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  • Ruggiano leaves game with shoulder injury
    Justin Ruggiano was forced to leave Friday's game due to left shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear at the moment just how severe the injury is or how much time the outfielder will stand to miss. Add him to the lengthy list of walking wounded that the Mets have been forced to deal with this season. 32 minutes ago
  • Adam Jones leaves with potential re-injury
    Adam Jones was pulled from Friday's game against the Yankees after appearing to re-injure his hamstring.

    Advice: Jones left Thursday's game with cramping in his hamstring, but tested it out pregame and was deemed good to go on Friday. He appeared to re-injure it though while running to first base on in his first at-bat. Expect the O's to provide an update on his status shortly. Today, 4:44 pm
    Bot 7, 3-14 @NYY
  • Pence should avoid DL, hopes to play Saturday
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) indicated feeling much better on Friday and hopes to return to the Giants lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Even if he sits out Saturday's game as a precautionary measure, he should have no problem returning on Sunday. Pence is hitting .273/.341/.422 with eight homers and 41 RBI in 74 games in what has been an injury-plagued season for the Giants' right fielder. Today, 4:31 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Joc Pederson not in Dodgers lineup on Friday
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off for Pederson with left-hander Mike Montgomery toeing the slab for the Mariners. Kike Hernandez is starting in his place in center field and batting fifth for the Dodgers on Friday. Today, 3:50 pm
  • Hunter Pence (hamstring) not in Giants lineup
    Hunter Pence (hamstring) is not in the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Pence was pulled from Thursday's game due to tightness in his right hamstring. It's unclear if the injury will require a trip back to the disabled list, or if he'll be able to manage it on a day-to-day basis. Today, 3:31 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Rays to release Desmond Jennings on Saturday
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays plan on releasing Desmond Jennings on Saturday.

    Advice: Once considered one of the most promising young outfielders in the game, the 29-year-old has battled injuries and poor performance for much of the past three seasons. In 65 games this year, Jennings hit just .200/.281/.350 with seven homers, 20 RBI and a 58/21 K/BB ratio in 225 plate appearances. Still, he's only 29-years-old and there should be plenty of clubs willing to take a chance on him. Today, 3:26 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 2-3 @Hou
  • Saunders (hamstring) available off bench
    Michael Saunders (hamstring) said that he felt much better on Friday and would be available off of the bench.

    Advice: He's sitting out a second straight game due to hamstring tightness, but it sounds as though he could be used as a pinch-hitter and is nearing a return. Fantasy owners may want to keep him active this weekend despite missing a start on Friday. Today, 3:21 pm
    Top 7, 10-5 vs Min
  • Kevin Pillar (illness) scratched from lineup
    Kevin Pillar was scratched from Friday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Consider him day-to-day. Melvin Upton will slide over to center field and Ezequiel Carrera has entered the lineup in left. Today, 2:53 pm
    Top 7, 10-5 vs Min
  • Jay Bruce (calf) returns to Mets' lineup Fri.
    Jay Bruce (calf) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Bruce was pulled from Wednesday's game and sat out Thursday with a right calf cramp, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting sixth versus Adam Morgan and the Phillies. Today, 1:56 pm
  • Diamondbacks activate A.J. Pollock from DL
    Diamondbacks activated OF A.J. Pollock from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pollock will make his season debut for the D'Backs on Friday, as he's in center field and batting second against Brandon Finnegan and the Reds. The outfielder was on the shelf for the bulk of the first five months of the season with a fractured elbow. Today, 1:52 pm
  • Steven Souza not in Friday's lineup
    Steven Souza is absent from the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Mikie Mahtook is in right field. Today, 1:40 pm
  • No structural damage for Benintendi (knee)
    An MRI on Andrew Benintendi's left knee didn't reveal any structural damage.

    Advice: Benintendi took a nasty spill during Wednesday's game while trying to avoid a tag at second base, but it appears he's avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn't known at this point, but the Red Sox should get him back sometime next month. Today, 1:30 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Adam Jones (hamstring) back in O's lineup
    Adam Jones (hamstring) is back in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Jones exited Thursday's game with hamstring cramps, but he's fine. He's in center field and batting leadoff. Today, 1:10 pm
    Bot 7, 3-14 @NYY
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) back in lineup Friday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) is back in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ellsbury sat out Wednesday with a sore foot, but he's fine. He's in center field and batting second. Brian McCann is on the bench, as Gary Sanchez is behind the plate, Chase Headley is in the designated hitter spot and Ronald Torreyes is at third base. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Ben Paulsen optioned to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned 1B/OF Ben Paulsen to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Paulsen got a shot at the first base job with Mark Reynolds (hand) going down but picked up just three hits in 26 at-bats. It appears the Rockies will go with Gerardo Parra and Ryan Raburn at first now. Today, 5:27 am
    Not Active
    Bot 7, 2-8 @Was
  • Yasmany Tomas (back) enters in double switch
    Yasmany Tomas (back) entered Thursday's game against the Braves in a double switch and remained in to receive two plate appearances.

    Advice: Tomas missed a second straight start with mid-back stiffness, but that he was able to play nearly half of Thursday's game was obviously a good sign. Expect him to be in the lineup Friday. Today, 5:19 am
    6:40 pm vs Cin
  • Hunter Pence injures right hamstring Thursday
    Hunter Pence said that he is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: Pence was lifted for a defensive replacement in the middle innings of Thursday's win over the Dodgers. He will be reevaluated on Friday, but a disabled list stint would be in the cards if this is any kind of a lasting injury. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Diamondbacks send Haniger to minors
    Diamondbacks optioned OF Mitch Haniger to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Haniger has received 34 at-bats with the big league club and was hitting .265/.333/.382 with two doubles and a triple prior to being sent down on Thursday. He should see a return call to the bigs in a few days once rosters expand on September 1. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Cin
  • Eaton scores three times in win over Mariners
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Eaton had a pair of singles and a walk in the game, coming around to score all three times. He's now hit in eight straight to run his season line up to .278/.358/.417. The 27-year-old has 11 homers and 12 steals while hitting atop the White Sox lineup. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Cutch drives in all three Bucs runs in win
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, including the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning, to lead the Pirates past the Brewers 3-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Cutch was up to the task all evening, hitting a solo homer in the first before knocking an RBI single in the third and his game-winner in the 10th. The homer was his 18th of the season to give him 55 RBI and 65 runs scored. It's still not the Andrew McCutchen we've come to know and expect, but he's now hitting .303 in the month of August and is batting .250/.329/.419 in 116 games overall. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Nieuwenhuis hits 12th homer against Pirates
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run home run, his 12th of the season, in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis thwarted Chad Kuhl's shutout bid with the two-run dong in the seventh inning. Keon Broxton's resurgence, coupled with Hernan Perez' emergence and the presence of Ryan Braun in left field, has left Nieuwenhuis as sort of the odd man out in the Brewers' outfield lately, but he's still found plenty of at-bats with Braun's injury issues. The 29-year-old is hitting .214/.327/.405 in 109 games overall. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Gomez hits three-run jack in first Rangers AB
    Carlos Gomez wasted little time Thursday endearing himself to Rangers fans, hitting a three-run home run in his first at-bat against the Indians.

    Advice: Of course, he finished 1-for-4 with the homer and a strikeout, but it's the big fly that people will latch onto. Gomez was so bad with the Astros that they waived him after giving up an attractive package of prospects for him at last year's trade deadline, but the Rangers hope they can catch lightning in a bottle. If they can, Gomez could be in a really good spot with that lineup and ballpark. While those odds remain long, Thursday was a start. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Moss' two dingers aren't enough against Mets
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Moss hit a two-run shot off the right field foul pole to get the Cards on the board in the sixth inning, and he added a solo homer in the eighth for good measure. Moss now has 25 home runs and 60 RBI in 96 games. He also hit 25 bombs in Oakland in 2014, and his single-season best is 30, also with the A's, in 2013. With over a month to play, Moss has a shot at setting a new record this year. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
    Top 5, 2-1 vs Oak
  • Adam Jones leaves with hamstring cramps
    Adam Jones left Thursday's game against the Nationals due to hamstring cramps.

    Advice: Pedro Alvarez pinch-hit for him in the ninth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a double before exiting. Jones said that he feels fine and expects to play Friday against the Yankees. Nolan Reimold would likely start in his place if he has to sit out the series opener. Yesterday, 8:03 pm
    Bot 7, 3-14 @NYY
  • Pollock to play two out of every three games
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said A.J. Pollock (elbow) will play two out of every three games when he returns from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock is expected to make his season debut Friday against the Reds after missing the first five months of the year with a fractured elbow. The 28-year-old was an absolute monster for the D'Backs in 2015 and looked sharp during his minor league rehab assignment. Even if he only plays four or five times a week, Pollock will still be a worthy investment for fantasy owners. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Michael Saunders (hamstring) out Thursday
    Michael Saunders (hamstring) is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Angels.

    Advice: He's dealing with hamstring tightness. With Saunders getting the night off, Ezequiel Carrera will draw the start in right field and bat eighth against Halos starter Jered Weaver. Saunders is day-to-day. Yesterday, 1:30 pm
    Top 7, 10-5 vs Min
  • Mikie Mahtook snaps 0-for-34 skid
    Mike Mahtook snapped an 0-for-34 streak with an RBI double against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Mahtook has been as awful in limited action this year (.369 OPS in 109 AB) as he was excellent in limited action last year (.970 OPS in 105 AB). At this point, there's little reason to think he should be in the Rays' plans for 2017. Still, he has five weeks to change that, and he'll continue to get frequent at-bats with Desmond Jennings and Nick Franklin out. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Bruce (calf) not in NYM lineup Thursday night
    Jay Bruce (calf) is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bruce left Wednesday's game with a right calf cramp after hitting a double in the top of the second inning. Alejandro De Aza is starting in his place at St. Louis. Manager Terry Collins has indicated that Bruce could be available off the bench. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • Fish designate Oswaldo Arcia for assignment
    Marlins designated OF Oswaldo Arcia for assignment.

    Advice: Arcia made it just one game with the Fish, getting the boot Thursday to clear a roster spot for new outfielder Jeff Francoeur after being claimed off waivers from the Rays on Tuesday. Arcia has batted just .226/.299/.390 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 177 plate appearances this season between Minnesota, Tampa Bay, and Miami. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 6, 2-6 vs SD
  • Carlos Gomez to start in LF in Rangers debut
    Rangers purchased the contract of OF Carlos Gomez from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: He will start in left field for Texas on Thursday night against the Indians. Gomez signed a minor league contract with the Rangers last week after getting released by the Astros and earned the quick promotion by hitting .308/.357/.538 over 14 plate appearances at Round Rock. We doubt he's suddenly going to find himself again in Arlington, but stranger things have happened. Gomez was a back-to-back National League All-Star in 2013-2014 with the Brewers. Yesterday, 8:34 am
  • Red Sox place Benintendi (knee, ankle) on DL
    Red Sox placed OF Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.

    Advice: Benintendi fell awkwardly over his left leg while trying to avoid a tag at second base Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, appearing to badly injure both his left knee and left ankle. An MRI was scheduled for Thursday morning and doctors are apparently still reviewing the results. This could very well be season-ending for the 22-year-old top outfield prospect. Chris Young is starting in left field for the Red Sox on Thursday and figures to carry a big load in that spot down the stretch. Yesterday, 8:19 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Dodgers have 'rebuffed offers' on Yasiel Puig
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers have "rebuffed offers" for Yasiel Puig.

    Advice: Heyman says teams "appear to be bottom feeding for Puig" -- in other words, making lowball trade proposals -- and the Dodgers are not actually that desperate to give him away. The polarizing 25-year-old outfielder is batting .396/.448/.698 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 14 games since his demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City on August 2. Josh Reddick, meanwhile, is slashing .143/.211/.157 in 20 games since the Dodgers acquired him via trade from the A's. Puig is under contract with Los Angeles through 2018, with about $25 million still due. Yesterday, 7:51 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Andrew Benintendi (knee, ankle) out Thurs.
    Andrew Benintendi (knee, ankle) is out of the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: No surprise after he left Wednesday night's game with a serious-looking left leg injury. Benintendi is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the full extent of the problem. Chris Young will start in left field and bat sixth Thursday versus Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Yesterday, 7:22 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Brock Holt (oblique) hitless in return Wed.
    Brock Holt (oblique) went hitless in three at-bats Wednesday in his return to the Red Sox lineup.

    Advice: It was the first game in five days for Holt, who has been battling oblique tightness. He might be looking at a bigger workload for the stretch run with starting left fielder Andrew Benintendi (knee, ankle) possibly done for the season. Chris Young will also draw starts in left, but he struggles against right-handed pitching. Yesterday, 5:45 am
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Ender Inciarte goes 4-for-7
    Ender Inciarte went 4-for-7 with a double and two RBI against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Inciarte is hitting .355 in 152 at-bats since the All-Star break, which is really good. Still, fantasy leaguers need him to steal a few more bases. He's 3-for-5 during the second half and 11-for-16 in 96 games this season. With his speed, he should be a bigger weapon on the basepaths. Wednesday, 11:35 pm
  • Benintendi to undergo MRI on left leg Thurs.
    Andrew Benintendi will undergo an MRI on his left leg Thursday.

    Advice: Benintendi suffered a left knee sprain and some kind of ankle injury during the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Rays while trying to evade a tag at second base. The 22-year-old outfielder's MRI should shed more light on just how badly he was hurt, but he put little weight on his leg when exiting the clubhouse after the game. This could be a very bad diagnosis. Wednesday, 8:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Benintendi diagnosed with a left knee sprain
    Andrew Benintendi left Wednesday's game against the Rays with a left knee sprain.

    Advice: Benintendi suffered the injury while attempting to get back to second base to avoid a tag in the seventh inning. He rolled over his left ankle, spraining his knee in the process, and needed to be helped off the field by the training staff. The Red Sox will reevaluate the young outfielder on Thursday, but this could easily end in a trip to the 15-day disabled list and perhaps something much worse. Wednesday, 7:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Benintendi helped off field with a leg injury
    Andrew Benintendi suffered an apparent ankle or leg injury in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Rays.

    Advice: This one looked bad. Benintendi was on second base and tried to move back toward the bag to avoid a tag, but his left ankle rolled almost completely under him. He was noticeably hobbled and needed assistance from trainers to exit the field of play. In the moment, the injury certainly seems like it could cost Benintendi multi-game action, but the Red Sox should provide more clarity within the next few hours. Wednesday, 6:29 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Bruce exits due to cramp in right leg vs. STL
    Jay Bruce was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals due to a right calf cramp.

    Advice: Bruce cramped up on a second-inning double and was subsequently pinch-run for by Alejandro De Aza. Cramps are rarely a sign of serious injury and the Mets' midseason acquisition should be back in the lineup without issue later this week. Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Jay Bruce removed with injury after a double
    After hitting a double in Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Jay Bruce exited with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Bruce was replaced by a pinch-runner Alejandro De Aza in the second inning. He might have suffered the injury while initially running out of the box. The Mets should pass along word as to the exact reason for his exit as the game progresses. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas (back) out of Wednesday lineup
    Yasmany Tomas (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Tomas was forced out of Tuesday's to the Braves loss due to mid-back stiffness. While the Diamondbacks don't believe this is a serious injury, they are giving him Wednesday off to rest up. Brandon Drury will man right field in his place while batting eighth, but Tomas will be available to pinch-hit off the bench. Wednesday, 3:44 pm
    6:40 pm vs Cin
  • Carlos Gomez will join Rangers on Thursday
    Carlos Gomez is set to join the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as manager Jeff Banister said on Tuesday that this was a strong possibility. Gomez was signed to a minor league contract by the Rangers earlier this month after the Astros released him. The versatile-when-right outfielder has been playing at Triple-A Round Rock in preparation for his return to major league play. He's doubtful to carry significant fantasy value down the stretch after batting .210/.272/.322 over 323 plate appearances this year for Houston. Wednesday, 2:09 pm
  • Ellsbury not in Yankees' lineup Wednesday
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners.

    Advice: Aaron Hicks will start in center field and bat seventh versus Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Ellsbury, who slugged a two-run homer on Wednesday night. Wednesday, 10:09 am
  • McCutchen not in Pirates lineup Wednesday
    Andrew McCutchen is out of the Pirates' lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Astros.

    Advice: Starling Marte is in center field, Gregory Polanco is in left field, and Matt Joyce is in right field in the afternoon tilt versus Houston right-hander Collin McHugh. This appears to be a routine day of rest for McCutchen, who's been hitting the ball well in August. Wednesday, 7:15 am
  • Yasmany Tomas departs with back stiffness
    Yasmany Tomas left Tuesday's game against the Braves due to mid-back stiffness.

    Advice: Brandon Drury pinch-hit for Tomas midway through Tuesday's contest, as apparently Tomas' back stiffened up on him during the proceedings. He was waylaid by a stiff neck earlier this month, but no word as of yet whether his current back ailment is in any way related. For the time being, Tomas should be considered day-to-day. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Tuesday, 10:16 pm
    6:40 pm vs Cin
  • Ellsbury clocks two-run home run in win
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Ellsbury connected for a two-run shot off Taijuan Walker in the fifth inning, snapping a 1-1 tie in the process. The Mariners wouldn't score again as the Bombers cruised to an easy 5-1 victory. For his part, the speedy Ellsbury is hitting .262/.321/.368 with six homers, 42 RBI and 18 steals over 432 at-bats. He simply hasn't provided a ton of spark this season in terms of fantasy production. Tuesday, 10:08 pm
  • Michael Saunders swats 20th home run
    Michael Saunders ripped a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Saunders' dinger off of reliever A.J. Achter in the eighth inning padded the Blue Jays' lead. It was just his second this month, as the 29-year-old has really scuffled this month. Saunders now has 21 bombs on the season. Tuesday, 7:20 pm
    Top 7, 10-5 vs Min
  • A.J. Pollock (elbow) likely to return Friday?
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said A.J. Pollock (elbow) will likely be activated Friday.

    Advice: There was talk of a Wednesday or Thursday return, but the out-of-contention Diamondbacks don't want to be too aggressive with their prized center fielder. Pollock, out all season due to a fractured elbow, has batted .433/.541/.733 with two home runs and two stolen bases on his 10-game minor league rehab assignment. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • Carlos Gomez could join Rangers on Thurs.
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Carlos Gomez could be called up on Thursday.

    Advice: That's assuming everything goes well in his third game with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday night. Gomez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI on Monday and is 4-for-9 so far at the Triple-A level. Texas signed the 30-year-old center fielder to a minor league contract last week after he was released by the Astros. Tuesday, 2:16 pm
  • Jays activate Kevin Pillar (thumb) off the DL
    Blue Jays activated OF Kevin Pillar from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed the minimum 15 days with a sprained thumb. Pillar will reclaim his starting job in center field with Melvin Upton shifting over to the left side. The 27-year-old is an elite defensive player but doesn't offer much fantasy appeal. He's hit .261 with seven homers and 10 steals over 421 at-bats this year. Tuesday, 12:27 pm
    Top 7, 10-5 vs Min
  • Marlins claim OF Oswaldo Arcia off waivers
    Marlins claimed OF Oswaldo Arcia off waivers from the Rays.

    Advice: The Rays designated him for assignment on Friday. This will be the third team Arcia has played for in 2016. The 25-year-old hasn't hit much this year (.229 with six homers in 157 at-bats) but he'll give the Marlins some outfield depth while Giancarlo Stanton recovers from a strained groin. Tuesday, 12:15 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 6, 2-6 vs SD
  • Gomez has three hits in Triple-A game
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI Monday with Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gomez signed a minor league deal with the Rangers over the weekend and is now 4-for-9 with a triple and a double through his first two games in Triple-A. He's expected to play a handful more games in the minors before joining the major league roster. The plan calls for him to serve as the regular left fielder down the stretch. The 30-year-old was batting just .210/.272/.322 over 323 plate appearances prior to being released by the Astros this month. Tuesday, 5:11 am
  • Pollock (elbow) could be activated this week
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Monday that A.J. Pollock (elbow) could be activated from the disabled list by the end of the week.

    Advice: Pollock had a minor oblique issue early last week, but he's over it now and is 4-for-8 with two doubles since moving up to the Triple-A level on Saturday. He's batting .433/.541/.733 with two homers over 37 plate appearances during his rehab assignment and is capable of making a big impact in fantasy leagues for the final month of the season. Monday, 3:13 pm
  • McCutchen picks up pair of singles vs. MIA
    Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: No true fireworks here for McCutchen, but he could use any hits he can get given the way this season has unfolded for him. The star outfielder is slashing a measly .246/.326/.411 with 17 homers and 51 RBI over 443 at-bats. With a little over a month remaining in the season, those numbers aren't likely to see a major turnaround barring an insane hot streak. Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Benintendi hits first career homer in loss
    Andrew Benintendi connected for his first career major league home run in Sunday's 10-5 loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Entering Sunday's action, Benintendi had hit five doubles among his first 17 knocks (55 at-bats), but his first homer remained more elusive than the Loch Ness Monster. No longer. Against the Tigers, the 22-year-old outfielder absolutely demolished a Shane Greene offering for a no-doubt two-run homer to right in the seventh. In addition to his first homer, he also picked up his first career triple on his way to finishing 2-for-4. Since being called up on August 2, Benintendi is hitting a very respectable .322/.375/.492. Those numbers figure to work themselves out with more at-bats, but it has been a nice start nonetheless. Sunday, 2:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Banister: Gomez will be Rangers' everyday LF
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Sunday that Carlos Gomez will be the team's everyday left fielder when he's called up on Thursday.

    Advice: The Rangers decided to take a shot on Gomez with Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) out for the season, and evidently the plan is to stick him in the lineup regularly. Gomez is currently at Triple-A Round Rock, where he'll get in a handful of at-bats before joining the big club. The veteran outfielder has batted only .210/.272/.322 over 323 plate appearances this season, making him hard to trust in fantasy leagues even though he's got an everyday job again. Sunday, 8:15 am
  • Gomez signs minor league deal with Rangers
    Rangers signed OF Carlos Gomez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Gomez will report to Triple-A Round Rock where he'll play a handful of games before joining the Rangers Thursday for the start of their 10-game homestand. When he arrives in the big leagues, Gomez will likely move into a right field platoon with Nomar Mazara. The Rangers needed an outfielder with Shin-Soo Choo (wrist, forearm) out for the season. Gomez also drew interest from the Marlins and Giants before joining Texas. Saturday, 2:19 pm
  • Holt (oblique) getting the day off Saturday
    Brock Holt (oblique) is not in the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Holt has been battling oblique tightness for a few days now and was unable to finish Friday night's game. Despite the injury, Holt should be available off the bench on Saturday. Holt opened the year as Boston's starting left fielder but was moved to a utility role when the Red Sox called up top prospect Andrew Benintendi. Saturday, 1:24 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Heyman: Rangers on the verge of signing Gomez
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Rangers are close to signing Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: Gomez has also been linked to the Marlins and Giants in recent days, though it looks like he's on his way to Texas. With Shin-Soo Choo (wrist, forearm) out for the season, Gomez will likely form a platoon with Nomar Mazara in right field. Gomez was having a dreadful year before the Astros dumped him, hitting just .210 with five homers, 29 RBI and 13 steals in 85 appearances. Hopefully he'll benefit from a change of scenery. Saturday, 1:20 pm
  • Brock Holt leaves with left oblique soreness
    Brock Holt was forced to leave Friday's game against the Tigers with left oblique soreness.

    Advice: Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that Holt only feels the injury when he throws. It wouldn't be surprising to see him rest on Saturday as a precautionary measure, though he could be available as a pinch hitter or runner off of the bench. Saturday, 5:59 am
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Jacoby Ellsbury goes 3-for-5, homers
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 and homered Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: The homer was his first of the second half. He entered the night hitting .224/.272/.267 with just one steal in 116 at-bats since the All-Star break. Still, the Yankees haven't used his struggles as an excuse to move him down in the lineup or to give him less playing time. Friday, 11:24 pm
  • Bruce hitless in loss to Giants
    Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Bruce had a chance to play hero in the eighth inning, but he grounded into a double play to end the threat. He’s now batting .176 (12-for-68) with two homers, two doubles, and six RBI in 17 games since joining the Mets. Friday, 10:25 pm
  • Inciarte homers, plates three in loss to Nats
    Ender Inciarte went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI on Friday as the Braves fell to the Nationals.

    Advice: Inciarte got the Braves on the board with a two-run shot in the sixth inning, then plated another run with a fielder's choice in the eighth inning. The speedy leadoff hitter is now hitting .268/.324/.348 with three homers, 20 RBI and 11 stolen bases on the season. Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Steven Souza goes deep in loss to Rangers
    Steven Souza belted his 12th home run of the year on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Rays to victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: His solo shot off Cole Hamels finally got the Rays on the board in the eighth inning, but all it did was cut their deficit to 6-1. It was Souza's lone hit in four at-bats on the evening. He has had a disappointing season at the plate, slashing just .238/.292/.392 with 12 homers, 38 RBI and five stolen bases. Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Pollock moving rehab to Triple-A on Saturday
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Friday that A.J. Pollock (elbow, intercostal) is en route to Triple-A Reno where he'll continue his rehab assignment on Saturday.

    Advice: Hale also noted that if all goes well there, he could return to the Diamondbacks lineup before the end of next week. It has been a remarkably quick recovery for the dynamic young outfielder who should now be owned in all mixed leagues for the stretch run. Friday, 6:06 pm
  • Brandon Moss scratched from lineup
    Brandon Moss was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Friday due to illness.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Matt Carpenter has moved over from second to first base and Kolten Wong entered the lineup at second. Friday, 1:40 pm
    Top 5, 2-1 vs Oak
  • Rays designate Oswaldo Arcia for assignment
    Rays activated OF Oswaldo Arcia from the 15-day disabled list; designated him for assignment.

    Advice: The 25-year-old got off to a hot start after the Rays acquired him in a trade, but he wound up batting just .259/.328/.444 over 61 plate appearances. Arcia will get another shot somewhere, but the former top prospect has certainly been a bust after a promising start to his career. Friday, 12:34 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 6, 2-6 vs SD
  • Marlins, Giants possible fits for OF Gomez
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins and Giants are "among the possible landing spots" for Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: We've known about the Marlins' interest for a while now and they are certainly an obvious fit after Giancarlo Stanton's season-ending groin injury. It's the first time that the Giants have been mentioned as a possible fit for Gomez, but they might be looking to shake things up since they've played so poorly since the All-Star break. The Cardinals and Mets had previously been mentioned as having interest in Gomez, but it appears those two clubs have moved on. Friday, 10:02 am
  • Pollock (elbow, intercostal) back in action
    A.J. Pollock (elbow, intercostal) resumed his rehab assignment with High-A Visalia on Thursday.

    Advice: Pollock didn't play for three days due to tightness in his intercostal area. The ailment apparently arose following a long car ride rather than any baseball-related activity he did, which is a relief. Pollock is expected to move his rehab assignment up to Triple-A Reno on Friday. He's about a week and a half away from rejoining the Diamondbacks, assuming all goes well. Pollock is batting .409/.519/.727 with two homers over eight games so far on his rehab assignment. Friday, 5:36 am
  • Carlos Gomez placed on release waivers
    The Astros have placed Carlos Gomez on release waivers.

    Advice: They were apparently unable to work out a trade, and Gomez will officially become a free agent over the weekend. Houston remains on the hook for what remains of his $9 million salary, so whoever signs Gomez will only have to pay him a prorated portion of the veteran minimum. With the Cardinals' and Mets' interest in the outfielder apparently overblown, the Marlins look like a good bet to sign Gomez. Friday, 5:27 am
  • Ruggiano styles grand slam in return from DL
    Justin Ruggiano crushed a grand slam in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Ruggiano was just activated from the disabled list on Thursday after sitting out several weeks due to a strained hamstring. He made sure that his return was a memorable one. Facing off against Madison Bumgarner with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning, Ruggiano crushed a bomb to center for the grand slam. It put the Mets up 4-0, but that would be quickly be erased by an ineffective Jacob deGrom, as the Giants scored five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. While Thursday's dinger was smooth enough for Ruggiano, the veteran outfielder has seen just 10 total at-bats between the Rangers -- who released him near the end of June -- and the Mets. There is no true fantasy relevance here. Thursday, 11:00 pm
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) returns from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back after missing about two weeks with a strained hamstring. Ruggiano will start in center field and bat sixth Thursday against the Giants. Reliever Gabriel Ynoa was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in the corresponding move. Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis homers, doubles in loss
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis collected a three-run homer and a double in Thursday's loss.

    Advice: Of course he did; he was facing the Cubs. He's batting .353 and has hit five of his 11 homers against the Cubs this year. Nieuwenhuis is probably due less playing time going forward, since the Brewers want to see what they have in Keon Broxton in center field. Still, there are seven more games coming up against the Cubs next month... Thursday, 2:52 pm
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) to be activated Thursday
    Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list before Thursday night's game against the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets are finally getting healthy with Ruggiano returning Thursday and Yoenis Cespedes (quad) joining the fold on Friday. Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) will also be back at some point this weekend. Ruggiano gives the Mets some outfield depth but he's not a fantasy option. Thursday, 1:20 pm
  • Tomas hits two homers, nets six RBI in rout
    Yasmany Tomas had two homers, a triple, six RBI and a walk Wednesday as the Diamondbacks crushed the Mets 13-5.

    Advice: Tomas has four two-homer games just since the All-Star break, and he's hit 25 homers overall. That he hardly ever walks remains an issue, but he's always maintained a decent batting average and power stroke as a major leaguer. It seems like he'll be a respectable, if potentially overrated, fantasy regular going forward. Wednesday, 10:18 pm
    6:40 pm vs Cin
  • Eaton smacks go-ahead grand slam in ninth
    Adam Eaton drilled a clutch ninth-inning grand slam to give the White Sox a come-from-behind 10-7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He came to the plate with the bases full against Indians closer Cody Allen and smoked a hanging curveball over the right field fence. Eaton finished the game 2-for-5 and is batting .276/.358/.418 with 11 home runs, 45 RBI, 59 runs and 12 stolen bases. He contributes well in all five fantasy categories but doesn't stand out in any of them. That sort of player often goes under-appreciated and can be a bargain on draft day. Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Pollock (elbow) held out of rehab game
    A.J. Pollock (elbow) was not in the lineup for Wednesday's rehab game with High-A Visalia.

    Advice: Pollock was pulled from the lineup after feeling something in his oblique during batting practice. Given that Pollock is on the rehab assignment to work his elbow back into shape after fracturing it in spring training, it is not a good sign that he now has an additional injury to worry about. A September return remains in play here, but Pollock will need to make legitimate progress if he hopes to play again this season. Once you start having setbacks during late August, there just isn't much remaining time on the schedule for an extended rehab. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • McCutchen hits go-ahead two-run HR vs. SF
    Andrew McCutchen came up clutch with a two-run home run in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Giants.

    Advice: McCutchen whacked homer No. 17 off veteran starter Matt Cain in the fifth inning. His dinger snapped a 4-4 tie. While the Giants would come back with a run in the ninth to draw within one, the final score would stand at 6-5 Pirates. McCutchen's season has been a downright disappointment on the whole, as the All-Star outfielder is hitting just .248/.329/.418 with 17 homers and 51 RBI across 431 at-bats. A silver lining, though: McCutchen has picked up hits in eight of his last 10 games and has now notched multi-hit efforts in each of his last three. He has the talent to help carry a fantasy team to glory if he suddenly finds a magic groove. Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Brock Holt goes 3-for-3 against Orioles
    Brock Holt went 3-for-3 with a double as the Red Sox's third baseman on Wednesday.

    Advice: Shaw hadn't started at third base all season until Aug. 7. Now he's done so on back-to-back days, in large part because Hanley Ramirez is away and Travis Shaw is playing first. Still, Holt makes more sense at third than Aaron Hill against a left-hander and there's a decent chance he'll outproduce Shaw the rest of the way. He should remain a factor at the hot corner. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Bot 7, 2-5 vs KC
  • Ruggiano (hamstring) could return for weekend
    Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) could be activated off the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: This according to Mets assistant general manager John Ricco. A left hamstring strain sidelined Ruggiano at the beginning of August, but he made quick work of his rehab and could rejoin the team after spending just over the minimum on the 15-day disabled list. Wednesday, 5:12 pm
  • Moss slugs three-run homer in Houston
    Brandon Moss stayed hot Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with three RBI in the Cardinals' win over the Astros.

    Advice: Moss smacked a single in the Cardinals' three-run third inning and then launched a massive three-run shot off lefty reliever Tony Sipp in the top of the seventh. The 32-year-old slugger has nine hits, four home runs, and seven RBI over his last six games and he boasts a .924 OPS, 22 home runs, and 54 RBI in 90 total games for the year. St. Louis acquired Moss from Cleveland last summer for Rob Kaminsky, who's sitting on an underwhelming 3.50 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 78/40 K/BB ratio through 110 2/3 innings this season at Double-A Akron. Another gem of a deal for GM John Mozeliak. Wednesday, 2:31 pm
    Top 5, 2-1 vs Oak
  • Pillar (thumb) remains on track for August 23
    Kevin Pillar (thumb) remains on track to come off the disabled list when first eligible next Tuesday.

    Advice: Pillar will work out with his Blue Jays teammates on Friday in Cleveland before embarking on a short minor league rehab assignment over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 8 with a sprained left thumb. Melvin Upton is drawing the majority of the starts in center field in Pillar's absence. Wednesday, 9:15 am
    Top 7, 10-5 vs Min
  • Puig hitting .481 with 3 HR in 7 games at AAA
    Yasiel Puig is batting .481/.548/.926 in seven games since his demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He has slugged three home runs and struck out just once in 31 plate appearances. Puig ran into some trouble last week for a set of vulgar Snapchat videos, but he's been a beast on the field for OKC and could force the Dodgers' hand toward a recall if the hot-hitting continues. Josh Reddick has largely been a disappointment since the Dodgers acquired him from the Athletics at the August 1 trade deadline, though it's a fairly small sample size right now. Los Angeles moved into sole possession of first place in the National League West on Tuesday night. Wednesday, 8:49 am
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs ChC
  • Ellsbury getting the day off Wednesday
    Jacoby Ellsbury is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Aaron Hicks will start in center field and bat ninth versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ. The left-handed Ellsbury owns a disappointing .263/.326/.361 batting line in 110 games this season with New York. Wednesday, 7:39 am
  • Jay Bruce doubles in win over Diamondbacks
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Bruce's double on Tuesday was his 23rd of the season, but just his first since joining the Mets at the trade deadline. He entered the game hitting a measly .160/.250/.280 in 50 at-bats with his new squad. Bruce is a better hitter than this -- he was slashing .265/.316/.559 with the Reds -- but the fit always felt slightly off and he has yet to pay the deadline dividends that would help the Mets to make a pennant run ala the addition of Yoenis Cespedes last summer. Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Haniger drives in three runs in MLB debut
    Making his major league debut, Mitch Haniger went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple and three total RBI.

    Advice: Not too shabby for young Mr. Haniger, who came through with a two-run triple in the sixth inning and an RBI double in the seventh. He had just earned the call to the bigs earlier on Tuesday. Splitting time between Double- and Triple-A prior to the promotion, he held a sweet .325/.423/.588 triple-slash to pair with 24 home runs, 86 RBI and 10 steals over 119 games. He is worth a speculative flier in deeper NL-only formats and could achieve deep mixed-league relevance if he begins to see extended at-bats. Tuesday, 10:20 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Cin
  • Jennings (knee) played catch, took swings
    Desmond Jennings (knee) played catch and took dry swings on Tuesday.

    Advice: But he still hasn't been cleared for running and Rays manager Kevin Cash couldn't put a date on when that might happen. Jennings was placed on the disabled list August 6, retroactive to August 3, with a left knee contusion. He probably won't be back until September at this rate. Tuesday, 3:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 2-3 @Hou
  • Diamondbacks promote OF Mitch Haniger
    Diamondbacks purchased the contract of OF Mitch Haniger from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Haniger was batting .325/.423/.588 with 24 home runs, 86 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 74 runs scored in 119 games this season between Double-A and Triple-A. The 25-year-old former supplemental first-round pick could carry deep-league fantasy value if he finds regular playing time in the Arizona outfield. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
    Not Active
    6:40 pm vs Cin
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