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  • Nelson Cruz unlikely to play Sunday
    Nelson Cruz probably won't play Sunday after injuring a quad in extra innings Saturday.

    Advice: That could open the door for Franklin Gutierrez or Jesus Montero to get a start against a right-hander. Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • Marcus Semien homers in victory
    Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer in the top of the 13th to help the A's beat the Mariners 7-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Well, Semien is going to end up finishing the season with more RBI (45) than errors (35), so that's a good thing. Since he's shown decent range at shortstop and he's been pretty decent offensively with no one on base, the A's will probably keep him around as a starter next year. Probably. He still has some fantasy upside, particularly if he can get his OBP up and establish himself as a top-of-the-order guy. Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Sean Nolin allows three runs to Mariners
    Sean Nolin allowed three runs over five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the A's.

    Advice: Nolin's debut this year was delayed by shoulder problems, but he was healthy enough to get a chance last month and he ended up with a 5.28 ERA in six starts. Particularly unimpressive was his 15/12 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. Maybe he'll be stronger next year, but he probably won't be much of a threat to make the A's out of spring training. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Roenis Elias struggles against A's
    Roenis Elias lasted just two-plus innings and gave up four runs Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: He was lucky it wasn't worse, considering that he left the bases loaded with no outs in the third and just one runner came around to score. Elias ends the year with a 5-8 record and a 4.14 ERA in 20 starts and two relief appearances. He should be a perfectly acceptable fifth starter going forward, but the Mariners probably won't have him a job next spring. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Carson Smith records 22nd hold
    Carson Smith got four outs for his 22nd hold before Tom Wilhelmsen blew a save Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: The main reason Smith hasn't spent the last month closing is because the Mariners don't want to have to pay him big bucks in arbitration a couple of years down the line. He's recovered from his midseason malaise by going the last 18 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run (and just one unearned). Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Robinson Cano hits three-run homer
    Robinson Cano went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer against the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: Cano has hit .332 with 15 homers and 49 RBI in 69 games during the second half of the season, even while playing through a hernia that's going to require surgery in the offseason. If the Comeback Player of the Year award was for bouncing back during a season, Cano would be a shoo-in. Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Greinke dominates over eight versus Padres
    Zack Greinke fired eight innings of one-run ball in the Dodgers' 2-1 defeat of the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: It's a little odd that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly let his NLDS Game 2 starter go so deep in this one, but there weren't many high-stress pitches. The Cy Young Award candidate yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out eight. He'll finish the regular season with a 1.66 ERA. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Rasmus homers twice as Astros top Arizona
    Colby Rasmus slugged two home runs in the Astros' win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

    Advice: It was a pair of solo bombs, and they helped the 'Stros grab a must-win in Arizona. Rasmus has 25 home runs and 61 RBI in 136 games this season with a respectable .792. Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Clayton Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS
    Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kershaw had another unbelievable year, winning 16 games with a 2.16 ERA and a league-leading 294 strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner hasn't had much success in the postseason (1-5, 5.12 ERA in 11 appearances) but he's been lights out against the Mets, holding them to one run and eight hits over 16 innings this year. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Finnegan hurls six effective innings vs PIT
    Brandon Finnegan kept the Pirates off the scoreboard in Saturday's win, allowing one run on three hits over six innings.

    Advice: Finnegan struck out six and walked two on the evening. Since entering the Reds' rotation midway through September, he's surrendered 11 runs across 21 innings (four starts). The 22-year-old southpaw should see an extended look come Spring, 2016. Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • Max Scherzer throws his second no-hitter
    Max Scherzer threw a no-hitter in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets.

    Advice: It was the second no-no of the year for Scherzer, and he's done it against two playoff-bound teams. Scherzer struck out 17 and walked none, flat out dominating a Mets lineup that featured more than a couple regulars. The only thing that kept it from being a perfect game was Yunel Escobar's throwing error in the bottom of the sixth inning. The $210 million right-hander will finish the 2015 season with a stellar 2.81 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 273/34 K/BB ratio in 227 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 6:32 pm
  • Desmond sitting out second game of double dip
    Ian Desmond is not in the lineup for the second game of the Nationals' doubleheader Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the first game of the doubleheader. Top prospect Trea Turner is starting at shortstop and hitting leadoff. Desmond's .234 average this season is the lowest of his seven-year career. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Gonzalez tosses six scoreless vs. Mets
    Gio Gonzalez fired six scoreless innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Mets.

    Advice: While Gonzalez didn't get the win, he finished his year on a high note, allowing just three hits while walking three and striking out seven. He'll wrap things up with a 3.79 ERA and 169/69 K/BB ratio in 175 2/3 innings over 31 starts. His 1.42 WHIP was his highest since 2009 and his penchant for the free pass continues to limit his upside in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Afredo Simon pitched through knee injury
    Chris Iott of reports that Alfredo Simon pitched through a left knee injury the entirety of the 2015 season.

    Advice: He underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection on Saturday on the injured knee. While that can partially be blamed for his poor results in 2015, it isn't suddenly going to make him a hot commodity on the open market heading into 2016. While he has stated his desire to remain with the Tigers, he's probably best suited for a return to a bullpen role. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Castro doubles twice in win over Brewers
    Starlin Castro went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Friday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Castro worked an RBI double in the seventh to account for his solitary run driven in on Friday. This season, he's hitting .269/.299/.380 with 11 homers, 69 RBI and 52 runs scored. He posted a strong September and looks to be carrying that over to baseball's most important month. Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Alfredo Simon finishes season strong in loss
    Alfredo Simon finished the season strong in a losing effort against the White Sox on Friday, allowing just two runs on five hits over eight innings.

    Advice: Simon walked one and struck out one in the contest. The Tigers starting pitching was a major downfall to their 2015 season, and Simon was one of the major contributors to that disappointment. He finishes the season 13-12 with a bloated 5.05 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 117/68 K/BB ratio over 187 innings. Friday, 7:49 pm
  • Cano to undergo surgery on October 13
    Robinson Cano is set to undergo surgery on October 13 to repair a sports hernia.

    Advice: Cano has been able to play through the injury since mid-July. He'll be completely recovered and ready to go for the start of spring training next season. Friday, 3:57 pm
  • Cruz rocks homer No. 44 in loss to Astros
    Nelson Cruz went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and three strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz provided the second "back" of back-to-back home runs with Kyle Seager in the fifth inning. Both men did their damage against Astros starter Scott Kazmir. The veteran slugger has posted a fantastic 2015 season, swatting 44 homers and driving in 92 runs while slashing a stellar .301/.370/.570. Wednesday, 10:57 pm
  • Castro racks up 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBI in win
    Starlin Castro filled up the box score in Wednesday's win over the Reds, finishing 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored.

    Advice: Castro belted a solo homer to lead off the sixth inning, singled and scored in the eighth, then hit an RBI double and scored in the ninth. The infielder is figuring things out at the right time, as he's hitting .426 (29-for-68) in September. On the season, Castro has a .269/.300/.379 triple-slash line with 11 home runs, 68 RBI, and 52 runs scored. Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Cano smacks 20th homer in Mariners' win
    Robinson Cano went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a two-run home run as the Mariners beat the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cano hit one of two first-inning sacrifice flies, giving the Mariners an early 2-1 lead. He belted a two-run homer in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4, eventually allowing the Mariners to pull ahead and win. While his numbers are solid, they're not what the Mariners expected when they signed him to a 10-year, $240 million contract before the 2014 season. Cano is hitting .282/.330/.441 with 20 home runs and 76 RBI on the year. Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Kershaw masterful as Dodgers clinch NL West
    Clayton Kershaw pitched a one-hit shutout as the Dodgers clinched the NL West on Tuesday versus the Giants.

    Advice: Kershaw allowed one hit and one walk while striking out 13, retiring the final 19 batters he faced. The Dodgers backed him with eight runs of support, so it was an easy night. The lefty now has a 2.16 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and a 294/42 K/BB ratio over 229 innings. Kershaw is still six strikeouts shy of 300; he's looking to become the first pitcher to strike out 300 since Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson in 2002. Tuesday, 10:05 pm
  • Starling Castro not in Tuesday's lineup
    Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs' starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: He's sitting against right-hander Josh Smith. Assuming the weather cooperates, Tommy La Stella will start at second base and Javier Baez will play second base. Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • Greinke tosses seven solid innings in return
    Zack Greinke got a no-decision, allowing two runs in seven innings as the Dodgers lost in 12 innings to the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Greinke allowed a two-run double to Trevor Brown in the second inning, accounting for all of the damage. It was one of four hits he allowed along with three walks and seven strikeouts. He hadn't pitched since September 18 due to a sore calf. Greinke now has a terrific 1.68 ERA with a 0.85 WHIP and a 192/39 K/BB ratio over 214 2/3 innings. He'll wrap up his regular season with a home start against the Padres. Monday, 11:22 pm
  • Semien homers, but A's suffer a walkoff loss
    Marcus Semien homered in Monday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The shortstop finished 1-for-3 with a walk, smacking a solo shot in the fourth inning off of Hector Santiago to temporarily tie the game at 2-2. Semien is hitting a pedestrian .257/.311/.400 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Elias solid over six in no-decision vs. HOU
    Roenis Elias got a no-decision, giving up two runs in six innings as the Mariners fell to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Both runs came in the first inning on solo home runs by George Springer and Evan Gattis. They were two of only three hits Elias allowed along with two walks and five strikeouts. The lefty now has a 3.89 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 97/41 K/BB ratio over 113 1/3 innings. He'll make his final start of the year at home versus the Athletics. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Nelson Cruz (quad) might rest this weekend
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday that Nelson Cruz (quad) could be rested for this weekend's series versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Cruz has been playing through a right quad injury and will continue to do so for the series against the Astros since there are playoff implications. However, it sounds like he could rest for at least part of the series versus the A's. Cruz is tied with Chris Davis for the Major League lead in homers with 43. Monday, 3:45 pm
  • Cano (abdomen) could sit out this weekend
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Robinson Cano (abdomen) could be rested during this weekend's series against the Athletics.

    Advice: Cano has been playing through an abdominal strain since late July. He'll continue to be in the lineup for the early-week series versus the Astros since there are playoff implications, but the second baseman could rest for at least a portion of the series over the weekend. It's something for fantasy owners to keep in mind this week. Monday, 3:43 pm
  • Scherzer flirts with another no-no vs. Reds
    Max Scherzer flirted with another no-hitter Monday against the Reds and ultimately settled for eight frames of one-run ball in a 5-1 victory.

    Advice: The only baserunners to reach on Scherzer through one out in the eighth inning came via the walk, but Tucker Barnhart then lined a clean single to left field to spoil what could have been the righty's second no-no of the season. Barnhart came around to score with two outs in the frame after shortstop Trea Turner failed to put the tag on him on what should have been a surefire double play to end the inning. He permitted two hits on the day, walked three and struck out 10. Amazingly, Scherzer's win Monday was his first at home since his no-hitter back on June 20. He'll carry a 2.91 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 259 strikeouts over 219 2/3 innings into his final start of the season this weekend versus the Mets. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Brandon Finnegan struggles against Nationals
    Brandon Finnegan yielded three runs over five frames in Monday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: He was lucky to surrender only the three runs, as Finnegan allowed eight hits -- including a home run -- and walked two over his five frames. The former Royal has given up 10 runs over his 15 innings across three starts since being inserted into the Reds' rotation. He'll try for better results this weekend in Pittsburgh in his final outing of the season. Monday, 3:18 pm
  • Ian Desmond absent from lineup on Monday
    Ian Desmond is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Reds.

    Advice: Trea Turner will start at shortstop and bat second versus Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan. It's just a day of rest for Desmond. Bryce Harper is getting one too. Monday, 8:53 am
  • Starlin Castro plates two in victory Sunday
    Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cubs topped the Pirates 4-0 on Sunday night in Chicago.

    Advice: Castro's two-run double in the seventh inning, which had initially been ruled a home run, increased the Cubs advantage to 4-0, which was more than enough support for Jake Arrieta and company. With the two-hit effort, Castro is now hitting .264/.296/.368 with 10 homers and 66 RBI on the season. Sep 27, 8:03 pm
  • Giants knock Nolin for five runs in 2 1/3 IP
    Sean Nolin struggled in Sunday's loss to the Giants, surrendering five runs (three earned) on seven hits over just 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Nolin might have allowed five runs, but it could have been worse. Three of the five scored on sacrifice flies, while the other two came home on RBI singles. Had the Giants squared up the ball a little better, this start could have been a disaster. As is, it pushed his ERA from 4.57 to a still shoddy 5.25. The 25-year-old southpaw also holds a tough 1.67 WHIP over 24 innings. He'll head to Safeco to tango with the Mariners next weekend before the season closes out for the Athletics. Sep 27, 4:20 pm
  • Desmond 3-for-3 with homer but Nats lose
    Ian Desmond went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, but the Nationals suffered a 12-5 loss to the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Desmond broke a scoreless tie in the second inning, drilling a solo home run to right-center off of Aaron Harang. The soon-to-be free agent has disappointing numbers, as he's hitting .236/.289/.389 with 19 home runs and 62 RBI on the year. Sep 27, 2:02 pm
  • Gonzalez loses command, takes no-decision
    Gio Gonzalez lost his command late, resulting in a no-decision after giving up two runs in five innings in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Gonzalez saw the Phillies load the bases with three consecutive singles to lead off the sixth inning, which is when the wheels fell off. The lefty then issued back-to-back walks to force in two runs before exiting the game. Reliever Rafael Martin prevented all three inherited runners from scoring. Overall, Gonzalez allowed six hits and two walks while striking out three. He holds a 3.93 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and a 162/66 K/BB ratio over 169 2/3 innings. Gonzalez will end his season with a road start against the Mets. Sep 27, 1:53 pm
  • Simon surrenders eight runs in loss to Twins
    Alfredo Simon pitched deep into the Detroit night in Saturday's loss to the Twins, allowing four runs on eight hits over eight innings.

    Advice: The Twins notched solitary runs against Simon in the first and third innings, then tacked on two more in the seventh. Those latter two runs snapped a 2-2 tie and prevented the 34-year-old right-hander from a shot at the win. For the season, it's mostly been a struggle for Simon, who now maintains a tough 5.18 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. A road start against the White Sox next time out will be his final chance for redemption before the Tigers enter their long, dark winter of an off-season. Sep 26, 7:53 pm
  • Marcus Semien not in A's lineup Saturday
    Marcus Semien is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off for the shortstop. Eric Sogard will start in his place and bat eighth against Tim Hudson and the Giants on Saturday. Sep 26, 10:21 am
  • Colby Rasmus not in Astros lineup on Saturday
    Colby Rasmus is not in the Astros starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Rangers.

    Advice: With tough opposing southpaw Derek Holland taking the hill for the Rangers, Rasmus will have a seat in favor of Jake Marisnick who will bat ninth and patrol center field for the Astros. Sep 26, 7:54 am
  • Zack Greinke (calf) to throw bullpen session
    Zack Greinke (calf) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: That would put him on track to start on Monday in San Francisco. Greinke was scratched from a scheduled outing on Wednesday due to a sore calf, but it appears he'll be in line to make two starts next week. Sep 25, 2:42 pm
  • Kershaw struggles despite nine strikeouts
    Clayton Kershaw couldn't supply the Dodgers a quality start in Thursday afternoon's win over the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings.

    Advice: Kershaw did strike out nine, but on a hot autumn day, manager Don Mattingly sat him down after five innings. The Diamondbacks scored solitary runs in the second, third and fourth innings. The ace southpaw has been his typically brilliant self this season, pitching to a 2.25 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 281/41 K/BB ratio across 220 innings. A road start against the Giants looms next on his schedule. Don't be surprised if Kershaw puts in another relatively short start in that one as the Dodgers look to keep him fresh for their postseason run. Sep 24, 3:35 pm
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