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  • Twins place Danny Santana on 15-day DL
    Twins placed INF/OF Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Santana sustained the injury during a collision with teammate Robbie Grossman on Sunday. Logan Schafer was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move to provide outfield depth for the Twins. 11 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Blue Jays designate Josh Thole for assignment
    Blue Jays designated C Josh Thole for assignment.

    Advice: He's being sent out to create a spot on the active roster for the recently acquired Dioner Navarro. The Jays a hopeful that Thole, who has served as the personal catcher for R.A. Dickey, will clear waivers and return to the club when rosters expand next week. 14 minutes ago
    W, 9-6 vs Min
  • Paul Goldschmidt getting a day off Sunday
    Paul Goldschmidt is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the slugger. Phil Gosselin is filling in at first base. Today, 12:20 pm
  • Danny Santana exits with sprained AC joint
    Danny Santana exited Sunday's game against the Blue Jays with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Santana suffered the injury during a collision in the outfield with Robbie Grossman. The Twins should have more on his status after the game, but it's an injury that could sideline him for a while. Today, 11:06 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Hellickson claimed off waivers, pulled back
    Jim Salisbury of reports that Jeremy Hellickson was claimed on revocable waivers by an unnamed team this month and then pulled back by the Phillies.

    Advice: That means he's staying put for the remainder of the season. Hellickson has put up a nice bounce-back since in Philly, posting a 3.80 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 26 starts. The Phillies plan to extend the impending free agent a qualifying offer this offseason. Today, 8:58 am
  • Tillman (shoulder) moves up session to Monday
    Chris Tillman's (shoulder) bullpen session has been moved up from Tuesday to Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander has dealt with shoulder discomfort for the last two weeks but has experienced rapid improvement recently. Tillman will still require a rehab start before rejoining the Orioles' rotation, so the earlier he could return in September 9-10. Today, 8:52 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Geovany Soto (knee) remains shut down
    Geovany Soto (knee) has yet to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Soto remains limited to physical therapy as he works his way back from right knee inflammation. He's had issues with both knees this season, as well as a thumb ailment. Today, 8:49 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Lance McCullers (elbow) resumes throwing
    Lance McCullers (elbow) resumed a throwing program on Friday.

    Advice: He played catch Friday and said he felt fine the day after on Saturday. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday that it will be a while before McCullers can throw aggressively on flat ground or off a mound, so his return isn't imminent. Still, it's a nice step. Today, 8:30 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 8, 3-9 vs TB
  • Julio Borbon designated for assignment
    Orioles designated OF Julio Borbon for assignment.

    Advice: Borbon was just re-added to the roster on Saturday but is out of a job again with the Orioles needing fresh relief arms. He's 3-for-14 in the majors this season. Today, 8:20 am
    Not Active
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Blanco (finger) won't be ready Sept. 1
    Andres Blanco (finger) is not expected to be ready to return when roster expand on September 1.

    Advice: Five weeks removed from surgery to repair a fractured left index finger, Blanco took infield Saturday and will hit off a tee Monday. It would appear he's still at least another week away from a return. Today, 8:00 am
    New Player Note
    Andrés Blanco Phi - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 @NYM
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) sitting out on Sunday
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cespedes had a minor flare-up Saturday with the quad injury he just returned from. The feeling right now is that it's likely to be just a one-day absence, but we'll have to wait and see how Cespedes recovers. The Mets have Curtis Granderson in left field and Alejandro De Aza in center Sunday. Today, 7:47 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Santiago says thumb an issue for two months
    Hector Santiago revealed Saturday that his left thumb has been bothering him for nearly two months.

    Advice: "I went back and watched a [July 2] start against Boston. I threw a pitch and you can see me [grimace] from the pain," Santiago said. "That was almost two months ago, so it’s not like this just came up. But it got really bad about 10 days ago." Santiago pitched well in July but has really struggled since joining the Twins earlier this month, posting a 10.89 ERA in his four starts. He'll start Monday after having a start pushed back and the southpaw says that his thumb is feeling much better. "There were days when it was throbbing before I even got to the park, but that’s over," he said. Today, 6:55 am
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Chafin (shoulder, groin) expected back soon
    Andrew Chafin (shoulder, groin) is expected to be activated from the disabled list not long after rosters expand on September 1.

    Advice: Chafin has been on the DL since early July with a shoulder issue and encountered a setback on his rehab assignment when he strained his groin. He's been able to throw off a mound in spite of the groin problem, though, and might rejoin the D'Backs bullpen later this week. Today, 6:19 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 3, 4-2 vs Cin
  • Aaron Blair recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Blair will rejoin the rotation on Sunday versus the Giants. He's been a mess in his previous chances, posting a 7.99 ERA over 11 starts. Blair should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Today, 5:28 am
  • Tyler Sturdevant optioned to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Tyler Sturdevant to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Sturdevant has put up a 3.93 ERA over 16 relief appearances for the Rays. He'll return when rosters expand. Today, 5:23 am
  • Foltynewicz holds Giants to one run in 7 2/3
    Michael Foltynewicz limited the Giants to one run in 7 2/3 innings as the Braves won 3-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out six while yielding only five hits and one base-on-balls in the excellent outing. His one mistake came on a solo shot by Brandon Crawford. Foltynewicz was fortunate to be facing a Giants lineup missing Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Eduardo Nunez but looked great nonetheless. He is now 7-5 with a 4.30 ERA and 89 punchouts in 102 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander has solidified himself as a major league starting pitcher and hushed those who said he would be better off in the bullpen. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Braves calling up Aaron Blair for Sun. start
    The Braves will call up right-hander Aaron Blair to start Sunday against the Giants.

    Advice: John Gant will be sent down to Triple-A in order to make room for him on the active roster. Blair holds an ugly 7.99 ERA and 29/29 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings over 11 starts this season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Hellickson tagged for five runs in loss
    Jeremy Hellickson was tagged with five runs over four innings in a loss to the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his shortest outing since April 15. The big blow was a three-run homer off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes in his final inning of work. All told, Hellickson gave up seven hits (including two home runs) and three walks while striking out four. His ERA jumped from 3.60 to 3.80 with the loss. He’ll square off against the Braves next week. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Cespedes slugs three-run homer in victory
    Yoenis Cespedes slugged a three-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Saturday’s blowout win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Mets were nursing a one-run lead before Cespedes took Jeremy Hellickson deep with a long blast that just stayed fair along the left field line. He’s hitting .355 with four homers, two doubles, and eight RBI in eight games since coming off the disabled list. The Mets’ lineup looks much more potent when he’s feeling good. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Chris Tillman unlikely to need a rehab start
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Saturday that Chris Tillman (shoulder) is unlikely to require a minor league rehab start before rejoining the club's rotation.

    Advice: Tillman was placed on the disabled list earlier in the week due to shoulder inflammation, but he's hoping to return as soon as he's eligible. The O's ace has won 15 games this season while compiling a 3.76 ERA and 126/58 K/BB ratio across 153 innings this season. Ubaldo Jimenez is holding down his spot in the rotation in the meantime. Yesterday, 8:50 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Orioles purchase contract of Julio Borbon
    Orioles purchased the contract of OF Julio Borbon from Double-A Bowie.

    Advice: With Adam Jones sidelined with a hamstring injury, Borbon is being added once again to provide depth in the outfield, specifically another option who can handle center field defensively. The 30-year-old is just 2-for-9 in his limited time with the O's this season. Yesterday, 8:27 am
    Not Active
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Hector Santiago (thumb) to start on Monday
    Hector Santiago (thumb) will start on Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: He had been slated to take the ball Wednesday, but the Twins' rotation shakeup has altered things. Santiago missed his last outing with a bruised left thumb and holds a 10.89 ERA in his four starts since joining Minnesota. Friday, 2:26 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Goldschmidt singles, scores in low-scoring L
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Goldschmidt was one of just two Diamondbacks to record hits on the evening (Jean Segura also notched a single). Goldy would come around to score on a Chris Owings RBI ground out in the seventh for the team's lone run of the contest. The All-Star first baseman is slashing .304/.421/.505 with 20 homers and 78 RBI across 461 at-bats. Thursday, 9:46 pm
  • Tillman expected to throw on flat ground Tuesday
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) is expected to throw on flat ground on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shoulder inflammation sent Tillman to the disabled list earlier this week but he's hoping to return after the minimum 15 days. The right-hander has easily been Baltimore's best starting pitcher this year with 15 wins and a respectable 3.76 ERA over 26 outings. Ubaldo Jimenez has absorbed Tillman's spot in the starting rotation. Thursday, 3:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Danny Santana goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Danny Santana went 0-for-4 on Thursday and is 1-for-18 over the Twins' last five games.

    Advice: Yes, the Twins' last five games. He's started them all, for some bizarre reason. Santana is hitting .240 with 14 extra-base hits and 12 walks in 229 at-bats, yet he's an everyday player at the moment, mostly starting in the outfield corners. Before he played center today, each of his previous 12 starts had been in left or right. Thursday, 1:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Hector Santiago (thumb) expected back Wed.
    Hector Santiago (thumb) is expected to return to the Twins' rotation next Wednesday in Cleveland.

    Advice: Santiago had to be scratched from his scheduled start this Friday night against the Blue Jays because of a bruised left thumb. He has an awful 10.89 ERA in 19 innings (four starts) for the Twins since being acquired from the Angels at the August 1 trade deadline. Thursday, 8:58 am
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Rays call Sturdevant up to big league club
    Rays recalled RHP Tyler Strudevant from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Strudevant pitched to a 4.08 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings previous innings with the Rays this season. Prior to the call-up, He had been toiling away in Durham since the middle of July. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Twins to skip Santiago (thumb) on Friday
    Hector Santiago (thumb) has been scratched from his scheduled Friday start against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Santiago is dealing with a bruised left thumb. He was shelled by the Royals in his last start, but there has been no word that the thumb injury was the cause for the eight runs he surrendered over 4 2/3 frames. Pat Dean will start in his place on Friday. Wednesday, 2:52 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Cespedes says he does not plan to opt out
    Yoenis Cespedes reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to exercise his opt-out this winter.

    Advice: We'll believe that when it becomes official. Cespedes is batting .295/.365/.570 with 25 home runs and 64 RBI in 98 games this year -- the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that includes an opt-out clause leading into 2017. His current .936 OPS would be the highest of his career by a pretty wide margin. The 30-year-old outfielder stands to cash in this winter in a weak free agent market and we expect him to do just that. He could still return to the Mets, but with a bigger contract guarantee. Wednesday, 11:39 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • O's place Chris Tillman (shoulder) on the DL
    Orioles placed RHP Chris Tillman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 21, with right shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: He is eligible to return from the disabled list September 5 and the O's are hoping he will be ready on that date. Tillman missed a start one week ago after complaining of shoulder discomfort and then got lit up for six earned runs over just two innings Saturday versus the Astros. That blunder aside, he has been the Orioles' most reliable pitcher in 2016 by far. Ubaldo Jimenez and his 6.94 ERA will start in Tillman's place Thursday versus the Nationals. Wednesday, 6:33 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Tillman (shoulder) likely headed to 15-day DL
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Chris Tillman (shoulder) is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Tillman has been bothered by shoulder discomfort for over a week and had a bad day of side work on Tuesday. He definitely won't be making his next scheduled start Thursday against the Nationals. Look for something more official out of Baltimore on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Tillman (shoulder) questionable for Thursday
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) is now questionable for his Thursday start against the Nationals.

    Advice: Tillman has been bothered by shoulder discomfort for the last few weeks and apparently had a bad between-starts workout on Tuesday afternoon. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he'll make a decision about the scheduled Thursday start on Wednesday. There probably won't be an update before then. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Paul Goldschmidt walks it off for Arizona
    Paul Goldschmidt's third hit of Monday's game was a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Diamondbacks edged the Braves 9-8.

    Advice: It was Goldschmidt's 19th homer. You know you're pretty good when you can be hitting .300 with an OPS over .900 and still be considered a modest disappointment. While he's not hitting like he did last year, Goldschmidt is right on pace to reach 25 homers and 100 RBI. Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes homers again to lead Mets
    Yoenis Cespedes played the role of offensive hero again on Sunday, clobbering a two-run homer to lead the Mets in a 2-0 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets had been held without a hit through the first six innings of the ballgame until Curtis Granderson led off the seventh with a double. Cespedes then wasted no time, blasting a Jeff Samardzija offering over the wall in left field. He has provided a huge spark since returning from the disabled list, blasting a pair of home runs on Saturday before Sunday's heroics. With his 1-for-4 effort Sunday, Cespedes is now hitting .293/.363/.571 with 25 homers and 64 RBI on the season. Aug 21, 7:39 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Hellickson whiffs eight over seven strong
    Jeremy Hellickson struck out eight while allowing two runs over seven innings in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: Hellickson gave up seven hits and a walk, with a Jeremy Hazelbaker two-run homer doing the only damage against him on the night. He certainly didn't show any ill effects from the back tightness that forced him from his last outing. The win was Hellickson's fourth in a row, moving him to 10-7 through 25 starts. The right-hander will carry a 3.60 ERA and 1.14 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Mets. Aug 20, 8:19 pm
  • Santiago battered again, this time by Royals
    Hector Santiago got knocked around again Saturday, giving up 11 hits and eight runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santiago's issue on Saturday -- well, one of his issues -- was homers, as he served up three to Royals hitters. He's now given up seven home runs in four starts since joining the Twins, all losses. His struggles are in stark contrast to the run he was on before the trade, as Santiago had rattled off six straight wins prior to being dealt from the Angels. There's just not much nice to say about Santiago these days. The southpaw will carry a 10-8 record, 5.16 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Friday's start against the Blue Jays. Aug 20, 8:03 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Tillman coughs up six runs in two innings
    Chris Tillman walked five batters on the way to giving up six earned runs in just two innings in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He couldn't find the plate and failed to strike anyone out. He gave up a two-run homer to the second batter of the game. He pitched into the third inning but was pulled after hitting the first batter and walking the next three to bring in a run without a bat ever hitting the ball. Tillman was pitching on nine days rest after being pushed back due to a tender shoulder. He has been very effective this year after a down season last year. Tillman now has a 15-5 record and 3.76 ERA. Aug 20, 7:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Cespedes homers twice in win over Giants
    Yoenis Cespedes ripped two homers in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: He also doubled and came within feet of a third home run on a deep flyout to left field. Cespedes was hampered by a quad injury earlier this month but obviously that's no longer an issue. The 30-year-old now sports an impressive .293 average with 24 HR and 62 RBI through 341 at-bats this year. For the Mets to have any chance of going back to the playoffs, Cespedes will have to carry the team on his back. Aug 20, 5:19 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Cespedes singles in return from DL
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Cespedes had been out since August 3 with a nagging quad injury. He’s capable of big things if he’s feeling good, but it might be too late for the Mets, who are 5 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Aug 19, 10:24 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Mets activate Yoenis Cespedes from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's right back in the middle of the Mets lineup for Friday's contest against the Giants. He'll need to be the premier offensive presence that he was after his acquisition in the second half last season if the Mets are going to make another run at the postseason. Aug 19, 5:14 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Tillman (shoulder) to start Saturday vs. HOU
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) has been confirmed as the starter for Saturday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Tillman had his start pushed back a few days because of shoulder discomfort but he threw off flat ground on Thursday and appears to be a go for Saturday. The 28-year-old has easily been the Orioles' best starter this year, going 15-4 with a 3.46 ERA in 25 outings. Aug 18, 1:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) set to return Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is set to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored Wednesday in his third and final rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. "I felt comfortable at the plate," he told reporters. "I'll be ready for Friday." Cespedes was batting .289/.362/.548 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 94 games for the Mets before landing on the disabled list August 3 with a quad injury. Aug 18, 6:00 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
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