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  • De Leon to start Wednesday vs. Padres
    Jose De Leon will start Wednesday against the Padres.

    Advice: De Leon was originally scheduled start on Tuesday, but Kenta Maeda will move up a day to start instead. The rookie right-hander has posted a 5.52 ERA through his first three starts in the majors. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:28 am
  • 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 Today, 10:26 am
  • Marlins, Prado agree to three-year extension
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins and Martin Prado have agreed to a three-year, $40 million extension.

    Advice: Prado was previously due to hit a weak free agent market this winter, but he's now locked up through his age-35 season in 2019. Acquired from the Yankees in December of 2014, Prado has hit .297/.350/.405 over two seasons with Miami and has emerged as a clubhouse leader. The Marlins made it a top priority to keep him in the fold and they were successful. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:17 am
  • Jered Weaver (back) plans to start Sunday
    Jered Weaver (back) plans to start as scheduled Sunday against the Astros.

    Advice: Weaver was forced to leave Monday's start against the Athletics after five scoreless innings due to lower back tightness, but it won't stop him from making perhaps his final start with the Angels. The veteran right-hander thinks he can pitch next season, but he has yet to make a final decision about his future. Weaver has an ugly 5.06 ERA in 31 starts this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:49 am
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Kang could get time at SS next season
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle hinted Monday that Jung Ho Kang could see more time at shortstop next season.

    Advice: Kang has exclusively played third base this season, though he hasn't been as sharp defensively. The feeling is that he could see some improvement another year removed from a torn MCL and fractured tibia, possibly opening the door for a return to shortstop. "Will there be an opportunity for him to move back at short any time next year based on the rehab and the strength and what he's able to show?" said Hurdle. "That's going to be an interesting development." Starting shortstop Jordy Mercer remains under team control for next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:12 am
  • Castellanos (hand) plays in instructs game
    Nick Castellanos (hand) went 1-for-3 in an instructional league game on Monday.

    Advice: The game was shortened due to rain, but Castellanos logged his first at-bats since his fractured hand on August 6. The plan calls for him to participate in a six-inning simulated game on Tuesday before being reevaluated. It's possible he'll be activated for this weekend's series against the Braves. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:21 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Holt (wrist) appears as defensive replacement
    Tyler Holt (wrist) appeared a defensive replacement in Monday's blowout win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Holt was scratched from Friday's lineup with a sore left wrist, but he's apparently making progress. The 27-year-old has hit .235/.327/.296 over 103 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:29 am
  • Mike Trout homers, reaches four times
    Mike Trout went 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks as the Angels edged the A's 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Trout has never finished a season with a 1.000 OPS, but he has a chance this year; tonight put him back up to 1.001. He's also one homer away from 30 and two RBI away from 100. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Sean Manaea strong against Angels
    Sean Manaea held the Angels to one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: It's the first run he's allowed in three starts this month. Not a lot has gone right for the A's this year, but it's great that Manaea has stayed healthy. If that continues, he should be a top-of-the-rotation guy next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Robinson Cano homers twice in victory
    Robinson Cano homered in the third and 11th innings Monday to propel the Mariners to a 4-3 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Cano's first homer overtook his previous career high of 33 from 2012. The second was more than cherry on top, though; it helped keep the Mariners postseason hopes alive. He has 94 RBI now, and the Mariners could have three players reach the century mark in that category; Nelson Cruz is up to 101 and Kyle Seager is at 96. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Mike Zunino strikes out five times
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-5 and struck out three times against the Astros.

    Advice: Zunino turned the corner a few months ago. Then he turned another corner in August, and now he's practically right back where he was last year at this time; he's in a 10-for-75 slump that's dropped his average from .280 to .207 and his OPS from 1.102 to .785. Granted, no one ever thought he'd last with the 1.100 OPS. Still, we were hoping we'd seen the last of these horrendous slumps. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jonathan Villar homers twice against Rangers
    Jonathan Villar homered twice, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Brewers past the Rangers 8-3 on Monday.

    Advice: That's not so good for the old stolen base numbers there, Jonathan. Still, he's up to 18 homers this year after hitting 10 over 589 at-bats in parts of three seasons with the Astros. There was no doubt he'd steal a whole bunch of bases if the playing time was to be had, but the power outburst didn't seem so likely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Steve Selsky has five-hit night versus Cards
    Steve Selsky went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Selsky had never tallied multiple hits in a game in his brief big league career before this one. He was part of a 22-hit, 15-run attack by the Reds, as Cincinnati ambushed Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals' bullpen. It's safe to say Selsky probably has earned a spot in Tuesday's lineup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • James Shields picks up win over Rays
    James Shields held the Rays to one run in six innings Monday to improve to 6-18 on the season.

    Advice: It won't be a 20-loss season for Shields, thanks in part to the Rays starting four-ninths of a major league lineup tonight. Seriously. Catcher Curt Casali, who has hit .147 in 143 at-bats against right-handers this season, was the designated hitter. The designated hitter! Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Adam Duvall homers twice, drives in five
    Adam Duvall went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and five RBI in Monday's blowout victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He homered in the first inning, had an RBI single in the fourth, another homer in the fifth and another single in the seventh. The two-homer night was Duvall's third of the season and pushed his home run total for the year to 33, which trails only Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant and Chris Carter in the National League. He also reached the 100-RBI mark Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Jered Weaver exits with lower back tightness
    Jered Weaver exited Monday's start against the Athletics after five scoreless due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: Weaver allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out three. The veteran right-hander lowered his ERA to 5.06 with the start. Assuming the issue doesn't linger, he lines up to start the season finale against the Astros on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:45 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Castellanos (hand) could return this weekend
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Nick Castellanos (hand) could return by the weekend.

    Advice: Castellanos has been sidelined since August 6 with a fractured hand, but he was slated to play in an instructional league game on Monday. Barring any setbacks, he appears to be the verge of a return. The 24-year-old was batting .286 with 18 homers and an .831 OPS in 105 games prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Trout goes 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored three times in a win over the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He also walked twice. He only made one out and was on the bases the whole game. The Angels trailed all night until breaking out for four runs in the eighth and five runs in the ninth. Trout had run-scoring hits in both of those frames. The superstar is batting .318/.440/.557 with 28 bombs, 97 RBI and leads the majors with 120 runs scored. Tack on 27 stolen bases to complete the package. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Castellanos to play in simulated game Monday
    Nick Castellanos (hand) is scheduled to play in an instructional league game in Florida on Monday.

    Advice: It has been a slow recovery process for the Tigers' third baseman who has been on the shelf since August 6 with a fractured hand. He's still hoping to return to the club before the end of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:46 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Prado delivers two-run double in loss
    Martin Prado delivered a two-run double in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

    Advice: His first-inning double gave the Marlins an early 2-0 lead, but they were held off the board the rest of the way. With seven homers, Prado hasn’t shown much punch this year, but he has driven in 73 runs to go along with a .308/.363/.418 batting line. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Tyler Holt scratched with sore wrist
    Tyler Holt was scratched from the Reds' lineup Friday with a sore left wrist.

    Advice: It looks to be a day-to-day situation. Steve Selsky has taken Holt's spot in right field. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:15 pm
  • 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
  • Mike Trout hits three-run homer in win
    Mike Trout hit a three-run homer off Derek Holland and walked Wednesday as the Angels edged the Rangers 5-4.

    Advice: Who said Trout isn't making a difference in meaningful games in September? He's hit .306 with three homers, 11 RBI and 14 walks in 19 games this month. All but two of those games have come against teams in the mix for a spot in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 pm
  • Sean Manaea blanks Astros over six innings
    Sean Manaea took a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Astros, firing six shutout innings while striking out seven.

    Advice: Manaea surrendered just three hits and held a 1-0 lead after six innings, but the game-tying run would come home in the seventh to deprive him of a win. He will bring a 4.03 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into a road date with the Angels next time he toes the rubber. That will be his last start of the season as the schedule currently stands. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • James Shields rocked by Phillies Tuesday
    James Shields was torched for seven runs -- six earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Another clunker from the veteran right-hander. Shields served up a two-run home run to Odubel Herrera in the first inning and things didn't get much better after that, as he allowed tallies in the third, fifth and sixth before finally getting pulled. Shields had put up two straight quality starts, but it's back to the drawing board again. He'll get his former team, the Rays, next. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Castellanos still has discomfort in left hand
    Nick Castellanos felt lingering discomfort in his fractured left hand while facing live pitching Monday at the Tigers' spring training complex in Florida.

    Advice: It's not a significant setback, but the young third baseman is running out of time with the Tigers facing elimination from postseason contention. Castellanos will scale back to regular batting practice for the time being. He's been sidelined since August 6 because of the fractured hand. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • De Leon struggles against D'Backs on Sunday
    Jose De Leon struggled in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, allowing four runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: De Leon walked two and struck out two on the afternoon. The rookie right-hander wasn't sharp in this one, and the Diamondbacks made him pay early and often, including a two-run homer by Mitch Haniger. He'll look to put this one behind him and get back on track when he takes on the Rockies at home on Friday. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 6:21 pm
  • Martin Prado ejected from Sunday's game
    Martin Prado was ejected from Sunday's game versus the Phillies for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Prado tossed his bat after he didn't like a called third strike by home plate umpire Dale Scott in the top of the third inning. Derek Dietrich moved from left field to third base to replace Prado and Ichiro Suzuki entered the game in left. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 11:46 am
  • Adam Duvall getting the night off Saturday
    Adam Duvall is not in the Reds' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Pirates.

    Advice: He's getting a break after going 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in the early game. Steve Selsky will take over in left field and bat sixth against Bucs starter Trevor Williams. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 2:38 pm
  • Nick Castellanos getting at-bats in Florida
    Nick Castellanos (hand) will begin taking live batting practice at the Tigers' spring training facility in Florida.

    Advice: If all goes well after a couple of days, he'll begin playing in simulated games. Castellanos is still on track for a return in late-September, but could be shut down completely if the Tigers fall out of the playoff race before then. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 10:25 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Kenta Maeda picks up 15th win
    Kenta Maeda yielded one run in five innings Friday in a victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Maeda struck out six in earning his 15th win of the year. In most seasons, he'd be a Rookie of the Year favorite with that many victories and a 3.24 ERA. In 2016, though, he's going to get trounced by a teammate in the balloting. Rotoworld.com Sep 16, 10:47 pm
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