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  • Rizzo homers in win over Brewers
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Rizzo has now gone deep in each of the last three games. The 25-year-old had just one home run in 31 games prior to this recent power surge. Rotoworld.com 44 minutes ago
  • Beltre smacks two-run shot vs. Giants
    Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Beltre's two-run shot off Madison Bumgarner gave the Rangers the lead in the bottom of the first inning and they never looked back. It was just his second home run in 32 games since returning from his thumb injury. He recently admitted that he's not getting better, so expectations should be tempered for him the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:52 pm
  • Escobar has RBI single in loss to Mets
    Yunel Escobar drove in the Nationals' only run of the night Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: His eighth-inning single off Matt Harvey tied the game, but the Mets eventually won in extras. Escobar went 1-for-5 on the night and has a .312/.360/.410 batting line on the year. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:02 pm
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  • Donaldson has four RBI, including walk-off
    Josh Donaldson drove in four runs in Friday's 7-6 win over the Royals, including a walk-off RBI single in the 11th.

    Advice: Donaldson had a two-run double in the third inning before knocking in another run with a double in the seventh. The game-winning rally in the 11th was set up after Troy Tulowitzki reached on a one-out single and moved over to second base on a balk by Frankin Morales. Donaldson then laced a single to left field to end it. The 29-year-old continues to have a monster year, batting .295/.358/.550 with 25 homers and 73 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:46 pm
  • Dietrich slugs game-tying homer in ninth
    Derek Dietrich slugged a game-tying solo homer off Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the ninth inning on Friday.

    Advice: Unfortunately for the Marlins, his heroics went for naught as they fell in extra innings to the Padres. It was the lone hit in four at-bats on the night for Dietrich who is hitting .273/.373/.545 with six homers and eight RBI in his limited action this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:27 pm
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  • Napoli hits go-ahead homer in win
    Mike Napoli slugged a two-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Friday's 7-5 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Napoli took Jake McGee deep to the Monster Seats in the bottom of the seventh to give the Red Sox the lead. The veteran slugger hung around through Friday's trade deadline, but he's still a candidate to be moved in August. The 33-year-old is batting .210 with 13 home runs and a .704 OPS over 93 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:03 pm
  • Manny Machado powers Orioles past Tigers
    Manny Machado blasted his 22nd home run of the season on Friday, powering the Orioles to a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Tigers.

    Advice: The Orioles fell behind 6-0 after the first four innings, but never gave up. Adam Jones clobbered a three-run homer in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to two runs, then Machado's two-run shot in the sixth put the O's on top to stay. Machado finished the night 2-for-3 plus a walk with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. He is now slashing a mighty impressive .293/.364/.518 with 22 homers and 54 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:52 pm
  • Kang has three hits in win over Reds
    Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Kang had two doubles on the night. He continues to swing and incredibly hot bat, hitting .435 (27-for-62) over his last 17 games. His batting average is now up to .299 on the year. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:30 pm
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  • Freeman belts 14th homer in loss to Phillies
    Freddie Freeman belted his 14th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: The Phillies jumped out to an early 9-0 lead in this one, and Freeman's two-run shot in the eighth merely made it a 9-3 ballgame. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4 and raising his season slash to .288/.354/.509 to go along with 14 bombs and 45 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:30 pm
  • Orioles designate Parmelee for assignment
    Orioles designated INF/OF Chris Parmelee for assignment.

    Advice: He was sent out to create a spot on the active roster for the newly-acquired Gerardo Parra. The 27-year-old blasted three home runs in his first two games with the Orioles, but hit just .182/.217/.318 with one homer, six RBI and a 26/3 K/BB ratio in 30 games since. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:10 pm
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  • Dodgers place Justin Turner on 15-day DL
    Dodgers placed INF Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 28, with a skin infection on his right thigh.

    Advice: Alex Guerrero and Alberto Callaspo will continue to hold down the fort at the hot corner until Turner is ready to return. He's in the midst of an outstanding season offensively, slashing .323/.387/.563 with 13 homers and 44 RBI in just 254 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:55 pm
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    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
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  • Efren Navarro optioned to Triple-A
    Angels optioned OF Efren Navarro to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: He already had been designated for assignment but now needs to be optioned because of service time rules. Navarro, 29, is a .248/.306/.328 career hitter at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:01 pm
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  • Chris Gimenez called up from Triple-A
    Rangers purchased the contract of C Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: He'll back up Robinson Chirinos. Gimenez is hitting .243 with six home runs at Round Rock this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:00 pm
  • Jon Singleton optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned 1B Jon Singleton to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He's clearing out for the addition of Carlos Gomez. Singleton batted just .205/.321/.318 with the big club. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:33 pm
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  • Pirates acquire Michael Morse for Jose Tabata
    Pirates acquired 1B/OF Michael Morse from the Dodgers in exchange for OF Jose Tabata.

    Advice: Morse was designated for assignment after the Dodgers picked him up in the three-team deal with the Marlins and Braves. He's hit only .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances this season but offers the Pirates an option at first base against left-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:23 pm
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  • Miguel Cabrera (calf) does agility drills
    Miguel Cabrera (calf) did some agility drills on Friday.

    Advice: He's also done some hitting over the last week. Obviously running will be the biggest test for Cabrera's strained left calf and it's unclear at this point when he might be cleared for that. The Tigers think the slugger will be ready for activation from the disabled list around August 15. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:38 pm
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  • Pablo Sandoval (forearm) not in lineup
    Pablo Sandoval (forearm) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Sandoval was hit on the left forearm by a pitch on Thursday. He merely has a bruise and should be fine in a day or two. Josh Rutledge is filling in at third base. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:22 pm
  • Marlins activate, then release Jeff Baker
    Marlins activated INF Jeff Baker from the 15-day disabled list; released hmi.

    Advice: Baker is apparently over his intercostal strain but is now looking for a new job. The 34-year-old has hit only .208/.288/.375 this season, but he's been a big weapon versus lefties in the past so someone figures to take a shot on him. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:40 am
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  • Yankees drop Garrett Jones from roster
    Yankees designated 1B/OF Garrett Jones for assignment.

    Advice: The move makes room for Dustin Ackley on the roster. The Yankees thought they'd have more need for Jones this year, but who would have guessed Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez would be this healthy and productive? Jones hit just .215/.257/.361 with five homers in 144 at-bats in his lesser role. He might land another bench gig now, but his major league career doesn't figure to last a whole lot longer. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:19 am
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  • Adam Duvall goes to Reds in Leake deal
    Reds acquired INF Adam Duvall and RHP Keury Mella from the Giants in exchange for RHP Mike Leake.

    Advice: Duvall, 26, hit 27 homers at Triple-A last season and has 26 so far in 2015, but he's been blocked at the major league level and not gotten much of a chance. Unfortunately for him, he's now blocked again in Cincinnati by Joey Votto and Todd Frazier. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:22 am
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  • Anthony Rizzo goes 3-for-4, hits big homer
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a double as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Brewers were up 2-0 when Rizzo delivered his big blow in the eighth. The Cubs then added two runs in the ninth as insurance. Rizzo has homered in back-to-back games, so maybe his lengthy slump is coming to an end. He had just one homer in five weeks prior to yesterday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Santana goes deep, Indians topple the A's
    Carlos Santana blasted his 12th home run of the year Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a pair of RBI. Santana's two-run blast off Chris Bassitt in the top of the first inning gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead. In the bottom half of the frame, Oakland scratched one across off Carlos Carrasco. For the next eight innings, the teams proceeded to drop zeroes. Santana is riding a modest six-game hit streak and is now slashing .227/.360/.400. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 pm
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    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
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  • Ryan Rua hits inside-the-park homer
    Ryan Rua went 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park homer Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Rua has hit in five straight starts while seeing time against lefties of late. Ideally, he'd almost never start against righties, but with Josh Hamilton, Shin-Soo Choo and Mitch Moreland all being counted on, there should always be room him for somewhere versus southpaws. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 pm
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    Ryan Rua Tex - 1B,OF
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  • Mark Teixeira goes 3-for-4, homers twice
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and a steal versus the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Teixeira is even hitting for average lately, coming in at .313 in 83 at-bats during July. What's odd about it is that he's striking out more than he did while his average was so low early on. But his BABIP was definitely due for the correction. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Matt Carpenter homers twice, scores four runs
    Moved back into the leadoff spot, Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with two homers, a double and four runs scored in the Cardinals' 9-8 win over the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cardinals scored three in the bottom of the ninth to win it, with a Greg Garcia bases-loaded walk ending the game. Carpenter turned in far and away his best game since April. He hadn't had even three hits since May 22. The Cards will probably keep him in the leadoff spot for now, but that might not be bad news for Kolten Wong; Wong hit third with Matt Holliday out tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
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  • Josh Donaldson hits 25th homer in victory
    Josh Donaldson collected his 25th homer and his 26th double as the Jays beat the Royals 5-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Donaldson has four homers in 12 games since the All-Star break. Mike Trout might end up running away from the crowd in the AL MVP race, but it'll be a surprise if Donaldson isn't in the top three or five when all is said and done. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • Sandoval diagnosed with forearm contusion
    Pablo Sandoval is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a left forearm contusion.

    Advice: Sandoval was forced to leave Thursday's contest against the White Sox after being hit by a pitch. It appears as though he didn't sustain any structural damage though and should be ready to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:53 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval leaves after hit by pitch
    Pablo Sandoval was removed from Thursday's game against the White Sox after being hit in the wrist/forearm area by a Chris Sale pitch.

    Advice: Sandoval actually struck out swinging at the pitch, literally adding insult to injury. He'll presumably head for X-rays to rule out any fractures. The Red Sox should have an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:17 pm
  • Dodgers designate Morse for assignment
    Dodgers designated 1B Michael Morse for assignment.

    Advice: Morse was acquired on Thursday as part of the massive 13-player, three-team trade with the Marlins and Braves, but it's clear that he was just a salary dump. The 33-year-old is unlikely to attract much interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:34 pm
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  • Dodgers acquire Michael Morse from Marlins
    Dodgers acquired 1B Michael Morse from the Marlins in the 13-player, three-team Mat Latos trade.

    Advice: Morse doesn't fit all that well on the Dodgers' current roster and it seems possible that they might turn around and designate him for assignment to clear room for some of the other players they acquired in this massive swap. Morse, 33, was batting just .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances this season for Miami. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:34 pm
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  • Adams (quad) to begin swinging in two weeks
    Matt Adams (quad) said he plans to begin light swinging within the next two weeks.

    Advice: Adams underwent surgery in late May for a severe quad strain and the initial expectation was that he would miss the remainder of the 2015 season, but it now sounds possible that he could serve as a bench bat in late September and into October. "Seems like he’s getting a little bit more flexibility in what he is allowed to do, and that’s always a real positive for us to see," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 am
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  • Farrell admits Sandoval's weight is an issue
    Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Wednesday that Pablo Sandoval's weight is an issue.

    Advice: It's the first time Farrell has addressed this topic since spring training, when he was in full support of Boston's new acquisition. The burly third baseman got thrown out at home on a ball he should have scored on Wednesday night against the White Sox and had to be lifted from the game two innings later due to dehydration. "There are ongoing efforts to support that, to try to get him in the best shape possible," said Farrell. "That's something Pablo has dealt with his entire career. It continues to be addressed." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:37 am
  • Mike Napoli homers, doubles
    Mike Napoli had a homer, an RBI double and a walk Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Napoli has very quietly gong 12-for-36 with two homers and five doubles in 11 games since the All-Star break. The Red Sox still aren't going to get much of anything for him if they trade him now, but he might look more attractive if he keeps this up for a couple of more weeks. In the meantime, those desperate for power in mixed leagues might want to give him a look. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Singleton homers, knocks in two in a win
    Jon Singleton went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI single, and a solo home run to help the Astros take down the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Singleton pushed the Astros' lead to 4-1 in the seventh inning with a solo home run off of Garrett Richards, his first round-tripper of the year. He added an RBI single in the eighth to add insurance. It's only his second multi-hit game of the season as he hasn't exactly done a whole lot at the plate in 16 games, batting .205/.321/.318 with six RBI. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:07 pm
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  • Justin Turner will miss a few more games
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Justin Turner will miss a few more games due to the infection in his leg.

    Advice: Turner was forced to sit out on Tuesday and Wednesday after a pimple in his leg became infected and required a trip to the emergency room. Look for Alberto Callaspo and Alex Guerrero to continue see additional playing time in his absence. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:56 pm
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    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
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  • Justin Turner remains out of Dodgers lineup
    Justin Turner remains out of the Dodgers starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Turner was forced to the emergency room on Tuesday due to a pimple on his leg that became infected. Alex Guerrero will take his place at the hot corner. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:30 pm
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    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
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  • Rizzo hits two-run shot in win vs. Rockies
    Anthony Rizzo cranked a two-run homer in the Cubs' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his first home run since July 7. Rizzo has been in an offensive rut, but he still owns a shiny .279/.393/.500 batting line on the season. And he's now up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 99 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • Angels designate Navarro for assignment
    Angels designated OF Efren Navarro for assignment.

    Advice: Anaheim needed to clear out roster spots for the arrival of David Murphy and David DeJesus. Navarro, 29, is a .248/.306/.328 career hitter at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:39 pm
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  • Dodgers/Marlins deal could involve third team
    Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that there is a third team involved in the trade sending Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bowden says the deal will be "bigger than expected." There's a good chance it means Morse will be flipped to another team, as the Dodgers have little use for him. We should know more details later Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:43 pm
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  • Kang blasts game-winning homer against Twins
    Jung-Ho Kang went 2-for-4 with a game-winning home run as the Pirates outlasted the Twins 8-7 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kang was hit by a pitch and scored in the sixth inning and came up with the game tied in the top of the ninth. Against Twins closer Glen Perkins, Kang launched a solo homer to give the Pirates the lead and ultimately the win. The shortstop has seven multi-hit games in his last nine contests, raising his season line to .289/.367/.426 with six homers and 32 RBI. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:16 pm
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  • Carpenter goes hitless, drops to .252 overall
    Matt Carpenter went hitless again Tuesday, dropping his average to .252 on the year.

    Advice: The third baseman went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against Reds starter Mike Leake, continuing his freefall since the end of May. Carpenter is now hitting .172 (15-for-87) with 19 strikeouts in July. He insists there's nothing physical going on, but there's certainly something wrong with the 29-year-old's swing right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 pm
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  • Sandoval hits eighth homer against White Sox
    Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Sandoval's two-run blast against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija in the second inning was all the offense the Red Sox could muster until the ninth inning. The two-hit game was Sandoval's third in a row, raising his line to .263/.307/.382 with eight homers and 34 RBI. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Freeman homers early, Braves defeated by O's
    Freddie Freeman went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run on Tuesday as the Braves lost 7-3 to the Orioles.

    Advice: Freeman, playing in his fourth game since being activated from the disabled list, staked the Braves to a 2-0 lead when he drilled a two-run home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the first inning. He's now 2-for-14 since being activated, but still owns a terrific .291/.359/.511 batting line along with 13 home runs and 43 RBI. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • Justin Turner has infection on leg
    Justin Turner is not playing Tuesday due to a pimple on his leg that became infected, necessitating a visit to the emergency room after he had a reaction to medication.

    Advice: Well, that's... appetizing. The Dodgers expect to know more on Turner later Tuesday, but he should be available to play Wednesday. Alberto Callaspo is at the hot corner Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:21 pm
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    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
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  • Justin Turner not in Dodgers' lineup Tuesday
    Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Turner. Alberto Callaspo is starting at third base against the A's. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:50 pm
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    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
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  • Angels recall Navarro from Triple-A
    Angels recalled INF/OF Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: As expected, Navarro will replace Matt Joyce (concussion) on the active roster. The 29-year-old is batting .260/.306/.312 in 82 plate appearances this season and will serve as a left-handed bat off the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:03 pm
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  • Machado batting leadoff Tuesday
    Manny Machado will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Machado had hit third in the previous four games. Adam Jones will slide back into the third spot Tuesday while Chris Davis will bat cleanup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Navarro expected to be called up Tuesday
    The Angels are expected to call up Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's possible that he'll replace Matt Joyce, who could be headed to the 7-day concussion disabled list. Navarro, 29, has a .260/.306/.312 batting line in 82 plate appearances with the Angels this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:43 am
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  • Santana goes yard in a losing effort vs. KC
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santana cut the Indians' deficit to 4-1 when he lifted an Edinson Volquez offering over the fence in center field in the second inning. Though he's drawn plenty of walks, Santana has otherwise had a mediocre season to date, hitting .224/.354/.389 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 pm
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    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
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  • Miguel Cabrera could return around August 15
    According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Tigers are becoming convinced that Miguel Cabrera could return to the lineup around August 15.

    Advice: That would put the slugger at the front end of his projected timeframe for recovery. It's unclear how that could impact their decision to buy or sell at the trade deadline. It still seems increasingly likely that they'll be forced to sell, especially if they drop another couple of games before the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:41 pm
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  • Donaldson hits solo homer in loss to Mariners
    Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-inning, 6-5 loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Donaldson launched the solo shot off Mariners starter Taijuan Walker in the first inning. It would be his only hit of the game, though he also knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second. He's on the short-list of AL MVP candidates this season and is currently slashing .289/.351/.539 with 24 homers and 68 RBI. The slugger's even stolen three bases. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:55 pm
  • Pirates showing interest in Napoli, Victorino
    According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune, the Pirates have shown interest in acquiring Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino from the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Pirates continue to explore ways to upgrade their offense, even after the acquisition of Aramis Ramirez. While Napoli has struggled this season, he would make for a nice compliment to Pedro Alvarez at first base for the Buccos. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:23 pm
  • Miami's Derek Dietrich drawing trade interest
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich is drawing trade interest.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that Miami is willing to move Dietrich if the price is right, and MLB.com's Joe Frisaro adds that the Rays appear to want him. The 26-year-old has posted an excellent .301/.378/.548 batting line in 32 games this season and would take on much more fantasy value with a move to another team -- a team that will actually give him regular starts. The asking price might be high given that he's under contractual control through 2019. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:06 pm
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  • Yunel Escobar (wrist) in Nats' lineup on Sat.
    Yunel Escobar (wrist) is in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: It looked like Escobar suffered a serious hand or wrist injury on a couple of check swings Wednesday, but he only wound up missing two games. Escobar is batting cleanup and starting third base in his return Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:30 pm
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  • Braves activate Freddie Freeman from DL
    Braves activated 1B Freddie Freeman from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Freeman has been sidelined since June 18 due to a bone bruise in his wrist, but the club apparently feels that he's ready to return without a lengthy minor league rehab assignment. Before hitting the DL, the 25-year-old slugger was hitting .299/.367/.520 with 12 homers and 41 RBI in 66 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:14 pm
  • Cabrera take light batting practice on Friday
    Miguel Cabrera (calf) has been cleared for light baseball activity and took a few rounds of batting practice before Friday's game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He is now traveling with the team and making strides in his recovery from a Grade 3 calf strain. Cabrera was also able to take throws at first base during fielding drills. He is still expected to return at some point in mid-August, though Cabrera is optimistic that he'll beat that timetable. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:03 am
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  • Teixeira has three hits, rare steal in loss
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a rare stolen base Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Teixeira has five multi-hit games in his last six and has pulled his batting average up from .239 to .260 on the year. With 26 home runs, 65 RBI, and a .918 OPS, he continues to have a tremendous bounceback season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Machado reaches four times in loss to Rays
    Manny Machado, hitting out of the third slot in the Orioles lineup, reached base in all four of his plate appearances in Friday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Machado finished the night 2-for-2 with a pair of singles. He also drew a walk, was drilled by a pitch and scored a run. The 23-year-old is in the midst of a major breakout this season, slashing .301/.373/.536 with 21 homers, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:23 pm
  • Turner homers, knocks in two runs vs. Mets
    Justin Turner went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's 7-2 win over the Mets.

    Advice: Turner had three extra-base hits on the night against his former team, including an RBI double in the first inning and a solo homer in the third. The 30-year-old has hit safely in six straight games and continues to have a fantastic year. He's batting .327 with 13 home runs and a .958 OPS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:04 pm
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    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
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  • Yunel Escobar takes swings in cage on Friday
    Yunel Escobar (wrist) was able to take some swings in the batting cages on Friday and could be available off the bench against the Pirates.

    Advice: He still needs another day or two before returning to the starting lineup, but should be able to do so before the end of the weekend. Dan Uggla is starting at second base for the Nats on Friday and batting eighth against Jeff Locke. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:29 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYM
     
  • Cabrera (calf) still not cleared for activity
    Miguel Cabrera (calf) has yet to be cleared to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Cabrera, who has been doing physical therapy, did say Friday that he's feeling better and thinks he's making good progress. However, he obviously hasn't really been tested yet. The slugging first baseman is expected to be sidelined until at least mid-August. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 8-7 x @Bal
     
  • Yunel Escobar (wrist) out again on Friday
    Yunel Escobar (wrist) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Escobar avoided a serious wrist injury but has missed two games in a row now. Danny Espinosa is at third base Friday, with Dan Uggla covering second. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:57 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYM
     
  • Giants could bring back Michael Morse
    MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that Michael Morse "might just be dealt" to the Giants.

    Advice: Morse, of course, had a nice season for the Giants last year. However, he's hit only .206/.268/.310 during an injury-shortened 2015 campaign and is owed $8 million next season. Plus, the Giants don't really have a need for him other than a bat off the bench. It's hard to see a fit unless the Marlins pay down the bulk of what remains on his contract. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:45 am
    W, 5-4 x @Cin
     
  • Mike Napoli homers, doubles twice
    Mike Napoli went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles against the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: The second double really should have been caught, but it was a hard liner that went over Preston Tucker's head in a sort of "deer in the headlights" moment. Napoli's average is back up to .206 now after three weeks below the Mendoza Line. He still probably has a hot streak in him; it just remains to be seen whether it comes in Boston or not. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • Escobar (hand, wrist) available Thursday
    Yunel Escobar (hand, wrist) is available to play Thursday.

    Advice: Escobar left Wednesday's game after tweaking his left hand/wrist on a swing, but X-rays and a CT scan both came back negative. He's not in the lineup Thursday, but it doesn't sound like he'll need to miss much time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:47 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYM
     
  • Matt Carpenter back to hitting second Thurs.
    Matt Carpenter has moved back to the second spot in the Cardinals' lineup for Thursday's makeup game against the visiting Royals.

    Advice: Carpenter, who's been in an ugly slump since early June, spent the last two nights hitting seventh. He obviously carries more fantasy potential as a No. 2 hitter, but it might not be the best spot for him right now. Carpenter was sidelined earlier this season with a case of extreme fatigue and he has looked slow to fastballs over the last couple of months. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:41 pm
    W, 7-0 vs ^ Col
     
  • Escobar (hand, wrist) out Thursday vs. Bucs
    Yunel Escobar (hand, wrist) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday night.

    Advice: No surprise there. Escobar left Wednesday's series finale against the Mets after appearing to suffer a serious hand or wrist injury on a pair of check swings. X-rays turned up negative, but an MRI is planned. Danny Espinosa is starting at third base and batting second on Thursday against the Pirates. Dan Uggla is at second base. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:38 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYM
     
  • Donaldson has another multi-hit game vs. A's
    Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with an RBI against his former teammates in Oakland on Wednesday.

    Advice: Donaldson added a walk on offense and a throwing error on defense. The third baseman is certainly enjoying this homecoming. He'd been in a 1-for-20 slump entering this series, but is 4-for-9 with a pair of doubles over the past 48 hours against the A's. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:10 pm
  • Teixeira slugs 24th homer to beat the Orioles
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run, helping the Yankees take down the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Teixeira pushed the Yankees' lead to 3-0 in the first inning when he sent a Kevin Gausman offering over the fence in right field for a two-run homer. The first baseman has logged multiple hits in four consecutive games, pushing his batting line up to .256/.361/.557 with 24 home runs and 65 RBI. His next home run, number 25, will be his best in a single season since he hit 39 in 2011. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:49 pm
  • Matt Carpenter batting seventh again on Wed.
    Matt Carpenter is batting seventh for the Cardinals again on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Carpenter went 2-for-5 with an RBI out of that spot Tuesday in the Cardinals' 8-5 win at U.S. Cellular Field. The third baseman has been in an extended offensive slump and continuing to bat him lower in the lineup may help take some pressure off, though it does slightly dent his fantasy potential. Kolten Wong is leading off and Randal Grichuk is hitting second on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:39 pm
    W, 7-0 vs ^ Col
     
  • X-rays on Escobar's hand/wrist are negative
    X-rays on Yunel Escobar's left hand and wrist came back negative.

    Advice: It's certainly good news, but the infielder is still set to undergo an MRI and it's possible that he could have ligament damage. He'll have that exam on Thursday, at which point an update on his status should be available. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:55 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYM
     
  • Rizzo can't manage hit in loss to Reds
    Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-4 in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo was far from the only Cub to struggle in the contest, as the team compiled just five total hits. He had a chance to do a little cosmetic damage in the ninth inning, when he stepped to the plate with two runners on and his team down 9-1, but he flew out. These things happen. Rizzo's hitting .285/.400/.510 with 16 homers and 51 RBI this season. He's recorded just three hits in 25 at-bats coming out of the break, but we're confident in saying that the current slump will likely come to an end soon enough. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:41 pm
  • Escobar exits with apparent wrist injury
    Yunel Escobar left Wednesday's game versus the Mets with an apparent left wrist injury.

    Advice: Escobar hurt the wrist on a check swing, tried to stay in but then exited after still feeling pain after a foul ball. He injured his other wrist in a similar fashion last month. The Nationals should have more on Escobar later Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:02 am
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYM
     
  • Morse homers as Marlins top the D'Backs
    Michael Morse went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, helping the Marlins top the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morse added insurance in a low-scoring affair, clubbing a solo home run to right field off of Jeremy Hellickson in the seventh inning. It was a rare sign of light at the plate for the veteran, who is hitting a paltry .211/.268/.316 with four home runs and 12 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:40 pm
    W, 5-4 x @Cin
     
  • Turner belts 12th home run in loss to Braves
    Justin Turner hit his 12th home run of the season in a loss to the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: A night after going 4-for-4 with three singles, Turner connected on a solo shot against Braves starter Alex Wood in Tuesday's contest. It ended up being his only hit on the night. The infielder continues to enjoy a breakout year in Los Angeles, as he's now hitting .322 with a .940 OPS and a career-high 12 homers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:48 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-3 vs x LAA
     
  • Carpenter dropped to seventh in Cards' lineup
    Matt Carpenter is hitting seventh for the Cardinals on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: This is just the second time since the beginning of 2013 that Carpenter has hit so low in the Cardinals' batting order. The third baseman is mired in an extended offensive slump, slashing .176/.315/.228 since June 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:46 pm
    W, 7-0 vs ^ Col
     
  • Freeman (wrist) nearing a rehab assignment
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) is expected to travel to Florida on Wednesday for 2-3 more days of working out.

    Advice: If that all goes well, he should then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution suspects that Freeman, who has been out since June 18 with a bone bruise in his wrist, could return to the Braves' active roster late next week in Philadelphia. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:27 pm
  • Dietrich homers, provides Marlins' only run
    Derek Dietrich's solo home run was the extent of the Marlins' offense in Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Dietrich clubbed a solo home run in the seventh inning against Rubby De La Rosa to get the Marlins on the board. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk on the evening. The homer was his first since June 20, when he went yard twice. He has four round-trippers on the year with six RBI and a .314/.385/.571 batting line. Dietrich hasn't played regularly, so he doesn't have a whole lot of fantasy value despite having hit well for two months. Rotoworld.com Jul 20, 9:46 pm
    L, 8-3 vs ^ SD
     
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