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  • Giants recall Orlando Calixte from Triple-A
    Giants recalled OF/INF Orlando Calixte from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The 25-year-old has struggled in his limited action with the Giants this season, slashing .160/.241/.200 with a 10/3 K/BB ratio in 29 plate appearances. He'll function in a utility role. 29 minutes ago
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    1:05 pm vs SD
  • Cubs option Tommy La Stella back to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned INF Tommy La Stella to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The 28-year-old utility man was slashing .298/.414/.509 with two homers and five RBI in his 70 plate appearances. He'll assuredly get another chance with the big league club before long. Today, 10:57 am
    1:05 pm vs StL
  • Hector Sanchez not in Padres lineup Saturday
    Hector Sanchez is not in the Padres' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Despite the fact that he has been red-hot and crushing his former team, he'll get a breather with it being a day game after a night game. Luis Torrens is starting behind the dish and batting eighth for the Padres against Matt Moore and the Giants on Saturday afternoon. Today, 10:40 am
  • Reds option Ariel Hernandez back to Triple-A
    Reds optioned RHP Ariel Hernandez to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Hernandez was the odd-man out as the Reds had to make room for Saturday's starter Robert Stephenson. Hernandez compiled a 5.28 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 21/10 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings with the big league club. He should get another opportunity in Cincinnati before long. Today, 9:17 am
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    4:10 pm vs Mia
  • At least six teams interested in A.J. Ramos
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that at least six clubs have expressed interest in Marlins' closer A.J. Ramos.

    Advice: Heyman notes that the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Rays, Red Sox, Brewers and Cubs are among the many clubs interested in acquiring the Marlins' right-hander. The 30-year-old owns a 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 45/19 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings on the season. Today, 6:54 am
  • Matt Szczur has four hits off bench in win
    Matt Szczur came off the bench to go 4-for-5 with a triple and a double Friday as the Padres beat the Giants 12-9.

    Advice: His fourth hit was an RBI single that gave the Padres the lead in the 11th. It made him the first player to get four hits off the bench since Paul Janish did so for the Reds on July 4, 2010. No Padre had ever accomplished the feat. Szczur entered the game in the fourth as part of a double-switch and doubled to lead off the following half-inning. He had two chances to become the first player ever to pick up a cycle off the bench, but he couldn't come up with the homer. Today, 12:16 am
  • Brandon Maurer takes third blown save
    Brandon Maurer took his first blown save in two months after giving up three runs in the ninth Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Maurer could have closed this one out without a run scoring, but Jerry Meals wouldn't give him a borderline pitch against Brandon Crawford with two strikes and two outs. Crawford singled in a run, bringing pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie to the plate as the tying run. Meals again failed to call a strike on a close pitch to begin the at-bat, and Gillaspie hit the 1-0 offering out to right. Maurer hadn't given up a run since June 25 and he's 20-for-23 saving games this year, so his job is safe. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija gives up five runs to Padres
    Jeff Samardzija was lifted after allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Samardzija seemed to be trending in the right direction last month, but now he's gotten roughed up by one of the game's worst offenses in back-to-back starts, yielding 12 runs in 10 1/3 innings versus the Padres. His ERA is back over 5.00 (at 5.05) for the first time since mid-May. Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • Alex Wood gives up nine runs in loss
    Alex Wood finally had an off night on Friday, giving up nine runs -- seven earned -- in 4 2/3 innings versus the Braves to take his first loss of the season.

    Advice: Wood had been 11-0 with a 1.56 ERA. He gave up more earned runs tonight than he had in his previous 10 starts combined (six runs in 62 innings). He hurt his own cause in the fourth, when he tried to handle a popup and dropped it, scoring two runs. He also gave up a grand slam to opposing starter Jaime Garcia, which wasn't ideal. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Mookie Betts delivers 30th double in win
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk versus the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Betts is tied for second in the majors with 30 doubles, two behind Daniel Murphy. Those two are also the doubles kings over the last three season; Murphy has 117, Betts 114. Jose Altuve is third on that list with 109. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Max Scherzer gives up three homers
    Max Scherzer gave up five runs and three homers in five innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Incredibly, Scherzer gave up homers to the first three batters he faced tonight. He went on to allow one more run in the first and another in the second before getting it together and finishing the outing strong. It's just the second time this year that he's allowed five runs, the other coming April 28 against the Mets. He gave up as many homers to those first three batters as he had in his previous nine starts combined. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in the loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Zimmerman was absolutely awesome for 30 games this year, hitting .435/.475/.907. In the 56 games since, he's been a below average regular, coming in at .259/.307/.406. It's past time that he get dropped behind Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon in the Nationals' lineup. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Urena gives up one run in win over Reds
    Jose Urena held the Reds to just one run over six-plus frames as part of a 3-1 victory on Friday.

    Advice: The lone run scored on a sacrifice fly. Urena went back out for the seventh inning, but he was pulled after the first two batters reached base. He fanned four and walked a pair in the victory and now sits at 8-4 with a 3.78 ERA and 65/35 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings this season. He gets the Rangers next on the road. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Ramos converts 18th save of season
    A.J. Ramos tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Reds on Friday for his 18th save of the season.

    Advice: Ramos induced three ground outs on 20 pitches in the frame. The 30-year-old recently hit a bit of a rough patch, but he has turned in back-to-back scoreless appearances. The Marlins already traded set-up man David Phelps this week and Ramos could be the next one out the door. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Yelich drives in two runs vs. Reds
    Christian Yelich went 1-for-3 with a single, a walk, and two RBI in Friday’s victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Yelich plated a run on a ground out in the first inning before collecting an RBI single in the seventh. This was his first multi-RBI game since July 4. The 25-year-old has picked things up on the batting average front over the past two months, but he hasn’t shown the same power we saw last year. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Dietrich hitless against Reds
    Derek Dietrich went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s win over the Reds.

    Advice: Filling in for the injured Martin Prado (knee) at third base, Dietrich is batting just .239/.316/.374 through 79 games this season. The 28-year-old had an .800 OPS in 218 games between 2015-2016, so he’s capable of being useful in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
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  • Rays 'looking at' A.J. Ramos, Justin Wilson
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rays have been "looking at" A.J. Ramos.

    Advice: Per Heyman, the Rays are also in the running for Tigers closer Justin Wilson, though he's being pursued by a number of other teams and probably a long shot to end up in Tampa Bay. The Marlins just traded setup man David Phelps to the Mariners and dealing Ramos could be their next move. Ramos hasn't had the smoothest year (4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) but he's only blown two saves and still carries an impressive 11.46 K/9 over 36 outings. He'd be an upgrade for a Rays bullpen that ranks 21st in the league in ERA (4.37). Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • A.J. Ramos drawing interest from three clubs
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports there are three teams "in on" Marlins closer A.J. Ramos.

    Advice: Miami is just about to trade setup man David Phelps, and Ramos could very well follow him out the door. The 30-year-old right-hander has struggled a bit in 2017, but he boasts a 2.81 career ERA and 10.5 career K/9, and he's racked up 89 saves since the beginning of the 2015 season. Ramos is under control, via arbitration, through 2018. Thursday, 8:18 am
  • Hector Sanchez picks up pair of hits in loss
    Hector Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Sanchez has been playing well of late, having picked up multiple hits in two of his last three games. He had also homered in three consecutive games prior to action on Wednesday. Overall, the backstop is slashing .218/.254/.545 with six homers and 14 RBI in 33 games played. Wednesday, 3:54 pm
  • La Stella homers off bench Wednesday
    Tommy La Stella went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk off the bench Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: La Stella was called into duty at third base after Kris Bryant sprained his left pinkie on a slide in the top of the first inning. He could get another couple starts at the hot corner this week while Bryant recovers. Wednesday, 12:44 pm
    1:05 pm vs StL
  • Giants drawing interest in Jeff Samardzija
    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants are "drawing a fair amount of interest" in Jeff Samardzija and Hunter Strickland.

    Advice: "Shark" is making $19.8 million this season and $19.8 million each of the next three years, so the Giants might have to kick in a little money in order to deal him. He's had a nice season, though, the 4.86 ERA notwithstanding, boasting an incredible 135/14 K/BB ratio over 124 innings and a 3.52 FIP. Strickland has had control issues this season but holds a 1.91 ERA with over a strikeout per inning and is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Tuesday, 12:58 pm
  • Zimmerman passes Vlad on franchise HR list
    Ryan Zimmerman socked a solo homer Monday against the Reds to become the Nationals/Expos all-time franchise leader in home runs.

    Advice: It was his 235th career homer, which put him past former Expos outfielder Vladimir Guerrero. He’s now up to 20 homers on the year, but this was his first since June 13. Zimmerman went 3-for-5 on the day, which was nice to see. He came into Monday’s action with a .202/.263/.236 batting line dating back to June 13. Monday, 12:47 pm
  • Mookie Betts powers Red Sox to victory Sunday
    Mookie Betts clubbed a two-run homer on Sunday night, powering the Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Yankees and a split of their day-night doubleheader.

    Advice: Betts clubbed his two-run shot off of Yankees' starter Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning. He finished the evening 3-for-4 and also reached on an error and scored on Dustin Pedroia's RBI knock in the sixth. With the three-hit attack, Betts is slashing .274/.352/.489 with 16 homers, 55 RBI and 16 stolen bases on the season. Sunday, 8:16 pm
  • Hector Sanchez clocks three-run homer in win
    Hector Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Sanchez got this 7-1 laugher off to a rollicking start with his three-run home run off Jeff Samardzija in the first inning. He has managed to play in just 31 games this season due to a foot injury which sidelined him for a little under two months of action. When healthy, Sanchez has struggled to a .190/.222/.476 triple-slash, though he has shown some nice pop, having swatted four homers in 47 at-bats. Sunday, 4:44 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija knocked for seven runs
    Jeff Samardzija allowed seven runs on nine hits over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Samardzija entered Sunday's game holding a 4.58. That jumped to 4.86 in this disaster of an outing. The Padres scored four off him in the first innings, with three of those coming on a home run by Hector Sanchez. The home run would plague Samardzija once more in the third, when Cory Spangenberg clocked yet another three-run shot off the veteran. If there was one positive takeaway from this start, it was that the right-hander struck out eight without walking a batter. A potential trade candidate at the deadline, Samardzija will look for sharper results in a home start against these same Padres in his next scheduled outing. Sunday, 4:26 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman not in Sunday's lineup
    Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Matt Wieters is also receiving a breather, as the Nats have Adam Lind at first base and Jose Lobaton at catcher. Sunday, 8:17 am
  • Matt Szczur belts third homer in home win
    Matt Szczur finished 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Szczur welcomed Madison Bumgarner back from the 10-day disabled list with a solo shot in the third inning. After managing just two hits over 27 at-bats across 24 games from June 10-July 8, Szczur has posted back-to-back multi-hit games. Saturday, 11:38 pm
  • Scherzer fans 10 over six shutout innings
    Max Scherzer struck out 10 while holding the Reds scoreless over six innings in a win Saturday.

    Advice: Scherzer gave up just three hits and walked four over his six innings, carrying over his first-half dominance to his first start of the second half. Scherzer improved to 11-5 with the win, and he's now got a 2.01 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 134 1/3 innings on the year. A return to the desert to face one of his former clubs, the Diamondbacks, is on tap for Friday. Saturday, 9:18 pm
  • Wood continues rolling with six scoreless
    Alex Wood shut out the Marlins for six innings Saturday, earning a win.

    Advice: Wood allowed just three singles and a walk over his six innings, striking out four while keeping the Marlins' hitters off balance all evening. It was the latest installment in what's been an undeniably brilliant season thus far for the 26-year-old, who's now a perfect 11-0 with a 1.56 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 101/23 K/BB ratio over 86 2/3 innings. Wood will look to keep his stellar season going Friday against the Braves. Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • Yelich collects three hits in loss to Dodgers
    Christian Yelich enjoyed a three-hit game Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With rumors about Yelich being a potential trade target for teams, the 25-year-old just continues to hit, registering his fifth multi-hit game in his last six contests. That's raised his overall line to .285/.362/.408 through 86 games. The Phillies are at least one team known to be interested, but it's still very much unclear whether the Marlins will part with Yelich prior to this month's trade deadline. Saturday, 8:54 pm
  • Urena gives up five runs over three innings
    Jose Urena allowed five runs on seven hits over three innings of work in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Dodgers socked a pair of homers against Urena, and he also walked three in the loss. He was also in the middle of a flare-up in the third inning when a pitch ran inside on Yasiel Puig, incensing Puig and causing players to leave the bench area, if only briefly and with little consequence. The 25-year-old's brilliant start to the year has come back down to earth in recent weeks, and Urena is now 7-4 with a 3.93 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the year. His next start will come Friday at the Reds. Saturday, 8:39 pm
  • Astros doing 'background work' on Samardzija
    According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Astros are doing "background work" on Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: The Astros are looking to beef up their rotation, which is relatively thin outside of top dogs Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. Samardzija has had a so-so year for the Giants, but doesn't walk many batters and has always been an innings-eater. He's looked much better over his last four starts, going 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA during that span. Saturday, 2:45 pm
  • Betts has two hits, steal vs. Yankees
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday’s win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Betts led off the bottom of the ninth with an infield single against Aroldis Chapman and later scored the tying run. The 24-year-old has been pretty quiet at the plate since his two-homer, eight RBI performance against the Blue Jays on July 2, but he’s still putting together another monster season. Betts has more walks (42) than strikeouts (35) while batting .274/.351/.489 with 16 homers, 53 RBI, 16 steals, and 62 runs scored through 98 games. Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Ramos gives up go-ahead homer to Dodgers
    A.J. Ramos gave up a three-run homer to Yasiel Puig to blow a save Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Ramos retired the first two batters he faced before Joc Pederson singled and Yasmani Grandal drew a walk. Puig then launched his second homer of the night to put the Dodgers in front for good. This was just Ramos' second blown save in 19 chances this season. His name has popped up in trade rumors this month, but set-up man David Phelps also figures to be a popular target. Friday, 7:34 pm
  • Report: Marlins shopping Ramos and Phelps
    The Marlins are shopping A.J. Ramos and David Phelps, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: "I think we have to be realistic of where we are and what we have to do in order to get to the playoffs," said President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill. "I think you have to take stock of where you’re at and take a look at if trades are presented that make sense." While the Marlins will entertain offers for Ramos and Phelps, Justin Bour, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto, Dan Straily and Christian Yelich are said to be off limits. Ramos was an All-Star in 2016 and has put together another solid season for the Marlins, converting 17-of-18 save opportunities with a 3.51 ERA and an 11.34 K/9. He'd be a good get for a contender. Thursday, 6:22 pm
  • Rosenthal: Phillies 'vocal' in Yelich desire
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Phillies have been "vocal" about their desire to acquire Christian Yelich.

    Advice: Per Rosenthal, the Phillies would be willing to take on another contract in addition in order to acquire Yelich. There is no smoke around a trade in the immediate future, but Yelich figures to be a popular name around the deadline should the Marlins start kicking the tires on a deal. The 25-year-old outfielder was hitting .280/.359/.406 with eight homers, 43 RBI and eight steals in 84 games prior to the All-Star break. Wednesday, 6:46 pm
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