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  • Morales walks five in four innings vs. Bucs
    Franklin Morales allowed just two runs but walked five over four innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Pirates.

    Advice: Morales needed 99 pitches to get 12 outs, as the Pirates also collected six hits against the left-hander before he departed. Morales has just two wins since April as he's shuttled between the bullpen and the starting rotation, owning a 5.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP on the year. He'll face the Tigers on Friday, but fantasy owners have no reason to take notice of his schedule at this point.
    Today, 6:18 pm
    L, 7-5 vs ^ Pit
  • Dodgers activate Arruebarrena, send to High-A
    Dodgers activated SS Erisbel Arruebarrena from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: Arruebarrena had been sidelined since early July due to a right hip flexor strain. He created quite the stir on his minor league rehab assignment, starting a brawl in a game at Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.
    Today, 6:01 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-3 x @SF
  • Nelson allows two runs over seven, takes loss
    Jimmy Nelson allowed two runs while striking out six over seven innings but took the loss against the Mets on Sunday.

    Advice: Nelson gave up five hits and two walks on the afternoon, with Lucas Duda's two-run homer serving as the game's only runs. Nelson has made two good starts since being destroyed by the Cardinals before the break, and he's got a 4.30 ERA and 22/8 K/BB ratio over 23 innings this year. Nelson will have a shot at redemption when he takes on those same Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday.
    Today, 3:20 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ NYM
  • deGrom earns fourth straight win vs. Brewers
    Jacob deGrom earned his fourth straight win on Sunday, holding the Brewers scoreless over 6 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: deGrom gave up four hits and walked two in the outing, striking out four. He's now 4-0 in his last four starts, allowing just two runs over 27 1/3 innings. The right-hander owns a 2.79 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 83/31 K/BB ratio in 87 innings this year, and he should be owned in all mixed leagues at this point. deGrom takes on the Giants on Saturday in search of his fifth straight victory.
    Today, 3:17 pm
    W, 2-0 ^ @Mil
  • Santana triples, drives in two against Sox
    Danny Santana tripled and drove in two runs in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Batting leadoff for the third straight game, Santana delivered an RBI triple in the third inning and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The triple was Santana's second of the season. The 23-year-old is hitting .315/.348/.458 and, now healthy, should be a nice player in mixed leagues from here on out.
    Today, 1:59 pm
    W, 4-3 vs ^ CWS
  • Headley slugs first homer since joining NYY
    Chase Headley slugged his first home run since joining the Yankees in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth inning. Headley is now 8-for-23 (.348) in six games since the trade that sent him from San Diego to New York and is capable of providing significant fantasy value down the stretch now that he's playing his home games in a much more offense-friendly park.
    Today, 1:36 pm
  • Nate Freiman optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned 1B/DH Nate Freiman to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Freiman has batted just .212/.257/.394 in the majors this season. He was sent out in order to make room for Alberto Callaspo's return from the DL.
    Today, 12:43 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-3 x @Tex
  • Ian Kennedy (oblique) to miss start Monday
    Ian Kennedy will not make his scheduled start on Monday versus the Braves due to left oblique soreness.

    Advice: Kennedy is not expected to require a disabled list stint, but he'll have one turn skipped. It's poor timing, of course, given that the Padres are considering trading the right-hander before the deadline. Jason Lane will start in Kennedy's place.
    Today, 11:55 am
  • Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) sitting out Sunday
    Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: CarGo rolled his ankle prior to Saturday's game and has now sat out two straight contests. It doesn't appear to be a long-term concern, so consider the slugger day-to-day at this point. Brandon Barnes is in right field Sunday.
    Today, 9:53 am
  • Brandon Maurer dominating in relief role
    Brandon Maurer has tossed 15 scoreless relief innings since being recalled on June 25, allowing just six hits while posting a 17/2 K/BB ratio.

    Advice: Maurer held a 7.52 ERA while allowing 43 hits and 14 walks in 32 1/3 innings as a starter, but it appears that he's found a home in the bullpen. "I'm having fun," he said. "Earlier in the season, I wasn't having fun." The 24-year-old has worked his way into a late-inning role and looks to be a key piece of the Mariners' bullpen down the stretch. "He has less to think about as a reliever," manager Lloyd McClendon suggested. "He just goes after guys. His stuff is plenty good enough. His stuff has never been an issue."
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Nolan Reimold activated from disabled list
    Blue Jays activated OF/DH Nolan Reimold from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Reimold missed the minimum amount of time with a left calf strain. He'll see some playing time in the outfield and in the DH spot, especially versus left-handers.
    Today, 7:59 am
  • Paul Clemens recalled from Triple-A
    Astros recalled RHP Paul Clemens from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Clemens owns an ugly 6.08 ERA over 12 appearances with the Astros this season. He'll be used in middle relief.
    Today, 7:57 am
    L, 4-2 vs Mia
  • Matt Lindstrom to throw simulated game
    Matt Lindstrom (ankle) will throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

    Advice: If it goes well, Lindstrom could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. The reliever is expected back sometime in August and could eventually regain his closer job, so those speculating for saves should scoop him up now.
    Today, 6:52 am
    Disabled List
    L, 4-3 @Min
  • Joseph Ortiz activated, then optioned
    Rangers activated RHP Joseph Ortiz from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Ortiz has been out all season with a fractured left foot, an injury he suffered when he was clipped by a motorcycle over the winter. He'll continue to work on things in the minors.
    Today, 5:49 am
    Not Active
    L, 9-3 vs Oak
  • Clayton Kershaw pitches two-hit shutout
    Clayton Kershaw tossed a two-hitter Saturday as the Dodgers beat the Giants 5-0.

    Advice: Kershaw didn't threaten another no-hitter in this one -- Gregor Blanco delivered a clean single to center with one out in the first -- but he did notch his ninth career shutout. He faced just three batters over the minimum for his ninth straight win. It was a little bit of an off night for him for strikeouts, but he did finish with seven, reaching that mark for the 12th straight outing. The last pitcher with as many seven-strikeout games in a row was Tim Lincecum in 2009.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez out Sat. due to rolled ankle
    Carlos Gonzalez is out of the Rockies' lineup Saturday versus the Pirates due to a rolled ankle.

    Advice: Gonzalez suffered the ankle injury before Saturday's game and was a latch scratch. It's not believed to be a serious problem. He holds a .250/.300/.448 batting line with 10 home runs and 36 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • CarGo smacks two-run homer vs. Pirates
    Carlos Gonzalez connected for a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: It was his 10th home run of the season and his second since returning from the disabled list. The 28-year-old has posted a .250/.300/.448 batting line through 61 games this season, which isn't quite what fantasy owners had in mind when they invested a first-round pick back in the spring, but there's reason for optimism now that his finger issue has been addressed.
    Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Headley has three hits Friday vs. Jays
    Chase Headley went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Brian Cashman is a genius. OK, maybe it's a little early for that, but Headley is 6-for-18 (.333) with two doubles and two RBI over his first four games with the Yankees. His arrow is definitely on the rise in fantasy leagues with his new surroundings.
    Friday, 7:04 pm
  • Nolan Reimold could return on Monday
    Nolan Reimold (calf) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Monday.

    Advice: Reimold has been out since mid-July with a left calf strain, but he's made nice progress. He had four hits in 12 at-bats for the Jays before going on the DL.
    Friday, 2:57 pm
  • Yanks 'not being aggressive' for Kennedy
    Chris Cotillo of reports that the Yankees "are not being aggressive" in their pursuit of Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: It essentially backs up what CBS Sports' Jon Heyman said, as Heyman noted Thursday night that while the Yanks like Kennedy, they're not prepared to give up both third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin for him. That was the proposed package that ESPN's Jim Bowden reported, but it would be a steep price given that they were the Yankees' two first-round picks last season. San Diego is listening on Kennedy, but he's under control next season so they don't feel obligated to move him now.
    Friday, 6:35 am
  • Santana ends Noesi's shutout with a home run
    Danny Santana ended Hector Noesi's shutout bid with a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats as the Twins fell to the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana took Noesi deep to right field to put his team on the board in the eighth, but it was too little, too late at that point. The 23-year-old has hit safely in five of six games since returning from the All-Star break -- and the disabled list -- on July 18. He owns a .325/.361/.465 slash line with three home runs, 18 RBI, and six stolen bases in 167 plate appearances this season.
    Thursday, 8:19 pm
    W, 4-3 vs ^ CWS
  • Yankees talking Kennedy deal with Padres
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Yankees and Padres are discussing a trade that would send Ian Kennedy to New York in exchange for third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says that the Yankees are indeed interested in Kennedy but not if it means giving up both Jagielo and Clarkin. It would be Kennedy's second stint in New York if the trade did go through, as he was drafted by the Yanks and spent his first three big league seasons there. Needless to say, it would be just about the worse-case scenario for his fantasy value going from Petco Park to Yankee Stadium. Kennedy is making $6.1 million this season and is eligible for arbitration for a final time this winter.
    Thursday, 8:04 pm
  • Padres 'need to be overwhelmed' for Kennedy
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Padres "have sent word to some teams that they would need to be overwhelmed to trade" starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.

    Advice: This could be a negotiating ploy on the part of the Padres, or it might just be serious. Kennedy is under contractual control (via arbitration) through the 2015 season, so the San Diego front office can slow-play this and wait for the best offer -- even if it doesn't come until this winter or next summer. The 29-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.66 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 143/42 K/BB ratio in 135 1/3 innings (22 starts) this season.
    Thursday, 8:17 am
  • Nolan Reimold could return next week
    Nolan Reimold (calf) could be activated from the disabled list next week.

    Advice: Reimold has been out since mid-July with a left calf strain, but it sounds like the oft-injured outfield could be back around the time he's eligible. He had four hits in 12 at-bats for the Jays before going on the DL.
    Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • Matt Lindstrom nearing rehab assignment
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Matt Lindstrom (foot) might begin a rehab assignment the first week of August.

    Advice: The Pale Hose had been hoping to get Lindstrom back in their bullpen in early August, but it sounds like it will be a little later than that. Lindstrom has made a quicker-than-expected return from May ankle surgery and could eventually recapture the White Sox' closer job.
    Wednesday, 6:27 am
    Disabled List
    L, 4-3 @Min
  • deGrom pitches third straight gem vs Mariners
    Jacob deGrom threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Mariners to pick up his fourth win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jacob deGrom tossed a third straight gem on Tuesday, striking out seven and walking just one over seven frames. It's the sixth straight start in which deGrom has not allowed more than three runs. In the process, he's dropped his ERA to 3.01. This is also the third straight start in which deGrom's gone seven innings. If he can keep lasting deep into games, he'll continue to provide nice strikeout and ERA boosts. He'll square off with the Brewers next time out.
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
    W, 2-0 ^ @Mil
  • Headley delivers walk-off hit in Yanks debut
    Chase Headley made his Yankees debut in style, delivering a walk-off single in the 14th inning against the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Headley took his first at-bat as a Yankee in the eighth inning and struck out. He stayed in the game, grounding out twice in his next two at-bats before driving in Brian Roberts with his 14th-inning single. The Yankees acquired Headley earlier in the day. Overall, he is slashing .230/.296/.353 with seven home runs and 45 RBI on the season.
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • Nelson turns in quality start in no-decision
    Jimmy Nelson allowed three runs on four hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nelson actually got through six innings with only one run allowed, but things fell apart in the seventh. The Reds got two quick singles and Nelson proceeded to hit Zack Cozart and Ramon Santiago to force in a run, with the second HBP ending his night. Reliever Brandon Kintzler did his best to limit the damage, but the Reds plated one more to saddle Nelson with the no-decision. He walked one and struck out five on the evening. The right-hander is still in search of his second win, and he'll carry a 5.06 ERA into Sunday's meeting with the Mets.
    Tuesday, 8:23 pm
    L, 2-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Yankees officially acquire 3B Chase Headley
    Yankees acquired 3B Chase Headley and cash considerations from the Padres for INF Yangervis Solarte and RHP Rafael De Paula.

    Advice: The deal is now official. Headley's stock has plummeted since his breakout season in 2012, but he's a worthwhile gamble for the Yankees given their current options at third base. The 30-year-old has swung the bat better of late and has good road numbers for his career, so it would be no surprise if he finishes his walk year on a high note.
    Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Report: Yankees acquire Headley from Padres
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres.

    Advice: Neither team has confirmed the deal, but the Yankees will send infielder Yangervis Solarte and prospect right-hander right-hander Rafael De Paula to the Padres. New York will also receive $1 million from San Diego to help cover part of the nearly $4 million remaining on Headley's contract for this season.
    Tuesday, 10:22 am