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  • Foltynewicz holds Giants to one run in 7 2/3
    Michael Foltynewicz limited the Giants to one run in 7 2/3 innings as the Braves won 3-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out six while yielding only five hits and one base-on-balls in the excellent outing. His one mistake came on a solo shot by Brandon Crawford. Foltynewicz was fortunate to be facing a Giants lineup missing Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Eduardo Nunez but looked great nonetheless. He is now 7-5 with a 4.30 ERA and 89 punchouts in 102 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander has solidified himself as a major league starting pitcher and hushed those who said he would be better off in the bullpen. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Suarez gives up three runs in 4 1/3 innings
    Albert Suarez got hit with a loss after giving up three runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: All of the damage came on a three-run bomb by Matt Kemp in the fourth inning. Suarez fanned five batters while giving up two free passes and five base hits. He is now 3-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 60 innings split between the rotation and the bullpen. He has also been called up and sent down to Triple-A multiple times this year. He is no more than a shaky streamer in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Johnson tosses perfect ninth for 13th save
    Jim Johnson kept the Giants off the bases in a clean ninth inning to snare his 13th save of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: He induced three consecutive groundouts to close out the game without any drama. Johnson has been a steady presence in the back of the Atlanta bullpen. He has 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Johnson took over the closer's role when Arodys Vizcaino got hurt and didn't give it back when Vizcaino returned. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Griffin tosses six shutout innings vs Indians
    A.J. Griffin turned in six shutout innings to beat the Indians 7-0 on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up five singles and issued one free pass while punching out six in the stellar effort. His teammates handed him a big early lead and in return he kept the Indians from mounting any sort of challenge. Griffin is now 6-3 with a 4.39 ERA in his first season with the Rangers. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Carrasco coughs up seven runs in four frames
    Carlos Carrasco got beat around for seven runs (three earned) in four innings and was charged with a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out eight batters among the 12 outs he registered. He gave up eight hits and a walk. The big blow was a grand slam by Mitch Moreland. Thankfully all four of those runs were unearned due to an error earlier in the inning. It was a night to forget for the Indians and for Carrasco. He has pitched well this year despite the whipping tonight. He is now 9-7 with a 3.23 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 128 innings. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Tomas goes 1-for-3 as Diamondbacks get smoked
    Yasmany Tomas collected one of only four Diamondbacks hits in a beat-down by the Reds on Saturday.

    Advice: The good news is Tomas was on the field for the whole game in a blowout, which is a strong sign he is fully recovered from his recent back injury. He is batting .263/.308/.510 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI. He has taken large strides this year following a very disappointing rookie season after signing a big-money deal out of Cuba. Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Ryan Schimpf beats Marlins with solo homer
    Ryan Schimpf swatted a solo homer in the fourth inning on Saturday, leading the Padres to a 1-0 victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Schimpf also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk. The single is actually a rarity as it was just his 11th of the season while he has 32 extra-base hits. He isn't going to hit for a very high average, but is slashing a mighty impressive .235/.360/.601 with 16 homers and 37 RBI in just 60 games with the Padres. Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Cobb (elbow) makes latest rehab start
    Alex Cobb (elbow) allowed one run over four innings Saturday in his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Cobb gave up five hits (including a home run) and walked none while striking out one. He threw 44 out of 58 pitches for strikes. It has been a long road back for the rehabbing right-hander, but his next start is expected to be in the majors. Cobb, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014. Yesterday, 4:57 pm
    60-Day DL
    11:10 am @Hou
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Giants recall Albert Suarez to start Saturday
    Giants recalled RHP Albert Suarez from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The 26-year-old hurler has appeared in 16 games for the Giants this season (six starts), compiling a 4.20 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 40/17 K/BB ratio. He could be worth a look as a streaming option against the Braves on Saturday. Yesterday, 12:11 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. Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Chris Johnson has walk-off hit vs. Padres
    Chris Johnson delivered a walk-off ground-rule double in Friday’s 7-6 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Johnson wasn’t in the starting lineup, but he came off the bench in the fourth inning and went hitless over his first three at-bats before playing hero in the bottom of the ninth. The 30-year-old was an unlikely candidate, as he’s batting just .230/.288/.347 over 99 games this season. He gets most of his playing time against southpaws, but isn’t even hitting them well. Friday, 9:20 pm
  • Joe Smith to begin rehab assignment Saturday
    Joe Smith (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has struggled in his limited time with the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over his 3 2/3 innings. He has been on the shelf since August 17 due to a strained hamstring. Friday, 9:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:10 pm @LAD
  • 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. Friday, 1:21 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. Friday, 12:06 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas (back) enters in double switch
    Yasmany Tomas (back) entered Thursday's game against the Braves in a double switch and remained in to receive two plate appearances.

    Advice: Tomas missed a second straight start with mid-back stiffness, but that he was able to play nearly half of Thursday's game was obviously a good sign. Expect him to be in the lineup Friday. Friday, 5:19 am
  • 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. Thursday, 8:54 am
  • Yasmany Tomas (back) out of Wednesday lineup
    Yasmany Tomas (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Tomas was forced out of Tuesday's to the Braves loss due to mid-back stiffness. While the Diamondbacks don't believe this is a serious injury, they are giving him Wednesday off to rest up. Brandon Drury will man right field in his place while batting eighth, but Tomas will be available to pinch-hit off the bench. Wednesday, 3:44 pm
  • Cobb (elbow) to make one more rehab start
    Alex Cobb (elbow) will make one more minor league rehab start on Saturday.

    Advice: And then he should join the Rays' rotation for the final four weeks of the 2016 regular season. Cobb has registered a 7.64 ERA in seven rehab starts and doesn't look like a great fantasy option at the moment, but he could carry sneaky value into 2017 if his health cooperates. The 28-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014 due to complications related to Tommy John surgery. Wednesday, 12:57 pm
    60-Day DL
    11:10 am @Hou
  • 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. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas departs with back stiffness
    Yasmany Tomas left Tuesday's game against the Braves due to mid-back stiffness.

    Advice: Brandon Drury pinch-hit for Tomas midway through Tuesday's contest, as apparently Tomas' back stiffened up on him during the proceedings. He was waylaid by a stiff neck earlier this month, but no word as of yet whether his current back ailment is in any way related. For the time being, Tomas should be considered day-to-day. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Carlos Carrasco goes eight scoreless in win
    Carlos Carrasco fanned nine in eight scoreless innings Monday to beat the A's.

    Advice: Carrasco allowed just four hits and walked none in a dominant outing. He has a 28/0 K/BB ratio over his last three starts, though this is the first of those in which his ERA has gone down. The Indians had been 1-4 in his previous five starts. Monday, 10:08 pm
  • 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. Aug 21, 9:05 am
  • Griffin gives up three runs in loss to Rays
    A.J. Griffin allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Griffin struck out four without walking a batter, but two home runs -- both solo shots -- did enough damage to saddle him with his third loss. He's posted a 4.68 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 17 starts, sitting at 5-3 overall. Griffin will try to get back in the win column Friday against the Indians. Aug 20, 6:46 pm
  • Ryan Schimpf homers twice for Padres
    Ryan Schimpf homered twice, doubled twice and knocked in five runs to propel the Padres to a 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: The second homer was a walkoff three-run blast off Patrick Corbin in the bottom of the ninth. Schimpf is up to 14 homers in 53 games since his callup. It's enough to make one wonder why he didn't arrive in the majors until age 28. Aug 19, 11:51 pm
  • Braves keeping Jim Johnson at closer for now
    The Braves will stay with Jim Johnson at closer while they ease Arodys Vizcaino into action.

    Advice: Vizcaino is back after missing a month with a strained oblique but the Braves will wait before reinserting him into the closer role. The Braves also plan to keep Mauricio Cabrera in the eighth inning, at least for now. Vizcaino should eventually regain the closer job but Johnson's window of fantasy relevance hasn't quite closed yet. Aug 18, 2:32 pm
  • Tomas hits two homers, nets six RBI in rout
    Yasmany Tomas had two homers, a triple, six RBI and a walk Wednesday as the Diamondbacks crushed the Mets 13-5.

    Advice: Tomas has four two-homer games just since the All-Star break, and he's hit 25 homers overall. That he hardly ever walks remains an issue, but he's always maintained a decent batting average and power stroke as a major leaguer. It seems like he'll be a respectable, if potentially overrated, fantasy regular going forward. Aug 17, 10:18 pm
  • Carrasco coughs up five runs in 6 2/3
    Carlos Carrasco was charged with five runs -- four earned -- while striking out 11 in 6 2/3 innings versus the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite the five runs he was actually in line for the win until Cody Allen imploded in the ninth inning. Carrasco was missing bats all night, fanning 11 without walking a single batter. He deserved a better fate tonight all things considered. He scattered eight base hits, including a home run by shortstop Tim Anderson in the third inning. Carrasco will take his 3.34 ERA into starts in Oakland and Texas next week. Aug 17, 9:43 pm
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