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  • Rupp homers, drives in three vs. Pirates
    Cameron Rupp went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rupp got the Phillies on the board with a single in the sixth inning before adding a two-run homer for some insurance in the ninth. Expectations were modest coming into the year, but the 27-year-old quietly has 10 homers with an .810 OPS through 62 games. He’s gaining momentum in mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 6:53 pm
  • Buster Posey day-to-day with foot contusion
    Buster Posey was diagnosed with a right foot contusion and is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Posey was lifted from Friday's game after fouling a ball off of his back leg, but X-rays thankfully came back negative. Given the short bench that the Giants are playing with, it wouldn't be surprising to see Posey back in the lineup on Saturday. Yesterday, 6:25 pm
  • Erik Kratz elects free agency
    Erik Kratz has elected free agency.

    Advice: Kratz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but he's decided to look for a gig elsewhere rather than accept a minor league assignment. He hit only .107 (6-for-56) with Pittsburgh. Yesterday, 2:03 pm
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  • Austin Barnes recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled C/INF Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Barnes is 2-for-19 at the plate in the majors this season. He'll back up at catcher, second and third base. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal (illness) back in lineup
    Yasmani Grandal (illness) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Grandal was unavailable Thursday due to a stomach bug. He's catching and batting sixth against Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Russell Martin (knee) to miss a couple days
    Russell Martin is not in Friday's lineup due to a minor knee injury.

    Advice: He's sit out Saturday, as well, although that was already going to happen with R.A. Dickey starting. Martin hurt his knee when he got lightheaded in a sauna and slipped and fell. Really. Josh Thole will catch Friday and Saturday. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Evan Gattis (hand) not playing Friday
    Evan Gattis (hand) is not in the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Gattis left Wednesday's game against the A's due to a right hand contusion and it's still swollen. He'll take some swings and could be available off the bench Friday. Jason Castro is at catcher and Preston Tucker is in the designated hitter spot. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Matt Wieters (foot) held out again on Friday
    Matt Wieters (foot) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Wieters hasn't played since being hit by a pitch in his foot on Monday. He's considered day-to-day. Caleb Joseph is again behind the plate. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Avila (hamstring) expected out four weeks
    Alex Avila (hamstring) is expected to miss around four weeks.

    Advice: Avila was expected to rejoin the White Sox this week, but he aggravated his recent hamstring injury while on his minor league rehab assignment. Dioner Navarro and Omar Narvaez will continue to handle catching duties for now. Thursday, 2:36 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Lucroy getting planned day off Thursday
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Jonathan Lucroy is getting a planned day off Thursday.

    Advice: Trade speculation surfaced as soon as Thursday's lineup card was released, but Lucroy is staying put for now. Still, there's a good chance he's dealt by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Swihart (ankle) not ready for rehab games
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Blake Swihart (ankle) has had to slow down his rehab.

    Advice: Swihart hasn't felt 100 percent with his ankle while doing some cuts while running, so rehab games don't appear to be imminent. The 24-year-old has been out since June 4 with a severe sprain of his left ankle. Thursday, 1:52 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Cervelli out of Thursday's lineup
    Francisco Cervelli is out of Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.

    Advice: Cervelli will get some rest after catching consecutive games in his return from the DL. Eric Fryer will start behind the plate and catch Francisco Liriano. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • Gary Sanchez hammers grand slam Wednesday
    Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez pounded three hits including a grand slam Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: The grand slam came during a 12-run sixth inning. Sanchez has been a steady power presence for the RailRiders this year, slugging 10 homers with 44 RBI over 62 appearances. He's also logged five steals, a respectable total for someone who spends most of his time behind the plate. Sanchez has made a couple cameos in New York but is still looking for his first major league hit (0-for-6). Thursday, 8:12 am
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  • Brown homers among three base hits
    Trevor Brown went 3-for-5 and smashed a two-run homer but the Giants lost on Wednesday.

    Advice: Brown does not get to play very much but has done well when given the chance. He has a .261 batting average with a .731 OPS in 111 at-bats spread across 43 games. The home run gave him five for the season. Wednesday, 8:31 pm
  • A's release catcher Carson Blair
    Athletics released C Carson Blair.

    Advice: Blair had hit the ball well this year at Double-A Midland, though it was not the largest sample size. The 26-year-old catcher is a .248/.347/.424 career batter between all levels of the minor leagues. Wednesday, 10:52 am
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  • Pirates activate, option catcher Elias Diaz
    Pirates activated C Elias Diaz from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Diaz is recovered from the May debridement procedure on his right elbow, but he's not needed right now in Pittsburgh with Francisco Cervelli (hand) returning to action this week and Eric Fryer backing him up. Wednesday, 10:48 am
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  • Mariners option Jesus Sucre to Tacoma
    Mariners optioned C Jesus Sucre to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Mike Zunino was recalled in a corresponding roster move. Sucre is 1-for-8 this season and stands as a .176/.210/.225 career hitter at the major league level. Wednesday, 9:52 am
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  • Mariners recall Mike Zunino from AAA level
    Mariners recalled C Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Zunino had two homers in seven at-bats during his last stay in the majors. He's been excellent this season at the Triple-A level, slashing .286/.376/.521 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI in 79 games. The former top prospect has the ability to steal playing time from Chris Iannetta, but it will probably be a timeshare out of the gate. Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Chirinos goes yard twice in slugfest loss
    Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Chirinos will be haunting Tim Lincecum's dreams tonight. He burned him twice, cracking a solo homer in the second inning and following that up with a two-run tater in the fourth. The veteran backstop is hitting just .217 over his 83 at-bats, but he also boasts a hearty .554 slugging percentage in that space. He missed almost two months due to a fractured forearm before returning from the disabled list in early June. Tuesday, 10:22 pm
  • Rivera drives in winning run to down Cubs
    Rene Rivera had three hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning, as the Mets edged the Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rivera, getting a spot start behind the dish, had three of the Mets' eight hits on the evening, and his single in the ninth inning against Cubs closer Hector Rondon plated Neil Walker to give the Mets a decisive lead. A backup to Travis d'Arnaud, Rivera is hitting .217/.290/.337 overall. Tuesday's heroics are a nice feather in the cap for the 32-year-old. Tuesday, 8:00 pm
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