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  • Giants place Mac Williamson (quad) on DL
    Giants placed OF Mac Williamson on the 60-day disabled list with a strained quad.

    Advice: Williamson suffered the injury Sunday in San Diego and is officially done for the season. He finishes the 2016 campaign with a .223/.315/.411 batting line in 54 major league games. Today, 5:02 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Col
  • Braun out Tuesday because of wrist soreness
    Ryan Braun is out Tuesday with a sore wrist.

    Advice: But the veteran outfielder is expected to return to action Wednesday, so it's obviously not too serious. Michael Reed will start in left field and bat eighth Tuesday versus Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin. Today, 3:36 pm
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
  • MRI shows no damage in Soler's right side
    An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage.

    Advice: Soler is hanging back in Chicago for now, but he should rejoin the Cubs for their final regular-season series this weekend in Cincinnati. This was the second MRI on his right side, which has been causing Soler discomfort for the last two weeks. It sounds like a relatively minor oblique issue. Today, 2:44 pm
    Top 8, 4-1 @Pit
  • Kolten Wong out Tuesday with shoulder injury
    Kolten Wong is out of the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday due to a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Wong was given a cortisone injection and is "a day away" from being able to play defense, according to the Cardinals. He could be available to pinch-hit on Tuesday night against the visiting Reds. Today, 2:37 pm
    Top 5, 5-3 vs Cin
  • 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. Today, 2:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 5-3 vs Cin
  • Braun getting night off Tuesday versus Texas
    Ryan Braun is getting the night off Tuesday.

    Advice: Michael Reed will start in left field and bat eighth versus Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Braun, who's slashing .307/.368/.544 with 30 home runs and 90 RBI in 132 games this season. He also has 16 stolen bases and 78 runs scored. Today, 2:13 pm
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
  • Kiermaier (hand) remains sidelined on Tues.
    Kevin Kiermaier (hand) is out again Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday afternoon and is still dealing with some discomfort. He probably shouldn't be counted on in fantasy leagues over these final six games. Today, 1:41 pm
    Bot 5, 3-8 @CWS
  • Lorenzo Cain (wrist) officially done for 2016
    Lorenzo Cain (wrist) is done for the year.

    Advice: Cain hadn't played since September 9 due to a wrist injury and there's no point in rushing him back for the final few games of the 2016 regular season. The star center fielder finishes with a .287/.339/.408 slash line, nine homers, 56 RBI, and 14 steals over 397 at-bats. Today, 1:39 pm
    Top 8, 3-3 vs Min
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) in M's lineup on Tuesday
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in the Mariners' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Astros.

    Advice: The MRI taken Monday on his sore left wrist apparently showed nothing of concern. Cruz is starting at DH and batting cleanup versus Astros right-hander Mike Fiers. Today, 1:19 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Fortunately, X-rays came back negative on Harper's left thumb, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker wants to give him another day. There's a chance he could play on Wednesday. Brian Goodwin will make another start in right field on Tuesday. Today, 12:28 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Starling Marte (back) out again Tuesday night
    Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup again Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Nagging back spasms have kept Marte out of the lineup since Thursday. It's unclear if or when he'll be able to return. Matt Joyce is starting in right field and hitting fifth. Today, 12:20 pm
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • Gregory Polanco (face) back in lineup Tuesday
    Gregory Polanco (face) is back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Polanco suffered a left facial contusion when he collided with the outfield fence on Friday, but he's feeling better now. He'll start in left field and bat second against John Lackey. Today, 12:18 pm
  • Bryant, Russell sitting Tuesday vs. Pirates
    Kris Bryant is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Addison Russell, Jason Heyward, and Willson Contreras are also getting some rest for the Cubs as they look for their 101st victory of the season. Tommy La Stella will start at third base while Javier Baez will play second. Chris Coghlan and Ben Zobrist are in the corner outfield spots and Miguel Montero is behind the plate. Today, 12:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    Top 8, 4-1 @Pit
  • Matt Kemp not in Tuesday's lineup vs. Phils
    Matt Kemp is not in Tuesday's lineup versus the Phillies.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a day of rest. Mallex Smith will make the start in left field and hit eighth against right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Today, 12:00 pm
  • Holt (wrist) appears as defensive replacement
    Tyler Holt (wrist) appeared a defensive replacement in Monday's blowout win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Holt was scratched from Friday's lineup with a sore left wrist, but he's apparently making progress. The 27-year-old has hit .235/.327/.296 over 103 games this season. Today, 5:29 am
  • Mike Trout homers, reaches four times
    Mike Trout went 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks as the Angels edged the A's 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Trout has never finished a season with a 1.000 OPS, but he has a chance this year; tonight put him back up to 1.001. He's also one homer away from 30 and two RBI away from 100. Yesterday, 11:58 pm
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4 against Brewers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Astros could have used this Gomez, but it just wasn't happening. He has more homers (six) in 102 at-bats for Texas than he did in 295 at-bats for Houston (five). He's also hitting .275 with 12 walks, giving him a .357 OBP. His OBP in Houston was .272. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Steve Selsky has five-hit night versus Cards
    Steve Selsky went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Selsky had never tallied multiple hits in a game in his brief big league career before this one. He was part of a 22-hit, 15-run attack by the Reds, as Cincinnati ambushed Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals' bullpen. It's safe to say Selsky probably has earned a spot in Tuesday's lineup. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Adam Duvall homers twice, drives in five
    Adam Duvall went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and five RBI in Monday's blowout victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He homered in the first inning, had an RBI single in the fourth, another homer in the fifth and another single in the seventh. The two-homer night was Duvall's third of the season and pushed his home run total for the year to 33, which trails only Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant and Chris Carter in the National League. He also reached the 100-RBI mark Monday. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Trea Turner notches three hits in loss Monday
    Trea Turner went 3-for-5 with a two-run double in Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He had three of the Nationals' eight hits on the night, plating a pair with his two-bagger in the fourth inning. Turner now has a modest five-game hitting streak going, although this was his first multi-hit effort in over a week. We'll give him a pass given the run he had been on. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • J.D. Martinez hits 22nd homer
    J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 and hit his 22nd homer Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: 22 homers in 441 at-bats is pretty good, but the surprise from Martinez this year is his .381 OBP. It doesn't count for as much as it should, since he's hitting fifth for the Tigers and not scoring a ton of runs, but he's been an elite offensive force. Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • X-rays negative on Bryce Harper's thumb
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that X-rays on Bryce Harper's left thumb came back negative.

    Advice: Good news for Harper, who injured his thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday. The swelling has gone down and the thought is that he could be ready to play again later this week. He should be good to go for the postseason. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Soler to have right side examined
    Jorge Soler will have his right side examined.

    Advice: Soler recently missed some time with tightness in his side and he was moving gingerly during Sunday's game. The Cubs should have an update on his status by the end of the day Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    Top 8, 4-1 @Pit
  • Kiermaier (hand) hopes to return Tuesday
    Kevin Kiermaier (hand) hopes to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday and has been dealing with more soreness than originally expected. The hope is that some rest and treatment will do the trick. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
    Bot 5, 3-8 @CWS
  • Nats don't think Harper's thumb is serious
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that they don't anticipate Bryce Harper's thumb injury to be serious.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he was forced to make an awkward slide on a fake tag from Jung Ho Kang at third base. Rizzo hasn't seen Harper's X-rays yet, but we should have more clarity on the situation at some point in the next 24 hours. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Rasmus (hip, groin) likely done for year
    Colby Rasmus (hip, groin) is not expected to play again this season.

    Advice: Rasmus has been sent to Philadelphia to see a specialist for his hip/groin issue. It's worth noting that he's not even listed on the lineup card for Monday's game. Rasmus returned to the Astros on a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer this season, but he'll finish the year with an ugly .206/.286/.355 batting line over 107 games. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
    Top 6, 2-4 vs Sea
  • Kiermaier not in Monday's lineup
    Kevin Kiermaier is not in Monday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday and needs at least another day to recover. Mikie Mahtook will start in center field while Jaff Decker will play right. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
    Bot 5, 3-8 @CWS
  • Nelson Cruz sent for MRI on left wrist
    Nelson Cruz was sent for an MRI on his left wrist on Monday.

    Advice: The results aren't yet known, but Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against the Astros. He plans to play no matter what, but look for him to cut back on pregame hitting work in an effort to protect the wrist. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Gregory Polanco (face) out again Monday
    Gregory Polanco (face) is out of the Pirates' lineup again Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Polanco hasn't played since he suffered a left facial contusion when he collided face-first into the left field on Friday. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action. Josh Bell is starting in right field on Monday while John Jaso will play first base. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Marte (back) remains out of Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup Monday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte hasn't played since Thursday due to nagging back spasms. He's iffy for the final week, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan at the ready. Adam Frazier will make the start in left field and bat seventh against Kyle Hendricks. Yesterday, 1:30 pm
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) in Monday's lineup
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz exited Sunday's game after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but it's not going to keep him out of the lineup. He'll serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Collin McHugh. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Pirates place Josh Harrison on 60-day DL
    Pirates placed INF Josh Harrison on the 60-day disabled list with a groin injury.

    Advice: Harrison was shut down two weeks ago with a right groin strain. The 29-year-old finishes the 2016 season with a disappointing .283/.311/.388 batting line in 131 games. He's owed $7.75 million in 2017 on a contract that carries options through 2020. Yesterday, 12:45 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    60-Day DL
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • Rasmus dealing with hip, groin problem
    Colby Rasmus is dealing with a hip/groin issue.

    Advice: He also has vertigo-like symptoms related to a cyst in his right ear that was surgically removed last month. Rasmus has been sidelined since September 18 and might not play in another game this season for Houston. He's currently exploring treatment options. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
    Top 6, 2-4 vs Sea
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) out of Nats lineup Mon.
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday night.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he slid awkwardly into third base after a fake tag by Jung Ho Kang. He is scheduled to undergo X-rays at some point Monday. Brian Goodwin will start in right field and bat seventh in the Nationals' series opener against the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Fowler, Zobrist out of Cubs' lineup on Monday
    Dexter Fowler is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Ben Zobrist will also take a seat for the National League Central-champion Cubs. Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting seventh, with Javier Baez covering second base and hitting eighth. Chris Coghlan is at leadoff versus Bucs right-hander Chad Kuhl. Yesterday, 11:49 am
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) expecting to play Monday
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week. Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Harper listed as day-to-day with sore thumb
    Bryce Harper is listed as day-to-day due to soreness in his left thumb.

    Advice: The Nationals don't believe that his injury is serious, but he'll head for precautionary X-rays on Monday to make sure. Harper sustained his injury during Sunday's game when he slid awkwardly into third base after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag. Sunday, 3:05 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Nelson Cruz leaves game with sore wrist
    Nelson Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Twins due to soreness in his left wrist.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor. Cruz inflicted massive damage on the Twins before departing, smashing a pair of solo home runs in his first three at-bats. The Mariners should provide an update on his status after Sunday's game, but expect him to be listed as day-to-day. Sunday, 1:47 pm
  • Bryce Harper exits with apparent hand injury
    Bryce Harper departed Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury to his left hand.

    Advice: Harper slid awkwardly into third base in the top of the third inning after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag and appeared to hurt his hand. He stayed in and wound up scoring a run but was then removed before the bottom of the frame. The Nationals should provide an update on Harper shortly. Sunday, 11:58 am
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Starling Marte (back) out again on Sunday
    Starling Marte (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Marte is a question mark for the rest of the season with nagging back spasms. Gregory Polanco is also on the bench Sunday, but he's just getting a breather. The Pirates have Sean Rodriguez and Josh Bell at the outfield corners. Sunday, 10:14 am
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • Trea Turner among Nationals regulars resting
    Trea Turner is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's among many regulars resting for the Nats a day after they clinched the National League East. Ben Revere will handle center field. Only Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa are playing among the team's normal starters. Sunday, 8:33 am
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Yasmany Tomas pulled for not hustling
    Yasmany Tomas was pulled from Saturday's game against the Orioles for an apparent lack of hustle.

    Advice: Tomas failed to run hard to first base following a dropped third strike in the fourth inning. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale wouldn't confirm it was the reason he pulled Tomas, nor did he confirm it last year for a similar incident involving Tomas. "It’s between he and I," Hale said. "That’s a personal thing. Yas has played his tail off all year for us. He’s one of the guys on this team I really love. That’s just between he and I." Sunday, 6:43 am
    L, 4-2 @Was
  • Max Kepler (neck) singles in return to action
    Max Kepler (neck) singled in one of his three plate appearances in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Kepler was removed from Thursday's contest and sat out Friday with a mild neck strain. It doesn't appear it will be an issue for him moving forward. Sunday, 5:25 am
  • Trout goes 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored three times in a win over the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He also walked twice. He only made one out and was on the bases the whole game. The Angels trailed all night until breaking out for four runs in the eighth and five runs in the ninth. Trout had run-scoring hits in both of those frames. The superstar is batting .318/.440/.557 with 28 bombs, 97 RBI and leads the majors with 120 runs scored. Tack on 27 stolen bases to complete the package. Saturday, 8:08 pm
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Cruz hits two-run bomb and a double Saturday
    Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a two-run jack in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He took Tyler Duffey deep in the fourth inning with Robinson Cano aboard to provide his team's only runs of the night. He also doubled in the ballgame. He is one homer away from his third consecutive 40-homer season. He is batting .284/.357/.545 with 39 bombs, 98 RBI and 90 runs scored in 560 at-bats. Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) still sidelined
    Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) remains unavailable.

    Advice: Rasmus had a cyst removed from his ear last month, which has led to dizziness and other vertigo-like symptoms. He's had a miserable second half, hitting .095 with 30 strikeouts in 95 at-bats. Jake Marisnick, Tony Kemp and Marwin Gonzalez have all seen time in left field during his absence. Saturday, 3:57 pm
    Top 6, 2-4 vs Sea
  • 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
    Top 5, 5-3 vs Cin
  • Soler (side) returns to Cubs lineup Saturday
    Jorge Soler returned to the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Soler has been held out of the lineup since experiencing tightness in his side last Friday. He's getting the start in left field and will bat seventh against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals on Saturday. Saturday, 7:14 am
    Top 8, 4-1 @Pit
  • Soler (side) strikes out in pinch hiting role
    Jorge Soler (side) struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday afternoon's victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He was forced to leave last Friday's game due to tightness in his side and hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since. He's expected to return at some point this weekend. Saturday, 5:46 am
    Top 8, 4-1 @Pit
  • Nelson Cruz homers, knocks in four
    Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer and a two-run double Friday in the rout of the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz is now just two homers away from his third straight 40-homer season. It's also possible the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys; Cruz and Kyle Seager currently have 96 and Robinson Cano isn't far behind at 92. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Ryan Braun collects game-winner on Friday
    Ryan Braun came through with a two-run single in the seventh inning on Friday, propelling the Brewers to a 5-4 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Braun also singled and stole a base in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has been extremely productive when he's been on the field this season, slashing .307/.369/.545 with 30 homers, 90 RBI and 16 stolen bases in just 129 games. While he remains an injury-risk, he's still one of the top five-category contributors in fantasy leagues and should be drafted as such next spring. Friday, 8:24 pm
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
  • Max Kepler (neck) available off the bench
    Max Kepler (neck) is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Kepler was lifted from Thursday's game with a mild neck strain. He did report improvement Friday and is available off the bench. Logan Schafer will cover right field Friday. Friday, 3:02 pm
  • Tyler Holt scratched with sore wrist
    Tyler Holt was scratched from the Reds' lineup Friday with a sore left wrist.

    Advice: It looks to be a day-to-day situation. Steve Selsky has taken Holt's spot in right field. Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Colby Rasmus (ear) out again Friday
    Colby Rasmus (ear) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Rasmus has been experiencing vertigo-like symptoms again and has been unavailable for a few days. Tony Kemp is in left field Friday. Friday, 1:31 pm
    Top 6, 2-4 vs Sea
  • Starling Marte (back) not in Friday's lineup
    Starling Marte (back) is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte finally returned to action Thursday but had to make an early exit due to more back issues. His status for the remainder of the season is up in the air. Gregory Polanco has shifted over to left field and Josh Bell is starting in right Friday. Friday, 1:12 pm
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • 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
    Top 5, 5-3 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
    Top 5, 5-3 vs Cin
  • Kemp goes deep twice as Braves best Marlins
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI as the Braves doubled up the Marlins 6-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Kemp hit a two-run dong in the third inning before tacking on a solo shot in the sixth. Quietly, the 31-year-old is having his best offensive season, by counting stats, since his near-MVP 2011 season. Kemp is batting .272/.305/.499 with 33 homers, 104 RBI and 85 runs scored while playing 148 games to date. Thursday, 8:09 pm
  • Kepler leaves game with mild neck strain
    Max Kepler was removed from Thursday's contest with a mild neck strain.

    Advice: He sustained the injury when he was crunched into a wall in foul territory by teammate Kennys Vargas while chasing down a fly ball. He should be considered day-to-day. Thursday, 7:58 pm
  • Starling Marte leaves with back tightness
    Starling Marte was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Brewers due to back tightness.

    Advice: It's the same issue that had sidelined him since September 5 prior to rejoining the lineup on Thursday. It's unclear how much time this may cause him to miss, but it would be very surprising to see him in the lineup on Friday. Thursday, 7:24 pm
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • Starling Marte (back) back in Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (back) is back in the Pirates' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Marte pinch-hit in Wednesday's game, but this will be his first start since September 5, as he's been dealing with nagging back spasms. He's in left field and batting second against Chase Anderson and the Brewers. Thursday, 2:26 pm
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • GM Rizzo called meeting on Harper's shoulder
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports Nationals GM Mike Rizzo held a closed-door meeting with Bryce Harper, trainer Paul Lessard, and manager Dusty Baker to discuss Harper's right shoulder.

    Advice: This impromptu discussion came soon after the second report from's Tom Verducci, in which Verducci again stated that Harper is playing through serious neck and shoulder discomfort. That story featured many intimate details, including a quote from one source stating that Harper "could barely throw the ball 40 feet" at one point this summer. "Bryce said it didn’t come from him," Baker told the Washington Post on Wednesday. "Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report. The trainer said no." Whatever the case, the proof is in the pudding that Harper isn't anywhere close to 100 percent. The reigning National League MVP is batting just .172 in September and .223 since the beginning of July. Thursday, 6:36 am
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Marte (back) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte (back) struck out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: It was the first plate appearance for Marte since September 5, more than two weeks ago. He could be nearing a return to the starting lineup as the Pirates prepare one last push for a National League Wild Card spot. Marte has hit .310/.361/.456 with nine home runs and 47 stolen bases in 127 games this season. Thursday, 6:10 am
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • Fowler hits solo homer, scores three times
    Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run and scored three times in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He registered two of his team's 15 hits on the night. The lead-off batter's home run was his 13th of the season to go with his .274 batting average, 46 RBI and 79 runs scored. He has stolen 10 bases in 14 attempts. Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Mike Trout hits three-run homer in win
    Mike Trout hit a three-run homer off Derek Holland and walked Wednesday as the Angels edged the Rangers 5-4.

    Advice: Who said Trout isn't making a difference in meaningful games in September? He's hit .306 with three homers, 11 RBI and 14 walks in 19 games this month. All but two of those games have come against teams in the mix for a spot in the postseason. Wednesday, 9:30 pm
    7:05 pm vs Oak
  • Lorenzo Cain (wrist) likely done for season
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Lorenzo Cain (wrist) is "probably not [going to play again in 2016]."

    Advice: Yost explained that Cain's wrist isn't healing as fast as the Royals hoped. The center fielder has not appeared in a game since September 9 and has been feeling discomfort in his wrist dating back to August. If Cain does not play again this season, he will finish out with a .287/.339/.408 slash line, nine homers, 56 RBI, and 14 steals over 397 at-bats. Due to various injury concerns, he's been limited to 103 games in 2016. Wednesday, 4:48 pm
    Top 8, 3-3 vs Min
  • Starling Marte (back) not in lineup vs. MIL
    Starling Marte (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Marte last played on September 5. A balky back has sidelined him over the last two weeks. With the All-Star outfielder out of the lineup once more on Wednesday, Adam Frazier will man left field in his place while batting leadoff. Wednesday, 1:59 pm
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • Colby Rasmus (ear) again doesn't feel right
    Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) was unavailable Tuesday and remains unavailable on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rasmus returned August 30 after missing four weeks following surgery to remove a cyst from his right ear. That cyst was causing him vertigo-like symptoms and dizziness, and he told reporters Wednesday that he again doesn't feel right. It's a scary situation for the 30-year-old impending free agent. Wednesday, 10:45 am
    Top 6, 2-4 vs Sea
  • Gomez' three hits, two runs spark Rangers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Gomez once again served as a sparkplug atop the Rangers' lineup, leading off the first and third innings with hits and scoring the team's first two runs of the game. He's now got multiple hits in four straight contests to bring his average up to .276 since joining the Rangers in late August. His revival in Arlington will make the 30-year-old one of the more fascinating players to watch come draft season next spring. Tuesday, 9:21 pm
  • Bryant knocks RBI double, scores against Reds
    Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was just Bryant's second of the month and his first since September 3. It's not exactly how the 24-year-old would like to be hitting as the postseason approaches, but Tuesday shows that it only takes one night for him to make his presence felt. Bryant now has 35 doubles to go with 37 homers, 97 RBI, 116 runs and eight steals on the year. He should be just fine come October. Tuesday, 8:42 pm
    New Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    Top 8, 4-1 @Pit
  • Fowler steals base, scores twice versus Reds
    Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a stolen base and two runs scored Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Fowler had a pair of singles, including his run-scoring single in the fourth inning that kicked off a four-run frame, and the stolen base was his 10th of the season. It's now the fourth time in his last five seasons that the 30-year-old has posted a double-double. Fowler also has 12 homers, 45 RBI and 76 runs scored to go with those 10 steals and his .272/.386/.438 line. Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Braun's wife gives birth to baby boy
    Ryan Braun's wife Larisa gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: The kid was named Greyson Joseph. Braun is out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the visiting Pirates, but it sounds like he could return to action Wednesday. Jake Elmore drew the start in left field versus Bucs left-hander Steven Brault. Tuesday, 3:52 pm
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
  • Marte (back) going through full workout Tues.
    Starling Marte (back) will go through a full pregame workout on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: "He’s going to have a full day of activity today and we’ll see where that takes us," manager Clint Hurdle told reporters on Tuesday evening. Marte hasn't appeared in a game since September 5 due to back problems. Adam Frazier is starting in left field and batting leadoff on Tuesday night against the Brewers. Tuesday, 2:54 pm
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • Braun (wife having son) excused from Brewers
    Ryan Braun has been excused from the Brewers with his wife Larisa going into child labor.

    Advice: She is expected to give birth to a baby boy in the next day or so. Jake Elmore will start in left field and bat sixth for the Brewers on Tuesday night against Pirates left-hander Steven Brault. Tuesday, 2:19 pm
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
  • Baker refutes story on Harper's neck/shoulder
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Tom Verducci's report suggesting that Bryce Harper has continued to play through neck and shoulder discomfort is "inaccurate."

    Advice: "I don't know where he's getting that from," said Dusty. This feels like deja vu, as Baker and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo also had to refute a similar story from Verducci back in early August. Harper is toting a .180 batting average in September and doesn't look anywhere close to 100 percent, but he is starting in right field and batting third for the Nats on Tuesday night against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The defending NL MVP refused to address the Verducci report (linked in a previous blurb) when probed about it on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday, 2:14 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Ryan Braun out again Tuesday versus Bucs
    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers' lineup for Tuesday's series opener versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun also sat out of Sunday's series finale against the Cubs, so something could be up here. His wife is apparently close to her due date with the couple's second child, but there's been no announcement from Braun or the Brewers. The veteran outfielder slugged his 29th and 30th homers of the season on Saturday, finishing that game with five RBI. Jake Elmore is in left field and batting sixth Tuesday night against Bucs left-hander Steven Brault. Tuesday, 1:43 pm
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
  • Harper (shoulder, neck) in Nats lineup Tues.
    Bryce Harper (shoulder, neck) is back in the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harper was given the night off Monday and Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday afternoon that the 2015 NL MVP is still struggling through shoulder and neck discomfort. But it's something Harper is going to continue to try to play through. He will start in right field and bat third Tuesday versus Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. Tuesday, 1:09 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Harper still dealing with shoulder discomfort
    Tom Verducci of hears that Bryce Harper continues to play through discomfort in his right shoulder/neck.

    Advice: The Nationals previously denied a report on Harper's shoulder back in August, but manager Dusty Baker told Verducci last weekend that "the shoulder thing" has indeed bothered him. In fact, one source close to Harper told Verducci that at one point, the defending NL MVP "could barely throw the ball 40 feet." Verducci also relays a tidbit about Baker asking Harper why he played curiously shallow in right field over the weekend. After showing a bit of a resurgence at the plate last month, Harper is batting just .180 with three extra-base hits (including one homer) and a .613 OPS in 63 plate appearances this month. Tuesday, 10:05 am
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Soler (side) could come off bench Wed.
    Jorge Soler (side) could be available off the bench as soon as Wednesday.

    Advice: Soler exited Friday's game with tightness in his right side, but fortunately an MRI came back clean. He could be ready to return to the starting lineup as soon as this weekend. Sep 19, 2:37 pm
    Top 8, 4-1 @Pit
  • Lorenzo Cain (wrist) remains out
    Lorenzo Cain (wrist) remains sidelined Monday.

    Advice: Though it's not entirely official, the general feeling is that Cain will not play again this season due to a wrist injury that has been nagging him since August. His last at-bat was September 9. Kansas City is currently five games out of the American League Wild Card race and Cain is due $11 million next season -- his final season under contract with the Royals. Billy Burns will start in center field and bat leadoff on Monday afternoon against the White Sox. Sep 19, 8:05 am
    Top 8, 3-3 vs Min
  • Bucs GM: Marte (back) had 'another tough day'
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington suggested Sunday that there is no longer a timetable for Starling Marte's (back) return to the starting lineup.

    Advice: Marte has been on the shelf since September 5 due to back problems and apparently suffered a setback over the weekend. "We felt like we were getting really close to getting him able to go compete again, and then another tough day," Huntington said. "Now we need to take a deep breath and re-evaluate. The last thing we want to do is put somebody back out there when they’re not ready to compete and they could do some damage, or worse damage." It's been a frustrating stretch for Marte owners, to say the least. He's sitting on a .311/.362/.457 batting line and 47 stolen bases. Adam Frazier and Matt Joyce have been playing left field. Sep 19, 7:59 am
    Top 8, 1-4 vs ChC
  • J.D. Martinez hits three-run homer in win
    J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a double Sunday as the Tigers beat the Indians 9-5.

    Advice: Martinez's homer off Roman Colon in the top of the ninth put the game away. Martinez has 21 homers and 32 doubles in just 108 games this season. If he weren't hitting behind slow-footed Victor Martinez, he'd have more than 62 RBI. Sep 18, 2:00 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas sitting out on Sunday
    Yasmany Tomas is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Welington Castillo is also getting a breather, as Socrates Brito is getting a start in the outfield and Tuffy Gosewisch is catching. Sep 18, 10:20 am
    L, 4-2 @Was
  • Jorge Soler's (oblique) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Jorge Soler's injured right side came back negative.

    Advice: Soler tweaked his side on Friday but apparently has avoided the dreaded oblique strain. The Cubs are considering him day-to-day, but with little for them to play for at this point, expect Soler to rest for a while. Sep 18, 9:34 am
    Top 8, 4-1 @Pit
  • Ryan Braun sitting out on Sunday
    Ryan Braun is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather following Saturday's two-homer game. Hernan Perez is covering right field. Sep 18, 8:47 am
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
  • Max Kepler not in Sunday's lineup
    Max Kepler is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day off. Joe Mauer and Eduardo Escobar are also sitting out, as the Twins have Logan Schafer in right field, Kennys Vargas at first base and James Beresford at third base. Sep 18, 8:10 am
  • Gomez homers in second straight against A's
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, his second homer in as many days, in Saturday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Gomez batted leadoff and connected with a Raul Alcantara pitch in the sixth inning for his 11th homer of the season. Six of those have come since Gomez joined the Rangers in late August. He's still hitting just .215/.286/.361 on the year, but perhaps the change of scenery had a positive effect on the 30-year-old. Sep 17, 9:28 pm
  • 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
    Top 5, 5-3 vs Cin
  • Braun sinks Cubs with two homers Saturday
    Ryan Braun went ballistic in Saturday's win over the Cubs, providing three hits with two homers and five RBI.

    Advice: It was a pretty eventful afternoon for Braun, who got Milwaukee on the board with an RBI single in the fourth. He followed that up by taking Jake Arrieta deep in the sixth before launching another shot off Carl Edwards in the eighth inning. For the season, Braun is hitting .308 with 30 round-trippers, 88 RBI and 15 steals. That’s top-10 production from a player who was supposed to be on the decline. Sep 17, 4:23 pm
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
  • Adam Duvall getting the night off Saturday
    Adam Duvall is not in the Reds' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Pirates.

    Advice: He's getting a break after going 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in the early game. Steve Selsky will take over in left field and bat sixth against Bucs starter Trevor Williams. Sep 17, 2:38 pm
  • Trea Turner homers twice in loss to Braves
    Trea Turner continued his dominance of National League pitching on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs in a losing effort against the Braves.

    Advice: He also put his blazing speed on full display again, swiping his 27th base. He has been simply unbelievable in his 59 games with the big league squad, slashing .356/.375/.585 with 11 long balls, 34 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He's single-handedly propelling many owners to fantasy titles with his play over the past few weeks, and his stock is sky-rocketing up next spring's draft boards. Sep 17, 1:36 pm
    W, 4-2 vs Ari
  • Gregory Polanco goes deep as Pirates top Reds
    Gregory Polanco launched a two-run homer on Friday as the Pirates topped the Reds 9-7 in 10 innings.

    Advice: His two-run blast off Robert Stephenson gave the Bucs an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. He also added a single in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-5 to raise his season slash to .265/.330/.486 to go along with 22 homers, 85 RBI and 13 swipes. Sep 16, 9:03 pm
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