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  • Jefry Marte homers, drives in three vs. DET
    Jefry Marte went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Marte launched a two-run home run off Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and came through with a sacrifice fly just one frame later. He just returned to the Angels on Friday after being away from the team to handle a personal matter earlier in the week. For the season, the 25-year-old first baseman is working to a .243/.286/.453 triple-slash with 10 homers and 30 RBI over 181 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Jefry Marte LAA - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 @Det
     
  • Schimpf races around bases for RBI triple
    Ryan Schimpf went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Schimp rocked an RBI triple in the fourth inning. That was his fourth three-bagger of the season. In addition, the 28-year-old second baseman is slashing .242/.367/.613 with 16 homers and 38 RBI across 183 at-bats. He has now picked up seven hits in his last four games. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:53 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mia
     
  • Escobar (concussion) hopes to resume activity
    Yunel Escobar (concussion) is hoping to resume baseball activities on Monday.

    Advice: Escobar has been resting for over a week after being placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. The earliest he could potentially be activated would be Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
     
  • Blanco (finger) won't be ready Sept. 1
    Andres Blanco (finger) is not expected to be ready to return when roster expand on September 1.

    Advice: Five weeks removed from surgery to repair a fractured left index finger, Blanco took infield Saturday and will hit off a tee Monday. It would appear he's still at least another week away from a return. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:00 am
    New Player Note
    Andrés Blanco Phi - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 @NYM
     
  • Kaleb Cowart belts two-run homer in victory
    Kaleb Cowart belted a two-run homer on Saturday, propelling the Angels to a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in Detroit.

    Advice: His two-run shot came off of Michael Fulmer during a three-run rally in the third inning and would prove to be the difference in the ballgame. Cowart, who got the start at third base on Saturday, finished the night 2-for-3 and is now hitting .286/.310/.500 with one homer and three RBI in his limited time with the Angels. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Bregman hits a two-run bomb versus Rays
    Alex Bregman continued his hot streak, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer came in the third inning with George Springer aboard. In the fourth inning he drove in Marwin Gonzalez with a single to center. Bregman's slash line is improving on a daily basis and now sits at .242/.301/.435 in 30 games since being called up from the minors. That represents a nice recovery from the epic slump that started his career. The home run was his 5th -- all of them coming in his last 11 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
    L, 10-4 vs TB
     
  • Ryan Schimpf beats Marlins with solo homer
    Ryan Schimpf swatted a solo homer in the fourth inning on Saturday, leading the Padres to a 1-0 victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Schimpf also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk. The single is actually a rarity as it was just his 11th of the season while he has 32 extra-base hits. He isn't going to hit for a very high average, but is slashing a mighty impressive .235/.360/.601 with 16 homers and 37 RBI in just 60 games with the Padres. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mia
     
  • Martin Prado goes 4-for-4 in loss to Padres
    Martin Prado had a nice night at the dish in Saturday's loss to the Padres, going 4-for-4 with a double.

    Advice: The Marlins were shut out in the ballgame, only mustering nine total hits as a team, so Prado was certainly the driving force of the offense. He's quietly having a very nice season for the Marlins, slashing .323/.376/.436 with seven homers and 61 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 pm
    L, 3-1 vs SD
     
  • Johnson clubs pinch-hit grand slam
    Kelly Johnson clubbed a pinch-hit grand slam in Saturday’s lopsided win over the Phillies.

    Advice: The Mets hit four home runs on the night and now have 87 homers at Citi Field this season, their most since the stadium opened in 2009. Johnson has been a useful piece since making his return to the Mets, hitting .293 with eight homers in 56 games. He has four pinch-hit homers, which is one shy of the club record. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Kelly Johnson NYM - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
     
  • Patrick Kivlehan optioned to Triple-A El Paso
    Padres optioned OF Patrick Kivlehan to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: He was sent down to make room for Oswaldo Arcia, who was claimed off waivers from the Marlins. Kivlehan held his own during his five-game stay in the big leagues, hitting .250 with a homer and two RBI. He'll be back in a few days when rosters expand. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:08 pm
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    W, 3-1 @Mia
     
  • Mets recall T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Vegas
    Mets recalled INF T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Rivera probably didn't even have time to unpack his bags after being sent down on Friday. Now he's on his way back to the major leagues where he'll absorb the roster spot left by Justin Ruggiano, who was placed on the disabled list with left shoulder discomfort. Traditionally employed as a utility infielder, Rivera could see time in the outfield during Ruggiano's absence. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:19 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
     
  • Trevor Plouffe homers again, Twins fall late
    Trevor Plouffe homered for the second consecutive game on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Twins to victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

    Advice: Plouffe tagged Bo Schultz for a two-run blast in the seventh inning that increased the Twins' advantage to 7-3. That would be the extent of their scoring on the afternoon though, leaving room for the Jays to mount a late-inning comeback. Plouffe also singled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk. He's hitting .257/.297/.409 with nine homers and 39 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:16 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
     
  • Danny Valencia not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It appears to be just a day of rest for Valencia. Ryan Healy is getting the start at the hot corner while Yonder Alonso mans first base for the A's against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:35 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Adonis Garcia goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Adonis Garcia went 0-for-4 and committed his 17th error of the year Friday in the loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Garcia hasn't been a disaster, what with his .263 average and .705 OPS, but he's not a reliable defender at third base and he's probably never going to have the bat to make up for it; he is 31, after all. One would think the Braves would give Rio Ruiz a look in his place next month. It might not be an upgrade, but there's nothing to lose. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Chris Johnson has walk-off hit vs. Padres
    Chris Johnson delivered a walk-off ground-rule double in Friday’s 7-6 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Johnson wasn’t in the starting lineup, but he came off the bench in the fourth inning and went hitless over his first three at-bats before playing hero in the bottom of the ninth. The 30-year-old was an unlikely candidate, as he’s batting just .230/.288/.347 over 99 games this season. He gets most of his playing time against southpaws, but isn’t even hitting them well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:20 pm
    L, 3-1 vs SD
     
  • Plouffe homers, drives in two in loss
    Trevor Plouffe homered, drew a walk, and drove in two runs in Friday’s loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He went 1-for-3 on the night. Plouffe slugged a solo homer in the first inning — his first homer since way back on July 1 — and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the third. The 30-year-old has had an underwhelming season while also missing time with a fractured rib, but at least he has driven in 10 runs over his last 10 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:15 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
     
  • Hernandez has two-run double vs. Mets
    Cesar Hernandez delivered a two-run double and scored a run Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Hernandez went 1-for-5 on the night. The 26-year-old had a lowly .248 batting average back on June 20, but he’s hitting .348 over his last 53 games and has claimed the leadoff spot in the Phillies’ lineup. He can be erratic on the bases at times, but he’s capable of helping mixed fantasy leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:26 pm
    W, 5-1 @NYM
     
  • T.J. Rivera optioned to Triple-A
    Mets optioned INF T.J. Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Rivera's most recent stay was a short one, as he was only up for a few days while Neil Walker was on paternity leave. He'll be back in September. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:56 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
     
  • Jefry Marte (personal) to return on Friday
    Jefry Marte (personal) will join the Angels Friday in Detroit.

    Advice: Marte missed the club's series against the Blue Jays while tending to a personal matter. The 25-year-old has been a jack of all trades this season, splitting time between left field and both corner infield spots. He's hit a little bit too with nine homers and 27 RBI over 176 at-bats for the Halos. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:05 pm
    New Player Note
    Jefry Marte LAA - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 @Det
     
  • Bregman doubles again as Astros top Pirates
    Alex Bregman hit another double Wednesday in the Astros' 5-4 defeat of the Pirates.

    Advice: That's the ninth double and 13th extra-base hit in the last 18 games for Bregman, who is having a big August after struggling out of the gate following his July 25 promotion to the major leagues. The 22-year-old top prospect looks like a must-own in standard leagues for the stretch run. He had a .469 OPS nine days ago. It's now up to 694. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:50 pm
    L, 10-4 vs TB
     
  • Valencia will be back in lineup Tuesday
    Danny Valencia will return to the lineup Tuesday, according to Athletics manager Bob Melvin.

    Advice: Valencia was fined as a result of his altercation with teammate Billy Butler over the weekend, but no suspension is expected to be levied. Butler was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list as a result of the clubhouse fight. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:41 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Mets calling up T.J. Rivera on Tuesday
    The Mets will recall T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

    Advice: Neil Walker is set to go on paternity leave, so Rivera will provide some infield depth. The 27-year-old recently hit .355 (11-for-31) during his first stint in the majors. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 1:47 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
     
  • Kivlehan homers in major league debut
    Patrick Kivlehan homered in his first game as a major leaguer but the Padres lost to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out looking in his first at-bat but went deep in the fifth inning for his first hit in the big leagues. He ended up 2-for-4 on the night. The 26-year-old was designated for assignment twice this season -- by the Mariners and Rangers -- before being picked up by the Padres two weeks ago. He has been pretty good with the bat in his minor league career and may develop into a fringe roster option in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 8:43 pm
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    W, 3-1 @Mia
     
  • Hernandez homers among three hits vs. Cards
    Cesar Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Phillies double up the Cardinals 4-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Given that Hernandez has nine triples this season, it's actually worth saying that he finished just a triple shy of the cycle in the game. The homer was his fourth of the year, giving him 30 RBI and 49 runs scored. The 26-year-old has fairly quietly put up a nice season at the dish, batting .298/.358/.400 after Saturday's win. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 8:25 pm
    W, 5-1 @NYM
     
  • Bregman goes 3-for-6 with a two-run homer
    Alex Bregman went 3-for-6 and blasted a two-run homer as the Astros beat the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: George Springer led off the game with a walk and Bregman followed that with a home run to give the Astros a quick lead they would keep adding to all night. The 22-year-old started his career with a horrible slump but is quickly making that a distant memory. He has been on fire lately and his slash line now looks respectable despite the rough start. He is batting .238/.291/.396 with three homers in 101 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 7:57 pm
    L, 10-4 vs TB
     
  • Valencia registers yet another multi-hit game
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was Valencia's 15th of the year. The infielder now has multiple hits in each of his last six games, raising his overall line to .302/.351/.478 in 97 games. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 7:50 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Angels call up Caleb Cowart from Triple-A
    Angels recalled 3B Caleb Cowart from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Cowart gives the Angels some depth at third base with Yunel Escobar (concussion) on the shelf. He'll also get reps at second base. Johnny Giavotella was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move. Cowart has one hit in six big league at-bats this season. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 4:41 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (concussion) lands on 7-day DL
    Angels placed 3B Yunel Escobar on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.

    Advice: Escobar will be sidelined for at least a week after fouling a ball off his face Friday against the Yankees. He's been a bright spot for the Angels this year, hitting .320 over 438 at-bats. That average ranks second in the American League behind MVP front-runner Jose Altuve. The Angels activated C.J. Cron from the disabled list in the corresponding roster move. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 4:17 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
     
  • Kivlehan to make big league debut Saturday
    Padres recalled INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Keith Hessler is also getting called up. Kivlehan has bounced around this year, spending time in three different organizations. He'll draw the start in left field Saturday in his major league debut against the Diamondbacks. Kivlehan was hitting .341 for El Paso before his callup. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 2:59 pm
    Not Active
    W, 3-1 @Mia
     
  • Cesar Hernandez returns to Phillies lineup
    Cesar Hernandez (foot) has returned to the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Hernandez fouled a ball off his foot earlier in the week and was forced to sit out a pair of games. He's back in the leadoff spot in the Phillies lineup for Saturday's showdown against Luke Weaver and the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 12:54 pm
    W, 5-1 @NYM
     
  • Ryan Schimpf homers twice for Padres
    Ryan Schimpf homered twice, doubled twice and knocked in five runs to propel the Padres to a 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: The second homer was a walkoff three-run blast off Patrick Corbin in the bottom of the ninth. Schimpf is up to 14 homers in 53 games since his callup. It's enough to make one wonder why he didn't arrive in the majors until age 28. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 11:51 pm
    W, 3-1 @Mia
     
  • Angels' Escobar could land on DL
    Yunel Escobar could land on the disabled list after taking a foul bunt off his face during Friday's game.

    Advice: X-rays were negative, but he still might miss a couple of weeks. Fortunately, the Angels are set to activate C.J. Cron on Saturday. Jefry Marte could see more time at third base in Escobar's place. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 11:20 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
     
  • Mets option T.J. Rivera back to Triple-A
    Mets optioned INF/OF T.J. Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Rivera was crushing the ball at Triple-A, but was unable to provide the significant offensive boost the Mets were hoping for when he was called up last week. With Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes back, Rivera will return to an everyday role at Triple-A. Look for him to return to the Mets in a bench role in September. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 5:19 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
     
  • X-ray on Cesar Hernandez's foot is negative
    An X-ray on Cesar Hernandez's right foot came back clean.

    Advice: Hernandez fouled a ball off his foot earlier this week and will sit out a second straight game Friday. He's considered day-to-day. Emmanuel Burriss is filling in at second base. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 1:38 pm
    W, 5-1 @NYM
     
  • Prado knocks two-run single in loss to Reds
    Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Prado had a two-run single in the seventh inning to pull the Marlins to within a run, but it wasn't enough in the end. Still, it was a good night for the 32-year-old, who now has four multi-hit games in his last six contests. It's no surprise, then, that Prado and his .327 average rank third in the National League in hitting. He's also sporting a .380 on-base percentage and .446 slugging percentage through 115 games. Rotoworld.com Aug 18, 8:28 pm
    L, 3-1 vs SD
     
  • Cesar Hernandez dealing with right foot issue
    Cesar Hernandez missed Thursday's win over the Dodgers with a right foot injury.

    Advice: Hernandez fouled a ball off his foot earlier this week and is still feeling the effects. He was in the Phillies' original starting lineup for Thursday night but was scratched just before first pitch. Taylor Featherston filled in and went 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Hernandez is day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Aug 18, 7:56 pm
    W, 5-1 @NYM
     
  • Cesar Hernandez a last-minute scratch Thursday
    Cesar Hernandez was a late scratch Thursday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The reason for his absence is unknown. Taylor Featherston will sub in for Hernandez at second base and bat eighth against Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling. The Phillies should have an update on Hernandez's status after the game. Rotoworld.com Aug 18, 4:16 pm
    W, 5-1 @NYM
     
  • Yunel Escobar goes 5-for-5
    Yunel Escobar went 5-for-5 in a losing cause Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Escobar has five career five-hit games, all of which have come since the start of 2015. He's batting .316 as the Angels' primary leadoff man this year. Rotoworld.com Aug 17, 10:56 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
     
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