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  • Justin Turner hits 24th homer
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 and homered to account for the only run in the Dodgers' win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Turner is up to 24 homers in 485 plate appearances this year. For the Mets in 2011, he had four homers in 487 plate appearances. Legitimately one of the NL's best players the last three years, Turner is going to be a fascinating free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:07 pm
    W, 1-0 vs SF
     
  • Machado finishes 4-for-6 with two-run bomb
    Manny Machado went 4-for-6 with a homer and four total RBI to lead the Orioles over the Nationals 10-8 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Machado's two-run bomb in the first inning set the tone for the high-scoring night. He then added run-scoring singles in the second and eighth innings. The four hits raised his batting average to .306 in 494 at-bats. The home run was his 29th. Machado has scored 87 runs and driven in 78. He has yet to steal a base after swiping 20 last year, but that's kind of a side concern at this point for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:13 pm
  • Nats' Murphy goes 3-for-5 with a grand slam
    Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy's season gets more impressive nearly every day. The grand slam came in the ninth inning but the Nationals were behind by seven runs at the time and couldn't make up that much ground. The second baseman's .347/.391/.611 slash line with a 1.002 OPS is off the charts. He chips in 24 home runs and 95 RBI to boot. Unless he falls flat on his face the rest of the season this will go down as by far the best year of his career. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:43 pm
    L, 10-8 vs Bal
     
  • Evan Longoria hits 30th homer in win
    Evan Longoria hit his 30th homer Wednesday as the Rays beat the Red Sox 4-3 in 11 innings.

    Advice: Longoria's homer tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Rays went on to win on a Heath Hembree error in the 11th. Longoria reached 30 homers for the first time since 2013 and fourth time in his career. This could go down as his best season, which is quite a surprise given the way he trended downwards the previous two years. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:14 pm
  • Yasmany Tomas (back) out of Wednesday lineup
    Yasmany Tomas (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves.

    Advice: Tomas was forced out of Tuesday's to the Braves loss due to mid-back stiffness. While the Diamondbacks don't believe this is a serious injury, they are giving him Wednesday off to rest up. Brandon Drury will man right field in his place while batting eighth, but Tomas will be available to pinch-hit off the bench. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:44 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 10-9 vs Atl
     
  • Stephen Drew (ear) visits specialist for shot
    Stephen Drew visited an inner-ear specialist Wednesday and received a shot.

    Advice: Drew is experiencing symptoms of vertigo due to a right inner-ear issue. The hope here is that the symptoms will begin to dissipate within two weeks, but there is still no timetable for his return. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    L, 10-8 vs Bal
     
  • Sandoval (shoulder) down 22 pounds in rehab
    WEEI's Rob Bradford relays that Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) has lost 22 pounds during his rehab.

    Advice: Sandoval underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in early May. While the shoulder injury was not outwardly caused by the third baseman's overweight ways, he has focused on trimming down this summer in an effort to enter 2017 on the right track. He remains under contract through 2019, so it is in the best interest of all involved for there to be a positive outcome after this lost season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:18 pm
    60-Day DL
    L, 4-3 @TB
     
  • Bregman doubles again as Astros top Pirates
    Alex Bregman hit another double Wednesday in the Astros' 5-4 defeat of the Pirates.

    Advice: That's the ninth double and 13th extra-base hit in the last 18 games for Bregman, who is having a big August after struggling out of the gate following his July 25 promotion to the major leagues. The 22-year-old top prospect looks like a must-own in standard leagues for the stretch run. He had a .469 OPS nine days ago. It's now up to 694. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:50 pm
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Seager (foot) out of Mariners' lineup on Wed.
    Kyle Seager will be held out Wednesday after fouling a ball off his foot on Tuesday night.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like anything serious, but the Mariners have a day game against the Yankees and don't want to risk making the matter worse. Seager went 0-for-3 on Tuesday versus New York but still owns a cool .286/.364/.515 batting line with 24 home runs and 83 RBI in 124 games this season for Seattle. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:54 am
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-0 vs NYY
     
  • Middlebrooks (leg) set for rehab assignment
    Will Middlebrooks (leg) will report to Low-A Wisconsin for a rehab assignment on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll play at least two games there before moving up the Brewers' minor league ladder. Middlebrooks has been on the disabled list since July 25 with a lower right leg strain. He was batting .111 (3-for-27) with a .337 OPS through 10 games with Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:40 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 vs Col
     
  • Kang (shoulder) playing catch, fielding balls
    Jung Ho Kang (shoulder) has begun playing catch and fielding grounders.

    Advice: But he hasn't been cleared to swing a bat yet and that might not happen for a little while. Kang landed on the disabled list August 20 with a left shoulder subluxation. He probably won't be ready until mid-September. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:24 am
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 vs Hou
     
  • Gurriel (hamstring) remains out Wednesday
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) remains absent from the Astros' lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gurriel has now started just one of four games since joining the active major league roster on Sunday. He left his MLB debut with tightness in his right hamstring and is still apparently experiencing discomfort. This is probably a good time for a reminder that the Cuban slugger is 32 years old. Alex Bregman will start at third base again and bat second Wednesday versus Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:19 am
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Lamb's two-run double not enough for victory
    Jake Lamb went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Lamb drove in two with a ground rule double in the third inning. He finished the evening with a pair of two-baggers, giving him 24 for the season as a whole. In addition, Lamb is slashing a shiny .262/.338/.535 with 24 homers and 77 RBI across 409 at-bats. On the whole, it has been a brilliant breakout year for the 25-year-old infielder. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
    W, 10-9 vs Atl
     
  • Yasmany Tomas departs with back stiffness
    Yasmany Tomas left Tuesday's game against the Braves due to mid-back stiffness.

    Advice: Brandon Drury pinch-hit for Tomas midway through Tuesday's contest, as apparently Tomas' back stiffened up on him during the proceedings. He was waylaid by a stiff neck earlier this month, but no word as of yet whether his current back ailment is in any way related. For the time being, Tomas should be considered day-to-day. He will be reevaluated on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 10-9 vs Atl
     
  • Flores hits three-run shot in win over Cards
    Wilmer Flores hit a three-run home run as the Mets bested the Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Getting a start against a lefty as per usual, Flores turned on an inside fastball in the first inning for the three-run dinger. It was his only hit in the game and Flores' 13th homer of the year. With first base still a big question mark and Flores' ability to hit left-handed pitching, the 25-year-old should continue to draw starts at the less-hot corner going forward. Flores is hitting .259/.315/.447 in 87 games total. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 8-1 @StL
     
  • Reyes has three hits, three runs versus Cards
    Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a stolen base and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Reyes scored nearly half of the Mets' runs in the game, accounting for three of the team's seven. He did it with three singles, giving him 15 hits in his last 38 at-bats. After a slow start, the 33-year-old is now hitting .284/.336/.477 with three homers, 12 RBI, 18 runs scored and six steals in 26 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
    Player Note
    José Reyes NYM - 3B,SS
    L, 8-1 @StL
     
  • Perez' two-run triple leads Brewers past Rox
    Hernan Perez hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning to help the Brewers get past the Rockies 6-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The hit was Perez' only one in four at-bats, but it was a big one. With two outs and an 0-2 count, Perez slashed a Carlos Estevez pitch down the right field line and into the corner, plating both Jonathan Villar and Ryan Braun to give the Brewers a late lead. It was just the latest noteworthy performance for the 25-year-old this year, who's hitting .282/.308/.458 with 11 homers, 43 RBI, 35 runs scored and 23 steals in 87 games played. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
    Player Note
    Hernán Pérez Mil - 2B,3B,OF
    W, 7-1 vs Col
     
  • Arenado hits three-run jack against Brewers
    Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Arenado leads the National League with 33 home runs and 107 RBI, and he's second in the league with 91 runs scored. There's just not a lot else to say about the 25-year-old superstar besides he's one of the best in the game in almost every facet. Offensively, which is what matters in our game, Arenado is hitting .286/.357/.564 through 124 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
    L, 7-1 @Mil
     
  • Saladino still sidelined by back discomfort
    Tyler Saladino missed a fourth straight start Tuesday due to back soreness.

    Advice: But the 27-year-old infielder did say Tuesday that it's "feeling better." Saladino hasn't appeared in a game for the White Sox since last Thursday. He had been serving as their primary starter at second base with Brett Lawrie (hamstring, quad, knee) on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    Player Note
    Tyler Saladino CWS - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Brett Lawrie getting tests on sore quad
    Brett Lawrie is undergoing more tests in Chicago after reaggravating his quad.

    Advice: Lawrie was pulled off his rehab assignment and the White Sox aren't sure when he might return to live minor league games, let alone the major league roster. "He hasn’t played enough to make it through a game so there’s something going on there," manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday. Lawrie originally landed on the disabled list July 22 with a left hamstring strain. He's also been dealing with fluid in his knee. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Dodgers recall Charlie Culberson from OKC
    Dodgers recalled INF Charlie Culberson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Culberson has batted .267/.290/.333 in 31 plate appearances this season at the major league level. The 27-year-old infielder carries no fantasy relevance. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:15 pm
    W, 1-0 vs SF
     
  • Valbuena (hamstring) is done for the season
    Luis Valbuena will undergo season-ending surgery on his strained right hamstring.

    Advice: Valbuena came down the hamstring strain back in late July and then suffered a setback last week while running. Alex Bregman has since taken over as the Astros' primary third baseman, with Yulieski Gurriel recently working into the mix. Valbuena finishes the 2016 season with a .260/.357/.459 batting line, 13 home runs, and 40 RBI in 90 games. He will be a free agent this winter at age 31. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:53 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Gurriel (hamstring) remains out Tuesday night
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) is out of the Astros' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Gurriel left his MLB debut on Sunday with right hamstring tightness and was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Monday. His status appears to be the same for Tuesday. Alex Bregman is starting at third base and batting second versus Pirates right-hander Ivan Nova. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:05 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Marlins place Dietrich (knee) on 15-day DL
    Marlins placed 2B Derek Dietrich on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: The move was made retroactive to August 19. It clears a roster spot for Oswaldo Arcia, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. Dietrich was an effective hitter before the All-Star break (.303 AVG in 231 at-bats) but has slumped in the second half by hitting only .195 over his last 77 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
    Player Note
    Derek Dietrich Mia - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    15-Day DL
    W, 3-0 vs KC
     
  • Henry says Red Sox 'need' Pablo Sandoval
    Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald "we absolutely need" Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) next season.

    Advice: Sandoval has been a complete bust since joining the Red Sox in 2015 and barely played this year because of a shoulder injury. However, with David Ortiz departing Sandoval could have a role next year as the starting DH. Travis Shaw would remain at third base in that scenario with Hanley Ramirez handling first. Of course, if top prospect Yoan Moncada can make a smooth transition to the hot corner, it could create a domino effect with Shaw moving to first and Ramirez sliding in at DH. Sandoval, who has reportedly lost 15 pounds while rehabbing this summer, is under contract through 2019 with a club option for 2020. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 4-3 @TB
     
  • Gurriel (hamstring) appears as pinch-hitter
    Yulieski Gurriel (hamstring) grounded out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel exited his MLB debut on Sunday because of hamstring tightness, but he's expected to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday. The Astros don't have the DH available under National League rules, so look for him to either play third base or left field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:41 am
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Kyle Seager hits three-run homer in win
    Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in the Mariners' 7-5 defeat of the Yankees on Monday.

    Advice: Seager's .884 OPS is about 100 points better than he's ever done before, and he's two away from matching his career high in homers. It's too bad his brother is getting all of the attention in the family; both have been among the game's top 20 or so position players this year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:38 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-0 vs NYY
     
  • Evan Longoria slugs home run No. 29
    Evan Longoria ripped a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Longo's blast with one out in the ninth inning broke up the shutout, but the Rays were unable to get any closer. The third baseman has now gone deep six times over his last 15 games. It's been quite the bounce-back season in the power department for Longoria. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:50 pm
  • Danny Espinosa rips homer against Orioles
    Danny Espinosa belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Espinosa took Mychal Givens deep in the seventh inning with an opposite field shot that cut the Orioles' lead to one. Unfortunately for the Nationals, that's as close as they would get. It was Espinosa's first longball since a two-homer game back on July 3, as he's predictably fallen off at the plate after his monster June. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:05 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 10-8 vs Bal
     
  • Valencia will be back in lineup Tuesday
    Danny Valencia will return to the lineup Tuesday, according to Athletics manager Bob Melvin.

    Advice: Valencia was fined as a result of his altercation with teammate Billy Butler over the weekend, but no suspension is expected to be levied. Butler was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list as a result of the clubhouse fight. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:41 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
     
  • Valbuena (hamstring) could require surgery
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Monday that surgery hasn't been ruled out for Luis Valbuena's right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Valbuena landed on the disabled list at the end of July with a right hamstring strain and suffered a setback while running on Friday. He's scheduled to see a doctor on Wednesday to decide the next step. "There's a possibility that there will be some surgical solution to his problem, which will definitely take him out from coming back this year," said Luhnow. "But we'll wait until the doctors assess what's going on." Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Gurriel available off bench Monday
    Yulieski Gurriel is available off the bench Monday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel left his MLB debut Sunday with some tightness in his hamstring, but it's not considered serious. The Astros don't have the DH available for their series against the Pirates, but Gurriel is likely to be back in the lineup Tuesday either at third base or in left field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:52 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Yulieski Gurriel not in Monday's lineup
    Yulieski Gurriel is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Gurriel went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in his MLB debut Sunday before leaving with tightness in his right hamstring. He's considered day-to-day and will sit with the DH unavailable under National League rules. He could get a start a third base during the series, but Alex Bregman is starting there Monday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:04 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Pirates, Freese reach 2-year, $11M extension
    Pirates signed 3B/1B David Freese to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2019.

    Advice: He'll get $6.25 million in 2017 and $4.25 million in 2018, and the club option for 2019 is worth $6 million with a $500,000 buyout. Freese was a nice offseason pickup for the Pirates on a one-year, $3 million free agent contract and is now locked up with Pittsburgh through at least his age-35 season at some fairly reasonable rates. The 33-year-old currently owns a .276/.355/.437 batting line with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 107 games. He's made 58 starts at third base and 26 starts at first base. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:47 am
    L, 5-4 vs Hou
     
  • Justin Turner out of Dodgers lineup Monday
    Justin Turner is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Reds.

    Advice: Rob Segedin is starting at third base and batting eighth versus Reds right-hander Homer Bailey. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Turner, who's batting .320 with a 1.033 OPS so far in the second half. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:04 am
    W, 1-0 vs SF
     
  • Gurriel leaves debut with hamstring tightness
    Yulieski Gurriel left his MLB debut against the Orioles with tightness in his right hamstring.

    Advice: After sitting through a lengthy rain delay, the right hamstring tightened up on the Cuban slugger. He's considered day-to-day for now, though Gurriel said that he'll be in the lineup on Monday night in Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:08 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Arenado goes 4-for-5 with two homers, six RBI
    Nolan Arenado finished 4-for-5 with six RBI in the Rockies' 11-4 rout of the Cubs on Sunday.

    Advice: Arenado opened the game's scoring with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first inning before adding another three-run blast in the bottom of the fourth. He also singled twice. The 25-year-old third baseman is up to 104 RBI for the year, which leads all of MLB, and only Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion have more homers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:26 pm
    L, 7-1 @Mil
     
  • Brett Lawrie pulled off rehab assignment
    Brett Lawrie has been pulled off his rehab assignment.

    Advice: It's unclear what happened, but Lawrie has had setbacks recently with knee and quad issues. He'll be re-evaluated by the White Sox and the club is expected to have more information on his status later this week. Obviously he's not going to be activated soon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:20 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Astros recall Yulieski Gurriel from Triple-A
    Astros recalled 3B Yulieski Gurriel from Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Gurriel will make his major league debut in the designated hitter spot against the Orioles. Most of his playing time figures to come at third base, although he did make one start in left field in the minors. Alex Bregman might now see most of his starts in left. Gurriel batted an underwhelming .250/.262/.429 with two homers over 15 minor league games, but the 32-year-old has a seasoned bat and could hit the ground running with the Astros. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:29 am
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Murphy goes 3-for-4 with a solo homer
    Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Nationals' offense went wild on Saturday.

    Advice: He walked as well. The Nationals racked up 17 hits and Murphy contributed his share. He continues to build his case for MVP of the National League. He is now batting .348/.391/.613 with 23 home runs, 88 RBI and 74 runs. He is on pace to set career bests in pretty much every stat except stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:18 pm
    L, 10-8 vs Bal
     
  • Astros to promote Yulieski Gurriel on Sunday
    Yulieski Gurriel will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.

    Advice: The Astros' free agent prize from Cuba is finally ready to make his big league debut. Gurriel mostly played third base during his 15-game stint in the minor leagues though he did make one start in left field. He'll serve as the DH in his debut Sunday against the Orioles. Gurriel hit .250 in the minors with two homers and 14 RBI in 56 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:13 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Bregman goes 3-for-6 with a two-run homer
    Alex Bregman went 3-for-6 and blasted a two-run homer as the Astros beat the Orioles on Saturday.

    Advice: George Springer led off the game with a walk and Bregman followed that with a home run to give the Astros a quick lead they would keep adding to all night. The 22-year-old started his career with a horrible slump but is quickly making that a distant memory. He has been on fire lately and his slash line now looks respectable despite the rough start. He is batting .238/.291/.396 with three homers in 101 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:57 pm
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Valencia registers yet another multi-hit game
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was Valencia's 15th of the year. The infielder now has multiple hits in each of his last six games, raising his overall line to .302/.351/.478 in 97 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:50 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-1 vs Cle
     
  • Longoria homers, drives in two as Rays roll
    Evan Longoria went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Rays' 8-2 win over the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: Longoria hit a solo homer off Rangers starter A.J. Griffin in the sixth inning after collecting an RBI single in the first. The home run was the 28th of the year for the 30-year-old, his highest single-season total since 2013 and the fourth time he's hit 28 or more in a year. It's no surprise, then, that Longoria is having one of the best offensive seasons of his career, batting .291/.343/.549 with 75 RBI and 65 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:54 pm
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffers setback
    Luis Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback while running on Friday.

    Advice: He's headed back to Houston, where he'll be looked at by team doctors. Valbuena was getting close to a rehab assignment but now that's on hold. Now that Alex Bregman has arrived in the major leagues and is manning third base, Valbuena won't have to rush his recovery. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:51 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Tyler Saladino still out with sore back
    Tyler Saladino is dealing with a sore back.

    Advice: Saladino wasn't in Saturday's lineup and it looks like he's iffy for Sunday as well. The 27-year-old has played a utility role for the White Sox this season, appearing at seven different positions. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:56 pm
    Player Note
    Tyler Saladino CWS - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Shoulder injury sends Kang to disabled list
    Pirates placed 3B Jung Ho Kang on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

    Advice: Kang got hurt on a slide Friday against the Marlins. The injury will cost him 2-4 weeks. Kang's roster spot will be absorbed by first base prospect Josh Bell. It's poor timing for Kang, who was just starting to hit his stride offensively. The 29-year-old had hit safely in five of his last six games while raising his season average from .230 to .243. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 vs Hou
     
  • Freese clubs two-run homer in loss
    David Freese clubbed a two-run homer in a loss Friday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: His two-run blast off Tom Koehler gave the Pirates the lead in the fourth inning in what was a back-and-forth affair. The Pirates were ultimately on the losing side. Freese is still doing most of his damage against left-handers, but he’s batting .282/.363/.447 with 12 homers and 48 RBI through 105 games on the year. His .810 OPS is his highest since his All-Star season with the Cardinals in 2012. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:24 pm
    L, 5-4 vs Hou
     
  • Brett Lawrie to resume rehab on Friday
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring, knee, quad) will resume his rehab assignment on Friday.

    Advice: Lawrie is on the DL with a hamstring injury but has also had a knee and more recently a quad issue delay his return. He's game-ready again, though, and should be activated before long if he can avoid another setback. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:39 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Daniel Murphy getting a day off Friday
    Daniel Murphy is absent from the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a routine day off. The Nats have Trea Turner at second base and Clint Robinson at first. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:58 pm
    L, 10-8 vs Bal
     
  • Luis Valbuena (hamstring) nearing rehab games
    The Astros hope Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is ready to begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: Valbuena ran on Tuesday and Wednesday and has also resumed other baseball activities. "Obviously the next few days are going to tell us a little bit more about the realistic side of it," manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday. "We'd like to push him the most we can without jeopardizing the rehab he's already done, so the running intensity is going to increase (and) the groundball intensity will increase. The batting practice is fine - he feels nothing in batting practice. So we're in this area where the harder we push him, the more vulnerable he can become, but it's time that we need to push him a little bit and see if a rehab assignment is possible maybe while we're in Pittsburgh." Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:13 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Turner homers in second straight versus Phils
    Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run against the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Stop me if you've heard this one: Justin Turner is on fire. That's not a ginger joke, but rather a nod to the 31-year-old's recent stretch in which he's hit four homers in his last eight games, including two in a row. Turner now has 23 homers on the year -- 20 of which have come since June 7 -- and 72 RBI, batting .278/.345/.516 through 113 games. He's been an incredible find for the Dodgers these past three seasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:03 pm
    W, 1-0 vs SF
     
  • Machado homers, drives in three versus Astros
    Manny Machado went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: Machado swatted one of the Orioles' six homers on the evening. The dinger was his 27th of the season, giving him 72 RBI and 83 runs scored. He's cooled from his early season pace -- how could he not have, batting .334 with a 1.001 OPS through June -- but the 24-year-old is now hitting .304/.361/.552 overall. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:54 pm
  • Gurriel to start in left field Thursday night
    Yulieski Gurriel will start in left field Thursday for Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Well that's an interesting development. The expectation was that Gurriel would only play third base during his rehab assignment but it looks like the Astros are going to try him in the outfield. Gurriel has some outfield experience from his playing days in Cuba and got some reps there when he worked out for the Astros prior to signing. Moving Gurriel to the outfield full time would allow top prospect Alex Bregman to remain at third base. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:35 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Brett Lawrie suffers quad injury in rehab game
    Brett Lawrie (hamstring, knee) left Wednesday's rehab game for Double-A Birmingham with a sore quad.

    Advice: Lawrie was close to returning from a strained hamstring but this will obviously push back his timetable. It's unclear if Lawrie's injury is of the day-to-day variety or something more serious. Tyler Saladino will continue to fill in at second base for the White Sox. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:07 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-3 vs Phi
     
  • Gurriel goes 0-for-4 in second game at Fresno
    Yulieski Gurriel went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Wednesday in his second game with Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: But that comes after a big 3-for-4 debut at the Triple-A level on Tuesday. Gurriel, signed last month to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, is batting .283/.294/.500 with two home runs, four doubles, and 14 RBI through 15 minor league games. The 32-year-old Cuban third baseman should join the Astros' major league roster within the next few days. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:56 am
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Tomas hits two homers, nets six RBI in rout
    Yasmany Tomas had two homers, a triple, six RBI and a walk Wednesday as the Diamondbacks crushed the Mets 13-5.

    Advice: Tomas has four two-homer games just since the All-Star break, and he's hit 25 homers overall. That he hardly ever walks remains an issue, but he's always maintained a decent batting average and power stroke as a major leaguer. It seems like he'll be a respectable, if potentially overrated, fantasy regular going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:18 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 10-9 vs Atl
     
  • Kang cracks go-ahead homer in eighth vs. SFG
    Jung Ho Kang smacked a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Giants.

    Advice: Kang stepped to the plate against Derek Law with two outs in the eighth inning. He made sure that Law wouldn't hit the mid-inning commercial break feeling good about himself, socking a solo home run to center to boost the Pirates to a 4-3 advantage. That would stand as the final score. For the season, Kang is hitting .239/.324/.483 with 14 homers and 41 RBI over 230 at-bats. After a cold initial post-All-Star break showing, the 29-year-old third baseman has now homered in three of his last four games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:08 pm
    15-Day DL
    L, 5-4 vs Hou
     
  • Bregman gets first major league homer Tuesday
    Alex Bregman went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, his first in the majors, in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Bregman jumped on a Jaime Garcia offering in the first inning for the two-run blast, his 21st of the year between the minors and majors. An extended cold snap immediately following his promotion has depressed his numbers -- the 22-year-old is hitting just .183/.244/.280 through 20 games -- but he's got a hit in nine of his last 10 games, counting Tuesday. His future is still very bright. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:29 pm
    W, 5-4 @Pit
     
  • Perez hits 10th homer in loss against Cubs
    Hernan Perez went 2-for-4 with his 10th home run of the season in Tuesday's nightcap against the Cubs.

    Advice: Perez hit what seemed like a meaningless homer with two outs in the ninth inning of a four-run game, but the Brewers put together a small rally to bring the tying run to the plate before Aroldis Chapman snuffed out the comeback attempt. The homer was the 10th for Perez in what is shaping up to be a breakout year for the 25-year-old. He's hitting .286/.312/.456 with 21 steals to go along with those 10 homers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:02 pm
    Player Note
    Hernán Pérez Mil - 2B,3B,OF
    W, 7-1 vs Col
     
  • Turner (hand) returns to LAD lineup Tuesday
    Justin Turner (hand) is back in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Turner missed two games with a bruised right hand. He is starting at third base and batting third for the Dodgers on Tuesday night versus righty Vince Velasquez. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:48 pm
    W, 1-0 vs SF
     
  • Kyle Seager plates four in win over Athletics
    Kyle Seager went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBI on Sunday, leading the Mariners to an 8-4 victory over the Athletics in Oakland.

    Advice: Seager gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead with an RBI double in the second inning, then piled on with a bases-clearing double to increase their advantage to 7-1 in the sixth. He is having a terrific season at the dish, slashing .284/.359/.515 with 22 homers and 77 RBI. Rotoworld.com Aug 14, 4:14 pm
    Day-to-Day
    L, 5-0 vs NYY
     
  • Longoria doubles twice, drives in four in win
    Evan Longoria had a nice day at the dish in Sunday's 12-3 win over the Yankees, doubling twice while driving in four runs.

    Advice: Longoria picked up his first RBI knock with a run-scoring double in the first inning. His second double came in the fourth inning. That one cleared the bases. With that pair of two-baggers, the veteran third baseman has now notched 31 of them for the season as a whole. He is slashing a stupendous .289/.340/.540 with 26 homers and 70 RBI over 450 at-bats. He finished this weekend's series against the Yankees with seven hits in 11 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Aug 14, 3:16 pm
  • Justin Turner (hand) out again on Sunday
    Justin Turner (hand) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's sat out two straight with a bruised right hand, but Turner is feeling better and hopes to play Tuesday after Monday's off day. Rob Segedin is filling in again at third base. Rotoworld.com Aug 14, 10:31 am
    W, 1-0 vs SF
     
  • Flores' three hits help Mets win in extras
    Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the Mets' 3-2, 11-inning win over the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: Flores was having a good night before he came to the dish with runners on the corners and one out in the 11th inning. The 25-year-old hit a ground ball up the middle that second baseman Ryan Schimpf fielded but threw wide of catcher Christian Bethancourt, allowing the winning run to score and making Flores the hero. With the three-hit night, Flores is batting .255/.309/.434 with 11 homers, 33 RBI and 27 runs scored overall. Rotoworld.com Aug 13, 9:15 pm
    Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    L, 8-1 @StL
     
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