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  • Gardner rips walk-off homer to down Rays
    Brett Gardner scored the tying run in the ninth inning before hitting a walk-off homer in the 11th to give the Yankees a 6-5 win over the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Gardner had a relatively quiet night before he stepped to the plate to lead off the ninth inning. In that at-bat, he slapped a triple into the left-center gap, eventually scoring the game-tying run later in the inning. He then stepped in to lead off the 11th inning and ripped a pitch over the right field wall to commence the celebration. The 33-year-old now has a career-high 18 homers to go with 46 RBI, 66 runs scored and 13 steals. He's batting .261/.353/.465 after Thursday's fireworks. Today, 10:07 pm
  • Colome suffers rare blown save against Yanks
    Alex Colome suffered a blown save against the Yankees on Thursday, allowing a run on two hits.

    Advice: As blown saves go, this one was tough to swallow. Sure, Brett Gardner's leadoff triple put Colome in a bind, but it looked as though he was going to get out of it after retiring Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge while keeping Gardner at third. And when Gary Sanchez hit a seemingly harmless grounder toward the shortstop, it certainly seemed as though the game was over. But shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria assumed second baseman Tim Beckham would make the play, and Beckham did the same for Hechavarria, and in the end it was Colome left holding the bag. The blown save was his first in a month, and the 28-year-old still has a strong 3.66 ERA to go with his AL-best 29 saves. Thursday was simply a blip on the radar. Today, 9:58 pm
  • Dickerson swats 19th homer in loss to Yankees
    Corey Dickerson went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Yankees reliever Chad Green threw a 95 mph fastball up in the zone that Dickerson caught up to, yanking it out to right for his 19th homer of the year. He'd been hitless in his previous four games, with the mini slump dropping his season line to .304/.348/.535 through Thursday's game. His 64 runs still rank among the league's best, and the 28-year-old has a shot at setting career highs in a number of offensive categories this year. Today, 9:50 pm
  • Sanchez launches 15th homer in win over Rays
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Sanchez got hold of a Chris Archer offering in the third inning for his 15th homer of the year, and he also provided some small heroics with an RBI single in the ninth inning that tied the game and paved the way for Brett Gardner's walk-off homer in the 11th. The 24-year-old needed a good night after what's been a rough month -- Sanchez was hitting just .213/.259/.320 with one homer in July coming into the night. Perhaps Thursday's game can be a jumping off point for Sanchez. Today, 9:43 pm
  • Archer strikes out 10 Yankees in no-decision
    Chris Archer punched out 10 while allowing three runs over six innings but settled for a no-decision Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Archer did what he could, turning in his sixth consecutive quality start, but his bullpen let him down, denying him his eighth win. In fact, in those six straight quality starts, the 28-year-old is just 1-2. Archer has deserved better than his 7-6 record overall, posting a 3.80 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 177/46 K/BB ratio over 22 starts; he ranks second in the American League in both innings pitched and strikeouts. Life doesn't get any easier for Archer and the Rays next week, when the right-hander squares off with the AL West-leading Astros on Tuesday. Today, 9:33 pm
  • Coleman crunches three-run homer against Mets
    Dusty Coleman went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Coleman uncoiled for a three-run home run -- the first big league home run of his career -- in the fourth inning to give the Padres a 7-1 lead. The Mets would later crawl to within 7-5, but were unable to draw closer than that. This was just Coleman's third game with the Padres. He owned a .209/.280/.438 triple-slash with 14 homers and 11 steals at Triple-A prior to being called up at the beginning of the week. Today, 9:24 pm
  • Manuel Margot homers, hits RBI double in win
    Manuel Margot went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a two-run double in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Margot offered a rude enough welcome to Chris Flexen in this one with a leadoff solo homer to open the game in what was Flexen's first start of his major league career. The outfielder would haunt Flexen once more with a two-run double in the second inning. He has been scalding the ball at the plate of late, having homered in back-to-back games and picked up at least two hits in each of his last four contests. Overall, Margot boasts a .279/.321/.420 triple-slash with seven homers and 22 RBI over the course of 69 games played. He has also stolen 10 bases. Today, 9:23 pm
  • Jay Bruce launches two-run homer vs. Padres
    Jay Bruce went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: The Mets entered action in the top of the seventh trailing 7-1, but they were able to make it a game with four runs in the frame to draw to within 7-5. Bruce was key to that big frame, connecting for a two-run homer. He is one potential trade candidate of several on the roster as we near Monday's deadline. For the season as a whole, the 30-year-old outfielder is hitting .262/.325/.521 with 26 homers and 70 RBI across 374 at-bats. Today, 9:21 pm
    L, 7-5 @SD
  • Yoenis Cespedes picks up RBI double in loss
    Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Cespedes launched a deep RBI double off Luis Perdomo in the seventh inning. The two-bagger was his 12th of the season. He has dealt with his fair share of nagging injuries during the campaign -- most recently a quad ailment -- but when healthy, is slashing a sturdy .282/.333/.510 with 10 homers and 27 RBI over the course of 55 games played. Today, 9:19 pm
  • Perdomo allows four runs in win over Mets
    Luis Perdomo surrendered four runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Perdomo allowed just one run over his first six innings of work, but got into trouble after he trotted out to start the seventh. In that frame, he surrendered three hits, including an RBI double by Yoenis Cespedes. The final two runs on his line scored after he existed stage left with two outs. Perdomo will carry a 4.76 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into a home start against the Twins next time he toes the rubber. Today, 9:18 pm
    W, 7-5 vs NYM
  • Chris Flexen surrenders four runs in debut
    Making his major league debut in Thursday's loss to the Padres, Chris Flexen allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over three innings.

    Advice: Perhaps battling a few butterflies in his debut in the bigs, Flexen walked four over his three innings of work. Manuel Margot victimized him twice, first swatting a solo homer in the first inning and then coming through again with a two-run double in the second. Prior to his call-up, the 23-year-old Flexen had been pitching to a crisp 1.76 ERA with a 63/10 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 frames between High- and Double-A. It remains to be seen if he will receive another opportunity next time through the rotation. Today, 9:17 pm
  • CC Sabathia not long for start against Rays
    CC Sabathia allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: Nothing about Sabathia's line stands out -- he didn't get torched or strike out a lot of guys -- but he was inefficient in getting his 13 outs, throwing 86 pitches before exiting. It was just the second time in 10 starts dating back to mid-May that the 37-year-old has given up more than two earned runs in a start. In 17 starts overall, Sabathia owns a nice 3.66 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP. He'll try to last longer Tuesday when the Yanks take on the Tigers. Today, 9:15 pm
  • Lester locks down Chi-Sox over seven frames
    Jon Lester was sharp in Thursday's win over the White Sox, surrendering just two runs on four hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Lester tallied a modest four strikeouts while walking one over his seven innings of work. He had a slight problem keeping the ball in the park -- Willy Garcia and Jose Abreu both connected for solo dingers off the southpaw -- but otherwise had the game on lockdown throughout. Lester will carry a 3.88 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 130/39 K/BB ratio (130 innings) into a home showdown with the Diamondbacks next time he takes to the mound. Today, 7:52 pm
  • Gordon has two hits, steal in win over Reds
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Gordon wasn't afraid to run on this night, walking to lead off the first inning before getting caught stealing. Undeterred, Gordon then singled to lead off the third inning and stole his 37th base before being stranded at second. He tried a third time to run in the sixth inning but was again nailed by Red catcher Tucker Barnhart. The 29-year-old's 37 swipes are second-most in the National League behind Billy Hamilton's, and he's also on a bit of a tear at the plate of late, with four multi-hit games during a seven-game hitting streak. The good stretch has his line up to .294/.338/.358 overall. Today, 7:39 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Cin
  • Tucker gets on three times
    Astros prospect Kyle Tucker went 2-for-4 with a double on Wednesday for Double-A Corpus Christi.

    Advice: Tucker also walked, and stole his 20th base of the season. After missing a week with a back issue, the 2015 first-round pick looks fully recovered. His ability to hit for average and power is impressive, and when you add in his exceptional baserunning ability, you get one of the best outfield prospects in baseball. He's a must-have in dynasty formats. Today, 10:54 am
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  • Margot homers and triples to lead Padres
    Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with a homer, triple and two RBI on Wednesday, leading the Padres to a 6-3 victory over the Mets.

    Advice: Margot got the scoring started early, crushing a two-run homer off of Steven Matz in the first inning. He then tripled and scored on a double by Wil Myers his next time up in the third. With the two-hit attack, the rookie outfielder is hitting .272/.315/.401 with six homers, 19 RBI and 10 swipes in his first 293 plate appearances. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) in lineup vs. Padres
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Cespedes was pulled in the seventh inning on Tuesday due to a bout of quad tightness. That injury would appear to be minor, though, as the outfielder is in the lineup and hitting third in Wednesday's contest. Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Manuel Margot collects three hits in loss
    Manuel Margot posted three singles with a run scored across four at-bats in Tuesday's loss against the Mets.

    Advice: Margot has hit safely in each of his three games since returning from the paternity leave list, going 6-for-13 with a run scored and just one strikeout, raising his average from .259 to .269. Yesterday, 12:06 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes excels in Wednesday's game
    Yoenis Cespedes (quadriceps) was able to start Wednesday's game in San Diego, finishing a single short of the cycle with two runs scored and three RBI.

    Advice: Cespedes left Tuesday's game due to a tight quad, but he looked just fine less than 24 hours later. He was lifted as part of a double switch in the seventh inning, but there are no indications the slugger suffered any kind of a setback. It certainly didn't look like it while he was running around the base paths anyway. Tuesday, 11:55 pm
  • Cespedes made early exit due to tight quad
    Yoenis Cespedes made an early exit from Tuesday night's win over the Padres due to quad tightness.

    Advice: Cespedes came out of the game after rounding the bases on a Little League home run (triple, error) in the top of the seventh inning. He hit a real home run in the top of the first inning and an RBI double in the top of the fifth, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Cespedes may get the day off Wednesday. Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Alex Colome locks down 29th save on Tuesday
    Alex Colome locked down his 29th save of the season on Tuesday, working a scoreless ninth inning against the Orioles.

    Advice: Colome made things interesting by allowing a pair of two-out singles, but battled back to retire Mark Trumbo on a fielder's choice. The 28-year-old hurler sports a 3.55 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 40/19 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings on the season while converting 29 of his first 33 save chances. Tuesday, 7:35 pm
  • Astros prospect Kyle Tucker off minors DL
    Astros prospect Kyle Tucker has been activated from the disabled list at Double-A Corpus Christi.

    Advice: Tucker missed just one week of action with a back injury. The 20-year-old outfielder has batted .294/.371/.551 with 17 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 84 games this season between High-A and Double-A ball. He was the fifth overall pick in 2015 out of a Tampa high school. Tuesday, 2:20 pm
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  • Dickerson out of Rays' lineup Tuesday
    Corey Dickerson is out of the Rays' lineup Tuesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against lefty Wade Miley. Mallex Smith is in left field, with Peter Bourjos in center. Tim Beckham is hitting leadoff. Tuesday, 12:15 pm
  • Dusty Coleman called up from Triple-A
    Padres purchased the contract of INF Dusty Coleman from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Coleman, 30, has hit .209/.280/.438 with 14 homers and 11 steals for El Paso this season. He'll operate as a utility infielder. Monday, 4:22 pm
  • Chris Flexen to make MLB debut Thursday
    Mets pitching prospect Chris Flexen will be called up to make his major league debut Thursday in San Diego.

    Advice: He's taking Zack Wheeler's (arm) spot in the rotation. Flexen, 23, has had a fantastic season after coming back from knee surgery, posting a 1.76 ERA and 63/10 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 innings between High- and Double-A. He's ranked by as the Mets' No. 22 prospect. Monday, 4:21 pm
  • Bruce, Grandy not attracting much interest
    Mark Feinsand of reports that the Mets haven't received much interest in outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson.

    Advice: Feinsand provides that tidbit while mentioning that the Mets are getting hits on Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Lucas Duda. Bruce owns an .852 OPS with 25 homers this season, but he's below-average defensively and power isn't hard to find right now. The 30-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter. It doesn't sound like the Mets should expect much in return via trade. Monday, 11:28 am
    L, 7-5 @SD
  • Brett Gardner homers, drives in two vs. SEA
    Brett Gardner went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two total RBI in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Gardner led off the game with a solo home run off Yovani Gallardo and would later come through with an opposite-field RBI single in the sixth inning. That latter hit tied the game at 4-4, which Clint Frazier followed up with a two-run go-ahead double. Gardner has now matched his career-best for homers in a season with 17 long balls. On the micro level, he is currently working on a six-game hitting streak. Sunday, 4:52 pm
  • Dee Gordon steals 35th base on Sunday
    Dee Gordon stole his 35th base of the season Sunday in the Marlins' loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Gordon also stole two bases on Saturday. He's batting just .290/.333/.347 in 94 games this season, but the speed numbers have been plenty useful for fantasy purposes. Sunday, 1:25 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Cin
  • Manuel Margot back from paternity leave
    Padres activated OF Manuel Margot from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Margot had been away since Wednesday. Franchy Cordero has been sent down in a corresponding move. Sunday, 10:34 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes not in Sunday's lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. The Mets also have Asdrubal Cabrera on the bench, as they're going with Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce in the outfield, T.J. Rivera at second base and Wilmer Flores at third. Sunday, 7:52 am
  • Gordon goes 2-for-5 with two stolen bases Sat
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and a run scored in a win over the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: He singled leading off the game, then stole second and third bases before scoring on a Giancarlo Stanton ground-out. For the season Gordon is batting .290/.334/.348 with zero home runs, 19 RBI and 58 runs scored. His 34 stolen bases trail only Billy Hamilton and Trea Turner in the majors. Saturday, 10:35 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Cin
  • Bruce hits two-run homer in win over A's
    Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Bruce did his damage against a fellow southpaw, taking A's starter Sean Manaea out for the two-run bomb in the sixth inning. The dinger was his 25th home run of the year. With 10 days until the trading deadline, the 30-year-old will surely remain in the news as a possible trade target for a contending club. Bruce is hitting .263/.327/.528 on the year. Saturday, 9:10 pm
    L, 7-5 @SD
  • Archer fans 11, allows four runs in loss
    Chris Archer struck out 11 Rangers over seven innings but allowed four runs -- only one earned -- in taking the loss Saturday.

    Advice: Archer yielded a solo homer to Elvis Andrus in the fourth inning, but it was an egregious drop of a catchable fly ball by center fielder Mallex Smith in the sixth inning that allowed two runs to score. Things got worse for Archer when a wild pitch then brought in the go-ahead run, saddling the 28-year-old with his sixth loss. Archer owns a 3.77 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 167/44 K/BB ratio over 136 innings this year, and he'll look for a better result Thursday against the Yankees. Saturday, 7:34 pm
  • Perdomo yields four runs in six innings vs SF
    Luis Perdomo let in four runs -- one earned -- through six innings and settled for a no-decision as his team lost to the Giants in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered eight base hits and two walks while striking out four in the ballgame. An error on shortstop Allen Cordoba led to three unearned runs in the fourth inning. Perdomo helped himself at the plate by driving in two runs with a triple in the fourth inning. Prior to last season Perdomo was plucked from the Cardinals' system as a Rule 5 draft pick and jumped from Single-A ball straight to the major leagues. His record holds at 4-5 with a 4.94 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 16 starts this season. He has 73 strikeouts and 35 walks in 91 2/3 innings. Saturday, 5:21 pm
    W, 7-5 vs NYM
  • Lester masterful in Saturday's no-decision
    Jon Lester yielded three hits and two runs over eight sparkling frames Saturday in a victory against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Lester racked up 10 strikeouts and didn’t allow a free pass. The left-hander was brilliant on Saturday, going toe-to-toe with Adam Wainwright in an epic pitcher’s duel at Wrigley Field. Lester retired the first 17 hitters he faced before Wainwright broke up his perfect game with a two-out single in the sixth inning. Despite his dominance, Lester ended the afternoon on a sour note by allowing back-to-back home runs to Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk in the eighth inning. Lester has been picture-perfect since his meltdown against the Pirates on July 9 (10 runs in 2/3 of an inning), compiling a stunning 1.80 ERA over his last two outings. He’ll take a 7-6 record into his next start Thursday against the White Sox. Saturday, 4:57 pm
  • CC Sabathia goes five for win over Mariners
    CC Sabathia pitched five innings of one-run ball Friday for the win as the Yankees beat the Mariners 5-1.

    Advice: Sabathia struggled in his return from the disabled list on July 4, but that's the only time in his last nine starts that he's given up more than two runs. He'll get the Rays next time out, and he's already 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA against them this year. Friday, 10:15 pm
  • Dickerson has three hits, homer
    Corey Dickerson went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: In addition to his sixth-inning homer, Dickerson singled and doubled in the game. He’s up to 18 homers on the year, though this was his first since June 24. The 28-year-old has surprised with a .315/.354/.548 batting line through 92 games this season. Friday, 8:01 pm
  • Brett Gardner snaps scoreless tie with homer
    Brett Gardner went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Yankees had just one hit to their credit (a dunk single by Chase Headley) against Felix Hernandez until Gardner added to the total in emphatic fashion in the sixth inning, pulling a no-doubter to right to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Gardner has been incredibly hot-and-cold this season and it looks like he might be heating up again, having gone 5-for-15 with three extra-base hits in his last three games. Thursday, 10:56 pm
  • Manuel Margot goes on paternity leave
    Padres placed OF Manuel Margot on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Hunter Renfroe (neck) was activated in the corresponding move. Margot should be back in a couple days. The 22-year-old has seen mixed results this year, batting .259 with five homers, 17 RBI and 10 steals. Thursday, 2:10 pm
  • Cespedes goes 2-for-4 with two RBI, two runs
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He laced an RBI single to left in the first inning and drove in another run with a double in the second frame. Cespedes missed about six weeks of the season with various leg injuries and has played in only 47 games so far in the 2017 campaign. He has hit well when active, slashing .277/.330/.491 with nine homers and 22 RBI. He hit 31 and 35 home runs the last two seasons and is a good bet to have a strong second half. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Alex Colome blows A's away for 28th save
    Alex Colome worked two perfect innings while recording a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's save against the Athletics.

    Advice: Colome actually started out in a 3-0 hole to Khris Davis, but he fought back for the strikeout before punching out Jed Lowrie. He hit Matt Chapman in the shoulder blade with a two-out pitch before settling down and getting Matt Joyce to ground out to first to end the game for his 28th save in 32 chances. Wednesday, 1:40 am
  • Astros prospect Kyle Tucker placed on DL
    Astros prospect Kyle Tucker has been placed on the disabled list at Double-A Corpus Christi with a back injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like Tucker will be sidelined long. The 20-year-old outfielder, drafted fifth overall in 2015 out of a Tampa high school, has batted .294/.371/.551 with 17 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 84 games this season between High-A Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi. Tuesday, 3:29 pm
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  • Alex Colome records 27th save
    Alex Colome picked up his 27th save despite giving up a run versus the A's on Monday.

    Advice: Colome allowed a leadoff double to Yonder Alonso and then got three straight groundouts. The first two of those combined to score the run, but that didn't matter in what had been a 3-1 game. Colome has now converted seven straight save chances since blowing his fourth save on June 27. Jul 17, 10:10 pm
  • Lester dominant over seven, Cubs streaking
    Jon Lester fired seven innings of one-run ball Monday in the Cubs' 4-3 victory over the Braves.

    Advice: Lester had eight days to ruminate about that 10-run drubbing by the Pirates in the Cubs' first-half finale and he returned with a vengeance on Monday night in Atlanta, yielding just three hits and one walk while striking out six. The veteran left-hander is now 6-6 on the season with a 4.07 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 116/38 K/BB ratio in 115 innings. Chicago has won four straight games coming out of the All-Star break. Jul 17, 9:09 pm
  • Gordon hits walkoff RBI single to down Phils
    Dee Gordon hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Marlins beat the Phillies 6-5 on Monday in Miami.

    Advice: Gordon finished 3-for-6 with a run scored and the big 10th-inning base hit that easily scored J.T. Realmuto from third base. The 29-year-old speedster is batting just .294/.339/.355 with zero home runs in 89 games this season, though he has stolen 32 bases and scored 56 runs. Gordon is now up to 19 RBI. Jul 17, 8:14 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Cin
  • Brett Gardner not in Monday's lineup
    Brett Gardner is absent from the Yankees' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Gary Sanchez is also getting a breather. The Yankees will start Clint Frazier in left field and Austin Romine at catcher. Jul 17, 2:04 pm
  • Cespedes (hip) returns to Mets' lineup Monday
    Yoenis Cespedes (hip) has returned to the Mets' lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Cespedes sat out Sunday's game after tweaking his right hip while attempting to make a sliding catch, but fortunately it's not anything serious. He'll hit third against Adam Wainwright. Jul 17, 12:13 pm
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