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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Mets closer Jeurys Familia will be traded to the Athletics if the two sides can finish the deal.

Olney earlier reported that the Mets had agreed to the structure of a deal involving Familia and an unknown team. If the structure of the deal is in place, it likely means that money is the final hurdle, and the Mets have reportedly said they're willing to include cash with Familia to get a better return. With a 2.88 ERA and 43 strikeouts over 40 2/3 innings, the 29-year-old right-hander would give Oakland an excellent bridge to Blake Treinen and give the Athletics one of the better bullpens in the American League.
Jul 20 - 11:42 PM

Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored against the Yankees on Friday in his return from the disabled list.

Cespedes didn’t show any signs of rust at the plate despite it being his first game action in the majors in over two months. He went deep against Domingo German in the third inning with a shot which bounced off the left field foul pole. The Mets brought him back as the designated hitter for the interleague series against the Yankees and he figures to stay there all weekend. He’s going to be handled with care moving forward, with the possibility that he could even see time at first base on occasion.
Jul 20 - 11:36 PM

Yankees optioned RHP Domingo German to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

German got the boot after lasting just 3 2/3 innings while giving up four runs in Friday’s loss to the Mets. He's completed five innings just once in the past month and has seen his ERA rise to 5.68 for the year. Luis Cessa will take his place in the rotation for now, but the Yankees will obviously be on the lookout for rotation help this month.
Jul 20 - 11:10 PM

Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters after Friday's game that the team will "stay away" from Ozzie Albies as he deals with a right hamstring injury for a couple of days.

That likely means that Albies will miss the rest of the series with Washington, and there's a good chance that he could miss the two-game series with the Marlins that starts on Monday. That would put Albies back on Thursday against the Dodgers, so a trip to the 10-day disabled list could be possible. It sounds like the Braves think that won't be necessary, but it's certainly something to keep an eye on.
Jul 20 - 11:00 PM

Derek Dietrich went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base Friday versus the Rays.

Dietrich connected for a solo shot off Nathan Eovaldi in the third inning and later slugged a three-run shot against Hoby Milner in the seventh. This was his second career multi-homer game. Dietrich has produced an impressive .293/.357/.471 batting line through 94 games this season and is now tied for his career-high with 13 homers. He’s obviously in good position to blow that number away in the second half, though it’s unclear whether he’ll do with the Marlins or a contender.
Jul 20 - 10:56 PM

Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in an 11-5 victory over the Padres on Friday.

Santana drove in three runs on the homer; a three-run shot off of Clayton Richard that gives the first baseman 15 on the season. The former Cleveland slugger is hitting just .209 on the season, but he's getting on base at a .350 clip, and his slugging percentage is up to .403 with the homer. A disappointing season to be sure -- especially when you consider the price Philadelphia paid for him -- but Santana is still usable, especially in on-base percentage formats.
Jul 20 - 10:33 PM

Stephen Strasburg was tagged for six runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Braves on Friday in his return from the disabled list.

Not the return he or the Nationals had in mind. Strasburg, who missed the past six weeks with shoulder inflammation, scuffled early and ran out of gas in the middle innings. He was pulled after giving up three runs on four hits in the fifth. Strasburg allowed eight hits in all while walking two (one intentional) and striking out six. He’ll try to put this one behind him when he faces the Brewers on the road next week.
Jul 20 - 10:26 PM

Ronald Acuna filled up the box score in Friday’s win over the Nationals by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, two stolen bases, and three runs scored.

Not bad for his first time out of the leadoff spot in the majors. Coming into Friday’s action, Acuna was batting just .212/.255/.404 in 14 games since returning from the disabled list. This night was a nice reminder of the sort of dynamic fantasy performer he can be. Fantasy owners need to be patient through the growing pains.
Jul 20 - 10:25 PM

Aledmys Diaz went 4-for-5 with a homer and a walk-off single in the 10th inning give the Blue Jays an 8-7 win over the Orioles on Friday.

Diaz singled off the glove of both Renato Nunez and Tim Beckham to score Russell Martin to give the Blue Jays the victory. He also homered off of Dylan Bundy, giving Diaz nine on the season. The four hits ups his average to .252 and his season OPS now sits at .706 over 71 games. The 27 year-old-shortstop has been streaky over his career with the Cardinals and Blue Jays. Could another hot run be coming?
Jul 20 - 10:17 PM

Brock Holt is considered day-to-day with a left knee contusion.

Great news for the Red Sox. Holt was forced to leave Friday's game after being spiked in the knee on a slide into second base from Jeimer Candelario. The Red Sox are fortunate he managed to avoid anything serious.
Jul 20 - 8:51 PM

Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game against the Marlins with right foot discomfort.

Kiermaier went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored before exiting. He's set to be reevaluated on Saturday, so he should be considered day-to-day for now.
Jul 20 - 8:28 PM

Brock Holt exited Friday's game against the Tigers with an apparent knee injury.

Holt was spiked in the left knee while on defense during a play at second base in the fourth inning. He was left vulnerable on the play due to a bad throw from starting pitcher David Price. Holt was able to walk off the field, which is at least an encouraging sign. The Red Sox should provide an update on his status later in the evening.
Jul 20 - 8:25 PM




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