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  • Mets might move Asdrubal Cabrera to 2B
    Mets manager Terry Collins said the team will consider moving Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) to second base when he returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Cabrera is expected to return on Friday. He's already made 11 errors this year and Collins would prefer to keep Jose Reyes at shortstop. T.J. Rivera has been filling in at second base for Neil Walker, who is out with a torn hamstring. Cabrera has started 197 games at second base in his career, though he hasn't played there since 2014. Today, 5:28 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 5, 2-3 @LAD
  • George Springer (hand) hoping to play Friday
    George Springer (hand) hopes to be in the lineup Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Springer lobbied to stay in Thursday's game after taking a pitch off his left hand but was overruled by manager A.J. Hinch. His X-rays came back negative and the Astros are hoping he'll be available for Friday night's series opener. The Astros appear to have dodged a major bullet here. Today, 4:56 pm
    W, 12-9 @Oak
  • Josh Reddick belts seventh homer Thursday
    Josh Reddick mashed his seventh homer Thursday in the Astros’ win over Oakland.

    Advice: He padded the Astros’ lead in the sixth inning by driving a solo blast to right center off Michael Brady. Reddick scored four of Houston's 12 runs while finishing a single shy of the cycle. The 30-year-old has gone 5-for-8 in two games since coming off the concussion disabled list. Today, 4:17 pm
  • Marwin Gonzalez slugs 13th homer Thursday
    Marwin Gonzalez drilled his 13th homer in Thursday’s 12-9 win over the A’s.

    Advice: Gonzalez capped an eight-run second inning by slugging a three-run shot off right-hander Jesse Hahn. He also contributed a ninth-inning single. The 28-year-old utility man has been a big-time contributor for the Astros, slashing .312/.400/.590 over 173 at-bats this year. Today, 4:14 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 12-9 @Oak
  • Carlos Gomez homers twice in win
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in leading the Rangers to an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Advice: In a tear reminiscent of what J.D. Martinez did earlier this year, Gomez has five homers and 14 RBI in six games since coming off the disabled list. Before getting hurt, he had four homers and 13 RBI in 38 games. The Rangers might want to hit him higher in the order to capitalize on this. He opened the season as a leadoff man, but he's batting sixth right now. Today, 3:03 pm
  • Travis Shaw homers, doubles twice in win
    Travis Shaw homered, doubled twice and knocked in three runs Thursday as the Brewers beat the Pirates 4-2.

    Advice: Shaw ruined Ivan Nova's day, collecting all three of his extra-base hits off the Pirates starter. Shaw had great results for the Red Sox the first two months of last year, only to fall off in June and never really pick it back up. This time around, he's avoided the June swoon; he's homered five times in 17 games this month. Today, 2:44 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Pit
  • George Springer day-to-day with bruised hand
    George Springer has been diagnosed with a left hand contusion.

    Advice: His X-rays came back negative. Springer left Thursday's game after being struck by a 92 mph sinker from A's starter Jesse Hahn. The Astros are calling him day-to-day. Springer suffered a similar injury two years ago when he was hit by then-Royals starter Edinson Volquez. Jake Marisnick replaced Springer in center field on Thursday and should start there during his absence. Today, 1:40 pm
    W, 12-9 @Oak
  • Springer leaves game after HBP on left hand
    George Springer left Thursday's game against the A's after taking a pitch off his left hand.

    Advice: A's starter Jesse Hahn struck Springer with the fifth pitch of the afternoon. The star center fielder looked to be in a good amount of pain as he walked off the field. There should be an update soon from Oakland. Today, 12:43 pm
    W, 12-9 @Oak
  • Yankees option Rob Refsnyder to AAA
    Yankees optioned INF/OF Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Refsnyder has batted just .172/.226/.276 in 31 plate appearances this season at the major league level, and he was 3-for-19 (.158) in June. Today, 11:58 am
    Not Active
    L, 10-5 vs LAA
  • Chapman (knee) expected back June 29
    A's general manager David Forst said he expects Matt Chapman (knee) to return from the disabled list when first eligible.

    Advice: That would be June 29 -- next Thursday. Chapman was sent to the hospital Thursday morning to get an antibiotic IV for cellulitis in his left knee. The 24-year-old third baseman had three hits and three RBI over his first four major league games. Today, 10:42 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
  • Three hits for Gillaspie
    Rays prospect Casey Gillaspie went 3-for-4 with a double on Wednesday for Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Gillaspie also scored three times, and knocked in a run for the Bulls. It's been a very disappointing season for Gillaspie, as he's struggled to show the ability to get on base that he showed in his previous years in the Rays organization. Still, it's not a question of talent, and it shouldn't surprise anyone if he has a much better second half in the International League. Today, 10:15 am
    Not Active
  • Brandon Drury getting day off Thursday
    Brandon Drury is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Drury rattled off four hits and a career-high six RBI on Wednesday night, but he'll grab some rest during Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Rockies. Chris Owings is starting at second base and Nick Ahmed is at shortstop. Today, 9:39 am
    W, 10-3 @Col
  • Cubs add outfielder Mark Zagunis to roster
    Cubs purchased the contract of OF Mark Zagunis from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Zagunis will provide the Cubs with much-needed outfield depth with Jason Heyward landing on the disabled list Thursday due to a laceration on his hand and Kyle Schwarber getting shipped out to the minor leagues. Zagunis, 24, was batting .249/.399/.474 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 65 games this season with Iowa. He'll be making his major league debut. Today, 9:08 am
  • Cubs place Jason Heyward (hand) on the DL
    Cubs placed OF Jason Heyward on the 10-day disabled list with a laceration on his right hand.

    Advice: Heyward suffered the injury Sunday when he dove for a ball on the warning track and the cut still needs time to heal. Mark Zagunis has been called up from Triple-A Iowa to give the Cubs much-needed outfield depth. Today, 9:06 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • Cubs option Kyle Schwarber to AAA Iowa
    Cubs optioned OF Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: David Kaplan of CSN Chicago was first to report the news of the demotion and now the Cubs have made it official. It should be a short stay in the minors for Schwarber, who has struggled to find consistency at the plate this season and been a negative defensively in left field. The 24-year-old is sitting on 12 homers through 64 games, but he has a weak .171/.295/.378 overall batting line. Today, 9:03 am
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • Cubs sending Kyle Schwarber to AAA Iowa
    David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports the Cubs are sending Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Kaplan says Schwarber is "not expected to be gone long" and that it's simply an "opportunity to clear his head." The 24-year-old slugger was the toast of the town after returning for last year's World Series, but he has batted just .171/.295/.378 through 64 games this season. The power numbers have been fine, but Schwarber needs to find some consistency and will try to do so against a lower level of competition. Today, 8:47 am
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • A's place Matt Chapman (knee) on 10-day DL
    Athletics placed 3B Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with an infection in his left knee.

    Advice: Chapman suffered a gash on his knee a couple weeks ago at Triple-A Nashville and the wound became infected shortly after his callup to Oakland. He's been prescribed antibiotics, but it's not clear when he might be able to return to the A's active roster. The 24-year-old third baseman was 3-for-14 with three RBI over his first four major league games. Today, 8:35 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
  • Bucs' Cervelli lands back on concussion DL
    Pirates placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Cervelli initially suffered the concussion on June 6 and still doesn't feel quite right. Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart will fill in at catcher for the Bucs. Today, 8:25 am
    7-Day DL
    L, 4-2 @Mil
  • 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. Today, 8:20 am
  • Dilson Herrera in concussion protocol
    Dilson Herrera is in concussion protocol after a collision with a teammate Wednesday at Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: That doesn't necessarily mean he has a concussion, but the 23-year-old infielder will probably get some extended rest anyway. Herrera has batted just .248/.301/.383 in 230 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level. Today, 7:15 am
    Not Active
  • Fowler (quad) out of Cardinals' lineup Thurs.
    Dexter Fowler (quad) is out of the Cardinals' lineup Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.

    Advice: Fowler departed Wednesday night's comeback win over the Phillies after experiencing tightness in his left quad in the top of the 10th inning. He's considered day-to-day for now. Tommy Pham will start in center field for the Cardinals in Thursday's series finale at Citizens Bank Park. Today, 6:43 am
    L, 5-1 @Phi
  • Yasiel Puig socks 13th homer in win over Mets
    Yasiel Puig rocked his 13th homer of the year in Wednesday’s win over the Mets.

    Advice: He admired the heck out of it too, taking an incredible 32 seconds to tour the bases. Puig’s three-run shot off Tyler Pill put Los Angeles up 5-1 in the fourth inning. The 26-year-old still isn’t hitting for a high average (.247) but he’s rediscovered his power stroke by slugging four homers over his last eight games. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Adams cranks two-run bomb vs Giants Wed.
    Matt Adams punched a two-run homer off the Giants' Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday.

    Advice: His fourth-inning shot was his 12th of the season. He has hit 11 of them in 30 games since being traded from the Cardinals to the Braves in the aftermath of the Freddie Freeman injury. Adams has hit so well the club is considering moving Freeman to third base when he comes back so they can keep Adams' bat in the lineup. Overall he is batting .293/.344/.575 with 36 RBI in 183 plate appearances. Yesterday, 11:01 pm
    Bot 6, 12-6 vs SF
  • Pence goes 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs Wed
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-4, poked a solo home run and scored two runs versus the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit the home run in clutch time, taking Braves' closer Jim Johnson over the wall to tie the game in the ninth inning. The 34-year-old veteran missed three weeks earlier this year with a hamstring injury. He has limped to a .251/.294/.364 slash line with five home runs and 25 RBI so far this year. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Santana goes 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI
    Domingo Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI while helping defeat the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He socked a two-run dinger off reliever Daniel Hudson in the seventh inning and had an RBI single earlier in the contest. The 24-year-old is emerging as a pretty good fantasy outfielder. He has a .268 batting average with 12 home runs, 39 runs and 38 RBI. He's tossed in six stolen bases for good measure. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Bell goes 2-for-3 with a solo homer vs MIL
    Josh Bell went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went deep off starter Junior Guerra in the sixth inning for his 13th longball of the season. The 24-year-old second-year player has dramatically improved his home run power this season but his batting average is lagging. He is batting .235/.320/.466 with 34 runs and 31 RBI in 72 games. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
    L, 4-2 @Mil
  • Mark Reynolds tees off in loss to Arizona
    Mark Reynolds blasted his 18th homer of the year Wednesday in the Rockies’ 14-4 loss to Arizona.

    Advice: He put the Rockies ahead 1-0 (obviously that lead would prove to be short-lived) by bombing a tape-measure home run to deep center field off Taijuan Walker in the second inning. Reynolds has now taken Walker deep twice this year. He also led off the fourth with a double to right field but was stranded at second base. The 33-year-old has been a pleasant surprise for the Rockies, hitting .301 this year with 18 homers and 56 RBI. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Jake Lamb gets busy in win over Rockies
    Jake Lamb notched two hits Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 16-5 rout of the Rockies.

    Advice: MLB’s RBI leader was at it again Wednesday night at Coors Field. Lamb collected the Diamondbacks’ first hit of the night by doubling to lead off the second inning. He doubled again in the fourth, plating David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt as part of a 10-run inning for the D’Backs. Lamb finished the night with three strikeouts but those were easily outweighed by his successes. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season, batting .287 with 16 homers and 61 RBI. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Drury nets career-high 6 RBI on Wednesday
    Brandon Drury buried the Rockies on Wednesday night, chipping in with four hits and a career-high six RBI in Arizona’s 16-5 victory at Coors Field.

    Advice: The floodgates opened for Arizona during a 10-run fourth inning and Drury played a big role in the onslaught with two hits in the frame. He plated a pair of runs on a one-out double before dropping an RBI single to center later in the inning. Drury also contributed a two-run single in the sixth and another two-run single in the ninth. Through 64 games, Drury is slashing an impressive .304/.348/.500 with eight homers and 36 RBI. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
    W, 10-3 @Col
  • Zimmer goes 2-for-4 with two runs scored Wed.
    Bradley Zimmer went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored versus the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: The rookie outfielder has given his team a shot in the arm since his promotion a month ago. He has a cool .303 batting average with four homers, 20 RBI and seven stolen bases in just 32 games. He stole 44 and 38 bases the last two years in the minor leagues and had nine steals before he was called up this year. He has a good chance to develop into an all-around fantasy contributor with power and speed as he matures. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Dexter Fowler exits with hamstring tightness
    Dexter Fowler left Wednesday's game against the Phillies due to left quad tightness.

    Advice: Fowler came up tight in the quad near the end of Wednesday's 10-inning win over the Phillies. He will be reevaluated on Thursday and should be considered day-to-day moving forward unless the Cardinals indicate otherwise. Yesterday, 7:42 pm
    L, 5-1 @Phi
  • Matt Chapman (knee) not in lineup vs. Astros
    Matt Chapman (knee) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Chapman has not played since Sunday due to an infection in his left knee. He was prescribed antibiotics for that infection and has been feeling better in his range of motion, but will rest up once more on Wednesday. Ryon Healy will again man third base in his place, with Khris Davis serving as designated hitter. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
  • Cervelli (flu) undergoing 'battery of tests'
    Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Francisco Cervelli is undergoing a "battery of tests" for an illness which he has been battling.

    Advice: While normally, illness only keeps players out for a few days at most, Cervelli might be dealing with a lingering bug. He has been feeling off at various points from April onward. It is unclear at this juncture when the veteran backstop might be able to return to action. Chris Stewart is starting in his place on Wednesday. Yesterday, 3:35 pm
    7-Day DL
    L, 4-2 @Mil
  • Carlos Gomez not in lineup vs. Blue Jays
    Carlos Gomez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Just a rest day for Gomez, who has been swinging a hot stick since being activated from the disabled list on June 16. He is 6-for-19 with three homers and nine RBI in his four games since returning to action. Delino DeShields will man center in his place and is hitting ninth. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Cervelli (flu) remains out Wednesday night
    Francisco Cervelli (flu) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cervelli had to be scratched from the lineup Tuesday after coming down with flu-like symptoms and he'll grab some more rest Wednesday night. Chris Stewart is starting behind the plate against the Brewers. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
    7-Day DL
    L, 4-2 @Mil
  • Jason Heyward (hand) sits again Wednesday
    Jason Heyward (hand) remains out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Heyward suffered a laceration on his right hand Sunday when he dove for a ball on the warning track and hasn't played since. He could be headed to the 10-day disabled list. Kris Bryant is in right field, Tommy La Stella is at third base, and Albert Almora is in center field on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres. Yesterday, 7:47 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • Schwarber (ankle) returns to CHC lineup Wed.
    Kyle Schwarber (ankle) is back in the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: He'll start in left field and bat third versus Padres right-hander Miguel Diaz after missing Tuesday's game with a bruised right ankle. Anthony Rizzo remains in the leadoff spot for Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Yesterday, 7:44 am
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • George Springer goes deep again on Tuesday
    George Springer belted a solo home run in Tuesday's road game against the Athletics.

    Advice: Springer has homered in three straight outings for the first time since April 16-19, 2016. He is hitting .370 (37-for-100) with 12 homers and 14 multi-hit outings over 23 games dating back to May 26, raising his average from .231 to .283. Tuesday, 11:23 pm
    W, 12-9 @Oak
  • Carlos Gomez powers Rangers past Blue Jays
    Carlos Gomez smashed a solo homer during a four-run first inning on Tuesday, powering the Rangers to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gomez has been on a tear since returning from the disabled list on Friday, with nine RBI in his first four games. On the season, he's slashing .255/.337/.472 with seven long balls and 22 RBI. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Matt Chapman (knee) out Tuesday vs. HOU
    Matt Chapman (knee) is out of the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Chapman has been prescribed antibiotics for an infected cut on his left knee and reported feeling improved range of motion before Tuesday's game. It sounds like the 24-year-old third baseman will avoid the disabled list. Ryon Healy is at the hot corner Tuesday versus the Astros, with Khris Davis taking a turn at DH. Tuesday, 3:48 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
  • Cervelli (flu) scratched from Pirates' lineup
    Francisco Cervelli has been scratched from the Pirates' lineup Tuesday with flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Elias Diaz is now starting behind the plate and batting fifth against the Brewers. Cervelli should be fine after a day or two of rest. Tuesday, 2:57 pm
    7-Day DL
    L, 4-2 @Mil
  • Jason Heyward (hand) out again Tuesday
    Jason Heyward (hand) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Heyward suffered a laceration on his right hand on a dive Sunday and has now missed two straight starts. Jon Jay is filling in again in right field. Tuesday, 12:28 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • Schwarber (ankle), Heyward (hand) sit out
    Kyle Schwarber (ankle) is not in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber exited Monday's game after fouling a ball off his right ankle. X-rays came back clean and he should be back in there in a day or two. Jason Heyward (hand) is also sitting out again, as the Cubs have Willson Contreras and Jon Jay at the corner outfield spots. Tuesday, 12:26 pm
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • George Springer belts his 20th homer in win
    George Springer finished 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday's 4-1 win in Oakland.

    Advice: Springer is up to 20 home runs, slashing a solid .284/.357/.561. At this point last season Springer had manager just 15 homers with 41 RBI with a batting average 20 points lower. He has taken a very nice step forward to put him on track for better than 40 homers and 100 RBI. Monday, 10:51 pm
    W, 12-9 @Oak
  • Josh Reddick activated from disabled list
    Astros activated OF Josh Reddick from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Reddick spent the minimum amount of time on the DL, as it appears his concussion issues are behind him. He was hitting .310/.341/.405 in 10 June games before going down. Monday, 10:30 pm
  • X-rays on Kyle Schwarber's ankle are negative
    X-rays on Kyle Schwarber's right ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Schwarber was pulled from Monday's game versus the Padres after fouling a ball off his ankle. He's day-to-day. Monday, 8:32 pm
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • Matt Adams crushes 11th homer as Braves win
    Matt Adams crushed his 11th home run of the season on Monday, helping to lead the Braves to a 9-0 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: Adams tagged Giants' starter Johnny Cueto for his solo shot in the fourth inning, increasing the Braves' advantage to 2-0. He has been on a tear since arriving in Atlanta including a 2-for-4 effort on Monday that included an RBI single as well. He's now hitting an impressive .302/.354/.579 with 11 homers and 34 RBI. Monday, 8:29 pm
    Bot 6, 12-6 vs SF
  • Travis Shaw goes deep in loss to Pirates
    Travis Shaw clubbed a solo home run in a losing effort against the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: His solo shot in the second inning accounted for the Brewers' only offense against Gerrit Cole. Shaw finished the night 1-for-3 and is hitting .296/.349/.538 with 13 homers and 48 RBI on the season. Monday, 8:02 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Pit
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) expected back Fri.
    Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) is expected to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Friday.

    Advice: He'll begin a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday. Cabrera has made two trips to the disabled list over the last month due to a left thumb injury, but both stays on the DL will be short. The 31-year-old is hitting just .244/.321/.392 this season and continues to fade defensively at shortstop. Monday, 5:17 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 5, 2-3 @LAD
  • Matt Chapman dealing with infection in knee
    Matt Chapman has been given antibiotics to treat an infection in his left knee.

    Advice: Chapman slid into a wall a couple weeks ago while at Triple-A Nashville and has made a few sliding plays since arriving with the A's, and an infection evidently developed at some point over that time. The club doesn't expect to know for at least 24 hours what a potential timetable for his return will be. Chapman is also just 3-for-14 with seven strikeouts so far, so it's been an inauspicious beginning to his major league career. Monday, 4:40 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
  • Yasiel Puig sitting out on Monday
    Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Logan Forsythe is also getting a day off. The Dodgers have Enrique Hernandez in right field and Chase Utley at second base and in the leadoff spot. Monday, 3:35 pm
  • Jason Heyward (laceration) sitting out Monday
    Jason Heyward (laceration) is not in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Heyward had to leave Sunday's game after cutting up his right wrist on a slide on the warning track. He's expected back Tuesday. Jon Jay is in right field. Monday, 1:22 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • Carlos Gomez hits two-run homer in loss
    Carlos Gomez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Gomez was just activated off the disabled list on Friday after missing four weeks with a right hamstring strain. He homered twice in this weekend set against the M's, with Sunday's homer a two-run shot coming off Christian Bergman in the second inning. Gomez has gone 4-for-12 with a double, two homers and eight RBI in his first three games since returning to action. Sunday, 4:07 pm
  • Pence hits late two-run homer in loss to COL
    Hunter Pence hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Pence initially got the day off, but was needed for pinch-hit work late. He came through in style on that front, swatting a go-ahead two-run homer off Jake McGee to jump the Giants to a short-lived 4-3 advantage in the ninth inning before Nolan Arenado ended everything with a three-run walkoff shot in the bottom of the frame. The homer was Pence's fourth of the season and his first since May 8, though to be fair, he missed most of May with a strained hamstring. Sunday, 3:39 pm
  • Marwin Gonzalez not in Astros lineup Sunday
    Marwin Gonzalez is not in the Astros' starting lineup for Sunday night's showdown against the Red Sox.

    Advice: This looks to me nothing more than a routine day of rest for Gonzalez. Yuli Gurriel is starting at first base while Carlos Beltran occupies the designated hitter spot for the Astros against David Price and the Red Sox. Sunday, 1:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 12-9 @Oak
  • Heyward exits with apparent wrist laceration
    Jason Heyward departed Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Heyward had his right wrist wrapped after getting it cut up on a slide on the warning track, so it's likely the reason for him being pulled. The Cubs should have more on his status soon. Sunday, 12:12 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • Hunter Pence sitting out on Sunday
    Hunter Pence is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Pence has finally heated up a bit at the plate, but he'll get a breather for this one. Gorkys Hernandez is in right field. Sunday, 9:56 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. Sunday, 9:26 am
  • Adams knocks three XBH in win over Marlins
    Matt Adams continued raking Saturday, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run in a come-from-behind win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Adams was the Braves offense in the early innings, swatting an RBI double in the first before launching a two-run homer in the third. He also had a run-scoring double in the seventh, giving him four RBI on the afternoon. Adams has been red hot during a short five-game hitting streak, going 11-for-19 with three homers, 10 RBI and eight runs scored in that span. The good stretch has his overall line up to .303/.353/.572 with 10 homers, 32 RBI and 23 runs scored through 57 games. Saturday, 7:45 pm
    Bot 6, 12-6 vs SF
  • Puig homers twice in Dodgers' rout of Reds
    Yasiel Puig homered twice, driving in three runs in the Dodgers' 10-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: Puig hit a couple of solo shots, one in the sixth inning and one in the eighth to extend the Dodgers' lead. The dongs were his 11th and 12th of the year and matched his homer output since May 19. He's been picking it up in recent days, using four multi-hit games in the past seven days to raise his line to .247/.319/.445. Saturday, 7:21 pm
  • Dexter Fowler homers in third straight game
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in a loss to the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: The game was the third in a row in which the outfielder has gone yard, this time a three-run shot in the sixth inning. It's a microcosm of what has been a very good month for Fowler so far, as he's now hitting .315 (17-for-54) with five homers, 14 RBI and nine runs scored in June. He's also well on his way to a career high in homers -- he's got 12 on the year, just five shy of his personal best set in 2015. After a slow start, the 31-year-old is now hitting .249/.337/.484 overall. Saturday, 6:01 pm
    L, 5-1 @Phi
  • Zimmer sitting out Saturday's nightcap
    Bradley Zimmer is sitting out Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: He had a terrific game in the opener, going 2-for-4 with a double, four RBI and a stolen base. Austin Jackson will man center field in his place. Saturday, 4:27 pm
  • Bradley Zimmer plates four runs Saturday
    Bradley Zimmer paced the Indians with four RBI Saturday in a win over the Twins.

    Advice: The four RBI matched a career-high. Zimmer began the afternoon with a two-run single in the first inning before adding to his tally with an RBI double in the third. He plated another run on a sixth-inning groundout while providing his sixth stolen base of the season. The 24-year-old rookie has hit a respectable .274 with four homers and 19 RBI since his call-up last month. Saturday, 3:34 pm
  • Matt Chapman drives in three Friday
    Matt Chapman finished 1-for-4 with the first three RBI of his career in Friday's game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Chapman had what he thought was his first-career hit erased by instant replay earlier in the game, but he bounced back nicely with the go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning to help his team rally for the win. Saturday, 1:37 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
  • Hunter Pence drives in two runs on Friday
    Hunter Pence finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in Friday's 10-8 loss at Colorado.

    Advice: After a slow start following his activation from the 10-day disabled list, Pence is starting to show some signs of life at the plate. He is 7-for-20 (.350) over his past five outings with four runs scored, three doubles and four RBI to raise his average 14 points just since June 10. Saturday, 12:16 am
  • Carlos Gomez homers in return
    Carlos Gomez had a three-run homer and an RBI single against the Mariners in his return from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Welcome back, Carlos. Delino DeShields was fine as a part-time center fielder in his absence, but Jared Hoying did little and the Rangers can still play DeShields in left frequently. Friday, 9:50 pm
  • Josh Bell homers, plates three in loss Friday
    Josh Bell homered and drove home three runs as the Pirates fell to the Cubs on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Bell got the Bucs on the board with a solo homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run triple in the sixth. They would hold a 4-3 advantage until the ninth where the Pirates' bullpen imploded. With the two-hit attack, Bell is now hitting .238/.319/.466 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI on the year. Friday, 7:59 pm
    L, 4-2 @Mil
  • Dexter Fowler crushes 11th homer in rout
    Dexter Fowler crushed his 11th home run of the season as the Cardinals routed the Orioles in Baltimore on Friday.

    Advice: Fowler and teammate Matt Carpenter went back-to-back off of O's reliever Gabriel Ynoa in the sixth inning. He also drew a bases-loaded walk in the third inning, finishing the night 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. He's now hitting .245/.336/.473 with 10 long balls and 30 RBI on the season. Friday, 7:16 pm
    L, 5-1 @Phi
  • Mark Reynolds out Friday against the Giants
    Mark Reynolds is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Friday night against the Giants.

    Advice: Ian Desmond will start at first base and bat fifth versus Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija, with Raimel Tapia patrolling left field and hitting sixth. Friday, 2:12 pm
  • Rangers activate Carlos Gomez from DL
    Rangers activated OF Carlos Gomez from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gomez will return to action Friday night against the Mariners after missing a month with a right hamstring strain. The center fielder was batting .246/.331/.423 with four home runs and five stolen bases over his first 38 games this season for the Rangers. Friday, 1:29 pm
  • Chapman draws two walks in MLB debut
    Matt Chapman went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, two walks, and a run scored Thursday night in his MLB debut against the Yankees.

    Advice: Chapman was officially promoted to the major league level on Thursday evening after posting a .942 OPS with 16 home runs in 48 games this season at Triple-A Nashville. The 24-year-old is going to serve as the A's primary starter at third base moving forward, as Trevor Plouffe was designated for assignment Thursday in a corresponding roster move. Chapman's power potential gives him strong appeal in most standard mixed leagues. Friday, 8:57 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
  • Fowler has two hits, homer against Brewers
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Fowler went down and golfed a Zach Davies offering into the Cardinals bullpen in the third inning, his 10th homer of the year. After struggling through much of the first two months, Fowler is hitting .283 (13-for-46) with three homers in June. He's hitting .240/.329/.456 in 61 games overall. Thursday, 10:31 pm
    L, 5-1 @Phi
  • Shaw has two hits, steal in win over Cards
    Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Never mind that Shaw has multiple hits in five of his last eight games, raising his season line to a robust .302/.355/.533, the news item here is that the 27-year-old stole a base off all-everything catcher Yadier Molina in this game. It's something Shaw has done with more frequency this year, too -- his seven steals are already a career high, and we haven't even reached the All-Star break. It's been that kind of year for Shaw, who's thriving with a change of scenery and everyday playing time in Milwaukee. Thursday, 10:16 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Pit
  • Athletics promote Chapman, DFA Plouffe
    Athletics recalled 3B Matt Chapman from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Trevor Plouffe was DFA'd to make room for him. The 25th overall pick of the 2014 draft, Chapman has been a prodigious power hitter in the minors, though a low contact rate delayed his arrival in the big leagues. He'll man third base and bat seventh in his A's debut Thursday against the Yankees. The 24-year-old is No. 88 on's top 100 prospects. Thursday, 1:58 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
  • Schwarber hits two-run bomb vs Mets
    Kyle Schwarber cracked a two-run bomb on a 2-for-4 night against the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shot off Matt Harvey gave his club a short-lived lead but the Mets ended up winning easily in the end. The season has been an unrelenting struggle for the young slugger. He has a .178 batting average to go with 12 home runs and 28 RBI. Wednesday, 7:45 pm
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • Report: A's to call up prospect Matt Chapman
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A's will call up third base prospect Matt Chapman on Thursday.

    Advice: Chapman is expected to be available for Thursday's game against the Yankees. The A's were waiting to call him up until he passed the super-two arbitration mark. In 48 games at Triple-A Nashville this season, the 24-year-old was hitting .259/.350/.592 with 16 homers and 30 RBI. Given the power upside, here, he is worth a look in both mixed league and AL-only formats. Wednesday, 4:08 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
  • Puig suspended one game for flipping bird
    Yasiel Puig has been suspended for one game after flipping off some Indians fans on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig flipped a pair of dirty birds to a group of heckling fans after homering in Tuesday's win at Progressive Field. He is appealing that suspension and will be able to play until his appeal is heard. Major League Baseball is doubtful to lift the one-game sentence. Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Cervelli (concussion) activated from 7-day DL
    Pirates activated C Francisco Cervelli from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Cervelli was sent to the concussion disabled list after taking a ball off his mask last week. Elias Diaz did a nice job filling in for him, but the veteran backstop is now ready to return to action. Wednesday, 1:48 pm
    7-Day DL
    L, 4-2 @Mil
  • Josh Reddick placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Astros placed OF Josh Reddick on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: The concussion is considered mild and Reddick will aim to return when first eligible next Tuesday. Houston has called up top outfield prospect Derek Fisher from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding roster move. Wednesday, 12:19 pm
  • Heyward out of Cubs' lineup Wednesday
    Jason Heyward is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Heyward went 2-for-5 with a home run, a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored in Tuesday night's blowout victory over New York, but he's sitting against Mets right-hander Matt Harvey. Jon Jay will start in right field and Albert Almora will start in center Wednesday night at Citi Field. Wednesday, 11:07 am
    10-Day DL
    W, 11-1 @Mia
  • Brandon Drury has four hits as D'Backs roll
    Brandon Drury went 4-for-5 with a double and a home run as the Diamondbacks beat the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

    Advice: The hot-hitting second baseman delivered a run-scoring single in the first inning then clobbered a two-run homer in the third. He has been an impressive asset in fantasy leagues thus far, slashing .296/.342/.505 with eight homers, 28 RBI and one stolen base. Tuesday, 9:04 pm
    W, 10-3 @Col
  • Puig flips off Cleveland fans after home run
    Yasiel Puig flipped off some Indians fans after homering Tuesday in the Dodgers' win over Cleveland.

    Advice: Puig finished with two RBI, one for each middle finger he put on display at Progressive Field. It'd be appropriate if he also got a two-game suspension for the gesture. Puig told reporters after the game that four fans behind home plate were heckling him. "It happened suddenly," said Puig. "It's something that came out. Nothing I can do about it now." Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Fowler, Yadi, Gyorko sitting out second game
    Dexter Fowler is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup for the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Brewers.

    Advice: Yadier Molina and Jedd Gyorko will also sit out the nightcap. Tommy Pham is in center field, Greg Garcia is at third base, and Eric Fryer will start behind the plate. Tuesday, 3:17 pm
    L, 5-1 @Phi
  • Mets place Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) on DL
    Mets placed SS Asdrubal Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain.

    Advice: Cabrera hit a pair of solo home runs on Monday, but the thumb injury that sent him to the DL last month is apparently still an issue. He will receive a cortisone shot and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. The Mets didn't call up Amed Rosario to replace Cabrera, which means Jose Reyes will handle shortstop. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 5, 2-3 @LAD
  • Shaw returns from family emergency list
    Brewers activated 3B Travis Shaw from the family medical emergency list.

    Advice: Shaw is back in time for the beginning of a four-game series against the Cardinals. He's at third base and batting cleanup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. Tuesday, 8:03 am
    W, 4-2 vs Pit
  • Matt Adams crushes two homers in win Monday
    Matt Adams crushed a pair of home runs and drove in four runs as the Braves topped the Nationals on Monday night in Washington.

    Advice: Adams tagged Nationals' starter Stephen Strasburg for a three-run blast in the third inning that gave the Braves' an early 6-4 lead. He added a solo shot in the eighth to cut their deficit to one run at 9-8, but that would be as close as they would get. All he has done is smash the baseball since arriving in Atlanta, hitting eight home runs in his first 89 at-bats. He finished Monday's contest 3-for-4 plus a walk and scored three times. He is slashing .277/.324/.533 with nine homers and 26 RBI for the season. Jun 12, 8:02 pm
    Bot 6, 12-6 vs SF
  • Josh Reddick exits game with concussion
    Josh Reddick was pulled from Monday's game against the Rangers with a mild concussion.

    Advice: It's unclear how or when Reddick suffered the injury. That the Astros are calling the concussion "mild" suggests they feel it might not be a long-term thing, but any concussion obviously has to be treated cautiously. Jun 12, 6:54 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera homers twice to beat Cubs
    Asdrubal Cabrera clobbered a pair of solo home runs off of John Lackey on Monday, powering the Mets to a 6-1 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Cabrera got the Mets on the board with a solo shot in the second inning, then victimized Lackey again his next time up in the fourth inning. He finished the night 2-for-4 and is now slashing .244/.321/.392 with six homers, 20 RBI and three stolen bases. Jun 12, 6:39 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 5, 2-3 @LAD
  • Carlos Gomez (hamstring) could return by Sat.
    Carlos Gomez (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Saturday.

    Advice: Gomez began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock as a designated hitter over the weekend and will join Double-A Frisco on Wednesday to play the outfield. He'll play five innings on Wednesday, seven on Thursday and nine on Friday before then being activated if all goes well. Gomez has been out since mid-May with a strained right hamstring. Jun 12, 3:26 pm
  • Josh Bell not in Monday's lineup
    Josh Bell is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It looks to be a regular day off. Jose Osuna is at first base. Adam Frazier is also sitting out, as the Pirates have Josh Harrison in left field and Max Moroff at second base. Jun 12, 2:29 pm
    L, 4-2 @Mil
  • Gomez (hamstring) plays OF in rehab this week
    Carlos Gomez (hamstring) will rehab with the Rangers for the next two days before then playing the outfield during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: Gomez began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock as a designated hitter over the weekend and is slated to play the outfield later this week. It looks like he's tracking toward a return as soon as late this week or, probably more likely, early next week. Jun 12, 1:16 pm
  • Schwarber not in Cubs' lineup Monday night
    Kyle Schwarber is out of the Cubs' lineup again on Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Schwarber slugged a pinch-hit homer in Sunday's series finale versus the Rockies, but he'll work off the bench again Monday with the Mets starting right-hander Jacob deGrom. Ben Zobrist is in left field and Jon Jay is batting leadoff. Jun 12, 12:09 pm
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
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