Description: Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won his 13th game of the season Wednesday night against the White Sox.
Insight: Scherzer allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings. He has gone 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 56 Ks in 47 2/3 innings since he gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in four innings on June 17 against the Royals.
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has hit five home runs in his last 11 games/
Insight: Jones has batted .255 in July, but he's hit six home runs and driven in 18. The center fielder is having another outstanding season, hitting .294 with 21 home runs, 67 RBI, 63 runs and six steals.
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts had two doubles Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: Bogaerts has rediscovered his swing since the All-Star break, going 13-for-41 (.317) with three doubles and two home runs. In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle picked up his first win since June 1 Wednesday at Boston.
Insight: Buehrle allowed one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander gave up 28 earned runs on 64 hits (8 HR) in his previous 47 innings (5.36 ERA). He's still 11-7 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP because he started out 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA.
Description: Orioles closer Zach Britton earned his 21st save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Since the beginning of June, Britton (1.65 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) has had two rough outings, allowing four runs on June 20 and three on July 18, but he wasn't scored on in his other 24 appearances during that stretch. The 26-year-old left-hander was a failed starter, but he's found success as a reliever this year.
Description: Orioles starter Kevin Gausman held the Angels to three runs on three hits in seven innings Wednesday night.
Insight: Gausman was perfect through 4 2/3 innings before walking three straight batters and giving up a two-run single and an RBI double, but he struck out Mike Trout and threw two more scoreless frames. The former first-rounder has been solid in his first extended chance at a starting job. He's gone 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA since the start of June.
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis has gone 4-for-39 (.103) in his last 10 games.
Insight: Kipnis showed signs of life by hitting .311 with two home runs, eight RBI, 12 runs and five steals in the first 14 games of July, but he's failed to keep it up. The second baseman's average fly-ball distance has declined by 15.79 feet from last year, which explains why his HR/FB is 6.3 percent and he has just 21 extra-base hits in 352 plate appearances.
Description: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber tossed the first shutout of his career, a three-hitter against the Mariners, Wednesday night.
Insight: Kluber two-hit the Royals and allowed one unearned run over nine innings his last time out and has posted a 28/1 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings his last three starts. The right-hander has turned into a dominant ace for the Indians this season, going 11-6 with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and a 170/33 K/BB in 158 1/3 innings.
Description: Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders (oblique) took batting practice Wednesday, according to mlb.com. He could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
Insight: He went on the disabled list with a strained oblique on July 11 after spending a couple weeks on the DL in June with a shoulder injury. Saunders will return to a .276 average, six homers, 28 RBI, 31 runs, three steals and a .761 OPS in 196 at-bats.
Description: Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and could begin a rehab assignment next week. SOURCE: Will Laws, mlb.com
Insight: He was able to throw sliders without soreness. Cashner (2-6, 2.36 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) was placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness in June. He's been on the disabled list twice this season due to arm injuries.
Description: Pittsburgh utilityman Josh Harrison homered for the fourth straight game on Wednesday at San Francisco.
Insight: Prior to July 27, Harrison hadn't homered in his past 29 games (22 starts) and he had just five home runs all season. He's now hitting .297 with nine home runs, 37 RBI, 42 runs and 13 steals, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to suddenly become a power hitter.
Description: The Red Sox have traded left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.
Insight: Doubront said earlier this week that he wanted to be traded if Boston didn't plan to give him his starting job back, and he then went out and gave up six runs on six hits over 2/3 of an inning in relief on July 28. It's unclear if Doubront will get a chance to start with Chicago, as Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada ave pitched well lately.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (lat, shoulder) is expected to start Saturday at Baltimore, according to mlb.com.
Insight: The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and he began experiencing shoulder inflammation in May. Paxton went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP in his first two starts this season and should be added in all leagues.
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is getting the night off on Wednesday.
Insight: Ortiz is getting a routine day off against left-hander Mark Buehrle even though he has good career numbers against the veteran. Ortiz has swatted five home runs and driven in 13 in his last nine games.
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Dickerson is battling a sore groin, and with lefty Travis Wood on the mound the team will give him a rest. He's hitting .328 with 13 homers, 40 RBI, 43 runs, eight steals and a .976 OPS this season.
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) could be back Saturday against the Rays, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain and hip tightness since July 10. He threw a bullpen session Wednesday and said he's ready to start. For the season he has a 4.33 ERA and 1.332 WHIP, and he had a 6.81 ERA over his last eight starts before the injury.
Description: White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (torn labrum) will begin a rehab assignment Friday, according to Dan Hayes of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Garcia was ruled out for the season in April when he suffered a torn labrum, but he's recovered from surgery more quickly than expected. Garcia is still just 23 years old and could be a decent AL-only option down the stretch.
Description: T.J. House will replace Justin Masterson in Cleveland's rotation, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Masterson was traded to the Cardinals on Wednesday. House will serve as Cleveland's No. 5 starter behind Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister. House isn't a good fantasy option.
Description: Chicago right-hander Nate Jones, who has been out since April due to a lower back injury, underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. SOURCE: Dan Hayes, csnchicago.com
Insight: Jones was expected to compete for the closer role this season, but he missed most of spring training and has been out since the first week of the season due to his back injury. The torn UCL may keep him out for all of 2015 as well.
Description: Astros first baseman Jon Singleton went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Wednesday against Oakland.
Insight: Singleton has been working on shortening his swing with hitting coach John Mallee, and Mallee said the results so far have been "absolutely amazing," according to mlb.com. The first baseman has hit .174 with eight homers, 26 RBI, 23 runs and a Chris Carter-esque 35.7 percent K rate in 196 plate appearances.
Description: Jeff Samardzija has done pretty well in his transition to the AL, but Jason Hammel has been terrible since the two pitchers joined the Athletics in a trade from the Cubs.
Insight: Hammel allowed eight runs on seven hits (2 HR) over 4 1/3 innings Wednesday at Houston. In four starts with Oakland, he has gone 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA and a 2.12 WHIP in 17 innings. He was 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 108 2/3 innings with Chicago.
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson accounted for Oakland's only run against Houston's Dallas Keuchel Wednesday with his 23rd home run of the season.
Insight: Donaldson has looked very good lately, hitting .305 with four home runs, 13 RBI and seven Ks in his last 15 games. The third baseman hit .144 with two home runs, 13 RBI and 24 Ks in 28 games from Jun 7 to July 9 and has been trying to get his batting average back up.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel threw a complete game four-hitter in an 8-1 win over the Athletics Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Keuchel could be a trade target for contenders and he showed how valuable he can be by shutting down one of the top offenses in the league. The left-handed ground-ball artist has a 2.97 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 104 Ks in 136 1/3 innings.
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez has retired, according to cbssports.com.
Insight: Chavez won six straight Gold Gloves and hit 25 or more home runs six times in his first eight seasons, but injuries limited him to 154 games from 2007-10 and he became a part-time player for the Yankes and Diamondbacks after that. He'll finish with a .268 career average, 260 home runs and an .818 OPS.
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda went deep again Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: That makes five home runs in his last eight games and 19 on the season to go with 60 RBI and an .864 OPS. Duda walked in 14.3 percent of his plate appearances last year but he may have been too patient. He's become more aggressive this season and he's lowered his strikeout rate from 26.6 percent to 21.4 percent.
Description: Arizona starter Wade Miley won his seventh game of the season Wednesday at Cincinnati after throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Insight: Miley gave up seven hits, walked four and struck out just one, but he worked out of jams in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. The 27-year-old lefty has found a way to keep the ball in the park lately, giving up just one homer in his last 44 1/3 innings (0.20 HR/9) after serving up 17 in his first 101 1/3 (1.51 HR/9).
Description: Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos (finger) is back in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Castellanos had a ground ball hit his finger during batting practice Tuesday and was scratched from the lineup. He's had a disappointing season, hitting .264 with six homers, 37 RBI and a .709 OPS in 326 at-bats.
Description: According to Peter Gammons of MLB.com, the Cardinals will acquire Justin Masterson from the Indians for prospect James Ramsey.
Insight: Masterson is on the disabled list with a knee injury, but he is ready to return. He went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, and St. Louis' defense should help the ground-ball pitcher. Cleveland ranks last in baseball in UZR this season while the Cardinals rank eighth.
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has officially been scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Brandon Workman will start in his place.
Insight: Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Lester could be traded as soon as Tuesday night. Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was dominant for the third straight start Tuesday at Boston.
Insight: Stroman struck out eight and allowed one run on six hits over seven innings to win his seventh game of the year. Since he joined the rotation, the 23-year-old right-hander has gone 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 63/16 K/BB in 68 innings. He's still available in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday.
Insight: In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs, but he's managed to go 11-for-37 (.297) with two home runs since the break.
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 games and raised his average to .299 with three hits Tuesday at Detroit.
Insight: Abreu went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBI. He leads the majors in homers and RBI. He's hit safely in 36 of the last 37 games and batted .356 with 12 homers and 32 RBI during that span.
Description: Brewers right-hander Matt Garza held the Rays to one run on five hits in seven innings Tuesday.
Insight: Garza (7-7, 3.74 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) allowed five runs in 1/3 innings on July 19, but he gave up four runs in 31 2/3 innings (1.14 ERA) in his other four starts this month. The right-hander has gone 5-3 with a 2.72 ERA since the start of June.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has batted just .208 in July, but he's also hit six homers, driven in 16 runs, scored 18 and stolen five bags.
Insight: That's been the story for Rollins this season. He's hit .239 but has 14 homers, 47 RBI, 55 runs and 19 steals. Rollins went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs Tuesday against the Mets.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels won his fourth straight decision Tuesday against the Mets with eight scoreless innings.
Insight: Hamels struck out eight, walked none and gave up six hits. Amidst all of Philadelphia's problems, Hamels has returned from a preseason shoulder injury to have a fantastic season. He's 6-5 with a 2.55 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 133 Ks in 130 1/3 innings. In his last 16 starts, he's posted a 1.90 ERA and 119 Ks in 113 2/3 innings.
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake tossed a gem Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, striking out eight and allowing five hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings.
Insight: In his first five starts this month, Leake allowed 48 hits and 17 earned runs in 31 2/3 innings (4.83 ERA, 1.71 WHIP). He'll go into August with a 3.53 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 114/29 K/BB in 147 2/3 innings.
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (concussion) is eligible to return from the disabled list Wednesday, but manager Clint Hurdle is not optimistic he'll be ready, according to Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch on July 18 and was placed on the DL a few days later due to a concussion.
Description: White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom (ankle) may need only two or three minor league rehab appearances before returning so he could be back late next week, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Lindstrom suffered a torn tendon sheath in his ankle on May 19 and had to undergo surgery. Manager Robin Ventura said that Lindstrom probably won't go on a rehab assignment until Friday at the earliest. Ronald Belisario and Zach Putnam followed Lindstrom as Chicago's closer and Jeff Petricka has been getting save chances since Putnam went on the DL.
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (knee) will return from the disabled list Friday against the Rangers, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Masterson went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet. He's set to be a free agent after the season.
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is expected to be scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Insight: Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt could be cleared to play this weekend, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) finally passed a concussion test Monday after dealing with concussion symptoms since July 19. He'll either join the Giants or go on a short rehab assignment this weekend.
Description: New York starter Michael Pineda has been cleared to start a rehab assignment, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Pineda threw a simulated game Tuesday and manager Joe Girardi said the session was "really good." Pineda will throw 60-65 pitches in his first rehab start and likely will need one or two more after that before he's ready to rejoin the Yankees' rotation.
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will be held out until at least Friday, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Crisp hurt his neck a couple months ago when he crashed into the outfield wall and the injury hasn't gone away even though the A's have given him frequent days off since then. A's manager Bob Melvin said Crisp's MRI showed "no changes."
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Due to the All-Star break, Morneau only had to miss 10 games due to a neck strain, as he was placed on the DL retroactive to July 13. He's batted .312 with 13 homers, 60 RBI and an .846 OPS this season.
Description: Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge is out of the lineup again Tuesday due to an illness.
Insight: He was scratched from Monday's lineup and isn't ready to return. Rutledge has done a good job filling in for Troy Tulowitzki since Tulo suffered a hip flexor strain on July 19. He's gone 13-for-34 (.382) with four doubles, a triple, a homer and nine RBI since he replaced Tulowitzki in that game.
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth left Monday's game in the seventh inning with a twisted ankle and is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Manager Matt Williams expected Werth to be fine Tuesday, but apparently he can use a day off. The outfielder suffered the injury while trying to avoid a tag at second base. He's batting .284 with 12 HR, 58 RBI and 60 runs scored.