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  • Cain (hamstring) hitless in return to lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Monday in his return to action against the Astros.

    Advice: Cain didn't start Sunday due to a lingering hamstring issue, but he felt good enough to serve as the DH on Monday. He might not be completely out of the woods yet, but it's a good sign.
    41 minutes ago
  • Tomas homers as D'Backs top the Dodgers
    Yasmany Tomas homered and walked in five trips to the plate Monday as the Diamondbacks took down the Dodgers.

    Advice: Tomas lined a two-run home run to left field in the sixth inning off of Yimi Garcia. It barely made it over the fence and was reviewed for fan interference, but was ultimately upheld. The power hasn't quite been there as often as the D'Backs would have liked, but Tomas has otherwise done a fine job at the plate in his first year in the majors, batting .314/.357/.440 with four home runs and 29 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Pederson clubs 20th homer, but Dodgers lose
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run but the Dodgers were outslugged by the Diamondbacks in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Pederson hit a tape-measure blast to right-center in the fourth inning off of Allan Webster, one of three solo shots the Dodgers hit in the frame. The rookie is up to 20 home runs on the season along with 38 RBI and a .241/.384/.529 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Gardner's three-hit game goes for naught
    Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with two doubles, but the Yankees couldn't capitalize in Monday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Gardner, leading off, wasn't able to be brought home by the Yankees' #2, 3, and 4 hitters, who combined to go 1-for-9. He's on a seven-game hitting streak now and has logged multiple hits in eight of his last 11 games. Gardner is having a monster season with a .305/.377/.502 batting line with nine home runs, 39 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Trout's power, speed, defense leads to a win
    Mike Trout did it all to help the Angels beat the Yankees on Monday, homering, stealing a base, and playing stellar defense.

    Advice: Trout broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run off of CC Sabathia. He also stole his first base since May 22, though it didn't lead to a run. On the defensive side of things, he made a handful of terrific catches in support of starter C.J. Wilson. Trout, likely to start in center field for the AL All-Star team, is batting .300/.390/.583 with 20 home runs, 43 RBI, and nine stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Blackmon the Rockies' only source of offense
    Charlie Blackmon provided the Rockies their only run with a homer in Monday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Blackmon finished 1-for-5, drilling a solo shot in the eighth inning to put the Rockies on the board. He's posting similar numbers as last season, batting .275/.349/.446 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI, but he's really turned things up in the stolen base department. Blackmon has stolen 21 bases already in less than half a season compared to 28 last year.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Reddick homers in a win against the Rockies
    Josh Reddick went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run as the Athletics easily defeated the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Reddick gave the Athletics a quick 2-0 lead when he popped a two-run home run to right-center off of David Hale in the first inning. It's his 11th of the year but his first in two and a half weeks. Reddick has also knocked in 48 runs while hitting .287/.347/.474.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Carter swats 14th homer as Astros down KC
    Chris Carter swatted his 14th home run of the season in a 1-for-4 effort as the Astros downed the Royals 6-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Carter added some superfluous offense with a solo shot off of Brandon Finnegan in the fifth inning for what turned out to be the Astros' final run. The slugger is hitting .198/.315/.405 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 76 games. It's worth noting that, through 76 games last season, he had a .189/.269/.421 batting line with 15 home runs and 35 RBI. He finished the year at .227/.308/.491 with 37 home runs and 88 RBI, so a summer surge may yet await him.
    Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Hamilton swipes four bases as Reds top Twins
    Billy Hamilton reached base four times and stole four bases in six plate appearances on Monday to help the Reds stave off the Twins.

    Advice: Hamilton stole four bases in a game earlier this year and also accomplished the feat in September of 2013, so it's old hat for him. He singled twice and walked twice to set up his speed attack. The outfielder is batting a measly .224/.273/.295 but has scored 37 runs while stealing 40 bases in 46 attempts just ahead of the schedule's midpoint.
    Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Braun adds three in a barrage of hits vs. PHI
    Ryan Braun went 3-for-5 with an RBI double as the Brewers hit their way past the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Braun doubled in the Brewers' third run, cutting their deficit at the time to one run in the fifth inning. The veteran outfielder has been putting up solid numbers for fantasy owners thus far, batting .265/.336/.492 with 15 home runs, 50 RBI, and nine stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Gallo strikes out 4 times with a 3-run triple
    Joey Gallo went 1-for-5 with four strikeouts and a three-run triple as the Rangers trampled the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Gallo's all-or-nothing approach continues. His three-run triple came in the seventh, officially turning Monday's win into a laugher. The four strikeouts bring him up to 43 in 98 plate appearances, a 44 percent strikeout rate. Gallo owns a .218/.306/.448 batting line with five home runs and 13 RBI since debuting on June 2.
    Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Choo homers in three-hit effort to beat O's
    Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-5 with a solo home run as the Rangers skated to a win Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Choo's solo shot in the fifth inning off of Bud Norris was just piling on at that point, as it made it a 5-0 game. The three-hit effort marked his first multi-hit game since June 13. He'd hit .122 (6-for-49) in 12 games since. The Rangers hope Choo can find some momentum, as he's hitting a meager .232/.314/.386 with nine home runs and 33 RBI on the year.
    Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Sizemore homers to break up perfecto bid
    Grady Sizemore homered to break up Cody Anderson's bid for a perfect game, finishing 1-for-4 in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Sizemore drilled Anderson's offering over the fence in right field with one out in the seventh inning to end the perfecto. The veteran went 3-for-5 in his Rays debut -- and his return to the major leagues after a month-long layoff -- so things are looking up for him right now. We don't expect him to be of much fantasy utility over the long haul, though.
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (hand) takes swings off tee
    Hanley Ramirez (hand) took some swings off a tee Monday.

    Advice: Ramirez was out of the lineup for a fifth straight game Monday, but X-rays and an MRI came back clean and he's ready to ramp up his swinging. That the Red Sox had him fly to Toronto indicates they're confident the outfielder will be ready to return to the lineup at some point between now and when the series concludes Thursday.
    Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • De Aza logs three more hits in a Red Sox win
    Alejandro De Aza stayed hot, going 3-for-4 with a triple in Monday's win versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: De Aza entered the evening having homered in three of his last four ballgames, but settled for a three-hit affair. He's on a five-game hitting streak and has been an offensive dynamo since coming over to the Red Sox at the beginning of the month. On the season, which includes his time with the Orioles, he's hitting .253/.303/.458 with six home runs and 18 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Crawford (oblique) ready for rehab assignment
    Carl Crawford (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll remain with Rancho Cucamonga through Thursday before then likely moving up to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Crawford, who has been sidelined since late April with a strained right oblique, is pegged for a backup role upon his activation from the disabled list.
    Yesterday, 5:01 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Angels, Orioles interested in L.J. Hoes
    Chris Cotillo of reports that the Angels are among the teams interested in L.J. Hoes.

    Advice: Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reported previously that the Orioles are interested in not only Hoes but also Alex Presley. Hoes, who came up in the Baltimore organization, has spent almost all of the season at Triple-A, hitting .335/.417/.466 with three homers and 11 steals.
    Yesterday, 4:54 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs KC
  • Ellsbury (knee) begins rehab assignment Mon.
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Tampa on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for game action after working out with the Yankees over the weekend with no issues. Ellsbury will be used in the designated hitter spot for Tampa on Monday and is slated for 3-4 plate appearances. The Yankees expect him to need only a few rehab games, so Ellsbury could be activated from the disabled list before the end of the week.
    Yesterday, 3:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Colby Rasmus could play before road trip
    Colby Rasmus (infection) could be available to play before the Astros begin a road trip on Thursday.

    Advice: Rasmus got an infection following a bug bite on his left wrist. He's been given an IV and antibiotics, which have left him lethargic and unavailable to play the last few days. It appears he'll avoid the disabled list, though.
    Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Hamilton (hamstring) could be used in CF
    The Rangers are considering using Josh Hamilton (hamstring) in center field when he's activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

    Advice: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes that the club is "desperate for offense from center field" with Leonys Martin in a 3-for-43 slump. It's unclear whether the Rangers are considering using him regularly or just part-time at the position. Hamilton hasn't played center regularly since 2012 but said that he's "absolutely" ready for the position after playing the last two games of his rehab assignment there. If he does settle into center field full-time, it would obviously be bad news for Martin. It could, however, be good news for Joey Gallo, who might be used as the regular left fielder in that case.
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Khris Davis (knee) to begin rehab assignment
    Khris Davis (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Wednesday.

    Advice: The rehab assignment is expected to last five days, putting Davis in line for activation on July 5 assuming all goes well. The outfielder has been on the shelf for a month with a torn meniscus in his right knee.
    Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Hanley (hand) shooting to return by Thursday
    Hanley Ramirez (hand) is hoping to return to the lineup by Thursday.

    Advice: Tests have confirmed that Ramirez is merely dealing with a bruise on his left hand, but he remains sore and will have to ramp up a swinging progression before being cleared to return to action. Hanley hasn't played since last Wednesday. Alejandro De Aza has been filling in in left field.
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Colby Rasmus (infection) out again Monday
    Colby Rasmus (infection) remained out of the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's the third straight game he's missed due to a skin infection. Preston Tucker is in left field with Rasmus on the bench.
    Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Josh Hamilton won't be activated Monday
    Josh Hamilton (hamstring) will not be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Hamilton will be reevaluated Tuesday. He's looked good during his rehab with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock and should be back in the majors later this week. In the mean time, the Rangers will have to decide what to do with power-hitting rookie Joey Gallo.
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Kevin Kiermaier back in Rays' lineup Monday
    Kevin Kiermaier is back in the Rays' lineup Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: He was out of the lineup Saturday because of general soreness but returned to make a pinch-hitting appearance on Sunday. Kiermaier will bat leadoff and play center field.
    Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez out for fifth straight game
    Hanley Ramirez (hand) remains out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Monday.

    Advice: It's his fifth consecutive absence. The good news is Ramirez made the trip to Toronto after returning to Boston over the weekend for an MRI. Alejandro De Aza will make another start in left field.
    Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (hamstring) could return Monday
    The Rangers are expected to activate Josh Hamilton (hamstring) from the disabled list on Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: A strained hamstring sidelined Hamilton for close to a month. He went 4-for-12 with three RBI in four rehab games for Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. With Hamilton back in the lineup, the Rangers may have to get creative in the way they use Joey Gallo. He's been filling in at left field the past few weeks.
    Yesterday, 7:31 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Kiermaier makes pinch-hitting appearance
    Kevin Kiermaier pinch-hit in the ninth inning Sunday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He struck out on three pitches against Koji Uehara. Manager Kevin Cash kept Kiermaier out of the starting lineup for the second straight day because his legs were feeling "a little drained." The pinch-hitting appearance suggests Kiermaier could be back in the starting nine Monday versus Cleveland. David DeJesus has started in left field the last two games with Kiermaier absent.
    Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • Eury Perez leaves Sunday's game with injury
    Eury Perez left Sunday's game against the Pirates after colliding with Cameron Maybin in left field.

    Advice: Both players were going after a fly ball hit by Jordy Mercer in the ninth inning. After staying on the ground for several minutes, Perez was replaced by Joey Terdoslavich. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Perez injured his torso but his head is fine. Maybin didn't suffer an injury and stayed in the game. Perez is day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • Daniel Nava (thumb) could begin rehab Friday
    Daniel Nava (thumb) took batting practice on the field Saturday at Tropicana Field.

    Advice: He'll do the same in Toronto and if all goes well, he should begin a rehab assignment when the Red Sox return home on Friday. Nava enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 but has hit just .254 in 428 at-bats since with four homers and 44 RBI. It's going to be tough for him to find playing time in Boston's crowded outfield, though he could get a chance at first base if Mike Napoli continues to struggle.
    Yesterday, 5:18 am
    Player Note
    Daniel Nava Bos - 1B,OF
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Victorino (calf) nearing return to Boston
    The Red Sox could activate Shane Victorino (calf) from the disabled list as early as Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Victorino went 1-for-4 in Sunday's rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox want to see him play in back-to-back games before activating him. With Hanley Ramirez (hand) sidelined, Victorino could be an everyday player when he comes back. Boston's current outfield features Mookie Betts, Alejandro De Aza, Jackie Bradley and utility man Brock Holt.
    Yesterday, 5:08 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Braun's two-run homer helps Brewers top Twins
    Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer to break a tie in the eighth inning, leading the Brewers to a 5-3 win over the Twins on Sunday.

    Advice: With a runner on and no outs in the eighth, Braun slammed a Casey Fien pitch out to left to give the Brewers the lead. He finished 1-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base, his ninth steal of the season. The 31-year-old's .259/.331/.486 line is a bit below his usual output, but Braun's 15 homers and 49 RBI are both eighth-most in the National League.
    Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • De Aza homers again in a win over the Rays
    Alejandro De Aza hit his third home run in four days, helping the Red Sox take down the Rays on Sunday.

    Advice: It was a 2-for-4 day for De Aza. He hit the second of two second-inning solo home runs off of Chris Archer. Since joining the Red Sox, De Aza is batting .288/.323/.576 in 59 at-bats. The Red Sox are likely to ride his bat while it's hot.
    Sunday, 1:50 pm
  • Sizemore returns to MLB, records three hits
    Grady Sizemore, in his return to the majors, went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Sizemore was released by the Phillies at the beginning of the month, then signed to a minor league deal by the Rays two weeks later. He had been with Single-A Charlotte since. The 32-year-old veteran showed he still has some life left in his bat, providing one of the Rays' three runs with an RBI single in the seventh. Sizemore hit .245/.288/.296 with no home runs and six RBI in 104 plate appearances for the Phillies earlier this year.
    Sunday, 1:44 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) sitting out Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday after aggravating his hamstring injury while stealing a base Saturday.

    Advice: He missed a few games over the last week with the ailment but had played in two straight after Thursday's off day. Cain is hoping to return to the lineup on Monday. Jarrod Dyson is in center field in his place Sunday.
    Sunday, 10:41 am
  • Charlie Blackmon not in Sunday's lineup
    Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench with the Giants throwing lefty Madison Bumgarner. Brandon Barnes is covering center field with Blackmon out.
    Sunday, 10:35 am
  • Colby Rasmus (infection) remains out Sunday
    Colby Rasmus (infection) remained out of the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Rasmus is battling a skin infection and has missed two straight starts. He's day-to-day. George Springer is handling center field Sunday, with Domingo Santana covering right.
    Sunday, 8:43 am
  • Crawford (oblique) nearing rehab assignment
    Carl Crawford (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cuncamonga this week.

    Advice: Crawford has taken live batting practice recently without any issues and is ready to test things out in a game. He's been out since late April with a strained right oblique and will be second on the depth chart behind Andre Ethier in left field when he returns next month.
    Sunday, 8:18 am
    60-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Hanley (hand) heads back to Boston for MRI
    Hanley Ramirez will fly back to Boston to undergo an MRI on his ailing left hand.

    Advice: Initial X-rays on Ramirez's hand were negative after he left Wednesday game when he was hit by a liner. He remains sore, though, so the Red Sox want to have him looked at again. A decision on whether he might need a trip to the disabled list is expected to come on Monday.
    Sunday, 7:56 am
  • Grady Sizemore called up by Rays
    Rays purchased the contract of OF Grady Sizemore from High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Sizmore inked a minor league deal with Tampa earlier this month after the Phillies cut him loose. He hit only .245/.288/.296 with no homers in 39 games for Philadelphia and will be used in a reserve role with the Rays.
    Sunday, 7:15 am
  • Hanley Ramirez (hand) out again on Sunday
    Hanley Ramirez (hand) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's the fourth straight game he's missed after he was hit on the left hand by a live drive on Wednesday. Ramirez remains day-to-day. Alejandro De Aza is once again starting in his place in left field.
    Sunday, 6:58 am
  • Deuces are wild for Carter in loss to Yankees
    Chris Carter went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: Carter connected off Masahiro Tanaka for a solo homer in the fourth inning. He also added an RBI double and scored a run in the second inning. Carter is up to 13 home runs and 37 RBI after a slow start to the year.
    Saturday, 5:14 pm
  • Gardner has three hits, three runs scored
    Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Gardner had a single and two doubles in the winning effort. The outfielder is now hitting a ridiculous .343 (34-for-99) with 27 runs scored in the month of June. The great stretch has raised his overall line to .300/.371/.494 with an American League-best 58 runs scored.
    Saturday, 5:11 pm
  • De Aza's homer only Red Sox offense vs. Rays
    Alejandro De Aza hit a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: The solo shot was the only offense the Red Sox could muster against Rays starter Matt Andriese and the Rays bullpen. The home run was De Aza's fifth of the season and his second in three games. The 31-year-old could garner more playing time in a depleted Sox outfield with how well he's hit in recent days.
    Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Rasmus scratched Saturday with skin infection
    Colby Rasmus was scratched from the Astros starting lineup on Saturday due to a skin infection.

    Advice: Domingo Santana will take his place in right field for the Astros. It's unclear how long the issue may keep Rasmus sidelined, so consider him day-to-day for the time being.
    Saturday, 11:24 am
  • Hanley Ramirez remains out of Red Sox lineup
    Hanley Ramirez remains out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the third straight game that he's missed after being hit by a line drive while running the bases on Wednesday. Alejandro De Aza is once again starting in his place in left field on Saturday.
    Saturday, 9:08 am
  • Kevin Kiermaier not in Rays lineup Saturday
    Kevin Kiermaier is not in the Rays starting lineup on Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It's interesting that Kiermaier is on the pine against left-hander Wade Miley while David DeJesus draws a start in left field. The 25-year-old is hitting .266/.301/.430 with four homers and 15 RBI in 237 at-bats on the season.
    Saturday, 8:40 am
  • Joey Gallo starting in center field Saturday
    Joey Gallo is making his first career start in center field on Saturday.

    Advice: Gallo has been scuffling at the plate after a hot start, but the Rangers are still trying to find creative ways to get his bat in the lineup. The 21-year-old has never logged an inning in center field in his professional career, so it'll be interesting to see how the experiment works out. He'll be flanked by Ryan Rua and Shin-Soo Choo in the corners.
    Saturday, 8:13 am
  • Ryan Braun not in Brewers lineup Saturday
    Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Twins.

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the outfielder. Shane Peterson will get the start in left field for the Brewers and bat sixth against opposing right-hander Kyle Gibson.
    Saturday, 7:47 am
  • Lorenzo Cain goes 1-for-4 in return to lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in his return to the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Cain sat out two of the team's previous three contests with a slight hamstring strain. It doesn't sound as though the issue will warrant a trip to the disabled list, but he could require a day off here and there to manage it.
    Saturday, 5:35 am
  • Mike Trout goes 3-for-4, homers
    Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The two guys hitting ahead of Trout in the order went 0-for-8, so he never did hit with a man on base. He's up to 19 homers now, but he has just 42 RBI, all because the Angels aren't getting many hitters on base for him (he's actually hitting .381 in 42 at-bats with RISP).
    Friday, 10:28 pm
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Gardner has two hits vs. Astros
    Brett Gardner went 2-for-5 with a double Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Gardner's hot hitting continues. He's batting .486 (18-for-37) over his last eight games. His batting average has jumped 32 points to .294 during that time.
    Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Ellsbury could begin rehab assignment Monday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) will work out with the Yankees on Saturday, and if all goes well he could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: He will only need a couple of games on his rehab assignment to get his timing back, so barring any setbacks there's a chance that he could rejoin the Yankees before the end of next week. Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19 with a right knee sprain.
    Friday, 3:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Hanley Ramirez (hand) unable to swing bat
    Hanley Ramirez (hand) remains unable to swing a bat.

    Advice: Despite this fact, Red Sox manager John Farrell maintains that Ramirez's status is a day-to-day situation. The outfielder is missing a second straight game Friday and it's totally up in the air as to whether he might be ready to play sometime over the weekend.
    Friday, 2:58 pm
  • Joey Gallo not in Friday's lineup
    Joey Gallo is not in the Rangers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Gallo has scuffled of late since a hot start, batting just .154/.185/.231 over his last seven games. Ryan Rua is in left field Friday.
    Friday, 1:02 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (wrist) out again on Friday
    Hanley Ramirez (wrist) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ramirez remains sore after getting struck on his left wrist by a Xander Bogaerts line drive while running the bases during Wednesday's game. He's considered day-to-day. Alejandro De Aza is in left field again Friday.
    Friday, 12:08 pm
  • Victorino (calf) goes 2-for-3 in rehab game
    Shane Victorino (calf) went 2-for-3 with a double in his latest minor league rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

    Advice: Victorino has been on the shelf since May 24 due to a left calf strain. He is expected to return to the Red Sox early next week, and could log considerable time in right field with Rusney Castillo back in Triple-A, though with Alejandro De Aza playing well, he'll have to hit to remain in the lineup against right-handers.
    Thursday, 8:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Reddick's 3 RBI day leads A's past Rangers
    Josh Reddick went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in as the Athletics defeated the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Reddick brought in the game-tying run in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-3, then added insurance with a two-run single in the seventh to make it 6-3. He entered the day batting a meager .162 (6-for-37) in his last eight games, but he still has a productive .292/.353/.478 batting line with 10 home runs and 45 RBI.
    Thursday, 2:37 pm
  • De Aza homers, but Red Sox fall to Orioles
    Alejandro De Aza lifted a three-run home run in a 2-for-4 effort Thursday as the Red Sox were felled by the Orioles.

    Advice: De Aza brought the Red Sox back into the game after serving up six runs to the Orioles in the top of the fourth, belting a three-run shot off of Miguel Gonzalez in the bottom half of the inning. The Red Sox had acquired De Aza from the Orioles in an early June trade. Thus far, he's hit better in Beantown than he did in Baltimore. Overall on the season, he's hitting .232/.288/.397 with four home runs and 15 RBI.
    Thursday, 1:53 pm
  • Brett Gardner not in Thursday's lineup
    Brett Gardner is not in Thursday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: He's just getting the day off. Chris Young will start in center field and bat leadoff while Jose Pirela will start in left field.
    Thursday, 1:47 pm
  • Carter not in Thursday's lineup
    Chris Carter is not in Thursday's lineup against the Yankees.

    Advice: Carter will take a seat against Adam Warren. Marwin Gonzalez gets the start at first base.
    Thursday, 1:45 pm
  • Pederson getting day off Thursday vs. Cubs
    Joc Pederson is getting a day of rest in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs.

    Advice: Enrique Hernandez will start in center field and bat leadoff against Chicago left-hander Jon Lester.
    Thursday, 8:44 am
  • Choo (back) in Rangers' lineup on Thursday
    Shin-Soo Choo (back) is in the Rangers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the A's.

    Advice: Choo missed a couple of games with back spasms. He is playing right field and batting second on Thursday. Rougned Odor is leading off and starting at second base.
    Thursday, 8:41 am
  • Hanley (hand) not in Red Sox lineup Thursday
    Hanley Ramirez (wrist) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Orioles.

    Advice: But he is listed on the lineup card as a reserve, so there will be no disabled list stint. Not yet, anyway. Hanley left Wednesday's game after getting struck on his left wrist by a Xander Bogaerts line drive while running the bases. He had a brace and a wrap on the wrist Thursday in the Red Sox clubhouse. Alejandro De Aza is in left field and callup Jackie Bradley Jr. is in right field in Thursday's series finale versus Baltimore.
    Thursday, 7:45 am
  • Hamilton (hammy) doubles in first rehab game
    Josh Hamilton (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a double in his first rehab game Wednesday at Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: Hamilton will now move his rehab to Triple-A Round Rock and should return to the Rangers' active roster early next week. He's been on the disabled list since June 4 because of a left hamstring strain. The was batting .273/.385/.636 with two home runs and five RBI in seven games for TExas before suffering the injury.
    Thursday, 7:21 am
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Yasmany Tomas goes 4-for-5 in victory
    Yasmany Tomas had a career-high four hits in five at-bats Wednesday as the Diamondbacks came back to beat the Rockies 8-7.

    Advice: Tomas singled in a run as part of the three-run rally in the ninth. He also had a double earlier in the game. Just when it looked like his average was finally starting to tumble some, he's back up to .328 now. That's even though he's sporting a 43/9 K/BB ratio in 189 at-bats.
    Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Hanley diagnosed with left hand contusion
    Hanley Ramirez left Wednesday's game with a left hand contusion.

    Advice: He was hit near the hand and wrist area by a Xander Bogaerts line drive while running the bases, and he immediately left the game. A contusion suggests it might be a day-to-day injury, but the team will likely have to run more tests before providing a clearer outlook for his return.
    Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Cain dealing with slight hamstring issue
    Lorenzo Cain is dealing with a slight hamstring issue.

    Advice: That explains why he has been out of the Royals' lineup for two of the team's past three games. Royals manager Ned Yost said he hopes to have the center fielder back for Friday's game. Jarrod Dyson started in center for the club on Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 3:53 pm
  • Crawford (oblique) to take live BP this week
    Carl Crawford (oblique) will take live batting practice this week.

    Advice: Crawford is slowly recovering from a strained oblique suffered in late April. The outfielder owned a starting spot prior to the injury, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly recently said he won't be guaranteed one upon his return. Either way, that return likely won't come until after the All-Star break.
    Wednesday, 3:31 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Khris Davis (knee) takes batting practice
    Khris Davis (knee) took batting practice Wednesday for the first time since having knee surgery in early June.

    Advice: Davis has been rehabbing since tearing the meniscus in his right knee on May 30, and batting practice was a big step in his recovery. Assuming he continues to progress, he could be on a rehab assignment soon with an eye on returning around the All-Star break.
    Wednesday, 3:16 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Lorenzo Cain not in Royals' lineup Wednesday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: It would appear to be a simple day of rest for the oft-used outfielder, but it's the second in three days after he sat out Monday as well. There may be more to the story than is currently known. As he did Monday, Jarrod Dyson will get the start in center field with Cain out.
    Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Victorino (calf) cleared for rehab assignment
    Shane Victorino (calf) is starting a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Victorino has been out since May 24 with a strained left calf. He should be ready to return by early next week and will presumably take over as Boston's starting right fielder with Rusney Castillo now out of the picture.
    Wednesday, 1:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Tomas (illness) back in D'Backs lineup Wed.
    Yasmany Tomas (illness) is back in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Wednesday night in Denver.

    Advice: Tomas had to be scratched from Arizona's lineup Tuesday due to altitude sickness. He's obviously better-acclimated now. The 24-year-old Cuban has hit .315/.351/.429 with three home runs and 25 RBI through his first 53 games at the major league level.
    Wednesday, 1:50 pm
  • Choo (back) out of Rangers' lineup again Wed.
    Shin-Soo Choo (back) is not in the Rangers' starting lineup Wednesday night against the A's.

    Advice: Choo remains day-to-day with back spasms. Ryan Rua will start in right field and bat second versus A's right-hander Kendall Graveman. Joey Gallo is in left field.
    Wednesday, 1:13 pm
  • Daniel Nava (thumb) hits in cage
    Daniel Nava (thumb) hit in the batting cage on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's hoping to take batting practice on the field soon. There remains no timetable for Nava's activation from the disabled list, but he's obviously making strides.
    Tuesday, 5:02 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Nava Bos - 1B,OF
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Yasmany Tomas scratched due to illness
    Yasmany Tomas was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to illness.

    Advice: Tomas is having a little trouble with altitude sickness in Denver. It's a bummer for Tomas' fantasy owners, as they were surely looking forward to a matchup against Kyle Kendrick at Coors Field. Danny Dorn has taken his spot in right field.
    Tuesday, 3:56 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo sitting out with back spasms
    Shin-Soo Choo is not in Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: Choo also missed a couple games back in April with back spasms. He should be considered day-to-day. Ryan Rua is in right field in his place Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • Hamilton (hamstring) set for rehab assignment
    Josh Hamilton (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: And he is aiming to rejoin the Rangers' active roster next week in Baltimore. Hamilton has been on the disabled list since June 4 with a left hamstring strain. The 34-year-old was batting .273/.385/.636 with two home runs and five RBI in seven games before suffering the injury.
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Victorino (calf) could begin rehab games Wed.
    Shane Victorino (calf) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as Wednesday.

    Advice: Victorino made it through baserunning drills over the weekend without issue and will go through a standard team workout with the Red Sox on Tuesday. The veteran outfielder has been out since May 24 with a strained left calf. Rusney Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday afternoon, so there will be less of a crowd for playing time when Victorino returns.
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Gardner's 4 hit, 3 RBI not enough for Yankees
    Brett Gardner went 4-for-4 with a walk, a three-run home run, and two runs scored as the Yankees dropped Monday's slugfest to the Phillies.

    Advice: Gardner crushed a Kevin Correia offering in the fourth inning for a three-run home run, bringing the Yankees back into the game at an 8-5 deficit. He's logged multiple hits in four of his last five games, bringing his triple-slash line up to .290/.361/.472 with eight home runs, 36 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Pederson homers, but Dodgers fall to the Cubs
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run, but the Dodgers weren't able to surpass the Cubs in Monday's game.

    Advice: Pederson ripped a solo home run to center field at Wrigley Field against Jason Motte, bringing the Dodgers to within two runs, but it was ultimately too little, too late. Pederson has homered twice in his last three games after ending a 14-game homerless drought. He has 19 on the year along with 36 RBI and a .252/.393/.551 batting line.
    Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Mattingly: Crawford has to earn PT in LF
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday that Carl Crawford (oblique) will have to earn his playing time when he returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Mattingly said of the left field job that Andre Ethier has "kind of taken that spot, to be honest with you." It's no surprise, of course, given Ethier's .275/.353/.487 batting line and Crawford's struggles before he got hurt. As for Crawford's recovery from a right oblique strain, he is 10 days away from game action but will need plenty of rehab games after missing two months.
    Monday, 3:35 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:40 pm @Ari
  • Lorenzo Cain not in lineup Monday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It looks to simply be a day of rest. Jarrod Dyson is in center field in Cain's place.
    Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Sizemore to begin playing games in High-A
    Grady Sizemore will begin playing in games with the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs on Monday.

    Advice: Sizemore spent the last week working out at the Rays' spring training complex and has now been cleared for live games. The veteran outfielder signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay on June 15 after getting released by the Phillies on June 1. He hit .245/.288/.296 with no homers in 39 games for Philadelphia.
    Monday, 12:01 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas (elbow) returns to lineup
    Yasmany Tomas (elbow) is back in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Tomas didn't start Saturday after leaving Friday's game following a hit by pitch. He was able to pinch-hit, though, and will be fine.
    Jun 21, 11:06 am
  • Yasmany Tomas appears as pinch-hitter
    Yasmany Tomas (elbow) flied out as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Tomas didn't start after being lifted from Friday's game following a hit by pitch on the elbow. He'll be fine, though, and figures to return to the lineup Sunday.
    Jun 21, 5:49 am
  • Kiermaier triples and singles in win over CLE
    Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Kiermaier's already hit six triples this season. He hit eight all of last season, a number that he's likely to pass in the coming months unless the wheels fall off. Speaking of wheels, the outfielder also recorded his seventh steal on Saturday. In 213 at-bats, he's slashing .254/.293/.423 with four homers, 14 RBI and 29 runs scored.
    Jun 20, 7:53 pm
  • Pederson crushes 449-foot homer in loss
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Pederson also walked twice in the contest, hence the relative lack of at-bats. He acted as the front end of back-to-back home runs when he launched a 449-foot solo shot off Giants starter Tim Hudson in the first inning. Justin Turner would also homer to complete the end of that equation. Pederson is hitting .251/.391/.542 with 18 homers, 34 RBI and 37 runs scored in his first full major league season. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of that slash line is the difference between his average and on-base percentage--a clear sign of patience despite the fact that he's only 23 years old.
    Jun 20, 7:27 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas available off the bench Sat.
    Yasmany Tomas (elbow) is out of the Diamondbacks' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: Chip Hale said Tomas could be available to pinch-hit. Danny Dorn will play right field and bat fifth. From the looks of it, Tomas should be back in the lineup on Sunday.
    Jun 20, 5:16 pm
  • Blackmon homers, drives in three vs. Brewers
    Charlie Blackmon finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Saturday's 5-1 defeat of the Brewers.

    Advice: Blackmon also had a big night Friday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, a walk, and a stolen base. He hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning Saturday and added an RBI single in the seventh. Blackmon is now batting .271/.343/.442 with nine homers, 26 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and 38 home runs in 67 games this season.
    Jun 20, 3:50 pm
  • Joey Gallo not in Rangers lineup on Saturday
    Joey Gallo is not in the Rangers starting lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the young slugger against tough southpaw Carlos Rodon. Through his first 16 games in the big leagues, Gallo is slashing .224/.318/.500 with five homers and 10 RBI, though he has struck out 27 times in only 66 plate appearances. Ryan Rua is getting the start in left field while Adam Rosales handles the hot corner.
    Jun 20, 8:12 am
  • Shane Victorino to do baserunning drills
    Shane Victorino (calf) is scheduled to perform a series of baserunning drills over the weekend.

    Advice: He will then be reevaluated on Monday. If he comes through everything smoothly, Victorino could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that once he does start a rehab assignment, he's likely to need a least a week's worth of games before rejoining the Red Sox.
    Jun 20, 5:24 am
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Tomas diagnosed with left elbow contusion
    Yasmany Tomas has been diagnosed with a left elbow contusion after being hit by a pitch during Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: He was removed from the game and sent for precautionary X-rays which came back negative. Expect Tomas to return to the D'Backs lineup at some point over the weekend.
    Jun 20, 5:20 am
  • Blackmon has two hits, RBI in loss
    Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, a walk, and a stolen base Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Many were predicting Blackmon to take a step back this season and while his struggles against lefties has pulled down his batting average, he's still providing a lot of value as Colorado's leadoff man. The 28-year-old has eight home runs, 23 RBI, 16 steals and 37 runs scored through 66 games.
    Jun 19, 9:49 pm
  • Braun smacks two-run homer vs. Rockies
    Ryan Braun smacked a two-run homer and stole a base Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Braun homered in his first game back from another cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb, but he has been pretty quiet since. Hopefully a series in Coors Field will get his bat going again.
    Jun 19, 9:49 pm
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