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  • Hamilton sick Thursday but playing anyway
    Josh Hamilton has a cold but is starting anyway Thursday in his return to Arlington, Texas.

    Advice: Hamilton will play left field and bat fifth against the visiting Red Sox. He joked that the cold might take his mind off the nerves of returning to the stadium where he's played 348 of his 980 career major league games.
    39 minutes ago
  • Machado ejected from first game of DH
    Manny Machado was ejected from the first half of Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: Machado slammed his equipment down after getting called out on a check swing to end the bottom of the eighth inning. He finished the game 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Ryan Flaherty entered to play third base in the ninth.
    51 minutes ago
    L, 3-2 vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs ^ CWS
  • Wei-Yin Chen could miss next turn in rotation
    Wei-Yin Chen could have his next start pushed back.

    Advice: It's not clear exactly what's ailing Chen, but the Orioles have listed his spot Saturday against the Rays as to-be-determined. There should be an update soon. Chen owns a sharp 3.13 ERA, 1.189 WHIP, and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings (nine starts) this season.
    Today, 10:13 am
    L, 3-2 vs CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Cardinals option Miguel Socolovich to AAA
    Cardinals optioned RHP Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Socolovich had registered a 1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 8/1 K/BB ratio through 7 2/3 innings out of the St. Louis bullpen, so this is a surprising move. The 28-year-old right-hander probably won't be in the minors long.
    Today, 8:59 am
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  • White Sox recall Daniel Webb from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Daniel Webb from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Webb will serve as the 26th man for the White Sox in Thursday's doubleheader at Baltimore's Camden Yards. The 25-year-old right-hander did the same thing in April.
    Today, 6:51 am
  • Rays activate Ryan Brett from disabled list
    Rays activated INF Ryan Brett from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Brett missed over a month with a left shoulder subluxation, and there's no longer a need for him on the Rays' active major league roster. The 23-year-old appeared in just three games for Tampa Bay before getting hurt.
    Today, 6:21 am
    Not Active
  • Phillips (toe) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Brandon Phillips (toe) struck out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday in the Reds' loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Phillips reaggravated the turf toe in his left foot on Monday, but that he was used as a pinch-hitter Wednesday is a good indication that he is going to avoid the disabled list. The veteran second baseman is slashing .297/.335/.355 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 41 games this year.
    Today, 6:18 am
  • Cowgill (hand) headed to the disabled list
    Collin Cowgill (hand) is headed to the disabled list.

    Advice: Cowgill has been unable to hit since injuring his right hand during batting practice Sunday. There should be an exact diagnosis at some point Thursday. The 29-year-old outfielder is sporting a rough .180/.231/.295 slash line through 35 games this season for Anaheim.
    Today, 6:00 am
  • Angels option Marc Krauss to AAA level
    Angels optioned 1B Marc Krauss to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Krauss had a couple of timely hits in his two-week stay with the Halos, but he ultimately posted a disappointing .143/.211/.286 overall batting line. This move clears a roster spot for outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was acquired from the Mets on Wednesday.
    Today, 5:51 am
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Grant Balfour, 37, leaning toward retirement
    Grant Balfour is said to be leaning toward retirement.

    Advice: Balfour opted out of his minor league contract with the Rays on Wednesday after allowing nine hits and four walks in 9 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham. The 37-year-old right-hander is still hauling in $7 million this season from a deal signed with Tampa Bay two offseasons ago. If this is indeed it, Balfour, a native of Australia, will finish his major league career with a cool 3.49 ERA, 1.219 WHIP, and 84 saves.
    Today, 5:43 am
    Not Active
  • Matt Adams to undergo surgery on torn quad
    Matt Adams will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn right quadriceps muscle.

    Advice: The same 3-4 month timetable holds, though that still could mean the rest of the season for the big first baseman. Adams tore his right quad on Tuesday night while legging out a double. Mark Reynolds has taken over as the Cardinals' starting first baseman and holds a good amount of mixed-league fantasy value as a power threat in a deep lineup. It's another tough blow for the Cards, and yet they have the best record and run differential in Major League Baseball.
    Today, 5:32 am
    15-Day DL
  • Grilli escapes danger to lock down 14th save
    Jason Grilli coughed up a run in the ninth against the Dodgers on Wednesday but held on to notch his 14th save in a 3-2 win.

    Advice: With one out, Grilli served up an Alex Guerrero solo homer to right. Andre Ethier next singled, but Grilli ended the affair in a timely fashion after that. It's highly questionable whether Grilli is a superior ninth inning option to Jim Johnson -- who tossed another scoreless eighth and boasts a 2.42 ERA -- but the former is 14-for-15 in save chances (ranking No. 2 in the NL in saves) and isn't in danger of losing his job at the moment. Of course, with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, a big implosion or two could change that.
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Pederson has a pair of singles in loss to ATL
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 on Wednesday as the Dodgers lost to the Braves 3-2.

    Advice: Pederson, 23, went 7-for-13 in the three-game set against Atlanta. He boasts a .945 OPS and is on pace for 42 homers, 81 RBI and 95 runs. The heavy frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year honors has secured leadoff duties for the foreseeable future (and perhaps decade) by posting a .392 OBP with an outstanding walk rate.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Middlebrooks has 5 multi-hit games in past 8
    Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 5-4 win against the Angels.

    Advice: Middlebrooks' two-run round-tripper off Garrett Richards in the fourth inning gave the Padres a 3-2 lead in an eventual 5-4 triumph. He continues to be a frustrating asset in NL-only leagues, though the third baseman has performed better of late. Middlebrooks has exactly two hits in five of his last eight games. Of course, in the other three he had zero. He's slashing .226/.260/.397 with six homers.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • SP Richards falters in loss vs. the Padres
    Garrett Richards lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in a loss Wednesday to the Padres.

    Advice: He whiffed six and issued two free passes. Richards (3.12 ERA) still doesn't look like the pitcher he was prior to tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, but he's given us encouraging signs. Perhaps the biggest was the quick return of his high-octane velocity. Richards has struggled with his command. He's walked fewer than two batters in just one of eight starts.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Matt Adams (quad) expected to miss 3-4 months
    Matt Adams is expected to miss 3-4 months with a strained right quad, the team announced Wednesday.

    Advice: It's still unclear whether he'll require surgery, but either way his season is officially in jeopardy. Mark Reynolds moves into an everyday role with the injury, and the NL Central-leading Cardinals may be forced to look outside the organization for help at some point.
    Yesterday, 5:41 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Cowgill (hand) to meet with doctors Wednesday
    Collin Cowgill (hand) will meet with doctors Wednesday.

    Advice: Cowgill tried to swing a bat recently without much success. A trip to the disabled list could be in store. More should be known after his meeting with doctors on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Matt Adams could need surgery on right quad
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that Matt Adams could need surgery on his right quad.

    Advice: Adams injured the quad Tuesday while legging out a double and the Cardinals are still determining whether it's a Grade 2 or Grade 3 strain. Grade 3 is the most severe and would almost certainly require a surgical procedure. Either way, Adams is looking at a lengthy absence. Mark Reynolds will serve as the Cardinals' primary first baseman.
    Yesterday, 2:03 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Matt Adams (quad) placed on disabled list
    Cardinals placed 1B Matt Adams on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how severe the strain is, so a timetable for Adams' return isn't known at the moment. It certainly figures to be more than a minimum stay on the DL, though, and could be a rather lengthy one. Mark Reynolds will handle first base in the meantime.
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
    15-Day DL
  • Brandon Phillips (toe) still out Wednesday
    Brandon Phillips (toe) remained out of the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Phillips recently aggravated a turf toe issue that initially cropped up a couple weeks ago. The Reds are hoping he'll be ready to play Friday after Thursday's off day. Skip Schumaker is filling in at second base Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Grant Balfour opts out of minors deal
    Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.

    Advice: Balfour exercised the opt-out deal in his contract that was agreed upon when he re-signed with the Rays at the beginning of this month. The veteran reliever struck out 11 while posting a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham. He shouldn't have an issue catching on elsewhere quickly, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to land a major league contract.
    Yesterday, 6:52 am
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  • Matt Adams (quad) expected to land on DL
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that he has a "high level" of concern about Matt Adams's right quad injury and a disabled list move is expected.

    Advice: Adams strained his quad while rounding first base on a double in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. It sounds like he could require a lengthy stay on the disabled list, although more won't be known until he presumably undergoes an MRI. Mark Reynolds is in line to play regularly at first base while Adams is out, and the team could bring up Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A.
    Tuesday, 8:24 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Matt Adams diagnosed with strained quad
    Matt Adams has been diagnosed with a strained right quad.

    Advice: Adams pulled his quad while rounding first base on a double in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. He was awfully gimpy while walking off, so a trip to the disabled list looks likely. Mark Reynolds would be in line to take over at first base.
    Tuesday, 7:27 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Matt Adams leaves with apparent quad injury
    Matt Adams exited Tuesday's game versus the Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with an apparent right quad injury.

    Advice: Adams pulled up lame while rounding first base as he gingerly pulled into second base with a double. He was able to walk off the field under his own power but did so with a noticeable limp. More should be known about his status later Tuesday, but it certainly looked like something that could lead to a disabled list stint. Mark Reynolds would be in line to take over at first base.
    Tuesday, 6:59 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Brandon Phillips out Tuesday due to turf toe
    Brandon Phillips is out of the Reds' lineup Tuesday after aggravating his turf toe.

    Advice: It's an issue that has been nagging the veteran second baseman for a couple of weeks, and Phillips might now be looking at an extended absence. Kristopher Negron will fill in at second on Tuesday night against the Rockies.
    Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Phillips not in Tuesday's lineup
    Brandon Phillips is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: Kris Negron will fill in at second base. Meanwhile, Zack Cozart will slide into the leadoff spot. Phillips recently missed a couple of games with turf toe and the Reds should pass along an update soon if it's bothering him again.
    Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Cowgill (hand) serves as pinch-runner
    Collin Cowgill (hand) served as a pinch-runner Monday against the Padres and scored the winning run.

    Advice: Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's lineup after he felt pain in his top hand while swinging in batting practice. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the lineup, but that the Angels were willing to use him as a pinch-runner indicates that it might not be long.
    Tuesday, 5:43 am
  • Josh Hamilton hitless in return to action
    Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 but did walk and score a run against the Indians in his return to action Monday.

    Advice: Batting in the fifth spot in the lineup, Hamilton struck out in first plate appearance, walked in his second, struck out again in his third and reached on an error in his fourth. He might take some time to knock the rust off, but Hamilton is in as good a position as possible to succeed, batting in the middle of a red-hot lineup in the place where he's had his greatest accomplishments.
    Monday, 5:34 pm
  • Josh Hamilton bats fifth in return to Rangers
    Rangers activated OF Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hamilton is starting in left field and batting fifth Monday in his first game for the Rangers since the 2012 American League Wild Card round. The 34-year-old batted .364/.391/.545 with five doubles, one home run, six RBI, and nine runs scored on his 12-game minor league rehab assignment, and he's a good bet for high-level fantasy production back with Texas. Get him active in all standard fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 9:56 am
  • Hamilton to start in left field for Rangers
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will start in left field for the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: He'll be activated from the disabled list on Monday and make his official return to the Rangers. Manager Jeff Banister has yet to announce where he'll hit in the batting order, but with the team's offense rolling in recent days it's unlikely he will want to disrupt the middle of the lineup. Fifth seems right.
    Sunday, 4:11 pm
  • X-Rays come bace negative for Cowgill (hand)
    Collin Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's game against the Red Sox after he hurt his top hand while swinging in batting practice pregame.

    Advice: He was sent out for precautionary X-rays which came back negative. Cowgill has also been battling back tightness in recent days, which many had thought was the reason for his late scratch from Sunday's lineup. He should be considered day-to-day and looks as though he'll avoid a trip to the disabled list.
    Sunday, 1:39 pm
  • Machado scores twice in loss to Marlins
    Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Machado scored in the sixth and eighth innings. They would be the only runs that the Orioles scored in the 5-4 loss. He also smacked a double, his 11th of the year. Machado is now hitting .286/.347/.474 with six homers, 19 RBI and 25 runs scored. He's starting to come through on some of his potential and upside.
    Sunday, 1:18 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs ^ CWS
  • Collin Cowgill (back) scratched from lineup
    Collin Cowgill was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to back tightness.

    Advice: Cowgill has been battling the ailment for a few days. He's day-to-day. Matt Joyce has taken his spot in the lineup.
    Sunday, 9:28 am
  • Pederson slugs 12th homer, Dodgers top Pads
    Joc Pederson slugged his 12th home run of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: It was a first-inning solo shot off Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Pederson, 23, boasts a .943 OPS through 42 games this season and he's on pace for 46 homers and 100 runs scored. Just give him the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
    Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Josh Hamilton to make season debut Monday
    The Rangers will activate Josh Hamilton (shoulder) from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: He's ready to go after playing 12 rehab games with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. Hamilton hit .364 during that stretch with one homer and six RBI. The 34-year-old needed a little over two months to recover from shoulder surgery. He'll meet the team in Cleveland on Sunday.
    Saturday, 6:56 pm
  • Middlebrooks starting at shortstop Saturday
    Will Middlebrooks will make his first career start at shortstop Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Middlebooks played one inning at shortstop against the Diamondbacks on May 10. With Middlebrooks occupying shortstop, Cory Spangenberg will draw the start at third base. Alexi Amarista, who has started at shortstop for 31 of San Diego's 44 games this season, will get the night off.
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Joc Pederson hits 11th homer in victory
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 and hit a tiebreaking homer off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning Friday as the Dodgers beat the Padres 2-1.

    Advice: That's 11 homers for Pederson, so he's still on pace for right around 40. Of course, he's not going to keep that up, but he's the obvious Rookie of the Year favorite at the moment.
    Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Machado knocks in three runs vs. Marlins
    Manny Machado drove in three runs in Friday's 8-5 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Machado went 2-for-5 on the night and knocked in runs with a ground out in the fifth and a two-run double in the eighth. The 22-year-old has shown good patience out of the leadoff spot for the Orioles and owns a solid .285/.346/.472 batting line with six home runs, 19 RBI, seven stolen bases, and 23 runs scored over 39 games. He has all the ingredients of a fantasy stud.
    Friday, 9:35 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ CWS; 1:35 pm vs ^ CWS
  • Richards wins despite shaky outing
    Garrett Richards allowed a season-high five runs over six-plus innings in Friday's 12-5 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Back in the place where he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, Richards wasn't particularly sharp, as he gave up nine hits and two walks while hitting a batter. He was pulled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Fortunately for him, he got plenty of run support. Oddly, Richards struck out just one of the 29 batters he faced Friday. He hasn't exactly looked like the ace he was prior to his knee surgery, but he still owns a quality 2.98 ERA through his first seven starts this season.
    Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Ryan Brett ready for rehab assignment
    Ryan Brett (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Sunday.

    Advice: Brett has been out for nearly a month with a subluxation of the left shoulder. He'll probably be sent down to Triple-A Durham once ready.
    Friday, 1:44 pm
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  • Brandon Phillips goes 3-for-5, doubles
    Brandon Phillips went 3-for-5 with an RBI double against the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's because he was batting second, and everyone the Reds have had bat second this year has experienced incredible success, for some reason. Of course, since no one else hits besides the No. 2 hitter, the Reds scored just that one run tonight. Phillips is batting .314. Incredibly, he's stolen five bases this month after stealing none in April, two in 121 games last year and five in 151 games in 2013.
    Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Grilli shuts down Rays to grab his 12th save
    Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth against the Rays, picking up his 12th save as the Braves won 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grilli allowed a two-out single to Brandon Guyer, but got Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to end the contest. Despite some struggles and some issues with back spasms, Grilli is 12-for-13 in save opportunities with a 4.73 ERA and a 19/5 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Adams ends power drought, homers in a win
    Matt Adams ended his power drought, going 2-for-5 with a three-run home run as the Cardinals trampled the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Adams hadn't registered an extra-base hit in the month of May until his fourth-inning three-run blast off of Bartolo Colon. The slugger has four round-trippers on the season along with 18 RBI and a .250/.277/.379 triple-slash line. As a result of the slump, Adams has seen slightly reduced playing time, particularly against left-handers, but if he's able to heat up, he'll reclaim regular at-bats.
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Chen falls to 1-3, allows 4 runs in 7 innings
    Wei-Yin Chen took the loss on Wednesday against the Mariners, surrendering four runs in seven innings.

    Advice: The big blow came in the fourth when Justin Ruggiano slugged a two-run home run to left-center to push the Mariners' lead to 3-0. Chen gave up eight hits overall without issuing a walk and striking out four. The four runs represent the most he's allowed in a single start this season, a testament to how good he's been. The lefty has a 2.90 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a 38/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings. Chen will take on the Astros at home the next time he takes the hill.
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
    L, 3-2 vs CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Krauss doubles, sends Angels to a victory
    Mark Krauss helped the Angels take a late lead and an eventual win with a two-run double on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: First baseman Albert Pujols had to leave the game after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch, so Krauss replaced him at first base. He turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead when he hit a seventh-inning double to plate two runs off of Steve Delabar. Krauss had been 1-for-13 since his promotion on May 12.
    Wednesday, 6:50 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm vs Det
  • Hamilton to remain on rehab through weekend
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will remain on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock through Saturday.

    Advice: The Rangers had left open the possibility that Hamilton would join them for this weekend's series against the Yankees, but it's looking like his season debut will come on Monday in Cleveland. Hamilton has fared well at the plate on his rehab assignment so far, batting .387/.424/.516 with four doubles over nine games between Double- and Triple-A.
    Wednesday, 8:04 am
  • Brett (shoulder) plays in extended spring
    Ryan Brett (shoulder) has played in two extended spring training games.

    Advice: Brett should be cleared to begin a rehab assignment soon, although he seems likely to be optioned to Triple-A Durham once ready. He's been out for nearly a month with a subluxation of the left shoulder.
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
    Not Active
  • Adams not in Tuesday's lineup
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Mark Reynolds will start at first base with left-hander Jon Niese on the mound for New York. He's batting sixth.
    Tuesday, 12:40 pm
    15-Day DL
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