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  • Mark Reynolds appears as pinch hitter Friday
    Mark Reynolds (wrist) singled in his lone at-bat as a pinch hitter during Friday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: It's the first time that Reynolds has returned to action since leaving Tuesday's game after getting hit by a pitch. He should be able to rejoin the starting lineup any day now. 17 minutes ago
    1:05 pm vs Pit
  • Edgar Olmos yanked in second inning
    Edgar Olmos surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in 1 1/3 innings Friday in his start against the A's.

    Advice: It's anyone's guess why the Mariners are giving starts to Olmos. He made just two in Triple-A this year after making none in the minors for the Marlins in 2013 and 2014. He's not going to be anything more than a reliever going forward, and it sure seems like the Mariners have better options to start in his place now. Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Aaron Brooks tagged for six runs
    Aaron Brooks was pulled after giving up six runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Brooks allowed six hits, walked two and struck out two. If he's not better next time out, he could be pulled from the A's rotation for the second time in a month. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Stefen Romero hits first home run
    Stefen Romero went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI after replacing an injured Franklin Gutierrez on Friday.

    Advice: It was just the second appearance of the season for Romero, who played in 72 games for the Mariners a year ago. He'll get some starts versus lefties down the stretch, but it doesn't seem likely that he'll have much AL-only fantasy value. Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Danny Valencia hits grand slam
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-5 with a grand slam off Edgar Olmos in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The homer extended Valencia's hitting streak to nine games and gave him eight RBI in the last four games. It's too bad the A's can't face mediocre left-handed relievers masquerading as starters every game. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Mike Bolsinger beats Padres
    Mike Bolsinger won Friday after allowing three runs and two hits in five innings against the Padres.

    Advice: Unfortunately, both hits were homers, coming off the bats of Matt Kemp and Jedd Gyorko. Bolsinger was strong otherwise, though, and the Dodgers pen had a good night after taking over, limiting the Padres to one run over four innings in the 8-4 win. Bolsinger is a spot starter for now, but it's possible he'll claim Mat Latos' place in the rotation. Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Scott Schebler homers, steals two bases
    Scott Schebler went 2-for-5 with his first career homer and two steals Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: It was Schlber's second career start and first since his recall Wednesday. It doesn't seem likely that he'll get many more opportunities over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford against righties, but he certainly took advantage tonight. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • C.J. Cron knocks in five runs
    C.J. Cron drove in five runs with a single, a triple and a double in Friday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Cron was supposed to see a reduced role after the Angels picked up two left-handed hitters before the deadline, but he kept hitting and David Dejesus didn't, allowing him to return to regular duty. He's at least a fringe mixed leaguer at the moment. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Joey Gallo fans twice in loss
    Joey Gallo went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: As mediocre as Gallo was in Triple-A, it's hard to see why the Rangers would play him over Will Venable, a superior defensive left fielder. Gallo also struck out all three times up in his first start back in the majors Wednesday. He'll be a bit player in September unless he can get hot in a hurry. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Pagan's RBI single brings home only SF run
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Pagan drew the Giants to within 2-1 via his RBI single in the sixth inning, but neither team would score again in the game. A right knee injury sidelined him in the middle of August, but he was activated from the disabled list on September 1. Given his .261/.293/.309 batting line, his return offers no fantasy impact. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • De La Rosa dazzles Giants over seven innings
    Jorge De La Rosa pitched a gem for the second start in a row, limiting the Giants to one run on six hits over seven innings in Friday's 2-1 win.

    Advice: De La Rosa shutout the Pirates in his last start and almost did likewise to the Giants. The only run to score against him on Friday came home on an RBI single by Angel Pagan in the sixth inning. In addition to the one run allowed, he also struck out seven without walking a batter. The veteran southpaw will carry a 4.24 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into his next outing, a Thursday afternoon road showdown with the Padres. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Pair of solo homers sink Heston
    Chris Heston pitched well outside of a pair of mistakes in Friday's loss to the Rockies, allowing two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Heston probably couldn't have guessed that the Rockies would hold the Giants to just one run, but these things happen. For his part, the 27-year-old right-hander coughed up back-to-back solo homers to Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado in the first inning. That was all he allowed, but he dropped to 11-9 anyway. Heston's currently pitching to a 3.54 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He's not a lock to remain in the rotation and the possibility of the team moving him to the bullpen remains. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Happ rocks Cardinals with three-hitter
    J.A. Happ was superb in Friday's 9-3 win over the Cardinals, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Happ turned in a fantastic start, no caveats. He threw 72 of his 110 pitches for strikes, struck out eight and allowed just three singles over his seven inning of work. Since joining the Pirates in early August, Happ's been brilliant, surrendering just six runs over 34 1/3 innings. That works out to a 1.57 ERA. He'll try to continue this unexpected run of extreme competence in a road start against the Reds next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Conger crushes grand slam to down Twins
    Hank Conger went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five total RBI in Friday's 8-0 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Conger blew open a 3-0 game in the fourth inning, stepping to the plate with the bases juiced and unloading on a Mike Pelfrey offering for a grand slam. He also added an RBI single in the eighth inning, just for fun. For a backup catcher, Conger's done a very nice job, particularly in terms of power. The 27-year-old is hitting .220/.314/.457 with 10 homers and 27 RBI over 164 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Rasmus hits two-run homer to help beat Twins
    Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Rasmus took a Mike Pelfrey offering for a ride with a runner on in the second inning. It was his 18th bomb of the season. While the power numbers are on-point, his overall triple-slash is considerably lacking in terms of average, as he's hitting just .230/.298/.449. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Chris Heston to start for Giants on Friday
    Chris Heston will start for the Giants on Friday against the Rockies in Colorado.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy had given consideration to starting Tim Hudson in his place, but opted to stick with the young right hander. If he has another rough outing though, he could be shifted to the bullpen. Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Dodgers recall OF prospect Scott Schebler
    Dodgers recalled OF Scott Schebler.

    Advice: Schebler batted .241/.322/.410 with 13 homers and 15 steals at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. He'll be a bench bat and healthy outfielder for the division-leading Dodgers. Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Joey Gallo recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled 3B/OF Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gallo faded after a hot start with the Rangers and then hit just .195 after being demoted to Round Rock. Still, he's obviously very intriguing with his power and could get some starts in left field with Josh Hamilton (knee) limited to pinch-hitting duty at the moment. Wednesday, 6:26 am
  • X-rays on Mark Reynolds' wrist are clean
    X-rays on Mark Reynolds' right wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Reynolds was hit by a pitch in the third inning with the bases loaded to force in a run. He initially stayed in but eventually was pulled. He merely has a bruise, though, and is day-to-day. Tuesday, 7:26 pm
    1:05 pm vs Pit
  • Mike Bolsinger recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled RHP Mike Bolsinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bolsinger has put up a 2.83 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 78/31 K/BB ratio over 89 innings with the Dodgers this season. He'll be used in long relief for now but could get a start at some point this month. Tuesday, 6:08 pm
  • Angel Pagan activated from disabled list
    Giants activated OF Angel Pagan from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pagan has been out since mid-August with a nagging right knee issue. How often he'll be healthy enough to play down the stretch remains to be seen, but he's ready to give it a go. Tuesday, 4:04 pm
  • Mariners call up OF Romero from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled OF Stefen Romero from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Romero appeared in 72 games with the Mariners last season, but he has played exclusively at the Triple-A level this year while batting .292/.333/.494 with 17 homers and 10 steals over 116 games. The 26-year-old likely won't play enough to be fantasy relevant. Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Valencia knocks in three runs as A's beat LAA
    Danny Valencia doubled twice and knocked in three runs across four plate appearances as the Athletics took down the Angels 11-5 on Monday.

    Advice: Valencia hit a two-run double in the third inning, sparking a five-run outburst. He tacked on an RBI double in the fifth to make it a 6-3 game. The third baseman has hit safely in seven consecutive games and is now batting .299/.340/.525 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 263 plate appearances this season. Monday, 11:02 pm
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Heston struggles in return to rotation
    Chris Heston was lit up in his return to the Giant rotation on Sunday, allowing five runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Heston struck out just one. A three-run first inning put him in an early hole and he was never able to work his way back from that. With Matt Cain injured, Heston slots back into the rotation and returns to his 3.56 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 111/48 K/BB ratio over 149 1/3 innings. Up next on his schedule, a road start against the Rockies. Sunday, 4:15 pm
  • Olmos surrenders three runs in five innings
    Making his first career start, Edgar Olmos allowed three runs on five hits over five innings in Sunday's no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: In addition to the five hits allowed, Olmos also walked five batters. The 25-year-old southpaw had been working from the bullpen prior to Sunday's start, with 7 2/3 scoreless innings out of the pen at the big league level. He held a 3.55 ERA in 20 Triple-A relief appearances prior to being called up on August 17. Sunday, 3:14 pm
  • De La Rosa spins diamonds against Pirates
    Jorge De La Rosa pitched beautifully in Sunday's win over the Pirates, firing six innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: De La Rosa allowed just four hits while striking out seven and walking one on the afternoon. The Pirates couldn't even find an extra-base hit against the 34-year-old southpaw. For the season, he's the owner of a 4.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. He'll try to duplicate Sunday's results in a home date with the Giants next time out. Sunday, 1:39 pm
  • Happ holds Rockies to one run
    J.A. Happ limited the damage in Saturday's win over the Rockies, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Happ scattered five hits while striking out two and walking one, with the only run scoring on a Charlie Blackmon RBI fielder's choice in the third inning. In five starts with the Pirates, he's pitched to a 1.98 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24/7 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. His upcoming road start against the Cardinals figures to represent a worthy challenge to those strong numbers. Saturday, 7:21 pm
  • Athletics recall Aaron Brooks from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The A's have opted to play things cautiously with Felix Doubront and push his start back until Monday, meaning Brooks will start in his place on Saturday against the Diamondbacks. He was destroyed by the Blue Jays in his last spot start and isn't a recommended streaming option, especially against the high-powered D'Backs offense. Saturday, 5:26 am
  • Edgar Olmos to start for Mariners on Sunday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced Friday that Edgar Olmos will make his first career start on Sunday.

    Advice: The 25-year-old southpaw has appeared out of the bullpen in all four of his outings with the M's this season, hurling 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming option in AL-only leagues, though he's unlikely to work deep into the ballgame. Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Giants recall Chris Heston from Triple-A
    Giants recalled RHP Chris Heston from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Heston will return to the Giants rotation on Sunday, taking the place of the injured Matt Cain. The right-hander owns a 3.34 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 110/48 K/BB ratio across 145 2/3 innings on the season. Friday, 4:39 pm
  • Angel Pagan won't return until Tuesday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through the weekend and will rejoin the Giants when rosters expand on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pagan had been scheduled to return on Friday, but the club has opted to give him a few more days rather than rushing him. He has been shelved since August 10 with tendinitis in his right knee. Friday, 4:30 pm
  • Heston to start on Sunday in Cain's place
    Chris Heston is expected to start on Sunday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: It had been the struggling Matt Cain's spot. Heston won't have spent the required 10 days in the minors by Sunday, so the Giants will have to create a phantom injury for someone (likely Cain). The righty was sent down a week ago as a means to cut down his workload, as he didn't make any appearances in the minors. Friday, 3:03 pm
  • Angel Pagan expected to return on Friday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Pagan has been on the shelf since August 10 due to tendinitis in his right knee. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 with no homers and 26 RBI in his 102 contests this season. Thursday, 8:29 pm
  • Pagan (knee) not in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan took an early flight from Omaha to San Francisco on Thursday morning and will probably be given a full day of rest before returning to the Giants' active roster on Friday. Juan Perez is in center field in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. Pagan has been on the disabled list since August 10. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Pagan (knee) set to be activated Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will play in a final rehab game Wednesday before being activated on Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan has been on a rehab assignment since Sunday and the reports have obviously been good. The outfielder's return will be a boost to the Giants, who have lost five of their last six games heading into Wednesday's contest against the Cubs. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 in 102 games this year. Wednesday, 5:19 pm
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