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  • Brandon Belt reaches five times in win
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double, a walk and a HBP to lead the Giants to a 9-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Fortunately, Belt was able to stay in after getting hit in the hand in the seventh. Belt, whose OBP too often has gone to waste in the bottom half of the Giants order, hit second for the fifth time tonight. He has a .520 OBP, five runs scored and five RBI in those five games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Anderson finishes double shy of cycle vs. MIN
    Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Friday’s win over the Twins.

    Advice: Anderson finished a double shy of the cycle. He had a chance to get there in the bottom of the eighth inning, but he grounded out. The rookie shortstop has showed an alarming lack of plate discipline with a 113/12 K/BB ratio, but he has helped in fantasy leagues anyway by batting .284 with 36 extra-base hits (including nine homers), 30 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 57 runs scored over 97 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Polanco has RBI single in loss
    Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in a loss to the White Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Polanco has received an opportunity to serve as the starting shortstop down the stretch and has posted a solid .283/.336/.418 batting line for the year. The big question is whether he has shown enough defensively to stick there. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Abreu rips RBI double in win Friday
    Jose Abreu ripped an RBI double and drew a walk against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Abreu has cooled down a bit over the past week or so, but he still drove in 25 runs in September. He’s now just one RBI shy of reaching the 100-mark for the third straight season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Robinson Cano hits 2 homers in Mariners' win
    Robinson Cano hit his 37th and 38th homers Friday as the Mariners topped the Athletics 5-1.

    Advice: Cano has topped his previous career high in homers by five now, and he has his first 100-RBI season since 2013. If Kyle Seager can just get one more, the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys. Nelson Cruz is already there. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Trea Turner swipes two more bases in loss
    Trea Turner went 2-for-3 and stole another pair of bases on Friday as the Nationals fell to the Marlins.

    Advice: Turner also walked and drove in a run in the ballgame. He has been a true five-category monster since joining the big league club, slashing an extremely impressive .339/.362/.558 with 12 homers, 38 RBI and 31 stolen bases in only 315 plate appearances. He's making a very strong case for the National League Rookie of the Year award. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 pm
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  • Paul Goldschmidt hits two-run homer
    Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer off Edwin Jackson in Arizona's 5-3 win over San Diego on Friday.

    Advice: The homer gave him a career-high 104 runs scored. With 24 homers and 95 RBI, he's not going to come close to matching his previous bests in those categories (36 HR and 125 RBI in 2013). Still, even in a down season, he's rated as fantasy baseball's No. 1 first baseman. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Ryan Schimpf hits 20th homer
    Ryan Schimpf hit homer No. 20 in a losing cause Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Schimpf had been stuck on 19 homers for 16 days, far and away his longest drought since he went his first 18 days in the majors without one. He's hitting just .221 in his 87 games, but he's slugging a very robust .540. It should ensure that he enters next year with a starting job, probably at second base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Holliday slugs homer in possible goodbye
    Matt Holliday (thumb) slugged a dramatic pinch-hit homer in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Now that’s a moment. Holliday, who broke his left thumb back on August 11, was activated from the disabled list on Friday so he could make one last appearance for the fans in St. Louis. He was greeted with a standing ovation in the seventh inning before swatting an opposite-field blast off Zach Phillips. Oddly, this was the first pinch-hit homer of his career. The Cardinals have already informed Holliday that they don’t plan to pick up the $17 million option on his contract for 2017, so this was likely goodbye. You couldn’t have drawn it up much better. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Gyorko socks his 29th homer Friday
    Jedd Gyorko socked a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Gyorko was acquired from the Padres over the winter to serve in a utility infielder role this season, but he leads the Cardinals with 29 homers. 22 of them have come in the second half. Only Brian Dozier has hit more homers in that time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:05 am vs Pit
     
  • Lindor breaks out of slump, slugs homer
    Francisco Lindor busted out a slump by going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in a 7-2 win over the Royals.

    Advice: Lindor snapped an 0-for-29 hitless streak with a double off Yordano Ventura in a four-run third inning. He celebrated the double and Ventura apparently didn’t like it, as he hit him with a pitch in his next at-bat in the fifth inning. Lindor responded by slugging a three-run homer off Brian Flynn in his next at-bat. Even with the quiet September, the 22-year-old shortstop is batting .303/.359/.436 with 15 homers, 75 RBI, and 19 steals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Santana has three hits, two RBI in win
    Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored Friday versus the Royals.

    Advice: Santana gave the Indians the lead by knocking in two runs with a triple in the third inning. He also singled and doubled, so he finished a home run short of the cycle. The 30-year-old put together a monster September and has established new career-highs this season with 34 homers and 87 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Hosmer hits RBI single vs. Indians
    Eric Hosmer went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Hosmer now has 104 RBI to go along with 25 homers. The increased run production has been useful for fantasy owners, but he has sacrificed some contact in the process. His OPS has dropped from .822 to .761 this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Rougned Odor smacks 33rd homer in victory
    Rougned Odor smacked his 33rd home run of the season on Friday as the Rangers bested the Rays 3-1 in Texas.

    Advice: His solo shot off of Rays' starter Matt Andriese in the sixth inning increased the Rangers' advantage to 3-1. Odor also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, slashing .272/.297/.504 with 33 long balls and 88 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Matt Holliday activated from disabled list
    Cardinals activated OF Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's not going to play much in the final weekend, though, as the Cards just want to get him a token appearance so that the impending free agent can be recognized by the fans. General manager John Mozeliak said Friday that the likelihood of the team picking up Holliday's option for 2017 is "very low." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Cards expected to activate Holliday (thumb)
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "are ready to activate" Matt Holliday (thumb).

    Advice: It's a change in course, as just a couple days ago Goold reported that Holliday returning was unlikely. However, Goold cautions that it's "hard to tell what role (if any)" Holliday will have in the final weekend. It could just be an opportunity for him to get a token plate appearance or two in order to be recognized by the fans since he's an impending free agent. Holliday has missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Report: Cards won't pick up Holliday's option
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday's $17 million option for 2017.

    Advice: He also adds that they won't extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either. Holliday, who will turn 37 over the winter, has had a career-worst season at the plate, batting .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances. He's missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Gyorko belts 28th home run in win over Reds
    Jedd Gyorko hit his 28th homer of the season in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Gyorko connected with a Dan Straily pitch in the second inning for the solo dong, his only hit in four at-bats. The hit was just his second in his last 20 at-bats, as the 28-year-old has fallen into a bit of a slump as the season draws to a close. Even so, it will go down as a career year for Gyorko, who is hitting .238/.300/.482 with those 28 homers, 56 RBI and 54 runs scored in 125 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:03 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:05 am vs Pit
     
  • 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 Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Odor smokes 32nd homer of the season
    Rougned Odor went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in a win over the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His homer was the Rangers' second two-run dinger of the first inning. Odor has done amazing things for a 22-year-old this season. He has a .270 batting average with 32 home runs, 87 RBI and 88 runs scored in 148 games. He has chipped in 14 stolen bases as well. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Hosmer goes deep vs. Twins on Wednesday
    Eric Hosmer stroked his 25th home run of the season to help lead the Royals over the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: The two-run blast in the third inning was his only hit in four chances tonight. Hosmer's batting average took a hit this year but his power reached a new level. He hit .297 with 18 homers last year, and is at .268 with 25 bombs this year. His 103 RBI this season are a career high as well. The 26-year-old may yet take another step forward as he reaches his prime. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Anderson has homer, three RBI in Sox' rout
    Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored in the White Sox' 13-6 beatdown of the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson did damage with each of his three hits, collecting an RBI single in the first inning before swatting a run-scoring double in the second. He then capped it off with a solo shot, his eighth of the season, in the eighth inning. It's been a successful rookie campaign for the 23-year-old, who is hitting .278/.300/.411 with those eight homers, 28 RBI, 54 runs scored and 10 steals in 94 games overall. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:42 pm
  • Holliday (thumb) doubtful to return this year
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is doubtful to return to the Cardinals' active roster this year.

    Advice: Holliday was aiming to take live batting practice over the weekend, but it didn't happen. The veteran outfielder is apparently still dealing with some discomfort and strength issues surrounding his surgically-repaired right thumb. St. Louis has an interesting decision to make this winter with Holliday holding a $17 million club option for 2017. He posted a career-low .768 OPS with 19 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games this season and will turn 37 years old in January. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Robinson Cano homers twice in victory
    Robinson Cano homered in the third and 11th innings Monday to propel the Mariners to a 4-3 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Cano's first homer overtook his previous career high of 33 from 2012. The second was more than cherry on top, though; it helped keep the Mariners postseason hopes alive. He has 94 RBI now, and the Mariners could have three players reach the century mark in that category; Nelson Cruz is up to 101 and Kyle Seager is at 96. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:36 pm
  • Trea Turner notches three hits in loss Monday
    Trea Turner went 3-for-5 with a two-run double in Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He had three of the Nationals' eight hits on the night, plating a pair with his two-bagger in the fourth inning. Turner now has a modest five-game hitting streak going, although this was his first multi-hit effort in over a week. We'll give him a pass given the run he had been on. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:43 pm
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  • Trea Turner among Nationals regulars resting
    Trea Turner is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's among many regulars resting for the Nats a day after they clinched the National League East. Ben Revere will handle center field. Only Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa are playing among the team's normal starters. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:33 am
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  • Francisco Lindor getting a day off Sunday
    Francisco Lindor is absent from the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears that he's just getting a day off. Michael Martinez is filling in at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:59 am
  • Eric Hosmer sitting out on Sunday
    Eric Hosmer is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to simply be a rare day off for the first baseman. Whit Merrifield is filling in for Hosmer. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:35 am
  • Abreu goes 3-for-5 with an RBI on Saturday
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 and drove in a run during Saturday's victory over the Indians.

    Advice: He smacked an RBI single in the first inning and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. He added a couple more singles later in the game and is now batting .299/.353/.480 with 25 homers and 97 RBI. His power output is down a bit this season despite home runs being way up around the league. Abreu is among a small group of players who can provide high batting averages without sacrificing home run power. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Goldschmidt collects three hits against O's
    Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Goldy had three of the Diamondbacks' seven hits in the loss, and he scored their lone run in the ninth inning. A strong finish could earn the 29-year-old his fourth consecutive .300-plus season, as he's now hitting .301 (with a .912 OPS) after Saturday's good game. He's having another fantasy MVP-worthy season, hitting 23 homers with 90 RBI, 102 runs scored and 27 stolen bases overall. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:19 pm
  • Holliday scratched from another BP session
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Hosmer clubs three-run homer to beat Tigers
    Eric Hosmer dealt a blow to the Tigers playoff chances on Saturday, clubbing a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, propelling the Royals to a 7-4 victory in Motown.

    Advice: The Royals entered the inning trailing 4-2 and were down to their final strike before Paulo Orlando came through with a two-run double to tie the game. That set the stage for Hosmer's heroic blast off of Tigers' closer Francisco Rodriguez. It was Hosmer's lone hit in five at-bats on the afternoon. He's been a terrific source of run production this season, slashing .268/.329/.434 with 24 homers and 100 RBI. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:34 pm
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) to take live BP again
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:58 am
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) takes live BP
    Matt Holliday (thumb) took live batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Holliday was scratched from a simulated game last Saturday due to swelling in his surgically-repaired right thumb, but he resumed live hitting earlier this week. It seems likely that he's not going to be 100 percent at any point the rest of the way, but the Cardinals could wind up activating him, anyway, even it's to be used in a secondary role. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 am
  • 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
  • Paul Goldschmidt propels Arizona with 2 HRs
    Paul Goldschmidt homered twice to plate all three Diamondbacks runs in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Padres.

    Advice: With 23 homers and 90 RBI, Goldschmidt isn't quite tearing it up in the power categories this year. Still, he doesn't always get a lot to hit as by far the biggest threat in the Arizona lineup. It's Goldschmidt, not Joey Votto, currently leading the NL in walks with 106. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:54 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
  • Paul Goldschmidt crunches two-run home run
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Goldschmidt connected for a two-run home run off Paul Clemens with two outs in the sixth inning. That shot temporarily knotted the score at 2-2, but the Padres would come back in the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer of their own. For his part, Goldy is now slashing .297/.413/.484 with 21 homers, 87 RBI and 27 steals over 539 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:37 pm
  • Brandon Belt socks solo home run in ninth
    Brandon Belt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Belt socked a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to provide the Giants a cushion in what had been a 1-0 affair. The homer was his 16th of the season. In addition, Belt has worked to a .271/.388/.465 triple-slash with 76 RBI over 505 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:08 pm
  • Gyorko lifts off for 27th homer of the season
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gyorko assaulted a Jorge De La Rosa 3-0 offering in the fourth inning, hitting it out to straight-away center. The homer was Gyorko's 27th of the year, continuing to up his single-season record, and he's got 54 RBI and 53 runs scored to go with a .246/.309/.495 line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    10:05 am vs Pit
     
  • 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
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