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  • Bruce whacks three-run homer, drives in four
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bruce came through with an RBI single in the third inning for his first RBI. The other three would come when he slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with nobody out. That shot drew the Reds to within 9-8. They failed to scrape together a run to tie it up, though, falling to 38-60 in the process. That is through no fault of Mr. Jay Bruce, who is slashing a stellar .269/.324/.547 with 21 homers and 73 RBI over 349 at-bats. Today, 2:39 pm
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Ari
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) out again on Sunday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig was able to pinch-hit Friday, but he hasn't started a game since tweaking his right hamstring on Thursday. It doesn't appear at this point that a disabled list stint is being considered. Andrew Toles is in right field. Today, 2:19 pm
    Top 1, 4-0 x @StL
  • Braves shopping Aybar, Frenchy, relievers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told by a rival executive that the Braves have been "aggressively shopping" Erick Aybar, Jeff Francoeur and their left-handed relievers.

    Advice: Aybar had a nice June but has fell back to earth again in July. Francoeur entered play Sunday batting .288/.331/.450 against left-handed pitching, so it's possible he could fill a niche role. The Braves surely won't be expecting much. Today, 2:06 pm
  • Pagan falls homer short of cycle in defeat
    Angel Pagan singled, doubled and triple in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Pagan finished 3-for-5, but alas, he couldn't find the power stroke and missed out on the cycle by a home run. The outfielder's three-hit afternoon pushed his triple-slash to .292/.337/.432. In terms of counting stats, he has five homers, 33 RBI, 37 runs scored and nine steals in 250 at-bats. Today, 2:02 pm
  • Fowler sitting out with 'general soreness'
    Dexter Fowler is not in Sunday's lineup due to "general soreness," according to Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

    Advice: He could just be a little sore after playing two straight games following a disabled list stint. Fowler should be ready to go on Monday. Jason Heyward is in center field, Ben Zobrist is in left and Tommy La Stella is at second base Sunday. Today, 10:03 am
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Drew Stubbs (toe) ready for rehab games
    Drew Stubbs (toe) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

    Advice: Stubbs has been sidelined for two months with a left toe sprain. He should be ready for activation before long. Today, 9:52 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 2-1 x @KC
  • Franklin Gutierrez scratched with sore neck
    Franklin Gutierrez was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore neck.

    Advice: Gutierrez is expected to be ready to go Tuesday after Monday's off day. The Mariners have Nelson Cruz in right field and Chris Iannetta in the designated hitter spot. Today, 8:35 am
  • Andrew McCutchen sitting out on Sunday
    Andrew McCutchen is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the veteran outfielder. Starling Marte has slid over to center field, Gregory Polanco has moved to left and Matt Joyce is starting in right. The Pirates also have Sean Rodriguez at shortstop and David Freese at third base, as Jordy Mercer and Jung Ho Kang are on the bench. Today, 7:58 am
  • Chris Colabello sent to Triple-A Buffalo
    Blue Jays reinstated 1B Chris Colabello from the restricted list; designated him off the 25-man roster.

    Advice: He's done with his PED suspension but won't be on the active roster. Colabello remains on the 40-man roster, but he'll just now have to work his way back up through the minors. Colabello was struggling before his suspension and hitting only .189/.262/.324 on his rehab assignment, so it's not a surprise that the Jays want him to continue to work on things in the minors. Today, 6:04 am
    Not Active
    W, 2-0 vs x Sea
  • Domingo Santana (elbow) begins rehab
    Domingo Santana (elbow) began a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Saturday.

    Advice: Santana has been on the shelf since June 10 with right elbow soreness. He's likely to need at least a week or so worth of game action before being activated. Today, 5:59 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x ChC
  • Ezequiel Carrera (Achilles) hitless in return
    Ezequiel Carrera (Achilles) went 0-for-5 at the plate in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Carrera missed a few days of action with a sore Achilles. With Jose Bautista (toe) due back Monday, Carrera's time in the starting lineup is about to come to an end. Today, 5:47 am
  • Rosario nabs four hits, three runs versus Sox
    Eddie Rosario went a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: All four of Rosario's hits were singles, but that's about all the fault you can find with his night Saturday. The 24-year-old has been a breath of fresh air since being recalled on July 2, batting .396 (21-for-53) with two homers, seven RBI and 11 runs scored. With the Twins going nowhere, it would behoove them to continue to find Rosario at-bats with the hope that this could finally be the breakout that has been promised for years. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Stanton breaks out with four hits, homer
    Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a miniature slump in a big way Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Marlins past the Mets 7-2.

    Advice: Stanton connected for a two-run home run in the third inning, later adding an RBI single. The big night broke a 6-for-27 (.222) stretch dating back to last week's All-Star break. The homer was his 21st of the season. The 26-year-old is hitting .241/.334/.495 with 55 RBI and 44 runs scored on the year. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Smolinski hits game-tying two-run bomb
    Jake Smolinski hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the ninth inning of a game the Athletics would win later in the inning on Saturday.

    Advice: He went 2-for-4 in the game, boosting his line to .324/.375/.528 with six bombs in 108 at-bats. He is obviously deserving of more playing time but will not be fantasy-worthy until he gets it. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Arcia goes 2-for-3 with an RBI on Saturday
    Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with an RBI but the Rays lost on Saturday.

    Advice: He stroked an RBI single in the second inning and added a double later in the game. The part-time player is now batting .230 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 152 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Oak
  • Bruce blasts three-run bomb as Reds win
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run to lead the Reds to a 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: The blast gave him 20 for the season with 69 RBI. He also doubled tonight. His .859 OPS is a nice gift for his owners after his sub-par 2014 and 2015 seasons. Bruce is highly likely to be traded in the next 10 days, but tonight he remained a key member of the team that drafted him in the first round in 2005. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Ari
  • Oswaldo Arcia suffers mild elbow strain
    Oswaldo Arcia suffered a mild right elbow strain on Saturday night against the Athletics.

    Advice: Arcia was in obvious pain after a hard swing in the top of the seventh inning. He was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game and is batting .230/.306/.395 for the year. Yesterday, 8:01 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Oak
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out Saturday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Puig was used as a pinch-hitter in Friday's extra-innings marathon, but he isn't ready to return to the outfield and probably won't start Sunday either. He tweaked his right hamstring Thursday afternoon in D.C. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    Top 1, 4-0 x @StL
  • Yasiel Puig appears off bench
    Yasiel Puig popped out as a pinch-hitter in the 13th inning Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Puig didn't start because of a minor right hamstring injury, and he remains day-to-day. Friday, 10:30 pm
    Top 1, 4-0 x @StL
  • Fowler has monster game in return from DL
    Dexter Fowler celebrated his return from the disabled list by going 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored in Friday’s win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Fresh off missing a month and change with a hamstring injury, Fowler didn’t need any time to shake the rust. He made an immediate impact by socking a leadoff homer against Jimmy Nelson before adding an RBI double one inning later. The 30-year-old faded a bit in June prior to the injury, but he still owns a cool .298/.405/.504 batting line on the year. Friday, 8:50 pm
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Dexter Fowler (hamstring) back from the DL
    Cubs activated OF Dexter Fowler from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Fowler's recovery from a strained right hamstring came along a little more slowly than expected, but he's ready to roll now. He's in center field and batting leadoff Friday against Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers. Friday, 2:55 pm
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Many teams interested in outfielder Jay Bruce
    Jon Heyman of reports that the Indians, Rangers, Dodgers, and Blue Jays have interest in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the Nationals are "also on the periphery" of the market for Bruce, saying that "perhaps no outfielder is drawing as much interest" as the Red. Bruce was nearly traded to the Blue Jays over the winter, but that deal fell through due to a medical issue involving one of the players. Assuming he's traded, the team that acquires Bruce would have a $13 million option on him for next season. Friday, 2:01 pm
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Ari
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) sitting out on Friday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is absent from the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his right hamstring on Thursday. It doesn't appear that it's a potential disabled list injury at this point, but with his history of hammy issues you never know. Scott Van Slyke is filling in in right field. Friday, 1:29 pm
    Top 1, 4-0 x @StL
  • Smolinski's three-run shot not enough for A's
    Jake Smolinski went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Smolinski rocked Rays starter Matt Moore for a three-run shot in the second inning. It would be his only hit on the evening. At the time, it propelled the A's to a 3-2 advantage. The Rays would outscore the Athletics 5-0 the rest of the way. For the season, the 27-year-old outfielder is slashing .303/.360/.495 with five homers and 20 RBI over 99 at-bats. Fine production for a part-time piece, though his fantasy upside is capped by his lack of consistent playing time. Friday, 12:28 am
  • Kenley Jansen earns 28th save vs. Nats
    Kenley Jansen earned his 28th save of the season Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park.

    Advice: Jansen gave up a one-out single to Bryce Harper, but he retired the other three batters he faced to easily protect the Dodgers' three-run lead. Jansen boasts a 1.30 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 53/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season, to go along with the 28 saves. Thursday, 12:44 pm
    Top 1, 4-0 x @StL
  • Stanton sits Thursday night versus Phillies
    Giancarlo Stanton is not in the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday night against the Phillies.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field and bat leadoff versus Philadelphia right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Stanton is 1-for-12 (.083) so far in this four-game series. He had been on an offensive tear. Daily Slant: With Stanton out of the lineup, the Marlins will be missing their most potent bat, not to mention that typical leadoff man J.T. Realmuto will also get a night off. This is now a much improved spot for Jerad Eickhoff, who generally pitches well at home (.281 wOBA allowed, career 18.4 K-BB% with a 9.1 HR/FB rate). He also owns a 22.0 K% at home which is the highest mark among pitchers taking the hill tonight. Adam Wainwright and Steven Wright are still safer cash game targets, but Eickhoff is a perfectly suitable tournament target at a lower price tag. Thursday, 12:25 pm
  • Puig left game with right hamstring tightness
    Yasiel Puig left Thursday's game against the Nationals with right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his right hammy while trying to beat out a grounder to third base in the top of the seventh inning. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. This is not the same hamstring Puig injured in June, but he did have serious problems with it in 2015. Another trip back to the disabled list is a real possibility. Thursday, 12:22 pm
    Top 1, 4-0 x @StL
  • Puig removed from game with apparent injury
    Yasiel Puig was removed from Thursday's game against the Nationals with an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: Puig entered the game in right field in the bottom of the sixth but then appeared to tweak something while trying to leg out a grounder in his first at-bat in the top of the seventh. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. Puig was limited to 79 games in 2015 because of hamstring problems and he spent time on the disabled list this June with the same type of issue. More awful injury news for Los Angeles. Thursday, 11:50 am
    Top 1, 4-0 x @StL
  • Fowler (hamstring) to join Cubs this weekend
    Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Dexter Fowler (hamstring) will rejoin the team this weekend in Milwaukee.

    Advice: The exact day of his arrival is unclear, but it could be Friday for the opener of the three-game series. Fowler appeared in both games of a doubleheader Wednesday with Triple-A Iowa, going 1-for-5 with a double and a walk. The 30-year-old center fielder will return to a shiny .290/.398/.483 batting line. Thursday, 10:26 am
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Fowler (hamstring) goes 1-for-5 in rehab
    Dexter Fowler (hamstring) went 1-for-5 with a double and a walk in a doubleheader Wednesday with Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Jorge Soler only played in the first game and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Fowler should be ready to return to the Cubs' active roster this weekend if he can avoid a physical setback over the next couple of days. He's been on the disabled list since June 19 because of a right hamstring strain. Thursday, 7:08 am
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Puig goes 1-for-3 with a double on Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig doubled in three at-bats in the Dodgers' loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: Puig's lackluster numbers this season show no signs of getting better. He is batting .257 with a disappointing .698 OPS. He has seven home ru ns and 32 RBI. Puig is blessed with all five tools but has not been able to convert that talent into results this year. He is only 25 years old and could break out at any time. Wednesday, 7:58 pm
    Top 1, 4-0 x @StL
  • Colabello (suspension) strikes out five times
    Chris Colabello struck out five times in a rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday.

    Advice: Colabello is serving out the tail-end of an 80-game suspension relating to a positive test for a performance enhancer. He will be eligible to return to the Blue Jays on July 23. Five strikeouts are never great, but this rehab assignment only serves the purpose of making sure that Colabello is seeing live at-bats prior to his return. Wednesday, 1:28 pm
    Not Active
    W, 2-0 vs x Sea
  • Ezequiel Carrera out with Achilles discomfort
    Ezequiel Carrera is sitting out Wednesday due to a recurrence of Achilles discomfort.

    Advice: Carrera first began having problems with the Achilles in late June. We'll call him day-to-day for now. Darwin Barney is starting in left field and Junior Lake is starting in right field Wednesday in Arizona.Daily Slant: With Carrera out of the lineup, it'll be Darwin Barney leading off against Patrick Corbin with Devon Travis hitting in the 8th spot. Barney's numbers certainly don't jump off the table, but hitting atop of a very potent Toronto order in a hitter-friendly environment makes him a viable punt play. Corbin has allowed a .399 wOBA and a 2.54 HR/9 rate when facing RH bats at home. Wednesday, 10:58 am
  • Report: Dodgers open to trading Yasiel Puig
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are open to trading Yasiel Puig.

    Advice: This would have been an unthinkable scenario not too long ago, but Puig's development has stalled over the past couple of years, so the Dodgers are at least weighing the possibility. While he has hit better since coming off disabled list, he has a disappointing .700 OPS on the year. Still, the Dodgers could find a team who believes in a rebound and would be willing to take a chance on his personality. He's just 25 years old, after all. He's also owed just $14 million over the next two seasons. Rosenthal speculates that the Dodgers could look to the trade market for another outfielder. Tuesday, 5:58 am
    Top 1, 4-0 x @StL
  • Fowler to begin rehab assignment Tuesday
    Dexter Fowler (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll be joined by Jorge Soler, who is coming back from a hamstring injury. Fowler appeared in one rehab game for Low-A South Bend before the All-Star break but quickly abandoned it when he realized he wouldn't be ready for the All-Star Game in San Diego. He shouldn't need more than a few games to shake off the rust. Jul 18, 1:04 pm
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Pagan homers and goes 3-for-5
    Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer as part of a 3-for-5 night at the plate on Saturday.

    Advice: He is now hitting .282/.325/.414 with five home runs, 36 runs, 30 RBI and eight steals after spending a few weeks on the disabled list early in the year. Pagan stole enough bases to be valuable in fantasy leagues in his younger days, but now at 35 years old he is nothing more than an injury fill-in. Jul 16, 9:54 pm
  • Stanton goes 2-for-3 with a run and RBI
    Giancarlo Stanton continued his rebound, finishing 2-for-3 with a run and RBI on Friday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk. Stanton has really struggled to hit for average this year. Today's game lifts his line to .238/.335/.500 with 20 home runs, 41 runs and 51 RBI. Everyone knows he has super-human power but his owners need him to improve his batting average if he is going to be a fantasy star. Jul 15, 9:34 pm
  • Domingo Santana (elbow) near rehab games
    Domingo Santana (elbow) is aiming to begin a minor league rehab assignment in a week or so.

    Advice: Santana has resumed baseball activities after a lengthy shutdown period. The young outfielder was placed on the disabled list June 10 with right elbow soreness and will continue to be eased back into action. We wouldn't expect to see him before mid-August or so. Jul 15, 2:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 vs x ChC
  • Fowler (hamstring) nearing rehab games
    Dexter Fowler (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: He'll hang with his Cubs teammates all weekend, getting in daily workouts, before joining up with one of the organization's minor league affiliates for three or four rehab games. Fowler has been on the disabled list since June 19 because of a right hamstring injury. He was forced to miss Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game. Jul 15, 8:29 am
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
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