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  • Brock Stewart hurls five scoreless innings
    Brock Stewart looked fantastic in a spot start against the Cubs on Sunday, hurling five shutout innings in a no-decision.

    Advice: Stewart was on a limited pitch count in the ballgame and needed 80 pitches to get through his five frames. Four Dodgers relievers picked it up from there, combining with Stewart to shut out one of the top offenses in all of baseball. It's likely that he'll stick around in a long relief capacity for the duration of the season. Today, 5:06 pm
  • Jon Lester fires six scoreless in no-decision
    Jon Lester was terrific in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday, scattering three hits over six shutout innings of baseball.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander punched out six on the afternoon and walked two. He could have continued dominating, as he had thrown only 98 pitches, but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. Lester has been outstanding for the Cubs this season, compiling a 14-4 record, 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Today, 5:01 pm
  • Angels outright Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A
    Angels sent INF Johnny Giavotella outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The Angels designated him for assignment last week despite the fact that he's probably their best option at second base. He went through waivers unclaimed though and will continue to provide depth for the Halos. He should return at some point in September. Today, 4:10 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Arenado homers, triples, drives in three in W
    Nolan Arenado was perfect in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Nationals, finishing 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and three total RBI.

    Advice: Arenado opened his immaculate afternoon with an RBI single in the first inning. He would crunch a two-run homer in the third. The star third baseman finished a double shy of the cycle. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, he is hitting a beautiful .291/.361/.576 with 35 homers and 111 RBI over 495 at-bats. On the micro level, he has homered in five of his last 10 games. Today, 3:35 pm
  • Dyson pitches into, out of danger for save
    Sam Dyson pitched into danger but earned his 29th save Sunday versus the Indians.

    Advice: Dyson gave up a leadoff single to Francisco Lindor in the top of the ninth inning and then issues back-to-back one-out walks to Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez, but he rallied to strike out Tyler Naquin and then got Abraham Almonte to fly out to end it. Dyson has struggled lately, but his job seems safe for now. Today, 2:54 pm
  • Rays option Steve Geltz back to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Steve Geltz to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Geltz was just with the club for one day as an extra bullpen arm and will head back down to make room on the roster for Alex Cobb who is set to be activated on Monday. Expect to see Geltz back with the big league club when rosters expand later this week. Today, 2:53 pm
    Not Active
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Jefry Marte homers, drives in three vs. DET
    Jefry Marte went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Marte launched a two-run home run off Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and came through with a sacrifice fly just one frame later. He just returned to the Angels on Friday after being away from the team to handle a personal matter earlier in the week. For the season, the 25-year-old first baseman is working to a .243/.286/.453 triple-slash with 10 homers and 30 RBI over 181 at-bats. Today, 2:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Jefry Marte LAA - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Skaggs blanks Tigers over six innings
    Tyler Skaggs was fantastic in Sunday's win over the Tigers, allowing just two hits over six shutout frames.

    Advice: Skaggs struck out six and walked two on the afternoon. He finished off his six scoreless frames having thrown 91 pitches (60 strikes). The 25-year-old southpaw has been an all-or-nothing fantasy option since returning from Tommy John surgery earlier this summer. In seven starts, he has notched three shutout performances. He surrendered four or more runs in each of his other four outings. It all equals out to a 4.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. A road start against the Mariners shows next on his schedule as he tries to build a bit of consistency through to the end of the season. Today, 2:26 pm
  • Sanchez falls back to earth with two hits
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Sanchez entered Sunday's action having homered in 10 of his last 12 games, including three straight, but he found no such success on Sunday. He settled for a double and a single instead, like a mere mortal. In 84 at-bats this season, the young backstop is slashing a silly .405/.468/.893 with 11 homers and 21 RBI. Today, 2:01 pm
  • Sano's two-run single not enough to lift MIN
    Miguel Sano went 2-for-5 with a two-run single in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Sano's two-run single off R.A. Dickey in the fifth inning capped off a four-run frame and put the Twins ahead 5-2. They would lose that lead over the proceeding innings, ultimately falling by a 9-6 final score. For the season as a whole, Sano is slashing .244/.330/.466 with 20 homers and 53 RBI over 352 at-bats. Looks like he might have finally clawed his way out of a horrendous mid-August skid -- the 23-year-old outfielder has now recorded two-hit performances in three of his last four games. Today, 1:24 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Adam Eaton day-to-day with bruised forearm
    Adam Eaton exited Sunday's game versus the Mariners with a bruised right forearm.

    Advice: Eaton was hit in the forearm by a Taijuan Walker pitch in the fourth inning. The good news is X-rays came back negative and he's considered day-to-day. Today, 12:45 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Sea
  • Michael Blazek (forearm) resumes throwing
    Michael Blazek (forearm) has resumed a throwing program.

    Advice: His recovery from a forearm strain has gone more slowly than expected, but Blazek has made strides recently and a recent MRI revealed good news. He's hoping for a mid-September return. Today, 10:26 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs Pit
  • Buck: Jones (hamstring) 'close' to returning
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that Adam Jones (hamstring) is "close" to returning to the lineup.

    Advice: Showalter speculated that if they were playing a night game rather than a day game Sunday that Jones would be in the lineup. The outfielder has been in and out of action since suffering a hamstring injury Thursday but should be available off the bench Sunday and back in the lineup Monday. Today, 10:04 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Geovany Soto (knee) remains shut down
    Geovany Soto (knee) has yet to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Soto remains limited to physical therapy as he works his way back from right knee inflammation. He's had issues with both knees this season, as well as a thumb ailment. Today, 8:49 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Trayce Thompson (back) to be re-examined
    Trayce Thompson (back) will be re-examined on Monday or Tuesday in hopes of gaining clearance for increased activities.

    Advice: Thompson hasn't been able to do much since being diagnosed with two stress fractures in his lower back earlier this month. The outfielder said Saturday that he feels "great" and is still hopeful of returning at some point this season, but it's not a given. Today, 8:38 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 1-0 vs ChC
  • Adam Jones (hamstring) held out again Sunday
    Adam Jones (hamstring) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Jones has dealt with a hamstring issue since Thursday. He's considered day-to-day for now. Nolan Reimold is in center field. Today, 8:22 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Oliver Drake recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Drake has allowed six runs over 5 2/3 relief innings with the Orioles this season. He'll be used in low-leverage situations. Today, 8:16 am
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) sitting out on Sunday
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cespedes had a minor flare-up Saturday with the quad injury he just returned from. The feeling right now is that it's likely to be just a one-day absence, but we'll have to wait and see how Cespedes recovers. The Mets have Curtis Granderson in left field and Alejandro De Aza in center Sunday. Today, 7:47 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Gerrit Cole (elbow) could have bone spur
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Gerrit Cole's elbow injury could be a bone spur issue.

    Advice: The good news is that an MRI didn't reveal any ligament damage, according to Biertempfel. Cole will receive a second opinion on his elbow from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Sunday. The righty has posted a 7.06 ERA over his last four starts, so it's possible the elbow has been bothering him for a while. Steven Brault will fill in for Cole on Monday versus the Cubs. It's unclear at this point how much time Cole might miss, although more should be known after Sunday's exam. Today, 7:11 am
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Herrmann (hamstring) on track for Sept. 1
    Chris Herrmann (hamstring) could return from the disabled list when rosters expand on September 1.

    Advice: Herrmann has been catching and playing the outfield while on a rehab assignment and hasn't had any setbacks with his hamstring. He could see some playing time in the outfield down the stretch. Today, 6:22 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 11-2 vs Cin
  • Steve Geltz recalled from Triple-A
    Rays recalled RHP Steve Geltz from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He's posted a 6.75 ERA in his time with the Rays this season. Geltz will provide a fresh relief arm. Today, 5:25 am
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    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Tyler Sturdevant optioned to Triple-A
    Rays optioned RHP Tyler Sturdevant to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Sturdevant has put up a 3.93 ERA over 16 relief appearances for the Rays. He'll return when rosters expand. Today, 5:23 am
    Not Active
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Nick Franklin activated from concussion DL
    Rays activated INF/OF Nick Franklin from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Franklin played in a rehab game on Friday to show that his concussion symptoms were behind him. He'll draw some starts in left field over the final month. Today, 5:12 am
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Suarez gives up three runs in 4 1/3 innings
    Albert Suarez got hit with a loss after giving up three runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: All of the damage came on a three-run bomb by Matt Kemp in the fourth inning. Suarez fanned five batters while giving up two free passes and five base hits. He is now 3-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 60 innings split between the rotation and the bullpen. He has also been called up and sent down to Triple-A multiple times this year. He is no more than a shaky streamer in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Johnson tosses perfect ninth for 13th save
    Jim Johnson kept the Giants off the bases in a clean ninth inning to snare his 13th save of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: He induced three consecutive groundouts to close out the game without any drama. Johnson has been a steady presence in the back of the Atlanta bullpen. He has 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Johnson took over the closer's role when Arodys Vizcaino got hurt and didn't give it back when Vizcaino returned. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Kemp crushes three-run jack to beat Giants
    Matt Kemp got only one hit on Saturday but it was the only one that mattered as his three-run jack in the fourth inning carried the Braves to victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The blast plated the only runs his team would score but it was enough to win the game. Kemp has been a valuable fantasy contributor this year with a .260 batting average, 26 home runs and 84 RBI. He has yet to steal a base though. Back when he was a perennial first round pick his owners could count on him for 30-40 steals per season. Without those bags Kemp is merely a mid-round draft pick. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
    L, 13-4 @SF
  • Griffin tosses six shutout innings vs Indians
    A.J. Griffin turned in six shutout innings to beat the Indians 7-0 on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up five singles and issued one free pass while punching out six in the stellar effort. His teammates handed him a big early lead and in return he kept the Indians from mounting any sort of challenge. Griffin is now 6-3 with a 4.39 ERA in his first season with the Rangers. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Pirates confirm Cole (elbow) will miss start
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington confirmed that Gerrit Cole will get his elbow checked out.

    Advice: Huntington also confirmed that Cole will miss "at least" one start, depending on how Sunday's exam turns out. Steven Brault will start in his place Monday against the Cubs. Yesterday, 7:53 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Cespedes slugs three-run homer in victory
    Yoenis Cespedes slugged a three-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Saturday’s blowout win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Mets were nursing a one-run lead before Cespedes took Jeremy Hellickson deep with a long blast that just stayed fair along the left field line. He’s hitting .355 with four homers, two doubles, and eight RBI in eight games since coming off the disabled list. The Mets’ lineup looks much more potent when he’s feeling good. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Cole to have elbow examined by specialist
    Gerrit Cole (elbow) will not make his scheduled start Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Instead he'll fly to Los Angeles where he'll be examined by famed surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Cole admitted Saturday that he hadn't thrown a bullpen session since his last start on Wednesday, which should have been the first clue that something was wrong. The Pirates aren't concerned about ligament damage, which is obviously a positive sign. Trevor Williams, Drew Hutchison and Stephen Brault are all possibilities to start Monday's series opener. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Gary Sanchez continues epic home run assault
    Gary Sanchez continued his historic home run barrage on Saturday, blasting a solo homer off Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning of a 13-5 win over the Orioles.

    Advice: With that long ball, Sanchez is now the fastest player in MLB history to reach 11 home runs, accomplishing the feat in only 23 games. He has now hit 10 homers in his last 12 contests and is showing no signs of slowing down. Fantasy owners who scooped him up off of the waiver wire early on are reaping tremendous rewards that could decide the championship in many season-long leagues. He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a pair of walks on Saturday and is now hitting .400/.467/.900 with 11 bombs and 21 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Brock Stewart to start Sunday vs. Cubs
    Brock Stewart will start Sunday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Sunday was supposed to be Kenta Maeda's turn in the rotation but instead he'll be pushed back to Monday. Stewart has fared poorly in his two major league starts this season with a 14.00 ERA in losses to the Rockies and Brewers. He won't be a steaming option Sunday against a loaded Cubs lineup. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Giants recall Albert Suarez to start Saturday
    Giants recalled RHP Albert Suarez from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The 26-year-old hurler has appeared in 16 games for the Giants this season (six starts), compiling a 4.20 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 40/17 K/BB ratio. He could be worth a look as a streaming option against the Braves on Saturday. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Adam Jones not in Orioles lineup on Saturday
    Adam Jones (hamstring) is not in the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Jones was forced to exit Friday's game due to a strained left hamstring. He is listed as available on Saturday and isn't expected to require a trip to the disabled list. Julio Borbon is starting in his place in center field and batting ninth for the O's Yesterday, 8:30 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Adam Jones leaves game with hamstring strain
    Adam Jones was forced to leave Friday's game against the Yankees due to a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: O's skipper Buck Showalter indicated afterwards that Jones is in roughly the same spot that he was in yesterday. It's a day-to-day situation and won't require a trip to the disabled list, though don't be surprised if he sits out Saturday's contest as a precautionary measure. Friday, 7:48 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Sanchez homers again, knocks in four vs. O's
    Gary Sanchez continued to tear the cover off the ball in Friday’s 14-4 win over the Orioles, going 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored.

    Advice: At this point, it would be more weird if he didn’t homer. Sanchez doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning before slugging a two-run homer in the fifth. He now has 10 homers and 20 RBI in 19 games since his call-up earlier this month. He’s just the third player in MLB history to reach 10 homers through his first 22 career games. It’s unfair to expect this sort of production to continue at this ridiculous pace, but fantasy owners are enjoying the ride. Friday, 7:20 pm
  • Adam Jones leaves with potential re-injury
    Adam Jones was pulled from Friday's game against the Yankees after appearing to re-injure his hamstring.

    Advice: Jones left Thursday's game with cramping in his hamstring, but tested it out pregame and was deemed good to go on Friday. He appeared to re-injure it though while running to first base on in his first at-bat. Expect the O's to provide an update on his status shortly. Friday, 4:44 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Dodgers recall Brock Stewart from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled RHP Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Stewart continues to shuttle back and forth between Triple-A and the big league club whenever the Dodgers need a fresh arm in the bullpen. He'll work in a long relief role once again. Friday, 3:28 pm
  • Adam Jones (hamstring) back in O's lineup
    Adam Jones (hamstring) is back in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Jones exited Thursday's game with hamstring cramps, but he's fine. He's in center field and batting leadoff. Friday, 1:10 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Eaton scores three times in win over Mariners
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Eaton had a pair of singles and a walk in the game, coming around to score all three times. He's now hit in eight straight to run his season line up to .278/.358/.417. The 27-year-old has 11 homers and 12 steals while hitting atop the White Sox lineup. Thursday, 9:32 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Sea
  • Adam Jones leaves with hamstring cramps
    Adam Jones left Thursday's game against the Nationals due to hamstring cramps.

    Advice: Pedro Alvarez pinch-hit for him in the ninth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a double before exiting. Jones said that he feels fine and expects to play Friday against the Yankees. Nolan Reimold would likely start in his place if he has to sit out the series opener. Thursday, 8:03 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Franklin (concussion) to return this weekend
    Nick Franklin (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Friday.

    Advice: Franklin expects to join the Rays in Houston later this weekend so it looks like he'll only need a game or two in the minors to get back up to speed. He suffered a concussion last week after getting hit by Kevin Kiermaier's backswing in the on-deck circle. Franklin has hit .292 with six steals in 34 appearances for Tampa Bay this year. Thursday, 5:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Jefry Marte (personal) to return on Friday
    Jefry Marte (personal) will join the Angels Friday in Detroit.

    Advice: Marte missed the club's series against the Blue Jays while tending to a personal matter. The 25-year-old has been a jack of all trades this season, splitting time between left field and both corner infield spots. He's hit a little bit too with nine homers and 27 RBI over 176 at-bats for the Halos. Thursday, 3:05 pm
    New Player Note
    Jefry Marte LAA - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Miguel Sano doubles twice
    The slumping Miguel Sano doubled twice and scored twice Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Sano had been in a 1-for-23 skid while dealing with elbow troubles of late. He was on a tear earlier this month when threatened with a minor league demotion. If the elbow is sound, his bat should return to life soon, maybe right now. Thursday, 1:50 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Rays call Sturdevant up to big league club
    Rays recalled RHP Tyler Strudevant from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Strudevant pitched to a 4.08 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings previous innings with the Rays this season. Prior to the call-up, He had been toiling away in Durham since the middle of July. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
    Not Active
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Dyson tosses perfect inning for 28th save
    Sam Dyson tossed a spotless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead and earn his 28th save of the season on Wednesday.

    Advice: He induced three consecutive ground-outs and got through the inning on only eight pitches. He is not a big strikeout guy but he has been effective at keeping the ball on the ground this year. He has a 2.83 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Gary Sanchez sizzles with yet another homer
    Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez continues to simply destroy things, this time cracking a solo home run off Hisashi Iwakuma in the first inning. In just 72 at-bats, he has already launched nine long-balls. The 23-year-old backstop is slashing a stupendous .389/.450/.847 in that space. He was batting third on Wednesday and even if he cools off -- which will happen eventually, allegedly -- he should remain a fantasy difference-maker down the stretch. Wednesday, 6:02 pm
  • Gerrit Cole surrenders five runs in loss
    Gerrit Cole surrendered five earned runs over over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Another rough start for the Pirates' ace, who has now yielded 18 runs -- 17 earned -- over his last 21 2/3 innings while watching his season ERA jump to 3.55. Cole walked one and gave up seven hits Wednesday, including a two-run homer to Evan Gattis in the top of the second inning. He'll try to get back on track next week in a road start versus the Cubs. Good luck with that. Wednesday, 12:39 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Cespedes says he does not plan to opt out
    Yoenis Cespedes reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to exercise his opt-out this winter.

    Advice: We'll believe that when it becomes official. Cespedes is batting .295/.365/.570 with 25 home runs and 64 RBI in 98 games this year -- the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets that includes an opt-out clause leading into 2017. His current .936 OPS would be the highest of his career by a pretty wide margin. The 30-year-old outfielder stands to cash in this winter in a weak free agent market and we expect him to do just that. He could still return to the Mets, but with a bigger contract guarantee. Wednesday, 11:39 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Blazek's forearm rehab slow-going so far
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Wednesday that Michael Blazek's forearm rehab is "going a little slower than we anticipated."

    Advice: Counsell added that there's no way of telling at this point when Blazek might return. The right-hander landed on the disabled list August 14 with a forearm strain. He had a disappointing 5.58 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, and 36/25 K/BB ratio through 40 1/3 innings this season out of the Milwaukee bullpen. Wednesday, 9:50 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-1 vs Pit
  • Matt Kemp drives in three as Braves rally
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kemp almost single-handedly rallied the Braves back from a 4-2 deficit. He started the comeback with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to cut the advantage to 4-3, then flipped the score completely with his two-run double with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. The veteran outfielder has picked up hits in nine of his last 10 games and is slashing .263/.296/.480 with 25 homers and 81 RBI. He has rocked at least 23 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
    L, 13-4 @SF
  • Arenado hits three-run jack against Brewers
    Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Arenado leads the National League with 33 home runs and 107 RBI, and he's second in the league with 91 runs scored. There's just not a lot else to say about the 25-year-old superstar besides he's one of the best in the game in almost every facet. Offensively, which is what matters in our game, Arenado is hitting .286/.357/.564 through 124 games. Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Tyler Skaggs struggles again Tuesday
    Tyler Skaggs' struggles continued Tuesday, as he was chased after allowing four runs over four frames against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Skaggs really had issues with his control, walking five while allowing four hits and striking out just two. The left-hander tossed 12 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two starts back from the minors but has since given up 19 runs over his last four outings. He can't be trusted in fantasy leagues this weekend in Detroit. Tuesday, 7:25 pm
  • Jon Lester earns 14th victory
    Jon Lester held the Padres to one run in six innings and struck out eight in winning Monday.

    Advice: Lester moved to 14-4. The Cubs have won each of his last seven starts, with Lester picking up five wins in the span. Next up for him are the Dodgers in Los Angeles this weekend. Monday, 10:48 pm
  • Gary Sanchez homers twice against Seattle
    Gary Sanchez launched his seventh and eighth homers Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Sanchez also singled. It wasn't clear just how much he'd play when the Yankees gave him the call on August 3, but he's a fixture now and that might not change for several years to come. Aug 22, 10:32 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes homers again to lead Mets
    Yoenis Cespedes played the role of offensive hero again on Sunday, clobbering a two-run homer to lead the Mets in a 2-0 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The Mets had been held without a hit through the first six innings of the ballgame until Curtis Granderson led off the seventh with a double. Cespedes then wasted no time, blasting a Jeff Samardzija offering over the wall in left field. He has provided a huge spark since returning from the disabled list, blasting a pair of home runs on Saturday before Sunday's heroics. With his 1-for-4 effort Sunday, Cespedes is now hitting .293/.363/.571 with 25 homers and 64 RBI on the season. Aug 21, 7:39 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Arenado goes 4-for-5 with two homers, six RBI
    Nolan Arenado finished 4-for-5 with six RBI in the Rockies' 11-4 rout of the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Arenado opened the game's scoring with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first inning before adding another three-run blast in the bottom of the fourth. He also singled twice. The 25-year-old third baseman is up to 104 RBI for the year, which leads all of MLB, and only Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion have more homers. Aug 21, 4:26 pm
  • Sanchez drills solo home run on Saturday
    Gary Sanchez continued his assault on major league pitching, drilling a solo home run versus the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The rookie now has 6 home runs in 58 at-bats since being called up three weeks ago. He is batting an eye-popping .379/.419/.776 in 15 games. He is bound to cool off sometime soon but has a legitimate shot at being one of the better fantasy catchers for the next few years. Aug 20, 10:44 pm
  • Griffin gives up three runs in loss to Rays
    A.J. Griffin allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Griffin struck out four without walking a batter, but two home runs -- both solo shots -- did enough damage to saddle him with his third loss. He's posted a 4.68 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 17 starts, sitting at 5-3 overall. Griffin will try to get back in the win column Friday against the Indians. Aug 20, 6:46 pm
  • Cespedes homers twice in win over Giants
    Yoenis Cespedes ripped two homers in Saturday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: He also doubled and came within feet of a third home run on a deep flyout to left field. Cespedes was hampered by a quad injury earlier this month but obviously that's no longer an issue. The 30-year-old now sports an impressive .293 average with 24 HR and 62 RBI through 341 at-bats this year. For the Mets to have any chance of going back to the playoffs, Cespedes will have to carry the team on his back. Aug 20, 5:19 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Angels designate Giavotella for assignment
    Angels designated 2B Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

    Advice: Giavotella has played sparingly since Cliff Pennington's return from the disabled list and has only collected one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Despite his struggles, it shouldn't take Giavotella long to catch on with a new club. Aug 20, 4:47 pm
    Not Active
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Cespedes singles in return from DL
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Giants.

    Advice: Cespedes had been out since August 3 with a nagging quad injury. He’s capable of big things if he’s feeling good, but it might be too late for the Mets, who are 5 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Aug 19, 10:24 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Cole gives up three runs in no-decision
    Gerrit Cole yielded three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Cole gave up 12 hits for the second straight start. He allowed two homers on the night, the second of which was a go-ahead blast by Christian Yelich in the seventh, though he was quickly taken off the hook for the loss. While he at least worked into the seventh inning in this one, Cole simply hasn’t looked like himself of late, allowing 12 runs on 27 hits and eight walks over his last three starts. He’ll try to get back on track against the Astros next week. Aug 19, 8:25 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Rays place Nick Franklin on concussion DL
    Rays placed INF/OF Nick Franklin on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Franklin suffered a head injury on Wednesday when he was hit by the backswing from Kevin Kiermaier while standing in the on-deck circle. While he passed all of his concussion tests and was cleared to play on Friday, something clearly wasn't right when he entered as a defensive replacement, lasting only two innings before leaving the game himself. At this point, there's no clear timetable for his potential return. Aug 19, 7:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Nick Franklin (head) leaves game on Friday
    Nick Franklin (head) was removed from Friday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: Franklin, who passed concussion tests and was available off of the bench, entered the game when Kevin Kiermaier was lifted with a hip injury. He was replaced himself just two innings later though, and no reason has been given for the departure. There's a good chance that the issue could be related to the head injury he sustained on Wednesday when he was struck inadvertently by a teammate's backswing. Aug 19, 5:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Mets activate Yoenis Cespedes from 15-day DL
    Mets activated OF Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's right back in the middle of the Mets lineup for Friday's contest against the Giants. He'll need to be the premier offensive presence that he was after his acquisition in the second half last season if the Mets are going to make another run at the postseason. Aug 19, 5:14 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Nick Franklin passes concussion tests
    Nick Franklin passed concussion tests again Friday and is available off the bench.

    Advice: Franklin was pulled from Wednesday's game with a head injury, but he'll be fine. He's batting .295/.368/.516 with four homers in 33 games with the Rays this season. Aug 19, 1:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
  • Sano (elbow) hitless in return to lineup
    Miguel Sano (elbow) went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in his return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Sano's elbow kept him from playing for a few days while the Twins were in a National League park, but he's back in action now. The 23-year-old will work primarily as the Twins' designated hitter down the stretch. Aug 19, 5:15 am
    L, 9-6 @Tor
  • Braves keeping Jim Johnson at closer for now
    The Braves will stay with Jim Johnson at closer while they ease Arodys Vizcaino into action.

    Advice: Vizcaino is back after missing a month with a strained oblique but the Braves will wait before reinserting him into the closer role. The Braves also plan to keep Mauricio Cabrera in the eighth inning, at least for now. Vizcaino should eventually regain the closer job but Johnson's window of fantasy relevance hasn't quite closed yet. Aug 18, 2:32 pm
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) set to return Friday
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is set to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: Cespedes went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored Wednesday in his third and final rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. "I felt comfortable at the plate," he told reporters. "I'll be ready for Friday." Cespedes was batting .289/.362/.548 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 94 games for the Mets before landing on the disabled list August 3 with a quad injury. Aug 18, 6:00 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Tyler Skaggs lifted in fourth, takes loss
    Tyler Skaggs lost to the Mariners after allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings Wednesday.

    Advice: Skaggs pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two starts back in the majors last month. In his three starts this month, he's given up 15 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings. There's still a lot to like about his future, but there isn't much reason to think he'll finish strong in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. Aug 17, 10:59 pm
  • Eaton smacks go-ahead grand slam in ninth
    Adam Eaton drilled a clutch ninth-inning grand slam to give the White Sox a come-from-behind 10-7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He came to the plate with the bases full against Indians closer Cody Allen and smoked a hanging curveball over the right field fence. Eaton finished the game 2-for-5 and is batting .276/.358/.418 with 11 home runs, 45 RBI, 59 runs and 12 stolen bases. He contributes well in all five fantasy categories but doesn't stand out in any of them. That sort of player often goes under-appreciated and can be a bargain on draft day. Aug 17, 9:59 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Sea
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