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  • Gregorius scores twice, D'backs defeat Padres
    Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Diamondbacks past the Padres 8-6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Gregorius has now scored twice in back-to-back games. He added an RBI single in the eighth inning. The shortstop has struggled at the dish this year, batting a meager .211/.286/.351 in 69 games this season.
    Today, 7:28 pm
    W, 8-6 vs ^ SD
  • Alex Avila leaves game with lightheadedness
    Alex Avila left Sunday's game against the Indians with lightheadedness.

    Advice: Avila took yet another foul tip off his mask in Sunday's contest. While he didn't display concussion-like symptoms, the Tigers opted to play things cautiously given his history. He is likely to receive an off-day on Monday as well.
    Today, 4:39 pm
  • Rosenthal strikes out side to earn 44th save
    Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth inning Sunday, earning the save against the Rockies.

    Advice: Rosenthal looked as good as he has all season in the save, hitting triple digits on the radar gun and finishing off Charlie Blackmon with a changeup to end the game. Rosenthal has 44 saves on the year to go with a 3.22 ERA and 85/39 K/BB ratio over 67 innings this year.
    Today, 4:21 pm
  • Molina has three-hit afternoon versus Rockies
    Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Molina hit a ground-rule double in the eighth inning, coming in to score on a wild pitch. As he continues to distance himself from his thumb injury, Molina's hitting continues to improve -- he's got a five-game hitting streak in which he's 8-for-17 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. The catcher is hitting .287/.343/.395 overall.
    Today, 4:19 pm
  • 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.
    Today, 4:07 pm
  • 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.
    Today, 2:39 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.
    Today, 2:07 pm
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Mia
  • Koehler yields three runs in no-decision
    Tom Koehler allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: The Phillies largely did their damage with well-timed hits, as Koehler allowed only one extra-base hit, a double, among his seven hits given up. Koehler also walked one while striking out two. Even without factoring in the decision, the start marked the seventh straight in which Koehler has allowed three or fewer runs. The right-hander is 9-9 with a 3.71 ERA heading into the home stretch. He's got a divisional date with the Nationals up next on Friday.
    Today, 2:04 pm
    W, 5-4 ^ @Phi
  • 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.
    Today, 12:39 pm
  • Blaine Boyer (shoulder) to throw 'pen session
    Blaine Boyer (shoulder) could throw a bullpen session this week.

    Advice: Boyer hasn't pitched since September 4 due to right shoulder fatigue. He's hoping to make it back before the end of the season.
    Today, 8:06 am
  • Josh Willingham nursing strained groin
    Josh Willingham has been unavailable the last couple days after straining his groin on Thursday.

    Advice: "He feels a little better," Royals manager Ned Yost said Saturday. "Tried to take some swings in the cage (Friday) and felt it still a little bit, swinging. But I imagine he'll be available to pinch hit here in the next couple days." Willingham is hitting .274/.384/.452 with two homers over 20 games since joining the Royals.
    Today, 7:49 am
  • Chad Qualls (hip) reports improvement
    Chad Qualls (hip) said Saturday that he's feeling better.

    Advice: Qualls is dealing with an issue in his right hip that he thinks might be nerve-related. He's not sure when (or if) he'll be cleared to return to action, but it does appear a bit of progress is being made. The Astros have used Josh Fields and Tony Sipp in the ninth inning with Qualls out.
    Today, 7:41 am
  • Mat Latos (elbow) likely done for the season
    Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Saturday that Mat Latos (elbow) is unlikely to return this season.

    Advice: Latos was scratched from Friday's start with a bone bruise in his right elbow. While it doesn't seem like a long-term concern, there's no reason for the Reds to push him to return with so little time left in the season. "We're not going to try to force feed Mat his last few starts if he's not feeling really good," Price said. "It doesn't make much sense for us. I'd like him to pitch, but I don't want to exacerbate an existing issue. He'll have to come quite a ways to make that next start."
    Today, 7:25 am
  • Huston Street earns save in return
    Huston Street pitched a scoreless ninth for a save in his return to the mound Saturday against the Astros.

    Advice: Street was given a three-run lead in his first appearance in a week, and he gave up just a single on his to converting it. The closer had been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Jon Singleton fans four times
    Jon Singleton struck out all four times he was up Saturday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: It was Singleton's second four-strikeout game of the season. Impossibly, he could end up with sub-.200 averages in each of his four months in the majors this year; he hit .198 in June, .153 in July and .182 in August. Right now, he's at .148 (4-for-26) in September. He has, though, been a pretty consistent power threat (for instance, he drove in 13-14 runs each of the previous three months).
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Fernando Rodney takes loss in 10th
    Fernando Rodney walked four and took a loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the 10th Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: Rodney hasn't had many off nights this year, but these kinds of things can happen with him. He only got out of the inning because Josh Reddick decided to take a big cut after a 2-0 pitch (and six straight balls total) and lined out to a diving Chris Taylor at shortstop. Since Rodney was pitching in a tie game, he remains 45-for-48 in his save chances.
    Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Avila slugs go-ahead HR, Tigers stay in first
    Alex Avila slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the Tigers' 5-4 defeat of the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Detroit was trailing 4-3 when Avila took Bryan Shaw deep in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his only hit of the night, but it helped keep the Tigers at the top of the American League Central standings (by a half-game over the Royals). Avila is batting .222/.329/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 117 games this season.
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Molina has RBI double Friday vs. Rockies
    Yadier Molina connected for an RBI double in Friday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: The eighth-inning double was his first extra-base hit since returning from the disabled list. It's a good sign, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Thursday that Molina's thumb is not yet 100 percent. Fantasy owners might have better options for the final two weeks of the regular season.
    Friday, 10:02 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
  • No timetable for Mat Latos' (elbow) return
    There is no timetable for Mat Latos's (elbow).

    Advice: Latos developed a bone bruise in his throwing elbow while pitching. It doesn't sound like a long-term concern, but with so little time left in the season, his status is very much up in the air. "Hopefully, it's a one week thing and I can make my next start," Latos said. Daniel Corcino is starting Friday in Latos' place.
    Friday, 2:12 pm
  • Latos scratched with bone bruise in elbow
    Mat Latos has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start versus the Brewers due to a bone bruise in his right elbow.

    Advice: There's been no indication that the ailment is related to the elbow issue that caused him to get a late start to the season. However, it's also not clear whether the injury might cause him to miss additional starts. The Reds should provide more on his status later Friday. Daniel Corcino is making a spot start in Latos' place.
    Friday, 12:31 pm
  • Chad Qualls could have nerve issue in hip
    Chad Qualls is dealing with an issue in his right hip that he thinks might be nerve-related.

    Advice: The ailment was originally described as a glute problem, but it appears it's more in his hip. "I don't know if it's just tight hip or something like that that's putting pressure on kind of a nerve back there, get like just a warm feeling - just in like a six-inch feeling just down kind of the side of my leg. When I sit down or laid down it wouldn't hurt, and then if I walk around it gets irritated." Qualls is receiving treatment and is being considered day-to-day, but there's no guarantee that he makes it back this season. Josh Fields and Tony Sipp have picked up saves for the Astros over the last week and both need to be owned in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 7:44 am
  • Yadier Molina's thumb still affecting him
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny conceded Thursday that Yadier Molina's surgically-repaired right thumb is still affecting the catcher.

    Advice: "You can see the splint," Matheny said. "He's still protecting it and doing things to strengthen it." Molina is hitting just .234/.315/.234 with no extra-base hits since returning from the disabled list and took some awkward swings on Wednesday before getting the day off Thursday. He could round into shape by the end of the month, but fantasy owners might be better off using someone else for the time being, if possible.
    Thursday, 3:29 pm
  • Street (hamstring) likely unavailable Thu.
    Huston Street (hamstring) will likely be unavailable Thursday.

    Advice: Street hasn't pitched since Saturday due to right hamstring tightness and the Angels can afford to play it safe with him with such a big lead in the AL West. It's not a long-term concern.
    Thursday, 2:13 pm
  • Yadier Molina not in Cards' lineup Thursday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Reds.

    Advice: It's just routine day of maintenance for the All-Star catcher, who is batting .234 with a .549 OPS since returning in late August from a torn thumb ligament. He had a very short rehab assignment and is obviously still trying to find his timing. A.J. Pierzynski will start at catcher in the series finale in Cincy.
    Thursday, 7:23 am
  • Street (hamstring) expects to pitch on Friday
    Huston Street (hamstring) was not available Wednesday.

    Advice: Street said before the game that his right hamstring was fully healthy, but the first-place Angels decided to play it safe with their closer and keep him idle. Street expects to pitch Friday, when the Angels return home from Texas to begin a three-game series against the visiting Astros. He has a 1.71 ERA and 13 saves since joining Anaheim.
    Wednesday, 9:33 pm
  • Huston Street (hamstring) available on Wed.
    Huston Street (hamstring) is available on Wednesday.

    Advice: Street was out for a couple of games after tweaking his hamstring while covering first base on Saturday. He has a 1.71 ERA and 13 saves since joining the Angels.
    Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Chad Qualls dealing with glute injury
    Chad Qualls was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to a right glute issue.

    Advice: It explains why Josh Fields was used in the ninth inning and converted his second straight save. Qualls is being listed as day-to-day, so it shouldn't be a long-term issue. Still, the veteran reliever has also struggled lately, so picking up Fields just in case might not be a bad idea.
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Koehler allows two runs over five vs. Brewers
    Tom Koehler gave up two runs over five innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Brewers.

    Advice: Koehler yielded six hits and three walks in the outing. Despite not factoring in the decision, the start was the latest in a string of consistently strong performances for Koehler -- the right-hander hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his last six starts. Koehler remains 9-9 with a 3.74 ERA heading into Sunday's start at the Phillies.
    Tuesday, 9:25 pm
    W, 5-4 ^ @Phi
  • Huston Street nursing tight hamstring
    Huston Street wasn't available to pitch Tuesday due to right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: The good news is that it appears to be minor, as the Angels expect him to be available Wednesday. Street has been excellent since arriving in Anaheim, holding a 1.71 ERA while converting 13-of-15 save chances.
    Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Blaine Boyer nursing fatigued shoulder
    Blaine Boyer hasn't pitched since Thursday's due to right shoulder fatigue.

    Advice: He hasn't thrown a ball since then, but Boyer thinks he'll be back soon. "I think we all came to the conclusion that it's just fatigue, fatigue in the back part of my shoulder," Boyer said. "The strength is still there, everything else is fine. It's just a matter of fatigue, as simple as that. The rest has helped. We're doing a lot of treatment." Boyer has been a nice surprise for the Padres this season, posting a 3.05 ERA and 29/8 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 relief innings.
    Sep 8, 7:55 pm
  • Hammel fans seven in no-decision vs. Astros
    Jason Hammel struck out seven while allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Sunday.

    Advice: Hammel held the Astros scoreless until the seventh, when they plated both their runs against the right-hander. He gave up five hits and a walk on the day. It was another good start for Hammel after a rough beginning with the A's. He's now got a 4.70 ERA in the American League, and he'll look to improve on those numbers Friday at the Mariners.
    Sep 7, 6:51 pm
  • Arenado hits 17th home run in win over Padres
    Nolan Arenado hit his 17th home run of the year in Sunday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Arenado has been on a home run binge of late, with Sunday's counting as his third in his last four games. Even with an injury that cost him 37 games in the middle of the season, Arenado's 17 homers and 59 RBI are both more than he had during his rookie campaign. He's now hitting .294/.333/.505 on the year.
    Sep 7, 6:24 pm
  • Alex Avila returns to starting lineup Sunday
    Alex Avila (head) is in the Tigers starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Giants.

    Advice: Avila took a couple of foul tips off his catcher's mask in Tuesday's game and has been held out since. He appeared as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's loss, striking out against Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning.
    Sep 7, 1:43 pm
  • Josh Willingham doubles in return to action
    Josh Willingham doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Willingham had been unavailable for over a week due to a slight intercostal strain. He's hit .265/.368/.490 with two homers in 16 games for the Royals.
    Sep 7, 2:50 am
  • Alex Avila returned to action on Saturday September 6.
    Sep 7, 2:50 am
  • Chad Qualls blows sixth save of the season
    Chad Qualls blew his sixth save of the season Saturday in the Astros' loss to the A's.

    Advice: And it was his fifth blown save of the year against Oakland. Qualls was called on in the bottom of the ninth with runners at first and third and the Astros leading by two. He gave up a game-tying double to Josh Reddick and then Jed Lowrie hit a walkoff single. Yikes.
    Sep 6, 3:56 pm
  • Alex Avila expected to return on Sunday
    Alex Avila (head) is expected to return to the Tigers starting lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Avila experienced no concussion symptoms on Friday and could have started Saturday's game, but Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus wanted to use rookie James McCann against tough southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
    Sep 6, 8:27 am
  • Huston Street blows save against Twins
    Huston Street took his second blown save for the Angels after giving up two runs in the ninth Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: Street preserved the tie from there, and the Angels won in 10 innings, with Kevin Jepsen getting the save, so the rare off night didn't do much harm. Street is 12-for-14 saving games for the Angels and 36-for-39 overall this year.
    Sep 5, 9:51 pm
  • Revere notches three hits in win over WAS
    Ben Revere went 3-for-5 against the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: Ben Revere, Power Hitter, emerged from his shell on Friday. He doubled off of Stephen Strasburg, his twelfth of the season. Then, in the ninth inning, Revere hit a game-tying solo home run which would allow the Phillies to stay alive and ultimately win. The homer was Revere's second of the season. With the three RBI, he has now batted in 23 this year. Ben Revere, Steals Dude, was also present, as Revere swiped his 43rd bag of the year. Revere is currently slashing .316/.335/.379.
    Sep 5, 9:26 pm
    L, 5-4 vs ^ Mia
  • Rosenthal ties for MLB lead in saves with 42
    Trevor Rosenthal moved back into a tie for the major league lead in saves at 42 after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: It wasn't without drama, as Rosenthal issued a one-out walk and later issued a two-out walk, putting the tying run in scoring position. Jason Rogers flied out to end the game. Rosenthal is now 42-for-47 in save opportunities with a 3.38 ERA and a 79/39 K/BB ratio.
    Sep 4, 9:04 pm
  • Street snaps up 12th save for Angels in a win
    Huston Street worked around back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning to pick up his 12th save as a member of the Angels in a win over the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Danny Santana and Brian Dozier both singled, but Street was able to get a fly out, a strikeout, and another fly out to end the contest. Street has 36 saves overall and is now 12-for-13 with a 0.95 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and a 17/4 K/BB ratio since joining the Angels.
    Sep 4, 8:34 pm
  • Avila (head) out again Thursday versus Tribe
    Alex Avila (head) is out of the Tigers' lineup for a second straight game on Thursday night.

    Advice: Avila was struck in the mask by a foul tip on Tuesday. He passed a concussion test, so the Tigers are just being cautious here. Bryan Holaday will catch in Cleveland.
    Sep 4, 12:33 pm
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