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  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup on Friday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Posey will get a breather in a tough matchup against right-hander Max Scherzer. Trevor Brown will work behind the plate for the Giants and bat eighth for the Giants on Friday. 52 minutes ago
    7:15 pm vs x Was
  • Travis Shaw not in Red Sox lineup Friday
    Travis Shaw is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Friday night's tilt against Tim Lincecum and the Angels.

    Advice: Just a routine day of rest for Shaw. It'll be Aaron Hill, who has a strong history against Lincecum, batting seventh and starting at the hot corner for the Red Sox. 57 minutes ago
    7:05 pm x @LAA
  • Trea Turner not in Nationals lineup Friday
    Trea Turner is not in the Nationals starting lineup against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: The young speedster has brought a spark to the Nationals lineup with his speed, but he'll sit this one out in favor of Wilmer Difo who was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the week. Expect to see Turner back in there on Saturday. Today, 3:35 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe (rib) ready for rehab games
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Monday.

    Advice: Plouffe took batting practice with no issues Friday, clearing the way for his return to game action. He figures to be ready for activation by the end of next week if all goes well. Today, 2:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • Peralta (thumb) hopes to be activated Tuesday
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, the first day he's eligible.

    Advice: Peralta is not expected to go out on a rehab assignment, as he'll just rehab his thumb with some baseball activities over the weekend. The veteran infielder has been out of action with soreness in his surgically-repaired left thumb. Today, 2:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 3-0 x @Mia
  • Mariners have inquired on Cozart, Bruce
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Mariners have inquired on Zack Cozart.

    Advice: Ketel Marte (mono) is due back in about a week and is unlikely to be going anywhere, so Cozart seems like an odd fit. Stark says that the Mariners have looked into acquiring Jay Bruce, as well. Cozart is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty not in Friday's lineup
    Stephen Piscotty is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Piscotty is in the midst of an 0-for-12 stretch with eight strikeouts, so he'll get a breather. Jeremy Hazelbaker is in right field.Daily Slant: With Piscotty on the bench, the strikeout prone Jeremy Hazelbaker will slide into the six spot in the order. Hazelbaker is available at or near minimum price across the industry, and this particular match-up seems to play to his favor. His biggest weakness is strikeouts (27.9% vs. RHP), but Marlins starter Jose Urena owns just a 2.55 K/9 rate against LH bats over his short career. Hazelbaker is also capable of swiping bases which only further elevates his upside. He's sporting a ,333 wOBA and .222 ISO against RHP this season. Today, 12:41 pm
  • Nick Franklin recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled INF/OF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Franklin has batted .313 (15-for-48) with one home run, four doubles and 13 RBI over 19 games with the Rays this season. He'll provide infield and outfield depth. Today, 12:32 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
  • Logan Morrison (forearm) placed on DL
    Rays placed 1B Logan Morrison on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 28, with a right forearm strain.

    Advice: LoMo returned from the injury a couple days ago after missing a week of action, but apparently he still wasn't feeling 100 percent. It's unclear how much time he might miss. Steve Pearce will handle first base, at least until he's traded. Today, 12:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
  • Tyler White recalled from Triple-A
    Astros recalled INF Tyler White from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: White flamed out after a hot start with the Astros but will get another chance after batting .288/.352/.583 with 11 homers in 34 games for Fresno. He doesn't figure to be in line for a ton of playing time, however. Today, 12:07 pm
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) placed on DL
    Astros placed INF Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 27, with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: The Astros had said that Valbuena might be ready to play at some point over the weekend, but they've decided to play it safe and hold him out for at least a couple weeks. Alex Bregman will handle third base. Today, 12:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 2-2 x @Det
  • Mets have made offer for Jonathan Lucroy
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers asked teams interested in Jonathan Lucroy on Thursday "to make offers that met minimum standard."

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Mets are among the clubs that have made an offer. It's been previously reported that they offered Travis d'Arnaud for Lucroy straight up and were turned down, but it's unclear how their offer might have changed. Rosenthal notes that the Brewers are evaluating multiple offers for Lucroy. The Indians are another club known to be in the mix. Today, 10:56 am
  • Ketel Marte (mono) progressing well
    Ketel Marte (mononucleosis) has resumed throwing and hitting in a batting cage.

    Advice: Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday that Marte has progressed ahead of schedule in his recovery from mono. He's eligible to return from the disabled list on August 4, although it doesn't seem to be a given that he'll be activated then. Today, 9:54 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 x @ChC
  • Steve Pearce expected to be traded
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Steve Pearce "will be dealt."

    Advice: As a versatile impending free agent who's hitting .312/.384/.528, it's no surprise that Pearce is expected to be on the move. The Indians are known to have interest in Pearce, although there figure to be other clubs involved. The Giants had been in the mix but are now likely out after acquiring Eduardo Nunez. Today, 9:37 am
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs ^ NYY
  • Eight teams on Lucroy's no-trade list
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Indians, Tigers, Angels, Twins, Athletics, Padres, Mariners and Nationals are on Jonathan Lucroy's no-trade list.

    Advice: The Indians are the most significant club on the list, as they are one of the teams in on Lucroy. The Tigers also briefly pursued Lucroy but are now out of the mix. Ultimately, it shouldn't be an obstacle to any trade, especially with Lucroy previously saying publicly that he wants to play for a contender. Today, 9:14 am
  • Jhonny Peralta (thumb) making progress
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) will join the Cardinals in Miami as soon as Friday to resume on-field baseball activities.

    Advice: Peralta would prefer to avoid a rehab assignment as he works his way back from soreness in his surgically-repaired left thumb. He's eligible for activation early next week, although it's unclear whether he might possibly be ready by that time. Today, 8:36 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 3-0 x @Mia
  • Tigers no longer in on Jonathan Lucroy
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Tigers are "not involved" in talks for Jonathan Lucroy.

    Advice: The Tigers poked around, but they probably didn't have the necessary pieces to get Lucroy and have sense moved on. The Indians, Mets and Rangers look like the most likely landing spots for the catcher. Today, 8:08 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mets and Brewers still discussing Lucroy
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Brewers are still having trade discussions with the Mets about Jonathan Lucroy.

    Advice: The Mets previously offered Travis d'Arnaud for Lucroy straight up but the Brewers understandably balked at that proposal. Perhaps the Mets have upped their offer. In addition to the Mets, Lucroy has drawn interest from the Astros, Indians, Red Sox and Rangers. Though talks between the Mets and Brewers remain ongoing, Rosenthal said a deal for Lucroy is not imminent. Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Tyler White to rejoin Astros on Friday
    Tyler White will join the Astros in Detroit on Friday, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: Doug Fister will be placed on paternity leave in a corresponding move. White got off to a sensational start this season in Houston but quickly regressed. He's probably not worth trying again in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 11:26 am
  • Lucroy getting scheduled day off on Thursday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Jonathan Lucroy is getting a scheduled day of rest Thursday.

    Advice: The trade buzz began swirling when Milwaukee's lineup card for Thursday afternoon's game against the Diamondbacks showed Martin Maldonado at catcher instead of Lucroy, but there's nothing to see here. Yet. Lucroy is reportedly drawing interest from the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets, and Red Sox, and will almost certainly be dealt before the August 1 deadline. Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Lucroy not in Brewers' lineup; trade coming?
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Rev up those trade rumor engines. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday night that talks involving Jonathan Lucroy had begun to intensify, and it sounds like he could be dealt at some point Thursday. There is believed to be interest from the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets, and Red Sox. Martin Maldonado will start at catcher for Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon versus Arizona. Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Valbuena (hamstring) unlikely to play Friday
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is not likely for Friday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: This echoes what Hinch was saying prior to Wednesday's game with the Yankees. The Astros have a scheduled day off on Thursday. Valbuena actually might have been sat on Friday even if he was healthy, as the Tigers will be tossing out left-hander Matt Boyd and Valbuena is slugging just .400 against southpaws (as compared to .479 vs right-handed pitchers). Hinch has not ruled out playing Valbuena in one or both of the final two games of the weekend series. Wednesday, 8:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 2-2 x @Det
  • Indians possibly eyeing Steve Pearce
    The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that the Indians are "among several teams" who have asked about Steve Pearce.

    Advice: The Indians have been tied to several players in trade rumors. In addition to Pearce, they have reportedly been looking into Eduardo Nunez, Will Smith and Jonathan Lucroy. Pearce, 33, is slashing .313/.386/.530 with 10 homers and 29 RBI over 198 at-bats. He has notched double-digit home runs in three consecutive seasons. Wednesday, 6:12 pm
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs ^ NYY
  • Valbuena (hamstring) to be eased along by HOU
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena's hamstring injury is "something that's going to take a couple days [to recover from]."

    Advice: Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain while running down the first base line in the second inning of Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. The Astros have an off day on Thursday. Beyond that, Hinch said that because the Tigers will start southpaw Matt Boyd on Friday, the Astros might sit him until Saturday. Valbunea shouldn't be considered in the clear quite yet, but with the way the team is talking, he might just be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Hamstrings, of course, are notoriously balky. Wednesday, 5:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 2-2 x @Det
  • Plouffe (ribs) live BP moved up to Friday
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) will participate in live batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Plouffe has had no setbacks in his recovery from a fractured rib and the Twins are encouraged enough in his progress that they will push up his scheduled batting practice to Friday. Assuming that goes smoothly, he should be able to begin a rehab assignment in short order. In 58 games prior to the injury, Plouffe was hitting .252/.283/.399 with seven homers and 27 RBI. Wednesday, 3:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • Lucroy trade talks are picking up steam
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that trade talks involving Jonathan Lucroy are "intensifying."

    Advice: Crasnick writes that "[m]omentum [is] building toward a trade by the deadline." He counts the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets and Red Sox as interested parties, but also notes that there is a "mystery team" in the mix. Worldwide Leader colleague Buster Olney reported on July 20 that the Indians were in talks with the Brewers regarding a potential Lucroy trade, but nothing came of it at the time. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 1:13 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
  • LoMo (wrist) back in Rays lineup Wednesday
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is back in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It'll be his first start for Tampa Bay since last Monday. Morrison was batting .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games before coming down with wrist and forearm tendinitis in mid-July. Wednesday, 9:44 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
  • 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
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) grounded out Tues.
    Logan Morrison (wrist) grounded out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It was his first plate appearance in eight days. LoMo has been battling tendinitis in his wrist and forearm but could very well return to the starting lineup Wednesday. He's slashing .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games this season for Tampa Bay. Wednesday, 4:38 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
  • Valbuena leaves game due to hamstring strain
    Luis Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Valbuena pulled up lame while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. Houston is calling him day-to-day, but a 15-day disabled list stint seems possible. That would open more playing time at third base for top prospect Alex Bregman, who served as the Astros' designated hitter on Tuesday after starting at the hot corner in his MLB debut on Monday. Tuesday, 6:27 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 2-2 x @Det
  • Valbuena exits game with apparent leg injury
    Luis Valbuena left Tuesday's game against the Yankees with a right leg injury.

    Advice: Valbuena fell while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. He looked to be in a good amount of pain as he limped to the home dugout at Minute Maid Park. Valbuena was starting at third base in this one, with top prospect Alex Bregman serving as the Astros' DH. Marwin Gonzalez moved to the hot corner and Jason Castro took over at first base. Tuesday, 5:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 2-2 x @Det
  • LoMo (wrist) expected to return Wednesday
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said he expects Logan Morrison (wrist) to return Wednesday.

    Advice: LoMo had been aiming to return Tuesday, but the decision was made to give his ailing forearm and wrist a little bit more rest. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for the Rays on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
  • LoMo (wrist) remains out Tuesday vs. LAD
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is out of the Rays' lineup again on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Morrison has been out a full week because of tendinitis in his wrist and forearm. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Tuesday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
  • Trevor Plouffe (rib) nearing rehab assignment
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: But manager Paul Molitor cautioned that the middle of next week is more likely. Plouffe has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a fractured rib. He was batting just .252/.283/.399 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 58 games before the injury. Tuesday, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • 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
  • Luis Valbuena reaches four times
    Luis Valbuena went 3-for-3 with a walk Monday in the loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Valbuena reached base safely four times in four plate appearances. The rest of the Astros did so four times in 31 plate appearances in the 2-1 loss. That's why Valbuena won't be losing his starting job to Alex Bergman or Yuleski Gurriel this month. He'll sit against a lot of lefties, but he'll be in there at first base or DH against righties. Monday, 8:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 1, 2-2 x @Det
  • LoMo (wrist) expected to return Tuesday
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is expected to return to the Rays' starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morrison hasn't appeared in a game in a week due to wrist and forearm tendinitis. He was given a cortisone injection Thursday and it is apparently improving the situation. LoMo wanted to play Sunday versus the A's but manager Kevin Cash decided to use Monday's scheduled team off day to get the 28-year-old a bit more rest. Monday, 3:10 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
  • Piscotty plates two in loss to Dodgers Sunday
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cardinals fell to the Dodgers on Sunday night.

    Advice: Piscotty's two-run double off Adam Liberatore in the seventh inning pulled the Cardinals to within three runs at 9-6, but that would be as close as they would get. With the two-hit attack, Piscotty is now slashing an impressive .295/.366/.490 with 14 homers and 58 RBI on the season. Sunday, 9:01 pm
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) remains out of lineup
    Logan Morrison (wrist) remained out of the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Morrison hasn't played in a week due to a wrist issue. Rays manager Kevin Cash said recently that the injury was getting worse, although the club obviously hasn't placed LoMo on the disabled list yet. Steve Pearce is at first base Sunday. Sunday, 10:42 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
  • Zack Cozart getting a breather Sunday
    Zack Cozart is absent from the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Jose Peraza is filling in for Cozart at shortstop. Eugenio Suarez is also receiving a breather, as Ivan DeJesus Jr. is at third base. Sunday, 7:54 am
  • Lucroy hits two-run home run on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run in the first inning on Saturday and finished the game 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

    Advice: Lucroy is a prime candidate to be moved before next weekend's trade deadline. Today's game boosted his trade value a bit higher than it already was. His .301/.362/.494 slash stats with 13 homers and 50 RBI make him one of the top three catchers in fantasy baseball. Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • Jhonny Peralta (thumb) nearing swings
    Jhonny Peralta (thumb) said he's hoping to begin swinging a bat in the next day or two.

    Advice: Peralta was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 19 with ongoing discomfort in his surgically-repaired left thumb. It sounds like he could be ready in mid-August, but this has become a lingering thing and it's possible there are more setbacks to come. Saturday, 4:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 3-0 x @Mia
  • Buster Posey (foot) in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey (foot) is in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey was forced to leave Friday's game after fouling a ball off of his back leg. He suffered only a minor contusion though and is back behind the dish and batting third for the Giants against Ivan Nova and the Yankees on Saturday afternoon. Saturday, 10:14 am
    7:15 pm vs x Was
  • Mariners place Ketel Marte on 15-day DL
    Mariners placed SS Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with mononucleosis.

    Advice: Marte has already missed a week of action with the illness, so while they wait on him to get well they'll utilize his roster spot elsewhere. David Rollins was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move to provide bullpen depth. Saturday, 6:20 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 x @ChC
  • Buster Posey day-to-day with foot contusion
    Buster Posey was diagnosed with a right foot contusion and is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Posey was lifted from Friday's game after fouling a ball off of his back leg, but X-rays thankfully came back negative. Given the short bench that the Giants are playing with, it wouldn't be surprising to see Posey back in the lineup on Saturday. Friday, 6:25 pm
    7:15 pm vs x Was
  • Posey leaves game after fouling ball off leg
    Buster Posey was forced to leave Friday's game against the Yankees after fouling a ball off of his back leg.

    Advice: Posey fouled a ball off his back foot during his at-bat in the fourth inning on Friday. He stayed in the game to run the bases for himself, but was replaced defensively by Trevor Brown. He'll presumably head for further evaluation and the Giants should have an update on his status after the game. Friday, 5:48 pm
    7:15 pm vs x Was
  • Plouffe (rib) throws, does some running
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) threw from 90 feet and did some light running on Friday.

    Advice: He'll take swings off a tee soon. Plouffe is nearly three weeks removed from a cracked rib but appears to finally be making some progress. He'll likely need a rehab assignment before returning. Friday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • Ketel Marte (mono) headed to disabled list
    Ketel Marte will be placed on the disabled list after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.

    Advice: Now it makes more sense why he's missed a week of action with what had been described as a stomach bug. Marte shouldn't need much more than another week before being activated. Shawn O'Malley and Luis Sardinas will share shortstop in his absence. Friday, 1:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 x @ChC
  • Ketel Marte (illness) sitting out again
    Ketel Marte (illness) remained out of the Mariners' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte hasn't played in a week due to a stomach bug and also an ankle injury. Shawn O'Malley is filling in again at shortstop. Friday, 12:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 x @ChC
  • Rays receiving inquiries on Steve Pearce
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rays "are getting some calls" on Steve Pearce and there's a "decent chance he gets moved by the deadline."

    Advice: It makes sense that there would be interest in Pearce, as he's a versatile player who's having a great year with a .322/.393/.522 batting line. He's also owed less than $2 million for the rest of the season before hitting free agency this winter. Crasnick lists the Giants and Indians as clubs that are "among potential fits" for Pearce, with the Mets also a potential possibility. Friday, 6:57 am
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs ^ NYY
  • Piscotty hits pinch three-run homer Thursday
    Stephen Piscotty hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Piscotty was called on to hit for Matt Adams against lefty Ryan Buchter with two on and one out in a 5-2 game, and he delivered with a blast to center field that just eluded the glove of Travis Jankowski. The homer was Piscotty's 14th of the year to go with 56 RBI and 57 runs scored. The 25-year-old is hitting .297/.370/.497 in his first full campaign. Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) not in Rays lineup
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is not in the Rays starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Thursday that Morrison is dealing with a wrist issue that's getting worse, prompting a visit to the doctor on Thursday. Tim Beckham is starting in his place at first base against Sonny Gray and the A's on Thursday. Thursday, 4:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
  • Steve Pearce not in Rays lineup Thursday
    Steve Pearce is not in the Rays starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off for Pearce, who played in two straight games after being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. Look for him back in his customary cleanup spot in the order on Friday. Thursday, 4:04 pm
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs ^ NYY
  • Lucroy getting planned day off Thursday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Jonathan Lucroy is getting a planned day off Thursday.

    Advice: Trade speculation surfaced as soon as Thursday's lineup card was released, but Lucroy is staying put for now. Still, there's a good chance he's dealt by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Lucroy out of Brewers' lineup Thursday night
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Commence the trade speculation. Lucroy tallied three RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday night, but Martin Maldonado will get the nod at catcher Thursday. He is batting eighth versus Bucs lefty Francisco Liriano. Thursday, 12:57 pm
  • 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
  • Ketel Marte (ankle, flu) out again Wednesday
    Ketel Marte (flu, ankle) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte has appeared in just one game since last Friday because of an ankle injury and a nasty stomach bug. Shawn O'Malley is getting another start at shortstop. Wednesday, 10:08 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 x @ChC
  • 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
  • Ketel Marte (ankle, flu) out again Tuesday
    Ketel Marte (flu) is out again Tuesday.

    Advice: Marte returned to the Mariners' lineup Sunday after missing a game with an ankle injury, but he came down with a stomach virus on Monday. Consider him day-to-day still. Shawn O'Malley is starting at shortstop and batting leadoff Tuesday versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. Tuesday, 3:06 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 x @ChC
  • Cardinals place Peralta (thumb) back on DL
    Cardinals placed 3B Jhonny Peralta on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury.

    Advice: Peralta continues to experience nagging pain in his surgically-repaired left thumb. Hopefully a good two weeks of rest will finally solve the issue. He had batted just .221/.258/.416 in 30 games since his initial June 7 activation. Greg Garcia figures to see semi-regular action at third base in Peralta's absence. Tuesday, 1:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 2, 3-0 x @Mia
  • Steve Pearce (hamstring) activated from DL
    Rays activated 1B/DH Steve Pearce from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pearce had no issues during a brief minor league rehab assignment and will be back with the Rays for Tuesday's game. The 33-year-old has been out since June 20 with a hamstring strain. Tuesday, 5:43 am
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs ^ NYY
  • Rays option Nick Franklin to Triple-A
    Rays optioned INF/OF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Steve Pearce is back from the disabled list and will take his place on the active roster. Franklin is batting .313 (15-for-48) with one home run, four doubles, and 13 RBI over 19 games with the Rays this season. He should get another chance soon. Tuesday, 5:30 am
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Bot 2, 2-0 vs x NYY
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