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  • Yankees recall Tyler Austin from Triple-A
    Yankees recalled 1B Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: He's taking the place of Chris Carter on the active roster, who was designated for assignment after Friday's game. Austin wsa hitting .300/.366/.560 with four homers and 21 RBI in 27 games at Triple-A. He should see regular playing time at first base and is worth a look as a corner infield option in deeper mixed leagues. Today, 6:02 am
  • Danny Valencia goes 4-for-5 in rout
    Danny Valencia went 4-for-5 with two RBI versus the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Valencia's hot streak had fizzled of late, but he's reached base eight times the last two days, raising his OBP from .315 to .333. The Mariners should still be thinking about a first-base upgrade prior to the trade deadline. Valencia isn't bad, but he could be more useful as a part-timer. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Lucas Duda homers, doubles twice
    Lucas Duda homered and doubled twice Friday as the Mets crushed the Giants 11-4.

    Advice: The second double would have been a homer pretty much anywhere other than San Francisco, and it even drew a replay review there, but it was ruled to have bounced off the top of the wall in right-center. Duda now has 13 homers and 13 doubles, which suggests that he should have more than 27 RBI and 20 runs scored this season. However, 10 of those homers have been solo shots, and the Mets haven't had much hitting behind him in the order this year. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Gallo hitless in loss to Yankees
    Joey Gallo finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Gallo had a big day at the plate on Wednesday, but he’s 0-for-8 with six strikeouts since. The 23-year-old slugger is hitting just .155 (9-for-58) with three home runs and 24 strikeouts this month. He still leads the Rangers with 19 home runs, but his batting average is down to .194 on the year. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Brandon Belt homers again versus Mets
    Brandon Belt hit his third homer in four games Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Belt hit cleanup tonight after spending the last week in the bottom half of the order. His slump now seemingly over, he should go back to being a fixture in the top half of the lineup. While he hasn't performed as hoped with his .783 OPS this year, he's still the Giants' second-best hitter. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Yankees DFA Carter, turn to Austin at 1B
    Yankees designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment.

    Advice: So much for the 2016 NL home run champ. Carter hit just .204 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 167 at-bats, but the Yankees probably would have stuck with him longer if not for his poor defense at first base. Now they'll go to Tyler Austin, a player with a similar profile but one who has been red-hot in the minors. Yesterday, 10:26 pm
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  • Ian Desmond goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Ian Desmond went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Desmond had a nice series against the Giants last week, but he's 2-for-20 with no RBI, eight strikeouts and no walks in his last five games. There's no way mixed leaguers can write him off while he has Coors Field on his side, but he's been quite a disappointment thus far. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Wil Myers plays second base
    Wil Myers was used at second base for one batter, ala Anthony Rizzo, in Friday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Like Rizzo has been several times this season, Myers moved to second base in a bunt situation and then moved back to first afterwards. It counts as a position change, and it's the first time he's played second base in his career. He could get eventually get eligibility in five-game leagues if manager Andy Green likes how it worked out tonight. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Howie Kendrick doubles off bench
    Howie Kendrick was able to come off the bench Friday and doubled in his only at-bat against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kendrick didn't start because of hamstring tightness. It sounds like he'll be in there Satursday. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
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    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Jaso slugs go-ahead homer vs. Cardinals
    John Jaso slugged a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning to lead the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: After entering the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, Jaso took Seung-Hwan Oh deep with two outs in the top of the ninth. Felipe Rivero tossed a scoreless bottom of the frame to finish off the wild win. Jaso is now hitting .234/.319/.421 with five homers and 19 RBI through 62 games. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Bell slugs solo homer vs. Cardinals
    Josh Bell socked a solo homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bell got the Pirates on the board first by taking Adam Wainwright deep in the second inning. The 24-year-old is now up to 14 home runs on the year and has quietly had his most productive month of the season. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Martinez slugs two-run homer vs. Pirates
    Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: His second-inning blast briefly gave the Cardinals the lead. The 28-year-old Martinez has swung the bat well when called upon this season, batting .280 with five home runs and an .821 OPS through 38 games. However, he will be pressed for playing time once Dexter Fowler (quad) feels back to normal. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Ramirez slugs two-run homer vs. Angels
    Hanley Ramirez slugged a two-run homer Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Ramirez took Alex Meyer deep in the fourth inning for his 10th home run of the season. It was also the 250th home run of his career. The 33-year-old has dealt with a nagging shoulder injury for most of the season, which provides context to his disappointing .240/.340/.406 batting line. Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Logan Morrison swats 22nd homer as Rays win
    Logan Morrison swatted his 22nd home run of the season as the Rays pounded Ubaldo Jimenez and the Orioles on Friday night in Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Morrison blasted an RBI triple in the first inning and plated a run with a ground ball in the fifth inning before crushing his solo homer off of Miguel Castro in the seventh. He finished the night 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Morrison is now hitting .250/.356/.582 with 22 bombs and 54 RBI in his unexpected breakout season. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Trey Mancini plates two in loss to Rays
    Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Orioles were crushed by the Rays on Friday night.

    Advice: Mancini got the O's on the board with a run-scoring single in the second inning, then capped off their scoring with an RBI double in the sixth. He has been a tremendous bright spot in the middle of the O's lineup this season, slashing a robust .317/.358/.564 with 12 homers and 40 RBI. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Freeman (wrist) hopes for rehab in 7-10 days
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) is hoping to begin a rehab assignment in 7-10 days.

    Advice: That's after the end of the Braves' road trip. Freeman was cleared to begin taking dry swings on Friday and will continue a hitting progression over the next few days. The slugger said earlier this week that he was hoping to return prior to the All-Star break, and it looks like he'll have a chance to do just that. Freeman has been working out at third base and could be used at the position upon activation as the Braves look for a way to keep Matt Adams' bat in the lineup. Yesterday, 1:48 pm
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  • C.J. Cron optioned to Triple-A
    Angels optioned 1B C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Cron has managed an ugly .212/.266/.297 line with the big club this season. Reliever Eduardo Paredes has replaced him on the roster. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
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  • Olney: Mets tell teams they're ready to sell
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Mets are telling teams they're "open for business now."

    Advice: The Mets are sitting 12 games behind the Nationals in the National League East and are 14.5 games out of a Wild Card Spot, so it appears they're realistic about their chances of making the postseason. Olney lists Curtis Granderson, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce and Asdurbal Cabrera among the pieces that the Mets are willing to sell off. Of that group, only Cabrera is potentially under contract for next season, as the club has an $8.25 million option on him. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Posey cranks three XBH in loss to Braves
    Buster Posey was an extra-base hit machine Thursday, finishing 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Posey has always had a penchant for hitting left-handed pitching and feasted on Braves starter Jaime Garcia in this one, hitting a solo homer in the second and smacking two doubles off the southpaw before Garcia could be relieved. The homer was Posey's 10th of the season, the sixth straight year the backstop has reached double-digits in dingers. Quietly, the 30-year-old is having a remarkable offensive year this season, batting .344/.427/.537 through 63 games. Thursday, 10:37 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera clubs two-run homer in defeat
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: After Robinson Cano cracked a grand slam to give the Mariners a 9-3 lead through seven innings, the Tigers at least tried to make a game of it. Cabrera pulled them to within four with his two-run homer in the eighth and they would score one more of the frame to draw to within a manageable 9-6 deficit. However, they would draw no closer. Cabrera has now gone deep in three of his last eight games. On the macro level, he is hitting to a .271/.370/.450 triple-slash with eight homers and 34 RBI across 218 at-bats. Thursday, 10:17 pm
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