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  • Reed still looking for first major league hit
    A.J. Reed did not get a hit in his major league debut on Saturday, but he did walk twice, score twice and hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

    Advice: The highly anticipated prospect went 0-for-2 but still managed to deliver solid fantasy value to his eager owners. The 23-year-old hit 34 home runs in the minors last year and had 11 homers in 59 Triple-A games so far this year. Today, 8:13 pm
  • Johnson's 11th-inning homer leads Mets to win
    Kelly Johnson's solo home run broke a scoreless tie in the 11th inning Saturday, leading the Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Braves.

    Advice: Johnson led off the 11th inning as a pinch-hitter, and he took reliever Dario Alvarez deep for what turned out to be the only run of the contest. The homer was Johnson's third of the season and his second with the Mets; his first came as a member of the Braves, the team he defeated Saturday. The utilityman is batting .233/.297/.347 overall. Today, 8:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Kelly Johnson NYM - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 1-0 x @Atl
  • Carter hits three-run blast in win over Nats
    Chris Carter went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and two runs scored as the Brewers edged the Nationals 6-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Carter's three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning got the scoring started. It was his 19th homer of the season -- third-most in the National League -- giving him 47 RBI and 36 runs scored. The 29-year-old is batting .229/.305/.508 in 72 games this season. Today, 7:02 pm
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Was
  • Zimmerman has RBI, two runs against Brewers
    Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Zimmerman had a sacrifice fly RBI in the seventh inning and scored following a single and a walk in two other innings. The 31-year-old has 33 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a disappointing .230/.288/.410 line through 64 games. Today, 6:57 pm
  • Bour homers in third straight to topple Cubs
    Justin Bour homered in his third straight game, racking up three RBI, as the Marlins outlasted the Cubs 9-6 on Saturday.

    Advice: Bour is as hot as the day is long, as he's now got four homers in his last six games and is hitting .339 with five homers, 17 RBI and 11 runs scored in the month of June. His home run Saturday was a two-run job, and he also added an RBI double. Bour has 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 27 runs scored with a .273/.342/.535 line on the year. Today, 5:59 pm
    W, 9-6 vs ^ ChC
  • Norris pilfers another base in win over Reds
    Derek Norris went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Not known for his speed, Norris now has a stolen base in each of his past two games and three overall this year. He's been finding ways to contribute in recent days, homering three times with 10 RBI and eight runs scored in his last eight games played. He's hitting a less inspiring .213/.269/.394 overall. Today, 5:09 pm
  • Santana hits 16th home run in win over Tigers
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a home run, walk and two runs scored in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: Batting leadoff, Santana rudely welcomed Anibal Sanchez back to the Tigers' rotation with a solo blast, his 16th of the year. Seven of those have come this month, and the 30-year-old now has 15 RBI and 17 runs scored in June. Santana is hitting .235/.336/.467 overall. Today, 4:29 pm
  • Matt Adams (back) out for second straight game
    Matt Adams (back) is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Adams was scratched from Friday's game with lower back stiffness and will sit again Saturday. Brandon Moss will take over for Adams at first base and bat fifth against M's right-hander Nathan Karns. Adams remains day-to-day. Today, 3:30 pm
    Top 8, 4-5 x @Sea
  • Man on fire: Encarnacion rips three more hits
    Edwin Encarnacion carried the Blue Jays to victory Saturday against the White Sox, providing three hits and four RBI.

    Advice: In a game that featured eight home runs, Encarnacion surprisingly kept the ball in the yard with two doubles and a single. Don't call this a hot streak. Encarnacion's epic June has been more like a volcanic eruption. He's slugged nine homers this month with 26 RBI and 14 extra-base hits. The 33-year-old leads the majors with 66 RBI and is going to get an absolutely ridiculous payday when he hits the open market this winter. Today, 3:07 pm
  • Alvarez delivers two-run single vs. Rays
    Pedro Alvarez had a two-run single as the Orioles won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader versus the Rays.

    Advice: Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on the afternoon. After a miserable start to the season, the 29-year-old has turned things around by batting .315 (17-for-54) with six homers and 15 RBI this month. The batting average won’t last, but he’s in a great spot for his power to shine. Today, 1:28 pm
    W, 5-0 vs ^ TB ; W, 8-6 vs ^ TB
  • A.J. Reed batting sixth in MLB debut Saturday
    A.J. Reed will DH and bat sixth Saturday in his major league debut against the Royals.

    Advice: He has an enticing matchup against light-throwing veteran Chris Young. Reed was called up to the majors after hitting .266 with 11 HR and 36 RBI in 59 games for Triple-A Fresno. He was among the top hitters in minor league baseball last season when he clobbered 34 HR in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. Reed could stay in the majors for good if he gets off to a hot start. Today, 1:25 pm
  • Jose Abreu (leg) back in Saturday's lineup
    Jose Abreu (leg) returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Abreu sat out Friday's game due to leg fatigue, but it's not a major concern. After a slow start to the season, the slugger is batting .333 with five homers and 20 RBI this month. Today, 1:14 pm
    L, 10-8 vs ^ Tor
  • Smoak (knee) not in Saturday's lineup
    Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third. Today, 10:19 am
    W, 10-8 x @CWS
  • Twins hopeful Plouffe (groin) will play Sun.
    The Twins are hopeful that Trevor Plouffe (groin) will play Sunday.

    Advice: Plouffe suffered a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he went through baseball activities Saturday and felt good. At the very least, it appears likely he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list. Today, 9:54 am
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Morneau (elbow) takes BP on field
    Justin Morneau (elbow) took batting practice on the field Saturday.

    Advice: It was his first time doing so since offseason surgery to repair a flexor injury in his left elbow. Morneau signed a deal with the White Sox earlier this month and appears on track to help the major league roster during the second half. Today, 9:50 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 10-8 vs x Tor
  • Rizzo (back) returns to Cubs' lineup Saturday
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is in the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Rizzo sat out back-to-back games due to back stiffness. It has been a lingering issue, but hopefully the time off did him some good. Today, 9:30 am
  • Yanks designate Ike Davis for assignment
    Yankees designated 1B Ike Davis for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Mark Teixeira's return from the disabled list. Davis went 3-for-14 (.214) with an RBI during his brief stint with the Yankees. He told reporters that he'll consider staying with the organization if he passes through waivers unclaimed. Today, 8:17 am
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 vs x Min
  • Astros call up top prospect 1B A.J. Reed
    Astros purchased the contract of 1B A.J. Reed from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The move is now official. Reed is expected to make his major league debut as the designated hitter Saturday against the Royals. The 23-year-old didn't exactly put up monster numbers in Triple-A this year (.266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games), but he was riding an eight-game hitting streak and hit three homers along the way. The Astros could sit him against left-handers initially, but his power and patience makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats. Today, 7:52 am
  • Plouffe (groin) could take swings in cage Sat
    Trevor Plouffe (groin) could take some swings in the cage on Saturday.

    Advice: Plouffe was held out of the lineup Friday after suffering a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he's feeling some improvement. The Twins are optimistic he'll be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but it depends on how he responds in the next couple of days. Today, 7:48 am
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Mauer to serve as DH on Saturday
    Joe Mauer will serve as the designated hitter Saturday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: The Twins are using the same lineup they did on Friday, but Mauer will DH and Byung Ho Park will play first base. Today, 7:20 am
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYY
  • Yankees activate Mark Teixeira from 15-day DL
    Yankees activated 1B Mark Teixeira from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: The corresponding roster move isn't yet known. Teixeira has been sidelined since June 3 with a cartilage tear in his right knee, but he'll make his return Saturday and bat sixth against Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. The veteran slugger went 1-for-9 during a brief minor league rehab assignment and will return to a disappointing .180/.271/.263 batting line. Rob Refsnyder played well during his absence, but he's headed back to the bench for now. Today, 7:13 am
  • Shaw (shin) singles in return to lineup
    Travis Shaw (shin) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return to the lineup Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Shaw was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a right shin contusion. He should be good to go moving forward. Today, 5:27 am
  • Stephen Vogt goes 3-for-5, homers
    Stephen Vogt went 3-for-5 and hit his sixth homer Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Vogt is hitting .286 with two homers, a triple and five doubles in 56 at-bats this month. Unfortunately, all that has been good for is just four RBI and five runs scored. That's what playing for the A's gets you. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Adam Lind's homer propels Mariners
    Adam Lind delivered a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Lind's 11th homer of the year came off Trevor Rosenthal. He has five homers in his last 11 games, though he's recorded just two other hits in that span. His average has actually tumbled from .259 to .234 during the month of June. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Myers homers, drives in five in win over Reds
    Wil Myers went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI on Friday night versus the Reds.

    Advice: The home run was his 17th. He has a .289 batting average to go with 49 runs, 50 RBI and 10 stolen bases. After three injury-plagued seasons, the 25-year-old Myers is finally turning into the fantasy stud we all expected when he was a prospect. He may surpass his career high of 335 at-bats before the All Star break. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,OF
    W, 3-0 ^ @Cin
  • Astros to call up 1B A.J. Reed on Saturday
    The Astros announced that A.J. Reed will be called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.

    Advice: The move was reported earlier in the evening on Friday and now the Astros have confirmed it, as Tony Kemp was sent down to Triple-A Fresno to clear a spot on the active roster. Reed figures to see most of his at-bats at first base, but Julia Morales of ROOT Sports hears that he'll serve as the designated hitter in his major league debut on Saturday. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Bour smashed grand slam but Marlins lose
    Justin Bour swatted a grand slam in the first inning but that was all the Marlins could muster in a loss to the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: Bour's slam tied the game at 4-4 in the first inning but only one more run was scored the rest of the game. The big fly was the 13th of the season for Bour, who sports a .268/.339/.515 line on the season. Those rate stats look good but he doesn't have the counting stats to match. His 26 runs and 40 RBI with no steals are not what his owners need from their first baseman. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
    W, 9-6 vs ^ ChC
  • Matt Adams scratched from lineup
    Matt Adams was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Mariners due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko made the start at first base in his place. Consider Adams day-to-day. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
    Top 8, 4-5 x @Sea
  • Luis Valbuena exits game with back tightness
    Luis Valbuena exited Friday's game against the Royals with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Valbuena went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before exiting in the second inning. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Yesterday, 7:02 pm
    W, 13-5 ^ @KC
  • Report: A.J. Reed being called up by Astros
    Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle confirms that the Astros are calling up prospect first baseman A.J. Reed.

    Advice: This confirms a report from 1250 AM WLRT in Lexington, Kentucky. The Astros have yet to make an official announcement, but Reed is expected to join the team on Saturday. The 23-year-old is batting .266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games this season with Triple-A Fresno. While those numbers aren't quite on par with what he did last year between High-A and Double-A, he has been on a major tear of late, hitting .372 with three homers and five doubles over his last 10 games. The Astros could sit him against some southpaws, but he should get most of the playing time at first base. His power makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats. Yesterday, 5:08 pm
  • Rizzo (back) feeling better, could play Sat.
    Cubs manager Joe Madd0n said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is feeling better and it's "possible" the first baseman could return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Rizzo is sitting out a second straight game Friday and has missed three contests over the last couple weeks with back stiffness, but it appears he's making some progress. Kris Bryant is handling first base Friday, with Javier Baez at third. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Jose Abreu (leg) not in Friday's lineup
    Jose Abreu is not in the White Sox' lineup Friday due to leg fatigue.

    Advice: It will only be a one-day absence, as Abreu is expected back in there Saturday. Todd Frazier will play first base and Tyler Saladino is at third on Friday. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
    L, 10-8 vs ^ Tor
  • Trevor Plouffe (groin) sitting out Friday
    Trevor Plouffe (groin) is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Plouffe tweaked his right groin on Thursday. The feeling is that it's a minor ailment, but he could need a few days of rest. Eduardo Nunez had slid over to third base and Eduardo Escobar will get a start at shortstop Friday. Yesterday, 12:57 pm
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Anthony Rizzo (back) held out again Friday
    Anthony Rizzo (back) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Rizzo has missed two straight games and three games over the last couple weeks with a stiff back. He's day-to-day. Kris Bryant has slid across the diamond to first base and Javier Baez will handle third base on Friday. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Joey Votto (flu) returns to Reds' lineup Fri.
    Joey Votto (flu) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Votto was under the weather for a few days, but he pinch-hit Thursday and is back in there Friday. He's batting second and playing first base against Colin Rea and the Padres. Yesterday, 10:48 am
    L, 3-0 vs ^ SD
  • Maddon says he'll keep an eye on Rizzo (back)
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that he might need to keep a closer eye on Anthony Rizzo (back) to ensure his health.

    Advice: Rizzo on Thursday missed his second game in the last two weeks due to back stiffness. He had back issues in 2014, although the first baseman says this is unrelated to that. "We need a good open conversation so that we don't hurt him," said Maddon. "I don't think it's anything significant other than stiffness." Yesterday, 7:04 am
  • Reynolds crunches solo homer in loss to ARI
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Reynolds connected for a solo homer off Zack Greinke in the second inning. It was his seventh homer of the year and pushed his RBI total to 28. The veteran first baseman is slashing .291/.359/.457 across 224 at-bats. The average is particularly impressive -- and out of character -- given that Reynolds is a career .232 hitter. Thursday, 9:37 pm
    Player Note
    Mark Reynolds Col - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 11-6 vs x Ari
  • Norris hits three-run homer in win over Reds
    Derek Norris hit a three-run home run, and the Padres bested the Reds 7-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Padres were trailing 4-3 when Norris connected on a JC Ramirez pitch for the three-run bomb in the sixth inning. The homer was his second in as many games and his third in his last five contests, giving him 10 home runs and 25 RBI on the year. The power is nice, but Norris' on-base skills have disappeared completely this year en route to a paltry .215/.266/.402 line overall. Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Jose Abreu hits three-run homer
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Abreu is hitting .333 with five homers, seven doubles and 20 RBI in 20 games this month. There's a good chance he's a top-five first baseman the rest of the way. Thursday, 3:05 pm
    L, 10-8 vs ^ Tor
  • Votto (flu) could be available off the bench
    Joey Votto (flu) could be available for Thursday night's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Votto is still battling the flu but was seen taking ground balls at first base before the game. There's a good chance we'll see Votto as a pinch-hitter later tonight. Votto got off to a sluggish start this year but has rebounded by hitting .338 this month with two homers and six RBI. Thursday, 2:23 pm
    L, 3-0 vs ^ SD
  • Trevor Plouffe diagnosed with a groin strain
    Trevor Plouffe has been diagnosed with a mild right groin strain.

    Advice: Plouffe suffered the injury while trying to leg out a grounder in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday versus the Phillies. He's listed as day-to-day, but the third baseman might have to sit out all weekend to give the strain ample time to heal. Eduardo Nunez took over at the hot corner Thursday, with Eduardo Escobar drawing the start at short. Thursday, 12:50 pm
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Rizzo (back) sits Thursday, Contreras at 1B
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Thursday night against the Marlins.

    Advice: Willson Contreras will start at first base and bat cleanup versus Marlins lefty Wei-Yin Chen. Rizzo left Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals after experiencing back stiffness. He is day-to-day. Thursday, 12:34 pm
  • Votto (flu) remains absent Thursday vs. Pads
    Joey Votto (flu) remains absent from the Reds' starting lineup Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: This must be a nasty flu bug, as Votto hasn't appeared in a game for the Reds since last Sunday. Adam Duvall will start at first base and Jose Peraza will play left field on Thursday night versus San Diego. Thursday, 12:31 pm
    L, 3-0 vs ^ SD
  • Travis Shaw (shin) out Thursday vs. Chicago
    Travis Shaw (shin) is out of the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Shaw left Wednesday's game with a right shin contusion and was still feeling some discomfort on Thursday morning, but it's not anything overly serious and he should be available to pinch-hit. Marco Hernandez is starting at third base and hitting ninth against White Sox batting practice pitcher James Shields. Thursday, 8:13 am
  • Trevor Plouffe goes 3-for-4, doubles
    Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with a double and a couple of runs scored Wednesday in the Twins' 6-5 win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Twins have to make a decision soon on what to do with Miguel Sano, and their ideal solution should be to put Sano back at third and trade Plouffe. Plouffe, though, doesn't have the same kind of trade value he did in the offseason, and the Twins like him too much to want to sell low. It'd help a lot if he could get hot, and he has gone 5-for-9 with three RBI the last two days. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Santana goes deuces wild on Wednesday
    Carlos Santana stayed hot as he went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Santana is a drain on the batting average category but is solid everywhere else. He now has a .231/.333/.455 line with 15 home runs, 39 runs and 38 RBI. That would look good if he still had catcher eligibility but is not so hot for a designated hitter. Wednesday, 7:05 pm
  • Travis Shaw forced out with shin contusion
    Travis Shaw left Wednesday's game against the White Sox with a right shin contusion.

    Advice: Shaw initially suffered the contusion after he fouled a ball off his right foot on Tuesday. While he started at third base on Wednesday, he was replaced in the field by Deven Marrero to start the fourth inning. Consider him day-to-day moving forward. The Red Sox and White Sox will play on Thursday morning and it wouldn't be a surprise if Shaw is rested for that one. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo exits with back stiffness
    Anthony Rizzo was lifted from Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals due to back stiffness.

    Advice: Rizzo saw just two at-bats before his back flared up on him. He has dealt with back stiffness and soreness at various times this season. With the Marlins trotting out left-hander Wei-Yin Chen on Thursday, he could earn an additional day of rest. This shouldn't be considered a serious injury, just a nagging one. Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • Joey Votto out again Wednesday due to flu
    Joey Votto (flu) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Votto came down with a stomach bug on Tuesday. Ivan DeJesus Jr. will start at first base and bat seventh Wednesday night against Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels. Wednesday, 12:44 pm
    L, 3-0 vs ^ SD
  • Teixeira (knee) feels good after rehab debut
    Mark Teixeira (knee) felt good after his rehab debut Tuesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Teixeira went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, but those results are not all that important. "It’s really all about the health," he said. "There’s really nothing else that you can really simulate playing in a full game, and that’s what I have to get to." The veteran first baseman is hoping to be activated from the disabled list this Saturday. He was diagnosed with a cartilage tear in his right knee in early June. Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • Chris Carter notches RBI single in loss
    Chris Carter went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the A's.

    Advice: Carter hit an RBI single off A's starter Sonny Gray in the sixth inning. It gave the Brewers a short-lived 2-1 lead which would be erased in the bottom of the frame. Outside of the single, the all-or-nothing slugger struck out three times. For the season, Carter is slashing .225/.297/.502 with 18 homers and 44 RBI across 249 at-bats. That fantastic power output comes with 91 strikeouts. Tuesday, 10:54 pm
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Was
  • Plouffe has two-run triple in win over Phils
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The triple was the first of 2016 for Plouffe, who had four last season. The runs batted in were Plouffe's first in almost a week, giving him 22 RBI in 51 games this year. The 30-year-old is hitting .244/.267/.373 on the year. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Pedro Alvarez socks two long balls in loss
    Pedro Alvarez socked a pair of long balls and drove home five runs, but it wasn't enough to lead the Orioles to victory over the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: Alvarez smacked a two-run homer off of Luis Perdomo in the fourth inning, putting the O's on top 4-3. He repeated the feat the following frame, then added an RBI single in the ninth. Alvarez finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, raising his season slash to .240/.318/.473 to complement his nine homers and 24 RBI. Tuesday, 10:01 pm
    W, 5-0 vs ^ TB ; W, 8-6 vs ^ TB
  • Travis Shaw scores lone run in loss to ChiSox
    Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with a double and scored the Red Sox lone run in Tuesday's loss to Chris Sale and the White Sox.

    Advice: Shaw singled leading off the third inning, advanced on a base hit by Sandy Leon and took third on a fly ball, setting the stage for him to score on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts. He has cooled a bit after his blistering start to the season, but is still hitting a respectable .272/.342/.451 with seven bombs and 37 RBI. Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Joey Votto out of Reds' lineup on Tuesday
    Joey Votto is out of the Reds' lineup Tuesday due to a stomach bug.

    Advice: Adam Duvall will start at first base and bat fifth versus Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis. Votto might also have to sit out Wednesday's finale in Texas. Tuesday, 12:55 pm
    L, 3-0 vs ^ SD
  • A.J. Reed belts 10th homer in Monday's victory
    Astros 1B prospect A.J. Reed homered and drove in two runs Monday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, batting .343 with two homers and five RBI over that span. Reed has generated plenty of buzz in his two-plus years in the minors but he still has some work to do before he earns his long-awaited promotion to the big leagues. The 2014 second-round pick has hit just .257 this year after batting .340 with 34 HR and 127 RBI in 135 games between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi last season. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • Lind homers among three hits against Tigers
    Adam Lind went 3-for-6 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Lind hit the home run off Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey in the fifth inning. He's now got four homers in his last eight games and 10 overall. It's been largely feast or famine -- he's batting just .243/.277/.441 on the year -- and Lind regaining his power stroke could bode well for the 32-year-old's immediate future. Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Abreu's two-run double downs BoSox in extras
    Jose Abreu finished 2-for-5, and his two-run double in the 10th inning led the White Sox to a 3-1 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Abreu and Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel clashed with two on and two outs in the top of the 10th inning, and the first baseman was down to his last strike before lacing a double to the right-center gap on a 99 mph fastball. It was the most recent in a series of signs that the 29-year-old is turning it around at the dish, as he's now batting .348 with six doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI this month. Abreu is hitting .267/.325/.440 overall. Monday, 8:39 pm
    L, 10-8 vs ^ Tor
  • Reynolds swats two homers in win over Marlins
    Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 with two home runs as the Rockies outslugged the Marlins 7-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Reynolds' two dingers, both solo jobs, were just a few of the eight home runs the Marlins and Rockies combined for on the evening. The homers were numbers five and six on the year for the 32-year-old, who now has 25 RBI and 32 runs scored as the Rockies' primary first baseman. Somewhat unbelievably, the career .232 hitter has also maintained a respectable .290/.362/.448 line through 63 games. Monday, 8:13 pm
    Player Note
    Mark Reynolds Col - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 11-6 vs x Ari
  • Santana hits 15th homer in win over Rays
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Batting right-handed, Santana hit a solo homer off Rays starter Drew Smyly in the sixth inning. He's been heating up in recent days, as the homer was Santana's fifth in his last eight games. He's now got 15 home runs and 36 RBI, batting .230/.332/.455 in 68 games. Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Reed not close to being called up
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that a promotion for first base prospect A.J. Reed is not imminent.

    Advice: Reed has bounced back after a slow start to the season at Triple-A, but the Astros want to see more before considering a promotion. They are also happy with what the production from the corner infield spots at the major league level in recent days. "He's making improvements and he's taking better at-bats and that's really all we're looking for is consistency of at-bats," said Luhnow. "Defensively, he's going to be fine. We're also looking for an opportunity. Right now, Marwin and Valbuena are both playing well. We want to give Danny Worth an extended look, so these three guys will be sharing the corners. If anybody went down, certainly A.J. Reed would be at or close to the top of the list for guys to come up." Reed, 23, is batting .256/.343/.483 with nine homers and 32 RBI over 55 games this season at Triple-A. Monday, 6:07 pm
  • Rizzo homers, plates three to beat Pirates
    Anthony Rizzo homered and drove home three runs on Sunday, powering the Cubs to a 10-5 victory and a three-game sweep of the Pirates.

    Advice: Rizzo got the Cubs on the board with a run-scoring single in the first inning. He then smashed a solo homer off Jameson Taillon in the fourth inning, increasing his club's early advantage to 4-0. If that wasn't enough, he tacked on another RBI single as part of a four-run uprising in the seventh. He finished the night 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, raising his season slash to .268/.395/.557 to go along with 17 homers and 53 RBI. Sunday, 8:35 pm
  • Teixeira (knee) hopes to be activated Sat.
    Mark Teixeira (knee) is hoping to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: Teixeira will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and will play three games for them before returning to the big club if all goes well. Teixeira has a cartilage tear in his right knee but will attempt to play through it rather than have surgery. Sunday, 10:11 am
  • Mets have had trade talks with Brewers
    Justin Tasch and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News report that the Mets have talked to the Brewers "about a few players."

    Advice: Chris Carter is surely available via trade and would make sense for the Mets with Lucas Duda (back) out indefinitely. He's making $2.5 million in 2016 in a year where he's hit 18 homers and is under team control through 2018. The Brewers are also expected to shop Jonathan Lucroy and he could be a possibility for the Mets, especially if they're not confident Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) can stay healthy. Sunday, 6:29 am
    W, 6-5 vs ^ Was
  • Myers goes 3-for-4 with a home run Saturday
    Wil Myers cranked his 16th home run as part of a 3-for-4 day at the plate with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in the Padres' 7-3 come-from-behind victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: In addition to the first-inning homer, Myers had a key double in the Padres' six-run eighth inning rally. The young outfielder is finally healthy this year and it shows. He now rocks a .291/.333/.537 line with 16 longballs, 45 runs, 44 RBI and nine stolen bases. He is a strong contributor in all five fantasy scoring categories. Saturday, 11:01 pm
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,OF
    W, 3-0 ^ @Cin
  • Rizzo swats 16th homer as Cubs edge Pirates
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with his 16th home run of the season, and the Cubs edged the Pirates 4-3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Rizzo also doubled and walked in the game. His 16 homers are sixth-best in the National League, and he's now got 50 RBI in 65 games this year. The 26-year-old is hitting .264/.394/.545 overall. Saturday, 9:22 pm
  • Abreu keeps hitting, notches 10th homer
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Abreu's two-run dong off Indians starter Danny Salazar in the sixth inning was his third in his last six games. After a slow start to the year, the 29-year-old is now hitting .357 with four homers, 14 RBI and eight runs scored in June. The strong few weeks has his overall line up to .266/.325/.437. Saturday, 9:02 pm
    L, 10-8 vs ^ Tor
  • Bour hits 11th home run in win over Rockies
    Justin Bour went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Bour hit the two-run shot in the third inning, his 11th home run of the season. He later singled and scored in the fifth. The 28-year-old has been steady if unspectacular in his second full season in the majors, batting .261/.333/.484 with those 11 homers, 34 RBI and 23 runs scored. Saturday, 7:24 pm
    W, 9-6 vs ^ ChC
  • Lind hits ninth home run in loss to Red Sox
    Adam Lind hit his ninth home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Lind took Red Sox starter Rick Porcello deep in the second inning, his only hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. After a promising month of May, Lind has struggled in June and is slowly losing some at-bats to Dae-Ho Lee, who has acquitted himself very well in his first year in MLB. Lind, meanwhile, does have three homers in his last five starts. He's hitting .235/.271/.418 on the year. Saturday, 4:41 pm
  • Mark Teixeira (knee) to run bases on Saturday
    Mark Teixeira (knee) will attempt to run the bases on Saturday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he's scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday with Double-A Trenton. The slugger hopes to return to the Yankees' lineup no Friday. He's attempting to play through a cartilage tear in his right knee rather than undergoing season-ending surgery. Saturday, 9:20 am
  • Trevor Plouffe not in Twins lineup Saturday
    Trevor Plouffe is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Yankees.

    Advice: It looks to be just a regular day of rest for Plouffe. Eduardo Escobar wI'll start in his place and bat seventh against Michael Pineda and the Yankees. Saturday, 7:56 am
    L, 2-1 x @NYY
  • Santana slugs walk-off homer vs. White Sox
    Carlos Santana slugged a walk-off solo homer in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: After the White Sox tied things up in the top of the ninth inning, Santana took Nate Jones deep to lead off the bottom of the inning. The 30-year-old has amassed four homers over his last five games and is now up to 14 on the year to go along with a .226/.332/.453 batting line. Friday, 7:44 pm
  • Smoak socks solo homer vs. Orioles
    Justin Smoak socked a two-run homer versus the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: It was one of five home runs for the Jays on the night, as Michael Saunders hit three of them and Josh Donaldson also went deep. The Blue Jays have now scored 10-plus runs in five out of their last seven games, so their offense is finally clicking, though Jose Bautista (toe) will surely be missed. Smoak owns a respectable .256/.360/.424 batting line with seven homers through 64 games, though he has slowed down considerably since a hot start to the season. Friday, 7:17 pm
    W, 10-8 x @CWS
  • Myers sizzles as Padres fall to Nationals
    Wil Myers went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a double in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Myers has been a man on fire this month. His fifth-inning homer off Tanner Roark was his fifth dinger in his last 10 games. The 25-year-old has always had the talent to perform at a high level and we are finally starting to see his development lead to All-Star-worthy production. Overall, Myers is slashing a robust .286/.330/.521 with 15 homers, 40 RBI and eight steals over 259 at-bats. Thursday, 10:31 pm
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,OF
    W, 3-0 ^ @Cin
  • Encarnacion homers in third straight game
    Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI against the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: The homer, a two-run blast off Phillies starter Aaron Nola in the first inning, marked the third straight game the first baseman has homered. He's also got six in his last six games, giving him 18 on the season. His 61 RBI are most in the American League, as there are just few hitters hotter or more dangerous than Encarnacion at this moment. The 33-year-old is batting .255/.338/.525 overall. Thursday, 9:12 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman sitting Thursday vs. Friars
    Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with Clint Robinson getting the start at first base. Zimmerman is only hitting .233 this year and has been especially slugging in June with only six hits in 35 at-bats (.171). Thursday, 4:06 pm
  • Joe Mauer not starting Thursday's game
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Mauer, who has appeared in every game but one this year, will get a rare day off. Byung-ho Park is filling in at first base. He'll bat fifth against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia. Thursday, 2:27 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYY
  • Report: Padres are open to trading Wil Myers
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Padres are "open" to trading Wil Myers.

    Advice: Myers is well on his way to a breakout season at age 25 and he is under contractual control with San Diego through 2019, but Heyman says the Padres are "willing to talk about just about anyone" as they attempt another aggressive organizational rebuild under general manager A.J. Preller. Myers, an outfielder turned first baseman, is sitting on a .281/.321/.504 batting line, 14 home runs, and 39 RBI through 65 games this season with the last-place Friars. Thursday, 8:55 am
    Player Note
    Wil Myers SD - 1B,OF
    W, 3-0 ^ @Cin
  • Encarnacion drills 17th home run as Jays win
    Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored on the strength of his 17th home run of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: Encarnacion has officially climbed out of his early-season slump. He OPS'd .694 in April, .817 in May and is at 1.234 for June. As an elite hitter in a powerful Blue Jays lineup, Encarnacion can still be expected to approach 40 home runs, 100 RBI and 90 runs scored this season. Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Teixeira (neck) aiming to return next Friday
    Mark Teixeira (knee) is aiming to return to the Yankees' active roster next Friday.

    Advice: He'll play a pair of rehab games next Tuesday and Wednesday with Double-A Trenton before the Yankees reevaluate the situation. Teixeira has been on the disabled list since June 4 with articular cartilage tear in his right knee. There's been talk of season-ending surgery, but the veteran first baseman is going to try to play through the injury. Wednesday, 9:56 am
  • Mauer has need for speed, hits RBI triple
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-5 with an RBI triple in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Mauer sped around the bases for an RBI three-bagger against Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth inning. It was his second triple of the season. The veteran is slashing .286/.388/.420 with seven homers and 25 RBI across 231 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:34 pm
    L, 2-1 ^ @NYY
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