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  • Curtis Granderson under the weather
    Curtis Granderson didn't start Tuesday's game against the Mariners due to an illness.

    Advice: "He came in and said, 'I don't think I can go,'" Mets manager Terry Collins said of Granderson. "He's been sick since midnight. We've got him on fluids and he'll be unavailable." The Mets are hopeful that Granderson will be ready to go on Wednesday.
    Today, 7:50 pm
  • Ruggiano has two hits, drives in two vs. Pads
    Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Ruggiano got the Cubs on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice fly, and he later delivered an RBI single. The outfielder, who missed a significant portion of the first half with a hamstring strain, is now hitting .291/.357/.442 with 22 RBI and 23 runs scored in 58 games.
    Today, 7:48 pm
  • Heyward knocks in three runs in Braves loss
    Jason Heyward knocked in three runs on two singles in four at-bats, but the Braves lost to the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Heyward, who has had markedly better results at the plate over the past two weeks, tied the game up at 1-1 with a single in the bottom of the first inning. He attempted to help the Braves stage a comeback with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth, but ultimately the Braves were a run short. Heyward's numbers are still well below where we would expect a player of his caliber to be, but his .258/.345/.381 has been a work in progress. He also has nine home runs, 42 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.
    Today, 7:43 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.
    Today, 7:22 pm
  • Springer (knee, quad) out again on Tuesday
    George Springer (knee, quad) remained out of the Astros' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game he's missed. When asked whether he feels more pain in his knee or quad, Springer said, "I just have overall kind of discomfort." An MRI revealed no structural damage, so for now the young outfielder remains day-to-day. "You have to say to yourself 'He's not going to play within the next 15 days,'" manager Bo Porter said of a possible DL stint for Springer. "We're not at that point right now."
    Today, 6:03 pm
  • Jesse Winker out with wrist injury
    Reds outfield prospect Jesse Winker will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a strained tendon in his right wrist.

    Advice: Winker will not require surgery, but the wrist is currently immobilized. Ranked by prior to the season as the team's No. 3 prospect, Winker has batted .287/.399/.518 with 15 homers and 57 RBI between High- and Double-A this season.
    Today, 5:58 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 x @Mil
  • Alex Rios (ankle) expected back on Wed.
    Alex Rios (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rios tested out his sore right ankle prior to Tuesday's game and said he's fine, but Rangers manager Ron Washington elected to hold the outfielder out for a third straight game. "It felt good," Rios said. "I know Wash wanted to give me an extra day, but I'm ready. I expect to be as good as ever."
    Today, 4:31 pm
  • Andy Dirks resumes baseball activities
    Andy Dirks (back) has resumed baseball activities.

    Advice: Dirks was pulled off his rehab assignment earlier this month due to muscle inflammation in his surgically-repaired back. It's obviously good news that he's resuming activities, but there remains no timetable for his return.
    Today, 4:14 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 8, 2-3 x @Ari
  • D'Backs recall Alfredo Marte from AAA Reno
    Diamondbacks recalled OF Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Marte is taking the 25-man roster spot left vacant by Cody Ross, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a calf strain. Marte has hit just .227 with a .591 OPS this season at the major league level.
    Today, 1:54 pm
  • Phillies place John Mayberry on 15-day DL
    Phillies placed OF John Mayberry Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation.

    Advice: Darin Ruf has been called up in a corresponding 25-man roster move. There's no timetable for Mayberry's return, though it doesn't sound like an overly serious injury.
    Today, 1:47 pm
    Disabled List
    Bot 12, 5-5 vs x SF
  • Taveras not in Cardinals' lineup on Tuesday
    Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rays.

    Advice: Taveras has started only two of the Cardinals' last seven games and will for some reason sit Tuesday versus a right-hander -- Rays starter Jake Odorizzi. Taveras hasn't performed very well in his first taste of the major league level, but he's not going to get any better with only sporadic at-bats. Allen Craig is in right field in Tuesday's series-opener versus Tampa Bay.
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • Puig (hand) out again Tuesday versus Bucs
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is again out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Puig has now missed three consecutive games since taking a Joe Kelly pitch off his left hand on Saturday afternoon. A second X-ray was taken Monday and the results were negative, but Puig still has a bad bruise. Matt Kemp is in right field Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
    Today, 12:29 pm
  • Cubs activate Bonifacio from 15-day DL
    Cubs activated INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Darwin Barney has been designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move. Bonifacio has been sidelined since mid-June with a strained right oblique and will return to a .261/.307/.340 batting line to go along with 13 steals and 29 runs scored over 61 games.
    Today, 12:28 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ SD
  • Blue Jays send down Darin Mastroianni
    Blue Jays optioned OF Darin Mastroianni to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Mastroianni is hitting .156 (5-for-32) with one home run and two RBI over 14 games this season. He could be back in September.
    Today, 12:17 pm
    Not Active
    W, 7-3 vs x Bos
  • Report: Blue Jays showing interest in OF Rios
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in re-acquiring Rangers outfielder Alex Rios.

    Advice: It's interesting, since the Blue Jays let Rios go for nothing to the White Sox in 2009, but they are considering a reunion now that they are starving for offense and his contract doesn't look nearly as bad as it once did. He's making $12.5 million this season and his contract includes a $13.5 million team option for 2015. The Rangers will almost certainly pick it up if they keep him, so they'd likely want a sizable return. The Royals and Mariners are among the other teams who have interest in Rios.
    Today, 9:41 am
  • Cowgill (nose) could return in a couple weeks
    Collin Cowgill (nose) expects to return from the disabled list in a couple of weeks.

    Advice: Cowgill landed on the disabled list prior to the All-Star break after he was hit by a pitch on July 12 and broke both his nose and his right thumb. He had stitches removed from his nose on Monday and is likely a few days away from swinging a bat.
    Today, 6:33 am
    Disabled List
    Bot 5, 0-0 vs x Bal
  • Cuddyer (shoulder) aims for mid-August return
    Michael Cuddyer has received the green light to begin a strengthening program after an MRI showed that his left shoulder was healing properly.

    Advice: There was a possibility that Cuddyer would be shut down for the season if the MRI didn't show healing, but he's now aiming for a return in mid-August. "It's what I thought we were going to hear, that it's healing," Cuddyer said. "We don't have an exact timeline just because it's all symptomatic right now, but hopefully three weeks from now or so, I can go out on a rehab [assignment]." The 35-year-old is due to become a free agent this offseason, but the Rockies have expressed interest in re-signing him.
    Today, 5:40 am
    Disabled List
    Bot 8, 4-7 vs x Was
  • Young leaves game with calf cramp
    Chris Young left Monday's game against the Mariners in the eighth inning due to a left calf cramp.

    Advice: Young suffered the injury running to first base in the top of the eighth inning. The hope is that it's not a big deal, but the Mets should know more Tuesday.
    Today, 5:38 am
  • Blackmon (ankle) doubles in return to lineup
    Charlie Blackmon (ankle) went 1-for-5 with a double in his return to action Monday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Blackmon rolled his right ankle on Saturday, but X-rays came back negative. He sat out Sunday's game, but should be good to go moving forward.
    Today, 1:24 am
  • Jones goes deep twice to sink the Angels
    Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Monday's 4-2 win against the Angels.

    Advice: Jones' first inning shot off Matt Shoemaker plated Nick Markakis and put the Orioles on top 2-0. Five frames later, deja vu, only this time Jones was even more emphatic, pulverizing the ball 443 feet over the left center wall to give Baltimore a 4-2 lead it wouldn't relinquish. Jones has two homers and nine RBI over his last three games. His slash line is up to a healthy .300/.325/.500, and the outfielder is on pace for 31 homers and 104 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Ackley's glove and bat push Mariners to win
    Dustin Ackley had a monster game in Monday's 5-2 win over the Mets, going 3-for-4 at the dish and robbing a homer in the field.

    Advice: Ackley's heroics improved Seattle to 53-46, 2 1/2 games up for the second Wild Card slot in the American League. The outfielder had two singles and an RBI double, but his most impressive display came in stealing Travis d'Arnaud's sixth inning would-be-homer. Ackley started heating up right when we started hearing his name in trade rumors; he's batting .360 (18-for-50) in July.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Bloomquist's 3 hits leads Mariners to victory
    Willie Bloomquist went 3-for-5 with a steal, two runs scored, and an RBI double in a win over the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Somebody out there will wake up tomorrow morning grinning ear-to-ear that Bloomquist was in his AL-only fantasy lineup tonight. Chances are, that isn't you. In truth, nobody could have seen a big night coming from the veteran utilityman. This was Bloomquist's first steal of the season, his first three-hit game of the year, and the double represented his first extra-base hit since June 22. Willie Bloomquist will now return to being Willie Bloomquist.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 6, 1-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Hunter's HR helps Tigers charm the Snakes
    Torii Hunter finished 1-for-4 with two-run homer as the Tigers topped the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Hunter has now homered in two straight, and five of his last 14. The 39-year-old outfielder -- Hunter's birthday celebration occurred last week -- has rapped an extra-base hit in four straight to boost his slash line to .274/.297/.470. He's on pace for 24 homers and 96 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Josh Willingham powers Twins to victory
    Josh Willingham went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead homer off Bryan Shaw in the eighth as the Twins edged the Indians 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: Willingham had been in an 11-for-89 dry spell before tonight, with just one homer since June 25. The Twins sure would like to see him find his stroke again this week and give himself some trade value in advance of the deadline.
    Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Nick Swisher plays right field
    Playing right field for the first time this season, Nick Swisher went 0-for-3 with a walk on Monday.

    Advice: The Indians gave up some defense to get Yan Gomes into the lineup at DH tonight. Swisher to the outfield doesn't figure to become a frequent occurrence. Really, Swisher to the bench once in a while might be a better solution for Cleveland.
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
    W, 8-2 ^ @Min
  • Adam Eaton playing through broken finger
    Adam Eaton has been playing through a broken right middle finger.

    Advice: Eaton broke the finger on a head-first slide in the series against the Red Sox prior to the All-Star break but kept the injury quiet. He singled twice and stole a base Monday, so it appears the ailment isn't bothering him too much. "I've been trying to hold the bat a little differently and swing it differently," said Eaton "It's something you deal with," Eaton said after Monday's game. "It's something you have to play through and I know anybody else in here would do it."
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ KC
  • Adam Eaton reaches three times
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base versus the Royals on Monday.

    Advice: Eaton's successful year hasn't translated into a whole lot of fantasy value, but he's taken a step forward lately, hitting in eight straight games to raise his average from .265 to .283. He's also stolen bases in consecutive contests after going 8-for-14 through 76 games this year.
    Yesterday, 8:55 pm
    L, 7-1 vs ^ KC
  • Puig's second X-ray come back negative
    A second X-ray on Yasiel Puig's left hand came back negative.

    Advice: Puig is sitting out a second straight game Monday following Saturday's hit by pitch, but he's twice now been cleared of any broken bones. Consider the outfielder day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Report: Royals considering Alex Rios trade
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals are considering a trade for outfielder Alex Rios.

    Advice: Kansas City's offense ranks second-to-last in the American League in OPS and Rios could provide a boost. The 33-year-old is hitting .302/.330/.435 with four home runs and 16 stolen bases in 96 games this season for the Rangers, who are paying him $12.5 million in 2014 and hold a $13.5 million club option on him for 2015.
    Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Puig (hand) not in Dodgers' lineup on Monday
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is sitting out again Monday.

    Advice: Puig was hit on the left hand by a Joe Kelly pitch on Saturday. X-rays turned up negative, but he has a bruise and will miss the Dodgers' series-opener at PNC Park. Matt Kemp is starting in right field Monday.
    Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • George Springer undergoes MRI on right knee
    George Springer said Sunday that he recently underwent an MRI on his ailing right knee.

    Advice: While the results weren't made public, it's safe to assume there was no structural damage as he wasn't placed on the disabled list. He's considered day-to-day.
    Sunday, 3:46 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hand) sitting out Sunday's game
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig had to leave Saturday's contest after being hit on the left hand by a pitch. While X-rays came back negative, he's apparently still a bit sore. Andre Ethier is in right field Sunday.
    Sunday, 12:35 pm
  • Alex Rios (ankle) out until at least Tuesday
    Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated Sunday that Alex Rios (ankle) will likely sit out until at least Tuesday.

    Advice: Rios is sitting Sunday after exiting Saturday's contest with a sore right ankle, and he's not expected to play Monday, either. "I don't think tomorrow, but Tuesday could be an option," Washington said of Rios. "The ankle is a lot better, a lot better. We'll use today to get some more swelling out of it and tomorrow for treatment and hope he's ready to go on Tuesday." Daniel Robertson is in right field Sunday in Rios' place.
    Sunday, 9:40 am
  • Springer sitting out with sore knee, quad
    George Springer is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday due to soreness in his right knee and quad.

    Advice: It's the same ailment that caused Springer to miss a game prior to the All-Star break. While it's certainly discouraging that the injury didn't heal over the break, manager Bo Porter doesn't think Springer will need a stint on the disabled list. Consider the talented young outfielder day-to-day for the time being.
    Sunday, 9:26 am
  • Blackmon (ankle) absent from Sunday lineup
    Charlie Blackmon (ankle) is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Blackmon turned his ankle during Saturday's game, though he gutted it out in the 11-inning affair. X-rays came back clean and he is considered day-to-day. Drew Stubbs is in center field Sunday.
    Sunday, 8:17 am
  • Adam Jones knocks in five, swipes two bases
    Adam Jones filled up the box score on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a homer, five RBI and two steals in the Orioles' 8-4 defeat of the A's.

    Advice: Jones is the first player since the Pirates' Matt Lawton in 2005 with five RBI and two steals in the same game. Obviously, it helped a bunch that leadoff man Nick Markakis had four hits and No. 2 hitter Steve Pearce had three hits and a walk ahead of Jones in the third spot, but Jones got the steals on his own. It was the third two-steal game of his career.
    Saturday, 9:43 pm
  • Springer homers but Astros fall to White Sox
    George Springer cranked his 20th home run of the season Saturday in the Astros' loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: It was an impressive opposite-field solo shot in the top of the fourth inning. Springer has been a stat sheet filler in his rookie campaign, boasting 20 homers and 51 RBI in his first 78 major league games. He has also struck out 114 times in just 295 at-bats.
    Saturday, 7:42 pm
  • X-rays negative on Yasiel Puig's left hand
    X-rays were negative on Yasiel Puig's left hand.

    Advice: Puig left Saturday's loss to the Cardinals a few innings after taking a Joe Kelly pitch off the base of his left hand. He might sit out Sunday night's series finale, but the star outfielder should ultimately be fine.
    Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • Yasiel Puig leaves game with sore left hand
    Yasiel Puig left Saturday's game against the Cardinals becasue of a sore left hand.

    Advice: Puig was hit by a Joe Kelly pitch on that hand in the top of the fourth inning. He was 0-for-1 with a walk before departing. Matt Kemp replaced him in the outfield.
    Saturday, 4:03 pm
  • 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
  • Rios removed after twisting ankle in first
    Alex Rios was removed from Saturday's game against the Blue Jays in the first inning after twisting his ankle on a foul ball.

    Advice: He was replaced in the lineup by Daniel Robertson. It doesn't sound like the type of injury that will warrant a trip to the disabled list, so Rios should be considered day-to-day.
    Saturday, 10:17 am
  • Torii Hunter not in Tigers lineup for Game 1
    Torii Hunter is not in the Tigers starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.

    Advice: The 39-year-old outfielder will undoubtedly be back in there for the nightcap. Rajai Davis is starting in left field, with J.D. Martinez shifting over to right.
    Saturday, 7:36 am
  • Adam Eaton triples in return to Sox lineup
    Adam Eaton, who missed the last two games of the season's first half with wrist and ankle injuries, went 1-for-4 with a triple in his return to the lineup on Friday.

    Advice: The speedy outfielder has been a spark plug atop the White Sox lineup this season, hitting .270/.339/.377 with a homer, 25 RBI and eight stolen bases in his first 75 contests.
    Saturday, 3:20 am
    L, 7-1 vs ^ KC
  • George Springer goes hitless in Friday's loss
    George Springer struggled in Friday's loss to the White Sox, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

    Advice: The free-swinging slugger has now whiffed an astounding 114 times in his first 291 at-bats. He's been strong otherwise though, slashing .230/.337/.460 with 19 homers, 44 RBI and five stolen bases through 77 games.
    Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Willingham continues struggles for Twins
    Josh Willingham went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Willingham is now batting just .118 (10-for-85) with 34 strikeouts over his last 27 games. The 35-year-old offers pop and patience, but it's hard to see the Twins fetching much in a trade at this point.
    Friday, 9:06 pm
  • Heyward homers, knocks in two runs in win
    Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Heyward had a solo homer off A.J. Burnett in the second inning and later added an RBI single in the fifth inning. He now has four straight multi-hit games. This has largely been an up-and-down season for the 24-year-old, but he's capable of big things when he's right.
    Friday, 8:29 pm
  • Oscar Taveras sitting out for Cards again
    Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: We're struggling to figure out what the Cards are doing with the Taveras. He's now been benched for three out of the last four games, and all of them have been against right-handed pitching. Meanwhile, Allen Craig continues to look as feeble as ever at the plate and is back in the lineup again Friday. Taveras isn't going to have much mixed league value at the rate he's playing. Perhaps a spot will be cleared for him (or he'll be in another organization) after the trade deadline.
    Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Mariners receiving interest in Dustin Ackley
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "a lot of teams" have asked the Mariners about Dustin Ackley.

    Advice: Ackley has hit only .242/.310/.351 across parts of four seasons in the majors, but many still feel that the former top prospect has untapped potential. He wouldn't be the headliner in any deal, but Ackley could turn out to be a nice buy low opportunity as a secondary piece.
    Friday, 12:01 pm