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  • Michael Wacha lasts just one inning Saturday
    Michael Wacha lasted just one inning in Saturday's start against the Pirates, surrendering three runs on two hits and a walk.

    Advice: Wacha punched out one in the short outing. All of the damage came on a three-run homer off the bat of Jung Ho Kang. That was enough for Mike Matheny to give the right-hander the quick hook though and patchwork the rest of the game with the Cardinals bullpen, who ultimately fired eight shutout innings. Wacha finishes his disappointing season with a 5.09 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 138 innings. Today, 1:39 pm
  • James Loney goes deep in win over Phillies
    James Loney clobbered a two-run homer on Saturday as the Mets topped the Phillies 5-3 to secure the top wild card spot in the National League Playoffs.

    Advice: That means that they'll be hosting either the Giants or Cardinals for that decisive game. Loney, who wouldn't have even been in the lineup had Lucas Duda been fully healthy, tagged Patrick Schuster for the go-ahead two-run blast in the sixth inning, giving the Mets a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and is now hitting .266/.308/.398 with nine homers and 34 RBI on the year. Today, 1:21 pm
  • Ryan Howard crushes 25th homer in loss
    Ryan Howard crushed his 25th home run of the season as the Phillies fell to the Mets on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

    Advice: The veteran slugger tagged Mets starter Bartolo Colon for a game-tying, two-run shot in the fifth inning. He also singled, finishing the day 2-for-4 to raise his season slash to .199/.260/.459 to go with his 25 long balls and 59 RBI. Today, 1:17 pm
    L, 5-3 vs NYM
  • Gerardo Parra not in Rockies lineup Saturday
    Gerardo Parra is not in the Rockies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Parra has been banged up and battled illness recently, so he'll get a breather on the penultimate day of the regular season. Expect to see him back in there for Sunday's season finale. Today, 12:35 pm
    5:10 pm vs Mil
  • Denard Span remains out of Giants lineup
    Denard Span is again out of the Giants starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Span took a seat against Rich Hill on Friday and will continue to ride the pine against tougher left-hander Clayton Kershaw on Saturday. Once again, Gorkys Hernandez is leading off and starting in center field. Today, 11:06 am
  • Freddy Galvis (hamstring) not in lineup
    Freddy Galvis (hamstring) is not in the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's showdown against the Mets.

    Advice: Galvis was forced to leave Friday's game due to tightness in his right hamstring. It's the first day that Galvis has been out of the lineup in the club's last 49 contests. It's unclear if he'll be able to return on Sunday, or if the Phillies will play it safe and simply shut him down for the remainder of the season. Today, 7:32 am
    L, 5-3 vs NYM
  • Coghlan (ankle) hitless in return to action
    Chris Coghlan (ankle) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the Cubs starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Coghlan sustained a mild left ankle sprain on Wednesday against the Pirates. The issue appears to have been minor though and shouldn't limit him heading into the postseason. Today, 5:25 am
    Bot 6, 3-5 @Cin
  • Duffey knocked around for five runs in loss
    Tyler Duffey was knocked around for five runs in two-plus innings Friday in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Duffey allowed two runs in the first inning and was chased after giving up a two-run homer and an RBI double in the third. The 25-year-old surprised with a 3.10 ERA in 10 starts last season, but he’ll finish this year with a brutal 6.18 ERA across 25 starts. That’s easily the highest ERA of any MLB pitcher with at least 130 innings pitched. In fact, nobody else is above 6.00. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Daniel Wright earns first victory
    Daniel Wright finally notched a win in his last try by holding the Astros to one run in six innings Friday.

    Advice: Wright, who had been 0-5, struck out five and walked none in this one. He ended up with a 5.61 ERA in his five starts for the Angels after posting a 7.62 ERA in two starts and two relief appearances for the Reds. It's quite possible he'll be bumped from the 40-man roster this winter. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Brad Peacock loses to Angels
    Brad Peacock surrendered seven runs -- five earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Peacock had a nice outing against the Angels five days ago, but the rematch turned ugly, erasing a lot of the good he did in his first four starts after joining the Astros rotation this month (2.25 ERA in 20 IP). He'll make next to nothing next year, so the Astros will probably keep him around as an option for the fifth spot in their rotation. Still, they do have greater talents to pick from. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Jake Marisnick goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Jake Marisnick went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday in the loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The Astros were hoping Marisnick would step it up when they let Carlos Gomez go, but he's been miserable offensively while continuing to play very good defense in center field. Not only is he batting just .204, but he has a hideous 81/16 K/BB ratio in 280 at-bats. The Astros won't be penciling him in as a 2017 regular. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Edwin Jackson gives up five runs in loss
    Edwin Jackson was tagged for five runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Jackson turned in some nice outings for the Padres, but the end result was still a 5.89 ERA in 13 starts. He'll have to settle for a minor league contract as a free agent this winter. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Moss slugs two-run homer vs. Pirates
    Brandon Moss slugged a two-run homer against the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: Moss is now up to 28 homers on the year, though it has been quite a struggle for him over the past month. Coming into Friday’s action, he was hitting .074 (7-for-95) over his previous 28 games. He was hitting .270 as recently as August 26, but he’s now sitting at .225 on the year. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    W, 4-3 vs Pit
  • Merritt notches first major league victory
    Ryan Merritt notched his first major league win on Friday after tossing five innings of one-run ball against the Royals.

    Advice: Expectations were low for the assignment, as Merritt was simply filling in with Corey Kluber sidelined, but he was brilliant in his first major league start. The former 16th round pick held the Royals to just three hits while walking none and striking out four. He kept them off the board after an RBI single from Eric Hosmer in the first inning and retired the final 13 batters he faced. The Indians couldn’t have asked for much better. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Gomes (hand) appears as defensive replacement
    Yan Gomes entered Friday’s game against the Royals as a defensive replacement.

    Advice: Gomes was activated from the disabled list on Friday after missing 16 days with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. Most assumed he was done for the season at the time of the injury, so it’s amazing he has managed to make it back. Still, it’s unclear whether he’ll show enough this weekend to justify a spot on the ALDS roster. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Galvis leaves game with hamstring tightness
    Freddy Galvis was forced to leave Friday's game against the Mets due to tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: The injury isn't believed to be serious, but it could certainly impact his availability the rest of the way. The 26-year-old has shown surprising power this season, hitting 20 long balls and plating 67 runs while swiping 17 bases. Yesterday, 6:20 pm
    L, 5-3 vs NYM
  • Denard Span not in Giants lineup on Friday
    Denard Span is not in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's showdown against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With tough left-hander Rich Hill on the mound for the Dodgers, Span will take a seat in favor of Gorkys Hernandez. It doesn't get any easier with Clayton Kershaw on tap for Saturday, so it's possible he sits that one out as well. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Yan Gomes activated from disabled list
    Indians activated C Yan Gomes from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gomes is only available to play defense for now. It's unclear whether he'll be an option for the ALDS roster as he returns from a fracture in his right hand. Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Michael Wacha to start on Saturday
    Michael Wacha will start on Saturday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Wacha to this point in September has been used exclusively as a reliever, but the Cardinals will give him another shot in what's obviously a huge game for them. He allowed seven runs over 2 2/3 relief frames Monday and will have a short leash against the Pirates. Jaime Garcia is headed back to the bullpen after another poor start Monday. Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Coghlan lifted with mild left ankle sprain
    Chris Coghlan left Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to a mild left ankle sprain.

    Advice: Coghlan injured himself when he ran into the outfield wall while tracking a fly ball in the fifth inning. He was subsequently replaced in left field by Albert Almora, but looks like he has avoided major injury. Consider Coghlan day-to-day moving forward. Wednesday, 6:56 pm
    Bot 6, 3-5 @Cin
  • Chris Coghlan exits with apparent leg injury
    Chris Coghlan was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to an apparent left leg injury.

    Advice: Coghlan collided with the outfield wall while chasing down a fly ball in the fifth inning. He walked off under his own power while Albert Almora came on to replace him in left field. The Cubs should provide a further update on Coghlan's injury late Wednesday night. It didn't look like anything too serious. Wednesday, 5:56 pm
    Bot 6, 3-5 @Cin
  • Ryan Howard belts 15th career grand slam
    Ryan Howard hit his 15th career grand slam in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Howard followed a couple singles and a walk in the first inning with a long one to right field off of Julio Teheran. He also added a single in a later at-bat. Howard's .196/.259/.453 batting line is awfully ugly, but he's still hitting balls over the boards with 24 home runs. It's his highest home run total since 2011. Tuesday, 9:47 pm
    L, 5-3 vs NYM
  • Chris Coghlan drives in three runs Tuesday
    Chris Coghlan ripped a bases-clearing triple in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Coghlan got the scoring going with his three-bagger in the second inning. He also added a single and a stolen base on the night. Coghlan really struggled for the A's but has regained his form back in Chicago, batting .271/.403/.417. Tuesday, 8:24 pm
    Bot 6, 3-5 @Cin
  • Peacock yields one run in five innings Sat.
    Brad Peacock held the Angels to one run in five innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out seven batters on Saturday but had to settle for a no-decision.

    Advice: His bullpen got hammered to blow the game in the late innings. The only hit he allowed was an RBI double to Albert Pujols with Mike Trout aboard. He pitched very well but was removed after only 69 pitches. This was just his fifth start and the Astros didn't want to push him too hard. He owns a great 2.67 ERA after 27 innings. He has yet to earn a win or a loss this year. Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Duffey yields two run in seven frames in win
    Tyler Duffey turned in a rare good start, holding the Mariners to two runs in seven innings during the Twins' 3-2 victory on Saturday.

    Advice: The only mistake he made came on a Nelson Cruz two-run blast in the fourth inning. Duffey gave up just four hits and no walks while fanning four in the game. He has pitched poorly all year long but maybe this effort will generate some positive vibes in the offseason. He improves to 9-11 with a 6.18 ERA in 131 innings. Saturday, 7:08 pm
  • Edwin Jackson earns win over Giants
    Edwin Jackson beat the Giants on Friday after allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: The Giants struggled to get to Jackson even though he walked five batters. It was a carbon copy of Jackson's first start for the Padres on July 17, when he allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in defeating the Giants. He walked five in that one, too. Jackson is 5-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 12 starts for the Padres. Saturday, 12:03 am
  • Gerardo Parra (illness) not in Rockies lineup
    Gerardo Parra (illness) is not in the Rockies starting like for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Parra was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup due to an illness. It's unclear if Friday's absence is related to him still feeling under the weather, or it's simply a product of the matchup against left-hander Scott Kazmir. He's still considered day-to-day. Friday, 3:46 pm
    5:10 pm vs Mil
  • Gerardo Parra (illness) scratched from lineup
    Gerardo Parra was scratched from the Rockies starting lineup on Thursday due to an illness.

    Advice: Stephen Cardullo replaced him at first base and will bat seventh for the Rockies against Brett Anderson and the Dodgers on Thursday. Parra should be considered day-to-day. Thursday, 6:25 pm
    5:10 pm vs Mil
  • Denard Span not in Giants lineup Thursday
    Denard Span is not in the Giants starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Padres.

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the speedy center fielder. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in his place and batting fifth for the Giants on Thursday. Thursday, 3:49 pm
  • Yan Gomes (hand) throws to second base
    Yan Gomes (hand) made throws to second base on Thursday.

    Advice: Gomes was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand just last weekend. Indians manager Terry Francona said that there's a "one percent chance" the catcher could return this season, adding that if anyone can beat the odds it would probably be Gomes. Realistically, though, it's obviously the longest of long shots that we'll see him again in 2016. Thursday, 2:35 pm
  • Howard (knee) back in Phillies lineup Thurs.
    Ryan Howard (knee) is back in the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday versus the Mets.

    Advice: Howard has been out all week with left knee discomfort. He got it drained on Sunday. The veteran first baseman is batting just .193/.250/.439 with 22 homers and 51 RBI in 104 games this season for Philadelphia. Thursday, 12:46 pm
    L, 5-3 vs NYM
  • Wright struggles again in loss to Rangers
    Daniel Wright had a hard time again Tuesday, allowing nine hits and five runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: The 25-year-old wasn't very good as a member of the Reds, so it's unclear why the Angels saw him on waivers and said, "Yeah, sign us up." Wright now has a 7.48 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in 27 2/3 innings, including five starts. Wright draws the Astros next. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
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