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  • George Springer (hand) hoping to play Friday
    George Springer (hand) hopes to be in the lineup Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Springer lobbied to stay in Thursday's game after taking a pitch off his left hand but was overruled by manager A.J. Hinch. His X-rays came back negative and the Astros are hoping he'll be available for Friday night's series opener. The Astros appear to have dodged a major bullet here. Today, 4:56 pm
  • Shoemaker's MRI shows no structural damage
    Angels GM Billy Eppler confirmed that Matt Shoemaker is still dealing with "symptoms" related to a strained forearm.

    Advice: Shoemaker was tentatively scheduled to return Sunday against the Red Sox but instead was sent back to Los Angeles for further evaluation. A recent MRI cleared Shoemaker of any structural damage, though obviously there's still something bothering him. Parker Bridwell has been starting in his place. Today, 4:34 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Marisnick sets new career-high in homers
    Jake Marisnick clocked a three-run homer Thursday in the Astros’ 12-9 win over the Athletics.

    Advice: He wasn’t in the Astros’ lineup but subbed in for George Springer, who left after getting hit by a pitch in his first at-bat. Marisnick promptly clubbed a homer off Jesse Hahn as the Astros exploded for eight runs in the second inning. That gives Marisnick a career-high 10 homers including four in the month of June. He could play regularly in center field if Springer misses extended time. Today, 4:11 pm
  • Chris Owings hammers ninth HR Thursday
    Chris Owings slugged his ninth homer Thursday in the Diamondbacks' 10-3 rout of Colorado.

    Advice: Owings staked the D’Backs to a 5-1 lead by crushing a three-run blast off Antonio Senzatela in the third inning. That was Owings’ only hit of the afternoon. Owings has cooled off this month (.213 AVG in June) but is still sporting an eight-game hitting streak. He’s already set a career-high in homers and needs just six RBI to match last year’s total of 49. Today, 3:43 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Owings Ari - 2B,SS,OF
  • Troy Tulowitzki goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss and hasn't driven in a run in his last 12 games.

    Advice: Tulo hit a grand slam in his third game back from the disabled list on May 29. Apart from that, he's collected one RBI in 22 games since his return and two in 31 games if you want to go pre-injury. Even so, Jays manager John Gibbons keeps on batting him fifth or sixth every day. That really needs to change. Today, 2:54 pm
  • Cubs designate LHP Rosscup for assignment
    Cubs designated LHP Zac Rosscup for assignment.

    Advice: The Cubs needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for Mark Zagunis. Rosscup made one appearance for the Cubs this year, logging 2/3 of an inning against the Giants on May 22. The 29-year-old has a good chance of clearing waivers. Today, 1:58 pm
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  • Padres outright Zach Lee to Triple-A El Paso
    Padres sent RHP Zach Lee outright to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Lee cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Monday. He's no longer on the Padres' 40-man roster. Today, 1:33 pm
    Not Active
  • Carlos Martinez gives up three runs in loss
    Carlos Martinez took a loss after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Martinez has been way too good this year to deserve a 6-6 record after 15 starts. Twice he's gotten no-decisions after allowing no runs, once in 7 1/3 innings and once in nine innings, and he's currently sporting a 2.87 ERA even though the Cardinals have hardly played great defense this year. It took two errors to lead to the unearned run he allowed today. Today, 1:10 pm
  • Cameron Rupp falls to .199 for the season
    Cameron Rupp went 0-for-3 on Thursday, dropping his average to .199.

    Advice: Rupp was standing tall as one of the Phillies' best hitters a month ago, but he's done little but strike out these last few weeks and has been losing playing time to Andrew Knapp. He's 5-for-53 with one homer, one RBI and 23 strikeouts in his last 16 games. Knapp is probably going to keep getting starts over him until he can get hot again. Today, 1:02 pm
  • Marlins expected to trade Adeiny Hechavarria
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has heard from rival executives that Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria "will be traded in [the] next few days."

    Advice: Passan says Miami is "still shopping offers" for the 28-year-old, who is currently on the disabled list with a strained left oblique but due to return to the Marlins' active roster this weekend. Hechavarria has batted just .255/.291/.337 in 640 career major league games, but he's a good defender and under contractual control through 2018. J.T. Riddle has been starting at shortstop for the Fish. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald notes that the Cardinals, Orioles and Rays have all checked in on Hechavarria. Today, 12:13 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Adam Jones out of O's lineup Thursday night
    Adam Jones is out of the Orioles' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Indians.

    Advice: It could just be a night off. Craig Gentry is playing center field and hitting ninth versus Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger. Today, 12:02 pm
  • Mariners outright Tyler Cloyd to Tacoma
    Mariners sent RHP Tyler Cloyd outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Cloyd was designated for assignment by Seattle on Wednesday and passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll remain at Tacoma as organizational bullpen depth for the M's. Today, 10:52 am
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  • Segura (ankle) scores two runs in return
    Jean Segura (ankle) went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in his first game back from the disabled list Wednesday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: Segura missed less than three weeks with a high right ankle sprain, after initial estimates suggested he might be out for two months. The 27-year-old shortstop boasts a stellar .341/.393/.459 batting line with four home runs, 20 RBI, seven stolen bases, and 31 runs scored in 44 games this season. He signed a five-year, $70 million contract extension with Seattle while he was on the shelf. Today, 5:15 am
  • James Paxton hit hard on Wednesday
    James Paxton was touched up for nine hits and four runs (three earned) over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Mariners’ come-from-behind win over the Tigers.

    Advice: He tallied eight strikeouts and two walks. James McCann took Paxton deep in the third while Justin Upton got to him for RBI singles in the fourth and sixth innings. It was another tough outing for Paxton, who has pitched to a sluggish 6.94 ERA since coming off the disabled list last month. He’ll look to redeem himself Tuesday against the Phillies. Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Kemp swats walk-off, two-run bomb vs. SF
    Matt Kemp hit a game-ending two-run homer to beat the Giants 5-3 in 11 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts when he got a fifth chance in the bottom of the 11th inning of a tie game. He lifted a ball the opposite way that just barely scraped over the right field wall for the walk-off. Kemp is no longer the MVP-caliber 30/30 threat he was a few years ago but he is having a good fantasy season. He is rocking a .320 batting average with 12 home runs, 30 runs and 35 RBI. He has yet to steal a base successfully and only had one last year. Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Johnson gives up homer in ninth, blows save
    Jim Johnson blew a save by serving up a game-tying home run in the ninth inning on Wednesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Hunter Pence blasted a solo shot to center field with one out. The Braves ended up winning in extra innings but Johnson was charged with his fifth blown save nonetheless. He has successfully converted 13 save chances. His job as the closer is likely still safe. He has a 3.52 ERA with 34 strikeouts and seven walks in 30 2/3 innings. It was only the second longball he has allowed this year. Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Yasiel Puig socks 13th homer in win over Mets
    Yasiel Puig rocked his 13th homer of the year in Wednesday’s win over the Mets.

    Advice: He admired the heck out of it too, taking an incredible 32 seconds to tour the bases. Puig’s three-run shot off Tyler Pill put Los Angeles up 5-1 in the fourth inning. The 26-year-old still isn’t hitting for a high average (.247) but he’s rediscovered his power stroke by slugging four homers over his last eight games. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Evan Gattis chips in with two RBI Wednesday
    Evan Gattis plated two runs Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Athletics.

    Advice: He drove in Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa on a sixth-inning single off left-hander Sean Manaea. That ended up being his only hit of the night as the Astros were able to claim victory in a low-scoring affair. Gattis led Houston with 32 homers a year ago but only has four to his credit this season. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Taiwan Walker solid in win over Colorado
    Taijuan Walker scattered six hits and three runs over six innings Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 16-5 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: He fanned eight hitters and walked four. Walker didn’t have his best stuff but soldiered through for his sixth victory of the year. He served up a solo blast to Mark Reynolds in the second inning while letting two runs come across on a fifth-inning double by Nolan Arenado. All things considered, allowing three runs at Coors Field isn’t a bad outing. The 24-year-old has a favorable matchup coming up against the Phillies on Monday. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Gausman allows three runs n 5 2/3, fans nine
    Kevin Gausman yielded three runs while fanning nine batters in 5 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: The big blow was a two-run shot by Francisco Lindor in the fifth inning. He gave up six hits and two walks as his disappointing season continued. Gausman falls to 3-7 with an ugly 6.47 ERA after 16 starts. His game has taken a big step backward after turning in a 3.61 ERA in 30 starts a year ago. The 26-year-old could find himself back in the minors soon. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
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