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  • Blue Jays transfer Brett Lawrie to 60-day DL
    Blue Jays transferred INF Brett Lawrie from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Lawrie landed on the disabled list in early August with an oblique strain and this move rules him out for the rest of the season. The 24-year-old batted .247/.301/.421 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI over 70 games this season and his inability to stay healthy has surely played a part in why he has failed to meet expectations since his impressive showing in 2011.
    Today, 8:53 am
    Disabled List
  • Giants call up Dominguez from Triple-A
    Giants purchased the contract of INF Chris Dominguez from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Dominguez gets rewarded after batting .274 with 21 homers, 85 RBI, and 21 stolen bases over 131 games this season in Triple-A. His plate discipline leaves a lot to be desired, but he's capable of playing both corner infield and outfield spots and will provide some right-handed pop off the bench.
    Today, 6:01 am
  • Beltre drives in run in loss to Royals
    Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4 with an RBI groundout in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Beltre continues to be a bright spot in a bitterly disappointing season for the Rangers. While fantasy owners were likely hoping for more than 17 homers and 69 RBI at this point in the year, the 35-year-old is currently third in the AL with a .323 batting average and seventh with an .874 OPS. He deserves to enter 2015 as the No. 1 option at third base in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Cabrera homers twice in monster game vs CLE
    Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and finished 4-for-5 in the Tigers' 12-1 win over the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Cabrera was in one of his scary zones on Labor Day. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning and book-ended that with a solo shot in the eighth. In between, he hit a few singles. He finished the game with three RBI and four runs scored. While Cabrera's season slash line of .304/.367/.501 would be considered great for almost any other player, for Cabrera it constitutes a slight down year. Most noticeably, even with the two home runs on Monday, Cabrera has only hit 19 long balls during the 2014 campaign. He had only hit three in the second-half coming into Monday's firestorm.
    Yesterday, 6:10 pm
  • Castellanos with three hits in Tigers victory
    Nick Castellanos went 3-for-5 on Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: Castellanos' three singles were part of the Tigers twenty-hit, twelve-run Labor Day party. Sluggers Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera were doing the heavy lifting in this one, but Castellanos allowed the bottom of the lineup to keep things moving. On the year, he's slashing .266/.313/.412.
    Yesterday, 5:43 pm
  • Gyorko doubles in win over Diamondbacks
    Jedd Gyorko doubled and singled in Monday's 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gyorko doubled (his eleventh) off of Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill. Gyorko's been awful this year, slashing just .197/.257/.325. It's a far step down from his decent .249/.301/.444 rookie campaign. Not only is he down in the slash categories, but he also has just nine home runs this season, as compared to 23 last year.
    Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Phillies call up 3B prospect Maikel Franco
    Phillies purchased the contract of 3B Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: It's official. Franco got off to a slow start this season, but he hit .324 with a .922 OPS, 11 home runs, and 47 RBI in 54 games after the start of July. It's unclear if he'll play everyday, as the Phillies still have Cody Asche in the fold at third base, but he's capable of providing mixed league value when in the lineup.
    Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Aviles leaves game with illness
    Mike Aviles left Monday's game against the Tigers after three innings due to illness.

    Advice: Aviles was feeling light-headed and dizzy, so the Indians decided to play it safe. He popped out to second base in his lone at-bat before exiting.
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs Det
  • Coghlan hits single, double vs Brewers
    Chris Coghlan had two hits against the Brewers on Monday.

    Advice: Coghlan finished the game 2-for-4. He hit the double, his 22nd of the year, off of Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson. Coghlan's numbers are never going to be mind-blowing, but he's putting up a decent season for the Cubs, slashing .273/.344/.478 in what will be his best year since 2009.
    Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Phils recall INF Hernandez from Triple-A
    Phillies recalled INF Cesar Hernandez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Hernandez will serve as a backup infielder down the stretch. The 24-year-old is a .260/.315/.305 career hitter in the majors and is unlikely to be fantasy relevant this month.
    Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Valbuena hits 16th home run in win vs Brewers
    Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run in the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Brewers on Monday.

    Advice: The eighth inning solo shot was Valbuena's only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-3. While Valbuena might just be treading water for the Cubs until Kris Bryant breaks out of the minors like an angry bear, the 28-year old third-baseman has put up a career year in 2014. It helps that the Cubs are bad enough to be able to give Valbuena 400+ ABs. He's slashing .245/.325/.440.
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Pads call up INF prospect Cory Spangenberg
    Padres purchased the contract of INF Cory Spangenberg from Double-A San Antonio.

    Advice: Spangenberg is starting at first base for the Friars in his major league debut Monday against the Diamondbacks. The 23-year-old was the 10th overall pick in 2011 and posted a strong .331/.365/.470 batting line with two home runs and 14 stolen bases in 66 games this season at Double-A. He could have value in NL-only fantasy formats.
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Phils to promote 3B prospect Maikel Franco
    According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies will promote Maikel Franco on Tuesday.

    Advice: And the 22-year-old top third base prospect could make his major league debut Tuesday night against Braves left-hander Mike Minor. Franco got off to a sluggish start this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he's hit .324 with a .922 OPS, 11 home runs, and 47 RBI in 54 games since the beginning of July. He should play against most lefties in Philly and will be of good use in fantasy leagues that allow daily lineup changes.
    Yesterday, 10:55 am
  • Mariners transfer Bloomquist to 60-day DL
    Mariners transferred UTIL Willie Bloomquist from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: It's a procedural move to clear a roster spot for a September callup. Bloomquist underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in early August.
    Yesterday, 10:32 am
    Player Note
    Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Disabled List
    7:05 pm @Oak
  • Miguel Cabrera (ankle) in DET lineup Monday
    Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: Cabrera made an early exit from the second half of Saturday's doubleheader with the White Sox after aggravating his lingering right ankle injury. He then sat out Sunday, but will try to give it a go Monday evening. The reigning MVP won't be fully healthy until the winter.
    Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Brewers transfer Jeff Bianchi to 60-day DL
    Brewers transferred INF Jeff Bianchi to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Matt Pagnozzi, who will join the Brewers as an emergency catcher. Bianchi remains out indefinitely with a right elbow strain.
    Yesterday, 5:27 am
    Player Note
    Jeff Bianchi Mil - 2B,3B,SS
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Indians and Royals game suspended in 10th
    Sunday's series finale between the Indians and Royals has been suspended in the 10th inning due to inclement weather and will resume on September 22 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Just before play was suspended, Lonnie Chisenhall delivered a pinch-hit two-out, two-run double in the 10th inning to give the Tribe a 4-2 lead. In the meanwhile, the Royals will remain a 1/2 game ahead of the Tigers in the American League Central.
    Sunday, 9:28 pm
  • Threes are wild for Sandoval in lopsided win
    Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in the Giants' lopsided 15-5 win over the Brewers on Sunday.

    Advice: Sandoval had an RBI single in the third inning before lifting a two-run homer in the fifth. The home run was his 15th of the season and his first since August 6. He also tripled and scored in the game, raising his line to .291 with a .775 OPS.
    Sunday, 6:50 pm
  • Juan Uribe has two hits, two RBI in return
    Juan Uribe went 2-for-5 with two RBI in his return to the Dodgers lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Uribe came back from the disabled list after missing 15 days with a strained right hamstring, and he didn't appear to miss a beat. The third baseman had an RBI single in the eighth before adding an RBI double in the ninth. Uribe is hitting .294/.321/.414 in an injury-riddled season.
    Sunday, 6:00 pm
    7:10 pm vs Was
  • Valbuena homers among three hits vs. Cards
    Luis Valbuena went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: Valbuena capped the Cubs' five-run second inning with his 15th home run of the year. The third baseman came a triple shy of the cycle, his first multi-hit game in over a week. Valbuena is hitting .245/.325/.440 on the year.
    Sunday, 4:09 pm
  • Coghlan has three hits, two RBI vs. Cardinals
    Chris Coghlan went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: Coghlan had Cardinals starter John Lackey's number, recording hits in three of his first four at-bats. That included a two-run single in the Cubs' five-run second inning. The 29-year-old, who's enjoying a career revival with the Cubs, is hitting .273/.344/.438 in 100 games this year.
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Dominguez hits 15th homer in win over Rangers
    Matt Dominguez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Dominguez had an RBI single in the second inning before swatting a game-tying home run in the eighth. The homer was his 15th of the season, giving him 53 RBI. Dominguez is batting a forgettable .224/.267/.349 as the Astros starting third baseman.
    Sunday, 3:31 pm
  • Plouffe homers, drives in three against O's
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: Plouffe hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, his 12th home run of the year, and added an RBI walk in the ninth. The homer was his fifth in August, a month in which he hit .317 with 24 RBI. He's a streaky hitter but when he's on, as he is currently, he's a mixed league asset for his power alone.
    Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Mets recall INF Josh Satin from Triple-A
    Mets recalled INF Josh Satin from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Satin struggled in his cup of coffee with the Mets earlier in the season, but hit .289/.386/.439 with nine homers and 49 RBI over 100 games for Las Vegas. He'll function as bench depth and a right-handed bat off the bench for the final month of the season.
    Sunday, 2:19 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Satin NYM - 1B,3B
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Bogaerts ends miserable August with two hits
    Xander Bogaerts ended a forgettable month with a two-hit day against the Rays on Sunday.

    Advice: Bogaerts singled and scored the Red Sox' first run in the third inning, and he also added a double against Rays starter Alex Cobb. It ends a month in which he had just nine hits, batting .123 with just two runs scored. The shortstop is hitting .224/.293/.335 on the year.
    Sunday, 1:47 pm
  • Miguel Rojas optioned to Triple-A
    Dodgers optioned INF Miguel Rojas to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: He'll be back up shortly when rosters expand. Rojas is hitting just .195/.259/.242 across 64 games this season.
    Sunday, 10:57 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs Was
  • Juan Uribe activated from disabled list
    Dodgers activated 3B Juan Uribe from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He spent the minimum amount of time on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Uribe should be back in the lineup and at third base Sunday.
    Sunday, 10:47 am
    7:10 pm vs Was
  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) hits off tee
    Pedro Alvarez (foot) hit off a tee on Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first bit of activity since suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot on Tuesday. Alvarez won't be available off the bench Sunday and it's not clear when he'll return to the lineup, but it does appear some progress is being made.
    Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Cabrera out Sunday; extended rest possible
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that resting Miguel Cabrera (ankle) for 4-5 days is "a possibility."

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a nagging right ankle injury for a while and had to exit the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. However, Ausmus isn't sure a few days of rest will make a difference, noting that Cabrera probably won't be fully healthy for the rest of the season. He is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday. "It's a possibility," Ausmus said of resting Cabrera. "But this thing comes and goes. Prior to today, the last couple days he said it felt really good. Then today it flares up again. I don't know if four or five days -- although we've discussed it -- I don't know if four or five days would do anything, because sometimes he comes in from sleeping overnight and it feels good."
    Sunday, 8:32 am
  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) out again Sunday
    Pedro Alvarez (foot) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Alvarez has now missed the last four games after suffering a sprain between two toes on his left foot. The Pirates aren't going to put him on the DL with rosters expanding Monday, but it's not clear when he'll be ready to play. Ike Davis is at first base again Sunday.
    Sunday, 8:05 am
  • Cody Asche won't move off 3B this year
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Saturday that Cody Asche will not change positions this season.

    Advice: It was reported in July that Asche would be moved off third base once the Phils decided Maikel Franco was ready to be promoted. Franco is likely to be called up this week, but it appears any transition to another position for Asche won't occur until over the winter. "Right now, he's the third baseman," Sandberg said. "He's doing a good job there. He's come a long way. That's kind of where everything stands as we speak. Typically, a position change is more for instructional league and winter time." The two players could share third base in September.
    Sunday, 7:05 am
  • Amarista plays hero as Padres walk off again
    Alexi Amarista hit a walkoff RBI single in the 10th of Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Will Venable opened the bottom of the 10th with a single and then stole second base, setting himself up to score the winning run on Amarista's knock to shallow left-center field. It was the second straight extra-innings win for the Padres over the visiting Dodgers, and they also walked off against the Brewers on Wednesday. The Friars are playing the role of spoiler here in late August.
    Saturday, 9:13 pm
    Player Note
    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm vs Ari
  • Miguel Cabrera (ankle) departs game early
    Miguel Cabrera made an early exit from the second half of Saturday's doubleheader with the White Sox after appearing to aggravate his lingering right ankle injury.

    Advice: It was overly ambitious of the Tigers to think that Cabrera -- who has been limping around for weeks -- could gut it out for both games. He looked to be in serious discomfort on a groundout in the top of the fourth inning and did not take the field for the bottom of the fourth. Cabrera can probably be considered day-to-day through the rest of 2014.
    Saturday, 5:32 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts activated from concussion DL
    Red Sox activated SS Xander Bogaerts from the 7-day disabled list.

    Advice: Bogaerts began exhibiting concussion-like symptoms after taking a Felix Hernandez pitch off his helmet last Friday, so the Red Sox decided to play it safe with their young shortstop. He'll be back in action Saturday night.
    Saturday, 1:29 pm
  • Plouffe homers in loss to Orioles
    Trevor Plouffe hit his 11th home run of the season in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: His solo shot in the seventh was the only offense of the game for the Twins. Plouffe was pretty quiet from May through July, but he's batting .299 with four home runs and 21 RBI through 24 games this month.
    Friday, 8:23 pm
  • Asche has RBI single in loss to Mets
    Cody Asche went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in Friday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Asche drove in the only run of the game for Philadelphia. The 24-year-old is only batting .245/.302/.379 with nine homers and 42 RBI over 100 games this season. If the Phillies decide to call up Maikel Franco in September, it will be interesting to see if Asche gets a look in the outfield.
    Friday, 6:49 pm
  • Juan Uribe runs bases without pain Friday
    Juan Uribe (hamstring) ran the bases without any pain on Friday, and remains on track to return to the Dodgers lineup when first eligible on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran third baseman has been taking batting practice all week without any issues, and running the bases was the final hurdler that he needed to clear before given the go-ahead to return. Justin Turner has been filling in during Uribe's absence, and will be relegated back to a bench role upon his return.
    Friday, 4:13 pm
    7:10 pm vs Was
  • 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.
    Friday, 12:29 pm
  • Chris Coghlan ejected from Thursday's game
    Chris Coghlan was ejected from Thursday's game.

    Advice: Coghlan took issue with a called third strike in the top of the fifth inning. He finished 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts as the Cubs' leadoff man.
    Thursday, 11:31 am
  • Castellanos triples in a run in loss to NYY
    Nick Castellanos went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple, but the Tigers lost 8-4 to the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Castellanos tripled in a run in the bottom of the eighth, shortening the Tigers' deficit to 8-3, but by then the Tigers were nearly out of time for a comeback. The third baseman has been hitting well lately, as he's on a six-game hitting streak with a .360 batting average in that span of time. Overall, he has a .263/.312/.415 line with 10 home runs and 56 RBI.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Valbuena homers, but Cubs drop game vs. Reds
    Luis Valbuena walked and hit a solo home run in four at-bats in the Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: Valbuena belted a solo home run to right field off of Mat Latos, the first of back-to-back home runs with Jorge Soler. The third baseman has hit three home runs in his last seven games, giving him 13 on the season along with 43 RBI and a .241/.322/.428 slash line.
    Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Uribe (hamstring) likely to be activated Sun.
    Juan Uribe (hamstring) is likely to be ready to be activated when first eligible on Saturday.

    Advice: Uribe has been taking batting practice without issue. The third baseman may need a shot rehab assignment, but either way it appears he'll be back with the club before September.
    Wednesday, 4:56 pm
    7:10 pm vs Was
  • Bogaerts (concussion) cleared to return Sat.
    Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been cleared to return to the Red Sox active roster on Saturday.

    Advice: Bogaerts was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list last weekend, but he's been symptom-free since Monday and officially passed MLB's protocols on Wednesday. Bogaerts will try to finish the 2014 season on a positive note. He's batted just .223/.293/.333 so far.
    Wednesday, 2:18 pm
  • Franco's turnaround continues
    Phillies prospect 3B Maikel Franco went 1-for-4 with a grand slam on Tuesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Franco had a horrendous start to his season, as he batted just .209/.367/.318 with 22 extra-base hits (five home runs) over the first three months of the season (78 games). Thankfully, the 22-year-old has looked more like his 2013 self since beginning of July, with a .327/.341/.598 batting line, 11 home runs, 15 doubles and 44 RBI over 49 games. Meanwhile, his seven home runs in August represent his highest total for any month this season, and it's more than he hit over a combined 52 games between June and July (5 HR). Franco now has 16 home runs this season after hitting 31 in 2013. The Phillies haven't decided whether they'll call up Franco in September, but his torrid second half definitely has shifted the odds in his favor.
    Wednesday, 12:13 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jedd Gyorko back in action on Tuesday
    Jedd Gyorko returned to the Padres' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Gyorko missed three straight starts due to left hamstring discomfort, but he's feeling good enough now to give it a go. The second baseman entered play Tuesday with two homers and eight RBI over his last four starts.
    Tuesday, 8:07 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
  • Bogaerts (concussion) to return this weekend
    Xander Bogaerts (concussion) is expected to rejoin the Red Sox' lineup this weekend.

    Advice: Bogaerts was placed on the concussion disabled list over the weekend but is now symptom-free. He'll need to officially be cleared by MLB first, but things are looking up for his return this weekend. "He's had a good day to day," manager John Farrell said. "He's come in and he's pretty much feeling symptom free, so we'll go through the next steps to get approval from MLB."
    Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • 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
  • Gyorko (hamstring) appears as pinch-hitter
    Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch-hitter on Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Gyorko has missed three straight starts due to left hamstring discomfort, but it's a good sign that he's been able to pinch-hit the past two days. Look for him to return to the lineup soon.
    Tuesday, 1:15 am
  • Cody Asche hits ninth homer
    Cody Asche hit his ninth homer Monday in the victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: The solo shot gave him his first RBI in eight days. Outside of an excellent month of May, Asche has been a well below average regular this year. Since the All-Star break, he's at .235 with three homers, three doubles and 12 RBI in 115 at-bats, which shouldn't have given the Phillies much pause about tossing him aside (or shifting him to the outfield) to make room for Maikel Franco next month.
    Monday, 7:24 pm
  • 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
  • Gyorko (hamstring) out again on Monday
    Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) remained out of the Padres' lineup Monday.

    Advice: The second baseman has been out of action three out of the last four games due to a left hamstring strain. The good news is that Gyorko went through all pre-game activities and could be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
    Monday, 3:29 pm
  • Beltre has RBI double in win over Royals
    Adrian Beltre went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Beltre has an impressive five-game streak of collecting two hits. In that span, he's got three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. The hot stretch has Beltre's line up to .327/.381/.506, and he remains among the American League leaders in batting average and OPS.
    Aug 24, 4:01 pm
  • Red Sox place Bogaerts (concussion) on DL
    Red Sox placed INF Xander Bogaerts on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Bogaerts was hit in the head on Friday and sat out the remainder of the weekend. While he reported improvement on Saturday and Sunday, he wasn't able to pass his concussion tests so the team will play things cautiously.
    Aug 24, 3:19 pm
  • Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) not in lineup
    Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) is not in Sunday's lineup.

    Advice: He's now missed two out of the last three contests after tweaking his left hamstring on Thursday. It's possible he'll be available to pinch-hit, and the Padres are confident that he will not need a trip to the disabled list.
    Aug 24, 11:07 am
  • 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.
    Aug 24, 9:43 am
  • Bogaerts still undergoing concussion tests
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Xander Bogaerts (head) is still undergoing concussion tests.

    Advice: Bogaerts was beaned on Friday and has now missed two straight starts. He did report improvement on Saturday, but the Red Sox obviously want to make sure he can go through all necessary activities without having concussion symptoms. Brock Holt is at shortstop Sunday.
    Aug 24, 8:12 am
  • Phillies 3B prospect Franco hits for cycle
    Phillies prospect third baseman Maikel Franco went 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.

    Advice: It's easy to get caught up in the should-have-been hype and forget that Franco has hit .254/.295/.417 with 30 doubles, four triples, and 14 home runs as a 21-year old in Triple-A. Franco has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order slugger, but he has struggled mightily in Triple-A. His long term defensive home is up in the air, but he will be given the opportunity to right the ship in 2015 and should see the major leagues early in 2015.
    Aug 24, 8:10 am
  • Xander Bogaerts (head) hoping to play Sunday
    Xander Bogaerts (head) is hoping to return to the lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Bogaerts reported improvement Saturday after Friday's beaning, but he sat out Saturday's game and still needed to go through concussion tests. There's no word yet on how those went. "Any time you get hit in the head and removed from the game, you've got to go through a protocol, which he's going through today," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Just to see if there's any concussion symptoms."
    Aug 24, 6:21 am
  • 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.
    Aug 23, 7:37 pm
  • Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) out of lineup Sat.
    Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) is out of the Padres' starting lineup Saturday versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gyorko tweaked his left hamstring on Thursday against the Dodgers. He played through the injury on Friday night, but will rest on Saturday and aim to return Sunday.
    Aug 23, 3:16 pm
  • Plouffe doubles, drives in three in blowout
    Trevor Plouffe doubled and drove in three runs in the Twins 20-6 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: In addition to driving in three, Plouffe scored four runs thanks to the Twins' offensive outburst. For the season, he has nine home runs and 63 batted in. His overall slash line isn't particularly shiny, though, as he's hitting .242/.309/.396 this season.
    Aug 22, 11:29 pm
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