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  • Puig (hand) out fourth straight game Tuesday
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'll be the fourth straight game that Puig has missed. He took a Joe Kelly pitch off his left hand on Saturday and is still sore. Multiple X-rays have been taken and the results were negative. Puig remains day-to-day.
    Today, 1:43 pm
  • Twins recall Ryan Pressly from Triple-A
    Twins recalled RHP Ryan Pressly from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Pressly has registered a promising 2.98 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 63/21 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A. He should do well in a middle relief role.
    Today, 1:27 pm
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  • Oswaldo Arcia homers as Twins down Tribe
    Oswaldo Arcia singled and launched a solo homer in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Arcia's blast was a long one to right field in the sixth inning as he padded the Twins' lead to 3-1, which is what the final ended up being. While the 23-year-old has tons of raw power, it's clear with a .222/.310/.378 batting line that he has some holes in his swing still.
    Today, 1:07 pm
  • Jose Ramirez drives in run Wednesday
    Jose Ramirez went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in Wednesday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Called up earlier in the day as a reinforcement for Asdrubal Cabrera (back), Ramirez hit second in the batting order and drove in the only run of the day for the Tribe. He should start a shortstop as long as Cabrera is out, but Cabrera has a shot to return as soon as Thursday.
    Today, 1:00 pm
  • Starling Marte headed to the disabled list
    The Pirates will place Starling Marte on the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Marte took a fastball off his helmet on Friday, and although he was cleared off a possible concussion and played Monday, it appears he's had a setback. The Pirates should provide more on his status later Wednesday. Brent Morel will take his spot on the roster.
    Today, 12:32 pm
  • Ryan Hanigan (oblique) resumes throwing
    Ryan Hanigan (oblique) has resumed throwing but has yet to do any rotational work.

    Advice: Players are usually about 10 days away from returning from an oblique injury once they do begin rotational work, so it appears Hanigan won't be back before the end of the month. The Rays will continue to use Jose Molina as their primary catcher while Hanigan is on the shelf.
    Today, 7:59 am
    Disabled List
  • Asdrubal Cabrera out again Wednesday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (back) remained out of the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's missed the last two games after exiting Monday's contest with back spasms. The Indians have called up Jose Ramirez to provide protection for Cabrera, who is considered day-to-day.
    Today, 7:54 am
  • Marlins still interested in RP Jim Johnson
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins "remain interested" in Jim Johnson.

    Advice: The Marlins nearly completed a deal for Johnson last month before opting for Bryan Morris instead. However, it appears they haven't given up on acquiring the struggling former closer, with Spencer saying the club has discussed sending pitching prospect Adam Conley to Oakland for the reliever. Johnson holds a 6.25 ERA with 23 walks in 40 innings this season and is making $10 million. The A's will have to pick up the bulk of the remainder of his contract in any trade.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Jose Ramirez recalled from Triple-A
    Indians recalled INF Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Ramirez will provide some infield depth with Asdrubal Cabrera (back) banged up. He's hit just .080 (2-for-25) during his time with the Indians this season.
    Today, 7:37 am
  • Tsuyoshi Wada recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Wada will start on Wednesday against the Padres. The left-hander fared well in his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, holding the Reds to an unearned run over five innings. He's worth streaming Wednesday in a nice matchup and could carve out some fantasy value in deeper formats.
    Today, 6:30 am
  • Matt Lindstrom nearing rehab assignment
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Matt Lindstrom (foot) might begin a rehab assignment the first week of August.

    Advice: The Pale Hose had been hoping to get Lindstrom back in their bullpen in early August, but it sounds like it will be a little later than that. Lindstrom has made a quicker-than-expected return from May ankle surgery and could eventually recapture the White Sox' closer job.
    Today, 6:27 am
    Disabled List
  • Homer Bailey returned to action on Tuesday July 22.
    Today, 2:02 am
  • Oberholtzer goes seven in 3-2 loss vs A's
    Brett Oberholtzer was strong on Tuesday, giving up two runs and six hits in seven innings of work.

    Advice: Oberholtzer was pitching in the place of Colin McHugh. The numbers weren't spectacular or flashy, but he got the job done. He made the A's put the ball in play, as he didn't record a walk or strikeout. While Oberholtzer didn't factor into the decision (the game went twelve innings), the effort dropped his ERA to 4.32. Should McHugh return this week, Oberholtzer will probably make his way back to the minors.
    Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • Machado gets anti-inflammatory injection
    Manny Machado (back) received an anti-inflammatory injection after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Machado was a late scratch Tuesday after his lower back tightened up on him. He's never had back issues before and will be re-evaluated Wednesday to see how much progress he's made. Consider the third baseman day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Montero's two-run 8th inning single sinks DET
    Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth to give the Diamondbacks a 5-4 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: After Torii Hunter knocked in two to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the eighth, Miguel Montero answered with a two-run hit of his own in the bottom of the frame. He's done a nice job holding down the four-spot in Arizona's lineup. The All Star catcher now has 58 RBI on the season and is slashing .263/.344/.412.
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Anderson holds Tigers to two runs over six IP
    Chase Anderson lasted six innings against the Tigers on Tuesday, scattering five hits while striking out five and walking three.

    Advice: The damage came on a first inning Miguel Cabrera RBI single and a third inning wild pitch that allowed Austin Jackson to score. Otherwise, Anderson was effective. While the game ended up being decided by the bullpen, this marks back-to-back quality starts for Anderson, whose ERA sits at a solid 3.58. He'll try to keep it going against the Reds in his next outing.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Lincecum earns 1st career save in 14th inning
    Tim Lincecum notched the first save of his eight-year career, coming into Tuesday's game in the 14th inning and getting the final two outs for a Giants win.

    Advice: George Kontos started off the inning, but got into trouble when Ryan Howard singled to lead off the frame and Wil Nieves doubled with one out to put runners at second and third. Lincecum allowed Howard to score on a ground out, then walked Cameron Rupp, but was able to get Domonic Brown to ground out to first to end the game. As a starter, Lincecum had made strides lately, and now sports a 3.65 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 108/47 K/BB ratio. Lincecum started on Sunday but should be able to make his next scheduled start on Friday against the Dodgers at home.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Crawford helps Giants win in 14 with 3-run 2B
    Brandon Crawford cleared the bases with a double to break a 3-3 tie in the 14th inning as the Giants defeated the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford took advantage of a struggling Jeff Manship, lacing a two-out double to left-center to give the Giants an 8-5 lead. They would tack on one more run just for good measure. Crawford had previously knocked in a run with a ground out and finished 2-for-6 on the night. The shortstop is slashing .239/.323/.413 with eight home runs and 44 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Ramirez has two hits, two steals vs. Royals
    Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Ramirez surprised everyone by stealing 30 bases last season, and his two thefts on Tuesday gives him 17 steals on the year. The All-Star's two hits helped to raise his season line to .281/.318/.395.
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Whitley blanks TEX over 6, takes no-decision
    Chase Whitley held the Rangers scoreless over six innings, but was given a no-decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: Whitley was excellent on Tuesday, a rare bright spot for the young right-hander. The Rangers scratched out seven hits, but six were singles. Whitley did not issue a walk and struck out six in the process. Whitley still carries an ugly 4.60 ERA along with a 1.45 WHIP, and 46/12 K/BB ratio. He'll make his next start against the Blue Jays at home on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Soria blows save as Rangers fall in 14 frames
    Joakim Soria blew his second save of the season, forking over a run in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Rangers went on to lose in 14.

    Advice: The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead on J.P. Arencibia's 13th-inning solo home run, but Soria immediately got into trouble, allowing a lead-off double to Brett Gardner in the bottom half. Jacoby Ellsbury later knocked Gardner in with a single. Soria is now 17-for-19 in save chances with a 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and a 42/4 K/BB ratio.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Bailey serves up three homers against Brewers
    Homer Bailey allowed three runs, all on solo home runs, over six innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bailey only gave up four hits on the night, but three -- to Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy -- left the yard. Bailey also walked two while striking out just three. Bailey has one more start left in July as he looks to avoid a winless month. He's 8-5 with a 4.22 ERA and 1.31 WHIP through 20 starts overall.
    Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Manny Machado scratched with back tightness
    Manny Machado was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with lower back tightness.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day, but the Orioles don't want to take any chances with their stud young third baseman. Machado was replaced at third base by Ryan Flaherty.
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (back) not in lineup Tues.
    Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is not playing Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera left Monday's series-opener against the Twins with back spasms. He's considered day-to-day. Mike Aviles is starting at shortstop Tuesday night in Minnesota.
    Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Puig (hand) out again Tuesday versus Bucs
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is again out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Puig has now missed three consecutive games since taking a Joe Kelly pitch off his left hand on Saturday afternoon. A second X-ray was taken Monday and the results were negative, but Puig still has a bad bruise. Matt Kemp is in right field Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
    Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera exits with back spasms
    Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday's game against the Twins with lower back spasms.

    Advice: The injury appeared to occur when Cabrera fielded a groundout in the bottom of the second inning. He was pinch-hit for in the top of the third. The Indians should provide an update on their shortstop after the game.
    Monday, 6:29 pm
  • Puig's second X-ray come back negative
    A second X-ray on Yasiel Puig's left hand came back negative.

    Advice: Puig is sitting out a second straight game Monday following Saturday's hit by pitch, but he's twice now been cleared of any broken bones. Consider the outfielder day-to-day.
    Monday, 4:06 pm
  • Marte (head) back in Monday's lineup
    Starling Marte (head) is back in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Marte left Friday's game after he was hit in the head by a pitch, but he drew a walk as a pinch-hitter on Sunday and will make his return to the starting lineup Monday. He's hitting second against Hyun-Jin Ryu.
    Monday, 1:12 pm
  • Puig (hand) not in Dodgers' lineup on Monday
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is sitting out again Monday.

    Advice: Puig was hit on the left hand by a Joe Kelly pitch on Saturday. X-rays turned up negative, but he has a bruise and will miss the Dodgers' series-opener at PNC Park. Matt Kemp is starting in right field Monday.
    Monday, 12:40 pm
  • Marte (head) draws a walk as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte (head) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in the Pirates' win over the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: It was a pretty strong indication that he won't need a disabled list stint. Marte took a fastball off his helmet on Friday night, but a concussion has been ruled out.
    Monday, 5:35 am
  • Starling Marte returned to action on Sunday July 20.
    Monday, 12:33 am
  • Athletics still eager to trade Jim Johnson
    According to John Hickey of the Oakland Tribune, the Athletics remain eager to find a new home for former closer Jim Johnson.

    Advice: The catch is that the A's don't want to have to eat any of Johnson's $10 million contract. With a 6.25 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 28/23 K/BB ratio through his 40 1/3 innings on the season, it's unlikely that any interested parties are going to come calling to acquire the veteran right-hander's services.
    Sunday, 6:49 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (hand) sitting out Sunday's game
    Yasiel Puig (hand) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig had to leave Saturday's contest after being hit on the left hand by a pitch. While X-rays came back negative, he's apparently still a bit sore. Andre Ethier is in right field Sunday.
    Sunday, 12:35 pm
  • Tsuyoshi Wada to start on Wednesday
    Tsuyoshi Wada will be recalled to start on Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: Wada fared well in his major league debut prior to the All-Star break, holding the Reds to an unearned run over five innings. He'll have a nice matchup Wednesday and is worth a shot in NL-only formats.
    Sunday, 11:37 am
  • Marte (head) could land on disabled list
    Starling Marte (head) could be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: The Pirates are saying that Marte doesn't have a concussion after being hit in the helmet by a pitch Friday, but he is still dealing with "head trauma." The outfielder is going through concussion protocol and the decision could be made to play it safe and go ahead and DL him. He would be eligible to return late this week.
    Sunday, 10:57 am
  • Matt Lindstrom to face hitters soon
    Matt Lindstrom (ankle) will throw live batting practice later this week.

    Advice: Lindstrom threw another 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday and is scheduled for another side session Tuesday before then being cleared to face hitters. The reliever has made a quicker-than-expected return from May ankle surgery and is aiming to rejoin the White Sox' bullpen in early August. Lindstrom seems likely to eventually rejoin the closer gig, so stash him now if someone dropped him.
    Sunday, 9:52 am
    Disabled List
  • Starling Marte (head) still out on Sunday
    Starling Marte (head) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's now sat out two straight games after taking a fastball off the helmet during Friday's contest. The good news is that Marte will work out prior to Sunday's game and could be available off the bench, so it appears he did not suffer a concussion.
    Sunday, 8:19 am
  • X-rays negative on Yasiel Puig's left hand
    X-rays were negative on Yasiel Puig's left hand.

    Advice: Puig left Saturday's loss to the Cardinals a few innings after taking a Joe Kelly pitch off the base of his left hand. He might sit out Sunday night's series finale, but the star outfielder should ultimately be fine.
    Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • Yasiel Puig leaves game with sore left hand
    Yasiel Puig left Saturday's game against the Cardinals becasue of a sore left hand.

    Advice: Puig was hit by a Joe Kelly pitch on that hand in the top of the fourth inning. He was 0-for-1 with a walk before departing. Matt Kemp replaced him in the outfield.
    Saturday, 4:03 pm
  • Starling Marte (head) not in Pirates lineup
    Starling Marte (head) is not in the Pirates lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He is being held out as a precautionary measure after taking a fastball off the helmet in Friday's contest. Look for him to return on Sunday
    Saturday, 12:25 pm
  • Alexei Ramirez held hitless in Friday's win
    Alexei Ramirez (back) returned to the White Sox lineup on Friday, going 0-for-4 in a victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Ramirez sat out the last two games of the first half due to stiffness in his back, but felt good enough to suit up for the All-Star Game. The 32-year-old shortstop is enjoying a fine season offensively, hitting .279/.315/.396 with eight homers, 41 RBI and 15 stolen bases.
    Saturday, 3:20 am
  • Oswaldo Arcia hitless in return to lineup
    Oswaldo Arcia looked a bit rusty in his return to action on Friday, going 0-for-4 in a losing effort against the Rays.

    Advice: Arcia was dealing with a stomach illness, causing him to miss the final game of the first half of the season. His bat has cooled considerably in recent weeks, and he's now hitting just .216/.306/.363 with five homers and 18 RBI in his 47 games.
    Saturday, 3:20 am
  • Manny Machado goes 2-for-4, homers
    Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the A's.

    Advice: It's nice to see the All-Star break didn't half Machado's homer binge; he now has six in 13 games after hitting a total of four in his first 50.
    Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Starling Marte plates two to lead Pirates
    Starling Marte reached base three times and drove home a pair of runs, leading the Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: Marte got the Pirates on the board with an RBI triple in the fifth inning to pull the Pirates to within a run at 2-1. He then suffered a scary moment when he was drilled in the head by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Though shaken up, he remained in the game to run for himself and should be alright moving forward. With his 1-for-2 night, he's now hitting .258/.329/.390 on the season.
    Friday, 9:32 pm
  • Homer Bailey (knee) ready for Tuesday start
    Homer Bailey (knee) is on track to start Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Bailey exited his final outing before the All-Star break with pain in his right patellar tendon, but he's feeling much better following a week of rest. The right-hander has put up a 4.21 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 105/38 K/BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings this season.
    Friday, 1:14 pm
  • Tigers in 'ongoing discussions' for Soria
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are having "ongoing discussions" with the Rangers regarding Joakim Soria.

    Advice: The Angels and Blue Jays have also been connected to Soria. The Tigers are committed to keeping Joe Nathan in the closer role, so Soria would be used as a setup man if acquired. They're also looking at former Tiger and current Padre Joaquin Benoit. The veteran reliever boasts a 2.67 ERA and 40/4 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings this season for the Rangers.
    Friday, 7:22 am