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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:05 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Miguel Cabrera hits go-ahead homer in ninth
    Miguel Cabrera launched a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth inning to push the Tigers past the Red Sox 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon in Boston.

    Advice: Cabrera pounced on Brad Ziegler with two outs in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie and secure a three-game sweep for the visiting Tigers. It was Cabrera's 21st home run of the season and the 14th go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later in his 14-year major league career. Cabrera also had two singles in Wednesday's victory and he's now slashing .301/.382/.522 over 101 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:46 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:13 pm
  • Daniel Murphy slugs his 20th home run
    Daniel Murphy slugged his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Murphy took Carlos Carrasco deep for a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. He also singled in the 4-1 victory, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Murphy has an incredible .351/.388/.621 batting line with 75 RBI through 96 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:24 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:44 am
  • Hanley getting day off Wednesday vs. Tigers
    Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Travis Shaw will start at first base and Aaron Hill will start at third base. This is just a day of rest for Hanley, who's batting .306/.411/.645 so far in July. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:22 am
  • Yangervis Solarte placed on family leave list
    Padres placed 3B Yangervis Solarte on the family medical emergency leave list.

    Advice: He'll be gone for the next 3-7 days to handle a private matter. Solarte has registered a cool .856 OPS with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 61 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:13 am
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  • Goldy has stolen base, two RBI versus Brewers
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored Tuesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Goldschmidt had RBI singles in the first and seventh innings, giving him 65 RBI on the year. That's good for eighth-most in the National League, and his 14 steals are ninth-best in the league. The most complete fantasy first baseman to come along in years, the 28-year-old Goldschmidt is batting .295/.412/.504 through 98 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Gonzalez homers twice in loss to Yankees
    Marwin Gonzalez hit two home runs in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Gonzalez was one of the only Astros hitters able to get anything done against CC Sabathia and company, taking Sabathia deep for a solo dinger in the first inning before tacking on a one-run shot in the eighth for good measure. The homers gave Gonzalez 10 on the year to go with 28 RBI and 40 runs scored. The 27-year-old is hitting .256/.295/.426 overall. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:54 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Teixeira has two hits, two runs versus Astros
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was the first for Teixeira since the All-Star break, and he's hitting just .193 in the month of July. There aren't likely to be many suitors for the 36-year-old and the Yankees still have some hope for a playoff push despite recently dealing closer Aroldis Chapman, so they'll continue running Teixeira out there in hopes he begins to find his way at the dish. Tuesday was a good start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • David Ortiz hits 25th homer
    David Ortiz's 25th homer was a three-run shot off Mike Pelfrey on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ortiz is the ninth player (eighth different) to hit 25 homers at age 40 or above. Barring something shocking, he'll be the second to get to 30, and he has a good shot of overtaking Darrell Evans' record of 34 from the rabbit ball season of 1987. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Gyorko homers in both halves of DH again
    Jedd Gyorko homered in both halves of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets.

    Advice: He also homered in both halves of a doubleheader last Wednesday versus the Padres and he now has seven home runs in his last nine games. Gyorko probably isn't going to finish this season with an .800-plus OPS -- it's at .814 right now -- but he does have pretty good power and he's probably going to keep playing regularly for St. Louis. There's reason to grab him and start him in deeper mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
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    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Chris Davis goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Chris Davis went 0-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday to drop his OPS back under .800.

    Advice: Davis was up to .876 after homering five times in seven games from June 25-July 2, but he's just 6-for-58 with one homer in his last 16 games. He's still on pace for 38 homers and 101 RBI this year, but he's not justifying his $23 million salary at the moment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Valbuena leaves game due to hamstring strain
    Luis Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Valbuena pulled up lame while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. Houston is calling him day-to-day, but a 15-day disabled list stint seems possible. That would open more playing time at third base for top prospect Alex Bregman, who served as the Astros' designated hitter on Tuesday after starting at the hot corner in his MLB debut on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:27 pm
    Day-to-Day
  • Trevor Plouffe (rib) nearing rehab assignment
    Trevor Plouffe (rib) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: But manager Paul Molitor cautioned that the middle of next week is more likely. Plouffe has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a fractured rib. He was batting just .252/.283/.399 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 58 games before the injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:30 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Orioles activate Hyun Soo Kim off 15-day DL
    Orioles activated OF Hyun Soo Kim from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kim is starting in left field and batting second Tuesday night against the Rockies after missing the last 15 days with a strained right hamstring. He returns to an impressive .329/.410/.454 batting line. Daily Slant: Kim slots into a very favorable slot in the order between Jones, Machado, Davis and Trumbo, giving him very nice upside at an affordable price tag across the industry. He's the owner of a .399 wOBA, .135 ISO and 35.0 hard%, not to mention that he has one of the higher average exit velocities on the year at 92.5 MPH. That mark puts him above guys like Edwin Encarnacion, Michael Saunders, Buster Posey and Albert Pujols. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • A.J. Reed rocks three hits in Monday's win
    Astros minor league 1B A.J. Reed jolted three hits Monday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: He homered and doubled twice while driving in three of the Grizzlies' seven runs. Reed returned to Fresno last week following a month-long stint in the majors. He's looked right at home since coming back, slugging five hits in his first 10 at-bats. 34 of Reed's 64 hits for Fresno this year have gone for extra bases. The 23-year-old won't be in the minors for long if he keeps shredding at Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:21 pm
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  • Nats activate 1B Ryan Zimmerman from DL
    Nationals activated 1B Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Zimmerman, out since early July with a left rib cage strain, went 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer over three games during his brief minor league rehab assignment. He'll return to a disappointing .221/.284/.402 batting line across 74 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • A's activate Vogt from family medical leave
    Athletics activated C/1B Stephen Vogt from the family medical leave list.

    Advice: Vogt has been away from the team since Saturday. The A's optioned Matt McBride to Triple-A Nashville to clear a spot for his return. Daily Slant: Vogt will step into a great match-up in his first game back, taking on Nick Martinez in a very hitter friendly environment. The A's backstop owns a .349 wOBA, .193 ISO and 32.3 hard% against RHP on the road, while Martinez has allowed a .464 wOBA to LH bats in a limited sample size this season. Martinez is not a capable big league arm and he should struggle against a disciplined A's lineup, making them one of the stronger team stacks of the night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:51 am
  • Brandon Belt goes 3-for-4, homers
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Giants' No. 6 hitter on Monday.

    Advice: Manager Bruce Bochy has been shifting hot and cold hands up and down his lineup all year long, and Belt was dropped tonight as a result of his poor July. He won't stay in the sixth spot for long if he's over his slump. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:51 pm
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