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  • Drew Pomeranz to make spot start Saturday
    Drew Pomeranz will make a spot start on Saturday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: He's filling in for Jason Hammel, who will be away to attend the birth of his child. Pomeranz has put up a 2.85 ERA in nine starts this season and isn't a bad streaming option this weekend. Rotoworld.com
    26 minutes ago
  • Next 3-4 days 'critical' for Ross' status
    Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that the next 3-4 days are "critical" for the future status of Tyson Ross.

    Advice: Ross's next scheduled start has been pushed back indefinitely due to what has only been described as "general soreness." The Padres have not yet shut him down, as they want to see how he reacts to treatment. Ross has already easily set a career high with 195 1/3 innings, so don't be surprised if the Pads ultimately decide to shut him down. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:27 pm
  • Bryan Morris (groin) might be done for season
    Bryan Morris might be done for the season after aggravating his right groin injury on September 9.

    Advice: The Marlins haven't officially ruled him out, but his return isn't looking likely at this point. "I aggravated it pretty good during that game in Milwaukee," Morris said. "In all reality for it to heal all the way up it's going to take four to six weeks. Obviously we didn't have four to six weeks at the time. I don't know where we're going from here. I just know right now we're not doing anything." If he's indeed done, Morris ends his season having posted a 1.82 ERA over and a 0.66 mark with the Marlins. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:40 pm
  • Jordy Mercer scratched with tight back
    Jordy Mercer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness.

    Advice: It's probably safe to consider him day-to-day. Clint Barmes will play shortstop Tuesday in Mercer's place. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:10 pm
     
    Bot 4, 2-0 vs ^ Bos
  • Edwin Jackson (lat) to return to Cubs on Fri.
    Edwin Jackson (lat) is scheduled to return to the Cubs' starting rotation on Friday.

    Advice: Jackson has been out for almost four weeks with a right lat strain. He's 6-14 this season with a 6.09 ERA and is a bad fantasy option Friday versus the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:19 pm
     
    Disabled List
    Top 2, 0-0 vs Cin
  • John Lackey (arm) on track to start Friday
    John Lackey (arm) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Lackey was skipped from his last turn in the Cardinals' starting rotation due to a case of dead arm, but he is in line to return Friday and is expected to do just that. The veteran right-hander owns a rough 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:10 pm
  • Adams (oblique) returns to STL lineup Tues.
    Matt Adams (oblique) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Adams has been dealing with a left oblique injury for much of this month and his offensive numbers have cratered. The Cardinals -- lacking a serviceable backup option at first base -- need to get him right down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:12 pm
  • Bryce Harper in Tuesday's lineup vs. Braves
    Bryce Harper (flu) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Harper left Monday's game with lightheadedness as a result of the flu, but it's not a big deal. He'll bat sixth Tuesday against Aaron Harang as the Nationals attempt to punch their ticket to the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:23 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo not in Cubs' lineup Tuesday
    Anthony Rizzo is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo hit a walk-off homer Monday in his first game since injuring his back late last month. The Cubs are just giving him a planned day off. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:17 pm
  • Trout goes 1-for-2 with three walks and a run
    Mike Trout went 1-for-2 with three walks and a run scored in Monday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Trout is now 4-for-23 (.174) off the Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma. That's his worst batting average against any pitcher Trout has ever had 15 or more at-bats against. Fortunately, he's really, really good against everybody else. Trout is slashing .291/.381/.567 and is on pace for 37 homers, 116 RBI, 117 runs and 15 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Iwakuma yields 7 runs in loss to the Angels
    Hisashi Iwakuma was knocked around by the Angels on Monday, allowing seven runs on six hits across 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out four, walked two and gave up a homer. Seattle dug itself into an 8-0 hole before getting on the board in the eighth inning. The Japanese right-hander, who came into this outing 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA in seven career outings against the Angels, picked the wrong time to fall apart, allowing the Angels to improve to 94-56. Iwakuma (14-8, 3.42 ERA) is scheduled to take on the Astros in Houston on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Trumbo blasts a salami, knocks in five runs
    Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam to lead the Diamondbacks past the Giants 6-2 on Monday.

    Advice: He finished 2-for-5 with five RBI, adding an RBI single in the seventh. The big damage came in the third frame, when Trumbo swatted a Ryan Vogelsong offering over the right field wall to plate Wade Miley, Chris Owings and A.J. Pollock. Trumbo has driven in 10 runs over his last five games. A hot finish would give a nice superficial boost to his disappointing slash line (.239/.303/.389). Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
     
    6:40 pm vs ^ SF
  • Miley tosses 7 innings of one-run ball in win
    Wade Miley held the Giants at bay on Monday, allowing only one run on seven hits across seven innings of a 6-2 win.

    Advice: Miley struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Miley entered play 0-4 in his previous seven outings, but toting a 2.86 ERA in his last six, so he must have been pretty pleased to receive six runs of support tonight. The left-hander had a shouting match with skipper Kirk Gibson in his last start against the Dodgers, but Miley indicated he was just blowing off steam from a less-than-stellar night. No frustration tonight in improving to 8-11 with a 4.17 ERA. Miley caps a two-week start by traveling to Coors Field on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Wilin Rosario goes 3-for-4, homers
    Wilin Rosario went 3-for-4 and homered against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: It's worth wondering what's in store for Rosario after his disappointing offensive season; despite all of his success in 2012 and 2013, the Rockies tried to sign Brian McCann last winter with the idea of moving Rosario out from behind the plate. There won't really be anywhere to move Rosario this winter, so he'll either remain a catcher or possibly get traded. It'd be a case of selling low for the Rockies, though. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Nori Aoki reaches five times in Royals' win
    Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to lead the Royals to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki doubled in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, only to be replaced by a pinch-runner despite his plus speed. It ended up working out for the Royals, as the outrageously fast Terrence Gore scored from second on an infield single to win the game. Aoki is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month, though he's not doing much else to help fantasy owners at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo walks off with homer in return
    Anthony Rizzo hit a walkoff homer off Pedro Villarreal in the bottom of the ninth as the Cubs beat the Reds 1-0 on Monday.

    Advice: At least the Cubs are still trying to win; the Reds could care less. Rizzo, playing for the first time since Aug. 26, was the only player on either team to have a multihit game tonight, going 2-for-4. The homer was his 31st of the year, which tops his 2013 total by eight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Bryce Harper dealing with a bout of the flu
    Bryce Harper is dealing with the flu.

    Advice: The flu bug is being passed around the Nationals' clubhouse and apparently caught Harper. It's why he was lightheaded, which forced him from Monday's game. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Bryce Harper exits due to lightheadedness
    Bryce Harper left Monday's game versus the Braves due to lightheadedness.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point what brought about the lightheadedness, but the Nationals should provide more on Harper's status after the game. He struck out in his lone at-bat before exiting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:19 pm
  • Bryce Harper leaves with apparent injury
    Bryce Harper left Monday's game against the Braves with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Harper didn't suffer an obvious injury at any point, but Nate Schierholtz pinch-hit for him in the fourth inning. The Nationals will update the outfielder's status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Tyson Ross' next start to be pushed back
    Tyson Ross' next scheduled start will be pushed back a few days because the right-hander is dealing with general soreness after his last outing.

    Advice: Ross was rocked for six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in an uncharacteristically poor showing. It doesn't appear to be something to be overly concerned about at the moment. Robbie Erlin will get the ball on Thursday versus the Phillies, with Ross hoping to start over the weekend or possibly early next week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Rizzo (back) finally returns to Cubs' lineup
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is in the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday night against the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo missed nearly three weeks with a back injury. The first baseman is batting .278/.375/.514 with 30 home runs and 71 RBI in 129 games and will look to finish off his breakout 2014 campaign with a bang. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Matt Adams nursing oblique issue again
    Matt Adams is not in Sunday's lineup after aggravating his left oblique issue Saturday.

    Advice: We figured something was up when he wasn't in Sunday's lineup against a right-hander. Adams first tweaked the oblique a week and a half ago but returned after missing just two games. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined this time. Daniel Descalso is at first base Sunday, and he could share time there with Xavier Scruggs while Adams is out. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:06 am
  • John Lackey going through 'dead arm' phase
    John Lackey admitted Sunday that he's going through a "dead arm" phase.

    Advice: It's not a surprise given that Lackey's velocity and results have been down in recent outings. The Cardinals are skipping his next turn in the rotation in hopes that he'll be able to regain his form next weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Matt Adams not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He also sat out Friday's game, but that was against a lefty. With the Cards facing a righty Sunday, you have to wonder if Adams' oblique might be an issue again. Daniel Descalso is getting the nod at first base Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:42 am
  • Cardinals to skip John Lackey's turn
    The Cardinals have elected to skip John Lackey's next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: Lackey's velocity has been down and he's struggled in his last three outings, so the Cards will give him some extra rest. They'll go with Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller on regular rest against the Brewers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Lackey will take the ball next weekend versus the Reds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:20 am
  • Jackson (lat) expected to make one more start
    The Cubs are hopeful that Edwin Jackson (lat) will make it back for one more start this season.

    Advice: The Cubs are already using six starters, but they apparently are anticipating Jackson's return before the end of the year and would also like to find a start for Eric Jokisch. Jackson has missed the last three and a half weeks with a right lat strain. He owns an ugly 6.09 ERA this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:03 am
     
    Disabled List
    Top 2, 0-0 vs Cin
  • Mike Trout homers twice in Angels' win
    Mike Trout went 3-for-3 with two solo homers and an intentional walk Saturday in the Angels' 5-2 defeat of the Astros.

    Advice: Trout collected his 33rd and 34th homers and his 39th double. Really, if there was any question left, he might have just locked up AL MVP honors tonight. Trout leads the league with 107 runs scored and 107 RBI, he's moved into a tie for third in homers and he's third behind Jose Abreu and Victor Martinez in OPS, while obviously having greater defensive value than those two. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Trumbo goes 3-for-5, drives in three vs. Pads
    Mark Trumbo finished 3-for-5 with three RBI as the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 10-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Trumbo smacked a two-run single in the first inning and later scored on a wild pitch. He then plated Chris Owings on a fielder's choice in the second and doubled in the fifth before singling and scoring again in the eighth. Trumbo seems to be finding a groove now after struggling initially in his return from a fractured foot. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:38 pm
     
    6:40 pm vs ^ SF
  • Tyson Ross allows six runs in loss to D'Backs
    Tyson Ross surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in three innings Saturday in a loss to Arizona.

    Advice: It was one of the ugliest outings of the season for Ross, who entered the start with a 2.66 ERA and watched it rise to 2.81. The 27-year-old right-hander might be hitting a wall here in mid-September. He's thrown 195 2/3 innings this season after totaling 136 2/3 innings between the minors and majors in 2013. Ross will get the Phillies at home next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • Mike Trout doubles, triples in win
    Mike Trout doubled, tripled and drove in two runs as the Angels topped the Astros 11-3 on Friday.

    Advice: Trout also scored twice, giving him 104 runs and 105 RBI through 143 games. He leads the AL in both categories. The win was the Angels' ninth straight, giving them an 11-game lead in the AL West. Their magic number is just seven with 16 games to go. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:29 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Mercer knocks in three runs Friday vs. Cubs
    Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Mercer singled home a run in the fourth inning and later added a two-run single in the sixth. The 28-year-old has driven in 10 runs this month and is now up to 53 RBI on the year. He's a viable middle infielder option in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:04 pm
     
    Bot 4, 2-0 vs ^ Bos
  • Anthony Rizzo (back) won't play this weekend
    Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is unlikely to play this weekend.

    Advice: Rizzo has progressed steadily this week in his recovery from a back injury, but he still needs a few more days. A return early next week would seem to be possible. The slugging first baseman hasn't played since August 26. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Matt Adams getting a day off Friday
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Cards are stacking righties versus southpaw Jorge De La Rosa, as Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras are also sitting out. Xavier Scruggs is at first base, Mark Ellis is at second and Randal Grichuk is in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:49 pm
  • Iwakuma yields 4 runs in loss to the Astros
    Hisashi Iwakuma worked just 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing four runs on six hits in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Iwakuma did strike out six batters, but a two-out three-run Astros' rally in the second inning did him in. He's been in a real funk recently, logging a 7.24 ERA across his last three starts before tonight, though he did enter tonight 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA over his last five outings against division rivals, and 5-1 in his last six home appearances. Iwakuma (14-7, 3.11 ERA) better get it together, because he has a big start on deck with a date against the Angels scheduled for Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:22 pm
  • Lackey ejected in third inning against Reds
    John Lackey was ejected in the third inning of Wednesday's start against the Reds for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Lackey was apparently displeased with home plate umpire Tom Hallion's strike zone, and his thoughts weren't appreciated. Lackey had allowed two runs on four hits over his two innings of work before being tossed. Tyler Lyons replaced him on the mound. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:05 pm
  • Miley only finishes 2 innings in dud vs. LAD
    Wade Miley made it through just two innings, allowing three runs on four walks and five hits, in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: This epic dud came out of nowhere, and comes at a most inopportune time with fantasy playoffs beginning in head-to-head formats. Miley was 0-2 with a 1.69 ERA in his last four starts, but he received a grand total of only three runs during that time. He didn't receive any support this time either -- Arizona lost 5-1 -- but Miley wouldn't have been around for a decision even if his teammates had decided to lug their lumber to the yard. The left-hander hosts San Francisco this weekend looking to get back on track. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Rizzo (back) hopes to return by this weekend
    Anthony Rizzo (back) hopes to return to the Cubs' lineup by the end of the week.

    Advice: If not by the weekend, Rizzo thinks he'll "for sure" be ready to play during the Cubs' homestand that begins next Monday. Manager Rick Renteria was more cautious regarding a potential timetable, saying, "I don't want to speculate on that part." Rizzo worked out for the second straight day Tuesday, taking some infield and light batting practice. It looked likely last week that his season was over, but it appears the first baseman will make it back after all. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:57 pm
  • Rizzo (back) takes ground balls, swings
    Anthony Rizzo (back) took some ground balls and a few swings in the batting cage Monday.

    Advice: Rizzo has been out since August 26 with a mild lower back strain, but he's now hopeful that he'll be able to return this weekend. However, Cubs manager Rick Renteria wants to see more before talking about a timeline. "I'll reserve my optimism," Renteria said. "Today is the first day where he's gone out there. He's trying to see how his body is feeling, but I'll just say we'll keep digging it as it comes." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:48 am
  • Matt Adams hits 15th homer in win
    Matt Adams' 15th homer of the year was a three-run shot off the Reds' Logan Ondrusek on Monday.

    Advice: Ondrusek had just entered the game as an injury replacement for Pedro Villarreal. A left-hander would have been a better play for the Reds, but Bryan Price had already used his two lefties not named Aroldis Chapman. Adams' homer was just his fourth in 173 at-bats during the second half. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Cubs' Rizzo (back) could return this weekend
    Anthony Rizzo (back) took swings Monday and believes that he could return as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: Rizzo has been out since August 26 with a mild lower back strain. While he still has some hurdles to cross before returning to the lineup, he could still prove useful to fantasy owners this month. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 1:36 pm
  • Ross gives up three-run homer in loss to Rox
    Tyson Ross gave up a three-run homer, the only runs he allowed, over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Ross was far from effective, giving up seven hits and walking four, but he did well to keep the damage to just the three-run home run. Ross also struck out seven in the game. The loss pulled his record back to an even 13-13, and Ross owns a 2.66 ERA. Ross has an easier task up next, taking on the Diamondbacks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 6:12 pm
  • Trout hits 32nd home run in win over Twins
    Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Trout hit a two-run homer in the third inning, his 32nd of the season. That's a career high, as are his 102 RBI. Trout is batting .285/.370/.552 with 97 runs scored on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 3:19 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Wilin Rosario activated from disabled list
    Rockies activated C Wilin Rosario from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Rosario missed the last two weeks of action with left wrist inflammation. Michael McKenry played well while Rosario was out, but Rosario should return to playing pretty much every day. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 10:28 am
  • Bryce Harper not in lineup Sunday
    Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather versus southpaw Cole Hamels. Scott Hairston, who is batting .391/.440/.826 with five homers over 50 plate appearances in his career against Hamels, is in left field in Harper's place. Wilson Ramos is also sitting out, as Jose Lobaton is catching Gio Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 8:36 am
  • Adams returns to Cardinals lineup on Saturday
    Matt Adams (oblique) is in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He's back in his customary cleanup spot in manager Mike Matheny's lineup. Adams was forced to miss the previous two games due to a strained oblique. He's having a nice season at the dish, slashing .292/.321/.460 with 13 homers and 57 RBI in his 463 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 11:56 am
  • Norichika Aoki not in Royals lineup Saturday
    Norichika Aoki is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day off for the speedy outfielder. Carlos Peguero is starting in his place in right field and will hit seventh for the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 9:32 am
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