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  • Freddie Freeman (illness) back in the lineup
    Freddie Freeman is in the Braves' lineup Thursday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Freeman left Wednesday's game early after coming down with an illness and is still feeling the effects of it, but got the green light for Thursday's game anyway. He'll man third base and bat third against Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:52 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera taking balls at third base
    Asdrubal Cabrera has been taking ground balls at third base.

    Advice: A shortstop by trade, Cabera has been filling in for Neil Walker at second base. With Jose Reyes excelling at shortstop and Walker nearing a return from the disabled list, it looks like Cabrera could be headed to the hot corner. Manager Terry Collins also acknowledged that getting Cabrera reps at third base may make him more appealing to teams at the trade deadline. Cabrera has made one just one appearance at third base since debuting in 2007. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:49 pm
  • Cashman says Betances is 'not going anywhere'
    Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Dellin Betances "is not going anywhere."

    Advice: New York's bullpen is looking crowded following the additions of David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, leading some to wonder if Betances could be on his way out. However, Cashman quickly shot down any thought of trading the right-hander, citing his four All-Star appearances and his connection to New York as a "homegrown local guy." "I don't really like to address speculation," said Cashman. "But I can tell you that Dellin Betances is not going anywhere." The 29-year-old hasn't been as dominant as usual this year, but he still boasts a brilliant 16.95 K/9 over 35 outings for the Bronx Bombers. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:03 pm
  • Astros 'most motivated' in Britton talks
    ESPN's Buster Olney is hearing from "rival evaluators" that the Astros may be the "most motivated" to trade for Zach Britton.

    Advice: It's still hard to believe Britton, who pitched to a 0.54 ERA while finishing fourth in AL Cy Young voting last year, is actually available. But with the Orioles struggling to stay afloat in the AL East and Britton nearing the end of his contract (his deal expires after 2018), it's certainly become a possibility. Houston already boasts a strong bullpen but could use another arm with Will Harris (shoulder) on the disabled list. The Dodgers have also been in pursuit of Britton. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:59 pm
  • Gallardo returning to Seattle's rotation
    Yovani Gallardo will start Sunday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gallardo was moved to the bullpen about a month ago but a spot opened up for him when the Mariners sent struggling rookie Sam Gaviglio down to Triple-A. The 31-year-old has gone 3-7 with a 6.30 ERA over 14 starts this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:14 pm
  • Logan Forsythe absent from Dodgers lineup
    Logan Forsythe is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: He's getting a maintenance day. Forsythe has struggled since the All-Star break, batting just .188 over 16 at-bats. Chase Utley will fill in at second and bat leadoff against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:35 pm
  • Nunez (hamstring) back in Giants' lineup
    Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is back in the Giants' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Nunez wasn't in the lineup Wednesday but singled as a pinch-hitter later in the game. He's been dealing with hamstring issues for about a month and the Giants are obviously going to err on the side of caution with the trade deadline coming up. Nunez will start at third base and bat second Thursday against right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:20 pm
  • Mariners call up RHP Max Povse
    Mariners recalled RHP Max Povse from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The Mariners cleared a roster spot for him by sending Sam Gaviglio down to Triple-A. The right-hander holds a dreadful 10.13 ERA in the majors this year, though that's come from an extremely small sample size (2 2/3 innings). He'll work in middle relief. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:24 pm
  • Justin Smoak homers twice in Jays' win
    Justin Smoak went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo homers Thursday as the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 8-6.

    Advice: While his strikeout rate has been climbing, Smoak is still holding steady overall; he had a .964 OPS on this day a month ago and is at .960 right now. At .298, he's batting a full 60 points higher than his career-high mark of .238 from 2013 and 75 points higher his previous career .223 average. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:19 pm
  • Angels officially release Danny Espinosa
    Angels released 2B Danny Espinosa.

    Advice: Espinosa cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Sunday. The 30-year-old hasn't hit a lick this year, batting an ugly .162 with 91 strikeouts in 228 at-bats. He'll resurface at some point but will probably have to settle for a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:13 pm
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  • Flaherty (shoulder) a week away from rehab
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on July 27.

    Advice: Flaherty's recovery from shoulder tendinitis has had plenty of stops and starts but it looks like he'll be game-ready in about a week. The veteran utility man has hit just .233 with no homers over 30 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:43 pm
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  • Jameson Taillon strikes out eight in win
    Jameson Taillon improved to 6-3 after allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Taillon struck out eight today. He's fanned 22 batters in 15 1/3 innings this month, which includes his two high strikeout games of the year (eight today and nine against the Phillies on July 4). It seems like a pretty strong second half is on the way. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:20 pm
  • Gregor Blanco homers, triples in rout
    Gregor Blanco homered, tripled and walked versus the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks started an outfield of Daniel Descalso, Blanco and Chris Herrmann today and still scored 12 runs; it's totally their year. Blanco has averaged one homer every 133 plate appearances and a triple every 87 plate appearances over the course of his career. Today, he needed four to accrue one of each. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:50 pm
  • Mets prospect Szapucki gets Tommy John
    Mets pitching prospect Thomas Szapucki underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday in New York City.

    Advice: Another one bites the dust. Szapucki, considered the No. 4 prospect in the Mets' system, had posted a 2.79 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 27/10 K/BB ratio over 29 innings (six starts) this season with Low-A Columbia. The 21-year-old left-hander will be sidelined until sometime in late 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:46 pm
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  • Lance Lynn strong versus Mets
    Lance Lynn pitched six innings of one-run ball Thursday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: Lynn had a brief rough spell in June, but he's allowed just the one run over 19 1/3 innings in his last three starts, bringing his ERA back down to 3.30. He should bring back a quality prospect if the Cardinals decide to sell. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:33 pm
  • Rangers DFA infielder Pete Kozma
    Rangers designated INF Pete Kozma for assignment.

    Advice: Kozma was batting .111/.200/.194 in 41 plate appearances with the Rangers. The 29-year-old infielder has just four extra-base hits in his last 188 major league games. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:32 pm
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  • Clevenger signs with independent team
    Steve Clevenger has signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League.

    Advice: Clevenger drew no interest from MLB-affiliated clubs this winter and spring after getting suspended by the Mariners last September for tweeting racially insensitive comments. The 31-year-old catcher and first baseman holds a .227/.284/.324 career batting line over parts of six big league seasons. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:09 pm
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  • Rays release right-hander Danny Farquhar
    Rays released RHP Danny Farquhar.

    Advice: Farquhar was pushed off the Rays' 40-man roster before the All-Star break and he is now officially a free agent. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 4.11 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 33/22 K/BB ratio in 35 innings this season out of the Tampa Bay bullpen. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:04 pm
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  • Reed attracting most trade interest on Mets
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Addison Reed is "attracting the most interest of any of the Mets' trade chips."

    Advice: That's no real surprise given that Reed has posted a stellar 2.40 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 47/5 K/BB ratio in 45 innings this season and New York's other chips are Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, and T.J. Rivera. There's known to be serious interest from the Red Sox and Brewers, along with a half-dozen other teams. Reed, a free-agent-to-be, would make sense as a bullpen rental for any contender. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:04 am
  • Dodgers 'remain in mix' on O's Zach Britton
    According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers "remain in the mix" for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

    Advice: They're also discussing a possible Justin Wilson trade with the Tigers. Los Angeles already has one of the top closers in baseball in Kenley Jansen, but Britton (or Wilson) would be lethal in a late-inning left-handed setup role. Britton, under contractual control through 2018, boasts a ridiculous 1.41 ERA over his last 224 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. He also has 125 saves in that span. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:59 am
  • JD Martinez (hand) out for D'Backs on Thurs.
    J.D. Martinez (hand) is not in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Martinez got hit by a pitch Wednesday in his second-ever at-bat with Arizona and suffered a left hand contusion. X-rays turned up negative, so he should be good to go in a day or two. Chris Herrmann is starting in right field and Daniel Descalso is in left field on Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:29 am
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  • Thames getting day off Thursday vs. Bucs
    Eric Thames is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Jesus Aguilar will start at first base and bat third against Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon. This looks to be a routine breather for Thames, who went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in Wednesday night's extra-innings loss at PNC Park. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:55 am
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  • Clevenger close to deal with indy ball team
    Steve Clevenger is close to a deal with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

    Advice: Clevenger has been mostly out of baseball since the Mariners suspended him in September 2016 after a series of racially insensitive tweets about the Black Lives Matter movement. The 31-year-old catcher and first baseman batted just .221/.303/.309 in 76 plate appearances last summer for Seattle. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:41 am
  • Hamilton goes 3-for-6 with a stolen base Wed.
    Billy Hamilton went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and a stolen base in a win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He reached base on an infield single in the first inning, stole second and scored on a Zack Cozart single. He singled again in the third inning and was caught trying to steal another base right before a Cozart home run. He singled yet again in the bottom of the 11th and ended up scoring the winning run on an Adam Duvall single to right. Hamilton has been hot of late, boosting his line to .253/.304/.335 with two home runs and 23 RBI. He has scored 59 runs and leads the majors with 40 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Mike Trout homers in second straight
    Mike Trout went 2-for-4 and homered in a second straight game Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Trout’s power seems all of the way back after a month and a half absence due to a torn thumb ligament. He’s collected a hit in all five games since being activated Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Cole allows one run, fans 10 in seven frames
    Gerrit Cole punched out 10 batters while allowing one run in seven innings as his club defeated the Brewers 3-2 in extra innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't get the win but he certainly deserved one. The big right-hander gave up a run in the first inning, then marched through six scoreless frames before being relieved after tossing 103 pitches. He surrendered six hits and didn't walk a batter in the sterling effort. It was the third strong start in a row for Cole after he struggled through the month of June. His record holds at 7-7 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts. He has 108 strikeouts and 27 walks in 120 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Kelvin Herrera left game because of illness
    The Royals said after Wednesday's blown save that Kelvin Herrera was still dealing with an illness.

    Advice: Herrera gave up a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook in the top of the ninth inning before being lifted from the game. It seemed the Royals made the wrong call by pitching him after he was running a high fever on Tuesday, but they won anyway on a walkoff. Herrera should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Kelvin Herrera exits with trainer in ninth
    Kelvin Herrera was lifted from his ninth-inning appearance in Wednesday's appearance against the Tigers due to a possible injury.

    Advice: Herrera left with the trainer, but not before surrendering a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook to blow the save in the ninth. Whether his exit is due to an injury or something illness-related (Herrera was battling a fever on Tuesday) is unclear at this juncture. He will be reevaluated on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Reed fans two, earns save vs Cardinals Wed.
    Addison Reed fanned two batters while getting the last four outs and earning a save in Wednesday's ballgame against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He was brought in to squelch an eighth-inning rally and whiffed Luke Voit to end the threat. He gave up a two-out single to Jedd Gyorko in the ninth but grounded out Eric Fryer to slam the door. Reed has 16 saves and a 2.40 ERA with 47 strikeouts and just five walks in 45 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Cabrera goes 3-for-5 with two runs scored Wed
    Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He singled three times and reached base another time on a key error by third baseman Jedd Gyorko that led to three unearned runs in the second inning. Cabrera has a .254 batting average with nine longballs and 29 RBI. He has scored 40 runs and stolen three bases. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • J.D. Martinez exits with left hand contusion
    J.D. Martinez was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Reds with a left hand contusion.

    Advice: Martinez got hit on the left hand by a pitch while attempting to check his swing during his second at-bat of the game -- and his second at-bat in a Diamondbacks uniform. X-rays came back negative. Martinez is considered day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:55 pm
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  • J.D. Martinez forced out after HBP on hand
    J.D. Martinez left Wednesday's game against the Reds after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

    Advice: Something of an inauspicious debut for Martinez, who just joined the Diamondbacks after being traded over from the Tigers on Tuesday evening. He departed Wednesday upon getting plunked with a 91 mph fastball while attempting to check his swing in his second at-bat of the game. The Diamondbacks should pass along an update on his status later on Wednesday evening. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:43 pm
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  • Britton will resume closing next opportunity
    Zach Britton is ready to work as the Orioles closer moving forward.

    Advice: Britton was being used outside of the ninth inning following his return from a strained flexor tendon which cost him two months of action. The Orioles now feel comfortable slotting him back to his familiar role. In six appearances since his return from the disabled list, Britton has allowed two runs on eight hits. Brad Brach will resume setup duties, now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) nearing rehab games
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) could start into a minor league rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: The hope as of several days ago was that Flaherty would be able to start a rehab assignment this week, but the Orioles held off on that. He should see minor league games soon, though. Flaherty is currently on the shelf with right shoulder tendinitis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:42 pm
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  • J.D. Martinez bats fifth in debut for Arizona
    J.D. Martinez will start in right field and hit fifth Wednesday in his Diamondbacks debut.

    Advice: Jake Lamb is batting third and Paul Goldschmidt is at cleanup versus Reds right-hander Tim Adleman. Martinez was acquired from the Tigers on Tuesday night for minor league infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King.Daily Slant: Martinez's debut as a D'Back comes at a good time, as he'll face off with Tim Adleman, who has allowed a 1.70 HR/9 rate to RH bats this season with a 38.2 hard%. Arizona is arguably the most appealing offensive target on the main slate - they rank inside the top ten in wRC+ (8th) and ISO (9th) against RHP on the season. Jake Lamb is right up there as a top overall play at the 3B spot, while Paul Goldschmidt is the clear-cut top bat on the slate regardless of position. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:14 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Freddie Freeman leaves game due to illness
    Freddie Freeman left Wednesday's game against the Cubs due to illness.

    Advice: Matt Adams replaced him at first base and in the No. 3 spot in the lineup before the top of the fifth inning. Freeman, who finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout, might be iffy for Thursday night's series opener at Dodger Stadium. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Mike Trout belts homer in Tuesday's loss
    Mike Trout launched a solo home run off of veteran Edwin Jackson in Tuesday's loss against the Nationals.

    Advice: The homer was his first in four games since coming off the disabled list. He was still outshined by Bryce Harper, who finished a double short of the cycle in Washington's victory. Fantasy owners are glad to see Trout back to full health and doing what he does best. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:43 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:24 am
  • D'Backs, Tigers announce J.D. Martinez deal
    Diamondbacks acquired OF J.D. Martinez from the Tigers for INFs Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King.

    Advice: The deal was first reported by Jon Morosi of MLB.com and promptly confirmed by Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports. Martinez was slashing .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 57 games this season for Detroit and should flourish in the power-friendly confines of Arizona's Chase Field. The impending free agent perfectly fits the Diamondbacks' need for a right-handed power bat, and the package of prospects heading to Detroit is quite underwhelming. This trade looks like a big win for the Snakes, even if Martinez turns out to be a two-and-a-half month rental. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:07 pm
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  • Report: Diamondbacks acquire J.D. Martinez
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that J.D. Martinez has been traded to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB.com was first to report that a deal might be close. Martinez missed the opening month of the 2017 regular season due to a Lisfranc sprain, but the 29-year-old slugger has batted .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in 57 games since debuting on May 12. He fits the Diamondbacks' need for a right-handed power bat, though it's probably going to be a rental situation as Martinez is set to become a free agent this winter. Detroit will get infield prospects Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King in return. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:30 pm
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  • J.D. Martinez (back) in Tigers lineup Tuesday
    J.D. Martinez (back) is in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Royals.

    Advice: Martinez made an early exit from Monday's series opener at Kansas City after experiencing tightness in his lower back, but he will start in right field and bat fifth Tuesday versus left-hander Travis Wood.Daily Slant: Despite the Tigers being arguably the best offense in baseball against LHP, they don't figure to be one of the top two or three most popular stacks on tonight's slate. Detroit ranks 1st in ISO (.219), 2nd in wRC+ (120) and actually rank 1st in Hard% by a large margin - they lead the league with a 41.6% mark, with the next closest team (Milwaukee) coming in at 35.2%. All of the RH bats are in play up and down the Detroit lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:52 pm
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  • Red Sox among teams in on Addison Reed
    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are among the clubs showing interest in Addison Reed.

    Advice: Reed is drawing interest from a bevy of teams, which is no surprise. The Mets reliever has posted a 2.47 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings this season and is an impending free agent. The Red Sox would obviously want him in a setup role ahead of Craig Kimbrel. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:20 am
  • J.D. Martinez exits with lower back tightness
    J.D. Martinez was lifted from Monday's game against the Royals with lower back tightness.

    Advice: The Tigers are saying he was pulled as a precaution, so it's probably safe to consider him day-to-day. Martinez drew a walk in one of his three plate appearances before exiting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:27 pm
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  • Royals 'very aggressive' in talks for SP Lynn
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Royals have been "very aggressive" in trade talks with the Cardinals regarding Lance Lynn.

    Advice: He notes that Kansas City has been "very aggressive" in talks for Sonny Gray, as well, as they seem dead set on adding rotation help before the deadline. Nightengale also adds that the Cardinals have told teams that "they may buy and sell at the same time." Lynn would make sense as a guy that they'd sell as an impending free agent, as they have some viable options to plug into their rotation like Luke Weaver and Tyler Lyons. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:10 pm
  • Hamilton not in Monday's lineup
    Billy Hamilton is not in Monday's lineup versus the Nationals.

    Advice: It sounds like a routine day off for the speedster. Scott Schebler will start in center field while Scooter Gennett will play right. Jose Peraza is hitting leadoff against Stephen Strasburg. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:51 am
  • Smoak slugs 24th homer in loss to Detroit
    Justin Smoak cranked his 24th home run of the year in the Blue Jays' loss to the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot in the top of the first inning off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez. Smoak also singled in the extra-innings defeat, finishing 2-for-5. He's boasts a .929 OPS through 90 games this season for Toronto. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:59 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera slugs two-run homer
    Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer Sunday in the Mets' blowout loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: New York was down 9-1 in the game when Cabrera went deep off Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman in the bottom of the fifth. Cabrera finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:52 pm
  • Danny Espinosa designated for assignment
    Angels designated 2B Danny Espinosa for assignment.

    Advice: Espinosa has played his usual terrific defense this season, but it wasn't enough to make up for a hideous .162/.237/.276 batting line. The Angels appear poised to roll with Nick Franklin as their regular second baseman, with Cliff Pennington sprinkled in. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:33 am
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  • Eric Thames sitting out on Sunday
    Eric Thames is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Jesus Aguilar is getting the call at first base. Thames has reached base twice in both games since the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:07 am
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  • Rockies showing interest in J.D. Martinez
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rockies are interested in J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: Morosi also reported Saturday that the Diamondbacks have interest in the outfielder, and he noted that Martinez could have extra value in the National League West since the division is packed with left-handed starters. Martinez is an impending free agent and a shoo-in to be dealt before the end of the month. He's hit .306/.384/.622 with 15 homers over 55 games with the Tigers this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:46 am
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  • Mike Trout posts two-hit game in loss
    Mike Trout finished with a pair of singles and a walk over three at-bats in Saturday's home loss against Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Trout has hit safely in each of his two games since returning from a six-week absence due to a thumb injury, looking like his old self once again. While the Angels are 0-2 since his return, fantasy owners don't care much about the team's overall performance as long as he is hitting and providing points. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:34 am
  • Hamilton has three hits, steal against Nats
    Billy Hamilton went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamilton had a double off Nationals ace Max Scherzer among his three hits. The steal was his 39th of the year, best in the league. He's still not the prototypical leadoff hitter -- even with Saturday's good showing, Hamilton is batting .247/.300/.327 overall -- but fantasy owners could care less. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:34 pm
  • Lynn fires 6 1/3 scoreless in win over Bucs
    Lance Lynn scattered eight hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in the Cardinals' 4-0 shutout of the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Lynn wasn't flawless, but he made pitches when he needed to, and the Pirates weren't able to come up with a big hit in certain spots. The right-hander also made use of three strikeouts without walking a batter. He's now rattled off two straight scoreless starts to improve his record to 8-6 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 19 starts overall. The 30-year-old will next take on the Mets on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:20 pm
  • Taillon gives up four runs in loss to Cards
    Jameson Taillon allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a disastrous fifth inning that did Taillon in. He appeared to be out of the woods with two outs and the pitcher at the plate, but Lance Lynn laced an RBI double to keep the inning alive, and the Cards got an RBI single from Matt Carpenter and a run-scoring double from Tommy Pham before Taillon could escape. It marred what was otherwise a pretty good outing for the 25-year-old, who didn't allow any major damage while striking out five without issuing a walk. Taillon is 5-3 with a 3.06 ERA through 12 starts, and he'll try to shake it off when he faces the Brewers on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:55 pm
  • J.D. Martinez homers, drives in five vs TOR
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Saturday's rout of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: His third-inning single plated two runs, and he topped that with a three-run bomb in the eighth. He has an elite .306/.384/.622 slash line with 15 home runs and 37 RBI despite spending a month on the disabled list early in the year. He stands a good chance of being traded before the end of the month. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:36 pm
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    W, 12-2 @Cin
     
  • Zach Britton close to resuming closer role
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Zach Britton is very close to resuming closer duties.

    Advice: The Orioles have eased Britton in after missing two months with a strained flexor tendon but Showalter believes he's almost ready to reclaim his ninth-inning role. The left-hander has put together a 4.50 ERA over four outings since coming off the disabled list on July 5. Brad Brach will move back into setup duty when Britton returns to the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Mike Trout goes 1-for-5 in return
    Mike Trout had a single in five at-bats Friday against the Rays in his return from the disabled list.

    Advice: He also swiped his 11th base, showing he isn't going to be afraid to run after injured his thumb on a head-first slide. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Freeman homers, drives in two vs. D'Backs
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Braves topped the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Friday.

    Advice: Freeman hit a solo homer in the sixth inning which put the Braves ahead at the time. After the Diamondbacks took the lead back in the top of the eighth, Freeman led the charge again in the bottom of the frame with a single which put the Braves back in front. It was an odd play where Brandon Phillips scored the go-ahead run after tripping while rounding third base. Gregor Blanco might have had a play on him, but he threw to second base rather than to home plate. As such, Freeman ended up only getting one RBI on the play. Freeman is 12-for-30 (.400) with three homers and 10 RBI since coming off the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Gerrit Cole pitches well in no-decision
    Gerrit Cole pitched well in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday, allowing two runs on four hits across six frames.

    Advice: The right-hander fanned four on the night and didn't walk a batter. He gave up a two-run blast to Jedd Gyorko in the first inning, then settled in beautifully, keeping the Cardinals at bay for the remainder of his night. The highly-inconsistent right-hander will look to further improve upon his 4.35 ERA and 1.27 WHIP when he takes on the Brewers at home on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Angels activate Mike Trout from disabled list
    Angels activated OF Mike Trout from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll return to the Angels' lineup for the first game out of the All-Star break on Friday against the Rays. Before suffering a torn ligament in his left thumb, Trout was hitting a robust .337/.461/.742 with 16 homers, 36 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:45 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:20 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) ready for rehab
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: It's unclear how many rehab games he'll require before being activated. Flaherty is out with right shoulder tendinitis, which has bothered him all season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:36 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 9-7 vs Tex
     
  • 'Multiple teams' talking to O's about Britton
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that "multiple teams" are talking to the Orioles about Zach Britton.

    Advice: Morosi confirms that the Dodgers are one of those teams, which had previously been reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Britton would be used in a setup role with the Dodgers but would undoubtedly close pretty much anywhere else he was dealt. The Nationals almost surely are one of the clubs to have put in a call to discuss Britton given their closer issues. Britton is under team control through 2018. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:44 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) making progress
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) is expected to work out on Thursday.

    Advice: He's visiting with team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs on Thursday and is expected to gain clearance for infield drills. Flaherty has been hampered by shoulder tendinitis for the better part of two months. He's eligible to return from the 60-day DL next week, but it looks like he'll probably need more time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:12 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 9-7 vs Tex
     
  • Dodgers among teams interested in Britton
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are among the teams with interest in Orioles closer Zach Britton.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point whether the O's are open to trading Britton, who carries one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2018, but they are getting a lot of calls. Kenley Jansen is firmly entrenched as the ninth-inning man in Los Angeles, but Britton would make for a lethal setup option. The 29-year-old lefty holds a dominant 1.43 ERA with 223 strikeouts over his last 221 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:49 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:53 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 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. Rotoworld.com Jul 10, 3:14 pm
  • Trout (thumb) completes rehab assignment
    Mike Trout (thumb) hit a triple, drew three walks, and scored three runs Sunday in his final minor league rehab game with High-A Inland Empire.

    Advice: He sounds ready. Trout, who has been out since tearing a ligament in his thumb on May 28, went 2-for-9 (.222) with a double, a triple, and four walks through four rehab games. The plan calls for him to rejoin the Angels for the start of the second half on Friday. Despite the cause of his injury, Trout doesn't plan to stop sliding head-first. Rotoworld.com Jul 10, 5:45 am
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