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  • Michael Taylor (knee) goes 2-for-4 in return
    Michael Taylor (knee) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in his return to the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Taylor was held out for a couple games after bruising his right knee. The young outfielder is going to be an important player for the second-place Nationals down the stretch with Denard Span (hip) now ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season. Taylor, 24, is batting .243/.292/.391 with 13 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 111 games this year at the major league level. Today, 7:15 am
  • Kike Hernandez leaves with tight hamstring
    Kike Hernandez was removed from Sunday's game against the Cubs in the eighth inning due to tightness in his hamstring.

    Advice: Hernandez seemed to pull up lame as he crossed first base while trying to leg out an infield single in the eighth inning. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss a game or two. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Cabrera cracks solo homer against M's
    Melky Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and a double in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Cabrera led off the seventh inning with his ninth homer of the season, pushing his season RBI total to 62. The big four-hit game propelled his overall batting line to .279/.319/.399. Much of that comes on the strength of a hot July. Yesterday, 3:19 pm
  • Dalton Pompey goes deep for first Triple-A HR
    Blue Jays OF prospect Dalton Pompey launched his first Triple-A homer Saturday in a win for Buffalo.

    Advice: It was his only hit of the night. Pompey has had a bit of a rollercoaster season, starting the year in Toronto before getting sent down to Double-A and eventually settling in with Buffalo. Since his call-up, Pompey has hit .289 with 15 stolen bases. He could get another shot with the Blue Jays when rosters expand on Tuesday, though he'll likely be limited to pinch-running and the occasional spot start. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
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    4:07 pm vs Cle
  • Reds place Brennan Boesch on 15-day DL
    Reds placed OF Brennan Boesch on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle contusion.

    Advice: Boesch fouled a ball off his ankle during batting practice last week and the injury hasn't improved as the club had hoped. He should be back with the big league club as soon as he's eligible to come off the disabled list. A corresponding roster move will be announced on Monday. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Nunez launches two-run homer vs McCullers
    Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: The home run was Nunez's second of the weekend series and his fourth of the season. Playing in a utility role, he's posted some respectable numbers, including a .268/.305/.433 triple-slash with the four homers, 19 RBI and five steals across 164 at-bats. He doesn't see enough playing time for legitimate fantasy consideration, but as a real-life baseball player, he's doing exactly what he should be doing. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Bourgeois ends contest without hit
    Jason Bourgeois went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Bourgeois had himself a three-hit game while scoring three runs in Saturday's win over the Brew Crew, but Sunday's starter Wily Peralta made sure he didn't repeat that feat. A fractured left shoulder kept the 33-year-old outfielder out of action until late June. Since his return, he's hit .247/.297/.318 with a homer, eight RBI and 11 runs scored. Bourgeois has never played in more than 93 games in a season. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Alex Jackson belts two homers Saturday
    Mariners OF prospect Alex Jackson slammed two homers Saturday for Low-A Everett.

    Advice: It was Jackson's first career multi-home-run game. Last year's first-round pick has hit .462 with three RBI over his last four outings. That's raised his average 20 points from .237 to .257. Jackson has struck out in almost 35 percent of his at-bats this year (88 Ks in 252 at-bats) and remains a work in progress. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
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    5:10 pm @Hou
  • Paulsen legs out two-run triple vs PIT
    Ben Paulsen went 2-for-3 with a two-run triple and a walk in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Paulsen hit his three-bagger off Pirates starter Charlie Morton in the fourth inning. It was his fourth triple of the season. The 27-year-old 1B/OF has hit to a .280/.331/.483 batting line this season, with 10 homers and 42 RBI over 271 at-bats. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    5:40 pm vs Ari
  • Kiermaier's homer the deciding factor vs. KC
    Kevin Kiermaier's solo home run was the deciding factor on Sunday as the Rays beat the Royals.

    Advice: Kiermaier broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning, slugging a solo home run to right field off of Luke Hochevar. He's put together a decent season, batting .261/.295/.420 with seven home runs, 31 RBI, 50 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases. He also leads the majors with 12 triples. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Guyer's three-hit day leads Rays over Royals
    Brandon Guyer went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Rays took down the Royals on Sunday.

    Advice: Guyer led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and later scored. He added a solo home run in the third inning to tie the game at two apiece. The outfielder has had a sneakily solid year for the Rays, batting .270/.372/.407 with six home runs, 24 RBI, 34 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 293 plate appearances. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Almonte's grand slam powers Indians past LAA
    Abraham Almonte smacked a grand slam as part of a 2-for-4 effort in Sunday's win against the Angels.

    Advice: Almonte sent the Indians' lead to 6-0 when he cleared the bases with a grand slam to right-center off of Jered Weaver in the fifth inning. His bat had cooled off considerably following his first week with the Angels after coming over from the Padres in early August, but he still has a .270/.321/.541 batting line with his new team along with three home runs and 14 RBI in 81 plate appearances. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (knee) not cleared to run yet
    Josh Hamilton (knee) has yet to be cleared to resume running.

    Advice: Hamilton is taking batting practice and playing catch with no issues, but his left knee remains too sore to run on. He will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday but could be limited to pinch-hitting initially. "It feels OK to throw and hit on the knee," he said. "I just haven’t gotten to the important part where I can run or jog. That’s the next step." Yesterday, 9:21 am
    15-Day DL
  • Michael Taylor (knee) returns to Nats' lineup
    Michael Taylor (knee) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Taylor didn't start the last couple games due to a bruised right knee. He was able to pinch-hit Saturday, though, and is back in the lineup Sunday. Yesterday, 7:54 am
  • Aaron Hicks to return as corner outfielder
    Aaron Hicks (hamstring) will be used as a corner outfielder when he returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Hicks began a rehab assignment Saturday and should be activated at some point this week. There's no spot for him in center field with Byron Buxton around, but Hicks was really playing well before getting hurt and should be in the lineup regularly. The odd man out could be Torii Hunter, who has been receiving a lot of days off of late and is down to .232/.290/.401 for the season. "People are excited to see the day when Buxton, Hicks and (Eddie) Rosario are out there together," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We’ll have to figure it out day-to-day, what gives us the best chance to win a game." Yesterday, 6:47 am
    15-Day DL
  • Michael Taylor (knee) appears as pinch-hitter
    Michael Taylor (knee) grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Taylor hasn't started the last two games due to a bruised right knee, but that he was able to pinch-hit is a good sign that he's close. He could be back in the lineup Sunday. Yesterday, 5:24 am
  • Kiermaier cranks two-run homer
    Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a steal in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Kiermaier smacked a two-run homer off of Royals starter Kris Medlen in the fourth inning, his sixth homer of the season. He also recorded steal No. 16 in the contest. While he's hit well in April, June and August, his overall batting line is a pedestrian .261/.294/.413. Saturday, 6:40 pm
  • Michael Taylor (knee) remains sidelined
    Michael Taylor (knee) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He banged his right knee against the outfield wall in Thursday's win against San Diego. Denard Span's season-ending hip injury has opened up playing time for Taylor in center field. Bryce Harper will get the start there on Saturday. Saturday, 3:42 pm
  • Blanco reaches three times in win on Friday
    Gregor Blanco (hip) showed no signs of rust in his return to the Giants starting lineup on Friday, going 2-for-4 plus a walk in a victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Blanco had missed the previous two games due to a strained left hip. He has done a terrific job for the Giants this season, slashing .294/.378/.412 with three homers, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 289 at-bats. Saturday, 5:19 am
  • Nunez homers in low-scoring win vs Astros
    Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Friday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Nunez cranked a solo home run in the third inning off Astros starter Scott Kazmir for the game's first run. He would also drive home the game's final run just an inning later, this time on a ground out. The utility infielder's done a nice job in his relatively limited playing time, hitting .269/.306/.419 with three homers, 17 RBI and five steals over 160 at-bats. Friday, 9:43 pm
  • Almonte rings up RBI double to help beat LAA
    Abraham Almonte went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit RBI double in Friday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Almonte pinch-hit for Mike Aviles in the seventh and came through with an RBI double to tie the game at 1-1. The Indians would score twice more in the inning, enough to secure them the victory. In 66 at-bats with the Indians this season, he's hitting .273/.329/.530 with two homers and 10 RBI. The production looks nice, but just remember that he was hitting a paltry .204/.271/.259 with the Padres prior to his move to Cleveland. Friday, 7:06 pm
  • Josh Hamilton (knee) takes batting practice
    Josh Hamilton (knee) took batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Hamilton has been on the shelf for the last couple weeks with a nagging left knee ailment but finally appears to be making some progress. He could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Monday, although the Rangers could easily wait until Tuesday when rosters expand. Friday, 2:50 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Aaron Hicks (hamstring) ready for rehab games
    Aaron Hicks (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll remain there for a couple days before returning on September 3 when he's first eligible. Hick has missed the last couple weeks with a left hamstring strain. Friday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Michael Taylor (knee) to miss a few games
    Michael Taylor (knee) is expected to be sidelined for a few days.

    Advice: The feeling is that Taylor didn't cause any major damage when he collided with the outfield wall Thursday, but he has a bad bruise on his right knee. He could wind up missing the entire weekend series against the Marlins. Matt den Dekker should handle center field for a few days. Friday, 11:32 am
  • X-rays come back negative for Taylor
    Michael Taylor (knee) is listed as day-to-day after being diagnosed with a right knee contusion on Thursday.

    Advice: Taylor was pulled from Thursday's game in the seventh inning after crashing into the outfield wall. Thankfully, he was able to avoid any significant injuries and should be cleared to return to the Nationals lineup at some point over the weekend. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Michael Taylor leaves game after collision
    Michael Taylor was removed from Thursday's game against the Padres after crashing into the outfield wall.

    Advice: Taylor was attempting to track down a deep drive off the bat of Melvin Upton when he leaped and crashed into the outfield wall at full speed. The injury is believed to have occurred to his right knee, though the severity is unknown at the moment. The Nationals should have an update on his status after the game. Thursday, 7:07 pm
  • Gregor Blanco (hip) out of SF lineup Thursday
    Gregor Blanco (hip) is out of the Giants' starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's game with a left hip strain, but he felt good running in the outfield on Thursday morning and could be available off the bench already. Juan Perez is starting in center field and batting seventh on Thursday afternoon. Thursday, 11:13 am
  • Hernandez racks up three hits in win vs. Reds
    Enrique Hernandez had three hits and an RBI in four at-bats on Wednesday as the Dodgers took down the Reds.

    Advice: Hernandez broke a 0-0 tie with an RBI single in the second inning. The Dodgers couldn't bring him home despite reaching base three times. Hernandez has done a terrific job serving as a super utility man for the Dodgers, batting .305/.349/.500 with six home runs and 19 RBI. He was filling in at second base for Howie Kendrick and is currently starting regularly in center field over the struggling Joc Pederson. Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Blanco a late scratch with left hip strain
    Gregor Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup with a left hip strain.

    Advice: Blanco was replaced in the lineup by Juan Perez. It's another blow to a team ravaged by injuries this year. The Giants should provide a clearer outlook on Blanco shortly. Wednesday, 6:01 pm
  • Cabrera has RBI single, run scored versus Sox
    Melky Cabrera went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera had a run-scoring single in the seventh inning and came around to score later in the inning. He's cooled off in recent days after running his average up to .287 in early August, but Cabrera is still enjoying a fine offensive season after a dreadful start. The 31-year-old is batting .271/.312/.384 with eight homers, 61 RBI and 57 runs scored on the year. Tuesday, 10:07 pm
  • Kiermaier nabs three hits, two steals vs. MIN
    Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases and an RBI in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier had an RBI single in the third inning, one of three singles on the night. The 25-year-old has oscillated between good and bad months, batting .306 in April, .173 in May, .314 in June, .200 in July and now .310 this month through Tuesday's game. Kiermaier is hitting .255/.288/.400 with 47 runs scored, 28 RBI and 15 steals on the year. Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Hicks (hamstring) running, hitting in cages
    Aaron Hicks (hamstring) has been running and hitting in the batting cage.

    Advice: Hicks is nearly a week removed from being placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. The Twins remain hopeful that he'll be ready to go on September 3 when first eligible. Tuesday, 5:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Brennan Boesch (ankle) scratched from lineup
    Brennan Boesch was scratched from the Reds' lineup Sunday after fouling a ball off his ankle during batting practice.

    Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. The Reds are now going with Jason Bourgeois in left field, Ryan LaMarre in center and Skip Schumaker in right in their re-shuffled outfield. Aug 23, 10:20 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
  • Michael Taylor hits long home run
    Michael Taylor crushed his 11th homer Thursday off the Rockies' Yohan Flande.

    Advice: Statcast had the homer at 490 feet, but other estimates have come in closer to the 470-foot range. Either way, it was a true blast. Taylor hasn't been an on-base guy as a rookie, but his power-speed combination makes him awfully intriguing going forward. Aug 20, 9:00 pm
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