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  • Jesus Montero suspended 50 games for PEDs
    Jesus Montero has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for dimethylbutylamine.

    Advice: Montero has spent all of 2016 at Triple-A in the Blue Jays' organization, batting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. The former top prospect will turn 27 in November and his future in the majors is now looking as cloudy as ever. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:02 pm
    Suspended
    4:07 pm vs Bal
     
  • Indians shoot down Brantley (shoulder) report
    The Indians have shot down a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" next season.

    Advice: Heyman's report said that Brantley's rehab from a second right shoulder surgery could drag past Opening Day next year, but the Indians don't think that will be the case. "Our expectation is that he'll be ready for spring training," said president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti. "We were told after the second surgery that the timeline (for recovery) would be four to five months. As far as I know, nothing has changed." There's no reason to doubt the Indians' belief that Brantley will be ready to go for Opening Day, but the reality is there's a lot up in the air with him given how this year went. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:58 pm
    60-Day DL
    PPD @Det
     
  • Ender Inciarte not in Thursday's lineup
    Ender Inciarte is not in the Braves' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: The hot-hitting outfield is getting a day of rest. Mallex Smith is in center field. Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers are also sitting out, as the Braves have Rio Ruiz and Anthony Recker at third base and catcher, respectively. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:27 pm
  • Joe Mauer (quad) out again Thursday
    Joe Mauer (quad) remained out of the Twins' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: He hasn't started a game since Sunday as he battles a nagging right quad ailment. Mauer will likely continue to serve mainly as a pinch-hitter in the final days of the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:25 pm
  • Tomas scratched Thursday due to stiff neck
    Yasmany Tomas was scratched from the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday with a stiff neck.

    Advice: Brandon Drury is in left field and Socrates Brito is now in right field for the afternoon tilt at Nationals Park. Tomas could very well remain limited over the regular season's final weekend. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:28 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-3 @Was
     
  • Brantley (shoulder) to miss portion of 2017?
    Sources tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Michael Brantley (shoulder) could miss "significant time" at the beginning of next season.

    Advice: Per these sources, doctors had to "re-anchor the muscle to the bone" during Brantley's most recent right shoulder surgery in mid-August. That procedure will come with another lengthy rehabilitation -- possibly much longer than the initial projection of four months. Brantley and the Indians are both refuting Heyman's report, for what it's worth. The 29-year-old outfielder appeared in only 11 games this season for Tribe after earning MVP votes in 2014 and 2015. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:16 am
    60-Day DL
    PPD @Det
     
  • Wong (shoulder) returns with pinch-hit 3B
    Kolten Wong (shoulder) hit a pinch-hit leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday, but the Cardinals weren't able to drive him in and fell 2-1 to the Reds.

    Advice: Wong was held out of the starting lineup yet again with shoulder discomfort, but his swing looked free and easy as he launched a ball off the top of the right field wall at Busch Stadium. He flew around the bases before sliding feet-first into third. But that is where Wong would remain, with Reds closer Raisel Iglesias inducing two groundouts and a shallow outfield fly from the Cardinals' next three batters. Wong should be able to make a start or two over St. Louis' final four regular season games. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:49 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Braun (wrist) goes 1-for-4 in return Wed.
    Ryan Braun (wrist) went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his return to action Wednesday.

    Advice: Braun sat out Tuesday due to mild wrist soreness. The veteran outfielder has put together a terrific 2016 campaign, slashing .307/.368/.542 with 30 home runs, 90 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and 79 runs scored in 133 games. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:44 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez homers, doubles
    Adrian Gonzalez homered and doubled Wednesday in a losing cause against the Padres.

    Advice: Gonzalez is going to finish with the worst slugging percentage and OPS of his career, but he did reach 90 RBI for the 10th straight season tonight. The homer was his first since Sept. 5 and just his third since his three-homer game on Aug. 22. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Todd Frazier hits 40th homer
    Todd Frazier hit his 40th homer off the Rays' Eddie Gamboa during Wednesday's win.

    Advice: It was the only run of the game for either team. Frazier has done absolutely nothing offensively besides hit home runs this year, but it's pretty much impossible to be a bad player while hitting 40 homers and playing quality defense. Frazier's OPS currently stands at .788. Right now, Albert Pujols is the only player ever to hit 40 homers and finish with a sub-.800 OPS; he came in at .787 last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
    5:10 pm vs TB
     
  • Miggy smokes game-winning three-run blast
    Miguel Cabrera hammered a three-run homer in the final frame as the Tigers beat the Indians 6-3 in a rainy five inning game on Wednesday.

    Advice: The umpires called the game as soon as it became a legal contest after five innings. Cabrera's blast in the bottom of the fifth was his 36th of the season. He stroked a single earlier in the game and finished 2-for-3. He is batting .313 with 105 RBI in yet another MVP-caliber season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
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  • Fulmer gives up three runs in 3 1/3 frames
    Michael Fulmer surrendered three runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Tigers won a soggy game versus the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up six hits and three walks while fanning three batters as he pitched around rain delays. The poor outing was just bad enough to bump his ERA over the 3.00 mark to end the season. The rookie finishes with an 11-7 record and 3.06 ERA in 26 starts. He struck out 132 batters and walked 42 in 159 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • McAllister tosses two scoreless frames Wed
    Zach McAllister tossed two scoreless innings in a rainy start versus the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one in the brief outing. The game was interrupted by rain multiple times and ended up being called after five frames. The Indians' starting rotation has been wracked by injuries of late, so McAllister was called upon to fill in a day after the Tribe clinched their division. He has been effective out of the bullpen this year. He has a 3.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Santana goes 2-for-2 with two RBI Wednesday
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs in a rain-shortened loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk. He doubled home a run in the first inning, and followed that with an RBI-single in the fourth inning. He is batting .256/.362/.489 with 34 home runs and 85 RBI. He is a solid starter in standard leagues and an even better asset in on-base percentage leagues and points leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4, hits three-run HR
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 and delivered a clutch three-run home run to lead the Rangers over the Brewers 8-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: His blast in the eighth inning broke open a tie game against his former team. Gomez has played much better since joining the Rangers a month ago. He's now up to eight home runs and 24 RBI in 31 games with Texas after managing just five homers and 29 RBI in 85 games with the Astros. Gomez also has 18 stolen bases overall. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Anderson yields four runs in five innings Wed
    Chase Anderson allowed four runs -- three earned -- in five innings but escaped with a no-decision although his team lost to the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up eight hits and two walks while fanning only two batters on the evening. He got off to a rough start as he gave up three runs in the first inning before settling down to give up just one more run over the next four frames. Anderson finishes his season with a 9-11 record after 30 starts. He has a 4.39 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (sinus infection) returns
    Adrian Gonzalez (sinus infection) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Gonzalez was lifted midway through Tuesday's contest due to a sinus infection. The ailment was not burdensome enough to require an additional day off, though. He is batting in his customary fourth spot on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Kolten Wong to test tender shoulder in BP
    Kolten Wong will test his injured shoulder in pregame batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wong did not play in Tuesday's game against the Reds and he's out of the starting lineup Wednesday, but it sounds like he should be available off the bench for the Wild Card-hunting Redbirds. Wong injured his shoulder last week in Chicago when he slipped in left field. He was given a cortisone injection Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:28 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Joe Mauer (quad) will be available off bench
    Joe Mauer (quad) will be available to hit off the bench when the Twins face the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: While Mauer could see an at-bat in Wednesday's contest, he is not in the lineup proper. Kennys Vargas draws the start at first instead and is hitting fifth. Mauer has been dealing with a right quad injury for well over a month. He has played in just 12 games in September. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez exits with sinus infection
    Adrian Gonzalez exited Tuesday's loss to the Padres due to a sinus infection.

    Advice: Gonzalez saw two at-bats before being lifted. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward, but there is little reason to believe this will cost him more than a game or two. If that. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • Gomez has three-run HR in win over Brewers
    Carlos Gomez hit a three-run home run and the Rangers topped the Brewers 6-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gomez jumped on a pitch by his former teammate Jimmy Nelson in the third inning, tying the game with his three-run shot. He's now got seven homers, 21 RBI and 18 runs scored since joining the Rangers in late August, a signal that perhaps a change of scenery was all the 30-year-old needed. Gomez will make for an interesting free agent case this offseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera homers, drives in five Tuesday
    Miguel Cabrera fell a triple shy of the cycle and drove in five runs in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Miggy doubled in two runs in the first inning, launched a three-run homer in the second, was intentionally walked in the fourth and singled in the seventh. He was pulled after the seventh in the Tigers' blowout win, potentially costing him a shot at an unlikely triple and cycle. Cabrera's 35 home runs are easily his highest total since his MVP season in 2013. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:37 pm
    PPD vs Cle
     
  • Braun out Tuesday because of wrist soreness
    Ryan Braun is out Tuesday with a sore wrist.

    Advice: But the veteran outfielder is expected to return to action Wednesday, so it's obviously not too serious. Michael Reed will start in left field and bat eighth Tuesday versus Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:36 pm
  • Kolten Wong out Tuesday with shoulder injury
    Kolten Wong is out of the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday due to a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Wong was given a cortisone injection and is "a day away" from being able to play defense, according to the Cardinals. He could be available to pinch-hit on Tuesday night against the visiting Reds. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:37 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Braun getting night off Tuesday versus Texas
    Ryan Braun is getting the night off Tuesday.

    Advice: Michael Reed will start in left field and bat eighth versus Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Braun, who's slashing .307/.368/.544 with 30 home runs and 90 RBI in 132 games this season. He also has 16 stolen bases and 78 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4 against Brewers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Astros could have used this Gomez, but it just wasn't happening. He has more homers (six) in 102 at-bats for Texas than he did in 295 at-bats for Houston (five). He's also hitting .275 with 12 walks, giving him a .357 OBP. His OBP in Houston was .272. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:14 pm
  • Todd Frazier scores twice, steals two bases
    Todd Frazier scored two runs and stole a pair of bases in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: He also singled and drew a walk. Frazier is sporting a .226 batting average this season, but with 39 home runs, 96 RBI, 86 runs and 14 stolen bases, fantasy owners aren't going to complain. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:06 pm
    5:10 pm vs TB
     
  • Joe Mauer (quad) says he feels 'terrible'
    Joe Mauer (quad) admitted Saturday that he's "been feeling terrible for a while."

    Advice: Mauer has battled lingering pain in his right quad area for the last six weeks and has been in and out of the lineup of late. "Well, I feel terrible," Mauer said. "I’ve been feeling terrible for a while. But the season’s not over." The first baseman will be back in the lineup Sunday, but his playing time in the final week figures to continue to be curtailed. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:08 am
  • Yasmany Tomas pulled for not hustling
    Yasmany Tomas was pulled from Saturday's game against the Orioles for an apparent lack of hustle.

    Advice: Tomas failed to run hard to first base following a dropped third strike in the fourth inning. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale wouldn't confirm it was the reason he pulled Tomas, nor did he confirm it last year for a similar incident involving Tomas. "It’s between he and I," Hale said. "That’s a personal thing. Yas has played his tail off all year for us. He’s one of the guys on this team I really love. That’s just between he and I." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:43 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-3 @Was
     
  • Frazier swats 39th bomb in Saturday's win
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with a home run and scored twice in a win over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The solo longball in the sixth inning was his 39th round-tripper of the season. Frazier's .225 batting average is painful but he is good everywhere else. He has 96 RBI and 84 runs scored and has even stolen 12 bases. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:37 pm
    5:10 pm vs TB
     
  • Joe Mauer (quad) remains sidelined Saturday
    Joe Mauer (quad) is not in the Twins' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Mauer is still battling right quad soreness. Saturday will mark his fifth straight absence. Kennys Vargas will draw another start at first base and bat fifth against M's lefty Ariel Miranda. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:12 pm
  • Ryan Braun collects game-winner on Friday
    Ryan Braun came through with a two-run single in the seventh inning on Friday, propelling the Brewers to a 5-4 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Braun also singled and stole a base in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has been extremely productive when he's been on the field this season, slashing .307/.369/.545 with 30 homers, 90 RBI and 16 stolen bases in just 129 games. While he remains an injury-risk, he's still one of the top five-category contributors in fantasy leagues and should be drafted as such next spring. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Michael Fulmer fans nine in win over Royals
    Michael Fulmer was fantastic in Friday's victory over the Royals, racking up nine strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: The rookie right-hander scattered just eight hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. The only blemish on his evening was a run that scored on an infield single in the sixth inning. He has been a savior to the Tigers rotation this season, compiling a 2.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 129/39 K/BB ratio across 155 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Wednesday against the Indians. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Mauer (quad) might not play again until Sun.
    Joe Mauer might not start again until Sunday due to ongoing soreness in his right quad.

    Advice: Mauer hasn't started since last Saturday, although he had been slated to play Wednesday before that game was rained out. After a terrific August, Mauer has fallen off to .119/.245/.238 in September. Kennys Vargas has been filling in at first base. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:45 am
  • Santana's homer, four RBI help down Royals
    Carlos Santana finished 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in the Indians' 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run bomb off Dillon Gee in the sixth inning. He'd knocked in a run with an RBI double earlier in the game. The 30-year-old has been on fire as of late, homering in three of his last four games and also collecting three doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored in that span. It will go down as a career year on a lot of fronts for Santana, who has 34 homers, 83 RBI and 83 runs scored with his .253/.361/.492 line. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Chase Anderson locks down Pirates into sixth
    Chase Anderson held the Pirates in check in Thursday's win, yielding one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Anderson struck out six and walked one on the evening. He kept the scoreboard clean outside of a Francisco Cervelli solo home run in the fifth inning. For the season, the 28-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 4.36 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 113/51 K/BB ratio over 146 2/3 innings. His 2016 schedule will finish out with a road date with the Rangers next Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Inciarte legs out triple, scores twice in win
    Ender Inciarte went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Inciarte, sometimes the forgotten man in the Shelby Miller trade that sent first overall pick Dansby Swanson to the Braves along with Inciarte and Aaron Blair, has quietly had a very good first season in Atlanta. Aside from making game-saving catches, the 25-year-old is also hitting .296/.354/.389 with 16 stolen bases and 80 runs scored. If Swanson was the main prize, Inciarte has been the cherry on top for the Braves. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Joe Mauer out of Minnesota lineup for Gm. 1
    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader versus Detroit.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas will start at first base and bat fifth against Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Twins manager Paul Molitor said he has noticed some "off-balance" swings from Mauer this week and might also sit him against Justin Verlander in the nightcap Thursday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:35 am
  • Santana goes 4-for-5 with a run and RBI Wed.
    Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to help lead the Indians to victory over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: His single in the eighth inning provided what turned out to be a critical insurance run. Santana is known more for his on-base percentage than his batting average. He boosted both tonight. He is batting .251/.358/.484 with a career high 33 home runs and 79 RBI in 148 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Gomez' three hits, two runs spark Rangers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Gomez once again served as a sparkplug atop the Rangers' lineup, leading off the first and third innings with hits and scoring the team's first two runs of the game. He's now got multiple hits in four straight contests to bring his average up to .276 since joining the Rangers in late August. His revival in Arlington will make the 30-year-old one of the more fascinating players to watch come draft season next spring. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:21 pm
  • Miggy hits 34th homer, drives in two in win
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Cabrera doubled earlier in the game before swatting the two-run jack, his 34th of the season, in the seventh inning. The homer gave him 93 RBI and 84 runs scored with a handful of games left to play, giving him a shot at reaching the 100-run plateau for the 12th time in his career. The professional hitter is slashing .310/.387/.551 in 147 games overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:13 pm
    PPD vs Cle
     
  • Carlos Santana belts solo homer Tuesday
    Carlos Santana clubbed his 33rd homer of the season in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Santana's blast in the third inning was all the Indians could muster through eight frames, but they won it on a walk-off double by Brandon Guyer in the ninth. The designated hitter keeps extending his new career high with each longball, as he's now bested his previous high-water mark by six. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:11 pm
  • Braun's wife gives birth to baby boy
    Ryan Braun's wife Larisa gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: The kid was named Greyson Joseph. Braun is out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the visiting Pirates, but it sounds like he could return to action Wednesday. Jake Elmore drew the start in left field versus Bucs left-hander Steven Brault. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:52 pm
  • Braun (wife having son) excused from Brewers
    Ryan Braun has been excused from the Brewers with his wife Larisa going into child labor.

    Advice: She is expected to give birth to a baby boy in the next day or so. Jake Elmore will start in left field and bat sixth for the Brewers on Tuesday night against Pirates left-hander Steven Brault. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Ryan Braun out again Tuesday versus Bucs
    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers' lineup for Tuesday's series opener versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun also sat out of Sunday's series finale against the Cubs, so something could be up here. His wife is apparently close to her due date with the couple's second child, but there's been no announcement from Braun or the Brewers. The veteran outfielder slugged his 29th and 30th homers of the season on Saturday, finishing that game with five RBI. Jake Elmore is in left field and batting sixth Tuesday night against Bucs left-hander Steven Brault. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:43 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez delivers in ninth for Dodgers
    Adrian Gonzalez delivered a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth for the Dodgers against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Hunter Pence seemed to have a play on Gonzalez's fly to the wall in right, but he couldn't come up with it, and Corey Seager, who held up thinking the ball would be caught, was able to come around from second. It was Gonzalez's lone hit of the day. After a big August surge, he's hit just .210 with one homer and four walks in his past 22 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:43 pm
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