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  • Howard stays hot with another multi-hit game
    Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the Phillies lost 6-2 to the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Howard doubled to lead off the second inning and later scored on Cody Asche's RBI single to give the Phillies an early 1-0 lead. The first baseman is on an eight-game hitting streak, the most recent three of which have included multiple hits. He has a .241/.292/.464 batting line on the year with 18 home runs and 60 RBI. Today, 2:29 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Davis provides Orioles' only offense with HR
    Chris Davis went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Davis provided the only blemish on the afternoon for the Tigers' young lefty Daniel Norris, homering in the fourth inning. The 1B/OF has matched last year's home run total at 26, and has also knocked in 72 runs while hitting .245/.327/.504. Today, 2:18 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Det
  • Loney drives in two runs to help down Red Sox
    James Loney went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI hits in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Loney doubled home a run off Red Sox starter Wade Miley in the fourth inning and later hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to help the Rays to a 4-3 win over their division rivals. The first baseman isn't hitting particularly well this season (.263/.313/.345 with three homers and 20 RBI) and holds little-to-no fantasy value. Today, 2:04 pm
  • Ortiz hits RBI double in loss to Rays
    David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Ortiz's third-inning RBI double off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi pushed the Red Sox advantage to 3-1, but the boys from Tampa would chip away and ultimately prevail with a 4-3 win, dropping the Sox to a disappointing 47-59. Ortiz is hitting .246/.337/.469 with 20 homers and 59 RBI. The numbers aren't as gaudy as we're accustomed to, but he remains a productive power bat. Today, 1:59 pm
  • Kyle Blanks (Achilles) nears rehab games
    Kyle Blanks (Achilles) is expected to begin a rehab assignment within the next 10 days.

    Advice: Blanks has been on the shelf since mid-June with a nagging right Achilles injury. He's a poor bet to remain healthy even if he's activated soon. Today, 11:04 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs x SF
  • Joey Votto not in lineup on Sunday
    Joey Votto is absent from the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply getting a day of rest. Ivan DeJesus is handling first base while Votto sits. Today, 7:48 am
    L, 3-0 vs x Pit
  • Pearce (oblique) hopes to swing bat soon
    Steve Pearce (oblique) hopes to throw and swing a bat this week.

    Advice: Pearce to this point has been limited to rest and treatment since straining his left oblique two weeks ago, but he said he was finally pain-free on Saturday. He might need a couple rehab games but doesn't appear too far off from a return if he can avoid a setback. Today, 6:22 am
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Det
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:29 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Tex
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:15 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @Tex
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Goldschmidt strikes out twice in loss to HOU
    Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: In a season filled with highlights and astronomical numbers, Saturday's loss to the Astros won't be making the cut when Goldschmidt decides what to show his grandchildren. He failed to pick up a hit or walk in the game and couldn't put the ball in play for two of his three at-bats. These things happen--just not very often for Goldy, who is hitting .346/.462/.599 with 22 homers, 77 RBI and 17 steals. The steal number is one off of his personal best for a season. Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Rizzo homers in fourth straight game
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Rizzo launched his three-run homer off of Brewers starter Matt Garza in the third inning. It was his 20th of the year and pushed his RBI total to an even 60. After a prolonged power-drought that saw just one home run in 31 games, Rizzo's now homered in four straight games. He's hitting .290/.400/.531 over 373 at-bats this season. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
    W, 4-3 ^ @Mil
  • Lind manages double in loss to Cubs
    Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The double was Lind's 21st of the season. It was also the only extra-base hit that the 44-61 Brewers managed for the game. A long-time Blue Jay, Lind is hitting a cool .278/.356/.485 with 16 homers and 60 RBI in his first season playing for the Brew Crew. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ ChC
  • Duda homers twice, supplies go-ahead RBI
    Lucas Duda had a huge impact on Saturday's 3-2 win over the Nationals, hitting a pair of solo home runs and a go-ahead RBI double.

    Advice: The Mets brought Yoenis Cespedes over at the trade deadline to bolster a shoddy offense, but on Saturday, Duda did it all on his own. He launched a solo home run against Nationals starter Joe Ross in the fourth inning, then repeated the feat in the seventh. That second homer tied the game at 2-2. A frame later, he smacked an RBI double off Nationals reliever Matt Thornton to put the Mets up 3-2. This would stand as the final. Duda has produced multi-homer efforts in three of his last seven games to help boost his slash to .246/.347/.481 with 20 home runs and 48 RBI. Yesterday, 7:27 pm
    5:08 pm vs ^ Was
  • Howard rips three hits in Saturday's rout
    Ryan Howard led the Phillies with three hits Saturday in a blowout win over the Braves.

    Advice: Howard contributed an RBI single during the Phillies' four-run fourth inning. The former MVP is hitting a robust .313 since the All-Star break. He leads Philadelphia in home runs (18), RBI (60) and strikeouts (101) this season. Despite winning eight of their last nine, the Phillies remain 14 and a half games behind first-place Washington in the NL East. Yesterday, 7:14 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Montero will cut into Morrison's playing time
    Logan Morrison is likely to see less playing time when he returns from his thumb injury.

    Advice: According to beat reporter Bob Dutton, the Mariners want to take "a long look" at Jesus Montero. Montero has been arguably the best hitter in minor league baseball this season and has played well since getting promoted (5-for-14 with three RBI). Morrison's .221 average this year is his lowest in six major league seasons. He could be headed for the bench if things don't improve quickly. Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Travis Shaw has epic day to lead Red Sox
    Travis Shaw had a career-day at the plate on Saturday, powering the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Shaw was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game and was penciled into the lineup at third base. He had been 3-for-15 on the season without any extra-base hits. He started his day with a leadoff double in the second inning and would come around to cross home plate. He then belted a solo homer off Matt Moore in the third inning. Shaw singled and came around to score in the fifth inning, then walked and scored another run in the sixth. To top it all off, he slugged a two-run homer off Kirby Yates in the eighth, finishing the afternoon 4-for-4 plus a walk with a double, two homers, three RBI and five runs scored. It's certainly an afternoon he'll never forget. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ TB
  • Logan Forsythe goes deep in loss to Red Sox
    Logan Forsythe blasted his 12th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: He delivered a two-run single early in the ballgame, then a solo shot off Jean Machi in the ninth inning after the game had already been decided. With his 2-for-5 effort, Forsythe is now hitting .282/.367/.442 with 12 long balls and 45 RBI in what's shaping up to be a breakout season. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
    W, 4-3 ^ @Bos
  • Bautista's two bombs not enough for Jays
    Jose Bautista blasted a pair of home runs on Saturday, but it still wasn't enough for the Blue Jays to overcome the Royals.

    Advice: Bautista followed teammate Josh Donaldson's two-run shot with a solo homer in the fifth inning that gave the Jays a 5-1 lead at the time. He would add another long solo blast in the eighth off Wade Davis to pull the Jays to within a run at 7-6, but that would be as close as they would get. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 with three RBI. Bautista is now hitting .237/.365/.503 with 23 homers and 70 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
    Player Note
    José Bautista Tor - 1B,OF
    W, 5-2 vs ^ KC
  • Red Sox recall Travis Shaw from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled INF Travis Shaw from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's in the Red Sox lineup at third base for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Rays. He has appeared in nine games for the Red Sox this season, going 3-for-15 (.200) with no extra-base hits. Yesterday, 7:31 am
    L, 4-3 vs ^ TB
  • Jays designate Danny Valencia for assignment
    Blue Jays designated INF/OF Danny Valencia for assignment.

    Advice: With all of the recent acquisitions that the Blue Jays have made, they were forced to make a few tough decisions on their roster and it appears that Valencia is the odd-man out. The lefty-masher was hitting .296/.331/.506 overall with seven homers and 29 RBI in 162 at-bats. He should attract interest from plenty of teams looking to upgrade their bench. Yesterday, 7:17 am
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Tor - 1B,3B,OF
    Not Active
    W, 5-2 vs x KC
  • Twins activate Plouffe from paternity list
    Twins activated 3B Trevor Plouffe from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Plouffe had been away from the club since Wednesday to witness the birth of his child. He's enjoying a solid season, hitting .257/.316/.456 with 14 homers and 55 RBI in 95 games. Yesterday, 6:34 am
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Sea
  • Van Slyke returned to starting lineup Friday
    Scott Van Slyke (neck) returned to the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday, going 1-for-4 with a double in a victory over the Angels.

    Advice: Van Slyke hurt his neck in a cap ride in New York on Saturday and had only appeared as a pinch hitter since. He should be fine moving forward. Yesterday, 5:39 am
    Bot 8, 2-2 vs x LAA
  • Encarnacion nets two hits in return to action
    Edwin Encarnacion (finger) went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in his return to action on Friday.

    Advice: The slugger was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with a jammed finger and sat out Thursday as well. He didn't seem to have any issues on Friday though and should be fine moving forward. With the two-hit effort, he's now hitting .241/.338/.455 with 19 homers and 56 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 5:35 am
    W, 5-2 vs ^ KC
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:05 am
  • Teixeira has two HR, drives in six vs. ChiSox
    Mark Teixeira had a monster night Friday against the Rangers, going 3-for-6 with two home runs, six RBI, and two walks.

    Advice: Batting right-handed, Teixeira took Carlos Rodon deep for a grand slam in the second inning before connecting for a two-run shot against Matt Albers from the left side in the fourth. It was the 14th time in his career that he homered from both sides of the plate in the same game, setting a new major league record. The veteran slugger has back-to-back multi-homer games and is now batting .269/.375/.585 with 28 home runs and 73 RBI on the year. It's been a remarkable resurgence. Friday, 10:47 pm
  • LaRoche has four hits, RBI in loss
    Adam LaRoche went 4-for-5 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: His four hits tied a career-high. With the White Sox being blown out, LaRoche also got to pitch the ninth inning and made it through a scoreless frame with a strikeout. A big night on what has mostly been a frustrating year for him. Friday, 10:44 pm
    L, 12-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Abreu smacks two-run homer vs. Yankees
    Jose Abreu launched a two-run homer Friday in a losing effort against the Yankees.

    Advice: Abreu finished July with a flourish, batting .381 (16-for-42) with four home runs and 15 RBI over his last 11 games. He has hit safely in all of them. The 28-year-old is in a good situation in Chicago and it would be no surprise if he led the AL in homers over the final two months of the season. Friday, 10:44 pm
    Player Note
    José Abreu CWS - 1B
    L, 12-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Rizzo homers in win over Brewers
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Rizzo has now gone deep in each of the last three games. The 25-year-old had just one home run in 31 games prior to this recent power surge. Friday, 10:16 pm
    W, 4-3 ^ @Mil
  • Anthony Rizzo goes 3-for-4, hits big homer
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a double as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Brewers were up 2-0 when Rizzo delivered his big blow in the eighth. The Cubs then added two runs in the ninth as insurance. Rizzo has homered in back-to-back games, so maybe his lengthy slump is coming to an end. He had just one homer in five weeks prior to yesterday. Thursday, 10:28 pm
    W, 4-3 ^ @Mil
  • Mark Teixeira goes 3-for-4, homers twice
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and a steal versus the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Teixeira is even hitting for average lately, coming in at .313 in 83 at-bats during July. What's odd about it is that he's striking out more than he did while his average was so low early on. But his BABIP was definitely due for the correction. Thursday, 9:33 pm
  • Chris Davis homers, knocks in four runs
    Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, four RBI and a walk Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Davis has six homers in 13 games since the All-Star break and 25 overall. It's not nearly the same kind of season he had in 2013, not with his .244 average, but it's is a big improvement on what he did last year. Thursday, 8:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Det
  • David Ortiz goes 3-for-3, knocks in two
    Despite facing Chris Sale, David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: All three hits came off Sale. Ortiz has had more success lately, but even so, he entered the game with a .162/.182/.276 line against left-handers this season. His overall average is up to .247, which is the highest it's been since early May. Thursday, 8:14 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. Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Plouffe not expected back until Saturday
    Trevor Plouffe isn't expected to return from the paternity leave list until Saturday.

    Advice: Plouffe missed Wednesday's game and will sit out the next two games as well. Miguel Sano is starting at third base Thursday. Thursday, 2:48 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Sea
  • Van Slyke (neck) scores run on Wednesday
    Scott Van Slyke (neck) drew a walk and scored a run in the later innings of Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Van Slyke hasn't started a game since hurting his neck in a cab ride on Saturday in New York. But it's not a major issue. He should be available for any role Friday after Thursday's scheduled team off-day. Thursday, 5:58 am
    Bot 8, 2-2 vs x LAA
  • Bautista (hamstring) goes 2-for-5 on Wed.
    Jose Bautista (hamstring) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Bautista made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Phillies with a right hamstring injury, but it was only a cramp. The 34-year-old is batting .233/.367/.491 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI in 95 games this season. Thursday, 5:53 am
    Player Note
    José Bautista Tor - 1B,OF
    W, 5-2 vs ^ KC
  • Lucas Duda hits three homers in losing cause
    Lucas Duda hit three homers to plate all three Mets runs Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Oddly enough, the last player to have three homers to account for all of a team's runs was Duda's old competitor, Ike Davis, on July 8, 2012. The Mets lost that one to the Diamondbacks 6-3. Tonight, they lost 7-3. Duda has six homers in his last four games after hitting three in his previous 46 games. Hopefully, he can stay hot like he did in April. Wednesday, 8:32 pm
    5:08 pm vs ^ Was
  • Logan Morrison leaves game with thumb injury
    Logan Morrison was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a minor thumb injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what exactly he did to injure the thumb, but it's believed to be a minor ailment. He's considered day-to-day. Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Encarnacion scratched with a jammed finger
    Edwin Encarnacion has been scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday with a jammed finger.

    Advice: X-rays on the finger -- his left middle finger -- turned up negative. Encarnacion can be considered day-to-day for now. Chris Colabello is filling in at first base and batting cleanup Wednesday against the Phillies. Wednesday, 2:34 pm
    W, 5-2 vs ^ KC
  • Rizzo hits two-run shot in win vs. Rockies
    Anthony Rizzo cranked a two-run homer in the Cubs' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his first home run since July 7. Rizzo has been in an offensive rut, but he still owns a shiny .279/.393/.500 batting line on the season. And he's now up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 99 games. Wednesday, 2:02 pm
    W, 4-3 ^ @Mil
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:28 am
    L, 2-1 ^ @Tex
  • Trevor Plouffe goes on paternity leave
    Twins placed 3B Trevor Plouffe on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He can miss up to three games. Jorge Polanco has taken Plouffe's spot on the roster and we could see Miguel Sano get some time at third base the next couple days. Tuesday, 8:55 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Sea
  • Votto hits three-run homer in win over Cards
    Joey Votto went 3-for-3 with a three-run home run as the Reds shut out the Cardinals 4-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Votto hit a single and a double to go along with his three-run homer in the sixth inning. The multi-hit game was his eighth in his last 11 contests, including five three-hit outings. After a lull in early July, the 31-year-old is back to hitting a robust .311/.428/.538 with 19 homers, 51 RBI and 55 runs scored overall. Tuesday, 8:17 pm
    L, 3-0 vs x Pit
  • Abreu homers among three hits, White Sox roll
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the White Sox jumped on the Red Sox 9-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Abreu had three of the team's 14 hits on the evening, hitting a two-run homer in the sixth before adding an RBI double in the eighth. The homer was his 16th of the year, giving him 56 RBI. The three-hit night extended his modest hitting streak to eight games while raising his overall line to .296/.349/.489. Tuesday, 7:44 pm
    Player Note
    José Abreu CWS - 1B
    L, 12-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Davis has 2 HR, 5 RBI to down the Braves
    Chris Davis crushed a pair of home runs to drive in five runs, helping the Orioles take down the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: The O's fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning, but Davis quickly responded with a three-run home run in the bottom half. He added a two-run shot in the second, with both blasts coming against Julio Teheran -- his only hits in four at-bats on the night. Davis is swinging a hot stick as he's homered five times in his last seven games, giving him 24 on the season with 65 RBI and a .243/.325/.497 line. Tuesday, 7:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Det
  • Bautista (hamstring) expects to play Wed.
    Jose Bautista (hamstring) said after Tuesday's game that he's just dealing with a cramp and expects to play Wednesday.

    Advice: Bautista had to be lifted after pulling up while running out a groundball. It remains to be seen whether the Blue Jays are as optimistic as the outfielder is, but it does appear he's avoided a serious injury. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
    Player Note
    José Bautista Tor - 1B,OF
    W, 5-2 vs ^ KC
  • Duda homers as Mets shut out the Padres
    Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping the Mets to a win on Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Duda staked the Mets to an early 2-0 lead when he drilled a James Shields offering over the fence in center field. Given how masterful Noah Syndergaard was on the mound, it was the only offense the Mets would need. Duda has three home runs in his last three games, giving him 15 on the season with 42 RBI and a .236/.338/.433 batting line. Tuesday, 6:45 pm
    5:08 pm vs ^ Was
  • Bautista exits with apparent hamstring injury
    Jose Bautista left Tuesday's game versus the Phillies with an apparent right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Bautista pulled up lame while running out a groundball. It looked like a potentially significant injury, but we'll have to wait and see what the Blue Jays say after the game. Tuesday, 6:19 pm
    Player Note
    José Bautista Tor - 1B,OF
    W, 5-2 vs ^ KC
  • Adam Lind (back) returns to Tuesday's lineup
    Adam Lind (back) is back in the Brewers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Lind missed a couple games with lower back stiffness, but he was available off the bench Monday and is ready to roll now. The first baseman is a good bet to be traded this week. Tuesday, 3:27 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ ChC
  • 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). Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Ortiz homers again, but Red Sox lose slugfest
    David Ortiz hit a two-run home run, his only hit in five at-bats, but the Red Sox came out on the losing end of Monday's slugfest with the White Sox.

    Advice: Ortiz halved the deficit created by Joe Kelly in the first inning with his two-run home run off of John Danks, making it a 4-2 game. It's his seventh home run in the month of July and his 20th on the year along with 56 RBI and a .243/.330/.473 triple-slash line. It didn't seem possible a month ago, but Ortiz has a chance to register the ninth 30-homer season of his 20-year career. Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Adam Lind (back) expects to play Tuesday
    Adam Lind (back) said Monday that he's feeling better and expects to return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Lind is missing a second straight start because of a tight lower back. He thinks he could be available to pinch-hit, though, and is aiming to return to action Tuesday. Lind is a good bet to be traded this week, with the Cardinals being one club that's in on him. Monday, 5:21 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ ChC
  • Steve Pearce (oblique) yet to resume activity
    Steve Pearce (oblique) remains limited to rest and treatment.

    Advice: Pearce is eligible to return from his left oblique strain in a week, but he's not going to be ready at that point. "If you test it and you're wrong, you set yourself back another two weeks," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Monday, 5:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-1 vs x Det
  • Adam LaRoche to get two days off
    Adam LaRoche won't return to the lineup until Wednesday.

    Advice: The White Sox are giving the slumping designated hitter two days off to regroup. LaRoche is down to .212/.306/.347 for the season and hasn't homered since June 24. "Rochey can kind of work it out in the cage and have a couple of days knowing he can go in there and work on some stuff," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's trying to figure it out. You continue to do that. He'll be back in there to play. But for two days, he's going to ease the mind and not be in there." Monday, 5:01 pm
    L, 12-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Adam Lind (back) held out again Monday
    Adam Lind (back) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's sat out the last two contests after exiting Saturday's game with lower back tightness. It's not considered more than a day-to-day thing at the moment, but it's worth noting that Lind has a history of back issues. The first baseman is known to have received trade interest from the Cardinals, among other clubs, but they'd obviously like to see him healthy first. Shane Peterson is at first base Monday. Jul 27, 1:45 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ ChC
  • Adam LaRoche not in White Sox lineup Mon.
    Adam LaRoche is not in the White Sox lineup Monday.

    Advice: Adam Eaton will DH and J.B. Shuck will start in center field against Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly. It's just a day off for LaRoche, who typically starts against righties. He's batting just .212/.306/.347 in 356 total plate appearances this season for Chicago. Jul 27, 12:29 pm
    L, 12-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Cards 'don't appear high' on O's Chris Davis
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Cardinals "don't appear to be high" on Chris Davis.

    Advice: St. Louis is known to be in search of an upgrade at first base, but the Cardinals' primary target seems to be the Brewers' Adam Lind. Crasnick says the Cards are "wary" of Davis' lofty strikeout totals, and it also probably helps that Lind carries a team-friendly option for 2016 whereas Davis is due to become a free agent. Jul 27, 12:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Det
  • Cardinals, Brewers have discussed Adam Lind
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have discussed a potential trade with the Brewers involving first baseman Adam Lind.

    Advice: St. Louis has needed a boost at first base ever since Matt Adams went down in late May with what's likely to be a season-ending quad injury. Mark Reynolds has struggled in a full-time role and the Cardinals aren't sure what to expect yet from rookie Stephen Piscotty. Lind, a left-handed hitter who's sitting on an .865 OPS, 16 home runs, and 58 RBI through 92 games, would be an absolutely perfect fit. The 32-year-old is making $7.5 million this season with a relatively-inexpensive $8 million club option for 2016. Jul 27, 6:06 am
    L, 4-3 vs ^ ChC
  • Ortiz plates seven, Red Sox demolish Tigers
    David Ortiz homered twice and drove home a career-high seven runs on Sunday as the Red Sox demolished the Tigers 11-1 at Fenway Park.

    Advice: The veteran slugger broke a 1-1 tie with a mammoth three-run shot off Tigers starter Shane Greene in the fourth inning. He would add an RBI single in the sixth before unloading on a Neftali Feliz fastball in the seventh for his second three-run blast. He finished the night 4-for-5 with three runs scored and seven RBI, raising his season slash to .243/.332/.468 to go with 19 homers and 54 RBI. Jul 26, 8:38 pm
  • Plouffe knocks home run with single in ninth
    Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Plouffe's RBI base knock off Yankees reliever Justin Wilson merely acted as cosmetic effect in the 7-2 loss. He's hitting .255/.315/.457 with 14 homers and 55 RBI and looks to be on his way to a 20+ homer season for the first time since 2012. Jul 26, 2:24 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Sea
  • Forsythe hits back-to-back jacks in a loss
    Logan Forsythe hit back-to-back solo homers with Evan Longoria, but the Rays were unable to overcome the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: Forsythe, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk, hit the latter of back-to-back jacks in the fourth inning off of Wei-Yin Chen. He's gone yard 11 times this season with 41 RBI while cobbling a productive .283/.369/.443 batting line. Forsythe entered play Sunday mashing lefties to the tune of a .949 OPS, so it was no surprise to see him victimize Chen. Jul 26, 1:01 pm
    W, 4-3 ^ @Bos
  • Adam Lind (back) sitting out Sunday
    Adam Lind (back) is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Lind exited Saturday's game with lower back tightness and is considered day-to-day. Jonathan Lucroy is at first base, with Martin Maldonado behind the plate. Jul 26, 9:53 am
    L, 4-3 vs ^ ChC
  • Scott Van Slyke battling neck injury
    Scott Van Slyke was unavailable to play Saturday due to a neck injury.

    Advice: Van Slyke hurt his neck in a cab on the way to the game Saturday when his head hit the divider as the driver slammed on his breaks. He's considered day-to-day. Jul 26, 9:18 am
    Bot 8, 2-2 vs x LAA
  • Duda homers twice in beatdown rout of LAD
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-6 with a pair of solo home runs in Saturday's 15-2 demolition of the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Mets racked up 21 hits in the big win. Duda might have only had two of those, but both left the ballpark. He did his damage against the Dodgers bullpen, launching a solo shot in the sixth inning and another in the seventh. The two dingers gave him 14 on the year. He's also driven in 40 runs and is slashing .238/.340/.430. All of these numbers are down from a breakout 2014 campaign, though Duda has had his moments this season. Jul 25, 7:59 pm
    5:08 pm vs ^ Was
  • Abreu notches three RBI in win over Indians
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with three RBI in Saturday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Abreu did his damage with a pair of RBI singles, the first a two-RBI base knock off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco in the first inning. He would notch the other single in the ninth inning, pushing the score to 9-3. Abreu's hitting .289/.339/.473 with 15 homers and 52 RBI this season. He's not going to match the 36 homers he hit last season unless he goes on an epic power surge, but it's been a nice sophomore campaign even without quite as many pyrotechnics. Jul 25, 7:13 pm
    Player Note
    José Abreu CWS - 1B
    L, 12-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Lind removed from game with tight lower back
    Adam Lind left Saturday's game in the second inning after experiencing lower back tightness.

    Advice: With trade rumors swirling around Lind, the flareup comes with pretty awful timing. Shane Peterson took over at first base and may have to start there on Sunday. Lind struck out in his only at-bat Saturday against Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa. Jul 25, 6:43 pm
    L, 4-3 vs ^ ChC
  • Davis crushes grand slam in O's win
    Chris Davis launched a grand slam in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Davis unloaded on an Erasmo Ramirez offering with one out and the bases juiced in the third inning to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead. It was his 22nd homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to an even 60 on the year. The slugger has been in the zone of late, with three homers and two doubles in his last four games. That, on top of an ongoing eight-game hitting streak. He's currently hitting .242/.321/.487. On Friday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the Orioles were considering selling off some pieces at the trade deadline. Davis is one of those potential pieces, and with his recent hot stretch, he should draw interest as a rental from multiple teams if the team does, indeed, try to move him. Jul 25, 5:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Det
  • Ryan Howard slugs 17th home run of 2015
    Ryan Howard slugged a three-run homer Saturday in the Phillies' defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Howard went deep to left-center off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta after an Odubel Herrera two-out double and a Maikel Franco two-out walk. The veteran first baseman has tallied 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 89 games this season despite a .223 batting average and .269 OBP. Jul 25, 4:03 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Jose Bautista hits 21st homer
    Jose Bautista hit his 21st homer of the year Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: It was his 224th homer as a Blue Jay, moving him past Vernon Wells into second place on the franchise's all-time list. He's still 112 homers behind Carlos Delgado for first place. Jul 24, 10:32 pm
    Player Note
    José Bautista Tor - 1B,OF
    W, 5-2 vs ^ KC
  • Votto has three hits, HR vs. Rockies
    Joey Votto went 3-for-5 with a solo homer Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He took John Axford deep with one out in the ninth inning to tie the ballgame, but the Rockies went on to win on a wild pitch in the next half-inning. Votto has been red-hot in recent days, hitting .593 (16-for-27) over his last seven games. He has improved his batting average from .277 to .302 during that time. Jul 24, 9:42 pm
    L, 3-0 vs x Pit
  • Plouffe has three hits, homer vs. Yanks
    Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Plouffe has gone deep in back-to-back games and now has four home runs in his last eight contests. He's batting .259 with 14 home runs and a .785 OPS on the year. He has a real chance at a 20-plus homer, 90-RBI season. Jul 24, 8:34 pm
    L, 4-1 vs ^ Sea
  • Teixeira has three hits, rare steal in loss
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a rare stolen base Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Teixeira has five multi-hit games in his last six and has pulled his batting average up from .239 to .260 on the year. With 26 home runs, 65 RBI, and a .918 OPS, he continues to have a tremendous bounceback season. Jul 24, 8:32 pm
  • Jose Abreu hits solo homer vs. Indians
    Jose Abreu slugged a solo homer Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Abreu also drew a walk and scored two runs. The home run was just his second of the month and his first since way back on July 3. He's obviously capable of much better going forward. Jul 24, 7:28 pm
    Player Note
    José Abreu CWS - 1B
    L, 12-3 vs ^ NYY
  • David Ortiz not in Friday's lineup
    David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled day off. Hanley Ramirez is in the designated hitter spot Friday, with Alejandro De Aza handling left field. Jul 24, 1:21 pm
  • O's giving 'serious consideration' to selling
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are giving "serious consideration" to becoming sellers at the trade deadline.

    Advice: The reigning American League East champs have been disappointing so far in 2015, posting a 46-48 record. They sit just 4.5 games out of a Wild Card spot, though, so it would be a bit of a surprise to see them sell. If they would make such a decision, impending free agents like Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Wei-Yin Chen could be on the move. Jul 24, 10:03 am
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Det
  • Davis homers in second consecutive game
    Chris Davis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Davis crushed a Masahiro Tanaka offering in the second inning, his 21st homer of the season. The solo bomb gave him 55 RBI for the year. He's rapidly closing in on his 2014 home run total, as he hit 26 long balls a season ago. After slashing just .196/.300/.404 in 2014, he's hitting .238/.317/.473 this year. It's been a nice bounce-back campaign for the slugger, who is too often judged against a monster 2013 campaign that, realistically, was never going to be repeated. Jul 23, 1:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Det
  • 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. Jul 23, 7:48 am
  • 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. Jul 22, 10:04 pm
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