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  • Duda homers and walks but Mets lose to MIL
    Lucas Duda walked and homered in four at-bats in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Duda was the only one able to figure out Matt Garza, who dominated the Mets. Duda took Garza deep to center for a solo home run in the seventh inning, his club's only run of the evening. The first baseman has quietly been among the most productive at his position, at least offensively, as he is slashing .260/.360/.490 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    45 minutes ago
  • Lucroy homers as Brewers rout the Mets
    Jonathan Lucroy finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single as the Brewers routed the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: The catcher is starting to catch fire again, now with multi-hit games in his last three contests. He took Dillon Gee deep for a solo shot in the first, then capped off a four-run second with an RBI single. Lucroy maintains an impressive .314/.383/.508 slash line with 12 home runs and 49 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    48 minutes ago
  • Johnson homers, but Braves fall to the Fish
    Chris Johnson hit a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats, in a losing effort against the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Johnson took Henderson Alvarez yard in the second inning to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead. It's been a rough year for Johnson, but he has been swinging a better bat in July -- he has five home runs in the month, as compared to three between April and June. Overall, he's slashing .277/.299/.389 with eight home runs and 42 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:50 pm
  • DL stint possible for Mark Teixeira (lat)
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that a decision on whether Mark Teixeira (lat) will be placed on the disabled list will likely come Friday.

    Advice: "It's just seeing how he feels after three or four days," Girardi said. "Then we'll decide if we think it's going to be the near future that he would play or we're going to need the 15-day [disabled list]. If it's going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably makes sense to get a player here." Girardi added that it's unlikely Teixeira will play Friday, but "you want to feel that there's progress and that he feels better to start doing some stuff." Teixeira hasn't played since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:35 pm
  • Joe Mauer (oblique) hits in batting cage
    Joe Mauer (oblique) hit in the batting cage on Thursday.

    Advice: The next step is taking live batting practice, though that hasn't been scheduled yet. Mauer has been swinging a bat for a few days now and hasn't had any setbacks, which is obviously a good sign. A return sometime next week would seem to be doable. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:14 pm
    Disabled List
  • Willie Bloomquist to undergo MRI on knee
    Willie Bloomquist will undergo an MRI on his right knee Thursday.

    Advice: Bloomquist hurt the knee while running to first base on Wednesday. He's already been placed on the disabled list, but a timetable for his return won't be known until the MRI results come back. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
  • Brandon Moss hits third grand slam
    Brandon Moss hit his third grand slam of the year Thursday off the Astros' Anthony Bass.

    Advice: Moss never had a slam in 41 at-bats with the bases loaded prior to this season. This year, he's 5-for-8 with 17 RBI in those situations. He has 23 homers and 71 RBI overall, putting him in the top 10 in the AL in both categories. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:48 pm
  • Jon Singleton goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Jon Singleton went 0-for-4 and struck out in a 17th straight game Thursday against the A's.

    Advice: Since going without a strikeout in four of his first 10 games for the Astros, Singleton has fanned in 31 of his last 33 games. His average is down to .179. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:43 pm
  • Billy Butler to lose playing time at DH
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Billy Butler will lose playing time in the designated hitter spot in the coming days.

    Advice: It's probably overdue, as Butler has struggled mightily with a .266/.321/.346 batting line and three homers this season and has hit just .234/.286/.313 this month. The 28-year-old is probably droppable in most mixed leagues at this point. Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez will pick up the extra at-bats in the DH spot. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:41 pm
  • Phillies 'working hard' to trade Ryan Howard
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are "working hard to find a suitor for Ryan Howard."

    Advice: Howard has hit just .236/.306/.418 over the last three seasons and is still owed $70 million, but Heyman says the Phillies "would be willing to eat much or most" of the contract. Heyman adds that a trade of Howard would "presumably" be to an American League team looking for a designated hitter. Two general managers told Heyman that they believe Howard could be worth around $5 million per year in such a role. Howard has a no-trade clause that allows him to block a deal to 20 teams. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:09 pm
  • Hosmer (hand) will not swing bat Thursday
    Eric Hosmer (hand) will not swing a bat Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer got hit in the right hand by a pitch on Sunday before returning to the lineup Wednesday, but he was forced to make an early exit due to "decreased grip strength." He might have to miss a few days to get back to 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:35 pm
  • M's place Bloomquist on 15-day DL
    Mariners placed INF Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: Bloomquist apparently suffered the injury during Wednesday's game. Chris Taylor has essentially taken his place on the active roster and could push Brad Miller for playing time at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
  • David Ortiz (back) considered day-to-day
    David Ortiz is day-to-day with spasms in his upper middle back.

    Advice: Ortiz left Thursday's game against the Blue Jays in the ninth inning after tweaking his back on a swing. However, it doesn't sound like a major concern. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:58 pm
  • Juan Francisco homers, knocks in four
    Juan Francisco missed a cycle by a double and drove in four runs Thursday in the win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Francisco's second-inning triple should have been caught -- it deflected off Jackie Bradley Jr.'s glove -- but it was a well-hit ball. The homer was his 15th in 215 at-bats this season. He's always going to strike out too much to hit for average, but he's been quite a contributor this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:53 pm
  • Ortiz departs game with apparent back injury
    David Ortiz left Thursday's game against the Blue Jays with an apparent back injury.

    Advice: Ortiz took a hard check-swing in the ninth inning and immediately grabbed his lower back. The Red Sox should provide a status update shortly on the veteran DH. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:34 pm
  • Mariners acquire Kendrys Morales from Twins
    Mariners acquired 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from the Twins for RHP Stephen Pryor.

    Advice: Morales is back in Seattle after hitting just .234/.259/.325 in 162 plate appearances with the Twins, who signed him to a prorated one-year, $12 million contract in early June. The 31-year-old tallied 23 home runs and 80 RBI last season for the Mariners and will try to recapture that magic down the stretch. He was given a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the M's last fall and declined it, leading to his extended unemployment. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:44 am
  • Rangers transfer Moreland to the 60-day DL
    Rangers transferred 1B Mitch Moreland from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: It's a procedural move to clear a 40-man roster spot for reliever Nate Adcock, who was called up Thursday in the wake of the Joakim Soria trade. Moreland underwent season-ending ankle surgery near the end of June. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:46 am
    Disabled List
  • Darin Ruf getting another start at first base
    Darin Ruf is getting a second straight start at first base on Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

    Advice: Ryan Howard will again take a seat. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that he wants to see what Ruf can do with regular playing time, and there was a report from CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury that club officials are considering releasing Howard -- who's still owed over $60 million guaranteed -- after this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:20 am
  • Cubs 1B prospect Vogelbach blasts two homers
    Cubs prospect first baseman Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs on Wednesday for High-A Daytona.

    Advice: Both home runs were to left-center field, allowing Vogelbach to display his well above-average raw power. He has struggled in July, hitting just .250/.330/.400 and failing to continue a hot June in which he hit .319/.429/.553 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 17 walks, and 15 strikeouts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:16 am
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  • Abreu (back) doubles in return Wednesday
    Jose Abreu (back) went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored Wednesday in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: Abreu was held out of Tuesday's game with stiffness in his back. It was never a major concern. The sensational rookie first baseman has a .959 OPS, 29 homers, and 74 RBI through his first 87 games as a major leaguer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:42 am
  • Jose Abreu returned to action on Wednesday July 23. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:20 am
  • Tommy Medica goes 3-for-5 in Padres' win
    Tommy Medica went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Padres' 8-3 defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just the sixth time this year the Padres have scored as many as eight runs. Medica's big game came in his first start since July 8, as he's been limited to pinch-hitting duties of late by a groin injury. He hadn't driven in a run since June 28, and he was just 2-for-25 this month. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Jose Bautista homers, doubles in win
    Jose Bautista homered and doubled to lead the Blue Jays past the Red Sox 6-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The homer off Andrew Miller was his first since July 2 (and the first Miller has given up since May 13). Whether it's a coincidence or not, Bautista has slumped mightily with Edwin Encarnacion sidelined. Still, this makes back-to-back two-hit games for him for the first time since June 4-5. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • David Ortiz hits three-run homer
    David Ortiz hit a three-run homer Wednesday off R.A. Dickey in the loss to the Jays.

    Advice: That's four homers in three days for Ortiz. He's now tied for fourth in the AL with 24 homers and tied for fifth with 72 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Howard loses starting job; may be released?
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that first base will be a "day-to-day thing" going forward.

    Advice: It's a nice way of saying Ryan Howard has lost his grip on the starting first base job. Howard and Darin Ruf will platoon based on matchups and who is swinging the hotter bat, and it appears Sandberg is resolute in his willingness to see what Ruf can do over the next two months. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports the Phillies have considered the possibility of releasing Howard if he can't be moved in a trade. The Phillies owe Howard, who is hitting .224/.305/.377, $60 million guaranteed over the next three years. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Hosmer removed from game with hand injury
    Eric Hosmer was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cubs with "decreased grip strength in his hand."

    Advice: That was the announcement from the Kansas City medical staff. Hosmer got hit by a pitch on Sunday and sat out Monday and Tuesday with what was called a right hand contusion. He obviously needs a little more rest. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Twins 'open to trading' Kendrys Morales
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are "open to trading" Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Well, of course they are. Morales is under contract only for this season and the Twins are well out of the playoff picture, so it makes all the sense in the world to get something for Morales now if they can. While the designated hitter is sporting a lowly .599 OPS, he's picked it up of late with a 12-game hitting streak. The Mariners, Brewers, Yankees and Royals were among the teams pursuing Morales before the Twins signed him, but it's not which if any of those clubs could still have interest in the 31-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Hosmer back in Royals' lineup Wednesday
    Eric Hosmer is back in the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Manager Ned Yost had indicated a desire to sit Hosmer until at least Thursday, but the first baseman has evidently talked his way back into the lineup a day early. Hosmer missed two games due to a bruised right hand, an ailment that was a result of a hit by pitch Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Hosmer (hand) won't play until Thursday
    Eric Hosmer (hand) isn't expected to return to the Royals' lineup until at least Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer missed a second straight game Tuesday with a bruised right hand, and he's expected to sit out Wednesday, as well. The first baseman suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch Sunday and the Royals don't want the ailment to linger. "That's why I'm hoping this doesn't linger," manager Ned Yost said. "Give him a couple days now. It might save him. Instead of battling through it, and it affecting him for three weeks, instead of a week. Get it to where it's manageable." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • 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
    Tuesday, 10:46 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
    Tuesday, 8:45 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
    Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Joe Mauer (oblique) hits off tee Tuesday
    Joe Mauer (oblique) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

    Advice: It's a nice step after he took dry swings over the weekend, but a clear timetable for his return won't be known until he faces live pitching. Mauer, who will next take soft-tosses in the cage, has been out since early July with a strained right oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:58 pm
    Disabled List
  • 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
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
  • Phillies recall Darin Ruf from Triple-A level
    Phillies recalled OF Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Ruf went 1-for-10 with four strikeouts in a short stint with the Phillies earlier this season. He'll act as depth at first base and both corner outfield spots. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
  • 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
    New Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
  • Ryan Howard goes 2-for-4, drives in two
    Ryan Howard had two of the Phillies' 14 singles and two RBI in a loss to the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: None of the Phillies' hits went for extra bases. It was the first time since July 5, 1996 that they had collected as many as 14 hits with all of them being singles. Howard was in a 1-for-18 slump before his two-hit game tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:03 pm
  • 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
  • Billy Butler willing to renegotiate deal
    Billy Butler said Monday that he would be willing to renegotiate his contract, which currently includes a $12.5 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: The Royals seem unlikely to exercise the option given Butler's struggles this season, but the designated hitter is willing to redo his deal in order to remain in Kansas City. He's making $8 million this season. "If the option doesn't work, I'd be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I've always said that," Butler said. "I've been with the Royals for my whole career so why wouldn't I? It's all I've ever known and I love it here. I never said anything about, 'Oh, it's my option year, take it or leave it.'" Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:01 pm
  • Eric Hosmer scratched due to bruised hand
    Eric Hosmer was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a right hand contusion.

    Advice: Hosmer was hit by a pitch on Sunday and remains sore. He doesn't have any broken bones, though, and should be considered day-to-day. Billy Butler is playing first base Monday, while Salvador Perez is in the DH spot. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:22 pm
  • Teixeira out 3-4 days due to mild lat strain
    Mark Teixeira will be sidelined for the next 3-4 days because of a mild lower lat strain.

    Advice: The Yankees are optimistic that the first baseman will not require a disabled list stint. Teixeira has tallied 17 home runs and 48 RBI in 76 games this season but has struggled to stay healthy for extended periods. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:58 pm
  • Mauer (oblique) takes some dry swings
    Joe Mauer (oblique) took some dry swings on Sunday.

    Advice: They came after the first baseman played soft-toss and fielded a few ground balls on Saturday. It's obviously a great sign that Mauer is ready to swing a bat again, and he should progress to hitting in the cage and then taking batting practice if all goes well. He's been out since early July with a strained right oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:06 am
    Disabled List
  • Joe Mauer (oblique) goes through workout
    Joe Mauer (oblique) went through a light workout Saturday, playing soft-toss and fielding a few ground balls, including a handful while on his knees.

    Advice: It's a small step, but a step nonetheless. "At least he's [doing] baseball activity," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. "Let's wait and see what he comes in feeling like tomorrow. Maybe he'll be able to swing pretty soon." Manager Ron Gardenhire seemed more pessimistic, saying that Mauer "still feels it" while coughing and sneezing, "so he's obviously not ready to take swings." Mauer has been out since early July with a strained right oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:20 am
    Disabled List
  • Tommy Medica grounds out as pinch hitter
    Tommy Medica (groin) came off the bench for the Padres on Friday, grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

    Advice: It was the first game action for Medica since July 10, as he's been slowed be soreness in his right groin. Expect him to return to the starting lineup at some point over the weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:20 am
  • Hosmer drive home a pair in loss to Red Sox
    Eric Hosmer had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

    Advice: He also came around to score a run in the contest. While the young slugger has once again been a tremendous disappointment from a fantasy standpoint, he has picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks and is now slashing .272/.318/.387 with six homers and 44 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:45 pm