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  • Brandon Finnegan (shoulder) headed back to DL
    Brandon Finnegan (shoulder) will be placed back on the disabled list.

    Advice: Finnegan re-injured himself on Monday while making his first start since mid-April. The Reds initially said is was a left triceps strain, but now they say he's dealing with another shoulder injury that's in a different spot that his first ailment. He's sidelined indefinitely and it's beginning to look like a lost season for the southpaw. 48 minutes ago
    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Jake Buchanan designated for assignment
    Reds designated RHP Jake Buchanan for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Kevin Shackelford. It's the second time in a little over a month than Buchanan has been designated for assignment. 53 minutes ago
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    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Austin Brice optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned RHP Austin Brice to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Brice was knocked around over two relief innings Monday, so the Reds will sent him out and get a fresh arm. Kevin Shackelford is taking Brice's roster spot. 58 minutes ago
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    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Manuel Margot activated from disabled list
    Padres activated OF Manuel Margot from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Margot has been sidelined for a little over a month with a strained calf. He went just 3-for-20 (.150) during his rehab assignment, but the rookie outfielder feels healthy and that's really all the Padres care about. Today, 1:04 pm
  • Brantley back in Tuesday's lineup
    Michael Brantley is in Tuesday's lineup against the Rangers.

    Advice: Brantley was activated from the disabled list on Monday, but the Indians held him out of the starting lineup. The 30-year-old started the season hot, but he has zero homers and a .716 OPS over 34 games dating back to the start of May. Today, 12:40 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (knee) out again Tuesday
    Hanley Ramirez (knee) is out of the starting lineup again on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramirez has now missed back-to-back starts since he was hit in the left knee by a pitch during Sunday's game. Chris Young will cover DH duties with lefty Hector Santiago on the hill for Minnesota. Today, 12:37 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Blue Jays recall RHP Smith from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: This confirms a report from Ben Nicholson-Smith of Smith, 28, has posted a 3.93 ERA and 15/2 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Buffalo. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets into a game. Today, 12:28 pm
  • Blue Jays activate Carrera from DL
    Blue Jays activated OF Ezequiel Carrera from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Amazingly, Carrera only ended up missing a little under two weeks with his right foot fracture. He returns to a .297/.366/.412 batting line. Today, 12:27 pm
  • Brewers designate Franklin for assignment
    Brewers designated INF Nick Franklin for assignment.

    Advice: Franklin gets the boot with Jonathan Villar and Ryan Braun coming back from the disabled list. The 26-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Rays at the end of spring training, but he batted just .195/.258/.317 with two homers and 10 RBI through 53 games during his tenure with Milwaukee. Today, 12:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin Mil - 1B,2B,SS,OF
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    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Addison Russell (shoulder) out again Tuesday
    Addison Russell (shoulder) is out of the Cubs' lineup again on Tuesday.

    Advice: Russell was able to pinch hit on Monday, but his shoulder apparently isn't 100 percent just yet. Javier Baez will cover shortstop duties while Tommy La Stella plays second and Jeimer Candelario starts at third. Kris Bryant will play right field. Today, 12:07 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Anthony Rizzo back in leadoff spot Tuesday
    Anthony Rizzo is back in the leadoff spot for Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Rizzo hit second Monday with Wellington Castillo getting a shot out of the leadoff spot, but he's back in there for Tuesday's game. Rizzo is hitting .333/.400/.714 with four homers and 11 RBI in 11 games out of the leadoff spot. Today, 12:05 pm
  • Marlins outright Colon to Triple-A
    Marlins sent INF Christian Colon outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Colon passed through waivers after being designated for assignment late last week. The 27-year-old will provide infield depth in the minors. Today, 11:55 am
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    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Lucroy not in Tuesday's lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against right-hander Mike Clevinger. Robinson Chirinos will start behind the plate and catch Tyson Ross. Today, 11:41 am
  • Report: Braves interested in Archer/Quintana
    According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves remain interested in trading for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana or Rays right-hander Chris Archer.

    Advice: It's no surprise, as the Braves were linked to both pitchers during the offseason. O'Brien hears that the club had scouts at Sonny Gray's start on Sunday, but they are more interested in landing either Quintana or Archer. The Braves aren't a contender, so they are looking for a pitcher under team control for multiple seasons. Both pitchers qualify. Quintana might be a more realistic target, as the Rays have a legitimate shot to win this year. Either way, the price tag would be substantial. Today, 11:21 am
  • Report: Blue Jays to call up Chris Smith
    The Blue Jays are expected to call up right-handed reliever Chris Smith on Tuesday, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith of

    Advice: The Blue Jays have yet to confirm. Smith, 28, has posted a 3.93 ERA and 15/2 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 innings this season with Triple-A Buffalo. The former independent league pitcher was called up by the Blue Jays last September, but didn't get into a game. Today, 9:40 am
  • Margot (calf) expected to be activated Tue.
    Manuel Margot (calf) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

    Advice: Margot went just 3-for-20 (.150) during his minor league rehab assignment, but the most important thing is that he's over his right calf strain. The rookie outfielder has been sidelined for a little over a month. Today, 8:33 am
  • Britton (forearm) continues rehab stint
    Zach Britton (forearm) gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work Monday in his latest rehab appearance with Double-A Bowie.

    Advice: Britton struck out one batter while throwing 12 out of 18 pitches for strikes. "A lot of positives," said Britton. "The worst line I've had, but by far the best stuff. It makes no sense." The southpaw had three scoreless appearances between Low-A Aberdeen and Class A Delmarva before moving up to Double-A on Monday. He's slated to pitch again with Bowie on Thursday before making stops with High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk. The plan calls for him to be activated on July 5. Today, 6:44 am
    60-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Capps ejected from most recent appearance
    Carter Capps was ejected from his most recent appearance with Triple-A El Paso on Sunday after throwing a pair of illegal pitches.

    Advice: Capps' unorthodox delivery is notoriously questionable and MLB instituted a new rule in response to it this spring. His mechanics are clearly a work in progress, but he has delivered six straight scoreless appearances in Triple-A (with four walks and four strikeouts) in his latest rehab assignment as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. If all goes well, Capps should find his way to the back-end of the Padres' bullpen relatively soon. Today, 6:16 am
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    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Russell (shoulder) appears as pinch-hitter
    Addison Russell (shoulder) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Monday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: Russell was held out of the starting lineup after he was forced to exit Sunday's game with right shoulder discomfort. That he was able to pinch-hit suggests that he's not far off. Today, 5:39 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Buster Posey hits RBI double in win over COL
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and three total RBI in Monday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Posey rocked a deep RBI double off German Marquez in the first inning, came through with a sacrifice fly in the third and put a cap on his fine evening with an RBI single in the ninth. The All-Star backstop is slashing a blistering .347/.424/.536 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 239 at-bats this season. If the Giants were anywhere close to contention -- sitting at 28-51 in an ultra-competitive NL West, they have a giant fork sticking out of their back right now -- Posey would probably be drawing some level of early MVP talk. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Nolan Arenado fails to come up with hit
    Nolan Arenado went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Monday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: They do not come around too often for the All-Star third baseman, but this was a rough day at the office for Arenado. Moving on, now. The slugger is hitting a brilliant .292/.343/.552 with 15 homers and 59 RBI in 78 games this season. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • German Marquez hit up for five runs by Giants
    German Marquez surrendered five runs on seven hits over four innings in Monday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Marquez managed a mere two strikeouts while walking two in the contest. The Giants plated a run in the first inning on a Buster Posey double, then two more in the second inning and two more in the fourth before Marquez took a seat on the bench. It was a disappointing outing, particularly given that the 22-year-old right-hander had surrendered just four runs combined in his previous three starts. He will bring a 4.38 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a road showdown with the Diamondbacks next time he takes to the mound. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Martin Maldonado tacks on solo homer late
    Martin Maldonado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Maldonado uncoiled for a solo home run off Sergio Romo with one out in the ninth inning to give the Angels a 4-0 lead and offer a little bit of insurance against a Dodgers lineup that had been swinging molten hot bats entering action on Monday. The home run was Maldonado's eighth of the season and bumped his RBI total to 24. He is hitting .261/.328/.431 in 211 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Chase Utley doubles in shutout defeat
    Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout in Monday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The Angels cooled off the Dodgers in this one, with the boys from Los Angeles finishing with just five hits in the shutout loss. Utley's double was his ninth of the season. The elder second baseman has picked up two-baggers in two of his last three games, but is hitting just .229/.330/.388 with four homers and 20 RBI in 170 at-bats for the season as a whole. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
    7:10 pm vs LAA
  • Cody Bellinger proves mortal, fans thrice
    Cody Bellinger went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Monday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Apparently it is possible to keep the hot-swinging rookie down from time-to-time. To put a number on it, Bellinger has fanned at least three times in 10 of 58 games this season, but had not done so since June 6 prior to tripping up on Monday. The budding star is working to a .271/.340/.670 triple-slash with 24 homers and 55 RBI this season. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Bedrosian comes on to save Nolasco's bacon
    Cam Bedrosian struck out both batters he faced in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bedrosian entered with two on and one out in the seventh inning after Ricky Nolasco was forced out of action due to a potential injury. No worries for the Angels, though, as Bedrosian proceeded to strike out Mike Freeman and Chase Utley to end that threat and preserve the 3-0 advantage. In five appearances since being reinstated from the disabled list earlier this month, the reliever has surrendered two runs on two hits in 4 1/3 innings while posting an 8/2 K/BB ratio. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Hill tosses seven frames of three-run ball
    Rich Hill allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings in Monday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Hill took the loss in this one, but he pitched well enough for a win. The veteran southpaw struck out seven and walked two on the evening, with only a two-run single by Yunel Escobar in the third inning and a sacrifice fly by Danny Espinosa in the fourth dinging the scoreboard on his watch. He will bring a 4.60 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into a road start against the Padres. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Nolasco lifted after taking comebacker to leg
    Ricky Nolasco exited Monday's game against the Dodgers after taking a comebacker off his leg in the seventh inning.

    Advice: Nolasco had held the Dodgers off the scoreboard through the first six innings, but was hit by a pair of comebackers in the seventh. After a meeting on the mound with the trainer and manager Mike Scioscia, he then left the game. He remained in the dugout after exiting and was spotted pacing around, so this may just have been a precautionary lifting by Scioscia and company. Consider Nolasco day-to-day unless the Angels offer information to the contrary. He will be reevaluated on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Finnegan diagnosed with strained triceps
    Brandon Finnegan exited Monday's start against the Cardinals with a left triceps strain.

    Advice: Finnegan was making his first start back from the disabled list after missing 10 weeks with a strained trapezius muscle. It's unclear at this point how serious of an injury it might be, but obviously it's discouraging news. The Reds should have more on his status after the game. Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Brandon Finnegan exits outing with injury
    Brandon Finnegan was lifted from Monday's start versus the Cardinals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Making his first start for the Reds since mid-April, Finnegan grimaced while delivering an offering to the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning. After a talk with the trainer and manager Bryan Price, Finnegan walked off the field without throwing a warm-up pitch. Cincy should have an update on the lefty soon. Finnegan struggled before being pulled, allowing three runs on three hits and four walks over three-plus frames. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Hanley Ramirez day-to-day with sore knee
    Hanley Ramirez is day-to-day with a sore left knee.

    Advice: Ramirez was hit by a pitch Sunday and that's the reason he was scratched from Monday's lineup. He should be back in there in a day or two. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Hanley Ramirez scratched from lineup
    Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup Monday.

    Advice: There's no word yet on the reason for the scratch, but Ramirez has had ongoing shoulder issues. Chris Young has replaced him in the lineup. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Russell (shoulder) out of lineup Monday
    Addison Russell (shoulder) is not in Monday's lineup.

    Advice: Russell exited Sunday's game with right shoulder discomfort, but it's unclear how much time he'll need to miss. Javy Baez will make the start at shortstop. Yesterday, 12:52 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Indians activate OF Brantley (ankle) from DL
    Indians activated OF Michael Brantley from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Brantley was able to return from his right ankle sprain as soon as he was eligible. The 30-year-old returns to a .296/.360/.432 batting line with five homers and seven steals through 54 games this season. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Reds activate Finnegan from 60-day DL
    Reds activated LHP Brandon Finnegan from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Finnegan, out since mid-April with a strained left trapezius muscle, will make his return to the Reds' rotation Monday night against the Cardinals. The southpaw posted a 3.00 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings over three minor league rehab starts. Most fantasy owners can afford to wait and see with this first start back, but he remains an intriguing talent. Yesterday, 8:11 am
    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Franklin (hamstring) appears as pinch-hitter
    Nick Franklin (hamstring) flew out as a pinch-hitter Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: Franklin left Friday's game with hamstring tightness and was ejected from Saturday's game after yelling something from the dugout. The 26-year-old is hitting .195/.258/.317 with two homers and 10 RBI over 53 games this season in a utility role. Yesterday, 5:53 am
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin Mil - 1B,2B,SS,OF
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    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Cody Bellinger cracks pair of two-run homers
    Cody Bellinger went 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run home runs and four total RBI in Sunday's 12-6 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: The Rockies worked their way out to a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third before the Dodgers made their offensive presence felt against Tyler Anderson. Following a two-run home run by Kike Hernandez, Bellinger crunched a two-run shot of his own to draw the team to within 5-4. They would keep that offensive momentum going as the game progressed, with Bellinger coming through for yet another two-run shot in the eighth inning. The young phenom is hitting a sparkling .274/.342/.679 with 24 homers and 55 RBI in just 57 games played. He has 11 extra-base hits (including six home runs) in his last nine games. Sunday, 6:05 pm
  • Nolan Arenado scores twice in loss to Dodgers
    Nolan Arenado went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Arenado has now picked up hits in nine of his last 10 games. For the season as a whole, the star third baseman is hitting a sterling .297/.348/.563 with 15 homers, 59 RBI and 49 runs scored in 77 games played. Sunday, 5:51 pm
  • Addison Russell exits game with sore shoulder
    Addison Russell departed Sunday's game versus the Marlins with right shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: It's something that's been a recurring ailment for him this season. Consider Russell day-to-day. Sunday, 11:58 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Zach Britton (forearm) aims for July 5 return
    Zach Britton (forearm) is aiming to rejoin the Orioles' bullpen on July 5.

    Advice: Britton has tossed three scoreless innings so far on his rehab assignment with Low-A Delmarva. He'll move up to Double-A Bowie to pitch Monday and Thursday, then go to High-A Frederick and finally to Triple-A Norfolk. Assuming he continues to progress without any setbacks, Britton will be activated on July 5, five games before the All-Star break. Sunday, 9:18 am
    60-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Cody Bellinger has rare hitless evening
    Cody Bellinger took the collar in Saturday's game against the Rockies, stopping a nine-game hitting streak.

    Advice: It's a rarity when Bellinger doesn't hit a home run, let alone reach base at all. That's how high the rookie has set the bar. He is still hitting .317 (13-for-41) with nine runs scored, five homers and 12 RBI over the past 10 outings. Sunday, 12:08 am
  • Russell goes 2-for-4 with two runs scored Sat
    Addison Russell went 2-for-4 and scored two runs in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: He reached base twice and was driven in by Javier Baez twice. The young shortstop has taken a step back at the plate this year, although he has been heating up lately. Perhaps he's turned a corner in his development. The 23-year-old shortstop is batting .235/.302/.412 with seven homers, 36 runs and 29 RBI in 248 plate appearances. Saturday, 4:33 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • German Marquez's start pushed back a day
    German Marquez's next start has been pushed back to Monday.

    Advice: He was slated to start Sunday against the Dodgers but now he'll go Monday at San Francisco. Tyler Anderson will start in his place on Sunday. Marquez has thrown well over his last two outings, producing a 1.64 ERA during that stretch. Saturday, 3:18 pm
  • Nick Franklin tossed for arguing Saturday
    Nick Franklin was ejected for arguing Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Franklin wasn't in the lineup after leaving the previous night's game with hamstring tightness, but was thrown out by second base umpire Jerry Meals for something he said from the dugout. Apparently he was upset the Braves were allowed to challenge a pickoff play at first base after waiting longer than their allotted 30 seconds. The ejection occurred with one out in the first inning. Saturday, 1:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin Mil - 1B,2B,SS,OF
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    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Anthony Rizzo not in Cubs lineup on Saturday
    Anthony Rizzo is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Marlins.

    Advice: He'll get a breather against Marlins' southpaw Justin Nicolino. Kris Bryant is sliding over to start at first base while Javy Baez covers the hot corner on Saturday. Saturday, 9:06 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in lineup on Saturday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Lucroy will take a seat in favor of Robinson Chirinos with the Rangers playing an afternoon game after a night game. He'll be back in there for Sunday's series finale. Saturday, 7:29 am
  • Ramirez slugs two-run homer vs. Angels
    Hanley Ramirez slugged a two-run homer Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Ramirez took Alex Meyer deep in the fourth inning for his 10th home run of the season. It was also the 250th home run of his career. The 33-year-old has dealt with a nagging shoulder injury for most of the season, which provides context to his disappointing .240/.340/.406 batting line. Friday, 8:13 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Finnegan (trapezius) could return Monday
    Brandon Finnegan (trapezius) could rejoin the Reds' rotation on Monday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Finnegan has posted a 3.00 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio over 12 innings across three rehab starts. He's be relatively limited from a pitch count perspective Monday but is probably built up enough at this point to give it a go. Finnegan has been sidelined since mid-April due to a strained left trapezius muscle. Friday, 1:50 pm
    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Christian Colon designated for assignment
    Marlins designated INF Christian Colon for assignment.

    Advice: Colon has hit only .160/.236/.180 over 24 games this season for the Royals and Marlins and has now been removed from the 40-man roster twice. He should have a decent chance to clear waivers this time. Friday, 11:49 am
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    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Michael Brantley (ankle) to run on Friday
    Michael Brantley (ankle) took batting practice Thursday and is scheduled to do some running Friday.

    Advice: "Once he starts running, he knows he's going to go quick," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "So he's trying to give himself a chance to feel as good as he can before he starts ramping it up." Brantley is eligible for activation from the disabled list on Monday, and it's possible he'll be ready at that time. Friday, 7:16 am
  • Posey cranks three XBH in loss to Braves
    Buster Posey was an extra-base hit machine Thursday, finishing 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Posey has always had a penchant for hitting left-handed pitching and feasted on Braves starter Jaime Garcia in this one, hitting a solo homer in the second and smacking two doubles off the southpaw before Garcia could be relieved. The homer was Posey's 10th of the season, the sixth straight year the backstop has reached double-digits in dingers. Quietly, the 30-year-old is having a remarkable offensive year this season, batting .344/.427/.537 through 63 games. Thursday, 10:37 pm
  • Russell powers Cubs with homer, four hits
    Addison Russell went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored as the Cubs pounded the Marlins 11-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cubs' cleanup hitter on this day certainly did his fair share of cleaning up, homering in the seventh inning and knocking two more doubles over the course of the game. It's been a difficult year for the 23-year-old, but he's now hitting .297 (14-for-47) with four homers this month. Overall, Russell still has some work to do on his .234/.304/.413 line. Thursday, 8:16 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Quintana strikes out nine in blanking of MIN
    Jose Quintana pitched a sharp game in Thursday's 9-0 win over the Twins, firing off 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: Quintana scattered five hits while striking out nine. He did not walk a batter over his strong 6 2/3 innings of work. The 28-year-old southpaw threw 119 pitches (69 strikes) in the outing. After a slow start to the season, Quintana has limited the opposition to two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts, lowering his ERA from 5.30 to 4.69 in that space. A home start against the Yankees shows next on his schedule. Thursday, 6:59 pm
  • Britton throws another scoreless inning
    Zach Britton (forearm) threw a scoreless inning Thursday in a rehab appearance for Low-A Delmarva.

    Advice: He finished with two strikeouts while throwing 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes. Britton's fastball ranged from 91-95 mph. The All-Star closer should return as soon as he's eligible on July 4. Thursday, 6:58 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Lucroy out Thursday against Blue Jays
    Jonathan Lucroy is out of the Rangers' starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Robinson Chirinos will start behind the plate and bat ninth versus Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman. Lucroy owns a highly-disappointing .262/.306/.381 slash line in 54 games this season. Thursday, 8:20 am
  • Cody Bellinger doubles in win over Mets
    Cody Bellinger doubled Wednesday in the Dodgers’ win over the Mets.

    Advice: Another day, another extra-base hit for Bellinger. Everything the rookie touches right now turns to gold. He’s hit a ridiculous .372 with nine homers and 17 RBI over his last 10 games. Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Rich Hill earns his fourth victory
    Rich Hill limited the Mets to four hits and one run over five solid innings Wednesday in the Dodgers’ 8-1 victory.

    Advice: It looked like Hill might be in for a rough night after Curtis Granderson took him deep in the game’s first at-bat, but he wouldn’t allow another run after that. Hill walked three while recording a season-high eight strikeouts. While Hill appears to have overcome his blister issues (knock on wood), his high-walk rate has kept him from pitching deep into games. He hasn’t logged more than five innings in any of his nine starts this year. Wednesday, 11:04 pm
  • Arenado plates two in loss to Diamondbacks
    Nolan Arenado drove in two of the Rockies’ five runs in Wednesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Arenado’s only hit of the night came in the fifth inning when he ripped a two-out double to center field off Taijuan Walker. That scored Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu. Wednesday extended Arenado’s hitting streak to six games. 25 of his 59 RBI this season have come since June 1. Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • Maldonado punches two homers in losing effort
    Martin Maldonado belted a pair of home runs and finished the night 3-for-4 with four RBI but it wasn't enough to prevent the Yankees from winning the ballgame on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went deep off starter Jordan Montgomery with Andrelton Simmons aboard in the fourth inning, then took reliever Tyler Clippard out of the yard with Simmons again on base in the ninth. The former Brewers backstop is getting the bulk of the action behind the plate in his first season as an Angel. He has a .267 batting average with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 220 plate appearances. Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Nolasco yields five runs in 5 1/3 frames Wed.
    Ricky Nolasco let in five runs across 5 1/3 frames and was charged with a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: He kept his squad in the game through five innings until the hole got too deep in the sixth. He allowed a two-run homer to Didi Gregorius in the second inning and a solo shot to Matt Holiday in the fifth. He gave up a single and a walk before being relieved in the sixth inning, then an Austin Romine double off reliever Mike Morin plated two more runs charged to Nolasco. He falls to 2-9 with a 5.23 ERA and 1.46 WHIP after 15 starts. Wednesday, 7:42 pm
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Hanley Ramirez appears as pinch-hitter
    Hanley Ramirez flied out as a pinch-hitter after being held out of Wednesday's starting lineup against the Royals.

    Advice: Ramirez, who has been bothered by right shoulder problems all year long, is expected to be back in the lineup on Friday. Wednesday, 2:57 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Addison Russell's wife won't speak to MLB
    Addison Russell's wife Melissa stated through her attorney Wednesday that she will not speak to MLB investigators about recent allegations of domestic violence.

    Advice: Melissa Russell's friend wrote on social media earlier this month that the Cubs shortstop "physically and mentally abused" his wife during their relationship. Addison has denied those claims and Melissa isn't talking, but the two are in the process of a divorce and there's still the possibility of a suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. We just wouldn't expect a quick resolution. Wednesday, 9:37 am
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Hanley Ramirez still having shoulder trouble
    Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Wednesday that Hanley Ramirez is still dealing with a right shoulder issue.

    Advice: It's why Ramirez is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Royals, to get him two days off in a row ahead of Friday night's series opener against the Angels. This shoulder discomfort has lingered since early May and helps to explain Hanley's overall struggles this season. Chris Young is at DH for Boston on Wednesday in Kansas City. Wednesday, 9:24 am
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Margo (calf) goes 2-for-4 in second rehab gm.
    Manuel Margot (calf) went 2-for-4 with two RBI in his second rehab game Tuesday with Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: It looks like the 22-year-old outfielder will be good to rejoin the Padres by the end of this week. Margot has been on the disabled list since May 25 because of a right calf strain. He was batting .259/.305/.389 with four home runs and five stolen bases through 47 games with San Diego. Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • Hanley Ramirez getting day off Wednesday
    Hanley Ramirez will get the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Chris Young is serving as Boston's designated hitter and batting fifth in Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Royals. It's just a routine day of rest for Hanley. Wednesday, 7:35 am
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Cody Bellinger dials long distance again
    Cody Bellinger belted a two-run home run off of Robert Gsellman of the Mets in the first inning Tuesday.

    Advice: Bellinger leads the National League with 22 homers through 52 games, and he has torched Mets pitching for three homers in the first two games of the series. The 21-year-old rookie has belted 11 home runs with 20 RBI over the past 18 outings, including 10 clouts over his past 43 at-bats. Wednesday, 12:08 am
  • Nolan Arenado shows off his wheels
    Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in Tuesday's win against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Arenado's scorching June continues, as he is now hitting .368 (28-for-76) with nine doubles, three triples, three homers and 23 RBI in 18 games. He has managed triples in back-to-back games while piling up eight extra-base hits over his past five outings. Tuesday, 10:40 pm
  • German Marquez solid in no-decision
    German Marquez allowed one earned run, four hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts across six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against Arizona.

    Advice: Marquez threw 58 of his 97 pitches for strikes in the quality start, a rarity for a home start. He is 2-2 with a 4.85 ERA in five starts at Coors Field, and it was just his second time posting a quality start. Marquez is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six road outings while racking up 33 strikeouts over 30 innings. He'll hit the road in his next scheduled start Sunday against the Dodgers. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Nick Franklin leaves the yard in loss to Bucs
    Nick Franklin homered and plated two runs on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to lead his club to victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Franklin got the Brewers on the board with a solo shot in the second inning then added on a run-scoring double in the third. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now hitting .192/.259/.321 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in his limited action this season. Tuesday, 8:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin Mil - 1B,2B,SS,OF
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    4:10 pm @Cin
  • Rizzo clubs another leadoff homer in victory
    Anthony Rizzo blasted his third leadoff home run in the seven games he has been atop the Cubs' lineup in Tuesday's 4-0 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Rizzo has reached base safely to start each game that he has led off, going 6-for-6 with three homers, a double and a walk. There's no chance he's going to be moved any time soon. He finished Tuesday's game 1-for-3, raising his season slash to .268/.398/.529 to go along with 17 homers and 47 RBI. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Addison Russell has two hits in win Tuesday
    Addison Russell went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Cubs shut out the Padres on Tuesday evening.

    Advice: Russell delivered a run-scoring single in the fourth inning that increased the Cubs' lead to 2-0. While his bat has perked up a bit over the past two weeks, he's still hitting a highly-disappointing .224/.297/.386 with six homers and 27 RBI for the year. Tuesday, 8:14 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Cam Bedrosian gets hold against Yankees
    Cam Bedrosian pitched a perfect seventh inning for his first hold Tuesday in his second appearance back from the disabled list.

    Advice: Those hoping Bedrosian would close with Bud Norris on the DL were left disappointed tonight; the save situation was being reserved for David Hernandez (though it ended up being a five-run lead in the ninth). Bedrosian is going to need a little more time to regain Mike Scioscia's faith it seems. It will probably happen, but perhaps not before Norris returns from the DL. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Britton (forearm) makes rehab debut in Low-A
    Zach Britton (forearm) threw a scoreless 12-pitch inning Tuesday in his rehab debut with Low-A Aberdeen.

    Advice: Britton struck out the first batter he faced and then erased a one-out walk by inducing an inning-ending double play. If he can avoid setbacks, the left-hander should be able to return from the 60-day disabled list when first eligible on July 4. He's been out since early May because of a forearm strain. Tuesday, 4:13 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Orioles transfer Zach Britton to 60-day DL
    Orioles transferred LHP Zach Britton from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move means Britton won't be eligible to return to the Orioles' bullpen until July 4, though that was probably part of the plan anyway. He is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday night with Low-A Aberdeen and will spend at least two weeks pitching in minor league games. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Addison Russell (ankle) back in lineup Tues.
    Addison Russell (ankle) is back in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Russell missed two starts with a sprained ankle, although he entered Monday's game in a double switch. He's at shortstop and batting fifth. Tuesday, 12:23 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Britton (forearm) rehab pushed back a day
    Zach Britton's (forearm) first rehab appearance with Low-A Aberdeen was pushed back from Monday to Tuesday due to the threat of bad weather.

    Advice: It's not expected to delay Britton's return, which looks to be on track for late June or early July. "We talked with [Aberdeen]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Obviously we’re better equipped to handle that, but it won’t affect his schedule tomorrow, provided he pitches tomorrow. We had a couple rain days built in." Tuesday, 6:57 am
    60-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Cody Bellinger fastest to 21 HR in history
    Cody Bellinger finished 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI on Monday against the Mets, becoming the quickest to 21 homers in major league history.

    Advice: The rookie has 21 clouts through 51 career games, and he leads the National League in homers. It was his fifth multi-homer game of the season, second-most by a first-year player only behind Mark McGwire. His dad, Clay Bellinger, posted 12 homers in 183 career games from 1999-2002 with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Tuesday, 12:47 am
  • Addison Russell (ankle) out of lineup again
    Addison Russell (ankle) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Russell has sat out two straight contests after spraining his ankle Saturday. He's expected back Tuesday. Javier Baez is at shorstop Sunday and Ian Happ is at second base for the second straight day. Jun 19, 1:23 pm
    4:05 pm @Was
  • Indians place Brantley (ankle) on 10-day DL
    Indians placed OF Michael Brantley on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16, with a right ankle sprain.

    Advice: Brantley was away from the club for the weekend to be with his wife Melissa as she gave birth, and now he'll be gone for at least another seven days with this ankle injury that has lingered since early May. Daniel Robertson has been drawing starts in left field. Jun 19, 12:57 pm
  • Hanley (neck) goes 1-for-4 in return Sunday
    Hanley Ramirez (neck) went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his return to the Red Sox starting lineup Sunday night against the Astros.

    Advice: Ramirez missed a handful of games because of a pinched nerve in his neck, and because the Red Sox played a mid-week series in a National League park against the Phillies. He should be fine moving forward as Boston's primary DH. Hanley is batting .240/.343/.402 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 57 games this season. Jun 19, 6:04 am
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Arenado caps cycle with walk-off home run
    Nolan Arenado hit for the cycle and ended Sunday's 7-5 win over the Giants with a three-run walk-off home run.

    Advice: Arenado went 4-for-5 and finished with four RBI. He completed the cycle in the most fitting way possible, polishing off his monster afternoon by launching a three-run homer off Mark Melancon with one out in the ninth to pull the Rockies back from the brink of defeat after they surrendered three runs to the Giants in the top of the frame. This performance might as well have been a microcosm for Arenado's season as a whole. In 71 games thus far, the All-Star third baseman is slashing .299/.352/.573 with 15 homers and 55 RBI. Jun 18, 3:53 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo homers again to lead Cubs
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored on Sunday, leading the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rizzo loves hitting at PNC Park and it appears as though he's quite fond of serving as the Cubs' leadoff hitter as well. He doubled to leadoff the game and scored the game's first run on an RBI double by Willson Contreras. Rizzo then singled and came around to score in the third inning, then crushed a two-run homer in the seventh. His recent hot streak has propelled his season slash up to .263/.395/.510 to go with 16 homers and 45 RBI. Jun 18, 1:40 pm
  • Manuel Margot (calf) set for rehab assignment
    Manuel Margot (calf) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

    Advice: Margot has been out since May 25 with a right calf strain, but he's been running for the last week with no issues. It's unclear how many rehab games the young outfielder will require before being activated, but it shouldn't be too many. Jun 18, 10:09 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Rangers' lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Robinson Chirinos will do the catching. Mike Napoli is also sitting out a day after his two-homer game, as the Rangers have Joey Gallo at first base, Adrian Beltre in the designated hitter spot and Pete Kozma at third. Jun 18, 9:26 am
  • Jake Buchanan optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned RHP Jake Buchanan to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Buchanan holds an 8.16 ERA over five relief appearances in the majors this season. Lisalverto Bonilla is replacing him in the bullpen. Jun 18, 7:46 am
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    4:10 pm vs Mil
  • Cam Bedrosian impressive in return
    Cam Bedrosian (groin) worked an eighth inning with a strikeout in his return to action Saturday against the Royals.

    Advice: It was Bedrock's first appearance in the bigs in nearly two months after a serious groin strain forced him to the disabled list. He was working in the eighth inning in a rout, getting his feet wet after the long layoff. Bedrosian is expected to work in a setup role until Bud Norris either struggles or suffers some sort of an injury. Jun 17, 9:59 pm
  • Bellinger has three hits, three RBI vs. Reds
    Cody Bellinger went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: Bellinger came a few feet away from knocking one out in the first inning, settling for an RBI double. He didn't leave it short the second time, though, swatting his 19th homer of the year against Reds starter Asher Wojciechowski. He fell an elusive triple shy of the cycle. The 21-year-old has been on an absolute tear in his last seven games, going 11-for-30 with seven homers, 12 RBI and nine runs scored. The Rookie of the Year frontrunner is hitting .262/.337/.634 in 49 games overall. Jun 17, 7:12 pm
  • Angels activate Cam Bedrosian (groin)
    Angels activated RHP Cam Bedrosian from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back after missing almost two months with a strained groin. Parker Bridwell was also spotted in the Angels' clubhouse, so it looks like there could be another roster move coming. Bedrosian sports an absurd 0.96 ERA since the start of last season but isn't a lock to regain his closer job with Bud Norris pitching so well. Jun 17, 2:07 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (neck) absent again Saturday
    Hanley Ramirez (neck) remains out of the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: It will be his third straight absence. Ramirez has been battling a pinched nerve in his neck. The injury occurred after he played first base for just the second time this season Wednesday in Philadelphia. Chris Young will serve as the DH Saturday night against Astros starter David Paulino. Jun 17, 1:52 pm
    4:10 pm vs Min
  • Buster Posey (ankle) returns to lineup
    Buster Posey (ankle) returned to the Giants' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's getting the call at first base, rather than catcher, in this one to take a bit of the stress off of his injured ankle. The Giants' will need his bat too, as four of their regulars are sitting this one out. Jun 17, 10:03 am
  • Buster Posey (ankle) appears as pinch hitter
    Buster Posey (ankle) appeared as a pinch hitter during Friday's game against the Rockies, drawing a walk in his lone plate appearance.

    Advice: The hard-hitting backstop left Thursday's game after tweaking his left ankle while crushing a home run. The injury is minor though and won't require a trip to the disabled list. He's expected to return to the starting lineup on Saturday. Jun 17, 5:30 am
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