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  • Marte homers again as Pirates sweep Red Sox
    Starling Marte hit a solo home run on Thursday as the Pirates finished off a sweep of the Red Sox with a 3-2 victory.

    Advice: Marte's fifth-inning solo homer off of Brandon Workman turned out to be the deciding factor in the game. It's the 25-year-old's 13th of the season and fourth of September. Marte is now batting .289/.358/.458 with 53 RBI and 69 runs scored in what has been a productive 2014 showing.
    Today, 7:34 pm
  • Cole's 7 strong frames lead Pirates to a win
    Gerrit Cole picked up his 10th win of the season after limiting the Red Sox to two runs in seven innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Cole's effort helped the Pirates maintain their foothold on the second Wild Card slot and keep them within arm's reach of first place in the NL Central, polishing off a sweep of the lowly Red Sox. The right-hander scattered six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Now with a 3.85 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 118/38 K/BB ratio, Cole will look to keep it going on Tuesday in Atlanta against the Braves.
    Today, 7:22 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bos
  • Rendon's two hits, SB help Nats down Marlins
    Anthony Rendon went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a pair of runs scored in Thursday's victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Rendon brought his league-leading runs scored total up to 110 with the effort. He's also up to 16 stolen bases on the season, leaving him four shy of a 20 HR/20 SB season. The Nationals' MVP is slashing .286/.348/.473.
    Today, 7:05 pm
  • Bautista's game-tying HR not enough for Jays
    Jose Bautista hit an eighth-inning, game-tying two-run home run, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Jays suffered a walk-off loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Bautista knotted the contest up at two apiece with his two-run shot off of Shawn Kelley. The slugger had been in a short-term rut, so it wasn't surprising that the Jays entered the game having lost four in a row. Bautista now has 33 home runs, 99 RBI, and a .283/.401/.522 slash line.
    Today, 6:54 pm
  • Stanton (face) needs 6-8 weeks to heal
    Giancarlo Stanton said Thursday that it will take 6-8 weeks for his facial fractures to heal.

    Advice: Stanton has some more dental work to do and another CT scan scheduled to determine whether he is OK to fly. Overall, though, he was in good spirits Thursday and feeling much better. "Swelling is way down, much better than I envisioned," he said. "Just got to get the grill fixed, and go from there." Stanton should have a relatively normal offseason and be fine for spring training.
    Today, 4:44 pm
  • Sonny Gray takes loss to Rangers
    Sonny Gray surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in five innings to take a loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Gray gave up five singles in the first, four of them coming consecutively with two outs in the frame. Those and a passed ball accounted for the first four runs. The fifth run scored in the fifth, courtesy of a walk, a single and a fielder's choice. Gray certainly could have had a better day with some luck, though with the way the A's were playing, it probably would have been a loss just the same. Gray is 0-2 in his last five starts and 1-6 in his last 10.
    Today, 4:19 pm
    L, 7-2 vs ^ Tex
  • Daniel Hudson shut down for season
    The Diamondbacks have decided to shut Daniel Hudson down for the season.

    Advice: Hudson isn't injured, but rather the club just doesn't want to push him after he made the long trek back from a second Tommy John surgery. The righty allowed four runs over 2 2/3 relief innings across three appearances. Hudson will compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
    Today, 4:00 pm
  • Cabrera not expected back on homestand
    Everth Cabrera (hamstring) is not expected to rejoin the Padres before the end of their homestand on September 24.

    Advice: That would leave just a handful of road games left, so Cabrera's return at all at this point is looking up in the air. The speedy shortstop has played just 10 games since the beginning of July due to a pair of hamstring injuries.
    Today, 3:58 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 8, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Utley not in Thursday's lineup
    Chase Utley is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a breather. Andres Blanco will make the start at second base.
    Today, 2:35 pm
  • LaRoche resting back Thursday
    Adam LaRoche is resting his back Thursday.

    Advice: Most of the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday after resting on Wednesday, but LaRoche needs another day. He's expected to return Friday.
    Today, 2:25 pm
  • Arenado (pneumonia) could miss rest of season
    Nolan Arenado (pneumonia) could miss the rest of the season.

    Advice: Arenado came out of Sunday's game with a chest contusion and an MRI on Monday revealed signs of pneumonia. He's doing better, but there just might not be enough time for him to make it back at this point.
    Today, 1:53 pm
  • Mercer (back) returns to Pirates' lineup
    Jordy Mercer (back) has returned to the Pirates' lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Mercer had his back tighten up on him Tuesday and ended up missing consecutive games, but he's feeling better now. He'll bat seventh against Brandon Workman.
    Today, 1:45 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bos
  • Hanley (elbow) back in Thursday's lineup
    Hanley Ramirez (elbow) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

    Advice: Ramirez has missed the last two games with a strained right elbow, but he'll try to give it a go. He'll bat fifth against southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada.
    Today, 1:26 pm
  • Fernandez (elbow) to have checkup Thursday
    Jose Fernandez (elbow) will have a checkup Thursday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he should begin a throwing program on October 1. Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-May and will likely miss most of the first half next season.
    Today, 1:18 pm
    Disabled List
    L, 6-2 vs Was
  • LaRoche out of lineup Thursday
    Adam LaRoche is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Most the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday, but LaRoche will sit for a second straight day. Kevin Frandsen is starting at first base.
    Today, 1:00 pm
  • Taijuan Walker to start Friday versus Astros
    Taijuan Walker will start for the Mariners on Friday night against the Astros.

    Advice: He'll be filling in for Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the season with elbow troubles. Walker owns a 2.96 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings (three starts and three relief appearances) this season for the Mariners and makes for an intriguing fantasy streamer against the punchless 'Stros.
    Today, 9:09 am
  • Teixeira (wrist) goes 0-for-3 in return Wed.
    Mark Teixeira (wrist) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Teixeira sat out Tuesday with discomfort in his surgically-repaired wrist. He told reporters that he's committed to playing through the pain through the end of the season and will then undergo a full examination to determine what sort of offseason treatment is necessary. The 34-year-old first baseman is batting .217/.320/.400 with 21 homers and 58 RBI in 116 games.
    Today, 5:45 am
  • Mark Teixeira returned to action on Wednesday September 17.
    Today, 1:58 am
  • Doolittle melts down, A's struggles continue
    Sean Doolittle imploded in a big way on Wednesday, allowing five runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning against the Rangers.

    Advice: A's skipper Bob Melvin called upon Doolittle with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander got the first batter out, but the situation unraveled quickly from there. Two straight hits were followed by an intentional walk, which itself was bookended by a J.P. Arencibia homer. A rattled Doolittle walked Robinson Chirinos before he finally got the hook; Chirinos later came around to score. Doolittle hadn't allowed a run since July 6 prior to tonight. The A's are now 17-27 since the beginning of August, including 6-12 in one-run games and 6-15 in road contests. That rotten stretch gift-wrapped the AL West for the Angels. If the A's don't pick it up quickly, they could get passed by the Mariners and miss the playoffs altogether.
    Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Rosales goes 3-for-4 with a steal in victory
    Adam Rosales went 3-for-4 with a steal in Wednesday's 6-1 win against the A's.

    Advice: He's 6-for-12 (.500) with two walks over his last three games, the past two of which have come against his former team. Which must be sweet. You might recall last year's Rosales transaction shenanigans between these two clubs. If not, here's your primer: The A's DFA'd him on Deadline Day, the Rangers claimed him on August 2, they DFA'd him on August 5, the A's claimed him back on August 8 and DFA'd him on August 10. The Rangers got him back for good on yet another claim two days later. Rosales has surprisingly turned into a productive AL-only player as the season winds down. He's now slashing .297/.371/.445 across 46 games.
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-2 ^ @Oak
  • Holland continues to excel since DL return
    Derek Holland had another quality start in Wednesday's no-decision against the A's, surrendering just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked three. Holland has been sensational since returning from knee surgery. He has a 0.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 22/3 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings. He'll look to keep the momentum going on Monday versus Houston.
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Samardzija works 8 shutout innings in ND
    Jeff Samardzija shut out the Rangers for eight innings on Wednesday, striking out 10, but he was left with a no-decision when the bullpen imploded in a 6-1 loss.

    Advice: A crushing loss for the A's, who gave up six runs in the top of the ninth inning against a 58-92 team. The heartbreaker allowed the Angels to clinch the AL West for the first time since 2009. As for Samardzija, he must feel like he's pitching for the Cubs again. He's hurled 15 shutout innings over his past two starts and emerged with a pair of no-decisions. Overall, he's 6-12 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Revere goes 2-for-5 with a steal in win
    Ben Revere went 2-for-5 with a double, steal and two RBI against the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's swiped three bags over the past four games and now has 46 total, good for third best in the National League. Hopefully this game will break him out of his funk. Revere entered play batting just .171 in his last 11 games.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • OF Brown has 2 hits in win agaisnt Padres
    Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Phillies' win over the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a long, lonely, treacherous season for the 2013 revelation. But he just finished off a solid series at Petco, going 4-for-11 (.363) with a homer and a steal. Hey, his owners will take whatever they can get at this point. Brown, slashing .234/.286/.353, is very likely playing out the string on his Phillies' career. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier this month that the Phillies will look to trade Brown this winter.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Stults doesn't reach the 5th inning in defeat
    Eric Stults allowed four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: This outing was the norm earlier in the season, but odds are that it will annoy some fantasy owners perusing box scores online on Thursday morning. Consider: On July 27, the left-hander sat at 3-13 with a 5.22 ERA. Not even Rotoworld could have predicted what happened next: Stults went 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in his next eight starts entering play today. If you decided to play with fire in the fantasy playoffs, you just got burned. The 34-year-old hosts the Rockies in a decent matchup on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Cron goes 2-for-3 with HR vs. the Mariners
    C.J. Cron went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cron had gone 1-for-10 with zero RBI in his previous five games since going deep for the last time. At this point in his career, Cron is a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition. The .482 slugging percentage is spectacular, but he'll want to get on base at a better than .301 clip in future campaigns.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Paxton strikes out 8 over 6+ frames in loss
    James Paxton worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Paxton matched Angels starter C.J. Wilson frame by scoreless frame until the seventh, when everything unraveled, though it looked worse on the box score than it was in reality. The left-hander induced a pop out in foul territory from Albert Pujols and then yielded a pair of singles. A throwing error allowed a run in and left a runner on second, so Paxton intentionally walked Erick Aybar. He got Chris Iannetta looking, but then Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon inserted Danny Farquhar. The reliever promptly gave up a homer. Paxton might forgive McClendon for not allowing him to clean his own mess, as the skipper has had kind words to say about Paxton recently, including calling him "the glue to this rotation." Paxton (6-3, 2.03 ERA) pitches north of the border in Toronto on Monday.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton won't play again this year
    Giancarlo Stanton (face) won't play again this year.

    Advice: Stanton is making steady progress from the facial fractures and lacerations that he suffered September 11 when he was struck by a Mike Fiers pitch, but the Marlins are going to play it safe with their 24-year-old slugger. He should have a fairly normal offseason and challenge for National League MVP honors again in 2015.
    Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • Teixeira (wrist) back in Yankees' lineup Wed.
    Mark Teixeira (wrist) is back in the Yankees' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Teixeira missed Tuesday night's game due to wrist discomfort. It's apparently a manageable issue. He's playing first base and batting cleanup versus the Rays.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Jordy Mercer (back) still out of lineup
    Jordy Mercer (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Mercer will miss his second straight start due to back tightness. He remains day-to-day. Clint Barmes will fill in again at shortstop.
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bos
  • Hanley Ramirez (elbow) reports improvement
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Hanley Ramirez (elbow) is feeling better.

    Advice: Ramirez is missing his second straight start Wednesday with a strained right elbow, but the hope is that he'll be ready for the four-game series in Chicago that begins Thursday. The shortstop was able to pinch-hit in Tuesday's contest.
    Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Hanley (elbow) out again on Wednesday
    Hanley Ramirez (elbow) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Ramirez was able to pinch-hit Tuesday but will miss a second straight start, suggesting that his elbow is more of an issue in the field. The Dodgers are considering the shortstop day-to-day. Miguel Rojas is filling in Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 9:05 am
  • Hanley (elbow) not expected to play Wednesday
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated after Tuesday's game that Hanley Ramirez (elbow) was unlikely to play Wednesday.

    Advice: It's no surprise given that it's a day game after a night game. Ramirez was able to pinch-hit Tuesday (striking out), suggesting that his elbow is not at issue at the plate but in the field.
    Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Marte returns to lineup, homers as Bucs win
    Starling Marte, starting for the first time since Thursday, went 2-for-4 with a solo home run as the Pirates defeated the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Marte had missed a handful of games after being hit on the elbow by A.J. Burnett on Thursday. The fourth-inning solo homer, off of Anthony Ranaudo, extended the Pirates' lead to 3-0. Marte now has 12 home runs, 51 RBI, 26 stolen bases, and a .287/.358/.453 slash line on the season.
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Possible Stanton return 'not looking good'
    Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday that the chances of Giancarlo Stanton (face) returning this season are "not looking good."

    Advice: The club was holding out hope that they'd get good news from a battery of tests Tuesday, but, not surprisingly, it appears doctors have advised against Stanton's return. The outfielder suffered multiple facial fractures and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches, as well as losing multiple teeth, after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch last Thursday. The Marlins are expected to provide an official update on Stanton Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Marlins not yet ruling out return of Stanton
    The Marlins have not ruled out Giancarlo Stanton's (face) return this season.

    Advice: Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches, as well as losing multiple teeth, after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch last Thursday. He underwent a number of checkups in Miami on Tuesday, and the results of those exams will determine whether the outfielder has an outside shot of making it back this season. Ultimately, it remains a longshot, but the Marlins aren't shutting the door yet. "I'm sure as much as anything, he wants to get some answers and know if it's a reality for him going forward," manager Mike Redmond said. "His mindset is he wants to come back and play. Ours is, absolutely, if it can happen."
    Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (elbow) scratched from lineup
    Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right elbow strain.

    Advice: It's not clear how the ailment popped up or how long he might be sidelined, but the Dodgers should provide more on his status later Tuesday. Justin Turner took Ramirez's spot at shortstop.
    Tuesday, 4:30 pm
  • Jordy Mercer scratched with tight back
    Jordy Mercer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness.

    Advice: It's probably safe to consider him day-to-day. Clint Barmes will play shortstop Tuesday in Mercer's place.
    Tuesday, 3:10 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bos
  • Nolan Arenado diagnosed with pneumonia
    Nolan Arenado has been diagnosed with pneumonia.

    Advice: The third baseman is home resting while the Rockies continue a three-game series against the Dodgers. It's not clear when Arenado might return to action.
    Tuesday, 2:39 pm
  • Arenado (chest) out of lineup again Tuesday
    Nolan Arenado (chest) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Arenado left Sunday's series finale in St. Louis with a chest contusion and did not do any pregame work on Monday or Tuesday. Charlie Culberson will start at third base Tuesday night against the visiting Dodgers.
    Tuesday, 2:25 pm
  • Teixeira sits Tuesday due to wrist discomfort
    Mark Teixeira is out of the Yankees' starting lineup on Tuesday due to lingering wrist discomfort.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters that he'll rely on Teixeira to tell the team when he's ready to return. It's a day-to-day situation for now. Teixeira had surgery on that same wrist last season.
    Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Bucs' Marte (elbow) back in lineup Tuesday
    Starling Marte (elbow) is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Marte was hit in the left elbow by a pitch Thursday and didn't start a game over the weekend against the Cubs, but he's ready to go it a go. He'll bat sixth in his return Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 12:35 pm
  • Cabrera hopes to return during homestand
    The Padres are hoping to get Everth Cabrera (hamstring) back at some point during their September 15-24 homestand.

    Advice: Cabrera is currently working out in the Instructional League. He's been sidelined since mid-August with a strained left hamstring but could provide a few steals in the final weeks for fantasy owners that might need them.
    Monday, 5:24 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 8, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Nolan Arenado getting MRI on sore chest
    Nolan Arenado will undergo an MRI on his chest Monday.

    Advice: Arenado left Sunday's game with what the Rockies referred to as a chest contusion. The club doesn't expect the injury to be serious, but we won't know for sure until the MRI comes back. Consider Arenado day-to-day until further notice.
    Monday, 4:14 pm
  • Marte (elbow) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte (elbow) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's series finale with the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte didn't start a game the entire series due to the left elbow bruise that he suffered last Thursday when he was struck by a pitch. He should be fine to return to the Pirates' starting lineup early this week.
    Monday, 5:46 am
  • Starling Marte returned to action on Sunday September 14.
    Monday, 1:13 am
  • Nolan Arenado day-to-day with contusion
    Nolan Arenado is day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game with a chest contusion.

    Advice: With the Rockies home all week, Arenado needs to be kept active in fantasy leagues.
    Sunday, 4:07 pm
  • Revere collects two more steals vs. Marlins
    Ben Revere stole two more bases Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a run scored in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Revere has now stolen 45 bases on the year, still behind only Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton. His two hits raised his season line to .309 with a .694 OPS, and he's scored 68 runs atop the Phillies lineup.
    Sunday, 2:07 pm
  • Nolan Arenado exits after hard dive
    Nolan Arenado left Sunday's game versus the Cardinals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Arenado appeared to bang his shoulder hard on the ground when he dove for a ball and was seen stretching out his arm afterwards. The Rockies should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 12:39 pm
  • Sean Doolittle picks up save in return
    Sean Doolittle threw a scoreless 10th inning for a save against the Mariners in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

    Advice: Doolittle hadn't had a hitter take a swing off him in three weeks, but the A's threw him right back into the closer's role and he turned in an easy nine-pitch inning to finish a 3-2 victory, which evened the crucial series ahead of Sunday's finale. Jon Lester and Chris Young will go in that one.
    Saturday, 10:01 pm
  • Sonny Gray goes eight strong
    Sonny Gray pitched eight innings of two-run ball Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Gray held serve with Hernandez, even outlasting King Felix by an inning. It wasn't enough to get him a decision, but it helped the A's get a much-needed win in the 10th. Gray remains just 1-5 in his last nine starts, which is partly due to a decline in performance but also because the A's just aren't scoring runs.
    Saturday, 9:58 pm
    L, 7-2 vs ^ Tex
  • Starling Marte (elbow) out again on Saturday
    Starling Marte (elbow) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup Saturday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte has been sidelined taking a pitch off his left elbow Thursday. X-rays were negative but he has a significant contusion and some swelling. The speedster will be available as a pinch-runner on Saturday, but there is no timetable for his full-time return.
    Saturday, 1:20 pm
  • Domonic Brown returns to lineup with two hits
    Domonic Brown (shoulder) returned to action on Friday, going 2-for-4 in an extra-inning victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder contusion sustained after diving for a ball in the outfield, then sat out Thursday's contest as a precautionary measure. After a breakout 2013 season, the 2014 campaign hasn't been as kind to the 27-year-old outfielder as he's slashing just .233/.285/.349 with nine homers and 59 RBI.
    Saturday, 2:00 am
  • C.J. Cron returns to lineup
    C.J. Cron returned to action on Friday and went 0-for-3 against the Astros.

    Advice: Cron had been out with a sore wrist. He'll likely head back to the bench versus righty Scott Feldman on Saturday, but he should get another start versus left-hander Dallas Keuchel on Sunday.
    Friday, 11:23 pm
  • James Paxton beats A's for sixth win
    James Paxton yielded two runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday in a win over the A's.

    Advice: Paxton struck out eight in improving to 6-2 on the year. He walked three, but that wasn't much of an issue against a punchless A's lineup. Oakland ended up with six hits on the night, none of which went for extra bases.
    Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Arenado has RBI double vs. Cardinals
    Nolan Arenado had an RBI double Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It was the only offense of the game for the Rockies and ended a 21-inning scoreless drought for the club. Arenado is batting a modest .216 (8-for-37) this month, but he collected four home runs and eight RBI along the way. Not surprisingly, the 23-year-old has produced significantly better at home than on the road this season, but he still figures to begin 2015 as a top-12 third baseman in mixed fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Derek Holland shines again in no-decision
    Derek Holland was tremendous in Friday's no-decision against the Braves, surrendering just one run on eight hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Holland struck out six on the evening without issuing a free pass. He has been outstanding since returning from the disabled list, compiling a 0.86 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 17/0 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling when he takes on the Athletics in Oakland on Thursday.
    Friday, 9:06 pm
  • Cole allows three runs in win over Cubs
    Gerrit Cole improved to 9-5 on the year after allowing three runs over six innings Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Cole allowed five hits (including a pair of solo homers) and one walk while striking out six. He also hit a batter. The young right-hander has now won consecutive starts for the first time since early June. He'll try to make it three in a row when he faces the Red Sox at home next week.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bos
  • Mercer knocks in three runs Friday vs. Cubs
    Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Mercer singled home a run in the fourth inning and later added a two-run single in the sixth. The 28-year-old has driven in 10 runs this month and is now up to 53 RBI on the year. He's a viable middle infielder option in mixed leagues.
    Friday, 9:04 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Bos
  • Chase Utley reaches three times in victory
    Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored as the Phillies topped the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Utley also drew a walk, reaching in three of his four plate appearances on the night. He has had a solid, if unspectacular, season offensively, slashing .276/.345/.418 with 11 homers, 75 RBI and seven stolen bases.
    Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Rendon has three hits, HR, in loss to Mets
    Anthony Rendon went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Rendon also doubled and tripled. After amassing seven home runs, 35 RBI, and one stolen base over 98 games as a rookie last season, the 24-year-old is now up to 20 homers, 80 RBI, and 15 steals in his sophomore campaign. Throw in his .285/.346/.476 batting line and excellent defense and he deserves a lot more attention that he's getting.
    Friday, 8:29 pm
  • LaRoche has single, four walks vs. Mets
    Adam LaRoche had an RBI single and four walks Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Well, you don't see that line every day. The fourth and final walk was intentional in the ninth inning. It ended up being the right call by Mets manager Terry Collins, as Jenrry Mejia struck out Ian Desmond swinging to end the ballgame.
    Friday, 8:29 pm
  • Sean Doolittle activated from disabled list
    Athletics activated LHP Sean Doolittle from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Doolittle has missed the last three weeks with with an intercostal strain, but he's thrown off a mound a couple times this week with no issues and is ready to go. The left-hander should immediately resume his role as Oakland's closer.
    Friday, 10:37 am
  • Marlins' Stanton not expected to need surgery
    Giancarlo Stanton is not expected to require surgery to repair multiple facial fractures.

    Advice: Stanton is expected to be discharged from a Milwaukee hospital on Friday and return to Miami for further evaluation. The outfielder told Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan that he's hoping to return later this season, but that's probably a long shot. All things considered, however, his injuries could have been worse.
    Friday, 7:57 am
  • Passan: Stanton wants to return this season
    Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Giancarlo Stanton (face) wants to return this season.

    Advice: Stanton was diagnosed with multiple facial fractures, as well as dental damage, when he was hit by a Mike Fiers pitch Thursday. Passan also adds that Stanton had a tooth lodged in his cheek and a hole in his lip so big "the doctor's index finger could fit in it." There's a big difference between wanting to return and being cleared to return, but Passan notes that "Stanton's spirits are high." The odds of him making it back still seem long, but we should known more in the coming days whether it's a possibility.
    Friday, 6:47 am
  • Anthony Rendon returned to action on Thursday September 11.
    Friday, 2:55 am
  • Stanton suffers facial fractures in beaning
    X-rays determined that Giancarlo Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures, as well as dental damage, when he was hit by a Mike Fiers pitch Thursday.

    Advice: The Marlins haven't made any additional announcements, other than to say Stanton will return to Miami on Friday for further evaluation. Still, it's obvious he's done for the year; at best, broken bones within the face is going to be a four-week injury and probably more like an eight-week thing. There's also no word yet whether Stanton is dealing with any concussion symptoms. The Marlins will probably mix and match right fielders for the rest of the season. Enrique Hernandez could see significant time there. They also have the option of playing Garrett Jones in right and Justin Bour at first base, but that would seem to weaken the defense too much.
    Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • 'Doesn't look good' for Stanton's return
    Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Thursday that it "doesn't look good" for Giancarlo Stanton's chances of returning this season.

    Advice: The results of Stanton's X-rays and CT scan aren't known yet, but obviously Redmond isn't feeling optimistic. The Marlins are already a long shot for the playoffs, and the loss of Stanton would pretty much do them in. An update on the National League MVP candidate will be available Friday.
    Thursday, 9:04 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton undergoing X-rays, CT scan
    Giancarlo Stanton suffered a laceration on left side of his face Thursday is undergoing X-rays and a CT scan at a Milwaukee hospital.

    Advice: In other words, we don't know much yet. There should be another update on Stanton's status later Thursday.
    Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Rendon homers, Nats take down the Mets
    Anthony Rendon had a nice night at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win against the Mets.

    Advice: Rendon's fourth-inning home run extended the Nationals' lead to 6-0, which was more than enough for Tanner Roark. Rendon is having a career year, slashing .282/.344/.468 with 19 home runs, 79 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Thursday, 7:57 pm
  • LaRoche homers again, knocks in 3 in a win
    Adam LaRoche went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and an RBI single as the Nationals topped the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: It had three days since LaRoche last homered, so he was due. The first baseman has now homered five times in nine September games, knocking in 15 runs in the process. His first-inning blast off of Bartolo Colon gave the Nats a 2-0 lead, and he added on with his RBI single in the third. LaRoche is sitting on 24 home runs, 85 RBI, and a .265/.367/.468 slash line.
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Starling Marte has left elbow contusion
    Starling Marte has been diagnosed with a left elbow contusion.

    Advice: It presumably means that he passed an X-ray or it was determined that he didn't need one. Marte was unsure whether he'd be ready to play on Friday, but it sounds like he can safely be considered day-to-day.
    Thursday, 7:52 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton exits after HBP in face
    Giancarlo Stanton left Thursday's game versus the Marlins in the fifth inning after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch.

    Advice: It was an ugly scene at Miller Park, as Stanton was unable to get out of the way of a Fiers fastball that appears to strike him in the left cheekbone. He immediately went down in pain and there was blood pouring out of his mouth. Stanton was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher. Obviously there will be plenty more updates forthcoming on the slugger's status.
    Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Domonic Brown available off the bench
    Domonic Brown (shoulder) is available to pinch-hit Thursday.

    Advice: Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder injury, but he's fine. He probably could have started Thursday but was slated to come off the bench, anyway, with the Phillies facing lefty Francisco Liriano. "He's available. He got a little stinger last night in his shoulder area that he initially felt. It tightened up a little bit as we went along but the bigger issue out there was he just got the wind knocked out of him," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
    Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • Starling Marte exits game after HBP on arm
    Starling Marte left Thursday's game versus the Phillies with left arm discomfort after being hit by a pitch.

    Advice: Marte was plunked by A.J. Burnett in the first inning, and although he initially stayed in, he eventually exited after the top of the third. It's not clear at this point how long he might be out, but the Pirates should provide more on his status after the game.
    Thursday, 4:57 pm
  • C.J. Cron has been nursing sore wrist
    C.J. Cron has been unavailable the last few days due to a sore wrist.

    Advice: He's expected to be available to play this weekend. Cron is hitting .276/.306/.481 with 10 homers and 32 RBI over 67 games for the Angels this season.
    Thursday, 4:03 pm
  • Utley not in Phillies' lineup on Thursday
    Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' starting lineup on Thursday night versus the Pirates.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the veteran second baseman. Cesar Hernandez will start in his place.
    Thursday, 12:29 pm
  • Doolittle (intercostal) expected back Friday
    A's manager Bob Melvin said he "fully expects" Sean Doolittle (intercostal) to return Friday.

    Advice: Doolittle threw 20 pitches with hitters standing in the box on Wednesday and woke up Thursday with no abnormal discomfort. The left-hander has been out since August 24 with a strained intercostal muscle but should jump right back into his ninth-inning role. Eric O'Flaherty can be dropped in fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 9:40 am
  • Jeff Samardzija goes seven scoreless
    Jeff Samardzija blanked the White Sox for seven innings on Wednesday, only to come away with a no-decision.

    Advice: Samardzija must feel like he's still pitching for the Cubs. He left with a 1-0 lead tonight, only to see that thrown away in a very sloppy eighth inning. Samardzija has a 3.41 ERA and a strong 0.97 WHIP for the A's, but all it's gotten him is a 4-5 record.
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Brown exits game with left shoulder contusion
    Domonic Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder contusion.

    Advice: Brown dove for a ball in left field in the fifth inning but stayed in the game at the time. He was later pinch-hit for by Darin Ruf. The Phillies should update his status after the game, but it's likely a day-to-day situation for now.
    Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Cabrera unlikely to rejoin Pads this weekend
    Everth Cabrera is unlikely to rejoin the Padres this weekend.

    Advice: "Let's see how this whole process plays out, even how his hamstring is," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I still think there's some information-gathering with MLB and authorities that I'm not privy to. Organizationally, we're gonna wait for all this to get settled and cleared. Then if this all plays out positively, he can get active." Cabrera was reportedly arrested for a DUI last week, likely what Black is alluding to. He's also been dealing with a hamstring strain. It sounds like a suspension of some sort may be coming down the pipe.
    Wednesday, 6:41 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 8, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Brown removed after landing hard in outfield
    Domonic Brown was removed in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Pirates after injuring himself diving for a ball.

    Advice: Brown laid out for a ball in left field in the fifth inning and stayed down briefly before staying in the game. He played another inning before being pinch-hit for in the bottom of the sixth inning. Darin Ruf pinch-hit for him and replaced him in left.
    Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Doolittle (intercostal) throws again Wed.
    Sean Doolittle (intercostal) threw 20 pitches with hitters standing in Wednesday.

    Advice: It's another, albeit not major, step for Doolittle, who threw the same number of pitches without hitters standing in the box on Monday. The left-hander said the session went well. With little left to prove, he should be days away from activation at this point.
    Wednesday, 3:12 pm
  • Anthony Rendon out due to illness
    Anthony Rendon is not in Wednesday's lineup due to illness.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Kevin Frandsen is at third base in Rendon's place.
    Wednesday, 10:23 am
  • Bautista's 4 RBI helps in Jays' rout of Cubs
    Jose Bautista went 1-for-5 with a three-run double and an RBI ground out as the Blue Jays scored eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings in a late rout of the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: With the Jays trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning, Bautista doubled to left field to clear the bases. He capped off a five-run eighth with an RBI fielder's choice. Bautista is on a 13-game hitting streak and has 10 RBI in his last three games. He's sitting on 32 home runs with 96 RBI and a .287/.397/.531 slash line on the season.
    Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • LaRoche hits two RBI singles as Nats top ATL
    Adam LaRoche continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI singles in Tuesday's victory against the Braves.

    Advice: LaRoche kicked off a four-run first inning with an RBI single, and added another in the second. The first baseman has 12 RBI in his last six games and is batting .474 (9-for-19). LaRoche owns solid numbers, including a .266/.370/.466 slash line with 23 home runs and 82 RBI.
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Ramirez has 4 hits in victory over San Diego
    Hanley Ramirez went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a 9-4 victory over the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: He was also caught stealing. Ramirez's RBI single in the first inning kicked off the game's scoring. By the time he touched home plate on Matt Kemp's double in the fifth, the Dodgers led 5-1 en route to a blowout victory. Ramirez came into this game having gone hitless in eight of 12 games since returning from a 15-day stint on the disabled list with a strained oblique.
    Monday, 10:31 pm
  • Sonny Gray allows four hits over seven frames
    Sonny Gray allowed three runs -- two earned -- and four hits over seven innings Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Though the trainer came out to look at Gray late in the outing, the right-hander was allowed to continue and didn't seem to be laboring at all. Gray ended up leaving with a one-run lead, but that was blown in the ninth. He's won just one of his eight stats since the trade deadline, but that's hardly all his fault.
    Monday, 9:01 pm
    L, 7-2 vs ^ Tex
  • Starling Marte goes 3-for-5, homers
    Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and two RBI against the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Marte looked like a good candidate for a minor league stint a month into the season, but since May 1, he's hit .295/.362/.480 in 329 at-bats. Factoring in his strong defense in left, that line has made him one of the NL's better players of late.
    Sep 8, 7:55 pm
  • Jose Bautista hits three-run homer
    Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer for the second straight day Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Bautista has hit eight homers during his current 12-game hitting streak, and he's up to 32 bombs for the year. Just when it seemed he'd probably be in decline at age 33, he's turned in his best season since 2011.
    Sep 8, 6:53 pm
  • Everth Cabrera could be activated this week
    Everth Cabrera (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: He's been out since mid-August with a strained left hamstring but has apparently made good progress in recent days. Cabrera has hit just .232/.272/.300 when healthy this season and might not be guaranteed his starting role when he returns.
    Sep 8, 5:16 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 8, 4-1 vs x Phi
  • Sean Doolittle (intercostal) throws off mound
    Sean Doolittle (intercostal) threw 20 pitches of the mound Monday.

    Advice: Doolittle felt really good and was mostly annoyed that his mechanics felt off. The next step calls for him to throw to live hitters, which could be enough for him to be activated from the disabled list. It looks like a return this week is possible.
    Sep 8, 2:29 pm
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