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  • Chris Johnson has walk-off hit vs. Padres
    Chris Johnson delivered a walk-off ground-rule double in Friday’s 7-6 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Johnson wasn’t in the starting lineup, but he came off the bench in the fourth inning and went hitless over his first three at-bats before playing hero in the bottom of the ninth. The 30-year-old was an unlikely candidate, as he’s batting just .230/.288/.347 over 99 games this season. He gets most of his playing time against southpaws, but isn’t even hitting them well. Today, 9:20 pm
    W, 7-6 vs SD
  • Yonder Alonso hits seventh homer
    Yonder Alonso went 2-for-4 and homered for Oakland's only run of the game Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Alonso avoided being non-tendered by the Padres last year when the A's gave up Drew Pomeranz for him (whoops). He's going to need to be very strong from here on in to avoid the fate again this winter. He's been especially disappointing in the OBP department; the A's weren't counting on a lot of power from him, but they certainly expected better than a .314 OBP. Today, 8:35 pm
  • Smoak homers, drives in five vs. Twins
    Justin Smoak finished 3-for-5 with a homer, five RBI, and two runs scored against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Smoak gave the Blue Jays the lead in the second inning with a three-run homer and they wouldn’t look back. He also notched a pair of RBI singles. It was a rare big night for Smoak. This was just his second multi-hit game dating back to early June. Today, 8:15 pm
  • Plouffe homers, drives in two in loss
    Trevor Plouffe homered, drew a walk, and drove in two runs in Friday’s loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He went 1-for-3 on the night. Plouffe slugged a solo homer in the first inning — his first homer since way back on July 1 — and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the third. The 30-year-old has had an underwhelming season while also missing time with a fractured rib, but at least he has driven in 10 runs over his last 10 games. Today, 8:15 pm
  • Daniel Murphy crushes 25th homer in win
    Daniel Murphy crushed his 25th home run of the year on Friday, propelling the Nationals to an 8-5 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Murphy finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and scored a pair of runs. He plated a run with an RBI ground out in the third inning before belting his solo shot off of Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman in the fourth. Not only is Murphy leading the National League in hitting (.346), but he has already completely demolished his previous career bests in home runs (14) and RBI (78). Thoroughly enjoying his first season in Washington, Murphy is slashing .346/.390/.615 with 25 long balls and 98 RBI. Today, 7:46 pm
    W, 8-5 vs Col
  • Flores slugs grand slam in win over Phillies
    Wilmer Flores slugged a grand slam in Friday’s victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: It was his only hit in four at-bats on Friday, but it was a huge one, as his fifth-inning blast extended the Mets’ lead to 6-1. They added three more runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Flores hasn’t done much against right-handers this season, but he continues to mash lefties. 10 of his 14 homers have come against left-handers. Today, 7:27 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 9-4 vs Phi
  • Teixeira homers, drives in three vs. Orioles
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Orioles on Friday.

    Advice: Teixeira connected for a two-run blast off Yovani Gallardo in the first inning before adding an RBI single in the second. It was a rare big night for the veteran first baseman, who has taken on a diminished role over the past month. He’s now batting .201 with 11 homers and a .629 OPS through 91 games in his final MLB season Today, 7:18 pm
  • Albert Pujols clubs 25th homer in loss Friday
    Albert Pujols clubbed his 25th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Pujols tagged Justin Verlander in the first inning to get the Angels on the board, but it would be the only run they would muster against him. Pujols finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .259/.321/.446 on the season with 25 homers and 101 RBI. Today, 7:14 pm
  • White Sox activate Alex Avila from 15-day DL
    White Sox activated C Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Avila had been sidelined since July 6 with a right hamstring strain. With Dioner Navarro shipped out to Toronto on Friday, Avila should see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the White Sox over the final five-plus weeks of the regular season. Today, 4:10 pm
    L, 3-1 vs Sea
  • Joe Mauer (quad) out again on Friday
    Joe Mauer (quad) remained out of the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He'll sit out a third straight game with a quad problem, but the Twins are optimistic Mauer will be ready to go Saturday. Trevor Plouffe has slid over to first base and Eduardo Escobar is at third. Today, 1:08 pm
    L, 15-8 @Tor
  • Brian McCann away from team Friday
    Brian McCann is not with the Yankees Friday following the passing of his grandmother.

    Advice: He could be away on Saturday, too. The Yankees have Gary Sanchez at catcher, Chase Headley in the designated hitter spot and Ronald Torreyes is at third base Friday. Today, 12:58 pm
    W, 14-4 vs Bal
  • Justin Bour (ankle) resumes activities
    Justin Bour (ankle) has resumed baseball activities.

    Advice: Bour was shut down for two weeks after having a setback with his high right ankle sprain, but he resumed hitting and throwing on Wednesday. The first baseman is feeling better but didn't want to put a timetable on his return. "I can't give a time. I wish I could," Bour said. "I made the mistake before of having a time set out in my mind, and I was wrong." Today, 8:22 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs SD
  • Luis Valbuena undergoes hamstring surgery
    Luis Valbuena underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair his right hamstring tendon.

    Advice: Valbuena was first injured in late July and had a bad setback while on a rehab assignment, necessitating the need for surgery. The impending free agent is expected to be fine for spring training. Today, 8:05 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Ben Paulsen optioned to Triple-A
    Rockies optioned 1B/OF Ben Paulsen to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Paulsen got a shot at the first base job with Mark Reynolds (hand) going down but picked up just three hits in 26 at-bats. It appears the Rockies will go with Gerardo Parra and Ryan Raburn at first now. Today, 5:27 am
    Not Active
    L, 8-5 @Was
  • Goldschmidt singles, scores in low-scoring L
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Goldschmidt was one of just two Diamondbacks to record hits on the evening (Jean Segura also notched a single). Goldy would come around to score on a Chris Owings RBI ground out in the seventh for the team's lone run of the contest. The All-Star first baseman is slashing .304/.421/.505 with 20 homers and 78 RBI across 461 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
  • Molitor: Joe Mauer again having quad issues
    Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Thursday that Joe Mauer is again having quad issues.

    Advice: It's the reason Mauer was out of the lineup Wednesday and will sit again Thursday. He injured the quad last week while running the bases in Atlanta and could need a couple more games off, though Molitor said he's not ruling Mauer out for Friday night's series opener on the road against the Blue Jays. Trevor Plouffe is playing first base on Thursday versus the Tigers with Eduardo Escobar at third. Yesterday, 9:22 am
    L, 15-8 @Tor
  • Mauer absent from Twins' lineup again Thurs.
    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mauer didn't play Wednesday either and could be dealing with another flareup of quad soreness. Trevor Plouffe is at first base and Eduardo Escobar is at third. Yesterday, 8:28 am
    L, 15-8 @Tor
  • Nats' Murphy goes 3-for-5 with a grand slam
    Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy's season gets more impressive nearly every day. The grand slam came in the ninth inning but the Nationals were behind by seven runs at the time and couldn't make up that much ground. The second baseman's .347/.391/.611 slash line with a 1.002 OPS is off the charts. He chips in 24 home runs and 95 RBI to boot. Unless he falls flat on his face the rest of the season this will go down as by far the best year of his career. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
    W, 8-5 vs Col
  • Pujols goes 4-for-4 with a solo home run
    Albert Pujols drilled a solo home run and drove in three on a 4-for-4 night against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Advice: He combined with Mike Trout for back-to-back jacks in the first inning. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, then drove in Trout with a double in the eighth. The 36-year-old is no longer an elite hitter, but he can still help his fantasy owners win. He has a .257 batting average with 24 homers and 99 RBI. Wednesday, 8:09 pm
  • Flores hits three-run shot in win over Cards
    Wilmer Flores hit a three-run home run as the Mets bested the Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Getting a start against a lefty as per usual, Flores turned on an inside fastball in the first inning for the three-run dinger. It was his only hit in the game and Flores' 13th homer of the year. With first base still a big question mark and Flores' ability to hit left-handed pitching, the 25-year-old should continue to draw starts at the less-hot corner going forward. Flores is hitting .259/.315/.447 in 87 games total. Tuesday, 10:00 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 9-4 vs Phi
  • Valbuena (hamstring) is done for the season
    Luis Valbuena will undergo season-ending surgery on his strained right hamstring on Thursday.

    Advice: Valbuena came down the hamstring strain back in late July and then suffered a setback last week while running. Alex Bregman has since taken over as the Astros' primary third baseman, with Yulieski Gurriel recently working into the mix. Valbuena finishes the 2016 season with a .260/.357/.459 batting line, 13 home runs, and 40 RBI in 90 games. He will be a free agent this winter at age 31. Tuesday, 1:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Justin Bour (ankle) transferred to 60-day DL
    Marlins transferred 1B Justin Bour from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: It's a procedural move that won't affect Bour one way or the other. He's been out with a sprained ankle since early July and there's still no timetable for his return. Chris Johnson and Xavier Scruggs will continue to man first in his absence. Tuesday, 12:34 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs SD
  • Paul Goldschmidt walks it off for Arizona
    Paul Goldschmidt's third hit of Monday's game was a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Diamondbacks edged the Braves 9-8.

    Advice: It was Goldschmidt's 19th homer. You know you're pretty good when you can be hitting .300 with an OPS over .900 and still be considered a modest disappointment. While he's not hitting like he did last year, Goldschmidt is right on pace to reach 25 homers and 100 RBI. Monday, 10:23 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Cin
  • Valbuena (hamstring) could require surgery
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that surgery hasn't been ruled out for Luis Valbuena's right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Valbuena landed on the disabled list at the end of July with a right hamstring strain and suffered a setback while running on Friday. He's scheduled to see a doctor on Wednesday to decide the next step. "There's a possibility that there will be some surgical solution to his problem, which will definitely take him out from coming back this year," said Luhnow. "But we'll wait until the doctors assess what's going on." Monday, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Teixeira not in Monday's lineup
    Mark Teixeira is not in Monday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Advice: The Yankees are looking toward the future, so Teixeira is continuing to see a diminished role. Tyler Austin will start at first base and bat ninth against right-hander Cody Martin. Monday, 3:45 pm
  • Avila (hamstring) cleared for rehab games
    Alex Avila (hamstring) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: And he figures to return to the White Sox active roster by the end of this week, assuming he can avoid a physical setback. Avila initially landed on the disabled list July 6 with a right hamstring strain and then reaggravated the injury a few weeks later. Monday, 10:41 am
    L, 3-1 vs Sea
  • Pujols passes Griffey on MLB hits leaderboard
    Albert Pujols finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored Sunday in the Angels' 2-0 defeat of the Yankees.

    Advice: Pujols rapped singles in three different innings, passing Ken Griffey Jr. on MLB's all-time hits leaderboard with his sharp line drive to center in the bottom of the first. The 36-year-old slugger is up to 2,784 hits for his career, to go along with 583 homers, 1,794 RBI, and 1,651 runs scored. Sunday, 3:35 pm
  • Pujols swats a solo home run on Saturday
    Albert Pujols connected for a solo home run to provide the Angels' only dent in the scoreboard in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: The Angels were behind 5-0 in the last inning when Pujols took Dellin Betances over the left field wall. It was his 23rd homer of the season and 582nd of his career. He is batting only .249 but his 96 RBI rank fourth in the majors. Saturday, 10:35 pm
  • Murphy goes 3-for-4 with a solo homer
    Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Nationals' offense went wild on Saturday.

    Advice: He walked as well. The Nationals racked up 17 hits and Murphy contributed his share. He continues to build his case for MVP of the National League. He is now batting .348/.391/.613 with 23 home runs, 88 RBI and 74 runs. He is on pace to set career bests in pretty much every stat except stolen bases. Saturday, 8:18 pm
    W, 8-5 vs Col
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffers setback
    Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback while running on Friday.

    Advice: He's headed back to Houston, where he'll be looked at by team doctors. Valbuena was getting close to a rehab assignment but now that's on hold. Now that Alex Bregman has arrived in the major leagues and is manning third base, Valbuena won't have to rush his recovery. Saturday, 6:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Alonso slugs two-run homer vs. White Sox
    Yonder Alonso slugged a two-run homer and drew a walk Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Alonso, Khris Davis, and Stephen Vogt all went deep against James Shields. For Alonso, it was his sixth homer of the season. He’s batting .255/.316/.371 overall and shouldn’t be getting regular at-bats, let alone find himself on your fantasy radar. Friday, 8:04 pm
  • Daniel Murphy getting a day off Friday
    Daniel Murphy is absent from the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a routine day off. The Nats have Trea Turner at second base and Clint Robinson at first. Friday, 12:58 pm
    W, 8-5 vs Col
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) nearing rehab games
    The Astros hope Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is ready to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: Valbuena ran on Tuesday and Wednesday and has also resumed other baseball activities. "Obviously the next few days are going to tell us a little bit more about the realistic side of it," manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday. "We'd like to push him the most we can without jeopardizing the rehab he's already done, so the running intensity is going to increase (and) the groundball intensity will increase. The batting practice is fine - he feels nothing in batting practice. So we're in this area where the harder we push him, the more vulnerable he can become, but it's time that we need to push him a little bit and see if a rehab assignment is possible maybe while we're in Pittsburgh." Friday, 7:13 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 vs TB
  • Alex Avila (hamstring) nears rehab assignment
    Alex Avila (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

    Advice: Avila aggravated his right hamstring injury while on a rehab assignment late last month but apparently has finally made some progress. He'd appear to be on track to be activated September 1 if he can avoid more speed bumps. Friday, 5:59 am
    L, 3-1 vs Sea
  • Pujols hits two-run double for late insurance
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Angels entered the eighth inning holding a slim 3-2 advantage, but they would score three runs in the frame for a little breathing room. Two of those three would come home on Pujols' 14th double of the season. The veteran slugger can no longer muster the same daunting triple-slashes of his youth (.249/.316/.425 for the season as a whole), but still offers strong counting production with his 22 homers and 95 RBI. Thursday, 10:36 pm
  • Plouffe goes 3-for-5 with three RBI
    Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in the Twins' win on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk in the game. The veteran missed more than a month with a broken rib before returning to action last week. He has not been able to repeat the solid production he delivered the last few years, slashing just .259/.295/.399 in 65 games. Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Mauer dealing with minor quad issue
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Joe Mauer was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Braves due to a sore quad.

    Advice: Mauer's quad soreness is just thought to be minor, though, to the point where Molitor believes the long-time face of the Twins could be back in the lineup for Thursday's road date with the Royals. Wednesday, 5:44 pm
    L, 15-8 @Tor
  • Mauer getting the day off Wednesday vs. ATL
    Joe Mauer is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas will start at first base and bat fifth versus Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. There is no DH available in the game at Atlanta's Turner Field. Wednesday, 1:00 pm
    L, 15-8 @Tor
  • Brian McCann no longer NYY starting catcher
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Wednesday that Brian McCann is no longer the club's primary catcher.

    Advice: That title now belongs to 23-year-old Gary Sanchez, who slugged two home runs on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays and is batting .372 with a 1.121 OPS in 45 plate appearances since his return to the majors on August 3. McCann will continue to get starts at DH. Still owed more than $50 million, he could become a trade candidate this winter. Wednesday, 8:40 am
    W, 14-4 vs Bal
  • Pujols clocks three-run homer in win over M's
    Albert Pujols launched a three-run home run in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Angels trailed 4-1 entering the top of the sixth inning, but after Ariel Miranda walked a pair of batters, Pujols teed off on a Nick Vincent offering for a three-run, game-tying home run. That would be his only hit of the game, but sometimes, you just need the one. After an entertaining back-and-forth final few innings, the Angels would eventually win on the strength of a Cliff Pennington RBI triple in the ninth. For the season, the aged Pujols is slashing .249/.316/.426 with 22 homers and a healthy 92 RBI over 446 at-bats. Even as his triple-slash continues to underwhelm, his counting stats are legitimately impressive. At this pace, he will almost certainly finish with his most RBI since 2010, back when he played for the Cardinals and drove in 118. Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Joe Mauer smacks 10th home run Tuesday
    Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Mauer took Jose Ramirez deep in the eighth inning for his 10th dinger of the season. The first baseman is now batting .436 so far in August, pushing his season line up to a nice .284/.384/.417. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
    L, 15-8 @Tor
  • No timetable for Justin Bour's return
    Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said during an appearance on 940 WINZ on Tuesday that there's "no timeline" for Justin Bour (ankle) to return.

    Advice: Bour was originally expected to return from the disabled list 10 days ago, but progress from his high right ankle sprain has been slow. At this point, a return in September is more realistic. Derek Dietrich and Chris Johnson will continue to share playing time at first base. Tuesday, 7:20 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 7-6 vs SD
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