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  • Lonnie Chisenhall homers for Indians
    Lonnie Chisenhall homered for the Indians' only run Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: Chisenhall is 4-for-11 in three games since returning to the majors Thursday. Since he's likely to keep on starting in the outfield against righties, he should be a nice AL-only option the rest of the way. 39 minutes ago
  • Goldschmidt strikes out twice in loss to HOU
    Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: In a season filled with highlights and astronomical numbers, Saturday's loss to the Astros won't be making the cut when Goldschmidt decides what to show his grandchildren. He failed to pick up a hit or walk in the game and couldn't put the ball in play for two of his three at-bats. These things happen--just not very often for Goldy, who is hitting .346/.462/.599 with 22 homers, 77 RBI and 17 steals. The steal number is one off of his personal best for a season. Today, 8:10 pm
  • Rizzo homers in fourth straight game
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Rizzo launched his three-run homer off of Brewers starter Matt Garza in the third inning. It was his 20th of the year and pushed his RBI total to an even 60. After a prolonged power-drought that saw just one home run in 31 games, Rizzo's now homered in four straight games. He's hitting .290/.400/.531 over 373 at-bats this season. Today, 7:43 pm
  • Lind manages double in loss to Cubs
    Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The double was Lind's 21st of the season. It was also the only extra-base hit that the 44-61 Brewers managed for the game. A long-time Blue Jay, Lind is hitting a cool .278/.356/.485 with 16 homers and 60 RBI in his first season playing for the Brew Crew. Today, 7:41 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Duda homers twice, supplies go-ahead RBI
    Lucas Duda had a huge impact on Saturday's 3-2 win over the Nationals, hitting a pair of solo home runs and a go-ahead RBI double.

    Advice: The Mets brought Yoenis Cespedes over at the trade deadline to bolster a shoddy offense, but on Saturday, Duda did it all on his own. He launched a solo home run against Nationals starter Joe Ross in the fourth inning, then repeated the feat in the seventh. That second homer tied the game at 2-2. A frame later, he smacked an RBI double off Nationals reliever Matt Thornton to put the Mets up 3-2. This would stand as the final. Duda has produced multi-homer efforts in three of his last seven games to help boost his slash to .246/.347/.481 with 20 home runs and 48 RBI. Today, 7:27 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Was
  • Howard rips three hits in Saturday's rout
    Ryan Howard led the Phillies with three hits Saturday in a blowout win over the Braves.

    Advice: Howard contributed an RBI single during the Phillies' four-run fourth inning. The former MVP is hitting a robust .313 since the All-Star break. He leads Philadelphia in home runs (18), RBI (60) and strikeouts (101) this season. Despite winning eight of their last nine, the Phillies remain 14 and a half games behind first-place Washington in the NL East. Today, 7:14 pm
    W, 12-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Montero will cut into Morrison's playing time
    Logan Morrison is likely to see less playing time when he returns from his thumb injury.

    Advice: According to beat reporter Bob Dutton, the Mariners want to take "a long look" at Jesus Montero. Montero has been arguably the best hitter in minor league baseball this season and has played well since getting promoted (5-for-14 with three RBI). Morrison's .221 average this year is his lowest in six major league seasons. He could be headed for the bench if things don't improve quickly. Today, 4:20 pm
  • Travis Shaw has epic day to lead Red Sox
    Travis Shaw had a career-day at the plate on Saturday, powering the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Rays.

    Advice: Shaw was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game and was penciled into the lineup at third base. He had been 3-for-15 on the season without any extra-base hits. He started his day with a leadoff double in the second inning and would come around to cross home plate. He then belted a solo homer off Matt Moore in the third inning. Shaw singled and came around to score in the fifth inning, then walked and scored another run in the sixth. To top it all off, he slugged a two-run homer off Kirby Yates in the eighth, finishing the afternoon 4-for-4 plus a walk with a double, two homers, three RBI and five runs scored. It's certainly an afternoon he'll never forget. Today, 2:26 pm
  • Logan Forsythe goes deep in loss to Red Sox
    Logan Forsythe blasted his 12th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: He delivered a two-run single early in the ballgame, then a solo shot off Jean Machi in the ninth inning after the game had already been decided. With his 2-for-5 effort, Forsythe is now hitting .282/.367/.442 with 12 long balls and 45 RBI in what's shaping up to be a breakout season. Today, 2:19 pm
  • Bautista's two bombs not enough for Jays
    Jose Bautista blasted a pair of home runs on Saturday, but it still wasn't enough for the Blue Jays to overcome the Royals.

    Advice: Bautista followed teammate Josh Donaldson's two-run shot with a solo homer in the fifth inning that gave the Jays a 5-1 lead at the time. He would add another long solo blast in the eighth off Wade Davis to pull the Jays to within a run at 7-6, but that would be as close as they would get. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 with three RBI. Bautista is now hitting .237/.365/.503 with 23 homers and 70 RBI on the season. Today, 12:40 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Red Sox recall Travis Shaw from Triple-A
    Red Sox recalled INF Travis Shaw from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's in the Red Sox lineup at third base for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Rays. He has appeared in nine games for the Red Sox this season, going 3-for-15 (.200) with no extra-base hits. Today, 7:31 am
  • Jays designate Danny Valencia for assignment
    Blue Jays designated INF/OF Danny Valencia for assignment.

    Advice: With all of the recent acquisitions that the Blue Jays have made, they were forced to make a few tough decisions on their roster and it appears that Valencia is the odd-man out. The lefty-masher was hitting .296/.331/.506 overall with seven homers and 29 RBI in 162 at-bats. He should attract interest from plenty of teams looking to upgrade their bench. Today, 7:17 am
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    L, 7-6 vs x KC
  • Twins activate Plouffe from paternity list
    Twins activated 3B Trevor Plouffe from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Plouffe had been away from the club since Wednesday to witness the birth of his child. He's enjoying a solid season, hitting .257/.316/.456 with 14 homers and 55 RBI in 95 games. Today, 6:34 am
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Sea
  • Van Slyke returned to starting lineup Friday
    Scott Van Slyke (neck) returned to the Dodgers starting lineup on Friday, going 1-for-4 with a double in a victory over the Angels.

    Advice: Van Slyke hurt his neck in a cap ride in New York on Saturday and had only appeared as a pinch hitter since. He should be fine moving forward. Today, 5:39 am
    W, 3-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Encarnacion nets two hits in return to action
    Edwin Encarnacion (finger) went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in his return to action on Friday.

    Advice: The slugger was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with a jammed finger and sat out Thursday as well. He didn't seem to have any issues on Friday though and should be fine moving forward. With the two-hit effort, he's now hitting .241/.338/.455 with 19 homers and 56 RBI on the season. Today, 5:35 am
  • Lonnie Chisenhall goes 3-for-4, doubles
    Lonnie Chisenhall went 3-for-4 with a double and a steal as the Indians' right fielder on Friday.

    Advice: Chisenhall will get a chance to take some of David Murphy's at-bats, though how much playing he receives will hinge on what happens with Nick Swisher following his return. Ideally, Chisenhall would be in there pretty regularly against right-handers the rest of the way before the Indians have to decide whether to tend him a contract for 2016. Today, 12:05 am
  • Teixeira has two HR, drives in six vs. ChiSox
    Mark Teixeira had a monster night Friday against the Rangers, going 3-for-6 with two home runs, six RBI, and two walks.

    Advice: Batting right-handed, Teixeira took Carlos Rodon deep for a grand slam in the second inning before connecting for a two-run shot against Matt Albers from the left side in the fourth. It was the 14th time in his career that he homered from both sides of the plate in the same game, setting a new major league record. The veteran slugger has back-to-back multi-homer games and is now batting .269/.375/.585 with 28 home runs and 73 RBI on the year. It's been a remarkable resurgence. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
    L, 8-2 ^ @CWS
  • LaRoche has four hits, RBI in loss
    Adam LaRoche went 4-for-5 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: His four hits tied a career-high. With the White Sox being blown out, LaRoche also got to pitch the ninth inning and made it through a scoreless frame with a strikeout. A big night on what has mostly been a frustrating year for him. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Abreu smacks two-run homer vs. Yankees
    Jose Abreu launched a two-run homer Friday in a losing effort against the Yankees.

    Advice: Abreu finished July with a flourish, batting .381 (16-for-42) with four home runs and 15 RBI over his last 11 games. He has hit safely in all of them. The 28-year-old is in a good situation in Chicago and it would be no surprise if he led the AL in homers over the final two months of the season. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Rizzo homers in win over Brewers
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Rizzo has now gone deep in each of the last three games. The 25-year-old had just one home run in 31 games prior to this recent power surge. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Napoli hits go-ahead homer in win
    Mike Napoli slugged a two-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Friday's 7-5 win over the Rays.

    Advice: Napoli took Jake McGee deep to the Monster Seats in the bottom of the seventh to give the Red Sox the lead. The veteran slugger hung around through Friday's trade deadline, but he's still a candidate to be moved in August. The 33-year-old is batting .210 with 13 home runs and a .704 OPS over 93 games this season. Yesterday, 8:03 pm
    W, 11-7 vs ^ TB
  • Efren Navarro optioned to Triple-A
    Angels optioned OF Efren Navarro to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: He already had been designated for assignment but now needs to be optioned because of service time rules. Navarro, 29, is a .248/.306/.328 career hitter at the major league level. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
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    L, 3-1 x @LAD
  • Chris Gimenez called up from Triple-A
    Rangers purchased the contract of C Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: He'll back up Robinson Chirinos. Gimenez is hitting .243 with six home runs at Round Rock this season. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
    L, 9-7 vs x SF
  • Jon Singleton optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned 1B Jon Singleton to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He's clearing out for the addition of Carlos Gomez. Singleton batted just .205/.321/.318 with the big club. Yesterday, 1:33 pm
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    W, 9-2 vs x Ari
  • Pirates acquire Michael Morse for Jose Tabata
    Pirates acquired 1B/OF Michael Morse from the Dodgers in exchange for OF Jose Tabata.

    Advice: Morse was designated for assignment after the Dodgers picked him up in the three-team deal with the Marlins and Braves. He's hit only .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances this season but offers the Pirates an option at first base against left-handed pitching. Yesterday, 1:23 pm
    L, 4-3 x @Cin
  • Yankees drop Garrett Jones from roster
    Yankees designated 1B/OF Garrett Jones for assignment.

    Advice: The move makes room for Dustin Ackley on the roster. The Yankees thought they'd have more need for Jones this year, but who would have guessed Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez would be this healthy and productive? Jones hit just .215/.257/.361 with five homers in 144 at-bats in his lesser role. He might land another bench gig now, but his major league career doesn't figure to last a whole lot longer. Yesterday, 11:19 am
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    L, 8-2 x @CWS
  • Adam Duvall goes to Reds in Leake deal
    Reds acquired INF Adam Duvall and RHP Keury Mella from the Giants in exchange for RHP Mike Leake.

    Advice: Duvall, 26, hit 27 homers at Triple-A last season and has 26 so far in 2015, but he's been blocked at the major league level and not gotten much of a chance. Unfortunately for him, he's now blocked again in Cincinnati by Joey Votto and Todd Frazier. Yesterday, 5:22 am
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    W, 9-7 x @Tex
  • Anthony Rizzo goes 3-for-4, hits big homer
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a double as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Brewers were up 2-0 when Rizzo delivered his big blow in the eighth. The Cubs then added two runs in the ninth as insurance. Rizzo has homered in back-to-back games, so maybe his lengthy slump is coming to an end. He had just one homer in five weeks prior to yesterday. Thursday, 10:28 pm
  • Ryan Rua hits inside-the-park homer
    Ryan Rua went 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park homer Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Rua has hit in five straight starts while seeing time against lefties of late. Ideally, he'd almost never start against righties, but with Josh Hamilton, Shin-Soo Choo and Mitch Moreland all being counted on, there should always be room him for somewhere versus southpaws. Thursday, 9:36 pm
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    L, 9-7 vs x SF
  • Mark Teixeira goes 3-for-4, homers twice
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and a steal versus the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Teixeira is even hitting for average lately, coming in at .313 in 83 at-bats during July. What's odd about it is that he's striking out more than he did while his average was so low early on. But his BABIP was definitely due for the correction. Thursday, 9:33 pm
    L, 8-2 ^ @CWS
  • Dodgers designate Morse for assignment
    Dodgers designated 1B Michael Morse for assignment.

    Advice: Morse was acquired on Thursday as part of the massive 13-player, three-team trade with the Marlins and Braves, but it's clear that he was just a salary dump. The 33-year-old is unlikely to attract much interest on waivers. Thursday, 4:34 pm
    L, 4-3 x @Cin
  • Indians recall Lonnie Chisenhall from AAA
    Indians recalled INF Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: With Brandon Moss shipped out of town, Chisenhall could see some action in the corner outfield, where he had been working in the minors. Unless he finds everyday at-bats though, his fantasy value is limited to AL-only formats. Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Plouffe not expected back until Saturday
    Trevor Plouffe isn't expected to return from the paternity leave list until Saturday.

    Advice: Plouffe missed Wednesday's game and will sit out the next two games as well. Miguel Sano is starting at third base Thursday. Thursday, 2:48 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Sea
  • Dodgers acquire Michael Morse from Marlins
    Dodgers acquired 1B Michael Morse from the Marlins in the 13-player, three-team Mat Latos trade.

    Advice: Morse doesn't fit all that well on the Dodgers' current roster and it seems possible that they might turn around and designate him for assignment to clear room for some of the other players they acquired in this massive swap. Morse, 33, was batting just .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances this season for Miami. Thursday, 1:34 pm
    L, 4-3 x @Cin
  • Van Slyke (neck) scores run on Wednesday
    Scott Van Slyke (neck) drew a walk and scored a run in the later innings of Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Van Slyke hasn't started a game since hurting his neck in a cab ride on Saturday in New York. But it's not a major issue. He should be available for any role Friday after Thursday's scheduled team off-day. Thursday, 5:58 am
    W, 3-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Bautista (hamstring) goes 2-for-5 on Wed.
    Jose Bautista (hamstring) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Bautista made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Phillies with a right hamstring injury, but it was only a cramp. The 34-year-old is batting .233/.367/.491 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI in 95 games this season. Thursday, 5:53 am
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Mike Napoli homers, doubles
    Mike Napoli had a homer, an RBI double and a walk Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Napoli has very quietly gong 12-for-36 with two homers and five doubles in 11 games since the All-Star break. The Red Sox still aren't going to get much of anything for him if they trade him now, but he might look more attractive if he keeps this up for a couple of more weeks. In the meantime, those desperate for power in mixed leagues might want to give him a look. Wednesday, 8:48 pm
    W, 11-7 vs ^ TB
  • Lucas Duda hits three homers in losing cause
    Lucas Duda hit three homers to plate all three Mets runs Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Oddly enough, the last player to have three homers to account for all of a team's runs was Duda's old competitor, Ike Davis, on July 8, 2012. The Mets lost that one to the Diamondbacks 6-3. Tonight, they lost 7-3. Duda has six homers in his last four games after hitting three in his previous 46 games. Hopefully, he can stay hot like he did in April. Wednesday, 8:32 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Was
  • Singleton homers, knocks in two in a win
    Jon Singleton went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI single, and a solo home run to help the Astros take down the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Singleton pushed the Astros' lead to 4-1 in the seventh inning with a solo home run off of Garrett Richards, his first round-tripper of the year. He added an RBI single in the eighth to add insurance. It's only his second multi-hit game of the season as he hasn't exactly done a whole lot at the plate in 16 games, batting .205/.321/.318 with six RBI. Wednesday, 8:07 pm
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    W, 9-2 vs x Ari
  • Logan Morrison leaves game with thumb injury
    Logan Morrison was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a minor thumb injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what exactly he did to injure the thumb, but it's believed to be a minor ailment. He's considered day-to-day. Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Encarnacion scratched with a jammed finger
    Edwin Encarnacion has been scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday with a jammed finger.

    Advice: X-rays on the finger -- his left middle finger -- turned up negative. Encarnacion can be considered day-to-day for now. Chris Colabello is filling in at first base and batting cleanup Wednesday against the Phillies. Wednesday, 2:34 pm
  • Rizzo hits two-run shot in win vs. Rockies
    Anthony Rizzo cranked a two-run homer in the Cubs' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his first home run since July 7. Rizzo has been in an offensive rut, but he still owns a shiny .279/.393/.500 batting line on the season. And he's now up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 99 games. Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • Angels designate Navarro for assignment
    Angels designated OF Efren Navarro for assignment.

    Advice: Anaheim needed to clear out roster spots for the arrival of David Murphy and David DeJesus. Navarro, 29, is a .248/.306/.328 career hitter at the major league level. Wednesday, 1:39 pm
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    L, 3-1 x @LAD
  • Dodgers/Marlins deal could involve third team
    Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that there is a third team involved in the trade sending Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bowden says the deal will be "bigger than expected." There's a good chance it means Morse will be flipped to another team, as the Dodgers have little use for him. We should know more details later Wednesday. Wednesday, 12:43 pm
    L, 4-3 x @Cin
  • Trevor Plouffe goes on paternity leave
    Twins placed 3B Trevor Plouffe on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He can miss up to three games. Jorge Polanco has taken Plouffe's spot on the roster and we could see Miguel Sano get some time at third base the next couple days. Tuesday, 8:55 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Sea
  • Abreu homers among three hits, White Sox roll
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the White Sox jumped on the Red Sox 9-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Abreu had three of the team's 14 hits on the evening, hitting a two-run homer in the sixth before adding an RBI double in the eighth. The homer was his 16th of the year, giving him 56 RBI. The three-hit night extended his modest hitting streak to eight games while raising his overall line to .296/.349/.489. Tuesday, 7:44 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Bautista (hamstring) expects to play Wed.
    Jose Bautista (hamstring) said after Tuesday's game that he's just dealing with a cramp and expects to play Wednesday.

    Advice: Bautista had to be lifted after pulling up while running out a groundball. It remains to be seen whether the Blue Jays are as optimistic as the outfielder is, but it does appear he's avoided a serious injury. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Duda homers as Mets shut out the Padres
    Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping the Mets to a win on Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Duda staked the Mets to an early 2-0 lead when he drilled a James Shields offering over the fence in center field. Given how masterful Noah Syndergaard was on the mound, it was the only offense the Mets would need. Duda has three home runs in his last three games, giving him 15 on the season with 42 RBI and a .236/.338/.433 batting line. Tuesday, 6:45 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Was
  • Bautista exits with apparent hamstring injury
    Jose Bautista left Tuesday's game versus the Phillies with an apparent right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Bautista pulled up lame while running out a groundball. It looked like a potentially significant injury, but we'll have to wait and see what the Blue Jays say after the game. Tuesday, 6:19 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Adam Lind (back) returns to Tuesday's lineup
    Adam Lind (back) is back in the Brewers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Lind missed a couple games with lower back stiffness, but he was available off the bench Monday and is ready to roll now. The first baseman is a good bet to be traded this week. Tuesday, 3:27 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Angels recall Navarro from Triple-A
    Angels recalled INF/OF Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: As expected, Navarro will replace Matt Joyce (concussion) on the active roster. The 29-year-old is batting .260/.306/.312 in 82 plate appearances this season and will serve as a left-handed bat off the bench. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
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    L, 3-1 x @LAD
  • Navarro expected to be called up Tuesday
    The Angels are expected to call up Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's possible that he'll replace Matt Joyce, who could be headed to the 7-day concussion disabled list. Navarro, 29, has a .260/.306/.312 batting line in 82 plate appearances with the Angels this season. Tuesday, 10:43 am
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    L, 3-1 x @LAD
  • Goldschmidt homers, draws 3 walks in a win
    Paul Goldschmidt drew three walks and went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Monday's 10-inning win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Goldschmidt put the Diamondbacks up 1-0 in the first inning when he drilled a solo home run to left field off of Mike Montgomery. The Mariners didn't seem to have any interest in pitching to him after that, and with good reason: the first baseman is batting an absurd .346/.465/.611 with 22 home runs, 75 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. Goldschmidt also leads the majors in walks by a large margin with 82, 10 more than the next-highest total (Bryce Harper, 72). Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Adam Lind (back) expects to play Tuesday
    Adam Lind (back) said Monday that he's feeling better and expects to return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Lind is missing a second straight start because of a tight lower back. He thinks he could be available to pinch-hit, though, and is aiming to return to action Tuesday. Lind is a good bet to be traded this week, with the Cardinals being one club that's in on him. Monday, 5:21 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Adam LaRoche to get two days off
    Adam LaRoche won't return to the lineup until Wednesday.

    Advice: The White Sox are giving the slumping designated hitter two days off to regroup. LaRoche is down to .212/.306/.347 for the season and hasn't homered since June 24. "Rochey can kind of work it out in the cage and have a couple of days knowing he can go in there and work on some stuff," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's trying to figure it out. You continue to do that. He'll be back in there to play. But for two days, he's going to ease the mind and not be in there." Monday, 5:01 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Adam Lind (back) held out again Monday
    Adam Lind (back) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's sat out the last two contests after exiting Saturday's game with lower back tightness. It's not considered more than a day-to-day thing at the moment, but it's worth noting that Lind has a history of back issues. The first baseman is known to have received trade interest from the Cardinals, among other clubs, but they'd obviously like to see him healthy first. Shane Peterson is at first base Monday. Monday, 1:45 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Adam LaRoche not in White Sox lineup Mon.
    Adam LaRoche is not in the White Sox lineup Monday.

    Advice: Adam Eaton will DH and J.B. Shuck will start in center field against Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly. It's just a day off for LaRoche, who typically starts against righties. He's batting just .212/.306/.347 in 356 total plate appearances this season for Chicago. Monday, 12:29 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Cardinals, Brewers have discussed Adam Lind
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have discussed a potential trade with the Brewers involving first baseman Adam Lind.

    Advice: St. Louis has needed a boost at first base ever since Matt Adams went down in late May with what's likely to be a season-ending quad injury. Mark Reynolds has struggled in a full-time role and the Cardinals aren't sure what to expect yet from rookie Stephen Piscotty. Lind, a left-handed hitter who's sitting on an .865 OPS, 16 home runs, and 58 RBI through 92 games, would be an absolutely perfect fit. The 32-year-old is making $7.5 million this season with a relatively-inexpensive $8 million club option for 2016. Monday, 6:06 am
    L, 4-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Pirates showing interest in Napoli, Victorino
    According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune, the Pirates have shown interest in acquiring Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino from the Red Sox.

    Advice: The Pirates continue to explore ways to upgrade their offense, even after the acquisition of Aramis Ramirez. While Napoli has struggled this season, he would make for a nice compliment to Pedro Alvarez at first base for the Buccos. Sunday, 4:23 pm
    W, 11-7 vs ^ TB
  • Plouffe knocks home run with single in ninth
    Trevor Plouffe went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Plouffe's RBI base knock off Yankees reliever Justin Wilson merely acted as cosmetic effect in the 7-2 loss. He's hitting .255/.315/.457 with 14 homers and 55 RBI and looks to be on his way to a 20+ homer season for the first time since 2012. Sunday, 2:24 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Sea
  • Forsythe hits back-to-back jacks in a loss
    Logan Forsythe hit back-to-back solo homers with Evan Longoria, but the Rays were unable to overcome the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: Forsythe, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk, hit the latter of back-to-back jacks in the fourth inning off of Wei-Yin Chen. He's gone yard 11 times this season with 41 RBI while cobbling a productive .283/.369/.443 batting line. Forsythe entered play Sunday mashing lefties to the tune of a .949 OPS, so it was no surprise to see him victimize Chen. Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Adam Lind (back) sitting out Sunday
    Adam Lind (back) is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Lind exited Saturday's game with lower back tightness and is considered day-to-day. Jonathan Lucroy is at first base, with Martin Maldonado behind the plate. Sunday, 9:53 am
    L, 4-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Scott Van Slyke battling neck injury
    Scott Van Slyke was unavailable to play Saturday due to a neck injury.

    Advice: Van Slyke hurt his neck in a cab on the way to the game Saturday when his head hit the divider as the driver slammed on his breaks. He's considered day-to-day. Sunday, 9:18 am
    W, 3-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Duda homers twice in beatdown rout of LAD
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-6 with a pair of solo home runs in Saturday's 15-2 demolition of the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Mets racked up 21 hits in the big win. Duda might have only had two of those, but both left the ballpark. He did his damage against the Dodgers bullpen, launching a solo shot in the sixth inning and another in the seventh. The two dingers gave him 14 on the year. He's also driven in 40 runs and is slashing .238/.340/.430. All of these numbers are down from a breakout 2014 campaign, though Duda has had his moments this season. Saturday, 7:59 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Was
  • Abreu notches three RBI in win over Indians
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with three RBI in Saturday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Abreu did his damage with a pair of RBI singles, the first a two-RBI base knock off Indians starter Carlos Carrasco in the first inning. He would notch the other single in the ninth inning, pushing the score to 9-3. Abreu's hitting .289/.339/.473 with 15 homers and 52 RBI this season. He's not going to match the 36 homers he hit last season unless he goes on an epic power surge, but it's been a nice sophomore campaign even without quite as many pyrotechnics. Saturday, 7:13 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Lind removed from game with tight lower back
    Adam Lind left Saturday's game in the second inning after experiencing lower back tightness.

    Advice: With trade rumors swirling around Lind, the flareup comes with pretty awful timing. Shane Peterson took over at first base and may have to start there on Sunday. Lind struck out in his only at-bat Saturday against Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa. Saturday, 6:43 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Ryan Howard slugs 17th home run of 2015
    Ryan Howard slugged a three-run homer Saturday in the Phillies' defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Howard went deep to left-center off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta after an Odubel Herrera two-out double and a Maikel Franco two-out walk. The veteran first baseman has tallied 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 89 games this season despite a .223 batting average and .269 OBP. Saturday, 4:03 pm
    W, 12-2 vs ^ Atl
  • Jose Bautista hits 21st homer
    Jose Bautista hit his 21st homer of the year Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: It was his 224th homer as a Blue Jay, moving him past Vernon Wells into second place on the franchise's all-time list. He's still 112 homers behind Carlos Delgado for first place. Friday, 10:32 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Plouffe has three hits, homer vs. Yanks
    Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Plouffe has gone deep in back-to-back games and now has four home runs in his last eight contests. He's batting .259 with 14 home runs and a .785 OPS on the year. He has a real chance at a 20-plus homer, 90-RBI season. Friday, 8:34 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Sea
  • Teixeira has three hits, rare steal in loss
    Mark Teixeira went 3-for-4 with a rare stolen base Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Teixeira has five multi-hit games in his last six and has pulled his batting average up from .239 to .260 on the year. With 26 home runs, 65 RBI, and a .918 OPS, he continues to have a tremendous bounceback season. Friday, 8:32 pm
    L, 8-2 ^ @CWS
  • Jose Abreu hits solo homer vs. Indians
    Jose Abreu slugged a solo homer Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Abreu also drew a walk and scored two runs. The home run was just his second of the month and his first since way back on July 3. He's obviously capable of much better going forward. Friday, 7:28 pm
    W, 8-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Giants could bring back Michael Morse's Joe Frisaro reports that Michael Morse "might just be dealt" to the Giants.

    Advice: Morse, of course, had a nice season for the Giants last year. However, he's hit only .206/.268/.310 during an injury-shortened 2015 campaign and is owed $8 million next season. Plus, the Giants don't really have a need for him other than a bat off the bench. It's hard to see a fit unless the Marlins pay down the bulk of what remains on his contract. Friday, 9:45 am
    L, 4-3 x @Cin
  • Mike Napoli homers, doubles twice
    Mike Napoli went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles against the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: The second double really should have been caught, but it was a hard liner that went over Preston Tucker's head in a sort of "deer in the headlights" moment. Napoli's average is back up to .206 now after three weeks below the Mendoza Line. He still probably has a hot streak in him; it just remains to be seen whether it comes in Boston or not. Thursday, 8:50 pm
    W, 11-7 vs ^ TB
  • Indians have made Lonnie Chisenhall available
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Lonnie Chisenhall is available for a trade.

    Advice: Chisenhall has been on a steep decline since his roaring first half of the 2014 season, and the Indians finally shipped him to Triple-A Columbus last month. The 26-year-old does have some defensive versatility and decent career numbers against right-handed pitching. Maybe he'll draw some interest from a team looking to bolster its bench. Thursday, 7:48 am
  • Goldschmidt collects a pair of hits in loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and run scored in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt continues to torment pitchers amidst another lost season for Arizona. He's now slashing a ridiculous .343/.456/.603. The All-Star first baseman has become a five-category fantasy monster. He's on pace for 37 homers, 125 RBI, 106 runs and 30 steals. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Teixeira slugs 24th homer to beat the Orioles
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run, helping the Yankees take down the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Teixeira pushed the Yankees' lead to 3-0 in the first inning when he sent a Kevin Gausman offering over the fence in right field for a two-run homer. The first baseman has logged multiple hits in four consecutive games, pushing his batting line up to .256/.361/.557 with 24 home runs and 65 RBI. His next home run, number 25, will be his best in a single season since he hit 39 in 2011. Wednesday, 6:49 pm
    L, 8-2 ^ @CWS
  • Lind homers, drives in four in loss to Tribe
    Adam Lind went off in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Indians, finishing the contest 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and four total RBI.

    Advice: Lind took Indians starter Cody Anderson to task in the first inning when he launched a two-run homer off the rookie. He added an RBI single in the second and an RBI double in the ninth, ultimately driving in four of the five runs scored by the Brewers on the day. The long-time Blue Jay is posting a quietly fantastic season and is slashing .293/.374/.515 with 16 homers and 58 RBI over 307 at-bats. Wednesday, 2:48 pm
    L, 4-2 vs ^ ChC
  • Forsythe drills solo homer to tie game in 7th
    Logan Forsythe went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday afternoon's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Forsythe took Phillies reliever Jake Diekman deep in the seventh inning to temporarily tie the game at 4-4. The solo shot was his 10th long ball of the season and pushed his RBI total to 40. Earlier in the contest, he also hit an RBI double. The infielder is working on a baby hitting streak, which he extended to six games thanks to Wednesday's effort. For the season he's slashing .283/.369/.438. He's already posted career highs for homers and RBI. Wednesday, 2:17 pm
  • Rizzo can't manage hit in loss to Reds
    Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-4 in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo was far from the only Cub to struggle in the contest, as the team compiled just five total hits. He had a chance to do a little cosmetic damage in the ninth inning, when he stepped to the plate with two runners on and his team down 9-1, but he flew out. These things happen. Rizzo's hitting .285/.400/.510 with 16 homers and 51 RBI this season. He's recorded just three hits in 25 at-bats coming out of the break, but we're confident in saying that the current slump will likely come to an end soon enough. Wednesday, 12:41 pm
  • Bautista homers in 3rd consecutive game
    Jose Bautista homered in his third consecutive game, aiding in Tuesday's 7-1 win against the Athletics.

    Advice: Bautista finished 1-for-5. He socked his 20th homer of the year in the sixth inning against Kendall Graveman, pushing the Jays' lead to 3-0 at the time. The All-Star was hampered in the first half by a shoulder injury, but used the break to receive treatment and it seems to have done the trick thus far. Along with the 20 dingers, Bautista has knocked in 64 and hit .240/.379/.510. Tuesday, 9:57 pm
    L, 7-6 vs ^ KC
  • Encarnacion homers as Jays beat the A's
    Edwin Encarnacion walked twice and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances as the Blue Jays took down the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: The DH slugged a solo shot to left field in the second inning off of Kendall Graveman, putting the Jays up 1-0 early. Though Encarnacion's numbers are down compared to his previous three seasons, he has still managed a productive season, batting .233/.330/.459 with 19 home runs and 55 RBI. Tuesday, 9:54 pm
  • Morse homers as Marlins top the D'Backs
    Michael Morse went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, helping the Marlins top the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morse added insurance in a low-scoring affair, clubbing a solo home run to right field off of Jeremy Hellickson in the seventh inning. It was a rare sign of light at the plate for the veteran, who is hitting a paltry .211/.268/.316 with four home runs and 12 RBI on the year. Tuesday, 9:40 pm
    L, 4-3 x @Cin
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