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  • Callaspo (hamstring) expected to avoid DL
    Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) is expected to avoid the disabled list, but is unlikely to return to the Athletics lineup over the weekend.

    Advice: Callaspo sustained the injury while running to first base during his first at-bat on Friday. The veteran infielder is confident that his hamstring strain isn't serious and that he'll be able to return to the lineup after the All-Star break.
    34 minutes ago
  • Pablo Sandoval goes 3-for-4, homers
    Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and three RBI against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Sandoval has slowed down in the power department after his May outburst (he hit six homers in an 11-game span), but even so, he has 11 homers on the season, leaving him just three shy of his 2013 total. He has a realistic chance of reaching 20 homers for the first time since 2011 and third time in his career.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Callaspo departs with right hamstring strain
    Alberto Callaspo was removed from Friday's contest against the Mariners with a strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Callaspo sustained the injury while hustling down the first base line during his only at-bat of the night. The injury doesn't sound serious, so consider the valuable utility man day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Steve Tolleson leads Blue Jays past Rays
    Steve Tolleson came through with a two-run single in the ninth inning on Friday, leading the Blue Jays to an 8-5 victory over the Rays in Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Tolleson's run-scoring knock off Grant Balfour broke a 5-5 tie. He entered the game late after Munenori Kawasaki departed with a hamstring injury, and he certainly made the most of his only at-bat. It wouldn't be surprising to see him in Saturday's starting lineup after his heroics on Friday.
    Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Alberto Callaspo departs with apparent injury
    Alberto Callaspo was forced to leave Friday's game against the Mariners in the second inning due to an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: He appeared to suffer the injury while running to first base during his first at-bat. He was replaced defensively at first base by Nate Freiman, who would be in line for more playing time should Callaspo be forced to miss any significant amount of time. The A's should have an update on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Kelly Johnson leaves the yard in loss to O's
    Kelly Johnson smacked his sixth home run of the season in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Johnson belted his solo shot off opposing starter Miguel Gonzalez in the third inning. He continues to have a rough year at the plate, slashing .215/.302/.387 with six homers and 20 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Kelly Johnson NYY - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    1:05 pm @Bal
  • Wright homers in four-hit night vs. Marlins
    David Wright went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs in a win over the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: It was the 19th four-hit game of his career. Wright has hit safely in each of his last five games, so it looks like the time off for his shoulder was just what the doctored ordered. His overall numbers still aren't on par with what we've seen from him in the past, so fantasy owners will have to hope that he can keep it going in the second half.
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • 3B Headley blasts homer in loss to Dodgers
    Chase Headley hit a solo homer off Clayton Kershaw in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-4. This was Headley's first homer since June 14. He's taken plenty of heat for a subpar season, but the veteran third baseman has shown signs recently of breaking out of his funk. He entered this game batting .371 with an .829 OPS this month.
    Thursday, 10:00 pm
  • Cabrera gets on base 4 times with 3 RBI
    Miguel Cabrera doubled twice, walked twice, and drove in three runs as the Tigers skated to a victory against the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Cabrera knocked in a run with a first-inning ground out, then knocked in a pair with a double in the fourth inning. The first baseman continues to hit, sporting a .315/.376/.550 slash line with 14 home runs and 73 RBI on the season.
    Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Beltre's three hits, homer not enough vs. LAA
    Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, but the Rangers were trampled by the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Beltre hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but by then, it was too little, too late as the Rangers still trailed 13-4. Beltre has been nearly unstoppable at the plate, as the veteran has 13 home runs, 50 RBI, and a sterling .341/.385/.545 slash line.
    Thursday, 8:32 pm
  • Chone Figgins nearing rehab assignment
    Chone Figgins (hip) fielded grounders and took batting practice from both sides of the plate on Thursday.

    Advice: The Dodgers haven't mapped out Figgins' rehab assignment yet, but it's expected to come soon. Manager Don Mattingly also revealed that Figgins is dealing with a left hip flexor strain rather than the quad strain that was originally reported.
    Thursday, 7:58 pm
    Disabled List
    7:10 pm vs SD
  • Wheeler belts second big league homer
    Zelous Wheeler singled and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Wheeler homered for the second time in his brief big league career, taking T.J. House out to left field in the fourth inning to spot the Yankees a 2-0 lead. In 19 plate appearances, Wheeler has only the two home runs along with two singles.
    Thursday, 7:57 pm
  • Santana goes yard in late win over the Yanks
    Carlos Santana ripped a two-run home run, his only hit in five at-bats, as the Indians defeated the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana has turned his season around after a tremendously slow first two months of the season. The home run, which topped off a five-run eighth inning, is Santana's 14th and the two RBI give him 36 along with a .208/.349/.391 slash line.
    Thursday, 7:51 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    12:05 pm vs CWS
  • Wright reaches base three times in Mets loss
    David Wright walked twice and knocked in a run with a single in four plate appearances in Thursday's loss against the Braves.

    Advice: Wright has been immensely productive at the plate since mid-June -- he entered the night with a .982 OPS since June 16 -- and it continued on Thursday in a losing effort. Wright's rapidly-improving slash line now sits at .277/.335/.402 with seven home runs and 44 RBI.
    Thursday, 7:18 pm
  • Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) begins running
    Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) began running at the Padres' spring training complex Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list and is obviously a big step as he works his way back from plantar fasciitis. Gyorko remains several weeks away from a return, but he's moving in the right direction.
    Thursday, 5:28 pm
    Disabled List
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Josh Donaldson added to HR Derby roster
    Josh Donaldson has been named the final participant for the American League in next week's Home Run Derby.

    Advice: Donaldson gets selected after cranking his 20th homer of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants. He'll join captain Jose Bautista, Adam Jones, Brian Dozier and teammate Yoenis Cespedes. The National League will be going with Troy Tulowitzki, Yasiel Puig, Todd Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton.
    Thursday, 3:58 pm
  • Yanks call up Yangervis Solarte
    Yankees recalled INF Yangervis Solarte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Solarte was demoted a week ago, but he's back now that Carlos Beltran has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. The 26-year-old is batting .260/.343/.393 over 71 games with the Yankees this season, but his production has dropped sharply since May.
    Thursday, 1:01 pm
  • Astros 3B prospect Ruiz rips two doubles
    Astros third base prospect Rio Ruiz went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a walk for High-A Lancaster on Wednesday, raising his season line to .293/.387/.428.

    Advice: Ruiz has been solid all year, hitting well both on the road (.296/.385/.402) and at home (.291/.390/.455), as well as against lefties (.307/.382/.364) and righties (.289/.389/.451). With top shortstop prospect Carlos Correa out for the season with an ankle injury and the promotions of George Springer, Jon Singleton, and Domingo Santana, Ruiz is currently the Astros' top hitting prospect in the minors. He is unlikely to reach the major leagues before 2016, but he could be a top 10 fantasy third baseman at his peak.
    Thursday, 8:24 am
    Not Active
    1:10 pm vs Bos
  • Machado belts 9th homer in an Orioles loss
    Manny Machado had three hits in four at-bats, including a solo home run, in Wednesday's defeat at the hands of the Nationals.

    Advice: The Orioles didn't have a whole lot going for them offensively against Doug Fister. Machado's fourth-inning solo homer brought the Orioles back to 4-2, but that was the extent of their offense. The 21-year-old third baseman has homered in five out of his last eight games and is on a six-game hitting streak. Machado owns a .269/.315/.423 slash line with nine home runs and 20 RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Conor Gillaspie homers in second straight
    Conor Gillaspie had another nice game Wednesday against the Red Sox, delivering his third homer and his 21st double of the season.

    Advice: It's bizarre how Gillaspie has gone from hitting third at the beginning of the year, when he seemed like a pretty lousy bet, to sixth now, even though he's batting .320. He didn't have a homer until July, but now he has three in seven games. Maybe it'll get him moved back up in the order.
    Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • Donnie Murphy given release by Rangers
    Rangers released INF Donnie Murphy.

    Advice: Murphy was designated for assignment on Monday, and the infielder refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. He'll try to catch on somewhere else in a utility role.
    Wednesday, 5:08 pm
    Player Note
    Donnie Murphy Tex - 1B,2B,3B
    Not Active
    4:15 pm vs LAA
  • Jedd Gyorko still several weeks away
    Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) remains several weeks away from a return.

    Advice: The good news is that Gyorko, according to Padres manager Bud Black, "had a good day" Tuesday as he resumed baseball activities at the team's spring training complex. The second baseman performed throwing exercises, took some swings and tested his injured left foot by running in a pool. "I want to know when he puts his spikes on and runs," said Black. "I've never seen anybody play baseball in a pool."
    Wednesday, 8:03 am
    Disabled List
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Chase Headley going back to old grip
    Chase Headley has gone back to his natural "unorthodox" grip of the bat, which he last used during his breakout 2012 season.

    Advice: Headley broke a bone in spring training of 2013, forcing him to go to a more conventional grip. "I struggled when I came back, so I went to a more conventional grip," he said. "I decided to try to stay with it. I gave it a fair number of at bats this year and didn't feel like I was able to control the barrel like I have in the past." Headley has had two four-hit games over his last five contests, suggesting the grip change is working. It's hard to get too excited since he's still batting only .225/.301/.344 overall, but the change is certainly notable.
    Wednesday, 7:59 am
  • Miguel Cabrera getting a breather Wednesday
    Miguel Cabrera is not in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's his first day off of the season. Don Kelly is getting the start at first base Wednesday in Cabrera's place.
    Wednesday, 6:55 am
  • Miguel Rojas hitless in return to lineup
    Miguel Rojas went 0-for-4 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Rojas had to leave Sunday's game with a right forearm contusion, but he'll be fine. He could get another start at shortstop Wednesday as they Dodgers look to give Hanley Ramirez another mini-break in the DH spot.
    Wednesday, 12:58 am
    7:10 pm vs SD
  • Conor Gillaspie returned to action on Tuesday July 8.
    Wednesday, 12:58 am
  • Sandoval (elbow) goes 1-for-4 in return
    In his return to the lineup, Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-4 as the Giants dropped a 6-1 decision to the A's on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sandoval missed the last two games after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch Saturday. Kung Fu Panda hit .190 in his past 12 games prior to the injury. He is batting .261/.314/.414 with 10 homers and 36 RBI over 344 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 10:17 pm
  • Prado goes 2-for-3 with a walk in loss
    Martin Prado went 2-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 2-1 loss versus the Marlins.

    Advice: He's now riding a seven-game hitting streak, though this was the first multi-hit varietal of the bunch. Prado is trying to close out the first half strong after struggling through a disappointing season. He's slashing .271/.318/.367 with four homers and 35 RBI.
    Tuesday, 9:22 pm
    Player Note
    Martín Prado Ari - 2B,3B,OF
  • Coghlan hits fourth home run in loss to Reds
    Chris Coghlan hit his second home run of the day in Tuesday's nightcap against the Reds.

    Advice: Coghlan hit a homer in the first game of the doubleheader, and he took David Holmberg deep for a two-run shot in the second inning of the second game. In a nine-game hitting streak, the 29-year-old 14-for-31 (.452) with six RBI and 10 runs scored. The stretch has pulled his season line up to a passable .262/.336/.438.
    Tuesday, 9:12 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Olt launches 12th home run in loss to Reds
    Mike Olt went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday night's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: The 25-year-old got the start at third base in the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader, and he responded with a two-run shot off David Holmberg in the third inning. Olt also walked and scored the first run of the game in the second inning. He's been good for power -- he now has 12 homers in 173 at-bats this year -- but he owns a .150/.235/.382 line that makes him unusable for fantasy purposes.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
    Player Note
    Mike Olt ChC - 1B,3B
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Cabrera busts out of slump with a 3-hit game
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and an RBI triple as the Tigers routed the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera had been held hitless over his last three games, but was right in the middle of the Tigers' dismantling of the Dodgers. The triple was his second of the season, making 2014 the first time he has had multiple triples since 2008. Though his numbers overall are down compared to his last two, he still owns an impressive .312/.370/.542 line with 14 home runs and 70 RBI. He is three RBI behind Nelson Cruz for the league lead.
    Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Gillaspie returns, homers as White Sox win
    Conor Gillaspie singled, doubled, and belted a two-run home run as the White Sox defeated the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gillaspie missed Monday's game with a sore knee, but returned with a vengeance on Tuesday. The 26-year-old doubled and scored in the fourth, then went yard for a two-run home run in the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie. Gillaspie has been a nice surprise for the White Sox, as he is slashing .317/.367/.449 with two home runs and 32 RBI.
    Tuesday, 7:30 pm
  • Miguel Sano (elbow) won't play in AFL
    Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano (elbow) will not play in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: There had been some thought that he could be ready for game action at that time as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. However, the Twins have decided against it and have also ruled him out for the first half of winter ball. It's possible he could play in some game during the second half of winter ball.
    Tuesday, 4:35 pm
    Player Note
    Miguel Sano Min - 3B,SS
    Not Active
    1:10 pm @Col
  • Frazier to participate in Home Run Derby
    Todd Frazier has been named by National League captain Troy Tulowitzki as a participant in the Home Run Derby.

    Advice: Frazier, who leads the Reds with 17 homers this season, will be joined by Tulo, Yasiel Puig and Giancarlo Stanton in the NL. The known AL participants to this point are Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes, Adam Jones and Brian Dozier. The final participant from each league will be revealed on Thursday.
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Pablo Sandoval returns to Giants' lineup
    Pablo Sandoval is back in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Sandoval missed the last two games after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch Saturday. Kung Fu Panda is batting .261/.315/.416 with 10 homers and 36 RBI over 340 plate appearances for San Francisco this season.
    Tuesday, 3:37 pm
  • Coghlan hits solo homer vs. Reds
    Chris Coghlan clubbed a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Coghlan has now hit safely in eight straight games, pulling his batting average up from .202 to .254 in the process. Seven out of his last eight starts have been out of the leadoff spot, so he's an interesting short-term option in NL-only formats.
    Tuesday, 1:36 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Frazier to start at first base Tuesday
    Todd Frazier will start at first base in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

    Advice: Jay Bruce made his first professional start at first base on Monday, but he's back in right field for Game 1 of the doubleheader. Meanwhile, Ramon Santiago will play third.
    Tuesday, 8:38 am
    4:15 pm vs Pit
  • Rangers 3B prospect Gallo rips double, homer
    Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run for Double-A Frisco on Monday.

    Advice: The home run was his minor league-leading 31st home run of the season, as he is now one home run ahead of Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant. Gallo has a spectacular .298/.389/.691 line with seven doubles and 10 home runs in Double-A, but he also has 46 strikeouts in 108 plate appearances (42.3 percent). He has become the Rangers top prospect, but he will need to work on his approach and recognition of off-speed pitches.
    Tuesday, 6:06 am
    Not Active
    4:15 pm vs LAA
  • Callaspo goes 2-for-4 with a double in win
    Alberto Callaspo finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in a win over the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: This was a much needed positive showing from a player who had hit the skids since the last day of June, slashing .080/.077/.120 in 26 plate appearances over his past seven games. Callaspo will have to continue hitting to hold onto his second base gig. He's slashing .236/.314/.310 overall to go with three homers and 29 RBI.
    Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Chase Headley goes 4-for-5 in win
    Chase Headley went 4-for-5 with a two-run triple versus the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Two four-hit games in four days have given Headley's batting average a nice boost, all of the way up to .229. Unfortunately, he still has just two extra-base hits and four RBI in his last 17 games. Trade suitors will want to see more power from him before parting with any top prospects.
    Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Chris Coghlan goes 4-for-5
    Chris Coghlan went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a steal against the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Coghlan, suddenly looking like the Cubs' best option in the leadoff spot, has hit in seven straight to raise his average from .202 to .252. The four-hit game was the eighth of his career.
    Monday, 9:00 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • David Wright homers in Mets' win
    David Wright homered Monday as the Mets edged the Braves 4-3 in 11 innings.

    Advice: Wright's homer came in the third. The winning run scored in the 11th when Ruben Tejada singled in Juan Lagares. Wright's homer was his first since June 19 and just his seventh this season. It was a solo shot, and he still hasn't had a multi-RBI game since June 2.
    Monday, 8:54 pm
  • Machado goes 5-for-6, homers in Orioles' win
    Manny Machado went 5-for-6 with his eighth homer and ninth double Monday as the Orioles beat the Nationals 8-2 in 11 innings.

    Advice: The Orioles went homerless for 10 innings before Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Machado all went deep in the six-run 11th. It was Machado's first career five-hit game. He's 9-for-17 in three games since returning from a five-game suspension, and he has four homers in his last seven games overall.
    Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Conor Gillaspie (knee) hopes to play Tuesday
    Conor Gillaspie (knee) is hoping to return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Gillaspie isn't playing Monday after exiting Sunday's contest when he was hit on the right knee by a pitch. X-rays came back negative, but he remains sore. "It's not pleasant," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Monday. "Hopefully, by tomorrow he should be fine. By the miracle of [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider], he might be able to pinch-hit tonight. He probably could. I don't know if he'd stay in there, but he might be able to pinch-hit."
    Monday, 5:42 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval (elbow) can't extend arm
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy is hoping to have Pablo Sandoval (elbow) available off the bench Monday.

    Advice: However, Sandoval is currently still unable to fully extend his left arm, so it seems unlikely. He remains unlikely to need a DL stint, but it's unclear when Sandoval will be ready to play third base again.
    Monday, 5:27 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval (elbow) out again Monday
    Pablo Sandoval (elbow) is not in Monday's lineup against the Athletics.

    Advice: Sandoval left Saturday's game after being hit in the left elbow with a pitch and will now miss his second straight start. X-rays came back negative, but he's dealing with a bone bruise. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Monday, 2:19 pm
  • Rangers designate Murphy for assignment
    Rangers designated INF Donnie Murphy for assignment.

    Advice: Murphy, 31, gets the boot after batting just .198 with four homers and a .598 OPS over 128 plate appearances with the Rangers this season. He could draw interest on waivers.
    Monday, 1:12 pm
    Player Note
    Donnie Murphy Tex - 1B,2B,3B
    Not Active
    4:15 pm vs LAA
  • Tolleson (ankle) hits pinch-hit home run
    Steve Tolleson (ankle) hit a pinch-hit home run in the Blue Jays' loss to the A's on Sunday.

    Advice: It was a ninth-inning solo jack off A's closer Sean Doolittle -- only the fourth homer that Doolittle had allowed this season. Tolleson has been dealing with a tweaked ankle but should get some starts this week.
    Monday, 5:29 am
  • Steve Tolleson returned to action on Sunday July 6.
    Monday, 12:51 am