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  • Prado has three hits, RBI in loss to Giants
    Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Prado has hits in 11 of 12 July games to raise his line to .275/.321/.370. The run production hasn't followed, unfortunately -- he's scored four runs in July, and Sunday's RBI was just his second this month.
    52 minutes ago
    L, 8-4 ^ @SF
  • Moss hits 21st home run in win over Mariners
    Brandon Moss hit his 21st home run in a win over the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer, a solo shot, was Moss' second home run in his last two games. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The 30-year-old is hitting .268/.349/.530 with 66 RBI -- sixth-most in the American League -- and 45 runs. Moss is well on his way to another career year in 2014.
    Today, 6:19 pm
    W, 4-1 ^ @Sea
  • Yoenis Cespedes enters break on 3-for-45 skid
    Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-4 against the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: Cespedes goes into the All-Star break on a 3-for-45 slide that's seen his overall line fall to .246/.299/.442. It's a disappointing development after a month of June in which he hit .324/.373/.491. He's shown the good and bad he has to offer, and owners just have to hope it's more good than bad in the second half.
    Today, 6:04 pm
  • Trout drives in four as Angels top Rangers
    Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI as the Angels beat the Rangers 10-7 on Sunday.

    Advice: Trout knocked a three-run double in the second inning before tacking on an RBI double in the fourth. It's been another remarkable first half for the 22-year-old, who's among the American League leaders in most every offensive category. He'll continue to be the most valuable fantasy player in the game when the second half starts up Friday.
    Today, 5:54 pm
  • Rios drives in three in loss against Angels
    Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Rios delivered an RBI sacrifice fly in the first and a two-run double in the third inning, giving him 42 RBI on the year. The outfielder has been one of the lone bright spots in what's been a forgettable year for the Rangers. Rios is hitting .305/.333/.440 with 16 steals and 41 runs scored heading into the All-Star break.
    Today, 5:45 pm
    L, 10-7 vs ^ LAA
  • M's showing serious interest in Marlon Byrd
    Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have had serious discussions with the Phillies about acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd.

    Advice: There were reports earlier in the week that the Mariners had scouted the 36-year-old slugger. He's in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract and has already indicated that he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause. The Mariners are in desperate need for a right-handed power bat, and Byrd seems like a very logical fit.
    Today, 5:38 pm
    L, 10-3 vs ^ Was
  • Coghlan homers, drives in two in loss to ATL
    Chris Coghlan went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Coghlan has been an absolute force in July, going 20-for-46 (.435) with three homers, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored. Coghlan has also stolen two bases. Coghlan has had some good offensive seasons in the past, so this isn't completely unprecedented, and he's an intriguing mixed league option in deeper leagues in the second half.
    Today, 5:00 pm
    L, 10-7 vs ^ Atl
  • Holt homers among five hits against Astros
    Brock Holt finished 5-for-6 with a home run and two runs scored against the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: Holt put an exclamation point on a breakout first half, hitting his third home run of the season to go with four singles. The 26-year-old has been a revelation for the Red Sox this season, batting .327/.371/.463 and serving as the team's primary leadoff hitter. Look for him to continue his strong season in the second half.
    Today, 4:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 11-0 ^ @Hou
  • Dyson has two hits, RBI in win over Tigers
    Jarrod Dyson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Getting his fifth straight start, Dyson drove in a run with a groundout in the Royals' five-run seventh inning. He also had two singles and stole his 18th base of the year. The speedy outfielder is batting .293/.348/.340 heading into the break, and he'll continue to see plenty of playing time as the Royals' fourth outfielder going forward.
    Today, 3:34 pm
  • Martinez enjoys another three-hit day Sunday
    J.D. Martinez racked up another multi-hit day on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with an RBI in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Martinez, who hasn't stopped hitting since being recalled by the Tigers, now has seven multi-hit games in July alone. The outfielder owns a .346/.380/.654 line through 55 games, and he should continue to be a strong fantasy option in the second half hitting in the middle of a potent Tigers offense.
    Today, 3:29 pm
  • Davis has three-hit game in loss to Royals
    Rajai Davis went 3-for-3 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Davis has enjoyed the month of July thus far, going 14-for-32 (.438) with five RBI and six runs scored. The emergence of J.D. Martinez has complicated the playing time in the Tigers outfield, but Davis' .296/.338/.432 line and 24 steals should continue to get his bat in the lineup semi-regularly in the second half.
    Today, 3:07 pm
  • Gomez scores three times in win over Cards
    Carlos Gomez propelled the Brewers to a huge 11-2 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI on the day.

    Advice: Gomez wrapped up an MVP-like first half with a great showing, scoring in the first, fourth and sixth innings. Gomez is among the league leaders in runs, stolen bases, slugging percentage and OPS at the break. He owns a .304/.370/.510 line, with his next start coming in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
    Today, 2:42 pm
  • Herrera has five-hit day in win over Cards
    Elian Herrera had a big day on Sunday, going 5-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Filling in for Jean Segura, Herrera had as many hits Sunday as he had in his previous 24 at-bats spanning back to mid-June. The career day raised his batting average from .232 to .276. When Segura returns from the Dominican Republic, where he's tending to some family issues, Herrera will likely find himself back at Triple-A.
    Today, 2:23 pm
  • Forsythe drives in winning run against Jays
    Logan Forsythe went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

    Advice: Forsythe's 15th RBI of the year proved enough for David Price and company, as his second-inning hit drove in the first run of the game. Forsythe has become a regular in Rays manager Joe Maddon's lineup in recent weeks, but he's hitting just .243/.291/.344 overall and should be left alone in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 1:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Logan Forsythe TB - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Tor
  • Oswaldo Arcia sits out with illness
    Oswaldo Arcia is not in Sunday's lineup due to a stomach bug.

    Advice: Arcia revealed that he was throwing up Saturday's night. He should be fine after the All-Star break. Chris Parmelee is in right field Sunday in his place.
    Today, 10:33 am
  • Matt Kemp not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Kemp is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day off. Carl Crawford is getting the start in left field in Kemp's place.
    Today, 10:18 am
    W, 1-0 vs x SD
  • Grant Green recalled from Triple-A
    Angels recalled INF/OF Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Green has batted .324/.333/.419 in the majors this season but played sparingly during his last stint. It's unlikely that he'll come into much playing time this time around.
    Today, 9:38 am
    W, 10-7 x @Tex
  • Collin Cowgill (nose) placed on DL
    Angels placed OF Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list with a nasal fracture.

    Advice: Cowgill needed stitches after being hit by a pitch Saturday and he apparently also broke his nose. He evidently also is dealing with a small fracture in his right thumb. Cowgill needs surgery and will be out 4-5 weeks. Grant Green has replace him on the roster.
    Today, 9:36 am
    Disabled List
    W, 10-7 x @Tex
  • Desmond Jennings out of lineup again
    Desmond Jennings (knee) remained out of the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Jennings has sat out two straight games with a bruised left knee, but he's expected to be fine after the All-Star break. Kevin Kiermaier is in center field again Sunday.
    Today, 8:48 am
  • Indians OF prospect Frazier triples, homers
    Indians outfield prospect Clint Frazier went 2-for-5 with a triple and a home run for Low-A Lake County on Saturday.

    Advice: Frazier has gone 7-for-10 with a triple and three home runs in his last two games, raising his season line from .253/.326/.389 to .268/.337/.435. He also struck out twice, and is second in the Midwest League with 97 strikeouts on the season.
    Today, 7:48 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs x CWS
  • Skip Schumaker expected back after break
    Skip Schumaker (concussion) is expected to be activated immediately after the All-Star break.

    Advice: He probably only needed a day or two after banging into the wall while trying to make a catch Thursday, but with the All-Star break coming up it made sense to go ahead and DL him. Schumaker will receive plenty of playing time at second base while Brandon Phillips (thumb) is out. "I needed at least a day," Schumaker said. "With the All-Star break coming up, seven days is actually three, which is kind of nice. With a limited bench, it wasn't real fair for me to take a day when we only have two guys (on the bench). We didn't need (pitcher) Manny Parra coming up in a big spot to hit."
    Today, 7:30 am
    Disabled List
    W, 6-3 vs x Pit
  • Emilio Bonifacio begins rehab assignment
    Emilio Bonifacio (oblique) has gone 3-for-6 at the plate in his first two rehab games with the Arizona League Cubs.

    Advice: He was the DH on Friday before playing second base Saturday. Cubs manager Rick Renteria wouldn't reveal a timetable for Bonifacio's return, but it shouldn't be long provided that he feels good. ``That's something that we need to make sure that we're mindful of because intercostals and all those types of injuries can be chronic over the long haul - they can reoccur,'' Renteria said. ``We're going to take it as slowly as we have to or as quickly as we have to. It just depends on how he's moving along.''
    Today, 6:59 am
    Disabled List
    L, 10-7 vs x Atl
  • Evan Gattis (back) nearing rehab assignment
    Evan Gattis (back) could begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rome as soon as Tuesday.

    Advice: Gattis took batting practice Friday for the first time since landing on the disabled list last month with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He felt good and is almost ready for game action. "He'll do the same (workout) today, and then just keep ramping him up that way," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Saturday morning. "(Rome) doesn't play Monday; they play Tuesday. But we haven't talked about any of that (rehab assignment) stuff yet. Maybe he comes in today and it's gotten a little sore and (he says) I don't want to do all that stuff. But I think it was encouraging what he was able to do (Friday)."
    Today, 6:22 am
    Disabled List
    W, 10-7 x @ChC
  • Corey Dickerson notches two base hits
    Corey Dickerson went 2-for-3 and drew a walk in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: Dickerson hadn't played since tweaking his wrist while making an attempt at a diving catch during Tuesday's game. It shouldn't be an issue for him going forward, especially with the All-Star break coming up.
    Today, 12:56 am
  • Jake Smolinski goes 0-for-3 in return
    Jake Smolinski went 0-for-3 at the plate in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Smolinski was forced to leave Friday's game after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch, but he was back out there the next day. The 25-year-old has picked up eight hits in his first 17 at-bats with the Rangers.
    Today, 12:56 am
  • Collin Cowgill receives stitches in his nose
    Collin Cowgill got stitches in his nose Saturday.

    Advice: Cowgill was hit by a pitch in the nose in Saturday night's game versus the Rangers. He was taken to a local hospital to have more tests done. The outfielder will likely be unavailable for Sunday's first-half finale.
    Yesterday, 7:48 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 10-7 x @Tex
  • Collin Cowgill hit by pitch in the nose Sat.
    Collin Cowgill left Saturday's game against the Rangers after being hit by a pitch in the nose.

    Advice: Cowgill looked to be fine other than a gash on his nose. Efren Navarro replaced him in left field.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 10-7 x @Tex
  • Brewers recall Elian Herrera from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled INF/OF Elian Herrera from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Herrera will provide additional depth for the Brewers while Jean Segura attends to a family tragedy back home in the Dominican Republic. The 29-year-old has appeared in 37 games with the Brewers this season, hitting .235/.241/.284 with two RBI and a 24/1 K/BB ratio over 81 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Indians prospect OF Frazier rips 2 home runs
    Indians outfield prospect Clint Frazier went 5-for-5 with two home runs and a stolen base for Low-A Lake County on Friday, raising his season line to .266/.336/.419.

    Advice: Frazier has hit a scorching .421/.463/.789 with two doubles and four home runs in July. For the season, Frazier has 95 strikeouts in 336 plate appearances (28.3 percent), and has 12 in 41 PA in July (29.3 percent). He will need to improve his pitch selection and decrease his swing and miss tendencies, but Friday was a glimpse at what he could become.
    Yesterday, 7:03 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs x CWS
  • Mike Trout connects for 22nd home run
    Mike Trout clubbed a solo homer in Friday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: It was all the offense Garrett Richards would need on this night. Trout has gone deep in back-to-back games and is now up to 22 home runs and 69 RBI on the year to go along with a fantastic .310/.399/.607 batting line. His 1.007 OPS is tops in the American League.
    Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Smolinski day-to-day with elbow contusion
    Jake Smolinski is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a left elbow contusion.

    Advice: Smolinski was forced to leave Friday's game after being hit by a pitch. The good news is that X-rays came back negative, so he should be good to go in a day or two.
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Jennings day-to-day with bruised left knee
    Desmond Jennings is considered day-to-day after leaving Friday's game with a bruised left knee.

    Advice: Jennings fouled a ball off his knee early in the game and was lifted for Kevin Kiermaier. Expect him to return to the Rays lineup at some point over the weekend.
    Friday, 5:49 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes not in A's lineup Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin indicated that Cespedes looked as though he could use a day off, and a daunting task against Felix Hernandez isn't a bad night to grab a breather. Expect to see the slugger back in the lineup on Saturday.
    Friday, 5:30 pm
  • Jennings leaves after fouling ball off knee
    Desmond Jennings was forced to leave Friday's game against the Blue Jays after fouling a ball off his left knee.

    Advice: Kevin Kiermaier came on to replace him in center field. The team should provide an update on his status after the game, but he's expected to return to the lineup in a day or two.
    Friday, 5:06 pm
  • Reds place Skip Schumaker on concussion DL
    Reds placed INF/OF Skip Schumaker on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Schumaker sustained the injury during Thursday's game. He had been seeing the bulk of the playing time at second base in Brandon Phillips' absence, but will now have to wait until after the All-Star break to get back on the field.
    Friday, 4:06 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 6-3 vs x Pit
  • Mariners scouting Phillies' Marlon Byrd
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners recently scouted Marlon Byrd.

    Advice: The M's are in the market for a right-handed power bat, and Byrd certainly fits the profile. The 36-year-old has slugged 18 homers and driven in 52 runs this season while sporting a .261/.313/.481 batting line. He's in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies.'s Jim Salisbury has reported that the Mariners (along with the Royals, Blue Jays and Rays) are on Byrd's no-trade list. However, The Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton says that Byrd has indicated a willingness to waive the no-trade clause to go to a contender.
    Friday, 8:26 am
    L, 10-3 vs ^ Was
  • Martinez drives in 3 runs as Tigers win
    J.D. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and three runs batted in as the Tigers routed the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Martinez has hit safely in all nine July games thus far. He drove in a run with a single in the fifth inning, another run with a double in the seventh, and hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The outfielder is having a break-out season, slashing .335/.373/.648 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI.
    Thursday, 8:57 pm
  • Smolinksi has 3 hits, knocks in 3 in a loss
    Jake Smolinski singled, doubled twice, scored twice, and drove in three runs as the Rangers were hammered in a loss to the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Smolinski has been on fire to begin his major league career, as he has had back-to-back-to-back multi-hit games in his first three big league starts. The 25-year-old outfielder doubled in two runs in the first inning to cut the Angels' lead to 4-2, and doubled in another run in the ninth inning. In 14 plate appearances, Smolinski has eight hits (including three doubles) and four RBI.
    Thursday, 8:35 pm
  • Trout logs 4 hits, 4 RBI as Angels rout TEX
    Mike Trout went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored as the Angels routed the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Trout singled in a run in the second, then blasted a three-run home run in the third inning. Shortly into the season's fourth month, Trout has been making a strong case to win his first career AL MVP award. The 22-year-old has 21 home runs, 68 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and a .310/.401/.602 slash line.
    Thursday, 8:24 pm
  • Jake Smolinski goes 3-for-4 against Astros
    Jake Smolinski had three more hits Wednesday and is 5-for-10 since being called up by the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Smolinski's minor league averages the last five years have ranged from .245 to .267, so expecting him to keep racking up hits in the majors is asking for a lot. He could have some short-term AL-only value for the Rangers, but he's not a good rest-of-season bet.
    Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • Corey Dickerson (wrist) sitting out Wed.
    Corey Dickerson (wrist) is not in the Rockies' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Dickerson tweaked his wrist while making an attempt at a diving catch during Tuesday's game. He's expected to be OK, but the Padres are throwing a lefty (Eric Stults) Wednesday, so the Rockies felt it would be best to go ahead and rest him. Brandon Barnes is in left field in Dickerson's place.
    Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • 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
    L, 8-4 ^ @SF
  • 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
    L, 10-7 vs ^ Atl
  • Gomez breaks out of slump, logs three hits
    Carlos Gomez singled twice, doubled, and stole a base in five trips to the plate in Tuesday's loss against the Phillies.

    Advice: Gomez hadn't enjoyed multiple hits in a game since June 25, as the center fielder had been in a slump at the plate. Despite his best efforts, the Brewers couldn't bring him around to score. Gomez is still enjoying a quality slash line at .303/.367/.509 with 13 home runs, 45 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts.
    Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Martinez extends hitting streak to 7 games
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored in Tuesday's trampling of the Dodgers.

    Advice: Martinez has hit safely in all seven July games thus far. He has swung the bat into regular playing time, as he has arguably been the Tigers' best hitter this season. Martinez owns a .328/.391/.599 slash line with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in only 183 plate appearances. Over a full season's worth of playing time (650 PA), that would put him on pace for 43 home runs and 135 RBI.
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Davis drives in 3 as Tigers bash the Dodgers
    Rajai Davis singled three times and knocked in three runs in four at-bats as the Tigers manhandled the Dodgers in a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Throw a dart at the Tigers' lineup to pick a standout star of the game, as everyone was hitting on Tuesday. They banged out 20 hits -- none of them home runs -- while scoring 14 runs against Dodgers pitching. Davis knocked in a pair of runs on two RBI singles, and notched his third RBI with a sacrifice fly. Davis has been an unlikely spark plug for the Tigers, slashing .286/.326/.420 with six home runs, 32 RBI, and 22 stolen bases.
    Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Holt racks up two more hits in Red Sox loss
    Brock Holt doubled, tripled, and scored a run over five trips to the plate, but the Red Sox were handed a loss by the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holt was held hitless for the first time in July on Monday. He bounced back and had another productive game at the top of the lineup. His lead-off triple in the fifth inning was the catalyst to a three-run inning in which the Red Sox tied the game. The 26-year-old third baseman has done nothing but hit lately, as he owns a .313/.360/.438 slash line with two home runs, 18 RBI, and six stolen bases.
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 11-0 ^ @Hou
  • Gattis could catch bullpens this weekend
    The Braves are hoping Evan Gattis (back) will be ready to catch bullpen sessions by this weekend.

    Advice: Gattis was able to catch a few warm-up tosses during Tuesday's game. Although he's coming along a little slower than hoped, it appears he is making some progress slowly but surely. He's not expected to be ready immediately following the All-Star break.
    Tuesday, 5:55 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 10-7 x @ChC
  • Grant Green optioned to Triple-A
    Angels optioned INF/OF Grant Green to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Green played sparingly had and had just one hit in 10 at-bats in his recent stint with the big club. The Halos have added Cam Bedrosian to the bullpen to take his place on the roster.
    Tuesday, 3:25 pm
    W, 10-7 x @Tex
  • 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
    L, 10-7 vs ^ Atl
  • 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
    L, 10-7 vs ^ Atl