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  • Cardullo rocks solo home run in win over LAD
    Stephen Cardullo went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cardullo had managed just one single through his first five major league at-bats, but he offered considerably more oomph in at-bat No. 6. His solo home run in the seventh inning was the first of his big league career. The 29-year-old first baseman was hitting a healthy .308/.367/.522 with 17 homers and 72 RBI at Triple-A Albuquerque prior to earning an August promotion last week. 31 minutes ago
    W, 7-0 vs LAD ; 5:10 pm vs LAD
  • Rays option Tim Beckham to AAA Durham
    Rays optioned INF Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Beckham failed to hustle home on what should have been an RBI base hit off the bat of Kevin Kiermaier in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday at Fenway Park. Kiermaier was tagged out at second base for the final out of the frame, before Beckham could score what would have been the Rays' fifth run. They went on to lose 8-6. Today, 3:32 pm
    L, 8-6 @Bos
  • Marwin Gonzalez lifted with hamstring injury
    Marwin Gonzalez left Wednesday's game against the A's due to right hamstring discomfort.

    Advice: Gonzalez was dealing with a bit of a knee injury after being plunked by a pitch in mid-August, but Wednesday's hamstring issue would seem to be unrelated to the previous ailment. Hamstrings are notoriously tricky and a trip to the disabled list is in play here depending on the severity of the injury. The Astros will reevaluate him after the game. Today, 1:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 4-3 vs Oak
  • Mauer (quad) manning first base on Wednesday
    Joe Mauer (quad) is playing first base and batting second for Wednesday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: Mauer sat out three games with a strained quad earlier this month, but he returned to the lineup on Saturday and looks to be past that minor injury. The veteran is hitting .276/.376/.404 with 10 homers and 47 RBI over 445 at-bats. Today, 1:17 pm
  • Rockies place Descalso on paternity leave
    Rockies placed INF Daniel Descalso on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Descalso will meet back up with the Rockies at some point this weekend. Mark Reynolds (hand) was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Today, 10:00 am
    New Player Note
    Daniel Descalso Col - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    W, 7-0 vs LAD ; 5:10 pm vs LAD
  • C.J. Cron crushes pair of homers in victory
    C.J. Cron rocked a pair of home runs and finished with three RBI in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Cron burned Reds starter Tim Adleman twice on Tuesday, mashing a two-run home run in the first inning and a solo tater in the third. He also homered in the series-opener on Monday and has now launched 14 on the season. In addition, the 26-year-old first baseman is slashing .288/.337/.498. He has picked up eight hits in his last 12 at-bats. Five of those have gone for extra bases. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Gyorko hits 24th homer, Cards win in extras
    Jedd Gyorko swatted his 24th home run of the season Tuesday, and the Cardinals edged the Brewers 2-1 in 10 innings.

    Advice: Gyorko's homer, a solo job, came in the sixth inning to give the Cardinals a fleeting lead. He's now homered in back to back games and four of his last six. The power isn't new -- he hit 23 homers in his rookie season with the Padres in 2013 -- but it is a bit unexpected after Gyorko combined to hit just 26 dingers over his previous two seasons. The 27-year-old has a month left to continue to build on what's already a single-season best for his career. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Ryan Howard goes deep off Scherzer
    Ryan Howard ripped a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Howard entered the seventh inning 1-for-20 with 13 strikeouts in his career versus Max Scherzer but then proceeded to homer off the right-hander. The longball gives the veteran first baseman his third straight 20-homer season and 10th 20-homer campaign of his career. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Moss absent from Cardinals' lineup Tuesday
    Brandon Moss is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Brewers.

    Advice: Matt Carpenter will be at first base and Tommy Pham will be in left field at Miller Park in Milwaukee. This appears to be a routine night off for Moss. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Tigers option INF McGehee to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned INF Casey McGehee to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: McGehee has seen a lot of time at third base lately with Nick Castellanos sidelined, but he's batting just .232 (19-for-82) with one double over 22 games with the Tigers this season. The 33-year-old figures to return in September. Yesterday, 12:03 pm
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs CWS
  • Josh Bell homers, walks twice
    Josh Bell homered and walked twice before being removed in a double switch Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: If Clint Hurdle had it to do all over again, he surely would have left Bell in there. The rookie has been the team's best hitter since his recall 10 days ago, and the Pirates were playing short-handed on the bench tonight. It certainly wasn't worth taking Bell out when Hurdle made the move. Monday, 10:24 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • C.J. Cron goes 3-for-4, homers
    C.J. Cron finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a double Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: Cron went 1-for-11 in his first three games back from the DL, but he's hit in six in a row since. He should be an everyday player the rest of the way, making him a fringy mixed-league option. Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Max Muncy goes hitless in loss
    Max Muncy grounded into a double play, struck out and walked Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Muncy was primarily a first baseman in the minors and never played a game at second base prior to this year, yet he's been starting pretty regularly at second base for the A's this month. It's not his bat keeping him in the lineup; he's hitting .189 with just four extra-base hits in 110 at-bats (though he has walked 16 times). Muncy doesn't have the bat to play first base in the majors, and it's highly unlikely that he'll cut it as a second baseman. It'd seem to make more sense for the A's to give Arismendy Alcantara a long look there in September, though it remains to be seen if they will. Monday, 8:18 pm
    Player Note
    Max Muncy Oak - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    L, 4-3 @Hou
  • Scruggs has two hits Monday vs. Mets
    Xavier Scruggs went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: His double gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning, but the Mets tied things up in the bottom of the frame and eventually won the game in extras. The 27-year-old Scruggs is 9-for-26 (.346) with one homer and two doubles through 10 games since his call-up from Triple-A New Orleans earlier this month. He should continue to get chances at first base with Justin Bour sidelined, but those in mixed fantasy leagues have better options. Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Royals acquire OF Daniel Nava from Angels
    Royals acquired OF Daniel Nava from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Nava was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster earlier this month after batting .235/.309/.303 in 136 plate appearances this season. He has also had two stints on the disabled list. The 33-year-old will head to Triple-A Omaha for now. Monday, 7:18 pm
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    5:15 pm vs NYY
  • 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. Monday, 10:43 am
    L, 4-3 @Hou
  • Xavier Scruggs notches RBI double in loss
    Xavier Scruggs went 2-for-2 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Scruggs picked up his first double of the season in the second inning, driving in a run in the process. He was called up on August 19 due to a strong power showing at Triple-A New Orleans. Since that promotion, the 28-year-old first baseman has managed seven hits in 23 at-bats. While he did bop 21 homers with New Orleans prior to his call-up, he has yet to show any sort of fantasy upside at the major league level. Sunday, 1:48 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. Sunday, 11:08 am
    L, 4-3 @Hou
  • Beckham goes 3-for-4 on Saturday
    Tim Beckham drew a start at first base and went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a double but none of his three hits factored into the scoring. He was the first overall pick of the 2008 draft but failed to develop into anything more than a utility infielder in the major leagues. He is batting .235/.285/.433 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 187 at-bats on the season. Saturday, 7:43 pm
    L, 8-6 @Bos
  • Joe Mauer (quad) returns to Twins lineup
    Joe Mauer (quad) returned to the Twins starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Mauer missed the past three games due to a strained quad. He's back in his customary second spot in the Twins lineup and starting at first base against Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays on Saturday. Saturday, 8:47 am
  • Joe Mauer (quad) out again on Friday
    Joe Mauer (quad) remained out of the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He'll sit out a third straight game with a quad problem, but the Twins are optimistic Mauer will be ready to go Saturday. Trevor Plouffe has slid over to first base and Eduardo Escobar is at third. Friday, 1:08 pm
  • Stephen Cardullo called up from Triple-A
    Rockies purchased the contract of INF/OF Stephen Cardullo from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: A cool story here, as Cardullo spent 2012-15 in independent ball before catching on in the Rockies' organization this season. The 28-year-old batted .308/.367/.522 with 17 homers and 72 RBI for Albuquerque to earn a promotion. Cardullo could see the occasional start against lefties. Friday, 12:01 pm
    W, 7-0 vs LAD ; 5:10 pm vs LAD
  • Moss' two dingers aren't enough against Mets
    Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Moss hit a two-run shot off the right field foul pole to get the Cards on the board in the sixth inning, and he added a solo homer in the eighth for good measure. Moss now has 25 home runs and 60 RBI in 96 games. He also hit 25 bombs in Oakland in 2014, and his single-season best is 30, also with the A's, in 2013. With over a month to play, Moss has a shot at setting a new record this year. Thursday, 8:55 pm
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Molitor: Joe Mauer again having quad issues
    Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Thursday that Joe Mauer is again having quad issues.

    Advice: It's the reason Mauer was out of the lineup Wednesday and will sit again Thursday. He injured the quad last week while running the bases in Atlanta and could need a couple more games off, though Molitor said he's not ruling Mauer out for Friday night's series opener on the road against the Blue Jays. Trevor Plouffe is playing first base on Thursday versus the Tigers with Eduardo Escobar at third. Thursday, 9:22 am
  • Mauer absent from Twins' lineup again Thurs.
    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mauer didn't play Wednesday either and could be dealing with another flareup of quad soreness. Trevor Plouffe is at first base and Eduardo Escobar is at third. Thursday, 8:28 am
  • Tim Beckham (hamstring) remains out Thurs.
    Tim Beckham (hamstring) remains out of the Rays' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Beckham made an early exit Tuesday after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring and did not play Wednesday. He usually starts somewhere when the Rays face a left-handed pitcher, but the versatile 26-year-old is on the bench Thursday versus Red Sox southpaw Drew Pomeranz. Thursday, 7:39 am
    L, 8-6 @Bos
  • Ryan Howard to DH against White Sox
    Ryan Howard is serving as the DH in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Once this one is completed, Howard will have played in every major league park. The veteran slugger is batting fourth but he can be safely avoided in DFS formats. Howard passed through revocable waivers on Wednesday and can now be traded to any team, but there's very little chance of a move happening. Wednesday, 1:12 pm
  • 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
    L, 4-3 @Hou
  • Beckham leaves game with tight hamstring
    Tim Beckham left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a tight left hamstring.

    Advice: He was replaced in the lineup by Richie Shaffer before the top of the eighth inning, finishing the night 1-for-3 with a single. Beckham will be reevaluated by the Rays' medical team on Wednesday. Tuesday, 7:11 pm
    L, 8-6 @Bos
  • 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
    L, 4-3 @Hou
  • 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
    L, 4-3 @Hou
  • 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
    L, 4-3 @Hou
  • Josh Bell starting at first base Monday
    Josh Bell will start at first base and bat sixth Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Bell has now started back-to-back games at first base against right-handers. It appears that he'll get a chance to take away the starting first base job from the struggling John Jaso. Aug 22, 2:48 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • 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
    L, 4-3 @Hou
  • Gyorko homers again as Cardinals rout Phils
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Sunday in the Cardinals' 9-0 pounding of the Phillies.

    Advice: Gyorko doubled and scored in the Cardinals' three-run fourth inning and then went deep to right-center off Phillies reliever Frank Herrmann in the Cardinals' four-run eighth. The 27-year-old infielder now has 20 home runs on the season, in just 272 at-bats. That is a homer for every 13.6 at-bats. Another terrific under-the-radar acquisition for Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. Aug 21, 2:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • 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
    L, 4-3 @Hou
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