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  • Padres a 'dark horse' to land Sonny Gray
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres are a "dark horse" to acquire Sonny Gray.

    Advice: They'd certainly be an unconventional landing spot for Gray given that they're not contenders in 2017 and don't appear poised to contend soon. However, Rosenthal writes that the Padres "have shown steady interest in Gray, apparently viewing him as a possible fit in their long-term plan." The Braves are another non-contender that looks like a legitimate player for Gray. The Yankees, Dodgers and Cubs are also in the mix, while the Astros and Brewers, at this moment, "are not significantly involved" anymore, according to Rosenthal. 26 minutes ago
  • Gardner rips walk-off homer to down Rays
    Brett Gardner scored the tying run in the ninth inning before hitting a walk-off homer in the 11th to give the Yankees a 6-5 win over the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Gardner had a relatively quiet night before he stepped to the plate to lead off the ninth inning. In that at-bat, he slapped a triple into the left-center gap, eventually scoring the game-tying run later in the inning. He then stepped in to lead off the 11th inning and ripped a pitch over the right field wall to commence the celebration. The 33-year-old now has a career-high 18 homers to go with 46 RBI, 66 runs scored and 13 steals. He's batting .261/.353/.465 after Thursday's fireworks. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Colome suffers rare blown save against Yanks
    Alex Colome suffered a blown save against the Yankees on Thursday, allowing a run on two hits.

    Advice: As blown saves go, this one was tough to swallow. Sure, Brett Gardner's leadoff triple put Colome in a bind, but it looked as though he was going to get out of it after retiring Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge while keeping Gardner at third. And when Gary Sanchez hit a seemingly harmless grounder toward the shortstop, it certainly seemed as though the game was over. But shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria assumed second baseman Tim Beckham would make the play, and Beckham did the same for Hechavarria, and in the end it was Colome left holding the bag. The blown save was his first in a month, and the 28-year-old still has a strong 3.66 ERA to go with his AL-best 29 saves. Thursday was simply a blip on the radar. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Dickerson swats 19th homer in loss to Yankees
    Corey Dickerson went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Yankees reliever Chad Green threw a 95 mph fastball up in the zone that Dickerson caught up to, yanking it out to right for his 19th homer of the year. He'd been hitless in his previous four games, with the mini slump dropping his season line to .304/.348/.535 through Thursday's game. His 64 runs still rank among the league's best, and the 28-year-old has a shot at setting career highs in a number of offensive categories this year. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Sanchez launches 15th homer in win over Rays
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Sanchez got hold of a Chris Archer offering in the third inning for his 15th homer of the year, and he also provided some small heroics with an RBI single in the ninth inning that tied the game and paved the way for Brett Gardner's walk-off homer in the 11th. The 24-year-old needed a good night after what's been a rough month -- Sanchez was hitting just .213/.259/.320 with one homer in July coming into the night. Perhaps Thursday's game can be a jumping off point for Sanchez. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Archer strikes out 10 Yankees in no-decision
    Chris Archer punched out 10 while allowing three runs over six innings but settled for a no-decision Thursday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Archer did what he could, turning in his sixth consecutive quality start, but his bullpen let him down, denying him his eighth win. In fact, in those six straight quality starts, the 28-year-old is just 1-2. Archer has deserved better than his 7-6 record overall, posting a 3.80 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 177/46 K/BB ratio over 22 starts; he ranks second in the American League in both innings pitched and strikeouts. Life doesn't get any easier for Archer and the Rays next week, when the right-hander squares off with the AL West-leading Astros on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Coleman crunches three-run homer against Mets
    Dusty Coleman went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Coleman uncoiled for a three-run home run -- the first big league home run of his career -- in the fourth inning to give the Padres a 7-1 lead. The Mets would later crawl to within 7-5, but were unable to draw closer than that. This was just Coleman's third game with the Padres. He owned a .209/.280/.438 triple-slash with 14 homers and 11 steals at Triple-A prior to being called up at the beginning of the week. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Manuel Margot homers, hits RBI double in win
    Manuel Margot went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a two-run double in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Margot offered a rude enough welcome to Chris Flexen in this one with a leadoff solo homer to open the game in what was Flexen's first start of his major league career. The outfielder would haunt Flexen once more with a two-run double in the second inning. He has been scalding the ball at the plate of late, having homered in back-to-back games and picked up at least two hits in each of his last four contests. Overall, Margot boasts a .279/.321/.420 triple-slash with seven homers and 22 RBI over the course of 69 games played. He has also stolen 10 bases. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Jay Bruce launches two-run homer vs. Padres
    Jay Bruce went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: The Mets entered action in the top of the seventh trailing 7-1, but they were able to make it a game with four runs in the frame to draw to within 7-5. Bruce was key to that big frame, connecting for a two-run homer. He is one potential trade candidate of several on the roster as we near Monday's deadline. For the season as a whole, the 30-year-old outfielder is hitting .262/.325/.521 with 26 homers and 70 RBI across 374 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes picks up RBI double in loss
    Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Cespedes launched a deep RBI double off Luis Perdomo in the seventh inning. The two-bagger was his 12th of the season. He has dealt with his fair share of nagging injuries during the campaign -- most recently a quad ailment -- but when healthy, is slashing a sturdy .282/.333/.510 with 10 homers and 27 RBI over the course of 55 games played. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Perdomo allows four runs in win over Mets
    Luis Perdomo surrendered four runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Perdomo allowed just one run over his first six innings of work, but got into trouble after he trotted out to start the seventh. In that frame, he surrendered three hits, including an RBI double by Yoenis Cespedes. The final two runs on his line scored after he existed stage left with two outs. Perdomo will carry a 4.76 ERA and 1.55 WHIP into a home start against the Twins next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Chris Flexen surrenders four runs in debut
    Making his major league debut in Thursday's loss to the Padres, Chris Flexen allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over three innings.

    Advice: Perhaps battling a few butterflies in his debut in the bigs, Flexen walked four over his three innings of work. Manuel Margot victimized him twice, first swatting a solo homer in the first inning and then coming through again with a two-run double in the second. Prior to his call-up, the 23-year-old Flexen had been pitching to a crisp 1.76 ERA with a 63/10 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 frames between High- and Double-A. It remains to be seen if he will receive another opportunity next time through the rotation. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • CC Sabathia not long for start against Rays
    CC Sabathia allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: Nothing about Sabathia's line stands out -- he didn't get torched or strike out a lot of guys -- but he was inefficient in getting his 13 outs, throwing 86 pitches before exiting. It was just the second time in 10 starts dating back to mid-May that the 37-year-old has given up more than two earned runs in a start. In 17 starts overall, Sabathia owns a nice 3.66 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP. He'll try to last longer Tuesday when the Yanks take on the Tigers. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Yankees and A's reach stalemate in Gray talks
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees' trade talks for Sonny Gray have stalled because the Athletics are seeking one of either Clint Frazier or Gleyber Torres.

    Advice: That's a deal breaker for the Yankees, who are telling teams that Frazier and Torres are both off limits. The A's are also said to have interest in Estevan Florial, James Kaprielian and Jorge Mateo, though only as part of a package also featuring Frazier or Torres. If the stalemate continues, the Yankees could jump into the Yu Darvish sweepstakes and New York has also expressed interest in Lance Lynn and Jaime Garcia. Gray is still likely to be traded before Monday's deadline but he's not going to the Yankees unless the A's lower their asking price. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Yankees 'leading the pack' for Sonny Gray
    According to USA Today's Bob Klapisch, the Yankees are "leading the pack" in trade talks with Sonny Gray.

    Advice: That's been the case for a few days now, though no deal is imminent and Klapisch is hearing the sides are "a long way" from the finish line. Gray is under team control through 2019, which is obviously very appealing to the Yankees with CC Sabathia and possibly Masahiro Tanaka (he has an opt-out) coming off the books this winter. The Yankees also covet Yonder Alonso, which could make a deal more complicated as Oakland's asking price will obviously be much higher with Alonso involved. Whether it's the Yankees or another team, Gray will almost certainly be wearing a new uniform by July 31. Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Kenley Jansen earns win in relief Wednesday
    Kenley Jansen earned his fifth victory of the season on Wednesday, working a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins.

    Advice: Jansen made things interesting, allowing a leadoff double to Max Kepler who advanced to third on a ground ball. He battled back nicely though, whiffing Jason Castro and Jorge Polanco to escape. He has compiled a ridiculous 1.42 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 65/3 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings on the season. Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Margot homers and triples to lead Padres
    Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with a homer, triple and two RBI on Wednesday, leading the Padres to a 6-3 victory over the Mets.

    Advice: Margot got the scoring started early, crushing a two-run homer off of Steven Matz in the first inning. He then tripled and scored on a double by Wil Myers his next time up in the third. With the two-hit attack, the rookie outfielder is hitting .272/.315/.401 with six homers, 19 RBI and 10 swipes in his first 293 plate appearances. Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Wilmer Flores goes deep in loss to Padres
    Wilmer Flores crushed his 11th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: His solo shot pulled the Mets to within three runs at 6-3 in the eighth inning, but that would be the extent of their offense in the ballgame. Flores finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing .283/.316/.489 with 11 long balls and 30 RBI on the year. Wednesday, 10:16 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Report: Mariners in play for Sonny Gray
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Mariners "have shown interest" in Sonny Gray.

    Advice: The Yankees were reported to be making progress toward a potential deal for Gray and first baseman Yonder Alonso on Tuesday night, but nothing has come of that as of yet. Along with the Mariners and Yankees, the Nationals (and presumably a number of other clubs) are also interested in potentially acquiring the right-hander. Wednesday, 8:17 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) in lineup vs. Padres
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Cespedes was pulled in the seventh inning on Tuesday due to a bout of quad tightness. That injury would appear to be minor, though, as the outfielder is in the lineup and hitting third in Wednesday's contest. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Manuel Margot collects three hits in loss
    Manuel Margot posted three singles with a run scored across four at-bats in Tuesday's loss against the Mets.

    Advice: Margot has hit safely in each of his three games since returning from the paternity leave list, going 6-for-13 with a run scored and just one strikeout, raising his average from .259 to .269. Wednesday, 12:06 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes excels in Wednesday's game
    Yoenis Cespedes (quadriceps) was able to start Wednesday's game in San Diego, finishing a single short of the cycle with two runs scored and three RBI.

    Advice: Cespedes left Tuesday's game due to a tight quad, but he looked just fine less than 24 hours later. He was lifted as part of a double switch in the seventh inning, but there are no indications the slugger suffered any kind of a setback. It certainly didn't look like it while he was running around the base paths anyway. Tuesday, 11:55 pm
  • Cespedes made early exit due to tight quad
    Yoenis Cespedes made an early exit from Tuesday night's win over the Padres due to quad tightness.

    Advice: Cespedes came out of the game after rounding the bases on a Little League home run (triple, error) in the top of the seventh inning. He hit a real home run in the top of the first inning and an RBI double in the top of the fifth, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Cespedes may get the day off Wednesday. Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Sonny Gray pitches well against Jays
    Making what could be his last start with the Athletics, Sonny Gray allowed four unearned runs over six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gray’s own throwing error in the second inning opened the door to four runs, but fortunately for his fantasy owners none of the tallies were earned. He held the Jays in check otherwise, giving up just five hits and two walks while getting nine strikeouts. If Gray does have another outing with the A’s, it will come Sunday versus the Twins. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Alex Colome locks down 29th save on Tuesday
    Alex Colome locked down his 29th save of the season on Tuesday, working a scoreless ninth inning against the Orioles.

    Advice: Colome made things interesting by allowing a pair of two-out singles, but battled back to retire Mark Trumbo on a fielder's choice. The 28-year-old hurler sports a 3.55 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 40/19 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings on the season while converting 29 of his first 33 save chances. Tuesday, 7:35 pm
  • Yanks working toward trade for Gray, Alonso
    According to Mark Feinsand of, the Yankees are "making progress toward" a trade with the A's that would involve both Sonny Gray and Yonder Alonso.

    Advice: Feinsand notes that Oakland has been "heavily scouting the Yankees' system of late." Gray is also believed to be drawing serious trade interest from the Nationals, Dodgers, Astros, and Braves. The 27-year-old right-hander holds a 3.66 ERA, 1.176 WHIP, and 85/28 K/BB ratio in 91 innings this season and he is under contractual control through 2019. Alonso, a 30-year-old first baseman batting .264/.363/.535 with 21 home runs in 89 games, is scheduled to become a free agent this winter. Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Dickerson out of Rays' lineup Tuesday
    Corey Dickerson is out of the Rays' lineup Tuesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against lefty Wade Miley. Mallex Smith is in left field, with Peter Bourjos in center. Tim Beckham is hitting leadoff. Tuesday, 12:15 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 8:41 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 5:40 am
  • Kenley Jansen notches 25th save
    Kenley Jansen allowed a walk with a strikeout in a hitless and scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win against Minnesota.

    Advice: The All-Star Jansen nailed down his 25th save, bouncing back from his first blown chance of the season on Sunday afternoon against Atlanta. By his lofty standards, Jansen has had two shaky outings in a row. And the fact he has thrown 34 pitches over the past two days might mean he is unavailable Tuesday should a save chance arise. Tuesday, 1:36 am
  • 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. Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Dusty Coleman called up from Triple-A
    Padres purchased the contract of INF Dusty Coleman from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Coleman, 30, has hit .209/.280/.438 with 14 homers and 11 steals for El Paso this season. He'll operate as a utility infielder. Monday, 4:22 pm
  • Chris Flexen to make MLB debut Thursday
    Mets pitching prospect Chris Flexen will be called up to make his major league debut Thursday in San Diego.

    Advice: He's taking Zack Wheeler's (arm) spot in the rotation. Flexen, 23, has had a fantastic season after coming back from knee surgery, posting a 1.76 ERA and 63/10 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 innings between High- and Double-A. He's ranked by as the Mets' No. 22 prospect. Monday, 4:21 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. Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Bruce, Grandy not attracting much interest
    Mark Feinsand of reports that the Mets haven't received much interest in outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson.

    Advice: Feinsand provides that tidbit while mentioning that the Mets are getting hits on Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Lucas Duda. Bruce owns an .852 OPS with 25 homers this season, but he's below-average defensively and power isn't hard to find right now. The 30-year-old is due to become a free agent this winter. It doesn't sound like the Mets should expect much in return via trade. Monday, 11:28 am
  • Kenley Jansen blows first save of the season
    Kenley Jansen blew his first save of the season when he surrendered a three-run, game-tying home run to Matt Adams in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-4, 10-inning win over the Braves.

    Advice: Jansen was struggling by degrees even before Adams socked the game-tying home run with two outs, having allowed singles to Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp to initially put the Dodgers' 4-1 lead in jeopardy. Blown save aside, Jansen has been brilliant overall. He owns a 1.49 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 62/2 K/BB ratio for the season as a whole and is now 24-of-25 in save chances. Sunday, 5:24 pm
  • Brett Gardner homers, drives in two vs. SEA
    Brett Gardner went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two total RBI in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Gardner led off the game with a solo home run off Yovani Gallardo and would later come through with an opposite-field RBI single in the sixth inning. That latter hit tied the game at 4-4, which Clint Frazier followed up with a two-run go-ahead double. Gardner has now matched his career-best for homers in a season with 17 long balls. On the micro level, he is currently working on a six-game hitting streak. Sunday, 4:52 pm
  • Manuel Margot back from paternity leave
    Padres activated OF Manuel Margot from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Margot had been away since Wednesday. Franchy Cordero has been sent down in a corresponding move. Sunday, 10:34 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes not in Sunday's lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. The Mets also have Asdrubal Cabrera on the bench, as they're going with Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce in the outfield, T.J. Rivera at second base and Wilmer Flores at third. Sunday, 7:52 am
  • Flores caps Mets comeback with walk-off homer
    Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off, solo home run in the ninth inning Saturday to complete the Mets' comeback in a 6-5 win over the Athletics.

    Advice: The Mets once trailed 5-0 in the game, but they battled against A's starter Sean Manaea to close the gap and got to the Athletics' bullpen late. That included Flores, who deposited a Simon Castro fastball into the left field seats to send the fans home happy. Flores finished 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the game. The 25-year-old infielder doesn't have a permanent home but has been serviceable when called upon, batting .284/.312/.473 in 222 at-bats this year. Saturday, 9:23 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Bruce hits two-run homer in win over A's
    Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Bruce did his damage against a fellow southpaw, taking A's starter Sean Manaea out for the two-run bomb in the sixth inning. The dinger was his 25th home run of the year. With 10 days until the trading deadline, the 30-year-old will surely remain in the news as a possible trade target for a contending club. Bruce is hitting .263/.327/.528 on the year. Saturday, 9:10 pm
  • Archer fans 11, allows four runs in loss
    Chris Archer struck out 11 Rangers over seven innings but allowed four runs -- only one earned -- in taking the loss Saturday.

    Advice: Archer yielded a solo homer to Elvis Andrus in the fourth inning, but it was an egregious drop of a catchable fly ball by center fielder Mallex Smith in the sixth inning that allowed two runs to score. Things got worse for Archer when a wild pitch then brought in the go-ahead run, saddling the 28-year-old with his sixth loss. Archer owns a 3.77 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 167/44 K/BB ratio over 136 innings this year, and he'll look for a better result Thursday against the Yankees. Saturday, 7:34 pm
  • Perdomo yields four runs in six innings vs SF
    Luis Perdomo let in four runs -- one earned -- through six innings and settled for a no-decision as his team lost to the Giants in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered eight base hits and two walks while striking out four in the ballgame. An error on shortstop Allen Cordoba led to three unearned runs in the fourth inning. Perdomo helped himself at the plate by driving in two runs with a triple in the fourth inning. Prior to last season Perdomo was plucked from the Cardinals' system as a Rule 5 draft pick and jumped from Single-A ball straight to the major leagues. His record holds at 4-5 with a 4.94 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 16 starts this season. He has 73 strikeouts and 35 walks in 91 2/3 innings. Saturday, 5:21 pm
  • CC Sabathia goes five for win over Mariners
    CC Sabathia pitched five innings of one-run ball Friday for the win as the Yankees beat the Mariners 5-1.

    Advice: Sabathia struggled in his return from the disabled list on July 4, but that's the only time in his last nine starts that he's given up more than two runs. He'll get the Rays next time out, and he's already 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA against them this year. Friday, 10:15 pm
  • Dickerson has three hits, homer
    Corey Dickerson went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: In addition to his sixth-inning homer, Dickerson singled and doubled in the game. He’s up to 18 homers on the year, though this was his first since June 24. The 28-year-old has surprised with a .315/.354/.548 batting line through 92 games this season. Friday, 8:01 pm
  • Brett Gardner snaps scoreless tie with homer
    Brett Gardner went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Yankees had just one hit to their credit (a dunk single by Chase Headley) against Felix Hernandez until Gardner added to the total in emphatic fashion in the sixth inning, pulling a no-doubter to right to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Gardner has been incredibly hot-and-cold this season and it looks like he might be heating up again, having gone 5-for-15 with three extra-base hits in his last three games. Thursday, 10:56 pm
  • Manuel Margot goes on paternity leave
    Padres placed OF Manuel Margot on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Hunter Renfroe (neck) was activated in the corresponding move. Margot should be back in a couple days. The 22-year-old has seen mixed results this year, batting .259 with five homers, 17 RBI and 10 steals. Thursday, 2:10 pm
  • Wilmer Flores homers in Mets' comeback
    Wilmer Flores delivered a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning Thursday as part of the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Flores' homer tied the game off Brett Cecil. The Mets went on to win it in the ninth when Jose Reyes was credited with a game-ending infield single after Trevor Rosenthal failed to cover first base. Flores was on the bench today for the sixth time in seven games since the second half started. The Mets prefer T.J. Rivera at third base at the moment. Thursday, 12:39 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B
    7:10 pm @Sea
  • Cespedes goes 2-for-4 with two RBI, two runs
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He laced an RBI single to left in the first inning and drove in another run with a double in the second frame. Cespedes missed about six weeks of the season with various leg injuries and has played in only 47 games so far in the 2017 campaign. He has hit well when active, slashing .277/.330/.491 with nine homers and 22 RBI. He hit 31 and 35 home runs the last two seasons and is a good bet to have a strong second half. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Alex Colome blows A's away for 28th save
    Alex Colome worked two perfect innings while recording a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's save against the Athletics.

    Advice: Colome actually started out in a 3-0 hole to Khris Davis, but he fought back for the strikeout before punching out Jed Lowrie. He hit Matt Chapman in the shoulder blade with a two-out pitch before settling down and getting Matt Joyce to ground out to first to end the game for his 28th save in 32 chances. Wednesday, 1:40 am
  • Alex Colome records 27th save
    Alex Colome picked up his 27th save despite giving up a run versus the A's on Monday.

    Advice: Colome allowed a leadoff double to Yonder Alonso and then got three straight groundouts. The first two of those combined to score the run, but that didn't matter in what had been a 3-1 game. Colome has now converted seven straight save chances since blowing his fourth save on June 27. Monday, 10:10 pm
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