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  • Red Sox C prospect Swihart fans twice
    Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and was hit by a pitch for Double-A Portland on Wednesday.

    Advice: Christian Vazquez made his major league debut on Wednesday with the Red Sox while Swihart was left in the Eastern League. It is somewhat curious that Swihart was not promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, and the Red Sox front office must feel that he still has work to do in Portland. Swihart has hit a sparkling .292/.347/.471 for the season, and will push Vazquez out of the way when he is promoted to the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:11 am
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  • Athletics 1B prospect Olson blasts 25th homer
    Athletics first base prospect Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a double and his California League-leading 25th home run of the season for High-A Stockton on Wednesday.

    Advice: Olson's defensive ineptitude makes him a first base-only prospect, which means he will have to mash to reach the major leagues. He strikes out a lot (21.2 percent of his plate appearances) and walks nearly as much (19.4 percent of PA), while being able to translate his raw power into game situations (.278 isolated power). His inability to make consistent contact could prevent him from reaching the major leagues, but if there's one franchise that has historically looked past batting average to see high wOBA (.398 with 137 RC+), it's the Athletics. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:04 am
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  • Phillies SS prospect Crawford struggling
    Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford went 1-for-5 with a strikeout for High-A Clearwater.

    Advice: Crawford has hit .234/.306/.364 with one double and three home runs over 19 games since his promotion. His walk rate has dropped from 13.9 percent in Lakewood to 10.0 percent in Clearwater, and his strikeout rate has spiked from 13.9 to 23.8 percent. Crawford is one of the youngest players in the league, but it would be good to see progress in those departments before the end of the season. Perhaps more troubling, his fielding percentage has dropped as well, and his offensive struggles could be impacting his fielding, or vice versa. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:58 am
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  • Giants activate Ehire Adrianza from the DL
    Giants activated INF Ehire Adrianza from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Adrianza wound up missing close to three weeks with a strained right hamstring. The 24-year-old utility infielder is a .215/.260/.301 career hitter in the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:51 am
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  • Giants option Juan Perez to AAA Fresno
    Giants optioned OF Juan Perez to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Perez has batted just .156/.208/.267 in 50 plate appearances this season at the major league level. Ehire Adrianza (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day disabled list in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:49 am
  • Rangers OF prospect Williams rips 4 hits
    Rangers outfield prospect Nick Williams went 4-for-5 with two doubles, one triple, and a walk for High-A Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, raising his season line to .326/.376/.543.

    Advice: Williams has hit .394/.452/.788 with seven doubles, two triples, and five home runs in 16 games since returning from a hamstring injury. His strikeout totals are much too high (79 in 292 plate appearances, which is 27.1 percent), but he has continued to hit very well in the High-A Carolina League. Williams could see time with Double-A Frisco, where his ultra-aggressive approach would need to be toned down in order to achieve success. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:42 am
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  • Morales torments former team, Twins romp
    Kendrys Morales drove in three runs against his former team to help the Twins thump the Mariners 8-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales had an RBI double in the first, a sacrifice fly in the second, and ended up on second on Logan Morrison's error in the fourth, a miscue which allowed a pair of runners to cross the plate. Morales his hit safely in each of the first three games of this series; perhaps returning to Seattle has finally awoken his bat. The veteran is now slashing a meager .232/.254/.321 with one homer and 14 RBI in 29 games for the Twins. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Fuld gets on base three times versus Mariners
    Sam Fuld reached base three times, drove in a run and scored another in Wednesday's 8-1 blowout at Seattle's expense.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. Fuld is 13-for-29 (.448) over his past nine games, and he's accrued a multi-hit game in four of his last seven. He doesn't have the tools to be a consistent contributor in even AL-only leagues, but he can be started by those without better options in that format as long as he's hot and receiving everyday at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Pence goes 2-for-4 as Giants topple A's
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and a run scored as the Giants topped the A's 5-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pence is 36-for-105 (.343) over his last 25 games. This is his second consecutive multi-hit game against the A's, which is no surprise from a player who went 5-for-8 with a homer against Oakland in San Francisco last year. The outfielder is batting .302/.361/.478 and is on pace for 21 homers and 116 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Cabrera enjoys a three-hit game in a loss
    Asdrubal Cabrera doubled and scored, going 3-for-7 overall, in an extra-inning loss against the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been in a rut at the plate, entering the night with a .412 OPS over his last 56 plate appearances. The three-hit night helps bring his OPS closer towards .700 on the season overall. The shortstop is slashing .248/.308/.391 with eight home runs and 34 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Yadier Molina undergoing MRI on right thumb
    Yadier Molina will undergo an MRI on his sprained right thumb to determine the severity of the injury.

    Advice: Molina will undergo the tests Wednesday night, with the results coming back sometime Thursday. Once the extent of the injury is known, it will shed some more light on how much time the All-Star catcher might miss. Tony Cruz will start in Molina's place on Thursday and perhaps through the weekend. Molina suffered the sprain Wednesday on an awkward slide into third base. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Teixeira hits a pair of homers as Yanks win
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-6, homering twice, as the Yankees won in extra innings against the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Teixeira hit a solo shot off of Josh Tomlin in the fourth inning, and then hit a two-run shot off of Tomlin in the fifth. The first baseman now has 17 on the season along with 47 RBI and a .241/.338/.470 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Kevin Kiermaier delivers grand slam
    Kevin Kiermaier went 4-for-4 with a grand slam that gave the Rays all of their runs Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: The slam off Yordano Ventura was the first of his young career. He had been off to a 4-for-31 start this month, but he's still been a nice surprise for the Rays and it doesn't look like he'll be headed to the bench anytime soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Conor Gillaspie homers in second straight
    Conor Gillaspie had another nice game Wednesday against the Red Sox, delivering his third homer and his 21st double of the season.

    Advice: It's bizarre how Gillaspie has gone from hitting third at the beginning of the year, when he seemed like a pretty lousy bet, to sixth now, even though he's batting .320. He didn't have a homer until July, but now he has three in seven games. Maybe it'll get him moved back up in the order. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • Rizzo singles, walks, homers as Cubs lose
    Anthony Rizzo provided his club's only offense, lacing a solo home run in the third inning in Wednesday's loss against the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo also singled and walked. His solo shot off of Alfredo Simon, which tied the game at 1-1, was his 20th of the season and his 49th RBI. The first baseman is also slashing .280/.387/.512. Rizzo is one of five National League finalists in the All-Star Game final vote. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • d'Arnaud rips a home run as Mets top Braves
    Travis d'Arnaud belted a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats, as the Mets defeated the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud has been performing better since returning from a two-week demotion to Triple-A. His seventh-inning two-run home run, his third in 13 games since returning and sixth of the season, off of Ervin Santana padded his team's lead to 4-1. The catcher is slashing .213/.289/.354 with 19 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:45 pm
  • Molina exits game with right thumb sprain
    Yadier Molina left Wednesday's game against the Pirates with a right thumb sprain.

    Advice: Trainers checked on Molina after he slid into third base in the second inning, and Tony Cruz pinch hit for him an inning later. The Cardinals said he will be re-evaluated on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • Goldschmidt smacks walkoff two-run double
    Paul Goldschmidt smacked a walkoff two-run double in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Arizona entered the bottom of the 10th inning trailing by two runs with Marlins closer Steve Cishek on the mound, but Aaron Hill singled, Ender Inciarte drew a walk, David Peralta hit an RBI single, and then Goldschmidt ended it with a two-run double to left-center field. Goldy is batting .312/.404/.558 with 61 RBI in 92 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Yasiel Puig triples in loss to Tigers
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: He had two of the Dodgers' four hits on the day, as Miguel Rojas launched a solo homer for the team's lone run. Puig's triple came with one out in the first inning, but he was thrown out trying to get back to third base after he strayed too far from the bag on Hanley Ramirez's fielder's choice. The 23-year-old is batting .307/.393/.520 this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Brayan Pe¤a (forearm) expected to play Wed.
    Brayan Pe¤a (forearm) is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Pena was dealing with soreness in his right forearm even before going on paternity leave, and he then sat out both games of Tuesday's doubleheader. The Reds are expected to use him as their primary first baseman while Joey Votto (quad) is out. "We were planning on giving him a couple of days of TLC, which he was able to get at home with his wife and new daughter, but I'd love to have him not do much for another day," manager Bryan Price said between games Tuesday. "I think it's a lot more probable that you'll see him more involved beginning (Wednesday)." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Conor Gillaspie returned to action on Tuesday July 8. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:58 am
  • Fuld has monster game to sink Mariners
    Sam Fuld singled twice, homered and swiped two bases in Tuesday's 2-0 win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Fuld failed to reel in Michael Saunders' round tripper on Monday, but he made up for it a day later, taking Chris Young over the right field fence in the fifth inning. Fuld finished 3-for-3 as a one-man wrecking crew. He's hit safely in seven of his last eight games to raise his batting average from .214 to .253. Fuld has enough speed to be usable in AL-only formats when he's starting -- tonight's steals were his ninth and 10th in 45 games -- but he doesn't make consistent contact, and rarely lifts the ball when he does. This was only his seventh career round-tripper. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Springer homers, scores twice against Rangers
    George Springer homered, had two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Springer hit a solo home run, his 18th homer of the year, off Rangers starter Phil Irwin in the third inning. Despite not making his season debut until April 16 and not hitting his first home run until May 8, Springer is now 10th in the American League in dingers. His star should continue to rise in the season's second half. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Rizzo has three hits, home run against Reds
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run in Tuesday night's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo hit one of the team's three home runs against Reds spot starter David Holmberg, his 19th of the season and his sixth against a left-hander. The first baseman and possible All-Star is batting .277/.383/.502 with 48 RBI and 58 runs scored on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:15 pm
  • Gillaspie returns, homers as White Sox win
    Conor Gillaspie singled, doubled, and belted a two-run home run as the White Sox defeated the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gillaspie missed Monday's game with a sore knee, but returned with a vengeance on Tuesday. The 26-year-old doubled and scored in the fourth, then went yard for a two-run home run in the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie. Gillaspie has been a nice surprise for the White Sox, as he is slashing .317/.367/.449 with two home runs and 32 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:30 pm
  • Yasiel Puig accepts Home Run Derby invite
    Yasiel Puig has accepted an invitation to participate in next week's 2014 Home Run Derby.

    Advice: Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is also going to be in the field, and so will National League captain Troy Tulowitzki. Puig has 32 home runs in 188 career major league games while playing half the time in Dodger Stadium -- a pitcher-friendly park. Let the bat flips fly. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:14 pm
  • Reds activate Pena from paternity leave
    Reds activated C Brayan Pena from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Pena has been away from the team for the past couple of days. With Joey Votto going on the DL, the Reds are keeping Tucker Barnhart around as a third catcher. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:40 am
  • Goldschmidt goes 2-for-3 with a double, walk
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, RBI and two runs scored in Monday's 9-1 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: During Goldie's seven-game hitting streak, he's logged five multi-hit games. All of those games have been played in July, giving the stud first baseman a 13-for-25 (.520) start to the month. Overall, he's batting .313 and is on pace for 28 homers and 105 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:45 pm
  • Conor Gillaspie (knee) hopes to play Tuesday
    Conor Gillaspie (knee) is hoping to return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Gillaspie isn't playing Monday after exiting Sunday's contest when he was hit on the right knee by a pitch. X-rays came back negative, but he remains sore. "It's not pleasant," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Monday. "Hopefully, by tomorrow he should be fine. By the miracle of [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider], he might be able to pinch-hit tonight. He probably could. I don't know if he'd stay in there, but he might be able to pinch-hit." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:42 pm
  • Pence scores three times as Giants top Padres
    Hunter Pence went 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Giants topped the Padres 5-3 on Sunday.

    Advice: Pence fulfilled the part of the leadoff hitter on Sunday, swatting two singles and a double and scoring all three times he reached base. The three-hit day also served to raise his average above the .300 plateau, as he's now batting .301/.360/.472 with 64 runs scored. The outfielder is second in the NL in runs scored, behind on Troy Tulowitzki. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:10 pm
  • Goldy hits 16th home run in win over Braves
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Braves.

    Advice: Goldschmidt finished up a strong week by hitting his 16th home run of the season off Alex Wood. His two runs batted in gives him 58 RBI for the year, third-most in the National League. The first baseman was 11-for-22 (.500) with four doubles, a triple, the homer, five runs scored and five RBI in the past week as he's enjoyed a good start to July. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:43 pm
  • Conor Gillaspie leaves with bruised knee
    Conor Gillaspie was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Mariners with a bruised right knee.

    Advice: Gillaspie was drilled by a pitch and appeared to be in obvious pain as he was helped off the field. While he should avoid the DL, it wouldn't be surprising to see him rest a game or two before returning. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:02 pm
  • Brayan Pe¤a goes on paternity leave
    Reds placed C Brayan Pe¤a on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He can be away for up to three days. Tucker Barnhart has placed Pena on the Reds' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:53 am
  • Brayan Pena scratched from lineup Saturday
    Brayan Pena was a late scratch from the Reds' starting lineup Saturday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: He's a little banged up, but it should be nothing to worry about. "Pena is a usable piece today. It's nothing extreme," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "It just made more sense to have the guy that's closer to 100 percent behind the plate." Devin Mesoraco will get the start in his place. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:19 pm
  • Athletics 1B prospect Olson blasts 24th homer
    Athletics first base prospect Matt Olson went 2-for-6 with a double and his California League-leading 24th home run of the season for High-A Stockton on Friday.

    Advice: Olson is hitting .244/.389/.531 with 16 doubles and 24 home runs for the season, but hit .298/.459/.726 with six doubles and 10 home runs in June. Olson's batting average is lower, and his strikeout total is higher, than the Athletics front office would like to see, but he is hitting for power (leading by 6 in HR) and drawing walks (leading the California League by 20 with 70 walks). Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:42 am
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  • D'Arnaud hits go-ahead double vs. Rangers
    Travis d'Arnaud hit a go-ahead two-run double in a 6-5 win over the Rangers on Friday night.

    Advice: The game was tied at 4-4 before d'Arnaud delivered with a double to the right-center field gap in the bottom of the eighth inning. It's early, but it sure looks like something clicked for him during his brief time in the minors. He's hitting .303 (10-for-33) with one home run, three doubles, and six RBI over nine games since his return to the big club. It's time to give him another try in two-catcher mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:51 pm
  • George Springer starts in center, homers
    George Springer hit a two-run homer and walked twice against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Springer made his first major league start in center field tonight in place of the injured Dexter Fowler, though he did move back to right late in the contest. Springer was almost exclusively a center fielder in the minors, so it was nothing new for him. The homer was his 17th of the year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:43 pm
  • Puig hits first home run since May 28
    Yasiel Puig launched a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: It was his first home run since May 28, a span of 33 games. Puig's hip issue has almost certainly played a part in the drop in production in recent weeks, but the 23-year-old still owns a fine .307/.393/.514 batting line to go along with 12 home runs and 48 RBI this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:17 pm