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  • Cubs recall Felix Pena from Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs recalled RHP Felix Pena from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler will add a fresh arm to the bullpen for a couple of days until Kyle Hendricks is activated on Monday. Pena owns a 4.50 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 13/7 K/BB ratio over 16 innings with the Cubs this season. He'll function in middle relief. 59 minutes ago
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  • Brewers activate Eric Sogard from 10-day DL
    Brewers activated INF Eric Sogard from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Sogard made it through a pair of rehab games with Low-A Wisconsin without any issue and will be active on Saturday. Keon Broxton was demoted to Triple-A in a corresponding move. Today, 10:05 am
  • Reds recall Stephenson for Saturday start
    Reds recalled RHP Robert Stephenson from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: He'll get the start against the Marlins on Saturday night. The 24-year-old has been a disaster in 13 appearances out of the Reds' bullpen this season, posting an 8.03 ERA, 1.99 WHIP and 27/16 K/BB ratio, but looked much better in the rotation at Triple-A. Still, this is a situation where daily players would be wise to fire up a Marlins' stack or two on Saturday. Today, 9:19 am
  • Polanco (hamstring) listed as day-to-day
    Gregory Polanco is considered day-to-day after leaving Friday's game with left hamstring discomfort.

    Advice: The issue doesn't appear to be major, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him get an extra day of rest on Saturday to be on the safe side. The 25-year-old outfielder is hitting .268/.322/.425 with nine homers, 28 RBI and eight stolen bases on the season. Today, 7:39 am
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  • Carson Kelly doubles in two in 2017 debut
    Carson Kelly delivered a two-run double Friday in the Cardinals' victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Making an emergency start following his promotion after Yadier Molina (ankle) was a late scratch, Kelly nearly had his first big league homer and grand slam as part of the Cards' nine-run eighth inning when he doubled off the wall. It was his only hit of the day in five trips to the plate, although he had a deep flyout in his final at-bat. Kelly could potentially get another start Saturday if Molina is still not feeling great and he'll surely wind up playing more than previous backup Eric Fryer did. However, it's hard to see him producing fantasy value unless Yadi suffers an injury that requires a disabled list stint. Today, 5:18 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
  • Jose Pirela triples, doubles in four-hit game
    Jose Pirela finished 4-for-6 with triple, a double and three RBI on Friday.

    Advice: He also walked in the 11-inning victory. Pirela is batting .296 with 15 doubles and five homers in just 152 at-bats. Plate discipline is an issue, and he's miscast as a leadoff man for the Padres. Still, he's been the team's best hitter since his callup. Today, 12:12 am
  • Trevor Cahill struggles versus Giants
    Trevor Cahill gave up six runs -- five earned -- in 3 2/3 innings Friday versus the Giants.

    Advice: The Padres are looking to trade Cahill before the deadline, so this was a very disappointing result for them. Cahill ended up walking four and throwing exactly have of his 86 pitches for strikes. He's due to face the Mets next if he's still a member of the Padres organization. Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • Tyler Flowers homers, knocks in four
    Tyler Flowers had a three-run homer, an RBI single and a walk Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Flowers' average finally started to drop last month, but he's helped make up for it with some additional power; five of his eight homers have come since June 12. He's been one of the NL's most valuable catchers in both fantasy and real baseball this year. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Chris Sale shuts down Angels in win
    Chris Sale shut out the Angels for six innings, striking out nine, in Boston's 6-2 win Friday.

    Advice: Sale should have been able to cruise after getting a five-run lead in the top of the first tonight, but it took him 112 pitches to get through six innings. The Red Sox won't complain, though. Sale had at least nine strikeouts for the 17th time in 20 starts this season. Only five different pitchers have managed 20 nine-strikeout games in a season. Yesterday, 10:42 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
  • Aaron Judge hits 31st homer in win
    Aaron Judge took Andrew Moore way deep at Safeco on Friday for his first homer of the second half.

    Advice: It was a three-run shot that barely stayed in Safeco and was estimated at 440 feet. Judge had gone 10 straight games without a homer or extra-base hit of any kind, allowing Giancarlo Stanton to catch him atop the MLB home run leaderboard. Judge is back in front with 31 now. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Hoffman rocked in loss to Pirates
    Jeff Hoffman was rocked for seven runs over three-plus innings in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Hoffman was in trouble throughout. He was pulled after the first three batters reached to begin the fourth inning. The rookie right-hander gave up nine hits while walking four. He now has a 7.79 ERA at home this season compared to a 2.45 on the road. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Bell has four-hit, four RBI night vs. Rockies
    Josh Bell went 4-for-6 with four RBI and a run scored Friday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: It was the first four-hit game of his career. Bell had a single, a double, and a triple, so only a home run was missing from a possible cycle. The 24-year-old doesn’t stand out on the surface with his .248 batting average, but he has 17 homers and a respectable .807 OPS through 96 games. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Mahtook collects two hits as Tigers beat KC
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored as the Tigers topped the Royals on Friday evening.

    Advice: Mahtook is getting a chance to play everyday, even against right-handed pitching, since the club dealt J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks. He has been terrific overall this season, slashing .289/.309/.478 with six homers, 21 RBI and a stolen base. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Robert Stephenson to start for Reds Saturday
    Robert Stephenson will be recalled to start Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He's taking Scott Feldman's (knee) spot in the rotation. Stephenson really struggled earlier this season for the Reds, but he's pitched well at Triple-A Louisville with a 3.79 ERA and 45/13 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings. The righty boasts a 34/3 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 frames covering his last five starts. Yesterday, 10:13 am
  • Cards recalling top C prospect Carson Kelly
    Cardinals recalled C Carson Kelly from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Joe Schwarz of was first to report on Kelly's promotion. The Cards have designated the .155/.277/.197-hitting Eric Fryer for assignment. Considered by most to be the top catching prospect in the game, Kelly has batted .283/.375/.459 with 10 homers and 41 RBI this season at Memphis. As intriguing a prospect as Kelly is, though, he's not going to have fantasy value while playing behind Yadier Molina. Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Eric Sogard (ankle) to return on Friday
    Eric Sogard (ankle) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Sogard played a second rehab game with Low-A Wisconsin on Thursday and as long as he recovers OK from it he will rejoin the Brewers on Friday in Philadelphia. He's been out since early July with a jammed left ankle. Jonathan Villar didn't start two of the last three games and could see his playing time cut more with Sogard back in the fold. Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Mikie Mahtook hits game-tying homer
    Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer off Kelvin Herrera in the top of the ninth to tie Wednesday's game against the Royals.

    Advice: Mahtook entered the game because a left-handed reliever was on in the seventh. It wouldn't have been the Tigers' preference to have him face the righty Herrera in the ninth, but it sure worked out well, with Mahtook hitting his sixth homer of the year. He's a platoon player at the moment, but something close to full-time play is within reach in the J.D. Martinez-less Tigers outfield. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Josh Bell not in lineup against Brewers
    Josh Bell is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Bell collided with Eric Thames at first base on Tuesday, but came out of that without lingering health concern. Still, the Pirates will give him a rest day just to make sure everything is on the level. Jose Osuna is starting at first base and hitting fourth in his place. Daily Slant: With Bell out of the lineup, Jose Osuna is now a viable value play across all formats hitting out of the clean-up spot against Zach Davies. While his batted ball profile isn't eye-popping, Osuna does own a healthy .233 ISO against RHP on the season and being slotted around McCutchen and Polanco should provide him with some solid run producing opportunities. Osuna's price tag makes it easier to afford an arm like Jacob deGrom, and the Pirates actually have one of the higher team totals on the main slate. Wednesday, 2:14 pm
  • Judge, Holliday getting day off against Twins
    Aaron Judge is out of the Yankees' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Twins.

    Advice: It's a scheduled day off for the young slugger, who went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored in Tuesday night's victory over Minnesota. Judge had been 1-for-21 since the All-Star break, but that mini slump is hopefully in the past. Matt Holliday is also getting a breather on Wednesday, with Gary Sanchez taking a turn at DH. Clint Frazier is in right field. Wednesday, 8:44 am
  • Judge to get day off Wednesday vs. Twins
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Aaron Judge will get the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Judge has just one hit in 25 plate appearances since the All-Star break, but Girardi wants to see if the young slugger can bust out of the mini slump Tuesday night against Bartolo Colon, who is making his Twins debut. Tuesday, 3:26 pm
  • Mike Mahtook hits fifth homer
    Mikie Mahtook went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer against the Royals' Jason Vargas on Monday.

    Advice: Mahtook seems to be fulfilling his potential with his new team in Detroit. It's not much potential -- he's just a platoon outfielder against lefties -- but he is hitting a respectable .276 with five homers in 145 at-bats. Monday, 8:55 pm
  • Polanco goes 4-for-4 as Bucs defeat Brewers
    Gregory Polanco finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Pirates defeated the Brewers 4-2 on Monday night in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Polanco hit run-scoring doubles in the fifth and sixth and also tallied two singles. The 25-year-old outfielder is now 8-for-16 with four doubles and three RBI in four games since the All-Star break, offering reason for optimism that he can rebound from a sluggish first half. Pittsburgh has won eight of its last 10 games. Monday, 7:48 pm
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Eric Sogard (ankle) nearing rehab games?
    Eric Sogard (ankle) will be cleared to begin a rehab assignment if he gets through a workout Tuesday with no issues.

    Advice: Sogard did some running Monday and will do some more Tuesday. His rehab assignment is expected to be a short one, so a return in the next week or so seems doable. Monday, 2:52 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
  • Aaron Judge goes hitless in loss to Red Sox
    Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 and struck out twice as the Yankees fell to the Red Sox in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Judge has come out of the gate a bit slow to start the second half, going just 1-for-18 with six strikeouts over the weekend against the Red Sox. Even so, he's still slashing an absurd .313/.434/.655 with 30 homers and 66 RBI on the season. Sunday, 8:16 pm
  • Trevor Cahill flummoxes Giants into seventh
    Trevor Cahill allowed one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Cahill was hittable in this one, but the Giants were able to do next-to-nothing in terms of run-scoring output. The lone run to score on his watch came when Brandon Crawford burned him for an RBI double in the second inning. Outside of that hit, he kept the scoreboard free-and-clear of damage. The right-hander struck out eight and walked one on the afternoon. Cahill will carry a 3.14 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into a road date with these same Giants next time he takes to the mound. Sunday, 4:31 pm
  • Hoffman allows four runs but moves to 6-1
    Jeff Hoffman allowed four earned runs over six innings Sunday in the Rockies' defeat of the Mets.

    Advice: Hoffman got 13 runs of support on 18 hits to move to 6-1 on the year. He walked one batter and surrendered seven hits, including homers to Lucas Duda and Asdrubal Cabrera. The young right-hander holds a 4.33 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 53/17 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this season at the major league level. A home start against the Pirates is next. Sunday, 1:55 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
  • Trevor Cahill readies for visit from Giants
    Trevor Cahill is listed as the probable starter for Sunday's series finale against the Giants.

    Advice: Cahill has been awful on the road and tremendous at home. It's a good thing Sunday's start comes at Petco Park. The veteran right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.49 ERA across 18 1/3 innings in three home outings with the opposition hitting just .115 against him. Saturday, 11:25 pm
  • Sale masterful in Saturday's no-decision
    Chris Sale pitched a gem on Saturday, limiting the Yankees to three hits and two walks over 7 2/3 shutout innings.

    Advice: He matched a season-high with 13 punch-outs while throwing 85 of his 118 pitches for strikes. Sale was in line for his 12th win of the year but Craig Kimbrel blew a one-run lead in the ninth as the Red Sox went on to lose in 16 innings. Just as he has all season, Sale was in complete control, commanding his pitches like a maestro. The Cy Young frontrunner will be on display again Thursday versus Toronto. Saturday, 8:31 pm
  • Eric Sogard receives cortisone injection
    Eric Sogard (ankle) received a cortisone shot on Friday.

    Advice: Sogard was eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday but the cortisone shot will keep him out at least through the weekend. He's been nursing a strained ankle for the past week and a half. Saturday, 2:17 pm
  • Josh Bell blasts first career walk-off homer
    Josh Bell blasted the first walk-off home run of his career on Friday, propelling the Pirates to a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bell got the Pirates on the board with a run-scoring single off of Mike Leake in the third inning. He then did his damage off of Seung-Hwan Oh in the ninth after Adam Frazier had doubled and Andrew McCutchen had been walked intentionally to bring him to the dish. The rookie first baseman finished the night 2-for-3 plus a pair of walks and is hitting .243/.328/.484 with 17 homers and 48 RBI. Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Brewers unsure on Sogard (ankle) for Sat.
    The Brewers aren't sure whether Eric Sogard (ankle) will be ready to come off the disabled list when first eligible on Saturday.

    Advice: "He's got some tests that he's going to have to pass still," manager Craig Counsell said. "So I'm not sure it'll be Saturday. He had a good week (of recovery), a good weekend in New York, and it's going in the right direction. But we want to make sure this is behind him when we activated him, and it's not something that lingers." Sogard has been excellent overall with the Brewers this season, although he was in a 4-for-24 slump before going on the DL. He and Jonathan Villar would figure to be in something of a timeshare at second base once he's activated. Friday, 7:32 am
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