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  • Rodney earns 46th save as M's top Angels
    Fernando Rodney allowed one run in the ninth inning against the Angels on Thursday but hung on to earn his 46th save of the season.

    Advice: Rodney, tasked with protecting a 3-0 lead against an Angels team that more or less got the night off after clinching the AL West, retired the first batter of the frame before coughing up a Hank Conger homer to right. He evaded further danger, and struck out one, to improve to 46-for-49 in save opportunities to go with a 2.70 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    27 minutes ago
  • King Felx whiffs 11 in seven shutout frames
    Felix Hernandez fired seven shutout innings, striking out 11, in a no-decision against the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: He scattered three hits and walked two. The Mariners ultimately won 3-1, but we're not going to call this a "tough-luck" no-decision, because King Felix didn't exactly face a murderer's row. The Angels trotted out the following Little League World Series lineup after clinching the division last night: 1. Tony Campana CF, 2. Gordon Beckham SS, 3. Brennan Boesch RF, 4. C.J. Cron DH, 5. Efren Navarro 1B, 6. Grant Green 2B, 7. Hank Conger C, 8. Luis Jimenez 3B, 9. Shawn O'Malley LF. Hernandez is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA across his last four outings. The soon-to-be Cy Young gets the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    28 minutes ago
  • Morrison knocks out 3-run HR to beat Angels
    Logan Morrison blasted a game-winning three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to break a 0-0 tie and push the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: He finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Morrison has now homered in three of his last eight games, a stretch in which he also has a trio of doubles. It's certainly debatable whether Morrison is Seattle's best option at first base versus righties, but he's rewarded the club's patience with a strong September. Rotoworld.com
    28 minutes ago
  • LeBlanc throws 5 1/3 shutout innings in ND
    Wade LeBlanc had by far his best showing of 2014 on Thursday, tossing 5 1/3 shutout innings in a no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: This start was pushed up -- LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers -- because the Angels scratched Jered Weaver after clinching the AL West on Wednesday. Don't look now, but LeBlanc is pitching well in September, allowing only one run across 11 2/3 frames (0.77 ERA), including five relief appearances and this start. We still wouldn't trust him in fantasy if the Angels call his number again. After all, the journeyman entered this month with a 10.13 ERA. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
  • Lohse dominant vs. Cards in a no-decision
    Kyle Lohse was given a no-decision despite limiting the Cardinals to one run over 7 1/3 innings, as the Brewers were cut down 3-2 in 13 innings.

    Advice: Lohse blanked the Cardinals over seven innings, but allowed a lead-off single to Oscar Taveras to start the eighth. After getting Kolten Wong to hit into a fielder's choice, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke opted to pull Lohse at 88 pitches in favor of Jonathan Broxton. It turned out to be the wrong decision, as Broxton allowed Lohse's runner to score as well as one of his own to tie the game up at 2-2. Overall, Lohse allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander has a 3.71 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 135/45 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    38 minutes ago
  • Miller takes no-decision as Cardins win in 13
    Shelby Miller yielded two runs (one earned) in six innings of work on Thursday but took a no-decision as the Cardinals needed 13 innings to dispose of the Brewers.

    Advice: Miller has been on a roll, having allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts spanning 26 innings. He limited the Brewers to five hits without a walk while striking out four. The right-hander is picking up momentum at the right time for the Cardinals. Miller's ERA stands at 3.68 with a 1.26 WHIP and a 119/71 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday next. Rotoworld.com
    44 minutes ago
  • Adams returns, scores winning run in the 13th
    Matt Adams, making his return to the Cardinals' lineup, went 2-for-5 with a bases-loaded walk, and scored the game-winning run in Thursday's 13-inning win against the Brewers.

    Advice: Adams reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second base on Jhonny Peralta's single. Tony Cruz then singled, sending Adams motoring around the third base bag to score the winning run. Adams has been bothered lately by an oblique injury. The slugger is slashing .287/.320/.459 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    47 minutes ago
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Lucroy doubles and scores, but Brewers lose
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-6 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's 13-inning loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Brewers fall to 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card following the loss. Lucroy doubled and scored the Brewers' first run in the fourth inning on an Aramis Ramirez single. The double was the only extra-base hit the Brewers would register on the evening. Lucroy is batting .304/.373/.476 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI with the season nearing its completion. Rotoworld.com
    50 minutes ago
  • Cruz sends Cards home with a walk-off single
    Tony Cruz delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 13th inning on Thursday against the Brewers, helping the Cardinals hold serve in the NL Central.

    Advice: With the Pirates also winning on Thursday, the Cardinals maintain their 2.5-game hold on first place in the division. Cruz scored Matt Adams from second base on a single to center field off of Jimmy Nelson. Cruz had entered the game in the top of the 10th after Yadier Molina had been replaced with a pinch-runner in the previous inning. Cruz has mustered a .205/.273/.244 slash line and 14 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    54 minutes ago
    W, 3-2 vs x Mil
  • Salazar pitches into the 8th in a no-decision
    Danny Salazar stymied the Astros over 7 1/3 innings on Thursday, allowing just one run, but took a no-decision as the Indians needed 13 innings to pull out a 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Salazar was in line for the loss until Carlos Santana delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning. It was a masterful outing, as he limited the Astros to five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Salazar has had quite the turnaround since rejoining the Indians to start the second half, sporting a 3.06 ERA over his last 11 starts. On the season, he owns a 4.02 ERA with a 1.38 ERA and a 112/32 K/BB ratio. Salazar will face the Royals at home on Tuesday next. Rotoworld.com
    57 minutes ago
  • Feldman hurls 8 dominating innings in a ND
    Scott Feldman was magnificent on Thursday, holding the Indians to one run over eight innings, but took a no-decision as the Astros were felled in 13 innings.

    Advice: The Indians couldn't get anything going against Feldman, who yielded the one run in the ninth inning after allowing a lead-off ground-rule double to Michael Bourn. Bourn later came around to score when Chad Qualls allowed an RBI single to Carlos Santana. Feldman yielded only four hits and a walk while striking out two batters. The right-hander has a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 101/46 K/BB ratio. He'll look to hit the win column for the first time in September when he takes the hill on the road against the Rangers on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:52 pm
  • Amarista goes 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI
    Alexi Amarista continued to torment the Phillies on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored.

    Advice: He finished a triple short of the cycle on Tuesday, and went 6-for-11 (.545) with a double, two homers, three runs scored and five RBI over the last three games. Where did this come from? Your guess is as good as ours. Amarista entered those games batting .237 with three homers total. He's got the slash line up to .245 /.294/.323. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Phi
  • Allen fans two in the 13th for his 22nd save
    Cody Allen struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless 13th inning, picking up his 22nd save in Thursday's win against the Astros.

    Advice: Though Allen allowed a one-out single to Robbie Grossman, he was never in any real danger. The right-hander is now 22-for-25 in save chances with a 2.03 ERA and an 87/26 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:49 pm
  • Marisnick knocks in Astros' only run in loss
    Jake Marisnick went 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI single, accounting for the Astros' only run in Thursday's 13-inning loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Marisnick put the Astros on the board with his fourth-inning RBI single, but it was all his club would muster on the offensive side. The 23-year-old has plenty of potential, but he has struggled since joining the Astros, hitting just .266/.300/.324 in 152 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:47 pm
  • Medica has a hit + steal as he breaks slump
    Tommy Medica went 1-for-3 with a steal in Thursday's win against the Phillies.

    Advice: It was his fifth steal of the season. The first baseman went 4-for-8 in this series with a pair of steals after entering it mired in a brutal 3-for-53 (.057) slump over his previous 28 contests. Medica's struggles down the stretch have rendered his odds of making next season's Opening Day roster not a sure thing. He's slashing .233/.286/.401 through 97 games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:45 pm
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Phi
  • Ramirez scores both runs, Tribe wins it in 13
    Jose Ramirez finished 3-for-6 with a double and two runs scored in Thursday's 13-inning win against the Astros.

    Advice: Ramirez scored both of the Indians' runs, touching home for the tying run in the ninth on a Carlos Santana single, and scoring the go-ahead run in the 13th on a Mike Aviles sacrifice fly. Ramirez had been held to just three hits in his previous 23 at-bats entering the contest, and still sports a mediocre .254/.299/.328 slash line on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:44 pm
  • Erlin fires six innings of 1-run ball in win
    Robbie Erlin limited the Phillies to one run over six innings Thursday in a 7-3 victory.

    Advice: Erlin got this start in place of Tyson Ross, who is battling general soreness. The 23-year-old left-hander made it count, striking out four and walking none as he makes a case to be considered for next year's rotation. We already know Erlin has taken well to Petco Park, where he came into tonight with a 2.53 ERA in nine outings. This was Erlin's first start since May 17. He's struggled with elbow soreness, but should be just fine through the end of the season. Ross' availability will determine whether Erlin (4-4, 4.53 ERA) gets another start. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:41 pm
  • Kendrick scuffles in loss to the Padres
    Kyle Kendrick allowed three runs on six hits over five innings in a 7-3 loss to the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: Perhaps more troubling, Kendrick walked five batters, leading to the truncated outing. You wouldn't have expected him to struggle like this in Petco. The seventh rounder from the 2003 draft had gone 4-1 in his last eight starts and served up only three earned runs over 14 innings in his last two. The 30-year-old free-agent-to-be, now 9-13 with a 4.73 ERA in his walk year, gets the Marlins next. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:37 pm
  • Wada solid over five frames, gets no-decision
    Tsuyoshi Wada got a no-decision on Thursday after allowing just one run over five innings in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wada pitched well; it was the Cubs' bullpen that couldn't get the job done. The lefty yielded just five hits and a walk while fanning five. After the game, Wada told the media he would not start again this season. Though he hasn't been much of an innings-eater, Wada has pitched well in 12 starts this season, finishing with a 3.22 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 53/18 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:11 pm
  • Greinke struggles, takes no-decision vs. Cubs
    Zack Greinke lasted only five innings, allowing four runs, in a no-decision against the Cubs on Thursday.

    Advice: Greinke wasn't particularly efficient, needing 112 pitches to get through his five frames. He scattered nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts. All told, though, Greinke has had another marvelous season, sporting a 2.76 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a 196/42 K/BB ratio. He'll look to grab his 16th win of the season when he faces the Giants at home on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:08 pm
  • Soler knocks in a pair of runs in a Cubs loss
    Jorge Soler finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles, but the Cubs were handed a loss by the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: Soler padded the Cubs' lead to 2-0 with his first single, then 3-1 with his next single. The rookie is batting .368/.406/.737 in his first 64 plate appearances with five homers and 17 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:05 pm
    L, 8-4 vs ^ LAD
  • Puig logs three hits as Dodgers top the Cubs
    Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored in Thursday's defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Puig has had a good road trip out West, batting .400 (12-for-30) over seven games thus far. He may have broken out of his slump just in time for the Dodgers, who are defending a narrow lead in the NL West. Puig currently rests on a .297/.383/.477 slash line with 14 home runs and 63 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:01 pm
  • Perez dealing with 'dead arm'
    Oliver Perez has been shut down indefinitely with what the Diamondbacks are calling "a dead arm."

    Advice: Perez has logged a career-high 65 appearances this season and admitted to some soreness after showing diminished velocity over the weekend, so the Diamondbacks are being cautious. He hasn't officially been shut down for the year yet. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:23 pm
  • LeBlanc to start Thursday vs. Mariners
    Wade LeBlanc will start Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: LeBlanc was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Rangers, but the Angels decided to scratch Jered Weaver after wrapping up the AL West on Wednesday night. The southpaw is not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:13 pm
  • Nationals designate Eury Perez for assignment
    Nationals designated OF Eury Perez for assignment.

    Advice: Perez has a decent .310/.354/.411 batting line with 63 stolen bases in 193 career games at Triple-A. The 24-year-old outfielder should draw interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:02 am
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    W, 6-2 x @Mia
  • LeBlanc to start for Angels on Saturday
    Wade LeBlanc has been confirmed as the Angels' starter for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: That was confirmed after the Halos clinched the American League West championship on Wednesday night. LeBlanc owns a rough 6.88 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17 innings this season for Anaheim. He's filling in for Matt Shoemaker, who remains sidelined with an oblique strain. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:50 am
  • Hechavarria (shoulder) goes 1-for-3 in return
    Adeiny Hechavarria (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Hechavarria missed Tuesday's game with a sore left shoulder. It was never a serious concern. The 25-year-old shortstop is batting .281/.313/.365 this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:40 am
  • Adeiny Hechavarria returned to action on Wednesday September 17. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:58 am
  • Jose Ramirez goes hitless again
    Jose Ramirez went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and is hitless in 10 at-bats in the series against the Astros.

    Advice: The Indians were too cheap to promote Francisco Lindor, so Ramirez will finish out the season at shortstop, even though he hasn't proven to be any kind of threat at the plate. He's currently hitting .246/.293/.318 in 195 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc likely to start on Saturday
    Wade LeBlanc is the most likely candidate to start for the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said he wouldn't announce his starter until after Wednesday night's game, but LeBlanc is the most logical choice. With a 6.88 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio through his 17 frames, he isn't a good streaming option in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Angels to have bullpen start on Saturday
    The Angels will make a "bullpen start" on Saturday against the Rangers in place of the injured Matt Shoemaker (oblique).

    Advice: It will be either Wade LeBlanc or Michael Roth who will start the game, but the Angels will utilize many of the 18 pitchers they're carrying. Shoemaker might miss more than just the one start, so LeBlanc and/or Roth could be needed for another start next week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:14 am
  • Amarista finishes a triple short of the cycle
    Alexi Amarista finished 3-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBI and one run scored on Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He came into this game batting .204 with no extra-base hits in September. So naturally Amarista finishes a triple short of the cycle in Petco, doing most of his damage against Phillies' starter A.J. Burnett. It'll be awhile before you see another performance like this out of Amarista. Even after the monster game, he's batting .242/.292/.313 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Phi
  • Puig connects for first homer since July 31
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig had two of the Dodgers' 16 hits on the night, but the two-run shot in the ninth inning gave them just four runs to show for it. The homer was an important one for Puig, who hadn't homered since July 31 before the blast. He's now got 14 home runs and 62 RBI for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:17 pm
  • Allen called on for four-out save vs. Astros
    Cody Allen was asked to get four outs Tuesday, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the save against the Astros.

    Advice: With runners on first and second and two outs, Allen was called on to face Jason Castro. He got Castro to pop out, ending the threat, and he proceeded to toss a scoreless ninth to earn his 21st save. The 25-year-old has emerged as a legitimate closer this year, owning a 2.06 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 85/26 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Soler's homer, 2 RBI enough as Cubs top Reds
    Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo home run as the Cubs shut out the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Soler knocked in the Cubs' first run with a ground out in the third, then made it 7-0 with a seventh-inning solo home run. The 22-year-old has hit safely in 13 of his first 14 major league games, slashing a ridiculous .373/.393/.784 with five home runs and 15 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
    L, 8-4 vs ^ LAD
  • Hechavarria (shoulder) out of MIA lineup
    Adeiny Hechavarria is out of the Marlins' starting lineup on Tuesday due to a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: Ed Lucas will start at shortstop against the Mets. Hechavarria missed some time earlier this season with discomfort in his left elbow, but this issue has more to do with his shoulder. He is day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Adams (oblique) returns to STL lineup Tues.
    Matt Adams (oblique) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Adams has been dealing with a left oblique injury for much of this month and his offensive numbers have cratered. The Cardinals -- lacking a serviceable backup option at first base -- need to get him right down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Yasiel Puig reaches three times in win
    Yasiel Puig had another nice game in a rout Monday, going 2-for-5 with a double, a walk and two runs scored.

    Advice: Puig is 7-for-17 with two doubles and two walks the last four days. He still hasn't homered since July 31, but things seem to be getting better. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:36 pm
  • Robbie Erlin to make spot start
    Robbie Erlin will start on Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He'll get the ball in place of Tyson Ross, who is battling general soreness. At the moment, it appears Erlin will be in line for just the one start, but it's possible Ross' absence will wind up lasting longer. Erlin holds a 4.89 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 10 games -- eight starts -- for the Padres this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:32 pm
  • Soler (birth of child) returns to lineup Mon.
    Jorge Soler (paternity) is back in the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Soler missed the Cubs' weekend series in Pittsburgh for the birth of his child. The 22-year-old Cuban sensation is hitting .356 with a 1.101 OPS, four home runs, and 13 RBI through his first 12 major league games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:16 pm
    L, 8-4 vs ^ LAD
  • Marisnick has three hits, SB against Angels
    Jake Marisnick went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base against the Angels Sunday.

    Advice: Marisnick had three singles on the afternoon, coming through with an RBI single in the sixth inning. The stolen base was his ninth of the season in 11 attempts. Marisnick is hitting .264 since joining the Astros and is batting .237/.274/.282 overall this year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:11 pm
  • Lucroy has three hits, two RBI to down Reds
    Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with two RBI as the Brewers downed the Reds 9-2 on Sunday.

    Advice: Lucroy collected three singles, with a two-run single in the fourth inning accounting for his two RBI. The catcher, who has had blossomed as a star in 2014, is finishing strong, batting .353 with seven RBI in September. Lucroy is batting .303/.371/.477 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:25 pm
  • Matt Adams nursing oblique issue again
    Matt Adams is not in Sunday's lineup after aggravating his left oblique issue Saturday.

    Advice: We figured something was up when he wasn't in Sunday's lineup against a right-hander. Adams first tweaked the oblique a week and a half ago but returned after missing just two games. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined this time. Daniel Descalso is at first base Sunday, and he could share time there with Xavier Scruggs while Adams is out. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:06 am
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Matt Adams not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He also sat out Friday's game, but that was against a lefty. With the Cards facing a righty Sunday, you have to wonder if Adams' oblique might be an issue again. Daniel Descalso is getting the nod at first base Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:42 am
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Felix Hernandez strikes out eight A's
    Felix Hernandez yielded two runs in seven innings and struck out eight in a no-decision against the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: The eight strikeouts brought his season total to 225, leaving him just seven shy of his career high from his Cy Young season in 2010.... or as we'll soon refer to it, his first Cy Young season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:56 pm
  • Fernando Rodney takes loss in 10th
    Fernando Rodney walked four and took a loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the 10th Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: Rodney hasn't had many off nights this year, but these kinds of things can happen with him. He only got out of the inning because Josh Reddick decided to take a big cut after a 2-0 pitch (and six straight balls total) and lined out to a diving Chris Taylor at shortstop. Since Rodney was pitching in a tie game, he remains 45-for-48 in his save chances. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:54 pm
  • Zack Greinke does it all in 17-0 rout
    Zack Greinke pitched four-hit ball for six innings and homered Saturday as the Dodgers crushed the Giants 17-0.

    Advice: Well, this is quite the response to Friday's 9-0 loss. Greinke also doubled and walked in addition to homering off Mike Kickham. He was lifted after 84 pitches, which the Dodgers probably preferred anyway; they've been trying to go easier on him since last month's mild elbow issue. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:46 pm
  • Yasiel Puig goes 3-for-5 in rout
    Yasiel Puig had three hits and three runs scored in Saturday's drubbing of the Giants.

    Advice: Sure, everyone had a nice game for the Dodgers tonight, but it's still an important step forward for Puig, who was in a 10-for-73 slump since his last three-hit game on Aug. 15. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:36 pm
  • Shelby Miller sharp again as Cards beat Rox
    Shelby Miller held the Rockies to one run in six innings Saturday in the Cardinals' 5-4 win.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked none, and probably could have gone seven or eight innings but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny pinch-hit Oscar Taveras for him in the bottom of the sixth inning and Taveras came through with an RBI single. Miller has added a sinker to his repertoire -- taught to him by Justin Masterson -- and it's paying major dividends. He has a 1.64 ERA over his last five starts. A home meeting with the Reds is next. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Salazar allows three runs in no-decision
    Danny Salazar gave up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision at Detroit.

    Advice: Salazar struck out seven and walked just one, but the Indians tallied two runs in the bottom of the third inning and then Victor Martinez tagged Salazar for a solo homer in the fourth. He's struggled now in back-to-back outings after a string of dominant starts. The young righty will try to get on track next week in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Kendrick cruises for six-plus against Marlins
    Kyle Kendrick limited the Marlins to one run over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in a 2-1 Phillies victory.

    Advice: Kendrick had little trouble with the Giancarlo Stanton-less Miami lineup, which has produced just four runs in 22 innings since losing its MVP candidate. Kendrick scattered seven hits, struck out six, and walked just one. The only real blemish was a solo shot by Garrett Jones in the top of the second inning. Kendrick takes on the Padres on the road next. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:45 pm
  • Logan Morrison homers, doubles in win
    Logan Morrison homered and doubled before being removed for a pinch-running Friday against the A's.

    Advice: Corey Hart is playing better and Justin Smoak is back in the majors, but Morrison is still getting steady starts against right-handers, for better or worse. The homer tonight was his second in three games. Even so, he's hitting just .217 in 217 at-bats against righties this year, compared to .319 in 69 at-bats versus lefties. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:13 pm
  • Lohse allows two runs in no-decision
    Kyle Lohse took a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Brewers.

    Advice: Lohse allowed five hits (including a solo homer) and two walks while striking out six. While he didn't get the win, it was nice to see after he really struggled over his previous two starts. The veteran right-hander will bring a 3.81 ERA into a road start against the Cardinals next week. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Lucroy has two hits, knocks in a run vs. Reds
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: Lucroy singled home a run in the fourth inning and scored the winning run in the ninth after reaching on a leadoff double. The 28-year-old has hit safely in 14 out of his last 15 games and owns a .302/.370/.478 batting line to go along with 13 home runs and 65 RBI. He's deserving of being in the National League MVP conversation. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:32 pm
  • Wada allows four runs in loss to Bucs
    Tsuyoshi Wada was chased after giving up four runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Wada, who left his last start with left leg cramping, gave up nine hits and two walks before being pulled with out in the fifth inning. Ike Davis hit a sacrifice fly off Justin Grimm to close the book on the southpaw's night. Wada got off to strong start in the majors, but he hasn't been nearly as effective in his last three turns. It's tough to trust him in mixed leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Hechavarria plates run in loss to Phillies
    Adeiny Hechavarria drove home the Marlins lone run in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: His RBI single in the sixth inning plated Jeff Baker, tying the game at 1-1. He finished the evening 2-for-4, raising his season slash to .280/.311/.364. He doesn't provide much in the way of power or speed, but is worth using in NL-only formats for his consistent at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Matt Adams getting a day off Friday
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Cards are stacking righties versus southpaw Jorge De La Rosa, as Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras are also sitting out. Xavier Scruggs is at first base, Mark Ellis is at second and Randal Grichuk is in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:49 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Jorge Soler to miss weekend series
    Jorge Soler will miss the weekend series in Pittsburgh in order to attend the birth of his child.

    Advice: He'll rejoin the club when they return home Monday. Soler has batted .356/.367/.733 with four homers and 13 RBI over 12 games since being called up by the Cubs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:48 am
    L, 8-4 vs ^ LAD
  • Soler provides Cubs' only run with HR in loss
    Jorge Soler gave the Cubs their only run with a solo home run as they were trampled again by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Soler took Drew Hutchison deep in the seventh inning for his fourth home run of the season. The 22-year-old continues to excel against big league pitching in the early going. He's hit safely in 11 of 12 games and sports a .356/.367/.733 line across 49 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
    L, 8-4 vs ^ LAD
  • Puig batting leadoff for Dodgers Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig is batting leadoff for the Dodgers on Wednesday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Puig is an extended slump and hit seventh on Tuesday night, but manager Don Mattingly has decided to give him the bump in the hope that it provides a spark. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • Amarista snaps morbid 0-for-17 streak
    Alexi Amarista snapped an 0-for-17 stretch of futility by going 1-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Amarista's calling card is his defense, but even the leather wouldn't keep him in the lineup for most teams. The Padres have always viewed offense as optional, so he makes for a nice fit. Amarista is slashing .234/.285/.298 with three homers over 359 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Phi
  • Ramirez has another 3-hit game but CLE loses
    Jose Ramirez tallied three hits, including a double, in five trips to the plate, but the Indians suffered a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramirez now has three three-hit games out of nine so far in September. The other six have been oh-fors. The shortstop was coming off of a decent August showing and now owns an improved .256/.298/.339 slash line with eight stolen bases in 189 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:26 pm
  • SP Hernandez K's 8 in six shutout frames
    Felix Hernandez fired six shutout innings, striking out eight, in a no-decision win over the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander wasn't exactly the picture of efficiency, walking four and running up 99 pitches through six frames, but he made it work. Prior to beating Oakland on Wednesday, Hernandez had gone 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA over his previous three starts. King Felix, you won't be surprised to learn, enjoys facing the Astros, against whom he came into the game 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA since the beginning of the 2013 season. Hernandez, now 14-5 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, hosts the A's on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:00 pm
  • Shelby Miller goes seven scoreless in win
    Shelby Miller allowed three hits over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout of the Reds on Monday.

    Advice: Miller walked none and threw just 81 pitches before coming out. Considering that he was coming off a pair of starts in which he allowed two runs in 14 innings, it's a bit surprising Mike Matheny didn't give him a little more rope tonight, but it probably was for the best. While the Cardinals ended up winning 5-0, it was just 2-0 when Miller departed. Miller looks like he'll be a mixed-league asset the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 7:49 pm
  • Matt Adams hits 15th homer in win
    Matt Adams' 15th homer of the year was a three-run shot off the Reds' Logan Ondrusek on Monday.

    Advice: Ondrusek had just entered the game as an injury replacement for Pedro Villarreal. A left-hander would have been a better play for the Reds, but Bryan Price had already used his two lefties not named Aroldis Chapman. Adams' homer was just his fourth in 173 at-bats during the second half. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 7:45 pm
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Mil
  • Salazar lit up for six earned runs by Angels
    Danny Salazar was lit up for six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Salazar rolled into the outing having posted a 2.30 ERA in eight starts since returning to the Indians' rotation in late July and he looked just as sharp over his first four frames on Monday. But the wheels fell off for him in a six-run fifth inning by the red-hot Anaheim offense. Salazar allowed eight hits in all -- two of them homers -- while striking out just four. He'll try to get back on track next time out in Detroit. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 1:26 pm
  • Puig (stomach) goes 0-for-2 in return Sunday
    Yasiel Puig (stomach) finished 0-for-2 with a walk in his return to the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig was held out of action on Saturday with a minor stomach problem. An IV did the trick, but the struggling 23-year-old basically seems to be splitting time in center field at this point with Joc Pederson. It's all very poor timing for Puig's fantasy owners. He had a .959 OPS on August 3. That's now down to .861. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 12:57 am
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