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  • Cory Spangenberg has two-hit game
    Cory Spangenberg went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's 4-2 loss against the Athletics.

    Advice: Spangenberg was the only Padres player to bring his hitting shoes to Petco Park, posting the only multi-hit game for the home side. All eight San Diego starting batters struck out at least once in the game, including one by Spangenberg. Despite the two-hit game he is still batting just .232 overall. However, he is enjoying his best month of the season, hitting .320 (16-for-50) to raise his average from .182 since flipping the calendar from May. 20 minutes ago
  • Nolan Arenado smokes his 14th homer
    Nolan Arenado finished 3-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's 10-8 victory against the Mets.

    Advice: Arenado is starting to heat up again, posting three multi-hit games across his past five appearances. He is 7-for-21 (.333) with four doubles, two homers and eight RBI with six runs scored during the impressive span. Arenado opened the month with just two extra-base hits and three RBI in his first 12 games, but he is making up for lost time lately. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Two more RBI for Asdrubal Cabrera
    Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI in Tuesday's 10-8 loss at Colorado.

    Advice: Cabrera is slashing .275/.316/.476, and he has racked up three consecutive multi-hit contests after an ugly 1-for-20 (.050) skid. Despite the recent cold spell he has been the second-most effective hitter wearing blue and orange behind Brandon Nimmo. He has racked up 29 extra-base hits, including 12 homers, and those numbers will make him attractive leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Prado (hamstring) to return before the ASB
    Martin Prado (hamstring) is expected to return to the Marlins before the All-Star break.

    Advice: Prado, who's been out since May 26 with a left hamstring strain, is hitting, fielding, and running, and could begin a minor league rehab assignment within the next week. "Martin has been a surprise that he's doing this well this fast," manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday. "I'll say it like that. He's doing really well." Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Eduardo Escobar knocks in three in win
    Eduardo Escobar had a two-run double and an RBI single as the Twins topped the Red Sox 6-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Twins won by four despite being outhit (8-5), outhomered (1-0) and outwalked (4-3). Escobar had the big hit against Chris Sale, plating two runs in the sixth, and also the go-ahead knock in the eighth after the Red Sox opted for new arrival Robby Scott in a tie game. He has 31 doubles in 66 games this year, which is one more than he had in 234 games between 2016 and 2017 combined. Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Rafael Devers homers in second straight
    Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 and homered in a second straight game Tuesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Devers hasn't turned into a star at age 21, but he figures to keep improving after a rough start. He's hit in 12 of his last 13 starts, going 17-for-52 with three homers and, surprisingly, three steals. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Logan Forsythe picks up three hits in loss
    Logan Forsythe singled and notched a pair of doubles Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Forsythe's two two-baggers were the only extra-base hits the Dodgers had, as they managed just one run over 10 innings to drop the second game of a doubleheader. It's the first three-hit game of the season for Forsythe, who has been a massive disappointment since the Dodgers traded for him. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubles twice in win
    Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk against the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiner-Falefa only started because Rougned Odor was scratched, apparently for disciplinary reasons. He had one of the best games of his young career, even if he did commit his seventh error and get caught stealing. He'd still seem to have very limited AL-only value now that Elvis Andrus is back, though that assumes Odor's absence is short-lived. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • JP Crawford out 4-6 weeks with broken hand
    J.P. Crawford has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: Crawford suffered the injury when he was hit on the hand by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday night against the Cardinals. This probably means increased playing time for Maikel Franco, who has been in and out of the Phillies' lineup over the last couple of weeks. Crawford has struggled at the plate this season, but the 23-year-old is a big part of the future in Philadelphia. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Matt Carpenter has big night in Cardinals win
    Matt Carpenter drilled a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Carpenter was hitless in his first three plate appearances, but he then tied the game up with a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning before taking rookie flamethrower Seranthony Dominguez deep on an 0-2 count with two outs in the ninth to break a tie. He's homered four times over his last five games and now has 12 longballs on the season. Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Johan Camargo hits grand slam in win
    Johan Camargo went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI as the Braves crushed the Jays 11-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was all from the bottom of the lineup in this one: the five-through-nine hitters combined for 11 of the team's 14 hits, 10 runs scored and nine RBI. Camargo was hitting ninth with the DH in play in Toronto. He now has more RBI this year (30) than he did last year (27), even though he's received 75 fewer player appearances (256 to 181). He'll remain the Braves' primary third baseman going forward. Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Charlie Culberson homers against Blue Jays
    Charlie Culberson homered, doubled and scored three times in Tuesday's rout of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The homer wasn't a walkoff, so Culberson is trying to get it stricken from the record. No word yet on the results of his appeal. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Miguel Andujar cranks two-run shot
    Miguel Andujar ripped a two-run home run and scored a pair of runs Tuesday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Andujar's bomb off of Marco Gonzales in the fifth inning put the Yankees up 3-1 and it turned out to be the game-winner. He also singled and scored another run. The rookie third baseman had been hitless over his previous three games. Yesterday, 6:53 pm
  • Marwin Gonzalez ejected for arguing strike
    Marwin Gonzalez was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Rays for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Gonzalez took issue with a called third strike in the top of the fifth inning and got run by home plate umpire Pat Hoberg, finishing the night 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Tony Kemp took Gonzalez's place in the field. Yesterday, 6:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin Gonzalez Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Donaldson (calf) could need rehab games
    Josh Donaldson (calf) is expected to require a short minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Blue Jays' active roster.

    Advice: It only makes sense now that the veteran third baseman has been sidelined for close to a month because of a lingering left calf injury. Donaldson was supposed to return to the Blue Jays' active roster in early June, but he still hasn't run the bases at full speed without issue as of June 19. There isn't a clear timetable for when he might be activated off the disabled list. Yesterday, 6:13 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Chapman gets cortisone injection for hand
    Matt Chapman got a cortisone injection for his sore right hand on Tuesday.

    Advice: The hope is that he responds well to the cortisone and is able to begin swinging a bat on Thursday. Chapman was placed on the disabled list June 16 with discomfort in his right hand, but an MRI showed no structural damage, so he shouldn't be out too long. This has been a breakout season for the 25-year-old third baseman. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Beckham (groin) due to come off DL on Sat.
    Tim Beckham (groin) is expected to come off the 60-day disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: Beckham will finish his minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk after going 1-for-8 with two walks in three rehab games at Double-A Bowie. The 28-year-old infielder has been out since April 25 following core muscle surgery. He batted .179/.247/.262 over his first 23 games this season with the Orioles. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
    New Player Note
    Tim Beckham Bal - 2B,3B,SS
    60-Day DL
  • D-backs in contact with Orioles for Machado
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Diamondbacks "have been in contact" with the Orioles about a possible Manny Machado trade.

    Advice: Morosi notes, however, that "this is viewed as due diligence on Arizona’s part" for the time being. You can bet that just about every contending team will reach out to the O's about Machado, who's batting .310/.377/.567 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 69 games this season for a Baltimore team that will carry a 20-50 record into play Tuesday. The 25-year-old superstar is scheduled to become a free agent this winter. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Farmer hits go-ahead two-run double vs CHC
    Kyle Farmer hit a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run double in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Cubs closer Brandon Morrow was apparently unavailable for this one and the Dodgers took advantage of a weaker crop of relievers to earn a big comeback victory at Wrigley Field. Farmer hit the double off left-hander Justin Wilson, after Austin Barnes drew a leadoff walk and Justin Turner roped a one-out single. Yesterday, 1:59 pm
  • Franco not in Tuesday's lineup
    Maikel Franco is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals.

    Advice: J.P. Crawford will start at third base and hit ninth. Franco has really struggled this month and now finds himself in a timeshare. Yesterday, 12:16 pm
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