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  • Crisp leaves game with hamstring injury
    Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. He took the field for the bottom of the frame but decided he couldn't go. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while if the A's advance, but more should be known about his status after the game.
    Today, 9:14 pm
  • Gutierrez could return to Mariners
    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that the club will considering re-signing Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Gutierrez didn't play at all this season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He's averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues but isn't ready to call it a career. "He's in Florida, working out. He has some interest in coming back next year. We're going to talk to him and we'll see what happens," Zduriencik said. "He left in a good frame of mind. We'll have to see where it's at, but he's spoken to our guys more than once about his desire in coming back next year. It would be as a non-roster player."
    Today, 6:38 pm
    Not Active
    W, 4-1 vs x LAA
  • Josh Hamilton says he's ready for the ALDS
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) said Tuesday that he is ready to go for the ALDS.

    Advice: Hamilton has taken batting practice, thrown long toss, and run the bases without issue each of the last two days in Anaheim. He's played in just one game for the Angels since September 4 due to shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries, but look for him to be in the starting lineup on Thursday.
    Today, 2:01 pm
  • Emilio Bonifacio hires new agent
    According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, Emilio Bonifacio has hired Gene Mato as his agent.

    Advice: He was previously represented by Paul Kinzer. Bonifacio, an impending free agent, batted .259/.305/.345 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 26 steals over 110 games this season between the Cubs and Braves.
    Today, 12:56 pm
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Fuld starting in LF, batting 2nd in WC game
    Sam Fuld will start in left field and bat second in Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

    Advice: Athletics manager Bob Melvin has clearly prioritized defense in this one, though it's a little odd to see Fuld batting second. Coco Crisp will bat leadoff and play center field and will be followed by Fuld, Josh Donaldson 3B , Brandon Moss DH, Josh Reddick RF, Brett Lowrie SS, Stephen Vogt 1B, Geovany Soto C, and Eric Sogard 2B.
    Today, 11:46 am
    W, 4-0 x @Tex
  • Hamilton to face live pitching Tuesday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) is slated to face live pitching Tuesday.

    Advice: Hamilton has been limited to just one game since September 4 due to right shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries, but he's confident he'll start in left field for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. The veteran outfielder has received a whopping 12 cortisone shots over the past couple of weeks to deal with the injuries.
    Today, 11:29 am
  • Adam Dunn not in lineup for Wild Card game
    Adam Dunn is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

    Advice: Dunn is in the playoffs for the first time in his long career, but it looks like he'll be limited to pinch-hitter duty. The full lineup hasn't been announced yet, but Geovany Soto will catch Jon Lester while Brandon Moss will serve as DH and Sam Fuld will play left.
    Today, 11:08 am
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Corey Hart designated for assignment
    Mariners designated OF Corey Hart for assignment.

    Advice: It's a paper move in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jesus Montero, who was reinstated from suspension. Hart will be a free agent this winter.
    Yesterday, 3:56 pm
    Player Note
    Corey Hart Sea - 1B,OF
    Not Active
    W, 4-1 vs x LAA
  • Hamilton (shoulder) goes through full workout
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) went through a full workout on Monday afternoon without issue.

    Advice: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss, and ran the bases. He will repeat that routine on Tuesday and is then expected to face live pitching on Wednesday. The Angels are hoping he'll be close to full health by Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Nieuwenhuis to be discharged on Tuesday
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to be discharged from a New York hospital on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis spent all weekend hospitalized due to an infection thought to be related to kidney stones. He told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Monday that he is already feeling much better. The 27-year-old outfielder batted .259/.346/.482 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 61 games this season for the Mets.
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
    W, 8-3 vs x Hou
  • GM says 'no further testing' on Craig's foot
    Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Monday that "we've done everything we can" for Allen Craig's foot.

    Advice: "No further testing needed," added Cherington. Craig wound up hitting just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the trade that sent he and Joe Kelly to the Red Sox for starter John Lackey. Maybe Craig will be rebound after a full offseason of rest, but this Lisfranc injury dates back to late 2013 and he has been a different player since it happened. Boston owes him $26.5 million in guaranteed money through 2017.
    Yesterday, 11:15 am
    Player Note
    Allen Craig Bos - 1B,OF
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Ichiro indicates he plans to play next season
    Ichiro Suzuki indicated Sunday evening that he is planning to play in 2015.

    Advice: Ichiro turns 41 years old next month, but the impending free agent outfielder told reporters after the Yankees' season finale that he feels "great" physically. He batted .284/.324/.340 with one home run and 15 stolen bases in 143 games this year for New York. There will be plenty of offers out there for him.
    Yesterday, 8:47 am
    W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
  • Saunders has pair of RBI doubles vs. Angels
    Michael Saunders had a pair of RBI doubles Sunday, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Angels.

    Advice: Saunders swatted an RBI double in the second inning before doubling in a run and scoring in the fourth. Injuries wrecked what could have been a big year for the 27-year-old, as Saunders finished with just 78 games played. He hit .273/.341/.450 with eight homers and 34 RBI on the year.
    Sunday, 5:46 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Eaton has three hits, run scored vs. Royals
    Adam Eaton went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: The three-hit afternoon served to get Eaton's average up to .300. The outfielder missed almost 40 games due to injury, but he had 10 triples, 15 stolen bases and 76 runs scored when healthy. The 25-year-old has a bright future in the White Sox' outfield.
    Sunday, 4:48 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ KC
  • Reddick knocks RBI triple in win over Rangers
    Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Reddick followed a Brandon Moss double with his seventh triple of the season. He came around to score on a single later in the inning. The outfielder finished strong, hitting .324 (22-for-68) with 14 RBI and 11 runs scored in September. Reddick's regular season ends with a .264/.316/.446 line and 12 homers.
    Sunday, 3:19 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Bonifacio hits third homer in win over Phils
    Emilio Bonifacio hit his third home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Bonifacio hit a solo shot off Cole Hamels to start off the game. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The 29-year-old finishes the season with 47 runs scored and 26 steals between the Cubs and Braves.
    Sunday, 2:37 pm
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Ichiro Suzuki collects two-run triple
    Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run triple as the Yankees' leadoff hitter against the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Suzuki was in the leadoff spot for just the second time all season, making one wonder whether it was just Joe Girardi paying tribute to him or maybe if Ichiro himself made a request prior to what could be his final MLB game. Obviously, Suzuki will be able to find work if he wants it. He came in at .284/.324/.340 in 359 at-bats this year.
    Sunday, 2:29 pm
    W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
  • Allen Craig goes 1-for-4 in finale
    Allen Craig went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday and would up hitting .128 with one homer and two RBI in 94 at-bats for the Red Sox.

    Advice: Overall, Craig hit .211 with eight homers and 46 RBI in 461 at-bats for the season. He's the first first baseman or corner outfielder since 1943 to end a season with a sub-.200 average, fewer than 10 homers and fewer than 50 RBI in 450 at-bats since Joe Kuhel in 1943. Yes, he really was that bad. The Red Sox owe him $26.5 million through 2017, so they have to hope it was an aberration. He was certainly plenty good up until this year.
    Sunday, 2:21 pm
    Player Note
    Allen Craig Bos - 1B,OF
    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Aaron Hicks has strong finale
    Aaron Hicks had a double and a terrific catch in center field Sunday in the loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Hicks went hard into the wall to deny Miguel Cabrera an RBI double in the eighth inning today. It was a nice finish for a guy who was initially being treated as a part-time left fielder and right fielder at the beginning of the spring. He didn't really get his chance in center until the last week, when the Twins put Danny Santana at shortstop. How Hicks figures into the Twins' plans next year will hinge on what the team decides about Santana. If Santana is a shortstop, Hicks will probably get a chance to win the center field job.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • Hamilton (shoulder) to take BP on Monday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will take batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: He'll take BP again on Tuesday before facing live pitching on Wednesday if all goes well. Hamilton has received a whopping 12 cortisone injections over the last couple weeks in hopes of getting his right shoulder in shape for the postseason. Game 1 of the ALDS is on Thursday.
    Sunday, 11:19 am
  • Nieuwenhuis (infection) remains in hospital
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis remains hospitalized due to an infection.

    Advice: Obviously, he's not going to play again this season. Matt den Dekker is in left field for Sunday's season finale.
    Sunday, 7:21 am
    W, 8-3 vs x Hou
  • Cameron Maybin returned to action on Saturday September 27.
    Sunday, 1:54 am
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis (illness) is in the hospital
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis is in the hospital with some sort of infection.

    Advice: Nieuwenhuis missed Friday's game due to the illness and is expected to stay in the hospital until Sunday. He is batting .259/.346/.482 this year for the Mets.
    Saturday, 1:19 pm
    W, 8-3 vs x Hou
  • Michael Saunders homers in Seattle's win
    Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer as the Mariners edged the Angels 4-3 on Friday.

    Advice: The Mariners lived to fight for at least one more day, thanks to homers from Kendrys Morales, Saunders and Dustin Ackley. The homer was Saunders' second in 32 at-bats since he came off the disabled list. He'll likely sit against lefty C.J. Wilson on Saturday, but he should be back in there on Sunday.
    Friday, 10:30 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Josh Reddick belts 12th homer as A's win
    Josh Reddick belted his 12th home run of the season on Friday as the Athletics topped the Rangers 6-2.

    Advice: He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. He smashed his solo homer off Nick Tepesch in the fourth inning, then put the game out of reach with a two-run double in the fifth. On the season, he's hitting .256/.310/.427 with 12 long balls and 52 RBI.
    Friday, 8:39 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Adam Dunn plates two in victory over Rangers
    Adam Dunn drove home a pair of runs as the A's topped the Rangers on Friday in Arlington.

    Advice: Dunn got the A's on the board with a two-run double in the third inning, and they wouldn't relinquish the lead. Since joining the A's in a deadline deal, he's hitting .217 (13-for-60) with a pair of homers and 10 RBI.
    Friday, 8:36 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Josh Hamilton to resume swinging Saturday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will resume swinging a bat on Saturday.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that he'll face live pitching at normal velocity before the playoffs begin, but his availability for the postseason remains in question. Before hitting the shelf, he slashed just .263/.331/.414 with 10 homers in his 89 contests.
    Friday, 5:20 pm
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis scratched due to illness
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Friday's lineup due to illness.

    Advice: He should be OK in a day or two. Eric Young, Jr. took Nieuwenhuis' spot in left field.
    Friday, 1:38 pm
    W, 8-3 vs x Hou
  • Crisp reaches base 5 times but A's still lose
    Coco Crisp reached base in all five of his plate appearances, on two singles and three walks, but the Athletics were handed a walk-off loss against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Crisp was also caught stealing for just the fifth time in 24 attempts when he tried to swipe second base in the third inning. The speedy outfielder has been solid out of the lead-off spot for the A's, hitting .253/.344/.373 with nine home runs, 47 RBI, and 67 runs scored.
    Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Cameron Maybin has minor health issue
    Cameron Maybin was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to an unspecified health issue.

    Advice: Padres manager Bud Black didn't want to elaborate on the details but did say of Maybin that "he'll be all right." Expect the outfielder to play at some point over the weekend.
    Thursday, 6:16 pm
  • Hamilton not expected back before postseason
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) said he doesn't expect to play before the end of the regular season.

    Advice: It was always a race against time as Hamilton attempted to overcome a variety of ailments. The outfielder did say he hopes to be back in time for the start of the playoffs. If Hamilton's regular season is over, he ends with a .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs in an injury-riddled 89 games played.
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Reddick swats two-run double against Angels
    Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Reddick began the scoring in the Athletics' four-run seventh inning with a two-run double. Reddick is closing strong, with nine hits in his last 16 at-bats. It's a small ray of sunshine on an otherwise forgettable year for the 27-year-old, who is batting just .257/.312/.434 overall.
    Wednesday, 4:08 pm
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Josh Hamilton (shoulder) unlikely for Friday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is not expected to return to the lineup on Friday.

    Advice: His status for the rest of the weekend also remains in doubt. Hamilton has received a whopping 12 cortisone injections over the last couple weeks in hopes of getting his shoulder ready for the postseason, but his situations remains up in the air.
    Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Hicks has RBI single, run scored vs. D'backs
    Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Hicks hit the RBI single off Diamondbacks starter Andrew Chafin in the fourth inning, his 18th RBI of the season. The multi-hit game was just his eighth such game this year, as it's been a season to forget for the outfielder. Still just 24, Hicks has time to carve out a role with the Twins next year.
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • Adam Eaton returns to White Sox lineup Tues.
    Adam Eaton is back in the White Sox starting lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Eaton was away from the team Monday for personal reasons. The 25-year-old outfielder is batting .298/.361/.397 over 117 games this season.
    Tuesday, 12:09 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ KC
  • Adam Eaton (personal) expected back Tuesday
    Adam Eaton (personal) is expected to rejoin the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Eaton was away from the club Monday for personal reasons. He's hitting .347/.399/.443 in 185 plate appearances since the All-Star break.
    Sep 22, 6:18 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ KC
  • Aaron Hicks returns to action Monday
    Aaron Hicks returned to the Twins' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Hicks missed the last two games due to back stiffness. The young outfielder has hit .243/.317/.297 in 14 games this month.
    Sep 22, 5:53 pm
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • Hamilton (shoulder) won't play before weekend
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will not play until this weekend, at the earliest.

    Advice: Hamilton had been hoping to return as soon as Wednesday,' but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has ruled that out. The outfielder did hit off a tee Monday and Scioscia said Hamilton is doing "pretty good." Fantasy owners don't need to be counting on him playing at all this week.
    Sep 22, 5:28 pm
  • Adam Eaton excused for private family matter
    Adam Eaton was excused from the White Sox on Sunday due to a private family matter.

    Advice: White Sox manager Robin Ventura is expected to offer more details about Eaton's situation Monday evening. The dynamic outfielder is batting .347/.399/.443 in 185 plate appearances since the All-Star break.
    Sep 22, 12:53 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ KC
  • Saunders hits seventh homer in loss to Astros
    Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Saunders was one of the few Mariners hitters able to muster some offense against Collin McHugh, as his two-run home run in the fifth inning gave the M's a short-lived lead. The homer was his seventh of the season and his first since coming back from a strained oblique in early September. Saunders is hitting .267/.332/.424 on the year.
    Sep 21, 4:24 pm
    W, 4-1 vs ^ LAA
  • Josh Reddick returned to action on Saturday September 20.
    Sep 21, 1:08 am
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Josh Hamilton hoping to play Wednesday
    After getting 12 injections the last 12 days, Josh Hamilton is aiming to rejoin the Angels' lineup Wednesday or Friday.

    Advice: Hamilton said Saturday that he's recently had seven cortisone injections in his chest and back area, in addition to the five he had for his shoulder early this month. "It feels better today as far as breathing and stuff," Hamilton said. "Just sore from the shots. Whatever it takes to get well enough to get back and play three or four games before the playoffs."
    Sep 20, 4:56 pm
  • Aaron Hicks scratched with stiff back
    Aaron Hicks was scratched from Saturday's lineup because of back stiffness.

    Advice: Eduardo Nunez took his spot in left field against the Indians. Hicks is day-to-day.
    Sep 20, 4:54 pm
    L, 3-0 ^ @Det
  • Josh Reddick returns to Athletics lineup
    Josh Reddick is in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Reddick missed the previous two games due to neck and ankle ailments. He's having a disappointing season after a breakout 2013 campaign, hitting just .246/.304/.422 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 101 games.
    Sep 20, 10:24 am
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Josh Hamilton day-to-day with inflammation
    Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day with inflammation in his rib cage.

    Advice: Hamilton underwent CT scans on the front and back of his rib cage on Saturday to rule out anything more serious, so the diagnosis is very encouraging. He has also been dealing with tightness and soreness in the front part of his shoulder/chest area, which could be related. Hamilton maintains that he'll be ready for the postseason.
    Sep 20, 9:43 am
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