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  • Heston struggles in return to rotation
    Chris Heston was lit up in his return to the Giant rotation on Sunday, allowing five runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Heston struck out just one. A three-run first inning put him in an early hole and he was never able to work his way back from that. With Matt Cain injured, Heston slots back into the rotation and returns to his 3.56 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 111/48 K/BB ratio over 149 1/3 innings. Up next on his schedule, a road start against the Rockies. Today, 4:15 pm
    L, 7-5 vs ^ StL
  • M's strike early against Jose Quintana
    Jose Quintana ran into trouble in the first two innings of Sunday's no-decision against the Mariners, ultimately allowing four runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Quintana was taken deep for a two-run homer by Kyle Seager in the first. Austin Jackson then launched a two-run shot of his own in the second. The 26-year-old southpaw wouldn't allow another run during the rest of his time on the mound, but the Mariners kept racking up the hits and he was driven from the game with one out in the fifth inning. Despite this lackluster outing, he'll still carry a rock-solid 3.75 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into his next start, a road showdown with the division-leading Royals. Today, 3:15 pm
  • Jones strikes out twice in loss to Rangers
    Adam Jones went 1-for-4 with a double and a pair of strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Jones and the Orioles were completely baffled by Derek Holland over the course of the game, but the outfielder did manage the lone extra-base hit on the O's box score. The dependable outfield bat boasts a typically nice .279/.317/.493 triple-slash along with 24 homers and 66 RBI this season. Today, 2:56 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber not in Cubs lineup on Sunday
    Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Sunday night's tilt against the Dodgers.

    Advice: It's the second game that he's missed out of the last three, with the Cubs wanting to keep him fresh down the stretch. Matt Szczur will start in left field in his place and bat sixth against opposing southpaw Alex Wood. Today, 2:35 pm
  • Kemp homers early helping Padres beat Phils
    Matt Kemp provided a two-run home run, finishing 1-for-5 as the Padres took down the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Kemp opened up the scoring with a two-run blast over the fence in left field against Alec Asher in the first inning. The veteran outfielder has hit well in the second half to salvage what has otherwise been a tough season. He's batting .265/.312/.424 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI on the year. Today, 1:59 pm
  • Shields limits Phillies to one run in a win
    James Shields was effective in Sunday's win versus the Phillies, firing seven innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Shields allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight. The only run came on a Cameron Rupp solo home run in the second inning. The right-hander picked up his 10th win with the effort, and now has a 3.78 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 184/61 K/BB ratio in 171 1/3 innings. Shields will host the Dodgers in his next start. Today, 1:54 pm
  • Alfredo Simon lit up by Blue Jays
    Alfredo Simon was torched for six runs on six hits -- including four home runs -- over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Simon never had a chance, serving up a couple dingers in the first, another one in the second and a final one in the fourth. The Blue Jays are creaming everyone these days, but this outing was a continuation of a rotten stretch for Simon, who has allowed at least four runs in 11 of his last 13 starts. He'll get the Indians next. Today, 1:17 pm
  • Weaver hammered for 8 runs over 6 innings
    Jered Weaver lost to the Indians on Sunday, surrendering eight runs in six innings of work.

    Advice: The Indians hit a pair of RBI doubles in the first inning, but Weaver settled in with three scoreless innings. He slipped up again in the fifth, serving up a grand slam to Abraham Almonte. Overall, the right-hander gave up nine hits and walked four while striking out two. Weaver's awful 2015 season is almost over, as he carries a 4.94 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 67/22 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings. He'll try to rebound in a home start versus the Rangers next. Today, 1:00 pm
  • Andrew Chafin optioned to Triple-A
    Diamondbacks optioned LHP Andrew Chafin to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Chafin boasts a 2.41 ERA for the season and 1.32 mark in August, but he's on pace for 69 appearances and the D'Backs want to give him some rest. He'll be back up when rosters expand. Today, 10:33 am
    Not Active
    L, 7-4 vs Oak
  • Phil Hughes (back) nearing mound work
    Phil Hughes (back) is tentatively scheduled to resume throwing off a mound mid- to late-week.

    Advice: Hughes was originally expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible, but his back injury has lingered. The right-hander is looking at a mid-September return in a best-case scenario. Today, 10:25 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-5 vs Hou
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) still out Sunday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's missed three straight starts with a sore right hand. The good news is that Escobar played catch Sunday, so he could be back in there shortly. Anthony Rendon is handling third base and Danny Espinosa is at second Sunday. Today, 9:13 am
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Alex Gordon (groin) to play 4-5 games/week
    Royals manager Ned Yost plans to play Alex Gordon (groin) 4-5 games per week upon his activation from the disabled list.

    Advice: "This is kind of a one-shot deal," Yost said. "If he comes back and hurts it, he’s done. So we want to make sure he’s in great shape, healthy and ready to go, when he gets back." Gordon is hitting .400/.545/.600 over seven games so far on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha and is expected to be activated when rosters expand on Tuesday. "He feels really good," Yost said. "He’s running at about 90 percent, which is good. he’s taking walks, fouling off pitches, getting hits. He’s doing a lot of really good things. I just want to make sure that he’s ready when he gets here." Today, 8:09 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-2 x @TB
  • Rajai Davis playing through finger injury
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus revealed Saturday that Rajai Davis has been playing through a left middle finger injury since mid-May.

    Advice: Davis said that the injury has led to him not placing his finger on the bat when he swings. The speedster is hitting just .179 (19-for-106) over the last two months, so it would stand to reason that the ailment is affecting him. Today, 7:23 am
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) scores run in return
    Matt Kemp (shoulder) singled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Kemp missed two games with a sore left (non-throwing) shoulder, but he'll be fine. He also stole a base Saturday. Today, 5:19 am
  • Peraza swipes two bases, Dodgers top Cubs
    Jose Peraza went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases Saturday in the Dodgers' 5-2 defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Peraza singled, stole third base, and scored a run in the bottom of the third inning. In the bottom of the seventh inning, he smacked an RBI double and scored his second run of the game. In the eighth inning he reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. The young infield prospect can be a weapon as a pinch-runner down the stretch for Los Angeles and he'll be an intriguing daily fantasy play on days he starts. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Lester allows five earned in loss to Dodgers
    Jon Lester gave up five earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lester didn't issue a walk and struck out seven, but the Dodgers tagged him for eight hits and took advantage of his inability to control the running game with three stolen bases. Lester should be able to bounce back in his next start at home against the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Escobar (hand) sitting out again Saturday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: It's the second game in a row he's missed with a hand injury. Anthony Rendon is filling in at third base. Escobar has posted a surprising .308 average this year in 408 at-bats. That's well above his .279 career average. He's day-to-day. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Kyle Schwarber back in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is back in the Cubs' starting lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He'll start in left field and bat second. Schwarber's average has taken a hit this month (.235) but he's still posting huge power numbers (nine homers in 85 August at-bats). His absence Friday was just a routine off day after playing 21 games in a row. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Giants recall Chris Heston from Triple-A
    Giants recalled RHP Chris Heston from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Heston will return to the Giants rotation on Sunday, taking the place of the injured Matt Cain. The right-hander owns a 3.34 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 110/48 K/BB ratio across 145 2/3 innings on the season. Friday, 4:39 pm
    L, 7-5 vs ^ StL
  • Dodgers recall Jose Peraza from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled INF Jose Peraza from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He would've been back with the club once rosters expand in September, but with the injury to Yasiel Puig he gets to return a couple of days early. He will provide infield depth down the stretch for the Dodgers. Friday, 4:21 pm
  • Adam Jones in Orioles lineup on Friday
    Adam Jones (neck) is in the Orioles starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Jones was removed from Thursday's game and experienced symptoms of whiplash after crashing into the outfield wall. He didn't display any concussion symptoms though and is apparently ready to roll the very next day. Friday, 4:00 pm
  • Heston to start on Sunday in Cain's place
    Chris Heston is expected to start on Sunday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: It had been the struggling Matt Cain's spot. Heston won't have spent the required 10 days in the minors by Sunday, so the Giants will have to create a phantom injury for someone (likely Cain). The righty was sent down a week ago as a means to cut down his workload, as he didn't make any appearances in the minors. Friday, 3:03 pm
    L, 7-5 vs ^ StL
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) still out on Friday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Escobar had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, but he remains sore. Anthony Rendon is handling third base, while Trea Turner is getting his first major league start at second. Friday, 1:36 pm
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) out again on Friday
    Matt Kemp (shoulder) remained out of the Padres' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the second straight game Kemp has been out with a sore left shoulder. He remains day-to-day. Travis Jankowski is in right field again in Kemp's place. Friday, 1:18 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) listed as day-to-day
    Yunel Escobar is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his hand came back negative late Thursday.

    Advice: He was lifted from Thursday's game after being drilled by a pitch on his right hand. He was fortunate to avoid any fractures though and should be able to return to the lineup in a day or two once the swelling subsides. Thursday, 7:29 pm
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Yunel Escobar leaves after hit by pitch
    Yunel Escobar was removed from Thursday's game against the Padres after being hit by a pitch on his right hand.

    Advice: He will presumably head for X-rays to rule out any structural damage. Danny Escobar replaced him and would see increased action if Escobar is forced to miss an extended period of time. Thursday, 6:01 pm
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Adam Jones day-to-day, X-rays negative
    Adam Jones is listed as day-to-day after X-rays on his wrist came back negative on Thursday.

    Advice: Jones was removed from Thursday's game against the Royals after crashing into the outfield wall. While he is experiencing symptoms of whiplash, there were no fractures in his wrist and he isn't experiencing any concussion symptoms. He should return to the O's lineup at some point over the weekend. Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • Adam Jones exits game with apparent injury
    Adam Jones left Thursday's game against the Royals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Jones ran into the center field fence trying to track down a ball off the bat of Ben Zobrist in the first inning. He remained in the game initially, but Paul Janish replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the third. The O's should pass along an update soon. Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting behind the plate in the Cubs' series finale Thursday versus the Giants.

    Advice: It's his 13th start this year at catcher, but his first since August 6. Schwarber was shifted to left field when Miguel Montero returned earlier this month from a thumb sprain, but Montero is getting a day off Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Thursday, 9:54 am
  • Schwarber's 3-run HR powers Cubs past SF
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run home run to help take down the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, drilling a Matt Cain offering to right-center, staking the Cubs to a 3-0 lead. Though the power display has been impressive, he has only four hits in 31 at-bats (.129) since August 16 and they're all homers. Schwarber is batting .275/.373/.570 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI since making his major league debut in mid-June. Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Quintana registers quality start vs. Red Sox
    Jose Quintana allowed four runs -- three earned -- over six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was a pretty standard start for Quintana, who allowed seven hits while striking out six in the effort. The quality start was Quintana's 20th in 26 starts this season. Despite that, the left-hander remains just 7-10 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Quintana will get back after it Sunday against the Mariners. Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Weaver wins despite unsharp outing vs. Tigers
    Jered Weaver lucked into a win on Tuesday against the Tigers, as he yielded six runs in 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The Angels scored four times in the first inning. Weaver gave it all back in the third when the Tigers plated four runs, three of which came in on a Miguel Cabrera double. James McCann hit a two-run home run in the sixth. Overall, Weaver gave up seven hits, walked none, and struck out one. He had been solid since returning from the disabled list before Tuesday's hiccup. On the season, Weaver has a 4.59 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 65/18 K/BB ratio over 119 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Indians in a road match-up next. Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Simon smoked by the Angels, taking 8th loss
    Alfredo Simon took his eighth loss of the season on Tuesday versus the Angels after surrendering eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Simon was coming off of a one-hit shutout against the Rangers and things couldn't have gone any differently for him on Tuesday. The Angels jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, then tacked on two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Simon uncorked three wild pitches, walked four, allowed nine hits, and struck out two. The inconsistent right-hander sports an ugly 4.89 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP and a 93/53 K/BB ratio over 141 2/3 innings. Simon will have his hands full the next time he takes the mound, as he'll face the Blue Jays in Toronto. Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Shields serves up 5 runs, loses to Nationals
    James Shields was handed the loss on Tuesday after serving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Nationals.

    Advice: Shields allowed a two-run home run to Wilson Ramos in the second inning, then RBI doubles in the third and fifth innings. In the sixth, he allowed a two-out single before departing, and that runner would later score on a grand slam. Overall, the right-hander gave up eight hits and four walks while striking out two. If the season ended today, Shields' 3.89 ERA would be his highest since 2010 when he was with the Rays. He'll try to rebound in Philadelphia against the Phillies next. Tuesday, 7:35 pm
  • Hughes (back) to resume throwing this week
    Phil Hughes (back) will resume throwing Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Hughes was originally expected to return from the disabled list when first eligible, but that date has already passed and he's just now beginning to play catch. He could be out through the middle of September. Tuesday, 1:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-5 vs Hou
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) in Tuesday's lineup
    Yunel Escobar (neck) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: Escobar hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with a hyperextended neck. With his return and Denard Span's activation from the DL, the Nationals have their full lineup together for the first time this season. Tuesday, 12:48 pm
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Jones homer gives early lead, but O's lose
    Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Jones creamed a Kris Medlen offering to left-center in the first inning, but it was a lead the Orioles would wind up losing. The O's have dropped five games in a row now, but it isn't the outfielder's fault. Jones is batting .285/.324/.507 with 24 home runs and 66 RBI. Monday, 8:04 pm
  • Lester brilliant but falls short of shutout
    Jon Lester fell one out shy of a shutout Monday, allowing one run over 8 2/3 frames but settling for a no-decision in a 2-1 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Gunning for the first shutout by a Cubs lefty since 2006, Lester hit Abraham Almonte with a pitch to lead off the ninth inning and Francisco Lindor reached on an infield single with one out. He struck out Michael Brantley but then allowed a run-scoring single to Carlos Santana. Lester was then pulled, and Hector Rondon wound up picking up the victory after retiring one batter when Kris Bryant hit a walk-off homer in the ninth. The southpaw surrendered six hits, walked one and struck out six on the day, lowering his ERA to 3.44. He gets the Dodgers this weekend. Aug 24, 2:59 pm
  • Kemp drives home pair of runs in ninth
    Matt Kemp went 1-for-5 with a two-run single in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Kemp's two-run single in the ninth inning merely served as window dressing in the eventual 10-3 loss. The veteran outfielder has driven in two runs in each of his last three games and he's now rolling with a 15-game hitting streak. For the season, he's slashing .267/.314/.423 with 15 homers and 76 RBI. Aug 23, 5:17 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) held out again Sunday
    Yunel Escobar (neck) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Escobar suffered a hyper-extended neck during Friday's game. He could be ready to go on Tuesday after Monday's off day. The Nats have Danny Espinosa at second base and Anthony Rendon at third. Aug 23, 7:46 am
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Phil Hughes (back) yet to resume throwing
    Phil Hughes (back) has yet to resume throwing.

    Advice: The Twins had been hoping that Hughes would be ready for activation when first eligible on August 25, but obviously that's not going to happen. He's been limited to pool workouts to this point and feels minor irritation when he makes certain movements. "He’s not throwing," manager Paul Molitor said. "He’s better than he was, obviously. He’s just not turning around as fast as we hoped he would at this point." It sounds like Hughes won't be back until September. Tyler Duffey will continue to fill in. Aug 23, 6:53 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-5 vs Hou
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) not in Nats lineup
    Yunel Escobar (neck) is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Escobar suffered a hyper-extended neck during Friday's game and is considered day-to-day. Look for his probable return on Sunday. Aug 22, 12:27 pm
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Escobar day-to-day with hyper-extended neck
    Yunel Escobar is considered day-to-day with a hyper-extended neck.

    Advice: Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game against the Brewers after sustaining the injury when he crashed into a railing while chasing down a foul ball. Expect him to get an extra day of rest on Saturday before returning to the starting lineup on Sunday. Aug 22, 9:53 am
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Matt Kemp goes 2-for-5, homers
    Matt Kemp finished 2-for-5 with a homer against the Cardinals on Friday.

    Advice: Kemp has four homers in the last 10 days and seven since the All-Star break. It's just too bad he's stopped running; he's tried just one steal in the second half after going 8-for-9 during the first half. Aug 21, 11:06 pm
  • Yunel Escobar leaves with apparent injury
    Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game against the Brewers with an apparent injury after running into a railing while chasing a foul ball.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly where the injury is or the severity, but the Nationals should have an update on his status shortly. Anthony Rendon shifted to third base with Danny Espinosa entering the game to play second. Aug 21, 4:31 pm
    W, 7-4 vs x Mia
  • Giants send down Chris Heston to Triple-A
    Giants optioned RHP Chris Heston to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: It's a means to cut back his workload, as Heston will not make any appearances with Sacramento. The right-hander is on pace to throw 194 2/3 innings this season, which would surpass his previous high by 16 1/3 frames. That wouldn't be a big jump, but the Giants apparently think this is the best way to keep him fresh down the stretch. Aug 21, 2:40 pm
    L, 7-5 vs ^ StL
  • Quintana limits Angels to two runs in win
    Jose Quintana tossed a nice start in Thursday's win over the Angels, allowing two runs on eight hits over six innings.

    Advice: While the Angels did accumulate eight hits, Quintana kept their offense in check even when he ran into trouble. Only one of those eight hits went for extra bases (Mike Trout hit a double in the first), which might help to explain the lack of runs. After the White Sox offense ran up a five-spot in the fifth, the final outcome of the game was never truly in doubt and Quintana improved to 7-10 on the season. He's pitched well in the shadow of fellow southpaw Chris Sale, boasting a 3.60 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 134/34 K/BB ratio over 160 innings. A home date with the Red Sox pops up next on his schedule. Aug 20, 10:32 pm
  • Alfredo Simon tosses one-hit shutout
    Alfredo Simon pitched a one-hitter Thursday against the Rangers to win for the 11th time this season.

    Advice: Not only was it Simon's first shutout in 74 career starts, but it was his first complete game. Rougned Odor's fifth-inning double was the lone knock. Simon might have lost his rotation spot earlier this month had the Tigers rotation been in better shape, but that couldn't even be considered with the way things have gone of late. He lowered his ERA from 4.84 to 4.52 tonight. Aug 20, 7:27 pm
  • Gordon (groin) to begin rehab stint Sunday
    Alex Gordon (groin) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.

    Advice: Gordon has been sidelined since July 8 with a Grade 2 groin strain, but he's currently on track to rejoin the first-place Royals by the end of the month. The 31-year-old was batting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI over 78 games prior to the injury. Aug 20, 1:49 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 3-2 x @TB
  • Jered Weaver blanks White Sox into seventh
    Jered Weaver was effective and efficient in Wednesday's win over the White Sox, firing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Weaver scattered five hits while striking out five. He did not issue a walk on the night. In three starts since returning from the disabled list, he's allowed five runs on 13 hits across 17 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old right-hander no longer cracks 90 mph with his fastball, but he seems to be learning to pitch effectively with diminished stuff. The owner of a 4.34 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, Weaver will head out on the road to face the Tigers in his next start. Aug 19, 10:06 pm
  • Jon Lester gets pounded by Tigers
    Jon Lester was lit up for seven runs and three homers in 2 1/3 innings by the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lester's four-game winning streak was snapped. It was both his shortest outing of the season and his most runs allowed as a Cub. He was supposed to get away from the Tigers now that he's in the NL, but he's faced them twice this season and gotten rocked both times. Just two of his 11 career regular-season starts against the Tigers were quality starts. Aug 19, 9:08 pm
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