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  • Chris Davis powers O's to rain-shortened win
    Chris Davis blasted a two-run homer on Sunday, powering the Orioles to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in a rain-shortened five-inning game.

    Advice: Davis connected on an opposite field two-run blast off Chase Whitley in the fourth inning, getting the O's on the board and proving to provide the margin of victory. He finished the night 1-for-2, finishing the first half of the season with a disappointing .199/.309/.391 line to go along with 15 long balls and 48 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Morneau has three hits, two runs scored Sun.
    Justin Morneau went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's loss against the Twins.

    Advice: If the first baseman is disappointed about not being chosen for the All-Star Game, he's certainly not showing it. Morneau had three hits against his former team, raising his season line to .312/.345/.502. The move to Colorado has revived Morneau's career, and there's no reason to think he'll drop off in the second half.
    Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Posey's slam leads Giants past Diamondbacks
    Buster Posey hit one of the Giants' two grand slams on the day, propelling the Giants to an 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer was Posey's 10th of the season and his first since June 14. The catcher is having a down year by his standards, batting .275/.331/.422 with 46 RBI. He's particularly struggled in July, so perhaps the All-Star break comes at a good time for the 27-year-old.
    Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Moss hits 21st home run in win over Mariners
    Brandon Moss hit his 21st home run in a win over the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer, a solo shot, was Moss' second home run in his last two games. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The 30-year-old is hitting .268/.349/.530 with 66 RBI -- sixth-most in the American League -- and 45 runs. Moss is well on his way to another career year in 2014.
    Yesterday, 6:19 pm
  • Pujols has another multi-hit day vs. Rangers
    Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a win over the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Pujols continues to rake in the month of July, as Sunday was his eighth multi-hit game in 14 contests this month. He's 22-for-59 (.373) with 14 runs scored and 15 RBI in that span. It's part of an overall resurgence for the 34-year-old, who's hitting .279/.325/.491 with 64 RBI and 58 runs scored this year.
    Yesterday, 5:35 pm
  • Johnson has three hits, 3 RBI to down Cubs
    Chris Johnson had three hits -- including a home run -- three RBI and three runs scored in the Braves' 10-7 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: It's been a big few days for the third baseman, who's got three home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored over the past two games. The strong finish to the first half leaves Johnson with a .277/.301/.378 line. Johnson hit 15 home runs in 488 at-bats in 2012, so maybe the sudden outburst bodes well for his power production in the second half.
    Yesterday, 5:11 pm
  • Nava has two hits, scores twice versus Astros
    Daniel Nava went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Nava's second two-hit day raised his average to .238 to finish what's been a forgettable first half for the 31-year-old. More was expected out of Nava after he put up a .303/.385/.445 line in 2013, but he owns just a .628 OPS this year and has been up and down from Triple-A. He's a non-factor for fantasy purposes.
    Yesterday, 4:16 pm
  • Holt homers among five hits against Astros
    Brock Holt finished 5-for-6 with a home run and two runs scored against the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: Holt put an exclamation point on a breakout first half, hitting his third home run of the season to go with four singles. The 26-year-old has been a revelation for the Red Sox this season, batting .327/.371/.463 and serving as the team's primary leadoff hitter. Look for him to continue his strong season in the second half.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,3B,OF
  • Frazier's 19th homer leads Reds past Pirates
    Todd Frazier hit his 19th home run of the season, a two-run blast, as the Reds bested the Pirates 6-3 on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer was Frazier's second in as many days, and it was his only hit in five at-bats. His 19 home runs are fourth-most in the National League at the break, and he's also among the league leaders in runs scored (57) and slugging percentage. Perhaps no player had a bigger breakout in the first half -- Frazier will take a .290/.353/.500 line with 14 stolen bases and 53 RBI into the second half.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Brandon Belt scratched with back stiffness
    Brandon Belt was scratched from the Giants starting lineup on Sunday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though the injury is serious, and with the impending All-Star break looming it'll give him a few extra days to rest. He should be back and ready to go when the season resumes on Friday.
    Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Jose Abreu picks up three hits in loss
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Abreu hadn't been hitting for average for most of the season, but a 12-for-24 stretch to close out the first half means he'll go into the All-Star break hitting .292. Oh, and he's also on pace for 49 homers and 123 RBI.
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Mets 1B prospect Smith continues to rake
    Mets first base prospect Dominic Smith went 2-for-5 for Low-A Savannah.

    Advice: Smith has been on fire in July, hitting .415/.422/.488, raising his season line to .298/.355/.361 with 20 doubles. After a slow start to the season, he has hit .329/.388/.402 since the beginning of May. Smith is likely to spend the rest of the season in Savannah and start 2015 with High-A St. Lucie.
    Yesterday, 8:30 am
    Not Active
  • Justin Turner ready for rehab assignment
    Justin Turner (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.

    Advice: Barring any setbacks, he'll be activated on Friday for the beginning of the second half. "If the timing feels good and everything, Friday looks pretty doable," Turner said. "I don't think it's a matter of games. It's just trying to get some at-bats. Everything feels good."
    Yesterday, 8:20 am
    Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Disabled List
  • Red Sox getting inquiries on 1B Mike Napoli
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have received trade inquiries on Mike Napoli.

    Advice: Given their lack of right-handed power and the fact that Napoli is under contract next season, they seem unlikely to move him. Napoli also has a limited no-trade clause. However, it's always possible someone will blow the Red Sox away with an offer. If the club did move Napoli, they could transition Will Middlebrooks over to first base.
    Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Matt Hague optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned 1B Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Hague was hitless in two at-bats during his brief time with the big club. He's clearing room for the return of Francisco Liriano (oblique).
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
    Not Active
  • Adrian Gonzalez scores game-winner
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday as the Dodgers edged the Padres 1-0.

    Advice: Gonzalez doubled off Kevin Quackenbush in the ninth and came around to score on A.J. Ellis's sac fly to give Kenley Jansen his first win of the year.
    Saturday, 10:17 pm
  • Callaspo has Grade 2 hamstring strain
    Alberto Callaspo has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring.

    Advice: Callaspo was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday evening and could very well be out longer than 15 days. Andy Parrino was called up in a corresponding move to provide the A's with infield depth. Eric Sogard and Nick Punto will be Oakland's primary second basemen.
    Saturday, 5:29 pm
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo Oak - 1B,2B,3B
    Disabled List
  • Chris Johnson homers twice in shootout win
    Chris Johnson homered twice Saturday as the Braves won an 11-6 shootout against the Cubs.

    Advice: Both starting pitchers were terrible on a day that the flood gates opened early and often at Wrigley Field. Johnson hit a two-run shot off Edwin Jackson in the top of the second inning and then took E-Jax deep again in the top of the fourth. He finished the afternoon with four RBI.
    Saturday, 4:24 pm
  • Abreu hits 29th homer, White Sox beat Tribe
    Jose Abreu slugged his 29th home run of the season Saturday as the White Sox beat the Indians 6-2.

    Advice: Abreu hit his two-run shot off Indians starter Zach McAllister in the top of the fourth inning. The sensational rookie slugger is on pace for 49 home runs and 124 RBI.
    Saturday, 3:26 pm
  • A's place INF Alberto Callaspo on the DL
    Athletics placed INF Alberto Callaspo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Callaspo was originally expected to avoid the disabled list but the A's have now decided to rest him through the All-Star break. Andy Parrino was called up from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move.
    Saturday, 2:42 pm
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo Oak - 1B,2B,3B
    Disabled List
  • Victor Martinez (oblique) expected back Fri.
    Victor Martinez (oblique) is expected to return to the Tigers' starting lineup on Friday after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Martinez has been sidelined with an oblique injury since July 4. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the designated hitter is doing better and should be ready to go for the club's first game after the All-Star break.
    Saturday, 1:16 pm
  • Reds recall Neftali Soto from Triple-A
    Reds recalled 1B Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: The 25-year-old slugger has struggled during his brief time with the Reds this season, going 3-for-28 (.107) with seven strikeouts. He figures to see some starts at first base while Joey Votto (quad) is out.
    Saturday, 12:47 pm
  • Angels recall Efren Navarro from Triple-A
    Angels recalled OF Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Navarro impressed during his brief audition with the Halos earlier in the season, slashing .297/.350/.432 with three RBI in his 37 at-bats. He isn't likely to see enough playing time to be worth the addition in AL-only leagues.
    Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Cubs prospect Vogelbach with 2 hits, double
    Cubs prospect first baseman Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-5 with a double for High-A Daytona on Friday, raising his season line to .274/.362/.427.

    Advice: After a great June in which he hit .319/.429/.553 with 10 doubles and four home runs, Vogelbach has struggled in July, hitting .226/.316/.290 with two doubles over nine games. For the season, he has hit a robust .311/.391/.519 against right-handed pitching but just .198/.302/.238 against lefties. Due to his defensive limitations (his natural defensive position is DH), he may end up as a left-handed bat off the bench or a part of a platoon.
    Saturday, 8:11 am
    Not Active
  • Callaspo (hamstring) expected to avoid DL
    Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) is expected to avoid the disabled list, but is unlikely to return to the Athletics lineup over the weekend.

    Advice: Callaspo sustained the injury while running to first base during his first at-bat on Friday. The veteran infielder is confident that his hamstring strain isn't serious and that he'll be able to return to the lineup after the All-Star break.
    Saturday, 7:27 am
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo Oak - 1B,2B,3B
    Disabled List
  • 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.
    Friday, 9:58 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
  • Carter hits two solo homers vs. Red Sox
    Chris Carter hit a pair of solo homers in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Carter has two two-homer games over the past four days and has gone deep six times over his last six games. He's now tied for eighth in the AL with 19 homers, though he's done it with a .203 batting average and a .280 on-base percentage. In other words, he's pretty much doing what was expected of him.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Ortiz has three-run double vs. Astros
    David Ortiz had a three-run double in Friday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Ortiz only had one hit in five at-bats Friday, but he made it count with his bases-clearing double in the sixth, which capped a five-run rally for Boston. The veteran slugger has knocked in six runs over his past three games and is tied for 10th in the AL with 61 RBI.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Callaspo departs with right hamstring strain
    Alberto Callaspo was removed from Friday's contest against the Mariners with a strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Callaspo sustained the injury while hustling down the first base line during his only at-bat of the night. The injury doesn't sound serious, so consider the valuable utility man day-to-day.
    Friday, 8:30 pm
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo Oak - 1B,2B,3B
    Disabled List
  • Alberto Callaspo departs with apparent injury
    Alberto Callaspo was forced to leave Friday's game against the Mariners in the second inning due to an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: He appeared to suffer the injury while running to first base during his first at-bat. He was replaced defensively at first base by Nate Freiman, who would be in line for more playing time should Callaspo be forced to miss any significant amount of time. The A's should have an update on his status shortly.
    Friday, 7:49 pm
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo Oak - 1B,2B,3B
    Disabled List
  • Tommy Medica (groin) unavailable on Friday
    Tommy Medica is not in the Padres starting lineup on Friday, and is unlikely to be available the remainder of the weekend due to continued rightness in his right groin.

    Advice: The Padres remain hopeful that he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list, so they'll play with a short bench for the weekend series against the Dodgers. Medica is hitting .230/.275/.410 with four homers and 13 RBI in his 122 at-bats on the season.
    Friday, 5:40 pm
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup on Friday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Hector Sanchez will get the start behind the plate and hit fifth for the Giants against Mike Bolsinger.
    Friday, 3:04 pm
  • Victor Martinez (oblique) feeling better
    Victor Martinez (oblique) said that the way he felt Thursday "is by far the best in a while."

    Advice: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said that it's unlikely V-Mart returns before the All-Star break, but his improvement Thursday leaves the door open. Ultimately, the club figures to play it safe and rest their DH until next week.
    Friday, 6:45 am
  • Tommy Medica leaves with groin tightness
    Tommy Medica left Thursday's game against the Dodgers with right groin tightness.

    Advice: It's not clear how long he might be sidelined, but the Padres should provide more on Medica's status after the game. Rene Rivera replaced Medica at first base Thursday.
    Thursday, 8:12 pm
  • Morneau fills final HR Derby slot for NL
    Justin Morneau has been selected as the final participant for the National League in next week's Home Run Derby.

    Advice: Morneau lost out to Anthony Rizzo in the Final Vote, but he'll at least get to go back to Minnesota in another capacity. The Rockies' first baseman is a former Derby champ, having won the year Josh Hamilton put on a show at Yankee Stadium. Morneau is joined by teammate Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig and Giancarlo Stanton in the NL. The American League will go with Jose Bautista, Adam Jones, Brian Dozier, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson.
    Thursday, 4:01 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
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
  • Buster Posey goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Buster Posey went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss and is 6-for-34 with two RBI so far this month.

    Advice: Posey hit .362 in June, but he's back slumping again now. He's scored just one run in his last 16 games, and he hasn't homered since June 14. If the Giants are ever going to pull out of their funk, it will be up to Posey to lead the way.
    Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • V-Mart (side) out again Thursday
    Victor Martinez (side) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Thursday.

    Advice: V-Mart hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. He appears unlikely to play again before the All-Star break.
    Thursday, 1:28 pm
  • Pujols hits 20th homer in win over Blue Jays
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Pujols had a string of four straight multi-hit games snapped with an 0-for-4 night Tuesday, but he was right back at it on Wednesday. The home run, his 20th of the year, gave the Angels a one-run lead, and they ended up winning by the same margin. He also scored a run in the third inning. His strong push has his season line at .270/.321/.489 with a few days left before the All-Star break.
    Wednesday, 4:33 pm
  • Pirates add Matt Hague to big league roster
    Pirates purchased the contract of 1B Matt Hague from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Hague will give the Pirates a bench bat while Starling Marte deals with a family matter. Hague, 28, has hit .267/.363/.456 this season at the Triple-A level.
    Wednesday, 2:18 pm
    Not Active
  • V-Mart (side) won't play before AS break
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Wednesday that Victor Martinez (side) is likely to sit out the remainder of the first half.

    Advice: Martinez hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. The Tigers are hoping with a full two weeks off that he'll be ready to go immediately after the All-Star break. That means that V-Mart is likely to be replaced on the American League All-Star roster.
    Wednesday, 9:47 am
  • Justin Morneau not in Wednesday's lineup
    Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather against southpaw Eric Stults. Kyle Parker is at first base Wednesday in Morneau's place.
    Wednesday, 9:31 am
  • Victor Martinez (side) still out Wednesday
    Victor Martinez (side) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: The Tigers are likely to hold Martinez out until the All-Star break at this point, hoping he'll be ready immediately at the start of the second half. He hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side.
    Wednesday, 6:53 am
  • Carter launches two home runs to sink Rangers
    Chris Carter hit two home runs as the Astros bested the Rangers 8-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carter connected off of Neftali Feliz in the sixth inning before taking Aaron Poreda deep in the eighth. The homers give him four jacks in his last four games, and he's 7-for-20 with six runs scored and seven RBI in his last five. The blasts give him 17 home runs overall. It's about all he does well -- he's batting just .194/.274/.446 for the year -- but in AL-only leagues where pop is hard to come by, Carter is a decent source of power, if nothing else.
    Tuesday, 10:04 pm