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  • Maybin exits game with apparent thumb injury
    Cameron Maybin exited Monday's game against the White Sox with an apparent injury to his left thumb.

    Advice: Uh oh. Maybin made his return last weekend after missing a couple of weeks with a left thumb sprain and it appears that he aggravated the injury while attempting to steal second base in the fifth inning. The Tigers should pass along an update soon. Tyler Collins replaced Maybin in the lineup. 25 minutes ago
  • Ethier (leg) unlikely to return September 1
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Andre Ethier (leg) is unlikely to be activated on September 1.

    Advice: Ethier began a minor league rehab assignment last Thursday and is 4-for-10 (.400) with two doubles through his first three games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. The veteran outfielder has been out all season with a fractured tibia, so he's be better-served with as many at-bats as possible in the minors before joining the major league roster. Today, 4:58 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 @Col
  • Santana won't need surgery on shoulder
    Danny Santana will not require surgery on his left shoulder.

    Advice: Santana suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder in a collision with teammate Robbie Grossman on Sunday. An exam on Monday confirmed the initial diagnosis. While surgery won't be needed, the clock is obviously ticking for him to make it back this year. Today, 4:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 8, 0-0 @Cle
  • Phegley (knee) likely done for season
    Josh Phegley (knee) is not expected to play again this season.

    Advice: Phegley was admitted to a hospital Friday with synovitis in his right knee. The good news is that he's expected to get out of the hospital on Tuesday, but a return to the field in September just isn't realistic at this point. Today, 4:10 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-2 @Hou
  • Cozart not in Monday's lineup
    Zack Cozart is not in Monday's lineup versus the Angels.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of maintenance. Jose Peraza will start at shortstop and hit second. Today, 4:01 pm
  • Souza not in Monday's lineup
    Steven Souza is not in Monday's lineup against the Red Sox.

    Advice: The struggling outfielder will sit against Rick Porcello. Nick Franklin will make a rare start in right field. Today, 3:30 pm
  • Susac (oblique) on DL in Triple-A
    Andrew Susac is on the disabled list at Triple-A Colorado Springs due to an oblique injury.

    Advice: Susac was acquired from the Giants on August 1 in the Will Smith trade and should play a significant role with the 2017 club. The Brewers would obviously like to get a look at him down the stretch. The hope is that he'll be healthy enough to play before the end of the minor league calendar, so a call-up in September appears realistic. Today, 3:20 pm
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  • Rasmus (ear) could be activated Tuesday
    Colby Rasmus (ear) could be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rasmus has been sidelined since August 4 with a cyst in his right ear which required surgery, but he has apparently shown enough progress where a brief minor league rehab assignment won't be necessary. The 30-year-old is batting just .211/.286/.352 with 12 homers over 90 games this season and will likely be a part-timer down the stretch. Today, 2:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 2-0 vs Oak
  • Jay Bruce not in Monday's lineup
    Jay Bruce is not in Monday's lineup against the Marlins.

    Advice: Bruce is batting just .165/.245/.271 over 94 plate appearances with the Mets and manager Terry Collins thinks a mental day off will do him some good. Yoenis Cespedes, Alejandro De Aza, and Curtis Granderson will start from left to right in the outfield. Today, 2:46 pm
  • Justin Turner not in Monday's lineup vs. COL
    Justin Turner is not in Monday's lineup against the Rockies.

    Advice: Turner will sit for the series opener at Coors Field, which is unfortunate news for fantasy owners who were excited about the matchup. Rob Segedin is getting the start at third base and will bat eighth against Jon Gray. Today, 2:14 pm
  • La Stella to be called up this week
    Tommy La Stella will be among the Cubs' September call-ups this week.

    Advice: La Stella initially refused to report to Triple-A Iowa following his demotion late last month -- and was even placed on the temporary inactive list for a stretch -- but he finally came around to the idea and has been playing regularly between second base and third base in Triple-A. The 27-year-old was batting .295/.388/.457 at the time of his demotion and is capable of being a useful bench piece down the stretch. Today, 2:10 pm
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    Bot 4, 3-1 vs Pit
  • Didi Gregorius batting cleanup Monday
    Didi Gregorius will bat cleanup Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Gregorius has received a handful of chances out of the cleanup spot recently and he'll slide in there again on Monday with Mark Teixeira out of the lineup. Tyler Austin is starting at first base and will bat ninth. Dillon Gee is on the hill for Kansas City. Today, 2:02 pm
  • Brett Gardner not in Monday's lineup
    Brett Gardner is not in Monday's lineup against the Royals.

    Advice: Gardner will take a seat against right-hander Dillon Gee. Aaron Hicks will make the start in left field and bat second. Today, 1:54 pm
  • Kinsler batting second Monday vs. White Sox
    Ian Kinsler will bat second Monday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Kinsler has batted leadoff in all 123 of his starts this season, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is trying something different. Cameron Maybin will bat leadoff against James Shields.Daily Slant: Whether it's the lead-off spot or not, Kinsler is in an excellent position to succeed at home against James Shields. The White Sox hurler has allowed a 2.29 HR/9 rate to RH bats to go along with an incredibly weak 8.1 K-BB%, so Kinsler is just one of a few Tigers worth targeting heavily this evening. Not only is the long ball a problem, but Shields has allowed a ton of hard contact to RH bats - he enters tonight with a 25.9 Hd-Sft% vs. RH bats on the season. Today, 1:23 pm
  • Neil Walker (back) out of lineup again Monday
    Neil Walker (back) is out of the Mets' lineup again Monday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Walker has now missed consecutive games due to a back injury from earlier this month. He's been red-hot for a while now, so his absence really hurts. Consider him day-to-day for now.Daily Slant: With Walker and Cabrera out of the Mets lineup, it improves the spot for Jose Fernandez even further. Fernandez still owns an eye-popping 15.0 SwStr% and 35.4 K% (both top the list on tonight’s slate) so his ceiling is absolutely immense on any given day, especially considering the Mets own the league’s 7th highest K% against RHP (22.0%). If you are spending upwards of $10K on a SP, go ahead and pay all the way up for the Marlins ace. Today, 1:08 pm
    Top 7, 0-0 vs Mia
  • Cespedes (quad) back in Monday's lineup
    Yoenis Cespedes (quad) is back in the Mets' lineup Monday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Cespedes was held out of Sunday's lineup due to a mild aggravation of his recent quad injury, but he's going to try to give it a go on Monday. The Mets might have to try to manage it the rest of the way. Today, 1:05 pm
  • Rangers release OF Drew Stubbs
    Rangers released OF Drew Stubbs.

    Advice: Stubbs refused an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock after getting pushed off the Rangers' 40-man roster last week. He'll officially become a free agent once he clears irrevocable release waivers. The 31-year-old outfielder is hitting .259/.343/.414 in 67 plate appearances this season between Atlanta and Arlington. Today, 12:59 pm
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    Top 4, 5-0 vs Sea
  • Adam Eaton (forearm) in ChiSox lineup Mon.
    Adam Eaton (forearm) is in the White Sox starting lineup Monday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: Eaton left Sunday's series finale against the Mariners after taking a Taijuan Walker pitch off his forearm in the fourth inning. X-rays obviously turned up negative. Today, 12:50 pm
  • Addison Russell out of Cubs' lineup Monday
    Addison Russell is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Monday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Javier Baez is starting at shortstop and batting eighth versus Pittsburgh left-hander Steven Brault. This appears to be a simple day of rest for Russell. Today, 12:43 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman getting the day off Mon.
    Ryan Zimmerman is getting the day off Monday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran first baseman. Clint Robinson will start at first base and bat seventh versus Phillies righty Jake Thompson. Today, 12:40 pm
  • Pedroia (personal) out of Red Sox lineup Mon.
    Dustin Pedroia (personal) remains out of the Red Sox lineup Monday night against the Rays.

    Advice: Pedroia was excused from the Red Sox on Sunday morning to deal with a private family matter. It's not clear when he might return. Brock Holt is starting at second base and batting leadoff Monday versus righty Matt Andriese. Today, 12:13 pm
    Bot 7, 7-3 vs TB
  • Matt Olson plates three in Sunday's victory
    Athletics 1B prospect Matt Olson homered and drove in three runs Sunday in a win for Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Olson reached base four times with a single, a three-run homer and two walks. He's hit .444 over his last four games to raise his average from .221 to .230. The 22-year-old is tied for third in the Pacific Coast League with 34 doubles, though he also ranks ninth with 127 strikeouts. Olsen is a classic "three true outcomes" player but his overwhelming power should land him a spot in the big leagues before long. Today, 12:04 pm
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    Top 5, 0-2 @Hou
  • A's activate Billy Butler from concussion DL
    Athletics activated DH Billy Butler from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Butler suffered a concussion last weekend in a clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia. The two have since apologized, to each other and to the A's organization. Butler has a disappointing .286/.338/.419 batting line with four homers and 30 RBI in 228 plate appearances this season. Today, 10:43 am
  • A's option Arismendy Alcantara to Stockton
    Athletics optioned INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara to High-A Stockton.

    Advice: The move clears a 25-man roster spot for Billy Butler, who was activated off the 7-day concussion disabled list in a corresponding move. Alcantara is 3-for-15 with eight strikeouts this season in the major leagues. Today, 10:38 am
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    Top 5, 0-2 @Hou
  • Marlins sign David Lough to minors contract
    Marlins signed OF David Lough to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Lough was released by the Phillies in June after batting just .239/.342/.313 over 79 plate appearances. The 30-year-old outfielder is a very good defender, but he owns a weak .671 career OPS in the major leagues. Today, 7:46 am
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    Top 7, 0-0 @NYM
  • Jay Bruce strikes out three times in loss
    Jay Bruce mostly failed in Sunday's loss to the Phillies, finishing 1-for-4 with three strikeouts.

    Advice: Bruce has been a mess since coming over to the Mets at the trade deadline. In 85 at-bats with his new club, he has just two homers and six RBI. This after bopping 25 homers and driving in 80 runs with the Reds prior to the trade deadline. 2016 was shaping up to be Bruce's best season since 2013, but unless he turns it around over the next month-plus, it might be remembered mostly for the way that it ended. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Twins place Danny Santana on 15-day DL
    Twins placed INF/OF Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Santana sustained the injury during a collision with teammate Robbie Grossman on Sunday. Logan Schafer was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move to provide outfield depth for the Twins. Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 8, 0-0 @Cle
  • 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. Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Billy Butler (concussion) expected back Mon.
    Billy Butler (concussion) is expected to be activated on Monday.

    Advice: That's assuming he passes a concussion test Sunday. Butler has missed the last week of action following a clubhouse scuffle with teammate Danny Valencia. Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Danny Santana exits with sprained AC joint
    Danny Santana exited Sunday's game against the Blue Jays with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Santana suffered the injury during a collision in the outfield with Robbie Grossman. The Twins should have more on his status after the game, but it's an injury that could sideline him for a while. Yesterday, 11:06 am
    15-Day DL
    Bot 8, 0-0 @Cle
  • Pedroia away from club due to family matter
    Dustin Pedroia will be away from the Red Sox on Sunday due to a family matter.

    Advice: The Red Sox will not make a roster move, and it's possible, although not a given, that Pedroia will rejoin the club on Monday. It's unfortunate timing, as Pedroia is red-hot at the plate with 11 hits in his last 12 at-bats. The Red Sox are playing the Sunday night game and haven't released a lineup yet, so it's unclear who will be filling in for Pedroia at second base. Aaron Hill, Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez are the options. Yesterday, 10:08 am
    Bot 7, 7-3 vs TB
  • Colby Rasmus (ear) might not need rehab
    Colby Rasmus (ear) might not need a rehab assignment before rejoining the Astros.

    Advice: Rasmus on Saturday ran and went through a normal pre-game routine for a second time. He's eligible to return now but it's possible the Astros could wait until rosters expand. Yesterday, 8:33 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 2-0 vs Oak
  • Neil Walker (back) absent from Mets' lineup
    Neil Walker (back) is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Walker has had a minor setback with the back injury that kept him out for four games earlier this month. The hope is that he'll be fine after one day of rest. Kelly Johnson is filling in at second base. Yesterday, 7:49 am
    Top 7, 0-0 vs Mia
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Kinsler clubs leadoff homer in loss Saturday
    Ian Kinsler clubbed a leadoff homer in a losing effort against the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Kinsler jumped on a fastball from Brett Oberholtzer to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead, but it would be short-lived. Kinsler finished the night 1-for-4 and is now slashing .273/.333/.466 with 23 homers and 66 RBI on the season. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 7:23 pm
  • Phegley (knee) being treated for synovitis
    Josh Phegley was admitted to a hospital Friday with synovitis in his right knee.

    Advice: Synovitis is an inflammatory disease within the membrane that lines the knee joint. Phegley, who had surgery on July 5 to remove a cruciate ligament cyst from the same knee, was originally scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. It's unclear what the next step will be. Saturday, 6:32 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-2 @Hou
  • Cozart (knee, heel) returns to Reds' lineup
    Zack Cozart (knee, heel) is back in the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart missed seven games with knee and heel injuries before returning as a pinch-hitter on Friday night. He's back at shortstop and hitting second against D'Backs right-hander Zack Godley. Cozart has already matched a career-high with 15 homers this season. Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Jay Bruce absent from Mets lineup on Saturday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Mets starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Bruce has dealt with a right calf cramp in recent days, but has also struggled to the tune of .160/.244/.272 in 22 games with the Mets. Alejandro De Aza will draw another start and bat sixth against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies on Saturday. Saturday, 12:23 pm
  • Zack Cozart collects double as pinch hitter
    Zack Cozart (knee, heel) collected a double as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Cozart had missed over a week's worth of games due to his various ailments, but was available off of the bench on Friday and is expected to rejoin the starting lineup on Saturday. The hard-hitting shortstop is slashing .265/.315/.446 with 15 homers and 46 RBI on the season. Saturday, 5:23 am
  • Bruce (calf) strikes out four times in return
    Jay Bruce (calf) went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Friday in his return to the lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: Bruce left Wednesday’s game with a right calf cramp and was forced to sit out Thursday, but he’s feeling better now. Unfortunately, he’s still mired in a miserable slump. He’s batting just .160 (13-for-81) in 22 games since being acquired by the Mets. Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Cozart expected to return to lineup Saturday
    Zack Cozart (knee, heel) is expected to rejoin the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Cozart has missed more than a week's worth of action due to knee and heel ailments. He is available off of the bench on Friday and should take his rightful place at shortstop for Saturday's contest against the Diamondbacks. Friday, 4:13 pm
  • Jay Bruce (calf) returns to Mets' lineup Fri.
    Jay Bruce (calf) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Bruce was pulled from Wednesday's game and sat out Thursday with a right calf cramp, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting sixth versus Adam Morgan and the Phillies. Friday, 1:56 pm
  • Steven Souza not in Friday's lineup
    Steven Souza is absent from the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Mikie Mahtook is in right field. Friday, 1:40 pm
  • Neil Walker returns from paternity leave
    Mets activated 2B Neil Walker from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Walker and his wife welcomed their first child earlier this week. T.J. Rivera has been optioned in a corresponding move. Friday, 10:55 am
    Top 7, 0-0 vs Mia
  • 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
  • Andre Ethier heads out on rehab assignment
    Andre Ethier (leg) will begin a minor league rehab assignment for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.

    Advice: Ethier participated in batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Giants and will now take the final step before making his return. The 34-year-old hasn't played yet this year after breaking his tibia during spring training. Ethier may require a lengthy rehab assignment after missing so much time. When Ethier finally returns to L.A. he'll join an outfield featuring Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson and Josh Reddick. Thursday, 3:00 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 @Col
  • Rangers designate Stubbs for assignment
    Rangers designated OF Drew Stubbs for assignment.

    Advice: The Rangers needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Carlos Gomez, who is making his Texas debut Thursday against Cleveland. The well-traveled 31-year-old has hit .259 with three homers and eight steals across 59 at-bats this season. There's a good chance he'll get snatched up on waivers. Thursday, 1:56 pm
    Not Active
    Top 4, 5-0 vs Sea
  • Danny Santana goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Danny Santana went 0-for-4 on Thursday and is 1-for-18 over the Twins' last five games.

    Advice: Yes, the Twins' last five games. He's started them all, for some bizarre reason. Santana is hitting .240 with 14 extra-base hits and 12 walks in 229 at-bats, yet he's an everyday player at the moment, mostly starting in the outfield corners. Before he played center today, each of his previous 12 starts had been in left or right. Thursday, 1:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    Bot 8, 0-0 @Cle
  • Bruce (calf) not in NYM lineup Thursday night
    Jay Bruce (calf) is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bruce left Wednesday's game with a right calf cramp after hitting a double in the top of the second inning. Alejandro De Aza is starting in his place at St. Louis. Manager Terry Collins has indicated that Bruce could be available off the bench. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Maybin out of Tigers' lineup on Thursday
    Cameron Maybin is out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Twins.

    Advice: Tyler Collins will start in center field and bat second versus Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios. This is just a routine day of maintenance for Maybin, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Wednesday and boasts a .326 batting average in 274 plate appearances this season. Thursday, 7:56 am
  • Justin Turner hits 24th homer
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 and homered to account for the only run in the Dodgers' win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Turner is up to 24 homers in 485 plate appearances this year. For the Mets in 2011, he had four homers in 487 plate appearances. Legitimately one of the NL's best players the last three years, Turner is going to be a fascinating free agent this winter. Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Dustin Pedroia steals two bases in loss
    Dustin Pedroia had two hits, two steals and two runs scored against the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pedroia doesn't contribute enough in homers and steals to function as an elite fantasy second baseman these days, but he's still plenty useful there and he remains an excellent major leaguer. He's hitting .306 with 83 runs scored in 122 games. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
    Bot 7, 7-3 vs TB
  • Bruce exits due to cramp in right leg vs. STL
    Jay Bruce was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals due to a right calf cramp.

    Advice: Bruce cramped up on a second-inning double and was subsequently pinch-run for by Alejandro De Aza. Cramps are rarely a sign of serious injury and the Mets' midseason acquisition should be back in the lineup without issue later this week. Wednesday, 6:16 pm
  • Jay Bruce removed with injury after a double
    After hitting a double in Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Jay Bruce exited with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Bruce was replaced by a pinch-runner Alejandro De Aza in the second inning. He might have suffered the injury while initially running out of the box. The Mets should pass along word as to the exact reason for his exit as the game progresses. Wednesday, 5:43 pm
  • Ethier (leg) participates in Wednesday BP
    Andre Ethier (leg) took part in batting practice prior to Wednesday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Ethier wouldn't divulge how close he is to a rehab assignment, instead giving it the old "one day at a time" treatment. On Tuesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that the club expects Ethier to be able to return some time in the middle of September. The veteran outfielder has yet to play this season after fracturing his right tibia in spring training. Wednesday, 5:04 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 @Col
  • Billy Butler progressing from concussion
    Billy Butler said Wednesday that he's making good progress in his recovery from a concussion.

    Advice: Butler also apologized for his role in the clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia that resulted in his concussion. "I definitely said some things you shouldn’t, I definitely stepped in an area you shouldn’t. That wasn’t my business," said Butler. "I know I regret what I did, I think he regrets what he did. By no means do I think his intentions were to give me a concussion, I think that’s fair to say." The fight started after Butler told a rep for an equipment company that Valencia was wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong time. Or something like that. Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • 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
  • Cozart (knee, heel) remains sidelined Wed.
    Zack Cozart (knee, heel) remains out Wednesday.

    Advice: Cozart has now missed a full week due to soreness in his right knee and Achilles. The hot-hitting Jose Peraza will get another start at shortstop versus the Rangers. Wednesday, 11:24 am
  • Rasmus (ear) cleared for baseball activities
    Colby Rasmus (ear) has been cleared to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Rasmus was placed on the disabled list August 5 with a cyst in his right ear and underwent surgery a week later to remove the thing. It had been bothering him since the All-Star break and he was just 4-for-70 (.057) with 25 strikeouts since the beginning of July. The impending free agent outfielder should be ready to return to the Astros' active roster in about 10 days. Wednesday, 8:27 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 2-0 vs Oak
  • Addison Russell cranks two-run homer in win
    Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Russell cranked a two-run home run off Padres starter Christian Friedrich in the fifth inning. The dinger was his 19th of the season. For the campaign as a whole, the 22-year-old shortstop is slashing .251/.336/.445 across 418 at-bats. He has homered in each of his last three games, including a two-homer effort against the Rockies on Sunday. Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • Maybin has stolen base, three RBI vs. Twins
    Cameron Maybin collected three RBI and stole a base in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Maybin drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, and a two-run single in the sixth inning gave the Tigers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The stolen base was Maybin's first in two games since returning from a sprained thumb, and he's now got five RBI in those two games. Now that he's proven his health, the 29-year-old should move up in the Tigers' lineup after batting ninth Tuesday. Maybin is hitting .325/.397/.397 with 14 stolen bases on the year. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Ethier (leg) to debut in mid-September?
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he's expecting Andre Ethier (leg) to be ready for activation around mid-September.

    Advice: Ethier will likely have to go through a lengthy rehab assignment first given that he's been out since March with a fractured tibia. The veteran outfielder began taking at-bats against live pitching this weekend at the Dodgers' spring training complex in Arizona and has reported no issues thus far. Tuesday, 4:39 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 @Col
  • Phegley (knee, strep) nearing rehab games
    Josh Phegley (knee, strep) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Phegley's rehab from a knee injury was stalled by strep throat, but he's over it now. The expectation is that he will be activated from the disabled list September 1. Tuesday, 4:32 pm
    60-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-2 @Hou
  • A's call up INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara
    Athletics recalled INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Alcantara has had a couple of brief stints with the big club since being acquired from the Cubs back in June, but he should now get a chance to stick around down the stretch. The 24-year-old has hit .276/.325/.457 with 11 homers and 32 steals over 102 games this season at the Triple-A level. Aug 22, 4:16 pm
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    Top 5, 0-2 @Hou
  • Billy Butler placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Athletics placed DH Billy Butler on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Butler has been dealing with concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. According to Athletics general manager David Forst, both players were fined as a result. Arismendy Alcantara will take Butler's spot on the active roster. Aug 22, 4:09 pm
  • Billy Butler not listed on active roster
    Billy Butler is not listed on the active roster for Monday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: The Athletics have yet to make an official announcement, but Butler displayed concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia over the weekend and will presumably be placed on the disabled list. Arismendy Alcantara is expected to take his spot on the active roster. Aug 22, 3:33 pm
  • Butler, Valencia fought over endorsement deal
    According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the recent clubhouse fight between Billy Butler and Danny Valencia was about an endorsement contract.

    Advice: Valencia was in talks with an equipment representative before Butler allegedly interjected regarding the use of some off-brand spikes and told him that the company should drop the endorsement deal. This led to a confrontation where Valencia allegedly punched Butler in the temple. Butler has dealt with nausea and vomiting since. As for Valencia, Slusser hears that he will be fined for the fight. It's unclear if he'll face any other punishment. Aug 22, 3:11 pm
  • Cozart (knee, heel) out until Wednesday?
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Zack Cozart (knee, heel) probably won't be ready Tuesday.

    Advice: Cozart is out for a fifth straight game Monday with soreness in his right knee and Achilles and it sounds like he'll get an additional day off healing on Tuesday, but the hope remains that he won't require a trip to the disabled list. Jose Peraza is starting at shortstop for the Reds on Monday versus Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir. Aug 22, 8:44 am
  • Justin Turner out of Dodgers lineup Monday
    Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Reds.

    Advice: Rob Segedin is starting at third base and batting eighth versus Reds right-hander Homer Bailey. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Turner, who's batting .320 with a 1.033 OPS so far in the second half. Aug 22, 7:04 am
  • Zack Cozart (knee, heel) remains out Monday
    Zack Cozart (knee, heel) remains out of the Reds' starting lineup on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Cozart hasn't appeared in a game since last Wednesday due to soreness in his right knee and Achilles, but he is expected to avoid the disabled list. Jose Peraza will start at shortstop and bat second Monday versus Dodgers left-hander Scott Kazmir. Aug 22, 6:50 am
  • 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
  • Butler reportedly hurt in fight with Valencia
    Billy Butler missed Saturday and Sunday's games against the White Sox due to injuries sustained in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

    Advice: The alleged incident occurred on Friday night, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. A's manager Bob Melvin wouldn't divulge any details when pressed for information on Sunday and simply noted that Butler sat out due to nausea and vomiting, and not from the flu as initially reported. Those symptoms are often associated with concussions, though it's unclear if Butler sustained a concussion from the altercation with Valencia. There should be more clarity here soon, especially if MLB decides to investigate the matter. Aug 21, 7:02 pm
  • Russell hits pair of solo shots in Colorado
    Addison Russell hit a pair of solo homers Sunday in the Cubs' loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: He got to Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa in both the top of the fifth and the top of the seventh, but Colorado's offense produced 11 runs on 14 hits to take an 11-4 win. Russell finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. He's up to 17 homers and 78 RBI for the year. Aug 21, 4:20 pm
  • Billy Butler (illness) remains unavailable
    Billy Butler (illness) isn't available to play Sunday.

    Advice: Butler isn't even at the ballpark, as the A's told him to stay at the team hotel as he recovers from the flu. He's day-to-day. Khris Davis is in the designated hitter spot Sunday and Coco Crisp is in left field. Aug 21, 9:43 am
  • Cameron Maybin activated from disabled list
    Tigers activated OF Cameron Maybin from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Maybin faced Jordan Zimmermann (lat) in a simulated game Sunday and apparently looked good enough to force his way back onto the roster. He's in center field and batting second against Henry Owens and the Red Sox on Sunday. Aug 21, 8:49 am
  • Andre Ethier (leg) facing live pitching
    Andre Ethier (leg) has been taking at-bats against live pitching at the Dodgers' spring training complex.

    Advice: Manager Dave Roberts also noted that Ethier is running at about 75 percent. The veteran outfielder's recovery from a fractured right tibia has come along very slowly, but it does appear he's starting to make some strides. Ethier will try to contribute in some kind of role next month. Aug 21, 8:23 am
    60-Day DL
    Top 3, 0-0 @Col
  • Zack Cozart (knee, Achilles) out again Sunday
    Zack Cozart (knee, Achilles) remained out of the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Wednesday due to soreness in his right knee and Achilles. Jose Peraza is again filling in at shortstop and in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. The Reds are also giving Joey Votto and Scott Schebler a breather Sunday, as Ivan DeJesus Jr. is at first base and Tyler Holt is in right field. Aug 21, 7:22 am
  • Walker going on paternity leave this week
    Neil Walker will be away from the Mets for this week's series in St. Louis, as his wife will have labor induced Monday night.

    Advice: Walker is slated to rejoin the Mets on Friday against the Phillies. The second baseman return to action Saturday after missing four games with a back issue, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores should handle second base while Walker is away. Aug 21, 7:08 am
    Top 7, 0-0 vs Mia
  • Zimmerman goes 3-for-4 with a solo homer
    Ryan Zimmerman smacked a solo homer on a 3-for-4 night at the plate on Saturday versus the Braves.

    Advice: The home run came in the second inning to produce the first of his team's 11 runs in the slugfest. He ended up with two RBI and two runs scored. He is in the midst of a disappointing season, batting .229 with 13 homers and 40 RBI in 340 plate appearances. Aug 20, 8:29 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
  • Cameron Maybin (thumb) to take BP on Saturday
    Cameron Maybin (thumb) will take batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It's another step forward for Maybin, who has spent most of the month battling a sprained thumb. If Maybin's BP session goes well, he could start a rehab assignment in the near future. Andrew Romine and Tyler Collins have been sharing center-field duties during his absence. Aug 20, 1:55 pm
  • Billy Butler sitting out with illness Saturday
    Billy Butler (illness) is not in the Athletics' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's feeling a bit under the weather. Butler plays sparingly these days but he's a lifetime .478 hitter against tonight's starting pitcher, Chris Sale. Danny Valencia will DH and bat third for the A's on Saturday. Aug 20, 1:51 pm
  • Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL
    Nationals activated 1B Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Zimmerman has been rehabbing his injured wrist at Triple-A Syracuse in recent days and feels he's ready to return. The 31-year-old is hitting just .222/.284/.394 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 302 at-bats in what has been another injury-plagued season. Aug 20, 12:17 pm
  • Cozart (Achilles) remains out of Reds lineup
    Zack Cozart (knee, Achilles) remains out of the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Jose Peraza was recalled from Triple-A and will start in his place at shortstop, batting second for the Reds. Cozart is still considered day-to-day and isn't yet considered a candidate for the disabled list. Aug 20, 11:53 am
  • Neil Walker returns to Mets lineup Saturday
    Neil Walker (back) has returned to the Mets starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He sat out the previous four games due to stiffness in his lower back. The 30-year-old is hitting .279/.341/.470 with 22 homers and 54 RBI in 440 plate appearances on the season. Aug 20, 11:00 am
    Top 7, 0-0 vs Mia
  • Bruce hitless in loss to Giants
    Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Bruce had a chance to play hero in the eighth inning, but he grounded into a double play to end the threat. He’s now batting .176 (12-for-68) with two homers, two doubles, and six RBI in 17 games since joining the Mets. Aug 19, 10:25 pm
  • 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
  • Steven Souza goes deep in loss to Rangers
    Steven Souza belted his 12th home run of the year on Friday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Rays to victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: His solo shot off Cole Hamels finally got the Rays on the board in the eighth inning, but all it did was cut their deficit to 6-1. It was Souza's lone hit in four at-bats on the evening. He has had a disappointing season at the plate, slashing just .238/.292/.392 with 12 homers, 38 RBI and five stolen bases. Aug 19, 7:16 pm
  • 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
  • Brett Gardner not in Yankees lineup Friday
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Friday night against the Angels.

    Advice: It would have been a premium matchup against soft-tossing right-hander Jered Weaver, but Gardner will sit this one out. He has been battling a right ankle injury in recent days and is also losing playing time to the exciting youth movement going on in New York. Aug 19, 4:10 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman (wrist) to be activated Sat.
    Ryan Zimmerman (wrist) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: He was originally slated to come off the DL Friday, but after a day of travel the Nats decided to push him back a day. Jose Lobaton (elbow) will also be activated on Saturday instead. Aug 19, 2:37 pm
  • Cameron Maybin (thumb) hits off tee
    Cameron Maybin (thumb) took 30 swings off a tee on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's swung a bat since going on the disabled list with a Grade 2 left thumb sprain. He'll do some more hitting on Friday. It's looking like Maybin might have a shot to return before the end of the month if he keeps progressing. Aug 19, 1:09 pm
  • Zack Cozart (knee) scratched from lineup
    Zack Cozart (knee, Achilles) has been scratched from the Reds' lineup.

    Advice: Cozart had been set to return after missing a game with soreness in his surgically-repaired and also his Achilles, but apparently he's not quite ready yet. Ivan De Jesus Jr. will handle the shortstop duties again. Aug 19, 11:46 am
  • Josh Phegley (knee) able to get in crouch
    Josh Phegley (knee) was able to get into a crouch to catch a flat ground throwing session Thursday.

    Advice: It appears to be the last hurdle he needed to clear before beginning a rehab assignment, as he's already been hitting and running. Phegley is on track to be activated from the disabled list on September 1. Aug 19, 6:42 am
    60-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-2 @Hou
  • Turner homers in second straight versus Phils
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run against the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Stop me if you've heard this one: Justin Turner is on fire. That's not a ginger joke, but rather a nod to the 31-year-old's recent stretch in which he's hit four homers in his last eight games, including two in a row. Turner now has 23 homers on the year -- 20 of which have come since June 7 -- and 72 RBI, batting .278/.345/.516 through 113 games. He's been an incredible find for the Dodgers these past three seasons. Aug 18, 9:03 pm
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