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  • Nick Punto (hamstring) yet to swing bat
    Nick Punto (hamstring) has yet to swing a bat since being placed on the disabled list nearly three weeks ago.

    Advice: Obviously he hasn't done any running, either. Punto's progress from a strained right hamstring has come along slower than expected and he won't rejoin the A's until rosters expand.
    Today, 6:43 am
    New Player Note
    Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    Disabled List
    12:35 pm vs NYM
  • Dan Jennings beginning rehab assignment
    Dan Jennings (concussion) began rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: He threw a scoreless inning in his first appearance. Miraculously, Jennings didn't experience a serious injury after being hit in the head by a line drive a couple weeks ago. The Marlins might hold him out until rosters expand, but it appears that he'll be fine.
    Today, 5:39 am
    Disabled List
    9:40 am vs Tex
  • Rajai Davis doesn't miss a game
    Rajai Davis had an RBI single and stole a base in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Davis exited Sunday's contest with a bruised thumb, but he wound up not missing a game. The outfielder sports a .289/.328/.414 with 31 stolen bases this season.
    Today, 2:25 am
  • Jake Marisnick hitless in return to action
    Jake Marisnick went 0-for-5 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Marisnick wasn't in Sunday's lineup in part because he's dealing with some soreness in his lower back. He's cooled off of late after a hot start with the Astros.
    Today, 2:25 am
  • Crawford's monster game leads Dodgers to win
    Carl Crawford reached base in all four plate appearances, scored three runs and knocked in three more in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: He finished 3-for-3 with a walk, home run and stolen base. If owners in your league have been slumbering and Crawford remains available on the waiver wire, stop reading this update and go pick him up. Just go. In his last 12 starts, Crawford has eight multi-hit games. He is 21-for-50 (.420) with six steals since August 4. The one fantasy element we haven't seen during his hot streak is power -- no homers since May 23 coming into tonight -- so it was good to see him leave the yard. Crawford is a must-start in all formats until he cools off.
    Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Almonte has 4 hits, run and RBI in loss
    Abraham Almonte went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's setback against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Almonte was spectacular at the dish, but an adventure on the base paths, as he was caught stealing and later thrown out to end the game. Fortunately, the latter two mistakes won't be counted in the vast majority of formats. He's almost unowned across formats, and that needs to change. The 25-year-old -- Seattle's Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter -- is slashing .361/.368/.528 since coming over in the Chris Denorfia deal. As long as he's hot and playing every day, Almonte should be started in NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Peralta hits 17th home run in win over Reds
    Jhonny Peralta hit his 17th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: The solo shot in the sixth inning was a milestone homer for Peralta, who set a single-season record for home runs by a Cardinals shortstop with the blast. It's just the second time he's hit at least 17 homers in a season since 2008. It would take a barrage to end the year, but Peralta has an outside shot at tying his career high of 24 home runs he hit with the Indians in 2005.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Frazier hits two-run homer in loss to Cards
    Todd Frazier went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The fourth-inning blast was much needed for Frazier, who hadn't homered since July 20. Power deficiency aside, Frazier has surged in August after a lackluster July, going 19-for-57 (.333) with 10 RBI and eight runs scored this month. The third baseman is hitting .284/.344/.465 with 21 home runs and 66 RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Lackey gives up two earned over six vs. Reds
    John Lackey allowed four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lackey cruised through the Reds order the first time, fanning five while facing the minimum, but a single and a two-run homer by Todd Frazier got the Reds on the board in the fourth. Two errors added the two unearned runs in the sixth inning, and Lackey wouldn't factor in the team's come-from-behind victory. It was a largely positive outing, as Lackey struck out seven while allowing just four hits and a walk on the night. He's been good in three of his four starts since joining the Cardinals, and he'll take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Monday.
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Simon allows three runs over 5 1/3 vs. Cards
    Alfredo Simon allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Simon gave up eight hits and a walk in the outing, but he left in line for his 13th win. The right-hander instead settled for a no-decision, staying at 12-8 with a 3.35 ERA. He still hasn't won a decision since July 9, and he'll continue to search for that elusive victory Sunday against the Braves.
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Max Scherzer strikes out nine Rays
    Max Scherzer recovered from a three-run first to hold the Rays to four runs in seven innings on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was briefly five runs, but Vince Belnome's first major league homer was overturned on replay. Scherzer finished the night with nine strikeouts, pushing him over 200 for the third straight year. He's at 205 right now, and he's well on his way to eclipsing last year's total of 240.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • James Loney goes 3-for-4, homers
    James Loney went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Detroit's Max Scherzer on Tuesday.

    Advice: Loney's having his nicest surge of the season to date, with a .333 average and 10 RBI in 17 games this month. He has just seven homers overall, but the Rays knew what they were signing up for when they gave him a three-year deal last winter.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Mauer has two more hits, RBI double vs. Tribe
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Mauer got a little unlucky when his double in the first inning went out of play, as Brian Dozier would have likely been able to score as well if it had stayed in play. Still, the two-hit night gave Mauer 10 hits in 29 at-bats since returning from the disabled list. The good stretch has his overall line up to .277/.351/.380, and expect those numbers to continue to climb as he redeems his poor early hitting.
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Peralta's 3-hit night ends with walk-off 1B
    Jhonny Peralta sent the Cardinals home happy with a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning on Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: Peralta picked up teammate Trevor Rosenthal, who blew the save in the ninth inning. The shortstop finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, continuing a productive season in which he is slashing .266/.340/.453 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI.
    Monday, 8:51 pm
  • Todd Frazier (back) in Reds lineup on Monday
    Todd Frazier (back) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Frazier missed a handful of games after tweaking his back last Thursday. He is starting at third base and batting third in Monday's series-opener versus St. Louis.
    Monday, 12:59 pm
  • Rajai Davis (thumb) listed as day-to-day
    Rajai Davis is listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game against the Mariners with a bruised thumb.

    Advice: Davis had been a demon on the basepaths prior to departing, swiping three bags. He should return to the Tigers lineup in a day or two.
    Sunday, 2:39 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
  • Frazier (back) hopes to play 2nd game of DH
    Todd Frazier (back) is hoping to play in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Frazier hasn't played since tweaking his back on Thursday and said Sunday that he's still feeling some soreness. "Usually when I have this, it takes a couple of days. But it's nagging right now. We'll see how it goes," Frazier said. Kris Negron is at third base for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.
    Sunday, 1:00 pm
  • Jake Marisnick nursing sore back
    Jake Marisnick is dealing with some soreness in his lower back.

    Advice: He's not in Sunday's lineup, though Astros manager Bo Porter insists the back ailment isn't the reason why. Marisnick is hitting .293/.311/.397 with one homer and five RBI over 15 games with Houston.
    Sunday, 9:44 am
  • Marisnick has go-ahead hit vs. Red Sox
    Jake Marisnick delivered a 10th inning go-ahead, two-run double in a 5-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Marisnick dropped a bloop just inside the right-field line which bounced into the stands for ground-rule double. The 23-year-old finished the evening 2-for-5 and is now hitting .315 (17-for-54) since coming over from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal. His plate discipline is a work in progress, but he has speed to burn and is worth monitoring in deeper formats.
    Friday, 9:37 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
  • Loney homers in win over Yankees
    James Loney went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's 5-0 win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Loney drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the first inning and later took Esmil Rogers deep in the eighth. The veteran first baseman has delivered three straight multi-hit games and now owns a .289/.341/.378 batting line on the year.
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Todd Frazier sits out with sore lower back
    Todd Frazier is not in Friday's lineup due to lower back soreness.

    Advice: Frazier tweaked his back during his second at-bat on Thursday and woke up Friday feeling worse. It appears at this point to be a day-to-day injury, but the Reds haven't said when they think he might return to the lineup. Ramon Santiago is at third base Friday.
    Friday, 2:31 pm
  • Simon torched by the Rockies in eighth loss
    Alfredo Simon suffered his eighth loss after relenting seven runs (five earned) over five innings on Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Simon had a scoreless first, but the Rockies scored in each of his next four innings. The right-hander allowed 10 hits, walked one, and struck out two in an evening he'd like to forget. Simon has otherwise been dominant this season, as he still has a 3.28 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a 92/41 K/BB ratio. He'll try to rebound against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 8:46 pm
  • Peralta homers as Cardinals beat the Padres
    Jhonny Peralta went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 4-3 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Peralta's second-inning, two-run blast off of Eric Stults broke a scoreless tie. In the process, he tied a Cardinals record for home runs in a single season by a shortstop, joining Daryl Spencer and Edgar Renteria with 16. He has a .260/.335/.447 slash line and 51 RBI to go along with them.
    Thursday, 8:39 pm
  • Lackey rebounds, fires seven strong vs Padres
    John Lackey bounced back from his previous start, allowing only two runs over seven innings, but got a no-decision in Thursday's win against the Padres.

    Advice: Lackey was torched for nine runs in five innings on Saturday, his second start with his new club. Thursday's effort was worlds better, as he allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five. In 19 innings with the Cardinals, Lackey has a 6.16 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and a 12/5 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Reds on Tuesday at home next.
    Thursday, 8:30 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
  • Dan Jennings free of concussion symptoms
    Dan Jennings (concussion) said Thursday that he's not experiencing any concussion symptoms.

    Advice: He rode the stationary bike without incident on Wednesday and planned to run on the treadmill Thursday. Jennings has also not demonstrated sensitivity to noise or light. "I feel pretty normal, which all things considered is a shock, a surprise and a relief," Jennings said. "I feel like I can function and do everything I could do before. That's an absolute relief." Jennings expects to be activated next month.
    Thursday, 3:12 pm
    Disabled List
    9:40 am vs Tex
  • Max Scherzer strikes out 14, earns 14th win
    Max Scherzer blanked the Pirates for eight innings, striking out 14, to earn his 14th win Thursday.

    Advice: Scherzer struck out 14 for the third time in his career, falling one K short of his career high of 15, also against the Pirates, on May 20, 2012. He was also the fifth pitcher to strike out at least 14 in a game this season. Interestingly, he came back out for the eighth at 108 pitches in this one. A week ago, there was much controversy after he was taken out after 106 pitches in a 2-1 game going to the ninth. Joe Nathan blew the lead in that one, and the Tigers lost in extra innings. Scherzer ended up at 121 pitches today, the first time this year and seventh time ever that he's hit the 120 mark. The Tigers turned a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth and won 5-2 after Phil Coke gave up a homer in the ninth.
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
  • Crawford has fourth straight multi-hit game
    Carl Crawford had his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Crawford has been on a bit of a tear as of late, hitting .625 (10-for-16) over his last four games. He put the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single in the second, and he would score his club's second run later that inning. It's been a tough season overall for Crawford, as he has a .261/.296/.357 slash line with four home runs, 25 RBI, and 15 stolen bases.
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Nick Punto (hamstring) still not able to run
    Nick Punto (hamstring) still hasn't progressed to running.

    Advice: Punto strained his right hamstring on August 2, so he definitely won't be back when his 15 days are up. He may begin to run next week, but he's still a long way away from returning to the A's.
    Wednesday, 3:37 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    Disabled List
    12:35 pm vs NYM
  • Mauer goes 2-for-4 with homer vs. Astros
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Twins' defeat of the Astros on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: Mauer singled in the top of the first inning and then slugged a solo shot in the top of the sixth for the game's first run. He's been hitting well since returning from the disabled list on Monday and could be ready to make up for lost time for loyal fantasy owners down the stretch.
    Wednesday, 2:05 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Marisnick hits first homer in win over Twins
    Jake Marisnick went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Marisnick hit a solo shot in the third inning off Twins starter Yohan Pino, his first home run of the season. The outfielder has taken well to the American League since being dealt to the Astros, batting .333/.341/.452 in 11 games. Marisnick has an intriguing combination of power and speed that makes him a decent option in AL-only leagues for the rest of the season.
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Crawford reaches base 4 times in Dodgers win
    Carl Crawford was a catalyst, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk as the Dodgers notched a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Crawford has now had three consecutive multi-hit games, perhaps a sign he's ready to break out of his slump. Even with Tuesday's effort, he has a paltry .256/.293/.355 slash line with four home runs, 24 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 249 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Alfredo Simon changes agents
    Alfredo Simon has hired MVP Sports Group and Dan Lozano as his new agent.

    Advice: Simon was previously represented by Adam Katz and talked to 4-5 different agents before switching to Lozano. One of the biggest surprises in the majors this season, the 31-year-old has posted a 3.08 ERA over 23 starts and earned his first All-Star appearance. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.
    Tuesday, 10:18 am
  • Joe Mauer delivers go-ahead hit in return
    Making his return from the DL, Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth as the Twins beat the Astros 4-2 on Monday.

    Advice: Mauer also walked with the contest. He was initially given credit for two RBI on his go-ahead hit in the ninth, but the play was then deemed a single and an error on Domingo Santana, which was the correct call. Mauer kept his hitting streak intact. It's now at 13 games, dating back to June 19.
    Monday, 9:13 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Jake Marisnick goes 4-for-4 in loss
    Jake Marisnick had four singles in four at-bats Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Unfortunately, since he was batting eighth in the Astros lineup, those hits added up to no runs scored and no RBI. He's hit .316 in 10 games since joining the Astros, but that's come with no homers, no steals, two runs scored and two RBI.
    Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Carl Crawford goes 3-for-4 in win
    Carl Crawford went 3-for-4 with a couple of RBI against the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: Crawford has been regularly getting the nod over Andre Ethier in left, though he's not doing a lot with it; he entered the night with an ugly .188/.230/.217 line in 69 at-bats during the second half. He should be on the bench tomorrow versus the left-handed Mike Minor, but he'll be back in there against righties in the final two games against the Braves.
    Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Stanton's homers power Marlins past Cards
    Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and walked Monday to lead the Marlins past the Cardinals 6-5.

    Advice: Stanton would have had four homers the last two days if not for a terrific catch from Jay Bruce yesterday. As is, he's up to 31 for the season, tying him with Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz for the major league lead. It seems like he's pretty much wrapped up the NL home run title, as long as he stays healthy; Anthony Rizzo is six back at 25, and no one else has more than 22.
    Monday, 7:24 pm
  • Twins activate Joe Mauer from disabled list
    Twins activated 1B Joe Mauer from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: No word yet on the corresponding roster move. Mauer, out since July 2 with a strained right oblique, went 6-for-15 (.400) over four games during his minor league rehab assignment. The 31-year-old has been a disappointment for fantasy owners with a .271/.342/.353 batting line to go along with two homers and 28 RBI, but there's still time for redemption down the stretch.
    Monday, 2:05 pm
    5:10 pm vs Cle
  • Crawford goes 2-for-4, scores in win over MIL
    Carl Crawford went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Crawford has settled into a starting role and has responded in recent days, going 7-for-21 with three runs scored in his last six starts. It's nothing to write home about -- he's not hitting for any extra-base power whatsoever, and he owns just a .239/.275/.336 line on the year -- but it's worth noting in NL-only leagues where he's available.
    Aug 10, 5:03 pm
  • Peralta has three-hit afternoon against O's
    Jhonny Peralta went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Peralta had an RBI single in the first inning, and he singled and scored in the ninth as well. The shortstop is 11-for-28 in his past eight games, bringing his season line up to .260/.338/.447. Hitting near the middle of the lineup for the offensively challenged Cardinals, Peralta should continue to see RBI opportunities going forward.
    Aug 10, 3:22 pm
  • Stanton homers once, robbed of another
    Giancarlo Stanton hit one solo homer and was robbed of another in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Stanton took Johnny Cueto deep to left in the first before watching Jay Bruce scale the right field wall in the eighth to rob him from a two-homer day. He also added a single in the game. Stanton has 29 longballs on the season to go along with 79 RBI and a .290/.390/.554 batting line.
    Aug 10, 1:24 pm
  • Mauer (oblique) will be activated on Monday
    Joe Mauer (oblique) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: He's hit .400 in four rehab games and, more importantly, hasn't had any issues with his right oblique. Mauer is sporting a disappointing .271/.342/.353 with two homers over 76 games this season, but fantasy owners should feel confident in sticking him back into their lineups.
    Aug 10, 10:47 am
    5:10 pm vs Cle
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