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  • Peralta fills up the box score as D'Backs win
    David Peralta went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, two RBI, and a run scored as the Diamondbacks defeated the Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Peralta gave the D'Backs an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning. He tacked on an RBI double in the third, and scored after singling in the sixth. He walked and stole second base in the seventh but was stranded. Peralta has put up great numbers this season, batting .278/.352/.495 with nine home runs and 45 RBI. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Gardner, Yankees hang 21 runs on Rangers
    Brett Gardner and his Yankees teammates took it to the Rangers on Tuesday, with the outfielder going 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and five runs scored in the 21-5 rout.

    Advice: Gardner walked three times to go with his three hits, reaching base in six of his seven plate appearances on the night. The 31-year-old scored runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings before adding a two-run homer for good measure in the ninth. Gardner is batting .297/.379/.471 with 11 homers, 46 RBI, 15 steals and 72 runs scored, second-most in the American League. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Inciarte homers as D'Backs beat the Mariners
    Ender Inciarte had an RBI single and a solo home run in five at-bats Tuesday as the Diamondbacks ousted the Mariners.

    Advice: Inciarte drilled a solo home run to right field off of Hisashi Iwakuma in the fifth inning, extending the Diamondbacks' lead to 3-1. In the eighth, he hit an RBI single to make it an 8-3 game. Inciarte has been swinging a hot bat since coming off of the disabled list, batting .348 (16-for-46) in 11 games. Overall, he carries a .296/.323/.397 line with three home runs, 26 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Cruz homers, but Mariners fall to the D'Backs
    Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Mariners dropped Tuesday's game to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The Mariners had fallen behind 6-1 after the top of the sixth when Cruz got one back with a solo shot off of Zack Godley in the bottom half. It's his fifth home run in his last eight games, giving him 26 on the season with 61 RBI and a .309/.375/.559 batting line. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Young belts grand slam, scores four runs
    Chris Young had a monster game Tuesday, finishing 3-for-6 with a grand slam, five RBI and four runs scored against the Rangers.

    Advice: Young came up with the bases loaded in the third inning and took Wandy Rodriguez deep for his 12th homer of the year. The grand slam was his second of the season. Young also had an RBI double in the sixth, his second double of the game. The 31-year-old is hitting .263/.315/.491 overall. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Parra adds 3 hits, scores 3 runs as MIL wins
    Gerardo Parra went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and three runs scored while extending his hitting streak to 11 games in Tuesday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Parra led off the game with a double and came around to score in a two-run opening frame. He led off the third with a single and scored, then tripled and scored in the seventh. Parra is having a career year, batting .324/.365/.517 with nine home runs, 31 RBI, 52 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. He could be wearing a new uniform in the next two days as the trade deadline approaches. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Reddick homers to support Gray in a shutout
    Josh Reddick went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Tuesday's shutout win against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Reddick provided insurance, pushing the Athletics' lead to 2-0 after belting a solo home run to right-center in the seventh inning off of Brett Anderson. He hadn't done much since returning from the All-Star break, but still owns a productive .287/.341/.467 batting line with 13 home runs and 57 RBI. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Carter hits 17th homer in win over Angels
    Chris Carter hit his 17th home run of the season against the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carter hit a two-run dinger off Angels starter C.J. Wilson in the second inning, his only hit in four at-bats. He seems to be more boom-or-bust than usual of late -- Carter has five hits this month, but three of them have been homers. The 28-year-old is hitting a paltry .185/.297/.389 with 17 homers and 45 RBI overall. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Hicks drives in three runs in loss to Pirates
    Aaron Hicks went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Rather than one big hit, Hicks drove in runs in three different innings in the loss. That included an RBI triple in the sixth inning. Since being activated from the disabled list on July 3, Hicks is hitting .323 (21-for-65) with three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. Still just 25, Hicks may finally be delivering on some of the promise he showed as a prospect. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Polanco hits three-run double against Twins
    Gregory Polanco hit a three-run double in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Polanco broke a tie with his bases-loaded double in the eighth inning. He came around to score later in the inning. The 23-year-old finished 1-for-5 in the game. Polanco has come through with some big hits this year but has been up and down, batting .243/.314/.358 with 30 RBI, 48 runs scored and 17 stolen bases on the season. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Mike Trout's (wrist) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Mike Trout's left wrist showed only mild inflammation.

    Advice: The Angels weren't worried about Trout's wrist, but this gives them and fantasy owners peace of mind. Manager Mike Scioscia said that Trout could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Cespedes homers again but Tigers lose to Rays
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but the Tigers were felled by the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cespedes hit a solo home run off of Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning to create a 1-1 tie. He's gone deep in back-to-back games and seven times in 19 games since July 6, giving him 17 on the year with 58 RBI and a .289/.321/.500. The Tigers are four games under .500 with less than three days remaining until the trade deadline. Cespedes remains a candidate to be moved in a trade. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Bruce adds RBI single in win over Cardinals
    Jay Bruce had an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bruce was held in check by Cards starter Jaime Garcia, but he got in the action with a run-scoring single against reliever Miguel Socolovich in the ninth. Bruce finished 1-for-4 on the evening. He's somewhat quietly put together a nice stretch recently that has his line up to a respectable .257/.342/.480 with 16 homers and 55 RBI. That resurgence has his trade value up, too, as the deadline approaches. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Cabrera has four-hit night against Red Sox
    Melky Cabrera continued to hit the cover off the ball Tuesday, finishing 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Cabrera has been the hottest hitter in baseball since the All-Star break, going 21-for-52 (.404) with multi-hit games in each of his last six contests. On Thursday, three of his four hits went for extra bases, as he doubled twice and tripled in the win. Cabrera's torrid stretch has his line up to .281/.319/.392 after a brutal first half. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Bautista (hamstring) expects to play Wed.
    Jose Bautista (hamstring) said after Tuesday's game that he's just dealing with a cramp and expects to play Wednesday.

    Advice: Bautista had to be lifted after pulling up while running out a groundball. It remains to be seen whether the Blue Jays are as optimistic as the outfielder is, but it does appear he's avoided a serious injury. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Granderson homers, Mets blank the Padres
    Curtis Granderson had a two-run home run and a single in a 2-for-4 effort as the Mets shut out the Padres 4-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Granderson added insurance when he took reliever Shawn Kelly yard in the eighth inning, doubling the Mets' lead. Though his bat has cooled off a bit in July, the outfielder has turned in a solid year despite carrying a .682 OPS through the end of April. Granderson is batting .253/.346/.431 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI to date. Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Bautista exits with apparent hamstring injury
    Jose Bautista left Tuesday's game versus the Phillies with an apparent right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Bautista pulled up lame while running out a groundball. It looked like a potentially significant injury, but we'll have to wait and see what the Blue Jays say after the game. Yesterday, 6:19 pm
  • Emilio Bonifacio exits with rib injury
    Emilio Bonifacio exited Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a left rib injury.

    Advice: Bonifacio was nailed with a ground ball. He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday. Yesterday, 5:32 pm
  • Marte scratched from lineup due to illness
    Starling Marte was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup because of gastritis.

    Advice: In other words, he has a tummy ache. Marte should be ready to roll in a day or two. Jaff Decker has assumed his spot in left field. Yesterday, 4:46 pm
  • Veteran OF DeJesus picked up by Angels
    Angels acquired OF/DH David DeJesus from the Rays in exchange for RHP Eduar Lopez.

    Advice: The Angels got Shane Victorino on Monday and have now picked up DeJesus and are slated to acquire David Murphy on Tuesday. DeJesus has faded after a nice start to the season, hitting .259/.323/.375 with five homers over 257 plate appearances. He should see a decent amount of time in the designated hitter spot and possibly in left field. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Mike Trout (wrist) to undergo MRI Tuesday
    Mike Trout (wrist) will undergo an MRI Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout tweaked his left wrist during Sunday's game. The Angels don't seem worried at this point and think he's probably just day-to-day, but they wanted to send him for an MRI just to be safe. More should be available on his status later Tuesday. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Wil Myers (wrist) shut down for 5-6 days
    Wil Myers (wrist) won't take swings for the next 5-6 days.

    Advice: But the good news is that his lingering wrist discomfort is just a part of some general soreness that is expected after any procedure. Myers underwent went wrist surgery in mid-June and is out indefinitely. He was supposed to be back in mid-August. Yesterday, 1:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Ryan Zimmerman (foot) returns from 15-day DL
    Nationals activated 1B Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Zimmerman missed over a month and a half with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He went 1-for-15 on his rehab assignment and is batting just .209/.265/.346 in 234 plate appearances this season for the Nationals. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Mike Trout not in Angels' lineup on Tuesday
    Mike Trout is not in the Angels' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout tweaked his left wrist Sunday afternoon on a diving catch, though he also went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in that same game. It's obviously not a serious issue. Daniel Robertson will start in center field Tuesday night against the Astros. Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • Angels recall Navarro from Triple-A
    Angels recalled INF/OF Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: As expected, Navarro will replace Matt Joyce (concussion) on the active roster. The 29-year-old is batting .260/.306/.312 in 82 plate appearances this season and will serve as a left-handed bat off the bench. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Angels place OF Joyce on concussion DL
    Angels placed OF Matt Joyce on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Joyce suffered a concussion in a collision with teammate Erick Aybar on Sunday and will now get some extended rest. Dioner Navarro will take his place on the active roster. Yesterday, 1:00 pm
    7-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Royals pick up Ben Zobrist from Athletics
    Royals acquired INF/OF Ben Zobrist and cash considerations from the Athletics for RHP Aaron Brooks and LHP Sean Manaea.

    Advice: The deal is official. Zobrist drew interest from a long list of contenders, but the Royals are going for it and paid the price to bring to bring him into the fold. The 34-year-old impending free agent has an .801 OPS over 67 games this season and can be used in the infield and the outfield. He should be a useful piece for Ned Yost and the first-place Royals. Yesterday, 11:52 am
    9:10 am @Cle
  • Royals to acquire Ben Zobrist from A's
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals are set to acquire Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

    Advice: Just in case it wasn't already clear after the Johnny Cueto deal, the Royals are going for it. Zobrist was a great fit for any contender because of his versatility and he could play second base or left field for Kansas City. The 34-year-old is batting .268/.354/.447 with six home runs and 33 RBI over 67 games this season. Jeff Passan of Yahoo sports hears that the Royals will send two pitchers back to Oakland in the deal. Yesterday, 11:32 am
    9:10 am @Cle
  • A's deep in trade talks regarding Ben Zobrist
    Jane Lee of reports that the Athletics are "deep" in trade talks involving Ben Zobrist and a deal could happen soon.

    Advice: After dealing Scott Kazmir to the Astros last week and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, Zobrist is likely the next to go. The impending free agent has drawn interest from a long list of teams, including the Royals, Pirates, Angels, Cubs, Yankees, and Giants. Yesterday, 10:53 am
    9:10 am @Cle
  • Joyce could be placed on concussion DL
    Matt Joyce could be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: The Angels are expected to call up Efren Navarro on Tuesday, presumably to replace Joyce on the active roster. Joyce suffered a concussion in a collision with teammate Erick Aybar on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:44 am
    7-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Navarro expected to be called up Tuesday
    The Angels are expected to call up Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's possible that he'll replace Matt Joyce, who could be headed to the 7-day concussion disabled list. Navarro, 29, has a .260/.306/.312 batting line in 82 plate appearances with the Angels this season. Yesterday, 10:43 am
  • Marlins getting calls about Ozuna
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that "numerous teams" are asking the Marlins about Marcell Ozuna, including the Indians.

    Advice: Spencer notes that the Marlins aren't shopping Ozuna, but they have been scouting pitching in Cleveland of late. Ozuna was demoted to Triple-A earlier this month after batting just .249/.301/.337 over 79 games this season, but he's still just 24 years old and has a lot of promise. It's no surprise he's a popular guy with other teams. Yesterday, 9:08 am
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    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Nats to activate Zimmerman (foot) on Tuesday
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) will be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: The Nationals got Anthony Rendon back over the weekend and they are now prepared to add Jayson Werth and Zimmerman back into the mix. Sidelined since early June with plantar fasciitis, Zimmerman went just 1-for-15 during his minor league rehab assignment, but the important thing is that the rest has done him good. Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Cespedes knocks in both Tiger runs in a loss
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run, accounting for all of the Tigers' offense in Monday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Cespedes got the Tigers on the board with a solo home run off of Nate Karns in the seventh inning to make it 3-1, then added an RBI single in the eighth. The Tigers weren't doing much else offensively. Cespedes has put together a fine season, batting .287/.319/.492 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI. He could be wearing a new uniform by Saturday. Monday, 7:48 pm
  • Angels still want lefty-hitting OF
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Angels are still searching for a left-handed hitting outfielder.

    Advice: They picked up Shane Victorino from the Red Sox on Monday, but he's viewed as a depth guy that will start some versus lefties. Heyman lists Jay Bruce, David Murphy and Ben Revere as players that the Angels have been interested in. They've also been connected to Gerardo Parra. Monday, 6:26 pm
  • Reddick not a current consideration for Mets
    Josh Reddick "isn't a current consideration" for the Mets, per Mike Puma of the New York Post.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this month that the Angels asked the A's about Reddick and were given a flat "no" -- so maybe he's not available at all. Reddick has a cool .282/.336/.452 batting line with 12 home runs and 56 RBI in 92 games this season and the 28-year-old outfielder carries one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2016. Monday, 10:52 am
  • KC staying locked in on Ben Zobrist market
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are planning to stay locked in on the Ben Zobrist trade talks "until the end."

    Advice: Zobrist is a fit for just about every contending team because of his defensive versatility, so it's anyone's guess at this point where he's going to wind up after the July 31 trade deadline. Kansas City made the biggest splash yet with its weekend acquisition of Reds ace Johnny Cueto, but McCullough notes that the club still has shoppable prospects. If it wasn't already apparent, the Royals are going all-in. Monday, 6:27 am
    9:10 am @Cle
  • Jay Bruce clubs 16th homer in loss to Rockies
    Jay Bruce clubbed his 16th home run of the season as the Reds lost a slugfest to the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday.

    Advice: He also singled and doubled in the ballgame, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of runs and four RBI. He's drawing considerable trade interest from many clubs and there's a very strong chance that he'll be donning a new uniform before the end of the week. He has really picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks and is now slashing .258/.341/.484 with 16 homers and 53 RBI. Sunday, 5:06 pm
  • Matt Joyce suffers concussion in collision
    Matt Joyce suffered a concussion in a collision with teammate Erick Aybar in the fourth inning on Sunday.

    Advice: He is likely ticketed for the 7-day concussion disabled list. Daniel Robertson replaced him on Sunday and should be in line for additional playing time in the Angels outfield. Sunday, 4:50 pm
    7-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Reddick doubles in loss to Giants
    Josh Reddick went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The double was Reddick's 14th of the season. He's hitting a cool .282/.336/.452 with 12 homers and 56 RBI. The injury-prone outfielder has already amassed almost as many at-bats this season (330) as he did in the entirety of 2014 (363). As long as he's healthy, he's a productive player. Sunday, 4:40 pm
  • Trout smacks solo homer and grand slam in win
    Mike Trout went off against the Rangers in Sunday's 13-7 win, hitting a pair of home runs including a grand slam and finishing 4-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored.

    Advice: Trout crushed a solo homer in the first inning off of Rangers starter Nick Martinez. This was just a sign of things to come, as five innings later, the MVP stepped to the plate with the bases juiced and unloaded on a Spencer Patton offering to give the Angels an 8-2 lead. Trout's now launched 31 homers and the five RBI gave him 64 driven in for the season. He's hitting .315/.405/.632 and just seems to keep improving. At 23 years old, it's scary to think of the kinds of numbers he could theoretically post in the future. Sunday, 4:28 pm
  • Myers (wrist) to be examined after setback
    Wil Myers will be examined after feeling discomfort in his ailing left wrist while swinging a bat on Saturday.

    Advice: The Padres are calling the examination precautionary, but obviously it's not a good sign. Myers was just cleared to resume swinging only a week ago after having surgery in mid-June to remove a bone spur in his left wrist. He had been expected back by mid-August, but we'll have to wait and see how big of a setback this is. Sunday, 11:11 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Emilio Bonifacio back from bereavement list
    White Sox activated INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from the bereavement list.

    Advice: He had been away since Thursday. Leury Garcia has been optioned to clear room on the roster for Bonifacio. Sunday, 8:06 am
  • Mets scouting outfielder Jay Bruce 'heavily''s Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets are scouting Jay Bruce "heavily."

    Advice: He's not the only player the club is considering, though, as Newsday's Marc Carig reports that they're also in on Yoenis Cespedes, provided that the Tigers become sellers. The Mets have also been connected to Justin Upton and haven't totally given up hope on Troy Tulowitzki. Bruce is under contract through the 2017 campaign. Sunday, 7:54 am
  • Polanco smacks double in loss to Nationals
    Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Polanco hit his double off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez. It was his 21st two-bagger of the season. The 23-year-old is hitting a somewhat lackluster .243/.316/.359 with four homers, 26 RBI and 46 runs scored this season, though his .276/.375/.434 line for July likes slightly better. If still a little disappointing. Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Josh Reddick not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Josh Reddick is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll grab a seat on the pine against tough opposing southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Jake Smolinski will draw the start in right field and bat fifth for the Athletics. Saturday, 9:40 am
  • Peralta (head) goes 1-for-3 in return Friday
    David Peralta (head) went 1-for-3 in his return to the Diamondbacks starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Peralta was drilled in the helmet by a Jose Fernandez pitch in a scary incident on Wednesday, but passed all of his concussion tests and looks to be good to go. He's/aving a nice season in the middle of the D'Backs lineup, slashing .273/.347/.492 with nine homers and 43 RBI in 88 games. Saturday, 5:44 am
  • Jose Bautista hits 21st homer
    Jose Bautista hit his 21st homer of the year Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: It was his 224th homer as a Blue Jay, moving him past Vernon Wells into second place on the franchise's all-time list. He's still 112 homers behind Carlos Delgado for first place. Friday, 10:32 pm
  • Mike Trout homers, reaches three times
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and a walk against the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: That's because he's Mike Trout and he often has games like this. He's up to 29 homers for the season, leaving him just seven shy of last year's total. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Polanco homers, knocks in three runs in win
    Gregory Polanco had a big day at the plate Friday, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a 7-5 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Polanco hit a game-tying two-run homer to cap off a 12-pitch at-bat against Max Scherzer in the fifth inning. He then hit an RBI single in the sixth to give the Pirates a valuable insurance run. The 23-year-old hasn't progressed as hoped so far, but he's currently enjoying his best month of the season. Friday, 7:54 pm
  • Cabrera has two-run double vs. Indians
    Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored in Friday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Cabrera got off to an awful start this season, but he's now batting .340 over his last 27 games. That's closer to what the White Sox had in mind when they gave him a three-year, $42 million contract over the winter. The 30-year-old has raised his batting average from .236 to .265 since June 20. Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Gerardo Parra not in Brewers lineup on Friday
    Gerardo Parra is not in the Brewers starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for Parra against opposing left-hander Patrick Corbin. Khris Davis will start in left field and bat sixth for the Brewers on Friday. Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Melky Cabrera homers twice in victory
    Melky Cabrera hit his fifth and sixth homers of the year Thursday in the win over the Indians.

    Advice: Melky is hitting .313 with four homers in July. He should be a perfectly capable mixed-league outfielder the rest of the way, though it would help if the rest of the White Sox lineup were performing better. Thursday, 7:06 pm
  • David Peralta passes concussion tests
    David Peralta (head) passed all of his concussion tests and has been cleared to return to action.

    Advice: Peralta experienced a scare on Wednesday when he was beaned in the helmet by Jose Fernandez. He is not in the lineup on Thursday, though manager Chip Hale indicated it had been a planned day off. Thursday, 4:22 pm
  • Cespedes doubles and singles in loss to M's
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-5 with a double in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The double was Cespedes' 28th of the year. He's turned in a nice season to this point, hitting .291/.322/.488 with 14 homers and 54 RBI, and has been mentioned as a potential trade chip along with All-Star teammate David Price. Thursday, 2:56 pm
  • White Sox place Bonifacio on bereavement
    White Sox placed UTIL Emilio Bonifacio on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Bonifacio will get a couple days off following a death in the family. Leury Garcia was called up from Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Thursday, 10:35 am
  • Peralta leaves after being hit in helmet
    David Peralta left Wednesday's game against the Marlins after being hit in the helmet by a pitch.

    Advice: It was a scary situation as a Jose Fernandez pitch caught Peralta in the ear hole. Peralta hit the ground but was able to sit up and eventually walk off the field under his own power. A.J. Pollock replaced Peralta in the game. The Diamondbacks should have a better outlook after the game. Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Cruz's two HR can't prevent a Mariners loss
    Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI, but the Mariners dropped Wednesday's contest to the Tigers.

    Advice: Cruz got back some of the runs the Mariners gave up in an eight-run third inning, taking Anibal Sanchez out to left field for a two-run home run in the fourth. He tacked on a solo home run in the sixth against Sanchez. Cruz homered on Tuesday, which ended a 13-game homerless drought. Perhaps he's rediscovered his power stroke. He has 24 home runs on the year with 57 RBI and a .304/.372/.554 triple-slash line. Wednesday, 7:23 pm
  • Reddick not in Athletics' lineup against Jays
    Josh Reddick is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: With lefty Felix Doubront on the hill for the Blue Jays, Reddick will have a seat. Jake Smolinski will start in right field for the A's in Reddick's place. Wednesday, 3:36 pm
  • Trout (heel) back in Angels lineup Wednesday
    Mike Trout (heel) returned to the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Trout missed Tuesday's game with a sore left heel, but fortunately for everyone it doesn't appear it will be a huge hindrance. Trout is batting third and will serve as the team's designated hitter for Wednesday's contest against the Twins. Wednesday, 3:07 pm
  • Jay Bruce not in lineup for first game
    Jay Bruce is absent from the Reds' lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Jason Bourgeois is in right field in his place. Bruce will be back out there during the nightcap. Wednesday, 6:55 am
  • Bautista homers in 3rd consecutive game
    Jose Bautista homered in his third consecutive game, aiding in Tuesday's 7-1 win against the Athletics.

    Advice: Bautista finished 1-for-5. He socked his 20th homer of the year in the sixth inning against Kendall Graveman, pushing the Jays' lead to 3-0 at the time. The All-Star was hampered in the first half by a shoulder injury, but used the break to receive treatment and it seems to have done the trick thus far. Along with the 20 dingers, Bautista has knocked in 64 and hit .240/.379/.510. Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Carter hits 16th homer in win over Red Sox
    Chris Carter went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Carter hit a two-run blast off Justin Masterson in the sixth inning, giving him 16 home runs on the year. The two hits matched his total for the month coming into the game, as Carter has been mired in an ugly stretch that has his line down to .190/.305/.393. The power is still there, obviously, and Carter is ferocious when hot, so perhaps Tuesday will be the start of something good. Tuesday, 9:32 pm
  • Marte has two hits, stolen base against KC
    Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Marte doubled off Royals starter Jason Vargas in the second inning before stealing third base, but his teammates weren't able to drive him in. Marte has three multi-hit games in his last four contests. The 26-year-old is now hitting .283/.331/.455 with 13 homers, 50 RBI, 47 runs scored and 19 steals. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Parra triples twice, scores two runs in win
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with two triples, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Parra led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple, later scoring a run, and he managed to do it again with an RBI triple in the eighth. The outfielder is having a heck of a season after starting the year in a part-time role -- after Tuesday's game, Parra is hitting .315/.352/.514 with nine homers, 31 RBI, 45 runs scored and six steals. He's playing well enough that he may be playing his way out of Milwaukee and onto a championship contender by next week's trade deadline. Tuesday, 8:18 pm
  • Cespedes goes yard but the Tigers lose anyway
    Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run as the Tigers lost on Tuesday to the Mariners.

    Advice: Cespedes started a four-run fifth inning with a game-tying two-run home run off of Taijuan Walker. The outfielder could be made available in a trade if the Tigers can't right their ship quickly. He's hitting .289/.315/.488 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI. Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Cruz hits long home run in a win vs. Tigers
    Nelson Cruz hit a tape-measure solo home run in a 1-for-5 effort as the Mariners took down the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cruz extended the Mariners' lead to 5-1 when he drilled a no-doubter way over the center field fence at Comerica Park in the third inning off of Shane Greene. It's his first home run since July 3. He's certainly fallen off a bit in the AL home run race, currently sitting on 22 with 54 RBI and a .300/.369/.533 batting line. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Chris Carter (ankle) returns to lineup
    Chris Carter (ankle) returned to the Astros' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: It's Carter's first start since he sprained his right ankle last Friday. He's being used in the designated hitter spot Tuesday, with Marwin Gonzalez covering first base. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • 'No discussions' between A's/Mets on Zobrist
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there are "no active discussions" between the Mets and Athletics regarding Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: This directly conflicts with a report from Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, which said the two sides had already discussed which pieces the Mets would send to the A's. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so you've got to believe his source is legit. Zobrist will be a hot commodity this month. Tuesday, 6:28 pm
    9:10 am @Cle
  • Mets' trade talks for Ben Zobrist heating up
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that trade talks between the Mets and Athletics regarding Ben Zobrist have progressed.

    Advice: Ackert says that the two sides "have gotten as far as discussing pieces" and that the A's "have identified the prospects" from the Mets that they want in exchange for Zobrist. However, the report adds that "nothing is imminent." An earlier report suggested that the Mets might balk at picking up the roughly $3 million remaining on Zobrist's contract for this season, but this newer reports suggests that's probably not the case. Tuesday, 5:30 pm
    9:10 am @Cle
  • Mets don't want to pay Zobrist's contract
    WFAN's Eddie Coleman reports that the Mets are hesitant to trade for Ben Zobrist because they don't want to pick up the roughly $2-3 million remaining on his contract for the rest of the season.

    Advice: That's embarrassing, if true. The Mets' money issues over the last few years have been no secret, but they're in dire need of some lineup help and Zobrist's contract is hardly unreasonable. It's hard to believe they're going to get any kind of real offensive upgrade if they're unwilling to take on any money. Zobrist will have many suitors, so the A's can move on quickly if the Mets are being stingy about money. Tuesday, 3:12 pm
    9:10 am @Cle
  • Mike Trout nursing some minor heel soreness
    Mike Trout is not in the Angels' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with some minor left heel soreness, but he's sitting out mainly because he played both ends of Monday's doubleheader (although he was the designated hitter in one game). Trout expects to play on Wednesday. Daniel Robertson is handling center field Tuesday. Tuesday, 3:05 pm
  • Pirates asked A's about Ben Zobrist
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have asked about Ben Zobrist of the Athletics.

    Advice: The Pirates have also checked in on Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington and Padres shortstop Clint Barmes as they try to get by with Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer sidelined. Zobrist is the best player of the bunch and figures to be a very popular target leading up to the trade deadline, so Pennington or Barmes could be more realistic. Tuesday, 11:17 am
    9:10 am @Cle
  • Mets keeping an eye on Gerardo Parra
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are looking at Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra.

    Advice: This confirms a report from Newsday's Marc Carig, who hears that the Mets are also keeping an eye on big names like Justin Upton and Carlos Gomez. Parra figures to be very popular leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but his price tag could be lower than Upton or Gomez. Known for his solid defense, the 28-year-old is having a huge year at the plate this season, batting .313/.348/.500 with nine home runs, 30 RBI, and six steals over 90 games. Tuesday, 9:04 am
  • Trout homers as Angels sweep doubleheader
    Mike Trout went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run as the Angels beat the Red Sox in game two of Monday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Trout kept pace with teammate Albert Pujols for the league lead in home runs when he hit a solo shot in the fifth inning. Pujols, who had homered in the second, broke the tie with a seventh inning home run. Trout has 28 home runs with 57 RBI and an MVP-esque .307/.400/.614 batting line. He's homered eight times in July and he still has 10 days left to add on. Monday, 9:54 pm
  • Bruce's HR proves the difference as Reds win
    Jay Bruce's two-run home run proved to be the deciding factor as the Reds took down the Cubs on Monday.

    Advice: Bruce gave the Reds a 5-4 lead when he drilled a two-run shot off of Justin Grimm in the sixth inning. He also doubled in a 2-for-4 effort. The Reds are shopping Bruce, who has turned in a productive year with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .255/.340/.481 triple-slash line. Monday, 7:54 pm
  • Cespedes (quad) starting Monday versus M's
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is in the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday night against the Mariners.

    Advice: Cespedes made an early exit from Sunday's series finale against the Orioles with some tightness in his quad. It obviously wasn't a serious issue. Cespedes finished 2-for-4 in that game and is batting .292/.317/.487 this year. He'll start in left field and hit third Monday versus Mariners left-hander J.A. Happ. Monday, 12:35 pm
  • Chris Carter feeling better, not running yet
    Chris Carter (ankle) indicated Sunday that he's feeling much better, but he won't start running again until Tuesday.

    Advice: Carter suffered a sprained right ankle in Friday's game and has yet to return to the lineup. While he could give it a go on Tuesday, expect to see Jonathan Singleton at first base for the Astros for at least one more game. Jul 19, 7:19 pm
  • Zimmerman goes 1-for-2 in first rehab game
    Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-2 and played three innings defensively at first base in his first minor league rehab game at Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday.

    Advice: Zimmerman has been sidelined since early June due to plantar fasciitis. He isn't expected to need many rehab games before he's ready to rejoin the Nationals, and could be cleared to do so at some point next week. Jul 19, 1:54 pm
  • Bautista homers again as Jays down Rays
    Jose Bautista singled and launched a two-run homer in Sunday's victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Chris Colabello put the Blue Jays on the board with a two-run blast in the fifth and Bautista provided some cushion with his longball in the eighth. It was Bautista's second straight game going deep, and he now has 19 home runs and 63 RBI on the season. It appears the treatment he underwent on his shoulder over the All-Star break worked. Jul 19, 12:43 pm
  • Angels have interest in outfielder Jay Bruce
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Angels are interested in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Morosi notes that the Angels have a scout in attendance at Great American Ball Park on Sunday. The Halos having interest in Bruce doesn't come as a surprise, as they're in the market for a left-handed hitting outfielder. It figures to take quite a bit to pry Bruce away from the Reds, as he's under contract through the 2017 campaign at a pretty reasonable rate. Jul 19, 11:32 am
  • Chris Carter (ankle) out again Sunday
    Chris Carter (ankle) remained out of the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Carter tweaked his right ankle on Friday. He's expected to avoid the disabled list but could need a little more time. Jon Singleton is handling first base again. Jul 19, 9:12 am
  • Curtis Granderson sitting out on Sunday
    Curtis Granderson is absent from the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. John Mayberry is in right field in Granderson's place, while Juan Lagares is hitting leadoff. Jul 19, 8:33 am
  • Zimmerman (foot) set for rehab assignment
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday.

    Advice: Zimmerman was able to run the bases without any issues on Friday, clearing the way for his return to game action. The plantar fasciitis in his left foot is going to be an issue for the rest of the season, but he'll do his best to play through it. Zimmerman shouldn't need too many rehab games before being activated. Jul 19, 8:03 am
  • Wil Myers (wrist) to begin swinging next week
    Wil Myers (wrist) has been cleared to begin swinging a bat early next week.

    Advice: Myers got the go-ahead to progress in his rehab Saturday in Arizona from hand specialist Dr. Donald Sheridan. The 24-year-old outfielder has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a bone spur in his left wrist that needed to be surgically removed. He should return to the Padres' active roster in early-to-mid August if he can avoid setbacks. Jul 18, 5:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @NYM
  • Chris Carter not in Astros lineup on Saturday
    Chris Carter (ankle) is not in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The good news though for Carter owners is that his name is on the lineup card, which means he isn't headed to the disabled list. At least not yet. Jonathan Singleton will take his place at first base on Saturday and will hit eighth against Colby Lewis and the Rangers. Jul 18, 1:01 pm
  • Bautista's home run not enough to beat Rays
    Jose Bautista clobbered his 18th home run of the season on Saturday but it wasn't enough to lead the Blue Jays to victory over the visiting Rays.

    Advice: His mammoth blast off Steve Geltz briefly gave the Jays a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning, but that would wind up being the extent of their offense in the ballgame. Bautista finished the afternoon 1-for-3 and is now hitting .237/.380/.495 on the year with 18 home runs and 61 RBI. Jul 18, 12:52 pm
  • Gerardo Parra not in Brewers lineup Saturday
    Gerardo Parra is not in the Brewers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against tough opposing left-hander Francisco Liriano. Khris Davis will take his place in left field and bat sixth for the Brewers on Saturday. Jul 18, 10:51 am
  • Zimmerman runs bases without issue Friday
    Ryan Zimmerman (foot) was able to run the bases without any issues on Friday.

    Advice: Zimmerman has missed the last month of action due to plantar fasciitis in his foot, but has made significant strides in his recovery in recent days. He should begin a minor league rehab assignment soon and is on track to rejoin the Nationals before the end of July. Jul 18, 9:10 am
  • Chris Young not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Chris Young is not in the Yankees lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Mariners.

    Advice: Even after blasting a home run in Friday's game, Young will take a seat against opposing right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma on Saturday. Garrett Jones will start in right field and bat seventh for the bombers on Saturday. Jul 18, 7:21 am
  • Mike Trout belts walk-off homer in 1-0 game
    Mike Trout homered in the bottom of the ninth to give the Angels a 1-0 win over the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Koji Uehara snuck one fastball by Trout to open the at-bat. Why he risked trying another one is anybody's guess. Trout crushed it to left-center for his 27th homer of the year. It's his third career walkoff, the other two coming against the Rays and Astros last year. Jul 17, 9:43 pm
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