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  • Chase Utley getting the day off Saturday
    Chase Utley is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's Utley's first absence since joining the Dodgers last week. Before the game. Utley was seen taking grounders at third base, a position he's never played in the major leagues. Rookie Jose Peraza will start at second base and bat eighth. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:21 pm
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  • Jason Castro (strained quad) lands on the DL
    Astros placed C Jason Castro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad.

    Advice: Max Stassi was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take his roster spot. Castro suffered the injury in Friday's loss to Minnesota and will be out until mid-September. Castro has struck out in almost a third of his at-bats this season while slashing .220/.284/.395 with 11 homers and 30 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:30 pm
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  • Correa (hamstring) out of Astros' lineup Sat.
    Carlos Correa (hamstring) is out of the Astros' starting lineup Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Correa has now missed two straight starts with discomfort in his left hamstring, but he told reporters before the game Saturday that he should be available off the bench. Marwin Gonzalez is starting at shortstop and hitting seventh. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:15 pm
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey was drilled by a pitch in his elbow last night, so it's not surprising to see him get a day of rest. Andrew Susac will start behind the dish and bat seventh for the Giants against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:44 am
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  • Jason Castro left Friday with strained quad
    Jason Castro was forced to leave Friday's game with a strained right quad.

    Advice: The issue isn't believed to be serious, but should keep him out of the lineup for a day or two. Expect to see Hank Conger behind the dish on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:28 am
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  • Athletics option Max Muncy to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned INF Max Muncy to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: It should only be a brief stay for Muncy, who should rejoin the A's on Tuesday when rosters expand. The 25-year-old is hitting .217/.283/.386 with two homers and six RBI in 83 at-bats with the big league club this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:23 am
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  • Adrian Gonzalez goes 1-for-4 in return
    Adrian Gonzalez (knee) went 1-for-4 and scored a run in his return to action on Friday night.

    Advice: Gonzalez was forced to leave Thursday's contest after fouling a ball off of his left knee, but it turned out to be a very minor injury. The veteran slugger is having another terrific season, slashing .286/.359/.507 with 24 homers and 74 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:10 am
  • Lucroy hits RBI double to help beat Reds
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Lucroy's been on an absolute tear during his current six-game hitting streak, hitting four doubles and three homers while driving in seven over that span. This is more like the hitter we're used to seeing, as compared to the impostor who's working with a .251/.317/.381 line for the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Marlon Byrd hits grand slam
    Marlon Byrd hit a grand slam off Michael Wacha in Friday's game.

    Advice: The homer was Byrd's third in just seven games since he arrived in San Francisco. He has eight career slams in 146 at-bats with the bases loaded. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Kris Bryant fans four times
    Kris Bryant fanned all four times he was up Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: If you're going to have a four-strikeout game, at least have it against Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen. Bryant lost his seven-game hitting streak, but he's still batting .262. He opened August at .246. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt hits 26th homer
    Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer to help the Diamondbacks beat the A's 6-4 on Friday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt's homer came off switch-pitcher Pat Venditte in the seventh inning. He has four homers in his last seven games after going 25 days without one. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Phillips singles twice in shutout loss
    Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with two singles in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: In addition to the two singles, Phillips also swiped his 18th base of the season. He's offered a dependable, if unspectacular, bat when healthy and is hitting .287/.322/.387 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI. His days as a 20-homer second baseman appear to be behind him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Brett Lawrie hits long home run
    Brett Lawrie hit a 470-foot homer Friday in the loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The rest of Oakland's offense isn't doing a whole lot, but Lawrie has 14 hits in his last eight games, including three homers and three doubles. If anything, he's played a little better and stayed healthier than the A's should have expected this year. It just doesn't really make up for losing Josh Donaldson. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 pm
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  • Seager hits solo tater in win over White Sox
    Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager's solo homer in the sixth inning snapped a scoreless tie. He also chipped in with a pair of singles. It's possible he's starting to snap out of a frigid August stretch, as he's recorded four hits in his last 10 at-bats. Two of those hits have left the park. For the season, Seager's hitting .258/.314/.428 with 19 home runs and 50 batted in. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Nunez homers in low-scoring win vs Astros
    Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Friday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Nunez cranked a solo home run in the third inning off Astros starter Scott Kazmir for the game's first run. He would also drive home the game's final run just an inning later, this time on a ground out. The utility infielder's done a nice job in his relatively limited playing time, hitting .269/.306/.419 with three homers, 17 RBI and five steals over 160 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:43 pm
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  • Buxton takes 0-for-4 against Astros
    Byron Buxton struggled in Friday's win over the Astros, finishing 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

    Advice: Hey, it could have been worse. He could have struck out four times, as he did on Thursday. The rookie is 16-for-75 with three doubles, a triple and no homers this season. The numbers have been poor to this point, but at just 21 years old, it's not a surprise that he's found tough sledding early on. Things will improve. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Carlos Correa sitting out with sore hamstring
    Carlos Correa is missing a second straight start Friday due to what he describes as "just a little soreness" in his left hamstring.

    Advice: He'll have three days off when you add in Thursday's off day. It doesn't sound like a major concern, as Correa should have a shot to return to action by the end of the weekend. Marwin Gonzalez is again getting the call at shortstop Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Carlos Correa not in Friday's lineup
    Carlos Correa is not in the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Correa also sat on Wednesday before Thursday's off day, so he might be dealing with some sort of physical issue. Marwin Gonzalez is again getting the call at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • Byron Buxton fans four times
    Byron Buxton struck out all four times he was up Thursday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: The Twins have been awfully aggressive in pushing Buxton into the leadoff spot, but while he did OK in the first two games against the Rays, he looks more like a bottom-of-the-order guy right now. He's struck out in 16 straight games, and he's hit .225 with a 27/3 K/BB ratio in 71 at-bats overall. He's also been thrown out on two of his three steal attempts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • Seager out of Thursday's lineup
    Kyle Seager is out of Thursday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Brad Miller will fill in at third base. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:13 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (knee) '100 percent' for Fri.
    Adrian Gonzalez (knee) said he's "100 percent" certain he'll be able to play Friday.

    Advice: Gonzalez made an early exit from Thursday's series finale in Cincinnati after fouling a ball off his left knee, but he only suffered a small bruise. Los Angeles opens a big weekend series against the Cubs on Friday night. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:00 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez day-to-day with knee bruise
    Adrian Gonzalez left Thursday's game against the Reds after fouling a ball off his left knee.

    Advice: Scott Van Slyke took over at first base for the Dodgers. Gonzalez grounded out in the first inning and struck out in the third. He's considered day-to-day with a contusion. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:56 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 Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Goldschmidt smacks solo homer in loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Goldschmidt jumped the Diamondbacks out to a 1-0 lead with a solo home run off John Lackey in the first inning, but the team wouldn't score again in the game. The bomb was Goldy's 25th of the season and pushed his RBI total to 94. Pair those counting stats with a .331/.446/.571 triple-slash and you have yourself a legitimate MVP candidate. Oh, and he's also stolen a career-high 20 bases. Not too shabby. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Seager belts 18th home run in win over A's
    Kyle Seager hit his 18th home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the Athletics.

    Advice: The solo shot in the eighth inning snapped a 1-for-26 slide on the homestand for Seager. The cold stretch has Seager's line down to .254/.310/.420 on the year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Carlos Correa getting a breather Wednesday
    Carlos Correa is not in the Astros' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. The red-hot Marwin Gonzalez is filling in for Correa at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:55 am
  • Lucroy blasts two homers in loss to Indians
    Jonathan Lucroy homered twice, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Lucroy has now homered three times in his last two games, giving him seven home runs overall. The catcher is hitting .248/.315/.375 with 32 RBI and 42 runs scored in 83 games this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Phillips plates 4 runs as Reds hammer Tigers
    Brandon Phillips went 2-for-5 with a two-run triple and a two-run home run as the Reds hammered the Tigers in Monday's win.

    Advice: Phillips reduced the Reds' deficit to 5-4 with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He'd bat again that inning, capping off a 10-run frame with a two-run triple. The second baseman has registered hits in each of his three starts since returning the Reds' lineup following a minor biceps injury. Phillips is hitting .286/.322/.390 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI to date. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:44 pm
  • 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
  • Jason Castro not in Astros' lineup Monday
    Jason Castro is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Castro hit a walkoff homer in the 10th inning Sunday against the Dodgers, but he'll take a seat Monday versus Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. Hank Conger will start behind the plate and bat ninth for Houston. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:57 pm
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  • A's recall Max Muncy from AAA Nashville
    Athletics recalled INF Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Muncy has hit just .207/.275/.378 in 91 plate appearances this season for the A's. He's not fantasy relevant. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:10 pm
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  • Castro downs Dodgers with walk-off homer
    Jason Castro hit a solo, walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Sunday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Astros trailed 2-1 entering the ninth inning, but a Marwin Gonzalez RBI single tied the proceedings to set the stage for Castro's dramatics. An inning later, the catcher stepped up and unloaded on a one-out Chris Hatcher offering for a solo homer to send the fans home happy. He's one of several low-average, decent-power hitters on the Astros, as he's slashing .209/.272/.380 with 10 homers and 30 RBI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:18 pm
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  • 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
  • Buxton hits RBI single in winning effort
    Byron Buxton went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Buxton's RBI single against the Oriole bullpen in the seventh inning snapped a 2-2 tie. He's 5-for-14 since returning to the Twin lineup on August 20. An injury to Aaron Hicks has opened up playing time for the 21-year-old phenom, who had hit .412/.444/.549 in 54 plate appearances at Triple-A since healing up from a thumb injury that sidelined him in late June. Buxton has the potential to be a legitimate impact bat down the stretch, though owners should obviously be patient if he runs into a few cold streaks along the way. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:56 pm
  • Utley doubles for first hit with Dodgers
    Chase Utley picked up his first hit since being traded to the Dodgers, finishing 1-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Utley took an 0-for-4 in his Dodger debut on Friday. Saturday saw his first hit in the new uniform, as he managed a double against Astros starter Scott Kazmir. He manned second base during the contest, which he'll likely continue to do until Howie Kendrick (hamstring) returns to action. While he's hitting .214/.279/.331 with five home runs and 30 RBI for the length of the season, he's done much better since returning from the disabled list and was hitting .429/.432/.657 in nine August games entering Saturday's action. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:26 pm
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  • Goldschmidt homers twice and drives in four
    Paul Goldschmidt terrorized the Reds in Saturday's 11-7 win, finishing 4-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers, four total RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

    Advice: This was Goldschmidt's second four-hit game of the season. He started off the hit parade with a two-run homer against Reds starter Andrew DeSclafani in the first inning to give the Snakes a 3-0 advantage, then smacked another two-run bomb in the seventh inning to push his team's lead to 8-5. He'll be on the short-list for NL MVP when the dust of the season has settled, as he's hitting .331/.444/.568 with 24 home runs, 93 RBI and 20 steals. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Brandon Phillips returns to Reds lineup
    Brandon Phillips (biceps) has returned to the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Phillips had missed the previous two starts due to inflammation in his right biceps. He's batting leadoff against Randall Delgado and the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:41 am
  • Brandon Phillips appears as pinch hitter
    Brandon Phillips (biceps) grounded out in his lone at-bat as a pinch hitter on Friday.

    Advice: Phillips has been out of the starting lineup since he left Wednesday's game with inflammation in his right biceps. He is expected to return to the Reds starting lineup on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:11 am
  • Lucroy has three hits against Nationals
    Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Lucroy entered Friday's action hitting just .151 (8-for-53) so far this month. The 29-year-old has seen an increase in strikeouts and ground balls this season, which helps explain why his numbers haven't been anywhere near what we have seen in the past. His health has also likely contributed to his down year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Byrd goes deep in first at-bat with Giants
    Marlon Byrd blasted a two-run homer in his first at-bat as a Giant, helping to power his new squad to a 6-4 victory over the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: He also singled and doubled in the contest, finishing the night 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI. The door is open for him to play everyday in right field while Hunter Pence is sidelined, which should provide him with plenty of RBI chances in the middle of the Giants lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Utley hitless in Dodgers' debut
    Making his Dodgers' debut, Chase Utley went 0-for-4 against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Utley served as the DH in his debut, but he's expected to play second base with Howie Kendrick (hamstring) sidelined. The expectation is that he'll see time between third base and first base once Kendrick is back to full health. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:08 pm
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  • Chase Utley hitting second in Dodgers debut
    Chase Utley is in the designated hitter spot and batting second Friday in his Dodgers debut.

    Advice: He's hitting behind old pal Jimmy Rollins and in front of Justin Turner. Enrique Hernandez is at second base, but Utley will be the regular there when the DH isn't in play until Howie Kendrick (hamstring) returns. Utley has hit .484/.485/.742 in eight games since returning from the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:44 pm
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  • Brett Lawrie (back) returns to lineup
    Brett Lawrie (back) is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Lawrie missed the previous three contests with a back injury. He sports a disappointing .263/.299/.399 batting line and 106/18 K/BB ratio on the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:35 pm
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  • Brandon Phillips (biceps) out again Friday
    Brandon Phillips (biceps) remained out of the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's missed two straight games due to right biceps inflammation. Phillips could be available off the bench and would seem likely to be back in the lineup at some point over the weekend. Ivan DeJesus, Jr. will fill in at second base. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:28 pm
  • Phillips (biceps) out of Thursday's lineup
    Brandon Phillips (biceps) is out of Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Phillips will take a seat after leaving Wednesday's game with right biceps inflammation. He's considered day-to-day. Ivan DeJesus, Jr. will fill in at second base. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:42 pm
  • Giants acquire OF Marlon Byrd from Reds
    Giants acquired OF Marlon Byrd and cash considerations from the Reds for RHP Stephen Johnson.

    Advice: With Hunter Pence (oblique) hitting the disabled list, it's a solid pickup for San Francisco. The 37-year-old Byrd is hitting just .237 with a .286 on-base percentage this season, but he has 19 home runs and a .448 slugging percentage. He'll provide some much-needed right-handed thump for the Giants down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:23 pm
  • Buxton at leadoff Thursday in return to Twins
    Byron Buxton is batting leadoff in his return to the Twins on Thursday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Buxton hasn't appeared in a game for the Twins since June 24, but he's over his thumb injury and had been raking for the last week or so at Triple-A Rochester. The 21-year-old has a direct line to regular playing time with Aaron Hicks (hamstring) sidelined and carries huge fantasy potential for the stretch run. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Phillips day-to-day with biceps inflammation
    Reds manager Bryan Price said late Wednesday that Brandon Phillips' right biceps injury "could be something that requires a little bit of missed time."

    Advice: Phillips made an early exit from Wednesday's loss to the Royals after experiencing discomfort in his upper right arm. "It's just that it got sore," Price said after the game. "I think he had some problems with it when he laid out [for a ball on Tuesday]. And it lingered." Consider the veteran second baseman day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:36 am
  • Utley to join Dodgers on Friday
    Recent Dodgers acquisition Chase Utley is expected to join the team on Friday.

    Advice: The Dodgers completed a trade for Utley on Wednesday evening, shipping Darnell Sweeney and John Richy over to the Phillies in exchange for the former All-Star. Utley is hitting .217/.284/.333 this season, though he's played better than that of late. He'll join the Dodger parade of big names come Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:02 pm
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  • Carlos Correa leads Astros past Rays
    Carlos Correa homered in the first and delivered a game-ending single in the 13th as the Astros beat the Rays 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Correa had gone 10 straight games without a homer, his longest drought as a major leaguer. But that's over and done with. If the fade is approaching, there's still no real sign of it. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:32 pm
  • 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
  • Phillips exits with right biceps inflammation
    Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game due to right biceps inflammation.

    Advice: Phillips was replaced by Ivan DeJesus Jr. in the top of the seventh inning. He was 2-for-3 with a solo home run prior to being removed. The Reds should have some more information on Phillips' outlook after the game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Utley dealt to Dodgers for two minor leaguers
    Dodgers acquired 2B Chase Utley from the Phillies for INF/OF Darnell Sweeney and RHP John Richy.

    Advice: The Dodgers are also getting roughly $4 million from the Phillies in the deal. The Dodgers will use Utley at second base with Howie Kendrick sidelined, allowing Kike Hernandez to slide into center field to spell Joc Pederson. The 36-year-old is hitting .217/.284/.333 on the year but has performed better at the plate since returning from the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:47 pm
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  • Twins recall top prospect Buxton from AAA
    Twins recalled OF Byron Buxton from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Aaron Hicks' hamstring injury finally freed up a roster spot for Buxton, who will take over as the Twins' everyday center fielder. He's been on fire at Triple-A since getting over a thumb injury, slashing .412/.444/.549 in 54 plate appearances. The 21-year-old top prospect should be owned and now starting in most standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:29 pm
  • Dodgers 'moving closer' to trade for Utley
    MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that the Dodgers and Phillies are "moving closer" on a trade that would send Chase Utley to Los Angeles.

    Advice: Zolecki says that "no deal has been finalized," but the two clubs "are moving in that direction." FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal adds that the Phillies are expected to receive two prospects in return, with the Dodgers being responsible for about $2 million of what remains on the second baseman's $10 million contract for 2015. Utley can handle second base for the Dodgers while Howie Kendrick (hamstring) is sidelined and would then move into a bench role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:09 pm
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  • Brett Lawrie dealing with back injury
    Brett Lawrie is sitting out a third straight game Wednesday due to a back injury.

    Advice: It's unclear when his back began bothering him, but it appears to be a day-to-day situation. Danny Valencia is at third base again in Lawrie's place. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:21 am
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  • Rosenthal: Utley could be traded Wednesday
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Chase Utley's situation is "coming to a head" and it's "possible" a trade goes down Wednesday.

    Advice: This comes after Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that Utley was likely to remain with the club for the rest of the season. Of course, it could have just been posturing on Amaro's part and Rosenthal's reports suggests it might have been just that. The Giants are known to have made an offer for Utley, and the Angels and Cubs are said to be heavily involved, as well. A southern California native, Utley reportedly would prefer to play for a West Coast club. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:02 am
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  • Lawrie benched for third straight game
    Brett Lawrie is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday for the third straight game.

    Advice: It appears the A's are just wanting to get an extended look at Danny Valencia at third base. Lawrie is batting just .167/.215/.317 over his last 16 games, although he did homer in his last start on Sunday. He's sporting a disappointing .263/.299/.399 batting line and 106/18 K/BB ratio on the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:22 am
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  • Jonathan Lucroy getting a day off Wednesday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather with it being a day game after a night game. Martin Maldonado is behind the dish in Lucroy's place. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:41 am
  • Goldschmidt reaches base four times in a loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and three walks as the Diamondbacks lost in 15 innings to the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. The Pirates didn't seem interested in pitching to him, walking him in half of his plate appearances the rest of the night. It's hard to blame them, as Goldschmidt is a candidate for the NL MVP award, batting .333/.449/.567 with 22 home runs, 87 RBI, and 19 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:27 pm
  • Correa knocks RBI double in win over Rays
    Carlos Correa had an RBI double in a win over the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Correa's run-scoring double in the eighth knotted the game at 2-2. It was his lone hit in four at-bats. Correa now has 39 RBI and a .285/.356/.532 line on the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 pm
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