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  • Aaron Nola (elbow) begins throwing program
    Aaron Nola (elbow) has started into a throwing program.

    Advice: Nola has yet to begin throwing off a mound, but he is able to play catch. His 2016 season was cut short due to a UCL sprain and low-grade flexor sprain in his right elbow. The 23-year-old right-hander has been on the shelf since the end of July. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:50 pm
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  • 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 Today, 3:34 pm
  • Gregory Polanco out of lineup with neck issue
    Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: Polanco's current neck stiffness could be related to a Friday collision with the outfield wall. Matt Joyce will start in his place in left field and is batting fourth. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:30 pm
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  • 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 Today, 2:14 pm
  • Seth Smith exits Wed. after being hit in foot
    Seth Smith was lifted for a pinch-runner after being hit in the foot during Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Smith was struck in the foot by a pitch in the top of the sixth inning. Ben Gamel subsequently came on to pinch-run for him. The Mariners should provide an update as to Smith's status later on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:25 pm
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  • Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out Wednesday
    Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out of the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Harper hasn't appeared in a game since injuring his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base Sunday against the Pirates. X-rays taken Monday came back negative and he should be fine for the start of the NLDS. Brian Goodwin will handle right field and bat sixth Wednesday versus Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:03 pm
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  • A's activate Sonny Gray for Wednesday start
    Athletics activated RHP Sonny Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gray will start for the Athletics on Wednesday night against the Angels, though the outing is only expected to last an inning or two. He had been sidelined since early August with inflammation in his right forearm. This is simply about establishing his return to full health heading into the offseason (and then of course 2017). Gray will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career over the winter. He's sitting on a disappointing 5.74 ERA through 116 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:01 am
  • Barnette (oblique) picks up win vs. Brewers
    Tony Barnette (oblique) worked a scoreless sixth inning, earning a win, on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Barnette gave up two singles but also struck out two batters in a clean sixth frame with the Rangers trailing 4-3. They would take the lead about 15 minutes later on a two-run double by Jonathan Lucroy. Barnette has been a terrific offseason find for Texas, boasting a 2.11 ERA in 59 2/3 innings of relief. He spent six years in Japan (2010-2015) reinventing himself after flaming out as a starter in the Diamondbacks' minor league system. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:56 am
  • Renfroe homers twice, drives in seven vs. LAD
    Hunter Renfroe went off in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Dodgers, launching a three-run home run and a grand slam to finish with seven RBI.

    Advice: Renfroe spaced out his damage. He swatted a three-run home run off Kenta Maeda in the first inning, then went silent until the eighth. At which point, all the noise in the world. The 24-year-old outfielder connected to clear the bases for the grand slam against Louis Coleman, boosting the Padres to a 7-1 advantage in the process. For those disinclined to do the math, Renfroe accounted for all seven of the Padres' runs in the game with his pair of home runs. Those were his second and third career major league homers. All of this damage has come in Renfroe's first 17 big league at-bats. Not too shabby. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:02 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 Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Maeda surrenders three runs over four innings
    Kenta Maeda allowed three runs on three hits over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Maeda struck out five and walked one on the evening. All three runs on his line came home courtesy of a three-run homer by Hunter Renfroe in the first inning. He wouldn't allow another run the rest of the way. While this might outwardly seem like a short start, the Dodgers are already preparing for the playoffs, with Maeda slated to start in Game 3 of the NLDS -- no need to push his arm. First up, though, the 28-year-old right-hander will take the ball against the Giants on Sunday, in the regular-season finale. He will carry a 3.28 ERA and 1.09 WHIP (31 starts) into that one. Expect a similarly truncated outing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Anderson has homer, three RBI in Sox' rout
    Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored in the White Sox' 13-6 beatdown of the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson did damage with each of his three hits, collecting an RBI single in the first inning before swatting a run-scoring double in the second. He then capped it off with a solo shot, his eighth of the season, in the eighth inning. It's been a successful rookie campaign for the 23-year-old, who is hitting .278/.300/.411 with those eight homers, 28 RBI, 54 runs scored and 10 steals in 94 games overall. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Sale holds Rays to three runs for 17th win
    Chris Sale allowed three runs over seven innings against the Rays on Tuesday to earn his 17th win of the season.

    Advice: Sale gave up eight hits while striking out seven in the victory. The southpaw is seventh in the American League with his 3.21 ERA and ranks third with his 227 strikeouts, and with the Cy Young race being wide open it's conceivable that Sale could find his name at or near the top of a lot of writers' lists when it's all said and done. The 27-year-old will have one more shot at making a good impression when he faces off against the Twins on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Peralta homers, drives in four against Reds
    Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Peralta hit a three-run jack in the fifth inning, one of the Cardinals' five home runs on the night. The homer was a big one for Peralta personally, as he hadn't gone yard since September 6. The 34-year-old has just eight homers and 29 RBI in total through 77 games, and he's slashing a pedestrian .259/.307/.415 in those games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:03 pm
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  • Waino gets win despite 10 hits, five runs
    Adam Wainwright got the win Tuesday despite allowing 10 hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Reds.

    Advice: That's sort of been the story for Wainwright in recent starts -- in four of his past five outings, the right-hander has failed to get out of the sixth inning while allowing at least four runs, and yet he's 4-1 in his last five starts. That doesn't mean he's pitching well, though, and the Cardinals will need him to be better if they're still in the playoff hunt when he takes the mound Sunday against the Pirates. The 35-year-old will carry a 4.67 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into that contest. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Cruz turns in fifth straight multi-hit game
    Nelson Cruz had yet another multi-hit game Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz now has five consecutive two-hit contests, and he's got two doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and six runs scored in that span. On Tuesday, his RBI single in the first inning gave the Mariners a short-lived lead. The 36-year-old is batting .288/.360/.553 with 41 homers, 102 RBI and 93 runs scored in 151 games overall this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) in M's lineup on Tuesday
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in the Mariners' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Astros.

    Advice: The MRI taken Monday on his sore left wrist apparently showed nothing of concern. Cruz is starting at DH and batting cleanup versus Astros right-hander Mike Fiers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Fortunately, X-rays came back negative on Harper's left thumb, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker wants to give him another day. There's a chance he could play on Wednesday. Brian Goodwin will make another start in right field on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:28 pm
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  • Gregory Polanco (face) back in lineup Tuesday
    Gregory Polanco (face) is back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Polanco suffered a left facial contusion when he collided with the outfield fence on Friday, but he's feeling better now. He'll start in left field and bat second against John Lackey. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:18 pm
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  • Maeda starting Tuesday, De Leon on Wednesday
    Kenta Maeda has been moved up to start Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll swap spots with rookie Jose De Leon, who will be pushed back to Wednesday. Maeda allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in his most recent start last Wednesday against the Giants and owns a 3.20 ERA over 30 starts in his first year in MLB. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • X-rays negative on Bryce Harper's thumb
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that X-rays on Bryce Harper's left thumb came back negative.

    Advice: Good news for Harper, who injured his thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday. The swelling has gone down and the thought is that he could be ready to play again later this week. He should be good to go for the postseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:15 pm
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  • Barnette (oblique) not available Monday
    Tony Barnette (oblique) is not available for Monday's game.

    Advice: Barnette hasn't appeared in a game since September 4 due to an oblique strain, but he made it through a live batting practice session on Saturday with no issues. The Rangers will give him an extra day of rest before potentially using him in Tuesday's game. Barnette owns a 2.15 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:29 pm
  • Nats don't think Harper's thumb is serious
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that they don't anticipate Bryce Harper's thumb injury to be serious.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he was forced to make an awkward slide on a fake tag from Jung Ho Kang at third base. Rizzo hasn't seen Harper's X-rays yet, but we should have more clarity on the situation at some point in the next 24 hours. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:58 pm
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  • Nelson Cruz sent for MRI on left wrist
    Nelson Cruz was sent for an MRI on his left wrist on Monday.

    Advice: The results aren't yet known, but Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against the Astros. He plans to play no matter what, but look for him to cut back on pregame hitting work in an effort to protect the wrist. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Gregory Polanco (face) out again Monday
    Gregory Polanco (face) is out of the Pirates' lineup again Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Polanco hasn't played since he suffered a left facial contusion when he collided face-first into the left field on Friday. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action. Josh Bell is starting in right field on Monday while John Jaso will play first base. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:34 pm
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  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) in Monday's lineup
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz exited Sunday's game after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but it's not going to keep him out of the lineup. He'll serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Collin McHugh. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:12 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) out of Nats lineup Mon.
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday night.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he slid awkwardly into third base after a fake tag by Jung Ho Kang. He is scheduled to undergo X-rays at some point Monday. Brian Goodwin will start in right field and bat seventh in the Nationals' series opener against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:26 pm
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  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) expecting to play Monday
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:02 am
  • Peralta drives home lone run in loss to Cubs
    Jhonny Peralta went 1-for-4 and plated the Cardinals' lone run in Sunday night's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: His run-scoring single in the eighth inning got the Cardinals on the board, cutting their deficit in half at 2-1. That would be the extent of their offense though. It has been a disappointing and injury-plagued season for the veteran infielder who is now hitting .251/.298/.395 with seven homers and 25 RBI in his 75 games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:24 pm
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  • Harper listed as day-to-day with sore thumb
    Bryce Harper is listed as day-to-day due to soreness in his left thumb.

    Advice: The Nationals don't believe that his injury is serious, but he'll head for precautionary X-rays on Monday to make sure. Harper sustained his injury during Sunday's game when he slid awkwardly into third base after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:05 pm
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  • Nelson Cruz leaves game with sore wrist
    Nelson Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Twins due to soreness in his left wrist.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor. Cruz inflicted massive damage on the Twins before departing, smashing a pair of solo home runs in his first three at-bats. The Mariners should provide an update on his status after Sunday's game, but expect him to be listed as day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:47 pm
  • Bryce Harper exits with apparent hand injury
    Bryce Harper departed Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury to his left hand.

    Advice: Harper slid awkwardly into third base in the top of the third inning after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag and appeared to hurt his hand. He stayed in and wound up scoring a run but was then removed before the bottom of the frame. The Nationals should provide an update on Harper shortly. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:58 am
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  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to start on Wednesday
    Sonny Gray (forearm) will start on Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Gray has been on the shelf since early August with inflammation in his right forearm, but he's been throwing off a mound for a couple weeks and is ready to test things out in a game. He's expected to go only 1-2 innings in the outing and can be safely avoided in fantasy leagues for the final week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:06 am
  • Gray (forearm) likely to start this week
    Sonny Gray (forearm) said he "threw everything I had and wasn’t holding back" in a 48-pitch live batting practice session Saturday.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin said of Gray that the "fit him in somewhere" this week provided that he feels fine Sunday. The skipped indicated that an appearance from Gray in the final week would be as a starter. Gray holds a 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues this week, but it looks like the righty will be able to go into the winter feeling positive about his health. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:56 am
  • 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
  • Renfroe swats first big league homer Saturday
    Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4, scored twice and hit his first major league home run on Saturday versus the Giants.

    Advice: He launched a solo homer off Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning. He doubled and scored in the sixth. Renfroe hit 30 home runs at Triple-A this season. The 24-year-old former first round draft pick is getting his first cup of coffee in the majors this month. He will likely work his way into the Padres' starting lineup early next season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:11 pm
  • Cruz hits two-run bomb and a double Saturday
    Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a two-run jack in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He took Tyler Duffey deep in the fourth inning with Robinson Cano aboard to provide his team's only runs of the night. He also doubled in the ballgame. He is one homer away from his third consecutive 40-homer season. He is batting .284/.357/.545 with 39 bombs, 98 RBI and 90 runs scored in 560 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • 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
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to face live hitters
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since early August due to inflammation in his right forearm, but has yet to give up hope on a return this season. He could make a start in the final week of the season, though he's probably best avoided for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:59 am
  • Nelson Cruz homers, knocks in four
    Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer and a two-run double Friday in the rout of the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz is now just two homers away from his third straight 40-homer season. It's also possible the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys; Cruz and Kyle Seager currently have 96 and Robinson Cano isn't far behind at 92. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:07 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
  • 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
  • GM Rizzo called meeting on Harper's shoulder
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports Nationals GM Mike Rizzo held a closed-door meeting with Bryce Harper, trainer Paul Lessard, and manager Dusty Baker to discuss Harper's right shoulder.

    Advice: This impromptu discussion came soon after the second report from SI.com's Tom Verducci, in which Verducci again stated that Harper is playing through serious neck and shoulder discomfort. That story featured many intimate details, including a quote from one source stating that Harper "could barely throw the ball 40 feet" at one point this summer. "Bryce said it didn’t come from him," Baker told the Washington Post on Wednesday. "Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report. The trainer said no." Whatever the case, the proof is in the pudding that Harper isn't anywhere close to 100 percent. The reigning National League MVP is batting just .172 in September and .223 since the beginning of July. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:36 am
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  • Kenta Maeda earns 16th victory
    Kenta Maeda picked up his 16th win after allowing two runs -- one earned -- in five innings Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Maeda struck out six and walked two before leaving after 88 pitches. The Dodgers are handling him increasingly carefully; he's gotten between 15 and 19 outs in each of his last 11 starts, never throwing more than 104 pitches in that span. It's worked out well; he's 8-2 during the stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Sale falls apart in loss to Philies Wednesday
    Chris Sale got whacked for six runs in four innings and was charged with a loss to the Phillies in Wednesday's interleague matchup.

    Advice: He struck out five and didn't walk anybody, but he allowed seven base hits and beaned two batters. Six of those runners ended up touching the plate. It was a rare bad outing for Sale, who falls to 16-9 with a 3.23 ERA. He will get at least one and maybe two more shots to match his career high of 17 wins in a season. His velocity and strikeout rate fell noticeably this year but he remains one of the best pitchers in baseball. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:13 pm
  • Padres promote Hunter Renfroe from El Paso
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Hunter Renfroe from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Renfroe was one of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League this summer, slashing .306/.336/.557 with 30 homers and 105 RBI in 133 games for the El Paso Chihuahuas, whose season ended Tuesday in the Triple-A championship. The plan probably calls for him to make three or four starts over the Padres' final 11 games, which doesn't offer much fantasy appeal. Renfroe, the 13th overall pick in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft, will challenge for a starting job with San Diego leading into 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Padres calling up Renfroe, Margot and others
    Padres manager Andy Green confirmed late Tuesday that the club is calling up prospects Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Austin Hedges, and Carlos Asuaje.

    Advice: We were hoping this might happen three weeks ago so that Renfroe and Margot -- both top-100 prospects -- might be of some fantasy use, but the El Paso Chihuahuas made a run all the way to the Triple-A championship before falling to the Yankees' Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate on Tuesday night in Memphis. Renfroe, 24, batted .306/.336/.557 with 30 home runs and 105 RBI in 133 games this season at the Triple-A level. Margot, 21, hit .304/.351/.426 with six home runs and 30 stolen bases in 124 games. They'll both be appearing in the majors for the first time. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:06 am
  • Wainwright's arm, bat lead Cards past Rockies
    Adam Wainwright allowed four runs -- including three home runs -- over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wainwright surrendered seven hits, including three solo homers to Daniel Descalso, Charlie Blackmon and Gerardo Parra, and he also walked two on the night. Fortunately for Wainwright, pitchers get a chance to help their own cause in the National League, and he did so with a two-run double in the second inning and a two-RBI single in the fifth. The 35-year-old will take the wins any way he can get them at this stage of his career, and he moved to 12-9 with a 4.57 ERA and 1.38 with Tuesday's victory. Wainwright will go for two in a row when he squares off with the Reds on Monday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • Gray (forearm) throws 48-pitch 'pen session
    Sonny Gray (forearm) threw a 48-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Gray is now scheduled to face live hitters over the weekend. He could make a start for the A's in the final week of the regular season, but the right-hander will be on a pitch count in that one and not worth using in a down-to-the-wire fantasy league. Gray, out since early August with forearm inflammation, holds an ugly 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:23 pm
  • Baker refutes story on Harper's neck/shoulder
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Tom Verducci's SI.com report suggesting that Bryce Harper has continued to play through neck and shoulder discomfort is "inaccurate."

    Advice: "I don't know where he's getting that from," said Dusty. This feels like deja vu, as Baker and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo also had to refute a similar story from Verducci back in early August. Harper is toting a .180 batting average in September and doesn't look anywhere close to 100 percent, but he is starting in right field and batting third for the Nats on Tuesday night against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The defending NL MVP refused to address the Verducci report (linked in a previous blurb) when probed about it on Tuesday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:14 pm
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  • Harper (shoulder, neck) in Nats lineup Tues.
    Bryce Harper (shoulder, neck) is back in the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harper was given the night off Monday and Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday afternoon that the 2015 NL MVP is still struggling through shoulder and neck discomfort. But it's something Harper is going to continue to try to play through. He will start in right field and bat third Tuesday versus Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:09 pm
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  • 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
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) set for bullpen Tue.
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in his bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Athletics haven't officially ruled him out for the year, but he won't be worth adding in fantasy leagues even if he manages to return. Gray has been out since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm. Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 3:42 pm
  • Seth Smith beats Astros with pair of bombs
    Seth Smith blasted a pair of home runs and plated four on Sunday, powering the Mariners to a 7-3 victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Smith tagged Astros starter Doug Fister with a solo shot in the third inning then chased him from the game with a three-run bomb the following frame. He finished the day 2-for-2 plus a walk and scored three times. After the impressive afternoon, he's now hitting .264/.350/.443 with 16 homers and 60 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 3:56 pm
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  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to throw off mound
    Sonny Gray (forearm) will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: Gray has been on the shelf since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm, but he's not giving up hope for a late-season return. However, given how poorly he pitched before being hurt, fantasy owners have no incentive to wait around for the righty. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 11:01 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez not in Sunday's lineup
    Adrian Gonzalez is absent from the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off with the Diamondbacks throwing lefty Robbie Ray. The Rob Segedin is starting at first base. Joc Pederson, Josh Reddick, Chase Utley and Yasmani Grandal are also on the bench, as the Dodgers are going with Enrique Hernandez in center field, Yasiel Puig in right, Charlie Culberson at second base and Austin Barnes at catcher. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 10:30 am
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