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  • Walt Jocketty expected to remain Reds GM
    Sources told's Ken Rosenthal that Walt Jocketty is expected to remain the Reds' general manager in 2015.

    Advice: There's been talk of Jocketty perhaps reuniting with Tony La Russa in Arizona, but it doesn't sound like either Jocketty or the Reds is ready for a divorce. Jocketty's lack of inventiveness and eagerness to overcommit to spare parts are both problems at this stage of his long, excellent career, especially given the Reds' annual lack of financial flexibility. Moving on and trying something different would be the right move for Cincinnati.
    43 minutes ago
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Dana Eveland returned to action on Friday August 22.
    Today, 1:19 am
  • Ackley (back) hits two-run single vs. BoSox
    Dustin Ackley (back) went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run single, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Ackley didn't start Wednesday due to a sore back, but he appeared as a pinch-hitter in the game and was good to go following Thursday's off-day. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward.
    Today, 1:19 am
  • Qualls (back) tosses scoreless inning Friday
    Chad Qualls (back) tossed a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Friday against the Indians.

    Advice: Qualls was unavailable the previous two days due to discomfort in his lower back. It's something he'll attempt to manage the rest of the way.
    Today, 1:19 am
  • Stanton finishes with three hits, three RBI
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in on Friday.

    Advice: Stanton doubled off Franklin Morales in the third to score one, then singled in the ninth to score two. He also scored three runs. The double was Stanton's 27th of the season. He continues to act as a rock in the middle of Colorado's lineup and is hitting .299/.405/.565 with 32 home runs and 92 RBI.
    Today, 12:07 am
  • Morales allows six runs in four innings
    Franklin Morales gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings on Friday.

    Advice: Morales was yanked from the game after he walked Casey McGehee to force in a run in the fifth inning with nobody out. Brooks Brown walked Jarrd Saltalamacchia one out later to finish off Morales' line. The lefty has struggled this season and currently sports a 5.32 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Santana homers, drives in four vs Tigers
    Danny Santana went 3-for-6 with four RBI against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Santana hit his sixth home run of the season in the second inning off of doomed Tigers starter Robbie Ray. His other two hits were singles. He also scored two runs. Santana has had a good season leading off for the Twins. Home runs like Friday's shouldn't be expected on a regular basis, but that aside, Santana's putting up a slash line .315/.350/.451.
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
    10:10 am vs Det; 5:10 pm vs Det
  • Ray optioned to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned LHP Robbie Ray to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Ray was shelled for six runs in just an inning and a third against the Twins. After the game, the Tigers sent him down to Triple-A to nurse his wounds. His numbers at the major league level are a bloated 7.09 ERA and 1.80 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
    Not Active
    10:10 am @Min; 5:10 pm @Min
  • Willingham homers, scores twice in win
    Josh Willingham hit his fourteenth home run of the season in Friday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Willingham seems to be settling in with the Royals, as he's now hit in five straight games. With the Royals, he's slashing .345/.387/.586. For comparison's sake, he was hitting .210/.345/.402 with the Twins. Obviously, we don't expect Willingham to hit .345 for the rest of the season, but it's probably reasonable to expect an overall uptick in his numbers by the end of the season, as he's playing with a better club now.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Freeman with two hits in win over Reds
    Freddie Freeman singled twice and scored two runs on Friday.

    Advice: Freeman finished the game 2-for-5. The first baseman has 17 home runs, 68 RBI and has scored 82 runs on the season. He's been blistering hot in August, slashing .377/.488/.566 for the month. His overall slash line sits at a sparkling .295/.389/.488.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Upton finishes double shy of cycle
    Justin Upton singled, tripled and homered against the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: He finished the game 3-for-6 with two RBI. The home run was Upton's 25th of the season and the two RBI put him up to 84. The home run also put the Braves ahead 3-1 to boot, which would stand as the final score. This has been arguably Upton's best season in the bigs so far. He's slashing .290/.366/.521 and should surpass his previous season high in RBI (88) shortly.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Niese struggles in loss Dodgers on Friday
    Jon Niese allowed five runs (two earned) over six-plus innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Friday Friday.

    Advice: This wasn't an impressive outing, but we're pleased to report Niese kept the Dodgers in the yard. He came into the evening having coughed up five homers over his last 19 innings after yielding only five over the 65 2/3 frames before that. Niese, now 7-9 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, gets the Braves next week.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Chapman strikes out four in two IP vs Braves
    Aroldis Chapman fired two scoreless innings and struck out four on Friday.

    Advice: The game lasted twelve innings, which allowed Chapman a chance to work for multiple innings. One inning, two innings, it doesn't really matter for the Cuban flamethrower. He allowed one hit, but didn't walk a batter. The four punch-outs give him an even 80 for the year in just over 39 innings pitched. Chapman's ERA (2.61) is his highest since 2011, but he's also allowing the lowest BAA of his career (.133).
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Latos allows one run in six innings vs Braves
    Mat Latos pitched six innings on Friday, allowing one run to the Braves.

    Advice: Latos gave up nine hits in his six innings of work, but he only walked two batters and was able to dance out of trouble when necessary. The lone run against Latos came on a Tommy La Stella RBI groundout. On the season, Latos holds a 2.99 ERA and a nice 1.08 WHIP. He'll face the Cubs in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Posey homers, drives in two to halt Nats
    Buster Posey hit his fifteenth home run of the season and knocked in RBI 60 and 61 in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Posey finished the game 2-for-5. The home run came off of Nationals starter Doug Fister. Posey also added a double, his 22nd, off of reliever Ross Detwiler. On the season, Posey is slashing .284/.345/.438. He's hit fifteen home runs and batted in 61.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Bochy: Moving Posey to 1B not being discussed
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said moving Buster Posey to first base isn't being discussed right now.

    Advice: "Right now, no," Bochy said. "Down the road, sure, that's something we will talk about. It could lighten the load on Buster. Whether at some point down the road he will get out from behind the plate, I can't answer that. Right now it's not discussed." Posey has been bothered by a hip issue recently, and catching certainly isn't helping the matter. Still, having a catcher with Posey's bat is incredibly valuable, and the Giants appear ready to leave him there for the time being. Bochy did say that if and when Posey does move it will be to first and not to third base, as some have wondered. But for now, neither move is on the horizon.
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Aroldis Chapman returned to action on Thursday August 21.
    Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
    Thursday, 9:18 pm
  • J. Upton drives in 3 runs in shutout vs. Reds
    Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk, a two-run single, and a sacrifice fly as the Braves shut out the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Upton knocked in a pair on a third-inning single, and drove in the Braves' eighth and final run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The outfielder is now on a 12-game hitting streak and has brought his slash line back up to .290/.366/.521 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. He'll surpass his career-high in RBI (88) soon, and has a shot to set a new personal best in home runs (31) as well.
    Thursday, 7:37 pm
  • Still no timetable for Joey Votto (quad)
    Joey Votto (quad) remains without a timetable to return.

    Advice: Updates on Votto's progress have been few and far between, which isn't a great sign. The first baseman has yet to resume baseball activities and on Thursday didn't offer any clues as to how far along he is. "So the second I'm capable of playing and I'm no longer injured, I'll be back on the field," Votto said. "In the meantime, you can assume I'm injured." With the Reds rapidly falling out of playoff contention, the probability of Votto eventually being shut down for the season would seem to be rising.
    Thursday, 3:15 pm
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Chad Qualls (back) unavailable on Thursday
    Chad Qualls (back) is believed to be unavailable for Thursday's series finale against the Yankees.

    Advice: Qualls was also on the shelf Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in his back. It's not an issue that is expected to require a 15-day disabled list stint. Jose Veras earned a save in Qualls' place on Wednesday night and could be called on again Thursday afternoon.
    Thursday, 9:10 am
  • Qualls unavailable Wed. with back discomfort
    Astros manager Bo Porter said reliever Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday with mild back discomfort.

    Advice: With a three-run lead in the ninth inning, Porter turned to Jose Veras, not Qualls, for the save. The revelation after the game shed some light on that decision. Assuming it's a small issue -- Porter said Qualls should be available Thursday -- he'll be back in there the next time the Astros have a save opportunity.
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Chapman (shoulder) available on Wednesday
    Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) expects to be available out of the Reds' bullpen on Wednesday.

    Advice: Chapman walked all four batters he faced on Sunday and has been sidelined in the days since because of an achy shoulder. But the hard-throwing left-hander threw a side session on Wednesday afternoon and reported no issues. The struggling Cincinnati bullpen needs its best weapon on Wednesday night in St. Louis.
    Wednesday, 2:54 pm
  • Robbie Ray to start Friday versus the Twins
    Robbie Ray will start Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: Ray has struggled in two outings since being recalled on August 12 and owns a rough 5.33 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 25 1/3 total innings this season. The left-hander is not a good fantasy play, even against the Twins.
    Wednesday, 1:54 pm
    Not Active
    10:10 am @Min; 5:10 pm @Min
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • Dana Eveland gets injection in elbow
    Dana Eveland will be unavailable until at least Friday after receiving a cortisone injection in his ailing left elbow.

    Advice: The Mets are hoping it's not a disabled list situation, but it's not a given. Eveland has pitched surprisingly well for the Mets, posting a 3.09 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 21/5 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 relief innings.
    Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Dustin Ackley (back) not playing Wednesday
    Dustin Ackley is not in Wednesday's lineup due to a sore back.

    Advice: It's not a big issue, but the Mariners are hoping rest Wednesday combined with Thursday's off day will allow Ackley to return to action Friday. Chris Denorfia is in left field in his place Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 8:39 am
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Justin Upton homers, knocks in five
    Justin Upton had a three-run homer and a two-run single Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Even though he's been much more productive with the bases empty (.315) than with runners on (.260) and runners in scoring position (.237), Upton now has 80 RBI this season, placing him third in the National League behind Giancarlo Stanton and Adrian Gonzalez. He's well on his way to blowing past his career high of 88 from 2011.
    Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Chapman was out Monday with achy shoulder
    Reds manager Bryan Price said after Monday's game that Aroldis Chapman was unavailable Monday due to an achy shoulder.

    Advice: Chapman threw 28 pitches and walked all four batters he faced on Sunday, so it's not surprising Price wanted to stay away from him. Word of an "achy" shoulder is a bit concerning, but Price believes it's a day-to-day situation and hasn't ruled him out for Tuesday. "He's just a little achy and it just doesn't make sense at all for us to keep running him out there," said Price. "He was a little achy [Sunday]. I didn't want to say anything but he was. By the time we knew there might be an issue, the damage was done yesterday."
    Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Ackley's three-hit night not enough vs. Phils
    Dustin Ackley singled, doubled twice, and drove in a run, but it wasn't enough as the Mariners lost to the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Ackley was the extent of the Mariners' offense against Jerome Williams, and he was only able to help the Mariners score their first run in the eighth on a double to left field -- when it was too little, too late. Ackley had been slumping badly following a scorching return from the All-Star break. On the season, he's slashing .247/.293/.375 with eight home runs and 47 RBI.
    Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Justin Upton powers Braves to win on Sunday
    Justin Upton belted a two-run homer, powering the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Athletics on Sunday.

    Advice: His two-run shot came off Jon Lester in the fourth inning and put the Braves ahead to stay. Upton also singled, finishing the evening 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. He's having a solid offensive campaign in the middle of the Braves lineup, slashing .284/.360/.516 with 23 homers and 75 RBI.
    Sunday, 8:12 pm
  • Latos lasts only five in no-decision vs. COL
    Mat Latos got a no-decision, allowing three runs in five innings as the Reds were victims of the Rockies' 10-9 walk-off victory in the first game of Sunday's double-header.

    Advice: The Rockies got to Latos early, scoring twice in the first and once more in the second. Latos was able to correct himself over his final three innings. Overall, he allowed eight hits, walked three, and struck out seven. The right-hander now owns a 3.10 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and a 54/21 K/BB ratio. He'll go up against the Braves at home on Friday next.
    Sunday, 5:52 pm
  • Chapman walks all four batters as Reds lose
    Aroldis Chapman walked each of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning, which eventually allowed the Rockies to walk off winners in the first game of Sunday's double-header.

    Advice: Chapman threw 28 pitches, but only 12 were strikes. The Reds' trainer came out to check on Chapman during the ordeal, but the lefty appeared to be okay. It's certainly uncharacteristic of Chapman to be that spotty with his command. Following the outing, Chapman has a 2.82 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, and a 74/18 K/BB ratio with 26 saves in 28 chances.
    Sunday, 5:38 pm
  • 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
  • Joey Votto moved to 60-day disabled list
    Reds transferred 1B Joey Votto from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move cleared space on the 40-man roster for Dylan Axelrod. Votto cannot return until early September now, but he wasn't expected back before then, anyway. He's yet to resume baseball activities.
    Sunday, 6:07 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Niese tosses quality start in win over CHC
    Jon Niese pitched six innings of three-run ball in the Mets 7-3 win over the Cubs on Saturday.

    Advice: Niese allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out six over his six innings of work. The win pushed his record to 7-8. These are the sorts of boringly quality starts we've come to expect from Niese, who generally occupies the creamy middle of allowing three to five runs an outing. Niese doesn't generally do worse than five, but you'd be pleasantly surprised if he allowed less than three. All of this adds out to a perfectly serviceable 3.50 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, along with a 96/37 K/BB ratio over 135+ innings.
    Saturday, 8:28 pm
  • Danny Santana to start at shortstop Saturday
    Danny Santana will start at shortstop for the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been playing exclusively in the outfield lately, and hasn't made a start at shortstop since June 25 when he suffered a knee injury. The versatile catalyst has been a tremendous addition to the Twins lineup, hitting .325/.363/.475 with five homers, 27 RBI and 11 steals in 62 games.
    Saturday, 11:28 am
    10:10 am vs Det; 5:10 pm vs Det
  • Justin Upton goes deep in return to lineup
    Justin Upton returned to the Braves lineup with a bang on Friday, launching a solo home run in a victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: The younger Upton finished the evening 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He was forced to leave Thursday's contest with a mild strain of his left hamstring, but appears to be good to go. He's now hitting .281/.357/.509 with 22 bombs and 73 RBI on the year.
    Saturday, 2:12 am
  • Willingham has three-run double vs. Twins
    Josh Willingham had a three-run double in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: It was the big blow in a five-run fifth inning against his former team. Willingham is 3-for-14 (.214) with a walk and five strikeouts since coming over from the Twins earlier this week. He's expected to function as the primary DH for the Royals until Eric Hosmer (hand) comes off the disabled list, so those who need power in deeper fantasy leagues should give him a look.
    Friday, 10:42 pm
  • Aroldis Chapman loses strikeout streak
    Aroldis Chapman picked up his 26th save with a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Rockies, but his record streak of 49 straight relief appearances with a strikeout came to an end.

    Advice: Michael McKenry ruined things, lining into a game-ending double play before Chapman could get his strikeout. It's the first time since last Aug. 19 that Chapman has gone an appearance without a strikeout. He currently has 74 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings this year.
    Friday, 9:25 pm
  • 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
  • Freeman's three-run homer powers Braves
    Freddie Freeman blasted a three-run homer on Friday, powering the Braves to a 7-2 victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: Freeman's three-run shot off Jason Hammel came in the third inning, after Justin Upton and Evan Gattis had already launched solo shots in the second. He's in the midst of another very strong offensive season, slashing .294/.380/.491 with 17 homers and 67 RBI.
    Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Franklin Morales scratched from start
    Franklin Morales has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start versus the Reds.

    Advice: Morales is expecting the birth of his child. Matt Belisle will start in his place and will be followed by a host of relievers. Morales has not been placed on paternity leave.
    Friday, 1:56 pm
  • 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
  • Freddie Freeman reaches four times
    Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored versus the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's Freeman's fourth three-hit game of the month already, pushing his average back up to .294. He's been a disappointment in fantasy leagues the last couple of months, but he's certainly capable of a hot finish.
    Thursday, 1:02 pm
  • Justin Upton diagnosed with hamstring strain
    Justin Upton has been diagnosed with a mild left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Upton suffered the injury Thursday while running the bases. He's considered day-to-day for now, but hamstring strains -- even mild ones -- can take over a week to fully heal. B.J. Upton replaced him in Thursday's game.
    Thursday, 12:46 pm
  • Justin Upton leaves game with apparent injury
    Justin Upton left Thursday's game against the Dodgers with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Upton came up grimacing after sliding into third base in the bottom of the eighth inning. His brother B.J. entered as a pinch-runner. The Braves should have an update on Justin at some point Thursday afternoon.
    Thursday, 12:06 pm
  • Josh Willingham to be used as primary DH
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that Josh Willingham will be the team's primary designated hitter until Eric Hosmer (hand) returns.

    Advice: Hosmer's injury has forced Billy Butler to first base, freeing up at-bats in the DH spot. "We'll go day-to-day with it," Yost said. "But he's going to play a lot until Hos gets back. He's a presence in the lineup because he can drive the ball a long way." Raul Ibanez will also still see time in the DH slot, but it sounds like Willingham, who doubled in one of his four at-bats Tuesday in his Royals' debut, will be the main guy there.
    Wednesday, 7:33 am
  • Votto aims for baseball activity in late Aug.
    The Reds are hoping Joey Votto (quad) will be ready to resume baseball activities during the last 7-10 days of August.

    Advice: "That's just an optimist's view," manager Bryan Price admitted. "There's really no way to tell 100 percent of when he will initiate his reintroduction to all the baseball stuff." Votto to this point has been limited to strengthening exercises. The Reds don't expect him to require a rehab assignment, so he should be able to return shortly after beginning baseball activities. However, it's obvious that his timetable is still very much up in the air.
    Wednesday, 7:06 am
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm vs Atl
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