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  • Jason Castro delivers walkoff bomb
    Jason Castro hit a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Astros topped the Angels 3-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Castro was making his first start of the series. The big blast gave him his first RBI since July 3, his first homer since June 12 and his first three-RBI game since last year. Hank Conger probably deserves to keep starting two out of every three games for now, but if Castro does pick it up offensively, it's no secret that the Astros prefer his defense behind the plate. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Santana goes deep, Indians topple the A's
    Carlos Santana blasted his 12th home run of the year Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a pair of RBI. Santana's two-run blast off Chris Bassitt in the top of the first inning gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead. In the bottom half of the frame, Oakland scratched one across off Carlos Carrasco. For the next eight innings, the teams proceeded to drop zeroes. Santana is riding a modest six-game hit streak and is now slashing .227/.360/.400. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Mets activate Travis d'Arnaud from 15-day DL
    Mets activated C Travis d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Manager Terry Collins indicated Thursday that the club will ease the hard-hitting backstop back into action, so expect to see him share the load with Kevin Plawecki for awhile until he gets back into the swing of things. Yesterday, 5:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Norris cracks grand slam to help down Mets
    Derek Norris hit a grand slam and finished a perfect 5-for-5 in Thursday afternoon's 8-7 win over the Mets.

    Advice: Norris was integral to the Padres' comeback operation. Down 7-1 in the seventh inning, he stepped up with the bases loaded and smashed a grand slam off of Mets reliever Hansel Robles. That's not all. Following a rain delay of 44 minutes, the catcher singled with two outs in the ninth inning and would come around to score on a three-run homer by Justin Upton that gave the Padres the lead and win over the reeling Mets. Norris is slashing .238/.283/.407 with 12 homers and 49 RBI this season. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Reds option Kyle Skipworth to Double-A
    Reds optioned C Kyle Skipworth to Double-A Pensacola.

    Advice: Skipworth was only in the majors for a couple of days and went hitless in four plate appearances. The 25-year-old has shown some offensive promise this season at the Double-A level, but he's not much of a prospect. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Pit
  • Red Sox outright Sandy Leon to Triple-A
    Red Sox sent C Sandy Leon outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Leon was designated for assignment by the Red Sox exactly 10 days ago and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old will continue acting as organizational depth at catcher for Boston. Yesterday, 11:13 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs TB
  • Mets will ease d'Arnaud (elbow) back in
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that he will ease Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) into action.

    Advice: The 26-year-old catcher rejoined the Mets on Thursday morning after missing a month with a left elbow sprain, but he won't be officially activated until Friday. Kevin Plawecki is starting behind the plate against the Padres on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Yesterday, 7:10 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • 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
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs SF
  • Travis d'Arnaud to rejoin Mets on Thursday
    Travis d'Arnaud has completed his minor league rehab assignment and will rejoin the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: He has missed the past month with a left elbow sprain, but is now fully recovered and ready to provide an offensive jolt to the Mets. Before landing on the disabled list, the 26-year-old was hitting .296/.338/.535 with four homers and 17 RBI in 19 games. Wednesday, 7:11 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Jonathan Lucroy swipes base in loss to Giants
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 and swiped his first base of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Lucroy was one of the few bright spots in the Brewers offense on a day where they were shutout by Jake Peavy and company. The hard-hitting backstop is now hitting .257/.317/.350 with three homers and 22 RBI in 61 games on the season. Wednesday, 6:34 pm
  • Miguel Montero to see hand specialist Thurs.
    Miguel Montero has a checkup with a hand specialist Thursday in Chicago.

    Advice: Montero has been hitting and catching at the Cubs' spring training complex in Arizona and he's hoping to be cleared for more activities Thursday after his exam. The veteran catcher has been on the disabled list since July 12 with a sprained left thumb. He is trending toward a mid-August return. Wednesday, 2:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Braves 'fielding calls' on Pierzynski, Gomes
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are "fielding calls" on A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes.

    Advice: Pierzynski has had a surprisingly solid season, hitting .283/.322/.425 with six homers to push Christian Bethancourt back to Triple-A. Contenders would surely view him as a backup. Gomes is batting just .205/.309/.323 with four homers this season but could be a threat off the bench versus lefties. Wednesday, 11:07 am
  • Buster Posey getting a breather Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off with it being a day game after a night game. Hector Sanchez is catching in Posey's place. Wednesday, 10:28 am
  • Kyle Schwarber garnering start in LF
    Kyle Schwarber is making his first major league start in left field Wednesday.

    Advice: Schwarber's bat has been too good to keep out of the lineup, so the Cubs are doing what they can to keep him in there on days he doesn't catch. The youngster is hitting .352/.426/.593 with three homers over 18 games with the Cubs. Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Salvador Perez getting a breather Wednesday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's getting some rest with it being a day game after a night game. Drew Butera is catching in Perez's place. Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • Zunino hits 1st homer of July, Mariners lose
    Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Zunino cut into the Diamondbacks' 2-0 lead with a solo home run off of Zack Godley in the third inning, registering his first round-tripper in the month of July. He's hitting a meager .181/.240/.319 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI. Tuesday, 10:20 pm
  • Cervelli has three-hit effort versus Twins
    Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: The 29-year-old was a quiet pickup this past offseason after the Pirates lost Russell Martin, but he's been an offensive plus for the Bucs this year. The multi-hit game was Cervelli's fourth in a row, raising his line to .301/.367/.410 with 32 RBI and 32 runs scored on the season. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • D'Arnaud (elbow) plays in latest rehab game
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) went 1-for-3 with a single and caught seven innings Monday in his latest minor league rehab game with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: D'Arnaud, out for a month with a left elbow sprain, caught five innings on Saturday and served as the DH on Sunday. He's expected to catch a full game on Tuesday and appears likely to rejoin the Mets this weekend. Tuesday, 8:46 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Santana goes yard in a losing effort vs. KC
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Santana cut the Indians' deficit to 4-1 when he lifted an Edinson Volquez offering over the fence in center field in the second inning. Though he's drawn plenty of walks, Santana has otherwise had a mediocre season to date, hitting .224/.354/.389 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber could see more time in LF
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Kyle Schwarber could start seeing more playing time in left field.

    Advice: He played one inning in left field on Sunday and has been working on outfield drills on days he's not starting at catcher. The outfield isn't totally foreign to Schwarber, as he played left field 36 times in the minors last season. "You saw him play one minute of outfield [Sunday]," Maddon said. "You might see him out there more often as we move along." Schwarber has only been starting three out of every five games at catcher, sitting out on days when Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta pitch. Fantasy owners would obviously love to see his bat in the lineup more often. Monday, 6:16 pm
  • Schwarber batting second, starting at catcher
    Kyle Schwarber is starting at catcher and batting second for the Cubs on Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He went 1-for-2 with two walks in the same spot Sunday. Schwarber has a tremendous .396/.453/.667 batting line over his first 53 major league plate appearances. Monday, 12:36 pm
  • Reds recall Kyle Skipworth from Double-A
    Reds recalled C Kyle Skipworth from Double-A Pensacola.

    Advice: Skipworth has flashed some power this season at the Double-A level, but the 25-year-old seems doubtful to carry significant fantasy value. He was drafted sixth overall by the Marlins in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft. Monday, 11:02 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs Pit
  • Lucroy singles in shutout loss to Snakes
    Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-4 with a single in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: As a team, the Brewers managed just four total hits in the game. Lucroy's single was one of them. Quiet game on the whole for the Brew Crew. This season, the catcher is hitting .248/.312/.366 with three homers and 20 RBI. He missed a significant early chunk of the year with injury and if he can stay healthy, he's a better offensive player than those numbers would indicate. Sunday, 5:08 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud catches five innings at AA
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 and caught five innings Saturday afternoon with Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: It looks like d'Arnaud will be back on the Mets' active roster early next week. The 26-year-old catcher has been out since June 23 because of a left elbow sprain. Saturday, 5:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Travis d'Arnaud moves rehab up to Double-A
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) has had his minor league rehab assignment up to Double-A Binghampton.

    Advice: His rehab has been stalled a bit after he had a few games rained out at High-A St. Lucie. The Mets are hopeful that he'll be able to return to the team next weekend against the Nationals. Saturday, 11:16 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is once again not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon has held true to his word that David Ross would remain the backstop for Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta with Schwarber working the other three games. Ross will bat seventh against opposing left-hander Cole Hamels on Saturday. Saturday, 8:58 am
  • Salvador Perez not in Royals lineup on Friday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup for Friday night's contest against the Astros.

    Advice: It'll be Drew Butera behind the dish for the Royals and batting ninth against opposing southpaw Scott Kazmir. Look for Perez to be back in there on Saturday. Friday, 2:18 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Friday's lineup
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup on Friday.

    Advice: As usual, David Ross is catching Jon Lester. Schwarber will come off the bench. Friday, 9:10 am
  • Zunino hits go-ahead RBI double in 12th
    Mike Zunino came off the bench to hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 12th inning during Thursday afternoon's 3-2 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Zunino stepped to the plate against Tigers reliever Ian Krol with a runner at first and nobody out in the top of the 12th inning. He promptly untied the game with a run-scoring double, snapping a 2-2 tie and lifting the Mariners to a one-run win. Zunino's got some nice pop in his bat, but power's just about all he has going for him. He's hitting a terrifyingly low .169/.232/.301 with nine homers and 24 RBI on the year. Thursday, 3:00 pm
  • D'Arnaud (elbow) to begin rehab stint Thu.
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.

    Advice: The Mets want d'Arnaud to play a handful of games in the minors, but Terry Collins thinks he has a chance to be activated next weekend. The 26-year-old catcher has been on the disabled list since June 23 with a left elbow sprain. Thursday, 1:14 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
  • Cervelli (arm) back in Bucs lineup Thursday
    Francisco Cervelli (wrist) is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Cervelli missed two games after taking a pitch off his right arm on Monday night. He is starting at catcher and batting seventh in Thursday's series opener at PNC Park. Thursday, 12:55 pm
  • Posey has two hits, two RBI versus Padres
    Buster Posey went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Posey came through with a two-run double in the seventh inning that broke a 1-1 tie. It ended up being the game-winning RBI. The catcher is a hitting machine, owning an eight-game hitting streak that has his overall line up to .318/.384/.494 with 14 homers, 66 RBI and 48 runs scored. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Cervelli (wrist) out again Wednesday vs. KC
    Francisco Cervelli (wrist) is out of the Pirates' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Cervelli had a knot on his arm Tuesday after getting hit by a pitch on Monday night. He should be fine in a day or two. Chris Stewart will start behind the plate as the Royals wrap up a big three-game series in Kansas City. Wednesday, 1:34 pm
  • Schwarber not in Cubs' lineup for second game
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' starting lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber homered twice on Tuesday and went 2-for-3 with another RBI on Wednesday afternoon, but he'll get some rest in the nightcap with veteran David Ross catching Dallas Beeler. Schwarber, 22, is batting .429/.467/.738 in his first 12 major league games. Wednesday, 1:28 pm
  • Schwarber's RBI single provides only Cubs run
    Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a walk and a steal in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Schwarber almost single-handedly defeated the Reds on Tuesday with two homers and four overall hits. Wednesday's performance was slightly more muted, but he did contribute an RBI single off of Reds starter Mike Leake in the third inning. It would be the only run the Cubs scored in the contest. The 22-year-old has had no issues hitting major league pitching to this point and is slashing .429/.467/.738 with three homers and 11 RBI over his first 42 at-bats in the bigs. His steal on Wednesday was the first of his career. Wednesday, 12:30 pm
  • Schwarber hits two clutch homers as Cubs win
    Kyle Schwarber powered the Cubs to a 13-inning win over the Reds with a pair of timely home runs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber finished 4-for-7 with four RBI. He knocked in a run with a ground-rule double in the fifth inning to reduce the Cubs' deficit to 2-1. He drilled a game-tying home run in the ninth-inning to send the game into extra innings with a 4-4 score. Then, in the 13th, he gave the Cubs the lead with a solo home run. Schwarber has hit the ground running in his first 11 major league games, batting .410/.439/.744 with three home runs and 10 RBI. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy proposed extension in January
    Jonathan Lucroy revealed Tuesday that he proposed a long-term contract extension to the Brewers in January.

    Advice: "It was a proposal that would have kept me here for the rest of my career, most likely," Lucroy said. "We gave it to them in early January, and when we got to spring training, they informed us they weren't interested in doing anything at this point in time." Lucroy wouldn't reveal the details of the proposal, but it's really a moot point now. It's not surprising that the Brewers weren't in a rush to extend the catcher, as Lucroy is in the third season of a very team-friendly five-year, $11 million contract. The deal also includes a $5.25 million club option for 2017. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Buster Posey getting a breather Tuesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Posey is hitless in 12 career at-bats versus Odrisamer Despaigne, so manager Bruce Bochy thought it would be a good time to get him a breather. Hector Sanchez is behind the dish. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Second opinion confirms Montero diagnosis
    A second opinion confirmed the original diagnosis of Miguel Montero's sprained left thumb.

    Advice: He'll be shut down for two weeks and will likely be sidelined until late August. It's obviously bad news for Montero but is good news for Kyle Schwarber owners. Tuesday, 3:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Cervelli (wrist) out of Pirates' lineup Tues.
    Francisco Cervelli (wrist) is out of the Pirates' lineup on Tuesday night against the Royals.

    Advice: Cervelli suffered some minor swelling in his right wrist Monday when he got hit by a pitch. He'll be available on Tuesday, but only in an emergency. Chris Stewart is starting at catcher for the Bucs at Kauffman Stadium. Tuesday, 2:44 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) taking rounds of BP
    Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) has taken successful rounds of live batting practice the last two days.

    Advice: And it sounds like he'll be playing in rehab games by the end of the week. The 26-year-old catcher has been on the disabled list since June 23 with a left elbow sprain. He's trending toward an end-of-July return. Tuesday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Was
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