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  • Trout is 2-for-3 w/ HR, 2 BBs, 2 RBI, 2 runs
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's triumph versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Trout knocked Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi out of Tuesday's game with a one-out RBI double in the fourth inning, and he dismissed Marlins' starter Henderson Alvarez tonight with a 426-foot homer in the seventh. Trout is slashing an amazing .291/.378/.565 and is on pace for 37 homers, 115 RBI, 112 runs and 15 steals. If only there were more of him.
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Beckham goes deep for 1st time since June 24
    Gordon Beckham hit his first home run as an Angel in Wednesday's 6-1 win against Miami.

    Advice: He finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. It was his first homer since June 24, part of the reason Beckham was available for the low, low price of a player to be named later or cash considerations last week. He hasn't set the world on fire in Los Angeles either, going hitless in seven at-bats over three appearances coming into tonight. Backing up Howie Kendrick and David Freese, Beckham doesn't retain a ton of fantasy value on the Angels.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Alvarez victimized for 5 runs in loss to LAA
    Henderson Alvarez coughed up five runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 6-1 setback against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was another shaky outing for Alvarez, who allowed eight hits, including a pair of solo homers. In his last start, he became short breath in Denver's altitude, but everything returned to normal when he returned to sea level. So that's two off nights in a row for the young hurler, who has too much talent to make a habit of it. Now 10-6 with a 2.75 ERA, Alvarez gets the Mets in his next start.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Posey cracks walk-off HR, has 3 HR last 2 gm.
    Buster Posey hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his second career walk-off homer. The catcher finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. Posey hit his 16th and 17th home runs on Tuesday, and his 18th tonight -- he's one of many pro batters that practices gratitude for the existence of Rockies' pitchers. During his seven-game hitting streak, Posey is 15-for-31 (.484) with five homers and 10 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Morneau goes 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI
    Justin Morneau went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The Home Run Derby participant has only one homer in the second half, but has elevated the rest of his game to such a degree that he's actually been more valuable post-break than he was beforehand. Morneau is slashing .338/.413/.488 in the second half. If more of those doubles start landing over the fence, Morneau could have one monster stretch left in him this year. The veteran first baseman boasts a .317/.360/.500 batting line with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 112 games this season.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Hudson holds Rockies to 1 run in no-decision
    Tim Hudson yielded merely one earned run to the Rockies over eight innings on Wednesday in a no-decision.

    Advice: Hudson punched out eight and scattered four hits in the gem. Outside of a Corey Dickerson solo home run, Hudson looked like a vintage version of himself. Recently, he had looked like a cheap knock-off. Hudson beat Washington last time around, but had lost seven of eight decisions prior to that, posting a 4.71 ERA during that stretch. He has pitched better on the road than at home this year, with a 2.37 road ERA and 3.60 at home (including 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA in his five starts there prior to tonight). Hudson has a rematch against Franklin Morales on Monday, this time in Colorado.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Morales allows only 1 run in ND vs. Giants
    Franklin Morales tossed six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales turned back the clock to the days when he was decent, striking out six, walking one, and scattering six hits. Unfortunately for Morales, he watched Juan Nicasio serve up a walk-off homer to Buster Posey, spoiling arguably his second best start of the season (the best coming in April against these very same Giants). So it's a good thing that Morales has a rematch against San Francisco in Denver next week, though you've got to have more intestinal fortitude that we do to trust him in fantasy for it.
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • RP Jansen turns out the lights vs. Snakes
    Kenley Jansen made short work of the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, getting his 38th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory.

    Advice: In 10 outings this month, Jansen has allowed only one run and struck out 19 in 10 1/3 innings. The right-hander had an ugly 4.55 ERA on June 20, but has given up only two runs since that date. He's 38-for-42 in save conversions to go with a 2.82 ERA.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Kershaw K's 10 over 8 IP in victory over ARI
    Clayton Kershaw surrendered only an unearned run across eight innings, striking out 10, in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kershaw scattered six hits and walked two. The left-hander has now worked seven innings or more in 14 straight starts. He's given up more than three earned runs just once all season, remarkable consistency that is summed up in a gorgeous 1.73 ERA. Kershaw (16-3) welcomes the Nationals to Southern California next time around.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • SP Miley drops decision to the Dodgers
    Wade Miley allowed three runs while striking out six over six innings of Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Miley walked four and gave up seven hits. His bend-but-don't break brand of pitching works against some, but it most certainly doesn't work against Clayton Kershaw. Miley has posted a 4.30 ERA, but his 1.34 WHIP and solid 163/62 K/BB ratio in 176 innings reveals a pitcher who's been a little more effective. Miley travels to San Diego on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Sam Fuld homers to lead A's
    Sam Fuld went 3-for-5 and hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth as the A's beat the Astros 5-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Eric Sogard singled in Craig Gentry to tie the game at 3 in the ninth, and Fuld hit his third homer of the year to give the A's the lead before the Astros rallied for one run in the bottom of the ninth. Fuld also doubled in the contest. He had been hitting just .231/.286/.292 with no homers and three RBI in 65 at-bats since being reacquired by the A's on July 31.
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz strikes out seven Astros
    Drew Pomeranz allowed just an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings and struck out seven against the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: It wasn't enough to get Pomeranz a win, but it was a performance that could earn him more starts in September, depending on how things go with Jason Hammel. He'll probably be optioned back to Triple-A now, but he'll be worth playing in mixed leagues if he's needed again.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Eric O'Flaherty earns first ever save
    Despite giving up a homer to Chris Carter, Eric O'Flaherty finally recorded his first career save Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Fortunately, O'Flaherty was able to erase Robbie Grossman on a double-play ball before the homer, since a two-run shot would have tied the game at 5. After that, O'Flaherty got Dexter Fowler to line out to end it. The outing certainly wasn't quite what the A's were hoping for when they made the surprising decision to have O'Flaherty replace the injured Sean Doolittle. However, since he got the job done, he'll likely continue to close.
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Brad Peacock strikes out six A's
    Brad Peacock pitched around five walks to hold the A's to one run in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Peacock also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch, but the A's couldn't get to him. In fact, their lone run off him came only after he left the game in the sixth, with Jonny Gomes delivering a sac fly. Peacock struck out six before departing. The no-decision was his fourth in a row, but since he had three consecutive losses prior to the current streak, this is better.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Chad Qualls takes blown save, loss
    Chad Qualls gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning to take his fifth blown save and fourth loss Wednesday against the A's.

    Advice: Mere hours after the Astros declined to trade him to the Tigers. Qualls has had a nice year, but he's a 36-year-old with a career 3.74 ERA; if the Astros could have gotten value for him, they should have done so.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Deadline passes, Qualls won't be dealt to DET
    The deadline for the Tigers to work out a trade for Astros reliever Chad Qualls passed without a deal Wednesday.

    Advice: The deadline passing means Qualls won't be dealt this season. That's good news for fantasy owners, as the right-hander would likely have been a setup man for Joe Nathan in Detroit a la Joakim Soria. Qualls earned his 15th save of the season on Tuesday, and the 36-year-old has a 3.05 ERA on the year.
    Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • A's recall Drew Pomeranz for Wednesday start
    Athletics recalled LHP Drew Pomeranz from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Pomeranz will start for the A's on Wednesday night against the Astros. He had a strong 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being demoted in July and makes for a good fantasy streamer in Houston.
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Trout notches three hits in win over Marlins
    Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout hit the one-out RBI double in the fourth inning off of Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi, knocking the pitcher out of the game. It was Trout's 92nd RBI of the season. The three hits bumped his average up to .289. This three-hit effort isn't the norm in front of the home crowd, as Trout's numbers are noticeably lower at home (.258/.351/.525) than they are on the road (.312/.390/.584). "Noticeably lower" is still really good in Trout's case. Work on that home average, maybe? On the year he's slashing .289/.374/.558.
    Tuesday, 10:37 pm
  • Buster Posey blasts out a pair of HRs in win
    Buster Posey belted his 16th and 17th home runs of the season and accounted for all of San Francisco's offense in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: This was his second career multi-homer game (the other coming in 2010). Posey knocked in RBI 63 and 64 while taking Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa deep in the sixth inning, and got his 65th with an emphatic eighth inning homer off Brooks Brown. Posey might have gotten JDLR at less than full strength -- the hurler suffered a thumb contusion while batting in the top half of the frame -- but he certainly won't give it back (De La Rosa was immediately removed once Posey crossed home plate). Posey finished the game 2-for-4. The catcher is slashing .288/.346/.457.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Qualls puts away Athletics to earn 15th save
    Chad Qualls retired the Athletics in order in the ninth inning on Tuesday to earn his 15th save.

    Advice: Qualls, still a member of the Astros for now, had little trouble with the Athletics' 8-9-1 hitters. The 36-year-old owns a 3.05 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 38/5 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings this season. If the Tigers do make a deal for the veteran reliever -- and they have until Wednesday to work something out -- he'll likely occupy a setup role in Detroit.
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Qualls claimed on revocable waivers by Tigers
    Peter Gammons reports that the Tigers have claimed Chad Qualls off revocable waivers from the Astros.

    Advice: Given the state of the Tigers' bullpen, it's no surprise that they were the ones who put in the claim. It's unclear whether the Astros actually intend to trade him, but the two sides have until Wednesday to make a deal. Qualls, who has a 3.07 ERA in 49 appearances this year, is under contract for $3 million next season and the Astros hold a $3.5 million club option for 2016.
    Tuesday, 5:25 am
  • Eric O'Flaherty finishes 8-2 game
    After warming up to come in for the save, Eric O'Flaherty ended up finishing an 8-2 game against the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: It was 3-2 until the A's racked up five runs in the top of the ninth, extending O'Flaherty's saveless streak for at least one day. He's expected to be Oakland's fill-in closer for now, even though he's never saved a game in 388 appearances. In tonight's game, he gave up a double and a walk with one out before inducing a double-play ball to end the contest.
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Brad Peacock in line to start Wednesday
    Brad Peacock (forearm) is on track to make his scheduled start on Wednesday versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Peacock skipped his normal between-starts bullpen session, but his tight forearm is not expected to keep him from taking the ball Wednesday. He holds a 5.30 ERA over 107 innings this season.
    Monday, 5:32 pm
  • Chad Qualls claimed on revocable waivers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Chad Qualls has been claimed on revocable waivers.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that it's "unclear" whether the Astros will trade him. They were adamant about not dealing Qualls prior to the trade deadline, but perhaps they'll change their mind if they get the right offer. Qualls is under contract for $3 million next season and the Astros hold a $3.5 million club option for 2016.
    Monday, 3:53 pm
  • Drew Pomeranz getting ball for A's Wed.
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed Monday that Drew Pomeranz will be recalled to start on Wednesday versus the Astros.

    Advice: The A's will use a sixth starter for one turn in order to set up the top four of their starting rotation for a big four-game weekend set in Anaheim. Pomeranz held a 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being bumped to Triple-A Sacramento in July by the Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija trade. He makes for a decent fantasy streamer versus the Astros.
    Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Fuld (knee) not in Monday's lineup
    Sam Fuld (knee) is not in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: Fuld banged his left knee during Sunday's game and is still dealing with some discomfort. He did some running and swung a bat Monday, so it doesn't sound like he'll need to miss much time at all.
    Monday, 2:01 pm
  • Pomeranz likely to start Wednesday in HOU
    Drew Pomeranz is likely to start for the A's on Wednesday night against the Astros.

    Advice: The A's will use a sixth starter this week in Houston to line up the top four of their starting rotation for a big four-game weekend set in Anaheim. Pomeranz had a cool 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being bumped to Triple-A Sacramento in July by the Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija trade. He should make for a decent fantasy streamer versus the light-hitting 'Stros.
    Monday, 5:45 am
  • O'Flaherty expected to fill in as OAK closer
    Eric O'Flaherty is expected to serve as the A's closer while Sean Doolittle (intercostal) is sidelined.

    Advice: That will allow Ryan Cook and Luke Gregerson to remain in their current setup roles -- where they have both excelled. Doolittle was placed on the disabled list Sunday with an intercostal strain and could be out for close to three weeks. O'Flaherty, who has a 1.35 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings since returning in July from Tommy John surgery, obviously needs to be scooped up in all standard fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 5:31 am
  • Mike Trout launches 29th homer in victory
    Mike Trout launched his 29th home run of the season on Sunday, helping the Angels to dispatch the Athletics in Oakland.

    Advice: He victimized Jesse Chavez in the sixth inning to increase the Angels lead to 9-0 when the game was already long out of reach. He also singled in the contest, finishing 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. He's enjoying another phenomenal season at the dish, hitting .288/.373/.559 with 29 long balls and 91 RBI.
    Sunday, 8:16 pm
  • Peacock (forearm) expects to make next start
    Brad Peacock (forearm) doesn't think he'll miss his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Peacock exited Friday's outing with right forearm tightness, an ailment that also forced him to miss a start back in May. However, the righty said Saturday that he felt better. "I'm just going to take today off from throwing and then probably play catch (Sunday) and see how it feels," he said. "It feels better today." The Astros won't know until at least Monday whether Peacock will be ready for his next outing.
    Sunday, 8:00 am
  • Qualls (back) tosses scoreless inning Friday
    Chad Qualls (back) tossed a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Qualls was unavailable the previous two days due to discomfort in his lower back. It's something he'll attempt to manage the rest of the way.
    Saturday, 1:19 am
  • Morneau smacks solo home run, drives in two
    Justin Morneau hit his 14th home run in Friday's tilt with the Marlins.

    Advice: Morneau finished the game 2-for-4, driving in two with his third inning homer off of Henderson Alvarez. It was Morneau's first home run since the All Star break. Despite the lack of dingers in the second half of the season, Morneau actually has bettered his slashes across the board in the second half. Since the break, he's been hitting .353/.443/.515. The Rocky Mountain air is doing him well.
    Friday, 11:57 pm
  • Alvarez moves to 10-5 despite allowing 4 runs
    Henderson Alvarez gave up four runs in six innings of work on Friday.

    Advice: Alvarez was the beneficiary of thirteen runs by the Marlins. It was a shaky outing, as he allowed ten hits, two of which left the yard. Justin Morneau hit a two-run shot in the third and Corey Dickerson hit another two-run homer in the sixth. Still, Alvarez picked up the win. Despite the shaky outing, he's got a 2.57 ERA and 1.22 WHIP going, in addition to a 94/28 K/BB ratio. He'll try to improve on this outing when he faces the Angels in his next start.
    Friday, 11:50 pm
  • Morales allows six runs in four innings
    Franklin Morales gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings on Friday.

    Advice: Morales was yanked from the game after he walked Casey McGehee to force in a run in the fifth inning with nobody out. Brooks Brown walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia one out later to finish off Morales' line. The lefty has struggled this season and currently sports a 5.32 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.
    Friday, 11:45 pm
  • Trout goes deep, but Angels lose to the A's
    Mike Trout smacked his 28th homer of the year in Friday's 5-3 loss to the A's.

    Advice: Trout finished 2-for-4. He entered the game batting only .221 this month, though he'd poked out three homers and walked eight times. The stud outfielder is slashing .289/.375/.559 and is on pace for 36 homers, 115 RBI, 108 runs, and 15 steals. The average is a little light, but he's going to top 30 home runs and 100 RBI for the first time, so MVP voters should be thrilled.
    Friday, 10:12 pm
  • Posey homers, drives in two to halt Nats
    Buster Posey hit his fifteenth home run of the season and knocked in RBI 60 and 61 in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Posey finished the game 2-for-5. The home run came off of Nationals starter Doug Fister. Posey also added a double, his 22nd, off of reliever Ross Detwiler. On the season, Posey is slashing .284/.345/.438. He's hit fifteen home runs and batted in 61.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Hudson helps stop streaking Nationals
    Tim Hudson gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in Friday's 10-3 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: So it appears that the Nationals can lose occasionally. Hudson's serviceable outing snapped the National's ten-game winning streak. He allowed five hits while striking out three and walking one. The Nationals scored on a first inning fielding error and a fourth inning Jayson Werth homer. Hudson might be 39-years old, but he continues to provide productive outings for the Giants. While he hasn't gone longer than six innings in any of his last four starts, he's pitching to the tune of a 2.99 ERA and 1.18 ERA. He'll face the Rockies next time out.
    Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Peacock sharp in injury-shortened start
    Brad Peacock allowed one run in five innings before leaving Friday's start against the Indians with an injury.

    Advice: Through five innings, Peacock had only allowed two hits. He struck out four and didn't issue a walk. He was on his way to one of his strongest starts of the season before the undisclosed injury derailed him. Prior to this start, he had allowed fourteen runs in fourteen-plus August innings (three starts). Peacock holds an ERA of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.64 on the year.
    Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Peacock leaves with undisclosed injury Friday
    Brad Peacock left Friday's start against the Indians with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Peacock had been pretty good, holding the Indians to one run on two hits over five innings, before leaving with assistant athletic trainer Rex Jones before the bottom of the sixth inning. Peacock had thrown only 62 pitches before exiting. The Astros should provide an update shortly.
    Friday, 5:46 pm
  • Bochy: Moving Posey to 1B not being discussed
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said moving Buster Posey to first base isn't being discussed right now.

    Advice: "Right now, no," Bochy said. "Down the road, sure, that's something we will talk about. It could lighten the load on Buster. Whether at some point down the road he will get out from behind the plate, I can't answer that. Right now it's not discussed." Posey has been bothered by a hip issue recently, and catching certainly isn't helping the matter. Still, having a catcher with Posey's bat is incredibly valuable, and the Giants appear ready to leave him there for the time being. Bochy did say that if and when Posey does move it will be to first and not to third base, as some have wondered. But for now, neither move is on the horizon.
    Friday, 3:27 pm
  • RP Jansen turns out the lights vs. Padres
    Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Padres on Thursday, working around a one-out walk to preserve a one-run victory.

    Advice: The right-hander walked Jedd Gyorko but punched out two Padres to escape the inning without much ancillary drama. Jansen's ERA sat at 4.55 on June 20, but he's given up a run in only two of 22 outings since then. Because of that, his ERA is down to 2.92. In addition, he boasts an outstanding 1.17 WHIP and 83/15 K/BB ratio over 52-plus innings.
    Thursday, 10:01 pm
  • Kershaw K's 10 over 8 IP in victory over SDP
    Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers topped the Padres 2-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: San Diego nickel-and-dimed Kershaw for a run in the seventh, culminating in Rene Rivera singling home Abraham Almonte, but was otherwise helpless against the best pitcher in the world. Kershaw was originally scheduled to start tomorrow in the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow some rest, and the Dodgers took advantage of Monday's off day to keep Kershaw on regular rest. Kershaw "struggled" to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in May. He allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and owns a 2.25 ERA so far in August. Overall, he's 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA, numbers he takes into a date in Arizona on Wednesday.
    Thursday, 9:58 pm
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
    Thursday, 9:18 pm
  • Pomeranz or Chavez could start next week
    The Athletics are considering using Drew Pomeranz or Jesse Chavez to make a spot start next week.

    Advice: The idea would be to use a sixth starter for one turn in order to line up their four best starters for the August 28-31 series versus the Angels. Both Pomeranz and Chavez have pitched well when in the A's rotation this season but were booted when the club acquired Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jon Lester.
    Thursday, 6:24 pm
  • Wade Miley goes 6 2/3 scoreless against Nats
    Despite allowing eight hits and four walks, Wade Miley blanked the Nationals for 6 2/3 innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Such a gritty performance, the kind that should keep him in Arizona for a long time. Miley has a disappointing 4.26 ERA at the moment, but his 1.32 WHIP is better than that and he has a solid 157/56 K/BB ratio in 170 innings.
    Thursday, 4:11 pm
  • Angels acquire Gordon Beckham from ChiSox
    Angels acquired 2B Gordon Beckham from the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: If you're going to gamble, this is the type of player -- and acquisition cost -- to do it on. Beckham has been pretty awful this year -- slashing .221/.263/.336 -- but it's worth finding out if there's still offensive upside in that bat (he entered the year with a career .694 OPS, though Beckham has steadily regressed since logging an .808 OPS as a rookie in 2009). The Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen wrote earlier this month that the White Sox would probably non-tender Beckham this offseason, so you can understand why they'd take whatever was offered to them. Beckham will back up Howie Kendrick and David Freese. Meanwhile, we expect Marcus Semien to be promoted for an extended look at second base by the White Sox.
    Thursday, 2:40 pm
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Chad Qualls (back) unavailable on Thursday
    Chad Qualls (back) is believed to be unavailable for Thursday's series finale against the Yankees.

    Advice: Qualls was also on the shelf Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in his back. It's not an issue that is expected to require a 15-day disabled list stint. Jose Veras earned a save in Qualls' place on Wednesday night and could be called on again Thursday afternoon.
    Thursday, 9:10 am
  • Qualls unavailable Wed. with back discomfort
    Astros manager Bo Porter said reliever Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday with mild back discomfort.

    Advice: With a three-run lead in the ninth inning, Porter turned to Jose Veras, not Qualls, for the save. The revelation after the game shed some light on that decision. Assuming it's a small issue -- Porter said Qualls should be available Thursday -- he'll be back in there the next time the Astros have a save opportunity.
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Kershaw's next start bumped up to Thursday
    Clayton Kershaw's next start has been moved to Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Kershaw was originally slated to go Friday for the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow a little rest. Kershaw will be on regular rest for the start, so there should be no concern about his effectiveness.
    Wednesday, 4:32 pm
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • Morneau (neck) back in COL lineup Tuesday
    Justin Morneau (neck) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Morneau missed a few games with a lingering neck injury. He is starting at first base and batting third for the Rockies against Royals right-hander James Shields.
    Tuesday, 1:50 pm
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