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  • James Kaprielian (shoulder) placed on injured list
    Athletics placed RHP James Kaprielian on the 10-day injured list with a shoulder impingement.

    Advice: Uh oh. This came out of nowhere as Kaprielian was slated to start Sunday's series finale against the Angels. The severity of the injury, and how much time he'll miss as a result, remain unclear. There should be an update on his status at some point soon. The 27-year-old righty was in the midst of a phenomenal full-season debut, compiling a stellar 3.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 79/27 K/BB ratio across 72 1/3 innings (13 starts). NBCSportsEDGE.com 3 minutes ago
  • Matt Thaiss starting at first base vs. Athletics
    Matt Thaiss is starting at first base and batting eighth for the Angels on Saturday versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Thaiss will be making his first start for the Angels since being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier this week. The 26-year-old former top prospect hit .287/.395/.537 with 13 homers across 291 plate appearances at Triple-A this season. He's not a bad lottery ticket in AL-only formats with Jared Walsh sidelined due to injury. NBCSportsEDGE.com 9 minutes ago
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  • Kapler: Longoria, Belt and La Stella back soon
    Giants manager Gabe Kepler said Saturday that he hopes Evan Longoria (shoulder), Tommy La Stella (thumb) and Brandon Belt (knee) will be activated in the next week or so.

    Advice: Kapler also added that Longoria might need a little more time than both Belt and La Stella before returning. The trio of veteran infielders would provide a nice boost for the playoff hopeful Giants, but they've gotten solid production from temporary fill-ins like LaMonte Wade and Thairo Estrada. NBCSportsEDGE.com 15 minutes ago
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  • Blue Jays activate Alek Manoah for Saturday start
    Blue Jays activated RHP Alek Manoah from the 10-day injured list.

    Advice: Manoah will make his return to the Blue Jays' starting rotation on Saturday afternoon against the Royals after missing just over three weeks due to a back contusion. The electrifying 23-year-old rookie right-hander owns a sparkling 2.90 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 52/15 K/BB ratio across 40 1/3 innings (eight starts) this season. He's expected to play a central role in Toronto's impending postseason push over the final two months and should be rostered in all fantasy formats. NBCSportsEDGE.com 33 minutes ago
     
  • Blue Jays option Trent Thornton to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned RHP Trent Thornton to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The Blue Jays needed to clear an active roster spot for Saturday's scheduled starter Alek Manoah to be activated from the 10-day injured list, so Thornton will hop across the border back to Triple-A Buffalo. The 27-year-old righty is a reliable innings-eater, but holds a lackluster 4.58 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 42/14 K/BB ratio across 39 1/3 innings (28 appearances, three starts) at the big-league level this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com 34 minutes ago
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  • Giants option Sammy Long to Triple-A
    Giants optioned LHP Sammy Long to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: With the Giants adding veteran lefty Tony Watson at the trade deadline in an effort to make a serious playoff push, Long will head back to the minors for some additional seasoning. The 26-year-old rookie southpaw has compiled some impressive advanced statistics, including a 3.35 FIP, but owns a bloated 5.81 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 27/9 K/BB ratio across 26 1/3 innings (seven appearances, three starts). NBCSportsEDGE.com 39 minutes ago
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  • Astros designate Nivaldo Rodrigurez for assignment
    Astros designated RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez for assignment.

    Advice: Rodriguez was booted from the Astros' 40-man roster to make room for the call up of rookie outfielder Jake Meyers. The 24-year-old righty allowed two runs on four hits with a 3/4 K/BB ratio across 7 1/3 innings at the major-league level this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com 45 minutes ago
  • Astros option Bryan Abreu to Triple-A
    Astros optioned RHP Bryan Abreu to Triple-A Sugar Land.

    Advice: Abreu has been shipped out to make room for the Astros influx of trade deadline acquisitions. The 24-year-old righty has recorded a respectable 4.08 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 35/17 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings (30 appearances) this season. He should be back at some point over the final two months. NBCSportsEDGE.com 46 minutes ago
     
  • Astros option Brandon Bielak to Triple-A
    Astros optioned RHP Brandon Bielak to Triple-A Sugar Land.

    Advice: Bielak was cut loose from the Astros roster to make room for trade deadline acquisition Phil Maton. The 25-year-old long reliever has posted a pedestrian 5.26 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 32/11 K/BB ratio across 37 2/3 innings (23 appearances) this season. He should be back in the Astros bullpen at some point in the next few weeks. NBCSportsEDGE.com 46 minutes ago
     
  • Akil Baddoo getting night off Saturday vs. O's
    Akil Baddoo will get a day off on Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Baddoo, who is one of the front-runners for the American League's Rookie of the Year award, will take the night off with the Orioles throwing tough lefty John Means. It'll be speedster Derek Hill taking over in center field and hitting leadoff in his place. NBCSportsEDGE.com 54 minutes ago
     
  • Braves option Orlando Arcia to Triple-A Gwinnett
    Braves optioned INF/OF Orlando Arcia to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The influx of trade deadline acquisitions forced the Braves to ship Arcia back to the minors. The 26-year-old struggled at the plate in his brief time in the majors, hitting .197/.242/.311 with two homers, 11 RBI and one steal across 66 plate appearances over 22 games. NBCSportsEDGE.com 59 minutes ago
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  • Braves option Sean Newcomb to Triple-A
    Braves optioned LHP Sean Newcomb to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The Braves needed to clear out a roster spot for newly-acquired right-hander Richard Rodríguez, so Newcomb became the odd man out in the Braves' bullpen. The 28-year-old lefty has compiled an underwhelming 5.68 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 33/21 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings over 26 appearances this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:48 am
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  • Yordan Alvarez getting a breather on Saturday
    Yordan Alvarez is getting the day off on Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Alvarez will get a well-deserved day off with the Giants throwing lefty Alex Wood on Saturday afternoon. The 24-year-old slugger owns a robust .280/.349/.509 triple-slash line with 60 runs scored, 19 homers, 67 RBI and one stolen base across 372 plate appearances this season. He should be back in the Astros' lineup for Sunday's series finale. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:44 am
     
  • Jed Lowrie getting day off Saturday vs. Angels
    Jed Lowrie is getting the day off on Saturday against the Angels.

    Advice: It'll be Tony Kemp taking over at the keystone in this one. The 37-year-old second baseman is hitting .260/.330/.410 43 runs scored, 11 homers and 51 RBI this season. He should be back in there for Sunday's series finale. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:39 am
     
  • Dodgers promote righty Ryan Pepiot to Triple-A
    Dodgers promoted RHP Ryan Pepiot to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: With Josiah Gray shipped to the Nationals in the Max Scherzer and Trea Turner deal, Pepiot represents the top pitching prospect in the Dodgers organization and is now one step closer to the majors. The dynamic 23-year-old righty put up a sparkling 2.87 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 81/26 K/BB ratio across 59 2/3 innings (15 appearances, 13 starts) at Double-A Tulsa this season. He's certainly worth monitoring for fantasy managers in deeper mixed leagues over the next few months. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 10:34 am
     
  • Dodgers' Pepiot drawing interest from WSH, MIN
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Dodgers RHP prospect Ryan Pepiot has drawn interest from both the Nationals and Twins.

    Advice: Which is notable because the Dodgers are said to be making a push to trade for either Max Scherzer or Jose Berrios. Pepiot, 23, has excelled to the tune of a 2.87 ERA, 0.939 WHIP, and 81/26 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings this season at Double-A Tulsa. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 12:48 pm
     
  • Angels recall Matt Thaiss from Triple-A Salt Lake
    Angels recalled INF Matt Thaiss from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Thaiss is 3-for-21 (.143) this season at the major league level but has slashed .287/.395/.537 this season in Triple-A with 13 home runs and 14 doubles over 244 at-bats. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 4:29 pm
    1:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Yordan Alvarez clubs three-run homer vs. Mariners
    Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer on Tuesday night, propelling the Astros to an 8-6 victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: Alvarez connected on a 90 mph cutter from righty Chris Flexen, launching a majestic 423-foot blast to right field in the opening frame. It was his 19th round-tripper this season. He also singled twice to record his 27th multi-hit effort in 86 games. He's hitting .288/.355/.523 with 60 runs scored, 19 homers, 67 RBI and one stolen base across 361 plate appearances. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:48 pm
     
  • James Kaprielian hit hard in loss to Padres
    James Kaprielian was lit up for six runs over 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Kaprielian surrendered seven hits, including a towering two-run homer to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the third inning. He finished with six strikeouts and only issued one walk. The 27-year-old rookie right-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer, while also completing five frames, in 11 of his 13 starts this season. He's compiled a robust 3.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 79/27 K/BB ratio across 72 1/3 innings (13 starts) this season. He's lined up to face the Angels in a road matchup on Sunday afternoon. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Giants activate Sammy Long (back) from the IL
    Giants activated LHP Sammy Long from the 10-day injured list.

    Advice: Long will return to the Giants in a long relief role on Tuesday after missing a little over three weeks of action because of a lower back strain. He has a 5.63 ERA and 25/7 K/BB ratio through his first 24 major league innings (three starts, two relief appearances) this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:15 pm
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  • Alek Manoah (back) expected to return Saturday
    Alek Manoah (back) is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays' rotation on Saturday against the Royals.

    Advice: The Jays had Manoah throw a simulated game Monday rather than activating him, and he apparently came out of it with no issues. Assuming he bounces back, he'll return to action this weekend. Manoah holds a 2.90 ERA over eight starts for the Jays this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 2:32 pm
     
  • Trent Thornton recalled from Triple-A Buffalo
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Trent Thornton from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The right-hander was optioned to Triple-A back on July 7 after posting a 4.78 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings. Thornton tossed three scoreless frames in the minors with a walk and two strikeouts. Toronto optioned Jonathan Davis to Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 9:21 am
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  • Jed Lowrie knocks in two with single in defeat
    Jed Lowrie went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in Saturday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Lowrie put the A's up 3-1 with his two-run single in the top of the third inning. The veteran second baseman is slashing .261/.330/.416 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI in 94 games this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:45 pm
     
  • Yordan Alvarez paces Astros attack in win Saturday
    Yordan Alvarez went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBI on Saturday, pacing the Astros offense in a 4-1 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Alvarez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly off of Kyle Gibson in the third inning. He then clobbered the first pitch that he saw for a solo shot off of Josh Sborz in the seventh to make it a 4-0 game. He's now hitting a stellar .286/.352/.521 with 18 homers and 63 RBI on the season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:14 pm
     
  • Manoah will throw sim game in Florida on Monday
    Alek Manoah (back) will throw a simulated game on Monday in Florida. 

    Advice: Manoah will make that simulated start in Florida rather than Triple-A because Buffalo is off that day. The right-hander will hopefully be able to return from the injured list after that rehab appearance shortly after. This should be a short stay for the right-hander, who has shown flashes of brilliance in his rookie campaign.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 2:03 pm
     
  • Akil Baddoo back in Tigers' lineup on Saturday
    Akil Baddoo is back in the Tigers' lineup for Saturday's contest against the Royals.

    Advice: Baddoo got the night off on Friday evening in the Tigers' eventual loss to the Royals. The 22-year-old sensational rookie is hitting .268/.343/.472 with 35 runs scored, eight homers, 36 RBI and 14 stolen bases across 265 plate appearances this season. He should be rostered in all fantasy formats. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 12:14 pm
     
  • Evan Longoria (shoulder) continues to progress
    Evan Longoria (shoulder) took ground balls at full speed on Friday and has also been taking swings.

    Advice: Longoria continues to progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since early June. He's tentatively expected to be activated from the injured list when first eligible on August 5. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 5:06 pm
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    1:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Akil Baddoo absent from Tigers lineup on Friday
    Akil Baddoo is absent from the Tigers starting lineup for Friday's showdown against the Royals.

    Advice: The hot-hitting rookie outfielder will take a seat with opposing southpaw Kris Bubic on the hill. Derek Hill will start in center field for the Tigers while Victor Reyes draws another start in right field as the Tigers look to win their eighth straight game. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 1:28 pm
     
  • Akil Baddoo homers in Tigers' win over Rangers
    Akil Baddoo walloped a solo homer on Wednesday, powering the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Baddoo took righty Jordan Lyles deep to right-center field -- his eighth round-tripper of the season -- in the fifth inning. The 22-year-old rookie sensation has experienced a recent uptick in over-the-fence pop, going deep three times over his last six games. He's emerged as a potential building block for the rebuilding Tigers, who have won six consecutive games since the All-Star break, hitting .273/.349/.481 with 35 runs scored, eight homers, 36 RBI and 14 stolen bases across 261 plate appearances. He has the potential to be special, folks. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:27 pm
     
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