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  • Chris Davis hits grand slam in win over Twins
    Chris Davis smashed a grand slam in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: It was the big blow in a five-run fifth inning against Trevor May. Davis has three hits in his last seven games and they all happened to be home runs. He's now up to 24 homers on the year, but he's done it with a lousy .189/.292/.400 batting line.
    49 minutes ago
    W, 9-1 vs ^ Min
  • Steve Pearce headed for MRI on Saturday
    Steve Pearce is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Saturday.

    Advice: Pearce was removed from Friday's game due to a right abdominal strain, an injury that as been bothering him for some time now according to manager Buck Showalter. The MRI results should dictate how much, if any, time Pearce stands to miss.
    Today, 7:06 pm
    W, 9-1 vs ^ Min
  • Steve Pearce leaves with abdominal strain
    Steve Pearce was removed from Friday's game against the Twins in the third inning due to a right abdominal strain.

    Advice: Pearce may have tweaked something while going into the stands trying to catch a foul pop up in the top half of the second inning. It sounds as if the O's are considering him day-to-day, so expect him to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
    Today, 4:54 pm
    W, 9-1 vs ^ Min
  • Murphy (calf) likely out more than two weeks
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Daniel Murphy (calf) is "looking at quite a lengthy DL stint."

    Advice: General manager Sandy Alderson also added that the MRI on Murphy's right calf showed "a significant issue," and it "could end up taking more than the minimum time on the disabled list." With just 28 games remaining in the season, it's certainly possible Murphy's year is over. Dilson Herrera was called up on Friday to take over at second base.
    Today, 2:20 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Votto (quad) had setback when doing drills
    Reds manager Bryan Price said that Joey Votto (quad) had "some fairly significant discomfort" when fielding ground balls on Wednesday.

    Advice: "He took a few ground balls (Wednesday)," Price said."It wasn't as good a result as we had hoped. There was still some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side so we had back off with that and stay with some strengthening and whatever the physical therapy protocols are. We hope when we get back there are some marked improvement. He took some light swings yesterday and he'll be able to gradually increase baseball workload based on how he feels." The Reds aren't ready to shut Votto down for the season and don't think his distal quad strain will be a chronic injury. However, with the club's playoff hopes dwindling, the odds of them bringing Votto back in the final month aren't good at this point. Fantasy owners certainly shouldn't be expecting to get him back.
    Today, 2:15 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 x @Pit
  • Anthony Rizzo (back) held out again Friday
    Anthony Rizzo (back) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Cubs said that they pulled Rizzo from Tuesday's game as a precaution due to lower back tightness, but he's now sitting out a third straight game, so he obviously hasn't progressed as hoped. Chris Valaika is covering first base Friday.
    Today, 1:50 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) out again on Friday
    Pedro Alvarez (foot) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now missed two straight games after suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's contest. It's not clear at this point how much longer Alvarez might be sidelined. Ike Davis is handling first base on Friday.
    Today, 12:29 pm
    W, 2-1 vs x Cin
  • Pearce swats 16th homer as O's top the Rays
    Steve Pearce walked and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances as the Orioles defeated the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Pearce helped the Orioles respond to the Rays' two-run top of the first by putting his team on the board with his solo shot off of Jeremy Hellickson in the bottom half. The first baseman has hit safely in 11 consecutive games and has shown no signs of slowing down. He has 16 home runs, 37 RBI, and a .290/.355/.534 slash line in 313 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 7:42 pm
    W, 9-1 vs ^ Min
  • Daniel Murphy (calf) placed on disabled list
    Mets placed 2B Daniel Murphy on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 25, with a right calf strain.

    Advice: The results from Murphy's MRI aren't known yet, but the club will proceed cautiously and place him on the DL regardless. Dilson Herrera will come up to play second base for the Mets.
    Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Hosmer could begin rehab stint this weekend
    Eric Hosmer (hand) could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

    Advice: Hosmer began swinging a bat earlier this week and took batting practice Thursday for the first time since landing on the disabled list. The first baseman should only need a handful of rehab games before being activated, so a return next week is looking likely.
    Yesterday, 4:19 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 6-1 vs x Cle
  • Daniel Murphy set to undergo MRI on calf
    Daniel Murphy will undergo an MRI on his ailing right calf.

    Advice: Murphy hasn't played since Sunday and just hasn't progressed as hoped. It's possible he'll wind up on the disabled list, but obviously more will be known after the MRI results come back. Wilmer Flores is handling second base while Murphy is out.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Chase Headley goes hitless in loss
    Chase Headley went hitless in Thursday's loss and is hitting .220 in 82 at-bats this month.

    Advice: Headley's Yankees career got off to a nice start, but he's cooled off in a big way in August, hitting one homer and knocking in six runs in 24 games. Fortunately for him, his defense has been so strong that there's very little chance of the Yankees taking him out of the lineup.
    Yesterday, 2:03 pm
    W, 6-3 x @Tor
  • Mauer not in Thursday's lineup
    Joe Mauer is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals.

    Advice: He's presumably just getting a breather. Chris Parmelee will start at first base.
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    L, 9-1 ^ @Bal
  • Murphy not progressing from calf injury
    Mets manager Terry Collins said that Daniel Murphy is not progressing from his right calf injury.

    Advice: Murphy left Sunday's game with a sore right calf and hasn't seen much in the way of improvement since. Fantasy owners need to secure a backup plan for the near future.
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Anthony Rizzo (back) sitting again Thursday
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: Rizzo also sat out Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's series-opener against the Reds with lower back tightness. He's still considered day-to-day. Chris Valaika will start at first base in Thursday's series finale.
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Brewers unable to complete Morneau claim
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Brewers claimed first baseman Justin Morneau off waivers but were unable to work out a trade with the Rockies.

    Advice: Morneau would have been a huge addition for the current National League Central leaders, but the Brewers don't have many intriguing pieces in their farm system and the Rockies were probably seeking a significant return given that Morneau is under contract through 2015 with a team-friendly option for 2016. Morneau, 33, is batting .317/.360/.500 with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 112 games this season for Colorado.
    Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • X-rays negative on Van Slyke's right ankle
    X-rays were negative on Scott Van Slyke's ankle.

    Advice: Van Slyke turned his right ankle badly while chasing a ball in the gap Wednesday night, but he was able to walk off the field under his own power and he told reporters after the game that he only expects to miss a few days. The 28-year-old outfielder has been fantastic in limited action this season for the Dodgers, batting .267/.377/.517 with 10 home runs across 204 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
  • Pujols made early exit Wed. with sore calf
    Albert Pujols made an early exit from Wednesday's game after fouling a ball off his calf.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the game that he expects to start Pujols on Thursday. Albert tallied his 81st RBI of the season on a groundout in the third inning. He technically finished 0-for-3.
    Yesterday, 6:01 am
  • Posey cracks walk-off HR, has 3 HR last 2 gm.
    Buster Posey hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his second career walk-off homer. The catcher finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. Posey hit his 16th and 17th home runs on Tuesday, and his 18th tonight -- he's one of many pro batters that practices gratitude for the existence of Rockies' pitchers. During his seven-game hitting streak, Posey is 15-for-31 (.484) with five homers and 10 RBI.
    Wednesday, 10:28 pm
    Top 5, 8-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Morneau goes 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI
    Justin Morneau went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The Home Run Derby participant has only one homer in the second half, but has elevated the rest of his game to such a degree that he's actually been more valuable post-break than he was beforehand. Morneau is slashing .338/.413/.488 in the second half. If more of those doubles start landing over the fence, Morneau could have one monster stretch left in him this year. The veteran first baseman boasts a .317/.360/.500 batting line with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 112 games this season.
    Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Van Slyke leaves with mild right ankle sprain
    Scott Van Slyke exited Wednesday's game with a mild right ankle sprain.

    Advice: The injury looked bad, but the Dodgers made sure to say it is a mild sprain. He's being considered day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Scott Van Slyke exits with right ankle injury
    Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right ankle injury.

    Advice: Van Slyke was chasing a ball in the gap and rolled his ankle when planting. The outfielder was able to walk off under his own power. He had homered in the game before leaving. Carl Crawford replaced him in left field.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Martinez slugs career-best 26th homer in loss
    Victor Martinez set a new career-high with 26 home runs after taking Shane Greene deep in the sixth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: The 35-year-old DH is having the best offensive season of his career and seems rather likely to eclipse the 30-homer echelon as well. Martinez finished 1-for-3 on the evening with a walk. Along with the 26 home runs, Martinez has knocked in 85 runs and posted a great .327/.396/.555 slash line.
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Danny Valencia hits three-run homer
    Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer off the bench Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was Valencia's first homer since arriving in Toronto, but he's batting .308 in 65 at-bats since being acquired from the Royals. The homer off Junichi Tazawa was his first against a right-hander. He entered the night hitting .360/.408/.494 with two homers against lefties and .212/.256/.271 versus righties.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
    L, 6-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Gonzalez out Wednesday with back stiffness
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: The back hasn't really been an issue to this point, so unless it progresses into something more it's likely not something that will give him problems going forward. Justin Turner started at first base in Gonzalez' place.
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Votto (quad) takes ground balls Wednesday
    Joey Votto (quad) did some "baseball activities" Wednesday, taking ground balls.

    Advice: Votto has also been playing catch and doing some running. He appears to be getting closer to a return, but the minor league seasons ending over the weekend limits his opportunities to get into rehab games. Even when he comes back he won't be 100 percent, Reds manager Bryan Price has continued to say, and it's still unclear when that return may be.
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 x @Pit
  • Gonzalez gets day off against Diamondbacks
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was just a day off for the first baseman, giving him an extra day to go with Thursday's off day. Justin Turner started at first base in Gonzalez' absence.
    Wednesday, 3:13 pm
  • A's option Nate Freiman to Low-A Beloit
    Athletics optioned 1B Nate Freiman to Low-A Beloit.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Drew Pomeranz, who will make a spot start Wednesday against the Astros. Freiman has hit .241/.293/.556 this year in the majors. He'll be back up when rosters expand in September.
    Wednesday, 1:08 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 6, 0-3 x @LAA
  • Ike Davis goes deep for second straight day
    Ike Davis launched his second home run in as many days in Wednesday's victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: After belting a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer Tuesday, Davis got the start Wednesday and deposited an Adam Wainwright mistake well over the right-center field wall for a two-run shot in the second inning. The two runs wound up being all Jeff Locke and the Pirates' bullpen needed. Davis figures to see regular time against righties at first base if Pedro Alvarez (foot) is out a while.
    Wednesday, 12:46 pm
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Daniel Murphy sitting out again Wednesday
    Daniel Murphy (calf) remained out of the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy is considered day-to-day due to a sore right calf. Wilmer Flores is filling in again at second base.
    Wednesday, 12:17 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • David Ortiz returns to action Wednesday
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Ortiz missed the previous two contests after fouling a ball off his right foot on Sunday, but he's obviously feeling better. Big Papi is hitting .265/.362/.524 with 30 homers and 93 RBI for the Red Sox this season.
    Wednesday, 12:07 pm
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • Adam LaRoche returns to Nationals' lineup
    Adam LaRoche is back in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: LaRoche sat out Tuesday due to back soreness, but he's apparently feeling much better and is ready to give it a go. The Nationals' first baseman is sporting a .266/.372/.454 batting line with 19 homers and 69 RBI this season.
    Wednesday, 12:02 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo (back) sitting out Wednesday
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Rizzo exited Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness. It's not considered a big deal, but the Cubs want to be safe. Rizzo should be back in there in a day or two. Chris Valaika is playing first base Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 11:20 am
  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) not in lineup Wednesday
    Pedro Alvarez (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Alvarez suffered a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's game and has been fitted with a walking boot. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Ike Davis is at first base Wednesday after he slugged a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer in Tuesday's contest.
    Wednesday, 8:15 am
    W, 2-1 vs x Cin
  • Miguel Cabrera scores run in return to action
    Miguel Cabrera doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury and is still noticeably gimpy. Unless it gets worse, though, he figures to play through the ailment.
    Wednesday, 1:46 am
    W, 7-1 ^ @CWS
  • Pujols hits three singles, drives in two runs
    Albert Pujols singled three times and drove in two runs in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Miami's pitchers were giving up hits galore, as the Angels as a team picked up sixteen knocks in the 8-2 win. Pujols drove in two with an RBI single in what ended up being a five run fourth inning for the Angels. He's driven in 80 runs on the season. Despite an overall solid slash line of .277/.333/.472, Pujols has been in a bit of a power drought since the All Star break, as he's only hit three home runs since the middle of July after hitting 21 in the first half of the season.
    Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Gonzalez goes 1-for-3 with BB, RBI, 2 runs
    Adrian Gonzalez finished 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gonzalez is 6-for-9 (.667) with two doubles, a homer and seven RBI in his last three games. The veteran first baseman is batting .325 this month, and is slashing .275/.334/.460 overall. Gonzalez is on pace for 22 homers and 110 RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Buster Posey blasts out a pair of HRs in win
    Buster Posey belted his 16th and 17th home runs of the season and accounted for all of San Francisco's offense in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: This was his second career multi-homer game (the other coming in 2010). Posey knocked in RBI 63 and 64 while taking Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa deep in the sixth inning, and got his 65th with an emphatic eighth inning homer off Brooks Brown. Posey might have gotten JDLR at less than full strength -- the hurler suffered a thumb contusion while batting in the top half of the frame -- but he certainly won't give it back (De La Rosa was immediately removed once Posey crossed home plate). Posey finished the game 2-for-4. The catcher is slashing .288/.346/.457.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
    Top 5, 8-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Bautista clubs 25th homer in loss to Red Sox
    Jose Bautista walked and swatted a solo home run in six plate appearances as the Blue Jays were defeated by the Red Sox in 11 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bautista took Alex Wilson out to left-center in the seventh inning for his 25th home run of the season. The slugger had been held hitless in his previous four games, but he still sports an impressive .281/.397/.500 slash line with 78 RBI.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
    L, 6-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Mauer drives in Twins' lone run versus Royals
    Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Mauer broke a scoreless tie with his RBI single off Royals starter Danny Duffy in the seventh inning. The run batted in was Mauer's 40th RBI on the year. The 31-year-old has come back swinging since returning from his oblique injury, batting .309 with 12 RBI in the month of August.
    Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    L, 9-1 ^ @Bal
  • Carter's three-run shot helps Astros stun A's
    Chris Carter hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Astros to a stunning 4-2 win over the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Astros had been limited to one run by Athletics starter Jason Hammel, but an error and HBP put two runners on for Carter in the eighth inning. Carter made reliever Luke Gregerson pay with his 32nd home run of the season. Carter has now hit 11 homers in 24 August games. He's third in the league with his 32 homers, and Carter has 77 RBI. Barring a September collapse, 2014 will be a career year for the 27-year-old.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
    L, 13-6 vs ^ Tex
  • Anthony Rizzo day-to-day with tight back
    Anthony Rizzo left Tuesday's game against the Reds as a precaution due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: The Cubs double-switched him out of the game with a three-run lead. Rizzo should have a shot to return to the lineup on Wednesday. He slugged his 30th homer of the season in one of his four at-bats before exiting.
    Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez exits clubhouse in walking boot
    Pedro Alvarez was spotted leaving the Pirates' clubhouse Tuesday with a walking boot on his left foot.

    Advice: Alvarez exited Tuesday's game due to sprain between two toes on his left foot. It's not clear at this point how serious the injury might be, but the fact that he's wearing a walking boot certainly isn't a good sign. Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games before going hitless in three at-bats. If he's out a while, Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez will handle first base.
    Tuesday, 7:36 pm
    W, 2-1 vs x Cin
  • Davis hits pinch-hit homer to down Cardinals
    Ike Davis hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the eighth inning to propel the Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis, who hasn't started a game in a week, was called on with two runners on to face Cardinals reliever Seth Maness. The first baseman broke the 2-2 tie with his ninth homer of the season. It was a nice moment for Davis, who has struggled to gain much traction at either of his two major league stops so far, and with Pedro Alvarez possibly out Davis could see more at-bats in the coming weeks.
    Tuesday, 7:20 pm
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Pedro Alvarez exits game with foot discomfort
    Pedro Alvarez exited Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with left foot discomfort.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how Alvarez hurt the foot or how long he might be out, but the Pirates should update his status after the game. It would be unfortunate timing if he should be out a while, as Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games.
    Tuesday, 6:47 pm
    W, 2-1 vs x Cin
  • Yonder Alonso to have surgery on Friday
    Yonder Alonso will undergo surgery Friday to repair a damaged tendon in his right forearm.

    Advice: He'll need 5-7 weeks of rehab, so Alonso's readiness for spring training won't be an issue. The first baseman will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.
    Tuesday, 4:08 pm
    Disabled List
    Bot 7, 2-1 vs x LAD
  • LaRoche out Tuesday due to back soreness
    Adam LaRoche is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday due to back soreness.

    Advice: LaRoche expects to return to action Wednesday. Kevin Frandsen is playing first base against Cole Hamels.
    Tuesday, 2:20 pm
  • Votto (quad) throwing and taking dry swings
    Joey Votto (quad) has begun throwing and taking dry swings.

    Advice: It's the first dose of baseball-related activities for Votto since he landed on the disabled list July 6 with a strained left quad. The Reds have plummeted out of the postseason picture in his absence and aren't going to rush him back at this point. Votto can probably be dropped in redraft leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:24 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 x @Pit
  • Teixeira (hamstring) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Mark Teixeira (hamstring) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

    Advice: Teixeira has been dealing with some hamstring tightness in recent days, so Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to give him a day off Monday. He's hitting cleanup against Rick Porcello in his return.
    Tuesday, 12:50 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @Tor
  • Murphy (calf) sitting Tuesday against Braves
    Daniel Murphy (calf) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Murphy was removed from Sunday's game with a sore right calf and is scheduled to see a doctor Tuesday at the stadium. He's considered day-to-day. Wilmer Flores will fill in at second base.
    Tuesday, 12:48 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • LaRoche not in Tuesday's lineup
    Adam LaRoche is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: LaRoche hasn't done much against lefties this year and will sit against Cole Hamels. Kevin Frandsen will play first base.
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • David Ortiz (foot) sitting again Tuesday
    David Ortiz (foot) is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Ortiz fouled a ball off his right foot Sunday and will rest for a second straight day. Mike Napoli will fill in at DH on Tuesday and Allen Craig will play first base.
    Tuesday, 11:55 am
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • Pedro Alvarez launches 18th homer
    Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 and homered off John Lackey in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Predictably, Alvarez has started both games since his two-homer day Saturday, and the additional homer tonight should ensure that he continues to the nod over Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez in the final two games of the series versus St. Louis.
    Monday, 7:11 pm
    W, 2-1 vs x Cin
  • Teixeira dealing with hamstring tightness
    Mark Teixeira said Monday that he has been dealing with left hamstring tightness for 3-4 days.

    Advice: Teixeira expected to be in the lineup on Monday anyway, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi has him on the bench with James Shields on the hill for Kansas City. Some rest could prove beneficial.
    Monday, 1:58 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @Tor
  • Teixeira not in Monday's lineup
    Mark Teixeira is not in Monday's lineup against the Royals.

    Advice: Teixeira has traditionally struggled against James Shields, so Yankees manager Joe Girardi will use Monday's game as an opportunity to rest him. Chase Headley will start at first base and Zelous Wheeler will play third.
    Monday, 1:37 pm
    W, 6-3 ^ @Tor
  • Hosmer (hand) cleared to begin swinging bat
    Eric Hosmer (hand) has been cleared to begin swinging a bat.

    Advice: Hosmer underwent a follow-up MRI on the stress fracture in his right hand Monday and it showed significant healing. He is aiming to begin a minor league rehab assignment in about a week and should be back on the Royals' active roster before the middle of September.
    Monday, 12:54 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 6-1 vs x Cle
  • Ortiz (elbow, foot) not in Sox lineup Monday
    David Ortiz (elbow, foot) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Monday night against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Ortiz was hit by a pitch in the left elbow on Saturday and then fouled a ball off his right foot Sunday. They're both minor injuries, but the veteran slugger needs a day of rest. He's hoping to play Tuesday. Mike Napoli is at designated hitter and Allen Craig is playing first base Monday in Toronto.
    Monday, 12:19 pm
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • Gonzalez doubles twice in three-hit afternoon
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: The first baseman's only non-double was an RBI single in the sixth inning. Gonzalez is hitting .275/.333/.461, and his 89 RBI are second-most in the National League.
    Sunday, 6:57 pm
  • Murphy has two hits, scores twice vs. Dodgers
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: In his five-game hitting streak, Murphy is 8-for-21 with two RBI and four runs scored. The second baseman has his average back over .300, as his two-hit day raised his line to .301/.343/.424.
    Sunday, 6:51 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Daniel Murphy advised to rest on Monday
    Daniel Murphy, who was removed from Sunday's game with a sore right calf, has been advised by team doctors to stay off his feet during Monday's off day.

    Advice: The Mets hope that a day of rest will be enough of a break to have Murphy well enough to return to the lineup on Tuesday. It sounds as though the injury is very minor, and that he will avoid a trip to the disabled list.
    Sunday, 6:14 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • V-Mart collects four RBI, Tigers pound Twins
    Victor Martinez went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI to help the Tigers pound the Twins 13-4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Martinez hit his 25th home run, a two-run shot, in the sixth inning, and he added two more RBI over the course of the game. His 84 RBI are seventh-most in the American League, as are his 25 homers. His .328 average and .949 OPS are both second-best in the league as he continues his stellar season.
    Sunday, 5:10 pm
  • Daniel Murphy departs early with sore calf
    Daniel Murphy was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers due to a sore right calf.

    Advice: Murphy apperared to tweak something in the game and was replaced in the ninth inning of the blowout victory. He's considered day-to-day and should be able to return to the lineup in short order.
    Sunday, 4:08 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Pearce hits 14th home run in loss to Cubs
    Steve Pearce hit his 14th home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Pearce's seventh inning home run broke up Tsuyoshi Wada's bid for a no-hitter, and it ended up being the Orioles' only hit of the game. Pearce has 14 home runs in 268 at-bats this year, and he's hitting .287/.349/.522 on the season.
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
    W, 9-1 vs ^ Min
  • David Ortiz departs with right foot contusion
    David Ortiz was forced to leave Sunday's game in the sixth inning due to a right foot contusion.

    Advice: Ortiz most likely sustained the injury while fouling a ball off of his foot. He's considered day-to-day and should return to the Red Sox lineup on Monday.
    Sunday, 2:03 pm
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • David Ortiz leaves game with apparent injury
    David Ortiz was removed from Sunday's game against the Mariners with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Ortiz singled in the sixth inning, but was limping on his way to first base and promptly removed for a pinch runner. The Red Sox should provide an update on the slugger's status shortly.
    Sunday, 1:12 pm
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • Jose Bautista ejected from Sunday's game
    Jose Bautista was ejected from Sunday's game versus the Rays for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Bautista objected to a called third strike by home plate umpire Bill Welke in the bottom of the sixth inning and was given the heave-ho. He was hitless in three at-bats before the ejection.
    Sunday, 12:01 pm
    L, 6-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Miguel Cabrera (ankle) not in Sunday's lineup
    Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury recently and aggravated it while playing both games of Saturday's doubleheader. He could be available to pinch-hit and seems likely to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Don Kelly is getting the start at first base Sunday.
    Sunday, 9:43 am
    W, 7-1 ^ @CWS
  • Hosmer hopes to resume swinging bat Mon.
    Eric Hosmer (hand) hopes to be cleared to resume swinging a bat on Monday after undergoing another X-ray.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost said on Tuesday that Hosmer was likely another couple of weeks away from swinging a bat, but is appears he may have jumped the gun. The first baseman has been on the shelf since late July with a stress fracture in his right hand and is likely a few weeks away from a return even if he gains clearance on Monday.
    Sunday, 9:21 am
    Disabled List
    L, 6-1 vs x Cle
  • David Ortiz back in lineup Sunday
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ortiz had to leave Saturday's contest after his left elbow swelled up following a hit by pitch, but he's fine. The slugger is batting .265/.361/.525 with 30 homers and 93 RBI this season.
    Sunday, 8:14 am
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • David Ortiz (elbow) expected to play Sunday
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Saturday's game that he expected David Ortiz (elbow) to be back in the lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Big Papi had to leave Saturday's contest after his left elbow swelled up following a hit by pitch. However, he's expected to be fine and might not even need a day off. Ortiz's streak of reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances came to an end Saturday.
    Sunday, 6:24 am
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • Adrian Gonzalez nets five RBI in win vs. NYM
    Adrian Gonzalez finished 2-for-3 with a homer and five RBI in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Mets.

    Advice: Gonzalez plated the Dodgers' first run with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning then slugged a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth before adding his fifth RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Gonzalez is batting just .270 this season with an underwhelming .783 OPS, but he's among the league leaders in RBI with 88.
    Saturday, 9:18 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez homers twice as Bucs rout MIL
    Pedro Alvarez homered twice Saturday in the Pirates' 10-2 rout of the host Brewers.

    Advice: Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run shot in the top of the fourth inning and then slugged a solo homer in the Bucs' five-run fifth, finishing the night with four total RBI. He may be able to rediscover his stroke now that he has been moved away from third base. The Pirates will try to sweep the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.
    Saturday, 7:37 pm
    W, 2-1 vs x Cin
  • Ortiz leaves game after hit-by-pitch on elbow
    David Ortiz left Saturday's game against the Mariners after being hit in the arm by a pitch.

    Advice: The Red Sox are saying Ortiz has a bruised left elbow. He was 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting. The veteran designated hitter will likely get a full day off Sunday.
    Saturday, 1:55 pm
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • Mauer knocks in three runs in a Twins win
    Joe Mauer doubled, drew two walks, and knocked in three runs in Saturday's win against the Tigers in the first game of a double-header.

    Advice: Mauer singled in a run in the first inning and doubled in a pair in the second. He has hit well since returning from an oblique injury on August 11, now batting .357 (15-for-42) in his last 42 at-bats. Mauer now owns a .281/.361/.383 slash line with four home runs and 38 RBI.
    Saturday, 1:31 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    L, 9-1 ^ @Bal
  • Walt Jocketty expected to remain Reds GM
    Sources told's Ken Rosenthal that Walt Jocketty is expected to remain the Reds' general manager in 2015.

    Advice: There's been talk of Jocketty perhaps reuniting with Tony La Russa in Arizona, but it doesn't sound like either Jocketty or the Reds is ready for a divorce. Jocketty's lack of inventiveness and eagerness to overcommit to spare parts are both problems at this stage of his long, excellent career, especially given the Reds' annual lack of financial flexibility. Moving on and trying something different would be the right move for Cincinnati.
    Saturday, 7:44 am
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 x @Pit
  • Morneau smacks solo home run, drives in two
    Justin Morneau hit his 14th home run in Friday's tilt with the Marlins.

    Advice: Morneau finished the game 2-for-4, driving in two with his third inning homer off of Henderson Alvarez. It was Morneau's first home run since the All Star break. Despite the lack of dingers in the second half of the season, Morneau actually has bettered his slashes across the board in the second half. Since the break, he's been hitting .353/.443/.515. The Rocky Mountain air is doing him well.
    Friday, 11:57 pm
  • Posey homers, drives in two to halt Nats
    Buster Posey hit his fifteenth home run of the season and knocked in RBI 60 and 61 in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Posey finished the game 2-for-5. The home run came off of Nationals starter Doug Fister. Posey also added a double, his 22nd, off of reliever Ross Detwiler. On the season, Posey is slashing .284/.345/.438. He's hit fifteen home runs and batted in 61.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
    Top 5, 8-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Ortiz reaches in all four plate appearances
    David Ortiz reached base in all four plate appearances again Friday, going 2-for-2 with two walks in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Ortiz hasn't made an out since Tuesday, and he's reached base at least four times in each of his last four games. It's the longest such streak since Joe Mauer reached four times in five straight games in 2006. Ortiz doubled among his two hits Friday, and it's no coincidence that he owns an .886 OPS that ranks sixth in the American League. There isn't a hitter more locked in right now than Ortiz.
    Friday, 8:01 pm
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • Bochy: Moving Posey to 1B not being discussed
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said moving Buster Posey to first base isn't being discussed right now.

    Advice: "Right now, no," Bochy said. "Down the road, sure, that's something we will talk about. It could lighten the load on Buster. Whether at some point down the road he will get out from behind the plate, I can't answer that. Right now it's not discussed." Posey has been bothered by a hip issue recently, and catching certainly isn't helping the matter. Still, having a catcher with Posey's bat is incredibly valuable, and the Giants appear ready to leave him there for the time being. Bochy did say that if and when Posey does move it will be to first and not to third base, as some have wondered. But for now, neither move is on the horizon.
    Friday, 3:27 pm
    Top 5, 8-1 vs ^ Mil
  • David Ortiz returns to Red Sox' lineup Fri.
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ortiz left Wednesday's game and then sat out Thursday due to some general soreness, but he's evidently feeling better. Big Papi is batting .263/.355/.523 with 30 homers and 93 RBI this season.
    Friday, 12:36 pm
    W, 8-4 ^ @TB
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
    Thursday, 9:18 pm
    Top 5, 8-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Rizzo's homer the difference in resumed game
    Anthony Rizzo's first-inning, two-run home run was the deciding factor in the Cubs' win over the Giants on Thursday -- a game resumed from Tuesday.

    Advice: The Giants won a protest and Tuesday's match against the Cubs was resumed on Thursday with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scored once in the sixth, but Rizzo's home run two days ago stood the test of time and was the reason the Cubs won. Rizzo finished 2-for-4, his other hit being a double. The first baseman now has 29 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .279/.377/.515 slash line.
    Thursday, 5:21 pm
  • Still no timetable for Joey Votto (quad)
    Joey Votto (quad) remains without a timetable to return.

    Advice: Updates on Votto's progress have been few and far between, which isn't a great sign. The first baseman has yet to resume baseball activities and on Thursday didn't offer any clues as to how far along he is. "So the second I'm capable of playing and I'm no longer injured, I'll be back on the field," Votto said. "In the meantime, you can assume I'm injured." With the Reds rapidly falling out of playoff contention, the probability of Votto eventually being shut down for the season would seem to be rising.
    Thursday, 3:15 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 2-1 x @Pit
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
    Top 5, 8-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Miguel Cabrera aggravated ankle injury Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera aggravated a right ankle injury on a slide into home plate on Wednesday night.

    Advice: James Schmehl of says "it's minor, but something to keep an eye on." Cabrera is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday afternoon in Tampa Bay. The perennial MVP candidate is having a relatively down year, with an .885 OPS and 17 homers in 123 games.
    Thursday, 8:07 am
    W, 7-1 ^ @CWS
  • Steve Pearce launches 13th homer
    Steve Pearce hit his 13th homer Wednesday and has six extra-base hits in his last four games.

    Advice: Pearce had a putrid July and was being turned back into a bench player before Manny Machado got hurt. Given a reprieve, he suddenly found his stroke again Sunday, collecting as many extra-base hits these last four days as he had total the previous month and a half. The Orioles will find room for him as long as he hits, so those desperate for power in mixed leagues might want to give him another look.
    Wednesday, 8:05 pm
    W, 9-1 vs ^ Min
  • Martinez knocks in 5 as Tigers shut out Rays
    Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI double, and a grand slam in Wednesday's shutout win against the Rays.

    Advice: Martinez put the Tigers on the board in the top of the first with an RBI double and later extended his club's lead to 6-0 with a seventh-inning grand slam off of Kirby Yates. The veteran now has 24 home runs on the season, one off of his career-high. He's also sitting on 79 RBI and a .325/.392/.553 slash line.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
    Top 5, 8-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Bautista homers as Blue Jays beat Brewers
    Jose Bautista finished 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's 9-5 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Bautista doubled in the third inning and then slugged a three-run shot in the Jays' five-run sixth inning. Toronto managed 15 hits in all against rookie Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson and the Milwaukee bullpen. Bautista is batting .290/.406/.512 with 24 home runs, 24 doubles, and 77 RBI in 121 games this season.
    Wednesday, 2:43 pm
    L, 6-3 vs ^ NYY
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
    Top 5, 8-1 vs ^ Mil
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    L, 9-1 ^ @Bal
  • Chris Carter hits 30th homer in Astros win
    After striking out his first four times up, Chris Carter unloaded for his 30th homer of the year Tuesday, a three-run shot that gave the Astros a 7-4 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Carter got ahead of David Robertson 3-0 and then blasted the next pitch over the wall in left to surpass his 2013 total of 29 homers. 17 of his 30 have come since the beginning of July. Carter is the first Astro to hit 30 homers since Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee both got there in 2007.
    Tuesday, 8:23 pm
    L, 13-6 vs ^ Tex
  • Alvarez not expected to play 3B anymore
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Tuesday that Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season unless he's needed in an emergency.

    Advice: Alvarez made his first start at first base on Monday but was back on the bench Tuesday. He's expected to share time with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez, which means his fantasy value is nearing non-existent at this point. "Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," Hurdle said. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not."
    Tuesday, 6:40 pm
    W, 2-1 vs x Cin
  • Morneau (neck) back in COL lineup Tuesday
    Justin Morneau (neck) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Morneau missed a few games with a lingering neck injury. He is starting at first base and batting third for the Rockies against Royals right-hander James Shields.
    Tuesday, 1:50 pm
  • Hosmer (hand) still weeks away from swinging
    Royals manager Ned Yost said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday that Eric Hosmer (hand) is likely another couple of weeks away from swinging a bat.

    Advice: Hosmer is dealing with a stress fracture in his hand and will need to show proper healing before picking up a bat. There's no clear timetable for his return, but it looks like the Royals will have to make due without him until late September.
    Tuesday, 9:02 am
    Disabled List
    L, 6-1 vs x Cle
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