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  • Miguel Cabrera out Wed. due to ankle flareup
    Miguel Cabrera is out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday due to a right ankle flareup.

    Advice: Cabrera experienced something similar last week in Minnesota and the Tigers don't want to make it any worse. He'll get a day of rest Wednesday and then the Tigers have a scheduled team off day Thursday before starting a series Friday night in Kansas City. That will hopefully get him back in good health. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is starting at first base and batting eighth Wednesday afternoon against White Sox ace Chris Sale. Today, 7:40 am
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Teixeira (neck spasms) unavailable Tuesday
    Mark Teixeira was unavailable Tuesday due to neck spasms.

    Advice: Teixeira told reporters after the game that the painful neck spasms were a good reminder of why he's retiring after the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman is batting just .204/.287/.343 over 94 games in his farewell campaign. Consider him day-to-day. Today, 6:01 am
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Myers (stomach) goes 0-for-4 in return Tues.
    Wil Myers (illness) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to action Tuesday.

    Advice: He had been held out a couple days with a stomach virus. Myers is stuck in a dreadful offensive rut, batting just .123/.197/.200 over his last 71 plate appearances. His season OPS has dropped 62 full points in that span, from .862 to .800. Today, 5:40 am
  • C.J. Cron crushes pair of homers in victory
    C.J. Cron rocked a pair of home runs and finished with three RBI in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Cron burned Reds starter Tim Adleman twice on Tuesday, mashing a two-run home run in the first inning and a solo tater in the third. He also homered in the series-opener on Monday and has now launched 14 on the season. In addition, the 26-year-old first baseman is slashing .288/.337/.498. He has picked up eight hits in his last 12 at-bats. Five of those have gone for extra bases. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Lucroy registers three-hit night against M's
    Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in a win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lucroy has now driven in a run in three straight games, and he's the owner of a modest five-game hitting streak during which he's 8-for-15. The good stretch has his average up to .293 as a member of the Rangers, and Lucroy is hitting .298/.362/.506 on the year. He's got 20 homers, 67 RBI and 60 runs scored overall. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Gyorko hits 24th homer, Cards win in extras
    Jedd Gyorko swatted his 24th home run of the season Tuesday, and the Cardinals edged the Brewers 2-1 in 10 innings.

    Advice: Gyorko's homer, a solo job, came in the sixth inning to give the Cardinals a fleeting lead. He's now homered in back to back games and four of his last six. The power isn't new -- he hit 23 homers in his rookie season with the Padres in 2013 -- but it is a bit unexpected after Gyorko combined to hit just 26 dingers over his previous two seasons. The 27-year-old has a month left to continue to build on what's already a single-season best for his career. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Rizzo mashes 26th homer in win over Pirates
    Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run, his 26th of the season, in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Rizzo's two-run dong in the first inning against Bucs starter Chad Kuhl proved to be the difference in the game. The blast gave him 93 RBI, third-most in the National League, and Rizzo is also among the top-10 in homers, slugging percentage and OPS in the NL. The first baseman and MVP candidate is hitting .294/.391/.551 overall. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez has three hits, homer in loss
    Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Hanley got the Red Sox on the board in the fifth and extended their lead with an RBI single in the sixth, but the Rays rallied with three late runs. Ramirez has picked up seven hits -- including a pair of home runs -- over his last four games to push his season line to .281/.353/.465. Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Ryan Howard goes deep off Scherzer
    Ryan Howard ripped a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Howard entered the seventh inning 1-for-20 with 13 strikeouts in his career versus Max Scherzer but then proceeded to homer off the right-hander. The longball gives the veteran first baseman his third straight 20-homer season and 10th 20-homer campaign of his career. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez not in LAD lineup on Tues.
    Adrian Gonzalez is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rockies.

    Advice: Rob Segedin will start at first base and hit cleanup versus Colorado left-hander Tyler Anderson. This appears to be a routine night of maintenance for Gonzalez. Yesterday, 2:27 pm
  • Moss absent from Cardinals' lineup Tuesday
    Brandon Moss is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Brewers.

    Advice: Matt Carpenter will be at first base and Tommy Pham will be in left field at Miller Park in Milwaukee. This appears to be a routine night off for Moss. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Tigers option INF McGehee to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned INF Casey McGehee to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: McGehee has seen a lot of time at third base lately with Nick Castellanos sidelined, but he's batting just .232 (19-for-82) with one double over 22 games with the Tigers this season. The 33-year-old figures to return in September. Yesterday, 12:03 pm
    Not Active
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Josh Bell homers, walks twice
    Josh Bell homered and walked twice before being removed in a double switch Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: If Clint Hurdle had it to do all over again, he surely would have left Bell in there. The rookie has been the team's best hitter since his recall 10 days ago, and the Pirates were playing short-handed on the bench tonight. It certainly wasn't worth taking Bell out when Hurdle made the move. Monday, 10:24 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • C.J. Cron goes 3-for-4, homers
    C.J. Cron finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a double Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: Cron went 1-for-11 in his first three games back from the DL, but he's hit in six in a row since. He should be an everyday player the rest of the way, making him a fringy mixed-league option. Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Max Muncy goes hitless in loss
    Max Muncy grounded into a double play, struck out and walked Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Muncy was primarily a first baseman in the minors and never played a game at second base prior to this year, yet he's been starting pretty regularly at second base for the A's this month. It's not his bat keeping him in the lineup; he's hitting .189 with just four extra-base hits in 110 at-bats (though he has walked 16 times). Muncy doesn't have the bat to play first base in the majors, and it's highly unlikely that he'll cut it as a second baseman. It'd seem to make more sense for the A's to give Arismendy Alcantara a long look there in September, though it remains to be seen if they will. Monday, 8:18 pm
    Player Note
    Max Muncy Oak - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    11:10 am @Hou
  • Scruggs has two hits Monday vs. Mets
    Xavier Scruggs went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: His double gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning, but the Mets tied things up in the bottom of the frame and eventually won the game in extras. The 27-year-old Scruggs is 9-for-26 (.346) with one homer and two doubles through 10 games since his call-up from Triple-A New Orleans earlier this month. He should continue to get chances at first base with Justin Bour sidelined, but those in mixed fantasy leagues have better options. Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Royals acquire OF Daniel Nava from Angels
    Royals acquired OF Daniel Nava from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Nava was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster earlier this month after batting .235/.309/.303 in 136 plate appearances this season. He has also had two stints on the disabled list. The 33-year-old will head to Triple-A Omaha for now. Monday, 7:18 pm
    Not Active
    5:15 pm vs NYY
  • Justin Turner not in Monday's lineup vs. COL
    Justin Turner is not in Monday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: Turner will sit for the series opener at Coors Field, which is unfortunate news for fantasy owners who were excited about the matchup. Rob Segedin is getting the start at third base and will bat eighth against Jon Gray. Monday, 2:14 pm
    12:10 pm @Col ; 5:10 pm @Col
  • Ryan Zimmerman getting the day off Mon.
    Ryan Zimmerman is getting the day off Monday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran first baseman. Clint Robinson will start at first base and bat seventh versus Phillies righty Jake Thompson. Monday, 12:40 pm
  • Matt Olson plates three in Sunday's victory
    Athletics 1B prospect Matt Olson homered and drove in three runs Sunday in a win for Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Olson reached base four times with a single, a three-run homer and two walks. He's hit .444 over his last four games to raise his average from .221 to .230. The 22-year-old is tied for third in the Pacific Coast League with 34 doubles, though he also ranks ninth with 127 strikeouts. Olsen is a classic "three true outcomes" player but his overwhelming power should land him a spot in the big leagues before long. Monday, 12:04 pm
    Not Active
    11:10 am @Hou
  • A's activate Billy Butler from concussion DL
    Athletics activated DH Billy Butler from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Butler suffered a concussion last weekend in a clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia. The two have since apologized, to each other and to the A's organization. Butler has a disappointing .286/.338/.419 batting line with four homers and 30 RBI in 228 plate appearances this season. Monday, 10:43 am
  • Belt goes 2-for-4 in return to lineup Sunday
    Brandon Belt (neck) went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored in his return to the Giants' lineup Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: Belt was a late scratch Saturday due to a stiff neck. It obviously wasn't anything serious. The 28-year-old first baseman is batting .277/.390/.477 with 14 homers and 66 RBI in 126 games this season for San Francisco. Monday, 6:03 am
    12:45 pm vs Ari
  • David Ortiz homer not enough for Red Sox
    David Ortiz crushed his 31st home run of the year on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Red Sox to victory over the Royals.

    Advice: Big Papi's solo shot ignited a three-run rally in the fourth inning that briefly gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead, but that would wind up being the extent of their offense. Ortiz finished the night 1-for-4 and is now slashing .319/.407/.633 with 31 bombs and 101 RBI in his farewell tour. Sunday, 8:37 pm
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Adrian Gonzalez delivers game-winner vs. Cubs
    Adrian Gonzalez drove home a run with a fielder's choice in the eighth inning on Sunday, leading the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Gonzalez also had a pair of singles on the afternoon, finishing the day 2-for-4 with the game's lone RBI. He has been on a tear in recent weeks, raising his season slash to .298/.364/.456 to go along with 16 homers and 74 RBI. Sunday, 5:09 pm
  • Freeman clubs 27th homer in loss to Giants
    Freddie Freeman clubbed his 27th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Giants on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Freeman tagged Giants' ace Madison Bumgarner for the two-run blast in the sixth inning, cutting the Braves deficit at the time to 5-3. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. Freeman is now hitting .290/.386/.548 and has already far surpassed his career-best with 27 home runs. Sunday, 4:52 pm
  • Jefry Marte homers, drives in three vs. DET
    Jefry Marte went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Marte launched a two-run home run off Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and came through with a sacrifice fly just one frame later. He just returned to the Angels on Friday after being away from the team to handle a personal matter earlier in the week. For the season, the 25-year-old first baseman is working to a .243/.286/.453 triple-slash with 10 homers and 30 RBI over 181 at-bats. Sunday, 2:38 pm
    Player Note
    Jefry Marte LAA - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Cin
  • Miguel Cabrera doubles in loss to Angels
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The double was Cabrera's 27th of the season, but the Tigers just couldn't find any sort of sustained offensive punch against Tyler Skaggs and friends. They were shut out 5-0, with Cabrera's two hits representing half of their team hit total. The veteran slugger is slashing .311/.386/.546 with 28 homers and 80 RBI over 482 at-bats. He may be 33 years old, but he remains one of the steadiest fantasy bats around. Sunday, 2:32 pm
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Pearce drives in three as O's avoid sweep
    Steve Pearce went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Pearce snapped a scoreless tie with his sixth-inning solo home run off CC Sabathia, then proceeded to pad that lead with a two-run single in the seventh. He was sidelined by an elbow injury for two weeks earlier this month, but looks to be past that now. In 239 at-bats between the Rays and O's this season, the veteran first baseman is slashing a smooth .301/.380/.510 with 12 homers and 33 RBI. Sunday, 2:07 pm
    Player Note
    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Tor
  • Xavier Scruggs notches RBI double in loss
    Xavier Scruggs went 2-for-2 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Scruggs picked up his first double of the season in the second inning, driving in a run in the process. He was called up on August 19 due to a strong power showing at Triple-A New Orleans. Since that promotion, the 28-year-old first baseman has managed seven hits in 23 at-bats. While he did bop 21 homers with New Orleans prior to his call-up, he has yet to show any sort of fantasy upside at the major league level. Sunday, 1:48 pm
  • Billy Butler (concussion) expected back Mon.
    Billy Butler (concussion) is expected to be activated on Monday.

    Advice: That's assuming he passes a concussion test Sunday. Butler has missed the last week of action following a clubhouse scuffle with teammate Danny Valencia. Sunday, 11:08 am
  • Wil Myers scratched with stomach virus
    Wil Myers was scratched from the Padres' lineup Sunday with a stomach virus.

    Advice: He should be OK in a day or two. Yangervis Solarte will slide across the diamond to cover for Myers, with Adam Rosales entering the lineup at third base. Sunday, 10:01 am
  • Belt (neck) scratched from Saturday's lineup
    Brandon Belt was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Braves due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Conor Gillaspie will fill in at first base and bat fifth. Saturday, 5:53 pm
    12:45 pm vs Ari
  • Teixeira homers, drives in three vs. Orioles
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: Teixeira connected for a two-run blast off Yovani Gallardo in the first inning before adding an RBI single in the second. It was a rare big night for the veteran first baseman, who has taken on a diminished role over the past month. He’s now batting .201 with 11 homers and a .629 OPS through 91 games in his final MLB season Friday, 7:18 pm
    5:15 pm @KC
  • Moss' two dingers aren't enough against Mets
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Moss hit a two-run shot off the right field foul pole to get the Cards on the board in the sixth inning, and he added a solo homer in the eighth for good measure. Moss now has 25 home runs and 60 RBI in 96 games. He also hit 25 bombs in Oakland in 2014, and his single-season best is 30, also with the A's, in 2013. With over a month to play, Moss has a shot at setting a new record this year. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Jefry Marte (personal) to return on Friday
    Jefry Marte (personal) will join the Angels Friday in Detroit.

    Advice: Marte missed the club's series against the Blue Jays while tending to a personal matter. The 25-year-old has been a jack of all trades this season, splitting time between left field and both corner infield spots. He's hit a little bit too with nine homers and 27 RBI over 176 at-bats for the Halos. Thursday, 3:05 pm
    Player Note
    Jefry Marte LAA - 1B,3B,OF
    4:05 pm vs Cin
  • David Ortiz getting day off Thursday vs. Rays
    David Ortiz is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Hanley Ramirez will start at DH, Travis Shaw will play first base, and Aaron Hill will get the nod at third base in the early-afternoon finale at Tropicana Field. Thursday, 7:11 am
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Justin Turner hits 24th homer
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 and homered to account for the only run in the Dodgers' win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Turner is up to 24 homers in 485 plate appearances this year. For the Mets in 2011, he had four homers in 487 plate appearances. Legitimately one of the NL's best players the last three years, Turner is going to be a fascinating free agent this winter. Wednesday, 10:07 pm
    12:10 pm @Col ; 5:10 pm @Col
  • Miggy collects four hits and homer vs. Twins
    Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: His solo blast in the first inning opened the scoring. He then contributed an RBI double in the third inning before adding another double and a single. The future Hall of Famer is batting .313/.386/.552 with 28 home runs, 80 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 124 games. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • 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. Wednesday, 4:58 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 12:20 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 10:28 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Teixeira not in Monday's lineup
    Mark Teixeira is not in Monday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Yankees are looking toward the future, so Teixeira is continuing to see a diminished role. Tyler Austin will start at first base and bat ninth against right-hander Cody Martin. Monday, 3:45 pm
    5:15 pm @KC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Josh Bell starting at first base Monday
    Josh Bell will start at first base and bat sixth Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Bell has now started back-to-back games at first base against right-handers. It appears that he'll get a chance to take away the starting first base job from the struggling John Jaso. Monday, 2:48 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • 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
  • Justin Turner out of Dodgers lineup Monday
    Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Reds.

    Advice: Rob Segedin is starting at third base and batting eighth versus Reds right-hander Homer Bailey. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Turner, who's batting .320 with a 1.033 OPS so far in the second half. Aug 22, 7:04 am
    12:10 pm @Col ; 5:10 pm @Col
  • 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. Aug 21, 7:02 pm
  • 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. Aug 21, 4:01 pm
  • Gyorko homers again as Cardinals rout Phils
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Sunday in the Cardinals' 9-0 pounding of the Phillies.

    Advice: Gyorko doubled and scored in the Cardinals' three-run fourth inning and then went deep to right-center off Phillies reliever Frank Herrmann in the Cardinals' four-run eighth. The 27-year-old infielder now has 20 home runs on the season, in just 272 at-bats. That is a homer for every 13.6 at-bats. Another terrific under-the-radar acquisition for Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. Aug 21, 2:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • 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. Aug 21, 9:43 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. Aug 21, 8:10 am
  • Jonathan Lucroy getting a breather Sunday
    Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day of rest. Robinson Chirinos will catch in Lucroy's place. The Rangers also have Nomar Mazara and Mitch Moreland on the bench with the Rays throwing lefty Blake Snell. Ryan Rua is at first base and Delino DeShields and Drew Stubbs will man the corner outfield spots. Aug 21, 6:57 am
  • Ortiz goes 3-for-4 with a two-run home run
    David Ortiz drilled a two-run homer as part of a 3-for-4 game in a victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: The fifth-inning blast proved to be the game-winner. The 40-year-old may want to reconsider his impending retirement given he is having one of the best seasons of his career. He is batting .321/.413/.637 with 95 RBI. The home run was his 29th of the season and 532nd of his career. Aug 20, 10:07 pm
    10:35 am vs TB
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