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  • Marlins now open to moving Martin Prado
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Marlins are now "now open to at least contemplate" trading Martin Prado.

    Advice: Previous reports indicated that the Marlins planned to keep Prado, but they are softening on that stance just a couple of days away from the trade deadline. The 31-year-old is owed $11 million next season, though the Yankees are covering $3 million. He's capable of playing multiple positions and should have appeal to multiple contenders. 25 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Nats to activate Zimmerman (foot) on Tuesday
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) will be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: The Nationals got Anthony Rendon back over the weekend and they are now prepared to add Jayson Werth and Zimmerman back into the mix. Sidelined since early June with plantar fasciitis, Zimmerman went just 1-for-15 during his minor league rehab assignment, but the important thing is that the rest has done him good. Today, 6:30 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Goldschmidt homers, draws 3 walks in a win
    Paul Goldschmidt drew three walks and went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Monday's 10-inning win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Goldschmidt put the Diamondbacks up 1-0 in the first inning when he drilled a solo home run to left field off of Mike Montgomery. The Mariners didn't seem to have any interest in pitching to him after that, and with good reason: the first baseman is batting an absurd .346/.465/.611 with 22 home runs, 75 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. Goldschmidt also leads the majors in walks by a large margin with 82, 10 more than the next-highest total (Bryce Harper, 72). Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Dodgers discussing Guerrero in trade talks
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers have discussed parting with Alex Guerrero in trade talks.

    Advice: Guerrero has a clause in his contract that says he can become a free agent at the end of the season if he's traded, but the Los Angeles Times reported recently that he would consider waiving that right if it meant more money. Rosenthal says that the Dodgers, not surprisingly, are looking for pitching in return. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Bryant drills a walk-off 2-run homer vs. COL
    Kris Bryant delivered a walk-off two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Cubs overtake the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Rafael Soriano blew the save in the top half of the ninth inning, allowing four runs to put the Cubs down 8-7. Kris Bryant picked up his teammate, victimizing Rockies closer John Axford for a two-run bomb to left-center. He hit an RBI single as part of a six-run fourth inning as well. The rookie has done well thus far, batting .254/.358/.453 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI. Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Rodriguez celebrates 40th birthday with HR
    Alex Rodriguez, celebrating his 40th birthday, went 1-for-5 with a solo home run as the Yankees topped the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: It's the sixth home run he's hit on his birthday, strangely enough. The sixth-inning blast extended the Yankees' lead to 4-2. Rodriguez has gone yard nine times in his last 15 games, including four in his last two. He has 24 dingers overall this season with 59 RBI and a .276/.373/.543 in an outstanding return after missing all of the 2014 season due to a suspension. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • Ortiz homers again, but Red Sox lose slugfest
    David Ortiz hit a two-run home run, his only hit in five at-bats, but the Red Sox came out on the losing end of Monday's slugfest with the White Sox.

    Advice: Ortiz halved the deficit created by Joe Kelly in the first inning with his two-run home run off of John Danks, making it a 4-2 game. It's his seventh home run in the month of July and his 20th on the year along with 56 RBI and a .243/.330/.473 triple-slash line. It didn't seem possible a month ago, but Ortiz has a chance to register the ninth 30-homer season of his 20-year career. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Jake Elmore optioned to Triple-A
    Rays optioned INF Jake Elmore to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Elmore has hit just .206/.263/.284 with the Rays this season. Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring) will be activated Tuesday. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Det
  • Garcia homers late, but Braves fall in 11th
    Adonis Garcia hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, but the Braves lost in 11 frames to the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Garcia finished 2-for-5 overall. His home run, off of Zach Britton, broke a scoreless tie and put the Braves in position to sneak away with a win but Jim Johnson blew the save in the bottom half of the inning. The 30-year-old Cuban has homered in back-to-back games. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Santana goes yard in a losing effort vs. KC
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santana cut the Indians' deficit to 4-1 when he lifted an Edinson Volquez offering over the fence in center field in the second inning. Though he's drawn plenty of walks, Santana has otherwise had a mediocre season to date, hitting .224/.354/.389 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Morales knocks in three runs, KC tops Tribe
    Kendrys Morales knocked in three runs in a 3-for-5 effort Monday as the Royals topped the Indians.

    Advice: Morales hit a two-run double in the fifth inning, pushing the Royals' lead to 7-1. He then tacked on an RBI single in the seventh. The RBIs were his first in a week, but he's registered back-to-back three-hit games. He owns a helpful .287/.343/.457 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 68 RBI on the year. Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Hosmer homers, knocks in four to down Indians
    Eric Hosmer had a big night in a win against the Indians on Monday, finishing 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.

    Advice: Hosmer put the Royals on the board with three-run home run off of Cody Anderson in the first inning. He added an RBI single in the fifth. The first baseman appears to be back in the swing of things after a summer swoon, as he's resuscitated his batting line back up to .308/.368/.467 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI. Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Mark Reynolds nursing bruised hand
    Mark Reynolds is not playing Monday for a second straight day due to a bruised left hand.

    Advice: Reynolds was hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. He could be available to pinch-hit Monday, although he noted that he'd have to hold his bottom hand off the end of the bat because of how sore it is. Dan Johnson is at first base Monday. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Adam Lind (back) expects to play Tuesday
    Adam Lind (back) said Monday that he's feeling better and expects to return to the lineup Tuesday.

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

    Advice: Pearce is eligible to return from his left oblique strain in a week, but he's not going to be ready at that point. "If you test it and you're wrong, you set yourself back another two weeks," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Yesterday, 5:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Adam LaRoche to get two days off
    Adam LaRoche won't return to the lineup until Wednesday.

    Advice: The White Sox are giving the slumping designated hitter two days off to regroup. LaRoche is down to .212/.306/.347 for the season and hasn't homered since June 24. "Rochey can kind of work it out in the cage and have a couple of days knowing he can go in there and work on some stuff," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's trying to figure it out. You continue to do that. He'll be back in there to play. But for two days, he's going to ease the mind and not be in there." Yesterday, 5:01 pm
  • Joaquin Arias designated for assignment
    Giants designated INF Joaquin Arias for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears space on the roster for the return of Nori Aoki. Arias has been with the Giants since 2012 but was hitting just .207/.207/.276 this season. He'll clear waivers given his $1.45 million salary and should remain in the organization. Yesterday, 4:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Joaquín Árias SF - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    7:15 pm vs Mil
  • Red Sox acquire Josh Rutledge from Angels
    Red Sox acquired INF Josh Rutledge from the Angels in exchange for OF Shane Victorino and cash.

    Advice: Rutledge entered spring training as the favorite to start at second base, but he lost out on that spot and has been at Triple-A Salt Lake all season, hitting .274/.323/.403. He's merely a depth guy at this point. Yesterday, 3:10 pm
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    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Adam Lind (back) held out again Monday
    Adam Lind (back) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's sat out the last two contests after exiting Saturday's game with lower back tightness. It's not considered more than a day-to-day thing at the moment, but it's worth noting that Lind has a history of back issues. The first baseman is known to have received trade interest from the Cardinals, among other clubs, but they'd obviously like to see him healthy first. Shane Peterson is at first base Monday. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Brock Holt (knee) expected back on Tuesday
    Brock Holt (knee) is expected to return to the Red Sox' lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holt is sitting out Monday after having to leave Sunday's contest when he hyperextended his left knee. He's ultimately expected to be fine, though. Jemile Weeks is handling second base Monday. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Gregorio Petit outrighted to Triple-A
    Yankees sent INF Gregorio Petit outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. Petit has been up-and-down from the majors and minors multiple times this season. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
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    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Chris Johnson not in Braves' lineup Mon.
    Chris Johnson is not in the Braves' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Freddie Freeman will start at first base and Adonis Garcia will start at third against Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman. Johnson is batting just .240/.277/.318. Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Adam LaRoche not in White Sox lineup Mon.
    Adam LaRoche is not in the White Sox lineup Monday.

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

    Advice: St. Louis is known to be in search of an upgrade at first base, but the Cardinals' primary target seems to be the Brewers' Adam Lind. Crasnick says the Cards are "wary" of Davis' lofty strikeout totals, and it also probably helps that Lind carries a team-friendly option for 2016 whereas Davis is due to become a free agent. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Brock Holt (knee) not in Red Sox lineup Mon.
    Brock Holt (knee) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Monday night versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Holt suffered a hyperextended left knee on Sunday night against the Tigers. It's thought to be a minor injury, but Jemile Weeks will fill in at second base for Boston in Monday's series opener against the Pale Hose. Yesterday, 12:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Pirates now likely to keep 1B Pedro Alvarez?
    According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Pirates are telling teams they're likely to keep Pedro Alvarez.

    Advice: That could be a negotiating tactic, as CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported just days ago that the first baseman is on the trade block. Alvarez has a rough .232 batting average and .301 on-base percentage in 90 games this season, though he does lead the Pirates with 14 home runs. The 28-year-old will be arbitration-eligible one final time this winter. Yesterday, 10:22 am
  • Royals' interest in Martin Prado is 'minimal''s Joe Frisaro is hearing that the Royals' interest in Martin Prado is "minimal."

    Advice: FOX Sports' Jon Morosi connected the Royals and Prado on Sunday night, but the veteran infielder is apparently not high on Kansas City's priority list heading into the July 31 trade deadline. Or maybe this is all posturing. Prado, 31, is batting .273/.312/.369 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 73 games this season for Miami. Ben Zobrist has also been connected recently to the AL Central-leading Royals. Yesterday, 8:22 am
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Cardinals, Brewers have discussed Adam Lind
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have discussed a potential trade with the Brewers involving first baseman Adam Lind.

    Advice: St. Louis has needed a boost at first base ever since Matt Adams went down in late May with what's likely to be a season-ending quad injury. Mark Reynolds has struggled in a full-time role and the Cardinals aren't sure what to expect yet from rookie Stephen Piscotty. Lind, a left-handed hitter who's sitting on an .865 OPS, 16 home runs, and 58 RBI through 92 games, would be an absolutely perfect fit. The 32-year-old is making $7.5 million this season with a relatively-inexpensive $8 million club option for 2016. Yesterday, 6:06 am
  • Alex Guerrero (back) served as defensive sub
    Alex Guerrero served as a late-inning defensive sub in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Guerrero was a late scratch from the Dodgers' starting lineup on Friday because of stiffness in his back and he hasn't made a plate appearance since. The 28-year-old Cuban utilityman has 10 home runs and 30 RBI in just 167 plate appearances this season. Yesterday, 5:58 am
  • Holt (knee) not expected to miss any time
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Sunday's game that he doesn't expect Brock Holt (knee) to miss any time.

    Advice: Holt was forced to leave Sunday's contest against the Tigers after hyperextending his left knee. It appears to be a minor issue though, so expect the All-Star to be in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the White Sox. Sunday, 9:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Ortiz plates seven, Red Sox demolish Tigers
    David Ortiz homered twice and drove home a career-high seven runs on Sunday as the Red Sox demolished the Tigers 11-1 at Fenway Park.

    Advice: The veteran slugger broke a 1-1 tie with a mammoth three-run shot off Tigers starter Shane Greene in the fourth inning. He would add an RBI single in the sixth before unloading on a Neftali Feliz fastball in the seventh for his second three-run blast. He finished the night 4-for-5 with three runs scored and seven RBI, raising his season slash to .243/.332/.468 to go with 19 homers and 54 RBI. Sunday, 8:38 pm
  • Castellanos goes deep again as Tigers lose
    Nick Castellanos homered for the second consecutive game on Sunday as the Tigers fell to the Red Sox in Boston.

    Advice: His fifth inning solo shot off Eduardo Rodriguez accounted for the entirety of the Tigers offense in this one. That makes four home runs in six games for the 23-year-old. He has broken out in a big way in the month of July, hitting (22-for-76) with six homers and 19 RBI. Sunday, 8:38 pm
  • Brock Holt leaves with tightness in left knee
    Brock Holt was removed from Sunday's game against the Tigers due to tightness in his left knee.

    Advice: Holt landed awkwardly while rounding first base earlier in the ballgame and was likely lifted for precautionary reasons. Jemile Weeks replaced him at second base and could see increased action if Holt if forced to miss a day or two. Sunday, 7:01 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:10 pm vs CWS
  • Royals interested in acquiring Martin Prado
    According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Royals have interest in acquiring Martin Prado from the Marlins.

    Advice: Sources tell Morosi that the Marlins would have to include cash to help facilitate the deal. With the veteran's versatility, he would be a nice upgrade to the Royals offense. He's hitting .277/.316/.374 with four homers and 26 RBI in 72 games on the season. Sunday, 6:48 pm
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Adam Lind (back) sitting out Sunday
    Adam Lind (back) is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

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

    Advice: Van Slyke hurt his neck in a cab on the way to the game Saturday when his head hit the divider as the driver slammed on his breaks. He's considered day-to-day. Sunday, 9:18 am
    7:10 pm vs Oak
  • Alex Rodriguez not in lineup Sunday
    Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting some rest following Saturday's three-homer game. Mark Teixeira is in the designated hitter spot Sunday, with Garrett Jones filling in at first base. Sunday, 8:54 am
  • A-Rod clocks three homers to fuel comeback
    Alex Rodriguez homered three times in Saturday's 8-5 win over the Twins, including a game-tying solo shot in the ninth inning.

    Advice: Rodriguez single-handedly kept his team in a game that threatened to turn into a laugher early. With CC Sabathia struggling, he hit a solo home run off Twins starter Tommy Milone in the fourth inning to make the score 5-1, Twins. He would clock a second homer--this one of the two-run variety--off Milone in the seventh. The big shot, though, came in the ninth inning, when Rodriguez launched a solo home run off Glen Perkins to tie the game at 5-all. The Yankees would take the lead later that inning via a John Ryan Murphy three-run homer, ultimately pulling out the 8-5 win. After a year off from baseball and two days shy of his 40th birthday, the controversial slugger is now hitting a superb .277/.375/.539 with 23 homers and 58 RBI. Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Lind removed from game with tight lower back
    Adam Lind left Saturday's game in the second inning after experiencing lower back tightness.

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

    Advice: Davis unloaded on an Erasmo Ramirez offering with one out and the bases juiced in the third inning to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead. It was his 22nd homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to an even 60 on the year. The slugger has been in the zone of late, with three homers and two doubles in his last four games. That, on top of an ongoing eight-game hitting streak. He's currently hitting .242/.321/.487. On Friday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the Orioles were considering selling off some pieces at the trade deadline. Davis is one of those potential pieces, and with his recent hot stretch, he should draw interest as a rental from multiple teams if the team does, indeed, try to move him. Saturday, 5:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Castellanos drives in three as Tigers top Sox
    Nick Castellanos finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Castellanos hit an RBI ground-rule double in the top of the fourth inning and a solo shot in the top of the sixth. He's shown some signs of life lately, but the 23-year-old third baseman still owns an ugly .245/.294/.393 overall batting line this season. Maybe he can put it all together down the stretch. Saturday, 4:18 pm
  • Yankees DFA infielder Gregorio Petit
    Yankees designated INF Gregorio Petit for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for reliever Nick Goody, who joined the Yankees on Saturday. Petit, 30, is a .254/.282/.358 career hitter in 82 major league games. There's a pretty good chance he clears waivers. Saturday, 1:21 pm
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    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Braves recall Adonis Garcia from Triple-A
    Braves recalled INF/OF Adonis Garcia to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The 30-year-old journeyman was hitting .284/.314/.369 with three homers and 47 RBI in 87 contests at Triple-A. He'll provide bench depth for the Braves. Saturday, 12:21 pm
  • Johnson hitless Friday vs. Cardinals
    Chris Johnson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Johnson hit cleanup against lefty Tim Cooney, which is more of a statement about the Braves' offense right now than anything else. The 30-year-old should get a lot more playing time at third base now that Juan Uribe is with the Mets, but there's not much to get excited about here from a fantasy perspective. He's batting just .244 with a .604 OPS on the year. Friday, 9:08 pm
  • Alvarez slugs two-run homer vs. Nats
    Pedro Alvarez slugged a two-run homer against the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: The blast traveled an estimated 439 feet into the Allegheny River. Alvarez has now gone deep in back-to-back games. The Pirates are reportedly shopping him, but he leads the team with 14 home runs. Friday, 7:51 pm
  • Alex Guerrero scratched due to back stiffness
    Alex Guerrero was scratched from the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: He had been in line to make a rare start in left field, but his back acted up during pregame warmups. Kike Hernandez will take his place in left field and bat sixth for the Dodgers. Friday, 4:36 pm
  • David Ortiz not in Friday's lineup
    David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled day off. Hanley Ramirez is in the designated hitter spot Friday, with Alejandro De Aza handling left field. Friday, 1:21 pm
  • Pirates put Pedro Alvarez on trade block
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates have put Pedro Alvarez on the trade block.

    Advice: It confirms an earlier report from Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the club was fielding offers for the first baseman. Alvarez's defense has been awful this season and he's batting just .232/.302/.424 with 13 homers. He'll also get more expensive over the winter in his final year of arbitration, and the Pirates have decided to try and upgrade at first base now. It's unclear at this point who might be interested in Alvarez. Friday, 12:36 pm
  • O's giving 'serious consideration' to selling
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are giving "serious consideration" to becoming sellers at the trade deadline.

    Advice: The reigning American League East champs have been disappointing so far in 2015, posting a 46-48 record. They sit just 4.5 games out of a Wild Card spot, though, so it would be a bit of a surprise to see them sell. If they would make such a decision, impending free agents like Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Wei-Yin Chen could be on the move. Friday, 10:03 am
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Pedro Alvarez hits 13th homer
    After sitting out two of the previous four games, Pedro Alvarez started Thursday and delivered a homer and an RBI groundout.

    Advice: It wouldn't be notable that Alvarez sat out a couple of games, except these were both against right-handers. Between the mediocre offense and the worse-than-mediocre defense, the Pirates are looking to do better at first base, and they might consider playing Aramis Ramirez there after Josh Harrison returns. Thursday, 7:34 pm
  • Davis homers in second consecutive game
    Chris Davis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Davis crushed a Masahiro Tanaka offering in the second inning, his 21st homer of the season. The solo bomb gave him 55 RBI for the year. He's rapidly closing in on his 2014 home run total, as he hit 26 long balls a season ago. After slashing just .196/.300/.404 in 2014, he's hitting .238/.317/.473 this year. It's been a nice bounce-back campaign for the slugger, who is too often judged against a monster 2013 campaign that, realistically, was never going to be repeated. Thursday, 1:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Goldschmidt collects a pair of hits in loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and run scored in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt continues to torment pitchers amidst another lost season for Arizona. He's now slashing a ridiculous .343/.456/.603. The All-Star first baseman has become a five-category fantasy monster. He's on pace for 37 homers, 125 RBI, 106 runs and 30 steals. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Hosmer hits first homer since June 19 vs. PIT
    Eric Hosmer hit his first home run since June 19, helping the Royals take down the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hosmer finished 2-for-3 on the night. He tied the game up at one apiece in the fourth inning, drilling a solo home run to right field off of Charlie Morton. He's started to heat up over the last two weeks, bringing his triple-slash line back to .301/.361/.452 with nine home runs and 49 RBI. Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Castellanos swats grand slam as Tigers win
    Nick Castellanos swatted a grand slam in an eight-run third inning as the Tigers fended off the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Castellanos got the ball rolling, clearing the bases with a big fly off of Mike Montgomery in what turned out to be an eight-run third inning. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk on the night. Castellanos also homered on Tuesday, giving him eight on the year along with 43 RBI and a .248/.297/.389 batting line. Wednesday, 7:21 pm
  • Bryant steals two bases, knocks in two runs
    Kris Bryant went 1-for-3 with a two-run single and two stolen bases in Wednesday's win against the Reds.

    Advice: Bryant pinch-hit for starter Dallas Beeler in the third inning and delivered a two-run single, capping off a five-run third inning which knotted the game up at 5-5. Bryant also stole two bases in the contest, giving him 10 on the season along with 12 home runs, 54 RBI, and a .258/.367/.449 triple-slash line. Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Davis homers, but Orioles fall to the Yankees
    Chris Davis finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Orioles came up short versus the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis halved the Orioles' deficit when he took Andrew Miller yard in the ninth inning, but the club otherwise wasn't able to do much. He hasn't been able to recapture the production that resulted in his third-place finish in AL MVP balloting in 2013, but he's still hitting a productive .238/.318/.466 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI. Wednesday, 6:51 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • A-Rod homers as Yankees edge the Orioles
    Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Yankees edged the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodriguez put the Yankees up 4-2 with his fifth-inning home run off of Kevin Gausman. It proved to be an important run as the Orioles tacked on one more before falling short. Rodriguez now has 20 home runs, the first time he's reached the 20-homer threshold since hitting 30 in 2010. He's also knocked in 54 runs while hitting .275/.375/.518. Wednesday, 6:46 pm
  • Lind homers, drives in four in loss to Tribe
    Adam Lind went off in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Indians, finishing the contest 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and four total RBI.

    Advice: Lind took Indians starter Cody Anderson to task in the first inning when he launched a two-run homer off the rookie. He added an RBI single in the second and an RBI double in the ninth, ultimately driving in four of the five runs scored by the Brewers on the day. The long-time Blue Jay is posting a quietly fantastic season and is slashing .293/.374/.515 with 16 homers and 58 RBI over 307 at-bats. Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • Orioles place Steve Pearce (oblique) on DL
    Orioles placed UTIL Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 19, with a left oblique strain.

    Advice: Pearce has regressed in a huge way this season after his "breakout" 2014. He'll likely miss three weeks. This move clears a 25-man roster spot for Kevin Gausman. Wednesday, 1:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Kris Bryant sitting out second game
    Kris Bryant is not in the Cubs' lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Advice: He's getting a breather after going hitless in the first game. Jonathan Herrera is handling third base in Bryant's place. Wednesday, 12:57 pm
  • Johnson drives in two as Braves top Dodgers
    Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with two RBI as the Braves edged the Dodgers 4-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson finished with two singles and a double, his second three-hit game in his last six contests. Somewhat unbelievably, the two RBI matched his production from the previous 33 games. It's been that kind of year for Johnson, who is hitting .258/.297/.342 with a homer and nine RBI in 47 games overall. Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Ortiz homers, but Red Sox drop doubleheader
    David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, but the Red Sox dropped the second game of a doubleheader to the Angels on Monday.

    Advice: The Red Sox were down 6-0 when Ortiz clubbed a two-run homer off of Andrew Heaney in the sixth inning. The veteran has hit a bit better in July, but he still has a pedestrian -- for him -- .236/.327/.440 batting line with 16 home runs and 45 RBI on the year. Monday, 9:56 pm
  • Morales swats three-run homer but Royals lose
    Kendrys Morales swatted a two-run home run in a 1-for-5 effort as the Royals lost to the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Morales drilled a two-run home run to right field off of A.J. Burnett in the fifth inning, cutting the Royals' deficit to 7-4. He added an RBI on a ground out in the seventh. Morales is on a seven-game hitting streak, raising his batting line to .280/.339/.454 with 12 home runs and 65 RBI. Monday, 8:47 pm
  • Castellanos (face, finger) in lineup Monday
    Nick Castellanos (face, finger) is in the Tigers' starting lineup Monday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Castellanos suffered a bruised cheek and a hyperextended ring finger when he got struck with a bad hop at third base on Sunday against the Orioles, but the young third baseman managed to avoid serious injury. Castellanos is starting at third base and batting seventh in Monday's series opener against Seattle left-hander J.A. Happ. Monday, 12:32 pm
  • Castellanos also dealing with finger injury
    Nick Castellanos also hyper-extended his ring finger when taking a ball off his cheek during Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: The third baseman believes that the finger issue will affect him more than the contusion to his cheek bone. There's a good chance that he'll be forced to miss a couple of games, with Andrew Romine the likely beneficiary in terms of playing time. Jul 19, 2:24 pm
  • Zimmerman goes 1-for-2 in first rehab game
    Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-2 and played three innings defensively at first base in his first minor league rehab game at Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday.

    Advice: Zimmerman has been sidelined since early June due to plantar fasciitis. He isn't expected to need many rehab games before he's ready to rejoin the Nationals, and could be cleared to do so at some point next week. Jul 19, 1:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Castellanos exits after hopper catches face
    Nick Castellanos left Sunday's game against the Orioles after a hopper caught him in the cheek area.

    Advice: It looked a little scary, but Castellanos walked off under his own power and appeared to be alright. The Tigers still figure to put him through concussion tests. Jul 19, 11:56 am
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Sunday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Alvarez is down to .230/.298/.419 for the season and has struggled defensively, which has some thinking the Pirates could pursue a first baseman at the trade deadline. Travis Ishikawa is filling in for him on Sunday. Jul 19, 10:04 am
  • Zimmerman (foot) set for rehab assignment
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday.

    Advice: Zimmerman was able to run the bases without any issues on Friday, clearing the way for his return to game action. The plantar fasciitis in his left foot is going to be an issue for the rest of the season, but he'll do his best to play through it. Zimmerman shouldn't need too many rehab games before being activated. Jul 19, 8:03 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Nick Castellanos not in Sunday's lineup
    Nick Castellanos is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Castellanos was riding a hot streak prior to the All-Star break but went hitless in his first two games of the second half. Andrew Romine is handling third base Sunday. Jul 19, 6:41 am
  • Adam Lind not in Brewers lineup on Saturday
    Adam Lind is not in the Brewers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Pirates.

    Advice: As is often the case, Lind finds himself on the pine against a tough left-hander. Jonathan Lucroy will slide over and play first base while Martin Maldonado does the catching for the Brewers on Saturday. Jul 18, 10:52 am
  • Zimmerman runs bases without issue Friday
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) was able to run the bases without any issues on Friday.

    Advice: Zimmerman has missed the last month of action due to plantar fasciitis in his foot, but has made significant strides in his recovery in recent days. He should begin a minor league rehab assignment soon and is on track to rejoin the Nationals before the end of July. Jul 18, 9:10 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Ortiz nets two hits in return from illness
    David Ortiz (illness) went 2-for-4 in his return to the Red Sox lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Both of his hits came against opposing southpaw C.J. Wilson which is an encouraging sign. The veteran slugger appears to be completely over his respiratory illness and should be fine moving forward. Jul 18, 5:17 am
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