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  • Carpenter reaches base four times vs. Cubs
    Matt Carpenter reached base four times Tuesday, finishing 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in a loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Carpenter singled and scored a run in the sixth inning, his 97th run scored on the year. With three more runs he'll put together back-to-back 100-run seasons, an impressive feat for a player with marginal speed. The 28-year-old is hitting .271/.375/.376 atop the Cardinals' lineup.
    27 minutes ago
  • Hendricks gives up three runs over 5 1/3 IP
    Kyle Hendricks allowed three runs, including a two-run homer, over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals Tuesday.

    Advice: Hendricks was rolling along until the sixth inning, when the Cardinals pushed a run across before Matt Holliday hit a line drive two-run homer to tie the score. It also marked the end of the night for Hendricks, who finished with five hits and a walk allowed. If Tuesday was Hendricks' final turn in 2014, he'll finish 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA and an inside track at a starting rotation spot in 2015.
    31 minutes ago
  • Miller lasts just 4 1/3 innings against Cubs
    Shelby Miller got a quick hook Tuesday, allowing three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: It was an up-and-down start for the right-hander, who struck out eight but also gave up three runs before being pulled. Situation also played a part in his early exit -- with two runners on and Anthony Rizzo, who was already 2-for-2 on the night, up, Cards manager Mike Matheny opted for a left-hander in an important spot. The start was likely Miller's last of the season, leaving his probable final record at 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA. It remains to be seen if Miller will once again disappear when October rolls around.
    34 minutes ago
  • Joe Mauer (elbow) expected to sit Wed.
    Joe Mauer (elbow) is not expected to play Wednesday.

    Advice: Mauer exited Tuesday's contest after being hit on the right elbow by a pitch. The pitch hit a nerve, sending a tingling sensation through his arm, and he also had noticeable swelling. He's day-to-day, though, and should be back this weekend in Detroit.
    34 minutes ago
    W, 6-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Plouffe has four-hit game against D'backs
    Trevor Plouffe had a four-hit effort against the Diamondbacks Tuesday, finishing 4-for-4 with a run scored.

    Advice: The only thing lacking in Plouffe's game was some run production, as all four of his hits went for singles and none drove in a run. Still, it was another good game for the third baseman, who has 15 hits in his last 38 at-bats. The hot stretch has his overall line at .258/.326/.423.
    Today, 8:34 pm
  • Britton disposes of Yankees to grab 36th save
    Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 36th save, wrapping up the Orioles' 5-4 win against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Britton allowed a two-out single to Brett Gardner, but was able to strike out Derek Jeter to end the contest without any problem. The lefty is now 36-for-40 in save chances with a 1.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and a 61/22 K/BB ratio.
    Today, 8:18 pm
  • Jimenez picks up fifth win as O's down Yanks
    Ubaldo Jimenez earned his sixth win of the season, allowing two runs over five innings against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jimenez has pitched well in the two starts the O's have afforded him in the last week, allowing two runs in five innings in both. Against the Yankees, Jimenez allowed three hits and walked three while striking out three. It has otherwise been a tough year for the right-hander, as he has a 4.85 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP and a 113/77 K/BB ratio. He's on track to finish out the schedule on Sunday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
    Today, 8:14 pm
  • Butler logs 2 hits, scores 3 runs in a win
    Billy Butler finished 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored as the Royals easily won against the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Butler extended the Royals' lead to 3-0, driving in the first of three fifth-inning runs with an RBI ground-rule double in the fifth. It was easily Butler's most productive game in about three weeks. The Royals would love to get Butler going in the final week, as he's sitting on a season-wide .267/.320/.375 slash line with nine home runs and 61 RBI.
    Today, 7:55 pm
  • Salazar can't make it through 5th in a loss
    Danny Salazar was hit around by the Royals on Tuesday, surrendering five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: If there were any hope that the Indians would sneak into the second Wild Card, it pretty much went out the window as their elimination number is down to one. Salazar allowed eight hits -- five of which were doubles -- while walking three and striking out eight. The right-hander wraps up a maddeningly inconsistent season. In 20 starts, he posted a 4.25 ERA with a 1.38 WHIP and a 118/36 K/BB ratio. The potential is certainly there for the 24-year-old, though.
    Today, 7:48 pm
  • Carroll pitches well vs. DET in a no-decision
    Scott Carroll pitched well in a no-decision on Tuesday, allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings against the Tigers.

    Advice: Carroll was in line for the loss until David Price forked over three runs in the ninth inning. The right-hander yielded five hits and a pair of walks, striking out four. It's a rare bright spot in what has otherwise been an ugly season, as Carroll owns a 4.84 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP and a 59/43 K/BB ratio. He'll finish out his season on Sunday at home against the Royals.
    Today, 7:36 pm
    L, 4-3 ^ @Det
  • Joe Mauer day-to-day with bruised elbow
    Joe Mauer exited Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right elbow contusion.

    Advice: Mauer was hit by an Andrew Chafin pitch in the first inning. He's being called day-to-day and it doesn't sound like any X-rays will be taken.
    Today, 5:49 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Rasmus will be considered for playoff start
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that he "will consider" Cory Rasmus for a playoff start.

    Advice: The proposition obviously wasn't near the radar just a few weeks ago, but Rasmus has surprised with a 1.69 ERA and 16/4 K/BB ratio over 16 innings across five starts after being pressed into rotation duty. He hasn't gone more than four innings or thrown more than 59 pitches in any outing, so any playoff start would be abbreviated. However, Rasmus being picked probably isn't a long shot given the state of the Angels' rotation beyond Jered Weaver.
    Today, 5:45 pm
  • Pagan to have season-ending back surgery
    Angel Pagan will undergo season-ending back surgery on Thursday.

    Advice: The operation will repair a bulging disc and also narrow the nerve canal in Pagan's lower back. He will need three months of rehab. Pagan first began experiencing back trouble in mid-June and missed two months of action before returning last month. He had a setback earlier in September and the Giants have decided it's best for him to go ahead and have the procedure. Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez will handle center field while Pagan is out. The 33-year-old hit .300/.342/.389 with three homers and 16 steals over 96 games this season.
    Today, 5:13 pm
  • Papelbon activated from 7-game suspension
    Jonathan Papelbon has been activated from suspension.

    Advice: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters that he will use Papelbon if a save situation arises on Tuesday night. Papelbon was suspended seven games for appearing to grab his crotch toward the fans in Philadelphia on September 14. He then got into a physical altercation with umpire Joe West.
    Today, 1:32 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman not in Nats' lineup Tues.
    Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Mets.

    Advice: The Nats are easing Zimmerman back into action after his 55-game absence. Anthony Rendon is also sitting out Tuesday, so it'll be Kevin Frandsen at third base and Asdrubal Cabrera at second base against New York. Bryce Harper is in left field and Adam LaRoche will start at first base.
    Today, 12:38 pm
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Volquez interested in staying with Pirates
    Edinson Volquez is interested in re-signing with the Pirates.

    Advice: Volquez has rebounded with a 3.15 ERA and 130/70 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings this season and credits the Pirates' coaches for his turnaround, so it makes sense that he's open to staying, but he would also like to parlay his success into a multi-year contract. "You always want to sign for more than one year," said Volquez. "Especially now that I'm 31 years old, I'd like to sign with someone for two or three years and stay a little bit longer."
    Today, 6:31 am
  • Mauer not in Monday's lineup
    Joe Mauer is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Here's a reminder that this is the last week of the season and fantasy owners need to be prepared to roll with the punches. Chris Parmelee will start at first base Monday.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Matt Carpenter (stomach) back in STL lineup
    Matt Carpenter (illness) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Carpenter sat out Saturday and Sunday due to a stomach bug that has made its way around the Cardinals' clubhouse. He'll bat leadoff and play third base Monday.
    Yesterday, 12:37 pm
  • Ubaldo to start for Orioles on Tuesday vs. NY
    Ubaldo Jimenez will start for the Orioles on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Jimenez actually pitched pretty well in the Orioles' AL East clincher last week, limiting the Blue Jays to two runs over five innings. But it was his first start in a month and the 30-year-old right-hander owns a rough 4.90 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 119 1/3 total frames this season. He's not a good fantasy streamer.
    Yesterday, 10:23 am
  • Butler has two hits, RBI in win over Tigers
    Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Butler got the scoring started with an RBI single in the first inning, one of nine hits the Royals got off Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The multi-hit game was his first in the month of September as he's become a part-time player down the stretch. Butler is hitting a disappointing .266/.318/.373 with a week left to play.
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
  • Billy Butler to play everyday rest of season
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that Billy Butler will be in the Royals lineup every day for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: This after he went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's victory to raise his season slash to .266/.318/.373. While he's having a disappointing season at the plate, he's still a better option for the Royals than Josh Willingham or Raul Ibanez in the designated hitter's spot.
    Sunday, 2:41 pm
  • Pagan (back) questionable for Dodgers series
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Angel Pagan (back) is "questionable" to play in the upcoming series versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pagan returned to action Friday but worse, so he's flown to San Diego to have his ailing back examined by team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki. The Giants are fighting for a playoff spot and will obviously do everything they can to get him back in the lineup, but it's possible we won't see much of him in the final week.
    Sunday, 8:06 am
  • Ryan Zimmerman getting a day off Sunday
    Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Zimmerman had two hits Saturday in his first game in two months, but the Nats will be careful not to overdo it with him down the stretch. The club is also giving Denard Span, Ian Desmond, Wilson Ramos and Jayson Werth the day off Sunday.
    Sunday, 7:41 am
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Volquez magnificent in a no-decision vs. MIL
    Edinson Volquez was handed a no-decision Saturday despite tossing seven scoreless innings against the Brewers.

    Advice: Following Saturday's outing, Volquez has managed to lower his ERA by 76 points since the beginning of August. The right-hander yielded three hits and three walks while striking out six in the effort. He'll take a 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a 130/70 K/BB ratio into his final start of the season on Thursday in Atlanta against the Braves.
    Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Angel Pagan out of Saturday's lineup
    Angel Pagan isn't expected to play again this weekend due to back soreness.

    Advice: Pagan started Friday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a steal in his first appearance in five days. His back felt worse afterwards, and he's considered questionable for the Dodgers series that begins Monday. Juan Perez is in center tonight, with Gregor Blanco playing left. Barring a positive report tomorrow, Pagan won't be an option in mixed leagues for the final week of the season.
    Saturday, 4:00 pm
  • Carpenter, Adams sit with stomach illness
    Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams are not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: Yadier Molina will get the start at first base in place of Adams, with Daniel Descalso covering third for Carpenter. They should be considered day-to-day and are likely to return to the lineup on Sunday.
    Saturday, 1:36 pm
  • Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL
    Nationals activated INF Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Zimmerman missed 55 games with a torn hamstring, but has taken at-bats in extended spring training games in recent days and is ready for a return. He will bat sixth and start in left field on Saturday. The Nationals will ease him back into action though, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to play every night over the final week of the regular season.
    Saturday, 12:12 pm
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Billy Butler not in Royals lineup on Saturday
    Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Josh Willingham has getting the start in the DH spot and is hitting third against opposing hurler Max Scherzer. It has been a rough season for the 28-year-old slugger who is hitting .264/.317/.372 with just nine homers and 59 RBI.
    Saturday, 7:23 am
  • Angel Pagan steals base in return
    Angel Pagan went 0-for-2 with a walk and a steal before being removed from Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Pagan didn't appear to suffer a setback; the Giants probably just weren't looking for him to play a full nine innings in his return from a sore back. The start tonight was his first in five days.
    Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Plouffe has walk-off single vs. Indians
    Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off RBI single in a 5-4 win over the Indians in 10 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Danny Santana and Brian Dozier each singled to begin the 10th inning before Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases. Kyle Crockett managed to get rookie Kennys Vargas to strike out swinging, but Terry Francona brought in Josh Tomlin to face Plouffe, who dropped a single into center field to end it. Plouffe hasn't been able to maintain the form he showed in August, but he's had a productive year on the whole, batting .251/.321/.422 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI.
    Friday, 9:43 pm
  • Angel Pagan returns to Giants lineup Friday
    Angel Pagan has returned to the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Pagan had been sidelined since Sunday after experiencing renewed tightness in his back. He should still be considered day-to-day over the final week and a half of the season, as the Giants won't want to push him too hard and risk another re-injury.
    Friday, 4:17 pm
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) to be activated Sat.
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: Zimmerman went 3-for-8 with a home run while getting in some at-bats at the Nationals' spring training complex and, most importantly, apparently didn't have issues with his right hamstring. Don't expect him to play every day, but Zimmerman is obviously a nice bat for the surging Nats to welcome back.
    Friday, 2:17 pm
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Miller takes no-decision as Cardins win in 13
    Shelby Miller yielded two runs (one earned) in six innings of work on Thursday but took a no-decision as the Cardinals needed 13 innings to dispose of the Brewers.

    Advice: Miller has been on a roll, having allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts spanning 26 innings. He limited the Brewers to five hits without a walk while striking out four. The right-hander is picking up momentum at the right time for the Cardinals. Miller's ERA stands at 3.68 with a 1.26 WHIP and a 119/71 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday next.
    Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Salazar pitches into the 8th in a no-decision
    Danny Salazar stymied the Astros over 7 1/3 innings on Thursday, allowing just one run, but took a no-decision as the Indians needed 13 innings to pull out a 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Salazar was in line for the loss until Carlos Santana delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning. It was a masterful outing, as he limited the Astros to five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Salazar has had quite the turnaround since rejoining the Indians to start the second half, sporting a 3.06 ERA over his last 11 starts. On the season, he owns a 4.02 ERA with a 1.38 ERA and a 112/32 K/BB ratio. Salazar will face the Royals at home on Tuesday next.
    Thursday, 9:56 pm
  • Zimmerman (hammy) plays again Thu.
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) went 1-for-7 as the DH on Thursday in a simulated game at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Florida.

    Advice: Zimmerman is slated to play seven innings in left field Friday before being reevaluated. The Nationals are hoping to have him back for the final few days of the regular season to get him ready for the playoffs.
    Thursday, 2:29 pm
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Kyle Hendricks beats Reds backups
    Kyle Hendricks limited the Reds to one run in seven innings Wednesday to improve to 7-2 on the season.

    Advice: The Reds replaced their entire starting lineup after getting one-hit by Jake Arrieta on Tuesday, and the group that Hendricks beat tonight was quite comparable to most of the lineups he faced in the PCL before getting promoted this summer. Hendricks allowed seven hits, but all except for one was a single and he didn't walk anyone. It was also his fifth straight start without allowing a homer, which is the biggest reason he has a 2.28 ERA at the moment.
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Angel Pagan (back) expected to play on Friday
    The results of Angel Pagan's (back) MRI came back clean on Wednesday and the veteran outfielder expects to return to the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Pagan has reported significant improvement after sitting out the entire three-game set against the Diamondbacks. In what has been a season ravaged by injuries, he has managed to excel when on the field, hitting .302/.342/.391 with three homers, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 95 games.
    Wednesday, 4:43 pm
  • Zimmerman (hammy) plays five sim. innings
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) played five innings of defense in a simulated game Wednesday at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Florida.

    Advice: Zimmerman spent three of those innings at first base and the other two at third, reporting no issues with his hamstring. He's scheduled to DH on Thursday and will then play seven innings of left field on Friday. The Nationals are hoping to have him back on their active roster in some capacity for the final week of the regular season (and then into the playoffs).
    Wednesday, 2:29 pm
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Angel Pagan to undergo MRI on ailing back
    Angel Pagan is set to undergo an MRI on his back.

    Advice: The Giants had been hoping Pagan could return to action after Thursday's off day, but thing are up in the air now. It's possible he could receive another cortisone shot before attempting to play through the ailment. Pagan could undergo back surgery over the offseason.
    Wednesday, 11:36 am
  • Angel Pagan (back) remains out of lineup
    Angel Pagan (back) remained out of the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the third straight game he's missed due to his nagging back issue. The Giants are off Thursday, so Pagan will shoot for a return for the weekend series in San Diego. Juan Perez is in center field again Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Pagan could have back surgery over winter
    Angel Pagan could undergoing surgery on his ailing back over the offseason.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy was quick to note that surgery is one of many treatment options for Pagan. The outfielder missed nearly two months of action earlier this season with back issues and has had a couple minor setbacks recently. The club hopes that Pagan is ready to play Wednesday after missing the last two games.
    Wednesday, 7:34 am
  • Carroll (fingernail) expected to make start
    Scott Carroll (fingernail) is expected to be OK to make his next scheduled start on Tuesday.

    Advice: Carroll dealt with a cracked fingernail in his last outing, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that the righty "looks OK." If it turns out Carroll can't go, it's possible the club will move up Chris Sale to start, which would give him an extra outing as he pursues the AL Cy Young award.
    Wednesday, 6:32 am
    L, 4-3 ^ @Det
  • Rasmus doesn't allow a run across 4 innings
    Cory Rasmus fired four shutout innings against the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rasmus only allowed one hit and no walks in the mini-gem, striking out four. Instead of doing the predictable thing and trading for a mediocre starter to fill Garrett Richards' old rotation spot, Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided to make the turn a bullpen day, always to be kicked off by Rasmus. This was Rasmus' fourth consecutive start, and he hasn't thrown more than 49 pitches in any of them (43 tonight). Rasmus (2.57 ERA) has a nice matchup on deck with the Rangers coming to town, but don't expect him to pitch long enough to have a shot at a win.
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Jimenez battles shaky control to help clinch
    Ubaldo Jimenez got the win, allowing two runs over five innings, as the Orioles clinched the AL East with an 8-2 victory against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was Jimenez's first start in exactly a month, and he battled his shaky control as he has all season long. But the Jays couldn't capitalize, and Jimenez allowed just the two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out six. Though the Orioles have clinched, it's unlikely Jimenez starts again this season. He sits on a 4.90 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 110/74 K/BB ratio.
    Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Angel Pagan (back) out of Tuesday's lineup
    Angel Pagan (back) is not in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Manager Bruce Bochy said after Monday's game that he expected Pagan to be ready to go Tuesday, but obviously that's not the case. Consider Pagan day-to-day. Juan Perez is getting another start in center field Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 3:04 pm
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) plays simulated game
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) played three innings of first base Tuesday in a simulated game at the Nationals' spring training complex in Florida.

    Advice: Zimmerman hit two doubles in five at-bats and ran the bases without issue. He is expected to play five innings at first base on Wednesday with an eye on returning to the Nationals' active roster in some capacity for the final week of the regular season.
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in start
    Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday in his first start in three days.

    Advice: Butler is 0-for-14 in his four starts over the last 10 days, and the Royals aren't bringing him off the bench when he doesn't start. It looks like he'll be worthless in fantasy leagues these last two weeks.
    Sep 15, 8:57 pm
  • Joe Mauer knocks in four runs
    Joe Mauer drove in four runs with a pair of singles Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: If only Mauer had hit like his usual self in the first half, he could have racked up some nice RBI numbers behind a surprisingly productive top of the Twins order. At least he has been better since coming off the DL, driving in 22 runs in 34 games. He had just 28 RBI in 76 games before getting hurt.
    Sep 15, 8:44 pm
    W, 6-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Jonathan Papelbon suspended seven games
    Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his actions following Sunday's appearance.

    Advice: Papelbon was ejected by umpire Joe West after grabbing his crotch on his way to the Phillies' dugout. The reliever will not appeal, so his suspension begins Monday. Ken Giles will be in line for saves over the next week.
    Sep 15, 6:03 pm
  • Zimmerman (hammy) set for simulated game
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) went through a full workout Monday in Viera, Florida and is slated to play three innings at first base Tuesday in a simulated game.

    Advice: He's expected to progress to five innings on Wednesday and serve as a DH on Thursday before being reevaluated. Zimmerman has been out since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain, but the Nationals are hoping to get him back at some point next week.
    Sep 15, 2:12 pm
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Plouffe homers in second straight game Sunday
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a home run in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: The homer was Plouffe's 14th of the season as he homered in back-to-back games. It's been a quietly productive year for the 28-year-old, who has 76 RBI and 67 runs scored to go with his 14 homers. Plouffe is hitting .251/.322/.427 overall.
    Sep 14, 2:39 pm
  • Papelbon melts down, allows four runs vs. MIA
    Jonathan Papelbon had a major meltdown in the ninth inning Sunday, allowing four runs for a blown save and taking the loss against the Marlins.

    Advice: Papelbon entered with a three-run lead, but the Marlins came up with four hits and a walk to tie the score before Papelbon could record the second out. A wild pitch, indicative of the kind of day Papelbon had, ended up bringing in the winning run. The blown save was his fourth of the year and his first since July 22. Despite the ugly outing, it has still been a very good year for the 33-year-old.
    Sep 14, 2:14 pm
  • Edinson Volquez earns 12th win against Cubs
    Edinson Volquez gave up three runs -- one earned -- over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Volquez fell in a hole early after an error led to two Cubs runs in the second inning. He gave up another in the third, but he settled down to keep them off the board after that. He walked five, an issue for Volquez his entire career, while striking out five as well. The win was his 12th of the year, his highest single-season total since 2008. Volquez will take on the Brewers on Saturday.
    Sep 14, 1:32 pm
  • Shelby Miller sharp again as Cards beat Rox
    Shelby Miller held the Rockies to one run in six innings Saturday in the Cardinals' 5-4 win.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked none, and probably could have gone seven or eight innings but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny pinch-hit Oscar Taveras for him in the bottom of the sixth inning and Taveras came through with an RBI single. Miller has added a sinker to his repertoire -- taught to him by Justin Masterson -- and it's paying major dividends. He has a 1.64 ERA over his last five starts. A home meeting with the Reds is next.
    Sep 13, 7:53 pm
  • Salazar allows three runs in no-decision
    Danny Salazar gave up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision at Detroit.

    Advice: Salazar struck out seven and walked just one, but the Indians tallied two runs in the bottom of the third inning and then Victor Martinez tagged Salazar for a solo homer in the fourth. He's struggled now in back-to-back outings after a string of dominant starts. The young righty will try to get on track next week in Houston.
    Sep 13, 7:37 pm
  • Ubaldo Jimenez to start for O's on Tuesday
    Ubaldo Jimenez will make a spot start for the Orioles on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: With Saturday's doubleheader, the Orioles will need to utilize a sixth starter next week and Jimenez gets the call. Since his move to the bullpen, the big right-hander has continued to struggle, allowing four runs in his 4 1/3 innings (8.31 ERA) with a 6/4 K/BB ratio. He should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
    Sep 13, 7:53 am
  • Zimmerman to face live pitching on Monday
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is slated to face live pitching in the instructional league in Viera on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmerman was able to run at 60 percent on Friday and continues to make progress toward a return to the Nationals lineup. Even is he returns at some point next week though, he's only expected to see sporadic playing time down the stretch so he isn't a strong option in most mixed leagues.
    Sep 13, 6:26 am
    W, 4-2 vs x NYM
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in loss to Red Sox
    Billy Butler had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going hitless in four at-bats.

    Advice: Butler has struggled to put together consistent at-bats for most of the season, and is hitting just .266/.319/.374 with nine homers and 59 RBI. He'll need to pick up the pace offensively in the season's final weeks if the Royals want to secure a spot in the playoffs.
    Sep 12, 9:18 pm
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