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  • Adrian Gonzalez paces Dodgers with grand slam
    Adrian Gonzalez blasted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis.

    Advice: The Dodgers jumped on rookie right-hander Mike Mayers right out of the gate, with a pair of singles and a walk before Gonzalez unloaded on a towering grand slam to center field. He added a pair of singles, including a run-scoring knock in the second inning, finishing the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI. He's now hitting .284/.360/.412 with nine homers and 51 RBI. Today, 9:01 pm
  • Piscotty plates two in loss to Dodgers Sunday
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cardinals fell to the Dodgers on Sunday night.

    Advice: Piscotty's two-run double off Adam Liberatore in the seventh inning pulled the Cardinals to within three runs at 9-6, but that would be as close as they would get. With the two-hit attack, Piscotty is now slashing an impressive .295/.366/.490 with 14 homers and 58 RBI on the season. Today, 9:01 pm
    L, 9-6 vs ^ LAD
  • Kenley Jansen slasms the door on Cardinals
    Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless frame to protect a three-run advantage.

    Advice: Jansen induced a ground ball from Kolten Wong, then fanned Alberto Rosario and Randal Grichuk to retire the Cardinals without issue. He has once against been one of the most dominant closers in baseball this season, compiling a 1.45 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while converting 29 saves in 34 chances. Today, 9:01 pm
  • Scott Kazmir gives up three in win on Sunday
    Scott Kazmir earned his ninth victory of the season on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Kazmir struck out three and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. The Dodgers offense staked him to nine runs in the first two innings, so all Kazmir had to do was throw strikes and make sure the Cardinals didn't mount a major rally against him. Tommy Pham provided the big blow against him with a two-run blast in the second. He'll bring a 4.35 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks. Today, 9:01 pm
  • Kimbrel (knee) to throw bullpen on Monday
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch without any issues on Sunday and is expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: If that goes well, he'll repeat the process on Wednesday. Assuming all goes well with both bullpens, Kimbrel will progress to either a minor league rehab assignment or a simulated game. He's on track to return to the Red Sox bullpen in early August. Today, 7:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-7 vs Min
  • Chapman to clubs looking likelier, not done
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a deal that would send Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs isn't completed yet, but looks even likelier.

    Advice: The Yankees would receive multiple pieces in return including Gleyber Torres. It sounds as though this deal is going to get done soon, though it may not end up getting finished on Sunday night. Today, 6:08 pm
  • Cubs, Yanks working toward Chapman trade
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Yankees are working to finalize an Aroldis Chapman trade.

    Advice: Cubs shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is believed to be in the package that would head to New York, along with another piece or two. Chapman, a 28-year-old impending free agent, has registered a stellar 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension. There's a report from Rian Watt of Baseball Prospectus suggesting that the Cubs are trying to work out a contract extension with Chapman on top of the trade. That could be the major hold-up. Today, 4:58 pm
  • Rondon picks up 18th save against Brewers
    Hector Rondon notched his 18th save of the season Sunday in the Cubs' 5-4 defeat of the Brewers.

    Advice: Rondon served up a two-out homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis but retired the other three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning at Miller Park -- two via strikeout. The right-hander holds a 1.95 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 48/5 K/BB ratio in 37 innings this season for the Cubs, but his days as a closer could be numbered with Theo Epstein and Co. searching the trade block for another elite late-inning arm. Today, 3:44 pm
  • Steinbrenner hasn't OK'd selling just yet
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner "has not given authorization to sell top guys" yet.

    Advice: The Aroldis Chapman rumors have been swirling, but it doesn't appear Steinbrenner is ready to give up on the season just yet with the Yanks having won six of their last eight games to pull within shouting distance of a Wild Card spot. Ultimately, it would be hard to see the Bombers not selling, but perhaps it will depend on how they play this week. The Nationals, Cubs and Indians look like the three favorites to land Chapman. Today, 2:14 pm
  • Report: Indians have best offer for Chapman
    Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and reports that the Indians "have the best names on the table" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Previous reports have had both the Nationals and Cubs out in front in the sweepstakes for Chapman. There's also been a "mystery team" floated. In other words, welcome to the trade deadline. The Indians already have a capable closer in Cody Allen, but adding Chapman would bolster their bullpen for a possible playoff run. Today, 10:58 am
  • 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. Today, 10:42 am
    L, 3-2 x @Oak
  • 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. Today, 9:50 am
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Cubs push past Nats as leaders for Chapman?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals "are trailing at least three other teams" in the pursuit of Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: It's a notable change, as they had been viewed as the favorite. It was Heyman who previously reported that the Yankees wanted Joe Ross but the Nats weren't willing to part with him, so perhaps that could be a deal killer between the two teams. Heyman backs up FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's previous report about the Cubs possibly jumping into the lead for Chapman, as he says they're "pushing hard" for the reliever. The Indians and Giants are in on Chapman, as well, although Alex Pavlovic of hears that the Giants "aren't in the final mix" for the reliever. Today, 9:13 am
  • Cubs 'strong in mix' for Aroldis Chapman
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are "strong in mix" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: The Nationals have been perceived as the favorites to land Chapman and they still might be, but the Cubs appear to be a threat. Rosenthal adds that there are "at least two other clubs involved" for Chapman in addition to the Cubs, noting that Giants, Dodgers and Indians in addition to the aforementioned Nats have been connected to the reliever. Today, 8:12 am
  • Neil Walker not in Sunday's lineup
    Neil Walker is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day off. Kelly Johnson is filling in at second base for Walker. Travis d'Arnaud is also sitting out, as Rene Rivera is doing the catching. Michael Conforto is getting his first career start in center field Sunday. Today, 8:07 am
  • Zack Cozart getting a breather Sunday
    Zack Cozart is absent from the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Jose Peraza is filling in for Cozart at shortstop. Eugenio Suarez is also receiving a breather, as Ivan DeJesus Jr. is at third base. Today, 7:54 am
    L, 9-8 vs x Ari
  • Blue Jays designate Storen for assignment
    Blue Jays designated RHP Drew Storen for assignment.

    Advice: What a disaster of a season it's been for Storen, who has posted a 6.21 ERA over 38 appearances with the Jays. His velocity has also been down a bit, although he's struck out a batter per inning. Storen will almost surely clear waivers given his $8.375 million salary, although it's possible the Jays will be able to work out a trade. Today, 7:42 am
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    W, 2-0 vs Sea
  • Nationals could be favorite to land Chapman
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals "could be a favorite" to land Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that the Yankees are telling teams they are close to dealing Chapman and Heyman says the reliever is the Nats' main target at the trade deadline. It appears that something could get done soon, although Heyman notes that the Yanks are targeting Joe Ross in a deal but the Nats are "disinclined to trade him." Today, 6:47 am
  • Margot to replace Upton on Padres' roster?
    Padres outfield prospect Manuel Margot was pulled from a game at Triple-A El Paso in the fourth inning Saturday.

    Advice: Margot was spotted in the dugout and he isn't believed to be injured. The speculation is that he could be headed to the Padres to replace Melvin Upton, who appears likely to be traded at any moment. Margot is a top-50 prospect who's batting .306/.356/.434 with four homers and 24 steals for El Paso. He's worth a speculative add in mixed leagues. Today, 5:31 am
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    W, 10-6 x @Was
  • Wisler gives up six runs at Coors Field
    Matt Wisler took a beating at Coors Field on Saturday, giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings and earning his 10th loss of the season.

    Advice: Good things rarely happen for pitchers in Denver and today was no exception. Wisler allowed seven baserunners and six of them scored. He gave up five hits and two walks while fanning three. The bad game lowers his record to 4-10 with a 4.92 ERA. As a mediocre pitcher on a team that rarely gives him much run support, Wisler is only an option for desperate fantasy owners. On the other hand, he is only 23 years old and is holding his own in the major leagues already, so maybe he will be a good fantasy pitcher in a few years. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Nunez has three RBI, stolen base against Sox
    Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-6 with three RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Nunez had an RBI single in the second inning and chipped in a two-run single in the Twins' five-run seventh inning. The stolen base was his 24th of the season, already a single-season best for the 29-year-old. It's been a year to remember all around for Nunez, who's hitting .302/.328/.452 overall. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    L, 8-7 ^ @Bos
  • A-Gonz connects for eight homer vs. Cardinals
    Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth home run of the season in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was the solo variety, hit off Cards starter Mike Leake in the sixth inning. His power outage has been baffling, as Gonzalez has traditionally averaged 22 home runs over his big league career. The 34-year-old is hitting .280/.357/.401 with 47 RBI and 37 runs scored through 95 games. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • NYY close to Chapman trade; keeping Miller
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are telling teams that they are close to trading Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: They're also telling teams that they intend to keep Andrew Miller. Chapman has been his usual dominant self this season with New York, boasting a 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old impending free agent is averaging 100 mph with his fastball. There is believed to be interest from the Cubs, Nationals, and Giants. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Craig Kimbrel (knee) near rehab assignment?
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment late next week.

    Advice: Kimbrel is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday and he'll do the same on Wednesday. If that all goes well, the next step may be a minor league game. "That could be done at (Triple-A) Pawtucket," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday. "We could be looking at an appearance at Pawtucket. We're not scripting it out past Wednesday, because we could go one of two ways here." Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer for the Red Sox with Koji Uehara (pectoral) possibly done for the year. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-7 vs Min
  • Jansen blows fifth save of season
    Kenley Jansen blew his fifth save of the season Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Dodgers pulled in front in the top of the ninth inning thanks to a solo homer off the bat of the red-hot Justin Turner, but the Cardinals answered right back in the bottom of the frame with a game-tying blast from the equally-hot Jedd Gyorko. Jansen came into Friday’s action having allowed just one home run over his first 41 2/3 innings of work this season. Hey, he was probably due for an off-night. He remains one of the game’s best. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Rondon secures 17th save of season
    Hector Rondon converted his 17th save with a scoreless inning Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Rondon struck out a pair in the frame and worked around a one-out walk to lock down the victory. He only has 17 saves this season, but four of them have come in the past two weeks. With a 1.75 ERA and 46/5 K/BB ratio in 36 innings, there’s no reason for Rondon to lose his closer job on merit, but the pecking order could change if the Cubs end up acquiring another late-inning reliever by August 1. Friday, 8:50 pm
  • Chapman notches 20th save of season
    Aroldis Chapman threw a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Giants to convert his 20th save of the season.

    Advice: After the Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Brandon Crawford’s third error of the game, Chapman allowed a leadoff double to Gregor Blanco to begin the ninth inning before retiring the next three batters he faced. He averaged 103 mph with his fastball and reached 104 mph with seven out of his 17 pitches. It goes without saying that he’d have a ton of value if the Yankees decide to sell before August 1, but their recent winning ways could complicate matters. As for the Giants, they have now lost six straight. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Nationals 'want in on' closer Aroldis Chapman
    Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals "want in on" Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Svrluga notes that "others are very interested" in Chapman, as well, and the Nats will not give up Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner, Victor Robles or Reynaldo Lopez in any trade for the closer. This isn't the first time Washington has been connected to Chapman, as they're seeking a shutdown reliever and the fireballer would be reunited with his old manager Dusty Baker. Friday, 12:00 pm
  • Piscotty hits pinch three-run homer Thursday
    Stephen Piscotty hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Piscotty was called on to hit for Matt Adams against lefty Ryan Buchter with two on and one out in a 5-2 game, and he delivered with a blast to center field that just eluded the glove of Travis Jankowski. The homer was Piscotty's 14th of the year to go with 56 RBI and 57 runs scored. The 25-year-old is hitting .297/.370/.497 in his first full campaign. Thursday, 8:46 pm
    L, 9-6 vs ^ LAD
  • 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
    L, 3-2 x @Oak
  • Kenley Jansen converts save No. 28
    Kenley Jansen allowed a hit but tossed a scoreless frame to pick up his 28th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Daniel Murphy flew out after a 10-pitch battle and Bryce Harper then singled, but Jansen set the Nats down easily after that. He's blown four saves this season but remains one of the best closers in the game with a 1.30 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. Thursday, 1:12 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
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Kimbrel (knee) takes to flat ground for catch
    Craig Kimbrel (knee) played catch on flat ground Wednesday.

    Advice: Kimbrel underwent a left knee arthroscopy and a partial medial meniscectomy just before the All-Star Game. At the time of the procedure, it was thought he would miss 3-6 weeks, which would put him in line to return in early to mid-August. Brad Ziegler will close in his absence. Wednesday, 3:13 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 8-7 vs Min
  • Neil Walker getting day off Wednesday
    Neil Walker is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kelly Johnson will start at second base and bat sixth in the matinee game versus Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Walker has 16 home runs and 40 RBI on the season. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • 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
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Kazmir goes seven strong in win over Nats
    Scott Kazmir allowed a solitary run over seven innings of work in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: On a day when the Dodgers had to shut down ace Clayton Kershaw due to lingering back discomfort, Kazmir offered some solace with his longest outing since May 14. The southpaw scattered four hits without issuing a walk, striking out eight Nationals in the victory. Kazmir improved to 8-3 with the win and will take a 4.30 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Sunday night's start against the Cardinals. Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Matt Wisler undone by the longball Monday
    Matt Wisler was roughed up for six runs -- five earned -- over five innings in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Wisler faced the minimum through the first three innings, but the Reds got to him with three home runs and five runs in the fourth. The young right-hander has had an up-and-down season and has now allowed six runs in back-to-back outings. He'll have a tough time bouncing back this weekend in Colorado. Jul 18, 8:58 pm
  • Hector Rondon converts save No. 16
    Hector Rondon retired the only two batters he faced to nail down his 16th save of the season in Monday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: It was about as easy as it comes as far as saves go, as Rondon entered with a four-run lead and two runners on and induced a double-play ball to end it. The Cubs have easily the best run differential in the majors, but since they've been in so many blowouts it hasn't led to many save chances for Rondon. However, with a 1.64 ERA and 42/4 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, he's been absurdly good when called upon. Jul 18, 7:52 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez not in Sunday's lineup
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day off. Scott Van Slyke is at first base. Jul 17, 10:39 am
  • Piscotty gets two hits and two RBI
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: His double in the third inning drove in two runs, which is more than his team would need to win the game. Piscotty is now batting .298/.375/.492 with 51 RBI and 55 runs scored in 325 at-bats. Jul 16, 7:17 pm
    L, 9-6 vs ^ LAD
  • Josh Reddick homers, scores four runs
    Josh Reddick reached four times, homered and scored four runs Friday in Oakland's 8-7 edging of Toronto.

    Advice: Reddick usually comes to the plate with two out and none on, so he's not often in a position to score (or drive in) runs. He had some fun tonight, though. It's the second time in his career that he's scored four runs in a game. He's just the second Athletic in the last two seasons to score four times; Coco Crisp did it on June 25. Jul 15, 10:55 pm
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Walker slugs three-run homer vs. Phillies
    Neil Walker slugged a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Phillies.

    Advice: His sixth-inning blast off Jeremy Hellickson was his only hit in four trips to the plate on Friday, but it proved to be the big hit in the ballgame. He’s now up to 16 homers on the year, which equals his total from all of last season. Walker batted cleanup Friday and could continue to stick there until Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is ready to return. Jul 15, 7:38 pm
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