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  • Alex Dickerson leaves game after collision
    Alex Dickerson was forced to leave Friday's game against the Reds in the first inning after a nasty collision with teammate Travis Jankowski.

    Advice: Dickerson was attempting to track down a line drive from Zack Cozart in the left-center field gap when he was upended by a sliding Jankowski. He was able to walk off the field under his own power eventually, but will certainly head for further evaluation. Dickerson had homered in each of his last four games and his absence for any length of time would be a big blow to the Padres offense. 26 minutes ago
    Bot 3, 0-4 vs ^ Cin
  • Nick Markakis has three hits to lead Braves
    Nick Markakis went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Friday, leading the Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: Markakis delivered a run-scoring single in the third inning to put the Braves ahead 2-1, and that's how the score would remain for the rest of the night. He also drew a walk, reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances in the ballgame. With the three-hit night, Markakis is now hitting .265/.345/.371 with five homers and 51 RBI on the season. 31 minutes ago
  • Matz gives up two runs in loss to Rockies
    Steven Matz took the loss Friday against the Rockies after giving up two runs over six innings.

    Advice: Things could have been worse, as Matz gave up a season-high 10 hits while also walking a batter, but he managed to avoid the big inning. But the Mets couldn’t get anything going against Tyler Chatwood and an RBI single from Nick Hundley in the sixth put him in line for the loss. Matz hasn’t been the same since the bone spur in his elbow surfaced, but he continues to hang in there for now. He’ll bring a 3.35 ERA into the Subway Series against the Yankees next week. 42 minutes ago
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Col
  • Kevin Gausman hammered in loss to Jays
    Kevin Gausman was hammered in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday night, allowing six runs on six hits in only three innings.

    Advice: The right-hander walked three and struck out four in the ballgame. The Jays jumped on him early in this one, with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki each belting solo homers in the first inning. They pushed across three more runs in the third inning to chase Gausman. Now 2-8 on the season, he'll bring a 4.18 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Rangers. Today, 7:15 pm
    L, 6-5 ^ @Tor
  • Brad Ziegler unavailable for Friday's game
    Brad Ziegler is unavailable should a save situation arise on Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Ziegler had a rough night on Thursday, blowing a save in the ninth inning in the opening game against the Halos. Matt Barnes would get the call should the Red Sox have a lead to protect in the ninth inning on Friday. Today, 5:34 pm
  • Reynaldo Lopez to start for Nats on Saturday
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed Friday that Reynaldo Lopez will start on Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Lucas Giolito was also considered for the start, but they'll go with the other rookie right-hander instead. He flashed his potential with nine strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut, though he did allow six runs on 10 hits in that contest. He makes for a risky streaming option. Today, 5:05 pm
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  • Rich Hill (blister) won't start on Sunday
    Rich Hill (blister) will not start for the Athletics on Sunday against the Indians.

    Advice: Hill threw a bullpen session Friday without a covering on his blistered left middle finger. While the blister is doing better, he's still not ready to take the ball. That means he will not make another start before the trade deadline and will have gone over two weeks in between starts. It obviously is going to affect his trade market, although he still seems likely to be dealt. Sonny Gray will start on regular rest Sunday. Today, 12:59 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Logan Morrison (forearm) placed on DL
    Rays placed 1B Logan Morrison on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 28, with a right forearm strain.

    Advice: LoMo returned from the injury a couple days ago after missing a week of action, but apparently he still wasn't feeling 100 percent. It's unclear how much time he might miss. Steve Pearce will handle first base, at least until he's traded. Today, 12:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs x NYY
  • Christian Yelich getting a breather Friday
    Christian Yelich is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Ichiro Suzuki is starting in left field as he closes in on 3,000 hits. Today, 12:11 pm
  • David Peralta activated from disabled list
    Diamondbacks activated OF David Peralta from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Peralta spent five and a half weeks on the DL with a lower back sprain but is ready to roll now after playing in a few rehab games. He's hit a disappointing .259/.308/.442 with four homers over 41 games this season. Today, 11:44 am
  • Reynaldo Lopez most likely to start Saturday
    Reynaldo Lopez is considered the most likely to start for the Nationals on Saturday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Lucas Giolito is also an option, although he can't be recalled unless he replaces an injured player. Lopez struck out nine over 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut earlier this month but allowed six runs on 10 hits. He'd be a risky streaming option. Today, 11:06 am
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  • Justin Bour (ankle) set for rehab assignment
    Justin Bour (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A New Orleans on Friday.

    Advice: Bour has been out of commission nearly all month with a sprained ankle but is finally ready for game action again. He should be activated early next week if all goes well. Today, 11:03 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 11-6 vs x StL
  • Jarred Cosart lands with Padres in trade
    Padres acquired RHPs Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Luis Castillo and 1B Josh Naylor from the Marlins in exchange for RHPs Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tayron Guerrero and cash considerations.

    Advice: Cosart is a formerly a nice prospect but is a couple years removed from any amount of success. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and will try to get his career back on track in a new organization. He figures to join the Padres' rotation. Today, 10:34 am
  • Kintzler 'attracting considerable interest'
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Brandon Kintzler is "attracting considerable interest."

    Advice: Kintzler has put up a 1.99 ERA and 20/3 K/BB ratio across 31 2/3 innings for the Twins this season after being signed to a minor league deal over the winter. He could help a contender in middle relief. Kintzler is arbitration-eligible for a final time this offseason, so the team acquiring him could also have him for 2017. Today, 10:12 am
  • Walker (foot) to make rehab start on Monday
    Taijuan Walker (foot) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

    Advice: Walker got through another bullpen session Friday with no issues, clearing the way for his return to game action. He's only missed about three weeks of action, so Walker might need just the one rehab outing before rejoining the Mariners' rotation. Today, 9:23 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Jarred Cosart parts of Andrew Cashner deal
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that Jarred Cosart is one of the pieces headed to San Diego in the Andrew Cashner/Colin Rea trade.

    Advice: It looks like we have all the details of the deal now, as Cashner and Rea will go to Miami and Cosart, first base prospect Josh Naylor and pitching prospect Luis Castillo will be sent to San Diego. Cosart was once a decent prospect but has flamed out the last couple seasons and been particularly awful this year with a 5.95 ERA in the majors and poor numbers at Triple-A, as well. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Today, 7:26 am
  • Baker non-committal after pulling Papelbon
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal on his closer after pulling Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of a save chance Thursday.

    Advice: Baker has indicated in recent days that he might make a change in the ninth inning, and he didn't hesitate to give Papelbon the hook after he allowed a one-out single and a walk to the Giants. Oliver Perez retired two of the next three batters and then Shawn Kelley closed things out by striking out Angel Pagan. Kelley is probably the favorite for saves in Washington right now, although it wouldn't be a surprise to see the club add a reliever before the trade deadline. "We’ve certainly got to figure something out here," Baker said. Today, 5:29 am
  • Ziegler, Han-Ram combine to blow save
    Brad Ziegler coughed up a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Ziegler entered in the ninth attempting to secure the win for David Price, who gave the Red Sox eight shutout innings. It was not to be. After loading the bases with one out, Ziegler surrendered an infield grounder to Daniel Nava. Enter Hanley Ramirez, who fired home in an attempt to secure the first out on what might have been a game-ending double play. That was the idea, anyway, but Ramirez sailed the throw high to allow two runners to race home. Ballgame. This was Ziegler's third blown save of the season, his first in eight appearances with the Red Sox since coming over from the Diamondbacks via trade earlier this month. He has now allowed runs in back-to-back appearances and might be in line for a breather as this four-game set with the Angels unfolds. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Taijuan Walker drawing heavy trade interest
    Taiwan Walker (foot) is drawing strong trade interest, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

    Advice: Nightengale didn't mention which teams were interested, though he did say there will be scouts on hand for Walker's bullpen session Friday at Wrigley Field. Walker pitched a simulated game on Wednesday and is close to returning from a foot injury. He could be a good fit for the Marlins who are looking to add a controllable starting pitcher. Walker won't hit free agency until 2021. Yesterday, 6:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Hill (finger) to toss pen session w/o cover
    Rich Hill (finger) said that he will not be wearing a covering on his blistered left middle finger during Friday's bullpen session.

    Advice: Friday will mark the first time Hill has attempted to throw the ball off a mound without a covering on his blister. He said that the skin on the impacted area still feels thin, but hopes for it to thicken the more he pitches. He could start against the Indians on Sunday, though that will largely depend on how he feels after his bullpen. Wednesday, 2:22 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Ziegler yields go-ahead homer to Cabrera
    Brad Ziegler allowed a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Red Sox fell to the Tigers.

    Advice: Ziegler entered a 3-3 game and retired the first two batters he faced -- Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias -- but Cabrera launched a two-out solo bomb to right-center to put the Tigers on top. Ziegler is still the best bet for save opportunities in Boston until Craig Kimbrel (knee) returns from the disabled list. Wednesday, 1:38 pm
  • Walker (foot) might only need one rehab start
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Taijuan Walker (foot) will be reevaluated after he makes his first start on a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Walker tossed a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. He will have a bullpen session on Friday and (assuming no setbacks) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. Servais said that once he makes that start, the team will reevaluate to determine whether he is ready to be activated from the disabled list. Right foot tendinitis has plagued him this summer. He hasn't pitched since July 1. Wednesday, 1:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Dickerson goes yard in fourth straight game
    Alex Dickerson homered for the fourth consecutive game Wednesday as the Padres beat the Blue Jays by a score of 8-4 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

    Advice: Dickerson went deep for a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning, becoming the first Padres rookie to homer in four straight games. The 26-year-old outfielder has been on an absolute tear over the last week and he has a clear path to regular playing time down the stretch with Melvin Upton now out of the picture in San Diego. Buy, buy, buy. Wednesday, 12:49 pm
    Bot 3, 0-4 vs ^ Cin
  • Walker (foot) nearing rehab assignment
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a successful three-inning simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll throw a bullpen session in two days and could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment -- possibly as soon as Monday at Triple-A Tacoma. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 due to tendinitis in his right foot. He's on track for an early-August activation, assuming no setbacks. Wednesday, 11:53 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • LoMo (wrist) back in Rays lineup Wednesday
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is back in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It'll be his first start for Tampa Bay since last Monday. Morrison was batting .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games before coming down with wrist and forearm tendinitis in mid-July. Wednesday, 9:44 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs x NYY
  • Baker hints he could make change at closer
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker suggested late Tuesday that he's considering a change at closer.

    Advice: Papelbon blew his second straight save opportunity on Tuesday night against the Indians, yielding three runs on two walks and two hits. He did not record an out. "It’s too soon after," Baker said in his postgame press conference. "I mean, that’s his job. That’s what he’s getting paid for. I don’t know. We just have to go back to the drawing board. It’s too early to say after the game." Washington was heavily interested in Aroldis Chapman before he went to the Cubs. Maybe there's a plan now that involves Andrew Miller. If no outside upgrade is made and Papelbon's struggles continue, Shawn Kelley could become the guy. Wednesday, 5:03 am
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) grounded out Tues.
    Logan Morrison (wrist) grounded out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It was his first plate appearance in eight days. LoMo has been battling tendinitis in his wrist and forearm but could very well return to the starting lineup Wednesday. He's slashing .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games this season for Tampa Bay. Wednesday, 4:38 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs x NYY
  • Rich Hill (blister) could start Sunday in CLE
    Rich Hill (finger) is tentatively scheduled to return to the A's rotation Sunday in Cleveland.

    Advice: Hill first has to make it through a bullpen session Friday. He hasn't appeared in a game since July 17 because of a blister on his left middle finger, but his recent throwing sessions with a protective cover have gone well. The veteran southpaw is one of Oakland's top trade chips leading up to the August 1 deadline, boasting a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season. Tuesday, 9:29 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Alex Dickerson goes 2-for-5, homers
    Alex Dickerson went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer off the Jays' Marcus Stroman on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Padres will want to give Hunter Renfroe a look before the year is out, but Dickerson is going to be their starting left fielder until further notice. He has an .879 OPS in 80 at-bats. Tuesday, 8:32 pm
    Bot 3, 0-4 vs ^ Cin
  • Papelbon suffers epic meltdown versus Indians
    Jonathan Papelbon melted down in grand fashion Tuesday, allowing three runs without recording an out in a blown save against the Indians.

    Advice: Papelbon also took the loss in the disastrous outing, yielding two hits and two walks before being removed. The blown save was his fourth of the year, as was the loss. He's now allowed seven runs in his last two appearances, a fact that surely stings more considering the Nats were among the runners up for Aroldis Chapman when he was dealt to the Cubs. Perhaps they're not done looking for late-inning relief help. Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • LoMo (wrist) expected to return Wednesday
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said he expects Logan Morrison (wrist) to return Wednesday.

    Advice: LoMo had been aiming to return Tuesday, but the decision was made to give his ailing forearm and wrist a little bit more rest. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for the Rays on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs x NYY
  • David Peralta (back) due back this Friday
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said he expects David Peralta (back) to return Friday.

    Advice: Peralta was pulled from a minor league rehab game last week at Triple-A Reno after taking a pitch off the inside of his knee, but he escaped with a bruise. He is 5-for-16 (.313) through five rehab games. Tuesday, 3:24 pm
  • LoMo (wrist) remains out Tuesday vs. LAD
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is out of the Rays' lineup again on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Morrison has been out a full week because of tendinitis in his wrist and forearm. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Tuesday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs x NYY
  • Walker (foot) to throw sim game Wed.
    Taijuan Walker (foot) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters that he wants to see Walker "get after it" to really test his right foot. A minor league rehab game could follow if the workout goes smoothly. Walker has been on the disabled list since July 5 with lingering foot tendinitis. Tuesday, 1:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Hill (finger) to throw bullpen Wednesday
    Rich Hill (finger) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hill has been throwing with a protective cover on his finger and it's unclear whether he has made enough progress to shed it. The southpaw hasn't pitched since July 17, but the A's remain hopeful he'll be able to make a start before the end of the team's current road trip. It's worth noting that the road trip runs right through the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Monday, 8:51 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Jarred Cosart spins five shutout innings
    Jarred Cosart held the Phillies off the scoreboard over five frames but took a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: Cosart held the Phils to just three hits and one walk, but he racked up a high pitch count (92) as he often does, leading to him being pulled after just five innings. With the Marlins almost surely slated to acquire a starter or two this week, Cosart could be sent back to Triple-A. If he gets another start, it will come this weekend versus the Cardinals. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Alex Dickerson homers in loss to Blue Jays
    Alex Dickerson went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Dickerson took Bo Schultz deep in the ninth inning with a mammoth shot that went into the fifth deck in right field at Rogers Centre. It's his second straight game with three hits and a home run. Dickerson is sporting a .280/.325/.520 batting line. Monday, 6:52 pm
    Bot 3, 0-4 vs ^ Cin
  • Hill describes blister as 'hot spot'
    Rich Hill described the blister on his left middle finger as "a little hot spot," but said that it's healing.

    Advice: Hill, who left a start on July 17 after just five pitches, threw a bullpen session Sunday while wearing a protective cover on his finger. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action, but some clarity would be nice as August 1 approaches. The southpaw is one of the top starting pitchers on the trade market. Monday, 2:16 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • LoMo (wrist) expected to return Tuesday
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is expected to return to the Rays' starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morrison hasn't appeared in a game in a week due to wrist and forearm tendinitis. He was given a cortisone injection Thursday and it is apparently improving the situation. LoMo wanted to play Sunday versus the A's but manager Kevin Cash decided to use Monday's scheduled team off day to get the 28-year-old a bit more rest. Monday, 3:10 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs x NYY
  • Papelbon allows four runs in loss to Padres
    Jonathan Papelbon surrendered four earned runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Padres.

    Advice: Papelbon was called upon with the game tied 6-6 but couldn't hold the line, yielding a walk and four hits while recording only two outs. He watched his season ERA jump from 2.56 all the way to 3.62. Sunday, 2:15 pm
  • Jarred Cosart recalled from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled RHP Jarred Cosart from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Cosart will join the rotation on Monday against the Phillies, starting in place of the injured Wei-Yin Chen (elbow). Given how often the Marlins have been connected to pitching heading into the trade deadline, it's possible it'll just be a spot start for Cosart, although he could change minds with a strong showing. He holds a 7.98 ERA in three starts for Miami this season and a 4.14 mark in 12 starts at New Orleans. Sunday, 1:40 pm
  • Matz tosses six shutout innings vs Marlins
    Steven Matz was sharp in Sunday's win over the Marlins, firing six shutout innings.

    Advice: Matz scattered four hits, walked two and struck out six on the afternoon. It was a nice rebound outing for the youngster, who surrendered four runs to the Cubs last time he toed the rubber. The 25-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 3.36 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 101/26 K/BB ratio across 107 innings. A home date with the Rockies shows next on his schedule. Sunday, 1:05 pm
    L, 6-1 vs ^ Col
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) remains out of lineup
    Logan Morrison (wrist) remained out of the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Morrison hasn't played in a week due to a wrist issue. Rays manager Kevin Cash said recently that the injury was getting worse, although the club obviously hasn't placed LoMo on the disabled list yet. Steve Pearce is at first base Sunday. Sunday, 10:42 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs x NYY
  • Gausman tosses seven shutout innings Saturday
    Kevin Gausman shut out the Indians for seven innings, striking out seven, walking three and giving up only four hits as the Orioles won 5-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: The win was only the second of the season for Gausman even though he has pitched well. His record improves to 2-7 with a 3.77 ERA in 17 starts. He has fanned 95 batters and walked only 23 in 100 1/3 innings. Saturday, 8:53 pm
    L, 6-5 ^ @Tor
  • Cosart to start Monday versus Phillies
    Jarred Cosart will be called up from Triple-A to start Monday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Wei-Yin Chen has been scratched with an undisclosed injury. Cosart owns a rough 7.98 ERA in 14 2/3 innings this season at the MLB level and hasn't been dominant at Triple-A. There are better fantasy streaming options. Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Yelich has another multi-hit, multi-run game
    Christian Yelich kept hitting Saturday, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Mets.

    Advice: Yelich now has three consecutive games of two or more hits and two runs scored, and he has multiple hits in 10 of 18 games this month. Saturday's game ran his hitting streak to a modest 10 games. Overall, the 24-year-old is hitting .326/.401/.501 with 10 homers, 54 RBI and 51 runs scored. Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) to throw pen session Sun.
    Rich Hill (blister) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: He'll wear a cover on his finger where a blister has developed and is refusing to go away -- that cover, by the way, can't be worn in a live game. The veteran left-hander lasted just five pitches in his first start out of the All-Star break, back on July 17. Hill is one of Oakland's better trade chips leading up to the August 1 deadline, but he obviously needs to get past this. There is no timetable for his return to the Athletics' rotation. Saturday, 3:23 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Yelich swats career-high 10th home run
    Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: His two-run blast tied the game against Logan Verrett in the bottom of the sixth inning, but New York quickly took back the lead. Yelich has now reached 10 homers for the first time in his career. He’s batting .320/.396/.499 overall. Friday, 7:50 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) plays catch again Friday
    Rich Hill (blister) played catch again on Friday without any issues.

    Advice: There is still no timetable to get the veteran left-hander back on the mound, as they are playing things very cautiously not to make the injury worse. It seems likely that he'll be ready to pitch at some point next week, which could be his only showcase for team's interested in acquiring Hill before the trade deadline. Friday, 4:34 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Taijuan Walker (foot) throws bullpen session
    Taijuan Walker (foot) threw a bullpens session Friday with no issues.

    Advice: He should be ready to make a rehab start soon. Walker has battled tendinitis in his right foot for a while now before finally being placed on the DL earlier this month, but it appears he's feeling better. He should return in late July or early August. Friday, 1:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 12-1 @ChC
  • Royals have shown interest in Nick Markakis's Mark Bowman reports that the Royals are among the teams that have shown interest in Nick Markakis.

    Advice: The Royals are known to be seeking outfield help and Markakis makes sense as a target, especially since he fits the club's M.O. as a high-contact hitter. Bowman notes that the Braves "would almost certainly" have to eat some of the $22 million the veteran outfielder is owed through the end of 2018. Markakis has hit only eight homers since the beginning of 2015 but sports a solid .283/.358/.372 batting line over that stretch. Friday, 8:33 am
  • Rich Hill (blister) plays catch again Thurs.
    Rich Hill (blister) played catch Thursday for the second straight day.

    Advice: However, he did so with a covering on the finger where he has a blister. Hill will not be ready to start on Sunday, as the A's will give the ball to Jesse Hahn. The left-hander should be ready at some point next week, which would likely be his last chance to start prior to the trade deadline. Friday, 7:22 am
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Yelich has homer, scores twice against Phils
    Christian Yelich went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Yelich got the Marlins on the board in the fourth inning, swatting a solo blast off Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff. The home run was his second in three games and his ninth overall. The 24-year-old is enjoying a strong year at the dish, batting .318/.395/.486 with 52 RBI and 47 runs scored. Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) not in Rays lineup
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is not in the Rays starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Thursday that Morrison is dealing with a wrist issue that's getting worse, prompting a visit to the doctor on Thursday. Tim Beckham is starting in his place at first base against Sonny Gray and the A's on Thursday. Thursday, 4:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs x NYY
  • Peralta (back) pulled from AAA rehab game
    David Peralta (back) was pulled from a minor league rehab game Wednesday with Triple-A Reno after fouling a ball off the inside of his knee.

    Advice: Peralta was eventually able to walk off the field under his own power and probably escaped the scary scene with nothing more than a bruise, but this could still affect his timetable for returning to the Diamondbacks' active roster. It was the first game in Reno for Peralta, who played two games in the Arizona League last week before moving to Double-A Mobile for back-to-back games on Sunday and Monday. He's been on the disabled list since June 20 with a lower back sprain. Thursday, 5:19 am
  • Kintzler earns his sixth save of the season
    Brandon Kintzler notched his sixth save of the season Wednesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Kintzler worked around a pair of one-out singles to comfortably preserve the Twins' 4-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning at Comerica Park. The right-hander hasn't seen many save chances on a bad Twins team, but he owns a cool 2.20 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings overall. Wednesday, 1:31 pm
  • Nationals option Reynaldo Lopez to AAA
    Nationals optioned RHP Reynaldo Lopez to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Lopez was lit up for six runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in his major league debut against the Dodgers. The 23-year-old right-hander has posted very good numbers this season in the minors and should get another shot at some point this season, even if it comes in long relief. Wednesday, 12:20 pm
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  • Rich Hill (blister) doubtful for Sunday start
    Rich Hill (blister) is doubtful to be ready Sunday.

    Advice: That's the next time Oakland needs a starting pitcher, but Hill's blister is not quite healed. This obviously comes with bad timing for the A's, who will be trying to trade the veteran southpaw ahead of the August 1 deadline. He boasts a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 90/28 K/BB ratio in 76 innings this season but has made just three starts since the end of May. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    L, 5-3 @Cle
  • Ziegler likely to see saves with Uehara down
    Brad Ziegler is likely to see regular save chances with Koji Uehara (pectoral) landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Ziegler has made three scoreless appearances since joining the Red Sox, all in non-save situations. He has a 2.61 ERA in 41 1/3 innings for the year. Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Uehara are both out through at least mid-August, so Ziegler could suddenly have tremendous fantasy value. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Yelich drives in both runs in extras victory
    Christian Yelich went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, including the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning, as the Marlins outlasted the Phillies 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Marlins scratched out just seven hits against Vincent Velasquez and company, but Yelich came through with a two-out hit in the 10th to give the Marlins a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The homer came earlier in the game, his eighth of the year. A strong month of July has the 24-year-old's line up to .318/.396/.481 with 51 RBI, 45 runs scored and four steals overall. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Lopez shelled for 10 hits, six runs in debut
    Reynaldo Lopez' major league debut Tuesday didn't go as planned, as the right-hander allowed six runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lopez did strike out nine, flashing the potential that has made him one of the brightest young pitching prospects in baseball, but it doesn't mean much when you're giving up 10 hits at the same time. Better days are ahead for the 23-year-old, assuming the Nationals don't demote him in short order. As it is, Lopez' next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Padres. Tuesday, 8:25 pm
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  • Nick Markakis goes 3-for-5 in victory
    Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th as the Braves beat the Reds 5-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Braves would love a hot streak from Markakis here to give him a little trade value. Publicly, they've talked about him as a key piece as they move into their new ballpark. Really, though, he's an average-at-best regular who turns 33 in November and who isn't particularly likely to be worth the $21 million he's owed between 2017 and 2018. He has a .700 OPS right now. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Rich Hill (hand) questionable for next start
    A's manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that it's too early to tell whether Rich Hill (blister) is going to be able to take his next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: Hill left his last start Sunday versus the Blue Jays after aggravating a blister on his throwing hand. It's something that has been bothering him since before the All-Star break. Melvin said the A's are trying to avoid placing Hill on the disabled list -- he is one of their top trade chips -- but couldn't offer up any guarantees. Tuesday, 4:29 pm
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  • Nats officially promote SP Reynaldo Lopez
    Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Reynaldo Lopez from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Lopez will make his major league debut in a start Tuesday night against the Dodgers. The 23-year-old has compiled a 3.19 ERA and 109/31 K/BB ratio over 87 1/3 innings this season between Double- and Triple-A. It's unclear how long he'll stick around, but he's worth monitoring in mixed fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 11:26 am
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