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  • Carter doubles twice, goes 3-for-5 vs A's
    Chris Carter went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the A's.

    Advice: Carter has now blown by the Mendoza Line, as he's up to a .213 average. The two RBI brought him up to 43 on the year. Carter hasn't ever been one to hit for average, but he does have nineteen home runs and a .478 slugging percentage, which tells you that he makes his hits count. Always a hot/cold slugger, Carter's on the scorching side this month, slashing .306/.352/.735 for July.
    Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Duda smashes 15th homer in win over Mariners
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 and hit his 15th home run in Tuesday's tilt with the Mariners.

    Advice: Duda had a nice all-around game. Not only did he smack an eighth inning home run, giving him fifty RBI even on the year, he also stole his third base of the season. You shouldn't hold your breath for another steal any time soon (please don't), but speedster abilities aside, Duda's slashing .261/.357/.485. He's really putting together a nice season.
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Cabrera goes 2-for-4 in loss to Diamondbacks
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, including an RBI single in the first.

    Advice: The RBI knock gave Cabrera 77 batted in on the year. Ho hum. Death, taxes, Miguel Cabrera knocking in runs on a nightly basis. What are "things that are a given," Alex? While Mike Trout seems destined for the AL MVP award this year, Cabrera continues to be consistently spectacular. He's slashing .313/.369/.531.
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • LaRoche homers, drives in three to down Rox
    Adam LaRoche went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to help the Nationals top the Rockies by a score of 7-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: With the score tied 4-4 in the seventh inning, LaRoche deposited a Rex Brothers pitch into the right field seats to give the Nationals their first lead of the game. They ended up winning by the same margin. The homer was the first this month for the 34-year-old, but he has 13 home runs and 51 RBI to go with a respectable .275/.381/.453 line on the season.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Dunn lifts 15th home run in loss to Royals
    Adam Dunn went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dunn hit the solo shot off Royals starter Bruce Chen in the fourth inning. The homer was his 15th of the year, giving him 40 RBI. He's slashing .227/.364/.444 overall.
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Kelly Johnson nursing groin injury
    Kelly Johnson will undergo an MRI after leaving Tuesday's game against the Rangers with a groin injury.

    Advice: It's been a bad 24 hours for Johnson, as the groin ailment was preceded by the Yankees acquiring Chase Headley to take over at third base. The Bombers should have an update on Johnson's condition on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Kelly Johnson NYY - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Mike Olt optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned 3B Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The last straw was Olt going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Tuesday, dropping his season line to .139/.222/.353 and his K/BB ratio to 84/19. Olt obviously has plus raw power, but he has a lot of holes in his swing and could struggle to carve out a long-term niche on a team with a boatload of position prospects on the way.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SD
  • Santana's three XBH lead Tribe past Twins
    Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a home run and nine total bases as the Indians cruised past the Twins 8-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Santana had just three extra-base hits in his previous nine games, but the 28-year-old added two doubles to go with his 15th home run of the year. If anything, he deserved to have an even better night from a statistical standpoint -- the homer came with nobody on, and his other three hits drove in just one run combined. The four-hit evening raised his season line to .214/.353/.401.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Craig goes 0-for-3 in Cardinals' loss to Rays
    Allen Craig went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in the Cardinals' loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Craig was an odd choice to start against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi with left-handed-hitting outfielder Oscar Taveras sitting on the Cardinals' bench. Taveras entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and capped off an eight-pitch at-bat with a single into right-center field. Craig is hitting just .242/.292/.354 this season.
    Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Ortiz homers again, but Sox fall to the Jays
    David Ortiz hit another home run, finishing 2-for-5 overall in a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ortiz blasted a pair of home runs in Monday's rout of the Jays, but the rest of the lineup wasn't able to support pitcher Jake Peavy. Ortiz went yard in the eighth inning, a solo shot off of Dustin McGowan. The veteran DH continues to be productive, now with 23 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .253/.349/.500 slash line.
    Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) takes BP
    Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) took a successful round of batting practice Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since landing on the DL. Callaspo has also done some running, though he's yet to run the bases. He's expected to be activated in the middle of next week if all goes well.
    Yesterday, 4:23 pm
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Jose Abreu out Tuesday vs. KC with stiff back
    Jose Abreu is out of the White Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night due to stiffness in his back.

    Advice: White Sox manager Robin Ventura called the issue "minor." Paul Konerko is starting at first base on Tuesday versus the Royals. Abreu should be ready on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 2:17 pm
  • Angels 1B prospect C 2 hits in return to AAA
    Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a walk in his return to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.

    Advice: Cron hit .269/.297/.480 during his time in the majors, but just .233/.258/.383 over his last 15 games. It appears that the Angels are trying to keep an extra reliever on their roster, and Cron could be back up in the next few weeks, and no later than September 1.
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Bal
  • M's option Justin Smoak to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned 1B Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Tuesday's starter Erasmo Ramirez. Smoak went 4-for-20 (.200) with one double and one RBI during his most recent stint with the big club.
    Yesterday, 5:27 am
    Not Active
    12:40 pm vs NYM
  • Bloomquist's 3 hits leads Mariners to victory
    Willie Bloomquist went 3-for-5 with a steal, two runs scored, and an RBI double in a win over the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Somebody out there will wake up tomorrow morning grinning ear-to-ear that Bloomquist was in his AL-only fantasy lineup tonight. Chances are, that isn't you. In truth, nobody could have seen a big night coming from the veteran utilityman. This was Bloomquist's first steal of the season, his first three-hit game of the year, and the double represented his first extra-base hit since June 22. Willie Bloomquist will now return to being Willie Bloomquist.
    Monday, 10:06 pm
    Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    12:40 pm vs NYM
  • David Ortiz homers twice in 14-1 victory
    David Ortiz slammed a pair of two-run homers off Brad Mills in the Red Sox's 14-1 drubbing of the Blue Jays on Monday.

    Advice: The Red Sox opened the game dead last in the AL in runs, but at least temporarily moved up to 10th in the rout. It was Ortiz's third two-homer game of the year, the other two coming back-to-back against the Twins on May 13-14. He's struggled to hit for average lately, but he has 11 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and a 3/9 K/BB ratio in 15 games this month.
    Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Alberto Callaspo could return next week
    Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) thinks he'll be ready for activation just a couple days after he's eligible next Sunday.

    Advice: It's possible that Callaspo will play a few rehab games before the A's activate him. The veteran infielder has been on the shelf since mid-July with a strained right hamstring.
    Sunday, 11:11 am
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm vs Hou
  • Angels option C.J. Cron to AAA Salt Lake
    Angels optioned DH C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: It's a surprising move given the power that Cron has provided this season, but the Angels needed to clear a spot for new closer Huston Street. Cron should be back up pretty soon. He has nine homers and 27 RBI in 53 games.
    Saturday, 2:53 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Bal
  • Tigers lose despite Cabrera's three hits
    Miguel Cabrera had a nice day at the plate as the Tigers dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

    Advice: He and Austin Jackson were the only two hitters in the Tigers order who could figure out Corey Kluber on this one, accounting for five of the team's seven total hits. With the three-hit effort, Cabrera is now hitting .313/.370/.538 on the season.
    Saturday, 1:24 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera swipes base in loss to Indians
    Days after refuting a report that his surgically-repaired groin was still bothering him, Miguel Cabrera swiped his first base of the season in Friday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: While the timing is probably just coincidental, there's a chance that Cabrera just wanted to show off how spry he could be. With his 2-for-4 effort Friday, he's now hitting .308/.366/.533 on the season to go along with 14 homers and a league-leading 75 RBI.
    Friday, 8:56 pm