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  • Dodgers option Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned RHP Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He was squeezed out of the Dodgers starting rotation with the additions of Mat Latos and Alex Wood, so he'll stay stretched out in the minors in case the Dodgers need an emergency starter. The right-hander has posted a solid 2.83 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 78/31 K/BB ratio over 89 innings with the Dodgers this season. 35 minutes ago
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  • Kershaw (hip) scratched from Friday start
    Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to his hip issue.

    Advice: The same ailment scratched him on Wednesday. He is now scheduled to start on Saturday after an extra day of rest. Zack Greinke will start in his place against the Angels on Friday. Today, 3:17 pm
  • Efren Navarro optioned to Triple-A
    Angels optioned OF Efren Navarro to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: He already had been designated for assignment but now needs to be optioned because of service time rules. Navarro, 29, is a .248/.306/.328 career hitter at the major league level. Today, 3:01 pm
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  • Jose Ramirez recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled RHP Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Acquired from the Yankees in the Dustin Ackley deal, Ramirez holds a 2.90 ERA and 56/23 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A. He'll be used in middle relief. Today, 2:49 pm
  • Tyler Collins recalled from Triple-A
    Tigers recalled OF Tyler Collins from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: He's taking Yoenis Cespedes' spot on the roster. Collins hit .275/.315/.490 with two homers and seven RBI in his 51 at-bats with the big league club. Today, 1:53 pm
  • Red Sox get Ryan Cook from A's
    Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have acquired Ryan Cook from the Athletics.

    Advice: They're sending cash to the A's. Cook has spent almost all season at Triple-A, posting a 4.05 ERA. The A's likely would have non-tendered him this winter, so they decided to pick up a little cash for him now. Today, 1:26 pm
  • Rangers claim Bobby Wilson off waivers
    Rangers claimed C Bobby Wilson off waivers from the Rays.

    Advice: A defense-first backstop, Wilson has hit just .145/.203/.145 in the majors this season. He's merely a depth guy. Today, 11:01 am
  • Phillies get Alfaro in eight-player trade
    Phillies acquired C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the Rangers for LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash.

    Advice: Alfaro won't necessarily be the best player the Phillies are getting here, but he likely was their top priority, what with Carlos Ruiz's career winding down and no other potential starting catcher in the organization. Alfaro is on the shelf now with an ankle injury and might not be back this year, but he offers quite a bit of offensive potential and plenty of tools behind the plate. His skills haven't made him a major league-quality receiver yet, but he still should get there in time. It'd probably be for the best if he's not needed until 2017, giving him a full year in Triple-A next season. Today, 9:23 am
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  • Phillies land OF Williams in Hamels trade
    Outfielder Nick Williams was traded from the Rangers to the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade.

    Advice: This isn't the first year that Williams has put up numbers, but it's the first time he's done so while showing a modicum of plate discipline. He's gone from posting a 110/15 K/BB ratio in 95 games in 2013 and a 140/22 K/BB ratio in 112 games last year to coming in at 77/32 through 97 games this year. He's also hitting .299/.357/.479 with 13 homers and 10 steals in Double-A. If he keeps improving, he could take over as the Phillies' left fielder next summer. Today, 9:13 am
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  • Matt Harrison gets traded to Phillies
    Left-hander Matt Harrison was traded from the Rangers to the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade.

    Advice: Harrison's inclusion was all about evening up the salaries a bit; he's still owed $33 million through 2017, but because of injuries, he no longer resembles the guy who won 18 games and went to the All-Star Game in 2012. He is healthy enough to pitch at the moment, so he'll probably go right into Philadelphia's rotation in Hamels' place. He shouldn't have any fantasy value, though. Today, 9:05 am
  • Padres to take on Ricky Nolasco's contract?
    Chris Cotillo of reports that the Padres and Twins are talking and one rumor has San Diego taking on Ricky Nolasco's contract as part of a deal.

    Advice: It's interesting given that it's been reported elsewhere that the Padres are looking to cut some payroll. However, if they get the prospect(s) they want, perhaps taking on Nolasco's deal could be agreeable. The Twins have been looking for relief help, so Joaquin Benoit or possibly Craig Kimbrel could be fits. Today, 8:35 am
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  • Cubs in 'ongoing dialogue' for Carrasco
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are among the teams in "ongoing dialogue" with the Indians regarding Carlos Carrasco.

    Advice: The Cubs seem determined to land a cost-controlled young starter, as they've also been talking to the Padres about Tyson Ross. It would take a hefty price to get Carrasco, as he's on a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract and has flashed ace ability. The Red Sox and Dodgers are among the other clubs pursuing Carrasco, but really most any team would probably consider given his contract and upside. Today, 5:52 am
  • Arodys Vizcaino to serve as Braves' closer
    Arodys Vizcaino will serve as the Braves' closer following the trade of Jim Johnson.

    Advice: Andrew McKirahan could get a few chances if the opposition is sending up a bunch of left-handed batters, but Vizcaino will be the main guy here. He's allowed only one run over nine innings since returning from a PED suspension. Obviously he needs to be added in fantasy leagues where he's still available. Today, 5:33 am
  • Carrasco makes it 3 straight CG for Tribe SPs
    Carlos Carrasco fired a complete game Thursday against the Athletics, allowing only one run on two hits in a 3-1 triumph.

    Advice: Both hits came in the first inning. The dominant outing wasn't much of a surprise. Against a punchless lineup in a spacious park, Carrasco -- 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his previous four road starts -- did not disappoint. He struck out seven and was never in danger of getting pulled, finishing off Oakland in a tidy 103 pitches. It was the third consecutive complete game thrown by an Indians starter. Carrasco improves to 11-8 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Matt Carpenter homers twice, scores four runs
    Moved back into the leadoff spot, Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with two homers, a double and four runs scored in the Cardinals' 9-8 win over the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cardinals scored three in the bottom of the ninth to win it, with a Greg Garcia bases-loaded walk ending the game. Carpenter turned in far and away his best game since April. He hadn't had even three hits since May 22. The Cards will probably keep him in the leadoff spot for now, but that might not be bad news for Kolten Wong; Wong hit third with Matt Holliday out tonight. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • D.J. LeMahieu goes 3-for-4 against Cards
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 on Thursday, raising his average to .325.

    Advice: That's three three-hit games in four days for the NL All-Star. Still, LeMahieu's value is down since the start of the week, since he's now batting lower in the Rockies order following the Jose Reyes acquisition. With Reyes taking over the second spot, LeMahieu hit sixth tonight. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Mariners acquire RHP Ramirez from Yankees
    Mariners acquired RHP Jose Ramirez from the Yankees in the Dustin Ackley deal.

    Advice: The 25-year-old Ramirez has appeared in 11 games with the Yankees over the past two seasons and owns a 2.90 ERA and 56/23 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A. He could be a bullpen piece for Seattle. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Bolsinger gives up 2 runs in ND against A's
    Mike Bolsinger yielded two runs on eight hits in five innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the A's.

    Advice: Moved up to start after ace Clayton Kershaw was scratched due to a sore hip, Bolsinger struck out three and walked three in a pedestrian performance. Bolsinger, who entered 5-3 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts, is no doubt hoping the Dodgers' rumored trades for starting pitching don't knock him out of the rotation. Wednesday, 10:41 pm
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  • Harrison heading to Phillies in Hamels deal
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that Matt Harrison is heading to the Phillies as part of package for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

    Advice: Harrison has struggled in his return from the disabled list, posting a 6.75 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 5/6 K/BB ratio over 16 innings. With all of the rotation woes in Philadelphia though, he should be able to hold down a rotation spot for the remainder of the season. Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Jorge Alfaro to headline deal for Cole Hamels
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and Nick Williams as part of the Cole Hamels trade.

    Advice: Grant also notes that both sides will be receiving other players in the deal as well, and the Rangers will be receiving cash. Expect the deal to be finalized and announced on Thursday. Wednesday, 7:20 pm
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  • Clayton Kershaw pushed back until Friday
    Clayton Kershaw will make his next start on Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday due to a minor hip issue. The Dodgers believe a couple of days off will do the trick and that the southpaw won't require an extended absence. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Angels designate Navarro for assignment
    Angels designated OF Efren Navarro for assignment.

    Advice: Anaheim needed to clear out roster spots for the arrival of David Murphy and David DeJesus. Navarro, 29, is a .248/.306/.328 career hitter at the major league level. Wednesday, 1:39 pm
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    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Vizcaino likeliest to close if Johnson traded
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks Arodys Vizcaino is the "most likely" to take over as the Braves' closer if Jim Johnson is traded.

    Advice: Vizcaino has allowed just one run while striking out eight over nine relief innings since returning from his PED suspension. David Aardsma has also pitched well and would be a candidate, but it looks like Vizcaino is the one to scoop up if you're speculating on saves. Wednesday, 9:27 am
  • Kershaw (hip) pushed back to Sat. or Sun.
    Clayton Kershaw (hip) has been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics.

    Advice: It's unclear when Kershaw's hip/glute started bothering him, but it's not seen as a major issue. The Dodgers hope the left-hander will be ready to start on Saturday or Sunday against the Angels. Mike Bolsinger will take the ball Wednesday instead. Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • Kershaw (hip) could be scratched from start
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Clayton Kershaw could scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start versus the Athletics due to a hip/glute issue.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be a big concern, as Kershaw would simply be pushed back to Friday. The Dodgers will make a decision later Wednesday. If Kershaw is scratched, Mike Bolsinger will move up to take the ball Wednesday. Wednesday, 8:39 am
  • LeMahieu falls homer shy of cycle in Rox win
    D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored in the Rockies' 7-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: LeMahieu got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first inning, coming around to score later in the inning. He fell a homer shy of a cycle, but that's not terribly surprising given that he's hit just 13 homers in 469 career games. Still, the 27-year-old is on fire in July, riding an 18-game hitting streak en route to a .324/.381/.423 overall line. His 56 runs scored are eighth-most in the National League. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • Carpenter goes hitless, drops to .252 overall
    Matt Carpenter went hitless again Tuesday, dropping his average to .252 on the year.

    Advice: The third baseman went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against Reds starter Mike Leake, continuing his freefall since the end of May. Carpenter is now hitting .172 (15-for-87) with 19 strikeouts in July. He insists there's nothing physical going on, but there's certainly something wrong with the 29-year-old's swing right now. Tuesday, 8:08 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. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
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  • 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. Tuesday, 10:43 am
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  • Harrison hit around for 6 runs, loses to NYY
    Matt Harrison surrendered six runs in six innings, taking the loss on Monday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Didi Gregorius hit a two-run home run off of him in the third inning and Alex Rodriguez drilled a solo shot in the sixth. He then allowed a walk, a double, and a two-run single before exiting with no outs in the seventh. Overall, Harrison yielded six hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. He's allowed six runs in two of three starts since coming off of the disabled list. He'll try to rebound in his next start at home against the Giants. Monday, 8:34 pm
  • Carrasco shelled in loss to White Sox
    Carlos Carrasco struggled in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, yielding six runs on seven hits over four innings.

    Advice: Carrasco had issues out of the gate in this one, with five runs scoring in the first inning. Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Tyler Flowers all burned him for RBI singles to account for the slew of runs in the frame. He calmed down after the barrage, but his team was unable to claw their way out from the early deficit. Overall, he struck out five and walked two over his four innings of work. Carrasco has shown an ability to dominate at times, but he's yet to put together a truly consistent stretch this season, as evidenced by his 4.26 ERA. He pairs that ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and 133/26 K/BB ratio over 118 1/3 innings and is scheduled to take to the road against the A's in his next start. Saturday, 7:06 pm
  • Blue Jays 'made big push' for Carlos Carrasco
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays "made a big push" for Carlos Carrasco, but "didn't get it done."

    Advice: This backs up Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports' report from Thursday that the Jays had talked to the Indians about the right-hander. It doesn't look like a trade will happen, though. Carrasco is signed a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract and has flashed ace ability, so it wouldn't really make sense for Cleveland to trade him. Friday, 9:50 am
  • Clayton Kershaw shuts out Mets, of course
    Clayton Kershaw didn't even come close to throwing a no-hitter while striking out 11 in a shutout of the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: With everyone simply assuming he would go 27 up, 27 down against a comatose Mets lineup, Kershaw gave up three hits. THREE! He merely maintained the no-no into the seventh. It was the biggest letdown since the last time he faced the Mets on July 3 and gave up a run. Kershaw has pitched 26 scoreless innings with a 38/0 K/BB ratio in his last three starts, but we're still pretty disappointed in him right now. Thursday, 6:53 pm
  • Matt Carpenter back to hitting second Thurs.
    Matt Carpenter has moved back to the second spot in the Cardinals' lineup for Thursday's makeup game against the visiting Royals.

    Advice: Carpenter, who's been in an ugly slump since early June, spent the last two nights hitting seventh. He obviously carries more fantasy potential as a No. 2 hitter, but it might not be the best spot for him right now. Carpenter was sidelined earlier this season with a case of extreme fatigue and he has looked slow to fastballs over the last couple of months. Thursday, 12:41 pm
  • Indians willing to listen on Carrasco, others
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Indians are "willing to listen on pitching, particularly Carlos Carrasco."

    Advice: Passan notes that the Indians and Blue Jays have talked and suggests that Carrasco could be a fit for Toronto. Carrasco has taken a step back this season after his tremendous 2014, but he'd still be a tremendous addition for any contender. The 28-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.19 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 268/53 K/BB ratio over his last 248 1/3 innings. He signed a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract extension this spring. Thursday, 11:37 am
  • Matt Carpenter batting seventh again on Wed.
    Matt Carpenter is batting seventh for the Cardinals again on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Carpenter went 2-for-5 with an RBI out of that spot Tuesday in the Cardinals' 8-5 win at U.S. Cellular Field. The third baseman has been in an extended offensive slump and continuing to bat him lower in the lineup may help take some pressure off, though it does slightly dent his fantasy potential. Kolten Wong is leading off and Randal Grichuk is hitting second on Wednesday. Wednesday, 1:39 pm
  • Bolsinger goes seven strong in Dodgers' win
    Mike Bolsinger held the Braves to just one unearned run over seven innings in Wednesday's 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Bolsinger's counterpart, Julio Teheran, was more flashy on Wednesday with his 11 strikeouts. The Dodgers righty had the last laugh, though, as he gave up a mere three singles and the one unearned run while Teheran was charged with three runs. It's a much-needed bounce-back effort from Bolsinger, who had gone 5 1/3 innings or fewer in six of his previous seven outings. He'll take on the A's next week. Wednesday, 12:39 pm
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    7:10 pm vs LAA
  • Harrison goes six scoreless for first '15 win
    Matt Harrison tossed six shutout innings against the Rockies on Tuesday to earn his first win of the season.

    Advice: Back from spinal fusion surgery, Harrison showed what he's capable of when healthy, scattering seven hits and a walk over his six innings of work. The southpaw struck out two and was removed after 91 pitches as he continues to build up his stamina. The start was just his second of the season and only his eighth since the start of the 2013 season as he's battled back injuries. Harrison and the Rangers hope he can carry over his success into Monday's start against the Yankees. Tuesday, 9:59 pm
  • Carpenter dropped to seventh in Cards' lineup
    Matt Carpenter is hitting seventh for the Cardinals on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: This is just the second time since the beginning of 2013 that Carpenter has hit so low in the Cardinals' batting order. The third baseman is mired in an extended offensive slump, slashing .176/.315/.228 since June 1. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
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