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  • Ziegler (flu) remains unavailable on Wed.
    Brad Ziegler (flu) remains unavailable Wednesday.

    Advice: And he won't fly on the team charter to the West Coast after Wednesday's game, though the Red Sox are hoping he can make that trip on his own Friday. Ziegler has been fighting a bad case of the flu, so the Red Sox are keeping him away from their other players. 23 minutes ago
    10:35 am vs TB
  • Farrell suggests Moncada promotion coming
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that "nothing but positives could come" from a September promotion for top infield prospect Yoan Moncada.

    Advice: And it sounds like Farrell is envisioning the 21-year-old taking on more than just a pinch-running, pinch-hitting type of role. Travis Shaw, Aaron Hill, and Brock Holt have failed to produce meaningful offensive numbers at third base and Moncada is batting .298/.411/.518 with 15 home runs and 45 steals in 105 games this season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He's worth a speculative add right now in most standard mixed leagues with MLB rosters set to expand on Thursday. 51 minutes ago
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    10:35 am vs TB
  • Lance Lynn (elbow) ends minor league rehab
    Lance Lynn (elbow) has ended his minor league rehab assignment.

    Advice: Lynn tossed 48 pitches over three scoreless innings in a start at Double-A Springfield last week and felt fine after the outing, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Cardinals made the decision to shut him down because he "was not going to be cleared to contribute in the majors this season" just 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery. Lynn should be 100 percent for the beginning of spring training next February. The 29-year-old right-hander holds an excellent 3.37 ERA and 766 strikeouts in 791 1/3 career major league innings. Today, 8:12 am
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    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Gurriel starting in LF on Wednesday vs. OAK
    Yulieski Gurriel will start in left field for the Astros on Wednesday against the A's.

    Advice: Gurriel was supposed to take over as the Astros' starting third baseman when he arrived in the major leagues earlier this month, but a hamstring injury stalled that plan and now Alex Bregman appears firmly entrenched at the hot corner. Gurriel hasn't played the outfield regularly since 2005, when he was a 21-year-old center fielder in Cuba, but left field at Houston's Minute Maid Park is relatively easy because of the short porch. He did make one start in left at Triple-A Fresno prior to his callup. Today, 7:46 am
  • Miguel Cabrera out Wed. due to ankle flareup
    Miguel Cabrera is out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday due to a right ankle flareup.

    Advice: Cabrera experienced something similar last week in Minnesota and the Tigers don't want to make it any worse. He'll get a day of rest Wednesday and then the Tigers have a scheduled team off day Thursday before starting a series Friday night in Kansas City. That will hopefully get him back in good health. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is starting at first base and batting eighth Wednesday afternoon against White Sox ace Chris Sale. Today, 7:40 am
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • LoCain playing through a left wrist injury
    Lorenzo Cain acknowledged late Tuesday that he has been playing through a left wrist injury.

    Advice: It's been an issue for at least two weeks and causes him pain when he tries to swing, but Cain has pledged to continue battling through it. The 30-year-old center fielder has still managed a relatively productive August, even smacking an RBI double (and stealing a base) in Tuesday night's loss to the Yankees. Today, 6:13 am
  • D'Backs recall Shelby Miller for start vs. SF
    Diamondbacks recalled RHP Shelby Miller from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Miller will return to the Diamondbacks' rotation on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco after spending the last seven weeks in the minor leagues. The right-hander yielded four earned runs on nine hits over just 4 2/3 innings in his final start with Triple-A Reno and returns to a hideous 7.14 major league ERA. He can't be trusted in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 6:08 am
  • Jennings 'unable to play' due to knee injury
    Mike Fiore, the agent for Desmond Jennings, told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that Desmond Jennings is currently "unable to play due to his knee injury."

    Advice: Jennings was placed on the disabled list August 3 and officially released by the Rays on August 28, before being activated. "If the knee gets strong enough to play then I believe he will have interest from several teams," Fiore said. "So we shall see what the future holds." The 29-year-old outfielder was batting just .200/.281/.350 with seven home runs and two stolen bases in 65 games this season with the Rays. He could just wait until the winter to go searching for a new organization. Today, 5:54 am
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  • Myers (stomach) goes 0-for-4 in return Tues.
    Wil Myers (illness) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to action Tuesday.

    Advice: He had been held out a couple days with a stomach virus. Myers is stuck in a dreadful offensive rut, batting just .123/.197/.200 over his last 71 plate appearances. His season OPS has dropped 62 full points in that span, from .862 to .800. Today, 5:40 am
  • Dyson stuffs the stat sheet against Yankees
    Jarrod Dyson went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple, a run scored and a stolen base Tuesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Batting leadoff and playing center field, Dyson notched his fifth triple of the season in the third inning to get the Royals on the board. The stolen base was his fourth in his past three games, giving him 22 steals on the year. The 32-year-old's numbers never recovered from an early-season slump, and in the meantime his starting job was copped by Paulo Orlando. Dyson is hitting .248/.321/.353 on the year. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Welington Castillo hits two-run single in win
    Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Castillo came through with a two-run single to cap off a four-run fifth inning against Johnny Cueto. The pair of RBI boosted his season total to 56. He is working to a .278/.334/.449 triple-slash across 344 at-bats and has been swinging a molten stick of late, with multi-hit efforts in six of his last 10 games and nine RBI in his last four. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Judge hits third homer in win over Royals
    Aaron Judge hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: The homer was Judge's only hit in five at-bats, and he struck out twice on the night. That's been a common theme through his first 15 major league games, as Judge now has 24 strikeouts in 51 at-bats. The power is legitimate, but he'll need to make more contact before he's a viable major league starting-caliber outfielder. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Tanaka gives up two runs before rain delay
    Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs over five innings in a rain-shortened start Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Tanaka was at 71 pitches when the rain came, and after the delay he was out of the game. It was a shame, as he'd allowed just four hits without issuing a walk and seemed on his way to another strong outing. The no-decision leaves his record at 11-4, and the right-hander owns a 3.12 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through 27 starts this year. A matchup with the division-rival Blue Jays is up next for Tanaka on Monday. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Greinke limits Giants to two runs over six IP
    Zack Greinke handcuffed the Giants in Tuesday's win, yielding just two runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings.

    Advice: Greinke wasn't mowing them down -- he struck out one on the evening -- but it was an effective outing nonetheless. Brandon Crawford managed a sacrifice fly in the third and Joe Panik an RBI double in the sixth to account for the scoring on Greinke's watch. He will carry a 4.17 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into a road date with the Dodgers next time he takes the mound. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Cueto surrenders four runs in uneven outing
    Johnny Cueto was up-and-down in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, surrendering four runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Cueto simply could not find the strike zone. He walked four and threw just 52 of his 89 pitches for strikes. All four runs on his line came home in the fifth inning. The veteran ace will look for sharper results when he takes his 2.98 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 163/38 K/BB ratio (184 1/3 innings) into a potentially trying road showdown with the Cubs next time he toes the rubber. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • C.J. Cron crushes pair of homers in victory
    C.J. Cron rocked a pair of home runs and finished with three RBI in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Cron burned Reds starter Tim Adleman twice on Tuesday, mashing a two-run home run in the first inning and a solo tater in the third. He also homered in the series-opener on Monday and has now launched 14 on the season. In addition, the 26-year-old first baseman is slashing .288/.337/.498. He has picked up eight hits in his last 12 at-bats. Five of those have gone for extra bases. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Adleman tosses quality start against Angels
    Tim Adleman pitched respectably in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, yielding three runs on seven hits over six innings.

    Advice: Adleman struck out four and walked one on the evening. C.J. Cron proved to be his nemesis in this one, whacking a two-run home run in the first inning and following up with a solo shot in the third. Outside of those pesky home runs, though, Adleman kept the scoreboard clean. The 28-year-old right-hander has now pitched to a 3.82 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 35 1/3 frames. Up next on the docket, a home showdown with the Mets. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Denard Span forced out due to a stiff neck
    Denard Span left Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: Span saw three at-bats before Gorkys Hernandez took over in center for the veteran outfielder midway through the game. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward. The Giants will reevaluate him on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
    12:45 pm vs Ari
  • Odor wins wild affair with walk-off homer
    Rougned Odor hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday to give the Rangers an 8-7 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Odor finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored, but it was his last hit that loomed the largest. After a leadoff single by Adrian Beltre, Odor drove a low offering from Edwin Diaz to straightaway center to give the Rangers the come-from-behind victory. Odor has 25 homers and 67 RBI this year, and he's hitting .272/.294/.491 overall. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Seager has two RBI, stolen base vs. Rangers
    Kyle Seager went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Seager had a two-run single that started a four-run top of the fifth inning, and he promptly stole second base, just his second steal of the year. He's been much more adept at driving in runs, as he's now got 85 RBI to go with 74 runs scored and 24 home runs. The third baseman is batting a healthy .288/.365/.513 in 128 games overall. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Julio Teheran superb in win over Padres
    Julio Teheran notched eight strikeouts while holding the Padres to two runs over seven terrific innings in a 7-3 victory Tuesday.

    Advice: He gave up six hits and didn't walk anyone in what was easily his best of three starts since returning from the disabled list. It was obviously an easy matchup for Teheran, but it should give his fantasy owners confidence down the stretch that he's healthy. He has another juicy matchup this weekend in Philadelphia. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Gyorko hits 24th homer, Cards win in extras
    Jedd Gyorko swatted his 24th home run of the season Tuesday, and the Cardinals edged the Brewers 2-1 in 10 innings.

    Advice: Gyorko's homer, a solo job, came in the sixth inning to give the Cardinals a fleeting lead. He's now homered in back to back games and four of his last six. The power isn't new -- he hit 23 homers in his rookie season with the Padres in 2013 -- but it is a bit unexpected after Gyorko combined to hit just 26 dingers over his previous two seasons. The 27-year-old has a month left to continue to build on what's already a single-season best for his career. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
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    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Edwin Jackson chased after 2 2/3 frames
    Edwin Jackson lasted just 2 2/3 innings Tuesday, yielding five runs in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: It was ugly from the get-go for Jackson, who permitted seven hits and three walks without recording a strikeout. The veteran right-hander has mixed in a couple nice outings for the Padres, but he's now struggled his last three times out and it's probably time to give someone else a look. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Dansby Swanson drives in career-high three
    Dansby Swanson had an RBI single and two-RBI double in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: It was the first multi-RBI game of the young shortstop's career. Swanson didn't seem to be ready for the majors when he was promoted earlier this month, but he's held his own so far with a .300/.326/.350 batting line. We still wouldn't trust him in mixed leagues. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Peralta fans 10 Cardinals over seven innings
    Wily Peralta struck out 10 Cardinals hitters over seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday.

    Advice: Peralta gave up a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko, something every National League starter has sworn to do this year, but he was otherwise stellar in a no-decision. Stellar is also a word that could describe Peralta's performance in general since being recalled in early August. In five starts, the 27-year-old has a 3.00 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 30 innings of work. The brilliance came basically out of nowhere, and there's no guarantee he'll keep it up -- this is a guy who had a 6.68 ERA in June -- but adventurous owners could do worse than Peralta right now. A start against the Cubs on Monday could shed some light on just how real this renaissance is. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Ziegler day-to-day with flu symptoms
    Brad Ziegler was unavailable Tuesday due to the flu.

    Advice: He was sent home before the game, an eventual 4-3 loss to the Rays. Ziegler is day-to-day. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
    10:35 am vs TB
  • C.J. Cron goes 3-for-4, homers
    C.J. Cron finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a double Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: Cron went 1-for-11 in his first three games back from the DL, but he's hit in six in a row since. He should be an everyday player the rest of the way, making him a fringy mixed-league option. Monday, 10:10 pm
  • Aaron Judge strikes out three times
    Aaron Judge fanned all three times he was up Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Judge homered in his first two games and collected two hits in the third. Since then, he's 4-for-36 with no homers and a whopping 20 strikeouts. He'll definitely be good for a few more homers next month, but it remains to be seen whether he'll hit for average at all. Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Yulieski Gurriel starting at 3B on Monday
    Yulieski Gurriel will start at third base for Monday's game against the Athletics.

    Advice: It will be his first action in the field since joining the Astros. Gurriel is 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and two RBI through his first six games in the majors. Alex Bregman will slide into the DH spot on Monday. Monday, 1:20 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera doubles in loss to Angels
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The double was Cabrera's 27th of the season, but the Tigers just couldn't find any sort of sustained offensive punch against Tyler Skaggs and friends. They were shut out 5-0, with Cabrera's two hits representing half of their team hit total. The veteran slugger is slashing .311/.386/.546 with 28 homers and 80 RBI over 482 at-bats. He may be 33 years old, but he remains one of the steadiest fantasy bats around. Sunday, 2:32 pm
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Wil Myers scratched with stomach virus
    Wil Myers was scratched from the Padres' lineup Sunday with a stomach virus.

    Advice: He should be OK in a day or two. Yangervis Solarte will slide across the diamond to cover for Myers, with Adam Rosales entering the lineup at third base. Sunday, 10:01 am
  • Rays place OF Jennings on release waivers
    The Rays have placed Desmond Jennings on release waivers.

    Advice: He'll officially become a free agent on Monday, assuming he clears waivers (which will surely happen given his $3.3 million salary). It ends a seven-year run with the Rays that included many highs and lows. There were definitely more lows with Jennings of late, as he's batted just .222/.295/.347 since the beginning of 2015 while being limited to 93 games because of injury. Some team will give him a shot, but Jennings will turn 30 in October and hasn't been a very good player for a while. Sunday, 9:19 am
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  • Kyle Seager (foot) returns to Mariners lineup
    Kyle Seager has returned to the Mariners starting lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager missed three straight games after fouling a ball off of his foot on Tuesday, but is ready to go now. The 28-year-old is having a terrific season, slashing .286/.364/.515 with 24 homers and 83 RBI. Saturday, 12:47 pm
  • Aaron Judge not in Yankees lineup on Saturday
    Aaron Judge is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's showdown against the Orioles.

    Advice: Manager Joe Girardi indicated that it was nothing more than a regular day of rest for the rookie outfielder and that Judge would be back in the lineup on Sunday. Aaron Hicks is starting in his place in right field and will bat eighth against Dylan Bundy and the O's on Saturday. Saturday, 8:10 am
  • Cain hits first homer since May 31
    Lorenzo Cain homered, walked twice, and scored two runs in Friday’s win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon also went deep in the victory. Cain’s eighth-inning blast off Junichi Tarawa was his first home run since way back on May 31, a span of 191 at-bats. The 30-year-old is batting .290/.337/.414 overall. Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Rays to release Desmond Jennings on Saturday
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays plan on releasing Desmond Jennings on Saturday.

    Advice: Once considered one of the most promising young outfielders in the game, the 29-year-old has battled injuries and poor performance for much of the past three seasons. In 65 games this year, Jennings hit just .200/.281/.350 with seven homers, 20 RBI and a 58/21 K/BB ratio in 225 plate appearances. Still, he's only 29-years-old and there should be plenty of clubs willing to take a chance on him. Friday, 3:26 pm
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    10:35 am @Bos
  • Gurriel (hamstring) returns to Astros' lineup
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) is back in the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's his first start since Sunday, when he exited his first game with the 'Stros with a tight right hamstring. Gurriel is in the designated hitter spot and batting sixth against Drew Smyly and the Rays. Friday, 2:08 pm
  • Seager (foot) expected back in lineup Sat.
    Kyle Seager (foot) remained out of the Mariners' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's the third straight game he's missed after he fouled a ball off his foot on Tuesday. The good news is that Seager will be available off the bench and is expected to be back in the lineup Saturday. Consider him day-to-day. Shawn O'Malley is at third base. Friday, 1:38 pm
  • Peralta goes five strong innings against Bucs
    Wily Peralta allowed two runs over five innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Don't look now, but Peralta, who was left for dead in June after compiling a 6.68 ERA, has given up two runs or fewer in three of his four starts since being recalled earlier this month. Like in those starts, it wasn't pretty Thursday, but he did enough to keep the Brewers in the game. Peralta has gotten his ERA down to 5.87 through 17 starts, and he'll look to keep that positive momentum going heading into Tuesday's tilt with the Cardinals. Thursday, 9:17 pm
  • Miller's demotion could delay free agency
    Shelby Miller's time in the minor leagues this year could delay his free agency.

    Advice: If Miller isn't called up before Thursday, he won't accrue enough days on the active roster to reach four years of service time in the big leagues. That would push his free agency back from 2018 to 2019, giving the Diamondbacks an extra year of team control. Arizona's decision to acquire Miller for top prospect Dansby Swanson was one of the more misguided trades in recent memory. Thursday, 6:33 pm
  • Seager (foot) held out for second straight game
    Kyle Seager (foot) is not in the Mariners' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Seager is still out with a bruised foot he suffered Tuesday against the Yankees. Manager Scott Servais is hoping to have Seager back in the lineup on Friday but admitted it's 50-50. Utility man Shawn O'Malley will handle the hot corner in his absence on Thursday. Thursday, 2:10 pm
  • Gurriel (hamstring) lines out as pinch-hitter
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) lined out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel was held out of the Astros' starting lineup for the third straight game due to tightness in his right hamstring. It's something he came down with in his major league debut Sunday versus the Orioles. Gurriel should be ready to rock for the opening of a three-game weekend series Friday night against the Rays. Thursday, 5:55 am
  • Julio Teheran gives up six runs to Arizona
    Julio Teheran was charged with six runs in six innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Teheran's stuff hasn't looked particularly crisp since he came off the disabled list last week, and it's worth wondering if he can recapture his first-half success before the season ends. He allowed 11 hits in all tonight, two of them homers. Wednesday, 10:48 pm
  • Zack Greinke gives up four runs to Braves
    Zack Greinke allowed four runs over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Greinke picked up his 2,000th career strikeout in an otherwise unmemorable outing. He's given up four runs on seven occasions this year after doing so just twice in 2015. Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Johnny Cueto loses 1-0 game
    Johnny Cueto took the loss in a 1-0 game Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Cueto pitched six innings and gave up a homer to Justin Turner in the fourth as the only damage. Cueto fell to 1-3 since the All-Star break after finishing the first half 13-1. He hasn't been that bad, though; he has a 3.91 ERA and a 43/10 K/BB ratio in his eight starts since the break. Wednesday, 10:09 pm
  • Miggy collects four hits and homer vs. Twins
    Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: His solo blast in the first inning opened the scoring. He then contributed an RBI double in the third inning before adding another double and a single. The future Hall of Famer is batting .313/.386/.552 with 28 home runs, 80 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 124 games. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
    10:10 am vs CWS
  • Adleman gives up three home runs in bad start
    Tim Adleman coughed up five runs -- four earned -- in five innings but escaped with a no-decision versus the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: All five runs scored via the longball in this interleague matchup. The biggest was a three-run bomb by Nomar Mazara in the second inning. He gave up back-to-back homers to pitcher Yu Darvish and Ian Desmond in the fifth inning. Adleman pitched well this past Friday in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A but he couldn't keep that mojo humming tonight. He made four effective major league starts in May. For the season he is 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Wil Myers hits RBI triple in loss to Cubs
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Myers notched his third three-bagger of the season off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks in the third inning. It bumped his RBI total to 73 for the season. The 25-year-old's bat has cooled after a scalding hot start to the summer, but he is still slashing .266/.343/.476 for the season as a whole. He has also bopped 23 homers. Wednesday, 4:58 pm
  • Tanaka tosses seven scoreless vs. Mariners
    Masahiro Tanaka delivered seven shutout innings Wednesday in the Yankees' 5-0 blanking of the Mariners.

    Advice: Tanaka scattered seven hits -- six singles, one double -- over his seven scoreless frames while striking out five and issuing just one walk. The third-inning walk to Seth Smith was Tanaka's first free pass in 34 innings this month. Tanaka, 27, now boasts an 11-4 record, 3.11 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 142/28 K/BB ratio over 168 innings (26 starts) this season. He gets the Royals on the road next. Wednesday, 4:35 pm
  • Shelby Miller to make Triple-A start Thursday
    Shelby Miller will make another start at Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

    Advice: Miller has pitched well in his four outings down on the farm since being optioned to Triple-A in mid-July. Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said on Monday that the 25-year-old right-hander has shown enough that a return to the majors could be coming soon. The situation will be reevaluated after Miller's Thursday outing. He struggled mightily in 14 starts with the big league club earlier this season, sporting a 7.14 ERA in that space. Hopefully his time at Triple-A has allowed him to work out some of the kinks here. Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Moncada reaches five times in Tuesday's win
    Red Sox INF prospect Yoan Moncada reached base five times Tuesday in a victory for Double-A Portland.

    Advice: He walked a career-high four times and also slugged a three-run homer. Moncada has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games while raising his average 10 points. The 21-year-old has been a steady source of power and speed with 14 homers and 44 steals this season. A natural second baseman, Moncada can expedite his arrival in the big leagues by making a smooth transition to third. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
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    10:35 am vs TB
  • Seager (foot) out of Mariners' lineup on Wed.
    Kyle Seager will be held out Wednesday after fouling a ball off his foot on Tuesday night.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like anything serious, but the Mariners have a day game against the Yankees and don't want to risk making the matter worse. Seager went 0-for-3 on Tuesday versus New York but still owns a cool .286/.364/.515 batting line with 24 home runs and 83 RBI in 124 games this season for Seattle. Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Gurriel (hamstring) remains out Wednesday
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) remains absent from the Astros' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gurriel has now started just one of four games since joining the active major league roster on Sunday. He left his MLB debut with tightness in his right hamstring and is still apparently experiencing discomfort. This is probably a good time for a reminder that the Cuban slugger is 32 years old. Alex Bregman will start at third base again and bat second Wednesday versus Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Wednesday, 7:19 am
  • Denard Span homers off Kenley Jansen
    Denard Span smacked a solo home run off Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Span's solo home run to lead off the ninth merely served as cosmetic effect in this one, as the Dodgers held a 9-4 advantage entering the frame. The tater was Span's eighth of the season and pushed his RBI total to 43. In addition, the veteran outfielder is slashing .274/.337/.385 over 464 at-bats. There is no fantasy shine here. Tuesday, 11:39 pm
    12:45 pm vs Ari
  • Late RBI single from Myers not enough for win
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Myers picked up an RBI base knock as part of a three-run ninth inning, but the Cubs held a 5-0 cushion to start the frame and managed to close out the win despite a few late rocky moments. For the season as a whole, the 25-year-old Myers is hitting .267/.343/.473 with 23 homers and 72 RBI. The overall numbers are fine, but he has struggled of late and entered Tuesday's game with just two hits in his last 23 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:28 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain drives in lone run for Royals
    Lorenzo Cain singled in the only run of the game in Tuesday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Cain drove one to center field off of Andrew Cashner in the sixth inning to plate Paulo Orlando. He also had another single on the night, picking up two of the Royals' six hits. Kansas City has now won nine straight games to pull back into the American League Wild Card race. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Lynn says odds slim of making it back in '16
    Lance Lynn (elbow) acknowledged Tuesday that the odds of him pitching for the Cardinals in 2016 are "very slim."

    Advice: "Realistically, the chances of getting back to the major leagues and being productive are very slim," said the right-hander. Lynn underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery only nine months ago and that procedure typically requires 12-15 months of rest and rehab. Yet he made two appearances at High-A Palm Beach last week and is scheduled to start for Double-A Springfield this Wednesday. Tuesday, 3:43 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Lynn (elbow) moving rehab to AA Springfield
    Lance Lynn (elbow) is set to make a rehab start Wednesday with Double-A Springfield.

    Advice: He'll likely throw around 50 pitches, or three innings. Lynn worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his minor league rehab debut last Monday with High-A Palm Beach and came out of the appearance with no abnormal discomfort in his surgically-repaired right elbow. He's made a miraculous recovery so far from Tommy John surgery and could be an option for the Cardinals by mid-to-late September. Tuesday, 2:04 pm
    60-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Gurriel (hamstring) remains out Tuesday night
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) is out of the Astros' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Gurriel left his MLB debut on Sunday with right hamstring tightness and was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Monday. His status appears to be the same for Tuesday. Alex Bregman is starting at third base and batting second versus Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova. Tuesday, 1:05 pm
  • Gurriel (hamstring) appears as pinch-hitter
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel exited his MLB debut on Sunday because of hamstring tightness, but he's expected to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday. The Astros don't have the DH available under National League rules, so look for him to either play third base or left field. Tuesday, 5:41 am
  • Edwin Jackson gives up five runs
    Edwin Jackson lost to the Cubs after giving up five runs in five innings on Monday.

    Advice: Jackson is still getting paid by the Cubs, so it just wouldn't have been fair for him to go out and beat them tonight. At least, that's what he can tell himself. He's 3-4 with a 5.71 ERA. Monday, 10:45 pm
  • Kyle Seager hits three-run homer in win
    Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in the Mariners' 7-5 defeat of the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: Seager's .884 OPS is about 100 points better than he's ever done before, and he's two away from matching his career high in homers. It's too bad his brother is getting all of the attention in the family; both have been among the game's top 20 or so position players this year. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Gurriel available off bench Monday
    Yulieski Gurriel is available off the bench Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel left his MLB debut Sunday with some tightness in his hamstring, but it's not considered serious. The Astros don't have the DH available for their series against the Pirates, but Gurriel is likely to be back in the lineup Tuesday either at third base or in left field. Monday, 3:52 pm
  • Yulieski Gurriel not in Monday's lineup
    Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in his MLB debut Sunday before leaving with tightness in his right hamstring. He's considered day-to-day and will sit with the DH unavailable under National League rules. He could get a start a third base during the series, but Alex Bregman is starting there Monday. Monday, 1:04 pm
  • Shelby Miller could be close to return
    Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa indicated Sunday that Shelby Miller is close to returning to the major league rotation.

    Advice: Miller registered his fourth consecutive quality start on Saturday at Triple-A Reno, throwing eight innings and allowing three runs versus the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants. "We’ll brainstorm about if his next start is with us or the one after," La Russa said Sunday. "This is all good. He’s getting some real good experience, having some success and figuring things out, getting his delivery together and his mind right." Miller has a brutal 7.14 ERA in 14 starts this season with Arizona. Monday, 10:06 am
  • D'Backs owner shot down Shelby Miller deal
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Diamondbacks ownership shot down a trade at the non-waiver deadline that would have sent Shelby Miller to the Marlins.

    Advice: Nightengale's source claims that owner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall intervened on the deal because it "just wouldn't look good" after what the Snakes had to give up for Miller last winter. Diamondbacks ownership also reportedly vetoed a plan to replace manager Chip Hale this summer with Triple-A skipper Phil Nevin -- a plan devised by chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart. This whole thing's a mess. We wouldn't be surprised to see a major front-office shakeup this fall in Arizona. Aug 22, 6:15 am
  • Denard Span goes hitless in loss to Mets
    Denard Span had a rough night at the plate on Sunday, going hitless in four at-bats as the Giants were shutout by Noah Syndergaard and the Mets.

    Advice: As a team, the Giants were only able to generate three total hits, so Span wasn't alone in his ineffectiveness. The Giants' leadoff hitter is now hitting .272/.335/.377 on the season with seven homers and 42 RBI. Aug 21, 7:39 pm
    12:45 pm vs Ari
  • Gurriel leaves debut with hamstring tightness
    Yulieski Gurriel left his MLB debut against the Orioles with tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: After sitting through a lengthy rain delay, the right hamstring tightened up on the Cuban slugger. He's considered day-to-day for now, though Gurriel said that he'll be in the lineup on Monday night in Pittsburgh. Aug 21, 6:08 pm
  • Gyorko homers again as Cardinals rout Phils
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Sunday in the Cardinals' 9-0 pounding of the Phillies.

    Advice: Gyorko doubled and scored in the Cardinals' three-run fourth inning and then went deep to right-center off Phillies reliever Frank Herrmann in the Cardinals' four-run eighth. The 27-year-old infielder now has 20 home runs on the season, in just 272 at-bats. That is a homer for every 13.6 at-bats. Another terrific under-the-radar acquisition for Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. Aug 21, 2:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Peralta gives up four runs in six innings
    Wily Peralta surrendered four runs on eight hits across six innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

    Advice: He managed only one strikeout and issued two free passes in the game. His record falls to 5-9 with an ugly 6.00 ERA. He had been pitching well since being recalled from the minors two weeks ago but regressed tonight. He has a poor 54 to 33 strikeout to walk ratio in 84 innings. He is too risky to use in standard mixed leagues. Aug 20, 9:40 pm
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