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  • Jake Smolinski returned to action on Saturday July 12.
    Today, 12:56 am
  • Paul Maholm combines on shutout of Padres
    Filling in for Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm held the Padres scoreless for six innings on Saturday.

    Advice: Maholm entered with a 5.18 ERA and he hadn't pitched more than 2 1/3 innings in an outing in two months, so of course he combined on a shutout of the Padres. He allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out four while throwing 65 pitches in his six innings. It's the first time since April 14, 2013 that he's escaped a start without allowing a run.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz (hand) sharp in rehab debut
    Drew Pomeranz (hand) allowed one run over four innings Saturday in his rehab debut at Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: He struck out seven, walked none, and yielded just one hit -- a solo home run. The left-hander is expected to remain at Sacramento when he's deemed healthy as an emergency option for the Oakland rotation. He's been out since June 17 with a broken right hand.
    Yesterday, 8:40 pm
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Sea
  • Frieri walks two batters in 10th inning Sat.
    Ernesto Frieri walked both of the batters he faced in the 10th inning Saturday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Luckily for the Pirates, left-hander Justin Wilson was able to eliminate that threat. Pittsburgh went on to win in the bottom of the 10th. Frieri has allowed 11 baserunners and recorded only 12 outs since joining the Bucs. He's not going to see a save opportunity anytime soon.
    Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Castro's homer helps Astros beat Red Sox
    Jason Castro hit a two-run homer to help the Astros beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Castro also tripled in the game. He missed most of this week with discomfort in his left armpit, but the pain medication he was prescribed appears to be working. The 27-year-old catcher has eight homers and 36 RBI on the season. He's capable of a nice second half.
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Tony Cruz drives in three, Cards rout Brewers
    Tony Cruz finished 2-for-5 with three RBI in the Cardinals' defeat of the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Cruz hit a two-run single in the top of the first inning and scored Jhonny Peralta on an RBI double in the top of the third. St. Louis managed 10 runs on 12 hits in the blowout win. Cruz is expected to be the Cardinals' primary catcher with Yadier Molina (thumb) out and could carry value in NL-only fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Chris Johnson homers twice in shootout win
    Chris Johnson homered twice Saturday as the Braves won an 11-6 shootout against the Cubs.

    Advice: Both starting pitchers were terrible on a day that the flood gates opened early and often at Wrigley Field. Johnson hit a two-run shot off Edwin Jackson in the top of the second inning and then took E-Jax deep again in the top of the fourth. He finished the afternoon with four RBI.
    Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Miley hurls seven scoreless to beat Giants
    Wade Miley hurled seven scoreless innings in the Diamondbacks' win over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Miley walked three but gave up only four hits in the impressive outing. He's been fantastic so far in July and will try to stay hot after the All-Star break. The Diamondbacks are expected to be sellers at this year's deadline but Miley is said to be unavailable.
    Yesterday, 3:59 pm
  • A's recall Andy Parrino from AAA Sacramento
    Athletics recalled INF Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Parrino is replacing Alberto Callaspo, who was placed on the disabled list in a corresponding move with a hamstring strain. Parrino is a .185/.295/.245 career hitter.
    Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Domonic Brown is out Saturday with illness
    Domonic Brown was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Nationals with an illness.

    Advice: It's not clear whether he'll be able to return Sunday for the Phillies' final game before the All-Star break. Brown is batting just .225/.277/.328 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 90 games this season.
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Angels recall Efren Navarro from Triple-A
    Angels recalled OF Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Navarro impressed during his brief audition with the Halos earlier in the season, slashing .297/.350/.432 with three RBI in his 37 at-bats. He isn't likely to see enough playing time to be worth the addition in AL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Indians option Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: He has struggled in his limited time with the Indians this season, posting a 5.00 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and .333 batting average against over his first nine innings. He'll surely return at some point after the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 8:05 am
    Not Active
    10:05 am vs CWS
  • Orioles recall Steve Clevenger from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled C Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll provide extra depth behind the plate and function as a utility option for the O's in the last two games leading up to the All-Star break. In 24 games with the Orioles this season, he's hitting .243/.300/.378 with eight RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Cardinals' Wong homers again Friday
    Kolten Wong swatted a solo homer Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: What's gotten into this guy? Wong now has four home runs in six games since coming off the disabled list. The 23-year-old had just one over his first 233 plate appearances in the majors. Many considered Wong a sleeper coming into the season and he finally appears ready to take off. With his speed potential, he should be scooped up in most leagues with a middle infielder spot.
    Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Castro (arm) returns to action for Astros
    Jason Castro (arm) went 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout in his return to action Friday.

    Advice: Castro hasn't played since Sunday due to pain in the area of his left armpit. While there was some speculation that a swollen lymph node could be the cause, he has seen improvement after receiving treatment.
    Friday, 9:03 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
  • Jason Castro back in Astros' lineup Friday
    Jason Castro is back in the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since Sunday, as Castro has been battling pain in his left armpit. The Astros catching is sporting a .228/.303/.366 batting line with seven homers and 34 RBI over 73 games this season.
    Friday, 1:41 pm
  • D'Backs make Wade Miley unavailable
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that teams checking with the Diamondbacks regarding Wade Miley have been told that he's unavailable.

    Advice: Miley is under club control through 2017 and the D'Backs don't want to give him up. Arizona has also told teams that Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock, Archie Bradley, Brandon Shipley and probably Brad Ziegler and Mark Trumbo are also unavailable.
    Friday, 11:54 am
  • 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
  • Wong productive again in loss to the Pirates
    Kolten Wong singled, was hit by a pitch, and stole a base in three plate appearances as the Cardinals were defeated by the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cardinals just couldn't muster much of an attack against Edinson Volquez despite Wong's effort. Wong has hit safely in four of five games since returning from the disabled list and carries a .244/.305/.372 slash line overall. He has stolen 11 bases in 12 attempts as well.
    Thursday, 7:32 pm
  • Paul Maholm likely to start on Saturday
    Paul Maholm is likely to start on Saturday against the Padres in place of the injured Josh Beckett (hip).

    Advice: He's expected to take the ball unless he's needed relief on Thursday or Friday. Red Patterson will be on standby at Triple-A Albuquerque in case Maholm does have to pitch in relief over the next couple days. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
    Thursday, 6:49 pm
  • Kolten Wong homers, walks twice
    Kolten Wong homered again Wednesday and walked twice as the Cardinals' No. 2 hitter.

    Advice: Wong has three homers in four games and four overall in 170 at-bats this season. He also stole his 10th base in 11 attempts. As long as the Cardinals don't intend to hit him eighth regularly, he seems ready to be a useful middle-infield option in mixed leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:46 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
  • Castro (shoulder) out of Astros' lineup again
    Jason Castro (arm) is out of the Astros' starting lineup again on Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Castro has now missed three straight games with pain in his left armpit. The Astros still aren't exactly sure what's bothering him. He's been prescribed pain meds.
    Wednesday, 1:43 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz likely to be optioned
    Drew Pomeranz (hand) is likely to be optioned to Triple-A Sacramento when he's ready to return from the disabled list.

    Advice: The A's no longer have a need in the rotation following the addition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and they'd rather keep Pomeranz stretched out at Triple-A rather than put him in the bullpen. It's also possible the club could use him as trade bait in an effort to add second base help. The lefty is nearly ready for a rehab assignment.
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Sea
  • Wong blasts walk-off homer to down Pirates
    Kolten Wong hit a walk-off home run, the second in as many nights for the Cardinals, to defeat the Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Those sort of theatrics are expected from Matt Adams, who hit a two-run walk-off shot on Monday, but it's more surprising from Wong, who had two career home runs in 223 at-bats heading into Tuesday's game. Wong also delivered a two-run double in the game, his second two-hit effort in three games since returning from the disabled list. The second baseman scuffled to a .238/.289/.351 line in an injury-plagued first half, and he'll look for better days in the season's second stanza.
    Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Jason Castro (arm) could pinch-hit Tuesday
    Jason Castro (arm) could pinch-hit on Tuesday.

    Advice: Castro was held out Monday and is not in Tuesday's starting lineup due to pain in his left armpit. He's been prescribed pain medication and should ultimately be fine.
    Tuesday, 2:06 pm