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  • Jose Abreu returned to action on Wednesday July 23.
    Today, 1:20 am
  • Yasiel Puig returned to action on Wednesday July 23.
    Today, 1:20 am
  • Doolittle stops the bleeding to seal A's win
    Sean Doolittle stemmed the tide of a five-run Astros comeback attempt to earn his 15th save in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Bob Melvin sent in the maligned Jim Johnson with a 9-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning. Surely, a seven-run cushion made it safe to use the former closer. But no. Johnson surrendered four runs (three earned) on four hits without recording an out. By the time Oakland got out of the frame, the score was 9-7, a lead Doolittle was tasked with protecting. He fired a perfect ninth, striking out one. Doolittle is 15-for-18 in save conversions to go with a 2.70 ERA and 0.64 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • SP Chavez wins for 2nd time in last 3 starts
    Jesse Chavez got back in the win column by allowing two earned runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a 9-7 victory over the Astros.

    Advice: He struck out seven and walked two. Chavez has issued at least two free passes in six straight starts. The excess base runners have been an issue, but Chavez has done a good job in recent starts minimizing damage. He entered this game with a 4.32 July ERA despite a 1.80 WHIP in those three outings. Now 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA, Chavez has a rematch with Brad Peacock scheduled for Monday.
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Cespedes goes deep twice, then leaves (thumb)
    Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and drove in five runs before leaving Wednesday's game against the Astros with an apparent left thumb injury.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-4 before exiting in the seventh inning after jamming his hand while spinning to the ground on a violent swing. He's now riding a five-game hitting streak, and a three-game extra base hit streak. It's nice to see him break out of a funk, as he looked lost at the plate earlier this month. Cespedes came into this game batting .145 in July. Hopefully his hand bones are all intact after his nasty spill.
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Tommy Medica goes 3-for-5 in Padres' win
    Tommy Medica went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Padres' 8-3 defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just the sixth time this year the Padres have scored as many as eight runs. Medica's big game came in his first start since July 8, as he's been limited to pinch-hitting duties of late by a groin injury. He hadn't driven in a run since June 28, and he was just 2-for-25 this month.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Tsuyoshi Wada gives up five runs to Padres
    Tsuyoshi Wada took a loss Wednesday after giving up five runs in four innings versus the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres had scored six runs in six games coming into this one, making Wada's performance even more discouraging. He's certainly not going to miss enough bats to afford the four walks he issued tonight. If he's not better next time out against the Rockies, he could be looking at a quick hook from the Cubs rotation.
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Street nails down his 1st save as an Angel
    Huston Street picked up his first save as an Angel -- and his 25th save of the season -- in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: The Angels came back to win once again, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth to hand Street his first American League save opportunity since he was a member of the A's in 2008. Los Angeles acquired one of the game's best relievers from the Padres for prospects 2B Taylor Lindsey, SS Jose Rondon and RHPs R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris last week. Street boasts a 1.03 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over 35 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Pujols has a pair of hits in triumph
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran first baseman got back on the board after going hitless over his past two games. He'd been plenty hot before that, however, entering tonight batting .313 with four homers in July. Pujols is hitting .274 overall with 20 homers and 66 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Weaver holds Orioles to 1 run in 3-2 win
    Jered Weaver limited the Orioles to two runs on six hits over eight innings Wednesday in a 3-2 win.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked zero. The Angels have won seven consecutive Weaver starts (with Weaver himself getting credit for four of those victories). The 31-year-old has encouragingly held the opposition in the ballpark in each of his last four starts, and six of his last seven. Weaver improves to 11-6 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, numbers he'll take into a rematch with the Orioles on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • SP Tillman holds Angels to 1 run
    Chris Tillman tossed six innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Angels.

    Advice: He struck out three, walked two and gave up five hits. It's not as though he's been pitching poorly. Tillman has slashed his ERA from 5.20 on June 5 to 3.92 today, allowing three earned runs or less in nine straight starts. Tillman hosts these same Angels on his home turf next week.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Alex Cobb combines on shutout of Cards
    Alex Cobb struck out 10 in seven innings Wednesday in the Rays' 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cobb also doubled in the Rays' first run of the game, giving himself all of the support he'd need. It's the fourth time this season that he's gone without allowing a run, but the first time since May 22. There's still no reason he can't be a top-20 starter the rest of the way.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Jake McGee fans side for ninth save
    Jake McGee struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Rays don't want to use McGee as a full-time closer, but it just hasn't worked out very well when they've gone other routes lately. Manager Joe Maddon didn't fool around tonight, using his second best reliever, Brad Boxberger, in the eighth and then his best in the ninth to secure a 3-0 victory.
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Clay Buchholz struggles in loss to Jays
    Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: This was a definite step backward for Buchholz, who seemed to be making progress prior to the All-Star break. He walked four and hit two batters tonight, while striking out just one. It was actually quite an accomplishment that he managed to get through six innings. Buchholz will face the Jays again next time out, making him a tough play in any format.
    Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Josh Thole reaches four times
    Josh Thole went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Even though Thole only gets to play while R.A. Dickey is pitching, he's managed to stay sharp enough to hit .282 in 85 at-bats this season, albeit without any power at all (three doubles, no triples and no homers). Since the beginning of June, he's started exactly one game in which he wasn't paired with Dickey, and he was removed after two at-bats in that one.
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Puig (hand) out fourth straight game Tuesday
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'll be the fourth straight game that Puig has missed. He took a Joe Kelly pitch off his left hand on Saturday and is still sore. Multiple X-rays have been taken and the results were negative. Puig remains day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • Tsuyoshi Wada recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Wada will start on Wednesday against the Padres. The left-hander fared well in his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, holding the Reds to an unearned run over five innings. He's worth streaming Wednesday in a nice matchup and could carve out some fantasy value in deeper formats.
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Jose Abreu out Tuesday vs. KC with stiff back
    Jose Abreu is out of the White Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night due to stiffness in his back.

    Advice: White Sox manager Robin Ventura called the issue "minor." Paul Konerko is starting at first base on Tuesday versus the Royals. Abreu should be ready on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
  • Puig (hand) out again Tuesday versus Bucs
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is again out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Puig has now missed three consecutive games since taking a Joe Kelly pitch off his left hand on Saturday afternoon. A second X-ray was taken Monday and the results were negative, but Puig still has a bad bruise. Matt Kemp is in right field Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
    Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Puig's second X-ray come back negative
    A second X-ray on Yasiel Puig's left hand came back negative.

    Advice: Puig is sitting out a second straight game Monday following Saturday's hit by pitch, but he's twice now been cleared of any broken bones. Consider the outfielder day-to-day.
    Monday, 4:06 pm
  • Puig (hand) not in Dodgers' lineup on Monday
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is sitting out again Monday.

    Advice: Puig was hit on the left hand by a Joe Kelly pitch on Saturday. X-rays turned up negative, but he has a bruise and will miss the Dodgers' series-opener at PNC Park. Matt Kemp is starting in right field Monday.
    Monday, 12:40 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hand) sitting out Sunday's game
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig had to leave Saturday's contest after being hit on the left hand by a pitch. While X-rays came back negative, he's apparently still a bit sore. Andre Ethier is in right field Sunday.
    Sunday, 12:35 pm
  • Tsuyoshi Wada to start on Wednesday
    Tsuyoshi Wada will be recalled to start on Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Wada fared well in his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, holding the Reds to an unearned run over five innings. He'll have a nice matchup Wednesday and is worth a shot in NL-only formats.
    Sunday, 11:37 am
  • X-rays negative on Yasiel Puig's left hand
    X-rays were negative on Yasiel Puig's left hand.

    Advice: Puig left Saturday's loss to the Cardinals a few innings after taking a Joe Kelly pitch off the base of his left hand. He might sit out Sunday night's series finale, but the star outfielder should ultimately be fine.
    Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • Yasiel Puig leaves game with sore left hand
    Yasiel Puig left Saturday's game against the Cardinals becasue of a sore left hand.

    Advice: Puig was hit by a Joe Kelly pitch on that hand in the top of the fourth inning. He was 0-for-1 with a walk before departing. Matt Kemp replaced him in the outfield.
    Saturday, 4:03 pm
  • Tommy Medica grounds out as pinch hitter
    Tommy Medica (groin) came off the bench for the Padres on Friday, grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

    Advice: It was the first game action for Medica since July 10, as he's been slowed be soreness in his right groin. Expect him to return to the starting lineup at some point over the weekend.
    Saturday, 3:20 am
  • Angels acquire Street in six-player trade
    Angels acquired RHP Huston Street and RHP Trevor Gott from the Padres for 2B Taylor Lindsey, SS Jose Rondon and RHPs R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.

    Advice: Even though Joe Smith has done such a nice job in the ninth, the Angels wanted a closer to strengthen their bullpen as a whole. Enter Street, who has been exceptional this year after giving up 12 homers in 56 2/3 innings in 2013. He has a 1.09 ERA so far in 2014, with just three homers allowed in 33 innings. His addition makes Smith and Jason Grilli droppable in mixed leagues. Joaquin Benoit will take over as San Diego's closer. Gott, a 2013 sixth-round pick, projects as a middle reliever or perhaps a setup man in the majors. He has a 3.56 ERA and a 42/18 K/BB in 43 innings between high-A and Double-A this year.
    Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Buchholz defeats Royals to earn fifth victory
    Clay Buchholz picked up his fifth victory of the season on Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits over six innings against the Royals.

    Advice: While he wasn't at his best, he did just enough to keep his team in the ballgame and afford them the chance to win. He'll bring a disappointing 5.46 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
    Friday, 9:47 pm
  • Angels acquire Street in six player trade
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Angels have agreed to a deal with the Padres to acquire closer Huston Street and a minor league pitcher for Taylor Lindsay, Jose Rondon, Jose Alvarez and another minor leaguer.

    Advice: On the surface, it looks like a good deal for both sides. The Angels get another stellar bullpen arm that they so desperately coveted, while the Padres receive more than an ample return package as they look to build toward the future. Street is expected to close for the Angels, with Joe Smith moving back into his customary setup role.
    Friday, 9:11 pm
  • Cobb gives up two runs in victory
    Alex Cobb allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 6-2 win over the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Cobb wasn't at his best, as he allowed five hits and two walks while hitting two batters, but the only offense against him was a two-run homer by Trevor Plouffe in the third inning. He has now won three straight decisions, even though he hasn't completed six innings in any of them. Still, the buy-low window is closing quickly.
    Friday, 9:08 pm