In 30 games since being traded to the Yankees, Alfonso Soriano has 11 home runs and 33 RBI. I'm as stunned as you are.
First pitch: The Cubs and Dodgers start NL action at 3:10 p.m. ET, while the Rangers and Mariners get the NL day going at 3:40.
Interleague DH issues: Yan Gomes got last night off with the Indians in Atlanta. With lefty Paul Maholm on the mound tonight for the Braves, Gomes can probably help the Tribe, but the other bench candidates (Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher, Drew Stubbs) all hit lefties pretty well. Maybe they can sit Michael Brantley?
Streaming starters: Jose Quintana's good-but-not great outing raised our record to 84-49 for the season. Today's pick is Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton (owned in 5.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Brewers, while Thursday's selection is Rays' rookie Jake Odorizzi (0.2 percent owned) versus the Angels.
On to the rest of the news:
- Robinson Cano gave us a scare last night when he got hit in the left hand by a pitch and had to leave the game, but it sounds like he could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday, as the hand is bruised, but not broken. If J.A. Happ could stop coming up and in on Yankee lefthanded hitters - he also hit Curtis Granderson during spring training - I'd appreciate it.
- With Eduardo Nunez (leg) also hurt, Mark Reynolds could start at second base tonight for the Yankees (he played there last night after Nunez left the game).
- The Rays have sent the horrendously awful Jeremy Hellickson (5.21 ERA) to the minors, but he'll rest instead of pitching, and is expected to return sometime in early September. Friend of the blog/Rays fanatic Jason Collette (Baseball Prospectus) has coined the nickname "Shellickson," which has been appropriate all season.
- The Pirates have acquired OF Marlon Byrd and C John Buck from the Mets. Byrd will start often in right field for the Pirates - at least until Starling Marte comes off the DL - while Buck will be a backup. As for the Mets ... Andrew Brown batted third for them last night. That's not good, though Brown is worthy of consideration in deeper leagues.
- The Diamondbacks have DFA'd Jason Kubel. Bet you didn't see that coming when you drafted him as an OF5.
- The Twins still don't have a return timetable for C Joe Mauer (concussion). I wouldn't wait for Mauer if I needed the roster spot.
- Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) hopes to play in a rehab game as soon as Thursday, and could be back in the lineup next week if all goes well. The Dodgers have an 8.5-game lead in the NL West, so there's no need to rush Kemp.
- Padres 3B Chase Headley left Tuesday's game with a stiff back. He probably won't play tonight.
- Dane De La Rosa saved Tuesday's win for the Angels, after Ernesto Frieri pitched the eighth inning. Frieri had gotten a save on Friday, which suggested that he reclaimed his job, or at least was heading in that direction. I have no idea what's going on here, but I'd go with De La Rosa if I had to pick an Angel reliever for saves.
- Look for 2B Dan Uggla (LASIK surgery) to return to the Braves' lineup tonight. He's going to think he's hitting a beach ball, right?
- The Royals are bringing blog favorite Danny Duffy back from the minors to start tonight. Duffy is wild, but he strikes out lots of guys.
- The Mariners hope to get C Mike Zunino (hand) back from the DL next week.
- Alex Avila was back in the Tigers' lineup last night.
- Phillies OF Domonic Brown missed another game Tuesday with a sore Achilles'. He's day-to-day.
- Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (knee) is still day-to-day after getting hurt on Monday.
See you back here tomorrow morning.