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  • Rockies option Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned INF Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: The 27-year-old utility man was hitting just .225/.250/.270 in 89 at-bats with the big league club. He'll continue to function as organizational depth for the Rockies at Triple-A.
    25 minutes ago
    6:40 pm x @Ari
  • Ender Inciarte to return after All-Star break
    Ender Inciarte (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break.

    Advice: He has been on the shelf since mid-June with a right hamstring strain. Inciarte had been expected to rejoin the club at some point next week, but they'll give him a few extra days just to be safe. The 24-year-old is hitting .287/.316/.371 with two homers, 21 RBI and nine stolen bases on the season.
    27 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm vs x Col
  • Zimmerman (foot) works out again Thursday
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) did some hitting, fielding, and light running on Thursday.

    Advice: Zimmerman has been ramping up baseball activities over the past couple of weeks, but he's waiting for the pain to dissipate before going at 100 percent. He's not close to a minor league rehab assignment yet, so his return date remains up in the air.
    Today, 2:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, 0-0 x @Atl
  • Crawford not playing in rehab game Thu.
    Carl Crawford (oblique) is out of Thursday's lineup with High-A Rancho Cucamonga due to flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Crawford left Wednesday's rehab game after he was hit by a pitch, but his absence on Thursday apparently isn't related. If so, odds are he'll return to game action this weekend.
    Today, 2:30 pm
    60-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.
    Today, 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.
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • Cardinals place Jon Jay (wrist) on 15-day DL
    Cardinals placed OF Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1, with a left wrist stress reaction/bone bruise.

    Advice: Jay has been dealing with the wrist injury all season and hopes that a couple of weeks of rest will prove beneficial. He'll be eligible to return after the All-Star break.
    Today, 1:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x SD
  • Granderson doubles in lone run vs Cubs
    Curtis Granderson went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Nobody on the Mets managed to do much of anything against a locked-in Jake Arrieta, but Granderson at least prevented the shutout. His double in the third inning would score starter Jacob deGrom. And that, as they say, was that. A recent hot streak has helped push the Grandyman's slash-line for the season to .254/.349/.436 with 13 homers and 28 RBI.
    Today, 1:11 pm
  • Aviles launches go-ahead homer in 10th
    Mike Aviles hit a go-ahead solo home run in the 10th inning on Thursday, helping to propel the Indians to a 5-4 win over the Rays.

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

    Advice: Facing off against his former team, Sizemore punched in runs with a pair of RBI singles in the first and sixth innings. He was released from the Phillies last month after hitting .245/.288/.296 with zero homers and six RBI in 104 plate appearances. Sizemore's picked up six hits since June 28 (when the Rays acquired him), but there's little reason to expect much fantasy juice here.
    Today, 12:28 pm
  • Blanco smacks solo homer in losing effort
    Gregor Blanco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Blanco launched a solo dinger off of Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the fifth inning. He's now working on a nine-game hitting streak. When the streak started, he was slashing .274/.345/.411. He's worked those numbers up to a far more robust line of .318/.384/.452. Blanco has never held a season-slugging mark higher than .374 in his career, so we're somewhat doubtful that this is more than a hot streak, but if he's floating on the wire in deeper leagues, there's no better time to take advantage of his bat, as this might be as good as it gets for the outfielder.
    Today, 12:13 pm
  • 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.
    Today, 10:30 am
    L, 6-1 vs x ChC
  • Alex Presley brought up to replace Springer
    The Astros will call up OF Alex Presley from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He's expected to replace George Springer, who left Wednesday night's game with a bruised wrist. The 29-year-old appeared in 89 games for Houston last season, batting .244 with six homers and 19 RBI. In 244 at-bats for Fresno this season, Presley has hit .308 with 10 steals and 35 RBI.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Tigers release outfielder Xavier Avery
    Tigers released OF Xavier Avery.

    Advice: Avery exercised a July 1 opt-out in his minor league contract with the Tigers. The 25-year-old outfielder was batting .305/.371/.393 with one homer and 14 stolen bases through 73 games for Triple-A Toledo and should have no trouble latching on with a new organization.
    Today, 8:04 am
    Not Active
    L, 8-4 vs x Pit
  • Crawford (oblique) exits rehab game after HBP
    Carl Crawford (oblique) left Wednesday's rehab game with High-A Rancho Cucamonga after being hit by a pitch.

    Advice: The Rancho Cucamonga Twitter feed said Crawford "went down" and "limped off the field on (his) own power." The outfielder can't catch a break, as he's currently rehabbing a strained right oblique that has kept him out since late April. The Dodgers should provide an update on Crawford's newest ailment on Thursday.
    Yesterday, 7:56 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Martinez's 3-hit night not enough for Tigers
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 but it wasn't enough for the Tigers in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: All three hits were singles, and the Tigers weren't able to bring him home even once. Martinez now has back-to-back three-hit nights. He's been red-hot since June 13, clubbing 10 home runs with 21 RBI while batting .365 (23-for-63). On the season, he has 20 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .281/.335/.538 triple-slash line.
    Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Gregor Blanco goes 3-for-4
    Gregor Blanco went 3-for-4 with an RBI against the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blanco has 14 hits during an eight-game hitting streak, pushing his average all of the way up to .314. He's been a savior for the Giants with two starting outfielders on the DL and the third, Angel Pagan, limited of late.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Brandon Moss homers, knocks in five
    Brandon Moss had a three-run homer and a two-run double Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Moss's average has been slipping some, but the power has been consistent; he hit four homers in each of the first three months of the season. He's now driven in 42 runs in 72 games.
    Yesterday, 6:55 pm
    W, 5-4 ^ @TB
  • Choo homers in a third consecutive game
    Shin-Soo Choo homered in his third consecutive game, going 1-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Choo broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with his solo blast off of Wei-Yin Chen. The outfielder may be starting to heat up. He's batting .233/.315/.405 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:31 pm
  • Jay (wrist) could be headed for disabled list
    Jon Jay (wrist) was held out of batting practice Wednesday and may be a candidate for the disabled list.

    Advice: Jay was activated from the disabled list on May 29 but has never gotten fully healthy. Since being activated, he's started 17 of the team's 29 games but has hit just .185/.280/.262 in that span. With Matt Holliday nearing a return and Randal Grichuk heating up at the plate, it may behoove the Cards to give Jay some more time on the DL to get his wrist right.
    Yesterday, 6:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x SD
  • Ethier sitting against southpaw on Wednesday
    Andre Ethier is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Ethier, along with a slew of other lefty-swinging Dodgers, are sitting with southpaw Robbie Ray on the mound for the Snakes. Alex Guerrero will start in left field for Ethier.
    Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Orioles designate Delmon Young for assignment
    Orioles designated OF Delmon Young for assignment.

    Advice: Young wasn't terrible this year but wasn't producing much, either, owning a .270/.289/.339 with two home runs in 174 at-bats. The 29-year-old showed enough that he could be of interest to a team as a possible trade target or waiver claim, though. Young is making $2.25 million this year before becoming a free agent this winter.
    Yesterday, 3:20 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x Tex
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 12:44 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x ChC
  • Shane Robinson leaves after HBP on elbow
    Shane Robinson left Wednesday's game against the Reds after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

    Advice: Robinson stayed in to run the bases after being pelted by the Johnny Cueto offering, but he appeared to be in a lot of pain so it's no surprise he eventually exited. It's unclear whether he'll need to have X-rays.
    Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Nava (thumb) ready for rehab assignment
    Daniel Nava (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll serve as the designated hitter Thursday before then playing some outfield. It's not clear how many rehab games Nava will need, but he would seem to have a good chance to be activated prior to the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 8:06 am
    Player Note
    Daniel Nava Bos - 1B,OF
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, 5-0 x @Tor
  • Holliday (quad) doing light running this week
    Matt Holliday (quad) is scheduled to do some light running this week.

    Advice: Holliday has been taking batting practice and is nearly ready to test out his ailing right quad with some jogging. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that he wasn't sure when Holliday would be cleared to up the intensity of his running. The Cards are holding out hope that the outfielder could return before the All-Star break, but it's certainly not a given.
    Yesterday, 7:22 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x SD
  • 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."
    Yesterday, 6:51 am
  • Blackmon knocks in a run in a win vs. the A's
    Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-4 with an RBI, helping the Rockies eke out a win against the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: Blackmon singled in a run in the fifth inning against Chris Bassitt to break a scoreless tie. The outfielder is batting a productive .275/.348/.443 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
    Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • 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
  • Nunez' three-hit night leads Twins past Reds
    Eduardo Nunez finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base as the Twins trumped the Reds 8-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nunez and the Twins racked up 15 hits against Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds bullpen. The shortstop had three of them, collecting two singles and a double. He also stole his third base of the season. Nunez' usage has been inexplicable at times -- the light-hitting shortstop has served as the team's designated hitter in 11 games this year -- but he's put up decent numbers through 33 games, hitting .305/.350/.516 with 11 RBI and 13 runs scored. Perhaps he'll begin garnering more of the playing time at short with his hot hitting.
    Tuesday, 9:35 pm
    Player Note
    Eduardo Núñez Min - 3B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm x @KC
  • Grichuk homers among three hits vs. White Sox
    Randal Grichuk went 3-for-5 with a home run in a loss against the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Grichuk had three of the Cardinals' eight hits on the evening, including the homer off Sox ace Chris Sale in the fourth inning. Grichuk also doubled in the game, falling a triple shy of the cycle. The outfielder has gotten regular playing time in the absence of Matt Holliday and has thrived, hitting .284/.318/.574 with seven homers, 21 RBI and 23 runs scored in 46 games. The club may have to find more opportunities for him when Holliday returns in July.
    Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Choo homers for the second day in a row
    Shin-Soo Choo homered in Tuesday's victory against the Orioles, finishing 1-for-4 with a walk.

    Advice: Choo hit the second of two fifth-inning solo home runs against Miguel Gonzalez. The outfielder has homered in consecutive games, giving him 10 on the season with 34 RBI and a .232/.315/.395 batting line.
    Tuesday, 6:58 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
    L, 6-1 vs x ChC
  • 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
    L, 6-1 vs x ChC
  • Shane Robinson scratched due to the flu
    Shane Robinson was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to the flu.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Danny Santana took Robinson's spot in the lineup and played center field, while Eddie Rosario moved over to left.
    Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • 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
    L, 6-1 vs x ChC
  • Zimmerman (foot) goes through full workout
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) went through a full workout on Tuesday, hitting, fielding grounders and doing some running.

    Advice: He'll go through a similar workout on Wednesday before being re-evaluated. It's possible at that point Zimmerman will be cleared to begin a rehab assignment, as it would appear he could be activated by next week. "He hasn’t hit a groundball to short and had to run full-speed to first yet, so that’s the telling sign," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "There’s no way to simulate that unless you get in a game situation and it happens naturally and he reacts. Going five steps to his left to dive for a ball or having to turn first to third, you can’t do it, you can’t simulate that, it’s never the same as being in competition."
    Tuesday, 4:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, 0-0 x @Atl
  • Blackmon the Rockies' only source of offense
    Charlie Blackmon provided the Rockies their only run with a homer in Monday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Blackmon finished 1-for-5, drilling a solo shot in the eighth inning to put the Rockies on the board. He's posting similar numbers as last season, batting .275/.349/.446 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI, but he's really turned things up in the stolen base department. Blackmon has stolen 21 bases already in less than half a season compared to 28 last year.
    Monday, 9:53 pm
  • Choo homers in three-hit effort to beat O's
    Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-5 with a solo home run as the Rangers skated to a win Monday against the Orioles.

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

    Advice: Sizemore drilled Anderson's offering over the fence in right field with one out in the seventh inning to end the perfecto. The veteran went 3-for-5 in his Rays debut -- and his return to the major leagues after a month-long layoff -- so things are looking up for him right now. We don't expect him to be of much fantasy utility over the long haul, though.
    Monday, 7:12 pm
  • Crawford (oblique) ready for rehab assignment
    Carl Crawford (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll remain with Rancho Cucamonga through Thursday before then likely moving up to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Crawford, who has been sidelined since late April with a strained right oblique, is pegged for a backup role upon his activation from the disabled list.
    Monday, 5:01 pm
    60-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
  • 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
  • Daniel Nava (thumb) could begin rehab Friday
    Daniel Nava (thumb) took batting practice on the field Saturday at Tropicana Field.

    Advice: He'll do the same in Toronto and if all goes well, he should begin a rehab assignment when the Red Sox return home on Friday. Nava enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 but has hit just .254 in 428 at-bats since with four homers and 44 RBI. It's going to be tough for him to find playing time in Boston's crowded outfield, though he could get a chance at first base if Mike Napoli continues to struggle.
    Monday, 5:18 am
    Player Note
    Daniel Nava Bos - 1B,OF
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, 5-0 x @Tor
  • Granderson stays hot, knocks in 2 vs. Reds
    Curtis Granderson had two hits and two RBI in five trips to the plate Sunday as the Mets beat the Reds 7-2.

    Advice: Granderson has been on fire lately. He knocked in his first run with a double in the fifth inning, then added an RBI single in the eighth. He's on an eight-game hitting streak, which has included four multi-hit games, five home runs, and seven RBI. Granderson has 13 home runs overall along with 27 RBI and a .264/.362/.462 triple-slash line.
    Sunday, 4:48 pm
  • Sizemore returns to MLB, records three hits
    Grady Sizemore, in his return to the majors, went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Sizemore was released by the Phillies at the beginning of the month, then signed to a minor league deal by the Rays two weeks later. He had been with Single-A Charlotte since. The 32-year-old veteran showed he still has some life left in his bat, providing one of the Rays' three runs with an RBI single in the seventh. Sizemore hit .245/.288/.296 with no home runs and six RBI in 104 plate appearances for the Phillies earlier this year.
    Sunday, 1:44 pm
  • 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.
    Sunday, 1:32 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x ChC
  • Charlie Blackmon not in Sunday's lineup
    Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

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

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

    Advice: Crawford has taken live batting practice recently without any issues and is ready to test things out in a game. He's been out since late April with a strained right oblique and will be second on the depth chart behind Andre Ethier in left field when he returns next month.
    Sunday, 8:18 am
    60-Day DL
  • Grady Sizemore called up by Rays
    Rays purchased the contract of OF Grady Sizemore from High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Sizmore inked a minor league deal with Tampa earlier this month after the Phillies cut him loose. He hit only .245/.288/.296 with no homers in 39 games for Philadelphia and will be used in a reserve role with the Rays.
    Sunday, 7:15 am
  • Inciarte (hamstring) likely back next weekend
    Ender Inciarte (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list next weekend.

    Advice: Inciarte won't be ready to return from his right hamstring strain when his 15 days are up on Wednesday, but it will be just a few days after that. "I think it's probably going to be in the 18-20 days (range) after the injury," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said.
    Sunday, 5:44 am
    15-Day DL
    6:40 pm vs x Col
  • Rasmus scratched Saturday with skin infection
    Colby Rasmus was scratched from the Astros starting lineup on Saturday due to a skin infection.

    Advice: Domingo Santana will take his place in right field for the Astros. It's unclear how long the issue may keep Rasmus sidelined, so consider him day-to-day for the time being.
    Saturday, 11:24 am
  • J.D. Martinez powers Tigers past White Sox
    J.D. Martinez blasted a solo home run in the eighth inning on Friday, propelling the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: The game had been knotted up at 4-4 before Martinez took Zach Duke over the wall in left-center for the game-winning blast. He has now homered in three consecutive games for the second time this month, and has nine home runs in his last 12 contests. On the season, he's slashing a healthy .274/.331/.533 with 19 home runs and 46 RBI.
    Friday, 7:26 pm
  • Granderson hits solo homer vs. Reds
    Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer and drew a walk Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: It was a leadoff homer against Johnny Cueto in the bottom of the first inning. Granderson has now gone deep in four out of his last six games, bringing his home run total to 12 on the year. The 34-year-old is hitting .250/.349/.424, so he has done a solid job out of the leadoff spot for New York even if the majority of the lineup isn't producing.
    Friday, 6:43 pm
  • Cuddyer hitless Friday against Reds
    Michael Cuddyer went 0-for-4 with a strikeout against the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: Cuddyer had a chance to do some real damage when he came up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, but he swung at the first pitch and lined out to center field. The 36-year-old has just one hit in his last 19 at-bats and owns a disappointing .248/.303/.370 batting line on the year.
    Friday, 6:42 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x ChC
  • Holliday (quad) resumes baseball activities
    Matt Holliday (quad) has been throwing and hitting off a tee this week.

    Advice: Holliday has also been receiving acupuncture on his right quad, which he says is feeling "better" and "stronger." He has not been cleared to resume running yet and it doesn't sound like that will happen until closer to the All-Star break. With an eight-game lead in the NL Central, the Cardinals don't have any pressure to rush the outfielder back. "We’re not putting a lot of pressure on him to rush," manager Mike Matheny said. "He’ll be back when he’s ready."
    Friday, 5:50 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x SD
  • Ryan Zimmerman (foot) takes swings off tee
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) took 25 swings off a tee on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was also able to take throws at first base and walk on a treadmill as he continues his recovery from plantar fasciitis. He'll require a minor league rehab assignment before rejoining the Nationals which puts a potential return at some point in mid-July.
    Thursday, 6:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, 0-0 x @Atl
  • Matt Kemp goes deep in loss to Giants
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 and slugged his fifth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Kemp hit out of the leadoff spot for the second straight day for the Padres, and appears to be rejuvenated by the move. His two-run homer came off of Jeremy Affeldt as part of a six-run eighth inning, but it still wasn't enough for the Padres to overcome the Giants. With the two-hit effort, Kemp is now hitting .243/.282/.356 with five homers and 38 RBI on the season.
    Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Martinez clubs his 9th June homer in a loss
    J.D. Martinez went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 10-inning loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Martinez reduced the Tigers' deficit to 5-4 with a two-run home run in the fifth inning off of Carlos Rodon, marking his fifth home run in his last four games. He's also gone yard nine times in June, giving him 18 on the season along with 45 RBI and a .270/.329/.522 batting line.
    Thursday, 2:17 pm
  • Granderson has 3 hits in a low-scoring game
    Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 in Thursday's victory against the Brewers.

    Advice: All three hits were singles and ultimately resulted in zero runs. Granderson, however, may be heating up as he is on a five-game hitting streak and has homered in three of those five games. He's batting .299 (20-for-67) since June 7. Overall, Granderson has a .249/.347/.414 triple-slash line with 11 home runs and 23 RBI.
    Thursday, 2:08 pm
  • Choo (back) in Rangers' lineup on Thursday
    Shin-Soo Choo (back) is in the Rangers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the A's.

    Advice: Choo missed a couple of games with back spasms. He is playing right field and batting second on Thursday. Rougned Odor is leading off and starting at second base.
    Thursday, 8:41 am
  • Granderson the Mets' lone bright spot in loss
    Curtis Granderson provided the Mets their only run with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Granderson finished 1-for-3 with a walk along with the home run, which he slugged off of Jimmy Nelson in the fourth inning to reduce the Mets' deficit to 2-1. He's homered in back-to-back games now and in three of his last four, giving him 11 round-trippers on the season with 23 RBI and a .242/.342/.410 batting line.
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Zimmerman (foot) takes throws at first base
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) took throws at first base on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nationals manager Matt Williams said he also walked briskly on a treadmill for 15 minutes and that the team hopes he can resume jogging soon. "For right now, he is making good progress. The pressure on the plantar fasciitis is being reduced and he is feeling better about it," Williams said. Zimmerman was prescribed only rest for the foot ailment, so as long as he's feeling good he can continue to work toward a return. It's unclear whether he'll need a rehab assignment before being activated.
    Wednesday, 5:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, 0-0 x @Atl
  • Kemp batting leadoff for Padres on Wednesday
    Matt Kemp is batting leadoff for the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's hit leadoff since 2010. It is likely a ploy by Padres manager Pat Murphy to get Kemp going, as he's hit .228/.271/.392 this month and just .243/.281/.349 overall.
    Wednesday, 3:59 pm
  • Crawford (oblique) to take live BP this week
    Carl Crawford (oblique) will take live batting practice this week.

    Advice: Crawford is slowly recovering from a strained oblique suffered in late April. The outfielder owned a starting spot prior to the injury, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly recently said he won't be guaranteed one upon his return. Either way, that return likely won't come until after the All-Star break.
    Wednesday, 3:31 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Choo (back) out of Rangers' lineup again Wed.
    Shin-Soo Choo (back) is not in the Rangers' starting lineup Wednesday night against the A's.

    Advice: Choo remains day-to-day with back spasms. Ryan Rua will start in right field and bat second versus A's right-hander Kendall Graveman. Joey Gallo is in left field.
    Wednesday, 1:13 pm
  • J.D. Martinez goes deep Wed. in loss
    J.D. Martinez ripped a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

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

    Advice: Again one of the league's best part-timers, Blanco is hitting .283 with 16 walks in 127 at-bats. He'll continue to play quite a bit with Hunter Pence set to miss at least a couple of more weeks.
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Granderson hits 10th homer in loss to Brewers
    Curtis Granderson hit his 10th home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Granderson hit the homer off Brewers starter Mike Fiers in the third inning. He's now got 10 homers, 22 RBI and 39 runs scored batting leadoff for the Mets. The outfielder sports a modest .241/.340./399 line overall.
    Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Daniel Nava (thumb) hits in cage
    Daniel Nava (thumb) hit in the batting cage on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's hoping to take batting practice on the field soon. There remains no timetable for Nava's activation from the disabled list, but he's obviously making strides.
    Tuesday, 5:02 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Nava Bos - 1B,OF
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, 5-0 x @Tor
  • Shin-Soo Choo sitting out with back spasms
    Shin-Soo Choo is not in Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: Choo also missed a couple games back in April with back spasms. He should be considered day-to-day. Ryan Rua is in right field in his place Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • Zimmerman (foot) took swings on Tuesday
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) took swings Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Zimmerman has been fitted with an orthotic insert for his left cleat that will hopefully help him play through his plantar fasciitis. He was batting just .209/.265/.346 through 56 games before being placed on the disabled list June 11.
    Tuesday, 1:34 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 1, 0-0 x @Atl
  • J.D. Martinez held out of Tuesday's lineup
    J.D. Martinez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off for Martinez, who is 1-for-9 with seven strikeouts against Danny Salazar. Chris Iott of points out that this is the second time Brad Ausmus has sat Martinez against Salazar in recent weeks. Rajai Davis is starting in right field.
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Mattingly: Crawford has to earn PT in LF
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday that Carl Crawford (oblique) will have to earn his playing time when he returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Mattingly said of the left field job that Andre Ethier has "kind of taken that spot, to be honest with you." It's no surprise, of course, given Ethier's .275/.353/.487 batting line and Crawford's struggles before he got hurt. As for Crawford's recovery from a right oblique strain, he is 10 days away from game action but will need plenty of rehab games after missing two months.
    Jun 22, 3:35 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Sizemore to begin playing games in High-A
    Grady Sizemore will begin playing in games with the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs on Monday.

    Advice: Sizemore spent the last week working out at the Rays' spring training complex and has now been cleared for live games. The veteran outfielder signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay on June 15 after getting released by the Phillies on June 1. He hit .245/.288/.296 with no homers in 39 games for Philadelphia.
    Jun 22, 12:01 pm
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