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  • Chris Carter returned to action on Thursday July 31.
    Today, 12:52 am
  • Chris Davis returned to action on Thursday July 31.
    Today, 12:52 am
  • Eugenio Suarez returned to action on Thursday July 31.
    Today, 12:52 am
  • Reed tosses shutout 9th to close out the Bucs
    Addison Reed protected a three-run lead in the ninth for his 27th save as the Diamondbacks topped the Pirates 7-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was nice to see him get back on the horse one day after serving up a three-run homer versus the Reds (he earned the save anyway). Reed induced a ground out from Jordy Mercer, struck out pinch-hitter Travis Snider, gave up a double to Josh Harrison, and then struck out the talented rookie Gregory Polanco on high cheese to shut off the lights. Reed has allowed only one run over his last eight appearances, slashing his ERA from 4.42 to 3.86.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Polanco goes 2-for-5 with double, steal, run
    Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a double, stolen base and run scored against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

    Advice: The 22-year-old rookie had an exceptional start to his career in June, but came into tonight slashing a sickly .204/.262/.312 in July. Hopefully this promising game portends a return of his prodigious gifts in August. Polanco is batting only .249 with five homers in 44 contests. His wheels (eight steals) have kept his fantasy value somewhat afloat as he struggles to make contact, specifically against same-sided pitching.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Collmenter works 5+ innings in ND vs. Bucs
    Josh Collmenter yielded three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings Thursday versus the Pirates in a no-decision Diamondbacks' victory.

    Advice: Collmenter struck out four and walked two. He came into tonight with a 1.59 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates and 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA in his last 10 starts at Chase Field. Collmenter remains 8-5 to go with a 4.07 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He gets the Royals in Arizona next time around.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Locke chased for 6 runs in loss to Snakes
    Jeff Locke was ripped for six runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in the Pirates' 7-4 setback against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

    Advice: Locke gave up nine hits, and it wasn't all soft stuff, particularly in the sixth inning, when he simply ran out of gas. In that frame, pinch-hitter Andy Marte smacked a two-run homer and Aaron Hill punched out a solo round-tripper. He was also obliterated Saturday against the Rockies, yielding six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, but posted a 2.38 ERA in his eight starts before that. The regression doctor has had an appointment with Locke for some time. Locke (3.77 ERA) welcomes the Marlins to town on Wednesday hoping the routine checkup doesn't reveal further deterioration.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Puig has double, homer to lead Dodgers to win
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a double, homer, walk, and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: The Dodgers completed its first three-game minimum home sweep over the Braves in 24 years, and in so doing won their sixth straight. Puig's .319 batting average ranks second in the National League, same as his .958 OPS. The center fielder is on pace for 18 homers, 82 RBI and 91 runs.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Gonzalez goes 2-for-3 with a double, BB, run
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and RBI Thursday as the Dodgers edged the Braves 2-1.

    Advice: Gonzalez's double to deep right center in the first plated Yasiel Puig and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers only required one more run to win -- Puig cranked a solo homer two innings later -- as Clayton Kershaw gave up only one run in a complete game. The veteran first baseman Gonzalez, who has six multi-hit games in his last nine, carries a .265/.327/.447 batting line with 15 home runs and 71 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Kershaw strikes out 9 in CG victory over ATL
    Clayton Kershaw dazzled again in Thursday's victory over the Braves, racking up nine strikeouts and allowing only one run in a 2-1 complete-game victory.

    Advice: Kershaw walked none and allowed nine hits in his 10th straight victory -- his first regular season win over the Braves, the only NL team he'd never vanquished in the regular season -- and the Dodgers' sixth consecutive win. He's allowed only nine runs in 86 innings over his last 11 starts. Having improved to 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA, Kershaw hosts the crosstown Angels on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Teheran stuck on wrong side of 2-1 loss
    Julio Teheran pitched a gem but had the misfortune of running into Clayton Kershaw on Thursday, allowing two runs and striking out nine over eight innings in a 2-1 loss.

    Advice: Teheran exorcised some Dodgers Stadium demons; he coughed up six runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings in Game 3 of Atlanta's 13-6 loss in the NL division series last year. He has now yielded three runs or less and worked at least seven innings in seven of his past nine outings. Teheran brings a 10-7 record, 2.69 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a scheduled start versus Seattle next week.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Santana homers in a losing effort vs. Royals
    Danny Santana led off Thursday's game with a home run and later walked, but the Twins fell to the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana greeted Royals starter Ervin Santana coldly, taking him out to right field to begin the ballgame. The outfielder has been productive at the plate since rejoining the team to begin the second half, having hit six extra-base hits in his last 53 plate appearances. Overall, he's slashing .313/.347/.467 with four home runs, 22 RBI, and six stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Cueto grabs 12th win in low-scoring affair
    Johnny Cueto hung in tough in a low-scoring game against the Marlins on Thursday, limiting the opposition to one run over seven innings en route to his 12th win in the Reds' 3-1 victory.

    Advice: Cueto was on the hook for a loss going into the seventh inning, but a fielding error by Jordany Valdespin opened up an opportunity for the Reds to tie the game and then take the lead. Cueto allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out nine. He now sports a 2.05 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and a 166/43 K/BB ratio. Cueto will take on the Indians in a road start next Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Koehler's strong start marred by poor defense
    Tom Koehler performed well in Thursday's start against the Reds, but took a loss after allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.

    Advice: Both runs, as it happens, crossed the plate in the top of the seventh following a Jordany Valdespin error to begin the inning. Koehler to that point had shut the Reds out, even outdueling Johnny Cueto. Overall, the right-hander allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out three. He owns a 3.70 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 100/47 K/BB ratio. Koehler will try to keep the strong pitching going when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh next week.
    Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Tony Abreu outrighted to Triple-A
    Giants sent INF Tony Abreu outright to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Abreu cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He can elect free agency if he wants and seems likely to do so given that he opted out of his deal earlier this month before being re-signed.
    Yesterday, 6:03 pm
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  • Chris Davis sitting out again Thursday
    Chris Davis (illness) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's the third straight start he's missed due to the flu, though Davis will be available off the bench. He seems likely to be back in the lineup on Friday.
    Yesterday, 5:12 pm
  • Adam Eaton goes 3-for-5 as White Sox win
    Adam Eaton went 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a steal Thursday as the White Sox beat the Tigers 7-4.

    Advice: That's Eaton's third three-hit game in eight days. All told, he has 15 hits and eight runs scored during his eight-game hitting streak. Still, he's a better regular for the White Sox than he is a fantasy outfielder, what with his one homer, 29 RBI and 11 steals in 351 at-bats this year.
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Price is Right: Tigers acquire Tampa's ace
    Tigers acquired LHP David Price in a three-team trade with the Rays and Mariners.

    Advice: Detroit shipped LHP Drew Smyly and SS Willy Adames to the Rays, and OF Austin Jackson to the Mariners, which sent SS Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay. It's a master stroke by gutsy Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski, who watched rivals arguably overpay for frontline starting pitching throughout the week and then swooped in at the very last second to steal Price for far less than his expected, ahem, price tag. Price now leads a rotation which includes Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello, and is protected from injury by top prospect Robbie Ray. If Verlander can return to form, Detroit will have a rotation on par with anything we've seen in the last few decades.
    Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Braves acquire Bonifacio from Cubs
    Braves acquired INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and LHP James Russell from the Cubs for C Victor Caratini.

    Advice: Bonifacio has boosted his trade value since returning from the disabled list and owns a .279/.318/.373 batting line over 69 games this season to go along with 19 extra-base hits, 14 stolen bases, and 35 runs scored. It's not immediately clear how the Braves plan to use him, but he could push B.J. Upton to the bench at least some of the time.
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Braves get Bonifacio, Russell from Cubs
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves have acquired Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs.

    Advice: The Cubs will receive catching prospect Victor Caratini in the deal. Bonifacio will be a jack-of-all-trades for the Braves, filling in at second base some and in the outfield. Russell gives them the left-hander reliever that they've been looking for.
    Yesterday, 1:31 pm
  • DET acquires Price in three-team blockbuster
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have acquired David Price from the Rays.

    Advice: It's part of a three-team swap that also involves the Mariners, as suggested earlier by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The Rays will get shortstop prospect Nick Franklin from Seattle and left-handed starter Drew Smyly from Detroit. The Mariners get center fielder Austin Jackson. And the Tigers wind up with another ace to add to a rotation that already includes Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, and Justin Verlander.
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Report: Price being traded in three-team deal
    According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, a three-team trade is being pieced together involving David Price.
    Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Yankees making late run at SP David Price?
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees are making a late run at David Price.

    Advice: But the Daily News beat writers sees it as "unlikely" that the Yanks will match the Rays' high demands. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported an hour ago that Tampa Bay is "definitely" going to move their ace left-hander by the 4 p.m. ET deadline, but the clock is ticking. The Dodgers, Mariners, and Pirates are among the other clubs with reported interest.
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • TB 'definitely moving' ace lefty David Price
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing from sources that the Rays are "definitely moving" David Price.

    Advice: That echoes a similar report from FOX Sports' Jon Morosi. Tampa Bay has moved into better position for a playoff spot with its strong recent play, but it's probably wise from a bigger-picture perspective to maximize Price's trade value this summer. Look for big news soon. The Dodgers and Mariners are among the teams with known interest.
    Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Rockies option Rob Scahill back to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned RHP Rob Scahill to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Scahill was in the majors for less than 24 hours. The 27-year-old right-hander has a rough 5.68 ERA in four appearances this season out of the Rockies' bullpen.
    Yesterday, 9:24 am
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  • Chances of David Price trade 'have increased'
    According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the chances of a David Price trade "have increased."

    Advice: The Rays have moved closer to contention for a postseason spot over the past month-plus, so the growing thought has been that they might want to hang onto their ace. But the elite starting pitcher market has now centered around Price with Jon Lester already heading to Oakland. The Rays' asking price will likely be sky-high, but pretty much every contending team is seeking a top-tier arm. The Dodgers and Cardinals are among the teams with rumored interest.
    Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • Astros have made Scott Feldman available
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Astros have made starting pitcher Scott Feldman available.

    Advice: But the 30-year-old right-hander signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Houston last offseason and hasn't pitched well enough to justify it, so the Astros may have a hard time finding a trade partner. Feldman owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 19 starts this season.
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Report: Royals not close to Bonifacio trade
    A source tells Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that the Royals aren't close to a deal for Emilio Bonifacio.

    Advice: Bonifacio was on hug watch after his name was absent from a delayed Cubs starting lineup, and the Royals were reported as his expected destination. It still could happen, but right now there doesn't seem to be a ton of fire there. Bonifacio and his .279/.318/.373 line remain likely to be moved before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.
    Wednesday, 4:44 pm
  • Suarez (back) not in Tigers' lineup on Wed.
    Eugenio Suarez (back) is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Suarez made an early exit from Tuesday's game after experiencing tightness in his lower back. It's not a serious issue and he expects to return to action Thursday.
    Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • Rockies recall Rob Scahill from Triple-A
    Rockies recalled RHP Rob Scahill from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Scahill has posted a 6.75 ERA in three relief appearances this season out of the Rockies' bullpen. He is doubtful to pitch in any high-leverage situations.
    Wednesday, 2:43 pm
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  • Chris Davis (flu) out again Wednesday for O's
    Chris Davis (flu) is out again Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis was sent home early on Tuesday with flu-like symptoms and is still battling the illness. Steve Pearce is starting at first base Wednesday night versus the Angels.
    Wednesday, 1:26 pm
  • Astros looking to trade 1B-DH Chris Carter
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Astros are looking to trade Chris Carter.

    Advice: Carter has 21 home runs in 93 games this season but is also sporting a weak .212 batting average and .291 on-base percentage. The 27-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the first time heading into 2015 and is under contractual control through 2018, so Houston will want something fairly significant in return.
    Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • David Price solid but takes loss vs. Brews
    Making what could be his final start for the Rays, David Price was charged with four runs -- three earned -- over seven frames in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Price had a 1-2-3 first inning but surrendered a bases-loaded, two-RBI single to Martin Maldonado in the second and as it turned out that's all the runs Milwaukee needed. The left-hander permitted six hits and two walks while striking out six. Assuming he's not traded before then, Price will take a 3.11 ERA into next week's start in Oakland.
    Wednesday, 12:54 pm
  • Reed serves up homer but able to convert save
    Addison Reed allowed a three-run homer but was able to convert his 26th save Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Eury De La Rosa gave up a leadoff single and a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth inning before the D'Backs turned the keys over to their closer. Reed then yielded a two-out three-run shot to Devin Mesoraco but rallied to fan Ryan Ludwick for the final out. Reed, who has an underwhelming 3.95 ERA on the season, could be available at Thursday's July 31 trade deadline.
    Wednesday, 12:42 pm
  • Giants, Orioles interested in Bonifacio
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Giants are interested in Emilio Bonifacio.

    Advice: Both clubs are looking for help against left-handed pitching, and Bonifacio is sporting an OPS over 1.000 from the right side of the plate this season. He's being paid $3.5 million this year and will be a free agent this winter and shouldn't cost a whole lot.
    Wednesday, 11:43 am
  • Chris Carter scratched due to illness
    Chris Carter was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a stomach bug.

    Advice: Carter has been throwing up and is not feeling well enough to play. It's poor timing, as he's red-hot with eight homers over his last 19 games. He should be fine in a day or two, though.
    Wednesday, 9:20 am
  • Puig goes 4-for-5, misses cycle by homer
    Yasiel Puig finished 4-for-5 and missed the cycle by a homer in Tuesday's 8-4 win against Atlanta.

    Advice: You'll recall that Puig went 4-for-5 with three triples and a double on Friday. The center fielder ranks second in the National League in batting average (.318), slugging percentage (.545) and OPS (.949). He's on pace for 18 homers, 82 RBI and 89 runs.
    Tuesday, 11:02 pm
  • Feldman limits A's to one run over seven
    Scott Feldman kept the A's to one run on five hits over seven innings but walked away with a no-decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: Feldman was in line for his fifth win, but a complete meltdown from closer Chad Qualls rendered Feldman's work meaningless. It's been that kind of year for the right-hander, who loses when he gets shelled and rarely wins when he pitches well. Feldman has a 4.39 ERA through 19 starts but remains 4-8 on the season. He'll look for a better fate Sunday against the Blue Jays.
    Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Santana doubles, scores twice against Royals
    Danny Santana went 2-for-5 with a double and scored both Twins runs in a win over the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: All Santana does is find ways to contribute offensively, and he did it again Tuesday. The 23-year-old reached on a bunt single in the third inning and scored the game's first run, and he doubled and scored in the fifth. Santana has 26 runs scored in 47 games this season, and he's scored seven in his last seven games as he rounds into form following a DL stint for a knee bone bruise. He's batting a healthy .320/.352/.465 on the year.
    Tuesday, 8:28 pm
  • Three more hits for on-base machine Eaton
    Adam Eaton reached base three times in five at-bats out of the lead-off spot on Tuesday, helping contribute as the White Sox handily defeated the Tigers.

    Advice: Eaton has been a ball of fire since the second half began, as he's now hitting .413 (19-for-46) in his last 11 contests. He's done everything the White Sox could ask out of a lead-off hitter, as he's slashing .289/.358/.386 with 27 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
    Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Eugenio Suarez exits with back tightness
    Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game versus the White Sox with lower back tightness.

    Advice: The Tigers are listing him as day-to-day, so it appears that it's not a big issue. Suarez singled in his lone at-bat before leaving and is batting .260/.347/.394 for the season.
    Tuesday, 5:34 pm
  • Rays 'talking and willing' on Price trade
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was told by a Rays source that the team is "talking and willing" on the David Price trade front.

    Advice: "[We'll] see if any teams have the desire," the source added. Heyman was told by rival executives that they believe general manager Andrew Friedman "has the guts to deal Price when the team has rallied from nowhere to the cusp of the AL pennant race. A few even suggest that he may prefer to pull the trigger." USA Today's Bob Nightengale has indicated that the Cardinals could have an offer on the table of Oscar Taveras, Shelby Miller and their competitive balance pick in exchange for Price. It appears, however, that the Rays may want even more. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi says that Price is expected to start for the Rays Wednesday afternoon "barring a dramatic turn" in trade talks.
    Tuesday, 5:02 pm
  • Giants designate Tony Abreu for assignment
    Giants designated INF Tony Abreu for assignment.

    Advice: Abreu was only up in the majors for a couple of days and didn't manage a hit in four plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 2:06 pm
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  • Chris Davis sitting Tuesday due to an illness
    Chris Davis is out Tuesday because of an illness.

    Advice: Davis should be fine after a day or two of rest. Steve Pearce is at first base and Delmon Young is serving as the Orioles' DH on Tuesday night versus the Angels.
    Tuesday, 1:24 pm
  • Davis not in Tuesday's lineup
    Chris Davis is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Angels.

    Advice: The struggling Davis will sit against Jered Weaver. Meanwhile, Steve Pearce will start at first base and Delmon Young will serve as the DH.
    Tuesday, 12:30 pm
  • Rays would need big offer to move Price
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the asking price for Rays left-hander David Price is going up.

    Advice: As a result, it's very likely that the Rays -- who have also won 10 out of 11 to move back into playoff contention -- will keep Price rather than move him before Thursday. "I believe so," said one person familiar with the team's thinking. "Simply put, it will take more than it would have a few weeks back." Heyman was told by rival GM that Price will either be "sold at 200 percent markup or not moved."
    Tuesday, 6:02 am
  • Chris Carter hits three-run homer
    Chris Carter hit a three-run homer off Jesse Chavez on Monday, giving him 21 homers this year.

    Advice: He hit the first of the Astros' four homers tonight. Carter is 10-for-29 in his last eight games, raising his average from .200 to .214.
    Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Emilio Bonifacio 'drawing interest'
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Emilio Bonifacio is "drawing interest."

    Advice: It makes sense, as Bonifacio isn't part of the Cubs' long-term plans and he could be valuable on a contending team as a utility player. The speedster is batting .271/.312/.353 with 14 steals over 68 games this season. Heyman says that the Cubs also figure to shop left-handed relievers James Russell and Wesley Wright.
    Monday, 8:17 pm
  • D'Backs would consider trading closer Reed
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Diamondbacks are telling teams that "they'd talk" about trading Addison Reed.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point whether they've had any real discussions with other teams, but it appears they're at least willing to entertain the possibility of a deal. Reed has had an up-and-down season for the D'Backs but his numbers overall (3.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 47/11 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings) have been pretty good. He'll be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Stark also notes that the D'Backs are listening on Aaron Hill, Oliver Perez and, "for the right offer," Martin Prado and Josh Collmenter. They're expected to hang on to Brad Ziegler.
    Monday, 5:36 pm
  • Santana triples, drives in two against Sox
    Danny Santana tripled and drove in two runs in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Batting leadoff for the third straight game, Santana delivered an RBI triple in the third inning and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The triple was Santana's second of the season. The 23-year-old is hitting .315/.348/.458 and, now healthy, should be a nice player in mixed leagues from here on out.
    Sunday, 1:59 pm
  • Gregory Polanco moved down to No. 7 spot
    Gregory Polanco was moved down to the No. 7 spot in the batting order during Saturday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Polanco has slumped after a hot start, batting just .178/.260/.256 over his last 23 games. He's hit only .137/.185/.196 against left-handers and will, at the very least, continue to hit lower in the order versus southpaws. However, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday of Polanco's move out of the leadoff spot that he's "hoping it's just a temporary deal."
    Sunday, 7:49 am
  • Clayton Kershaw pitches two-hit shutout
    Clayton Kershaw tossed a two-hitter Saturday as the Dodgers beat the Giants 5-0.

    Advice: Kershaw didn't threaten another no-hitter in this one -- Gregor Blanco delivered a clean single to center with one out in the first -- but he did notch his ninth career shutout. He faced just three batters over the minimum for his ninth straight win. It was a little bit of an off night for him for strikeouts, but he did finish with seven, reaching that mark for the 12th straight outing. The last pitcher with as many seven-strikeout games in a row was Tim Lincecum in 2009.
    Saturday, 9:51 pm