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  • Simmons exits with apparent ankle injury
    Andrelton Simmons left Wednesday's game against the Nationals with an apparent ankle injury.

    Advice: The Braves haven't said a reason for his departure, but Atlanta Journal-Constitution beat writer David O'Brien said it appeared Simmons aggravated a previous ankle injury running from first to second base in the first inning. Phil Gosselin replaced Simmons at shortstop, and the Braves should update his situation shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:04 pm
  • Ryan Howard not in Wednesday's lineup
    Ryan Howard is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with left-hander Eric Stults on the hill for Philadelphia. Darin Ruf will start at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:30 pm
  • Dodgers outright RHP Patterson to Triple-A
    Dodgers sent RHP Red Patterson outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Patterson successfully cleared waivers after being designated for assignment late last week. The 27-year-old will stick around as organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:28 pm
     
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    L, 16-2 @Col
  • Ryan Raburn to undergo left knee surgery
    Ryan Raburn needs surgery to repair damaged meniscus in his left knee.

    Advice: He's done for the year. Raburn was a pleasant surprise for the Indians last season, but he'll finish 2014 with a disappointing .200/.250/.297 batting line and four home runs over 74 games. The 33-year-old is under contract for $2.5 million next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:25 pm
  • Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) not in lineup Wed.
    Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) is not in the Twins' starting lineup Wednesday night versus Detroit.

    Advice: Escobar is day-to-day after jamming his right shoulder on Tuesday night. Eduardo Nunez will start at shortstop and bat seventh Wednesday against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:56 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (elbow) reports improvement
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Hanley Ramirez (elbow) is feeling better.

    Advice: Ramirez is missing his second straight start Wednesday with a strained right elbow, but the hope is that he'll be ready for the four-game series in Chicago that begins Thursday. The shortstop was able to pinch-hit in Tuesday's contest. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:32 am
  • Hanley (elbow) out again on Wednesday
    Hanley Ramirez (elbow) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Ramirez was able to pinch-hit Tuesday but will miss a second straight start, suggesting that his elbow is more of an issue in the field. The Dodgers are considering the shortstop day-to-day. Miguel Rojas is filling in Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:05 am
  • Brad Peacock (back) to rejoin rotation Friday
    Brad Peacock (back) will rejoin the Astros' rotation on Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Peacock had Monday's scheduled outing pushed back due to lower back tightness, but he's recovered nicely since then, throwing a successful bullpen session Tuesday. "I felt really good actually," Peacock said. "I let it go and it felt good, so they're putting me in on Friday." Peacock holds a 2.90 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 31 innings across his last six starts. He's worth using in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:15 am
  • Charlie Morton was activated from the DL on Tuesday September 16. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:40 am
  • Josh Willingham strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Josh Willingham struck out as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Tuesday.

    Advice: Willingham hadn't played since last Thursday, when he suffered a strained groin. It's not clear when he'll be ready to start, but the pinch-hitting appearance suggests he's close. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:40 am
  • SP Burnett coughs up 4 ER to Padres in loss
    A.J. Burnett coughed up five runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday as the Phillies fell to the Padres.

    Advice: Burnett struck out four, walked four, and gave up eight hits, one of which was a two-run homer by Alexi Amarista. For whatever reason, Burnett had all kinds of trouble with San Diego's slap-hitting infielder. This start was actually a bit better than his most recent work, as the veteran had gone 2-7 with a 5.68 ERA in his last nine starts. Burnett's next outing takes place in Oakland on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Gordon has two RBI, stolen base vs. White Sox
    Alex Gordon had a two-run single and stole a base in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Gordon finished the night 1-for-4, but the hit was a big one, plating two in the third inning to give the Royals a short-lived lead. He walked and stole his 12th base of the season in the fifth inning, eventually coming around to score. Gordon now has 70 RBI and 82 runs scored to go with a .270/.352/.440 line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Escobar has stolen base, two runs against Sox
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in a loss to the White Sox Tuesday.

    Advice: Escobar, batting leadoff, got on base and scored in the third and sixth innings. The stolen base was his 31st of the year, the second time in his career he's eclipsed the 30-steal benchmark. His single-season high is 35, set in 2012. It's been a strong year for the 27-year-old, who is hitting .275/.308/.363 with 69 runs scored as the Royals' everyday shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Casilla shuts out the lights against Arizona
    Santiago Casilla earned his 16th save of the season Tuesday by tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He induced a Mark Trumbo ground out, whiffed Miguel Montero swinging, and got Cliff Pennington to pop out to center. Casilla had given up runs in three of his last five outings. Even so, he boasts a 1.86 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 41/15 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings. Casilla is 16-for-20 in save conversions. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Peralta stumbles early, recovers vs. Cards
    Wily Peralta allowed two early runs but recovered to hold the Cardinals to just those two runs over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday.

    Advice: It couldn't have started much worse for Peralta, as the Cardinals strung together three straight singles to lead off the game. He then walked Matt Adams to bring in a run, but a Jhonny Peralta double play and a weak groundout from Yadier Molina limited the damage. Peralta then straightened it out, giving up just two hits over the next six innings. He remains 16-10 with a 3.70 ERA on the year, and Peralta will look to improve on those numbers Sunday at the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Dickerson has homer, four RBI to rout Dodgers
    Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI in the Rockies' 10-4 rout of the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: In the fourth inning, Dickerson connected for a two-run shot, his 23rd home run of the season, off Dodgers starter Dan Haren. He added a two-run triple in the eighth inning, his fifth triple of the season. The 25-year-old has emerged as an offensive star this season, batting .307/.360/.566 with 73 RBI and 70 runs scored overall. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Hanley (elbow) not expected to play Wednesday
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated after Tuesday's game that Hanley Ramirez (elbow) was unlikely to play Wednesday.

    Advice: It's no surprise given that it's a day game after a night game. Ramirez was able to pinch-hit Tuesday (striking out), suggesting that his elbow is not at issue at the plate but in the field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Morton fires 5 shutout frames in his return
    Charlie Morton returned to the Pirates' rotation and hurled five shutout innings in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: Morton had missed a month dealing with a sports hernia but didn't seem too bothered by it against the Red Sox. The right-hander scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. He'll go into the latter half of September with a 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 126/57 K/BB ratio. Morton will make a home start against the Brewers on Sunday in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Eduardo Escobar leaves with shoulder injury
    Eduardo Escobar left Tuesday's game against the Tigers with a jammed right shoulder.

    Advice: Escobar was injured while making a diving stop at shortstop. He's still being looked at by trainers, so it's not clear how much time he might miss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (elbow) scratched from lineup
    Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right elbow strain.

    Advice: It's not clear how the ailment popped up or how long he might be sidelined, but the Dodgers should provide more on his status later Tuesday. Justin Turner took Ramirez's spot at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Ryan Raburn (knee) could be done for season
    Ryan Raburn (knee) might not return this season.

    Advice: Raburn reported improvement with his left knee Tuesday, but he's set to undergo an MRI and the Indians seem unlikely to push him to return at this point. It would be the end of a disappointing season for Raburn, who has hit just .200/.250/.297 with four homers over 74 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Ryan Raburn (knee) likely to have MRI
    Ryan Raburn is expected to undergo an MRI on his ailing left knee.

    Advice: Raburn left Saturday's game with a hyperextended knee and has yet to experience any improvement. More won't be known about his status until after the exam. "He's still pretty tender, pretty sore," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We're gonna have [head trainer James Quinlan] talk to [assistant trainer Jeff Desjardins] and see, see if we should get him back to Cleveland. We probably need to get him checked." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Brad Peacock sidelined with back injury
    Brad Peacock will not make his scheduled start on Monday against the Indians due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: He could rejoin the rotation at some point in the final weeks, but there's no timetable for his return. The Astros had been going with six starters, so they'll just return to a regular five-starter setup for now. Collin McHugh will move up to start on Monday and is now in line for a two-start week. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:04 am
  • Charlie Morton to rejoin rotation on Tuesday
    Charlie Morton (sports hernia) will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Morton is dealing with a sports hernia that will require surgery after the season, but he'll try to gut it out in the final weeks. Vance Worley will move to the bullpen to accommodate him. Morton holds a 3.84 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 25 starts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:11 am
  • Josh Willingham nursing strained groin
    Josh Willingham has been unavailable the last couple days after straining his groin on Thursday.

    Advice: "He feels a little better," Royals manager Ned Yost said Saturday. "Tried to take some swings in the cage (Friday) and felt it still a little bit, swinging. But I imagine he'll be available to pinch hit here in the next couple days." Willingham is hitting .274/.384/.452 with two homers over 20 games since joining the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:49 am
  • Ryan Raburn leaves game with knee injury
    Ryan Raburn left Saturday's game versus the Tigers with a hyperextended left knee.

    Advice: Raburn exited in the fourth inning. He walked in his only plate appearance. Tyler Holt replaced him in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:32 pm
  • Ryan Howard not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies lineup for Saturday's contest against the Marlins.

    Advice: Maikel Franco will get the call in his place and bat second against opposing hurler Brad Hand. Look for Howard to be back in his customary clean-up spot on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:51 am
  • Andrelton Simmons has two hits in loss
    Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 in a losing effort against the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: On a night where the Braves could get very little done against Derek Holland and company, Simmons was the only member of the team to pick up multiple hits. He is in the midst of a highly disappointing season, slashing a mere .242/.286/.331 with seven homers and 45 RBI in his 133 games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:02 pm
  • Ryan Raburn leaves the yard in loss to Tigers
    Ryan Raburn blasted his fourth home run of the season on Friday as the Indians dropped the opener of their three-game weekend series to the Tigers.

    Advice: Raburn victimized his former mates with a solo shot in the second inning to open the game's scoring. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-3 and raising his season slash to a disappointing .200/.246/.297. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:17 pm
  • Red Patterson designated for assignment
    Dodgers designated RHP Red Patterson for assignment.

    Advice: The move was made to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Scott Elbert who had his contract purchased Friday. He should pass through waivers and continue to function as organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:09 pm
     
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    L, 16-2 @Col
  • Burnett shaky in 6th, results in 16th loss
    A.J. Burnett fell to 8-16 after yielding four runs over six innings as the Phillies were defeated by the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: Burnett becomes the first Phillies pitcher to lose 16 games since Mark Leiter lost 17 in 1997. He was fine until he tired in the sixth inning, relenting three runs. Overall, Burnett gave up six hits and three walks while fanning seven. It's been a forgettable year for the 37-year-old, as he now owns a 4.34 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 176/83 K/BB ratio. Burnett will take on the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday next. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:48 pm
  • Marcell Ozuna notches 16th victory
    Wily Peralta finally picked up his 16th win after limiting the Marlins to one run in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday.

    Advice: Peralta had taken three straight losses since nothing his 15th victory on Aug. 17. He was strong tonight, shutting out the Marlins for six innings prior to Marcell Ozuna's solo homer in the seventh. For the year, he has a 3.75 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP, with 22 homers allowed in 177 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Morton (sports hernia) throws simulated game
    Charlie Morton (sports hernia) threw a five-inning, 86-pitch simulated game Tuesday.

    Advice: The Pirates will meet next Monday to decide what to do with Morton. They could bring him back as a reliever, but manager Clint Hurdle has indicated that he prefers to keep Morton in reserve as a starter should a need arise in the rotation. "Charlie wants to be a part of it. [We'll] keep an active, live arm that might get to a point where he can give us five innings, can throw 85 pitches," Hurdle said. "You can lose a pitcher in a day. You can lose two pitchers in two days. If it gets to a point where the pain plateaus and he starts feeling better, then we'll have another option." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:02 am
  • Peacock holds Seattle scoreless for 5 innings
    Brad Peacock hurled five shutout innings in a Monday no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: Peacock struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits. Unfortunately, he was pitching across from Felix Hernandez, so the game was tied 0-0 when Peacock made his way through the Safeco Field bowels to the shower area. The right-hander exorcised his Mariners demons tonight. Peacock came into the night having coughed up eight runs over 11 1/3 innings in two appearances against Seattle this year. Peacock is scheduled to take on the Indians next Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:56 pm
  • Ramirez has 4 hits in victory over San Diego
    Hanley Ramirez went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a 9-4 victory over the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: He was also caught stealing. Ramirez's RBI single in the first inning kicked off the game's scoring. By the time he touched home plate on Matt Kemp's double in the fifth, the Dodgers led 5-1 en route to a blowout victory. Ramirez came into this game having gone hitless in eight of 12 games since returning from a 15-day stint on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:31 pm
  • Andrelton Simmons goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Andrelton Simmons went 0-for-4 on Monday, leaving him 3-for-27 this month.

    Advice: Simmons hit .289/.298/.489 with three homers through the first month of the season. Since then, he's come in at .228/.280/.294 with four homers in 394 at-bats. Obviously, he still has his outrageous glove working in his favor, but as a fantasy shortstop, he's been quite the disappointment. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Ramirez walks twice, scores two runs vs. ARI
    Hanley Ramirez walked twice and scored two runs in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Ramirez also stole his 13th base of the season in the win. Both runs were scored on Adrian Gonzalez home runs, giving him 55 runs scored on the season. The shortstop is hitting .263/.352/.434 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 5:42 pm
  • Escobar has two hits, stolen base vs. Yanks
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: The stolen base was Escobar's 28th of the season. He's hitting .278/.310/.370 overall in a nice bounceback year from his subpar 2013 season. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 2:05 pm
  • Josh Willingham doubles in return to action
    Josh Willingham doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Willingham had been unavailable for over a week due to a slight intercostal strain. He's hit .265/.368/.490 with two homers in 16 games for the Royals. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 2:50 am
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