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  • Arcia exits game with back tightness
    Oswaldo Arcia left Monday's game with tightness in his upper left back.

    Advice: Arcia tweaked his back on a big swing-and-miss in the sixth inning and was later removed for a pinch-hitter. The Twins will see how he feels Tuesday, but he might have to miss a day or two. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:22 am
  • Venable (back) returns to Padres' lineup
    Will Venable (back) went 0-for-1 with a walk and two strikeouts Monday in his return to action against the Phillies.

    Advice: Venable hadn't started a game since last Wednesday due to a back strain. The 31-year-old owns a disappointing .221/.290/.317 batting line over 134 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:30 am
  • Solarte singles in win versus Phillies
    Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-4 in Monday's 1-0 win against the Phillies.

    Advice: Solarte is now riding a six-game hitting streak, having come into the contest with three consecutive multi-hit games. Across his time with the Yankees and Padres, Solarte is slashing .262 /.343/.376 with 10 homers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Wilin Rosario goes 3-for-4, homers
    Wilin Rosario went 3-for-4 and homered against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: It's worth wondering what's in store for Rosario after his disappointing offensive season; despite all of his success in 2012 and 2013, the Rockies tried to sign Brian McCann last winter with the idea of moving Rosario out from behind the plate. There won't really be anywhere to move Rosario this winter, so he'll either remain a catcher or possibly get traded. It'd be a case of selling low for the Rockies, though. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Nori Aoki reaches five times in Royals' win
    Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to lead the Royals to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki doubled in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, only to be replaced by a pinch-runner despite his plus speed. It ended up working out for the Royals, as the outrageously fast Terrence Gore scored from second on an infield single to win the game. Aoki is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month, though he's not doing much else to help fantasy owners at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in start
    Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday in his first start in three days.

    Advice: Butler is 0-for-14 in his four starts over the last 10 days, and the Royals aren't bringing him off the bench when he doesn't start. It looks like he'll be worthless in fantasy leagues these last two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Andrew Romine goes 3-for-4, knocks in two
    Andrew Romine went 3-for-4 with two RBI against the Twins in Monday's victory.

    Advice: The Tigers have soured on Eugenio Suarez, making Romine the primary shortstop by default. They'll be content with the steady defense they'll get from the former Angel. Offensive outbursts like this won't be common at all. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty hits seventh homer
    Ryan Flaherty hit his seventh homer Monday in the win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot off Marcus Stroman. Flaherty started at second base tonight and later moved to third after Jonathan Schoop was brought in for defense. Schoop remains a starter, so Flaherty is really competing with Kelly Johnson for time at third. He's helped his case lately by hitting .343 in 35 at-bats this month. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:46 pm
     
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  • Christian Bethancourt goes 2-for-4
    Christian Bethancourt went 2-for-4 and drove in a run Monday against the Nationals.

    Advice: Bethancourt has gotten the call over Gerald Laird with Evan Gattis out, and he's hit .321 with four RBI in eight games this month, albeit with no extra-base hits and no walks. For the year, he's at .269 with just one extra-base hit (a double) and a 20/2 K/BB ratio in 78 at-bats. Since he's at least managed to hold his own -- and since he's a big defensive upgrade over Gattis -- he will give the Braves a tough decision to make this winter. He's going to be their long-term catcher; it just remains to be seen whether he's going to push Gattis to the outfield this winter or if he'll have to wait a little longer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:24 pm
  • Brandon Belt activated from disabled list
    Giants activated 1B Brandon Belt from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Belt said he "felt good, completely normal" during batting practice Monday and feels ready for game action. However, just because he's been activated doesn't mean that he'll start playing regularly right away. He's not in the lineup Monday and the Giants figure to be careful with him down the stretch given that he's been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Jake Lamb nursing quad ailment
    Jake Lamb isn't in the Diamondbacks' lineup for the third straight day Monday due to a quad injury.

    Advice: It doesn't at this point appear to be a big concern, but it's also not clear when Lamb might be ready to play again. He's hit just .227/.274/.386 in his first 95 plate appearances with the D'Backs but does have three homers. Aaron Hill is at third base Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:35 pm
  • Paul Konerko (hand) takes batting practice
    Paul Konerko (hand) took batting practice Monday.

    Advice: Konerko is dealing with a small fracture in his left hand but hopes to return at some point during the White Sox' current road trip. "It's coming along," manager Robin Ventura said. "He swung the bat a little bit, and I think he's going to get out there today and see how much he can take. It's the impact you're worried about. He can move his hand around enough to get by, but until we can see what happens when he makes impact, then we'll go from there. He's encouraged by it, so it's looking like he's getting closer to playing." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:07 pm
  • Belt (concussion) could be activated Monday
    Brandon Belt (concussion) could be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: Belt said he "felt good, completely normal" during batting practice Monday and feels ready for game action. While his activation from the DL appears imminent, it doesn't mean that he'll return to playing regularly the rest of the way. Belt has been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues, so the Giants figure to bring him along slowly. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Den Dekker (hand) back in Monday's lineup
    Matt den Dekker (hand) is back in Monday's lineup against the Marlins.

    Advice: Den Dekker hasn't started since last Tuesday due to a bruised left hand. He'll bat eighth and play left field in his return Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • D-Backs call up INF Nick Ahmed
    Diamondbacks recalled INF Nick Ahmed from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Reno's season came to an end on Sunday, so Ahmed will rejoin the Diamondbacks. Known for his excellent defense, the 24-year-old hit .228/.254/.316 in 19 games with the big club earlier this year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Alex Avila (head) not in Monday's lineup
    Alex Avila (head) is not in Monday's lineup against the Twins.

    Advice: Avila left Sunday's game with lightheadedness after taking a foul tip off the mark. The Tigers aren't going to take any chances, given his history. Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Venable (back) used as pinch-hitter Sunday
    Will Venable (back) was used as a pinch-runner in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Venable remained absent from the starting lineup with a back strain. It's a good sign that he felt well enough to run and he's likely to return fully this week. The outfielder has registered a disappointing .222/.287/.318 batting line in 132 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:49 am
  • Will Venable returned to action on Sunday September 14. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:13 am
  • Matt den Dekker (hand) hits pinch-hit single
    Matt den Dekker (hand) reached base on an infield single Sunday as a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: Den Dekker had been sidelined for a week with a bruised left hand. He may be able to return to the starting lineup in Monday night's series opener against Miami. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:13 am
  • Solarte has two hits, two runs in loss to ARI
    Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Solarte turned in his third straight multi-hit game, scoring runs in the third and ninth innings. He's got hits in six of his last seven games, including those four two-hit efforts, to raise his average to .274 since joining the Padres. Solarte is batting .262/.344/.377 overall this year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:25 pm
  • Alex Avila leaves game with lightheadedness
    Alex Avila left Sunday's game against the Indians with lightheadedness.

    Advice: Avila took yet another foul tip off his mask in Sunday's contest. While he didn't display concussion-like symptoms, the Tigers opted to play things cautiously given his history. He is likely to receive an off-day on Monday as well. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:39 pm
  • Matt den Dekker (hand) could play Monday
    Matt den Dekker (hand) could return to the lineup as soon as Monday.

    Advice: Den Dekker hasn't played since Tuesday due to a bruised left hand, but he's feeling much better. "It's coming along," den Dekker said. "The X-rays were negative. I think it's fine." Eric Young, Jr. is in left field Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:34 am
  • Paul Konerko (hand) hopes to play this week
    Paul Konerko (hand) is hoping to play this week after hitting off a tee with minor discomfort on Sunday.

    Advice: Konerko has a small fracture in his left hand, but with it being his final season he plays to play through some pain in the final weeks. Don't expect more than a handful of token appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:03 am
  • Avila slugs go-ahead HR, Tigers stay in first
    Alex Avila slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the Tigers' 5-4 defeat of the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: Detroit was trailing 4-3 when Avila took Bryan Shaw deep in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his only hit of the night, but it helped keep the Tigers at the top of the American League Central standings (by a half-game over the Royals). Avila is batting .222/.329/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 117 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Brandon Belt to face live pitching on Monday
    Brandon Belt (concussion) will face live pitching on Monday.

    Advice: Belt has been on the shelf since August 8 with a concussion. He's been doing baseball activities since Thursday and Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Saturday that he expects the first baseman to return from the disabled list sometime next week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:38 pm
  • Will Venable (back) remains out of the lineup
    Will Venable (back) remains out of the Padres' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Venable has been sidelined with a back strain since Wednesday. He holds a poor batting line of .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and 27 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in loss to Red Sox
    Billy Butler had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going hitless in four at-bats.

    Advice: Butler has struggled to put together consistent at-bats for most of the season, and is hitting just .266/.319/.374 with nine homers and 59 RBI. He'll need to pick up the pace offensively in the season's final weeks if the Royals want to secure a spot in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:18 pm
  • Brandon Belt to take batting practice Friday
    Brandon Belt (concussion) will take batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Belt is finally making progress in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms and said he feels good enough to pinch hit on Friday. He could rejoin the Giants lineup at some point next week. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:54 pm
  • Matt den Dekker returned to action on Thursday September 11. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:55 am
  • Bochy hopes to have Belt back in 7-10 days
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he's hoping Brandon Belt (concussion) will be ready for game action in 7-10 days.

    Advice: He might be limited to pinch-hitting duty initially, but it's possible he could be ready to start. Belt was cleared for full baseball activities on Thursday and could take live batting practice as early as Friday. He has been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:36 pm
  • 1B Belt cleared for full baseball activities
    Brandon Belt (concussion) has been cleared for full baseball activities.

    Advice: Belt received the clearance Thursday from Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh. The first baseman has already fielded some grounders and played catch this week, but he'll now be able to ramp up activities and could take live batting practice as early as Friday. Belt should be ready to go later this month if he can avoid setbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:37 pm
  • Jake Lamb hits third homer since callup
    Jake Lamb hit his third homer since being called up in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The blast to dead center off Santiago Casilla was pretty impressive. Lamb, though, is still struggling for the most part, with a .215 average and a 30/6 K/BB ratio in 84 at-bats. The Diamondbacks will keep running him out there, but if he does show rapid improvement, they may consider shifting Aaron Hill to third base next year. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:17 pm
  • Den Dekker (hand) not ready to play
    Matt den Dekker still feels soreness in his left hand.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative after den Dekker was hit in the hand by a pitch on Tuesday, but he's not ready to play yet. Eric Young, Jr. will start in left field for the second straight day Thursday and hit leadoff against Tanner Roark. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:30 pm
  • Will Venable diagnosed with back strain
    Will Venable was diagnosed with a back strain.

    Advice: Venable left Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers after five innings and Padres manager Bud Black told reporters after the game that he will "probably be out a couple days." Venable has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .222/.287/.318 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 132 games. He had 22 homers and 22 steals in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:34 pm
  • Venable leaves game with undisclosed injury
    Will Venable left Wednesday's game against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened to the outfielder, but Cameron Maybin replaced him in center field to start the bottom of the fifth inning. The Padres should give an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Belt (concussion) hoping to be cleared Thurs.
    Brandon Belt (concussion) is scheduled to see a specialist Thursday in hopes of being fully cleared for baseball activities.

    Advice: Belt will be examined by Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh. Just Tuesday, Belt said he didn't know "how realistic" it was to be back for postseason action, so Thursday's news will go a long way toward telling whether it is. If he is cleared, Belt could take live batting practice as early as Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:45 pm
  • Paul Konerko (hand) hopes to return soon
    Paul Konerko (hand) hopes to return this weekend.

    Advice: Konerko was diagnosed last week with a fracture in his left hand, but he wants to play through it in his final major league season. The veteran first baseman is batting .220/.272/.344 in 74 games this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:11 pm
  • Matt den Dekker (hand) not in lineup
    Matt den Dekker (hand) is not in the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays on den Dekker's left hand came back negative, but his hand is still swollen. Eric Young, Jr. is getting the start in left field Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:29 pm
  • X-rays on den Dekker's hand are negative
    X-rays on Matt den Dekker's left hand came back negative.

    Advice: Den Dekker doubled and scored in the game before exiting following the plunking in the seventh. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Arcia's 2-run HR the difference as Twins win
    Oswaldo Arcia's fourth-inning two-run home run proved to be the difference as the Twins topped the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Arcia, who finished 2-for-4 on the evening, slugged a 415-foot shot to right-center in the fourth inning off of Trevor Bauer, capping off a four-run frame. The Indians finished with three runs. Arcia is lackluster in the average and on-base departments, but will show up every now and then to go yard. He's slashing .220/.293/.439 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:23 pm
  • Brandon Belt hoping to be ready for playoffs
    Brandon Belt (concussion) said Tuesday that he's hoping to be ready for postseason play but admitted he doesn't know "how realistic that is."

    Advice: Belt has felt a bit better in recent days and was cleared to field some grounders and play catch Tuesday. Even if he progresses without any setbacks from here on out, the best the Giants can probably hope for is a few token games at the end of the regular season. Belt has been limited to just five games since the beginning of August due to post-concussion issues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:16 pm
  • Butler not in Tuesday's lineup
    Billy Butler is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

    Advice: Butler went 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout on Monday and will now sit for the third time in the last four games. Josh Willingham will start at the DH spot against Max Scherzer. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:53 pm
  • Brandon Belt to resume baseball activities
    Brandon Belt (concussion) is set to resume baseball activities next week.

    Advice: Belt has begun to feel better in recent days, but has been limited to light cardio work only as he continues to recover from his post-concussion symptoms. Even though he has been cleared to begin baseball activities, he's still likely a couple of weeks away from rejoining the Giants lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 3:58 pm
  • Alex Avila returns to starting lineup Sunday
    Alex Avila (head) is in the Tigers starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Giants.

    Advice: Avila took a couple of foul tips off his catcher's mask in Tuesday's game and has been held out since. He appeared as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's loss, striking out against Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 1:43 pm
  • Wilin Rosario activated from disabled list
    Rockies activated C Wilin Rosario from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Rosario missed the last two weeks of action with left wrist inflammation. Michael McKenry played well while Rosario was out, but Rosario should return to playing pretty much every day. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 10:28 am
  • Billy Butler getting another day off Sunday
    Billy Butler isn't in the Royals' lineup Sunday for the second straight day.

    Advice: Butler has batted .182 in his last 10 games, and manager Ned Yost wanted to give the designated hitter "a day off to mentally relax a little bit. He's been grinding really hard." Josh Willingham is in the DH spot again Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 7:59 am
  • Alex Avila returned to action on Saturday September 6. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 2:50 am
  • Ryan Flaherty goes hitless in loss to Rays
    Ryan Flaherty went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout as the Orioles fell to the Rays.

    Advice: Flaherty drew the start at shortstop in the place of J.J. Hardy who is dealing with a hamstring injury. He has had a rough season at the plate, slashing .201/.265/.326 with six homers and 24 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 1:31 pm
     
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  • Norichika Aoki not in Royals lineup Saturday
    Norichika Aoki is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day off for the speedy outfielder. Carlos Peguero is starting in his place in right field and will hit seventh for the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 9:32 am
  • Billy Butler not in Royals lineup on Saturday
    Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

    Advice: It's merely a routine day of rest for the slugger against tough right-hander Brandon McCarthy. Eric Hosmer is drawing the start at first base with Josh Willingham serving as the team's designated hitter. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 9:30 am
  • Alex Avila expected to return on Sunday
    Alex Avila (head) is expected to return to the Tigers starting lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Avila experienced no concussion symptoms on Friday and could have started Saturday's game, but Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus wanted to use rookie James McCann against tough southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 8:27 am
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