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  • Van Slyke (wrist) hits in batting cage Tues.
    Scott Van Slyke (wrist) took swings in the batting cage on Tuesday.

    Advice: Unfortunately, manager Don Mattingly later indicated that the swings didn't go particularly well. Van Slyke was hopeful to take batting practice, but his wrist simply isn't up to speed yet. He was given a cortisone shot on Friday, but his status for the team's NLDS showdown with the Mets remains clouded. Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Twins see Plouffe as a third baseman
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that he sees Trevor Plouffe as only a third baseman.

    Advice: Joe Mauer is expected to remain the starting first baseman, but Ryan also said that he wants Miguel Sano to play the field. Something will have to give with this situation. It's possible the team could explore a trade involving Plouffe this winter. Yesterday, 9:48 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Duquette says re-signing Davis 'top priority'
    Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette reiterated Sunday that re-signing impending free agent slugger Chris Davis is his top offseason priority.

    Advice: "He’s had a great year and he’s been a great player for us, so obviously, we’d like to have him back," Duquette said. "Whether we can do that in the market, that remains to be seen, but we’re going to try." Davis has more home runs over the last three seasons than any other major leaguer, and power is at a premium these days. The 29-year-old is about to cash in big. Monday, 6:32 am
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • Freeman (wrist) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) struck out as a pinch-hitter in the Braves' win over the Cardinals in the second half of Sunday's doubleheader.

    Advice: Freeman didn't make a start over the final weekend due to a lingering right wrist injury. He now has the time and space to get it back near 100 percent, whether through surgery or extensive rest and rehab. The 26-year-old first baseman finished the 2015 season with a .276/.370/.471 batting line, 18 home runs, and 66 RBI in 118 games. He is under contract with Atlanta through 2021. Monday, 6:02 am
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Kendrys Morales (quad) started in finale
    Kendrys Morales (quad) started Sunday's regular-season finale against the Twins.

    Advice: And he drew a walk and scored a run before exiting the game with a bunch of other Royals regulars. Morales battled a quad injury at the tail end of the regular season, but he should be close to 100 percent by the start of the best-of-five American League Division Series. Kansas City awaits the winner of the AL Wild Card Game. Monday, 5:47 am
  • Bautista walks three times in loss to Rays
    Jose Bautista went 0-for-0 with three walks in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Bautista's clearly saving his swings for further October play, as all three of his at-bats resulted in walks on Sunday. With that quiet day in the books, the 34-year-old slugger can lay to rest a .250/.377/.536 triple-slash, plus 40 homers and 114 RBI. He's as reliable as they come in the game. Sunday, 4:14 pm
    L, 12-3 ^ @TB
  • Pedro Alvarez blasts mammoth homer in win
    Pedro Alvarez blasted a mammoth home run on Sunday as the Pirates topped the Reds 4-0 to secure home field advantage in the National League Wild Card game against the CUbs.

    Advice: The fourth inning blast off Josh Smith, estimated at 487 feet, increased the Pirates advantage to 2-0. It was his lone hit in three at-bats on the afternoon. Alvarez finishes his regular season hitting .243/.318/.469 with 27 homers and 77 RBI. Sunday, 3:52 pm
    W, 4-0 vs ^ Cin
  • Goldschmidt homers in regular season finale
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead two-run home run in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Goldschmidt struck a temporary blow to the Astros' playoff chances when he launched a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning to snap a 3-3 tie. The Astros would ultimately sneak in to the final Wild Card spot thanks to an Angels loss. For his part, the 28-year-old slugger finishes the 2015 regular season with a beautiful .321/.435/.570 triple-slash, 33 homers, 110 RBI and 21 steals. Sunday, 3:51 pm
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Hou
  • Todd Frazier collects two hits in loss Sunday
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 plus a walk as the Reds dropped their season finale to the Pirates on Sunday.

    Advice: It has been a brutal second half of the season for Frazier. He hit an outstanding .284/.337/.585 with 25 homers and 57 RBI in the first half, but hit just .220 with 10 homers and 32 after the All-Star break. Sunday, 3:44 pm
    L, 4-0 ^ @Pit
  • Anthony Rizzo goes over century mark in win
    Anthony Rizzo lined a two-run single to right field in the first inning on Sunday, leading the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: It also put Rizzo over the 100-RBI plateau for the first time in his career. The 26-year-old slugger had an extremely impressive season at the dish, slashing .278/.387/.512 with 31 homers, 101 RBI and 17 stolen bases. A five-category monster, he'll be selected in the top two rounds of nearly all fantasy drafts next spring. Sunday, 3:25 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Shane Robinson plates lone run in loss Sunday
    Shane Robinson went 1-for-3 with an RBI double on Sunday, plating the Brewers lone run as they dropped their season finale to the Cubs.

    Advice: His run-scoring double off Dan Haren plated Jean Segura, pulling the Brewers to within 3-1. That would be the extent of the scoring in the ballgame however. Peterson did a respectable job in a reserve role for the Brewers, slashing .259/.324/.353 with a pair of homers and 16 RBI in 226 plate appearances. Sunday, 3:19 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ^ ChC
  • Two-run homer by Pujols can't stop the tide
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 9-2 eliminating loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Pujols started the Angels out on the best possible foot, swatting a two-run homer off Rangers ace Cole Hamels in the first inning. The Rangers would go on to score nine runs, though, while Pujols and friends wouldn't score again in the contest. The loss officially eliminates the Angels from the playoffs. Despite the sour end to his 2015 campaign, veteran slugger Pujols put up some grand numbers, including a .244/.307/.480 triple-slash, 40 homers and 95 RBI. This is his seventh season with at least 40 home runs and his first since 2010. Not too shabby for a 35-year-old. Sunday, 3:18 pm
    L, 9-2 ^ @Tex
  • Canha homers, but A's drop finale to SEA
    Mark Canha homered, but the Athletics lost the final game of the season 3-2 to the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: Canha doubled the Athletics' lead to 2-0 with a solo homer off of Vidal Nuno in the third inning, but that would be the final time they scored. He finished 2-for-4. Canha turned in a solid year after taking over for Ike Davis at first base, batting .254/.315/.426 with 16 home runs and 70 RBI. He'll be a name to consider at the back end of drafts next season. Sunday, 3:17 pm
    Player Note
    Mark Canha Oak - 1B,OF
    L, 3-2 ^ @Sea
  • Carlos Santana bothered by back all season
    Carlos Santana revealed Sunday that he's been bothered by a back injury all season.

    Advice: The first baseman added that he asked Indians manager Terry Francona not to reveal the ailment in public. The injury would help explain why Santana's power has been down this season, as he enters play Sunday with a career-low .397 slugging percentage and just 19 homers after tying his career high with 27 bombs in 2014. Santana's back should be fine after an offseason of rest. Sunday, 11:33 am
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    W, 3-1 vs ^ Bos
  • Stephen Vogt not in Sunday's lineup
    Stephen Vogt is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Vogt wound up starting just 12 games since the beginning of September due to a groin injury, although he closes the campaign healthy. Bryan Anderson is catching Sunday. Sunday, 9:52 am
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    L, 3-2 x @Sea
  • Miguel Cabrera sitting out Sunday's finale
    Miguel Cabrera is absent from the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: As expected, Cabrera is getting some extra rest after wrapping up the American League batting title. Jefry Marte is manning first base in his place. Sunday, 9:13 am
    W, 6-0 x @CWS
  • Jose Abreu getting a break Sunday
    Jose Abreu is not in the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The White Sox are resting many of their regulars. Mike Olt will handle first base and Gordon Beckham is at third. Sunday, 9:08 am
    L, 6-0 vs x Det
  • Logan Forsythe (foot) still out of lineup
    Logan Forsythe (foot) remained out of the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Forsythe will end the season having missed the last five games with a bruised right foot as a result of a hit by pitch. It's an unfortunate way to wrap up the campaign, but the second baseman had a breakthrough year with a .281/.359/.444 batting line, 17 homers, 68 RBI and nine steals. Tim Beckham is at second base Sunday. Sunday, 9:03 am
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Justin Turner sitting out on Sunday
    Justin Turner is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Turner has been banged up of late so the Dodgers will get him some rest in the regular season finale. Alex Guerrero is at third base. Sunday, 8:57 am
    Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Joe Mauer sitting out on Sunday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day of rest. Kennys Vargas is covering first base. Sunday, 8:26 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Stephen Piscotty (head) returns to lineup
    Stephen Piscotty (head) is back in the Cardinals' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves.

    Advice: Piscotty was officially cleared on Saturday after passing concussion protocol and is back in action on the final day of the regular season. He wound up being sidelined for only five days following a violent collision with Peter Bourjos last Monday, which is pretty remarkable. Sunday, 7:41 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Cabrera rockets two-run homer in loss
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Cabrera jumped on an Erik Johnson offering in the sixth inning, sending it deep into the Chicago night for a two-run homer. As manager Brad Ausmus has indicated that his veteran slugger would not play in Sunday's season finale, he finishes the 2015 season holding a .338/.440/.534 triple-slash with 18 homers and 76 RBI in 119 games. Saturday's home run was just the third Cabrera's logged in 42 post-All-Star Break contests. Saturday, 7:44 pm
    W, 6-0 x @CWS
  • Piscotty (concussion) cleared to resume playing
    Stephen Piscotty has been cleared to return from his concussion.

    Advice: He'll be available for Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves. The 24-year-old last played on Monday. Piscotty has enjoyed a productive rookie year, hitting .310 with a .502 slugging percentage in 229 at-bats. Saturday, 7:42 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Duvall launches solo homer off A.J. Burnett
    Adam Duvall went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: In the seventh inning, Duvall pushed the Red advantage from 2-1 to 3-1 with his solo home run off Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. The 27-year-old outfielder has seen 60 at-bats during 2015, hitting to a .233/.324/.517 triple-slash with five homers and nine RBI during his limited action. His power potential makes him an intriguing sleeper candidate for next season. Saturday, 7:35 pm
    Player Note
    Adam Duvall Cin - 1B,OF
    L, 4-0 ^ @Pit
  • Ausmus: Miguel Cabrera likely to sit on Sunday
    Manager Brad Ausmus plans to sit Miguel Cabrera Sunday in the Tigers' season finale against the White Sox.

    Advice: Cabrera began Saturday with the American League's highest batting average at .334. He's on his way to winning his fourth batting title in the last five seasons. After a down year in 2014, at least by his standards, Cabrera has firmly re-established himself as an early first-round pick in all fantasy formats. Saturday, 3:41 pm
    W, 6-0 x @CWS
  • David Ortiz not in Red Sox lineup on Saturday
    David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Ortiz has received regular rest down the stretch as the Red Sox have nothing left to play for and no reason to push him. He's in the midst of another terrific season, slashing .272/.358/.551 with 37 homers and 107 RBI. Saturday, 12:45 pm
    L, 3-1 ^ @Cle
  • Forsythe (foot) remains out of Rays lineup
    Logan Forsythe (foot) remains out of the Rays starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Forsythe has been sidelined since September 29 with a bruised right foot and may end up not returning this season. Tim Beckham will start in his place on Saturday. Saturday, 11:15 am
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Jutin Bour not in Marlins lineup on Saturday
    Justin Bour is not in the Marlins starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

    Advice: He'll almost assuredly be back in there for the nightcap. Casey McGehee is starting in his place for the first game, and batting sixth for the Marlins. Saturday, 10:59 am
    L, 7-2 ^ @Phi
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a well-deserved day of rest for the top offensive catcher in the league. He should be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale. Trevor Brown is getting the start and batting eighth for the Giants on Saturday. Saturday, 10:23 am
    L, 7-3 vs ^ Col
  • Kendrys Morales remains out of Royals lineup
    Kendrys Morales (quad) remains out of the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The slugger had been expected to return on Saturday, but it'll be Jonny Gomes in as the designated hitter against Tommy Milone and the Twins. Look for Morales to return for Sunday's regular season finale. Saturday, 8:03 am
  • Scott Van Slyke receives cortisone shot
    Scott Van Slyke received a cortisone shot in his ailing right wrist on Friday.

    Advice: He has been in and out of the lineup for most of September due to soreness in his hand and wrist, and has been unable to take batting practice for the past few days. As of now, he's still expected to be a part of the Dodgers postseason roster, but any further setbacks could change that. Saturday, 6:05 am
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Justin Turner knocks in two runs
    Justin Turner singled, drove in two runs and walked Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: Turner is working to ensure himself a starting spot in the postseason following his second-half injuries. He rebounded in September following a poor August, so he still seems like the Dodgers' best option at third base. Friday, 9:54 pm
    Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Rizzo homers and doubles in win over Brewers
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a two-run single and three total RBI in Friday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Nice game for Rizzo, who repeatedly burned Brewers starter Ariel Pena on Friday. He smacked a solo home run in the fourth inning and followed it up with a two-run single one frame later. For the season, the Cubs' star is hitting .279/.389/.516 with 31 homers, 99 RBI and 17 steals. Friday, 9:08 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • Mauer singles twice in loss to Royals
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Mauer was the only Twin with more than one hit in the contest. Both of his knocks went for singles, as was the case with all six of the Twins' hits. The 32-year-old first baseman is slashing .267/.340/.383 with 10 homers and 66 RBI this season. The OBP mark is nice--Mauer's always going to have a patient eye--but he's no longer a premier average hitter and his power remains somewhat suspect. Friday, 8:32 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Pujols hits go-ahead RBI single in ninth
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning of Friday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.

    Advice: After Mike Trout hit a triple to lead off the ninth inning, Pujols stepped up with an RBI single to snap a 1-1 tie and propel the Angels to a crucial road win in their final series of the season. The veteran slugger is hitting .242/.305/.475 with 39 homers and 93 RBI. He's homered four times in his last 10 games. Friday, 8:26 pm
    L, 9-2 ^ @Tex
  • Ortiz launches two-run homer in loss
    David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Friday's 8-2 loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Ortiz went yard off Indians starter Josh Tomlin in the fourth inning, drawing the Red Sox to within 4-2. They would ultimately lose 8-2. For the season, Big Papi is hitting a robust .272/.358/.551 with 37 homers and 107 RBI. The 37 homers are the most he's hit since 2006. Entering Friday's action, the 39-year-old DH was slashing an insane .323/.399/.690 over 64 games since the All-Star Break. Friday, 7:28 pm
    L, 3-1 ^ @Cle
  • Santana clears bases with three-run double
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a three-run double, two walks and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Santana opened the scoring in Friday's contest, unloading for a three-run double off Red Sox starter Henry Owens in the third inning. The three ribbies pushed his season RBI total to 84. With two games left in the 2015 season, he's slashing .230/.356/.388 with 18 homers, plus the 84 driven in. Friday, 7:26 pm
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - C,1B,3B
    W, 3-1 vs ^ Bos
  • Morales (quad) not in Royals lineup on Friday
    Kendrys Morales (quad) is not in the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: He is however, available off the bench as a pinch hitter. Morales was lifted from Thursday's contest due to minor tightness in his left quad. Had it been a playoff game, he would have almost assuredly been in the lineup on Friday. Friday, 3:59 pm
  • Piscotty (concussion) to take BP on Friday
    Stephen Piscotty (concussion) will take batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Piscotty will participate in batting practice on Friday before meeting with the doctor for another concussion test. Piscotty collided with fellow outfielder Peter Bourjos on Monday. Cards GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that the 24-year-old had a "slight concussion," which is akin to being slightly pregnant. It's still possible that Piscotty plays before the regular season draws to a close on Sunday. Friday, 2:29 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Forsyth (foot) not in Friday's lineup
    Logan Forsythe (foot) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Forsythe's being held out with a bruised right foot. He suffered the injury on September 29. Nick Franklin will take his spot at second base while hitting eighth. Friday, 1:54 pm
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Ortiz in lineup against Indians on Friday
    David Ortiz is in the Friday's lineup against the Indians.

    Advice: Ortiz wasn't in the lineup on Thursday as the Yankees won their Wild Card spot, but he's back on Friday for a series against the Indians. The veteran DH is posting very nice numbers this year, hitting .272/.359/.547 with 36 homers and 105 RBI. Friday, 12:58 pm
    L, 3-1 ^ @Cle
  • Jose Abreu reaches 100 RBI
    Jose Abreu drove in two runs Thursday against the Royals to top 100 for the second straight season.

    Advice: Abreu on Wednesday became the third player to reach 30 homers in each of his first two seasons. Tonight, he became the 12th to drive in 100 runs in each of his first two seasons, joining Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Albert Pujols and others. The last was Hideki Matsui in 2003-04. Thursday, 9:17 pm
    L, 6-0 vs x Det
  • Albert Pujols hits 39th homer
    Albert Pujols homered and doubled in a losing cause Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Pujols' pace has certainly slowed down -- he hit .188 with four homers in September -- but he's now up to 39 homers for the year. It's his high total since he hit 42 in 2010. Unfortunately, because of his .241 average, he could still finish with the lowest OPS of his career. Thursday, 8:46 pm
    L, 9-2 ^ @Tex
  • Morales leaves early with left quad tightness
    Kendrys Morales was forced to leave Thursday's game due to left quad tightness.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor and his early exit is considered precautionary. He's listed as day-to-day and should return to the lineup at some point over the weekend. Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Rizzo works RBI double in win over Reds
    Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday afternoon's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo drove in his lone run of the game via a ground rule double against Reds starter Jake Lamb in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old slugger is hitting .277/.387/.511 with 30 homers, 96 RBI and 17 steals this season. His previous season-best for steals was six in 2013, a mark that he's comfortably obliterated during the current campaign. Thursday, 1:18 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • David Ortiz getting night off on Thursday
    David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Ortiz has been getting regular days off for a while now and that will probably continue through the final weekend. Allen Craig is serving as Boston's designated hitter on Thursday night against the Yankees. Thursday, 12:20 pm
    L, 3-1 ^ @Cle
  • Logan Forsythe (foot) out again Thursday
    Logan Forsythe (foot) is out again Thursday.

    Advice: Forsythe was hit on the right foot by a pitch on Tuesday and still has some discomfort. He might not see much action over the final weekend of the regular season. Thursday, 11:51 am
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Justin Turner has some swelling in forearm
    Justin Turner has some forearm swelling.

    Advice: That's part of the reason he's absent from the Dodgers' starting lineup Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Turner got struck on the arm by a pitch earlier this week. He should be completely fine for the final weekend of the regular season and the NLDS. Chase Utley is starting at third base against the Giants. Thursday, 10:36 am
    Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Justin Turner not in Dodgers' lineup Thursday
    Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: So are a couple other Los Angeles regulars. Chase Utley is making a rare start at third base as the NL West champions wrap up a series against the rival Giants. Thursday, 10:09 am
    Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-3 vs x SD
  • Todd Frazier (heel) back in CIN lineup Thurs.
    Todd Frazier (heel) is back in the Reds' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: Frazier left Tuesday's game with a "slight" strain of his right Achilles tendon and had to be scratched on Wednesday after experiencing lingering discomfort during pregame batting practice. He'll start at third base and bat fifth on Thursday versus Chicago. Thursday, 8:22 am
    L, 4-0 ^ @Pit
  • Goldschmidt raps double in win over Rockies
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Goldschmidt doubled off Rockies starter Chad Bettis, his 37th two-bagger of the season. Overall, he's slashing .315/.432/.557 with 31 homers, 106 RBI and 21 steals. The steals number is the best in his career and should that triple-slash hold steady over the closing days, all three of those numbers would represent career bests as well. Wednesday, 9:55 pm
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Hou
  • Jose Abreu hits 30th homer
    Jose Abreu hit his 30th homer Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Technically, Abreu is just the third player ever to hit 30 homers in each of his first two big-league seasons, joining Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun. However, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Giancarlo Stanton are among a few who would also join that list if we discounted partial first seasons. Regardless, it's still an impressive feat for the Cuban defector. He's also just one RBI away from 100. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
    L, 6-0 vs x Det
  • Davis swats two homers as Orioles beat TOR
    Chris Davis hit his 44th and 45th home runs as the Orioles bested the Blue Jays in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tied 0-0, the Orioles exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Davis hit a solo home run to make it 2-0. He would add a second solo home run in the eighth to pile on. Davis retakes sole possession of the major league home run lead at 45. He's also plated 112 runs while batting .257/.352/.547. Wednesday, 7:38 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 9-4 vs ^ NYY
  • Bautista hits 40th homer in win over Orioles
    Jose Bautista hit his 40th home run of the season in Wednesday's thrashing of the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Bautista had a quiet afternoon before getting in on the fun with the solo blast in the ninth inning. It's the third time in his career and the first time since 2011 that Bautista has reached the 40-homer plateau. The 34-year-old is having another terrific offensive season overall, batting .252/.376/.542 with 113 RBI and 107 runs scored. Wednesday, 4:29 pm
    L, 12-3 ^ @TB
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup versus Dodgers
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: After being eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday, the Giants will rest their star catcher in Wednesday's series finale. Trevor Brown is behind the plate for the Giants in Posey's absence. Wednesday, 3:38 pm
    L, 7-3 vs ^ Col
  • Frazier (heel) scratched from Reds' lineup
    Todd Frazier (heel) has been scratched from the Reds' starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Frazier left Tuesday's game with a "slight" strain of his right Achilles tendon and didn't have a great round of pregame batting practice on Wednesday. Ivan DeJesus Jr. is now starting at third base versus Chicago. Wednesday, 2:42 pm
    L, 4-0 ^ @Pit
  • Miguel Cabrera out of Tigers' lineup on Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera is out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be day-to-day the rest of the way as the Tigers play out the string. It's just precautionary, and to protect Cabrera's standing in the AL batting title race. Wednesday, 1:36 pm
    W, 6-0 x @CWS
  • Frazier (heel) in Reds' lineup on Wednesday
    Todd Frazier (heel) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Frazier made an early exit Tuesday with a "slight" strain of his right Achilles tendon. It was apparently very slight. He'll start at third base and bat cleanup. Wednesday, 1:05 pm
    L, 4-0 ^ @Pit
  • Freeman (wrist) won't start any more games
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) will not start any more games this season.

    Advice: He will be available to pinch-hit, but Freeman's nagging right wrist ailment will keep him from being in the lineup. The first baseman noted that he's dealing with a small bone spur in the wrist, though he doesn't think he'll need surgery. Those in redraft leagues can feel free to go ahead and drop him if they haven't already. Wednesday, 12:50 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Logan Forsythe (foot) sitting out Wednesday
    Logan Forsythe (foot) is not in the Rays' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Forsythe was hit on the right foot by a pitch Tuesday, forcing him from the game. He's considered day-to-day. Nick Franklin is handling second base. Wednesday, 12:24 pm
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Freddie Freeman (wrist) sitting out Wednesday
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) remained out of the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since exiting Sunday's game with recurring right wrist discomfort. At this point, there would seem to be a good chance the Braves shut Freeman down, although they say they'll continue to evaluate him on a day-to-day basis. Nick Swisher is at first base Wednesday. Wednesday, 12:07 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Pujols racks up three hits, three runs in win
    Albert Pujols had three hits, three runs scored, and a stolen base in Tuesday's 8-1 victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: Pujols hit an RBI double to put the Angels up 1-0 in the first inning and quickly came around to score on David Murphy's RBI single. He singled, stole second base, and scored in the fourth. In the fifth, he singled and scored for the third time. Pujols carries a .241/.304/.471 batting line with 38 home runs, 91 RBI, 81 runs scored, and five stolen bases on the year. Tuesday, 10:55 pm
    L, 9-2 ^ @Tex
  • Morales belts 22nd homer against White Sox
    Kendrys Morales hit his 22nd home run in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Morales followed Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the sixth inning with one of his own. It was his only hit in three at-bats. The designated hitter is batting .291/.358/.488 with 22 homers, 106 RBI and 78 runs. With a handful of games left, Morales needs three RBI to set a new career high. Either way, it's been an outstanding bounceback year for the 32-year-old. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • Frazier departs with 'slight' Achilles strain
    Todd Frazier left Tuesday's game versus the Cubs with a "slight" strain of his right Achilles tendon.

    Advice: Frazier hurt himself while sliding to make an attempt at a foul popup. Even if the strain is slight as the Reds say, you can bet that they'll proceed cautiously with the third baseman. Don't expect him to play much, if at all, for the rest of the week. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
    L, 4-0 ^ @Pit
  • Logan Forsythe exits after HBP on foot
    Logan Forsythe left Tuesday's game against the Marlins after being hit on the right foot by a pitch.

    Advice: Forsythe initially stayed in the game after being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first inning, but he was replaced by Tim Beckham when the Rays took the field for the top of the third. The second baseman will likely be sent for X-rays. Tuesday, 4:48 pm
    W, 12-3 vs x Tor
  • Piscotty has a concussion, but could return
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that Stephen Piscotty has a "slight concussion."

    Advice: But all of the other scans came back negative and it's possible Piscotty will return to action before the end of the regular season. That's exceptional news considering how ugly his collision with Peter Bourjos appeared Monday night in Pittsburgh. The rookie outfielder might get some action in the Cardinals' final regular-season series this weekend in Atlanta and should be a go for the playoffs. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Miguel Cabrera in Tigers' lineup on Tuesday
    Miguel Cabrera is in the Tigers' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Rangers.

    Advice: But the veteran slugger is expected to get regular days off over the final week of the 2015 regular season. His status will warrant monitoring on a game-to-game basis. Tuesday, 1:22 pm
    W, 6-0 x @CWS
  • Stephen Piscotty released from hospital
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that Stephen Piscotty (head) has been released from the hospital.

    Advice: Excellent news. It was easy to fear the worst after Monday's violent collision with teammate Peter Bourjos, but initial tests came back negative and he was held overnight for observation. Matheny said Piscotty suffered "a couple bruises, but overall everything checked out very clean." It's unclear when he'll be ready to play again, but he was fortunate things weren't much worse. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Freddie Freeman (wrist) in Tuesday's lineup
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Freeman was forced to exit Sunday's game with recurring wrist pain, but he feels well enough to give it a go. His status will likely be reevaluated on a daily basis for the final week. Tuesday, 12:17 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Freeman (wrist) considered day-to-day
    Freddie Freeman (wrist) is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Freeman has been dealing with a right wrist injury since early August and had to make an early exit from Sunday's game due to recurring discomfort. He'll likely be day-to-day the rest of the way. Tuesday, 9:36 am
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Morales (ankle) returns as pinch-hitter
    Kendrys Morales (ankle) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Morales sat out Sunday after being hit above his ankle with a pitch during Saturday's game. He's expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:51 am
  • Pujols hits his 38th homer as Angels top A's
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Monday as the Angels walked off 5-4 victors over the Athletics.

    Advice: Pujols knotted the game up at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, taking a Felix Doubront offering out to left-center. It's number 38 on the season for Pujols and the 558th of his career. He's five home runs shy of tying Reggie Jackson for 13th on the all-time home run leaderboard, but he'll probably have to wait until next year to do that. Pujols also has 90 RBI and a .237/.301/.468 triple-slash line. Monday, 10:40 pm
    L, 9-2 ^ @Tex
  • Cabrera's time to be limited in final week
    The Tigers plan to limit Miguel Cabrera's playing time for the rest of the week.

    Advice: He's now qualified for the American League batting title and holds a big edge with his .336 mark, so the Tigers will get him some much-needed rest. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated that Cabrera will likely see just two more starts this week. Monday, 9:33 pm
    W, 6-0 x @CWS
  • Tests on Stephen Piscotty come back negative
    Initial scans performed on Stephen Piscotty (head) came back negative.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated that while Piscotty is sure to be very sore, it appears there should be no long-term damage. It's a miracle that Piscotty looks to have managed to avoid a serious injury after a violent collision with Peter Bourjos Monday that saw Bourjos' knee collide with Piscotty's head. He will be held at the hospital overnight for observation and the Cards should have more on the outfielder Tuesday. Monday, 8:09 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Plouffe swats homer as Twins edge Indians
    Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run home run in Monday's win against the Indians.

    Advice: Plouffe put the Twins up 3-0 early, swatting a two-run home run in the first inning off of Corey Kluber. The third baseman has put up average numbers this year, batting .245/.308/.440 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. Monday, 7:19 pm
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
  • Piscotty leaves game after ugly collision
    Stephen Piscotty left Monday's game against the Pirates after colliding in the outfield with Peter Bourjos.

    Advice: It was an ugly scene in Pittsburgh, as Bourjos' knee looked to collide directly with Piscotty's head. Piscotty looked like he might have been knocked unconscious, although he eventually was moving his arms and waved as he was taken off the field on a stretcher. The Cardinals are only saying for now that Piscotty suffered a head contusion and was transported to a hospital to be evaluated further. It's certainly possible the Cardinals have been dealt another massive injury blow. Monday, 6:33 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 ^ @Atl
  • Anthony Rizzo getting a breather Monday
    Anthony Rizzo is not in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the slugging first baseman. Kris Bryant has shifted across the diamond to first and Tommy La Stella gets the start at the hot corner. Monday, 1:16 pm
    W, 3-1 ^ @Mil
  • David Ortiz not in Red Sox lineup on Monday
    David Ortiz is out of the Red Sox lineup Monday.

    Advice: It's a routine day of maintenance for the veteran slugger. Allen Craig is serving as Boston's designated hitter in Monday night's series opener against the Yankees. Monday, 12:28 pm
    L, 3-1 ^ @Cle
  • Freeman to visit hand specialist on Monday
    Freddie Freeman is scheduled to visit with a hand specialist on Monday.

    Advice: Freeman has been playing through a right wrist injury since early August. He still hopes to continue doing so for the remainder of the season, but the team wants an update on his status before allowing him to do so. Sep 27, 1:36 pm
    W, 6-0 vs x StL; W, 2-0 vs x StL
  • Bour swats two homers, powering Marlins' win
    Justin Bour clubbed a pair of home runs as the Marlins took down the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: Bour hit a monster two-run home run down the right field line in the second inning that was upheld upon review. He tacked on a solo home run in the seventh inning, finishing 2-for-4. Bour, the Marlins' Rule-5 pick in 2013, has been a nice find. He's hitting .268/.328/.490 with 23 home runs and 71 RBI in 424 plate appearances. Sep 27, 1:34 pm
    L, 7-2 ^ @Phi
  • Paul Goldschmidt getting a day off Sunday
    Paul Goldschmidt is absent from the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the slugger. Yasmany Tomas is handling first base in Goldschmidt's place. Sep 27, 10:16 am
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Hou
  • Kendrys Morales (ankle) not in lineup
    Kendrys Morales (ankle) is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Morales was hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. He's merely dealing with a bruise and should be fine in a day or two. The Royals have Alex Gordon in the designated hitter spot and Jarrod Dyson in left field. Sep 27, 8:10 am
  • Trevor Plouffe is under the weather
    Trevor Plouffe is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday due to illness.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Eduardo Nunez will handle third base in Plouffe's place. Sep 27, 7:48 am
    L, 6-1 vs x KC
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