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  • Amarista has two hits and two steals in win
    Alexi Amarista went 2-for-3 with a walk, two steals and an RBI Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Somebody in a deep NL-only league is going to wake up on Thursday morning smiling ear to ear at this news. For the rest of us, Amarista remains a fantasy non-factor. He's ostensibly a speedster, only these were his first steals since August 3. Amarista is on the roster for his defensive versatility, nothing more. He's batting .235 with three homers, 11 steals and 23 RBI over 294 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Liriano logs first career multi-hit game
    Rymer Liriano had his first major league multi-hit game in the Padres' win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and two runs scored in the 4-1 triumph. He came into this game batting .217, but has nonetheless been an interesting and valuable offensive contributor from the jump, thanks in part to walking six times in nine games. Liriano is slashing a solid .269/.412/.423 through his first 26 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Quackenbush notches first career MLB save
    Kevin Quackenbush earned his first career save by tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday in a 4-1 victory.

    Advice: He worked around a leadoff Scott Van Slyke single to retire the next three batters in order. Quackenbush was called upon because Joaquin Benoit has been suffering from what Padres manager Bud Black has called a "cranky" shoulder. Quackenbush has been recalled five times this season, but he's pitched well enough that he won't have to ride the shuttle to Triple-A El Paso anytime soon. The 25-year-old boasts a 2.29 ERA and 0.97 WHIP and has put himself in a position to siphon a few more saves whenever Benoit can't take the ball.
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Hernandez struggles in loss to Padres
    Roberto Hernandez coughed up four runs -- three earned -- over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: He was touched up for eight hits while striking out two and walking two. Hernandez converted some fantasy believers over the last month-plus, allowing only nine earned runs total in six starts since July 9 to slash his ERA from 4.25 to 3.72. Unfortunately, the former Fausto Carmona just doesn't have the stuff to remain a reliable fantasy hurler. Yeah, the ERA is passable, but it comes with an 87/61 K/BB ratio that guarantees a stinker outing every now and again when those sharp ground balls find holes. His ability to keep the ball on the ground will be key in Arizona next week.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Pence goes 2-for-5 with homer and two runs
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored as the Giants thumped the Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pence was one of four Giants batters with multi-hit games in the laugher. The 31-year-old is hitting .284 and is on pace for 22 homers, 70 RBI, 109 runs and 14 steals. Just another strong fantasy campaign from a perennially underrated player.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Ishikawa goes 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI
    Travis Ishikawa went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-3 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Ishikawa went 2-for-3 against the Cubs on Opening Day back on March 31, when he was a member of the Pirates; this was his first multi-hit game since then. He hit .161 with a .583 OPS in April and quickly found himself on the streets as a free agent. He returned to the Giants on a minor league deal and has slashed .206/.263/.382 in sporadic playing time. Ishikawa isn't a fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Peavy (1-12 start to season) wins 2nd straght
    Jake Peavy won his second straight start by allowing two runs on 10 hits over seven innings in Wednesday's victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Across from the artist formerly known as Edwin Jackson, the outcome was never in doubt. Peavy had a 4-0 lead before his big toe even touched the rubber, and he enjoyed an 8-1 lead when he strode to the mound to pitch the bottom of the fourth. He's now won two games in the past week after starting the season 1-12. With the NL-worst Rockies traveling to San Francisco to take on Peavy next week, the veteran has a decent chance to keep the good times rolling.
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Jackson detonated for 7 runs in ugly loss
    Edwin Jackson was shelled for seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings Wednesday as the Cubs lost to the Giants.

    Advice: It was ugly. E-Jax gave up eight hits, including a home run to Andrew Susac. At 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA, there's zero reason to keep Jackson in the rotation over somebody like Dan Straily. Chicago's $11 million annual investment is doing nothing more than improving their draft position, at this point.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • T.J. House combines on shutout of Twins
    T.J. House allowed four hits over 5 1/3 innings and combined with four relievers on a shutout of the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was House's first appearance in 13 days, but you'd never know that from the results. In 12 starts for the Indians, he's never gone more than 6 2/3 innings, but he's pretty much always managed to keep them in games while amassing a 3.80 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. The Indians are off again Monday, so it's unclear when House will start again. One imagines he'll get the nod at some point next week, though, whether it's against the White Sox or the Royals.
    Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Angels demote OF Boesch for pitching help
    Angels optioned OF Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The Angels had to use six pitchers in relief of injured starter Garrett Richards on Wednesday, so Boesch will be swapped out for a fresh arm. Boesch hasn't helped his cause when he's been up, batting .129/.152/.194 in 31 at-bats with the Angels this season. He'll likely be back up in September.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Ricky Nolasco gives up four runs in loss
    Ricky Nolasco gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out six in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nolasco seems to be the same pitcher now that he was before going down for over a month with an elbow problem. In 20 tries this season, he's given the Twins a total of six quality starts. Maybe they could trade him for Edwin Jackson or something.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Robbie Ray to start Friday versus the Twins
    Robbie Ray will start Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: Ray has struggled in two outings since being recalled on August 12 and owns a rough 5.33 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 25 1/3 total innings this season. The left-hander is not a good fantasy play, even against the Twins.
    Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Feliz struggles but still earns save
    Neftali Feliz served up a pair of long homers but hung in there to record the save in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Marcell Ozuna led off the ninth with a longball to left field. After Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out sharply to second base, pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia then put one into the upper deck in right field off Feliz. The righty was able to escape with a couple strikeouts sandwiched around a walk. Feliz has converted five of six save chances since taking over as closer but is still looking like a shell of his former self.
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Charlie Morton diagnosed with sports hernia
    Charlie Morton's injury designation has been changed from right hip inflammation to a sports hernia.

    Advice: It's a more serious injury, but Morton said he hopes to return later this season. Surgery is a possibility, but the right-hander is hoping to delay it until the offseason. Morton pitched with the injury for a while before finally being placed on the DL over the weekend.
    Yesterday, 12:33 pm
    Disabled List
  • Holland (knee) not expected until September
    Rangers manager Ron Washington doesn't expect Derek Holland (knee) to be activated from the disabled list until September.

    Advice: "To see what he's got," Washington said. "If he keeps progressing, you'll see him." Holland says he's ready to go after throwing 87 pitches in five-plus innings in his latest rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Round Rock. However, the club wants him to make one more start in the minors before he rejoins the big league rotation. Holland, of course, is coming back from microfracture knee surgery. "I feel like I'm ready, but that's up to them," Holland said. "I can't decide too much. They have to figure out what the call is. I'm ready. The whole thing down there was just making sure I could finish and go as long as I could. I feel good."
    Yesterday, 12:00 pm
    Disabled List
  • Charlie Morton (hip) placed on disabled list
    Pirates placed RHP Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 16, with right hip inflammation.

    Advice: It's not clear how long the hip has been bothering Morton, but it could help to explain why he's been knocked around for five runs in each of his last two outings. Morton had hip surgery in 2011, but that was on his left hip. He should be OK to return at the beginning of September, but the Pirates can afford to proceed cautiously with him since the rest of the rotation is pitching so well. Gerrit Cole (lat) will be activated from the DL on Wednesday to take Morton's rotation spot.
    Sunday, 9:50 am
    Disabled List
  • Nolasco gives up five runs in return from DL
    Ricky Nolasco was tagged for five runs over six innings in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: Sidelined since July 6 with flexor pronator stiffness, Nolasco gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out three. He also hit a batter. The veteran right-hander was actually pretty good outside of a disaster fifth inning where five runs scored, but it's not like you can take that inning away from him. Nolasco now has a 5.99 ERA for the year and will look for better results next time out against the Indians.
    Friday, 10:43 pm
  • Morton gives up five runs in loss to Nats
    Charlie Morton was tagged for five runs over three innings in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

    Advice: It was his shortest start of the season. Morton gave up three runs in the very first inning and never recovered. He struck out three and walked three in the loss and has allowed at least four runs in four out of his last five starts. His ERA now sits at 3.84 for the year, which is the highest it has been since May 1. Those in mixed leagues might want to leave him inactive until he gets back on track.
    Friday, 8:34 pm
    Disabled List
  • Ricky Nolasco activated from disabled list
    Twins activated RHP Ricky Nolasco from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll make his return to the Twins' rotation on Friday versus the Royals. Nolasco has missed the last five and a half weeks with an elbow issue and held a 5.90 ERA over 18 outings before the ailment, so he's not a recommended option in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 2:45 pm
  • Edwin Jackson gives up five runs in loss
    Edwin Jackson surrendered five runs in 4 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Jackson is 6-13 with a 5.74 ERA. It's probably time to bury him in the pen and give Dan Straily a long look in the rotation, but the Cubs aren't ready to go that route yet (Straily is coming up to start Saturday, but the team said he'll be one and done). They'd likely handle him differently if they weren't paying him $11 million per year through 2016.
    Thursday, 3:05 pm
  • Roberto Hernandez defeats Braves
    Roberto Hernandez earned a win by limiting the Braves to one run and three hits over six innings Thursday.

    Advice: Hernandez was wild and inefficient today, walking four and throwing 118 pitches in his six innings. Still, it was a second quality start for him since he joined the Dodgers last week. He's a better choice than Kevin Correia to stick in the rotation, and while we wouldn't recommend him in mixed leagues, he should remain useful in NL-only formats.
    Thursday, 1:11 pm
  • Liriano hits 1st big league HR as Padres win
    Rymer Liriano hit his first major league home run in the Padres' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 23-year-old made his big league debut on Monday, and has notched his first career big league homer in his third game. The blast occurred in the fourth inning, a two-run blast off of Tyler Matzek which broke a 1-1 tie. Liriano has a host of tools and he has already been putting them on display in his first 12 plate appearances.
    Wednesday, 6:45 pm
  • Peavy gets first win since joining the Giants
    Jake Peavy earned his first win as a member of the Giants in Wednesday's 7-1 defeat of the White Sox.

    Advice: It was also his first victory since April 5. Peavy held the White Sox to four hits and three walks while fanning three. The only run he allowed was on an Adam Dunn solo shot in the top of the fourth inning. Peavy will take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field next week. He remains a risky fantasy streamer.
    Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • Ray fills in for A. Sanchez, but struggles
    Robbie Ray, making a start in place of the injured Anibal Sanchez, struggled against the Pirates, yielding four runs in five innings in a Tigers loss on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ray only gave up six hits, but the Pirates made them count as four of them went for extra bases. The lefty also walked two and struck out five in an uninspiring effort. It was only the fourth start the 22-year-old rookie has made in the big leagues this season. He has a 5.31 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and a 14/8 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings. Ray will go up against the Mariners at home on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 7:33 pm
  • Ricky Nolasco to rejoin rotation on Friday
    Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will rejoin the Twins' rotation on Friday against the Royals.

    Advice: That's assuming he gets through a bullpen session with no issues. Nolasco allowed three runs while striking out eight over 9 1/3 innings during a two-start rehab assignment, clearing the way for his return. He posted a 5.90 ERA over 18 outings before going down with flexor pronator stiffness, so fantasy owners should steer clear initially.
    Tuesday, 5:58 pm
  • Angels recall Brennan Boesch from AAA
    Angels recalled OF Brennan Boesch from Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Boesch has hit .326/.380/.625 with 22 home runs and 75 RBI in 84 games this season at the Triple-A level, but he probably won't play enough in Anaheim to hold relevance in mixed fantasy leagues. The 29-year-old is a .259/.314/.417 career hitter in the majors.
    Tuesday, 2:43 pm
    Not Active
    4:10 pm @Bos
  • Tigers call up Robbie Ray for Tuesday start
    Tigers recalled LHP Robbie Ray from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Ray will start for the Tigers on Tuesday night against the Pirates -- in place of the injured Anibal Sanchez -- and could remain in the major league rotation until Sanchez (pectoral) returns. Ray has not been dominant this year at Triple-A (or in the majors) and is doubtful to be a good streaming option in fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:38 pm
  • Liriano knocks in a run in his MLB debut
    In his major league debut -- a 4-3 win over the Rockies on Monday -- Rymer Liriano hit a sacrifice fly.

    Advice: He finished 0-for-2 with that RBI. Liriano, promoted earlier in the day, slashed .291/.362/.473 with 14 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 115 games between Double-A and Triple-A, including .452 (28-for-62) with 16 extra-base hits and 13 RBI in 16 games at Triple-A El Paso. The well-built 23-year-old from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic missed last season while recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. In possession of the coveted speed/power combination, Liriano is worth at least an exploratory glance by owners in all formats.
    Monday, 10:45 pm
  • Padres promote OF prospect Rymer Liriano
    Padres recalled OF Rymer Liriano from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Liriano is set to make his major league debut on Monday night against the Rockies. The dynamic 23-year-old has batted .291/.362/.473 with 14 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 115 games this season between Double-A and Triple-A, and is worth grabbing in most mixed fantasy leagues. The Padres have no reason not to find him regular playing time down the stretch.
    Monday, 11:56 am
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