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  • Amarista has two hits and two steals in win
    Alexi Amarista went 2-for-3 with a walk, two steals and an RBI Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Somebody in a deep NL-only league is going to wake up on Thursday morning smiling ear to ear at this news. For the rest of us, Amarista remains a fantasy non-factor. He's ostensibly a speedster, only these were his first steals since August 3. Amarista is on the roster for his defensive versatility, nothing more. He's batting .235 with three homers, 11 steals and 23 RBI over 294 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Liriano logs first career multi-hit game
    Rymer Liriano had his first major league multi-hit game in the Padres' win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and two runs scored in the 4-1 triumph. He came into this game batting .217, but has nonetheless been an interesting and valuable offensive contributor from the jump, thanks in part to walking six times in nine games. Liriano is slashing a solid .269/.412/.423 through his first 26 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Pence goes 2-for-5 with homer and two runs
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored as the Giants thumped the Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pence was one of four Giants batters with multi-hit games in the laugher. The 31-year-old is hitting .284 and is on pace for 22 homers, 70 RBI, 109 runs and 14 steals. Just another strong fantasy campaign from a perennially underrated player.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Ishikawa goes 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI
    Travis Ishikawa went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-3 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Ishikawa went 2-for-3 against the Cubs on Opening Day back on March 31, when he was a member of the Pirates; this was his first multi-hit game since then. He hit .161 with a .583 OPS in April and quickly found himself on the streets as a free agent. He returned to the Giants on a minor league deal and has slashed .206/.263/.382 in sporadic playing time. Ishikawa isn't a fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Angels demote OF Boesch for pitching help
    Angels optioned OF Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The Angels had to use six pitchers in relief of injured starter Garrett Richards on Wednesday, so Boesch will be swapped out for a fresh arm. Boesch hasn't helped his cause when he's been up, batting .129/.152/.194 in 31 at-bats with the Angels this season. He'll likely be back up in September.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
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    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Sal Perez to undergo MRI on achy right kneee
    Salvador Perez will undergo an MRI on his right knee Thursday.

    Advice: Royals manager Ned Yost continues to downplay the injury, but the team wants to have it look at just in case. Perez left Monday's game with some soreness in the knee, and he missed Wednesday's game as well. Consider him day-to-day unless the MRI finds something more troubling.
    Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Rendon pinch-hits, walks Nats off with single
    Anthony Rendon pinch-hit and lifted a walk-off RBI single to left field in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the D'Backs.

    Advice: Rendon got the night off, with Kevin Frandsen starting at third base in his place. But as the Nats squandered a 2-0 lead in the eighth, Rendon picked up his team by playing the hero. The third baseman is having a great season, slashing .278/.333/.462 with 16 home runs, 68 RBI, and 12 stolen bases.
    Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Andy Dirks shut down with hamstring strain
    Andy Dirks has been shut down from his rehab assignment due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

    Advice: Dirks has been out all season due to back surgery and his rehab continues to be stalled by different setbacks. It's no longer a sure thing that he will be able to appear in a major league game for the Tigers this year.
    Yesterday, 2:51 pm
    Disabled List
  • Swisher gets season-ending knee surgeries
    Nick Swisher underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday afternoon on both of his knees.

    Advice: The procedures were arthroscopic debridements, and come with an 8-10 week rehab timetable. Swisher is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training next season. He concludes the 2014 campaign with a career-worst .208/.278/.331 batting line.
    Yesterday, 1:32 pm
    Disabled List
  • Will Middlebrooks not in lineup Wednesday
    Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) is not in Wednesday's lineup.

    Advice: The Red Sox are calling him day-to-day after he exited Tuesday's contest with right hamstring tightness, but he figures to miss at least a couple games. Brock Holt is at third base Wednesday in Middlebrooks' place.
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Andrelton Simmons back in Braves' lineup
    Andrelton Simmons is back in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Simmons exited Tuesday's contest with sore left hip, but he's fine. The slick-fielding shortstop is hitting .304/.333/.435 with a homer and five RBI over his last six games.
    Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Anthony Rendon getting a day off
    Anthony Rendon is not in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Kevin Frandsen is filling in at third base for Rendon.
    Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis nursing stiff neck
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: The neck issue also kept him out of action Tuesday. It doesn't at this point appear to be more than a day-to-day situation. Curtis Granderson had been slated for DH duty, but he'll now play right field and Eric Campbell will be the DH.
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Derek Norris (back) to sit out Wednesday
    Derek Norris will not play Wednesday due to a minor back issue.

    Advice: The ailment doesn't affect Norris behind or at the plate but does when he's running. He should be OK in a day or two.
    Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • Gyorko goes 2-for-5 with homer and 3 RBI
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 8-6 loss against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko crushed a Kevin Correia pitch 413 feet over the center field wall in the first inning to plate Abraham Almonte and Seth Smith and give San Diego an early 3-0 lead. He didn't reach again until a ninth inning single off Kenley Jansen. That hit momentarily made the affair very interesting, but Almonte was thrown out after rounding third to end the game. Gyorko remains hot since returning from the disabled list (plantar fasciitis) in late July, going 24-for-77 (.312) with four homers, five doubles and 20 RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • d'Arnaud keeps raking, goes deep in loss
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a home run against the A's on Tuesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud's fourth inning solo homer put the Mets up 1-0, but they had difficulty mustering up offense the rest of the way in the 6-2 setback. The 25-year-old backstop continues to be a fantasy godsend for owners who took a chance on him after he was promoted on June 24. He was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in early June after batting a cringe-worthy .180/.271/.273 over 39 games, but destroyed the ball on the farm (24-for-55 with six home runs, eight doubles, and 16 RBI over 15 games) to earn a quick trip back to the Big Apple. Since his promotion, d'Arnaud is 42-for-158 (.266) with eight homers, 10 doubles and a triple. That's serious power for a catcher. Keep riding the hot hand.
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • Simmons (hip) could play Wednesday
    Andrelton Simmons exited Tuesday's game versus the Pirates with a sore left hip.

    Advice: He seems to have been removed as a precaution with the Braves having a big lead, as the club is hopeful Simmons can play Wednesday. Simmons had a hit and scored two runs before exiting.
    Tuesday, 7:23 pm
  • Will Middlebrooks leaves with tight hamstring
    Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game versus the Angels with right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Middlebrooks tweaked the hamstring while beating outing a single in the fourth inning. The Red Sox are saying his removal was precautionary and he's considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 6:19 pm
  • Will Middlebrooks exits with leg injury
    Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game versus the Angels with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Middlebrooks tweaked something after beating out an infield single. The Red Sox should provide an update on the third baseman's status shortly.
    Tuesday, 5:49 pm
  • Salvador Perez returns to Royals' lineup
    Salvador Perez is back in the Royals' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Perez exited Monday's contest with a sore right knee, but he said Tuesday that he feels "good." The All-Star catcher sports a .268/.305/.417 batting line with 15 homers this season.
    Tuesday, 3:27 pm
  • Salvador Perez exits with soreness in knee
    Salvador Perez left Monday's game versus the Twins with right knee discomfort.

    Advice: The good news is that the Royals are calling his removal precautionary, so it's safe to consider Perez day-to-day. The backstop went 2-for-3 with a two-run single before departing. Erik Kratz will fill in behind the dish until Perez is ready.
    Monday, 7:46 pm
  • Andrelton Simmons gets RBI in return
    Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: Simmons missed Friday's game after receiving treatment for an abscessed tooth. The shortstop is sporting a .254/.300/.342 batting line.
    Sunday, 12:58 am
  • Gyorko drives in five, Padres take down STL
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI in Saturday's 9-5 defeat of the Cardinals.

    Advice: St. Louis jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but the Padres answered back with four runs in the top of the third (with the help of a Gyorko RBI single). Gyorko then slugged a grand slam in the seventh inning off Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist, just before a lengthy rain delay. Gyorko has been on fire since returning from a bad case of plantar fasciitis and looks poised to finish the 2014 season on a positive binge.
    Saturday, 9:40 pm
  • Derek Norris has two hits in losing effort
    Derek Norris went 2-for-4 with a double in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Norris also came around to score one of just two A's runs in the contest. He's enjoying a strong season at the dish, slashing .283/.376/.454 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in only 269 at-bats.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Andrelton Simmons not in lineup Friday
    Andrelton Simmons is not in Friday's lineup because he's receiving treatment for an abscessed tooth.

    Advice: Simmons has battled an ankle injury recently, but this time it's his tooth that's keeping him out. He should be back in there Saturday. Phil Gosselin is filling in at shortstop Friday.
    Friday, 2:42 pm
  • Andy Dirks resuming rehab assignment
    Andy Dirks (back, hamstring) will resume a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

    Advice: Dirks has been slowed for the last week with a tweaked hamstring, but it wasn't a significant setbacks. He's missed all season following back surgery but the Tigers remain hopeful of getting him back before the end of the year.
    Friday, 1:54 pm
    Disabled List
  • d'Arnaud tries to spark rally with solo homer
    Travis d'Arnaud did his best to spark a rally, blasting a solo home run in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Mets lost to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud greeted closer Rafael Soriano with a lead-off home run to left field, cutting the Nationals' lead to one. The catcher has hit three home runs in his last five games and has looked much improved since returning from a demotion to Triple-A. He has a .230/.295/.398 slash line with 10 home runs and 30 RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Gyorko scores four-hit night in win vs. COL
    Jedd Gyorko had one of his best performances of the season, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's Gyorko's first four-hit game of the season, and he was one of only two Padres to accrue multiple hits on the evening. The second baseman has been performing much better at the plate since coming off of the disabled list on July 28. He now has a .333 average (19-for-57) in 15 games since his activation. A surge over the remaining 43 games could help pull up his sagging numbers. He carries a disappointing .199/.251/.326 slash line with seven home runs and 35 RBI.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • Liriano hits 1st big league HR as Padres win
    Rymer Liriano hit his first major league home run in the Padres' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old made his big league debut on Monday, and has notched his first career big league homer in his third game. The blast occurred in the fourth inning, a two-run blast off of Tyler Matzek which broke a 1-1 tie. Liriano has a host of tools and he has already been putting them on display in his first 12 plate appearances.
    Wednesday, 6:45 pm
  • Simmons (ankle) returns to lineup Wednesday
    Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is in the Braves' starting lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Simmons sat out six straight games due to the injury, but he was back in the lineup batting seventh on Wednesday. The Braves deemed the injury minor from the outset, so it's not likely something that will continue to affect him going forward.
    Wednesday, 3:17 pm
  • Swisher (knee) to get second opinion Tuesday
    Nick Swisher will receive a second opinion on his ailing right knee on Tuesday in Los Angeles from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

    Advice: Swisher was examined by Dr. Rick Parker on Monday, but the Indians have yet to release the resulted from that visits (which probably isn't a good sign). The 33-year-old has played through knee issues all season and the club is trying to figure out what the best course of action is. More will obviously be known after Tuesday's exam.
    Wednesday, 11:42 am
    Disabled List
  • Rendon homers as Nats slug their way to a win
    Anthony Rendon hit a two-run home run, his only success in five trips to the plate, as the Nationals battered Mets pitching in a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rendon's sixth-inning solo shot was the second of four hit against Mets pitching on the evening, extending his club's lead to 3-0 at the time. The 24-year-old has been among the most productive at his position, having hit 16 home runs, knocked in 66 runs, stolen 12 bases, and posted a .276/.331/.469 slash line.
    Tuesday, 7:57 pm
  • Nick Swisher to receive more opinions on knee
    Nick Swisher will receive additional opinions on his ailing right knee before a decision is made on his status.

    Advice: Swisher, who has had knee issues all season, was examined by Dr. Rick Parker on Monday, but the Indians want to gather more information and seek additional opinions before announcing what they'll do. Manager Terry Francona wouldn't indicate whether surgery might be a possibility. "I think what we need to do is allow this process to kind of play itself out," Francona said. "With the ballclub's help and urging, he's going to get another opinion and we're trying to align that right now. When we have information that's solid -- and when and where and all that -- we will give it to you guys. I think they're in the process of trying to do that right now."
    Tuesday, 4:51 pm
    Disabled List
  • Angels recall Brennan Boesch from AAA
    Angels recalled OF Brennan Boesch from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Boesch has hit .326/.380/.625 with 22 home runs and 75 RBI in 84 games this season at the Triple-A level, but he probably won't play enough in Anaheim to hold relevance in mixed fantasy leagues. The 29-year-old is a .259/.314/.417 career hitter in the majors.
    Tuesday, 2:43 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Simmons (ankle) remains out of lineup Tues.
    Andrelton Simmons (ankle) remains out of the Braves' starting lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Simmons had no issues with his ankle during a workout on Monday and hoped to return to the starting lineup Tuesday, but the Braves will apparently give him another day of rest. Emilio Bonifacio will fill in again at shortstop.
    Tuesday, 12:17 pm
  • Liriano knocks in a run in his MLB debut
    In his major league debut -- a 4-3 win over the Rockies on Monday -- Rymer Liriano hit a sacrifice fly.

    Advice: He finished 0-for-2 with that RBI. Liriano, promoted earlier in the day, slashed .291/.362/.473 with 14 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 115 games between Double-A and Triple-A, including .452 (28-for-62) with 16 extra-base hits and 13 RBI in 16 games at Triple-A El Paso. The well-built 23-year-old from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic missed last season while recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. In possession of the coveted speed/power combination, Liriano is worth at least an exploratory glance by owners in all formats.
    Monday, 10:45 pm
  • Simmons (ankle) to take BP on Monday
    Andrelton Simmons (ankle) did some running Monday and is expected to take batting practice.

    Advice: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez expects Simmons to return to action on either Tuesday or Wednesday. The defensive whiz has been sidelined since August 5 with a left ankle injury.
    Monday, 1:34 pm
  • Padres promote OF prospect Rymer Liriano
    Padres recalled OF Rymer Liriano from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Liriano is set to make his major league debut on Monday night against the Rockies. The dynamic 23-year-old has batted .291/.362/.473 with 14 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 115 games this season between Double-A and Triple-A, and is worth grabbing in most mixed fantasy leagues. The Padres have no reason not to find him regular playing time down the stretch.
    Monday, 11:56 am
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