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  • Kendrick lifts sacrifice fly to beat A's
    Howie Kendrick hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 4-3 win over the A's.

    Advice: The Angels had squandered a bases loaded situation in the 9th inning. They made up for it the next inning on a Howie Kendrick sacrifice fly that scored Albert Pujols. Kendrick would finish the game 2-for-3 with the one RBI. He's slashing .281/.337/.370 this season.
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Donaldson smacks 26th homer in loss to Halos
    Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the A's 4-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Donaldson hit the bomb off of Angels starter C.J. Wilson. He also doubled in the contest, finishing 2-for-3 with one RBI and two walks. He has 88 RBI to go with the 26 long balls. While Donaldson's average is down from his breakout 2013 campaign (.256 this year vs .301 in 2013), he's been an integral part of the A's offense this season, having already set a career high in home runs. He's also on-pace to set a career high for RBI. On the year, he's slashing .256/.346/.471.
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Beckham with two-RBI single in win over A's
    Gordon Beckham drove in two runs on Thursday.

    Advice: The RBI single was his only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-3 with a walk. Beckham's now put together back-to-back solid games for the Angels. He homered on Wednesday. As we're optimists, we'd like to say that this is a sign of rejuvenation for the former top prospect. We are also realists, though, and it's unlikely that Beckham discovered magic fairy dust in Anaheim. On the season he's slashing a less-than-magical .221/.263/.340.
    Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Gray allows three runs in seven innings
    Sonny Gray gave up six hits and allowed three runs against the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: Gray was victimized by the bottom portion of the Angels lineup. He allowed an RBI single to Erick Aybar in the second and a few batters later, Gordon Beckham drove in two. He struck out six and walked three as he managed his way through seven innings. Following a sterling 5-0 July, Gray is just 1-4 in August. These kinds of hiccups are to be expected of a second-year pitcher, as he learns how to pace himself through a full season. Despite the rough month, Gray still boasts a 3.03 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .233 BAA. Gray will try to make his September a good one, starting with his scheduled start against the Mariners in a few days.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Wilson loses stream after strong start
    C.J. Wilson allowed three runs in five and a third innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Wilson held the A's off the board until the fifth inning, when he surrendered an RBI double to Geovany Soto and an RBI single to Coco Crisp. Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run off Wilson in the sixth to knot the game at 3-3. The Angels eventually won it in the 10th inning. Wilson walked three in the contest and consistently struggled to find the strike zone. He only threw 56 of 98 pitches for strikes. Outings like this are why Wilson's boasts a WHIP of 1.40 and an ERA of 4.46. The lefty will try to put together a cleaner start when he faces the Astros next time around.
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Milone takes no-decision in start vs. Royals
    Tommy Milone allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision as the Twins went on to defeat the Royals 11-5 in 10 innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Milone has not had good results for the Twins, now sporting a 7.94 ERA in four starts with his latest team. Against the Royals, he yielded nine hits and two walks without recording a strikeout. On the season overall, he has a 4.21 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 70/33 K/BB ratio. Milone will match up against the White Sox at home on Tuesday in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Guthrie allows 5 runs in no-decision vs. MIN
    Jeremy Guthrie got a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings as the Royals lost to the Twins in 10 innings on Thursday.

    Advice: The Twins racked up the hits against Guthrie with nine of them along with two walks over the right-hander's six frames. Guthrie also struck out five. He has a 4.43 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 112/44 K/BB ratio, which he'll take into Tuesday's home start against the Rangers.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Gordon ties game with HR, but KC loses in 10
    Alex Gordon hit his 17th home run of the season, finishing 2-for-5 overall, in the Royals' 10-inning loss to the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Gordon tied the game up at 5-5 in the seventh inning with a solo home run off of Ryan Pressly. The AL MVP candidate now has 17 home runs, 61 RBI, eight stolen bases, and a .282/.356/.457 slash line. August has been good to him, as he is batting .305 (29-for-95) with eight home runs and 14 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Dozier goes 3-for-5 with 3 RBI as Twins win
    Brian Dozier went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run double in Thursday's 10-inning win against the Royals.

    Advice: Dozier singled in a run in the fourth inning and added the Twins' fourth and fifth runs of the 10th inning with a two-run double. The second baseman has now hit safely in seven consecutive games and sports a .240/.345/.419 slash line with 20 home runs, 61 RBI, and 20 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Schafer knocks in 4 runs as Twins win in 10
    Jordan Schafer went 3-for-5 with four runs batted in and a stolen base in Thursday's 10-inning victory against the Royals.

    Advice: Schafer singled in a run in the fourth inning, doubled in a run in the sixth, and knocked in two insurance runs with a 10th-inning single. He has performed well since joining the Twins on a waiver claim, batting .328 (21-for-64) with 10 stolen bases since August 5. Schafer is on an eight-game hitting streak as well.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • McHugh finishes strong August with a win
    Collin McHugh finished off a strong August with a win, holding the Rangers to two runs over seven innings on Thursday.

    Advice: McHugh ends August 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a 30/6 K/BB ratio. The right-hander scattered eight hits without walking a batter and punching out six on the evening. Overall, McHugh has a 2.99 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a 132/40 K/BB ratio. He'll have to face the Angels at home in his next start on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Yankees acquire Josh Outman from Indians
    Yankees acquired LHP Josh Outman from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

    Advice: Outman had been at Triple-A Columbus after being removed from the Indians' 40-man roster, but he'll report to the big club with the Yankees. He has control issues (16 walks in 24 2/3 innings this season), but Outman has struck out over a batter per inning in his career as a reliever and held lefties to a .188/.257/.287 batting line.
    Yesterday, 6:49 pm
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    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Angels outright LaBlanc to Triple-A
    Angels sent LHP Wade LeBlanc outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: LeBlanc was hammered in a start Monday against the Marlins and successfully cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He has agreed to go to Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Orioles recall Jimmy Paredes from Norfolk
    Orioles recalled INF Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Paredes was batting .258/.286/.394 in 32 games at Norfolk. The 25-year-old infielder is not fantasy-relevant.
    Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo (back) sitting again Thursday
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: Rizzo also sat out Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's series-opener against the Reds with lower back tightness. He's still considered day-to-day. Chris Valaika will start at first base in Thursday's series finale.
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Beckham goes deep for 1st time since June 24
    Gordon Beckham hit his first home run as an Angel in Wednesday's 6-1 win against Miami.

    Advice: He finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. It was his first homer since June 24, part of the reason Beckham was available for the low, low price of a player to be named later or cash considerations last week. He hasn't set the world on fire in Los Angeles either, going hitless in seven at-bats over three appearances coming into tonight. Backing up Howie Kendrick and David Freese, Beckham doesn't retain a ton of fantasy value on the Angels.
    Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo (back) sitting out Wednesday
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Rizzo exited Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness. It's not considered a big deal, but the Cubs want to be safe. Rizzo should be back in there in a day or two. Chris Valaika is playing first base Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 11:20 am
  • Gordon delivers walk-off homer to down Twins
    Alex Gordon hit a two-run walk-off home run to give the Royals a 2-1 victory over the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gordon hit the two-run shot off Twins closer Glen Perkins. The outfielder finished 2-for-4 in the game, bringing his line up to .283/.356/.454 on the year. He's been especially effective in August, as Tuesday's was his seventh home run to go with 12 RBI and 16 runs scored this month.
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Dozier doubles, scores in loss to Royals
    Brian Dozier doubled and scored in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Dozier scored what appeared to be the game-winning run in the seventh inning before the Royals came back for the walk-off victory. Even so, the run was Dozier's American League-leading 92nd run scored this season. The second baseman is hitting .236/.342/.417 overall.
    Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo day-to-day with tight back
    Anthony Rizzo left Tuesday's game against the Reds as a precaution due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: The Cubs double-switched him out of the game with a three-run lead. Rizzo should have a shot to return to the lineup on Wednesday. He slugged his 30th homer of the season in one of his four at-bats before exiting.
    Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc designated for assignment
    Angels designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment.

    Advice: It comes as no surprise after he was pummeled for six earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings on Monday. The Angels will now have to find another starter for Saturday, with Randy Wolf or Michael Roth looking like the favorites if they don't get someone from outside the organization.
    Tuesday, 3:11 pm
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Richards' replacement LeBlanc gets rocked
    In his first start of the season, Wade LeBlanc was detonated by the Marlins for six earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings in Monday's loss.

    Advice: Los Angeles has less than a week to acquire Garrett Richards' replacement from outside the organization. They hadn't shown much resolve to do so over the past several days, but perhaps tonight's game will expedite their resolve. LeBlanc (making his first major league start since May 6, 2013) has been given numerous opportunities over the years -- and in great pitcher's parks -- and proven time and time that he isn't a major league-caliber starting pitcher. He's got a 10.13 ERA in limited action this year, but his 4.56 career ERA, accrued mostly during stints with the Padres and Marlins, tells you all you need to know. If LeBlanc gets another start, don't mimic the Angels' mistake by trotting him out in an AL-only league.
    Monday, 10:29 pm
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Josh Donaldston goes 3-for-4, knocks in three
    Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base Monday in his return to the starting lineup.

    Advice: Donaldson didn't play Sunday because of a sore left knee. It was kind of odd to see him attempting a steal with the bad wheel, but it seems it didn't do any damage. Before the nice game tonight he hadn't scored or driven in a run in nine games since Aug. 12.
    Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Josh Donaldson (knee) back in Monday's lineup
    Josh Donaldson (knee) is back in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: Donaldson was held out of Sunday's lineup after experiencing discomfort in his left knee, but an MRI ruled out any structural damage. He'll try to play through it.
    Monday, 1:31 pm
  • Josh Donaldson (knee) considered day-to-day
    Josh Donaldson is expected to return to the Athletics lineup on Monday after an MRI revealed no structural damage in his ailing knee.

    Advice: Donaldson tried to talk his way into Sunday's lineup, but the team wanted to take a cautious approach and ensure there was no structural damage before proceeding. Fantasy owners can expect to have him active for the start of the week.
    Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • Josh Donaldson (knee) getting MRI exam
    Josh Donaldson is getting a precautionary MRI done on his knee on Sunday.

    Advice: Donaldson is being held out of Sunday's lineup for purely precautionary reasons and lobbied manager Bob Melvin to include him in the lineup. The A's should provide an update on his availability after they get the results.
    Sunday, 2:29 pm
  • C.J. Wilson limits A's to one run
    C.J. Wilson held the A's to a run over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: It hasn't always been pretty, but Wilson has put together three decent efforts in a row, allowing five over 18 1/3 innings. He has a 10/10 K/BB ratio in that span -- he's had exactly as many walks as strikeouts in four of his five starts since coming off the DL -- but he's getting the job done. Perhaps he'll continue to improve in September.
    Saturday, 9:25 pm
  • Guthrie goes eight strong to beat the Rangers
    Jeremy Guthrie fired eight innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Royals' 6-3 defeat of the Rangers.

    Advice: Guthrie carved his way easily through the Texas lineup, yielding only five hits and a walk over his eight impressive frames. He's now 10-10 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.31 WHIP this season for the Royals, who have moved to 16 games above .500. Guthrie gets the Twins at home next.
    Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Alex Gordon intends to exercise 2016 option
    Alex Gordon told the Kansas City Star that he intends to forgo free agency after next season and pick up his $13.25 million player option for 2016.

    Advice: That's easy to say now, but we'll see. Gordon will be 32 in 2016, and if he plays next year like he has this one, he could be in line for something like $72 million over four years. Passing that up to earn $13.25 million and going back on the market at age 33 doesn't seem like a very good idea at all. Perhaps, though, he'll be able to agree to a long-term deal with the Royals before then.
    Saturday, 9:42 am
  • Milone receives no-decision in 20-6 win
    Tommy Milone allowed five runs (three earned) in four and a third innings against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: It's rare for a starting pitcher to be given double-digit run support and still not pick up the victory, but Milone pulled that off in the extreme against the Tigers, somehow managing a no-decision despite a whopping twenty runs plated by the Twins. He allowed ten hits and five runs (three earned) in his four-plus innings of work. It was his second awful start in a row, as he was shelled by the Royals last time out. Milone has been solid this season and despite the rough outings, he still holds a 4.08 ERA. He'll try to rebound when he faces the Royals in his next outing.
    Friday, 11:14 pm
  • Gray enjoys another fine start, beats Angels
    Sonny Gray fired another gem, holding the Angels to three runs on six hits over 8 1/3 innings in Friday's 5-3 victory.

    Advice: Bob Melvin gave the youngster a short leash in his bid to work a complete game, hustling out of the dugout once he surpassed 100 pitches, and Sean Doolittle allowed one of the starter's runners to score, muddying his ledger a bit. Gray, who walked two and struck out five, has completed at least six innings in 22 out of 26 starts. The right-hander entered on a four-game losing streak (4.94 ERA); he had only lost two straight one time over his first 31 starts. Gray (13-7, 3.00 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) heads east to tangle with Houston next time around.
    Friday, 10:08 pm
  • Kendrick logs three hits in a win vs. Red Sox
    Howie Kendrick singled three times in four at-bats as the Angels shut out the Red Sox on Thursday, 2-0.

    Advice: Despite Kendrick reaching base three times, the Angels were unable to bring him home in what turned out to be a low-scoring contest between the two clubs. Kendrick has cooled off considerably in August, batting just .257 (19-for-74) in the month. On the season, he's slashing .283/.340/.375 with 53 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
    Thursday, 7:33 pm
  • Rizzo's homer the difference in resumed game
    Anthony Rizzo's first-inning, two-run home run was the deciding factor in the Cubs' win over the Giants on Thursday -- a game resumed from Tuesday.

    Advice: The Giants won a protest and Tuesday's match against the Cubs was resumed on Thursday with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scored once in the sixth, but Rizzo's home run two days ago stood the test of time and was the reason the Cubs won. Rizzo finished 2-for-4, his other hit being a double. The first baseman now has 29 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .279/.377/.515 slash line.
    Thursday, 5:21 pm
  • Angels acquire Gordon Beckham from ChiSox
    Angels acquired 2B Gordon Beckham from the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: If you're going to gamble, this is the type of player -- and acquisition cost -- to do it on. Beckham has been pretty awful this year -- slashing .221/.263/.336 -- but it's worth finding out if there's still offensive upside in that bat (he entered the year with a career .694 OPS, though Beckham has steadily regressed since logging an .808 OPS as a rookie in 2009). The Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen wrote earlier this month that the White Sox would probably non-tender Beckham this offseason, so you can understand why they'd take whatever was offered to them. Beckham will back up Howie Kendrick and David Freese. Meanwhile, we expect Marcus Semien to be promoted for an extended look at second base by the White Sox.
    Thursday, 2:40 pm
  • Angels add Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A
    Angels purchased the contract of LHP Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: LeBlanc is available out of the bullpen for now but could start in Garrett Richards' place on Monday against the Marlins. Richards is likely done for the season after suffering an ugly left knee injury Wednesday in Boston. LeBlanc is not a good fantasy bet.
    Thursday, 9:49 am
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Josh Donaldson getting a breather Wed.
    Josh Donaldson is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: With Thursday's off day, the A's are giving Donaldson two days of rest in order to recharge the batteries. Alberto Callaspo is at the hot corner Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 11:19 am
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