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  • Four scoreless for Cease
    Cubs prospect Dylan Cease didn't allow a run in his four innings of work for Low-A South Bend on Sunday.

    Advice: Cease didn't allow a hit in those four innings, and he walked just two while striking out five. The Cubs are takings things very slowly with Cease, but he's missing bats at an elite level (65 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings) and throwing enough strikes to make his stuff relevant. There's still a very good chance he ends up pitching in relief, but there's at least a chance he ends up a starter, and a very good one at that. 39 minutes ago
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  • Romero fires seven scoreless innings
    Twins prospect Fernando Romero hurled seven shutout innings on Sunday for Double-A Chattanooga.

    Advice: Romero allowed only three hits on the day, and he also struck out six while walking three. His ERA for the year now sits at 2.97, and he continues to show a double-plus fastball with competent secondary offerings. If either the change or slider can become an above-average pitch, Romero has a chance to be a third starter or better. Even if they're just average, he can start and miss a lot of bats with his fastball. 58 minutes ago
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    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Eickhoff (back) not ready to pitch Wednesday
    Jerad Eickhoff (back) won't be ready to start Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Eickhoff hit the disabled list last week with an upper back strain and apparently didn't show enough progress during his bullpen session Sunday. Mark Leiter, Jr. will get another start, though he makes for a risky streaming option in fantasy leagues. Today, 11:11 am
    10-Day DL
    12:40 pm @Ari
  • Strong outing for Szapucki
    Mets prospect Thomas Szapucki pitched six innings of shutout baseball on Sunday for Low-A Columbia.

    Advice: In those six innings, Szapucki allowed just two hits and two walks, and he struck out ten. Szapucki doesn't get the attention of some of the other Met arms, but he should. He's a southpaw with two plus pitches, and his change is making some progress, as his command. He's at least a couple of years away from seeing the big leagues, but in terms of just upside, he's as talented as any hurler in the New York system. Today, 11:01 am
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  • Two more hits for Urias
    Padres prospect Luis Urias went 2-for-4 on Sunday for Double-A San Antonio.

    Advice: Ho hum. This is just what Urias does. He's not going to hit for a ton of power, he's not going to steal a ton of bases, but he's going to get on base. A lot. He's also looking like a legitimate candidate to stay at shortstop now, and if that holds, his value goes up substantially. Even if he has to move to second base, Urias is an excellent middle-infield prospect. Today, 10:53 am
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  • Phillies recall RHP Pinto from Triple-A
    Phillies recalled RHP Ricardo Pinto from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: He'll replace Edubray Ramos on the active roster. Pinto had a brief stint with the Phillies last month and will operate in middle relief in his return to the show. Today, 10:46 am
  • Quality start for Quantrill
    Padres prospect Cal Quantrill gave up two runs in just under seven innings on Sunday for High-A Lake Elsinore.

    Advice: Quantrill scattered six hits on the afternoon, didn't walk anyone and struck out seven. The 2016 first-rounder is pitching in unfriendly waters, so his 3.59 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings become all the more impressive. He has one of the best fastball/change combos in the minors, and his slider has made progress as well. He should get a chance to pitch in Double-A before the end of 2017, but the Padres would be wise to take things easy on him, considering he's just a year removed from Tommy John surgery. Today, 10:44 am
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  • Pollock to play next rehab game Tuesday
    A.J. Pollock (groin, quad) will play his next rehab game with Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pollock recently took a break from his rehab stint after tweaking his quad a week ago, but he played four innings and took three at-bats on Sunday. Barring any further setbacks, he's likely a few days away from rejoining the Diamondbacks. Today, 10:30 am
    10-Day DL
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Adames continues his strong June
    Rays prospect Willy Adames went 3-for-5 on Sunday for Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: One of the hits was a double, and Adames also scored a run. He's crushed the ball in June, and he's not hitting .395/.490/.605 for the month. The Rays are absolutely in contention and may not want to call up Adames until they're sure he's ready to play everyday. He sure looks like he's ready to play everyday. Today, 10:02 am
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  • Billy Hamilton not in Monday's lineup vs. STL
    Billy Hamilton is not in Monday's lineup against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a day of rest. Patrick Kivlehan will handle center field duties and bat eighth. Jose Peraza is hitting leadoff. Today, 9:46 am
  • Yankees recall Refsnyder from Triple-A
    Yankees recalled INF/OF Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Refsnyder is 5-for-29 (.172) with one double and one triple over 15 games with the Yankees this season. He'll function in a utility role in his return to the majors. Today, 9:41 am
  • Paul Goldschmidt out of Monday's lineup
    Paul Goldschmidt is out of Monday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: Goldschmidt will get a day of rest with the afternoon game. Daniel Descalso will fill in at first base. Today, 9:25 am
  • Reds activate Finnegan from 60-day DL
    Reds activated LHP Brandon Finnegan from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Finnegan, out since mid-April with a strained left trapezius muscle, will make his return to the Reds' rotation Monday night against the Cardinals. The southpaw posted a 3.00 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings over three minor league rehab starts. Most fantasy owners can afford to wait and see with this first start back, but he remains an intriguing talent. Today, 8:11 am
  • Meadows expected to miss four weeks
    Pirates prospect outfielder Austin Meadows is expected to miss up to four weeks after receiving a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection last week for a right hamstring tear.

    Advice: Meadows suffered the injury last week. It's the latest frustrating development for the 22-year-old, who has struggled to the tune of a .248/.313/.358 batting line with four homers and 35 RBI through 64 games this season in Triple-A. Meadows was mentioned as a possibility for a call-up after Starling Marte's PED suspension back in April, but the Pirates didn't think he was ready at the time. At this point, the priority should be getting him healthy to finish the year on a high note. Today, 6:35 am
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  • Franklin (hamstring) appears as pinch-hitter
    Nick Franklin (hamstring) flew out as a pinch-hitter Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: Franklin left Friday's game with hamstring tightness and was ejected from Saturday's game after yelling something from the dugout. The 26-year-old is hitting .195/.258/.317 with two homers and 10 RBI over 53 games this season in a utility role. Today, 5:53 am
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    Nick Franklin Mil - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Goldschmidt hits RBI single in extras win
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored in Sunday's 11-inning win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Goldschmidt hit an RBI single in the second inning to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. The score would hold right there until the seventh inning, when Howie Kendrick came up with an RBI knock of his own to tie the game. Daniel Descalso would ultimately win it for the Diamondbacks with an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. For his part, Goldy is now working to a beautiful .333/.448/.611 triple-slash with 18 homers, 65 RBI and 13 steals in 274 at-bats. Yesterday, 5:20 pm
  • Billy Hamilton heating up for Cincinnati
    Billy Hamilton delivered two hits Sunday in the Reds’ 6-2 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: He led off the game with a double and scored later in the inning on an RBI single by Scooter Gennett. Hamilton also legged out an infield single in the ninth inning. The 26-year-old center fielder has followed up an 0-for-20 dry spell by logging four hits over his last eight at-bats. He leads the majors with 31 stolen bases. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • A.J. Pollock (groin) to resume rehab Sunday
    A.J. Pollock (groin, quad) will resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Sunday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since tweaking his quad on Monday. According to Steve Gilbert of, the Diamondbacks are looking to get Pollock 10 at-bats before bringing him up to the big leagues. Barring another setback, Pollock should be back in Arizona by mid-week. Saturday, 6:43 pm
    10-Day DL
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Eickhoff to throw bullpen session Sunday
    Jerad Eickhoff (back) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: The Phillies haven't given a timetable for Eickhoff's return but they should have a better idea of where he stands after Sunday's pen session. Eickhoff landed on the DL with an upper back strain earlier this week. Mark Leiter has taken his spot in the starting rotation. Saturday, 5:06 pm
    10-Day DL
    12:40 pm @Ari
  • Nick Franklin tossed for arguing Saturday
    Nick Franklin was ejected for arguing Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Franklin wasn't in the lineup after leaving the previous night's game with hamstring tightness, but was thrown out by second base umpire Jerry Meals for something he said from the dugout. Apparently he was upset the Braves were allowed to challenge a pickoff play at first base after waiting longer than their allotted 30 seconds. The ejection occurred with one out in the first inning. Saturday, 1:38 pm
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    Nick Franklin Mil - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Finnegan (trapezius) could return Monday
    Brandon Finnegan (trapezius) could rejoin the Reds' rotation on Monday in St. Louis.

    Advice: Finnegan has posted a 3.00 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio over 12 innings across three rehab starts. He's be relatively limited from a pitch count perspective Monday but is probably built up enough at this point to give it a go. Finnegan has been sidelined since mid-April due to a strained left trapezius muscle. Friday, 1:50 pm
  • Goldschmidt leads rout with 18th homer
    Paul Goldschmidt clobbered his 18th homer while providing four RBI Thursday in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Goldschmidt was ruthless on Thursday, first giving Arizona the lead with an RBI single in the third inning before launching a three-run jack off Antonio Senzatela in the following frame. Goldschmidt has now overtaken teammate Jake Lamb for the major league lead with 64 RBI and ranks second behind Aaron Judge in OPS. He’s hit .427 over 68 at-bats this month. Thursday, 3:49 pm
  • Yankees option Rob Refsnyder to AAA
    Yankees optioned INF/OF Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Refsnyder has batted just .172/.226/.276 in 31 plate appearances this season at the major league level, and he was 3-for-19 (.158) in June. Thursday, 11:58 am
  • Meadows undergoing tests on hamstring
    Pirates prospect Austin Meadows tweaked his right hamstring Wednesday in a game at Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He is scheduled to undergo an MRI and will likely spend a bit of time on the Triple-A disabled list. Meadows, the ninth overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, has batted just .248/.313/.358 with four home runs in 64 games this season for Indy. Thursday, 7:12 am
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  • Paul Goldschmidt launches homer No. 17
    Paul Goldschmidt belted a solo home run in three at-bats Tuesday at Colorado while coming across to score a pair of runs.

    Advice: Goldschmidt has homered in back-to-back games for the second time over his past seven contests, and he has amassed 19 RBI in the month of June so far. He collected 18 RBI in April and 20 in May, so his total in June is on pace to be a season best. Goldschmidt also carries a seven-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game against Jeff Hoffman and the Rockies. Tuesday, 10:27 pm
  • Nick Franklin leaves the yard in loss to Bucs
    Nick Franklin homered and plated two runs on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to lead his club to victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Franklin got the Brewers on the board with a solo shot in the second inning then added on a run-scoring double in the third. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now hitting .192/.259/.321 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in his limited action this season. Tuesday, 8:55 pm
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    Nick Franklin Mil - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Pollock (groin, quad) shut down three days
    A.J. Pollock (groin, quad) will be held out of action at Triple-A Reno for at least the next three days.

    Advice: Pollock, who's been on the disabled list since May 15 with a right groin strain, experienced tightness in his right quad Monday while playing in his second minor league rehab game. It doesn't sound like a major setback, but it will obviously delay his return a little bit. Pollock was batting .299/.337/.455 with two home runs and 11 stolen bases through 37 games this season for Arizona. Tuesday, 5:47 pm
    10-Day DL
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Phillies place Jerad Eickhoff (back) on DL
    Phillies placed RHP Jerad Eickhoff on the 10-day disabled list with an upper back strain.

    Advice: Eickhoff looked sharp in his last start against a dangerous Diamondbacks offense, firing six innings of one-run ball, but he won't be able to take his next turn Friday. The hope is it'll be a short absence. Tuesday, 1:15 pm
    10-Day DL
    12:40 pm @Ari
  • A.J. Pollock exits rehab game with tight quad
    A.J. Pollock (groin) departed Monday's rehab game with Triple-A Reno due to right quad tightness.

    Advice: It appears to be unrelated to the right groin strain that sent Pollock to the disabled list, but it's nonetheless a discouraging development. Pollock was playing in his second rehab game with Reno and had been slated for activation later this week. That certainly seems unlikely to happen now. The Diamondbacks are calling the outfielder day-to-day for the time being. Monday, 7:54 pm
    10-Day DL
    12:40 pm vs Phi
  • Another multi-hit day for Urias
    Padres prospect Luis Urias went 2-for-4 on Sunday for Double-A San Antonio.

    Advice: It's almost a bigger surprise when Urias doesn't have a two (ore more) hit game at this point. That's hyperbolic, but his feel for the barrel is very impressive. Not only is he hitting for average, he's also walking more often than he's striking out. Not bad for a 20-year-old in Double-A. Not bad for anyone. Urias is a must-roster in dynasty leagues. Jun 19, 10:42 am
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  • Goldschmidt blasts two-run homer on Sunday
    Paul Goldschmidt blasted a two-run homer in the first inning on Sunday as the Diamondbacks topped the Phillies in extra innings.

    Advice: Goldschmidt and teammate Chris Owings each homered in the first inning, giving the D'Backs an early 3-0 lead. He also singled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-5. Goldschmidt is slashing an absurd .324/.442/.596 with 16 homers, 51 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Jun 18, 3:35 pm
  • Goldschmidt goes 2-for-5 with two RBI Sat.
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a 5-1 victory over the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: In the seventh inning he laced a double to deep center that plated pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and outfielder Daniel Descalso, then was knocked in by Brandon Drury. Goldschmidt is putting up yet another MVP-caliber season at the plate and on the bases. He has a .322 batting average with 15 home runs, 59 runs scored, 55 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He leads the National League in runs and is tied for second in RBI. Jun 17, 7:04 pm
  • Eickhoff allows one run in six innings vs ARI
    Jerad Eickhoff was denied a decision despite allowing just one run in six innings against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: He is wondering what he has to do to get a win. His only blemish came on an RBI single by Jake Lamb in the third inning. Eickhoff allowed five hits and three walks while fanning two batters in the contest. He has yet to win any of his 14 starts. He is 0-7 with a 4.81 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings. Jun 17, 6:38 pm
    10-Day DL
    12:40 pm @Ari
  • Billy Hamilton returns to lineup
    Billy Hamilton returned to action Friday and had a double in four at-bats against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Hamilton missed Wednesday's game because of a sore thumb. Jun 16, 9:14 pm
  • A.J. Pollock (groin) cleared for rehab games
    A.J. Pollock (groin) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday.

    Advice: He'll play five innings in his rehab debut and could return to the Diamondbacks' active roster next week if everything goes smoothly. Pollock has been on the disabled list since May 15 because of a Grade 1 strain of his right groin. The dynamic center fielder was batting .299/.337/.455 with two home runs and 11 stolen bases through 37 games this season for Arizona. Jun 16, 2:24 pm
    10-Day DL
    12:40 pm vs Phi
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