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  • Iannetta smacks grand slam as LAA punks DET
    Chris Iannetta went 2-for-4 with a double and a grand slam on Thursday in a 12-2 stomping of the Tigers.

    Advice: With the game already out of hand, Detroit stretched Tom Gorzelanny beyond his LOOGY capabilities and his ERA will suffer for it for some time. Not that Iannetta much cares. His slash line was a hideous .123/.217/.137 as recently as 11 days ago, but Carlos Perez's emergence has jolted him awake. Iannetta has 12 RBI in his past 10 games and three homers and three doubles across his last eight.
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • OF Aoki has fifth straight multi-hit effort
    Nori Aoki finished 2-for-4 with a run scored on Thursday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Aoki has five straight multi-hit games and a six-game hit streak overall. With the way he's hitting, the Giants won't be able to pull him out of the lineup or the leadoff slot. Aoki is slashing .326/.398/.418 with 11 steals, the latter good for fourth in the NL.
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Burns Notice: Billy smacks another homer
    Billy Burns finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Billy Burns is apparently the new Rickey Henderson. He's hit two homers in the past five games (and also smacked a double). How surprising is that? Well, Mr. Burns hit a grand total of two homers in 1,796 minor league at-bats. He slugged .357 on the farm, but has found this major league stuff pretty easy with a .417 mark (and a .302 average). It won't continue, but who are we to rain on Billy Burns' parade?
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • David Dahl (spleen) to miss remainder of year
    Rockies prospect David Dahl will miss the remainder of the 2015 season after suffering a lacerated spleen in a gruesome collision in the outfield in a Double-A game on Thursday.

    Advice: Dahl underwent successful surgery on Thursday to repair the massive laceration. Due to the severity of the injury, it's likely that he'll have to wear a protective device for the rest of his career to protect his spleen.
    Yesterday, 8:16 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Crisp (neck) to miss at least another month
    Coco Crisp (neck) is scheduled to undergo an epidural on Monday and will be sidelined at least a month afterward.

    Advice: The hope remains that he will be able to avoid surgery, though it continues to look unlikely that he will be fantasy relevant this season. Billy Burns will continue to benefit in his absence.
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Jose Iglesias returns to lineup Thursday
    Jose Iglesias (knee) has returned to the Tigers starting lineup on Thursday

    Advice: He missed the last four games due to soreness in his knee, but appears to be good to go. The Tigers sent Dixon Machado back to Triple-A on Thursday, indicating they have confidence in The health of Iglesias.
    Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • Angels designate Marc Krauss for assignment
    Angels designated 1B Marc Krauss for assignment.

    Advice: Krauss hit just .143/.211/.286 during his brief time with the Angels before he was sent down in favor or Kirk Nieuwenhuis. He could attract some interest on waivers.
    Yesterday, 3:08 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Red Sox designate Bianchi for assignment
    Red Sox designated INF Jeff Bianchi for assignment.

    Advice: With Eduardo Rodriguez, Robbie Ross, and Carlos Peguero all joining the team on Thursday, Bianchi gets the boot. The 28-year-old was just called up from Triple-A on Sunday and didn't get a plate appearance. There's a decent chance he'll pass through waivers unclaimed.
    Yesterday, 2:59 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Green starting at first base Thursday
    Grant Green will start at first base Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Albert Pujols will serve as the designated hitter and Matt Joyce will start in left field. The newly-acquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis is on the bench. This will be Green's first career start at first base, though he has made three previous appearances at the position.
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Brantly cleared for rehab assignment
    Rob Brantly has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham.

    Advice: Brantly has been sidelined since mid-April with an avulsion fracture in his left thumb. He'll likely remain in the minors even after he's back to full health.
    Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Red Sox place Nava (thumb) on 15-day DL
    Red Sox placed OF Daniel Nava on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 26, with a sprained left thumb.

    Advice: It was obvious that something would have to give with Carlos Peguero joining the team, so putting Nava on the disabled list enables the Red Sox to keep him in the organization rather than expose him to waivers. The 32-year-old is batting just .159/.250/.190 through 27 games this season and the thumb injury has apparently been bothering him for a while.
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Martin not in Thursday's lineup
    Leonys Martin is not in Thursday's lineup against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Delino DeShields will start in center field and bat leadoff against Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Chances are Martin will be back in there Friday with right-handed knuckleballer Steven Wright on the hill.
    Yesterday, 1:33 pm
  • DeShields Jr. starting in CF on Thursday
    Delino DeShields Jr. is starting in center field and leading off Thursday night against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Leonys Martin is on the bench with the Red Sox throwing left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. DeShields should continue to start over Martin against southpaws, with Martin handling center against most righties. Interesting note: DeShields made his major league debut at second base late in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Indians.
    Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Almora cracks second home run
    Cubs prospect OF Albert Almora went 2-for-5 with a solo home run on Wednesday for Double-A Tennessee.

    Advice: The long ball was the second of the season for Almora, who’s batting .271/.312/.364 through 33 games for Tennessee. The 2012 first-round pick missed time early in the season with a concussion, and he was held out of action last week after a scary outfield collision. Beyond that, the 21-year-old outfielder has fared well as one of the younger everyday players in the Southern League, though it wouldn’t be surprising if he spent the entire 2015 season at the Double-A level.
    Yesterday, 12:25 pm
    Not Active
    1:05 pm vs KC
  • David Dahl suffered concussion, broken rib
    Rockies prospect David Dahl suffered a concussion and broken rib in a nasty on-field collision.

    Advice: Dahl might also have a ruptured spleen and will obviously be sidelined for an extended period. The 21-year-old outfielder was batting just .263/.290/.374 with three home runs through 43 games this season at Double-A New Britain, though he has tallied 11 stolen bases. Dahl was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.
    Yesterday, 12:06 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Angels option Marc Krauss to AAA level
    Angels optioned 1B Marc Krauss to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Krauss had a couple of timely hits in his two-week stay with the Halos, but he ultimately posted a disappointing .143/.211/.286 overall batting line. This move clears a roster spot for outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was acquired from the Mets on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 5:51 am
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Middlebrooks has 5 multi-hit games in past 8
    Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 5-4 win against the Angels.

    Advice: Middlebrooks' two-run round-tripper off Garrett Richards in the fourth inning gave the Padres a 3-2 lead in an eventual 5-4 triumph. He continues to be a frustrating asset in NL-only leagues, though the third baseman has performed better of late. Middlebrooks has exactly two hits in five of his last eight games. Of course, in the other three he had zero. He's slashing .226/.260/.397 with six homers.
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Delino DeShields appears at second base
    Delino DeShields Jr. made his major league debut at second base late in Wednesday's blowout loss.

    Advice: Manager Jeff Banister said earlier this week that there weren't any immediate plans to give DeShields starts at second base. He played the position regularly from 2011-2013 in the minors, but he proved much better defensively in the outfield. Of course, there's now fewer at-bats for him there with Josh Hamilton off the DL. He'll likely get most of his starts versus lefties unless he shows he's a realistic option at second.
    Wednesday, 12:09 pm
  • Jose Iglesias (knee) still out Wednesday
    Jose Iglesias (knee) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's now missed four straight starts with a sore left knee. Iglesias is available to pinch-hit and is able to field balls directly at him but is still having some issues with side-to-side movements. Dixon Machado is filling in at shortstop Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Jose Iglesias (knee) out again Tuesday night
    Jose Iglesias (knee) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the third straight start he's missed after banging his left knee on Saturday. Iglesias is day-to-day. Andrew Romine is filling in at shortstop.
    Tuesday, 3:36 pm
  • DeShields not in Tuesday's lineup
    Delino DeShields Jr. is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians.

    Advice: DeShields made the start in center field on Monday, but Leonys Martin is back in there against right-hander Danny Salazar. We still think Martin will end up getting most of the playing time in center field, which will hurt DeShields as long as Josh Hamilton can stay healthy. Of course, that's far from a guarantee.
    Tuesday, 1:00 pm
  • Aoki has four hits, HR, vs. Brewers
    Nori Aoki had a huge day against the Brewers on Monday, going 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

    Advice: Aoki filled up the box score against his former team, hitting a solo homer in the third inning -- his second home run of the season -- and an RBI single in the sixth along the way. He's done a nice job as San Francisco's leadoff man, batting .312 with a .391 on-base percentage over 44 games.
    Monday, 2:50 pm
  • Iglesias (knee) not in Detroit lineup Monday
    Jose Iglesias (knee) is not in the Tigers' starting lineup Monday afternoon in Oakland.

    Advice: Dixon Machado will get the nod at shortstop and bat ninth. Iglesias injured his knee Saturday when he collided with Chris Carter of the Astros. An MRI ruled out any structural damage, but he has a bad bruise.
    Monday, 9:36 am
  • Burns homers, scores 3 runs in an A's win
    Billy Burns went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, a stolen base, and three runs scored in Sunday's victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Burns led off the game with a solo home run to right field off of Erasmo Ramirez, serving as his first career long ball. He also singled twice and stole a base en route to scoring two more runs. The speedy outfielder has been a spark plug at the top of the Athletics' lineup, batting .309/.356/.395 with seven stolen bases in nine attempts.
    Sunday, 1:04 pm
  • Jeff Bianchi called up from Triple-A
    Red Sox purchased the contract of INF Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Bianchi has hit .302/.373/.340 with Pawtucket this season. He'll provide infield depth.
    Sunday, 8:31 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • Jose Iglesias (knee) has X-rays, MRI
    Jose Iglesias underwent X-rays and an MRI, which confirmed that he is merely dealing with a left knee contusion.

    Advice: Iglesias injured the knee when he collided with the Astros' Chris Carter on Saturday. He's not in Sunday's lineup but isn't expected to miss much time.
    Sunday, 7:20 am
  • Jose Iglesias (knee) not in Sunday's lineup
    Jose Iglesias (knee) is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Iglesias banged knees with the Astros' Chris Carter on Saturday, forcing him from the game. He only has a bruise but is likely still pretty sore. Andrew Romine is at shortstop in his place.
    Sunday, 6:38 am
  • Middlebrooks starting at shortstop Saturday
    Will Middlebrooks will make his first career start at shortstop Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Middlebooks played one inning at shortstop against the Diamondbacks on May 10. With Middlebrooks occupying shortstop, Cory Spangenberg will draw the start at third base. Alexi Amarista, who has started at shortstop for 31 of San Diego's 44 games this season, will get the night off.
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Jose Iglesias leaves early with bruised knee
    Jose Iglesias is day-to-day after leaving Saturday's game with a left knee contusion.

    Advice: He banged knees with Chris Carter on an infield single back in the third inning. Hernan Perez came in to pinch-run for Iglesias after he singled again in the fifth. Perez and Andrew Romine are candidates to fill in at shortstop if Iglesias misses time.
    Saturday, 2:47 pm
  • Leonys Martin not in Rangers lineup Saturday
    Leonys Martin is not in the Rangers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It appears as though the Rangers will continue to ride the hot hand, with Delino DeShields again starting in center field and hitting leadoff for the Rangers against opposing southpaw C.C. Sabathia. Look for Martin to return to the lineup on Sunday.
    Saturday, 7:49 am
  • Athletics place Coco Crisp (neck) on DL
    Athletics placed OF Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with compressed discs in his neck.

    Advice: There are no immediate plans for the off-injured outfielder to undergo surgery, but also no clear timetable for his return. At this stage, fantasy owners may be wise to cut bait and free up a roster spot.
    Saturday, 6:45 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Iannetta smacks three-run homer vs. BoSox
    Chris Iannetta connected for a three-run homer and drew two walks in Friday's blowout win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: His three-run blast was the big blow in a nine-run fifth inning for the Angels. Iannetta got off to a miserable start this season, but he has shown signs of life in recent days by going 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs, two doubles, and seven RBI over his last five games.
    Friday, 9:14 pm
  • Coco Crisp (neck) won't have surgery
    Coco Crisp will not undergo surgery to repair his nagging neck injury.

    Advice: Crisp revealed via social media on Thursday that he received "disheartening news" about his neck after seeing a doctor, but the plan is to treat the ailment with rest and rehab. The alternative would be a potentially career-ending operation, so it's no surprise they chose the former route. The A's haven't decided yet whether to place Crisp on the disabled list.
    Friday, 2:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Coco Crisp gets bad news about neck injury
    Coco Crisp said via Snapchat on Thursday that he got "disheartening news" about his neck injury, but would not elaborate.

    Advice: The oft-injured outfielder underwent an MRI on Thursday and is scheduled to meet with a doctor in Dallas on Friday. The Athletics should provide an update on his status then, but a trip to the disabled list certainly appears to be in order.
    Thursday, 7:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Crisp (neck) to see doctor Friday
    Coco Crisp (neck) will get an MRI on Thursday and is scheduled to see a doctor in Dallas on Friday.

    Advice: It was originally reported that he would see a specialist on Thursday, but there was a scheduling conflict. Crisp left Tuesday's game with a neck issue that is similar to the problem he dealt with in 2014. It's possible he'll need another stint on the DL.
    Thursday, 2:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Iglesias not in Tigers' lineup on Thursday
    Jose Iglesias is not in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for Iglesias, who has battled some groin issues. Andrew Romine is at shortstop as the Tigers kick off a four-game set with the Astros.
    Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Krauss doubles, sends Angels to a victory
    Mark Krauss helped the Angels take a late lead and an eventual win with a two-run double on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: First baseman Albert Pujols had to leave the game after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch, so Krauss replaced him at first base. He turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead when he hit a seventh-inning double to plate two runs off of Steve Delabar. Krauss had been 1-for-13 since his promotion on May 12.
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Crisp to visit a neck specialist on Thursday
    Coco Crisp will visit a neck specialist in the Dallas area on Thursday morning.

    Advice: Crisp was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Astros with a neck injury and did not play Wednesday. It's similar to the neck problem that bothered him in 2014. The veteran outfielder could be headed to the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Coco Crisp (neck) sitting out Wednesday
    Coco Crisp (neck) is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Crisp exited Tuesday's game with a neck issue that manager Bob Melvin admitted was similar to the nagging neck ailment the outfielder battled last season. He's considered day-to-day. Craig Gentry is in left field Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 8:17 am
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Crisp's neck injury similar to last year's
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that the neck injury Coco Crisp suffered Tuesday is similar to the one he dealt with last season.

    Advice: Well, that's not encouraging. Crisp never was placed on the disabled list last season, but he was limited to just 126 games in 2014 while battling the neck ailment off and on. Melvin said that the outfielder is considered day-to-day. Crisp is off to a 2-for-45 start at the plate this season.
    Tuesday, 8:48 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
  • Martin hits pinch-hit homer in loss to BoSox
    Leonys Martin hit a pinch-hit home run in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Batting against Red Sox closer Koji Uehara in the ninth inning, Martin led off the inning with the solo blast. He's now got two home runs on the year and has lost some playing time to Rule 5 pick Delino DeShields in recent days.
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Coco Crisp leaves game with neck tightness
    Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Astros with neck tightness.

    Advice: It's unclear how serious the ailment might be, but with Crisp's history of neck issues there has to be some concern. The A's should have an update on his status after Tuesday's game concludes.
    Tuesday, 6:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:05 pm vs NYY
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