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  • Astros send Domingo Santana back to AAA
    Astros optioned OF Domingo Santana to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The Astros needed to clear a roster spot for Jake Marisnick. Santana hit .256 with 2 HR and 8 RBI during his 14-game stint with Houston. The 22-year-old has a higher ceiling than Alex Presley and could get another call-up while George Springer is on the disabled list with a broken wrist.
    Today, 2:26 pm
    Not Active
    L, 6-1 x @Bos
  • Betts knockes in three runs against Astros
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a walk, and a run scored in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Betts knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning before adding RBI doubles in the sixth and eighth innings. He's now tied with David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez for the team lead with 41 RBI.
    Today, 1:49 pm
    W, 6-1 vs ^ Hou
  • Victorino has two hits against Astros
    Shane Victorino went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: It was his first game action since being activated from the disabled list on Friday. Victorino got the start against right-hander Collin McHugh, but he'll likely be on the short side of a platoon with Alejandro De Aza in right field.
    Today, 1:48 pm
  • Holliday could be back before All-Star break
    Matt Holliday (quad) will travel with the Cardinals on their upcoming road trip.

    Advice: That puts Holliday on track to return before the All-Star break. He's gone through batting practice without issue but needs to pass a few more tests before he can return. Holliday was placed on the disabled list last month with a strained right quad. Randall Grichuk has been the primary left fielder during his absence.
    Today, 1:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs x SD
  • Bryce Harper launches 25th home run
    Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Using a special Fourth of July-themed bat, Harper took Madison Bumgarner deep in the first inning. Bumgarner hadn't given up a home run to a left-handed batter in 47 starts. Harper is now up to 25 home runs, which ties him with Cincinnati's Todd Frazier for second in the National League. He owns a ridiculous .344/.470/.719 batting line on the year.
    Today, 11:39 am
  • Belt has RBI double against Nationals
    Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk Saturday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Belt has now driven in runs in six out of his last seven games. He's batting .273/.344/.481 with nine home runs and 36 RBI through 74 games this season.
    Today, 11:35 am
    L, 9-3 ^ @Was
  • Mariners recall James Jones from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled OF James Jones from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The 26-year-old has appeared in seven games for the M's this season, going hitless in eight at-bats. He's likely only with the club as an extra bat for a few days until Hisashi Iwakuma returns from the disabled list on Monday.
    Today, 9:48 am
  • Chris Carter not in Astros lineup on Saturday
    Chris Carter is not in the Astros starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Red Sox.

    Advice: He'll take a seat in favor of Jonathan Singleton, who has seen his playing time increase in recent days. The 28-year-old Carter is hitting just .197/.311/.405 on the season with 15 homers, 40 RBI and a league-leading 107 strikeouts in 269 at-bats.
    Today, 8:38 am
    L, 6-1 x @Bos
  • Denard Span not in Nationals lineup Saturday
    Denard Span is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Giants.

    Advice: It appears to be nothing more than a regular day of rest for the veteran outfielder who has seen his fair share of injuries this season. Michael Taylor will slide over to center field and bat leadoff for the Nationals against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.
    Today, 5:56 am
  • Bourn drives in three to help down Pirates
    Michael Bourn went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Friday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Bourn doubled in a run in the fourth inning, then punched in two more with a single in the eighth to give his team a three run lead and some much needed breathing room. They would ultimately win 5-2. While he does have five hits in his last 11 at-bats, Bourn is still hitting just .234/.305/.284 for the year. He only has 10 extra-base hits and has yet to connect on his first home run.
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • McCutchen hits 10th homer of season in loss
    Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: McCutchen homered with a runner on against Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning, the only runs that the Pirates would score in the game. After hitting just .194/.302/.333 in April, McCutchen has posted batting averages north of .300 and slugging percentages north of .500 in each of the last two months. Overall, he's slashing .296/.390/.493 with 10 homers and 49 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Moss cranks two-run homer in win over Pirates
    Brandon Moss went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Moss launched his two-run shot off of Pirates starter Charlie Morton in the second inning. It was the first baseman's 14th bomb of the season and pushed his RBI total to 44. He might not hit for much average (currently .230), but his 14 homers put him on track to come close to--if not surpass--the career-high 30 he smacked in 2013. Moss is looking to post his fourth straight season with 20 or more long balls.
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
    L, 1-0 ^ @Pit
  • Nelson Cruz hits 21st homer
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 and hit his 21st homer Friday as the Mariners beat the A's 9-5.

    Advice: Cruz has two homers in three games during July after hitting just one in 25 games in June. It's not likely that he'll catch fire again like he did in April, but he should be a reliable power bat from here on in.
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Heyward singles in quiet offensive game
    Jason Heyward went 1-for-3 with a walk and a single in Friday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Heyward's single was one of just four hits that the Cardinals managed as a team. The once highly-touted outfielder looked dead in the water a month ago, but he absolutely melted the ball in June, hitting .326/.365/.517 with four homers and 14 RBI for the month. After a rough April, he's starting to look more and more like the player that the Cardinals were hoping for when they acquired him in the off-season.
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Cain doubles, singles twice in leading Royals
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Cain was all over the place in this contest. He would drive in a run with a single in the third inning and score both the game-tying run in the eighth and the game-winning run in the 10th as the Royals improved to 45-32 for the season. He's now racked up nine hits in his last 16 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Holliday (quad) increases running intensity
    Matt Holliday (quad) increased the intensity of his running on Friday.

    Advice: Holliday began light jogging earlier this week and is slowly but surely ramping things up. The outfielder admitted that he's not anywhere close to full speed yet. The Cardinals are hoping to get Holliday back prior to the All-Star break, but it's no sure thing.
    Yesterday, 2:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs x SD
  • Shane Victorino activated from DL
    Red Sox activated OF Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Victorino has been on the shelf since late May with a calf injury. He's in line to serve on the short side of a platoon in right field with Alejandro De Aza.
    Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Brandon Belt sitting out on Friday
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather with the Nationals throwing lefty Gio Gonzalez. Buster Posey is at first base Friday in Belt's place, with Andrew Susac at catcher.
    Yesterday, 11:20 am
    L, 9-3 ^ @Was
  • Span steals two bases in loss
    Denard Span singled and stole two bases Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Span went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. He's now a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts this season. The 31-year-old got a late start on the season after core muscle surgery and has battled various bumps and bruises since, but he still has a very strong .310/.373/.441 batting line over 56 games.
    Thursday, 7:11 pm
  • McCutchen drives in two runs in win over DET
    Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Thursday afternoon's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the ninth. The two runs driven in gave him 47 for the season. After a slow start to the season, the numbers are more or less where you would expect them to be, as the star outfielder is now hitting .295/.386/.482 with nine homers and those 47 RBI. There's still a little room for improvement in the slugging department, but the rest of his body of work looks shiny enough.
    Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Bourn serving one-game suspension Thursday
    Michael Bourn will serve his one-game suspension Thursday.

    Advice: Bourn was handed the one-game sentence last week for bumping home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi during an argument. Michael Brantley is starting in center field and Mike Aviles is in left field Thursday versus the Rays.
    Thursday, 7:00 am
  • Brandon Moss homers, knocks in five
    Brandon Moss had a three-run homer and a two-run double Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Moss's average has been slipping some, but the power has been consistent; he hit four homers in each of the first three months of the season. He's now driven in 42 runs in 72 games.
    Wednesday, 6:55 pm
    L, 1-0 ^ @Pit
  • Holliday (quad) doing light running this week
    Matt Holliday (quad) is scheduled to do some light running this week.

    Advice: Holliday has been taking batting practice and is nearly ready to test out his ailing right quad with some jogging. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that he wasn't sure when Holliday would be cleared to up the intensity of his running. The Cards are holding out hope that the outfielder could return before the All-Star break, but it's certainly not a given.
    Wednesday, 7:22 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs x SD
  • McCutchen reaches base 5 times in a win
    Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with three walks and an RBI in Tuesday's 14-inning win against the Tigers.

    Advice: McCutchen knocked in what turned out to be a very important run with a single in the eighth inning. The Tigers would knot the game up in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run. McCutchen is again putting up All-Star numbers, batting .296/.389/.485 with nine home runs and 45 RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:02 pm
  • Cain doubles twice, collects three hits
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with two doubles in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Cain and the Royals' bats were kept pretty well under wraps by Dallas Keuchel, but the outfielder did manage to collect three of the team's eight hits and two of their three extra-base hits on the evening. Alas, they were shut out in the contest. That didn't keep Cain from raising his overall line to .296/.352/.447 with the strong showing.
    Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Bourn has two hits, stolen base against Rays
    Michael Bourn went 2-for-4 with a stolen base against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bourn was the only player on either team with multiple hits in the game. The steal was his sixth of the year and first since June 4. A brutal month of June has lowered Bourn's average to .228 with a .298 on-base percentage overall.
    Tuesday, 7:05 pm
  • Denard Span in Tuesday's lineup
    Denard Span is in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Like Bryce Harper, Span sat out the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. The veteran outfielder has been dealing with a nagging back issue of late, but he's good to go.
    Tuesday, 12:38 pm
  • Harper in Tuesday's lineup
    Bryce Harper is in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Harper returned from his right hamstring strain in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, but sat out the second game. He'll hit cleanup Tuesday against Shelby Miller.
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Cain (hamstring) hitless in return to lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Monday in his return to action against the Astros.

    Advice: Cain didn't start Sunday due to a lingering hamstring issue, but he felt good enough to serve as the DH on Monday. He might not be completely out of the woods yet, but it's a good sign.
    Tuesday, 6:24 am
  • Carter swats 14th homer as Astros down KC
    Chris Carter swatted his 14th home run of the season in a 1-for-4 effort as the Astros downed the Royals 6-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Carter added some superfluous offense with a solo shot off of Brandon Finnegan in the fifth inning for what turned out to be the Astros' final run. The slugger is hitting .198/.315/.405 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 76 games. It's worth noting that, through 76 games last season, he had a .189/.269/.421 batting line with 15 home runs and 35 RBI. He finished the year at .227/.308/.491 with 37 home runs and 88 RBI, so a summer surge may yet await him.
    Monday, 8:29 pm
    L, 6-1 x @Bos
  • Victorino (calf) nearing return to Boston
    The Red Sox could activate Shane Victorino (calf) from the disabled list as early as Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Victorino went 1-for-4 in Sunday's rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox want to see him play in back-to-back games before activating him. With Hanley Ramirez (hand) sidelined, Victorino could be an everyday player when he comes back. Boston's current outfield features Mookie Betts, Alejandro De Aza, Jackie Bradley and utility man Brock Holt.
    Monday, 5:08 am
  • Denard Span sits second game on Sunday
    Denard Span is not in the Nationals starting lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Span returned to the lineup in the first game on Sunday after missing the previous few days with a lingering back issue. He went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored in the day game, and should return to the top of the Nationals lineup on Tuesday.
    Sunday, 1:51 pm
  • Harper sits for second game of doubleheader
    Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Harper returned to the lineup in Game 1 on Sunday, going 1-for-4 plus a walk. Clint Robinson will draw the start in left field and bat fourth for the Nationals.
    Sunday, 1:50 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) sitting out Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday after aggravating his hamstring injury while stealing a base Saturday.

    Advice: He missed a few games over the last week with the ailment but had played in two straight after Thursday's off day. Cain is hoping to return to the lineup on Monday. Jarrod Dyson is in center field in his place Sunday.
    Sunday, 10:41 am
  • Andrew McCutchen (elbow) in Sunday's lineup
    Andrew McCutchen (elbow) is back in the Pirates' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: 'Cutch had to ext Saturday's game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his left elbow. X-Rays came back negative, though, and he's ready to go.
    Sunday, 8:41 am
  • Denard Span (back) returns to Nats' lineup
    Denard Span (back) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday for the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Span hasn't played since Thursday due to a nagging back issue. The outfielder sports a .301/.354/.435 batting line for the Nats this season.
    Sunday, 7:50 am
  • Bryce Harper (hamstring) back in action Sun.
    Bryce Harper (hamstring) is back in the Nationals' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Harper hasn't played since Wednesday due to a minor right hamstring strain, but he's made the necessary progress in order to return to action Sunday. The Nats figure to play it safe and rest him for the second game of the doubleheader.
    Sunday, 7:48 am
  • Deuces are wild for Carter in loss to Yankees
    Chris Carter went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: Carter connected off Masahiro Tanaka for a solo homer in the fourth inning. He also added an RBI double and scored a run in the second inning. Carter is up to 13 home runs and 37 RBI after a slow start to the year.
    Saturday, 5:14 pm
    L, 6-1 x @Bos
  • McCutchen's elbow X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Andrew McCutchen's left elbow came back negative.

    Advice: Pirates fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief. McCutchen is day-to-day. Meanwhile, Saturday's game just got a little more interesting. Both dugouts were warned after Charlie Morton plunked Andrelton Simmons. It's unclear if Morton was retaliating for McCutchen's hit-by-pitch earlier in the game.
    Saturday, 2:24 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen goes down with elbow injury
    Andrew McCutchen left Saturday's game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his left elbow.

    Advice: He couldn't get out of the way of Julio Teheran's 91 mph fastball in the first inning. Jung Ho Kang pinch-ran for McCutchen with Starling Marte moving to center field. McCutchen has hit.333 with 31 RBI since May 1. If he faces an extended absence, it would be a huge loss for fantasy owners.
    Saturday, 2:01 pm
  • Bryce Harper remains out of lineup Saturday
    Bryce Harper (hamstring) remains out of the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Harper continues to feel better by the day, but isn't quite ready to return to the Nationals lineup. Clint Robinson will once again draw the start in his place.
    Saturday, 10:59 am
  • Bourn has hearing to appeal his suspension
    Michael Bourn had his hearing Friday to appeal his one game suspension for bumping home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi in Tuesday's game.

    Advice: A decision will be made some time between now and July 10 on whether the ban is upheld. Either way, the Indians are likely to have him serve on a day that he would've had off anyways, so there aren't any major fantasy implications here.
    Saturday, 6:01 am
  • Lorenzo Cain goes 1-for-4 in return to lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in his return to the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Cain sat out two of the team's previous three contests with a slight hamstring strain. It doesn't sound as though the issue will warrant a trip to the disabled list, but he could require a day off here and there to manage it.
    Saturday, 5:35 am
  • Denard Span (back) scratched from lineup
    Denard Span was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: The spasms have been an issue off and on for Span for over a week now. He should be considered day-to-day. Matt den Dekker has entered the lineup in Span's place and is playing right field, with Clint Robinson shifting to right field and Michael Taylor to center.
    Friday, 3:00 pm
  • MRI on Harper's hamstring 'pretty good'
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said that an MRI on Bryce Harper's right hamstring came back "pretty good."

    Advice: Williams added that Harper is "better, but still a little tight," so that's why he's out of the lineup again on Friday. It sounds like the outfielder has a good shot to return at some point over the weekend.
    Friday, 2:24 pm
  • Bryce Harper (leg) out of lineup again Friday
    Bryce Harper (leg) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Harper has missed two starts in a row because of cramping in his right leg. He should be ready to return at some point over the weekend. Clint Robinson is getting another start in right field.
    Friday, 12:39 pm
  • Holliday (quad) resumes baseball activities
    Matt Holliday (quad) has been throwing and hitting off a tee this week.

    Advice: Holliday has also been receiving acupuncture on his right quad, which he says is feeling "better" and "stronger." He has not been cleared to resume running yet and it doesn't sound like that will happen until closer to the All-Star break. With an eight-game lead in the NL Central, the Cardinals don't have any pressure to rush the outfielder back. "We’re not putting a lot of pressure on him to rush," manager Mike Matheny said. "He’ll be back when he’s ready."
    Friday, 5:50 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs x SD
  • Victorino (calf) goes 2-for-3 in rehab game
    Shane Victorino (calf) went 2-for-3 with a double in his latest minor league rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

    Advice: Victorino has been on the shelf since May 24 due to a left calf strain. He is expected to return to the Red Sox early next week, and could log considerable time in right field with Rusney Castillo back in Triple-A, though with Alejandro De Aza playing well, he'll have to hit to remain in the lineup against right-handers.
    Thursday, 8:23 pm
  • Carter not in Thursday's lineup
    Chris Carter is not in Thursday's lineup against the Yankees.

    Advice: Carter will take a seat against Adam Warren. Marwin Gonzalez gets the start at first base.
    Thursday, 1:45 pm
    L, 6-1 x @Bos
  • Harper (leg cramp) out of Nats' lineup Thurs.
    Bryce Harper (leg) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Braves.

    Advice: Harper received treatment for a cramp in his right leg after Wednesday's game and will get a day of rest on Thursday. Clint Robinson is starting in right field and batting cleanup in the Nationals' series finale with Atlanta.
    Thursday, 9:42 am
  • Harper getting treatment for right leg cramp
    Bryce Harper received treatment after Wednesday's game for a right leg cramp.

    Advice: Harper grabbed the leg after landing on second base with a double in the 11th inning, but he stayed in the game and eventually scored the winning run. Nationals manager Matt Williams said he'll be re-evaluated on Thursday. It doesn't sound like something that should keep him out more than a day, if that.
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Harper sets Nats up for an 11th-inning win
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-5, contributing to both runs the Nationals scored in Wednesday's 11-inning walk-off win against the Braves.

    Advice: Harper drove in the Nationals' first run with a single in the seventh inning, breaking a 0-0 tie. The Braves rallied to tie the game in the ninth, sending the game into extras. In the 11th, Harper doubled to put the winning run in scoring position and eventually came around to score on Ian Desmond's walk-off sacrifice fly. The 22-year-old maintains an awe-inspiring .340/.466/.719 batting line with 24 home runs and 58 RBI on the year.
    Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Heyward stays hot, homers in 3rd consec. game
    Jason Heyward homered in his third consecutive game in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Heyward, in a 1-for-4 effort, hit a three-run home run to right field in the seventh inning off of Mat Latos to pad the Cardinals' lead to 5-1 at the time. The outfielder has been red-hot as of late, batting .391/.417/.739 since June 10. Overall, he's hitting .278/.318/.448 with nine home runs and 27 RBI.
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
  • Cain dealing with slight hamstring issue
    Lorenzo Cain is dealing with a slight hamstring issue.

    Advice: That explains why he has been out of the Royals' lineup for two of the team's past three games. Royals manager Ned Yost said he hopes to have the center fielder back for Friday's game. Jarrod Dyson started in center for the club on Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 3:53 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain not in Royals' lineup Wednesday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: It would appear to be a simple day of rest for the oft-used outfielder, but it's the second in three days after he sat out Monday as well. There may be more to the story than is currently known. As he did Monday, Jarrod Dyson will get the start in center field with Cain out.
    Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Mariners option James Jones to Tacoma
    Mariners optioned OF James Jones to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Jones had zero hits in eight at-bats during his nine-day stay at the major league level. Franklin Gutierrez has been promoted in a corresponding roster move.
    Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Victorino (calf) cleared for rehab assignment
    Shane Victorino (calf) is starting a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Victorino has been out since May 24 with a strained left calf. He should be ready to return by early next week and will presumably take over as Boston's starting right fielder with Rusney Castillo now out of the picture.
    Wednesday, 1:53 pm
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