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  • A's activate, option RHP Chris Bassitt
    Athletics activated RHP Chris Bassitt from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Bassitt has been pitching in the minors for nearly a month as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. He should join the A's bullpen at some point before the end of the 2017 regular season. 44 minutes ago
  • Blue Jays lose Barnes to shoulder issue
    Blue Jays placed RHP Danny Barnes on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

    Advice: There is no timetable for his return. Barnes, 27, has posted a promising 3.09 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 47/14 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings of relief this season with Toronto. Today, 12:49 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:07 pm vs Oak
  • Taylor (oblique) could begin swinging soon
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Michael Taylor (oblique) could begin taking light swings in a couple of days.

    Advice: Taylor landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a right oblique strain. These sort of injuries are notoriously tricky, so the Nationals have been taking it slow wit his rehab. Barring a setback, look for his return in the early part of August. Today, 12:48 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mil
  • Dexter Fowler lands on DL with forearm strain
    Cardinals placed OF Dexter Fowler on the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm strain.

    Advice: It's not clear when he suffered the injury or how long it might put him on the shelf. Harrison Bader has been called up from Triple-A Memphis to fill Fowler's spot on the roster and the 23-year-old outfield prospect could be in line for regular playing time. Today, 12:41 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Cozart not in Tuesday's lineup
    Zack Cozart is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Yankees.

    Advice: A routine day of rest for Cozart, who has been dealing with a quad issue. Jose Peraza will start at shortstop and Arismendy Alcantara will play second base. Today, 12:33 pm
  • Morrison not in Tuesday's lineup
    Logan Morrison is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Orioles.

    Advice: The Rays are going right-handed heavy against Wade Miley. Trevor Plouffe will make the start at first base and bat fifth. Today, 12:13 pm
  • Cahill to make first start for KC on Saturday
    Trevor Cahill will make his Royals debut on Saturday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Cahill was acquired from the Padres on Monday as part of a six-player deal. The resurgent 29-year-old has posted a 3.69 ERA and 72/24 K/BB ratio in 61 innings over 11 starts this season while also missing time with a shoulder injury. It's a tough first matchup, but the Royals are hoping he can be a stabilizing force for their rotation down the stretch. Today, 12:01 pm
  • Indians activate OF Jackson from DL
    Indians activated OF Austin Jackson from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Jackson ended up missing about a month with a left quad strain. He returns to a .304/.383/.500 batting line over 37 games. Today, 11:53 am
  • Heyward out of Tuesday's lineup
    Jason Heyward is out of Tuesday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: Ben Zobrist, Albert Almora, Jr., and Ian Happ will start from right to left in Chicago's outfield. Zobrist is hitting leadoff against lefty Carlos Rodon. Today, 7:31 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
  • Jacob deGrom wins eighth straight start
    Jacob deGrom won his eighth consecutive start Monday in San Diego, allowing two runs with five hits and two walks while striking out eight batters over eight innings.

    Advice: DeGrom is on some kind of roll, moving to 12-3 while lowering his ERA to 3.30. He has posted a tremendous 1.61 ERA during the eight-game run, posting seven quality starts with 12 walks and 58 strikeouts over the past 61 2/3 innings. His next scheduled start is set for Saturday in Seattle opposite Yovani Gallardo. Today, 1:57 am
  • Chris Taylor hitting .525 over past 10 games
    Chris Taylor posted three singles with a run scored and an RBI across four at-bats in Monday's win against the Twins.

    Advice: Taylor has been on a roll lately, posting three consecutive multi-hit games while collecting two or more hits in eight of his past 10 outings. The outfielder is hitting a ridiculous .525 (21-for-40) with three doubles, three triples and two home runs during the run to push his average from .285 to .318 just since July 9. Today, 1:52 am
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • David Peralta continues to swing hot twig
    David Peralta finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in Monday's win against the Braves.

    Advice: Peralta had a 10-game hitting streak snapped Saturday against the Nationals, but he has picked it right back up with three hits over the past two games with at least one RBI in each outing. The outfielder is hitting a robust .350 (21-for-60) with six doubles, two homers and nine RBI in 16 games in the month of July to raise his average from .314 to .321. Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • James Hoyt optioned to Triple-A
    Astros optioned RHP James Hoyt to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Hoyt has posted a 5.54 ERA over 37 1/3 innings this season, although it's come with a 57/9 K/BB ratio. He'll be back eventually. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
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    4:05 pm @Phi
  • Nick Williams drives in three in Phils' loss
    Nick Williams hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning of Monday night's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: It was one of the only positive moments of the night for the Phils, who lost 13-4 in the rain-delayed snoozer at Citizens Bank Park. Williams also singled in the ninth inning, finishing with 2-for-5 with three RBI. The 23-year-old outfielder is off to a terrific start as a major leaguer, now with 18 RBI in 20 games. He's batting .306/.342/.611. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Royals getting Cahill, Maurer from Padres
    Royals acquired RHPs Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer and LHP Ryan Buchter from the Padres in exchange for LHPs Matt Strahm and Travis Wood and INF Esteury Ruiz.

    Advice: Robert Murray of FanRag Sports first reported the deal and it is now official. Cahill has experienced a big bounce-back season in 2017, posting a 3.69 ERA and 72/24 K/BB ratio over 61 innings. He'll give the Royals some more reliable innings out of the back-end of their rotation. Meanwhile, Maurer and Buchter will supplement Kansas City's relief corps. Yesterday, 3:30 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
  • Nick Williams HRs, plates three vs. Brewers
    Nick Williams hit his fourth major league homer Sunday in the Phillies' 6-3 defeat of Milwaukee.

    Advice: It was a two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth inning off Brewers starter Junior Guerra. Williams then tallied his third RBI of the afternoon on a force attempt in the bottom of the fifth. The talented 23-year-old outfielder has a stellar .309/.347/.603 batting line with 15 RBI over his first 19 games at baseball's highest level. Sunday, 2:07 pm
  • Red Sox scouting SS Zack Cozart
    Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports that the Red Sox "have been watching" Zack Cozart recently.

    Advice: Cozart would give the Red Sox another infield option, whether he plays third base or plays shortstop and Xander Bogaerts slides over to third. The impending free agent has batted a robust .317/.401/.565 with 11 homers for the Reds this season. Sunday, 10:57 am
  • Chris Taylor comes off bench and shines
    Chris Taylor finished 2-for-2 with a solo home run and three RBI in Saturday's home victory against Atlanta.

    Advice: Taylor came on as part of a double switch in the seventh inning despite the fact he has been tearing the cover off the ball. Trayce Thompson started and struggled again, so don't look for Taylor's playing time to be curtailed much. Taylor is now hitting .429 (27-for-63) with six doubles, three triples, three homers and 10 RBI across 16 games with a 1.208 OPS. Sunday, 2:28 am
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • David Peralta cooled off by Washington
    David Peralta was hitless across four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Nationals.

    Advice: The goose egg snapped a 10-game hitting streak. He is still hitting a cool .381 (16-for-42) with six runs scored, two homers and six RBI over the past 11 outings. He'll look to start a new streak Sunday, but it won't be easy against fireballer Stephen Strasburg. Saturday, 11:24 pm
  • Trevor Cahill struggles versus Giants
    Trevor Cahill gave up six runs -- five earned -- in 3 2/3 innings Friday versus the Giants.

    Advice: The Padres are looking to trade Cahill before the deadline, so this was a very disappointing result for them. Cahill ended up walking four and throwing exactly have of his 86 pitches for strikes. He's due to face the Mets next if he's still a member of the Padres organization. Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Nine-run eighth pushes Cardinals past Cubs
    Dexter Fowler reached base four times and stole a base in the Cardinals' comeback victory over the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: Fowler doubled in a run in the third inning and had a pair of singles. That's in addition to a walk that he drew as part of the Cardinals' nine-run eighth inning that turned a one-run deficit into an eight-run lead. The stolen base was only Fowler's fourth of the season and he's been caught three times, which is disappointing for a guy who swiped 33 bags over the previous two years with the Cubs. The nagging heel issue he's had could be a factor in his running game, and his OBP being down at .336 hasn't helped, either. Friday, 2:53 pm
    10-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Col
  • Cozart out of Reds' lineup on Thursday
    Zack Cozart is absent from the Reds' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart went 4-for-6 with a home run in Wednesday night's win over Arizona, but Jose Peraza will get the start at shortstop in Thursday afternoon's series finale. Scooter Gennett is at second base. Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Cozart goes 4-for-6 with a home run, two RBI
    Zack Cozart went 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in an extra-inning, 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He started things off with an RBI single in the first inning and busted a solo home run in the third frame off starter Zack Greinke. The veteran shortstop has always been a wizard in the field but this is the first season he has excelled at the dish. He was the National League starter at shortstop in his first All Star game last week. He is a free agent at the end of this season and is a prime candidate to be traded before the end of the month. He is batting .321/.400/.566 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI and 45 runs scored in 70 games. Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • Peralta goes 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI
    David Peralta went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He cracked an RBI double in the third inning and topped that by smoking a solo home run off starter Tim Adleman in the fifth. The veteran outfielder owns a .318 batting average with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 82 games. He's scored 52 runs and stolen six bases in seven attempts. Wednesday, 9:17 pm
  • DeGrom allows one run in 6 2/3, beats Cards
    Jacob deGrom gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings to earn a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He rattled off six shutout innings before tiring in the seventh. He walked two batters in that frame and was relieved after throwing 110 pitches. Reliever Jerry Blevins promptly allowed both inherited runners to score. DeGrom improves to 11-3 with a 3.37 ERA in 19 starts. He has a splendid 144/40 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 125 2/3 innings. He lines up for a very attractive two-start week coming up, with road games against the Padres and Mariners on tap. Wednesday, 8:28 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
  • Michael Taylor (oblique) ready for activities
    Michael Taylor (oblique) is ready to begin taking part in baseball activities.

    Advice: Taylor has been doing core exercises since landing on the disabled list just prior to the All-Star break. While it is a good sign that he is now ready for baseball activities, he remains a ways away from making his return to the Nationals. Wednesday, 4:50 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mil
  • 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
  • Heyward, Zobrist out of Cubs lineup Wed.
    Jason Heyward is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Braves.

    Advice: Jon Jay will start in right field and bat leadoff versus knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Ben Zobrist is also getting the day off for the visiting Cubs. Wednesday, 6:38 am
  • Cozart provides only spark for Reds in loss
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart went 3-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits, including a first-inning solo dinger off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray, and two runs scored; the rest of his Reds teammates went 3-for-27 with a pair of extra-base hits, including no homers, and zero runs scored. It was another day at the office for the 31-year-old, who's now hitting .313/.395/.548 overall. Cozart is sure to remain a name floated in trade rumors in the coming weeks, even if the Reds don't end up dealing him. Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • Peralta puts together three-hit night Tuesday
    David Peralta went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Possibly galvanized by the news that the Diamondbacks had acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez earlier in the evening, Peralta showed that he deserves a spot in the D'backs outfield as well with a strong showing. The 29-year-old contributed an RBI double in the club's six-run fifth inning, tacking on a pair of singles as well. The presence of Martinez, A.J. Pollock and the injured Yasmany Tomas makes for a crowded D'backs outfield, but Peralta is hitting .313/.364/.468 in 81 games and shouldn't be negatively affected much, if at all, by the team's big-ticket acquisition Tuesday. Tuesday, 10:48 pm
  • Chris Taylor goes 4-for-5 in win
    Chris Taylor went 4-for-5 with a double and a steal versus the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: He scored the only run of the game for either team. Taylor is playing well again of late after struggling to hit for average in June; he's batting .408 with a homer, two triples and four doubles in 49 at-bats during July. Tuesday, 8:49 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Min
  • Michael Taylor (oblique) limited to core work
    Michael Taylor (oblique) remains limited to core exercises.

    Advice: Taylor had been hoping to resume baseball activities this past weekend, but the Nationals are taking a cautious approach with his strained right oblique so he doesn't re-injure it. "We want to get him right so when he is back, he doesn’t have to worry about it," manager Dusty Baker said. It sounds like we can probably rule Taylor out until August. Tuesday, 8:36 am
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mil
  • Trevor Cahill flummoxes Giants into seventh
    Trevor Cahill allowed one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Cahill was hittable in this one, but the Giants were able to do next-to-nothing in terms of run-scoring output. The lone run to score on his watch came when Brandon Crawford burned him for an RBI double in the second inning. Outside of that hit, he kept the scoreboard free-and-clear of damage. The right-hander struck out eight and walked one on the afternoon. Cahill will carry a 3.14 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into a road date with these same Giants next time he takes to the mound. Jul 16, 4:31 pm
  • Logan Morrison socks two-run homer vs. LAA
    Logan Morrison went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Morrison tied the game up at 2-2 with his two-run homer off Parker Bridwell in the seventh inning, but the Angels would take the lead right back on a two-run homer by C.J. Cron in the eighth. For his part, the dinger was Lo-Mo's 25th of the season. In addition, the first baseman is hitting .261/.369/.573. He has connected for long balls in each of his last two games and has already set career highs in both home runs (with the 25) and RBI (he is up to 59 for the campaign). Jul 16, 3:52 pm
  • Nick Williams launches grand slam in victory
    Nick Williams went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: This was a low-scoring game up until the sixth inning, when Williams connected for the big grand slam off of Tyler Webb to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead. This was the 23-year-old rookie's second home run since being called up on June 30. Through the first 11 games of his big league career, Williams has done a nice job, slashing .306/.359/.528 with four extra-base hits. Jul 16, 2:58 pm
  • Austin Jackson (quad) set for rehab games
    Austin Jackson (quad) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.

    Advice: Jackson has missed the last three weeks with a strained left quad, but he passed a baserunning test Sunday to clear the way for his return to game action. It seems likely that he'll be activated later this week if all goes well. Jul 16, 11:50 am
  • Trevor Cahill readies for visit from Giants
    Trevor Cahill is listed as the probable starter for Sunday's series finale against the Giants.

    Advice: Cahill has been awful on the road and tremendous at home. It's a good thing Sunday's start comes at Petco Park. The veteran right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.49 ERA across 18 1/3 innings in three home outings with the opposition hitting just .115 against him. Jul 15, 11:25 pm
  • Heyward goes 2-for-4 with three RBI vs O's
    Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: He roped a bases-loaded triple and came around to score on a Javier Baez single in the fifth inning. Heyward has a .262 batting average with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 243 plate appearances. Once regarded as an uber-elite prospect, the 27-year-old is barely serviceable in most fantasy formats these days. Jul 15, 7:29 pm
  • Michael Taylor to resume baseball activity
    Michael Taylor (oblique) was hoping to resume baseball activity on Saturday.

    Advice: He was hoping to begin throwing and hitting off a tee. Taylor suffered a strained oblique before the All-Star break but should be back before long. He's had a breakout year, hitting .275 with 12 homers, 35 RBI and 10 steals for the first-place Nats. Jul 15, 2:53 pm
    10-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Mil
  • 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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