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  • Ricky Nolasco gives up four runs in loss
    Ricky Nolasco gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out six in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nolasco seems to be the same pitcher now that he was before going down for over a month with an elbow problem. In 20 tries this season, he's given the Twins a total of six quality starts. Maybe they could trade him for Edwin Jackson or something.
    21 minutes ago
  • Pineda solid over 6 in no-decision vs. Astros
    Michael Pineda got a no-decision after allowing two runs over six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Pineda, making his second start since being activated from the disabled list, held the Astros to four hits and a walk while striking out three. He started the seventh inning, but issued a lead-off walk before being pulled. The Yankees' bullpen would then allow four runs, taking Pineda out of the running for a win. Now with six starts under his belt, Pineda has a 2.05 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP, and a 22/4 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Royals on the road on Monday.
    Today, 7:48 pm
  • Harper has a three-hit night as Nats top ARI
    Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a run scored as the Nationals defeated the D'Backs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 21-year-old had slipped back into a rut at the plate, entering the night with only two hits in his previous four games. Harper singled in the ninth inning, helping set up the Nationals to eventually win on Anthony Rendon's walk off single. Harper is slashing .262/.345/.386 with six home runs and 23 RBI in what has been a disappointing season.
    Today, 7:27 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Ari
  • Cashner (shoulder) set to start on Saturday
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The start will be Cashner's first since June 18 as he recovers from right shoulder soreness. His final rehab start was Monday, putting him on regular rest for the start in Arizona. When he's pitched he's been very good, posting a 2.36 ERA through 12 starts before the injury.
    Today, 5:39 pm
    Disabled List
  • Duda clubs three-run homer vs. A's
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the A's.

    Advice: His three-run blast was the big blow in a five-run third inning against Jeff Samardzija. Duda is now up to 23 homers and 69 RBI on the year and ranks 12th in the NL with an .841 OPS.
    Today, 4:15 pm
    W, 8-5 ^ @Oak
  • Belt (concussion) 2-3 wks. away from activity
    Brandon Belt (concussion) was told following an exam in Pittsburgh that he's still at least 2-3 weeks away from being cleared for doing any physical activity.

    Advice: Belt initially suffered the concussion on July 19 and returned to the disabled list earlier this month after he experienced recurring symptoms. The Giants and fantasy owners can't count on much from him the rest of the way.
    Today, 3:37 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @ChC
  • Green (back) to begin rehab games soon
    Grant Green (back) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

    Advice: Green has begun to ramp up the intensity of his workouts and is on track to return to the Angels next week. He has been sidelined since July 23 with a lumbar sprain.
    Today, 2:48 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Hamels lasts only five innings but gets win
    Cole Hamels surrendered three earned runs in five innings but the Phillies beat the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was not a good showing from Hamels, who yielded nine hits and walked one before being lifted after five innings and 99 pitches. He allowed a solo homer to Kendrys Morales in the second inning and then two runs in the fourth -- one on a wild pitch. But the Phillies' offense saved him from dropping below .500. Hamels will bring a 7-6 record, 2.53 ERA, and 1.16 WHIP into his next scheduled outing at home against the Nationals.
    Today, 1:17 pm
    W, 4-3 vs ^ Sea
  • Verlander (shoulder) expects to start on Sat.
    Justin Verlander (shoulder) expects to start Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Verlander played catch on flat ground Tuesday without issue and is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session on Thursday. The right-hander has been sidelined since last Monday due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He's not a very reliable fantasy option at this point, even against light-hitting Minnesota.
    Today, 1:03 pm
  • Tampa Bay brings back Wil Myers from DL
    Rays activated OF Wil Myers from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Myers missed nearly three months with a fractured right wrist but is ready to go now after slugging a couple homers over seven rehab games. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year was hitting just .227/.313/.354 at the time of his injury but is worth scooping back up in leagues where he might have been dropped.
    Today, 12:18 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
  • Brent Morel optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned 3B Brent Morel to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He's clearing room for Gerrit Cole's return from the DL. Morel has hit only .143/.182/.190 during his brief time in the majors this season. He'll be back when rosters expand.
    Today, 12:14 pm
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs x Atl
  • Josh Donaldson getting a breather Wed.
    Josh Donaldson is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: With Thursday's off day, the A's are giving Donaldson two days of rest in order to recharge the batteries. Alberto Callaspo is at the hot corner Wednesday.
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Gee allows 4 runs in setback versus the A's
    Dillon Gee dropped to 4-6 on Tuesday, allowing four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets fell 4-2 to the A's.

    Advice: The right-hander was not sharp, coughing up eight hits and two walks while striking out four. To make matters worse, his teammates continued to refuse to support him. In his last seven starts, Gee has been given nine runs total (the Mets went 1-6). It's not like he's been unlucky, though: In those seven starts, he's coughed up four runs or more five times. Looking to get back on the right track and fortify the troops behind him, Gee gets the Braves next time around.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Frazier hits two-run homer in loss to Cards
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The fourth-inning blast was much needed for Frazier, who hadn't homered since July 20. Power deficiency aside, Frazier has surged in August after a lackluster July, going 19-for-57 (.333) with 10 RBI and eight runs scored this month. The third baseman is hitting .284/.344/.465 with 21 home runs and 66 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
    L, 7-3 ^ @StL
  • Giancarlo Stanton plates winning run in 10th
    Giancarlo Stanton singled in Jeff Baker in the bottom of the 10th to give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stanton redeemed himself at the end after a highlight-reel misplay in seventh, when Rougned Odor was able to round the bases after doubling off the wall. Stanton finished the game with two hits and two walks. Oddly enough, although four Marlins were intentionally walked in the game, Stanton's two were legit.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Cashner (shoulder) to return this weekend
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will rejoin the Padres' rotation this weekend in Arizona.

    Advice: Cashner made his second and final rehab start on Monday, allowing three runs over five innings. He only got his pitch count up to 63, so he doesn't figure to last terribly long this weekend. Fantasy owners might be wise to hold off on activating him immediately even though he's held a 2.36 ERA over 12 starts when healthy.
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
    Disabled List
  • Verlander (shoulder) throws off flat ground
    Justin Verlander (shoulder) threw off flat ground from 50 feet on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Verlander may be cleared to throw a bullpen session later this week if he wakes up Wednesday feeling fine. The right-hander is suffering from shoulder inflammation but has not yet been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
    Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Myers (wrist) won't be activated Tuesday
    Wil Myers (wrist) will not be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

    Advice: There was some speculation that Myers could be activated as soon as Tuesday, but he'll remain on his minor league rehab assignment for now. The 23-year-old is hitting .286 (6-for-21) with two home runs and a double over six games with Triple-A Durham. His return could be any day now.
    Yesterday, 12:15 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
  • Cashner (shoulder) could return this weekend
    Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Andrew Cashner (shoulder) could return from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: Cashner allowed three runs over five innings Monday with Triple-A El Paso in his third minor league rehab start. He's only been stretched out to 63 pitches so far, so he could be a bit limited if the Padres decide to bring him back this weekend. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since June 23 with right shoulder soreness, but he could provide a nice boost to fantasy owners down the stretch.
    Yesterday, 10:06 am
    Disabled List
  • Grant Green not expected back this week
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Grant Green (back) returning before the end of the week is "probably a long shot."

    Advice: Green ran the bases recently at extended spring training and is nearing a rehab assignment. However, it sounds like he won't be activated until at least next week. The 26-year-old has been out since July 23 with a lumbar sprain.
    Monday, 6:10 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Todd Frazier (back) in Reds lineup on Monday
    Todd Frazier (back) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Frazier missed a handful of games after tweaking his back last Thursday. He is starting at third base and batting third in Monday's series-opener versus St. Louis.
    Monday, 12:59 pm
    L, 7-3 ^ @StL
  • Duda slugs 22nd home run in loss to Cubs
    Lucas Duda slugged his 22nd home run of the season Monday in the Mets' loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the fourth inning off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks and gave the Mets their only run of the game. Duda has a cool .839 OPS and 66 RBI this season.
    Monday, 12:07 pm
    W, 8-5 ^ @Oak
  • Wil Myers (wrist) to play left, right field
    Rays manager Joe Maddon plans to use Wil Myers (wrist) all around the outfield once he is activated.

    Advice: Myers hit a two-run homer Sunday in his sixth rehab game with Triple-A Durham and could return to the Rays' active roster as soon as Tuesday. Maddon likes what he's been seeing from Kevin Kiermaier in right field, so Myers will probably play primarily in left field down the stretch. "(Myers) can play both (left and right)," Maddon said. "He can play all over the place. He's not locked into one spot."
    Monday, 6:17 am
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
  • Stanton reaches career-high RBI total in win
    Giancarlo Stanton finished 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Sunday in a 10-3 rout of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and added an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. The 24-year-old slugger is batting .295/.398/.566 with 32 home runs and a career-high 88 RBI in 124 games this season. He should be among the leading vote-getters for 2014 National League MVP when all is said and done.
    Sunday, 1:13 pm
  • Frazier (back) hopes to play 2nd game of DH
    Todd Frazier (back) is hoping to play in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Frazier hasn't played since tweaking his back on Thursday and said Sunday that he's still feeling some soreness. "Usually when I have this, it takes a couple of days. But it's nagging right now. We'll see how it goes," Frazier said. Kris Negron is at third base for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.
    Sunday, 1:00 pm
    L, 7-3 ^ @StL
  • Brent Morel recalled from Triple-A
    Pirates recalled 3B Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Morel has managed three hits in 16 at-bats in the majors this season. He'll be used in a bench role.
    Sunday, 9:51 am
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs x Atl
  • Nolasco gives up five runs in return from DL
    Ricky Nolasco was tagged for five runs over six innings in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Sidelined since July 6 with flexor pronator stiffness, Nolasco gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out three. He also hit a batter. The veteran right-hander was actually pretty good outside of a disaster fifth inning where five runs scored, but it's not like you can take that inning away from him. Nolasco now has a 5.99 ERA for the year and will look for better results next time out against the Indians.
    Friday, 10:43 pm
  • Harper drives in two runs in win over Pirates
    Bryce Harper was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Friday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Maybe, just maybe, Harper is beginning to come out of his funk. While the 21-year-old outfielder is still striking out a lot, he's hitting .313 (10-for-32) with three home runs and nine RBI over his last eight games.
    Friday, 8:32 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Ari
  • Stanton reaches bases three times vs. AZ
    Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single and drew two walks Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton has now driven in 10 runs over his last nine games and currently leads the National League with 84 RBI. He's also tops with 31 homers. Throw in his .293/.397/.562 batting line and his 10 stolen bases and it's easy to see why he's quickly rising in a suddenly wide-open race for the National League MVP award.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Belt (concussion) to see specialist next week
    Brandon Belt (concussion) will see a specialist in Pittsburgh next week to determine the severity of his injury.

    Advice: He'll head to Pittsburgh when the Giants head to Chicago to begin a three game series on Tuesday. The Giants should have an update on his status and potential timetable for his return after that appointment. It's the second time that concussion symptoms have forced him to the disabled list in recent weeks, so the Giants will take every possible precaution and won't rush him back into action.
    Friday, 4:44 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @ChC
  • Ricky Nolasco activated from disabled list
    Twins activated RHP Ricky Nolasco from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll make his return to the Twins' rotation on Friday versus the Royals. Nolasco has missed the last five and a half weeks with an elbow issue and held a 5.90 ERA over 18 outings before the ailment, so he's not a recommended option in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 2:45 pm
  • Todd Frazier sits out with sore lower back
    Todd Frazier is not in Friday's lineup due to lower back soreness.

    Advice: Frazier tweaked his back during his second at-bat on Thursday and woke up Friday feeling worse. It appears at this point to be a day-to-day injury, but the Reds haven't said when they think he might return to the lineup. Ramon Santiago is at third base Friday.
    Friday, 2:31 pm
    L, 7-3 ^ @StL
  • Stanton reaches base 4 times in a win vs. ARI
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single as the Marlins eked out a one-run victory over the D'Backs on Thursday.

    Advice: Stanton had been held hitless over his last two games prior to Thursday. Despite reaching base four times in five plate appearances, the Marlins weren't able to bring Stanton around to score, and he was only able to knock in one run with a single in the third inning to cut the Marlins' deficit to 3-2. Stanton, thanks to a torrid August, has a .292/.395/.563 slash line with 31 home runs, 83 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.
    Thursday, 7:59 pm
  • Harper homers again as Nats beat the Mets
    Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Nationals won by a 4-1 score over the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Perhaps motivated by recent detractors, Harper has hit another gear at the plate. Thursday's blast, which came in the fourth inning against Dillon Gee, is his second in his last three games. He now has six home runs, 21 RBI, and a .255/.335/.392 slash line on the season.
    Thursday, 7:23 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Ari
  • Gee allows 4 ER in 6 IP, takes his 5th loss
    Dillon Gee suffered his fifth loss of the season after allowing four runs in six innings as the Mets fell to the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Gee was done by two two-run home runs he allowed: one to Adam LaRoche in the first inning, and the other to Bryce Harper in the fourth. The right-hander gave up four hits, walked four, and struck out three. Now with a 3.69 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 66/31 K/BB ratio, Gee will try to bounce back in a road start against the Athletics on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 7:14 pm
  • Myers (wrist) could return as soon as Tuesday
    Rays manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that Wil Myers (wrist) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as the August 19-21 series versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Myers is batting .444/.583/.778 with one home run in his first three rehab games with Triple-A Durham, showing no rust in spite of a nearly three-month long absence. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year winner was hitting just .227/.313/.354 over 53 games prior to breaking his wrist, but he's worth a roster stash if someone in your league dropped him.
    Thursday, 3:47 pm
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
  • Pineda solid in return from the disabled list
    Michael Pineda, making his first start since April 23, was solid over five innings, allowing one run in a no-decision against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pineda threw 67 pitches after taking nearly four months to recover from an upper back injury following his suspension for pine tar use. The right-hander gave up only two hits, walked none, and struck out four. Now with five starts under his belt, he has a 1.82 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and a 19/3 K/BB ratio. Pineda will try to go deeper into the game when he takes on the Astros at home next week.
    Wednesday, 7:11 pm
  • Tigers discussing treatment for Verlander
    The Tigers are still discussing a treatment plan for Justin Verlander's right shoulder.

    Advice: Verlander has already been ruled out for his next start, but an MRI showed no structural damage. The MRI is being sent to outside doctors for a second opinion, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said surgery is "not even being considered at this point." As it stands, Verlander appears likely to avoid the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 5:21 pm
  • Green (back) on track for rehab next week
    Grant Green (back) could start a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Green has been doing everything but taking live batting practice, something he could do in Arizona over the next few days. That would be the last hurdle before a rehab assignment. Green has been out since July 23 with a lumbar sprain.
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
    Disabled List
    W, 8-3 x @Bos
  • Pineda activated from DL for Wednesday start
    Yankees activated RHP Michael Pineda from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pineda is starting for the Yankees on Wednesday night in Baltimore. It will be his first time on a major league mound since he was ejected (and then suspended) for pine tar use on April 23. Pineda strained a muscle in his upper back while trying to stay in pitching shape during that suspension and took nearly four months to recover. The 25-year-old had a 1.83 ERA over his first 19 2/3 innings this season and could carry significant fantasy value down the stretch.
    Wednesday, 1:13 pm
  • Donaldson homers twice in beatdown of Royals
    Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs in the Athletics' 11-3 thumping of the Royals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Donaldson did his damage over the course of the game, contributing an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to go with two solo home runs. He also scored three runs in the thrashing. The homers were Donaldson's first in August but he's enjoyed a resurgent month thus far, batting .333 with six runs scored, eight RBI and three stolen bases through 12 August games.
    Tuesday, 8:33 pm
  • Harper homers as Nats easily handle the Mets
    Bryce Harper belted a two-run home run, one of his two hits in four at-bats, as the Nationals skated to a win over the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Days after lifting a walk-off home run against the Mets following rumors of a possible demotion to Triple-A, Harper homered again against his club's division rival. His two-run blast to left field off of Rafael Montero in the second inning broke a scoreless tie. The outfielder will need to keep it up to bring his numbers up to expectations. He's carrying a .254/.338/.380 line with five home runs and 18 RBI.
    Tuesday, 7:44 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Ari
  • Ricky Nolasco to rejoin rotation on Friday
    Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will rejoin the Twins' rotation on Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: That's assuming he gets through a bullpen session with no issues. Nolasco allowed three runs while striking out eight over 9 1/3 innings during a two-start rehab assignment, clearing the way for his return. He posted a 5.90 ERA over 18 outings before going down with flexor pronator stiffness, so fantasy owners should steer clear initially.
    Tuesday, 5:58 pm
  • MRI shows no damage in Verlander's shoulder
    An MRI taken Tuesday on the sore right shoulder of Justin Verlander showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Verlander is expected to avoid the disabled list. He was shelled for five runs -- four earned -- in one inning Monday by the Pirates and is now 10-11 on the season with a 4.76 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. The former ace will likely be in a bullpen role in the playoffs, if the Tigers make it.
    Tuesday, 1:33 pm
  • Verlander (shoulder) to have MRI Tuesday
    Justin Verlander (shoulder) will undergo an MRI on Tuesday in Detroit.

    Advice: Verlander exited Monday's start in Pittsburgh with right shoulder soreness. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit nervous," Verlander said. "I've never been through this before." The Tigers seem likely to put Verlander on the disabled list even if the MRI doesn't reveal anything serious. He's never been on the DL during his 10-year career.
    Aug 11, 8:21 pm
  • Stanton's homers power Marlins past Cards
    Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and walked Monday to lead the Marlins past the Cardinals 6-5.

    Advice: Stanton would have had four homers the last two days if not for a terrific catch from Jay Bruce yesterday. As is, he's up to 31 for the season, tying him with Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz for the major league lead. It seems like he's pretty much wrapped up the NL home run title, as long as he stays healthy; Anthony Rizzo is six back at 25, and no one else has more than 22.
    Aug 11, 7:24 pm
  • Justin Verlander leaves with sore shoulder
    Justin Verlander left Monday's start versus the Pirates after one inning due to soreness in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Verlander was hammered for five runs -- four earned -- on four hits and two walks over his inning of work, but he was apparently pitching hurt. The right-hander has never missed a start during his career due to a health issue, but that streak is obviously in jeopardy now. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
    Aug 11, 5:25 pm
  • Pineda to return to NYY rotation Wednesday
    Michael Pineda has been confirmed as the Yankees' starter for Wednesday's game in Baltimore.

    Advice: It will be Pineda's first time on a major league mound since he was ejected (and subsequently suspended) for pine tar use on April 23. Pineda strained a muscle in his upper back while throwing on the side during his suspension and is just now returning to full health. The 25-year-old right-hander had a 1.83 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 15/3 K/BB ratio over his first 19 2/3 innings (four starts) this season.
    Aug 11, 11:33 am
  • Stanton homers once, robbed of another
    Giancarlo Stanton hit one solo homer and was robbed of another in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Stanton took Johnny Cueto deep to left in the first before watching Jay Bruce scale the right field wall in the eighth to rob him from a two-homer day. He also added a single in the game. Stanton has 29 longballs on the season to go along with 79 RBI and a .290/.390/.554 batting line.
    Aug 10, 1:24 pm
  • Wil Myers will need two weeks on rehab
    Wil Myers (wrist) is expected to remain on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham for two weeks.

    Advice: Myers was slated to begin the assignment Saturday before the game was rained out, so he's on track to rejoin the Rays in late August. The young outfielder has been on the shelf since late May with a fractured right wrist.
    Aug 10, 9:24 am
    L, 6-0 vs ^ Det
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