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  • Lewis allows four runs in six innings vs KC
    Colby Lewis gave up four runs on six hits over six innings of work on Friday.

    Advice: Lewis struck out two and didn't walk a batter in the outing. He was victimized by two home runs, though. Billy Butler hit a solo shot in a three-run second inning for the Royals. Josh Willingham then socked a solo homer against Lewis in the fourth inning. The loss dropped Lewis' record to 8-11. He's had a rough go of things in 2014, as his ERA now sits at 5.54, accompanied by an ugly 1.63 WHIP.
    25 minutes ago
  • Santiago allows 1 ER in loss to the A's
    Hector Santiago allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in Friday's no-decision to the A's.

    Advice: Santiago came in on a roll, undefeated over his last 11 trips to the mounds (eight starts, 2.45 ERA). Tonight, he struck out five and walked two to extend his streak. The left-hander, who was so bad earlier this year that he was banished to the bullpen and then to Triple-A, has bled his ERA all the way down to an emaciated 3.38. Santiago welcomes Miami to an AL venue next week.
    40 minutes ago
  • Turner stays hot, haunts former team
    Justin Turner singled, doubled, walked, scored a run and stole a base in Friday's triumph at the Mets' expense.

    Advice: Heat Check on Aisle Justin Turner. Heat Check on Aisle Justin Turner. Currently riding a six-game hitting streak, the utility man set free by these same Mets over the winter is 9-for-19 (.474) with three doubles, a homer, two steals and five RBI in that span. Turner is slashing an impressive .318/.391/.448 and needs to be started in all NL-only leagues for as long as Juan Uribe is disabled. If you're a mixed league owner with gamble in you and you want to see how long Turner can keep punching above his weight class, knock yourself out.
    47 minutes ago
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Tigers demote LHP Ian Krol
    Tigers optioned LHP Ian Krol to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: The Tigers need fresh arms, so down goes Krol again. He allowed five runs -- one earned -- in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's massacre, and he's sporting a 4.96 ERA for the year.
    51 minutes ago
    Not Active
    L, 20-6 @Min
  • Panik has monster game, collects four hits
    Joe Panik went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run on Friday.

    Advice: The home run off of Doug Fister was Panik's first career home run and it helped blow the game open for the Giants on their way to a 10-3 win. He also committed an error in the contest, but we'll let that pass for the younger. In 126 ABs, the twenty-four year old is hitting .316/.344/.345.
    Today, 9:12 pm
    W, 10-3 ^ @Was
  • Collmenter works 8+ frames in gem vs. Pads
    Josh Collmenter fired 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball (none earned), striking out eight, to baffle the Padres in a 5-1 win on Friday.

    Advice: He let only four runners grace the base paths, and they all came via singles. Two of them occurred in the ninth inning, with Alexi Amarista crossing home on a Miguel Montero passed ball after Collmenter was lifted for Matt Stites. This performance came out of left field, as it was the first time Collmenter has cracked six innings worked, allowed less than three earned runs, or earned a win in over a month. Collmenter is nothing special, but he's been an appreciated back-end starter in NL-only formats, going 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.
    Today, 9:10 pm
    W, 5-1 vs ^ SD
  • Despaigne has another rocky outing
    Odrisamer Despaigne was touched up for four runs -- three earned -- over five innings in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It's fair to wonder if Despaigne is turning into a pumpkin in front of our eyes. After all, he went 2-2 with a 1.66 ERA over his first six starts, and proceeded to allow three earned runs or more in four of his last five outings, with tonight's start the only time he's given up less than four. Despaigne gives hitters a lot of looks and a varied arsenal of pitches, but unfortunately his armaments don't singe bats, leaving him open to opponents who are ready for offerings without chomp. The hope is that Petco will mask his weaknesses long-term, making him a usable NL-only piece. Despaigne (3-4, 3.44 ERA) hosts Milwaukee next week.
    Today, 9:04 pm
  • Gonzalez homers, scores twice in Astros win
    Marwin Gonzalez finished Friday's game 1-for-4 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored.

    Advice: The fifth inning home run, a solo shot off of Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, was Gonzalez's sixth of the season. Gonzalez won't knock over the light stanchion, but he does have a bit of pop in his bat, which makes him an interesting bench shortstop in deeper AL-only leagues. For the year, Gonzalez is slashing .263/.309/.373 with six home runs and twenty RBI in 228 ABs.
    Today, 8:16 pm
    W, 5-1 ^ @Cle
  • Barmes (groin) could rejoin Pirates on Monday
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle "expressed cautious optimism" that Clint Barmes (groin) could rejoin the club on Monday.

    Advice: Barmes has played five rehab games, and he's slated to play two more before the start of the series against the Cardinals. Barmes has been out since July 6 with a severe left groin strain.
    Today, 6:15 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @Mil
  • Lowrie (finger) still unable to throw or hit
    Jed Lowrie (finger) is still unable to throw or hit.

    Advice: Lowrie said the finger is feeling better despite being unable to do many baseball activities. The shortstop said he's hoping to be able to do one or both in the coming days. Lowrie has been on the disabled list for a week, and his timetable suggests he's unlikely to come off the DL when first eligible.
    Today, 3:44 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 5-3 vs x LAA
  • Javy Guerra expected back on Saturday
    Javy Guerra is expected to be activated from the bereavement list on Saturday.

    Advice: Guerra has been away for a week. He's posted a 3.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 32/14 K/BB ratio over 33 frames out of the White Sox' bullpen this season.
    Today, 2:02 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 @NYY
  • Ehire Adrianza still a month away
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Ehire Adrianza (hamstring) won't return until late September.

    Advice: Depending on where the Giants are in the playoff hunt at that point, it would seem to be possible that he won't return at all. Adrianza missed three weeks earlier this season with a right hamstring strain and then aggravated the injury in late July, so the Giants are taking things slowly with him.
    Today, 7:38 am
    Disabled List
    W, 10-3 x @Was
  • David Phelps (elbow) playing catch
    David Phelps (elbow) played catch again on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not clear when he might be cleared for mound work, but Phelps' elbow has felt fine during flat-ground sessions. The Yankees are considering bringing the right-hander back as a reliever next month.
    Today, 7:05 am
    Disabled List
    W, 4-3 vs CWS
  • Charlie Leesman released by White Sox
    White Sox released LHP Charlie Leesman.

    Advice: He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but the White Sox just decided to cut him loose. Leesman owns a 4.10 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 66/32 K/BB ratio over 68 innings at Triple-A Charlotte this season. With just a couple weeks left in the minor league season, he might opt to just wait until the offseason to sign somewhere.
    Today, 5:29 am
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 @NYY
  • Turner's 2-run blast pushes Dodgers past Pads
    Justin Turner blasted a game-winning two-run homer off Tyson Ross in the eighth inning Thursday to push the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Los Angeles couldn't get anything going against Ross all night, so it was quite the surprise when Turner blasted the round-tripper over the left field fence right after Carl Crawford reached on an infield single. Turner finished 2-for-3. The utility man has been a revelation whenever called upon in 2014, slashing an impressive .314/.386/.441 over 220 at-bats. As long as Juan Uribe is on the shelf, he'll play every day, making him a solid start in NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Ruggiano homers, but Cubs fall to the Giants
    Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, but the Cubs lost to the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Ruggiano put the Cubs on top 2-1 with a two-run home run off of Madison Bumgarner in the bottom of the first inning. The Cubs' lead, however, would dissipate in the coming innings. Ruggiano has six on the season along with 28 RBI and a .283/.339/.430 slash line.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
    W, 4-1 vs x Bal
  • Panik (finger) back in Giants' lineup on Wed.
    Joe Panik (finger) is back in the Giants' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Panik missed a couple of games after dislocating his pinkie finger on a slide into second base Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie is batting .282/.336/.333 this season.
    Wednesday, 1:42 pm
    W, 10-3 ^ @Was
  • Panik (finger) hoping to play Wednesday
    Joe Panik (finger) is hoping to play Wednesday.

    Advice: Panik made an early exit Sunday after suffering a dislocated pinkie finger on a slide into second base and is sitting out Tuesday night. Joaquin Arias will get the start at second base in Chicago.
    Tuesday, 2:01 pm
    W, 10-3 ^ @Was
  • Phelps (elbow) could return as reliever
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that David Phelps (elbow) could return in a bullpen role.

    Advice: Phelps was a starter prior to being placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation earlier this month, but shifting him to relief would enable him to return sooner. Still, he's not expected to contribute until September.
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-3 vs CWS
  • X-rays come back negative, Panik day-to-day
    Joe Panik (finger) is listed as day-to-day after X-rays came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: Panik was forced to leave Sunday's game in the eighth inning after suffering a dislocated pinkie finger while sliding into second base. He'll be able to return to the Giants as soon as he is able to tolerate the pain, which is expected to be in a day or two.
    Sunday, 5:07 pm
    W, 10-3 ^ @Was
  • Joe Panik suffers discloated finger Sunday
    Joe Panik is heading for X-rays after suffering a dislocated pinkie finger in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Panik sustained the injury sliding into second base in the eighth inning. He was replaced by Joaquin Arias who would stand to see extra time at second base should Panik require a trip to the disabled list. The Giants should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 4:24 pm
    W, 10-3 ^ @Was
  • Santiago strong vs. LAA, but gets no-decision
    Hector Santiago got a no-decision, allowing one run over six innings as the Angels lost 3-2 in walk-off fashion to the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Santiago pitched well, giving up the lone run on Rougned Odor's RBI single in the fifth. He was in line for the win until Huston Street blew the save in the ninth. Santiago limited the Rangers to four hits and a walk while striking out five. The lefty hasn't been much of an innings-eater, but has otherwise had a strong season, sporting a 3.46 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and an 83/37 K/BB ratio. He will take the hill on Friday in Oakland against the Athletics next.
    Sunday, 3:06 pm
  • Despaigne allows five runs in loss to Cards
    Odrisamer Despaigne gave up five earned runs in four innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cardinals weren't fooled at all buy Despaigne's sometimes-deceptive stuff, pounding him for five singles and a home run. The right-hander has been really good at times this year, but he's a risky fantasy bet going forward. A date with the Diamondbacks is next.
    Sunday, 2:14 pm
  • David Phelps to be re-evaluated on Monday
    David Phelps (elbow) could be cleared to resume throwing after being re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Phelps has been shut down for a couple weeks with inflammation in his pitching elbow. The Yankees figure to wait until September to activate him even if things go well from here on out.
    Sunday, 7:56 am
    Disabled List
    W, 4-3 vs CWS
  • Ruggiano hits solo home run in loss to NYM
    Justin Ruggiano hit a solo home run in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Mets.

    Advice: It was Ruggiano's fifth homer of the season and one of just a few bright spots for the Cubs. The ball club lost 7-3 despite outhitting the Mets. On the season, Ruggiano's slashing .280/.336/.408. Guys like him will never be on the fantasy radar, but they do a nice job of helping the real deal clubs.
    Saturday, 8:48 pm
    W, 4-1 vs x Bal
  • Colby Lewis strikes out 10 in loss
    Colby Lewis fanned 10 for the first time this year Saturday, but still lost after giving up five runs in six innings against the Angels.

    Advice: Lewis allowed 10 hits, including a pair of homers. His home run rate is actually down from his usual levels this year, with 15 surrendered in 122 1/3 innings, but he has a 5.52 ERA anyway.
    Saturday, 8:28 pm
  • Javy Guerra placed on bereavement list
    White Sox placed RHP Javy Guerra on the bereavement list.

    Advice: The right-hander will be away from the club for up to three days. He has done a nice job out of the White Sox bullpen, compiling a 3.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 32/14 K/BB ratio over 33 frames.
    Saturday, 12:34 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 @NYY
  • White Sox designate Leesman for assignment
    White Sox designated LHP Charlie Leesman for assignment.

    Advice: The move was made to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Avisail Garcia who returned from the disabled list on Saturday. The 27-year-old southpaw owns a 4.10 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 66/32 K/BB ratio over 68 innings at Triple-A Charlotte this season.
    Saturday, 12:33 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-3 @NYY
  • Justin Ruggiano scores run in return
    Justin Ruggiano singled and scored a run in four at-bats in his return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Ruggiano exited Wednesday's game due to leg fatigue, but he's fine. He's batting .281/.338/.410 with four homers and 25 RBI over 74 games for the Cubs this season.
    Friday, 12:50 am
    W, 4-1 vs x Bal
  • A's place Jed Lowrie (finger) on 15-day DL
    Athletics placed SS Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture in his right index finger.

    Advice: Lowrie suffered the fracture last week while trying to field a hard grounder and continues to feel discomfort. The hope is that some rest will get him back on track. The A's have called up Andy Parrino to take his spot on the active roster and will likely use him as their primary shortstop in the short-term.
    Thursday, 2:39 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 5-3 vs x LAA
  • Jed Lowrie (finger) to be placed on 15-day DL
    Jed Lowrie expects to be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to the hairline fracture in his right index finger.

    Advice: Lowrie suffered the fracture last week while trying to field a hard grounder. He attempted to play through the injury, but it bothers him when he throws and it has also affected his swing. The A's are likely to call up Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento this weekend to take over as the club's primary shortstop.
    Thursday, 8:39 am
    Disabled List
    W, 5-3 vs x LAA
  • Barmes (groin) to remain on rehab until Sept.
    Clint Barmes (groin) is expected to remain on his minor league rehab assignment through the end of August.

    Advice: Barmes played in his first rehab game Wednesday at Double-A Altoona and will spend about a week there before eventually moving to Triple-A Indianapolis. "I think there'll be a succession built in similar to spring training because it's been six weeks since he played," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters. The light-hitting veteran infielder has been out since June 30 with a Grade 3 abductor strain.
    Thursday, 6:27 am
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @Mil
  • Clint Barmes cleared for rehab assignment
    Clint Barmes (groin) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll eventually move up to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated that Barmes will remain on the rehab assignment for a while. "It won't be quite like revisiting spring training, but he has been out six weeks," Hurdle said.
    Wednesday, 7:43 am
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @Mil
  • Despaigne paints 7 shutout frames to beat Rox
    Odrisamer Despaigne fired seven shutout innings, scattering five hits, Tuesday in a victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Despaigne turned back the clock in striking out eight. The Cuban defector snuck up on the league while posting a 1.31 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP through his first five starts, but he had struggled with a 7.20 ERA over his last three outings. He won his first two career starts, but had gone 0-3 with a 4.04 ERA in his six starts since. Despaigne's soft but varied arsenal is a good fit in Petco, making him a matchup play in mixed leagues. He gets the Cardinals next time around, on Sunday in St. Louis.
    Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • Diamondbacks-Indians postponed due to rain
    Tuesday's game between the Diamondbacks and Indians has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: Play was suspended in the top of the fourth inning before eventually being called a while later. Scheduled starters Josh Collmenter and T.J. House were both pitching well before the delay but will obviously be unavailable for a few days now. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 8:43 pm
    W, 5-1 vs ^ SD
  • Justin Ruggiano exits with leg fatigue
    Justin Ruggiano left Tuesday's game against the Brewers with leg fatigue.

    Advice: He'll be fine in a day or two. Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI single before exiting.
    Tuesday, 8:03 pm
    W, 4-1 vs x Bal
  • Ruggiano has two hits, RBI against Brewers
    Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Ruggiano's RBI single in the second inning got the Cubs on the board. The multi-hit game was his first since July 22. Even so, the outfielder has hits in seven of his last eight games, raising his overall line to .282/.339/.413.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
    W, 4-1 vs x Bal
  • Jed Lowrie diagnosed with fractured finger
    An MRI has revealed a hairline fracture in Jed Lowrie's right index finger.

    Advice: Lowrie has been dealing with the ailment for a week. He will try to play through it, as he's said it's only occasionally an issue for him at the plate. It does hurt when Lowrie throws, so the A's might opt to use him in the designated hitter spot some. The shortstop has one hit in 12 at-bats since the injury.
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 5-3 vs x LAA
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