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  • Morneau smacks solo home run, drives in two
    Justin Morneau hit his 14th home run in Friday's tilt with the Marlins.

    Advice: Morneau finished the game 2-for-4, driving in two with his third inning homer off of Henderson Alvarez. It was Morneau's first home run since the All Star break. Despite the lack of dingers in the second half of the season, Morneau actually has bettered his slashes across the board in the second half. Since the break, he's been hitting .353/.443/.515. The Rocky Mountain air is doing him well.
    40 minutes ago
  • 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 Jarred Saltalamachia 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.
    52 minutes ago
  • 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
  • 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
  • Butler hits solo home run in 6-3 Royals win
    Billy Butler hit his eighth home run of the season on Friday.

    Advice: Butler finished the game 1-for-5. While Butler's still hitting for average this season (.280), his power numbers have been noticeably lower than normal. After hitting a career-high of 29 home runs in 2012, Butler's home run total dropped to 15 in 2013. Given that it's now late August, it's doubtful he'll match that number this year unless he goes on a tear. He's slashing .280/.330/.385 overall.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Choo hitless in four at-bats
    Shin-Soo Choo did not record a hit in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Royals.

    Advice: In the first year of a big contract, Shin-Soo Choo continued a frustrating season on Friday, going 0-for-4. He's hitting better in August (.250/.284/.408) than he did in July or June, but that's not saying much. For the year, he's slugged twelve home runs and knocked in 39 runs. As disappointing as the batting numbers are, he's also only stolen three bases while being thrown out four times.
    Yesterday, 10:30 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
  • Haren allows only 1 run in 7 frames, tops NYM
    Dan Haren pitched well over seven innings, allowing only a run on three hits, in a win against the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: This start of Haren's was moved up 24 hours to give Zack Greinke a few extra days off, but Monday's off-day meant the veteran remained on normal rest. This was his third consecutive quality start. Despite the recent success, he came into tonight 2-6 with a 7.26 ERA over his last eight outings. Haren improves to 11-10 with a 4.44 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 9:56 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
  • C Montero smacks double and homer in win
    Miguel Montero went 2-for-3 with a double, homer, walk, two RBI and two runs scored Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Montero had been hitless in four of his last five games. He got Thursday off, so perhaps the veteran backstop was able to clear his head and soothe his joints. Montero is slashing a respectable .260/.345/.410 and is on pace for 16 homers and 82 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Panik has monster game, collects four hits
    Joe Panik went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run on Friday.

    Advice: The home run off of Doug Fister was Panik's first career home run and it helped blow the game open for the Giants on their way to a 10-3 win. He also committed an error in the contest, but we'll let that pass for the younger. In 126 ABs, the twenty-four year old is hitting .316/.344/.345.
    Yesterday, 9:12 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
  • 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
  • Haren moved to Friday with Greinke ailing
    Dan Haren's next scheduled start was moved up to Friday to give Zack Greinke a few extra days off.

    Advice: Haren was originally scheduled to start Saturday, with Greinke going Thursday and Clayton Kershaw pitching Friday, but some elbow tenderness caused the Dodgers to reshuffle their rotation. Kershaw will instead pitch the series finale against the Padres on Thursday, and Haren will lead off the Mets series on Friday. Haren last started on Sunday, so he will be on regular rest for the Friday tilt.
    Wednesday, 5:31 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
  • 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
  • Panik (finger) back in Giants' lineup on Wed.
    Joe Panik (finger) is back in the Giants' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Panik missed a couple of games after dislocating his pinkie finger on a slide into second base Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie is batting .282/.336/.333 this season.
    Wednesday, 1:42 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
  • Panik (finger) hoping to play Wednesday
    Joe Panik (finger) is hoping to play Wednesday.

    Advice: Panik made an early exit Sunday after suffering a dislocated pinkie finger on a slide into second base and is sitting out Tuesday night. Joaquin Arias will get the start at second base in Chicago.
    Tuesday, 2:01 pm
  • Morneau (neck) back in COL lineup Tuesday
    Justin Morneau (neck) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Morneau missed a few games with a lingering neck injury. He is starting at first base and batting third for the Rockies against Royals right-hander James Shields.
    Tuesday, 1:50 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
  • 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
  • X-rays come back negative, Panik day-to-day
    Joe Panik (finger) is listed as day-to-day after X-rays came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: Panik was forced to leave Sunday's game in the eighth inning after suffering a dislocated pinkie finger while sliding into second base. He'll be able to return to the Giants as soon as he is able to tolerate the pain, which is expected to be in a day or two.
    Sunday, 5:07 pm
  • Joe Panik suffers discloated finger Sunday
    Joe Panik is heading for X-rays after suffering a dislocated pinkie finger in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Panik sustained the injury sliding into second base in the eighth inning. He was replaced by Joaquin Arias who would stand to see extra time at second base should Panik require a trip to the disabled list. The Giants should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 4:24 pm
  • 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
  • Justin Morneau (neck) out of Rox lineup Sat.
    Justin Morneau (neck) was a late scratch from the Rockies' lineup Saturday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Morneau missed time in July with a neck strain, and the injury is still bothering him here in mid-August. The veteran could see more time off down the stretch.
    Saturday, 3:45 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
  • 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
  • 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
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