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  • Padres OF prospect Liriano stays hot in AAA
    Padres outfield prospect Rymer Liriano went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk for Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

    Advice: Liriano has been on fire over his first six games in the Pacific Coast League, going 11-for-23 with three doubles. He has the potential to go 20/20 while hitting .280, and could see time in San Diego as soon as the beginning of 2015.
    32 minutes ago
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    7:10 pm vs StL
  • Royals interested in Boston's Andrew Miller
    Rob Bradford of reports that the Royals are one of multiple teams interested in Andrew Miller.

    Advice: The Pirates and Braves have also been linked to Miller in recent days. The 29-year-old left-hander owns a fine 2.45 ERA and 65/13 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings this season. He's due to become a free agent this offseason.
    Today, 6:50 am
  • Angels 3B prospect Cowart rips 4 hits, triple
    Angels third base prospect Kaleb Cowart went 3-for-4 with a triple for Double-A Arkansas on Monday, raising his season line to .229/.301/.329.

    Advice: After a breakout in 2012, Cowart has struggled to get his OPS above 650 while in his second season in Double-A. Cowart has more stolen bases and increased his walk rate, but he still isn't hitting for a good average or power, and the likelihood that he will reach the major leagues is decreasing.
    Today, 6:29 am
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  • Philies prospect 3B Franco rips 4 hits, homer
    Phillies prospect third baseman Maikel Franco went 4-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.

    Advice: After hitting .162/.196/.238 in June, Franco has shown signs of life in July, hitting .352/.370/.602 with nine doubles, two triples, and three home runs in 22 games. Prior to the season, Franco was supposed to be a mid-season call-up, but his .241/.290/.382 season line has kept him firmly planted in Triple-A. The 21-year old's struggles could be good for him long term, as he will need the ability to focus on deficiencies and tendencies in order to succeed in the major leagues.
    Today, 6:20 am
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  • Cubs SS prospect Russell with 4 hits, double
    Cubs prospect shortstop Addison Russell went 4-for-6 with a double for Double-A Tennessee on Monday, raising his line to .303/.338/.579.

    Advice: Russell has hits in each of his last five games, hitting .480/.480/.920 with two doubles and three home runs. He has the potential to hit .300 with 15-20 home runs and 15-20 stolen bases, which would make him a top 25 player in fantasy baseball. The Cubs have begun the process of moving Javier Baez to second base, and Russell could be in Chicago as soon as early-2015.
    Today, 6:14 am
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    5:05 pm vs Col
  • Astros RHP prospect Foltynewicz fans 10
    Astros right-handed pitching prospect Michael Foltynewicz struck out 10 over six innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.

    Advice: Foltynewicz also allowed three hits (all singles), five walks, and two hit batsman. He has struggled since the middle of June, as opposing batters have hit .316/.418/.513 against him, good for a 1.860 WHIP. Foltynewicz's primary out pitch is his mid-90s fastball that touches triple digits, but his below-average command and lack of a second pitch that is average will likely turn him into a 7th or 8th inning option.
    Today, 5:56 am
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  • Gerrit Cole (lat) makes first rehab start
    Gerrit Cole (lat) tossed five scoreless innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Cole, out since July 5 with right lat soreness, allowed five hits and three walks while striking out seven. He threw 50 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He's expected to get stretched out to 100 pitches in his next outing before rejoining the Pirates.
    Today, 5:45 am
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  • Brewers have called Red Sox about Lester
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are among the teams who have called the Red Sox about left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: As Heyman notes, the Brewers have been aggressive with in-season moves before, but it's not clear if they have the pieces to get a deal done. Rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson is one possibility. Of course, the Brewers aren't alone in their interest for Lester, as the Dodgers, Mariners, Pirates and Orioles have also reportedly been in touch with the Red Sox.
    Today, 5:36 am
  • Teixeira (lat) singles as pinch-hitter
    Mark Teixeira (lat) singled as a pinch-hitter Monday.

    Advice: Sidelined with a lower left lat strain, it was his first game action since July 20. The expectation is that he will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday.
    Today, 12:47 am
  • Sandoval goes 2-for-3 in 5-0 loss versus PIT
    Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 in Monday's 5-0 setback against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: San Francisco didn't much offense going as Vance Worley tossed a complete-game shutout, but Kung-Fu Panda rapped a pair of one-baggers. Sandoval had gone hitless in his last two and three out of his last four. The rotund third sacker is slashing .278/.326/.429 with 12 homers and 44 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Vance Worley completes first career shutout
    Vance Worley tossed his first career shutout, allowing only four hits, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: It was the best start of his career. He induced two double plays, striking out three and walking one. Worley's control continues to be outstanding, and it in part explains his mini resurgence. Only 29 of his 100 pitches were balls, and he's issued only seven eight passes in 49-plus innings all year. The 26-year-old finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and was the Twins' Opening Day starter last season, but he went through waivers unclaimed in March after a horrific 2013. Called up a month-and-a-half ago, Worley has staked his claim to a rotation gig with a 4-1 record, 2.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across seven starts and one relief appearance. And would you believe the formerly maligned starter, given up for dead mere months ago, has a career 3.95 ERA? Worley travels to Arizona on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Bumgarner gives up 5 ER in loss to Pirates
    Madison Bumgarner was roughed up for five runs on six hits over four innings in a 5-0 loss to the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: He rode into this start on a three-start winning streak, having surrendered only one run over his last two. Bumgarner didn't bring his good stuff -- striking out two, walking two, and giving up a Josh Harrison solo homer -- but perhaps that isn't a surprise. After all, the southpaw hasn't been comfortable at home in 2014, entering this evening 4-5 with a 5.22 ERA in 10 outings at AT&T Park. He's now given up at least four earned runs in eight of 11 home starts. Luckily, Bumgarner will toe the rubber Sunday in New York against the Mets.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Nick Ahmed singles in go-ahead run in 15th
    Nick Ahmed singled in Martin Prado in the top of the 15th to lead the Diamondbacks past the Reds 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: It was Ahmed's second single in six at-bats. He's hitting just .229 with no walks and no homers in 48 at-bats since his callup, but he's flashed plenty of leather at shortstop. He's a potential regular at the position despite his lack of any real offensive upside.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Chase Anderson goes seven in no-decision
    Chase Anderson held the Reds to one run and three hits over seven innings in Monday's extra-inning win.

    Advice: Anderson wasn't involved in the decision, but he was effective once again, recording a third straight quality start. He's looking like a keeper for the Diamondbacks.
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Homer Bailey goes eight strong in no-decision
    Homer Bailey pitched eight innings and allowed only one run against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: In part because the Reds front office has declined to import any offensive talent to help cover for all of the recent injuries, Bailey is 0-1 despite a 2.67 ERA in four starts this month. The players deserve better.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • M's have called Red Sox about Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have been in touch with the Red Sox regarding Jon Lester.

    Advice: Of course, the Mariners have been linked to the Rays' David Price for a long time now, but Lester would almost certainly cost less since he's due to become a free agent this offseason. The Dodgers and Orioles have also reportedly called the Red Sox about Lester, but they figure to get calls from most contenders leading up to Thursday's trade deadline.
    Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Report: O's have inquired on Jon Lester
    FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Orioles are among the teams who have contacted the Red Sox about Jon Lester.

    Advice: Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask. Still, it's probably unlikely that the Red Sox would deal Lester to a division rival, even for just two months. The Dodgers are among the other teams who have expressed interest in Lester, who suddenly appears to be a legitimate possibility to be dealt before Thursday.
    Yesterday, 2:34 pm
  • Teixeira (lat) to take BP on field Monday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) will take BP on the field on Monday.

    Advice: If all goes well, Teixeira will be cleared to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday. The veteran first baseman has been sidelined for over a week with a lower left lat strain.
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Teixeira (lat) out of lineup again Monday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) is out of the Yankees' starting lineup again Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Teixeira hasn't played since last Saturday due to a lower left lat strain, but he came through an extensive workout Sunday with no issues. The Yankees remain hopeful that he'll be able to avoid a DL stint and return soon.
    Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • 'Growing expectation' that BOS trades Lester
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is a "growing expectation from rival execs" that the Red Sox will move Jon Lester before the July 31 trade deadline.

    Advice: The Red Sox have failed to work out a long-term contract extension with Lester, who can become a free agent after this season, and so they might as well get something for him before he hits the open market. The Dodgers are known to have interest and many other contending teams will likely be in contact with the Boston front office over the next couple of days. Lester, 30, boasts a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this year for the 48-57 Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 7:32 am
  • Dodgers among teams interested in Jon Lester
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox are listening to offers on Jon Lester and that the Dodgers are among the teams inquiring.

    Advice: The Red Sox are still seeking a huge return package for the All-Star southpaw. The Red Sox have been rumored to have interest in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, so perhaps there could be something brewing here. Lester has made it clear that he wouldn't be open to signing an extension as a condition of any deal, and that his preference would be to re-sign with the Red Sox.
    Sunday, 3:14 pm
  • Pirates interested in Andrew Miller
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are interested in Andrew Miller.

    Advice: The Braves are also in on Miller, with CBS Sports' Jon Heyman calling the left-hander their "prime bullpen target." The interest in Miller is no surprise given his 2.31 ERA and absurd 64/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings this season.
    Sunday, 9:49 am
  • Teixeira (lat) could return as soon as Tues.
    Mark Teixeira (lat) could return to the Yankees' lineup as soon as Tuesday.

    Advice: Teixeira went through an extensive workout Sunday morning and came out of it with no issues. He's missed the last week with a lower left lat strain but will avoid a trip to the disabled list. "Hopefully he's a player for us soon," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
    Sunday, 7:43 am
  • Gerrit Cole (lat) to have second rehab start
    Gerrit Cole (lat) will need a second minor league rehab start after his first one on Monday.

    Advice: Cole has been out since July 5 with right lat soreness. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday that he wants the right-hander to get to 100 pitches in the minors before returning to the major league rotation.
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
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  • Yankees to make decision on Teixeira Sunday
    The Yankees will decide on Sunday whether Mark Teixeira (lat) will require a trip to the disabled list.

    Advice: Teixeira is scheduled to do stretching and running on the field before Saturday's game, then will do tee and toss on Sunday before a determination is made. He has been sidelined since Sunday with a lower left lat strain.
    Saturday, 8:57 am
  • Lester willing to return to Red Sox if traded
    Jon Lester admitted Friday that even if he is traded before next week's non-waiver trade deadline, he would be open to returning to the Red Sox as a free agent next season.

    Advice: Lester hasn't hidden his desire to remain with the Red Sox, and as they currently sit in the cellar of the American League East, it's an idea that may make sense for them as an organization. If they can flip the star southpaw for the best prospects they can get at the deadline, and then re-sign him over the Winter, the organization will be strengthened.
    Saturday, 7:48 am
  • Cubs SS prospect Russell blasts two home runs
    Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with two home runs for Double-A Tennessee on Friday.

    Advice: Russell has hit .250/.297/.517 since being traded to the Cubs organization, but has ripped five home runs. Javier Baez has been spending time at second base, which strongly indicates that the Cubs front office views Russell as their shortstop of the future. Starlin Castro has shortstop locked down in Chicago, and the off-season will likely be filled with trade rumors of ways to open a hole for Chicago's biggest acquisition.
    Saturday, 7:17 am
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    5:05 pm vs Col
  • Lester goes six innings in no-decision
    Jon Lester gave up two runs over six innings against the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: His lone mistake was a two-run homer by Desmond Jennings in the fifth inning. He left in line for the win, but the Rays took the lead in the seventh inning. The southpaw struck out seven and walked one in the no-decision and now owns a dominant 0.93 ERA and 34/3 K/BB ratio in 29 innings over four starts this month. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts. He'll try to keep it going when he makes his final start of July next week against the Blue Jays.
    Friday, 7:56 pm
  • Teixeira not expected to return until Monday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that he doesn't expect Mark Teixeira (lat) to return to the lineup until Monday at the earliest.

    Advice: That means the Yankees will play with a short bench for the remainder of the weekend rather than opting to put Teixeira on the disabled list. He has been sidelined since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain.
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Gerrit Cole to make rehab start on Monday
    Gerrit Cole (lat) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

    Advice: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated that he would be limited to 80-85 pitches in the ballgame. If all goes well, he could be cleared to rejoin the Pirates rotation shortly afterwards.
    Friday, 4:09 pm
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  • Teixeira (lat) could swing a bat on Friday
    Mark Teixeira (lat) could swing a bat as soon as Friday.

    Advice: Teixeira hasn't played since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain but said Friday that he's feeling much better and looks like he'll avoid the disabled list. "I hope to be back soon," he said. The Yankees' first baseman is batting .231/.330/.443 with 17 homers and 48 RBI over 76 games this season.
    Friday, 12:50 pm
  • DL stint possible for Mark Teixeira (lat)
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that a decision on whether Mark Teixeira (lat) will be placed on the disabled list will likely come Friday.

    Advice: "It's just seeing how he feels after three or four days," Girardi said. "Then we'll decide if we think it's going to be the near future that he would play or we're going to need the 15-day [disabled list]. If it's going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably makes sense to get a player here." Girardi added that it's unlikely Teixeira will play Friday, but "you want to feel that there's progress and that he feels better to start doing some stuff." Teixeira hasn't played since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain.
    Thursday, 5:35 pm
  • Red Sox table extension talks with Jon Lester
    Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.

    Advice: Lester doesn't want to be distracted any longer by in-season contract negotiations and probably wants a taste of the open market -- where there could be crazy money flying around this winter. The 30-year-old left-hander is putting together the best season of his career at the perfect time, boasting a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 142/31 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Red Sox were prepared to offer him "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts."
    Thursday, 6:56 am
  • Padres OF prospect Liriano 3 hits in AA debut
    Padres prospect outfielder Rymer Liriano went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk in his first game with Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.

    Advice: Liriano hit .264/.335/.442 with 20 doubles, two triples, and 14 home runs over 99 games with Double-A San Antonio. He has a right-fielder's profile and appears to have shaken off the rust after missing all of 2013 after having Tommy John surgery. Liriano has a career high in home runs (his previous high was 12), so this could be the beginning of his tapping into his power potential. San Diego seems like they are undergoing a full rebuilding effort, and Liriano is one of the prospects who could see time in the majors in the near future.
    Thursday, 6:00 am
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    7:10 pm vs StL