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  • Jeff Baker exits with oblique injury
    Jeff Baker exited Tuesday's game versus the Red Sox with a left oblique injury.

    Advice: The Marlins are calling him day-to-day for now, but it's an ailment that usually leads to a disabled list stint. It's worth noting, though, that Baker strained his other oblique earlier this season and didn't go on the DL.
    Today, 4:54 pm
    L, 4-3 ^ @Bos
  • Amaro: 'Cesar Hernandez is our best 2B'
    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro on Tuesday indicated that Cesar Hernandez will remain the club's second baseman even after Chase Utley (ankle) returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: "Not for me he's not," Amaro said when asked if Utley would still be the everyday second baseman when he returns. "Cesar Hernandez is our best second baseman." It's hard to argue with the GM given what Utley did before hitting the DL and what Hernandez has done this season, but it's still a little surprising to hear Amaro be so blunt. There remains no timetable for Utley's return.
    Today, 4:41 pm
  • Kolten Wong (head) sitting out nightcap
    Kolten Wong (head) is not in the Cardinals' lineup for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

    Advice: Wong banged his head while making a catch in the first game and had to exit. He passed concussion tests and is expected to be fine, but the Cards will rest him for the nightcap. Matt Carpenter is making a start at second base.
    Today, 3:23 pm
    L, 7-4 ^ @ChC; Bot 7, 2-4 ^ @ChC
  • Tigers designate Josh Wilson for assignment
    Tigers designated INF Josh Wilson for assignment.

    Advice: The Tigers DFA'ed Wilson to make room for Marc Krauss, who they picked up off waivers on Monday. Wilson had eight hits in 21 at-bats with three RBI prior to the move. He'll try to latch on elsewhere, but hitting .226/.278/.316 for his career, the best case scenario here would be a bench utility role for the 34-year-old.
    Today, 2:57 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 2, 3-0 x @Sea
  • Wong (head) passes concussion test
    Kolten Wong (head) passed a concussion test after suffering a head injury in Tuesday afternoon's contest with the Cubs.

    Advice: Wong appeared to injure himself making a diving play in the fifth inning. After being lifted in the seventh, he passed the concussion test, though afterward said that he still has a slight headache. The Cubs and Cards are playing a double-header and it's a safe assumption that Wong will sit out the second game here. Matt Carpenter will likely start at second in his place.
    Today, 2:06 pm
    L, 7-4 ^ @ChC; Bot 7, 2-4 ^ @ChC
  • Valbuena (toe) could return against Indians
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that Luis Valbuena (toe) could see action in this week's Indians series.

    Advice: Said action will not be coming on Tuesday unless it's as a pinch-hitter, as Valbuena is not listed in the starting lineup. He's now missed two in a row as he nurses a sprained left big toe. The Astros will play the Indians through Thursday.
    Today, 2:00 pm
    L, 2-0 x @Cle
  • Pedroia (hamstring) fields grounders pre-game
    Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) was seen fielding grounders prior to Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: Pedroia was placed on the disabled list on June 25. He's eligible to return on Friday, but the team has not yet announced whether they'll keep him on longer. Logically, given that there would be just three games before the All-Star Break anyway, it might be in the Red Sox best interest to hold him back and simply wait.
    Today, 1:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs x Mia
  • Valbuena (toe) out of Tuesday's lineup
    Luis Valbuena (toe) is out again Tuesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Valbuena is dealing with a sprained left big toe and will miss his second straight start. He's hopeful that a few days of rest will do the trick. Marwin Gonzalez will fill in at third once again.
    Today, 12:48 pm
    L, 2-0 x @Cle
  • Kolten Wong leaves game with head contusion
    Kolten Wong left Tuesday's game against the Cubs in the seventh inning with a head contusion.

    Advice: Wong appeared shaken up after making a diving catch to end the fifth inning. He stayed in the game initially, but apparently wasn't feeling right. It's unclear if he'll be checked out for a concussion, but the Cardinals should pass along an update soon.
    Today, 12:42 pm
    L, 7-4 ^ @ChC; Bot 7, 2-4 ^ @ChC
  • Valdespin called up from Triple-A
    Marlins purchased the contract of INF/OF Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He'll take the roster spot of Marcell Ozuna, who was demoted on Sunday. Valdespin, 27, was batting .287/.342/.378 with one home run, 16 RBI, and six steals over 60 games in Triple-A. He could be relevant in NL-only leagues if the at-bats are there.
    Today, 12:12 pm
  • Wong batting second Tuesday
    Kolten Wong will bat second in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

    Advice: Wong has batted sixth in each of the last three games, but he's in the second spot with Matt Carpenter sitting. The 24-year-old has been struggling of late, but he went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a run scored, and a stolen base on Monday. Tommy Pham is batting leadoff again Tuesday.
    Today, 8:38 am
    L, 7-4 ^ @ChC; Bot 7, 2-4 ^ @ChC
  • Russell not in Tuesday's lineup
    Addison Russell is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Jonathan Herrera will start at second base and bat ninth. Russell is currently mired in a 2-for-34 slump, but he figures to play in the second game.
    Today, 8:06 am
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; Bot 7, 4-2 vs ^ StL
  • Kendrick's 4 hits help Dodgers outlast Phils
    Howie Kendrick went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored as the Dodgers outlasted the Phillies for a win on Monday.

    Advice: It's his third four-hit game in his last 10 games. He tripled in the first inning and scored the Dodgers' first run, then led off the fifth inning and came around to score on Yasmani Grandal's three-run home run. He added an RBI single in the sixth, finishing a home run short of the cycle. Kendrick is hitting .300/.349/.432 with seven home runs, 37 RBI, and 40 runs scored on the year.
    Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • Wong adds 2 hits, RBI, stolen base in a win
    Kolten Wong did a little bit of everything in Monday's win against the Cubs, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, an a stolen base.

    Advice: Wong was mired in a slump, entering the game 2-for-20 in his last six games. He added what was at the time a crucial insurance run, singling in Jason Heyward in the seventh inning to make it 2-0. He scored as part of a four-run ninth inning as well. The second baseman, snubbed for the NL All-Star team, is hitting .281/.339/.444 with nine home runs, 36 RBI, 43 runs scored, and eight stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    L, 7-4 ^ @ChC; Bot 7, 2-4 ^ @ChC
  • Dozier walks Twins off in the 10th with a HR
    Brian Dozier slugged a walk-off two-run home run in the 10th inning, helping the Twins outlast the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Dozier was 0-for-3 with a walk leading into the at-bat against Tommy Hunter. Perhaps angered by his being left off the AL All-Star roster, Dozier parked a two-run home run beyond the left field fence for his 17th home run of the season. Among qualified second basemen, Stephen Drew is the only other hitter at the position with double-digits in home runs (11). Dozier is hitting a cool .260/.332/.517 with 42 RBI and seven stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Gonzalez homers in three-hit effort vs. Tribe
    Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Monday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Gonzalez knocked in the fourth and final run in the first inning against Carlos Carrasco. He added a solo home run in the seventh inning against reliever Jeff Manship. Gonzalez hasn't been much to write home about at the plate this year, hitting .256/.280/.422 with six home runs and 20 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 2-0 ^ @Cle
  • Espinosa homers, but Nats drop game to Reds
    Danny Espinosa homered in a 2-for-4 effort Monday as the Nationals lost to the Reds.

    Advice: Espinosa knotted the game up at two apiece with a solo shot to right-center in the sixth inning against Anthony DeSclafani. The homer marks Espinosa's first extra-base hit of July. He's hitting .262/.343/.443 with nine home runs and 25 RBI on the year.
    Yesterday, 7:26 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 5-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Cubs expected to pursue Kendrick over winter
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are expected to target Howie Kendrick over the offseason.

    Advice: They'll have to free up the logjam on their infield first, which likely would involve trading Starling Castro. Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers could attempt to re-sign Kendrick, and the Yankees would be a possible landing spot, as well. Kendrick, who will turn 32 on Sunday, is batting .292/.342/.416 with seven homers and 36 RBI this season.
    Yesterday, 6:11 pm
  • Willie Bloomquist released by Mariners
    Mariners released INF/OF Willie Bloomquist.

    Advice: Bloomquist cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and the M's have officially cut him loose. It's possible the 37-year-old will call it quits after 14 major league seasons.
    Yesterday, 5:35 pm
    Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    Bot 2, 0-3 vs x Det
  • Luis Valbuena nursing sprained big toe
    An X-ray has revealed that Luis Valbuena has a sprained left big toe.

    Advice: Valbuena has been dealing with the ailment for a while and finally underwent tests. He's not in Monday's lineup and is being listed as day-to-day. Marwin Gonzalez is filling in at third base.
    Yesterday, 3:53 pm
    L, 2-0 x @Cle
  • Joe Panik sitting out on Monday
    Joe Panik is not in the Giants' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a day of rest. Joaquin Arias is at second base in Panik's place.
    Yesterday, 3:51 pm
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Ryan Flaherty recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled INF Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He was just sent down over the weekend, but he's back to take the roster spot of Nolan Reimold, who is going on paternity leave. Flaherty could be sent back down in a couple days.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
    Bot 7, 2-8 ^ @Min
  • Harrison heads to DL with thumb injury
    Pirates placed 3B Josh Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb injury.

    Advice: Harrison injured his hand attempting an awkward slide into second on Sunday. Some initial reports had the injury tabbed as torn ligaments in the thumb, but Harrison will be reevaluated after the swelling goes down. If the ligaments are torn, he's expected to miss at least six weeks, which would put him on target to return in the middle of August. Jung-ho Kang is starting at third for Monday's game against the Padres and should see the majority of the at-bats in Harrison's absence.
    Yesterday, 12:45 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    15-Day DL
    Bot 6, 2-2 vs x SD
  • Maddon not worried about Russell's struggles
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon issued a vote of confidence for struggling second baseman Addison Russell.

    Advice: Russell's going through a major slump right now and has just two hits in his last 31 at-bats. Joe Maddon didn't seem worried when asked about the 22-year-old, though, saying "I think he looks good at the plate" and professing confidence that Russell will snap out of the slump soon enough. He's hitting .229/.294/.361 this season.
    Yesterday, 7:08 am
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; Bot 7, 4-2 vs ^ StL
  • Rougned Odor homers, plates three in loss
    Rougned Odor continued his hot hitting in Sunday's loss to the Angels, going 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.

    Advice: All of his damage came long after the outcome of the game had been decided. His two-run blast off Trevor Gott in the seventh inning closed the deficit to 12-5, and he added a sacrifice fly in the final frame. Since returning from Triple-A, he's hitting a blistering .365 (23-for-63) with three homers, 13 RBI and four stolen bases in 18 games.
    Sunday, 7:19 pm
    Top 8, 0-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Cano (ankle) expects to be fine on Monday
    Robinson Cano expects to be in the Mariners lineup on Monday after getting hit by a pitch on his ankle in Sunday's game.

    Advice: There's still a chance that his ankle could swell on the trip back to Seattle, or the Mariners could give him a day to rest as a precaution, but expect to see him in the M's lineup for Monday's series opener against the Tigers.
    Sunday, 5:28 pm
  • Marlins will recall Valdespin from Triple-A
    Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins will recall Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He'll take the spot of Marcell Ozuna on the Marlins active roster after the outfielder was demoted on Sunday. Valdespin was pulled from his game at Triple-A shortly afterwards and is heading to join the team in Boston for Tuesday's game, though the move hasn't been announced yet.
    Sunday, 5:08 pm
  • Flores stays hot with four hits, three RBI
    Wilmer Flores posted his third straight game with three-plus hits in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Dodgers, finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.

    Advice: The way he's going, Flores is probably dreading the All-Star Break. He hit an RBI single in the first inning against Mets starter Mike Bolsinger, then followed it up with a run-scoring infield single in the fourth and an RBI double in the eighth. Flores is 11 for his last 16 and has recorded three or more hits in each of his last three games. Overall, he's hitting .258/.289/.412 with 10 homers, 38 RBI and 31 runs scored.
    Sunday, 4:28 pm
  • Valbuena has been bothered by toe injury
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch admitted Sunday that Luis Valbuena has been bothered by an injury to the big toe on his left foot.

    Advice: Valbuena has been able to play through the injury, but has apparently done so in some degree of pain. The 29-year-old has slugged 19 home runs and driven in 36 runs on the season, despite hitting .203/.286/.438.
    Sunday, 3:06 pm
    L, 2-0 x @Cle
  • Yoan Moncada slowly heating up for Greenville
    Red Sox 2B prospect Yoan Moncada contributed two hits Saturday for Low-A Greenville.

    Advice: That gives Moncada four two-hit games in his last nine contests. Over that span, he's hit .314 with two RBI. The 20-year-old has only managed a .234 average in his first 34 minor league games, but he already has 10 steals without getting caught. He joined the Red Sox in March and received a $31.5 million signing bonus.
    Sunday, 2:41 pm
    Not Active
    W, 4-3 vs x Mia
  • Hernandez steals 2 bases, extends hit streak
    Cesar Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases as the Phillies won in 10 innings against the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Hernandez is on a 10-game hitting streak now, with six of those games featuring multiple hits. He singled in the 10th inning to help the Phillies break a scoreless tie. The pair of stolen bases brings him up to 11 in 14 attempts on the season. There's no way his .299/.385/.385 line is sustainable as he has a .556 BABIP since June 22, but he'll get playing time and stolen base opportunities while he's hot so he has fantasy utility for the time being.
    Sunday, 1:47 pm
  • Travis knocks in three runs in a Jays win
    Devon Travis went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and three RBI as the Blue Jays topped the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: Travis doubled in the first of six runs the Jays scored in the fifth inning against Justin Verlander. He added an RBI single in the seventh and a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Travis has hit safely in eight of nine games since returning from the disabled list, including seven games in a row now. In 180 plate appearances this season, he's batting .297/.350/.503 with seven home runs and 31 RBI.
    Sunday, 1:31 pm
  • Matt Duffy not in Giants lineup on Sunday
    Matt Duffy is not in the Giants starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Nationals.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting third baseman. Ehire Adrianza will start at the hot corner in his place and bat eighth against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats on Sunday.
    Sunday, 1:29 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Hanser Alberto optioned to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned INF Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Alberto hit .247/.267/.301 across 25 games for the big club. He could get another shot at some point in the second half.
    Sunday, 12:56 pm
    Not Active
    Top 8, 0-3 vs x Ari
  • Delino DeShields activated from disabled list
    Rangers activated OF Delino DeShields from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: DeShields is back from his hamstring injury after completing a six-game rehab assignment. With Josh Hamilton's (groin) status up in the air, he could wind up playing a lot in left field.
    Sunday, 12:55 pm
    Top 8, 0-3 vs ^ Ari
  • D.J. LeMahieu goes 3-for-4
    D.J. LeMahieu broke out of a slump with a 3-for-4 game Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: LeMahieu hadn't had a multihit game since June 11, even though he's been batting second and usually getting five plate appearances per game. His average, which stood at .351 on June 11, entered tonight at .293, but it's back up to .300 now. He's not a bad option in mixed leagues for as long as he bats second, but he'll probably end up back at the bottom of the order at some point.
    Saturday, 10:36 pm
    Top 8, 2-10 vs ^ LAA
  • Flores singles three times in loss to Dodgers
    Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Flores knocked in a run with a single in the eighth inning. He's been absolutely sizzling this holiday weekend, with seven hits in his last 11 at-bats and back-to-back three-hit games. His recent hot stretch is not indicative of how he's been hitting all season, as he's slashing .248/.280/.398 with 10 homers and 35 RBI. The power and run-production are swell enough, but the average could use some work.
    Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Delino Deshields close to returning from DL
    Delino Deshields (hamstring) will be reevaluated after Saturday's workout.

    Advice: Deshields recently wrapped up a six-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock and is close to 100 percent. He should be activated from the disabled list in the next day or two. Texas has a crowded outfield now with Josh Hamilton, Leonys Martin and Shin-Soo Choo all seeing regular at-bats. Deshields had 13 steals in 48 games before his injury.
    Saturday, 4:52 pm
    Top 8, 0-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Ryan Flaherty optioned, could be back Monday
    Orioles optioned 2B Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: The Orioles needed to make room for Jonathan Schoop. Flaherty could return to the roster as soon as Monday. That's when the O's are expected to place Nolan Reimold on the paternity list. Usually when someone gets sent down they have to stay in the minors for a minimum of 10 days, but that doesn't apply to players on paternity leave.
    Saturday, 3:25 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
    Bot 7, 2-8 ^ @Min
  • Valbuena has RBI single Saturday vs. Red Sox
    Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with RBI single Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: His RBI single in the ninth was the Astros' only offense of the day against Clay Buchholz. Through three months, Valbuena has had one of the strangest seasons to date. While he has 19 home runs and 36 RBI on the year, he's batting just .201 with a .281 on-base percentage. He could be pushed into a part-time role when Jed Lowrie is ready to come off the disabled list.
    Saturday, 1:47 pm
    L, 2-0 x @Cle
  • Wilmer Flores goes 3-for-4 in Mets' win
    Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the Mets beat the Dodgers 2-1 on Friday.

    Advice: Flores singled in the Mets' first run in the fourth and collected an infield single during the ninth-inning rally that decided the game. The three hits match his total from his previous six starts combined. He does have 10 homers this season, but getting on base just hasn't been a strength for him.
    Friday, 10:52 pm
  • Wong struggles in 0-for-4 game
    Kolten Wong couldn't find any traction against the Padres on Friday, finishing the game 0-for-4.

    Advice: Wong struggled on Friday, but it's not indicative of what he's done on the whole this season. His triple-slash of .283/.341/.451 stands in the upper tier of his position offensively and he's hit nine homers while driving in 36 runs and scoring 42. At just 24 years of age, there's still room for offensive improvement here.
    Friday, 10:09 pm
    L, 7-4 ^ @ChC; Bot 7, 2-4 ^ @ChC
  • Dozier fails to find hit in five at-bats
    Brian Dozier went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Ouchie. Rough game aside, Dozier is putting in a fine season and is currently slashing .260/.331/.514 with 16 homers, 40 RBI and seven steals. His combination of speed and power make him one of the best fantasy chips at his position.
    Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Hernandez drives in lone run in loss to ATL
    Cesar Hernandez went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Hernandez's RBI single off Julio Teheran in the fourth inning would score the only run that the Phillies managed in the game. While his power is almost non-existent, he should continue to see at-bats as long as he's able to keep up the average portion of his .285/.374/.376 slash-line.
    Friday, 7:41 pm
  • D.J. LeMahieu not in Rockies lineup Thursday
    D.J. LeMahieu is not in the Rockies starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the second straight week that Walt Weiss has opted to rest his second baseman on Thursday. Daniel Descalso will get the start in his place and bat seventh against Jeremy Hellickson and the Diamondbacks.
    Thursday, 4:03 pm
    Top 8, 2-10 vs ^ LAA
  • Mariners DFA veteran Willie Bloomquist
    Mariners designated 2B Willie Bloomquist for assignment.

    Advice: The 37-year-old has hit just .159 this season with two runs and one extra-base hit. Chris Taylor was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place on the active roster. If Bloomquist decides to hang up his cleats, he'll finish his career with 778 hits in 1,055 big league appearances.
    Thursday, 11:31 am
    Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    Bot 2, 0-3 vs x Det
  • Cano tallies four hits as M's defeat Padres
    Robinson Cano finished 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Mariners' defeat of the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cano hit a single in the fourth inning, a solo shot in the sixth inning, another single in the seventh inning, and an RBI double in the top of the ninth. It was one of his best games of the season. He's still batting just .247/.285/.365 in 75 total games.
    Wednesday, 3:54 pm
  • Odor out of lineup due to dental issue
    Rougned Odor is out of the Rangers' starting lineup on Wednesday due to a dental issue.

    Advice: Odor had a dental procedure early Wednesday and wasn't able to eat. Hanser Alberto is starting at second base and leading off for the Rangers on Wednesday evening.
    Wednesday, 1:56 pm
    Top 8, 0-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Addison Russell not in lineup Wednesday
    Addison Russell is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just receiving a day off. Jonathan Herrera is at second base while Russell rests.
    Wednesday, 12:41 pm
    W, 7-4 vs ^ StL; Bot 7, 4-2 vs ^ StL
  • Rougned Odor not in Wednesday's lineup
    Rougned Odor is absent from the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Hanser Alberto is filling in at second base and in the leadoff spot for Odor.
    Wednesday, 11:52 am
    Top 8, 0-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) to take BP
    Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) will take batting practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Pedroia has made nice progress since being placed on the disabled list last Friday with a strained right hamstring. There's currently no timetable for his return, but the start of the second half looks doable.
    Wednesday, 8:23 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs x Mia
  • Kendrick homers in 10th as Dodgers defeat ARI
    Howie Kendrick homered in the 10th inning on Tuesday as the Dodgers took down the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kendrick finished 4-for-5 on the night, adding an RBI single in the seventh inning to go along with his solo home run in the 10th inning to break a 3-3 tie. He also had a four-hit game on Friday. The second baseman is on a six-game hitting streak, batting .298/.349/.429 with seven home runs and 34 RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Espinosa's 3-hit, 2-double night aids in win
    Danny Espinosa doubled twice with an RBI and two runs scored in a 3-for-5 effort as the Nationals topped the Braves 6-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Espinosa sparked a four-run first inning with an RBI double. He later scored on a Wilson Ramos single. He singled to lead off the third inning and eventually scored following A.J. Pierzynski's throwing error. Espinosa had been slumping, batting .107 (3-for-28) since June 20. He's batting .259/.336/.438 overall with eight home runs, 23 RBI, and 37 runs scored.
    Tuesday, 7:40 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 5-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Hernandez to get a chance to stick at 2B?
    Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said Tuesday that he "would like to think that Cesar (Hernandez) has proven that he deserves a chance to be the everyday second baseman."

    Advice: Hernandez, 25, entered Tuesday batting .277/.365/.365 on the season and .328/.394/.406 in June. Chase Utley, meanwhile, is on the disabled list with an ankle injury and sports an ugly .179/.257/.275 line this season. It's hard to believe the Phils would bench Utley even given his struggles, and Mackanin did note that he didn't "want to get ahead of myself." However, if Hernandez keeps performing, it's possible. Notable is that the Phillies have a $15 million club option for 2016 on Utley that automatically vests if he reaches 500 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 5:31 pm
  • Wong not in starting lineup Tuesday
    Kolten Wong is not in Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: The Cardinals had a scheduled off-day on Monday, so manager Mike Matheny is likely just using this as an opportunity to give him some extra rest. Pete Kozma will start at second base while Peter Bourjos will bat leadoff. Chris Sale is on the mound for Chicago.
    Tuesday, 1:01 pm
    L, 7-4 ^ @ChC; Bot 7, 2-4 ^ @ChC
  • Harrison not in Tuesday's lineup
    Josh Harrison is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

    Advice: He's likely just getting a breather. Jung Ho Kang will start at third base while Francisco Cervelli serves at the DH and Chris Stewart starts behind the plate.
    Tuesday, 12:46 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    15-Day DL
    Bot 6, 2-2 vs x SD
  • Dozier drills 3-run HR but Twins fall to Reds
    Brian Dozier clubbed a three-run home run in a 1-for-5 effort on Monday, but the Twins fell to the Reds.

    Advice: Dozier's three-run home run capped off a six-run fourth inning in which the Twins made serious inroads, reducing their deficit to 9-7 at the time. Dozier is having an even better season thus far than he did in 2014, batting .266/.340/.529 with 16 home runs and 40 RBI with seven stolen bases.
    Monday, 8:08 pm
  • Hernandez stays hot with 2 more hits in loss
    Cesar Hernandez's bat continued to stay hot as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run, and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Fresh off a four-hit performance on Sunday, Hernandez logged his fifth multi-hit performance in seven games on Monday. He knocked in the Phillies' first run in the first inning with an infield single and later came around to score on a balk. Hernandez is batting .277/.365/.365 with 25 runs scored, 16 RBI, and seven stolen bases and is now getting regular at-bats while Chase Utley is sidelined. It's not known yet when Utley returns, so those in daily leagues might find utility in Hernandez as a cheap source of stolen bases.
    Monday, 7:49 pm
  • Pedroia could ramp up activities this week
    Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) is making progress and could ramp up his activities this week.

    Advice: Pedroia went on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain just four days ago, so this is certainly encouraging. There's currently no timetable for his return, but he would seem to have a good shot to return at the start of the second half.
    Jun 29, 2:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 4-3 vs x Mia
  • Wilmer Flores officially moving to second base
    The Mets plan to use Wilmer Flores at second base when Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Flores had been splitting time with Ruben Tejada at shortstop. Now he'll move to second with Murphy taking over at third base. Murphy could even see time at first when Lucas Duda needs a day off. Light-hitting second baseman Dilson Herrera appears to be the odd man out.
    Jun 29, 8:29 am
  • Hernandez's four-hit day contributes to a win
    Cesar Hernandez singled four times in as many at-bats, helping the Phillies in a win over the Nationals in the back end of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: It's the second four-hit game of Hernandez's career, with the other occuring on September 28, 2013. The Phillies, despite scoring eight runs, only brought him home once, at the end of their four-run second inning. Hernandez has been hitting well as of late, logging multi-hit efforts in three of his last five games. With Chase Utley on the shelf, he should be a regular in the lineup. He's hitting .271/.361/.361 in 163 plate appearances.
    Jun 28, 6:38 pm
  • Matt Duffy homers, triples in win
    Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with a homer, a triple, a double and three runs scored Sunday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Duffy missed a cycle by a triple on Saturday. Today, he missed it by the single. He's hit .385 with four homers in 10 games against the Rockies this season and .285 with four homers in 54 games against everyone else. It's hard to imagine him remaining useful in mixed leagues now that the Giants are done with the Rockies until September. Still, he just loves defying expectations.
    Jun 28, 5:04 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Rougned Odor picks up three more hits
    Rougned Odor went 3-for-5 at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: One of the hits was a double to lead off the ninth inning, but Odor was stranded as the Rangers fell by one. The young infielder now has three three-hit games this month since being recalled and is batting .395 overall in June with four stolen bases. He shouldn't be unowned in your league at this point, but if he is, correct that situation now.
    Jun 28, 12:54 pm
    Top 8, 0-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Robinson Cano (head) back in M's lineup
    Robinson Cano (head) is back in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cano was hit in the forehead by an errant throw from the Angels' Taylor Featherston in between innings Saturday. He avoided a serious injury, though, and is back in there Sunday.
    Jun 28, 10:33 am
  • Cano day-to-day with bruised forehead
    Robinson Cano is day-to-day with a bruised forehead.

    Advice: The injury occurred when Cano got hit by an errant throw from Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston between innings. Cano passed his concussion test and most of the swelling has already gone down. Expect the six-time All-Star to be back in the lineup on Sunday.
    Jun 27, 6:52 pm
  • Robinson Cano leaves game with head injury
    Robinson Cano left Saturday's game against the Angels with a head injury.

    Advice: A ball struck him in the forehead while the Angels were warming up between innings. Willie Bloomquist replaced Cano at second base. Cano was hitless in three at-bats before exiting. The six-time All-Star is likely headed for a concussion test.
    Jun 27, 6:14 pm
  • Duffy has three hits, homer in win over Rox
    Matt Duffy finished 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored as the Giants came back to best the Rockies 7-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Duffy had an RBI groundout in the third inning before smacking a solo homer in the fifth. He also singled and doubled in the win. Duffy now has seven homers and a .294/.342/.458 line and 36 RBI in 63 games. He's been a starter for most of the year and has crept into mixed-league relevancy with his strong hitting in recent months.
    Jun 27, 4:44 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    Top 2, 0-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Rougned Odor fills up box score on Saturday
    Rougned Odor filled up the box score on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Odor plated the Rangers first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and added a solo blast off Matt Boyd in the seventh. He also swiped a base in the contest. He has been on an absolute tear since returning from the minor leagues, hitting .364 (12-for-33) with two homers, nine RBI and three stolen bases.
    Jun 27, 1:51 pm
    Top 8, 0-3 vs ^ Ari
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