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  • Blue Jays finalize trade for OF Melvin Upton
    Blue Jays acquired OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will cover all but $5 million of the roughly $22 million remaining on Upton's contract. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season with the Padres and will provide some depth and versatility to the Blue Jays' outfield. While the ballpark change is a positive, he might lose a couple of starts a week and probably won't run as much. His fantasy value takes a bit of a dip with the trade. Since the Padres are in Toronto this week, Upton will just have to switch dugouts on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
  • Gordon on track to rejoin Marlins on Thu.
    Dee Gordon (suspension) remains on track to rejoin the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Gordon is serving the final days of his 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The speedy second baseman is 7-for-27 (.259) over seven games during his minor league tuneup games with Triple-A New Orleans. He got off to a slow start, but has hit safely in each of his last five games. He could make a big impact in fantasy leagues over the final two months. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:29 am
    Suspended
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Fowler (soreness) drives in run in return
    Dexter Fowler (soreness) went 1-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored in his return to the lineup Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Fowler was held out of the starting lineup Sunday due to general soreness, but he felt well enough to serve as the designated hitter for Monday's interleague contest. Cubs manager Joe Maddon told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he's still getting in "baseball shape" after his hamstring injury, so he should be back up to speed soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:17 am
  • J.D. Martinez (elbow) to begin rehab stint
    J.D. Martinez (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Martinez will be eased in as the DH as he makes his way back from a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. He admitted Monday that he'll have to deal with pain for the rest of the season, but he wants to make it back with the Tigers still in the mix. "My bat worries me more than my throwing," said Martinez. "Timing-wise and arm-wise. I feel it puts more stress on my elbow hitting than it does throwing." Rotoworld.com Today, 5:38 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Cain to begin minor league rehab assignment
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Cain, who has been out for about a month with a left hamstring strain, got the green light after doing some running over the weekend. Barring a setback, he appears on track for a return around the end of the month. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:27 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs LAA
     
  • Report: Blue Jays to acquire OF Melvin Upton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres are expected to receive a Class A prospect in return. No word yet on the financial details, but the deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday. Upton is batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games this season and should add some versatility to Toronto's outfield. The addition could allow Jose Bautista to see more time out of the designated hitter spot and Edwin Encarnacion to play more first base. Upton is still under contract (for $16.45 million) next season, which is notable with Bautista, Encarnacion, and Michael Saunders due to hit free agency this winter. The Padres are expected to pick up some of the tab. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:10 am
  • Jay Bruce hits two homers in victory
    Jay Bruce hit a pair of two-run homers off Jake Peavy to lead the Reds to a 7-5 win over the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: One last hurrah for Bruce in a Reds uniform? It was his third two-homer game of the season, the others coming on April 7 and May 18. He's tied with teammate Adam Duvall for fifth place in the NL with 23 homers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Eugenio Suarez hits 17th homer
    Eugenio Suarez had a two-run homer and a double Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: It's disappointing that Suarez's OBP has been hanging right around .300 for much of the year, but he's up to 17 homers now. It's too bad those homers have come with just seven doubles and a 100/27 K/BB ratio in 345 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Brandon Belt goes 3-for-4, homers
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Giants' No. 6 hitter on Monday.

    Advice: Manager Bruce Bochy has been shifting hot and cold hands up and down his lineup all year long, and Belt was dropped tonight as a result of his poor July. He won't stay in the sixth spot for long if he's over his slump. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Tyler Saladino delivers game-winner
    Tyler Saladino went 2-for-4 with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as the White Sox edged the Cubs 5-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Saladino is outhitting Brett Lawrie over the last month and is the superior defensive second baseman, so maybe it's time to give him a crack at the starting job. He wouldn't do much for fantasy leaguers if it happens, but as far as the White Sox are concerned, he just needs to be a better player than Lawrie. Right now, Saladino has a .722 OPS in 130 AB, while Lawrie is at .723 in 351 AB. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Javier Baez goes 3-for-4, homers
    Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a doubles Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Most of Baez's success this year has come off lefties, so it was nice to see him collect extra-base hits against a pair of righties in this one. It could help him earn some more playing time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Addison Russell starts, goes 0-for-3
    Addison Russell went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Russell started at shortstop tonight after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left heel. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Gennett hits one of four Brewers homers
    Scooter Gennett singled and ripped a solo home run in Monday's victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gennett got the scoring going with a deep blast to center field in the first inning. It was one of four dingers the Brewers had on the night, as Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins also went deep. Gennett has already tied his career high with nine home runs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt picks up three hits Monday
    Paul Goldschmidt picked up three hits in five trips to the plate in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: All three of his base knocks were singles. Goldschmidt was scuffling coming into this one with just two hits in his last 16 at-bats, but the three-hit night pushes his season line back to .294/.412/.506. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Albert Pujols knocks in four runs in victory
    Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 and knocked in four runs Monday to lead the Angels past the Royals 5-2.

    Advice: It helped a bunch that the two guys hitting in front of Pujols, Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, walked five times tonight. Tonight's game was the first in Pujols' Hall of Fame career in which he knocked in four runs without collecting an extra-base hit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Adam Jones drives in two, scores winning run
    Adam Jones went 2-for-5 with two RBI and scored the game-winning run in Monday's extra-innings win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Both base knocks were singles, but Jones got the scoring going with an RBI single in the second and tied things up with an RBI groundout in the seventh. He should have been thrown out in the 10th, but Jordan Lyles misfired a ball to home and Nick Hundley couldn't hang on. It's been a rough July for Jones, but he has two multi-hit games in his last three tries. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Nolan Arenado smacks solo home run Monday
    Nolan Arenado launched a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Arenado made an uncharacteristic two fielding errors in the game, but his solo jack in the fourth inning knotted things up at the time. It was his 26th longball of the season, as he now trails teammate Trevor Story by one home run for the National League lead. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Blue Jays 'front-runners' for Melvin Upton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are the "front-runners" for Padres outfielder Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported over the weekend that the Orioles and Blue Jays were the leaders in pursuit for Upton, but it appears that Toronto has emerged as the favorite in the past day or so. Rosenthal hears that the Indians are also in the mix. Upton has enjoyed a resurgent season in San Diego, batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games. He's under contract for $16.45 million next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:54 pm
  • McCann not in Monday's lineup
    Brian McCann is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: McCann joins Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner on the bench against southpaw Dallas Keuchel. Austin Romine will start behind the plate and catch Michael Pineda. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Brandon Belt moved down to sixth in lineup
    Brandon Belt was moved down to sixth in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: Belt has been the primary No. 3 hitter dating back to mid-June, but he's batting just .185 with zero homers and a .589 OPS this month. Jarrett Parker will get an opportunity to hit third Monday against Anthony DeSclafani. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:19 pm
  • Melvin Upton out of lineup again Monday
    Melvin Upton is out of the Padres' lineup for a second straight day Monday.

    Advice: It's obviously a bit curious as Upton's name continues to float in trade rumors, but Padres manager Andy Green said that nothing is done yet and that the decision was made to give him a couple of days off. It still sounds very likely he'll be traded by August 1. Alex Dickerson will start in left field again Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Cameron Maybin out Monday versus Red Sox
    Cameron Maybin is absent from the Tigers' starting lineup Monday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Andrew Romine will start in center field and bat ninth versus Boston lefty Drew Pomeranz. Maybin was also held out of action Sunday, so there could be an injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Russell Martin (knee) returns to Jays' lineup
    Russell Martin (knee) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday versus the Padres.

    Advice: He will start at catcher and bat sixth after missing the Blue Jays' entire weekend series against the Mariners because of a minor knee injury. Martin is slashing .228/.317/.338 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 81 games this season for Toronto. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:35 pm
  • Phillies recall Taylor Featherston from AAA
    Phillies recalled INF Taylor Featherston from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Featherston will take over for Andres Blanco, who landed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a fractured index finger. Featherston, 26, was batting .264/.320/.446 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI through 87 games this season at the Triple-A level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:35 am
  • Yanks pick up McKinney in Chapman trade
    Yankees acquired OF Billy McKinney, SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford from the Cubs in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: McKinney has struggled this season at Double-A Tennessee, batting just .252/.355/.322 with one home run in 88 games, but he was considered a top-100 prospect leading into the 2016 campaign and he's relatively young for the Double-A level at age 21. Chicago acquired McKinney from Oakland two years ago as part of the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade. He'll try to get back on the radar in the Yankees' system. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:13 am
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    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • McKinney also headed to Yanks for Chapman
    Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports that outfield prospect Billy McKinney is also involved in the Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: So now we have McKinney, shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, and right-hander Adam Warren heading to the Yankees along with a fourth unidentified piece. That is a massive haul for New York -- far better than what the Reds received from the Yankees for Chapman this past winter. McKinney has struggled this season at Double-A Tennessee, but he was considered a top-100 prospect leading into 2016 and the 2013 first-rounder is only 21 years old. Chicago landed McKinney from Oakland two years ago in the Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:09 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Cubs not making Kyle Schwarber available
    Cubs president Theo Epstein is making it clear that rehabbing slugger Kyle Schwarber is not available for trade, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

    Advice: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is known to covet Schwarber, but Sherman says Epstein and Co. would not even discuss the 23-year-old as part of a possible return for Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. Maybe a bigger fish will swim along and change Theo's mind, but it sure appears Schwarber will open the 2017 season in a Cubs uniform. He is done for the 2016 season following a major left knee injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:57 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Indians promote Zimmer and Frazier to AAA
    Indians outfield prospect Bradley Zimmer has been promoted from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Fellow top outfield prospect Clint Frazier will join him on the move. Zimmer, 23, was slashing .252/.370/.472 with 14 home runs, 53 RBI, 31 stolen bases, and 57 runs scored through 92 games this season at the Double-A level. He needs to improve his overall plate discipline, but those counting stats are eye-popping to any fantasy baseball enthusiast. Zimmer was the 21st overall pick in 2014 out of the University of San Francisco. He should make his major league debut later this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:37 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Was
     
  • Tyler Collins (neck) slugs pinch-hit homer
    Tyler Collins (neck) slugged a pinch-hit solo homer Sunday in the Tigers' loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Collins' solo shot in the top of the ninth inning off Chicago closer David Robertson was part of a three-homer barrage that tied the game at 4-4. But the White Sox rallied in the bottom of the frame to grab the 5-4 walkoff win. Collins had been sidelined for a couple of days due to muscle spasms in his neck. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:23 am
  • Piscotty plates two in loss to Dodgers Sunday
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cardinals fell to the Dodgers on Sunday night.

    Advice: Piscotty's two-run double off Adam Liberatore in the seventh inning pulled the Cardinals to within three runs at 9-6, but that would be as close as they would get. With the two-hit attack, Piscotty is now slashing an impressive .295/.366/.490 with 14 homers and 58 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:01 pm
    1:10 pm @NYM ; 4:40 pm @NYM
     
  • Bruce whacks three-run homer, drives in four
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bruce came through with an RBI single in the third inning for his first RBI. The other three would come when he slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with nobody out. That shot drew the Reds to within 9-8. They failed to scrape together a run to tie it up, though, falling to 38-60 in the process. That is through no fault of Mr. Jay Bruce, who is slashing a stellar .269/.324/.547 with 21 homers and 73 RBI over 349 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Addison Russell exits game with heel injury
    Addison Russell exited Sunday's game against the Brewers with a bruised left heel.

    Advice: He fouled a ball off the heel Saturday and it got progressively sore on him Sunday. The Cubs are saying his removal was precautionary, so consider Russell day-to-day. Javier Baez is likely to fill in at shortstop for any amount of time that Russell might miss. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:03 pm
  • Addison Russell exits with undisclosed injury
    Addison Russell departed Sunday's game against the Brewers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Russell was pulled after flying out to end the fourth inning. He didn't suffer any obvious injury, but the Cubs should provide more on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:47 pm
  • Fowler sitting out with 'general soreness'
    Dexter Fowler is not in Sunday's lineup due to "general soreness," according to Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

    Advice: He could just be a little sore after playing two straight games following a disabled list stint. Fowler should be ready to go on Monday. Jason Heyward is in center field, Ben Zobrist is in left and Tommy La Stella is at second base Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:03 am
  • Cain (hamstring) to do some running Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) will do some running on Sunday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that Cain is getting close to beginning a rehab assignment. He's been on the shelf for nearly a month with a strained left hamstring but doesn't appear to be too far off from a return. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:46 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs LAA
     
  • Melvin Upton not in Padres' lineup Sunday
    Melvin Upton is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's interesting, obviously, with the rumors floating around regarding Upton being traded soon. For now, though, it doesn't appear anything is imminent. Alex Dickerson is in left field. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:05 am
  • Bruce blasts three-run bomb as Reds win
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run to lead the Reds to a 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: The blast gave him 20 for the season with 69 RBI. He also doubled tonight. His .859 OPS is a nice gift for his owners after his sub-par 2014 and 2015 seasons. Bruce is highly likely to be traded in the next 10 days, but tonight he remained a key member of the team that drafted him in the first round in 2005. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Orioles and Blue Jays leaders for Upton
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Orioles and Blue Jays are the leaders in the pursuit of Melvin Upton.

    Advice: The interest in Upton has certainly intensified in the past day or so, and it's looking increasingly likely that he'll be wearing a new uniform in August. While a park shift away from Petco Park could seem like a boon to his fantasy value, he hasn't handled changes of scenery well in the past, and isn't likely to land with a manager as willing to run as Andy Green has been this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:23 am
  • Russell Martin (knee) feeling better Saturday
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that Russell Martin (knee) is feeling much better.

    Advice: Martin sat out Friday's game due to a minor knee injury. He's out again on Saturday, but that's a product of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey being on the hill for the Jays. Look for Martin to be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale against the Mariners. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 am
  • Blue Jays talking Upton with Padres as well
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have discussed Melvin Upton and Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that it's unclear if the Jays would have interest in just Upton if they can't get Cashner. The Padres seem to be pitting potential suitors against one another in an effort to drive up the price on their available pieces. Where there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so don't be surprised to see some sort of deal get done in the next couple of days. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:47 am
  • Indians have also discussed Melvin Upton
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Indians have had conversations with the Padres in recent weeks about Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Olney notes that while the two clubs have talked, nothing is close regarding a potential deal. The interest around Upton has picked up considerably in the last couple of days and it looks like there's a strong likelihood that he could get moved before next week's trade deadline. The Orioles are reported to be in negotiations for him as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:51 am
  • Fowler has monster game in return from DL
    Dexter Fowler celebrated his return from the disabled list by going 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored in Friday’s win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Fresh off missing a month and change with a hamstring injury, Fowler didn’t need any time to shake the rust. He made an immediate impact by socking a leadoff homer against Jimmy Nelson before adding an RBI double one inning later. The 30-year-old faded a bit in June prior to the injury, but he still owns a cool .298/.405/.504 batting line on the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:50 pm
  • Orioles have talked to Padres about Upton
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Orioles have talked to the Padres about Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported earlier in the day that the Padres had told suitors that they were close to dealing Upton, and perhaps it's the O's who are hot on the trail after losing Joey Rickard for the next 4-to-6 weeks. It would certainly be an upgrade in home ballpark for Upton. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Padres could be nearing Melvin Upton trade
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres are telling interested teams that they're getting close to trading Melvin Upton Jr.

    Advice: While it could just be posturing on the Padres end to drive up his potential trade value, it sounds as through they are serious about dealing the veteran outfielder. He's in the midst of a terrific bounceback season, slashing .260/.309/.448 with 16 homers, 44 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Given his mental makeup, fantasy owners may not want to see a change of scenery for the dynamic outfielder. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:53 pm
  • Dexter Fowler (hamstring) back from the DL
    Cubs activated OF Dexter Fowler from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Fowler's recovery from a strained right hamstring came along a little more slowly than expected, but he's ready to roll now. He's in center field and batting leadoff Friday against Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Many teams interested in outfielder Jay Bruce
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Indians, Rangers, Dodgers, and Blue Jays have interest in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the Nationals are "also on the periphery" of the market for Bruce, saying that "perhaps no outfielder is drawing as much interest" as the Red. Bruce was nearly traded to the Blue Jays over the winter, but that deal fell through due to a medical issue involving one of the players. Assuming he's traded, the team that acquires Bruce would have a $13 million option on him for next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:01 pm
  • Russell Martin (knee) to miss a couple days
    Russell Martin is not in Friday's lineup due to a minor knee injury.

    Advice: He's sit out Saturday, as well, although that was already going to happen with R.A. Dickey starting. Martin hurt his knee when he got lightheaded in a sauna and slipped and fell. Really. Josh Thole will catch Friday and Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:35 pm
  • Adam Jones (back) returns to O's lineup
    Adam Jones (back) is back in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Jones missed Thursday's game with back spasms, but he's in center field and batting leadoff Friday. He's hitting .262/.307/.441 with 17 homers this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:05 pm
  • J.D. Martinez (elbow) takes BP Thursday
    J.D. Martinez (elbow) took batting practice on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since suffering a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. That's the good news. The bad news is Martinez still isn't feeling 100 percent when he throws. It's possible the Tigers could bring him back to serve as a designated hitter initially. "It still bothers him to throw, not so much to hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We’re trying to figure it out. If he can hit and we think he’s close to being able to throw, when is the time to send him down and maybe have him DH for ‘X’ number of games and then put him in the outfield so he gets some at-bats?" Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:38 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Piscotty hits pinch three-run homer Thursday
    Stephen Piscotty hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Piscotty was called on to hit for Matt Adams against lefty Ryan Buchter with two on and one out in a 5-2 game, and he delivered with a blast to center field that just eluded the glove of Travis Jankowski. The homer was Piscotty's 14th of the year to go with 56 RBI and 57 runs scored. The 25-year-old is hitting .297/.370/.497 in his first full campaign. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:46 pm
    1:10 pm @NYM ; 4:40 pm @NYM
     
  • Nolan Arenado not in Thursday's lineup
    Nolan Arenado is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off for the All-Star third baseman. Cristhian Adames will start at third base and bat eighth against Mike Foltynewicz.Daily Slant: Arenado's absence is bad news for the DFS community, although it brightens the outlook for a few of the Rockies bats who find themselves in favorable lineup spots. Daniel Descalso will slide up to the fifth spot in the order, and while he's been thought of as a light-hitting infielder throughout his career, he's enjoying a .394 wOBA at home against RHP this season. Trevor Story slots into the clean-up spot behind Blackmon, LeMahieu and Gonzalez, giving him some added RBI opportunities. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Collins remains out of Tigers' lineup
    Tyler Collins (neck) remains out of the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Collins was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to neck spasms and required a "chiropractic adjustment." Mike Aviles will get another start in the outfield. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • J.D. Martinez (elbow) could take BP Thursday
    J.D. Martinez (elbow) could take batting practice on the field Thursday.

    Advice: Assuming the weather cooperates, it would be his first time taking BP since suffering a fracture in his right elbow last month. Tigers manager Brad Asmus said Monday that Martinez is still a couple of weeks away, but he's making progress. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Fowler (hamstring) to join Cubs this weekend
    Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Dexter Fowler (hamstring) will rejoin the team this weekend in Milwaukee.

    Advice: The exact day of his arrival is unclear, but it could be Friday for the opener of the three-game series. Fowler appeared in both games of a doubleheader Wednesday with Triple-A Iowa, going 1-for-5 with a double and a walk. The 30-year-old center fielder will return to a shiny .290/.398/.483 batting line. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:26 am
  • Adam Jones (back) not in O's lineup Thursday
    Adam Jones (back) is not in the Orioles' starting lineup Thursday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Jones was lifted in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's loss after experiencing back spasms. It's nothing serious. Julio Borbon will start in center field and hit ninth Thursday afternoon against lefty CC Sabathia. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:13 am
  • Bradley Zimmer sets career-high with four hits
    Indians OF prospect Bradley Zimmer slugged a career-high four hits Wednesday in a win for Double-A Akron.

    Advice: All of his hits were singles. Zimmer has done a superb job since moving to the leadoff spot. In four games batting leadoff, he's hit .438 with two RBI and a .500 slugging percentage. The 23-year-old is still striking out too much (111 whiffs in 325 at-bats) but the power (14 HR, 52 RBI) and speed (31 steals on 43 attempts) have both been there. He's also scored 54 times this season, which ties him for seventh-most in the Eastern League. Zimmer went to Cleveland with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 draft after starring at the University of San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:26 am
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    4:10 pm vs Was
     
  • Fowler (hamstring) goes 1-for-5 in rehab
    Dexter Fowler (hamstring) went 1-for-5 with a double and a walk in a doubleheader Wednesday with Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Jorge Soler only played in the first game and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Fowler should be ready to return to the Cubs' active roster this weekend if he can avoid a physical setback over the next couple of days. He's been on the disabled list since June 19 because of a right hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:08 am
  • Adam Jones exits game due to back spasms
    Adam Jones was lifted in the eighth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Yankees due to back spasms.

    Advice: This according to MASN's John Russell during postgame proceedings. Jones managed four at-bats before being replaced in center by Julio Borbon in the bottom of the eighth inning. Consider him day-to-day moving forward unless the team indicates otherwise. Jones is already saying that he plans on playing Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Tyler Collins scratched with neck spasms
    Tyler Collins was scratched from the Tigers' lineup Wednesday because of neck spasms.

    Advice: Mike Aviles will draw the start in right field and bat seventh versus Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. Collins is probably going to be labeled as day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:49 am
  • Gordon leaves rehab game with leg cramp
    Dee Gordon (suspension) left a rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A New Orleans due to a leg cramp.

    Advice: Gordon felt the cramp while running out of the box on a grounder to short in the fourth inning. If it is indeed just a cramp, he should remain on track to rejoin the Marlins on July 28. "He'll be out to take some grounders [Wednesday] and hopefully will be ready to go then," said Triple-A NOLA manager Arnie Beyeler. "He's been working out in Jupiter [Fla.], but you can't simulate the intensity of games. It's a little different animal in a live game, but we'll test it out tomorrow, and if it's not good we'll give him a day or two." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:28 am
    Suspended
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Pujols slugs pair of dingers, drives in six
    Albert Pujols went supernova in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Rangers, cranking a pair of three-run homers to finish with six RBI.

    Advice: Pujols began the pyrotechnics display when he launched a three-run home run off Kyle Lohse in the fourth inning. He would repeat the feat just one frame later. The first of those homers brought the Angels back from an early 3-0 deficit, while the latter boosted them to a 7-5 advantage that would not be relinquished. For the season, the aged slugger is slashing .252/.331/.447 with 19 homers and 71 RBI over 349 at-bats. His counting stats remain fantastic even as the average has fallen away with age. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Brandon Belt goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brandon Belt went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's loss and is hitting .208 with no homers in 48 at-bats this month.

    Advice: Belt was due to go into a slump at some point, but even with the off month so far, he still has an .886 OPS for the year. He'll likely pull out of it soon enough. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:29 pm
  • Baez not in Tuesday's lineup
    Javier Baez is not in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Tommy La Stella will make the start at third base and bat leadoff. Meanwhile, Willson Contreras, Jason Heyward, and Kris Bryant will handle the outfield from left to right. Miguel Montero is behind the dish and will catch Jake Arrieta, as per usual. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:19 am
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • J.D. Martinez still a couple of weeks away
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that J.D. Martinez (elbow) is still "a couple of weeks away."

    Advice: Martinez was reportedly playing catch Monday at Comerica Park, but Ausmus said that he still "has a little bit of pain" when he throws. He's making progress, but the Tigers are going to bring him along slowly. Martinez was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks when he suffered a fracture in his right elbow on June 16. It looks like he has a chance to make it back by the long end of that window. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
     
  • Fowler to begin rehab assignment Tuesday
    Dexter Fowler (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll be joined by Jorge Soler, who is coming back from a hamstring injury. Fowler appeared in one rehab game for Low-A South Bend before the All-Star break but quickly abandoned it when he realized he wouldn't be ready for the All-Star Game in San Diego. He shouldn't need more than a few games to shake off the rust. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:04 pm
  • Cashman thinks Schwarber could hit 50 HR
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Yankees GM Brian Cashman covets Kyle Schwarber and believes he'd be a threat for 50 homers if he played at Yankee Stadium.

    Advice: The Cubs are in the market for a late-inning reliever and the Yankees have a surplus of those with Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman both being floated as trade options. Cashman obviously has his sights set on Schwarber, but the Cubs have so far shown no interest in trading him, particularly for a rental like Chapman. Schwarber tore both his LCL and MCL in an outfield collision earlier this season. He's expected to be ready for Opening Day next year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:57 am
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Pujols goes deep twice against White Sox
    Albert Pujols slugged two home runs Sunday in the Angels' defeat of the White Sox.

    Advice: Pujols made Jacob Turner look like a batting practice pitcher, launching a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning and another two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth against the White Sox starter. Pujols now has 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 90 games this season, though that high-level counting-stats production has come with an underwhelming .248/.325/.429 overall batting line. Rotoworld.com Jul 17, 3:42 pm
  • Piscotty gets two hits and two RBI
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: His double in the third inning drove in two runs, which is more than his team would need to win the game. Piscotty is now batting .298/.375/.492 with 51 RBI and 55 runs scored in 325 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 7:17 pm
    1:10 pm @NYM ; 4:40 pm @NYM
     
  • Martin sitting with Dickey on the mound
    Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: As always, Josh Thole will catch for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Martin went 1-for-5 last night in his first game of the second half. He's only hitting .227 this year and has been a difficult player to trust in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 10:38 am
  • Javier Baez not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Javier Baez is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has grown into a regular role with the Cubs and is hitting a solid .277/.323/.455 with nine homers and 31 RBI in 235 plate appearances on the season. Tommy La Stella is starting in his place and batting leadoff for the Cubs on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Jul 16, 7:47 am
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Brandon Belt fans four times
    Brandon Belt opened the second half by striking out four times Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: It's the first time the All-Star has done that since 2014. He entered the night with a 67/54 K/BB ratio in 364 plate appearances, a huge improvement on last year's 147/56 mark in 556 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Jul 15, 10:27 pm
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