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  • Longoria mashes two-run tater as Rays roll
    Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Longoria mashed a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the fourth inning. The veteran third baseman has been nothing short of marvelous during the 2016 campaign. His current .292/.340/.545 triple-slash is the best he has posted since hitting .289/.369/.527 back in 2012. In addition to his superb batting line this season, he has also clubbed 23 homers and driven in 57 runs. Today, 5:46 pm
  • Fielder to undergo fusion surgery on Friday
    Prince Fielder (neck) will undergo fusion surgery on Friday.

    Advice: As was expected. This is a killer blow for the Rangers, but it is an even more troubling setback for the 32-year-old slugger, himself. Fielder already underwent a season-ending fusion surgery on his neck in 2014. With this new surgery upcoming, he will miss the remainder of the 2016 season at the very least. 2017 and beyond could be in doubt, too. His contract runs through 2020. Today, 2:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-4 vs x Oak
  • Maddon drops struggling Heyward down
    Jason Heyward will hit seventh in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: This is the first time that Heyward has hit seventh during the 2016 campaign. He has struggled in his first season with the Cubs, slashing just .228/.315/.315 with four homers and 28 RBI over 346 at-bats.Daily Slant: While the Cubs are in a dream spot against Anthony Ranaudo (who has allowed a wOBA of at least .359 to both sides of the plate in his young career), Heyward is maybe the only Cubs bat that isn't worth a strong look. He's been hitting the ball on the ground far too often (nearly a 50% GB rate, which would be a great mark for any pitcher) and owns a negative Hd-Sft% against both right and left handed pitchers. Heyward's 79.5 MPH exit velocity over the past week is his worst mark for any week dating back to mid May. Today, 1:35 pm
  • Lucroy trade talks are picking up steam
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that trade talks involving Jonathan Lucroy are "intensifying."

    Advice: Crasnick writes that "[m]omentum [is] building toward a trade by the deadline." He counts the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets and Red Sox as interested parties, but also notes that there is a "mystery team" in the mix. Worldwide Leader colleague Buster Olney reported on July 20 that the Indians were in talks with the Brewers regarding a potential Lucroy trade, but nothing came of it at the time. Stay tuned. Today, 1:13 pm
  • JaCoby Jones explodes for three hits Tuesday
    Tigers OF/INF prospect JaCoby Jones homered and drove in two runs Tuesday in Triple-A Toledo's loss to Durham.

    Advice: He also recorded his 10th stolen base. His three hits matched a season-high while Jones' two-run homer in the seventh was his first round-tripper in over a month. Jones has had a tough time adjusting to Triple-A, batting only .231 with 57 strikeouts in 169 at-bats. He hit .312 with four homers and 20 RBI for Double-A Erie before getting called up in early June. Today, 12:21 pm
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    W, 4-3 x @Bos
  • Stanton slugs 22nd homer of the season
    Giancarlo Stanton slugged his 22nd home run of the season Wednesday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: It was a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning off Phillies starter Zach Eflin. Stanton also managed a single in the 11-1 rout, finishing the day 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. He seems to have survived the Home Run Derby. Today, 12:19 pm
  • Nelson Cruz (foot) out Wednesday vs. Bucs
    Nelson Cruz (foot) is out of the Mariners' starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Cruz left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. It's just sore, and he's considered day-to-day. Seth Smith is starting in right field for the M's on Wednesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Today, 12:05 pm
    L, 10-1 x @Pit
  • Denard Span just getting day off Wednesday
    Denard Span is just getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Span has battled a cold recently and is a bit worn out, but this is not an injury situation and he should be fine for Thursday's big series opener against the Nationals. Gregor Blanco is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Giants on Wednesday afternoon against Reds right-hander Dan Straily. Today, 11:14 am
  • Denard Span not in SF lineup on Wednesday
    Denard Span is out of the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Gregor Blanco will start in center field and bat leadoff versus Reds right-hander Dan Straily. This could be an injury situation for Span. Updates to come. Today, 10:32 am
  • McGuire contributes four hits in Tuesday's win
    Pirates C prospect Reese McGuire tallied four hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Altoona.

    Advice: It was McGuire's fifth career four-hit game and his first in almost two years. He singled three times and added a triple for good measure. The former first-round pick now has four multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. McGuire hasn't hit for much power this year—he's homered just once—but he's been a great contact hitter with only 24 strikeouts in 257 at-bats. Overall he's hitting .265 with 36 RBI and a .350 slugging percentage. Today, 10:13 am
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    W, 10-1 vs x Sea
  • LoMo (wrist) back in Rays lineup Wednesday
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is back in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It'll be his first start for Tampa Bay since last Monday. Morrison was batting .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games before coming down with wrist and forearm tendinitis in mid-July. Today, 9:44 am
  • Nationals recall Wilmer Difo from Double-A
    Nationals recalled INF Wilmer Difo from Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Stephen Drew is dealing with vertigo-like symptoms, so the Nats needed infield depth. Difo, 24, has batted just .255/.320/.343 in 96 games this season at Double-A. Today, 7:35 am
  • Melvin Upton at cleanup for Toronto on Wed.
    Melvin Upton is batting cleanup in his first start with the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Upton was acquired from San Diego on Tuesday morning in exchange for pitching prospect Hansel Rodriguez. He will start in left field over Michael Saunders with the Padres throwing right-hander Luis Perdomo. Today, 7:27 am
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) grounded out Tues.
    Logan Morrison (wrist) grounded out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It was his first plate appearance in eight days. LoMo has been battling tendinitis in his wrist and forearm but could very well return to the starting lineup Wednesday. He's slashing .231/.308/.376 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 86 games this season for Tampa Bay. Today, 4:38 am
  • Brad Miller notches RBI double in loss to LAD
    Brad Miller went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Miller hit a run-scoring double off Joe Blanton in the eighth inning. The Rays would ultimately bring home two runs in the frame, but wouldn't score again as they fell by a score of 3-2. For the season as a whole, Miller has quietly put together a nice campaign, slashing .244/.292/.457 with 15 homers, 37 RBI and four steals over 324 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @LAD
  • Semien hits 21st homer in win over Rangers
    Marcus Semien went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Semien connected for a solo dinger off Rangers starter Nick Martinez in the fifth inning, his 21st big fly of the year. That's easily a personal best for the 25-year-old, who will also set a new high for RBI in a season this year. Overall, Semien is hitting .236/.303/.460 with 49 RBI, 49 runs scored and nine steals. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Gennett stuffs stat sheet, Brewers roll late
    Scooter Gennett went 2-for-3 with three RBI, a stolen base and a run scored as the Brewers used a late surge to down the Diamondbacks 9-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: As he did seemingly all night, Gennett had a large part in the Brewers' five-run eighth inning that sealed the win. The second baseman got the scoring started in the inning with a two-run single, and he later came around to score. Gennett has been finding ways to contribute in recent days, and the 26-year-old is hitting .264/.319/.414 with nine homers, 33 RBI, 36 runs scored and six steals in 78 games overall. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Nelson Cruz left game due to foot soreness
    Nelson Cruz was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Pirates because of a sore foot.

    Advice: Cruz fouled a ball off his foot early Tuesday night and looked to be laboring as he ran from first base to third base on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh. It doesn't sound like anything too serious, but the big slugger figures to get a full day off Wednesday as a precautionary measure. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
    L, 10-1 x @Pit
  • Nelson Cruz exits game with apparent injury
    Nelson Cruz made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Cruz was moving gingerly as he went from first to third on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh inning and Franklin Gutierrez took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. There should be an update from the Mariners within the hour. Yesterday, 6:31 pm
    L, 10-1 x @Pit
  • LoMo (wrist) expected to return Wednesday
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said he expects Logan Morrison (wrist) to return Wednesday.

    Advice: LoMo had been aiming to return Tuesday, but the decision was made to give his ailing forearm and wrist a little bit more rest. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for the Rays on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. Yesterday, 5:22 pm
  • LoMo (wrist) remains out Tuesday vs. LAD
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is out of the Rays' lineup again on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Morrison has been out a full week because of tendinitis in his wrist and forearm. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 5:10 am
  • 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. Monday, 9:08 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. Monday, 6:54 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. Monday, 2:46 pm
  • Fielder (neck) expected for surgery this week
    The Rangers expect Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery later this week.

    Advice: It's not unexpected after Fielder was placed on the disabled list last week with a herniated disk in his neck. He required fusion surgery on his neck two years ago, but the specifics of this week's procedure isn't yet known. Either way, he's done for the year and at this point, his future is very much up in the air. He's still under contract through 2020. Monday, 2:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-4 vs x Oak
  • LoMo (wrist) expected to return Tuesday
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is expected to return to the Rays' starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Morrison hasn't appeared in a game in a week due to wrist and forearm tendinitis. He was given a cortisone injection Thursday and it is apparently improving the situation. LoMo wanted to play Sunday versus the A's but manager Kevin Cash decided to use Monday's scheduled team off day to get the 28-year-old a bit more rest. Monday, 3:10 am
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) remains out of lineup
    Logan Morrison (wrist) remained out of the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Morrison hasn't played in a week due to a wrist issue. Rays manager Kevin Cash said recently that the injury was getting worse, although the club obviously hasn't placed LoMo on the disabled list yet. Steve Pearce is at first base Sunday. Sunday, 10:42 am
  • Melvin Upton not in Padres' lineup Sunday
    Melvin Upton is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's interesting, obviously, with the rumors floating around regarding Upton being traded soon. For now, though, it doesn't appear anything is imminent. Alex Dickerson is in left field. Sunday, 8:05 am
  • Stanton breaks out with four hits, homer
    Giancarlo Stanton broke out of a miniature slump in a big way Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Marlins past the Mets 7-2.

    Advice: Stanton connected for a two-run home run in the third inning, later adding an RBI single. The big night broke a 6-for-27 (.222) stretch dating back to last week's All-Star break. The homer was his 21st of the season. The 26-year-old is hitting .241/.334/.495 with 55 RBI and 44 runs scored on the year. Saturday, 9:13 pm
  • Lucroy hits two-run home run on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run home run in the first inning on Saturday and finished the game 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

    Advice: Lucroy is a prime candidate to be moved before next weekend's trade deadline. Today's game boosted his trade value a bit higher than it already was. His .301/.362/.494 slash stats with 13 homers and 50 RBI make him one of the top three catchers in fantasy baseball. Saturday, 7:30 pm
  • Cruz homers twice, plates seven runs in rout
    Nelson Cruz had a monster day at the dish on Saturday, blasting two long balls and plating seven runs in a 14-5 rout of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Cruz got the party started in the third inning with a grand slam off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. He then capped off the offense for the M's with a towering three-run shot off Drew Storen in the eighth. He finished the afternoon 2-for-5 and is now hitting an impressive .288/.372/.548 with 25 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Saturday, 1:28 pm
    L, 10-1 x @Pit
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brad Miller not in Rays lineup on Friday
    Brad Miller is not in the Rays starting lineup for Friday's showdown against the Mariners.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against his former club with southpaw James Paxton on the hill for the Mariners. The hot-hitting Tim Beckham will start in his place at shortstop and bat seventh for the Rays on Friday. Friday, 3:44 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @LAD
  • Marcus Semien sitting out on Friday
    Marcus Semien is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Danny Valencia is also sitting out, as the A's are going with Arismendy Alcantara at shortstop, Yonder Alonso at first base, Khris Davis in the designated hitter spot, Jake Smolinski in center field and Coco Crisp in left. Friday, 1:46 pm
  • Prince Fielder (neck) exam moved to Monday
    Prince Fielder's (neck) consultation with Dr. Drew Dossett has been moved to Monday.

    Advice: He had been slated to be examined Friday, but it will be a few days later. Dossett performed fusion surgery on Fielder's neck two years ago and the designated hitter has been experiencing similar symptoms as what he had prior to the operation. It's possible he'll need to go under the knife again. Friday, 10:15 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-4 vs x Oak
  • Logan Morrison (wrist) not in Rays lineup
    Logan Morrison (wrist) is not in the Rays starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Thursday that Morrison is dealing with a wrist issue that's getting worse, prompting a visit to the doctor on Thursday. Tim Beckham is starting in his place at first base against Sonny Gray and the A's on Thursday. Thursday, 4:15 pm
  • Lucroy getting planned day off Thursday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Jonathan Lucroy is getting a planned day off Thursday.

    Advice: Trade speculation surfaced as soon as Thursday's lineup card was released, but Lucroy is staying put for now. Still, there's a good chance he's dealt by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Lucroy out of Brewers' lineup Thursday night
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Commence the trade speculation. Lucroy tallied three RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday night, but Martin Maldonado will get the nod at catcher Thursday. He is batting eighth versus Bucs lefty Francisco Liriano. Thursday, 12:57 pm
  • Stanton sits Thursday night versus Phillies
    Giancarlo Stanton is not in the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday night against the Phillies.

    Advice: Ichiro Suzuki will start in right field and bat leadoff versus Philadelphia right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Stanton is 1-for-12 (.083) so far in this four-game series. He had been on an offensive tear. Daily Slant: With Stanton out of the lineup, the Marlins will be missing their most potent bat, not to mention that typical leadoff man J.T. Realmuto will also get a night off. This is now a much improved spot for Jerad Eickhoff, who generally pitches well at home (.281 wOBA allowed, career 18.4 K-BB% with a 9.1 HR/FB rate). He also owns a 22.0 K% at home which is the highest mark among pitchers taking the hill tonight. Adam Wainwright and Steven Wright are still safer cash game targets, but Eickhoff is a perfectly suitable tournament target at a lower price tag. Thursday, 12:25 pm
  • Lucroy drives in three runs and steals a bag
    Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs and added a stolen base as the Brewers beat the Pirates 9-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He drove in two runners with a single to left in the sixth inning, then hit a sacrifice fly to bring in an insurance run in the eighth inning. Lucroy's name is swirling in trade rumors but it hasn't been a distraction for the All Star catcher. He is batting .305/.362/.492 with 12 home runs in 311 at-bats. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Prince Fielder (neck) heads to disabled list
    Rangers placed DH Prince Fielder on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck.

    Advice: Fielder told manager Jeff Banister on Monday that he was feeling the same symptoms he felt prior to undergoing fusion surgery on his neck in 2014. He will visit Dr. Drew Dossett on Friday. Dossett was the one who performed the surgical procedure on Fielder two years ago. A repeat surgery is one possibility and would end Fielder's season, but this picture should become more clear after the slugger has his checkup. Wednesday, 3:45 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 6-4 vs x Oak
  • Report: Indians shooting for Lucroy trade
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Indians are "in talks" for a potential Jonathan Lucroy trade.

    Advice: There are no details as to who the Indians might have to give up in return for Lucroy. As far as available catchers go, the 30-year-old backstop is about as reliable as they come. This season, he is slashing .305/.362/.494 with 12 homers and 45 RBI over the course of 308 at-bats. Lucroy has told FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman that he would like to play for a contender. At 55-38 and holding a seven-game lead in the AL Central, the Indians would fit that bill. Wednesday, 2:18 pm
  • Evan Longoria triples twice
    Evan Longoria tripled twice and knocked in a run against the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Longoria had as many triples tonight as he did in his previous 411 games since the beginning of 2014. It's too bad the Rays couldn't drive him in after either of them. The 4-5-6 spots in the team's order combined to go 0-for-10 in this one. Monday, 9:49 pm
  • Jason Heyward sitting Monday against Mets
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs' lineup Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Manager Joe Maddon is stacking the lineup with right-handers against Mets lefty Steven Matz. Matt Szczur is starting in right field with Albert Almora Jr. getting the nod in center. Heyward has been a fantasy disappointment this year with just four homers, eight steals and a .245 average through 82 appearances. Jul 18, 11:27 am
  • Longoria swats pair of solo homers vs Orioles
    Evan Longoria hit two solo home runs in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Longoria slashed homers in the first and eighth innings to help the O's improve to 53-37. In a statistical oddity, the Rays homered four times but failed to pick up an extra-base hit of any other variety. After posting two quiet seasons (by his standards), Longoria has rebounded to slash a strong .286/.336/.533 with 21 homers and 49 RBI over 354 at-bats in 2016. With the two taters on Sunday, he has already matched his total from last season. Jul 17, 1:53 pm
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