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  • Chris Davis powers O's to rain-shortened win
    Chris Davis blasted a two-run homer on Sunday, powering the Orioles to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in a rain-shortened five-inning game.

    Advice: Davis connected on an opposite field two-run blast off Chase Whitley in the fourth inning, getting the O's on the board and proving to provide the margin of victory. He finished the night 1-for-2, finishing the first half of the season with a disappointing .199/.309/.391 line to go along with 15 long balls and 48 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Posey's slam leads Giants past Diamondbacks
    Buster Posey hit one of the Giants' two grand slams on the day, propelling the Giants to an 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer was Posey's 10th of the season and his first since June 14. The catcher is having a down year by his standards, batting .275/.331/.422 with 46 RBI. He's particularly struggled in July, so perhaps the All-Star break comes at a good time for the 27-year-old.
    Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 6:19 pm
  • Pujols has another multi-hit day vs. Rangers
    Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a win over the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Pujols continues to rake in the month of July, as Sunday was his eighth multi-hit game in 14 contests this month. He's 22-for-59 (.373) with 14 runs scored and 15 RBI in that span. It's part of an overall resurgence for the 34-year-old, who's hitting .279/.325/.491 with 64 RBI and 58 runs scored this year.
    Yesterday, 5:35 pm
  • Johnson has three hits, 3 RBI to down Cubs
    Chris Johnson had three hits -- including a home run -- three RBI and three runs scored in the Braves' 10-7 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: It's been a big few days for the third baseman, who's got three home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored over the past two games. The strong finish to the first half leaves Johnson with a .277/.301/.378 line. Johnson hit 15 home runs in 488 at-bats in 2012, so maybe the sudden outburst bodes well for his power production in the second half.
    Yesterday, 5:11 pm
  • Nava has two hits, scores twice versus Astros
    Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Nava's second two-hit day raised his average to .238 to finish what's been a forgettable first half for the 31-year-old. More was expected out of Nava after he put up a .303/.385/.445 line in 2013, but he owns just a .628 OPS this year and has been up and down from Triple-A. He's a non-factor for fantasy purposes.
    Yesterday, 4:16 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,3B,OF
  • Frazier's 19th homer leads Reds past Pirates
    Todd Frazier hit his 19th home run of the season, a two-run blast, as the Reds bested the Pirates 6-3 on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer was Frazier's second in as many days, and it was his only hit in five at-bats. His 19 home runs are fourth-most in the National League at the break, and he's also among the league leaders in runs scored (57) and slugging percentage. Perhaps no player had a bigger breakout in the first half -- Frazier will take a .290/.353/.500 line with 14 stolen bases and 53 RBI into the second half.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Brandon Belt scratched with back stiffness
    Brandon Belt was scratched from the Giants starting lineup on Sunday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though the injury is serious, and with the impending All-Star break looming it'll give him a few extra days to rest. He should be back and ready to go when the season resumes on Friday.
    Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Jose Abreu picks up three hits in loss
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Abreu hadn't been hitting for average for most of the season, but a 12-for-24 stretch to close out the first half means he'll go into the All-Star break hitting .292. Oh, and he's also on pace for 49 homers and 123 RBI.
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Mets 1B prospect Smith continues to rake
    Mets first base prospect Dominic Smith went 2-for-5 for Low-A Savannah.

    Advice: Smith has been on fire in July, hitting .415/.422/.488, raising his season line to .298/.355/.361 with 20 doubles. After a slow start to the season, he has hit .329/.388/.402 since the beginning of May. Smith is likely to spend the rest of the season in Savannah and start 2015 with High-A St. Lucie.
    Yesterday, 8:30 am
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  • Justin Turner ready for rehab assignment
    Justin Turner (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.

    Advice: Barring any setbacks, he'll be activated on Friday for the beginning of the second half. "If the timing feels good and everything, Friday looks pretty doable," Turner said. "I don't think it's a matter of games. It's just trying to get some at-bats. Everything feels good."
    Yesterday, 8:20 am
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Disabled List
  • Red Sox getting inquiries on 1B Mike Napoli
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have received trade inquiries on Mike Napoli.

    Advice: Given their lack of right-handed power and the fact that Napoli is under contract next season, they seem unlikely to move him. Napoli also has a limited no-trade clause. However, it's always possible someone will blow the Red Sox away with an offer. If the club did move Napoli, they could transition Will Middlebrooks over to first base.
    Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Matt Hague optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned 1B Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Hague was hitless in two at-bats during his brief time with the big club. He's clearing room for the return of Francisco Liriano (oblique).
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
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  • Adrian Gonzalez scores game-winner
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday as the Dodgers edged the Padres 1-0.

    Advice: Gonzalez doubled off Kevin Quackenbush in the ninth and came around to score on A.J. Ellis's sac fly to give Kenley Jansen his first win of the year.
    Saturday, 10:17 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.
    Saturday, 4:24 pm
  • Abreu hits 29th homer, White Sox beat Tribe
    Jose Abreu slugged his 29th home run of the season Saturday as the White Sox beat the Indians 6-2.

    Advice: Abreu hit his two-run shot off Indians starter Zach McAllister in the top of the fourth inning. The sensational rookie slugger is on pace for 49 home runs and 124 RBI.
    Saturday, 3:26 pm
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup on Friday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Hector Sanchez will get the start behind the plate and hit fifth for the Giants against Mike Bolsinger.
    Friday, 3:04 pm
  • Buster Posey goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Buster Posey went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss and is 6-for-34 with two RBI so far this month.

    Advice: Posey hit .362 in June, but he's back slumping again now. He's scored just one run in his last 16 games, and he hasn't homered since June 14. If the Giants are ever going to pull out of their funk, it will be up to Posey to lead the way.
    Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Pujols hits 20th homer in win over Blue Jays
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Pujols had a string of four straight multi-hit games snapped with an 0-for-4 night Tuesday, but he was right back at it on Wednesday. The home run, his 20th of the year, gave the Angels a one-run lead, and they ended up winning by the same margin. He also scored a run in the third inning. His strong push has his season line at .270/.321/.489 with a few days left before the All-Star break.
    Wednesday, 4:33 pm
  • Pirates add Matt Hague to big league roster
    Pirates purchased the contract of 1B Matt Hague from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Hague will give the Pirates a bench bat while Starling Marte deals with a family matter. Hague, 28, has hit .267/.363/.456 this season at the Triple-A level.
    Wednesday, 2:18 pm
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