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  • Jason Vargas to throw simulated game
    Jason Vargas (appendectomy) will throw a simulated game on Saturday.

    Advice: Vargas didn't feel quite right during a bullpen session Wednesday, so the Royals are pumping the brakes on him a bit rather than activating him to start Sunday. He's not expected to need a rehab assignment, so Vargas could conceivably rejoin the rotation sometime next week.
    Today, 6:26 pm
    Disabled List
  • Angel Pagan could return during road trip
    Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Thursday that Angel Pagan (back) could return during the team's August 1-10 road trip.

    Advice: Pagan has resumed swinging a bat this week and is slowly but surely recovering from a back strain that put him on the disabled list in the middle of June. Gregor Blanco has been playing center field for the Giants and will continue to do so for the next week or so.
    Today, 5:17 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Scott Feldman gives up six runs in loss
    Scott Feldman was tagged for six runs in 5 1/3 innings by the A's in Thursday's loss.

    Advice: The last two of those runs came after he was pulled in the sixth. That was some odd timing: he was allowed to face three straight left-handed hitters to start the inning and retired the last of them, but then he was pulled when Josh Donaldson came to the plate. Feldman has just one win in his last 10 starts, and he's 4-8 with a 4.60 ERA overall. It's disappointing, for sure, but then, it matters more to the Astros how he pitches in 2015 and '16 than it does this year.
    Today, 3:53 pm
  • Billy Butler to lose playing time at DH
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Billy Butler will lose playing time in the designated hitter spot in the coming days.

    Advice: It's probably overdue, as Butler has struggled mightily with a .266/.321/.346 batting line and three homers this season and has hit just .234/.286/.313 this month. The 28-year-old is probably droppable in most mixed leagues at this point. Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez will pick up the extra at-bats in the DH spot.
    Today, 3:41 pm
  • Jesse Hahn to start for Padres on Friday
    Jesse Hahn will be recalled to start on Friday in Atlanta.

    Advice: Hahn was sent down over the All-Star break in order to keep pitching. The rookie has been excellent over 40 2/3 innings for San Diego, posting a 2.21 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 47 strikeouts. He should be scooped back up in leagues where he was dropped.
    Today, 3:20 pm
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    W, 13-3 @ChC
  • Correa likely to miss Arizona Fall League
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that prospect shortstop Carlos Correa (fibula) is unlikely to be ready for the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Correa underwent surgery last month to repair a fractured right fibula and a ligament issue, but the Astros were initially hopeful that he would be able to participate in the Arizona Fall League. However, they are now aiming to have him ready for spring training.
    Today, 2:48 pm
    Not Active
    L, 13-1 x @Oak
  • Gibson (back) unlikely to start Saturday
    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Kyle Gibson (back) is "real iffy" for Saturday's start.

    Advice: Gibson was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled out due to a stiff back and now it appears that next Tuesday is more likely for his return. If Gibson is officially scratched, the Twins will likely call up Logan Darnell to fill in.
    Today, 2:40 pm
  • Cole Hamels strikes out 10 in beating Giants
    Cole Hamels fanned 10 while holding the Giants to one run in eight innings in Thursday's victory.

    Advice: Hamels has been about as effective as anyone in the National League over the last two months. He has gone 11 straight starts without allowing more than three runs, bringing his overall ERA down from 4.43 to 2.72. Of course, since he's pitching for the Phillies, he's still just 5-5 on the season.
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa gives up seven runs in loss
    Rubby De La Rosa gave up seven runs -- six earned -- in four-plus innings Thursday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The first-inning run scored on a passed ball and the two-run second probably never would have gotten started had Jackie Bradley Jr. been able to hold on to Juan Francisco's inning-opening triple. Still, it wasn't likely to be a very good outing for De La Rosa regardless. It's the first time in eight starts this season that he's allowed more than four runs, and his ERA jumped from 2.64 to 3.54.
    Today, 12:56 pm
  • 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.
    Today, 12:51 pm
  • Pagan (back) took more swings Wednesday
    Angel Pagan (back) took more swings Wednesday.

    Advice: Pagan is slowly but surely recovering from a back strain that put him on the disabled list in the middle of June. He is aiming to return sometime in early August. Gregor Blanco has been playing center field for the Giants.
    Today, 8:49 am
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Rockies OF prospect Dahl promoted to High-A
    Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl has been promoted to High-A Modesto.

    Advice: Dahl hit .305/.345/.501 with 33 doubles, six triples, and 10 home runs for Low-A Asheville, and has been particularly hot as of late, hitting .372/.398/.521 with 18 doubles over his last 27 games. He has a large home/away split, hitting .319/.353/.556 at home and .290/.335/.438 on the road.
    Today, 6:45 am
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  • Indians OF prospect Frazier with 3 more hits
    Indians prospect outfielder Clint Frazier went 3-for-3 with a walk for Low-A Lake County on Wednesday.

    Advice: Frazier has reached base by hit or walk at least once in each of the last 19 games, hitting .378/.465/.676 with six home runs, pushing his season line to .273/.352/.433 with 11 doubles, five triples, and 11 home runs. His on-base streak has coincided with the calendar flipping to July, and it is a great sign that Frazier has not begun to wear down, as is common with many prospects in their first full season of professional baseball.
    Today, 6:32 am
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  • Cubs 1B prospect Vogelbach blasts two homers
    Cubs prospect first baseman Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs on Wednesday for High-A Daytona.

    Advice: Both home runs were to left-center field, allowing Vogelbach to display his well above-average raw power. He has struggled in July, hitting just .250/.330/.400 and failing to continue a hot June in which he hit .319/.429/.553 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 17 walks, and 15 strikeouts.
    Today, 6:16 am
    Not Active
    L, 13-3 vs x SD
  • Pedroia getting a day of rest on Thursday
    Dustin Pedroia is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest for the 30-year-old second baseman, who has registered a disappointing .269/.337/.363 batting line with four home runs and two stolen bases in 99 games this season. Brock Holt is at second.
    Today, 6:14 am
  • Weaver holds Orioles to 1 run in 3-2 win
    Jered Weaver limited the Orioles to two runs on six hits over eight innings Wednesday in a 3-2 win.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked zero. The Angels have won seven consecutive Weaver starts (with Weaver himself getting credit for four of those victories). The 31-year-old has encouragingly held the opposition in the ballpark in each of his last four starts, and six of his last seven. Weaver improves to 11-6 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, numbers he'll take into a rematch with the Orioles on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Twins hope Gibson (back) can start Sat.
    The Twins are hoping Kyle Gibson (back) will be ready to start on Saturday.

    Advice: Gibson was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled out due to a stiff back, but the hope is that it's a short-term concern. If Gibson isn't ready, the Twins are expected to call up Logan Darnell to fill in.
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Kyle Gibson (back) scratched Wednesday
    Kyle Gibson has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start against the Indians due to a stiff back.

    Advice: Gibson felt his back lock up while throwing a bullpen session. He should be fine for his next outing or maybe even later in the week, but the Twins wanted to play it safe. Anthony Swarzak will make a spot start in Gibson's place.
    Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Pagan (back) takes swings from both sides
    Angel Pagan (back) was able to take swings from both sides of the plate on Monday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy called it a "step in the right direction." Pagan has been out since the middle of June with a back strain and is not expected to return to San Francisco's active roster until sometime in August.
    Tuesday, 2:53 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Vargas (appendectomy) unlikely for Sunday
    Jason Vargas (appendectomy) is unlikely to start Sunday.

    Advice: Vargas still doesn't feel quite right after undergoing an appendectomy in early July. The left-hander will aim to return to the Kansas City rotation late next week.
    Tuesday, 2:19 pm
    Disabled List
  • Phillies telling teams Hamels not available
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Phillies have told teams to this point that Cole Hamels is unavailable.

    Advice: It doesn't jibe with previous reports that have indicated the Phillies are at least entertaining the possibility of dealing Hamels. Perhaps they just haven't liked what other teams have been willing to offer and are pulling Hamels off the block for that reason. Whatever the reason, the Phils could still conceivably change their minds before the end of the month. At the moment, though, it appears Hamels isn't going anywhere.
    Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Billy Butler willing to renegotiate deal
    Billy Butler said Monday that he would be willing to renegotiate his contract, which currently includes a $12.5 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: The Royals seem unlikely to exercise the option given Butler's struggles this season, but the designated hitter is willing to redo his deal in order to remain in Kansas City. He's making $8 million this season. "If the option doesn't work, I'd be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I've always said that," Butler said. "I've been with the Royals for my whole career so why wouldn't I? It's all I've ever known and I love it here. I never said anything about, 'Oh, it's my option year, take it or leave it.'"
    Monday, 6:01 pm
  • Jason Vargas (appendectomy) throws bullpen
    Jason Vargas (appendectomy) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday.

    Advice: Vargas underwent an appendectomy less than two weeks ago, but he's making quick progress. In fact, there's a chance he could be activated to start as soon as Sunday against the Indians.
    Monday, 2:06 pm
    Disabled List
  • Vargas (appendectomy) could return this week
    Jason Vargas (appendectomy) could rejoin the Royals' rotation later this week.

    Advice: Vargas played catch up to 110 feet Saturday and is expected to throw a short bullpen session Wednesday. He might only need one additional 'pen session after that before rejoining the rotation, as he's not expected to go out on a rehab assignment. "He still feels a little stretching sensation in there," manager Ned Yost said Saturday. "He'll be fine." Vargas is just 11 days removed from his projected 3-4 week timetable, so a return later this week would be sooner than expected.
    Sunday, 7:54 am
    Disabled List
  • Phillies 'discouraged' about Hamels talks
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies "have been discouraged" by what they're hearing from other teams on Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Cafardo says that Hamels will be traded if the Phils can get a team to cover his entire contract while also surrendering three top prospects. So far, however, it doesn't appear likely that they'll get what they're asking for. For what it's worth, previous reports have indicated Philly is unlikely to trade Hamels and that they'd much prefer to deal Cliff Lee.
    Sunday, 6:57 am
  • Cole Hamels cruises as Phillies beat Braves
    Cole Hamels held the Braves to one run over seven innings Saturday in the Phillies' 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Hamels was superb, striking out nine batters and issuing zero walks. The one run he gave up was on a Chris Johnson RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hamels is 4-5 on the season with a 2.83 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 115 strikeouts in 114 1/3 total frames. He'll take on the Giants at home next week.
    Saturday, 7:13 pm
  • Rubby De La Rosa throws well in win over KC
    Rubby De La Rosa tossed seven innings of one-run ball Saturday as the Red Sox beat the Royals 2-1.

    Advice: De La Rosa walked four but gave up only five hits to the struggling Kansas City offense. He has a fantastic 2.64 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 44 1/3 innings (seven starts) this season for Boston and looks to be a strong fantasy option for the second half. The young right-hander will face the Blue Jays in Toronto next week.
    Saturday, 6:57 pm
  • 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.
    Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Scott Feldman pitches well in loss to ChiSox
    Scott Feldman pitched well in a losing effort against the White Sox on Friday, allowing three runs on seven hits over his seven innings.

    Advice: Feldman fanned two and walked three on the night. He cruised through the first five innings without any difficulty, but was tagged by Dayan Viciedo for a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Tyler Flowers delivered the game-winner with an RBI double in the seventh. He'll look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Athletics in Oakland on Thursday.
    Friday, 9:59 pm
  • Gibson gives up six runs in loss
    Kyle Gibson surrendered six runs over 6 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Gibson gave up nine hits (including a two-run homer) while walking one and striking out one. He has allowed 21 runs (20 earned) in 24 1/3 innings over his last five starts, increasing his ERA from 3.25 to 4.19 in the process. The 26-year-old limits walks and induces plenty of ground balls, but he simply doesn't miss enough at-bats to be reliable in mixed leagues.
    Friday, 9:07 pm