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  • Kemp crushes three-run jack to beat Giants
    Matt Kemp got only one hit on Saturday but it was the only one that mattered as his three-run jack in the fourth inning carried the Braves to victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The blast plated the only runs his team would score but it was enough to win the game. Kemp has been a valuable fantasy contributor this year with a .260 batting average, 26 home runs and 84 RBI. He has yet to steal a base though. Back when he was a perennial first round pick his owners could count on him for 30-40 steals per season. Without those bags Kemp is merely a mid-round draft pick. Rotoworld.com 40 minutes ago
    New Player Note
    Matt Kemp Atl - LF,RF
    W, 3-1 @SF
     
  • Crawford goes yard on two-hit night
    Brandon Crawford roped a solo home run on a two-hit night as the Giants lost to the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: The shortstop was batting in the clean-up spot tonight and obliged by hitting his 12th home run of the season. The solo shot gave the Giants an early lead but they couldn't hold on. Crawford carries a .274 batting average with 75 RBI and 55 runs scored. Rotoworld.com 52 minutes ago
  • Moreland cranks grand slam on Saturday
    Mitch Moreland crushed a grand slam in the first inning to lead the Rangers over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The big fly pretty much ended the game before it began as the Indians never did cross the plate all night. Moreland scored a run in the third inning on an Elvis Andrus double. He finished the night 1-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. He has a .253 batting average with 22 home runs and 55 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:02 pm
  • Harrison fills up box score in win Saturday
    Josh Harrison filled up the box score in Saturday's 9-6 victory over the Brewers, going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI.

    Advice: Harrison also swiped a pair of bases in the ballgame. He delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning that cut the Pirates deficit to 5-4. It has been an up-and-down season for the speedy infielder, who is now slashing .273/.301/.377 with four homers, 51 RBI and 18 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,LF,RF
    W, 9-6 @Mil
     
  • Cespedes slugs three-run homer in victory
    Yoenis Cespedes slugged a three-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Saturday’s blowout win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Mets were nursing a one-run lead before Cespedes took Jeremy Hellickson deep with a long blast that just stayed fair along the left field line. He’s hitting .355 with four homers, two doubles, and eight RBI in eight games since coming off the disabled list. The Mets’ lineup looks much more potent when he’s feeling good. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:23 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Cabrera has three hits, homer in win over PHI
    Asdrubal Cabrera continued his hot hitting on Saturday against the Phillies by going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored.

    Advice: Cabrera has three homers over his last two games and is now up to 16 for the year, which is one more than his total from all of last season. The bleach-blonde infielder has been red-hot since returning from his knee injury, hitting .438 (14-for-32) over eight games. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:22 pm
  • Galvis slugs homer in loss to Mets
    Freddy Galvis slugged a solo homer in Saturday’s loss to the Mets.

    Advice: His third-inning blast was the only offense the Phillies could muster against Noah Syndergaard and the Mets’ bullpen. In fact, they managed just three hits. Galvis has three homers in his last seven games and is now up to 14 homers and 12 steals through 126 games overall. While he has an ugly .233/.266/.380 batting line, he has managed to salvage some value in deeper fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:21 pm
  • Salvador Perez homers twice in loss Saturday
    Salvador Perez did his part in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox, going 2-for-3 and blasting a pair of solo home runs.

    Advice: Perez got the Royals on the board with a solo shot off David Price in the second inning, then capped off his squad's scoring when he tagged Robbie Ross in the ninth. The hard-hitting backstop is now hitting .257/.291/.462 with 19 long balls and 57 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:20 pm
  • J.D. Martinez ejected from Saturday's game
    J.D. Martinez was ejected from Saturday's game against the Angels in the bottom of the sixth inning.

    Advice: The Tigers have had a problem with Mike Everitt's strike zone all night long. Victor Martinez, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, and hitting coach Wally Joyner have also been ejected from the game. It's safe to say that Everitt is not a popular guy in Detroit tonight. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:26 pm
    L, 3-2 vs LAA
     
  • Belt (neck) scratched from Saturday's lineup
    Brandon Belt was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Braves due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Conor Gillaspie will fill in at first base and bat fifth. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:53 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-1 vs Atl
     
  • Pence (hamstring) had MRI on Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) underwent an MRI on Saturday.

    Advice: Pence hasn't played since he left Thursday's game with right hamstring tightness, but it doesn't appear to be a major concern. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said it's realistic he could return Tuesday, but that Pence could push to play sooner. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:59 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-1 vs Atl
     
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) out again Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is not in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Pence hasn't played since leaving Thursday's game with hamstring tightness. Gorkys Hernandez will draw the start in right field Saturday while batting eighth against Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz. The Giants are hoping Pence will return for Sunday's series finale. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:20 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-1 vs Atl
     
  • Blackmon goes deep twice to power Rockies
    Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-6 and clobbered a pair of home runs as the Rockies dispatched of the Nationals 9-4 in 11 innings in Washington on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Blackmon's solo shot off of Alex Cole in the third inning opened the scoring in the contest. He then blasted a game-changing two-run homer off of Yusmeiro Petit in the 11th inning that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Blackmon finished the afternoon 3-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBI and is now hitting .318/,378/.540 with 23 long balls, 63 RBI and 15 stolen bases on the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:58 pm
    W, 9-4 @Was
     
  • Bryce Harper tossed for arguing Saturday
    Bryce Harper was ejected for arguing balls and strikes Saturday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Harper got his money's worth on this one. He slammed his helmet down right in front of home plate umpire Mike Winters after a called strike three in the 10th inning and was immediately tossed. Before his outburst, Harper went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double. Chris Heisey replaced him in right field. Harper will almost certainly be fined for his behavior and could even be looking at a short suspension. This was Harper's eighth career ejection and his second of the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Bryce Harper Was - CF,RF
    L, 9-4 vs Col
     
  • Matt Carpenter getting the day off Saturday
    Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Carpenter is just getting a breather. Brandon Moss will handle first base in his absence and bat third against A's right-hander Zach Neal. Carpenter enjoyed a monster first half but has slumped since the All-Star break (.219 AVG in 73 at-bats). Rotoworld.com Today, 1:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
     
  • Gary Sanchez continues epic home run assault
    Gary Sanchez continued his historic home run barrage on Saturday, blasting a solo homer off Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning of a 13-5 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: With that long ball, Sanchez is now the fastest player in MLB history to reach 11 home runs, accomplishing the feat in only 23 games. He has now hit 10 homers in his last 12 contests and is showing no signs of slowing down. Fantasy owners who scooped him up off of the waiver wire early on are reaping tremendous rewards that could decide the championship in many season-long leagues. He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a pair of walks on Saturday and is now hitting .400/.467/.900 with 11 bombs and 21 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:40 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe homers again, Twins fall late
    Trevor Plouffe homered for the second consecutive game on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Twins to victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

    Advice: Plouffe tagged Bo Schultz for a two-run blast in the seventh inning that increased the Twins' advantage to 7-3. That would be the extent of their scoring on the afternoon though, leaving room for the Jays to mount a late-inning comeback. Plouffe also singled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk. He's hitting .257/.297/.409 with nine homers and 39 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:16 pm
  • Justin Ruggiano (shoulder) heads to 15-day DL
    Mets placed OF Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: Ruggiano was lifted from Friday's game against the Phillies and evidently the team felt his injury was significant enough to keep him out for at least 15 days. T.J. Rivera, who was sent down on Friday, is headed back to the big leagues. Ruggiano has hit .333 with two homers and seven RBI across 24 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:15 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Kyle Seager (foot) returns to Mariners lineup
    Kyle Seager has returned to the Mariners starting lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager missed three straight games after fouling a ball off of his foot on Tuesday, but is ready to go now. The 28-year-old is having a terrific season, slashing .286/.364/.515 with 24 homers and 83 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:47 pm
  • Jay Bruce absent from Mets lineup on Saturday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Mets starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Bruce has dealt with a right calf cramp in recent days, but has also struggled to the tune of .160/.244/.272 in 22 games with the Mets. Alejandro De Aza will draw another start and bat sixth against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:23 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Tigers designate Alex Presley for assignment
    Tigers designated OF Alex Presley for assignment.

    Advice: Presley was only with the club for a limited time as an extra bat off the bench, going 1-for-5 at the plate. There's a chance he could be scooped up off of waivers, otherwise he'll continue to provide organizational outfield depth for the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:17 pm
    Not Active
    L, 3-2 vs LAA
     
  • Tigers activate Jose Iglesias from 15-day DL
    Tigers activated SS Jose Iglesias from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's active and with the club for Saturday's game against the Angels. With Erick Aybar filling in nicely in his absence, it'll be interesting to see how playing time is dished out in the coming weeks. Iglesias missed over two weeks of action with an injured hamstring. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:15 pm
  • Dee Gordon remains out of Marlins lineup
    Dee Gordon remains out of the Marlins starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game that Gordon has missed, though no reason has been given. The 28-year-old speedster is hitting .276/.316/.332 with nine RBI and 15 stolen bases in 47 games since returning from his suspension. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:01 pm
    L, 1-0 vs SD
     
  • Scott Van Slyke to undergo wrist surgery
    Scott Van Slyke is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

    Advice: He sustained the injury in May and there had been hope that he could rehab and return before the end of the season, but they'll opt for surgery instead. He should be fully recovered and ready to go for spring training. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:22 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 3-2 vs ChC
     
  • Mariners option Nori Aoki to Triple-A Tacoma
    Mariners optioned OF Nori Aoki to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Aoki has been a part-timer since returning to the M's and with the bullpen taxed in recent days, they simply needed to add a couple of relievers. Aoki should be back with the big league club once rosters expand for September. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:50 am
    Not Active
    L, 9-3 @CWS
     
  • LeMahieu returns to Rockies lineup Saturday
    D.J. LeMahieu has returned to the Rockies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: LeMahieu has been sidelined since Monday due to inflammation in his left wrist. The 28-year-old is having an outstanding season at the plate, slashing .344/.416/.501 with 10 homers, 50 RBI and nine stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:35 am
  • Plouffe homers, drives in two in loss
    Trevor Plouffe homered, drew a walk, and drove in two runs in Friday’s loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He went 1-for-3 on the night. Plouffe slugged a solo homer in the first inning — his first homer since way back on July 1 — and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the third. The 30-year-old has had an underwhelming season while also missing time with a fractured rib, but at least he has driven in 10 runs over his last 10 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Cabrera homers twice in win over Phillies
    Asdrubal Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Cabrera launched a solo homer from the right side in the first inning before socking a two-run blast from the left side in the sixth. It was his fifth career multi-homer game. He’s now up to 15 homers on the year, which matches his total from all of last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Bruce (calf) strikes out four times in return
    Jay Bruce (calf) went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Friday in his return to the lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: Bruce left Wednesday’s game with a right calf cramp and was forced to sit out Thursday, but he’s feeling better now. Unfortunately, he’s still mired in a miserable slump. He’s batting just .160 (13-for-81) in 22 games since being acquired by the Mets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:27 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Sanchez homers again, knocks in four vs. O's
    Gary Sanchez continued to tear the cover off the ball in Friday’s 14-4 win over the Orioles, going 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored.

    Advice: At this point, it would be more weird if he didn’t homer. Sanchez doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning before slugging a two-run homer in the fifth. He now has 10 homers and 20 RBI in 19 games since his call-up earlier this month. He’s just the third player in MLB history to reach 10 homers through his first 22 career games. It’s unfair to expect this sort of production to continue at this ridiculous pace, but fantasy owners are enjoying the ride. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Ruggiano leaves game with shoulder injury
    Justin Ruggiano was forced to leave Friday's game due to left shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment just how severe the injury is or how much time the outfielder will stand to miss. Add him to the lengthy list of walking wounded that the Mets have been forced to deal with this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:01 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Pence should avoid DL, hopes to play Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) indicated feeling much better on Friday and hopes to return to the Giants lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Even if he sits out Saturday's game as a precautionary measure, he should have no problem returning on Sunday. Pence is hitting .273/.341/.422 with eight homers and 41 RBI in 74 games in what has been an injury-plagued season for the Giants' right fielder. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:31 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-1 vs Atl
     
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) not in Giants lineup
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is not in the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Pence was pulled from Thursday's game due to tightness in his right hamstring. It's unclear if the injury will require a trip back to the disabled list, or if he'll be able to manage it on a day-to-day basis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:31 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-1 vs Atl
     
  • Jay Bruce (calf) returns to Mets' lineup Fri.
    Jay Bruce (calf) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Bruce was pulled from Wednesday's game and sat out Thursday with a right calf cramp, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting sixth versus Adam Morgan and the Phillies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:56 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Seager (foot) expected back in lineup Sat.
    Kyle Seager (foot) remained out of the Mariners' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the third straight game he's missed after he fouled a ball off his foot on Tuesday. The good news is that Seager will be available off the bench and is expected to be back in the lineup Saturday. Consider him day-to-day. Shawn O'Malley is at third base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Iglesias (hamstring) to be activated Sat.
    Jose Iglesias (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: The feeling had been that he'd return Friday, but the Tigers will give him an extra day. Iglesias has missed the last couple weeks with a hamstring issue. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • Salvador Perez getting a breather Friday
    Salvador Perez is absent from the Royals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest. Drew Butera is catching. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • LeMahieu (wrist) out of lineup again Friday
    DJ LeMahieu (wrist) remained out of the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Monday because of inflammation in his left wrist. The good news is LeMahieu is available off the bench and should be back in the lineup Saturday. Daniel Descalso is at second base in his place. The Rockies also have Ryan Raburn over David Dahl in left field with the Nationals starting southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Dee Gordon not in Friday's lineup
    Dee Gordon is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day off. Robert Andino is at second base in Gordon's place. Jeff Francoeur is also making his Marlins' debut in right field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:06 pm
    L, 1-0 vs SD
     
  • Hunter Pence injures right hamstring Thursday
    Hunter Pence said that he is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: Pence was lifted for a defensive replacement in the middle innings of Thursday's win over the Dodgers. He will be reevaluated on Friday, but a disabled list stint would be in the cards if this is any kind of a lasting injury. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:53 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 3-1 vs Atl
     
  • Harper has two RBI, stolen base against O's
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Harper hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to push the Nationals' lead to four runs. He has officially busted out of whatever slump was plaguing him in recent months, as Thursday was his sixth multi-hit game in his last nine contests. He's now got 18 stolen bases to go with 22 home runs, 70 RBI, 68 runs and a .251/.387/.458 line. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Bryce Harper Was - CF,RF
    L, 9-4 vs Col
     
  • Van Slyke (wrist) transferred to 60-day DL
    Dodgers transferred OF Scott Van Slyke to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: That opens up a spot for Shawn Zarraga on the 40-man roster. With less than two months to go, this move effectively ends Van Slyke's season. He was hitting .225 before a right wrist injury sent him to the disabled list in early May. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:36 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 3-2 vs ChC
     
  • Seager (foot) held out for second straight game
    Kyle Seager (foot) is not in the Mariners' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager is still out with a bruised foot he suffered Tuesday against the Yankees. Manager Scott Servais is hoping to have Seager back in the lineup on Friday but admitted it's 50-50. Utility man Shawn O'Malley will handle the hot corner in his absence on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:10 pm
  • Bruce (calf) not in NYM lineup Thursday night
    Jay Bruce (calf) is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bruce left Wednesday's game with a right calf cramp after hitting a double in the top of the second inning. Alejandro De Aza is starting in his place at St. Louis. Manager Terry Collins has indicated that Bruce could be available off the bench. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:53 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Iglesias (hamstring) could be activated Fri.
    Jose Iglesias (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: Iglesias is 4-for-12 with a homer in three rehab games with Triple-A Toledo. The shortstop has been sidelined since August 12 because of a left hamstring strain. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that he plans to keep Erick Aybar active even when Iglesias returns, for what it's worth. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:54 am
  • Bruce exits due to cramp in right leg vs. STL
    Jay Bruce was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals due to a right calf cramp.

    Advice: Bruce cramped up on a second-inning double and was subsequently pinch-run for by Alejandro De Aza. Cramps are rarely a sign of serious injury and the Mets' midseason acquisition should be back in the lineup without issue later this week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:16 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Gary Sanchez sizzles with yet another homer
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez continues to simply destroy things, this time cracking a solo home run off Hisashi Iwakuma in the first inning. In just 72 at-bats, he has already launched nine long-balls. The 23-year-old backstop is slashing a stupendous .389/.450/.847 in that space. He was batting third on Wednesday and even if he cools off -- which will happen eventually, allegedly -- he should remain a fantasy difference-maker down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Aoki doubles for lone M's extra-base hit
    Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Aoki's double was the Mariners' only extra-base hit against Masahiro Tanaka and company. The two-bagger was his 17th of the season. He has been on something of a doubles tear of late, swatting five in his last 10 games. The veteran outfielder shouldn't be relied upon for fantasy purposes, but his recent bat-work is nice enough in its own right. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:55 pm
    Not Active
    L, 9-3 @CWS
     
  • Jay Bruce removed with injury after a double
    After hitting a double in Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Jay Bruce exited with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Bruce was replaced by a pinch-runner Alejandro De Aza in the second inning. He might have suffered the injury while initially running out of the box. The Mets should pass along word as to the exact reason for his exit as the game progresses. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:43 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Cespedes says he does not plan to opt out
    Yoenis Cespedes reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to exercise his opt-out this winter.

    Advice: We'll believe that when it becomes official. Cespedes is batting .295/.365/.570 with 25 home runs and 64 RBI in 98 games this year -- the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that includes an opt-out clause leading into 2017. His current .936 OPS would be the highest of his career by a pretty wide margin. The 30-year-old outfielder stands to cash in this winter in a weak free agent market and we expect him to do just that. He could still return to the Mets, but with a bigger contract guarantee. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:39 am
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Seager (foot) out of Mariners' lineup on Wed.
    Kyle Seager will be held out Wednesday after fouling a ball off his foot on Tuesday night.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like anything serious, but the Mariners have a day game against the Yankees and don't want to risk making the matter worse. Seager went 0-for-3 on Tuesday versus New York but still owns a cool .286/.364/.515 batting line with 24 home runs and 83 RBI in 124 games this season for Seattle. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • DJ LeMahieu (wrist) sitting again Wednesday
    DJ LeMahieu (wrist) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: LeMahieu was a late scratch Tuesday due to left wrist inflammation and is apparently still dealing with some discomfort. Daniel Descalso will start at second base and bat sixth on Wednesday afternoon against Zach Davies. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:26 am
  • Blackmon (toe) goes 1-for-5 in return Tues.
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) finished 1-for-5 with a run scored in his return to the Rockies' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Brewers.

    Advice: He struck out in three of his five trips to the plate as the Rockies fell at Milwaukee. Blackmon had missed four straight starts because of a bruised right toe. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:50 am
    W, 9-4 @Was
     
  • Matt Kemp drives in three as Braves rally
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kemp almost single-handedly rallied the Braves back from a 4-2 deficit. He started the comeback with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to cut the advantage to 4-3, then flipped the score completely with his two-run double with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. The veteran outfielder has picked up hits in nine of his last 10 games and is slashing .263/.296/.480 with 25 homers and 81 RBI. He has rocked at least 23 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:49 pm
    New Player Note
    Matt Kemp Atl - LF,RF
    W, 3-1 @SF
     
  • Cabrera collects three more hits since return
    Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Garcia now has two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in four games since being activated from the disabled list on August 19. He's 6-for-16 in those four games, raising his overall line to .260/.310/.414 with 13 homers, 35 RBI and 43 runs scored. The stolen base, swiped against the great Yadier Molina as part of a double steal, was just Cabrera's second on the year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Galvis swats 13th homer in loss to White Sox
    Freddy Galvis hit his 13th home run of the year in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Galvis hit the solo shot in the seventh inning, the only Phillies run on the night. The 13 home runs are easily a career high for the 26-year-old, who had just 20 in parts of four seasons coming into 2016. Despite the sudden power, Galvis is hitting a disappointing .233/.265/.375 overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • LeMahieu scratched due to wrist inflammation
    DJ LeMahieu was scratched from the Rockies' lineup Tuesday due to left wrist inflammation.

    Advice: Daniel Descalso will start at second base and bat sixth Tuesday versus Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson. This could be a multi-game absence for LeMahieu. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:09 pm
  • Blackmon (toe) appears as pinch-hitter
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) struck out as a pinch-hitter to end Monday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Blackmon has missed four straight starts with a bruised right toe, but that he appeared as a pinch-hitter is a sign that he's getting close to returning. He's considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:14 am
    W, 9-4 @Was
     
  • Kyle Seager hits three-run homer in win
    Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in the Mariners' 7-5 defeat of the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: Seager's .884 OPS is about 100 points better than he's ever done before, and he's two away from matching his career high in homers. It's too bad his brother is getting all of the attention in the family; both have been among the game's top 20 or so position players this year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Gary Sanchez homers twice against Seattle
    Gary Sanchez launched his seventh and eighth homers Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez also singled. It wasn't clear just how much he'd play when the Yankees gave him the call on August 3, but he's a fixture now and that might not change for several years to come. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Blackmon (toe) out of lineup again Monday
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again Monday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Blackmon has now missed four straight starts with a bruised right big toe. Consider him day-to-day for now. Both David Dahl and Gerardo Parra are in the outfield again on Monday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:23 pm
    W, 9-4 @Was
     
  • Yoenis Cespedes homers again to lead Mets
    Yoenis Cespedes played the role of offensive hero again on Sunday, clobbering a two-run homer to lead the Mets in a 2-0 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets had been held without a hit through the first six innings of the ballgame until Curtis Granderson led off the seventh with a double. Cespedes then wasted no time, blasting a Jeff Samardzija offering over the wall in left field. He has provided a huge spark since returning from the disabled list, blasting a pair of home runs on Saturday before Sunday's heroics. With his 1-for-4 effort Sunday, Cespedes is now hitting .293/.363/.571 with 25 homers and 64 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:39 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Harper smashes three-run homer in extras loss
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Sunday's 7-6, 10-inning loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Harper crushed a three-run home run in the third inning to boost the Nationals to a 4-0 advantage, but they couldn't hold it and the Braves would eventually win the game on a Jace Peterson homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. For his part, Harper is now hitting .246/.386/.459 with 22 homers and 68 RBI across 386 at-bats. After a torrid start to the season, his numbers have cooled off dramatically into the summer. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:37 pm
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    Bryce Harper Was - CF,RF
    L, 9-4 vs Col
     
  • Jose Iglesias (hamstring) set for rehab games
    Jose Iglesias (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Monday.

    Advice: He's slated to play at least four games for Toledo, putting him in line to return next weekend if all goes well. Iglesias has missed the last week and a half with a hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:05 am
  • Salvador Perez getting a day off Sunday
    Salvador Perez is absent from the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day of rest. Drew Butera is doing the catching. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:20 am
  • Blackmon (toe) likely out a few more days
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Saturday that he expected Charlie Blackmon (toe) to miss a couple more starts.

    Advice: He's already missed two starts with a bruised right big toe and it sounds like Blackmon probably won't be back in there until at least the middle of the week. David Dahl has started the last two games in center field, with Gerardo Parra getting the call in left. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:30 am
    W, 9-4 @Was
     
  • Sanchez drills solo home run on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez continued his assault on major league pitching, drilling a solo home run versus the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The rookie now has 6 home runs in 58 at-bats since being called up three weeks ago. He is batting an eye-popping .379/.419/.776 in 15 games. He is bound to cool off sometime soon but has a legitimate shot at being one of the better fantasy catchers for the next few years. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • Martinez goes 2-for-4 with a solo home run
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 and smacked a solo home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: He took a Heath Hembree offering over the left field wall in the seventh inning to bring the Tigers within one but they would ultimately fall short. The slugger missed six weeks with a broken elbow or else he might be an MVP candidate. He is batting .316/.383/.576 with 18 home runs and 48 RBI in 82 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:57 pm
    L, 3-2 vs LAA
     
  • Harrison stays hot with three hits vs. Fish
    Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Harrison batted leadoff in the game and delivered, getting on base three times while driving in the Pirates' only run with an RBI single in the eighth inning. The three hits extended Harrison's modest hitting streak to six games, and he's got three doubles, five RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in that stretch. Harrison is now hitting .278/.306/.388 in 112 games overall. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:09 pm
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    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,LF,RF
    W, 9-6 @Mil
     
  • Cespedes homers twice in win over Giants
    Yoenis Cespedes ripped two homers in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: He also doubled and came within feet of a third home run on a deep flyout to left field. Cespedes was hampered by a quad injury earlier this month but obviously that's no longer an issue. The 30-year-old now sports an impressive .293 average with 24 HR and 62 RBI through 341 at-bats this year. For the Mets to have any chance of going back to the playoffs, Cespedes will have to carry the team on his back. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:19 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Charlie Blackmon (toe) out again Saturday
    Charlie Blackmon (toe) is not in the Rockies' lineup Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Blackmon missed Friday's game with a bruised toe and will get another day off on Saturday. Rookie David Dahl will draw the start in center field and bat leadoff against Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery. Blackmon is still considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:11 pm
    W, 9-4 @Was
     
  • Bruce hitless in loss to Giants
    Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Bruce had a chance to play hero in the eighth inning, but he grounded into a double play to end the threat. He’s now batting .176 (12-for-68) with two homers, two doubles, and six RBI in 17 games since joining the Mets. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:25 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Cespedes singles in return from DL
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Cespedes had been out since August 3 with a nagging quad injury. He’s capable of big things if he’s feeling good, but it might be too late for the Mets, who are 5 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:24 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Charlie Blackmon scratched with toe injury
    Charlie Blackmon was a late scratch from Friday's game against the Cubs due to a bruised right big toe.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly how Blackmon sustained the injury, but it may have occurred during the lengthy rain delay before Friday's game. He's considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:29 pm
    W, 9-4 @Was
     
  • J.D. Martinez goes deep in loss to Red Sox
    J.D. Martinez clubbed a two-run homer off of Rick Porcello on Friday, accounting for all of his club's offense in an ugly loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: His two-run shot in the second inning pulled the Tigers to within two runs at 4-2, but that would be as close as they would get. Martinez also singled, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk. He has been stinging the ball since his return from the disabled list and is now hitting .312/.380/.558 with 16 homers and 46 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:00 pm
    L, 3-2 vs LAA
     
  • Mets activate Asdrubal Cabrera from 15-day DL
    Mets activated INF Asdrubal Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back in the lineup on Friday night, as is lineup-mate Yoenis Cespedes. Cabrera returns to a .255/.308/.410 slash line on the season, where he has been a solid performer and capable run producer. His bat has been sorely missed in the Mets lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:16 pm
  • Mets activate Yoenis Cespedes from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's right back in the middle of the Mets lineup for Friday's contest against the Giants. He'll need to be the premier offensive presence that he was after his acquisition in the second half last season if the Mets are going to make another run at the postseason. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:14 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Ruggiano styles grand slam in return from DL
    Justin Ruggiano crushed a grand slam in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Ruggiano was just activated from the disabled list on Thursday after sitting out several weeks due to a strained hamstring. He made sure that his return was a memorable one. Facing off against Madison Bumgarner with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning, Ruggiano crushed a bomb to center for the grand slam. It put the Mets up 4-0, but that would be quickly be erased by an ineffective Jacob deGrom, as the Giants scored five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. While Thursday's dinger was smooth enough for Ruggiano, the veteran outfielder has seen just 10 total at-bats between the Rangers -- who released him near the end of June -- and the Mets. There is no true fantasy relevance here. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) to be activated Friday
    The Mets will activate Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: Yoenis Cespedes (quad) will also come off the DL on Friday. The Mets were originally planning to activate Cabrera on Thursday but they decided to wait another 24 hours. Cabrera missed a couple weeks with a strained patellar tendon. He sports a pedestrian .255/.308/.410 slash line over 373 at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:12 pm
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) returns from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back after missing about two weeks with a strained hamstring. Ruggiano will start in center field and bat sixth Thursday against the Giants. Reliever Gabriel Ynoa was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in the corresponding move. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) to be activated Thursday
    Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list before Thursday night's game against the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets are finally getting healthy with Ruggiano returning Thursday and Yoenis Cespedes (quad) joining the fold on Friday. Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) will also be back at some point this weekend. Ruggiano gives the Mets some outfield depth but he's not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Tigers add Alex Presley from AAA Toledo
    Tigers purchased the contract of OF Alex Presley from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Presley will start in left field and bat ninth for Detroit on Thursday afternoon against the visiting Red Sox. He was batting .293/.378/.398 with zero home runs in 157 plate appearances at Toledo. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:17 am
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    L, 3-2 vs LAA
     
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) set to return Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is set to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored Wednesday in his third and final rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. "I felt comfortable at the plate," he told reporters. "I'll be ready for Friday." Cespedes was batting .289/.362/.548 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 94 games for the Mets before landing on the disabled list August 3 with a quad injury. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:00 am
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) returning Thursday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

    Advice: Cabrera wound up missing a little over two weeks with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. He went 2-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI in a two-game minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:56 am
  • Plouffe goes 3-for-5 with three RBI
    Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in the Twins' win on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk in the game. The veteran missed more than a month with a broken rib before returning to action last week. He has not been able to repeat the solid production he delivered the last few years, slashing just .259/.295/.399 in 65 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Crawford doubles, triples in loss to Pirates
    Brandon Crawford went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a two-run triple in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Impressive offensive contributions from Crawford in this one. He notched an RBI double off Ivan Nova in the second inning, then followed that up several frames later with a two-run triple in the fifth. For the season, Crawford is slashing .271/.338/.439 with 11 homers and 74 RBI over 417 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Harper vaporizes baseball on two-run homer
    Bryce Harper connected for a two-run home run that traveled an estimated 481 feet in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Harper absolutely unloaded on an offering from Chris Bergman in the fifth inning. The homer was his 22nd of the season, and his first since July 20. The reigning NL MVP boasts a .241/.383/.455 triple-slash over 369 at-bats. His overall numbers are down following a .330/.460/.649 campaign a season ago, but Harper remains an elite fantasy bat -- even if he doesn't necessarily show it all the time these days. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:32 pm
    New Player Note
    Bryce Harper Was - CF,RF
    L, 9-4 vs Col
     
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) could return for weekend
    Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) could be activated off the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: This according to Mets assistant general manager John Ricco. A left hamstring strain sidelined Ruggiano at the beginning of August, but he made quick work of his rehab and could rejoin the team after spending just over the minimum on the 15-day disabled list. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
  • LeMahieu scores three times as Rox best Nats
    DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-3 with a triple, a two-run home run and three runs scored as the Rockies topped the Nationals 6-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: No one this side of the equator (sorry, that disqualifies you, Michael Phelps) is as hot as LeMahieu these days. The 28-year-old is now hitting .548 (17-for-31) with two home runs, five RBI and eight runs scored during an eight-game hitting streak, running his overall line to .342/.415/.498. LeMahieu is also fourth in the National League with 79 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:05 pm
  • Aoki collects three hits in loss to Angels
    Nori Aoki went 3-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Aoki has now picked up a pair of three-hit efforts over his last three games. His double on Tuesday was No. 13 for the season. In addition, the veteran outfielder is slashing .259/.328/.334 with 14 RBI, 44 runs scored and six steals over 320 at-bats. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:34 pm
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    L, 9-3 @CWS
     
  • Jay Bruce doubles in win over Diamondbacks
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bruce's double on Tuesday was his 23rd of the season, but just his first since joining the Mets at the trade deadline. He entered the game hitting a measly .160/.250/.280 in 50 at-bats with his new squad. Bruce is a better hitter than this -- he was slashing .265/.316/.559 with the Reds -- but the fit always felt slightly off and he has yet to pay the deadline dividends that would help the Mets to make a pennant run ala the addition of Yoenis Cespedes last summer. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:26 pm
    W, 12-1 vs Phi
     
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