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  • Carter doubles twice, goes 3-for-5 vs A's
    Chris Carter went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the A's.

    Advice: Carter has now blown by the Mendoza Line, as he's up to a .213 average. The two RBI brought him up to 43 on the year. Carter hasn't ever been one to hit for average, but he does have nineteen home runs and a .478 slugging percentage, which tells you that he makes his hits count. Always a hot/cold slugger, Carter's on the scorching side this month, slashing .306/.352/.735 for July. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Duda smashes 15th homer in win over Mariners
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 and hit his 15th home run in Tuesday's tilt with the Mariners.

    Advice: Duda had a nice all-around game. Not only did he smack an eighth inning home run, giving him fifty RBI even on the year, he also stole his third base of the season. You shouldn't hold your breath for another steal any time soon (please don't), but speedster abilities aside, Duda's slashing .261/.357/.485. He's really putting together a nice season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Cabrera goes 2-for-4 in loss to Diamondbacks
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, including an RBI single in the first.

    Advice: The RBI knock gave Cabrera 77 batted in on the year. Ho hum. Death, taxes, Miguel Cabrera knocking in runs on a nightly basis. What are "things that are a given," Alex? While Mike Trout seems destined for the AL MVP award this year, Cabrera continues to be consistently spectacular. He's slashing .313/.369/.531. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • LaRoche homers, drives in three to down Rox
    Adam LaRoche went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to help the Nationals top the Rockies by a score of 7-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: With the score tied 4-4 in the seventh inning, LaRoche deposited a Rex Brothers pitch into the right field seats to give the Nationals their first lead of the game. They ended up winning by the same margin. The homer was the first this month for the 34-year-old, but he has 13 home runs and 51 RBI to go with a respectable .275/.381/.453 line on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Dunn lifts 15th home run in loss to Royals
    Adam Dunn went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dunn hit the solo shot off Royals starter Bruce Chen in the fourth inning. The homer was his 15th of the year, giving him 40 RBI. He's slashing .227/.364/.444 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Kelly Johnson nursing groin injury
    Kelly Johnson will undergo an MRI after leaving Tuesday's game against the Rangers with a groin injury.

    Advice: It's been a bad 24 hours for Johnson, as the groin ailment was preceded by the Yankees acquiring Chase Headley to take over at third base. The Bombers should have an update on Johnson's condition on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Kelly Johnson NYY - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Mike Olt optioned to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned 3B Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The last straw was Olt going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Tuesday, dropping his season line to .139/.222/.353 and his K/BB ratio to 84/19. Olt obviously has plus raw power, but he has a lot of holes in his swing and could struggle to carve out a long-term niche on a team with a boatload of position prospects on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
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  • Santana's three XBH lead Tribe past Twins
    Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a home run and nine total bases as the Indians cruised past the Twins 8-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Santana had just three extra-base hits in his previous nine games, but the 28-year-old added two doubles to go with his 15th home run of the year. If anything, he deserved to have an even better night from a statistical standpoint -- the homer came with nobody on, and his other three hits drove in just one run combined. The four-hit evening raised his season line to .214/.353/.401. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Jesus Guzman returns to lineup
    Jesus Guzman was back in the Astros' lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Guzman had to be scratched from Sunday's contest with back discomfort. "My back is much better today, and from yesterday to today I feel way better than last week," he said Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Lucroy's second HR gives Brewers walk-off win
    Jonathan Lucroy's second home run of the game also served to give the Brewers a 4-3, walk-off victory over the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lucroy homered off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the sixth inning, and leading off the ninth he took reliever Sam LeCure out to send the fans home happy. The homers were his first since July 4, also against the Reds. The All-Star catcher has now got 11 home runs to go with a .310/.381/.500 line on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Craig goes 0-for-3 in Cardinals' loss to Rays
    Allen Craig went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in the Cardinals' loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Craig was an odd choice to start against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi with left-handed-hitting outfielder Oscar Taveras sitting on the Cardinals' bench. Taveras entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and capped off an eight-pitch at-bat with a single into right-center field. Craig is hitting just .242/.292/.354 this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Rizzo blasts two home runs as Cubs top Friars
    Anthony Rizzo continued his hot hitting on Tuesday, blasting two home runs in the Cubs' 6-0 win over the Padres.

    Advice: Rizzo hit solo shots in the third and seventh innings, giving him 25 on the year. That's now the most in the National League, and what's more, he's hit five in the team's four games since the All-Star break. Rizzo won the Final Vote in the NL, and he's proving all his backers right with his strong start to the second half. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Ortiz homers again, but Sox fall to the Jays
    David Ortiz hit another home run, finishing 2-for-5 overall in a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ortiz blasted a pair of home runs in Monday's rout of the Jays, but the rest of the lineup wasn't able to support pitcher Jake Peavy. Ortiz went yard in the eighth inning, a solo shot off of Dustin McGowan. The veteran DH continues to be productive, now with 23 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .253/.349/.500 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Marlins could extend 3B Casey McGehee
    MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are likelier to extend Casey McGehee than trade him.

    Advice: McGehee is a sell high candidate if there ever was one, but the Marlins evidently want to keep him around. The third baseman is eligible for arbitration this winter for a final time, so the Marlins wouldn't necessarily have to extend McGehee in order to keep him around for another year. McGehee, who has drawn interest from the Mariners, among other clubs, is batting .322 with 56 RBI this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:17 pm
  • Mariners interested in Casey McGehee
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners are among the teams interested in Casey McGehee.

    Advice: McGehee has played his way into being a nice trade chip for the Marlins, batting .322 with 56 RBI. The Mariners are intent on finding a right-handed bat but have mostly been looking at outfielders. McGehee has played just one game in the outfield as a pro, but he could be used in the DH spot, with Corey Hart shifting to the outfield. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) takes BP
    Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) took a successful round of batting practice Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since landing on the DL. Callaspo has also done some running, though he's yet to run the bases. He's expected to be activated in the middle of next week if all goes well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:23 pm
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  • Jose Abreu out Tuesday vs. KC with stiff back
    Jose Abreu is out of the White Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night due to stiffness in his back.

    Advice: White Sox manager Robin Ventura called the issue "minor." Paul Konerko is starting at first base on Tuesday versus the Royals. Abreu should be ready on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:17 pm
  • Phillies place John Mayberry on 15-day DL
    Phillies placed OF John Mayberry Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation.

    Advice: Darin Ruf has been called up in a corresponding 25-man roster move. There's no timetable for Mayberry's return, though it doesn't sound like an overly serious injury. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:47 pm
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  • Angels 1B prospect C 2 hits in return to AAA
    Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron went 2-for-4 with a walk in his return to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.

    Advice: Cron hit .269/.297/.480 during his time in the majors, but just .233/.258/.383 over his last 15 games. It appears that the Angels are trying to keep an extra reliever on their roster, and Cron could be back up in the next few weeks, and no later than September 1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
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  • M's option Justin Smoak to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned 1B Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for Tuesday's starter Erasmo Ramirez. Smoak went 4-for-20 (.200) with one double and one RBI during his most recent stint with the big club. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:27 am
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  • Bloomquist's 3 hits leads Mariners to victory
    Willie Bloomquist went 3-for-5 with a steal, two runs scored, and an RBI double in a win over the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: Somebody out there will wake up tomorrow morning grinning ear-to-ear that Bloomquist was in his AL-only fantasy lineup tonight. Chances are, that isn't you. In truth, nobody could have seen a big night coming from the veteran utilityman. This was Bloomquist's first steal of the season, his first three-hit game of the year, and the double represented his first extra-base hit since June 22. Willie Bloomquist will now return to being Willie Bloomquist. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:06 pm
    Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • David Ortiz homers twice in 14-1 victory
    David Ortiz slammed a pair of two-run homers off Brad Mills in the Red Sox's 14-1 drubbing of the Blue Jays on Monday.

    Advice: The Red Sox opened the game dead last in the AL in runs, but at least temporarily moved up to 10th in the rout. It was Ortiz's third two-homer game of the year, the other two coming back-to-back against the Twins on May 13-14. He's struggled to hit for average lately, but he has 11 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and a 3/9 K/BB ratio in 15 games this month. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Rizzo homers again, but Cubs fall to D'Backs
    Anthony Rizzo singled and hit a solo home run in four at-bats, but the Cubs were dispatched by the D'Backs 3-2 on Sunday.

    Advice: Rizzo went deep for the 23rd time this season, belting a solo home run to right field off of Josh Collmenter. The blast gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead at the time, but did not stick. Rizzo has had an incredible season, slashing .281/.384/.522 with 53 RBI and 65 runs scored. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:21 pm
  • McGehee homers to help Marlins top Giants
    Casey McGehee homered Sunday in the Marlins' 3-2 victory over the visiting Giants.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot to deep left-center field off Giants starter Tim Lincecum. McGehee is batting .322 with 56 RBI in 96 games this season, but Sunday's home run was only his second. Part of that is the park he calls home. Marlins GM Dan Jennings said earlier this month that McGehee will not be on the block at this year's July 31 trade deadline, so don't expect the power to improve all that much down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:05 pm
  • Jesus Guzman scratched with sore back
    Jesus Guzman was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to back discomfort.

    Advice: Consider him day-to-day for the time being. Jon Singleton took Guzman's spot at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:52 am
  • Alberto Callaspo could return next week
    Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) thinks he'll be ready for activation just a couple days after he's eligible next Sunday.

    Advice: It's possible that Callaspo will play a few rehab games before the A's activate him. The veteran infielder has been on the shelf since mid-July with a strained right hamstring. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:11 am
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  • Angels option C.J. Cron to AAA Salt Lake
    Angels optioned DH C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: It's a surprising move given the power that Cron has provided this season, but the Angels needed to clear a spot for new closer Huston Street. Cron should be back up pretty soon. He has nine homers and 27 RBI in 53 games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:53 pm
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  • Tigers lose despite Cabrera's three hits
    Miguel Cabrera had a nice day at the plate as the Tigers dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

    Advice: He and Austin Jackson were the only two hitters in the Tigers order who could figure out Corey Kluber on this one, accounting for five of the team's seven total hits. With the three-hit effort, Cabrera is now hitting .313/.370/.538 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:24 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo homers twice
    Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of homers to plate three of the Cubs' four runs on Friday.

    Advice: Rizzo had his second two-homer game of the year, and he's up to 22 homers in 349 at-bats overall. Last year, he hit 23 homers in 606 at-bats. It probably should be noted that he had 40 doubles last year and just 15 so far this year, but we're not complaining. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera swipes base in loss to Indians
    Days after refuting a report that his surgically-repaired groin was still bothering him, Miguel Cabrera swiped his first base of the season in Friday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: While the timing is probably just coincidental, there's a chance that Cabrera just wanted to show off how spry he could be. With his 2-for-4 effort Friday, he's now hitting .308/.366/.533 on the season to go along with 14 homers and a league-leading 75 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:56 pm