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  • Brandon Phillips forced out with groin injury
    Brandon Phillips left Thursday's game against the Giants with left groin tightness.

    Advice: Phillips has been deemed day-to-day. He will be reevaluated on Friday to determine the exact severity of the injury. Rotoworld.com 22 minutes ago
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Escobar turns in another multi-hit game
    Yunel Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was the third in his last four contests, with two doubles and a triple in that time. He's also scored five runs in his last five games. In total, Escobar is hitting .276/.328/.409 as the team's primary third baseman. Rotoworld.com 24 minutes ago
  • Kemp leaves early with tight left hamstring
    Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants due to a tight left hamstring.

    Advice: Kemp was lifted after hitting a single in the fifth inning. He has dealt with hamstring problems at several other points this season. The Braves are labeling him day-to-day for the time being, but a stay on the disabled list is always in play with a finicky issue like the hamstring. Kemp will be reevaluated on Friday. Rotoworld.com 25 minutes ago
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Pennington scores three times from 9 spot
    Cliff Pennington went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Pennington got the start at second base and made the most of it, also walking in the game to reach in all four of his plate appearances. Thursday was the first game this year in which he's scored multiple runs in a game. Through 41 games, the 33-year-old is hitting .253/.333/.299 while playing three different infield spots for the Halos. Rotoworld.com 28 minutes ago
    W, 10-5 @NYY
     
  • Kemp leaves early with undisclosed injury
    Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Danny Santana pinch-ran for Kemp after his fifth-inning single. Kemp has battled hamstring issues off and on all season and looked gimpy chasing down a fly ball early in Thursday night's game. He was replaced in left field by Lane Adams, who ended up hitting a three-run homer off Bryan Morris as part of an eight-run fifth inning. Until the Braves provide an update, consider Kemp day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:11 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Jackson's three RBI propel Indians past O's
    Austin Jackson went 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored in the Indians' 6-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Jackson swatted an RBI triple and scored a run in the second inning, and he tacked on a two-run single with the bases loaded in the third. The 30-year-old has come on strong in recent days, going 8-for-19 with two doubles, a triple and a homer in his last five games. He's still a situational player but he's being used well by the Tribe, hitting .301/.382/.516 in 34 games this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:10 pm
  • Smith hits eighth homer in loss to Indians
    Seth Smith hit his eighth home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: It looked like it might be the Orioles' night after Smith led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot off Indians starter Mike Clevinger, but that was the last time the O's would lead in the game. Smith finished 1-for-4 with the homer, his eighth of the season. In his first season in Baltimore, the 34-year-old is hitting a productive .272/.347/.473 while batting primarily leadoff for the Birds. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Cle
     
  • Ramirez walks, triples, scores twice in win
    Jose Ramirez had a walk, a triple and two runs scored in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: He extended his hitting streak to 10 games and incredibly, Thursday's was the first in which Ramirez had just one hit. He's a ridiculous 24-for-46 in that span with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers, seven RBI, 14 runs scored and a steal, to boot. The 24-year-old is following up his breakout 2016 campaign by hitting .321/.376/.560 in the encore. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 pm
    W, 6-3 @Bal
     
  • Todd Frazier smacks two-run homer vs. Twins
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Frazier followed up a two-run homer by Jose Abreu with a two-run tater of his own against Nik Turley in the first inning of the White Sox's breezy 9-0 win. The veteran slugger is hitting an underwhelming .210/.315/.420 with 12 homers and 35 RBI for the season as a whole. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:16 pm
    W, 9-0 @Min
     
  • Mets might move Asdrubal Cabrera to 2B
    Mets manager Terry Collins said the team will consider moving Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) to second base when he returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Cabrera is expected to return on Friday. He's already made 11 errors this year and Collins would prefer to keep Jose Reyes at shortstop. T.J. Rivera has been filling in at second base for Neil Walker, who is out with a torn hamstring. Cabrera has started 197 games at second base in his career, though he hasn't played there since 2014. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:28 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-6 @LAD
     
  • Josh Reddick belts seventh homer Thursday
    Josh Reddick mashed his seventh homer Thursday in the Astros’ win over Oakland.

    Advice: He padded the Astros’ lead in the sixth inning by driving a solo blast to right center off Michael Brady. Reddick scored four of Houston's 12 runs while finishing a single shy of the cycle. The 30-year-old has gone 5-for-8 in two games since coming off the concussion disabled list. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:17 pm
  • Chad Pinder paces A's with two hits Thursday
    Chad Pinder collected two hits Thursday in Oakland’s loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Pinder ended David Paulino’s afternoon with an RBI double in the sixth and also singled in the fourth inning. Contact issues have dogged Pinder all year but he’s still managed nine homers and 10 doubles to go with a .497 slugging percentage. He’s started games at four different positions this year including second base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • Josh Donaldson (knee) aiming to return Friday
    Josh Donaldson (knee) is hoping to return Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Donaldson was a late scratch Thursday against Texas after hitting his knee on the concrete while stretching in pregame warmups. Russell Martin ended up starting at third base with Kendrys Morales DHing. Donaldson has cooled off a bit but is still slashing .286/.389/.554 with eight homers in 112 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:01 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 11-4 @Tex
     
  • Chapman (knee) expected back June 29
    A's general manager David Forst said he expects Matt Chapman (knee) to return from the disabled list when first eligible.

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

    Advice: Gillaspie also scored three times, and knocked in a run for the Bulls. It's been a very disappointing season for Gillaspie, as he's struggled to show the ability to get on base that he showed in his previous years in the Rays organization. Still, it's not a question of talent, and it shouldn't surprise anyone if he has a much better second half in the International League. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:15 am
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  • Donaldson scratched Thurs. with sore knee
    Josh Donaldson has been scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday with a sore left knee.

    Advice: Kendrys Morales will now start at DH against the Rangers after being left out of the lineup initially. The severity of Donaldson's knee injury is unclear. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:13 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 11-4 @Tex
     
  • Brandon Drury getting day off Thursday
    Brandon Drury is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Drury rattled off four hits and a career-high six RBI on Wednesday night, but he'll grab some rest during Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Rockies. Chris Owings is starting at second base and Nick Ahmed is at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:39 am
    W, 10-3 @Col
     
  • Cubs place Jason Heyward (hand) on the DL
    Cubs placed OF Jason Heyward on the 10-day disabled list with a laceration on his right hand.

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

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

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

    Advice: Chapman suffered a gash on his knee a couple weeks ago at Triple-A Nashville and the wound became infected shortly after his callup to Oakland. He's been prescribed antibiotics, but it's not clear when he might be able to return to the A's active roster. The 24-year-old third baseman was 3-for-14 with three RBI over his first four major league games. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:35 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • Lucroy out Thursday against Blue Jays
    Jonathan Lucroy is out of the Rangers' starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Robinson Chirinos will start behind the plate and bat ninth versus Toronto right-hander Marcus Stroman. Lucroy owns a highly-disappointing .262/.306/.381 slash line in 54 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:20 am
  • Dilson Herrera in concussion protocol
    Dilson Herrera is in concussion protocol after a collision with a teammate Wednesday at Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: That doesn't necessarily mean he has a concussion, but the 23-year-old infielder will probably get some extended rest anyway. Herrera has batted just .248/.301/.383 in 230 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:15 am
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  • Kemp swats walk-off, two-run bomb vs. SF
    Matt Kemp hit a game-ending two-run homer to beat the Giants 5-3 in 11 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts when he got a fifth chance in the bottom of the 11th inning of a tie game. He lifted a ball the opposite way that just barely scraped over the right field wall for the walk-off. Kemp is no longer the MVP-caliber 30/30 threat he was a few years ago but he is having a good fantasy season. He is rocking a .320 batting average with 12 home runs, 30 runs and 35 RBI. He has yet to steal a base successfully and only had one last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:15 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Smoak goes 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs
    Justin Smoak went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He delivered an RBI single to kick off a six-run first inning. He doubled and scored in the third inning. Smoak has been a fantasy dud throughout his career prior to this season. He is making up for everything by torching the baseball to the tune of a .303 batting average with 20 home runs, 43 runs and 47 RBI in 264 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Yonder Alonso doubles in loss to Houston
    Yonder Alonso doubled in Wednesday’s loss to the Astros.

    Advice: The double was his 13th of the year and one of just three hits for Oakland. The former seventh overall pick endured some lean years early in his career but he’s been sensational in 2017, slashing a phenomenal .300/.394/.620 with 17 homers and 37 RBI. There’s been talk of him signing a long-term extension, which is almost unheard for the famously frugal A’s. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Santana goes 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI
    Domingo Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI while helping defeat the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: He socked a two-run dinger off reliever Daniel Hudson in the seventh inning and had an RBI single earlier in the contest. The 24-year-old is emerging as a pretty good fantasy outfielder. He has a .268 batting average with 12 home runs, 39 runs and 38 RBI. He's tossed in six stolen bases for good measure. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Pit
     
  • Bell goes 2-for-3 with a solo homer vs MIL
    Josh Bell went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went deep off starter Junior Guerra in the sixth inning for his 13th longball of the season. The 24-year-old second-year player has dramatically improved his home run power this season but his batting average is lagging. He is batting .235/.320/.466 with 34 runs and 31 RBI in 72 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:40 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 4-2 @Mil
     
  • Jake Lamb gets busy in win over Rockies
    Jake Lamb notched two hits Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 16-5 rout of the Rockies.

    Advice: MLB’s RBI leader was at it again Wednesday night at Coors Field. Lamb collected the Diamondbacks’ first hit of the night by doubling to lead off the second inning. He doubled again in the fourth, plating David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt as part of a 10-run inning for the D’Backs. Lamb finished the night with three strikeouts but those were easily outweighed by his successes. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season, batting .287 with 16 homers and 61 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
    W, 10-3 @Col
     
  • Drury nets career-high 6 RBI on Wednesday
    Brandon Drury buried the Rockies on Wednesday night, chipping in with four hits and a career-high six RBI in Arizona’s 16-5 victory at Coors Field.

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

    Advice: The rookie outfielder has given his team a shot in the arm since his promotion a month ago. He has a cool .303 batting average with four homers, 20 RBI and seven stolen bases in just 32 games. He stole 44 and 38 bases the last two years in the minor leagues and had nine steals before he was called up this year. He has a good chance to develop into an all-around fantasy contributor with power and speed as he matures. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Matt Chapman (knee) not in lineup vs. Astros
    Matt Chapman (knee) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Chapman has not played since Sunday due to an infection in his left knee. He was prescribed antibiotics for that infection and has been feeling better in his range of motion, but will rest up once more on Wednesday. Ryon Healy will again man third base in his place, with Khris Davis serving as designated hitter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:42 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • Todd Frazier out Wednesday night vs. Twins
    Todd Frazier is not in the White Sox starting lineup Wednesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Matt Davidson will start at third base and bat fifth versus Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios. Frazier is slashing just .205/.310/.405 this season for Chicago, though he has tallied 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 61 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:49 am
    W, 9-0 @Min
     
  • Jason Heyward (hand) sits again Wednesday
    Jason Heyward (hand) remains out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: He'll start in left field and bat third versus Padres right-hander Miguel Diaz after missing Tuesday's game with a bruised right ankle. Anthony Rizzo remains in the leadoff spot for Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:44 am
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
     
  • Chad Pinder reaches the seats Tuesday
    Chad Pinder belted a solo home run in five at-bats Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Pinder has tailed off in June, hitting just .181 (13-for-72) with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBI with six runs scored while striking out 22 times. He has struggled at times to make contact, but he has a place in Oakland due to his pop and defensive versatility. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • Matt Chapman (knee) out Tuesday vs. HOU
    Matt Chapman (knee) is out of the Athletics' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

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

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

    Advice: Schwarber exited Monday's game after fouling a ball off his right ankle. X-rays came back clean and he should be back in there in a day or two. Jason Heyward (hand) is also sitting out again, as the Cubs have Willson Contreras and Jon Jay at the corner outfield spots. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:26 pm
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
     
  • Josh Reddick activated from disabled list
    Astros activated OF Josh Reddick from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Reddick spent the minimum amount of time on the DL, as it appears his concussion issues are behind him. He was hitting .310/.341/.405 in 10 June games before going down. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:30 pm
  • Justin Smoak crushes 20th homer in victory
    Justin Smoak crushed his 20th home run of the season as the Blue Jays topped the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Smoak belted a solo home run in the second inning that knotted the score at 1-1. He also singled twice, finishing the night 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Smoak has been one of the biggest surprises of the entire 2017 season, slashing a mighty impressive .300/.361/.600 with 20 long balls and 46 RBI. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:26 pm
  • X-rays on Kyle Schwarber's ankle are negative
    X-rays on Kyle Schwarber's right ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Schwarber was pulled from Monday's game versus the Padres after fouling a ball off his ankle. He's day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:32 pm
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
     
  • Austin Jackson knocks in three runs
    Austin Jackson doubled twice, knocked in three runs and walked Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Another nice game from the player the A's should have signed to be their starting center fielder. Jackson, who is mostly starting against lefties for the Indians, has a .296 average and a .900 OPS in 81 at-bats. Since he has the limited role and he's not a basestealer these days, his AL-only value remains fairly limited. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:29 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) expected back Fri.
    Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) is expected to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Friday.

    Advice: He'll begin a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday. Cabrera has made two trips to the disabled list over the last month due to a left thumb injury, but both stays on the DL will be short. The 31-year-old is hitting just .244/.321/.392 this season and continues to fade defensively at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:17 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-6 @LAD
     
  • Matt Chapman dealing with infection in knee
    Matt Chapman has been given antibiotics to treat an infection in his left knee.

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

    Advice: Heyward had to leave Sunday's game after cutting up his right wrist on a slide on the warning track. He's expected back Tuesday. Jon Jay is in right field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:22 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 11-1 @Mia
     
  • A's, Alonso have mutual interest in new deal
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports writes that the Athletics have expressed interest in signing Yonder Alonso to a contract extension.

    Advice: Alonso told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal last week that he wants to stay in Oakland, so now it appears there is mutual interest in getting something worked out during the regular season. The 30-year-old impending free agent has enjoyed a breakout 2017 and there isn't a generous market right now for DH/1B types. It might be an affordable move for the low-budget A's. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:00 am
  • Chad Pinder hits two-run double against NYY
    Chad Pinder went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Pinder rocked a game-tying two-run double off Luis Cessa in the third inning. The two-bagger was his ninth of the season. For the campaign as a whole, the 25-year-old shortstop is slashing .236/.288/.496 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 42 games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • Jose Ramirez doubles twice in over Twins
    Jose Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion (two homers, five RBI) accounted for six of the team's 11 hits. For his part, Ramirez's fine work on Sunday continued quite the trend. He has now picked up multiple hits in each of his last six games. He has doubled in each of those games, to boot. All of this action has helped him work out to a beefy .313/.369/.546 triple-slash over 249 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:45 pm
    W, 6-3 @Bal
     
  • Seth Smith homers, scores three times
    Seth Smith went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three runs scored Sunday in the Orioles' 8-5 victory over the visiting Cardinals.

    Advice: Smith just missed a handful of games dude to a stiff back, but the 34-year-old outfielder looked plenty loose on Sunday afternoon. He homered off Lance Lynn in the bottom of the first, singled to lead off the bottom of the third, and then doubled in the bottom of the sixth. Smith is now slashing .271/.352/.471 with seven home runs, 15 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 48 games this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:09 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Cle
     
  • Phillips walks it off for Braves again Sunday
    Brandon Phillips hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Braves to a 5-4 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: Phillips also hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday as part of a 3-for-6 night. He finished 1-for-3 with two walks on Sunday afternoon. The veteran second baseman has a surprising .306/.351/.431 batting line in 61 games this season for Atlanta and will probably be a popular name ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:45 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Heyward exits with apparent wrist laceration
    Jason Heyward departed Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Heyward had his right wrist wrapped after getting it cut up on a slide on the warning track, so it's likely the reason for him being pulled. The Cubs should have more on his status soon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:12 pm
    10-Day DL
    W, 11-1 @Mia
     
  • Yonder Alonso getting a day off Sunday
    Yonder Alonso is absent from the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off. Ryon Healy is at first base, Stephen Vogt is in the designated hitter spot and Josh Phegley is catching. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:11 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy not in Rangers' lineup
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Robinson Chirinos will do the catching. Mike Napoli is also sitting out a day after his two-homer game, as the Rangers have Joey Gallo at first base, Adrian Beltre in the designated hitter spot and Pete Kozma at third. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:26 am
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) back in Braves' lineup
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) is back in the Braves' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first start since he tweaked his left hamstring on Wednesday. Kemp is in left field and batting cleanup against Jose Urena and the Marlins. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:31 am
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Austin Jackson reaches base four times
    Austin Jackson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two runs scored in Game 2 of a doubleheader in Minnesota on Saturday.

    Advice: Jackson has picked up the pace in June, raising his average from .255 to .286. However, Saturday's home run marked his first extra-base hit since June 4, and his first round-tripper dating back to May 29. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:21 am
  • Phillips caps comeback with walk-off single
    Brandon Phillips' third hit of the day Saturday was a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to give the Braves a come-from-behind, 8-7 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Phillips had a double among his three hits and scored two runs on the afternoon, but it was his frozen rope back up the middle against Marlins closer A.J. Ramos that sent the fans home happy. The 35-year-old has had a heck of a few days, recording three games of three or more hits in his last four contests. That hot stretch has Phillips' overall line at .306/.346/.432 with four homers, 22 RBI, 32 runs scored and seven steals in 60 games played. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:58 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Zimmer sitting out Saturday's nightcap
    Bradley Zimmer is sitting out Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.

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

    Advice: The four RBI matched a career-high. Zimmer began the afternoon with a two-run single in the first inning before adding to his tally with an RBI double in the third. He plated another run on a sixth-inning groundout while providing his sixth stolen base of the season. The 24-year-old rookie has hit a respectable .274 with four homers and 19 RBI since his call-up last month. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:34 pm
  • Jose Ramirez stays hot with 2 HRs Saturday
    Jose Ramirez went berserk on Saturday, clubbing a pair of homers in the Indians’ win over the Twins.

    Advice: He also doubled as part of a three-hit afternoon while driving in four of Cleveland’s nine runs. Ramirez has hit a ridiculous .611 over his last four games while raising his season average from .279 to .304. Saturday was the 24-year-old's second multi-homer game of the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:32 pm
    W, 6-3 @Bal
     
  • Todd Frazier blasts solo shot in win Saturday
    Todd Frazier blasted a solo home run as the White Sox topped the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Frazier and teammate Matt Davidson went back-to-back off of Marcus Stroman in the second inning, opening the game's scoring. His average continues to be a drain, but overall he's hitting .203/.309/.411 with 11 long balls and 33 RBI. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:03 pm
    W, 9-0 @Min
     
  • Chad Pinder scratched from As lineup Saturday
    Chad Pinder was scratched from the Athletics' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: No word given yet as to the reason for the late scratch. Adam Rosales will start in his place at shortstop and bat second for the A's against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:51 am
    New Player Note
    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) remains out of lineup
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) remains out of the Braves' starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Kemp did indicate that he's feeling better though and will be available off of the bench on Saturday. Look for him to return to the Braves' lineup on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:20 am
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Matt Chapman drives in three Friday
    Matt Chapman finished 1-for-4 with the first three RBI of his career in Friday's game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Chapman had what he thought was his first-career hit erased by instant replay earlier in the game, but he bounced back nicely with the go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning to help his team rally for the win. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:37 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • Cliff Pennington swats first homer of season
    Cliff Pennington belted a solo home run in three at-bats against the Royals.

    Advice: Pennington connected for a solo homer off of good friend Ian Kennedy to provide the only offense for the Halos. There haven't been many highlights for Pennington since May 12, as he entered play with just seven hits (all singles) over the past 43 at-bats, dropping his average from .275 to .222 since May 13. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:07 am
    W, 10-5 @NYY
     
  • Jose Ramirez posts three RBI in Friday's win
    Jose Ramirez ended up posting a pair of doubles, a single and two runs scored across four at-bats in Friday's 8-1 victory in Minnesota.

    Advice: Ramirez has been scalding hot over the past few games, collecting four doubles, a home run and two singles over his past 13 at-bat while coming across to score five times. He is 25-for-65 (.385) with nine doubles, two homers, five RBI and 16 runs scored across the past 17 games to raise his average from .265 to .298 just since May 27. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:43 pm
    W, 6-3 @Bal
     
  • Justin Smoak hits two-run homer
    Justin Smoak hit his 19th homer Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Tonight's homer came with the Blue Jays down 11-2 in the ninth, so it didn't count for much. Still, he's now among several tied for second in the majors in homers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Josh Bell homers, plates three in loss Friday
    Josh Bell homered and drove home three runs as the Pirates fell to the Cubs on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Bell got the Bucs on the board with a solo homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run triple in the sixth. They would hold a 4-3 advantage until the ninth where the Pirates' bullpen imploded. With the two-hit attack, Bell is now hitting .238/.319/.466 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:59 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 4-2 @Mil
     
  • Seth Smith (back) returns to Orioles' lineup
    Seth Smith (back) is starting in right field and batting leadoff for the Orioles on Friday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Smith had been sidelined since Monday because of a stiff back. The veteran outfielder is slashing .264/.344/.444 with six home runs and 14 RBI in 45 games this season for Baltimore. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:48 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Cle
     
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) out Friday vs. Marlins
    Matt Kemp (hamstring) is not in the Braves' starting lineup Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Kemp made an early exit from Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals after experiencing left hamstring tightness. The veteran outfielder remains day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:20 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Alonso open to midseason extension with A's
    Yonder Alonso told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that he is open to signing a midseason extension with the Athletics.

    Advice: Alonso, a free-agent-to-be, has broken out to the tune of a .306/.398/.645 batting line with 17 home runs and 37 RBI through 57 games this season. "I think that there is a great chance that I stay here," Alonso told Rosenthal. "I really do mean that. The guys they have, the young core that they have, are all guys I can relate to. … A lot of players here say, ‘I want to play well here, do well and get out.’ I actually want to play well, do well and stay here." Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:31 am
  • Chapman draws two walks in MLB debut
    Matt Chapman went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, two walks, and a run scored Thursday night in his MLB debut against the Yankees.

    Advice: Chapman was officially promoted to the major league level on Thursday evening after posting a .942 OPS with 16 home runs in 48 games this season at Triple-A Nashville. The 24-year-old is going to serve as the A's primary starter at third base moving forward, as Trevor Plouffe was designated for assignment Thursday in a corresponding roster move. Chapman's power potential gives him strong appeal in most standard mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:57 am
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • Yunel Escobar notches RBI single in loss
    Yunel Escobar went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Escobar came up with an RBI single in the sixth inning to give the Angels their second run of the game. They wouldn't score again in the 7-2 defeat. For the season as a whole, he is now hitting .275/.330/.406 with five homers and 19 RBI in 207 at-bats. A strained hamstring cost him about three weeks of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:29 pm
  • Athletics promote Chapman, DFA Plouffe
    Athletics recalled 3B Matt Chapman from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Trevor Plouffe was DFA'd to make room for him. The 25th overall pick of the 2014 draft, Chapman has been a prodigious power hitter in the minors, though a low contact rate delayed his arrival in the big leagues. He'll man third base and bat seventh in his A's debut Thursday against the Yankees. The 24-year-old is No. 88 on MLB.com's top 100 prospects. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:58 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • O's Seth Smith (stiff back) may need DL stint
    Seth Smith remains out of the Orioles' lineup Thursday because of a stiff back.

    Advice: If there's no improvement by the weekend, the O's might put Smith on the 10-day disabled list. The veteran outfielder hasn't played since Monday. "It’s more mid-back than lower back," manager Buck Showalter told reporters Thursday. "He’s had some just general lack of range-of-motion." Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:44 am
    L, 6-3 vs Cle
     
  • Ramirez goes 2-for-4 with a solo home run
    Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 and roped a solo home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shot off reliever Josh Fields was his ninth of the season to go with his .283/.341/.482 triple slash and 28 RBI. He has scored 33 runs and swiped six bases as well. This is his fifth year in the major leagues and he is still just 24 years old. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:31 pm
    W, 6-3 @Bal
     
  • Schwarber hits two-run bomb vs Mets
    Kyle Schwarber cracked a two-run bomb on a 2-for-4 night against the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His shot off Matt Harvey gave his club a short-lived lead but the Mets ended up winning easily in the end. The season has been an unrelenting struggle for the young slugger. He has a .178 batting average to go with 12 home runs and 28 RBI. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:45 pm
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    W, 11-1 @Mia
     
  • Phillips doubles twice in four-hit showing
    Brandon Phillips went 4-for-6 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in Wednesday's 13-2 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Phillips got this party started for the Braves with an RBI double off Tanner Roark in the first inning. He would later pick up a two-run double in the seventh inning. By that point, the game was a laugher, as the hit made the score 12-2. For the season as a whole, Phillips is hitting .306/.348/.434 with four homers and 21 RBI over the course of 58 games played. In his last three contests, the veteran second baseman has picked up eight hits in 16 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:02 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Matt Kemp exits with left hamstring tightness
    Matt Kemp was lifted from Wednesday's win over the Nationals due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Kemp came up hobbled after sliding into third base in the third inning of Wednesday's win. His exit appears to be mostly of a precautionary nature. He will have a natural off day on Thursday and could potentially play in Friday's road showdown with the Marlins assuming the tightness subsides. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:53 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Report: A's to call up prospect Matt Chapman
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A's will call up third base prospect Matt Chapman on Thursday.

    Advice: Chapman is expected to be available for Thursday's game against the Yankees. The A's were waiting to call him up until he passed the super-two arbitration mark. In 48 games at Triple-A Nashville this season, the 24-year-old was hitting .259/.350/.592 with 16 homers and 30 RBI. Given the power upside, here, he is worth a look in both mixed league and AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:08 pm
    10-Day DL
    L, 12-9 vs Hou
     
  • Matt Kemp forced out with apparent leg injury
    Matt Kemp was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Nationals due to an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Kemp grabbed for his left hamstring after sliding into third base in the top of the third inning. He was subsequently replaced in the field by Danny Santana in the bottom of the frame. The Braves should pass along an update as to the exact nature of his injury later on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:15 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 12-11 vs SF
     
  • Josh Reddick placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Astros placed OF Josh Reddick on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

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

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

    Advice: The hot-hitting second baseman delivered a run-scoring single in the first inning then clobbered a two-run homer in the third. He has been an impressive asset in fantasy leagues thus far, slashing .296/.342/.505 with eight homers, 28 RBI and one stolen base. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:04 pm
    W, 10-3 @Col
     
  • Mets place Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) on DL
    Mets placed SS Asdrubal Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain.

    Advice: Cabrera hit a pair of solo home runs on Monday, but the thumb injury that sent him to the DL last month is apparently still an issue. He will receive a cortisone shot and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. The Mets didn't call up Amed Rosario to replace Cabrera, which means Jose Reyes will handle shortstop. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:10 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-6 @LAD
     
  • Josh Reddick exits game with concussion
    Josh Reddick was pulled from Monday's game against the Rangers with a mild concussion.

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

    Advice: Cabrera got the Mets on the board with a solo shot in the second inning, then victimized Lackey again his next time up in the fourth inning. He finished the night 2-for-4 and is now slashing .244/.321/.392 with six homers, 20 RBI and three stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Jun 12, 6:39 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-6 @LAD
     
  • Josh Bell not in Monday's lineup
    Josh Bell is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It looks to be a regular day off. Jose Osuna is at first base. Adam Frazier is also sitting out, as the Pirates have Josh Harrison in left field and Max Moroff at second base. Rotoworld.com Jun 12, 2:29 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    L, 4-2 @Mil
     
  • Schwarber not in Cubs' lineup Monday night
    Kyle Schwarber is out of the Cubs' lineup again on Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: Schwarber slugged a pinch-hit homer in Sunday's series finale versus the Rockies, but he'll work off the bench again Monday with the Mets starting right-hander Jacob deGrom. Ben Zobrist is in left field and Jon Jay is batting leadoff. Rotoworld.com Jun 12, 12:09 pm
    Not Active
    W, 11-1 @Mia
     
  • Josh Donaldson coming alive on road trip
    Josh Donaldson finished 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Sunday's 4-0 win in Seattle.

    Advice: Donaldson wrapped up the six-game road trip with nine hits over 21 at-bats (.429) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI to raise his average from .279 to .317. After showing a little bit of rust in his first few games off the 10-day disabled list on May 26, he is back to being a stud again for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Jun 11, 9:24 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 11-4 @Tex
     
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