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  • Byung Ho Park undergoes right hand surgery
    Byung Ho Park underwent successful surgery Thursday on his right middle finger.

    Advice: A tendon in that finger had been causing Park wrist discomfort for weeks and perhaps even months. It might help explain why his offensive production dropped off so significantly beginning in late May, which eventually led to him being demoted to Triple-A Rochester on July 1. Park, signed to a four-year, $12 million contract this winter, is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next February. Today, 11:46 am
    Not Active
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Molitor: Joe Mauer again having quad issues
    Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Thursday that Joe Mauer is again having quad issues.

    Advice: It's the reason Mauer was out of the lineup Wednesday and will sit again Thursday. He injured the quad last week while running the bases in Atlanta and could need a couple more games off, though Molitor said he's not ruling Mauer out for Friday night's series opener on the road against the Blue Jays. Trevor Plouffe is playing first base on Thursday versus the Tigers with Eduardo Escobar at third. Today, 9:22 am
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Mauer absent from Twins' lineup again Thurs.
    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mauer didn't play Wednesday either and could be dealing with another flareup of quad soreness. Trevor Plouffe is at first base and Eduardo Escobar is at third. Today, 8:28 am
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • David Ortiz getting day off Thursday vs. Rays
    David Ortiz is getting the day off Thursday.

    Advice: Hanley Ramirez will start at DH, Travis Shaw will play first base, and Aaron Hill will get the nod at third base in the early-afternoon finale at Tropicana Field. Today, 7:11 am
  • Brock Holt (oblique) hitless in return Wed.
    Brock Holt (oblique) went hitless in three at-bats Wednesday in his return to the Red Sox lineup.

    Advice: It was the first game in five days for Holt, who has been battling oblique tightness. He might be looking at a bigger workload for the stretch run with starting left fielder Andrew Benintendi (knee, ankle) possibly done for the season. Chris Young will also draw starts in left, but he struggles against right-handed pitching. Today, 5:45 am
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Justin Turner hits 24th homer
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 and homered to account for the only run in the Dodgers' win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Turner is up to 24 homers in 485 plate appearances this year. For the Mets in 2011, he had four homers in 487 plate appearances. Legitimately one of the NL's best players the last three years, Turner is going to be a fascinating free agent this winter. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Miggy collects four hits and homer vs. Twins
    Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: His solo blast in the first inning opened the scoring. He then contributed an RBI double in the third inning before adding another double and a single. The future Hall of Famer is batting .313/.386/.552 with 28 home runs, 80 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 124 games. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty hits 18th homer
    Stephen Piscotty finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's rout of the Mets.

    Advice: Piscotty has four homers and 10 RBI in his last 10 games. His average and OBP have slipped, but he's remained pretty valuable anyway. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • James Loney goes 0-for-4 in loss
    James Loney went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Loney won some fans in New York after a solid start replacing James Loney, but his OPS is under .700 now and he's driven in all of 26 runs in 71 games (and scored a total of 21 times). He's not helping. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Rays shift infielder Shaffer down to Triple-A
    Rays optioned INF Richie Shaffer to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Shaffer has seen minimal work with the Rays this season, but he did record two hits -- including a double -- in seven at-bats. The 25-year-old infielder will return to Triple-A for the time being, but could return in a week when rosters expand. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Nats' Murphy goes 3-for-5 with a grand slam
    Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy's season gets more impressive nearly every day. The grand slam came in the ninth inning but the Nationals were behind by seven runs at the time and couldn't make up that much ground. The second baseman's .347/.391/.611 slash line with a 1.002 OPS is off the charts. He chips in 24 home runs and 95 RBI to boot. Unless he falls flat on his face the rest of the season this will go down as by far the best year of his career. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bal
  • Tommy Joseph hits 17th homer
    Tommy Joseph collected his 17th homer and his 11th double Wednesday to help the Phillies beat the White Sox 5-3.

    Advice: Ryan Howard has been terrific of late, but it still makes more sense for the Phillies to play Joseph at first base than to go back to the former MVP with any regularity. Joseph has run hot and cold, but he has an .813 OPS though 240 at-bats. Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Pujols goes 4-for-4 with a solo home run
    Albert Pujols drilled a solo home run and drove in three on a 4-for-4 night against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He combined with Mike Trout for back-to-back jacks in the first inning. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, then drove in Trout with a double in the eighth. The 36-year-old is no longer an elite hitter, but he can still help his fantasy owners win. He has a .257 batting average with 24 homers and 99 RBI. Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Encarnacion goes 2-for-3 with a walk Wed.
    Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-3 with a walk versus the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is having another monster season. He is batting .271/.360/.556 with 35 home runs, 101 RBI and 78 runs scored in 124 games. He is nearly certain to set career highs in each of those counting stat categories as long as he stays on the field. Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • Wil Myers hits RBI triple in loss to Cubs
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Myers notched his third three-bagger of the season off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks in the third inning. It bumped his RBI total to 73 for the season. The 25-year-old's bat has cooled after a scalding hot start to the summer, but he is still slashing .266/.343/.476 for the season as a whole. He has also bopped 23 homers. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Twins' Byung Ho Park will have wrist surgery
    Byung Ho Park will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

    Advice: Park was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist in mid-August, but according to the Twins, this surgery is actually being performed in an area on the wrist unrelated to the previous injury. He will be going under the knife to repair a subluxation of a tendon in the back of his hand. The procedure will sideline the 30-year-old for the remainder of the 2016 season. He struggled in his first taste of the majors, hitting .191/.275/.409 over 62 games with the Twins prior to being sent down to Triple-A Rochester in July. Yesterday, 2:46 pm
    Not Active
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Ryan Howard to DH against White Sox
    Ryan Howard is serving as the DH in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Once this one is completed, Howard will have played in every major league park. The veteran slugger is batting fourth but he can be safely avoided in DFS formats. Howard passed through revocable waivers on Wednesday and can now be traded to any team, but there's very little chance of a move happening. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Billy Butler progressing from concussion
    Billy Butler said Wednesday that he's making good progress in his recovery from a concussion.

    Advice: Butler also apologized for his role in the clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia that resulted in his concussion. "I definitely said some things you shouldn’t, I definitely stepped in an area you shouldn’t. That wasn’t my business," said Butler. "I know I regret what I did, I think he regrets what he did. By no means do I think his intentions were to give me a concussion, I think that’s fair to say." The fight started after Butler told a rep for an equipment company that Valencia was wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong time. Or something like that. Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    7-Day DL
  • Hanley Ramirez getting day of rest on Wed.
    Hanley Ramirez is getting a day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Travis Shaw will start at first base and Brock Holt will start at third base versus Rays right-hander Matt Andriese. Hanley will be available off the bench. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Smith tallies three hits in Tuesday's win
    Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith notched three hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: He's hit a ridiculous .474 during his five-game hitting streak. Smith's name is plastered all over the Eastern League leaderboards. He ranks third in RBI (85), seventh in doubles (27), eighth in homers (14) and eighth in OPS (.835). Smith's power has come out of nowhere. Before this year, his previous career-high in homers was only six. The former first-round pick doesn't have a whole lot left to prove in Double-A. Expect him to begin next year with Triple-A Las Vegas. Yesterday, 11:58 am
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    4:15 pm @StL
  • Byung Ho Park to have wrist examined
    Byung Ho Park traveled back to the Twin Cities over the weekend to have his right wrist examined.

    Advice: Park was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester on August 15 after being diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist. The worry now is that it could be something worse. Look for an update later this week. Park, signed to a four-year, $12 million contract this winter, batted just .191/.275/.409 over his first 62 games with the Twins before getting demoted to the minors on July 1. Yesterday, 10:44 am
    Not Active
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Anthony Rizzo getting game off Wednesday
    Anthony Rizzo is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kris Bryant will start at first base, Jorge Soler will play left field, and Javier Baez will handle the hot corner in the afternoon finale at San Diego's Petco Park. It's just a routine day of rest for Rizzo. Yesterday, 9:48 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez drives in three in win
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Gonzalez lofted a sacrifice fly in the third inning, then came back with a shallow two-run single in the fifth. With the three RBI, he padded his tally to 73 for the season as a whole. The veteran first baseman has also cracked 15 home runs while slashing .301/.369/.458. Tuesday, 11:46 pm
  • Late RBI single from Myers not enough for win
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Myers picked up an RBI base knock as part of a three-run ninth inning, but the Cubs held a 5-0 cushion to start the frame and managed to close out the win despite a few late rocky moments. For the season as a whole, the 25-year-old Myers is hitting .267/.343/.473 with 23 homers and 72 RBI. The overall numbers are fine, but he has struggled of late and entered Tuesday's game with just two hits in his last 23 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:28 pm
  • Flores hits three-run shot in win over Cards
    Wilmer Flores hit a three-run home run as the Mets bested the Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Getting a start against a lefty as per usual, Flores turned on an inside fastball in the first inning for the three-run dinger. It was his only hit in the game and Flores' 13th homer of the year. With first base still a big question mark and Flores' ability to hit left-handed pitching, the 25-year-old should continue to draw starts at the less-hot corner going forward. Flores is hitting .259/.315/.447 in 87 games total. Tuesday, 10:00 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:15 pm @StL
  • V-Mart homers, scores three runs vs. Twins
    Victor Martinez finished 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Martinez had three of the Tigers' 14 hits on the evening, including a two-run blast in the seventh. The homer was No. 23 for V-Mart, who now has 73 RBI and 52 runs scored. After enduring a cold July, the 37-year-old is hitting .305 with six homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored this month. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Valbuena (hamstring) is done for the season
    Luis Valbuena will undergo season-ending surgery on his strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Valbuena came down the hamstring strain back in late July and then suffered a setback last week while running. Alex Bregman has since taken over as the Astros' primary third baseman, with Yulieski Gurriel recently working into the mix. Valbuena finishes the 2016 season with a .260/.357/.459 batting line, 13 home runs, and 40 RBI in 90 games. He will be a free agent this winter at age 31. Tuesday, 1:53 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Adams (shoulder) nearing rehab assignment
    Matt Adams (shoulder) is aiming to begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days.

    Advice: Adams has been on the disabled list since August 11 with inflammation in his right shoulder. The big first baseman owns a weak .249 batting average and .307 on-base percentage in 95 games this season for the Cardinals, though he has registered a decent .455 SLG. He'll likely return to a bench role. Tuesday, 1:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:15 pm vs NYM
  • Anthony Rizzo goes 4-for-5
    Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 on Monday to finish a game with a .300 average for the first time since April 9.

    Advice: Rizzo got to .299 in the final game before the All-Star break, so it's not like he's been on a tear of late. Still, he's managed to keep contributing, even though he has just one homer in the last month. Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt walks it off for Arizona
    Paul Goldschmidt's third hit of Monday's game was a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Diamondbacks edged the Braves 9-8.

    Advice: It was Goldschmidt's 19th homer. You know you're pretty good when you can be hitting .300 with an OPS over .900 and still be considered a modest disappointment. While he's not hitting like he did last year, Goldschmidt is right on pace to reach 25 homers and 100 RBI. Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Billy Butler placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Athletics placed DH Billy Butler on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Butler has been dealing with concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. According to Athletics general manager David Forst, both players were fined as a result. Arismendy Alcantara will take Butler's spot on the active roster. Monday, 4:09 pm
    7-Day DL
  • Valbuena (hamstring) could require surgery
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that surgery hasn't been ruled out for Luis Valbuena's right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Valbuena landed on the disabled list at the end of July with a right hamstring strain and suffered a setback while running on Friday. He's scheduled to see a doctor on Wednesday to decide the next step. "There's a possibility that there will be some surgical solution to his problem, which will definitely take him out from coming back this year," said Luhnow. "But we'll wait until the doctors assess what's going on." Monday, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Billy Butler not listed on active roster
    Billy Butler is not listed on the active roster for Monday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: The Athletics have yet to make an official announcement, but Butler displayed concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia over the weekend and will presumably be placed on the disabled list. Arismendy Alcantara is expected to take his spot on the active roster. Monday, 3:33 pm
    7-Day DL
  • Butler, Valencia fought over endorsement deal
    According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the recent clubhouse fight between Billy Butler and Danny Valencia was about an endorsement contract.

    Advice: Valencia was in talks with an equipment representative before Butler allegedly interjected regarding the use of some off-brand spikes and told him that the company should drop the endorsement deal. This led to a confrontation where Valencia allegedly punched Butler in the temple. Butler has dealt with nausea and vomiting since. As for Valencia, Slusser hears that he will be fined for the fight. It's unclear if he'll face any other punishment. Monday, 3:11 pm
    7-Day DL
  • Adrian Gonzalez has three-HR, eight-RBI day
    Adrian Gonzalez had a monster day in Monday’s 18-9 pounding of the Reds, going 3-for-6 with three homers and a career-high eight RBI.

    Advice: Gonzalez connected for a three-run shot off Homer Bailey in the first inning before adding a solo blast in a six-run fifth and a two-run shot in the seventh. He had a chance for a fourth homer in the eighth, but grounded out to second base. On the bright side, he drove in his eighth run of the day on the play. This is the second three-homer game of Gonzalez’s career. He has now hit safely in 15 consecutive games and is batting .299/.369/.458 with 15 homers and 70 RBI overall. Monday, 1:41 pm
  • Justin Turner out of Dodgers lineup Monday
    Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Reds.

    Advice: Rob Segedin is starting at third base and batting eighth versus Reds right-hander Homer Bailey. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Turner, who's batting .320 with a 1.033 OPS so far in the second half. Monday, 7:04 am
  • Butler reportedly hurt in fight with Valencia
    Billy Butler missed Saturday and Sunday's games against the White Sox due to injuries sustained in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

    Advice: The alleged incident occurred on Friday night, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. A's manager Bob Melvin wouldn't divulge any details when pressed for information on Sunday and simply noted that Butler sat out due to nausea and vomiting, and not from the flu as initially reported. Those symptoms are often associated with concussions, though it's unclear if Butler sustained a concussion from the altercation with Valencia. There should be more clarity here soon, especially if MLB decides to investigate the matter. Sunday, 7:02 pm
    7-Day DL
  • Pujols passes Griffey on MLB hits leaderboard
    Albert Pujols finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored Sunday in the Angels' 2-0 defeat of the Yankees.

    Advice: Pujols rapped singles in three different innings, passing Ken Griffey Jr. on MLB's all-time hits leaderboard with his sharp line drive to center in the bottom of the first. The 36-year-old slugger is up to 2,784 hits for his career, to go along with 583 homers, 1,794 RBI, and 1,651 runs scored. Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Billy Butler (illness) remains unavailable
    Billy Butler (illness) isn't available to play Sunday.

    Advice: Butler isn't even at the ballpark, as the A's told him to stay at the team hotel as he recovers from the flu. He's day-to-day. Khris Davis is in the designated hitter spot Sunday and Coco Crisp is in left field. Sunday, 9:43 am
    7-Day DL
  • Victor Martinez getting a day off Sunday
    Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Miguel Cabrera is in the designated hitter spot Sunday, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting a start at first base. Sunday, 9:13 am
  • Pujols swats a solo home run on Saturday
    Albert Pujols connected for a solo home run to provide the Angels' only dent in the scoreboard in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: The Angels were behind 5-0 in the last inning when Pujols took Dellin Betances over the left field wall. It was his 23rd homer of the season and 582nd of his career. He is batting only .249 but his 96 RBI rank fourth in the majors. Saturday, 10:35 pm
  • Ortiz goes 3-for-4 with a two-run home run
    David Ortiz drilled a two-run homer as part of a 3-for-4 game in a victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: The fifth-inning blast proved to be the game-winner. The 40-year-old may want to reconsider his impending retirement given he is having one of the best seasons of his career. He is batting .321/.413/.637 with 95 RBI. The home run was his 29th of the season and 532nd of his career. Saturday, 10:07 pm
  • Murphy goes 3-for-4 with a solo homer
    Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Nationals' offense went wild on Saturday.

    Advice: He walked as well. The Nationals racked up 17 hits and Murphy contributed his share. He continues to build his case for MVP of the National League. He is now batting .348/.391/.613 with 23 home runs, 88 RBI and 74 runs. He is on pace to set career bests in pretty much every stat except stolen bases. Saturday, 8:18 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bal
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffers setback
    Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback while running on Friday.

    Advice: He's headed back to Houston, where he'll be looked at by team doctors. Valbuena was getting close to a rehab assignment but now that's on hold. Now that Alex Bregman has arrived in the major leagues and is manning third base, Valbuena won't have to rush his recovery. Saturday, 6:51 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Billy Butler sitting out with illness Saturday
    Billy Butler (illness) is not in the Athletics' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's feeling a bit under the weather. Butler plays sparingly these days but he's a lifetime .478 hitter against tonight's starting pitcher, Chris Sale. Danny Valencia will DH and bat third for the A's on Saturday. Saturday, 1:51 pm
    7-Day DL
  • Holt (oblique) getting the day off Saturday
    Brock Holt (oblique) is not in the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Holt has been battling oblique tightness for a few days now and was unable to finish Friday night's game. Despite the injury, Holt should be available off the bench on Saturday. Holt opened the year as Boston's starting left fielder but was moved to a utility role when the Red Sox called up top prospect Andrew Benintendi. Saturday, 1:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Rays recall Richie Shaffer from Triple-A
    Rays recalled INF Richie Shaffer from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Shaffer is taking the place of Ryan Garton on the active roster. He'll provide a useful right-handed bat off the bench for the Rays. Saturday, 11:36 am
  • Brock Holt leaves with left oblique soreness
    Brock Holt was forced to leave Friday's game against the Tigers with left oblique soreness.

    Advice: Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that Holt only feels the injury when he throws. It wouldn't be surprising to see him rest on Saturday as a precautionary measure, though he could be available as a pinch hitter or runner off of the bench. Saturday, 5:59 am
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • David Ortiz clubs 27th homer as Red Sox roll
    David Ortiz clubbed his 27th home run of the season on Friday, leading the Red Sox offense in a 10-2 thrashing of the Tigers in Motown.

    Advice: Ortiz got the Red Sox started early, tagging rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer with a two-run homer in the first inning. He finished the night 2-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing a mighty impressive .315/.409/.622 with 27 long balls and 93 RBI in his alleged final season. Friday, 7:00 pm
  • Daniel Murphy getting a day off Friday
    Daniel Murphy is absent from the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a routine day off. The Nats have Trea Turner at second base and Clint Robinson at first. Friday, 12:58 pm
    4:05 pm vs Bal
  • Howard/Zimmerman cleared in Al Jazeera report
    Major League Baseball announced Friday that Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Al Jazeera report from last year.

    Advice: Al Jazeera released a documentary last year in which pharmacist Charlie Sly accused Howard and Zimmerman, among many other athletes, of using performance-enhancing drugs. Both players cooperated fully with the commissioner's office, whereas Sly did not. This issue is now put to bed. Friday, 9:15 am
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) nearing rehab games
    The Astros hope Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is ready to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: Valbuena ran on Tuesday and Wednesday and has also resumed other baseball activities. "Obviously the next few days are going to tell us a little bit more about the realistic side of it," manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday. "We'd like to push him the most we can without jeopardizing the rehab he's already done, so the running intensity is going to increase (and) the groundball intensity will increase. The batting practice is fine - he feels nothing in batting practice. So we're in this area where the harder we push him, the more vulnerable he can become, but it's time that we need to push him a little bit and see if a rehab assignment is possible maybe while we're in Pittsburgh." Friday, 7:13 am
    15-Day DL
  • Pujols hits two-run double for late insurance
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Angels entered the eighth inning holding a slim 3-2 advantage, but they would score three runs in the frame for a little breathing room. Two of those three would come home on Pujols' 14th double of the season. The veteran slugger can no longer muster the same daunting triple-slashes of his youth (.249/.316/.425 for the season as a whole), but still offers strong counting production with his 22 homers and 95 RBI. Thursday, 10:36 pm
  • Turner homers in second straight versus Phils
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run against the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Stop me if you've heard this one: Justin Turner is on fire. That's not a ginger joke, but rather a nod to the 31-year-old's recent stretch in which he's hit four homers in his last eight games, including two in a row. Turner now has 23 homers on the year -- 20 of which have come since June 7 -- and 72 RBI, batting .278/.345/.516 through 113 games. He's been an incredible find for the Dodgers these past three seasons. Thursday, 9:03 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera knocks in run in victory
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 and drove in his 1,000th run as a Tiger in Thursday's 4-3 defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: Cabrera singled in a run as part of a three-run rally that gave the Tigers the lead in the eighth. He's driven in 1,000 runs in 1,337 games since joining the Tigers and 1,533 runs in 2,057 games overall. He's 52nd on the all-time RBI list and moving up steadily. Thursday, 1:53 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez activated off bereavement list
    Red Sox activated 1B Hanley Ramirez from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Hanley flew home to the Dominican Republic on Sunday to mourn the death of a relative. He is starting at first base and batting cleanup for the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon against Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd. Thursday, 7:31 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Ortiz, Pedroia out Thursday afternoon vs. DET
    David Ortiz is out of the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Sandy Leon will serve as the DH for the Red Sox, who played a rain-delayed game in Baltimore on Wednesday night and then had to travel to Detroit for this afternoon tilt. Poor job by MLB's schedule-makers. Dustin Pedroia is also out Thursday, with Deven Marrero filling in at second base. Thursday, 6:46 am
  • Miguel Cabrera (biceps) goes 0-for-4
    Miguel Cabrera (biceps) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Cabrera made an early exit from Monday's series opener against the Royals with a left biceps strain and he was held out of Tuesday's game. Maybe he should have taken one more day off. The veteran slugger is slashing .307/.381/.545 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI in 118 games this season for Detroit. Thursday, 5:30 am
  • A-Gone drills two bombs, drives in five runs
    Adrian Gonzalez drilled a three-run bomb in the fourth inning and a two-run tater in the seventh to lead the Dodgers over the Phillies 7-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez has come to life lately to perk up a sluggish season. The powerful game raised his line to .298/.371/.438 with 12 homers, 62 RBI and 53 runs scored in 115 games. The batting average and on-base percentage look good but the power stats are well below what we are used to getting from the veteran slugger. Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Brock Holt goes 3-for-3 against Orioles
    Brock Holt went 3-for-3 with a double as the Red Sox's third baseman on Wednesday.

    Advice: Shaw hadn't started at third base all season until Aug. 7. Now he's done so on back-to-back days, in large part because Hanley Ramirez is away and Travis Shaw is playing first. Still, Holt makes more sense at third than Aaron Hill against a left-hander and there's a decent chance he'll outproduce Shaw the rest of the way. He should remain a factor at the hot corner. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 2-1 @TB
  • Joseph drills solo home run on Wednesday
    Tommy Joseph went 2-for-4 and hit a solo home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The home run was his 16th of the year. His other hit was a double. The 25-year-old rookie is getting a lot of playing time at first base in place of Ryan Howard and he is making the most of it. The .252 batting average is no great shakes but he does have an .810 OPS in 226 at-bats. He could average 30-plus homers per year over the next few seasons although his batting average and on-base percentage could be cause for concern. Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • V-Mart cracks solo homer in Wednesday's loss
    Victor Martinez hit a solo home run that provided the only scoring the Tigers could muster in a tough loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Detroit squandered a no-hit bid by Anibal Sanchez. The home run was the 22nd time Martinez has gone deep this year. He is batting .303 with 70 RBI as a 37-year-old. He has lost the catcher eligibility that made him a fantasy star for a decade but his bat is plenty good enough to devote a UTIL slot to him day in and day out. Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Mauer dealing with minor quad issue
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Joe Mauer was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Braves due to a sore quad.

    Advice: Mauer's quad soreness is just thought to be minor, though, to the point where Molitor believes the long-time face of the Twins could be back in the lineup for Thursday's road date with the Royals. Wednesday, 5:44 pm
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Mauer getting the day off Wednesday vs. ATL
    Joe Mauer is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas will start at first base and bat fifth versus Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. There is no DH available in the game at Atlanta's Turner Field. Wednesday, 1:00 pm
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Pujols clocks three-run homer in win over M's
    Albert Pujols launched a three-run home run in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Angels trailed 4-1 entering the top of the sixth inning, but after Ariel Miranda walked a pair of batters, Pujols teed off on a Nick Vincent offering for a three-run, game-tying home run. That would be his only hit of the game, but sometimes, you just need the one. After an entertaining back-and-forth final few innings, the Angels would eventually win on the strength of a Cliff Pennington RBI triple in the ninth. For the season, the aged Pujols is slashing .249/.316/.426 with 22 homers and a healthy 92 RBI over 446 at-bats. Even as his triple-slash continues to underwhelm, his counting stats are legitimately impressive. At this pace, he will almost certainly finish with his most RBI since 2010, back when he played for the Cardinals and drove in 118. Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Joe Mauer smacks 10th home run Tuesday
    Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Mauer took Jose Ramirez deep in the eighth inning for his 10th dinger of the season. The first baseman is now batting .436 so far in August, pushing his season line up to a nice .284/.384/.417. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Turner (hand) returns to LAD lineup Tuesday
    Justin Turner (hand) is back in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Turner missed two games with a bruised right hand. He is starting at third base and batting third for the Dodgers on Tuesday night versus righty Vince Velasquez. Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera (biceps) out of lineup Tuesday
    Miguel Cabrera (biceps) is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Royals.

    Advice: Cabrera made an early exit from Monday's game due to a left biceps strain. It's not considered serious, but the Tigers aren't going to rush him back into the lineup. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will start in his place at first base. Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • Miggy Cabrera day-to-day with biceps strain
    Miguel Cabrera is day-to-day with a left biceps strain.

    Advice: Cabrera was forced to make an early exit from Monday's game after four innings and now we know why. It doesn't sound like a long-term issue, we should know more on Tuesday. Monday, 5:50 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera exits with apparent injury
    Miguel Cabrera exited Monday's game against the Royals after four innings with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Well, that's no good. The exact reason for his exit isn't yet clear, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia replaced Cabrera at first base to begin the fifth inning. The Tigers should pass along an update soon. Monday, 5:25 pm
  • Loney not in Monday's lineup
    James Loney is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He's sitting against left-hander Robbie Ray. Lefty-masher Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat fifth while T.J. Rivera will play third base. Monday, 3:01 pm
  • Ortiz homers, ties Honus Wagner on RBI list
    David Ortiz slugged a two-run homer to help the Red Sox beat the Indians 3-2 on Monday.

    Advice: The two-run bomb sailed a projected 442 feet at Progressive Field in Cleveland, which matches Big Papi's longest home run of the year. He also smacked a single in the top of the eighth inning, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Ortiz now boasts 1,733 career RBI, which ties him with Honus Wagner on the all-time RBI leaderboard. The veteran slugger is slashing .312/.404/.621 with 27 homers and 92 RBI over 108 games in his farewell season. Aug 15, 1:27 pm
  • Dominic Smith extends hitting streak to 12
    Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith homered and drove in two runs Sunday in a win for Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: In doing so, he stretched his hitting streak to 12 games. Smith has hit .429 during that span while raising his season average from .281 to .299. Dating back to July 1, Smith owns a .363 average with six homers and 28 RBI. Before this season, Smith had homered only 10 times in 1,090 minor league at-bats. The 21-year-old ranks third in the Eastern League with 79 RBI and is also eighth in batting average. Aug 15, 1:00 pm
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    4:15 pm @StL
  • Byung Ho Park lands on AAA disabled list
    Byung Ho Park has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester with right wrist tendinitis.

    Advice: It's unclear how much time he might miss. Park is batting .224/.297/.526 with 10 home runs in 31 games since his demotion to the Triple-A level on the first of July, but he had been in a slump lately. The South Korean slugger was slashing .191/.275/.409 with 12 home runs through 62 games for Minnesota. Aug 15, 12:11 pm
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    L, 8-5 vs Det
  • Hanley Ramirez due back Thursday?
    Hanley Ramirez is expected to spend three days on the bereavement list.

    Advice: Which pegs his return for Thursday, when the Red Sox begin a four-game series at Detroit's Comerica Park. Hanley was placed on bereavement Sunday evening and traveled home to the Dominican Republic. Aug 15, 8:52 am
    L, 2-1 @TB
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