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  • Dietrich homers, drives in three against Reds
    Derek Dietrich went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Dietrich was the man on the spot in this one, hitting a solo homer in the fourth inning to open the scoring before a bases-loaded walk plated a run in the fifth and an RBI single in the seventh brought in another run. The homer was Dietrich's fifth of the year. The good night came on the heels of a five-RBI game the night before. Good games have been scarce for the 28-year-old, who's hitting just .237/.312/.376 on the year. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Gordon has two hits, steal in win over Reds
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Gordon wasn't afraid to run on this night, walking to lead off the first inning before getting caught stealing. Undeterred, Gordon then singled to lead off the third inning and stole his 37th base before being stranded at second. He tried a third time to run in the sixth inning but was again nailed by Red catcher Tucker Barnhart. The 29-year-old's 37 swipes are second-most in the National League behind Billy Hamilton's, and he's also on a bit of a tear at the plate of late, with four multi-hit games during a seven-game hitting streak. The good stretch has his line up to .294/.338/.358 overall. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Three teams interested in Asdrubal Cabrera
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports at least three teams are "still interested" in Asdrubal Cabrera.

    Advice: The wording would imply that more teams were interested but a few dropped out of the running. Either way, there's a strong likelihood Cabrera will have a new home by July 31, or at least a new old home. The Indians, the team he began his career with in 2007, have been linked to Cabrera for quite some time. Cabrera, who has played all over the diamond in recent weeks, would probably fill a utility role if he lands in Cleveland. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Walker (hamstring) to be activated Friday
    Neil Walker (hamstring) will join the Mets Friday in advance of their series opener against the Mariners.

    Advice: Walker has concluded his rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas and will be activated in time for Friday night's game in Seattle. He should resume his post as the Mets' everyday second baseman with Asdrubal Cabrera likely shifting over to third base. It took Walker roughly six weeks to recover from a partially torn hamstring. Yesterday, 5:53 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Rays open to trading Miller or Beckham
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rays are "open to offers" on Brad Miller and Tim Beckham.

    Advice: Miller has been splitting time at second base and DH since coming off the disabled list but Tampa Bay's DH spot will soon be occupied by Lucas Duda, who was acquired in a trade with the Mets on Thursday. With Adeiny Hechavarria entrenched at shortstop, the Rays must now decide between Miller and Beckham at second base. Miller blasted a career-best 30 round-trippers last year but Beckham has been the superior player this year, hitting .266 with 12 homers compared to .202 with four homers for Miller. Crasnick said the Rays aren't "shopping" either player, but we could see them make a move if the right offer comes along. Yesterday, 4:46 pm
  • Report: Teams monitoring Solarte's rehab
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune said teams will "monitor" Yangervis Solarte's minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: This would suggest that teams are interested in Solarte, though Lin cautions that the Padres aren't shopping him. With Carlos Asuaje playing so well at second base, Solarte is expected to get some reps at shortstop during his rehab assignment. The 30-year-old has hit .268 with 10 homers and 40 RBI over 254 at-bats for the Friars this year. Yesterday, 4:03 pm
    10-Day DL
  • T.J. Rivera (arm) absent versus Padres
    T.J. Rivera (arm) is not in the Mets' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Rivera doesn't make many starts but his absence Thursday is significant because he could see increased playing time at first base following Lucas Duda's trade to Tampa Bay. Instead Jay Bruce will slide in at first with Curtis Granderson manning Duda's usual post in right field in Thursday night's series finale. Rivera has been dealing with a minor arm injury and should be considered day-to-day. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
    New Player Note
    T.J. Rivera NYM - 1B,2B,3B
  • Steve Pearce belts walk-off grand slam
    Steve Pearce smashed a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning of Thursday's win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Liam Hendriks walked the bases loaded to bring Pearce up with two outs. He ran the count full and then left a fastball up and over the plate, and Pearce swatted it just inside the left field foul pole. It was Pearce's lone hit in five trips to the dish. The Blue Jays swept the four-game series. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
  • Jedd Gyorko out Thursday vs. Arizona
    Jedd Gyorko is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gyorko had a tremendous first half, but he's batting just .159 with a .500 OPS since the All-Star break. Greg Garcia will start at third base and hit eighth Thursday versus Arizona right-hander Zack Godley. Yesterday, 12:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Brian Dozier plates two in loss to Dodgers
    Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Twins fell to the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Dozier's two-run double gave the Twins a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning. That would be the extent of their offense in the ballgame though. The hard-hitting second baseman is now hitting .249/.334/.441 with 16 homers, 50 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Wednesday, 10:45 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
  • Merrifield goes 3-for-7 with an RBI, two runs
    Whit Merrifield went 3-for-7 with two runs scored and an RBI versus the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He joined in the fun as the Royals laced 22 hits and scored 16 runs. All three of his hits were singles. He has a .294 batting average with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 352 plate appearances. He has stolen 16 bases and been caught only twice, including once today. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Romine goes 2-for-2 with a run scored
    Andrew Romine went 2-for-2 and scored a run as his team got blown out by the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't start the game but came on to pinch-hit for Miguel Cabrera in the seventh inning with the score already 13-1. He reached on an infield single in that at-bat and later scored on a double-play ball hit by Alex Avila. Romine singled again in the ninth inning but was left stranded. The utility infielder has gotten quite a bit of playing time for a backup, slashing .228/.293/.355 with four home runs, 18 RBI and 33 runs in 217 plate appearances. Wednesday, 9:56 pm
    Player Note
    Andrew Romine Det - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Yoan Moncada blasts first career home run
    Yoan Moncada blasted his first major league home run on Wednesday as the White Sox fell to the Cubs.

    Advice: The rookie sensation tagged Jake Arrieta for the solo shot in the seventh inning. He finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and scored a pair of runs. Moncada is hitting .130/.286/.348 through his first 28 plate appearances with the White Sox. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Matt Carpenter plates two in win over Rockies
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5 and drove home a pair of runs on Wednesday as the Cardinals topped the Rockies.

    Advice: Carpenter's two-run double keyed a five-run rally off of Rockies' starter Jeff Hoffman in the fourth inning. He also drew a walk, reaching base safely three times in the contest. For the season, Carpenter is slashing .250/.379/.449 with 14 homers and 48 RBI. Wednesday, 8:54 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
  • Altuve goes 2-for-4 with a double vs Phillies
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: The Astros got plenty of hits but couldn't manage to put any runs on the scoreboard all night. Altuve can't be stopped however. He has his batting average up to .365 to lead the majors in that category. He already owns two American League batting titles and is well on his way to a third as he has a nearly 40 point lead on the second-place Jean Segura (.327). His career high batting average prior to this year was .341 in 2014. Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Schoop slugs 22nd homer in loss to Rays
    Jonathan Schoop hit his 22nd home run of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning off Rays starter Alex Cobb, who otherwise dominated the Orioles' offense. Schoop now has seven home runs and 23 RBI in 22 games this month. Wednesday, 12:09 pm
  • Dilson Herrera undergoes shoulder surgery
    Dilson Herrera underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder.

    Advice: That'll be a wrap for his 2017 season. Herrera didn't make a single appearance in the majors this year and he registered an underwhelming .264/.312/.397 batting line over 68 games for Triple-A Louisville. The former top-100 prospect will try to get his career back on track in 2018. Wednesday, 6:59 am
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  • Chris Taylor continues to swing a hot bat
    Chris Taylor picked up a pair of doubles with three RBI in Tuesday's victory against Minnesota.

    Advice: Taylor has been on fire, posting four straight multi-hit games, while collecting two or more hits across nine of his past 11 outings. He is hitting an incredible .523 (23-for-44) with five doubles, three triples and two homers to increase his average from .285 to .321 just since July 9. Wednesday, 1:07 am
    Player Note
    Chris Taylor LAD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Chris Owings snaps hitless drought
    Chris Owings finished 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Owings delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap an ugly 23 at-bat hitless skid. It was just his second RBI over the past 17 games, as he has been ice-cold in the blazing hot desert. Perhaps the extra-base hit and RBI will give him a little confidence heading into Wednesday's homestand finale. Tuesday, 11:23 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Owings Ari - 2B,SS,OF
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