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  • Pablo Sandoval (forearm) out again Sunday
    Pablo Sandoval (forearm) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since being hit on the left forearm by a pitch on Thursday. Sandoval remains day-to-day and should have a shot to return Tuesday after Monday's off day. Travis Shaw is at third base Sunday. 23 minutes ago
  • Pearce (oblique) hopes to swing bat soon
    Steve Pearce (oblique) hopes to throw and swing a bat this week.

    Advice: Pearce to this point has been limited to rest and treatment since straining his left oblique two weeks ago, but he said he was finally pain-free on Saturday. He might need a couple rehab games but doesn't appear too far off from a return if he can avoid a setback. Today, 6:22 am
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
  • Zack Godley to leave rotation soon
    Zack Godley is expected to move into a relief role soon as a way to conserve his innings.

    Advice: This is Godley first full season as a starter, and he's already thrown 101 1/3 innings after tossing just 55 1/3 frames as a reliever last year. The 25-year-old is likely due for one more start with the big club before Chase Anderson (triceps) returns later this week. "He could be (a reliever) here, maybe he would go to the bullpen in the minor leagues and then come back up sometime in September," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "But we have to be very careful." Today, 6:06 am
  • Chase Anderson (triceps) to make rehab start
    Chase Anderson (triceps) will begin a rehab assignment with the Diamondbacks' rookie-level Arizona League team on Sunday.

    Advice: He's slated to throw four innings or 60 pitches in what could be his lone rehab outing. Out the last two weeks with right triceps inflammation, Anderson is expected to replace Zack Godley in the rotation when he returns. Today, 6:02 am
    15-Day DL
  • Clayton Kershaw (hip) goes eight strong Sat.
    Clayton Kershaw (hip) limited the Angels to just two hits over eight scoreless innings in Saturday's 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Kershaw had his start pushed back a couple times due to a hip issue, but it obviously didn't affect him on Saturday. The left-hander struck out seven and walked only one on the day, throwing 115 pitches. Kershaw hasn't allowed a single run and sports an absurd 45/1 K/BB ratio over his last four outings. He'll try to extend his 37-inning scoreless streak next weekend in Pittsburgh. Today, 5:40 am
  • Hanley Ramirez (shin) plates run in return
    Hanley Ramirez (shin) singled and had a sac fly in his return to the lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ramirez sat out Friday's game with a shin injury, but he's fine. He's sporting a .263/.305/.451 batting line with 19 homers and 50 RBI this season. Today, 5:36 am
  • Brandon Belt homers twice in Giants' win
    Brandon Belt hit his 11th and 12th homers of the year Saturday as the Giants beat the Rangers 9-7 in 11 innings.

    Advice: Hunter Pence had the go-ahead homer in the 11th before Belt hit his second of the game to provide an insurance run. Remarkably, both homers tonight were off lefties (Brandon Belt and Sam Freeman). He had been homerless in 66 at-bats versus southpaws this year. Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • Chris Heston gives up three runs to Rangers
    Chris Heston surrendered three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Heston had his worst start in months, but his five-game winning streak remained intact thanks to ample run support. It's just the third time this season that he's failed to make it through five innings. Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Hunter Strickland perfect for two innings
    Hunter Strickland pitched two perfect innings Saturday to pick up a win in relief against the Rangers.

    Advice: Incredibly enough, Strickland still hasn't given up a homer in 35 career regular-season innings. He gave up a whopping six in 8 1/3 innings in the postseason last year. He's back looking like a future closer now, and he might pick up the odd save down the stretch if Santiago Casilla battles more physical problems. Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Hamels gives up five runs in Rangers debut
    Cole Hamels surrendered five runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Giants in his debut for the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels, coming off his no-hitter against the Cubs, retired his first six tonight before Brandon Belt homered to start the third. The Giants totaled three runs then, but Hamels kept them scoreless into the seventh afterwards. Despite giving up a Buster Posey homer in that frame, he came back out for the eighth. He retired the first two batters he faced, only to get pulled after a Joe Panik double. The Rangers still led 7-4 at that point, but Panik scored off Tanner Scheppers, as did two others, and Hamels lost his chance at a win. Hamels threw just 97 pitches, so there was little reason not to use him in the eighth. If only he had been left in to attack Matt Duffy after the Panik double, he might have gotten his win after all. Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Buster Posey goes 3-for-5, homers
    Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double against the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey never had a homer as a DH coming into 2015, but now he has two in three starts there. He's hitting .328 with 15 homers overall, and he's struck out just 33 times in 351 at-bats. Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Aaron Brooks pitches 7 1/3 innings in victory
    Making his A's debut, Aaron Brooks held the Indians to one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings in a victory Saturday.

    Advice: Pitching for the Royals, Brooks gave up seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in his first big league start on May 31. He allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings in his second start this June 21 against the Red Sox. This was his third start. If keeps improving at this rate, he'll allow -4 runs in 13 innings next time out. Still, we're a bit skeptical. He's a risky pickup in AL-only leagues. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Cody Anderson gives up four runs in loss
    Cody Anderson yielded four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: It was better than his previous two starts, but still a far cry from his first four. If Anderson isn't better next time out, his rotation spot could come up for grabs. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Marcus Semien homers, walks against Indians
    Marcus Semien homered, walked and scored twice against the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Semien has more errors (29) than RBI (23) or walks (25) this year, yet he still has an OPS (.670) right at the league average for shortstops. It's about as weird of a bad season as one could dream up. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
    1:05 pm vs Cle
  • Cruz smashes homer and double in loss
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz took Twins starter Kyle Gibson deep for a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning. The bomb was his 28th of the year. He's homered in four of his last seven games, including each of his last two. For the season, he's slashing .316/.380/.576 with the 28 homers and 64 RBI. Cruz will go through his cold streaks, as he did in a tough June, but when he's on, his bat is magical. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Aaron Brooks officially recalled
    Athletics recalled RHP Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He'll start Saturday's game against Cleveland. Oakland acquired Brooks Tuesday in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to Kansas City. The 25-year-old has a 6-5 record in 18 Triple-A appearances this year. Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Nelson Cruz goes 4-for-5, homers
    Nelson Cruz finished 4-for-5 with a homer and a double versus the Twins in Friday's win.

    Advice: After a month and a half of little production, Cruz has picked it back up again since the All-Star break, hitting six homers in his last 15 games. He remains a particularly strong DFS play whenever the Mariners are facing a mediocre lefty. Friday, 11:43 pm
  • 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. Friday, 3:17 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (shin) not in lineup Friday
    Hanley Ramirez (shin) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ramirez injured his shin during Thursday's game. He's considered day-to-day. Alejandro De Aza is in left field Friday. Friday, 12:23 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval (forearm) not in lineup
    Pablo Sandoval (forearm) is not in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Sandoval was hit on the left forearm by a pitch on Thursday. He merely has a bruise and should be fine in a day or two. Josh Rutledge is filling in at third base. Friday, 12:22 pm
  • Rangers complete Cole Hamels deal
    Rangers acquired LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash from the Phillies for C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Jerad Eickhoff.

    Advice: The Rangers have themselves a co-ace with Yu Darvish to put in front of their 2016 rotation, and since the Phillies ate $9.5 million of the $82 million he's still owed and took back Harrison's $33 million, he won't break the budget. Of course, they had to give up three top prospects to get him, but since they managed to hold on to their two best in Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, it's hard to blame them for making the deal. They'd still seem to be long shots to reach the postseason this year, but this can't hurt their chances. Hamels loses some fantasy value with the deal, since he's going to the tougher league and a hitter's park, but at least he's looking at getting run support for the first time in years. Friday, 9:31 am
  • Rangers and Phillies deal announced on Friday
    Todd Zolecki of reports that the eight-player trade between the Rangers and Phillies involving Cole Hamels is complete, but won't be announced until Friday.

    Advice: The deal had officially been approved by Major League baseball and will get completed, it just won't become official until Friday. Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman will be heading to the Rangers in exchange for Matt Harrison and five prospects: Jorge Alfaro, Jake Thompson, Nck Williams, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Thursday, 8:02 pm
  • Sandoval diagnosed with forearm contusion
    Pablo Sandoval is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a left forearm contusion.

    Advice: Sandoval was forced to leave Thursday's contest against the White Sox after being hit by a pitch. It appears as though he didn't sustain any structural damage though and should be ready to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend. Thursday, 6:53 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval leaves after hit by pitch
    Pablo Sandoval was removed from Thursday's game against the White Sox after being hit in the wrist/forearm area by a Chris Sale pitch.

    Advice: Sandoval actually struck out swinging at the pitch, literally adding insult to injury. He'll presumably head for X-rays to rule out any fractures. The Red Sox should have an update on his status shortly. Thursday, 6:17 pm
  • Farrell admits Sandoval's weight is an issue
    Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Wednesday that Pablo Sandoval's weight is an issue.

    Advice: It's the first time Farrell has addressed this topic since spring training, when he was in full support of Boston's new acquisition. The burly third baseman got thrown out at home on a ball he should have scored on Wednesday night against the White Sox and had to be lifted from the game two innings later due to dehydration. "There are ongoing efforts to support that, to try to get him in the best shape possible," said Farrell. "That's something Pablo has dealt with his entire career. It continues to be addressed." Thursday, 5:37 am
  • Rangers send six players to Phils for Hamels
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Phillies will acquire Matt Harrison, Alec Asher, Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff, Jorge Alfaro, and Nick Williams in exchange for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman.

    Advice: Alfaro, Williams, and Thompson are the three best prospects in the deal, and represent a nice return package for the Phillies. The Rangers get another ace to pair with Yu Darvish for the next few seasons as they strive to return to glory in the American League West. Hamels has a cool 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings this season and he's coming off a no-hitter last Saturday against the Cubs. Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Rangers agree to acquire Hamels from Phillies
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Rangers have agreed to a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: TR Sullivan of had first reported that the two sides were very close on ironing out a deal. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff and and Nick Williams will head to the Phillies, while Jake Diekman will join the Rangers. The Phillies will also send cash to the Rangers as part of the deal. Expect everything to be finalized and officially announced on Thursday. Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Rangers getting close to deal for Cole Hamels
    TR Sullivan of reports that the Rangers are getting close to acquiring Cole Hamels from the Phillies.

    Advice: While the two sides are reportedly at the finish line of a potential deal, there has been no word as to what the Phillies would receive in return. Sullivan expects a deal to be finalized on Thursday. Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • 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
  • Rangers 'clear-cut favorite' for Cole Hamels
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "now the clear-cut favorite" to land Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Nightengale says the Dodgers prefer David Price, and the Tigers made it public Wednesday that they're going to begin selling parts. Hamels is also drawing interest from the Astros, but word from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle is that the Astros expect the ace left-hander to land elsewhere. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday afternoon that the Giants are "fading" in the Hamels chase. It's all coming together for Texas. Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Astros don't expect to land Cole Hamels
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros "remain in the Cole Hamels race" but expect him to land elsewhere.

    Advice: That's seemed to be the feeling for a while, as the Astros have made a nice effort for Hamels but can't seem to convince the left-hander to consider accepting a trade there. The Rangers and Dodgers are looking like the teams to beat for the southpaw. Wednesday, 11:10 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
  • Giants 'fading' in race for Cole Hamels
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are "fading" in the pursuit of Cole Hamels.

    Advice: It's not a surprise. The Giants would like a frontline starter to pair with Madison Bumgarner, but they have a weak farm system and, thus, can't compete for Hamels if there's a bidding war. San Francisco might have to set their sights a bit lower in their desire for a starter. Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Salisbury predicts Cole Hamels to Rangers
    Jim Salisbury of "strongly believes" that the Phillies will trade Cole Hamels to the Rangers.

    Advice: Salisbury is well-connected with the Phillies and it's the second time in the last few days that he's listed the Rangers as the favorites for Hamels' services. The Dodgers will likely be their biggest competitors, with the Astros, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, Red Sox and Diamondbacks also in the mix. Wednesday, 9:48 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
  • Cruz homers, but Mariners fall to the D'Backs
    Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Mariners dropped Tuesday's game to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The Mariners had fallen behind 6-1 after the top of the sixth when Cruz got one back with a solo shot off of Zack Godley in the bottom half. It's his fifth home run in his last eight games, giving him 26 on the season with 61 RBI and a .309/.375/.559 batting line. Tuesday, 10:18 pm
  • Godley wins again in his second MLB start
    Zack Godley won again in his second major league start, allowing three runs in six innings on Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Godley allowed a pair of solo home runs to Mike Zunino and Nelson Cruz to account for most of the damage. He gave up seven hits and three walks overall while striking out four. The 25-year-old will try to make it three in a row in a road start against the Nationals next. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Sandoval hits eighth homer against White Sox
    Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Sandoval's two-run blast against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija in the second inning was all the offense the Red Sox could muster until the ninth inning. The two-hit game was Sandoval's third in a row, raising his line to .263/.307/.382 with eight homers and 34 RBI. Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Aaron Brooks to start for A's Saturday
    Aaron Brooks will be recalled to start on Saturday against the Indians.

    Advice: Acquired from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal, Brooks holds a 3.71 ERA over 18 appearances -- 17 starts -- at Triple-A this season. The A's will keep Drew Pomeranz in the bullpen. Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • A's acquire RHP Brooks from Royals
    Athletics acquired RHP Aaron Brooks from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal.

    Advice: Brooks doesn't miss many bats and has struggled in his limited opportunities in the majors, but he has excellent control and has pitched well in the Pacific Coast League over the past two seasons. The 25-year-old could be a useful depth arm for Oakland, but there's not a lot of upside here. Tuesday, 12:02 pm
  • Heston picks up eleventh win against Brewers
    Chris Heston pitched seven innings and allowed only two runs to earn his 11th win of the season on Monday facing the Brewers.

    Advice: The Brewers ended Heston's shutout bid, when they used a walk, a double, and a single to plate two runs. The right-hander worked around five hits and three walks while striking out four on the evening. Heston owns a terrific 11-5 record with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 99/35 K/BB ratio over 126 innings. He hasn't lost since June 14 and will look to keep that streak going over the weekend in a road start against the Rangers. Monday, 10:01 pm
  • Anderson knocked around in loss to the Royals
    Cody Anderson was hit around in Monday's loss to the Royals, yielding seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Anderson entered the start having allowed seven runs in 33 innings spanning five starts. He doubled that with Monday's effort. The Royals got to him early, as Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the first and Omar Infante tacked on a solo shot in the second. Anderson allowed eight hits and a pair of walks overall while striking out two. He'll bring a 3.26 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and a 14/5 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings into his next start in Oakland versus the Athletics. Monday, 7:27 pm
  • Steve Pearce (oblique) yet to resume activity
    Steve Pearce (oblique) remains limited to rest and treatment.

    Advice: Pearce is eligible to return from his left oblique strain in a week, but he's not going to be ready at that point. "If you test it and you're wrong, you set yourself back another two weeks," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Monday, 5:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    15-Day DL
    10:35 am vs Det
  • Godley blanks Brewers for 6 innings in debut
    In his MLB debut, Zack Godley fired six shutout innings and struck out seven Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: He scattered four hits and didn't walk a batter in the gem. Godley, acquired from the Cubs in the Miguel Montero in December, is the first hurler in the modern era (1900-present) to hurl at least six shutout innings while striking out seven and walking one, according to the Arizona Republic. The 25-year-old right-hander has very little experience above A-ball and wasn't an elite prospect, but he's earned another turn, likely next week against Seattle. Jul 23, 10:07 pm
  • 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. Jul 23, 6:53 pm
  • Diamondbacks call up Godley for MLB debut
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Zack Godley from Double-A Mobile.

    Advice: Godley will make his major league debut in a start Thursday against the Brewers. The 25-year-old right-hander has posted a promising 2.72 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings this season between High-A and Double-A, and he may be worth a look in some deeper mixed formats. Godley was acquired from the Cubs this past winter in the Miguel Montero trade. Jul 23, 11:55 am
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