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Jason Heyward, RF, ATL7/30/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) isn't expected to play until Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out Tuesday and Wednesday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he'll probably give Heyward one more day off.
Adam Dunn, DH/1B, CWS7/30/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn has gone 1-for-4 with a solo homer in each of the past two days.
Insight: Dunn still has good power, but he's no longer the 40-homer threat he used to be. He's on pace for 26 home runs, 66 RBI and 59 runs this season.
Max Scherzer, SP, DETHot7/30/2014 10:45:00 PM
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.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET7/30/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Castellanos hadn't homered since June 27. He's gone 17-for-69 (.246) this month and is hitting .267 with seven home runs, 41 RBI and a .721 OPS this season.
Adam Jones, CF, BALHot7/30/2014 10:34:00 PM
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.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL7/30/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will have an MRI Wednesday and if it goes well he'll begin a throwing program, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha has been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and the best-case scenario for a return is early September.
Alex Rios, RF, TEXCold7/30/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch in his left quad.
Insight: He's been prominently featured in trade talks and could have played his last game with the Rangers, the team he joined last August.
Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS7/30/2014 10:04:00 PM
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.
Mark Buehrle, SP, TOR 7/30/2014 10:01:00 PM
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.
Zach Britton, SP, BAL7/30/2014 9:56:00 PM
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.
Kevin Gausman, SP, BAL7/30/2014 9:48:00 PM
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.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLECold7/30/2014 9:34:00 PM
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.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLEHot7/30/2014 9:30:00 PM
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.
Michael Saunders, RF, SEA7/30/2014 9:28:00 PM
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.
Brett Lawrie, 2B, TOR7/30/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Brett Lawrie (finger) took batting practice on the field at Toronto's complex in Dunedin, Fla. on Wednesday. SOURCE: National Post
Insight: He could go out on a rehab assignment this weekend. Lawrie fractured his finger on June 22 at Cincinnati.
Andrew Cashner, SP, SDP7/30/2014 9:25:00 PM
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.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PITHot7/30/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer hit his first home run since June 21 Wednesday at San Francisco.
Insight: Mercer has gone 29-for-88 (.330) in July and 58-for-193 (.301) with six home runs, 29 RBI and 28 runs over his last 52 games.
Josh Harrison, IF/OF, PITHot7/30/2014 9:13:00 PM
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.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFGCold7/30/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum allowed 11 runs on 14 hits in his last 7 2/3 innings.
Insight: Lincecum went 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA in 38 innings from June 25 to July 22 to lower his ERA from 4.90 to 3.65, but he's reverted to the inconsistent form of the past three seasons.
Felix Doubront, SP, CHCCold7/30/2014 8:35:00 PM
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.
James Paxton, SP, SEA7/30/2014 8:18:00 PM
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.
David Ortiz, DH, BOSHot7/30/2014 7:00:00 PM
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.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL7/30/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out Tuesday. He was expected back Wednesday's but isn't ready.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DETCold7/30/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness and he's out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
Insight: Suarez had a solid month of June after being called up, but he's hit .237 with 17 Ks over 59 at-bats in July and can be avoided in fantasy.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COL7/30/2014 6:42:00 PM
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.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL7/30/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is not in the lineup Wednesday, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Insight: Gonzalez is dealing with soreness in his right ankle and left knee. The 28-year-old has delivered underwhelming production this season with 10 HR and 36 RBI while playing just 64 games.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA7/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
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.
Avisail Garcia, RF, CWS7/30/2014 5:15:00 PM
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.
T.J. House, SP, CLE7/30/2014 5:08:00 PM
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.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF, MIN7/30/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is out again Wednesday, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Arcia's son was born Tuesday morning. He's back with the team but isn't in the lineup. The 23-year-old has hit .221 with seven homers in 195 at-bats this season.
Nate Jones, RP, CWS7/30/2014 5:05:00 PM
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.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL7/30/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis (flu) is not in the lineup Wednesday, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Davis is away from the team due to illness and he'll miss his second straight game on Wednesday.
Jonathan Singleton, 1B, HOU7/30/2014 5:00:00 PM
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.
Jason Hammel, SP, CHCCold7/30/2014 4:56:00 PM
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.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK7/30/2014 4:53:00 PM
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.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU7/30/2014 4:50:00 PM
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.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINCold7/30/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton received a day off to rest on Wednesday and had a single as a pinch-hitter.
Insight: Hamilton hit .344 with 23 RBI, 20 runs and 13 steals in his last 29 games before the All-Star break, but he's gone 8-for-45 (.178) with 12 Ks since the break.
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI7/30/2014 4:10:00 PM
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.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA7/30/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Wednesday against Washington.
Insight: Stanton's month of July leaves a lot to be desired. He's hit .225 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He had a .902 OPS or better in each of the first three months.
Tanner Roark, SP, WASHot7/30/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark threw seven innings and allowed one run for the fourth straight start Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Roark leads the Nationals with 11 wins and he's second among their starters to Doug Fister with a 2.74 ERA. He's recorded an ERA below 3.00 in three of the four months this season.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI7/30/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins had a pinch-hit solo home run Wednesday at New York.
Insight: Rollins has hit seven homers, driven in 17 runs and scored 19 in July despite batting a paltry .216. Rollins' 15 home runs rank third among shortstops in 2014.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYMHot7/30/2014 3:54:00 PM
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.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYMHot7/30/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Insight: Murphy has gone 12-for-25 (.480) with four doubles and a homer in his last six games. His 130 hits lead the NL.
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYMHot7/30/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler has thrown at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last six starts.
Insight: Wheeler held the Phillies to two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday to win his sixth game of the year. He's lowered his ERA from 4.45 to 3.60 since June 25.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN7/30/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco belted his 18th home run of the season Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Mesoraco has picked up 35 extra-base hits in just 270 plate appearances (13.0 XBH%) while hitting .295 with 52 RBI.
Wade Miley, SP, ARI7/30/2014 3:44:00 PM
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).
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARIHot7/30/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Wednesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Goldschmidt has hit at least four home runs in every month this season. His 12.4 percent extra-base hit rate (59 extra-base hits in 474 plate appearances) leads the NL.
Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL7/30/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed seven hits in his last two starts.
Insight: Gallardo won his sixth game of the year Wednesday at Tampa Bay after allowing three hits in seven innings. He has recorded a 2.63 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in his last 10 starts.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MILCold7/30/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez has gone 0-for-17 with eight strikeouts in his last four games.
Insight: Gomez is finding out that it's very hard to hit .300 when you have a strikeout rate of 22.8 percent. He's down to .294 after going 0-for-5 Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET7/30/2014 3:05:00 PM
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.
Justin Masterson, SP, STLCold7/30/2014 2:46:00 PM
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.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL 7/30/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hasn't had trouble against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke.
Insight: Upton is 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, a homer and four walks against Greinke. He's batted .302 in July but hit just two home runs.
Billy Butler, DH, KAN7/30/2014 12:42:00 PM
Description: Royals DH Billy Butler has batted .333 with three doubles and a homer against Twins starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Butler (.271) has hit just five homers this season, though two of them came in the last four games.
J.P. Arencibia, C, TEXHot7/30/2014 12:39:00 PM
Description: Rangers C/1B J.P. Arencibia went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI Tuesday against the Yankees and he has a good matchup Wednesday against Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Arencibia is 9-for-24 (.375) with three doubles and a homer against Kuroda. He's faced the Yankees in six of his last nine games and hit four home runs against them.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS 7/30/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has batted .375 with four doubles in 40 at-bats against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Pedroia has had a down season, hitting .274 with four homers, 38 RBI, 52 runs, three steals and a .709 OPS, but he's a solid option Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
David Ortiz, DH, BOSHot7/30/2014 12:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz is 25-for-79 (.316) with nine doubles and four home runs in his career against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Ortiz has swatted five home runs and driven in 13 in his last nine games. Make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday against Buehrle, who has struggled lately.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS7/30/2014 12:31:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has picked up just six hits in 51 career at-bats against Tigers starter Max Scherzer, a .118 average.
Insight: Ramirez is 10-for-30 with two homers, eight RBI and two steals in his last seven games, but he's not a good option Wednesday.
Dayan Viciedo, RF, CWS 7/30/2014 12:29:00 PM
Description: White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo has done well against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Viciedo is 9-for-29 (.310) with three doubles, a triple and two homers against the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner. He could be a decent fantasy option Wednesday.
Jayson Werth, RF, WASHot7/30/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (ankle) is in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Werth rolled his ankle Monday and sat out Tuesday. He's batted .355 with 11 doubles, six homers, 23 RBI, 17 runs and a 1.210 OPS in July.
Jason Vargas, SP, KAN7/29/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas (emergency appendectomy) could start Saturday against Oakland, according to mlb.com.
Insight: He threw a four-inning simulated game on Tuesday. Vargas has gone 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 125 innings this season, but he hasn't started since July 8.
Jon Lester, SP, BOSHot7/29/2014 11:06:00 PM
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.
Marcus Stroman, RP, TORHot7/29/2014 11:01:00 PM
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.
Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS7/29/2014 10:58:00 PM
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.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DETCold7/29/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez has allowed 13 earned runs on 23 hits over 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
Insight: Sanchez still has a 3.57 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP on the season, but his K/9 has declined from 9.99 in 2013 to 6.91.
Adam Eaton, CF, CWSHot7/29/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton has hit .340 with nine doubles, four triples, 18 runs and five steals in his last 37 games.
Insight: Eaton went 3-for-5 Tuesday against the Tigers to raise his average to .289 on the year. He was hitting .251 on June 12.
Joakim Soria, RP, DET7/29/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Joakim Soria came into Tuesday's game against the White Sox in the seventh inning and allowed four runs on six hits (2 HR).
Insight: The Tigers opted to keep Joe Nathan in the closer role even though Soria has much better numbers. Soria's ERA jumped from 2.67 to 3.71 Tuesday.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWSHot7/29/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie has batted .354 with five doubles, a triple and four homers in July.
Insight: Gillaspie went 3-for-5 with one RBI Tuesday at Detroit and is hitting .327 with an .845 OPS on the season.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/29/2014 10:40:00 PM
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.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEAHot7/29/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley had three more hits Tuesday at Cleveland, bringing his total to 30 in July.
Insight: Ackley has gone 30-for-77 (.390) this month, but he's still hitting just .256 with four homers, 34 RBI and three steals on the year.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEAHot7/29/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma has thrown at least seven innings in five straight starts.
Insight: Iwakuma (9-5, 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) has gone 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA and 39 Ks in 42 2/3 innings this month. He's walked just nine batters in 117 2/3 innings this season.
Mike Zunino, C, SEA7/29/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his 16th home run of the season Tuesday at Cleveland.
Insight: Zunino (.214, 16 HR, 38 RBI) has gone 5-for-7 with a double, two homers and three runs in his last two games and he's hit nine home runs in his last 28 games.
Matt Garza, SP, MILHot7/29/2014 10:20:00 PM
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.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAMHot7/29/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb has recorded a 22/2 K/BB and allowed one run on eight hits over 15 innings in his last two starts.
Insight: Cobb (7-6, 3.54 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) allowed one run on three hits and struck out 12 in eight innings Tuesday in a win over Milwaukee. He's won five straight decisions.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAMHot7/29/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Zobrist has gone 36-for-106 (.340) with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs, 16 RBI and 20 walks in his last 28 games.
Grady Sizemore, OF, PHI7/29/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Grady Sizemore hit his first home run since April 11 Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Since he joined the Phillies, Sizemore has gone 16-for-51 (.314), but with just two RBI, in 15 games.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI7/29/2014 10:08:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI7/29/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a grand slam Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: It was his fifth career grand slam. Utley has had a solid season, batting .291 with nine home runs, 54 RBI, 55 runs and a .792 OPS, though his best two months came in April and May.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHIHot7/29/2014 9:58:00 PM
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.
Mike Leake, SP, CIN7/29/2014 9:54:00 PM
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.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINCold7/29/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce will return from the bereavement list on Friday, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Bruce has left the team due to the death of his grandfather. He sat out Tuesday and will miss two more games.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/29/2014 9:26:00 PM
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.
Matt Lindstrom, RP, CWS7/29/2014 9:20:00 PM
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.
Justin Masterson, SP, CLECold7/29/2014 9:18:00 PM
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.
Eugenio Suarez, SS, DETCold7/29/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Detroit shortstop Eugenio Suarez left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.
Insight: Suarez had a solid month of June after being called up, but he's hit .237 with 17 Ks over 59 at-bats in July.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIAHot7/29/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez held the Nationals to three hits over seven scoreless innings in a win Tuesday night.
Insight: Alvarez ranks fourth in the NL with a 2.48 ERA, and he's continued to have success despite striking out very few batters (5.43 K/9).
Jon Lester, SP, BOSHot7/29/2014 8:11:00 PM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/29/2014 8:10:00 PM
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.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF, MIN7/29/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not with the team on Tuesday due to the birth of his son, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Arcia is expected back with the Twins on Wednesday, so he hasn't been placed on the paternity leave list. The 23-year-old has hit .221 with seven homers in 195 at-bats this season.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG7/29/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: According to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com, Giants right-hander Matt Cain (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews.
Insight: Cain's initial MRI didn't reveal ligament damage, but he'll get a second opinion from the renowned physician because he hasn't progressed in his rehab from elbow inflammation.
George Springer, RF, HOU7/29/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since he landed on the disabled list, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Springer is eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 4 and even if he's not ready to go on that date he should be able to return soon after that.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY7/29/2014 7:34:00 PM
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.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAKCold7/29/2014 7:32:00 PM
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."
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL7/29/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) is expected back in the lineup Wednesday or Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Heyward is out of the lineup Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with lower back spasms. Ryan Doumit is starting in right field on Tuesday.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SDPCold7/29/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera (hamstring) has been activated from the DL.
Insight: Cabrera has had a miserable season, hitting .218 with 16 RBI, 30 runs and just 13 steals. He can be left on the free agent wire.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET7/29/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right index finger contusion.
Insight: Castellanos had a ground ball hit his finger during batting practice. He's had a disappointing season, hitting .264 with six homers, 37 RBI and a .709 OPS in 326 at-bats.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/29/2014 5:39:00 PM
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.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COLHot7/29/2014 5:38:00 PM
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.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS7/29/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: It will be his second absence in three games and it appears to be a swollen finger. He's batting .272 with 12 HR and 36 RBI.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/29/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will sit Tuesday with Brock Holt covering right field and Stephen Drew at shortstop.
Insight: Victorino is batting .273 in 29 games this season, he just can't seem to stay on the field.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS7/29/2014 4:21:00 PM
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.


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