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  • Denard Span has minor knee injury
    Denard Span was removed from Tuesday's game against the Mets after scraping up his right knee.

    Advice: Span's knee dragged against the warning track after he made a spectacular catch in the third inning. He's surely in pain but should be back in the lineup in a day or two. Rotoworld.com
    24 minutes ago
     
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Gomez hits 22nd home run in loss to Reds
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-3, hitting his 22nd home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Gomez hit the solo shot off Reds starter Johnny Cueto, the only run the ace allowed on the evening. Gomez also singled, reached on a hit-by-pitch and stole a base in the game. The 28-year-old is batting .283/.354/.472 with 70 RBI, 92 runs and 34 stolen bases on the year. Rotoworld.com
    39 minutes ago
  • Encarnacion homers, knocks in 4 as TOR wins
    Edwin Encarnacion helped the Blue Jays rout the Mariners on Tuesday with an RBI single, a bases loaded walk, and a two-run homer.

    Advice: Encarnacion's first-inning single put the Jays on the board. His bases-loaded walk in the fifth was part of a seven-run outburst. And his sixth-inning two-run homer off of Erasmo Ramirez was the icing on the cake. Encarnacion now has a .272/.359/.561 and 34 home runs, and is three RBI away from notching his third consecutive 100-RBI season. Rotoworld.com
    55 minutes ago
  • Lucas knocks in one of Marlins' two runs
    Ed Lucas finished 2-for-3, knocking in one of the Marlins' two runs in Tuesday's 2-0 victory.

    Advice: Lucas broke a 0-0 tie in the fourth with a single to center field. It would prove to be all the run support Henderson Alvarez and the bullpen would need. Lucas, 32, has otherwise not shown much at the plate, hitting .254/.286/.299 with a home run and nine RBI in 187 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:39 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Ed Lucas Mia - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 2-0 vs ^ Phi
  • Joe Mauer day-to-day with bruised elbow
    Joe Mauer exited Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right elbow contusion.

    Advice: Mauer was hit by an Andrew Chafin pitch in the first inning. He's being called day-to-day and it doesn't sound like any X-rays will be taken. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:49 pm
     
    Top 8, 6-1 vs ^ Ari
  • Ellsbury (hamstring) does light exercises
    Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) did some light exercises on Tuesday.

    Advice: However, he has yet to be cleared to resume baseball activities. Ellsbury is holding out hope of returning at some point this week, but it's probably a long shot. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:39 pm
  • Yunel Escobar leaves with knee injury
    Yunel Escobar left Tuesday's game versus the Red Sox with a left knee sprain.

    Advice: Escobar suffered the injury on an awkward slide into home plate. He's being called day-to-day but will undergo an MRI just in case. He could return to action later this week. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:23 pm
  • Denard Span leaves game after diving catch
    Denard Span exited Tuesday's game versus the Mets after making a diving catch.

    Advice: Span robbed Matt den Dekker in the top of the third inning with a terrific grab but was then pinch-hit for by Michal Taylor in the bottom of the frame. The Nationals will provide an update on the outfielder's status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:49 pm
     
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • David Freese nursing minor back issue
    David Freese is not in Tuesday's lineup due to minor mid-back tightness.

    Advice: It's not seen as a big deal, so expect Freese to be back in there in a day or two. Gordon Beckham is at third base Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:10 pm
  • Will Middlebrooks scratched from lineup
    Will Middlebrooks was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sprained right hand.

    Advice: It's not clear how he suffered the injury, but he can probably be listed as day-to-day. Garin Cecchini is at third base Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:41 pm
  • Steve Pearce (wrist) expected back Thursday
    Steve Pearce (wrist) is now expected to return to the Orioles' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Pearce received a cortisone shot for his sore right wrist on Saturday and was aiming to return Wednesday, but the AL East champions can afford to give him a little more rest. Pearce is batting .297/.376/.557 with 20 home runs in 98 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:52 pm
     
    W, 5-4 x @NYY
  • Herrera (quad) unlikely to return this season
    Dilson Herrera (quad) is unlikely to return before the end of the 2014 regular season.

    Advice: Herrera suffered a quad strain on Saturday against the Braves and an injury like that usually takes at least two weeks to heal. The 20-year-old second baseman hit .220/.303/.407 with three home runs and 11 RBI in his first 18 major league games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:11 pm
  • Anthony Rendon not in Nats' lineup Tuesday
    Anthony Rendon is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Mets.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off. Kevin Frandsen will start at third base and Asdrubal Cabrera is at second. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:35 pm
     
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Mets recall INF Wilfredo Tovar
    Mets recalled INF Wilfredo Tovar from Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: Tovar will provide the Mets with another middle infielder option over the final days of the season with Dilson Herrera (quad) sidelined. Mostly known for his glove, the 23-year-old batted .285/.345/.345 with two homers and 29 RBI over 78 games this season in Double-A. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:32 am
  • OF Blanco comes up big in 13-inning victory
    Gregor Blanco finished 2-for-7 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's easy 13-inning 5-2 versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Blanco's corked a 419-foot shot off Dan Haren to begin the game. He wouldn't drive in another run for 12 more innings, when his double ended up plating two; the play ended when Blanco was gunned down trying to go for third. Blanco has been a usable if unspectacular mixed league player since late August. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 pm
  • Morneau goes 2-for-4 with a double in loss
    Justin Morneau finished 2-for-4 with a double in Monday's 1-0 loss versus the Padres.

    Advice: Morneau was returning to the lineup after getting an off-day on Sunday. Morneau has been on fire, coming it this game batting .415 with nine RBI and 11 runs scored in his last 11 games. Consider Morneau a nice daily play during this series. He's 12-for-25 (.480) in eight games at Petco Park this season. He's generally a good daily play: Morneau leads the National League with a .320 average. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Mauer not in Monday's lineup
    Joe Mauer is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Here's a reminder that this is the last week of the season and fantasy owners need to be prepared to roll with the punches. Chris Parmelee will start at first base Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
     
    Top 8, 6-1 vs ^ Ari
  • Steve Pearce (wrist) aiming to return on Wed.
    Steve Pearce (wrist) is aiming to return Wednesday.

    Advice: Pearce got a cortisone shot in his sore right wrist on Saturday and told reporters Monday that he already feels much better. The Orioles have already clinched the American League East, so they can play it safe. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
     
    W, 5-4 x @NYY
  • Gomez held hitless, but Brewers eke out a win
    Carlos Gomez brought his hitless streak up to 16 plate appearances with an 0-for-5 performance in Saturday's win against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gomez appeared to be picking things back up with four multi-hit games between September 10-17, but he's back in a minor slump it appears. Nevertheless, Gomez has more or less matched his output compared to his breakout season last year, as he is currently slashing .281/.352/.467 with 21 home runs, 69 RBI, and 33 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Dilson Herrera out with strained quad
    Dilson Herrera is likely to miss several days due to a quad strain suffered Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Terry Collins said after the game that he intends to leave Daniel Murphy at third with Herrera out, meaning Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores will start up the middle. Most likely, that will be the alignment for the entire final week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • Steve Pearce to sit Sunday
    Steve Pearce will sit for at least the next couple of days after receiving a cortisone shot for his sore right wrist on Saturday.

    Advice: That should mean a couple of more starts for Christian Walker, who hit his first big-league homer as the fill-in first baseman tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:21 pm
     
    W, 5-4 x @NYY
  • Dilson Herrera exits with leg injury
    Dilson Herrera left Saturday's game in the fifth inning with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Herrera was injured running out an infield single against the Braves. Ruben Tejada pinch-ran for him. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • Steve Pearce scratched with wrist injury
    Steve Pearce was scratched from the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday due to a sore right wrist.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor, the Orioles are simply playing things cautiously. The 31-year-old is having a breakout season, slashing .297/.376/.557 with 20 homers and 48 RBI in his 98 games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
     
    W, 5-4 x @NYY
  • Ellsbury hopeful he'll return this season
    Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) indicated Saturday that he's hopeful he will be able to return before the conclusion of the 2014 season.

    Advice: Ellsbury sustained a strained right hamstring in the late innings of Friday's contest against the Blue Jays. While Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there's a good chance Ellsbury will be shut down, if he progresses in the coming days he could return for a couple of games by the end of next week. Fantasy owners should have a contingency option in place in case he can't go though. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:12 am
  • Encarnacion dealing with mild inflammation
    The results of Edwin Encarnacion's precautionary MRI revealed that he's dealing with mild inflammation in his back.

    Advice: He felt good enough to be in the lineup on Friday and is back out there again on Saturday, so the issue doesn't appear to be serious. With a little more than a week to go, he's hitting .262/.350/.552 with 33 homers and 89 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Jacoby Ellsbury unlikely to return in 2014
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said late Friday that there is a "distinct possibility" that Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) will be shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season.

    Advice: Ellsbury sustained a strained hamstring in Friday's win over the Blue Jays and is set to undergo an MRI on Saturday. With the Yankees playoff hopes all but finished, there's no reason to rush Ellsbury back and risk further aggravation. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:45 am
  • Edwin Encarnacion connects for 33rd homer
    Edwin Encarnacion smacked a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Encarnacion underwent a precautionary MRI on his back early Friday, but he felt well enough to play. The 31-year-old now has 33 homers on the year, which ties him for fifth in the American League. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) headed for MRI
    Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from Friday's game against the Blue Jays with a strained right hamstring and is set to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.

    Advice: Before departing, he was in the midst of a monster evening, going 2-for-3 with a double, homer and three RBI. The dynamic outfielder is hitting .271/.328/.419 with 16 homers, 70 RBI and 39 stolen bases on the year. More should be known about his status on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:28 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion has precautionary MRI
    Edwin Encarnacion recently underwent a precautionary MRI on his back.

    Advice: Encarnacion's back acts up on him every now and then, but it's not something to be overly concerned about. He's in Friday's lineup as the designated hitter. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:51 pm
  • Span's 9-game hitting streak snapped in a win
    Denard Span was held hitless over five at-bats, but the Nationals were still able to send the Marlins to a defeat on Thursday.

    Advice: The words "Denard Span" and "hitless" haven't often been used together lately. He was on a nine-game hitting streak and had hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games entering the contest. Span has turned in a solid season, batting .296/.349/.409 with 93 runs scored and 31 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:07 pm
     
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Rendon's two hits, SB help Nats down Marlins
    Anthony Rendon went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a pair of runs scored in Thursday's victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Rendon brought his league-leading runs scored total up to 110 with the effort. He's also up to 16 stolen bases on the season, leaving him four shy of a 20 HR/20 SB season. The Nationals' MVP is slashing .286/.348/.473. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:05 pm
     
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Pearce homers twice as Orioles stay hot
    Steve Pearce swatted a pair of home runs and knocked in four runs in Wednesday's victory against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Pearce broke a scoreless tie with a solo shot off of J.A. Happ in the third inning, then made it 4-0 with a three-run shot off of Happ in the fifth. The 31-year-old journeyman now has 20 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .297/.375/.560 slash line. The Orioles, who clinched the AL East on Tuesday, have won 17 of their last 21 contests. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:43 pm
     
    W, 5-4 x @NYY
  • Morneau drives in six as Rockies rout Dodgers
    Justin Morneau finished 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBI in Wednesday's 16-2 rout of the Dodgers.

    Advice: Colorado absolutely pounded Dodgers spot starter Carlos Frias, with Morneau kicking off the fun on a three-run blast in the bottom of the first inning. He also hit a two-run single to finish off the scoring in that eight-run opening frame before doubling in the bottom of the fourth and collecting his sixth RBI of the afternoon on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. The veteran first baseman has an excellent .320/.363/.497 batting line with 16 home runs and 79 RBI in 127 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Gomez steals extra-inning win for Brewers
    Carlos Gomez used his legs to give the Brewers a win Tuesday, stealing two bases and scoring the winning run in the 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 12 innings.

    Advice: Gomez had one hit in four at-bats before working a one-out walk in the 12th inning. He proceeded to steal second and, shortly after, third base off the tandem of Kevin Siegrist and Yadier Molina. A two-out bloop single from Hector Gomez (no relation) allowed Carlos Gomez to score the winning run. Gomez is closing in on his first 100-run season, as Tuesday's run gives him 91 runs scored and 33 steals to go with a .286/.356/.479 line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:43 pm
  • Morneau has two hits, scores twice vs. LAD
    Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in the Rockies' win over the Dodgers Tuesday.

    Advice: Morneau drove in a run with a groundout in the first inning, singling and scoring in the sixth. He later doubled and scored in the eighth as well, his first double since late August as he's managed an intercostal injury. Morneau is looking to finish strong after a really nice rebound year for the 33-year-old, who is hitting .316/.361/.486 with 73 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:12 pm
  • Pearce's 3-run homer powers O's to clincher
    Steve Pearce's first-inning three-run home run gave the Orioles a lead they would not relinquish as they clinched the AL East with a win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pearce put the O's up 3-1 with the jack in the first off of Drew Hutchison. It was perhaps the most poetic way for the Orioles to clinch, as Pearce has been a key contributor who came out of nowhere, in a season in which the club has gotten little out of Matt Wieters, Manny Machado, and Chris Davis. Pearce now has 18 home runs, 44 RBI, and a .294/.371/.541 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:24 pm
     
    W, 5-4 x @NYY
  • Joe Mauer knocks in four runs
    Joe Mauer drove in four runs with a pair of singles Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: If only Mauer had hit like his usual self in the first half, he could have racked up some nice RBI numbers behind a surprisingly productive top of the Twins order. At least he has been better since coming off the DL, driving in 22 runs in 34 games. He had just 28 RBI in 76 games before getting hurt. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:44 pm
     
    Top 8, 6-1 vs ^ Ari
  • Morneau (intercostal) back in Monday's lineup
    Justin Morneau (intercostal) is back in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Morneau exited Friday's game with left intercostal soreness, but it's not a major concern. The veteran first baseman is hitting .315 on the year, just two points behind Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison for the National League lead. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 15, 1:46 pm
  • Pearce has two hits, game-tying RBI in win
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 and drove home the tying run with an RBI double in the ninth inning of Sunday's come-from-behind victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Pearce, who will continue to function as the Orioles primary first baseman for the remainder of the season, is now hitting .290/.365/.532 with 17 homers and 40 RBI over 93 games in what has been a breakthrough season for the 31-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 14, 8:37 pm
     
    W, 5-4 x @NYY
  • Gomez has RBI, stolen base in win over Reds
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-3 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: The stolen base was Gomez' 31st of the season, and he's scored 90 runs. Injuries nagged him earlier this month, but he's 9-for-24 (.375) with three doubles, four RBI and five runs scored since getting healthy. The 28-year-old is hitting .286/.355/.480 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 14, 3:14 pm
  • Morneau (intercostal) expected to return soon
    Justin Morneau (intercostal) is expected to return to the lineup soon.

    Advice: Morneau exited Friday's game with what the Rockies called left intercostal soreness, but trainer Keith Dugger admitted Saturday that the club was "not 100 percent sure it's an intercostal (injury). It's kind of sore behind his left lat. He just has a little soreness. It's not a huge (injury). It's not like an oblique type of soreness. We aren't overly concerned, but we want to make sure he's right before we send him out there." Ben Paulsen started at first base Saturday and should remain there until Morneau is ready. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 14, 7:35 am
  • Pearce homers in loss to Yankees
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his 17th homer of the season and his first since August 28. We've been waiting for Pearce to slow down all year, but he now owns an impressive .287/.364/.529 batting line across 93 games. He has gone from a part-time player to a lineup staple. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 13, 3:12 pm
     
    W, 5-4 x @NYY
  • Encarnacion clubs 31st home run as Jays win
    Edwin Encarnacion clubbed his 31st home run of the season to help lead the Jays to a victory over the Rays on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Encarnacion took Steven Geltz deep for a solo shot in the seventh inning, increasing the Jays lead to 6-3. He also drew an intentional walk in the ballgame, finishing 1-for-3. Despite missing time on the disabled list, he owns a .262/.351/.551 line with 31 homers and 84 RBI in 423 at-bats on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 13, 1:04 pm
  • Morneau removed with left intercostal injury
    Justin Morneau was removed from Friday's game against the Cardinals due to left side intercostal soreness.

    Advice: Morneau is considered day-to-day and should return to the Rockies lineup at some point over the weekend. He is enjoying a fine season at the dish, slashing .315/.359/.485 with 15 homers and 72 RBI in 124 contests. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 12, 9:41 pm
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