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  • Mike Trout homers, reaches four times
    Mike Trout went 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks as the Angels edged the A's 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Trout has never finished a season with a 1.000 OPS, but he has a chance this year; tonight put him back up to 1.001. He's also one homer away from 30 and two RBI away from 100. Rotoworld.com 23 minutes ago
  • Sean Manaea strong against Angels
    Sean Manaea held the Angels to one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision Monday.

    Advice: It's the first run he's allowed in three starts this month. Not a lot has gone right for the A's this year, but it's great that Manaea has stayed healthy. If that continues, he should be a top-of-the-rotation guy next year. Rotoworld.com 25 minutes ago
  • Joe Wendle goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Joe Wendle went 0-for-4 as Oakland's leadoff man in Monday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: The A's have tons of at-bats available for Wendle, Brett Eibner and two guys very likely to be let go in October in Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso, but they can't find a single start for Arismendy Alcantana somehow. Wendle is hitting .260 since getting the call on Aug. 31, but that comes with just one extra-base hit and five walks in 77 at-bats. At best, he'll be an adequate platoon second baseman while he's cheap. Rotoworld.com 27 minutes ago
  • Robinson Cano homers twice in victory
    Robinson Cano homered in the third and 11th innings Monday to propel the Mariners to a 4-3 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Cano's first homer overtook his previous career high of 33 from 2012. The second was more than cherry on top, though; it helped keep the Mariners postseason hopes alive. He has 94 RBI now, and the Mariners could have three players reach the century mark in that category; Nelson Cruz is up to 101 and Kyle Seager is at 96. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Hisashi Iwakuma goes six against Astros
    Hisashi Iwakuma pitched six innings of one-run ball Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma was in line for the victory when he left, but Edwin Diaz blew the save, leaving Iwakuma with a no-decision for the first time in 24 starts since May 14. Jake Odorizzi has had like 36 no-decisions since then. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Edwin Diaz takes third blown save
    Edwin Diaz blew his second save in a week Monday after giving up two runs in the ninth against the Astros.

    Advice: On the plus side, the Mariners went on to win both of those blown saves. Those are also the only two times in ten appearances this month that he's been scored upon. Overall, Diaz is 17-for-20 saving games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Collin McHugh solid against Mariners
    Collin McHugh pitched seven innings and allowed two runs Monday in a no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: McHugh pitched well enough to win his fourth straight start, but he didn't get a lot of help tonight. The Astros ended up dropping the game in 11 innings, making it the first time in eight starts that they've lost a McHugh outing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Mike Zunino strikes out five times
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-5 and struck out three times against the Astros.

    Advice: Zunino turned the corner a few months ago. Then he turned another corner in August, and now he's practically right back where he was last year at this time; he's in a 10-for-75 slump that's dropped his average from .280 to .207 and his OPS from 1.102 to .785. Granted, no one ever thought he'd last with the 1.100 OPS. Still, we were hoping we'd seen the last of these horrendous slumps. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jonathan Villar homers twice against Rangers
    Jonathan Villar homered twice, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Brewers past the Rangers 8-3 on Monday.

    Advice: That's not so good for the old stolen base numbers there, Jonathan. Still, he's up to 18 homers this year after hitting 10 over 589 at-bats in parts of three seasons with the Astros. There was no doubt he'd steal a whole bunch of bases if the playing time was to be had, but the power outburst didn't seem so likely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Martin Perez gives up eight runs in loss
    Martin Perez was lit up for eight runs in 6 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Not that it probably mattered in a game in which the Rangers scored just three runs, but how do you let Perez give up eight runs, the last three coming in the seventh, while employing a 20-man September bullpen? Perez had been on little role lately, turning in four straight quality starts, but he still doesn't inspire much confidence. He's 10-11 with a 4.37 ERA for the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4 against Brewers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Astros could have used this Gomez, but it just wasn't happening. He has more homers (six) in 102 at-bats for Texas than he did in 295 at-bats for Houston (five). He's also hitting .275 with 12 walks, giving him a .357 OBP. His OBP in Houston was .272. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Benoit (calf) left clubhouse on crutches
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) was seen leaving the clubhouse on crutches.

    Advice: That doesn't sound good. Benoit reportedly injured his calf in the scrum during Monday's benches-clearing brawl. While no official diagnosis has been announced, it sounds like it's potentially serious. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:07 pm vs Bal
     
  • Tim Adleman holds Cardinals in check
    Tim Adleman limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings in a 15-2 victory Monday.

    Advice: The Reds' offense provided the right-hander with plenty of breathing room, but the Cards never really threatened Adleman much in this one. He gave up just four hits on the night and didn't walk anyone, recording four strikeouts along the way. The 28-year-old has managed a respectable 3.90 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 12 starts for the Reds and his last outing will come this weekend against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Steve Selsky has five-hit night versus Cards
    Steve Selsky went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Selsky had never tallied multiple hits in a game in his brief big league career before this one. He was part of a 22-hit, 15-run attack by the Reds, as Cincinnati ambushed Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals' bullpen. It's safe to say Selsky probably has earned a spot in Tuesday's lineup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • James Shields picks up win over Rays
    James Shields held the Rays to one run in six innings Monday to improve to 6-18 on the season.

    Advice: It won't be a 20-loss season for Shields, thanks in part to the Rays starting four-ninths of a major league lineup tonight. Seriously. Catcher Curt Casali, who has hit .147 in 143 at-bats against right-handers this season, was the designated hitter. The designated hitter! Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Adam Duvall homers twice, drives in five
    Adam Duvall went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and five RBI in Monday's blowout victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He homered in the first inning, had an RBI single in the fourth, another homer in the fifth and another single in the seventh. The two-homer night was Duvall's third of the season and pushed his home run total for the year to 33, which trails only Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant and Chris Carter in the National League. He also reached the 100-RBI mark Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Tanner Roark touched up by Diamondbacks
    Tanner Roark wasn't sharp Monday, yielding five runs over four frames in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Things were moving along swimmingly initially, as Roark retired the first nine batters in order. He then fell apart in the fourth inning, serving up a couple home runs among four hits while also walking a batter in a five-run inning. Roark will have a final tune-up outing this weekend against the Marlins. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Buck Farmer gives up four runs in loss
    Buck Farmer allowed four runs over five innings and took a loss against the Indians in his spot start Monday.

    Advice: It's the first major league start for Farmer this year; his previous 13 appearances had all been in relief. Of course, he was a starter in Triple-A, posting a 3.96 ERA and a 93/28 K/BB ratio over 100 innings. Whether he starts or relieves next year is uncertain. He'll probably find himself in the pen for the remainder of this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:47 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Jered Weaver exits with lower back tightness
    Jered Weaver exited Monday's start against the Athletics after five scoreless due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: Weaver allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out three. The veteran right-hander lowered his ERA to 5.06 with the start. Assuming the issue doesn't linger, he lines up to start the season finale against the Astros on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:45 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Adam Conley pitches well in return Monday
    Adam Conley held the Mets scoreless over three innings in his return from the disabled list Monday as the Marlins won 7-3.

    Advice: Conley looked sharp even though this was his first start in six weeks, as he limited the Mets to just two singles and one walk while striking out a pair. He threw 45 pitches in the outing and the Marlins' bullpen took it from there. The young left-hander will take on the Nationals this weekend in his final outing of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Benoit injures calf during brawl
    Joaquin Benoit injured his calf during Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Mae notes that it could be similar to the calf injury Brett Cecil suffered during the playoffs last year. Obviously that would be a tough blow ahead of the postseason, but we should know more about his status soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:07 pm vs Bal
     
  • Benoit needed help getting off field
    Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field following Monday's benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees.

    Advice: Uh oh. It's unclear what caused the injury, but Benoit was seen limping off the field. It would be a big loss for the Blue Jays, as Benoit owns a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances since coming over to the Blue Jays in July. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:07 pm vs Bal
     
  • Jeffress available for Monday's game
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that he would like to get Jeremy Jeffress into Monday's game.

    Advice: Jeffress returned to the Rangers on Friday after a stint in rehab following an arrest for suspicion of DWI last month, but he has yet to appear in a game. He's likely to be eased back into high-leverage situations. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • McCullers (elbow) continuing rehab in Florida
    Lance McCullers (elbow) will continue his rehab at the Astros' spring training complex in Kissimmee, Florida.

    Advice: McCullers, out since early August with a mild elbow sprain, was able to make it through a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday. The next step will be throwing live batting practice. The Astros would have to make an unlikely run at the playoffs for him to have a chance to make it back this year, but the good news is that he's making progress. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:35 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • Nelson Cruz sent for MRI on left wrist
    Nelson Cruz was sent for an MRI on his left wrist on Monday.

    Advice: The results aren't yet known, but Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against the Astros. He plans to play no matter what, but look for him to cut back on pregame hitting work in an effort to protect the wrist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Castellanos (hand) could return this weekend
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Nick Castellanos (hand) could return by the weekend.

    Advice: Castellanos has been sidelined since August 6 with a fractured hand, but he was slated to play in an instructional league game on Monday. Barring any setbacks, he appears to be the verge of a return. The 24-year-old was batting .286 with 18 homers and an .831 OPS in 105 games prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Yulieski Gurriel not in Monday's lineup
    Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Gurriel has just three hits in his last 31 at-bats, so he'll get a breather for the series opener. Marwin Gonzalez will make the start at third base and hit second versus right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) in Monday's lineup
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz exited Sunday's game after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but it's not going to keep him out of the lineup. He'll serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Collin McHugh. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Marlins activate Adam Conley (finger) off DL
    Marlins activated LHP Adam Conley from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Conley was supposed to return to the Marlins' rotation on Sunday against the Braves, but that game was cancelled following the death of Miami ace Jose Fernandez. The left-handed Conley will now pitch Monday versus the Mets and Bartolo Colon. He missed six weeks with tendinitis in his left middle finger. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) expecting to play Monday
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Edwin Diaz earns 17th save, M's defeat Twins
    Edwin Diaz tallied his 17th save Sunday in the Mariners' defeat of the Twins.

    Advice: Diaz struck out one in a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth to preserve the Mariners' one-run lead. It was a reassuring outing from the hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander, who blew a save Wednesday when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Bautista. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:20 pm
  • Nelson Cruz leaves game with sore wrist
    Nelson Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Twins due to soreness in his left wrist.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor. Cruz inflicted massive damage on the Twins before departing, smashing a pair of solo home runs in his first three at-bats. The Mariners should provide an update on his status after Sunday's game, but expect him to be listed as day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:47 pm
  • Trout goes 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored three times in a win over the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He also walked twice. He only made one out and was on the bases the whole game. The Angels trailed all night until breaking out for four runs in the eighth and five runs in the ninth. Trout had run-scoring hits in both of those frames. The superstar is batting .318/.440/.557 with 28 bombs, 97 RBI and leads the majors with 120 runs scored. Tack on 27 stolen bases to complete the package. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Cruz hits two-run bomb and a double Saturday
    Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a two-run jack in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He took Tyler Duffey deep in the fourth inning with Robinson Cano aboard to provide his team's only runs of the night. He also doubled in the ballgame. He is one homer away from his third consecutive 40-homer season. He is batting .284/.357/.545 with 39 bombs, 98 RBI and 90 runs scored in 560 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Conley (finger) to return Sunday vs. Braves
    Adam Conley (finger) will be activated for Sunday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Conley missed over a month with finger tendinitis but will slot back into the rotation Sunday against Atlanta. With Conley returning, Jose Fernandez will have his start pushed back to Monday. It's been a roller coaster year for Conley, who holds a 3.94 ERA over 24 outings. He's 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three starts against Atlanta this season and makes for a nice streaming option on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:07 pm
  • Castellanos to play in simulated game Monday
    Nick Castellanos (hand) is scheduled to play in an instructional league game in Florida on Monday.

    Advice: It has been a slow recovery process for the Tigers' third baseman who has been on the shelf since August 6 with a fractured hand. He's still hoping to return to the club before the end of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:46 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Nelson Cruz homers, knocks in four
    Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer and a two-run double Friday in the rout of the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz is now just two homers away from his third straight 40-homer season. It's also possible the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys; Cruz and Kyle Seager currently have 96 and Robinson Cano isn't far behind at 92. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Buck Farmer to start for Tigers Monday
    Buck Farmer will start on Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: Farmer had been slated to make a spot start on Wednesday versus the Twins, but that game was rained out. He holds a 4.07 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 24 1/3 innings for the Tigers this season but did throw 4 1/3 scoreless relief frames in his last appearance. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:21 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Jeremy Jeffress to rejoin Rangers Friday
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jeremy Jeffress is expected to rejoin the Rangers in Oakland on Friday.

    Advice: Jeffress was arrested on suspicion of DWI last month and chose a stay in rehab over a suspension. He should officially be activated later Friday and may be eased back into high-leverage situations initially. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:26 am
  • Lance McCullers (elbow) throws 'pen session
    Lance McCullers (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday.

    Advice: The session went off without a hitch. McCullers isn't going to make it back before the end of the regular season, but it's possible he could return if the Astros make a playoff run. The young right-hander has been out since early August with a mild elbow sprain. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:44 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • Mike Trout hits three-run homer in win
    Mike Trout hit a three-run homer off Derek Holland and walked Wednesday as the Angels edged the Rangers 5-4.

    Advice: Who said Trout isn't making a difference in meaningful games in September? He's hit .306 with three homers, 11 RBI and 14 walks in 19 games this month. All but two of those games have come against teams in the mix for a spot in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 pm
  • Diaz surrenders Bautista homer to blow save
    Edwin Diaz blew his second save of the season when he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Jose Baustia in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 2-1, 12-inning win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Diaz came on with two outs in the eighth inning as the M's looked to hang for a 1-0 victory. He fanned Josh Donaldson to close out that frame, then opened the ninth by striking out Edwin Encarnacion. No such luck next batter. Jose Bautista would make contact -- and then some -- with an epic game-tying shot. Diaz rebounded to record the final two outs in the ninth without issue and Seattle went on to win the game on a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly in the 12th inning. For the season, the flame-throwing 22-year-old Diaz has pitched to a 2.33 ERA and 80/15 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings. He is now 16-for-18 in save chances. That ninth-inning run surrendered on Wednesday was the first run he has allowed since August 30. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Collin McHugh limits Athletics to two runs
    Collin McHugh pitched well in Wednesday's win over the A's, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: McHugh struck out five and walked two, with a pair of RBI doubles spelling the damage on his line. Brett Eibner burned him for one in the fourth inning and Bruce Maxwell did likewise in the sixth. In 170 innings this season, the 29-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 4.61 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 166/50 K/BB ratio. He is scheduled to make starts against the Mariners and Angels before the 2016 season draws to a close. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Iwakuma hammered for six runs by Blue Jays
    Hisashi Iwakuma was demolished in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays, yielding six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard altogether through the first three innings. Then, the fourth inning happened. The frame opened innocently enough with a strikeout of Edwin Encarnacion. That was followed by a Jose Bautista single, a two-run homer off the bat of Russell Martin, a Troy Tulowitzki single, a two-run home run by Michael Saunders, a Kevin Pillar double and an RBI single by Ezequiel Carrera to cap it all off before Iwakuma was mercifully relieved of duty. Yikes. The veteran right-hander saw his ERA jump from 3.87 to 4.04 by the time the dust had settled. He will try for a more favorable result in a road start against the Astros next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Sean Manaea blanks Astros over six innings
    Sean Manaea took a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Astros, firing six shutout innings while striking out seven.

    Advice: Manaea surrendered just three hits and held a 1-0 lead after six innings, but the game-tying run would come home in the seventh to deprive him of a win. He will bring a 4.03 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into a road date with the Angels next time he toes the rubber. That will be his last start of the season as the schedule currently stands. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • Gomez' three hits, two runs spark Rangers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Gomez once again served as a sparkplug atop the Rangers' lineup, leading off the first and third innings with hits and scoring the team's first two runs of the game. He's now got multiple hits in four straight contests to bring his average up to .276 since joining the Rangers in late August. His revival in Arlington will make the 30-year-old one of the more fascinating players to watch come draft season next spring. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:21 pm
  • James Shields rocked by Phillies Tuesday
    James Shields was torched for seven runs -- six earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Another clunker from the veteran right-hander. Shields served up a two-run home run to Odubel Herrera in the first inning and things didn't get much better after that, as he allowed tallies in the third, fifth and sixth before finally getting pulled. Shields had put up two straight quality starts, but it's back to the drawing board again. He'll get his former team, the Rays, next. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Tanner Roark suffers tough-luck loss
    Tanner Roark was saddled with a tough-luck loss Tuesday after tossing seven frames of one-run ball against the Marlins.

    Advice: Roark struck out five while allowing just three hits and three walks, but Giancarlo Stanton got to him with a solo homer and that's all it took with Jose Fernandez dealing for the Fish. Roark has given up only four total runs over his last five starts, lowering his season ERA to 2.70. He'll face the Diamondbacks next time out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:34 pm
  • Castellanos still has discomfort in left hand
    Nick Castellanos felt lingering discomfort in his fractured left hand while facing live pitching Monday at the Tigers' spring training complex in Florida.

    Advice: It's not a significant setback, but the young third baseman is running out of time with the Tigers facing elimination from postseason contention. Castellanos will scale back to regular batting practice for the time being. He's been sidelined since August 6 because of the fractured hand. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Farmer to start on Wednesday vs. Twins
    Buck Farmer will start for the Tigers on Wednesday against the Twins.

    Advice: It will be his first start at the major league level in 2016. Farmer has registered an underwhelming 4.07 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 25/16 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings this year out of the Detroit bullpen. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:26 pm
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Martin Perez goes seven strong versus Angels
    Martin Perez held the Angels to two runs over seven innings, settling for a no-decision in the Rangers' 3-2 victory.

    Advice: The left-hander gave up just four hits and didn't walk anyone on the night, needing a mere 79 pitches to get through his seven innings. However, three of the hits and both runs came in his last two frames, so the Rangers decided that was enough. Perez has notched four straight quality starts. He'll take a 4.14 ERA into Oakland this weekend. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:16 pm
  • Tim Adleman solid versus Cubs
    Tim Adleman yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Adleman blanked the Cubs for six innings before giving up homers to Addison Russell and Willson Contreras in the seventh. It brings his total of homers surrendered to 13 in 57 2/3 innings this year. He has a decent 4.06 ERA anyway, but he doesn't seem like a very good bet for the future. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:55 pm
  • McCullers (elbow) close to throwing off mound
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday that Lance McCullers (elbow) will throw off the mound in the next couple of days.

    Advice: It's good news, though obviously a return this year is probably unrealistic at this point. Perhaps if the Astros make the playoffs. McCullers has been out since early August with a mild elbow sprain. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • Wendle hits first career homer in A's rout
    Joe Wendle went 2-for-4 with his first major league home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 11-2 beatdown of the Rangers.

    Advice: Wendle wasted no time getting on the board, leading off the game with a solo shot off Rangers starter Yu Darvish. Acquired from the Indians for Brandon Moss back in 2014, Wendle has made a strong impression through his first 15 games with the A's. The 26-year-old is batting .333/.345/.392 with nine RBI, eight runs scored and a pair of steals in those 15 games. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 9:32 pm
  • Gomez homers in second straight against A's
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, his second homer in as many days, in Saturday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Gomez batted leadoff and connected with a Raul Alcantara pitch in the sixth inning for his 11th homer of the season. Six of those have come since Gomez joined the Rangers in late August. He's still hitting just .215/.286/.361 on the year, but perhaps the change of scenery had a positive effect on the 30-year-old. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 9:28 pm
  • Adam Duvall getting the night off Saturday
    Adam Duvall is not in the Reds' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Pirates.

    Advice: He's getting a break after going 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in the early game. Steve Selsky will take over in left field and bat sixth against Bucs starter Trevor Williams. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 2:38 pm
  • Nick Castellanos getting at-bats in Florida
    Nick Castellanos (hand) will begin taking live batting practice at the Tigers' spring training facility in Florida.

    Advice: If all goes well after a couple of days, he'll begin playing in simulated games. Castellanos is still on track for a return in late-September, but could be shut down completely if the Tigers fall out of the playoff race before then. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 10:25 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Collin McHugh shuts down Mariners
    Collin McHugh allowed two hits over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout of the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Maybe McHugh's best start of the year and definitely his best in months. The Astros have won McHugh's last six starts, even though his ERA has barely moved during that span, going from 4.70 to 4.66. He'll get the A's next, making him a decent streaming option in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com Sep 16, 11:02 pm
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