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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:21 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:29 pm
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  • Giants activate Nori Aoki (leg) from DL
    Giants activated OF Nori Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Aoki missed over a month of action with a small fracture in his right fibula. He's in left field and hitting eighth on Monday, as the Giants are keeping Angel Pagan in the leadoff spot. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:40 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:10 pm
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  • Angels acquire Shane Victorino from Red Sox
    Angels acquired OF Shane Victorino and cash considerations from the Red Sox in exchange for INF Josh Rutledge.

    Advice: The Red Sox are sending $3.8 million to the Angels, so the Halos will be responsible for just $1.1 million of Victorino's salary. The veteran outfielder has been limited to just 33 games this season due to injury and that's after injuries held him to 30 games in 2014. Victorino is also hitting only .245/.324/.298 in 2015 and is really only a fourth outfielder at this point, but he should play plenty in left field given how bad the Halos have been at the position. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:04 pm
  • Grichuk's (groin) MRI comes back negative
    An MRI on Randal Grichuk's injured groin did not show anything serious.

    Advice: Grichuk admitted that he's dealt with a groin issue for a couple weeks before it finally forced him from a game Sunday. However, while he's not starting Monday, he's expected to be available to pinch-hit and could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday. Peter Bourjos is filling in in center field Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:20 pm
  • Tommy La Stella (oblique) set for rehab
    Tommy La Stella (oblique) is ready to resume a rehab assignment.

    Advice: La Stella has been out nearly all season with an oblique strain that he's aggravated on at least one occasion. It's unclear how many rehab games he'll need. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:15 pm
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  • Jacoby Ellsbury not in Monday's lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day of rest. Brett Gardner is in center field in Ellsbury's place, with Chris Young playing left. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:01 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:45 pm
  • Matt Holliday not in lineup Monday
    Matt Holliday is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be some rest, as the Cards have been careful with Holliday as he returns from a quad injury. Stephen Piscotty is in left field. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:15 pm
  • Randal Grichuk (groin) sitting out Monday
    Randal Grichuk (groin) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Grichuk tweaked his groin during Sunday's game, necessitating an early exit. It's not viewed as a major concern, but he could need a couple days off. Peter Bourjos is handling center field. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:13 pm
  • Dombrowski knows nothing about Davis trade
    Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman on Monday that he knows nothing about the speculation that Rajai Davis has been traded to the Cardinals.

    Advice: That speculation started when Davis suddenly followed over 30 accounts related to the Cardinals on Twitter. The 34-year-old outfielder was in the visitors clubhouse on Monday at Tropicana Field with a Tigers t-shirt and Tigers shorts. Moving right along. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:46 pm
  • Rajai Davis not in Tigers' lineup on Monday
    Rajai Davis is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday night against the Rays.

    Advice: What's notable about this is that Davis just followed a bunch of Cardinals-related accounts on Twitter, signaling that a trade might be close. Or it could just be nothing. Davis probably wouldn't be playing anyway Monday against Rays right-hander Nate Karns. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:11 pm
  • Alex Presley accepts assignment to AAA
    Alex Presley has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Presley had the option of electing free agency when he was moved off the Astros' 40-man roster last week, but the 30-year-old outfielder will remain with the organization. He is a .259/.299/.393 career hitter. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:27 am
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  • Aoki (leg) expected to return on Monday night
    Nori Aoki (leg) is expected back Monday night.

    Advice: Aoki, who's been on the disabled list since late June with a fractured right fibula, had a successful checkup with the Giants' medical staff on Sunday. The 33-year-old outfielder was off to an excellent start this season before the injury, batting .317/.383/.385 in 67 games. He returns to a hot Giants team that has moved within one game of Dodgers at the top of the National League West standings. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:20 am
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  • Mets asked Braves about Andrelton Simmons
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Mets asked the Braves about the availability of shortstop Andrelton Simmons, but "the conversation went nowhere."

    Advice: Olney says Atlanta "placed an unreachable price tag" on the 25-year-old. Simmons hasn't developed offensively as quickly as many were hoping, but he's a generational type of talent defensively and the kind of player the rebuilding Braves want to build around. Simmons is under contract with Atlanta through 2020 at some fairly reasonable rates. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:44 am
  • KC staying locked in on Ben Zobrist market
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are planning to stay locked in on the Ben Zobrist trade talks "until the end."

    Advice: Zobrist is a fit for just about every contending team because of his defensive versatility, so it's anyone's guess at this point where he's going to wind up after the July 31 trade deadline. Kansas City made the biggest splash yet with its weekend acquisition of Reds ace Johnny Cueto, but McCullough notes that the club still has shoppable prospects. If it wasn't already apparent, the Royals are going all-in. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:27 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:58 am
  • Kipnis (neck) goes 0-for-4 in return Sat.
    Jason Kipnis (neck) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Sunday in his return to the Indians' lineup.

    Advice: Kipnis was held out of action on Saturday due to some mild stiffness in his neck. It obviously isn't a big deal. The second baseman is slashing .321/.397/.476 in what has otherwise been a frustrating year for Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:54 am
  • Nori Aoki (leg) could return to lineup Monday
    Nori Aoki (leg) is set to undergo a medical evaluation on Monday, and if all goes well he will be able to return to the Giants starting lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki has been sidelined since late June due to a fractured leg. Before landing on the disabled list, he was hitting a stellar .317/.383/.385 with two homers and 19 RBI in 67 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:04 pm
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  • Randal Grichuk leaves with soreness in groin
    Randal Grichuk was removed from Sunday's game against the Braves due to soreness in his groin.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called his early exit precautionary, so consider him day-to-day for the time being. Peter Bourjos replaced him in center field on Sunday and would be in line for additional playing time if he's forced to miss a couple of games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Kipnis out Saturday because of neck stiffness
    Jason Kipnis is out of the Indians' starting lineup on Saturday night because of a stiff neck.

    Advice: One day off should do the trick for Kipnis. Mike Aviles will start at second base and bat leadoff as the Indians do battle with White Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:20 pm
  • Grichuk has two-run homer in win over Braves
    Randal Grichuk went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Grichuk has four home runs over his last six games and continues to carve out a regular place in the Cardinals' lineup even after Matt Holliday's return from the disabled list. The 23-year-old is batting .283 with 11 home runs and a .900 OPS over 66 games. It's about time for him to be owned in most mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:11 pm
  • Nori Aoki still needs additional rehab games
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Nori Aoki (leg) still needs at least two additional minor league rehab games.

    Advice: The Giants had hoped to have him back in the fold on Friday, but Bochy admitted that Aoki wasn't quite ready to return just yet. He'll likely remain on his rehab assignment through the weekend and rejoin the club for Monday's series opener against the Brewers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:58 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:36 pm
  • Alex Presley outrighted to Triple-A
    Astros sent OF Alex Presley outright to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: It's the second time this season he's been removed from the 40-man roster. Presley can elect free agency if he wants. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:27 am
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  • Randall Grichuk hits 10th homer
    Randall Grichuk went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: It was another fine offensive night for Grichuk. He did make a boneheaded play on the basepaths when he was picked off third base with none out in the fourth. Still, everything else was good. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:52 pm
  • Ellsbury homers, drives in four to down O's
    Jacoby Ellsbury had a huge game in Thursday's 9-3 win over the Orioles, finishing 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI as the Yankees completed the sweep.

    Advice: Ellsbury took Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez deep to lead off the second inning, then hit a sacrifice fly in the third and a two-run double in the fifth to finish off his offensive heroics for the day. The speedy center fielder has now doubled in three straight games, a good sign that he feels comfortable with the health of his legs. Ellsbury missed significant time with a knee injury earlier this season. On the whole, he's currently slashing .308/.382/.390 with three homers, 36 runs scored and 14 steals. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:24 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:48 pm
  • Holliday's grand slam propels Cards past Sox
    Matt Holliday hit a grand slam and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Cardinals outlasted the White Sox 8-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Holliday went down to get a Carlos Rodon pitch and jacked it out to left. The homer was just his fourth of the year and his first since coming off the disabled list after the All-Star break. The Cardinals certainly missed his bat while he was away, and the 35-year-old is now batting .302/.413/.434 on the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 pm
  • 'No discussions' between A's/Mets on Zobrist
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there are "no active discussions" between the Mets and Athletics regarding Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: This directly conflicts with a report from Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, which said the two sides had already discussed which pieces the Mets would send to the A's. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so you've got to believe his source is legit. Zobrist will be a hot commodity this month. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:28 pm
  • Mets' trade talks for Ben Zobrist heating up
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that trade talks between the Mets and Athletics regarding Ben Zobrist have progressed.

    Advice: Ackert says that the two sides "have gotten as far as discussing pieces" and that the A's "have identified the prospects" from the Mets that they want in exchange for Zobrist. However, the report adds that "nothing is imminent." An earlier report suggested that the Mets might balk at picking up the roughly $3 million remaining on Zobrist's contract for this season, but this newer reports suggests that's probably not the case. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:30 pm
  • Mets don't want to pay Zobrist's contract
    WFAN's Eddie Coleman reports that the Mets are hesitant to trade for Ben Zobrist because they don't want to pick up the roughly $2-3 million remaining on his contract for the rest of the season.

    Advice: That's embarrassing, if true. The Mets' money issues over the last few years have been no secret, but they're in dire need of some lineup help and Zobrist's contract is hardly unreasonable. It's hard to believe they're going to get any kind of real offensive upgrade if they're unwilling to take on any money. Zobrist will have many suitors, so the A's can move on quickly if the Mets are being stingy about money. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:12 pm
  • Pirates asked A's about Ben Zobrist
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have asked about Ben Zobrist of the Athletics.

    Advice: The Pirates have also checked in on Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington and Padres shortstop Clint Barmes as they try to get by with Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer sidelined. Zobrist is the best player of the bunch and figures to be a very popular target leading up to the trade deadline, so Pennington or Barmes could be more realistic. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:17 am
  • Nori Aoki (leg) could be activated on Friday
    Nori Aoki (leg) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday.

    Advice: Aoki will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday and will play five innings in that game. He's then slated for seven frames on Wednesday and that could be all he needs before being activated after a day off Thursday. Aoki has missed nearly a month of action with a small fracture of his right fibula. Rotoworld.com Jul 20, 5:41 pm
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  • Nori Aoki (leg) ready for rehab assignment
    Nori Aoki (leg) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.

    Advice: A CT scan over the weekend showed that Aoki's right fibula was 80 percent healed, and evidently that's enough for him to be game-ready. It's unclear how many contests he'll need before being activated, but it shouldn't be too many. It would seem like Aoki has a shot to be back in the Giants' lineup by this weekend. Rotoworld.com Jul 20, 4:19 pm
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  • Matt Holliday not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Holliday is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Cards are easing Holliday back into things with his return from a quad injury, as they pulled him for defense late on Friday and Saturday. Tommy Pham is handling left field Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jul 19, 8:30 am
  • Grichuk homers twice, drives in six vs. Mets
    Randal Grichuk went 3-for-3 with two homers and six RBI in Saturday's 12-2 rout of the Mets.

    Advice: Grichuk drew a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning for his first RBI. He then took an intentional walk in the third, hit a two-run shot in the fifth, singled in the seventh, and launched a three-run blast in the eighth. The six RBI were a career-high for the 23-year-old, who has a tremendous .901 OPS in 211 plate appearances this season. Grichuk looks poised for regular starts in center field with Matt Holliday back in the fold. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 7:33 pm
  • Aoki's scan shows leg is 80 percent healed
    Nori Aoki had a CT scan Saturday that showed his fractured right fibula is 80 percent healed.

    Advice: Aoki remains on track to return to the Giants' active roster before the end of July. He is expected to play in three minor league rehab games. The 33-year-old outfielder is batting .317 with a stellar .383 on-base percentage in his first season with San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 3:43 pm
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  • Astros designate Alex Presley for assignment
    Astros designated OF Alex Presley for assignment.

    Advice: The move was made to create a spot on the roster for Scott Feldman who was activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Presley appeared in just eight games with the Astros this season, hitting .250/.308/.250 with five strikeouts in 12 at-bats. He should generate some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 12:45 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Jul 18, 10:52 am
  • Holliday (quad) hitless in return from DL
    Matt Holliday (quad) went 0-for-3 against the Mets on Friday in his return from the disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday, out since June 8 with a Grade 2 right quad strain, was pulled from the game after seven innings. However, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny just wanted to have his best defense in place in a tight game, using Randal Grichuk in left field and Peter Bourjos in center. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 8:54 pm
  • Matt Holliday activated from disabled list
    Cardinals activated OF Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday needed to pass one more running test before being activated and evidently did so. The veteran outfielder is playing left field and hitting third on Friday. He missed the last five and a half weeks of action with a Grade 2 right quad strain. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 1:20 pm
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