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  • Chris Young returns to Mets' lineup
    Chris Young is back in the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Young missed Tuesday's contest after exiting Monday with a left calf cramp. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .202/.288/.352 over 75 games for the Mets this season.
    Today, 10:42 am
  • Veteran OF Jeff Francoeur called up by Padres
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Francoeur has batted .294 with 15 homers and a .790 OPS at El Paso this season and has also done some pitching, posting a 4.26 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 relief innings. It would be fun to see him get some work on the mound with San Diego, but most -- if not all -- of Frenchy's playing time figures to come as an outfielder. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. The Padres have yet to announce a corresponding move.
    Today, 10:21 am
  • Twins 'open to trading' Kendrys Morales
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are "open to trading" Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Well, of course they are. Morales is under contract only for this season and the Twins are well out of the playoff picture, so it makes all the sense in the world to get something for Morales now if they can. While the designated hitter is sporting a lowly .599 OPS, he's picked it up of late with a 12-game hitting streak. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals were among the teams pursuing Morales before the Twins signed him, but it's not which if any of those clubs could still have interest in the 31-year-old.
    Today, 10:18 am
  • Zach McAllister to start on Saturday
    The Indians are expected to recall Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus to start on Saturday versus the Royals.

    Advice: McAllister was sent down before the All-Star break before returning last weekend to start during a doubleheader. He pitched well in that outing and has been great at Columbus of late but will have to keep it up in order to keep a rotation spot over Danny Salazar once Justin Masterson (knee) returns. Salazar will start on Sunday.
    Today, 8:59 am
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  • Padres to call up Jeff Francoeur's Peter Gammons reports that the Padres are expected to promote Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Frenchy has batted .294 with 15 homers and a .790 OPS at El Paso this season and has also done some pitching, posting a 4.26 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 relief innings. He figures to be used mostly -- if not exclusively -- as an outfielder with the Padres. It's a nice story, but Francoeur doesn't have any fantasy value.
    Today, 8:56 am
  • Marlins still interested in RP Jim Johnson
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins "remain interested" in Jim Johnson.

    Advice: The Marlins nearly completed a deal for Johnson last month before opting for Bryan Morris instead. However, it appears they haven't given up on acquiring the struggling former closer, with Spencer saying the club has discussed sending pitching prospect Adam Conley to Oakland for the reliever. Johnson holds a 6.25 ERA with 23 walks in 40 innings this season and is making $10 million. The A's will have to pick up the bulk of the remainder of his contract in any trade.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Cubs have discussed moving Kris Bryant to RF
    CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have had internal discussions about moving third base prospect Kris Bryant to right field.

    Advice: Bryant is, at best, an adequate defensive third baseman, but the Cubs are content to leave him there for now. However, a position switch to right field could eventually come. "He can do it," general manager Jed Hoyer said of moving Bryant to the outfield. "He played center in college, and he's played right. He feels good out there. The biggest focus for him right now is he's working on his defense. He is almost 6-6, and with that the fundamentals of playing third base are more challenging. In the future, I would never say never that we wouldn't put him out there. But right now, our focus is third."
    Today, 7:01 am
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    5:05 pm vs SD
  • Matt Lindstrom nearing rehab assignment
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Matt Lindstrom (foot) might begin a rehab assignment the first week of August.

    Advice: The Pale Hose had been hoping to get Lindstrom back in their bullpen in early August, but it sounds like it will be a little later than that. Lindstrom has made a quicker-than-expected return from May ankle surgery and could eventually recapture the White Sox' closer job.
    Today, 6:27 am
    Disabled List
  • Altuve singles three times in victory vs A's
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-6 with three singles in Tuesday's extra-innings victory over the A's.

    Advice: These days, it feels strange if Jose Altuve doesn't have a multi-hit game. The diminutive second-baseman is slashing .338/.374/.444 atop Houston's lineup. He also has 41 steals, though he was caught stealing in this game for just the fourth time on the year.
    Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • Santiago tosses five shutout innings vs BAL
    Hector Santiago did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's game against the Orioles, throwing five scoreless innings and allowing two hits and three walks.

    Advice: While Santiago was able to keep the Orioles off the board, he had already thrown 99 pitches by the time the fifth inning was finished. The Angels have used him both out of the bullpen and in the rotation (thirteen starts in seventeen appearances). Despite the occasional struggle, he has a 4.02 ERA and has been a useful piece for the Halos. He'll take on the Tigers next time out.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Machado gets anti-inflammatory injection
    Manny Machado (back) received an anti-inflammatory injection after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Machado was a late scratch Tuesday after his lower back tightened up on him. He's never had back issues before and will be re-evaluated Wednesday to see how much progress he's made. Consider the third baseman day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Lincecum earns 1st career save in 14th inning
    Tim Lincecum notched the first save of his eight-year career, coming into Tuesday's game in the 14th inning and getting the final two outs for a Giants win.

    Advice: George Kontos started off the inning, but got into trouble when Ryan Howard singled to lead off the frame and Wil Nieves doubled with one out to put runners at second and third. Lincecum allowed Howard to score on a ground out, then walked Cameron Rupp, but was able to get Domonic Brown to ground out to first to end the game. As a starter, Lincecum had made strides lately, and now sports a 3.65 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 108/47 K/BB ratio. Lincecum started on Sunday but should be able to make his next scheduled start on Friday against the Dodgers at home.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Arenado hits first homer since finger injury
    Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run, his first homer since breaking his left middle finger on May 23, in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Since his return to the lineup on July 3, Arenado had gone 14 games without a homer before Tuesday's blast in the third inning. The homer, his seventh overall, was his only hit in four at-bats. The finger injury derailed what appeared to be the makings of a breakout offensive year for the 23-year-old, but Arenado is still hitting .282/.305/.456 with plenty of time to add to those numbers over the next two months.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Crawford helps Giants win in 14 with 3-run 2B
    Brandon Crawford cleared the bases with a double to break a 3-3 tie in the 14th inning as the Giants defeated the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford took advantage of a struggling Jeff Manship, lacing a two-out double to left-center to give the Giants an 8-5 lead. They would tack on one more run just for good measure. Crawford had previously knocked in a run with a ground out and finished 2-for-6 on the night. The shortstop is slashing .239/.323/.413 with eight home runs and 44 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Rendon has three hits, scores twice vs. Rox
    Anthony Rendon finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Rendon's three-hit effort broke a 1-for-19 slump he'd endured to start the second half. His two runs scored gives him 71 runs on the season, second-most in the National League. The 24-year-old is batting .279/.333/.473 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI with just over two months to play.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Soria blows save as Rangers fall in 14 frames
    Joakim Soria blew his second save of the season, forking over a run in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Rangers went on to lose in 14.

    Advice: The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead on J.P. Arencibia's 13th-inning solo home run, but Soria immediately got into trouble, allowing a lead-off double to Brett Gardner in the bottom half. Jacoby Ellsbury later knocked Gardner in with a single. Soria is now 17-for-19 in save chances with a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 42/4 K/BB ratio.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Manny Machado scratched with back tightness
    Manny Machado was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with lower back tightness.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day, but the Orioles don't want to take any chances with their stud young third baseman. Machado was replaced at third base by Ryan Flaherty.
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Young leaves game with calf cramp
    Chris Young left Monday's game against the Mariners in the eighth inning due to a left calf cramp.

    Advice: Young suffered the injury running to first base in the top of the eighth inning. The hope is that it's not a big deal, but the Mets should know more Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 5:38 am
  • Athletics still eager to trade Jim Johnson
    According to John Hickey of the Oakland Tribune, the Athletics remain eager to find a new home for former closer Jim Johnson.

    Advice: The catch is that the A's don't want to have to eat any of Johnson's $10 million contract. With a 6.25 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 28/23 K/BB ratio through his 40 1/3 innings on the season, it's unlikely that any interested parties are going to come calling to acquire the veteran right-hander's services.
    Sunday, 6:49 pm
  • Altuve homers as Astros outslug White Sox
    Jose Altuve blasted a two-run home run, one of his two hits in five at-bats, as the Astros emerged victorious in a high-scoring affair against the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: It's Altuve's first home run since May 22. Power isn't exactly his forte, so it's essentially a cherry on top of what has been a breakout season for the second baseman. He's slashing .336/.373/.443 with three home runs, 31 RBI, and 41 stolen bases.
    Sunday, 3:02 pm
  • Matt Lindstrom to face hitters soon
    Matt Lindstrom (ankle) will throw live batting practice later this week.

    Advice: Lindstrom threw another 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday and is scheduled for another side session Tuesday before then being cleared to face hitters. The reliever has made a quicker-than-expected return from May ankle surgery and is aiming to rejoin the White Sox' bullpen in early August. Lindstrom seems likely to eventually rejoin the closer gig, so stash him now if someone dropped him.
    Sunday, 9:52 am
    Disabled List
  • Zach McAllister was called up from the minors on Saturday July 19.
    Sunday, 1:23 am
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  • Indians option Zach McAllister back to AAA
    Indians optioned RHP Zach McAllister to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: McAllister led the Tribe to victory in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader with the Tigers, yielding just one run over 5 1/3 innings. He'll rejoin the Indians' rotation next week.
    Saturday, 8:26 pm
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  • Angels edge Mariners 3-2 in 16 innings
    Hector Santiago finished up with 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win as the Angels beat the Mariners 3-2 in 16 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Several teams still have expanded bullpens right now after the All-Star break, and the Angels needed theirs tonight. Eight relievers combined on 10 scoreless innings after Jered Weaver allowed two runs over six frames, and the Angels finally broke through when pinch-hitter Efren Navarro singled in Mike Trout in the 16th. It was just Santiago's second straight win after seven consecutive losses to begin the season.
    Saturday, 12:29 am
  • Manny Machado goes 2-for-4, homers
    Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the A's.

    Advice: It's nice to see the All-Star break didn't half Machado's homer binge; he now has six in 13 games after hitting a total of four in his first 50.
    Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Bryant launches 32nd home run
    Cubs prospect 3B Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with a solo home run on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: He also picked up a double and scored two runs in the game. The home run was Bryant's 32nd of the season and helped him reclaim the minor league-lead from Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo (31 HR). The 22-year-old continues to have a phenomenal year in his first full professional season, as he's batted .350/.446/.712 with 32 home runs, 27 doubles, 82 RBI and a 108-55 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 93 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
    Friday, 11:52 am
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    5:05 pm vs SD
  • Tigers in 'ongoing discussions' for Soria
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are having "ongoing discussions" with the Rangers regarding Joakim Soria.

    Advice: The Angels and Blue Jays have also been connected to Soria. The Tigers are committed to keeping Joe Nathan in the closer role, so Soria would be used as a setup man if acquired. They're also looking at former Tiger and current Padre Joaquin Benoit. The veteran reliever boasts a 2.67 ERA and 40/4 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings this season for the Rangers.
    Friday, 7:22 am