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  • Jacoby Ellsbury returned to action on Sunday August 31.
    Today, 3:00 am
  • Chris Denorfia returned to action on Sunday August 31.
    Today, 3:00 am
  • Carlos Gomez unlikely to play on Monday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) is unlikely to return to the Brewers lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Gomez was removed from Sunday's game against the Giants due to soreness in his left wrist. It appears as though he's being considered day-to-day, but there's still no clear timeframe for when he's expected to return to the Brewers lineup.
    Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Blackmon homers in second straight game
    Charlie Blackmon hit his second home run in as many days Sunday, going 2-for-4 in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Blackmon hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, the only damage the Rockies could do against Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson. He's now got 17 homers in the year, with 64 RBI and 69 runs scored. The All-Star is hitting .289/.335/.441 overall.
    Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Reimold hits two-run homer against Rockies
    Nolan Reimold hit a two-run pinch-hit home run in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Reimold, who joined his third organization this season when he was claimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks on Thursday, hit the two-run shot off Jorge De La Rosa in the seventh inning. The outfielder has struggled to stay healthy in his career, and he's hitting .246/.308/.474 in 24 games this year.
    Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Inciarte scores twice, steals base versus Rox
    Ender Inciarte went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base against the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: Inciarte made things happen from the outset, leading off the game with a walk, stealing second and scoring on an Aaron Hill single. The stolen base was his 13th of the year. The outfielder is hitting .267/.307/.344 with 44 runs scored in his first 92 games in the majors.
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Blue Jays acquire John Mayberry from Phillies
    Blue Jays acquired OF John Mayberry from the Phillies for INF Gustavo Pierre.

    Advice: Mayberry, who has been on a minor league rehab assignment as he recovers from wrist inflammation, has made a career of slugging against left-handers and should find a platoon role with the Blue Jays once healthy.
    Yesterday, 6:45 pm
    Disabled List
  • Braun hits 18th home run in loss to Giants
    Ryan Braun hit his 18th home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The homer was a solo shot that did little to cut into the Giants' lead. He missed a chance to do more damage when he grounded into a double play with runners on first and third base in the first inning. The outfielder is hitting .276/.325/.483 with 76 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 6:43 pm
  • Pence goes 4-for-5 with three XBH, three runs
    Hunter Pence had a huge day Sunday, going 4-for-5 with three extra base hits, two RBI and three runs scored against the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence smacked two doubles and a triple in the win, giving him 10 triples on the year. He's up to 95 runs scored with the three-run effort, second-most in the National League. Pence is also working on a 13-game hitting streak, raising his overall line to .294/.346/.477.
    Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • Evan Gattis' homer powers Braves past Marlins
    Evan Gattis belted a solo homer in the second inning on Sunday, powering the Braves to a 1-0 victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Gattis provided the punch early in the ballgame, and Alex Wood made sure that it stood up with a tremendous effort on the mound. The hulking backstop finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and is now hitting .272/.327/.512 with 21 long balls and 51 RBI on the season.
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Pagan steals base, has two hits vs. Brewers
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base against the Brewers on Sunday.

    Advice: Pagan had two of the Giants' 16 hits on the afternoon. The outfielder is hitting .305 (29-for-95) in August after returning from a back injury. Pagan is hitting .307/.345/.402 with 14 stolen bases on the year.
    Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Kemp has RBI, run scored in win over Padres
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Kemp has a modest eight-game hitting streak going, one in which he's 11-for-32 (.344) with four doubles, eight RBI and three runs scored. The outfielder is batting .279/.345/.468 overall.
    Yesterday, 6:07 pm
  • Ackley homers, drives in four against Nats
    Dustin Ackley went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the Nationals' 5-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: Ackley came through with an RBI single in the third inning before blasting a three-run shot in the fifth. The homer proved to be the game-winning RBI. Ackley has 11 homers on the year, including six home runs, 24 RBI and 19 runs scored in August. He's hitting .260/.307/.414 overall.
    Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Trout homers, drives in three in win over A's
    Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Athletics on Sunday.

    Advice: Trout had a two-run single in the Angels' six-run second inning, and he later added a solo home run in the seventh. The homer was his 31st of the year, giving him 97 RBI. The outfielder is batting .290/.374/.560 in what should finally be his first MVP season.
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Coghlan has three hits, two RBI vs. Cardinals
    Chris Coghlan went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: Coghlan had Cardinals starter John Lackey's number, recording hits in three of his first four at-bats. That included a two-run single in the Cubs' five-run second inning. The 29-year-old, who's enjoying a career revival with the Cubs, is hitting .273/.344/.438 in 100 games this year.
    Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Garcia drives in two, White Sox top Tigers
    Avisail Garcia went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the White Sox' 6-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: Garcia had an RBI single in the second inning and doubled in another run in the sixth. It was a good afternoon for the 23-year-old, who has largely struggled since coming back from the disabled list. He's batting just .235/.298/.435 through 23 games this season.
    Yesterday, 3:13 pm
  • Eaton doubles twice, scores two runs Sunday
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Eaton continues to assault American League pitching, as Sunday's two-hit day extended his hitting streak to seven games. In that span, Eaton is 12-for-28 (.428) with nine runs scored. The 25-year-old is hitting .313, sixth-best in the American League, with a .796 OPS on the year.
    Yesterday, 2:52 pm
  • Markakis has three-hit day in win over Twins
    Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Markakis broke out of a 4-for-48 slide with the three-hit afternoon. The multi-hit game was his first since August 18. The extended slump has his season line at .281/.343/.395 with 67 runs scored.
    Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Carlos Gomez removed with sore left wrist
    Carlos Gomez was removed from the third inning of Sunday's game against the Giants due to a sore left wrist.

    Advice: Gomez was replaced by Gerardo Parra in the third inning. It's unclear at the moment what he did to injure his wrist, and the severity of such injury. Expect him to return to the Brewers lineup in a day or two.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Brock Holt steals 11th base in win over Rays
    Brock Holt went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Rays on Sunday.

    Advice: Holt stole his 11th base of the season in the fifth inning, coming around to score on a Mookie Betts single. The outfielder is batting .289/.339/.385 with 66 runs scored. Holt endured a long August as pitchers began to figure him out, but he'll look to end on a high note with a strong September.
    Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,3B,SS,OF
  • Betts has double, RBI single against Rays
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Betts has been much better this go-round in the majors, batting .272 with two home runs, six RBI and six runs scored since being recalled on August 18. The 21-year-old is hitting .259/.344/.424 overall in 2014.
    Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Gardner's near-cycle not enough for Yankees
    Brett Gardner fell a single shy of the cycle in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: The Yanks managed 11 hits -- including six that went for extra bases -- but were only able to scratch out three runs. Gardner launched a solo homer and scored two of the runs from the leadoff spot. The speedy outfielder had been nursing an ankle injury recently, but it no longer appears to be an issue.
    Yesterday, 12:49 pm
  • Moises Sierra activated from disabled list
    White Sox activated OF Moises Sierra from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Sierra has batted .236/.265/.345 with two homers over 84 games between the Blue Jays and White Sox this season. He'll see some playing time versus lefties.
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Jorge Soler (legs) sitting out again Sunday
    Jorge Soler (legs) is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's now sat out two of the last three games. Soler dealt with injuries to both legs this season in the minors, and the Cubs want to be careful with his usage with the big club. Expect the slugger to continue seeing regular days off during the final month. Soler has three homers and seven RBI in his first four major league games. Logan Watkins is in right field Sunday.
    Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (ankle) out again on Sunday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (ankle) remained out of the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's now missed two straight games after injuring his left ankle on Friday. The Yankees are off Monday, so Ellsbury could be ready to go Tuesday following three days of rest.
    Yesterday, 7:44 am
  • Pearce's MRI reveals no tear in abdomen
    An MRI on Steve Pearce's abdomen revealed no tear.

    Advice: Pearce said he wouldn't do any baseball activities for "the next couple days," but he's managed to avoid a serious injury. The Orioles are calling him day-to-day. "Very relieved," Pearce said. "It's just what I thought. Wanted to take care of it before it got out of hand. I think right now we're just working on day-to-day. Hopefully in the next couple days, it will get better and I can get back to working on baseball activities. . I think we got out in front of this where it will be easy to treat and I'll be able to be day-by-day."
    Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Robbie Grossman hitless in return to action
    Robbie Grossman went 0-for-4 at the dish in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Grossman hadn't played the last couple days due to a sprained ankle, but it shouldn't be an issue going forward. He's hitting .212/.326/.320 for the Astros this season.
    Yesterday, 1:15 am
  • Jacoby Ellsbury not in lineup on Saturday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (ankle) is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Ellsbury was still hobbling around the clubhouse on Saturday after injuring his left ankle while sliding into home plate in the ninth inning on Friday. With an off day scheduled on Monday, the team may just opt to play things cautiously and rest him on Sunday as well to avoid further aggravation.
    Saturday, 7:59 am
  • Ellsbury (ankle) hopeful of playing Saturday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (ankle) remains hopeful that he'll be able to play on Saturday.

    Advice: Ellsbury injured his left ankle while sliding into home plate during the ninth inning of Friday's victory over the Blue Jays. He'll test it to see how it feels on Saturday, but expect the speedy outfielder to suit up and give it a go for the Yankees.
    Saturday, 7:01 am
  • Pence goes 3-for-4 with 3 RBI in a win
    Hunter Pence finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBI singles in Friday's win against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Giants banged out 19 hits on the evening against the Brewers. Pence was one of four Giants to record at least three hits as well. The outfielder is having another great season, slashing .290/.343/.468 with 18 home runs, 62 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.
    Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Ellsbury homers again; suffers ankle injury
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with a triple and a two-run homer in Friday's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The red-hot Ellsbury now has four homers and nine RBI over his last five games. Unfortunately, he hurt his left ankle on a slide into home plate in the ninth inning. Tests came back negative, but he was limping after the game and might not be able to play Saturday.
    Friday, 8:57 pm
  • Gardner has RBI double vs. Blue Jays
    Brett Gardner had an RBI double, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Gardner's seventh-inning double tied the game and the go-ahead run scored on a throwing error by Steve Tolleson. The Yankees would go on to score five runs in the inning. With 54 RBI, Gardner has already established a new career-high.
    Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Adam Eaton has three hits in loss to Tigers
    Adam Eaton did his part in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

    Advice: Eaton also drew a walk, reaching base in four of his five plate appearances. He has done an outstanding job as a table-setter atop the White Sox lineup this season, slashing .310/.377/.413 with one homer, 33 RBI and 13 stolen bases in his 387 at-bats.
    Friday, 8:46 pm
  • Soler power, rookie homers twice to top Cards
    Jorge Soler blasted a pair of home runs and drove home three, powering the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: He finished the night 3-for-3 plus a walk. Soler tied the game with a solo shot off opposing starter Shelby Miller in the seventh inning, then tagged Pat Neshek for a two-run blast the following inning. He has started his big league career off with a bang, going 7-for-11 (.636) with three homers and six RBI in his first three games. He needs to be owned and started in all mixed leagues.
    Friday, 8:25 pm
  • Mookie Betts blasts grand slam as Red Sox win
    Mookie Betts blasted the first grand slam of his major league career, leading the Red Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday.

    Advice: His critical blast came off opposing starter Chris Archer with two outs in the second inning, increasing the Red Sox lead to 8-0 at the time and putting the game virtually out of reach. Betts also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-5. He's now hitting .253/.337/.418 with three homers and seven RBI in his limited time with the Red Sox.
    Friday, 8:14 pm
  • Steve Pearce headed for MRI on Saturday
    Steve Pearce is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on Saturday.

    Advice: Pearce was removed from Friday's game due to a right abdominal strain, an injury that as been bothering him for some time now according to manager Buck Showalter. The MRI results should dictate how much, if any, time Pearce stands to miss.
    Friday, 7:06 pm
  • Steve Pearce leaves with abdominal strain
    Steve Pearce was removed from Friday's game against the Twins in the third inning due to a right abdominal strain.

    Advice: Pearce may have tweaked something while going into the stands trying to catch a foul pop up in the top half of the second inning. It sounds as if the O's are considering him day-to-day, so expect him to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.
    Friday, 4:54 pm
  • Pearce swats 16th homer as O's top the Rays
    Steve Pearce walked and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances as the Orioles defeated the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Pearce helped the Orioles respond to the Rays' two-run top of the first by putting his team on the board with his solo shot off of Jeremy Hellickson in the bottom half. The first baseman has hit safely in 11 consecutive games and has shown no signs of slowing down. He has 16 home runs, 37 RBI, and a .290/.355/.534 slash line in 313 plate appearances.
    Thursday, 7:42 pm
  • D-Backs claim Nolan Reimold off waivers
    Diamondbacks claimed OF Nolan Reimold off waivers from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Reimold was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier this week after batting .212/.283/.404 with two home runs and nine RBI over 60 plate appearances. He figures to function as a bench player down the stretch.
    Thursday, 2:13 pm
  • Grossman not in Thursday's lineup
    Robbie Grossman is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rangers due to a sprained left ankle.

    Advice: Grossman tweaked the ankle in Wednesday's game. He can be considered day-to-day. Marc Krauss will make the start in left field Thursday and Marwin Gonzalez will hit leadoff.
    Thursday, 1:54 pm
  • Jorge Soler goes 2-for-4, knocks in run
    Jorge Soler doubled and singled in a run Thursday against the Reds in his second big-league game.

    Advice: The double to left was playable, but Skip Schumaker misjudged it and let it go over his head. That said, the ball was absolutely scalded. Soler struck out in his other two at-bats today. He's 4-for-8 after two games.
    Thursday, 1:16 pm
  • Chris Coghlan ejected from Thursday's game
    Chris Coghlan was ejected from Thursday's game.

    Advice: Coghlan took issue with a called third strike in the top of the fifth inning. He finished 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts as the Cubs' leadoff man.
    Thursday, 11:31 am
  • Gardner (ankle) hits RBI single versus Tigers
    Brett Gardner (ankle) hit an RBI single and scored a run Wednesday as the Yankees beat the Tigers.

    Advice: Gardner played a role in the Yankees' nine-hit, eight-run third inning against Tigers lefty David Price. The speedy outfielder had been sidelined for a couple of days with a bruised ankle. The RBI was Gardner's 53rd of the season and the run scored was his 78th.
    Thursday, 5:39 am
  • Brett Gardner returned to action on Wednesday August 27.
    Thursday, 1:27 am
  • Trout is 2-for-3 w/ HR, 2 BBs, 2 RBI, 2 runs
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's triumph versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Trout knocked Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi out of Tuesday's game with a one-out RBI double in the fourth inning, and he dismissed Marlins' starter Henderson Alvarez tonight with a 426-foot homer in the seventh. Trout is slashing an amazing .291/.378/.565 and is on pace for 37 homers, 115 RBI, 112 runs and 15 steals. If only there were more of him.
    Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Kemp goes 1-for-3 with a 2B, walk, 2 RBI
    Matt Kemp went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, and two RBI in Wednesday's 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kemp was 6-for-29 (.207) in his last nine games prior to Tuesday (entering that day's game with a .226/.277/.440 slash line in August), but has reached base five times in nine plate appearances over the past 48 hours. He's also got seven RBI in his last five contests.
    Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • Adam Eaton doubles, triples in win
    Adam Eaton doubled, tripled and scored twice from the leadoff spot Wednesday against the Indians.

    Advice: Eaton was playing well before suffering a strained oblique, and he's come back strong in his first two games, going 3-for-8 with three runs scored.
    Wednesday, 8:55 pm
  • Ellsbury adds two more hits, two more steals
    Jacoby Ellsbury had another multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases in Wednesday's win against the Tigers.

    Advice: Ellsbury was coming off of a two-homer night against the Tigers on Tuesday and has now notched back-to-back-to-back multi-hit games. Ellsbury has 37 steals in 42 attempts with 13 home runs, 61 RBI, and a .285/.347/.423 triple slash line.
    Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Soler swats a homer in his first MLB at-bat
    Jorge Soler homered in his first major league plate appearance and added an RBI single later, finishing 2-for-4 overall, as the Cubs were defeated by the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: Soler took Mat Latos out to center field for a no-doubt home run, starting off his big league career in fashion. The Cubs have been ushering in the youth movement and Soler is the latest part of that. The 22-year-old should get regular playing time in right field through the end of the season.
    Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Jorge Soler hitting 5th in MLB debut Wed.
    Cubs recalled OF Jorge Soler from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Soler is in right field and batting fifth in his major league debut Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Cuban defector missed time with a hamstring injury this season but has batted .340/.432/.700 with 15 homers and 57 RBI over 62 games when healthy. The 22-year-old figures to be the everyday right fielder down the stretch with the Cubbies and is worth a shot in all fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • Moises Sierra begins rehab assignment
    Moises Sierra (oblique) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: He should remain there for a few more days before being activated when rosters expand. Sierra has batted .236/.265/.345 with two homers over 84 games between the Blue Jays and White Sox this season.
    Wednesday, 6:42 am
  • Trout notches three hits in win over Marlins
    Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout hit the one-out RBI double in the fourth inning off of Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi, knocking the pitcher out of the game. It was Trout's 92nd RBI of the season. The three hits bumped his average up to .289. This three-hit effort isn't the norm in front of the home crowd, as Trout's numbers are noticeably lower at home (.258/.351/.525) than they are on the road (.312/.390/.584). "Noticeably lower" is still really good in Trout's case. Work on that home average, maybe? On the year he's slashing .289/.374/.558.
    Tuesday, 10:37 pm
  • Kemp bangs out a homer in win versus Snakes
    Matt Kemp singled, homered and walked in Tuesday's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kemp finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. He has leveled off a bit since a dominant June (.900 OPS) and July (.894), coming into tonight with a mediocre .226/.277/.440 slash line in August. Fortunately for his owners, the power hasn't disappeared even as Kemp has struggled to get on base. Perhaps tonight's performance will shake him out of his mini funk.
    Tuesday, 10:20 pm
  • Pence reaches base three times versus Rockies
    Hunter Pence went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored as the Giants beat the Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was one of fantasy baseball's best matchups of the evening, and it cashed. Pence came into the game 18-for-37 with four round-trippers and three doubles in his last 10 games against Colorado, and he'd gone 6-for-21 in his career with two homers and two doubles versus Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa. The 31-year-old is slashing .286/.339/.468 and is on pace for 22 homers, 72 RBI, 110 runs and 14 steals.
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
  • Garcia has two hits, two RBI against Indians
    Avisail Garcia went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in a loss to the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Garcia did some early damage, delivering a two-run single in the first inning. Garcia also struck out twice, giving him 12 strikeouts in 33 at-bats since coming off the disabled list. Owners have to live with that frustration for his production -- Garcia has three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI in those nine games as well. The 23-year-old is hitting .254/.304/.492 overall.
    Tuesday, 9:12 pm
  • Gardner (ankle) thinks he'll play Wednesday
    Brett Gardner (ankle) anticipates being back in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Gardner hasn't played since fouling a ball off his ankle on Saturday, but he's apparently feeling much better. The outfielder is sporting a .269/.346/.435 batting line with 15 homers and 19 steals this season.
    Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Ellsbury's two homers not enough for Yankees
    Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice, both of the solo variety, but the Yankees were unable to overcome the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ellsbury finished 3-for-4 on the night, homering the first time in the fifth and the second time in the eighth, both against Rick Porcello. The center fielder is coming off of a 3-for-5 (with a homer) performance on Monday as well. Overall, Ellsbury has 13 home runs, 60 RBI, 35 steals, and a .284/.347/.422 slash line in the first year of his seven-year deal with the Yankees.
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Chris Denorfia scratched with stiff neck
    Chris Denorfia was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a stiff neck.

    Advice: Denorfia should be fine in a day or two. Endy Chavez is taking Denorfia's spot in right field.
    Tuesday, 4:35 pm
  • Braun (quad) back in Brewers' lineup Tues.
    Ryan Braun (quad) is back in the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Braun made an early exit from Monday's blowout win after suffering a quad contusion, but not before going 3-for-4 with a homer. It was never a major concern.
    Tuesday, 2:57 pm
  • O'Brien: Gattis could be moved this winter
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that "there's at least a pretty good chance" that Evan Gattis will be traded this offseason.

    Advice: The Braves' value Gattis' power, but they have Christian Bethancourt in the pipeline, who is far superior behind the plate. There's also no clear fit for him in the outfield, where he would likely be a liability anyway. O'Brien writes that a trade to an American League might be the best thing for him. Gattis has 41 home runs in 197 games over the past two seasons, so he would fetch a nice return.
    Tuesday, 1:18 pm
  • Brett Gardner (ankle) out again Tuesday
    Brett Gardner (ankle) will miss his third straight start Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Gardner fouled a ball off his ankle on Saturday and is still dealing with some soreness. He's considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • White Sox activate Eaton (oblique) from DL
    White Sox activated OF Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Eaton was cleared to return after going 3-for-10 with a double, an RBI, and a stolen base this weekend in two rehab games at Triple-A Charlotte. He was playing well prior to his oblique injury earlier this month and is worth picking up in leagues where he was dropped.
    Tuesday, 9:36 am
  • Jays to designate Reimold for assignment
    Blue Jays designated OF Nolan Reimold for assignment.

    Advice: Kevin Pillar is expected to take his place on the active roster. Reimold has batted .212/.283/.404 with two home runs and nine RBI over 22 games with the Blue Jays this season.
    Tuesday, 8:22 am
  • Braun goes deep, leaves with thigh contusion
    Ryan Braun left Monday's win over the Padres early with a quadriceps contusion, but not before going 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored.

    Advice: Braun was lifted for pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra in the seventh inning of the laugher. He was inadvertently tripped by Padres first baseman Jake Goebbert in the first inning while trying to beat out an infield single. Braun said the injury was like having a charley horse above the knee. "I'm OK," he said. "I didn't want to come out; I was OK. Just a little banged up. It was pretty painful knee-to-knee contact. It didn't feel good for me and I know it didn't feel good for him, either. It was kind of one of those fluke plays that happens from time to time." The outfielder is 10-for-26 (.385) with six runs scored during his six-game hitting streak. Braun is slashing a healthy .282/.333/.492 and is on pace for 21 homers and 92 RBI. "Some swelling; kind of feels like I got hit by a pitch," he said after the game. "But hopefully I'll be OK. I was fine; I didn't need to come out of the game."
    Monday, 11:47 pm
  • Pagan (calf) doubles in return to the lineup
    Angel Pagan doubled and scored a run across four at-bats in his return to the lineup Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Pagan took Sunday off due to calf tightness, an injury that forced him out of Friday's game. He finished 1-for-4 in tonight's loss to the Rockies. Pagan is 9-for-28 (.321) in his last six games. He's batting an even .300 on the year, albeit with almost no power.
    Monday, 10:22 pm
  • Cubs calling up OF prospect Jorge Soler
    David Kaplan of SportsTalk Live in Chicago reports that the Cubs will call up outfield prospect Jorge Soler.

    Advice: He'll join the team on Wednesday in Cincinnati. Soler has been on a tear lately at Triple-A Iowa, going 9-for-14 with two homers and seven RBI over his last three games. It's been an injury-shortened season for the Cuban defector, but Soler has crushed the ball when healthy, batting .338/.432/.687 with 14 homers and 54 RBI over 61 games. He's just 22 and hadn't played above A-ball before this season, but the Cubs obviously think Soler has earned a shot. He has enormous raw power and is worth owning in all fantasy leagues, as Soler will be the everyday right fielder down the stretch.
    Monday, 8:23 pm
  • Mookie Betts homers, steals base
    Mookie Betts collected his second homer and his fourth steal Monday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Betts has been an everyday guy since replacing Jackie Bradley Jr. on Boston's roster, and he's started to hit the last three games, going 4-for-9 with four walks and three steals. What happens when/if Rusney Castillo comes up next month remains to be seen, but Betts is worth using in mixed leagues right now.
    Monday, 7:55 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury hits 11th homer
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with his 11th homer and three RBI against the Royals on Monday.

    Advice: That the Yankees offense has been so mediocre has resulted in Ellsbury being a modest disappointment for fantasy purposes -- he has just 59 runs scored in 126 games -- but he has been a nice player with his .280-11-58-35 line. He's also not one of those basestealers slowing down as the year drags on; he has seven steals in August.
    Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Nick Markakis hits 12th homer
    Nick Markakis, who entered the night hitless in his last five games, delivered his 12th homer Monday in the rout of the Rays.

    Advice: Markakis is still in a 1-for-25 slump, without so much as a walk mixed in. He hit in 15 of his first 16 games in August before the recent slump.
    Monday, 7:31 pm
  • Gardner (ankle) out of lineup again Monday
    Brett Gardner (ankle) is out of the Yankees' starting lineup for the second straight day Monday.

    Advice: Gardner's ankle is feeling much better, but he'll get another day of rest. The hope is that he'll be ready to play Tuesday.
    Monday, 1:35 pm
  • Eaton (oblique) due back from DL on Tuesday
    Adam Eaton (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Eaton went 3-for-10 with two runs scored this weekend in two rehab games at Triple-A Charlotte. The dynamic 25-year-old outfielder has been out since August 9 with a strained right oblique. He was on a massive hot streak before the injury and should be a good source of fantasy value down the stretch.
    Monday, 11:15 am
  • Mike Trout launches 29th homer in victory
    Mike Trout launched his 29th home run of the season on Sunday, helping the Angels to dispatch the Athletics in Oakland.

    Advice: He victimized Jesse Chavez in the sixth inning to increase the Angels lead to 9-0 when the game was already long out of reach. He also singled in the contest, finishing 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. He's enjoying another phenomenal season at the dish, hitting .288/.373/.559 with 29 long balls and 91 RBI.
    Aug 24, 8:16 pm
  • Blackmon doubles, scores twice vs. Marlins
    Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Blackmon has been doing a good job setting the table over the last week, scoring eight runs in his last six games. He went 7-for-13 in the weekend series against the Marlins, bringing his line up to .291/.340/.438. He's not the All-Star he was in the first half, but Blackmon should remain a productive player through the end of the season.
    Aug 24, 5:46 pm
  • Ackley scores three times, M's outlast BoSox
    Dustin Ackley went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored as the Mariners held on to beat the Red Sox 8-6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Ackley finished a home run shy of the cycle, hitting his third triple of the season in the fifth inning. He's hitting .256/.306/.400 on the year, but Ackley has enjoyed the month of August -- after Sunday's game, the 26-year-old has 18 RBI and 15 runs scored in 21 games this month.
    Aug 24, 3:16 pm
  • Pearce hits 14th home run in loss to Cubs
    Steve Pearce hit his 14th home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Pearce's seventh inning home run broke up Tsuyoshi Wada's bid for a no-hitter, and it ended up being the Orioles' only hit of the game. Pearce has 14 home runs in 268 at-bats this year, and he's hitting .287/.349/.522 on the season.
    Aug 24, 2:39 pm
  • Evan Gattis homers in loss to Reds
    Evan Gattis doubled, hit a solo homer and scored two runs in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: They had been the Braves' lone two tallies before Jason Heyward plated Emilio Bonifacio with two out in the ninth. Atlanta then loaded the bases, but Jonathan Broxton got Justin Upton to ground out to end it. Gattis is a poor defensive catcher and will likely have to move to another position eventually, but with 41 homers -- 20 this season -- over 675 at-bats during his career, his power is undeniable.
    Aug 24, 1:23 pm
  • Angel Pagan (calf) expected back on Monday
    Angel Pagan (calf) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Pagan is sitting out Sunday due to calf tightness that originally cropped up on Friday, but it's a minor issue. The outfielder has been productive when healthy this season, batting .301/.341/.392.
    Aug 24, 9:12 am
  • Brett Gardner (ankle) sitting out on Sunday
    Brett Gardner is not in Sunday's lineup due to a sore ankle.

    Advice: Gardner evidently must have suffered the injury on Saturday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that the outfielder might not be available off the bench, so it's possible he'll miss more than just the one game. Martin Prado is handling left field Sunday.
    Aug 24, 8:09 am
  • Angel Pagan (calf) not in Sunday's lineup
    Angel Pagan is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday due to mild calf soreness.

    Advice: Pagan returned to action Saturday after leaving Friday's game with the injury. It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but the Giants want to be safe given Pagan's injury history. Gregor Blanco is in center field Sunday.
    Aug 24, 7:55 am
  • Ellsbury, Gardner, McCann out of lineup Sun.
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Brett Gardner and Brian McCann are also sitting, as the Yanks are going right-handed hitter heavy versus Chris Sale. Ichiro Suzuki is the only left-handed batter in Sunday's lineup.
    Aug 24, 7:52 am
  • Cubs OF prospect Soler rips 5 hits
    Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler went 5-for-5 with a double, a triple, and a walk for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

    Advice: The 22-year old Soler is hitting .262/.356/.563 with 11 doubles, one triple, and six home runs over 30 games in Triple-A. He missed large chunks of the season due to a hamstring injury, and it is assumed that he will be promoted to the majors when rosters expand in September. He has the talent to hit .275 with 20-plus home runs in the major leagues, and profiles are a prototypical strong-armed right fielder.
    Aug 24, 7:00 am
  • Angel Pagan scores run in return to action
    Angel Pagan doubled and scored a run in four at-bats in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Pagan had to exit Friday's contest with a tight calf, but he wound up not missing any games. He's hitting .301/.341/.392 for the Giants this season.
    Aug 24, 1:41 am
  • Ackley slugs three-run homer, M's beat Sox
    Dustin Ackley slugged a three-run homer Saturday in the Mariners' 7-3 defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: The big fly capped off a seven-run fourth inning for the M's, who are season-best 12 games above .500. Ackley has been hitting pretty well in August but still owns a weak .252/.303/.390 overall slash line in 2014.
    Aug 23, 2:28 pm
  • Ackley (back) hits two-run single vs. BoSox
    Dustin Ackley (back) went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run single, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Ackley didn't start Wednesday due to a sore back, but he appeared as a pinch-hitter in the game and was good to go following Thursday's off-day. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward.
    Aug 23, 1:19 am
  • Trout goes deep, but Angels lose to the A's
    Mike Trout smacked his 28th homer of the year in Friday's 5-3 loss to the A's.

    Advice: Trout finished 2-for-4. He entered the game batting only .221 this month, though he'd poked out three homers and walked eight times. The stud outfielder is slashing .289/.375/.559 and is on pace for 36 homers, 115 RBI, 108 runs, and 15 steals. The average is a little light, but he's going to top 30 home runs and 100 RBI for the first time, so MVP voters should be thrilled.
    Aug 22, 10:12 pm
  • Angel Pagan day-to-day with calf tightness
    Angel Pagan is day-to-day after leaving Friday's game with calf tightness.

    Advice: Pagan was replaced in the ninth inning of a game the Giants won by seven runs, so the Giants were likely being overly cautious with the outfielder. Barring the calf worsening overnight, Pagan should be back in the lineup in a day or two.
    Aug 22, 7:53 pm
  • Eaton (oblique) could be activated on Tuesday
    Adam Eaton (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday.

    Advice: Eaton will begin what's expected to be a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte this weekend. The speedy outfielder is eligible to return on Sunday and it sounds like he'll be back shortly after that. Eaton was red-hot before straining his right oblique, batting .435/.489/.518 over his last 22 games.
    Aug 22, 6:41 am
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