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  • Angels outright Ian Stewart to AAA Salt Lake
    Angels sent 3B Ian Stewart outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Stewart was designated for assignment on July 19 and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 29-year-old has batted just .208/.310/.361 this season at the Triple-A level.
    Today, 2:38 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs x Bal
  • Cubs activate Bonifacio from 15-day DL
    Cubs activated INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Darwin Barney has been designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move. Bonifacio has been sidelined since mid-June with a strained right oblique and will return to a .261/.307/.340 batting line to go along with 13 steals and 29 runs scored over 61 games.
    Today, 12:28 pm
    5:05 pm vs ^ SD
  • Cubs designate Darwin Barney for assignment
    Cubs designated 2B Darwin Barney for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Emilio Bonifacio's return from the disabled list. It was increasingly obvious that Barney's days in Chicago were numbered, especially with the recent emergence of Arismendy Alcantara. The 28-year-old was originally drafted by the Cubs in 2007 and has compiled a .244/.290/.335 batting line over 542 games with the club.
    Today, 12:24 pm
    Not Active
    5:05 pm vs x SD
  • Blue Jays recall INF Goins from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled INF Ryan Goins from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Goins batted just .150/.203/.217 over 24 games with the Blue Jays earlier this season. He's not fantasy relevant.
    Today, 12:21 pm
    Bot 3, 0-0 vs ^ Bos
  • Padres acquire Solarte in Headley deal
    Padres acquired INF Yangervis Solarte and RHP Rafael De Paula from the Yankees for 3B Chase Headley and cash considerations.

    Advice: The Yankees picked Solarte up for nothing over the winter and managed to turn him into an upgrade at third base. Pretty nice work by GM Brian Cashman. For San Diego, this was mostly about getting anything for Headley, who will be a free agent after the season. A qualifying offer wasn't a realistic option, as he likely would have accepted a one-year deal in the range of $15 million. Solarte could see some time at third base down the stretch in San Diego, but his days of fantasy relevancy are likely already behind him.
    Today, 10:39 am
  • Ryan Goins to be called up from Triple-A
    Ryan Goins is expected to be called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Blue Jays will also call up top prospect Aaron Sanchez. No word yet on the corresponding roster moves involved. Goins began the year as Toronto's starting second baseman, but he batted just .150/.203/.217 over 24 games before being demoted. Still, he's highly-regarded for his defense and could have value as a backup infielder.
    Today, 6:15 am
    Bot 3, 0-0 vs ^ Bos
  • Kipnis says oblique injury is still a factor
    Jason Kipnis acknowledged Monday that his right oblique muscle is still an issue and will likely linger for the rest of the season.

    Advice: Kipnis missed about a month after straining his right oblique muscle in late April and he's still trying to make adjustments to his swing in order to get comfortable. "I wouldn't use the word progress, I'd use the word adjustment," said Kipnis. "As far as the oblique goes, it's going to be there all year. It's not going to go away until the offseason. What I can do is find a swing that works for me. I thought we may have found something coming out of Detroit. It was a step in the right direction and we're going to keep making adjustments day to day and pitch to pitch and see how it goes." Kipnis was named the American League Player of the week on Monday after he went 5-for-15 (.333) with two homers and six RBI during a four-game series against the Tigers, but those looking for a big second half might end up disappointed.
    Today, 6:08 am
  • Ackley's glove and bat push Mariners to win
    Dustin Ackley had a monster game in Monday's 5-2 win over the Mets, going 3-for-4 at the dish and robbing a homer in the field.

    Advice: Ackley's heroics improved Seattle to 53-46, 2 1/2 games up for the second Wild Card slot in the American League. The outfielder had two singles and an RBI double, but his most impressive display came in stealing Travis d'Arnaud's sixth inning would-be-homer. Ackley started heating up right when we started hearing his name in trade rumors; he's batting .360 (18-for-50) in July.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ NYM
  • Bloomquist's 3 hits leads Mariners to victory
    Willie Bloomquist went 3-for-5 with a steal, two runs scored, and an RBI double in a win over the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Somebody out there will wake up tomorrow morning grinning ear-to-ear that Bloomquist was in his AL-only fantasy lineup tonight. Chances are, that isn't you. In truth, nobody could have seen a big night coming from the veteran utilityman. This was Bloomquist's first steal of the season, his first three-hit game of the year, and the double represented his first extra-base hit since June 22. Willie Bloomquist will now return to being Willie Bloomquist.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs ^ NYM
  • Brian Dozier in 1-for-16 slump
    Brian Dozier went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 1-for-16 to begin the second half.

    Advice: Dozier had a two-homer game the Sunday before the All-Star break to end a quiet spell, but his batting average is back down to .234 now. Worse, he's drawn all of one walk in 70 at-bats this month, compared to 51 in 306 at-bats through the end of June.
    Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Adam Duvall homers in Giants' win
    In his first game since his recall, Adam Duvall went 2-for-5 and hit a two-run homer off Cliff Lee in the Giants' 7-4 victory over the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Duvall mostly say behind Mike Morse in his first stint with the Giants last month, but now it looks like he'll be the primary first baseman until Brandon Belt returns from a concussion. Exactly how long that'll be is something we should have a better idea about in a few days, but he'll have some fantasy value until it happens.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Justin Turner knocks in two runs
    Justin Turner went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored Monday versus the Pirates.

    Advice: It's safe to say the Mets blew it when they let Turner go last winter. He's been terrific in a utility role for the Dodgers, hitting .301 with three homers and 23 RBI in 166 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 3, 0-2 ^ @Pit
  • Brandon Phillips does some workouts Mon.
    Brandon Phillips (thumb) did some throwing on Monday.

    Advice: "He was able to throw. Obviously, he was not able to catch the ball," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "And he's able to do some movement with his hand a lot more comfortably. It's still on schedule but still a ways away." Phillips is expected to be sidelined until late August following left thumb surgery.
    Yesterday, 5:38 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm x @Mil
  • Tony Abreu opts out of minor league deal
    Giants released INF Tony Abreu.

    Advice: Abreu opted out of his contract, presumably when he found out the club had signed Dan Uggla. The veteran infielder batted .281 with six homers and 29 RBI in 64 games for Triple-A Fresno. He should be able to net another minor league deal quickly.
    Yesterday, 3:40 pm
    Not Active
    Top 2, 2-2 x @Phi
  • Robinson Cano (hamstring) in lineup Monday
    Robinson Cano (hamstring) is in Monday's lineup against the Mets.

    Advice: Cano got the day off Sunday due to hamstring tightness. It's an issue he should be able to manage for now.
    Yesterday, 1:49 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ NYM
  • Phillies option Cesar Hernandez to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned INF Cesar Hernandez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Hernandez has been up and down multiple times this year. He's a .260/.315/.305 career hitter in the majors.
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
    Not Active
    Top 2, 2-2 vs x SF
  • Giants ink deal with Braves castoff Dan Uggla
    Giants signed INF Dan Uggla to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Uggla was batting just .162/.241/.231 with 40 strikeouts in 145 plate appearances this season for the Braves and showed up late to the second-to-last game of the first half, resulting in a one-game suspension and then his release. The 34-year-old is a shell of his former self and will have to prove that he has something left at Fresno. The Braves are on the hook for the $19 million remaining on his contract. Uggla's new minor league deal with the Giants comes with an August 1 opt-out.
    Yesterday, 10:43 am
    Not Active
    Top 2, 2-2 x @Phi
  • Report: A's have Nick Franklin as top target
    According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's have made Nick Franklin a "top target."

    Advice: Franklin has spent a large majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Tacoma with Robinson Cano manning second base and Brad Miller at shortstop for Seattle. The talented 23-year-old could step in as the starting second baseman in Oakland, but Slusser notes that the in-contention M's might not want to strengthen a division rival. Franklin is hitting .300/.394/.481 this year at Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 9:42 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs x NYM
  • Giants recall Adam Duvall from AAA Fresno
    Giants recalled 1B Adam Duvall from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Duvall didn't do much in his first stint with the big-league club back in June, but the 25-year-old has registered a stellar .303/.361/.626 batting line with 26 home runs and 79 RBI in 78 games this season at the Triple-A level. He should get a good amount of playing time at first base while Brandon Belt recovers from a concussion and is worth a try in deeper mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 8:54 am
  • Alex Guerrero (ear) moves rehab to High-A
    Alex Guerrero (ear) went 1-for-2 with a double in his first rehab game Sunday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

    Advice: Guerrero was 8-for-23 (.348) with a double and two home runs in seven games for the Dodgers' Arizona League team before moving his rehab to High-A ball this weekend. He played second base on Sunday at Rancho Cucamonga but saw time at both shortstop and third base in the AZL. The Cuban infielder is rehabbing from surgery to reattach a large portion of his ear that was bit off in May during a fight with Miguel Olivo. Guerrero could make his major league debut sometime in August.
    Yesterday, 6:01 am
    Not Active
    Top 3, 0-2 x @Pit
  • Scutaro (neck) scores run in return Sunday
    Marco Scutaro (neck) finished 1-for-4 with a run scored Sunday in his return to the Giants' lineup.

    Advice: It was only Scutaro's second game of the season. With his chronic back injury lingering and a new neck issue developing, the veteran second baseman is doubtful to be an everyday player down the stretch and can be ignored in standard fantasy formats.
    Yesterday, 5:40 am
  • Marco Scutaro returned to action on Sunday July 20.
    Yesterday, 12:33 am
  • Altuve homers as Astros outslug White Sox
    Jose Altuve blasted a two-run home run, one of his two hits in five at-bats, as the Astros emerged victorious in a high-scoring affair against the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: It's Altuve's first home run since May 22. Power isn't exactly his forte, so it's essentially a cherry on top of what has been a breakout season for the second baseman. He's slashing .336/.373/.443 with three home runs, 31 RBI, and 41 stolen bases.
    Sunday, 3:02 pm
    7:05 pm ^ @Oak
  • Kolten Wong not in Cardinals lineup on Sunday
    Kolten Wong is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Sunday night's matchup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the hot-hitting second baseman, who is hitting .367/.424/.867 during an eight-game hitting streak. Mark Ellis will get the start in his place and hit seventh against Clayton Kershaw.
    Sunday, 2:34 pm
    5:15 pm vs ^ TB
  • Cano not in lineup due to tight hamstring
    Robinson Cano is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday due to hamstring tightness.

    Advice: It's an ailment he's been nursing off and on all season and the M's finally decided to give him a rest. Cano should be back in there on Monday versus the Mets. Willie Bloomquist is handling second base Sunday.
    Sunday, 11:04 am
    7:10 pm vs ^ NYM
  • Tigers 2B prospect Travis with 3 hits in DH
    Tigers second base prospect Devon Travis went 3-for-6 with a walk during a doubleheader for Double-A Erie on Saturday.

    Advice: After a late start to the season due to an injury and a slow start in April and May, Travis has hit .321/.386/.476 in June and July, smacking eight doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Travis is blocked by Ian Kinsler, but he could be a good piece for a trade to help the Tigers down the stretch.
    Sunday, 9:16 am
    Not Active
    6:40 pm x @Ari
  • Brett Lawrie has splint removed from finger
    Brett Lawrie had the splint on his fractured right index finger removed on Friday.

    Advice: Lawrie is now able to begin strengthening exercises. He's still a couple weeks away from a return but is progressing slowly but surely.
    Sunday, 8:39 am
    Disabled List
    Bot 3, 0-0 vs x Bos
  • Ed Lucas optioned to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned INF Ed Lucas to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Lucas has hit just .239/.276/.277 across 51 games this season for the Fish. The 32-year-old does figure to get another shot at the big league level eventually.
    Sunday, 7:09 am
    Player Note
    Ed Lucas Mia - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    Bot 2, 1-1 x @Atl
  • Chase Utley unlikely to be traded
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Blue Jays and Giants are "taking their best shot" at trading for Chase Utley, but the second baseman is unlikely to be dealt.

    Advice: Utley has 10-and-5 trade veto rights and doesn't appear eager to leave Philadelphia even though the Phils appear headed for a rebuilding phase. It's possible that his mind can be changed before the end of the month, but at the moment it doesn't sound like the veteran second baseman is going anywhere.
    Sunday, 7:00 am
  • Angels designate Ian Stewart for assignment
    Angels designated 3B Ian Stewart for assignment.

    Advice: The move was made to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Huston Street. The 29-year-old slugger hit just .176/.222/.382 with two homers and seven RBI in his 68 at-bats with the Angels this season.
    Saturday, 6:31 am
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs x Bal
  • Robinson Cano goes 4-for-6
    Robinson Cano went 4-for-6 with a walk in Friday's 16-inning game against the Angels.

    Advice: It was Cano's second four-hit game of this year and 26th overall. He's taken over the AL lead from Adrian Beltre with a .340 average in 359 at-bats.
    Saturday, 12:25 am
    7:10 pm vs ^ NYM
  • Wong has two hits, two runs scored Friday
    Kolten Wong went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: What, no home run? Wong is hitting .344 (11-for-32) with five home runs, two doubles, eight RBI, three stolen bases, and 10 runs scored in nine games since returning from the minors. The 23-year-old has hit safely in all but one of them. We're not counting on the power surge to continue, but he's capable of being a useful middle infielder in mixed leagues the rest of the way.
    Friday, 9:42 pm
    5:15 pm vs ^ TB
  • Jason Kipnis homers twice to lead Indians
    Jason Kipnis blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four runs on Friday, powering the Indians to a 9-3 victory over the Tigers.

    Advice: His first blast was the critical blow in the ballgame, victimizing Al Alburquerque with two-outs in the seventh inning to transform a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead for the Indians. He would later tack on a solo shot off Chad Smith in the ninth inning, finishing the night 2-for-5.
    Friday, 9:08 pm
  • Marco Scutaro day-to-day with stiff neck
    Marco Scutaro is considered day-to-day due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: Scutaro just returned from his chronic back injury and was already essentially going to be day-to-day the rest of the season. He should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 2:48 pm
  • Justin Turner activated from disabled list
    Dodgers activated INF Justin Turner from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Turner missed the last three weeks with a strained left hamstring but was able to complete a rehab assignment with no issues. He'll resume his role as a utilityman.
    Friday, 2:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 3, 0-2 ^ @Pit
  • Brett Lawrie (finger) making progress
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that there's no timetable for Brett Lawrie's (finger) return.

    Advice: Lawrie is improving, but he's not close. It was reported in late June when he fractured his right index finger that Lawrie was expected to miss 3-6 weeks. He's already past the three-week mark of that timetable.
    Friday, 1:48 pm
    Disabled List
    Bot 3, 0-0 vs x Bos
  • Mariners receiving interest in Dustin Ackley
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "a lot of teams" have asked the Mariners about Dustin Ackley.

    Advice: Ackley has hit only .242/.310/.351 across parts of four seasons in the majors, but many still feel that the former top prospect has untapped potential. He wouldn't be the headliner in any deal, but Ackley could turn out to be a nice buy low opportunity as a secondary piece.
    Friday, 12:01 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ NYM
  • Veteran 2B Dan Uggla released by Braves
    Braves released 2B Dan Uggla.

    Advice: Uggla had been playing sparingly for the Braves this season and has hit just .175/.295/.332 batting line since the beginning of last year. He's still owed roughly $18.5 million through the end of next season, but Atlanta viewed it as a sunk cost at this point. Uggla will be scooped up cheaply by someone, but it's hard to imagine him rediscovering his stroke anytime soon.
    Friday, 11:57 am
    Not Active
    Top 2, 2-2 x @Phi
  • Braves expected to cut Dan Uggla loose
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves are expected to release Dan Uggla.

    Advice: There were rumors last weekend that they might be cutting him loose, and now it appears they'll indeed make the move. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is hearing the same as Sherman, though he says it's unclear whether Uggla will be designated for assignment or given his outright release. It's a moot point, as no one is going to claim him on waivers. Uggla is rarely playing for Atlanta these days and has hit just .175/.295/.332 batting line since the beginning of last season. He's owed roughly $19 million through the end of next season.
    Friday, 11:42 am
    Not Active
    Top 2, 2-2 x @Phi