MLB In Full Bloom - Cubs To Recall Jorge Soler - 8/26/2014

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The Chicago Cubs are ready to give everyone another glimpse into their future just a few weeks after they recalled Javier Baez. The Cubs are set to recall Jorge Soler and he will join the team on Wednesday in Cincinnati. In what amounts to a walk-off homer, Soler hit a three-run bomb in his final minor league at-bat Monday night in Tacoma off Taijuan Walker before being removed from the game to begin his journey to the majors. Heading into Monday's game, the 22-year-old was batting .338 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI through 61 games across three minor league levels this season. His most recent stop was Triple-A Iowa, where Soler hit .282 with eight home runs in 32 games. That power is what prompted the Cubs to give Soler a nine-year, $30 million contract in 2012, and it's what he'll offer for fantasy owners in his September cameo.

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MLB In Full Bloom - Victor Martinez Collects 5 RBI In Tigers Win - 8/25/2014

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It should not be this difficult for the Detroit Tigers, but that has been the feeling the past couple months for this team. And so it was again this weekend, even as they did an about-face against the Twins, rebounding from a pair of losses to the Minnesota Twins over the weekend to gain a split in Minneapolis to keep pace with the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers should be thankful to give up 42 runs in a four-game series and somehow win twice. They hadn't given up that many runs in any four-game stretch since 1996, and they hadn't split a four-game stretch allowing 40 or more runs since 1994. Victor Martinez went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI to help the Tigers pound the Twins 13-4 on Sunday. The Tigers racked up 18 hits to go along with the 13 runs. Martinez hit his 25th home run, a two-run shot, in the sixth inning, and he added two more RBI in the game. His 84 RBI are seventh-most in the American League, as are his 25 homers. His .328 average, which ranks second-best in the league as he continues his stellar season. Max Scherzer (15-5) didn't dominate in this one, but he made big pitches at big times and benefited from the offensive explosion. 

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  • Lucas Duda went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in the Mets' 11-3 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday. Duda completed quite the week with Sunday's performance. In his past six games, Duda is batting .348 (8-for-23) with five home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored. His 26 home runs are third-most in the National League, and he's also among the league leaders in RBI and OPS. It's definitely been a breakout year for the him.
  • Yasmani Grandal homered and had four RBI, and the Padres beat the Diamondbacks 7-4 on Sunday. Grandal drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning before he hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, which was his 11th of the season. Despite the occasional power, it's been a forgettable year for Grandal, who owns a .204 BA.
  • Robinson Cano (flu) expects to play Monday in the Mariners' series-opener against the Rangers. Cano left Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox after experiencing some light headedness in the top of the third inning. Cano told reporters Sunday night that he felt like he had the flu and felt dizzy. He should be good to go today. 
  • The Seattle Mariners swept the Boston Red Sox at Fenway on Sunday which sent the Sox to their 8th straight loss. The Mariners have won 14 of their last 18 games to put themselves a season-best 13 games over .500 at 71-58, maintaining a one-game lead over the Tigers in the chase for the American League's final Wild Card berth.
  • Sean Doolittle (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Athletics with a strained right intercostal muscle. Doolitte is expected to need just the minimum trip on the disabled list, but side injuries can tend to linger. The A's are planning to use Eric O'Flaherty as their primary closer in Doolittle's absence. Fantasy owners should add O'Flaherty in all formats.
  • Rusney Castillo and the Boston Red Sox officially agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract on Saturday. Castillo chose the Red Sox over a number of other teams -- 28 teams were represented at Castillo's workout in July, and a handful of teams were believed to be serious contenders for the 27-year-old in the days leading up to his decision. Castillo's addition leaves things in the Red Sox outfield muddled to say the least. With Castillo expected to make his debut sometime next month, the Sox have Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, Brock Holt, Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr, Shane Victorino, and now Castillo for three spots.
  • Jackie Robinson West's rally on Sunday against South Korea fell shot on the scoreboard. History will say it was 8-4 in favor of the Little League Baseball World Series champions from South Korea. History also will say Jackie Robinson West was the best in the U.S. in Little League Baseball. Thirteen boys from the South Side of Chicago fell short of becoming the first all-African-American team to win a Little League World Series in front of 28,671. Jackie Robinson West became the first team from Chicago since North Roseland in 1967 to qualify for the championship game, and the fourth team from Illinois.

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