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  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis returned to action on Friday August 22.
    Today, 1:19 am
  • Dustin Ackley returned to action on Friday August 22.
    Today, 1:19 am
  • Ozuna crushes grand slam, drives in five
    Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI in Friday's 13-5 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: The grand slam came in the ninth inning off of Rockies' reliever Juan Nicasio. It was Ozuna's 19th home run this season. The slew of RBI brought him up to 70 on the year. Ozuna had been struggling this August (.210/.300/.371), so maybe this grand slam gets him going. For the year he's hitting .261/.316/.440.
    Today, 12:13 am
  • Stanton finishes with three hits, three RBI
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in on Friday.

    Advice: Stanton doubled off Franklin Morales in the third to score one, then singled in the ninth to score two. He also scored three runs. The double was Stanton's 27th of the season. He continues to act as a rock in the middle of Colorado's lineup and is hitting .299/.405/.565 with 32 home runs and 92 RBI.
    Today, 12:07 am
  • Dickerson smacks 18th home run vs Marlins
    Corey Dickerson hit his eighteenth home run of the season on Friday.

    Advice: Dickerson hit the bomb off of Marlins' starter Henderson Alvarez in the fifth inning. The home run was Dickerson's only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-5 in the Rockies' 13-5 loss. Hitters like Dickerson and Justin Morneau have been a few bright spots for what has otherwise been a dark season for the Rockies. In 326 at-bats this year, Dickerson is hitting .316/.370/.577.
    Today, 12:02 am
  • Santana homers, drives in four vs Tigers
    Danny Santana went 3-for-6 with four RBI against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Santana hit his sixth home run of the season in the second inning off of doomed Tigers starter Robbie Ray. His other two hits were singles. He also scored two runs. Santana has had a good season leading off for the Twins. Home runs like Friday's shouldn't be expected on a regular basis, but that aside, Santana's putting up a slash line .315/.350/.451.
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
    10:10 am vs Det; 5:10 pm vs Det
  • Arcia drives in three in blowout of Tigers
    Oswaldo Arcia drove in three runs in a 20-6 win over the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Arcia ended up 2-for-6 for the Twins, knocking in three runs and scoring three. You could throw a dart at the box score while blindfolded and probably hit a Twin hitter that had a good game. The team had twenty hits to go with their twenty runs. Symmetry is a beautiful thing. For the season, Arcia is batting .232/.307/.444.
    Yesterday, 11:19 pm
  • Cain doubles, singles twice in win
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: The outfielder also stole his nineteenth base. Hitting near the bottom of the Royals' lineup, Cain has done a nice job this season. He's hitting .293/.331/.402 to go with those nineteen steals. He's also knocked in 40 runs and scored 38. Even if he's not really a fantasy contributor, he's a fine real world ballplayer.
    Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Willingham homers, scores twice in win
    Josh Willingham hit his fourteenth home run of the season in Friday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Willingham seems to be settling in with the Royals, as he's now hit in five straight games. With the Royals, he's slashing .345/.387/.586. For comparison's sake, he was hitting .210/.345/.402 with the Twins. Obviously, we don't expect Willingham to hit .345 for the rest of the season, but it's probably reasonable to expect an overall uptick in his numbers by the end of the season, as he's playing with a better club now.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Choo hitless in four at-bats
    Shin-Soo Choo did not record a hit in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Royals.

    Advice: In the first year of a big contract, Shin-Soo Choo continued a frustrating season on Friday, going 0-for-4. He's hitting better in August (.250/.284/.408) than he did in July or June, but that's not saying much. For the year, he's slugged twelve home runs and knocked in 39 runs. As disappointing as the batting numbers are, he's also only stolen three bases while being thrown out four times.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Crisp goes 2-for-4 with 2B, HR, 2 runs in win
    Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 with a double, homer and two runs scored in Friday's 5-3 win against the Angels.

    Advice: Crisp came into play on Tuesday 9-for-73 (.123) since the All-Star break, and he's gone 7-for-18 (.388) with at least one extra-base hit in his last four games. Could his nagging neck problems be behind him? That, kind reader, is a question for a future episode. The veteran has always been a must-start in AL-only leagues, but mixed leaguers who benched Crisp may want to revisit the matter now that he's punishing the ball again.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Trout goes deep, but Angels lose to the A's
    Mike Trout smacked his 28th homer of the year in Friday's 5-3 loss to the A's.

    Advice: Trout finished 2-for-4. He entered the game batting only .221 this month, though he'd poked out three homers and walked eight times. The stud outfielder is slashing .289/.375/.559 and is on pace for 36 homers, 115 RBI, 108 runs, and 15 steals. The average is a little light, but he's going to top 30 home runs and 100 RBI for the first time, so MVP voters should be thrilled.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Upton finishes double shy of cycle
    Justin Upton singled, tripled and homered against the Reds on Friday.

    Advice: He finished the game 3-for-6 with two RBI. The home run was Upton's 25th of the season and the two RBI put him up to 84. The home run also put the Braves ahead 3-1 to boot, which would stand as the final score. This has been arguably Upton's best season in the bigs so far. He's slashing .290/.366/.521 and should surpass his previous season high in RBI (88) shortly.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Harper singles in three at-bats
    Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a single in Friday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: A single is better than nothing? Harper's been an enigma at the plate this season. While August's .278/.354/.403 slash line is nothing spectacular, it marks the best month that Harper has put in since April. Despite the decent batting average this month, it's hard to have faith that Harper will give fantasy owners a hot playoff run. On the season he has six home runs and just twenty-three RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • McCutchen hits first home run since injury
    Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with his first home run since returning from the disabled list in a win over the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Heading into Friday's contest, McCutchen was hitless in eight at-bats since being activated. In the game, McCutchen singled and scored in the third inning before launching a solo home run in the fifth. The outfielder now has 18 home runs with a .306/.404/.532 line on the year.
    Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • J. Upton drives in 3 runs in shutout vs. Reds
    Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk, a two-run single, and a sacrifice fly as the Braves shut out the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: Upton knocked in a pair on a third-inning single, and drove in the Braves' eighth and final run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The outfielder is now on a 12-game hitting streak and has brought his slash line back up to .290/.366/.521 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. He'll surpass his career-high in RBI (88) soon, and has a shot to set a new personal best in home runs (31) as well.
    Thursday, 7:37 pm
  • Harper has a three-hit night as Nats top ARI
    Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a run scored as the Nationals defeated the D'Backs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 21-year-old had slipped back into a rut at the plate, entering the night with only two hits in his previous four games. Harper singled in the ninth inning, helping set up the Nationals to eventually win on Anthony Rendon's walk off single. Harper is slashing .262/.345/.386 with six home runs and 23 RBI in what has been a disappointing season.
    Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • McCutchen hitless in second game off of DL
    Andrew McCutchen, starting his second game since returning from the disabled list, went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: McCutchen went 0-for-4 on Tuesday as well, leaving the defending NL MVP 0-for-8 with two strikeouts since his return. The center fielder is still in position to defend his MVP, slashing .305/.404/.526 with 17 home runs, 67 RBI, and 17 stolen bases on the season.
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Marcell Ozuna stays hot with another homer
    Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: He scored a pair of runs on the day. Ozuna's blast was a long one to left field in the ninth inning off of closer Neftali Feliz and gives him a longball in two straight games. Although his OBP sits at .316, Ozuna has provided 18 homers and 65 RBI from center field.
    Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis nursing stiff neck
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: The neck issue also kept him out of action Tuesday. It doesn't at this point appear to be more than a day-to-day situation. Curtis Granderson had been slated for DH duty, but he'll now play right field and Eric Campbell will be the DH.
    Wednesday, 11:25 am
  • Dustin Ackley (back) not playing Wednesday
    Dustin Ackley is not in Wednesday's lineup due to a sore back.

    Advice: It's not a big issue, but the Mariners are hoping rest Wednesday combined with Thursday's off day will allow Ackley to return to action Friday. Chris Denorfia is in left field in his place Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 8:39 am
  • Slump buster?: Crisp has 2 hits, 3 RBI in win
    Coco Crisp singled, tripled and drove in three runs as Oakland held off the Mets in a 6-2 Tuesday victory.

    Advice: And oh boy, was it needed. Crisp has battled a chronic neck injury while looking absolutely helpless in the batter's box in the second half, entering this game 9-for-73 (.123) since the All-Star break. His owners are a bit shell shocked, as Crisp slashed a robust .291/.387/.449 in the first half. He had only one extra-base hit and one RBI in his past eight games, and both came on Monday. Hopefully we're seeing the beginnings of a strong six-week run to finish the season.
    Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton plates winning run in 10th
    Giancarlo Stanton singled in Jeff Baker in the bottom of the 10th to give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stanton redeemed himself at the end after a highlight-reel misplay in seventh, when Rougned Odor was able to round the bases after doubling off the wall. Stanton finished the game with two hits and two walks. Oddly enough, although four Marlins were intentionally walked in the game, Stanton's two were legit.
    Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Justin Upton homers, knocks in five
    Justin Upton had a three-run homer and a two-run single Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Even though he's been much more productive with the bases empty (.315) than with runners on (.260) and runners in scoring position (.237), Upton now has 80 RBI this season, placing him third in the National League behind Giancarlo Stanton and Adrian Gonzalez. He's well on his way to blowing past his career high of 88 from 2011.
    Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen goes 0-for-4 in return
    Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-4 in his return Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: McCutchen grounded into just his seventh double play this season in the eighth and was removed afterwards with Atlanta up 10-2. It simply wasn't his or the Pirates' night.
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Pirates activate McCutchen from disabled list
    Pirates activated OF Andrew McCutchen from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: McCutchen suffered an avulsion fracture of his 11th left rib earlier this month, but he has made quick progress and will rejoin the Pirates on the first day he's eligible. He'll bat third in his return Tuesday against the Braves. It's great news for fantasy owners and the reeling Pirates.
    Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Ackley's three-hit night not enough vs. Phils
    Dustin Ackley singled, doubled twice, and drove in a run, but it wasn't enough as the Mariners lost to the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Ackley was the extent of the Mariners' offense against Jerome Williams, and he was only able to help the Mariners score their first run in the eighth on a double to left field -- when it was too little, too late. Ackley had been slumping badly following a scorching return from the All-Star break. On the season, he's slashing .247/.293/.375 with eight home runs and 47 RBI.
    Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Hurdle expects McCutchen (rib) back Tues.
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle expects Andrew McCutchen (rib) to be ready on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's the first day that the star center fielder is eligible to return from the disabled list. McCutchen has made an incredibly quick recovery from an avulsion fracture of his 11th rib. It appears that he will skip a minor league rehab assignment.
    Monday, 12:57 pm
  • Justin Upton powers Braves to win on Sunday
    Justin Upton belted a two-run homer, powering the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Athletics on Sunday.

    Advice: His two-run shot came off Jon Lester in the fourth inning and put the Braves ahead to stay. Upton also singled, finishing the evening 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. He's having a solid offensive campaign in the middle of the Braves lineup, slashing .284/.360/.516 with 23 homers and 75 RBI.
    Sunday, 8:12 pm
  • Stanton reaches career-high RBI total in win
    Giancarlo Stanton finished 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Sunday in a 10-3 rout of the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and added an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. The 24-year-old slugger is batting .295/.398/.566 with 32 home runs and a career-high 88 RBI in 124 games this season. He should be among the leading vote-getters for 2014 National League MVP when all is said and done.
    Sunday, 1:13 pm
  • McCutchen (rib) runs bases and takes BP
    Andrew McCutchen (rib) ran the bases and took batting practice on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: McCutchen has been on the shelf since August 4 with an avulsion fracture of his 11th left rib. The star outfielder is making swift and steady progress, and could be ready to rejoin the Pirates late next week.
    Saturday, 2:17 pm
  • Danny Santana to start at shortstop Saturday
    Danny Santana will start at shortstop for the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been playing exclusively in the outfield lately, and hasn't made a start at shortstop since June 25 when he suffered a knee injury. The versatile catalyst has been a tremendous addition to the Twins lineup, hitting .325/.363/.475 with five homers, 27 RBI and 11 steals in 62 games.
    Saturday, 11:28 am
    10:10 am vs Det; 5:10 pm vs Det
  • Justin Upton goes deep in return to lineup
    Justin Upton returned to the Braves lineup with a bang on Friday, launching a solo home run in a victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: The younger Upton finished the evening 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He was forced to leave Thursday's contest with a mild strain of his left hamstring, but appears to be good to go. He's now hitting .281/.357/.509 with 22 bombs and 73 RBI on the year.
    Saturday, 2:12 am
  • Willingham has three-run double vs. Twins
    Josh Willingham had a three-run double in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: It was the big blow in a five-run fifth inning against his former team. Willingham is 3-for-14 (.214) with a walk and five strikeouts since coming over from the Twins earlier this week. He's expected to function as the primary DH for the Royals until Eric Hosmer (hand) comes off the disabled list, so those who need power in deeper fantasy leagues should give him a look.
    Friday, 10:42 pm
  • Arcia has RBI double vs. Royals on Friday
    Oswaldo Arcia had an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Arcia recently missed three starts due to a back issue, but he homered twice in his return to action Tuesday and drove in his 30th run of the season on Friday. The 23-year-old hasn't progressed as hoped during his second season in the majors, but he's capable of providing some serious punch down the stretch in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 10:41 pm
  • Harper drives in two runs in win over Pirates
    Bryce Harper was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Friday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Maybe, just maybe, Harper is beginning to come out of his funk. While the 21-year-old outfielder is still striking out a lot, he's hitting .313 (10-for-32) with three home runs and nine RBI over his last eight games.
    Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Stanton reaches bases three times vs. AZ
    Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI single and drew two walks Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Stanton has now driven in 10 runs over his last nine games and currently leads the National League with 84 RBI. He's also tops with 31 homers. Throw in his .293/.397/.562 batting line and his 10 stolen bases and it's easy to see why he's quickly rising in a suddenly wide-open race for the National League MVP award.
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Stanton reaches base 4 times in a win vs. ARI
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single as the Marlins eked out a one-run victory over the D'Backs on Thursday.

    Advice: Stanton had been held hitless over his last two games prior to Thursday. Despite reaching base four times in five plate appearances, the Marlins weren't able to bring Stanton around to score, and he was only able to knock in one run with a single in the third inning to cut the Marlins' deficit to 3-2. Stanton, thanks to a torrid August, has a .292/.395/.563 slash line with 31 home runs, 83 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.
    Thursday, 7:59 pm
  • Harper homers again as Nats beat the Mets
    Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Nationals won by a 4-1 score over the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Perhaps motivated by recent detractors, Harper has hit another gear at the plate. Thursday's blast, which came in the fourth inning against Dillon Gee, is his second in his last three games. He now has six home runs, 21 RBI, and a .255/.335/.392 slash line on the season.
    Thursday, 7:23 pm
  • Justin Upton diagnosed with hamstring strain
    Justin Upton has been diagnosed with a mild left hamstring strain.

    Advice: Upton suffered the injury Thursday while running the bases. He's considered day-to-day for now, but hamstring strains -- even mild ones -- can take over a week to fully heal. B.J. Upton replaced him in Thursday's game.
    Thursday, 12:46 pm
  • Justin Upton leaves game with apparent injury
    Justin Upton left Thursday's game against the Dodgers with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Upton came up grimacing after sliding into third base in the bottom of the eighth inning. His brother B.J. entered as a pinch-runner. The Braves should have an update on Justin at some point Thursday afternoon.
    Thursday, 12:06 pm
  • Josh Willingham to be used as primary DH
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that Josh Willingham will be the team's primary designated hitter until Eric Hosmer (hand) returns.

    Advice: Hosmer's injury has forced Billy Butler to first base, freeing up at-bats in the DH spot. "We'll go day-to-day with it," Yost said. "But he's going to play a lot until Hos gets back. He's a presence in the lineup because he can drive the ball a long way." Raul Ibanez will also still see time in the DH slot, but it sounds like Willingham, who doubled in one of his four at-bats Tuesday in his Royals' debut, will be the main guy there.
    Wednesday, 7:33 am
  • Dickerson continues to rake, blasts a homer
    Corey Dickerson finished 2-for-4 with a home run as the Rockies fell to the Padres 4-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dickerson is now 12-for-28 (.429) with three homers and 10 RBI during his seven-game hitting streak. This was his third consecutive game with a round-tripper, and he's knocked in a run in six of seven. The dynamic 25-year-old's numbers are astounding considering he struggled to find playing time earlier in the season. Dickerson is slashing .321/.378/.577 with 16 homers, 50 RBI, 51 runs and eight steals in 293 at-bats.
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
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