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  • Orioles recall Steve Clevenger from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled C Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll provide extra depth behind the plate and function as a utility option for the O's in the last two games leading up to the All-Star break. In 24 games with the Orioles this season, he's hitting .243/.300/.378 with eight RBI.
    57 minutes ago
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    1:05 pm vs NYY
  • Shane Victorino to be reevaluated on Sunday
    Shane Victorino (back, hamstring) is expected to be reevaluated on Sunday.

    Advice: Victorino began his minor league rehab assignment on Thursday, and will continue through the weekend before the Red Sox see how he's holding up. There's no clear timetable for his return at the moment, but if all continues to go well he should be able to rejoin the Red Sox shortly after the All-Star break.
    Today, 6:11 am
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Hou
  • Familia hurls scoreless inning in return
    Jeurys Familia returned to action on Friday, hurling a scoreless ninth inning in a victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Familia had difficulty getting loose on Tuesday, and was held out on Wednesday as a precautionary measure. It appears that it was just a minor scare and that he should be good to go moving forward. He remains second in line for saves in the Mets bullpen behind Jenrry Mejia.
    Today, 1:45 am
  • Jesse Hahn beats Dodgers, goes to 5-2
    Jesse Hahn moved to 5-2 after limiting the Dodgers to one run and three hits in six innings Friday.

    Advice: Hahn struck out six and walked four in his latest gem. Since returning to the majors on June 14, he's won five of his six starts, allowing just six earned runs over 37 innings. However, while Hahn figures to remain an asset in mixed leagues in the coming weeks, he's a prime candidate to be shut down for the season in early or mid-September. Prepare accordingly.
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Dan Haren gives up four runs to Padres
    Dan Haren gave up four runs in four-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Alexi Amarista, of all people, homered off Haren in the second, and Haren gave up a single and two RBI doubles before being pulled in the fifth. Fortunately for him, the lone runner he left on base was stranded. Haren has turned in just two quality starts in his last seven tries. The Dodgers have been getting him run support, so he's 8-6 despite his rough stretch. However, he's simply not a very good pitcher right now.
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Tim Lincecum combines on shutout of D'backs
    Tim Lincecum allowed three hits over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout of the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Lincecum entered this one having allowed 15 earned runs in 16 innings against the Diamondbacks this year, so this rates as quite a turnaround. Then again... it's still just the Diamondbacks. Lincecum has allowed one run over 30 1/3 innings in his last four starts, but those have all come against struggling offenses (two against San Diego, one against St. Louis). That said, he's finished up the first half at 9-5 with a 3.66 ERA, numbers the Giants are most certainly happy with. We wouldn't expect him to keep it up after the break.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval goes 3-for-4, homers
    Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and three RBI against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Sandoval has slowed down in the power department after his May outburst (he hit six homers in an 11-game span), but even so, he has 11 homers on the season, leaving him just three shy of his 2013 total. He has a realistic chance of reaching 20 homers for the first time since 2011 and third time in his career.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • De La Rosa gives up one run in victory
    Jorge De La Rosa tossed six innings of one-run ball in a 6-2 win over the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: The only run scored on an RBI groundout from Eduardo Nunez in the second inning. De La Rosa allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three batters. He now stands at 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA and 73/43 K/BB ratio in 102 2/3 innings across 19 starts this season. An impending free agent, he figures to be a popular trade target leading up to July 31.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Tulo hits 21st home run in victory over Twins
    Troy Tulowitzki hit his 21st home run of the season in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Kris Johnson in the third inning. Tulowitzki is now tied with Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the National League lead in home runs. Meanwhile, he leads majors with a .349 batting average and a 1.060 OPS. The Rockies aren't going anywhere this year, but the 29-year-old shortstop could be primed for his first MVP season if his health cooperates in the second half.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • CarGo (finger) singles in return from DL
    Carlos Gonzalez (finger) went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in his return from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: He also made a pair of impressive defensive plays. Gonzalez ended up missing just over a month following surgery to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger. The 28-year-old wasn't his usual elite self prior to the procedure, so fantasy owners will have to hope that improved production is on the way now that the issue has been resolved.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Stephen Vogt goes 2-for-3, homers
    Stephen Vogt had another nice game Friday, going 2-for-3 with a homer against the Mariners.

    Advice: Vogt has hit in 11 straight and delivered two hits in five of his last six games. He's looking like a nice stopgap for those mixed leaguers who lost Yadier Molina.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Holliday sends Brewers to sixth straight loss
    Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning to lead the Cardinals to a 7-6 victory over the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: It finished off a huge night for Holliday, who reached base in four out of his five plate appearances. He also had a single, two doubles, and a walk. The home run was his first since June 16 and just his sixth on the season. The 34-year-old is currently on pace to hit fewer than 20 home runs for the first time since 2005.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Gallardo gives up five runs in no-decision
    Yovani Gallardo yielded five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Gallardo was handed an early 6-0 lead, but he gave up three home runs to get the Cardinals back in the ballgame. The bullpen finished the job. Gallardo struck out three and walked one in the no-decision and will finish a resurgent first half with a 3.68 ERA and 86/32 K/BB ratio over 115 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Cardinals' Wong homers again Friday
    Kolten Wong swatted a solo homer Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: What's gotten into this guy? Wong now has four home runs in six games since coming off the disabled list. The 23-year-old had just one over his first 233 plate appearances in the majors. Many considered Wong a sleeper coming into the season and he finally appears ready to take off. With his speed potential, he should be scooped up in most leagues with a middle infielder spot.
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Lackey goes six innings in victory vs. 'Stros
    John Lackey yielded two runs over six innings in Friday's 8-3 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Lackey was shaky, allowing four hits and five walks while throwing just 67 out of 117 pitches for strikes. Still, he managed to avoid any major damage. His five walks were a season-high and his most since returning from Tommy John surgery. He struck out three batters in the victory and will finish off the first half at 10-6 with a 3.79 ERA and 109/28 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings over 19 starts.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez activated from disabled list
    Rockies activated OF Carlos Gonzalez from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: CarGo had surgery last month to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger, but he hit .385/.467/1.077 with a couple homers during four rehab games to show he was ready. He'll be moved to right field upon his return. Gonzalez was hitting a disappointing .255/.307/.449 over 52 games before the injury but should improve upon that line with his finger no longer an issue.
    Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Wong productive again in loss to the Pirates
    Kolten Wong singled, was hit by a pitch, and stole a base in three plate appearances as the Cardinals were defeated by the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cardinals just couldn't muster much of an attack against Edinson Volquez despite Wong's effort. Wong has hit safely in four of five games since returning from the disabled list and carries a .244/.305/.372 slash line overall. He has stolen 11 bases in 12 attempts as well.
    Thursday, 7:32 pm
  • Stephen Vogt knocks in three
    Stephen Vogt had two hits and three RBI versus the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Vogt isn't doing a whole lot of catching, but he is playing regularly of late, giving him value as a second catcher in mixed leagues. He's 16-for-35 (.457) in his last 10 games.
    Thursday, 3:59 pm
  • Rox want 'a young impact SP' for De La Rosa
    ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that the Rockies want a "young impact starter" in return for Jorge De La Rosa.

    Advice: Stark adds that the Rockies are "very unlikely" to find such a return given that De La Rosa owns a rough 4.75 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 18 starts this season and is set to become a free agent this winter. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the Orioles are "monitoring" the 33-year-old left-hander, but it doesn't sound like the two teams are going to be able to find a common ground for a trade. The O's would be taking a step backward if they moved one of their young pitching prospects for a mediocre rental.
    Thursday, 10:04 am
  • Kolten Wong homers, walks twice
    Kolten Wong homered again Wednesday and walked twice as the Cardinals' No. 2 hitter.

    Advice: Wong has three homers in four games and four overall in 170 at-bats this season. He also stole his 10th base in 11 attempts. As long as the Cardinals don't intend to hit him eighth regularly, he seems ready to be a useful middle-infield option in mixed leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • O's said to be monitoring Jorge De La Rosa
    A source tells Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that the Orioles are "monitoring" Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.

    Advice: The O's are in the market for a starting pitcher and the Rockies have been identified as one of the teams that will likely be sellers at the deadline, so the rumor makes some sense. Connolly notes that De La Rosa was once purchased by the Red Sox when current Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was the team's GM. The southpaw has a 4.75 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 18 starts this season, and he'll be a free agent this winter.
    Wednesday, 4:53 pm
  • Tulowitzki homers twice in defeat of Padres
    Troy Tulowitzki homered twice in the Rockies' 6-3 defeat of the Padres on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Tulo slugged a solo shot in the Rockies' two-run first inning and then added another solo bomb in the Rockies' three-run eighth. He could be on his way to his first National League MVP trophy with a .350/.441/.616 batting line, 20 homers, and 49 RBI in 86 games.
    Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Familia unavailable on Wednesday night
    Jeurys Familia is unavailable on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Familia had trouble getting his arm loose on Tuesday, which Mets manager Terry Collins called a "red flag." The right-hander had elbow surgery in May 2013 and will likely undergo a range of tests on his throwing arm.
    Wednesday, 1:13 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez to play RF upon return
    Carlos Gonzalez (finger) will be used as the Rockies' right fielder once he's activated from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: CarGo was the left fielder before going on the DL, but Michael Cuddyer's (shoulder) injury has opened up a spot in right. He's played over 100 games in right field during his career, so the switch shouldn't be a big deal. The Rockies will mainly use Corey Dickerson in left and Charlie Blackmon in center.
    Wednesday, 10:57 am
  • 'Lots of interest' in Red Sox' John Lackey
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there has been "lots of interest" in John Lackey.

    Advice: The Red Sox would understandably prefer to deal Jake Peavy, as he's owed $7 million more this season and will be a free agent this winter, while Lackey is slated to earn just $500,000 in 2015 and has pitched much better than Peavy the last two seasons. The out-of-contention Red Sox will surely consider trading Lackey if they get a great offer, but it would take a lot.
    Wednesday, 8:18 am
  • Sandoval (elbow) goes 1-for-4 in return
    In his return to the lineup, Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-4 as the Giants dropped a 6-1 decision to the A's on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sandoval missed the last two games after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch Saturday. Kung Fu Panda hit .190 in his past 12 games prior to the injury. He is batting .261/.314/.414 with 10 homers and 36 RBI over 344 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 10:17 pm
  • Wong blasts walk-off homer to down Pirates
    Kolten Wong hit a walk-off home run, the second in as many nights for the Cardinals, to defeat the Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Those sort of theatrics are expected from Matt Adams, who hit a two-run walk-off shot on Monday, but it's more surprising from Wong, who had two career home runs in 223 at-bats heading into Tuesday's game. Wong also delivered a two-run double in the game, his second two-hit effort in three games since returning from the disabled list. The second baseman scuffled to a .238/.289/.351 line in an injury-plagued first half, and he'll look for better days in the season's second stanza.
    Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval returns to Giants' lineup
    Pablo Sandoval is back in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Sandoval missed the last two games after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch Saturday. Kung Fu Panda is batting .261/.315/.416 with 10 homers and 36 RBI over 340 plate appearances for San Francisco this season.
    Tuesday, 3:37 pm
  • Victorino (back) pulled off rehab assignment
    Shane Victorino (back, hamstring) has again been pulled off his minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: It's the back injury that is still bothering Victorino, who is no longer expected to rejoin the Red Sox before the All-Star break. He's been on the disabled list since late May due to back and hamstring issues, and has appeared in just 21 of Boston's 89 games this season.
    Tuesday, 1:16 pm
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Hou
  • CarGo homers, doubles in first rehab game
    Carlos Gonzalez (finger) went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and a double in his first rehab game with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.

    Advice: It was his first game action since surgery last month to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger. If all goes according to plan, he'll play another couple of games in the minors before rejoining the Rockies this weekend.
    Tuesday, 5:31 am
  • Pablo Sandoval (elbow) can't extend arm
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy is hoping to have Pablo Sandoval (elbow) available off the bench Monday.

    Advice: However, Sandoval is currently still unable to fully extend his left arm, so it seems unlikely. He remains unlikely to need a DL stint, but it's unclear when Sandoval will be ready to play third base again.
    Monday, 5:27 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval (elbow) out again Monday
    Pablo Sandoval (elbow) is not in Monday's lineup against the Athletics.

    Advice: Sandoval left Saturday's game after being hit in the left elbow with a pitch and will now miss his second straight start. X-rays came back negative, but he's dealing with a bone bruise. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Monday, 2:19 pm
  • Victorino to resume rehab stint Wednesday
    Shane Victorino (hamstring, back) will resume a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Lowell.

    Advice: Victorino was shut down from a rehab assignment last month due to a back issue, but he's ready to get back into action. The 33-year-old was originally placed on the DL in late May after he aggravated a hamstring strain.
    Monday, 1:33 pm
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm @Hou