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  • Ryon Healy hits RBI double in loss to Angels
    Ryon Healy went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Healy was more or less the entire offense for the A's in this one. No other Athletics batter had more than one hit and as a team, they finished with six knocks -- half of which belonged to Healy. His sixth inning RBI double off Ricky Nolasco drove in the team's lone run of the game. This was his second three-hit effort in his last three games. Overall, he is slashing a sturdy .309/.341/.526 with 12 homers and 34 RBI over 249 at-bats. 24 minutes ago
  • Nolasco sharp over eight innings vs. A's
    Ricky Nolasco was on point in Tuesday's win over the A's, surrendering just one run (none earned) on five hits over eight innings.

    Advice: Nolasco struck out four and walked two on the evening. The only run to score on his watch came when Ryon Healy picked up an RBI double in the sixth inning. The veteran right-hander has finished out the season nicely, with Tuesday's run the first he has surrendered in his last three outings. For the season as a whole, he pitched to a 4.42 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 144/44 K/BB ratio over 197 2/3 innings (32 starts between the Twins and Angels). 28 minutes ago
  • Stephenson falls apart late against Cardinals
    Robert Stephenson allowed five runs on five hits over four innings of work in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stephenson got through the first two innings without issue and allowed a solo homer in the third, but it was a four-run fourth inning that spelled his doom. All four runs came on one swing by Aledmys Diaz. The 23-year-old fell to 2-3 with a 6.27 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in seven starts, and he'll have one more start in 2016 when he squares off with the Cubs in Sunday's regular season finale. 32 minutes ago
  • Ryan Howard belts 15th career grand slam
    Ryan Howard hit his 15th career grand slam in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Howard followed a couple singles and a walk in the first inning with a long one to right field off of Julio Teheran. He also added a single in a later at-bat. Howard's .196/.259/.453 batting line is awfully ugly, but he's still hitting balls over the boards with 24 home runs. It's his highest home run total since 2011. 34 minutes ago
  • Angels crush Daniel Mengden for eight runs
    Daniel Mengden was demolished in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, yielding eight runs on nine hits over three-plus innings.

    Advice: Mengden surrendered one run in the first inning. The fourth would prove considerably worse. That is when the seven other runs on his line touched home, the key blow coming via a three-run home run by Jefry Marte. Alas, Mengden will have no further chances for redemption this season, as Tuesday's outing served as his final start of 2016. The 23-year-old right-hander has mostly struggled in his first season in the bigs, pitching to a 6.50 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 71/33 K/BB ratio over 72 innings. 36 minutes ago
  • Fiers gives up eight hits, four runs to M's
    Mike Fiers allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings Tuesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Fiers struggled early, giving up runs in each of the first three innings, before settling down to toss two scoreless frames to end his outing. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five in the no-decision. Fiers had some ups and downs in 2016, but he finishes with an 11-8 mark, 4.48 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 31 games, including 30 starts. The Astros will have to decide this winter whether those numbers are good enough to earn him a look at a rotation spot next spring. 57 minutes ago
    W, 8-4 vs Sea
  • Gomez has three-run HR in win over Brewers
    Carlos Gomez hit a three-run home run and the Rangers topped the Brewers 6-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gomez jumped on a pitch by his former teammate Jimmy Nelson in the third inning, tying the game with his three-run shot. He's now got seven homers, 21 RBI and 18 runs scored since joining the Rangers in late August, a signal that perhaps a change of scenery was all the 30-year-old needed. Gomez will make for an interesting free agent case this offseason. Today, 9:06 pm
  • Escobar launches sixth homer against Royals
    Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Escobar took Royals starter Ian Kennedy deep in the fourth inning for a solo shot, his sixth of the year. Before Tuesday, the 27-year-old had been just 5-for-56 in the month of September. The light-hitting infielder is batting .239/.277/.345 in 100 games overall. Today, 8:19 pm
    New Player Note
    Eduardo Escobar Min - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 4-3 @KC
  • Berrios gives up three runs against Royals
    Jose Berrios allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Berrios gave up just four hits and a walk, but the Royals managed to push three runs across and eventually chased Berrios before he could get out of the fifth inning. It's been a year to forget for the 22-year-old, who owns an 8.61 ERA in 13 starts overall. Berrios is on target to start the Twins' season finale against the White Sox on Sunday, so perhaps he can go out on a high note and offer some hope for a brighter 2017 season. Today, 8:11 pm
  • Tyler Clippard nets shaky save Tuesday
    Tyler Clippard yielded a hit and a walk but hung on to record a save Tuesday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Dellin Betances has struggled of late and had pitched the last two days, so the Yankees turned to Clippard to protect a two-run lead. He yielded a out-out double to Andrew Benintendi and then walked Dustin Pedroia to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. However, Clippard then buckled down and got Xander Bogaerts to pop out and David Ortiz to strike out to end it. He's pitched well since joining the Yanks with a 2.66 ERA and a strikeout per inning. Today, 8:06 pm
  • Wade Miley (paternity) excused from O's
    Wade Miley has been excused from the Orioles following the birth of his son.

    Advice: He's expected to return to the club in a couple days and will either start Friday or Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Miley delivered 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball in his last start against the Diamondbacks, striking out 11. It was his best outing of the year, and one of the best outings of his career. Today, 3:51 pm
  • Holliday (thumb) doubtful to return this year
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is doubtful to return to the Cardinals' active roster this year.

    Advice: Holliday was aiming to take live batting practice over the weekend, but it didn't happen. The veteran outfielder is apparently still dealing with some discomfort and strength issues surrounding his surgically-repaired right thumb. St. Louis has an interesting decision to make this winter with Holliday holding a $17 million club option for 2017. He posted a career-low .768 OPS with 19 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games this season and will turn 37 years old in January. Today, 2:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-5 vs Cin
  • Kiermaier (hand) remains sidelined on Tues.
    Kevin Kiermaier (hand) is out again Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday afternoon and is still dealing with some discomfort. He probably shouldn't be counted on in fantasy leagues over these final six games. Today, 1:41 pm
    L, 13-6 @CWS
  • Giants acquire Gordon Beckham from Braves
    Giants acquired INF Gordon Beckham from the Braves for INF Rich Rodriguez.

    Advice: Beckham will give the Giants some infield depth this week with Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Crawford banged up, but he will not be eligible for the postseason. The 30-year-old is batting just .217/.300/.354 across 273 plate appearances this season. Today, 12:41 pm
    W, 12-3 vs Col
  • Giants near deal to acquire Gordon Beckham
    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants are "very close" to acquiring infielder Gordon Beckham from the Braves.

    Advice: Eduardo Nunez is out with a hamstring injury, so Beckham would provide some infield depth this week. He would not be eligible for the postseason. Beckham, 30, is batting just .217/.300/.354 over 273 plate appearances this season and will hit free agency this winter. Today, 11:50 am
    W, 12-3 vs Col
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4 against Brewers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Astros could have used this Gomez, but it just wasn't happening. He has more homers (six) in 102 at-bats for Texas than he did in 295 at-bats for Houston (five). He's also hitting .275 with 12 walks, giving him a .357 OBP. His OBP in Houston was .272. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Steve Selsky has five-hit night versus Cards
    Steve Selsky went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Selsky had never tallied multiple hits in a game in his brief big league career before this one. He was part of a 22-hit, 15-run attack by the Reds, as Cincinnati ambushed Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals' bullpen. It's safe to say Selsky probably has earned a spot in Tuesday's lineup. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    L, 12-5 @StL
  • Kiermaier (hand) hopes to return Tuesday
    Kevin Kiermaier (hand) hopes to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday and has been dealing with more soreness than originally expected. The hope is that some rest and treatment will do the trick. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
    L, 13-6 @CWS
  • Kiermaier not in Monday's lineup
    Kevin Kiermaier is not in Monday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday and needs at least another day to recover. Mikie Mahtook will start in center field while Jaff Decker will play right. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
    L, 13-6 @CWS
  • Ryon Healy leaves the yard again in victory
    Ryon Healy clobbered another home run on Sunday as the Athletics routed the Rangers 7-1 in Oakland.

    Advice: All of the damage came during a seven-run uprising in the second inning, which Healy capped off with a two-run homer to chase Colby Lewis from the game. He has really opened some eyes during his time with the big league club, slashing .303/.336/.519 with 12 homers and 33 RBI in 241 at-bats. He has likely played his way into a role as the club's starting third baseman heading into 2017. Sunday, 3:40 pm
  • Miley fans 11 in near complete game victory
    Wade Miley struck out 11 and fell an out shy of a complete game Saturday, allowing a lone run in the Orioles' 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Miley gave up seven hits without allowing a walk, and the 11 strikeouts were a season high. An RBI double by Brandon Drury with two outs in the ninth ended Miley's night just shy of the complete game, but it was still an impressive turn for the 29-year-old. Miley is 9-13 with a 5.40 ERA in 29 starts overall, and he'll make his final start of the year Friday against the Yankees. Saturday, 8:26 pm
  • Holliday scratched from another BP session
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11. Saturday, 3:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-5 vs Cin
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) to take live BP again
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb. Friday, 9:58 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-5 vs Cin
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) takes live BP
    Matt Holliday (thumb) took live batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Holliday was scratched from a simulated game last Saturday due to swelling in his surgically-repaired right thumb, but he resumed live hitting earlier this week. It seems likely that he's not going to be 100 percent at any point the rest of the way, but the Cardinals could wind up activating him, anyway, even it's to be used in a secondary role. Friday, 8:09 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-5 vs Cin
  • Nolasco blanks Astros over seven innings
    Ricky Nolasco was fantastic in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Astros, firing seven innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Nolasco has not allowed a run in either of his past two starts, a span of 13 innings. On Thursday, he struck out five, walked one and scattered five hits over seven frames. The veteran right-hander finished out having thrown 97 pitches (61 strikes). Even with his recent shutout ways, Nolasco still holds an unappealing 4.60 ERA. His final start of the 2016 campaign will come at home against the A's. Thursday, 8:15 pm
  • Mike Fiers fans nine as Astros fall to Angels
    Mike Fiers took the tough-luck loss in Thursday's game against the Angels, striking out nine while allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The nine strikeouts were a season-best for Fiers, who scattered four hits over his 6 1/3 innings of work. One of those four hits went for a two-run home run courtesy of Albert Pujols in the first inning. Fiers' final outing of the season is currently scheduled to come at home against the Mariners. He will carry a 4.40 ERA and 1.35 WHIP (163 2/3 innings) into that outing. Thursday, 8:15 pm
    W, 8-4 vs Sea
  • Howard (knee) back in Phillies lineup Thurs.
    Ryan Howard (knee) is back in the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday versus the Mets.

    Advice: Howard has been out all week with left knee discomfort. He got it drained on Sunday. The veteran first baseman is batting just .193/.250/.439 with 22 homers and 51 RBI in 104 games this season for Philadelphia. Thursday, 12:46 pm
  • Stephenson coughs up four in 3 2/3 frames
    Robert Stephenson was charged with four runs in just 3 2/3 innings during a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cubs got to him early with two runs in the first. He gave up eight hits but seven of them were singles. He served up a solo shot to Dexter Fowler in the fourth inning. Stephenson fanned two and walked two. Free passes have been a problem for Stephenson throughout his minor league career. Despite his huge potential he can't be recommended as a fantasy option until he develops the ability to throw strikes. The rookie is 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA in six starts. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • DET @ MIN postponed Wednesday by rain
    Wednesday's game between the Twins and Tigers has been postponed due to rainy weather.

    Advice: The two squads played three innings before the heavens opened up. Jose Berrios started for the host Twins with Buck Farmer on the bump for Detroit. A day-night doubleheader has been scheduled for Thursday: Game 1 is 2:10 p.m. EST and Game 2 is slated for 8:10 p.m. EST. Minnesota will start Pat Dean and Ervin Santana in those contests, while the Tigers will trot out Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Daniel Mengden surrenders four runs to Astros
    Daniel Mengden couldn't quite supply a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Astros, yielding four runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Mengden struck out seven and walked two on the afternoon. The Astros burned him for one run in the fifth inning, then drove him from the game completely with a three-run sixth. The key blow in that frame was a two-run home run off the bat of Evan Gattis. Mengden, 23, will carry a tough 5.74 ERA and 1.54 WHIP into a road start against the Angels next time out. That will likely be his final start of the season. Wednesday, 3:51 pm
  • Gomez' three hits, two runs spark Rangers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Gomez once again served as a sparkplug atop the Rangers' lineup, leading off the first and third innings with hits and scoring the team's first two runs of the game. He's now got multiple hits in four straight contests to bring his average up to .276 since joining the Rangers in late August. His revival in Arlington will make the 30-year-old one of the more fascinating players to watch come draft season next spring. Tuesday, 9:21 pm
  • Ryan Howard (knee) out Tuesday, Wednesday
    Ryan Howard (knee) won't start Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Advice: "I don't want [his knee] to blow up again," said manager Pete Mackanin. Howard had that balky left knee drained on Sunday and will be limited to pinch-hitting duties for much of this week. Tommy Joseph is at first base and batting cleanup Tuesday versus the White Sox. Tuesday, 2:51 pm
  • Miley (back) feeling better Monday
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that Wade Miley (back) is feeling better.

    Advice: Miley was forced to exit Sunday's start against the Rays after four innings due to upper back cramps, but it's a good sign that he was able to throw on Monday. It doesn't sound overly serious, but more should be known about his status in the next day or so. Sep 19, 1:41 pm
  • Ryan Howard has knee drained on Sunday
    Ryan Howard had his balky left knee drained on Sunday.

    Advice: Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is hopeful that Howard will return this season, and could be back as early as Tuesday if his knee responds well. Tommy Joseph will handle most of the starts at first base in his absence. Sep 18, 3:18 pm
  • Wade Miley exits start with back cramps
    Wade Miley was lifted from Sunday's start versus the Rays after four innings with upper back cramps.

    Advice: It's a shame, as Miley was in the midst of his best start in a while with four shutout frames. The Orioles should have more on his status after the game. Sep 18, 12:17 pm
  • Ryan Howard (knee) out again Sunday
    Ryan Howard (knee) remained out of the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Howard is dealing with some swelling in his left knee. Tommy Joseph will handle first base. Sep 18, 7:14 am
  • Nolasco hurls six shutout frames to beat Jays
    Ricky Nolasco turned in six shutout frames to lead the Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: He rang up seven strikeouts while walking two and allowing five base hits. The nice outing improves his unsightly record to 6-14 with a 4.78 ERA. He has accumulated an uninspiring 135 punchouts in 182 2/3 innings. The 33-year-old veteran is nothing more than an innings-eater on a bad team and is not a recommended option for the fantasy playoffs despite pitching well tonight. Sep 17, 11:00 pm
  • Fiers fires six shutout frames in Sat. win
    Mike Fiers earned a 2-1 win over the Mariners by firing six innings of shutout baseball on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered only three hits and one base-on-balls while ringing up four strikeouts. The win advances his record to 11-7 with a 4.46 ERA in 157 1/3 innings. This was a nice bounce-back effort after getting pounded by the Cubs in his last outing. He has not been able to match his performance of the last two seasons, largely due to an elevated home run rate and a depressed strikeout rate. He has a juicy matchup with the Angels on tap next. Sep 17, 10:17 pm
    W, 8-4 vs Sea
  • Gomez homers in second straight against A's
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, his second homer in as many days, in Saturday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Gomez batted leadoff and connected with a Raul Alcantara pitch in the sixth inning for his 11th homer of the season. Six of those have come since Gomez joined the Rangers in late August. He's still hitting just .215/.286/.361 on the year, but perhaps the change of scenery had a positive effect on the 30-year-old. Sep 17, 9:28 pm
  • Holliday (thumb) still dealing with swelling
    Matt Holliday was scratched from Saturday's simulated game after experiencing renewed swelling in his surgically-repaired thumb.

    Advice: Holliday broke his thumb about a month ago but was hoping to return later this year. Saturday's setback might put a wrench in that plan. Brandon Moss and a host of others have occupied left field during his absence. Sep 17, 4:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 12-5 vs Cin
  • Ryan Howard scratched with left knee injury
    Ryan Howard (knee) was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He's dealing with some fluid buildup in his left knee. Tommy Joseph will handle first base and bat cleanup against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena. Howard is day-to-day. Sep 17, 2:44 pm
  • Howard slugs solo homer vs. Marlins
    Ryan Howard slugged a solo homer and walked twice Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Howard started the comeback effort for the Phillies with a solo homer off Tom Koehler in the sixth inning. The veteran slugger is batting just .193 with a .250 on-base percentage on the year, but he has amassed 10 homers in just 111 plate appearances since the All-Star break. He's going into his final days with the Phillies. Sep 16, 9:16 pm
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