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  • Wong (shoulder) returns with pinch-hit 3B
    Kolten Wong (shoulder) hit a pinch-hit leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday, but the Cardinals weren't able to drive him in and fell 2-1 to the Reds.

    Advice: Wong was held out of the starting lineup yet again with shoulder discomfort, but his swing looked free and easy as he launched a ball off the top of the right field wall at Busch Stadium. He flew around the bases before sliding feet-first into third. But that is where Wong would remain, with Reds closer Raisel Iglesias inducing two groundouts and a shallow outfield fly from the Cardinals' next three batters. Wong should be able to make a start or two over St. Louis' final four regular season games. Rotoworld.com 46 minutes ago
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  • Alex Meyer strikes out five against A's
    Alex Meyer allowed two runs in four innings and struck out five Wednesday in his start against the A's.

    Advice: The Twins were going back and forth on Meyer as a starter or a reliever. The Angels tried him in the rotation this month after getting him in the Hector Santiago deal, and he had a 4.57 ERA and a 24/13 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings over five starts. That should be good enough to keep him in the mix for a rotation spot next spring. The Angels aren't going to be able to be too picky. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:31 pm
  • Sonny Gray goes one inning in return
    In his return from the disabled list, Sonny Gray pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: That's all that was expected of him tonight. Gray didn't have any problems afterwards, which has to make him feel a little better going into the offseason. Still, his trade value is way down from where it was a year ago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:28 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez homers, doubles
    Adrian Gonzalez homered and doubled Wednesday in a losing cause against the Padres.

    Advice: Gonzalez is going to finish with the worst slugging percentage and OPS of his career, but he did reach 90 RBI for the 10th straight season tonight. The homer was his first since Sept. 5 and just his third since his three-homer game on Aug. 22. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:15 pm
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  • Tyler Chatwood goes eight scoreless in win
    Tyler Chatwood allowed three hits over eight scoreless innings and struck out nine Wednesday in beating the Giants.

    Advice: Chatwood's season ends much like it started. The middle wasn't as pleasant, but he showed what he can do while healthy; he allowed one or no runs in 10 of his 27 starts. What he does need to demonstrate is that he can stay healthy; his 27 starts and 158 innings this season were new career highs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:12 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija strikes out 11
    Jeff Samardzija fanned 11 while allowing two runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Thanks to three straight fine outings at the finish, Samardzija's inconsistent regular season concludes with a 12-11 record and a 3.81 ERA. It figured that he'd strikeout out more than 7.4 batters per nine innings in his return to the NL, but he was an above average starter, if not as much above average as the Giants were hoping for. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Mike Trout (shoulder) expected to play Friday
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expects Mike Trout (shoulder) to play in Friday's series opener against the Astros.

    Advice: Trout left Wednesday night's series finale with the Athletics after taking a John Axford fastball off his left shoulder blade in the bottom of the eighth inning. He was in visible pain as he made his way into the dugout with a trainer, but the star center fielder escaped with nothing more than a bad bruise. Trout was 1-for-4 with a run scored Wednesday before departing. He's batting .318/.441/.556 in 156 games this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Todd Frazier hits 40th homer
    Todd Frazier hit his 40th homer off the Rays' Eddie Gamboa during Wednesday's win.

    Advice: It was the only run of the game for either team. Frazier has done absolutely nothing offensively besides hit home runs this year, but it's pretty much impossible to be a bad player while hitting 40 homers and playing quality defense. Frazier's OPS currently stands at .788. Right now, Albert Pujols is the only player ever to hit 40 homers and finish with a sub-.800 OPS; he came in at .787 last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Craig Kimbrel gives up four runs in loss
    Craig Kimbrel walked three and gave up four runs without retiring a batter Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: No matter how many strikeouts he's recorded, Kimbrel hasn't much moved the dial for the Red Sox in the regular season this year, not with his 3.35 ERA and five losses. Still, the postseason was a huge factor in the team's decision to pay such a high price to get him, and there's still time for Kimbrel to prove his value then. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Mike Trout exits game after HBP on shoulder
    Mike Trout was pulled from Wednesday's game against the A's after taking a pitch off his left shoulder.

    Advice: Trout was struck on the left shoulder blade by a 96-mph John Axford fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning and looked to be in a good deal of pain as he walked off with a trainer. There should be an update from Anaheim within the hour. Trout was 1-for-4 with a run scored before exiting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Miggy smokes game-winning three-run blast
    Miguel Cabrera hammered a three-run homer in the final frame as the Tigers beat the Indians 6-3 in a rainy five inning game on Wednesday.

    Advice: The umpires called the game as soon as it became a legal contest after five innings. Cabrera's blast in the bottom of the fifth was his 36th of the season. He stroked a single earlier in the game and finished 2-for-3. He is batting .313 with 105 RBI in yet another MVP-caliber season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
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  • McAllister tosses two scoreless frames Wed
    Zach McAllister tossed two scoreless innings in a rainy start versus the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one in the brief outing. The game was interrupted by rain multiple times and ended up being called after five frames. The Indians' starting rotation has been wracked by injuries of late, so McAllister was called upon to fill in a day after the Tribe clinched their division. He has been effective out of the bullpen this year. He has a 3.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Santana goes 2-for-2 with two RBI Wednesday
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs in a rain-shortened loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also drew a walk. He doubled home a run in the first inning, and followed that with an RBI-single in the fourth inning. He is batting .256/.362/.489 with 34 home runs and 85 RBI. He is a solid starter in standard leagues and an even better asset in on-base percentage leagues and points leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Hamels yields five runs in seven innings Wed.
    Cole Hamels was charged with five runs -- three earned -- in seven innings and did not earn a decision as the Rangers beat the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up two runs in the first, two more in the second and one in the third inning before settling down to throw four more scoreless innings. He gave up eight hits but didn't walk anyone while punching out six in the ballgame. It was his last start of the regular season, so he finishes at 15-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 200 2/3 innings. He struck out exactly 200 batters and walked a career high of 77. The 32-year-old left-hander will once again be an early round draft pick in fantasy drafts next March. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Anderson yields four runs in five innings Wed
    Chase Anderson allowed four runs -- three earned -- in five innings but escaped with a no-decision although his team lost to the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up eight hits and two walks while fanning only two batters on the evening. He got off to a rough start as he gave up three runs in the first inning before settling down to give up just one more run over the next four frames. Anderson finishes his season with a 9-11 record after 30 starts. He has a 4.39 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Villar hits lead-off home run on Wednesday
    Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: He led off the game with a solo shot to center field and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. His .285 batting average has cooled a bit as he was over .300 for a good chunk of the season. He has 19 home runs, 63 RBI and 91 runs scored. Villar leads the major leagues with 60 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (sinus infection) returns
    Adrian Gonzalez (sinus infection) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Gonzalez was lifted midway through Tuesday's contest due to a sinus infection. The ailment was not burdensome enough to require an additional day off, though. He is batting in his customary fourth spot on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:34 pm
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  • Kolten Wong to test tender shoulder in BP
    Kolten Wong will test his injured shoulder in pregame batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wong did not play in Tuesday's game against the Reds and he's out of the starting lineup Wednesday, but it sounds like he should be available off the bench for the Wild Card-hunting Redbirds. Wong injured his shoulder last week in Chicago when he slipped in left field. He was given a cortisone injection Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:28 pm
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  • A's activate Sonny Gray for Wednesday start
    Athletics activated RHP Sonny Gray from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Gray will start for the Athletics on Wednesday night against the Angels, though the outing is only expected to last an inning or two. He had been sidelined since early August with inflammation in his right forearm. This is simply about establishing his return to full health heading into the offseason (and then of course 2017). Gray will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career over the winter. He's sitting on a disappointing 5.74 ERA through 116 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:01 am
  • Adrian Gonzalez exits with sinus infection
    Adrian Gonzalez exited Tuesday's loss to the Padres due to a sinus infection.

    Advice: Gonzalez saw two at-bats before being lifted. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward, but there is little reason to believe this will cost him more than a game or two. If that. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:50 pm
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  • Miguel Cabrera homers, drives in five Tuesday
    Miguel Cabrera fell a triple shy of the cycle and drove in five runs in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: Miggy doubled in two runs in the first inning, launched a three-run homer in the second, was intentionally walked in the fourth and singled in the seventh. He was pulled after the seventh in the Tigers' blowout win, potentially costing him a shot at an unlikely triple and cycle. Cabrera's 35 home runs are easily his highest total since his MVP season in 2013. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:37 pm
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  • Kolten Wong out Tuesday with shoulder injury
    Kolten Wong is out of the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday due to a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Wong was given a cortisone injection and is "a day away" from being able to play defense, according to the Cardinals. He could be available to pinch-hit on Tuesday night against the visiting Reds. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:37 pm
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  • Mike Trout homers, reaches four times
    Mike Trout went 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks as the Angels edged the A's 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Trout has never finished a season with a 1.000 OPS, but he has a chance this year; tonight put him back up to 1.001. He's also one homer away from 30 and two RBI away from 100. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:58 pm
  • Jonathan Villar homers twice against Rangers
    Jonathan Villar homered twice, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Brewers past the Rangers 8-3 on Monday.

    Advice: That's not so good for the old stolen base numbers there, Jonathan. Still, he's up to 18 homers this year after hitting 10 over 589 at-bats in parts of three seasons with the Astros. There was no doubt he'd steal a whole bunch of bases if the playing time was to be had, but the power outburst didn't seem so likely. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:21 pm
  • Todd Frazier scores twice, steals two bases
    Todd Frazier scored two runs and stole a pair of bases in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: He also singled and drew a walk. Frazier is sporting a .226 batting average this season, but with 39 home runs, 96 RBI, 86 runs and 14 stolen bases, fantasy owners aren't going to complain. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:06 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to start on Wednesday
    Sonny Gray (forearm) will start on Wednesday against the Angels.

    Advice: Gray has been on the shelf since early August with inflammation in his right forearm, but he's been throwing off a mound for a couple weeks and is ready to test things out in a game. He's expected to go only 1-2 innings in the outing and can be safely avoided in fantasy leagues for the final week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:06 am
  • Gray (forearm) likely to start this week
    Sonny Gray (forearm) said he "threw everything I had and wasn’t holding back" in a 48-pitch live batting practice session Saturday.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin said of Gray that the "fit him in somewhere" this week provided that he feels fine Sunday. The skipped indicated that an appearance from Gray in the final week would be as a starter. Gray holds a 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues this week, but it looks like the righty will be able to go into the winter feeling positive about his health. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:56 am
  • Frazier swats 39th bomb in Saturday's win
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with a home run and scored twice in a win over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The solo longball in the sixth inning was his 39th round-tripper of the season. Frazier's .225 batting average is painful but he is good everywhere else. He has 96 RBI and 84 runs scored and has even stolen 12 bases. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Trout goes 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored three times in a win over the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He also walked twice. He only made one out and was on the bases the whole game. The Angels trailed all night until breaking out for four runs in the eighth and five runs in the ninth. Trout had run-scoring hits in both of those frames. The superstar is batting .318/.440/.557 with 28 bombs, 97 RBI and leads the majors with 120 runs scored. Tack on 27 stolen bases to complete the package. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Sonny Gray (forearm) to face live hitters
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

    Advice: The right-hander has been sidelined since early August due to inflammation in his right forearm, but has yet to give up hope on a return this season. He could make a start in the final week of the season, though he's probably best avoided for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:59 am
  • Cole Hamels goes seven scoreless for win
    Cole Hamels blanked the A's for seven innings and struck out seven in a win Friday.

    Advice: Hamels' Cy Young hopes died with three bad starts these last three weeks, but he's still 15-5 with a 3.30 ERA for the season. The win tonight was his first since Aug. 25. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:19 pm
  • Meyer gives up four runs in no-decision
    Alex Meyer yielded four runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Meyer gave up just one run over his first five innings of work, but things fell apart for him in the sixth inning. He gave up an infield single and a pair of walks to load the bases before being pulled. All three baserunners eventually came around to score. The tall right-hander has shown some flashes, but he can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues right now. He’ll finish his season with a start against the Athletics next time out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:07 pm
  • Samardzija strikes out nine in gem of a win
    Jeff Samardzija pitched immaculately in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Padres, tossing seven innings of four-hit, shutout ball.

    Advice: Samardzija struck out nine and did not walk a batter in what was one of his best starts of the season. He finished the outing having thrown 105 pitches (71 strikes). It hasn't always been a smooth ride with the 31-year-old right-hander, but his numbers are going to finish out respectably enough. For the 2016 campaign, he holds a 3.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 156/53 K/BB ratio over 197 1/3 innings. Samardzija will take on the Rockies in San Francisco next time out, likely his final start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Chatwood holds Dodgers to two runs in six IP
    Tyler Chatwood kept the Dodgers in check in Thursday's no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings.

    Advice: Chatwood had some issues with his control in this one, as he walked four and threw just 57 of his 102 pitches for strikes. He pitched well enough for the win and exited with a 4-2 lead, but the Rockies bullpen imploded like an imperfectly made submarine after he left the game, surrendering five runs in the seventh inning and ultimately falling by a final score of 7-4. The 26-year-old right-hander will bring a 4.08 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a road showdown with the Giants in his final start of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Kimbrel punches out two in earning 29th save
    Craig Kimbrel struck out two Orioles in a perfect ninth inning Thursday, earning his 29th save of the year.

    Advice: Kimbrel drew the bottom third of the Orioles order and made quick work of it, fanning J.J. Hardy and pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim before getting Matt Wieters to fly out to end it. Kimbrel has now rattled off seven scoreless outings and hasn't allowed an earned run since August 9. The 28-year-old has a 2.52 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 80/24 K/BB ratio over 50 innings to go along with those 29 saves. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Santana's homer, four RBI help down Royals
    Carlos Santana finished 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in the Indians' 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Santana broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run bomb off Dillon Gee in the sixth inning. He'd knocked in a run with an RBI double earlier in the game. The 30-year-old has been on fire as of late, homering in three of his last four games and also collecting three doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored in that span. It will go down as a career year on a lot of fronts for Santana, who has 34 homers, 83 RBI and 83 runs scored with his .253/.361/.492 line. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Chase Anderson locks down Pirates into sixth
    Chase Anderson held the Pirates in check in Thursday's win, yielding one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Anderson struck out six and walked one on the evening. He kept the scoreboard clean outside of a Francisco Cervelli solo home run in the fifth inning. For the season, the 28-year-old right-hander has pitched to a 4.36 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 113/51 K/BB ratio over 146 2/3 innings. His 2016 schedule will finish out with a road date with the Rangers next Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Mike Trout hits three-run homer in win
    Mike Trout hit a three-run homer off Derek Holland and walked Wednesday as the Angels edged the Rangers 5-4.

    Advice: Who said Trout isn't making a difference in meaningful games in September? He's hit .306 with three homers, 11 RBI and 14 walks in 19 games this month. All but two of those games have come against teams in the mix for a spot in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 pm
  • Santana goes 4-for-5 with a run and RBI Wed.
    Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to help lead the Indians to victory over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: His single in the eighth inning provided what turned out to be a critical insurance run. Santana is known more for his on-base percentage than his batting average. He boosted both tonight. He is batting .251/.358/.484 with a career high 33 home runs and 79 RBI in 148 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Miggy hits 34th homer, drives in two in win
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Cabrera doubled earlier in the game before swatting the two-run jack, his 34th of the season, in the seventh inning. The homer gave him 93 RBI and 84 runs scored with a handful of games left to play, giving him a shot at reaching the 100-run plateau for the 12th time in his career. The professional hitter is slashing .310/.387/.551 in 147 games overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:13 pm
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  • Craig Kimbrel nails down 28th save Tuesday
    Craig Kimbrel pitched around a walk to record his 28th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: On to protect a three-run lead, Kimbrel issued a two-out walk to Pedro Alvarez but got J.J. Hardy to ground into a fielder's choice to end it. He had some ups and downs in the first half, but Kimbrel has been dominant since the All-Star break with just one run and five hits allowed. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Carlos Santana belts solo homer Tuesday
    Carlos Santana clubbed his 33rd homer of the season in Tuesday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Santana's blast in the third inning was all the Indians could muster through eight frames, but they won it on a walk-off double by Brandon Guyer in the ninth. The designated hitter keeps extending his new career high with each longball, as he's now bested his previous high-water mark by six. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:11 pm
  • Gray (forearm) throws 48-pitch 'pen session
    Sonny Gray (forearm) threw a 48-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: Gray is now scheduled to face live hitters over the weekend. He could make a start for the A's in the final week of the regular season, but the right-hander will be on a pitch count in that one and not worth using in a down-to-the-wire fantasy league. Gray, out since early August with forearm inflammation, holds an ugly 5.74 ERA in 116 innings this year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:23 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez delivers in ninth for Dodgers
    Adrian Gonzalez delivered a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth for the Dodgers against the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Hunter Pence seemed to have a play on Gonzalez's fly to the wall in right, but he couldn't come up with it, and Corey Seager, who held up thinking the ball would be caught, was able to come around from second. It was Gonzalez's lone hit of the day. After a big August surge, he's hit just .210 with one homer and four walks in his past 22 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:43 pm
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  • Sonny Gray (forearm) set for bullpen Tue.
    Sonny Gray (forearm) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in his bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Athletics haven't officially ruled him out for the year, but he won't be worth adding in fantasy leagues even if he manages to return. Gray has been out since early August with a muscle strain and inflammation in his forearm. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:42 pm
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