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  • Ty Blach to start for Giants on Saturday
    Ty Blach will make another start for the Giants on Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The club had planned to start Albert Suarez in this spot, but due to the Dodgers struggles against left-handed pitching, Blach makes more sense. He may be on a short leash though, so he's best avoided for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:47 am
  • Jean Segura walks, scores in return on Friday
    Jean Segura (ribs) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his return to the Diamondbacks lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Segura was forced to make an early exit from Thursday's game due to a cramp under his left rib cage. He's having an outstanding season atop the D'Backs lineup, slashing .319/.367/.496 with 20 homers, 64 RBI and 32 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:31 am
  • Brandon Belt reaches five times in win
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double, a walk and a HBP to lead the Giants to a 9-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Fortunately, Belt was able to stay in after getting hit in the hand in the seventh. Belt, whose OBP too often has gone to waste in the bottom half of the Giants order, hit second for the fifth time tonight. He has a .520 OBP, five runs scored and five RBI in those five games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner earns win over Dodgers
    Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed three runs in a win over the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a double against him, but there were no fireworks in this one. Bumgarner probably ends the regular season 15-9 with a 2.74 ERA. The probably is needed since the Giants could opt to try him in relief Sunday if they get desperate. With more run support, Bumgarner might have been in the Cy Young mix in the wide open race. Still, he probably needed at least another two or three wins to sway voters. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Rich Hill solid in tuneup start
    Rich Hill allowed two runs over five innings Friday in a his start against the Giants.

    Advice: That's pretty much exactly the kind of tuneup the Dodgers wanted from Hill after he missed his previous turn with a blister. He'll be penciled in to start Game 2 of the NLDS after finishing the regular season with a 2.11 ERA in 20 starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Brandon McCarthy gives up six runs in relief
    Brandon McCarthy was charged with six runs without retiring a batter in relief Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Ouch. McCarthy did pretty well in a no-decision as a starter Sunday (two runs in 5 1/3 innings), but he gave up five hits and a walk while throwing just 27 pitches tonight. The poor outing would certainly seem to take him out of contention for a spot in the NLDS roster, though he was already a long shot anyway. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Anderson finishes double shy of cycle vs. MIN
    Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Friday’s win over the Twins.

    Advice: Anderson finished a double shy of the cycle. He had a chance to get there in the bottom of the eighth inning, but he grounded out. The rookie shortstop has showed an alarming lack of plate discipline with a 113/12 K/BB ratio, but he has helped in fantasy leagues anyway by batting .284 with 36 extra-base hits (including nine homers), 30 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 57 runs scored over 97 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Duffey knocked around for five runs in loss
    Tyler Duffey was knocked around for five runs in two-plus innings Friday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Duffey allowed two runs in the first inning and was chased after giving up a two-run homer and an RBI double in the third. The 25-year-old surprised with a 3.10 ERA in 10 starts last season, but he’ll finish this year with a brutal 6.18 ERA across 25 starts. That’s easily the highest ERA of any MLB pitcher with at least 130 innings pitched. In fact, nobody else is above 6.00. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Cabrera has two doubles, two RBI in win
    Melky Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Cabrera knocked in a run with a double in the bottom of the first inning and later added an RBI single in the fourth. The 32-year-old amassed 25 RBI in September and now has 85 RBI on the year. He’s just two shy of his career-high from 2011. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Taijuan Walker earns win over A's
    Taijuan Walker limited the A's to one run and two hits in six innings Friday.

    Advice: Walker never seemed quite right after hurting his foot in July, but he's managed to give the Mariners five decent starts in a row anyway and they've won four of them. His regular season concludes with an 8-11 record, a 4.22 ERA and a 119/37 K/BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. The potential is still there for him to do much better. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Daniel Wright earns first victory
    Daniel Wright finally notched a win in his last try by holding the Astros to one run in six innings Friday.

    Advice: Wright, who had been 0-5, struck out five and walked none in this one. He ended up with a 5.61 ERA in his five starts for the Angels after posting a 7.62 ERA in two starts and two relief appearances for the Reds. It's quite possible he'll be bumped from the 40-man roster this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Andrew Cashner struggles in no-decision
    Andrew Cashner struggled in a no-decision against the Nationals on Friday, surrendering four runs on seven hits over four innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked two and punched out three in the ballgame. After being staked to an early 4-0 lead, Cashner gave it all back in the fourth inning, including a pair of homers to Anthony Rendon and Stephen Drew. He finishes a highly-disappointing 2016 season with a 5-11 record, 5.25 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 112/60 K/BB ratio across 132 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Jake Marisnick goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Jake Marisnick went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday in the loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The Astros were hoping Marisnick would step it up when they let Carlos Gomez go, but he's been miserable offensively while continuing to play very good defense in center field. Not only is he batting just .204, but he has a hideous 81/16 K/BB ratio in 280 at-bats. The Astros won't be penciling him in as a 2017 regular. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Braden Shipley allows three runs in finale
    Braden Shipley yielded three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Padres.

    Advice: Shipley's stuff simply isn't what it was a couple of years ago, and he largely failed to impress in his first major league audition this year, going 4-5 with a 5.27 ERA and a 43/28 K/BB ratio over 70 innings. He should be viewed strictly as a fallback for Arizona's 2017 rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Edwin Jackson gives up five runs in loss
    Edwin Jackson was tagged for five runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jackson turned in some nice outings for the Padres, but the end result was still a 5.89 ERA in 13 starts. He'll have to settle for a minor league contract as a free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Martinez tosses seven scoreless vs. Pirates
    Carlos Martinez came up huge for the Cardinals on Friday by tossing seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: That’s why he’s their ace. Martinez scattered five hits — all of them singles — while walking just one batter and striking out nine. He induced 18 swinging strikes in his 104 pitches. Martinez improved to 16-9 with the victory and will finish the regular season with a 3.04 ERA and 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Ryan Schimpf hits 20th homer
    Ryan Schimpf hit homer No. 20 in a losing cause Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Schimpf had been stuck on 19 homers for 16 days, far and away his longest drought since he went his first 18 days in the majors without one. He's hitting just .221 in his 87 games, but he's slugging a very robust .540. It should ensure that he enters next year with a starting job, probably at second base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Holliday slugs homer in possible goodbye
    Matt Holliday (thumb) slugged a dramatic pinch-hit homer in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Now that’s a moment. Holliday, who broke his left thumb back on August 11, was activated from the disabled list on Friday so he could make one last appearance for the fans in St. Louis. He was greeted with a standing ovation in the seventh inning before swatting an opposite-field blast off Zach Phillips. Oddly, this was the first pinch-hit homer of his career. The Cardinals have already informed Holliday that they don’t plan to pick up the $17 million option on his contract for 2017, so this was likely goodbye. You couldn’t have drawn it up much better. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Gyorko socks his 29th homer Friday
    Jedd Gyorko socked a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Gyorko was acquired from the Padres over the winter to serve in a utility infielder role this season, but he leads the Cardinals with 29 homers. 22 of them have come in the second half. Only Brian Dozier has hit more homers in that time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:05 am vs Pit
     
  • Merritt notches first major league victory
    Ryan Merritt notched his first major league win on Friday after tossing five innings of one-run ball against the Royals.

    Advice: Expectations were low for the assignment, as Merritt was simply filling in with Corey Kluber sidelined, but he was brilliant in his first major league start. The former 16th round pick held the Royals to just three hits while walking none and striking out four. He kept them off the board after an RBI single from Eric Hosmer in the first inning and retired the final 13 batters he faced. The Indians couldn’t have asked for much better. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Ventura allows four runs in loss
    Yordano Ventura fell to 11-12 after allowing four runs over six innings Friday versus the Indians.

    Advice: Things fell apart for Ventura in the third inning, as he gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. He allowed six hits in all on the day while walking three and striking out eight. He also hit Francisco Lindor, apparently in retaliation for him celebrating after hitting a double in his previous at-bat. Ventura remains a frustrating talent in many ways. He took a step back this year, posting a 4.45 ERA over 32 starts while seeing an increase in his walk percentage and a decrease in his strikeout percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Lindor breaks out of slump, slugs homer
    Francisco Lindor busted out a slump by going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in a 7-2 win over the Royals.

    Advice: Lindor snapped an 0-for-29 hitless streak with a double off Yordano Ventura in a four-run third inning. He celebrated the double and Ventura apparently didn’t like it, as he hit him with a pitch in his next at-bat in the fifth inning. Lindor responded by slugging a three-run homer off Brian Flynn in his next at-bat. Even with the quiet September, the 22-year-old shortstop is batting .303/.359/.436 with 15 homers, 75 RBI, and 19 steals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Santana has three hits, two RBI in win
    Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored Friday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Santana gave the Indians the lead by knocking in two runs with a triple in the third inning. He also singled and doubled, so he finished a home run short of the cycle. The 30-year-old put together a monster September and has established new career-highs this season with 34 homers and 87 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Gomes (hand) appears as defensive replacement
    Yan Gomes entered Friday’s game against the Royals as a defensive replacement.

    Advice: Gomes was activated from the disabled list on Friday after missing 16 days with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. Most assumed he was done for the season at the time of the injury, so it’s amazing he has managed to make it back. Still, it’s unclear whether he’ll show enough this weekend to justify a spot on the ALDS roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Hosmer hits RBI single vs. Indians
    Eric Hosmer went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Hosmer now has 104 RBI to go along with 25 homers. The increased run production has been useful for fantasy owners, but he has sacrificed some contact in the process. His OPS has dropped from .822 to .761 this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Rich Hill could be on pitch count on Friday
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Friday that Rich Hill will be on a "somewhat abbreviated" pitch count in his start against the Giants.

    Advice: With the recurring blister issues that the southpaw has dealt with this season, the Dodgers simply want him to get some work in and remain healthy heading into the postseason, so don't expect him to work too deep into Friday's start. He has been outstanding on the season, compiling a 2.05 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 125/32 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:06 pm
  • Yan Gomes activated from disabled list
    Indians activated C Yan Gomes from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gomes is only available to play defense for now. It's unclear whether he'll be an option for the ALDS roster as he returns from a fracture in his right hand. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Matt Holliday activated from disabled list
    Cardinals activated OF Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's not going to play much in the final weekend, though, as the Cards just want to get him a token appearance so that the impending free agent can be recognized by the fans. General manager John Mozeliak said Friday that the likelihood of the team picking up Holliday's option for 2017 is "very low." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Cards expected to activate Holliday (thumb)
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "are ready to activate" Matt Holliday (thumb).

    Advice: It's a change in course, as just a couple days ago Goold reported that Holliday returning was unlikely. However, Goold cautions that it's "hard to tell what role (if any)" Holliday will have in the final weekend. It could just be an opportunity for him to get a token plate appearance or two in order to be recognized by the fans since he's an impending free agent. Holliday has missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Report: Cards won't pick up Holliday's option
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday's $17 million option for 2017.

    Advice: He also adds that they won't extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either. Holliday, who will turn 37 over the winter, has had a career-worst season at the plate, batting .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances. He's missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Gyorko belts 28th home run in win over Reds
    Jedd Gyorko hit his 28th homer of the season in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Gyorko connected with a Dan Straily pitch in the second inning for the solo dong, his only hit in four at-bats. The hit was just his second in his last 20 at-bats, as the 28-year-old has fallen into a bit of a slump as the season draws to a close. Even so, it will go down as a career year for Gyorko, who is hitting .238/.300/.482 with those 28 homers, 56 RBI and 54 runs scored in 125 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:05 am vs Pit
     
  • Jean Segura nursing cramp in rib cage
    Jean Segura is dealing with a cramp under his left rib cage.

    Advice: Segura departed Thursday's game with the ailment. The D'Backs think he's going to be fine, but they'll see how he feels when he reports to the park Friday before knowing whether he'll be in the lineup. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Segura leaves Thursday with apparent injury
    Jean Segura made an early exit from Thursday's game against the Nationals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic says Segura "may have tweaked his side or maybe his back" during his seventh-inning at-bat. There should be an update soon. Segura was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:30 pm
  • Santana goes 2-for-2 with two RBI Wednesday
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs in a rain-shortened loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk. He doubled home a run in the first inning, and followed that with an RBI-single in the fourth inning. He is batting .256/.362/.489 with 34 home runs and 85 RBI. He is a solid starter in standard leagues and an even better asset in on-base percentage leagues and points leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Hosmer goes deep vs. Twins on Wednesday
    Eric Hosmer stroked his 25th home run of the season to help lead the Royals over the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: The two-run blast in the third inning was his only hit in four chances tonight. Hosmer's batting average took a hit this year but his power reached a new level. He hit .297 with 18 homers last year, and is at .268 with 25 bombs this year. His 103 RBI this season are a career high as well. The 26-year-old may yet take another step forward as he reaches his prime. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Anderson has homer, three RBI in Sox' rout
    Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored in the White Sox' 13-6 beatdown of the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson did damage with each of his three hits, collecting an RBI single in the first inning before swatting a run-scoring double in the second. He then capped it off with a solo shot, his eighth of the season, in the eighth inning. It's been a successful rookie campaign for the 23-year-old, who is hitting .278/.300/.411 with those eight homers, 28 RBI, 54 runs scored and 10 steals in 94 games overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Jean Segura slugs home run No. 20
    Jean Segura clubbed his 20th home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: After slugging a pair of longballs Monday, Segura led off the game Tuesday with another dinger. He continues to extend his career high in home runs in what has been a career year for the Diamondbacks' shortstop. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:55 pm
  • Rich Hill expected to start Friday at Giants
    Rich Hill (blister) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hill was skipped from his scheduled Sunday start against the Rockies due to lingering concerns about the blister on his left hand, but he is on track to start Friday's series opener against the Giants and the veteran southpaw should be in the Dodgers' rotation for the NLDS. The decision to skip him was more of a precautionary move. Hill, 36, owns a brilliant 2.05 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 125/32 K/BB ratio in 105 1/3 innings this season between Oakland and Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:41 pm
  • Holliday (thumb) doubtful to return this year
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is doubtful to return to the Cardinals' active roster this year.

    Advice: Holliday was aiming to take live batting practice over the weekend, but it didn't happen. The veteran outfielder is apparently still dealing with some discomfort and strength issues surrounding his surgically-repaired right thumb. St. Louis has an interesting decision to make this winter with Holliday holding a $17 million club option for 2017. He posted a career-low .768 OPS with 19 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games this season and will turn 37 years old in January. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Jean Segura slugs two homers in D'Backs rout
    Jean Segura clubbed a pair of home runs and drove in three in Monday's blowout win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Segura got the scoring starting for the D'Backs with a solo shot in the fourth and then added a two-run shot in the eighth. He also had a single on the night. A lot of things have gone wrong for Arizona this season, but Segura certainly hasn't been one of them. He's up to a career-high 19 home runs and is just four hits shy of a 200-hit campaign. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:47 pm
  • Carlos Martinez logs quality start in loss
    Carlos Martinez logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Cubs, allowing just two runs on six hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander walked four and punched out six on the night. He made it through the first four frames unscathed before David Ross belted a solo homer in the fifth inning. Addison Russell then tacked on an RBI double the following inning to complete the damage. Martinez has had an excellent season overall, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 165/69 K/BB ratio over 188 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Friday against the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:19 pm
  • Ty Blach gives up two runs in first MLB start
    Ty Blach struggled in his spot start against the Padres on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits across three innings.

    Advice: The southpaw also issued three walks while striking out three on the afternoon. Blach gave up an RBI single in the second inning and a solo homer to Adam Rosales in the third. He couldn't have drawn an easier first draw taking on the Padres in San Diego, and the results were disappointing. He'll return to a role in the bullpen over the final week of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:38 pm
  • Brandon McCarthy pitches well in no-decision
    Brandon McCarthy pitched well in a no-decision against the Rockies on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits over his 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander punched out six on the afternoon and walked just one. It was a nice return to the rotation for McCarthy, who was thrust into emergency duty when the club pushed Rich Hill's next start back. He could stick in the rotation to make another start next week, and would be worth a look as a streaming option in that case. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:19 pm
  • Francisco Lindor getting a day off Sunday
    Francisco Lindor is absent from the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears that he's just getting a day off. Michael Martinez is filling in at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:59 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:35 am
  • Bumgarner coughs up five runs in six innings
    Madison Bumgarner escaped with a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings but the Giants went on to beat the Padres 9-6 in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He put up zeroes in the first three innings but gave up a solo homer in the fourth, a two-run homer in the fifth and another two-run homer in the sixth. He has given up a career-high 26 homers this season, but his home runs allowed rate is still better than league average. Today he surrendered only one hit that didn't leave the yard. He punched out five and issued one free pass. He helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. The five runs allowed were the most he has given up in a game this year. His 2.71 ERA in 219 1/3 innings is still spectacular even after the poor outing. He is likely to get one more start in the regular season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Duffey yields two run in seven frames in win
    Tyler Duffey turned in a rare good start, holding the Mariners to two runs in seven innings during the Twins' 3-2 victory on Saturday.

    Advice: The only mistake he made came on a Nelson Cruz two-run blast in the fourth inning. Duffey gave up just four hits and no walks while fanning four in the game. He has pitched poorly all year long but maybe this effort will generate some positive vibes in the offseason. He improves to 9-11 with a 6.18 ERA in 131 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:08 pm
  • Ty Blach to make spot start Sunday vs. Padres
    Ty Blach will start Sunday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll make a spot start to give Johnny Cueto (groin) an extra day of rest. Blach will be making his first career start on Sunday. The left-hander has only allowed one hit over six scoreless innings since his call-up on September 1. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:20 pm
  • Dodgers will skip Rich Hill (blister) on Sunday
    Rich Hill (blister) will have his start skipped Sunday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Here we go again. The Dodgers are still concerned about Hill's lingering blister issues, though he's expected to start against the Giants next weekend. The Dodgers' priority is to have Hill healthy for the postseason. Brandon McCarthy will start Sunday's series finale at Chavez Ravine. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:50 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:34 pm
  • Ventura leaves start with back tightness
    Yordano Ventura was removed from Saturday's start against the Tigers due to tightness in his lower back.

    Advice: Prior to his departure, Ventura allowed three runs on 10 hits in his four-plus innings of work. It's unclear how much time the right-hander may miss, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Royals shut him down for the remainder of the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:19 pm
  • Dodgers activate Brandon McCarthy from DL
    Dodgers activated RHP Brandon McCarthy from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: McCarthy made it through a five-inning simulated game on Tuesday without any issues. It's unclear if he'll work out of the bullpen upon his return or if he'll have a shot to return to the starting rotation. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:14 am
  • Edwin Jackson earns win over Giants
    Edwin Jackson beat the Giants on Friday after allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Giants struggled to get to Jackson even though he walked five batters. It was a carbon copy of Jackson's first start for the Padres on July 17, when he allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in defeating the Giants. He walked five in that one, too. Jackson is 5-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 12 starts for the Padres. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:03 am
  • Cashner goes five innings in no-decision
    Andrew Cashner tossed five innings of one-run ball Friday against the Braves.

    Advice: Cashner ran into trouble in the second and third, but he managed to minimize the damage. All told, he gave up three hits while walking three and striking out six. The impending free agent now owns a 5.73 ERA over 10 starts and one relief appearance with Miami. He’ll square off against the Mets next week in his final start of the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:58 pm
  • Melky Cabrera leaves the yard in loss Friday
    Melky Cabrera blasted a two-run homer in a losing effort against the Indians on Friday.

    Advice: His two-run blast in the first inning off of Trevor Bauer gave the White Sox an early lead, but it would prove to be short-lived. He also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk. He has been one of the most consistent performers in the White Sox lineup this season, slashing .297/.347/.454 with 13 homers and 78 RBI. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:42 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:58 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 am
  • Hill could be pushed back if Dodgers clinch
    The Dodgers could push Rich Hill back from Sunday's scheduled start versus the Rockies if they've already clinched the National League West by then.

    Advice: That would certainly make sense given Hill's nagging blister issues. The Dodgers' magic number is four, so they'd need to win the next two and have the Giants lose both of their games in order to clinch the division prior to Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:36 am
  • Santana's homer, four RBI help down Royals
    Carlos Santana finished 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in the Indians' 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run bomb off Dillon Gee in the sixth inning. He'd knocked in a run with an RBI double earlier in the game. The 30-year-old has been on fire as of late, homering in three of his last four games and also collecting three doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored in that span. It will go down as a career year on a lot of fronts for Santana, who has 34 homers, 83 RBI and 83 runs scored with his .253/.361/.492 line. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Yan Gomes (hand) throws to second base
    Yan Gomes (hand) made throws to second base on Thursday.

    Advice: Gomes was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand just last weekend. Indians manager Terry Francona said that there's a "one percent chance" the catcher could return this season, adding that if anyone can beat the odds it would probably be Gomes. Realistically, though, it's obviously the longest of long shots that we'll see him again in 2016. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:35 pm
  • Santana goes 4-for-5 with a run and RBI Wed.
    Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to help lead the Indians to victory over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: His single in the eighth inning provided what turned out to be a critical insurance run. Santana is known more for his on-base percentage than his batting average. He boosted both tonight. He is batting .251/.358/.484 with a career high 33 home runs and 79 RBI in 148 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Brandon Belt socks solo home run in ninth
    Brandon Belt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Belt socked a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to provide the Giants a cushion in what had been a 1-0 affair. The homer was his 16th of the season. In addition, Belt has worked to a .271/.388/.465 triple-slash with 76 RBI over 505 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:08 pm
  • Rich Hill surrenders one run to Giants in L
    Rich Hill was on point in Tuesday's loss to the Giants, allowing one run on six hits over five innings.

    Advice: Hill struck out seven and walked one on the evening. Eduardo Nunez bopped a solo home run off him in the fifth inning, but that was it for the damage on his watch. In four of his five starts with the Dodgers this season, he has allowed one or fewer runs. The veteran southpaw will put his 1.53 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 35/4 K/BB ratio (29 1/3 innings) to the test in a home date with the Rockies next time he takes to the mound. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:06 pm
  • Gyorko lifts off for 27th homer of the season
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gyorko assaulted a Jorge De La Rosa 3-0 offering in the fourth inning, hitting it out to straight-away center. The homer was Gyorko's 27th of the year, continuing to up his single-season record, and he's got 54 RBI and 53 runs scored to go with a .246/.309/.495 line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:44 pm
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  • Wright struggles again in loss to Rangers
    Daniel Wright had a hard time again Tuesday, allowing nine hits and five runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: The 25-year-old wasn't very good as a member of the Reds, so it's unclear why the Angels saw him on waivers and said, "Yeah, sign us up." Wright now has a 7.48 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in 27 2/3 innings, including five starts. Wright draws the Astros next. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:11 pm
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