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  • Brewers have interest in SP Justin Verlander
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press hears that the Brewers have expressed interest in Tigers veteran Justin Verlander.

    Advice: The first-place Brewers could use another starting pitcher and the Tigers would probably eat some cash to grab some of the top young talent in Milwaukee's system. Verlander is owed around $60 million and has posted a disappointing 4.54 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 117 innings this season, though he was very good in 2016. Fenech adds that the Cubs, who just acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox, are "still monitoring" the Verlander market. Houston's interest is said to be "minimal." 33 minutes ago
  • Mets DFA right-hander Neil Ramirez
    Mets designated RHP Neil Ramirez for assignment.

    Advice: Ramirez has allowed 30 runs -- 25 earned -- in 31 1/3 innings of relief this season at the major league level. Josh Smoker was activated from the disabled list Thursday in a corresponding roster move. Today, 8:44 am
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    Bot 8, 2-2 vs StL
  • Tulowitzki out of Jays' lineup on Thursday
    Troy Tulowitzki is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Ryan Goins will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus Red Sox right-hander Doug Fister. Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar is also receiving a breather in the matinee game at Fenway Park. Today, 8:41 am
  • Astros' pursuit of Sonny Gray is 'heating up'
    Jon Morosi of MLB Networks reports that talks are "heating up" between the Astros and Athletics on a Sonny Gray trade.

    Advice: Morosi notes, however, that the Astros are also talking to the Tigers about a possible package for both Justin Verlander and Justin Wilson. Gray, 27, has rebounded this season with a strong 3.66 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, and 85/28 K/BB ratio in 91 innings, after finishing with a 5.69 ERA over 117 innings in 2016. He is under contractual control through 2019. Today, 8:28 am
  • Diamondbacks recall Matt Koch from Reno
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Matt Koch from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Koch has surrendered 16 earned runs in 17 innings this season at the Triple-A level, and seven runs in 11 innings at High-A. The 26-year-old right-hander won't be up in the majors for very long. Today, 7:23 am
  • Bogaerts (hand) back in lineup vs. Blue Jays
    Xander Bogaerts (hand) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Bogaerts missed a couple of games with a small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He is starting at shortstop and hitting sixth on Thursday afternoon versus Toronto left-hander Francisco Liriano. Today, 7:10 am
  • Cozart out of Reds' lineup on Thursday
    Zack Cozart is absent from the Reds' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart went 4-for-6 with a home run in Wednesday night's win over Arizona, but Jose Peraza will get the start at shortstop in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Scooter Gennett is at second base. Today, 7:05 am
  • Molina, Gyorko, Piscotty sitting Thursday
    Yadier Molina is on the bench Thursday afternoon against the Mets.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty are also absent from the Cardinals' getaway day starting lineup. Eric Fryer will start behind the plate and bat eighth versus Mets right-hander Seth Lugo. Greg Garcia is at third base and Magneuris Sierra is in right field. Today, 6:46 am
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) pinch-hit Wed.
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) hit a pinch-hit single Wednesday in the Giants' win over the Indians.

    Advice: Nunez was held out of the starting lineup due to hamstring tightness, though that was mostly a precautionary move as the 30-year-old third baseman is one of the Giants' more attractive trade chips. There's known to be serious interest from the Red Sox. If he's healthy, Nunez is almost certain to be dealt before the July 31 deadline. Today, 5:41 am
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Cozart goes 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI
    Zack Cozart went 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in an extra-inning, 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He started things off with an RBI single in the first inning and busted a solo home run in the third frame off starter Zack Greinke. The veteran shortstop has always been a wizard in the field but this is the first season he has excelled at the dish. He was the National League starter at shortstop in his first All Star game last week. He is a free agent at the end of this season and is a prime candidate to be traded before the end of the month. He is batting .321/.400/.566 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI and 45 runs scored in 70 games. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Alex Meyer shuts down Nationals in win
    Alex Meyer allowed just one hit in seven innings versus the team that drafted him as the Angels beat the Nationals 7-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Meyer was the Nationals’ first-round pick in 2011 before being traded to the Twins for Denard Span a year and a half later. He went on to reach the majors with Minnesota, but the Angels picked him up along with Ricky Nolasco in a four-player deal at last year’s trade deadline. This makes three of his last five outings in which Meyer has allowed no runs. Unfortunately, he’s given up five runs in the other two in that span. Consistency isn’t likely to come soon, but the Angels have to be pleased with his progress overall; he’s a very respectable 4-5 with a 3.74 ERA. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Kenta Maeda notches win over White Sox
    Kenta Maeda allowed one run over five innings Wednesday in a victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Maeda could have had another inning in him after throwing 83 pitches through five, but the Dodgers are always careful with him; he hasn't topped 92 pitches since May 10 and his season high is 104 pitches. Thanks to the strong team supporting him, Maeda is 8-4 with his 4.23 ERA. He's pitched exactly five innings in five of those wins. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Peralta goes 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI
    David Peralta went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He cracked an RBI double in the third inning and topped that by smoking a solo home run off starter Tim Adleman in the fifth. The veteran outfielder owns a .318 batting average with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 82 games. He's scored 52 runs and stolen six bases in seven attempts. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Enrique Hernandez homers twice in win
    Enrique Hernandez delivered a pair of solo homers Wednesday in the rout of the White Sox.

    Advice: Hernandez has 10 homers in 194 at-bats this year after hitting seven in 202 at-bats in 2015 and seven in 216 at-bats last season. He's still batting just .216, and he doesn't deserve any sort of expanded role against righties. He makes for a nice bench player, though. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
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    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Atl
  • Greinke yields three runs in five innings Wed
    Zack Greinke let in three runs in five innings and had to settle for a no-decision as his team lost to the Reds in extra innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks' ace didn't have his best stuff working for him tonight. He allowed eight base hits and issued three walks while striking out three in the ballgame. He gave up a solo home run to All Star shortstop Zack Cozart in the third inning. Greinke was not able to add to his 11 wins, but at least he didn't add to his four losses either. The former Cy Young Award winner wields a stellar 2.97 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through 19 starts. He has an elite 134/26 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 121 1/3 innings of work and remains one of the best pitchers in baseball at the age of 33. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Jason Hammel pitches into seventh
    Jason Hammel yielded one run in 6 1/3 innings versus the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hammel wasn't involved in the decision in this one, but the Royals won one of his starts for the first time since June 19. He's been pitching well for the most part; he's lowered his ERA from 6.18 at the end of May to 4.81 now by allowing three runs or fewer in eight of nine outings. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Justin Verlander strong for seven
    Justin Verlander pitched seven innings of two-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.

    Advice: The second run scored in the seventh after a bad play from Justin Upton in left turned a potential out into a triple for a Salvador Perez. Verlander ended up striking out eight and walking one. He has allowed more than three runs just once in 10 starts, though he has only one win in that span. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Justin Verlander strong for seven
    Justin Verlander pitched seven innings of two-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Royals.

    Advice: The second run scored in the seventh after a bad play from Justin Upton in left turned a potential out into a triple for a Salvador Perez. Verlander ended up striking out eight and walking one. He has allowed more than three runs just once in 10 starts, though he has only one win in that span. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Sonny Gray handcuffs Rays into seventh
    Sonny Gray surrendered two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in Wednesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: In what may well have been Gray's last start with the A's, he turned in a sturdy, respectable performance. The 27-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked two in the game. Both runs on his line scored in the fourth inning. Gray, who has a ton of trade smoke around him (the Astros and Royals are reportedly in on him) has pitched to a 3.66 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over the course of 15 starts this season. Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Angels bring up Alex Meyer for start
    Angels recalled RHP Alex Meyer from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Meyer will draw the start against the Nationals on Wednesday now that he has been called up. He had been pitching to a 4.18 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 68/41 K/BB ratio across 60 1/3 frames prior to a scheduling demotion on July 4. Opposing Meyer on the mound for the Nationals will be Gio Gonzalez. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts (hand) not in lineup vs. TOR
    Xander Bogaerts (hand) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Bogaerts has been deemed day-to-day with a muscle contusion and small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He sat on Tuesday and will do so again on Wednesday. Deven Marrero is manning short in his place against the Jays and is hitting ninth. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez out with hamstring tightness
    Eduardo Nunez is out of the Giants' starting lineup on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Nunez is an important trade chip for the Giants, so they'll play this one safe. The 30-year-old third baseman has dealt with hamstring problems throughout this season, and throughout the latter part of his eight-year MLB career. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday morning that Nunez is drawing serious interest from the Red Sox. Yesterday, 11:46 am
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Red Sox 'have their eye on' Eduardo Nunez
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Red Sox "have their eye on" Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez.

    Advice: Boston was known to be in talks for Todd Frazier before the White Sox shipped him to the rival Yankees late Tuesday night as part of a seven-player swap. Nunez is a decent pivot, though he doesn't hit for as much power as Frazier and has always carried durability issues. The 30-year-old impending free agent is batting .295/.319/.407 with four home runs and 17 stolen bases in 69 games this season for San Francisco. Yesterday, 9:13 am
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Eduardo Nunez records game-winning hit
    Eduardo Nunez posted a walk-off single in the 10th inning Tuesday, propelling the Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Indians.

    Advice: Nunez collected two hits over five at-bats, starting a new streak after his eight-game run was ended in Monday's interleague series opener. While he doesn't provide a lot of pop, Nunez has posted 19 doubles with 26 RBI and 17 stolen bases across 275 at-bats to make himself a useful middle infielder option in plenty of fantasy formats. Yesterday, 1:24 am
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Cozart provides only spark for Reds in loss
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart went 3-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits, including a first-inning solo dinger off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray, and two runs scored; the rest of his Reds teammates went 3-for-27 with a pair of extra-base hits, including no homers, and zero runs scored. It was another day at the office for the 31-year-old, who's now hitting .313/.395/.548 overall. Cozart is sure to remain a name floated in trade rumors in the coming weeks, even if the Reds don't end up dealing him. Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • Peralta puts together three-hit night Tuesday
    David Peralta went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Possibly galvanized by the news that the Diamondbacks had acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez earlier in the evening, Peralta showed that he deserves a spot in the D'backs outfield as well with a strong showing. The 29-year-old contributed an RBI double in the club's six-run fifth inning, tacking on a pair of singles as well. The presence of Martinez, A.J. Pollock and the injured Yasmany Tomas makes for a crowded D'backs outfield, but Peralta is hitting .313/.364/.468 in 81 games and shouldn't be negatively affected much, if at all, by the team's big-ticket acquisition Tuesday. Tuesday, 10:48 pm
  • Bogaerts diagnosed with sprain in right hand
    Xander Bogaerts has been diagnosed with a muscle contusion and small sprain of a joint in his right hand.

    Advice: Bogaerts was scratched from the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, though he did appear as a pinch-runner in the 15-inning affair. The shortstop is considered day-to-day. Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts appears as pinch-runner
    Xander Bogaerts, who didn't start because of a sore hand, appeared as a pinch-runner in Tuesday's 15-inning game versus Toronto.

    Advice: Bogaerts entered the game in the 11th, though he didn't stay in for defense afterwards. It's unclear whether he'll start Wednesday. Tuesday, 10:22 pm
  • Troy Tulowitzki goes 4-for-7 in loss
    Troy Tulowitzki went 4-for-7 with an RBI in Tuesday's 15-inning game against the Red Sox.

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad is that he probably cost the team the game with his atrocious baserunning. First, he stayed glued to third as the go-ahead run in the eighth while Dustin Pedroia turned a grounder into a double play. Later, in the 13th, he turned the most routine of Green Monster doubles into a single because he was apparently deked by Andrew Benintendi in left. He was then caught stealing on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play. At no time did it seem that any effort was present. Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Alex Meyer to start Wednesday vs. Nats
    Alex Meyer will be called up to start for the Angels on Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Meyer was optioned to the minors on July 4 after registering a 4.18 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 68/41 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander is not a recommended fantasy streamer versus the first place team in the National League East. Tuesday, 4:23 pm
  • Bogaerts scratched Tuesday with sore hand
    Xander Bogaerts was scratched from the Red Sox lineup Tuesday due to a sore right hand.

    Advice: Bogaerts took a pitch off the hand July 6 at Tampa Bay and has been dealing with discomfort ever since. Boston is hopeful it's just a day-to-day situation, but an MRI is scheduled. Deven Marrero will start at shortstop and bat eighth on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays. Tuesday, 1:34 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts moved down to No. 6 spot
    Xander Bogaerts has been moved down to the No. 6 spot in the Red Sox' order Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's the first time since May 5 that he's hit lower than third. Bogaerts is hitting just .154/.244/.231 so far in July. Tuesday, 12:19 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 on Monday and is just 6-for-39 with two runs scored in July.

    Advice: Bogaerts wasn't great in June, either, and his average has declined from .339 on May 30 to .296 now. He could probably use more time off than he's gotten, something that was clearly the case last year, too. Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Report: Astros the 'favorites' for Sonny Gray
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Astros are "still the favorites" for Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Nightengale notes, however, that the Brewers "may be the most aggressive team" in trade talks involving Gray and the Royals have been "very aggressive," as well. Gray is a shoo-in to be dealt before the end of the month, whether it's to one of the aforementioned three clubs or somewhere else. He's under team control through 2019. Monday, 1:07 pm
  • Bogaerts sits out nightcap against Yankees
    Xander Bogaerts is not in the Red Sox' lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

    Advice: It looks to be nothing more than a breather for Bogaerts. Tzu-Wei Lin is starting in his place at shortstop and batting ninth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees on Sunday night. Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Sonny Gray drawing interest from Cleveland
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Indians are among teams interested in Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Gray has also been linked to the Cubs and Yankees. Scouts have followed Gray everywhere he's gone over the last month and it seems inevitable that he'll be dealt ahead of the July 31 deadline. Coming off a down season in 2016, Gray has boosted his trade value by going 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA over his last four starts. The 27-year-old is earning a modest $3.575 million this season and still has two years left of arbitration before he hits free agency in 2020. Saturday, 1:48 pm
  • Sonny Gray goes six scoreless in win
    Sonny Gray limited the Indians to two hits over six innings in Oakland's 5-0 win Friday.

    Advice: There was a report before the game that Gray was going to be scratched, presumably because he was close to being traded, but that obviously didn't materialize. It seems likely that he'll be moved soon, and he'll probably have more fantasy value on a contender than he does in Oakland. Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Jason Hammel gives up three runs to Rangers
    Jason Hammel yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Hammel has followed up his strong June by giving up 12 earned runs over 17 innings so far this month. Not only is he 4-8 this season, but the Royals are actually 4-14 in his starts. They're 40-30 the rest of the time. Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Cozart hitless in loss to Nationals
    Zack Cozart went 0-for-4 in Friday’s loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: The All-Star shortstop is 8-for-32 (.250) with two doubles, one triple, and two RBI since coming off the disabled list at the end of June. The impending free agent is open to an extension with the Reds, but he’s a logical trade chip this month. If he’s moved, Jose Peraza would likely take over at shortstop, with Scooter Gennett covering second base duties. Friday, 8:05 pm
  • Verlander suffers seventh loss against Jays
    Justin Verlander was handed his seventh loss of the season on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander fanned five and walked three on the night. After holding the Jays off the board through the first four frames, they broke through for a pair in the fifth inning including a solo homer from Steve Pearce. Verlander now sports a 4.66 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 103/54 K/BB ratio over 110 innings on the season. He'll do battle against the Royals his next time out in Kansas City on Wednesday. Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Giants activate Eduardo Nunez from 10-day DL
    Giants activated INF Eduardo Nunez from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Nunez had been sidelined for a couple of weeks due to a strained hamstring. Prior to landing on the shelf, he was slashing .299/.323/.413 with four homers, 25 RBI and 17 swipes in 254 at-bats. Friday, 3:20 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Yankees among teams to have inquired on Gray
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees are among the many teams that have checked in with the Athletics regarding Sonny Gray.

    Advice: The Yanks might have already been interested in adding rotation help even before Michael Pineda (elbow) went down, so it stands to reason that they'd have interest in Gray. However, Heyman notes that they're "reluctant" to trade their biggest prospects. Gray has had a nice bounce-back season and is under team control through 2019, so the A's will want a good amount for him. Friday, 11:26 am
  • Cubs have interest in Athletics' Sonny Gray
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Cubs are continuing to show interest in Sonny Gray even after the acquisition of Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Morosi notes that a potential trade for Gray would be done not only with 2017 in mind but also future years (just as the case was with Quintana), as the Cubs are poised to lose Jake Arrieta and John Lackey after this season. Chicago already dealt arguably their top two prospects to land Quintana, so we'll see if they have the stomach to unload more top prospects for another starter. Friday, 9:21 am
  • Nunez (hamstring) still on track for Friday
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is expected to return Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Nunez has had a few starts and stops in his recovery from a strained hamstring but should be ready to go for Friday night's series opener. After serving as the DH on Wednesday, Nunez is slated to play six innings at third base in his second rehab outing Thursday for High-A San Jose. He'll resume an everyday role at third base upon his return. Thursday, 7:31 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Verlander is not drawing much trade interest
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Justin Verlander "isn’t drawing much, if any, trade interest now."

    Advice: Heyman cites a combination of factors for the lack of meaningful trade discussions: Verlander's struggles this season (4.73 ERA in 18 starts), the money that is owed to him (over $60 million through 2019), and the Tigers' lofty asking price. J.D. Martinez, Justin Wilson, and Alex Avila are far more likely to be dealt by the Detroit front office ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Thursday, 8:10 am
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) DHing in rehab game
    In a late lineup change, Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is starting at designated hitter, rather than third base, in Wednesday's minor league rehab game with High-A San Jose.

    Advice: The Giants have not yet offered a reason for the position switch in the rehab game, but the obvious concern, here, would be that Nunez is not yet ready to play the field. He previously had his rehab stalled due to renewed discomfort at the beginning of July. If there has been another setback, the team should pass along word. Nunez was expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. Wednesday, 6:53 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Nunez (hamstring) set to begin rehab games
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) will play in minor league rehab games with High-A San Jose on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Advice: Should Nunez make it through these two games without issue, he is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. He might have been able to return earlier, but those hopes were scuttled after he suffered a slight setback with his left hamstring during the initial rehab assignment at the beginning of July. Nunez has been out of action for the past three weeks. Wednesday, 5:28 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
  • Report: DET could be open to Verlander trade
    Mark Feinsand of hears that the Tigers "could be talked into moving" Justin Verlander.

    Advice: Feinsand is reporting that while the Tigers are not actively looking to trade Verlander right now, a move by the deadline should not be ruled out. The veteran right-hander has largely struggled this season, posting a 4.73 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 98/51 K/BB ratio in 104 2/3 innings (18 starts). Those 51 walks are just six fewer than the total number he issued in 227 2/3 frames last season. Verlander has a no-trade clause in his contract and has almost $70 million remaining on his current deal (which runs through 2019), so there would be some sticking points to work through if the Tigers reach the point where they are willing to trade their longtime ace. Wednesday, 3:04 pm
  • Yadier Molina hit solo homer in NL's loss
    Yadier Molina hit a solo homer and drew a walk but the National League fell to the American League in Tuesday night's 2017 MLB All-Star Game.

    Advice: Molina went deep off Twins right-hander Ervin Santana in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the National League bats couldn't manage another run and the AL wound up winning 2-1 in extras thanks to a go-ahead homer by Robinson Cano in the top of the 10th. Yadi caught the final five innings of the game, with Buster Posey handling the first five. Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) expected back Fri.
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Nunez was backed off his rehab assignment for a few days after feeling discomfort in his ailing left hamstring, but he'll return to game action for High-A San Jose on Wednesday. He's been on the shelf for the last three weeks. Monday, 3:14 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
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