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  • Turner's 2-run blast pushes Dodgers past Pads
    Justin Turner blasted a game-winning two-run homer off Tyson Ross in the eighth inning Thursday to push the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Los Angeles couldn't get anything going against Ross all night, so it was quite the surprise when Turner blasted the round-tripper over the left field fence right after Carl Crawford reached on an infield single. Turner finished 2-for-3. The utility man has been a revelation whenever called upon in 2014, slashing an impressive .314/.386/.441 over 220 at-bats. As long as Juan Uribe is on the shelf, he'll play every day, making him a solid start in NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm vs NYM
  • RP Jansen turns out the lights vs. Padres
    Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Padres on Thursday, working around a one-out walk to preserve a one-run victory.

    Advice: The right-hander walked Jedd Gyorko but punched out two Padres to escape the inning without much ancillary drama. Jansen's ERA sat at 4.55 on June 20, but he's given up a run in only two of 22 outings since then. Because of that, his ERA is down to 2.92. In addition, he boasts an outstanding 1.17 WHIP and 83/15 K/BB ratio over 52-plus innings.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Kershaw K's 10 over 8 IP in victory over SDP
    Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers topped the Padres 2-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: San Diego nickel-and-dimed Kershaw for a run in the seventh, culminating in Rene Rivera singling home Abraham Almonte, but was otherwise helpless against the best pitcher in the world. Kershaw was originally scheduled to start tomorrow in the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow some rest, and the Dodgers took advantage of Monday's off day to keep Kershaw on regular rest. Kershaw "struggled" to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in May. He allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and owns a 2.25 ERA so far in August. Overall, he's 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA, numbers he takes into a date in Arizona on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Ross done in by Turner's 2-run dinger
    Tyson Ross held the Dodgers to two runs over eight innings in a tough-luck loss on Thursday.

    Advice: Outside of Justin Turner's two-run homer in the eighth inning, Ross was superb. He struck out six, walked two, and had given up just two hits prior to Carl Crawford reaching on an infield single and Turner blasting him home immediately thereafter. Ross has given up more than two earned runs only once since June 16. Now 11-12 with a 2.68 ERA, Ross hosts Milwaukee on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Bumgarner fans 12 over seven frames in a win
    Madison Bumgarner picked up his 14th win, allowing three runs in seven innings of work as the Giants topped the Cubs by a 5-3 margin on Thursday.

    Advice: Bumgarner made all of his mistakes in the first inning, giving up a two-run home run to Justin Ruggiano followed immediately by a solo home run to Welington Castillo. From there, Bumgarner tossed six consecutive shutout frames. The lefty punched out a season-high 12 batters while allowing seven hits and a walk on the evening. He has a 3.17 ERA and a 179/38 K/BB ratio. Bumgarner will face the Rockies at home when he makes his next start on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Wood goes six innings, takes 11th loss vs. SF
    Travis Wood was saddled with his 11th loss of the season after allowing four runs in six innings as the Cubs were defeated by the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Wood suffered a death by a thousand paper cuts, as the Giants scored exactly one run in four of his six innings. Overall, the lefty yielded eight hits -- including a two-run home run to Buster Posey -- while walking one and striking out six. Wood will take a 4.91 ERA and a 126/66 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's road start against the Reds.
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Castillo slugs 10th homer in loss to Giants
    Welington Castillo hit his 10th home run of the season, going 2-for-4 overall, as the Cubs fell to the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Castillo ripped a solo home run in the first inning off of Madison Bumgarner, going back-to-back with Justin Ruggiano and extending the Cubs' lead to 3-1. Along with the 10 dingers, Castillo has driven in 34 runs and posted a .237/.302/.390 slash line.
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Ruggiano homers, but Cubs fall to the Giants
    Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, but the Cubs lost to the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: Ruggiano put the Cubs on top 2-1 with a two-run home run off of Madison Bumgarner in the bottom of the first inning. The Cubs' lead, however, would dissipate in the coming innings. Ruggiano has six on the season along with 28 RBI and a .283/.339/.430 slash line.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Casilla punches out a pair, grabs 11th save
    Santiago Casilla recorded a pair of strikeouts en route to recording his 11th save in Thursday's win against the Giants.

    Advice: Casilla entered with a two-run lead and was able to work around a two-out single to end the contest. The right-hander is now 11-for-14 in save chances with a 1.59 ERA and a 38/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • White Sox to promote Carlos Sanchez
    Carlos Sanchez will be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday to take Gordon Beckham's spot on the roster.

    Advice: That means Marcus Semien will not be recalled, at least not until September. Sanchez was hitless in five at-bats for the big club earlier this season but has batted .293/.349/.412 with seven homers, 57 RBI and 16 steals at Charlotte. He figures to see plenty of time at second base and is worth a look in AL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 4:56 pm
    Not Active
    4:05 pm @NYY
  • Farrell: Craig could have Lisfranc surgery
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Allen Craig (foot) could consider offseason Lisfranc surgery.

    Advice: "Depends on how he responds to consistent play," Farrell said. Boston activated the outfielder from the disabled list earlier in the day Thursday, but it's clear all is not well with Craig's troubled foot. You'll recall he underwent Lisfranc surgery last year. Craig is the designated hitter in Thursday's game against the Angels.
    Yesterday, 1:20 pm
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • Red Sox activate Allen Craig (foot) from DL
    Red Sox activated OF Allen Craig from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Craig is serving as the designated hitter in Thursday's series finale against the Angels. The Red Sox will likely take it easy with the 30-year-old down the stretch this season, given how badly he's struggled since coming off his late-2013 Lisfranc injury.
    Yesterday, 12:46 pm
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • Matt Dominguez goes hitless in loss
    Matt Dominguez went 0-for-3 in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Dominguez, making outs like no one else in baseball right now, is batting .203 with just two walks in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He's hit for more power than expected as a major leaguer, but he's never been the defensive dynamo that he came advertised as while in the minors. It might actually be a good thing for him that the Astros acquired Colin Moran from the Marlins in the Jarrod Cosart deal; if they didn't have a third base prospect worth waiting on, the position would be an obvious place to try to upgrade at this winter. As is, they might as well give Dominguez another year and see what happens with Moran and Rio Ruiz.
    Yesterday, 12:26 pm
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
    Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Rangers will not be trading lefty Neal Cotts
    According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Rangers will not be trading left-handed reliever Neal Cotts.

    Advice: Cotts got claimed off revocable waivers earlier this week by an American League Central team, but the move was only made to block contenders from landing him. The 34-year-old southpaw will finish out the season in Texas before hitting the free agent market in November. He owns a 3.48 ERA and 58/20 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings this year.
    Yesterday, 10:22 am
  • Souza (shoulder) ready for rehab assignment
    Steven Souza (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A Hagerstown.

    Advice: Souza will then probably move up to High-A Potomac over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 10 because of a bruised left shoulder. An MRI taken last week showed no sort of structural damage.
    Yesterday, 8:49 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs SF
  • Kershaw's next start bumped up to Thursday
    Clayton Kershaw's next start has been moved to Thursday against the Padres.

    Advice: Kershaw was originally slated to go Friday for the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow a little rest. Kershaw will be on regular rest for the start, so there should be no concern about his effectiveness.
    Wednesday, 4:32 pm
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • Neal Cotts claimed by unnamed team
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Neal Cotts has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unnamed team.

    Advice: There would seem to be a good chance Cotts is traded, as he could be a useful bullpen piece for a contending team. The left-hander boasts a 3.48 ERA and 58/20 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season.
    Wednesday, 7:53 am
  • Allen Craig (foot) nearing return from DL
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday that he expects Allen Craig (foot) to come off the disabled list by the end of the week.

    Advice: Craig began a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket and went 0-for-2 with a walk. He'll likely play another couple of games in the minors before rejoining the Red Sox. The 30-year-old has been sidelined since August 5 with a left foot injury.
    Tuesday, 10:00 am
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • Steven Souza (shoulder) to take BP Tues.
    Steven Souza (shoulder) won't take batting practice until at least Tuesday.

    Advice: He had been hoping to take BP Monday but felt some discomfort in his injured shoulder after taking soft-toss in the cage. Souza likely won't be activated until next month.
    Monday, 5:10 pm
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs SF
  • Rangers place Cotts on revocable waivers
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have placed reliever Neal Cotts on revocable waivers.

    Advice: Heyman also hears that Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus all cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded. It's a bit surprising that Darvish passed through waivers, but it's not like the Rangers are going to move him. On the other hand, Cotts is someone who could be traded, whether he passes through waivers successfully or not. The 34-year-old has posted a 3.54 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 53 1/3 innings this season and could a useful bullpen piece for a contender.
    Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Casilla has 1-2-3 ninth to grab his 10th save
    Santiago Casilla retired the Phillies in 1-2-3 fashion in the ninth inning for his 10th save of the season as the Giants enjoyed a win on Sunday.

    Advice: The Giants added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, so Casilla had plenty of breathing room. But the Phillies didn't mount any kind of a threat, as Casilla struck out Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley consecutively to end the contest. The right-hander had allowed a run in each of his last three appearances, but is still having a fantastic season. He's 10-for-13 in save chances with a 1.62 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 36/13 K/BB ratio.
    Sunday, 4:05 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw strikes out 11 in loss
    Clayton Kershaw took a complete-game loss after giving up three runs and striking out 11 in nine innings against the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: Kershaw gave up two homers for the first time since last Sept. 8, but he was his typical, dominant self otherwise, allowing just three other hits and walking none in the 97-pitch outing. The loss was his first since May 28. Outside of that one disastrous start against the Diamondbacks on May 17 (7 ER in 1 2/3 IP), he still hasn't allowed more than three runs in an outing this season.
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Ruggiano hits solo home run in loss to NYM
    Justin Ruggiano hit a solo home run in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Mets.

    Advice: It was Ruggiano's fifth homer of the season and one of just a few bright spots for the Cubs. The ball club lost 7-3 despite outhitting the Mets. On the season, Ruggiano's slashing .280/.336/.408. Guys like him will never be on the fantasy radar, but they do a nice job of helping the real deal clubs.
    Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Allen Craig to start rehab assignment Monday
    Allen Craig (foot) will start a rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Craig, who has been out since August 5 because of a left foot injury, is expected to spend 2-3 days at Pawtucket before returning to Boston. His foot problem dates back to late-2013 and he holds an ugly .237/.291/.348 batting line this season between the Cardinals and Red Sox. Craig can't be trusted to provide much fantasy value down the stretch.
    Saturday, 1:35 pm
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • Madison Bumgarner holds down Phillies
    Madison Bumgarner was denied a win after limiting the Phillies to one run and four hits in seven innings Friday.

    Advice: It was 3-1 when Cole Hamels and Bumgarner finished up their evenings in the seventh, but Jeremy Affeldt gave up a two-run homer right away in the top of the eighth, letting Hamels off the hook. Bumgarner is 3-2 with a 2.14 ERA and a 39/5 K/BB ratio in 42 innings over six starts since the All-Star break.
    Friday, 11:01 pm
  • Ross gives up three ruins in loss to Cards
    Tyson Ross dropped to 11-11 on the year after giving up three runs over six innings against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: This was the first time since June 16 that he allowed more than two earned runs in a start, snapping a streak of 10 starts. Ross put himself in an early hole by giving up two runs in the first inning and his offense failed to get much done against Lance Lynn and company. He walked four and struck out just two in the loss. Ross will bring a 2.70 ERA into a start against the Dodgers on the road next week.
    Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Wood gives up three runs in loss to Mets
    Travis Wood allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Wood only made one mistake, but it was a big one, as he gave up a three-run homer to Eric Campbell in the fourth to put himself in line for the loss. The southpaw struck out five and walked four and now sits at 7-10 with a 4.86 ERA on the year. He'll face the Giants next week at home.
    Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Justin Ruggiano scores run in return
    Justin Ruggiano singled and scored a run in four at-bats in his return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Ruggiano exited Wednesday's game due to leg fatigue, but he's fine. He's batting .281/.338/.410 with four homers and 25 RBI over 74 games for the Cubs this season.
    Friday, 12:50 am
  • Allen Craig (foot) nearing rehab assignment
    Allen Craig (foot) could begin a rehab assignment on Sunday or Monday.

    Advice: He's not expected to need many rehab games, so an activation early next week is likely if all goes well. Craig is dealing with a left foot injury, but an MRI cleared him of having an aggravation of last year's Lisfranc fracture.
    Thursday, 8:10 pm
    4:10 pm vs Sea
  • Dominguez homers in a losing effort vs. BOS
    Matt Dominguez singled and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Dominguez's fourth-inning blast off of Allen Webster extended the Astros' lead to 4-0 at the time, but the lead would not last. The third baseman last homered on July 28. He's slashing a mediocre .231/.273/.360 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI on the year.
    Thursday, 7:39 pm
  • Kenley Jansen gets four-out save
    Kenley Jansen got a four-out save against the Braves on Thursday, with all of his outs coming via the K.

    Advice: Jansen's velocity was down in this one and he gave up three hits, but he got the job done in the end. His velocity has fluctuated quite a bit this year anyway, so we wouldn't worry overly much.
    Thursday, 1:09 pm
  • Justin Ruggiano exits with leg fatigue
    Justin Ruggiano left Tuesday's game against the Brewers with leg fatigue.

    Advice: He'll be fine in a day or two. Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI single before exiting.
    Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Ruggiano has two hits, RBI against Brewers
    Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Ruggiano's RBI single in the second inning got the Cubs on the board. The multi-hit game was his first since July 22. Even so, the outfielder has hits in seven of his last eight games, raising his overall line to .282/.339/.413.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Jansen slams door on the Braves in 33rd save
    Kenley Jansen made short work of the Braves in the ninth inning, getting his 33rd save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Dodgers' win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jansen has turned the corner after seeing his ERA rise up to 4.55 after a poor outing on June 20. Since then, he has allowed a run in only one of 19 outings. The right-hander punched out the last two Braves he saw on Tuesday, raising his K/BB ratio to 77/13 on the season. He also has a 2.94 ERA and has gotten the save in 33 of 37 opportunities.
    Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Steven Souza has no structural damage
    An MRI revealed no structural damage in Steven Souza's right shoulder.

    Advice: He's nursing some inflammation in his AC joint, but the good news is that his rotator cuff is fine. "That banging into the wall got him pretty good," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He has some AC issues there, too. But we'll calm that down and get him back to work on his baseball stuff. All the tests turned out real good there."
    Tuesday, 6:25 pm
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs SF
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