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  • Hanigan (calf) returns to Boston's lineup
    Ryan Hanigan (calf) went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout in his return to the lineup Monday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Hanigan missed two straight starts over the weekend due to right calf tightness, but he's doing better now. The 35-year-old will continue to share playing time with Blake Swihart as the BoSox play out the string. 26 minutes ago
  • Grichuk (elbow) hits indoors Monday
    Randal Grichuk (elbow) hit indoors in the cage Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

    Advice: Grichuk, who has been sidelined since August 16 with a right elbow sprain, plans to hit again on Tuesday and start throwing later this week. "It felt good," said Grichuk. "(But) I didn’t feel anything hitting when I hurt it." He's still hoping to return at some point this month. 32 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Yanks activate Ackley from 15-day DL
    Yankees activated INF/OF Dustin Ackley from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Ackley was acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline, but he appeared in just two games prior to going down with a right lumbar strain about a month ago. He'll function in a utility role down the stretch. Today, 5:29 am
  • Byrd knocks in 3 runs but Giants lose in 14
    Marlon Byrd went 2-for-6 with a double and three RBI, but the Giants suffered a 14-inning, 5-4 loss to the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Byrd singled and knocked in two runs to break a 1-1 tie in the third inning, then added a game-tying RBI double in the eighth inning. It would be the last run either team would score until the Dodgers broke through in the 14th. Byrd, since joining the Giants, is batting .286 (12-for-42) with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 17 RBI. Today, 12:53 am
  • Posey collects 4 hits in Giants' 14-inn. loss
    Buster Posey went 4-for-7 but the Giants were defeated in 14 innings by the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: All four hits were singles, but the Giants couldn't capitalize on any of them. Posey is batting a lusty .321/.377/.475 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI on the season. Today, 12:50 am
  • Ethier homers, but Dodgers need 14 to win
    Andre Ethier went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 14-inning win against the Giants.

    Advice: Ethier went yard in the sixth inning against Jake Peavy to break a 3-3 tie. He was subbed out later in the game by Scott Van Slyke. The blast was the outfielder's first since August 2, but he's still having a fantastic season. Ethier carries a .297/.373/.491 triple-slash line with 13 home runs and 42 RBI. Today, 12:44 am
  • Gonzalez delivers walk-off single in the 14th
    Adrian Gonzalez sent the Dodgers home winners with a walk-off RBI single in the 14th inning against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Gonzalez had the bases loaded with no outs against Yusmeiro Petit in the 14th, giving him numerous ways to win the game. He slapped a fly ball to deep left field to bring in the winning run. The first baseman finished 2-for-7. He also drilled a two-run home run off of Jake Peavy in the sixth inning. Gonzalez is batting .284/.355/.504 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI. Today, 12:43 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Canha homers, plates four as A's top Angels
    Mark Canha went 1-for-3 with a home run and four RBI as the Athletics pounded their way to a win on Monday against the Angels.

    Advice: Canha drilled a three-run homer in the sixth inning to push the Athletics' lead to 9-3. He added a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. The first baseman has put up solid numbers on the season, batting .253/.306/.426 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Wallace adds pinch-hit RBI double in a win
    Brett Wallace pinch-hit and delivered an RBI double in Monday's 7-0 victory against the Rangers.

    Advice: The run didn't matter, as Wallace's RBI double made it a 7-0 game in the eighth inning, but it marked the fourth consecutive time Wallace has pinch-hit and gotten a hit. He's operated in almost purely a bench role for the Padres, but has compiled a terrific .347/.418/.612 triple-slash line with three home runs and 12 RBI. The Padres have control of Wallace for three more years, and his performance in the second half of this season could help his case for more playing time in the future. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Kemp doubles, walks, steals base in a win
    Matt Kemp went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base as the Padres shut out the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: Kemp drove in a run in the third inning with a double. In the sixth, he walked, stole second, and shortly thereafter came around to score. The outfielder is hitting .265/.312/.424 with 16 home runs, 81 RBI, and 11 stolen bases. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Dodgers pick up Justin Ruggiano from Mariners
    Dodgers acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations; purchased his contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Ruggiano was removed from the Mariners' 40-man roster back in early June after batting just .214/.321/.357 over 81 plate appearances. He's hit .296/.385/.514 with 10 homers at Triple-A Tacoma and boasts a career .266/.331/.505 line in his career against lefties. He'll give the Dodgers some outfield depth with Yasiel Puig (hamstring) and Enrique Hernandez (hamstring) on the shelf. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Pollock homers but D'Backs fall to Rockies
    A.J. Pollock went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Pollock increased the Diamondbacks' lead to 3-0 in the third inning, drilling a two-run homer to left field off of Chad Bettis. So continues a terrific season for the outfielder, batting .320/.372/.489 with 14 home runs, 58 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 33 stolen bases. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Giants to acquire De Aza from Red Sox
    Giants acquired OF Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Red Sox in exchange for LHP Luis Ysla.

    Advice: San Francisco was seeking some outfield help with Hunter Pence's (oblique) recovery dragging on and they snuck a deal in just before the deadline. The Orioles gave up on De Aza after he hit just .214/.277/.359 over 30 games, but he rebounded in Boston with a .292/.347/.484 batting line, four homers and three steals over 60 contests. De Aza should be an active fourth outfielder in San Fran until Pence returns. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Paulsen rips a 2-run, walk-off single for COL
    Ben Paulsen sent the Rockies home winners on Monday, hitting a two-run walk-off single in the ninth inning to down the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Paulsen pinch-hit for Matt McBride, prompting D'Backs manager Chip Hale to replace closer Brad Ziegler with lefty Matt Reynolds. Paulsen ripped a Reynolds offering up the middle to plate the tying and game-winning runs. The Rockies haven't had much to brag about, but Paulsen is having a solid year, batting .283/.333/.485 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 298 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    12:10 pm vs Ari; 5:40 pm vs Ari
  • Giants talking to Red Sox about De Aza
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are "still talking" to the Red Sox about Alejandro De Aza.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that San Francisco "would prefer to add an infielder," but it's "possible" they wind up with De Aza. De Aza could offer them protection with Hunter Pence (oblique) still on the shelf and Angel Pagan's health status always shaky. The veteran outfielder has hit .292/.347/.484 in 60 games for the Red Sox. Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • Byrd drives in four in loss to STL
    Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple, a pair of RBI doubles and four total RBI in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Byrd hit a two-run double off Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia in the first inning, then drove home another run with a double in the sixth. Plus an RBI triple in the eighth, to finish out the game with four RBI. Since joining the Giants, he's 10-for-36 with three homers and 14 RBI in just nine games. Sunday, 4:23 pm
  • Kemp homers early helping Padres beat Phils
    Matt Kemp provided a two-run home run, finishing 1-for-5 as the Padres took down the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Kemp opened up the scoring with a two-run blast over the fence in left field against Alec Asher in the first inning. The veteran outfielder has hit well in the second half to salvage what has otherwise been a tough season. He's batting .265/.312/.424 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI on the year. Sunday, 1:59 pm
  • Paulsen legs out two-run triple vs PIT
    Ben Paulsen went 2-for-3 with a two-run triple and a walk in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Paulsen hit his three-bagger off Pirates starter Charlie Morton in the fourth inning. It was his fourth triple of the season. The 27-year-old 1B/OF has hit to a .280/.331/.483 batting line this season, with 10 homers and 42 RBI over 271 at-bats. Sunday, 1:42 pm
    12:10 pm vs Ari; 5:40 pm vs Ari
  • 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. Sunday, 10:01 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • 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. Sunday, 9:18 am
  • Ryan Hanigan (calf) sitting out again Sunday
    Ryan Hanigan (calf) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's missed two straight starts with a tight calf, although it's not believed to be serious. Blake Swihart is catching in Hanigan's place again Sunday. Sunday, 7:05 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. Sunday, 5:19 am
  • Ryan Hanigan scratched from Red Sox lineup
    Ryan Hanigan was scratched from the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: No reason given yet for the scratch. Blake Swihart will suit up again behind the plate and will catch for Joe Kelly on Saturday. Saturday, 12:03 pm
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey was drilled by a pitch in his elbow last night, so it's not surprising to see him get a day of rest. Andrew Susac will start behind the dish and bat seventh for the Giants against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals. Saturday, 10:44 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez goes 1-for-4 in return
    Adrian Gonzalez (knee) went 1-for-4 and scored a run in his return to action on Friday night.

    Advice: Gonzalez was forced to leave Thursday's contest after fouling a ball off of his left knee, but it turned out to be a very minor injury. The veteran slugger is having another terrific season, slashing .286/.359/.507 with 24 homers and 74 RBI. Saturday, 5:10 am
  • Marlon Byrd hits grand slam
    Marlon Byrd hit a grand slam off Michael Wacha in Friday's game.

    Advice: The homer was Byrd's third in just seven games since he arrived in San Francisco. He has eight career slams in 146 at-bats with the bases loaded. Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) out again on Friday
    Matt Kemp (shoulder) remained out of the Padres' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game Kemp has been out with a sore left shoulder. He remains day-to-day. Travis Jankowski is in right field again in Kemp's place. Friday, 1:18 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (knee) '100 percent' for Fri.
    Adrian Gonzalez (knee) said he's "100 percent" certain he'll be able to play Friday.

    Advice: Gonzalez made an early exit from Thursday's series finale in Cincinnati after fouling a ball off his left knee, but he only suffered a small bruise. Los Angeles opens a big weekend series against the Cubs on Friday night. Thursday, 1:00 pm
  • Ethier picks up trio of hits in win
    Andre Ethier went 3-for-3 with three singles in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Ethier and Yasiel Puig were the only Dodgers to pick up multiple hits in the 1-0 win. He's rocked a productive season to this point and is slashing .296/.372/.483 with 12 homers and 39 RBI. That triple-slash, on the whole, is the best Ethier's posted since 2010. Thursday, 12:41 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez day-to-day with knee bruise
    Adrian Gonzalez left Thursday's game against the Reds after fouling a ball off his left knee.

    Advice: Scott Van Slyke took over at first base for the Dodgers. Gonzalez grounded out in the first inning and struck out in the third. He's considered day-to-day with a contusion. Thursday, 10:56 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 5:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Was
  • Ackley (back) to begin rehab stint Thursday
    Dustin Ackley (back) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Ackley appeared in just two games with the Yankees prior to going down with a right lumbar strain earlier this month. He should be back as a bench player in September. Tuesday, 1:01 pm
  • Valencia homers to cap off big fifth inning
    Danny Valencia had two hits in five at-bats, including a two-run home run, as the Athletics defeated the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Valencia capped of the Athletics' seven-run fifth inning with a two-run home run off of Hisashi Iwakuma. It's his 12th of the season and his fifth in only 15 games since joining the Athletics from the Blue Jays. Monday, 10:37 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • 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. Aug 23, 5:17 pm
  • Canha clears bases with triple in seventh
    Mark Canha was instrumental in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Rays, finishing 2-for-4 with a three-run triple and four total RBI.

    Advice: Canha had an RBI single in the fourth, but the seventh would be where he truly shone. Stepping to the plate with the bases loaded, he lashed a three-run triple that turned a tight 4-2 game into a 7-2 breeze. With hits in nine of his last 10 games, he's worked his batting line toward respectability and is slashing .259/.316/.430 with 10 homers and 46 RBI on the year. Aug 23, 4:55 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Danny Valencia dealing with knee tendinitis
    Danny Valencia has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his right knee.

    Advice: The thought had been that he was dealing with a hamstring issue, but apparently it's a knee problem. Valencia is in Sunday's lineup and will attempt to play through the injury, although he'll surely see plenty of days off. Aug 23, 12:17 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • Danny Valencia (hamstring) back in lineup
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) is back in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Valencia has been dealing with a hamstring ailment for over a week, even undergoing an MRI Saturday. Evidently the exam came back well, as he's ready to give it a go. Aug 23, 11:24 am
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • 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. Aug 23, 8:46 am
  • Danny Valencia (hamstring) will have an MRI
    Danny Valencia (hamstring) is not in the Athletics starting lineup Saturday against the Rays.

    Advice: He's headed for an MRI on his injured hamstring. It sounds like he'll be out for a few days and perhaps longer if the MRI reveals anything serious. Brett Lawrie will handle third base in his absence. Aug 22, 4:08 pm
    7:05 pm vs LAA
  • 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. Aug 21, 11:06 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. Aug 21, 9:34 pm
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