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  • Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) back in lineup Friday
    Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) is back in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ellsbury sat out Wednesday with a sore foot, but he's fine. He's in center field and batting second. Brian McCann is on the bench, as Gary Sanchez is behind the plate, Chase Headley is in the designated hitter spot and Ronald Torreyes is at third base. 39 minutes ago
  • Wilson Ramos sitting out again Friday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ramos is in the midst of a 3-for-31 slump, so he's getting two straight days off to reset. Jose Lobaton is behind the dish. 55 minutes ago
  • Dee Gordon not in Friday's lineup
    Dee Gordon is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day off. Robert Andino is at second base in Gordon's place. Jeff Francoeur is also making his Marlins' debut in right field. 58 minutes ago
  • Neil Walker returns from paternity leave
    Mets activated 2B Neil Walker from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Walker and his wife welcomed their first child earlier this week. T.J. Rivera has been optioned in a corresponding move. Today, 10:55 am
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    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Ross' (shoulder) first rehab start goes badly
    Tyson Ross (shoulder, ankle) gave up four runs while lasting just two-thirds of an inning in his first rehab start with High-A Lake Elsinore on Thursday.

    Advice: Ross was supposed to throw 45 pitches in his first start since April, but he was pulled after throwing 28 in a rough first inning. "Pitching is not like riding a bicycle," Ross said. "You either execute or you don’t. It’s black or white. It’s binary code. I had a lot of non-executed pitches today." Ross is expected to make one more rehab start before rejoining the Padres' rotation. He'll be limited to 3-5 innings initially with the Pads as he eases back into things, but the goal is to get him feeling confident in his health heading into the offseason. Today, 7:56 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Brett Lawrie's (knee, calf) MRI is clean
    MRIs on Brett Lawrie's left knee and calf came back negative.

    Advice: Lawrie has encountered multiple setbacks while on his rehab assignment for a hamstring injury, but it appears he doesn't have any structural issues. He's been given inflammation medicine and will try to ramp up his activities in the next couple days. Today, 6:53 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Report: Jeremy Jeffress arrested for DWI
    Rebecca Lopez of WFAA-TV in Dallas reports that Jeremy Jeffress was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of DWI.

    Advice: No further details are available at this time, but more information should come out later Friday. Worth noting is that Jeffress has been suspended twice in the past for testing positive for marijuana. Today, 6:24 am
  • Hunter Pence injures right hamstring Thursday
    Hunter Pence said that he is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: Pence was lifted for a defensive replacement in the middle innings of Thursday's win over the Dodgers. He will be reevaluated on Friday, but a disabled list stint would be in the cards if this is any kind of a lasting injury. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
    7:15 pm vs Atl
  • Moore loses no-hitter with two outs in ninth
    Matt Moore came within one out of a no-hitter in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Moore struck out seven and walked three on the evening. Manager Bruce Bochy was noticeably agitated in the dugout as the 27-year-old southpaw's pitch count began to balloon in a 24-pitch eighth inning. Moore had thrown 120 total pitches by the end of that frame, but despite the high count, Bochy decided to trot him out for the ninth. He retired Kike Hernandez on a sinking liner to start the frame -- Denard Span made a spectacular sliding catch on that one -- then induced a ground out from Howie Kendrick. Corey Seager would break up the near no-no via a flare single to right with two outs in the frame. Ouch. He finished the game having thrown 133 pitches (88 strikes). Since coming over to the Giants at the trade deadline, Moore has pitched to a 3.41 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 29/20 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings (five starts). He will look to build off of Thursday's stellar outing in a home start against the Diamondbacks next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Beckham rocks RBI double in win over ARI
    Gordon Beckham went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The double was Beckham's 11th of the season. He picked up the RBI two-bagger in the sixth inning to boost the Braves to a 3-0 lead. The 29-year-old infielder holds no fantasy intrigue and is hitting just .210/.300/.335 with four homers and 24 RBI over an even 200 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Frazier delivers walk-off single against M's
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with three RBI, including a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning, as the White Sox edged the Mariners 7-6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Frazier yanked a Steve Cishek pitch through the left side of the infield in the seventh inning to plate two runs and tie the game, and he finished what he started two innings later. That time, he pulled a Nick Vincent offering over the third baseman's head and into the left field corner to bring home the winning run. Driving in runs is one thing the 30-year-old has done well this year, collecting 80 RBI, and he's also got 31 home runs. Those numbers have helped redeem a disappointing .211/.293/.447 line overall. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Cutch drives in all three Bucs runs in win
    Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, including the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning, to lead the Pirates past the Brewers 3-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Cutch was up to the task all evening, hitting a solo homer in the first before knocking an RBI single in the third and his game-winner in the 10th. The homer was his 18th of the season to give him 55 RBI and 65 runs scored. It's still not the Andrew McCutchen we've come to know and expect, but he's now hitting .303 in the month of August and is batting .250/.329/.419 in 116 games overall. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Kuhl holds Brewers to two runs in no-decision
    Chad Kuhl gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings Thursday against the Brewers.

    Advice: The start was very typical of what Kuhl has done at the major league level thus far -- a handful of hits, a handful of strikeouts, and when it's all said and done, two or three runs against him. He's now allowed three runs or fewer in seven of his eight starts, posting a 3.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in those eight contests. The 23-year-old has a good test on deck, with the Pirates traveling to Chicago to face the Cubs on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Hamels twirls eight shutout innings vs. Tribe
    Cole Hamels allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings, striking out eight, as the Rangers skunked the Indians 9-0 on Thursday.

    Advice: Hamels was brilliant, yielding just a pair of singles and not walking a batter in his eight innings. The start was his sixth consecutive quality start and the eighth in a row in which he's allowed three or fewer runs. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that the southpaw is 14-4 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 26 starts total. Hamels will try to keep rolling Tuesday against the Mariners. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Tomlin hit hard again in loss to Rangers
    Josh Tomlin was knocked around again Thursday, allowing eight runs -- seven earned -- over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Once again, homers played a part, with the Rangers hitting a pair of three-run shots. Tomlin has now given up 34 homers in 24 starts, a brutal number that partly explains why he's lost five straight decisions to fall to 11-8. Tomlin owns a 4.70 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, and he'll attempt to snap the skid Tuesday against the Twins. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Wilson Ramos out of Nats' lineup Thursday
    Wilson Ramos is out of the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Jose Lobaton will catch Max Scherzer in the series finale at Nationals Park. Ramos has been one of the most active backstops in MLB this year and is in a bit of an offensive rut. He deserves the breather. Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Ellsbury not in Yankees' lineup Wednesday
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners.

    Advice: Aaron Hicks will start in center field and bat seventh versus Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Ellsbury, who slugged a two-run homer on Wednesday night. Wednesday, 10:09 am
  • McCutchen not in Pirates lineup Wednesday
    Andrew McCutchen is out of the Pirates' lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Astros.

    Advice: Starling Marte is in center field, Gregory Polanco is in left field, and Matt Joyce is in right field in the afternoon tilt versus Houston right-hander Collin McHugh. This appears to be a routine day of rest for McCutchen, who's been hitting the ball well in August. Wednesday, 7:15 am
  • Ellsbury clocks two-run home run in win
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Ellsbury connected for a two-run shot off Taijuan Walker in the fifth inning, snapping a 1-1 tie in the process. The Mariners wouldn't score again as the Bombers cruised to an easy 5-1 victory. For his part, the speedy Ellsbury is hitting .262/.321/.368 with six homers, 42 RBI and 18 steals over 432 at-bats. He simply hasn't provided a ton of spark this season in terms of fantasy production. Tuesday, 10:08 pm
  • Brett Lawrie getting tests on sore quad
    Brett Lawrie is undergoing more tests in Chicago after reaggravating his quad.

    Advice: Lawrie was pulled off his rehab assignment and the White Sox aren't sure when he might return to live minor league games, let alone the major league roster. "He hasn’t played enough to make it through a game so there’s something going on there," manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday. Lawrie originally landed on the disabled list July 22 with a left hamstring strain. He's also been dealing with fluid in his knee. Tuesday, 8:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Tyson Ross (shoulder) ready for rehab outing
    Tyson Ross (shoulder, ankle) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Lake Elsinore.

    Advice: Ross won't be allowed to go beyond 45 pitches in that outing. He landed on the disabled list the second week of April with a shoulder injury and then sprained his ankle while exercising in his hotel room on July 6. If everything goes smoothly from here, the right-hander could rejoin the Padres' rotation around mid-September. Tuesday, 4:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • McCutchen picks up pair of singles vs. MIA
    Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: No true fireworks here for McCutchen, but he could use any hits he can get given the way this season has unfolded for him. The star outfielder is slashing a measly .246/.326/.411 with 17 homers and 51 RBI over 443 at-bats. With a little over a month remaining in the season, those numbers aren't likely to see a major turnaround barring an insane hot streak. Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Brett Lawrie pulled off rehab assignment
    Brett Lawrie has been pulled off his rehab assignment.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened, but Lawrie has had setbacks recently with knee and quad issues. He'll be re-evaluated by the White Sox and the club is expected to have more information on his status later this week. Obviously he's not going to be activated soon. Sunday, 12:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Walker going on paternity leave this week
    Neil Walker will be away from the Mets for this week's series in St. Louis, as his wife will have labor induced Monday night.

    Advice: Walker is slated to rejoin the Mets on Friday against the Phillies. The second baseman return to action Saturday after missing four games with a back issue, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores should handle second base while Walker is away. Sunday, 7:08 am
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  • Tomlin rocked for six runs by Blue Jays
    Josh Tomlin allowed six runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Tomlin served up three homers among the nine hits, as he's now given up at least one homer in 21 of 23 starts this year. That was alright when he was winning, but the right-hander has now lost four straight to fall to 11-7 with a 4.39 ERA. He's never missed a lot of bats, so some regression was always in the cards. He'll try to stop the bleeding Thursday against the Rangers. Saturday, 8:46 pm
  • Tyson Ross (shoulder) looks 'ready'
    Tyson Ross (shoulder, ankle) threw a live batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Teammate Adam Rosales said Ross "looked ready" and called him "the toughest pitcher [he's] faced all year." Ross used his full repertoire during the 40-pitch session. His fastball topped out at 94 mph. It's unclear if Ross will throw another live session or advance immediately to a rehab assignment. Regardless, it looks like he'll be back in the Padres' rotation at some point next month. Shoulder inflammation and a sprained ankle have sidelined Ross since April. Saturday, 7:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Kuhl suffers first MLB loss against Marlins
    Chad Kuhl allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings against the Marlins on Saturday, taking the first loss of his MLB career.

    Advice: Kuhl was 3-0 in six major league starts coming into the game, and he pitched well enough Saturday to stay unbeaten. Unfortunately for Kuhl, his offense couldn't must enough support to spare him his first loss. The right-hander gave up five hits, including a home run, without issuing a walk or registering a strikeout in the outing. Through seven starts, Kuhl owns a 3.62 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. The 23-year-old will look to get back in the win column Thursday against the Brewers. Saturday, 7:00 pm
  • Matt Moore drops to 0-3 with Giants
    Matt Moore fell flat in Saturday's loss to the Mets, allowing three runs on five hits over five innings of work.

    Advice: He registered three strikeouts and also issued three walks. Yoenis Cespedes feasted off Moore with an RBI double in the first inning and a solo blast in the third. Moore is now winless with a 4.70 ERA in four starts for the Giants. He'll aim for his first W Thursday against the Dodgers. Saturday, 5:31 pm
  • Neil Walker returns to Mets lineup Saturday
    Neil Walker (back) has returned to the Mets starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He sat out the previous four games due to stiffness in his lower back. The 30-year-old is hitting .279/.341/.470 with 22 homers and 54 RBI in 440 plate appearances on the season. Saturday, 11:00 am
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  • Jacoby Ellsbury goes 3-for-5, homers
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 and homered Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: The homer was his first of the second half. He entered the night hitting .224/.272/.267 with just one steal in 116 at-bats since the All-Star break. Still, the Yankees haven't used his struggles as an excuse to move him down in the lineup or to give him less playing time. Friday, 11:24 pm
  • Frazier hitless in loss to Athletics
    Todd Frazier went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Friday’s loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: With the hitless night, Frazier’s batting average has dipped down to .207 for the year, which is the lowest he’s been since back on July 3. It’s tough to complain about someone who has 31 homers and 74 RBI, but using him in fantasy leagues comes with a sacrifice. Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Cole Hamels strikes out 10 in win over Rays
    Cole Hamels was brilliant in Saturday's victory over the Rays, piling up 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: The star southpaw scattered just three hits and a pair of walks on the night. He carried a bid for a shutout into the eighth inning until Steven Souza uncorked a solo homer. Hamels has been terrific atop the Rangers rotation, compiling a 13-4 record, 2.80 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 159/61 K/BB ratio over 160 2/3 innings. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he does battle against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Brett Lawrie to resume rehab on Friday
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring, knee, quad) will resume his rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Lawrie is on the DL with a hamstring injury but has also had a knee and more recently a quad issue delay his return. He's game-ready again, though, and should be activated before long if he can avoid another setback. Friday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Neil Walker still out with lower back stiffness
    Neil Walker (back) is out for Thursday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Walker was hoping to return Thursday after missing the previous two games with lower back stiffness but instead he'll get another night off. T.J. Rivera will draw the start at second base while batting second against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. Walker remains day-to-day. Thursday, 4:22 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Brett Lawrie suffers quad injury in rehab game
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring, knee) left Wednesday's rehab game for Double-A Birmingham with a sore quad.

    Advice: Lawrie was close to returning from a strained hamstring but this will obviously push back his timetable. It's unclear if Lawrie's injury is of the day-to-day variety or something more serious. Tyler Saladino will continue to fill in at second base for the White Sox. Thursday, 3:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs Sea
  • Tomlin (family emergency) to return Saturday
    Josh Tomllin (family emergency) will make his scheduled start Saturday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tomlin left the team Wednesday to deal with a family medical emergency back home in Texas but he'll return to the team Friday and will take the mound a day later. The 31-year-old got off to a booming start this year but has faded quickly in the second half with a 5.84 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. Thursday, 1:49 pm
  • Wilson Ramos out of Nats lineup on Thursday
    Wilson Ramos is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday night versus the Braves.

    Advice: It appears to be a routine day of rest for Ramos. Pedro Severino will start at catcher and bat eighth for the Nationals against Braves right-hander Rob Whalen. Thursday, 12:32 pm
  • Neil Walker (back) hopes to play Thursday
    Neil Walker (back) hopes to play Thursday.

    Advice: Walker was scratched from the Mets' starting lineup on Tuesday after experiencing lower back stiffness and he also sat out Wednesday, but it's nothing serious. The second baseman is also awaiting the birth of a child and could go on paternity leave sometime this weekend. He's been on fire offensively this month, batting .397/.435/.672 with five home runs in 62 plate appearances since August 1. Thursday, 5:52 am
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    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • McCutchen hits go-ahead two-run HR vs. SF
    Andrew McCutchen came up clutch with a two-run home run in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Giants.

    Advice: McCutchen whacked homer No. 17 off veteran starter Matt Cain in the fifth inning. His dinger snapped a 4-4 tie. While the Giants would come back with a run in the ninth to draw within one, the final score would stand at 6-5 Pirates. McCutchen's season has been a downright disappointment on the whole, as the All-Star outfielder is hitting just .248/.329/.418 with 17 homers and 51 RBI across 431 at-bats. A silver lining, though: McCutchen has picked up hits in eight of his last 10 games and has now notched multi-hit efforts in each of his last three. He has the talent to help carry a fantasy team to glory if he suddenly finds a magic groove. Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Indians place Josh Tomlin on emergency leave
    Indians placed RHP Josh Tomlin on the family medical emergency list.

    Advice: Tomlin is returning to his home in Tyler, Texas, to deal with a personal matter. He will be allowed to spend up to five days away from the team. With Danny Salazar not set for activation from the disabled list until Thursday, the Tribe will be working with a 24-man roster for a day. Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Ellsbury getting the day off Wednesday
    Jacoby Ellsbury is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Aaron Hicks will start in center field and bat ninth versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ. The left-handed Ellsbury owns a disappointing .263/.326/.361 batting line in 110 games this season with New York. Wednesday, 7:39 am
  • Neil Walker (stiff back) scratched on Tuesday
    Neil Walker was scratched from the Mets' lineup Tuesday due to lower back stiffness.

    Advice: Kelly Johnson will slide over to second base and T.J. Rivera will draw a start at third. Walker is considered day-to-day. He went 3-for-5 with a homer on Monday. Tuesday, 4:00 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Phi
  • Tyson Ross (shoulder, ankle) throws live BP
    Tyson Ross (shoulder, ankle) threw 30 pitches of live batting practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: A nice step in the right direction for Ross, who has been out since April 9 because of a shoulder issue. He then tweaked his ankle while exercising in his hotel room on July 6, though that injury has already healed. It's all about building up arm strength now. Ross could make some starts for San Diego in September. Tuesday, 1:17 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @Mia
  • Matt Moore gives up five runs in loss
    Matt Moore surrendered five runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Moore was solid in his first two starts for the Giants, though he was often pitching around walks. He wasn't as successful tonight, giving up as many hits (six) as he did in the first two outings combined and walking three more batters. He's walked 14 in 18 innings for the Giants after totaling 40 in 130 innings for the Rays. He needs to solve those control problems quickly. Monday, 11:25 pm
  • Neil Walker goes 3-for-5, homers
    Neil Walker finished 3-for-5 with a homer Monday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Walker entered this year with 174 doubles and 93 homers in his career. Right now, he has eight doubles and 23 homers. It's an odd sort of change, but it's working for him. And while the doubles haven't been there, he hasn't been trading average for homers; he's hitting .279 right now. Monday, 11:01 pm
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    4:10 pm vs Phi
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