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  • 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. 29 minutes ago
  • May (back) re-evaluated after this weekend
    Trevor May (back) will pitch on Saturday and Sunday for Triple-A Rochester before being re-evaluated.

    Advice: It presumably will be the last hurdle for him to clear before he's activated. May has missed the last three weeks of action due to back spasms. 50 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am @CWS
  • Chad Green to make spot start Sunday
    Chad Green will be recalled to start on Sunday versus the Padres.

    Advice: He's making a spot start, as the Yankees wanted to push CC Sabathia back a day to give him a little extra rest. Green has put up a 7.20 ERA in his brief time with the big club this season but boasts a 1.54 ERA with a strikeout per inning at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Deep leaguers might consider him as a streaming option in a juicy matchup. Today, 8:08 am
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    10:05 am vs Tex
  • 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
    10:05 am vs x Tex
  • 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
  • Rangers showing interest in Rays' Matt Moore
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Matt Moore.

    Advice: Topkin says that the Rangers are "already hot on Moore's trail and 3-4 others are expected to join the pursuit." Moore has rebounded after a seven-start stretch where he put up a 7.71 ERA, posting a 2.36 ERA over his last four outings while striking out a batter per inning. The lefty is a wild card given his inconsistent results since returning from Tommy John surgery, but he makes sense as a potential lightning-in-a-bottle type acquisition given his upside. The Rays have three club options on Moore starting in 2017. Today, 7:27 am
  • Joel de la Cruz to get another start
    Joel de la Cruz is expected to make another start for the Braves on Monday in Philadelphia.

    Advice: De la Cruz had a solid major league debut on Wednesday, holding the Indians to three runs over six innings. The Braves are dealing with a handful of injuries to their rotation, so the 27-year-old will get a shot to stick around for a while. He's not recommended in fantasy leagues. Today, 5:54 am
  • Jameson Taillon defeats Mariners
    Jameson Taillon defeated the Mariners by allowing one run in six innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Taillon struck out six and walked none in his second big-league victory. He's issued a total of six walks in five starts for the Pirates, so control isn't any kind of issue. He's not getting as many swings and misses on his fastball as one would like to see from someone who throws in the mid-90s, but he's been pretty impressive anyway, particularly for someone who has missed so much time as a professional. Next up for him is a showdown in St. Louis. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Nate Karns dominates in relief
    In his first appearance after being moved to the pen, Nate Karns struck out six in two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Karns still looked like one of the Mariners' five-best starters even with his modestly disappointing start this year, but tonight showed why the move to the pen could work out anyway. The team could finish the year with Karns and Edwin Diaz as its two best relievers. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Sean Rodriguez knocks in four runs
    Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Rodriguez entered the night with a .675 OPS and no homers in 65 at-bats in June, so he had cooled considerably after his fantastic start. Still, he's been a terrific asset for the Pirates with his production and versatility this year. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
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    Sean Rodríguez Pit - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Alcides Escobar delivers from leadoff spot
    Alcides Escobar delivered a go-ahead double in the top of the 12th to help the Royals beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Whit Merrifield getting the night off (at least to start), Escobar made his first start in the leadoff spot in three weeks. This will probably keep him there through 2018. Not only did he have the 12th-inning double, but his sac fly opened the scoring in the top of the eighth and he also had a single earlier in the contest. The double pushed his OPS back up to .600 for the first time since June 1. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Jonathan Broxton gives up run to Royals
    Working the eighth in a scoreless game, Jonathan Broxton gave up a run on two hits and a walk Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Broxton is technically in the Cardinals' closer mix now that Trevor Rosenthal is out of the picture, but it's hard to imagine that Mike Matheny sees him a better option than Kevin Siegrist or Seung-Hwan Oh in close games. Even the struggling Rosenthal seems more trustworthy. Rosenthal did pitch a scoreless 11th inning in this one. Oh, who also worked in a tie game, gave up an unearned run in his inning. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Sean Manaea goes six scoreless for win
    Sean Manaea blanked the Giants for 5 2/3 innings in a victory Wednesday.

    Advice: Manaea gave up three of his six hits in the fourth, but they were all singles and none plated a run. It's the first time in 10 major league starts that he's gone without allowing a run, and it comes in his return from a pronator strain that put him on the DL for two weeks. He'll get the Twins next time out. That's a pretty good matchup, but Manaea remains too risky to play in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 10:04 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
  • De La Cruz nets quality start in MLB debut
    Joel De La Cruz registered a quality start but lost to the Indians on Saturday, surrendering three runs on seven hits in his six innings of work.

    Advice: He fanned one batter and walked another. He was making his major league debut after being called up for a spot start earlier in the day. De La Cruz is 27 years old and has posted mediocre numbers at Triple-A as a part time starter / part time reliever. He has little chance of ever being a useful pitcher in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • A's activate Sean Manaea from 15-day DL
    Athletics activated LHP Sean Manaea from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Manaea was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left pronator strain in mid-June, but no structural damage was found in the subsequent MRI. He ended up missing the minimum 15 days while on the DL. In nine starts prior to the injury, the 24-year-old southpaw held a tough 6.02 ERA. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Braves call up RHP De La Cruz
    Braves recalled RHP Jose De La Cruz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Cruz will make his major league debut in a spot start against the red-hot Indians on Wednesday. The 27-year-old posted owns a 4.68 ERA over five starts and 16 relief appearances this year in Triple-A and can be avoided for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Moore blanks BoSox over seven innings in win
    Matt Moore fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was an impressive start against a good lineup. Moore allowed just three hits, all of them singles in the sixth inning. But he managed to wiggle out of the jam and keep the Red Sox off the board. The southpaw walked a pair and struck out six in the victory and now sits at 4-5 with a 4.67 ERA on the year. He’ll try to keep the momentum going in a start against the Angels next week. Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Joel de la Cruz to start for Braves Wednesday
    Joel de la Cruz will make his major league debut against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll start in place of the injured Aaron Blair. The 27-year-old hurler owns a troublesome 4.68 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 44/24 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings at Triple-A. He isn't worth using in any fantasy formats, and should be stacked heavily against in daily leagues. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Mariners moving Nate Karns to the bullpen
    Mariners manager Scott Servais announced Tuesday that Nate Karns has been moved to the bullpen.

    Advice: Karns has struggled in the M's rotation this season, compiling a 4.56 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 84/38 K/BB ratio across 81 innings. He has terrific stuff, but has gotten into trouble due to an extremely high walk rate (4.2 BB/9) this season. It'll be interesting to see if its a temporary move until he rights the ship, or if the M's believe his future is as a late-inning reliever. Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • Karns fortunate to get a win over the Cards
    Nate Karns surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings, leading the Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not pitch very well but snared a win anyway. The big blow was a 5th-inning, three-run home run by Aledmys Diaz that ruined what had been a very effective outing up to that point. The poor game boosts Karns' ERA up to 4.56 on the season. He strikes out a lot of batters (9.33 K/9) but spoils that by walking too many (4.22 BB/9). He will face the Orioles in his next start on Friday in Seattle. Saturday, 11:21 pm
  • de la Cruz could take Blair's rotation spot
    Joel de la Cruz is a candidate to start Wednesday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: That would have been Aaron Blair's turn to pitch but the Braves optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. De la Cruz was called up last month but the Braves sent him down before he got a chance to pitch in a game. The 27-year-old holds a 4.68 ERA over 21 appearances (five starts) for Gwinnett this season. Saturday, 9:01 pm
  • Sean Manaea (elbow) to return Wednesday
    Sean Manaea (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Manaea suffered a left pronator strain earlier this month but only missed a few starts. The left-hander allowed two hits, two runs and a pair of walks in 3 2/3 innings Friday in a rehab outing for High-A Stockton. He's had a tough time adjusting to the big leagues with just two wins and a 6.02 ERA through his first nine starts. Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • 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
  • Escobar hits first home run of season
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season on Friday night.

    Advice: Escobar has been a lost cause at the plate this year, batting .252/.276/.311 with 25 runs and 19 RBI. His one strength is his 10 stolen bases. He has averaged four home runs per year in his career, so tonight's bomb was a rarity. Friday, 10:19 pm
  • Taillon gives up four runs vs. Dodgers
    Jameson Taillon had a rough night Friday against the Dodgers, allowing four runs over four-plus innings of work.

    Advice: Taillon was pulled after allowing the first three batters to reach in the fifth inning. All told, the young right-hander allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out two batters. He also was charged with a run-scoring balk. The 24-year-old has failed to complete five innings in each of his last two starts and now owns a 4.50 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings over his first four starts in the majors. He’ll look for improvement next week against the Mariners. Friday, 7:43 pm
  • Moore allows five runs to take fifth loss
    Matt Moore was touched up for five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked only one in addition to the seven hits he surrendered. Moore was sailing along until the fifth inning when J.J. Hardy drove in Chris Davis with a single. Davis then cleared the bases with a three-run single in the sixth. Moore pitched well earlier in the year but has struggled of late. His ERA climbed to 5.04 and his record fell to 3-5. Friday, 7:33 pm
  • May (back) to begin rehab stint Sunday
    Trevor May (back) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: May is scheduled to throw an inning on Sunday. The Twins might want to see him pitch on back-to-back days before activating him. The 26-year-old has been sidelined for about two weeks with back spasms. Friday, 3:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am @CWS
  • Trevor May (back) to throw off mound
    Trevor May (back) will throw a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: If it goes well, he'll be sent to Triple-A Rochester to begin a rehab assignment. May, who has been out the last two weeks with back spasms, has posted a 6.08 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 40/10 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings this season. Friday, 5:49 am
    15-Day DL
    11:10 am @CWS
  • Chad Green impresses in seven-inning gem
    Yankees RHP prospect Chad Green delivered nine strikeouts over seven shutout frames Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: He scattered two hits and one walk. Green retired the final 13 hitters he faced while lowering his season ERA to 1.67, second-lowest in the International League. He also holds the IL's third-lowest WHIP at 1.00. Green started a game for the Yankees in May and made a relief appearance for the Bombers earlier this month. Until a full-time job opens up at the major league level, the 25-year-old will continue to jump back and forth between the Bronx and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Thursday, 10:28 am
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    10:05 am vs Tex
  • 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
    10:05 am vs x Tex
  • Sean Manaea (arm) set for Friday rehab start
    Sean Manaea (arm) is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday with High-A Stockton.

    Advice: Manaea has been on the disabled list since June 14 because of a left pronator (elbow) strain. The lefty had a 6.02 ERA in nine starts before the injury and could be asked to make more than one start on the farm. Tuesday, 4:01 pm
  • Karns allows five runs over five vs. Tigers
    Nate Karns allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings against the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Karns struck out six while walking three, and he served up a two-run home run to Miguel Cabrera among his seven hits allowed. He's given up just seven home runs in 14 starts this year, a step forward after allowing 19 dingers last season. The right-hander is still winless in the month of June and is 5-1 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP overall. He'll square off with the Cardinals in an interleague tilt Saturday. Monday, 8:51 pm
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