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  • Fielder homers as Rangers outlast Padres
    Prince Fielder went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run as the Rangers outlasted the Padres 8-6 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Fielder took Andrew Cashner yard in the first inning with a man aboard to stake the Rangers to an early 2-0 lead. It's his first home run since August 8. Nevertheless, the first baseman is batting .317/.380/.477 with 18 home runs and 73 RBI in what has been a great bounce-back season after missing most of 2014 with a neck injury. Rotoworld.com 38 minutes ago
  • Gallardo allows 4 runs in no-decision vs. SD
    Yovani Gallardo took a no-decision in Tuesday's win over the Padres, allowing four runs in five innings.

    Advice: All four runs were driven in by Matt Kemp, who plated two with a double in the third inning, then hit a two-run homer in the fifth. Gallardo, overall, gave up six hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander is near the end of a great year for the Rangers, currently sporting a 3.27 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 101/59 K/BB ratio over 159 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Mariners at Safeco Field in his next start. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
  • Kemp drives in four, but Padres lose to TEX
    Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with a walk, a two-run double, and a two-run home run but the Padres dropped Tuesday's game to the Rangers.

    Advice: Kemp brought the Padres to within 3-2 with his two-run double in the third inning, then put the Padres on top 4-3 in the fifth inning with a two-run home run off of Yovani Gallardo. The outfielder's triple-slash line continues to trend upward, as it's now at .269/.317/.435 along with his 17 home runs and 85 RBI. Rotoworld.com 44 minutes ago
    L, 8-6 vs ^ Tex
  • Pollock's home run caps nightcap comeback
    A.J. Pollock hit a two-run home run that capped a four-run inning as the Diamondbacks came back to beat the Rockies 5-3 in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

    Advice: With the score tied at 3-3 in the seventh inning, Pollock went oppo boppo against Rockies reliever Jairo Diaz for the two-run shot. Pollock finished 2-for-5 in the game. The 27-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down after a career year, as he's now batting .321/.373/.497 with 15 homers, 60 RBI, 93 runs scored -- most in the National League -- and 33 stolen bases through 128 games. Rotoworld.com 47 minutes ago
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
  • Arenado blasts 32nd homer among three hits
    Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Diamondbacks in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Arenado had an RBI single in the first inning before hitting a solo homer in the third. The third baseman homered in both games of Tuesday's doubleheader, finishing 5-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored on the day. The 24-year-old is enjoying a tremendous offensive season in Colorado, leading the league in both homers and RBI. Arenado is batting .280/.317/.556 with 32 homers, 77 runs scored and 98 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com 53 minutes ago
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Ari; L, 5-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Owings steals 15th bag of the season vs. Rox
    Chris Owings stole his 15th base of the season in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader the Rockies.

    Advice: Owings went 1-for-3 and scored a run to go along with the theft. The 15 steals are easily a career high for the 24-year-old, who is hitting just .239/.269/.340 overall. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
  • Goldschmidt launches 27th homer of the year
    Paul Goldschmidt hit his 27th home run of the season in Tuesday's nightcap against the Rockies.

    Advice: Goldschmidt took Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick deep in the first inning for a solo shot. The dinger was his only hit in five at-bats. Goldschmidt has struggled, relatively, in recent weeks, but the first baseman is still hitting a magnificent .322/.437/.563 with 97 RBI, 85 runs scored and 21 stolen bases overall. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:37 pm
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
  • Kendrick allows one run over four in return
    Kyle Kendrick allowed one run over four innings in his return to the mound against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kendrick was activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day after missing a month with right shoulder inflammation, and he pitched well in his return. A Paul Goldschmidt solo homer was the only damage against him, and Kendrick gave up three hits and two walks in total. Kendrick should be able to go a little deeper his next time out, tentatively scheduled for Sunday against the Giants. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:34 pm
    L, 6-4 vs Ari; L, 5-3 vs ^ Ari
  • De La Rosa throws quality start for 12th win
    Rubby De La Rosa allowed three runs over six innings to earn the win in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: De La Rosa gave up six hits, including a Nolan Arenado home run, without walking a batter in the start. The win was his sixth in his last seven decisions and moved him to 12-6 through 27 starts. De La Rosa will look to improve on his 4.46 ERA and 1.30 WHIP while adding to his win collection next week against the Giants. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:31 pm
  • Shoemaker pitches seven innings of 1-run ball
    Matt Shoemaker pitched seven innings of one-run ball to earn the win as the Angels beat the Athletics 6-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Athletics' only run came in the first inning on Brett Lawrie's solo home run. It was one of only five hits Shoemaker allowed along with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. He's been a bit all-or-nothing lately, holding the opposition to one or fewer runs in five of his last seven outings, and allowing six-plus runs in the other two. On the season, the right-hander has a 4.31 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 115/33 K/BB ratio over 131 2/3 innings. Shoemaker will face the Dodgers at home next. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:20 pm
  • Gutierrez homers, scores three runs in win
    Franklin Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored, and the Mariners topped the Astros 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gutierrez hit his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot, off Astros starter Scott Feldman in the second inning. Gutierrez also crossed home plate in the third and fifth innings. It continues to be a charmed season for the 32-year-old, who has overcome numerous injuries to own a .310/.358/.643 line through 43 games played. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:19 pm
  • Martin gives up 5 runs in 3 innings, loses
    Cody Martin made his first major league start and lost to the Angels on Tuesday after allowing five runs over three innings.

    Advice: Martin put up a 5.40 ERA as a reliever with the Braves this year before the A's purchased him in early July. The right-hander gave up six hits and a walk without recording a strikeout. Four of the runs came in a tough third inning. Martin will try for better results in next week's home start against the Astros. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:18 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Lawrie homers but A's drop game to Angels
    Brett Lawrie's only hit in four at-bats was a solo home run as the Athletics lost on Tuesday to the Angels.

    Advice: Lawrie gave the Athletics an early 1-0 lead, driving a Matt Shoemaker over the fence in left-center for his 14th home run of the year. He's batting .269/.308/.419 with 53 RBI in what has been another adequate season for the former top prospect. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:15 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Marisnick pitches in with seventh home run
    Jake Marisnick went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Marisnick hit a solo homer in the fourth inning before singling and scoring in the sixth. The home run was his seventh of the year. The toolsy outfielder isn't a meaningful contributor for the Astros, hitting just .239/.269/.375 in a part-time role, but he's got 17 stolen bases to go with his seven homers through 107 games. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:15 pm
  • Trumbo stays hot, launches 20th home run
    Mark Trumbo continued hitting balls out of the yard Tuesday, belting his 20th home run of the season against the Astros.

    Advice: The homer, a two-run shot in the fifth inning, was his only hit in four at-bats. It was the third homer for Trumbo in the last two games and his 20th overall, marking the fourth time he's reached the 20-homer milestone in his career. Trumbo is hitting .252/.299/.456 with 53 RBI and 50 runs on the year. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:11 pm
    W, 7-5 ^ @Hou
  • Jansen needs only 8 pitches for 28th save
    Kenley Jansen needed only eight pitches to retire the Giants in the ninth inning for his 28th save as the Dodgers won 2-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jansen quickly dispatched the Giants, getting Buster Posey to pop up, Marlon Byrd to ground out, and Alejandro De Aza to fly out. The closer moves to 28-for-30 in save chances with a 2.27 ERA and a 65/5 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:09 pm
  • Wilhelmsen stifles Astros for seventh save
    Tom Wilhelmsen threw a perfect ninth inning against the Astros on Tuesday to earn his seventh save.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen struck out one in the scoreless inning of work. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's vote of confidence last week wasn't terribly confident, but Wilhelmsen has done nothing to suggest he isn't capable of handling the job. The big righty is now 7-for-7 in save chances with a 3.60 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 48/24 K/BB ratio in 50 innings this year. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:07 pm
  • Pederson hits crucial HR as LAD tops SFG
    Joc Pederson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, helping the Dodgers eke out a win against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pederson made it a 2-0 game when he sent a Madison Bumgarner offering over the fence in right-center in the seventh inning. It proved to be the deciding factor as the Giants tacked on a run in the next inning. Pederson's numbers have tapered off in the second half and he's lost playing time, but he still has a productive .213/.354/.441 triple-slash line along with 24 home runs and 48 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:07 pm
  • Greinke outduels Bumgarner for his 15th win
    Zack Greinke earned his 15th win, limiting the Giants to one run over 7 1/3 innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Giants finally broke through for a run in the eighth inning with three consecutive one-out singles, chasing Greinke from the game. The right-hander scattered five hits and a walk overall while striking out five. The current front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award, Greinke boasts a 15-3 record with a 1.59 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a 169/32 K/BB ratio over 186 2/3 innings. He'll start on the road against the Angels next. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:03 pm
  • Rendon has two-run double in loss to Cards
    Anthony Rendon had a two-run double and two runs scored against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rendon's two-run double in the third inning got the Nationals on the board, and he scored the third run of the game later in the inning. The double extended Rendon's modest hitting streak to 10 games, and he's hitting .375 (15-for-40) in that span. The good stretch has Rendon's overall line up to .268/.348/.366 as he continues to round into form after a number of injuries marred his first half. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:49 pm
  • Villanueva strikes out six in 3 1/3 innings
    Carlos Villanueva struck out six over 3 1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday against the Nationals.

    Advice: After Marco Gonzales failed to make it through three innings, Villanueva came on to give the Cardinals 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball. The Cards would eventually come back to win the game in the ninth. Performances like that have been commonplace for the 31-year-old long reliever this season, as Villanueva now has a 2.19 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 47/19 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings of work. The veteran journeyman has been an unheralded godsend to the Cards this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:41 pm
  • Gonzales gives up four runs in spot start
    Marco Gonzales allowed four runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gonzales, filling in for Carlos Martinez, was shaky in his first start of 2015. The southpaw allowed a homer among the Nats' seven hits, also walking one and striking out one. Gonzales will likely stay with the club through September but isn't guaranteed another start. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:37 pm
    W, 8-5 vs ^ Was
  • Kinsler homers, has three RBI in win over KC
    Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the Tigers downed the Royals 6-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kinsler knocked an RBI single in the fourth inning before delivering a big two-run blast in the seventh. The homer, his 10th of the season, ended up being the difference in the game. It hasn't been a great year for the Tigers as a whole but the 33-year-old is doing his part, batting .306/.357/.452 with 64 RBI, 84 runs scored and eight steals through 129 games. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:30 pm
  • Gordon has two hits, RBI in first game back
    Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his return to action against the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gordon wasted no time finding ways to contribute, lifting an RBI sacrifice fly in his first at-bat before doubling and scoring in the seventh. The 31-year-old was enjoying another fine season at the plate before a groin strain stole nearly two months from him. Now healthy, Gordon will carry a .284/.396/.464 line into the season's final month. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:26 pm
  • Gose has two hits, two runs scored Tuesday
    Anthony Gose went 2-for-4 with two runs scored against the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gose, back in the leadoff spot, had leadoff singles and scored in both the first and seventh innings. The 25-year-old is batting .253/.311/.363 with four homers, 54 runs scored and 19 stolen bases in his first year with the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:21 pm
  • Cardinals recall Marco Gonzales to start
    Cardinals recalled LHP Marco Gonzales from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Gonzales will make a spot start Tuesday night against the Nationals. He's filling in for Carlos Martinez, who will take a turn off because of a minor back injury (and to protect his workload). Gonzales will probably move to long relief after Tuesday's start. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:37 pm
    W, 8-5 vs ^ Was
  • Athletics recall Cody Martin
    Athletics recalled RHP Cody Martin from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The A's traded for Martin in early July. He'll have a chance to impress with rosters expanding, as he's scheduled to start Tuesday's contest against the Angels. Over 88 1/3 Triple-A innings, he posted a 4.08 ERA while striking out 84. He struggled in 21 2/3 relief innings at the big league level earlier this season to the tune of a 5.40 ERA. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:58 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Royals activate OF Alex Gordon from DL
    Royals activated OF Alex Gordon from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gordon has been sidelined since July 8 with a Grade 2 groin strain, but he felt good during a minor league rehab assignment and will make his return to the Royals' lineup on Tuesday night. He's expected to get regular rest down the stretch, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan in mind. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:24 pm
  • Rockies activate Kendrick from DL
    Rockies activated RHP Kyle Kendrick from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Right shoulder inflammation sidelined Kendrick for the entirety of August. His numbers are enough to inflame any shoulder, as he was pitching to a 6.43 ERA over 21 starts. The 31-year-old right-hander is not a palatable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:08 am
    L, 6-4 vs Ari; L, 5-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Kemp doubles, walks, steals base in a win
    Matt Kemp went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base as the Padres shut out the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Kemp drove in a run in the third inning with a double. In the sixth, he walked, stole second, and shortly thereafter came around to score. The outfielder is hitting .265/.312/.424 with 16 home runs, 81 RBI, and 11 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
    L, 8-6 vs ^ Tex
  • Pollock homers but D'Backs fall to Rockies
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Pollock increased the Diamondbacks' lead to 3-0 in the third inning, drilling a two-run homer to left field off of Chad Bettis. So continues a terrific season for the outfielder, batting .320/.372/.489 with 14 home runs, 58 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 33 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
  • Trumbo hits 2 homers but Mariners still lose
    Mark Trumbo went yard twice on Monday, but the Mariners still lost to the Astros.

    Advice: Trumbo tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run to the second deck in right field in the second inning. He then made a modest attempt to overcome a seven-run deficit in the ninth inning, clubbing a two-run shot to left-center. Trumbo closes out the month of August having hit seven home runs and knocking in 14 runs. Overall, he's hitting .248/.300/.410 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI since joining the Mariners in early June. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:12 pm
    W, 7-5 ^ @Hou
  • Cody Martin to start on Tuesday
    Cody Martin will start on Tuesday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Acquired last month from the Braves for international bonus slot money, Martin holds a 5.40 ERA but a 24/7 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 relief innings in the majors this season. He's put up a 4.08 mark with 84 punchouts across 88 1/3 Triple-A frames. Chris Bassitt had been scheduled to start Tuesday but will be pushed back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:20 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Marco Gonzales to make spot start Tuesday
    Marco Gonzales will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Nationals in place of Carlos Martinez (back).

    Advice: Gonzales has been limited to just 75 1/3 innings this season due to a pectoral/shoulder issue, but he's posted a 3.26 ERA since returning from a setback in mid-July. It's possible he could be in line for a few starts this month as the Cardinals look to rest Martinez and Michael Wacha. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:59 pm
    W, 8-5 vs ^ Was
  • Brett Lawrie (back) returns to lineup
    Brett Lawrie (back) is back in the Athletics' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Lawrie had to be scratched from Sunday's lineup after his back tightened up on him, but he's ready to go now. He's hit a disappointing .272/.309/.418 in his first season in Oakland. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Joc Pederson whiffs twice in loss to Dodgers
    Joc Pederson helped contribute to the Dodgers offensive ineptitude on Sunday, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts as they were no-hit by Jake Arrieta.

    Advice: It was the second time in the last nine days that the Dodgers were held hitless. Pederson has been an abomination at the plate since the calendar flipped to July, batting .147 (20-for-136) with 51 strikeouts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:52 pm
  • Fielder singles twice in win over O's
    Prince Fielder went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Nothing spectacular here for Fielder, but he continues to rake, as he's done all season. The big man is slashing .316/.379/.470 with 17 homers and 78 RBI. If he can keep that average on the right side of .300, this would go down as just the second season of his career in which he's achieved that feat. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:01 pm
  • Kemp homers early helping Padres beat Phils
    Matt Kemp provided a two-run home run, finishing 1-for-5 as the Padres took down the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Kemp opened up the scoring with a two-run blast over the fence in left field against Alec Asher in the first inning. The veteran outfielder has hit well in the second half to salvage what has otherwise been a tough season. He's batting .265/.312/.424 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:59 pm
    L, 8-6 vs ^ Tex
  • Brett Lawrie scratched with back tightness
    Brett Lawrie was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to back tightness.

    Advice: It's an issue that crops up on Lawrie from time to time. Eric Sogard has taken his spot at second base. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:48 am
    L, 6-2 vs ^ LAA
  • A.J. Pollock getting a day off Sunday
    A.J. Pollock is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Ender Inciarte is in center field in Pollock's place. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:18 am
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
  • Alex Gordon (groin) to play 4-5 games/week
    Royals manager Ned Yost plans to play Alex Gordon (groin) 4-5 games per week upon his activation from the disabled list.

    Advice: "This is kind of a one-shot deal," Yost said. "If he comes back and hurts it, he’s done. So we want to make sure he’s in great shape, healthy and ready to go, when he gets back." Gordon is hitting .400/.545/.600 over seven games so far on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha and is expected to be activated when rosters expand on Tuesday. "He feels really good," Yost said. "He’s running at about 90 percent, which is good. he’s taking walks, fouling off pitches, getting hits. He’s doing a lot of really good things. I just want to make sure that he’s ready when he gets here." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:09 am
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) scores run in return
    Matt Kemp (shoulder) singled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Kemp missed two games with a sore left (non-throwing) shoulder, but he'll be fine. He also stole a base Saturday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:19 am
    L, 8-6 vs ^ Tex
  • Kendrick to return Tuesday against Arizona
    Kyle Kendrick (shoulder) will start one of the games in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kendrick missed all of August with right shoulder inflammation. He's been among the worst starters in MLB this year, winning just three of his 21 starts with a brutal 6.43 ERA. The 31-year-old makes for a poor streaming option against the D-backs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:09 pm
    L, 6-4 vs Ari; L, 5-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Kinsler plates lone run in loss to Blue Jays
    Ian Kinsler plated the Tigers' lone run as they were obliterated by the Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday.

    Advice: His run-scoring fielder's choice in the third inning was the extent of their offensive output against Drew Hutchison and company. He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 and is now hitting .307/.358/.449 with 61 RBI in what has been a terrific season for the second baseman. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:34 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt hits 26th homer
    Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer to help the Diamondbacks beat the A's 6-4 on Friday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt's homer came off switch-pitcher Pat Venditte in the seventh inning. He has four homers in his last seven games after going 25 days without one. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:27 pm
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
  • Brett Lawrie hits long home run
    Brett Lawrie hit a 470-foot homer Friday in the loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The rest of Oakland's offense isn't doing a whole lot, but Lawrie has 14 hits in his last eight games, including three homers and three doubles. If anything, he's played a little better and stayed healthier than the A's should have expected this year. It just doesn't really make up for losing Josh Donaldson. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:22 pm
    L, 6-2 vs ^ LAA
  • Gutierrez launches solo homer in win
    Franklin Gutierrez went 3-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Gutierrez's sixth-inning home run came with two outs and boosted the Mariner advantage to 2-0. That would stand as the final score, as Taijuan Walker and the M's bullpen combined for a terrific pitching performance. The outfielder's working on a modest five-game hitting streak at the moment and maintains a .319/.366/.644 triple-slash with 10 homers and 28 RBI in 113 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:06 pm
  • Wilhelmsen earns fifth save in win over CWS
    Tom Wilhelmsen locked down his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Friday's 2-0 win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen entered with the Mariners clinging to a 2-0 lead. He made sure that slight advantage held up, recording three outs without issue. He's now 5-for-5 in save chances and has pitched to a 3.78 ERA with a 45/23 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:53 pm
  • Anthony Gose goes deep in loss to Blue Jays
    Anthony Gose belted his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: His two-run shot off R.A. Dickey in the seventh inning pulled the Tigers to within two runs at 5-3, but that would be as close as they'd get. He finished the night 1-for-3 and is now hitting .253/.308/.366 with four homers and 23 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:38 pm
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) out again on Friday
    Matt Kemp (shoulder) remained out of the Padres' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game Kemp has been out with a sore left shoulder. He remains day-to-day. Travis Jankowski is in right field again in Kemp's place. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:18 pm
    L, 8-6 vs ^ Tex
  • Cards score five against De La Rosa
    Jorge De La Rosa struggled in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals, allowing five runs on five hits over five innings.

    Advice: In what was a sub-par start, De La Rosa walked four and allowed two home runs over just five innings. Tony Cruz took the 26-year-old right-hander yard for a solo shot in the second inning, while Brandon Moss cranked a two-run bomb in the fifth inning. The loss was De La Rosa's first since the All-Star Break. He'll look to rebound from this start when he takes his 4.46 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into a Tuesday afternoon road showdown with the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:07 pm
  • Gallardo allows three hits in 5 1/3 innings
    Yovani Gallardo effectively limited the Blue Jays in Thursday's win, hurling 5 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Gallardo allowed a mere three hits while striking out two and walking three. He had thrown 101 pitches (58 strikes) at the time he was relieved of duty with an out in the sixth. The shutout effort lowered his ERA to 3.14. His 1.34 WHIP is slightly less shiny, but it's still been a respectable season for the 29-year-old right-hander. A road date with the Padres awaits Gallardo next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Shoemaker allows one hit into eighth vs DET
    Matt Shoemaker was fantastic in his return to the Angels rotation on Wednesday, allowing just one hit over 7 1/3 innings in a 2-0 win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Shoemaker was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on August 16, but he rejoined the rotation on Thursday to pitch his best game of the season. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked one, with only an Anthony Gose single registering for a hit over his 7 1/3 innings of work. Don't expect these kinds of starts on a regular basis, but Shoemaker can be used as a match-up play in select situations. He takes a 4.48 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into his next start, a road showdown with the A's. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:56 pm
  • Greinke flummoxes Reds with nine strikeouts
    Zack Greinke poured in a strong start in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Reds, tossing seven shutout innings.

    Advice: Greinke scattered four hits while striking out nine and walking two. None of the hits went for extra-bases. With his strong seven innings, he improved to 14-3 on the season. He backs that record with a 1.61 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 164/31 K/BB ratio across 179 1/3 innings. A home start against the in-state rival Giants crops up next on Greinke's schedule. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:39 pm
  • Angels recall Shoemaker for Thursday start
    Angels recalled RHP Matt Shoemaker from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Shoemaker will rejoin the Angels' starting rotation on Thursday afternoon against the Tigers. He's been a disappointment this season in the followup to his breakout 2014, but there might be a matchup or two where he makes sense as a fantasy streamer. Shoemaker, 28, holds a 3.76 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 in 258 1/3 career major league frames. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:43 am
  • Goldschmidt smacks solo homer in loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Goldschmidt jumped the Diamondbacks out to a 1-0 lead with a solo home run off John Lackey in the first inning, but the team wouldn't score again in the game. The bomb was Goldy's 25th of the season and pushed his RBI total to 94. Pair those counting stats with a .331/.446/.571 triple-slash and you have yourself a legitimate MVP candidate. Oh, and he's also stolen a career-high 20 bases. Not too shabby. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 pm
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
  • Jansen closes out the Reds for his 25th save
    Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 25th save as the Dodgers beat the Reds 7-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jansen allowed an infield single and a walk with two outs, but struck out Eugenio Suarez looking to end the contest. The hard-throwing right-hander carries a 2.52 ERA with a 63/5 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings while going 25-for-27 in save situations. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Arenado getting night off Wednesday vs. ATL
    Nolan Arenado is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: It's just the fifth game Arenado hasn't started this season. Daniel Descalso will get the nod at third base while Arenado rests his body and mind for a night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:00 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Ari; L, 5-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Matt Shoemaker expected to start Thursday
    Matt Shoemaker is expected to start on Thursday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: The Angels need a fifth starter with Nick Tropeano being sent down last week and they'll give Shoemaker another shot. He's been terribly inconsistent for the Halos with a 4.76 ERA over 117 1/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:20 pm
  • McClendon: Wilhelmsen is closer 'as we speak'
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Tom Wilhelmsen is the team's closer "as we speak."

    Advice: It's not a surprise, as Wilhelmsen has converted each of the club's last two save chances without much difficulty. Carson Smith is still probably the team's best reliever and perhaps their closer of the future, but he's going through a rough patch right now so it makes sense to give Wilhelmsen a shot. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:43 am
  • Kendrick (shoulder) nears rehab assignment
    Kyle Kendrick (shoulder) is expected to be cleared for a rehab assignment after getting through a 45-pitch simulated game Tuesday with no issues.

    Advice: "He looked good," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "No issues. Feels healthy. Probably the next step is talking about getting him out in a rehab start." Kendrick should be a couple weeks away from rejoining the Rockies' rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:47 am
    L, 6-4 vs Ari; L, 5-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Wilhelmsen slams door on Mariners, gets save
    Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his fourth save with a scoreless ninth inning facing the Athletics in Tuesday's 6-5 victory.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen worked around a two-out Sam Fuld double as Josh Reddick lined out to end the game. The right-hander got the save on Monday as well and appears to be the Mariners' leading ninth-inning option at the moment. He's 4-for-4 in save chances with a 3.86 ERA and a 45/23 K/BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Kendrick (shoulder) to throw sim. game
    Kyle Kendrick (shoulder) is set to throw a simulated game on Sunday.

    Advice: Kendrick has been out all month with right shoulder tendinitis, but he should be back with the Rockies in September at this rate. The 30-year-old has really struggled this season, posting a 6.43 ERA over 21 starts. No pitcher (min. 100 IP) in MLB has a higher ERA. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:48 am
    L, 6-4 vs Ari; L, 5-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Trumbo homers but Mariners fall to the A's
    Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 11-5 loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Trumbo finished off the Mariners' five-run third inning with a solo home run to left field off of Evan Scribner. He's now on a seven-game hitting streak and has homered three times in his last four games. His numbers are still subpar, however, batting .246/.295/.398 with eight home runs and 24 RBI since joining the Mariners. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 10:41 pm
    W, 7-5 ^ @Hou
  • Gutierrez's 3-run HR not enough for Mariners
    Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Mariners dropped Monday's game to the Athletics.

    Advice: Gutierrez struck the big blow in the Mariners' five-run third inning, drilling a three-run homer to center field off of Evan Scribner. He's been one of the best comeback stories of the year, batting .299/.339/.607 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 115 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 10:35 pm
  • Kinsler reaches base 5 times in Tigers' loss
    Ian Kinsler went 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored, but the Tigers were defeated by the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Kinsler singled and scored in the first and fourth innings, but the Tigers weren't able to keep up with the Reds' offense. The second baseman is on a seven-game hitting streak and holds an .805 OPS, the highest his OPS has been at any point this season after April 15 (Tigers' game number nine). He has a league-leading total of 153 hits and has scored 83 runs while knocking in 59. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 7:47 pm
  • Tom Wilhelmsen would close on Monday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Tom Wilhelmsen would like see the save chance if one came up on Monday.

    Advice: Wilhelmsen closed out the Mariners' win on Sunday, coming into the game after Carson Smith. McClendon hasn't officially anointed Wilhelmsen as the club's new ninth-inning man, but it does appear he's the preferred option at the moment over the struggling Smith. Pick him up in fantasy leagues if he's still on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 4:08 pm
  • Wilhelmsen picks up save versus White Sox
    Tom Wilhelmsen earned his third save of the 2015 season in the Mariners' win over the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: And the other two saves came in extra-inning situations. Carson Smith is struggling and Fernando Rodney has been pushed off the 40-man roster, so Wilhelmsen could vulture some more save opportunities down the stretch. "We had better results today," Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com after Sunday's win. "We'll see. Right now we're going to match up the best way we can and put guys in the best position you possibly can for them to succeed." Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 8:31 am
  • Trumbo (knee) goes 1-for-3 in return Sunday
    Mark Trumbo (knee) returned to the Mariners starting lineup on Sunday, going 1-for-3 plus a walk in a victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Trumbo was scratched from the lineup on Saturday due to soreness in his left knee, but it appears to have been a very minor issue. He's hitting .249/.293/.437 with 16 homers and 46 RBI in 105 games between the Mariners and D'Backs this season. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 9:13 pm
    W, 7-5 ^ @Hou
  • Kemp drives home pair of runs in ninth
    Matt Kemp went 1-for-5 with a two-run single in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Kemp's two-run single in the ninth inning merely served as window dressing in the eventual 10-3 loss. The veteran outfielder has driven in two runs in each of his last three games and he's now rolling with a 15-game hitting streak. For the season, he's slashing .267/.314/.423 with 15 homers and 76 RBI. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 5:17 pm
    L, 8-6 vs ^ Tex
  • Rendon slugs three-run HR, Nats beat Brewers
    Anthony Rendon slugged a three-run homer in the Nationals' 9-5 defeat of the Brewers on Sunday.

    Advice: Rendon's three-run shot blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth inning. He's been swinging the bat well over the last couple of days and would seem very capable of a big push down the stretch. The 25-year-old is currently sitting on a disappointing .707 OPS. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 2:11 pm
  • A.J. Pollock getting a day off Sunday
    A.J. Pollock is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Ender Inciarte is handling center field while Pollock sits. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 8:46 am
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
  • Joc Pederson sitting out on Sunday
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day off for the slumping outfielder. Enrique Hernandez is in center field in place of Pederson, who has just five hits over his last 54 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 8:16 am
  • Prince Fielder getting a breather Sunday
    Prince Fielder is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Fielder was also off on Wednesday, as he's received an uncharacteristic two days off rest over the last week. Mike Napoli is in the designated hitter spot Sunday, with Mitch Moreland covering first base. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 7:13 am
  • Greinke allows two solo homers in loss
    Zack Greinke took the loss in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Astros on Saturday, allowing three runs on three hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Greinke fanned five without walking a batter, but his strong start wasn't quite enough to prevent him from falling to a still fantastic 13-3. Two of the three runs came home on solo homers, with Luis Valbuena and Jose Altuve dinging him for solo shots in the second and sixth innings, respectively. Greinke remains a top NL Cy Young contender thanks to a 1.67 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 155/29 K/BB ratio through 172 1/3 innings. He'll look to return to the win column when he faces off with the Reds in a road start on Thursday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:17 pm
  • Goldschmidt homers twice and drives in four
    Paul Goldschmidt terrorized the Reds in Saturday's 11-7 win, finishing 4-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers, four total RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

    Advice: This was Goldschmidt's second four-hit game of the season. He started off the hit parade with a two-run homer against Reds starter Andrew DeSclafani in the first inning to give the Snakes a 3-0 advantage, then smacked another two-run bomb in the seventh inning to push his team's lead to 8-5. He'll be on the short-list for NL MVP when the dust of the season has settled, as he's hitting .331/.444/.568 with 24 home runs, 93 RBI and 20 steals. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:04 pm
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
  • Rendon doubles and homers to help down MIL
    Anthony Rendon went 2-for-2 with an RBI double, a solo home run and two total RBI in Saturday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Rendon notched an RBI double as part of a three-run fourth inning, then cracked a solo home run in the seventh for the final run either team scored in the game. While this was a nice game, the second baseman is one of a slew of Nationals who have disappointed this season. He's hitting a limp .250/.335/.346 with two homers and nine RBI. Injuries have limited him to just 42 games in 2015. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 8:41 pm
  • Kinsler doubles, hits three-run homer in loss
    Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Kinsler waited until late to do his damage. His three-run homer in the ninth inning cut the Ranger lead to 5-3, but no more runs would score in the frame. The veteran infielder is now working on a five-game hitting streak in which he's amassed 11 hits over 23 at-bats, with three doubles, a triple and two home runs over that small stretch. It's helped to boost his overall season-slash to .305/.356/.444. In addition to those solid numbers, he's also hit eight homers and driven in 59 runs. He's an easy player to overlook, but the numbers he's posting right now are shaping up to be among the best of his career. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:49 pm
  • Trumbo scratched Saturday due to sore knee
    Mark Trumbo was scratched from the Mariners' starting lineup on Saturday due to a sore left knee.

    Advice: Brad Miller got the start in right field instead. Trumbo is considered day-to-day for now. He seems unlikely to play in Sunday afternoon's series finale against the White Sox. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:41 pm
    W, 7-5 ^ @Hou
  • Gallardo improves to 10-9 with win
    Yovani Gallardo posted a nice performance in Saturday's win over the Tigers, firing six innings of shutout baseball.

    Advice: Gallardo scattered eight hits while striking out four and walking one. While he's limited the runs in his last two starts, batters are seeing the ball well against him and have racked up 19 hits in Gallardo's last 11 1/3 innings. If he can't stop limiting the hits, his (currently nice) 3.25 ERA is eventually going to cave. As is, he'll take that number, plus a 1.35 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home showdown with the Orioles. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:32 pm
  • Matt Kemp goes 2-for-5, homers
    Matt Kemp finished 2-for-5 with a homer against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Kemp has four homers in the last 10 days and seven since the All-Star break. It's just too bad he's stopped running; he's tried just one steal in the second half after going 8-for-9 during the first half. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 11:06 pm
    L, 8-6 vs ^ Tex
  • Mark Trumbo hits three-run homer
    Mark Trumbo homered to give the Mariners all three of their runs off Chris Sale on Friday.

    Advice: After a hideous start to his Mariners career, Trumbo has hit .290 with six homers in 131 at-bats since the beginning of July. He's still not a great mixed-league option while hitting in the bottom half of Seattle's order, but he might be good for another 8-10 homers the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 10:33 pm
    W, 7-5 ^ @Hou
  • Arenado has three-hit night vs. Mets
    Nolan Arenado went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored in Friday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Arenado had an RBI double in the third inning before adding a three-run shot in the fourth. The 24-year-old hit just one home run in July, but he has five this month and has now reached the 30-mark for the first time in his career. He's currently tied with Toronto's Josh Donaldson for the MLB lead with 91 RBI. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 10:03 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ Ari; L, 5-3 vs ^ Ari
  • De La Rosa gives up two runs in win
    Rubby De La Rosa held the Reds to two runs over seven innings in a 6-3 win on Friday.

    Advice: De La Rosa scattered seven hits while walking one and striking out six. He now holds a 2.54 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break and has gone a perfect 5-0 along the way. He's still widely available in most fantasy leagues, but it's about time that changes. He'll try to keep the good vibes going when he faces the Cardinals next week at home. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:36 pm
  • Pollock fills up box score vs. Reds
    A.J. Pollock had a big night Friday against the Reds, going 4-for-5 with a solo homer, two stolen bases, and three runs scored.

    Advice: Pollock also had a single and a double. It's his second straight four-hit game. On the strength of a big August, his batting average is now up to .321 on the year, the highest it's been since June 13. He has been a fantasy monster all year long. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:34 pm
    W, 6-4 ^ @Col; W, 5-3 ^ @Col
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