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  • Lucroy getting scheduled day off on Thursday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Jonathan Lucroy is getting a scheduled day of rest Thursday.

    Advice: The trade buzz began swirling when Milwaukee's lineup card for Thursday afternoon's game against the Diamondbacks showed Martin Maldonado at catcher instead of Lucroy, but there's nothing to see here. Yet. Lucroy is reportedly drawing interest from the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets, and Red Sox, and will almost certainly be dealt before the August 1 deadline. Today, 9:18 am
  • Marlins DFA utilityman Don Kelly
    Marlins designated INF/OF Don Kelly for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Dee Gordon, who is back from his 80-game PED suspension. Kelly was batting just .148/.200/.296 in 30 plate appearances with Miami. Today, 8:56 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Lucroy not in Brewers' lineup; trade coming?
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Rev up those trade rumor engines. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday night that talks involving Jonathan Lucroy had begun to intensify, and it sounds like he could be dealt at some point Thursday. There is believed to be interest from the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets, and Red Sox. Martin Maldonado will start at catcher for Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon versus Arizona. Today, 8:40 am
  • Valbuena (hamstring) unlikely to play Friday
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is not likely for Friday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: This echoes what Hinch was saying prior to Wednesday's game with the Yankees. The Astros have a scheduled day off on Thursday. Valbuena actually might have been sat on Friday even if he was healthy, as the Tigers will be tossing out left-hander Matt Boyd and Valbuena is slugging just .400 against southpaws (as compared to .479 vs right-handed pitchers). Hinch has not ruled out playing Valbuena in one or both of the final two games of the weekend series. Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Freeman has four hits, jack, and a bag in win
    Freddie Freeman had an absolute monster day at the plate on Wednesday, going 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBI to lead the Braves in a 9-7 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.

    Advice: Freeman came through with run-scoring singles in each of the first two innings, then clubbed a two-run homer in the fourth to increase the Braves' early advantage to 7-0. He added an RBI double in the sixth to provide a valuable insurance run. Freeman also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base safely in all five of his plate appearances, and swiped his fourth base of the season. With the four-hit attack, he raised his season slash to .280/.363/.517 to go with 18 homers and 41 RBI. Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Profar snares three hits and scores a run
    Jurickson Profar went 3-for-5 and scored a run in the Rangers' loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a double. The former top overall prospect in baseball is finally healthy enough to help his fantasy owners. He is hitting .296/.349/.414 in 162 at-bats. Having played multiple games at every position except pitcher and catcher this year, his positional eligibility provides a huge boost to his fantasy value. Profar looks set to play pretty much every day moving forward unless the Rangers bring in some competition via trade or promotion. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • McCann clubs 15th homer in loss to Astros
    Brian McCann clubbed his 15th home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: His fourth-inning blast off of Lance McCullers provided the Yankees' lone run in the contest. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .234/.335/.432 with 15 homers and 41 RBI on the season. He remains one of the best power options behind the plate in all of baseball. Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Indians possibly eyeing Steve Pearce
    The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that the Indians are "among several teams" who have asked about Steve Pearce.

    Advice: The Indians have been tied to several players in trade rumors. In addition to Pearce, they have reportedly been looking into Eduardo Nunez, Will Smith and Jonathan Lucroy. Pearce, 33, is slashing .313/.386/.530 with 10 homers and 29 RBI over 198 at-bats. He has notched double-digit home runs in three consecutive seasons. Yesterday, 6:12 pm
  • Valbuena (hamstring) to be eased along by HOU
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena's hamstring injury is "something that's going to take a couple days [to recover from]."

    Advice: Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain while running down the first base line in the second inning of Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. The Astros have an off day on Thursday. Beyond that, Hinch said that because the Tigers will start southpaw Matt Boyd on Friday, the Astros might sit him until Saturday. Valbunea shouldn't be considered in the clear quite yet, but with the way the team is talking, he might just be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Hamstrings, of course, are notoriously balky. Yesterday, 5:14 pm
  • Plouffe (ribs) live BP moved up to Friday
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) will participate in live batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Plouffe has had no setbacks in his recovery from a fractured rib and the Twins are encouraged enough in his progress that they will push up his scheduled batting practice to Friday. Assuming that goes smoothly, he should be able to begin a rehab assignment in short order. In 58 games prior to the injury, Plouffe was hitting .252/.283/.399 with seven homers and 27 RBI. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Fielder to undergo fusion surgery on Friday
    Prince Fielder (neck) will undergo fusion surgery on Friday.

    Advice: As was expected. This is a killer blow for the Rangers, but it is an even more troubling setback for the 32-year-old slugger, himself. Fielder already underwent a season-ending fusion surgery on his neck in 2014. With this new surgery upcoming, he will miss the remainder of the 2016 season at the very least. 2017 and beyond could be in doubt, too. His contract runs through 2020. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Miguel Cabrera hits go-ahead homer in ninth
    Miguel Cabrera launched a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth inning to push the Tigers past the Red Sox 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon in Boston.

    Advice: Cabrera pounced on Brad Ziegler with two outs in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie and secure a three-game sweep for the visiting Tigers. It was Cabrera's 21st home run of the season and the 14th go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later in his 14-year major league career. Cabrera also had two singles in Wednesday's victory and he's now slashing .301/.382/.522 over 101 games this season. Yesterday, 1:46 pm
  • Lucroy trade talks are picking up steam
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that trade talks involving Jonathan Lucroy are "intensifying."

    Advice: Crasnick writes that "[m]omentum [is] building toward a trade by the deadline." He counts the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets and Red Sox as interested parties, but also notes that there is a "mystery team" in the mix. Worldwide Leader colleague Buster Olney reported on July 20 that the Indians were in talks with the Brewers regarding a potential Lucroy trade, but nothing came of it at the time. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Daniel Murphy slugs his 20th home run
    Daniel Murphy slugged his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Murphy took Carlos Carrasco deep for a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. He also singled in the 4-1 victory, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Murphy has an incredible .351/.388/.621 batting line with 75 RBI through 96 games this season. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • LoMo (wrist) back in Rays lineup Wednesday
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is back in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It'll be his first start for Tampa Bay since last Monday. Morrison was batting .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games before coming down with wrist and forearm tendinitis in mid-July. Yesterday, 9:44 am
  • Hanley getting day off Wednesday vs. Tigers
    Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Travis Shaw will start at first base and Aaron Hill will start at third base. This is just a day of rest for Hanley, who's batting .306/.411/.645 so far in July. Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Yangervis Solarte placed on family leave list
    Padres placed 3B Yangervis Solarte on the family medical emergency leave list.

    Advice: He'll be gone for the next 3-7 days to handle a private matter. Solarte has registered a cool .856 OPS with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 61 games this season. Yesterday, 7:13 am
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  • Logan Morrison (wrist) grounded out Tues.
    Logan Morrison (wrist) grounded out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It was his first plate appearance in eight days. LoMo has been battling tendinitis in his wrist and forearm but could very well return to the starting lineup Wednesday. He's slashing .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games this season for Tampa Bay. Yesterday, 4:38 am
  • Goldy has stolen base, two RBI versus Brewers
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored Tuesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Goldschmidt had RBI singles in the first and seventh innings, giving him 65 RBI on the year. That's good for eighth-most in the National League, and his 14 steals are ninth-best in the league. The most complete fantasy first baseman to come along in years, the 28-year-old Goldschmidt is batting .295/.412/.504 through 98 games. Tuesday, 9:33 pm
  • Valbuena leaves game due to hamstring strain
    Luis Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Valbuena pulled up lame while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. Houston is calling him day-to-day, but a 15-day disabled list stint seems possible. That would open more playing time at third base for top prospect Alex Bregman, who served as the Astros' designated hitter on Tuesday after starting at the hot corner in his MLB debut on Monday. Tuesday, 6:27 pm
  • Valbuena exits game with apparent leg injury
    Luis Valbuena left Tuesday's game against the Yankees with a right leg injury.

    Advice: Valbuena fell while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. He looked to be in a good amount of pain as he limped to the home dugout at Minute Maid Park. Valbuena was starting at third base in this one, with top prospect Alex Bregman serving as the Astros' DH. Marwin Gonzalez moved to the hot corner and Jason Castro took over at first base. Tuesday, 5:53 pm
  • LoMo (wrist) expected to return Wednesday
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said he expects Logan Morrison (wrist) to return Wednesday.

    Advice: LoMo had been aiming to return Tuesday, but the decision was made to give his ailing forearm and wrist a little bit more rest. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for the Rays on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • LoMo (wrist) remains out Tuesday vs. LAD
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is out of the Rays' lineup again on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Morrison has been out a full week because of tendinitis in his wrist and forearm. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Tuesday, 2:39 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe (rib) nearing rehab assignment
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: But manager Paul Molitor cautioned that the middle of next week is more likely. Plouffe has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a fractured rib. He was batting just .252/.283/.399 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 58 games before the injury. Tuesday, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Paul Goldschmidt picks up three hits Monday
    Paul Goldschmidt picked up three hits in five trips to the plate in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: All three of his base knocks were singles. Goldschmidt was scuffling coming into this one with just two hits in his last 16 at-bats, but the three-hit night pushes his season line back to .294/.412/.506. Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Luis Valbuena reaches four times
    Luis Valbuena went 3-for-3 with a walk Monday in the loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Valbuena reached base safely four times in four plate appearances. The rest of the Astros did so four times in 31 plate appearances in the 2-1 loss. That's why Valbuena won't be losing his starting job to Alex Bergman or Yuleski Gurriel this month. He'll sit against a lot of lefties, but he'll be in there at first base or DH against righties. Monday, 8:11 pm
  • McCann not in Monday's lineup
    Brian McCann is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: McCann joins Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner on the bench against southpaw Dallas Keuchel. Austin Romine will start behind the plate and catch Michael Pineda. Monday, 3:54 pm
  • Fielder (neck) expected for surgery this week
    The Rangers expect Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery later this week.

    Advice: It's not unexpected after Fielder was placed on the disabled list last week with a herniated disk in his neck. He required fusion surgery on his neck two years ago, but the specifics of this week's procedure isn't yet known. Either way, he's done for the year and at this point, his future is very much up in the air. He's still under contract through 2020. Monday, 2:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • LoMo (wrist) expected to return Tuesday
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is expected to return to the Rays' starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morrison hasn't appeared in a game in a week due to wrist and forearm tendinitis. He was given a cortisone injection Thursday and it is apparently improving the situation. LoMo wanted to play Sunday versus the A's but manager Kevin Cash decided to use Monday's scheduled team off day to get the 28-year-old a bit more rest. Monday, 3:10 am
  • Hanley Ramirez rocks three-run homer in win
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 8-7 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Ramirez clocked his three-run shot off Twins starter Tommy Milone in the third inning. He has been on an absolute molten hot streak of late and has five homers and 12 RBI over his last five games. The recent power binge has boosted his overall batting line to .282/.362/.459. He can pair that with 13 homers and 60 RBI over 340 at-bats. Ramirez has always possessed a tantalizing power bat, but he has reached the 20-homer mark just once in the last six seasons. Sunday, 4:19 pm
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) remains out of lineup
    Logan Morrison (wrist) remained out of the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Morrison hasn't played in a week due to a wrist issue. Rays manager Kevin Cash said recently that the injury was getting worse, although the club obviously hasn't placed LoMo on the disabled list yet. Steve Pearce is at first base Sunday. Sunday, 10:42 am
  • Lucroy hits two-run home run on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run in the first inning on Saturday and finished the game 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

    Advice: Lucroy is a prime candidate to be moved before next weekend's trade deadline. Today's game boosted his trade value a bit higher than it already was. His .301/.362/.494 slash stats with 13 homers and 50 RBI make him one of the top three catchers in fantasy baseball. Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • Rays demanding Profar if dealing with Texas
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rays have demanded Jurickson Profar be included if they are to deal one of their available starting pitchers to the Rangers.

    Advice: Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Matt Moore are all said to be available for the right price, and it appears that price must include Profar if the Rangers are going to land a major upgrade to their starting rotation. The Rangers have said no thus far, but as things get closer to the trade deadline we'll see if their position changes. Saturday, 11:32 am
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Cabrera becomes 56th player to reach 1500 RBI
    Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Friday, leading the Tigers to a 7-5 victory over the White Sox in Chicago.

    Advice: Cabrera delivered a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning that broke a 5-5 tie and stood as the difference in the ballgame. The first run that scored on that play gave the veteran slugger 1500 RBI for his big league career, a milestone that has only been achieved by 55 other players in MLB history. Even though he has slumped as of late, Cabrera is still hitting .300/.376/.515 with 19 homers and 56 RBI on the year. Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Jurickson Profar goes hitless in loss
    Jurickson Profar went 0-for-3 with a HBP on Friday to drop his average under .300 for the first time since his second game of the season.

    Advice: Profar is hitting .229 with just two extra-base hits (both homers) in 83 at-bats since June 11. He could get more consistent playing time now with Prince Fielder done, but the Rangers might get more production from giving those at-bats to Joey Gallo instead. Friday, 8:26 pm
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Daniel Murphy leaves the yard in loss Friday
    Daniel Murphy clubbed his 19th home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Nationals past the Padres.

    Advice: Murphy's solo shot in the eighth inning pulled the Nats to within two runs at 5-3, but that would be as close as they would come. He continues to pummel the baseball, slashing .348/.387/.612 with 19 long balls, 70 RBI and three stolen bases in an impressive debut season with the Nats. Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Plouffe (rib) throws, does some running
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) threw from 90 feet and did some light running on Friday.

    Advice: He'll take swings off a tee soon. Plouffe is nearly three weeks removed from a cracked rib but appears to finally be making some progress. He'll likely need a rehab assignment before returning. Friday, 1:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Prince Fielder (neck) exam moved to Monday
    Prince Fielder's (neck) consultation with Dr. Drew Dossett has been moved to Monday.

    Advice: He had been slated to be examined Friday, but it will be a few days later. Dossett performed fusion surgery on Fielder's neck two years ago and the designated hitter has been experiencing similar symptoms as what he had prior to the operation. It's possible he'll need to go under the knife again. Friday, 10:15 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Rays receiving inquiries on Steve Pearce
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rays "are getting some calls" on Steve Pearce and there's a "decent chance he gets moved by the deadline."

    Advice: It makes sense that there would be interest in Pearce, as he's a versatile player who's having a great year with a .322/.393/.522 batting line. He's also owed less than $2 million for the rest of the season before hitting free agency this winter. Crasnick lists the Giants and Indians as clubs that are "among potential fits" for Pearce, with the Mets also a potential possibility. Friday, 6:57 am
  • Solarte homers among three hits vs. Cardinals
    Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Solarte hit a solo dong in the eighth inning, his 10th homer of the year. He finished the proverbial triple shy of the cycle in the game. Amidst a down year for the Padres, the 29-year-old Solarte is having a quietly good season, batting .297/.366/.530 with 39 RBI and 27 runs scored in 56 games. Thursday, 8:49 pm
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  • Logan Morrison (wrist) not in Rays lineup
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is not in the Rays starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Thursday that Morrison is dealing with a wrist issue that's getting worse, prompting a visit to the doctor on Thursday. Tim Beckham is starting in his place at first base against Sonny Gray and the A's on Thursday. Thursday, 4:15 pm
  • Steve Pearce not in Rays lineup Thursday
    Steve Pearce is not in the Rays starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off for Pearce, who played in two straight games after being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. Look for him back in his customary cleanup spot in the order on Friday. Thursday, 4:04 pm
  • Lucroy getting planned day off Thursday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Jonathan Lucroy is getting a planned day off Thursday.

    Advice: Trade speculation surfaced as soon as Thursday's lineup card was released, but Lucroy is staying put for now. Still, there's a good chance he's dealt by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Lucroy out of Brewers' lineup Thursday night
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Commence the trade speculation. Lucroy tallied three RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday night, but Martin Maldonado will get the nod at catcher Thursday. He is batting eighth versus Bucs lefty Francisco Liriano. Thursday, 12:57 pm
  • Lucroy drives in three runs and steals a bag
    Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs and added a stolen base as the Brewers beat the Pirates 9-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He drove in two runners with a single to left in the sixth inning, then hit a sacrifice fly to bring in an insurance run in the eighth inning. Lucroy's name is swirling in trade rumors but it hasn't been a distraction for the All Star catcher. He is batting .305/.362/.492 with 12 home runs in 311 at-bats. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Hanley swats three two-run homers, Sox win
    Hanley Ramirez blasted three two-run home runs to power the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ramirez hit bombs off Matt Cain in the second and third innings, then took Albert Suarez deep in the sixth. The huge night goes a long way toward turning his bland, tasteless season into something spicy for his owners to enjoy. The trio of longballs give him 11 for the season to go with 50 runs, 54 RBI, seven steals and a .285 batting average. Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Prince Fielder (neck) heads to disabled list
    Rangers placed DH Prince Fielder on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck.

    Advice: Fielder told manager Jeff Banister on Monday that he was feeling the same symptoms he felt prior to undergoing fusion surgery on his neck in 2014. He will visit Dr. Drew Dossett on Friday. Dossett was the one who performed the surgical procedure on Fielder two years ago. A repeat surgery is one possibility and would end Fielder's season, but this picture should become more clear after the slugger has his checkup. Wednesday, 3:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Report: Indians shooting for Lucroy trade
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Indians are "in talks" for a potential Jonathan Lucroy trade.

    Advice: There are no details as to who the Indians might have to give up in return for Lucroy. As far as available catchers go, the 30-year-old backstop is about as reliable as they come. This season, he is slashing .305/.362/.494 with 12 homers and 45 RBI over the course of 308 at-bats. Lucroy has told FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman that he would like to play for a contender. At 55-38 and holding a seven-game lead in the AL Central, the Indians would fit that bill. Wednesday, 2:18 pm
  • Rangers getting 'tons of calls' on Profar
    T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers are getting "tons of calls" on Jurickson Profar.

    Advice: The Rangers' biggest need is starting pitching, so the question is whether they'll find anything that motivates them to trade Profar. Sullivan notes that the Rangers have interest in Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly from the Rays, but that might not be enough to part with Profar. Sullivan also mentions the Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy as a potential target. Profar essentially missed two years due to shoulder issues, but he's still just 23 years old and has impressed with a .318/.366/.455 batting line in 142 plate appearances with the Rangers this season. Tuesday, 9:13 am
    New Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:05 pm vs KC
  • Steve Pearce (hamstring) activated from DL
    Rays activated 1B/DH Steve Pearce from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pearce had no issues during a brief minor league rehab assignment and will be back with the Rays for Tuesday's game. The 33-year-old has been out since June 20 with a hamstring strain. Tuesday, 5:43 am
  • Pearce (hamstring) to be activated Tuesday
    Steve Pearce (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pearce, out for about a month with a hamstring injury, went 3-for-7 with a double and a walk in two rehab games over the weekend. He was batting .322 with nine homers and a .933 OPS in 51 games prior to the injury. Monday, 3:38 pm
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