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  • Crawford's monster game leads Dodgers to win
    Carl Crawford reached base in all four plate appearances, scored three runs and knocked in three more in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: He finished 3-for-3 with a walk, home run and stolen base. If owners in your league have been slumbering and Crawford remains available on the waiver wire, stop reading this update and go pick him up. Just go. In his last 12 starts, Crawford has eight multi-hit games. He is 21-for-50 (.420) with six steals since August 4. The one fantasy element we haven't seen during his hot streak is power -- no homers since May 23 coming into tonight -- so it was good to see him leave the yard. Crawford is a must-start in all formats until he cools off.
    Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Derek Norris (back) to sit out Wednesday
    Derek Norris will not play Wednesday due to a minor back issue.

    Advice: The ailment doesn't affect Norris behind or at the plate but does when he's running. He should be OK in a day or two.
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Gyorko goes 2-for-5 with homer and 3 RBI
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 8-6 loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko crushed a Kevin Correia pitch 413 feet over the center field wall in the first inning to plate Abraham Almonte and Seth Smith and give San Diego an early 3-0 lead. He didn't reach again until a ninth inning single off Kenley Jansen. That hit momentarily made the affair very interesting, but Almonte was thrown out after rounding third to end the game. Gyorko remains hot since returning from the disabled list (plantar fasciitis) in late July, going 24-for-77 (.312) with four homers, five doubles and 20 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Greinke (elbow) a 'possibility' for next turn
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Zack Greinke (elbow) is a "possibility" to make his next scheduled start on Thursday.

    Advice: Mattingly downplayed Greinke's sore elbow earlier in the day, but he was more reserved with his comments after Tuesday's game. The right-hander skipped his normal between-starts bullpen session due to a sore pitching elbow. Mattingly said more information on Greinke's status will be available Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Slump buster?: Crisp has 2 hits, 3 RBI in win
    Coco Crisp singled, tripled and drove in three runs as Oakland held off the Mets in a 6-2 Tuesday victory.

    Advice: And oh boy, was it needed. Crisp has battled a chronic neck injury while looking absolutely helpless in the batter's box in the second half, entering this game 9-for-73 (.123) since the All-Star break. His owners are a bit shell shocked, as Crisp slashed a robust .291/.387/.449 in the first half. He had only one extra-base hit and one RBI in his past eight games, and both came on Monday. Hopefully we're seeing the beginnings of a strong six-week run to finish the season.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • d'Arnaud keeps raking, goes deep in loss
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a home run against the A's on Tuesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud's fourth inning solo homer put the Mets up 1-0, but they had difficulty mustering up offense the rest of the way in the 6-2 setback. The 25-year-old backstop continues to be a fantasy godsend for owners who took a chance on him after he was promoted on June 24. He was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in early June after batting a cringe-worthy .180/.271/.273 over 39 games, but destroyed the ball on the farm (24-for-55 with six home runs, eight doubles, and 16 RBI over 15 games) to earn a quick trip back to the Big Apple. Since his promotion, d'Arnaud is 42-for-158 (.266) with eight homers, 10 doubles and a triple. That's serious power for a catcher. Keep riding the hot hand.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Kazmir holds Mets to 1 run in 14th win
    Scott Kazmir went six innings in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Mets, giving up one run on four hits.

    Advice: Kazmir walked three and struck out six. The only nitpick in this performance was the lack of efficiency, as the lefty was yanked after 105 pitches. Kazmir entered the game 7-2 with a 2.34 ERA at Coliseum, but he had coughed up nine runs and 15 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his two previous home starts in August. Those outings represented the only times he'd given up more than three runs in a start since June 2. The southpaw improves to 14-5 with a 2.73 ERA, numbers he'll take into a date against his former employer the Angels on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Jay sends Cards home winners via walk-off HBP
    Jon Jay was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Tuesday, giving the Cardinals a walk-off, 5-4 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Jay has the strange distinction of leading the league with 15 hit-by-pitches this season, and none were more important than Tuesday's. The spectacle takes away from the fact that Jay also had two hits and scored twice in the victory. He owns an 11-game hitting streak that has his season line up to .307/.378/.402, and he's finding everyday at-bats in the Cardinals lineup. Mixed league owners need to start taking note.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Frazier hits two-run homer in loss to Cards
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The fourth-inning blast was much needed for Frazier, who hadn't homered since July 20. Power deficiency aside, Frazier has surged in August after a lackluster July, going 19-for-57 (.333) with 10 RBI and eight runs scored this month. The third baseman is hitting .284/.344/.465 with 21 home runs and 66 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Lackey gives up two earned over six vs. Reds
    John Lackey allowed four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lackey cruised through the Reds order the first time, fanning five while facing the minimum, but a single and a two-run homer by Todd Frazier got the Reds on the board in the fourth. Two errors added the two unearned runs in the sixth inning, and Lackey wouldn't factor in the team's come-from-behind victory. It was a largely positive outing, as Lackey struck out seven while allowing just four hits and a walk on the night. He's been good in three of his four starts since joining the Cardinals, and he'll take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Monday.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Max Scherzer strikes out nine Rays
    Max Scherzer recovered from a three-run first to hold the Rays to four runs in seven innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was briefly five runs, but Vince Belnome's first major league homer was overturned on replay. Scherzer finished the night with nine strikeouts, pushing him over 200 for the third straight year. He's at 205 right now, and he's well on his way to eclipsing last year's total of 240.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Gomes homers, scores three times in victory
    Yan Gomes homered and finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Indians came back to beat the Twins 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gomes hadn't scored since August 6 before Tuesday's three-run outburst. His solo home run in the second inning started the Indians on the comeback trail, and he came in on a two-run double in the sixth inning that gave the Tribe their first lead. The catcher is enjoying another strong year, batting .285/.325/.479 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • James Loney goes 3-for-4, homers
    James Loney went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Detroit's Max Scherzer on Tuesday.

    Advice: Loney's having his nicest surge of the season to date, with a .333 average and 10 RBI in 17 games this month. He has just seven homers overall, but the Rays knew what they were signing up for when they gave him a three-year deal last winter.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Mauer has two more hits, RBI double vs. Tribe
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Mauer got a little unlucky when his double in the first inning went out of play, as Brian Dozier would have likely been able to score as well if it had stayed in play. Still, the two-hit night gave Mauer 10 hits in 29 at-bats since returning from the disabled list. The good stretch has his overall line up to .277/.351/.380, and expect those numbers to continue to climb as he redeems his poor early hitting.
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Giancarlo Stanton plates winning run in 10th
    Giancarlo Stanton singled in Jeff Baker in the bottom of the 10th to give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stanton redeemed himself at the end after a highlight-reel misplay in seventh, when Rougned Odor was able to round the bases after doubling off the wall. Stanton finished the game with two hits and two walks. Oddly enough, although four Marlins were intentionally walked in the game, Stanton's two were legit.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Zack Greinke is nursing sore pitching elbow
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly revealed Tuesday that Zack Greinke has been nursing a sore right elbow recently.

    Advice: However, Mattingly said the soreness hasn't affected Greinke's throwing program and the skipper considers it standard for pitchers over a long season. While the elbow issue doesn't appear to be a concern at this point, it's certainly something worth filing away.
    Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Todd Frazier (back) in Reds lineup on Monday
    Todd Frazier (back) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Frazier missed a handful of games after tweaking his back last Thursday. He is starting at third base and batting third in Monday's series-opener versus St. Louis.
    Monday, 12:59 pm
  • Stanton reaches career-high RBI total in win
    Giancarlo Stanton finished 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Sunday in a 10-3 rout of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and added an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. The 24-year-old slugger is batting .295/.398/.566 with 32 home runs and a career-high 88 RBI in 124 games this season. He should be among the leading vote-getters for 2014 National League MVP when all is said and done.
    Sunday, 1:13 pm
  • Frazier (back) hopes to play 2nd game of DH
    Todd Frazier (back) is hoping to play in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Frazier hasn't played since tweaking his back on Thursday and said Sunday that he's still feeling some soreness. "Usually when I have this, it takes a couple of days. But it's nagging right now. We'll see how it goes," Frazier said. Kris Negron is at third base for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.
    Sunday, 1:00 pm
  • Gyorko drives in five, Padres take down STL
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI in Saturday's 9-5 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: St. Louis jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but the Padres answered back with four runs in the top of the third (with the help of a Gyorko RBI single). Gyorko then slugged a grand slam in the seventh inning off Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist, just before a lengthy rain delay. Gyorko has been on fire since returning from a bad case of plantar fasciitis and looks poised to finish the 2014 season on a positive binge.
    Saturday, 9:40 pm
  • Zack Greinke pulled after five scoreless
    Zack Greinke was lifted after throwing five scoreless innings Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Greinke was at 99 pitches through five, so the Dodgers didn't think it was worth risking another inning. They also had the opportunity to pinch-hit for Greinke leading off the bottom of the fifth, though given that they used Darwin Barney, we're not sure that was an upgrade (Barney ended up getting hit by a pitch and coming around to score, so it worked!).
    Friday, 10:51 pm
  • Stanton reaches bases three times vs. AZ
    Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single and drew two walks Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton has now driven in 10 runs over his last nine games and currently leads the National League with 84 RBI. He's also tops with 31 homers. Throw in his .293/.397/.562 batting line and his 10 stolen bases and it's easy to see why he's quickly rising in a suddenly wide-open race for the National League MVP award.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Loney homers in win over Yankees
    James Loney went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's 5-0 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Loney drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the first inning and later took Esmil Rogers deep in the eighth. The veteran first baseman has delivered three straight multi-hit games and now owns a .289/.341/.378 batting line on the year.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Derek Norris has two hits in losing effort
    Derek Norris went 2-for-4 with a double in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Norris also came around to score one of just two A's runs in the contest. He's enjoying a strong season at the dish, slashing .283/.376/.454 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in only 269 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Todd Frazier sits out with sore lower back
    Todd Frazier is not in Friday's lineup due to lower back soreness.

    Advice: Frazier tweaked his back during his second at-bat on Thursday and woke up Friday feeling worse. It appears at this point to be a day-to-day injury, but the Reds haven't said when they think he might return to the lineup. Ramon Santiago is at third base Friday.
    Friday, 2:31 pm
  • Lackey rebounds, fires seven strong vs Padres
    John Lackey bounced back from his previous start, allowing only two runs over seven innings, but got a no-decision in Thursday's win against the Padres.

    Advice: Lackey was torched for nine runs in five innings on Saturday, his second start with his new club. Thursday's effort was worlds better, as he allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five. In 19 innings with the Cardinals, Lackey has a 6.16 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and a 12/5 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Reds on Tuesday at home next.
    Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Stanton reaches base 4 times in a win vs. ARI
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single as the Marlins eked out a one-run victory over the D'Backs on Thursday.

    Advice: Stanton had been held hitless over his last two games prior to Thursday. Despite reaching base four times in five plate appearances, the Marlins weren't able to bring Stanton around to score, and he was only able to knock in one run with a single in the third inning to cut the Marlins' deficit to 3-2. Stanton, thanks to a torrid August, has a .292/.395/.563 slash line with 31 home runs, 83 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.
    Thursday, 7:59 pm
  • Max Scherzer strikes out 14, earns 14th win
    Max Scherzer blanked the Pirates for eight innings, striking out 14, to earn his 14th win Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer struck out 14 for the third time in his career, falling one K short of his career high of 15, also against the Pirates, on May 20, 2012. He was also the fifth pitcher to strike out at least 14 in a game this season. Interestingly, he came back out for the eighth at 108 pitches in this one. A week ago, there was much controversy after he was taken out after 106 pitches in a 2-1 game going to the ninth. Joe Nathan blew the lead in that one, and the Tigers lost in extra innings. Scherzer ended up at 121 pitches today, the first time this year and seventh time ever that he's hit the 120 mark. The Tigers turned a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth and won 5-2 after Phil Coke gave up a homer in the ninth.
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
  • Crawford has fourth straight multi-hit game
    Carl Crawford had his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Crawford has been on a bit of a tear as of late, hitting .625 (10-for-16) over his last four games. He put the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single in the second, and he would score his club's second run later that inning. It's been a tough season overall for Crawford, as he has a .261/.296/.357 slash line with four home runs, 25 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • d'Arnaud tries to spark rally with solo homer
    Travis d'Arnaud did his best to spark a rally, blasting a solo home run in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Mets lost to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud greeted closer Rafael Soriano with a lead-off home run to left field, cutting the Nationals' lead to one. The catcher has hit three home runs in his last five games and has looked much improved since returning from a demotion to Triple-A. He has a .230/.295/.398 slash line with 10 home runs and 30 RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Gyorko scores four-hit night in win vs. COL
    Jedd Gyorko had one of his best performances of the season, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's Gyorko's first four-hit game of the season, and he was one of only two Padres to accrue multiple hits on the evening. The second baseman has been performing much better at the plate since coming off of the disabled list on July 28. He now has a .333 average (19-for-57) in 15 games since his activation. A surge over the remaining 43 games could help pull up his sagging numbers. He carries a disappointing .199/.251/.326 slash line with seven home runs and 35 RBI.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • Mauer goes 2-for-4 with homer vs. Astros
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Twins' defeat of the Astros on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Mauer singled in the top of the first inning and then slugged a solo shot in the top of the sixth for the game's first run. He's been hitting well since returning from the disabled list on Monday and could be ready to make up for lost time for loyal fantasy owners down the stretch.
    Wednesday, 2:05 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Crawford reaches base 4 times in Dodgers win
    Carl Crawford was a catalyst, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk as the Dodgers notched a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford has now had three consecutive multi-hit games, perhaps a sign he's ready to break out of his slump. Even with Tuesday's effort, he has a paltry .256/.293/.355 slash line with four home runs, 24 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 249 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Joe Mauer delivers go-ahead hit in return
    Making his return from the DL, Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth as the Twins beat the Astros 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: Mauer also walked with the contest. He was initially given credit for two RBI on his go-ahead hit in the ninth, but the play was then deemed a single and an error on Domingo Santana, which was the correct call. Mauer kept his hitting streak intact. It's now at 13 games, dating back to June 19.
    Monday, 9:13 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Carl Crawford goes 3-for-4 in win
    Carl Crawford went 3-for-4 with a couple of RBI against the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: Crawford has been regularly getting the nod over Andre Ethier in left, though he's not doing a lot with it; he entered the night with an ugly .188/.230/.217 line in 69 at-bats during the second half. He should be on the bench tomorrow versus the left-handed Mike Minor, but he'll be back in there against righties in the final two games against the Braves.
    Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Stanton's homers power Marlins past Cards
    Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and walked Monday to lead the Marlins past the Cardinals 6-5.

    Advice: Stanton would have had four homers the last two days if not for a terrific catch from Jay Bruce yesterday. As is, he's up to 31 for the season, tying him with Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz for the major league lead. It seems like he's pretty much wrapped up the NL home run title, as long as he stays healthy; Anthony Rizzo is six back at 25, and no one else has more than 22.
    Monday, 7:24 pm
  • Twins activate Joe Mauer from disabled list
    Twins activated 1B Joe Mauer from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: No word yet on the corresponding roster move. Mauer, out since July 2 with a strained right oblique, went 6-for-15 (.400) over four games during his minor league rehab assignment. The 31-year-old has been a disappointment for fantasy owners with a .271/.342/.353 batting line to go along with two homers and 28 RBI, but there's still time for redemption down the stretch.
    Monday, 2:05 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Crawford goes 2-for-4, scores in win over MIL
    Carl Crawford went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Crawford has settled into a starting role and has responded in recent days, going 7-for-21 with three runs scored in his last six starts. It's nothing to write home about -- he's not hitting for any extra-base power whatsoever, and he owns just a .239/.275/.336 line on the year -- but it's worth noting in NL-only leagues where he's available.
    Aug 10, 5:03 pm
  • d'Arnaud homers, scores twice vs. Phillies
    Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his second home run in three games. The catcher has also scored six times in the past five games. D'Arnaud is batting .226/.293/.383 on the year.
    Aug 10, 2:51 pm
  • Gyorko has two hits, two RBI against Pirates
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Gyorko delivered a two-run single to extend the Padres' lead in the ninth inning. The second baseman is 13-for-45 (.289) with 11 RBI since returning from the disabled list in late July. A miserable first half has his line at .185/.240/.309, but Gyorko is more talented than that line would indicate.
    Aug 10, 2:14 pm
  • Stanton homers once, robbed of another
    Giancarlo Stanton hit one solo homer and was robbed of another in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Stanton took Johnny Cueto deep to left in the first before watching Jay Bruce scale the right field wall in the eighth to rob him from a two-homer day. He also added a single in the game. Stanton has 29 longballs on the season to go along with 79 RBI and a .290/.390/.554 batting line.
    Aug 10, 1:24 pm
  • Mauer (oblique) will be activated on Monday
    Joe Mauer (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: He's hit .400 in four rehab games and, more importantly, hasn't had any issues with his right oblique. Mauer is sporting a disappointing .271/.342/.353 with two homers over 76 games this season, but fantasy owners should feel confident in sticking him back into their lineups.
    Aug 10, 10:47 am
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Derek Norris homers, knocks in five in win
    Derek Norris clubbed a three-run homer and drew two bases-loaded walks as the A's beat the Twins 9-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Both bases-loaded walks came early while Trevor May was in the game. The homer came off Samuel Deduno in the sixth. It was Norris's third career five-RBI game, all of which have come this season. He joins Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Morneau as the only players with three five-RBI games this year.
    Aug 9, 10:03 pm
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