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Royals | Eric Hosmer won't swing today

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:33:12 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) will not swing a bat Thursday, July 24, in an effort to be more cautious about returning to action. He might not play in any of this weekend's games.

FANTASY TIP: Hosmer might be a DL candidate if he doesn't improve, so stay tuned for updates and line up contingency plans.

White Sox | More on Zach Putnam's injury

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:15:11 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) has an issue around the middle of his right (throwing) shoulder, near the joint. He felt it in the last few outings and was hoping rest over the All-Star break would help it heal.

FANTASY TIP: Obviously, since he's now on the DL, it hasn't. Jake Petricka is the fantasy pickup as he is in the lead for saves at the moment. However, he may cede those duties if Matt Lindstrom (ankle) proves healthy in the next few weeks.

Mariners | Make roster moves

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:08:42 -0700

Seattle Mariners INF Willie Bloomquist (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, July 24, with a right knee contusion. In corresponding moves, SS Chris Taylor and DH Jesus Montero were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

FANTASY TIP: Taylor's power-speed combo makes him a worthy addition in AL-only formats. There is deep mixed league value, if Taylor earns enough playing time. Montero has more competition for at-bats and is only worth a speculative add in AL-only formats, until he proves otherwise.

Padres | Yangervis Solarte hitting second

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:57:32 -0700

San Diego Padres INF Yangervis Solarte is batting second and playing second base Thursday, July 24, against the Chicago Cubs.

FANTASY TIP: Solarte could take care of the keystone position until Jedd Gyorko returns from his foot injury, and then move to third base. He could also fill a utility role around the diamond and in the outfield. Regardless, Solarte will get enough playing time to be a factor in NL-only formats. Mixed leaguers should take a wait-and-see approach.

MLB | Rusney Castillo generating buzz

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:34:48 -0700

Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo will be scouted by the majority of MLB teams at his workout Saturday, July 26, at the University of Miami.

FANTASY TIP: With the recent influx of quality Cuban players to the majors, expect Castillo to generate plenty of buzz in fantasy circles, too. He is worth a flier in all keeper/dynasty formats, as soon as he is available. Continue to check back for updates on Castillo.

Rangers | Jerome Williams starting Friday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:28:28 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Jerome Williams will start Friday, July 25, against the Oakland Athletics.

FANTASY TIP: Avoid Williams in all formats against the Athletics.

Indians | No Asdrubal Cabrera again

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:24:57 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is not in the lineup Thursday, July 24. INF Jose Ramirez is starting in his place, batting ninth.

FANTASY TIP: Cabrera could be looking at a disabled list stint if this persists. Ramirez is nothing more than AL-only filler.

White Sox | Zach Putnam to DL

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:18:21 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list Thursday, July 24, with right shoulder inflammation. In a corresponding move, RP Andre Rienzo was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

FANTASY TIP: Putnam was getting looks in the ninth inning, so with him out of the committee, Jake Petricka should see more opportunities. Javy Guerra and Daniel Webb could also get an occasional chance. Matt Lindstrom should take over closing duties, when he returns from his ankle injury. However, Perticka is an immediate add, with Guerra and Webb more speculative additions, for those chasing saves.

Phillies | Cole Hamel tosses a gem

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:07:36 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels pitched eight innings, allowing an earned run on six hits and a walk, while striking out 10 batters, to earn his fifth win Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: It was business as usual for Hamels, who now sports a measly 2.72 ERA. Fantasy owners would love to see an uptick in wins, which could happen if he is moved to a superior team.

Mariners | Kendrys Morales to report Friday

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:07:29 -0700

Seattle Mariners 1B Kendrys Morales is expected to join his new team Friday, July 25. He was acquired from the Minnesota Twins Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: It's a reminder for those with daily transactions.

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Mariners | Chris Taylor probably coming up

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:02:36 -0700

The Seattle Mariners are poised to call up SS Chris Taylor from Class AAA Tacoma. He's batting .328 with 5 home runs and 37 RBIs in 75 contests. He may be up with the club as soon as Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Taylor is an immediate add in AL-only games and could enter deep-mixed conversations if he proves himself worthy. Brad Miller has done little to offer resistance to losing his job. Taylor has displayed some power and notable speed at each farm stop.

Phillies | Jonathan Papelbon bounces back

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:53:49 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon struck out a batter and threw 10 pitches to earn save No. 24 Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: It is good news for Papelbon owners, after he blew a save Tuesday and took the loss Wednesday. Despite his recent struggles, Papelbon's job is safe. Papelbon's name has been involved in trade talks, so joining a new team could alter his value significantly.

Red Sox | David Ortiz update

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:48:49 -0700

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz (back) felt back spasms when he checked a swing Thursday, July 24. Ortiz was examined after the game.

FANTASY TIP: An initial diagnosis could paint a clearer picture, but for now, consider Ortiz day-to-day.

Marlins | Jordany Valdespin hitting second

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:40:04 -0700

Miami Marlins 2B Jordany Valdespin is hitting second Thursday, July 24, against the Atlanta Braves.

FANTASY TIP: Valdespin could have some fleeting value in NL-only leagues. He boasts a power-speed combo, but he also has a career .220/.271/.377 slash line in the majors, so keep your expectations in check. He is definitely in play in daily games today, due to his low price and position in the lineup.

Mets | Recall Wilmer Flores

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:39:04 -0700

The New York Mets recalled SS Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis in his place.

FANTASY TIP: Flores and his power could see deep-mixed value with regular playing time, but the flaws in his plate discipline will suppress his upside.

Red Sox | David Ortiz leaves game

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:32:39 -0700

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz (undisclosed) left the game early Thursday, July 24, after checking a swing. Ortiz appeared to place his hand on his back.

FANTASY TIP: The game was well out of hand, so his exit could be mainly precautionary. With David Price starting against the Red Sox tomorrow, Ortiz could receive an additional rest day. Check back for updates.

Tigers | GM talks trade interests

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:28:29 -0700

Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said acquiring a shortstop and a left-handing-hitting outfielder are not high on the team's priority list Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Consider this an endorsement for J.D. Martinez and Eugenio Suarez. Martinez has hit his way into being a viable mixed league option. Suarez is a fringe AL-only starter, at best.

Braves | No Andrelton Simmons

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:09:19 -0700

Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (undisclosed) is not the starting lineup Thursday, July 24, against the Miami Marlins. SS Ramiro Pena is playing shortstop and hitting eighth.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Simmons from any daily-transaction lineups. He has just three hits since the All-Star break, so it is likely a scheduled rest day to help him refocus.

Twins | Won't send money in Kendrys Morales deal

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:01:33 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Twins are not sending any money along with 1B Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners, according to a source with direct knowledge. Morales has approximately $4.33 million remaining on his one-year deal.

Twins | Recall Jorge Polanco

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:59:01 -0700

Minnesota Twins SS Jorge Polanco was recalled from Single-A Fort Myers Thursday, July 24.

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Blue Jays | Marcus Stroman loses no-no bid

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:46:05 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman threw a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings before it was broken up on a single by Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino. He made it through seven innings, giving up that lone hit with two walks while striking out seven.

FANTASY TIP: Stroman has been a beast since moving to the rotation. His ERA on the season is now down to 3.21, and he'll surely be picked up in more mixed leagues after this showing.

Twins | Stephen Pryor to Rochester

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:45:19 -0700

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins RP Stephen Pryor will be sent to Triple-A Rochester, after he was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the deal for 1B Kendrys Morales.

Twins | Trade Kendrys Morales

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:43:57 -0700

The Minnesota Twins traded 1B Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for RP Stephen Pryor.

FANTASY TIP: Pryor is merely organizational depth but could work his way into late-innings relief later this year or in 2015.

Mariners | Acquire Kendrys Morales

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:42:25 -0700

The Seattle Mariners have acquired 1B Kendrys Morales from the Minnesota Twins for RP Stephen Pryor.

FANTASY TIP: Not a fantastic upgrade in hitting environment, but it's a familiar home park. This doesn't change Morales' value much sans the fact he may be more comfortable and recapture some of his once top-shelf pop. Pick him up if you're desperate for deep-league help, but carry on otherwise.

Athletics | Alberto Callaspo rehab starting soon

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:33 -0700

Oakland Athletics INF Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) is expected to start his rehab assignment Saturday, July 26, and may return to the majors Sunday, July 27.

FANTASY TIP: Callaspo probably will resume most of the keystone duties, but he's still chiefly an AL-only piece.

Athletics | Good news for Yoenis Cespedes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:27:06 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is available to pinch-hit Thursday, July 24, and could start Friday, July 25.

FANTASY TIP: This is a boon for his fantasy owners, as long as he doesn't aggravate the injury. Stay tuned for more updates.

Rangers | Summon Nate Adcock

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:07:43 -0700

The Texas Rangers purchased the contract of RP Nathan Adcock from Triple-A Round Rock. In a corresponding move, 1B Mitch Moreland (ankle) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Giants | Dan Uggla has decent AAA debut

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:39:17 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Dan Uggla went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his debut for Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Uggla may be ready to come up sometime in August if he acquits himself well at Fresno. MAYBE he'll be worth deep-mixed consideration then.

Giants | Joe Panik sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:38:37 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Joe Panik (ankle) is out at least for Thursday, July 24, because of a sprained ankle.

Giants | Not encouraged by Marco Scutaro

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:35:09 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Marco Scutaro hasn't encouraged the club or scouts with his play. He wasn't in the lineup Thursday, July 24, even though they're facing a left-hander. Observers says his lack of mobility and bat speed is holding him back. Ehire Adrianza continues to receive playing time in place of Scutaro.

FANTASY TIP: Adrianza is strictly an NL-only add. Scutaro may not even be ownable in most of those games in the near future.

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Royals | Trade Jimmy Paredes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:21:48 -0700

The Kansas City Royals traded INF/OF Jimmy Paredes to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.

Orioles | Acquire Jimmy Paredes

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:20:54 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles acquired Jimmy Paredes from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:07:22 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is not in the lineup Thursday, July 24, as he continues to rest his sprained thumb.

FANTASY TIP: This could last at least a few more days if not result in a DL stint.

Athletics | Jim Johnson DFA'ed

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:06:53 -0700

Correcting a previous report, Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson was designated for assignment. Oakland recalled RP Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento.

Rangers | Neftali Feliz's velocity down

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:00:05 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz's average fastball velocity is down from 96.3 mph, during his 2010 and 2011 stints as closer, to 92.2 this season. His heat has been inconsistent from outing to outing, as well. Feliz said he's aware of the drop-off but is focusing more on making sure he stays in the lower part of the strike zone. He said that the change in his role could cause him to throw harder, too, because "Obviously, there is more energy and adrenaline. You have to do your job with a sense of urgency."

FANTASY TIP: Saves-desperate fantasy owners should grab him with the hope he'll improve, whether it be via the intangible factor of closing or simply more time on the mound since his 2012 surgery.

Athletics | Jim Johnson released

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:55:33 -0700

The Oakland Athletics have released RP Jim Johnson.

FANTASY TIP: So much for that preseason plan for him to close. He'll probably catch on to another contending roster, depending on salary conditions.

Panthers | Edmund Kugbila out for the year

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:45:17 -0700

Carolina Panthers OG Edmund Kugbila (back) will have back surgery in August and will miss the 2014 season, according to general manager David Gettleman.

Rockies | Asked for Kevin Gausman in Jorge De La Rosa talks

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:27:21 -0700

The Colorado Rockies asked for Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman during trade talks involving Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa. One source said a Baltimore insider called it a "non-starter."

FANTASY TIP: Don't blame them. Gausman has big upside, while JDLR's skills have been pitching on thin ice for many of the last few seasons. Either of these pieces, however, would be a prime FAAB target after the trade deadline if they switch locales.

Yankees | Scouted Ian Kennedy

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:22:55 -0700

San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy was scouted by the New York Yankees in Chicago Wednesday, July 23. The Yankees are trying to trade for a starting pitcher.

FANTASY TIP: Full circle for the former Bomber? He's a much different, improved pitcher than he was in his early Yanks days, but anyone who would go from PETCO Park to Yankee Stadium deserves added risk to their fantasy value. Still, if this happens, AL-only players should be willing to stake a high FAAB crossover bid that he has enough skills to overcome his would-be new home park.

Mets | Wilmer Flores on the way

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:17:44 -0700

New York Mets SS Wilmer Flores will join the club in Milwaukee Thursday, July 24. A corresponding roster move will be announced at a later time.

FANTASY TIP: This probably has to do with Ruben Tejada's head injury from Wednesday. Flores is an NL-only add and someone worth a last-ditch roster spot in deep mixed games.

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Tigers | Joel Hanrahan a long shot to join club

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:16:53 -0700

Detroit Tigers RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is "highly unlikely" to pitch for the big league club this year, according to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

Phillies | Ryan Howard sitting, platoon likely

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:11:48 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Thursday, July 24, against a right-handed pitcher. Manager Ryne Sandberg wants to get 1B Darin Ruf's feet wet after his recent call-up, but he also said that he's planning on using a platoon more frequently moving forward.

FANTASY TIP: Ruf should be added in NL-only and some deep mixed games. Howard is looking more droppable in mixed leagues by the day.

Cowboys | Place Amobi Okoye on NFI list

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:08:59 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye (undisclosed) on the Non-Football Illness list Thursday, July 24.

Yankees | Derek Jeter sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:38:43 -0700

New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter is receiving the day off Thursday, July 24, because it's a day game following a night game.

FANTASY TIP: Remove him from any daily-transaction lineups, if you're still playing him there.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira DL decision coming

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:07:06 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) will know whether he's going on the disabled list Friday, July 25, according to manager Joe Girardi.

FANTASY TIP: Plan ahead. We're betting he lands on it given how notorious slow he has healed in recent years.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira out again

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:05:52 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) is out of the lineup Thursday, July 24. Brian McCann is again starting at first base in his place.

FANTASY TIP: He continues to nurse lat soreness and could hit the disabled list. Stay tuned and search for alternatives for the long term.

Rangers | Neftali Feliz wants to close

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:50:52 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz said he wants to be a closer.

FANTASY TIP: Feliz had his sights set on being a starter for a couple of years before his elbow required Tommy John surgery. Feliz could be a solid closer once again if he regains his pre-injury form.

White Sox | Matt Lindstrom getting closer

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:23:07 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) could go on a rehab assignment the first week of August.

FANTASY TIP: He's still expected to have a say in the closer committee before season's end.

Cubs | Javier Baez hitting well

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:14:45 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez is hitting .333 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Iowa.

FANTASY TIP: We could see Baez in the next few weeks with the uncertainty the team has at second base. Arismendy Alcantara is there now but could shift to the outfield to make room for Baez. Start stashing Baez in mixed leagues.

Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:14:23 -0700

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Initially looks like a day off as he tries to break out of a slump, but we'll let you know if it's anything more serious.

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Rangers | Neftali Feliz takes over at closer

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:49:55 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz will take over as closer after the team dealt RP Joakim Soria. "The Feliz of old is a dominant, elite closer," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He may get that opportunity, whether it's as a traditional closer or in some other way. He's still so young and you still see the ability, just not as consistently. It would be a good test for him to see how he responds."

FANTASY TIP: Feliz should be picked up in AL-only leagues if he's available and most mixed formats if you need saves. He hasn't shown to be the dominant pitcher pre-Tommy John surgery, but he could get better as the season goes on. Corey Knebel could also figure into the mix at some point.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes suffers sprained thumb

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:06:39 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes' (thumb) X-rays were negative after leaving the game Wednesday, July 23, with a right thumb sprain. He hit two homers in the game before leaving.

FANTASY TIP: This is still an injury that can wreck a swing and require a DL stint. Monitor his status, but expect Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt to see more ABs in the interim.

Tigers | J.D. Martinez sidelined

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:44:07 -0700

Detroit Tigers OF J.D. Martinez (quadriceps) was out of the lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks after tweaking his quadriceps during the game Tuesday, July 22.

Tigers | Torii Hunter given day off

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:41 -0700

Despite swinging a hot bat, Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter was given the day off Wednesday, July 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hunter has hit .381 with five home runs, 12 runs scored and 20 RBI over the past 16 games.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez gets day off

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:41:59 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (thumb) was given the day off Wednesday, July 23, against the Washington Nationals to rest a sore thumb.

FANTASY TIP: With a scheduled day off Thursday, manager Walt Weiss likely felt it was a great time to give Gonzalez a couple of days off to rest. If Gonzalez doesn't play Friday, then fantasy owners should be concerned.

Rockies | Jorge De La Rosa strikes out 11

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:31 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 batters Wednesday, July 23, against the Washington Nationals, allowing two runs - one earned - with eight hits and no walks in 7 1/3 innings. He was one strikeout short of a career high set in 2009.

FANTASY TIP: De La Rosa's name has been bandied about in trade rumors leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and his next start could potentially come in another uniform. If he moves to a contender, his fantasy value could increase dramatically. Of course, he is 42-14 lifetime at Coors Field, not exactly the most pitcher-friendly environment for most, so fantasy owners might not want him to leave Denver.

Phillies | A.J. Burnett moves up strikeouts list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:33:50 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett worked eight scoreless innings while allowing four hits and four walks in a no-decision Wednesday, July 23, against the San Francisco Giants. He also struck out six batters while throwing 131 pitches. He moved to 48th on the all-time strikeouts list, passing former New York Mets SP Dwight Gooden.

FANTASY TIP: Burnett is a trade target for plenty of contenders down the stretch, and his fantasy prospects could be about to improve dramatically, depending on where he lands. If he pitches like he did Wednesday, it won't matter where he is.

Phillies | Trade target Jonathan Papelbon bounced around

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:33:23 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon was pounded for three earned runs, one hit and two walks in a relief loss Wednesday, July 23, against the San Francisco Giants. He has been outspoken about his interest in moving to a contender before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but he has had two ugly performances in a row. "Whatever happens happens," Papelbon said. "I have no control over it. If you were to put the entire season into two games, it would be pretty dumb."

Nationals | Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa start

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:03 -0700

Washington Nationals 2B/3B Anthony Rendon went 1-for-5 with a single and RBI Wednesday, July 23, against the Colorado Rockies. 2B Danny Espinosa made the start at second base, going 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and stolen base.

FANTASY TIP: Rendon and Espinosa each figure to see even more playing with Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list. Rendon, in particular, is very attractive to fantasy owners because of his dual eligibility in both middle and corner infielder spots.

White Sox | Avisail Garcia to accelerate workout routine

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:57:43 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Avisail Garcia (shoulder) will accelerate his workout routine on the team's road trip. There has been no timetable set for a minor-league rehab assignment.

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White Sox | Tailspin continues for Gordon Beckham

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:55:19 -0700

Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham was hitless in four at-bats Wednesday, July 23, against the Kansas City Royals, and he is now hitting just .132 dating back to June 9, when his average was at its highest point (.298) of the season.

White Sox | Jose Quintana cannot solve Kansas City

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:52:48 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana allowed just one earned run, seven hits and two walks over seven innings Wednesday, July 23, against the Kansas City Royals, but he was unable to pick up a win. He also struck out three batters in the no-decision. Quintana is 0-5 in 11 career starts against the Royals.

White Sox | Jose Abreu's hit streak at baker's dozen

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:50:21 -0700

Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu (back) was back in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the Kansas City Royals. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, pushing his hitting streak to 13 games. That's the longest active streak in the majors.

FANTASY TIP: Abreu is hitting .377 (20-for-53) with two homers, five RBI and six runs scored during the impressive run.

White Sox | Carlos Rodon makes pro debut

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:44:47 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Carlos Rodon made his professional debut Tuesday, July 22, in the Arizona Rookie League. He allowed one run in one inning of relief.

Twins | Kendrys Morales has hitting streak snapped

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:44:24 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Kendrys Morales was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts Wednesday, July 23, against the Cleveland Indians, as his 12-game hitting streak came to an end.

Twins | Kohl Stewart scratched

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:42:22 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Kohl Stewart (shoulder) was scratched from his start with Class A Cedar Rapids Wednesday, July 23, as he is dealing with "a little shoulder soreness," according to Twins director of minor league operations Brad Steil.

FANTASY TIP: Stewart is one of the team's top prospects, and he joins OF Byron Buxton (wrist) and 3B Miguel Sano (elbow) on the shelf. Stewart is a long way from the majors, but those in dynasty leagues certainly need to know his name.

Tigers | Joe Nathan remains closer

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:40:09 -0700

Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Wednesday, July 23, that RP Joe Nathan will remain the team's closer, meaning newly-acquired RP Joakim Soria will work in a setup role.

FANTASY TIP: Nathan's hold on the job is precariously, and he can ill-afford any further blown saves with a proven closer in Soria on the roster and waiting in the wings.

Royals | Wade Davis limiting the damage

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:39:38 -0700

Kansas City Royals RP Wade Davis worked a perfect eight-pitch eighth inning to pick up the relief win Wednesday, July 23, against the Chicago White Sox. He improved to 6-2 while lowering his ERA to 1.05. He has not allowed an extra-base hit in 42 2/3 innings this season.

Reds | Zack Cozart available as pinch hitter

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:37:46 -0700

Updating a previous report, while Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) did not play Wednesday, July 23, against the Milwaukee Brewers, manager Bryan Price said he was available as a pinch hitter.

FANTASY TIP: It appears Cozart will avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list since his skipper said he was available off the bench. That's good news for his fantasy owners.

Indians | Trevor Bauer has been innings eater

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:37:09 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Trevor Bauer allowed three earned runs, six hits and two walks over six innings in a loss against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, July 23. He also struck out seven batters in the 99-pitch quality start. Bauer has lasted six or more innings in 11 of his 14 outings this season.

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Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez yet to swing

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:36:44 -0700

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) has yet to swing a bat. Manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday, July 23, that Ramirez picked up a bat, "moved it around," but was still "feeling it" in his hand.

Dodgers | Dan Haren will be skipped in rotation

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:35:32 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Dan Haren was told after his start Wednesday, July 23, that his next turn in the rotation will be skipped. He is not expected to pitch again until Aug. 2, at the earliest. The team would like to add an upgrade for the starting rotation, and his spot might be in jeopardy. He is 5-8 with a 5.32 ERA since the end of April.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners obviously need to reserve him. By the time he steps onto the mound again, he could be wearing a different uniform with the non-waiver trade deadline July 31.

Brewers | Aramis Ramirez hits milestone

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:19:40 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez played his 2,000th career game Wednesday, July 23, against the Cincinnati Reds. He finished with a single in four at-bats in the milestone game, and he also committed a throwing error.

Tigers | Joakim Soria acquired

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:02:55 -0700

The Texas Rangers traded RP Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, July 23, according to a source. The Rangers will get RP Corey Knebel, and minor-league P Jake Thompson. The deal is pending physicals.

FANTASY TIP: The bullpen in Detroit has been a dumpster fire this season, and the team would likely be well ahead in the Central Division race if not for its shortcomings. It's uncertain yet whether Soria will step into closer duties in Motown, but fantasy owners of Joe Nathan have to dislike this deal tremendously. Nathan has struggled with plenty of blown saves, and it wouldn't be shocking to see Soria step right into ninth-inning duties.

Royals | Eric Hosmer's hitting streak snapped

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:58 -0700

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) was hitless in two at-bats with a sacrifice fly before departing early due to his hand injury. The hitless game snapped his 16-game hitting streak.

Rays | Yunel Escobar ejected

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:16 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SS Yunel Escobar was ejected Wednesday, July 23, against the St. Louis Cardinals for arguing balls and strikes.

FANTASY TIP: If you were wondering why Escobar left early, at least it wasn't because of another nagging injury.

Phillies | Ryan Howard's future in question

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:12:07 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard was held out of the lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the San Francisco Giants. Manager Ryne Sandberg suggested the first base spot "will be a day-to-day thing," and that Howard's huge contract will not dictate playing time. "It's about wins and losses out here," Sandberg said. "When the game starts, it's about winning the game and being productive and chipping in and doing the part and doing something to help win a game. If that means playing somebody else there and there's production right away - that's trying to win a baseball game." OF Darin Ruf made the start at first base with a left-handed pitcher on the hill for San Francisco. He played four of his past five games at Triple-A at first base, so the team appears to have been planning an unofficial platoon type situation.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners cannot be pleased with the news, although it's hardly a surprise given Howard's low batting average. Fantasy owners knew what they were getting into before drafting Howard back in the spring. With the team out of contention, using some younger players in the lineup down the stretch wouldn't be surprising, so if you're a Howard owner, especially in daily leagues, picking up Ruf, and perhaps stashing Maikel Franco, is essential.

Orioles | Ubaldo Jimenez makes progress

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:04:31 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) threw 35 pitches Wednesday, July 23, and he was able to do some running drills. Jimenez isn't sure what the next step in his recovery will be, but felt Wednesday was a step forward.

Orioles | Suk-yin Moon back on DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:04:02 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles placed SP Suk-min Yoon (elbow) on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, July 23, due to right elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to Monday, July 21. He had been on the DL with a right shoulder impingement before returning to make one start.

Orioles | Kelvin De La Cruz lands on Triple-A DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:03:32 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles have placed P Kelvin De La Cruz (forearm) on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, July 23, due to a left forearm strain. The move is retroactive to Monday, July 21.

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Orioles | Steve Johnson off DL at Norfolk

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:01:21 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles activated P Steven Johnson (shoulder) from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, July 23. He is currently on a 40-50 pitch limit, as he makes his way back from tendinitis in the right shoulder.

Mets | Buddy Carlyle outrighted

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:51 -0700

New York Mets P Buddy Carlyle cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas Wednesday, July 23.

Athletics | Alberto Callaspo might return Sunday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:21 -0700

Oakland Athletics 2B Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) might be back with the team as soon as Sunday, July 27, when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list, according to manager Bob Melvin.

Athletics | Jim Johnson the move?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:59:50 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson has not been a fit for the team this season, and the team would likely have to absorb much of the remaining portion of his $10 million salary to move him. The Miami Marlins might be one team interested in him.

Athletics | Josh Reddick to play against righties

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:59:19 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (knee) is wearing a brace on his right knee, and said it will take some getting used to. He said it doesn't impede him and has not cost him any speed. Manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday, July 23, that Reddick will see his usual playing time, particularly against right-handed pitchers, with C Stephen Vogt and 1B Brandon Moss also factoring in. "There's a way to get all three of them out there," Melvin said.

Athletics | Unlikely to have interest in Darwin Barney

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:58:45 -0700

The Oakland Athletics are believed to be searching for a second baseman, but Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney is not believed to be a target despite glowing words from former teammates SPs Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. The team is looking for an offensive upgrade at the position, not necessarily a strong defensive player.

Athletics | Skipper speaks with Tommy Milone

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:58:14 -0700

Oakland Athletics SP Tommy Milone asked for a trade, and manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday, July 23, that he spoke with the pitcher briefly earlier this week. "He got ahold of me when all this was coming out, and I'm pretty sure he didn't expect it get the play it has," Melvin said. "To an extent, he's looking out for his big-league career, and he's pitched really well for us." Milone has drawn interest from other teams.

Athletics | Kyle Blanks making progress

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:59:03 -0700

Oakland Athletics 1B Kyle Blanks (calf) said Wednesday, July 23, that he is "doing better, a lot better," in his recovery from a calf injury. Manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday, July 22, that Blanks is at least a week away from beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.

Pirates | Brent Morel recalled

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:58:40 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled 3B Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, July 23.

Pirates | Starling Marte placed on concussion DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:53 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Pittsburgh Pirates placed OF Starling Marte (head) on the 7-day concussion disabled list Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: With Marte sidelined, Travis Snider made the start in left field and was in the two-hole. Snider is likely to benefit the most from Marte's absence, and is a good short-term pick-up in NL-only leagues. In daily salary cap leagues, Snider has a minimal salary with most providers, and he could be a steal for a few days if he gets regular at-bats.

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Pirates | Gerrit Cole tosses sim game

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:12 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole (lat) was able to throw 70 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, July 23. Cole said he feels good, but the team isn't going to rush him back. Cole might need a minor-league rehab assignment.

Mets | Bartolo Colon available

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:56:37 -0700

The New York Mets have made SP Bartolo Colon available in trade talks, although there did not seem to be much of a scouting presence at Safeco Field in Seattle for his most recent start Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: If Colon could replicate his results from Wednesday, teams would be lining up for his services, as he retired the first 20 batters he faced. His fantasy value might take a little bit of a jump if he moves to a contender, but for now he is a back-end rotation option for fantasy owners in most formats.

Mets | Bartolo Colon flirts with perfection

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:56:08 -0700

New York Mets SP Bartolo Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced Wednesday, July 23, against the Seattle Mariners before losing his perfect game. It was the longest perfection bid by a Mets pitcher since SP Matt Harvey May 7, 2013. Colon ended up allowing two runs, three hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings.

Mets | Curtis Granderson uncertain for Thursday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:39 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson (illness) is uncertain for the series opener Thursday, July 24, against the Milwaukee Brewers due to flu-like symptoms, according to manager Terry Collins.

Mets | Eric Campbell likely to start Thursday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:55:05 -0700

New York Mets 3B Eric Campbell is likely to get the start at shortstop Thursday, July 24, with SS Ruben Tejada (head) likely to need a day off after being hit in the head by a pitch.

FANTASY TIP: Daily fantasy owners might want to take note, as Campbell can sometimes be used at various positions with certain fantasy providers. He recently had a 10-game hitting streak, and comes on the cheap in salary cap formats.

Mets | Ruben Tejada feeling fine

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:53:46 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (head) was feeling "pretty good" after the game Wednesday, July 23, after being hit in the head by a pitch, according to manager Terry Collins. Team doctors said he had no concussion-like symptoms, and he will travel with the team. There is no call-up pending.

FANTASY TIP: If you're in an NL-only fantasy leagues which allows daily transactions, it is a good idea to reserve him. Tejada is likely to get the day off Thursday, regardless of how he feels.

Mariners | Taijuan Walker optioned

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:53:25 -0700

The Seattle Mariners optioned SP Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, July 23. The team is expected to announce a corresponding move, likely a position player, before the game Thursday, July 24.

FANTASY TIP: Walker has walked 11 batters over nine innings in his last two starts. His long-term rotation spot is in jeopardy. James Paxton's (lat) return looms, and Erasmo Ramirez is pitching better.

Yankees | Mark Teixeira DL trip possible

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:38:33 -0700

New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (lat) may require a DL stint, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

FANTASY TIP: Tex's up-and-down season seems to have hit another valley. Brian McCann may line up at first base for the duration, especially with INF/OF Kelly Johnson (groin) on the disabled list. It'd be good for McCann's value to play more frequently and not behind the plate.

Yankees | Masahiro Tanaka not improving

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:32:35 -0700

New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is "still feeling it" 10 days after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

FANTASY TIP: It's unlikely that the righty will return within the next month, and he may not pitch again in 2014. Tommy John surgery -- which would cost him much, if not all, of 2015 -- also looms as a possibility.

Angels | Grant Green to DL, C.J. Cron returns

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:29:10 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim INF Grant Green (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a lumbar strain. The Angels recalled 1B C.J. Cron from Triple-A Salt Lake.

FANTASY TIP: Cron immediately regains deep-mixed value. Green is stashable in cavernous games, notably AL-only atmospheres.

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Orioles | Manny Machado sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:27:06 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. He sat out Tuesday, July 22, as well due to his back issues.

FANTASY TIP: This sounds like a day-to-day thing until he heals or is sent to the disabled list. His owners should be lining up contingency plans.

Cubs | Tsuyoshi Wada up, Mike Olt down

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:25:06 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Tsuyoshi Wada was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding move, 3B Mike Olt was demoted to Iowa.

Rays | Jeremy Hellickson returning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:20 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson will start Saturday, July 26, against the Boston Red Sox. SP Chris Archer will go Sunday, July 27.

FANTASY TIP: Hell Boy was sent down because of the All-Star break and the desire to keep him on a normal rotation schedule. He's a deep-mixed option for the pitching-desperate. There's a smidge of a chance for a good performance down the stretch.

Yankees | CC Sabathia undergoes surgery

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:03:55 -0700

New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (knee) underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right knee Wednesday, July 23. The southpaw will miss the rest of the 2014 season and aims to be ready for spring training 2015.

FANTASY TIP: His performance before the injury is enough to say he may not be draftable in many mixed leagues next year. We'll have more to say as we inch into next year.

Yankees | Brian McCann adjusting to first base

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:47 -0700

New York Yankees C Brian McCann is adjusting to playing first base. He's lined up there the last two games as Mark Teixeira (lat) remains sidelined. McCann said he has enjoyed the physical break from catching.

FANTASY TIP: He's heating up at the plate, too, so the break from crouching and his ability to stay in the lineup make for a fine combo of positive fantasy developments.

Cardinals | Allen Craig sitting, Oscar Taveras in lineup

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:55:06 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B/OF Allen Craig is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. OF Oscar Taveras is starting in his place, only his third time in the lineup since July 10.

FANTASY TIP: Mike Matheny is juggling playing time between the two bats, and it's becoming a frustrating game for fantasy owners, especially those who can only change their lineups weekly.

Giants | Brandon Belt's concussion concerning

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:29 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belte (head) is not recovering from his concussion at a suitable rate, and the club is growing more concerned. He was sent back to the hotel and will undergo tests when the club gets back home.

FANTASY TIP: This could mean an extended absence, so brace for bad news in terms of his availability.

Rangers | Alex Rios denies worry over trade rumors

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:28:18 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios denied a report that a friend of his sasid trade talks have negatively impacted his performance.

FANTASY TIP: It's probably more so the lack of power that's bringing him down. In a new, competitive environment, he may get a jolt there. He seems to play up or down to whatever competitive environment his current team is experiencing.

Rangers | Alex Rios back in lineup

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:16:10 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios (ankle) is back in the lineup Wednesday, July 23, after missing four games due to a sprained right ankle. Rios said he was ready to play Tuesday, July 22, but "wasn't at 100 percent." He's wearing a heavy wrap on it, but it had improved before Wednesday's game.

FANTASY TIP: Throw him back into your lineup, as well.

Yankees | Michael Pineda update

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:47 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) is scheduled to throw two innings in a simulated game Thursday, July 24, probably topping out at 30 pitches.

FANTASY TIP: Pineda isn't likely to come back until September, so maybe it's worth stashing him in deep leagues. Don't hold your breath, though, given his recent history.

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Dodgers | Josh Beckett will make next start

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:09:46 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett will make his next start, according to manager Don Mattingly,

FANTASY TIP: Beckett was trounced in his return Tuesday, lasting only four innings and allowing three homers. He's due for a statistical correction on the whole in the second half, though, so watch out.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez iffy to return soon

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:08:20 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) is a worse bet to return Friday, July 25, than OF Yasiel Puig (hand), but it's not out of the question Ramirez can make it by then.

FANTASY TIP: Keep tabs on Ramirez. Puig may be available for a late entry into Wednesday's contest, so that'll do wonders for his ability to start sooner.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig could pinch-hit

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:06:09 -0700

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig (hand) will take batting practice and could pinch-hit if needed Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: It doesn't do much for his daily value, but it's a good sign for his availability later in the week.

Mets | Ruben Tejada hit in helmet

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:02:12 -0700

New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (head) was hit in the helmet by a pitch and exited the game Wednesday, July 23. He walked off under his own power and was replaced by INF Eric Campbell.

Royals | Eric Hosmer exits

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:58:10 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) left the game Wednesday, July 23, with "decreased grip strength in his hand," according to a club announcement.

FANTASY TIP: Perhaps too soon for him to come back -- Billy Butler took his place at the plate. Stay tuned for more on Hosmer, but this doesn't sound like something he'll recover from quickly. He might need a few more days off and perhaps a DL trip.

Mariners | Will skip Taijuan Walker's next turn

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:49:38 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker will have his next turn skipped, as the club instead will have SP Hisashi Iwakuma start Tuesday, July 29. This will keep Iwakuma and the other starters on normal four days' rest.

FANTASY TIP: Walker's rotation spot may be tenuous as James Paxton (lat) nears a return and Erasmo Ramirez continues to impress.

Mets | Ruben Tejada leaves game

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:48:37 -0700

New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (head) left the game early Wednesday, July 23, after getting hit in the head by a pitch.

Dodgers | Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig still out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:44:58 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hand) and OF Yasiel Puig (hand) are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: Both players are still considered day-to-day at this point, and owners in daily leagues should keep them out of their lineups until they are able to play.

Mariners | James Paxton update

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:35:31 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP James Paxton (lat) said he felt great Wednesday, July 23, after a three-inning rehab start Tuesday, July 22, for Triple-A Tacoma. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits while recording a walk and four strikeouts. He expects to make his next outing Sunday, July 27, before he and the club determine the next step.

FANTASY TIP: Paxton should get a chance to rejoin the rotation when he's healthy. Taijuan Walker's performance until then may determine who sticks in the bigs.

Astros | George Springer to DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:29 -0700

Houston Astros OF George Springer (quadriceps) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left quadriceps strain. In a corresponding move, 1B/OF Marc Krauss was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

FANTASY TIP: It's retroactive to Sunday, July 20, but this could be a slow recovery and potentially affect his SB potential when he gets back. This cements AL-only asset Enrique Hernandez in center field. Deep mixed leaguers can give Robbie Grossman a try if they can only find an alternative via Houston. Krauss has some pop, and Hernandez has risen through the farm ranks the last few years, but neither is a recommended grab in mixed games.

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Blue Jays | Two may not need rehab assignments

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:29:34 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) and 1B Adam Lind (foot) may not need to go on rehab assignments before being activated from the 15- day disabled list, according to manager John Gibbons.

FANTASY TIP: There is still no definite timetable for either player, but owners should add them to their starting lineups when they come off the disabled list.

Twins | Matt Guerrier DFA'ed

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:28:52 -0700

Minnesota Twins RP Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment. RP Ryan Pressly will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

Blue Jays | Brett Lawrie will require rehab

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:25:40 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 2B/3B Brett Lawrie (finger) will require a rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: His owners will have to be patient. At the keystone in the meantime, it's a mess between Munenori Kawasaki, Ryan Goins and maybe Steven Tolleson.

Cardinals | Shelby Miller to start Saturday

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:17:42 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller is scheduled to be the starting pitcher Saturday, July 26. SP Carlos Martinez has been moved to the bullpen for the time being.

FANTASY TIP: It is not known if Miller will stay in the starting rotation, but both should have some value in deeper mixed leagues.

Pirates | Brent Morel could be recalled

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:14:55 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Brent Morel likely will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis if OF Starling Marte (head) is placed on the disabled list.

Pirates | Starling Marte not going on DL yet

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08:32 -0700

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (head) underwent a concussion test, and the team is waiting for the results of the test before placing him on the disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Marte likely would still miss a few games if he does not go on the disabled list. Owners should consider taking him out of the lineup for the rest of the week even if he stays on the active roster.

Nationals | Jayson Werth available off bench

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:52:52 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (knee) is available off the bench if needed Wednesday, July 23, according to manager Matt Williams.

Twins | Ricky Nolasco to throw bullpen session

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:49:07 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Ricky Nolasco (elbow) has been playing catch from 150 feet and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, July 27, according to general manager Terry Ryan.

Twins | Hope Kyle Gibson can pitch later in week

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:39:44 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Kyle Gibson (back) said his back is feeling better, and the team hopes he will be able to start Saturday, July 26. He was scheduled to start Wednesday, July 23, but was scratched because of back stiffness.

Pirates | Starling Marte to be placed on DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:27:56 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (head) will be placed on the disabled list, but it is not known if it will be the seven-day disabled list or the 15-day disabled list.

FANTASY TIP: Travis Snider may receive more playing time while Marte is out of the lineup. Josh Harrison could also receive some playing time in the outfield but could also play third base, depending on Pedro Alvarez's injury. Snider should help in NL-only leagues but may not have much value in mixed leagues.

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Padres | Cameron Maybin suspended

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:14:38 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games by MLB because of amphetamine use.

FANTASY TIP: Will Venable, Jeff Francoeur and Chris Denorfia could receive more playing time with Maybin suspended, but there have been reports that Denorfia could be moved by the trade deadline. Owners in deep leagues could consider adding Venable to their team, while Francoeur and Denforia should only be considered in NL-only leagues for now.

Indians | Jose Ramirez recalled

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:14:11 -0700

The Cleveland Indians have recalled INF Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. The team also optioned P T.J. House to Triple-A Columbus.

Indians | Michael Bourn able to do some running

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:09:01 -0700

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) was able to do some running Wednesday, July 23, after being able to hit Tuesday, July 22. He said he wants to start running without pain before returning to the lineup. "I want to get back to running without any pain," Bourn said. "Just stride out into a full sprint as close as I possibly can. The sooner I'll be able to do that, I'll be closer to coming back."

Pirates | Starling Marte not in lineup

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:47:04 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (head) is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. OF Travis Snider is in left field and hitting second.

FANTASY TIP: He's still presumably suffering from the head injury he incurred over the weekend, though managerial decisions also have cost him playing time of late.

Pirates | Pedro Alvarez sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:45:42 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) is out of the lineup Wednesday, July 23. He left Tuesday, July 22, action because of left knee discomfort. INF/OF Josh Harrison is starting at third base in his place and hitting seventh.

FANTASY TIP: Get him out of your daily lineups and monitor his condition over the next few days.

Phillies | Ryan Howard sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:39:47 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. 1B/OF Darin Ruf if hitting seventh and playing first base.

FANTASY TIP: The Phils are facing San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, so the newly recalled Ruf is getting platoon duty. He's worth a grab in NL-only and some deep mixed games.

Reds | Zack Cozart still hurting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:35:14 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (fingers) was not in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23, because of swollen index and fingers on his right hand, suffered when they were hit by a batted ball on his bunt attempt Tuesday, July 22. INF Ramon Santiago started in his place Wednesday. Cozart is day-to-day.

FANTASY TIP: NL-only players must hang tight.

Blue Jays | Sergio Santos clears waivers

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:27:54 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays RP Sergio Santos cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A Buffalo.

Nationals | Jayson Werth has knee soreness

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:25:57 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (knee) is dealing with right knee soreness and won't be in the lineup Wednesday, July 23, according to manager Matt Williams. The Nats are off Thursday, July 24, and Williams thinks it's enough time for Werth to heal.

FANTASY TIP: Given Werth's injury history, prepare for a longer absence. Combined with Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring-fueled DL trip, the Nat's lineup may be suffering a big hit. Nate McLouth would benefit if Werth requires extended inactivity.

Phillies | Phillippe Aumont coming up

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:17:32 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies RP Phillippe Aumont was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In a corresponding move, RP Jeff Manship was designated for assignment.

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Phillies | Carlos Ruiz activated

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:16:13 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (concussion) was activated from the disabled list Wednesday, July 23. In a corresponding move, C Cameron Rupp was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

FANTASY TIP: Put Ruiz back into your two-catcher mixed lineups.

Twins | Kendrys Morales potential trade chip

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:14:52 -0700

Minnesota Twins DH Kendrys Morales might be a piece the club is willing to trade. He's riding a 12-game hit streak but still has only a .599 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

FANTASY TIP: A change of scenery could do wonders for him over the final two months. Deep leaguers should scoop him up for the chance he lands in a better environment, as well as simply to ride this recent hot streak.

Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman placed on DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:07:53 -0700

The Washington Nationals have placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list because right hamstring strain.

FANTASY TIP: Danny Espinosa likely will become the everyday second baseman and could hold onto that job for a while depending on how long Zimmerman is out. Espinosa could also see extended time at the position if Anthony Rendon plays well at third base and, given Jayson Werth's knee injury, stays there. Espinosa should help owners in deeper leagues looking for a second baseman or middle infield option.

Yankees | Kelly Johnson placed on DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:55:16 -0700

The New York Yankees have placed 3B Kelly Johnson (groin) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained groin and have recalled P Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team also designated P Bruce Billings for assignment.

FANTASY TIP: Chase Headley likely will receive most of the playing time while Johnson is out of the lineup and should have value in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues.

Padres | Jeff Francoeur joining team

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:35:12 -0700

The San Diego Padres have selected the contract of OF Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso.

Mets | Curtis Granderson sitting out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:34:53 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson (illness) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23, because of an illness.

Cardinals | Kevin Siegrist activated

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:13:30 -0700

The St. Louis Cardinals have activated RP Kevin Siegrist (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list. The team also optioned RP Nick Greenwood to Triple-A Memphis.

White Sox | Dayan Viciedo scratched

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:12:41 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo (hamstring) has been scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23, because of tightness in his hamstring.

Brewers | Scooter Gennett to miss some time

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:01:12 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett (quadriceps) will miss a few days because of a quadriceps injury, according to manager Ron Roenicke.

Brewers | Aramis Ramirez to continue playing career

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:50:21 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez has decided that he will continue his playing career beyond this season. He has a mutual option with the team for $14 million for 2015.

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Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman to be placed on DL

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:43:32 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a hamstring injury. It is not known how long he will be sidelined.

FANTASY TIP: Anthony Rendon likely will move to third base with Danny Espinosa playing most of the time at second base. Owners in deeper mixed leagues should see if Espinosa is available in their leagues, because he should receive regular playing time and produce at the plate.

Blue Jays | Brett Lawrie may be close to return

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:40:44 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (finger) may be able to come off the 15-day disabled list in about two weeks.

Blue Jays | Two hitters could be back next week

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:38:23 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind (foot) and OF Nolan Reimold (calf) could return to the team at some point next week.

Blue Jays | Edwin Encarnacion could return soon

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:35:46 -0700

Toronto Blue Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) could return to the team at some point next week.

FANTASY TIP: Owners in all leagues should put him back in their starting lineups as soon as he comes off the disabled list.

Nationals | Zach Walters called up

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:35:20 -0700

Washington Nationals SS Zach Walters has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

Padres | Outfielders promoted

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:49:32 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Jeff Francoeur is being promoted to the majors from Triple-A El Paso. OF Rymer Liriano was promoted from Double-A San Antonio to El Paso. OF Alex Dickerson was moved up to San Antonio from Single-A Eugene.

FANTASY TIP: Liriano may arrive in the bigs by September because of his growing prospect status and performance on the farm.

White Sox | Jose Abreu back

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:48:10 -0700

Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu (back) has returned to the lineup Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: Slot him back into active duty where you can.

Royals | Billy Butler sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:25:38 -0700

Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler (rest) is receiving the day off Wednesday, July 23. INF Danny Valencia is replacing him as designated hitter.

FANTASY TIP: Deactivate Butler in your daily transactions. Though Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana has been tough this year, Valencia, a platoon tool, could be a sneaky daily play against the southpaw.

Royals | Eric Hosmer returns

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:22:24 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) is back in the lineup Wednesday, July 23.

FANTASY TIP: Hos can be inserted back into fantasy lineups so he can continue his July tear: .424-2-9 in 59 AB.

Indians | Yan Gomes sitting

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:19:20 -0700

Cleveland Indians C Yan Gomes (rest) is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. C Roberto Perez is taking his place, batting eighth.

FANTASY TIP: Remove Gomes from your daily lineups. He merely is getting a spell for this day game. Along with his breakthrough season, he has enjoyed July with a .333-4-11 line in 54 AB.

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Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera sitting again

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:17:32 -0700

Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is not in the lineup Wednesday, July 23. INF Jose Ramirez is starting in his place, batting second.

FANTASY TIP: Cabrera will probably rest for at least a few more days if not land on the disabled list. His owners should be preparing for a potentially long absence.

Athletics | Stephen Vogt limited

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:34:03 -0700

Oakland Athletics C/OF Stephen Vogt (foot) has a foot ailment that is keeping him from catching right now.

FANTASY TIP: Vogt has been a pleasant surprise hitting .361 with four homers and 18 RBIs from the catcher position. His playing time may be affected by Josh Reddick's (knee) return, though.

Indians | Danny Salazar solid

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:33:42 -0700

Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar allowed a run on six hits and struck out six in five innings to beat the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Salazar was very hittable in his recent stint at Triple-A, but he logged 67 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings. It appears you're going to have to put up with high ratios to feast on his strikeouts.

Brewers | Jonathan Lucroy hits two out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:27:20 -0700

Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy hit two home runs, including a walkoff homer, Tuesday, July 22.

Royals | Mike Moustakas hits two out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:24:46 -0700

Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas hit two homers Tuesday, July 22. He's hitting .198 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs and continues to be one of the more frustrating fantasy plays.

Cubs | Anthony Rizzo hits two more out

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:23:13 -0700

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: He has hit three in two days and five homers in five days.

Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia in a funk

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:16:28 -0700

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is hitless in his last 17 at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: He's hitting just .269 with four homers and 37 RBIs on the season and continues to fight it in the second half.

Phillies | Jimmy Rollins on a tear

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:50:49 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins has five homers and 13 RBIs in his last 10 games.

Giants | Tim Lincecum picks up save

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:50:06 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum pitched two-thirds of an inning in the 14th inning to record his first career save Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: He threw 21 pitches and probably won't need to be pushed back from his next start.

Marlins | Remain interested in Jim Johnson

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:34:31 -0700

The Miami Marlins remain interested in Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson, and the sides have discussed Marlins P prospect Adam Conley in a trade.

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White Sox | Four contenders on John Danks no-trade list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:31:51 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP John Danks is permitted to block a trade to the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays, among others.

Cardinals | Balked on Boston demands for Jake Peavy

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:29:01 -0700

The Boston Red Sox wanted a prospect back in return for trading SP Jake Peavy to the St. Louis Cardinals, but St. Louis wants to keep its prospects intact and just wanted to take on the extra salary.

Phillies | Nine teams off A.J. Burnett no-trade list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:14:59 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett would not block a trade to nine teams in Major League Baseball. An earlier post indicated he would be open to a return to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the other eight teams are the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals.

Phillies | Cliff Lee has nine teams off no-trade list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:12:15 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee has the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals as teams where he cannot block a trade.

Padres | A.J. Preller completes second interview

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:06:48 -0700

Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller has completed a second interview for the open San Diego Padres GM job.

Yankees | Derek Jeter breaks tie with Lou Gehrig

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:49:13 -0700

New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter posted his 535th career double Tuesday, July 22, against the Texas Rangers, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig for the top spot on the franchise's doubles list.

Yankees | Chase Headley pays instant dividends

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:25:37 -0700

New York Yankees 3B Chase Headley delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the 14th inning Tuesday, July 22, against the Texas Rangers in his team debut.

Royals | Eric Hosmer sidelined again

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:24:34 -0700

Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (hand) was sidelined for the second straight game Tuesday, July 22, against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Ned Yost said he doubts Hosmer will play at all in the current series against the White Sox. Yost said he is hopeful Hosmer can return Thursday, July 24, against the Cleveland Indians. "He wanted to try to push it today," Yost said. "But he still has some weakness in his hand."

Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman strains hamstring

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:23:32 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) suffered a strained right hamstring Tuesday, July 22, against the Colorado Rockies. He is scheduled to have an MRI.

FANTASY TIP: If Zimmerman is forced out for a long period, Anthony Rendon is likely to start at the hot corner with Danny Espinosa likely to start at second base.

Cubs | Mike Olt optioned to Iowa

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:23:02 -0700

The Chicago Cubs optioned 3B Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, July 22. He was hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts against the San Diego Padres. This move makes room on the roster for SP Tsuyoshi Wada.

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Yankees | Kelly Johnson leaves game

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:19:00 -0700

New York Yankees 3B Kelly Johnson (groin) left the game Tuesday, July 22, against the Texas Rangers due to a groin injury. He was sent for an MRI.

Twins | Kyle Gibson scratched Wednesday

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:17:12 -0700

The Minnesota Twins have scratched SP Kyle Gibson (back) from his scheduled start Wednesday, July 23, against the Cleveland Indians due to a stiff back. P Anthony Swarzak will get the start in his absence.

Rockies | Christian Bergman throws bullpen session

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:16:36 -0700

Colorado Rockies P Christian Bergman (hand) threw another live bullpen session Tuesday, July 22, as he works his way back from a fractured left hand. He isn't eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list until Aug. 20, but he should be ready to go by that point.

Rockies | Jordan Lyles might be ready Aug. 4

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:16:03 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Jordan Lyles (hand) is on pace to come off the 60-day disabled list Aug. 4 when he is first eligible. He threw a successful live bullpen session Tuesday, July 22. "He'll certainly be close, if not ready to go, at that point," manager Walt Weiss said.

Reds | Jay Bruce back in the lineup

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:15:21 -0700

Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce was back in the lineup Tuesday, July 22, against the Milwaukee Brewers after getting a mental day off Monday, July 21. He went 1-for-4 with a double and RBI while batting out of the cleanup spot.

Reds | Homer Bailey makes it through start

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:14:48 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (knee) was able to make his scheduled start Tuesday, July 22, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He allowed three runs, four hits and two walks while posting three strikeouts over six innings. It was his first start since July 10 due to a sore right knee.

Cubs | Jorge Soler moved up to Iowa

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:14:04 -0700

The Chicago Cubs promoted OF Jorge Soler from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Soler is one of the team's top prospects, and he is a must-have fantasy option in long-term keeper leagues. He could possibly see a call-up when rosters expand September 1, so he isn't a bad stash candidate in NL-only non-keeper leagues, either.

Cubs | Albert Almora promoted

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:13:37 -0700

The Chicago Cubs promoted OF Albert Almora to Double-A Tennessee Tuesday, July 22.

Brewers | Aramis Ramirez breaks power drought

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:13:11 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday, July 22, against the Cincinnati Reds. It was his first home run since June 26.

Brewers | Jonathan Lucroy posts walk-off HR

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:12:21 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy blasted a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday, July 22, against the Cincinnati Reds. He entered the game with just 21 hits over his past 105 at-bats (.200) over the past 25 games. It was his second career walk-off homer, both coming against Cincinnati.

FANTASY TIP: Hopefully this homer will be the boost Lucroy needs to get back on track. His fantasy owners certainly hope so.

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Astros | Jesus Guzman returns

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:11:50 -0700

Houston Astros 1B Jesus Guzman (back) returned to the lineup Tuesday, July 23, against the Oakland Athletics. He was scratched Sunday, July 21, due to back discomfort.

Reds | Zack Cozart gets good news

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:08:08 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (hand) was hit on the right hand by a pitch and forced to leave the game Tuesday, July 22, against the Milwaukee Brewers. X-rays were negative on the first two fingers of his right hand. He is listed as day to day.

Reds | Have interest in Marlon Byrd

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:07:33 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds are interested in Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd, and continue to have trade talks regarding the outfielder, according to sources.

Phillies | Continue to discuss Marlon Byrd deal

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:46 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds continue to have trade talks with the Philadelphia Phillies about OF Marlon Byrd, according to sources.

Orioles | Manny Machado scratched

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:05:33 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, July 22, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a tight lower back. 2B Ryan Flaherty made the start at third base in Machado's absence.

FANTASY TIP: The injury comes the night after his career-high 19-game on-base streak came to an end. Tough week for Machado's fantasy owners. He is likely considered day to day.

Mariners | Michael Saunders ahead of schedule

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:05:08 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (oblique) might be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a strained oblique, according to manager Lloyd McClendon Tuesday, July 22. Still, it appears mid-August or later will be the return timetable for Saunders. "He's feeling better," McClendon said. "He's getting better. He may be a little ahead of schedule, but that's going to be a while."

Mariners | Roenis Elias expected to be fine

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:04:01 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday, July 22, that SP Roenis Elias (forearm) "checked out fine" when trainers looked at his left forearm. He was lifted after 90 pitches Monday, July 21, due to cramping.

Mariners | Alex Jackson hit in the face

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:01:22 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Alex Jackson (nose) was diagnosed with a small fracture of the maxillary antrum, or sinus area, after being hit in the face with a line drive Monday, July 21, during an Arizona Rookie League game. Jackson was the team's first-round draft pick in 2014.

Pirates | Pedro Alvarez leaves game

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:00:48 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez (knee) left the game Tuesday, July 22, against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to what the team terms "left knee discomfort."

Orioles | Manny Machado's on-base streak ends

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:00:25 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado had his career-high 19-game on-base streak snapped Monday, July 21, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Orioles | Nick Markakis joins elite group

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:59:47 -0700

Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis picked up his 20th double of the season Monday, July 21, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is the sixth player in franchise history to post nine or more 20-plus double seasons.

Orioles | Miguel Gonzalez in, Preston Guilmet out

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:59:18 -0700

The Baltimore Orioles recalled SP Miguel Gonzalez from Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday, July 22, to start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and they optioned RP Preston Guilmet to the Tides to make room on the roster.

Brewers | Scooter Gennett departs early

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:58:56 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett (quadriceps) left the game Tuesday, July 22, against the Cincinnati Reds due to tightness in his right quadriceps.

Astros | Dexter Fowler remains on DL

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:57:30 -0700

Houston Astros OF Dexter Fowler (ribs) remains on the 15-day disabled list due to his right intercostal strain. He missed his 20th straight game Tuesday, July 22. It is impossible for Fowler to reach 140 games played, the seventh of his eight full big league seasons he has failed to reach the mark. Manager Bo Porter and general manager Jeff Luhnow each indicated his timetable is unclear. Fowler is doing some exercises, but also resting and taking treatment and not doing any baseball activities yet.

Astros | George Springer out again

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:56:56 -0700

Houston Astros OF George Springer (knee, quadriceps) was sidelined again Tuesday, July 22, against the Chicago White Sox. However, manager Bo Porter was ruling out a trip to the 15-day disabled list for now. "You have to say to yourself, 'He's not going to play within the next 15 days.' We're not at that point right now," Porter said.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki might need more than 15 days

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:53:56 -0700

Updating a previous report, there is no guarantee Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip) will be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list when eligible, trainer Keith Dugger said Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners are already smarting from losing Tulowitzki to the DL early in the current scoring period, now the trainer raises the possibility this could be more than a two-week thing. Be patient and hope for a speedy recovery.

Marlins | Casey McGehee in long-term plans

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:52:29 -0700

The Miami Marlins have fielded calls on the availability of 3B Casey McGehee, but they are happy with his production and would like to keep him. The team signed him for $1.1 million, and he has one more season of arbitration eligibility. The team can keep him in 2015, at a sizeable raise. The team is also open to offering him an extension for a few more seasons. The team views him as a core player who is under club control.

Mariners | Interested in Casey McGehee

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:51:32 -0700

The Seattle Mariners are interested in acquiring Miami Marlins 3B Casey McGehee to bolster their lineup. The Mariners have been seeking a right-handed bat.

Mets | Curtis Granderson out of the lineup

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:51:02 -0700

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson (illness) is out of the lineup Tuesday, July 22, against the Seattle Mariners due to illness.

Mets | Chris Young likely unable to run

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:50:32 -0700

New York Mets OF Chris Young (calf) is out of the lineup Tuesday, July 22, against the Seattle Mariners. He is dealing with a left calf injury, and the training staff recommended Young not to attempt to run. He pulled himself from the game Monday, July 21, after dealing with what the team called cramping.

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Mets | Kevin Plawecki dealing with vertigo

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:49:46 -0700

New York Mets C Kevin Plawecki (illness) was diagnosed with a mild case of vertigo Tuesday, July 22, according to assistant general manager John Ricco. He has been out of the lineup since Thursday, July 17, at Triple-A Las Vegas after experiencing some dizziness.

Giants | Joe Panik leaves game

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:49:23 -0700

San Francisco Giants SS Joe Panik (ankle) left the game Tuesday, July 22, against the Philadelphia Phillies due to a sprained right ankle, according to the club.

Giants | Brandon Belt making progress

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:46:38 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (head) is making progress from a concussion, but manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, July 22, that the first baseman is still likely a couple of days away from resuming baseball-related activities.

Giants | Angel Pagan able to switch-hit

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:18:06 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (back) was able to hit off a tee from both sides Monday, July 21. "That's a step in the right direction," manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, July 22.

Orioles | Ubaldo Jimenez to throw bullpen session

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:17:39 -0700

Baltimore Orioles SP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, July 23. It will be his second session since landing on the 15-day disabled list. If all goes well, he will head out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Orioles | Zach Britton nursing non-pitching arm injury

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:17:08 -0700

Baltimore Orioles RP Zach Britton (arm) was hit in the right arm by a comebacker in his appearance Monday, July 21, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He cannot straighten his arm, but it is his non-pitching arm.

FANTASY TIP: It's uncertain if Britton will be unavailable due to the injury, but the good news is that it wasn't the arm he uses to throw. If a save situation pops up Tuesday and he is not called upon, you'll know why.

Orioles | Alexi Casilla taking grounders

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:16:44 -0700

Baltimore Orioles INF Alexi Casilla (hand) has started taking grounders and hitting off a tee. He has been on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk due to a hamate bone injury.

Tigers | Joel Hanrahan still a longshot

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:16:12 -0700

Detroit Tigers RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is still considered a longshot to pitch this season.

FANTASY TIP: Hanrahan signed with the team for one season, and it appears they might not get any return on that investment. Fantasy owners have long since ignored him.

Tigers | Andy Dirks resumes working out

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:15:35 -0700

Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (back) resumed baseball activities Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Dirks had been pulled from his minor-league rehab assignment due to lower back inflammation last week. His timetable for game action remains unclear.

Tigers | Drew VerHagen injured

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:14:41 -0700

Detroit Tigers SP Drew VerHagen (side) will have an MRI on his lower left side, trainer Kevin Rand said Tuesday, July 22. The test might also lead to a bone scan.

FANTASY TIP: VerHagen was apparently injured in his major league debut and start against Cleveland over the weekend.

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Rangers | Jake Smolinksi targeting Wednesday

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:14:20 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Jake Smolinski (foot) is hopeful of returning to the lineup Wednesday, July 23. "As of right now, it's nothing to be concerned about," manager Ron Washington said Tuesday, July 22. "It's just sore where it hit off his foot."

Rangers | Alex Rios likely to return Wednesday

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:13:54 -0700

Texas Rangers OF Alex Rios (ankle) is expected to return to the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the New York Yankees. He tested his sprained right ankle before the game Tuesday, July 22 and pronounced himself ready to go. However, manager Ron Washington wanted to give him an extra day of rest.

Rangers | Joakim Soria has partial no-trade clause

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:31:12 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria has a partial no-trade clause in his contract which stipulates a number of teams he cannot be traded. He does not know which teams are included, and he isn't worried about being traded before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. "I can't control that, so I don't worry about it," Soria said. "Obviously, people say things are there are rumors, but I don't worry about it too much."

Nationals | Adam LaRoche could sit Wednesday

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:50:09 -0700

Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (rest) could get a day off Wednesday, July 23, according to manager Matt Williams.

FANTASY TIP: The Nationals face left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa tomorrow, so resting LaRoche makes sense. Unfortunately, fantasy owners are potentially missing a game played at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Mariners | Taijuan Walker expected to start Wednesday

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:42:44 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, July 23, to start against the New York Mets.

FANTASY TIP: Add Walker for tomorrow's start, and hope he sticks in the rotation. He should be owned in all deep mixed leagues and AL-only formats.

Reds | Devin Mesoraco sitting

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:33:24 -0700

Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco (rest) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 22, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Bryan Price wanted C Brayan Pena to catch SP Homer Bailey. Price also noted Mesoraco is scuffling a bit at the plate.

FANTASY TIP: Pena is dirt cheap on daily sites, and the matchup against rookie Jimmy Nelson isn't terrifying. Pena is a decent low-budget play.

Cardinals | No Oscar Taveras

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:26:43 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, July 22, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Taveras can benefit more from two starts per week with the Cardinals than he would playing at Class AAA, where he has proven himself, according to manager Mike Matheny.

FANTASY TIP: Clearly, Matheny isn't committed to playing Taveras every day, at least at this point. Taveras should continue to see semi-regular playing time and is worth holding. However, this is far from an ideal situation for fantasy owners.

Padres | Mike Hazen has second interview

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:16:50 -0700

Boston Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen had his second interview for the San Diego Padres' vacant general manager position Tuesday, July 22.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki update

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:16:09 -0700

Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki's (hip) disabled list stint is retroactive to Sunday, July 20. In a corresponding move, SP Yohan Flande was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki to DL

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:01:45 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip) was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, July 22, with a strained hip flexor.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners should have been prepared for this. Tulowitzki has missed the past two games and has missed substantial stretches in each of the past five seasons. Josh Rutledge is worth a look in the majority of formats.

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Braves | Manager talks lineup order

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:53:26 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella is manager Fredi Gonzalez's preferred No. 2 hitter, as opposed to SS Andrelton Simmons.

FANTASY TIP: La Stella's run-scoring potential is higher hitting in the two spot, increasing his fantasy value. Simmons struggles to get on base, so he is better suited lower in the order, where he'll see more RBI opportunities.

Indians | Asdrubal Cabrera wearing back brace

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:46:44 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) was wearing a back brace and walking gingerly Tuesday, July 22. Cabrera said if he is still in pain Wednesday, July 23, he would get a MRI or X-ray.

FANTASY TIP: It could be time to surf your waiver wire for potential shortstop replacements, at least for the short-term. Mike Aviles' value would increase significantly, if Cabrera misses time.

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