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  • Harper tops all NL players in All-Star votes
    Bryce Harper was the leading vote getter in the entire National League for the All-Star game, garnering 13,864,950 ballots.

    Advice: It will be the third time in his first four years in the big leagues that he has made the National League squad. He'll be joined by Paul Goldschmidt, Dee Gordon, Todd Frazier, Jhonny Peralta, Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Holliday in the starting lineup for the senior circuit. Stanton is on the disabled list and will not be able to appear in the game, and Holliday's status is up in the air.
    Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Four Royals will start in the All-Star Game
    While it wasn't the complete sweep that Royals fans had pushed so hard for, four Royals were voted in as starters for the American League squad in the 2015 All-Star game.

    Advice: Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez were each the leading vote getters at their respective positions, while Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon finished second and third respectively in the outfield. They'll join Miguel Cabrera, Jose Altuve, Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz and Mike Trout as the fan's picks to start the mid-summer classic, though Cabrera is on the disabled list and will not be able to play in the game.
    Yesterday, 5:16 pm
  • Puig fans twice in hit-less afternoon vs Mets
    Yasiel Puig went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: The Dodgers managed just three hits as a team, with Puig managing zero of them. He has played in just 36 games this season while dealing with various injuries and his lack of consistency is understandable. Should he find a way to stay on the field for an extended amount of time, we like him to improve on his current .278/.368/.444 triple-slash. It should at least be noted, though, that after a world-beating debut in 2013, his slash numbers dropped in 2014 and have further dipped over the first half of his 2015 campaign. We'll see if he can reverse that trend in the second half of the season.
    Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Fuld cracks homer for lone A's run vs M's
    Sam Fuld went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The homer was Fuld's first of the season. In 176 at-bats this season, he's hitting a dismal .212/.294/.324. The best we can of that batting line is that the OBP is relatively impressive given that there is no reason, whatsoever, for pitchers to pitch cautiously to him.
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Marlins option Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned OF Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: It's a very curious move for the Marlins, who are struggling as a team on offense, to demote their starting center fielder to Triple-A. While he has struggled of late, the 24-year-old is still hitting a respectable .249/.301/.337 on the season with four homers and 26 RBI in 79 games.
    Yesterday, 2:22 pm
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  • Kemp singles home lone run in loss to Cards
    Matt Kemp went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Kemp's single was one of just three that Padres compiled as a team, and the only one to do any damage, as it brought a run home against Lance Lynn in the third inning. That run would be the only one scored in the losing effort. Kemp's currently posting the worst batting average of his career and is hitting just .241/.282/.359 with six homers and 42 RBI. Last season, he slashed .287/.346/.506 for the Dodgers.
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Rangers not considering DL for Josh Hamilton
    Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said Sunday that the team has not considered placing Josh Hamilton (groin) on the disabled list.

    Advice: Hamilton is considered day-to-day with a groin strain. He underwent a precautionary MRI on Saturday that appears to have confirmed there was no serious ailment, and the slugger should be able to rejoin the Rangers lineup in a couple of days.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Bautista launches 17th homer in Jays' victory
    Jose Bautista walked twice and homered in five plate appearances on Sunday as the Blue Jays defeated the Tigers.

    Advice: Bautista ripped a two-run home run to left field as part of a six-run fifth inning against Justin Verlander. The pair of walks increases his league lead to 65 and puts him in a tie with Paul Goldschmidt for the major league lead. Bautista owns a menacing .246/.397/.520 batting line with 17 home runs and 57 RBI on the year.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Kiermaier triples, extends major league lead
    Kevin Kiermaier extended his major league lead in triples to eight, finishing 2-for-4 in Sunday's victory against the Yankees.

    Advice: Kiermaier tripled to lead off the second inning and later scored on Curt Casali's sacrifice fly for the Rays' third run of the game. Despite his propensity for triples, Kiermaier hasn't done much else at the plate this year, batting .255/.289/.419 with four home runs and 16 RBI. He has scored 35 runs as well.
    Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Parra homers in fifth straight multi-hit game
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as the Brewers topped the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: Parra homered in the seventh inning off of Carlos Contreras, extending the Brewers' lead to 4-0. The outfielder has racked up five consecutive multi-hit games to open up the month of July. The surge has raised his triple-slash line to .308/.345/.477 with seven home runs and 25 RBI.
    Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Delino DeShields activated from disabled list
    Rangers activated OF Delino DeShields from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: DeShields is back from his hamstring injury after completing a six-game rehab assignment. With Josh Hamilton's (groin) status up in the air, he could wind up playing a lot in left field.
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Starling Marte exits with side discomfort
    Starling Marte exited Sunday's game against the Indians with discomfort in his left side.

    Advice: The Pirates don't want to provide a definitive diagnosis until Marte is re-evaluated on Monday. The fear, obviously, is that he's suffered a strained oblique, which would surely require a trip to the disabled list. More will be known about Marte on Monday.
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Marte exits game with apparent side injury
    Starling Marte left Sunday's game against the Indians with an apparent injury to his side.

    Advice: Marte grabbed his side after a swing in the bottom of the fourth inning and eventually walked off the field after a conversation with the Pirates' trainer and manager Clint Hurdle. Obviously, the fear is that he might had strained his oblique, but the club should offer an update on Marte shortly.
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Ben Revere nursing hamstring injury
    Ben Revere revealed Sunday that he's been battling a minor right hamstring issue of late.

    Advice: It's unclear when the ailment first popped up, but it helps explain why Revere hasn't been playing much of late. The speedy outfielder is hitting .333 with 13 stolen bases over his last 43 games, but the Phillies have been trying hard to trade him of late. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has reported that the Phillies agreed to send Revere to the Angels for reliever Trevor Gott, but the Halos backed out of the deal.
    Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Jake Marisnick activated from disabled list
    Astros activated OF Jake Marisnick from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back in center field and hitting ninth Sunday. Marisnick missed a little over two weeks of action with a left hamstring strain.
    Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Billy Hamilton getting a breather Sunday
    Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day off. Jason Bourgeois is in center field while Hamilton rests.
    Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) sitting out on Sunday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez had to exit Saturday's contest after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. X-rays came back clean and he's expected to be fine, but the outfielder is surely sore. Gerardo Parra is handling center field Sunday.
    Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's legs not in game shape
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) has missed three out of five games while on a rehab assignment due to general fatigue in his legs.

    Advice: The Yankees had been hoping Ellsbury would be ready for activation this weekend, but now they're not sure when he'll return. "His legs aren’t where they need to be for him to play on a consistent basis," manager Joe Girardi said. "That’s our concern because they’re so important to him." It's sounding like we probably shouldn't expect Ellsbury back before the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
    15-Day DL
  • Hamilton (groin) could be headed back to DL
    Josh Hamilton could be placed back on the disabled list with a strained groin.

    Advice: It's being called a groin strain, but Rangers manager Jeff Banister admitted that Hamilton's "whole lower half" has been an issue since he went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring at the end of May. The results of an MRI Saturday haven't been revealed yet, but it appears Hamilton could be shut down again. "Obviously, we’ll see where he is throughout the night," Banister said Saturday. "We’ll continue to try to manage how he feels. This is a guy we’d like to have for an extended period of time. I’m trying my best to figure this whole thing out with him and what is best for Josh."
    Yesterday, 5:48 am
  • A.J. Pollock swipes two bases
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two steals versus the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Pollock is 18-for-23 stealing bases this year, which is a big reason why he's been an elite fantasy outfielder. He entered the season with 27 steals in 243 games as a major leaguer. His 18 this year have come in 80 games.
    Saturday, 10:37 pm
  • Cain doubles, drives in two in loss to Twins
    Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Cain has been a hitting machine of late, with multi-hit efforts in four of his last five games. The recent hot streak has propelled his season triple-slash line to .309/.365/.467 and he's also hit six homers and driven in 38 runs. Cain's been very consistent this season and has turned into one of the more dependable players in the game.
    Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Maybin homers and scores three runs vs PHI
    Cameron Maybin played a nice all-around game in Saturday's win over the Phillies, homering, scoring three runs and driving in two.

    Advice: Maybin doubled in the first inning, homered in the second and singled in the fourth. He couldn't find himself a triple for the cycle, finishing 3-for-5. The big game pushed his season slash to .295/.364/.418 to side with seven home runs, 39 RBI, 34 runs scored and 14 steals in what's shaping up to be the best overall season of his career.
    Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Carlos Gomez leaves with wrist contusion
    Carlos Gomez left Saturday's game against the Reds with a left wrist contusion.

    Advice: He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before exiting in the sixth inning. His X-rays came back negative and the Brewers are listing him as day-to-day. Gerardo Parra is likely to play center field if Gomez gets the day off on Sunday.
    Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • Delino Deshields close to returning from DL
    Delino Deshields (hamstring) will be reevaluated after Saturday's workout.

    Advice: Deshields recently wrapped up a six-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock and is close to 100 percent. He should be activated from the disabled list in the next day or two. Texas has a crowded outfield now with Josh Hamilton, Leonys Martin and Shin-Soo Choo all seeing regular at-bats. Deshields had 13 steals in 48 games before his injury.
    Saturday, 4:52 pm
  • Josh Hamilton getting the day off Saturday
    Josh Hamilton is not in the Rangers' lineup Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: He'll sit out against southpaw Hector Santiago. Ryan Rua will get the start in left field and bat second. Hamilton went 1-for-3 Friday in his first game against the Angels since getting traded earlier this year.
    Saturday, 2:17 pm
  • J.B. Shuck delivers game-winning double
    J.B. Shuck played the role of hero on Saturday, delivering a pinch-hit RBI double in the eighth inning to break a tie and propel the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: He pinch-hit for Geovany Soto with a man on second and one-out in the eighth inning, greeting Darren O'Day with a double to right field to break the 2-2 deadlock. Shuck has played well in his limited playing time this season, slashing .292/.358/.333 with no homers and six RBI in 72 at-bats.
    Saturday, 2:13 pm
    5:10 pm vs Tor
  • Betts knockes in three runs against Astros
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a walk, and a run scored in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Betts knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning before adding RBI doubles in the sixth and eighth innings. He's now tied with David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez for the team lead with 41 RBI.
    Saturday, 1:49 pm
  • Bryce Harper launches 25th home run
    Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Using a special Fourth of July-themed bat, Harper took Madison Bumgarner deep in the first inning. Bumgarner hadn't given up a home run to a left-handed batter in 47 starts. Harper is now up to 25 home runs, which ties him with Cincinnati's Todd Frazier for second in the National League. He owns a ridiculous .344/.470/.719 batting line on the year.
    Saturday, 11:39 am
  • Taylor hits leadoff homer Saturday vs. Giants
    Michael Taylor clubbed a leadoff homer Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Taylor made the start in center field Saturday while Denard Span got the day off. The 24-year-old is hitting just .246 with a .295 on-base percentage, but he has been relevant in deeper mixed fantasy leagues because of his power-speed combo.
    Saturday, 11:36 am
  • Jake Marisnick to return from DL on Sunday
    Jake Marisnick (hamstring) is scheduled to return from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: The center fielder played three games on a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno, going 2-for-12 with a pair of walks. He'll rejoin the team on Sunday, though there is a chance that they'll wait on his activation until Monday.
    Saturday, 11:28 am
  • Colby Rasmus returns to Astros lineup
    Colby Rasmus (illness) has returned to the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's back in center field and batting sixth for the Astros on Saturday after missing a week of action due to an infection he sustained from a bug bite.
    Saturday, 9:16 am
  • Matt Kemp not in Padres lineup on Saturday
    Matt Kemp is not in the Padres starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for Kemp. Melvin Upton is getting the start in his place in center field and will bat leadoff for the Padres against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals.
    Saturday, 9:03 am
  • Denard Span not in Nationals lineup Saturday
    Denard Span is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Giants.

    Advice: It appears to be nothing more than a regular day of rest for the veteran outfielder who has seen his fair share of injuries this season. Michael Taylor will slide over to center field and bat leadoff for the Nationals against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.
    Saturday, 5:56 am
  • Marte strikes out twice in hit-less effort
    Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The 0-for-4 jaunt snapped Marte's eight-game hitting streak. It's been a career best season to this point for the outfielder, who will set a personal best for homers when he hits his next one (he's currently at 13, same as the number he hit all of last year). He's hitting .284/.333/.465 through 299 at-bats in 2015.
    Friday, 10:43 pm
  • McCutchen hits 10th homer of season in loss
    Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: McCutchen homered with a runner on against Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning, the only runs that the Pirates would score in the game. After hitting just .194/.302/.333 in April, McCutchen has posted batting averages north of .300 and slugging percentages north of .500 in each of the last two months. Overall, he's slashing .296/.390/.493 with 10 homers and 49 RBI.
    Friday, 10:37 pm
  • Cain doubles, singles twice in leading Royals
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Cain was all over the place in this contest. He would drive in a run with a single in the third inning and score both the game-tying run in the eighth and the game-winning run in the 10th as the Royals improved to 45-32 for the season. He's now racked up nine hits in his last 16 at-bats.
    Friday, 9:46 pm
  • Gomez hits grand slam to help destroy Reds
    Carlos Gomez launched a grand slam and finished with five RBI to help down the Reds by a 12-1 score on Friday.

    Advice: Gomez stepped up with the bases loaded and the Brewers up 5-0 in the seventh inning. He promptly unloaded on a Carlos Contreras offering for a grand slam to vanquish any vague hopes of a Reds comeback. In addition to the big slam, Gomez also chipped in with an RBI single to finish 3-for-5 with five total RBI. Overall, he's hitting .271/.314/.427 with six homers, 31 RBI and 36 runs scored. Plus seven steals, though he's also been caught four times.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Parra homers, drives in two in blowout win
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's demolition of the Reds.

    Advice: Throw a dart at the Brewer lineup on Friday and you were liable to hit somebody having a big game. Parra did his part leading off. He smacked a solo homer in the first inning to start the scoring party, then added a sacrifice fly in the ninth just for kicks and giggles. His numbers are solid across the board, as he's slashing .303/.337/.466 with six homers, 24 RBI and 35 runs scored. He could very well end up being traded before the deadline, given the Brewers' 34-48 record.
    Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Colby Rasmus (illness) hopes to play Sat.
    Colby Rasmus (illness) is hoping to return to the lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Rasmus was in the hospital from Sunday to Wednesday after developing an infection following a bug bite. He's feeling much better now, though, and is aiming to be back out there shortly.
    Friday, 1:29 pm
  • Marcell Ozuna sitting out on Friday
    Marcell Ozuna is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It looks to simply be a routine day off. Cole Gillespie is in center field in Ozuna's place.
    Friday, 10:40 am
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  • Pollock has 2 hits, including HR, in win
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored in Thursday's 8-1 win versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Pollock hit his 10th homer of the year off Chris Rusin in the sixth inning. The outfielder has been an unsung fantasy stud so far this year. He's batting .301 and is on pace for 21 homers, 74 RBI, 107 runs and 33 steals. That type of production would threaten for a top-five fantasy outfielder finish.
    Thursday, 10:13 pm
  • Maybin delivers walk-off single vs. Nats
    Cameron Maybin delivered a walk-off RBI single in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: The game-winning rally was set up after pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco reached on an infield single and was moved over to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Jace Peterson. Maybin then hit a chopper just inside the third base line to plate Ciriaco for the win. The 28-year-old has had a huge first half with Atlanta, putting up a .281/.354/.388 batting line to go along with six home runs, 37 RBI, and 14 steals over 70 games.
    Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 7:11 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 6:28 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Kemp batting third Thursday
    Matt Kemp will bat third Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It will be his first start out of the No. 3 spot since June 11. He has hit in the cleanup spot and the leadoff spot since. Kemp is batting just .244/.279/.365 on the year.
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Kiermaier doubles in loss to Indians
    Kevin Kiermaier went 1-for-5 with a double in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The double was Kiermaier's 16th of the season and snapped an 0-for-13 skid. He also struck out just once, in a game where Indian pitching fanned 19 batters. Kiermaier's hitting .251/.285/.408 with four homers and 15 RBI this season. Of late, he's complained of general soreness and lethargy, so it's possible he'll see a few more rest days in the coming weeks.
    Thursday, 12:35 pm
  • Marte homers in a four-hit effort to beat DET
    Starling Marte doubled and homered in a 4-for-5 effort as the Pirates trounced the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte's only run and RBI came on his solo home run in the eighth inning, the second of three solo shots in the frame. He's now on a seven-game hitting streak, but entered the game with a .518 OPS in his previous 10 contests. He still has a productive .285/.333/.471 triple-slash line with 13 home runs, 47 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Wednesday, 7:35 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.
    Wednesday, 2:03 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Josh Hamilton not in Wednesday's lineup
    Josh Hamilton is not in the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rangers are saying he's healthy, so it appears this is just Hamilton being eased back into things. The club is going with Ryan Rua in left field and Leonys Martin in center Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 11:51 am
  • Colby Rasmus hospitalized due to infection
    Colby Rasmus (infection) was hospitalized overnight into Tuesday.

    Advice: Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Rasmus is "actually improved," but he also sounded less certain that the outfielder would be ready to leave with the club for their road trip that begins Thursday. There's no talk of the disabled list at this point, but it doesn't sound like Rasmus' return to the lineup is imminent. "There’s still a little bit of achiness in there and still a little bit of discomfort," Hinch said. "I think the smart thing for us is just to let the doctors continue to monitor him and get the infection out of there."
    Wednesday, 6:51 am
  • 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
  • Cain doubles twice, collects three hits
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with two doubles in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Cain and the Royals' bats were kept pretty well under wraps by Dallas Keuchel, but the outfielder did manage to collect three of the team's eight hits and two of their three extra-base hits on the evening. Alas, they were shut out in the contest. That didn't keep Cain from raising his overall line to .296/.352/.447 with the strong showing.
    Tuesday, 8:32 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
  • Marisnick (hamstring) to begin rehab on Wed.
    Jake Marisnick (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle suspects that Marisnick will be cleared to rejoin the Astros' active roster next Monday in Cleveland. The 24-year-old outfielder has been on the shelf since June 19 with a strained hamstring. He boasts five homers and 11 stolen bases in 62 games this season.
    Tuesday, 2:31 pm
  • 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
  • Harper in Tuesday's lineup
    Bryce Harper is in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Harper returned from his right hamstring strain in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, but sat out the second game. He'll hit cleanup Tuesday against Shelby Miller.
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (hamstring) activated from DL
    Rangers activated OF Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hamilton went 4-for-12 (.333) with a double and three RBI over four rehab games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. His hamstring isn't back to 100 percent quite yet, but he's going to try to manage it. The Rangers have talked about using Hamilton in center field, but he's playing left field in his return Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 12:20 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
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 6:24 am
  • 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.
    Monday, 8:00 pm
  • 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
  • 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.
    Monday, 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.
    Monday, 2:26 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.
    Monday, 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.
    Monday, 12:50 pm
  • 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.
    Monday, 12:33 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.
    Monday, 7:31 am
  • 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.
    Jun 29, 7:01 am
  • Gomez has two hits, stolen base against Twins
    Carlos Gomez finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored Sunday against the Twins.

    Advice: Gomez had a double among his two hits, his 15th double of the year. In the eighth inning, Gomez singled, stole second and scored on Adam Lind's two-run homer. Gomez has enjoyed a good month of June that has brought his overall line up to .279/.319/.438 with five homers, 26 RBI, 31 runs scored and seven steals.
    Jun 28, 2:14 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.
    Jun 28, 1:51 pm
  • Harper sits for second game of doubleheader
    Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Harper returned to the lineup in Game 1 on Sunday, going 1-for-4 plus a walk. Clint Robinson will draw the start in left field and bat fourth for the Nationals.
    Jun 28, 1:50 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.
    Jun 28, 10:41 am
  • A.J. Pollock sitting out on Sunday
    A.J. Pollock is absent from the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day of rest. David Peralta is in center field with Pollock out, while Cliff Pennington is covering left.
    Jun 28, 10:12 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.
    Jun 28, 8:43 am
  • 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.
    Jun 28, 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.
    Jun 28, 7:50 am
  • Bryce Harper (hamstring) back in action Sun.
    Bryce Harper (hamstring) is back in the Nationals' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Harper hasn't played since Wednesday due to a minor right hamstring strain, but he's made the necessary progress in order to return to action Sunday. The Nats figure to play it safe and rest him for the second game of the doubleheader.
    Jun 28, 7:48 am
  • Yasiel Puig (hand) returns to Dodgers' lineup
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig hasn't started since a callus on his left hand opened up on Tuesday. He's pinch-hit the last two days, though, and is ready to roll for Sunday's series finale in Miami.
    Jun 28, 7:29 am
  • Marte steals home as Pirates down Braves
    Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, including a steal of home, in the Pirates' 8-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Marte stole home in the fifth inning, breaking for the plate as the Braves attempted to pick off Pedro Alvarez from first base. He had an RBI single and scored a run in the Bucs' five-run first inning and also scored in the seventh. Marte is hitting .279/.328/.460 on the year with 46 RBI and 41 runs scored. The stolen base was his 15th, sixth-most in the National League this year.
    Jun 27, 5:49 pm
  • 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.
    Jun 27, 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.
    Jun 27, 2:01 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.
    Jun 27, 11:24 am
  • Bryce Harper remains out of lineup Saturday
    Bryce Harper (hamstring) remains out of the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Harper continues to feel better by the day, but isn't quite ready to return to the Nationals lineup. Clint Robinson will once again draw the start in his place.
    Jun 27, 10:59 am
  • Puig (hand) out of lineup again Saturday
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is once again not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It will be the fourth straight contest that Puig has been held out of the starting lineup, though he did appear as a pinch hitter in Friday's game. Kike Hernandez is getting the start in his place in left field and will bat seventh for the Dodgers.
    Jun 27, 10:03 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.
    Jun 27, 8:40 am
  • Yasiel Puig pinch hits in win over Marlins
    Yasiel Puig (hand) appeared as a pinch hitter in Friday's victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Puig grounded out in his lone at bat. He was held out of the starting lineup on Friday for the third consecutive game due to an open callus on his left hand, but the fact that he was able to swing the bat is a good indication that he should return to the lineup on Saturday.
    Jun 27, 5:39 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.
    Jun 27, 5:35 am
  • Parra homers in win over Twins
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: His leadoff homer against Trevor May was the start of a six-run first inning for Milwaukee. Parra has played very well since stepping into a regular role and has hit either first or second in 11 out of his last 12 games. The 28-year-old is batting .288/.317/.447 overall and should be a popular trade target in advance of July 31.
    Jun 26, 8:26 pm
  • Taylor has two hits, scores two run in win
    Michael Taylor went 2-for-5 with two runs scored against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Taylor doubled to lead off the game and came around to score before reaching on an infield single in the fifth inning and eventually scoring on an error. The 24-year-old has now hit safely in seven straight games, which includes four multi-hit games. While he's hitting just .249 with a .296 on-base percentage, he has enough power and speed to be useful in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
    Jun 26, 7:09 pm
  • Revere homers off Max Scherzer
    Ben Revere clubbed a pinch-hit home run Friday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Revere took Max Scherzer deep in the eighth inning, which is one of the least likely outcomes we can imagine. The 27-year-old had just two home runs over his previous 2,330 plate appearances in the majors.
    Jun 26, 7:08 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.
    Jun 26, 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.
    Jun 26, 3:00 pm
  • MRI on Harper's hamstring 'pretty good'
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said that an MRI on Bryce Harper's right hamstring came back "pretty good."

    Advice: Williams added that Harper is "better, but still a little tight," so that's why he's out of the lineup again on Friday. It sounds like the outfielder has a good shot to return at some point over the weekend.
    Jun 26, 2:24 pm
  • Bryce Harper (leg) out of lineup again Friday
    Bryce Harper (leg) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Harper has missed two starts in a row because of cramping in his right leg. He should be ready to return at some point over the weekend. Clint Robinson is getting another start in right field.
    Jun 26, 12:39 pm
  • Cameron Maybin not in Friday's lineup
    Cameron Maybin is absent from the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day of rest. Eury Perez is in center field in Maybin's place.
    Jun 26, 12:15 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hand) held out of lineup again
    Yasiel Puig (hand) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's missed three straight starts due to an open callus on his left hand. Puig should be ready to return to action at some point over the weekend. Scott Van Slyke is in right field Friday.
    Jun 26, 12:11 pm
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