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  • Tulowitzki hit-less in five at-bats vs TEX
    Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Tulowitzki and fellow star Josh Donaldson combined for an 0-for-8 day and the Jays only scored one run as a team. Since being traded from the Rockies, Tulo is hitting a paltry .225/.325/.353, though he has picked up six hits in his last four games. Just none on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:02 pm
  • Gallardo allows three hits in 5 1/3 innings
    Yovani Gallardo effectively limited the Blue Jays in Thursday's win, hurling 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Gallardo allowed a mere three hits while striking out two and walking three. He had thrown 101 pitches (58 strikes) at the time he was relieved of duty with an out in the sixth. The shutout effort lowered his ERA to 3.14. His 1.34 WHIP is slightly less shiny, but it's still been a respectable season for the 29-year-old right-hander. A road date with the Padres awaits Gallardo next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:51 pm
  • Matz (lat) to make another rehab start
    Steven Matz (lat) is expected to start either Monday or Tuesday with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: Matz, out since early July with a partial tear of his lat muscle, allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings Wednesday in his second minor league rehab start with Double-A Binghamton. He fanned six and walked none while throwing 56 pitches. The southpaw could be an option to rejoin the Mets' rotation in early September. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:36 pm
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  • Adam Jones exits game with apparent injury
    Adam Jones left Thursday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Jones ran into the center field fence trying to track down a ball off the bat of Ben Zobrist in the first inning. He remained in the game initially, but Paul Janish replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the third. The O's should pass along an update soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:35 pm
  • Johnson earns 10th save with perfect ninth
    Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the season in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Reds.

    Advice: With Kenley Jansen unavailable for the day, the Dodgers trotted Johnson out for the ninth as they clung to a 1-0 lead. Johnson refused to wilt under pressure and retired Eugenio Suarez, Jay Bruce and Jason Bourgeois in order to secure the tight save. Since being acquired by the Dodgers, the veteran relief arm has allowed 15 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Eight of those runs came in a single appearance, as the Pirates rocked him in 2/3 of an inning on August 9. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:53 pm
  • Votto walks twice in low-scoring affair
    Joey Votto went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Votto walked twice and also managed to avoid becoming one of Zack Greinke's nine strikeout victims on the afternoon. After an injury-plagued 2014 campaign, the veteran slugger has rebounded with a .305/.447/.545 batting line to pair with 24 home runs, 62 RBI and seven steals in 2015. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:46 pm
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  • Dodgers cut ties with INF Alberto Callaspo
    Dodgers released INF Alberto Callaspo.

    Advice: Callaspo was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on August 19 to open up a roster spot for Chase Utley. Callaspo, 32, is batting just .235/.315/.278 in 97 games this year between Los Angeles and Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:15 am
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  • Gregor Blanco (hip) out of SF lineup Thursday
    Gregor Blanco (hip) is out of the Giants' starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's game with a left hip strain, but he felt good running in the outfield on Thursday morning and could be available off the bench already. Juan Perez is starting in center field and batting seventh on Thursday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:13 am
  • Brandon Crawford (oblique) out again Thurs.
    Brandon Crawford (oblique) is out of the Giants' starting lineup again on Thursday.

    Advice: Crawford could need a couple more days to rest his tight left oblique. Ehire Adrianza is starting at shortstop and batting eighth on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:51 am
  • Rob Refsnyder to rejoin Yankees in Sept.
    Rob Refsnyder will rejoin the Yankees in early September.

    Advice: He'll be one of several September callups for New York. Refsnyder went 2-for-12 (.167) in a short stay with the Yankees earlier this season. He does have a nice skillset, but the 24-year-old probably won't hold fantasy value in a utility role over the final four weeks. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:49 am
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  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting behind the plate in the Cubs' series finale Thursday versus the Giants.

    Advice: It's his 13th start this year at catcher, but his first since August 6. Schwarber was shifted to left field when Miguel Montero returned earlier this month from a thumb sprain, but Montero is getting a day off Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:54 am
  • Mo tells Waino to pump brakes on return talk
    According to Jim Hayes of CBS Sports 920 in St. Louis, general manager John Mozeliak told Adam Wainwright (heel) to "pump the brakes" on his public predictions that he will be able to return this year.

    Advice: Wainwright has maintained the entire summer that he is working to rejoin the Cardinals before the end of the season, but the rehab for a ruptured Achilles tendon -- which Waino suffered in late April -- typically takes 10-12 months. It's a nice carrot for Wainwright to dangle in front of himself through a tedious recovery process, but the 33-year-old right-hander can be safely ruled out until 2016. St. Louis pitchers boast an MLB-best 2.65 combined ERA so far in 2015. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:38 am
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  • Rangers recall Nick Martinez from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled RHP Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Martinez has a rough 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 73/44 K/BB ratio in 121 innings this year for Texas. He will pitch in relief in his return to the Rangers' active roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:46 am
  • Bryant drives home both Cub runs with single
    Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and a double in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Bryant and fellow young human Kyle Schwarber picked up four of the team's five hits, with the third-baseman driving in both Cub runs with a two-run single in the first. That turned out to be the offensive highlight of the game for the Cubbies, as they wouldn't score again. This was just their sixth loss in their last 21 road games. Bryant's certainly done his part to help fuel a possible playoff run, hitting .265/.368/.482 with 20 home runs, 77 RBI and 12 steals over 423 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Lackey fires seven innings of one-run ball
    John Lackey improved to 11-8 with Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks, hurling seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Lackey scattered seven hits while striking out four against one walk. Paul Goldschmidt burned him for a solo home run in the first inning, but Lackey settled in after that and tossed goose eggs up over the next six frames. This performance was just same old, same old for the veteran right-hander, who has allowed more than three runs just once in his last 13 starts. For the season, he's the owner of a 2.92 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 166 2/3 innings. He'll tango with the Nationals next time he takes the ball. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Blanco a late scratch with left hip strain
    Gregor Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup with a left hip strain.

    Advice: Blanco was replaced in the lineup by Juan Perez. It's another blow to a team ravaged by injuries this year. The Giants should provide a clearer outlook on Blanco shortly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:01 pm
  • Crawford (oblique) hoping to return shortly
    Brandon Crawford (oblique) said he hopes to be back in the lineup in a couple days.

    Advice: Crawford sat out Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game early with what he called mild left oblique tightness. It seems likely at this point that Crawford will avoid a disabled list trip. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Crawford (oblique) not in Giants lineup Wed.
    Brandon Crawford (oblique) is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Crawford left Tuesday's game with tightness in his left side and lower back, but the Giants remained hopeful it wasn't a debilitating injury. It remains to be seen how long the shortstop might be sidelined. Ehire Adrianza got the start at shortstop in Crawford's absence Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Matz (lat) likely to make another rehab start
    Steven Matz (lat) is likely to make one more rehab start after Wednesday's at Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: Matz went 2 2/3 innings last Thursday with High-A St. Lucie and will probably try to go four frames on Wednesday night at Double-A. He'll then stretch out to six or even six-plus in his next outing. The young left-hander should become an option for the Mets' starting rotation in the second week of September. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:26 pm
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  • Crawford leaves with tight side/lower back
    Brandon Crawford left Tuesday's game versus the Cubs with tightness in his left side and lower back.

    Advice: The automatic fear is that Crawford might have done something to his oblique, but Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News says that the injury "wasn’t believed to be disabling." Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he hopes Crawford can play Wednesday, but you'd have to think there's a good chance he'll have to miss at least a game or two. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:40 am
  • Schwarber's 3-run HR powers Cubs past SF
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run home run to help take down the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, drilling a Matt Cain offering to right-center, staking the Cubs to a 3-0 lead. Though the power display has been impressive, he has only four hits in 31 at-bats (.129) since August 16 and they're all homers. Schwarber is batting .275/.373/.570 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI since making his major league debut in mid-June. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Tulo collects three hits, RBI against Rangers
    Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Tulo's RBI single in the ninth inning tied the game and eventually paved the way for a Jays comeback win. The shortstop is hitting just .239 since joining the Jays but has scored 21 runs in 23 games. Tulowitzki is batting .287/.346/.451 overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:15 pm
  • Jones homer gives early lead, but O's lose
    Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Jones creamed a Kris Medlen offering to left-center in the first inning, but it was a lead the Orioles would wind up losing. The O's have dropped five games in a row now, but it isn't the outfielder's fault. Jones is batting .285/.324/.507 with 24 home runs and 66 RBI. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Votto walks three times, homers as Reds roll
    Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three walks in Monday's win against the Tigers.

    Advice: Votto walked twice and scored twice in the Reds' 10-run sixth inning. He'd tack on a two-run home run in the eighth inning against Guido Knudson. The effort wasn't quite enough to get Votto's OPS back over 1.000, as he's hitting .309/.446/.553 with 24 home runs and 62 RBI. His major league-leading walk total extended to 103 on the evening as well. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:51 pm
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  • Kris Bryant wins it for Cubs with walk-off HR
    Kris Bryant sent Cubs fans home happy Monday, belting a walk-off, solo home run in the ninth inning versus the Indians.

    Advice: Carlos Santana knotted things up 1-1 in the top of the ninth with a two-out RBI single, but Bryant had some two-out magic in store, as well, hitting a towering opposite field shot off Zach McAllister into the Wrigley Field bleachers. The longball gives Bryant an even 20 for the season to go along with 75 RBI and a .262/.366/.481 batting line. The Cubbies have won 20 of their last 24 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:13 pm
  • Bryant socks pair of home runs vs Braves
    Kris Bryant homered twice, finishing with three RBI and four runs scored in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Bryant hit two of the club's five home runs, launching a two-run shot off Braves starter Matt Wisler in the first inning and a solo shot off reliever David Aardsma in the sixth. The NL Rookie of the Year candidate is hitting .262/.367/.476 with 19 home runs, 74 RBI and 12 steals through 412 at-bats. Sunday's multi-homer effort was Bryant's third of the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:03 pm
  • Gallardo improves to 10-9 with win
    Yovani Gallardo posted a nice performance in Saturday's win over the Tigers, firing six innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Gallardo scattered eight hits while striking out four and walking one. While he's limited the runs in his last two starts, batters are seeing the ball well against him and have racked up 19 hits in Gallardo's last 11 1/3 innings. If he can't stop limiting the hits, his (currently nice) 3.25 ERA is eventually going to cave. As is, he'll take that number, plus a 1.35 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home showdown with the Orioles. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:32 pm
  • Steven Matz (lat) to rehab in Binghamton
    Steven Matz (lat) is expected to throw 60 pitches in his rehab start for Double-A Binghamton on August 26.

    Advice: He lasted 2 2/3 innings Thursday in a rehab start for High-A St. Lucie. The left-hander should be ready to go by early September. Matz made his major league debut for the Mets on June 28 but only stuck around for one more start. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:28 pm
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  • Votto homers in loss to Diamondbacks
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored Friday in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Votto has four homers in his last nine games and 23 on the year. The 31-year-old owns a ridiculous .553 on-base percentage in 33 games since the All-Star break. He leads the majors with 95 walks. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:33 pm
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  • Votto homers, but Reds fall to the Royals
    Joey Votto homered in a 1-for-5 effort in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Votto hit the first of back-to-back solo home runs against Jeremy Guthrie in the first inning, but it was most of the Reds' offense on the evening. The first baseman continues to mash, holding a .306/.436/.537 triple-slash line with 22 home runs and 59 RBI. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:33 pm
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  • Kris Bryant goes 4-for-4, homers
    Kris Bryant went 4-for-4 with a homer, a triple and a walk in a losing cause Wednesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: It's his first four-hit game as a major leaguer and first three-hit game since June 13, when he was batting .297. He entered tonight at .252, but he's back up to .259 now. He's up to 17 homers and five triples. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Dodgers designate INF Callaspo for assignment
    Dodgers designated INF Alberto Callaspo for assignment.

    Advice: Callaspo was the roster casualty in the Chase Utley deal. The infielder is hitting .235/.315/.278 in 97 games this year and could find a home with a new organization as a reserve. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:52 pm
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  • Jones homers, Orioles defeat the Mets
    Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo home run as the Orioles walked off 5-4 winners over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jones led off the fourth inning with a double and came around to score later in the frame to cut the Mets' lead to 2-1. In the seventh, he drilled a solo home run against Hansel Robles to tie the game up at four apiece. Jones has gone yard six times in his last nine games, giving him 23 on the season along with 64 RBI and a .283/.323/.508 batting line. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:22 pm
  • Matz (lat) to make rehab start on Thursday
    Steven Matz (lat) will make a rehab start with Class-A St. Lucie on Thursday.

    Advice: Matz threw an inning in his first rehab start on Saturday, and he'll continue building up his pitch count Thursday. Assuming things go well, Matz could be back with the Mets in early September after a few more rehab outings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:10 pm
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  • Schwarber homers, but Cubs lose to Tigers
    Kyle Schwarber walked and hit a three-run home run in five plate appearances as the Cubs were defeated by the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber sent a Buck Farmer offering screaming into the bleachers in right field at Wrigley Field, reducing the Tigers' lead to 6-5. So far, the C/OF has looked quite comfortable against big league pitching, batting .310/.400/.595 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 135 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:08 pm
  • Crawford doubles, has RBI in win over Cards
    Brandon Crawford doubled and drove in a run in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Crawford had an RBI groundout in the sixth inning, a run that turned out to be the game-winner for the Giants. He finished 1-for-3 with the double, his 28th of the year. Crawford is batting .269/.328/.495 overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:12 pm
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