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  • Wil Myers hits RBI triple in loss to Cubs
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Myers notched his third three-bagger of the season off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks in the third inning. It bumped his RBI total to 73 for the season. The 25-year-old's bat has cooled after a scalding hot start to the summer, but he is still slashing .266/.343/.476 for the season as a whole. He has also bopped 23 homers. Today, 4:58 pm
    L, 6-3 vs ChC
  • Twins' Byung Ho Park will have wrist surgery
    Byung Ho Park will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

    Advice: Park was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist in mid-August, but according to the Twins, this surgery is actually being performed in an area on the wrist unrelated to the previous injury. He will be going under the knife to repair a subluxation of a tendon in the back of his hand. The procedure will sideline the 30-year-old for the remainder of the 2016 season. He struggled in his first taste of the majors, hitting .191/.275/.409 over 62 games with the Twins prior to being sent down to Triple-A Rochester in July. Today, 2:46 pm
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 2-6 vs Det
  • Ryan Howard to DH against White Sox
    Ryan Howard is serving as the DH in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Once this one is completed, Howard will have played in every major league park. The veteran slugger is batting fourth but he can be safely avoided in DFS formats. Howard passed through revocable waivers on Wednesday and can now be traded to any team, but there's very little chance of a move happening. Today, 1:12 pm
  • Billy Butler progressing from concussion
    Billy Butler said Wednesday that he's making good progress in his recovery from a concussion.

    Advice: Butler also apologized for his role in the clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia that resulted in his concussion. "I definitely said some things you shouldn’t, I definitely stepped in an area you shouldn’t. That wasn’t my business," said Butler. "I know I regret what I did, I think he regrets what he did. By no means do I think his intentions were to give me a concussion, I think that’s fair to say." The fight started after Butler told a rep for an equipment company that Valencia was wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong time. Or something like that. Today, 12:26 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Hanley Ramirez getting day of rest on Wed.
    Hanley Ramirez is getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis Shaw will start at first base and Brock Holt will start at third base versus Rays right-hander Matt Andriese. Hanley will be available off the bench. Today, 12:20 pm
  • Smith tallies three hits in Tuesday's win
    Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith notched three hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: He's hit a ridiculous .474 during his five-game hitting streak. Smith's name is plastered all over the Eastern League leaderboards. He ranks third in RBI (85), seventh in doubles (27), eighth in homers (14) and eighth in OPS (.835). Smith's power has come out of nowhere. Before this year, his previous career-high in homers was only six. The former first-round pick doesn't have a whole lot left to prove in Double-A. Expect him to begin next year with Triple-A Las Vegas. Today, 11:58 am
    Not Active
    Bot 4, 1-2 @StL
  • Byung Ho Park to have wrist examined
    Byung Ho Park traveled back to the Twin Cities over the weekend to have his right wrist examined.

    Advice: Park was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester on August 15 after being diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist. The worry now is that it could be something worse. Look for an update later this week. Park, signed to a four-year, $12 million contract this winter, batted just .191/.275/.409 over his first 62 games with the Twins before getting demoted to the minors on July 1. Today, 10:44 am
    Not Active
    Bot 3, 2-6 vs Det
  • Anthony Rizzo getting game off Wednesday
    Anthony Rizzo is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kris Bryant will start at first base, Jorge Soler will play left field, and Javier Baez will handle the hot corner in the afternoon finale at San Diego's Petco Park. It's just a routine day of rest for Rizzo. Today, 9:48 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez drives in three in win
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Gonzalez lofted a sacrifice fly in the third inning, then came back with a shallow two-run single in the fifth. With the three RBI, he padded his tally to 73 for the season as a whole. The veteran first baseman has also cracked 15 home runs while slashing .301/.369/.458. Yesterday, 11:46 pm
  • Late RBI single from Myers not enough for win
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Myers picked up an RBI base knock as part of a three-run ninth inning, but the Cubs held a 5-0 cushion to start the frame and managed to close out the win despite a few late rocky moments. For the season as a whole, the 25-year-old Myers is hitting .267/.343/.473 with 23 homers and 72 RBI. The overall numbers are fine, but he has struggled of late and entered Tuesday's game with just two hits in his last 23 at-bats. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    L, 6-3 vs ChC
  • Flores hits three-run shot in win over Cards
    Wilmer Flores hit a three-run home run as the Mets bested the Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Getting a start against a lefty as per usual, Flores turned on an inside fastball in the first inning for the three-run dinger. It was his only hit in the game and Flores' 13th homer of the year. With first base still a big question mark and Flores' ability to hit left-handed pitching, the 25-year-old should continue to draw starts at the less-hot corner going forward. Flores is hitting .259/.315/.447 in 87 games total. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Bot 4, 1-2 @StL
  • V-Mart homers, scores three runs vs. Twins
    Victor Martinez finished 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Martinez had three of the Tigers' 14 hits on the evening, including a two-run blast in the seventh. The homer was No. 23 for V-Mart, who now has 73 RBI and 52 runs scored. After enduring a cold July, the 37-year-old is hitting .305 with six homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored this month. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Abreu homers in third straight to down Phils
    Jose Abreu homered in his third straight game Tuesday, leading the White Sox to a lopsided 9-1 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: Abreu finished 2-for-3 with three RBI in the game, knocking an RBI single in the third inning before blasting a two-run homer in the fifth. After a largely pedestrian season, Abreu is lighting it up in the month of August, hitting .373 with six homers, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored. The good month has his overall line up to .285/.341/.455 with 17 home runs, 70 RBI and 48 runs scored. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Chris Davis slugs 30th homer as Orioles roll
    Chris Davis singled and smacked a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: He singled and scored in the Orioles' three-run third inning and then added an insurance run with a long homer in the eighth off of Yusmeiro Petit. The dinger was Crush's 30th of the season, giving him at least 30 bombs in four out of the last five campaigns. Six of those homers have come over his last seven games. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Morneau hits fifth homer in win over Phillies
    Justin Morneau hit his fifth home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Morneau finished 1-for-4 in the contest. In 31 games with the Sox, the designated hitter has 16 RBI and nine runs scored to go with his five homers. Morneau is batting .274/.310/.500 in what is proving to be a successful comeback for the 35-year-old. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Matt Holliday has cast removed from thumb
    Matt Holliday had the cast removed from his surgically-repaired thumb on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still has to wear a splint but has begun doing range of motion exercises with his thumb at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida. Holliday needed surgery earlier this month to repair a right thumb fracture. He's hoping to return sometime in mid-to-late September. Yesterday, 3:31 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 4, 2-1 vs NYM
  • Valbuena (hamstring) is done for the season
    Luis Valbuena will undergo season-ending surgery on his strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Valbuena came down the hamstring strain back in late July and then suffered a setback last week while running. Alex Bregman has since taken over as the Astros' primary third baseman, with Yulieski Gurriel recently working into the mix. Valbuena finishes the 2016 season with a .260/.357/.459 batting line, 13 home runs, and 40 RBI in 90 games. He will be a free agent this winter at age 31. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Adams (shoulder) nearing rehab assignment
    Matt Adams (shoulder) is aiming to begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days.

    Advice: Adams has been on the disabled list since August 11 with inflammation in his right shoulder. The big first baseman owns a weak .249 batting average and .307 on-base percentage in 95 games this season for the Cardinals, though he has registered a decent .455 SLG. He'll likely return to a bench role. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 4, 2-1 vs NYM
  • Justin Bour (ankle) transferred to 60-day DL
    Marlins transferred 1B Justin Bour from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: It's a procedural move that won't affect Bour one way or the other. He's been out with a sprained ankle since early July and there's still no timetable for his return. Chris Johnson and Xavier Scruggs will continue to man first in his absence. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-0 vs KC
  • Marlins place Dietrich (knee) on 15-day DL
    Marlins placed 2B Derek Dietrich on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: The move was made retroactive to August 19. It clears a roster spot for Oswaldo Arcia, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. Dietrich was an effective hitter before the All-Star break (.303 AVG in 231 at-bats) but has slumped in the second half by hitting only .195 over his last 77 at-bats. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
    Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    15-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-0 vs KC
  • Anthony Rizzo goes 4-for-5
    Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 on Monday to finish a game with a .300 average for the first time since April 9.

    Advice: Rizzo got to .299 in the final game before the All-Star break, so it's not like he's been on a tear of late. Still, he's managed to keep contributing, even though he has just one homer in the last month. Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt walks it off for Arizona
    Paul Goldschmidt's third hit of Monday's game was a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Diamondbacks edged the Braves 9-8.

    Advice: It was Goldschmidt's 19th homer. You know you're pretty good when you can be hitting .300 with an OPS over .900 and still be considered a modest disappointment. While he's not hitting like he did last year, Goldschmidt is right on pace to reach 25 homers and 100 RBI. Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Freddie Freeman homers twice against Arizona
    Freddie Freeman homered twice, doubled and walked Monday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Well, of course he did; he was playing in Arizona. Freeman has hit .400 with 12 homers, 12 doubles and 36 RBI in 31 career games against the Diamondbacks. Monday, 10:16 pm
  • Carlos Santana homers and walks in win
    Carlos Santana homered and walked as the Indians' leadoff man Monday against the A's.

    Advice: Santana's homer off Ryan Dull was the only run in the 1-0 win. He's matched his career high with 27 homers this season. Monday, 9:59 pm
  • Chris Carter reaches 30-homer plateau
    Chris Carter smacked his 30th home run of the season in Monday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: It was his only hit of the night, but he drew a couple weeks to reach three times in his four trips to the plate. Carter has now reached the 30-homer plateau for the second time in his career, and he has a shot to break his career high of 37 that was set in 2014. Monday, 7:35 pm
    W, 7-1 vs Col
  • Danny Espinosa rips homer against Orioles
    Danny Espinosa belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Espinosa took Mychal Givens deep in the seventh inning with an opposite field shot that cut the Orioles' lead to one. Unfortunately for the Nationals, that's as close as they would get. It was Espinosa's first longball since a two-homer game back on July 3, as he's predictably fallen off at the plate after his monster June. Monday, 7:05 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Bot 6, 2-5 vs Bal
  • Billy Butler placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Athletics placed DH Billy Butler on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Butler has been dealing with concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. According to Athletics general manager David Forst, both players were fined as a result. Arismendy Alcantara will take Butler's spot on the active roster. Monday, 4:09 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Valbuena (hamstring) could require surgery
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that surgery hasn't been ruled out for Luis Valbuena's right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Valbuena landed on the disabled list at the end of July with a right hamstring strain and suffered a setback while running on Friday. He's scheduled to see a doctor on Wednesday to decide the next step. "There's a possibility that there will be some surgical solution to his problem, which will definitely take him out from coming back this year," said Luhnow. "But we'll wait until the doctors assess what's going on." Monday, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Freddie Freeman (finger) in Monday's lineup
    Freddie Freeman (finger) is back in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Freeman got the day off Sunday after receiving a cortisone shot in his right middle finger on Saturday. He got treatment and hit in the cage on Monday with no issues, so he's ready to make his return to the lineup. Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Billy Butler not listed on active roster
    Billy Butler is not listed on the active roster for Monday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: The Athletics have yet to make an official announcement, but Butler displayed concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia over the weekend and will presumably be placed on the disabled list. Arismendy Alcantara is expected to take his spot on the active roster. Monday, 3:33 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Butler, Valencia fought over endorsement deal
    According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the recent clubhouse fight between Billy Butler and Danny Valencia was about an endorsement contract.

    Advice: Valencia was in talks with an equipment representative before Butler allegedly interjected regarding the use of some off-brand spikes and told him that the company should drop the endorsement deal. This led to a confrontation where Valencia allegedly punched Butler in the temple. Butler has dealt with nausea and vomiting since. As for Valencia, Slusser hears that he will be fined for the fight. It's unclear if he'll face any other punishment. Monday, 3:11 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Votto drives in four but Reds fall to Dodgers
    Joey Votto went 3-for-6 with four RBI in the Reds' loss to the Dodgers on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Votto hit an RBI single in the third inning, an RBI double in the fourth inning, and an RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth. He had a shot at a rare natural cycle when he came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth but instead hit into an RBI groundout. What a shame. The first baseman has a stellar .309/.433/.522 batting line with 20 home runs and 72 RBI in 121 games this season for the last-place Reds. Monday, 1:46 pm
    Bot 7, 5-5 vs Tex
  • Adrian Gonzalez has three-HR, eight-RBI day
    Adrian Gonzalez had a monster day in Monday’s 18-9 pounding of the Reds, going 3-for-6 with three homers and a career-high eight RBI.

    Advice: Gonzalez connected for a three-run shot off Homer Bailey in the first inning before adding a solo blast in a six-run fifth and a two-run shot in the seventh. He had a chance for a fourth homer in the eighth, but grounded out to second base. On the bright side, he drove in his eighth run of the day on the play. This is the second three-homer game of Gonzalez’s career. He has now hit safely in 15 consecutive games and is batting .299/.369/.458 with 15 homers and 70 RBI overall. Monday, 1:41 pm
  • Pirates, Freese reach 2-year, $11M extension
    Pirates signed 3B/1B David Freese to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2019.

    Advice: He'll get $6.25 million in 2017 and $4.25 million in 2018, and the club option for 2019 is worth $6 million with a $500,000 buyout. Freese was a nice offseason pickup for the Pirates on a one-year, $3 million free agent contract and is now locked up with Pittsburgh through at least his age-35 season at some fairly reasonable rates. The 33-year-old currently owns a .276/.355/.437 batting line with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 107 games. He's made 58 starts at third base and 26 starts at first base. Monday, 11:47 am
    L, 5-4 vs Hou
  • Butler reportedly hurt in fight with Valencia
    Billy Butler missed Saturday and Sunday's games against the White Sox due to injuries sustained in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

    Advice: The alleged incident occurred on Friday night, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. A's manager Bob Melvin wouldn't divulge any details when pressed for information on Sunday and simply noted that Butler sat out due to nausea and vomiting, and not from the flu as initially reported. Those symptoms are often associated with concussions, though it's unclear if Butler sustained a concussion from the altercation with Valencia. There should be more clarity here soon, especially if MLB decides to investigate the matter. Sunday, 7:02 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Freeman unavailable Sunday due to finger
    Freddie Freeman was unavailable for Sunday's game against the Nationals after receiving a shot in the right middle finger on his right hand on Saturday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though the injury is serious, so Freeman should be considered day-to-day. He's having a nice season at the dish, slashing .287/.382/.539 with a career-high 24 homers and 58 RBI. Sunday, 4:01 pm
  • Billy Butler (illness) remains unavailable
    Billy Butler (illness) isn't available to play Sunday.

    Advice: Butler isn't even at the ballpark, as the A's told him to stay at the team hotel as he recovers from the flu. He's day-to-day. Khris Davis is in the designated hitter spot Sunday and Coco Crisp is in left field. Sunday, 9:43 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Victor Martinez getting a day off Sunday
    Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Miguel Cabrera is in the designated hitter spot Sunday, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting a start at first base. Sunday, 9:13 am
  • Freddie Freeman sitting out on Sunday
    Freddie Freeman is absent from the Braves' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the first baseman. Nick Markakis is handling first base for Freeman, with Jeff Francoeur taking a spot in right field. Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Abreu hits 15th homer in win over Athletics
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Abreu connected on a Ross Detwiler pitch in the first inning for a solo dong, and he later doubled and scored. The homer was just his 15th of the year, giving him 66 RBI and 45 runs scored on the year. His rate stats are decent -- Abreu is batting .283/.338/.443 overall -- but the first baseman has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this year after being a fringe first-rounder in March. Saturday, 7:46 pm
  • Davis crunches 29th homer on Saturday
    Chris Davis crunched his 29th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: The solo blast was the only run his team could muster against Astros starter Mike Fiers. Davis finished the night 1-for-2 with a walk. He was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. The game was out of hand by that point so presumably the move was made purely to give Davis a bit of extra rest. Davis has a lowly .224 batting average but the 29 home runs, 67 RBI and 78 runs scored help make up for it. Saturday, 7:43 pm
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffers setback
    Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback while running on Friday.

    Advice: He's headed back to Houston, where he'll be looked at by team doctors. Valbuena was getting close to a rehab assignment but now that's on hold. Now that Alex Bregman has arrived in the major leagues and is manning third base, Valbuena won't have to rush his recovery. Saturday, 6:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Billy Butler sitting out with illness Saturday
    Billy Butler (illness) is not in the Athletics' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's feeling a bit under the weather. Butler plays sparingly these days but he's a lifetime .478 hitter against tonight's starting pitcher, Chris Sale. Danny Valencia will DH and bat third for the A's on Saturday. Saturday, 1:51 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Votto homers, drives in four vs. Dodgers
    Joey Votto had a big night at the plate Friday against the Dodgers, going 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, four RBI, and two runs scored.

    Advice: It’s safe to say that Votto satisfied whatever critics he might have in this one. In addition to launching a three-run homer in the first inning, he later drew a walk with the bases loaded to force home a run in the fourth. He’s hitting a superhuman .421 over his last 42 games. His batting average has increased from .242 to .304 in that time. Friday, 8:55 pm
    Bot 7, 5-5 vs Tex
  • Freese clubs two-run homer in loss
    David Freese clubbed a two-run homer in a loss Friday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: His two-run blast off Tom Koehler gave the Pirates the lead in the fourth inning in what was a back-and-forth affair. The Pirates were ultimately on the losing side. Freese is still doing most of his damage against left-handers, but he’s batting .282/.363/.447 with 12 homers and 48 RBI through 105 games on the year. His .810 OPS is his highest since his All-Star season with the Cardinals in 2012. Friday, 8:24 pm
    L, 5-4 vs Hou
  • Howard/Zimmerman cleared in Al Jazeera report
    Major League Baseball announced Friday that Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Al Jazeera report from last year.

    Advice: Al Jazeera released a documentary last year in which pharmacist Charlie Sly accused Howard and Zimmerman, among many other athletes, of using performance-enhancing drugs. Both players cooperated fully with the commissioner's office, whereas Sly did not. This issue is now put to bed. Friday, 9:15 am
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) nearing rehab games
    The Astros hope Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is ready to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: Valbuena ran on Tuesday and Wednesday and has also resumed other baseball activities. "Obviously the next few days are going to tell us a little bit more about the realistic side of it," manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday. "We'd like to push him the most we can without jeopardizing the rehab he's already done, so the running intensity is going to increase (and) the groundball intensity will increase. The batting practice is fine - he feels nothing in batting practice. So we're in this area where the harder we push him, the more vulnerable he can become, but it's time that we need to push him a little bit and see if a rehab assignment is possible maybe while we're in Pittsburgh." Friday, 7:13 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Pit
  • Morneau swats three-run double versus Indians
    Justin Morneau hit a three-run double in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Morneau delivered the big blow in the White Sox' three-run first inning against All-Star Danny Salazar, hitting a slicing line drive down the left field line that bounced off the wall and allowed all three ducks on the pond to score. The runs batted in gave Morneau 14 RBI in 27 games this year. It's great to see the 35-year-old finding success again at the big league level, even if it's for a White Sox team that's going nowhere in 2016. Through Thursday's game, Morneau is batting .297/.337/.516 with four homers and seven runs scored overall. Thursday, 9:21 pm
  • Davis goes yard twice in win over Astros
    Chris Davis homered twice in Thursday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Astros starter Joe Musgrove allowed three homers before exiting, but Davis saved his best work for reliever James Hoyt and first baseman Tyler White -- an indication of how the night went for the Astros -- hitting solo homers off each. Davis now has 27 home runs on the year, tied with teammate Manny Machado for ninth-most in the American League. Davis also has 65 RBI and 76 runs scored to go along with a .222/.338/.456 line. Thursday, 7:58 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez activated off bereavement list
    Red Sox activated 1B Hanley Ramirez from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Hanley flew home to the Dominican Republic on Sunday to mourn the death of a relative. He is starting at first base and batting cleanup for the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon against Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd. Thursday, 7:31 am
  • Freeman swats two-run homer Wednesday
    Freddie Freeman went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a two-run bomb in a loss to the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: He set a career high with his 24th home run of the season. After several dreadful weeks early in the season Freeman has been one of the best hitters in the league since then. He is batting .288/.384/.543 with 56 RBI and 68 runs scored. Unfortunately the lineup around him is too poor to allow him to accumulate top-tier fantasy counting stats. His .927 OPS is good for sixth in the National League. Wednesday, 8:39 pm
  • A-Gone drills two bombs, drives in five runs
    Adrian Gonzalez drilled a three-run bomb in the fourth inning and a two-run tater in the seventh to lead the Dodgers over the Phillies 7-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez has come to life lately to perk up a sluggish season. The powerful game raised his line to .298/.371/.438 with 12 homers, 62 RBI and 53 runs scored in 115 games. The batting average and on-base percentage look good but the power stats are well below what we are used to getting from the veteran slugger. Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • V-Mart cracks solo homer in Wednesday's loss
    Victor Martinez hit a solo home run that provided the only scoring the Tigers could muster in a tough loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Detroit squandered a no-hit bid by Anibal Sanchez. The home run was the 22nd time Martinez has gone deep this year. He is batting .303 with 70 RBI as a 37-year-old. He has lost the catcher eligibility that made him a fantasy star for a decade but his bat is plenty good enough to devote a UTIL slot to him day in and day out. Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Justin Morneau swats home run Tuesday
    Justin Morneau singled and ripped a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Morneau's tater in the sixth inning was all the White Sox could put together against Corey Kluber and the Indians' bullpen. The 35-year-old has been a quality pick-up for the White Sox to this point, sporting a .301/.344/.518 batting line with four homers and 11 RBI over 25 games. Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Mozeliak: Holliday (thumb) may return in '16
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that it's possible Matt Holliday (thumb) could return this year.

    Advice: But it's probably going to have to be late-September or even early-October. Holliday suffered a right thumb fracture last Thursday when he was hit by a high-and-tight pitch and he is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. The 36-year-old outfielder is slashing .242/.318/.450 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI in 107 games this season for St. Louis. He carries a $17 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2017. Tuesday, 2:59 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 4, 2-1 vs NYM
  • Matt Holliday will have thumb surgery on Wed.
    Matt Holliday will undergo surgery on his fractured right thumb on Wednesday.

    Advice: It figures to end his 2016 season. Holliday suffered the thumb fracture last Thursday when he was hit by a high-and-tight pitch. Brandon Moss has taken over as the Cardinals' primary left fielder, though Jeremy Hazelbaker and Tommy Pham could also see action there. Holliday carries a $17 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2017. He might have already played his last game in a Cardinals uniform. Tuesday, 1:42 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 4, 2-1 vs NYM
  • No timetable for Justin Bour's return
    Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said during an appearance on 940 WINZ on Tuesday that there's "no timeline" for Justin Bour (ankle) to return.

    Advice: Bour was originally expected to return from the disabled list 10 days ago, but progress from his high right ankle sprain has been slow. At this point, a return in September is more realistic. Derek Dietrich and Chris Johnson will continue to share playing time at first base. Tuesday, 7:20 am
    60-Day DL
    Top 8, 3-0 vs KC
  • Holliday (hand) visits hand specialist
    Matt Holliday (thumb) visited a hand specialist on Monday.

    Advice: Holliday suffered a right thumb fracture when he was hit by a pitch on Thursday. He's expected to determine the next step in the next 24 hours before making an announcement on Tuesday. Surgery is on the table as a possibility. The Cardinals have the ability to shuffle the likes of Randal Grichuk, Brandon Moss, Tommy Pham, and Jeremy Hazelbaker in their outfield, though they have been linked to Carlos Gomez. Aug 15, 1:57 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 4, 2-1 vs NYM
  • Dominic Smith extends hitting streak to 12
    Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith homered and drove in two runs Sunday in a win for Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: In doing so, he stretched his hitting streak to 12 games. Smith has hit .429 during that span while raising his season average from .281 to .299. Dating back to July 1, Smith owns a .363 average with six homers and 28 RBI. Before this season, Smith had homered only 10 times in 1,090 minor league at-bats. The 21-year-old ranks third in the Eastern League with 79 RBI and is also eighth in batting average. Aug 15, 1:00 pm
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    Bot 4, 1-2 @StL
  • Byung Ho Park lands on AAA disabled list
    Byung Ho Park has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester with right wrist tendinitis.

    Advice: It's unclear how much time he might miss. Park is batting .224/.297/.526 with 10 home runs in 31 games since his demotion to the Triple-A level on the first of July, but he had been in a slump lately. The South Korean slugger was slashing .191/.275/.409 with 12 home runs through 62 games for Minnesota. Aug 15, 12:11 pm
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    Bot 3, 2-6 vs Det
  • Hanley Ramirez due back Thursday?
    Hanley Ramirez is expected to spend three days on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Which pegs his return for Thursday, when the Red Sox begin a four-game series at Detroit's Comerica Park. Hanley was placed on bereavement Sunday evening and traveled home to the Dominican Republic. Aug 15, 8:52 am
  • Rizzo slugs 25th home run in losing effort
    Anthony Rizzo slugged his 25th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday night.

    Advice: His solo blast off of Kevin Siegrist in the eighth inning pulled the Cubs back to within two runs at 6-4, but that would be as close as they would come in the ballgame. Rizzo also singled twice, finishing the night 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. He's having an outstanding season at the dish, slashing .291/.398/.572 with 25 homers, 85 RBI and three stolen bases. Aug 14, 8:14 pm
  • Red Sox place Hanley Ramirez on bereavement
    Red Sox placed INF Hanley Ramirez on the bereavement leave list.

    Advice: He will be away from the club for a couple of days, so fantasy owners will want to have another option ready for next week. No corresponding move has been announced yet. Aug 14, 2:18 pm
  • Jose Abreu hits RBI double in loss to Marlins
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two total RBI in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Abreu came through with a pair of run-scoring hits on the afternoon, picking up an RBI single in the first inning and later notching an RBI double in the sixth. This season, the 29-year-old first baseman is slashing .282/.335/.438 with 14 homers and 65 RBI over 454 at-bats. His power might has dropped noticeably after he combined to hit 66 home runs over his first two major league seasons, but he has been hitting hot of late and is a name to consider in DFS formats so long as he keeps taking to the August heat. Aug 14, 1:40 pm
  • Carlos Santana (head) back in lineup Sunday
    Carlos Santana (head) is back in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Santana was pulled from Thursday's game when he was hit in the side of the head by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout. He sat out the last two days but has been cleared of concussion symptoms and is back in his customary designated hitter and leadoff spots Sunday. Aug 14, 7:17 am
  • Butler goes 3-for-4 and scores two runs
    Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored twice in Saturday's loss.

    Advice: The part-time designated hitter has hit well this year in limited chances. The Athletics have wisely used him in situations where he is likely to succeed and kept him on the bench the rest of the time. He is hitting .293/.344/.434 with four home runs and 29 RBI in 198 at-bats. Aug 13, 10:11 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
  • Votto, Reds score 11 runs in win over Brewers
    Joey Votto went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored as the Reds trounced the Brewers 11-5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Votto leads the league in walks, but he put his bat to use in what was his second four-hit game this month. He's now got multiple hits in each of his last four games to raise his average to .301 with a .428 on-base percentage and .504 slugging percentage. Patient owners who waited out his early struggles are now reaping the benefits. Aug 13, 9:43 pm
    Bot 7, 5-5 vs Tex
  • Flores' three hits help Mets win in extras
    Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the Mets' 3-2, 11-inning win over the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Flores was having a good night before he came to the dish with runners on the corners and one out in the 11th inning. The 25-year-old hit a ground ball up the middle that second baseman Ryan Schimpf fielded but threw wide of catcher Christian Bethancourt, allowing the winning run to score and making Flores the hero. With the three-hit night, Flores is batting .255/.309/.434 with 11 homers, 33 RBI and 27 runs scored overall. Aug 13, 9:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Bot 4, 1-2 @StL
  • Myers connects for clutch homer against Mets
    Wil Myers hit his 23rd home run of the year in Saturday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: It was going to be a loss anyway before Myers turned around a 97 mph fastball from closer Jeurys Familia to tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning. The homer was Myers' only hit in four at-bats. The 25-year-old has settled in with the Padres and is enjoying a breakout offensive year, batting .276/.354/.500 with 23 homers, 70 RBI, 77 runs and 21 stolen bases through 113 games. Aug 13, 9:10 pm
    L, 6-3 vs ChC
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