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  • Melky Cabrera doubles three times
    Melky Cabrera doubled three times and walked Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It's the first time in his career that he's had three doubled in a game. Cabrera regressed in May and June after his big April, but he's batting .365 in July. Rotoworld.com
    22 minutes ago
  • Mets option Kirk Nieuwenhuis to AAA level
    Mets optioned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis got the boot to clear a roster spot for infielder Wilmer Flores, who was called up Thursday with Ruben Tejada (head) dinged up. Nieuwenhuis has hit .246 in 67 plate appearances this season for New York. Rotoworld.com
    35 minutes ago
  • Mariners have asked Rockies about OF Stubbs
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Mariners have asked the Rockies about Drew Stubbs.

    Advice: But Morosi says the Rockies are unsure whether they're going to move the 29-year-old outfielder, who has a career-best .833 OPS with 10 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 82 games this season. Much of that production can be credited to Coors Field, and Colorado would be wise to sell high on the .245/.313/.392 career hitter. But the Rockies front office has always operated in mysterious ways. Rotoworld.com
    46 minutes ago
  • Twins get Stephen Pryor for Kendrys Morales
    Twins acquired RHP Stephen Pryor from the Twins for 1B/DH Kendrys Morales; assigned him to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: It's essentially a salary dump. Pryor has spent the majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Tacoma, where he owns an underwhelming 4.65 ERA in 31 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander could join Minnesota's bullpen soon, but only as a middle reliever. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:47 am
     
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    5:10 pm vs CWS
  • Mariners acquire Kendrys Morales from Twins
    Mariners acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from the Twins for RHP Stephen Pryor.

    Advice: Morales is back in Seattle after hitting just .234/.259/.325 in 162 plate appearances with the Twins, who signed him to a prorated one-year, $12 million contract in early June. The 31-year-old tallied 23 home runs and 80 RBI last season for the Mariners and will try to recapture that magic down the stretch. He was given a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the M's last fall and declined it, leading to his extended unemployment. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:44 am
  • Marwin Gonzalez (hamstring) in lineup Thurs.
    Marwin Gonzalez is in the Astros' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Gonzalez was pulled from Wednesday's game with soreness in his right hamstring -- something he's been dealing with since last week. But it's a manageable injury and he'll start at shortstop on Thursday. Gonzalez is batting .294/.333/.412 so far in July. He took over starting duties from Jonathan Villar at the end of June. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:33 am
  • Cespedes (thumb) not in A's lineup Thursday
    Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is not in the A's starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Astros.

    Advice: Cespedes sprained his right thumb on a hard swing late Wednesday night -- after clubbing two home runs earlier in the game. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but the Cuban slugger could need multiple days of rest. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:08 am
  • Padres 'need to be overwhelmed' for Kennedy
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Padres "have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade" starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: This could be a negotiating ploy on the part of the Padres, or it might just be serious. Kennedy is under contractual control (via arbitration) through the 2015 season, so the San Diego front office can slow-play this and wait for the best offer -- even if it doesn't come until this winter or next summer. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 143/42 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings (22 starts) this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:17 am
  • Cespedes diagnosed with right thumb sprain
    Yoenis Cespedes has been diagnosed with a right thumb sprain.

    Advice: Cespedes suffered the injury on a violent swing Wednesday night. He had homered twice in the game before exiting. X-rays were negative, but the slugger is likely to sit out of Thursday afternoon's series finale with the Astros. The A's are calling him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:05 am
  • Marwin Gonzalez pulled Wed. with sore hammy
    Marwin Gonzalez was pulled from Wednesday's loss to the A's with soreness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: "It happened the second game in Chicago (on Saturday), I got sore running the bases and since that day I've been playing with (soreness)," Gonzalez told reporters late Wednesday night. "So I've been dealing with it." The shortstop is hoping to play in Thursday's series finale. He's hit well since taking over for Jonathan Villar. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:01 am
  • Rios (ankle) goes 1-for-2 in return to lineup
    Alex Rios (ankle) went 1-for-2 in the Rangers' rain-shortened loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rios had missed a couple of games due to soreness in his right ankle. The 33-year-old outfielder is batting .303/.331/.435 with four home runs and 16 stolen bases in 97 games this season and is likely to be shopped by the Rangers at the July 31 trade deadline. The Blue Jays and Royals are among the teams with reported interest. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:49 am
  • Alex Rios returned to action on Wednesday July 23. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:20 am
  • Cespedes goes deep twice, then leaves (thumb)
    Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and drove in five runs before leaving Wednesday's game against the Astros with an apparent left thumb injury.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-4 before exiting in the seventh inning after jamming his hand while spinning to the ground on a violent swing. He's now riding a five-game hitting streak, and a three-game extra base hit streak. It's nice to see him break out of a funk, as he looked lost at the plate earlier this month. Cespedes came into this game batting .145 in July. Hopefully his hand bones are all intact after his nasty spill. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Pujols has a pair of hits in triumph
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman got back on the board after going hitless over his past two games. He'd been plenty hot before that, however, entering tonight batting .313 with four homers in July. Pujols is hitting .274 overall with 20 homers and 66 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Alex Cobb combines on shutout of Cards
    Alex Cobb struck out 10 in seven innings Wednesday in the Rays' 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cobb also doubled in the Rays' first run of the game, giving himself all of the support he'd need. It's the fourth time this season that he's gone without allowing a run, but the first time since May 22. There's still no reason he can't be a top-20 starter the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Jake McGee fans side for ninth save
    Jake McGee struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Rays don't want to use McGee as a full-time closer, but it just hasn't worked out very well when they've gone other routes lately. Manager Joe Maddon didn't fool around tonight, using his second best reliever, Brad Boxberger, in the eighth and then his best in the ninth to secure a 3-0 victory. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Jose Bautista homers, doubles in win
    Jose Bautista homered and doubled to lead the Blue Jays past the Red Sox 6-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The homer off Andrew Miller was his first since July 2 (and the first Miller has given up since May 13). Whether it's a coincidence or not, Bautista has slumped mightily with Edwin Encarnacion sidelined. Still, this makes back-to-back two-hit games for him for the first time since June 4-5. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
     
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  • Clay Buchholz struggles in loss to Jays
    Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: This was a definite step backward for Buchholz, who seemed to be making progress prior to the All-Star break. He walked four and hit two batters tonight, while striking out just one. It was actually quite an accomplishment that he managed to get through six innings. Buchholz will face the Jays again next time out, making him a tough play in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Josh Thole reaches four times
    Josh Thole went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Even though Thole only gets to play while R.A. Dickey is pitching, he's managed to stay sharp enough to hit .282 in 85 at-bats this season, albeit without any power at all (three doubles, no triples and no homers). Since the beginning of June, he's started exactly one game in which he wasn't paired with Dickey, and he was removed after two at-bats in that one. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
     
    W, 8-0 vs x Bos
  • Twins 'open to trading' Kendrys Morales
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are "open to trading" Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Well, of course they are. Morales is under contract only for this season and the Twins are well out of the playoff picture, so it makes all the sense in the world to get something for Morales now if they can. While the designated hitter is sporting a lowly .599 OPS, he's picked it up of late with a 12-game hitting streak. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals were among the teams pursuing Morales before the Twins signed him, but it's not which if any of those clubs could still have interest in the 31-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Cabrera logs three hits, knocks in two runs
    Melky Cabrera finished with a trio of hits and a pair of runs batted in over five at-bats as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera has notched three three-hit games out of his last four contests. He knocked in the game's first run with a single in the third, and added some insurance with an RBI single in the seventh to make it 5-0. The outfielder is having a nice season, slashing .309/.355/.467 with 12 home runs, 50 RBI, and five stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Alex Rios (ankle) expected back on Wed.
    Alex Rios (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rios tested out his sore right ankle prior to Tuesday's game and said he's fine, but Rangers manager Ron Washington elected to hold the outfielder out for a third straight game. "It felt good," Rios said. "I know Wash wanted to give me an extra day, but I'm ready. I expect to be as good as ever." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:31 pm
  • Report: Blue Jays showing interest in OF Rios
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in re-acquiring Rangers outfielder Alex Rios.

    Advice: It's interesting, since the Blue Jays let Rios go for nothing to the White Sox in 2009, but they are considering a reunion now that they are starving for offense and his contract doesn't look nearly as bad as it once did. He's making $12.5 million this season and his contract includes a $13.5 million team option for 2015. The Rangers will almost certainly pick it up if they keep him, so they'd likely want a sizable return. The Royals and Mariners are among the other teams who have interest in Rios. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:41 am
  • Report: Royals considering Alex Rios trade
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals are considering a trade for outfielder Alex Rios.

    Advice: Kansas City's offense ranks second-to-last in the American League in OPS and Rios could provide a boost. The 33-year-old is hitting .302/.330/.435 with four home runs and 16 stolen bases in 96 games this season for the Rangers, who are paying him $12.5 million in 2014 and hold a $13.5 million club option on him for 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:02 pm
  • Alex Rios (ankle) out until at least Tuesday
    Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated Sunday that Alex Rios (ankle) will likely sit out until at least Tuesday.

    Advice: Rios is sitting Sunday after exiting Saturday's contest with a sore right ankle, and he's not expected to play Monday, either. "I don't think tomorrow, but Tuesday could be an option," Washington said of Rios. "The ankle is a lot better, a lot better. We'll use today to get some more swelling out of it and tomorrow for treatment and hope he's ready to go on Tuesday." Daniel Robertson is in right field Sunday in Rios' place. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:40 am
  • Cabrera has three hits in win over Rangers
    Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Cabrera is now batting .327 (18-for-55) this month, though only three of his hits have been for extra bases. He hasn't homered since June 19. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Rios removed after twisting ankle in first
    Alex Rios was removed from Saturday's game against the Blue Jays in the first inning after twisting his ankle on a foul ball.

    Advice: He was replaced in the lineup by Daniel Robertson. It doesn't sound like the type of injury that will warrant a trip to the disabled list, so Rios should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:17 am
  • Pirates and Royals scouted Ian Kennedy Friday
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Pirates and Royals each had scouts on hand to watch Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy on Friday.

    Advice: The Pirates are in the market for rotation and bullpen help, while Rosenthal notes that the Royals are simply keeping all of their options open. With the Huston Street trade completed on Friday, expect the Padres to be very active in the coming days as they deal several other veterans who don't fit into the team's long-term vision. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Buchholz defeats Royals to earn fifth victory
    Clay Buchholz picked up his fifth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits over six innings against the Royals.

    Advice: While he wasn't at his best, he did just enough to keep his team in the ballgame and afford them the chance to win. He'll bring a disappointing 5.46 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:47 pm
  • Cobb gives up two runs in victory
    Alex Cobb allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 6-2 win over the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Cobb wasn't at his best, as he allowed five hits and two walks while hitting two batters, but the only offense against him was a two-run homer by Trevor Plouffe in the third inning. He has now won three straight decisions, even though he hasn't completed six innings in any of them. Still, the buy-low window is closing quickly. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:08 pm