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  • Yonder Alonso sitting out on Friday
    Yonder Alonso is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather with the Mets throwing lefty Steven Matz. Jed Lowrie is also sitting out, as the A's have Ryon Healy at first base and Adam Rosales at second. Daily Slant: Steven Matz may appear to be a pitcher to avoid at first glance, but he's clearly still working his way back into form. Matz's velocity is down about a mile per hour this season and his strikeout rate has plummeted to 13.5% against right-handed bats and 19.1 against lefties. The A's lose the DH in an NL park and aren't one of the top stacks of the day, but targeting them for value - namely with Marcus Semien, Rajai Davis, Matt Chapman and Ryon Healy - is certainly viable. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:54 pm
  • Brock Stassi optioned to Triple-A
    Phillies optioned 1B/OF Brock Stassi to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Stassi has put up an ugly .167/.278/.295 batting line this season. He's clearing out to make room for Howie Kendrick's return from the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:25 am
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    4:05 pm vs Mil
     
  • Howie Kendrick activated from disabled list
    Phillies activated INF/OF Howie Kendrick from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kendrick played just one rehab game and is feeling well enough to rejoin the big league roster. He's missed the last three-plus weeks with a strained left hamstring. The Phillies will be auditioning Kendrick for a trade before the end of the month. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:24 am
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Mil
     
  • Kris Bryant (finger) could sit all weekend
    Kris Bryant (finger) could miss the entire weekend series against the Cardinals.

    Advice: X-rays on Bryant's left pinkie came back clean after he was injured on a head-first slide Wednesday, but he's not feeling 100 percent. He's been ruled out through Saturday and might sit out Sunday, as well. Javy Baez is at third base Friday, and Tommy La Stella is also a candidate to pick up starts. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:12 am
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    L, 11-4 vs StL
     
  • Kris Bryant (finger) sitting out on Friday
    Kris Bryant (finger) is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Bryant managed to avoid a major injury when he hurt his left pinkie on a head-first slide Wednesday, but he remains sore. Javy Baez is filling in at third base. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:31 am
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    L, 11-4 vs StL
     
  • Danny Valencia picks up pair of hits vs. NYY
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: The Mariners collected 10 hits as a team, but managed just one run in the game. This was Valencia's third two-hit performance in his last five games and he is now slashing .273/.332/.435 with 11 homers and 48 RBI for the season as a whole. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
    7:10 pm vs NYY
     
  • Freddie Freeman hits pair of RBI singles
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with two RBI singles in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Freeman collected RBI singles in the first and third innings. He missed a chunk of the season recovering from a broken wrist, but has not missed a beat since returning to action at the beginning of July and is now hitting .332/.432/.695 with 17 homers and 37 RBI over the course of 50 games played. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Hosmer leads charge in Royals' 16-run barrage
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored as the Royals bombarded the Tigers 16-4 on Thursday.

    Advice: Hosmer got all of a solo homer in the third inning, taking Tigers starter Michael Fulmer out for a 444-foot blast. It was perhaps a metaphor for the game itself, as the Royals pounded Fulmer and company at every turn. Hosmer has five multi-hit games in his last nine contests to raise his season line to .315/.372/.493 with 14 homers, 46 RBI and 55 runs scored overall. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:15 pm vs CWS
     
  • Moss collects four RBI in defeat of Tigers
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.

    Advice: Moss smacked a two-run double in the third inning and capped the scoring with a two-RBI single in the eighth, contributing four of the Royals' 16 runs on the night. It's been a big few days for the beleaguered 33-year-old, who has a pair of doubles, a homer and six RBI in the last two games. It's been a rare highlight of what's been a difficult year for Moss, who's hitting just .205/.273/.410 in 63 games overall. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    5:15 pm vs CWS
     
  • Napoli homers, drives in three in loss to O's
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Napoli connected for the three-run shot off Orioles starter Wade Miley in the fifth inning. He's really heated up since the All-Star break, going 8-for-21 with three homers, six RBI and four runs scored in seven games. The good stretch has helped him bring his line back up over the Mendoza Line, at least, with the 35-year-old hitting .209/.283/.473 with 21 homers and 45 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 5:52 pm
  • Todd Frazier (hand) starting against Mariners
    Todd Frazier (hand) is in the Yankees' lineup Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Frazier took a pitch off his right hand Wednesday in his Yankees debut but is good to go for Thursday night's series opener. He's starting at third base and batting seventh against Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez. Chase Headley is handling first base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:35 pm
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 2:19 pm
    4:10 pm @Cle
     
  • Wilmer Flores homers in Mets' comeback
    Wilmer Flores delivered a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning Thursday as part of the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Flores' homer tied the game off Brett Cecil. The Mets went on to win it in the ninth when Jose Reyes was credited with a game-ending infield single after Trevor Rosenthal failed to cover first base. Flores was on the bench today for the sixth time in seven games since the second half started. The Mets prefer T.J. Rivera at third base at the moment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:39 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B
    4:10 pm vs Oak
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 6:55 am
    Player Note
    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,OF
    4:05 pm @Phi
     
  • C.J. Cron homers in rare start
    C.J. Cron finished 2-for-4 with a two-run homer versus the Nationals in Wednesday’s win.

    Advice: Cron was making his first start in 12 days and just his second since being recalled from the minors. Still, he has homered in two of his six at-bats since the All-Star break. The Angels could do a lot worse than to stick him at first base and just leave him alone for a spell. He was one of their best hitters each of the previous two seasons. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:11 pm
    7:07 pm vs Bos
     
  • Brandon Moss homers in Royals' win
    Brandon Moss homered in the third and delivered a game-tying double in the ninth as the Royals edged the Tigers 4-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Tigers scored twice in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 lead, only to lose the game in the bottom of the inning after Moss knocked in Alcides Escobar and scored on Alex Gordon's sac fly. It might be the best game that Moss has had in 3 1/2 months as a Royal. He hadn't had a multi-RBI game since May 21. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:09 pm
    5:15 pm vs CWS
     
  • Mancini smokes three-run triple vs Rangers
    Trey Mancini laced a bases-loaded triple to drive in three runs against the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His seventh-inning heroics broke the game wide open. The triple was his second base hit of the inning, having singled and scored earlier in the frame. The rookie is silencing his critics by batting .309/.352/.535 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 80 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:39 pm
    4:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Mitch Moreland goes 0-for-4 for Red Sox
    Mitch Moreland went 0-for-4 as Boston's cleanup hitter Wednesday against Toronto.

    Advice: Moreland admitted to suffering a broken toe last month, but he's supposed to be recovered from that now. Unfortunately, better health isn't showing up in his numbers; he's 8-for-62 with one extra-base hit and one RBI since June 28. The Red Sox should keep an open mind should some first basemen come available cheap later this month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Athletics sign Chris Carter to minors deal
    Athletics signed 1B Chris Carter to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The Rangers were also reportedly intrigued by Carter, who was released by the Yankees on July 10. The slugger struggled mightily during his time in the Bronx, hitting just .201/.284/.370 with eight homers in 208 plate appearances. He will report to Triple-A Nashville. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:01 pm
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    4:10 pm @NYM
     
  • Buster Posey hits go-ahead two-run double
    Buster Posey connected for a pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run double in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Posey initially received the day off on Wednesday, but with the Giants trailing 4-3 and threatening in the eighth inning, manager Bruce Bochy decided to summon his All-Star catcher from off the bench. That move worked out plenty well, with Posey proceeding to pick up a two-run double to flip the score to 5-4, Giants. For the campaign as a whole, Posey is hitting .329/.409/.508 with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 295 at-bats. He is as reliable as they come. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Yonder Alonso hits RBI single in win over TB
    Yonder Alonso went 2-for-2 with an RBI single and a walk in Wednesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Alonso connected for an RBI single in the fifth to put a bow on a four-run frame. A possible trade candidate at the deadline, the slugger is hitting .273/.373/.556 with 21 homers and 45 RBI across 275 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:58 pm
  • Todd Frazier (hand) expected in lineup Thurs.
    Todd Frazier (hand) is expected to be in the Yankees' lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Mariners.

    Advice: Frazier was hit by a pitch on the right hand near the end of Wednesday's loss to the Twins while making his Yankees debut as a pinch-hitter. He was able to stay in the game, though, and should be ready to roll against Seattle on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:24 pm
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Cooper goes 0-for-3 in loss on Wednesday
    Garrett Cooper finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout Wednesday in the Yankees' loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Cooper is 0-for-7 over his last two games, after going 3-for-4 with two doubles in Monday's series opener at Target Field. Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced after Wednesday's defeat that Chase Headley will be taking over as the club's new first baseman, with newcomer Todd Frazier handling most of the starts at third base. That means far less exposure for Cooper. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:51 pm
  • Sano slugs 23rd homer in defeat of Yankees
    Miguel Sano clubbed his 23rd home run of the season in the Twins' defeat of the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a three-run shot that capped off a six-run second inning for Minnesota. Sano also homered on Tuesday night and has lifted his season OPS to .907. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:46 pm
    Player Note
    Miguel Sanó Min - 1B,3B,OF
    5:10 pm vs Det
     
  • Todd Frazier to man third base for Yankees
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Todd Frazier would be the everyday third baseman moving forward.

    Advice: Frazier -- acquired from the White Sox on Tuesday -- has experience at both third base and first base, but he will be manning the hot corner in New York. Girardi said that Chase Headley would be going through a "crash course" at first base as the team looks to integrate its newest offensive toy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:35 pm
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Kris Bryant (finger) uncertain for Friday
    Kris Bryant (finger) said that he is not sure if he will play against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Bryant took a cleat to his left pinkie during Wednesday's game against the Braves, with X-rays subsequently coming back negative. He had his pinkie and ring finger taped together after the game and said that he "dodged a bullet." Expect further updates on Bryant's availability for this weekend's series against the Cards on Thursday or Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
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    L, 11-4 vs StL
     
  • Chris Carter close to signing with new team
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo hears that free agent Chris Carter will sign with a new team on Wednesday.

    Advice: Carter was released by the Yankees earlier this month after batting .201/.284/.370 with eight homers over 208 plate appearances. There isn't a great market for players of his type, so the veteran slugger will probably have to settle for a minor league contract and a platoon role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:50 am
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  • 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 Wednesday, 11:13 am
  • Posey, Pence out of SF lineup Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Indians.

    Advice: Nick Hundley will catch and hit sixth versus Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco with Posey taking a routine breather. Hunter Pence will also get the day off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:53 am
  • Bryant diagnosed with a sprained left pinkie
    Kris Bryant has been diagnosed with a sprained left pinkie.

    Advice: X-rays turned up negative and he's considered day-to-day for now, but there will probably be more scans to come. Bryant injured the finger Wednesday on a slide into the cleat of Braves third baseman Johan Camargo. Tommy La Stella replaced him in the Cubs' lineup in the bottom of the first inning. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:44 am
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    L, 11-4 vs StL
     
  • Bryant leaves game with apparent hand injury
    Kris Bryant left Wednesday's game against the Braves after suffering an apparent finger injury.

    Advice: Bryant's left hand slid into the foot of Braves third baseman Johan Camargo in the top of the first inning and he looked to be in a good amount of pain as he walked off the field. Tommy La Stella entered to man the hot corner for Chicago in the bottom of the first. There should be an update soon from Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 am
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    L, 11-4 vs StL
     
  • Yanks DFA Rob Refsnyder and Ji-Man Choi
    Yankees designated INF/OF Rob Refsnyder for assignment.

    Advice: Ji-Man Choi was also put on waivers Wednesday as the Yankees cleared roster space for trade acquisitions Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle. Refsnyder holds a poor .241/.312/.332 career batting line in 94 games at the major league level, but he was a well-regarded prospect not long ago and should find interest from other teams on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:57 am
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    Rob Refsnyder NYY - 1B,2B,OF
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    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Kendrick (hamstring) cleared for rehab games
    Howie Kendrick (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Reading.

    Advice: And it sounds like he might only play a game or two in the minors before the Phillies activate him off the disabled list. Kendrick is one of the few attractive trade chips for the rebuilding Phils, and the deadline is under two weeks away. The versatile veteran was batting .349/.403/.476 with two homers and eight stolen bases in 33 games when he landed on the disabled list June 28 with a left hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 am
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Mil
     
  • Belt (wrist) goes 0-for-3 in return Tuesday
    Brandon Belt (wrist) went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in his return to the Giants' lineup Tuesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Belt started at first base and hit third after missing a few games with a mild wrist sprain. He's had a very productive July overall and is slashing .242/.351/.465 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:39 am
    7:15 pm vs SD
     
  • Mark Reynolds smacks his 20th home run
    Mark Reynolds belted a three-run home run in the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: The clout was the only hit of the game for Reynolds, although he was able to draw a walk later. His fantasy owners cannot complain too vehemently after the big blast early in the game. He is now up to 20 homers and 66 RBI, with six hits, six runs scored and five RBI coming over the past three outings. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:33 pm
    5:40 pm vs Pit
     
  • Gerardo Parra stays hot with three more hits
    Gerardo Parra finished 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, three runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's victory against San Diego.

    Advice: Parra has been on fire since returning from the 10-day disabled list on July 7, posting six multi-hit games in eight outings, including two or more hits in each of his past three starts. He also has at least one RBI in each of his eight games since his return. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:29 pm
    5:40 pm vs Pit
     
  • Gerardo Parra stays hot with three more hits
    Gerardo Parra finished 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, three runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's victory against San Diego.

    Advice: Parra has been on fire since returning from the 10-day disabled list on July 7, posting six multi-hit games in eight outings, including two or more hits in each of his past three starts. He also has at least one RBI in each of his eight games since his return. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:29 pm
    5:40 pm vs Pit
     
  • Davis knocks grand slam, drives in six in win
    Chris Davis homered twice, including a grand slam, and collected six RBI in the Orioles' 12-1 thrashing of the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis got some help in the first inning when a catchable ball bounced off Rangers center fielder Carlos Gomez's glove and fell over the wall for a two-run home run. He left nothing up to chance in the fourth, mashing a pitch deep into the right-center field bleachers for a grand slam. The 31-year-old has a typically Chris Davis line through Tuesday's game, hitting .221/.315/.468 but with 16 homers in 66 games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:06 pm
    4:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Mancini homers, drives in two against Rangers
    Trey Mancini went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Mancini hit the second of two, two-run shots in the first inning, as the O's hung six early runs on Rangers starter Tyson Ross. The homer was the 15th of the year for Mancini, and his first this month. The 25-year-old is hitting .308/.350/.529 while splitting time between left field and first base this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:59 pm
    4:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Yankees, White Sox work seven-player trade
    Yankees acquired 3B/1B Todd Frazier, RHP David Robertson, and RHP Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox for OF Blake Rutherford, LHP Ian Clarkin, OF Tito Polo, and RHP Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: Word of the seven-player blockbuster was first reported by Bruce Levine of WSCR and 670 The Score. Frazier has struggled to a .207/.328/.432 batting line in 81 games this season, but he's slugged 91 homers over the last two-and-a-half years and he can play both third base and first base for New York. The 31-year-old is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 pm
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Yankees close on Frazier, Robertson, Kahnle
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are "close" to acquiring Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox.

    Advice: Bruce Levine of WSCR and 670 The Score was first to suggest the blockbuster trade might be happening,. It would be a huge boost to parts of the Yankees' roster that need boosting, and it also keeps the rival Red Sox from landing a number of their primary trade targets. Frazier has slugged 91 home runs over the last two-and-a-half seasons, though he is due to become a free agent this winter. Robertson, who began his career with the Yankees, is having his best year since 2013. He is owed around $18 million on a deal that runs through 2018. Kahnle, a hard-throwing right-handed reliever, boasts a 2.50 ERA and 60/7 K/BB ratio in 36 innings this season and is under club control through 2020. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the two sides will try to get it done by the end of the night Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 pm
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Report: NYY 'closest' to Frazier, Robertson
    Bruce Levine of WSCR and 670 The Score reports that the Yankees are "the team closest to getting a deal done" for Todd Frazier and David Robertson.

    Advice: Levine also adds that hard-throwing White Sox setup man Tommy Kahnle could be included in the swap. There was talk on early Tuesday evening that Frazier and Robertson might be packaged in a trade with the Red Sox, but it seems the rival Yankees are offering a more appealing package of young talent. It would be a major blockbuster if all three of these players are moved in the same deal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:48 pm
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Frazier a healthy scratch from ChiSox lineup
    Todd Frazier was a healthy scratch from the White Sox lineup on Tuesday night.

    Advice: The move signals that a trade might be afoot. Yolmer Sanchez is now at DH and batting seventh versus Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, with Matt Davidson playing third base and hitting fifth. Frazier is known to be drawing trade interest from the Red Sox, and Boston is also said to like White Sox closer David Robertson. There should be more on all this soon. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:33 pm
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Alonso out of A's lineup on Tuesday night
    Yonder Alonso is out of the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the A's big trade chip. Ryon Healy is starting at first base and batting third Tuesday versus Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:43 pm
  • Belt (wrist) in Giants' lineup versus Indians
    Brandon Belt (wrist) is in the Giants' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Indians.

    Advice: He will start at first base and bat third versus Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger after missing a couple of games with a mild wrist sprain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
     
  • Kendrick (hamstring) nears rehab assignment
    Howie Kendrick (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: Kendrick has been cleared to resume all baseball activities after missing the last three weeks with a strained left hamstring. "I feel better," Kendrick said. "I’m not quite there yet, but I feel better." The Phillies would like to deal Kendrick prior to the trade deadline, so they figure to push him to make it back for a few games before the end of the month. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:33 am
    New Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Mil
     
  • Yankees discussing Alonso trade with A's
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Athletics are discussing a trade involving Yonder Alonso.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal noted Monday that the A's have been scouting the Yankees' minor league system closely. They could potentially be a fit for Sonny Gray, as well. The Yanks want to give Greg Bird (ankle) another shot at first base in 2018, but Alonso makes perfect sense as a rental with Bird likely done for 2017. The A's first baseman is batting .268/.366/.555 this season and has had a breakout year in the power department with 21 home runs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:00 am
  • Garrett Cooper goes 3-for-4 with two doubles
    Garrett Cooper went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored in the Yankees' loss to the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Cooper doubled and scored the Yankees' first run of the game in the top of the fifth inning and he tied the score at 2-2 with his RBI double in the top of the seventh. Minnesota would then rally for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to steal a 4-2 victory. Cooper now has three doubles in his last two games and should continue to see regular starts against left-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Brandon Belt (wrist) could return on Tuesday
    Brandon Belt (wrist) hopes to return to the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Belt will miss a second straight start Monday with a sprained left wrist, but he's feeling much better and is available off the bench to play defense. He's hoping to be cleared to swing a bat Tuesday and might return to the lineup later that day if all goes well. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:32 pm
    7:15 pm vs SD
     
  • C.J. Cron cracks go-ahead homer in eighth
    C.J. Cron connected for a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning of Sunday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Cron has struggled for most of the season -- he was even optioned down to Triple-A for two weeks near the end of June -- but came up clutch as a pinch-hitter on Sunday. The first baseman launched a two-run homer off Adam Kolarek with one out in the eighth inning. It barely got out to right, but distance mattered not to the score. These heroics aside, Cron is still hitting just .220/.271/.333 in 123 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:59 pm
    7:07 pm vs Bos
     
  • 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
    4:10 pm @Cle
     
  • Danny Valencia clubs three-run homer in win
    Danny Valencia clubbed a three-run homer as the Mariners topped the White Sox on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Valencia also collected a ground-rule double in the contest, finishing the day 2-for-5. His three-run shot off of Derek Holland tied the score at 5-5 in the fifth inning. Valencia has rebounded after a slow start and is now slashing .271/.331/.428 with 10 homers and 46 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:49 pm
    7:10 pm vs NYY
     
  • Mike Napoli slugs solo homer against Royals
    Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Napoli took a Yu Darvish offering for a solo ride into the seats in the seventh inning. While the slugger is hitting just .199 on the season, the power remains very real, as the slugger has gone deep in two out of his last three games and has now swatted 20 big flies on the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • Kris Bryant powers Cubs past Orioles Sunday
    Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 including a two-run homer on Sunday, powering the Cubs to an 8-0 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Bryant also drew a walk in the contest and scored a pair of runs. His two-run shot off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the fourth inning increased the Cubs' early advantage to 6-0 and the rout was on. Bryant is now hitting .277/.402/.534 with 19 big flies and 40 RBI this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:04 pm
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    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    L, 11-4 vs StL
     
  • Brandon Belt scratched with sprained wrist
    Brandon Belt was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sprained left wrist.

    Advice: He hurt the wrist on a check-swing Saturday. It's unclear whether it might cause Belt to miss additional games. Buster Posey will handle first base Sunday and Nick Hundley will catch. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:25 pm
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  • Rangers, A's considering Chris Carter
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Athletics are two of the teams that are considering Chris Carter.

    Advice: It seems likely that Carter would have to settle for a minor league contract. The 30-year-old has batted only .201/.284/.370 with eight homers over 208 plate appearances this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:29 am
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  • Red Sox' search for 3B still 'wide open'
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Red Sox' search for a third baseman remains "wide open."

    Advice: There's been buzz about the Red Sox acquiring Todd Frazier from the White Sox, with USA Today's Bob Nightengale going as far as saying Boston is "moving closer" to a deal. However, Crasnick says the Red Sox are still monitoring multiple options along with Frazier, including the Athletics' Jed Lowrie. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:13 am
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Red Sox 'moving closer' to Todd Frazier trade
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox are "moving closer" to acquiring Todd Frazier from the White Sox.

    Advice: The report comes a day after FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal said that it "feels inevitable" that the Red Sox will trade for Frazier. Nightengale also indicates that Boston might try to acquire David Robertson along with Frazier in the deal, with Robertson then sliding into a setup role ahead of Craig Kimbrel. Frazier is an impending free agent and would fill a hole at third base that Boston has had all season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:41 am
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • 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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    Eric Thames Mil - 1B,OF
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  • Eric Hosmer's hitting streak snapped
    Eric Hosmer was hitless over four at-bats with two strikeouts Saturday against the Rangers to snap his 16-game hitting streak.

    Advice: Hosmer entered the day hitting .391 (25-for-64) with 10 runs scored, four homers and 12 RBI during his impressive run, but left-hander Cole Hamels was too tough in this pitcher's duel. He'll look to start a new hitting streak on Sunday, but he faces another tough matchup against Yu Darvish. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:00 pm
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  • Rosenthal calls Frazier to BoSox 'inevitable'
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, it "seems almost inevitable" that the Red Sox will acquire Todd Frazier at the trade deadline.

    Advice: On paper, it's a near perfect fit. The Red Sox have hit for average but not power this year and are in desperate need of a third baseman after designating free agent bust Pablo Sandoval for assignment (this problem could have easily been avoided if they had simply held on to Travis Shaw). Frazier would fit both quotas and the rebuilding White Sox are likely looking at an all-out fire sale after dealing ace Jose Quintana earlier this week. Frazier has only hit .210 for the Pale Hose this year but it's come with 16 HR and 44 RBI. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:41 pm
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Mark Reynolds not in Rockies lineup Saturday
    Mark Reynolds is not in the Rockies' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a routine day of rest for the veteran slugger. Gerardo Parra is starting in his place at first base and batting fourth against Seth Lugo and the Mets on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:56 pm
    5:40 pm vs Pit
     
  • Buster Posey homers in Giants' win
    Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a walk to lead the Giants to a 5-4 win over the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: Posey had opened July in a 4-for-26 slump, and another bad game tonight would have dropped his OPS below .900 for the first time since early May. Still, Posey is a tough guy to keep down for long. His .326 average is tops in the NL among those who don't play for the Nationals (Daniel Murphy (.342), Bryce Harper (.327) and Ryan Zimmermann (.327) occupy the top three spots). Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:51 pm
  • Yonder Alonso hits 21st homer
    Yonder Alonso hit his 21st homer off the Indians' Carlos Carrasco on Friday.

    Advice: Maybe he's not done yet: Alonso has four homers in his last seven games after hitting just three in his previous 32. He has now has three times as many homers this year as he finished with last year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:15 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
  • Cooper hitless in MLB debut
    Garrett Cooper went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his major league debut Friday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: After being acquired from the Brewers on Thursday, Cooper was immediately called up to the major league roster as the Yankees continue to have a revolving door at first base. The 26-year-old was batting .366/.428/.652 with 17 homers at the Triple-A level this season, but those numbers were produced in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Still, he could be worth a short-term look in deeper fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:15 pm
  • Mike Napoli hits go-ahead homer off bench
    Mike Napoli came off the bench to hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning Friday as the Rangers topped the Royals 5-3.

    Advice: Joey Gallo got the start over Napoli tonight, but it was a pretty easy call to bat the righty for the lefty with Mike Minor in the game in the seventh. Napoli responded with his 19th homer, giving the Rangers the 5-3 lead. It's doubtful Napoli is going to become a strict platoon player, but he doesn't deserve to simply be penciled in every day with the way he's performed this year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:06 pm
  • Parra has two hits against mets
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday’s loss to the Mets.

    Advice: He got the Rockies on the board in the first inning, but the Mets quickly pulled away in this one. Parra has been excellent when healthy this season, batting .339/.364/.503 with six homers and 34 RBI through 53 games. He’d be worth a pickup in deeper mixed fantasy leagues if the playing time was there, but this outfield is very crowded and fixes to get more complicated when Ian Desmond (calf) and David Dahl (rib cage) are deemed ready to return. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:27 pm
    5:40 pm vs Pit
     
  • Rob Refsnyder optioned to Triple-A
    Yankees optioned INF/OF Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Refsnyder has played sparingly in his multiple stints in the majors this season, hitting just .135/.200/.216. He'll return to a .309/.399/.455 line at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:32 pm
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    Rob Refsnyder NYY - 1B,2B,OF
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  • Orioles activate slugger Chris Davis from DL
    Orioles activated 1B Chris Davis from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Davis missed the last month of action with a strained right oblique, but he played in a couple rehab games this week and feels back to 100 percent. He's at first base and batting fifth against Mike Montgomery and the Cubs on Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:15 pm
    4:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Garrett Cooper coming up this weekend
    The Yankees will call up first base prospect Garrett Cooper this weekend.

    Advice: Acquired from the Brewers on Thursday, Cooper has batted .366/.428/.652 with 17 homers at the Triple-A level this season. He wasn't really a prospect coming into this season and his 2017 line was inflated by Colorado Springs, but it sounds like the 26-year-old will get a chance to show what he's got at first base. He's worth adding in single-league formats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:24 am
  • Davis (oblique) on track to return Friday
    Chris Davis (oblique) has joined the Orioles and expects to be activated for Friday's series opener against the Cubs.

    Advice: Davis went 1-for-8 with a walk and three strikeouts during a two-game rehab assignment with Low-A Delmarva. A strained oblique has sidelined the power-hitting first baseman since mid-June. He's hit .226/.320/.461 with 14 homers over 217 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:47 pm
    4:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Davis (oblique) goes 0-for-4 in rehab game
    Chris Davis (oblique) went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's minor league rehab game with Low-A Delmarva.

    Advice: A strained oblique has kept Davis out of action since June 12. He reported no issues on the health front following Wednesday's game. So long as he does not feel any discomfort over the next day-plus, the slugger is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list in advance of this weekend's series against the Cubs. Davis holds a .226/.320/.461 triple-slash with 14 homers and 26 RBI in 61 games this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:26 pm
    4:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Chris Davis (oblique) doubles in rehab debut
    Chris Davis (oblique) doubled, drew a walk and scored a run Monday in his rehab debut with High-A Frederick.

    Advice: Davis is scheduled to play another rehab game Wednesday with Low-A Delmarva and could return to the Orioles' active roster ahead of Friday night's series opener against the visiting Cubs. The slugger has been on the disabled list since June 12 because of a strained oblique. He was batting .226/.320/.461 with 14 home runs and 26 RBI through 61 regular-season games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:50 pm
    4:05 pm vs Hou
     
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