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  • Santana ends Noesi's shutout with a home run
    Danny Santana ended Hector Noesi's shutout bid with a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats as the Twins fell to the White Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana took Noesi deep to right field to put his team on the board in the eighth, but it was too little, too late at that point. The 23-year-old has hit safely in five of six games since returning from the All-Star break -- and the disabled list -- on July 18. He owns a .325/.361/.465 slash line with three home runs, 18 RBI, and six stolen bases in 167 plate appearances this season.
    29 minutes ago
    L, 5-2 vs ^ CWS
  • Justin Ruggiano nursing groin tightness
    Justin Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday due to some tightness in his groin.

    Advice: Ruggiano was feeling better Thursday and has been doing extra exercises with the Cubs' athletic trainers. It sounds like he should avoid a stint on the disabled list. "It's important that we make sure he maintains work with [the trainers]," manager Rick Renteria said.
    Today, 6:29 pm
  • Garcia (shoulder) look 'pretty normal' in BP
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Avisail Garcia (shoulder) was "looking pretty normal" while taking live batting practice on Thursday.

    Advice: "You see how close he's getting," the skipper added. The White Sox ruled Garcia out for the season when he tore his left labrum in early April, but he's healed quicker than expected and it's looking like he has a real shot to return late this season. It's not clear when Garcia might go out on a rehab assignment, but he would surely need a bunch of rehab at-bats.
    Today, 4:20 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 5-2 x @Min
  • Willie Bloomquist to undergo MRI on knee
    Willie Bloomquist will undergo an MRI on his right knee Thursday.

    Advice: Bloomquist hurt the knee while running to first base on Wednesday. He's already been placed on the disabled list, but a timetable for his return won't be known until the MRI results come back.
    Today, 3:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
    Top 6, 0-4 vs x Bal
  • Byron Buxton (wrist) returns to action
    Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton is back in the lineup for High-A Fort Myers Thursday.

    Advice: Buxton missed the previous five games after being hit on the right wrist (it was the left one that caused him to miss two months of action) with a pitch. The top prospect is batting .280/.357/.520 with three homers, six RBI and two steals over 13 games for Fort Myers this season.
    Today, 3:23 pm
    Not Active
    L, 5-2 vs x CWS
  • M's place Bloomquist on 15-day DL
    Mariners placed INF Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: Bloomquist apparently suffered the injury during Wednesday's game. Chris Taylor has essentially taken his place on the active roster and could push Brad Miller for playing time at shortstop.
    Today, 2:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
    Top 6, 0-4 vs x Bal
  • Mets option Kirk Nieuwenhuis to AAA level
    Mets optioned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis got the boot to clear a roster spot for infielder Wilmer Flores, who was called up Thursday with Ruben Tejada (head) dinged up. Nieuwenhuis has hit .246 in 67 plate appearances this season for New York.
    Today, 12:38 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-1 x @Mil
  • Mariners have asked Rockies about OF Stubbs
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Mariners have asked the Rockies about Drew Stubbs.

    Advice: But Morosi says the Rockies are unsure whether they're going to move the 29-year-old outfielder, who has a career-best .833 OPS with 10 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 82 games this season. Much of that production can be credited to Coors Field, and Colorado would be wise to sell high on the .245/.313/.392 career hitter. But the Rockies front office has always operated in mysterious ways.
    Today, 12:27 pm
  • Orioles acquire Jimmy Paredes from Royals
    Orioles acquired INF Jimmy Paredes from the Royals for cash; optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Paredes was designated for assignment by Kansas City over the All-Star break. He has posted a decent .305/.332/.457 batting line with 17 stolen bases in 65 games this season at the Triple-A level, but the 25-year-old has never had much success in the majors.
    Today, 10:18 am
    Not Active
    Top 6, 4-0 x @Sea
  • Rockies OF prospect Dahl promoted to High-A
    Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl has been promoted to High-A Modesto.

    Advice: Dahl hit .305/.345/.501 with 33 doubles, six triples, and 10 home runs for Low-A Asheville, and has been particularly hot as of late, hitting .372/.398/.521 with 18 doubles over his last 27 games. He has a large home/away split, hitting .319/.353/.556 at home and .290/.335/.438 on the road.
    Today, 6:45 am
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  • Indians OF prospect Frazier with 3 more hits
    Indians prospect outfielder Clint Frazier went 3-for-3 with a walk for Low-A Lake County on Wednesday.

    Advice: Frazier has reached base by hit or walk at least once in each of the last 19 games, hitting .378/.465/.676 with six home runs, pushing his season line to .273/.352/.433 with 11 doubles, five triples, and 11 home runs. His on-base streak has coincided with the calendar flipping to July, and it is a great sign that Frazier has not begun to wear down, as is common with many prospects in their first full season of professional baseball.
    Today, 6:32 am
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  • Darin Ruf getting another start at first base
    Darin Ruf is getting a second straight start at first base on Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

    Advice: Ryan Howard will again take a seat. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that he wants to see what Ruf can do with regular playing time, and there was a report from's Jim Salisbury that club officials are considering releasing Howard -- who's still owed over $60 million guaranteed -- after this season.
    Today, 6:20 am
    W, 2-1 vs ^ SF
  • Padres OF prospect Liriano 3 hits in AA debut
    Padres prospect outfielder Rymer Liriano went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk in his first game with Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.

    Advice: Liriano hit .264/.335/.442 with 20 doubles, two triples, and 14 home runs over 99 games with Double-A San Antonio. He has a right-fielder's profile and appears to have shaken off the rust after missing all of 2013 after having Tommy John surgery. Liriano has a career high in home runs (his previous high was 12), so this could be the beginning of his tapping into his power potential. San Diego seems like they are undergoing a full rebuilding effort, and Liriano is one of the prospects who could see time in the majors in the near future.
    Today, 6:00 am
    Not Active
    W, 13-3 x @ChC
  • Tommy Medica goes 3-for-5 in Padres' win
    Tommy Medica went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Padres' 8-3 defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just the sixth time this year the Padres have scored as many as eight runs. Medica's big game came in his first start since July 8, as he's been limited to pinch-hitting duties of late by a groin injury. He hadn't driven in a run since June 28, and he was just 2-for-25 this month.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Jeff Francoeur drives in run in debut
    Jeff Francoeur went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk as the Padres' right fielder in his debut Wednesday.

    Advice: Francoeur has a history of getting off to hot starts with his new teams, though that never materialized in his last major league stint with the Giants last year. We'll see what happens this time around. He's worth owning in NL-only leagues with Cameron Maybin out.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Snider homers in a win over the L.A. Dodgers
    Travis Snider singled, homered, drew a walk, and scored three runs as the Pirates emerged victorious against the Dodgers by a 6-1 margin on Wednesday.

    Advice: Snider's second-inning solo home run off of Dan Haren was his first easy trot around the bases since June 22. He has played sparingly and carries a mediocre .252/.333/.374 slash line along with five home runs and 17 RBI in 184 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 6:59 pm
  • Veteran OF Jeff Francoeur called up by Padres
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Francoeur has batted .294 with 15 homers and a .790 OPS at El Paso this season and has also done some pitching, posting a 4.26 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 relief innings. It would be fun to see him get some work on the mound with San Diego, but most -- if not all -- of Frenchy's playing time figures to come as an outfielder. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. The Padres have yet to announce a corresponding move.
    Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Padres to call up Jeff Francoeur's Peter Gammons reports that the Padres are expected to promote Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Frenchy has batted .294 with 15 homers and a .790 OPS at El Paso this season and has also done some pitching, posting a 4.26 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 relief innings. He figures to be used mostly -- if not exclusively -- as an outfielder with the Padres. It's a nice story, but Francoeur doesn't have any fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 8:56 am
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Phillies recall Darin Ruf from Triple-A level
    Phillies recalled OF Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Ruf went 1-for-10 with four strikeouts in a short stint with the Phillies earlier this season. He'll act as depth at first base and both corner outfield spots.
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
    W, 2-1 vs ^ SF
  • 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.
    Monday, 10:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
    Top 6, 0-4 vs x Bal
  • X-rays on Buxton's wrist come back clean
    X-rays on Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton's right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Buxton was hit on the wrist by a pitch over the weekend. It was his left wrist that caused the top prospect to miss the first three months of the season. It's not clear when Buxton will return to High-A Fort Myers' lineup. He's batting .280/.357/.520 with three homers, six RBI and two steals over 13 games this season.
    Monday, 4:57 pm
    Not Active
    L, 5-2 vs x CWS
  • Could Garcia (shoulder) return this season?
    Avisail Garcia (shoulder) said Saturday that the next step for him is going out on a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Garcia has been taking one-handed swings and is only feeling a bit of tightness in his shoulder. It's unclear when the rehab assignment would begin, and when it does he'll remain on it for a while. However, after being ruled out for the season when he tore his left labrum in early April, it sounds like there's a chance Garcia could return late this year. "Everybody's different," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "On the other hand, you don't necessarily want a guy down there exposing him to that as much if he could be up here doing it. What's the right time? I don't know."
    Sunday, 6:43 am
    Disabled List
    W, 5-2 x @Min
  • Twins OF prospect Buxton with 4 hits, HR
    Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton stayed hot on Friday for High-A Fort Myers, going 4-for-6 with a home run, two walks, and a hit by pitch.

    Advice: Buxton has gone 9-for-15 with a triple and two home runs over his last three games, raising his season line to .280/.357/.520. Buxton hit .326/.415/.472 with Fort Myers in 2013, and could be in line for a promotion to Double-A New Britain in short order. Despite missing the first three months of the season, Buxton is still the top prospect in baseball. The injury has obfuscated his timeline, but he could be in the major leagues in early 2015.
    Saturday, 7:23 am
    Not Active
    L, 5-2 vs x CWS
  • Tommy Medica grounds out as pinch hitter
    Tommy Medica (groin) came off the bench for the Padres on Friday, grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

    Advice: It was the first game action for Medica since July 10, as he's been slowed be soreness in his right groin. Expect him to return to the starting lineup at some point over the weekend.
    Saturday, 3:20 am
  • Santana has infield single in return from DL
    Danny Santana went 1-for-5 with an infield single in his return from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Santana landed on the disabled list four weeks ago due to a bone bruise in his left knee, but he made it through a brief minor league rehab assignment without incident. The 23-year-old likely won't maintain his lofty batting average, but his speed and multi-position eligibility makes him interesting in deeper mixed leagues.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
    L, 5-2 vs ^ CWS