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  • Cubs have discussed moving Kris Bryant to RF
    CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have had internal discussions about moving third base prospect Kris Bryant to right field.

    Advice: Bryant is, at best, an adequate defensive third baseman, but the Cubs are content to leave him there for now. However, a position switch to right field could eventually come. "He can do it," general manager Jed Hoyer said of moving Bryant to the outfield. "He played center in college, and he's played right. He feels good out there. The biggest focus for him right now is he's working on his defense. He is almost 6-6, and with that the fundamentals of playing third base are more challenging. In the future, I would never say never that we wouldn't put him out there. But right now, our focus is third."
    Today, 7:01 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SD
  • Logan Darnell to start on Saturday
    The Twins are expected to recall Logan Darnell from Triple-A Rochester to start on Saturday versus the White Sox.

    Advice: Kris Johnson was sent down after Monday's start, so the Twins need another arm for this weekend. Darnell tossed three perfect relief innings earlier this season for Minnesota and holds a 3.43 ERA over 17 Triple-A starts this year. The 25-year-old can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
    Today, 6:46 am
    Not Active
    10:10 am vs Cle
  • Tsuyoshi Wada recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Wada will start on Wednesday against the Padres. The left-hander fared well in his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, holding the Reds to an unearned run over five innings. He's worth streaming Wednesday in a nice matchup and could carve out some fantasy value in deeper formats.
    Today, 6:30 am
  • David Ross dealing with plantar fasciitis
    David Ross has been dealing with a right foot ailment for most of the season that the Red Sox believe is plantar fasciitis.

    Advice: Ross was noticeably hobbled while running the bases Tuesday, but the catcher doesn't think the injury will sideline him. "It's not going to keep me from playing, I don't think," Ross said. "It's one of those things that's going to affect my running a little bit, which is definitely not something manager John (Farrell) is worrying about, my speed to help the team."
    Today, 6:23 am
  • Jordan Zimmermann returned to action on Tuesday July 22.
    Today, 2:02 am
  • Scott Carroll returned to action on Tuesday July 22.
    Today, 2:02 am
  • Altuve singles three times in victory vs A's
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-6 with three singles in Tuesday's extra-innings victory over the A's.

    Advice: These days, it feels strange if Jose Altuve doesn't have a multi-hit game. The diminutive second-baseman is slashing .338/.374/.444 atop Houston's lineup. He also has 41 steals, though he was caught stealing in this game for just the fourth time on the year.
    Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • Carter doubles twice, goes 3-for-5 vs A's
    Chris Carter went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the A's.

    Advice: Carter has now blown by the Mendoza Line, as he's up to a .213 average. The two RBI brought him up to 43 on the year. Carter hasn't ever been one to hit for average, but he does have nineteen home runs and a .478 slugging percentage, which tells you that he makes his hits count. Always a hot/cold slugger, Carter's on the scorching side this month, slashing .306/.352/.735 for July.
    Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Kazmir strong in seven innings vs Astros
    Scott Kazmir went seven innings in Tuesday's 3-2 loss against the Astros, giving up seven hits, striking out six and walking one.

    Advice: Kazmir had long since hit the showers when Houston pulled out the win in the 12th, but he put in another sterling effort while he was on the mound. Chris Carter served as Kazmir's nemesis, knocking in both of the runs on Kazmir's line (one was unearned) via a third inning two-run single. While he didn't pick up his fourteenth win on Tuesday, Kazmir is still holding batters to a fantastic .210 BAA to go with a 2.32 ERA. He's allowed only 94 hits in 122 innings pitched. He'll look for a win against the Rangers next time out.
    Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • Schoop collects two hits and homers vs LAA
    Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: The blast was Schoop's eighth of the year and put him up to 26 RBI. Despite the homer, the second baseman is batting just .220/.256/.338 this season and doesn't merit serious fantasy consideration.
    Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Hardy doubles twice in win over Angels
    J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Tuesday's meeting with the Angels.

    Advice: He now has 21 doubles on the season, to go with 30 RBI and a slash line of .284/.316/.380 His power outage through the first three months of the season has been well documented. If you're looking to buy low on an infielder, Hardy is a possible candidate, though at this point it's hard to trust him. July has been a rough month for the shortstop, as he's scuffled to the tune of .220/.281/.356.
    Yesterday, 11:30 pm
  • Santiago tosses five shutout innings vs BAL
    Hector Santiago did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's game against the Orioles, throwing five scoreless innings and allowing two hits and three walks.

    Advice: While Santiago was able to keep the Orioles off the board, he had already thrown 99 pitches by the time the fifth inning was finished. The Angels have used him both out of the bullpen and in the rotation (thirteen starts in seventeen appearances). Despite the occasional struggle, he has a 4.02 ERA and has been a useful piece for the Halos. He'll take on the Tigers next time out.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Machado gets anti-inflammatory injection
    Manny Machado (back) received an anti-inflammatory injection after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Machado was a late scratch Tuesday after his lower back tightened up on him. He's never had back issues before and will be re-evaluated Wednesday to see how much progress he's made. Consider the third baseman day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez optioned to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned RHP Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: He struck out 10 while allowing two runs over seven innings against the Mets Tuesday but gets the boot because the M's needed to clear room for Wednesday starter Taijuan Walker. Ramirez will be back up later this season.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
    Not Active
    12:40 pm vs NYM
  • Hill homers, drives in three vs Tigers
    Aaron Hill went 1-for-3 with three RBI and a home run in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 win against the Tigers.

    Advice: The home run, a first inning solo shot, was just Hill's eighth of the season. His other two RBI came on a third inning sacrifice fly and a sixth inning RBI groundout. While Hill's batting a rather pedestrian .251/.284/.380 on the year, he's doing a decent job knocking in runs from the two-hole in Arizona's lineup, with 48 RBI notches on the belt as we near August.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Ramirez fans 10 in seven innings vs. Mets
    Erasmo Ramirez allowed two runs and gave up five hits in his seven innings of work against the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramirez made the most of his recent call-up, striking out a season-high ten and walking just two as he lowered his ERA to 4.35. He had the misfortune of facing off against Jacob deGrom, who matched him pitch-for-pitch and ended up with the win, dropping Ramirez to 1-5 on the season. We'll see if the quality effort leads to a few more starts. Prior to this start, his last work had come against the Red Sox in late June.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
    Not Active
    12:40 pm vs NYM
  • Revere singles three times, steals two bags
    Ben Revere singled three times in six trips to the plate and stole two bases in a 14-inning loss to the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Revere was making his first start since July 18 due to ankle soreness. He still ran somewhat gingerly, but was able to raise his batting average four points, swipe two bases, and score two runs. Revere owns an average-heavy .296/.316/.352 slash line with 28 stolen bases in 31 opportunities.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Arenado hits first homer since finger injury
    Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run, his first homer since breaking his left middle finger on May 23, in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Since his return to the lineup on July 3, Arenado had gone 14 games without a homer before Tuesday's blast in the third inning. The homer, his seventh overall, was his only hit in four at-bats. The finger injury derailed what appeared to be the makings of a breakout offensive year for the 23-year-old, but Arenado is still hitting .282/.305/.456 with plenty of time to add to those numbers over the next two months.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Crawford helps Giants win in 14 with 3-run 2B
    Brandon Crawford cleared the bases with a double to break a 3-3 tie in the 14th inning as the Giants defeated the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford took advantage of a struggling Jeff Manship, lacing a two-out double to left-center to give the Giants an 8-5 lead. They would tack on one more run just for good measure. Crawford had previously knocked in a run with a ground out and finished 2-for-6 on the night. The shortstop is slashing .239/.323/.413 with eight home runs and 44 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Rendon has three hits, scores twice vs. Rox
    Anthony Rendon finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Rendon's three-hit effort broke a 1-for-19 slump he'd endured to start the second half. His two runs scored gives him 71 runs on the season, second-most in the National League. The 24-year-old is batting .279/.333/.473 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI with just over two months to play.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Flande allows three runs in ND against Nats
    Yohan Flande allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flande actually left in line for his first major league victory, but it wasn't to be as the Rockies bullpen proceeded to blow the lead and the game. The left-hander remains 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 1.60 WHIP on the year, and the Rockies should be able to find a better option to start in Flande's place before long.
    Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Zimmermann gives up four runs over five in ND
    Jordan Zimmermann allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings of work in a no-decision against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Zimmermann was vulnerable to the big hit on Tuesday, as the Rockies scored all four of their runs against him on two homers and an RBI triple. He did strike out six while not walking a batter, raising his season K/BB ratio to 107/20 in 118 innings. Zimmermann will carry a 6-5 record and 3.20 ERA into his start at the Marlins early next week.
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Dunn lifts 15th home run in loss to Royals
    Adam Dunn went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dunn hit the solo shot off Royals starter Bruce Chen in the fourth inning. The homer was his 15th of the year, giving him 40 RBI. He's slashing .227/.364/.444 overall.
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Martinez holds Yankees scoreless in a ND
    Nick Martinez held the Yankees scoreless over 5 1/3 innings but took a no-decision as the Rangers needed 14 innings to lose by a 2-1 margin.

    Advice: Martinez stymied the Yankees, limiting them to only three hits and a walk while striking out three. He left with one out in the sixth, and 67 pitches, after walking Brett Gardner. Martinez's stats aren't pretty, as he owns a 4.73 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 32/32 K/BB ratio. He'll try to improve them all when he takes on the Athletics at home on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Ramirez has two hits, two steals vs. Royals
    Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Ramirez surprised everyone by stealing 30 bases last season, and his two thefts on Tuesday gives him 17 steals on the year. The All-Star's two hits helped to raise his season line to .281/.318/.395.
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Shelby Miller could start Saturday
    The Cardinals are considering starting Shelby Miller on Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Miller was moved to the bullpen immediately following the All-Star break and made a relief appearance Sunday, but the Cards still view him as a starter over the long haul. However, they could still opt to keep him in the 'pen and start Carlos Martinez Saturday.
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Arencibia belts 13th-inning HR, but TEX loses
    J.P. Arencibia broke a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, his only hit in five at-bats, but the Rangers lost in 14 innings to the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Arencibia took David Huff out to right-center to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the 13th, but closer Joakim Soria gave the run right back in the bottom half of the inning. Arencibia has had a miserable year offensively, but he has homered in two of five games since the All-Star break. He's slashing a terrible .139/.186/.291 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 86 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Carroll touched for 11 hits, five runs vs. KC
    Scott Carroll was roughed up for 11 hits and five runs over five innings in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: The right-hander, who had allowed just three hits and zero runs over his past two starts combined, gave up five extra-base hits, including a home run, in the loss. He also walked two and struck out three. Carroll owns a 4.52 ERA and 1.53 WHIP through 73 2/3 innings, and he's a non-factor for fantasy purposes going forward.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Manny Machado scratched with back tightness
    Manny Machado was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with lower back tightness.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day, but the Orioles don't want to take any chances with their stud young third baseman. Machado was replaced at third base by Ryan Flaherty.
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Rockies recall Yohan Flande from Triple-A
    Rockies recalled LHP Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Flande will make a spot start for the Rockies on Tuesday night against the Nationals. He posted a rough 7.36 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in three starts earlier this season.
    Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Erasmo Ramirez recalled for Tuesday start
    Mariners recalled RHP Erasmo Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Ramirez will start for the Mariners on Tuesday night against the Mets. The 24-year-old right-hander has considerable upside, but he owns a 4.58 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 11 starts this season at the major league level and probably isn't worth the risk in standard fantasy formats.
    Yesterday, 1:05 pm
    Not Active
    12:40 pm vs NYM
  • Rangers activate Martinez for Tuesday start
    Rangers activated RHP Nick Martinez from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Martinez missed a little over two weeks with a left side injury. He will return to the Rangers' starting rotation on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The 23-year-old righty owns a rough 5.10 ERA and 1.69 WHIP this season.
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Yohan Flande to start for Rockies Tuesday
    Yohan Flande will be recalled to start on Tuesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: The Rockies have decided to give Eddie Butler more time in the minors, and they've opted for Flande over Chris Capuano to start Tuesday's game. Flande held a 7.36 ERA and 1.70 WHIP over three starts earlier this season and can be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 3:36 pm
  • Ramirez to start Tuesday against the Mets
    Erasmo Ramirez will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: This confirms the speculation over the past day or so. Ramirez owns a 4.58 ERA over 11 starts with the Mariners this season. He's a shaky option in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 2:21 pm
    Not Active
    12:40 pm vs NYM
  • Altuve homers as Astros outslug White Sox
    Jose Altuve blasted a two-run home run, one of his two hits in five at-bats, as the Astros emerged victorious in a high-scoring affair against the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: It's Altuve's first home run since May 22. Power isn't exactly his forte, so it's essentially a cherry on top of what has been a breakout season for the second baseman. He's slashing .336/.373/.443 with three home runs, 31 RBI, and 41 stolen bases.
    Sunday, 3:02 pm
  • Tsuyoshi Wada to start on Wednesday
    Tsuyoshi Wada will be recalled to start on Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Wada fared well in his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, holding the Reds to an unearned run over five innings. He'll have a nice matchup Wednesday and is worth a shot in NL-only formats.
    Sunday, 11:37 am
  • Erasmo Ramirez to start on Tuesday
    Erasmo Ramirez is expected to be recalled to start on Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: The Mariners have decided to keep Taijuan Walker in the minors for now, creating another opportunity for Ramirez. The righty holds a 4.58 ERA in 11 starts for the M's this season.
    Sunday, 8:28 am
    Not Active
    12:40 pm vs NYM
  • Alexei Ramirez held hitless in Friday's win
    Alexei Ramirez (back) returned to the White Sox lineup on Friday, going 0-for-4 in a victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Ramirez sat out the last two games of the first half due to stiffness in his back, but felt good enough to suit up for the All-Star Game. The 32-year-old shortstop is enjoying a fine season offensively, hitting .279/.315/.396 with eight homers, 41 RBI and 15 stolen bases.
    Saturday, 3:20 am
  • Angels edge Mariners 3-2 in 16 innings
    Hector Santiago finished up with 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win as the Angels beat the Mariners 3-2 in 16 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Several teams still have expanded bullpens right now after the All-Star break, and the Angels needed theirs tonight. Eight relievers combined on 10 scoreless innings after Jered Weaver allowed two runs over six frames, and the Angels finally broke through when pinch-hitter Efren Navarro singled in Mike Trout in the 16th. It was just Santiago's second straight win after seven consecutive losses to begin the season.
    Saturday, 12:29 am
  • Manny Machado goes 2-for-4, homers
    Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the A's.

    Advice: It's nice to see the All-Star break didn't half Machado's homer binge; he now has six in 13 games after hitting a total of four in his first 50.
    Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Arencibia hits three-run homer vs. Blue Jays
    J.P. Arencibia launched a three-run homer and scored two runs in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Arencibia played 20 games at first base with Triple-A Round Rock and made his first major league start at the position on Friday while facing his former team. He's not going to hit for average, but his pop could come in handy in AL-only leagues if he continues to get regular at-bats.
    Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Cardinals moving Shelby Miller to bullpen
    Shelby Miller will begin the second half in the Cardinals' bullpen.

    Advice: The club will go with four starters for now with a couple off days coming up. It's possible, but not a given, that Miller will re-enter the rotation later this month. The right-hander has a 7.30 ERA over his last five starts. He'll be available out of the bullpen starting on Friday.
    Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Zimmermann to start for Nationals on Tuesday
    Jordan Zimmermann (biceps) is scheduled to start for the Nationals on Tuesday in Colorado.

    Advice: Zimmermann had to leave his last outing prior to the All-Star break with a strained biceps, but he played catch Thursday and will throw a bullpen session Saturday. The right-hander has put up a 3.03 ERA and 1.21 WHIP for the Nationals this season.
    Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Bryant launches 32nd home run
    Cubs prospect 3B Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with a solo home run on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: He also picked up a double and scored two runs in the game. The home run was Bryant's 32nd of the season and helped him reclaim the minor league-lead from Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo (31 HR). The 22-year-old continues to have a phenomenal year in his first full professional season, as he's batted .350/.446/.712 with 32 home runs, 27 doubles, 82 RBI and a 108-55 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 93 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
    Friday, 11:52 am
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SD
  • Jordan Zimmermann (biceps) won't go on DL
    Jordan Zimmermann (biceps) will throw a bullpen session on Friday or Saturday.

    Advice: Assuming he gets through it with no issues, Zimmermann will avoid the disabled list and be cleared to rejoin the Nationals' rotation next week. The right-hander had to leave his last outing prior to the All-Star break with a strained biceps, but obviously the ailment is considered minor. He's up up a 3.03 ERA and 1.21 WHIP this season.
    Friday, 8:36 am