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Justin Upton homers twice in Braves' victory 08-01-2013
Justin Upton LF ATL
Justin Upton homered twice and drove in five runs as the Braves rolled over the Rockies 11-2 on Thursday. That's much, much better. Upton also had a couple of doubles Tuesday, and he finished the four-game series -- all Braves wins -- 8-for-18. It could be a sign of things to come; as he showed in April, he's as potent as anyone when he gets hot.
Julio Teheran strikes out 11 in victory 08-01-2013
Julio Teheran P ATL
Julio Teheran matched his personal best with 11 strikeouts while holding the Rockies to one run in five innings in a win Thursday. Teheran also fanned 11 over eight innings in his gem against the Pirates in June. He's allowed a total of two runs and struck out 23 over 18 innings in his last three starts, and he's now 8-5 with a 3.02 ERA for the season. At this rate, he's probably going to be the Braves' No. 2 starter in the postseason, should they hold on and win the NL East.
Chad Bettis gives up five runs in loss 08-01-2013
Chad Bettis P COL
Making his major league debut, Chad Bettis gave up five runs in five innings in a loss to the Braves on Thursday. A couple of two-run homers from Justin Upton and Jason Heyward did most of the damage, but it's not like those were his only miscues; he ended his outing with five walks (one intentional) and just one strikeout. The Rockies will likely keep him around now, but he probably can't afford a similar outing next time.
Chris Johnson ups his average to .346 08-01-2013
Chris Johnson 3B ATL
Chris Johnson went 3-for-5 with a couple of RBI against the Rockies on Wednesday. Maybe Johnson has an actual shot at the batting title after all. This makes seven straight multihit games, and he's all of the way up to .346 for the season. With six homers, 41 runs scored, 39 RBI and no steals, he hasn't been all that valuable for fantasy purposes even with the stellar average. Still, he's been a great "throw-in" for the Braves.
Joe Kelly combines on shutout of Pirates 08-01-2013
Joe Kelly P STL
Joe Kelly blanked the Pirates for six innings as part of a 13-0 Cardinals win on Thursday. The Cardinals needed tonight's game to avoid the ignominy of a five-game sweep in Pittsburgh, and maybe they made a little statement in the drubbing, though they're still 1 1/2 games behind the Pirates at the moment. Kelly has pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings in his last two starts and his ERA is down to 3.10, so it doesn't look like he'll be exiting the rotation anytime soon.
Jon Jay scores three times against Pirates 08-01-2013
Jon Jay CF STL
Jon Jay went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored in the rout of the Pirates on Thursday. Since he doesn't hit leadoff any longer, Jay hadn't scored multiple runs in a game in nearly two months. He entered the night with just two runs scored and one RBI in 13 games since the All-Star break, even though he was hitting .278 in that span.
Allen Craig knocks in two against Pirates 08-01-2013
Allen Craig RF STL
Allen Craig broke out of his slump by going 2-for-5 with a two-run double Thursday against the Pirates. Craig did pick up a single yesterday, but he entered tonight 1-for-27 in his last eight games. The runs batted in tonight were his first since July 23.
Daniel Nava caps Boston's comeback win 08-01-2013
Daniel Nava RF BOS
Daniel Nava delivered a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth as the Red Sox overcame a 7-1 deficit to beat the Mariners 8-7. After Felix Hernandez left, the Red Sox got a homer from Shane Victorino in the eighth and then exploded for six runs in the ninth, with Nava's bases-loaded "single" to the wall in center field ending it and completing a three-game sweep. The hit gave Nava his first RBI since the All-Star break. He's lost playing time of late, and he was making just his fourth start of the second half tonight.
Edgmer Escalona dealing with sore calf 08-01-2013
Edgmer Escalona P BAL
Edgmer Escalona could require a trip to the disabled list due to a sore left calf.

Troy Renck on Twitter
Escalona was hit by a line drive in Thursday's game and was limping around badly after the game. He'll likely be re-evaluated Friday before a decision is made.
Ryan Dempster gives up seven runs 08-01-2013
Ryan Dempster P BOS
Ryan Dempster was tagged for seven runs in six innings by the Mariners on Thursday. An erratic strike zone from David Rackley played a role in Dempster's struggles; he didn't deserve all five walks he issued. That's not to say he was any good, though. Even his better outings lately have been pretty mediocre; it's been a month and a half since he completed seven innings and three months since he escaped an outing allowing one or no runs. He's currently 6-8 with a 4.54 ERA.
Felix Hernandez gets let down by bullpen 08-01-2013
Felix Hernandez P SEA
Felix Hernandez allowed one run in seven innings and struck out eight Thursday against the Red Sox. Hernandez was pulled with a 7-1 lead tonight, but he was denied a win by a bullpen meltdown. Surprisingly, it's been the bullpen, not the Mariners offense, that has done the greatest harm to Hernandez's Cy Young chances this year. He's now had five starts in which he's allowed one run and gotten a no-decision.
Tom Wilhelmsen turns in dreadful outing 08-01-2013
Tom Wilhelmsen P SEA
After coming in with a 7-2 lead, Tom Wilhelmsen was charged with four runs without ever retiring a batter Thursday against the Red Sox. Just seven of Wilhelmsen's 19 pitches were strikes. It was control problems that cost him his closer gig earlier this season, but he had been quite a bit better of late; allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings and walking three since the All-Star break. He's also still 8-for-8 in his save chances since regaining the closer's gig, so one bad outing probably won't get him sent back to middle relief. That said, he's hardly someone who can be relied on as a source of saves for the rest of the season.
Kendrys Morales goes 4-for-5 against Red Sox 08-01-2013
Kendrys Morales 1B SEA
Kendrys Morales went 4-for-5 on Thursday to raise his average to .291. Morales went 9-for-13 in the series against the Boston, but oddly enough, all nine hits were singles. This from a guy who has 16 homers and 25 doubles on the season.
Henry Blanco hits second grand slam 08-01-2013
Henry Blanco C ARZ
Henry Blanco hit his second grand slam of the year Thursday against the Red Sox. Blanco has two grand slams in 46 at-bats with the Mariners; he had one previously in 2,665 at-bats as a major leaguer. His two slams tie him with Alex Gordon, Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz, Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Goldschmidt for the major league lead.
Yu Darvish strikes out 14 in victory 08-01-2013
Yu Darvish P TEX
Yu Darvish matched his career high with 14 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings Thursday in a victory over the Diamondbacks. It was actually a little bit of a letdown, given that he had 10 strikeouts after four and 14 strikeouts after six. However, after he went K-less in the seventh inning, the Rangers had absolutely no reason to push him further in a 7-0 game. Darvish allowed five hits and walked none while throwing 111 pitches. He's had four 14-K games this season, and he's reached double figures eight times.
Zeke Spruill gives up three homers in loss 08-01-2013
Zeke Spruill P ARZ
Zeke Spruill gave up five runs and three homers in four innings to take the loss Thursday against the Rangers. Spruill was called up before the game, and he'll be sent back down to Triple-A now. If he sees action with the Diamondbacks again this season, it'll probably be as a reliever in September.
A.J. Pierzynski homers, steals base 08-01-2013
A.J. Pierzynski C BOS
A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and his first stolen base in three years Thursday against the Diamondbacks. Pierzynski was halfway to second base before Josh Collmenter released the ball on his steal, and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch didn't even try a throw. He's now 14-for-34 lifetime as a basestealer.
David Murphy hits 12th homer for Rangers 08-01-2013
David Murphy LF CLE
David Murphy went 3-for-4 and hit his 12th homer against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Murphy's power hasn't gone anywhere and he's actually striking out less than ever, yet here he is hitting .227 on Aug. 1. There's no reason to think he can't go on a little tear from here and turn back into a decent mixed-league outfielder. Since the Rangers failed to trade for an outfielder, he'll get every opportunity to turn it around.
Bud Norris strikes out eight to beat Astros 08-01-2013
Bud Norris P BAL
Bud Norris beat his old team by allowing two runs over six innings and striking out eight Thursday in the Orioles' 6-3 win over the Astros. The eight strikeouts were a new season high for him. Of course, this was his first chance to face the Astros, so that was kind of expected. Norris gave up homers to Brett Wallace and Marc Krauss, but he allowed just two other hits. He's allowed six homers in his last four starts after giving up a total of seven in his first 18.
Chris Davis hits 39th homer, ends K streak 08-01-2013
Chris Davis 1B BAL
Chris Davis went 2-for-4 and hit his 39th homer against the Astros on Thursday. The homer off Travis Blackley was the 10th for Davis off a left-hander this season. Also, his strikeout streak was snapped after 24 games tonight. It was the first time since July 2 that he didn't whiff.
Brett Wallace hits seventh homer for Astros 08-01-2013
Brett Wallace 1B BAL
Brett Wallace hit his seventh homer Thursday off former teammate Bud Norris. It's nice to see Wallace showing more power this year -- his seven homers have come in just 124 at-bats. Unfortunately, he has just a .214 average, seven walks and a .270 OBP to go along with the homers. He has a ways to go to convince the Astros he belongs in their 2014 plans.
Matt Cain earns win after ninth-inning rally 08-01-2013
Matt Cain P SF
Thanks to a ninth-inning rally, Matt Cain picked up his seventh win after allowing one run over eight innings Thursday against the Phillies. Cain was outpitched by Cole Hamels, but the Giants came through with two runs in the top of the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon to win 2-1. Cain probably has some sympathy for Hamels; he had already had four outings this season in which he allowed one or no runs and took no-decisions.
Cole Hamels goes eight scoreless, denied win 08-01-2013
Cole Hamels P PHI
Cole Hamels blanked the Giants for eight innings on Thursday, but he was denied a win by a Jonathan Papelbon blown save. Hamels has a 2.09 ERA in six starts since the beginning of July, but all it's gotten him is a 2-2 record, with two blown leads costing him victories. He has a lot more right to complain about how things have deteriorated in Philly than Jonathan Papelbon does, yet he probably won't.
Jonathan Papelbon blows save, takes loss 08-01-2013
Jonathan Papelbon P PHI
Jonathan Papelbon took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Thursday against the Giants. Papelbon certainly isn't backing up his big mouth lately; he's blown his only two save chances since the All-Star break and he's now just 20-for-26 saving games this year. His overall stats are just fine -- he has a 2.59 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP -- but he's paid big dollars to close out games and he's not doing his job.
Jeff Francoeur goes hitless for Giants 08-01-2013
Jeff Francoeur RF CLE
Jeff Francoeur went 0-for-3 before being removed for a pinch-hitter Thursday and is 0-for-15 in his last four games. Francoeur isn't even capable of that new-team boost any longer; he's hitting .167 with no homers and no runs scored in 42 at-bats for the Giants. Now that the Giants are done, they should just release and give his at-bats to Roger Kieschnick and Francisco Peguero.
Wandy Rodriguez won't return before Sept. 08-01-2013
Wandy Rodriguez P PIT
Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) will not return before September, at the earliest.

Pirates.mlb.com
Rodriguez threw "nice and easy, loose" from 60 feet Thursday, but it's still unclear when he'll be ready to throw off a mound. He could obviously benefit from a rehab assignment, though it's possible the minor league season could be over by the time he's ready for one. "We do believe there is a progression he needs to go through, completely," manager Clint Hurdle said, "before he gets on the mound, and we are following that. He is very encouraged with the improvement."
Billy Butler will sit out this weekend 08-01-2013
Billy Butler DH KC
Billy Butler will not start any of the three games during this weekend's series against the Mets.

Kansas City Star
The Royals are losing the designated hitter, and with Eric Hosmer sporting a red-hot bat, Butler will be limited to pinch-hitting duties. It will also give the DH a chance to rest his nagging neck ailment.
Nats' Mike Rizzo promoted, signs extension 08-01-2013
Stephen Strasburg P WAS
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has been promoted to president of baseball operations and has signed a long-term extension.

Amanda Comack on Twitter
It's not clear exactly how much Rizzo, who will retain his GM duties, will receive. Though the Nats have been a disappointment this season, the extension is well earned, as Rizzo has assembled one of the more talented rosters in baseball. The Nats led MLB with 98 wins last season.
A-Rod, MLB far apart in suspension talks 08-01-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
ESPN's T.J. Quinn reports that Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball are far apart in their negotiations over the third baseman's impending suspension.

ESPN New York
Quinn says the two sides are "stuck on Rodriguez's desire to make sure he can cash in on at least some of the remaining $100 million owed under his contract," and there's also a "wide gap between the suspension he is willing to accept and the one MLB would like to issue." If A-Rod doesn't agree to a long suspension without appealing, MLB is reportedly threatening to ban him for life.
Jeremy Affeldt plays catch Thursday 08-01-2013
Jeremy Affeldt P SF
Jeremy Affeldt (groin) played light catch on Thursday.

Giants.mlb.com
It's the first time he's thrown since landing on the disabled list last month with a strained groin. "It was just step and throw. I didn't really activate anything," Affeldt said. "We didn't try to test it. But it felt pretty good." Affeldt isn't expected back until September.
Troy Tulowitzki ejected from Thursday's game 08-01-2013
Troy Tulowitzki SS COL
Troy Tulowitzki was ejected from Thursday's game against the Braves for arguing balls and strikes.

Troy Renck on Twitter
Tulowitzki didn't like a called third strike from home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, who ejected the shortstop after a brief discussion. It's not something that will lead to a suspension for Tulo.
Xander Bogaerts playing 3B at Triple-A 08-01-2013
Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
Xander Bogaerts is starting at third base for Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
It's just his sixth start at the hot corner this season, but they've all come in the month of July. It could be an indication that the Red Sox are prepping the top prospect to take over at the position soon following the trade of Jose Iglesias. Will Middlebrooks is also in the mix, but Bogaerts has outplayed him.
Albert Pujols won't undergo foot surgery 08-01-2013
Albert Pujols 1B LAA
Albert Pujols will not have surgery to repair the partial tear of his left plantar fascia.

Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
It's been determined that the tear has already essentially accomplished what a procedure would, so there's no need to go under the knife. Pujols is still expected to miss the remainder of the season, but he should come back healthy by spring training.
Brandon Lyon released by Red Sox 08-01-2013
Brandon Lyon P LAA
Red Sox released RHP Brandon Lyon. Lyon allowed just one earned run over 5 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket and chose to exercise his opt-out clause when it became apparent that there wasn't a spot for him in the Red Sox' bullpen. He'll now look for a better opportunity elsewhere.
A-Rod beginning rehab assignment Friday 08-01-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
Alex Rodriguez (quad) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Friday.

Erik Boland on Twitter
He'll play for Trenton on Friday and Saturday before being re-evaluated. Rodriguez seems likely to be in line to rejoin the Yankees on Monday, but, of course, his impending suspension could affect that. The latest word is that the third baseman has been negotiating with MLB over a possible suspension.
Bochy won't announce Sun. starter until Fri. 08-01-2013
Barry Zito P SF
Giants manager Bruce Bochy will announce Friday who will start Sunday against the Rays.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Nothing is official yet, but it sure sounds like Barry Zito will be skipped and Guillermo Moscoso will start in his place. Both pitchers are available out of the bullpen Thursday. With Ryan Vogelsong close to coming off the disabled list, it sounds like that's where Zito will be for the foreseeable future.
Rockies call up RHP Bettis from Double-A 08-01-2013
Chad Bettis P COL
Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Chad Bettis from Double-A Tulsa. Battis is slated to make his major league debut Thursday against the Braves. After missing all of 2012 with a shoulder injury, the 24-year-old had 3.71 ERA and 68/13 K/BB ratio in 63 innings over 12 starts this season in Double-A. He's worth tucking away in NL-only formats.
Rockies option LHP Francis to Triple-A 08-01-2013
Jeff Francis P CIN
Rockies optioned LHP Jeff Francis to Triple-A Colorado Springs. The move clears a spot for Thursday's starter, Chad Bettis. Francis has an ugly 6.63 ERA over 11 starts and one relief appearance this season.
Buchholz (shoulder) prepping for mound work 08-01-2013
Clay Buchholz P BOS
Clay Buchholz (shoulder) could know by Sunday when he'll be ready to throw from a mound.

Scott Lauber on Twitter
Buchholz is currently limited to flat-ground work, but he has progressed to incorporating all of his pitches. The Red Sox haven't put a timeline on his return, but they expect him to rejoin the rotation at some point down the stretch.
Hammel (forearm) to undergo MRI on Friday 08-01-2013
Jason Hammel P CHC
Jason Hammel (forearm) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter
Hammel was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a right flexor mass strain in his forearm. The injury has bothered him on and off this season, which helps explain his disappointing 5.20 ERA this season. There should be more clarity on a timetable for his return after Friday's exam.
Betemit (knee) begins rehab stint Tuesday 08-01-2013
Wilson Betemit 3B TB
Wilson Betemit (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment next Tuesday with the Orioles' Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter
It's been a long road back for Betemit, who had surgery to repair a PCL tear in his right knee in April, but he's finally ready for game action. The Orioles have received very little production out of the DH spot this year, so a healthy Betemit could be useful down the stretch.
D-Backs option RHP Roe to Triple-A 08-01-2013
Chaz Roe P MIA
Diamondbacks optioned RHP Chaz Roe to Triple-A Reno. The move essentially clears a spot for the newly-acquired Joe Thatcher in Arizona's bullpen. Roe made just one appearance during his most recent stay with the big club.
Miguel Montero placed on DL with back strain 08-01-2013
Miguel Montero C ARZ
Diamondbacks placed C Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, with a lower back strain. Montero has dealt with the issue for a while now and will now get some extended rest. Wil Nieves, who is hitting .354 in 37 games this year, will handle the load behind the plate during his absence.
Cuddyer likely not available Thursday 08-01-2013
Michael Cuddyer RF COL
Michael Cuddyer is not expected to be available for Thursday's game against the Braves due to a family issue.

Troy Renck on Twitter
No word on whether he'll be available for Friday's game. The Rockies will also be without Carlos Gonzalez on Thursday night, so Julio Teheran has a tasty matchup from a fantasy perspective.
Bradley (elbow) placed on DL in Triple-A 08-01-2013
Jackie Bradley Jr. LF BOS
Jackie Bradley, Jr. was placed on the 7-day disabled list with Triple-A Pawtucket due to elbow inflammation.

Brian MacPherson on Twitter
Bradley suffered the injury during Tuesday's game. While it's not believed to be serious, the 23-year-old outfielder will be shut down for the next couple of days before being re-evaluated.
Ethier not in Thursday's lineup 08-01-2013
Andre Ethier RF LAD
Andre Ethier is not in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

Dylan Hernandez on Twitter
He's taking a seat with left-hander Chris Rusin on the hill for the Cubs. Yasiel Puig will make the start in center field while Scott Van Slyke plays right.
Twins to recall OF Arcia on Friday 08-01-2013
Oswaldo Arcia RF MIN
The Twins will recall outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

Dustin Morse on Twitter
Arcia will replace Aaron Hicks on the active roster. The 22-year-old is batting .257/.317/.408 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 53 games as a rookie this year. With Scott Diamond also demoted, the Twins plan to announce another call-up on Friday.
Twins demote OF Aaron Hicks to Triple-A 08-01-2013
Aaron Hicks CF MIN
Twins optioned OF Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester. It's hard to argue against it, as Hicks is hitting just .152 (10-for-66) with a 19/4 K/BB ratio over his last 19 games. After gaining momentum as a fantasy sleeper this spring, the 23-year-old outfielder owns an ugly .192/.259/.338 batting line on the year. The Twins are calling up Oswaldo Arcia to replace him in the outfield.
Twins option LHP Diamond to Triple-A 08-01-2013
Scott Diamond P MIN
Twins optioned LHP Scott Diamond to Triple-A Rochester. It's about time. Diamond was likely given some extra leash after what he did last season, but he has been a complete mess since offseason elbow surgery, posting a 5.52 ERA over 19 starts this year. The southpaw will attempt to get back on track in the minors.
Berkman (knee) aims to begin rehab stint soon 08-01-2013
Lance Berkman 1B TEX
Lance Berkman said Thursday that his goal is to begin a minor league rehab assignment by August 8 or 9.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday that Berkman was considering retiring and forfeiting the remainder of his one-year, $10 million, but the 37-year-old made it clear Thursday that he's "coming back." While his right knee has been an issue for him recently, he was able to run Thursday at about 50 percent. If all goes well, he should be back later this month.
Red Sox option RHP De La Torre to minors 08-01-2013
Jose De La Torre P MLW
Red Sox optioned RHP Jose De La Torre to Triple-A Pawtucket. De La Torre was sent down Thursday as the Red Sox added Jake Peavy and Steven Wright to the active roster. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 6.35 ERA and 15/10 K/BB ratio over 11 1/3 innings of work with the Red Sox this season.
Peavy to make debut for Red Sox on Sat. 08-01-2013
Jake Peavy P BOS
Jake Peavy will make his debut with the Red Sox on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Tim Britton on Twitter
Peavy was acquired from the White Sox earlier this week in a three-team deal with the Tigers. He'll carry a 4.28 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 80 innings into the start. Trading U.S. Cellular Field for the hitter-friendly ballparks of the AL East are somewhat of a wash, but he should get a slight boost in fantasy value with a better offense behind him.
Laird has kidney stone removed 08-01-2013
Gerald Laird C ATL
Gerald Laird underwent a procedure Wednesday to remove his kidney stone.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Laird will likely need to miss a few days, but he will not require a trip to the disabled list. The Braves should be fine with Brian McCann and Evan Gattis behind the dish.
A-Rod (hip) participates in simulated game 08-01-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
Alex Rodriguez (hip) participated in a simulated game Thursday.

Joel Sherman on Twitter
Rodriguez, who recently had a setback in his rehab due to what the Yankees determined was a Grade 1 quad strain, went 1-for-2 with a few walks. He also ran the bases and fielded. It appears that minor league rehab games will be the next step, though a suspension from MLB could come any day now and may reportedly prevent him from playing if he intends to appeal. Stay tuned.
Brown (concussion) swings bat Thursday 08-01-2013
Domonic Brown LF PHI
Domonic Brown (concussion) swung a bat Thursday for the first time since being placed on the 7-day disabled list.

Ryan Lawrence on Twitter
Brown has been symptom-free for four days and passed an ImPACT concussion test on Wednesday, so he's slowly ramping up baseball activities. He'll take batting practice on Friday and will require a minor league rehab assignment, but look for him to rejoin the Phillies sometime next week.
Shields wins, Royals win ninth straight 08-01-2013
James Shields P KC
James Shields allowed two runs in six innings Thursday in a win over the Twins. Make that nine wins in a row for the Royals. Shields was uncharacteristically wild, matching a season-high with five walks, but the Twins failed to cash in on scoring opportunities. After going without a victory for nearly two months, Shields has now won four out of his last seven starts. He'll carry a 3.08 ERA into another start against the Twins next week.
Diamond knocked around in loss to Royals 08-01-2013
Scott Diamond P MIN
Scott Diamond was tagged for seven runs (six earned) over five innings in a loss to the Royals on Thursday. Ugly. Diamond gave up nine hits and three walks (one intentional) while striking out only one batter. This is the fifth time he has allowed six earned runs in a start this season, increasing his ERA to an obscene 5.52. He shouldn't be anywhere near your fantasy roster.
Maxwell has RBI single in Royals' debut 08-01-2013
Justin Maxwell CF KC
Making his Royals' debut, Justin Maxwell finished 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk Thursday against the Twins. Maxwell, who was acquired from the Astros on Wednesday, made the start in right field with left-hander Scott Diamond on the mound for the Twins. It appears that he'll be used on the short side of a platoon with David Lough. While that could prove to be a nifty move for the Royals, it probably won't amount to much fantasy value.
Morneau homers, doubles in loss to Royals 08-01-2013
Justin Morneau 1B COL
Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a double in Thursday's loss to the Royals. Coming into play Thursday, Morneau had just one home run and two doubles over 12 games since the All-Star break. The Twins failed to find a trade for him before Wednesday's deadline, but there's still a chance he could be moved this month. With his salary, he shouldn't have any issue passing through waivers.
Koehler goes six scoreless in win over Mets 08-01-2013
Tom Koehler P MIA
Tom Koehler tossed six scoreless frames in a 3-0 win over the Mets on Thursday. Koehler gave up five hits and five walks, so he was far from dominant, but he managed to keep the Mets off the board. The 27-year-old right-hander now has a 4.34 ERA and 59/31 K/BB ratio in 87 innings over 19 games (13 starts) this season. With the pathetic Marlins' offense behind him, he has very little fantasy value.
Harvey gives up three runs in loss 08-01-2013
Matt Harvey P NYM
Matt Harvey yielded three runs over 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Marlins. Harvey held the Marlins to just one hit over the first five innings, but the Marlins got to him for three runs in the sixth before he was pulled from the ballgame. The young ace right-hander now has a 4.50 ERA in three starts at Marlins Park this season. Fortunately for Harvey and fantasy owners, the Mets won't make another trip to Miami this year.
Morrison has RBI single in win over Mets 08-01-2013
Logan Morrison 1B SEA
Logan Morrison had a go-ahead RBI single off Matt Harvey in Thursday's win over the Mets. It was nice to see, as Morrison entered the day hitting just .184 (7-for-38) with one RBI in 11 games since the All-Star break. The good news is that he continues to show excellent patience, giving him value in OBP leagues.
Altuve (quad) sitting out Thursday versus O's 08-01-2013
Jose Altuve 2B HOU
Jose Altuve (quad) is not in the Astros' starting lineup on Thursday evening versus the Orioles.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Altuve has been battling left quad tightness since last weekend. He is considered day-to-day for now. Jimmy Paredes will start at second base against the O's.
Quintanilla has single, walk in loss to Fish 08-01-2013
Omar Quintanilla SS NYM
Omar Quintanilla went 1-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's loss to the Marlins. Quintanilla started out hot this season, but he's hitting just .195 over his last 34 games. Of course, that shouldn't be a big surprise for a .222 career hitter. It's puzzling why the Mets won't call up Ruben Tejada, as he still has a chance of being a long-term contributor on the club.
Morse not in Mariners' lineup on Thursday 08-01-2013
Michael Morse RF SF
Michael Morse is not in the Mariners' lineup Thursday.

Greg Johns on Twitter
It's just a routine day of rest for the 31-year-old slugger, who returned this week from a severe quad strain. Morse was dangled at Wednesday's trade deadline but obviously wound up staying with the Mariners.
CarGo (finger) not in Rockies lineup Thursday 08-01-2013
Carlos Gonzalez LF COL
Carlos Gonzalez (finger) is not in the Rockies' starting lineup Thursday night against the Braves.

Troy Renck on Twitter
CarGo was diagnosed with a sprained right middle finger after leaving Wednesday's game. He is expected to avoid the disabled list but will be out for a few days. Charlie Blackmon is playing right field on Thursday.
Brandon Barnes (back) available on Thursday 08-01-2013
Brandon Barnes CF COL
Brandon Barnes (back) is available on Thursday.

Brian T. Smith on Twitter
Barnes was removed from Wednesday night's game against the Orioles due to lower back stiffness, but he woke up feeling fine on Thursday. The 27-year-old outfielder is batting just .245/.297/.357 this season.
Red Sox recall Steven Wright from Pawtucket 08-01-2013
Steven Wright P BOS
Red Sox recalled RHP Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket. Wright has a 4.82 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings this season with Boston. He'll pitch in middle relief.
Ryan Raburn homers twice in win over Chicago 08-01-2013
Ryan Raburn RF CLE
Ryan Raburn smacked two home runs Thursday in the Indians' 6-1 defeat of the visiting White Sox. Raburn hit a two-run shot to right field in the bottom of the third inning and a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh. He also managed to squeeze in an RBI single in the fifth, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI. The 32-year-old outfielder has been highly productive in limited action this year and should maintain sneaky fantasy value down the stretch.
Masterson goes six-plus in win over White Sox 08-01-2013
Justin Masterson P CLE
Justin Masterson held the White Sox to one run in 6 2/3 innings Thursday to earn his 13th win. Masterson was again excellent, scattering four singles and one solo home run over his six-plus frames. He struck out seven batters and now boasts a 13-7 record, 3.33 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 160/58 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings this season. Masterson faces the Tigers next.
De Aza slugs 13th homer in loss to Cleveland 08-01-2013
Alejandro De Aza LF CWS
Ajenadro De Aza slugged his 13th home run of the 2013 season in Thursday's loss to the Indians. De Aza drew some trade interest at this week's deadline but wound up staying with Chicago. The 29-year-old is on pace for 20 home runs, 18 steals and 69 RBI.
Sale allows 10 hits, five earned runs in loss 08-01-2013
Chris Sale P CWS
Chris Sale was hammered for 10 hits and five earned runs over five innings Thursday in a loss to Cleveland. Sale ran into a red-hot Indians offense and couldn't contain it. The left-hander struck out six and did not issue a single walk, but the Tribe teed off on plenty of pitches. Sale will carry a 6-11 record, 2.92 ERA and 1.05 WHIP into his next start against the Yankees.
Pads activate O'Sullivan from paternity leave 08-01-2013
Sean O'Sullivan P PHI
Padres activated RHP Sean O'Sullivan from the paternity leave list. O'Sullivan was out for just two days. He has a 3.71 ERA through 19 1/3 innings this season with San Diego.
Padres option Miles Mikolas to AAA Tucson 08-01-2013
Miles Mikolas P TEX
Padres optioned RHP Miles Mikolas to Triple-A Tucson. Mikolas has made two scoreless appearances this season for the Padres. He will be back up eventually.
Phillies outright Steve Susdorf to Triple-A 08-01-2013
Steve Susdorf LF PHI
Phillies sent OF Steve Susdorf outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Susdorf was designated for assignment earlier this week after going 1-for-7 during a five-day stay in the major leagues. The 27-year-old is organizational depth.
Phils promote Ethan Martin for Thurs. debut 08-01-2013
Ethan Martin P PHI
Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Ethan Martin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Martin will make his major league debut in a start Friday night against the Braves. It's a tough matchup for the 24-year-old right-hander, who does not have the most inspiring numbers this summer in the minors. He should be ignored in standard fantasy leagues against Atlanta.
Ethan Martin to make MLB debut on Friday 08-01-2013
Ethan Martin P PHI
Ethan Martin will make a spot start for the Phillies on Friday night against the Braves.

Todd Zolecki on Twitter
It will be the 24-year-old right-hander's major league debut. Martin, the 15th overall pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, has posted an underwhelming 4.12 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 107/67 K/BB ratio in 115 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's not a recommended fantasy pick against a good Braves team.
Willingham (knee) ready for rehab assignment 08-01-2013
Josh Willingham LF MIN
Josh Willingham (knee) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend with Triple-A Rochester.

Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
Willingham should be back in the Twins' starting lineup early next week. He underwent a minor knee procedure on July 3 and was batting just .224/.356/.398 before he hit the shelf, but the 34-year-old outfielder could draw interest this month as a waiver trade candidate.
Rays release right-hander Ramon Ramirez 08-01-2013
Ramon Ramirez P SEA
Rays released RHP Ramon Ramirez. Ramirez has a 3.31 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 42/15 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this year in the minor leagues. The right-hander should be able to find a new team.
Braves outright Kameron Loe to AAA Gwinnett 08-01-2013
Kameron Loe P SF
Braves sent RHP Kameron Loe outright to Triple-A Gwinnett. Loe was designated for assignment earlier this week to clear a roster spot for new Braves reliever Scott Downs. Loe passed through waivers without drawing a claim.
Diamondbacks recall Spruill for Thurs. start 08-01-2013
Zeke Spruill P ARZ
Diamondbacks recalled RHP Zeke Spruill from Triple-A Reno. Spruill has a nice-looking 2.68 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 104 innings this year in the minor leagues, but that's hiding a troubling 54/36 K/BB ratio. He's not a good fantasy bet for his start Thursday against the Rangers.
Molina's knee injury not expected to linger 08-01-2013
Yadier Molina C STL
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told CBS Sports 920 on Thursday that Yadier Molina's knee injury is "probably not something that will bother him throughout the year."

CBS Sports 920
That's obviously promising news, though it's a little too early to say anything for certain. Molina has been bothered by right knee knee discomfort since early July and an MRI taken Wednesday confirmed that he has a sprain and inflammation. The Cardinals will roll with Tony Cruz for now. There's some hope that Molina will be ready to return from the 15-day disabled list as soon as he is eligible.
Berkman (knee) is not considering retirement 08-01-2013
Lance Berkman 1B TEX
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told Thursday that Lance Berkman is not retiring.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
There was a report that made the rounds Wednesday morning suggesting that Berkman was considering retiring and forfeiting the remainder of his one-year, $10 million pact with the Rangers. But that never made much sense. The ever-honest Puma told reporters in 2011 that "it's always about the money." He's on the disabled list right now with knee and hip problems, and might not play again this season.
Royals place Chris Getz on the disabled list 08-01-2013
Chris Getz 2B TOR
Royals placed 2B Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee. The move clears a 25-man roster spot for new outfielder Justin Maxwell, who will make his first start for the Royals on Thursday afternoon against the Twins. Getz should be ready for activation in about three weeks. Miguel Tejada figures to be the primary fill-in at second base.
Astros recall Jimmy Paredes from AAA level 08-01-2013
Jimmy Paredes RF KC
Astros recalled OF Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Paredes is taking the roster spot left vacant by Bud Norris, who was traded to the Orioles at Wednesday's July 31 deadline. Paredes is not fantasy-relevant.
Brian Dozier back in Twins' lineup Thursday 08-01-2013
Brian Dozier 2B MIN
Brian Dozier (back) is in the Twins' starting lineup for Thursday's matinee against the Royals.

Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
Dozier sat out for two games with lower back stiffness. He is leading off and starting at second base.
Lorenzo Cain (groin) back in KC lineup Thurs. 08-01-2013
Lorenzo Cain CF KC
Lorenzo Cain (groin) is starting on Thursday.

Bob Dutton on Twitter
Cain has been unavailable since last weekend due to tightness in his groin, but an MRI taken Tuesday showed no structural damage and he felt vast improvement during a short pregame workout on Thursday morning. The 27-year-old outfielder has four homers and 12 steals in 88 games.
Parnell (neck) might be unavailable Thursday 08-01-2013
Bobby Parnell P NYM
Bobby Parnell might be unavailable on Thursday.

Marc Carig on Twitter
Parnell was used heavily at the end of July and developed some minor stiffness in his neck. The Mets' closer should be back to 100 percent by this weekend.
Blue Jays activate Sergio Santos from the DL 08-01-2013
Sergio Santos P TOR
Blue Jays activated RHP Sergio Santos from the 60-day disabled list. Santos is finally recovered from his mid-May elbow cleanup and will rejoin the Blue Jays' bullpen Thursday night in Anaheim. He'll pitch in middle relief initially but should eventually slide back into a setup role.
Blue Jays move Brandon Morrow to 60-day DL 08-01-2013
Brandon Morrow P TOR
Blue Jays transferred RHP Brandon Morrow from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Morrow has an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm and probably won't pitch again this season.
Blue Jays place Dustin McGowan on the DL 08-01-2013
Dustin McGowan P TOR
Blue Jays placed RHP Dustin McGowan on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique. The injury-prone righty suffered the injury on Monday night while making a relief appearance. McGowan is likely to be on the shelf for around three weeks.
Kipnis not in Indians' starting lineup Thurs. 08-01-2013
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
Jason Kipnis is not in the Indians' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the White Sox.

Nick Camino on Twitter
It's just a day of maintenance. Mike Aviles will start at second base against White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Wright (hamstring) in Mets' lineup Thursday 08-01-2013
David Wright 3B NYM
David Wright (hamstring) is in the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
Wright tweaked his right hamstring Wednesday while stealing second base, but it was never a major concern. The third baseman is batting .308/.390/.508 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 103 games this season.
Domonic Brown passed concussion test Wed. 08-01-2013
Domonic Brown LF PHI
Domonic Brown passed an ImPACT concussion test Wednesday.

Philadelphia Inquirer
He'll take another test Thursday and could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment if he passes again. Brown has been on the concussion disabled list since banging his head on the outfield grass at Busch Stadium on July 23 while diving for a Carlos Beltran line drive. He should be ready to rock in about a week.
Wright (hamstring) expects to play Thursday 08-01-2013
David Wright 3B NYM
David Wright (hamstring) expects to play Thursday.

Mets.mlb.com
Wright tweaked his right hamstring while running the bases in Wednesday night's loss to the Marlins, but it's something he feels like is manageable. "I feel like I can take it," said Wright. "It's just something that I'll play through. It's one or the other. You either need to not play or play, and I feel like I can play through this."
Clay Buchholz (shoulder) plays long toss 08-01-2013
Clay Buchholz P BOS
Clay Buchholz (shoulder) played long toss on Wednesday.

Boston Herald
It was a nice step in the right direction for Buchholz, but he still hasn't been cleared to throw off a mound. The right-hander has not pitched since June 8 due to shoulder inflammation and is unlikely to return to the Red Sox starting rotation until late August.
MRI on Cain's grown shows no major damage 08-01-2013
Lorenzo Cain CF KC
An MRI taken Tuesday on Lorenzo Cain's tight groin showed no structural damage of any kind.

Kansas City Star
"No tears; the results were great," Cain told reporters after Wednesday's 4-3 victory. "Now, it's just day to day and make sure I'm ready to go." The 27-year-old outfielder hasn't appeared in a game since Saturday.
Travis d'Arnaud could be headed to the majors 08-01-2013
Travis d'Arnaud C NYM
Travis d'Arnaud could be called to the majors soon.

New York Post
John Buck is expected to hit the paternity leave list at any moment to be with his wife in labor, and it's highly possible that d'Arnaud is going to be the Mets' fill-in. The young top catching prospect has been idle for much of this season because of a broken foot. He was cleared to begin playing in games again last week.
Red Sox option Brandon Workman to Triple-A 08-01-2013
Brandon Workman P BOS
Red Sox optioned RHP Brandon Workman to Triple-A Pawtucket. This is just a temporary thing. Workman started Tuesday night against the Mariners and wasn't going to be available for at least four days. He will pitch out of the Boston bullpen when he is recalled this weekend. Jake Peavy has taken over his starting rotation spot.
Rivera earns his 30th save of the season 08-01-2013
Mariano Rivera P NYY
Mariano Rivera tossed a perfect ninth inning Wednesday against the Dodgers for his 34th save of the season. He struck out two and dispatched the Dodgers in 12 pitches. It was Rivera's second career save at Dodgers Stadium (he's earned saves in 31 parks). Rivera hasn't allowed a run since July 7. The All-Star game MVP currently boasts a 1.60 ERA. The Yankees probably wish they could sign him to a long-term extension.
Ethier goes 2-for-3 against the Yankees 08-01-2013
Andre Ethier RF LAD
Andre Ethier went 2-for-4 against the Yankees on Wednesday. Rumors of Ethier's demise were greatly exaggerated. The veteran outfielder hit .244 in April, .250 in May, .261 in June and went 29-for-93 in July for a .312 average. Ethier's starting role is solidified until Matt Kemp returns from the disabled list, but he might struggle to find at-bats when Los Angeles returns to full strength.
Kuroda fires 7 shutout innings in no-decision 08-01-2013
Hiroki Kuroda P NYY
Hiroki Kuroda fired seven shutout innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Wednesday. He struck out eight, scattered five hits and walked one. The gem capped a spectacular month in which the veteran right-hander allowed just two runs in 33 innings over five starts. Kuroda, 10-6, ranks second in the AL behind Felix Hernandez with a 2.38 ERA. He's also fourth in the AL with a 1.03 WHIP.
Kershaw hurls eight shutout innings vs. Yanks 08-01-2013
Clayton Kershaw P LAD
Clayton Kershaw twirled eight shutout innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Yankees. He struck out five, walked none and scattered five hits. Kershaw went toe-to-toe with Huroki Kuroda in a classic pitcher's duel, but Los Angeles' bullpen punted the game before Clayton could take his first sip of Gatorade. The left-hander has gone at least seven innings in nine of his last 10 starts. He's first in the league with a sparkling 1.87 ERA.
Rizzo doubles, homers as Cubs top Brewers 6-1 08-01-2013
Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Cubs' 6-1 win over the Brewers on Wednesday. The first baseman hadn't homered since July 21 and didn't have an RBI in his previous seven games before Wednesday's two-run homer off Wily Peralta. Despite his .242 average, Rizzo still has a .336 on-base percentage and 15 homers to go with 60 RBI. The 23-year-old is a streaky hitter, and it looks as though one of his hot streaks is on the come.
Lucroy doubles twice in loss against Cubs 08-01-2013
Jonathan Lucroy C MLW
Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. Lucroy doubled twice in the game, giving him 17 doubles to go with his 57th RBI. The 27-year-old catcher, who played first base on Wednesday, has been one of the few bright spots for the Brewers this season. He's hitting .286/.334/.498 through 94 games.
DeJesus stays put, drives in three in victory 08-01-2013
David DeJesus CF TB
David DeJesus went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the win over the Brewers on Wednesday. DeJesus was rumored to be on the trading block in the hours leading up to the deadline, but the outfielder remained a Cub and celebrated by posting his third straight multi-hit game. He's raised his average from .260 to .273 in those three games. The three RBI gave him 27 on the year, as the 33-year-old has served primarily as the Cubs' leadoff hitter this season.
Peralta loses second straight against Cubs 08-01-2013
Wily Peralta P MLW
Wily Peralta allowed four runs -- three earned -- in five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. After allowing just one home run in July coming into the start, Peralta allowed two to Cubs batters. In all he allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. It was Peralta's second loss in as many games, dropping him to an unsightly 7-11 with a 4.57 ERA. He gets the Giants in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Jackson goes 8 IP, 1 ER for seventh victory 08-01-2013
Edwin Jackson P CHC
Edwin Jackson allowed one run over eight innings in a win over the Brewers on Wednesday. Jackson scattered eight hits while striking out four to pick up his seventh win of the year. The right-hander was 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA in July, and he seems to be past whatever was troubling him in the early part of the season. He'll face off against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.
Stephen Drew walks off Red Sox vs. Mariners 08-01-2013
Stephen Drew SS BOS
Stephen Drew hit a walkoff RBI ground-rule single in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-innings win over Seattle. Drew's one-hopper into the right-field seats scored Dustin Pedroia from third base. It was the shortstop's only hit of the night, but it was obviously a huge one. The Red Sox are now back in first place with a half-game lead over the Rays in the American League East standings. Drew is batting .228/.311/.408 with seven homers and 38 RBI in 76 games this season.
Beltre hits walk-off, Rangers top Angels 2-1 08-01-2013
Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
Adrian Beltre hit a walk-off solo home run to give the Rangers a 2-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday. Beltre went 2-for-4 in the game, raising his average to .314 this season. It was the third baseman's third consecutive multi-hit game. The home run gives him 23 on the year to go along with 61 RBI.
Hamilton homers for lone run in Angels' loss 08-01-2013
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
Josh Hamilton went 1-for-2 with a home run in the Angels' loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. Hamilton hit a solo home run off Martin Perez for the lone Angels run of the game. He also walked twice, raising his batting line to a modest .226/.283/.418 this season. He did drive in 21 runs in July, the most of any month this season.
Perez allows one run in no-decision vs. LAA 08-01-2013
Martin Perez P TEX
Martin Perez allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings but took a no-decision against the Angels on Wednesday. Perez rebounded from a couple tough starts to hold the Angels to just four hits and two walks, striking out four. The only Angels run came on a Josh Hamilton solo home run. Despite the effort, it was his fourth straight start without a win. He remains 3-3 and owns a 3.93 ERA through nine starts. He'll face the same Angels club again on Monday.
John Lackey allows three runs in loss to M's 08-01-2013
John Lackey P BOS
John Lackey surrendered three earned runs in seven innings but the Red Sox beat the Mariners on Wednesday. The Red Sox didn't finish off the M's until the bottom of the 15th inning, when Stephen Drew hit a walkoff RBI ground-rule single. Lackey was not sharp, yielding eight hits and one walk. He's now been roughed up in three straight starts. We'll call it natural regression.
Williams holds TEX to one run in no-decision 08-01-2013
Jerome Williams P HOU
Jerome Williams allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Wednesday. Williams scattered eight hits and two walks, allowing only a Nelson Cruz solo home run on the night. It was an unfortunate outcome for the 31-year-old, as he still is without a win since June 12. As it is, he remains 5-7 with a 4.60 ERA. He'll toe the slab again Monday, again facing the Rangers.
Iwakuma allows two (unearned) runs vs. Boston 08-01-2013
Hisashi Iwakuma P SEA
Hisashi Iwakuma allowed two (unearned) runs as Mariners lost to the Red Sox on Wednesday night. Iwakuma was long gone before Stephen Drew hit a walkoff RBI ground-rule single in the bottom of the 15th inning. The right-hander gave up seven hits and two walks, but both of the runs he allowed went unearned so his ERA dropped from 2.87 to 2.76. He'll try to keep things rolling next week when he faces the Blue Jays at home.
Minor dominates Rockies in Braves' 9-0 win 08-01-2013
Mike Minor P ATL
Mike Minor continued his breakout season, shutting out the Rockies for seven innings in the Braves' 9-0 victory on Wednesday. Minor was flat-out dominant, allowing just two Rockies hits while walking none and striking out six. The lefty moved to 11-5 with the win and lowered his ERA and WHIP to 2.75 and 1.01, respectively. Minor also boasts a ridiculous 132/28 K/BB ratio in 144 innings. The 25-year-old will square off with the Nationals on Monday at Nationals Park.