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  • Span steals two bases in loss
    Denard Span singled and stole two bases Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Span went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. He's now a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts this season. The 31-year-old got a late start on the season after core muscle surgery and has battled various bumps and bruises since, but he still has a very strong .310/.373/.441 batting line over 56 games.
    45 minutes ago
  • Ramos has RBI single in loss
    Wilson Ramos went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: His run-scoring single tied the game at 1-1 in the seventh, but the Braves went on to win in the ninth inning. Ramos has managed to stay healthy this season while batting .258 with seven home runs and 35 RBI over 61 games, which is good enough for him to be relevant in mixed leagues. The lack of power has been a disappointment, but given how many ground balls he hits, perhaps it shouldn't come as a big surprise.
    46 minutes ago
  • Jacoby Ellsbury will not rejoin Yanks Friday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) will not rejoin the Yankees on Friday as had been anticipated.

    Advice: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that Ellsbury is still trying to get his legs in baseball shape. It seems likely that he'll continue on his minor league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa through the weekend before rejoining the Bombers next week.
    Today, 6:28 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rockies option Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned INF Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: The 27-year-old utility man was hitting just .225/.250/.270 in 89 at-bats with the big league club. He'll continue to function as organizational depth for the Rockies at Triple-A.
    Today, 3:58 pm
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    Top 5, 0-0 x @Ari
  • Ender Inciarte to return after All-Star break
    Ender Inciarte (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break.

    Advice: He has been on the shelf since mid-June with a right hamstring strain. Inciarte had been expected to rejoin the club at some point next week, but they'll give him a few extra days just to be safe. The 24-year-old is hitting .287/.316/.371 with two homers, 21 RBI and nine stolen bases on the season.
    Today, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 vs x Col
  • Middlebrooks (ankle) does agility drills
    Will Middlebrooks (ankle) went through agility drills on the field Thursday.

    Advice: Middlebrooks has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since rolling his ankle on Sunday. He could return to the lineup as soon as Friday.
    Today, 2:43 pm
  • Desmond out of Thursday's lineup
    Ian Desmond is out of Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: He's getting a day off to work on his swing mechanics. Danny Espinosa will start at shortstop while Dan Uggla plays second base.
    Today, 2:39 pm
    L, 2-1 x @Atl
  • McCutchen drives in two runs in win over DET
    Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Thursday afternoon's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the ninth. The two runs driven in gave him 47 for the season. After a slow start to the season, the numbers are more or less where you would expect them to be, as the star outfielder is now hitting .295/.386/.482 with nine homers and those 47 RBI. There's still a little room for improvement in the slugging department, but the rest of his body of work looks shiny enough.
    Today, 2:03 pm
  • Martinez cranks three-run homer in defeat
    J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Martinez's three-run shot in the eighth inning drew the Tigers to within 4-3, but the Pirates would score four times in the ninth to sap meaning from the bomb. The homer was his 21st of the season. Martinez hit a fantastic .290/.320/.677 with 11 homers and 26 RBI in the month of June alone and currently holds a season-long slash of .281/.335/.538 with 21 homers and 51 RBI. His career-high for homers in a season is 23. We're going to plant ourselves on a strong limb and say that he surpasses that soon enough.
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • Sano batting sixth in MLB debut Thursday
    Miguel Sano will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth in his MLB debut Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: Sano was called up Thursday after batting .274/.374/.544 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI over 66 games this season with Double-A Chattanooga. The 22-year-old offers massive power potential from the right side of the plate. He's expected to serve as the primary DH now that Kennys Vargas has been demoted, so he's well worth a flier in most fantasy formats.
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • A's designate Freiman for assignment
    Athletics designated 1B Nate Freiman for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Cody Martin on the 40-man roster. Freiman, 28, was batting just .171/.225/.188 over 35 games this season in Triple-A.
    Today, 1:16 pm
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    Bot 3, 2-0 vs x Sea
  • Herrera hits two-run homer and sacrifice fly
    Jonathan Herrera went 1-for-2 with a homer and three RBI in Thursday afternoon's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Herrera sacrificed in a run in the second inning, then took Mets starter Jacob deGrom deep for a two-run homer in the sixth to account for his three RBI on the day. It was his first long ball of the season. Over 70 at-bats, he's hitting .229/.250/.314, numbers that shouldn't put him near any fantasy radars.
    Today, 1:16 pm
    W, 6-1 ^ @NYM
  • Duda fans twice as hitting struggles continue
    Lucas Duda went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Duda's played absolutely horrifically over the last month. While he's launched 10 homers and driven in 33, nine of those homers and 25 of those RBI were compiled during April and May. June was an unqualified disaster for the slugger, who hit just .187/.312/.264 over 91 at-bats. He's too good a hitter to remain in that trough forever, but there are few current signs that a hot streak is around the corner.
    Today, 1:06 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ ChC
  • Ryan Hanigan (hand) activated from DL
    Red Sox activated C Ryan Hanigan from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed about two months with a fractured hand. For now, the Red Sox will keep three catchers. Hanigan will bat ninth Thursday against Toronto. The 34-year-old is hitting .222 this year with one homer and five RBI.
    Today, 12:58 pm
  • Aviles launches go-ahead homer in 10th
    Mike Aviles hit a go-ahead solo home run in the 10th inning on Thursday, helping to propel the Indians to a 5-4 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Aviles homered off of Xavier Cedeno to lead off the 10th inning. His run would stand as the difference in the eventual 5-4 win. Across 153 at-bats, the veteran infielder has smacked four home runs and is hitting .256/.312/.365. Aviles is who he is as a player and there's no fantasy upside here.
    Today, 12:45 pm
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 5-4 ^ @TB
  • Sizemore's two RBI not enough for victory
    Grady Sizemore went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Facing off against his former team, Sizemore punched in runs with a pair of RBI singles in the first and sixth innings. He was released from the Phillies last month after hitting .245/.288/.296 with zero homers and six RBI in 104 plate appearances. Sizemore's picked up six hits since June 28 (when the Rays acquired him), but there's little reason to expect much fantasy juice here.
    Today, 12:28 pm
  • Posey (head) homers in loss to Marlins
    Buster Posey (head) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Posey homered off of flamethrower Carter Capps in the eighth inning to draw the Giants to within 5-4, but they would be unable to push across another run and ultimately fell by that final score. It's good to see him back in the lineup, as he took a foul ball off his mask in Wednesday's contest with the Marlins. After passing a concussion test, he hit in his normal cleanup spot and looked like his normal self on Thursday. Posey is hitting .304/.377/.496 with 13 homers and 56 RBI this season.
    Today, 12:18 pm
    L, 5-4 ^ @Mia
  • Blanco smacks solo homer in losing effort
    Gregor Blanco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Blanco launched a solo dinger off of Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the fifth inning. He's now working on a nine-game hitting streak. When the streak started, he was slashing .274/.345/.411. He's worked those numbers up to a far more robust line of .318/.384/.452. Blanco has never held a season-slugging mark higher than .374 in his career, so we're somewhat doubtful that this is more than a hot streak, but if he's floating on the wire in deeper leagues, there's no better time to take advantage of his bat, as this might be as good as it gets for the outfielder.
    Today, 12:13 pm
  • Rojas triples, singles twice in win over SF
    Miguel Rojas went 3-for-4 with a triple in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Rojas was called up in late June to act as a utility bat. The three hits he recorded on Thursday were his first three of the season. Playing for Triple-A New Orleans prior to the call-up, he hit .302/.345/.431 over 64 games. He doesn't figure to see enough significant at-bats to become fantasy relevant.
    Today, 12:06 pm
    W, 5-4 vs ^ SF
  • Bour homers in third straight game
    Justin Bour went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Bour's three-run homer off of Matt Cain in the fifth inning jumped the Marlins from a 3-2 deficit to a 5-3 lead. They would go on to win 5-4. The home run was his ninth of the season and he pushed his season RBI total to an even 20. Bour's been on a tear recently, having homered in three straight games and driven in seven over that same time span. He's hitting a healthy .263/.340/.496 this season, though the return of Michael Morse figures to at least somewhat chip into his at-bats.
    Today, 12:03 pm
  • Wall (shoulder) lands on DL
    Rockies prospect 2B Forrest Wall (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list at Low-A Asheville on June 30.

    Advice: Wall, 19, is in the middle of a strong full-season debut in South Atlantic League, batting .258/.342/.426 with six home runs, seven doubles, eight triples and 37 RBI to go along with 16 stolen bases in 23 attempts. And considering Asheville’s home park heavily favors left-handed hitters, it is good to see Wall has balanced home (.774 OPS) and road (.762 OPS) splits. Wall is among the top second-base prospects in the minor leagues.
    Today, 10:07 am
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    Top 5, 0-0 x @Ari
  • Alex Presley brought up to replace Springer
    The Astros will call up OF Alex Presley from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He's expected to replace George Springer, who left Wednesday night's game with a bruised wrist. The 29-year-old appeared in 89 games for Houston last season, batting .244 with six homers and 19 RBI. In 244 at-bats for Fresno this season, Presley has hit .308 with 10 steals and 35 RBI.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Twins officially promote prospect Miguel Sano
    Twins recalled INF Miguel Sano from Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: Sano will take over as the Twins' regular designated hitter in Thursday's series opener against the Royals. The 22-year-old was sporting a .918 OPS with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 66 games this season at the Double-A level and he's a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues for his massive power potential.
    Today, 8:57 am
  • Buster Posey (head) in Giants' lineup Thurs.
    Buster Posey (head) is starting at first base for the Giants on Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.

    Advice: Posey left Wednesday's game after taking a foul ball off the center of his mask, but he passed a concussion test. He is batting cleanup Thursday against Jose Fernandez, who's making his first start in over 13 months.
    Today, 8:30 am
    L, 5-4 ^ @Mia
  • James McCann not in Tigers' lineup Thurs.
    James McCann is not in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate against the Pirates. It's just a day of rest for McCann.
    Today, 6:35 am
  • Loney (finger) expected to return on Friday
    James Loney (finger) is expected to return to the Rays' active roster on Friday.

    Advice: Loney has been on a minor league rehab assignment since Tuesday. He broke a bone in his left middle finger back in late May and will wind up missing around five weeks. The first baseman returns to a .275/.322/.376 batting line, two homers, and 11 RBI in 30 games.
    Today, 5:49 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 vs x Cle
  • Jose Altuve goes 3-for-4 in Astros' win
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a HBP, an RBI and two runs scored in the Astros' 6-5 defeat of the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Altuve also swiped a pair of bases. He's hit in 10 straight games to push his average back up to .298. That doesn't quite measure up to last year, but though three months, he's given his fantasy owners exactly what they paid for.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Lucas Duda goes 0-for-5, K's four times
    Lucas Duda went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Duda is hitting .177 with one homer in 26 games since the beginning of June. The Mets badly need him to recapture his April and May form if they're going to have any sort of offense at all.
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ ChC
  • Martinez's 3-hit night not enough for Tigers
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 but it wasn't enough for the Tigers in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: All three hits were singles, and the Tigers weren't able to bring him home even once. Martinez now has back-to-back three-hit nights. He's been red-hot since June 13, clubbing 10 home runs with 21 RBI while batting .365 (23-for-63). On the season, he has 20 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .281/.335/.538 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Justin Bour hits three-run walkoff homer
    Justin Bour hit a three-run homer off Santiago Casilla in the bottom of the ninth to give the Marlins a 6-5 win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Comebacks don't come much quicker than the Marlins' did tonight, as the two hitters immediately preceding Bour delivered singles. Bour walked it off from there, giving the Marlins three runs on 11 pitches from Casilla. It's Bour's eighth homer of the year. He's expected to lose playing time pretty soon with Michael Morse coming back, but the Marlins need as much power as they can get, even if it means giving Morse some time in left.
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Posey passes concussion test after exiting
    Buster Posey passed a concussion test after Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Posey left the game after taking a foul ball off his mask. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the catcher felt "off" and didn't want to risk further injury. He'll be re-evaluated again Thursday, but as of now it appears he dodged a huge bullet.
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
    L, 5-4 ^ @Mia
  • Gregor Blanco goes 3-for-4
    Gregor Blanco went 3-for-4 with an RBI against the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blanco has 14 hits during an eight-game hitting streak, pushing his average all of the way up to .314. He's been a savior for the Giants with two starting outfielders on the DL and the third, Angel Pagan, limited of late.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Posey leaves after taking foul ball off mask
    Buster Posey left Wednesday's game after taking a foul ball off his mask.

    Advice: Posey stayed in after the incident, but he was removed in the fifth inning. He's being re-evaluated, likely for concussion symptoms, and the club may have a better prognosis after the game. Andrew Susac would be in line for the bulk of the playing time if Posey is forced to miss time.
    Yesterday, 6:22 pm
    L, 5-4 ^ @Mia
  • Buster Posey exits with undisclosed injury
    Buster Posey left Wednesday's game against the Marlins with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: There was nothing apparent, but Andrew Susac replaced Posey behind the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. A few inning earlier Posey took a foul ball off his mask. The Giants should provide an update shortly.
    Yesterday, 5:37 pm
    L, 5-4 ^ @Mia
  • Twins calling up top prospect Miguel Sano's Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins are calling up prospect Miguel Sano.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas has already been optioned to Triple-A Rochester to open up a roster spot. Sano, 22, boasts a .918 OPS with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 66 games this season at the Double-A level. He's primarily played third base in the minors, but look for the Twins to use him as their everyday designated hitter. Sano has been a consensus top-20 prospect for going on four years and is worth a shot in every mixed fantasy league for his power potential.
    Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Ellsbury (knee) back in Tampa lineup Wed.
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) is back in the lineup Wednesday night at High-A Tampa.

    Advice: Ellsbury was held out Tuesday with some mild fatigue. He is still on track to rejoin the Yankees on Friday.
    Yesterday, 2:03 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Ryan Hanigan (hand) delayed by flight
    Ryan Hanigan (hand) wasn't activated from the disabled list Wednesday because of a flight cancellation that delayed his arrival in Toronto.

    Advice: Hanigan is in Toronto now but won't be activated until Thursday. Blake Swihart is likely to be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the roster.
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Ryan Hanigan (hand) won't be activated Wed.
    Ryan Hanigan (hand) will not be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

    Advice: That's the day the Red Sox had been targeting him to return. The club could be delaying a decision with their catchers, as Blake Swihart has played well of late and the Sox don't want to lose Sandy Leon, who is out of options. Either way, Hanigan will surely be activated later this week.
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Will Middlebrooks (ankle) pinch-hits
    Will Middlebrooks (ankle) grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Middlebrooks was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with an ankle injury that occurred when he stepped on a bat in the on-deck circle. He's expected to avoid the disabled list.
    Yesterday, 5:43 am
  • Martinez homers again, but Tigers fall in 14
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-6 with a two-run home run, but the Tigers couldn't overcome the Pirates in 14 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Martinez belted a two-run home run to left-center off of Tony Watson in the bottom of the eighth inning, knotting the game up at four apiece. It's his fourth home run in his last five games and his seventh in his last seven. He has 20 round-trippers on the year with 48 RBI and a .275/.330/.535 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • McCutchen reaches base 5 times in a win
    Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with three walks and an RBI in Tuesday's 14-inning win against the Tigers.

    Advice: McCutchen knocked in what turned out to be a very important run with a single in the eighth inning. The Tigers would knot the game up in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run. McCutchen is again putting up All-Star numbers, batting .296/.389/.485 with nine home runs and 45 RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:02 pm
  • Posey has double, homer in loss to Marlins
    Buster Posey finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored against the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Posey hit a solo home run in the third inning before doubling and scoring on a wild pitch in the sixth. The catcher is 11-for-24 (.458) with four doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs scored during a six-game hitting streak. The hot stretch has his overall line up to .303/.378/.487.
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
    L, 5-4 ^ @Mia
  • Bour hits seventh homer in win over Giants
    Justin Bour hit his seventh home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: The solo homer was his only hit in four at-bats on the night. He's now got seven homers in 50 games with the Marlins. The 27-year-old is hitting .254/.331/.454 overall.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury could still return Friday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) could still be activated on Friday even after sitting out Tuesday's rehab game because of fatigue.

    Advice: "I guess the running we've done the last couple of days has kind of worn him out," Girardi said Tuesday. "And it's not only in the one leg, it's in both legs. So we'll give him a day off today and hopefully he's back in there tomorrow." Ellsbury went 0-for-3 in his first rehab contest on Monday but needs to play at least a game or two in center field before being activated.
    Tuesday, 7:35 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Ellsbury sits out rehab game due to fatigue
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) did not play in Tuesday's rehab game with High-A Tampa as scheduled due to "general fatigue," according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

    Advice: It's obviously not ideal, but at least it's not a significant setbacks. Ellsbury, who hopes to play Wednesday, had been slated for activation from the disabled list as soon as Friday. That could be pushed back a bit now.
    Tuesday, 3:49 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Loney (finger) begins rehab stint Tuesday
    James Loney (finger) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney, out since May 24 with a broken left middle finger, will DH in his return to game action. He has a good chance to return prior to the All-Star break.
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 vs x Cle
  • Denard Span in Tuesday's lineup
    Denard Span is in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Like Bryce Harper, Span sat out the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. The veteran outfielder has been dealing with a nagging back issue of late, but he's good to go.
    Tuesday, 12:38 pm
  • Ellsbury (knee) begins rehab assignment
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Monday in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Tampa.

    Advice: Ellsbury served as the DH on Monday, but he's expected to play center field on Tuesday. The tentative plan calls for him to be activated on Friday. Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19 with a right knee sprain.
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
    15-Day DL
  • Altuve homers, helping the Astros beat KC
    Jose Altuve walked and hit a solo home run in four plate appearances on Monday as the Astros topped the Royals.

    Advice: Altuve slugged a solo home run to left field off of Joe Blanton in the third inning, padding his club's lead to 3-0 at the time. He's now on an eight-game hitting streak while carrying a .292/.336/.415 batting line with seven home runs, 31 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
    Monday, 8:25 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.
    Monday, 7:12 pm
  • James Loney (finger) nearing rehab assignment
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday that James Loney (finger) could begin a rehab assignment "in the next couple of days."

    Advice: Loney has progressed more quickly than expected in his recovery from a broken left middle finger and could be activated prior to the All-Star break. The first baseman sports a .275/.322/.376 batting line with two homers and 11 RBI in 30 games this season.
    Monday, 5:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 vs x Cle
  • 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.
    Monday, 3:47 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Desmond's homer not enough as the Nats lose
    Ian Desmond walked and hit a two-run home run in four trips to the plate, but the Nationals couldn't overcome the Phillies in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Desmond clubbed a two-run home run off of Severino Gonzalez in the fourth inning, helping chip into the four-run deficit the Nationals had entering the frame. It's his seventh round-tripper of the year and his 22nd and 23rd RBI's. He carries a mediocre .225/.269/.356 triple-slash line.
    Sunday, 6:40 pm
    L, 2-1 x @Atl
  • Middlebrooks leaves game with apparent injury
    Will Middlebrooks was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Middlebrooks appeared to roll his ankle on a bat in the Diamondbacks on-deck circle while chasing down a foul pop fly. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but will be evaluated by team trainers. The Padres should have an update on his status after the game.
    Sunday, 3:05 pm
  • Denard Span sits second game on Sunday
    Denard Span is not in the Nationals starting lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Span returned to the lineup in the first game on Sunday after missing the previous few days with a lingering back issue. He went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored in the day game, and should return to the top of the Nationals lineup on Tuesday.
    Sunday, 1:51 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
  • McCann walk-off HR completes Tigers' comeback
    James McCann smacked a walk-off, solo home run in the Tigers' comeback win over the White Sox Sunday.

    Advice: The Tigers were dominated for seven innings by Jeff Samardzija, but they tied things up in the eighth with Victor Martinez's bases-clearing double. McCann, who singled and scored in the eighth, then won it by depositing a Zach Putnam pitch just over the left-field wall. Alex Avila (knee) is due back soon, but McCann will continue to start versus lefties.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen (elbow) in Sunday's lineup
    Andrew McCutchen (elbow) is back in the Pirates' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: 'Cutch had to ext Saturday's game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his left elbow. X-Rays came back negative, though, and he's ready to go.
    Sunday, 8:41 am
  • Denard Span (back) returns to Nats' lineup
    Denard Span (back) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday for the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Span hasn't played since Thursday due to a nagging back issue. The outfielder sports a .301/.354/.435 batting line for the Nats this season.
    Sunday, 7:50 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
  • Inciarte (hamstring) likely back next weekend
    Ender Inciarte (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list next weekend.

    Advice: Inciarte won't be ready to return from his right hamstring strain when his 15 days are up on Wednesday, but it will be just a few days after that. "I think it's probably going to be in the 18-20 days (range) after the injury," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said.
    Sunday, 5:44 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 vs x Col
  • Posey has two-run double in win over Rockies
    Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Posey contributed a two-run double in the third inning, the third time in his last four games that he's driven in multiple runs. In that span, he's 7-for-16 with three doubles, nine RBI and six runs scored. Overall, Posey is hitting .297/.375/.471 with 11 homers, 39 runs scored and 50 RBI.
    Saturday, 4:39 pm
    L, 5-4 ^ @Mia
  • McCutchen's elbow X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Andrew McCutchen's left elbow came back negative.

    Advice: Pirates fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief. McCutchen is day-to-day. Meanwhile, Saturday's game just got a little more interesting. Both dugouts were warned after Charlie Morton plunked Andrelton Simmons. It's unclear if Morton was retaliating for McCutchen's hit-by-pitch earlier in the game.
    Saturday, 2:24 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen goes down with elbow injury
    Andrew McCutchen left Saturday's game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his left elbow.

    Advice: He couldn't get out of the way of Julio Teheran's 91 mph fastball in the first inning. Jung Ho Kang pinch-ran for McCutchen with Starling Marte moving to center field. McCutchen has hit.333 with 31 RBI since May 1. If he faces an extended absence, it would be a huge loss for fantasy owners.
    Saturday, 2:01 pm
  • James Loney (finger) ahead of schedule
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that James Loney (finger) is ahead of schedule in his recovery and should return to the Rays before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Loney has been on the shelf since May 25 with a broken left middle finger and was expected to be sidelined until after the Mid-Summer classic. Before hitting the disabled list, he was hitting .275/.322/.376 with two homers and 11 RBI in 30 games.
    Saturday, 9:53 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 vs x Cle
  • Marlins recall Miguel Rojas from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled INF Miguel Rojas from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: The 26-year-old infielder has the ability to play three different positions in the infield and will provide depth on the bench for the Marlins. He was hitting .302/.345/.431 with three homers and 23 RBI in 64 games at Triple-A.
    Saturday, 7:00 am
    W, 5-4 vs ^ SF
  • J.D. Martinez powers Tigers past White Sox
    J.D. Martinez blasted a solo home run in the eighth inning on Friday, propelling the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: The game had been knotted up at 4-4 before Martinez took Zach Duke over the wall in left-center for the game-winning blast. He has now homered in three consecutive games for the second time this month, and has nine home runs in his last 12 contests. On the season, he's slashing a healthy .274/.331/.533 with 19 home runs and 46 RBI.
    Friday, 7:26 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
  • Denard Span (back) scratched from lineup
    Denard Span was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: The spasms have been an issue off and on for Span for over a week now. He should be considered day-to-day. Matt den Dekker has entered the lineup in Span's place and is playing right field, with Clint Robinson shifting to right field and Michael Taylor to center.
    Friday, 3:00 pm
  • Jose Altuve goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with, two doubles, three runs scored and two steals as the Astros' No. 3 hitter on Thursday.

    Advice: The Astros liked Carlos Correa's work in the two hole while Jose Altuve missed time last week with a hamstring injury, so Altuve has been hitting third since returning Monday. It doesn't hurt his fantasy value at all.
    Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Posey plates three as Giants win slugfest
    Buster Posey went 3-for-5 and drove home three runs as the Giants outlasted the Padres in a 13-8 slugfest on Thursday.

    Advice: Two of Posey's three knocks were doubles and he also scored three runs in the contest. He has once again been one of the truly elite offensive performers behind the plate this season, slashing .293/.369/.469 with 11 long balls and 48 RBI.
    Thursday, 4:12 pm
    L, 5-4 ^ @Mia
  • Martinez clubs his 9th June homer in a loss
    J.D. Martinez went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 10-inning loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Martinez reduced the Tigers' deficit to 5-4 with a two-run home run in the fifth inning off of Carlos Rodon, marking his fifth home run in his last four games. He's also gone yard nine times in June, giving him 18 on the season along with 45 RBI and a .270/.329/.522 batting line.
    Thursday, 2:17 pm
  • Posey's grand slam pushes Giants past Padres
    Buster Posey blasted a grand slam in Wednesday's 6-0 triumph across from San Diego.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-4. Posey's grand slam seemed almost preordained after Ian Kennedy slogged through a third inning elongated by a Will Middlebrooks error. Considering Posey's history against Kennedy, it came as no surprise that he capitalized on the moment. Posey is 16-for-40 (.400) lifetime against the right-hander.
    Wednesday, 10:33 pm
    L, 5-4 ^ @Mia
  • J.D. Martinez goes deep Wed. in loss
    J.D. Martinez ripped a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: His longball in the seventh inning got the Tigers on the board, but that's as close as they got with Carlos Carrasco cruising most of the day. Martinez now has 17 home runs on the season to put him on pace for 38, which would far surpass the 23 he hit in last year's breakout campaign.
    Wednesday, 12:23 pm
  • Gregor Blanco reaches four times
    Gregor Blanco reached four times from the leadoff spot Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with two walks against the Padres.

    Advice: Again one of the league's best part-timers, Blanco is hitting .283 with 16 walks in 127 at-bats. He'll continue to play quite a bit with Hunter Pence set to miss at least a couple of more weeks.
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Cutch's two-run homer leads Pirates to win
    Andrew McCutchen's two-run home run capped a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday, and the Pirates held on for a 7-6 win over the Reds.

    Advice: McCutchen took Reds reliever Pedro Villarreal deep to put an exclamation point on the seven-run frame. He also doubled in the game, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk. He's now got nine homers, 44 RBI and 37 runs scored. The "What's wrong with Andrew McCutchen?" questions have ceased as he's come around at the dish, owning a .292/.375/.488 line through Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Ian Desmond not in Nats' lineup Tuesday
    Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: The struggling Desmond was on the bench Friday and would have sat out Saturday as well if it wasn't for Yunel Escobar coming down with a stomach bug. There's still upside here, but he might continue to lose playing time to Danny Espinosa until he turns things around.
    Tuesday, 12:49 pm
    L, 2-1 x @Atl
  • J.D. Martinez held out of Tuesday's lineup
    J.D. Martinez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off for Martinez, who is 1-for-9 with seven strikeouts against Danny Salazar. Chris Iott of points out that this is the second time Brad Ausmus has sat Martinez against Salazar in recent weeks. Rajai Davis is starting in right field.
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Jose Altuve (hamstring) back in lineup Monday
    Jose Altuve (hamstring) is back in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Altuve missed the last four games with a strained right hamstring, but he tested things out and is ready to go. The second baseman has hit an un-Altuve-like .237/.284/.321 since the beginning of May.
    Jun 22, 3:37 pm
  • James Loney (finger) takes grounders
    James Loney (finger) will field ground balls on Monday.

    Advice: He'll also take some dry swings later this week. Loney has missed the last month of action with a broken left middle finger and isn't expected back prior to the All-Star break.
    Jun 22, 1:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 vs x Cle
  • 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.
    Jun 22, 12:01 pm
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