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  • Russell blasts grand slam on Wednesday
    Addison Russell cranked a grand slam against the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his only hit of the night but it was a big one. It was his 12th home run of the season in 379 plate appearances. He has a .248 batting average, 40 runs and 60 RBI in the Cubs strong lineup. Those are essentially league-average numbers, which is very good considering he is only 22 years old and still developing. 31 minutes ago
    W, 8-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Frazier goes 2-for-4 as White Sox lose
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a double on Wednesday night as the White Sox lost to their crosstown rivals.

    Advice: The multiple hits were a rarity for Frazier this season. He is batting only .215 but has 29 home runs to go with 58 runs and 67 RBI. He has added eight sneaky stolen bases as well. 37 minutes ago
  • Manaea yields three runs, fans nine in 6 2/3
    Sean Manaea struck out nine batters and gave up three runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings to take a no-decision in the Athletics' 6-4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His record holds at 3-5 with a 4.57 ERA. He has struck out 75 batters while issuing only 20 free passes in 86 2/3 innings. The rookie left-hander won't pitch again until next Wednesday against the Angels in Anaheim. 42 minutes ago
  • Duffey could start Monday despite troubles
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Tyler Duffey has not been taken off his scheduled Monday start.

    Advice: Duffey was eviscerated to the tune of five runs on eight hits over 1 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Braves. Predictably, Molitor wasn't exactly jumping up-and-down at the prospect of handing the ball back to him for Monday's start against the Indians, but he did offer a half-hearted vote of confidence. "Right now he's scheduled to start Monday," Molitor said. "That's about all I can say about that right now." The 25-year-old right-hander holds a 6.12 ERA for the season as a whole. 47 minutes ago
    L, 9-7 vs ^ Atl
  • Madson earns save but gives up a run on Wed.
    Ryan Madson pitched a shaky ninth inning but earned a save despite giving up a run on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has 22 saves but has also blown six already. At 7.36 K/9 Madson does not have the premium strikeout rate that is the hallmark of reliable closers. He has a 3.89 ERA in 44 innings and is a trade candidate this week. His owners may want to handcuff Ryan Dull quickly. 48 minutes ago
  • Tyler Duffey obliterated in loss to Braves
    Tyler Duffey was obliterated on Wednesday, giving up five runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Braves.

    Advice: Duffey walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. Just when Twins fans thought it couldn't get any worse after Duffey surrendered six runs over 2 1/3 innings his last time out, he was even worse against a struggling Braves offense on Wednesday. This could be the straw that forces him out of the Twins rotation before he has a chance to take on the Indians in Cleveland on Monday. Today, 8:32 pm
    L, 9-7 vs ^ Atl
  • Tanaka gives up four runs in loss to Astros
    Masahiro Tanaka struggled in a losing effort against the Astros on Wednesday, allowing four runs on seven hits across five frames.

    Advice: Tanaka walked two and struck out four on the evening. The Astros scratched out a run in the second inning, then broke the game open with three runs in the third, highlighted by a two-run blast off the bat of Colby Rasmus. Now 7-3 on the season, he'll bring a 3.16 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Mets at Citi Field. Today, 8:03 pm
  • Gillaspie rocks solo homer in loss to Reds
    Conor Gillaspie went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Gillaspie connected for a solo home run off Dan Straily in the third inning. That would stand as the Giants' only run of the contest. It was Gillaspie's fourth dinger of the 2016 campaign. In addition to that quartet of taters, the 29-year-old third baseman is slashing .250/.298/.405 and has driven in 16 runs in 116 at-bats. He holds no fantasy value. Today, 4:17 pm
  • Strasburg dominates Indians, moves to 14-1
    Stephen Strasburg fired seven scoreless innings in the Nationals' defeat of the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Strasburg thoroughly out-dueled Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who gave up three runs in six innings. Cleveland's offense managed just three hits and two walks against Strasburg while also whiffing seven times. The ace right-hander stands 14-1 with a 2.68 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 155/36 K/BB ratio in 127 2/3 innings this season. He'll get the Diamondbacks on the road next. Today, 12:30 pm
  • Ramiro Pena scratched with sore groin
    Ramiro Pena was scratched from the Giants' lineup on Wednesday due to a sore groin.

    Advice: Pena took a baseball to a bad place on Tuesday night and wasn't feeling so hot during pregame drills on Wednesday. Grant Green will start at second base versus the Reds. Today, 12:10 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Brett Anderson (back) cleared for rehab start
    Brett Anderson (back) is scheduled to go three innings in a rehab start Thursday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: It will be his rehab debut, and he'll probably have another 3-4 minor league outings on top of it before the Dodgers consider him a realistic option for their starting rotation. Anderson has been out all season following March back surgery. He is aiming to make his first start for Los Angeles in mid-August. Today, 10:26 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs TB
  • Phils want top prospect for Jeremy Hellickson
    Rival executives talking to the Phillies about Jeremy Hellickson tell ESPN's Jayson Stark that the club is asking for "one of your top five prospects."

    Advice: The quality of that top five obviously varies greatly from organization to organization, but the point is the Phillies want something significant in return for the 29-year-old right-hander, who boasts a 3.65 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 107/28 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings this season. Stark says Philadelphia would be content with getting a draft pick when Hellickson departs via free agency this winter. He is probably well on his way to a qualifying offer, and he is a Scott Boras client. Today, 10:22 am
  • Bud Norris brilliant into seventh vs Rays
    Bud Norris turned in a gem in Tuesday's win over the Rays, hurling 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Norris struck out six and walked two on the evening. He allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a single to Steve Pearce. And that was it. Pearce's single with one out in the seventh inning would cause manager Dave Roberts to make the call to the bullpen. The crisp outing is made all the more remarkable for the fact that Norris threw 23 pitches out of the pen in the 15th and 16th innings against the Cardinals on Friday. His last three starts prior to Tuesday saw him allow 14 runs on 21 hits in 15 innings. The outing before that stretch? Six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Norris' inconsistency equals out to a 4.27 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 92/35 K/BB ratio over 99 innings between the Braves and Dodgers. He will try to keep things together in a home start against the Red Sox next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    L, 3-1 vs TB
  • Reddick homers, drives in three to lead A's
    Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Athletics past the Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reddick hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and added an RBI single an inning later. It was a nice little showcase for the 29-year-old, who has been the subject of trade rumors in recent days. His .296/.373/.442 line has certainly increased his value, as have his seven homers, 27 RBI, 30 runs scored and four steals this year. We'll know soon enough whether the big night was his last as a member of the A's. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Gallo shows off oppo power on first home run
    Joey Gallo hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: So it begins. Gallo muscled a Sonny Gray pitch to left-center in the fifth inning to get the Rangers on the board. It was his only hit in four at-bats, and he struck out in two of the four at-bats. That's a typical Gallo night, as he'll strike out plenty but he hits it plenty far when he makes contact. The power makes him fantasy relevant, but the propensity to swing and miss makes him a high-risk, high-reward player. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
    L, 6-4 vs x Oak
  • Martinez serves up three homers to Athletics
    Nick Martinez allowed five runs, including three home runs, over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Martinez gave up homers to Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien, accounting for four of the five runs allowed and three of the Athletics' six hits against him. It wasn't the outing he was hoping for in his return to the bigs, as the start was his first in nearly a month after being sent to Triple-A on July 9. Martinez holds a 7.18 ERA and 1.97 WHIP as a member of the Rangers this year, and it's hard to imagine they'll give him another start given the results. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Oakland sticking with Ryan Madson at closer
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he will stick with Ryan Madson at closer.

    Advice: Madson blew his sixth save of the season in Monday's loss to the Rangers and has watched his ERA rise every month -- from 1.42 at the end of April, to 2.42 at the end of May, to 3.00 at the end of June, to the 3.77 mark where it sits now. Ryan Dull probably deserves a shot, but it's not going to happen yet. "At this point, we still have confidence in him," Melvin said of Madson. "He’s throwing as hard as he has all year here the last couple times out, he’s performed really well the last couple of times before (Monday)." Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Gallo at 1B and batting sixth Tuesday night
    Joey Gallo is starting at first base and batting sixth on Tuesday night against the Athletics.

    Advice: Mitch Moreland is at designated hitter and Jurickson Profar is starting at shortstop. Gallo will probably get the majority of his playing time at first base, with Moreland seeing a dip in action. The 22-year-old slugger was sporting a .939 OPS with 19 home runs and 47 RBI in 70 games this season at Triple-A Round Rock. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
    L, 6-4 vs x Oak
  • Rangers promote 22-year-old slugger Gallo
    Rangers recalled INF/OF Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gallo has posted a .949 OPS with 19 home runs and 47 RBI in 70 games this season at the Triple-A level. Plate discipline remains an issue for the 22-year-old, but he has incredible raw power and could take on significant fantasy value if he finds a good offensive groove and regular playing time in Texas. Gallo has appeared in 23 games at first base and 33 games at third base this year with Round Rock. He played a lot of left field last year. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
    L, 6-4 vs x Oak
  • Rangers recall Nick Martinez for start Tues.
    Rangers recalled RHP Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Martinez will start Tuesday night against the Athletics. He owns a rough 6.45 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances this season at the major league level. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Addison Russell starts, goes 0-for-3
    Addison Russell went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Russell started at shortstop tonight after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left heel. Monday, 9:09 pm
    W, 8-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Ryan Madson blows sixth save
    Ryan Madson took his sixth blown save after giving up a two-run homer to the Rangers in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Madson has given up a whopping five homers and 10 runs in his last 12 innings of work, so his time as a closer could be coming to a close. Ryan Dull has looked like Oakland's best reliever all season long and is worthy of an opportunity. Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Nick Martinez to start Tuesday vs. Athletics
    The Rangers will call up Nick Martinez to start Tuesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: It was assumed after Martinez was scratched from his start at Triple-A on Sunday, but it's now official. He'll essentially take Kyle Lohse's spot in the rotation. Martinez has posted an ugly 6.45 ERA over four starts and two relief appearances with the Rangers this season, but he has had better results since being sent down to the minors earlier this month. Still, he's not a recommended fantasy option. Monday, 8:28 pm
  • Jeremy Hellickson goes six scoreless Monday
    Jeremy Hellickson improved his trade stock by holding the Marlins to one hit over six shutout frames in Monday's 4-0 victory.

    Advice: Hellickson recorded just one strikeout, but he also permitted only one hit and one walk. He had thrown just 70 pitches through six innings, but the Phillies elected to pinch-hit for him in the top of the seventh when they had a scoring opportunity. Hellickson will go into the trade deadline having yielded just one run over 14 frames. If he's not dealt by then, he'll get the Braves this weekend. Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Reddick (back) returns to A's lineup Monday
    Josh Reddick (back) has returned to the Athletics' starting lineup Monday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Reddick missed consecutive starts over the weekend due to back soreness, but he was able to play some defense on Sunday. It's not a major concern. Monday, 1:44 pm
  • Reddick (back) plays inning of right field
    Josh Reddick (back) played an inning of right field Sunday in the A's defeat of the Rays.

    Advice: That's a pretty good indication that his return to the starting lineup is imminent. Reddick has been bothered by a sore back since Saturday. It's nothing serious. Monday, 3:13 am
  • Brett Anderson (back) nearing rehab games
    Brett Anderson (back) could begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.

    Advice: Anderson made it through another simulated game Sunday without issue. The left-hander has been on the disabled list all year following March back surgery and will likely require 3-4 minor league rehab starts. A mid-August season debut appears possible. Sunday, 3:03 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs TB
  • Addison Russell exits game with heel injury
    Addison Russell exited Sunday's game against the Brewers with a bruised left heel.

    Advice: He fouled a ball off the heel Saturday and it got progressively sore on him Sunday. The Cubs are saying his removal was precautionary, so consider Russell day-to-day. Javier Baez is likely to fill in at shortstop for any amount of time that Russell might miss. Sunday, 1:03 pm
    W, 8-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Addison Russell exits with undisclosed injury
    Addison Russell departed Sunday's game against the Brewers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Russell was pulled after flying out to end the fourth inning. He didn't suffer any obvious injury, but the Cubs should provide more on his status shortly. Sunday, 12:47 pm
    W, 8-1 vs ^ CWS
  • Josh Reddick (back) out again on Sunday
    Josh Reddick (back) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a second straight game that he's missed due to a sore back. Reddick is considered day-to-day. Jake Smolinski is in right field Sunday. Sunday, 9:50 am
  • Josh Reddick scratched with back soreness
    Josh Reddick was scratched from the A's lineup on Saturday due to back soreness.

    Advice: It sounds like a day-to-day type of thing. Reddick has posted a cool .295/.374/.433 batting line in 61 games this season and will be a big trade chip for the Athletics ahead of the August 1 non-waiver deadline. There is known to be interest from the Cubs. Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Bud Norris takes loss in 16th
    Two days after starting, Bud Norris took a loss in relief after giving up a homer in the 16th inning Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Norris pitched a scoreless 15th, but he gave up the homer with one out in the 16th. It's unclear if he'll make his next start as scheduled on Tuesday, though he should have sufficient time to recover. Friday, 10:36 pm
    L, 3-1 vs TB
  • Sean Manaea goes eight scoreless
    Sean Manaea tossed eight scoreless innings against the Rays in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: It's a career high in innings for Manaea, who was allowed to cross the century mark in pitches thrown for just the second time (he threw 103 tonight). He's allowed two runs over 20 innings in his last three starts, taking his ERA from 5.85 to 4.61. He's still a fringy mixed-league play, but he has things going in the right direction. Friday, 9:37 pm
  • Tanaka goes six scoreless in no-decision
    Masahiro Tanaka spun six scoreless frames in a no-decision against the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: Tanaka held the Giants to four hits (all of them singles) while walking a pair and striking out four. He was at 83 pitches after six innings, so he could have gone further, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi wanted to get to his three-headed bullpen monster. It didn’t pay off initially, as the Giants evened things up in the eighth inning, but the Yankees eventually took the lead back. Tanaka’s ERA now sits at an even 3.00 to go along with a 104/25 K/BB ratio in 129 innings. He has a date with the Astros up next. Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Duffey battered for six runs by Red Sox
    Tyler Duffey wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing six runs on nine hits over 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: It perhaps should have been a sign that Duffey was in for a rough night when Mookie Betts hit the first pitch he saw over the Green Monster. Duffey would allow three runs in the frame and another three in the third inning before getting the hook. The loss was his first in over a month, but the right-hander owns an unsightly 5.71 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 16 starts this year. An interleague date with the Braves is on tap for Wednesday. Thursday, 7:02 pm
    L, 9-7 vs ^ Atl
  • Strasburg takes first loss versus Dodgers
    Stephen Strasburg took his first loss of the season on Wednesday afternoon, yielding six earned runs over six innings versus the visiting Dodgers.

    Advice: Strasburg struck out 10 and issued only one walk, but the Dodgers got to him for two runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the top of the third. Justin Turner did most of the damage with a pair of two-run homers. This should go down as a random hiccup for Strasburg, who now stands 13-1 on the year with a 2.83 ERA. He gets the Indians on the road next. Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Cubs looking at A's outfielder Josh Reddick
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cubs are "looking at" A's outfielder Josh Reddick.

    Advice: Morosi notes that Cubs president Theo Epstein drafted Reddick in Boston back in 2006. It's been a frustrating 2016 for the 29-year-old outfielder, who missed part of May and most of June with a fractured thumb, but he has been a productive hitter when healthy for going on five years and he's only owed about $3 million on his current contract. Reddick can become a free agent this winter. Thursday, 9:43 am
  • Marlins showing interest in Hellickson
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are interested in a potential trade for Jeremy Hellickson.

    Advice: Nothing imminent here. Rosenthal's report backs a Monday update from's Joe Frisaro who likewise relayed that the Marlins were intrigued by Hellickson. President of baseball operations Michael Hill got a personal taste of his work in Philadelphia on Wednesday, as he was in town to watch the hurler toss eight inning of one-run ball against his squad. Hellickson struck out eight in the contest. He holds a 3.84 ERA over 119 2/3 innings. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are also interested in the 29-year-old right-hander. Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Norris pounded for six runs on three homers
    Bud Norris struck out eight batters in five innings but gave up six runs in the process, taking a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Three of the seven hits he gave up sailed over the wall. He falls to 5-8 with a 4.53 ERA in 91 1/3 innings. Norris had a good stretch of starts in May and June but has since reverted to his usual mediocre self. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
    L, 3-1 vs TB
  • Hellickson yields one run in eight innings
    Jeremy Hellickson struck out eight batters and held the Marlins to one run in eight innings to lead the Phillies to a 4-1 win on Wednesday.

    Advice: He yielded five hits and no walks, with the only damage being a solo homer by Chris Johnson. The win lifts his record to 7-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 119 2/3 innings. After three poor seasons he has bounced back to fantasy relevancy this year. Wednesday, 7:21 pm
  • Reddick hits cue shot walkoff single vs HOU
    Josh Reddick hit a walk-off, opposite-field RBI single to beat the Astros in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's 4-3 victory.

    Advice: Reddick didn't exactly scald the walk-off winner against Tony Sipp, but as the old adage goes, he just needed to hit it where they ain't. In this case, the Astros employed the shift when Reddick stepped to the plate. He proceeded to hit an opposite-field grounder that would have likely been gobbled up by Carlos Correa had the shift not been on. As is, the ball just squeaked through to score Marcus Semien. For the season as a whole, Reddick is slashing .298/.378/.439 with six homers and 23 RBI over 205 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:18 pm
  • Frazier rocks two-run homer against M's
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Frazier offered a nice bit of insurance with his two-run homer in the top of the ninth. It pushed the White Sox advantage from 3-1 to 5-1. They would tack on one more run in the frame to win 6-1. The slugger is slashing .215/.302/.481 with 27 homers and 61 RBI over the course of 339 at-bats. Even by Frazier's all-or-nothing standards, that .215 average is a bit on the low side. Last season, he hit .255, much closer to his career mark of .251. Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Rangers open to trading Joey Gallo for pitching
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports the Rangers are willing to trade Joey Gallo for a long-term starting pitcher.

    Advice: The Rangers have been talking to the Rays about acquiring one of their starting pitchers and Gallo, who was previously thought to be off limits, could be part of the return package if the two sides strike a deal. Gallo is still a power-hitting behemoth but he hasn't been able to crack the Rangers' lineup with Adrian Beltre occupying third base and Shin-Shoo Choo and Nomar Mazara blocking his path at corner outfield. The 22-year-old has hit .250 this year with 16 HR and 40 RBI in 216 at-bats for Triple-A Round Rock. Jul 18, 11:44 am
    L, 6-4 vs x Oak
  • Marlins showing interest in Jeremy Hellickson
    Jeremy Hellickson is on the Marlins' radar, according to's Joe Frisaro.

    Advice: The Marlins will get to see Hellickson up close when they face him Wednesday night at Citizen's Bank Park. Hellickson has piqued the interest of several teams including the Red Sox, though Boston's interest has likely waned after acquiring Drew Pomeranz from the Padres last week. The pitching-needy Marlins have also checked in on A's lefty Rich Hill. Jul 18, 7:40 am
  • Tanaka punches out seven Red Sox in victory
    Masahiro Tanaka punched out seven Red Sox over six innings of one-run ball on Sunday en route to his seventh victory of the season.

    Advice: The right-hander allowed just three hits and a walk in the ballgame. The lone blemish on his night came in the form of a Dustin Pedroia solo home run in the first inning. Now 7-2 on the season, Tanaka will carry a 3.15 ERA and 1.09 WHIP into Friday's start against the Giants. Jul 17, 8:22 pm
  • Gillaspie blasts three-run homer in loss
    Conor Gillaspie blasted a three-run home run on Sunday, but it wasn't enough for the Giants to overcome the Padres.

    Advice: Gillaspie's three-run shot in the seventh inning was the Giants first hit against Edwin Jackson, and pulled the Padres to within a run at 4-3, but that would be as close as they would come. He has done a decent job filling in for Matt Duffy, slashing .260/.311/.417 with three homers and 14 RBI. Jul 17, 8:04 pm
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