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  • Steve Pearce (knee) sitting Thursday
    Steve Pearce (knee) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Pearce suffered a right knee contusion on Wednesday night, though X-rays turned up negative and he should be fine after a day or two of rest. Dwight Smith Jr. is starting in left field and batting eighth for Toronto on Thursday against the Rangers. Today, 8:06 am
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    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
  • Dilson Herrera in concussion protocol
    Dilson Herrera is in concussion protocol after a collision with a teammate Wednesday at Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: That doesn't necessarily mean he has a concussion, but the 23-year-old infielder will probably get some extended rest anyway. Herrera has batted just .248/.301/.383 in 230 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level. Today, 7:15 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
  • Cano puts Seattle ahead with clutch double
    Robinson Cano ripped a go-ahead double Wednesday in the Mariners’ dramatic win over the Tigers.

    Advice: With two outs in the seventh and runners on first and second, Cano broke a 4-4 tie by shooting a double into the gap in right center field. Jean Segura and Ben Gamel scored to give Seattle a 6-4 lead. The clutch double was Cano’s only hit of the night. The 34-year-old owns a .281 average with 11 homers and 42 RBI this season. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Frazier goes 3-for-5 with two runs scored Wed
    Adam Frazier went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He doubled and scored in both the third and fifth innings. He has been a productive starter in the absence of the suspended Starling Marte. Frazier holds a .289/.365/.401 slash line with three homers, 29 runs and 25 RBI in 211 plate appearances. He has chipped in five steals and has been caught four times. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Drury nets career-high 6 RBI on Wednesday
    Brandon Drury buried the Rockies on Wednesday night, chipping in with four hits and a career-high six RBI in Arizona’s 16-5 victory at Coors Field.

    Advice: The floodgates opened for Arizona during a 10-run fourth inning and Drury played a big role in the onslaught with two hits in the frame. He plated a pair of runs on a one-out double before dropping an RBI single to center later in the inning. Drury also contributed a two-run single in the sixth and another two-run single in the ninth. Through 64 games, Drury is slashing an impressive .304/.348/.500 with eight homers and 36 RBI. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Gyorko goes 3-for-4 with a two-run homer
    Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-4 and punched a two-run homer to help beat the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The powerful infielder took starter Nick Pivetta deep in the sixth inning. He hit 30 bombs last year with a .243 batting average. He has sacrificed some of that power this year while increasing the average. He is batting .297/.347/.514 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 242 plate appearances. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
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    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Kendrick goes 3-for-5 with a run and a steal
    Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also walked in the ballgame. The 33-year-old veteran infielder-outfielder is now batting .350/.409/.475 with two homers and 12 RBI in 132 plate appearances. He missed six weeks with an oblique injury but it hasn't affected his performance since returning to action. He will be an interesting piece on the trade market this summer. The fact he can play all over the field adds to his value. Yesterday, 8:34 pm
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    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Mariners option infielder Smith to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned INF Tyler Smith to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Smith heads back down to Triple-A with Jean Segura (ankle) returning from the disabled list. In 19 plate appearances with the Mariners this season, the 25-year-old infielder picked up three hits. He will serve as organizational depth moving forward, but could see additional call-ups depending on when the Mariners need infield reinforcement later this summer. Yesterday, 4:32 pm
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  • Jose Pirela swipes two bases in win
    Jose Pirela went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two steals Wednesday as the Padres edged the Cubs 3-2.

    Advice: Pirela, primarily an outfielder since his callup, was at second base today with Yangervis Solarte absent. Solarte is expected to go on the disabled list, at which point the Padres will decide whether to give Ryan Schimpf another chance or to stick with Pirela at what's probably a weaker spot for him (albeit a spot in which he has a great deal of minor league experience). Either way, Pirela should keep playing regularly. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Ian Happ hits 10th homers in loss
    Ian Happ hit his 10th homer Wednesday to give the Cubs their only two runs against the Padres.

    Advice: The team had just two hits. Happ's roster status was touch and go for a while, but since he's stepped it up lately and no one else at his positions has done the same, he seems pretty safe at the moment. He's homered in five of his last eight games, and while he's still batting just .221, it comes with a .314 OBP. Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Taylor Featherson hits second homer
    Taylor Featherston went 2-for-4 with a homer Wednesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Featherson is 6-for-22 with two homers for the Rays after entering this year with a .156/.207/.233 line in 180 major league at-bats. Nothing in his minor league track record suggests he's a good bet to keep hitting, but he's been a nice little stopgap this last week with Brad Miller and Tim Beckham hurting. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
  • White Sox sign Grant Green to minors deal
    White Sox signed INF/OF Grant Green to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Green was released by the Nationals last week after batting just .246/.319/.285 in 40 games at Triple-A Syracuse. The well-traveled 29-year-old utilityman will report to Triple-A Charlotte. Yesterday, 10:40 am
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  • Dustin Pedroia (ribs) out again Wednesday
    Dustin Pedroia (ribs) is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Josh Rutledge is at second base and Deven Marrero is at third base in the afternoon finale at Kauffman Stadium. Pedroia took a pitch to the ribs on Sunday night and hasn't played since, though X-rays turned up negative and he is expected to avoid the disabled list. Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Daniel Murphy getting day off Wednesday
    Daniel Murphy is getting the day off Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Stephen Drew will take a turn at second base and bat sixth versus Marlins right-hander Dan Straily. Murphy homered and reached base four times in Tuesday night's blowout victory over Miami. Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Ian Kinsler finds seats at Safeco Field
    Ian Kinsler finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's game in Seattle.

    Advice: Kinsler has been back to his normal hitting self since being activated from the 10-day disabled list two weeks ago. He has hit safely in 10 of his past 12 outings while hitting .300 (15-for-50) with four doubles, two homers and four RBI. Yesterday, 1:34 am
  • Taylor Motter cracks solo homer in win
    Taylor Motter finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's victory against the Tigers.

    Advice: Motter continues to hold down the fort until Jean Segura (ankle) is healthy enough to return. The starter could be back from a high ankle sprain as soon as Thursday, so that doesn't bode well for Motter's short-term fantasy appeal. Yesterday, 1:26 am
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    Taylor Motter Sea - 1B,2B,SS,OF
  • Wilmer Flores gets day off for maintenance
    Wilmer Flores was out of the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, but the slumping infielder was held out for rest.

    Advice: Flores hit .412 in the first nine games in the month of June, but he is hitting .071 over the past eight outings. "You can kind of see he's dragging a little bit. So we're going to let him get off his feet for a while," manager Terry Collins said. With Flores resting it was T.J. Rivera moving over to third base with Gavin Cecchini slotting in at second. Yesterday, 12:24 am
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    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B
  • Chad Pinder reaches the seats Tuesday
    Chad Pinder belted a solo home run in five at-bats Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Pinder has tailed off in June, hitting just .181 (13-for-72) with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBI with six runs scored while striking out 22 times. He has struggled at times to make contact, but he has a place in Oakland due to his pop and defensive versatility. Tuesday, 11:41 pm
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    Chad Pinder Oak - 2B,SS,OF
  • Ryan Goins plates lone run in loss on Tuesday
    Ryan Goins went 1-for-3 and plated the Blue Jays' lone run in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Goins came through with an RBI single in the seventh inning to score Justin Smoak, trimming the Jays' deficit to 5-1. He has struggled while filling in for the injured Devon Travis, slashing just .215/.277/.348 with four homers and 24 RBI. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
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    Ryan Goins Tor - 2B,SS
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