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Nori Aoki smacked two doubles and scored the Mariners' only run of the game on Wednesday.

His team managed only three hits all night. The 34-year-old Aoki still gets plenty of playing time but hasn't made much of it this year. He has a .253 batting average with a .659 OPS in 309 plate appearances. He has only one home run, 39 runs and 13 RBI -- making him nearly irrelevant in fantasy leagues.
Jul 27 - 10:05 PM

Carlos Gomez left Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to a right hamstring strain.

Gomez was replaced in the field by Jake Marisnick in the top of the third inning. The speedy outfielder did not outwardly look hobbled early in the game, but either the Astros saw something or Gomez himself complained of discomfort. Either way, expect him to be reevaluated on Thursday. A trip to the disabled list is one possible outcome here given the notorious uncertainty surrounding any sort of hamstring injury.
Jul 27 - 9:33 PM

Ryan Vogelsong (eye) allowed two runs over seven innings in Wednesday's rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Pirates were hoping that Vogelsong could be extended to seven innings as the team stretches him out for his return to the bigs. That hurdle has been passed. While the 39-year-old right-hander doesn't draw national headlines, his recovery from multiple facial fractures has been all kinds of impressive. He initially suffered the injuries after being hit in the face by a Jordan Lyles pitch near the end of May. Given his results on Wednesday, he should rejoin the Pirates in relatively short order (barring an unforeseen setback).
Jul 27 - 9:23 PM

The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports that the Indians are "among several teams" who have asked about Steve Pearce.

The Indians have been tied to several players in trade rumors. In addition to Pearce, they have reportedly been looking into Eduardo Nunez, Will Smith and Jonathan Lucroy. Pearce, 33, is slashing .313/.386/.530 with 10 homers and 29 RBI over 198 at-bats. He has notched double-digit home runs in three consecutive seasons.
Jul 27 - 9:12 PM

Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

Longoria mashed a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the fourth inning. The veteran third baseman has been nothing short of marvelous during the 2016 campaign. His current .292/.340/.545 triple-slash is the best he has posted since hitting .289/.369/.527 back in 2012. In addition to his superb batting line this season, he has also clubbed 23 homers and driven in 57 runs.
Jul 27 - 8:46 PM

A.J. Ellis went 1-for-3 with his first career stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.

Entering Wednesday's action, Ellis had attempted just four steals in 536 career games. None of those tries were successful, but the veteran backstop surprised the universe with steal No. 1 on Wednesday. The Dodgers -- cheeky crew that they are -- had the base removed for memory's sake. Even with his newfound speed, he remains a fantasy no-go due to his lack of playing time and lack of upside with the bat.
Jul 27 - 8:32 PM

Matt Moore was on his game in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, allowing just one run (none earned) on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Moore struck out five on the afternoon, but he also issued four walks. Even with that inefficiency, he exited with two outs in the seventh having thrown only 98 pitches (57 strikes). The unearned run that scored against him came when catcher Luke Maile made a throwing error on a Joc Pederson steal in the second inning. The error allowed Pederson to scoot on home. Moore is a potential trade chip for the Rays as they near the trade deadline. Should he make his next start with his current club, it would come at home against the Royals next Tuesday. He has pitched to a 4.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109/40 K/BB ratio across 130 innings.
Jul 27 - 8:23 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that Luis Valbuena's hamstring injury is "something that's going to take a couple days [to recover from]."

Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain while running down the first base line in the second inning of Tuesday's loss to the Yankees. The Astros have an off day on Thursday. Beyond that, Hinch said that because the Tigers will start southpaw Matt Boyd on Friday, the Astros might sit him until Saturday. Valbunea shouldn't be considered in the clear quite yet, but with the way the team is talking, he might just be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Hamstrings, of course, are notoriously balky.
Jul 27 - 8:14 PM
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