • Padres designate Jason Lane for assignment
    Padres designated LHP Jason Lane for assignment.

    Advice: Lane tossed six-plus innings of one-run ball in his first major league start Monday afternoon against the Braves, but he didn't figure into the San Diego rotation going forward. The former outfielder could draw interest on waivers as a left-handed reliever.
    Tuesday, 1:08 pm
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    L, 6-2 vs StL
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 5:50 am
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  • Dana Eveland's X-ray comes back clean
    An X-ray on Dana Eveland's left elbow came back clean.

    Advice: Eveland was hit on the pitching elbow by a comebacker Monday. While he escaped serious injury, it wouldn't be a surprise if he was unavailable for a few days.
    Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Marlins interested in lefty Tommy Milone
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are "thought to be considering" a trade for Tommy Milone.

    Advice: Milone requested a trade from the A's last week, as he became buried on their depth chart following the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. As Spencer notes, the lefty is appealing to the Marlins because he won't reach free agency until 2018. Spencer also lists Wade Miley and Ian Kennedy as possible targets for the Marlins, with Kennedy being the unlikelier of the two. Miley might also be a long shot, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this month that the D'Backs have told teams the southpaw is unavailable.
    Monday, 4:11 pm
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  • Jason Lane allows just one run but takes loss
    Jason Lane allowed just one run over six-plus innings but took the loss Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: The one run he allowed was on an Evan Gattis solo shot that led off the bottom of the seventh inning. And that was enough for Atlanta on a day that the San Diego offense managed just five total hits and zero runs. Lane was sharp in his first major league start, striking out two Braves hitters and issuing no walks. He could get another turn in the Padres' rotation soon.
    Monday, 11:48 am
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    L, 6-2 vs StL
  • Padres working to trade Chris Denorfia soon
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Padres are working to trade Chris Denorfia "soon."

    Advice: Cotillo says the Giants, Blue Jays, and Mariners are among the teams expressing interest in Denorfia, who can become a free agent after this season. The 34-year-old is batting just .244/.295/.321 so far in 2014, but his career line is much better than that and he can play all three outfield spots. The Padres have already moved closer Huston Street and third baseman Chase Headley this month.
    Monday, 8:48 am
  • Padres recall Jason Lane for Monday start
    Padres recalled LHP Jason Lane from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Lane will make a spot start for the Padres on Monday afternoon against the Braves. The former outfielder tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for San Diego earlier this season, but he is not a good fantasy option.
    Monday, 7:40 am
    Not Active
    L, 6-2 vs StL
  • Jason Lane to start for Padres Monday
    Jason Lane will be called up to start on Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: It's expected to just be a spot start, as the anticipation is that Ian Kennedy (oblique) will only miss one turn. A former outfielder, Lane struck out four in 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings with the Padres earlier this season. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 12:14 pm
    Not Active
    L, 6-2 vs StL
  • Miller pitches well in return to STL rotation
    Shelby Miller allowed only two runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday in the Cardinals' win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Miller looked much sharper after spending a week-plus in the St. Louis bullpen, surrendering only three hits in front of a very pro-Cardinals crowd at Wrigley Field. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. The young right-hander will try to build off this positive outing in his next start at home versus Milwaukee.
    Saturday, 4:31 pm
  • Cain not making progress; done for season?
    Matt Cain has not been making progress in his early rehabilitation from an elbow injury.

    Advice: Cain has been out with right elbow inflammation since July 11 and there's no timetable for his return. He will get another round of tests done next week. It's possible that the right-hander won't return this season -- and that's a big part of the reason why the Giants were so aggressive in trading for Jake Peavy.
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
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  • 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.
    Saturday, 2:55 pm
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