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  • Arismendy Alcantara returns to Cubs' lineup
    Arismendy Alcantara is back in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Alcantara missed the last two games after spraining his right wrist on Monday. The rookie has hit .212/.261/.363 with nine homers and eight steals over 61 games since being promoted by the Cubs in July. Rotoworld.com
    59 minutes ago
  • Nicasio likely to remain reliever in 2015
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss indicated Thursday that Juan Nicasio is likely to remain in a relief role next season.

    Advice: Nicasio was demoted to the minors in June after posting a 5.92 ERA over 14 starts, but he holds a much better 3.78 mark and 15/4 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 frames since returning as a reliever. "I think he's responded well to (the reliever) role," Weiss said. "I think it suits him, in my opinion. To me, going out there and being able to sprint for an inning or two works. He likes to go and attack hitters. With a bullpen role he doesn't have to think about scouting reports as much." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:13 am
  • Mark Trumbo nursing back spasms
    Mark Trumbo was held out of the lineup Thursday after exiting Wednesday's contest with back spasms.

    Advice: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson didn't think it was a major issue, saying that Trumbo "probably needed an off day anyway." It sounds like he should be back in the lineup at some point this weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:00 am
  • Christian Colon placed on disabled list
    Royals placed INF Christian Colon on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to September 7, with a fractured right middle finger.

    Advice: Colon had been holding out hope that he could play through the injury, but the Royals obviously decided against it. He hit .302/.348/.442 over 20 games across a few stints with the big club this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:52 am
  • Robbie Erlin expected to get another start
    Padres manager Bud Black said after Thursday's game that Robbie Erlin has probablyy earned another start.

    Advice: Erlin held the Phillies to just one run over six innings while making a start in place of the injured Tyson Ross (general soreness). The Pads haven't officially shut Ross down yet, but even if they don't they could still give Erlin another shot. The left-hander would likely face the Rockies at home, making him a nice streaming option. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:48 am
  • Seth Smith drives in a run in return
    Seth Smith went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in his return to the lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Smith didn't start the last couple days due to a minor hamstring issue, but he's fine. He's hit .267/.369/.444 for the Padres this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:22 am
  • Rodney earns 46th save as M's top Angels
    Fernando Rodney allowed one run in the ninth inning against the Angels on Thursday but hung on to earn his 46th save of the season.

    Advice: Rodney, tasked with protecting a 3-0 lead against an Angels team that more or less got the night off after clinching the AL West, retired the first batter of the frame before coughing up a Hank Conger homer to right. He evaded further danger, and struck out one, to improve to 46-for-49 in save opportunities to go with a 2.70 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • King Felix whiffs 11 in seven shutout frames
    Felix Hernandez fired seven shutout innings, striking out 11, in a no-decision against the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: He scattered three hits and walked two. The Mariners ultimately won 3-1, but we're not going to call this a "tough-luck" no-decision, because King Felix didn't exactly face a murderer's row. The Angels trotted out the following Little League World Series lineup after clinching the division last night: 1. Tony Campana CF, 2. Gordon Beckham SS, 3. Brennan Boesch RF, 4. C.J. Cron DH, 5. Efren Navarro 1B, 6. Grant Green 2B, 7. Hank Conger C, 8. Luis Jimenez 3B, 9. Shawn O'Malley LF. Hernandez is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA across his last four outings. The soon-to-be Cy Young gets the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Morrison knocks out 3-run HR to beat Angels
    Logan Morrison blasted a game-winning three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to break a 0-0 tie and push the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Angels on Thursday.

    Advice: He finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Morrison has now homered in three of his last eight games, a stretch in which he also has a trio of doubles. It's certainly debatable whether Morrison is Seattle's best option at first base versus righties, but he's rewarded the club's patience with a strong September. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Lohse dominant vs. Cards in a no-decision
    Kyle Lohse was given a no-decision despite limiting the Cardinals to one run over 7 1/3 innings, as the Brewers were cut down 3-2 in 13 innings.

    Advice: Lohse blanked the Cardinals over seven innings, but allowed a lead-off single to Oscar Taveras to start the eighth. After getting Kolten Wong to hit into a fielder's choice, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke opted to pull Lohse at 88 pitches in favor of Jonathan Broxton. It turned out to be the wrong decision, as Broxton allowed Lohse's runner to score as well as one of his own to tie the game up at 2-2. Overall, Lohse allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander has a 3.71 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 135/45 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Adams returns, scores winning run in the 13th
    Matt Adams, making his return to the Cardinals' lineup, went 2-for-5 with a bases-loaded walk, and scored the game-winning run in Thursday's 13-inning win against the Brewers.

    Advice: Adams reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second base on Jhonny Peralta's single. Tony Cruz then singled, sending Adams motoring around the third base bag to score the winning run. Adams has been bothered lately by an oblique injury. The slugger is slashing .287/.320/.459 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Salazar pitches into the 8th in a no-decision
    Danny Salazar stymied the Astros over 7 1/3 innings on Thursday, allowing just one run, but took a no-decision as the Indians needed 13 innings to pull out a 2-1 victory.

    Advice: Salazar was in line for the loss until Carlos Santana delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning. It was a masterful outing, as he limited the Astros to five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Salazar has had quite the turnaround since rejoining the Indians to start the second half, sporting a 3.06 ERA over his last 11 starts. On the season, he owns a 4.02 ERA with a 1.38 ERA and a 112/32 K/BB ratio. Salazar will face the Royals at home on Tuesday next. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Medica has a hit + steal as he breaks slump
    Tommy Medica went 1-for-3 with a steal in Thursday's win against the Phillies.

    Advice: It was his fifth steal of the season. The first baseman went 4-for-8 in this series with a pair of steals after entering it mired in a brutal 3-for-53 (.057) slump over his previous 28 contests. Medica's struggles down the stretch have rendered his odds of making next season's Opening Day roster not a sure thing. He's slashing .233/.286/.401 through 97 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Erlin fires six innings of 1-run ball in win
    Robbie Erlin limited the Phillies to one run over six innings Thursday in a 7-3 victory.

    Advice: Erlin got this start in place of Tyson Ross, who is battling general soreness. The 23-year-old left-hander made it count, striking out four and walking none as he makes a case to be considered for next year's rotation. We already know Erlin has taken well to Petco Park, where he came into tonight with a 2.53 ERA in nine outings. This was Erlin's first start since May 17. He's struggled with elbow soreness, but should be just fine through the end of the season. Ross' availability will determine whether Erlin (4-4, 4.53 ERA) gets another start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Wada solid over five frames, gets no-decision
    Tsuyoshi Wada got a no-decision on Thursday after allowing just one run over five innings in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wada pitched well; it was the Cubs' bullpen that couldn't get the job done. The lefty yielded just five hits and a walk while fanning five. After the game, Wada told the media he would not start again this season. Though he hasn't been much of an innings-eater, Wada has pitched well in 12 starts this season, finishing with a 3.22 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 53/18 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Soler knocks in a pair of runs in a Cubs loss
    Jorge Soler finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles, but the Cubs were handed a loss by the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: Soler padded the Cubs' lead to 2-0 with his first single, then 3-1 with his next single. The rookie is batting .368/.406/.737 in his first 64 plate appearances with five homers and 17 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Alcantara (wrist) out again Thursday
    Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) is out of the Cubs' lineup again Thursday.

    Advice: Alcantara suffered a right wrist sprain when he slammed into the outfield wall on Monday and will miss his third straight game Thursday, but he plans to hit in the cage and take batting practice. If all goes well, he could play Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:07 pm
  • Smith (hamstring) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Seth Smith (hamstring) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Smith was held out of the Padres' starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring. He remains day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:58 am
  • Alcantara (wrist) aiming to return Thursday
    Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) is aiming to return to the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Alcantara suffered a right wrist sprain when he slammed into the outfield wall on Monday and has missed two straight games, but he can throw with no pain and will attempt batting practice on Thursday afternoon. If it goes well, look for him to return. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:59 pm
  • Alcantara (wrist) absent from Wed. lineup
    Arismendy Alcantara (wrist) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: There's no word yet on Alcantara's MRI results, but obviously his right wrist is still not game-ready. The Cubs should have more on the outfielder's status later Wednesday. Ryan Kalish is in center field Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:07 pm
  • Soler's homer, 2 RBI enough as Cubs top Reds
    Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo home run as the Cubs shut out the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Soler knocked in the Cubs' first run with a ground out in the third, then made it 7-0 with a seventh-inning solo home run. The 22-year-old has hit safely in 13 of his first 14 major league games, slashing a ridiculous .373/.393/.784 with five home runs and 15 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Arismendy Alcantara undergoes MRI on wrist
    Arismendy Alcantara underwent an MRI on his ailing right wrist Tuesday.

    Advice: The results are not yet known. Alcantara, who was injured during Monday's game when he slammed into the outfield wall, was wearing a brace Tuesday. The Cubs are calling him day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:15 pm
  • Seth Smith scratched with sore hammy
    Seth Smith was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sore hamstring.

    Advice: It sounds like a minor issue, as Smith could be available to pinch-hit. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:22 pm
  • Adams (oblique) returns to STL lineup Tues.
    Matt Adams (oblique) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Adams has been dealing with a left oblique injury for much of this month and his offensive numbers have cratered. The Cardinals -- lacking a serviceable backup option at first base -- need to get him right down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Alcantara (wrist) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Arismendy Alcantara is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds due to right wrist soreness.

    Advice: Alcantara slammed into the outfield wall on Monday and was wearing a wrap after the game. Consider him day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:57 pm
  • Trumbo blasts a salami, knocks in five runs
    Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam to lead the Diamondbacks past the Giants 6-2 on Monday.

    Advice: He finished 2-for-5 with five RBI, adding an RBI single in the seventh. The big damage came in the third frame, when Trumbo swatted a Ryan Vogelsong offering over the right field wall to plate Wade Miley, Chris Owings and A.J. Pollock. Trumbo has driven in 10 runs over his last five games. A hot finish would give a nice superficial boost to his disappointing slash line (.239/.303/.389). Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:46 pm
  • Robbie Erlin to make spot start
    Robbie Erlin will start on Thursday against the Phillies.

    Advice: He'll get the ball in place of Tyson Ross, who is battling general soreness. At the moment, it appears Erlin will be in line for just the one start, but it's possible Ross' absence will wind up lasting longer. Erlin holds a 4.89 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 10 games -- eight starts -- for the Padres this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:32 pm
  • Soler (birth of child) returns to lineup Mon.
    Jorge Soler (paternity) is back in the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Soler missed the Cubs' weekend series in Pittsburgh for the birth of his child. The 22-year-old Cuban sensation is hitting .356 with a 1.101 OPS, four home runs, and 13 RBI through his first 12 major league games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:16 pm
  • Matt Adams nursing oblique issue again
    Matt Adams is not in Sunday's lineup after aggravating his left oblique issue Saturday.

    Advice: We figured something was up when he wasn't in Sunday's lineup against a right-hander. Adams first tweaked the oblique a week and a half ago but returned after missing just two games. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined this time. Daniel Descalso is at first base Sunday, and he could share time there with Xavier Scruggs while Adams is out. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:06 am
  • Matt Adams not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He also sat out Friday's game, but that was against a lefty. With the Cards facing a righty Sunday, you have to wonder if Adams' oblique might be an issue again. Daniel Descalso is getting the nod at first base Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:42 am
  • Felix Hernandez strikes out eight A's
    Felix Hernandez yielded two runs in seven innings and struck out eight in a no-decision against the A's on Saturday.

    Advice: The eight strikeouts brought his season total to 225, leaving him just seven shy of his career high from his Cy Young season in 2010.... or as we'll soon refer to it, his first Cy Young season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:56 pm
  • Fernando Rodney takes loss in 10th
    Fernando Rodney walked four and took a loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the 10th Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: Rodney hasn't had many off nights this year, but these kinds of things can happen with him. He only got out of the inning because Josh Reddick decided to take a big cut after a 2-0 pitch (and six straight balls total) and lined out to a diving Chris Taylor at shortstop. Since Rodney was pitching in a tie game, he remains 45-for-48 in his save chances. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:54 pm
  • Trumbo goes 3-for-5, drives in three vs. Pads
    Mark Trumbo finished 3-for-5 with three RBI as the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 10-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Trumbo smacked a two-run single in the first inning and later scored on a wild pitch. He then plated Chris Owings on a fielder's choice in the second and doubled in the fifth before singling and scoring again in the eighth. Trumbo seems to be finding a groove now after struggling initially in his return from a fractured foot. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Salazar allows three runs in no-decision
    Danny Salazar gave up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision at Detroit.

    Advice: Salazar struck out seven and walked just one, but the Indians tallied two runs in the bottom of the third inning and then Victor Martinez tagged Salazar for a solo homer in the fourth. He's struggled now in back-to-back outings after a string of dominant starts. The young righty will try to get on track next week in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Logan Morrison homers, doubles in win
    Logan Morrison homered and doubled before being removed for a pinch-running Friday against the A's.

    Advice: Corey Hart is playing better and Justin Smoak is back in the majors, but Morrison is still getting steady starts against right-handers, for better or worse. The homer tonight was his second in three games. Even so, he's hitting just .217 in 217 at-bats against righties this year, compared to .319 in 69 at-bats versus lefties. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:13 pm
  • Lohse allows two runs in no-decision
    Kyle Lohse took a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Brewers.

    Advice: Lohse allowed five hits (including a solo homer) and two walks while striking out six. While he didn't get the win, it was nice to see after he really struggled over his previous two starts. The veteran right-hander will bring a 3.81 ERA into a road start against the Cardinals next week. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:33 pm
  • Wada allows four runs in loss to Bucs
    Tsuyoshi Wada was chased after giving up four runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Wada, who left his last start with left leg cramping, gave up nine hits and two walks before being pulled with out in the fifth inning. Ike Davis hit a sacrifice fly off Justin Grimm to close the book on the southpaw's night. Wada got off to strong start in the majors, but he hasn't been nearly as effective in his last three turns. It's tough to trust him in mixed leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Alcantara hits solo homer vs. Pirates
    Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: It was his first multi-hit game since August 24. With nine homers and seven stolen bases, Alcantara has some enticing skills, but he's batting just .210/.262/.369 through his first 58 games in the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:03 pm
  • Matt Adams getting a day off Friday
    Matt Adams is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Cards are stacking righties versus southpaw Jorge De La Rosa, as Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras are also sitting out. Xavier Scruggs is at first base, Mark Ellis is at second and Randal Grichuk is in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:49 pm
  • Jorge Soler to miss weekend series
    Jorge Soler will miss the weekend series in Pittsburgh in order to attend the birth of his child.

    Advice: He'll rejoin the club when they return home Monday. Soler has batted .356/.367/.733 with four homers and 13 RBI over 12 games since being called up by the Cubs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:48 am
  • Soler provides Cubs' only run with HR in loss
    Jorge Soler gave the Cubs their only run with a solo home run as they were trampled again by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Soler took Drew Hutchison deep in the seventh inning for his fourth home run of the season. The 22-year-old continues to excel against big league pitching in the early going. He's hit safely in 11 of 12 games and sports a .356/.367/.733 line across 49 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Christian Colon to test out finger Thursday
    Christian Colon will test out his broken right middle finger with some throwing drills on Thursday.

    Advice: Colon suffered the injury just a week ago, but the swelling has gone down and he's hoping to play through it. He doesn't expected hitting to be an issue, but throwing could. Even if he's cleared to play, don't expect Colon to have much of a role down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:48 am
  • SP Hernandez K's 8 in six shutout frames
    Felix Hernandez fired six shutout innings, striking out eight, in a no-decision win over the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: The right-hander wasn't exactly the picture of efficiency, walking four and running up 99 pitches through six frames, but he made it work. Prior to beating Oakland on Wednesday, Hernandez had gone 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA over his previous three starts. King Felix, you won't be surprised to learn, enjoys facing the Astros, against whom he came into the game 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA since the beginning of the 2013 season. Hernandez, now 14-5 with a 2.12 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, hosts the A's on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:00 pm
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