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  • Corey Hart designated for assignment
    Mariners designated OF Corey Hart for assignment.

    Advice: It's a paper move in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jesus Montero, who was reinstated from suspension. Hart will be a free agent this winter.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
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    W, 4-1 vs x LAA
  • Red Sox want to talk extension with Cespedes
    Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that the club is interested in discussing a contract extension with Yoenis Cespedes this offseason.

    Advice: "It is just a conversation that we will have at the right time," Cherington said. "There is no specific date we'll plan on having that, but so far, we think the relationship is off to a good start." Cespedes, who will make $10.5 million in 2015 in his final season before free agency, said on Saturday that he's "still not sure if I want to sign an extension or if I want to go to free agency." He batted .269/.296/.423 with five homers and 33 RBI over 51 games for Boston this season and hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 bombs and a career-high 100 RBI overall between the A's and Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Rangers want to re-sign Colby Lewis
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas that he has had preliminary talks with Colby Lewis' agent about a new contract.

    Advice: After missing the entire 2013 season following hip surgery, Lewis logged 170 1/3 innings this season, but he did so with a 10-14 record and a 5.18 ERA. It probably won't cost much to bring him back.
    Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Donaldson says knee feels more stable
    Josh Donaldson said Monday that his left knee feels more stable than it has over the past couple of days.

    Advice: Donaldson didn't test the knee with much running on Monday, but he's expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals. His knee has been an issue for most of the second half.
    Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Twins' Trevor Plouffe has surgery on forearm
    Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery Monday to repair a fractured left forearm.

    Advice: Plouffe injured his forearm last Wednesday and was told by one doctor that surgery wasn't necessary, but he apparently went through with the procedure after getting a second opinion. Either way, it's expected that he'll be ready for spring training.
    Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Report: Astros to name A.J. Hinch as manager
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have hired A.J. Hinch as their new manager.

    Advice: This confirms a report from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, who wrote that Hinch was "close" to being hired. The Astros are expected to make an official announcement of the hiring at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tom Lawless finished out the season as manager after Bo Porter was fired in early September, but the Astros decided to go another direction for 2015. Hinch, who recently served as vice president and assistant GM with the Padres, previously managed the Diamondbacks from 2009 through the middle of 2010.
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Shoemaker (oblique) plays catch without issue
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch Monday without issue and will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: The hope is that Shoemaker will be ready to start for the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS on October 5. He's been out since September 16 with an oblique strain. Anaheim will go with Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the first two games of the Division Series.
    Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Hamilton (shoulder) goes through full workout
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) went through a full workout on Monday afternoon without issue.

    Advice: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss, and ran the bases. He will repeat that routine on Tuesday and is then expected to face live pitching on Wednesday. The Angels are hoping he'll be close to full health by Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Nieuwenhuis to be discharged on Tuesday
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to be discharged from a New York hospital on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis spent all weekend hospitalized due to an infection thought to be related to kidney stones. He told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Monday that he is already feeling much better. The 27-year-old outfielder batted .259/.346/.482 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 61 games this season for the Mets.
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
  • Yankees outright left-hander Josh Outman
    Yankees sent LHP Josh Outman outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Outman was designated for assignment last Monday and is now officially off the Yankees' 40-man roster. He has a 4.43 ERA in 274 1/3 career major league innings.
    Yesterday, 10:57 am
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • John Farrell 'very comfortable' with Vazquez
    Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Monday afternoon that he is "very comfortable" with Christian Vazquez as his starting catcher for 2015.

    Advice: Vazquez batted just .240/.308/.309 with one home run and 20 RBI in 55 games this season, but the 24-year-old is tremendous defensively and the Red Sox will hope that his offense catches up as he gets more playing time at the major league level. Think of Yadier Molina's early years in St. Louis. Vazquez is doubtful to hold much fantasy relevance next season.
    Yesterday, 9:50 am
  • Perez (elbow) to begin throwing in November
    Martin Perez (elbow) is scheduled to begin a throwing program in November.

    Advice: Perez underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-May and probably won't be an option for the Rangers' rotation until June 2015. The 23-year-old left-hander owns a 4.13 ERA in 213 2/3 career innings.
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
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    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • Ichiro indicates he plans to play next season
    Ichiro Suzuki indicated Sunday evening that he is planning to play in 2015.

    Advice: Ichiro turns 41 years old next month, but the impending free agent outfielder told reporters after the Yankees' season finale that he feels "great" physically. He batted .284/.324/.340 with one home run and 15 stolen bases in 143 games this year for New York. There will be plenty of offers out there for him.
    Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Pirates confirm Volquez for Wild Card Game
    The Pirates confirmed Monday that Edinson Volquez will start Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

    Advice: He'll be facing off against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in what should be a raucous environment at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Volquez was one of the worst starters in the majors last season, but he bounced back with a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 192 2/3 innings this year. The team that wins on Wednesday night will advance to a Division Series matchup against the Nationals.
    Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • K-Rod would like to re-sign with the Brewers
    Francisco Rodriguez said this weekend that he would like to re-sign with the Brewers.

    Advice: But the Brewers probably don't have the means to spend big on a closer, and K-Rod should command some lucrative multi-year offers on the open market this winter after posting a 3.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 73/18 K/BB ratio, and 44 saves in 68 innings this season. "I definitely know where I want to be," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I want to be here. But it is not my decision. There are a lot of things the front office has to do over the course of the winter. They know how I feel. My heart is going to always be here."
    Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • Ichiro Suzuki collects two-run triple
    Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run triple as the Yankees' leadoff hitter against the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Suzuki was in the leadoff spot for just the second time all season, making one wonder whether it was just Joe Girardi paying tribute to him or maybe if Ichiro himself made a request prior to what could be his final MLB game. Obviously, Suzuki will be able to find work if he wants it. He came in at .284/.324/.340 in 359 at-bats this year.
    Sunday, 2:29 pm
  • Altuve gets two hits, finishes with .341 BA
    Jose Altuve had a double and an RBI single in four at-bats Sunday to finish with a major league-best .341 batting average for the season.

    Advice: Altuve talked his way into the lineup and wound up extending his American League batting crown lead with Victor Martinez going 0-for-3. The tiny second baseman finishes the year with a fantastic .341/.377/.453 batting line, seven homers, 59 RBI and 56 stolen bases. He was easily the most valuable second baseman in fantasy this season and among the most valuable overall.
    Sunday, 1:12 pm
  • Shoemaker (oblique) throws off mound Sunday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) said after completing a bullpen session Sunday that he remains "very confident" he'll be able to pitch in the ALDS.

    Advice: Shoemaker threw 30-40 pitches at near full intensity. While he admitted to having a little bit of tightness, he thinks it's something he'll be able to pitch through. The right-hander has been out since September 16 with a left oblique strain, but it's looking like he could be ready to start by October 5 in ALDS Game 3. The Halos have Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson set up for the first two games.
    Sunday, 11:59 am
  • Hamilton (shoulder) to take BP on Monday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will take batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: He'll take BP again on Tuesday before facing live pitching on Wednesday if all goes well. Hamilton has received a whopping 12 cortisone injections over the last couple weeks in hopes of getting his right shoulder in shape for the postseason. Game 1 of the ALDS is on Thursday.
    Sunday, 11:19 am
  • Jose Altuve talks his way into Astros' lineup
    Jose Altuve is starting at second base on Sunday after all.

    Advice: Altuve originally wasn't in the lineup as an organizational decision in order to protect his American League batting title lead. However, the diminutive second baseman was passionate about wanting to play (and outrage on social media likely also played a part) and the Astros caved.
    Sunday, 9:43 am
  • Jose Altuve getting a day off Sunday
    Jose Altuve is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He has started 156 games this season but will sit the last one out. Assuming he doesn't make a pinch-hitting appearance, Altuve will finish the year with a major league-leading .340 average and 223 hits (if Victor Martinez and his .337 mark doesn't catch him).
    Sunday, 8:05 am
  • Edinson Volquez would start WC game
    Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Pirates in a potential Wild Card game Wednesday.

    Advice: It had been set up that way with Francisco Liriano pitch Saturday and Gerrit Cole getting the ball Sunday. The Pirates can still tie for the National League Central crown with a win Sunday coupled with a Cardinals loss. Jeff Locke or Vance Worley would start a potential tiebreaker game on Monday. Volquez struck out a season-high 10 batters in his last outing and holds a 2.20 second-half ERA.
    Sunday, 7:42 am
  • Nieuwenhuis (infection) remains in hospital
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis remains hospitalized due to an infection.

    Advice: Obviously, he's not going to play again this season. Matt den Dekker is in left field for Sunday's season finale.
    Sunday, 7:21 am
  • Donaldson homers in A's loss to Rangers
    Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a home run in the A's loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Donaldson was a late-insertion to the A's starting lineup after banging both of his knees on Friday and he looked gimpy running the bases on Saturday night in Texas. But his production at the plate remained unchanged. He slugged a solo shot in the top of the first inning and later added two singles. The star third baseman is batting .257/.344/.459 with 29 homers and 98 RBI in 157 games this season.
    Saturday, 8:36 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker extended long toss Saturday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) extended his long toss work on Saturday.

    Advice: Shoemaker has been sidelined since September 16 with a left oblique strain. Along with the extended long toss, he did some simulated throwing work from a mound on Saturday. There is a good chance that he may be able to pitch for the Angels in the postseason.
    Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • Josh Donaldson (knee) in Oakland lineup Sat.
    Josh Donaldson (knee) is in the Athletics' starting lineup Saturday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Donaldson banged up both of his knees in a victory against the Rangers Friday, but he is obviously feeling better. The third baseman is batting .253/.342/.452 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI this year for the A's.
    Saturday, 1:44 pm
  • Cespedes reaches 100-RBI mark for first time
    Yoenis Cespedes was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: Cespedes knocked home a run with a single in the first inning and added another RBI single in eight-run second inning for the Red Sox. He now has 100 RBI for the year, marking the first time in his career that he has reached the century mark.
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis (illness) is in the hospital
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis is in the hospital with some sort of infection.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis missed Friday's game due to the illness and is expected to stay in the hospital until Sunday. He is batting .259/.346/.482 this year for the Mets.
    Saturday, 1:19 pm
  • Josh Donaldson dealing with bruised knee
    Josh Donaldson said after Friday's game that he banged his knees during a victory over the Rangers, but that his hamstring is fine.

    Advice: Donaldson appeared to suffer a re-aggravation of his hamstring injury when diving for a ball on Friday, so it's encouraging news to hear that he merely banged his knees. Look for him to be back in the A's lineup on Saturday.
    Friday, 8:44 pm
  • Altuve ignites Astros in a win over the Mets
    Jose Altuve's RBI single in the sixth inning was the start of a three-run rally that led to Friday's win against the Mets.

    Advice: Altuve finished 1-for-4 on the night. He singled in the tying run and later scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning after Mets starter Jon Niese had left the game. The performance lowered Altuve's September batting average to .378 (34-for-90). He's had a spectacular season, hitting .342/.378/.454 with 56 stolen bases and 85 runs scored.
    Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Josh Hamilton to resume swinging Saturday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will resume swinging a bat on Saturday.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that he'll face live pitching at normal velocity before the playoffs begin, but his availability for the postseason remains in question. Before hitting the shelf, he slashed just .263/.331/.414 with 10 homers in his 89 contests.
    Friday, 5:20 pm
  • Matt Shoemaker plays catch again on Friday
    Matt Shoemaker (oblique) played catch for the fifth consecutive day on Friday and remains optimistic of returning shortly.

    Advice: This time he was able to long toss from a distance of 150 feet. While it doesn't appear that he will make it back before the end of the regular season, the Halos appear to have an opening for the third game of the postseason after Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson that Shoemaker would love to occupy. Provided that he continues to progress, that looks like a strong possibility.
    Friday, 4:40 pm
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis scratched due to illness
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Friday's lineup due to illness.

    Advice: He should be OK in a day or two. Eric Young, Jr. took Nieuwenhuis' spot in left field.
    Friday, 1:38 pm
  • Volquez fans 10 over seven shutout innings
    Edinson Volquez threw seven more shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process as the picked up the win against the Braves on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back starts of seven shutout innings for Volquez. He limited the Braves to four hits and a walk while setting a season-high in strikeouts with 10, eclipsing his previous high mark of seven. The right-hander has been a bargain find for the Pirates, as he ends the regular season at 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and a 140/71 K/BB ratio.
    Thursday, 8:16 pm
  • Lewis goes seven strong in a no-decision
    Colby Lewis overcame some control problems to deliver seven strong innings in a no-decision, allowing just one run, as the Rangers went on to win 2-1 over the Athletics in walk-off fashion on Thursday.

    Advice: Lewis walked five and surrendered six hits while striking out seven. It's been a tough year for Lewis, who rounds out his 2014 season with a 10-14 record, 5.18 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and a 133/48 K/BB ratio.
    Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Vazquez 4-for-4 with 3 RBI in rout of Rays
    Christian Vazquez had a terrific night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run home run in Thursday's rout of the Rays.

    Advice: It was a night of firsts, as Rusney Castillo joined Vazquez in hitting their first career major league home runs on Thursday. Vazquez had been slow to start offensively, but his performance against the Rays bumps his slash line up to .238/.304/.308 with 19 RBI in 197 plate appearances. Unfortunately, Vazquez is running out of time to bring his numbers further up on the board.
    Thursday, 7:52 pm
  • Plouffe to get second opinion on forearm
    Trevor Plouffe will get a second opinion on his fractured left forearm.

    Advice: Plouffe was already told by one doctor that surgery isn't necessary, but he just wants to be certain. Either way, it sounds like he should be fine by spring training.
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe (forearm) won't need surgery
    Trevor Plouffe will not need surgery on his fractured left forearm.

    Advice: Plouffe suffered the injury Wednesday when A.J. Pollock's leg hit his arm on a slide into third base. The good news is that he won't need surgery, but he will wear a cast for 6-8 weeks. He should be fine for spring training next year.
    Thursday, 12:59 pm
  • Hamilton not expected back before postseason
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) said he doesn't expect to play before the end of the regular season.

    Advice: It was always a race against time as Hamilton attempted to overcome a variety of ailments. The outfielder did say he hopes to be back in time for the start of the playoffs. If Hamilton's regular season is over, he ends with a .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs in an injury-riddled 89 games played.
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (shoulder) unlikely for Friday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is not expected to return to the lineup on Friday.

    Advice: His status for the rest of the weekend also remains in doubt. Hamilton has received a whopping 12 cortisone injections over the last couple weeks in hopes of getting his shoulder ready for the postseason, but his situations remains up in the air.
    Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe suffers fractured forearm
    Trevor Plouffe is done for the season after being diagnosed with a fractured left forearm.

    Advice: Plouffe suffered the injury Wednesday after hitting his left arm on the Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock's knee as he slid into third base. It's not clear at this point if he'll need surgery. While it's certainly an unfortunate ending to his season, Plouffe should be fine by the time spring training rolls around. His season concludes with a .258/.328/.423 batting line, 14 homers and 80 RBI.
    Wednesday, 12:16 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe exits with forearm injury
    Trevor Plouffe left Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks after hitting his left forearm on A.J. Pollock's knee.

    Advice: The Twins should have more on Plouffe's status later Wednesday. Plouffe had a sac fly and drew a couple walks before exiting.
    Wednesday, 11:57 am
  • Plouffe has four-hit game against D'backs
    Trevor Plouffe had a four-hit effort against the Diamondbacks Tuesday, finishing 4-for-4 with a run scored.

    Advice: The only thing lacking in Plouffe's game was some run production, as all four of his hits went for singles and none drove in a run. Still, it was another good game for the third baseman, who has 15 hits in his last 38 at-bats. The hot stretch has his overall line at .258/.326/.423.
    Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Volquez interested in staying with Pirates
    Edinson Volquez is interested in re-signing with the Pirates.

    Advice: Volquez has rebounded with a 3.15 ERA and 130/70 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings this season and credits the Pirates' coaches for his turnaround, so it makes sense that he's open to staying, but he would also like to parlay his success into a multi-year contract. "You always want to sign for more than one year," said Volquez. "Especially now that I'm 31 years old, I'd like to sign with someone for two or three years and stay a little bit longer."
    Tuesday, 6:31 am
  • Donaldson draws 3 walks in win over Angels
    Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 win against the Angels.

    Advice: He has reached base seven times across 11 plate appearances, and scored four runs, over the past 48 hours. He won't come close to matching the raw efficiency of last year's breakout season (.301/.384/.499), but Donaldson totes a solid .254/.341/.457 slash line and will reach the 100-RBI plateau if he can drive in three more by sundown on Sunday. His WAR (currently 7.1) isn't even going to finish one game below 2013's total of 8.0; the A's have a keeper.
    Monday, 10:41 pm
  • Hamilton (shoulder) won't play before weekend
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will not play until this weekend, at the earliest.

    Advice: Hamilton had been hoping to return as soon as Wednesday,' but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has ruled that out. The outfielder did hit off a tee Monday and Scioscia said Hamilton is doing "pretty good." Fantasy owners don't need to be counting on him playing at all this week.
    Monday, 5:28 pm
  • Shoemaker not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that the chances of Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitching this week are "very remote."

    Advice: The good news is that Shoemaker played catch Monday and Scioscia said he's "very encouraged" about the right-hander's chances of being ready for the postseason. The Angels would obviously prefer the rookie right-hander getting a tune-up before the playoffs, but obviously the main goal is to have him available for postseason play, and it sounds like they will.
    Monday, 5:26 pm
  • Yanks designate Outman for assignment
    Yankees designated LHP Josh Outman for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Eury Perez on the 40-man roster. Outman was acquired from the Indians less than a month ago and tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings during his brief stint with the team.
    Monday, 1:26 pm
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Donaldson crushes walk-off homer in 10th
    Josh Donaldson came up big for the A's Sunday, hitting a two-run, walk-off homer in the 10th inning to defeat the Phillies 8-6.

    Advice: Donaldson had singled twice and scored twice in the game prior to coming up with a man on in the 10th inning. He proceeded to take Phillies reliever Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez deep to send everyone home happy. Donaldson now has 28 home runs, 97 RBI and 89 runs scored this year. Three more RBI over the final week will represent Donaldson's first ever 100-RBI season.
    Sep 21, 6:58 pm
  • Altuve records another multi-hit game Sunday
    Jose Altuve turned in another multi-hit game Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Altuve is closing what has been a tremendous 2014 season with an equally ridiculous final month, as he's now batting .413 with 11 RBI and 11 runs scored in September. That includes 12 multi-hit games, with 10 of those coming in his last 11 games. The 24-year-old is honing in on the American League batting title, hitting .345/.381/.458 overall.
    Sep 21, 4:12 pm
  • Cespedes has two hits, RBI against Orioles
    Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Cespedes had an RBI single off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez in the fifth inning, giving him 97 RBI on the year. Cespedes has six more games to ensure his first 100-RBI season. His 85 runs scored are also a career best for the 28-year-old.
    Sep 21, 1:53 pm
  • Lewis hammered, Rangers fall to the Angels
    Colby Lewis was hammered for eight runs (seven earned) in five innings en route to a loss against the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Lewis gave up three home runs, pushing his season total to 25. He allowed nine hits in total while walking one and striking out three. With one more start to go, Lewis sits on a 5.34 ERA with a 1.52 WHIP and a 126/43 K/BB ratio. Lewis will make his final start at home on Thursday against the Athletics.
    Sep 20, 9:13 pm
  • Volquez magnificent in a no-decision vs. MIL
    Edinson Volquez was handed a no-decision Saturday despite tossing seven scoreless innings against the Brewers.

    Advice: Following Saturday's outing, Volquez has managed to lower his ERA by 76 points since the beginning of August. The right-hander yielded three hits and three walks while striking out six in the effort. He'll take a 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a 130/70 K/BB ratio into his final start of the season on Thursday in Atlanta against the Braves.
    Sep 20, 7:47 pm
  • K-Rod retires Pirates in order for 43rd save
    Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 43rd save of the season, retiring the Pirates in order as the Brewers narrowly escaped with a win on Saturday.

    Advice: Rodriguez needed just six pitches to get the job done. The right-hander is one save behind Craig Kimbrel and Trevor Rosenthal for the National League lead in saves. He has a 3.09 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a 72/17 K/BB ratio as well.
    Sep 20, 7:41 pm
  • Altuve continues hot hitting in win vs SEA
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 against the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: The two singles put him at 218 hits in 2014. It's been a breakout season for the diminutive second baseman, who has posted a career high not only in hits, but in average (.343), OBP (.379), slugging (.456), stolen bases (54), RBI (54), runs scored (82), etc. He's finishing strong for the fantasy playoffs, as September has seen Altuve hit .403/.423/.582.
    Sep 20, 7:21 pm
  • Josh Hamilton hoping to play Wednesday
    After getting 12 injections the last 12 days, Josh Hamilton is aiming to rejoin the Angels' lineup Wednesday or Friday.

    Advice: Hamilton said Saturday that he's recently had seven cortisone injections in his chest and back area, in addition to the five he had for his shoulder early this month. "It feels better today as far as breathing and stuff," Hamilton said. "Just sore from the shots. Whatever it takes to get well enough to get back and play three or four games before the playoffs."
    Sep 20, 4:56 pm
  • Josh Hamilton day-to-day with inflammation
    Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day with inflammation in his rib cage.

    Advice: Hamilton underwent CT scans on the front and back of his rib cage on Saturday to rule out anything more serious, so the diagnosis is very encouraging. He has also been dealing with tightness and soreness in the front part of his shoulder/chest area, which could be related. Hamilton maintains that he'll be ready for the postseason.
    Sep 20, 9:43 am
  • Altuve has three-hit night
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: After going 0-for-6 on Thursday, Altuve bounced back with two singles and a double. He's now up to 216 hits on the year, the most by a second baseman since Rod Carew had 218 in 1974. There's a good chance he'll pass that number within the next couple of days. Altuve currently ranks first in the American League with a .343 batting average, eight points ahead of Detroit's Victor Martinez.
    Sep 19, 10:13 pm
  • Plouffe has walk-off single vs. Indians
    Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off RBI single in a 5-4 win over the Indians in 10 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Danny Santana and Brian Dozier each singled to begin the 10th inning before Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases. Kyle Crockett managed to get rookie Kennys Vargas to strike out swinging, but Terry Francona brought in Josh Tomlin to face Plouffe, who dropped a single into center field to end it. Plouffe hasn't been able to maintain the form he showed in August, but he's had a productive year on the whole, batting .251/.321/.422 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI.
    Sep 19, 9:43 pm
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