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White Sox | Carlos Rodon likely headed for Winston-Salem

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:56:36 -0700

Chicago White Sox P Carlos Rodon is expected to be assigned to Class A Winston-Salem of the Carolina League after agreeing to terms Wednesday, July 9.

White Sox | Carlos Rodon agrees

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:56:07 -0700

The Chicago White Sox and P Carlos Rodon have agreed to a deal worth more than $6.45 million. Rodon was headed for Chicago Wednesday, July 9, to take a physical.

White Sox | Javy Guerra blows save

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:55:33 -0700

Chicago White Sox RP Javy Guerra allowed two earned runs and two hits in a blown save and loss against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, July 9. It was Guerra's second blown save of the season.

FANTASY TIP: Guerra's ERA ballooned from 1.86 to 2.70 as a result of the poor appearance, which certainly doesn't help those fantasy owners in rotisserie formats who use him for his solid ERA and WHIP.

White Sox | Jose Abreu swats another

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:55:04 -0700

Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu hit his 28th home run of the season Wednesday, July 9, against the Boston Red Sox. Only Oakland Athletics 1B Mark McGwire, who had 33 homers at the All-Star break, had more homers in the first half of his rookie season.

White Sox | Chris Sale helps bid for ASG spot

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:53:05 -0700

Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale allowed one earned run, four hits and no walks with six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, July 9.

FANTASY TIP: Sale had his win evaporate due to shaky relief from Jake Petricka and Javy Guerra, but it could give him a bump in the final vote for the 2014 All-Star Game. Sale continues to hum along for his fantasy owners with a 2.08 ERA despite uneven results from nearly everyone else in black and white uniforms.

Reds | X-rays negative for Brandon Phillips

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:52:35 -0700

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb) had X-rays on his left thumb Wednesday, July 9, and they were negative.

Reds | Billy Hamilton leaves game

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:51:54 -0700

Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton (hamstring) left the game Wednesday, July 9, against the Chicago Cubs due to tightness in his left hamstring.

Red Sox | Christian Vazquez hitless in debut

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:50:49 -0700

Boston Red Sox C Christian Vazquez was hitless in three at-bats in his major league debut Wednesday, July 9. Manager John Farrell called Vazquez a player "long on potential," and he showed flashes of it defensively in his debut.

Red Sox | Jonny Gomes remains in game

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:49:09 -0700

Boston Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes (nose) was struck in the nose by a ball on a deflection off the Green Monster in the seventh inning Wednesday, July 9, against the Chicago White Sox. He remained in the game, but spent the rest of the half-inning plugging his nose with his undershirt, apparently to keep it from bleeding.

Cubs | Dallas Beeler comes apart after good start

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:46:59 -0700

Chicago Cubs SP Dallas Beeler allowed just two hits and a run through the first four innings Wednesday, July 9, against the Cincinnati Reds, but he allowed three runs in the fifth to bring his night to a close. Overall he allowed four runs, six hits and four walks in five innings while posting zero strikeouts in the loss.

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Cubs | Arismendy Alcantara has inauspicious debut

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:46:17 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B Arismendy Alcantara was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in his first major league game Wednesday, July 9, against the Cincinnati Reds.

FANTASY TIP: Alcantara is a good looking prospect who is getting a look with Darwin Barney on the paternity list, but now is not the time to add him. He is likely headed back for the minors by the weekend.

Cubs | Anthony Rizzo provides only spark

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:45:34 -0700

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo swatted a solo home run Wednesday, July 9, against the Cincinnati Reds, the team's only offense in a 4-1 setback.

FANTASY TIP: Rizzo is one of the finalists for the 2014 All-Star Final Vote in the National League, and this could give him a bump before the winner is announced Thursday. As far as fantasy value, Rizzo has 20 homers and continues to give his owners plenty of things to smile about, All-Star or not.

Cardinals | Allen Craig slotted seventh

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:44:34 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 1B Allen Craig was back in the lineup Wednesday, July 9, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but manager Mike Matheny had him slotted seventh in the batting order. That's the lowest spot Craig has started this season.

Cardinals | Kevin Siegrist ready for rehab

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:40:54 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals RP Kevin Siegrist (forearm) threw his third pain-free bullpen session Wednesday, July 9, and he said afterward that he expects to join Double-A Springfield later this week to start a minor-league rehab assignment.

Cardinals | John Gast shines at Memphis

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:40:19 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP John Gast retired all 17 batters he faced Tuesday, July 8, for Triple-A Memphis. He threw 44 of his 61 pitches for strikes, but was removed early due to a rain delay.

Cardinals | James Ramsey might be ready for Futures Game

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:39:25 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF James Ramsey (oblique) was activated from the 7-day disabled list at Double-A Springfield, and it is an indication he will be ready for the Futures Game Sunday, July 13.

Astros | Jason Castro feeling better

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:38:56 -0700

Updating a previous report, Houston Astros C Jason Castro (armpit) was sidelined again Wednesday, July 9, against the Texas Rangers, but he was feeling good enough to play. Manager Bo Porter decided to give him one more game. "The treatments and the anti-inflammatories have really been doing what they're supposed to, so it looks like hopefully It's behind us and I'm going to hit on the field today. I hit in the cage already and it even felt better than it did (Tuesday)," Castro said. "I'm pretty happy about that and should be fine moving forward."

Astros | Jose Altuve credits hitting coach

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:37:34 -0700

Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve credits hitting coach John Mallee with his breakthrough at the plate. He entered play Wednesday, July 9, leading the American League in average (.341) and stolen bases (41), and he leads the majors with 126 hits and 39 multi-hit games. "Man, I think he's the one who's having a good season for me," Altuve said. "We are working together and early this year we talked about doing some changes about mechanics, and obviously it's helped me a lot. He's a guy that should be in the All-Star Game for me."

Astros | Brad Peacock might work Sunday

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:37:07 -0700

If the Houston Astros need to shake up their rotation due to the injury to SP Collin McHugh (fingernail), SP Brad Peacock might be brought back to start Sunday, July 13, against the Boston Red Sox.

Astros | Jarred Cosart might be moved up

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:36:33 -0700

Houston Astros SP Jarred Cosart might be moved up a day to start Saturday, July 12, against the Boston Red Sox if SP Collin McHugh (fingernail) is deemed not ready.