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  • Espinosa homers, but Nats drop game to Reds
    Danny Espinosa homered in a 2-for-4 effort Monday as the Nationals lost to the Reds.

    Advice: Espinosa knotted the game up at two apiece with a solo shot to right-center in the sixth inning against Anthony DeSclafani. The homer marks Espinosa's first extra-base hit of July. He's hitting .262/.343/.443 with nine home runs and 25 RBI on the year.
    34 minutes ago
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    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Colabello smacks 8th homer in loss to CHW
    Chris Colabello went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Colabello broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with a solo home run to left-center off of Chris Sale. He has homered in back-to-back games and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, batting .335/.373/.518 with eight home runs and 32 RBI.
    41 minutes ago
  • Willie Bloomquist released by Mariners
    Mariners released INF/OF Willie Bloomquist.

    Advice: Bloomquist cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and the M's have officially cut him loose. It's possible the 37-year-old will call it quits after 14 major league seasons.
    Today, 5:35 pm
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  • Albert Pujols starting ASG in Cabrera's place
    Albert Pujols will start at first base for the American League in next week's All-Star Game in place of the injured Miguel Cabrera (calf).

    Advice: And deservedly so in what has been a big bounce-back season for the future Hall of Famer. The rest of AL reserves will be Brock Holt, Jose Iglesias, Jason Kipnis, Manny Machado, Mark Teixeira, Russell Martin, Stephen Vogt, Jose Bautista, Adam Jones, J.D. Martinez and Prince Fielder. Xander Bogaerts, Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Dozier, Brett Gardner and Mike Moustakas are the Final Vote candidates.
    Today, 4:52 pm
  • Lucas Duda sitting out on Monday
    Lucas Duda is absent from the Mets' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a day off for the slumping Duda, who is hitting just .170/.282/.250 since the beginning of June. Michael Cuddyer is at first base, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis covering left field.
    Today, 3:47 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (hand) in lineup on Monday
    Adrian Gonzalez (hand) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Gonzalez had to exit Sunday's game after being hit on the right hand by a pitch, but he escaped with merely a bruise. The first baseman sports a .291/.366/.518 batting line with 15 homers and 50 RBI this season.
    Today, 3:19 pm
  • Jonathan Lucroy getting a breather Monday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Martin Maldonado is behind the plate while Lucroy rests.
    Today, 1:06 pm
  • Ishikawa takes Harrison's place on roster
    Travis Ishikawa will take Josh Harrison's (thumb) place on the Pirates' active 25-man roster.

    Advice: The Pirates acquired Ishikawa off waivers from the Giants on Sunday. It didn't take them long to place him on the active roster. In 34 games at Triple-A this season, he hit .271/.342/.421 with four homers.
    Today, 12:49 pm
  • Tigers claim Krauss from Rays
    Tigers claimed 1B Marc Krauss off waivers from the Rays.

    Advice: Krauss was DFA'ed on July 4 after being optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week. He struck out seven times in 10 at-bats in (very) limited duty for the Rays. Kraus is just a .192 hitter for his career at the big league level over the last three seasons.
    Today, 12:25 pm
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  • Hosmer hits walk-off double to down Twins
    Eric Hosmer ended Sunday's game against the Twins by hitting a walk-off double to score Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: Cain reached on a walk to start the ninth. After a pitching change, Hosmer delivered a double against Twins reliever Aaron Thompson to bring his teammate home and end the festivities. He also walked once to finish 1-for-3. Hosmer recently missed three games with a sprain of the left ring finger, but the injury was not of the major variety and he should be fine moving forward. The 25-year-old first baseman is slashing .287/.354/.437 with eight homers and 41 RBI this season.
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Howard hitless, but knocks in the winning run
    Ryan Howard went 0-for-4, but knocked in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning on Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: The two clubs were knotted in a scoreless tie heading into the 10th inning, but the Phillies rallied to load the bases with no outs for Howard, facing lefty reliever Dana Eveland. Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in the first of four 10th-inning runs. Since his last home run on June 19, Howard has hit the skids, batting .135 (7-for-52) in his last 14 games. He's hitting .217/.262/.427 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI on the year.
    Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Bautista launches 17th homer in Jays' victory
    Jose Bautista walked twice and homered in five plate appearances on Sunday as the Blue Jays defeated the Tigers.

    Advice: Bautista ripped a two-run home run to left field as part of a six-run fifth inning against Justin Verlander. The pair of walks increases his league lead to 65 and puts him in a tie with Paul Goldschmidt for the major league lead. Bautista owns a menacing .246/.397/.520 batting line with 17 home runs and 57 RBI on the year.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Lind homers, knocks in 3 as Brewers top Reds
    Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run as the Brewers extended their winning streak to eight games on Sunday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Lind has knocked in a run in each of his last nine ballgames, homering four times with five multi-hit games in that span of time. On Sunday, he gave the Brewers some insurance with an RBI single in the fifth inning, then homered in the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Reds. Lind is batting a productive .298/.373/.518 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI on the year.
    Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • Nate Freiman outrighted to Triple-A
    Athletics sent 1B Nate Freiman outright to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. Freiman has hit only .171/.225/.188 over 35 games this season for Nashville.
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
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  • Michael Cuddyer (knee) back in Mets' lineup
    Michael Cuddyer (knee) is back in the Mets' lineup.

    Advice: Cuddyer missed four starts with a sore left knee, although he made an appearance both on Friday and Saturday. The veteran outfielder sports a disappointing .241/.294/.361 batting line this season.
    Yesterday, 10:43 am
  • Yasmani Grandal sitting out on Sunday
    Yasmani Grandal is absent from the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. A.J. Ellis will catch while Grandal comes off the bench.
    Yesterday, 10:11 am
  • Anthony Rizzo getting some rest Sunday
    Anthony Rizzo is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather ahead of the club's big four-game series with the Cardinals early this week. Mike Baxter is at first base with Rizzo out.
    Yesterday, 8:09 am
  • Nick Swisher (knee) nears rehab assignment
    Nick Swisher (knee) is on track to begin a rehab assignment just after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Swisher ran on the field prior to Saturday's game as he works his way back from inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee. He's already missed nearly a month and it's unclear how many rehab games he'll require.
    Yesterday, 6:13 am
    15-Day DL
  • C.J. Cron hits three-run homer, knocks in six
    C.J. Cron went 3-for-6 with a three-run homer and six RBI in the rout the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: The outburst was appreciated, but Cron needs to come up big in games the Angels aren't winning 13-0. He entered the night with a .198/.228/.281 line and a 30/2 K/BB ratio in 121 at-bats. The Angels are starved for offense, though, so this might earn him some extra playing time.
    Saturday, 10:18 pm
  • Brian McCann not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Brian McCann is not in Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It has become commonplace for Yankees manager Joe Girardi to rest McCann on Saturday when the Yankees play an afternoon game following a night game. Friday night's hero will step aside and John Murphy will work behind the plate for the Bombers and bat seventh on Saturday.
    Saturday, 8:20 am
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