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  • Joc Pederson (shoulder) unavailable Thursday
    Joc Pederson (shoulder) is not available to play Thursday.

    Advice: Pederson is missing a second straight start with a bruised AC joint in his right shoulder, and he's not available off the bench, either. The hope is that he'll be ready to go sometime over the weekend. Trayce Thompson is again filling in in center field. Today, 9:45 am
    11:10 am x @Mil
  • Joe Mauer not in Twins' lineup Thursday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day off. Byung-Ho Park is on the bench again, as well. The Twins are going with Trevor Plouffe at first base, Eduardo Nunez at third, Eduardo Escobar at shortstop, Robbie Grossman in the designated hitter spot and Danny Santana in left field. Today, 8:39 am
  • Yasiel Puig (knee) back in lineup Thursday
    Yasiel Puig (knee) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Puig was removed from Wednesday's game with a minor knee contusion, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting sixth against Zach Davies and the Brewers. Today, 8:37 am
  • Sano (hamstring) still on rehab for now
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) will play both games of a doubleheader for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll play third base in one game and serve as the designated hitter in the other. Sano has hit a couple home runs while on his rehab assignment but has just three hits in 19 at-bats overall. The Twins would like to see him look a bit better at the plate before activating him. "He’s hit a couple of homers. That’s been about the extent of his offensive output, which isn’t bad," manager Paul Molitor said. "I just think you look for signs that … his at-bats are normal. It’s not always results or a hot streak [you’re looking for] — you can just tell if he’s recognizing pitchers or doing what you’re accustomed to him doing." Today, 8:16 am
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am x @CWS
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Thursday
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with it being a day game after a night game. Martin Maldonado is filling in behind the plate. Today, 8:04 am
  • Starlin Castro getting a breather Thursday
    Starlin Castro is not in the Yankees' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Ronald Torreyes will handle second base. Today, 7:49 am
  • Elvis Andrus getting a day off Thursday
    Elvis Andrus is not in the Rangers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Jurickson Profar will handle shortstop while Andrus rests. Today, 7:46 am
  • White Sox recall Matt Davidson from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled 3B Matt Davidson from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Davidson has had a nice year for Charlotte, batting .268/.349/.444 with 10 homers and 46 RBI over 326 plate appearances. The 25-year-old figures to see some playing time in the designated hitter spot while Melky Cabrera (wrist) is out, as Avisail Garcia is needed for outfield duty. Given Garcia's struggles, it's not out of the question that he could stick around a while if he hits. That's probably not likely, though, as Davidson hit around .200 at Triple-A from 2014-15. Today, 7:39 am
  • Curtis Granderson (calf) has pinch-hit single
    Curtis Granderson (calf) notched a pinch-hit single in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Granderson was a late scratch from the lineup due to a minor calf ailment that forced him from Tuesday's game, but the fact that he was able to pinch-hit (and do so successfully) is a good sign. He could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday. Today, 5:11 am
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Starling Marte scores three times
    Starling Marte had three hits, a walk, a steal and three runs scored Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Marte hit sixth tonight for just the fourth time this season, not that it stopped him. He's been an elite fantasy outfielder even while being locked out of the top three spots in the Pirates order this year. Still, we prefer to see him hitting cleanup than fifth or sixth. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Morales gets three hits, plays in outfield
    Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4, all singles, and played in the outfield for the first time since 2008 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales has been limited to first base and designated hitter for the past eight years. Gaining outfield eligibility would please many of his fantasy owners. The Royals were playing the Cardinals in St. Louis using National League rules without the DH. Don't expect Morales to play outfield very often moving forward. He struggled terribly early in the season but has his line up to .255/.318/.413 as we near the All Star break. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Matt Adams goes 0-for-6 in loss
    Matt Adams went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's 12-inning loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Brandon Moss has been getting more time than Adams lately, and deservedly so, but he took a seat tonight, though he did single as a pinch-hitter. Adams has been plenty good this year, too, but Moss has been the far hotter hitter lately and should continue to see more time at Adams' expense. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Yonder Alonso hits two-run homer
    Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer off Jake Peavy in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: It's just the second homer of the year for Alonso, but he is hitting .325 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven) in 83 at-bats this month. It's raised his season OPS from .552 to .640. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Villar get three hits to raise AVG to .300
    Jonathan Villar rapped three hits in four at-bats, raising his batting average to an even .300 on the season.

    Advice: Villar has come out of nowhere to generate significant fantasy value this year. Most of that value comes from his 26 stolen bases and high batting average. The steals have always been a strength and should stay that way. The batting average is going to fall. His .397 BABIP is unsustainable, so enjoy the high AVG while it lasts. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Seager collects one of only two Dodger hits
    Corey Seager doubled in a 1-for-4 game on Wednesday in Milwaukee on a night when the Dodgers could muster only two base hits.

    Advice: Seager is now batting .296/.355/.531 on the season. Not bad fora 22-year-old, eh? He has 16 home runs, 51 runs scored and 38 RBI to boot. Yasiel Puig got the only other Dodgers' hit before leaving with a minor leg injury. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Puig diagnosed with minor knee contusion
    Updating a previous item, Yasiel Puig was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Brewers due to a minor knee contusion.

    Advice: Puig was pulled from the contest after limping out a grounder in the eighth inning. While he previously dealt with a hamstring injury, it appears he has dodged a re-aggravation of that ailment. Following the loss, manager Dave Roberts said that he expects Puig to be in the lineup on Thursday. Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Puig lifted with lower leg injury against MIL
    Yasiel Puig was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Brewers with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Puig almost immediately began to limp while running out a grounder to lead off the eighth inning. He was replaced in right field by Scott Van Slyke to open the bottom of the frame. Given that Puig was just activated off the disabled list on June 21 after being waylaid by a strained left hamstring, the Dodgers have to be crossing their fingers that this is not a re-aggravation. If this is another hamstring issue, a return trip to the DL would potentially be in play. The team should provide an official update after the game. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Granderson (calf) a late scratch against Nats
    Curtis Granderson (calf) has been scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Granderson was initially penciled-in to bat leadoff against Max Scherzer on Wednesday, but after testing his strained right calf in pregame exercises, it looks like he will be riding the pine for the day. Alejandro De Aza will take over leadoff duties in his place. This is thought to be a minor injury, but the veteran outfielder might receive another game or two off just to be on the safe side. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Pederson (shoulder) out of lineup for Dodgers
    Joc Pederson (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Pederson was diagnosed with a bruised AC joint in the right shoulder after he ran into the wall while tracking down -- and catching -- a long Chris Carter fly on Tuesday. He did not sustain any broken bones in the collision, but nobody can blame manager Dave Roberts for giving him a day off or two. Trayce Thompson will man center and bat sixth in Wednesday's game. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    11:10 am x @Mil
  • Curtis Granderson (calf) in lineup vs Nats
    Curtis Granderson (calf) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Granderson was lifted from Tuesday's game after a rain delay due to what manager Terry Collins termed a "small" calf strain. This has been an injury that has nagged Granderson in recent days -- it also forced him out of the lineup on Sunday -- but he is penciled into Wednesday's lineup as the leadoff hitter. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Starling Marte hits RBI triple in loss to M's
    Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Marte's RBI triple in the seventh came as part of a little two-run rally, but the Mariners held a 5-0 lead at the time, a lead which was never seriously in jeopardy. The star outfielder is hitting .325/.364/.489 with 19 doubles, six homers, 30 RBI and 20 steals over 274 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Lucroy has two doubles, two RBI vs. Dodgers
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lucroy hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to pull the Brewers within two runs, but the comeback wasn't to be. Despite the team's lack of success, the 30-year-old is having a fine offensive season. Lucroy now has 38 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a .302/.360/.504 line through 71 games. Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Granderson fighting through calf strain
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Curtis Granderson is dealing with a "small" calf strain.

    Advice: Granderson was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Nationals after he had issues getting loose following a rain delay. This calf strain also kept him out of action on Sunday, but doesn't sound like a potential long-term injury. Unless the Mets indicate otherwise, Granderson should be considered day-to-day moving forward. Tuesday, 9:29 pm
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Pederson diagnosed with bruised AC joint
    Joc Pederson is listed as day-to-day after being diagnosed with a bruised AC joint in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Pederson crashed into the outfield wall at full speed to make a tremendous catch on Chris Carter. Luckily, he was able to avoid any fractures and should return to the lineup in a day or two. Tuesday, 8:58 pm
    11:10 am x @Mil
  • Adams has two hits, RBI in return to lineup
    Matt Adams (back) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Adams hadn't played in almost a week as he battled lower back stiffness, but the big first baseman showed little effects in swatting a couple singles off Royals starter Yordano Ventura. He added an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Adams is batting .305/.352/.530 with 34 RBI in 62 games, and he'll need to continue hitting -- and stay healthy enough to be in the lineup -- to hold off Brandon Moss and keep finding starts at first base. Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Joc Pederson leaves game with shoulder injury
    Joc Pederson was removed from Tuesday's game against the Brewers with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Pederson slammed into the outfield wall after making a ridiculous catch to rob Chris Carter of extra bases. The Dodgers should provide an update on his status after he's examined. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
    11:10 am x @Mil
  • Granderson pulled after long rain delay
    Curtis Granderson was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Nationals when he had difficulty getting loose after a long rain delay.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder has logged a lot of innings this season, so manager Terry Collins opted to play things safe when Granderson tightened up. He should be back in the lineup in the next day or two. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Yasiel Puig not in Dodgers starting lineup
    Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: While he has been on fire at the dish since his return, he'll get a breather against Chase Anderson on Tuesday. Howie Kendrick is starting in left field and batting second for the Dodgers. Tuesday, 1:55 pm
  • Kendrys Morales goes 4-for-4 on Monday
    Kendrys Morales went 4-for-4 with a two-RBI single in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He had four of the Royals' 11 base knocks on the night, as Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar also had multi-hit games. Morales' four-hit night comes on the heels of a two-homer game that he had Sunday. He now has 15 hits over his last 27 at-bats. Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Joc Pederson sitting against Francisco Liriano
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's no coincidence that the left-handed-hitting Pederson is getting the afternoon off with Francisco Liriano on the mound for Pittsburgh. Pederson also sat Saturday against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will bat third and play center field. Pederson is still having contact issues (.236 AVG, 66 strikeouts) but his power numbers have been impressive (13 HR, .480 slugging percentage). Monday, 7:13 am
    11:10 am x @Mil
  • Corey Seager not in Monday's starting lineup
    Corey Seager is getting the day off Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's a quick turnaround for the Dodgers, who are playing at 12:35 PM ET after a night game on Sunday. Seager has appeared in all but one game this season with his last day off coming on April 15. The 22-year-old has contributed All-Star numbers this year with 16 HR and a .298 batting average in 299 at-bats. Chris Taylor will handle shortstop duties Monday while batting eighth against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano. Monday, 7:07 am
  • Sano (hamstring) needs 3-4 more rehab games
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) is expected to need 3-4 more rehab games before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: He's already played two, but the Twins would like him to work on his timing and pitch recognition for a bit longer. Sano is also slated to play the outfield at least once after handling third base for his first two rehab contests. Sunday, 8:36 am
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am x @CWS
  • Curtis Granderson sitting out on Sunday
    Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Brandon Nimmo is in right field for his major league debut Sunday, and Kelly Johnson is in left and in the leadoff spot. The Mets are also resting Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud, as Matt Reynolds is at shortstop and Rene Rivera is catching. Sunday, 7:58 am
    4:10 pm vs ChC
  • Puig stays hot with two hits on Saturday
    Yasiel Puig finished 2-for-4 on Saturday to continue his hot hitting since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig is now 7-for-15 in his last four games. The mini hot streak has boosted his line to .254/.296/.383 on the season. He still has a long way to go if he is going to return to the All Star level of production he provided his first two seasons in the majors. Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • Villar has three hits, stolen base vs. Nats
    Jonathan Villar went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Villar's breakout season continues, with Saturday's three-hit game counting as his fifth in his last 10 contests. He also leads the league with his 26 stolen bases. The 25-year-old is batting .299/.380/.429 overall. Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • Matt Adams (back) out for second straight game
    Matt Adams (back) is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Adams was scratched from Friday's game with lower back stiffness and will sit again Saturday. Brandon Moss will take over for Adams at first base and bat fifth against M's right-hander Nathan Karns. Adams remains day-to-day. Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Pederson not in Saturday's lineup
    Joc Pederson is not in Saturday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will start in center field while Scott Van Slyke will play left. Saturday, 12:53 pm
    11:10 am x @Mil
  • Mauer to serve as DH on Saturday
    Joe Mauer will serve as the designated hitter Saturday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: The Twins are using the same lineup they did on Friday, but Mauer will DH and Byung Ho Park will play first base. Saturday, 7:20 am
  • Puig homers in win over Pirates
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a win over the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: His sixth-inning blast off Jared Hughes landed in the second deck in left field. It was his sixth homer of the season and his first since coming off the disabled list earlier this week. He's actually hit safely in all three games since returning. Puig won’t be in the eighth spot in the order for long if he keeps swinging the bat like this. Friday, 7:42 pm
  • Marte (foot) has two hits in return to lineup
    Starling Marte (foot) went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in his return to the lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte was limited to pinch hitting duties over the past two days due to a sore foot. He still appeared to be favoring the injury a bit on Friday, but he’s feeling good enough to play right now. Friday, 7:42 pm
  • Matt Adams scratched from lineup
    Matt Adams was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Mariners due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko made the start at first base in his place. Consider Adams day-to-day. Friday, 7:28 pm
  • Miguel Sano (hamstring) playing 3B on rehab
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) will play third base on Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Rochester in his first two rehab games.

    Advice: He'll then serve as a designated hitter on Sunday. That could be all the rehab contests Sano needs, and it's certainly notable that the Twins don't appear to intend to play him in the outfield at all at Rochester. He could handle third base for the Twins if Trevor Plouffe (groin) winds up needing a disabled list stint, and we can't rule out the possibility that the Twins are done with Sano in the outfield. There's been talk of sending Byung-ho Park to the minors, so Sano could wind up in the designated hitter spot. Friday, 3:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am x @CWS
  • Starling Marte (foot) back in Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (foot) is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte hasn't started since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore foot. He's batting second and playing left field. The Pirates are also resting Josh Harrison, as Sean Rodriguez is handling second base. Friday, 12:40 pm
  • Starling Marte appears as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte flied out as a pinch-hitter Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte also came off the bench yesterday. He's been unable to start the last two days because of left foot soreness. Thursday, 1:17 pm
  • Marte (foot) out of Bucs lineup again Thurs.
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was also held out of the starting lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. He did pinch-hit on Wednesday, which is usually a good indication that the injury is not serious. Sean Rodriguez is starting in left field Thursday. Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Starling Marte (ankle) serves as pinch hitter
    Starling Marte (foot) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Marte was held out of the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with pain in his left foot. It's clearly nothing too serious, but he may also have to be limited to bench work in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Thursday, 5:33 am
  • Puig's long race home gives Dodgers a win
    Yasiel Puig came all of the way around to score on a single to center in the bottom of the ninth, the result of a Michael Taylor error, and gave the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Puig hustled right out of the box on his grounder up the middle with one out and Howie Kendrick at first base, pausing only slightly to clap his hands and congratulate himself on the way up the line. It was as he was touching first that he saw the ball get by Taylor in center, and he turned on the jets, racing all of the way around the bases to turn a 3-2 deficit into a victory. It was Puig's second hit of the game. He didn't get an RBI on the play, but it probably didn't matter to him. Wednesday, 11:02 pm
  • Corey Seager hits 16th home run
    Corey Seager went 3-for-4 and hit his 16th homer Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: 16 homers in 287 at-bats for Seager. Last year, he had 13 in 421 at-bats while playing in the PCL, so it seemed like it would be a while before he was going to chase 20 homers, much less 30, in the majors. Alas, here he is, on pace for 35. We don't expect him to keep that up, but he has a better chance of maintaining his current .289 average. Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Castro slugs walkoff homer to down Rockies
    Starlin Castro slugged a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Yankees beat the visiting Rockies 9-8.

    Advice: Castro took Jason Motte deep on the second pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied 8-8. It was Castro's third hit in the slugfest -- the other two being singles. He's batting .257/.290/.419 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 69 games this season. Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • Starling Marte (ankle) out Wednesday vs. SF
    Starling Marte (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte was lifted from Tuesday's game after experiencing pain in his left foot while trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. He's considered day-to-day for now. Gregory Polanco will start in left field and Matt Joyce will play right on Wednesday night against the Giants. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Jonathan Villar out Wednesday against A's
    Jonathan Villar is out of the Brewers' starting lineup Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Yadiel Rivera will start at shortstop and bat ninth versus A's right-hander Daniel Mengden. Aaron Hill is batting leadoff in the afternoon game at Oakland Coliseum. Wednesday, 10:24 am
  • Starling Marte left game with foot discomfort
    Starling Marte departed Tuesday's game against the Giants with left foot discomfort.

    Advice: He dealt with a left ankle injury earlier this month, but it's not clear if this new foot thing is related. Marte pulled up in pain after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Starling Marte departs game with leg injury
    Starling Marte left Tuesday's game against the Giants with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Marte came up hurting after trying to chase down a Ramiro Pena triple in the top of the eighth inning. Marte brought a stellar .333/.374/.502 batting line into the game. It'd be a huge loss for the Pirates if he requires a stint on the 15-day disabled list. Tuesday, 7:07 pm
  • Sano (hamstring) to begin rehab games Fri.
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) expects to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Sano has been on the disabled list since June 1 because of a left hamstring strain. "He's hungry to get out and play," Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday. "I think between the diagnosis and our concern about making sure this is something that doesn't get repeated, we're proceeding cautiously." Look for him to spend about 4-5 days at Rochester before returning to the Twins' active roster. Tuesday, 6:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am x @CWS
  • LAD activate Yasiel Puig (hamstring) from DL
    Dodgers activated OF Yasiel Puig from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Puig will return to the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Nationals after missing the last 17 days because of a strained left hamstring. He went 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer and three walks on his five-game minor league rehab assignment. Tuesday, 2:05 pm
  • Puig (hamstring) to be activated Tuesday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: There was some thought that Puig would return on Monday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said they'll wait another day before bringing him back. The 25-year-old went 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer and three walks over five games during his minor league rehab assignment. He has been sidelined since June 2 with a left hamstring strain. Monday, 4:35 pm
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