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  • Jordy Mercer (forearm) returns to lineup
    Jordy Mercer (forearm) is back in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's his first start since Wednesday as Mercer has battled a flexor issue in his right arm. He's at shortstop and batting sixth against A.J. Cole and the Nationals. 20 minutes ago
  • Gray (forearm) likely to start this week
    Sonny Gray (forearm) said he "threw everything I had and wasn’t holding back" in a 48-pitch live batting practice session Saturday.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin said of Gray that the "fit him in somewhere" this week provided that he feels fine Sunday. The skipped indicated that an appearance from Gray in the final week would be as a starter. Gray holds a 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues this week, but it looks like the righty will be able to go into the winter feeling positive about his health. 34 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Tex
  • Matt Wieters not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Wieters is absent from the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Caleb Joseph will do the catching. Today, 8:36 am
  • Adam Eaton (head) out again Sunday
    Adam Eaton (head) remained out of the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Eaton managed to avoid a concussion but is still very sore after colliding with the outfield wall on Friday. He'll be re-evaluated Monday. The White Sox have Leury Garcia in center field and Avisail Garcia in right Sunday. Today, 8:03 am
    Top 2, 0-0 @Cle
  • Francisco Lindor getting a day off Sunday
    Francisco Lindor is absent from the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears that he's just getting a day off. Michael Martinez is filling in at shortstop. Today, 7:59 am
  • Joe Mauer (quad) says he feels 'terrible'
    Joe Mauer (quad) admitted Saturday that he's "been feeling terrible for a while."

    Advice: Mauer has battled lingering pain in his right quad area for the last six weeks and has been in and out of the lineup of late. "Well, I feel terrible," Mauer said. "I’ve been feeling terrible for a while. But the season’s not over." The first baseman will be back in the lineup Sunday, but his playing time in the final week figures to continue to be curtailed. Today, 7:08 am
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  • Yasmany Tomas pulled for not hustling
    Yasmany Tomas was pulled from Saturday's game against the Orioles for an apparent lack of hustle.

    Advice: Tomas failed to run hard to first base following a dropped third strike in the fourth inning. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale wouldn't confirm it was the reason he pulled Tomas, nor did he confirm it last year for a similar incident involving Tomas. "It’s between he and I," Hale said. "That’s a personal thing. Yas has played his tail off all year for us. He’s one of the guys on this team I really love. That’s just between he and I." Today, 6:43 am
  • Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident
    Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ reports that Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident.

    Advice: He was one of three people killed in a crash off of Miami Beach. The Marlins have cancelled Sunday's game against the Braves following this unfathomably tragic news. Fernandez turned just 24 at the end of July and, of course, had already been through plenty with what he experienced in defecting from Cuba. Our thoughts go out to Fernandez's family and the Marlins during this horrific tragedy. Today, 5:50 am
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  • Bumgarner coughs up five runs in six innings
    Madison Bumgarner escaped with a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings but the Giants went on to beat the Padres 9-6 in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He put up zeroes in the first three innings but gave up a solo homer in the fourth, a two-run homer in the fifth and another two-run homer in the sixth. He has given up a career-high 26 homers this season, but his home runs allowed rate is still better than league average. Today he surrendered only one hit that didn't leave the yard. He punched out five and issued one free pass. He helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. The five runs allowed were the most he has given up in a game this year. His 2.71 ERA in 219 1/3 innings is still spectacular even after the poor outing. He is likely to get one more start in the regular season. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Romo snares third save on Saturday
    Sergio Romo gave up a base hit in the 10th inning but was able to protect a three-run lead to earn the save against the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Romo now seems to be the go-to guy to close out games for the Giants. They have had a revolving door at closer but this was Romo's third save in the last five games. He is the Giants reliever to own for fantasy purposes. Romo missed half the season to injury but has pitched well when on the mound. He has a 2.93 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Pagan goes 3-for-5 with an RBI, run and steal
    Angel Pagan went 3-for-5 with an RBI, stole a base and scored a run in the Giants' extra-inning win on Saturday.

    Advice: He drove in a run with a single in the first inning. He scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a Kelby Tomlinson single. Pagan has a .273 batting average with 11 bombs, 51 RBI and 66 runs scored in 122 games this year. He has pitched in 14 stolen bases as well. He is a decent extra outfielder in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Franco homers in third straight to top Mets
    Maikel Franco homered in his third straight game Saturday, and the Phillies outlasted the Mets 10-8.

    Advice: For the fourth game in a row, Franco had two hits, and for the third straight game one of those hits left the yard. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored on Saturday, with his three-run jack in the first inning accounting for all his runs driven in. He's finishing a relatively disappointing season on a high note, as the 24-year-old now has 25 homers and 87 RBI to go with a .253/.304/.433 line overall. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Ruf has three hits, homer in win over Mets
    Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Ruf swatted a three-run bomb in the fourth inning as the Phillies hung 10 runs on the Mets in the victory. It was Ruf's second homer in as many games after going his first 37 games without one. Ineffectiveness and the emergence of Tommy Joseph have relegated Ruf to a reserve role, and the 30-year-old will need a big spring to earn a spot on the 2017 roster. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
    Bot 1, 0-0 @NYM
  • Renfroe swats first big league homer Saturday
    Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4, scored twice and hit his first major league home run on Saturday versus the Giants.

    Advice: He launched a solo homer off Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning. He doubled and scored in the sixth. Renfroe hit 30 home runs at Triple-A this season. The 24-year-old former first round draft pick is getting his first cup of coffee in the majors this month. He will likely work his way into the Padres' starting lineup early next season. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Herrera gets three more hits, scores twice
    Odubel Herrera went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Herrera had a triple, his sixth of the season, among his three hits. It was the third time in his last eight games that he's enjoyed a three-hit night, and Herrera has eight multi-hit games this month. The strong finish is very promising from the 24-year-old, who is hitting .290/.365/.428 with 15 homers, 48 RBI, 85 runs scored and 25 steals overall. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Kershaw fires seven shutout innings vs Rox
    Clayton Kershaw shut down the Rockies for seven scoreless innings on three hits as the Dodgers won 14-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out six and didn't walk anybody. It was another vintage Kershaw outing. He improved his record to 12-3 with a remarkable 1.65 ERA. He has punched out 168 batters and walked only 10 in 142 innings. He missed a couple months to a back injury but has returned with a vengeance. With the Dodgers likely to clinch a division title before his next turn, it remains to be seen if Kershaw will get another start in the regular season. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Schebler collects three hits, two runs scored
    Scott Schebler went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: The outfielder had a double to go with two singles in the contest. The 25-year-old had a terrible start to the year, leading to his demotion in early May, but he's making up for it with a strong finish. Schebler is now hitting .320 in September with a homer, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored this month. He's batting .256/.322/.420 overall. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Bettis pounded for seven runs in 4 2/3 frames
    Chad Bettis was demolished for seven runs -- five earned -- over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: He can't blame this one on Coors Field either. He struggled to throw strikes, walking four on 105 pitches in the short and ugly outing. He gave up eight hits and struck out three. Bettis gave up four runs in the second inning, two more in the fourth and was chased after giving up an RBI single to opposing pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the fifth. His record falls to 13-8 with a 4.92 ERA in 179 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Turner goes 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs
    Justin Turner went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's demolition of the Rockies.

    Advice: He also walked twice and reached base in all his plate appearances. All three hits were singles, two of them drove in runs. He is batting .274 with 27 home runs and 89 RBI in 533 at-bats. The 31-year-old journeyman has been an extremely effective hitter since joining the Dodgers in 2014. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Straily limits Brewers to one run in 14th win
    Dan Straily held the Brewers to one run over 6 2/3 innings in a win Saturday.

    Advice: Straily yielded five hits and issued two free passes in the victory, his third in a row and 14th on the year. Anybody who said they saw this coming from the 27-year-old is a liar. Straily is now 14-8 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.18 WHIP through 33 games -- including 30 starts -- this season, and he's cemented a spot in the Reds' rotation heading into next year. Straily will make his final start of this season Thursday against the Cardinals. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Arenado goes 2-for-3 vs Dodgers Saturday
    Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 in a lopsided loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rockies predictably couldn't get anything going against Clayton Kershaw. Both of Arenado's hits were singles. He is having another fantastic season. He is rocking a .294 batting average with 40 home runs, 129 RBI and 112 runs scored. He is still only 25 years old. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Freeman hits 32nd homer, drives in two
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Freeman had an RBI single in the first inning before launching his 32nd homer of the year in the sixth. The 32 home runs are a career best, as are his 95 runs scored and six steals. He probably won't touch the 109 RBI he collected in 2013 -- he's got 87 RBI now, with a handful of games left to go -- but there's no question it's been a tremendous year for the 27-year-old. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Dietrich launches seventh homer versus Braves
    Derek Dietrich hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Dietrich hit the two-run blast off Braves starter Aaron Blair in the first inning. He finished 1-for-4 in the game. Dietrich now has seven homers and 42 RBI in 122 games, batting a respectable .286/.381/.437 in that span. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
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  • Blair gives up five runs in loss to Marlins
    Aaron Blair allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Blair gave up six hits and walked three, and the right-hander failed to register a strikeout in the outing. The start came five days after he bested Mets stud Noah Syndergaard, speaking to the volatility the 24-year-old has brought to the table this year. Blair owns an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts overall, and a date with the Tigers on Friday could be a rough way to end a trying rookie season. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Chen allows two runs over four versus Braves
    Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs over four innings of work Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Chen threw 62 pitches -- four fewer than in his first start -- while allowing four hits and not issuing a walk. It was a similar line to his last start against the Nationals, and Chen now owns a 5.02 ERA and 1.28 WHIP through 21 starts this year. Chen will make his final start of 2016 Friday against the Nationals. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
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  • Jose Fernandez pushed back to Monday
    Jose Fernandez will have his start pushed back to Monday.

    Advice: He was slated to get the ball Sunday versus Atlanta but now he'll start against the Mets on Monday. Fernandez has already logged 182 1/3 innings this year and there's a good chance the Marlins will shut him down after his next start. Adam Conley will toe the rubber in Sunday's series finale. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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  • Adam Eaton (concussion) sitting out Saturday
    Adam Eaton (concussion) is not in the White Sox lineup Saturday against the Indians.

    Advice: Eaton may have suffered a concussion when he crashed into the center wall in Friday night's loss. Leury Garcia will handle center field duties on Saturday while batting ninth against Cleveland right-hander Cody Anderson. With Chicago out of the playoff race, there's no reason to rush Eaton back for the final week of the regular season. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
    Top 2, 0-0 @Cle
  • Joe Mauer (quad) remains sidelined Saturday
    Joe Mauer (quad) is not in the Twins' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Mauer is still battling right quad soreness. Saturday will mark his fifth straight absence. Kennys Vargas will draw another start at first base and bat fifth against M's lefty Ariel Miranda. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to face live hitters
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since early August due to inflammation in his right forearm, but has yet to give up hope on a return this season. He could make a start in the final week of the season, though he's probably best avoided for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 10:59 am
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Tex
  • Jordy Mercer fouls out as pinch hitter
    Jordy Mercer (forearm) fouled out as a pinch hitter during Friday's come-from-behind victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Mercer was scratched from Friday's lineup due to discomfort in his right forearm and was held out on Friday as well. The fact that he was able to appear as a pinch hitter bodes well for his status going forward and he should return to the starting lineup at some point over the weekend. Yesterday, 5:44 am
  • Nolan Arenado drills 40th homer
    Nolan Arenado hit his 40th homer Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Arenado has 40 homers and 129 RBI right now after finishing with 42 homers and 130 RBI last year. Where he's grown as a player is in the walk department; he's taken 55 unintentional walks this year and finishing with just 21 in 2014. Friday, 11:45 pm
  • Franco homers in loss to Mets
    Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a long two-run homer Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: After going without a homer in 27 games, Franco has now homered on back-to-back nights. While the 24-year-old has regressed from his impressive rookie season, he's showing some late life. He leads the Phillies with 24 homers and 84 RBI. Friday, 8:14 pm
  • Adam Eaton being checked for concussion
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura admitted Friday that Adam Eaton was being checked for a concussion after his collision with the outfield wall forced his early exit from Friday's game.

    Advice: Ventura also noted that Eaton's back locked up on him and that he hurt "a little bit of everything" during the collision. It wouldn't be surprising to see him get a day of rest on Saturday. Friday, 7:58 pm
    Top 2, 0-0 @Cle
  • Freeman extends hitting streak to 27 games
    Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 27 games in Friday’s win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Freeman finished the night 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a run scored. He’s hitting a cool .365 during his career-long hitting streak and has pulled his batting average up from .289 to .303 along the way. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Adam Eaton leaves after crashing into wall
    Adam Eaton was forced to leave Friday's game against the Indians after crashing into the center field wall after taking a hit away from Roberto Perez.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly what the injury is, but Eaton smashed into the wall shoulder first and also hit his head in the collision. He remained on the warning track for several minutes while the trainer and manager Robin Ventura came out to check on him and ultimately made the decision to pull him from the game. Leury Garcia replaced him in center field and could draw a start on Saturday if Eaton is unable to go. Friday, 6:04 pm
    Top 2, 0-0 @Cle
  • Mauer (quad) might not play again until Sun.
    Joe Mauer might not start again until Sunday due to ongoing soreness in his right quad.

    Advice: Mauer hasn't started since last Saturday, although he had been slated to play Wednesday before that game was rained out. After a terrific August, Mauer has fallen off to .119/.245/.238 in September. Kennys Vargas has been filling in at first base. Friday, 6:45 am
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Romo earns save as Giants survive late scares
    Sergio Romo earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Padres.

    Advice: The Giants' bullpen has been an out-and-out mess in September. Romo has picked up saves in two of the last three games, though, and might earn a few additional chances over the final week-plus. On Thursday, he allowed a one-out double to Ryan Schimpf in the ninth, but induced a pop out and a ground out to end the contest without run-scoring incident. In 26 2/3 innings this season, Romo has pitched to a 3.04 ERA and 29/7 K/BB ratio. Thursday, 10:32 pm
  • Franco homers, has four RBI in loss to Mets
    Maikel Franco did everything he could to get the Phillies past the Mets on Thursday, finishing 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the loss.

    Advice: Franco muscled an Addison Reed pitch to the opposite field in the eighth inning, barely clearing the wall for a three-run shot that gave the Phillies a late lead. After the Mets came back in the ninth, Franco then drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the 11th. Of course, that run wouldn't hold up, either, but there's only so much one man can do. With Thursday's game, the 24-year-old is hitting .250/.310/.422 with 23 homers, 83 RBI and 59 runs scored in 143 games. Thursday, 9:53 pm
  • Jordy Mercer (forearm) scratched from lineup
    Jordy Mercer was scratched from Thursday's lineup with right forearm discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point whether it's something that could keep him out for more than just the one game. Sean Rodriguez will slide over from second base to shortstop for Mercer, while Adam Frazier has entered the lineup at second. Thursday, 2:30 pm
  • Joe Mauer out of Minnesota lineup for Gm. 1
    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader versus Detroit.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas will start at first base and bat fifth against Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Twins manager Paul Molitor said he has noticed some "off-balance" swings from Mauer this week and might also sit him against Justin Verlander in the nightcap Thursday. Thursday, 9:35 am
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  • Freeman goes 2-for-4 on Wednesday
    Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 25 games by going 2-for-4 in a win over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. The hitting streak is a career-long for Freeman. The first baseman had a rough start to the season but has put up monster stats in the second half. Overall he is batting .303/.398/.565 with 31 home runs, 83 RBI and 93 runs scored on a low scoring team. His prowess has gone largely unnoticed due to the dismal season Atlanta is having. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Eaton goes 3-for-4 with a leadoff homer Wed.
    Adam Eaton hit a leadoff home run and ended the night 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The first-inning blast was his 14th of the season. In fantasy terms he is a jack of all trades and master of none. He contributes well in all five fantasy categories but isn't a stud in any of them. He has a .284 batting average with 85 runs scored, 58 RBI and 12 stolen bases. The 14 homers ties his career high set last year. Wednesday, 7:00 pm
    Top 2, 0-0 @Cle
  • Arenado slugs grand slam in rout of Cards
    Nolan Arenado slugged a grand slam Wednesday in the Rockies' 11-1 rout of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Arenado cranked his four-run shot against rookie Cardinals starter Luke Weaver in the bottom of the second inning to put the Rockies up 6-1. He also drew a walk and singled, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in the big afternoon romp at Coors Field. Arenado is batting .294/.362/.573 with 39 home runs and an MLB-leading 128 RBI in 150 games this season. The 25-year-old third baseman is on his way to a second straight 130-plus RBI campaign. Wednesday, 3:19 pm
  • Padres promote Hunter Renfroe from El Paso
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Hunter Renfroe from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Renfroe was one of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League this summer, slashing .306/.336/.557 with 30 homers and 105 RBI in 133 games for the El Paso Chihuahuas, whose season ended Tuesday in the Triple-A championship. The plan probably calls for him to make three or four starts over the Padres' final 11 games, which doesn't offer much fantasy appeal. Renfroe, the 13th overall pick in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft, will challenge for a starting job with San Diego leading into 2017. Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Padres calling up Renfroe, Margot and others
    Padres manager Andy Green confirmed late Tuesday that the club is calling up prospects Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Austin Hedges, and Carlos Asuaje.

    Advice: We were hoping this might happen three weeks ago so that Renfroe and Margot -- both top-100 prospects -- might be of some fantasy use, but the El Paso Chihuahuas made a run all the way to the Triple-A championship before falling to the Yankees' Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate on Tuesday night in Memphis. Renfroe, 24, batted .306/.336/.557 with 30 home runs and 105 RBI in 133 games this season at the Triple-A level. Margot, 21, hit .304/.351/.426 with six home runs and 30 stolen bases in 124 games. They'll both be appearing in the majors for the first time. Wednesday, 6:06 am
  • Herrera stuffs stat sheet in win over ChiSox
    Odubel Herrera had a monster day Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two stolen bases against the White Sox.

    Advice: Herrera drilled a deep one to right-center off of James Shields for a two-run homer in the first inning and followed it up with his trademark bat-flip. He then added a couple singles, with one of them plating a run in the fifth inning. Herrera went through a lengthy lull after the All-Star break but has really picked it up over the last week, batting .536 with two homers, six RBI and four stolen bases in his last seven contests. Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Jose Fernandez whiffs 12 in eight-inning gem
    Jose Fernandez was dominant Tuesday, striking out 12 while allowing only three hits across eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Tanner Roark pitched well himself in this one, but Fernandez wasn't going to be denied. The big righty didn't walk anyone and allowed just one runner to reach second base through his first seven frames. He pitched out of a jam in his last inning with runners on the corners and one out, getting a strikeout and groundout. Fernandez now has nine 11-plus strikeout games this season and an absurd 253 strikeouts over 182 1/3 innings on the year. The Marlins could shut him down after Sunday's start against the Braves if they fall out of contention next week. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
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  • Gray (forearm) throws 48-pitch 'pen session
    Sonny Gray (forearm) threw a 48-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Gray is now scheduled to face live hitters over the weekend. He could make a start for the A's in the final week of the regular season, but the right-hander will be on a pitch count in that one and not worth using in a down-to-the-wire fantasy league. Gray, out since early August with forearm inflammation, holds an ugly 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this year. Tuesday, 4:23 pm
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Tex
  • Fernandez preparing for two more starts
    Jose Fernandez said Monday that he's preparing for two more starts.

    Advice: The Marlins have wanted to keep Fernandez in the range of 180 innings in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and he's currently sitting at 174 1/3 innings for the year. As of now, he's lined up to start Tuesday against the Nationals and Sunday against the Braves. The Marlins are back at .500 and sit four games back in the Wild Card race, so he could be ready to go for the final week of the season if they make a late push. He's likely to be shut down for the final week if they are officially eliminated. Tuesday, 6:07 am
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  • Clayton Kershaw strong against Giants
    Clayton Kershaw allowed just an unearned run and three hits over six innings Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: The run scored after an infield single, a steal with a throwing error that allowed the runner to go to third and then a wild pitch. Kershaw, though, was Kershaw; he struck out seven and walked one in the 88-pitch outing. He should be ready to throw 100 pitches next time out. Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner strikes out 10 Dodgers
    Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings Monday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bumgarner finished the seventh by touching off a benches-clearing incident with Yasiel Puig, repeatedly telling Puig "don't look at me" while at the same time staring him down. Before that happened, it seemed likely that Bumgarner would be back out for the eighth; he finished the seventh at 97 pitches. Instead, he was done and the bullpen blew the game in the ninth. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Aaron Blair out-pitches Thor on Monday
    Aaron Blair pitched the best game of his young career Monday, holding the Mets to two runs over six frames in a 7-3 victory.

    Advice: This looked like one of the biggest mismatches of the season on paper with Noah Syndergaard going up against Blair, who entered with an 8.23 ERA over his first 12 major league starts. However, Thor was knocked out after 3 2/3 innings and Blair went six strong, needing just 86 pitches. That's baseball. The rookie right-hander gets the Marlins in Miami this weekend and will still be hard to trust in fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:48 pm
  • Freeman goes 4-for-5 to extend hitting streak
    Freddie Freeman fell a triple shy of the cycle Monday, going 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a win over the Mets.

    Advice: The Braves were massive underdogs in this one in a Noah Syndergaard/Aaron Blair matchup, but Atlanta wound up pounding out 13 hits and scoring seven runs. Freeman had four of those base knocks, including his 31st home run. The first baseman now boasts a 23-game hitting streak and has reached base in 39 games in a row. Freeman's batting line is up to .302/.397/.566. Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Wei-Yin Chen lasts 4 1/3 frames in return
    Making his first start in two months, Wei-Yin Chen yielded three runs over 4 1/3 frames in a 4-3 victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Chen faced the minimum through four innings but quickly ran into trouble in the fifth, permitting two one-out singles and then a three-run homer to Danny Espinosa. The left-hander was probably gassed after a long layoff, and the Marlins overall were probably encouraged with what they saw. He gave up just four hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out three. Chen should be able to go a bit deeper into this weekend's start versus the Braves. Monday, 7:27 pm
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  • Sonny Gray (forearm) set for bullpen Tue.
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in his bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Athletics haven't officially ruled him out for the year, but he won't be worth adding in fantasy leagues even if he manages to return. Gray has been out since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm. Monday, 3:42 pm
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  • Marlins activate LHP Chen (elbow) from DL
    Marlins activated LHP Wei-Yin Chen from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Chen has been out since late July with a left elbow sprain, but he'll make his return in a start Monday against the Nationals. The 31-year-old had a disappointing 4.99 ERA in 19 starts prior to the injury and makes for a risky play in mixed fantasy leagues. Monday, 1:04 pm
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  • Kershaw on pitch count of 90-100 on Monday
    Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times says Clayton Kershaw will be on a pitch count of 90-100 on Monday night against the Giants.

    Advice: That's a nice increase for Kershaw, who threw 64 pitches over five scoreless innings in his second start off the disabled list last Wednesday versus the Yankees. The ace left-hander is an obvious must-play the rest of the way after missing more than 10 weeks with a herniated disc in his back. He owns a dominant 1.81 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 155/9 K/BB ratio in 129 total innings this season. Sep 19, 9:55 am
  • Chad Bettis defeats Padres to win 13th game
    Chad Bettis picked up his 13th victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Padres to three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Bettis punched out three and issued just one walk on the afternoon. He allowed just a solo home run to Adam Rosales through the first five innings, then the Padres tacked on a pair while chasing him in the sixth. He'll carry a 4.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Sep 18, 4:36 pm
  • Derek Dietrich reaches three times
    Derek Dietrich went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Dietrich started his first three games back from the disabled list Sept. 3-5, but this was just his third start in 13 days since. He's playing well enough to justify more at-bats; he's 9-for-24 with a homer, two doubles and three walks since coming back. Sep 18, 2:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    vs Atl
  • Scott Schebler goes 3-for-4 against Pirates
    Scott Schebler went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored Sunday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With a .265 average and a .770 OPS in 219 at-bats, Schebler is making a decent case to open next season as the lefty portion of a platoon in one of the Reds' corner outfield spots. He doesn't have a whole lot of upside beyond this, though. Sep 18, 1:10 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to throw off mound
    Sonny Gray (forearm) will throw another bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: Gray has been on the shelf since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm, but he's not giving up hope for a late-season return. However, given how poorly he pitched before being hurt, fantasy owners have no incentive to wait around for the righty. Sep 18, 11:01 am
    15-Day DL
    1:05 pm vs Tex
  • Yasmany Tomas sitting out on Sunday
    Yasmany Tomas is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Welington Castillo is also getting a breather, as Socrates Brito is getting a start in the outfield and Tuffy Gosewisch is catching. Sep 18, 10:20 am
  • Arenado goes 2-for-3 with a two-run bomb Sat.
    Nolan Arenado hit a two-run jack and finished 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: Arenado's monster season rolls on. The first inning bomb gave the Rockies an early lead and they would never look back. He is batting .296 with 38 home runs and 123 RBI. He has also scored 107 times. He still has a chance to equal or surpass the 42 dingers he walloped last year. Sep 17, 8:27 pm
  • Herrera steals base, scores twice versus Fish
    Odubel Herrera went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, a stolen base and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Herrera's double in the first inning sparked a five-run frame for the Phillies. The multi-hit game was his fourth in his last five games, and he's got doubles in each of his last four contests. The resurgence is nice to see after he hit a rough patch in the season's second half. The 24-year-old is hitting .283/.360/.413 with 13 homers, 77 runs scored and 22 stolen bases overall. Sep 17, 8:00 pm
  • Freddie Freeman returns to Braves lineup
    Freddie Freeman returned to the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He was away from the club on Friday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. He's back in his customary third spot in the Braves lineup against left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Nats on Saturday. Sep 17, 7:43 am
  • Mauer draws three walks Friday
    Joe Mauer went 0-for-1 with three walks Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: It was his third three-walk game of the season. We know, we know. That isn’t very exciting for fantasy owners. Mauer recently missed some time with some soreness in his quads, but he felt well enough to play first base on Friday under National League rules. Sep 16, 7:02 pm
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • O's and Wieters to discuss contract extension
    Matt Wieters' agent Scott Boras will be in Baltimore on Monday to begin discussing a contract extension with the Orioles.

    Advice: Boras believes that there is mutual interest in getting a deal done, with Wieters' preference to remain in Baltimore. Wieters could have hit free agency after the 2015 season, but the club offered him the one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. After a rebound season offensively, he'll land quite the lucrative multi-year deal this winter. Sep 16, 4:47 pm
  • Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) to start on Monday
    Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) will rejoin the Marlins' rotation on Monday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: It had been looking like a longshot for a while that Chen would make it back for a meaningful role this season, but he's gotten through a couple simulated games recently with no issues. The lefty has been out since late July with a left elbow sprain. Sep 16, 2:26 pm
    vs Atl
  • Freddie Freeman not in Friday's lineup
    Freddie Freeman is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Freeman's wife has been due to give birth and he hasn't rejoined the team yet. He is expected to return to the lineup Saturday. Blake Lalli is getting a start at first base. Sep 16, 12:48 pm
  • Wieters has two RBI, scores twice versus Rays
    Matt Wieters went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and two runs scored against the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Wieters came through with the bases loaded in the first inning, plating two runs with a single off Rays starter Blake Snell. The All-Star also had a double in the game. Wieters has proven relatively durable this year, playing in 110 games for the first time since 2013, but his offense has been largely pedestrian. The 30-year-old is hitting .243/.299/.402 with 14 homers and 60 RBI overall. Sep 15, 8:37 pm
  • Mercer hits three-run homer in win over Phils
    Jordy Mercer hit a three-run home run in Thursday's lopsided win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Mercer hit one of the club's four jacks against Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff on the evening, ending the right-hander's night with the thee-run shot. The homer was Mercer's 11th of the season, giving him 56 RBI. It will likely go down as a career year offensively for the 30-year-old, who's hitting .259/.331/.384 overall. Sep 15, 7:31 pm
  • Lindor getting day off Thursday vs. White Sox
    Francisco Lindor is absent from the Indians' lineup on Thursday afternoon against the White Sox.

    Advice: This looks to be a routine day of rest for the young shortstop. Michael Martinez will start in his place and bat ninth Thursday versus White Sox right-hander James Shields. Sep 15, 9:00 am
  • Mauer (quads) back in Twins lineup Thursday
    Joe Mauer (quads) is back in the Twins' starting lineup on Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mauer sat out Wednesday due to nagging soreness in both of his quadriceps. He will serve as the Twins' designated hitter and bat third Thursday versus Detroit right-hander Mike Pelfrey. Sep 15, 8:18 am
    11:10 am vs Sea
  • Freddie Freeman excused with wife in labor
    Freddie Freeman has been excused from the Braves to be with his wife in labor.

    Advice: Freeman actually bolted in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's game against the Marlins, with Blake Lalli taking over at first base in the top of the eighth. "I knew (Freeman's wife) was close," manager Brian Snitker said. "I just hope everything works out good for him. He's been on call for a while, and it finally happened." Freeman could be away for a couple of days. Sep 15, 8:00 am
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