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Adam Eaton on a roll for White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton has remained steady and productive since a mini-slump in late June and early July.

Eaton has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games with 22 hits in 58 at-bats during that stretch. He has scored six runs in the last eight games and has sweetened his stat line to .285/.355/.383. The lone mild disappointment has been his 10 stolen bases in 16 attempts.


Deep league owners need Billy Burns


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10:38 am ET) On Monday night, Billy Burns made his major league debut, pinch-hitting for Josh Reddick and lining out. It's wasn't an auspicious beginning for the Athletics' callup, but there should be better times ahead.

Though he had not advanced beyond Double-A, Burns had already demonstrated Fantasy potential with his blazing speed. Burns stole 51 bases in 56 attempts for Double-A Midland after notching 74 steals across two levels in the Nationals' system in 2013. He has very little power, but Burns has shown good plate discipline and has some potential to help owners with batting average and on-base percentage.

Even as just a pinch-running specialist, Burns would have value for owners in AL-only leagues, but he will be more than that. According to MLB.com, Burns will fill the role vacated by Craig Gentry, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand. That means he will platoon in center field against left-handed pitchers. That additional playing time gives Burns some appeal in deeper mixed leagues.


Brett Gardner smacks two home runs in loss to Texas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:10 am ET) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner smacked a pair of home runs in his team's 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

Gardner was the only New York hitter to solve Texas ace Yu Darvish on Monday, as he took him deep for solo home runs in the third and fifth innings, respectively. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI. He owns a .276/.352/.437 slash line with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 380 at-bats.

Melky Cabrera smacks two home runs in comfortable win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera had a monster game at the plate, launching a pair of homers in his team's 14-1 win over the Red Sox in Boston.

Cabrera opened the game with a two-run bomb in the opening frame, followed by a three-run blast in the sixth inning. He also credited with an RBI on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk, three runs scored and five RBI. He owns a .313/.362/.487 slash line with 14 homers and 58 RBI in 435 at-bats.

Coco Crisp in danger of missing Houston series


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp underwent further tests on his injured neck on Monday, but the team is preparing to be without him for entire Houston series, according to MLB.com. The results of the exam have not been made available.

Crisp was absent from the starting lineup Sunday because of the issue and has not been able to return. He's hitting .274/.372/.416 with seven homers and 32 RBI over 281 at-bats.

Craig Gentry placed on DL with broken hand


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Athletics placed outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a broken hand, the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gentry played in place of Coco Crisp on Sunday, and was hit by a pitch on his right hand against the Rangers. He underwent an MRI, which revealed a non-displaced fracture.

Gentry is expected to be out a "couple of weeks," according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He owned a .264/.326/.299 slash line with 10 RBI in 197 at-bats prior to the injury.


Billy Burns skips level and joins Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Speedy outfielder Billy Burns has been promoted by the Athletics from Double-A Midland after swiping 51 bases in just 56 attempts at that level this season.

Burns has struggled at times hitting his way on base, as his .250 average attests. But he has shown a good eye at the plate with 44 walks in 364 at-bats, leading to a .350 on-base percentage and 57 runs scored.


Jacoby Ellsbury a no-go against Rangers ace


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is catching a break Monday night and will not start against Rangers stud right-hander Yu Darvish.

Ellsbury is 2 for 9 lifetime against Darvish. He is also in a 1-for-17 slump that has weakened his stat line to .282/.347/.407.


Yankees make minor roster moves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Yankees have promoted outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre and designated for assignment veteran left-hander Jeff Francis.

Almonte played for the Yankees in brief stints this season with four hits in 25 at-bats.


Report: Royals shying away from Alex Rios


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Despite rumors otherwise, the offensively challenged Royals have decided that Rangers outfielder Alex Rios is not a good fit financially, according to ESPN.

"They can't take on a lot of money for anything," one source noted.

If that's true, Kansas City might not seek to land a bat until August, after the trading deadline, when the cost is lowered by a lack of salary commitments.

The Royals might have also been encouraged by the torrid series against Cleveland just completed by designated hitter Billy Butler and the continued production of Lorenzo Cain.


Dustin Ackley finally reaching potential for Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Mariners have finally been seeing glimpses of the Dustin Ackley they have envisioned since 2011.

Ackley slammed three more hits Sunday in his second straight start in the second hole in the lineup. He ripped two doubles on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Ackley boasts a .375 batting average in July. His .251 season mark is at its highest pointe since May and represents a 37-point rise since June 30.

"That's what we've been looking for all year," Lloyd McClendon told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "He's aggressive, he's attacking the baseball and he's using the entire field to hit. If he does that, he's a dangerous guy. I think he can sustain that."

Ackley, however, has not homered since blasting off twice on May 11.


Jonny Gomes: I'm braced to leave Boston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes is taking trade talks with a grain of salt. He has experience to help himself emotionally after having been dealt to Washington from Cincinnati in the midseason of 2011.

Gomes is attractive to teams seeking to bolster their lineups against left-handers, against whom he boasts a .315/.410/.450 stat line. He is not eager to be shipped out, but is better prepared for it than he was earlier in his career.

"The first time I got traded, it was extremely mised emotions of a team, not necessarily giving up, but feels like you're replaceable," he told WEEI.com. "At the same time, out of all the guys available in the trade market, this other team picked you. You never want to be given up on. But there are situations where you're not being given up on but the business side stands out."


Josh Reddick cranks out three hits Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick cranked out three hits in his team's 9-3 win over the Rangers in Arlington on Sunday.

Reddick singled in the third, singled in a run in the sixth and singled again in the ninth. He finished 3 for 5 with an RBI. He owns a .245/.306/.390 slash line with five homers and 27 RBI in 200 at-bats this season.


Yoenis Cespedes collects two RBI Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes enjoyed a productive night at the dish Sunday against the Rangers.

Cespedes broke the game open with a two-run double in the fifth inning. He added a single and finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI in a 9-3 victory. He owns a .256/.305/.465 slash line with 17 homers and 65 RBI in 387 at-bats.


Stephen Vogt registers two hits in win over Rangers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics designated hitter Stephen Vogt cranked out two hits in a productive night at the plate Sunday against the Rangers in Arlington.

Vogt singled in the first and doubled in a run in the second. He finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in a 9-3 victory. He has 11 hits over his last 28 at-bats. He owns a .359/.387/.521 slash line with four homers and 22 RBI in 142 at-bats.


Coco Crisp to receive more tests on his neck


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp will receive more tests on his neck, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Crisp will head back to the Bay Area following Sunday's game. The rest of the team will travel to Houston for the next series. It's unclear how long Crisp will be away from the club. He's hitting .274/.372/.416 over 281 at-bats. 


Hitters to sit in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Whether because of poor matchups, unfavorable platoon splits or the fact they're just plain cold, Yan Gomes, Allen Craig, Josh Rutledge, Lonnie Chisenhall, Andrelton Simmons and Khris Davis are "sits" for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)

Find out the "why" for each in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to start in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)? You won't find one much better than Austin Jackson. Of course, he's not the only "start" for the week. Stephen Vogt, Mike Napoli, Emilio Bonifacio, Chase Headley and Jed Lowrie also fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Coco Crisp sits out because of neck issues


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp was held out of the starting lineup Sunday night in Arlington against the Rangers because of lingering neck issues, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Crisp has played just once since Thursday. He is batting .274 with seven homers and 32 RBI in 281 at-bats.

The A's will open a three-game set in Houston on Monday.

Report: Four teams have inquired about Alex Rios


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Mariners, Giants, Yankees and Reds have all inquired about trading for Rangers outfielder Alex Rios, sources told FOX Sports. Rios entered play Sunday batting .299 with four home runs, eight triples, 21 doubles, 43 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 100 games.

Michael Bourn will need rehab assignment before returning


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Indians outfielder Michael Bourn (hamstring) will play in a few games on a rehab assignment before he comes off the disabled list, according to The Plain Dealer. Manager Terry Francona said Bourn will start running with more intensity this week.

"I don't think it's realistic that he's going to go out and play three days in a row after he's been down (for so long)," Francona said. "I could take longer. It's not just his hitting. It's his legs and his whole body.

"If he was a power-hitting first baseman, who couldn't run, it might be different. That's not the case."


Source: Boston considering Jon Lester-for-Matt Kemp trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Red Sox are considering making a trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, a team source told ESPN. If the Red Sox pursue a trade for Kemp, then a key piece in the deal going to Los Angeles would likely be starting pitcher Jon Lester.

"If he's healthy," one top talent evaluator said of Kemp, "he would absolutely destroy that ballpark [Fenway Park]."


Josh Hamilton back from one-game absence


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Tigers after getting Saturday off due to a knee injury. Hamilton is batting .268 with two home runs, five doubles and 10 RBI in 22 July games.

Nolan Reimold activated off DL prior to Sunday's game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Nolan Reimold (calf) was activated off the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game at N.Y. Yankees. Reimold hit .333 (4 for 12) with three doubles and three RBI in four games with Toronto before going on the disabled list.

Report: Yankees might trade for outfielder before deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd and Rangers outfielder Alex Rios are a few players the Yankees are considering as trade targets as the July 31 non-waiver deadline looms, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Though, the Yankees might prefer Willingham the most because of his contract situation. Still, Byrd and Rios haven't been ruled out.


 
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