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  • Harrison heads to DL with thumb injury
    Pirates placed 3B Josh Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury.

    Advice: Harrison injured his hand attempting an awkward slide into second on Sunday. Some initial reports had the injury tabbed as torn ligaments in the thumb, but Harrison will be reevaluated after the swelling goes down. If the ligaments are torn, he's expected to miss at least six weeks, which would put him on target to return in the middle of August. Jung-ho Kang is starting at third for Monday's game against the Padres and should see the majority of the at-bats in Harrison's absence.
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  • Tigers claim Krauss from Rays
    Tigers claimed 1B Marc Krauss off waivers from the Rays.

    Advice: Krauss was DFA'ed on July 4 after being optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week. He struck out seven times in 10 at-bats in (very) limited duty for the Rays. Kraus is just a .192 hitter for his career at the big league level over the last three seasons.
    Today, 12:25 pm
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Giants reportedly interested in Parra
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants are looking at Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra and Braves outfielder Cameron Maybin as possible trade targets.

    Advice: Parra is currently playing for one of the worst teams in baseball and is a logical trade candidate. He's been on fire of late, too, raising his season slash line to .308/.345/.477 thanks to a bevy of multi-hit games to start July. He's also swatted seven home runs and driven in 25. Olney notes that Giant outfielders--combined--have hit just 12 homers on the season.
    Today, 9:56 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cabrera doubles home run in loss to Orioles
    Melky Cabrera went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: The double was his 11th of the season, the RBI his 30th. Cabrera has played well of late with a triple, two doubles and two homers in his last seven games, but he's still slashing just .259/.299/.330 for the year. He's hit three home runs in 309 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 2:45 pm
  • Jayson Werth (wrist) swings bat on Saturday
    Jayson Werth (wrist) was able to take swings with a fungo bat for the first time on Saturday.

    Advice: Nationals manager Matt Williams called it "significant progress" for the injured outfielder who is recovering from a fractured wrist. He isn't expected to be ready to rejoin the Nationals lineup until early August, but is at least making strides in the right direction.
    Yesterday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs x Cin
  • Coghlan involved with both runs in 2-0 win
    Chris Coghlan went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Coghlan scored on a wild pitch by Marlins starter Mat Latos in the first inning, then pushed the advantage to 2-0 with an RBI single in the eighth. The Cubs would win by that final score. While his numbers aren't eye-popping, he's shown frisky power and is a useful real-life baseball piece, if not a legitimate fantasy one. Coghlan's hitting .254/.355/.428 with eight homers, 19 RBI and 31 runs scored this season.
    Yesterday, 2:30 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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  • Pham doubles and homers to beat Padres
    Tommy Pham went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and an RBI double in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Pham drove in all three Cardinal runs, all off of Padres starter Ian Kennedy. He smacked a two-run homer in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth. As long as the Cardinals continue to grapple with outfield injuries, Pham figures to see at-bats. He hit .338/.402/.625 with five homers and six steals in 24 games for Triple-A Memphis and owners in deeper leagues might want to keep an eye on him to see if he's able to string together a little hot streak before pitchers catch up to his tendencies.
    Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • 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
  • Martinez swats 23rd HR, matching career best
    J.D. Martinez homered again, going 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Martinez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Thus continues his power surge: he's homered 10 times in his last 12 games. Sunday's blast marked his 23rd of the season, matching his career best set last year. Martinez has also knocked in 56 runs while batting .285/.340/.563.
    Yesterday, 1:34 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
  • Michael Cuddyer (knee) back in Mets' lineup
    Michael Cuddyer (knee) is back in the Mets' lineup.

    Advice: Cuddyer missed four starts with a sore left knee, although he made an appearance both on Friday and Saturday. The veteran outfielder sports a disappointing .241/.294/.361 batting line this season.
    Yesterday, 10:43 am
  • Justin Upton sitting out on Sunday
    Justin Upton is absent from the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day of rest. Will Venable is in left field with Upton out.
    Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Matt Szczur optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned OF Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Szczur has managed just a .211/.246/.316 batting line during his multiple stints in the majors this season. He's making way for the return of Jorge Soler (ankle).
    Yesterday, 8:08 am
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Pham scores two runs as Cardinals top Padres
    Tommy Pham went 1-for-4 with a double and scored both of the Cardinals runs in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the visiting Padres.

    Advice: Pham clubbed a leadoff double in the sixth inning and came around to score the Cardinals first run on a Matt Carpenter single. He then reached on an error in the eighth inning, swiped second base, advanced on a ground out and dashed home on a sacrifice fly. He should continue to see some playing time in center field while Jon Jay is on the disabled list.
    Saturday, 2:03 pm
  • J.D. Martinez continues home run barrage
    J.D. Martinez continued his home run barrage in Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Blue Jays, smashing his 22nd home run of the season.

    Advice: The 27-year-old outfielder has now clobbered 12 home runs in his last 18 games. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .284/.338/.555 with 22 homers and 55 RBI on the season.
    Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Michael Cuddyer remains out of Mets lineup
    Michael Cuddyer remains out of the Mets starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Cuddyer appeared in Friday's game as a pinch hitter, but still isn't ready to return to the lineup. It's possible that he returns to his regular spot in the outfield for Sunday's series finale.
    Saturday, 12:48 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
  • Moore drives in four runs in win over Giants
    Tyler Moore was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI against the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Moore doubled home a run in the fourth inning before hitting a two-run double in the sixth. He then added an RBI single in the seventh. It was his first three-hit game of the season. The 28-year-old is batting .227/.277/.400 in part-time duty this year.
    Saturday, 11:37 am
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    Tyler Moore Was - 1B,OF
    4:05 pm vs x Cin
  • 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
    4:10 pm x @Cle
  • 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
  • Chris Young not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Chris Young is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day of rest for Young. Ramon Flores will start in his place in left field and bat sixth against opposing right-hander Nathan Karns.
    Saturday, 8:30 am
  • Rays designate Marc Krauss for assignment
    Rays designated 1B Marc Krauss for assignment.

    Advice: The first baseman was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week after going just 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in his limited time with the Rays. There's a chance that he could attract some interest on waivers.
    Saturday, 6:00 am
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Brandon Barnes goes 0-for-3 against Arizona
    Brandon Barnes went 0-for-3 before being removed as part of a double-switch Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Barnes should start losing some time now that the Rockies have brought Drew Stubbs back to the majors. Barnes still has a decent .276 average, but it's going down quickly and he doesn't bring much else to the table.
    Friday, 10:54 pm
  • Michael Cuddyer strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Michael Cuddyer struck out as a pinch-hitter Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It was his first appearance since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore knee. It's possible he'll rejoin the starting lineup on Saturday.
    Friday, 10:44 pm
  • 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
  • Nelson Cruz hits 21st homer
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 and hit his 21st homer Friday as the Mariners beat the A's 9-5.

    Advice: Cruz has two homers in three games during July after hitting just one in 25 games in June. It's not likely that he'll catch fire again like he did in April, but he should be a reliable power bat from here on in.
    Friday, 10:17 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
  • Cuddyer (knee) not in Mets lineup on Friday
    Michael Cuddyer (knee) remained out of the Mets' starting lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder is still expected to avoid the disabled list. He received a cortisone injection on Wednesday and is expected to return to action at some point over the weekend.
    Friday, 4:11 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
    4:10 pm x @Cle
  • Tommy Pham recalled from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled OF Tommy Pham from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Pham batted .338/.402/.625 with five homers and six steals over 24 games for Memphis after returning from a quad injury. He's starting in center field Friday and could see some more time there until Matt Holliday (quad) returns from the disabled list an Randal Grichuk moves to center.
    Friday, 1:12 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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  • Mets could consider Upton if he's available
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets "might at least look at Justin Upton if he becomes available."

    Advice: The club would prefer a left-handed hitter as they look to upgrade their offense, but it appears they'd overlook Upton's right-handedness since he'd be a potential game-changer. It's not a given that the Padres will be sellers, though, as they're still within reach of a Wild Card spot at six games out. Upton, of course, will be a free agent after the season.
    Friday, 10:12 am
  • 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
  • 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.
    Thursday, 1:44 pm
  • Michael Cuddyer (knee) might be headed to DL
    Michael Cuddyer (knee) remained out of the Mets' lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: He got an injection Wednesday and may need a few days to recover. Manager Terry Collins said Cuddyer could require a trip to the disabled list if he doesn't improve in the next three days. Eric Campbell and John Mayberry would split time in left field if Cuddyer faces a lengthy absence.
    Thursday, 10:30 am
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 7:37 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
  • Marc Krauss sent to Triple-A Durham by Rays
    Rays optioned 1B Marc Krauss to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Krauss was 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in four games with the Rays since being acquired from the Angels on June 25. He was optioned to make room for Matt Moore on the active roster.
    Wednesday, 7:06 pm
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Marc Krauss strikes out twice
    Marc Krauss struck out in both of his at-bats Wednesday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: Incredibly, it's the second time in four games for the Rays that Krauss, a left-handed hitter, has been replaced by a right-handed pinch-hitter against a right-handed pitcher. Which makes one wonder why the Rays are playing him at first base or why they bothered acquiring him in the first place. He's 1-for-10 so far for the team.
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Michael Cuddyer (knee) expected to avoid DL
    Michael Cuddyer (knee) isn't expected to require a trip to the disabled list.

    Advice: Cuddyer had to leave Tuesday's game with a left knee injury, but an MRI apparently didn't show any serious damage. The Mets think he'll only have to sit out a few days.
    Wednesday, 12:44 pm
  • 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
    4:10 pm x @Cle
  • 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
  • Cuddyer 'definitely concerned' about knee
    Michael Cuddyer admitted that he was "definitely concerned" about the left knee injury that forced him from Tuesday's game versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Cuddyer said he first felt pain in the knee while running to first base after his first plate appearance, but he wasn't removed until the seventh. The veteran outfielder will undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine the extent of the damage, but it sounds like a trip to the disabled list could be in the offing.
    Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Michael Cuddyer (knee) to have MRI Wed.
    Michael Cuddyer will undergo an MRI on his left knee Wednesday.

    Advice: Cuddyer left Tuesday's game against the Cubs after injuring the knee. It's unclear how worried the Mets are about the outfielder at this point, but the fact that he's having the MRI certainly creats some cause for concern.
    Tuesday, 6:46 pm
  • Matt Szczur has RBI double in win over Mets
    Matt Szczur had an RBI double in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: The run-scoring double in the sixth inning was the only run either side could muster on the evening. Szczur finished 2-for-4 in the contest. He's hitting .214/.250/.321 in a part-time role with the Cubs.
    Tuesday, 6:37 pm
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    5:05 pm vs StL
  • Michael Cuddyer exits game with sore knee
    Michael Cuddyer left Tuesday's game versus the Cubs with a sore left knee.

    Advice: Cuddyer didn't suffer an obvious injury, so it's unclear how he was hurt. The Mets should have more on the veteran outfielder's status later Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 5:57 pm
  • Harrison not in Tuesday's lineup
    Josh Harrison is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

    Advice: He's likely just getting a breather. Jung Ho Kang will start at third base while Francisco Cervelli serves at the DH and Chris Stewart starts behind the plate.
    Tuesday, 12:46 pm
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    4:05 pm vs x SD
  • 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
  • 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
    4:10 pm x @Cle
  • 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.
    Jun 29, 1:12 pm
    4:10 pm x @Cle
  • 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.
    Jun 29, 12:50 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.
    Jun 29, 7:31 am
  • 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
  • Cuddyer not in lineup for Mets on Sunday
    Michael Cuddyer is not in the Mets starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: Cuddyer went 1-for-6 with a pair of strikeouts on Friday/Saturday. He's in a 6-for-45 (.133) slump over his last 13 games, and could probably benefit from the mental health day. John Mayberry Jr. will start in left field and bat sixth for the Mets on Sunday.
    Jun 28, 1:32 pm
  • Melky Cabrera goes deep in loss to Tigers
    Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Batting out of the cleanup spot, Cabrera took David Price out to left field in the fourth inning. He then added singles in his next two trips to the plate. The longball was Cabrera's first since May 6, although he's been heating up at the plate of late with 12 hits in his last 27 at-bats.
    Jun 28, 1:20 pm
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Justin Upton hits two-run homer
    Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Upton has been slumping for most of the last month, and he had homered just once since May 24. Facing his old team usually helps him pull out of it, though. He's hit .341 with seven homered and 19 RBI in 24 career games versus the Diamondbacks.
    Jun 27, 10:25 pm
  • 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
  • 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
    4:10 pm x @Cle
  • 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
  • Chris Young hits go-ahead HR vs. Astros
    Chris Young clubbed a go-ahead three-run homer in Friday's 3-2 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Vincent Velasquez was pulled after giving up back-to-back singles with one out in the seventh and Young greeted Will Harris with a three-run homer to put the Yankees in front. The veteran outfielder finished the night 3-for-4 and has now hit safely in nine straight games, including four straight multi-hit games. He has pulled his batting average up from .220 to .271 with his recent surge at the plate.
    Jun 26, 9:01 pm
  • 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
  • Krauss has RBI double in Rays' debut
    Marc Krauss had an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Krauss was playing his first game with the Rays after being acquired from the Angels on Thursday. The 27-year-old should see part-time duty at first base until James Loney (finger) is ready to return from the disabled list. There's some pop in his bat, but it's hard to recommend him outside of deeper AL-only formats. He came into Friday's action with a .194/.268/.335 batting line in the majors.
    Jun 26, 8:02 pm
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    7:10 pm @Sea
  • 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.
    Jun 26, 7:26 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
  • 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
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