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  • Report: O's trying hard for Andrew Cashner
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "trying hard" for Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: Baltimore badly needs rotation help -- Ubaldo Jimenez and his 7.38 ERA are starting Thursday against the Twins -- and Cashner is almost certain to be dealt somewhere by the August 1 trade deadline. Rosenthal says the O's are not necessarily the front-runner for the 29-year-old right-hander, with the Rangers, Marlins, and Giants also lurking. Cashner, an impending free agent, owns a 4.76 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 67/30 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
  • Cardinals looking into Angels' Joe Smith
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are "said to have looked at Joe Smith."

    Advice: St. Louis is on a wide-reaching search for relief help with Trevor Rosenthal falling apart this summer. Smith isn't the most exciting name on the market and he owns an underwhelming 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 24/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old impending free agent right-hander should come rather cheap. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:24 am
  • Blue Jays sign Erik Kratz to minors deal
    Blue Jays signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Kratz was designated for assignment by the Pirates on July 19 and elected to become a free agent a few days alter. He was 6-for-56 (.107) in Pittsburgh and is no more than a depth signing for the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:05 am
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  • Dodgers showing interest in RP Wade Davis
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are showing interest in Royals closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: Los Angeles reportedly made a run at Aroldis Chapman before he landed with the Cubs. Davis hasn't been as dominant this year as he has been in years past, but the 30-year-old right-hander still ranks among the top relievers in baseball with his 1.60 ERA in 33 2/3 innings. It's not clear what a trade for an elite late-inning arm would do for Kenley Jansen's status as the Dodgers' closer. He has 30 saves this season and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:21 am
  • CarGo open to moving to 1B for Rockies
    Carlos Gonzalez said he's open to shifting to first base for the Rockies.

    Advice: That might be where the Rockies have to put him next year -- or perhaps down the stretch this year -- if they don't trade him ahead of the August 1 deadline. David Dahl arrived in the majors this week, prospect Raimel Tapia is going to arrive eventually, and Gerardo Parra and Charlie Blackmon are both locked in for the next couple of years. CarGo is under contract for $20 million in 2017 and can then become a free agent. "We have some really good outfielders, and prospects coming up," Gonzalez said Wednesday. "So if (moving to first base) is something that will be for our benefit, that’s something that I would definitely do. I love playing in Denver, I feel at home playing there." Rotoworld.com Today, 5:13 am
  • Jennings scratched from High-A rehab game
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) was scratched from what should have been his second rehab game Wednesday due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: The hope is that he can play Thursday night and remain on track to rejoin the Rays early next week. Jennings, out since July 1 with a left hamstring strain, went 1-for-4 in his rehab debut Tuesday with High-A Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:05 am
  • Boxberger (oblique) on track for Friday
    Brad Boxberger made his second appearance in as many days Wednesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger faced two batters, walking one and striking out the other. He is on track to rejoin the Rays' bullpen on Friday after missing nearly two full months with a left oblique strain. Boxberger also had an abdominal injury before that and has been limited to just one appearance this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:01 am
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  • Hammel allows one run in seven innings Wed.
    Jason Hammel led the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday by tossing seven innings of one run baseball for his 10th win.

    Advice: The only run he allowed came on a home run by opposing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Hammel struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up just five hits. His record improves to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 114 1/3 innings. Hammel draws two starts next week. The first will be at home versus the Marlins on Monday, then he will travel to Oakland for an interleague game using the designated hitter on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Bryant hits 26th home run of the season Wed.
    Kris Bryant connected for his 26th home run of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went 1-for-3 with two runs scored on the night. The solo home run came off Anthony Ranaudo in the sixth inning to provide the first of eight Cubs runs in the game. He is batting .283/.377/.550 with 81 runs and 66 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
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  • Ranaudo loses game in quality start on Wed.
    Anthony Ranaudo allowed three runs on two hits (both were homers) in 6 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He pitched five scoreless innings before faltering in the sixth inning. He gave up four bases-on-balls and struck out three. The only two hits he allowed were home runs to Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Ranaudo launched a solo blast of his own in the fifth inning but that won't help his fantasy owners. He was making his first start since being called up from Triple-A. He made two relief appearances for the Rangers early in the season before the White Sox picked him up. It remains to be seen if he will stay in the White Sox' rotation moving forward. He is not a recommended pick-up in standard fantasy leagues despite tonight's solid outing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Russell blasts grand slam on Wednesday
    Addison Russell cranked a grand slam against the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his only hit of the night but it was a big one. It was his 12th home run of the season in 379 plate appearances. He has a .248 batting average, 40 runs and 60 RBI in the Cubs strong lineup. Those are essentially league-average numbers, which is very good considering he is only 22 years old and still developing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Frazier goes 2-for-4 as White Sox lose
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a double on Wednesday night as the White Sox lost to their crosstown rivals.

    Advice: The multiple hits were a rarity for Frazier this season. He is batting only .215 but has 29 home runs to go with 58 runs and 67 RBI. He has added eight sneaky stolen bases as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Manaea yields three runs, fans nine in 6 2/3
    Sean Manaea struck out nine batters and gave up three runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings to take a no-decision in the Athletics' 6-4 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His record holds at 3-5 with a 4.57 ERA. He has struck out 75 batters while issuing only 20 free passes in 86 2/3 innings. The rookie left-hander won't pitch again until next Wednesday against the Angels in Anaheim. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Duffey could start Monday despite troubles
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Tyler Duffey has not been taken off his scheduled Monday start.

    Advice: Duffey was eviscerated to the tune of five runs on eight hits over 1 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Braves. Predictably, Molitor wasn't exactly jumping up-and-down at the prospect of handing the ball back to him for Monday's start against the Indians, but he did offer a half-hearted vote of confidence. "Right now he's scheduled to start Monday," Molitor said. "That's about all I can say about that right now." The 25-year-old right-hander holds a 6.12 ERA for the season as a whole. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Madson earns save but gives up a run on Wed.
    Ryan Madson pitched a shaky ninth inning but earned a save despite giving up a run on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has 22 saves but has also blown six already. At 7.36 K/9 Madson does not have the premium strikeout rate that is the hallmark of reliable closers. He has a 3.89 ERA in 44 innings and is a trade candidate this week. His owners may want to handcuff Ryan Dull quickly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Tyler Duffey obliterated in loss to Braves
    Tyler Duffey was obliterated on Wednesday, giving up five runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Braves.

    Advice: Duffey walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. Just when Twins fans thought it couldn't get any worse after Duffey surrendered six runs over 2 1/3 innings his last time out, he was even worse against a struggling Braves offense on Wednesday. This could be the straw that forces him out of the Twins rotation before he has a chance to take on the Indians in Cleveland on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Giants in 'active talks' for Andrew Cashner
    According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Giants "remain in active talks" with the Padres to acquire starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: There was a report that Cashner might be traded before his start Tuesday night in Toronto, and there was also talk of that happening before his outing last Thursday in St. Louis. He pitched pretty well in both of those starts and seems likely to get moved to a contender by the August 1 trade deadline despite his 4.76 overall ERA. There has also been interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 am
  • Andrew Cashner gives up three runs to Jays
    Andrew Cashner pitched six innings and allowed three runs Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a solid outing for Cashner in what was most likely his final start for the Padres. He gave up two homers, but he still managed a quality start on the road against a fine offense. His ERA stands at 4.76. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Oakland sticking with Ryan Madson at closer
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he will stick with Ryan Madson at closer.

    Advice: Madson blew his sixth save of the season in Monday's loss to the Rangers and has watched his ERA rise every month -- from 1.42 at the end of April, to 2.42 at the end of May, to 3.00 at the end of June, to the 3.77 mark where it sits now. Ryan Dull probably deserves a shot, but it's not going to happen yet. "At this point, we still have confidence in him," Melvin said of Madson. "He’s throwing as hard as he has all year here the last couple times out, he’s performed really well the last couple of times before (Monday)." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:50 pm
  • Jennings (hamstring) to begin rehab Tues.
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He's been working out with the Charlotte Stone Crabs since the weekend and has now been cleared to play in live games. Jennings will probably spend the rest of this week in the minor leagues. He has been out since July 1 because of a left hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Padres making progress toward Cashner trade
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Padres are making progress on an Andrew Cashner trade.

    Advice: Morosi says a deal could be finalized before Cashner's scheduled start Tuesday night in Toronto. There's known to be interest from the Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers. Cashner, 29, holds a 4.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 61/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings this year with San Diego. He can become a free agent in the offseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Addison Russell starts, goes 0-for-3
    Addison Russell went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Russell started at shortstop tonight after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left heel. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Smith was unavailable due to back tightness
    Joe Smith was unavailable Monday because his back tightened up.

    Advice: Some speculated about a trade when Smith didn't pitch in the seventh inning Monday, but he's not going anywhere yet. Fortunately, the back issue appears to be minor and he should be good to go Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Ryan Madson blows sixth save
    Ryan Madson took his sixth blown save after giving up a two-run homer to the Rangers in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Madson has given up a whopping five homers and 10 runs in his last 12 innings of work, so his time as a closer could be coming to a close. Ryan Dull has looked like Oakland's best reliever all season long and is worthy of an opportunity. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Ranaudo to start vs. Cubs on Wednesday
    Anthony Ranaudo will start against the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ranaudo will start in place of Jacob Turner, who allowed 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings over two starts. Ranaudo posted a 3.03 ERA and 71/12 K/BB ratio over 92 innings in Triple-A this season, but obviously this is a matchup to avoid in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) won't return before Fri.
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list before Friday.

    Advice: Boxberger has allowed two runs in three innings on his minor league rehab assignment, and he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. That is scheduled to happen this week, with the Rays likely hoping to see better results. Boxberger has been limited to one appearance at the major league level this season because of oblique and abdominal issues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:03 am
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  • Addison Russell exits game with heel injury
    Addison Russell exited Sunday's game against the Brewers with a bruised left heel.

    Advice: He fouled a ball off the heel Saturday and it got progressively sore on him Sunday. The Cubs are saying his removal was precautionary, so consider Russell day-to-day. Javier Baez is likely to fill in at shortstop for any amount of time that Russell might miss. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:03 pm
  • Addison Russell exits with undisclosed injury
    Addison Russell departed Sunday's game against the Brewers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Russell was pulled after flying out to end the fourth inning. He didn't suffer any obvious injury, but the Cubs should provide more on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:47 pm
  • Anthony Ranaudo recalled from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Ranaudo holds a 3.03 ERA and 71/12 K/BB ratio over 92 Triple-A innings this season. He'll be utilized in a relief role for now. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:59 am
  • Several teams inquiring on Wade Davis
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that several teams have called the Royals inquiring on the availability of closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: The Royals, who are considering selling at the trade deadline, are reportedly demanding a King's ransom for Davis. Heyman notes that the current asking price for Davis is higher than the Yankees are demanding for Aroldis Chapman. Davis is still under contract for a very affordable $10 million club option for next season, while Chapman hits free agency after the 2016 campaign, so there's certainly merit to asking for a higher price. Davis value shouldn't change much if he is dealt, as he's likely to close wherever he ends up. The Nationals are one club that Heyman notes have expressed interest in Davis. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:01 pm
  • Marlins among many discussing Andrew Cashner
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have been discussing Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: The Orioles are also known to be negotiating with the Padres. The Marlins could become a legitimate title contender in the National League with the addition of a second starter behind Jose Fernandez, and Cashner could fit the bill potentially. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Orioles in the mix for Andrew Cashner as well
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles are pursuing Andrew Cashner from the Padres but that it isn't related to any potential trade for Melvin Upton.

    Advice: The O's are looking at both Padres in separate deals, not as a package play. The O's are in desperate need of an upgrade in their starting rotation, and the hard-throwing right-hander could be just the guy for the job. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:24 am
  • Sean Manaea goes eight scoreless
    Sean Manaea tossed eight scoreless innings against the Rays in a no-decision Friday.

    Advice: It's a career high in innings for Manaea, who was allowed to cross the century mark in pitches thrown for just the second time (he threw 103 tonight). He's allowed two runs over 20 innings in his last three starts, taking his ERA from 5.85 to 4.61. He's still a fringy mixed-league play, but he has things going in the right direction. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:37 pm
  • Hammel gives up two runs in win
    Jason Hammel gave up two runs over five-plus innings Friday in a 5-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Hammel was pulled after giving up a leadoff double in the sixth. All told, he gave up four hits and walked a pair while striking out four. After going winless in six straight starts, he has now won back-to-back outings. He has had a knack for falling apart in the second half in recent years, but he’s bucking that trend so far. He’ll take a 3.35 into a start against the crosstown White Sox next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Erik Kratz elects free agency
    Erik Kratz has elected free agency.

    Advice: Kratz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but he's decided to look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept a minor league assignment. He hit only .107 (6-for-56) with Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:03 pm
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  • Orioles scouted Andrew Cashner on Thursday
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball and FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles scouted Andrew Cashner's start on Thursday.

    Advice: They saw him pitch well, as Cashner struck out eight while holding the Cardinals to one run over 5 2/3 innings. The Orioles were also connected to Cashner back in February before they signed Yovani Gallardo. The Rangers and Blue Jays are also known to have interest in the righty even though he's put up a 4.79 ERA this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:28 am
  • Mets monitoring reliever Joe Smith
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "monitoring" Joe Smith, Chris Withrow and Jeremy Jeffress.

    Advice: The Mets have been connected to Jeffress previously, but Smith's and Withrow's names are new as the club seeks relief help. Smith, who began his career with the Mets, has had a down season with a 4.36 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, but that might mean the Mets can get him at a discount. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:40 am
  • Cashner fans eight, allows one run vs. Cards
    Andrew Cashner struck out eight while allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Cashner was close to dominant, allowing just three hits without issuing a walk before exiting. Unfortunately for him, his bullpen couldn't hold the lead, denying him of his second straight win. Still, Cashner has now struck out 17 while allowing two runs over his past two starts, upping his trade value just in time for the Padres to try to get something nice for him ahead of the trade deadline. If he's still around, the 29-year-old is slated to take on the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:25 pm
  • Duffey battered for six runs by Red Sox
    Tyler Duffey wasn't long for Thursday's game, allowing six runs on nine hits over 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: It perhaps should have been a sign that Duffey was in for a rough night when Mookie Betts hit the first pitch he saw over the Green Monster. Duffey would allow three runs in the frame and another three in the third inning before getting the hook. The loss was his first in over a month, but the right-hander owns an unsightly 5.71 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 16 starts this year. An interleague date with the Braves is on tap for Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:02 pm
  • Jennings (hamstring) running at Charlotte
    Desmond Jennings (hamstring) has been doing light running with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: That's where he could begin a minor league rehab assignment in about a week. Jennings was placed on the disabled list July 4, retroactive to July 1, with a left hamstring strain. He may be ready to return the first week of August, but the 29-year-old outfielder is batting .202 this season and probably won't be a factor in fantasy leagues down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:53 am
  • Rosenthal: Cashner trade not imminent
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Padres do not expect to trade Andrew Cashner before his Thursday start against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Jon Morosi (also of FOX Sports) had previously reported that the Padres were hoping to move Cashner prior to his next start, but according to one of Rosenthal's sources, there is a "99.9% chance nothing will happen [before Thursday's scheduled outing]." The Rangers and Marlins are two of the teams rumored to be kicking the tires on the 29-year-old right-hander. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Rangers continue to bat around Cashner trade
    MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that the Rangers remain in trade talks regarding Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: According to FOX Sports Jon Morosi, the Padres are hoping to trade Cashner before his scheduled Thursday start. The Rangers have been heavily linked to the 29-year-old right-hander, but Morosi colleague Ken Rosenthal relayed on Tuesday that "a surprising number of clubs" are interested in Cashner's services, not just Texas. Expect movement one way or another very, very soon. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Frazier rocks two-run homer against M's
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Frazier offered a nice bit of insurance with his two-run homer in the top of the ninth. It pushed the White Sox advantage from 3-1 to 5-1. They would tack on one more run in the frame to win 6-1. The slugger is slashing .215/.302/.481 with 27 homers and 61 RBI over the course of 339 at-bats. Even by Frazier's all-or-nothing standards, that .215 average is a bit on the low side. Last season, he hit .255, much closer to his career mark of .251. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Boxberger (oblique) set for rehab game
    Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make another rehab appearance Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Boxberger allowed a solo home run in his rehab debut Monday with Charlotte, but he retried the other three batters he faced and Rays manager Kevin Cash offered a good report on the right-hander Tuesday evening. Boxberger has made just one appearance at the major league level this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries, so the Rays are probably going to ease him back. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:41 pm
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  • Pirates designate Kratz for assignment
    Pirates designated C Erik Kratz for assignment.

    Advice: Kratz gets the boot now that Francisco Cervelli is ready to return from the disabled list. The 36-year-old hit just .107 (6-for-56) during his month-long stay with Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:47 pm
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