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  • C.J. Wilson chased early in loss to Astros
    C.J. Wilson was chased early in Tuesday's loss to the Astros, allowing five runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings before exiting.

    Advice: The Astros just seem to have Wilson's number -- in 15 innings this season coming into Tuesday's start, the left-hander had a 7.20 ERA and 1.60 WHIP against the AL West cellar dwellers. In that same vein, Tuesday's loss was the third time in four starts against the Astros this year he's failed to last five innings. The Astros got to Wilson for eight hits, including a Jose Altuve home run, in the loss. He'd been pretty good in recent starts before the clunker, and Wilson will look to get back on track Sunday at the Twins.
    27 minutes ago
  • Bourjos has RBI, two runs in win over Pirates
    Peter Bourjos went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the Cardinals' 6-4 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Making a spot start in center field, Bourjos singled and scored in both the second and fourth innings against Pirates starter Jeff Locke. He's got his average up to .233, but Jon Jay's strong hitting has relegated Bourjos to a backup role this season.
    32 minutes ago
  • Castro undergoes additional X-rays, MRI
    Starlin Castro (ankle) has undergone additional X-rays and an MRI.

    Advice: Initial tests performed on Castro's left ankle revealed no fracture, but more exams were ordered to get a clearer picture on the situation. The Cubs will reveal the results of the tests on Wednesday. Obviously, they're going to proceed cautiously with the shortstop no matter what the exams reveal.
    38 minutes ago
  • Grichuk has three-hit night against Pirates
    Randal Grichuk went 3-for-4 in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Grichuk got the start against left-hander Jeff Locke and responded with the first multi-hit game -- let alone three-hit game -- of his MLB career. He struggled mightily in his first go-round with the Cardinals, but he's 8-for-20 (.400) since being recalled on August 26. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is putting Grichuk in positions to succeed, starting him fairly regularly against lefties, and he's a decent NL-only play when a southpaw is on the mound.
    44 minutes ago
  • Arrieta, Cubs hold Brewers to one run in win
    Jake Arrieta held the Brewers to one run over six innings in a win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Arrieta allowed five hits and two walks on the evening, striking out four. The biggest of those four came with runners on second and third with two outs in the sixth inning, getting Gerardo Parra swinging to end the threat. It was a nice bounce-back after one of his worst starts of the season against the Reds his last time out. Arrieta moved to 8-5 with a 2.81 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 139/38 K/BB ratio over 134 1/3 innings on the year. He'll take his talents north of the border Monday when the Cubs visit the Blue Jays for an interleague tilt.
    55 minutes ago
    W, 7-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Valencia homers against another right-hander
    Danny Valencia hit a solo home run, his only hit in five at-bats, in Tuesday's win against the Rays.

    Advice: Valencia, known for hitting left-handed pitching, has hit both of his home runs as a Blue Jay off of right-handers. His second inning home run off of Jeremy Hellickson put the Jays up 1-0. He has four on the season along with 18 RBI and a .284/.328/.405 slash line.
    58 minutes ago
  • Aaron Crow earns rare save against Rangers
    Aaron Crow earned a rare save in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: With Wade Davis and Greg Holland having pitched on each of the previous three days, Crow got the call to protect the Royals' one-run lead. He resonded by disposing of the bottom of the Rangers' order with little consternation, with only a Rougned Odor single allowed in the inning. The save was Crow's third of the season, but he's not a source for more than the occasional opportunity when both Holland and Davis are indisposed.
    Today, 8:12 pm
  • Mejia fans a pair of Marlins, gets 22nd save
    Jenrry Mejia fanned a pair of Marlins in a perfect ninth inning en route to his 22nd save on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mejia had a tough August, sporting a 5.68 in 13 appearances, so he started off a new month on a good note. The right-hander struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and Garrett Jones before getting Christian Yelich to ground out to end the game. Mejia has saved 22 games in 25 chances with a 3.90 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, and an 87/35 K/BB ratio.
    Today, 7:38 pm
  • Revere stays in batting title race, adds 2 SB
    Ben Revere finished 2-for-5 with a pair of stolen bases as the Phillies topped the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Revere is right in the thick of things for the National League batting crown. His performance lifted his average up to .311. It's a four-way race at the moment, with Josh Harrison leading the way, as well as Justin Morneau and Andrew McCutchen not far behind. Revere is slashing .311/.329/.365 with 42 stolen bases.
    Today, 7:21 pm
  • Logan Darnell recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled RHP Logan Darnell from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The 25-year-old struggled mightily in two starts with the Twins earlier this season but presumably will be used in relief this time. Darnell put up a 3.60 ERA over 115 innings at Rochester.
    Today, 7:18 pm
  • Robbie Ray recalled from Triple-A
    Tigers recalled LHP Robbie Ray from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Ray holds a 7.09 ERA and 1.80 WHIP at the major league level this season. He'll be used in a relief role.
    Today, 6:38 pm
  • Starlin Castro set to undergo MRI on ankle
    Starlin Castro will undergo an MRI after exiting Tuesday's game versus the Brewers with a left ankle injury.

    Advice: The good news is that initial tests ruled out a fracture. Castro was injured when he got his foot caught in the dirt while sliding in to score a run in the first inning. The Cubs could have another update on the shortstop later Tuesday.
    Today, 6:06 pm
  • Starlin Castro leaves game with leg injury
    Starlin Castro left Tuesday's game versus the Brewers in the first inning with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Castro's leg appeared to get caught in the dirt on an awkward slide as he scored on a single. He was able to walk off on his own but was doing so with a noticeable limp. The Cubs will update his status shortly.
    Today, 5:44 pm
  • Zack Cozart away following birth of child
    Zack Cozart is away from the Reds after his wife gave birth on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's not clear when Cozart will return. A transaction to put him on paternity leave wasn't made since rosters are expanded. Ramon Santiago is at shortstop Tuesday.
    Today, 5:01 pm
  • Troy Patton designated for assignment
    Padres designated LHP Troy Patton for assignment.

    Advice: Patton is over his shoulder issue, but he apparently wasn't in the Padres' plans for the final month of the season. They'll use the 40-man roster spot elsewhere.
    Today, 4:06 pm
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  • White Sox call up Danks from Triple-A
    White Sox recalled OF Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Danks was optioned down to Triple-A when Adam Eaton came off the DL last week, but he's back now that rosters have expanded. The 28-year-old is batting .190/.270/.278 over 89 plate appearances in the big leagues this year and is unlikely to be fantasy relevant this month.
    Today, 11:50 am
  • Royals recall RHP Crow from Triple-A
    Royals recalled RHP Aaron Crow from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Crow was sent down last week, but he wasn't expected to remain in the minors for long. The 27-year-old owns a 3.86 ERA and 29/20 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings this season.
    Today, 10:41 am
  • Marlins call up DeSclafani from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled RHP Anthony DeSclafani from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: DeSclafani owns a 6.84 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings over five starts with the Marlins this season. The back-end of the Marlins' rotation is far from settled at this point, so he could make another start or two this month.
    Today, 9:43 am
  • Revere drives in five as Phillies beat Braves
    Ben Revere went 2-for-3 with five RBI in the Phillies' defeat of the Braves on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Revere drove in Cody Asche with a sacrifice fly in the third inning, smacked an RBI triple with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, and then added an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning. His performance was overshadowed by the Phillies' pitching staff, which hurled a combined no-hitter.
    Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Castro hits 14th homer in win over Cards
    Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Castro hit the Cubs' third and final home run of the day against Justin Masterson. The 24-year-old now has 14 home runs on the year, matching his career-high from 2012. Meanwhile, his .771 OPS in his best since 2011.
    Saturday, 1:58 pm
  • Grichuk singles in loss to Cubs
    Randal Grichuk went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

    Advice: Grichuk started in right field and batted second with left-hander Felix Doubront on the hill for Chicago. The Cubs are slated to throw Tsuyoshi Wada in the nightcap and Travis Wood on Sunday, so we should see more of him this weekend.
    Saturday, 1:57 pm
  • Mejia notches 20th save of season
    Jenrry Mejia tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Phillies for his 20th save of the season.

    Advice: Mejia struck out three in the inning and worked around a one-out error from Dilson Herrera. The 24-year-old has been dealing with physical ailments and recently hit a bit of a rough patch, but he has delivered three straight scoreless appearances. It looks like he's back on track.
    Friday, 6:51 pm
  • Wilson loses stream after strong start
    C.J. Wilson allowed three runs in five and a third innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Wilson held the A's off the board until the fifth inning, when he surrendered an RBI double to Geovany Soto and an RBI single to Coco Crisp. Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run off Wilson in the sixth to knot the game at 3-3. The Angels eventually won it in the 10th inning. Wilson walked three in the contest and consistently struggled to find the strike zone. He only threw 56 of 98 pitches for strikes. Outings like this are why Wilson's boasts a WHIP of 1.40 and an ERA of 4.46. The lefty will try to put together a cleaner start when he faces the Astros next time around.
    Thursday, 10:58 pm
  • Zack Cozart goes 3-for-4 in Reds' win
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 with a double, two steals and three runs scored as the Reds beat the Cubs 7-2 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Reds were 6-for-6 stealing bases, racking up all of them in the first four innings while Jake Arrieta was in the game. It was their most steals in a game since 2006, when Felipe Lopez had four and Ryan Freel had two. Joining Cozart with two steals today was Todd Frazier, while Billy Hamilton and Kris Negron had one apiece.
    Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Jake Arrieta gives up six runs in loss
    Jake Arrieta was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Arrieta walked four, including Billy Hamilton twice, which isn't much of a recipe for success. He did strike out eight, but between the walks, the six hits and the six stolen bases he allowed, it was just a messy day all around. He'll get the Brewers next time out. Hopefully, he's not wearing down just yet.
    Thursday, 1:23 pm
    W, 7-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Danny Valencia hits three-run homer
    Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer off the bench Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was Valencia's first homer since arriving in Toronto, but he's batting .308 in 65 at-bats since being acquired from the Royals. The homer off Junichi Tazawa was his first against a right-hander. He entered the night hitting .360/.408/.494 with two homers against lefties and .212/.256/.271 versus righties.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Aaron Crow optioned to Triple-A
    Royals optioned RHP Aaron Crow to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: He'll be back next week when rosters expand. Liam Hendriks, who is making a spot start Wednesday, is taking Crow's spot on the roster.
    Wednesday, 12:31 pm
  • Troy Patton begins rehab assignment
    Troy Patton (shoulder) threw a scoreless inning Tuesday for Double-A Midland in his fourth rehab appearance.

    Advice: He's now allowed just one baserunner while striking out six across four frames during his rehab assignment. Patton has been out since mid-June with shoulder inflammation but appears poised for activation when rosters expand.
    Wednesday, 5:55 am
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  • Mejia closes out Braves, earns 19th save
    Jenrry Mejia finished off the Braves on Tuesday, throwing a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 19th save.

    Advice: In his first save opportunity in almost two weeks, Mejia converted his 19th save in 22 chances. It wasn't entirely clean -- Justin Upton led off the inning with a single before being erased on a double play -- but he finished it off in style, striking out Evan Gattis to end the game. He's still a shaky proposition every time out, but as long as he's earning saves for the Mets he needs to be owned in fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 6:47 pm
  • Cardinals call up Grichuk from Triple-A
    Cardinals recalled OF Randal Grichuk from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: He'll replace the injured Shane Robinson (shoulder) on the active roster. Grichuk hasn't done much in a small sample with the Cardinals this season, but he could carve out a role against southpaws for the final month.
    Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • Cubs activate Castro from bereavement list
    Cubs activated SS Starlin Castro from the bereavement list.

    Advice: Castro returned to the Dominican Republic last week after losing a cousin and three close friends in a car crash. The Cubs sent Logan Watkins to Triple-A on Sunday to clear the way for his return.
    Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • White Sox option Jordan Danks to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned OF Jordan Danks to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Adam Eaton is due back from the disabled list on Tuesday, so Danks was no longer need as outfield depth. Danks has hit .190/.270/.278 this year in 89 plate appearances at the major league level.
    Aug 25, 11:03 am
  • Starlin Castro to return to Cubs on Tuesday
    Starlin Castro will be activated from the bereavement list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Castro returned to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday after tragically losing a cousin and three close friends in a car crash. Logan Watkins was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday to clear a spot on the active roster for Castro's return.
    Aug 24, 7:49 pm
  • Revere has two hits, scores twice vs. Cards
    Ben Revere went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Revere also walked and stole his 38th base of the season in the game. The outfielder is hitting .314 with a .700 OPS, and he finished the series against the Cardinals going 5-for-12 with four runs scored.
    Aug 24, 1:15 pm
  • Jenrry Mejia returns to action Saturday
    Jenrry Mejia threw a perfect inning in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: Mejia has been nursing a back injury of late and has also dealt with hernia and calf issues. However, there are no plans right now to place him on the DL, so he'll just tough it out. Jeurys Familia should be rostered just in case, though.
    Aug 24, 1:41 am
  • C.J. Wilson limits A's to one run
    C.J. Wilson held the A's to a run over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Saturday.

    Advice: It hasn't always been pretty, but Wilson has put together three decent efforts in a row, allowing five over 18 1/3 innings. He has a 10/10 K/BB ratio in that span -- he's had exactly as many walks as strikeouts in four of his five starts since coming off the DL -- but he's getting the job done. Perhaps he'll continue to improve in September.
    Aug 23, 9:25 pm
  • Ray optioned to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned LHP Robbie Ray to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Ray was shelled for six runs in just an inning and a third against the Twins. After the game, the Tigers sent him down to Triple-A to nurse his wounds. His numbers at the major league level are a bloated 7.09 ERA and 1.80 WHIP.
    Aug 22, 11:06 pm
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