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  • Adrian Gonzalez paces Dodgers with grand slam
    Adrian Gonzalez blasted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis.

    Advice: The Dodgers jumped on rookie right-hander Mike Mayers right out of the gate, with a pair of singles and a walk before Gonzalez unloaded on a towering grand slam to center field. He added a pair of singles, including a run-scoring knock in the second inning, finishing the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI. He's now hitting .284/.360/.412 with nine homers and 51 RBI. Today, 9:01 pm
  • Piscotty plates two in loss to Dodgers Sunday
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cardinals fell to the Dodgers on Sunday night.

    Advice: Piscotty's two-run double off Adam Liberatore in the seventh inning pulled the Cardinals to within three runs at 9-6, but that would be as close as they would get. With the two-hit attack, Piscotty is now slashing an impressive .295/.366/.490 with 14 homers and 58 RBI on the season. Today, 9:01 pm
    L, 9-6 vs ^ LAD
  • Rockies to designate Barnes for assignment
    The Rockies are expected to designate Brandon Barnes for assignment on Monday.

    Advice: The club plans to call up top prospect David Dahl on Sunday, and it looks as though Barnes will be the odd-man out. The 30-year-old outfielder has hit just .220/.250/.320 with no homers, eight RBI and a 30/3 K/BB ratio in 109 plate appearances with the big league club this season. Today, 7:28 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez rocks three-run homer in win
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 8-7 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Ramirez clocked his three-run shot off Twins starter Tommy Milone in the third inning. He has been on an absolute molten hot streak of late and has five homers and 12 RBI over his last five games. The recent power binge has boosted his overall batting line to .282/.362/.459. He can pair that with 13 homers and 60 RBI over 340 at-bats. Ramirez has always possessed a tantalizing power bat, but he has reached the 20-homer mark just once in the last six seasons. Today, 4:19 pm
    W, 8-7 vs ^ Min
  • Nationals option Michael Taylor to AAA
    Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Taylor has batted just .222/.274/.372 in 66 games this season at the major league level, including an 0-for-4 from Sunday. He should be back up in September, or maybe sooner if the Nationals get desperate. This move leaves them with only one true backup outfielder. Today, 3:39 pm
  • Reimold crushes walkoff two-run HR vs. CLE
    Nolan Reimold launched a pinch-hit, walkoff two-run homer to end Sunday's 5-3 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Pinch-hitting for Julio Borbon, Reimold sent the fans home happy when he connected for a walkoff blast against Tribe reliever Cody Allen with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Those heroics are fine and dandy, but for the season, the veteran outfielder has collected just five homers and 13 RBI over 142 at-bats. He does not hold any fantasy value of note. Today, 3:29 pm
  • Bruce whacks three-run homer, drives in four
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, four RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bruce came through with an RBI single in the third inning for his first RBI. The other three would come when he slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with nobody out. That shot drew the Reds to within 9-8. They failed to scrape together a run to tie it up, though, falling to 38-60 in the process. That is through no fault of Mr. Jay Bruce, who is slashing a stellar .269/.324/.547 with 21 homers and 73 RBI over 349 at-bats. Today, 2:39 pm
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Ari
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) out again on Sunday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig was able to pinch-hit Friday, but he hasn't started a game since tweaking his right hamstring on Thursday. It doesn't appear at this point that a disabled list stint is being considered. Andrew Toles is in right field. Today, 2:19 pm
    W, 9-6 x @StL
  • Andres Blanco (finger) headed to DL
    Andres Blanco will be placed on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a fractured left index finger on Sunday.

    Advice: Blanco suffered the injury when he was spiked. It's unclear at this point how long the utility infielder might be sidelined. Today, 1:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Andrés Blanco Phi - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 5-4 ^ @Pit
  • Prado's three hits fail to save Marlins
    Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with a trio of singles in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Only two other Marlins (Christian Yelich, Adeiny Hechavarria) secured hits on the afternoon. And only Prado managed a multi-hit effort. In total, the team collected five singles. It was that kind of a game for the Marlins. For his part, Prado is slashing .322/.373/.415 with 21 doubles, 35 RBI and 41 runs scored over 367 at-bats. While the veteran infielder isn't a particularly sexy fantasy option, he at least offers a very dependable average. Today, 1:26 pm
    L, 3-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Carlos Sanchez recalled from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled INF Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He'll serve as the 26th man with the Tigers having to complete a suspended game Sunday in addition to their regularly scheduled contest. Sanchez is hitting just .161 across 31 at-bats for the White Sox this year. Today, 11:49 am
  • Fowler sitting out with 'general soreness'
    Dexter Fowler is not in Sunday's lineup due to "general soreness," according to Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

    Advice: He could just be a little sore after playing two straight games following a disabled list stint. Fowler should be ready to go on Monday. Jason Heyward is in center field, Ben Zobrist is in left and Tommy La Stella is at second base Sunday. Today, 10:03 am
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Drew Stubbs (toe) ready for rehab games
    Drew Stubbs (toe) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

    Advice: Stubbs has been sidelined for two months with a left toe sprain. He should be ready for activation before long. Today, 9:52 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 2-1 x @KC
  • Josh Reddick (back) out again on Sunday
    Josh Reddick (back) remained out of the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a second straight game that he's missed due to a sore back. Reddick is considered day-to-day. Jake Smolinski is in right field Sunday. Today, 9:50 am
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Arismendy Alcantara optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He's clearly out to accommodate the arrival of Sunday's starter, Jesse Hahn. Alcantara has three hits in 13 at-bats in his brief time with the big club this season. Today, 9:18 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Franklin Gutierrez scratched with sore neck
    Franklin Gutierrez was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore neck.

    Advice: Gutierrez is expected to be ready to go Tuesday after Monday's off day. The Mariners have Nelson Cruz in right field and Chris Iannetta in the designated hitter spot. Today, 8:35 am
  • Jake Lamb sitting out on Sunday
    Jake Lamb is absent from the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather with the Reds throwing southpaw Brandon Finnegan. Brandon Drury is handling third base. Today, 8:20 am
    W, 9-8 x @Cin
  • Neil Walker not in Sunday's lineup
    Neil Walker is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day off. Kelly Johnson is filling in at second base for Walker. Travis d'Arnaud is also sitting out, as Rene Rivera is doing the catching. Michael Conforto is getting his first career start in center field Sunday. Today, 8:07 am
  • Melvin Upton not in Padres' lineup Sunday
    Melvin Upton is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's interesting, obviously, with the rumors floating around regarding Upton being traded soon. For now, though, it doesn't appear anything is imminent. Alex Dickerson is in left field. Today, 8:05 am
  • Mikie Mahtook (hand) to hit off a tee
    Mikie Mahtook (hand) will hit off a tee Sunday.

    Advice: Mahtook has missed over a month of action with a fractured left hand. He probably won't be back until late August, at the earliest. Today, 8:03 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-2 x @Oak
  • Bogaerts' four-hit game not enough for Sox
    Xander Bogaerts finished 4-for-6 with a run scored in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: The Red Sox pounded out 15 hits on the night, led by Bogaerts' four, but the Twins won the slugfest. That wasn't by fault of the 23-year-old Bogaerts, who is 11-for-22 in his last five games. The ultra-talented young shortstop is hitting .329/.385/.474 with 61 RBI and 72 runs scored, sixth-most in the American League, on the season. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
    W, 8-7 vs ^ Min
  • Garcia goes 2-for-4 with a run and RBI
    Adonis Garcia stroked two hits in four chances, adding an RBI and a run scored on Saturday.

    Advice: He singled and scored in the first inning. He singled again in the third inning to drive in Freddie Freeman. The 31-year-old is playing most every day for the Braves but has not put up the kind of numbers to be a viable fantasy option. He is batting .257 with 7 home runs in 299 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    L, 7-2 x @Col
  • Mazara stuffs stat sheet in win over Royals
    Nomar Mazara had a night Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored against the Royals.

    Advice: Mazara bombed a two-run shot off Royals starter Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning, his 12th home run of the season. He followed that with an RBI double an inning later. The 21-year-old may have been showing off for a prospective suitor -- or performing in hopes the Rangers decide he's untouchable -- as Mazara's name has reportedly come up in talks with the White Sox for Chris Sale. Mazara is hitting .287/.341/.429 this year and has a bright future in the majors, wherever he is. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Smolinski hits game-tying two-run bomb
    Jake Smolinski hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the ninth inning of a game the Athletics would win later in the inning on Saturday.

    Advice: He went 2-for-4 in the game, boosting his line to .324/.375/.528 with six bombs in 108 at-bats. He is obviously deserving of more playing time but will not be fantasy-worthy until he gets it. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ TB
  • Arcia goes 2-for-3 with an RBI on Saturday
    Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with an RBI but the Rays lost on Saturday.

    Advice: He stroked an RBI single in the second inning and added a double later in the game. The part-time player is now batting .230 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 152 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Oak
  • Prado has two hits, two RBI in win over Mets
    Martin Prado went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Prado had a pair of RBI singles in the win, the first in the fifth and another in the seventh inning. He's now got 35 RBI on the year. The 32-year-old doesn't produce many counting stats, but he's hitting .317/.366/.410 with 41 runs scored through 91 games. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    L, 3-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Bruce blasts three-run bomb as Reds win
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run to lead the Reds to a 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: The blast gave him 20 for the season with 69 RBI. He also doubled tonight. His .859 OPS is a nice gift for his owners after his sub-par 2014 and 2015 seasons. Bruce is highly likely to be traded in the next 10 days, but tonight he remained a key member of the team that drafted him in the first round in 2005. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Ari
  • Oswaldo Arcia suffers mild elbow strain
    Oswaldo Arcia suffered a mild right elbow strain on Saturday night against the Athletics.

    Advice: Arcia was in obvious pain after a hard swing in the top of the seventh inning. He was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game and is batting .230/.306/.395 for the year. Yesterday, 8:01 pm
    L, 3-2 ^ @Oak
  • A-Gonz connects for eight homer vs. Cardinals
    Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth home run of the season in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was the solo variety, hit off Cards starter Mike Leake in the sixth inning. His power outage has been baffling, as Gonzalez has traditionally averaged 22 home runs over his big league career. The 34-year-old is hitting .280/.357/.401 with 47 RBI and 37 runs scored through 95 games. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • TEX balking at Nomar Mazara in Sale trade
    According to's T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers do not want to include Nomar Mazara in a trade for White Sox ace Chris Sale.

    Advice: Reports suggest the White Sox are asking for Mazara on top of Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo. That would be a massive haul for Chicago, and one they're probably not going to get. Mazara, 21, has batted .281/.334/.413 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI, and 38 runs scored over his first 88 major league games while playing very good defense in the outfield. Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers following a clubhouse incident with members of the White Sox front office. It probably had something to do with all the trade rumors swirling around him. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Josh Reddick scratched with back soreness
    Josh Reddick was scratched from the A's lineup on Saturday due to back soreness.

    Advice: It sounds like a day-to-day type of thing. Reddick has posted a cool .295/.374/.433 batting line in 61 games this season and will be a big trade chip for the Athletics ahead of the August 1 non-waiver deadline. There is known to be interest from the Cubs. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out Saturday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remains out of the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Puig was used as a pinch-hitter in Friday's extra-innings marathon, but he isn't ready to return to the outfield and probably won't start Sunday either. He tweaked his right hamstring Thursday afternoon in D.C. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    W, 9-6 x @StL
  • Orioles and Blue Jays leaders for Upton
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Orioles and Blue Jays are the leaders in the pursuit of Melvin Upton.

    Advice: The interest in Upton has certainly intensified in the past day or so, and it's looking increasingly likely that he'll be wearing a new uniform in August. While a park shift away from Petco Park could seem like a boon to his fantasy value, he hasn't handled changes of scenery well in the past, and isn't likely to land with a manager as willing to run as Andy Green has been this season. Yesterday, 8:23 am
  • Blue Jays talking Upton with Padres as well
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have discussed Melvin Upton and Andrew Cashner with the Padres.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that it's unclear if the Jays would have interest in just Upton if they can't get Cashner. The Padres seem to be pitting potential suitors against one another in an effort to drive up the price on their available pieces. Where there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so don't be surprised to see some sort of deal get done in the next couple of days. Yesterday, 5:47 am
  • Indians have also discussed Melvin Upton
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Indians have had conversations with the Padres in recent weeks about Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Olney notes that while the two clubs have talked, nothing is close regarding a potential deal. The interest around Upton has picked up considerably in the last couple of days and it looks like there's a strong likelihood that he could get moved before next week's trade deadline. The Orioles are reported to be in negotiations for him as well. Yesterday, 4:51 am
  • Yasiel Puig appears off bench
    Yasiel Puig popped out as a pinch-hitter in the 13th inning Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Puig didn't start because of a minor right hamstring injury, and he remains day-to-day. Friday, 10:30 pm
    W, 9-6 x @StL
  • Fowler has monster game in return from DL
    Dexter Fowler celebrated his return from the disabled list by going 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, and two runs scored in Friday’s win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Fresh off missing a month and change with a hamstring injury, Fowler didn’t need any time to shake the rust. He made an immediate impact by socking a leadoff homer against Jimmy Nelson before adding an RBI double one inning later. The 30-year-old faded a bit in June prior to the injury, but he still owns a cool .298/.405/.504 batting line on the year. Friday, 8:50 pm
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Orioles have talked to Padres about Upton
    Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Orioles have talked to the Padres about Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported earlier in the day that the Padres had told suitors that they were close to dealing Upton, and perhaps it's the O's who are hot on the trail after losing Joey Rickard for the next 4-to-6 weeks. It would certainly be an upgrade in home ballpark for Upton. Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Padres could be nearing Melvin Upton trade
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres are telling interested teams that they're getting close to trading Melvin Upton Jr.

    Advice: While it could just be posturing on the Padres end to drive up his potential trade value, it sounds as through they are serious about dealing the veteran outfielder. He's in the midst of a terrific bounceback season, slashing .260/.309/.448 with 16 homers, 44 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Given his mental makeup, fantasy owners may not want to see a change of scenery for the dynamic outfielder. Friday, 5:53 pm
  • Dexter Fowler (hamstring) back from the DL
    Cubs activated OF Dexter Fowler from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Fowler's recovery from a strained right hamstring came along a little more slowly than expected, but he's ready to roll now. He's in center field and batting leadoff Friday against Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers. Friday, 2:55 pm
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Many teams interested in outfielder Jay Bruce
    Jon Heyman of reports that the Indians, Rangers, Dodgers, and Blue Jays have interest in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the Nationals are "also on the periphery" of the market for Bruce, saying that "perhaps no outfielder is drawing as much interest" as the Red. Bruce was nearly traded to the Blue Jays over the winter, but that deal fell through due to a medical issue involving one of the players. Assuming he's traded, the team that acquires Bruce would have a $13 million option on him for next season. Friday, 2:01 pm
    L, 9-8 vs ^ Ari
  • Yasiel Puig (hamstring) sitting out on Friday
    Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is absent from the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his right hamstring on Thursday. It doesn't appear that it's a potential disabled list injury at this point, but with his history of hammy issues you never know. Scott Van Slyke is filling in in right field. Friday, 1:29 pm
    W, 9-6 x @StL
  • Smolinski's three-run shot not enough for A's
    Jake Smolinski went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Smolinski rocked Rays starter Matt Moore for a three-run shot in the second inning. It would be his only hit on the evening. At the time, it propelled the A's to a 3-2 advantage. The Rays would outscore the Athletics 5-0 the rest of the way. For the season, the 27-year-old outfielder is slashing .303/.360/.495 with five homers and 20 RBI over 99 at-bats. Fine production for a part-time piece, though his fantasy upside is capped by his lack of consistent playing time. Friday, 12:28 am
    W, 3-2 vs ^ TB
  • Piscotty hits pinch three-run homer Thursday
    Stephen Piscotty hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Piscotty was called on to hit for Matt Adams against lefty Ryan Buchter with two on and one out in a 5-2 game, and he delivered with a blast to center field that just eluded the glove of Travis Jankowski. The homer was Piscotty's 14th of the year to go with 56 RBI and 57 runs scored. The 25-year-old is hitting .297/.370/.497 in his first full campaign. Thursday, 8:46 pm
    L, 9-6 vs ^ LAD
  • Bogaerts has big night as Red Sox roll to win
    Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored in a lopsided win over the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: The first four hitters in the Sox lineup finished 14-for-19 in the one-sided affair, and Bogaerts was right in the middle of the action with a two-run double in the third inning. The 23-year-old is hitting .324/.380/.470 with 61 RBI and 71 runs scored this year, and he's got 11 homers and 11 steals to boot. Thursday, 7:03 pm
    W, 8-7 vs ^ Min
  • Michael Taylor notches two steals Thursday
    Michael Taylor singled, scored a run and stole two bases in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Taylor was a late add to the lineup after Nationals manager Dusty Baker decided to give Jayson Werth a day off. Taylor has hit seven homers and stolen 12 bases this season but is still batting only .227/.279/.379 overall. Thursday, 12:46 pm
  • Kenley Jansen earns 28th save vs. Nats
    Kenley Jansen earned his 28th save of the season Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park.

    Advice: Jansen gave up a one-out single to Bryce Harper, but he retired the other three batters he faced to easily protect the Dodgers' three-run lead. Jansen boasts a 1.30 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 53/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season, to go along with the 28 saves. Thursday, 12:44 pm
    W, 9-6 x @StL
  • Puig left game with right hamstring tightness
    Yasiel Puig left Thursday's game against the Nationals with right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Puig tweaked his right hammy while trying to beat out a grounder to third base in the top of the seventh inning. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. This is not the same hamstring Puig injured in June, but he did have serious problems with it in 2015. Another trip back to the disabled list is a real possibility. Thursday, 12:22 pm
    W, 9-6 x @StL
  • Puig removed from game with apparent injury
    Yasiel Puig was removed from Thursday's game against the Nationals with an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: Puig entered the game in right field in the bottom of the sixth but then appeared to tweak something while trying to leg out a grounder in his first at-bat in the top of the seventh. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. Puig was limited to 79 games in 2015 because of hamstring problems and he spent time on the disabled list this June with the same type of issue. More awful injury news for Los Angeles. Thursday, 11:50 am
    W, 9-6 x @StL
  • Fowler (hamstring) to join Cubs this weekend
    Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Dexter Fowler (hamstring) will rejoin the team this weekend in Milwaukee.

    Advice: The exact day of his arrival is unclear, but it could be Friday for the opener of the three-game series. Fowler appeared in both games of a doubleheader Wednesday with Triple-A Iowa, going 1-for-5 with a double and a walk. The 30-year-old center fielder will return to a shiny .290/.398/.483 batting line. Thursday, 10:26 am
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Cubs looking at A's outfielder Josh Reddick
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cubs are "looking at" A's outfielder Josh Reddick.

    Advice: Morosi notes that Cubs president Theo Epstein drafted Reddick in Boston back in 2006. It's been a frustrating 2016 for the 29-year-old outfielder, who missed part of May and most of June with a fractured thumb, but he has been a productive hitter when healthy for going on five years and he's only owed about $3 million on his current contract. Reddick can become a free agent this winter. Thursday, 9:43 am
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Fowler (hamstring) goes 1-for-5 in rehab
    Dexter Fowler (hamstring) went 1-for-5 with a double and a walk in a doubleheader Wednesday with Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Jorge Soler only played in the first game and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Fowler should be ready to return to the Cubs' active roster this weekend if he can avoid a physical setback over the next couple of days. He's been on the disabled list since June 19 because of a right hamstring strain. Thursday, 7:08 am
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Hanley swats three two-run homers, Sox win
    Hanley Ramirez blasted three two-run home runs to power the Red Sox to an 11-7 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ramirez hit bombs off Matt Cain in the second and third innings, then took Albert Suarez deep in the sixth. The huge night goes a long way toward turning his bland, tasteless season into something spicy for his owners to enjoy. The trio of longballs give him 11 for the season to go with 50 runs, 54 RBI, seven steals and a .285 batting average. Wednesday, 8:50 pm
    W, 8-7 vs ^ Min
  • Puig goes 1-for-3 with a double on Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig doubled in three at-bats in the Dodgers' loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: Puig's lackluster numbers this season show no signs of getting better. He is batting .257 with a disappointing .698 OPS. He has seven home ru ns and 32 RBI. Puig is blessed with all five tools but has not been able to convert that talent into results this year. He is only 25 years old and could break out at any time. Wednesday, 7:58 pm
    W, 9-6 x @StL
  • A's recall Arismendy Alcantara from Nashville
    Athletics recalled INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Alcantara has 28 steals in 31 attempts and a .750 OPS in 77 games this season between the Triple-A affiliates of the Cubs and Athletics. The versatile 24-year-old could take on fantasy value if he finds regular at-bats. Wednesday, 9:07 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Neil Walker getting day off Wednesday
    Neil Walker is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kelly Johnson will start at second base and bat sixth in the matinee game versus Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Walker has 16 home runs and 40 RBI on the season. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Reddick hits cue shot walkoff single vs HOU
    Josh Reddick hit a walk-off, opposite-field RBI single to beat the Astros in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's 4-3 victory.

    Advice: Reddick didn't exactly scald the walk-off winner against Tony Sipp, but as the old adage goes, he just needed to hit it where they ain't. In this case, the Astros employed the shift when Reddick stepped to the plate. He proceeded to hit an opposite-field grounder that would have likely been gobbled up by Carlos Correa had the shift not been on. As is, the ball just squeaked through to score Marcus Semien. For the season as a whole, Reddick is slashing .298/.378/.439 with six homers and 23 RBI over 205 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:18 pm
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Report: Dodgers open to trading Yasiel Puig
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are open to trading Yasiel Puig.

    Advice: This would have been an unthinkable scenario not too long ago, but Puig's development has stalled over the past couple of years, so the Dodgers are at least weighing the possibility. While he has hit better since coming off disabled list, he has a disappointing .700 OPS on the year. Still, the Dodgers could find a team who believes in a rebound and would be willing to take a chance on his personality. He's just 25 years old, after all. He's also owed just $14 million over the next two seasons. Rosenthal speculates that the Dodgers could look to the trade market for another outfielder. Tuesday, 5:58 am
    W, 9-6 x @StL
  • Adonis Garcia goes deep in loss to Reds
    Adonis Garcia went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He also scored on a Jeff Francoeur double, tallying both of the Braves' runs on the night. The Braves' third baseman has been heating up of late with a .421 average over his last 10 games. Jul 18, 8:45 pm
    L, 7-2 x @Col
  • Marlins win it on Prado's extra-innings homer
    Martin Prado delivered a go-ahead solo homer in the 11th inning of Monday's comeback win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Prado led off the top of the 11th with a shot off of Brett Oberholtzer for his lone hit of the night. While he has only three home runs on the year, Prado has his season line up to .320/.370/.419. The average ranks fourth in the National League. Jul 18, 8:26 pm
    L, 3-0 vs ^ NYM
  • Fowler to begin rehab assignment Tuesday
    Dexter Fowler (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll be joined by Jorge Soler, who is coming back from a hamstring injury. Fowler appeared in one rehab game for Low-A South Bend before the All-Star break but quickly abandoned it when he realized he wouldn't be ready for the All-Star Game in San Diego. He shouldn't need more than a few games to shake off the rust. Jul 18, 1:04 pm
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
  • Melvin Upton activated from bereavement list
    Padres activated OF Melvin Upton Jr. from the bereavement list.

    Advice: He missed the team's weekend series against the Giants but should be back in there Monday against St. Louis. Alex Dickerson handled left field during his brief absence. Jul 18, 12:42 pm
  • Jake Lamb goes deep as D'Backs top Dodgers
    Jake Lamb went deep again and reached base three times on Sunday as the Diamondbacks held on to beat the Dodgers 6-5.

    Advice: Lamb got his club on the board first with an RBI single in the first inning, then increased their advantage to 4-0 with a solo shot off of Kenta Maeda in the third. He's having an outstanding season at the dish, slashing a monstrous .302/.380/.635 with 21 long balls and 65 RBI. Jul 17, 6:55 pm
    W, 9-8 x @Cin
  • Adrian Gonzalez not in Sunday's lineup
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day off. Scott Van Slyke is at first base. Jul 17, 10:39 am
  • Lamb doubles twice and triples on Saturday
    Jake Lamb pounded three extra-base hits in five at-bats Saturday, adding a run and an RBI as well.

    Advice: He doubled twice and tripled. He scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning after leading off the frame with the three-bagger and riding home on a Brandon Drury single. Lamb and his owners have enjoyed an unexpected breakout season. He is now batting .299 with an even 1.000 OPS. He has 20 home runs in 298 at-bats after hitting only six homers in 350 at-bats last year. Jul 16, 10:25 pm
    W, 9-8 x @Cin
  • Sox send down Sanchez to make room for Turner
    White Sox optioned INF Carlos Sanchez to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: The White Sox needed to clear a roster spot for Sunday's starting pitcher, Jacob Turner. Sanchez only saw five at-bats during his two-week stint with the big club. Overall, he's hitting just .161 across 31 at-bats for the White Sox this year. Jul 16, 9:02 pm
  • Piscotty gets two hits and two RBI
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: His double in the third inning drove in two runs, which is more than his team would need to win the game. Piscotty is now batting .298/.375/.492 with 51 RBI and 55 runs scored in 325 at-bats. Jul 16, 7:17 pm
    L, 9-6 vs ^ LAD
  • Josh Reddick homers, scores four runs
    Josh Reddick reached four times, homered and scored four runs Friday in Oakland's 8-7 edging of Toronto.

    Advice: Reddick usually comes to the plate with two out and none on, so he's not often in a position to score (or drive in) runs. He had some fun tonight, though. It's the second time in his career that he's scored four runs in a game. He's just the second Athletic in the last two seasons to score four times; Coco Crisp did it on June 25. Jul 15, 10:55 pm
    W, 3-2 vs x TB
  • Walker slugs three-run homer vs. Phillies
    Neil Walker slugged a three-run homer in Friday’s win over the Phillies.

    Advice: His sixth-inning blast off Jeremy Hellickson was his only hit in four trips to the plate on Friday, but it proved to be the big hit in the ballgame. He’s now up to 16 homers on the year, which equals his total from all of last season. Walker batted cleanup Friday and could continue to stick there until Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is ready to return. Jul 15, 7:38 pm
  • Ramirez (shin) singles in return to lineup
    Hanley Ramirez (shin) went 1-for-4 with an infield single in his return to the lineup Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Ramirez missed the final two games before the All-Star break due to a bruised left shin, but he should be good to go moving forward. The 32-year-old was red hot to finish the first half and is batting .287/.365/.432 through 82 games this season. Jul 15, 7:21 pm
    W, 8-7 vs ^ Min
  • Bogaerts swats 11th home run of season
    Xander Bogaerts launched a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Yankees.

    Advice: His sixth-inning blast ended up being the difference in the game. Ryan Hanigan and Travis Shaw also went deep in the victory. Bogaerts is now up to 11 home runs on the year, so he’s already one shy of his career-high from 2014. Of course, he needed 144 games to do that. He played in his 86th game of the season on Friday. Jul 15, 7:21 pm
    W, 8-7 vs ^ Min
  • Taylor clubs two-run homer in win
    Michael Taylor clubbed a two-run homer and drew a walk in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Taylor’s two-run blast was part of a four-run seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. The 25-year-old is now up to seven home runs on the year, but he has disappointed with a .230/.276/.388 batting line and recently had a brief stint in the minors. Still, Dusty Baker seems inclined to give him chances against left-handed starters. Jul 15, 6:58 pm
  • Padres place Melvin Upton on bereavement
    Padres placed OF Melvin Upton Jr. on the bereavement list.

    Advice: His brother Justin went on the bereavement list with the Tigers on Thursday night. Melvin should return to the Padres early next week. He has racked up 16 home runs, 44 RBI, 20 stolen bases, and 45 runs scored in 87 games this season for San Diego. Jul 15, 2:26 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (shin) returns to BOS lineup
    Hanley Ramirez (shin) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Friday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Hanley missed the final two games before the All-Star break due to a bruised left shin. It was never a huge concern. He's at first base and batting fifth Friday versus Yankees righty Michael Pineda. Jul 15, 12:38 pm
    W, 8-7 vs ^ Min
  • Fowler (hamstring) nearing rehab games
    Dexter Fowler (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: He'll hang with his Cubs teammates all weekend, getting in daily workouts, before joining up with one of the organization's minor league affiliates for three or four rehab games. Fowler has been on the disabled list since June 19 because of a right hamstring injury. He was forced to miss Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game. Jul 15, 8:29 am
    W, 6-5 x @Mil
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