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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. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Eddie Rosario homers, triples, doubles
    Eddie Rosario missed the cycle by a single, knocked in three runs and scored three runs Thursday as the Twins beat the Mariners 9-5.

    Advice: Rosario was hitting .272/.296/.396 a week ago. Eight extra-base hits in five games have changed that in a hurry, pushing him up to .294/.316/.462. One would think his lack of plate discipline will catch up to him at some point, but even if that happens, his defense in left field will help him stay in the lineup. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Aaron Hicks goes 3-for-4 with a homer
    Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk from the two hole Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Twins never would have asked for this much from Hicks, but they're getting it. He's had multiple hits in five straight games, raising his average from .259 to .299. If the Twins keeps batting him second, he might even offer some mixed-league value down the stretch. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Austin Jackson homers against Twins
    Austin Jackson homered, doubled and walked versus the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson has been quite the bust offensively in his Mariners career, but at least he's had a bit to offer fantasy leaguers these last two months (.267 average, four homers, five steals) than he did previously. It's just not quite enough to give him mixed-league value. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Jason Castro delivers walkoff bomb
    Jason Castro hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Astros topped the Angels 3-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Castro was making his first start of the series. The big blast gave him his first RBI since July 3, his first homer since June 12 and his first three-RBI game since last year. Hank Conger probably deserves to keep starting two out of every three games for now, but if Castro does pick it up offensively, it's no secret that the Astros prefer his defense behind the plate. Yesterday, 9:56 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. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Lindor batting .329 in his last 18 games
    Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the A's.

    Advice: The rookie shortstop had a three-run homer and four RBI in his last game, Wednesday against the Royals. His fireworks weren't as bright tonight, but this was another promising showing by Lindor, who is really heating up. He's hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games to raise his average from .205 to .264. During that stretch, he's gone 25-for-76 (.329) with 11 runs, 13 RBI, four homers and a .358 OBP. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Josh Hamilton homers, knocks in four in win
    Josh Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI as the Rangers edged the Yankees 7-6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Hamilton singled in Leonys Martin to win it against Andrew Miller in the bottom of the ninth. He's now hitting .258 with four homers and 14 RBI in 27 games in his return to Texas. That's nothing special, but it's certainly better than what the team was getting from his spot prior to his reacquisition. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • 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. 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. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • D.J. LeMahieu goes 3-for-4 against Cards
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 on Thursday, raising his average to .325.

    Advice: That's three three-hit games in four days for the NL All-Star. Still, LeMahieu's value is down since the start of the week, since he's now batting lower in the Rockies order following the Jose Reyes acquisition. With Reyes taking over the second spot, LeMahieu hit sixth tonight. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Phillips fills it up: 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB
    Brandon Phillips went 4-for-5 with two homers, seven RBI and two steals as the Reds smoked the Pirates 15-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: That's about as good of a game for fantasy purposes as you'll see. According to Baseball-Reference's Play Index, he's the first player since Ryan Spilborghs in 2009 with two homers and two steals in a game. He's just the third since at least 1914 with seven RBI and two steals, joining Mickey Mantle in 1962 and Gary Sheffield in 1995. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Chris Davis homers, knocks in four runs
    Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, four RBI and a walk Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Davis has six homers in 13 games since the All-Star break and 25 overall. It's not nearly the same kind of season he had in 2013, not with his .244 average, but it's is a big improvement on what he did last year. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Det
  • 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. 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. Yesterday, 6:17 pm
  • Brewers recall Logan Schafer from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled OF Logan Schafer from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Schafer will join the team on Friday. He'll help provide depth in the outfield for the Brewers after dealing Carlos Gomez to the Astros on Thursday. Schafer is hitting just .182/.270/.276 in 33 at-bats with the big league club this season. Yesterday, 6:03 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs ChC
  • Mets activate Travis d'Arnaud from 15-day DL
    Mets activated C Travis d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Manager Terry Collins indicated Thursday that the club will ease the hard-hitting backstop back into action, so expect to see him share the load with Kevin Plawecki for awhile until he gets back into the swing of things. Yesterday, 5:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Domingo Santana goes to Brewers in Gomez deal
    Brewers acquired OF Domingo Santana, OF Brett Phillips, LHP Josh Hader, RHP Adrian Houser and international bonus slot #76 from the Astros for OF Carlos Gomez and RHP Mike Fiers.

    Advice: The 22-year-old outfielder has seen limited action with the big league club this season, but has mashed to the tune of .320/.426/.582 with 16 homers and 59 RBI in 75 games at Triple-A Fresno. With little left to prove in the minor leagues, he could immediately get an opportunity to play everyday in Milwaukee. Yesterday, 4:56 pm
  • Athletics release Dayan Viciedo from minors
    Athletics released OF Dayan Viciedo.

    Advice: The veteran slugger opted out of his deal and was granted his release from the Athletics. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league pact. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm vs KC
  • Norris cracks grand slam to help down Mets
    Derek Norris hit a grand slam and finished a perfect 5-for-5 in Thursday afternoon's 8-7 win over the Mets.

    Advice: Norris was integral to the Padres' comeback operation. Down 7-1 in the seventh inning, he stepped up with the bases loaded and smashed a grand slam off of Mets reliever Hansel Robles. That's not all. Following a rain delay of 44 minutes, the catcher singled with two outs in the ninth inning and would come around to score on a three-run homer by Justin Upton that gave the Padres the lead and win over the reeling Mets. Norris is slashing .238/.283/.407 with 12 homers and 49 RBI this season. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • White Sox acquire Justin Sellers from Pirates
    White Sox acquired INF Justin Sellers from Pirates for a player to be named later.

    Advice: With Micah Johnson forced to the disabled list at Triple-A Charlotte, Sellers will provide versatility and insurance. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs NYY
  • Holliday has Grade 2 quad strain
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak announced Thursday that Matt Holliday has a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps.

    Advice: It's a recurrence of the very same injury Holliday suffered back in June. While he's looking at another extended absence, Mozeliak is "optimistic" that he'll play again before the end of the regular season. Stephen Piscotty will likely take over as the primary left fielder during his absence, though the Cardinals have options after Thursday's acquisition of Brandon Moss. Yesterday, 1:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Yelich singles twice, steals base in loss
    Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a stolen base in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Yelich was the offensive star for the Marlins on Thursday. Which isn't saying much. His two singles represented 66% of the team's hit output on the day. That's three total hits by the Marlins, if you're not into math. Max Scherzer will do that to you. Yelich also stole his 10th base of the season in the contest. He's hitting just .267/.343/.360 with five homers, 23 RBI and 34 runs scored this season, but if you need somebody to slap singles off Max Scherzer, you've found your guy. Joking aside, Yelich's raised his triple-slash from a watery .217/.279/.296 mark in June and has value in deeper mixed leagues. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Cardinals DFA 35-year-old Dan Johnson
    Cardinals designated 1B Dan Johnson for assignment.

    Advice: Johnson managed just three hits -- all singles -- in 21 plate appearances with the Cardinals. The 35-year-old will probably pass through waivers unclaimed. Yesterday, 11:53 am
    Not Active
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Cardinals place Holliday (quad) back on DL
    Cardinals placed OF Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain.

    Advice: Holliday just missed six weeks with the very same injury and it's fair to ask now whether he may be done for the remainder of the 2015 season. Stephen Piscotty figures to take over as the Cardinals' primary left fielder, with newcomer Brandon Moss also seeing some starts there. Piscotty is worth an add in deep mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 11:49 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Mets will ease d'Arnaud (elbow) back in
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that he will ease Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) into action.

    Advice: The 26-year-old catcher rejoined the Mets on Thursday morning after missing a month with a left elbow sprain, but he won't be officially activated until Friday. Kevin Plawecki is starting behind the plate against the Padres on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Yesterday, 7:10 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • 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." Yesterday, 5:37 am
  • Shin-Soo Choo goes 3-for-4
    Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Choo was hitting eighth tonight despite his recent success. He's batting .387 with nine RBI in nine games since the All-Star break. Still, he's probably not going to get another look at the top of the order unless Delino DeShields Jr. slumps. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Matt Holliday to undergo MRI Wednesday night
    Matt Holliday (quad) will undergo an MRI Wednesday night to determine the severity of his injury.

    Advice: He was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Reds after re-aggravating his right quadriceps muscle. The Cardinals want to determine the severity as quickly as possible, as it may impact their trade pursuits prior to Friday's trade deadline. It did look bad. Wednesday, 8:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Travis d'Arnaud to rejoin Mets on Thursday
    Travis d'Arnaud has completed his minor league rehab assignment and will rejoin the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: He has missed the past month with a left elbow sprain, but is now fully recovered and ready to provide an offensive jolt to the Mets. Before landing on the disabled list, the 26-year-old was hitting .296/.338/.535 with four homers and 17 RBI in 19 games. Wednesday, 7:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Matt Holliday leaves game with strained quad
    Matt Holliday was removed from Wednesday's game against the Reds due to a strained right quadriceps.

    Advice: It's an injury that continues to bother the veteran outfielder and could continue to throughout the remainder of the season. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday, but a trip back to the disabled list is certainly a possibility. Wednesday, 6:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • 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. Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • Francisco Lindor homers, drives in four runs
    Francisco Lindor went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Lindor singled in his first at-bat, hit a sacrifice fly in his second and capped off his day with a three-run homer in the sixth. The shortstop has really turned it up a notch of late, hitting .324 with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 16 games. It was an offensive explosion for the Tribe, as they pounded out 18 hits -- including four home runs -- and 12 runs. Wednesday, 12:30 pm
  • Hicks drives in three runs in loss to Pirates
    Aaron Hicks went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Rather than one big hit, Hicks drove in runs in three different innings in the loss. That included an RBI triple in the sixth inning. Since being activated from the disabled list on July 3, Hicks is hitting .323 (21-for-65) with three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. Still just 25, Hicks may finally be delivering on some of the promise he showed as a prospect. Tuesday, 9:10 pm
  • LeMahieu falls homer shy of cycle in Rox win
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored in the Rockies' 7-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: LeMahieu got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first inning, coming around to score later in the inning. He fell a homer shy of a cycle, but that's not terribly surprising given that he's hit just 13 homers in 469 career games. Still, the 27-year-old is on fire in July, riding an 18-game hitting streak en route to a .324/.381/.423 overall line. His 56 runs scored are eighth-most in the National League. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Davis has 2 HR, 5 RBI to down the Braves
    Chris Davis crushed a pair of home runs to drive in five runs, helping the Orioles take down the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: The O's fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning, but Davis quickly responded with a three-run home run in the bottom half. He added a two-run shot in the second, with both blasts coming against Julio Teheran -- his only hits in four at-bats on the night. Davis is swinging a hot stick as he's homered five times in his last seven games, giving him 24 on the season with 65 RBI and a .243/.325/.497 line. Tuesday, 7:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Det
  • D'Arnaud (elbow) plays in latest rehab game
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) went 1-for-3 with a single and caught seven innings Monday in his latest minor league rehab game with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: D'Arnaud, out for a month with a left elbow sprain, caught five innings on Saturday and served as the DH on Sunday. He's expected to catch a full game on Tuesday and appears likely to rejoin the Mets this weekend. Tuesday, 8:46 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • 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. Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Lindor's three-run homer not enough in a loss
    Francisco Lindor slugged a three-run home run in Monday's loss to the Royals, finishing 1-for-5.

    Advice: The Indians had fallen behind 9-1 when Lindor brought them back in the game with a three-run home run off of Joe Blanton in the seventh inning. The 21-year-old has hit safely in six straight games and now owns a .260/.297/.377 batting line with four home runs and 15 RBI since making his major league debut on June 14. Monday, 7:17 pm
  • Matt Holliday not in lineup Monday
    Matt Holliday is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be some rest, as the Cards have been careful with Holliday as he returns from a quad injury. Stephen Piscotty is in left field. Monday, 1:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Cards 'don't appear high' on O's Chris Davis
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Cardinals "don't appear to be high" on Chris Davis.

    Advice: St. Louis is known to be in search of an upgrade at first base, but the Cardinals' primary target seems to be the Brewers' Adam Lind. Crasnick says the Cards are "wary" of Davis' lofty strikeout totals, and it also probably helps that Lind carries a team-friendly option for 2016 whereas Davis is due to become a free agent. Monday, 12:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Det
  • Justin Sellers outrighted to Triple-A
    Pirates activated INF Justin Sellers from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Sellers has battled an Achilles injury all season. While he appears to be over it, he's now off the Pirates' 40-man roster. Sunday, 5:43 am
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs NYY
  • Davis crushes grand slam in O's win
    Chris Davis launched a grand slam in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Davis unloaded on an Erasmo Ramirez offering with one out and the bases juiced in the third inning to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead. It was his 22nd homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to an even 60 on the year. The slugger has been in the zone of late, with three homers and two doubles in his last four games. That, on top of an ongoing eight-game hitting streak. He's currently hitting .242/.321/.487. On Friday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the Orioles were considering selling off some pieces at the trade deadline. Davis is one of those potential pieces, and with his recent hot stretch, he should draw interest as a rental from multiple teams if the team does, indeed, try to move him. Saturday, 5:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Det
  • Travis d'Arnaud catches five innings at AA
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 and caught five innings Saturday afternoon with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: It looks like d'Arnaud will be back on the Mets' active roster early next week. The 26-year-old catcher has been out since June 23 because of a left elbow sprain. Saturday, 5:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Josh Hamilton out of Rangers' lineup Sat.
    Josh Hamilton is not in the Rangers' lineup Saturday.

    Advice: He'll take a day off with the Angels throwing left-hander Hector Santiago. Ryan Rua is starting in left field. Saturday, 2:07 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud moves rehab up to Double-A
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) has had his minor league rehab assignment up to Double-A Binghampton.

    Advice: His rehab has been stalled a bit after he had a few games rained out at High-A St. Lucie. The Mets are hopeful that he'll be able to return to the team next weekend against the Nationals. Saturday, 11:16 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • 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. Friday, 8:32 pm
  • O's giving 'serious consideration' to selling
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are giving "serious consideration" to becoming sellers at the trade deadline.

    Advice: The reigning American League East champs have been disappointing so far in 2015, posting a 46-48 record. They sit just 4.5 games out of a Wild Card spot, though, so it would be a bit of a surprise to see them sell. If they would make such a decision, impending free agents like Chris Davis, Matt Wieters and Wei-Yin Chen could be on the move. Friday, 10:03 am
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Det
  • Yelich continues hot run, collects 2 hits
    Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Marlins' 4-0 win against the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: Yelich was hitting .217/.279/.296 as recently as June 9, but he's turned on the jets for the past month and half to become a trusted mixed league player again. The 23-year-old is slashing .271/.350/.368 with five homers. Thursday, 10:31 pm
  • D'Arnaud (elbow) to begin rehab stint Thu.
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.

    Advice: The Mets want d'Arnaud to play a handful of games in the minors, but Terry Collins thinks he has a chance to be activated next weekend. The 26-year-old catcher has been on the disabled list since June 23 with a left elbow sprain. Thursday, 1:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Davis homers in second consecutive game
    Chris Davis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Davis crushed a Masahiro Tanaka offering in the second inning, his 21st homer of the season. The solo bomb gave him 55 RBI for the year. He's rapidly closing in on his 2014 home run total, as he hit 26 long balls a season ago. After slashing just .196/.300/.404 in 2014, he's hitting .238/.317/.473 this year. It's been a nice bounce-back campaign for the slugger, who is too often judged against a monster 2013 campaign that, realistically, was never going to be repeated. Thursday, 1:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Det
  • 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. Thursday, 12:41 pm
  • Davis homers, but Orioles fall to the Yankees
    Chris Davis finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Orioles came up short versus the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis halved the Orioles' deficit when he took Andrew Miller yard in the ninth inning, but the club otherwise wasn't able to do much. He hasn't been able to recapture the production that resulted in his third-place finish in AL MVP balloting in 2013, but he's still hitting a productive .238/.318/.466 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI. Wednesday, 6:51 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Det
  • 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. Wednesday, 6:49 pm
  • Lindor smacks homer in first to set tone
    Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Wednesday afternoon's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: The home run was Lindor's third of the season. He's hitting a relatively unimpressive .246/.284/.349 across 126 at-bats, but there's possible value to be had here in deeper AL-only formats so long as he continues to hit in the two-hole. Wednesday, 3:03 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. Wednesday, 1:39 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 12:41 pm
  • Choo hits for the cycle, Rangers roll Rockies
    Shin-Soo Choo hit for the cycle Tuesday, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as the Rangers skunked the Rockies 9-0.

    Advice: Choo's night was reminiscent of the player the Rangers thought they were getting when they signed him prior to the 2014 season. The 33-year-old had an RBI double in the second inning, hit a solo homer in the fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth before his climactic ninth-inning triple completed the cycle in his final at-bat. It was a night to remember among a number of nights both Choo and the Rangers would like to forget. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Holliday's grand slam propels Cards past Sox
    Matt Holliday hit a grand slam and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Cardinals outlasted the White Sox 8-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Holliday went down to get a Carlos Rodon pitch and jacked it out to left. The homer was just his fourth of the year and his first since coming off the disabled list after the All-Star break. The Cardinals certainly missed his bat while he was away, and the 35-year-old is now batting .302/.413/.434 on the season. Tuesday, 9:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • 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. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) taking rounds of BP
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) has taken successful rounds of live batting practice the last two days.

    Advice: And it sounds like he'll be playing in rehab games by the end of the week. The 26-year-old catcher has been on the disabled list since June 23 with a left elbow sprain. He's trending toward an end-of-July return. Tuesday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
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