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  • Marlins reinstate Dee Gordon from suspension
    Marlins reinstated 2B Dee Gordon from suspension.

    Advice: Gordon will return to the Marlins' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cardinals after missing the last 80 games while serving out a performance-enhancing suspension. He didn't hit the ball very well on his minor league rehab assignment, but the 28-year-old second baseman is obviously capable of having a huge fantasy impact down the stretch this season. Derek Dietrich will be shifted into more of a utility role. 25 minutes ago
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  • Marlins DFA utilityman Don Kelly
    Marlins designated INF/OF Don Kelly for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Dee Gordon, who is back from his 80-game PED suspension. Kelly was batting just .148/.200/.296 in 30 plate appearances with Miami. 29 minutes ago
  • Minor (shoulder) set for rehab assignment
    Mike Minor (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: It will be his first time pitching in a minor league game since May 30, when he had to shut down his rehab assignment because of rotator cuff fatigue. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and hasn't thrown a pitch at the major league level in 2016. Maybe he could become an option for the Royals in late August, but it's not something to count on. 30 minutes ago
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  • Robertson chips in with four hits Wednesday
    Rays SS prospect Daniel Robertson clubbed four hits Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He provided a double, three singles and one RBI while guiding the Bulls to a 5-2 win over Toledo. The 22-year-old has looked overmatched at times this season, though he's had a good stretch this month with 12 hits over his last nine outings. Robertson has been a jack of all trades for Durham, seeing time at three different infield positions. 33 minutes ago
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  • Jonathan Villar out Thursday vs. Arizona
    Jonathan Villar is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Villar was pulled from Wednesday night's game after committing multiple blunders at shortstop and on the basepaths. Brewers manager Craig Counsell was not impressed. Hernan Perez will fill in Thursday versus Arizona. 41 minutes ago
  • Alford breaks out for three hits Wednesday
    Blue Jays OF prospect Anthony Alford ripped three hits Wednesday in a win for High-A Dunedin.

    Advice: He supplied two triples, a double and two RBI as the Blue Jays squeaked out a 10-9 win over Lakewood. Alford has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .371 during that span with two homers and six RBI. The hot streak has raised his average from .188 to .232. The 22-year-old is looking for better results after a disappointing first half that included a .200 batting average and 50 strikeouts in 125 at-bats. 42 minutes ago
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  • Lucroy not in Brewers' lineup; trade coming?
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Rev up those trade rumor engines. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday night that talks involving Jonathan Lucroy had begun to intensify, and it sounds like he could be dealt at some point Thursday. There is believed to be interest from the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets, and Red Sox. Martin Maldonado will start at catcher for Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon versus Arizona. 45 minutes ago
  • Alfaro spouts off for four hits Wednesday
    Phillies C prospect Jorge Alfaro matched a season-high with four hits Wednesday in a win for Double-A Reading.

    Advice: He plated three runs as the Fightin Phils rolled to an easy 11-3 victory over visiting Binghamton. All of his hits were singles. Alfaro's big night came on the heels of a 3-for-20 slump that dropped his average from .297 to .287. Alfaro leads all Eastern League catchers in home runs (12) and RBI (53) this season. The 23-year-old was acquired from Texas last summer in the Cole Hamels trade. 55 minutes ago
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  • Jose Reyes (intercostal) doubtful for Friday
    Jose Reyes (intercostal) is doubtful for Friday.

    Advice: Reyes was diagnosed with a Grade 1 intercostal strain on Tuesday afternoon and is still dealing with some discomfort. Mets manager Terry Collins said he's not considering a disabled list stint at this point because the club has a string of games in American League parks next week. That would allow Reyes to DH, but it does seem like an odd strategy considering the veteran infielder suffered the injury on a swing. Today, 8:19 am
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  • Cespedes out Thursday due to quad flareup
    Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' lineup Thursday because he had a flareup with his quad.

    Advice: Cespedes missed a chunk of time earlier this month with a quad strain, and now it's rearing its ugly head again. Consider him day-to-day for now. Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center field on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies. Today, 8:06 am
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  • Yoenis Cespedes out of Mets lineup Thursday
    Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center in the series opener versus Colorado. This is just a day of maintenance for Cespedes, who slugged a two-run homer on Wednesday against the Cardinals. Today, 7:49 am
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  • KC trying to package Kennedy, Davis; to LAD?
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."

    Advice: Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it. Today, 7:31 am
  • 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. Today, 7:00 am
  • 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. 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. 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 this week 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. He holds a $10 million team option for 2017, which is a relative bargain. 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. 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." 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Yesterday, 9:20 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. 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. 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. 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. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Cespedes goes 2-for-4 with two-run bomb
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The home run put the Mets ahead in the seventh inning but the Cardinals came back to win in the ninth. Cespedes has been banged up lately and missed some games, but he looked good tonight. He is slashing a whopping .297/.367/.566 but his counting stats have not been quite as pretty. He has 22 home runs, 49 runs and 58 RBI. His weak-hitting teammates haven't given him the support he needs to score and drive in runs. Yesterday, 8:03 pm
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  • Reyes (intercostal) out until at least Friday
    Jose Reyes (intercostal strain) will not play until Friday at the earliest.

    Advice: Reyes suffered a Grade 1 intercostal strain during Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. He was administered an anti-inflammatory shot on Tuesday night. In terms of silver linings, Reyes at least avoided re-breaking the rib he fractured during the opening week of the 2015 season. He initially feared that Tuesday's injury might be a case of history repeating itself. Yesterday, 5:02 pm
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  • Lucroy trade talks are picking up steam
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that trade talks involving Jonathan Lucroy are "intensifying."

    Advice: Crasnick writes that "[m]omentum [is] building toward a trade by the deadline." He counts the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets and Red Sox as interested parties, but also notes that there is a "mystery team" in the mix. Worldwide Leader colleague Buster Olney reported on July 20 that the Indians were in talks with the Brewers regarding a potential Lucroy trade, but nothing came of it at the time. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 1:13 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. 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. Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Jose Reyes diagnosed with intercostal strain
    Jose Reyes has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 intercostal strain.

    Advice: Reyes went to a local hospital for tests after feeling a muscle tweak on his final swing of Tuesday afternoon's 3-2 loss to the Cardinals -- part of a traditional doubleheader at Citi Field. He did not play in the night game (a 3-1 win) and the Mets are expecting him to miss at least a couple of days. This could easily turn into a DL situation. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
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  • 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)." 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. 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. Tuesday, 1:16 pm
  • Gordon on track to rejoin Marlins on Thu.
    Dee Gordon (suspension) remains on track to rejoin the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Gordon is serving the final days of his 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The speedy second baseman is 7-for-27 (.259) over seven games during his minor league tuneup games with Triple-A New Orleans. He got off to a slow start, but has hit safely in each of his last five games. He could make a big impact in fantasy leagues over the final two months. Tuesday, 6:29 am
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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Monday, 3:03 am
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  • Reyes notches RBI triple in win over Marlins
    Jose Reyes went 1-for-5 with an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Reyes showed that despite his age (33), he still brings a strong speed element to play whenever he steps to the dish. In Sunday's case, he collected an RBI triple against Marlins starter Jose Urena in the third inning. Since the Mets called him up on July 5, the embattled third baseman is slashing .242/.284/.516 with three homers, eight RBI and three steals over the course of 62 at-bats. He has quietly picked up hits in eight of his last 10 games. He is worth a shot in NL-only and deeper mixed-league formats at this juncture. Sunday, 1:34 pm
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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. 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. 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. Sunday, 9:59 am
  • Lucroy hits two-run home run on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run in the first inning on Saturday and finished the game 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

    Advice: Lucroy is a prime candidate to be moved before next weekend's trade deadline. Today's game boosted his trade value a bit higher than it already was. His .301/.362/.494 slash stats with 13 homers and 50 RBI make him one of the top three catchers in fantasy baseball. Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Reyes has three hits in win over Marlins
    Jose Reyes filled up the box score Friday against the Marlins by going 3-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

    Advice: Reyes had a double and a pair of singles. He scored on a pair of sacrifice flies by Yoenis Cespedes. This was Reyes’ first three-hit game of the season and his first multi-hit game since July 10. He’s batting .250/.298/.538 overall. The Mets could use more games like this one from him. Friday, 7:52 pm
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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Thursday, 8:25 pm
  • Villar hits seventh homer in loss to Pirates
    Jonathan Villar hit his seventh home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Villar took Pirates starter Francisco Liriano deep for the solo shot in the third inning. He finished 1-for-4 in the game. The power is an added bonus -- Thursday's homer tied his single-season high -- but Villar's speed has been his selling point this year, as he still leads the National League with 34 swipes. The 25-year-old is hitting .301/.384/.430 in his breakout year. Thursday, 7:44 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. Thursday, 7:02 pm
  • Lucroy getting planned day off Thursday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Jonathan Lucroy is getting a planned day off Thursday.

    Advice: Trade speculation surfaced as soon as Thursday's lineup card was released, but Lucroy is staying put for now. Still, there's a good chance he's dealt by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Lucroy out of Brewers' lineup Thursday night
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Commence the trade speculation. Lucroy tallied three RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday night, but Martin Maldonado will get the nod at catcher Thursday. He is batting eighth versus Bucs lefty Francisco Liriano. Thursday, 12:57 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. Thursday, 8:53 am
  • Lucroy drives in three runs and steals a bag
    Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs and added a stolen base as the Brewers beat the Pirates 9-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He drove in two runners with a single to left in the sixth inning, then hit a sacrifice fly to bring in an insurance run in the eighth inning. Lucroy's name is swirling in trade rumors but it hasn't been a distraction for the All Star catcher. He is batting .305/.362/.492 with 12 home runs in 311 at-bats. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Kennedy bombed for seven earned runs in loss
    Ian Kennedy was shelled for seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Cleveland went off for four home runs against Kennedy, with Mike Napoli, Jason Kipnis, Tyler Naquin, and Carlos Santana all getting in on the act. Naquin then homered again off Royals reliever Peter Moylan. Kennedy had been in a decent groove, but his ERA jumped from 3.86 to 4.28 on Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City. A matchup at home against the Angels is next. Wednesday, 2:34 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. Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Report: Indians shooting for Lucroy trade
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Indians are "in talks" for a potential Jonathan Lucroy trade.

    Advice: There are no details as to who the Indians might have to give up in return for Lucroy. As far as available catchers go, the 30-year-old backstop is about as reliable as they come. This season, he is slashing .305/.362/.494 with 12 homers and 45 RBI over the course of 308 at-bats. Lucroy has told FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman that he would like to play for a contender. At 55-38 and holding a seven-game lead in the AL Central, the Indians would fit that bill. Wednesday, 2:18 pm
  • Gordon leaves rehab game with leg cramp
    Dee Gordon (suspension) left a rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A New Orleans due to a leg cramp.

    Advice: Gordon felt the cramp while running out of the box on a grounder to short in the fourth inning. If it is indeed just a cramp, he should remain on track to rejoin the Marlins on July 28. "He'll be out to take some grounders [Wednesday] and hopefully will be ready to go then," said Triple-A NOLA manager Arnie Beyeler. "He's been working out in Jupiter [Fla.], but you can't simulate the intensity of games. It's a little different animal in a live game, but we'll test it out tomorrow, and if it's not good we'll give him a day or two." Wednesday, 9:28 am
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    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Cespedes, Walker not in Mets' lineup Wed.
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera will also take a seat against Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks. Michael Conforto is starting in left field and Juan Lagares is in center field in the afternoon game at Wrigley Field. Wednesday, 8:34 am
    10:10 am vs x Col
  • 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. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Mike Minor (shoulder) nearing rehab games
    Mike Minor (shoulder) threw a successful simulated game on Tuesday in Kansas City.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said Minor looked really good during the workout and suggested that the left-hander could be close to restarting a minor league rehab assignment. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and he hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors this year. Tuesday, 2:38 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:05 pm @Tex
  • 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. Tuesday, 12:47 pm
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  • Cespedes might not play CF on Tuesday
    Mets manager Terry Collins plans to talk to Yoenis Cespedes about whether it's a good idea for him to play center field on Tuesday.

    Advice: Collins said that Cespedes moved cautiously while playing left field on Monday, so he might not want to push it with his recent quad injury. The original plan called for Michael Conforto to make the start in left field on Tuesday and slide Cespedes back over to center field, but that could change now. Stay tuned. Monday, 7:49 pm
    10:10 am vs x Col
  • Reyes gets work in center field
    Jose Reyes got some work in center field over the weekend.

    Advice: Reyes' primary goal is getting more comfortable at third base, but he'll also continuing working in center field just in case. The Mets are also looking at Michael Conforto in center field, so anything is possible in this situation. No word on if Bartolo Colon has been ruled out as an option. Monday, 2:04 pm
    10:10 am vs x Col
  • Cespedes to play CF on Tuesday
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Yoenis Cespedes will play center field on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cespedes prefers to play left field, partially to protect his recent quad injury, but he'll slide over to center field on Tuesday in order to go Michael Conforto's bat in the lineup. However, the Mets don't plan to make this a regular thing. Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Monday that Conforto could see time in center field now that he's back from the minors. That's not an ideal alignment. Monday, 1:27 pm
    10:10 am vs x Col
  • Yoenis Cespedes said he prefers left field
    Yoenis Cespedes said he'd prefer to stay in left field for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: He's spent most of the year in center but returned to the lineup as a left fielder on Sunday. Cespedes won the AL Gold Glove as a left fielder last season so he has plenty of experience at the position. Left field is certainly the less taxing of the two spots and Cespedes said his quad is only about 80-90 percent right now. If Cespedes becomes a permanent fixture in left field, it will be good news for Juan Lagares and Alejandro De Aza but bad news for Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson, who have been used exclusively on the corners this year. Jul 18, 5:29 am
    10:10 am vs x Col
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