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  • Manny Machado (back) still out Thursday
    Manny Machado (back) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's the third straight contest he's missed with tightness in his lower back. Machado received an anti-inflammatory injection on Tuesday, so hopefully the shot just needed a couple days to take effect. The third baseman remains day-to-day for the time being.
    22 minutes ago
  • Billy Butler to lose playing time at DH
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Billy Butler will lose playing time in the designated hitter spot in the coming days.

    Advice: It's probably overdue, as Butler has struggled mightily with a .266/.321/.346 batting line and three homers this season and has hit just .234/.286/.313 this month. The 28-year-old is probably droppable in most mixed leagues at this point. Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez will pick up the extra at-bats in the DH spot.
    32 minutes ago
  • Byron Buxton (wrist) returns to action
    Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton is back in the lineup for High-A Fort Myers Thursday.

    Advice: Buxton missed the previous five games after being hit on the right wrist (it was the left one that caused him to miss two months of action) with a pitch. The top prospect is batting .280/.357/.520 with three homers, six RBI and two steals over 13 games for Fort Myers this season.
    50 minutes ago
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    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • Gibson (back) unlikely to start Saturday
    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Kyle Gibson (back) is "real iffy" for Saturday's start.

    Advice: Gibson was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled out due to a stiff back and now it appears that next Tuesday is more likely for his return. If Gibson is officially scratched, the Twins will likely call up Logan Darnell to fill in.
    Today, 2:40 pm
  • Crain (shoulder) not close to pitching
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that the hope is that Jesse Crain (shoulder) will begin throwing off the mound sometime in the next 10 days.

    Advice: Crain is now recovered from the right biceps surgery he had last October, but he's still working on strengthening his shoulder. The Astros signed the veteran reliever for $3.25 million over the winter, but he's no lock to pitch in the majors this year.
    Today, 2:04 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 13-1 @Oak
  • Melky Cabrera doubles three times
    Melky Cabrera doubled three times and walked Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It's the first time in his career that he's had three doubled in a game. Cabrera regressed in May and June after his big April, but he's batting .365 in July.
    Today, 12:51 pm
  • Mariners have asked Rockies about OF Stubbs
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Mariners have asked the Rockies about Drew Stubbs.

    Advice: But Morosi says the Rockies are unsure whether they're going to move the 29-year-old outfielder, who has a career-best .833 OPS with 10 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 82 games this season. Much of that production can be credited to Coors Field, and Colorado would be wise to sell high on the .245/.313/.392 career hitter. But the Rockies front office has always operated in mysterious ways.
    Today, 12:27 pm
  • Twins recall Jorge Polanco from High-A ball
    Twins recalled INF Jorge Polanco from High-A Fort Myers.

    Advice: Polanco had a double and a triple in five at-bats with the Twins earlier this season, but he's doubtful to carry fantasy relevance. Polanco is taking the roster spot left vacant by Thursday's Kendrys Morales trade.
    Today, 11:54 am
  • Mariners acquire Kendrys Morales from Twins
    Mariners acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from the Twins for RHP Stephen Pryor.

    Advice: Morales is back in Seattle after hitting just .234/.259/.325 in 162 plate appearances with the Twins, who signed him to a prorated one-year, $12 million contract in early June. The 31-year-old tallied 23 home runs and 80 RBI last season for the Mariners and will try to recapture that magic down the stretch. He was given a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the M's last fall and declined it, leading to his extended unemployment.
    Today, 11:44 am
  • Mets LHP prospect Matz fans 4 over 7 innings
    Mets prospect lefty Steven Matz struck out four batters over seven innings for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, scattering two hits and one walk.

    Advice: The two hits were a second inning home run by Sean Coyle and a fourth inning double by Blake Swihart. Matz has been dominant during his six starts in the Double-A Eastern League, holding the league to a .235/.274/.338 with an 8.3 K/9. He primarily relies on a mid-90s fastball with heavy sink and needs significant improvement on his secondary pitches, but his performance at a higher level has been very encouraging.
    Today, 11:31 am
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    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Orioles acquire Jimmy Paredes from Royals
    Orioles acquired INF Jimmy Paredes from the Royals for cash; optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Paredes was designated for assignment by Kansas City over the All-Star break. He has posted a decent .305/.332/.457 batting line with 17 stolen bases in 65 games this season at the Triple-A level, but the 25-year-old has never had much success in the majors.
    Today, 10:18 am
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    7:10 pm x @Sea
  • 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.
    Today, 8:17 am
  • Darin Ruf getting another start at first base
    Darin Ruf is getting a second straight start at first base on Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

    Advice: Ryan Howard will again take a seat. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that he wants to see what Ruf can do with regular playing time, and there was a report from's Jim Salisbury that club officials are considering releasing Howard -- who's still owed over $60 million guaranteed -- after this season.
    Today, 6:20 am
    W, 2-1 vs ^ SF
  • Pedroia getting a day of rest on Thursday
    Dustin Pedroia is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest for the 30-year-old second baseman, who has registered a disappointing .269/.337/.363 batting line with four home runs and two stolen bases in 99 games this season. Brock Holt is at second.
    Today, 6:14 am
  • SP Tillman holds Angels to 1 run
    Chris Tillman tossed six innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Angels.

    Advice: He struck out three, walked two and gave up five hits. It's not as though he's been pitching poorly. Tillman has slashed his ERA from 5.20 on June 5 to 3.92 today, allowing three earned runs or less in nine straight starts. Tillman hosts these same Angels on his home turf next week.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Machado (back) not in Orioles lineup Wed.
    Manny Machado (back) is not in the Orioles' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Machado received an anti-inflammatory injection for his back after Tuesday's game, so it's no surprise that he's getting the day off Wednesday. He's still considered day-to-day for now, but if he misses too many more games it might make sense for the Orioles to shut him down for a few weeks. Ryan Flaherty started at third base in his absence.
    Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Twins 'open to trading' Kendrys Morales
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are "open to trading" Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Well, of course they are. Morales is under contract only for this season and the Twins are well out of the playoff picture, so it makes all the sense in the world to get something for Morales now if they can. While the designated hitter is sporting a lowly .599 OPS, he's picked it up of late with a 12-game hitting streak. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals were among the teams pursuing Morales before the Twins signed him, but it's not which if any of those clubs could still have interest in the 31-year-old.
    Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Twins hope Gibson (back) can start Sat.
    The Twins are hoping Kyle Gibson (back) will be ready to start on Saturday.

    Advice: Gibson was scratched from Wednesday's scheduled out due to a stiff back, but the hope is that it's a short-term concern. If Gibson isn't ready, the Twins are expected to call up Logan Darnell to fill in.
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Kyle Gibson (back) scratched Wednesday
    Kyle Gibson has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start against the Indians due to a stiff back.

    Advice: Gibson felt his back lock up while throwing a bullpen session. He should be fine for his next outing or maybe even later in the week, but the Twins wanted to play it safe. Anthony Swarzak will make a spot start in Gibson's place.
    Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Cabrera logs three hits, knocks in two runs
    Melky Cabrera finished with a trio of hits and a pair of runs batted in over five at-bats as the Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera has notched three three-hit games out of his last four contests. He knocked in the game's first run with a single in the third, and added some insurance with an RBI single in the seventh to make it 5-0. The outfielder is having a nice season, slashing .309/.355/.467 with 12 home runs, 50 RBI, and five stolen bases.
    Tuesday, 7:22 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.
    Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Phillies recall Darin Ruf from Triple-A level
    Phillies recalled OF Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Ruf went 1-for-10 with four strikeouts in a short stint with the Phillies earlier this season. He'll act as depth at first base and both corner outfield spots.
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
    W, 2-1 vs ^ SF
  • Billy Butler willing to renegotiate deal
    Billy Butler said Monday that he would be willing to renegotiate his contract, which currently includes a $12.5 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: The Royals seem unlikely to exercise the option given Butler's struggles this season, but the designated hitter is willing to redo his deal in order to remain in Kansas City. He's making $8 million this season. "If the option doesn't work, I'd be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I've always said that," Butler said. "I've been with the Royals for my whole career so why wouldn't I? It's all I've ever known and I love it here. I never said anything about, 'Oh, it's my option year, take it or leave it.'"
    Monday, 6:01 pm
  • X-rays on Buxton's wrist come back clean
    X-rays on Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton's right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Buxton was hit on the wrist by a pitch over the weekend. It was his left wrist that caused the top prospect to miss the first three months of the season. It's not clear when Buxton will return to High-A Fort Myers' lineup. He's batting .280/.357/.520 with three homers, six RBI and two steals over 13 games this season.
    Monday, 4:57 pm
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    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • Cabrera has three hits in win over Rangers
    Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Cabrera is now batting .327 (18-for-55) this month, though only three of his hits have been for extra bases. He hasn't homered since June 19.
    Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Pirates and Royals scouted Ian Kennedy Friday
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Pirates and Royals each had scouts on hand to watch Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy on Friday.

    Advice: The Pirates are in the market for rotation and bullpen help, while Rosenthal notes that the Royals are simply keeping all of their options open. With the Huston Street trade completed on Friday, expect the Padres to be very active in the coming days as they deal several other veterans who don't fit into the team's long-term vision.
    Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Twins OF prospect Buxton with 4 hits, HR
    Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton stayed hot on Friday for High-A Fort Myers, going 4-for-6 with a home run, two walks, and a hit by pitch.

    Advice: Buxton has gone 9-for-15 with a triple and two home runs over his last three games, raising his season line to .280/.357/.520. Buxton hit .326/.415/.472 with Fort Myers in 2013, and could be in line for a promotion to Double-A New Britain in short order. Despite missing the first three months of the season, Buxton is still the top prospect in baseball. The injury has obfuscated his timeline, but he could be in the major leagues in early 2015.
    Saturday, 7:23 am
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    5:10 pm vs x CWS
  • 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
  • Gibson gives up six runs in loss
    Kyle Gibson surrendered six runs over 6 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Gibson gave up nine hits (including a two-run homer) while walking one and striking out one. He has allowed 21 runs (20 earned) in 24 1/3 innings over his last five starts, increasing his ERA from 3.25 to 4.19 in the process. The 26-year-old limits walks and induces plenty of ground balls, but he simply doesn't miss enough at-bats to be reliable in mixed leagues.
    Friday, 9:07 pm