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  • Michael Brantley advances to soft toss
    Michael Brantley (shoulder, biceps) has resumed soft tossing.

    Advice: Manager Terry Francona says he's progressing well and answered "heck yeah" when asked if he expects Brantley to have a major impact in the second half. Shoulder and biceps injuries have limited Brantley to only 11 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:56 pm
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  • Jason Heyward dealing with side soreness
    Jason Heyward has been dealing with muscle tightness in his left side for a few days.

    Advice: Heyward suffered the injury making a throw from right field. He's healthy enough to play but manager Joe Maddon decided to play it safe by giving him another day off Thursday against Mets left-hander Steven Matz. Heyward should be back in the lineup on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:01 pm
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  • Michael Pineda strikes out 12 Rangers
    Michael Pineda fanned 12 while allowing one run over six innings in the Yankees' 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Pineda didn't factor into the decision. The Yankees lifted him from a 1-1 game after six because they were so excited about getting to their big three, and it worked out well, as Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman all pitched scoreless innings before the Yankees won on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth. Pineda probably had another inning left in him if needed. The one run he allowed came on a leadoff homer from Shin-Soo Choo that would have been a double or an out in most ballparks. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:59 pm
  • Athletics place Sean Doolittle on 15-day DL
    Athletics placed LHP Sean Doolittle on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 26, with a strained left shoulder.

    Advice: The oft-injured southpaw is heading back to the disabled list, though this soreness is not in the same area that troubled him in 2015. Doolittle compiled a 2.93 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 35/8 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings before landing on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:57 pm
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  • Stephen Piscotty (foot) not in Cards lineup
    Stephen Piscotty (foot) is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Piscotty bruised his left foot while attempting to make a diving catch during Wednesday's game, so he'll sit out on Thursday as a precautionary measure. Brandon Moss will start in right field with Kolten Wong manning center. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:37 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg (back) unlikely for Sunday
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Thursday that Stephen Strasburg (back) is unlikely to rejoin the rotation on Sunday against the Reds.

    Advice: Baker didn't completely rule it out but said he's "more inclined not to rush him." Lucas Giolito pitched well in a rain-shortened major league debut, so the Nats can afford to give Strasburg a little more time. It does appear that he'll be back fairly soon, though. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:55 pm
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  • Jason Heyward sitting out on Thursday
    Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: He's sitting out for the second straight day against a lefty. The Cubs have Ben Zobrist in right field, Matt Szczur in left, Albert Almora in center and Javier Baez at second base. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:40 pm
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  • Bryce Harper getting a day off on Thursday
    Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the slugger. Ben Revere is also getting a breather, as the Nats are going with Michael Taylor in center field and Chris Heisey in right. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:08 pm
  • Casey Kelly optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned RHP Casey Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly has posted a 5.49 ERA over nine appearances -- one start -- for the Braves this season. He's clearing room for the return of Michael Foltynewicz. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:41 am
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  • Andrew Cashner (neck) on track for Sunday
    Andrew Cashner (neck) is expected to rejoin the Padres' rotation on Sunday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Cashner tossed three scoreless innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, and that was enough to convince the Padres he was ready. The right-hander has put up a disappointing 4.75 ERA over 11 starts this season. The Padres are considering going with six starters for a while rather than remove someone from the rotation to accommodate Cashner. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:11 am
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  • Matz (elbow) 'seriously' considered surgery
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Steven Matz (elbow) "was seriously considering surgery, and maybe even leaning that way, before a meeting with the Mets brass."

    Advice: Matz has already received one cortisone shot to combat left elbow pain brought upon by a bone spur. The southpaw has been told that he won't do any more damage pitching through the ailment, so he'll try to do so for now after having a start pushed back one day. However, surgery is still very much on the table at some point, particularly if he isn't terribly effective while pitching compromised. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:37 am
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  • Stephen Piscotty nursing foot injury
    Stephen Piscotty might not play Thursday due to a bruised left foot.

    Advice: Piscotty banged his left foot while making an attempt at a diving catch Wednesday. He remained in the game but didn't look totally comfortable. X-rays ruled out any fractures, though, and he should be considered day-to-day. "Double-swelling going on there," he said. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:31 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy sitting out on Thursday
    Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off with it being a day game after a night game. Martin Maldonado is filling in behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:04 am
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  • Starlin Castro getting a breather Thursday
    Starlin Castro is not in the Yankees' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Ronald Torreyes will handle second base. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:49 am
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  • Rangers showing interest in Rays' Matt Moore
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Matt Moore.

    Advice: Topkin says that the Rangers are "already hot on Moore's trail and 3-4 others are expected to join the pursuit." Moore has rebounded after a seven-start stretch where he put up a 7.71 ERA, posting a 2.36 ERA over his last four outings while striking out a batter per inning. The lefty is a wild card given his inconsistent results since returning from Tommy John surgery, but he makes sense as a potential lightning-in-a-bottle type acquisition given his upside. The Rays have three club options on Moore starting in 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:27 am
  • Giants to forgo DH, let Bumgarner hit
    The Giants will forgo the DH and have Madison Bumgarner bat in his start in Oakland on Thursday.

    Advice: If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Piscotty hits extra-inning home run vs Royals
    Stephen Piscotty hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cardinals eventually lost to the Royals in 12 innings. Piscotty went 2-for-6 to boost his line to .288/.369/.466 on the season. He has nine home runs, 45 runs and 40 RBI. Even though he is not a big slugger, his blend of power and average is valuable to any fantasy roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Yonder Alonso hits two-run homer
    Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer off Jake Peavy in Wednesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: It's just the second homer of the year for Alonso, but he is hitting .325 with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (seven) in 83 at-bats this month. It's raised his season OPS from .552 to .640. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Doolittle dealing with shoulder soreness
    Sean Doolittle's availability for Wednesday's game against the Giants is uncertain due to shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Doolittle also dealt with a shoulder injury last season, but he said this new soreness is not in the same area as that. He could even be available to pitch against the Giants, as he is testing his arm in the bullpen to see if his shoulder will allow him to take the mound if necessary. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:33 pm
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  • Moore blanks BoSox over seven innings in win
    Matt Moore fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was an impressive start against a good lineup. Moore allowed just three hits, all of them singles in the sixth inning. But he managed to wiggle out of the jam and keep the Red Sox off the board. The southpaw walked a pair and struck out six in the victory and now sits at 4-5 with a 4.67 ERA on the year. He’ll try to keep the momentum going in a start against the Angels next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Heyward not in Wednesday's lineup
    Jason Heyward is not in Wednesday's lineup versus the Reds.

    Advice: The Cubs will go with Matt Szczur, Albert Almora, and Ben Zobrist from left to right in their outfield. Javier Baez, fresh off his grand slam in extras on Tuesday, will play second base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:56 am
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  • Lucroy has two doubles, two RBI vs. Dodgers
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lucroy hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to pull the Brewers within two runs, but the comeback wasn't to be. Despite the team's lack of success, the 30-year-old is having a fine offensive season. Lucroy now has 38 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a .302/.360/.504 line through 71 games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:48 pm
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  • Bryce Harper homers as Nats take down Mets
    Bryce Harper doubled and ripped a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Harper lined a Jerry Blevins offering into the right-field bullpen with one out in the fifth inning. It was his 16th longball of the season but just his third in June. The reigning National League MVP is sporting a disappointing .258 average but has made up for it and then some with a .403 on-base percentage. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:21 pm
  • Strasburg (back) throws successful bullpen
    Stephen Strasburg (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The star right-hander was pleased with how everything went and felt afterwards. The Nationals will continue to play things cautiously with his recovery and he's unlikely to return from the disabled list when first eligible on Friday. Barring any further setbacks though, a return next week seems plausible. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:59 pm
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  • Matz (elbow) pushed back to Thursday
    Steven Matz (elbow) will have his next start pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday.

    Advice: Matz is dealing with a bone spur in the back of his elbow which is causing irritation, but there's no structural damage and continuing to pitch won't make it worse. Of course, the big question is whether it will impact his effectiveness. Matz will try to pitch through it for now and will instead go against the Cubs on Thursday. It's unclear who will make the start Wednesday vs. the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:00 pm
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  • Strasburg's MRI reveals upper back strain
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that an MRI on Stephen Strasburg's back didn't reveal anything unexpected.

    Advice: In other words, he's still dealing with the initial diagnosis of an upper back strain. While that's encouraging news, the timetable for his return remains up in the air. Top prospect Lucas Giolito is taking his spot in the rotation for now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:45 pm
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  • Braves recall RHP Kelly from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Casey Kelly from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Kelly will replace the injured John Gant (oblique) on the active roster. The Braves haven't made an official decision, but he could make a spot start Wednesday against the Indians. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:11 pm
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  • A's drawing trade interest in Sean Doolittle
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are drawing trade interest in reliever Sean Doolittle.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that demand could be considerable if the Yankees decide against breaking up their three-headed monster of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Dellin Betances. The A's don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to move Doolittle, as he's signed through 2019 at a reasonable rate with an affordable club option for 2020. But his contract also makes him more attractive on the trade market. Doolittle owns a 2.93 ERA and 35/8 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:59 pm
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  • Matz dealing with bone spur in elbow
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News hears from three Mets sources that Steven Matz has a bone spur in his throwing elbow.

    Advice: Matz has been dealing with discomfort in the elbow in his recent starts and is no longer a sure thing to make take his next scheduled turn Wednesday against the Nationals. Still, rest isn't expected to make much of a difference here. If he wants to delay surgery, he might have to pitch through the discomfort for the rest of the season. Logan Verrett and Sean Gilmartin are the candidates to start Wednesday if the Mets want to go in a different direction. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:08 pm
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  • Steven Matz (elbow) could miss next start
    The Mets have not committed to Steven Matz (elbow) starting Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Matz has been experiencing some elbow tightness of late and while he downplayed the issue after his most recent start on Friday against the Braves, the Mets were concerned enough to send him back to the doctor. He's said to have no structural damage, but just hasn't been able to shake the recent discomfort. Matz revealed Monday that it's something he might have to pitch through for the rest of the year, which doesn't sound promising at all. There should be more clarity on the situation Tuesday, but fantasy owners should have a backup plan in mind this week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:09 pm
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  • Stephen Strasburg (back, ribs) undergoes MRI
    Stephen Strasburg (back, ribs) went for an MRI on Monday.

    Advice: The team doesn't know the results yet. Strasburg was placed on the disabled list Sunday after being scratched from his second start in a row. The star right-hander reportedly dislocated two of his ribs while lifting weights last week. He had the ribs put back into place by a chiropractor but still didn't feel right ahead of Sunday's start. Strasburg is technically eligible to come off the disabled list Friday but that's not going to happen. Top prospect Lucas Giolito will take his spot in the starting rotation. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:58 pm
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  • Strasburg (back) placed on disabled list
    Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16, with an upper back strain.

    Advice: Strasburg appeared to be track to start Sunday after visiting a chiropractor, but his back flared up on him again Saturday. He'll be eligible to return later this week but it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by then. The Nationals will announce a corresponding move prior to Monday's game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:44 am
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  • Bumgarner turns in quality start but loses
    Madison Bumgarner turned in a quality start but lost to the Phillies on Saturday, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He allowed only five hits but a two-run homer by Cameron Rupp proved his undoing. Bumgarner fanned seven and walked only one. He has a magnificent 1.99 ERA and 122/29 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. He is in the running for a Cy Young award and is a lock to make the All Star team. He will take his 8-4 record into a rivalry matchup with Oakland on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:47 pm
  • Padres considering six-man starting rotation
    Padres manager Andy Green said he'll consider using a six-man starting rotation when Andrew Cashner returns from a neck injury.

    Advice: Cashner is expected to join the rotation after making a rehab start for High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. With only a couple weeks until the All-Star break, the Padres can roll with six starters and reset their rotation after the break. It might not be a bad idea to give San Diego's inexperienced starters some extra rest. Drew Pomeranz has never thrown more than 96 2/3 innings in a season while Christian Friedrich and Colin Rea haven't topped 100 frames since 2014. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:21 pm
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  • Strasburg (back) scratched from Sunday's start
    Stephen Strasburg (back) has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Strasburg was hoping to return Sunday after missing his last start Monday against the Dodgers but his back flared up again. After his latest setback, Strasburg is likely headed to the disabled list. Tanner Roark has been tabbed as Sunday's starter. He'll try to help the Nationals end their seven-game losing streak. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:16 pm
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  • Pineda solid in no-decision vs. Twins
    Michael Pineda limited the Twins to one run over six innings Saturday as part of a no-decision.

    Advice: While Pineda didn’t get the win, it was arguably his best start of the year. He allowed just two hits while walking one and striking out eight. The only run scored on a solo homer from Brian Dozier in the second inning. Pineda has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, so he’s slowly earning back the trust of fantasy owners. His ERA has improved from 6.92 to 5.51 during that time. He’ll face the Rangers next week. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:10 pm
  • Kelly could start for Braves next week
    Casey Kelly could take Aaron Blair's spot in the Braves' rotation next Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Blair was demoted after an ugly start Friday against the Mets. Kelly, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month, owns a 5.79 ERA and 5/6 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings over one start and seven relief appearances with the Braves this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:03 pm
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  • Matz downplays issue with elbow
    Steven Matz downplayed any issue with his elbow after Friday's start against the Braves.

    Advice: Matz, who has been dealing with some elbow tightness of late, held the Braves scoreless over the first four innings Friday before giving up six runs on eight hits in the fifth while showing a dip in velocity. Cameras showed him rubbing his elbow in the dugout before going out for the inning, but the young southpaw said his elbow wasn't a factor in his unraveling. "Not really. No. It's been tight, but it's fine," said Matz. "I was able to throw the ball fine the first four innings." Matz had just two swinging strikes in his 78 pitches on Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:45 am
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  • Matz gives up six runs vs. Braves on Fri.
    Steven Matz was chased after giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Matz allowed just one hit over the first four innings and carried an 8-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but he completely fell apart after Yoenis Cespedes lost a fly ball in the lights. He ended up giving up eight hits in the frame. The big blow was a three-run homer by Brandon Snyder of all people. It was a stunning turn of events. While Matz didn’t issue a walk, he also didn’t strike out any of the 21 batters he faced and induced just two swinging strikes. His ERA jumped from 2.74 to 3.29 on the night. Not what you want to see after he dealt with some elbow stiffness in his most recent start, but he claims to be fine. Matz lines up for a start against the first-place Nationals next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:04 pm
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  • Moore allows five runs to take fifth loss
    Matt Moore was touched up for five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: He struck out six and walked only one in addition to the seven hits he surrendered. Moore was sailing along until the fifth inning when J.J. Hardy drove in Chris Davis with a single. Davis then cleared the bases with a three-run single in the sixth. Moore pitched well earlier in the year but has struggled of late. His ERA climbed to 5.04 and his record fell to 3-5. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Cashner (neck) throws side session
    Andrew Cashner (neck) threw a side session Friday afternoon.

    Advice: Cashner, who is making his way back from a neck strain, threw 25 pitches before taking a break and returning for a few more pitches. The next step is expected to be a minor league rehab start. He's tentatively scheduled to pitch with High-A Lake Elsinore on June 28. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:20 pm
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  • Stephen Strasburg (back) on track for Sunday
    Stephen Strasburg (back) is on track to start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Strasburg was scratched from his last outing with an upper back strain, but he had two ribs popped back into place and is now feeling much better. He threw a light bullpen session Friday and should officially be cleared to start Sunday as long as he shows up to the ballpark Saturday feeling alright. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:17 pm
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  • Strasburg (back) throws off flat ground
    Stephen Strasburg (back) played catch prior to Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker called Strasburg's progress "very encouraging." The team is hopeful that he will be able to make his next scheduled start, which would come against the Brewers on Sunday. Should he need another day or two, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross could be pushed up a day in the rotation, to allow Strasburg to make a Monday or Tuesday start against the Mets. The 27-year-old right-hander initially strained his upper back while lifting weights on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:33 pm
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  • Matz (elbow) reports no discomfort after BP
    Steven Matz (elbow) said that he did not experience any issues during his Wednesday bullpen.

    Advice: Matz felt stiffness in his elbow during the sixth inning of his start against the Braves on Saturday. Wednesday's problem-free bullpen was absolutely necessary if he was to avoid the disabled list. He shouldn't be considered out of the woods yet, but would start against the Braves (again) on Friday if the Mets feel comfortable with his progress. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:27 pm
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  • Castro slugs walkoff homer to down Rockies
    Starlin Castro slugged a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Yankees beat the visiting Rockies 9-8.

    Advice: Castro took Jason Motte deep on the second pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied 8-8. It was Castro's third hit in the slugfest -- the other two being singles. He's batting .257/.290/.419 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 69 games this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:47 pm
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  • Harper launches solo homer in loss to Dodgers
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Harper connected for a solo homer off Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir in the first inning. The dinger was his 15th of the season. Those 15 bombs, plus his 43 RBI, are nice enough, but after a scalding-hot start to the 2016 campaign, Harper has cooled off to a relatively modest .258/.403/.498. For reference's sake, when he won the NL MVP in 2015, that came on the strength of a .330/.460/.649 triple-slash. Harper owners shouldn't panic, but disappointment is a reasonable emotion to feel given expectations. Still plenty of time for the young superstar to right the mostly-upright ship. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:04 pm
  • Cashner (neck) throws bullpen session Tues.
    Andrew Cashner (neck) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: It was his first mound workout since he landed on the disabled list June 11 with a neck strain. Cashner won't be ready for activation when first eligible, but early July sounds about right. "I don't think he's like a long ways off, but getting back in the 15 (days) is probably a little ambitious," manager Andy Green said. "He's going to have to be stretched out a little bit in his next side session, make sure everything feels good." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:36 pm
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  • Brantley diagnosed with tendinitis in biceps
    Michael Brantley has been diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: He was given a cortisone injection and will hopefully be able to resume baseball activities within the next few days. Brantley has been limited to 11 games this season due to complications with his surgically-repaired right shoulder. He remains out indefinitely. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:52 pm
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  • Brantley getting another opinion on shoulder
    Michael Brantley has traveled to Dallas for a second opinion on his right shoulder.

    Advice: It's actually like the 10th opinion by now. Brantley has been limited to 11 games this season because of discomfort and fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder and he began experiencing new problems this week. There is obviously no timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:23 pm
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  • Strasburg (back) hopeful to make next start
    Stephen Strasburg (back) is hopeful he'll make his next start on Sunday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Strasburg suffered an upper back strain while lifting weights on Saturday and had to be scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Dodgers. Fortunately, it's not considered serious and is unrelated to his neck/back issues from the first half last year. "I think it’s something that’s manageable," he said. "It’s gotten better; that’s the big thing. It’s just still there. I just don’t want to make the same mistake I made last year and have it become a long-term thing. I just want to nip it in the bud, and get ready for the next one." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:31 am
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  • Bumgarner goes the distance in loss to Bucs
    Madison Bumgarner allowed a lone run in a complete-game loss to the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: A solo home run by Erik Kratz in the fifth inning was all the scoring either side could manage on the evening. It was one of five hits Bumgarner allowed while striking out eight and walking two. The southpaw is now 8-3 with a 1.85 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 115/28 K/BB ratio over 102 innings of work. Another tasty matchup with the Phillies is on tap for Saturday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Strasburg (back) scratched from start Monday
    Stephen Strasburg was scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Dodgers due to an upper back strain.

    Advice: So much for the Strasburg vs. Clayton Kershaw matchup. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but it's worth noting that Strasburg dealt with upper back and neck issues early on in the 2015 season. Yusmeiro Petit will start in his place Monday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:47 pm
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