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  • Jake Marisnick returned to action on Tuesday August 19.
    Today, 2:25 am
  • Rajai Davis returned to action on Tuesday August 19.
    Today, 2:25 am
  • Crawford's monster game leads Dodgers to win
    Carl Crawford reached base in all four plate appearances, scored three runs and knocked in three more in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: He finished 3-for-3 with a walk, home run and stolen base. If owners in your league have been slumbering and Crawford remains available on the waiver wire, stop reading this update and go pick him up. Just go. In his last 12 starts, Crawford has eight multi-hit games. He is 21-for-50 (.420) with six steals since August 4. The one fantasy element we haven't seen during his hot streak is power -- no homers since May 23 coming into tonight -- so it was good to see him leave the yard. Crawford is a must-start in all formats until he cools off.
    Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Almonte has 4 hits, run and RBI in loss
    Abraham Almonte went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's setback against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Almonte was spectacular at the dish, but an adventure on the base paths, as he was caught stealing and later thrown out to end the game. Fortunately, the latter two mistakes won't be counted in the vast majority of formats. He's almost unowned across formats, and that needs to change. The 25-year-old -- Seattle's Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter -- is slashing .361/.368/.528 since coming over in the Chris Denorfia deal. As long as he's hot and playing every day, Almonte should be started in NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Greinke (elbow) a 'possibility' for next turn
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Zack Greinke (elbow) is a "possibility" to make his next scheduled start on Thursday.

    Advice: Mattingly downplayed Greinke's sore elbow earlier in the day, but he was more reserved with his comments after Tuesday's game. The right-hander skipped his normal between-starts bullpen session due to a sore pitching elbow. Mattingly said more information on Greinke's status will be available Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 10:49 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.
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Kazmir holds Mets to 1 run in 14th win
    Scott Kazmir went six innings in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Mets, giving up one run on four hits.

    Advice: Kazmir walked three and struck out six. The only nitpick in this performance was the lack of efficiency, as the lefty was yanked after 105 pitches. Kazmir entered the game 7-2 with a 2.34 ERA at Coliseum, but he had coughed up nine runs and 15 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his two previous home starts in August. Those outings represented the only times he'd given up more than three runs in a start since June 2. The southpaw improves to 14-5 with a 2.73 ERA, numbers he'll take into a date against his former employer the Angels on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Gee allows 4 runs in setback versus the A's
    Dillon Gee dropped to 4-6 on Tuesday, allowing four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets fell 4-2 to the A's.

    Advice: The right-hander was not sharp, coughing up eight hits and two walks while striking out four. To make matters worse, his teammates continued to refuse to support him. In his last seven starts, Gee has been given nine runs total (the Mets went 1-6). It's not like he's been unlucky, though: In those seven starts, he's coughed up four runs or more five times. Looking to get back on the right track and fortify the troops behind him, Gee gets the Braves next time around.
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Ludwick delivers two-run double vs. Cardinals
    Ryan Ludwick went 2-for-4 with a two-run double against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded and one out, Ludwick came through with the big hit to give the Reds a lead. The outfielder has seven RBI in his last six games, giving him 40 RBI on the season. Ludwick owns a pedestrian .259/.319/.405 mark overall.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Simon allows three runs over 5 1/3 vs. Cards
    Alfredo Simon allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Simon gave up eight hits and a walk in the outing, but he left in line for his 13th win. The right-hander instead settled for a no-decision, staying at 12-8 with a 3.35 ERA. He still hasn't won a decision since July 9, and he'll continue to search for that elusive victory Sunday against the Braves.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Max Scherzer strikes out nine Rays
    Max Scherzer recovered from a three-run first to hold the Rays to four runs in seven innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was briefly five runs, but Vince Belnome's first major league homer was overturned on replay. Scherzer finished the night with nine strikeouts, pushing him over 200 for the third straight year. He's at 205 right now, and he's well on his way to eclipsing last year's total of 240.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • James Loney goes 3-for-4, homers
    James Loney went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Detroit's Max Scherzer on Tuesday.

    Advice: Loney's having his nicest surge of the season to date, with a .333 average and 10 RBI in 17 games this month. He has just seven homers overall, but the Rays knew what they were signing up for when they gave him a three-year deal last winter.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton plates winning run in 10th
    Giancarlo Stanton singled in Jeff Baker in the bottom of the 10th to give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stanton redeemed himself at the end after a highlight-reel misplay in seventh, when Rougned Odor was able to round the bases after doubling off the wall. Stanton finished the game with two hits and two walks. Oddly enough, although four Marlins were intentionally walked in the game, Stanton's two were legit.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Zack Greinke is nursing sore pitching elbow
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly revealed Tuesday that Zack Greinke has been nursing a sore right elbow recently.

    Advice: However, Mattingly said the soreness hasn't affected Greinke's throwing program and the skipper considers it standard for pitchers over a long season. While the elbow issue doesn't appear to be a concern at this point, it's certainly something worth filing away.
    Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Ludwick goes deep as Reds drop nightcap
    Ryan Ludwick blasted his eighth home run of the season, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Rockies in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: Ludwick also drew a walk in the contest, finishing 1-for-3. He's now hitting .260/.322/.408 on the season with eight homers and 38 RBI.
    Sunday, 10:23 pm
  • Rajai Davis (thumb) listed as day-to-day
    Rajai Davis is listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game against the Mariners with a bruised thumb.

    Advice: Davis had been a demon on the basepaths prior to departing, swiping three bags. He should return to the Tigers lineup in a day or two.
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Stanton reaches career-high RBI total in win
    Giancarlo Stanton finished 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Sunday in a 10-3 rout of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and added an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. The 24-year-old slugger is batting .295/.398/.566 with 32 home runs and a career-high 88 RBI in 124 games this season. He should be among the leading vote-getters for 2014 National League MVP when all is said and done.
    Sunday, 1:13 pm
  • Jake Marisnick nursing sore back
    Jake Marisnick is dealing with some soreness in his lower back.

    Advice: He's not in Sunday's lineup, though Astros manager Bo Porter insists the back ailment isn't the reason why. Marisnick is hitting .293/.311/.397 with one homer and five RBI over 15 games with Houston.
    Sunday, 9:44 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
  • Zack Greinke pulled after five scoreless
    Zack Greinke was lifted after throwing five scoreless innings Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Greinke was at 99 pitches through five, so the Dodgers didn't think it was worth risking another inning. They also had the opportunity to pinch-hit for Greinke leading off the bottom of the fifth, though given that they used Darwin Barney, we're not sure that was an upgrade (Barney ended up getting hit by a pitch and coming around to score, so it worked!).
    Friday, 10:51 pm
  • Marisnick has go-ahead hit vs. Red Sox
    Jake Marisnick delivered a 10th inning go-ahead, two-run double in a 5-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Marisnick dropped a bloop just inside the right-field line which bounced into the stands for ground-rule double. The 23-year-old finished the evening 2-for-5 and is now hitting .315 (17-for-54) since coming over from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal. His plate discipline is a work in progress, but he has speed to burn and is worth monitoring in deeper formats.
    Friday, 9:37 pm
  • Stanton reaches bases three times vs. AZ
    Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single and drew two walks Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton has now driven in 10 runs over his last nine games and currently leads the National League with 84 RBI. He's also tops with 31 homers. Throw in his .293/.397/.562 batting line and his 10 stolen bases and it's easy to see why he's quickly rising in a suddenly wide-open race for the National League MVP award.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Loney homers in win over Yankees
    James Loney went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's 5-0 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Loney drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the first inning and later took Esmil Rogers deep in the eighth. The veteran first baseman has delivered three straight multi-hit games and now owns a .289/.341/.378 batting line on the year.
    Friday, 7:17 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
  • Ludwick goes 3-for-4 with a homer in a win
    Ryan Ludwick finished 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: If not for Ludwick, the Reds might not have scored at all against Jorge De La Rosa. Ludwick doubled in a run in the second and later scored on a Zack Cozart single. Ludwick then blasted a home run to left field in the sixth, his seventh of the season. The 36-year-old has had a miserable second half. Even with Thursday's effort, he has a mediocre .259/.318/.399 slash line with 35 RBI.
    Thursday, 8:49 pm
  • Simon torched by the Rockies in eighth loss
    Alfredo Simon suffered his eighth loss after relenting seven runs (five earned) over five innings on Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Simon had a scoreless first, but the Rockies scored in each of his next four innings. The right-hander allowed 10 hits, walked one, and struck out two in an evening he'd like to forget. Simon has otherwise been dominant this season, as he still has a 3.28 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a 92/41 K/BB ratio. He'll try to rebound against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Stanton reaches base 4 times in a win vs. ARI
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single as the Marlins eked out a one-run victory over the D'Backs on Thursday.

    Advice: Stanton had been held hitless over his last two games prior to Thursday. Despite reaching base four times in five plate appearances, the Marlins weren't able to bring Stanton around to score, and he was only able to knock in one run with a single in the third inning to cut the Marlins' deficit to 3-2. Stanton, thanks to a torrid August, has a .292/.395/.563 slash line with 31 home runs, 83 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.
    Thursday, 7:59 pm
  • Gee allows 4 ER in 6 IP, takes his 5th loss
    Dillon Gee suffered his fifth loss of the season after allowing four runs in six innings as the Mets fell to the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Gee was done by two two-run home runs he allowed: one to Adam LaRoche in the first inning, and the other to Bryce Harper in the fourth. The right-hander gave up four hits, walked four, and struck out three. Now with a 3.69 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 66/31 K/BB ratio, Gee will try to bounce back in a road start against the Athletics on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 7:14 pm
  • Max Scherzer strikes out 14, earns 14th win
    Max Scherzer blanked the Pirates for eight innings, striking out 14, to earn his 14th win Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer struck out 14 for the third time in his career, falling one K short of his career high of 15, also against the Pirates, on May 20, 2012. He was also the fifth pitcher to strike out at least 14 in a game this season. Interestingly, he came back out for the eighth at 108 pitches in this one. A week ago, there was much controversy after he was taken out after 106 pitches in a 2-1 game going to the ninth. Joe Nathan blew the lead in that one, and the Tigers lost in extra innings. Scherzer ended up at 121 pitches today, the first time this year and seventh time ever that he's hit the 120 mark. The Tigers turned a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth and won 5-2 after Phil Coke gave up a homer in the ninth.
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
  • Crawford has fourth straight multi-hit game
    Carl Crawford had his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Crawford has been on a bit of a tear as of late, hitting .625 (10-for-16) over his last four games. He put the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single in the second, and he would score his club's second run later that inning. It's been a tough season overall for Crawford, as he has a .261/.296/.357 slash line with four home runs, 25 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • 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
  • Marisnick hits first homer in win over Twins
    Jake Marisnick went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Marisnick hit a solo shot in the third inning off Twins starter Yohan Pino, his first home run of the season. The outfielder has taken well to the American League since being dealt to the Astros, batting .333/.341/.452 in 11 games. Marisnick has an intriguing combination of power and speed that makes him a decent option in AL-only leagues for the rest of the season.
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Crawford reaches base 4 times in Dodgers win
    Carl Crawford was a catalyst, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk as the Dodgers notched a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford has now had three consecutive multi-hit games, perhaps a sign he's ready to break out of his slump. Even with Tuesday's effort, he has a paltry .256/.293/.355 slash line with four home runs, 24 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 249 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Alfredo Simon changes agents
    Alfredo Simon has hired MVP Sports Group and Dan Lozano as his new agent.

    Advice: Simon was previously represented by Adam Katz and talked to 4-5 different agents before switching to Lozano. One of the biggest surprises in the majors this season, the 31-year-old has posted a 3.08 ERA over 23 starts and earned his first All-Star appearance. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.
    Tuesday, 10:18 am
  • Jake Marisnick goes 4-for-4 in loss
    Jake Marisnick had four singles in four at-bats Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Unfortunately, since he was batting eighth in the Astros lineup, those hits added up to no runs scored and no RBI. He's hit .316 in 10 games since joining the Astros, but that's come with no homers, no steals, two runs scored and two RBI.
    Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Carl Crawford goes 3-for-4 in win
    Carl Crawford went 3-for-4 with a couple of RBI against the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: Crawford has been regularly getting the nod over Andre Ethier in left, though he's not doing a lot with it; he entered the night with an ugly .188/.230/.217 line in 69 at-bats during the second half. He should be on the bench tomorrow versus the left-handed Mike Minor, but he'll be back in there against righties in the final two games against the Braves.
    Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Stanton's homers power Marlins past Cards
    Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and walked Monday to lead the Marlins past the Cardinals 6-5.

    Advice: Stanton would have had four homers the last two days if not for a terrific catch from Jay Bruce yesterday. As is, he's up to 31 for the season, tying him with Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz for the major league lead. It seems like he's pretty much wrapped up the NL home run title, as long as he stays healthy; Anthony Rizzo is six back at 25, and no one else has more than 22.
    Monday, 7:24 pm
  • Crawford goes 2-for-4, scores in win over MIL
    Carl Crawford went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Crawford has settled into a starting role and has responded in recent days, going 7-for-21 with three runs scored in his last six starts. It's nothing to write home about -- he's not hitting for any extra-base power whatsoever, and he owns just a .239/.275/.336 line on the year -- but it's worth noting in NL-only leagues where he's available.
    Aug 10, 5:03 pm
  • d'Arnaud homers, scores twice vs. Phillies
    Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his second home run in three games. The catcher has also scored six times in the past five games. D'Arnaud is batting .226/.293/.383 on the year.
    Aug 10, 2:51 pm
  • Gyorko has two hits, two RBI against Pirates
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Gyorko delivered a two-run single to extend the Padres' lead in the ninth inning. The second baseman is 13-for-45 (.289) with 11 RBI since returning from the disabled list in late July. A miserable first half has his line at .185/.240/.309, but Gyorko is more talented than that line would indicate.
    Aug 10, 2:14 pm
  • Stanton homers once, robbed of another
    Giancarlo Stanton hit one solo homer and was robbed of another in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Stanton took Johnny Cueto deep to left in the first before watching Jay Bruce scale the right field wall in the eighth to rob him from a two-homer day. He also added a single in the game. Stanton has 29 longballs on the season to go along with 79 RBI and a .290/.390/.554 batting line.
    Aug 10, 1:24 pm
  • Derek Norris homers, knocks in five in win
    Derek Norris clubbed a three-run homer and drew two bases-loaded walks as the A's beat the Twins 9-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Both bases-loaded walks came early while Trevor May was in the game. The homer came off Samuel Deduno in the sixth. It was Norris's third career five-RBI game, all of which have come this season. He joins Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Morneau as the only players with three five-RBI games this year.
    Aug 9, 10:03 pm
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