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  • Calhoun homers, plates for as Angels romp
    Kole Calhoun had a nice day at the dish in Sunday's victory over the Rangers, going 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI.

    Advice: Calhoun also scored a pair of runs in the ballgame. His three-run blast off Anthony Ranaudo in the fifth inning increased the Angels lead to 12-1. With the two-hit attack, he's now hitting .266/.320/.403 on the season with nine long balls and 46 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Harper tops all NL players in All-Star votes
    Bryce Harper was the leading vote getter in the entire National League for the All-Star game, garnering 13,864,950 ballots.

    Advice: It will be the third time in his first four years in the big leagues that he has made the National League squad. He'll be joined by Paul Goldschmidt, Dee Gordon, Todd Frazier, Jhonny Peralta, Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Holliday in the starting lineup for the senior circuit. Stanton is on the disabled list and will not be able to appear in the game, and Holliday's status is up in the air.
    Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Four Royals will start in the All-Star Game
    While it wasn't the complete sweep that Royals fans had pushed so hard for, four Royals were voted in as starters for the American League squad in the 2015 All-Star game.

    Advice: Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez were each the leading vote getters at their respective positions, while Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon finished second and third respectively in the outfield. They'll join Miguel Cabrera, Jose Altuve, Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz and Mike Trout as the fan's picks to start the mid-summer classic, though Cabrera is on the disabled list and will not be able to play in the game.
    Yesterday, 5:16 pm
  • Marlins will recall Valdespin from Triple-A
    Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins will recall Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: He'll take the spot of Marcell Ozuna on the Marlins active roster after the outfielder was demoted on Sunday. Valdespin was pulled from his game at Triple-A shortly afterwards and is heading to join the team in Boston for Tuesday's game, though the move hasn't been announced yet.
    Yesterday, 5:08 pm
  • Puig fans twice in hit-less afternoon vs Mets
    Yasiel Puig went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: The Dodgers managed just three hits as a team, with Puig managing zero of them. He has played in just 36 games this season while dealing with various injuries and his lack of consistency is understandable. Should he find a way to stay on the field for an extended amount of time, we like him to improve on his current .278/.368/.444 triple-slash. It should at least be noted, though, that after a world-beating debut in 2013, his slash numbers dropped in 2014 and have further dipped over the first half of his 2015 campaign. We'll see if he can reverse that trend in the second half of the season.
    Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Fuld cracks homer for lone A's run vs M's
    Sam Fuld went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The homer was Fuld's first of the season. In 176 at-bats this season, he's hitting a dismal .212/.294/.324. The best we can of that batting line is that the OBP is relatively impressive given that there is no reason, whatsoever, for pitchers to pitch cautiously to him.
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Cabrera doubles home run in loss to Orioles
    Melky Cabrera went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: The double was his 11th of the season, the RBI his 30th. Cabrera has played well of late with a triple, two doubles and two homers in his last seven games, but he's still slashing just .259/.299/.330 for the year. He's hit three home runs in 309 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 2:45 pm
  • Coghlan involved with both runs in 2-0 win
    Chris Coghlan went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Coghlan scored on a wild pitch by Marlins starter Mat Latos in the first inning, then pushed the advantage to 2-0 with an RBI single in the eighth. The Cubs would win by that final score. While his numbers aren't eye-popping, he's shown frisky power and is a useful real-life baseball piece, if not a legitimate fantasy one. Coghlan's hitting .254/.355/.428 with eight homers, 19 RBI and 31 runs scored this season.
    Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Marlins option Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A
    Marlins optioned OF Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: It's a very curious move for the Marlins, who are struggling as a team on offense, to demote their starting center fielder to Triple-A. While he has struggled of late, the 24-year-old is still hitting a respectable .249/.301/.337 on the season with four homers and 26 RBI in 79 games.
    Yesterday, 2:22 pm
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  • Kemp singles home lone run in loss to Cards
    Matt Kemp went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Kemp's single was one of just three that Padres compiled as a team, and the only one to do any damage, as it brought a run home against Lance Lynn in the third inning. That run would be the only one scored in the losing effort. Kemp's currently posting the worst batting average of his career and is hitting just .241/.282/.359 with six homers and 42 RBI. Last season, he slashed .287/.346/.506 for the Dodgers.
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Steven Souza (hand) considered day-to-day
    Steven Souza is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his hand came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: Souza sustained a laceration in his hand after being hit by a pitch and required three stitches. He'll visit a specialist on Monday in Kansas City due to concern of lost feeling in his pinkie finger.
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Martinez swats 23rd HR, matching career best
    J.D. Martinez homered again, going 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Martinez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Thus continues his power surge: he's homered 10 times in his last 12 games. Sunday's blast marked his 23rd of the season, matching his career best set last year. Martinez has also knocked in 56 runs while batting .285/.340/.563.
    Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Bautista launches 17th homer in Jays' victory
    Jose Bautista walked twice and homered in five plate appearances on Sunday as the Blue Jays defeated the Tigers.

    Advice: Bautista ripped a two-run home run to left field as part of a six-run fifth inning against Justin Verlander. The pair of walks increases his league lead to 65 and puts him in a tie with Paul Goldschmidt for the major league lead. Bautista owns a menacing .246/.397/.520 batting line with 17 home runs and 57 RBI on the year.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Parra homers in fifth straight multi-hit game
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as the Brewers topped the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: Parra homered in the seventh inning off of Carlos Contreras, extending the Brewers' lead to 4-0. The outfielder has racked up five consecutive multi-hit games to open up the month of July. The surge has raised his triple-slash line to .308/.345/.477 with seven home runs and 25 RBI.
    Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Starling Marte exits with side discomfort
    Starling Marte exited Sunday's game against the Indians with discomfort in his left side.

    Advice: The Pirates don't want to provide a definitive diagnosis until Marte is re-evaluated on Monday. The fear, obviously, is that he's suffered a strained oblique, which would surely require a trip to the disabled list. More will be known about Marte on Monday.
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Marte exits game with apparent side injury
    Starling Marte left Sunday's game against the Indians with an apparent injury to his side.

    Advice: Marte grabbed his side after a swing in the bottom of the fourth inning and eventually walked off the field after a conversation with the Pirates' trainer and manager Clint Hurdle. Obviously, the fear is that he might had strained his oblique, but the club should offer an update on Marte shortly.
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Ben Revere nursing hamstring injury
    Ben Revere revealed Sunday that he's been battling a minor right hamstring issue of late.

    Advice: It's unclear when the ailment first popped up, but it helps explain why Revere hasn't been playing much of late. The speedy outfielder is hitting .333 with 13 stolen bases over his last 43 games, but the Phillies have been trying hard to trade him of late. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has reported that the Phillies agreed to send Revere to the Angels for reliever Trevor Gott, but the Halos backed out of the deal.
    Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Jake Marisnick activated from disabled list
    Astros activated OF Jake Marisnick from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back in center field and hitting ninth Sunday. Marisnick missed a little over two weeks of action with a left hamstring strain.
    Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Justin Upton sitting out on Sunday
    Justin Upton is absent from the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day of rest. Will Venable is in left field with Upton out.
    Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Cubs activate Jorge Soler from disabled list
    Cubs activated OF Jorge Soler from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Soler went just 2-for-13 with four strikeouts during his four-game rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa, but his ankle is feeling fine and that's all the Cubs really care about. The youngster missed just over a month of action with a sprained left ankle.
    Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Alex Rios not in Sunday's lineup
    Alex Rios is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The struggling veteran is just getting a breather. Jarrod Dyson is in right field in Rios' place.
    Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Billy Hamilton getting a breather Sunday
    Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day off. Jason Bourgeois is in center field while Hamilton rests.
    Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) sitting out on Sunday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez had to exit Saturday's contest after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. X-rays came back clean and he's expected to be fine, but the outfielder is surely sore. Gerardo Parra is handling center field Sunday.
    Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Jacoby Ellsbury's legs not in game shape
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) has missed three out of five games while on a rehab assignment due to general fatigue in his legs.

    Advice: The Yankees had been hoping Ellsbury would be ready for activation this weekend, but now they're not sure when he'll return. "His legs aren’t where they need to be for him to play on a consistent basis," manager Joe Girardi said. "That’s our concern because they’re so important to him." It's sounding like we probably shouldn't expect Ellsbury back before the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
    15-Day DL
  • Nick Swisher (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Nick Swisher (knee) is on track to begin a rehab assignment just after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Swisher ran on the field prior to Saturday's game as he works his way back from inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee. He's already missed nearly a month and it's unclear how many rehab games he'll require.
    Yesterday, 6:13 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Hou
  • A.J. Pollock swipes two bases
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two steals versus the Rockies on Saturday.

    Advice: Pollock is 18-for-23 stealing bases this year, which is a big reason why he's been an elite fantasy outfielder. He entered the season with 27 steals in 243 games as a major leaguer. His 18 this year have come in 80 games.
    Saturday, 10:37 pm
  • Kole Calhun goes 2-for-4, homers
    Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk against the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Calhoun also doubled twice and drove in four runs Friday. The Angels badly need for him to get going, especially in the power department. His fantasy owners would appreciate it, too.
    Saturday, 10:16 pm
  • Cain doubles, drives in two in loss to Twins
    Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in Saturday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Cain has been a hitting machine of late, with multi-hit efforts in four of his last five games. The recent hot streak has propelled his season triple-slash line to .309/.365/.467 and he's also hit six homers and driven in 38 runs. Cain's been very consistent this season and has turned into one of the more dependable players in the game.
    Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Jorge Soler (ankle) to return Sunday
    The Cubs are expected to activate OF Jorge Soler (ankle) from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: Soler went 2-for-13 with four strikeouts during his four-game rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa. He'll immediately take over for Chris Denorfia in right field. The 23-year-old went on the DL last month with a sprained left ankle.
    Saturday, 7:43 pm
  • Carlos Gomez leaves with wrist contusion
    Carlos Gomez left Saturday's game against the Reds with a left wrist contusion.

    Advice: He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before exiting in the sixth inning. His X-rays came back negative and the Brewers are listing him as day-to-day. Gerardo Parra is likely to play center field if Gomez gets the day off on Sunday.
    Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • J.D. Martinez continues home run barrage
    J.D. Martinez continued his home run barrage in Saturday's 8-3 victory over the Blue Jays, smashing his 22nd home run of the season.

    Advice: The 27-year-old outfielder has now clobbered 12 home runs in his last 18 games. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .284/.338/.555 with 22 homers and 55 RBI on the season.
    Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Souza hits two-run homer vs. Yankees
    Steven Souza went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Souza was in an 0-for-26 funk before a fourth-inning single. His two-run hoes homer tied the game against Dellin Betances in the top of the ninth inning, but the Yankees eventually secured a walk-off victory. The Rays have lost seven straight games.
    Saturday, 1:05 pm
  • Bryce Harper launches 25th home run
    Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Using a special Fourth of July-themed bat, Harper took Madison Bumgarner deep in the first inning. Bumgarner hadn't given up a home run to a left-handed batter in 47 starts. Harper is now up to 25 home runs, which ties him with Cincinnati's Todd Frazier for second in the National League. He owns a ridiculous .344/.470/.719 batting line on the year.
    Saturday, 11:39 am
  • Jake Marisnick to return from DL on Sunday
    Jake Marisnick (hamstring) is scheduled to return from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: The center fielder played three games on a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno, going 2-for-12 with a pair of walks. He'll rejoin the team on Sunday, though there is a chance that they'll wait on his activation until Monday.
    Saturday, 11:28 am
  • Matt Kemp not in Padres lineup on Saturday
    Matt Kemp is not in the Padres starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for Kemp. Melvin Upton is getting the start in his place in center field and will bat leadoff for the Padres against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals.
    Saturday, 9:03 am
  • Marte strikes out twice in hit-less effort
    Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The 0-for-4 jaunt snapped Marte's eight-game hitting streak. It's been a career best season to this point for the outfielder, who will set a personal best for homers when he hits his next one (he's currently at 13, same as the number he hit all of last year). He's hitting .284/.333/.465 through 299 at-bats in 2015.
    Friday, 10:43 pm
  • Cain doubles, singles twice in leading Royals
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Cain was all over the place in this contest. He would drive in a run with a single in the third inning and score both the game-tying run in the eighth and the game-winning run in the 10th as the Royals improved to 45-32 for the season. He's now racked up nine hits in his last 16 at-bats.
    Friday, 9:46 pm
  • Gomez hits grand slam to help destroy Reds
    Carlos Gomez launched a grand slam and finished with five RBI to help down the Reds by a 12-1 score on Friday.

    Advice: Gomez stepped up with the bases loaded and the Brewers up 5-0 in the seventh inning. He promptly unloaded on a Carlos Contreras offering for a grand slam to vanquish any vague hopes of a Reds comeback. In addition to the big slam, Gomez also chipped in with an RBI single to finish 3-for-5 with five total RBI. Overall, he's hitting .271/.314/.427 with six homers, 31 RBI and 36 runs scored. Plus seven steals, though he's also been caught four times.
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Parra homers, drives in two in blowout win
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's demolition of the Reds.

    Advice: Throw a dart at the Brewer lineup on Friday and you were liable to hit somebody having a big game. Parra did his part leading off. He smacked a solo homer in the first inning to start the scoring party, then added a sacrifice fly in the ninth just for kicks and giggles. His numbers are solid across the board, as he's slashing .303/.337/.466 with six homers, 24 RBI and 35 runs scored. He could very well end up being traded before the deadline, given the Brewers' 34-48 record.
    Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Marcell Ozuna sitting out on Friday
    Marcell Ozuna is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It looks to simply be a routine day off. Cole Gillespie is in center field in Ozuna's place.
    Friday, 10:40 am
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  • Mets could consider Upton if he's available
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets "might at least look at Justin Upton if he becomes available."

    Advice: The club would prefer a left-handed hitter as they look to upgrade their offense, but it appears they'd overlook Upton's right-handedness since he'd be a potential game-changer. It's not a given that the Padres will be sellers, though, as they're still within reach of a Wild Card spot at six games out. Upton, of course, will be a free agent after the season.
    Friday, 10:12 am
  • Steven Souza getting another day off
    Steven Souza is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his second day off in a row, as manager Kevin Cash is giving the struggling outfielder an extended break. Souza has slugged 14 homers this season, but he's been very inconsistent and has hit just .209/.297/.411 overall with 104 strikeouts over 297 plate appearances. Joey Butler is in right field Friday, with Grady Sizemore in the designated hitter spot.
    Friday, 9:53 am
  • Pollock has 2 hits, including HR, in win
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored in Thursday's 8-1 win versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Pollock hit his 10th homer of the year off Chris Rusin in the sixth inning. The outfielder has been an unsung fantasy stud so far this year. He's batting .301 and is on pace for 21 homers, 74 RBI, 107 runs and 33 steals. That type of production would threaten for a top-five fantasy outfielder finish.
    Thursday, 10:13 pm
  • Rios hitless in loss to Twins
    Alex Rios went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Rios is batting just .188 since returning from the disabled list at the end of May. He has only two extra-base hits (both doubles) in that time.
    Thursday, 8:36 pm
  • Soler to play nine innings at Triple-A Friday
    Jorge Soler (ankle) is slated to play nine innings at Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

    Advice: If all goes well, it could be the final step before he's cleared to rejoin the Cubs. The young slugger has been on the shelf since early June with a left ankle sprain.
    Thursday, 8:33 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury will not rejoin Yanks Friday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) will not rejoin the Yankees on Friday as had been anticipated.

    Advice: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that Ellsbury is still trying to get his legs in baseball shape. It seems likely that he'll continue on his minor league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa through the weekend before rejoining the Bombers next week.
    Thursday, 6:28 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Kemp batting third Thursday
    Matt Kemp will bat third Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It will be his first start out of the No. 3 spot since June 11. He has hit in the cleanup spot and the leadoff spot since. Kemp is batting just .244/.279/.365 on the year.
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Martinez cranks three-run homer in defeat
    J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Martinez's three-run shot in the eighth inning drew the Tigers to within 4-3, but the Pirates would score four times in the ninth to sap meaning from the bomb. The homer was his 21st of the season. Martinez hit a fantastic .290/.320/.677 with 11 homers and 26 RBI in the month of June alone and currently holds a season-long slash of .281/.335/.538 with 21 homers and 51 RBI. His career-high for homers in a season is 23. We're going to plant ourselves on a strong limb and say that he surpasses that soon enough.
    Thursday, 1:44 pm
  • Martinez's 3-hit night not enough for Tigers
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 but it wasn't enough for the Tigers in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: All three hits were singles, and the Tigers weren't able to bring him home even once. Martinez now has back-to-back three-hit nights. He's been red-hot since June 13, clubbing 10 home runs with 21 RBI while batting .365 (23-for-63). On the season, he has 20 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .281/.335/.538 triple-slash line.
    Wednesday, 7:37 pm
  • Marte homers in a four-hit effort to beat DET
    Starling Marte doubled and homered in a 4-for-5 effort as the Pirates trounced the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marte's only run and RBI came on his solo home run in the eighth inning, the second of three solo shots in the frame. He's now on a seven-game hitting streak, but entered the game with a .518 OPS in his previous 10 contests. He still has a productive .285/.333/.471 triple-slash line with 13 home runs, 47 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Ellsbury (knee) back in Tampa lineup Wed.
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) is back in the lineup Wednesday night at High-A Tampa.

    Advice: Ellsbury was held out Tuesday with some mild fatigue. He is still on track to rejoin the Yankees on Friday.
    Wednesday, 2:03 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Martinez homers again, but Tigers fall in 14
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-6 with a two-run home run, but the Tigers couldn't overcome the Pirates in 14 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Martinez belted a two-run home run to left-center off of Tony Watson in the bottom of the eighth inning, knotting the game up at four apiece. It's his fourth home run in his last five games and his seventh in his last seven. He has 20 round-trippers on the year with 48 RBI and a .275/.330/.535 triple-slash line.
    Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Cain doubles twice, collects three hits
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with two doubles in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Cain and the Royals' bats were kept pretty well under wraps by Dallas Keuchel, but the outfielder did manage to collect three of the team's eight hits and two of their three extra-base hits on the evening. Alas, they were shut out in the contest. That didn't keep Cain from raising his overall line to .296/.352/.447 with the strong showing.
    Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury could still return Friday
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) could still be activated on Friday even after sitting out Tuesday's rehab game because of fatigue.

    Advice: "I guess the running we've done the last couple of days has kind of worn him out," Girardi said Tuesday. "And it's not only in the one leg, it's in both legs. So we'll give him a day off today and hopefully he's back in there tomorrow." Ellsbury went 0-for-3 in his first rehab contest on Monday but needs to play at least a game or two in center field before being activated.
    Tuesday, 7:35 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Ellsbury sits out rehab game due to fatigue
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) did not play in Tuesday's rehab game with High-A Tampa as scheduled due to "general fatigue," according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

    Advice: It's obviously not ideal, but at least it's not a significant setbacks. Ellsbury, who hopes to play Wednesday, had been slated for activation from the disabled list as soon as Friday. That could be pushed back a bit now.
    Tuesday, 3:49 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Marisnick (hamstring) to begin rehab on Wed.
    Jake Marisnick (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle suspects that Marisnick will be cleared to rejoin the Astros' active roster next Monday in Cleveland. The 24-year-old outfielder has been on the shelf since June 19 with a strained hamstring. He boasts five homers and 11 stolen bases in 62 games this season.
    Tuesday, 2:31 pm
  • Harper in Tuesday's lineup
    Bryce Harper is in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Harper returned from his right hamstring strain in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, but sat out the second game. He'll hit cleanup Tuesday against Shelby Miller.
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Soler (ankle) starts minor league rehab stint
    Jorge Soler (ankle) went 0-for-3 with an RBI groundout Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: "He looked good," said Iowa manager Marty Pevey. "He made a great catch down the right-field line in the bullpen and he got his at-bats in, and we'll build on today's game." Assuming Soler feels good, he's expected to play seven to nine innings on Tuesday and get four at-bats. He's on track to join the Cubs this weekend. Soler has been sidelined for about a month with a left ankle sprain.
    Tuesday, 8:01 am
  • Ellsbury (knee) begins rehab assignment
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Monday in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Tampa.

    Advice: Ellsbury served as the DH on Monday, but he's expected to play center field on Tuesday. The tentative plan calls for him to be activated on Friday. Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19 with a right knee sprain.
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
    15-Day DL
  • Cain (hamstring) hitless in return to lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Monday in his return to action against the Astros.

    Advice: Cain didn't start Sunday due to a lingering hamstring issue, but he felt good enough to serve as the DH on Monday. He might not be completely out of the woods yet, but it's a good sign.
    Tuesday, 6:24 am
  • Hamilton swipes four bases as Reds top Twins
    Billy Hamilton reached base four times and stole four bases in six plate appearances on Monday to help the Reds stave off the Twins.

    Advice: Hamilton stole four bases in a game earlier this year and also accomplished the feat in September of 2013, so it's old hat for him. He singled twice and walked twice to set up his speed attack. The outfielder is batting a measly .224/.273/.295 but has scored 37 runs while stealing 40 bases in 46 attempts just ahead of the schedule's midpoint.
    Monday, 8:00 pm
  • Ellsbury (knee) begins rehab assignment Mon.
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Tampa on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for game action after working out with the Yankees over the weekend with no issues. Ellsbury will be used in the designated hitter spot for Tampa on Monday and is slated for 3-4 plate appearances. The Yankees expect him to need only a few rehab games, so Ellsbury could be activated from the disabled list before the end of the week.
    Monday, 3:47 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Kole Calhoun scores winning run in 10th
    Kole Calhoun singled twice and scored the winning run on a wild pitch as the Angels edged the Mariners 3-2 in 10 innings Sunday.

    Advice: Calhoun singled in the go-ahead run to give the Angels a 2-1 lead in the eighth, though that was later coughed up by Huston Street. In the 10th, he singled off Tom Wilhelmsen and came around to score on the wild pitch with two outs. He's been a big fantasy disappointment of late, but now that he's back hitting in front of Mike Trout, rather than in the middle of the order, he seems like a better bet.
    Jun 28, 4:55 pm
  • Soler to begin rehab assignment on Monday
    Jorge Soler (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

    Advice: Soler was finally cleared for game action after running the bases without any issues over the weekend. He's only expected to need a couple of games before he's ready to rejoin the Cubs, so expect to see him for their upcoming weekend series against the Marlins.
    Jun 28, 3:02 pm
  • Gomez has two hits, stolen base against Twins
    Carlos Gomez finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored Sunday against the Twins.

    Advice: Gomez had a double among his two hits, his 15th double of the year. In the eighth inning, Gomez singled, stole second and scored on Adam Lind's two-run homer. Gomez has enjoyed a good month of June that has brought his overall line up to .279/.319/.438 with five homers, 26 RBI, 31 runs scored and seven steals.
    Jun 28, 2:14 pm
  • Harper sits for second game of doubleheader
    Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Harper returned to the lineup in Game 1 on Sunday, going 1-for-4 plus a walk. Clint Robinson will draw the start in left field and bat fourth for the Nationals.
    Jun 28, 1:50 pm
  • Melky Cabrera goes deep in loss to Tigers
    Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Batting out of the cleanup spot, Cabrera took David Price out to left field in the fourth inning. He then added singles in his next two trips to the plate. The longball was Cabrera's first since May 6, although he's been heating up at the plate of late with 12 hits in his last 27 at-bats.
    Jun 28, 1:20 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) sitting out Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday after aggravating his hamstring injury while stealing a base Saturday.

    Advice: He missed a few games over the last week with the ailment but had played in two straight after Thursday's off day. Cain is hoping to return to the lineup on Monday. Jarrod Dyson is in center field in his place Sunday.
    Jun 28, 10:41 am
  • A.J. Pollock sitting out on Sunday
    A.J. Pollock is absent from the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day of rest. David Peralta is in center field with Pollock out, while Cliff Pennington is covering left.
    Jun 28, 10:12 am
  • Bryce Harper (hamstring) back in action Sun.
    Bryce Harper (hamstring) is back in the Nationals' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: Harper hasn't played since Wednesday due to a minor right hamstring strain, but he's made the necessary progress in order to return to action Sunday. The Nats figure to play it safe and rest him for the second game of the doubleheader.
    Jun 28, 7:48 am
  • Yasiel Puig (hand) returns to Dodgers' lineup
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig hasn't started since a callus on his left hand opened up on Tuesday. He's pinch-hit the last two days, though, and is ready to roll for Sunday's series finale in Miami.
    Jun 28, 7:29 am
  • Jorge Soler begins rehab assignment this week
    Jorge Soler (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment this week.

    Advice: The specifics of the assignment aren't known yet, but Soler was cleared for game action after running the bases this weekend with no issues. He shouldn't need too many games before being activated, so Soler figures to rejoin the Cubs prior to the All-Star break.
    Jun 28, 6:01 am
  • Justin Upton hits two-run homer
    Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Upton has been slumping for most of the last month, and he had homered just once since May 24. Facing his old team usually helps him pull out of it, though. He's hit .341 with seven homered and 19 RBI in 24 career games versus the Diamondbacks.
    Jun 27, 10:25 pm
  • Kole Calhoun blasts seventh homer
    Kole Calhoun clubbed a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: He was hitless in his other three at-bats with two strikeouts. Calhoun has now hit safely in six of his last seven games. The 27-year-old is on pace for 73 RBI. That's well above his career-high of 58.
    Jun 27, 7:07 pm
  • Marte steals home as Pirates down Braves
    Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, including a steal of home, in the Pirates' 8-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Marte stole home in the fifth inning, breaking for the plate as the Braves attempted to pick off Pedro Alvarez from first base. He had an RBI single and scored a run in the Bucs' five-run first inning and also scored in the seventh. Marte is hitting .279/.328/.460 on the year with 46 RBI and 41 runs scored. The stolen base was his 15th, sixth-most in the National League this year.
    Jun 27, 5:49 pm
  • Bryce Harper remains out of lineup Saturday
    Bryce Harper (hamstring) remains out of the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Harper continues to feel better by the day, but isn't quite ready to return to the Nationals lineup. Clint Robinson will once again draw the start in his place.
    Jun 27, 10:59 am
  • Puig (hand) out of lineup again Saturday
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is once again not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It will be the fourth straight contest that Puig has been held out of the starting lineup, though he did appear as a pinch hitter in Friday's game. Kike Hernandez is getting the start in his place in left field and will bat seventh for the Dodgers.
    Jun 27, 10:03 am
  • Yasiel Puig pinch hits in win over Marlins
    Yasiel Puig (hand) appeared as a pinch hitter in Friday's victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Puig grounded out in his lone at bat. He was held out of the starting lineup on Friday for the third consecutive game due to an open callus on his left hand, but the fact that he was able to swing the bat is a good indication that he should return to the lineup on Saturday.
    Jun 27, 5:39 am
  • Lorenzo Cain goes 1-for-4 in return to lineup
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in his return to the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Cain sat out two of the team's previous three contests with a slight hamstring strain. It doesn't sound as though the issue will warrant a trip to the disabled list, but he could require a day off here and there to manage it.
    Jun 27, 5:35 am
  • Parra homers in win over Twins
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: His leadoff homer against Trevor May was the start of a six-run first inning for Milwaukee. Parra has played very well since stepping into a regular role and has hit either first or second in 11 out of his last 12 games. The 28-year-old is batting .288/.317/.447 overall and should be a popular trade target in advance of July 31.
    Jun 26, 8:26 pm
  • J.D. Martinez powers Tigers past White Sox
    J.D. Martinez blasted a solo home run in the eighth inning on Friday, propelling the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: The game had been knotted up at 4-4 before Martinez took Zach Duke over the wall in left-center for the game-winning blast. He has now homered in three consecutive games for the second time this month, and has nine home runs in his last 12 contests. On the season, he's slashing a healthy .274/.331/.533 with 19 home runs and 46 RBI.
    Jun 26, 7:26 pm
  • Revere homers off Max Scherzer
    Ben Revere clubbed a pinch-hit home run Friday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Revere took Max Scherzer deep in the eighth inning, which is one of the least likely outcomes we can imagine. The 27-year-old had just two home runs over his previous 2,330 plate appearances in the majors.
    Jun 26, 7:08 pm
  • Jorge Soler tests ankle by running on Friday
    Jorge Soler tested his injured ankle by running to first base on Friday.

    Advice: Everything went well by all accounts. He's expected to continue baseball activities throughout the weekend and could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment next week. He's on track to return to the Cubs lineup in early July.
    Jun 26, 4:41 pm
  • Ellsbury could begin rehab assignment Monday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) will work out with the Yankees on Saturday, and if all goes well he could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday.

    Advice: He will only need a couple of games on his rehab assignment to get his timing back, so barring any setbacks there's a chance that he could rejoin the Yankees before the end of next week. Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19 with a right knee sprain.
    Jun 26, 3:59 pm
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  • MRI on Harper's hamstring 'pretty good'
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said that an MRI on Bryce Harper's right hamstring came back "pretty good."

    Advice: Williams added that Harper is "better, but still a little tight," so that's why he's out of the lineup again on Friday. It sounds like the outfielder has a good shot to return at some point over the weekend.
    Jun 26, 2:24 pm
  • Bryce Harper (leg) out of lineup again Friday
    Bryce Harper (leg) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Harper has missed two starts in a row because of cramping in his right leg. He should be ready to return at some point over the weekend. Clint Robinson is getting another start in right field.
    Jun 26, 12:39 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hand) held out of lineup again
    Yasiel Puig (hand) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's missed three straight starts due to an open callus on his left hand. Puig should be ready to return to action at some point over the weekend. Scott Van Slyke is in right field Friday.
    Jun 26, 12:11 pm
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