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  • Report: A's targeting young CF for Gray
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Athletics are prioritizing young center fielders in trade talks for Sonny Gray.

    Advice: As such, Morosi hears that the Athletics have interest in Yankees prospect outfielder Estevan Florial, who has enjoyed a breakout year with Class A Charleston and recently played in the Futures Game. It's unclear if the Yankees would be willing to part with him in this particular deal, but the price tag figures to be high for a pitcher who is under team control though 2019. The Yankees have a clear need for a starter. Today, 8:41 am
  • Brewers option RHP Woodruff to Triple-A
    Brewers activated RHP Brandon Woodruff from the 10-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Woodruff was poised to make his major league debut last month before going down with a right hamstring strain. Now that the 24-year-old is back to full health, he'll continue to serve as rotation depth in the minors. Today, 8:14 am
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  • Report: Nationals could pursue RHP Sonny Gray
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Nationals are prepared to pursue Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray if Stephen Strasburg's forearm issue lingers.

    Advice: The Nationals haven't been mentioned in talks much so far, but that could change after Strasburg was forced to exit his start Sunday with forearm stiffness. It's worth noting that the Nationals and Athletics have worked together on multiple trades in recent years. The Brewers, Yankees, and Astros are among the other clubs who have been linked to Gray in recent days. Gray is lined up to start Tuesday against the Blue Jays in what could be his final outing in an A's uniform. Today, 5:40 am
  • Buster Posey drives in pair of runs in loss
    Buster Posey finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI in Monday's loss against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: The Giants were drummed 10-3, but as usual Posey was his steady self at the plate. After a slow period at the plate by his standards, Posey has collected six RBI over the past seven outings. He'll look to keep it rolling in Tuesday's game against Jameson Taillon and the Bucs. Today, 2:45 am
  • Matt Cain unable to shut down Bucs
    Matt Cain was hammered for six runs - two earned - and six hits with a walk and just one strikeout over four innings in a loss against the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Cain managed to throw just 44 of his 72 pitches for strikes, slipping to 3-9. His defense didn't help him much in this one, as Eduardo Nunez committed an error on a ground ball to put Cain behind the 8-ball in the second inning. He never was able to recover. It's uncertain if and when he'll make another start. Today, 2:42 am
  • Jordy Mercer reaches double digits in HR
    Jordy Mercer finished 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in Monday's game in San Francisco.

    Advice: Mercer has managed two homers with five RBI in four games on the western road trip so far. The shortstop has reached double digits in homers for the third time in the past four seasons, and he needs just three more to set a new career high. Today, 2:32 am
  • Gerrit Cole posts eighth victory on Monday
    Gerrit Cole allowed two earned runs, six hits and four walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a win in San Francisco on Monday.

    Advice: Cole improved to 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA over four outings, all quality starts, with five walks and 26 strikeouts across 25 innings in the month of July. There were some rumblings about Cole potentially being dealt, but the Bucs quickly shot down those rumors. The talk obviously didn't bother Cole, as he is pitching his best ball of the season. Today, 2:29 am
  • Cody Bellinger delivers game-winning homer
    Cody Bellinger hit the game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Bellinger has homered in back-to-back games, and he is 15-for-46 (.326) with two doubles, a triple and four homers with 11 RBI since July 6, raising his average from .258 to .269. The rookie is back from his pre-break slump and mashing the ball again. Today, 1:49 am
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu strikes out five in no-decision
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (foot) returned to action in Monday's no-decision against the Twins, allowing two runs, five hits and three walks with five strikeouts over five innings.

    Advice: Ryu threw 50 of his 79 pitches for strikes, and it is likely his pitch count was capped somewhat since he was making his first start after a month-long layoff due to a bruised foot. His next scheduled start is tentatively set for Saturday at home against the rival Giants. Today, 1:33 am
  • Ben Gamel pushes hit streak to 11 games
    Ben Gamel finished 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in Monday's win against Boston.

    Advice: Gamel has hit safely in 11 straight outings, going 15-for-46 (.326) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and six RBI during the impressive run. Oddly enough the hitting streak hasn't really helped or hurt his fantasy value, as his average is the same .323 as it was when the streak started July 14. Today, 12:41 am
  • James Paxton nearly untouchable on Monday
    James Paxton allowed just four singles with no walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out 10 batters in Monday's victory against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Paxton rolled to his 10th victory of the season, and his fifth consecutive win. He is a perfect 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA across 33 1/3 innings over five starts in the month of July after posting a 1-3 with a dismal 7.20 ERA in five outings in June. Paxton is back and looking like a fantasy stud after inexplicable issues last month. Today, 12:38 am
  • Jackie Bradley collects pair of hits in loss
    Jackie Bradley finished with a pair of singles across four at-bats in Monday's loss in Seattle.

    Advice: The Red Sox accounted for just four singles against James Paxton and a pair of relievers, so Bradley was the only batter who wasn't being fooled. Perhaps the two hits will get him started again. His average has tailed off from .285 to .268 just since July 5. Today, 12:06 am
  • A.J. Pollock drives in four in Tuesday's win
    A.J. Pollock finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a two-run home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Monday's win against the Braves.

    Advice: Pollock was a bit sluggish for several games after coming off the 10-day disabled list July 2 after battling groin and quadriceps injury. However, he has picked up the pace over the past week and a half, going 14-for-34 (.412) with five doubles, two triples, two homers and six RBI over the past nine outings. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Zack Greinke shines in Monday's victory
    Zack Greinke allowed two earned runs, five hits and no walks with six strikeouts over eight innings in a win against the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: The All-Star bounced back nicely after a subpar effort by his standards last time out. He has won four straight decisions, and he has lost just once since May 27. Greinke is 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA over 27 innings across four starts in July, his best ERA of any month. He'll be back at it Saturday afternoon in St. Louis opposite the ice-cold Mike Leake. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • George Springer (quad) expected to avoid DL
    George Springer (quad) is expected to avoid the disabled list.

    Advice: It sounds like the left quad discomfort that forced Springer from Monday's game might have been a cramp more than anything else. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Springer is considered day-to-day. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
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  • HOU recalls outfield prospect Derek Fisher
    Astros recalled OF Derek Fisher from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: George Springer (quad) is expected to avoid the disabled list, but the Astros want to give Fisher another look, anyway. The 23-year-old made a nice five-game impression (.278/.381/.611, two homers) last month and sports a robust .318/.384/.583 line with 21 homers, 66 RBI and 16 steals this season with Fresno. At-bats figure to be available in left field with Marwin Gonzalez moving in to shortstop to cover for Carlos Correa (thumb), so it will be interesting to see whether the Astros give Fisher a chance to run away with a job. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Brewers 'fading' in pursuit of Sonny Gray
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers are "fading" in the trade pursuit of Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Joel Sherman of New York Post reported earlier Monday that the Brewers and Yankees were viewed as the "strongest pursuers" of Gray, so this is big news. Milwaukee still figures to trade for a starter, but it's looking unlikelier now that that hurler will be Gray. In addition to the Yankees, the Astros, Braves, Mariners, Twins and Indians have been among the teams connected to the A's right-hander. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • George Springer leaves game with sore quad
    George Springer departed Monday's game against the Phillies with discomfort in his left quad.

    Advice: It's unclear when Springer suffered the injury or whether it could potentially be more than a day-to-day situation. The Astros will have an update on their star outfielder after the game. Yesterday, 5:12 pm
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  • Hyun-Jin Ryu activated for Monday start
    Dodgers activated LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Ryu will start Monday against the Twins. He's missed most of this month with a bruised foot, although it's debatable how hurt he's actually been. Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Braves getting 'more involved' for Sonny Gray
    Joel Sherman of New York Post reports that the Braves "have gotten more involved" in trade talks for Sonny Gray.

    Advice: The Braves aren't really viewed as a legit playoff contender this season, but they've been connected to Gray dating back to the offseason as they seek to obtain a cost-controlled starter. They certainly have the pieces in their farm system to get something done. Sherman notes that the Yankees and Brewers are viewed as the "strongest pursuers" over Gray at this point, with the Astros "still trying, too." The Mariners, Twins and Indians have also been connected to Gray. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Mariners could 'make a run' for Sonny Gray's Mark Feinsand reports that the Mariners "might be preparing to make a run" for Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Feinsand's source told him that general manager Jerry Dipoto "is going for it these next two years" and "if he is going for it, he might as well go completely in." Seattle doesn't have a terribly strong farm system, but it sounds like Dipoto could be willing to empty the cupboard in order to acquire a quality starter who is under team control through 2019. He'll have plenty of competition for Gray, of course, as most every contender looking for pitching help has been connected to him. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Buster Posey hits RBI single in loss to SDP
    Buster Posey went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Posey notched an RBI single against Dinelson Lamet in the first inning for his lone knock of the afternoon. The backstop is putting in another on-the-money season this year, slashing .319/.403/.492 with 11 homers and 40 RBI in 87 games played. Sunday, 4:17 pm
  • George Springer sitting out on Sunday
    George Springer is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for Springer. Carlos Beltran is also getting a breather, as Evan Gattis, Nori Aoki and Jake Marisnick are all receiving starts. Sunday, 7:39 am
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  • Ben Gamel extends hit streak to nine
    Ben Gamel finished 2-for-5 with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Gamel pushed his hitting streak to nine games. He is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with five runs scored, two homers and four RBI during the solid run. It's rare, but his average has actually slipped two points since his hitting streak started right after the All-Star break. Sunday, 3:00 am
  • A.J. Pollock homers, triples in Arizona's win
    A.J. Pollock missed the cycle by a single and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Diamondbacks edged the Nationals 6-5 on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock tripled off Enny Romero in the ninth and came around to score on Brandon Drury's single to right, ending the game. In all, Pollock scored three times tonight. He's batting .279 with two homers and four doubles in 43 at-bats since coming off the disabled list on July 4. Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Mercer connects for two-run homer
    Jordy Mercer launched a two-run homer Friday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: It was his only hit in five at-bats on the day, but at least it was a big one. Mercer has nine home runs through 92 games, just three shy of his career-high from 2013. He already has a career-best .758 OPS. Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Twins continue to monitor Sonny Gray
    According to LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins "continue to monitor the market" for Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Add another team to Gray's growing list of suitors. The Twins are finalizing a trade for Braves lefty Jaime Garcia but apparently that won't stop them from pursuing Gray. Minnesota is clearly all-in but with so many other teams in the running, acquiring Gray is probably a long shot. Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Astros losing interest in Sonny Gray?
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are not in "serious talks" for Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Per Heyman, Houston is "looking elsewhere" right now. That conflicts with a report by MLB Network's Jon Morosi, who said earlier today that talks were "heating up" between the A's and Astros. It's possible the Astros balked at Oakland's asking price for Gray but with the trade deadline over a week away, there's still time for the sides to strike a deal. Jeff Samardzija could be a fallback option for the Astros if they lose out on Gray, who is also being pursued by the Yankees and Indians. Thursday, 6:40 pm
  • Not done yet: Yankees pursuing Sonny Gray
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Athletics "have named their price" for Sonny Gray in trade talks with the Yankees.

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports added that the A's have a scout observing the Yankees' Double-A affiliate in Trenton tonight. The Yankees made a huge trade earlier this week when they acquired Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox and from the looks of it, they're not done adding pieces. Gray has drawn widespread trade interest with the Astros and Indians among his top suitors. The Yankees could certainly use another arm after losing Michael Pineda to Tommy John surgery earlier this month. Thursday, 4:22 pm
  • Astros' pursuit of Sonny Gray is 'heating up'
    Jon Morosi of MLB Networks reports that talks are "heating up" between the Astros and Athletics on a Sonny Gray trade.

    Advice: Morosi notes, however, that the Astros are also talking to the Tigers about a possible package for both Justin Verlander and Justin Wilson. Gray, 27, has rebounded this season with a strong 3.66 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, and 85/28 K/BB ratio in 91 innings, after finishing with a 5.69 ERA over 117 innings in 2016. He is under contractual control through 2019. Thursday, 8:28 am
  • A.J. Pollock getting day off against Reds
    A.J. Pollock is getting the day off Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: Gregor Blanco will start in center field and bat eighth, with Daniel Descalso taking a turn at leadoff. It's just a routine day of maintenance for Pollock. Thursday, 7:32 am
  • Greinke yields three runs in five innings Wed
    Zack Greinke let in three runs in five innings and had to settle for a no-decision as his team lost to the Reds in extra innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks' ace didn't have his best stuff working for him tonight. He allowed eight base hits and issued three walks while striking out three in the ballgame. He gave up a solo home run to All Star shortstop Zack Cozart in the third inning. Greinke was not able to add to his 11 wins, but at least he didn't add to his four losses either. The former Cy Young Award winner wields a stellar 2.97 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through 19 starts. He has an elite 134/26 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 121 1/3 innings of work and remains one of the best pitchers in baseball at the age of 33. Wednesday, 9:12 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. Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Matt Cain turns in quality start against CLE
    Matt Cain allowed three runs on five hits over six innings while taking a no-decision in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Cain struck out five and walked two in what was a respectable enough performance given that he entered the game holding a 5.56 ERA. Both runs on the veteran right-hander's line came in the third inning, when he surrendered RBI singles to Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez. Cain will next toe the rubber in a home start against the Pirates. Wednesday, 5:03 pm
  • Sonny Gray handcuffs Rays into seventh
    Sonny Gray surrendered two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in Wednesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: In what may well have been Gray's last start with the A's, he turned in a sturdy, respectable performance. The 27-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked two in the game. Both runs on his line scored in the fourth inning. Gray, who has a ton of trade smoke around him (the Astros and Royals are reportedly in on him) has pitched to a 3.66 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over the course of 15 starts this season. Wednesday, 4:38 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (foot) set to start on Monday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (foot) is expected to start against the Twins on Monday.

    Advice: Ryu was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised left foot on July 4. He tossed a simulated game this week which went off without a hitch and so long as he experiences no setbacks over the coming day, should be good-to-go on Monday. He owns a 4.21 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 14 appearances (13 starts) this season. Wednesday, 3:41 pm
  • Mariners' Paxton dominates first-place Astros
    James Paxton fired seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Mariners' 4-1 victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Paxton cruised through the toughest lineup in the American League, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out seven. The one run against him came on a George Springer sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third. Paxton, 28, is now 9-3 with a 3.05 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 107/31 K/BB ratio in 94 1/3 innings this season, positioning himself as one of the top starters in the American League. He'll get the Red Sox at home next week. Wednesday, 2:10 pm
  • Gamel hits two-run homer versus Astros
    Ben Gamel hit a two-run homer in the Mariners' defeat of the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a go-ahead drive off Astros starter Charlie Morton in the top of the fourth inning. Gamel finished 1-for-4 in the afternoon victory at Minute Maid Park. He has a surprising .319/.373/.444 batting line over 72 games this season for Seattle, though the homer Wednesday was just his fifth. Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:53 am
  • Cody Bellinger reaches four times
    Cody Bellinger reached base all four times up Tuesday, going 2-for-2 with two walks versus the White Sox.

    Advice: One of the walks was intentional. The home run pace has slowed some, but Bellinger has a higher OPS now (.991) than he did a month ago. Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Ryu (foot) due back Monday or Tuesday
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (foot) is expected to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation next Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: That will give the Dodgers a six-man rotation, but they've been comfortable operating with a non-traditional rotation setup all year. Ryu, who's been out since July 4 with a foot injury, holds a 4.21 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 13 starts and one relief appearance this season with Los Angeles. Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Bellinger hits for cycle in win over Marlins
    Cody Bellinger became the first Dodgers rookie to hit for the cycle as the Dodgers rolled over the Marlins 7-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Bellinger started innocently enough, slapping a single up the middle in the first inning, before jacking his 26th homer of the year in the third. It looked as though he might have hit a second homer in the fourth inning, but it hit off the wall for a double. He then completed it with an always-elusive triple, his second this year, that just escaped Giancarlo Stanton's glove in right field. It's fitting that the 22-year-old made Dodgers history, considering it's one of the few things he'd yet to do in his rookie year. Bellinger has been an absolute star since day one in the majors, and he's now hitting .271/.349/.639 with those league-leading 26 homers, 61 RBI, 52 runs scored and five steals to date. Jul 15, 9:07 pm
  • Pollock goes 2-for-3 with a steal and a run
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: He led off the game with a single and came around to score on a Chris Owings single to right. Pollock has played in only 45 games this season after missing six weeks with a groin injury. He has a .288 batting average with three home runs, 28 runs, 12 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He is capable of being one of the best leadoff men in baseball when fully healthy. Jul 15, 9:03 pm
  • Woodruff (hamstring) begins rehab assignment
    Brandon Woodruff (hamstring) is set to begin a rehab assignment in the Arizona League.

    Advice: Woodruff is on the comeback trail after missing the past month with a strained hamstring. The right-hander has collected a 4.12 ERA over 12 starts for Colorado Springs. He was called up to the big club last month but got hurt before he had a chance to pitch. Jul 15, 5:48 pm
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  • 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). Jul 14, 10:51 pm
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