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  • Stefen Romero hits first home run
    Stefen Romero went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI after replacing an injured Franklin Gutierrez on Friday.

    Advice: It was just the second appearance of the season for Romero, who played in 72 games for the Mariners a year ago. He'll get some starts versus lefties down the stretch, but it doesn't seem likely that he'll have much AL-only fantasy value. Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Franklin Gutierrez exits with groin tightness
    Franklin Gutierrez left Friday's game because of right groin tightness.

    Advice: The Mariners haven't been able to resist overusing Gutierrez of late, so it was only a matter of time until something like this happened. Fortunately, this is probably a day-to-day injury, rather than something that will sideline him for weeks. Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Danny Valencia hits grand slam
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-5 with a grand slam off Edgar Olmos in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The homer extended Valencia's hitting streak to nine games and gave him eight RBI in the last four games. It's too bad the A's can't face mediocre left-handed relievers masquerading as starters every game. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Scott Schebler homers, steals two bases
    Scott Schebler went 2-for-5 with his first career homer and two steals Friday against the Padres.

    Advice: It was Schlber's second career start and first since his recall Wednesday. It doesn't seem likely that he'll get many more opportunities over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford against righties, but he certainly took advantage tonight. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Joey Gallo fans twice in loss
    Joey Gallo went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: As mediocre as Gallo was in Triple-A, it's hard to see why the Rangers would play him over Will Venable, a superior defensive left fielder. Gallo also struck out all three times up in his first start back in the majors Wednesday. He'll be a bit player in September unless he can get hot in a hurry. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Gonzalez smashes solo homer off Heston
    Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Friday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Gonzalez homered off Giants starter Chris Heston in the first inning. Nolan Arenado would follow with a solo shot of his own and Jorge De La Rosa would take that 2-0 lead and spin it into a victory. Gonzalez's power turnaround has been absolutely remarkable. In 82 games prior to the All-Star Break, he hit just 13 bombs. He's cracked 23 and driven in 50 over 44 post-break contests. For the season, he's slashing .276/.322/.567 with 36 homers and 85 RBI. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Pagan's RBI single brings home only SF run
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Pagan drew the Giants to within 2-1 via his RBI single in the sixth inning, but neither team would score again in the game. A right knee injury sidelined him in the middle of August, but he was activated from the disabled list on September 1. Given his .261/.293/.309 batting line, his return offers no fantasy impact. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Marte drives in three to help beat Cards
    Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two strikeouts in Friday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Marte notched an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run double in the fifth to account for his three RBI. He's done a little bit of everything this season, hitting .282/.331/.438 with 15 homers, 66 RBI, 74 runs scored and 26 steals. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Piscotty hits RBI double against Pirates
    Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Piscotty's RBI double in the eighth came with the Cards already down 5-0. They would manage a few more runs before the close of action, but ultimately fell by a score of 9-3. The 24-year-old outfielder is currently working on an 11-game hitting streak. Six of the games in the streak have been of the multi-hit variety. For the season, he's slashing .345/.377/.547 with four homers and 25 RBI over 148 at-bats. He's more than held his own, impressive given that this is his first season in the majors. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Rasmus hits two-run homer to help beat Twins
    Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Rasmus took a Mike Pelfrey offering for a ride with a runner on in the second inning. It was his 18th bomb of the season. While the power numbers are on-point, his overall triple-slash is considerably lacking in terms of average, as he's hitting just .230/.298/.449. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Nelson Cruz expects to miss another few games
    Nelson Cruz (quad) reported feeling improvement in his injured quadriceps on Friday, but is still expected to need another few days before rejoining the Mariners lineup.

    Advice: Cruz suffered the strained right quad while running the bases during Wednesday's game. It sounds as though he could be held out for the remainder of the M's weekend series against the Athletics. Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Adam Eaton goes 4-for-5, homers in victory
    Adam Eaton paced the White Sox offensive attack in Friday's victory over the Royals, going 4-for-5 with a double, homer and three RBI.

    Advice: Eaton's two-run shot came off Jeremy Guthrie in the eighth inning, increasing the White Sox advantage to 11-0. He's having a nice season as a table-setter atop the White Sox lineup, slashing .275/.350/.418 with 11 homers and 41 RBI. Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Yelich doubles, scores twice vs Mets
    Christian Yelich went 2-for-6 with a double and two runs scored in Friday's 11-inning win over the Mets.

    Advice: Yelich has been seeing the ball well of late and is 10-for-18 in his last five games. Knee and ankle injuries have cost him a few games over the last week. Maybe the time off served him well. He's hitting .288/.353/.396 with six homers, 32 RBI, 42 runs scored and 14 steals in 99 games this season. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Swisher hits go-ahead RBI single in loss
    Nick Swisher went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit RBI single in Friday's 10-inning loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: Swisher gave the Braves a 2-1 lead with his eighth-inning RBI single, but the Nats would tie it up in the ninth and win it on a Michael Taylor homer in the 10th. In 23 games with the Braves, the veteran Swisher is 14-for-56 (.250) with three homers and 12 RBI. Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Chris Davis mashes two more homers on Friday
    Chris Davis mashed another pair of home runs on Friday as the Orioles thrashed the Blue Jays 10-2 in Toronto.

    Advice: Davis got the O's on the board with a solo blast off Drew Hutchison in the second inning, and added on a two-run shot in the sixth. The 29-year-old slugger has been absolutely locked in at the plate, clobbering five home runs in his last three games, including two consecutive multi-homer games. With his 2-for-5 effort, Davis is now slashing .253/.338/.545 with 40 home runs and 100 RBI. It's the second time in his career that he has crossed each of those milestones. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
  • Colabello collects three hits in loss to O's
    Chris Colabello had a nice night at the dish in a losing effort against the Orioles on Friday, going 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

    Advice: Colabello continues to swing a hot bat whenever he's given an opportunity in the Blue Jays lineup, slashing .330/.372/.525 with 13 homers and 49 RBI in 83 games. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury leaves with upset stomach
    Jacoby Ellsbury was forced to leave Friday's game against the Rays due to an upset stomach.

    Advice: That's certainly good news that it wasn't an injury that forced him out of action. He should be ready to rejoin the lineup in a day or two provided he's feeling better. Yesterday, 5:25 pm
  • Billy Hamilton to begin rehab on Saturday
    Billy Hamilton (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Saturday.

    Advice: With the minor league season coming to an end soon, it's likely that Hamilton will only be there for a couple of games before he's activated by the Reds. Fantasy owners waiting on his speed should get Hamilton back in the lineup at some point before the end of next week. Yesterday, 5:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Mil; 3:10 pm vs Mil
  • Giancarlo Stanton (hand) remains day-to-day
    Giancarlo Stanton (hand) remains day-to-day as he continues his recovery from surgery to repair his left wrist.

    Advice: Stanton had hoped to make it back into the lineup on Friday, but suffered a small setback earlier in the week. He's at least a few days away from testing his wrist out against live pitching. Expect him to return at some point next week barring any further setbacks. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Andrew McCutchen (Achilles) back in action
    Andrew McCutchen (Achilles) is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: McCutchen sat out Friday with some minor tightness in his Achilles. It's something to keep an eye on going forward, but he's expected to be alright. Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Byron Buxton sitting out on Friday
    Byron Buxton is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Twins have another option in center field with Aaron Hicks back. Buxton should still see the lion's share of starts at the position, but he could be on the bench more often going forward. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Alfredo Marte outrighted to Triple-A
    Angels sent OF Alfredo Marte outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Marte will remain in the organization after clearing waivers. He has two hits in six at-bats in his brief time with the big club this season. Yesterday, 1:39 pm
    Not Active
    6:05 pm vs Tex
  • Hamilton (shoulder) taking batting practice
    Billy Hamilton (shoulder) will take batting practice Friday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's done so since he landed on the disabled list in mid-August with a sprained capsule in his right shoulder. Reds manager Bryan Price said it's possible Hamilton could be ready for a rehab assignment before the minor league season ends. That suggests he's not far off from a return if he can progress without any setbacks. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Mil; 3:10 pm vs Mil
  • Junior Lake recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled OF Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Lake went 2-for-14 at the plate last month for the O's. He'll see the occasional start in the outfield. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) sitting out again
    Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ramirez hasn't played in over a week due to fatigue in his right shoulder. He remains day-to-day but there's been no indication of when he'll be back in there. Allen Craig is getting a start at first base Friday. Yesterday, 12:03 pm
  • Corey Dickerson plans to return this season
    Corey Dickerson (ribs) began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday.

    Advice: Though it has been a lost season for the Rockies, Dickerson is still doing everything in his power to make it back before the end of the regular season. A wide array of injuries has limited Dickerson to just 43 games this season, in which he has slashed .315/.346/.507 with five homers and 18 RBI. Thursday, 9:33 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs SF
  • Carlos Gonzalez homers twice again
    Carlos Gonzalez had another spectacular game Thursday, going 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in an 11-3 drubbing of the Giants.

    Advice: Gonzalez had a career-high seven RBI in a two-homer game against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He's the seventh player this year to have consecutive two-homer games, which is particularly impressive since he was also the fourth back on July 25-26. Gonzalez is now tops in the NL with 35 homers, one more than teammate Nolan Arenado. He's hit 31 of those in his last 76 games. Thursday, 9:10 pm
  • McCutchen dealing with Achilles tightness
    Andrew McCutchen acknowledged Thursday that he's dealing with a "tight Achilles."

    Advice: McCutchen made sure to say that his knee isn't the issue, but he admitted that he's been feeling "a little sore" and "hobbling around a little bit." He's not in the starting lineup Thursday, but we expect him back for Friday's series opener against the Cardinals. Thursday, 2:15 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen not in Thursday's lineup
    Andrew McCutchen is not in Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.

    Advice: McCutchen pulled up short running to first base Wednesday, though there's nothing to indicate that it's anything serious. The Pirates have a huge series against the Cardinals this weekend, so no reason to take any chances. Starling Marte will play center field Thursday while Josh Harrison will play left. Thursday, 1:05 pm
  • CarGo knocks in seven, Rockies top D'Backs
    Carlos Gonzalez had a grand slam, a two-run homer and a sac fly to power the Rockies to a 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gonzalez is the eighth player to drive in seven runs in a game this year. He's now just one away from matching his career high of 34 homers, and with 80 RBI, he has a chance to reach the century mark for the second time in his career. It's too bad for his fantasy value that he doesn't try steals any more, but his owners will make that trade off in return for continued health. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Cruz removed from game with strained quad
    Nelson Cruz left Wednesday's game with a strained right quad.

    Advice: Cruz singled and ran the bases in the top of the seventh inning and apparently injured the quad during that time. The severity of the injury should be better known in the coming days. Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Davis swats walk-off HR for an 11-inning win
    Chris Davis blasted a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to send the Rays home losers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Teammate Jonathan Schoop played the hero in the ninth inning, hitting a game-tying two-run home run. Davis completed the comeback, belting a Matt Andriese offering over the fence in right-center in the 11th inning. It was his second homer of the game, as he also went yard in the third inning with a man aboard. Davis, with 38 home runs, is one behind Nelson Cruz for the major league lead. He has also knocked in 97 runs while batting .253/.339/.538. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
    New Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
  • Dodgers recall OF prospect Scott Schebler
    Dodgers recalled OF Scott Schebler.

    Advice: Schebler batted .241/.322/.410 with 13 homers and 15 steals at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. He'll be a bench bat and healthy outfielder for the division-leading Dodgers. Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury not in lineup Wednesday
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather with the Red Sox throwing a lefty (Henry Owens). Brett Gardner is starting in center field and Chris Young is in left field Wednesday. Wednesday, 10:08 am
  • Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) out again Wed.
    Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Ramirez hasn't played in a week due to fatigue in his right shoulder. He'll play first base when he does return to action, but Travis Shaw is at the position again Wednesday. Wednesday, 9:30 am
  • Giancarlo Stanton to test out hand
    Giancarlo Stanton (hand) won't be cleared to resume his rehab assignment with High-A Jupiter Wednesday until he swings a bat before the game.

    Advice: Stanton admitted that his surgically-repaired left hand felt "not 100 percent" during his first rehab game on Tuesday. The Marlins had been hoping he'd be ready for activation on Friday, but that's looking like a long shot at this point. More information should be available on Stanton later Wednesday. Wednesday, 7:49 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Joey Gallo recalled from Triple-A
    Rangers recalled 3B/OF Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gallo faded after a hot start with the Rangers and then hit just .195 after being demoted to Round Rock. Still, he's obviously very intriguing with his power and could get some starts in left field with Josh Hamilton (knee) limited to pinch-hitting duty at the moment. Wednesday, 6:26 am
  • Gutierrez homers, scores three runs in win
    Franklin Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored, and the Mariners topped the Astros 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gutierrez hit his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot, off Astros starter Scott Feldman in the second inning. Gutierrez also crossed home plate in the third and fifth innings. It continues to be a charmed season for the 32-year-old, who has overcome numerous injuries to own a .310/.358/.643 line through 43 games played. Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Eaton has four-hit outburst in losing effort
    Adam Eaton finished 4-for-5 with two RBI in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Eaton did all he could, chipping in a two-run single in the fifth and reaching base four times in the losing effort. Eaton is coming off his worst month since April, batting .259/.347/.333 in August, but he has largely been good at the White Sox lineup this year. The 26-year-old is hitting .270/.347/.408 with 10 homers, 37 RBI, 78 runs scored and 13 steals overall. Tuesday, 8:54 pm
  • Marlins to ask Jennings to move back to GM
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins will ask Dan Jennings to step down as manager and resume his role as general manager after the season.

    Advice: Rosenthal says the club would then pursue an experienced manager over the winter. The Marlins fired Mike Redmond after he got off to a 16-22 (.421) start this season. They've gone 38-57 (.400) so far under Jennings. Tuesday, 8:00 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Stanton (hand) unlikely to return on Friday
    Giancarlo Stanton (hand) said he felt "not 100 percent" during a rehab game with High-A Jupiter and is not expected to be activated on Friday as hoped.

    Advice: Well, that's a bummer. Stanton's progress from surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand has been slow, but it had appeared he turned a corner. However, clearly he's still not ready to return to the majors just yet. His fantasy owners will have to continue to wait. Tuesday, 5:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Angel Pagan activated from disabled list
    Giants activated OF Angel Pagan from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pagan has been out since mid-August with a nagging right knee issue. How often he'll be healthy enough to play down the stretch remains to be seen, but he's ready to give it a go. Tuesday, 4:04 pm
  • Alfredo Marte designated for assignment
    Angels designated OF Alfredo Marte for assignment.

    Advice: Marte had two hits in six at-bats in his brief time with the big club this season. The Angels decided to use the 40-man roster spot elsewhere. Tuesday, 3:58 pm
    Not Active
    6:05 pm vs Tex
  • Hanley won't play any more OF this season
    Hanley Ramirez won't play the outfield again this season.

    Advice: Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo made that announcement Tuesday. It's a non-issue right now with Hanley still sidelined by a sore right shoulder, but Lovullo just wanted to lay out that he's committed to Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Rusney Castillo as Boston's starting outfield. Hanley could get some starts at first base down the stretch. That's where he'll open the 2016 season. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
  • Yelich (knee, ankle) back in MIA lineup Tues.
    Christian Yelich (knee, ankle) is back in the Marlins' starting lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Yelich missed a bit of time with a bruised ankle and knee. He's batting second and starting in left field in his return Tuesday night versus Braves lefty Manny Banuelos. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
  • Mariners call up OF Romero from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled OF Stefen Romero from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Romero appeared in 72 games with the Mariners last season, but he has played exclusively at the Triple-A level this year while batting .292/.333/.494 with 17 homers and 10 steals over 116 games. The 26-year-old likely won't play enough to be fantasy relevant. Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) out again Tuesday
    Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is out of the starting lineup again Tuesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Ramirez has now missed five straight starts due to a sore right shoulder. The Red Sox don't need to place him on the disabled list at this point in this season, but it's unclear when he'll be ready to play again. It's a tricky spot for fantasy owners. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • CarGo not in lineup for first game of DH
    Carlos Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Brandon Barnes will start in right field. Look for CarGo to play in the nightcap. Tuesday, 10:25 am
  • Valencia knocks in three runs as A's beat LAA
    Danny Valencia doubled twice and knocked in three runs across four plate appearances as the Athletics took down the Angels 11-5 on Monday.

    Advice: Valencia hit a two-run double in the third inning, sparking a five-run outburst. He tacked on an RBI double in the fifth to make it a 6-3 game. The third baseman has hit safely in seven consecutive games and is now batting .299/.340/.525 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 263 plate appearances this season. Monday, 11:02 pm
    6:05 pm vs Sea
  • Dickerson (ribs) to take batting practice
    Corey Dickerson (ribs) will take batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: It will be his first time doing so since he suffered non-displaced fractures of two ribs back in late July. Dickerson probably half-jokingly said that he could play Tuesday if the Rockies would let him, but they won't. Regardless, it does appear he's making progress so we can't rule out him regaining fantasy relevance in September. Monday, 2:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm vs SF
  • Yelich (knee, ankle) out again Monday night
    Christian Yelich (knee, ankle) is out of the Marlins' starting lineup Monday versus the Braves.

    Advice: Yelich singled as a pinch-hitter on Sunday against the Nationals, but he's still not ready to play a full game. The 23-year-old fouled a ball off his ankle last Wednesday and also has a bruised right knee. Derek Dietrich is in left field for Miami on Monday night. Monday, 12:22 pm
  • Hanley (shoulder) out again Monday vs. Yanks
    Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is out of the Red Sox lineup again on Monday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Ramirez missed Boston's entire weekend series against the Mets with fatigue in his right shoulder. He's been bothered by several injuries throughout 2015 but has yet to spend a day on the disabled list. It's been a source of frustration for fantasy owners, and it's not clear how long this current absence is going to last. Monday, 12:19 pm
  • Yelich (knee) hits pinch-hit single vs. Nats
    Christian Yelich (knee, ankle) hit a pinch-hit single in the Marlins' loss to the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Yelich hadn't appeared in a game for the Fish since re-injuring his right knee and fouling a ball off his ankle last Wednesday. The 23-year-old outfielder should be ready to return to everyday action this week. Monday, 6:10 am
  • Giancarlo Stanton is targeting Friday return
    Giancarlo Stanton (hand) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment and is targeting a return to the Marlins lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Stanton has been on the shelf since late June after fracturing the hamate bone in his left hand. That type of injury has been known to sap a player's power in the past, so those hoping that he'll immediately return to the player that he was pre-injury may need to curb their optimism. Sunday, 5:28 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) held out again
    Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's missed the entire weekend series versus the Braves due to fatigue in his left shoulder. Alejandro De Aza is in left field again in Ramirez's place. Sunday, 7:03 am
  • Piscotty goes 4-for-4, Cards take down Giants
    Stephen Piscotty finished 4-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored in Saturday's 6-0 defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: Piscotty walked in the first, hit an infield single in the second, singled and scored in the fifth, singled again in the seventh, and then roped a triple to deep right-center field in the top of the ninth. The 24-year-old Stanford graduate continues to impress in his first taste of major league action, now with a .344/.378/.576 batting line in 35 games. Saturday, 4:29 pm
  • Starling Marte not in Pirates lineup Saturday
    Starling Marte is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day off for the dynamic young outfielder. Josh Harrison will start in his place in left field and bat second for the Bucs against Chris Rusin and the Rockies. Saturday, 12:37 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez remains out of Red Sox lineup
    Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) remains out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Ramirez was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to fatigue in his left shoulder. Alejandro De Aza will start in his place in left field and bat eighth for the Red Sox against Jacob deGrom and the Mets on Saturday. Saturday, 9:32 am
  • Gutierrez launches solo homer in win
    Franklin Gutierrez went 3-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Gutierrez's sixth-inning home run came with two outs and boosted the Mariner advantage to 2-0. That would stand as the final score, as Taijuan Walker and the M's bullpen combined for a terrific pitching performance. The outfielder's working on a modest five-game hitting streak at the moment and maintains a .319/.366/.644 triple-slash with 10 homers and 28 RBI in 113 at-bats. Friday, 10:06 pm
  • Eaton takes collar in loss to M's
    Adam Eaton went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: With the tough game, Eaton's now slashing .265/.341/.404 with 10 homers, 33 RBI and 76 runs scored. The average might be far off from his .300 mark of a season ago, but he's actually hitting for more power in 2015. He entered the season with just six career home runs. Friday, 10:02 pm
  • Buxton takes 0-for-4 against Astros
    Byron Buxton struggled in Friday's win over the Astros, finishing 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

    Advice: Hey, it could have been worse. He could have struck out four times, as he did on Thursday. The rookie is 16-for-75 with three doubles, a triple and no homers this season. The numbers have been poor to this point, but at just 21 years old, it's not a surprise that he's found tough sledding early on. Things will improve. Friday, 9:38 pm
  • Swisher hits sacrifice fly vs former team
    Nick Swisher went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Swisher lofted a sacrifice fly in the first inning to cut the Yankee lead to 5-2, but the Braves would score just twice more in the contest. And the Yankees? The Yankees would score 10 more runs by the end of the game. In 16 games with the Braves, Swisher is 9-for-40 with two doubles, three homers and 11 RBI. Friday, 8:23 pm
  • CarGo blasts another homer in losing effort
    Carlos Gonzalez blasted his 31st home run of the season on Friday, but it wasn't enough for the Rockies to overcome the Pirates.

    Advice: His solo shot in the sixth inning tied the score at 3-3 but would wind up being the extent of the Rockies offense. After an absolutely miserable start to his season, Gonzalez is hitting .299 (75-for-251) with 27 homers and 59 RBI in his last 69 games. Friday, 7:30 pm
  • Angel Pagan won't return until Tuesday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through the weekend and will rejoin the Giants when rosters expand on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pagan had been scheduled to return on Friday, but the club has opted to give him a few more days rather than rushing him. He has been shelved since August 10 with tendinitis in his right knee. Friday, 4:30 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez battling shoulder fatigue
    Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup Friday due to right shoulder fatigue.

    Advice: It's yet another new ailment for Ramirez, who has somehow managed to avoid the disabled list this season despite a host of different maladies. Jackie Bradley took his spot in left field. Friday, 2:18 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) back in Yankees' lineup
    Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) is back in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ellsbury still has some swelling in his right hip, but he's feeling better and is ready to give it a go. He injured the hip on a dive Tuesday and then sat out Wednesday's game prior to the club's off day Thursday. Friday, 2:00 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez scratched from lineup Friday
    Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's unclear what the reasoning is for the scratch, but Ramirez has had a foot issue recently. The Red Sox should have more on his status shortstop. Jackie Bradley took his spot in left field. Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Christian Yelich re-tweaks right knee
    Christian Yelich didn't play Thursday because he re-injured his right knee and also fouled a ball off his ankle on Wednesday.

    Advice: Yelich just returned from the disabled list on Tuesday after missing the last two weeks with a bruised right knee. It doesn't seem at this point that the Marlins are viewing it as a serious setback, but expect them to be cautious with Yelich over the next few days. Friday, 7:26 am
  • MRI on Ellsbury's hip only shows bruise
    An MRI on Jacoby Ellsbury's hip confirmed that he's merely dealing with a bruise.

    Advice: Ellsbury injured the hip on a dive Tuesday and then sat out Wednesday. The hope is that he'll return to action Friday, although it's not a given. "The MRI was to make sure there was nothing more," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "He has a contusion of the muscle. There are obviously worse things that (the MRI) could’ve showed." Friday, 6:50 am
  • Angel Pagan expected to return on Friday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Pagan has been on the shelf since August 10 due to tendinitis in his right knee. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 with no homers and 26 RBI in his 102 contests this season. Thursday, 8:29 pm
  • Adam Eaton scores three times
    Adam Eaton went 3-for-3 with a HBP and three runs scored against the Mariners on Thursday.

    Advice: After a terrific July, Eaton was having a pretty pedestrian August coming into this (.247/.324/.333 in 93 at-bats). He's batting .267 with a .342 OBP in 476 at-bats for the year. That's just fine for a leadoff hitter these days, but it doesn't match last year's .300 average and .362 OBP. He's struck out 109 times already this year after whiffing 83 times in 486 at-bats last season. Thursday, 8:27 pm
  • Byron Buxton fans four times
    Byron Buxton struck out all four times he was up Thursday before being removed for a pinch-hitter.

    Advice: The Twins have been awfully aggressive in pushing Buxton into the leadoff spot, but while he did OK in the first two games against the Rays, he looks more like a bottom-of-the-order guy right now. He's struck out in 16 straight games, and he's hit .225 with a 27/3 K/BB ratio in 71 at-bats overall. He's also been thrown out on two of his three steal attempts. Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty not in Cardinals lineup
    Stephen Piscotty is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: It's certainly a well-deserved day of rest for Piscotty who has started the team's last 29 contests. Piscotty has been on a tear offensively, slashing .316/.349/.538 with four homers and 20 RBI in 117 at-bats. Matt Carpenter will draw a rare start at first base in his absence. Thursday, 5:41 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton (hand) to take BP on Monday
    Giancarlo Stanton (hand) is expected to face live pitching in batting practice next Monday.

    Advice: Progress has been slow for Stanton, who has been sidelined since late June with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. However, he finally appears to be headed in the right direction. The hope is that he could finally be back in the Marlins lineup by the end of next week. Thursday, 2:09 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs NYM
  • Yelich (knee) out of Thursday's MIA lineup
    Christian Yelich is out of Thursday's lineup against the Pirates with a bruised knee.

    Advice: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald notes that he's not even taking batting practice, so this situation is worth watching. Derek Dietrich will start in left field while Ichiro Suzuki will play right. Thursday, 1:16 pm
  • Pagan (knee) not in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) is not in the Giants' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan took an early flight from Omaha to San Francisco on Thursday morning and will probably be given a full day of rest before returning to the Giants' active roster on Friday. Juan Perez is in center field in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Cubs. Pagan has been on the disabled list since August 10. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • McCutchen's 4 RBI sends Pirates past Marlins
    Andrew McCutchen hit an RBI double and a three-run home run across five plate appearances in Wednesday's win against the Marlins.

    Advice: McCutchen put the Pirates on the board in the first inning with an RBI double to left. He made it a six-run second inning when he sent a Chris Narveson offering over the fence in left field for a three-run homer. The outfielder has four consecutive multi-hit games and seven in his last nine contests. On the season, McCutchen is batting .300/.400/.521 with 20 home runs and 85 RBI. Wednesday, 6:57 pm
  • Pagan (knee) set to be activated Thursday
    Angel Pagan (knee) will play in a final rehab game Wednesday before being activated on Thursday.

    Advice: Pagan has been on a rehab assignment since Sunday and the reports have obviously been good. The outfielder's return will be a boost to the Giants, who have lost five of their last six games heading into Wednesday's contest against the Cubs. The 34-year-old is hitting .258/.290/.308 in 102 games this year. Wednesday, 5:19 pm
  • Cruz blasts 39th homer as Mariners blast A's
    Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Mariners' 8-2 win over the A's on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cruz had an RBI single in the Mariners' four-run first inning, adding another RBI single in the sixth before blasting a solo homer in the eighth. Cruz has an AL-best 39 home runs to go with 82 RBI and 76 runs. The outfielder is hitting a robust .321/.390/.615 with a little over a month left to play. Wednesday, 4:20 pm
  • CarGo (knee) back in Rockies' lineup Wed.
    Carlos Gonzalez (knee) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Gonzalez missed Tuesday's game after making an early exit Monday with a nagging right knee injury. He will start in right field and bat third in his return Wednesday. Wednesday, 1:59 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury sitting out with sore hip
    Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday due to a sore hip.

    Advice: Ellsbury banged the hip on a dive during Tuesday's game. It's uncertain whether he'll be available off the bench, but the Yanks hope Ellsbury is ready to play Friday after Thursday's off day. Brett Gardner is starting in center field and Chris Young is in left field Wednesday. Wednesday, 8:15 am
  • Hamilton (shoulder) not close to activities
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday of Billy Hamilton (shoulder) that "it's going to be a while before baseball activities start."

    Advice: Hamilton just began mobility exercises on Monday as he works his way back from a sprained capsule in his right shoulder. Although it appears he's still a long ways off, Hamilton maintains hope of returning at some point this season. "There’s no doubt in my mind that I want to be back out there," Hamilton said. Wednesday, 6:16 am
    15-Day DL
    10:10 am vs Mil; 3:10 pm vs Mil
  • Cruz pushes MLB homer lead to 38 in a win
    Nelson Cruz hit his 38th home run of the season, finishing 1-for-4 as the Mariners fended off the Athletics on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cruz got the Mariners on the board in the fourth inning, clubbing a solo home run to left-center off of Jesse Chavez. The defending home run champ is now four homers ahead of Josh Donaldson, Chris Davis, and Albert Pujols -- who each have 34 -- for the major league lead. Cruz has also knocked in 79 runs while batting .317/.386/.607. Tuesday, 10:34 pm
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