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  • Adam Rosales goes deep in win over Giants
    Adam Rosales went 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk as the Padres came from behind to beat the Giants 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in San Diego.

    Advice: Rosales tagged Giants starter Ty Blach for a solo shot in the third inning, pulling the Padres to within a run at 3-2. The lefty-mashing utility man has been on a tear as of late and is now slashing .232/.322/.502 with 13 long balls and 35 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 5:51 pm
    New Player Note
    Adam Rosales SD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Buster Posey delivers two-run single in loss
    Buster Posey went 1-for-3 and delivered a two-run single as the Giants fell to the Padres in San Diego on Sunday.

    Advice: His run-scoring knock off of Clayton Richard came during a three-run rally in the third inning that gave the Giants an early 3-1 lead. Unfortunately, that would be the extent of their offense in the contest. Posey has disappointed relative to expectations this season, slashing .288/.358/.434 with only 13 homers and 73 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
  • Todd Frazier scores twice, steals two bases
    Todd Frazier scored two runs and stole a pair of bases in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: He also singled and drew a walk. Frazier is sporting a .226 batting average this season, but with 39 home runs, 96 RBI, 86 runs and 14 stolen bases, fantasy owners aren't going to complain. Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Danny Valencia sitting out on Sunday
    Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Matt Olson is in right field Sunday. Yesterday, 10:16 am
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Eric Hosmer sitting out on Sunday
    Eric Hosmer is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to simply be a rare day off for the first baseman. Whit Merrifield is filling in for Hosmer. Yesterday, 7:35 am
  • Joe Mauer (quad) says he feels 'terrible'
    Joe Mauer (quad) admitted Saturday that he's "been feeling terrible for a while."

    Advice: Mauer has battled lingering pain in his right quad area for the last six weeks and has been in and out of the lineup of late. "Well, I feel terrible," Mauer said. "I’ve been feeling terrible for a while. But the season’s not over." The first baseman will be back in the lineup Sunday, but his playing time in the final week figures to continue to be curtailed. Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • Ruf has three hits, homer in win over Mets
    Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Ruf swatted a three-run bomb in the fourth inning as the Phillies hung 10 runs on the Mets in the victory. It was Ruf's second homer in as many games after going his first 37 games without one. Ineffectiveness and the emergence of Tommy Joseph have relegated Ruf to a reserve role, and the 30-year-old will need a big spring to earn a spot on the 2017 roster. Saturday, 10:13 pm
    Player Note
    Darin Ruf Phi - 1B,OF
  • Votto's 26th homer leads Reds past Brewers
    Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three walks as the Reds downed the Brewers 6-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Votto took Brewers starter Taylor Jungmann deep in the first inning for the two-run dong, his 26th of the season. The 33-year-old is hitting .320/.433/.533 with 89 RBI and 94 runs scored -- amazing after he hit .252 with an .832 OPS in the first half -- and he ranks among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories. It's a shame the Reds haven't been able to do more during the height of his brilliance. Saturday, 9:59 pm
  • Turner goes 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs
    Justin Turner went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's demolition of the Rockies.

    Advice: He also walked twice and reached base in all his plate appearances. All three hits were singles, two of them drove in runs. He is batting .274 with 27 home runs and 89 RBI in 533 at-bats. The 31-year-old journeyman has been an extremely effective hitter since joining the Dodgers in 2014. Saturday, 9:46 pm
  • Freeman hits 32nd homer, drives in two
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Freeman had an RBI single in the first inning before launching his 32nd homer of the year in the sixth. The 32 home runs are a career best, as are his 95 runs scored and six steals. He probably won't touch the 109 RBI he collected in 2013 -- he's got 87 RBI now, with a handful of games left to go -- but there's no question it's been a tremendous year for the 27-year-old. Saturday, 9:23 pm
  • Dietrich launches seventh homer versus Braves
    Derek Dietrich hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Dietrich hit the two-run blast off Braves starter Aaron Blair in the first inning. He finished 1-for-4 in the game. Dietrich now has seven homers and 42 RBI in 122 games, batting a respectable .286/.381/.437 in that span. Saturday, 9:17 pm
    Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Bell hits third homer in loss to Nationals
    Josh Bell hit his third homer of the year in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Bell, starting in right field and batting second, took Nats starter Joe Ross deep in the third inning for what turned out to be the Pirates' only run of the contest. The dinger was his third in 38 games this year, and he's got 18 RBI and 16 runs scored as well. Bell is hitting .287/.383/.444 and should be a big part of the Bucs' 2017 team. Saturday, 8:59 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Abreu goes 3-for-5 with an RBI on Saturday
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 and drove in a run during Saturday's victory over the Indians.

    Advice: He smacked an RBI single in the first inning and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. He added a couple more singles later in the game and is now batting .299/.353/.480 with 25 homers and 97 RBI. His power output is down a bit this season despite home runs being way up around the league. Abreu is among a small group of players who can provide high batting averages without sacrificing home run power. Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Frazier swats 39th bomb in Saturday's win
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with a home run and scored twice in a win over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The solo longball in the sixth inning was his 39th round-tripper of the season. Frazier's .225 batting average is painful but he is good everywhere else. He has 96 RBI and 84 runs scored and has even stolen 12 bases. Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Goldschmidt collects three hits against O's
    Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Goldy had three of the Diamondbacks' seven hits in the loss, and he scored their lone run in the ninth inning. A strong finish could earn the 29-year-old his fourth consecutive .300-plus season, as he's now hitting .301 (with a .912 OPS) after Saturday's good game. He's having another fantasy MVP-worthy season, hitting 23 homers with 90 RBI, 102 runs scored and 27 stolen bases overall. Saturday, 8:19 pm
  • Mancini launches third homer in four games
    Trey Mancini hit his third home run in four games in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Mancini took D'backs starter Robbie Ray deep for a solo shot in the fourth inning. The 24-year-old has four hits in 11 at-bats since being brought up by the Orioles, but three of those have left the yard. He could be setting himself up to enter next spring as the favorite for the Orioles' designated hitter job with his hot finish. Saturday, 8:16 pm
  • Davis collects two hits, two RBI vs. D'backs
    Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: The D'backs intentionally walked Adam Jones to get to Davis with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, and he made them pay by coming through with a two-run single. The multi-hit game was his first since September 6. Davis is hitting just .220/.331/.469 but has 38 homers, 84 RBI and 95 runs scored overall. Saturday, 8:12 pm
  • Trumbo blasts 45th homer in win over D'backs
    Mark Trumbo went 2-for-3 with his 45th home run of the year in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The homer was Trumbo's second in as many days. Every new dinger adds to Trumbo's already impressive year, as he's got a career-high 45 homers with 104 RBI and 89 runs scored. The free agent-to-be is going to get paid in a big way this winter. Saturday, 8:00 pm
  • Forsythe hits 20-homer plateau for first time
    Logan Forsythe hit his 20th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: He got there in legitimate fashion, taking all-everything closer Craig Kimbrel deep for a solo shot in the ninth inning. It's the first time in Forsythe's career that he's hit 20 homers in a season. The 29-year-old is batting .274/.344/.464 with 52 RBI, 75 runs scored and six steals to date. Saturday, 7:40 pm
  • Miller knocks two-run double against Red Sox
    Brad Miller hit a two-run double and scored a run against the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Miller finished the game 1-for-3 with the run-scoring double in the third inning. The 26-year-old has had a ridiculously productive season in 2016, swatting 30 homers with 80 RBI and 71 runs scored in 145 games. Miller is batting .250/.309/.498 overall. Saturday, 7:38 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Holt has RBI double, run scored against Rays
    Brock Holt went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Holt plated the first run of the game with a double in the second inning. The all-purpose 28-year-old is hitting .264/.326/.397 with seven homers, 34 RBI, 44 runs scored and four steals in 88 games this year. Saturday, 7:34 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Yangervis Solarte returns after wife's death
    Yangervis Solarte has rejoined the Padres.

    Advice: He hasn't played since his wife passed away from cancer last weekend. Solarte has had a strong season for the Padres, hitting .284 with a career-high 15 HR and 68 RBI. Ryan Schimpf handed third base during his absence. Saturday, 3:34 pm
  • Holliday scratched from another BP session
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11. Saturday, 3:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Hosmer clubs three-run homer to beat Tigers
    Eric Hosmer dealt a blow to the Tigers playoff chances on Saturday, clubbing a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, propelling the Royals to a 7-4 victory in Motown.

    Advice: The Royals entered the inning trailing 4-2 and were down to their final strike before Paulo Orlando came through with a two-run double to tie the game. That set the stage for Hosmer's heroic blast off of Tigers' closer Francisco Rodriguez. It was Hosmer's lone hit in five at-bats on the afternoon. He's been a terrific source of run production this season, slashing .268/.329/.434 with 24 homers and 100 RBI. Saturday, 2:34 pm
  • Flores (wrist) could be done for the year
    ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports Wilmer Flores (wrist) may be done for the season.

    Advice: He isn't close to swinging a bat and has already received two cortisone shots since going down with a bruised wrist two weeks ago. Flores could return if the Mets make a deep postseason run but it's a near certainty he won't be back for the final week of the regular season. Assuming that's the case, Flores will close out the 2016 campaign with 16 HR, 49 RBI and a .267 average across 307 at-bats. Saturday, 1:46 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Joe Mauer (quad) remains sidelined Saturday
    Joe Mauer (quad) is not in the Twins' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Mauer is still battling right quad soreness. Saturday will mark his fifth straight absence. Kennys Vargas will draw another start at first base and bat fifth against M's lefty Ariel Miranda. Saturday, 1:12 pm
  • Wil Myers hits three-run homer in win
    Wil Myers went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and an intentional walk in the Padres' 7-2 win over the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: The homer came in the first off Albert Suarez. Myers is up to 28 homers and 91 RBI in 567 at-bats. He combined for 27 homers and 117 RBI in 885 at-bats over his first three big-league seasons. Saturday, 12:06 am
  • Cron has three hits, two RBI in win over HOU
    C.J. Cron went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Friday’s 10-6 victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Cron had two doubles and a single on the night. He knocked in a run with a double in the second inning and later plated the go-ahead run with a single off Ken Giles in the ninth. The 26-year-old got off to a hot start after returning from the disabled list last month, but he hasn’t been able to sustain it in September. This was his first multi-hit game since September 5. Friday, 9:10 pm
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Trumbo smashes walk-off homer in 12th
    Mark Trumbo blasted a walk-off solo homer in the 12th inning on Friday, delivering the Orioles a much-needed 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: With the victory, the O's kept pace in the battle for the second wild card, sitting half of a game behind the Tigers. In typical Orioles fashion, all of their scoring came via the long ball. Pedro Alvarez got the club on the board with a solo shot in the eighth, Matt Wieters tied it with a blast in the ninth and Trumbo with the game-winner in the 12th. He finished the night 2-for-5 and is now slashing .247/.309/.521 with 44 homers and 103 RBI on the year. Friday, 9:02 pm
  • Freeman extends hitting streak to 27 games
    Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 27 games in Friday’s win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Freeman finished the night 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a run scored. He’s hitting a cool .365 during his career-long hitting streak and has pulled his batting average up from .289 to .303 along the way. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) to take live BP again
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb. Friday, 9:58 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) takes live BP
    Matt Holliday (thumb) took live batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Holliday was scratched from a simulated game last Saturday due to swelling in his surgically-repaired right thumb, but he resumed live hitting earlier this week. It seems likely that he's not going to be 100 percent at any point the rest of the way, but the Cardinals could wind up activating him, anyway, even it's to be used in a secondary role. Friday, 8:09 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Solarte (personal) would like to return
    Yangervis Solarte (personal) would like to return this season, but Padres manager Andy Green said the infielder's situation remains "fluid."

    Advice: Solarte's wife, Yuliett, died this past Saturday from complications related to cancer. She was only 31. Obviously the Padres will give Solarte all the time he needs. Friday, 7:04 am
  • Mauer (quad) might not play again until Sun.
    Joe Mauer might not start again until Sunday due to ongoing soreness in his right quad.

    Advice: Mauer hasn't started since last Saturday, although he had been slated to play Wednesday before that game was rained out. After a terrific August, Mauer has fallen off to .119/.245/.238 in September. Kennys Vargas has been filling in at first base. Friday, 6:45 am
  • Mancini belts three-run homer against Red Sox
    Trey Mancini went 2-for-3 with a double and a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Mancini was the only Orioles hitter with an answer for David Price and company, collecting two of the team's six hits and notching the only two Orioles extra-base hits in the game. The three-run homer in the third inning came off David Price. It was the 24-year-old's second homer in three games since being promoted on September 18 after he hit 20 homers between Double-A and Triple-A this year. Thursday, 9:13 pm
  • Brock Holt (death in family) back Thursday
    Brock Holt (personal) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Holt was excused from the club for a couple of days following a death in his family. He will start at shortstop and bat second Thursday versus Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. Xander Bogaerts has the night off. Thursday, 12:23 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Joe Mauer out of Minnesota lineup for Gm. 1
    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader versus Detroit.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas will start at first base and bat fifth against Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Twins manager Paul Molitor said he has noticed some "off-balance" swings from Mauer this week and might also sit him against Justin Verlander in the nightcap Thursday. Thursday, 9:35 am
  • Paul Goldschmidt propels Arizona with 2 HRs
    Paul Goldschmidt homered twice to plate all three Diamondbacks runs in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Padres.

    Advice: With 23 homers and 90 RBI, Goldschmidt isn't quite tearing it up in the power categories this year. Still, he doesn't always get a lot to hit as by far the biggest threat in the Arizona lineup. It's Goldschmidt, not Joey Votto, currently leading the NL in walks with 106. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Freeman goes 2-for-4 on Wednesday
    Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 25 games by going 2-for-4 in a win over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. The hitting streak is a career-long for Freeman. The first baseman had a rough start to the season but has put up monster stats in the second half. Overall he is batting .303/.398/.565 with 31 home runs, 83 RBI and 93 runs scored on a low scoring team. His prowess has gone largely unnoticed due to the dismal season Atlanta is having. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Miller drills two solo home runs as Rays lose
    Brad Miller smoked a pair of solo home runs on Wednesday to lift his total to 30 longballs on the season.

    Advice: His previous career high was 11. His first homer came in the middle of back-to-back-to-back jacks off Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning. He went deep again with the bases empty in the eighth inning. Miller has a .249 batting average with 77 RBI and the 30 homers. He has had an unexpectedly productive season for a guy who could be obtained for nothing early in the season. Wednesday, 7:35 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Wilmer Flores (wrist) won't play on Thursday
    Mets manager Terry Collins has ruled out Wilmer Flores (wrist) for Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Collins deemed the worry-level surrounding Flores' wrist as a "DEFCON 4," so that is somewhat disconcerting. The team had hoped that the 25-year-old infielder would be able to return to the lineup against Phillies southpaw Adam Morgan on Thursday. Flores is currently sidelined by a left wrist injury suffered in a collision at home plate on September 10. He has been given two cortisone shots in the intervening days, but Collins said Flores has not been able to swing a bat since the collision. Wednesday, 1:26 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Adam Rosales homers, drives in four vs. ARI
    Adam Rosales went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and four RBI in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Funky little batting line for Rosales due to the fact that two of his four RBI came via sacrifice flies. His two-run home run in the sixth inning was his 11th of the season. The veteran infielder has homered in two of his last three games and is slashing .233/.323/.485 with 11 homers and 32 RBI over 202 at-bats for the season as a whole. Tuesday, 11:42 pm
    New Player Note
    Adam Rosales SD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Paul Goldschmidt crunches two-run home run
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Goldschmidt connected for a two-run home run off Paul Clemens with two outs in the sixth inning. That shot temporarily knotted the score at 2-2, but the Padres would come back in the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer of their own. For his part, Goldy is now slashing .297/.413/.484 with 21 homers, 87 RBI and 27 steals over 539 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:37 pm
  • Danny Valencia strikes out twice in defeat
    Danny Valencia went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 10-inning loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Valencia could not find a hit on the evening, a common theme for the A's. As a team, they managed just a trio of singles over 10 innings. For the season as a whole, Valencia is slashing .287/.348/.455 with 17 homers and 51 RBI over 442 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:15 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Trey Mancini blasts first MLB home run
    Trey Mancini launched his first major league home run in his first start in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Called up from the minors on Sunday, Mancini flied out in his first at-bat but then ended Eduardo Rodriguez's no-hit bit with two outs in the fifth inning with a solo blast to left-center field. The 24-year-old could see more starts in the designated hitter spot against left-handers. Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Brad Miller knocks two-run triple Tuesday
    Brad Miller singled and ripped a two-run triple in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: He nearly had a three-run, opposite-field homer in the third inning but settled for a two-run triple off the wall. Miller has really been struggling over the last month but will look to finish strong here over the next week and a half. Tuesday, 7:29 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Holt excused following death in family
    Brock Holt will be away from the Red Sox for the next two days following a death in his family.

    Advice: Holt just returned to the Red Sox starting lineup Monday after an eight-day absence due to shoulder trouble. He should be back for Thursday's series finale in Baltimore. Tuesday, 2:30 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Flores given second cortisone shot for wrist
    Wilmer Flores was given a second cortisone injection for his injured left wrist.

    Advice: Flores hasn't appeared in a game for the Mets since suffering a bone bruise in an awkward home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski on September 10 in Atlanta, and it's going to be at least another couple days before he can return. T.J. Rivera is at second base and James Loney is at first base on Tuesday night against the Braves. Tuesday, 1:13 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Chris Davis batting second for O's on Tues.
    Chris Davis will bat second Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: This will be his first time batting second this season. Davis is just 3-for-27 over the past week, so perhaps the change will do him some good. Mark Trumbo will bat cleanup against Eduardo Rodriguez on Tuesday while Jonathan Schoop is hitting fifth. Tuesday, 12:45 pm
  • Wil Myers hits 26th homer in win
    Wil Myers hit his 26th homer and walked twice Monday as the Padres edged the Diamondbacks 3-2.

    Advice: Myers has been threatening to finish his "breakthrough" season with a sub-.800 OPS, but he's back up to .802 now. He's hitting .220 with seven homers and eight doubles in the second half after coming in at .286 with 19 homers and 19 doubles before the break. Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Freeman goes 4-for-5 to extend hitting streak
    Freddie Freeman fell a triple shy of the cycle Monday, going 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a win over the Mets.

    Advice: The Braves were massive underdogs in this one in a Noah Syndergaard/Aaron Blair matchup, but Atlanta wound up pounding out 13 hits and scoring seven runs. Freeman had four of those base knocks, including his 31st home run. The first baseman now boasts a 23-game hitting streak and has reached base in 39 games in a row. Freeman's batting line is up to .302/.397/.566. Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt out of Monday's lineup
    Paul Goldschmidt is out of Monday's lineup versus the Padres.

    Advice: Goldschmidt had a rough series against the Dodgers, so a day off to clear his head isn't the worst idea. Kyle Jensen will start at first base and bat seventh against left-hander Clayton Richard. Brandon Drury will move into to the No. 3 spot. Monday, 3:48 pm
  • Hosmer knocks in two runs vs. White Sox
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Hosmer had RBI singles in the fifth and sixth innings. He has improved his career-best RBI total to 97 for the year. The batting average has dropped off this season (.272 after Monday’s game), but he has made up with his increased run production for fantasy owners. Monday, 2:20 pm
  • Abreu slugs homer Monday vs. Royals
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Monday’s loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Abreu started out very slow this season, but he continues to deliver for fantasy owners at the most critical time of the year. He’s hitting .374 with 14 homers and 40 RBI over his last 43 games. Monday, 2:20 pm
  • Holt (shoulder) back in Red Sox lineup Mon.
    Brock Holt (shoulder) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Monday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: It will be the first start since September 11 for Holt, who had been dealing with a shoulder injury. He is playing third base and batting seventh versus Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy. Monday, 12:09 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Rosales clobbers 10th homer in loss Sunday
    Adam Rosales clobbered his 10th home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: His solo shot opened the game's scoring in the second inning. Rosales also singled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4. In a part-time job with the Padres this season, he has slashed .230/.326/.474 with 10 long balls and 28 RBI. Sep 18, 4:32 pm
    New Player Note
    Adam Rosales SD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Derek Dietrich reaches three times
    Derek Dietrich went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Dietrich started his first three games back from the disabled list Sept. 3-5, but this was just his third start in 13 days since. He's playing well enough to justify more at-bats; he's 9-for-24 with a homer, two doubles and three walks since coming back. Sep 18, 2:24 pm
    Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Trumbo tallies 43rd home run and 101st RBI
    Mark Trumbo slugged his 43rd home run of the season Sunday in the Orioles' 2-1 defeat of the Rays.

    Advice: It was a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the eighth inning against Rays reliever Ryan Garton. Trumbo also singled earlier in the game, finishing 2-for-4 in the afternoon victory at Camden Yards. He boasts an .836 OPS and 101 RBI in 146 games this season, to go along with the 43 longballs. Sep 18, 1:48 pm
  • Joey Votto reaches five times in victory
    Joey Votto reached all five times he was up and homered Sunday in leading the Reds to a 7-4 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Votto went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to go along with the homer. His average stands at a season-high .319 right now. It'd be his highest average in a season since he finished at .337 in 2012. Sep 18, 1:15 pm
  • Mark Trumbo (back) back in action Sunday
    Mark Trumbo (back) is back in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games with back spasms. Trumbo is in right field and batting cleanup against Jake Odorizzi and the Rays. The O's also have Caleb Joseph at catcher over Matt Wieters. Sep 18, 8:42 am
  • Logan Forsythe not in Sunday's lineup
    Logan Forsythe is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Alexei Ramirez will occupy second base. Sep 18, 7:56 am
  • Trey Mancini called up from Triple-A
    Orioles purchased the contract of 1B Trey Mancini from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Mancini, 24, batted .282/.357/.458 with 20 homers between Double- and Triple-A this season. He'll give the O's another right-handed bat with Mark Trumbo (back) banged up. Sep 18, 7:48 am
  • Valencia has three-run homer against Rangers
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Valencia made his name crushing lefties, and Rangers southpaw Dario Alvarez learned that the hard way in the eighth inning when the 31-year-old took him deep with two runners on. Against all odds, Valencia has managed to weather the A's youth movement and a tussle with teammate Billy Butler -- which got Butler released -- and is performing well down the stretch. Valencia is hitting .289/.347/.458 with 17 homers, 51 RBI and 69 runs scored with a handful of games left to play. Sep 17, 9:23 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Holliday (thumb) still dealing with swelling
    Matt Holliday was scratched from Saturday's simulated game after experiencing renewed swelling in his surgically-repaired thumb.

    Advice: Holliday broke his thumb about a month ago but was hoping to return later this year. Saturday's setback might put a wrench in that plan. Brandon Moss and a host of others have occupied left field during his absence. Sep 17, 4:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Bell boosts Pirates with three hits Saturday
    Josh Bell led the Pirates with three hits Saturday in a win over the Reds.

    Advice: Bell doubled in his first at-bat and later drove in a run with a two-bagger in the seventh. He also provided a single to center field in the fourth. It's been a good stretch for Bell, who is hitting .367 in September. The 24-year-old has been splitting time between first base and right field since his call-up last month. Sep 17, 2:08 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    4:05 pm vs ChC
  • Mark Trumbo (back) remains out of O's lineup
    Mark Trumbo (back) remains out of the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The club had hoped that he would be ready to go on Saturday after sitting out Friday's contest. He reported improvement on Saturday and could be available off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Once again, Michael Bourn is starting in his place. Sep 17, 12:55 pm
  • Freddie Freeman returns to Braves lineup
    Freddie Freeman returned to the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He was away from the club on Friday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. He's back in his customary third spot in the Braves lineup against left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Nats on Saturday. Sep 17, 7:43 am
  • Buster Posey goes 3-for-4, homers
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI as the Giants bested the Cardinals 8-2 on Friday.

    Advice: Posey hasn't had many outbursts like this one this season, but he's still putting up very solid numbers; he's batting .294 and has 32 doubles to go along with his 13 homers. He's also sporting a 60/57 K/BB ratio. The Giants could use the power surge if it comes, but they can't complain either way. Sep 16, 11:11 pm
  • Myers slugs two-run homer vs. Rockies
    Wil Myers went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: It was just his second home run in his last 29 games. Myers has proved to be an excellent value for fantasy owners this season by amassing 25 homers, 83 RBI, and 25 steals over 142 games, but the great majority of his production was in the first half. Sep 16, 10:11 pm
  • Abreu has two hits Friday vs. Royals
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a run scored Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. With back-to-back two-hit games, Abreu has now inched his way up to a .300 batting average for the year. It has been a monster turnaround, especially when you consider he was hitting .268 as recently as August 2. Sep 16, 8:44 pm
  • Chris Davis belts 38th homer as O's top Rays
    Chris Davis belted his 38th home run of the season as the Orioles topped the Rays 5-4 on Friday evening in Baltimore.

    Advice: His solo shot off of Chris Archer in the second inning pulled the O's to within two runs at 4-2. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, and one of two homers that the O's hit in the contest joining teammate Pedro Alvarez. He'll never hit for a high average, but remains a tremendous source of power and run production, hitting .222/.337/.484 with 38 homers and 82 RBI. Sep 16, 7:21 pm
  • Mauer draws three walks Friday
    Joe Mauer went 0-for-1 with three walks Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: It was his third three-walk game of the season. We know, we know. That isn’t very exciting for fantasy owners. Mauer recently missed some time with some soreness in his quads, but he felt well enough to play first base on Friday under National League rules. Sep 16, 7:02 pm
  • Matt Holliday to take live BP on Saturday
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is scheduled to take live batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder says that his surgically-repaired thumb is still sore, but he holds out hope that he'll be able to return to the Cardinals lineup before the end of the regular season. Sep 16, 5:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm vs Cin
  • Yangervis Solarte out due to family issue
    Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the Padres lineup on Friday due to a family issue.

    Advice: He left the club to go home and be with his family. There's no timetable for his return at the moment, but with the Padres long out of contention, he certainly won't be rushed. Alexi Amarista replaced him in Friday's lineup and could see extra run in his absence. Sep 16, 4:14 pm
  • Yangervis Solarte scratched from lineup
    Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the Padres' lineup Friday.

    Advice: No reason for the scratch has been provided yet. Alexi Amarista has replaced him at second base. Sep 16, 2:42 pm
  • Mark Trumbo sitting out with back spasms
    Mark Trumbo is not in Friday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: The good news is that the Orioles are hoping he'll be ready to play Saturday, so it doesn't appear to be a big deal at the moment. Michael Bourn is in right field Friday. Sep 16, 1:42 pm
  • Freddie Freeman not in Friday's lineup
    Freddie Freeman is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Freeman's wife has been due to give birth and he hasn't rejoined the team yet. He is expected to return to the lineup Saturday. Blake Lalli is getting a start at first base. Sep 16, 12:48 pm
  • Flores diagnosed with wrist inflammation
    Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with inflammation in his left wrist.

    Advice: He's been given a cortisone shot and the expectation is that he'll be ready to go in a couple days. Flores hasn't played since getting involved in a home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski last Saturday. Sep 16, 12:44 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Mark Trumbo getting a day off Friday
    Mark Trumbo is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be a rare day off for the slugger. Michael Bourn is in right field. Sep 16, 12:35 pm
  • Brock Holt nursing shoulder injury of late
    Brock Holt hasn't played since Sunday due to a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Holt injured himself on a dive back into first base. He's available off the bench but might not see much playing time, especially with Andrew Benintendi now back in the mix. Sep 16, 5:59 am
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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