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  • Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) placed on DL
    Cardinals placed RHP Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 25, with right shoulder inflammation. 29 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm @NYM ; 4:40 pm @NYM
  • Cardinals call up LHP Dean Kiekhefer
    Cardinals recalled LHP Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: He'll replace the injured Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) on the active roster. Kiekhefer has posted a 5.73 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings at the major league level this season. 31 minutes ago
  • Renfroe, Margot likely to come up in Sept.
    Padres general manager A.J. Preller indicated Tuesday that prospect outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot will likely debut as September call-ups.

    Advice: Many speculated that one or both could be on the way after the Melvin Upton trade, but Preller said that the deal will open up playing time for Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski in the short-term. Renfroe doesn't have much left to prove in the minors, as he's batting .331/.356/.607 with 25 homers over 95 games this season with Triple-A El Paso. Margot, who is getting over a minor Achilles injury, is batting .306/.356/.434 with four homers and 24 seals over 89 games in Triple-A. Both are worth watching in fantasy leagues. Today, 10:04 am
    Not Active
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Neil Walker not in lineup for 1st game of DH
    Neil Walker is not in the Mets' lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Mets are rolling with the same lineup they were planning to use before Monday's game was rained out. Kelly Johnson will start at second base and bat fifth, but the struggling Walker should be back in the lineup for the second game. Today, 9:31 am
    1:10 pm vs StL ; 4:40 pm vs StL
  • Blue Jays finalize trade for OF Melvin Upton
    Blue Jays acquired OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will cover all but $5 million of the roughly $22 million remaining on Upton's contract. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season with the Padres and will provide some depth and versatility to the Blue Jays' outfield. While the ballpark change is a positive, he might lose a couple of starts a week and probably won't run as much. His fantasy value takes a bit of a dip with the trade. Since the Padres are in Toronto this week, Upton will just have to switch dugouts on Tuesday. Today, 8:04 am
  • Madison Bumgarner changes agents
    Madison Bumgarner is now represented by the Legacy Agency.

    Advice: Bumgarner left Relativity for Excel Sports Management earlier this year, but now he has switched representation again. The southpaw is under contract through 2017 with a pair of affordable club options for 2018 and 2019, so this is a move with a look toward the future. Today, 7:12 am
  • Gordon on track to rejoin Marlins on Thu.
    Dee Gordon (suspension) remains on track to rejoin the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Gordon is serving the final days of his 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The speedy second baseman is 7-for-27 (.259) over seven games during his minor league tuneup games with Triple-A New Orleans. He got off to a slow start, but has hit safely in each of his last five games. He could make a big impact in fantasy leagues over the final two months. Today, 6:29 am
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • J.D. Martinez (elbow) to begin rehab stint
    J.D. Martinez (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Martinez will be eased in as the DH as he makes his way back from a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. He admitted Monday that he'll have to deal with pain for the rest of the season, but he wants to make it back with the Tigers still in the mix. "My bat worries me more than my throwing," said Martinez. "Timing-wise and arm-wise. I feel it puts more stress on my elbow hitting than it does throwing." Today, 5:38 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Bailey (elbow) makes latest rehab start
    Homer Bailey (elbow) gave up two runs on five hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings Monday in his latest rehab start with Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Bailey made it up to 98 pitches, though the results weren't ideal. He has yet to complete six innings since resuming his minor league rehab assignment about a week ago. The plan calls for him to meet the team in San Francisco from here, so it's possible he could finally be cleared to be activated from the disabled list. Bailey hasn't pitched in the majors since April of 2015 due to Tommy John surgery. Today, 5:36 am
    60-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Cain to begin minor league rehab assignment
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Cain, who has been out for about a month with a left hamstring strain, got the green light after doing some running over the weekend. Barring a setback, he appears on track for a return around the end of the month. Today, 5:27 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs LAA
  • Nats activate Solis from 15-day DL
    Nationals activated LHP Sammy Solis from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Solis, out since July 7 with right knee inflammation, was cleared to return after making two appearances on a minor league rehab assignment. He returns to a 2.43 ERA and 34/16 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Today, 5:23 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Report: Blue Jays to acquire OF Melvin Upton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres.

    Advice: The Padres are expected to receive a Class A prospect in return. No word yet on the financial details, but the deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday. Upton is batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games this season and should add some versatility to Toronto's outfield. The addition could allow Jose Bautista to see more time out of the designated hitter spot and Edwin Encarnacion to play more first base. Upton is still under contract (for $16.45 million) next season, which is notable with Bautista, Encarnacion, and Michael Saunders due to hit free agency this winter. The Padres are expected to pick up some of the tab. Today, 5:10 am
  • Jay Bruce hits two homers in victory
    Jay Bruce hit a pair of two-run homers off Jake Peavy to lead the Reds to a 7-5 win over the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: One last hurrah for Bruce in a Reds uniform? It was his third two-homer game of the season, the others coming on April 7 and May 18. He's tied with teammate Adam Duvall for fifth place in the NL with 23 homers. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Raisel Iglesias perfect for two innings
    Raisel Iglesias pitched two perfect innings out of the pen for his fourth hold Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: Iglesias has been the Reds' best reliever since coming off the disabled list, but the team has continued to use him as a multi-inning guy, suggesting that he won't soon be a threat for saves. He's allowed just one run in 20 1/3 innings over his 10 appearances as a reliever. Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Jake Peavy gives up three homers in loss
    Jake Peavy gave up three homers and six runs over five-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Peavy had a great run in late May and June, but he's given up 20 runs -- 17 earned -- over 25 1/3 innings in his last five starts. His rotation spot could again come into jeopardy if he's not better next time out. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Eugenio Suarez hits 17th homer
    Eugenio Suarez had a two-run homer and a double Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: It's disappointing that Suarez's OBP has been hanging right around .300 for much of the year, but he's up to 17 homers now. It's too bad those homers have come with just seven doubles and a 100/27 K/BB ratio in 345 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Brandon Belt goes 3-for-4, homers
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Giants' No. 6 hitter on Monday.

    Advice: Manager Bruce Bochy has been shifting hot and cold hands up and down his lineup all year long, and Belt was dropped tonight as a result of his poor July. He won't stay in the sixth spot for long if he's over his slump. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Tyler Saladino delivers game-winner
    Tyler Saladino went 2-for-4 with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as the White Sox edged the Cubs 5-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Saladino is outhitting Brett Lawrie over the last month and is the superior defensive second baseman, so maybe it's time to give him a crack at the starting job. He wouldn't do much for fantasy leaguers if it happens, but as far as the White Sox are concerned, he just needs to be a better player than Lawrie. Right now, Saladino has a .722 OPS in 130 AB, while Lawrie is at .723 in 351 AB. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Jake Arrieta gives up four runs to White Sox
    Jake Arrieta surrendered four runs in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: It looked like it'd be a second straight fine outing for Arrieta, but then Todd Frazier connected on a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth, ruining his night. The Cubs went on to lose the game, the fourth straight time they've lost one of Arrieta's starts. In fact, they're just 3-7 in his outings since their streak of 23 straight wins with him on the mound ended in May. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Chase Anderson only goes five but gets win
    Chase Anderson lasted just five frames but picked up a win Monday, permitting two runs in a 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Anderson recorded five strikeouts, but he allowed seven hits and one walk and got his pitch count up to 93 after his five frames, necessitating an early exit. Of course, an early exit is nothing new for Anderson, as he hasn't gone more than five innings in a start since June 8. His next outing will come against the Pirates. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Braden Shipley struggles in MLB debut
    Braden Shipley's major league debut didn't go well, as he allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Shipley served up a homer to the second batter he faced -- Scooter Gennett -- and wound up allowing three longballs on the night. He also walked four batters and gave up eight hits overall. It was a forgettable major league debut, but Shipley should get another shot this weekend against the Dodgers. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Javier Baez goes 3-for-4, homers
    Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a doubles Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Most of Baez's success this year has come off lefties, so it was nice to see him collect extra-base hits against a pair of righties in this one. It could help him earn some more playing time. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @CWS
  • Addison Russell starts, goes 0-for-3
    Addison Russell went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Russell started at shortstop tonight after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left heel. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Gennett hits one of four Brewers homers
    Scooter Gennett singled and ripped a solo home run in Monday's victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gennett got the scoring going with a deep blast to center field in the first inning. It was one of four dingers the Brewers had on the night, as Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins also went deep. Gennett has already tied his career high with nine home runs. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt picks up three hits Monday
    Paul Goldschmidt picked up three hits in five trips to the plate in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: All three of his base knocks were singles. Goldschmidt was scuffling coming into this one with just two hits in his last 16 at-bats, but the three-hit night pushes his season line back to .294/.412/.506. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Albert Pujols knocks in four runs in victory
    Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 and knocked in four runs Monday to lead the Angels past the Royals 5-2.

    Advice: It helped a bunch that the two guys hitting in front of Pujols, Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, walked five times tonight. Tonight's game was the first in Pujols' Hall of Fame career in which he knocked in four runs without collecting an extra-base hit. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Blue Jays 'front-runners' for Melvin Upton
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are the "front-runners" for Padres outfielder Melvin Upton.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported over the weekend that the Orioles and Blue Jays were the leaders in pursuit for Upton, but it appears that Toronto has emerged as the favorite in the past day or so. Rosenthal hears that the Indians are also in the mix. Upton has enjoyed a resurgent season in San Diego, batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games. He's under contract for $16.45 million next season. Yesterday, 6:54 pm
  • Brandon Belt moved down to sixth in lineup
    Brandon Belt was moved down to sixth in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.

    Advice: Belt has been the primary No. 3 hitter dating back to mid-June, but he's batting just .185 with zero homers and a .589 OPS this month. Jarrett Parker will get an opportunity to hit third Monday against Anthony DeSclafani. Yesterday, 3:19 pm
  • Melvin Upton out of lineup again Monday
    Melvin Upton is out of the Padres' lineup for a second straight day Monday.

    Advice: It's obviously a bit curious as Upton's name continues to float in trade rumors, but Padres manager Andy Green said that nothing is done yet and that the decision was made to give him a couple of days off. It still sounds very likely he'll be traded by August 1. Alex Dickerson will start in left field again Monday. Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • D-Backs call up prospect Braden Shipley
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Shipley will make his major league debut Monday against the Brewers. The 25-year-old posted a 3.70 ERA and 77/22 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings over 19 starts this season in Triple-A. It's unclear if he'll keep a rotation spot once Zack Greinke (oblique) is ready to return.Daily Slant: Shipley was the 15th overall pick back in the 2013 draft, but hasn't been great at the AAA level with just a 15.5 K% in 119.1 IP on the season. While the Brewers do strike out a ton against RHP (26.3 K%), they are in a nice spot tonight with one of the highest team totals on the slate. All of the bats in the top six of the order are squarely in play, and stacking up any combination of them is a fine GPP move. Yesterday, 1:14 pm
  • Neil Walker out of Mets' lineup again Mon.
    Neil Walker is out of the Mets' lineup Monday for the second consecutive day.

    Advice: Walker is batting .190 with a .544 OPS in 163 plate appearances since the beginning of June. Kelly Johnson will get another start at second base and bat fifth versus Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
    1:10 pm vs StL ; 4:40 pm vs StL
  • 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. Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Addison Russell exits game with heel injury
    Addison Russell exited Sunday's game against the Brewers with a bruised left heel.

    Advice: He fouled a ball off the heel Saturday and it got progressively sore on him Sunday. The Cubs are saying his removal was precautionary, so consider Russell day-to-day. Javier Baez is likely to fill in at shortstop for any amount of time that Russell might miss. Sunday, 1:03 pm
  • Addison Russell exits with undisclosed injury
    Addison Russell departed Sunday's game against the Brewers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Russell was pulled after flying out to end the fourth inning. He didn't suffer any obvious injury, but the Cubs should provide more on his status shortly. Sunday, 12:47 pm
  • Cain (hamstring) to do some running Sunday
    Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) will do some running on Sunday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that Cain is getting close to beginning a rehab assignment. He's been on the shelf for nearly a month with a strained left hamstring but doesn't appear to be too far off from a return. Sunday, 9:46 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs LAA
  • 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. Sunday, 8:07 am
    1:10 pm vs StL ; 4:40 pm vs StL
  • 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. Sunday, 8:05 am
  • 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. Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Braden Shipley to make MLB debut Monday
    Diamondbacks pitching prospect Braden Shipley will be called up to make his major league debut Monday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Shipley will be filling in for Zack Greinke, who remains sidelined with an oblique injury. The former first-round draft pick (15th overall in 2013) has registered a 3.70 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 77/22 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A Reno. It's not clear whether he'll get another turn after Monday. Saturday, 4:15 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 4:51 am
  • Bumgarner takes no-decision vs. Yanks
    Madison Bumgarner yielded two runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Yankees.

    Advice: Bumgarner didn’t appear long for this one early on, as he needed 47 pitches to get through the first two innings, but he settled down from there. He ultimately threw 115 pitches on a sweaty night in the Bronx. The southpaw struck out six and walked three and has now allowed two earned runs or fewer in 16 out of his 21 starts this season. He’ll bring a 2.14 ERA into a start against the Reds next week. Friday, 8:20 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sammy Solis (knee) set for rehab appearance
    Sammy Solis (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Potomac.

    Advice: He'll likely need just one appearance, as Solis is eligible for activation this weekend and is expected to return then. He holds a 2.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings of relief this season. Friday, 12:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • J.D. Martinez (elbow) takes BP Thursday
    J.D. Martinez (elbow) took batting practice on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since suffering a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. That's the good news. The bad news is Martinez still isn't feeling 100 percent when he throws. It's possible the Tigers could bring him back to serve as a designated hitter initially. "It still bothers him to throw, not so much to hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We’re trying to figure it out. If he can hit and we think he’s close to being able to throw, when is the time to send him down and maybe have him DH for ‘X’ number of games and then put him in the outfield so he gets some at-bats?" Friday, 7:38 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • J.D. Martinez (elbow) could take BP Thursday
    J.D. Martinez (elbow) could take batting practice on the field Thursday.

    Advice: Assuming the weather cooperates, it would be his first time taking BP since suffering a fracture in his right elbow last month. Tigers manager Brad Asmus said Monday that Martinez is still a couple of weeks away, but he's making progress. Thursday, 1:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Solis (knee) threw off mound Wednesday
    Sammy Solis (knee) threw off a mound Wednesday without issue.

    Advice: Solis was placed on the disabled list July 17, retroactive to July 8, with inflammation in his right knee. He is eligible to return this weekend and could do just that. The left-hander boasts a 2.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 34/16 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings of relief this season at the major league level. Thursday, 7:16 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Anderson surrenders three runs in four frames
    Chase Anderson was charged with three runs on six hits in his four innings of action in a no-decision on Wednesday.

    Advice: If he had lasted one more inning he would have been credited with a win despite the poor effort. Short outings have been the norm for Anderson. He has started 18 games but has pitched only 90 innings. His 69/35 K/BB ratio, 4-10 record and 5.50 ERA make him a poor option for fantasy rosters. Wednesday, 9:15 pm
  • Gordon leaves rehab game with leg cramp
    Dee Gordon (suspension) left a rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A New Orleans due to a leg cramp.

    Advice: Gordon felt the cramp while running out of the box on a grounder to short in the fourth inning. If it is indeed just a cramp, he should remain on track to rejoin the Marlins on July 28. "He'll be out to take some grounders [Wednesday] and hopefully will be ready to go then," said Triple-A NOLA manager Arnie Beyeler. "He's been working out in Jupiter [Fla.], but you can't simulate the intensity of games. It's a little different animal in a live game, but we'll test it out tomorrow, and if it's not good we'll give him a day or two." Wednesday, 9:28 am
    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • 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
    1:10 pm vs StL ; 4:40 pm vs StL
  • Dean Kiekhefer to serve as 26th man
    Dean Kiekhefer will serve as the Cardinals' 26th man for Wednesday's doubleheader against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll be called up ahead of Game 2 and then sent right back to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. Kiekhefer allowed seven earned runs in 11 innings earlier this season with St. Louis, though the 27-year-old southpaw was pretty stingy against left-handed hitters. Wednesday, 8:25 am
  • Pujols slugs pair of dingers, drives in six
    Albert Pujols went supernova in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Rangers, cranking a pair of three-run homers to finish with six RBI.

    Advice: Pujols began the pyrotechnics display when he launched a three-run home run off Kyle Lohse in the fourth inning. He would repeat the feat just one frame later. The first of those homers brought the Angels back from an early 3-0 deficit, while the latter boosted them to a 7-5 advantage that would not be relinquished. For the season, the aged slugger is slashing .252/.331/.447 with 19 homers and 71 RBI over 349 at-bats. His counting stats remain fantastic even as the average has fallen away with age. Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Arrieta limits Mets to one run over seven
    Jake Arrieta held the Mets to one run over seven innings but settled for a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: It's not surprising that a game started by Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard is decided by the bullpens. For his part, Arrieta gave up five hits and a walk while striking out eight. It was certainly closer to the Arrieta we're used to seeing than the guy who gave up 15 runs in 16 1/3 innings heading into the All-Star break. The 30-year-old will look to build on the strong start when he faces the crosstown-rival White Sox on Monday. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Brandon Belt goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brandon Belt went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's loss and is hitting .208 with no homers in 48 at-bats this month.

    Advice: Belt was due to go into a slump at some point, but even with the off month so far, he still has an .886 OPS for the year. He'll likely pull out of it soon enough. Tuesday, 7:29 pm
  • Baez not in Tuesday's lineup
    Javier Baez is not in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Tommy La Stella will make the start at third base and bat leadoff. Meanwhile, Willson Contreras, Jason Heyward, and Kris Bryant will handle the outfield from left to right. Miguel Montero is behind the dish and will catch Jake Arrieta, as per usual. Tuesday, 11:19 am
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @CWS
  • Rosenthal won't be used in high-leverage role
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that he'll no longer use Trevor Rosenthal in high-leverage situations.

    Advice: Rosenthal lost his closer job last month and hasn't shown any signs of turning things around. He now owns a 5.64 ERA and 2.04 WHIP over 37 appearances this season. While the Cardinals will save him for lower-leverage situations, Jonathan Broxton is expected to take over his seventh-inning role. The Cardinals figure to look for bullpen help leading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Monday, 6:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm @NYM ; 4:40 pm @NYM
  • J.D. Martinez still a couple of weeks away
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that J.D. Martinez (elbow) is still "a couple of weeks away."

    Advice: Martinez was reportedly playing catch Monday at Comerica Park, but Ausmus said that he still "has a little bit of pain" when he throws. He's making progress, but the Tigers are going to bring him along slowly. Martinez was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks when he suffered a fracture in his right elbow on June 16. It looks like he has a chance to make it back by the long end of that window. Monday, 2:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Nationals place Sammy Solis on 15-day DL
    Nationals placed LHP Sammy Solis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 8, with right knee inflammation.

    Advice: The left-hander has been battling what manager Dusty Baker termed a "cranky" right knee. Solis has done a nice job out of the Nationals bullpen this season, compiling a 2.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio across 29 2/3 innings. To fill his spot on the roster, Reynaldo Lopez will be called up from Double-A to join the Nationals rotation. Jul 17, 8:55 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Cle
  • Pujols goes deep twice against White Sox
    Albert Pujols slugged two home runs Sunday in the Angels' defeat of the White Sox.

    Advice: Pujols made Jacob Turner look like a batting practice pitcher, launching a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning and another two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth against the White Sox starter. Pujols now has 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 90 games this season, though that high-level counting-stats production has come with an underwhelming .248/.325/.429 overall batting line. Jul 17, 3:42 pm
  • Homer Bailey (elbow) closing in on return
    Homer Bailey (elbow) could be activated from the disabled list after his next rehab start.

    Advice: He's scheduled to make one more rehab appearance Wednesday for Triple-A Louisville. The Reds want to see him throw between 85-100 pitches before activating him. Bailey scattered three hits, three runs (one earned) and two walks over four innings Friday night while throwing 44 of his 67 pitches for strikes. It's been almost 15 months since Bailey underwent Tommy John surgery. Jul 16, 4:22 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:15 pm @SF
  • Javier Baez not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Javier Baez is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old has grown into a regular role with the Cubs and is hitting a solid .277/.323/.455 with nine homers and 31 RBI in 235 plate appearances on the season. Tommy La Stella is starting in his place and batting leadoff for the Cubs on Saturday. Jul 16, 7:47 am
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @CWS
  • Brandon Belt fans four times
    Brandon Belt opened the second half by striking out four times Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: It's the first time the All-Star has done that since 2014. He entered the night with a 67/54 K/BB ratio in 364 plate appearances, a huge improvement on last year's 147/56 mark in 556 plate appearances. Jul 15, 10:27 pm
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