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  • Wainwright beats Cubs for 20th win
    Adam Wainwright shut out the Cubs for seven innings Monday to become the year's second 20-game winner.

    Advice: Wainwright joined Clayton Kershaw at 20 wins. The only other pitcher with a shot of getting there would seem to be Johnny Cueto, who has 18 wins with two starts left. Madison Bumgarner also has 18 wins and could have two starts left, but it's more likely that he'll be held back for the wild card game than it is that he'll start Sunday. It's Wainwright's second career 20-win season, the other coming in 2010. He's won each of his last five starts, and his ERA is back down to 2.38.
    Today, 8:18 pm
  • Robbie Grossman goes 2-for-3
    Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with a sac bunt on Monday to raise his average to .231.

    Advice: Grossman was hitting .220 prior to his current five-game hitting streak. He's been a fixture in the Houston lineup lately with George Springer out, but ideally, he'll be a fourth outfielder next year behind Springer, Dexter Fowler and either Jake Marisnick or perhaps an offseason addition. If the Astros don't add a starter, then Grossman will probably get a chance to battle for Marisnick's spot.
    Today, 8:00 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen homers in win
    Andrew McCutchen homered off the Braves' Aaron Harang for the only run in the Pirates' 1-0 victory on Monday.

    Advice: McCutchen has been a better hitter this year than he was in his MVP season, with the caveat that he has missed 15 games. The sentiment is growing for Clayton Kershaw to win MVP honors, but McCutchen is as good a choice as any to be the top position player on the ballot.
    Today, 7:43 pm
  • Danny Duffy goes six scoreless in win
    Danny Duffy impressed Monday in his return from shoulder inflammation, throwing six scoreless innings in the Royals' 2-0 defeat of the Indians.

    Advice: It ended up being a great day for the Royals, even though they were hung with a loss (in the suspended game). Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis and Greg Holland finished up the shutout tonight as the Royals gained ground on Detroit and put the Mariners farther in their rear view. Duffy allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five while throwing 96 pitches, which was pretty much the best-case scenario for him. He should get one more start this weekend.
    Today, 7:36 pm
    W, 2-0 ^ @Cle
  • Nelson Cruz goes hitless in loss
    Nelson Cruz went hitless in Monday's loss and is without a homer in his last 14 games.

    Advice: Cruz has been stuck out 39 homers since his big game Sept. 7 (2 HR, 7 RBI against the Rays). He's hitting .238 with 11 HR and 32 RBI in 61 games since the break after hitting .287 with 28 HR and 74 RBI in the first half.
    Today, 7:14 pm
  • Jose Bautista goes 3-for-3, homers
    Jose Bautista went 3-for-3 with a homer, a walk and three runs scored as the Blue Jays crushed the Mariners 14-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Bautista is crushing it of late, hitting .319 with six homers, 20 RBI and 17 walks in 69 at-bats this month. He might even have an outside shot of leading the AL in OPS. He's up to .940 now, putting him fourth behind Victor Martinez (.973), Jose Abreu (.971) and Mike Trout (.951).
    Today, 7:10 pm
    W, 14-4 vs ^ Sea
  • Roenis Elias (elbow) out 4-6 weeks
    Roenis Elias will need 4-6 weeks of rehab after an MRI revealed a strained left flexor bundle in his elbow.

    Advice: The Mariners were leaving open the possibility that Elias could make an appearance in relief this week, but obviously that's not going to happen. The good news is that it doesn't appear he'll need surgery and he should have a relatively normal offseason. Elias had a solid rookie year after surprisingly cracking the rotation out of spring training, posting a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts.
    Today, 3:31 pm
  • Lowrie (foot) in Monday's lineup vs. Angels
    Jed Lowrie (foot) is in Monday's lineup against the Angels.

    Advice: Lowrie was hit in the foot by a pitch on Sunday and eventually left the game, but he's going to try to give it a go Monday. He'll bat sixth against C.J. Wilson.
    Today, 2:58 pm
    Bot 7, 6-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Escobar (shoulder) available off bench Monday
    Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) is available off the bench Monday.

    Advice: Escobar hasn't played since jamming his right shoulder last Tuesday night, but he felt fine after taking some extra swings during early batting practice on Monday. It sounds like he's not far off from a return.
    Today, 2:47 pm
    L, 6-2 vs x Ari
  • Burton to remain in closer role vs. Arizona
    Jared Burton will remain in the closer role for the series against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Burton hasn't had any save chances since Glen Perkins (elbow) went down, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire still sees him at the top of the pecking order. He'll look for other spots to use Michael Tonkin and Lester Oliveros.
    Today, 2:41 pm
  • Milone (neck) could return Thursday
    Tommy Milone (neck) threw about 30-35 pitches in the bullpen Monday.

    Advice: Milone was originally nursing a fatigued left shoulder, but a lingering neck injury has been the bigger issue recently. The good news is that he has made progress following a cortisone shot. He could pitch in a game as soon as Thursday, though he would do so as a reliever.
    Today, 2:35 pm
  • Chris Young moved to the Mariners' bullpen
    Chris Young has been moved to the Mariners' bullpen.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander was scheduled to make his final regular-season start on Thursday against the Blue Jays, but the M's need to rack up as many victories as possible over this final week and aren't confident right now about what Young might give them. He had a great first half, but Young was lit up for seven runs in just three innings Saturday by a weak Astros team and owns an 8.35 ERA over his last five outings.
    Today, 12:48 pm
  • Matt Carpenter (stomach) back in STL lineup
    Matt Carpenter (illness) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Carpenter sat out Saturday and Sunday due to a stomach bug that has made its way around the Cardinals' clubhouse. He'll bat leadoff and play third base Monday.
    Today, 12:37 pm
  • Kipnis (hamstring) won't play Monday vs. KC
    Jason Kipnis (hamstring) won't play for the Indians on Monday night against the Royals.

    Advice: Kipnis will be replaced by Justin Sellers to finish out the suspended game (which begins at 6:05 p.m. ET) and he won't be in the starting lineup for the full game to be played after that. The second baseman tweaked his hamstring on Thursday and is still sore. He has a disappointing .234/.314/.335 slash line this season.
    Today, 12:24 pm
  • LaRoche doesn't expect to re-sign with Nats
    Adam LaRoche said this weekend that he doesn't expect to re-sign with the Nationals over the winter.

    Advice: "If you had to ask me now, I would assume that I would have to move on, unfortunately," said the veteran first baseman, who is in the final year of a two-year, $24 million contract. Washington holds a $15 million option on LaRoche for 2015, but Ryan Zimmerman is probably going to have to move across the diamond for good and so the option on LaRoche likely won't be exercised.
    Today, 11:20 am
  • Kipnis (hamstring) doubles in his return Sun.
    Jason Kipnis (hamstring) finished 2-for-5 with a double in his return to action Sunday.

    Advice: Kipnis tweaked his hamstring on Thursday and was held out of the Indians' starting lineup on Friday and Saturday, but he returned with a productive game Sunday and should be a full-go for the final week of the regular season. The 27-year-old second baseman will look to finish 2014 on a positive note. He's been a disappointment coming off his breakout 2013.
    Today, 5:41 am
  • Jason Kipnis returned to action on Sunday September 21.
    Today, 1:12 am
  • Jed Lowrie (foot) considered day-to-day
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that Jed Lowrie (foot) was removed from their game against the Phillies because he didn't have his necessary range after being hit by a pitch.

    Advice: It sounds as though the injury isn't believed to be serious, so Lowrie should be considered day-to-day. Nick Punto would continue to fill-in should he be forced to miss a game or two.
    Yesterday, 5:50 pm
    Bot 7, 6-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Jed Lowrie removed from Sunday's game
    Jed Lowrie was removed from Sunday's game against the Phillies in the fifth inning with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Lowrie was hit in the foot by a pitch in his first at-bat, but it's unclear if that is the reason for his early departure. He was replaced defensively by Nick Punto to begin the fifth inning. The A's should have an updated on his status shortly.
    Yesterday, 2:37 pm
    Bot 7, 6-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Roenis Elias (elbow) could return as reliever
    Roenis Elias (elbow) could pitch in relief during the final week if his MRI results come back clean.

    Advice: The Mariners are confident that Elias' elbow injury is minor, but we'll know for sure on Monday. He won't start again and it seems unlikely that he'll pitch in relief, but the M's aren't closing the door on the possibility.
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Young shelled in blowout loss to Astros
    Chris Young allowed seven runs on eight hits in just three innings in the Mariners' 10-1 loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: The Astros were batting Young around from the start in this one. They put up four runs in the first frame thanks to two-run homers by Chris Carter and Alex Presley and an RBI single to Jose Altuve in the second. When Young gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Matt Dominguez and Carlos Corporan to start the fourth, he was promptly yanked. In the end, he managed to last just three innings, striking out three, walking one and surrendering eight hits. The loss comes at a bad time for the M's, who are in a tight race with Oakland and Kansas City for the final two wildcard spots. Young's been a rock in the Mariner rotation, but he has been slightly more hittable since the All Star Break (3.15 ERA/.208 BAA in first half, 3.73 ERA/.264 BAA in second half) and this outing won't help those numbers. He'll take a 3.65 ERA into his last start of the season against the Blue Jays.
    Saturday, 6:56 pm
  • Bautista scores 4 times in Jays victory in NY
    Jose Bautista went 2-for-2 with three walks, a solo home run, and four runs scored as the Blue Jays emerged victorious against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: A huge night for Bautista, who continues to pad his sterling numbers. He hit his 34th home run of the season in the seventh inning off of Chase Whitley, extending the Jays' lead to 5-2 at the time. Bautista has knocked in 101 runs and slashed .284/.405/.527 on the season.
    Saturday, 4:31 pm
    W, 14-4 vs ^ Sea
  • Carpenter, Adams sit with stomach illness
    Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams are not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday due to a stomach illness.

    Advice: Yadier Molina will get the start at first base in place of Adams, with Daniel Descalso covering third for Carpenter. They should be considered day-to-day and are likely to return to the lineup on Sunday.
    Saturday, 1:36 pm
  • Milone had cortisone injection this week
    Twins executive vice president Terry Ryan confirmed Saturday that Tommy Milone (neck) had a cortisone injection at some point in the middle of the week.

    Advice: It continues to look unlikely that the veteran southpaw will make it back before the end of the season, even though he was able to do some long-tossing on Friday. Anthony Swarzak will continue to occupy his spot in the rotation.
    Saturday, 12:39 pm
  • Duffy (shoulder) threw bullpen session Friday
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session on Friday, and was even available as an emergency option out of the Royals bullpen that evening.

    Advice: He won't be available on Saturday and Sunday, making it likely that he could rejoin the rotation on Monday against the Indians assuming he's feeling right. The 25-year-old southpaw boasts a terrific 2.42 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 108/50 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings in his 29 appearances (23 starts) this season.
    Saturday, 8:19 am
    W, 2-0 ^ @Cle
  • Kipnis (hamstring) could return this weekend
    Jason Kipnis (hamstring) could rejoin the Indians lineup this weekend.

    Advice: Kipnis sustained the injury in the eighth inning of Thursday's game and was held out Friday as a precautionary measure. It comes at an unfortunate time for fantasy owners, but consider him day-to-day for now.
    Saturday, 6:30 am
  • Nelson Cruz has three hits in loss to BoSox
    Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI as the Orioles fell to the Red Sox in extra innings on Friday.

    Advice: Cruz reached on an infield single in the third inning, bringing home the first run of the game. He has been an irreplaceable addition to the Orioles lineup this season, slashing .269/.335/.528 with a league-leading 39 home runs and 104 RBI. He has certainly positioned himself to earn a very lucrative deal on the free agent market this offseason.
    Friday, 8:28 pm
  • LaRoche (back) homers in return to lineup
    Adam LaRoche (back) smacked a two-run homer and a drew a walk Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: LaRoche missed two straight starts this week in order to rest his back, but it's not a major concern. The veteran first baseman is now batting .257/.363/.457 with 25 home runs and 88 RBI on the year.
    Friday, 8:13 pm
  • Roenis Elias (elbow) injury not serious
    Roenis Elias' left elbow injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: He underwent a precautionary MRI, but Elias' exam with doctors went well and there wasn't a high level of concern. The left-hander won't pitch again this season, but it's sounding like he'll have a relatively normal offseason.
    Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Tommy Milone (neck) to long-toss
    Tommy Milone (neck) will do some long-tossing Friday after playing light catch the last couple days.

    Advice: The Twins are holding out hope that Milone can make it back before the end of the season, but it's not looking likely at this point. Anthony Swarzak will make another start in his place on Sunday.
    Friday, 2:34 pm
  • Bautista's game-tying HR not enough for Jays
    Jose Bautista hit an eighth-inning, game-tying two-run home run, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Jays suffered a walk-off loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Bautista knotted the contest up at two apiece with his two-run shot off of Shawn Kelley. The slugger had been in a short-term rut, so it wasn't surprising that the Jays entered the game having lost four in a row. Bautista now has 33 home runs, 99 RBI, and a .283/.401/.522 slash line.
    Thursday, 6:54 pm
    W, 14-4 vs ^ Sea
  • LaRoche resting back Thursday
    Adam LaRoche is resting his back Thursday.

    Advice: Most of the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday after resting on Wednesday, but LaRoche needs another day. He's expected to return Friday.
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
  • LaRoche out of lineup Thursday
    Adam LaRoche is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Most the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday, but LaRoche will sit for a second straight day. Kevin Frandsen is starting at first base.
    Thursday, 1:00 pm
  • Wainwright hurls shutout, Cards beat Brewers
    Adam Wainwright threw his third shutout of the season in Wednesday's 2-0 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Wainwright was tremendous, needing only 102 pitches to cover his nine scoreless frames. That's the fewest pitches he's thrown in any of his nine career shutouts. The ace right-hander hit a rough patch in July and August, but he's been locked in over his last three starts and will bring a 2.45 ERA and 1.05 WHIP into his next scheduled outing on the road against the Cubs.
    Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Roenis Elias (elbow) likely done for year
    Roenis Elias is scheduled to fly back to Seattle to undergo an MRI on his left elbow.

    Advice: Elias was forced to leave Tuesday's start against the Angels with what the Mariners are now calling "flexor bundle tightness" in his throwing elbow. There should be more clarity on his status soon, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged Wednesday that he's likely done for the year. No word yet on who will replace him in the rotation Sunday against the Astros, but Taijuan Walker is a strong possibility.
    Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) not in lineup Wed.
    Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) is not in the Twins' starting lineup Wednesday night versus Detroit.

    Advice: Escobar is day-to-day after jamming his right shoulder on Tuesday night. Eduardo Nunez will start at shortstop and bat seventh Wednesday against the Tigers.
    Wednesday, 1:56 pm
    L, 6-2 vs x Ari
  • Grossman wears golden sombrero vs. Indians
    Robbie Grossman went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Grossman fell victim to Indians starter Corey Kluber for three of the four strikeouts, and he wasn't alone -- the Klubot fanned 14 Astros batters in the game. Closer Cody Allen did the honors in the ninth. He also worked a walk in the game, a good portrait of Grossman as a hitter -- he has 96 strikeouts in 322 at-bats, but Grossman also owns an on-base percentage 105 points higher than his batting average.
    Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Roenis Elias leaves start with stiff elbow
    Roenis Elias exited Tuesday's start against the Angels with left elbow stiffness.

    Advice: Well, that's no good. Elias allowed two runs on five hits and a walk and had surrendered a leadoff single in the fourth inning before departing. More info on his long-term outlook probably won't be available until Wednesday, but the rookie's season is almost surely over.
    Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • Roenis Elias exits start with injury
    Roenis Elias left Tuesday's start against the Angels with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Elias allowed a leadoff single to Josh Hamilton in the bottom of the fourth before the Mariners' trainer visited him on the mound and eventually walked off with him. It's not clear at this point what he's dealing with, but an update should be available shortly.
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Eduardo Escobar leaves with shoulder injury
    Eduardo Escobar left Tuesday's game against the Tigers with a jammed right shoulder.

    Advice: Escobar was injured while making a diving stop at shortstop. He's still being looked at by trainers, so it's not clear how much time he might miss.
    Tuesday, 6:05 pm
    L, 6-2 vs x Ari
  • Duffy has successful simulated game
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) said he "felt better than normal" during a successful four-inning simulated game Tuesday.

    Advice: "It went well," Duffy said. "I tried to make it as much like a game situation as I could. I felt normal. I felt better than normal, so I'm very happy with the way it went." Duffy won't officially be cleared to start next Monday versus the Indians until he gets through one more bullpen session, but things are looking good.
    Tuesday, 6:02 pm
    W, 2-0 ^ @Cle
  • Tommy Milone's (neck) MRI shows inflammation
    An MRI on Tommy Milone's neck showed only inflammation.

    Advice: The Twins are hopeful that Milone will return before the end of the month, but it's no guarantee. The left-hander has put up a 7.84 ERA over five starts with the Twins.
    Sep 15, 4:53 pm
  • Duffy (shoulder) out until Sept. 22
    The Royals don't intend for Danny Duffy (shoulder) to start again until next Monday against the Indians.

    Advice: Duffy left his last start on September 6 with a sore shoulder and is slated to pitch in a simulated game Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, he should be cleared to return.
    Sep 15, 2:47 pm
    W, 2-0 ^ @Cle
  • Duffy (shoulder) to pitch in sim. game Tue.
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) will pitch in a simulated game Tuesday.

    Advice: Duffy left his last start on September 6 with a sore shoulder, but he now feels healthy and ready to pitch. However, the Royals aren't ready to throw him back into game action. Liam Hendriks will start Tuesday against the White Sox.
    Sep 15, 2:15 pm
    W, 2-0 ^ @Cle
  • Grossman has two hits, two RBI against Angels
    Robbie Grossman went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in a win over the Angels Sunday.

    Advice: Grossman delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning, his third straight game with an RBI. During a six-game hitting streak, Grossman is 10-for-29 (.345) with four RBI and three runs scored. A player with good on-base skills, Grossman could be playing for a bench spot next year.
    Sep 14, 6:01 pm
  • Young allows two runs over six, takes loss
    Chris Young allowed just two runs over six innings but took the loss against the Athletics Sunday.

    Advice: Young limited the A's to just four hits, with a pair of solo home runs serving as the two runs to cross the plate on Young's watch. He dropped to 12-8 with the loss, but Young has a 3.33 ERA on the year. He'll try to get back in the win column Friday at the Astros.
    Sep 14, 5:15 pm
  • Duffy (shoulder) throws successful bullpen
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) felt no pain during a light bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Although he's yet to be officially cleared, Duffy remains hopeful of starting on Tuesday versus the White Sox. The left-hander exited his last outing on September 6 after just one pitch with a sore shoulder, but he's made nice progress since then. The Royals should announce soon whether or not Duffy will get the ball Tuesday.
    Sep 14, 9:16 am
    W, 2-0 ^ @Cle
  • Tommy Milone (neck) might be out for season
    Tommy Milone (neck) might not pitch again this season.

    Advice: Milone tried to throw a bullpen session Saturday but said "it was not good." He had been nursing a fatigued shoulder, but the lefty felt pain shoot up his neck while long-tossing Wednesday and again throughout his session Saturday. "I could feel it on pretty much every throw," Milone said. "It wasn't bad but I could tell I was holding back. I was trying to not make my neck hurt. The last two pitches I tried to let it go like I would normally in a game. And it didn't feel good. We shut it down." Anthony Swarzak will start on Monday versus the Tigers assuming he isn't needed in the bullpen Sunday.
    Sep 14, 6:26 am
  • Duffy (shoulder) expects to start on Tuesday
    Danny Duffy (shoulder) will throw a light bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: Duffy has been sidelined since September 6 with left shoulder soreness but an MRI taken earlier this week came up negative and he said Thursday that he is no longer feeling discomfort. He expects to returns to the Royals' rotation Tuesday against the White Sox.
    Sep 13, 1:15 pm
    W, 2-0 ^ @Cle
  • Tommy Milone unlikely to start on Monday
    Tommy Milone (neck) is unlikely to start on Monday.

    Advice: Milone had his start pushed back until Monday due to Friday's rain out, but his neck soreness continues to be an issue. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on him over the final two weeks of the season.
    Sep 13, 10:40 am
  • Wainwright dominates Rockies for 18th win
    Adam Wainwright improved to 18-9 on Friday after tossing eight innings of one-run ball against the Rockies.

    Advice: He gave up just six hits and no walks while striking out eight. The only run scored on an RBI double from Nolan Arenado in the third inning. Wainwright is now tied with Johnny Cueto and Clayton Kershaw for the major league-lead in wins. He'll bring a 2.56 ERA into a start against the Brewers next week at home.
    Sep 12, 10:05 pm
  • LaRoche has single, four walks vs. Mets
    Adam LaRoche had an RBI single and four walks Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Well, you don't see that line every day. The fourth and final walk was intentional in the ninth inning. It ended up being the right call by Mets manager Terry Collins, as Jenrry Mejia struck out Ian Desmond swinging to end the ballgame.
    Sep 12, 8:29 pm
  • Tommy Milone pushed back to Monday
    Tommy Milone's next scheduled start has been pushed back to Monday versus the Tigers following Friday's rainout.

    Advice: The postponement will allow the Twins to give Milone some extra rest since he's battled shoulder issues this month. The lefty holds a 7.84 ERA over five starts since joining the Twins.
    Sep 12, 1:29 pm
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