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  • Trea Turner picks up sixth steal in 13 games
    Trea Turner went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Turner came through with an RBI single to score Danny Espinosa in the second inning. His steal on Thursday was No. 6 on the season. The 23-year-old outfielder has picked up at least one hit in nine of his last 10 games and all six steals have come during that same stretch. In 51 at-bats, Turner is slashing .333/.382/.510. The jewel of the Nationals farm system deserves hard consideration for mixed-league usage given the way he is swinging the stick right now. Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Gillaspie singles twice in loss to Nationals
    Conor Gillaspie went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: The Giants could only find five hits as a team against a locked in Tanner Roark. Gillaspie had himself two of those. He also picked up an RBI on a second-inning ground out. That makes three consecutive games in which he has driven in a run. Despite his recent quiet success, there is no true fantasy intrigue here. Gillaspie has just four home runs and 17 RBI for the season as a whole. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Roark proves effective in win over Giants
    Tanner Roark pitched well in Thursday's win over the Giants, firing seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball.

    Advice: Roark struck out three and walked three on the evening. Only a Conor Gillaspie RBI ground out in the second inning prevented him from a potential shutout. The 29-year-old right-hander has allowed one or fewer earned runs over seven or more innings in eight outings. That is the second-most in the majors, with only Jon Lester's nine such starts besting it. Roark will carry a 2.96 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 113/41 K/BB ratio (136 2/3 frames) into a road duel with the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Cueto labors through five innings vs Nats
    Johnny Cueto failed to provide length in Thursday's loss to the Nationals, allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings.

    Advice: Strange night for Cueto, who struck out just three and walked two on the evening. Those low numbers would outwardly seem to lend toward a lower pitch count, but Cueto had already thrown 101 pitches (63 strikes) by the time he was relieved of duty before the start of the sixth inning. Since the Giants booted back up after the All-Star break, the ace has surrendered eight runs on 20 hits in three starts (16 innings). He has allowed at least three earned runs in five of his last seven outings. Despite a bit of a slowdown since a hot start, he owns a 2.63 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 131/30 K/BB ratio over 147 1/3 innings for the season as a whole. A road showdown with the Phillies shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Pujols hits key single in ninth against Sox
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Pujols was the only Angels hitter to notch multiple hits. The most important of these came in the ninth inning, when Pujols lined a hard single to left off Brad Ziegler. That moved Mike Trout (who reached on an infield single to lead off the frame) to second. Trout and Ji-Man Choi -- who pinch-ran for Pujols after the single -- would eventually come around to score on a two-run throwing error by Hanley Ramirez. The aged Pujols continues to post respectable counting stats (19 homers, 78 RBI) but is hitting just .255/.329/.432 over 384 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Ziegler, Han-Ram combine to blow save
    Brad Ziegler coughed up a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Ziegler entered in the ninth attempting to secure the win for David Price, who gave the Red Sox eight shutout innings. It was not to be. After loading the bases with one out, Ziegler surrendered an infield grounder to Daniel Nava. Enter Hanley Ramirez, who fired home in an attempt to secure the first out on what might have been a game-ending double play. That was the idea, anyway, but Ramirez sailed the throw high to allow two runners to race home. Ballgame. This was Ziegler's third blown save of the season, his first in eight appearances with the Red Sox since coming over from the Diamondbacks via trade earlier this month. He has now allowed runs in back-to-back appearances and might be in line for a breather as this four-game set with the Angels unfolds. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • David Price brilliant in shutting down Angels
    David Price was superb in earning a no-decision in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels, rolling through eight shutout frames while scattering seven singles.

    Advice: Manager John Farrell is probably second-guessing himself tonight, at least just a little bit. Price had thrown 109 pitches through eight innings and could have theoretically at least started the ninth, but Farrell turned to Brad Ziegler instead. The reliever subsequently blew the save as Price lost out on what would have been a smooth 1-0 win. Tumultuous end aside, this was a strong effort from the ace southpaw. He will bring a 4.26 ERA -- plus a 1.26 WHIP and 151/31 K/BB ratio (143 2/3 innings) -- into a road date with the Mariners next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Jered Weaver holds Red Sox to one run
    Jered Weaver pitched surprisingly well in Thursday's no-decision against the Red Sox, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Weaver scattered six, walked two and struck out two on the evening. The only run to score on his watch came when Mookie Betts notched a sacrifice fly in the third inning. For Weaver, this is about as good as it gets, particularly given the strength of the opponent. The 33-year-old right-hander still holds an uninspiring 5.14 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. A home date with the A's shows next on his schedule. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Hamels whiffs 12 over eight strong innings
    Cole Hamels struck out 12 while allowing two runs over eight innings, leading the Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Hamels gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and walked one in the victory, throwing a season-high 123 pitches before exiting. It may not be any coincidence that his 12 punchouts were also a season high, giving him 132 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings on the year. The southpaw improved to 12-2 with his third straight win, and he'll take a 2.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into Wednesday's start at the Orioles. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Moreland swats two homers in win over Royals
    Mitch Moreland hit two solo home runs in Thursday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Moreland had Yordano Ventura's number this night, lifting a homer to left-center field in the fifth inning to tie the game before walloping a pitch to deep center in the eighth to give the Rangers the lead. The home runs were numbers 15 and 16 on the year for Moreland, who has started to come around a bit after a slow start to the year. The 30-year-old is batting .237/.303/.453 overall as a result of that poor start at the plate. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Orlando blasts second homer against Rangers
    Paulo Orlando hit his second home run of the year in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Orlando turned around a Cole Hamels fastball for a no-doubter in the top of the second inning, his ninth career homer and just his second this year. Orlando has made the most of newfound playing time this season, batting .324/.348/.419 in 75 games. The 30-year-old figures to stay in the lineup and could even see better opportunities -- he batted fifth in Thursday's game -- as the season rolls on. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Marlins, Rangers leading in pursuit of Cashner
    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Marlins and Rangers are currently ahead in the race to acquire Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: Both teams are looking to add a starter for the stretch run. Cashner is in the last year of his contract so he'd only be a rental. The Orioles have also shown interest though perhaps not as much as Texas or Miami. The Padres have turned this season into an all-out fire sale, unloading assets such as James Shields, Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz and Melvin Upton. There's a good chance Cashner's start against Toronto on Tuesday was his last as a member of the Padres' organization. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Nola gets through five to earn sixth victory
    Aaron Nola started strong and held on to earn the win Thursday, allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings against the Braves.

    Advice: Nola was staked to a seven-run lead and seemed as though he would have no problem holding it, relatively breezing through four scoreless innings, but the Braves hit him early and often in a three-run fifth inning. He managed to stop the bleeding, but it would be the end of the line for Nola, who is still searching for a former dominance. The win improved him to 6-9 with a 4.78 ERA through 20 starts, and he'll try to make it a winning streak when he faces the Giants on Wednesday. Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Jones hits leadoff homer in loss to Twins
    Adam Jones hit a leadoff home run in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Jones jumped on the first pitch of the game from Twins starter Kyle Gibson, roping it just over the wall in left center. Jones also had a double in the game, finishing 2-for-4. The 30-year-old now has 19 homers after a slow start, batting .269/.317/.455 with 59 RBI and 63 runs scored. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Fish interested in Cashner, Miley, Hellickson's Joe Frisaro mentioned Andrew Cashner as one of several pitchers tied to the Marlins in recent trade discussions.

    Advice: Per Frisaro, the Fish are also after Seattle left-hander Wade Miley and Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. The rebuilding Padres have already traded away James Shields, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Rodney and Melvin Upton and it looks like Cashner might be the next to go. The Orioles are also in the hunt for Cashner, who is 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 16 starts this season. Yesterday, 5:30 pm
  • Blue Jays showing interest in Boone Logan
    The Blue Jays and Rockies have had trade discussions about Boone Logan.

    Advice: The Blue Jays have put an emphasis on improving their bullpen by adding veterans Jason Grilli and Joaquin Benoit and now they have their sights set on Logan. Toronto's primary lefty out of the bullpen has been Brett Cecil, who is 0-6 with a 6.00 ERA. Logan has pitched to a solid 2.48 ERA over 43 appearances this year. The Giants have also checked in on the 31-year-old left-hander. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Heyman: Nats scouting Robertson and Davis
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Nationals have scouted David Robertson and Wade Davis.

    Advice: The Red Sox and Dodgers have also shown interest in Davis, though this is the first we've heard of anyone checking in on Robertson. The White Sox hurler has a strong track record but has fallen apart this month with a 9.39 ERA over 7 2/3 innings. The Nationals are looking to upgrade on struggling veteran Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning. They were one of several teams pursuing Aroldis Chapman before he landed with the Cubs. Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Turner getting another start in center field
    Trea Turner will draw another start in center field Thursday against the Giants.

    Advice: He'll hit leadoff against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. The fact that Turner is starting against a right-hander instead of Ben Revere would suggest that Turner has usurped Revere's role as the everyday center fielder. And why not? He's hitting .319 with six RBI and five steals in only 12 contests. Until Turner's luck runs out, expect him to be in the lineup most days. He's worth a speculative add in most formats. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Salvador Perez scratched with head cold
    Salvador Perez (illness) was scratched from the Royals' lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Perez is out with a head cold. Drew Butera will take over behind the plate and bat eighth against Texas lefty Cole Hamels. Consider Perez day-to-day. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Garcia to start on short rest Saturday
    Jaime Garcia will start on short rest Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He'll be pitching on four days rest instead of his usual five following Tuesday's doubleheader. Manager Mike Matheny considered having Tyler Lyons make a spot start but went with Garcia instead. Jerome Williams will be available in long relief if Matheny has Garcia on a short leash. Yesterday, 2:52 pm
  • Zach Davies keeps rolling in win over D'Backs
    Zach Davies limited the Diamondbacks to three runs -- two earned -- across 6 1/3 frames in Thursday's 6-4 win.

    Advice: The D'Backs got to Davies with three hits -- including a two-run double by Yasmany Tomas -- and a walk in the first inning, but it was pretty smooth sailing after that. The young right-hander has really established himself well in the Brew Crew's rotation since a rough April, putting up a 2.84 ERA and 75/20 K/BB ratio over 92 innings since the beginning of May. He'll get the Padres at Petco in his next outing. Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • No timetable for Matt Carpenter to begin rehab
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said there's still no timetable for Matt Carpenter (oblique) to begin a rehab assignment.

    Advice: There was optimism Carpenter might begin a rehab assignment this week but it doesn't look like that's going to happen now. Carpenter has sat out the last three weeks with a strained oblique. The Cards could really use his bat in the lineup. The three-time All-Star leads the NL in on base percentage (.420) and is also second in OPS (.988). Yesterday, 2:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Rene Rivera drives in lone Mets run
    Rene Rivera went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: It was the only run the Mets mustered on the day, and Rivera had three of the club's 10 hits. Unfortunately, the catcher also made a costly blunder on defense in the top of the ninth inning, waiting for a bunted ball to go foul rather than just picking it up and taking the out. It didn't go foul, and the Rockies wound up taking the lead. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Nick Martinez sent down for Dario Alvarez
    Rangers optioned RHP Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Dario Alvarez, who the Rangers acquired in a trade with Atlanta earlier this week, was activated in the corresponding roster move. Martinez was lit up in a spot start against Oakland on Tuesday night (4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) and now carries an uninspiring 7.18 ERA over seven appearances for the Rangers this year. He'll return to Texas when rosters expand in September, if not sooner. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • White Sox option Ranaudo back to AAA
    White Sox optioned RHP Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Ranaudo allowed three runs on two hits (both homers) over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday night against the Cubs. He was actually working on a no-hitter before Kris Bryant went deep in the bottom of the sixth. Chris Sale has been reinstated from suspension in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Yesterday, 10:44 am
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    5:10 pm @Min
  • Robertson chips in with four hits Wednesday
    Rays SS prospect Daniel Robertson clubbed four hits Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He provided a double, three singles and one RBI while guiding the Bulls to a 5-2 win over Toledo. The 22-year-old has looked overmatched at times this season, though he's had a good stretch this month with 12 hits over his last nine outings. Robertson has been a jack of all trades for Durham, seeing time at three different infield positions. Yesterday, 8:52 am
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    4:10 pm vs NYY
  • Report: O's trying hard for Andrew Cashner
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "trying hard" for Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: Baltimore badly needs rotation help -- Ubaldo Jimenez and his 7.38 ERA are starting Thursday against the Twins -- and Cashner is almost certain to be dealt somewhere by the August 1 trade deadline. Rosenthal says the O's are not necessarily the front-runner for the 29-year-old right-hander, with the Rangers, Marlins, and Giants also lurking. Cashner, an impending free agent, owns a 4.76 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 67/30 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings this season. Yesterday, 7:00 am
  • Bryant hits 26th home run of the season Wed.
    Kris Bryant connected for his 26th home run of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went 1-for-3 with two runs scored on the night. The solo home run came off Anthony Ranaudo in the sixth inning to provide the first of eight Cubs runs in the game. He is batting .283/.377/.550 with 81 runs and 66 RBI. Wednesday, 9:34 pm
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    Kris Bryant ChC - 3B,OF
    11:20 am vs Sea
  • Ranaudo loses game in quality start on Wed.
    Anthony Ranaudo allowed three runs on two hits (both were homers) in 6 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He pitched five scoreless innings before faltering in the sixth inning. He gave up four bases-on-balls and struck out three. The only two hits he allowed were home runs to Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Ranaudo launched a solo blast of his own in the fifth inning but that won't help his fantasy owners. He was making his first start since being called up from Triple-A. He made two relief appearances for the Rangers early in the season before the White Sox picked him up. It remains to be seen if he will stay in the White Sox' rotation moving forward. He is not a recommended pick-up in standard fantasy leagues despite tonight's solid outing. Wednesday, 9:30 pm
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    5:10 pm @Min
  • Gillaspie rocks solo homer in loss to Reds
    Conor Gillaspie went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Gillaspie connected for a solo home run off Dan Straily in the third inning. That would stand as the Giants' only run of the contest. It was Gillaspie's fourth dinger of the 2016 campaign. In addition to that quartet of taters, the 29-year-old third baseman is slashing .250/.298/.405 and has driven in 16 runs in 116 at-bats. He holds no fantasy value. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Ziegler yields go-ahead homer to Cabrera
    Brad Ziegler allowed a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers.

    Advice: Ziegler entered a 3-3 game and retired the first two batters he faced -- Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias -- but Cabrera launched a two-out solo bomb to right-center to put the Tigers on top. Ziegler is still the best bet for save opportunities in Boston until Craig Kimbrel (knee) returns from the disabled list. Wednesday, 1:38 pm
  • Trea Turner goes 3-for-4 with three RBI
    Trea Turner finished 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Nationals' 4-1 win over the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Turner opened the game's scoring with a two-run line-drive single in the top of the second inning and then tallied his third RBI on a double in the top of the seventh. He also doubled in the top of the first, but it didn't lead to anything. The young speedster is now batting .319/.360/.511 with six extra-base hits, six RBI, and five steals in 12 games this season. He started in center field for the second straight game Wednesday. Wednesday, 12:34 pm
  • Giants in 'active talks' for Andrew Cashner
    According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Giants "remain in active talks" with the Padres to acquire starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: There was a report that Cashner might be traded before his start Tuesday night in Toronto, and there was also talk of that happening before his outing last Thursday in St. Louis. He pitched pretty well in both of those starts and seems likely to get moved to a contender by the August 1 trade deadline despite his 4.76 overall ERA. There has also been interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Wednesday, 7:52 am
  • Trea Turner starting in CF on Wednesday
    Trea Turner is making his second straight start in center field Wednesday versus the Indians.

    Advice: He will also bat leadoff for the Nationals against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Turner made his first career start in center field on Tuesday night and had some issues, but it's the best spot for him at the moment under the Nats' current roster construction. He should be athletic enough to make it work. Wednesday, 6:27 am
  • Martinez serves up three homers to Athletics
    Nick Martinez allowed five runs, including three home runs, over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Martinez gave up homers to Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien, accounting for four of the five runs allowed and three of the Athletics' six hits against him. It wasn't the outing he was hoping for in his return to the bigs, as the start was his first in nearly a month after being sent to Triple-A on July 9. Martinez holds a 7.18 ERA and 1.97 WHIP as a member of the Rangers this year, and it's hard to imagine they'll give him another start given the results. Tuesday, 9:46 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Andrew Cashner gives up three runs to Jays
    Andrew Cashner pitched six innings and allowed three runs Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a solid outing for Cashner in what was most likely his final start for the Padres. He gave up two homers, but he still managed a quality start on the road against a fine offense. His ERA stands at 4.76. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Garcia takes seventh loss versus Mets
    Jaime Garcia surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Tuesday as the Cardinals dropped the second game of a doubleheader against the Mets.

    Advice: Garcia didn't walk a batter and only gave up five hits, but three of those hits were doubles and the Mets were able to take advantage of some shaky defense on the part of the Cardinals. Garcia now stands 7-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 118 innings (20 starts) this season. He'll get the Marlins on the road next in the finale of a four-game set. Tuesday, 7:43 pm
  • Adam Jones homers, walks twice
    Adam Jones homered and walked twice Tuesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Jones had been struggling out of the leadoff spot this month, hitting .256/.279/.317 with one homer and three walks in 82 at-bats. He's still not a great fit at all up there, but tonight's game will ensure that he keeps the spot a little while longer. Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Padres making progress toward Cashner trade
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Padres are making progress on an Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: Morosi says a deal could be finalized before Cashner's scheduled start Tuesday night in Toronto. There's known to be interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Cashner, 29, holds a 4.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 61/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings this year with San Diego. He can become a free agent in the offseason. Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Rangers recall Nick Martinez for start Tues.
    Rangers recalled RHP Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Martinez will start Tuesday night against the Athletics. He owns a rough 6.45 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances this season at the major league level. Tuesday, 1:10 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Trea Turner starting in CF on Tuesday night
    Trea Turner will start in center field Tuesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Turner saw some time in center field in the minors, but this will be his first start at the position in the majors. He should see more time there with Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) back from the disabled list. Turner is batting leadoff Tuesday while Ben Revere will play left and bat eighth. Jayson Werth is in the DH spot. Tuesday, 12:33 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. Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Nick Martinez to start Tuesday vs. Athletics
    The Rangers will call up Nick Martinez to start Tuesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: It was assumed after Martinez was scratched from his start at Triple-A on Sunday, but it's now official. He'll essentially take Kyle Lohse's spot in the rotation. Martinez has posted an ugly 6.45 ERA over four starts and two relief appearances with the Rangers this season, but he has had better results since being sent down to the minors earlier this month. Still, he's not a recommended fantasy option. Monday, 8:28 pm
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    5:05 pm vs KC
  • 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. Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Ranaudo to start vs. Cubs on Wednesday
    Anthony Ranaudo will start against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ranaudo will start in place of Jacob Turner, who allowed 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings over two starts. Ranaudo posted a 3.03 ERA and 71/12 K/BB ratio over 92 innings in Triple-A this season, but obviously this is a matchup to avoid in fantasy leagues. Monday, 2:34 pm
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    5:10 pm @Min
  • David Robertson allows three solo homers
    David Robertson gave up three solo homers in the top of the ninth inning Sunday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Nick Castellanos, Tyler Collins, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all went deep to tie the game at 4-4. But the White Sox rallied to win it in the bottom of the ninth, which actually gave Robertson his second win of the season. He has allowed seven earned runs in four innings since the All-Star break and now has a 4.58 ERA for the year. If the White Sox can find a team to take on his contract ahead of the August 1 trade deadline, they should probably pull the trigger. Sunday, 3:12 pm
  • Carpenter (oblique) nearing rehab assignment
    Matt Carpenter (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Carpenter resumed some baseball activities on Friday and evidently has responded well. He shouldn't need too many rehab games before being activated, so a return within the next week or so would seem to be a possibility. Carpenter has missed the last two and a half weeks with a right oblique strain. Sunday, 2:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Anthony Ranaudo recalled from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Ranaudo holds a 3.03 ERA and 71/12 K/BB ratio over 92 Triple-A innings this season. He'll be utilized in a relief role for now. Sunday, 9:59 am
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    5:10 pm @Min
  • Salvador Perez not in lineup Sunday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Drew Butera is catching. Sunday, 9:15 am
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Price gives up 11 hits, five runs to Twins
    David Price yielded 11 hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: It was the second straight start Price has allowed 11 hits and the sixth time in his last seven outings that he's given up eight or more hits in a game. Of course, in three of those he also struck out 10 batters, and one was an eight-inning, four-hit gem. Thus is the ballad of David Price -- you take the bad with the good this year. It all adds up to a 4.51 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 145/30 K/BB ratio. Price will look for better days Thursday at the Angels. Saturday, 9:40 pm
  • Orlando collects three more hits vs. Rangers
    Paulo Orlando went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Orlando resides in the lower half of the Royals order, but the 30-year-old just keeps hitting. He's now batting .323/.347/.404 through 70 games. If Orlando ever moves to a more prime spot in the lineup, he could be worth a look outside of AL-only leagues. Saturday, 9:21 pm
  • Hamels gives up unearned run in win over KC
    Cole Hamels allowed only an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings of work in a win over the Royals on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels wasn't as efficient as he was in a dominant win over the Cubs his last time out, giving up five hits and walking three on Saturday, but the result was the same. The southpaw has now won six of his last seven decisions and is 11-2 on the year. Hamels owns a shiny 2.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 120/50 K/BB ratio ahead of Thursday's rematch with these same Royals. Saturday, 9:17 pm
  • Davies holds Cubs to one run in 6 1/3 innings
    Zach Davies tossed 6 1/3 innings of one run baseball, striking out four and limiting the Cubs to three hits and two walks as the Brewers won 6-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: He has a 3.64 ERA with 80 strikeouts and 26 walks in 99 innings. He doesn't throw hard or wow scouts with his stuff, but at 23 years old he is already a league-average starter in the major leagues. He is an under-valued commodity in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 7:35 pm
  • Weaver chased after four innings by Astros
    Jered Weaver lasted just four innings Saturday, giving up six runs on seven hits in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Weaver wasn't terribly effective against most of the lineup, but Evan Gattis especially gave Weaver fits, hitting two homers off the right-hander. The clunker actually came after a few strong outings from the 33-year-old, who fell to 8-8 with the loss. Weaver will carry a 5.32 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into Thursday's contest against the potent Red Sox offense. Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • Cueto goes six strong in a no-decision
    Johnny Cueto allowed just one unearned run over six innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Yankees.

    Advice: San Francisco wound up winning in 12 innings. The one run Cueto surrendered came on a Mark Teixeira single in the bottom of the fourth inning, when a Mac Williamson fielding error allowed Didi Gregorius to score. Cueto struck out nine and walked just one. He stands 13-2 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 128/28 K/BB ratio in 142 1/3 innings this season. Saturday, 5:41 pm
  • Nola lit up for six earned in loss to Pirates
    Aaron Nola was lit up for six earned runs over four innings Saturday in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Nola appeared to be over his recent struggles when he threw six scoreless innings Monday against the Marlins, but he reverted back to his pre-All-Star-break form on Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The right-hander gave up six hits and walked two. He'll carry a 5-9 record and 4.75 ERA into his next start on the road against the Braves. Saturday, 4:47 pm
  • Marlins among many discussing Andrew Cashner
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have been discussing Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: The Orioles are also known to be negotiating with the Padres. The Marlins could become a legitimate title contender in the National League with the addition of a second starter behind Jose Fernandez, and Cashner could fit the bill potentially. Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Orioles in the mix for Andrew Cashner as well
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles are pursuing Andrew Cashner from the Padres but that it isn't related to any potential trade for Melvin Upton.

    Advice: The O's are looking at both Padres in separate deals, not as a package play. The O's are in desperate need of an upgrade in their starting rotation, and the hard-throwing right-hander could be just the guy for the job. Saturday, 6:24 am
  • Tanner Roark gives up five runs in loss
    Tanner Roark struggled in a losing effort against the Padres on Friday, surrendering five runs on four hits over his five innings of work.

    Advice: Roark walked two and struck out four on the night. Most of the damage against him was inflicted by Matt Kemp, who blasted a pair of home runs and plated four. Even with the rough outing, Roark still owns a 3.05 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back in the win column on when he takes on the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday. Friday, 8:02 pm
  • Carpenter (oblique) cleared for activities
    Matt Carpenter (oblique) has been cleared to resume limited baseball activities.

    Advice: He was spotted fielding grounders and throwing to first base on Friday. It's unclear when he'll be allowed to swing a bat. Carpenter is hoping to be back in early August, although it might be closer to the middle of the month. Friday, 2:30 pm
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  • 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. Friday, 1:05 pm
  • Orioles scouted Andrew Cashner on Thursday
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball and FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles scouted Andrew Cashner's start on Thursday.

    Advice: They saw him pitch well, as Cashner struck out eight while holding the Cardinals to one run over 5 2/3 innings. The Orioles were also connected to Cashner back in February before they signed Yovani Gallardo. The Rangers and Blue Jays are also known to have interest in the righty even though he's put up a 4.79 ERA this season. Friday, 11:28 am
  • Cashner fans eight, allows one run vs. Cards
    Andrew Cashner struck out eight while allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Cashner was close to dominant, allowing just three hits without issuing a walk before exiting. Unfortunately for him, his bullpen couldn't hold the lead, denying him of his second straight win. Still, Cashner has now struck out 17 while allowing two runs over his past two starts, upping his trade value just in time for the Padres to try to get something nice for him ahead of the trade deadline. If he's still around, the 29-year-old is slated to take on the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Thursday, 8:25 pm
  • Giants considering trade for Rockies' Logan
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Giants are considering a trade for Rockies lefty Boone Logan.

    Advice: But he's just one of a number of relief targets for San Francisco. Logan, a 31-year-old impending free agent, has held left-handed batters to a .164/.203/.262 batting line in 2016 and he boasts a 2.81 ERA in 38 appearances overall. He'd be a great bullpen rental for any contending team. Thursday, 9:51 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. Thursday, 8:13 am
  • Mitch Moreland goes deep in loss to Angels
    Mitch Moreland blasted his 13th homer on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Rangers to victory over the Angels.

    Advice: Moreland's solo shot in the fourth inning cut the Rangers deficit to 6-3. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4. With the two-hit attack, he's now hitting .235/.300/.433 with 13 long balls and 36 RBI. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Garcia downs Padres to earn seventh win
    Jaime Garcia earned his seventh victory of the season on Wednesday, limiting the Padres to one run on six hits over his 5 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The left-hander walked two and struck out four on the night. He held the Padres scoreless through the first five frames until surrendering a solo home run to Matt Kemp in the sixth. While he has remained healthy this season, he hasn't been quite as good as we have become accustomed to, registering a 3.98 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 93/40 K/BB ratio across 113 innings. He'll take on the Mets his next time out on Tuesday in New York. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Ziegler likely to see saves with Uehara down
    Brad Ziegler is likely to see regular save chances with Koji Uehara (pectoral) landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Ziegler has made three scoreless appearances since joining the Red Sox, all in non-save situations. He has a 2.61 ERA in 41 1/3 innings for the year. Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Uehara are both out through at least mid-August, so Ziegler could suddenly have tremendous fantasy value. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Boone Logan expected to draw heavy interest
    According to Jon Morosi of, Rockies left-hander Boone Logan "will be among the most talked about bullpen arms across the industry in the coming days."

    Advice: Morosi suggests the Giants, Cubs, and Nationals as possible suitors. Logan, an impending free agent, has held left-handed hitters to a .465 OPS in 2016. He boasts a 2.84 ERA in 37 total appearances. Wednesday, 8:03 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Turner swats two-run triple against Dodgers
    Trea Turner hit a two-run triple in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Playing second base and batting leadoff, Turner hit the triple and later scored as part of the Nationals' three-run eighth inning. The triple was the first of his major league career after he hit 17 in 268 minor league games. The runs batted in were also his first of the season in six games played. The speedy 23-year-old is hitting .318/.348/.455 in those six games. Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Rivera drives in winning run to down Cubs
    Rene Rivera had three hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning, as the Mets edged the Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rivera, getting a spot start behind the dish, had three of the Mets' eight hits on the evening, and his single in the ninth inning against Cubs closer Hector Rondon plated Neil Walker to give the Mets a decisive lead. A backup to Travis d'Arnaud, Rivera is hitting .217/.290/.337 overall. Tuesday's heroics are a nice feather in the cap for the 32-year-old. Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • David Robertson gives up four runs in loss
    David Robertson gave up four runs in the ninth to take his third blown save Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Though they did fine inventing cheap closers for several years, the White Sox decided to ante up $46 million for Robertson prior to last year. He's featured strong peripherals since, but he's blown 10 saves in 67 opportunities, essentially making him an average closer. The White Sox should have directed their efforts elsewhere. Monday, 10:26 pm
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