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  • Brandon Belt reaches five times in win
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, a double, a walk and a HBP to lead the Giants to a 9-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Fortunately, Belt was able to stay in after getting hit in the hand in the seventh. Belt, whose OBP too often has gone to waste in the bottom half of the Giants order, hit second for the fifth time tonight. He has a .520 OBP, five runs scored and five RBI in those five games. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Cabrera has two doubles, two RBI in win
    Melky Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored against the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Cabrera knocked in a run with a double in the bottom of the first inning and later added an RBI single in the fourth. The 32-year-old amassed 25 RBI in September and now has 85 RBI on the year. He’s just two shy of his career-high from 2011. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Christian Yelich leaves the yard in victory
    Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 and slugged his 21st home run of the season as the Marlins topped the Nationals 7-4 in Washington on Friday evening.

    Advice: Yelich delivered a sacrifice fly in the third inning, then added a solo shot in the seventh that increased the Marlins' advantage to 6-4. The 24-year-old has had a terrific season at the dish, slashing .294/.372/.478 with 21 long balls, 99 RBI and eight stolen bases. He'll be an extremely popular commodity heading into next spring's fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Jake Marisnick goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Jake Marisnick went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday in the loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The Astros were hoping Marisnick would step it up when they let Carlos Gomez go, but he's been miserable offensively while continuing to play very good defense in center field. Not only is he batting just .204, but he has a hideous 81/16 K/BB ratio in 280 at-bats. The Astros won't be penciling him in as a 2017 regular. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Trea Turner swipes two more bases in loss
    Trea Turner went 2-for-3 and stole another pair of bases on Friday as the Nationals fell to the Marlins.

    Advice: Turner also walked and drove in a run in the ballgame. He has been a true five-category monster since joining the big league club, slashing an extremely impressive .339/.362/.558 with 12 homers, 38 RBI and 31 stolen bases in only 315 plate appearances. He's making a very strong case for the National League Rookie of the Year award. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
    1:05 pm vs Mia
  • Holliday slugs homer in possible goodbye
    Matt Holliday (thumb) slugged a dramatic pinch-hit homer in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Now that’s a moment. Holliday, who broke his left thumb back on August 11, was activated from the disabled list on Friday so he could make one last appearance for the fans in St. Louis. He was greeted with a standing ovation in the seventh inning before swatting an opposite-field blast off Zach Phillips. Oddly, this was the first pinch-hit homer of his career. The Cardinals have already informed Holliday that they don’t plan to pick up the $17 million option on his contract for 2017, so this was likely goodbye. You couldn’t have drawn it up much better. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Moss slugs two-run homer vs. Pirates
    Brandon Moss slugged a two-run homer against the Pirates on Friday.

    Advice: Moss is now up to 28 homers on the year, though it has been quite a struggle for him over the past month. Coming into Friday’s action, he was hitting .074 (7-for-95) over his previous 28 games. He was hitting .270 as recently as August 26, but he’s now sitting at .225 on the year. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Polanco (neck) returns to action Friday
    Gregory Polanco (neck) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Friday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Polanco was held out of Wednesday’s lineup due to a stiff neck, but he’s feeling better now. The Pirates have already ruled out teammate Starling Marte (back) for the remainder of the season. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Jayson Werth leaves with back tightness
    Jayson Werth was forced to leave Friday's game against the Marlins due to back tightness.

    Advice: It sounds more like the typical back soreness that an aging veteran experiences throughout the season rather than a serious ailment. Still, it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out on Saturday as a precautionary measure. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
    1:05 pm vs Mia
  • Blackmon has three hits Friday vs. Brewers
    Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4 with an RBI single Friday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. While it was a good night at the plate for him, he was also caught stealing and picked off first base. Blackmon has enjoyed a strong September and is batting .322/.378/.545 with 28 homers, 80 RBI, 17 steals, and 110 run scored. He actually has a higher OPS on the road this season than he has at home. Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Matt Kemp crushes 35th homer in loss Friday
    Matt Kemp crushed his 35th home run of the season as the Braves dropped their series-opener against the Tigers in Atlanta on Friday night.

    Advice: Kemp's solo shot in the eighth inning pulled the Braves to within four runs at 6-2, but that would be as close as they would get. He has had an outstanding season on the whole, slashing .271/.305/.504 with 35 homers and 108 RBI. He seems to really enjoy hitting in Atlanta and is someone whose fantasy stock is on the rise heading into 2017. Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Jones homers, draws walk Friday vs. Yanks
    Adam Jones socked a solo homer and drew a walk Friday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Jones hit the first of three homers in the fifth inning. He’s now up to 29 homers on the year. The power has remained consistent, but he doesn’t run anymore and he owns a pedestrian .757 OPS. With home runs up around the game, he’s just not as appealing in fantasy leagues as he used to be. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Bruce stays hot with another homer, three RBI
    Jay Bruce stayed hot Friday against the Phillies by going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.

    Advice: Bruce had a pair of RBI singles and a solo homer. He has now gone deep in three straight games and has four homers in his last six. It has been a struggle for Bruce since he was acquired from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline, but he’s coming around at just the right time for New York. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Danny Valencia scratched with neck issue
    Danny Valencia (neck) was scratched from the Athletics starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor, but there's no real reason to push him at this point. Matt Olson will take his place in the lineup and bat ninth against Taijuan Walker and the Mariners on Friday. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
    6:10 pm @Sea
  • Evan Gattis not in Astros lineup on Friday
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the White Bear, who has been doing a lot of work behind the plate recently. Expect to see him at some point on Friday as a pinch hitter and and his return to the lineup on Saturday. Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Denard Span not in Giants lineup on Friday
    Denard Span is not in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's showdown against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With tough left-hander Rich Hill on the mound for the Dodgers, Span will take a seat in favor of Gorkys Hernandez. It doesn't get any easier with Clayton Kershaw on tap for Saturday, so it's possible he sits that one out as well. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Matt Holliday activated from disabled list
    Cardinals activated OF Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's not going to play much in the final weekend, though, as the Cards just want to get him a token appearance so that the impending free agent can be recognized by the fans. General manager John Mozeliak said Friday that the likelihood of the team picking up Holliday's option for 2017 is "very low." Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Cards expected to activate Holliday (thumb)
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "are ready to activate" Matt Holliday (thumb).

    Advice: It's a change in course, as just a couple days ago Goold reported that Holliday returning was unlikely. However, Goold cautions that it's "hard to tell what role (if any)" Holliday will have in the final weekend. It could just be an opportunity for him to get a token plate appearance or two in order to be recognized by the fans since he's an impending free agent. Holliday has missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Brett Gardner not in Friday's lineup
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off as the Yanks rest some regulars following their elimination from the playoff picture. Mason Williams will handle left field. Starlin Castro is also sitting out, as Ronald Torreyes is at second base. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Harper (thumb) returns to Nationals' lineup
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is back in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It will be his first game since he injured his left thumb on an awkward slide Sunday. Harper is in his customary No. 3 spot in the lineup and in right field against Andrew Cashner and the Marlins. Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Report: Cards won't pick up Holliday's option
    Jon Heyman of reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday's $17 million option for 2017.

    Advice: He also adds that they won't extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either. Holliday, who will turn 37 over the winter, has had a career-worst season at the plate, batting .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances. He's missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Indians want to re-sign 1B Mike Napoli
    Jon Heyman of reports that the Indians want to re-sign impending free agent Mike Napoli.

    Advice: Napoli has proved to be one of the best free agent bargains of last winter by batting .242/.338/.473 with 34 homers and 101 RBI in 2016. Heyman says that the slugger, not surprisingly, wants a multi-year contract this offseason. He also notes that the Indians "may need to go far in the postseason" in order to be able to afford to make Napoli a qualifying offer. Of course, Napoli would probably turn it down, anyway. He'll turn 35 in a month. Yesterday, 6:04 am
  • Schebler (hamstring) delivers as pinch-hitter
    Scott Schebler (hamstring) hit a game-tying infield single as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Schebler didn't start again after tweaking his left hamstring Tuesday, but he came through with a cue shot with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth that tie the game. The Reds then lost the game in controversial fashion in the bottom of the frame. Yesterday, 5:16 am
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Seth Smith (foot) doesn't miss a start
    Seth Smith (foot) was hitless in three at-bats Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Smith departed Wednesday's game after being hit on the foot by a pitch, but he didn't have to miss a start. The Mariners are slated to face righties the next two days, so Smith will be back in there. Yesterday, 5:13 am
    6:10 pm vs Oak
  • David Dahl races around for RBI triple in L
    David Dahl went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Dahl notched his RBI three-bagger against Johnny Cueto in the first inning. It gave the Rockies an early 2-0 lead, one which they would squander as the game progressed. Since being called up in the middle of the summer, Dahl, 22, has impressed to the tune of a .316/.362/.512 triple-slash across 209 at-bats. In addition, the outfielder has mashed seven homers and driven in 24 runs. He has picked up an extra-base hit in each of his last four games. Thursday, 10:37 pm
    5:10 pm vs Mil
  • Orlando posts four-hit night in loss to Twins
    Paulo Orlando went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Orlando is finishing the 2016 season in style, as he's now got a seven-game hitting streak during which he's 14-for-27 with three doubles. The 30-year-old has been a pleasant surprise all around for the Royals, batting .307/.335/.410 in 125 games and forcing his way into everyday at-bats between right and center field. Orlando should once again vie for regular playing time in 2017. Thursday, 10:07 pm
  • Buxton knocks two-run triple in win over KC
    Byron Buxton went 2-for-3 with a double, a two-run triple and two runs scored in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Buxton laced a liner into the left-center field gap in the seventh inning to plate the pair, eventually coming around to score himself later in the inning. Nothing in his big league career has gone the way the Buxton had hoped, but he does have eight homers and 10 steals in 89 games this year and he's still just 22 years old. There's still plenty of time for him to deliver on the promise so many saw in 2012. Thursday, 10:03 pm
  • Mikie Mahtook doubles, homers in win over CWS
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Mahtook took a Jose Quintana offering for a solo ride in the fourth inning. The dinger was his third of the season. While the 26-year-old outfielder is hitting just .199/.237/.295 over 176 at-bats, he has picked it up of late, notching two-hit efforts in three of his last four games. Thursday, 9:10 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out Thursday
    Bryce Harper (thumb) remains sidelined Thursday.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday against the Pirates and hasn't played since. His official status is still day-to-day. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat seventh Thursday versus Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray. Thursday, 7:58 am
  • Kemp homers, drives in two, scores two
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a two-run bomb and scored twice in a win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kemp takes a lot of grief in the press but he has had a very good season. He is batting .270/.304/.500 with 34 home runs and 106 RBI. The home run and RBI totals are the second best of his career. He no longer steals bases though. He used to swipe 30-40 bags back when he was a perennial first round fantasy draft pick. He has only one stolen base this year. Wednesday, 7:11 pm
  • Gregory Polanco out of lineup with neck issue
    Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: Polanco's current neck stiffness could be related to a Friday collision with the outfield wall. Matt Joyce will start in his place in left field and is batting fourth. Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Schebler out of lineup with hamstring injury
    Scott Schebler is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: With Schebler hobbled, Hernan Iribarren is manning center field in his place. Iribarren is slated to hit second. Given the lateness of this injury on the schedule and the Reds' lack of contention, it is possible that Schebler could be finished for 2016. In 252 at-bats, the 25-year-old outfielder has slashed .266/.330/.437 with nine homers and 39 RBI. Wednesday, 2:01 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Seth Smith exits Wed. after being hit in foot
    Seth Smith was lifted for a pinch-runner after being hit in the foot during Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Smith was struck in the foot by a pitch in the top of the sixth inning. Ben Gamel subsequently came on to pinch-run for him. The Mariners should provide an update as to Smith's status later on Wednesday. Wednesday, 1:25 pm
    6:10 pm vs Oak
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out Wednesday
    Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out of the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Harper hasn't appeared in a game since injuring his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base Sunday against the Pirates. X-rays taken Monday came back negative and he should be fine for the start of the NLDS. Brian Goodwin will handle right field and bat sixth Wednesday versus Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller. Wednesday, 12:03 pm
  • Bruce hits two-run homer, Mets rout Marlins
    Jay Bruce went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer as the Mets rolled over the Marlins 12-1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bruce snapped out of a deep funk with a pinch-hit homer in Saturday's game against the Phillies, and he's now 6-for-14 with two homers, three RBI, and four runs scored in his last four games including that pinch-hit appearance. It's coming at just the right time for the Mets, too, as they angle for a Wild Card spot. They'll need Bruce, who now has 31 total homers and 94 total runs scored, firing on all cylinders if they hope to make a deep run in October. Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Holliday (thumb) doubtful to return this year
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is doubtful to return to the Cardinals' active roster this year.

    Advice: Holliday was aiming to take live batting practice over the weekend, but it didn't happen. The veteran outfielder is apparently still dealing with some discomfort and strength issues surrounding his surgically-repaired right thumb. St. Louis has an interesting decision to make this winter with Holliday holding a $17 million club option for 2017. He posted a career-low .768 OPS with 19 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games this season and will turn 37 years old in January. Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Fortunately, X-rays came back negative on Harper's left thumb, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker wants to give him another day. There's a chance he could play on Wednesday. Brian Goodwin will make another start in right field on Tuesday. Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Gregory Polanco (face) back in lineup Tuesday
    Gregory Polanco (face) is back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Polanco suffered a left facial contusion when he collided with the outfield fence on Friday, but he's feeling better now. He'll start in left field and bat second against John Lackey. Tuesday, 12:18 pm
  • Matt Kemp not in Tuesday's lineup vs. Phils
    Matt Kemp is not in Tuesday's lineup versus the Phillies.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a day of rest. Mallex Smith will make the start in left field and hit eighth against right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Tuesday, 12:00 pm
  • Trea Turner notches three hits in loss Monday
    Trea Turner went 3-for-5 with a two-run double in Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He had three of the Nationals' eight hits on the night, plating a pair with his two-bagger in the fourth inning. Turner now has a modest five-game hitting streak going, although this was his first multi-hit effort in over a week. We'll give him a pass given the run he had been on. Monday, 8:43 pm
    1:05 pm vs Mia
  • X-rays negative on Bryce Harper's thumb
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that X-rays on Bryce Harper's left thumb came back negative.

    Advice: Good news for Harper, who injured his thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday. The swelling has gone down and the thought is that he could be ready to play again later this week. He should be good to go for the postseason. Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Nats don't think Harper's thumb is serious
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that they don't anticipate Bryce Harper's thumb injury to be serious.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he was forced to make an awkward slide on a fake tag from Jung Ho Kang at third base. Rizzo hasn't seen Harper's X-rays yet, but we should have more clarity on the situation at some point in the next 24 hours. Monday, 2:58 pm
  • Gregory Polanco (face) out again Monday
    Gregory Polanco (face) is out of the Pirates' lineup again Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Polanco hasn't played since he suffered a left facial contusion when he collided face-first into the left field on Friday. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action. Josh Bell is starting in right field on Monday while John Jaso will play first base. Monday, 1:34 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) out of Nats lineup Mon.
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday night.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he slid awkwardly into third base after a fake tag by Jung Ho Kang. He is scheduled to undergo X-rays at some point Monday. Brian Goodwin will start in right field and bat seventh in the Nationals' series opener against the Diamondbacks. Monday, 12:26 pm
  • David Dahl goes deep in loss to Dodgers
    David Dahl clobbered a solo homer on Sunday as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Dahl's solo blast off of Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning, but it would prove to be short-lived. The homer was Dahl's lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. He has acclimated himself well to big league pitching thus far, slashing .315/.357/.500 with seven homers and 23 RBI. Sunday, 5:17 pm
    5:10 pm vs Mil
  • Harper listed as day-to-day with sore thumb
    Bryce Harper is listed as day-to-day due to soreness in his left thumb.

    Advice: The Nationals don't believe that his injury is serious, but he'll head for precautionary X-rays on Monday to make sure. Harper sustained his injury during Sunday's game when he slid awkwardly into third base after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag. Sunday, 3:05 pm
  • Bryce Harper exits with apparent hand injury
    Bryce Harper departed Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury to his left hand.

    Advice: Harper slid awkwardly into third base in the top of the third inning after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag and appeared to hurt his hand. He stayed in and wound up scoring a run but was then removed before the bottom of the frame. The Nationals should provide an update on Harper shortly. Sunday, 11:58 am
  • Danny Valencia sitting out on Sunday
    Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Matt Olson is in right field Sunday. Sunday, 10:16 am
    6:10 pm @Sea
  • Trea Turner among Nationals regulars resting
    Trea Turner is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's among many regulars resting for the Nats a day after they clinched the National League East. Ben Revere will handle center field. Only Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa are playing among the team's normal starters. Sunday, 8:33 am
    1:05 pm vs Mia
  • 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. Saturday, 10:07 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. Saturday, 9:53 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Werth helps lead Nationals to NL East title
    Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and the Nationals beat the Pirates 6-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: The win, coupled with the Mets' loss to the Phillies, handed the Nationals their third NL East crown in the last five years. The 37-year-old has had a hand in that, hitting 20 homers with 68 RBI and 82 runs scored while batting .249/.337/.422 in 137 games. Saturday, 9:03 pm
    1:05 pm vs Mia
  • Holliday scratched from another BP session
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11. Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Melky Cabrera leaves the yard in loss Friday
    Melky Cabrera blasted a two-run homer in a losing effort against the Indians on Friday.

    Advice: His two-run blast in the first inning off of Trevor Bauer gave the White Sox an early lead, but it would prove to be short-lived. He also doubled, finishing the night 2-for-3 plus a walk. He has been one of the most consistent performers in the White Sox lineup this season, slashing .297/.347/.454 with 13 homers and 78 RBI. Friday, 7:42 pm
  • Mahtook homers in loss to Red Sox
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a solo homer against the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Mahtook’s second-inning homer against Drew Pomeranz was the only offense of the night for the Rays. The 26-year-old is seeing most of the playing time in right field with Steven Souza and Nick Franklin sidelined, but there’s not much to get excited about in fantasy leagues here. Mahtook is batting just .182/.226/.253 with two homers and 10 RBI over 57 games this season. Friday, 7:10 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
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) to take live BP again
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb. Friday, 9:58 am
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) takes live BP
    Matt Holliday (thumb) took live batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Holliday was scratched from a simulated game last Saturday due to swelling in his surgically-repaired right thumb, but he resumed live hitting earlier this week. It seems likely that he's not going to be 100 percent at any point the rest of the way, but the Cardinals could wind up activating him, anyway, even it's to be used in a secondary role. Friday, 8:09 am
  • Byron Buxton socks solo home run in loss
    Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Buxton burned Justin Verlander for a solo home run in the fifth inning. That shot knotted the score at 2-2, but the Twins wouldn't score again in the game and the Tigers eventually prevailed by a 4-2 final. In 264 at-bats, the 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .222/.276/.414 with eight homers, 32 RBI and nine steals. While Buxton has yet to make a real fantasy impact, he has all the talent in the world. Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Kemp goes deep twice as Braves best Marlins
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI as the Braves doubled up the Marlins 6-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Kemp hit a two-run dong in the third inning before tacking on a solo shot in the sixth. Quietly, the 31-year-old is having his best offensive season, by counting stats, since his near-MVP 2011 season. Kemp is batting .272/.305/.499 with 33 homers, 104 RBI and 85 runs scored while playing 148 games to date. Thursday, 8:09 pm
  • Denard Span not in Giants lineup Thursday
    Denard Span is not in the Giants starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Padres.

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the speedy center fielder. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in his place and batting fifth for the Giants on Thursday. Thursday, 3:49 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
  • GM Rizzo called meeting on Harper's shoulder
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports Nationals GM Mike Rizzo held a closed-door meeting with Bryce Harper, trainer Paul Lessard, and manager Dusty Baker to discuss Harper's right shoulder.

    Advice: This impromptu discussion came soon after the second report from's Tom Verducci, in which Verducci again stated that Harper is playing through serious neck and shoulder discomfort. That story featured many intimate details, including a quote from one source stating that Harper "could barely throw the ball 40 feet" at one point this summer. "Bryce said it didn’t come from him," Baker told the Washington Post on Wednesday. "Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report. The trainer said no." Whatever the case, the proof is in the pudding that Harper isn't anywhere close to 100 percent. The reigning National League MVP is batting just .172 in September and .223 since the beginning of July. Thursday, 6:36 am
  • Yelich hits 20th bomb on Wednesday
    Christian Yelich went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: The seventh inning blast came off Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer. It was Yelich's only hit of the game and one of only four the Marlins turned in on a rough night in Miami. The 24-year-old Yelich is maturing into one of the better hitters in baseball. Overall he has a .299 batting average with 20 home runs and 95 RBI in 548 at-bats. The batting average is right near his career norm, but his home run power has taken a major step forward. He hit only seven homers last year and nine the year before. Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Gattis clocks pair of homers in win over A's
    Evan Gattis swatted a pair of home runs in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the A's.

    Advice: Gattis rocked a two-run home run in the sixth inning to bump the Astros to a 4-1 lead, then came back around to bash a solo shot in the eighth. For the season, the 30-year-old slugger is slashing .249/.318/.510 with 30 homers and 67 RBI over 418 at-bats. He has homered five times in his last 10 games and has already notched a career-high for long balls. Wednesday, 4:11 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
  • Brandon Belt socks solo home run in ninth
    Brandon Belt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Belt socked a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to provide the Giants a cushion in what had been a 1-0 affair. The homer was his 16th of the season. In addition, Belt has worked to a .271/.388/.465 triple-slash with 76 RBI over 505 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:08 pm
  • Danny Valencia strikes out twice in defeat
    Danny Valencia went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 10-inning loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Valencia could not find a hit on the evening, a common theme for the A's. As a team, they managed just a trio of singles over 10 innings. For the season as a whole, Valencia is slashing .287/.348/.455 with 17 homers and 51 RBI over 442 at-bats. Tuesday, 10:15 pm
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  • Melky Cabrera smacks three-run homer
    Melky Cabrera ripped a three-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Cabrera completed a two-out rally in the third inning with a longball down the right field line that just stayed fair. It was his lone hit on the night, but Cabrera has been a beast in September with a .325 average, three home runs and 16 RBI over 19 games. Tuesday, 8:53 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
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