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  • Paxton (lat) completes final AAA rehab start
    James Paxton (lat) threw 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in his final rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Paxton gave up six hits and walked three, but the most important thing is that he was pain-free. The left-hander is expected to rejoin the Mariners' starting rotation on August 2 in Baltimore and could hold considerable fantasy value down the stretch. He had a 2.25 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 13/2 K/BB ratio over his first 12 innings (two starts) this season before straining his lat in early April.
    36 minutes ago
    Disabled List
  • Padres working to trade Chris Denorfia soon
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Padres are working to trade Chris Denorfia "soon."

    Advice: Cotillo says the Giants, Blue Jays, and Mariners are among the teams expressing interest in Denorfia, who can become a free agent after this season. The 34-year-old is batting just .244/.295/.321 so far in 2014, but his career line is much better than that and he can play all three outfield spots. The Padres have already moved closer Huston Street and third baseman Chase Headley this month.
    44 minutes ago
  • Kennedy (oblique) expected to return on Sat.
    Ian Kennedy (oblique) is expected to return to the Padres' rotation on Saturday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Kennedy was scratched from his scheduled turn Monday due to soreness in his left oblique, but it's not a major concern. He is expected to throw a side session on Wednesday. Jason Lane will start in his place for the Padres on Monday afternoon at Turner Field in Atlanta.
    Today, 8:08 am
  • Padres recall Jason Lane for Monday start
    Padres recalled LHP Jason Lane from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Lane will make a spot start for the Padres on Monday afternoon against the Braves. The former outfielder tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for San Diego earlier this season, but he is not a good fantasy option.
    Today, 7:40 am
  • Padres activate Jedd Gyorko (foot) from DL
    Padres activated 2B Jedd Gyorko from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gyorko wound up missing close to two months with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He was batting just .162/.213/.270 in 221 plate appearances before the injury, but the 25-year-old second baseman is capable of much better down the stretch. Gyorko signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension with the Friars in early April.
    Today, 7:39 am
  • 'Growing expectation' that BOS trades Lester
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is a "growing expectation from rival execs" that the Red Sox will move Jon Lester before the July 31 trade deadline.

    Advice: The Red Sox have failed to work out a long-term contract extension with Lester, who can become a free agent after this season, and so they might as well get something for him before he hits the open market. The Dodgers are known to have interest and many other contending teams will likely be in contact with the Boston front office over the next couple of days. Lester, 30, boasts a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this year for the 48-57 Red Sox.
    Today, 7:32 am
  • Mets have reached out to Rockies about Tulo
    According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the Mets have reached out to the Rockies about Troy Tulowitzki.

    Advice: Passan says New York is "prepared to offer top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in a deal for" the star shortstop, who is signed through 2021. The Cardinals have also made their interest known, but it doesn't sound like the Rockies are going to budge this summer on a trade involving the current face of their franchise. Tulo is currently on the disabled list anyway with a left hip flexor strain. He flew to Philadelphia this weekend to meet with a sports hernia surgeon and took in a game (quite controversially) on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
    Today, 7:15 am
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Cashner (shoulder) throws a bullpen session
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field.

    Advice: "I kinda surprised myself with my command," Cashner said after the workout. "It was coming out good." He threw only fastballs and changeups, and is still a long way from returning to the Padres' starting rotation. But it was a significant step in the right direction. The right-hander has been out since late June with a shoulder injury.
    Today, 6:43 am
    Disabled List
  • Mike Adams (shoulder) throws off mound soon
    Mike Adams (shoulder) hopes to begin throwing off a mound during the first week of August.

    Advice: Adams, who's been out since June 7 with fraying in his right shoulder labrum, was recently transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The right-hander could return in late August if he's able to avoid setbacks, but he admitted to reporters Sunday that he won't be 100 percent. Adams holds a $6 million club option for next season.
    Today, 6:18 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Pirates interested in Rockies' LaTroy Hawkins
    According to's Thomas Harding, the Pirates have interest in Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins.

    Advice: The Bucs are looking for some easy and inexpensive ways to upgrade their bullpen, and the 41-year-old Hawkins fits that mold. He has posted a 3.09 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 35 innings this season out of the Colorado bullpen on a salary of just $2.25 million. Hawkins also carries a $2.25 million club option for the 2015 campaign.
    Today, 6:10 am
  • Giants remain interested in trade for Zobrist
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants "remain interested" in trading for Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: The Giants don't exactly have a loaded farm system and gave up two good young pitchers to acquire Jake Peavy last week, but it seems they're ready to go all-in (so to speak) as they try to keep pace with the Dodgers in the National League West. Zobrist, 33, has hit .268/.358/.409 in 403 plate appearances this season for Tampa Bay. He could play all around the field for San Francisco.
    Today, 5:45 am
    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • CarGo (ankle) enters game Sun. in sixth
    Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) entered Sunday's loss to the Pirates in the top of the sixth inning.

    Advice: That's a good sign for CarGo's ankle, which he rolled in a pregame workout on Saturday. The 28-year-old outfielder should be in the Rockies' lineup Monday in Chicago.
    Today, 5:34 am
  • Carlos Gonzalez returned to action on Sunday July 27.
    Today, 12:45 am
  • Scooter Gennett returned to action on Sunday July 27.
    Today, 12:45 am
  • Adam Rosales belts first homer in loss to A's
    Adam Rosales belted his first home run of the season as the Rangers fell to the Athletics 9-3 on Sunday.

    Advice: Rosales got the Rangers on the board in the second inning by taking a Scott Kazmir offering over the wall in left field for a two-run homer. He finished the night 1-for-3 and is now hitting .250/.333/.417 with five RBI in his first 24 at-bats on the year.
    Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Jedd Gyorko to be activated from DL on Monday
    Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) will be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: He has completed a minor league rehab stint with Triple-A El Paso and deemed ready to return. Before hitting the shelf in early June, he had hit just .162/.213/.270 with five homers and 24 RBI in his first 56 games.
    Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Gennett pinch hits in loss to Mets on Sunday
    Scooter Gennett popped out in a pinch-hit appearance in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Gennett hadn't seen game action since Tuesday, when he left with right quad tightness. The pinch-hit appearance is a good sign for Gennett, who is expected to return to the lineup on Monday. The second baseman is hitting .304/.342/.480 in what's been a breakout campaign.
    Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Dodgers among teams interested in Jon Lester
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox are listening to offers on Jon Lester and that the Dodgers are among the teams inquiring.

    Advice: The Red Sox are still seeking a huge return package for the All-Star southpaw. The Red Sox have been rumored to have interest in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, so perhaps there could be something brewing here. Lester has made it clear that he wouldn't be open to signing an extension as a condition of any deal, and that his preference would be to re-sign with the Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Jason Lane to start for Padres Monday
    Jason Lane will be called up to start on Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: It's expected to just be a spot start, as the anticipation is that Ian Kennedy (oblique) will only miss one turn. A former outfielder, Lane struck out four in 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings with the Padres earlier this season. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Ian Kennedy (oblique) to miss start Monday
    Ian Kennedy will not make his scheduled start on Monday versus the Braves due to left oblique soreness.

    Advice: Kennedy is not expected to require a disabled list stint, but he'll have one turn skipped. It's poor timing, of course, given that the Padres are considering trading the right-hander before the deadline. Jason Lane will start in Kennedy's place.
    Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) sitting out Sunday
    Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: CarGo rolled his ankle prior to Saturday's game and has now sat out two straight contests. It doesn't appear to be a long-term concern, so consider the slugger day-to-day at this point. Brandon Barnes is in right field Sunday.
    Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • Gennett (quad) expected back on Monday
    Scooter Gennett (quad) is expected to return to the Brewers' lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Gennett is missing his fifth straight game Sunday with a tight right quad, but he made it through running drills before the game with no issues. Rickie Weeks is getting another start at second base Sunday, but expect to see Gennett out there on Monday against the Rays.
    Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • Scooter Gennett (quad) out again Sunday
    Scooter Gennett (quad) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's the fifth straight game he's missed with a tight right quad. There's been no indication to this point that a disabled list stint might be required, so consider Gennett day-to-day. Rickie Weeks is getting another start at second base Sunday.
    Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Paxton (lat) on track for August 2 return
    James Paxton (lat) is on track to rejoin the Mariners' rotation on August 2 in Baltimore.

    Advice: Paxton will make what is expected to be his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma. He'll throw 75-80 pitches in the outing and should be activated next weekend if all goes well. The left-hander has been on the shelf since early April with a strained left lat.
    Yesterday, 8:39 am
    Disabled List
  • Cliff Pennington begins rehab assignment
    Cliff Pennington (thumb) began a rehab assignment with the Arizona League Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: He shouldn't need too many rehab games before being activated. Pennington has been on the shelf for nearly two months with a sprained ligament in his left thumb.
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Cashner set to throw bullpen session on Sun.
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: Cashner has been out since June 23 because of a right shoulder injury. Although he now seems to progressing in the right direction, he'll most likely miss the majority of August. Sunday's bullpen session will be his first since he landed on the disabled list.
    Saturday, 8:35 pm
    Disabled List
  • Troy Tulowitzki to see sports hernia surgeon
    Troy Tulowitzki flew to Philadelphia on Saturday to see a sports hernia surgeon regarding his leg injury.

    Advice: Tulowitzki has been out since July 20 with a left hip flexor strain and apparently hasn't made much progress on his current rehab program. The star shortstop holds a sensational .340/.432/.603 batting line with 21 home runs and 52 RBI on the season, but it's not clear at this point how long he is going to be sidelined.
    Saturday, 8:31 pm
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Carlos Gonzalez out Sat. due to rolled ankle
    Carlos Gonzalez is out of the Rockies' lineup Saturday versus the Pirates due to a rolled ankle.

    Advice: Gonzalez suffered the ankle injury before Saturday's game and was a latch scratch. It's not believed to be a serious problem. He holds a .250/.300/.448 batting line with 10 home runs and 36 RBI on the season.
    Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Scooter Gennett remains out of Brewers lineup
    Scooter Gennett is not in the Brewers starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game on Saturday.

    Advice: He left Tuesday's game with tightness in his right quad and has yet to progress enough to return to the lineup. Rickie Weeks will again draw the start in his place and hit fifth against the Mets.
    Saturday, 12:14 pm
  • Lester willing to return to Red Sox if traded
    Jon Lester admitted Friday that even if he is traded before next week's non-waiver trade deadline, he would be open to returning to the Red Sox as a free agent next season.

    Advice: Lester hasn't hidden his desire to remain with the Red Sox, and as they currently sit in the cellar of the American League East, it's an idea that may make sense for them as an organization. If they can flip the star southpaw for the best prospects they can get at the deadline, and then re-sign him over the Winter, the organization will be strengthened.
    Saturday, 7:48 am
  • CarGo smacks two-run homer vs. Pirates
    Carlos Gonzalez connected for a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: It was his 10th home run of the season and his second since returning from the disabled list. The 28-year-old has posted a .250/.300/.448 batting line through 61 games this season, which isn't quite what fantasy owners had in mind when they invested a first-round pick back in the spring, but there's reason for optimism now that his finger issue has been addressed.
    Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Denorfia has three-hit night vs. Braves
    Chris Denorfia went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: Even with the three-hit night, Denorfia is batting just .246/.298/.325 over 85 games this season. Still, he has a reputation for punishing left-handed pitching and has experience at all three outfield positions, so he should draw plenty of interest leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
    Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Lester goes six innings in no-decision
    Jon Lester gave up two runs over six innings against the Rays on Friday.

    Advice: His lone mistake was a two-run homer by Desmond Jennings in the fifth inning. He left in line for the win, but the Rays took the lead in the seventh inning. The southpaw struck out seven and walked one in the no-decision and now owns a dominant 0.93 ERA and 34/3 K/BB ratio in 29 innings over four starts this month. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts. He'll try to keep it going when he makes his final start of July next week against the Blue Jays.
    Friday, 7:56 pm
  • Zobrist has four hits Friday vs. Red Sox
    Ben Zobrist went 4-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Only one of Zobrist's four hits left the infield, but the one that did tied the game in the seventh inning. The Rays would eventually take the lead in the frame, which they wouldn't relinquish. Zobrist, like David Price, has seen his name surface in trade rumors over the past few weeks, but a deal appears unlikely now that the Rays have turned things around in a hurry.
    Friday, 7:55 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Yanks 'not being aggressive' for Kennedy
    Chris Cotillo of reports that the Yankees "are not being aggressive" in their pursuit of Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: It essentially backs up what CBS Sports' Jon Heyman said, as Heyman noted Thursday night that while the Yanks like Kennedy, they're not prepared to give up both third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin for him. That was the proposed package that ESPN's Jim Bowden reported, but it would be a steep price given that they were the Yankees' two first-round picks last season. San Diego is listening on Kennedy, but he's under control next season so they don't feel obligated to move him now.
    Friday, 6:35 am
  • Mets have inquired on Tulowitzki, CarGo
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have told the Rockies that they want in on the bidding if Colorado ever decides to trade Troy Tulowitzki and/or Carlos Gonzalez.

    Advice: At least publicly, the Rockies have maintained a commitment to both players. However, there's some feeling that they could eventually change their mind, whether it be at the trade deadline or this offseason. The Mets have been shopping for a shortstop for a while now and have a bevy of pitching prospects, so they could be a fit. However, Sherman notes that Tulo has a no-trade clause and might prefer to play for the Yankees than the Mets. Sherman also adds that the Cardinals are "enamored with Tulowitzki and would move significant pieces to land him." Rest assured, there will be multiple teams in on the bidding if Tulo and/or CarGo are put on the trade block.
    Thursday, 9:12 pm
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Yankees talking Kennedy deal with Padres
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Yankees and Padres are discussing a trade that would send Ian Kennedy to New York in exchange for third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says that the Yankees are indeed interested in Kennedy but not if it means giving up both Jagielo and Clarkin. It would be Kennedy's second stint in New York if the trade did go through, as he was drafted by the Yanks and spent his first three big league seasons there. Needless to say, it would be just about the worse-case scenario for his fantasy value going from Petco Park to Yankee Stadium. Kennedy is making $6.1 million this season and is eligible for arbitration for a final time this winter.
    Thursday, 8:04 pm
  • Scooter Gennett (quad) out again Thursday
    Scooter Gennett (quad) is out of the Brewers' lineup again Thursday.

    Advice: Gennett left Tuesday's game due to right quad tightness and will now miss his second straight start. He might have to sit for another couple of days. Rickie Weeks is starting at second base again Thursday and will bat fifth against Dillon Gee.
    Thursday, 1:17 pm
  • Padres 'need to be overwhelmed' for Kennedy
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Padres "have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade" starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: This could be a negotiating ploy on the part of the Padres, or it might just be serious. Kennedy is under contractual control (via arbitration) through the 2015 season, so the San Diego front office can slow-play this and wait for the best offer -- even if it doesn't come until this winter or next summer. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 143/42 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings (22 starts) this season.
    Thursday, 8:17 am
  • Red Sox table extension talks with Jon Lester
    Red Sox principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald that extension talks with impending free agent Jon Lester have been tabled until after the 2014 season.

    Advice: Lester doesn't want to be distracted any longer by in-season contract negotiations and probably wants a taste of the open market -- where there could be crazy money flying around this winter. The 30-year-old left-hander is putting together the best season of his career at the perfect time, boasting a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 142/31 K/BB ratio in 137 innings. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Red Sox were prepared to offer him "$100 million for five years, or thereabouts."
    Thursday, 6:56 am
  • Hawkins struggles in non-save situation Wed.
    LaTroy Hawkins allowed two runs and stranded the bases loaded in a non-save situation against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hawkins entered the game with a four-run lead and got two quick outs before the Nationals strung together four straight hits. A fielding error loaded the bases with the winning run at first, but Ian Desmond struck out to end the threat. Hawkins has a 3.09 ERA after Wednesday's outing, and the struggles of Rex Brothers and Adam Ottavino have given the 41-year-old some job protection in his hold on the Rockies' closer role.
    Wednesday, 5:00 pm
  • Scooter Gennett not in lineup Wednesday
    Scooter Gennett (quad) is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Gennett exited Tuesday's game against the Reds with right quad tightness. There's been no indication to this point that a stint on the disabled list might be required, but he's expected to need a few more days to recover. Rickie Weeks is getting a rare start versus a right-hander Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 8:01 am