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  • Trout hits 21st home run as Halos fall to NYY
    Mike Trout went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run, but the Angels dropped Wednesday's contest to the Yankees.

    Advice: The Angels were being shutout when Trout went to the opposite field for a solo home run in the eighth inning off of Justin Wilson. Trout is having another typically excellent season, batting .303/.393/.590 with 21 home runs, 44 RBI, 57 runs scored, and nine stolen bases.
    Today, 7:47 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ^ NYY
  • Marte homers in a four-hit effort to beat DET
    Starling Marte doubled and homered in a 4-for-5 effort as the Pirates trounced the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte's only run and RBI came on his solo home run in the eighth inning, the second of three solo shots in the frame. He's now on a seven-game hitting streak, but entered the game with a .518 OPS in his previous 10 contests. He still has a productive .285/.333/.471 triple-slash line with 13 home runs, 47 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Today, 7:35 pm
  • Gregor Blanco goes 3-for-4
    Gregor Blanco went 3-for-4 with an RBI against the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blanco has 14 hits during an eight-game hitting streak, pushing his average all of the way up to .314. He's been a savior for the Giants with two starting outfielders on the DL and the third, Angel Pagan, limited of late.
    Today, 7:11 pm
  • Marc Krauss sent to Triple-A Durham by Rays
    Rays optioned 1B Marc Krauss to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Krauss was 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in four games with the Rays since being acquired from the Angels on June 25. He was optioned to make room for Matt Moore on the active roster.
    Today, 7:06 pm
    Not Active
    L, 8-1 vs ^ Cle
  • Marc Krauss strikes out twice
    Marc Krauss struck out in both of his at-bats Wednesday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: Incredibly, it's the second time in four games for the Rays that Krauss, a left-handed hitter, has been replaced by a right-handed pinch-hitter against a right-handed pitcher. Which makes one wonder why the Rays are playing him at first base or why they bothered acquiring him in the first place. He's 1-for-10 so far for the team.
    Today, 6:53 pm
    Not Active
    L, 8-1 vs ^ Cle
  • Choo homers in a third consecutive game
    Shin-Soo Choo homered in his third consecutive game, going 1-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Choo broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with his solo blast off of Wei-Yin Chen. The outfielder may be starting to heat up. He's batting .233/.315/.405 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI.
    Today, 6:31 pm
  • Jay (wrist) could be headed for disabled list
    Jon Jay (wrist) was held out of batting practice Wednesday and may be a candidate for the disabled list.

    Advice: Jay was activated from the disabled list on May 29 but has never gotten fully healthy. Since being activated, he's started 17 of the team's 29 games but has hit just .185/.280/.262 in that span. With Matt Holliday nearing a return and Randal Grichuk heating up at the plate, it may behoove the Cards to give Jay some more time on the DL to get his wrist right.
    Today, 6:27 pm
    Top 9, 1-4 vs x CWS
  • Pence 'more than likely' back after ASG
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Hunter Pence (wrist) "more than likely" won't return until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: "He's doing well, but he is just hitting off a tee now," Bochy said. "We're going to slow-play this. He'll probably need a couple of (minor-league rehab) games. More than likely he'll be back after the All-Star break. I’m going to be hopefully he makes a speedier recovery." Pence has been on the disabled list since June 12 with wrist tendinitis. The outfielder has played just 18 games for the club this season.
    Today, 3:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 x @Mia
  • Ellsbury (knee) back in Tampa lineup Wed.
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) is back in the lineup Wednesday night at High-A Tampa.

    Advice: Ellsbury was held out Tuesday with some mild fatigue. He is still on track to rejoin the Yankees on Friday.
    Today, 2:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Michael Conforto continues to swing a hot bat
    Mets OF prospect Michael Conforto collected three hits in Tuesday's win for Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: He crushed a two-run homer in the fifth inning, giving him three in 28 games since his call-up. He's hit .333 for Binghamton, which is actually 50 points higher than he batted at High-A St. Lucie earlier this year. The 22-year-old has put together a .376 on base percentage over 327 plate appearances at two minor league levels this season.
    Today, 1:46 pm
    Not Active
    L, 2-0 vs x ChC
  • Bonifacio named Top Star at Texas League ASG
    Royals OF prospect Jorge Bonifacio earned MVP honors for his performance at Tuesday night's Texas League All-Star Game.

    Advice: He was named the game's Top Star after blasting a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning. The 22-year-old was third in the Texas League in home runs (13) during the first half and fourth in RBI (42). Bonifacio hit .289 in June after batting just .229 in the season's first two months.
    Today, 11:41 am
    Not Active
    L, 6-5 x @Hou
  • Holliday (quad) doing light running this week
    Matt Holliday (quad) is scheduled to do some light running this week.

    Advice: Holliday has been taking batting practice and is nearly ready to test out his ailing right quad with some jogging. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that he wasn't sure when Holliday would be cleared to up the intensity of his running. The Cards are holding out hope that the outfielder could return before the All-Star break, but it's certainly not a given.
    Today, 7:22 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 1-4 vs x CWS
  • Blackmon knocks in a run in a win vs. the A's
    Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-4 with an RBI, helping the Rockies eke out a win against the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: Blackmon singled in a run in the fifth inning against Chris Bassitt to break a scoreless tie. The outfielder is batting a productive .275/.348/.443 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • McCutchen reaches base 5 times in a win
    Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with three walks and an RBI in Tuesday's 14-inning win against the Tigers.

    Advice: McCutchen knocked in what turned out to be a very important run with a single in the eighth inning. The Tigers would knot the game up in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run. McCutchen is again putting up All-Star numbers, batting .296/.389/.485 with nine home runs and 45 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Miller homers as Mariners blank the Padres
    Brad Miller launched a two-run home run in a 2-for-4 effort as the Mariners shut the Padres out 5-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miller took Ian Kennedy out to right-center in the fourth inning for a two-run homer, making it a 4-0 Mariners lead at the time. It's his seventh homer of the season. He looks certain to surpass his career high of 10 set last season. He's also knocked in 22 runs while batting a passable .237/.316/.404.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS,OF
    W, 7-0 ^ @SD
  • Nunez' three-hit night leads Twins past Reds
    Eduardo Nunez finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base as the Twins trumped the Reds 8-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nunez and the Twins racked up 15 hits against Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds bullpen. The shortstop had three of them, collecting two singles and a double. He also stole his third base of the season. Nunez' usage has been inexplicable at times -- the light-hitting shortstop has served as the team's designated hitter in 11 games this year -- but he's put up decent numbers through 33 games, hitting .305/.350/.516 with 11 RBI and 13 runs scored. Perhaps he'll begin garnering more of the playing time at short with his hot hitting.
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
    Player Note
    Eduardo Núñez Min - 3B,SS,OF
    L, 2-1 @Cin
  • Jacoby Ellsbury could still return Friday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) could still be activated on Friday even after sitting out Tuesday's rehab game because of fatigue.

    Advice: "I guess the running we've done the last couple of days has kind of worn him out," Girardi said Tuesday. "And it's not only in the one leg, it's in both legs. So we'll give him a day off today and hopefully he's back in there tomorrow." Ellsbury went 0-for-3 in his first rehab contest on Monday but needs to play at least a game or two in center field before being activated.
    Yesterday, 7:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Choo homers for the second day in a row
    Shin-Soo Choo homered in Tuesday's victory against the Orioles, finishing 1-for-4 with a walk.

    Advice: Choo hit the second of two fifth-inning solo home runs against Miguel Gonzalez. The outfielder has homered in consecutive games, giving him 10 on the season with 34 RBI and a .232/.315/.395 batting line.
    Yesterday, 6:58 pm
  • Hunter Pence (wrist) takes swings off tee
    Hunter Pence (wrist) took swings off a tee with a fungo bat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He also played catch as he resumed baseball activities for the first time in nearly two weeks. There remains no timetable for Pence's return, as the Giants will have to see how his ailing left wrist responds to increased activity.
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 x @Mia
  • Ellsbury sits out rehab game due to fatigue
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) did not play in Tuesday's rehab game with High-A Tampa as scheduled due to "general fatigue," according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

    Advice: It's obviously not ideal, but at least it's not a significant setbacks. Ellsbury, who hopes to play Wednesday, had been slated for activation from the disabled list as soon as Friday. That could be pushed back a bit now.
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Ellsbury (knee) begins rehab assignment
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Monday in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Tampa.

    Advice: Ellsbury served as the DH on Monday, but he's expected to play center field on Tuesday. The tentative plan calls for him to be activated on Friday. Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19 with a right knee sprain.
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Trout's power, speed, defense leads to a win
    Mike Trout did it all to help the Angels beat the Yankees on Monday, homering, stealing a base, and playing stellar defense.

    Advice: Trout broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run off of CC Sabathia. He also stole his first base since May 22, though it didn't lead to a run. On the defensive side of things, he made a handful of terrific catches in support of starter C.J. Wilson. Trout, likely to start in center field for the AL All-Star team, is batting .300/.390/.583 with 20 home runs, 43 RBI, and nine stolen bases.
    Monday, 10:02 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ^ NYY
  • Blackmon the Rockies' only source of offense
    Charlie Blackmon provided the Rockies their only run with a homer in Monday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Blackmon finished 1-for-5, drilling a solo shot in the eighth inning to put the Rockies on the board. He's posting similar numbers as last season, batting .275/.349/.446 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI, but he's really turned things up in the stolen base department. Blackmon has stolen 21 bases already in less than half a season compared to 28 last year.
    Monday, 9:53 pm
  • Choo homers in three-hit effort to beat O's
    Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-5 with a solo home run as the Rangers skated to a win Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Choo's solo shot in the fifth inning off of Bud Norris was just piling on at that point, as it made it a 5-0 game. The three-hit effort marked his first multi-hit game since June 13. He'd hit .122 (6-for-49) in 12 games since. The Rangers hope Choo can find some momentum, as he's hitting a meager .232/.314/.386 with nine home runs and 33 RBI on the year.
    Monday, 7:26 pm
  • Ellsbury (knee) begins rehab assignment Mon.
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Tampa on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for game action after working out with the Yankees over the weekend with no issues. Ellsbury will be used in the designated hitter spot for Tampa on Monday and is slated for 3-4 plate appearances. The Yankees expect him to need only a few rehab games, so Ellsbury could be activated from the disabled list before the end of the week.
    Monday, 3:47 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Charlie Blackmon not in Sunday's lineup
    Charlie Blackmon is not in the Rockies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's on the bench with the Giants throwing lefty Madison Bumgarner. Brandon Barnes is covering center field with Blackmon out.
    Sunday, 10:35 am
  • Andrew McCutchen (elbow) in Sunday's lineup
    Andrew McCutchen (elbow) is back in the Pirates' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: 'Cutch had to ext Saturday's game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his left elbow. X-Rays came back negative, though, and he's ready to go.
    Sunday, 8:41 am
  • Marte steals home as Pirates down Braves
    Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, including a steal of home, in the Pirates' 8-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Marte stole home in the fifth inning, breaking for the plate as the Braves attempted to pick off Pedro Alvarez from first base. He had an RBI single and scored a run in the Bucs' five-run first inning and also scored in the seventh. Marte is hitting .279/.328/.460 on the year with 46 RBI and 41 runs scored. The stolen base was his 15th, sixth-most in the National League this year.
    Saturday, 5:49 pm
  • McCutchen's elbow X-rays come back negative
    X-rays on Andrew McCutchen's left elbow came back negative.

    Advice: Pirates fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief. McCutchen is day-to-day. Meanwhile, Saturday's game just got a little more interesting. Both dugouts were warned after Charlie Morton plunked Andrelton Simmons. It's unclear if Morton was retaliating for McCutchen's hit-by-pitch earlier in the game.
    Saturday, 2:24 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen goes down with elbow injury
    Andrew McCutchen left Saturday's game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his left elbow.

    Advice: He couldn't get out of the way of Julio Teheran's 91 mph fastball in the first inning. Jung Ho Kang pinch-ran for McCutchen with Starling Marte moving to center field. McCutchen has hit.333 with 31 RBI since May 1. If he faces an extended absence, it would be a huge loss for fantasy owners.
    Saturday, 2:01 pm
  • Mike Trout goes 3-for-4, homers
    Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: The two guys hitting ahead of Trout in the order went 0-for-8, so he never did hit with a man on base. He's up to 19 homers now, but he has just 42 RBI, all because the Angels aren't getting many hitters on base for him (he's actually hitting .381 in 42 at-bats with RISP).
    Friday, 10:28 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ^ NYY
  • Krauss has RBI double in Rays' debut
    Marc Krauss had an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Krauss was playing his first game with the Rays after being acquired from the Angels on Thursday. The 27-year-old should see part-time duty at first base until James Loney (finger) is ready to return from the disabled list. There's some pop in his bat, but it's hard to recommend him outside of deeper AL-only formats. He came into Friday's action with a .194/.268/.335 batting line in the majors.
    Friday, 8:02 pm
    Not Active
    L, 8-1 vs ^ Cle
  • Ellsbury could begin rehab assignment Monday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) will work out with the Yankees on Saturday, and if all goes well he could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: He will only need a couple of games on his rehab assignment to get his timing back, so barring any setbacks there's a chance that he could rejoin the Yankees before the end of next week. Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19 with a right knee sprain.
    Friday, 3:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-1 x @LAA
  • Holliday (quad) resumes baseball activities
    Matt Holliday (quad) has been throwing and hitting off a tee this week.

    Advice: Holliday has also been receiving acupuncture on his right quad, which he says is feeling "better" and "stronger." He has not been cleared to resume running yet and it doesn't sound like that will happen until closer to the All-Star break. With an eight-game lead in the NL Central, the Cardinals don't have any pressure to rush the outfielder back. "We’re not putting a lot of pressure on him to rush," manager Mike Matheny said. "He’ll be back when he’s ready."
    Friday, 5:50 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 9, 1-4 vs x CWS
  • Rays acquire Marc Krauss from Angels
    Rays acquired 1B Marc Krauss from the Angels for Kyle Winkler.

    Advice: The 27-year-old slugger struggled in his brief time with the Angels, but was hitting .289/.415/.453 with four homers and 29 RBI in 47 games at Triple-A Salt Lake. He should handle first base regularly until James Loney (finger) returns, making him worth an add in AL-only formats.
    Thursday, 4:23 pm
    Not Active
    L, 8-1 vs ^ Cle
  • Starling Marte not in Pirates lineup Thursday
    Starling Marte is not in the Pirates' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Gregory Polanco will start in left field and Josh Harrison will play right field against Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani. Marte should be back in there Friday.
    Thursday, 11:50 am
  • Choo (back) in Rangers' lineup on Thursday
    Shin-Soo Choo (back) is in the Rangers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the A's.

    Advice: Choo missed a couple of games with back spasms. He is playing right field and batting second on Thursday. Rougned Odor is leading off and starting at second base.
    Thursday, 8:41 am
  • Pence (wrist) still 5-7 days from activity
    Hunter Pence (wrist) is still 5-7 days away from baseball activity.

    Advice: Pence was able to shed the splint he'd been wearing, but after being re-evaluated the outfielder will still need some down time before ramping up the work. The Giants are certainly eager to get Pence back with Nori Aoki now on the disabled list as well, but they won't rush him. Pence is likely out until after the All-Star break at least.
    Wednesday, 4:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-5 x @Mia
  • Choo (back) out of Rangers' lineup again Wed.
    Shin-Soo Choo (back) is not in the Rangers' starting lineup Wednesday night against the A's.

    Advice: Choo remains day-to-day with back spasms. Ryan Rua will start in right field and bat second versus A's right-hander Kendall Graveman. Joey Gallo is in left field.
    Wednesday, 1:13 pm
  • Gregor Blanco reaches four times
    Gregor Blanco reached four times from the leadoff spot Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with two walks against the Padres.

    Advice: Again one of the league's best part-timers, Blanco is hitting .283 with 16 walks in 127 at-bats. He'll continue to play quite a bit with Hunter Pence set to miss at least a couple of more weeks.
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Cutch's two-run homer leads Pirates to win
    Andrew McCutchen's two-run home run capped a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday, and the Pirates held on for a 7-6 win over the Reds.

    Advice: McCutchen took Reds reliever Pedro Villarreal deep to put an exclamation point on the seven-run frame. He also doubled in the game, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk. He's now got nine homers, 44 RBI and 37 runs scored. The "What's wrong with Andrew McCutchen?" questions have ceased as he's come around at the dish, owning a .292/.375/.488 line through Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo sitting out with back spasms
    Shin-Soo Choo is not in Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: Choo also missed a couple games back in April with back spasms. He should be considered day-to-day. Ryan Rua is in right field in his place Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 3:45 pm
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