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  • Kyle Seager homers, knocks in three runs
    Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as the Mariners beat the A's 11-8 on Friday.

    Advice: Seager has give homers in nine games, upping his season total to 22. He also delivered his 30th double in this one. He's basically hitting just as well as he did last year, with the caveat that much of his production has come with the bases empty. He has just 59 RBI in 134 games after driving in 96 runs last season. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Edgar Olmos yanked in second inning
    Edgar Olmos surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in 1 1/3 innings Friday in his start against the A's.

    Advice: It's anyone's guess why the Mariners are giving starts to Olmos. He made just two in Triple-A this year after making none in the minors for the Marlins in 2013 and 2014. He's not going to be anything more than a reliever going forward, and it sure seems like the Mariners have better options to start in his place now. Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Aaron Brooks tagged for six runs
    Aaron Brooks was pulled after giving up six runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Brooks allowed six hits, walked two and struck out two. If he's not better next time out, he could be pulled from the A's rotation for the second time in a month. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Franklin Gutierrez exits with groin tightness
    Franklin Gutierrez left Friday's game because of right groin tightness.

    Advice: The Mariners haven't been able to resist overusing Gutierrez of late, so it was only a matter of time until something like this happened. Fortunately, this is probably a day-to-day injury, rather than something that will sideline him for weeks. Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Mike Bolsinger beats Padres
    Mike Bolsinger won Friday after allowing three runs and two hits in five innings against the Padres.

    Advice: Unfortunately, both hits were homers, coming off the bats of Matt Kemp and Jedd Gyorko. Bolsinger was strong otherwise, though, and the Dodgers pen had a good night after taking over, limiting the Padres to one run over four innings in the 8-4 win. Bolsinger is a spot starter for now, but it's possible he'll claim Mat Latos' place in the rotation. Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Garrett Richards picks up 13th win
    Garrett Richards pitched six innings of two-run ball Friday as the Angels topped the Rangers 5-2.

    Advice: Richards won despite walking five and throwing just 48 of his 91 pitches for strikes. He's been entirely mediocre of late, but apart from the disastrous Aug. 23 outing against the Jays, he's managed to keep the Angels in games in spite of his struggles. He's 13-10 with a 3.77 ERA for the season. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • C.J. Cron knocks in five runs
    C.J. Cron drove in five runs with a single, a triple and a double in Friday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Cron was supposed to see a reduced role after the Angels picked up two left-handed hitters before the deadline, but he kept hitting and David Dejesus didn't, allowing him to return to regular duty. He's at least a fringe mixed leaguer at the moment. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Arenado goes back-to-back with Gonzalez
    Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Immediately after Carlos Gonzalez hit homer No. 36 in the first inning, Arenado hit No. 35 of his own against Chris Heston. The modern day Bash Brothers both have a shot at 40 taters, which is more or less the only reason to watch the 56-78 Rockies at this point. The 24-year-old Arenado has now homered in five straight games. He maintains a beautiful .288/.324/.576 triple-slash with the 35 homers and 103 RBI. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Gonzalez smashes solo homer off Heston
    Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Friday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Gonzalez homered off Giants starter Chris Heston in the first inning. Nolan Arenado would follow with a solo shot of his own and Jorge De La Rosa would take that 2-0 lead and spin it into a victory. Gonzalez's power turnaround has been absolutely remarkable. In 82 games prior to the All-Star Break, he hit just 13 bombs. He's cracked 23 and driven in 50 over 44 post-break contests. For the season, he's slashing .276/.322/.567 with 36 homers and 85 RBI. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Pagan's RBI single brings home only SF run
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Pagan drew the Giants to within 2-1 via his RBI single in the sixth inning, but neither team would score again in the game. A right knee injury sidelined him in the middle of August, but he was activated from the disabled list on September 1. Given his .261/.293/.309 batting line, his return offers no fantasy impact. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • De La Rosa dazzles Giants over seven innings
    Jorge De La Rosa pitched a gem for the second start in a row, limiting the Giants to one run on six hits over seven innings in Friday's 2-1 win.

    Advice: De La Rosa shutout the Pirates in his last start and almost did likewise to the Giants. The only run to score against him on Friday came home on an RBI single by Angel Pagan in the sixth inning. In addition to the one run allowed, he also struck out seven without walking a batter. The veteran southpaw will carry a 4.24 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into his next outing, a Thursday afternoon road showdown with the Padres. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Happ rocks Cardinals with three-hitter
    J.A. Happ was superb in Friday's 9-3 win over the Cardinals, tossing seven innings of shutout ball.

    Advice: Happ turned in a fantastic start, no caveats. He threw 72 of his 110 pitches for strikes, struck out eight and allowed just three singles over his seven inning of work. Since joining the Pirates in early August, Happ's been brilliant, surrendering just six runs over 34 1/3 innings. That works out to a 1.57 ERA. He'll try to continue this unexpected run of extreme competence in a road start against the Reds next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Martinez allows four runs in 5 IP vs Pirates
    Carlos Martinez (back) wasn't sharp in his return to the rotation during Friday's loss to the Pirates, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.

    Advice: The Cards skipped Martinez last time through the rotation, as the young right-hander was dealing with a back issue. He wasn't particularly on-point in his return, walking three and allowing a pair of runs in the first inning and another two in the fourth. He carries a 3.04 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Should he make his next start, it would come on the road against the Reds. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Rasmus hits two-run homer to help beat Twins
    Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Rasmus took a Mike Pelfrey offering for a ride with a runner on in the second inning. It was his 18th bomb of the season. While the power numbers are on-point, his overall triple-slash is considerably lacking in terms of average, as he's hitting just .230/.298/.449. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Mauer doubles in shutout defeat vs HOU
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Mauer's double was one of just two the Twins hit as a team in the 8-0 loss. He's picked up 12 hits in his last 10 games, but his .270/.335/.380 triple-slash remains mostly punch-less. The Minnesota stalwart will finish with an average under .300 for the second straight year barring an explosion of hits over this last month. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Carlos Gonzalez homers twice again
    Carlos Gonzalez had another spectacular game Thursday, going 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in an 11-3 drubbing of the Giants.

    Advice: Gonzalez had a career-high seven RBI in a two-homer game against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He's the seventh player this year to have consecutive two-homer games, which is particularly impressive since he was also the fourth back on July 25-26. Gonzalez is now tops in the NL with 35 homers, one more than teammate Nolan Arenado. He's hit 31 of those in his last 76 games. Thursday, 9:10 pm
  • Nolan Arenado hits 34th homer
    Nolan Arenado went 3-for-5 with his 34th homer and 34th double against the Giants on Thursday.

    Advice: And he was overshadowed by Carlos Gonzalez again. Arenado has homered in four straight games, and he's up to 102 RBI for the season. Thursday, 8:57 pm
  • CarGo knocks in seven, Rockies top D'Backs
    Carlos Gonzalez had a grand slam, a two-run homer and a sac fly to power the Rockies to a 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez is the eighth player to drive in seven runs in a game this year. He's now just one away from matching his career high of 34 homers, and with 80 RBI, he has a chance to reach the century mark for the second time in his career. It's too bad for his fantasy value that he doesn't try steals any more, but his owners will make that trade off in return for continued health. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Carlos Martinez (back) returns Friday vs. PIT
    Carlos Martinez (back) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Friday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Martinez was skipped on his last turn through the rotation due to a minor back injury (and concerns about his overall workload). The 23-year-old right-hander should do well on extra rest versus the second-place Bucs. Michael Wacha is also being skipped in the Cardinals' rotation this week as a way to limit his innings total. Wednesday, 1:58 pm
  • Arenado blasts 32nd homer among three hits
    Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Diamondbacks in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Arenado had an RBI single in the first inning before hitting a solo homer in the third. The third baseman homered in both games of Tuesday's doubleheader, finishing 5-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored on the day. The 24-year-old is enjoying a tremendous offensive season in Colorado, leading the league in both homers and RBI. Arenado is batting .280/.317/.556 with 32 homers, 77 runs scored and 98 RBI on the year. Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Gutierrez homers, scores three runs in win
    Franklin Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored, and the Mariners topped the Astros 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gutierrez hit his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot, off Astros starter Scott Feldman in the second inning. Gutierrez also crossed home plate in the third and fifth innings. It continues to be a charmed season for the 32-year-old, who has overcome numerous injuries to own a .310/.358/.643 line through 43 games played. Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Mike Bolsinger recalled from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled RHP Mike Bolsinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Bolsinger has put up a 2.83 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 78/31 K/BB ratio over 89 innings with the Dodgers this season. He'll be used in long relief for now but could get a start at some point this month. Tuesday, 6:08 pm
  • Angel Pagan activated from disabled list
    Giants activated OF Angel Pagan from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pagan has been out since mid-August with a nagging right knee issue. How often he'll be healthy enough to play down the stretch remains to be seen, but he's ready to give it a go. Tuesday, 4:04 pm
  • CarGo not in lineup for first game of DH
    Carlos Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Brandon Barnes will start in right field. Look for CarGo to play in the nightcap. Tuesday, 10:25 am
  • Martinez (back) scratched from Tuesday start
    Carlos Martinez will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday due to a back injury.

    Advice: It looks like a move made to give Martinez some rest as much (or more) than it is about a back injury. He's currently on pace to throw 192 2/3 innings, which would eclipse last season's career-high workload by about 80 frames. Martinez should be ready to go early next week. Marco Gonzales will start in Martinez's place Tuesday. Monday, 2:54 pm
  • Seager smacks two-run homer, RBI single
    Kyle Seager went 3-for-6 with a two-run homer, an RBI single and three total RBI in Sunday's 11-inning loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager jumped the M's out to a 2-0 lead when he hit a two-run tater against White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the first. He would later add an RBI single, but the Mariners were unable to hold a 5-4 ninth-inning lead and ultimately lost 6-5 in 11 innings. Seager had struggled mightily in August up until the last week, but he's now homered in three straight games while recording three hits in two of those (and two hits in the other). This all equals out to a .262/.317/.442 triple-slash, 21 homers, 55 RBI and five steals. Sunday, 3:24 pm
  • Olmos surrenders three runs in five innings
    Making his first career start, Edgar Olmos allowed three runs on five hits over five innings in Sunday's no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: In addition to the five hits allowed, Olmos also walked five batters. The 25-year-old southpaw had been working from the bullpen prior to Sunday's start, with 7 2/3 scoreless innings out of the pen at the big league level. He held a 3.55 ERA in 20 Triple-A relief appearances prior to being called up on August 17. Sunday, 3:14 pm
  • De La Rosa spins diamonds against Pirates
    Jorge De La Rosa pitched beautifully in Sunday's win over the Pirates, firing six innings of scoreless ball.

    Advice: De La Rosa allowed just four hits while striking out seven and walking one on the afternoon. The Pirates couldn't even find an extra-base hit against the 34-year-old southpaw. For the season, he's the owner of a 4.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. He'll try to duplicate Sunday's results in a home date with the Giants next time out. Sunday, 1:39 pm
  • Happ holds Rockies to one run
    J.A. Happ limited the damage in Saturday's win over the Rockies, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: Happ scattered five hits while striking out two and walking one, with the only run scoring on a Charlie Blackmon RBI fielder's choice in the third inning. In five starts with the Pirates, he's pitched to a 1.98 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24/7 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. His upcoming road start against the Cardinals figures to represent a worthy challenge to those strong numbers. Saturday, 7:21 pm
  • Athletics recall Aaron Brooks from Triple-A
    Athletics recalled RHP Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: The A's have opted to play things cautiously with Felix Doubront and push his start back until Monday, meaning Brooks will start in his place on Saturday against the Diamondbacks. He was destroyed by the Blue Jays in his last spot start and isn't a recommended streaming option, especially against the high-powered D'Backs offense. Saturday, 5:26 am
  • Seager hits solo tater in win over White Sox
    Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager's solo homer in the sixth inning snapped a scoreless tie. He also chipped in with a pair of singles. It's possible he's starting to snap out of a frigid August stretch, as he's recorded four hits in his last 10 at-bats. Two of those hits have left the park. For the season, Seager's hitting .258/.314/.428 with 19 home runs and 50 batted in. Friday, 10:11 pm
  • Gutierrez launches solo homer in win
    Franklin Gutierrez went 3-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Gutierrez's sixth-inning home run came with two outs and boosted the Mariner advantage to 2-0. That would stand as the final score, as Taijuan Walker and the M's bullpen combined for a terrific pitching performance. The outfielder's working on a modest five-game hitting streak at the moment and maintains a .319/.366/.644 triple-slash with 10 homers and 28 RBI in 113 at-bats. Friday, 10:06 pm
  • Edgar Olmos to start for Mariners on Sunday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced Friday that Edgar Olmos will make his first career start on Sunday.

    Advice: The 25-year-old southpaw has appeared out of the bullpen in all four of his outings with the M's this season, hurling 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming option in AL-only leagues, though he's unlikely to work deep into the ballgame. Friday, 8:31 pm
  • CarGo blasts another homer in losing effort
    Carlos Gonzalez blasted his 31st home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough for the Rockies to overcome the Pirates.

    Advice: His solo shot in the sixth inning tied the score at 3-3 but would wind up being the extent of the Rockies offense. After an absolutely miserable start to his season, Gonzalez is hitting .299 (75-for-251) with 27 homers and 59 RBI in his last 69 games. Friday, 7:30 pm
  • Angel Pagan won't return until Tuesday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through the weekend and will rejoin the Giants when rosters expand on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pagan had been scheduled to return on Friday, but the club has opted to give him a few more days rather than rushing him. He has been shelved since August 10 with tendinitis in his right knee. Friday, 4:30 pm
  • Joe Mauer getting a breather Friday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Trevor Plouffe is at first base in Mauer's place and Eduardo Nunez is getting a start at third. Friday, 1:49 pm
  • Martinez tosses quality start vs Diamondbacks
    Carlos Martinez posted a quality start in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks, yielding three runs on four hits over six innings.

    Advice: While Martinez wasn't getting rocked--all three runs scored in the second inning, on a pair of RBI singles--he had already thrown 103 pitches by the close of the sixth. These kinds of fine-but-unspectacular outings have slowly become the norm for the 23-year-old right-hander, who has now allowed at least three runs in each of his last six starts. He owns a 2.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, numbers he'll take into a home start against the Nationals in his next scheduled outing. Thursday, 10:07 pm
  • Angel Pagan expected to return on Friday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Pagan has been on the shelf since August 10 due to tendinitis in his right knee. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 with no homers and 26 RBI in his 102 contests this season. Thursday, 8:29 pm
  • Seager out of Thursday's lineup
    Kyle Seager is out of Thursday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Brad Miller will fill in at third base. Thursday, 1:13 pm
  • Pagan (knee) not in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan took an early flight from Omaha to San Francisco on Thursday morning and will probably be given a full day of rest before returning to the Giants' active roster on Friday. Juan Perez is in center field in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. Pagan has been on the disabled list since August 10. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Pagan (knee) set to be activated Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will play in a final rehab game Wednesday before being activated on Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan has been on a rehab assignment since Sunday and the reports have obviously been good. The outfielder's return will be a boost to the Giants, who have lost five of their last six games heading into Wednesday's contest against the Cubs. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 in 102 games this year. Wednesday, 5:19 pm
  • Seager belts 18th home run in win over A's
    Kyle Seager hit his 18th home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the Athletics.

    Advice: The solo shot in the eighth inning snapped a 1-for-26 slide on the homestand for Seager. The cold stretch has Seager's line down to .254/.310/.420 on the year. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Arenado getting night off Wednesday vs. ATL
    Nolan Arenado is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: It's just the fifth game Arenado hasn't started this season. Daniel Descalso will get the nod at third base while Arenado rests his body and mind for a night. Wednesday, 2:00 pm
  • CarGo (knee) back in Rockies' lineup Wed.
    Carlos Gonzalez (knee) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Gonzalez missed Tuesday's game after making an early exit Monday with a nagging right knee injury. He will start in right field and bat third in his return Wednesday. Wednesday, 1:59 pm
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