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Gutierrez (neck) in Tuesday's lineup 07-26-2016
Franklin Gutierrez RF SEA
Franklin Gutierrez (neck) has returned to Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

Ryan Divish on Twitter
Gutierrez was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore neck, but it's not a major concern. He'll bat second against Francisco Liriano.
Ichiro, 4 hits away from 3K, in lineup Tue. 07-26-2016
Ichiro Suzuki RF MIA
Ichiro Suzuki is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
Ichiro, who is four hits away from 3,000 in MLB, will start in center field and bat leadoff against Jerad Eickhoff. Marcell Ozuna will be on the bench.
Nats activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL 07-26-2016
Ryan Zimmerman 1B WAS
Nationals activated 1B Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list. Zimmerman, out since early July with a left rib cage strain, went 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer over three games during his brief minor league rehab assignment. He'll return to a disappointing .221/.284/.402 batting line across 74 games.
Nunez (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) stars in Monday's win 07-26-2016
Renato Nunez 3B OAK
Athletics 3B prospect Renato Nunez homered and drove in two runs Monday in a win for Triple-A Nashville.

MILB.com
Nunez plated a run with an RBI single in the fourth before driving a solo home run off Omaha right-hander Clayton Mortensen in the fifth inning. The 22-year-old has contributed at least one RBI in each of his last four games. Nunez has shown nice power this year with 15 round-trippers in 359 at-bats, though it's come with a disappointing .228 batting average.
Harrison not in Tuesday's lineup 07-26-2016
Josh Harrison 2B PIT
Josh Harrison is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners.

Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter
David Freese will also take a seat against right-hander Felix Hernandez. Adam Frazier will start at second base and bat second while Jung Ho Kang will play third and bat fifth.
Dahl batting sixth again Tuesday 07-26-2016
David Dahl LF COL
David Dahl will start in left field and bat sixth again for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

Colorado Rockies on Twitter
Meanwhile, Daniel Descalso will serve as the designated hitter again. Dahl went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, a single, and a run scored in his major league debut on Monday night.
Royals option Merrifield to Triple-A 07-26-2016
Whit Merrifield 2B KC
Royals optioned INF Whit Merrifield to Triple-A Omaha. Merrifield started out red-hot, but he was hitting just .170 (9-for-53) with 17 strikeouts and a .487 OPS through 16 games this month. The Royals have called up top prospect Raul Mondesi to take his place on the active roster.
Arismendy Alcantara explodes for four hits 07-26-2016
Arismendy Alcantara 2B OAK
Athletics minor league INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara produced four hits in Monday's win for Triple-A Nashville.

MILB.com
He drove in four runs as the Sounds rolled to an easy 12-5 win over Omaha. Alcantara has been scorching hot over his last 10 games, hitting .510 with 12 RBI during that span while raising his season average from .238 to .282. The 24-year-old leads the Pacific Coast League with 28 steals and has only been caught three times this season. Alcantara was traded from the Cubs last month in a deal that sent Chris Coghlan back to Chicago. He's gone 3-for-13 in five games in the majors this year.
Royals call up INF Raul Mondesi from AAA 07-26-2016
Raul Mondesi SS KC
Royals recalled INF Raul Mondesi from Triple-A Omaha. In turn, the struggling Whit Merrifield has been sent down. Regarded as the Royals' top position prospect, Mondesi has missed a big chunk of the season after serving a 50-game PED suspension, but he has played well since his promotion to Triple-A earlier this month. His plate discipline is shaky, so we're not convinced he'll see immediate success in the majors, but the Royals are looking for a spark and his speed could come in handy in deeper fantasy leagues assuming he gets regular starts at second base. Mondesi, who turns 21 on Wednesday, made his major league debut in the World Series last year, but he has yet to appear in a regular season game.
Pirates option C Diaz to Triple-A 07-26-2016
Elias Diaz C PIT
Pirates optioned C Elias Diaz to Triple-A Indianapolis. Diaz was up with the big club while Eric Fryer was away on paternity leave. He went 0-for-4 with an RBI ground out in his lone start.
Pirates activate Fryer from paternity leave 07-26-2016
Eric Fryer C PIT
Pirates activated C Eric Fryer from the paternity leave list. Fryer left the team after his wife gave birth to twins on Saturday. The Pirates optioned Elias Diaz to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear a spot on the active roster.
A's option Matt McBride to Triple-A 07-26-2016
Matt McBride RF COL
Athletics optioned C/1B Matt McBride to Triple-A Nashville. The move clears a spot for Stephen Vogt's return. McBride is batting .231 (9-for-39) with three doubles and two RBI over 15 games with the A's this season. He should be back up again later this summer.
A's activate Vogt from family medical leave 07-26-2016
Stephen Vogt C OAK
Athletics activated C/1B Stephen Vogt from the family medical leave list. Vogt has been away from the team since Saturday. The A's optioned Matt McBride to Triple-A Nashville to clear a spot for his return.
Cards to call up Sam Tuivailala 07-26-2016
Sam Tuivailala P STL
The Cardinals will call up right-hander Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis to serve as the 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader agianst the Mets.

St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter
Tuivailala has made three appearances in the majors this season and owns a 5.45 ERA over 32 games in Triple-A. On the plus side, he has struck out 54 batters in 36 1/3 innings.
Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) placed on DL 07-26-2016
Trevor Rosenthal P STL
Cardinals placed RHP Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 25, with right shoulder inflammation.
Cardinals call up LHP Dean Kiekhefer 07-26-2016
Dean Kiekhefer P STL
Cardinals recalled LHP Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis. He'll replace the injured Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) on the active roster. Kiekhefer has posted a 5.73 ERA and 9/2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings at the major league level this season.
Renfroe, Margot likely to come up in Sept. 07-26-2016
Hunter Renfroe RF SD
Padres general manager A.J. Preller indicated Tuesday that prospect outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot will likely debut as September call-ups.

Dennis Lin on Twitter
Many speculated that one or both could be on the way after the Melvin Upton trade, but Preller said that the deal will open up playing time for Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski in the short-term. Renfroe doesn't have much left to prove in the minors, as he's batting .331/.356/.607 with 25 homers over 95 games this season with Triple-A El Paso. Margot, who is getting over a minor Achilles injury, is batting .306/.356/.434 with four homers and 24 seals over 89 games in Triple-A. Both are worth watching in fantasy leagues.
Neil Walker not in lineup for 1st game of DH 07-26-2016
Neil Walker 2B NYM
Neil Walker is not in the Mets' lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
The Mets are rolling with the same lineup they were planning to use before Monday's game was rained out. Kelly Johnson will start at second base and bat fifth, but the struggling Walker should be back in the lineup for the second game.
Blue Jays finalize trade for OF Melvin Upton 07-26-2016
Melvin Upton LF TOR
Blue Jays acquired OF Melvin Upton and cash considerations from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Padres will cover all but $5 million of the roughly $22 million remaining on Upton's contract. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent season with the Padres and will provide some depth and versatility to the Blue Jays' outfield. While the ballpark change is a positive, he might lose a couple of starts a week and probably won't run as much. His fantasy value takes a bit of a dip with the trade. Since the Padres are in Toronto this week, Upton will just have to switch dugouts on Tuesday.
Madison Bumgarner changes agents 07-26-2016
Madison Bumgarner P SF
Madison Bumgarner is now represented by the Legacy Agency.

Buster Olney on Twitter
Bumgarner left Relativity for Excel Sports Management earlier this year, but now he has switched representation again. The southpaw is under contract through 2017 with a pair of affordable club options for 2018 and 2019, so this is a move with a look toward the future.
Gordon on track to rejoin Marlins on Thu. 07-26-2016
Dee Gordon 2B MIA
Dee Gordon (suspension) remains on track to rejoin the Marlins on Thursday.

Joe Frisaro on Twitter
Gordon is serving the final days of his 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The speedy second baseman is 7-for-27 (.259) over seven games during his minor league tuneup games with Triple-A New Orleans. He got off to a slow start, but has hit safely in each of his last five games. He could make a big impact in fantasy leagues over the final two months.
No timetable for Uehara's return 07-26-2016
Koji Uehara P BOS
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that there's no clear timetable for Koji Uehara's return from his strained right pectoral muscle.

Providence Journal
"The injury is unusual. There's not a lot of track record on this one," said Dombrowski. "So I do not have any idea. I know he'll be out 15 days, but I can't tell you if it's going to be soon after that or long after that." Uehara suffered the injury last Tuesday and received a platelet-rich plasma on Friday to help with the healing process. The Red Sox are hopeful he'll be able to return this season, but his status is up in the air right now. The recently-acquired Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer right now, but Craig Kimbrel (knee) is expected to return next week.
Fowler (soreness) drives in run in return 07-26-2016
Dexter Fowler CF CHC
Dexter Fowler (soreness) went 1-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored in his return to the lineup Monday against the Mariners. Fowler was held out of the starting lineup Sunday due to general soreness, but he felt well enough to serve as the designated hitter for Monday's interleague contest. Cubs manager Joe Maddon told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he's still getting in "baseball shape" after his hamstring injury, so he should be back up to speed soon.
J.D. Martinez (elbow) to begin rehab stint 07-26-2016
J.D. Martinez RF DET
J.D. Martinez (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Toledo.

Detroit Free Press
Bailey (elbow) makes latest rehab start 07-26-2016
Homer Bailey P CIN
Homer Bailey (elbow) gave up two runs on five hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings Monday in his latest rehab start with Triple-A Louisville.

Cincinnati Enquirer
Bailey made it up to 98 pitches, though the results weren't ideal. He has yet to complete six innings since resuming his minor league rehab assignment about a week ago. The plan calls for him to meet the team in San Francisco from here, so it's possible he could finally be cleared to be activated from the disabled list. Bailey hasn't pitched in the majors since April of 2015 due to Tommy John surgery.
Cain to begin minor league rehab assignment 07-26-2016
Lorenzo Cain CF KC
Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Omaha.

Kansas City Star
Cain, who has been out for about a month with a left hamstring strain, got the green light after doing some running over the weekend. Barring a setback, he appears on track for a return around the end of the month.
Nats activate Solis from 15-day DL 07-26-2016
Sammy Solis P WAS
Nationals activated LHP Sammy Solis from the 15-day disabled list. Solis, out since July 7 with right knee inflammation, was cleared to return after making two appearances on a minor league rehab assignment. He returns to a 2.43 ERA and 34/16 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings.
Report: Blue Jays to acquire OF Melvin Upton 07-26-2016
Melvin Upton LF TOR
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to acquire outfielder Melvin Upton from the Padres.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
The Padres are expected to receive a Class A prospect in return. No word yet on the financial details, but the deal is expected to be finalized on Tuesday. Upton is batting .256/.304/.439 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 20 steals across 95 games this season and should add some versatility to Toronto's outfield. The addition could allow Jose Bautista to see more time out of the designated hitter spot. Upton is still owed $16.45 million next season.
Jay Bruce hits two homers in victory 07-26-2016
Jay Bruce RF CIN
Jay Bruce hit a pair of two-run homers off Jake Peavy to lead the Reds to a 7-5 win over the Giants on Monday. One last hurrah for Bruce in a Reds uniform? It was his third two-homer game of the season, the others coming on April 7 and May 18. He's tied with teammate Adam Duvall for fifth place in the NL with 23 homers.
Raisel Iglesias perfect for two innings 07-26-2016
Raisel Iglesias P CIN
Raisel Iglesias pitched two perfect innings out of the pen for his fourth hold Monday against the Giants. Iglesias has been the Reds' best reliever since coming off the disabled list, but the team has continued to use him as a multi-inning guy, suggesting that he won't soon be a threat for saves. He's allowed just one run in 20 1/3 innings over his 10 appearances as a reliever.
Jake Peavy gives up three homers in loss 07-26-2016
Jake Peavy P SF
Jake Peavy gave up three homers and six runs over five-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Reds. Peavy had a great run in late May and June, but he's given up 20 runs -- 17 earned -- over 25 1/3 innings in his last five starts. His rotation spot could again come into jeopardy if he's not better next time out.
Eugenio Suarez hits 17th homer 07-26-2016
Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN
Eugenio Suarez had a two-run homer and a double Monday against the Giants. It's disappointing that Suarez's OBP has been hanging right around .300 for much of the year, but he's up to 17 homers now. It's too bad those homers have come with just seven doubles and a 100/27 K/BB ratio in 345 at-bats.
Brandon Belt goes 3-for-4, homers 07-26-2016
Brandon Belt 1B SF
Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Giants' No. 6 hitter on Monday. Manager Bruce Bochy has been shifting hot and cold hands up and down his lineup all year long, and Belt was dropped tonight as a result of his poor July. He won't stay in the sixth spot for long if he's over his slump.
Tyler Saladino delivers game-winner 07-26-2016
Tyler Saladino SS CWS
Tyler Saladino went 2-for-4 with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth as the White Sox edged the Cubs 5-4 on Monday. Saladino is outhitting Brett Lawrie over the last month and is the superior defensive second baseman, so maybe it's time to give him a crack at the starting job. He wouldn't do much for fantasy leaguers if it happens, but as far as the White Sox are concerned, he just needs to be a better player than Lawrie. Right now, Saladino has a .722 OPS in 130 AB, while Lawrie is at .723 in 351 AB.
Jake Arrieta gives up four runs to White Sox 07-26-2016
Jake Arrieta P CHC
Jake Arrieta surrendered four runs in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the White Sox. It looked like it'd be a second straight fine outing for Arrieta, but then Todd Frazier connected on a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth, ruining his night. The Cubs went on to lose the game, the fourth straight time they've lost one of Arrieta's starts. In fact, they're just 3-7 in his outings since their streak of 23 straight wins with him on the mound ended in May.
Chase Anderson only goes five but gets win 07-26-2016
Chase Anderson P MLW
Chase Anderson lasted just five frames but picked up a win Monday, permitting two runs in a 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. Anderson recorded five strikeouts, but he allowed seven hits and one walk and got his pitch count up to 93 after his five frames, necessitating an early exit. Of course, an early exit is nothing new for Anderson, as he hasn't gone more than five innings in a start since June 8. His next outing will come against the Pirates.
Braden Shipley struggles in MLB debut 07-26-2016
Braden Shipley P ARZ
Braden Shipley's major league debut didn't go well, as he allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers. Shipley served up a homer to the second batter he faced -- Scooter Gennett -- and wound up allowing three longballs on the night. He also walked four batters and gave up eight hits overall. It was a forgettable major league debut, but Shipley should get another shot this weekend against the Dodgers.
Javier Baez goes 3-for-4, homers 07-26-2016
Javier Baez 3B CHC
Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a doubles Monday against the White Sox. Most of Baez's success this year has come off lefties, so it was nice to see him collect extra-base hits against a pair of righties in this one. It could help him earn some more playing time.
Addison Russell starts, goes 0-for-3 07-26-2016
Addison Russell SS CHC
Addison Russell went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday against the White Sox. Russell started at shortstop tonight after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left heel.
Gennett hits one of four Brewers homers 07-26-2016
Scooter Gennett 2B MLW
Scooter Gennett singled and ripped a solo home run in Monday's victory over the Diamondbacks. Gennett got the scoring going with a deep blast to center field in the first inning. It was one of four dingers the Brewers had on the night, as Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins also went deep. Gennett has already tied his career high with nine home runs.
Paul Goldschmidt picks up three hits Monday 07-26-2016
Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARZ
Paul Goldschmidt picked up three hits in five trips to the plate in Monday's loss to the Brewers. All three of his base knocks were singles. Goldschmidt was scuffling coming into this one with just two hits in his last 16 at-bats, but the three-hit night pushes his season line back to .294/.412/.506.
Albert Pujols knocks in four runs in victory 07-26-2016
Albert Pujols DH LAA
Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 and knocked in four runs Monday to lead the Angels past the Royals 5-2. It helped a bunch that the two guys hitting in front of Pujols, Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, walked five times tonight. Tonight's game was the first in Pujols' Hall of Fame career in which he knocked in four runs without collecting an extra-base hit.