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White Sox | Matt Lindstrom getting closer

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:23:07 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) could go on a rehab assignment the first week of August.

FANTASY TIP: He's still expected to have a say in the closer committee before season's end.

Cubs | Javier Baez hitting well

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:14:45 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez is hitting .333 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Iowa.

FANTASY TIP: We could see Baez in the next few weeks with the uncertainty the team has at second base. Arismendy Alcantara is there now but could shift to the outfield to make room for Baez. Start stashing Baez in mixed leagues.

Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia sitting

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:14:23 -0700

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup Thursday, July 24.

Rangers | Neftali Feliz takes over at closer

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:49:55 -0700

Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz will take over as closer after the team dealt RP Joakim Soria. "The Feliz of old is a dominant, elite closer," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He may get that opportunity, whether it's as a traditional closer or in some other way. He's still so young and you still see the ability, just not as consistently. It would be a good test for him to see how he responds."

FANTASY TIP: Feliz should be picked up in AL-only leagues if he's available and most mixed formats if you need saves. He hasn't shown to be the dominant pitcher pre-Tommy John surgery, but he could get better as the season goes on. Corey Knebel could also figure into the mix at some point.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes suffers sprained thumb

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:06:39 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes' (thumb) X-rays were negative after leaving the game Wednesday, July 23, with a right thumb sprain. He hit two homers in the game before leaving.

FANTASY TIP: This is still an injury that can wreck a swing and require a DL stint. Monitor his status, but expect Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt to see more ABs in the interim.

Tigers | J.D. Martinez sidelined

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:44:07 -0700

Detroit Tigers OF J.D. Martinez (quadriceps) was out of the lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks after tweaking his quadriceps during the game Tuesday, July 22.

Tigers | Torii Hunter given day off

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:41 -0700

Despite swinging a hot bat, Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter was given the day off Wednesday, July 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hunter has hit .381 with five home runs, 12 runs scored and 20 RBI over the past 16 games.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez gets day off

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:41:59 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (thumb) was given the day off Wednesday, July 23, against the Washington Nationals to rest a sore thumb.

FANTASY TIP: With a scheduled day off Thursday, manager Walt Weiss likely felt it was a great time to give Gonzalez a couple of days off to rest. If Gonzalez doesn't play Friday, then fantasy owners should be concerned.

Rockies | Jorge De La Rosa strikes out 11

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:31 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 batters Wednesday, July 23, against the Washington Nationals, allowing two runs - one earned - with eight hits and no walks in 7 1/3 innings. He was one strikeout short of a career high set in 2009.

FANTASY TIP: De La Rosa's name has been bandied about in trade rumors leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and his next start could potentially come in another uniform. If he moves to a contender, his fantasy value could increase dramatically. Of course, he is 42-14 lifetime at Coors Field, not exactly the most pitcher-friendly environment for most, so fantasy owners might not want him to leave Denver.

Phillies | A.J. Burnett moves up strikeouts list

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:33:50 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett worked eight scoreless innings while allowing four hits and four walks in a no-decision Wednesday, July 23, against the San Francisco Giants. He also struck out six batters while throwing 131 pitches. He moved to 48th on the all-time strikeouts list, passing former New York Mets SP Dwight Gooden.

FANTASY TIP: Burnett is a trade target for plenty of contenders down the stretch, and his fantasy prospects could be about to improve dramatically depends upon where he lands. If he pitches like he did Wednesday, it won't matter where he is.

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Phillies | Trade target Jonathan Papelbon bounced around

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:33:23 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon was pounded for three earned runs, one hit and two walks in a relief loss Wednesday, July 23, against the San Francisco Giants. He has been outspoken about his interest in moving to a contender before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but he has had two ugly performances in a row. "Whatever happens happens," Papelbon said. "I have no control over it. If you were to put the entire season into two games, it would be pretty dumb."

Nationals | Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa start

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:03 -0700

Washington Nationals 2B/3B Anthony Rendon went 1-for-5 with a single and RBI Wednesday, July 23, against the Colorado Rockies. 2B Danny Espinosa made the start at second base, going 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and stolen base.

FANTASY TIP: Rendon and Espinosa each figure to see even more playing with Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list. Rendon, in particular, is very attractive to fantasy owners because of his dual eligibility in both middle and corner infielder spots.

White Sox | Avisail Garcia to accelerate workout routine

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:57:43 -0700

Chicago White Sox OF Avisail Garcia (shoulder) will accelerate his workout routine on the team's road trip. There has been no timetable set for a minor-league rehab assignment.

White Sox | Tailspin continues for Gordon Beckham

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:55:19 -0700

Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham was hitless in four at-bats Wednesday, July 23, against the Kansas City Royals, and he is now hitting just .132 dating back to June 9, when his average was at its highest point (.298) of the season.

White Sox | Jose Quintana cannot solve Kansas City

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:52:48 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana allowed just one earned run, seven hits and two walks over seven innings Wednesday, July 23, against the Kansas City Royals, but he was unable to pick up a win. He also struck out three batters in the no-decision. Quintana is 0-5 in 11 career starts against the Royals.

White Sox | Jose Abreu's hit streak at baker's dozen

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:50:21 -0700

Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu (back) was back in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 23, against the Kansas City Royals. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored, pushing his hitting streak to 13 games. That's the longest active streak in the majors.

FANTASY TIP: Abreu is hitting .377 (20-for-53) with two homers, five RBI and six runs scored during the impressive run.

White Sox | Carlos Rodon makes pro debut

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:44:47 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Carlos Rodon made his professional debut Tuesday, July 22, in the Arizona Rookie League. He allowed one run in one inning of relief.

Twins | Kendrys Morales has hitting streak snapped

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:44:24 -0700

Minnesota Twins 1B Kendrys Morales was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts Wednesday, July 23, against the Cleveland Indians, as his 12-game hitting streak came to an end.

Twins | Kohl Stewart scratched

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:42:22 -0700

Minnesota Twins SP Kohl Stewart (shoulder) was scratched from his start with Class A Cedar Rapids Wednesday, July 23, as he is dealing with "a little shoulder soreness," according to Twins director of minor league operations Brad Steil.

FANTASY TIP: Stewart is one of the team's top prospects, and he joins OF Byron Buxton (wrist) and 3B Miguel Sano (elbow) on the shelf. Stewart is a long way from the majors, but those in dynasty leagues certainly need to know his name.

Tigers | Joe Nathan remains closer

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:40:09 -0700

Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Wednesday, July 23, that RP Joe Nathan will remain the team's closer, meaning newly-acquired RP Joakim Soria will work in a setup role.

FANTASY TIP: Nathan's hold on the job is precariously, and he can ill-afford any further blown saves with a proven closer in Soria on the roster and waiting in the wings.

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