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  • Gerardo Parra sitting out on Sunday
    Gerardo Parra is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Dariel Alvarez is in right field in Parra's place. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:15 am
  • Randal Grichuk (elbow) close to activities
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that Randal Grichuk (elbow) is close to resuming baseball activities.

    Advice: The goal is to get Grichuk back in mid-September, although Mozeliak cautioned that the club will proceed cautiously with the young outfielder. Grichuk is battling his way back from a muscle strain and low-grade ligament sprain in his right elbow. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:01 am
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  • Josh Hamilton (knee) not cleared to run yet
    Josh Hamilton (knee) has yet to be cleared to resume running.

    Advice: Hamilton is taking batting practice and playing catch with no issues, but his left knee remains too sore to run on. He will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday but could be limited to pinch-hitting initially. "It feels OK to throw and hit on the knee," he said. "I just haven’t gotten to the important part where I can run or jog. That’s the next step." Rotoworld.com Today, 9:21 am
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  • 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 Today, 9:18 am
  • 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 Today, 8:09 am
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  • Michael Taylor (knee) returns to Nats' lineup
    Michael Taylor (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Taylor didn't start the last couple games due to a bruised right knee. He was able to pinch-hit Saturday, though, and is back in the lineup Sunday. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:54 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes sitting out on Sunday
    Yoenis Cespedes is not in the Mets' lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Michael Cuddyer is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center for the Mets. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:52 am
  • Rajai Davis playing through finger injury
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus revealed Saturday that Rajai Davis has been playing through a left middle finger injury since mid-May.

    Advice: Davis said that the injury has led to him not placing his finger on the bat when he swings. The speedster is hitting just .179 (19-for-106) over the last two months, so it would stand to reason that the ailment is affecting him. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:23 am
  • Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) held out again
    Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's missed the entire weekend series versus the Braves due to fatigue in his left shoulder. Alejandro De Aza is in left field again in Ramirez's place. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:03 am
  • Aaron Hicks to return as corner outfielder
    Aaron Hicks (hamstring) will be used as a corner outfielder when he returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Hicks began a rehab assignment Saturday and should be activated at some point this week. There's no spot for him in center field with Byron Buxton around, but Hicks was really playing well before getting hurt and should be in the lineup regularly. The odd man out could be Torii Hunter, who has been receiving a lot of days off of late and is down to .232/.290/.401 for the season. "People are excited to see the day when Buxton, Hicks and (Eddie) Rosario are out there together," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We’ll have to figure it out day-to-day, what gives us the best chance to win a game." Rotoworld.com Today, 6:47 am
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  • Michael Taylor (knee) appears as pinch-hitter
    Michael Taylor (knee) grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Taylor hasn't started the last two games due to a bruised right knee, but that he was able to pinch-hit is a good sign that he's close. He could be back in the lineup Sunday. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:24 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 Today, 5:19 am
  • Bruce socks three-run homer and scores thrice
    Jay Bruce went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run, a double and three runs scored in Saturday's 12-9 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: You could throw a dart at the top half of the Reds lineup and you'd likely hit somebody who had fun destroying the Brewers. Joey Votto, Todd Frazier and Bruce all hit home runs, while Bruce, Votto and Jason Bourgeois all finished the game with three hits. Bruce did his damage with a three-run tater off the collapsing star that is Matt Garza in the second inning. It was his 19th homer of the season and pushed his season RBI total to 72. In addition, the 28-year-old outfielder maintains a .233/.307/.443 batting line. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Vogt goes 3-for-3, drives in three vs Arizona
    Stephen Vogt finished 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Vogt slugged a two-run homer in the second inning, singled in the fourth, drew a walk in the sixth, and smacked an RBI single in the eighth. It was a promising performance from the 30-year-old, who has been slumping in the second half. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:59 pm
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  • Zimmerman backs Zimmermann with solo homer
    Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Zimmerman touched up Marlins starter Tom Koehler for a solo homer to left-center in the second inning. The oft-injured first baseman has been scalding the ball of late, with a double, three homers and 11 RBI in his last six games. For the season, he's hitting a slightly-less-stellar .225/.294/.215 with 12 homers and 59 RBI over 311 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:00 pm
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  • Kiermaier cranks two-run homer
    Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a steal in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Kiermaier smacked a two-run homer off of Royals starter Kris Medlen in the fourth inning, his sixth homer of the season. He also recorded steal No. 16 in the contest. While he's hit well in April, June and August, his overall batting line is a pedestrian .261/.294/.413. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • Piscotty goes 4-for-4, Cards take down Giants
    Stephen Piscotty finished 4-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored in Saturday's 6-0 defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: Piscotty walked in the first, hit an infield single in the second, singled and scored in the fifth, singled again in the seventh, and then roped a triple to deep right-center field in the top of the ninth. The 24-year-old Stanford graduate continues to impress in his first taste of major league action, now with a .344/.378/.576 batting line in 35 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Michael Taylor (knee) remains sidelined
    Michael Taylor (knee) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He banged his right knee against the outfield wall in Thursday's win against San Diego. Denard Span's season-ending hip injury has opened up playing time for Taylor in center field. Bryce Harper will get the start there on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber back in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is back in the Cubs' starting lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He'll start in left field and bat second. Schwarber's average has taken a hit this month (.235) but he's still posting huge power numbers (nine homers in 85 August at-bats). His absence Friday was just a routine off day after playing 21 games in a row. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Denard Spen (torn labrum) out 4-to-6 months
    Denard Span will be out 4-to-6 months with a torn labrum.

    Advice: Span's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. He should be fully healed by spring training. The 31-year-old remains a solid leadoff hitter when healthy and should be one of the more coveted outfielders in free agency this winter. Bryce Harper and Michael Taylor have filled in at center field during his absence. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:21 pm
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  • Hanley Ramirez remains out of Red Sox lineup
    Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) remains out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Ramirez was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to fatigue in his left shoulder. Alejandro De Aza will start in his place in left field and bat eighth for the Red Sox against Jacob deGrom and the Mets on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • Blanco reaches three times in win on Friday
    Gregor Blanco (hip) showed no signs of rust in his return to the Giants starting lineup on Friday, going 2-for-4 plus a walk in a victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Blanco had missed the previous two games due to a strained left hip. He has done a terrific job for the Giants this season, slashing .294/.378/.412 with three homers, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 289 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:19 am
  • Fowler (leg) singles in return to Cubs lineup
    Dexter Fowler (leg) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return to the Cubs starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Fowler had missed the previous two contests due to discomfort in his right shin. The primary table-setter atop the Cubs lineup, he's hitting .252/.348/.418 with 14 homers and 84 runs scored in his first season with the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:16 am
  • Domingo Santana hits solo homer in win
    Domingo Santana went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: In addition to cracking his fifth home run of the year, Santana walked once and struck out once. The former Astro was part of the trade deadline deal that sent Carlos Gomez to Houston. In his first six games played with the Brewers, he's already homered three times. Those in need of some pop in deeper mixed leagues might want to take a flier. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:41 pm
  • 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
  • Nunez homers in low-scoring win vs Astros
    Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Friday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Nunez cranked a solo home run in the third inning off Astros starter Scott Kazmir for the game's first run. He would also drive home the game's final run just an inning later, this time on a ground out. The utility infielder's done a nice job in his relatively limited playing time, hitting .269/.306/.419 with three homers, 17 RBI and five steals over 160 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:43 pm
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  • Buxton takes 0-for-4 against Astros
    Byron Buxton struggled in Friday's win over the Astros, finishing 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

    Advice: Hey, it could have been worse. He could have struck out four times, as he did on Thursday. The rookie is 16-for-75 with three doubles, a triple and no homers this season. The numbers have been poor to this point, but at just 21 years old, it's not a surprise that he's found tough sledding early on. Things will improve. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:38 pm
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  • Bradley homers to center in seventh
    Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Friday's 10-inning win over the Mets.

    Advice: Bradley homered with two outs in the seventh, his sixth long ball of the season. The Red Sox optioned the 25-year-old outfielder to Triple-A in early July before calling him back up on July 29. The Triple-A stint seems to have done Bradley well, as he entered Friday's game hitting .328/.418/.701 with four homers and 20 RBI in the month of August. While there's no guarantee he'll continue to tear the cover off the ball, wise owners in deeper AL-only formats should consider riding this hot streak if he's available for pickup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:03 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (knee) takes batting practice
    Josh Hamilton (knee) took batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Hamilton has been on the shelf for the last couple weeks with a nagging left knee ailment but finally appears to be making some progress. He could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Monday, although the Rangers could easily wait until Tuesday when rosters expand. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:50 pm
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  • Aaron Hicks (hamstring) ready for rehab games
    Aaron Hicks (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll remain there for a couple days before returning on September 3 when he's first eligible. Hick has missed the last couple weeks with a left hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:39 pm
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  • Hanley Ramirez battling shoulder fatigue
    Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup Friday due to right shoulder fatigue.

    Advice: It's yet another new ailment for Ramirez, who has somehow managed to avoid the disabled list this season despite a host of different maladies. Jackie Bradley took his spot in left field. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:18 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez scratched from lineup Friday
    Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's unclear what the reasoning is for the scratch, but Ramirez has had a foot issue recently. The Red Sox should have more on his status shortstop. Jackie Bradley took his spot in left field. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Nationals confirm Span will have hip surgery
    Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed Friday that Denard Span will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip next Tuesday.

    Advice: He also revealed that it will be to repair Span's labrum, which has been bothering the outfielder for a while. The Nats think the hip issue is connected to the core and back problems Span was plagued by this season. It's a really tough break for Span, as he's slated to hit free agency in a couple months. The timetable for his recovery should be known after Tuesday's procedure. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:34 pm
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  • 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
  • Michael Taylor (knee) to miss a few games
    Michael Taylor (knee) is expected to be sidelined for a few days.

    Advice: The feeling is that Taylor didn't cause any major damage when he collided with the outfield wall Thursday, but he has a bad bruise on his right knee. He could wind up missing the entire weekend series against the Marlins. Matt den Dekker should handle center field for a few days. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:32 am
  • Denard Span to have season-ending hip surgery
    MLB.com's William Ladson reports that Denard Span will have season-ending surgery on his left hip on Tuesday.

    Advice: Span has just never been fully healthy all season. He had his first core muscle surgery last December, came back too soon and then required a second procedure in March. He then made a quick recovery from that to return in mid-April, but he then dealt with back and more recently hip issues for the bulk of the campaign. The type of operation he'll have Tuesday isn't known yet, but hopefully it will finally nip is health issues in the bud. Span's Nationals career could be over, as he's slated for free agency this winter. The Nats will go with Michael Taylor in center field for the rest of the season, assuming his knee injury is minor as expected. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:52 am
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  • Byron Buxton fans four times
    Byron Buxton struck out all four times he was up Thursday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: The Twins have been awfully aggressive in pushing Buxton into the leadoff spot, but while he did OK in the first two games against the Rays, he looks more like a bottom-of-the-order guy right now. He's struck out in 16 straight games, and he's hit .225 with a 27/3 K/BB ratio in 71 at-bats overall. He's also been thrown out on two of his three steal attempts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:11 pm
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  • Denard Span (hip) heading back to DL
    Nationals placed OF Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list with left hip inflammation.

    Advice: The hip issue is related to the core and back issues that have sidelined Span already this season. At this point, there is fear in the Nationals organization that the oft-injured outfielder will not make it back at all this season. Michael Taylor will continue to fill in center field in his stead. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:04 pm
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  • X-rays come back negative for Taylor
    Michael Taylor (knee) is listed as day-to-day after being diagnosed with a right knee contusion on Thursday.

    Advice: Taylor was pulled from Thursday's game in the seventh inning after crashing into the outfield wall. Thankfully, he was able to avoid any significant injuries and should be cleared to return to the Nationals lineup at some point over the weekend. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Michael Taylor leaves game after collision
    Michael Taylor was removed from Thursday's game against the Padres after crashing into the outfield wall.

    Advice: Taylor was attempting to track down a deep drive off the bat of Melvin Upton when he leaped and crashed into the outfield wall at full speed. The injury is believed to have occurred to his right knee, though the severity is unknown at the moment. The Nationals should have an update on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:07 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty not in Cardinals lineup
    Stephen Piscotty is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: It's certainly a well-deserved day of rest for Piscotty who has started the team's last 29 contests. Piscotty has been on a tear offensively, slashing .316/.349/.538 with four homers and 20 RBI in 117 at-bats. Matt Carpenter will draw a rare start at first base in his absence. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:41 pm
  • Denard Span (back) not in Thursday's lineup
    Denard Span is out of Thursday's lineup for the Nationals due to back soreness.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like a major concern, but the Nationals will have to manage him down the stretch. Michael Taylor is starting in center field against the Padres. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:37 pm
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  • Span out of Nationals' lineup Thursday night
    Denard Span is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the veteran outfielder, who returned earlier this week from a bad back injury. Michael Taylor is starting in center field against the Padres. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:41 pm
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  • Gregor Blanco (hip) out of SF lineup Thursday
    Gregor Blanco (hip) is out of the Giants' starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's game with a left hip strain, but he felt good running in the outfield on Thursday morning and could be available off the bench already. Juan Perez is starting in center field and batting seventh on Thursday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:13 am
  • Dexter Fowler (shin) out Thursday vs. Giants
    Dexter Fowler is out of the Cubs' lineup again on Thursday due to discomfort in his right shin.

    Advice: Fowler also missed Wednesday's game, but X-rays turned up negative and he should be good to go sometime this weekend. Kris Bryant is in right field, Chris Denorfia is in left field, and Matt Szczur is in center field Thursday against the Giants. Denorfia will lead off. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:09 am
  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting behind the plate in the Cubs' series finale Thursday versus the Giants.

    Advice: It's his 13th start this year at catcher, but his first since August 6. Schwarber was shifted to left field when Miguel Montero returned earlier this month from a thumb sprain, but Montero is getting a day off Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:54 am
  • Blanco a late scratch with left hip strain
    Gregor Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup with a left hip strain.

    Advice: Blanco was replaced in the lineup by Juan Perez. It's another blow to a team ravaged by injuries this year. The Giants should provide a clearer outlook on Blanco shortly. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:01 pm
  • Fowler gets day off Wednesday against Giants
    Dexter Fowler is not in the Cubs' lineup against the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a day off for the outfielder, who is hitting .252/.349/.420 with 14 homers, 17 steals and 84 runs scored atop the Cubs' lineup. Chris Denorfia got the start in center field in place of Fowler on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:23 pm
  • Schwarber's 3-run HR powers Cubs past SF
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run home run to help take down the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, drilling a Matt Cain offering to right-center, staking the Cubs to a 3-0 lead. Though the power display has been impressive, he has only four hits in 31 at-bats (.129) since August 16 and they're all homers. Schwarber is batting .275/.373/.570 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI since making his major league debut in mid-June. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Kiermaier nabs three hits, two steals vs. MIN
    Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases and an RBI in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier had an RBI single in the third inning, one of three singles on the night. The 25-year-old has oscillated between good and bad months, batting .306 in April, .173 in May, .314 in June, .200 in July and now .310 this month through Tuesday's game. Kiermaier is hitting .255/.288/.400 with 47 runs scored, 28 RBI and 15 steals on the year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Cespedes homers again, Mets win 5th straight
    Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run as the Mets took down the Phillies on Tuesday to win their fifth consecutive game.

    Advice: The Mets hit eight home runs on Monday and it appeared they were going to give the fans in Philadelphia an encore performance when Yoenis Cespedes belted a Jerome Williams offering to right-center for a two-run home run in the first inning. But it was the Mets' only homer of the evening. The outfielder has gone yard five times in his last five games, now with 25 on the season along with 81 RBI. Cespedes is batting .306/.346/.582 as a Met. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Zimmerman leads Nats to win with a grand slam
    Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam in Tuesday's win against the Padres.

    Advice: Zimmerman's only hit in five at-bats was a sixth-inning grand slam off of Bud Norris that boosted the Nationals' lead to 8-2. It's his first homer since hitting two on August 9. Since then, he was batting only .189 (7-for-37). Zimmerman's numbers, overall, are still lackluster but the Nationals are hoping he can pick it up in time for a September playoff push. He's hitting .222/.296/.401 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:29 pm
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  • Grichuk (elbow) yet to resume activities
    Randal Grichuk (elbow) has yet to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Grichuk was placed on the disabled list a little over a week ago with a muscle strain and low-grade ligament sprain in his right elbow. The Cardinals aren't overly concerned that it will be a long-term absence, but expect them to err on the side of caution since his ligament is involved. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:53 pm
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  • Hicks (hamstring) running, hitting in cages
    Aaron Hicks (hamstring) has been running and hitting in the batting cage.

    Advice: Hicks is nearly a week removed from being placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. The Twins remain hopeful that he'll be ready to go on September 3 when first eligible. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:46 pm
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  • Hanley confirms he's moving to 1B next year
    Hanley Ramirez acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that he is moving to first base next year.

    Advice: The first directive from new Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, perhaps? Hanley was spotted taking grounders and making throws on Tuesday afternoon in Chicago and said after the workout that he could begin seeing starts at first base down the stretch this season. "I'm looking forward to it," said Hanley, who has been a disaster in left field. Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Rusney Castillo make up the outfield of the future in Boston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:49 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez taking grounders at first base
    Hanley Ramirez took grounders and made throws at first base on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Hanley has been a huge disappointment defensively in his first year as an everyday outfielder. An eventual move to first base makes sense for the former shortstop with Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Rusney Castillo lined up as Boston's outfield of the future. Ramirez is under contract with the Red Sox through 2018. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:29 pm
  • Span (back) activated from disabled list
    Nationals activated OF Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Span has been sidelined since July 6 with a nagging back injury, but he showed enough over six rehab games to convince the Nationals that he's ready to go. He's batting leadoff in his return Tuesday against the Padres. The veteran outfielder has played well when healthy this season, but he's only appeared in 59 games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:47 pm
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  • 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 Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Cespedes homers as Mets set HR record
    Yoenis Cespedes hit the Mets' eighth home run in Monday's slaughtering of the Phillies, helping set a franchise record.

    Advice: The Mets hit seven home runs through the first six innings and needed one more to set a franchise record. It wouldn't happen until Yoenis Cespedes drove a two-run home run off of the facing of the second deck in left field at Citizens Bank Park. Cespedes has been exactly what the Mets needed as he's homered six times and knocked in 18 runs in 21 games since coming over from the Tigers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:32 pm
  • Denard Span (back) to be activated Tuesday
    Denard Span (back) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Span was 7-for-17 (.412) with a home run, three walks and three runs scored in six rehab games with High-A Potomac. The veteran outfielder has dealt with a nagging back injury since June but is feeling well enough to give it a go again. He's hit .304/.367/.430 with five homers and 11 steals in 59 games this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:52 pm
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  • Span (back) could return as early as Tuesday
    Denard Span (back) went 1-for-3 in his sixth minor league rehab game Sunday with Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Span is 7-for-17 (.412) with a home run, three walks, and three runs scored since beginning his rehab with High-A Potomac last week. The center fielder could be added back to the Nationals' active roster as early as Tuesday and is capable of providing significant fantasy production down the stretch. Span owns a .304/.367/.430 slash line with five homers, 37 runs, 15 doubles, and 11 steals in 59 games this season. Rotoworld.com Aug 24, 9:47 am
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Hanley Ramirez sitting out on Sunday
    Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Jackie Bradley is in left field while Ramirez rests. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 7:30 am
  • Jay Bruce sitting out on Sunday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Brennan Boesch is handling right field while Bruce rests. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 7:14 am
  • Buxton hits RBI single in winning effort
    Byron Buxton went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Buxton's RBI single against the Oriole bullpen in the seventh inning snapped a 2-2 tie. He's 5-for-14 since returning to the Twin lineup on August 20. An injury to Aaron Hicks has opened up playing time for the 21-year-old phenom, who had hit .412/.444/.549 in 54 plate appearances at Triple-A since healing up from a thumb injury that sidelined him in late June. Buxton has the potential to be a legitimate impact bat down the stretch, though owners should obviously be patient if he runs into a few cold streaks along the way. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 9:56 pm
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  • Ramirez doubles in loss to Royals
    Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: The double was just Ramirez's 11th of the season. He's been one of the worst regular starters since the middle of July, hitting just .191/.214/.234 in 98 post-All-Star at-bats. To be fair, he is dealing with a foot injury this month, but the numbers he's posted for the season (.254/.294/.433 with 19 homers, 53 RBI and six steals) simply haven't been what the Red Sox paid for in the off-season. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 8:13 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
  • Cespedes has 3 HR, 7 RBI night vs. Rockies
    Yoenis Cespedes filled up the box score in Friday's 14-9 win over the Rockies, going 5-for-6 with three home runs, seven RBI, five runs scored, and a stolen base.

    Advice: It was the Yoenis Cespedes Show in Colorado. He launched a grand slam in the second inning before adding a solo shot in the fourth and a two-run blast in the sixth. It was the first three-homer game of his career. He's just the fifth player in MLB history to amass five hits, three home runs, five runs scored, and seven RBI in the same game, joining Walker Cooper (1949), Gil Hodges (1950), Joe Adcock (1954), and Shawn Green (2002). The Mets' big acquisition at the trade deadline is paying off. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 10:07 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
  • Santana smacks two-run homer vs. Nats
    Making his Brewers' debut, Domingo Santana smacked a two-run homer against the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: Acquired in last month's Carlos Gomez deal, Santana was batting .380 (30-for-79) with two home runs and 18 RBI over 20 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs prior to Friday's call-up. Strikeouts have been an issue for him, but he has big-time power potential. The Brewers appeared prepared to give him an opportunity in center field even though he has limited experience at the position in pro ball. He's worth a shot in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 8:30 pm
  • Parra hits three-run homer vs. Twins
    Gerardo Parra clubbed a three-run homer Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: Parra's hot hitting has continued since coming over to the Orioles at the trade deadline. He has hit safely in eight straight games and has five home runs over his first 19 games in his new digs. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 7:36 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman not in lineup Friday
    Ryan Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Clint Robinson is at first base in Zimmerman's place. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 12:36 pm
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  • Domingo Santana getting start in CF
    Domingo Santana is starting in center field in his first game with the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Santana has just 13 games of experience in center field between the majors and minors, but the Brewers will test him out there since they're covered in left and right. The 23-year-old hasn't been great in his brief time in the majors, but he's hit .312/.403/.518 during his time at Triple-A and has big power. Those in deeper league should consider rolling the dice on him. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 11:32 am
  • Domingo Santana recalled from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled OF Domingo Santana from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Acquired from the Astros in the Carlos Gomez trade, Santana sports a .333/.426/.573 batting line with 18 homers and 77 RBI at the Triple-A level this season. The Brewers are set in the corner outfield spots, so it will be interesting to see if they give Santana a look in center field, a position he's played sparingly. He's worth a shot in deeper leagues if he can find his way into regular at-bats. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 7:12 am
  • Michael Taylor hits long home run
    Michael Taylor crushed his 11th homer Thursday off the Rockies' Yohan Flande.

    Advice: Statcast had the homer at 490 feet, but other estimates have come in closer to the 470-foot range. Either way, it was a true blast. Taylor hasn't been an on-base guy as a rookie, but his power-speed combination makes him awfully intriguing going forward. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 9:00 pm
  • A.J. Pollock goes 4-for-5 in win
    A.J. Pollock had four hits, three RBI and a stolen base against the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Without a doubt, Pollock has been this year's best player who isn't the best player on his own team. He's batting .316 with 46 extra-base hits, 83 runs scored and 30 steals as Paul Goldschmidt's sidekick, all while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 8:10 pm
  • Gordon (groin) to begin rehab stint Sunday
    Alex Gordon (groin) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.

    Advice: Gordon has been sidelined since July 8 with a Grade 2 groin strain, but he's currently on track to rejoin the first-place Royals by the end of the month. The 31-year-old was batting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI over 78 games prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 1:49 pm
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  • Buxton at leadoff Thursday in return to Twins
    Byron Buxton is batting leadoff in his return to the Twins on Thursday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Buxton hasn't appeared in a game for the Twins since June 24, but he's over his thumb injury and had been raking for the last week or so at Triple-A Rochester. The 21-year-old has a direct line to regular playing time with Aaron Hicks (hamstring) sidelined and carries huge fantasy potential for the stretch run. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 12:47 pm
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  • Rangers put Josh Hamilton (knee) on the DL
    Rangers placed OF Josh Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with left knee inflammation.

    Advice: The soreness wasn't going away, so the Rangers have decided to get Hamilton some extended rest. He should be ready to rock when his 15 days are up. This carves out some playing time for newcomer Will Venable, who suddenly looks a lot more attractive in mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 12:21 pm
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