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  • Jay's 3-hit night extends hit streak to 12
    Jon Jay went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, as the Cardinals defeated the Reds 7-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: During his hitting streak, Jay is batting a scorching .514 (18-for-35) and raised his season OPS by 85 points. All three of his hits were singles, including an eighth-inning knock that extended the Cardinals' lead to 7-0. Jay is slashing .313/.385/.407 with three home runs, 36 RBI, and six stolen bases.
    44 minutes ago
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Cin
  • Pineda solid over 6 in no-decision vs. Astros
    Michael Pineda got a no-decision after allowing two runs over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Pineda, making his second start since being activated from the disabled list, held the Astros to four hits and a walk while striking out three. He started the seventh inning, but issued a lead-off walk before being pulled. The Yankees' bullpen would then allow four runs, taking Pineda out of the running for a win. Now with six starts under his belt, Pineda has a 2.05 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 22/4 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Royals on the road on Monday.
    Today, 7:48 pm
  • Cashner (shoulder) set to start on Saturday
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The start will be Cashner's first since June 18 as he recovers from right shoulder soreness. His final rehab start was Monday, putting him on regular rest for the start in Arizona. When he's pitched he's been very good, posting a 2.36 ERA through 12 starts before the injury.
    Today, 5:39 pm
    Disabled List
  • Belt (concussion) 2-3 wks. away from activity
    Brandon Belt (concussion) was told following an exam in Pittsburgh that he's still at least 2-3 weeks away from being cleared for doing any physical activity.

    Advice: Belt initially suffered the concussion on July 19 and returned to the disabled list earlier this month after he experienced recurring symptoms. The Giants and fantasy owners can't count on much from him the rest of the way.
    Today, 3:37 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @ChC
  • Cron likely to be called up this weekend
    C.J. Cron is likely to be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake this weekend.

    Advice: The Angels could use the right-handed bat against Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir this weekend against the A's. Cron is batting .266/.295/.462 with nine homers and 29 RBI over 62 games with the Angels this season.
    Today, 3:29 pm
    Not Active
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Andy Dirks shut down with hamstring strain
    Andy Dirks has been shut down from his rehab assignment due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

    Advice: Dirks has been out all season due to back surgery and his rehab continues to be stalled by different setbacks. It's no longer a sure thing that he will be able to appear in a major league game for the Tigers this year.
    Today, 2:51 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 6-0 x @TB
  • Green (back) to begin rehab games soon
    Grant Green (back) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: Green has begun to ramp up the intensity of his workouts and is on track to return to the Angels next week. He has been sidelined since July 23 with a lumbar sprain.
    Today, 2:48 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Yadi Molina (thumb) takes first light swings
    Yadier Molina (thumb) took light swings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was far from an intensive workout, but those were the first swings that Molina had attempted since tearing a ligament in his right thumb July 9 on a slide into third base. He has already been catching bullpen sessions and taking infield practice, and the hope is that he'll be ready to rejoin the Cardinals around the second week of September. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will continue to fill in.
    Today, 2:09 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 7-3 vs x Cin
  • Nick Martinez holds Marlins in check
    Nick Martinez limited the Marlins to two runs over six innings in Wednesday's 5-4 victory.

    Advice: He permitted six hits and two walks while recording a career-high seven strikeouts. After not recording more than three punchouts in any of his first 11 starts, Martinez has whiffed 23 across his last 22 frames. He posted decent strikeout totals in the minors, so perhaps the 24-year-old is starting to figure it out. He'll get the Mariners on the road next.
    Today, 1:08 pm
  • Will Middlebrooks not in lineup Wednesday
    Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) is not in Wednesday's lineup.

    Advice: The Red Sox are calling him day-to-day after he exited Tuesday's contest with right hamstring tightness, but he figures to miss at least a couple games. Brock Holt is at third base Wednesday in Middlebrooks' place.
    Today, 12:51 pm
  • Manaea fans nine over 5 1/3
    Royals prospect LHP Sean Manaea struck out nine batters over 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks for High-A Wilmington.

    Advice: Manaea has been on cruise control over his last eight starts, posting a 1.53 ERA, .176 BAA (.481 OPS), and 51-22 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 47 innings. The left-hander hasn't allowed more than five hits in a game during that span, and Tuesday's outing also marked the first time he's allowed more than two runs since June 26. Manaea should begin 2015 at Double-A Northwest Arkansas and, if all goes according to plan, join the Royals' starting rotation later in the season.
    Today, 12:28 pm
    Not Active
    L, 5-2 @Col
  • Tampa Bay brings back Wil Myers from DL
    Rays activated OF Wil Myers from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Myers missed nearly three months with a fractured right wrist but is ready to go now after slugging a couple homers over seven rehab games. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year was hitting just .227/.313/.354 at the time of his injury but is worth scooping back up in leagues where he might have been dropped.
    Today, 12:18 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
  • Brent Morel optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned 3B Brent Morel to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He's clearing room for Gerrit Cole's return from the DL. Morel has hit only .143/.182/.190 during his brief time in the majors this season. He'll be back when rosters expand.
    Today, 12:14 pm
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs x Atl
  • Dustin Ackley (back) not playing Wednesday
    Dustin Ackley is not in Wednesday's lineup due to a sore back.

    Advice: It's not a big issue, but the Mariners are hoping rest Wednesday combined with Thursday's off day will allow Ackley to return to action Friday. Chris Denorfia is in left field in his place Wednesday.
    Today, 8:39 am
    L, 4-3 x @Phi
  • Gyorko goes 2-for-5 with homer and 3 RBI
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 8-6 loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko crushed a Kevin Correia pitch 413 feet over the center field wall in the first inning to plate Abraham Almonte and Seth Smith and give San Diego an early 3-0 lead. He didn't reach again until a ninth inning single off Kenley Jansen. That hit momentarily made the affair very interesting, but Almonte was thrown out after rounding third to end the game. Gyorko remains hot since returning from the disabled list (plantar fasciitis) in late July, going 24-for-77 (.312) with four homers, five doubles and 20 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Jay sends Cards home winners via walk-off HBP
    Jon Jay was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Tuesday, giving the Cardinals a walk-off, 5-4 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Jay has the strange distinction of leading the league with 15 hit-by-pitches this season, and none were more important than Tuesday's. The spectacle takes away from the fact that Jay also had two hits and scored twice in the victory. He owns an 11-game hitting streak that has his season line up to .307/.378/.402, and he's finding everyday at-bats in the Cardinals lineup. Mixed league owners need to start taking note.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Cin
  • Cashner (shoulder) to return this weekend
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will rejoin the Padres' rotation this weekend in Arizona.

    Advice: Cashner made his second and final rehab start on Monday, allowing three runs over five innings. He only got his pitch count up to 63, so he doesn't figure to last terribly long this weekend. Fantasy owners might be wise to hold off on activating him immediately even though he's held a 2.36 ERA over 12 starts when healthy.
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
    Disabled List
  • Will Middlebrooks leaves with tight hamstring
    Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game versus the Angels with right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Middlebrooks tweaked the hamstring while beating outing a single in the fourth inning. The Red Sox are saying his removal was precautionary and he's considered day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 6:19 pm
  • Will Middlebrooks exits with leg injury
    Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game versus the Angels with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Middlebrooks tweaked something after beating out an infield single. The Red Sox should provide an update on the third baseman's status shortly.
    Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Molina (thumb) hopes to begin swinging soon
    Yadier Molina (thumb) expects to begin swinging a bat on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Molina has been catching bullpen sessions and taking infield practice for the past week with no issues and now seems to be progressing toward an early-September return. The star catcher has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz are filling in at catcher.
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 7-3 vs x Cin
  • Myers (wrist) won't be activated Tuesday
    Wil Myers (wrist) will not be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

    Advice: There was some speculation that Myers could be activated as soon as Tuesday, but he'll remain on his minor league rehab assignment for now. The 23-year-old is hitting .286 (6-for-21) with two home runs and a double over six games with Triple-A Durham. His return could be any day now.
    Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
  • Cashner (shoulder) could return this weekend
    Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Andrew Cashner (shoulder) could return from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: Cashner allowed three runs over five innings Monday with Triple-A El Paso in his third minor league rehab start. He's only been stretched out to 63 pitches so far, so he could be a bit limited if the Padres decide to bring him back this weekend. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since June 23 with right shoulder soreness, but he could provide a nice boost to fantasy owners down the stretch.
    Yesterday, 10:06 am
    Disabled List
  • Ackley's three-hit night not enough vs. Phils
    Dustin Ackley singled, doubled twice, and drove in a run, but it wasn't enough as the Mariners lost to the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Ackley was the extent of the Mariners' offense against Jerome Williams, and he was only able to help the Mariners score their first run in the eighth on a double to left field -- when it was too little, too late. Ackley had been slumping badly following a scorching return from the All-Star break. On the season, he's slashing .247/.293/.375 with eight home runs and 47 RBI.
    Monday, 7:10 pm
    L, 4-3 x @Phi
  • Grant Green not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Grant Green (back) returning before the end of the week is "probably a long shot."

    Advice: Green ran the bases recently at extended spring training and is nearing a rehab assignment. However, it sounds like he won't be activated until at least next week. The 26-year-old has been out since July 23 with a lumbar sprain.
    Monday, 6:10 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Wil Myers (wrist) to play left, right field
    Rays manager Joe Maddon plans to use Wil Myers (wrist) all around the outfield once he is activated.

    Advice: Myers hit a two-run homer Sunday in his sixth rehab game with Triple-A Durham and could return to the Rays' active roster as soon as Tuesday. Maddon likes what he's been seeing from Kevin Kiermaier in right field, so Myers will probably play primarily in left field down the stretch. "(Myers) can play both (left and right)," Maddon said. "He can play all over the place. He's not locked into one spot."
    Monday, 6:17 am
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
  • Brent Morel recalled from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled 3B Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Morel has managed three hits in 16 at-bats in the majors this season. He'll be used in a bench role.
    Sunday, 9:51 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs x Atl
  • Gyorko drives in five, Padres take down STL
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI in Saturday's 9-5 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: St. Louis jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but the Padres answered back with four runs in the top of the third (with the help of a Gyorko RBI single). Gyorko then slugged a grand slam in the seventh inning off Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist, just before a lengthy rain delay. Gyorko has been on fire since returning from a bad case of plantar fasciitis and looks poised to finish the 2014 season on a positive binge.
    Saturday, 9:40 pm
  • Nick Martinez fans six in loss to Angels
    Nick Martinez pitched decently in a losing effort against the Angels on Friday, surrendering four runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: Martinez punched out six on the evening while walking just one. Most of the damage came in the fifth inning, where Kole Calhoun launched a three-run homer. Martinez has struggled for most of the season, compiling a 5.27 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 50/41 K/BB ratio over 94 innings. He should continue to be avoided in fantasy leagues for Friday's start against the Royals.
    Friday, 8:33 pm
  • Belt (concussion) to see specialist next week
    Brandon Belt (concussion) will see a specialist in Pittsburgh next week to determine the severity of his injury.

    Advice: He'll head to Pittsburgh when the Giants head to Chicago to begin a three game series on Tuesday. The Giants should have an update on his status and potential timetable for his return after that appointment. It's the second time that concussion symptoms have forced him to the disabled list in recent weeks, so the Giants will take every possible precaution and won't rush him back into action.
    Friday, 4:44 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @ChC
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) to swing bat next week
    Yadier Molina (thumb) said Friday that he expects to be cleared to swing a bat next week.

    Advice: "Can't wait," the catcher said. Molina caught a bullpen session for the second straight day Friday but is still wearing a splint on his surgically-repaired right thumb. The Cardinals are hoping to get him back in a few weeks. In the meantime, A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will continue to fill in at catcher.
    Friday, 2:34 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 7-3 vs x Cin
  • Andy Dirks resuming rehab assignment
    Andy Dirks (back, hamstring) will resume a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

    Advice: Dirks has been slowed for the last week with a tweaked hamstring, but it wasn't a significant setbacks. He's missed all season following back surgery but the Tigers remain hopeful of getting him back before the end of the year.
    Friday, 1:54 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 6-0 x @TB
  • Myers (wrist) could return as soon as Tuesday
    Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that Wil Myers (wrist) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as the August 19-21 series versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Myers is batting .444/.583/.778 with one home run in his first three rehab games with Triple-A Durham, showing no rust in spite of a nearly three-month long absence. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year winner was hitting just .227/.313/.354 over 53 games prior to breaking his wrist, but he's worth a roster stash if someone in your league dropped him.
    Thursday, 3:47 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) catches bullpen session
    Yadier Molina caught a bullpen session Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right thumb.

    Advice: When Molina tore the ligament in his thumb one month ago, the initial fear was that he could miss the rest of the regular season, but he's already making some encouraging progress. Still, the best-case scenario is that he's a few weeks away. The Cardinals will take it, though.
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 7-3 vs x Cin
  • Royals LHP Manaea fans 7 over 7 shutout IP
    Royals prospect lefty Sean Manaea struck out seven batters over seven shutout innings, scattering two hits, one walk, and two hit batsman for High-A Wilmington on Wednesday.

    Advice: Over his last seven starts Manaea has held opposing batters to a .164/.274/.193 line while putting up a 9.1 K/9. There was an argument that Manaea was the top college pitcher in the 2013 draft, but a hip issue caused him to drop to the 34th overall pick. Clearly, the Royals are ecstatic that he fell to them and are reaping the benefits. Manaea has the potential to be a solid No. 2 pitcher, and should see time in Kansas City before the end of 2015.
    Thursday, 7:16 am
    Not Active
    L, 5-2 @Col
  • Pineda solid in return from the disabled list
    Michael Pineda, making his first start since April 23, was solid over five innings, allowing one run in a no-decision against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pineda threw 67 pitches after taking nearly four months to recover from an upper back injury following his suspension for pine tar use. The right-hander gave up only two hits, walked none, and struck out four. Now with five starts under his belt, he has a 1.82 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and a 19/3 K/BB ratio. Pineda will try to go deeper into the game when he takes on the Astros at home next week.
    Wednesday, 7:11 pm
  • Gyorko scores four-hit night in win vs. COL
    Jedd Gyorko had one of his best performances of the season, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's Gyorko's first four-hit game of the season, and he was one of only two Padres to accrue multiple hits on the evening. The second baseman has been performing much better at the plate since coming off of the disabled list on July 28. He now has a .333 average (19-for-57) in 15 games since his activation. A surge over the remaining 43 games could help pull up his sagging numbers. He carries a disappointing .199/.251/.326 slash line with seven home runs and 35 RBI.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • Green (back) on track for rehab next week
    Grant Green (back) could start a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Green has been doing everything but taking live batting practice, something he could do in Arizona over the next few days. That would be the last hurdle before a rehab assignment. Green has been out since July 23 with a lumbar sprain.
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Pineda activated from DL for Wednesday start
    Yankees activated RHP Michael Pineda from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pineda is starting for the Yankees on Wednesday night in Baltimore. It will be his first time on a major league mound since he was ejected (and then suspended) for pine tar use on April 23. Pineda strained a muscle in his upper back while trying to stay in pitching shape during that suspension and took nearly four months to recover. The 25-year-old had a 1.83 ERA over his first 19 2/3 innings this season and could carry significant fantasy value down the stretch.
    Wednesday, 1:13 pm
  • Pineda to return to NYY rotation Wednesday
    Michael Pineda has been confirmed as the Yankees' starter for Wednesday's game in Baltimore.

    Advice: It will be Pineda's first time on a major league mound since he was ejected (and subsequently suspended) for pine tar use on April 23. Pineda strained a muscle in his upper back while throwing on the side during his suspension and is just now returning to full health. The 25-year-old right-hander had a 1.83 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio over his first 19 2/3 innings (four starts) this season.
    Aug 11, 11:33 am
  • Yadier Molina gets cast removed from thumb
    Yadier Molina had the cast removed from his surgically-repaired right thumb this weekend.

    Advice: Molina will still keep a splint on the thumb for a couple more weeks, but he can now begin light baseball-related activities. The thought is that he's about one month from returning to the Cardinals' active roster, assuming he can avoid setbacks. Molina underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb on July 11. A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz are filling in at catcher for St. Louis.
    Aug 11, 5:44 am
    Disabled List
    W, 7-3 vs x Cin
  • Martinez limits Astros to two runs in 2nd win
    Nick Martinez limited the Astros to two runs on five hits over five innings in Sunday's victory.

    Advice: Martinez walked two and struck out six on the afternoon. The win was just his second victory of the season and his first since May 24. He's got a bright future, but the right-hander is just 2-8 with a 5.22 ERA and shouldn't be relied upon for fantasy purposes. He'll take on the Angels on Friday.
    Aug 10, 3:47 pm
  • Gyorko has two hits, two RBI against Pirates
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Gyorko delivered a two-run single to extend the Padres' lead in the ninth inning. The second baseman is 13-for-45 (.289) with 11 RBI since returning from the disabled list in late July. A miserable first half has his line at .185/.240/.309, but Gyorko is more talented than that line would indicate.
    Aug 10, 2:14 pm
  • C.J. Cron optioned to Triple-A
    Angels optioned DH C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Cron is a victim following Saturday's 19-inning game, as the Angels needed some fresh relief arms. He also didn't do himself any favors by batting just .250/.280/.333 in his most recent stint with the big club. The Angels figure to mix and match in the DH spot for now.
    Aug 10, 10:26 am
    Not Active
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Wil Myers will need two weeks on rehab
    Wil Myers (wrist) is expected to remain on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham for two weeks.

    Advice: Myers was slated to begin the assignment Saturday before the game was rained out, so he's on track to rejoin the Rays in late August. The young outfielder has been on the shelf since late May with a fractured right wrist.
    Aug 10, 9:24 am
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
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