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  • A.J. Pollock's (groin) return looks unlikely
    A.J. Pollock (groin) told Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale that he thought he was "going to feel much better" when he ran on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock was hoping to make a late-season return from a strained groin that he suffered a little over two weeks ago, but this little setback should effectively end his campaign. "He wants to get back in there," Hale said, "and obviously we’re not going to let him run the bases or get in a game until he can run 100 percent without pain." 17 minutes ago
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Yasmany Tomas pulled for not hustling
    Yasmany Tomas was pulled from Saturday's game against the Orioles for an apparent lack of hustle.

    Advice: Tomas failed to run hard to first base following a dropped third strike in the fourth inning. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale wouldn't confirm it was the reason he pulled Tomas, nor did he confirm it last year for a similar incident involving Tomas. "It’s between he and I," Hale said. "That’s a personal thing. Yas has played his tail off all year for us. He’s one of the guys on this team I really love. That’s just between he and I." 23 minutes ago
  • Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident
    Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ reports that Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident.

    Advice: The Marlins have cancelled Sunday's game against the Braves following this unfathomably tragic news. Fernandez turned just 24 at the end of July and, of course, had already been through plenty with what he experienced in defecting from Cuba. Our thoughts go out to Fernandez's family and the Marlins during this horrific tragedy. Today, 5:50 am
  • Max Kepler (neck) singles in return to action
    Max Kepler (neck) singled in one of his three plate appearances in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Kepler was removed from Thursday's contest and sat out Friday with a mild neck strain. It doesn't appear it will be an issue for him moving forward. Today, 5:25 am
  • Jose Iglesias (hand) back in action Saturday
    Jose Iglesias (hand) singled and scored a run in five trips to the plate Saturday against the Royals.

    Advice: Iglesias had to be lifted from Friday's game after an errant throw from third base hit his right hand as he crossed first base. However, he didn't wind up needing any additional down time as it turned out. Today, 5:23 am
  • Bumgarner coughs up five runs in six innings
    Madison Bumgarner escaped with a no-decision after allowing five runs in six innings but the Giants went on to beat the Padres 9-6 in extra innings on Saturday.

    Advice: He put up zeroes in the first three innings but gave up a solo homer in the fourth, a two-run homer in the fifth and another two-run homer in the sixth. He has given up a career-high 26 homers this season, but his home runs allowed rate is still better than league average. Today he surrendered only one hit that didn't leave the yard. He punched out five and issued one free pass. He helped himself at the plate by going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. The five runs allowed were the most he has given up in a game this year. His 2.71 ERA in 219 1/3 innings is still spectacular even after the poor outing. He is likely to get one more start in the regular season. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Romo snares third save on Saturday
    Sergio Romo gave up a base hit in the 10th inning but was able to protect a three-run lead to earn the save against the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Romo now seems to be the go-to guy to close out games for the Giants. They have had a revolving door at closer but this was Romo's third save in the last five games. He is the Giants reliever to own for fantasy purposes. Romo missed half the season to injury but has pitched well when on the mound. He has a 2.93 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Pagan goes 3-for-5 with an RBI, run and steal
    Angel Pagan went 3-for-5 with an RBI, stole a base and scored a run in the Giants' extra-inning win on Saturday.

    Advice: He drove in a run with a single in the first inning. He scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a Kelby Tomlinson single. Pagan has a .273 batting average with 11 bombs, 51 RBI and 66 runs scored in 122 games this year. He has pitched in 14 stolen bases as well. He is a decent extra outfielder in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Franco homers in third straight to top Mets
    Maikel Franco homered in his third straight game Saturday, and the Phillies outlasted the Mets 10-8.

    Advice: For the fourth game in a row, Franco had two hits, and for the third straight game one of those hits left the yard. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored on Saturday, with his three-run jack in the first inning accounting for all his runs driven in. He's finishing a relatively disappointing season on a high note, as the 24-year-old now has 25 homers and 87 RBI to go with a .253/.304/.433 line overall. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Ruf has three hits, homer in win over Mets
    Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Ruf swatted a three-run bomb in the fourth inning as the Phillies hung 10 runs on the Mets in the victory. It was Ruf's second homer in as many games after going his first 37 games without one. Ineffectiveness and the emergence of Tommy Joseph have relegated Ruf to a reserve role, and the 30-year-old will need a big spring to earn a spot on the 2017 roster. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Renfroe swats first big league homer Saturday
    Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4, scored twice and hit his first major league home run on Saturday versus the Giants.

    Advice: He launched a solo homer off Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning. He doubled and scored in the sixth. Renfroe hit 30 home runs at Triple-A this season. The 24-year-old former first round draft pick is getting his first cup of coffee in the majors this month. He will likely work his way into the Padres' starting lineup early next season. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Herrera gets three more hits, scores twice
    Odubel Herrera went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Herrera had a triple, his sixth of the season, among his three hits. It was the third time in his last eight games that he's enjoyed a three-hit night, and Herrera has eight multi-hit games this month. The strong finish is very promising from the 24-year-old, who is hitting .290/.365/.428 with 15 homers, 48 RBI, 85 runs scored and 25 steals overall. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Bruce comes up with pinch-hit homer vs. Phils
    Jay Bruce hit a pinch-hit home run in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: The home run, a solo shot, came in the ninth inning to make it a two-run game. It was also Bruce's 30th homer of the year but just his fifth in close to two months since joining the Mets. That cold snap has relegated him to a bench role as the club angles for a postseason berth. Perhaps Saturday's sign of life will earn him some more playing time over the season's final week-plus. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Asher earns win despite four unearned runs
    Alec Asher allowed four runs -- all unearned -- over five innings in a win over the Mets on Saturday.

    Advice: Two errors that contributed to a four-run fifth inning -- with the Phillies ahead 10-0 at that point -- marred Asher's final line, but he gave up just five hits without walking a batter in the victory. Asher has now allowed just four earned runs in four starts this year, posting a 1.66 ERA and 0.92 WHIP while going 2-0 in those starts. A rematch with the Mets on Friday looms in Asher's final start of 2016. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Kershaw fires seven shutout innings vs Rox
    Clayton Kershaw shut down the Rockies for seven scoreless innings on three hits as the Dodgers won 14-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out six and didn't walk anybody. It was another vintage Kershaw outing. He improved his record to 12-3 with a remarkable 1.65 ERA. He has punched out 168 batters and walked only 10 in 142 innings. He missed a couple months to a back injury but has returned with a vengeance. With the Dodgers likely to clinch a division title before his next turn, it remains to be seen if Kershaw will get another start in the regular season. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Votto's 26th homer leads Reds past Brewers
    Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three walks as the Reds downed the Brewers 6-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Votto took Brewers starter Taylor Jungmann deep in the first inning for the two-run dong, his 26th of the season. The 33-year-old is hitting .320/.433/.533 with 89 RBI and 94 runs scored -- amazing after he hit .252 with an .832 OPS in the first half -- and he ranks among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories. It's a shame the Reds haven't been able to do more during the height of his brilliance. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Schebler collects three hits, two runs scored
    Scott Schebler went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: The outfielder had a double to go with two singles in the contest. The 25-year-old had a terrible start to the year, leading to his demotion in early May, but he's making up for it with a strong finish. Schebler is now hitting .320 in September with a homer, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored this month. He's batting .256/.322/.420 overall. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Bettis pounded for seven runs in 4 2/3 frames
    Chad Bettis was demolished for seven runs -- five earned -- over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: He can't blame this one on Coors Field either. He struggled to throw strikes, walking four on 105 pitches in the short and ugly outing. He gave up eight hits and struck out three. Bettis gave up four runs in the second inning, two more in the fourth and was chased after giving up an RBI single to opposing pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the fifth. His record falls to 13-8 with a 4.92 ERA in 179 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Straily limits Brewers to one run in 14th win
    Dan Straily held the Brewers to one run over 6 2/3 innings in a win Saturday.

    Advice: Straily yielded five hits and issued two free passes in the victory, his third in a row and 14th on the year. Anybody who said they saw this coming from the 27-year-old is a liar. Straily is now 14-8 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.18 WHIP through 33 games -- including 30 starts -- this season, and he's cemented a spot in the Reds' rotation heading into next year. Straily will make his final start of this season Thursday against the Cardinals. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Gordon runs wild on Braves in Marlins victory
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases and two runs scored in the Marlins' 6-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: Gordon had no fear for Braves catcher Anthony Recker, walking and stealing second base in the first inning, stealing third base in the third inning and stealing second again an inning later. The three steals give him 26 steals in 74 games this year. His .257/.298/.320 line leaves something to be desired, but the 28-year-old's speed is a fantasy difference-maker and with a full year to work with in 2017, he should once again be among the cream of the crop at second base. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
    vs Atl
  • Arenado goes 2-for-3 vs Dodgers Saturday
    Nolan Arenado went 2-for-3 in a lopsided loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rockies predictably couldn't get anything going against Clayton Kershaw. Both of Arenado's hits were singles. He is having another fantastic season. He is rocking a .294 batting average with 40 home runs, 129 RBI and 112 runs scored. He is still only 25 years old. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Ramos fans two Braves to earn 39th save
    A.J. Ramos struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the Braves to earn his 39th save.

    Advice: Ramos had little trouble with the bottom of the Braves order and leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte, who struck out to end the game. His 39 saves are fourth-most in the National League and a single-season high for Ramos. The right-hander owns a 2.90 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 70/33 K/BB ratio over 62 innings this year. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
    vs Atl
  • Dietrich launches seventh homer versus Braves
    Derek Dietrich hit a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Dietrich hit the two-run blast off Braves starter Aaron Blair in the first inning. He finished 1-for-4 in the game. Dietrich now has seven homers and 42 RBI in 122 games, batting a respectable .286/.381/.437 in that span. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    vs Atl
  • Blair gives up five runs in loss to Marlins
    Aaron Blair allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: Blair gave up six hits and walked three, and the right-hander failed to register a strikeout in the outing. The start came five days after he bested Mets stud Noah Syndergaard, speaking to the volatility the 24-year-old has brought to the table this year. Blair owns an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts overall, and a date with the Tigers on Friday could be a rough way to end a trying rookie season. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Chen allows two runs over four versus Braves
    Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs over four innings of work Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Chen threw 62 pitches -- four fewer than in his first start -- while allowing four hits and not issuing a walk. It was a similar line to his last start against the Nationals, and Chen now owns a 5.02 ERA and 1.28 WHIP through 21 starts this year. Chen will make his final start of 2016 Friday against the Nationals. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    vs Atl
  • Jose Fernandez pushed back to Monday
    Jose Fernandez will have his start pushed back to Monday.

    Advice: He was slated to get the ball Sunday versus Atlanta but now he'll start against the Mets on Monday. Fernandez has already logged 182 1/3 innings this year and there's a good chance the Marlins will shut him down after his next start. Adam Conley will toe the rubber in Sunday's series finale. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Nolan Arenado drills 40th homer
    Nolan Arenado hit his 40th homer Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Arenado has 40 homers and 129 RBI right now after finishing with 42 homers and 130 RBI last year. Where he's grown as a player is in the walk department; he's taken 55 unintentional walks this year and finishing with just 21 in 2014. Friday, 11:45 pm
  • Franco homers in loss to Mets
    Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a long two-run homer Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: After going without a homer in 27 games, Franco has now homered on back-to-back nights. While the 24-year-old has regressed from his impressive rookie season, he's showing some late life. He leads the Phillies with 24 homers and 84 RBI. Friday, 8:14 pm
  • Iglesias day-to-day with hand contusion
    Jose Iglesias has been diagnosed with a right hand contusion and is listed as day-to-day.

    Advice: The defensive wizard was hit in the hand by an errant throw while running the bases in Friday's victory over the Royals. It wouldn't be surprising to see Andrew Romine start in his place on Saturday. Friday, 6:51 pm
  • Jose Iglesias leaves game with hand injury
    Jose Iglesias was forced to leave Friday's game against the Royals after being hit on the hand by an errant throw.

    Advice: Iglesias got drilled on the right hand by a wild throw from Cheslor Cuthbert as he crossed first base. He remained in the game to run for himself, but was replaced by Andrew Romine defensively the next half inning. Expect the Tigers to provide an update on his status after the conclusion of Friday's game. Friday, 6:42 pm
  • Max Kepler (neck) available off the bench
    Max Kepler (neck) is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Kepler was lifted from Thursday's game with a mild neck strain. He did report improvement Friday and is available off the bench. Logan Schafer will cover right field Friday. Friday, 3:02 pm
  • Jay Bruce on the bench again Friday
    Jay Bruce is not in the Mets' lineup Friday for the fifth time in the last six games.

    Advice: Bruce is hitting just .174/.252/.285 since joining the Mets and the club can't afford to keep trotting him out there in hopes that he rights the ship. Michael Conforto is in right field Friday. The Mets also have Lucas Duda at first base and Kelly Johnson at second. Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Dee Gordon not in Friday's lineup
    Dee Gordon is not in the Marlins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Derek Dietrich is at second base and in the leadoff spot. Friday, 11:58 am
    vs Atl
  • Romo earns save as Giants survive late scares
    Sergio Romo earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Padres.

    Advice: The Giants' bullpen has been an out-and-out mess in September. Romo has picked up saves in two of the last three games, though, and might earn a few additional chances over the final week-plus. On Thursday, he allowed a one-out double to Ryan Schimpf in the ninth, but induced a pop out and a ground out to end the contest without run-scoring incident. In 26 2/3 innings this season, Romo has pitched to a 3.04 ERA and 29/7 K/BB ratio. Thursday, 10:32 pm
  • Franco homers, has four RBI in loss to Mets
    Maikel Franco did everything he could to get the Phillies past the Mets on Thursday, finishing 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the loss.

    Advice: Franco muscled an Addison Reed pitch to the opposite field in the eighth inning, barely clearing the wall for a three-run shot that gave the Phillies a late lead. After the Mets came back in the ninth, Franco then drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the 11th. Of course, that run wouldn't hold up, either, but there's only so much one man can do. With Thursday's game, the 24-year-old is hitting .250/.310/.422 with 23 homers, 83 RBI and 59 runs scored in 143 games. Thursday, 9:53 pm
  • Kepler leaves game with mild neck strain
    Max Kepler was removed from Thursday's contest with a mild neck strain.

    Advice: He sustained the injury when he was crunched into a wall in foul territory by teammate Kennys Vargas while chasing down a fly ball. He should be considered day-to-day. Thursday, 7:58 pm
  • Jay Bruce sitting again Thursday vs. Phillies
    Jay Bruce is sitting again Thursday.

    Advice: Bruce was also held out of the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday, with Curtis Granderson in right field and Alejandro De Aza in center. That's the same setup Thursday night against the Phillies. Bruce did pinch-hit in Wednesday's game, striking out in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets fell 4-3 to the Braves. He's batting .175/.253/.287 in 158 plate appearances since being acquired from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline. Thursday, 12:16 pm
  • Arenado slugs grand slam in rout of Cards
    Nolan Arenado slugged a grand slam Wednesday in the Rockies' 11-1 rout of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Arenado cranked his four-run shot against rookie Cardinals starter Luke Weaver in the bottom of the second inning to put the Rockies up 6-1. He also drew a walk and singled, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in the big afternoon romp at Coors Field. Arenado is batting .294/.362/.573 with 39 home runs and an MLB-leading 128 RBI in 150 games this season. The 25-year-old third baseman is on his way to a second straight 130-plus RBI campaign. Wednesday, 3:19 pm
  • Jay Bruce out of Mets lineup on Wednesday
    Jay Bruce is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Braves.

    Advice: Bruce went 0-for-3 and was taken out for a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to Atlanta. He's batting just .176/.255/.289 in 157 plate appearances since the Mets acquired him from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline. Curtis Granderson is in right field and Alejandro De Aza is in center on Wednesday versus the Braves and right-hander Ryan Weber. Wednesday, 12:21 pm
  • Padres promote Hunter Renfroe from El Paso
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Hunter Renfroe from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Renfroe was one of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League this summer, slashing .306/.336/.557 with 30 homers and 105 RBI in 133 games for the El Paso Chihuahuas, whose season ended Tuesday in the Triple-A championship. The plan probably calls for him to make three or four starts over the Padres' final 11 games, which doesn't offer much fantasy appeal. Renfroe, the 13th overall pick in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft, will challenge for a starting job with San Diego leading into 2017. Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Padres calling up Renfroe, Margot and others
    Padres manager Andy Green confirmed late Tuesday that the club is calling up prospects Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Austin Hedges, and Carlos Asuaje.

    Advice: We were hoping this might happen three weeks ago so that Renfroe and Margot -- both top-100 prospects -- might be of some fantasy use, but the El Paso Chihuahuas made a run all the way to the Triple-A championship before falling to the Yankees' Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate on Tuesday night in Memphis. Renfroe, 24, batted .306/.336/.557 with 30 home runs and 105 RBI in 133 games this season at the Triple-A level. Margot, 21, hit .304/.351/.426 with six home runs and 30 stolen bases in 124 games. They'll both be appearing in the majors for the first time. Wednesday, 6:06 am
  • Herrera stuffs stat sheet in win over ChiSox
    Odubel Herrera had a monster day Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two stolen bases against the White Sox.

    Advice: Herrera drilled a deep one to right-center off of James Shields for a two-run homer in the first inning and followed it up with his trademark bat-flip. He then added a couple singles, with one of them plating a run in the fifth inning. Herrera went through a lengthy lull after the All-Star break but has really picked it up over the last week, batting .536 with two homers, six RBI and four stolen bases in his last seven contests. Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Jose Fernandez whiffs 12 in eight-inning gem
    Jose Fernandez was dominant Tuesday, striking out 12 while allowing only three hits across eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Tanner Roark pitched well himself in this one, but Fernandez wasn't going to be denied. The big righty didn't walk anyone and allowed just one runner to reach second base through his first seven frames. He pitched out of a jam in his last inning with runners on the corners and one out, getting a strikeout and groundout. Fernandez now has nine 11-plus strikeout games this season and an absurd 253 strikeouts over 182 1/3 innings on the year. The Marlins could shut him down after Sunday's start against the Braves if they fall out of contention next week. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Jay Bruce back in Tuesday's lineup vs. ATL
    Jay Bruce is back in Tuesday's lineup versus the Braves.

    Advice: Bruce was benched for back-to-back games in order to clear his head, but he's right back in there on Tuesday as promised. He's batting just .180/.260/.295 over 154 plate appearances since being acquired by the Mets. Tuesday, 12:15 pm
  • Fernandez preparing for two more starts
    Jose Fernandez said Monday that he's preparing for two more starts.

    Advice: The Marlins have wanted to keep Fernandez in the range of 180 innings in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and he's currently sitting at 174 1/3 innings for the year. As of now, he's lined up to start Tuesday against the Nationals and Sunday against the Braves. The Marlins are back at .500 and sit four games back in the Wild Card race, so he could be ready to go for the final week of the season if they make a late push. He's likely to be shut down for the final week if they are officially eliminated. Tuesday, 6:07 am
  • Clayton Kershaw strong against Giants
    Clayton Kershaw allowed just an unearned run and three hits over six innings Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: The run scored after an infield single, a steal with a throwing error that allowed the runner to go to third and then a wild pitch. Kershaw, though, was Kershaw; he struck out seven and walked one in the 88-pitch outing. He should be ready to throw 100 pitches next time out. Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Madison Bumgarner strikes out 10 Dodgers
    Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings Monday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Bumgarner finished the seventh by touching off a benches-clearing incident with Yasiel Puig, repeatedly telling Puig "don't look at me" while at the same time staring him down. Before that happened, it seemed likely that Bumgarner would be back out for the eighth; he finished the seventh at 97 pitches. Instead, he was done and the bullpen blew the game in the ninth. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Aaron Blair out-pitches Thor on Monday
    Aaron Blair pitched the best game of his young career Monday, holding the Mets to two runs over six frames in a 7-3 victory.

    Advice: This looked like one of the biggest mismatches of the season on paper with Noah Syndergaard going up against Blair, who entered with an 8.23 ERA over his first 12 major league starts. However, Thor was knocked out after 3 2/3 innings and Blair went six strong, needing just 86 pitches. That's baseball. The rookie right-hander gets the Marlins in Miami this weekend and will still be hard to trust in fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:48 pm
  • Wei-Yin Chen lasts 4 1/3 frames in return
    Making his first start in two months, Wei-Yin Chen yielded three runs over 4 1/3 frames in a 4-3 victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: Chen faced the minimum through four innings but quickly ran into trouble in the fifth, permitting two one-out singles and then a three-run homer to Danny Espinosa. The left-hander was probably gassed after a long layoff, and the Marlins overall were probably encouraged with what they saw. He gave up just four hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out three. Chen should be able to go a bit deeper into this weekend's start versus the Braves. Monday, 7:27 pm
    vs Atl
  • A.J. Ramos nails down save No. 38
    A.J. Ramos notched his 38th save of the season in Monday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: It wasn't without a sweat, as Ramos allowed a leadoff double while trying to protect a one-run lead. However, the closer was then able to induce a fielder's choice to cut down the runner at third base followed by a couple flyouts. Ramos has allowed only one run over 10 appearances this month. Monday, 7:19 pm
    vs Atl
  • Marlins activate LHP Chen (elbow) from DL
    Marlins activated LHP Wei-Yin Chen from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Chen has been out since late July with a left elbow sprain, but he'll make his return in a start Monday against the Nationals. The 31-year-old had a disappointing 4.99 ERA in 19 starts prior to the injury and makes for a risky play in mixed fantasy leagues. Monday, 1:04 pm
    vs Atl
  • Jay Bruce out again Monday vs. Marlins
    Jay Bruce is out of the Mets' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Bruce also sat out Sunday after going 0-for-5 on Saturday. He's batting just .181/.261/.297 in 38 games since the Mets acquired him from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline. Michael Conforto is starting in right field and hitting sixth Monday versus Braves right-hander Aaron Blair. Monday, 12:17 pm
  • Kershaw on pitch count of 90-100 on Monday
    Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times says Clayton Kershaw will be on a pitch count of 90-100 on Monday night against the Giants.

    Advice: That's a nice increase for Kershaw, who threw 64 pitches over five scoreless innings in his second start off the disabled list last Wednesday versus the Yankees. The ace left-hander is an obvious must-play the rest of the way after missing more than 10 weeks with a herniated disc in his back. He owns a dominant 1.81 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 155/9 K/BB ratio in 129 total innings this season. Monday, 9:55 am
  • Chad Bettis defeats Padres to win 13th game
    Chad Bettis picked up his 13th victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Padres to three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Bettis punched out three and issued just one walk on the afternoon. He allowed just a solo home run to Adam Rosales through the first five innings, then the Padres tacked on a pair while chasing him in the sixth. He'll carry a 4.79 ERA and 1.37 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Sep 18, 4:36 pm
  • A.J. Ramos records 37th save
    A.J. Ramos bounced back from Friday's loss to pitch a scoreless ninth for his 37th save Sunday.

    Advice: The Marlins have been leaning heavily on Ramos lately; he's thrown 86 pitches the last six days. If they have a save chance tomorrow, it could go to David Phelps or Fernando Rodney. Sep 18, 2:27 pm
    vs Atl
  • Derek Dietrich reaches three times
    Derek Dietrich went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk against the Phillies on Sunday.

    Advice: Dietrich started his first three games back from the disabled list Sept. 3-5, but this was just his third start in 13 days since. He's playing well enough to justify more at-bats; he's 9-for-24 with a homer, two doubles and three walks since coming back. Sep 18, 2:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    vs Atl
  • Joey Votto reaches five times in victory
    Joey Votto reached all five times he was up and homered Sunday in leading the Reds to a 7-4 win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Votto went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to go along with the homer. His average stands at a season-high .319 right now. It'd be his highest average in a season since he finished at .337 in 2012. Sep 18, 1:15 pm
  • Scott Schebler goes 3-for-4 against Pirates
    Scott Schebler went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored Sunday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With a .265 average and a .770 OPS in 219 at-bats, Schebler is making a decent case to open next season as the lefty portion of a platoon in one of the Reds' corner outfield spots. He doesn't have a whole lot of upside beyond this, though. Sep 18, 1:10 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas sitting out on Sunday
    Yasmany Tomas is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Welington Castillo is also getting a breather, as Socrates Brito is getting a start in the outfield and Tuffy Gosewisch is catching. Sep 18, 10:20 am
  • Max Kepler not in Sunday's lineup
    Max Kepler is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day off. Joe Mauer and Eduardo Escobar are also sitting out, as the Twins have Logan Schafer in right field, Kennys Vargas at first base and James Beresford at third base. Sep 18, 8:10 am
  • Arenado goes 2-for-3 with a two-run bomb Sat.
    Nolan Arenado hit a two-run jack and finished 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: Arenado's monster season rolls on. The first inning bomb gave the Rockies an early lead and they would never look back. He is batting .296 with 38 home runs and 123 RBI. He has also scored 107 times. He still has a chance to equal or surpass the 42 dingers he walloped last year. Sep 17, 8:27 pm
  • Herrera steals base, scores twice versus Fish
    Odubel Herrera went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, a stolen base and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Herrera's double in the first inning sparked a five-run frame for the Phillies. The multi-hit game was his fourth in his last five games, and he's got doubles in each of his last four contests. The resurgence is nice to see after he hit a rough patch in the season's second half. The 24-year-old is hitting .283/.360/.413 with 13 homers, 77 runs scored and 22 stolen bases overall. Sep 17, 8:00 pm
  • A.J. Pollock (groin) set to 'ramp up' activity
    A.J. Pollock (groin) will begin to "ramp up" his activity next week.

    Advice: He's working his way back from a strained groin he suffered about a week ago. Pollock is confident he'll be back before the end of 2016. The 28-year-old made his season debut in August after missing almost five months with a broken elbow. Sep 17, 3:16 pm
    10:35 am @Bal
  • Gordon has three hits, two steals in loss
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-6 with two steals and a run scored in Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Gordon found himself in a deep slump after returning from his PED suspension, but he’s finally starting to heat up at the plate. He has hit safely in each of his last eight games and has multi-hit games in three out of his last four. After stealing just four bases in a 29-game span from August 13-September 13, he has swiped five bases over his last two games. Sep 16, 9:17 pm
    vs Atl
  • Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) to start on Monday
    Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) will rejoin the Marlins' rotation on Monday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: It had been looking like a longshot for a while that Chen would make it back for a meaningful role this season, but he's gotten through a couple simulated games recently with no issues. The lefty has been out since late July with a left elbow sprain. Sep 16, 2:26 pm
    vs Atl
  • A.J. Pollock (groin) hitting, doing pool work
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Thursday that A.J. Pollock (groin) has "been hitting in the cage" and "doing a lot of exercises" in the pool.

    Advice: A timetable for the outfielder's return hasn't been set yet, but the hope remains that Pollock will make it back late this season. He strained his left groin one week ago. Sep 16, 5:39 am
    10:35 am @Bal
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