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EYJ powers Mets past Royals in extra innings 08-02-2013
Eric Young LF NYM
Eric Young, Jr. blasted a walk-off two-run homer in the 11th inning to secure a 4-2 victory over the Royals on Friday night. Good timing for his first home run as a member of the Mets. Young went 2-for-5 with a walk on the night and continues to produce out of the leadoff spot. Don't look for him to supply this sort of power very often, but his speed should have him on your radar in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Aardsma blows save chance against Royals 08-02-2013
David Aardsma P CLE
David Aardsma blew a save chance Friday against the Royals. Aardsma was called on for the save with Bobby Parnell sidelined due to neck stiffness, but after inheriting a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, he proceeded to load the bases before giving up a game-tying sacrifice fly to Lorenzo Cain. The Mets eventually won the game in the 11th inning. Aardsma has been very solid since coming up from the minors, but he looked a little amped up for the chance at his first save since 2010. With Parnell potentially out for the entire weekend, he might get another opportunity soon.
Gee handed tough-luck no-decision 08-02-2013
Dillon Gee P NYM
Dillon Gee surrendered one run over seven-plus innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday. Gee held the Royals to just three hits (all of them singles) and two walks while fanning four batters. The lone run scored after he issued a leadoff walk to begin the top of the eighth inning and was pulled from the ballgame. David Aardsma eventually blew his chance at the victory in the ninth. Gee's ERA now sits under 4.00 (3.97) for the first time since April 4.
Davis gives up two runs in no-decision 08-02-2013
Wade Davis P KC
Wade Davis yielded two runs over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Mets. Davis gave up eight hits on the night, but the only damage was a two-run homer by David Wright in the first inning. He struck out five and walked none. After being hammered for 12 runs (10 earned) in 7 2/3 innings over two starts, Davis has now turned in back-to-back solid outings. However, he still owns an ugly 5.42 ERA on the year and can't be trusted in most fantasy leagues.
Alcides Escobar hittless in loss to Mets 08-02-2013
Alcides Escobar SS KC
Alcides Escobar went 0-for-4 with a walk in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Mets. The loss snapped the Royals' winning streak at nine games. Escobar is hitting just .170 since the start of July while Friday's walk was just his 15th of the season. He can't use his speed if he isn't getting on base, so it's tough to justify starting him in most mixed leagues right now.
Avisail Garcia impressive in first AAA start 08-02-2013
Avisail Garcia RF CWS
Avisail Garcia made a very strong impression on his new employer during his first start with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, going 3-for-4 with a homer and

Charlotte Knights on Twitter
The 22-year-old outfielder who was acquired on Wednesday in the Jake Peavy trade is now hitting .411 (58-for-141) with six homers and 27 RBI in 34 games at the Triple-A level this season. He should see time with the White Sox before the end of the season.
Alex Cobb to pitch rehab game on Saturday 08-02-2013
Alex Cobb P TB
Alex Cobb (concussion, blister) is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start with Class-A Charlotte on Saturday.

Rays.mlb.com
Cobb is fully recovered from his concussion, but a nagging blister on his right index finger has thrown a wrench into his rehab plans. He'll be limited to 65 pitches or four innings on Saturday, whichever comes first. He'll need two or three rehab starts before rejoining the Rays' rotation in mid-August.
Miguel Sano sits due to tight hamstring 08-02-2013
Miguel Sano 3B MIN
Miguel Sano did not play for Double-A New Britain on Friday due to a tight hamstring.

LaVelle Neal on Twitter
Sano has continued to display his impressive power in 41 games since his promotion to Double-A, but has struggled to make consistent contact. He's hitting .230/.344/.533 with 10 long balls, 32 RBI and a 42/23 K/BB ratio since the promotion. The injury isn't expected to be serious or sideline him for any significant amount of time.
Johnson notches another mulit-hit game 08-02-2013
Chris Johnson 3B ATL
Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 6-4 win over the Phillies. Johnson now has eight consecutive multi-hit games, which ties a franchise record. He's the first Braves' player to do it since Hank Aaron in 1959. With a .347 batting average, Johnson has opened up a nice lead over Yadier Molina (.330) and Michael Cuddyer (.329) for the NL batting crown.
Medlen goes six innings in win over Phillies 08-02-2013
Kris Medlen P ATL
Kris Medlen gave up four runs over six innings Friday in a win over the Phillies. Medlen gave up three homers, but fortunately for him, they were all solo shots. He struck out eight and walked just one batter in the victory and now owns a 3.85 ERA on the year. While there's a chance he could be moved to the bullpen when Paul Maholm comes off the disabled list, he currently lines up for a start against the Nationals next week.
Ethan Martin struggles in debut vs. Braves 08-02-2013
Ethan Martin P PHI
Ethan Martin struggled in his major league debut Friday against the Braves, giving up six runs over 4 1/3 innings. Martin held the Braves to one run over the first four innings, but things unraveled for him in the fifth, as he gave up an RBI single to Justin Upton and back-to-back homers to Brian McCann and Chris Johnson. The final run scored after he was removed for Luis Garcia. The rookie right-hander struck out six and walked three in the loss. He figures to stick in the rotation for now, but most fantasy owners can afford to wait and see.
Young has three hits, homer in loss to Braves 08-02-2013
Delmon Young LF BAL
Delmon Young went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in a loss to the Braves on Friday. Young had half of the Phillies' hits on the night. The home run was his eighth of the season and his first since June 26. While the 27-year-old outfielder got off to a really slow start this season, he's hitting .336 over his last 31 games. Still, he's only an option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Wright leaves after aggravating hamstring 08-02-2013
David Wright 3B NYM
David Wright was removed from Friday's game against the Royals after apparently aggravating his hamstring injury.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
Wright has been battling a tweaked right hamstring since Wednesday and it appears to have acted up on him. The Mets initially declared the injury just a cramp and something he could play through, but it's likely a bit more serious if he had to be removed from the game. No word yet on the potential timetable for his absence, but he could be looking at a stint on the disabled list.
Lucas Duda homers, plates 3 in rehab game 08-02-2013
Lucas Duda 1B NYM
Lucas Duda homered and drove home three runs during his most recent rehab game with Class-A St. Lucie on Friday.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
By all accounts Duda is getting close to a return to the Mets, and should return to the Mets' lineup within the next week. He'll return to a .235/.353/.438 line with 11 homers and 23 RBI in his first 68 games.
Daniel Descalso homers twice in rout of Reds 08-02-2013
Daniel Descalso 2B STL
Daniel Descalso socked a pair of solo homers and scored three runs, leading the Cardinals in a 13-3 rout over the Reds on Friday. Descalso finished the night 3-for-5. He's now hitting .265/.321/.423 on the season with five homers and 29 RBI in 196 at-bats. His multi-position eligibility makes him a fine middle infield option in NL-only leagues.
Ross homers, knocks in three runs vs. Red Sox 08-02-2013
Cody Ross LF ARZ
Cody Ross had a big night against his former team on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in a 7-6 win over the Red Sox. After expressing frustration about offseason negotiations with the Red Sox earlier in the day, Ross did all the talking with his bat in this one. He had an RBI single in the third inning, a run-scoring double in the fifth, and a solo homer in the seventh. The 32-year-old has been very productive since the start of July, but he's best utilized against left-handed starters in fantasy leagues.
Delgado goes six innings in victory vs. BoSox 08-02-2013
Randall Delgado P ARZ
Randall Delgado notched his third straight victory Friday, despite allowing a season-high six runs (four earned) over six innings against the Red Sox. He is offense to thank for this one, as the Red Sox knocked him around pretty good, including two-run homers by David Ortiz and Stephen Drew. The Red Sox are a tough matchup for anyone right now, so the hiccup was understandable. He'll have a good chance to bounce back when he faces the Mets at home next week.
Lester knocked around for six runs in loss 08-02-2013
Jon Lester P OAK
Jon Lester was tagged for six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday. So much for his recent progress. Lester gave up a season-high 11 hits (including a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt) while walking none and fanning six batters. It was his shortest outing of the season. Now the owner of a 4.52 ERA, he'll attempt to bounce back next week when he gets a promising matchup against the Astros in Houston.
Drew homers, drives in three in loss to AZ 08-02-2013
Stephen Drew SS NYY
Stephen Drew went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks. The three RBI matched a season-high. Drew has begun to show some signs of life recently, hitting .301 (22-for-73) with 11 extra-base hits (three home runs) and 13 RBI over his last 21 games. He might be worth a look for those bracing for the loss of Jhonny Peralta or Everth Cabrera in fantasy leagues.
Bumgarner strikes out 11 in win over Rays 08-02-2013
Madison Bumgarner P SF
Madison Bumgarner notched his 11th victory Friday by tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Rays. Bumgarner matched a season-high with 11 strikeouts in the victory. The southpaw scattered seven hits while issuing three walks. He has now allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine straight starts and has gone at least seven innings in all of them. He'll bring a 2.69 ERA into a start against the Brewers next week at home.
Archer gives up four runs in loss to Giants 08-02-2013
Chris Archer P TB
Chris Archer gave up four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Giants on Friday. After allowing just three earned runs combined over his five July starts, Archer went out and gave up four runs in his first start in August. That's baseball for you. The rookie right-hander held the Giants to one run over his first six innings before giving up an RBI triple to Brandon Belt and a two-run homer to Brandon Crawford in the seventh. His ERA jumped from 2.39 to 2.65 in the loss. He'll get the red-hot Dodgers on the road next week.
Belt has big night in win over Rays 08-02-2013
Brandon Belt 1B SF
Brandon Belt went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Rays. Making his first start since Sunday, Belt finished a double short of the cycle. The home run was his 11th of the season and his first since July 13. The 25-year-old has struggled a bit recently, but he has more long-term upside than Brett Pill and a night like this should function as a reminder for Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
Shelby Miller fans eight, earns 11th victory 08-02-2013
Shelby Miller P STL
Shelby Miller racked up eight strikeouts en route to his 11th victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Reds to three runs on five hits over his five innings of work. Miller also issued three free passes in the game. The 22-year-old is another of the impressive young hurlers in the National League this season, compiling a 2.89 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 132/35 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings. He'll head in search of his 12th victory when he does battle against the Dodgers at home on Wednesday.
Zobrist has RBI single in loss to Giants 08-02-2013
Ben Zobrist 2B TB
Ben Zobrist finished 2-for-3 with an RBI single in a loss to the Giants on Friday. Zobrist's run-scoring single in the third inning was the only offense of the day for the Rays. The 32-year-old has three straight multi-hit games and is hitting a cool .408 (20-for-49) over his last 12 contests.
Joey Votto blasts three-run homer in loss 08-02-2013
Joey Votto 1B CIN
Joey Votto blasted a three-run homer, accounting for all of the Reds' offense in Friday's loss to the Cardinals. Votto reached all four times in the game, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, outside of him though the rest of the Reds' offense managed just four singles and a walk against Shelby Miller and company. Votto is in the midst of another outstanding season, hitting .319/.433/.520 with 18 homers and 53 RBI.
Bronson Arroyo hammered in loss to Cardinals 08-02-2013
Bronson Arroyo P ARZ
Bronson Arroyo was hammered in Friday's loss to the Cardinals, surrendering seven runs on eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings. Arroyo struck out five and walked one in the game. When he's on his game, he can be an extremely effective pitcher, but has always been prone to the occasional blow-up, and this marks the second time in his last seven starts that he's allowed seven runs. He'll look to get back on track when he takes on the Padres at home on Friday.
Tulowitzki homers, plates two to lead Rockies 08-02-2013
Troy Tulowitzki SS COL
Troy Tulowitzki homered and drove home a pair of runs, powering the Rockies to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates on Friday evening. Tulowitzki finished the night 2-for-3 with a double, walk and a pair of runs scored as well. Injuries have limited him to only 79 games on the season, but he's been a monster when he's in the lineup, hitting a blistering .324/.388/.599 with 20 homers and 61 RBI. Fantasy owners can stomach the disappointment of Tulo only swiping one base on the season, with his other numbers being so strong.
Rex Brothers secures eighth save of season 08-02-2013
Rex Brothers P COL
Rex Brothers surrendered a run on two hits against the Pirates on Friday, but still managed to secure his eighth save of the season. Brothers allowed an RBI double to Pedro Alvarez, but was able to pitch his way around any further damage. He owns an outstanding 1.39 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 46/22 K/BB ratio through 45 1/3 innings on the season. With as well as he's pitched, it seems possible he'll remain in the closer's role for the remainder of the season, even after Rafael Betancourt returns from the DL.
Jhoulys Chacin outstanding in win over Buccos 08-02-2013
Jhoulys Chacin P COL
Jhoulys Chacin pitched an outstanding ballgame in Friday's victory over the Pirates, surrendering just one run on six hits over his eight innings. Chacin fanned three without walking a batter in the game. An RBI double by Andrew McCutchen in the third inning was the extent of the damage against him. Despite pitching his home games in Colorado, the 25-year-old has been terrific for the Rockies this season, posting a 10-5 record, 3.40 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. His next time out he'll draw the Mets in New York on Thursday.
McCutchen doubles twice in loss to Rockies 08-02-2013
Andrew McCutchen CF PIT
Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Rockies. He also scored a run in the ballgame. The 26-year-old outfielder remains one of the most dynamic offensive players in the league, hitting .301/.371/.494 with 15 homers, 60 RBI and 21 stolen bases on the year.
Gerrit Cole fans six in loss to Rockies 08-02-2013
Gerrit Cole P PIT
Gerrit Cole struck out six, but was handed his fifth loss of the season on Friday after surrendering three runs on three hits and a pair of walks over 5 1/3 innings against the Rockies. Troy Tulowitzki tagged him for a solo homer in the second inning, and added an RBI single in their two-run uprising in the sixth that chased Cole from the game. The studly young right-hander now sits at 5-5 on the season with a 3.69 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 43/14 K/BB ratio through 61 innings. He'll draw the Marlins next at home on Thursday.
Chris Davis launches 40th home run in victory 08-02-2013
Chris Davis 1B BAL
Chris Davis launched his 40th home run of the season in Friday's 11-8 win over the Mariners. It was a long blast beyond the right field fence which landed on Eutaw Street. Davis is the fifth player in team history to reach the 40-homer mark in a season, joining Brady Anderson, Frank Robinson, Jim Gentile, and Rafael Palmeiro. After going homerless in 10 straight games, he has gone deep three times in his last four.
Tillman notches 14th victory of season 08-02-2013
Chris Tillman P BAL
Chris Tillman allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Mariners on Friday. Tillman walked away with his 14th victory of the season, but it wasn't pretty. He gave up eight hits (including two homers) and walked three batters. The six runs allowed matched a season-high. Tillman will carry a 3.89 ERA into a start against the Giants next week in San Francisco.
Harang hammered for seven runs in loss 08-02-2013
Aaron Harang P ATL
Aaron Harang was blasted for seven runs in five innings in a loss to the Orioles. Harang was touched up for seven hits, including a pair of home runs. This was the fourth time this season that he allowed at least seven earned runs in a start. After getting his ERA under 5.00 for the first time this season after his last start, it's now back up to 5.27 on the year. He'll get the Blue Jays next at home.
Logan Morrison plates four to lead Marlins 08-02-2013
Logan Morrison 1B SEA
Logan Morrison went 4-for-5 and plated four runs on Friday, powering the Marlins to a 10-0 victory over the Indians. Morrison also scored a pair of runs in the game. He got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first inning, added an RBI single in the second and capped it off with a two-run triple in the eighth inning. He's been a potent bat in the middle of the Marlins lineup since returning from the DL, hitting .273/.364/.455 with four homers and 17 RBI in 37 games.
McLouth connects for grand slam in victory 08-02-2013
Nate McLouth LF WAS
Nate McLouth went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and two runs scored in a slugfest victory over the Mariners on Friday. It was his first home run since June 30. McLouth is now hitting .358 (19-for-53) over his last 13 games. Oddly, while the 31-year-old had 24 stolen bases through his first 62 games this season, he's just 1-for-3 in stolen base attempts over his last 36 games.
Morales has four hits, homer in loss to O's 08-02-2013
Kendrys Morales 1B SEA
Kendrys Morales finished 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Friday against the Orioles. Morales had an RBI single in the top of the third inning and solo homer in the eighth. With 13 hits in his last 17 at-bats, he has raised his batting average from .278 to .298 in the space of just four games. The 30-year-old is due to a be a free agent this winter, so it's a wonder why the Mariners weren't more aggressive about moving him before this week's trade deadline.
Jose Fernandez fans career-high 14 in win 08-02-2013
Jose Fernandez P MIA
Jose Fernandez delivered an absolutely dominating performance in Friday's victory over the Indians, striking out a career-high 14 over eight shutout innings. He limited the Tribe to just three hits and a walk during the impressive effort. Fernandez became the first major league hurler to fan 13 or more batters in consecutive starts since Randy Johnson did so in 2004. The 21-year-old phenom now owns a remarkable 2.54 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 138/43 K/BB ratio in 127 2/3 innings on the season, and appears to be getting stronger as the season wears on. He'll look to continue his impressive run when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Asdrubal Cabrera has rough night in loss 08-02-2013
Asdrubal Cabrera SS WAS
Asdrubal Cabrera had a rough night in Friday's loss to the Marlins, going 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, and also making a defensive miscue that led to three unearned runs. The Tribe's cleanup hitter has been a bit of a disappointment this season, hitting .246/.301/.401 with eight homers, 41 RBI and seven steals. Typically prone to slow second halves, Cabrera is just 12-for-58 (.207) with one homer since the All-Star break.
Ubaldo Jimenez struggles in loss to Marlins 08-02-2013
Ubaldo Jimenez P BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez struggled in a losing effort against the Marlins on Friday, surrendering five runs (two earned) on nine hits over four innings. Jimenez walked two and struck out four on the night. He was greeted with three unearned runs in the first inning thanks to an error by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He will carry a 4.18 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 110/62 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's divisional battle against the Tigers in Detroit.
Jackson's homer powers Tigers to 6th straight 08-02-2013
Austin Jackson CF SEA
Austin Jackson's solo homer in the fifth inning on Friday, proved to be the difference in leading the Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the White Sox, their sixth straight win. Jackson finished the evening 1-for-4. It's a nice start to the month of August for him, as he's coming off a rough .223/.273/.366 month of July where he homered twice and owned an 8/34 BB/K ratio. The 26-year-old outfielder is hitting .266/.339/.396 with seven homers, 26 RBI and six swipes on the season.
Joaquin Benoit slams door on White Sox 08-02-2013
Joaquin Benoit P SD
Joaquin Benoit slammed the door on the White Sox on Friday, protecting a one-run advantage and earning his 11th save of the season. He allowed a two-out walk to Alex Rios, but was able to get Adam Dunn to ground out to end the proceedings. He's been lights-out in the closer role for the Tigers, posting a 1.43 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 52/13 K/BB ratio in 44 innings on the season.
Fister shuts down White Sox, earns 10th win 08-02-2013
Doug Fister P WAS
Doug Fister earned his 10th win of the season on Friday, limiting the White Sox to one run on seven hits over eight strong innings of work. Fister walked two and showed impeccable command by not walking a batter in the game. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Alex Rios in the sixth inning. He's been terrific over his last four starts, posting a 0.86 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over his last four starts, spanning 28 innings. He'll look to extend that dominance when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Gorzelanny leaves game with elbow contusion 08-02-2013
Tom Gorzelanny P MLW
Tom Gorzelanny was removed from his start on Friday after just four batters, after taking a Jayson Werth line drive off of his throwing elbow.

Mike Vassallo on Twitter
The good news is that X-rays came back negative, so it seems likely that Gorzelanny will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Alfredo Figaro replaced him in the game, and would likely fill in if Gorzelanny does have to miss a start.
Alex Rios swipes 23rd base in losing effort 08-02-2013
Alex Rios RF TEX
Alex Rios had a nice day at the dish in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-3 with a walk, the team's lone RBI and his 23rd stolen base of the season. A very popular name in trade rumors leading up to Wednsday's deadline, Rios should now be able to settle in and focus on baseball for the remainder of the season now that he knows he'll remain in Chicago. He owns a .275/.327/.426 line on the season with 12 homers and 51 RBI to go along with the impressive speed.
Hector Santiago fans seven in loss to Tigers 08-02-2013
Hector Santiago P LAA
Hector Santiago racked up seven strikeouts in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk over his seven frames. Despite his 3-7 record, Santiago has been extremely impressive for the White Sox this season, compiling a 3.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 111/49 K/BB ratio through his 107 innings. He is winless since June 21 though, and he'll try to rectify that when he does battle against the Yankees at home on Wednesday.
Cubs designate Julio Borbon for assignment 08-02-2013
Julio Borbon CF BAL
Cubs designated OF Julio Borbon for assignment. Cubs skipper Dale Sveum wasn't happy with a baserunning mistake that Borbon made in the ninth inning of Friday's loss to the Dodgers, going as far as to say it changed the ballgame. That isn't the sole reason for his dismissal though, as he was hitting a paltry .200/.282/.276 with three RBI on the season.
Report: Dodgers place Lilly on waivers 08-02-2013
Ted Lilly P LAD
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Dodgers have placed Ted Lill on unconditional release waivers.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
This is purely a procedural move that happens to many players at this time of year, and as he's likely to go unclaimed it will give them the chance to open up trade dialogue with teams that have interest in him. The 37-year-old southpaw has posted 5.09 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 18/10 K/BB ratio in 23 innings this season.
Yasiel Puig knocks in run from cleanup spot 08-02-2013
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
Batting out of the cleanup spot, Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk Friday in the Dodgers' 6-2 victory over the Cubs. Puig has mostly been hitting second lately, but Nick Punto was there today. Incredibly, Puig has walked in five of the last six games now. He has seven walks in his last 37 at-bats, matching his total from his first 165 at-bats.
Gorzelanny leaves after being hit on wrist 08-02-2013
Tom Gorzelanny P MLW
Tom Gorzelanny was removed from Friday's start against the Nationals after being hit on the wrist by a line drive off the bat of Jayson Werth.

Amanda Comak on Twitter
Gorzelanny set the Nats down in order in the first inning. He's pitched extremely well for the Brewers this season, posting a 2.78 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 61/24 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings. He'll presumably head for X-rays, and the team should have an update on his status shortly.
Travis Wood walks five in loss to Dodgers 08-02-2013
Travis Wood P CHC
Travis Wood walked five and gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers. Wood has now walked nine in his last two starts after walking a total of 40 batters in his first 19 outings. He's definitely fading some, with just one quality start in four tries since the All-Star break, and worst of all, these early exits are costing him at-bats!
Cole Gillespie goes 3-for-5, doubles twice 08-02-2013
Cole Gillespie LF TOR
Cole Gillespie went 3-for-5 with a couple of doubles and an RBI against the Dodgers on Friday. Gillespie was hoping for a Nate Schierholtz trade to show what he can do. As is, most of his at-bats will come against lefties, so he's probably not going to have any NL-only value. His RBI today was his first since the Cubs picked him up at the All-Star break.
Tigers released Carrillo due to suspension 08-02-2013
Cesar Carrillo P HOU
Tigers released RHP Cesar Carrillo.

Associated Press
Carillo, a former college teammate of Ryan Braun, was one of the names linked to the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic and was suspended 100 games in March for violating the minor league drug program. Upon the completion of his suspension, the Tigers announced that he has been given his unconditional release. Carrillo hasn't appeared in the majors since 2009.
Alex Rodriguez blasts mammoth homer in rehab 08-02-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
Alex Rodriguez blasted a mammoth two-run homer during Friday's minor league rehab game with Double-A Trenton.

Andrew Marchand on Twitter
He even showboated a bit, stopping to admire the blast and flipping his bat before jaunting around the bases. Though he drew a roaring chorus of boos when he came to the plate in his first few at-bats, he received a significant amount of boos after the dinger. He finished the evening 1-for-2, adding a walk and a strikeout. While he's set to appeal his impending suspension, reports are that he could rejoin the Yankees on Monday.
Vance Worley resumes playing catch 08-02-2013
Vance Worley P PIT
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday that Vance Worley (elbow) has resumed playing catch without any issues.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
It's a very encouraging sign that he's able to do so without experiencing any pain. Worley, who was supposed to be an impact addition when he was acquired from the Phillies this offseason, was demoted in May and has been sidelined since July 18. He had been pitching better in recent weeks though, and could still be a candidate to return to the Twins' rotation at some point before the end of the season.
John Jaso to undergo more tests on Saturday 08-02-2013
John Jaso C OAK
John Jaso (concussion) will undergo another round of tests on Saturday in an attempt to determine a potential timetable for his return to the lineup.

Jane Lee on Twitter
Jaso was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on July 26, and has been slow to progress in his recovery since. He has yet to resume any baseball activities since suffering the injury, and may need a minor league rehab assignment before he's ready to return. Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt will continue to share the load behind the dish in his absence.
Jurickson Profar to remain in the infield 08-02-2013
Jurickson Profar 2B TEX
Rangers manager Ron Washington indicated Friday that Jurickson Profar will be used primarily in the infield, even if Nelson Cruz is suspended.

Jeff Wilson on Twitter
It seems the Rangers prefer to keep their budding star in familiar territory, rather than having him learn the outfield on the fly. Profar has seen sporadic time around the diamond this season, playing at shortstop, second base, third base and in left field. The 20-year-old is hitting .244/.316/.340 with three homers, 11 RBI and a 32/14 K/BB ratio through 156 at-bats.
Girardi says A-Rod could join team Monday 08-02-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
Joe Girardi indicated on Friday that it's "possible" embattled third baseman Alex Rodriguez could rejoin the Yankees on Monday.

Andy McCullough on Twitter
While it's certainly in the realm of possibility, it seems like an unlikely scenario. According to reports, Rodriguez is facing a potential lifetime ban from baseball, but still plans to refuse a deal and challenge his pending suspension before an arbitrator.
Jordany Valdespin suspended for role in brawl 08-02-2013
Jordany Valdespin 2B MIA
Jordany Valdespin was issued a three-game suspension at Triple-A Las Vegas for his role in a bench-clearing incident on Monday.

Metsblog.com
Valdespin, who has had plenty of immaturity and insubordination issues in the past, was showboating after homering in the night-cap of a doubleheader. Later in the game, the opposing pitcher threw at him, hitting Valdespin in the hand. Valdespin's teammate retaliated by throwing at Grant Green the following inning, and a bench-clearing incident led to shoving and screaming, with Valdespin right in the middle of it.
Yankees designate Neal for assignment 08-02-2013
Thomas Neal RF CIN
Yankees designated OF Thomas Neal for assignment. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Curtis Granderson who is returning from the DL. Provided he passes through waivers unclaimed, he could return to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve as organizational depth.
Yanks option OF Mesa to Triple-A 08-02-2013
Melky Mesa CF KC
Yankees optioned OF Melky Mesa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Mesa will head back down to the minors now that Curtis Granderson is ready to come off the DL. The 26-year-old went 5-for-13 (.385) with two doubles and one RBI during his brief stint with the big club.
Yankees activate Curtis Granderson from DL 08-02-2013
Curtis Granderson RF NYM
Yankees activated OF Curtis Granderson from the 60-day disabled list. Granderson, out since May 24 with a broken left pinkie finger, will bat fifth and play left field in his return Friday night against the Padres. The 32-year-old outfielder has been limited to just eight games this season, but he's hoping for a little more luck on the health front the rest of the way. Get him back in your fantasy lineups.
Ohlendorf won't pitch this weekend 08-02-2013
Ross Ohlendorf P WAS
Ross Ohlendorf will be unavailable this weekend.

Amanda Comak on Twitter
This comes on the heels of Ohlendorf struggling with his velocity during a relief appearance on Wednesday. It's not a major concern, but he might be dealing with some inflammation in his arm.
Orioles activate RHP Johnson from 15-day DL 08-02-2013
Steve Johnson P BAL
Orioles activated RHP Steve Johnson from the 15-day disabled list. He'll take the roster spot of Brian Roberts, who was placed on the paternity leave list. Johnson has been sidelined for nearly two months with a strained oblique.
Miggy (abdominal) felt discomfort running 08-02-2013
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
The Tigers announced that Miguel Cabrera (abdominal) was scratched from Friday's lineup after he felt discomfort during pre-game running.

Jason Beck on Twitter
Cabrera sat out Wednesday and the Tigers had a scheduled day-off Thursday, but there still doesn't seem to be much improvement. They'll likely try to wait as long as possible before considering a stint on the disabled list.
Oberholtzer to start Monday against Red Sox 08-02-2013
Brett Oberholtzer P HOU
Brett Oberholtzer will start Monday against the Red Sox.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
As expected, Lucas Harrell will head back to the bullpen. Oberholtzer is worthy of the opportunity, as he tossed seven shutout innings in Wednesday's win over the Orioles. It will be tough to trust him against Boston, but the southpaw is worth a flier in some AL-only leagues.
Rangers option OF Beltre to Triple-A 08-02-2013
Engel Beltre CF TEX
Rangers optioned OF Engel Beltre to Triple-A Round Rock. The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Adam Rosales on the active roster. Beltre is hitting .300 (9-for-30) with a double and two RBI in 13 games with the Rangers this season.
Quentin (knee) not in Friday's lineup 08-02-2013
Carlos Quentin LF SD
Carlos Quentin (knee) is not in Friday's lineup against the Yankees.

Corey Brock on Twitter
Padres manager Bud Black was hoping that Quentin would feel better after two days off, but his right knee is still an issue. Jesus Guzman will start in left field Friday.
Schafer (ankle) to begin rehab stint Sat. 08-02-2013
Jordan Schafer LF MIN
Jordan Schafer (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Gwinnett.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Schafer is actually already with the team, but he's just working out on Friday. Barring any setbacks, the 26-year-old outfielder could return to the Braves sometime next week. He has been working his way back from a stress fracture in his right foot.
Biogenesis players face Sun. deadline w/ MLB 08-02-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, those players connected to Biogenesis face a 6 p.m. ET deadline on Sunday to settle their cases with MLB.

Ken Davidoff on Twitter
Once that deadline passes, MLB will reportedly make two announcements on Monday: In one, they'll announce suspensions for players who have accepted penalties. The other will announce suspensions for players who refused to accept a deal and could challenge the decision before an arbitrator. Alex Rodriguez could potentially face a lifetime ban, but reports indicate that he is prepared to challenge through arbitration. Among the other players involved include Rangers' outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers' shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and Padres' shortstop Everth Cabrera, all of whom are expected to receive 50-game suspensions.
CarGo (finger) not in Friday's lineup vs. PIT 08-02-2013
Carlos Gonzalez LF COL
Carlos Gonzalez (finger) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again Friday against the Pirates.

Troy Renck on Twitter
CarGo hasn't played since he aggravated his sprained right middle finger on Wednesday. The Rockies are calling him day-to-day for now, but there's a chance he could return Saturday.
Cuddyer out of lineup again Friday 08-02-2013
Michael Cuddyer RF COL
Michael Cuddyer is out of the Rockies' starting lineup for the second straight day Friday.

Troy Renck on Twitter
Cuddyer is currently away from the team due to a family issue. He's expected to return Saturday.
Moscoso to start Sunday vs. Rays 08-02-2013
Guillermo Moscoso P SF
Guillermo Moscoso will start Sunday against the Rays.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
He'll take the rotation spot of Barry Zito, who has been moved to the bullpen. Moscosco, who was acquired from the Cubs last week, owns a 4.19 ERA over 24 starts and 34 relief appearances in the majors. He's not to be trusted in fantasy leagues.
Zito officially pulled from Giants' rotation 08-02-2013
Barry Zito P SF
Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Friday that Barry Zito has been pulled from the starting rotation.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
That's been the assumption for a couple of days now, but Bochy finally acknowledged that Zito will pitch out of the bullpen while Guillermo Moscosco will start Sunday against the Rays. He's weighing the possibility of a six-man rotation later this year, so he hasn't committed to how long Zito will be in the bullpen. "For how long, I couldn't tell you," said Bochy. "It was time for a change." Zito owns a 5.09 ERA in 21 starts this season.
Aardsma to close with Parnell (neck) out 08-02-2013
David Aardsma P CLE
Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that David Aardsma will close while Bobby Parnell (neck) is sidelined.

Jorge Castillo on Twitter
Some speculated on LaTroy Hawkins as a potential fill-in option, but Collins would prefer to keep him in the eighth inning. Parnell could miss the entire weekend, so Aardsma makes for a good short-term option in most fantasy formats.
Wilhelmsen out as Mariners' closer for now 08-02-2013
Tom Wilhelmsen P SEA
Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson said Friday that Tom Wilhelmsen is out as closer for the time being.

Geoff Baker on Twitter
Wilhelmsen imploded in epic fashion Thursday night against the Red Sox, throwing just seven out of 19 pitches for strikes while allowing two hits and two walks. It's worth noting that he was pitching pretty well prior to Thursday's outing, but Thompson plans to look elsewhere in the short-term. Yoervis Medina is probably the favorite for save chances right now.
Mark Ellis ejected from Friday's game 08-02-2013
Mark Ellis 2B STL
Mark Ellis was ejected from Friday's game against the Cubs in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Dylan Hernandez on Twitter
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was also ejected. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a strikeout before getting tossed.
B.J. Upton (groin) could be activated Sat. 08-02-2013
B.J. Upton CF ATL
B.J. Upton (groin) could be activated from the disabled list Saturday.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Upton, out since July 12 with a strained right adductor muscle, is 3-for-7 with two doubles and two RBI over his first two rehab games with Triple-A Gwinnett. He's expected to play another game tonight, but should return Saturday if there are no issues.
Mets call up LHP Feliciano from Triple-A 08-02-2013
Pedro Feliciano P NYM
Mets purchased the contract of LHP Pedro Feliciano from Triple-A Las Vegas. He'll replace the injured Josh Edgin on the active roster. Bothered by shoulder problems, this will be Feliciano's first stint in the majors since 2010 as a member of the Mets. The 36-year-old southpaw had a 1.29 ERA and 19/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings in the minors, but he has reportedly struggled with his velocity.
Astros list Oberholtzer as starting pitcher 08-02-2013
Brett Oberholtzer P HOU
The Astros have listed Brett Oberholtzer as a starting pitcher.

Brian T. Smith on Twitter
Meanwhile, Lucas Harrell is listed as a reliever. While there's nothing official yet, this would seem to indicate that Oberholtzer will get an extended chance in the rotation. It's worth a shot, as the 24-year-old southpaw tossed seven scoreless innings in Wednesday's win over the Orioles.
Miguel Cabrera (abdominal) out again Friday 08-02-2013
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
Miguel Cabrera (abdominal) was scratched from Friday's lineup against the White Sox.

Chris Iott on Twitter
Cabrera was in the original lineup, but his abdominal injury is apparently still an issue even after he sat Wednesday's game and had a scheduled off-day on Thursday. Jose Iglesias will take his place at third base while Ramon Santiago will play second.
Altuve (quad) out of lineup again Friday 08-02-2013
Jose Altuve 2B HOU
Jose Altuve (quad) is out of the Astros' lineup again Friday against the Twins.

Brian T. Smith on Twitter
Altuve began feeling left quad tightness over the weekend and will now miss a second straight game. However, he's confident he'll avoid the disabled list, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Choo (ankle) back in Friday's lineup 08-02-2013
Shin-Soo Choo LF TEX
Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) is back in Friday's lineup against the Cardinals.

C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter
Choo sprained his ankle during Sunday's game, but is feeling much better after getting a rest through Wednesday and Thursday. He's batting leadoff against Shelby Miller on Friday while Derrick Robinson will bat second.
Pirates promote Jameson Taillon to Triple-A 08-02-2013
Jameson Taillon P PIT
The Pirates are promoting prospect right-hander Jameson Taillon to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Cory Giger on Twitter
Taillon, the No. 2 overall pick in 2010, earned the promotion after posting a 3.67 ERA and 106/36 K/BB ratio over 110 1/3 innings in 19 starts and one relief appearance this season with Double-A Altoona. There's an outside chance the Pirates could bring him up in September, but he'll likely follow a similar to Gerrit Cole and come up next June.
Josh Reddick back in Friday's lineup 08-02-2013
Josh Reddick RF OAK
Josh Reddick is back in Friday's lineup against the Rangers.

Oakland Athletics on Twitter
Reddick sat out Wednesday's game after taking a knee to the head during an outfield collision on Tuesday, but it was never a major concern. He's batting seventh against right-hander Alexi Ogando.
Cliff Lee (neck) to return Sunday vs. Braves 08-02-2013
Cliff Lee P PHI
Cliff Lee (neck) will make his next start Sunday against the Braves.

Jim Salisbury on Twitter
Lee hasn't pitched since July 21 due to a stiff neck, but he has felt much better in recent days. The veteran southpaw owns a 3.05 ERA over 20 starts this season.
Lannan to start Saturday vs. Braves 08-02-2013
John Lannan P NYM
John Lannan will start Saturday against the Braves.

Jim Salisbury on Twitter
Lannan will be making the start on three days' rest, as Cliff Lee (neck) is expected to return to action on Sunday. He isn't a recommended option in most fantasy leagues.
Edgin lands on DL with stress fracture in rib 08-02-2013
Josh Edgin P NYM
Mets placed LHP Josh Edgin on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 30, with a stress fracture in his ribs. Tough break for Edgin, who had a 0.93 ERA in 23 appearances since returning from the minors in June. No word yet on how long he'll be sidelined. The Mets haven't announce a corresponding move.
Parnell (neck) out Friday and Saturday 08-02-2013
Bobby Parnell P NYM
Bobby Parnell (neck) will be unavailable Friday and Saturday against the Royals.

Jorge Castillo on Twitter
Parnell hasn't pitched since Tuesday due to a stiff neck. He was given medication after seeing a doctor and is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Monday. There's a chance he could pitch Sunday if he makes progress, but fantasy owners shouldn't count on him this weekend. Mets manager Terry Collins figures to play the matchups during his absence, with LaTroy Hawkins and David Aardsma most likely to be used in save chances.
Tigers option INF Perez to Double-A 08-02-2013
Hernan Perez 2B DET
Tigers optioned INF Hernan Perez to Double-A Erie. The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Jose Iglesias on the active roster. Perez is hitting .278 (10-for-36) with one triple and five RBI in 14 games with the Tigers this season.
Brandon Belt in Friday's lineup vs. Rays 08-02-2013
Brandon Belt 1B SF
Brandon Belt is in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Rays.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
This will be Belt's first start since Sunday. The 25-year-old hit just .225 with two home runs and 28 strikeouts in 71 at-bats in July.
Ross says Red Sox GM Cherington dishonest 08-02-2013
Cody Ross LF ARZ
Cody Ross said Red Sox GM Ben Cherington "lied to my face."

WEEI.com
"They told me that they didn't want to sign guys to long-term deals, and then they gave [Shane] Victorino a three-year deal, and then [Mike] Napoli a three-year deal or four-year deal, whatever it was [later shortened to a one-year deal after health issues popped up]," Ross said. "So, basically they lied to my face. At that point, I kind of got a bad taste in my mouth and wanted to move on, and that was it." The guess here is that Cherington never had any intention of offering Ross a long-term deal and said what he could to appease the veteran outfielder and allow him to move on. In any case, it's never a good look to air dirty laundry to the local media the first time a player returns to his former city.
Helton returns to Rockies' lineup 08-02-2013
Todd Helton 1B COL
Todd Helton returned to the Rockies' lineup on Friday.

Thomas Harding on Twitter
He's batting fifth and playing first base. The 39-year-old is slashing .261/.328 /.394 with seven homers through 271 plate appearances.
Estrada (hamstring) begins rehab at Triple-A 08-02-2013
Marco Estrada P MLW
Marco Estrada (hamstring) has been sent to Triple-A Nashville on a rehab assignment. Estrada, on the DL since June 4 with a strained left hamstring, has dealt with multiple setbacks. Assuming he can avoid re-aggravating his injury, Estrada should be cleared to return to the Brewers' rotation after 3-4 rehab appearances.
Phillies purchase contract of RHP Miner 08-02-2013
Zach Miner P SEA
Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Zach Miner from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Remember him? The 29-year-old right-hander spent 2006-'09 with the Tigers, posting a decent 4.24 ERA over 357 innings. Unfortunately, Miner missed all of the 2010 season following Tommy John surgery and has been working his way back ever since. Miner was 5-6 with a 3.90 ERA in 12 starts and 15 relief appearances on the farm. He'll function as a bullpen arm in Philly.
Phillies DFA RHP J.C. Ramirez 08-02-2013
J.C. Ramirez P CLE
Phillies designated RHP J.C. Ramirez for assignment. The club could no longer tolerate Ramirez's 7.43 ERA. Ramirez, who was acquired from the Mariners in the Cliff Lee deal, cleared waivers after being designated for assignment in January. We expect him to do so again.
Report: OF Cabrera placed on waivers 08-02-2013
Melky Cabrera LF TOR
Toronto's Melky Cabrera, Seattle's Aaron Harang, Milwaukee's Mike Gonzalez and Miami's Placido Polanco were all placed on waivers Friday, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.

Nick Cafardo on Twitter
It's that time of year. Most players in baseball that reside on 40-man rosters will be waived this month. It's merely a procedural move: If a player clears waivers, his organization can trade him to any other team. If a player is claimed, his parent club can either pull him off waivers, let the claiming team take his contract, or work out a trade with the claiming team.
Pirates option Black to Triple-A Indianapolis 08-02-2013
Vic Black P NYM
Pirates optioned RHP Vic Black to Triple-A Indianapolis. Black allowed two runs over four innings in his brief stint with the Buccos. The 25-year-old returns to a 2.31 ERA and 51/13 K/BB ratio over 35 innings of relief at Triple-A. Expect to see him back with the parent club next month.
Pirates activate Hughes from 15-day DL 08-02-2013
Jared Hughes P PIT
Pirates activated RHP Jared Hughes from the 15-day disabled list. He's been out since June 6 with shoulder inflammation. Hughes has a 4.96 ERA over 16 1/3 innings this year. He'll return to a middle relief role.
Phillies place Pettibone (shoulder) on DL 08-02-2013
Jonathan Pettibone P PHI
Phillies placed LHP Jonathan Pettibone on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 29, with a right shoulder strain. Pettibone was experiencing dead arm and the Phillies chose to give him some time off and promote Ethan Martin. In his last start, on Sunday, Pettibone surrendered three runs on seven hits over five innings in a loss to the Tigers. The rookie left-hander has allowed exactly three earned runs apiece in his last three starts. Pettibone is 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. He should be ready to return in mid-August.
Rangers claim Rosales off waivers from A's 08-02-2013
Adam Rosales 3B TEX
Rangers claimed INF Adam Rosales off waivers from the Athletics. Rosales, a fan favorite in Oakland, was sent packing by the A's after batting just .193 with four homers and a .587 OPS over 50 games this year. Texas will need to make a corresponding move to make room for Rosales on the 25-man roster. One possibility is demoting Jurickson Profar to Triple-A until September 1. Rosales will serve as a utility man in Texas.
Report: Biogenesis penalties announced Monday 08-02-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Biogenesis suspensions will indeed be levied on Monday.

Jon Heyman
Here's what we know: Alex Rodriguez has thus far refused to accept a suspension through the 2014 season. If he doesn't acquiesce over the weekend, meaning A-Rod can fight any penalty handed down by MLB, baseball will either banish him for life or suspend him through next season. Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz and San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera (amongst others) are expected to receive 50-game bans. Those suspended for 50 games on Monday would ostensibly be available to return for the postseason.
Mastroianni (ankle) to begin rehab assignment 08-02-2013
Darin Mastroianni RF TOR
Darin Mastroianni (ankle) has been sent to the Twins' spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Mastroianni initially hurt his ankle on March 25, and Minnesota's medical staff, in its infinite wisdom, prescribed a short amount of rest. The speedy outfielder will DH and play five innings on Saturday for the Gulf Coast League Twins. He'll then sit on Sunday and return to the lineup on Monday. Mastroianni could potentially return to the Twins this month, but all bets are off due to the nagging nature of his malady.
Pierre won't retire after 2013 season 08-02-2013
Juan Pierre LF MIA
Juan Pierre said he won't retire when his contract expires after this season.

Miami Herald
To his credit, Pierre realizes that the decision may be out of his hands. Pierre, who will turn 36 in a few weeks, is hitting a putrid .244/.286/.299 and has started only three games since the beginning of July. "I'm not going to cry once I'm done playing," Pierre said. "They can come and take away my jersey right now, and I'll be fine. I'll be OK with it either way."
MLB offers A-Rod suspension through 2014 08-02-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
Alex Rodriguez has a standing offer from MLB for a suspension through the end of the 2014 season.

CBS Sports
Baseball seems intent on making an example out of A-Rod, and they reportedly have enough evidence on the slugger to banish him for more than one season, including an accusation that Rodriguez recruited other players to Biogenesis. A-Rod would lose about $34 million of the $95 million remaining on his contract if he were to go away for the 217 games between now and the end of next season. Almost every other player linked to Biogenesis is expected to accept a 50-game suspension by Sunday. If A-Rod refuses to agree to a penalty, reports have suggested that he could be banned for life from baseball. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, for one, would be surprised if commissioner Bud Selig levied the death penalty against a first-time PED offender.
Indians release RHP Boof Bonser 08-02-2013
Boof Bonser P SF
Indians released RHP Boof Bonser. Bonser signed in late June after he was released by the Giants. Cleveland activated Bonser from the minor league disabled list before cutting him. He posted a 6.00 ERA over 15 innings with Triple-A Columbus after logging a 5.87 ERA over 15 starts at Triple-A Fresno. This isn't the end of the road for one of baseball's best names, but the hurler who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2010 is highly unlikely to make it back.
Bourjos (wrist) takes batting practice again 08-02-2013
Peter Bourjos CF STL
Peter Bourjos (wrist) took batting practice for the second consecutive day Thursday.

Los Angeles Daily News
Everything seems to be progressing well with Bourjos' rehab. He has been on the disabled list since June 30 with a fractured right wrist. Bourjos should be activated by mid-August.
Frieri aware that closer job in jeopardy 08-02-2013
Ernesto Frieri P PIT
Ernesto Frieri knows he's fighting to save his closer's job.

Los Angeles Times
Frieri blew his second consecutive save against the Rangers Tuesday and has allowed eight runs on nine hits and four walks over his last four appearances. He's posted a dreadful 8.31 ERA and .962 opponent's OPS over 14 appearances since June 23. Scioscia indicated after Tuesday's loss that he might use a closer-by-committee moving forward, a move that could potentially give a pitcher like Dane De La Rosa save chances. "I'm gonna die standing up like a warrior," Frieri said. "I won't give up. You can write that in big letters. I won't give up."
Vargas (arm) to throw sim game on Saturday 08-02-2013
Jason Vargas P KC
Jason Vargas (arm) will throw a three-inning simulated game on Saturday.

Los Angeles Daily News
Vargas, who has been sidelined since mid-June when he underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his left armpit, could be sent out on a rehab assignment immediately afterwards if all goes well. He tossed a successful simulated game on Thursday. "The sim game will give us a better indication," skipper Mike Scioscia said. "He's going to need at least those two. We'll see where he is after that."
Myers batting .447 (17-for-38) in 2nd half 08-02-2013
Wil Myers RF TB
Wil Myers is batting .447 (17-for-38) during the second half.

Tampa Tribune
If Myers hits safely this evening, he'll tie Delmon Young's franchise record of a 13-game hitting streak as a rookie. Myers has smacked four homers over 10 game post-break, posting an insane 1.342 OPS. Tampa Bay may regret not promoting him sooner. The Rays .808 winning percentage in July was the third-best mark in that month in MLB since 1921, behind the 1941 Yankees (25-4, .862) and 1945 Cubs (26-6, .813).
Farquhar credits Blanco for new approach 08-02-2013
Danny Farquhar P SEA
Danny Farquhar credits his new approach to a pep talk from 41-year-old catcher Henry Blanco.

Seattle Times
"He was like, 'Man, with your stuff you need to start pounding hitters in," said Farquhar. "And I really took it to heart and started applying it. I think a lot of my success is due to Henry talking to me." The right-hander owned an embarrassing 7.61 ERA on July 19, but he's looked spectacular over his last five relief appearances, tossing 9 1/3 shutout innings with a 15/4 K/BB rate. He's allowed two hits and a .245 opponent's OPS in that time.
Biogenesis suspensions may come on Monday 08-02-2013
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
Major League Baseball will announce suspensions for players tied to Biogenesis no later than Monday.

National Post
Most had assumed that suspensions would be levied today, but that may not be the case. Baseball is expected to make two announcements: In one, they'll announce suspensions for players who have accepted penalties. The other will announce suspensions for players who refused to accept a deal and could challenge the declaration before an arbitrator. Alex Rodriguez, facing the stiffest penalty, possibly a life ban, is expected to be accused of recruiting athletes to Biogenesis. Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz and San Diego Everth Cabrera could all serve 50-game suspension this season and have eligibility restored prior to the postseason.
Sogard is 13-for-34 in 9-game hitting streak 08-02-2013
Eric Sogard 2B OAK
Eric Sogard has gone 13-for-34 (.382) during his current nine-game hitting streak.

Contra Costa Times
Sogard's average is up to .273 and ten of his past 20 hits have gone for extra bases, including eight doubles and two homers. He has replaced the injured John Jason in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. "Over the (All-Star) break, I just kind of wanted to hit that reset button and kind of go back to finding that spring-training swing that I had," he said. "And from the first at-bat, I've felt really comfortable, seeing the ball really well and just having fun."
Jaso (concussion) won't return this weekend 08-02-2013
John Jaso C OAK
John Jaso (concussion) doesn't believe he'll be ready for activation this weekend.

Contra Costa Times
Jaso was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on July 26 after taking a couple foul balls off the mask. "The way it looks now, I guess we'll see where we are Monday," said Jaso, who will miss a crucial three-game set against the Rangers, "and evaluate then." Jaso hasn't done any baseball drills, nor has he run, biked or thrown since suffering the injury. Once he feels well, Jason will likely need a few days extra to prepare for game conditions. Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt are currently sharing catching duties in Oakland.
Donaldson has zero RBI in the second half 08-02-2013
Josh Donaldson 3B OAK
Josh Donaldson hasn't driven in a run in the second half.

Contra Costa Times
He's hitting a weak .196/.339/.217 with one double, no homers, no RBI and four runs scored over 56 plate appearances. Conversely, Donaldson hit .310 with 16 homers and 61 RBI prior to the All-Star break. His average has dropped to .297. "I think I'm starting to get it back again," Donaldson said after he collected two hits on Wednesday.
Ventura trying to keep Konerko healthy 08-02-2013
Paul Konerko 1B CWS
White Sox manager Robin Ventura has used Paul Konerko exclusively as the designated hitter since the slugger returned from the disabled list on July 22.

Chicago Tribune
Konerko was shelved for 19 days with a lower back strain and the skipper has played it safe with him since Konerko's return. "It's just more protecting his back," said Ventura, who admitted that Konerko suffered "a little something" while running the bases earlier this week. Ventura may return Konerko to first base as early as this weekend in Detroit.
Dempster has 7.20 ERA over last four starts 08-02-2013
Ryan Dempster P BOS
Ryan Dempster has a 7.20 ERA in 20 innings over his last four starts.

Boston Herald
He's given up 21 runs -- 16 earned -- on 30 hits and 12 walks in that span. Dempster was tagged for seven runs in six innings by the Mariners on Thursday, including a fifth inning grand slam by .178-hitting backup catcher Henry Blanco. "I've just got to execute better pitches,ƒ?? Dempster said after the game. Currently 6-8 with a 4.54 ERA, Dempster isn't worth using in mixed leagues until he turns it around.
Twins recall Arcia from Triple-A 08-02-2013
Oswaldo Arcia RF MIN
Twins recalled OF Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester. The 22-year-old hit .257/.317/.408 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 53 games earlier this season with the Twins. A top prospect, Arcia should receive plenty of playing time. Scoop him up in AL-only leagues if he's available.
Braves have no timetable for Johnson's return 08-02-2013
Reed Johnson LF MIA
The Braves don't yet have a timetable for Reed Johnson's (Achilles) return.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"That's going to be one that we just have to get a feel for as he's getting better," Wren said. "We feel comfortable that he'll be back, we just don't know exactly when." Reed hit the disabled list Tuesday with left Achilles tendinitis and was replaced on the roster by outfielder Todd Cunningham.
Braves may look to waivers for bench help 08-02-2013
Ramiro Pena 2B ATL
The Braves may look to trade for a backup infielder and left-handed bench bat via a waivers trade this month.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ramiro Pena's season ended due to a torn right labrum in June. Earlier this week, Braves general manager Frank Wren was able to pull off a trade for Angels' reliever Scott Downs, who filled perhaps Atlanta's most pressing hole, but couldn't consummate a swap to fortify his bench. "I think there's a good chance (of another trade), once we have a better sense, get guys healthy, get the team functioning the way we see it functioning going forward - that's short of other injuries," Wren said. "I think we'll probably have some other activity, but all in all we're pretty happy. The club is playing as well as we've played all year long. There're a lot of positives."
Maholm (wrist) hopes to throw BP session 08-02-2013
Paul Maholm P LAD
Paul Maholm (wrist) hopes to throw a light bullpen session off the mound sometime this weekend.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Maholm is eligible to return from the disabled list on Monday, but the earliest he'd return is August 10 against Miami. "We'll see how he throws this weekend on the side and see what he needs after that," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "My thinking is he may need (to throw) some BP or a sim(ulated) game, or maybe even a couple of innings in a rehab start before we run him back out there to face live major league hitters."
Laird (kidney stone) needs a few more days 08-02-2013
Gerald Laird C ATL
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Gerald Laird (kidney stone) needs a few more days to recover.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Laird waited three days to pass the stone before Wednesday's procedure to remove it. He will not travel with the team to Philadelphia. With Brian McCann and Evan Gattis behind the dish, Atlanta has the luxury of waiting for Laird to recover without placing him on the disabled list.
Upton (groin) nearing return to Braves 08-02-2013
B.J. Upton CF ATL
B.J. Upton (groin) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored Thursday in a rehab game for Triple-A Gwinnett.

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It was the second of three games Upton is scheduled to play at Gwinnett. Upton, who has been sidelined since July 12 with a strained right adductor muscle, will be reevaluated after Friday's game. If everything checks out, he could be in Atlanta's lineup on Saturday. The Braves are 10-5 since Upton hit the shelf.
Richards goes seven innings in win over Jays 08-02-2013
Garrett Richards P LAA
Garrett Richards gave up just two runs over seven innings in an 8-2 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday. After tossing five scoreless innings in his return to the rotation last time out, Richards held the Blue Jays to just four hits and two walks while striking out four. This matched his longest outing of the season, as he went seven innings twice back in April. The young right-hander should be a solid option in AL-only leagues the rest of the way, with a start against the Rangers at home coming up next week.
Josh Johnson knocked around in loss to Angels 08-02-2013
Josh Johnson P SD
Josh Johnson was hammered for seven runs (six earned) over 2 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Angels. Ouch. Johnson gave up 10 hits and two walks while striking out just one batter. He has struggled to the tune of an 8.84 ERA over his last eight starts and has allowed five earned runs or more in each of his last four trips to the mound. Blue Jays manager John Farrell recently said that Johnson has been bothered by knee tendinitis this season, but believes that he can pitch through it. However, we've seen just about enough from a fantasy perspective.
Calhoun has big night out of leadoff spot 08-02-2013
Kole Calhoun RF LAA
Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays. Calhoun, who was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake over the weekend, was making his first career start out of the leadoff spot. And it's safe to say that Angels manager Mike Scioscia may give him another chance there soon. The 25-year-old outfielder was hitting .354/.431/.617 with 12 home runs and 10 stolen bases through 59 games this season prior to his promotion. With his on-base ability and power-speed combo, he could have some sneaky value in AL-only leagues moving forward.
Arencibia hitless in loss to Angels 08-02-2013
J.P. Arencibia C TEX
J.P. Arencibia was hitless in three at-bats in Thursday's loss to the Angels. Arencibia has just one hit in his last seven games, dropping his batting average down to .216 for the year. Meanwhile, he has just two home runs over his last 32 games. There's little reason to keep him around in single-catcher standard mixed fantasy leagues right now.
BlueJays put Melky Cabrera back on DL 08-02-2013
Melky Cabrera LF TOR
Blue Jays placed outfielder Melky Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left knee.

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Rajai Davis is a better player than Cabrera right now anyway, so the only thing the Jays lose here is some flexibility in giving their other outfielders a day off. Pick Davis back up if he's available in your mixed league.
Blue Jays recall RHP Wagner 08-02-2013
Neil Wagner P TB
Blue Jays recalled RHP Neil Wagner from Triple-A Buffalo.

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Wagner was sent down last week after posting a 3.26 ERA in 20 appearances out of the pen. He'll resume working in middle relief.
Yasiel Puig homers in Dodgers' victory 08-02-2013
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
Yasiel Puig homered, doubled and walked in the Dodgers' 6-4 defeat of the Cubs on Thursday. Puig has three homers in his last eight games, pushing his season total up to 11 in 199 at-bats. Of course, his July looked nothing like his June, but it certainly wasn't all that bad of a comedown; he finished at .287/.352/.436 with three homers, seven RBI, 17 runs scored and three steals for the month.
Chris Rusin takes first loss to Dodgers 08-02-2013
Chris Rusin P CHC
Chris Rusin surrendered four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings Thursday in a loss to the Dodgers. Rusin was pulled with a 3-2 lead after giving up a single and a walk to start the sixth. Michael Bowden took over and allowed both inherited runners to score before giving up one run of his own. That put Rusin in line for his first loss in four starts this season. He's still looking like a decent enough play in NL-only leagues for now.
Junior Lake hits two homers for Cubs 08-02-2013
Junior Lake LF CHC
Junior Lake hit his third and fourth homers as a major leaguer versus the Dodgers on Thursday. Lake is showing surprising pop; his four homers in 62 major league at-bats matches his total from 156 minor league at-bats this season. His minor league high for homers in a season was 12 in 445 at-bats in 2011, so there's little reason to think this will keep up. He's going to be a fixture in the Cuns lineup for a while longer, though.
Anthony Rizzo homers twice in loss to Dodgers 08-02-2013
Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of solo homers and walked against the Dodgers on Thursday. Rizzo has been struggling to hit for average of late, but he's still getting his homers and he's making up for the lack of singles with a whole bunch of walks. As a matter of fact, he has 38 walks and just 23 walks since the beginning of June. If he's been a bit of a disappointment overall, well, it's still only by a bit.
Melky Cabrera exits with left knee irritation 08-02-2013
Melky Cabrera LF TOR
Melky Cabrera was removed from Thursday's game against the Angels with irritation in his knee.

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No word on whether it's the same knee that sent him to the disabled list in June, but it's a pretty safe assumption. Cabrera grounded out and walked in his two plate appearances before being replaced by Rajai Davis in left field in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Jays should have an update after the game.