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  • Rosales goes 3-for-4 with a steal in victory
    Adam Rosales went 3-for-4 with a steal in Wednesday's 6-1 win against the A's.

    Advice: He's 6-for-12 (.500) with two walks over his last three games, the past two of which have come against his former team. Which must be sweet. You might recall last year's Rosales transaction shenanigans between these two clubs. If not, here's your primer: The A's DFA'd him on Deadline Day, the Rangers claimed him on August 2, they DFA'd him on August 5, the A's claimed him back on August 8 and DFA'd him on August 10. The Rangers got him back for good on yet another claim two days later. Rosales has surprisingly turned into a productive AL-only player as the season winds down. He's now slashing .297/.371/.445 across 46 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Revere goes 2-for-5 with a steal in win
    Ben Revere went 2-for-5 with a double, steal and two RBI against the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's swiped three bags over the past four games and now has 46 total, good for third best in the National League. Hopefully this game will break him out of his funk. Revere entered play batting just .171 in his last 11 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • OF Brown has 2 hits in win agaisnt Padres
    Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Phillies' win over the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a long, lonely, treacherous season for the 2013 revelation. But he just finished off a solid series at Petco, going 4-for-11 (.363) with a homer and a steal. Hey, his owners will take whatever they can get at this point. Brown, slashing .234/.286/.353, is very likely playing out the string on his Phillies' career. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier this month that the Phillies will look to trade Brown this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Cron goes 2-for-3 with HR vs. the Mariners
    C.J. Cron went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cron had gone 1-for-10 with zero RBI in his previous five games since going deep for the last time. At this point in his career, Cron is a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition. The .482 slugging percentage is spectacular, but he'll want to get on base at a better than .301 clip in future campaigns. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Pujols goes 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts
    Albert Pujols finished 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Wednesday's 5-0 win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols returned to the lineup yesterday after leaving Monday's game early due to a left hamstring cramp. The veteran went 1-for-3 on Tuesday and cashed in RBI No. 98. He'd plated 15 runners over his last 12 games coming into play today. Pujols retains a solid .272/.326/.465 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Ian Kinsler goes 0-for-5 in loss
    Ian Kinsler went 0-for-5 against the Twins in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Kinsler has escaped the criticism given to Joe Nathan and Justin Verlander, but he's been among the Tigers' biggest liabilities lately, with a .239 average and a horrible .265 OBP in 314 at-bats since the beginning of July. He's walked a total of 27 times in 151 games this year, down from 51 in 136 games last year and a high of 89 in 155 games in 2011. As a result, he's set to finish with easily the worst OBP of his career, even though he's hitting right at his career average. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Walker goes 2-for-4 with a homer in a win
    Neil Walker finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's cakewalk over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Walker cracked home run number 21 of the season in the third inning, extending the Pirates' lead to 5-0 at the time. He's homered in two of his last three games and has multiple hits in four of his last six. The second baseman is slashing .281/.353/.476 with 70 RBI in what's been another productive season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Pearce homers twice as Orioles stay hot
    Steve Pearce swatted a pair of home runs and knocked in four runs in Wednesday's victory against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Pearce broke a scoreless tie with a solo shot off of J.A. Happ in the third inning, then made it 4-0 with a three-run shot off of Happ in the fifth. The 31-year-old journeyman now has 20 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .297/.375/.560 slash line. The Orioles, who clinched the AL East on Tuesday, have won 17 of their last 21 contests. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Will Venable not in Padres starting lineup
    Will Venable is not in the Padres starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Phillies

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day off for the struggling outfielder. After a breakthrough 2013 campaign, he's hitting just .222/.289/.316 with 101 strikeouts in 370 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Ryan Raburn to undergo left knee surgery
    Ryan Raburn needs surgery to repair a damaged meniscus in his left knee.

    Advice: He's done for the year. Raburn was a pleasant surprise for the Indians last season, but he'll finish 2014 with a disappointing .200/.250/.297 batting line and four home runs over 74 games. The 33-year-old is under contract for $2.5 million next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo undergoes left ankle surgery
    Shin-Soo Choo had torn cartilage and a small bone spur removed from his left ankle Wednesday.

    Advice: Choo should be fully recovered in 6-8 weeks. The 32-year-old already underwent season-ending surgery late last month for bone spurs his left elbow. He'll look to rebound in 2015 from a disappointing first season in Texas where he batted just .242/.340/.374 with 13 home runs and four stolen bases over 123 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:22 pm
     
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  • Zimmerman (hammy) plays five sim. innings
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) played five innings of defense in a simulated game Wednesday at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Florida.

    Advice: Zimmerman spent three of those innings at first base and the other two at third, reporting no issues with his hamstring. He's scheduled to DH on Thursday and will then play seven innings of left field on Friday. The Nationals are hoping to have him back on their active roster in some capacity for the final week of the regular season (and then into the playoffs). Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:29 pm
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Avila (head) out of Tigers' lineup again Wed.
    Alex Avila (head) is absent from the Tigers' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Avila hasn't played since taking a foul tip off his mask on Sunday. He has a history of concussions, so the Tigers are treating the situation carefully. Bryan Holaday will start at catcher against the Twins. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Jay Bruce getting a breather Wednesday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Manager Bryan Price evidently wasn't pleased with his team's effort during a one-hit shutout Tuesday, and he's responded by benching every regular. Wednesday's starter for the Cubs, Kyle Hendricks, makes for a fine streaming option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Morse (oblique) not expected back Friday
    Michael Morse (oblique) is unlikely to return Friday as initially anticipated.

    Advice: Morse just hasn't progressed as hoped in his recovery from a strained left oblique, as he's still not swinging a bat at 100 percent. It's not clear what the next step is with the veteran, but his timetable is up in the air. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Gentry (concussion) also has sinus issue
    Craig Gentry is now dealing with a sinus condition in addition to his post-concussion issues.

    Advice: Gentry hasn't played since September 9 and it's not looking good for his chances of returning this season. The speedster has been limited to 94 games this year due to injury. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Jaso (concussion) not expected to return
    John Jaso (concussion) is not expected to return this season.

    Advice: A doctor failed to clear Jaso to return last week and he has yet to resume baseball activities since then. He hit a solid .264/.337/.430 when healthy this year, but this is now his second straight season that's ended due to concussions. His time as a catcher might be finished. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
     
    Disabled List
    12:35 pm vs Tex
  • David Peralta (back) not ready yet
    David Peralta (back) is not expected to return before Friday.

    Advice: The rookie outfielder has been sidelined with back discomfort since September 5. Peralta resumed all baseball activities earlier this week but apparently still hasn't made the necessary progress in order to return. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Francisco Cervelli returns to the lineup
    Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 at the plate Tuesday in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: Cervelli had been out since September 2 because of migraine headaches. They shouldn't be an issue moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:40 am
  • Jake Lamb appears as pinch-hitter
    Jake Lamb struck out as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Tuesday.

    Advice: Lamb had been out of commission since last Friday due to a quad injury. He won't start against left Madison Bumgarner Wednesday but could be back in there Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:40 am
  • Pujols (hamstring) has an RBI on Tuesday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Tuesday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols exited Monday's game early due to a cramp in his left hamstring incurred on a three-run double in the third inning. The veteran admitted after the game that he was suffering from dehydration. He made it through the entirety of this contest without issue. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Gillaspie's three-run triple crushes Royals
    Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning, and the White Sox held on to beat the Royals 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: With one out and runners on the corners, the Royals opted to walk Jose Abreu to bring up Gillaspie. The 27-year-old made them pay for that decision, ripping a triple into the gap to clear the bases and give the White Sox the lead. The triple was surprisingly his fifth of the season, giving him 57 RBI. Gillaspie finished 2-for-5 in the game to raise his season line to a strong .293/.345/.433. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:08 pm
  • Escobar has stolen base, two runs against Sox
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in a loss to the White Sox Tuesday.

    Advice: Escobar, batting leadoff, got on base and scored in the third and sixth innings. The stolen base was his 31st of the year, the second time in his career he's eclipsed the 30-steal benchmark. His single-season high is 35, set in 2012. It's been a strong year for the 27-year-old, who is hitting .275/.308/.363 with 69 runs scored as the Royals' everyday shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:47 pm
  • Parra hits ninth home run in win over Cards
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Parra was one of the few Brewers capable of getting to Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, taking him deep to right in the fourth inning for a solo shot. Parra also doubled in the 11th inning but was stranded on base. The outfielder now has nine home runs to go with a .267/.314/.381 line on the year, but he's been especially rejuvenated since being dealt to the Brewers -- Parra is batting .305 in 95 at-bats since the deadline trade. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • C Posey's homer helps to sink the Snakes
    Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a homer in the Giants' 2-1 win against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: If you're one of those owners with a meticulous nature, you may have known that Posey against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter was one of the best matchups on the board tonight. Long story short, it cashed, and Posey is now 11-for-18 (.611) with three home runs and a double lifetime against Collmenter. Posey also came into tonight batting .408 with 12 RBI in his last 13 games at Chase Field. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Stubbs scores three times in win over Dodgers
    Drew Stubbs had a hit, two walks and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Stubbs scored on a fourth inning home run by Corey Dickerson, also crossing the plate in the sixth and eighth innings. The 29-year-old has 63 runs scored this year to go with a .288/.338/.481 line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:15 pm
  • Pearce's 3-run homer powers O's to clincher
    Steve Pearce's first-inning three-run home run gave the Orioles a lead they would not relinquish as they clinched the AL East with a win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pearce put the O's up 3-1 with the jack in the first off of Drew Hutchison. It was perhaps the most poetic way for the Orioles to clinch, as Pearce has been a key contributor who came out of nowhere, in a season in which the club has gotten little out of Matt Wieters, Manny Machado, and Chris Davis. Pearce now has 18 home runs, 44 RBI, and a .294/.371/.541 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:24 pm
  • Ryan Raburn (knee) could be done for season
    Ryan Raburn (knee) might not return this season.

    Advice: Raburn reported improvement with his left knee Tuesday, but he's set to undergo an MRI and the Indians seem unlikely to push him to return at this point. It would be the end of a disappointing season for Raburn, who has hit just .200/.250/.297 with four homers over 74 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo needs surgery on left ankle
    Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his left ankle.

    Advice: Choo needs the procedure to repair cartilage damage and will be shut down from running for 6-8 weeks. He also had surgery in late August for bone spurs in his left elbow. It was a miserable 2014 for the 32-year-old outfielder, who batted just .242/.340/.374 with 13 home runs and four stolen bases in 123 games. He still has six years and $116 million remaining on his contract with the Rangers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:43 pm
     
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  • Pujols (hamstring) in Angels' lineup Tuesday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) is in the Angels' starting lineup on Tuesday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols left Monday's game after feeling a cramp in his left hamstring following a three-run double in the bottom of the third inning. He got treatment on Monday night and again on Tuesday afternoon. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) plays simulated game
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) played three innings of first base Tuesday in a simulated game at the Nationals' spring training complex in Florida.

    Advice: Zimmerman hit two doubles in five at-bats and ran the bases without issue. He is expected to play five innings at first base on Wednesday with an eye on returning to the Nationals' active roster in some capacity for the final week of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Avila (head) out of DET lineup again Tuesday
    Alex Avila (head) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Avila took a foul tip off his mask on Sunday, so he was held out Monday and Bryan Holaday will get another start behind the plate Tuesday versus the Twins. Avila has a history of concussions, so the Tigers are going to play it safe with him down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Morse (oblique) should be ready by Friday
    Michael Morse (oblique) should be ready to return by Friday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Morse was "tentative" during batting practice Monday, so it will likely take him another couple of days to swing with full intensity. The 32-year-old has been sidelined since late August with a strained left oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:54 am
  • Venable (back) returns to Padres' lineup
    Will Venable (back) went 0-for-1 with a walk and two strikeouts Monday in his return to action against the Phillies.

    Advice: Venable hadn't started a game since last Wednesday due to a back strain. The 31-year-old owns a disappointing .221/.290/.317 batting line over 134 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:30 am
  • Posey drives in a run in loss to the Snakes
    Buster Posey went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the Giants fell to the Diamondbacks 6-2 on Monday.

    Advice: He has hit safely in six straight. Posey has knocked in 27 of his 86 RBI in his last 23 games. He's been particularly hot in the season's final month, going 22-for-49 (.449) with two homers and 14 RBI in September. The catcher typically feasts on Rattler pitchers, coming into this one hitting .375 with 17 RBI in his last 18 against Arizona. He's slashing .311/.362/.488 with 20 homers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:45 pm
  • Pujols leaves game with hamstring cramp
    Albert Pujols left Monday's game against the Mariners with a left hamstring cramp.

    Advice: Pujols cleared the bases with a double in the third inning but grabbed his hamstring on the way into second base. The good news is that the Angels are calling it a cramp, so it sounds like a day-to-day situation. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Ryan Raburn (knee) likely to have MRI
    Ryan Raburn is expected to undergo an MRI on his ailing left knee.

    Advice: Raburn left Saturday's game with a hyperextended knee and has yet to experience any improvement. More won't be known about his status until after the exam. "He's still pretty tender, pretty sore," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We're gonna have [head trainer James Quinlan] talk to [assistant trainer Jeff Desjardins] and see, see if we should get him back to Cleveland. We probably need to get him checked." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Jake Lamb nursing quad ailment
    Jake Lamb isn't in the Diamondbacks' lineup for the third straight day Monday due to a quad injury.

    Advice: It doesn't at this point appear to be a big concern, but it's also not clear when Lamb might be ready to play again. He's hit just .227/.274/.386 in his first 95 plate appearances with the D'Backs but does have three homers. Aaron Hill is at third base Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:35 pm
  • Morse (oblique) still a day or two away
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Michael Morse (oblique) was "tentative" while taking batting practice Monday.

    Advice: He did add that Morse started to loosen up as the session went along, but the outfielder is still at least another day or two away from returning. He's been out since late August due to a strained left oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:51 pm
  • Peralta (back) resumes baseball activities
    David Peralta (back) resumed all baseball activities Monday.

    Advice: Peralta could return to the lineup during the team's September 18-24 road trip. The rookie outfielder has been sidelined with back discomfort since September 5. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Zimmerman (hammy) set for simulated game
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) went through a full workout Monday in Viera, Florida and is slated to play three innings at first base Tuesday in a simulated game.

    Advice: He's expected to progress to five innings on Wednesday and serve as a DH on Thursday before being reevaluated. Zimmerman has been out since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain, but the Nationals are hoping to get him back at some point next week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:12 pm
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Alex Avila (head) not in Monday's lineup
    Alex Avila (head) is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

    Advice: Avila left Sunday's game with lightheadedness after taking a foul tip off the mark. The Tigers aren't going to take any chances, given his history. Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:28 pm
  • Venable (back) used as pinch-hitter Sunday
    Will Venable (back) was used as a pinch-runner in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Venable remained absent from the starting lineup with a back strain. It's a good sign that he felt well enough to run and he's likely to return fully this week. The outfielder has registered a disappointing .222/.287/.318 batting line in 132 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:49 am
  • Will Venable returned to action on Sunday September 14. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:13 am
  • Pearce has two hits, game-tying RBI in win
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 and drove home the tying run with an RBI double in the ninth inning of Sunday's come-from-behind victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Pearce, who will continue to function as the Orioles primary first baseman for the remainder of the season, is now hitting .290/.365/.532 with 17 homers and 40 RBI over 93 games in what has been a breakthrough season for the 31-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:37 pm
  • Alex Avila leaves game with lightheadedness
    Alex Avila left Sunday's game against the Indians with lightheadedness.

    Advice: Avila took yet another foul tip off his mask in Sunday's contest. While he didn't display concussion-like symptoms, the Tigers opted to play things cautiously given his history. He is likely to receive an off-day on Monday as well. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:39 pm
  • Revere collects two more steals vs. Marlins
    Ben Revere stole two more bases Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a run scored in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Revere has now stolen 45 bases on the year, still behind only Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton. His two hits raised his season line to .309 with a .694 OPS, and he's scored 68 runs atop the Phillies lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:07 pm
  • Walker's homer, three hits lead Bucs to win
    Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Pirates' 7-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Walker hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 20th home run of the season. Walker added an RBI double and a run scored in the fifth inning as well. Walker is enjoying one of the best offensive seasons of his career, batting .279/.351/.468 with those 20 homers and 69 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:51 pm
  • Morse to take BP Monday or Tuesday
    Michael Morse (oblique) won't take batting practice until Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: Morse had been swinging, but only at about 50 percent. He should return to the lineup shortly if he can swing at full effort Monday or Tuesday, but there are certainly no guarantees that will happen. Morse has yet to play this month due to a strained left oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:15 am
  • Cervelli (migraines) close to returning
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that Francisco Cervelli (migraine headaches) is "getting closer" to returning to action.

    Advice: Cervelli hasn't played since September 2 due to migraine headaches but has been catching in the bullpen. It's been an injury-shortened season for the 28-year-old, as Cervelli missed nearly two months earlier this year with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:44 am
  • Avila slugs go-ahead HR, Tigers stay in first
    Alex Avila slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the Tigers' 5-4 defeat of the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Detroit was trailing 4-3 when Avila took Bryan Shaw deep in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his only hit of the night, but it helped keep the Tigers at the top of the American League Central standings (by a half-game over the Royals). Avila is batting .222/.329/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 117 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Craig Gentry (concussion) making improvements
    Craig Gentry (concussion) rode a stationary bike without issue on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Gentry has been sidelined since Tuesday after he collided with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez. He rode a stationary bike Friday and felt dizziness, but everything is trending in the right direction now. The outfielder will have to clear some tests before resuming baseball activities. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:03 pm
  • Ryan Raburn leaves game with knee injury
    Ryan Raburn left Saturday's game versus the Tigers with a hyperextended left knee.

    Advice: Raburn exited in the fourth inning. He walked in his only plate appearance. Tyler Holt replaced him in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:32 pm
  • David Peralta MRI shows no structural damage
    An MRI taken Saturday on David Peralta's ailing back showed no major structural damage.

    Advice: Peralta has been sidelined with back discomfort since September 5. He is expected to start baseball activities by Monday and should return to action late next week. The outfielder is batting .293/.326/.461 this year for the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:45 pm
  • Pearce homers in loss to Yankees
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his 17th homer of the season and his first since August 28. We've been waiting for Pearce to slow down all year, but he now owns an impressive .287/.364/.529 batting line across 93 games. He has gone from a part-time player to a lineup staple. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:12 pm
  • Will Venable (back) remains out of the lineup
    Will Venable (back) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Venable has been sidelined with a back strain since Wednesday. He holds a poor batting line of .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and 27 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Zimmerman to face live pitching on Monday
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is slated to face live pitching in the instructional league in Viera on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmerman was able to run at 60 percent on Friday and continues to make progress toward a return to the Nationals lineup. Even is he returns at some point next week though, he's only expected to see sporadic playing time down the stretch so he isn't a strong option in most mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:26 am
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Domonic Brown returns to lineup with two hits
    Domonic Brown (shoulder) returned to action on Friday, going 2-for-4 in an extra-inning victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder contusion sustained after diving for a ball in the outfield, then sat out Thursday's contest as a precautionary measure. After a breakout 2013 season, the 2014 campaign hasn't been as kind to the 27-year-old outfielder as he's slashing just .233/.285/.349 with nine homers and 59 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:00 am
  • C.J. Cron returns to lineup
    C.J. Cron returned to action on Friday and went 0-for-3 against the Astros.

    Advice: Cron had been out with a sore wrist. He'll likely head back to the bench versus righty Scott Feldman on Saturday, but he should get another start versus left-hander Dallas Keuchel on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:23 pm
  • Kinsler has two hits, RBI as Tigers top Tribe
    Ian Kinsler had a nice night at the dish in Friday's victory over the Indians, going 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and RBI.

    Advice: Kinsler got the Tigers on the board with an RBI double in the third inning that plated Nick Castellanos. He would later single and race home on an RBI single off the bat of Victor Martinez. He has done a very nice job as a table-setter for the Tigers this season, slashing .278/.309/.415 with 13 homers, 92 runs scored, 79 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Ryan Raburn leaves the yard in loss to Tigers
    Ryan Raburn blasted his fourth home run of the season on Friday as the Indians dropped the opener of their three-game weekend series to the Tigers.

    Advice: Raburn victimized his former mates with a solo shot in the second inning to open the game's scoring. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-3 and raising his season slash to a disappointing .200/.246/.297. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:17 pm
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) runs at 60 percent
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) did some running at about 60 percent on Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's ran since being placed on the disabled list back in late July. Zimmerman did starts and stops while running and also did some hitting on the field. The next step for the third baseman will be to head to the Nationals' spring training complex on Sunday to get in some live batting practice. Zimmerman could conceivably be activated at some point next week, but the Nats plan to be careful with his playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:23 pm
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Pujols suffers first 4-K game but Angels win
    Albert Pujols struck out four times in five trips to the plate in Thursday's win against the Rangers.

    Advice: It took 2,102 games and 9,187 plate appearances, but Pujols finally dons the golden sombrero. He had previously struck out three times in a game 13 times in his 14-year career. Despite Thursday's showing, Pujols has had a productive year at the plate, slashing .276/.329/.473 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:34 pm
  • Domonic Brown available off the bench
    Domonic Brown (shoulder) is available to pinch-hit Thursday.

    Advice: Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder injury, but he's fine. He probably could have started Thursday but was slated to come off the bench, anyway, with the Phillies facing lefty Francisco Liriano. "He's available. He got a little stinger last night in his shoulder area that he initially felt. It tightened up a little bit as we went along but the bigger issue out there was he just got the wind knocked out of him," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • Morse (oblique) likely out this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not expected to play this weekend.

    Advice: He's still swinging the bat at only 50 percent. Morse is only 10 days removed from straining his oblique, so his continued absence isn't a surprise even though the Giants had expressed optimism that he could be back by now. He's hit .280/.338/.477 with 16 homers and 61 RBI over 130 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:39 pm
  • Buster Posey propels Giants to win
    Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 6-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: It would have been a four-hit day if not for a nice play in the eighth. Even so, Posey is hitting .472 in 36 at-bats this month and .371 with eight homers and 28 RBI in 143 at-bats since the beginning of August. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:26 pm
  • Jake Lamb hits third homer since callup
    Jake Lamb hit his third homer since being called up in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The blast to dead center off Santiago Casilla was pretty impressive. Lamb, though, is still struggling for the most part, with a .215 average and a 30/6 K/BB ratio in 84 at-bats. The Diamondbacks will keep running him out there, but if he does show rapid improvement, they may consider shifting Aaron Hill to third base next year. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:17 pm
  • C.J. Cron has been nursing sore wrist
    C.J. Cron has been unavailable the last few days due to a sore wrist.

    Advice: He's expected to be available to play this weekend. Cron is hitting .276/.306/.481 with 10 homers and 32 RBI over 67 games for the Angels this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:03 pm
  • Zimmerman to go to instructional league soon
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is tentatively scheduled to go to the instructional league in Viera, Florida next week.

    Advice: Zimmerman, out since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain, resumed taking batting practice earlier this week. Running at full speed will be the real test for his hamstring, but assuming no setbacks, he'll get eased into game action in Florida before rejoining the Nationals. He could make it back during the final week of the regular season, but fantasy owners obviously shouldn't be counting on him at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:17 pm
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • David Peralta (back) aims to return Monday
    David Peralta (back) is now aiming to return to the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Peralta had been hoping to get in there Friday, but his back is still giving him trouble. He'll undergo a precautionary MRI to make sure there's nothing seriously wrong. If that turns up negative, the 27-year-old outfielder should be cleared to return after the weekend. Peralta has faded in the second half but still owns a decent .293/.326/.461 overall batting line on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:16 pm
  • Will Venable diagnosed with back strain
    Will Venable was diagnosed with a back strain.

    Advice: Venable left Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers after five innings and Padres manager Bud Black told reporters after the game that he will "probably be out a couple days." Venable has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 132 games. He had 22 homers and 22 steals in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • Albert Pujols gets first triple since 2010
    Albert Pujols went 3-for-6 with his first triple of the year and a double Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: It was actually his first triple as an Angel; he hadn't had one since 2010 in his next-to-last year with the Cardinals. Pujols has given the Angels three three-hit games in his last five starts, delivering two homers and eight RBI during the span. He's up to .278 with 26 homers and 92 RBI for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Venable leaves game with undisclosed injury
    Will Venable left Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened to the outfielder, but Cameron Maybin replaced him in center field to start the bottom of the fifth inning. The Padres should give an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Brown exits game with left shoulder contusion
    Domonic Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder contusion.

    Advice: Brown dove for a ball in left field in the fifth inning but stayed in the game at the time. He was later pinch-hit for by Darin Ruf. The Phillies should update his status after the game, but it's likely a day-to-day situation for now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Brown removed after landing hard in outfield
    Domonic Brown was removed in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Pirates after injuring himself diving for a ball.

    Advice: Brown laid out for a ball in left field in the fifth inning and stayed down briefly before staying in the game. He played another inning before being pinch-hit for in the bottom of the sixth inning. Darin Ruf pinch-hit for him and replaced him in left. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Gentry still dealing with concussion symptoms
    Craig Gentry is still not available Wednesday with the aftermath of a concussion.

    Advice: Gentry sustained the concussion Tuesday when he collided with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez. A's manager Bob Melvin did allow that Gentry is feeling a bit better, so there's some hope he the injury won't keep him out too much longer. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Jaso (concussion) still not cleared to play
    John Jaso (concussion) failed to be cleared to play by a doctor Wednesday.

    Advice: Jaso had a meeting with Dr. Mickey Collins in hopes of being cleared to return, but instead Jaso has been told to cease baseball activities for the time being. Jaso has returned to Oakland, and suddenly his return to the A's during the regular season is up in the air. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
     
    Disabled List
    12:35 pm vs Tex
  • Posey drives in a pair of runs in 5-1 victory
    Buster Posey finished 0-for-4 but still drove in a pair of runs in the Giants' 5-1 win against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: He grounded into an RBI fielder's choice in the second inning, and lifted a sacrifice fly to left in the sixth to score Angel Pagan. Posey adores Arizona pitching. Even though he didn't hit safely tonight, he came into this game batting .390 with three homers and 14 RBI in his last 15 games versus the Snakes. It wasn't a surprise he scratched out an RBI against Wade Miley, against whom he entered 9-for-20 with a homer and three doubles lifetime. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Craig Gentry diagnosed with a concussion
    Craig Gentry was diagnosed with a concussion following his collision with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gentry reached base on a bunt single in the fifth inning but collided violently with Sanchez on the play. It's impossible to guess how long a concussion might sideline someone, but with so little time left in the regular season, it could be the end of Gentry's 2014 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Craig Gentry leaves after collision
    Craig Gentry left Tuesday's game against the White Sox after colliding with second baseman Carlos Sanchez.

    Advice: Gentry was credited with a bunt single, but he paid the price in a nasty collision. It appeared that he might have banged his head against Sanchez's shoulder. The A's will provide an update on Gentry's status before long. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • David Peralta (back) hopes to return Friday
    David Peralta (back) is hoping to return to the lineup Friday.

    Advice: He'll have missed a week of action by that time due to a back ailment. Peralta is sporting a .293/.326/.461 batting line for Arizona this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:00 pm
  • Morse (oblique) out until this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) will be sidelined at least until this weekend.

    Advice: Morse received a cortisone shot for his strained left oblique last week but remains sore. The slugger has yet to play this month due to the ailment. He's sporting a .280/.338/.477 batting line with 16 homers and 61 RBI over 130 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:57 pm
  • Michael Morse (oblique) out again Tuesday
    Michael Morse (oblique) remained out of the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: The club was hoping Morse would be ready Tuesday after missing a week of action, but obviously he's not. He remains day-to-day. Gregor Blanco is in left field again Tuesday in Morse's place. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) takes BP for first time
    Ryan Zimmerman took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since straining his hamstring.

    Advice: And he looked good, even hitting a ball over the batter's eye in left-center field at Nationals Park. But the major hurdle for Zimmerman is going to be running at full speed and he acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that he's not close to doing that. If he returns before the end of the regular season, it'll likely be in the final week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Jaso (concussion) to be examined Wednesday
    John Jaso (concussion) will be examined by Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday in hopes of being cleared to return to action.

    Advice: He would presumably be ready to play on Thursday if all goes well. However, Jaso isn't expected to be used in more than a pinch-hitting role over the final weeks. He can be dropped in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:33 pm
     
    Disabled List
    12:35 pm vs Tex
  • Zim unlikely to return before final week
    Mark Zuckerman of NatsInsider.com writes that the odds of Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) returning before the final week of the season "appear slim."

    Advice: That's assuming he's not cleared for full-out running in the next few days, which is unlikely. Zimmerman remains limited to taking light grounders, jogging and throwing and it's not clear when he'll be allowed to swing a bat and run with no restrictions. Nationals manager Matt Williams has also indicated that Zim might not be an everyday player if he does make it back. Fantasy owners don't need to be hanging on to him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:27 pm
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Pujols goes 3-for-5 with HR in rout of Tribe
    Albert Pujols finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Monday's 12-3 rout of the Indians.

    Advice: Pujols was retired in his first two at-bats of the afternoon makeup game, but he singled and scored in the Angels' six-run fifth inning and then did the same in the Angels' two-run seventh inning before launching a three-run bomb in the top of the ninth. Pujols had a huge weekend in Minnesota, collecting his 2,500th career hit and 1,500th career run, and he looks poised to keep the fun going for a while. The veteran slugger boasts has 26 homers and 91 RBI in 141 games this year. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • John Jaso (head) expected to return this week
    John Jaso is expected to return from the concussion disabled list this week.

    Advice: But Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com suspects that he will be used primarily as a pinch-hitter down the stretch because the A's "don't want to subject Jaso to further injury behind the plate given the multiple concussions he's suffered" and have Adam Dunn locked in as the DH against right-handers. Jaso has posted a decent .767 OPS this season, but he can be dumped in most redraft fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:21 am
     
    Disabled List
    12:35 pm vs Tex
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