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  • Dodgers discussing Guerrero in trade talks
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers have discussed parting with Alex Guerrero in trade talks.

    Advice: Guerrero has a clause in his contract that says he can become a free agent at the end of the season if he's traded, but the Los Angeles Times reported recently that he would consider waiving that right if it meant more money. Rosenthal says that the Dodgers, not surprisingly, are looking for pitching in return. 22 minutes ago
  • Romo escapes trouble to earn second save
    Sergio Romo got out of hot water in the ninth inning to pick up his second save in Monday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Carlos Gomez led off the inning, reaching first base on Brandon Belt's fielding error, but he was thrown out at second base attempting to steal on a controversial call. He was ejected from the game for arguing the call. With two outs, Romo then gave up a double to Scooter Gennett to bring the winning run to the plate, but struck out Jean Segura to end it. Romo has functioned as the set-up man for closer Santiago Casilla, so his save chances should continue coming in very rarely going forward. He was just giving Casilla an extra day of rest after he threw 35 pitches on back-to-back days. 45 minutes ago
  • Heston picks up eleventh win against Brewers
    Chris Heston pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs to earn his 11th win of the season on Monday facing the Brewers.

    Advice: The Brewers ended Heston's shutout bid, when they used a walk, a double, and a single to plate two runs. The right-hander worked around five hits and three walks while striking out four on the evening. Heston owns a terrific 11-5 record with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 99/35 K/BB ratio over 126 innings. He hasn't lost since June 14 and will look to keep that streak going over the weekend in a road start against the Rangers. 48 minutes ago
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  • Lohse pitches into seventh, but loses to SFG
    Kyle Lohse yielded four runs over 6 2/3 innings, taking his 12th loss of the season on Monday versus the Giants.

    Advice: The Giants put up a three-spot in the fourth inning, which included a two-run Brandon Crawford home run. Gregor Blanco ripped a pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. Lohse, overall, gave up five hits and three walks, and failed to register a strikeout. The right-hander owns an abysmal 6.24 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and an 83/29 K/BB ratio over 119 2/3 innings. He faces the Cubs in a home start next. 51 minutes ago
  • Crawford homers as Giants top the Brewers
    Brandon Crawford homered and walked in a 1-for-2 effort on Monday as the Giants defeated the Brewers.

    Advice: Crawford delivered a two-run home run off of Kyle Lohse in the third inning, pushing the Giants' lead to 3-0. He's on a six-game hitting streak, currently standing with a .270/.336/.481 batting line along with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. 53 minutes ago
  • Troy Tulowitzki traded to Jays for Jose Reyes
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins have been traded to the Blue Jays for Jose Reyes and minor leaguers.

    Advice: Well, how about that for a late-night surprise? Offense certainly wasn't a need for Toronto given that they are leading baseball in runs by a wide margin, but they obviously saw an opportunity to make a strength even stronger. They're also improving their defense with the deal, as Reyes' defense has really gone south. Tulo is under contract through 2020 with a club option for 2021. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi says Reyes might be flipped elsewhere, which makes sense because dealing Tulo but then taking on Reyes' contract wouldn't mesh with the Rockies' rebuild. Today, 9:32 pm
  • 'Several teams' interested in Hisashi Iwakuma
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have heard from "several teams" interested in Hisashi Iwakuma.

    Advice: However, Morosi adds that Seattle "still hasn't committed firmly to trading him." The Mariners are, at best, on the fringe of the Wild Card race and Iwakuma is a free agent after this season, but it doesn't appear they're ready to give up yet. Iwakuma has been limited to just seven starts this season due to injury but has been really good the last three times out, allowing a total of just four runs. Today, 9:08 pm
  • Axford blows save, allows walk-off 2-run HR
    John Axford blew the save in Monday's loss to the Cubs, serving up a walk-off two-run home run to Kris Bryant with two outs in the ninth inning.

    Advice: The Rockies had stormed for four runs against Rafael Soriano to take an 8-7 lead, but Axford couldn't hold it. He allowed a one-out single to Dexter Fowler, then Bryant hit a walk-off two-run home run to left-center with two outs. It's his fourth blown save of the season and his third in his last four appearances. He has allowed runs in each of those four outings. Axford is 16-for-20 in save chances overall with a 3.90 ERA and a 29/16 K/BB ratio in 30 innings. Today, 8:48 pm
  • Yankees have talked Kimbrel with Padres
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Craig Kimbrel's name "has at least surfaced" in the Padres' trade talks with the Yankees.

    Advice: As Heyman notes, it's hard to see a fit given that the Yankees already have a dynamic 1-2 punch with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller at the back-end of their bullpen. They would seem likelier to add one of the starters the Padres are shopping, with Heyman saying the Bombers "are investigating most starters and relievers on the market." Today, 8:18 pm
  • Lynn tosses seven solid frames to beat Reds
    Lance Lynn fired seven innings of one-run ball to earn the win on Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: The Reds took a temporary 1-0 lead in the third inning on Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly, but were otherwise not able to muster an offensive against Lynn. The right-hander gave up five hits and three walks while striking out five in the effort. Lynn now boasts a terrific 2.71 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 124/37 K/BB ratio over 116 1/3 innings. He'll host the Rockies this weekend. Today, 8:07 pm
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  • Iglesias gives up grand slam in loss to Cards
    Raisel Iglesias allowed a grand slam, accounting for all four runs in his six innings of work during Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cardinals loaded the bases on a double, a single, and a hit batter when Kolten Wong unloaded them with two outs in the fourth inning. Iglesias otherwise kept the Cardinals off the board, yielding six hits while striking out seven and issuing zero walks. He's winless in five starts since rejoining the rotation, carrying an overall 5.53 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 42/13 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings. Iglesias faces off against the Pirates at home next. Today, 8:04 pm
  • Rosenthal: Nats 'hottest' on Craig Kimbrel
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are "hottest" on Craig Kimbrel.

    Advice: The Nats have also been linked to Aroldis Chapman, as they appear determined to land an elite closer despite Drew Storen's fine season. Rosenthal adds that the Padres asked for Trea Turner (who they traded to Washington over the winter) from the Nationals in trade talks but were told it wouldn't happen. Today, 7:35 pm
  • Blanton registers a three-inning save vs. CLE
    Joe Blanton pitched the final three innings of Monday's 9-4 win over the Indians, earning his second save.

    Advice: With the Royals ahead 9-1, Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Francisco Lindor in the seventh, but only one of those runs was charged to him. It's a save only in the technical sense, as the Royals were never in any real danger of losing Monday's contest. Today, 7:31 pm
  • Santana goes yard in a losing effort vs. KC
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santana cut the Indians' deficit to 4-1 when he lifted an Edinson Volquez offering over the fence in center field in the second inning. Though he's drawn plenty of walks, Santana has otherwise had a mediocre season to date, hitting .224/.354/.389 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. Today, 7:22 pm
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  • Hamels has told Astros he won't go there
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Astros "were told weeks ago" that Cole Hamels would not approve a trade to Houston.

    Advice: It apparently hasn't kept the Astros from pursuing him, as both Stark and his colleague, Jerry Crasnick, are hearing that Houston is making a late push for the left-hander. Whether they'd be able to offer the best package and talk the left-hander into changing his mind remains to be seen. Today, 7:09 pm
  • Astros 'making big push' for Cole Hamels
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Astros "remain in the thick" of the bidding for Cole Hamels and are "making a big push" for the left-hander.

    Advice: The Astros acquired Scott Kazmir last week but apparently aren't done in their search for frontline pitching. Houston is on Hamels' no-trade list and it's been reported previously that he might not be willing to waive it in order to go to the Astros. The Rangers are viewed by most as the favorites at the moment to land Hamels. Today, 6:03 pm
  • Pads have discussed Starlin Castro with Cubs
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Padres have discussed Starlin Castro with the Cubs.

    Advice: Morosi adds that the Cubs have inquired on the Padres' starters and he opines that a Castro-for-James Shields swap might make some sense. Castro has been a colossal disappointment with the Cubs this season, hitting just .233/.268/.302 with five homers. He's under contract through 2019 and the Cubs would probably love to use him as a trade chip this week to get pitching help. Today, 3:33 pm
  • Giants ask Reds about closer Aroldis Chapman
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants have inquired to the Reds about Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Morosi says there haven't been any offers exchanged so far. The Nationals have also been linked to Chapman, although it's not a given that the Reds will trade him since he's under team control through another season. Chapman would push Santiago Casilla to a setup role if he winds up in San Francisco. Today, 2:51 pm
  • Tigers move Shane Greene to bullpen
    Shane Greene has been moved to the Tigers' bullpen.

    Advice: They had to either send him to the 'pen or to Triple-A, as Greene has been hammered for 17 runs over 13 2/3 innings in his three starts since returning from the minors, pushing his ERA up to 6.72. Buck Farmer has assumed his spot in the rotation. Today, 2:32 pm
  • Jennings (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Desmond Jennings (knee) could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: Jennings is working his way back from last month's arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The Rays have said that they hope he'll be ready to return in early August, so his rehab assignment figures to be a short one if all goes well. Today, 2:18 pm
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  • Diamondbacks showing interest in Cole Hamels
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have reached out to the Phillies to express their interest in Cole Hamels.

    Advice: The D'Backs can't be considered real contenders this season, but they'd be looking at Hamels as more of a long-term play since he's under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019. Arizona is one of 20 clubs on Hamels' no-trade list, although the southpaw has noted that he'd be willing to consider a deal to any club. Today, 2:10 pm
  • Young or Guthrie expected to lose SP spot
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are expected to boot either Chris Young or Jeremy Guthrie from the rotation following the addition of Johnny Cueto.

    Advice: Yordano Ventura was removed from the rotation just last week, but he got another shot with Jason Vargas (elbow) going down and responded with seven frames of one-run ball Sunday. Evidently that was enough to make his spot secure. Young (3.32 ERA) has out-pitched Guthrie (5.35 ERA) this season by a wide margin, but the former has already shown he can pitch well out of the bullpen with a 1.50 ERA in relief. Today, 1:09 pm
  • Chris Johnson not in Braves' lineup Mon.
    Chris Johnson is not in the Braves' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Freddie Freeman will start at first base and Adonis Garcia will start at third against Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman. Johnson is batting just .240/.277/.318. Today, 12:51 pm
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  • Diamondbacks option Dominic Leone to AA
    Diamondbacks optioned RHP Dominic Leone to Double-A Mobile.

    Advice: Leone was only in the majors for a week. He got the boot Monday to open a roster spot for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Today, 12:00 pm
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  • Strasburg (oblique) will start at AAA on Wed.
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) will make a rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Strasburg made it through a 50-pitch simulated game Friday without issue and experienced no lingering effects in his left oblique muscle over the weekend. The right-hander is probably going to make multiple minor league rehab starts before returning to the Nationals' rotation. He has an ugly 5.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 13 outings this season for Washington. Today, 11:06 am
  • Reddick not a current consideration for Mets
    Josh Reddick "isn't a current consideration" for the Mets, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this month that the Angels asked the A's about Reddick and were given a flat "no" -- so maybe he's not available at all. Reddick has a cool .282/.336/.452 batting line with 12 home runs and 56 RBI in 92 games this season and the 28-year-old outfielder carries one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2016. Today, 10:52 am
  • Pirates now likely to keep 1B Pedro Alvarez?
    According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Pirates are telling teams they're likely to keep Pedro Alvarez.

    Advice: That could be a negotiating tactic, as CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported just days ago that the first baseman is on the trade block. Alvarez has a rough .232 batting average and .301 on-base percentage in 90 games this season, though he does lead the Pirates with 14 home runs. The 28-year-old will be arbitration-eligible one final time this winter. Today, 10:22 am
  • Sadler given PRP injection for forearm, elbow
    Casey Sadler recently had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right forearm and elbow.

    Advice: Sadler is expected to need another 6-8 weeks of recovery time, which could mean his season is over. "Good days, bad days, unfortunately probably more bad days than good days right now," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday. Sadler, 25, made one spot start earlier this season for the Pirates. Today, 6:50 am
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  • Nats, Jays among clubs interested in Kimbrel
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Nationals and Blue Jays are among the teams looking into acquiring Padres closer Craig Kimbrel.

    Advice: Washington and Toronto have also been linked to Jonathan Papelbon and Aroldis Chapman. It's a market flush with late-inning relief help, with Tyler Clippard, Francisco Rodriguez, and Jim Johnson also being dangled publicly ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Kimbrel has been his usual dominant self after a shaky first few months in a Padres uniform, boasting a 2.75 ERA and 55/15 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 total innings along with 29 saves. Today, 6:22 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. Today, 5:58 am
  • Shane Greene hit hard again in loss to BoSox
    Shane Greene was hit hard again in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox, allowing five runs on 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Greene walked two and struck out one in the ballgame. He cruised through the first three innings unscathed, but the Red Sox broke the game open, and chased Greene, with a four-run uprising in the fifth, highlighted by a three-run bomb by David Ortiz. Now sporting a horrifying 6.72 ERA and 1.54 WHIP, there's a strong chance he's headed back to Triple-A Toledo on Monday. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Reddick doubles in loss to Giants
    Josh Reddick went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The double was Reddick's 14th of the season. He's hitting a cool .282/.336/.452 with 12 homers and 56 RBI. The injury-prone outfielder has already amassed almost as many at-bats this season (330) as he did in the entirety of 2014 (363). As long as he's healthy, he's a productive player. Yesterday, 4:40 pm
  • Rangers not close to Cole Hamels deal yet
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers and Phillies "remain in dialogue" about a Cole Hamels trade, but a deal isn't close at this point.

    Advice: The Rangers appear to have moved to the front of the pack in the race for Hamels, but it sounds like nothing is imminent. Texas isn't a legitimate contender this season, but they'd be eyeing the future in acquiring Hamels, who is under contract through 2018 with an option for 2019. Yesterday, 10:17 am
  • Rangers the 'lead team' in Hamels trade talks
    Jim Salisbury of reports that the Rangers are the "lead team" in the Cole Hamels trade discussions.

    Advice: The report comes on the heels of FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal saying that there is "momentum building" toward a Hamels deal. The Rangers aren't real playoff contenders this season, but Hamels is under contract through at least 2018 and would represent a dynamic 1-2 punch with Yu Darvish over the next few years. The Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants are viewed as the biggest challengers to the Rangers for Hamels' services. Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • 'Momentum building' toward Cole Hamels trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is "momentum building" toward a trade of Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Rosenthal says that trade proposals for Hamels have improved since the left-hander threw a no-hitter versus the Cubs on Saturday, with clubs offering better players and asking for the Phillies to cover less of the southpaw's contract. He also notes that the Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees and Giants have shown the most interest in Hamels of late. Yesterday, 7:05 am
  • Hamels gets his first no-no at Wrigley Field
    Cole Hamels pitched the first no-hitter of his career on Saturday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: It ended on a Kris Bryant fly to deep center field that Odubel Herrera nearly lost on the warning track. Hamels walked two but struck out 13 in what might be his final appearance as a member of the Phillies. It gave the franchise its 13th no-hitter, and it was the first no-hitter thrown against the Cubs in 50 years. The 31-year-old left-hander will carry a 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 137/39 K/BB ratio (through 128 2/3 innings) into trade deadline week. Saturday, 3:47 pm
  • Strasburg (oblique) cleared for rehab games
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Strasburg threw around 50 pitches in a simulated game on Friday and woke up Saturday with no abnormal soreness. It's not clear how many outings he'll make in the minors before returning to the Nationals' starting rotation. Strasburg has a rough 5.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP this season, though we wouldn't rule out a strong finish. Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Mets made push for Tulo, doubtful he's moved
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mets made a push for Troy Tulowitzki but came away with the impression that the Rockies will not move him.

    Advice: The Mets have the kind of young pitchers the Rockies should be trying to stockpile, but there has been no indication from the Colorado front office that Tulo is on the block. And it seems the Mets have now moved on to other offensive targets like Ben Zobrist, Jay Bruce, and Justin Upton. Tulowitzki, 30, is under contract with the Rockies through at least 2020. Saturday, 1:28 pm
  • Josh Reddick not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Josh Reddick is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll grab a seat on the pine against tough opposing southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Jake Smolinski will draw the start in right field and bat fifth for the Athletics. Saturday, 9:40 am
  • Yankees have inquired about Cole Hamels
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have contacted the Phillies about acquiring Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Phillies like Aaron Judge, but he's one of the prized young prospects that the Yankees aren't planning to move at the trade deadline. Hamels would provide a much needed upgrade atop the Yankees rotation if they are able to acquire the veteran southpaw. Saturday, 9:28 am
  • Axford blows save Friday vs. Reds
    John Axford blew a save Friday after giving up a solo homer to Joey Votto.

    Advice: Axford has now allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings over his last three appearances, which includes two blown saves. And two wins, by the way. The 32-year-old has looked like a potential trade chip for Colorado, but his recent performances could turn teams away. Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Johnson hitless Friday vs. Cardinals
    Chris Johnson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

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

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

    Advice: He had been in line to make a rare start in left field, but his back acted up during pregame warmups. Kike Hernandez will take his place in left field and bat sixth for the Dodgers. Friday, 4:36 pm
  • Strasburg throws simulated game on Friday
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) threw around 50 pitches in a successful simulated game on Friday.

    Advice: As long as he wakes up Saturday without any issues, he should be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He'll need one or two outings in the minors before he's ready to rejoin the Nationals rotation. Friday, 2:31 pm
  • Pirates put Pedro Alvarez on trade block
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates have put Pedro Alvarez on the trade block.

    Advice: It confirms an earlier report from Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the club was fielding offers for the first baseman. Alvarez's defense has been awful this season and he's batting just .232/.302/.424 with 13 homers. He'll also get more expensive over the winter in his final year of arbitration, and the Pirates have decided to try and upgrade at first base now. It's unclear at this point who might be interested in Alvarez. Friday, 12:36 pm
  • Rangers, Phils have 're-opened' Hamels talks's TR Sullivan reports that the Rangers and Phillies have "re-opened" trade talks involving Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Sullivan's sources described the chances of the two sides coming together on a deal as "maybe." Texas has been linked often with Hamels even though they're not real playoff contenders, as they'd consider the left-hander a long-term play. Hamels is making $22.5 million this season and is guaranteed $73.5 million from 2016-2018. Friday, 12:33 pm
  • Reds' asking price for Chapman 'exorbitant'
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Reds' asking price for Aroldis Chapman is "exorbitant."

    Advice: Stark adds that other clubs are "not sure (Reds owner Bob Castellini) wants to move him." It's no surprise, of course, that the club's asking price for Chapman would be sky-high, as he's arguably the best closer in baseball and is under team control through next season. The Nationals are one team that's been linked to Chapman, but a deal probably isn't terribly likely. Friday, 9:14 am
  • Chris Young gives up four runs to Cards
    Chris Young was lifted after allowing four runs in three innings Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Young is 2-4 with a 5.50 ERA over his last seven starts. Since he was so good before that and the Royals just lost Jason Vargas, Young shouldn't have to worry about his rotation spot just yet. Maybe that will change if the team trades for a starting pitcher. Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez hits 13th homer
    After sitting out two of the previous four games, Pedro Alvarez started Thursday and delivered a homer and an RBI groundout.

    Advice: It wouldn't be notable that Alvarez sat out a couple of games, except these were both against right-handers. Between the mediocre offense and the worse-than-mediocre defense, the Pirates are looking to do better at first base, and they might consider playing Aramis Ramirez there after Josh Harrison returns. Thursday, 7:34 pm
  • Iwakuma duels Price to standstill
    Hisashi Iwakuma earned a strong no-decision in Thursday afternoon's contest with the Tigers, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma and David Price were locked in a fun little pitcher's duel on Thursday. For most of the game, Price held a 2-1 advantage, but the M's managed to tie things up with a Mark Trumbo single in the seventh. They would go on to win in 12 innings, though Iwakuma was long gone by that point. For his part, the pitcher allowed a two-run double to Victor Martinez in the first inning before settling down to shutout the Tigers over the next six innings. He struck out seven and walked two on the day. After missing over two months with a strained lat muscle, the Japanese import finally appears to be rounding into form and should be seriously considered for deeper mixed-league formats. Overall, he's the owner of a 4.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 32/7 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. He's never posted an ERA higher than 3.52 in his career. He'll try to keep his good roll going in a home start against the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 2:43 pm
  • Leone ejected Wednesday for HBP retaliation
    Dominic Leone was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Marlins for hitting Christian Yelich with a pitch.

    Advice: The previous half-inning Leone's teammate David Peralta was hit in the helmet by a Jose Fernandez pitch, so Leone exacted revenge on the Marlins outfielder. He'd pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings prior to being ejected. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
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  • Crawford belts 14th home run against Padres
    Brandon Crawford hit his 14th home run of the season in a win over the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: Crawford hit the solo shot off reliever Dale Thayer -- this time with no gum-throwing or bench-clearing discussions -- in the eighth inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats. Crawford has already set a career high in homers and we're not yet to August, and it's only a matter of time before he sets new single-season highs in most every category. The 28-year-old is hitting .266/.333/.477 on the year. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Reddick not in Athletics' lineup against Jays
    Josh Reddick is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: With lefty Felix Doubront on the hill for the Blue Jays, Reddick will have a seat. Jake Smolinski will start in right field for the A's in Reddick's place. Wednesday, 3:36 pm
  • Lohse pounded for five runs by Indians
    Kyle Lohse fooled nobody in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Indians, surrendering five runs on 10 hits over five innings.

    Advice: Of the 10 hits Lohse allowed, two left the ballpark in the form of a solo home run by Francisco Lindor in the first inning and a three-run shot by Michael Brantley in the third. The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked three in the ugly outing. His numbers for the season? Also less than shiny, as he now holds a 6.29 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 83/26 K/BB ratio over 113 innings. Assuming he hasn't pitched his way out of the Brewer rotation, he'll take to the road to face the Giants in his next start. Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg (oblique) to throw live BP
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) will throw a live batting practice session on Friday.

    Advice: If it goes well, he's expected to be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. It's unclear how many rehab starts Strasburg will need, but with Joe Ross pitching well the Nationals can afford to be cautious. Wednesday, 7:53 am
  • Starlin Castro sitting out on Wednesday
    Starlin Castro is absent from the Cubs' lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Reds.

    Advice: Addison Russell is at shortstop, with Jonathan Herrera covering second base. Castro will be back out there for the nightcap. Wednesday, 7:03 am
  • Crawford smacks 3-run homer as Giants roll
    Brandon Crawford had a big night, finishing 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's rout of the Padres.

    Advice: Crawford smacked a three-run home run to right-center off of Odrisamer Despaigne in the fourth inning, pushing the Giants' lead to 5-0. Though he's slumped over the last month, batting .224 (19-for-85) since June 21, he still has productive numbers, batting .266/.332/.471 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI. Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • Heston flirts with no-no again, gets 10th win
    Chris Heston flirted with a no-hitter but settled for shutting the Padres out on one hit over 7 1/3 innings, earning his 10th win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heston, who authored a no-hitter on June 9 against the Mets, no-hit the Padres through five innings on Tuesday, but Melvin Upton, Jr. broke it up with a leadoff single in the sixth. The right-hander walked two while striking out six in the sterling effort. He has a 3.18 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 95/32 K/BB ratio over 119 innings to date. Heston will face the Brewers at home next. Tuesday, 10:04 pm
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  • Iglesias strikes out eight in a no-decision
    Raisel Iglesias allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, taking a no-decision as the Reds lost in 13 innings to the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Iglesias allowed a bunch of base runners on six hits and four walks, but eight strikeouts helped him limit the damage. The Cubs scored once in the fifth inning on Kyle Schwarber's ground-rule double and again in the sixth on Chris Coghlan's solo home run. The outing was the right-hander's best since May 13. Iglesias will bring a 5.45 ERA, a 1.56 WHIP, and a 35/13 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings into a road start versus the Cardinals. Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Blanton throws 3 2/3 scoreless in relief
    Joe Blanton tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Stepping in for the injured Jason Vargas, Blanton pitched admirably to keep the Royals in the game. The right-hander gave up just two hits while striking out five in the appearance. He didn't earn a decision for his efforts, but it was a nice showing for the 34-year-old nonetheless. Blanton now owns a 3.96 ERA on the year. Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Greene struggles in no-decision vs. Mariners
    Shane Greene was hit around for five runs over 4 2/3 innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's loss versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Greene was battered for four runs in the first inning, then served up a long solo home run to Nelson Cruz in the third. The right-hander allowed six hits and a pair of walks overall while only striking out one. He's had a tumultuous season, carrying a 6.52 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, and a 47/24 K/BB ratio in 77 1/3 innings. Greene will face the slumping Red Sox in Boston next. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Johnson drives in two as Braves top Dodgers
    Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with two RBI as the Braves edged the Dodgers 4-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson finished with two singles and a double, his second three-hit game in his last six contests. Somewhat unbelievably, the two RBI matched his production from the previous 33 games. It's been that kind of year for Johnson, who is hitting .258/.297/.342 with a homer and nine RBI in 47 games overall. Tuesday, 7:53 pm
    L, 2-1 x @Bal
  • Diamondbacks recall Dominic Leone from AA
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Dominic Leone from Double-A Mobile.

    Advice: Leone got torched in his one appearance earlier this season with the Snakes. He'll pitch in long relief. Tuesday, 2:26 pm
    Not Active
    W, 4-3 @Sea
  • Strasburg (oblique) throws 30-pitch bullpener
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) threw around 30 pitches off a bullpen mound Tuesday without issue.

    Advice: Strasburg will likely do one more bullpen session before facing live hitters. The right-hander has been on the shelf since the first week of July because of a left oblique strain. He's sitting on a 5.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in what has been a season filled with frustration. Joe Ross will handle the rotation vacancy until Strasburg is ready. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
  • Report: Dodgers, Rangers in on Cole Hamels
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that the Dodgers and Rangers are the teams linked most in trade talks regarding Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

    Advice: The Dodgers have apparently been the most aggressive, which makes sense for a variety of reasons. Hamels has struggled a bit recently, but still figures to have a strong market leading up to July 31. The southpaw is making a $22.5 million salary this season and is guaranteed $73.5 million from 2016-2018, which shouldn't be a problem for the deep-pocketed Dodgers. Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Kimbrel mows down the Giants for 26th save
    Craig Kimbrel needed only four pitches to dispatch the Giants for his 26th save as the Padres emerged victorious 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: Kimbrel induced ground outs from Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco before getting Hector Sanchez to fly out to end the contest. The right-hander is now 26-for-27 in save chances with a 2.97 ERA and a 52/14 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. Jul 20, 10:37 pm
  • Axford blows save but Rockies walk off to win
    John Axford blew the save but got the win as the Rockies walked off 8-7 winners versus the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Axford issued a leadoff walk to Leonys Martin, then watched Adrian Beltre double him home with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game up at 7-7. The right-hander was happy to see Ben Paulsen drive home the walk-off run in the bottom half of the inning. Axford has otherwise been reliable in the ninth inning for the Rockies this season, brandishing a 2.60 ERA with a 25/13 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings while converting the save in 16 of 18 opportunities. The floundering Rockies could trade Axford in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Depending on where he would end up, Axford's value could be helped or hurt, so he's someone to watch closely in the next week and a half. Jul 20, 9:35 pm
  • Tulowitzki homers as Rockies win a slugfest
    Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Rockies took down the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Tulowitzki polished off a four-run second inning with a two-run home run off of Nick Martinez to make it a 7-0 game at the time. The shortstop has homered in back-to-back games, giving him 12 on the season with 52 RBI and a .320/.365/.502 triple-slash line. Jul 20, 9:21 pm
  • Chapman slams door on Cubs for 19th save
    Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth inning, snagging his 19th save in Monday's 5-4 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Chapman sandwiched strikeouts of Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo around a Kris Bryant fly out, an impressive way to get the save. The lefty could potentially be dealt by the Reds in the next week and a half. He's 19-for-20 in save opportunities with a 1.56 ERA and a 72/21 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings to date. Jul 20, 8:08 pm
  • Desmond Jennings (knee) to hit in sim game
    Desmond Jennings (knee) will hit in a simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll be facing fellow rehabber Drew Smyly (shoulder). Jennings is nearly six weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is making steady progress. The Rays maintain hope that he'll be ready to return to the lineup in early August. Jul 20, 6:14 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 5-2 vs x Det
  • Stephen Strasburg (oblique) nears mound work
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Stephen Strasburg (oblique) should resume throwing off a mound in the "next few days."

    Advice: Strasburg has been throwing on flat ground for a few days now without any issues. He's missed the last two weeks of action with a strained left oblique and the Nats are proceeding cautiously with him. The right-hander is unlikely to return before the end of the month. Jul 20, 1:47 pm
  • Tigers inquire on John Axford
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are among the clubs that have inquired on John Axford.

    Advice: Axford is having a surprisingly good season in Colorado with a 2.36 ERA and 16 saves. It's not a given at this point that the disappointing Tigers will be buyers at the trade deadline, but they could use some bullpen help if they do decide to make upgrades. Jul 19, 12:11 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez not in Sunday's lineup
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Alvarez is down to .230/.298/.419 for the season and has struggled defensively, which has some thinking the Pirates could pursue a first baseman at the trade deadline. Travis Ishikawa is filling in for him on Sunday. Jul 19, 10:04 am
  • Sergio Romo earns first save of the season
    Sergio Romo earned his first save of the season Saturday in the Giants' victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Romo entered in the eighth inning and retired the only batter he faced in that frame, so Giants manager Bruce Bochy just let him finish out the eventual 8-4 win. Santiago Casilla is still the closer in San Francisco. Jul 18, 9:02 pm
  • Kimbrel takes 25th save, Padres top Rockies
    Craig Kimbrel nailed down his 25th save of the season Saturday in the Padres' 5-4 defeat of the Rockies.

    Advice: Kimbrel struck out all three batters he faced in an impressive ninth-inning performance. He still carries a way-higher-than-normal 3.06 ERA, but the 27-year-old right-hander has been much better lately and should remain a top-tier fantasy closer going forward. Jul 18, 8:47 pm
  • Iwakuma fans five in victory over Yankees
    Hisashi Iwakuma racked up five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings as he defeated the Yankees in New York on Saturday.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed just two runs on five hits in the contest. All of the damage against him came on a two-run homer off the bat of Brian McCann in the fourth inning. After delivering a clunker in his return from the disabled list, Iwakuma has now won two consecutive starts and looks to be getting stronger as he goes. He'll take on the Tigers in Detroit his next time out on Thursday. Jul 18, 1:22 pm
  • Lynn holds Mets to one run in win
    Lance Lynn held the Mets to just one run over seven innings in a 3-2 win on Friday night.

    Advice: Lynn gave up a leadoff homer to Curtis Granderson, but held the Mets off the board the rest of the way. He gave up just three hits in all to go along with one walk and nine strikeouts. The Cardinals scored two runs in the sixth to put him in position for the win. Lynn improved to 7-5 on the year and owns a 2.79 ERA and 111/33 K/BB ratio over 103 1/3 innings. He currently lines up for a start against the Royals next Thursday. Jul 17, 8:57 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Chris Young good enough to win Friday
    Chris Young lasted just five innings but surrendered only two runs to pick up a victory in Friday's 4-2 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Considering that he walked four and served up two home runs, Young was lucky to post a line as good as he did. The right-hander admitted after the game to being a little rusty, and he also said his back tightened up on him, which could help explain why he was lifted after 82 pitches. Young is expected to be fine for his next outing, which will likely come next week either against the Pirates or Cardinals. Jul 17, 2:58 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg (oblique) resumes throwing
    Stephen Strasburg (oblique) threw on flat ground Friday.

    Advice: Strasburg will slowly but surely be built back up as he works his way back from a strained left oblique. He'll begin throwing off a mound within the next 4-5 days and Nationals manager Matt Williams said the righty might need two rehab starts. That would seem to make it unlikely that he could return before the end of the month. Jul 17, 1:07 pm
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