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  • Butera enjoys three-hit night against Twins
    Drew Butera finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Butera had four hits, including a homer, in five career at-bats against Twins starter Kyle Gibson heading into Thursday's game, and he added to that strange dominance with his second three-hit game of the 2016 season. Backing up Salvador Perez this season, the 33-year-old is batting .281/.322/.474 in 114 at-bats. Rotoworld.com 21 minutes ago
  • Friedrich mired down by big sixth inning
    Christian Friedrich couldn't make it out of the sixth inning in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Friedrich surrendered an RBI double to Joc Pederson in the fifth inning, but the real killer frame was the sixth. He allowed four runs in that one. Over the course of 129 1/3 innings this season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to an underwhelming 4.80 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 100/52 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com 21 minutes ago
  • Urias blanks Padres over three innings
    Jose Urias kept the scoreboard clean in Thursday's no-decision against the Padres, tossing three innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: The Dodgers have no need to press their starters deep into games at this juncture. In his limited action, Urias did a nice job. The youthful southpaw struck out five and walked two on the evening, surrendering just one hit over his three frames of work. In 122 innings this season, he pitched to a 3.39 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 84/31 K/BB ratio. The postseason now awaits for Urias. He could potentially start in Game 4 of the NLDS, depending on how that series against the Nationals unfolds. Rotoworld.com 23 minutes ago
  • Gibson fans eight, allows four runs to Royals
    Kyle Gibson allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings against the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Gibson kept the Royals in check for most of the evening and was handed a lead in the top of the seventh, only to give it right back in the bottom of the frame before exiting. The eight strikeouts were a single-game high for the 28-year-old this season. In 25 starts this year, Gibson went 6-11 with a 5.07 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Rotoworld.com 25 minutes ago
  • Molina gets walk-off winner in wild fashion
    Yadier Molina hit a walk-off double -- depending on who you ask -- to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: With a runner on first and two outs in the ninth, Molina pulled a Blake Wood pitch down the left field line that one-hopped the wall. There's little question it should have been ruled a ground-rule double, but Matt Carpenter never stopped running and slid into home with no objection from the umpires. The Reds tried to protest too late and to little avail, and it will be interesting to see if something is or can be done to change to ruling after the fact. As it stands, Molina pulled the Cardinals to two games back of the Mets for the first spot in the Wild Card race. The 34-year-old finished 2-for-5, also hitting his eighth home run of the season, with two RBI in Thursday's contest. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:15 pm
  • Mikie Mahtook doubles, homers in win over CWS
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Mahtook took a Jose Quintana offering for a solo ride in the fourth inning. The dinger was his third of the season. While the 26-year-old outfielder is hitting just .199/.237/.295 over 176 at-bats, he has picked it up of late, notching two-hit efforts in three of his last four games. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:10 pm
  • Carlos Sanchez smacks two-run homer in loss
    Carlos Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Sanchez rocked a two-run homer off Chris Archer in the seventh inning to draw the White Sox to within 5-3, but neither team would score again in the contest. For his part, the 24-year-old Sanchez is working to a .217/.247/.378 triple-slash over 143 at-bats. He has swatted four homers and driven in 21 runs in that space. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:09 pm
  • Hellickson leaves start with sprained knee
    Jeremy Hellickson was pulled from Thursday's game against the Braves due to a sprained right knee.

    Advice: It's certainly good news that the injury appears to be minor and doesn't involve his arm at all. The 29-year-old finishes his 2016 campaign with a 12-10 record, 3.71 ERA and 154/45 K/BB ratio over 189 innings. He's positioned to secure a fairly lucrative multi-year contract in the off-season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:06 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-2 @Atl
     
  • Gyorko belts 28th home run in win over Reds
    Jedd Gyorko hit his 28th homer of the season in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Gyorko connected with a Dan Straily pitch in the second inning for the solo dong, his only hit in four at-bats. The hit was just his second in his last 20 at-bats, as the 28-year-old has fallen into a bit of a slump as the season draws to a close. Even so, it will go down as a career year for Gyorko, who is hitting .238/.300/.482 with those 28 homers, 56 RBI and 54 runs scored in 125 games. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
     
  • Kim has RBI single, two hits in win over Jays
    Hyun Soo Kim went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Kim added to the Orioles' lead with an RBI knock in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old has put together an impressive first season in the majors -- one that might not have happened if the O's had their way in spring -- batting .307/.385/.429 with six homers, 22 RBI and 35 runs scored. At $4.2 million next year, the club should enter camp with designs on Kim occupying left field next year. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:12 pm
    W, 4-0 @Tor
     
  • Hellickson leaves start with apparent injury
    Jeremy Hellickson was forced to leave Thursday's start against in the fourth inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly what occurred at this point, but the trainer came out to check on the veteran right-hander mid at-bat in the fourth inning and the decision was made to pull him out. It's a potentially devastating development for Hellickson, who has had a nice bounceback season in 2016 and is headed for free agency this winter. Expect an update from the Phillies on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:23 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-2 @Atl
     
  • A.J. Schugel doesn't need shoulder surgery
    A.J. Schugel (shoulder) has been recommended rest and rehab after receiving a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek.

    Advice: Schugel is merely dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder. He'll be fine for spring training, barring a setback. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:43 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 1-1 vs ChC
     
  • Jesus Montero suspended 50 games for PEDs
    Jesus Montero has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for dimethylbutylamine.

    Advice: Montero has spent all of 2016 at Triple-A in the Blue Jays' organization, batting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. The former top prospect will turn 27 in November and his future in the majors is now looking as cloudy as ever. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:02 pm
    Suspended
    L, 4-0 vs Bal
     
  • Josh Smith to start Friday versus Cubs
    Josh Smith will start for the Reds on Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Smith tossed three innings of one-run ball in a spot start versus the Cubs on September 20. The right-hander has been used primarily in relief this year and probably won't go more than four innings on Friday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. He should not be considered a viable fantasy streaming option. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:12 pm
  • Blake Snell has final start cut short
    Blake Snell pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before a rain delay ended his start Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: It was shaping up as a strong one for Snell; he had struck out four and allowed just one hit before play was halted. Barring an appearance on short rest this weekend, he'll conclude his rookie season 6-8 with a 3.54 ERA. He struck out 98 in 89 innings, but he also walked 51. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Bryan Mitchell blanks Red Sox
    Bryan Mitchell shut out the Red Sox for seven innings Wednesday, allowing just two hits.

    Advice: The Yankees have always been high on Mitchell, but he was essentially a non-factor this year after fracturing a toe in April. Having such a strong outing in his final regular-season start will help with the wishcasting for 2017, though we're still skeptical that he'll last as a starter. He'll likely compete for a rotation spot in spring training. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Kim hits go-ahead two-run bomb in ninth
    Hyun Soo Kim launched a clutch pinch-hit two-run bomb to give the Orioles a ninth-inning lead as they went on to beat the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit it off Blue Jays relief ace Roberto Osuna. Kim hasn't gotten the playing time his owners were hoping for this season, but he's slashing .305/.382/.428 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 292 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:50 pm
    W, 4-0 @Tor
     
  • Julio Urias tracking toward postseason roster
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that he "see[s] [Julio Urias] on the postseason roster in some capacity."

    Advice: Urias will make his final start of the regular season on Thursday, when the Dodgers do battle with the Padres. Beyond that, it looks like the 20-year-old southpaw will receive his first taste of postseason action this October. His exact role has yet to be determined, but he is one option to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals. In 74 major league innings this season (14 starts in 17 appearances), Urias has pitched to a 3.53 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 79/29 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:19 pm
  • Urias to start for Dodgers on Thursday
    Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers on Thursday at San Diego.

    Advice: It probably won't be a very lengthy outing for the young left-hander, who has thrown a career-high 119 innings this season between the minors and majors. Urias topped out at just 80 1/3 innings last year. Still, he could be an option to start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Molina plates four as Cardinals smash Cubs
    Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 and drove home four runs on Saturday as the Cardinals smashed the Cubs 10-4.

    Advice: Molina got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning, then added on to the rout with a two-run single in the seventh. He has had a nice bounceback season offensively, slashing .300/.354/.413 with seven homers and 53 RBI. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:51 pm
  • Kyle Gibson takes loss to Mariners
    Kyle Gibson yielded two runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Gibson would love to end on a strong note after a very disappointing year. He's allowed three runs over eight innings in his last two outings, lowering his ERA from 5.34 to 5.04. He only has one start left now, though. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:08 pm
  • Hellickson gives up six runs to Mets
    Jeremy Hellickson was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Hellickson limited the Mets to one run over the first four innings before he came unglued in the fifth inning. After walking the bases loaded, he gave up a pair of RBI singles before being pulled. He was charged with two more runs after Michael Conforto slugged a three-run blast off Frank Herrmann. The impending free agent has been rocked to the tune of a 7.77 ERA in five starts against the Mets this season, but still holds a solid 3.78 ERA on the year. He’ll finish the year with a start against the Braves on the road next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:14 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-2 @Atl
     
  • Mitchell goes six innings in loss to Jays
    Bryan Mitchell gave up three runs (one earned) over six innings Friday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Mitchell ran into all sorts of trouble early on in this one, so it’s impressive that he managed to make it through six innings. All told, he gave up six hits and four walks while striking out two batters. Mitchell has posted a 4.50 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings through four starts since being recalled by the Yankees. He’s not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Mahtook homers in loss to Red Sox
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a solo homer against the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Mahtook’s second-inning homer against Drew Pomeranz was the only offense of the night for the Rays. The 26-year-old is seeing most of the playing time in right field with Steven Souza and Nick Franklin sidelined, but there’s not much to get excited about in fantasy leagues here. Mahtook is batting just .182/.226/.253 with two homers and 10 RBI over 57 games this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:10 pm
  • A.J. Schugel (shoulder) goes on 60-day DL
    Pirates placed RHP A.J. Schugel on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to August 31, with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Phil Coke. Schugel hasn't pitched at all this month due to a sore shoulder and is now officially ruled out for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:50 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 1-1 vs ChC
     
  • Christian Friedrich loses shutout in eighth
    Christian Friedrich faltered late in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering two runs on three hits over seven-plus innings.

    Advice: Friedrich and Giants starter Jeff Samardzija were locked in a fantastic pitcher's duel over the first seven innings, with both pitchers posting goose eggs. The Padres' issues began when Friedrich trotted back out to start the eighth inning. He surrendered a double and a single to open the frame. Both of those runners would come around to score after he was lifted from the proceedings. For the season, the 29-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He will finish out his season with a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Snell tosses five scoreless in win over Yanks
    Blake Snell threw five shutout innings and the Rays blanked the Yankees 2-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Snell scattered five hits and walked three, using six strikeouts to steer clear of any damage. The 23-year-old rookie has been the picture of inconsistency this year, but at the end of the day he's 6-8 with a 3.65 ERA through 18 starts. That's not too shabby in a tough AL East. Snell has at least one more start left in him before he calls it a year, and he'll take on the White Sox his next time out. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • A.J. Schugel (shoulder) unavailable for Wed.
    A.J. Schugel (shoulder) is not available for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Schugel is returning to Pittsburgh for a second opinion on his injured right shoulder. He has been feeling discomfort in the wing since the end of August. It should be noted that he was available for Tuesday's game, and there is still a chance he returns to the mound for the Bucs before the end of the 2016 season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:26 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 1-1 vs ChC
     
  • Yadier Molina getting the day off Wednesday
    Yadier Molina is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Carson Kelly will catch fellow rookie Luke Weaver in the afternoon series finale at Coors Field. Molina went 2-for-5 in Tuesday night's blowout win over the Rockies and is slashing .348/.384/.502 since the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:09 am
  • Gyorko lifts off for 27th homer of the season
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gyorko assaulted a Jorge De La Rosa 3-0 offering in the fourth inning, hitting it out to straight-away center. The homer was Gyorko's 27th of the year, continuing to up his single-season record, and he's got 54 RBI and 53 runs scored to go with a .246/.309/.495 line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
     
  • Smith yields on run in three innings in start
    Josh Smith allowed a run over three innings of work in a spot start Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: In a bit of a cruel twist, it was Smith, who was actually pretty good, that ended up taking the loss. Meaningless statistics aside, the 29-year-old gave up three hits and walked two in his first start of the year. Smith should go back to being a reliever moving forward. He'll take take a 4.86 ERA with him to the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Schugel (arm) available on Tuesday night
    A.J. Schugel (shoulder) is available out of the Pirates' bullpen on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Schugel has been out all month because of discomfort in his upper right arm, near his throwing shoulder. The 27-year-old reliever owns a decent 3.63 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 46/13 K/BB ratio in 52 innings this season out of the Pittsburgh bullpen. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:48 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 1-1 vs ChC
     
  • Josh Smith to start for Reds on Wednesday
    Josh Smith will start for the Reds on Wednesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: It will be his first start this season at the major league level. Smith, 29, holds a 5.72 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 83 1/3 career MLB innings and should go on being ignored in fantasy leagues for what is likely to be a one-off rotation turn. He's been working in a mop-up role for most of the year. Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 12:45 pm
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