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  • Dodgers 'remain in mix' on O's Zach Britton
    According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers "remain in the mix" for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

    Advice: They're also discussing a possible Justin Wilson trade with the Tigers. Los Angeles already has one of the top closers in baseball in Kenley Jansen, but Britton (or Wilson) would be lethal in a late-inning left-handed setup role. Britton, under contractual control through 2018, boasts a ridiculous 1.41 ERA over his last 224 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. He also has 125 saves in that span. Rotoworld.com 48 minutes ago
  • Randal Grichuk homers in rehab debut
    Randal Grichuk went 1-for-4 with a homer in his rehab debut Wednesday at Double-A Springfield.

    Advice: Grichuk could return to the Cardinals' active roster ahead of Friday night's series opener against the Cubs, though he's not going to unseat Tommy Pham in left field. He'll be more of a bench bat. Grichuk, out since July 10 because of a lower back strain, is slashing just .215/.270/.408 with nine home runs and 74 strikeouts in 61 games this season at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:50 am
    10-Day DL
    Top 9, 2-2 @NYM
     
  • Mariners get David Phelps for four prospects
    Mariners acquired RHP David Phelps from the Marlins for OF Brayan Hernandez, RHP Brandon Miller, RHP Pablo Lopez, and RHP Lukas Schiraldi.

    Advice: Word of the deal was first reported late Wednesday night by MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. It just took a little while longer for the Marlins to pick through the Mariners' minor league system. Phelps will work as a setup man in Seattle for young closer Edwin Diaz, and it should be a good fit. The 30-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.69 ERA and 11.1 K/9 in 133 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2016 season and he's averaging a career-best 94.4 mph on his fastball this summer. Phelps will be arbitration-eligible in 2018 with free agency coming in 2019. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:51 am
  • Mets activate Josh Smoker from the DL
    Mets activated LHP Josh Smoker from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Smoker wound up missing five weeks with a left shoulder strain. He's also been diagnosed with loose bodies in his left elbow, but that will probably be taken care of with offseason surgery. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:45 am
  • Confirmed: David Phelps traded to Mariners
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that David Phelps has been traded to the Mariners.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the Marlins will receive four minor leaguers in return, and one of them is 19-year-old outfielder Brayan Hernandez. Phelps figures to slide into a setup role with Seattle, giving the Mariners an improved bridge to young closer Edwin Diaz. The 30-year-old right-hander has a 3.45 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 47 innings this season, and a 2.69 ERA and 11.1 K/9 in 133 2/3 innings since the beginning of 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:22 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:32 am
  • Diamondbacks recall Matt Koch from Reno
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Matt Koch from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Koch has surrendered 16 earned runs in 17 innings this season at the Triple-A level, and seven runs in 11 innings at High-A. The 26-year-old right-hander won't be up in the majors for very long. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:23 am
  • Taijuan Walker placed on paternity leave list
    Diamondbacks placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Patrick Corbin is starting in Walker's place on Thursday afternoon against the Reds. The right-hander should be back with the Diamondbacks sometime this weekend, after welcoming a child into the world. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:20 am
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  • Mariners 'fairly close' on David Phelps trade
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Mariners are "fairly close" on a trade for Marlins right-hander David Phelps.

    Advice: MLB.com's Mark Feinsand was first to report word of the Mariners' growing interest in Phelps late Wednesday night. The 30-year-old reliever hasn't been as effective this season as he was in 2016, but he would still fit nicely into a setup role in Seattle and he is controllable through 2018. It sounds like there could be something official soon, though FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted early Thursday morning that the Marlins are "not in love" with the offerings in the Mariners' farm system. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:17 am
  • Bogaerts (hand) back in lineup vs. Blue Jays
    Xander Bogaerts (hand) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Bogaerts missed a couple of games with a small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He is starting at shortstop and hitting sixth on Thursday afternoon versus Toronto left-hander Francisco Liriano. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:10 am
  • Mariners talking to Fish about David Phelps
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Mariners are talking to the Marlins about right-hander David Phelps.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that there is "no match" at this point and might never be one because the Marlins are "not in love" with the players in the Mariners' minor league system. Phelps, 30, has posted a sharp 2.69 ERA and 11.1 K/9 over his last 133 2/3 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2016 season -- some of that as a starter. He also carries one more year of contractual control in 2018. Miami should be able to get a decent prospect or two in return for him. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:02 am
  • Taijuan Walker (family) scratched from start
    Taijuan Walker has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday against the Reds due to a family emergency.

    Advice: Patrick Corbin will take the mound instead in the early-afternoon series finale at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. There's no further information available about Walker's status. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:38 am
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  • Clevenger close to deal with indy ball team
    Steve Clevenger is close to a deal with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

    Advice: Clevenger has been mostly out of baseball since the Mariners suspended him in September 2016 after a series of racially insensitive tweets about the Black Lives Matter movement. The 31-year-old catcher and first baseman batted just .221/.303/.309 in 76 plate appearances last summer for Seattle. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
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  • Lorenzen pitches two extra innings for win
    Michael Lorenzen pitched two shutout innings against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday and was credited with the win for his efforts.

    Advice: He worked the 10th and 11th innings and did not allow a hit. He notched two strikeouts and issued one base-on-balls. The former starter has seen his stuff improve after being moved to the bullpen. He is now 5-2 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He's generated 45 strikeouts and 22 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Alex Meyer shuts down Nationals in win
    Alex Meyer allowed just one hit in seven innings versus the team that drafted him as the Angels beat the Nationals 7-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Meyer was the Nationals’ first-round pick in 2011 before being traded to the Twins for Denard Span a year and a half later. He went on to reach the majors with Minnesota, but the Angels picked him up along with Ricky Nolasco in a four-player deal at last year’s trade deadline. This makes three of his last five outings in which Meyer has allowed no runs. Unfortunately, he’s given up five runs in the other two in that span. Consistency isn’t likely to come soon, but the Angels have to be pleased with his progress overall; he’s a very respectable 4-5 with a 3.74 ERA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Carlos Rodon gives up four homers in loss
    Carlos Rodon was tagged for five runs and four homers in 3 2/3 innings by the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodon's bad start in Coors last time out wasn't all that big of a deal, but four homers in 3 2/3 innings in Chicago is awfully disappointing. He had given up one homer in 16 2/3 innings over his first three starts. Unfortunately, Rodon's tough schedule continues with the Cubs and Indians up next week. He should have some mixed-league value in the end, but one shouldn't want him starting against all of these contenders. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Enrique Hernandez homers twice in win
    Enrique Hernandez delivered a pair of solo homers Wednesday in the rout of the White Sox.

    Advice: Hernandez has 10 homers in 194 at-bats this year after hitting seven in 202 at-bats in 2015 and seven in 216 at-bats last season. He's still batting just .216, and he doesn't deserve any sort of expanded role against righties. He makes for a nice bench player, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
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    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,3B,SS,CF
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Kelvin Herrera left game because of illness
    The Royals said after Wednesday's blown save that Kelvin Herrera was still dealing with an illness.

    Advice: Herrera gave up a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook in the top of the ninth inning before being lifted from the game. It seemed the Royals made the wrong call by pitching him after he was running a high fever on Tuesday, but they won anyway on a walkoff. Herrera should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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    5:15 pm vs Det
     
  • Kelvin Herrera exits with trainer in ninth
    Kelvin Herrera was lifted from his ninth-inning appearance in Wednesday's appearance against the Tigers due to a possible injury.

    Advice: Herrera left with the trainer, but not before surrendering a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook to blow the save in the ninth. Whether his exit is due to an injury or something illness-related (Herrera was battling a fever on Tuesday) is unclear at this juncture. He will be reevaluated on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
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    5:15 pm vs Det
     
  • Angels bring up Alex Meyer for start
    Angels recalled RHP Alex Meyer from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Meyer will draw the start against the Nationals on Wednesday now that he has been called up. He had been pitching to a 4.18 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 68/41 K/BB ratio across 60 1/3 frames prior to a scheduling demotion on July 4. Opposing Meyer on the mound for the Nationals will be Gio Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Britton will resume closing next opportunity
    Zach Britton is ready to work as the Orioles closer moving forward.

    Advice: Britton was being used outside of the ninth inning following his return from a strained flexor tendon which cost him two months of action. The Orioles now feel comfortable slotting him back to his familiar role. In six appearances since his return from the disabled list, Britton has allowed two runs on eight hits. Brad Brach will resume setup duties, now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:51 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts (hand) not in lineup vs. TOR
    Xander Bogaerts (hand) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Bogaerts has been deemed day-to-day with a muscle contusion and small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He sat on Tuesday and will do so again on Wednesday. Deven Marrero is manning short in his place against the Jays and is hitting ninth. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Bogaerts diagnosed with sprain in right hand
    Xander Bogaerts has been diagnosed with a muscle contusion and small sprain of a joint in his right hand.

    Advice: Bogaerts was scratched from the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, though he did appear as a pinch-runner in the 15-inning affair. The shortstop is considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:30 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts appears as pinch-runner
    Xander Bogaerts, who didn't start because of a sore hand, appeared as a pinch-runner in Tuesday's 15-inning game versus Toronto.

    Advice: Bogaerts entered the game in the 11th, though he didn't stay in for defense afterwards. It's unclear whether he'll start Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:22 pm
  • Alex Meyer to start Wednesday vs. Nats
    Alex Meyer will be called up to start for the Angels on Wednesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Meyer was optioned to the minors on July 4 after registering a 4.18 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 68/41 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander is not a recommended fantasy streamer versus the first place team in the National League East. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:23 pm
  • Bogaerts scratched Tuesday with sore hand
    Xander Bogaerts was scratched from the Red Sox lineup Tuesday due to a sore right hand.

    Advice: Bogaerts took a pitch off the hand July 6 at Tampa Bay and has been dealing with discomfort ever since. Boston is hopeful it's just a day-to-day situation, but an MRI is scheduled. Deven Marrero will start at shortstop and bat eighth on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:34 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts moved down to No. 6 spot
    Xander Bogaerts has been moved down to the No. 6 spot in the Red Sox' order Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's the first time since May 5 that he's hit lower than third. Bogaerts is hitting just .154/.244/.231 so far in July. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:19 pm
  • Randal Grichuk (back) cleared for rehab games
    Randal Grichuk (back) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

    Advice: He could need just one rehab game before being activated. Grichuk has been out since the end of the first half with a lower back strain. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:04 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 9, 2-2 @NYM
     
  • Xander Bogaerts goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-4 on Monday and is just 6-for-39 with two runs scored in July.

    Advice: Bogaerts wasn't great in June, either, and his average has declined from .339 on May 30 to .296 now. He could probably use more time off than he's gotten, something that was clearly the case last year, too. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Grichuk (back) to increase activity Monday
    Randal Grichuk (back) will increase his activity level Monday and hopes to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday.

    Advice: It was reported previously that Grichuk is expected back when first eligible on Thursday, so it will apparently be a one-game rehab stint. He's hit a disappointing .215/.270/.408 with nine homers for the Cardinals this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:32 pm
    10-Day DL
    Top 9, 2-2 @NYM
     
  • Bogaerts sits out nightcap against Yankees
    Xander Bogaerts is not in the Red Sox' lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees.

    Advice: It looks to be nothing more than a breather for Bogaerts. Tzu-Wei Lin is starting in his place at shortstop and batting ninth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Randal Grichuk (back) expected back Thursday
    Randal Grichuk (back) is expected to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Thursday.

    Advice: Grichuk landed on the DL Friday with a lower back strain, but the injury isn't viewed as a big deal. He should get a few days of starts until Stephen Piscotty (groin) returns on July 25. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:32 am
    10-Day DL
    Top 9, 2-2 @NYM
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:03 pm
  • Zach Britton close to resuming closer role
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Zach Britton is very close to resuming closer duties.

    Advice: The Orioles have eased Britton in after missing two months with a strained flexor tendon but Showalter believes he's almost ready to reclaim his ninth-inning role. The left-hander has put together a 4.50 ERA over four outings since coming off the disabled list on July 5. Brad Brach will move back into setup duty when Britton returns to the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Walker gives up two runs in no-decision
    Taijuan Walker gave up two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Braves.

    Advice: Walker held the Braves to one run over his first five innings of work before Freddie Freeman slugged a solo homer in the sixth. He struck out four and walked none in the no-decision and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in five out of six starts since coming off the disabled list. He’ll bring a 3.61 ERA into a start against the Reds next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:48 pm
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  • 'Multiple teams' talking to O's about Britton
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that "multiple teams" are talking to the Orioles about Zach Britton.

    Advice: Morosi confirms that the Dodgers are one of those teams, which had previously been reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Britton would be used in a setup role with the Dodgers but would undoubtedly close pretty much anywhere else he was dealt. The Nationals almost surely are one of the clubs to have put in a call to discuss Britton given their closer issues. Britton is under team control through 2018. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:44 am
  • Randal Grichuk (back) placed on DL
    Cardinals placed OF Randal Grichuk on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 10, with a lower back strain.

    Advice: Grichuk was likely in line for fairly limited at-bats but now he'll be on the shelf for a while. Jose Martinez has been recalled to replace him on the roster. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:32 am
    10-Day DL
    Top 9, 2-2 @NYM
     
  • D'Backs have 'significant interest' in Phelps
    Craig Mish of Fantasy Sports Radio on SiriusXM reports that the Diamondbacks are showing "significant interest" in David Phelps.

    Advice: Mish adds that it's possible the D'Backs could be interested in a trade that involves both Phelps and A.J. Ramos, although the Marlins would figure to net more in a trade if they dealt the relievers separately. Phelps and Ramos both have one year of arbitration eligibility remaining and it's clear that the out-of-contention Marlins aren't interested in paying them raises this winter. Adding Phelps would help Arizona fortify a bullpen that includes the shaky Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:11 am
  • Dodgers among teams interested in Britton
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers are among the teams with interest in Orioles closer Zach Britton.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point whether the O's are open to trading Britton, who carries one more year of arbitration eligibility in 2018, but they are getting a lot of calls. Kenley Jansen is firmly entrenched as the ninth-inning man in Los Angeles, but Britton would make for a lethal setup option. The 29-year-old lefty holds a dominant 1.43 ERA with 223 strikeouts over his last 221 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:49 am
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