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  • Marlins, Prado agree to three-year extension
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins and Martin Prado have agreed to a three-year, $40 million extension.

    Advice: Prado was previously due to hit a weak free agent market this winter, but he's now locked up through his age-35 season in 2019. Acquired from the Yankees in December of 2014, Prado has hit .297/.350/.405 over two seasons with Miami and has emerged as a clubhouse leader. The Marlins made it a top priority to keep him in the fold and they were successful. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:17 am
  • Kang could get time at SS next season
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle hinted Monday that Jung Ho Kang could see more time at shortstop next season.

    Advice: Kang has exclusively played third base this season, though he hasn't been as sharp defensively. The feeling is that he could see some improvement another year removed from a torn MCL and fractured tibia, possibly opening the door for a return to shortstop. "Will there be an opportunity for him to move back at short any time next year based on the rehab and the strength and what he's able to show?" said Hurdle. "That's going to be an interesting development." Starting shortstop Jordy Mercer remains under team control for next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:12 am
  • Castellanos (hand) plays in instructs game
    Nick Castellanos (hand) went 1-for-3 in an instructional league game on Monday.

    Advice: The game was shortened due to rain, but Castellanos logged his first at-bats since his fractured hand on August 6. The plan calls for him to participate in a six-inning simulated game on Tuesday before being reevaluated. It's possible he'll be activated for this weekend's series against the Braves. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:21 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Castro (hamstring) appears as pinch-hitter
    Starlin Castro (hamstring) flew out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning during Monday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Castro has been out since September 17 with a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:36 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Holt (wrist) appears as defensive replacement
    Tyler Holt (wrist) appeared a defensive replacement in Monday's blowout win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Holt was scratched from Friday's lineup with a sore left wrist, but he's apparently making progress. The 27-year-old has hit .235/.327/.296 over 103 games this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:29 am
  • Mike Trout homers, reaches four times
    Mike Trout went 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks as the Angels edged the A's 2-1 on Monday.

    Advice: Trout has never finished a season with a 1.000 OPS, but he has a chance this year; tonight put him back up to 1.001. He's also one homer away from 30 and two RBI away from 100. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Joe Wendle goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Joe Wendle went 0-for-4 as Oakland's leadoff man in Monday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The A's have tons of at-bats available for Wendle, Brett Eibner and two guys very likely to be let go in October in Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso, but they can't find a single start for Arismendy Alcantara somehow. Wendle is hitting .260 since getting the call on Aug. 31, but that comes with just one extra-base hit and five walks in 77 at-bats. At best, he'll be an adequate platoon second baseman while he's cheap. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:54 pm
  • Robinson Cano homers twice in victory
    Robinson Cano homered in the third and 11th innings Monday to propel the Mariners to a 4-3 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Cano's first homer overtook his previous career high of 33 from 2012. The second was more than cherry on top, though; it helped keep the Mariners postseason hopes alive. He has 94 RBI now, and the Mariners could have three players reach the century mark in that category; Nelson Cruz is up to 101 and Kyle Seager is at 96. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Mike Zunino strikes out five times
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-5 and struck out three times against the Astros.

    Advice: Zunino turned the corner a few months ago. Then he turned another corner in August, and now he's practically right back where he was last year at this time; he's in a 10-for-75 slump that's dropped his average from .280 to .207 and his OPS from 1.102 to .785. Granted, no one ever thought he'd last with the 1.100 OPS. Still, we were hoping we'd seen the last of these horrendous slumps. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jonathan Villar homers twice against Rangers
    Jonathan Villar homered twice, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Brewers past the Rangers 8-3 on Monday.

    Advice: That's not so good for the old stolen base numbers there, Jonathan. Still, he's up to 18 homers this year after hitting 10 over 589 at-bats in parts of three seasons with the Astros. There was no doubt he'd steal a whole bunch of bases if the playing time was to be had, but the power outburst didn't seem so likely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4 against Brewers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Astros could have used this Gomez, but it just wasn't happening. He has more homers (six) in 102 at-bats for Texas than he did in 295 at-bats for Houston (five). He's also hitting .275 with 12 walks, giving him a .357 OBP. His OBP in Houston was .272. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Steve Selsky has five-hit night versus Cards
    Steve Selsky went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Selsky had never tallied multiple hits in a game in his brief big league career before this one. He was part of a 22-hit, 15-run attack by the Reds, as Cincinnati ambushed Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals' bullpen. It's safe to say Selsky probably has earned a spot in Tuesday's lineup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Adam Duvall homers twice, drives in five
    Adam Duvall went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and five RBI in Monday's blowout victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He homered in the first inning, had an RBI single in the fourth, another homer in the fifth and another single in the seventh. The two-homer night was Duvall's third of the season and pushed his home run total for the year to 33, which trails only Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant and Chris Carter in the National League. He also reached the 100-RBI mark Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Roberto Perez goes 3-for-4, homers
    Roberto Perez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI as the Indians topped the Tigers 7-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Perez badly needed this. He showed a nice bat in his backup role last year, but he's struggled miserably this season while being asked to step it up in Yan Gomes' absence; he entered the game tonight with a .168/.265/.256 line. If he can keep it going this week, then he should enter the postseason as the clear starter in Cleveland. He's getting the bulk of the playing time anyway. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Jean Segura slugs two homers in D'Backs rout
    Jean Segura clubbed a pair of home runs and drove in three in Monday's blowout win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Segura got the scoring starting for the D'Backs with a solo shot in the fourth and then added a two-run shot in the eighth. He also had a single on the night. A lot of things have gone wrong for Arizona this season, but Segura certainly hasn't been one of them. He's up to a career-high 19 home runs and is just four hits shy of a 200-hit campaign. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:47 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:43 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Gordon homers in Marlins' emotional win
    Dee Gordon went 4-for-5 with his first home run of the season while also adding a stolen base in Monday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Gordon provided one of the most unforgettable moments of the season in this one. After an emotional pregame honoring their late teammate Jose Fernandez, Gordon stood in the right side of the batter's box for the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning as an ode to Fernandez. He then moved over to his regular left side and slugged a pitch out to right for his first dinger of the season. Gordon was bawling as he rounded the bases and was then greeted by his teammates in an incredibly moving moment. Justin Bour also had a big night for the fish, going 3-for-3 while falling a homer shy of the cycle. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Wilson Ramos to undergo MRI on knee
    Wilson Ramos will undergo an MRI on his right knee on Tuesday morning.

    Advice: Ramos injured his knee after leaping to catch a throw at home plate in the sixth inning of Monday's game. It didn't look good, but we'll have to wait until Tuesday for the official diagnosis. Jose Lobaton would likely handle the bulk of the catching duties during the postseason if Ramos needs to miss significant time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:18 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Baez's six RBI propel Cubs to 100th victory
    Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs in Monday's victory over the Pirates.

    Advice: Baez took Chad Kuhl deep in the fourth inning for his second grand slam of the season. He wasn't done there, adding a two-RBI single in the sixth to extend the Cubs' lead to 11-0 at the time. Kris Bryant also went deep for the Cubbies, who claimed their 100th victory of the season. It's the first time since 1935 that the Cubs have reached 100 wins. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • Ramos exits game with apparent knee injury
    Wilson Ramos exited Monday's game against the Diamondbacks in the sixth inning with an apparent injury to his right knee.

    Advice: Well, that's no good. Ramos injured the knee after jumping to catch a throw at home plate and had to helped off the field by the training staff. It's worth noting that he tore the ACL and MCL in the very same knee back in 2012, so this is very troubling, especially with the playoffs and free agency approaching. The Nationals will have to cross their fingers for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:40 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Diaz away from Cards after Fernandez's death
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Aledmys Diaz traveled to Miami on Monday to be with family and close friends following the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez.

    Advice: Diaz was childhood friends and neighbors with Fernandez, who was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident. "That was a place he needed to be today," said Matheny. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:10 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Castro (hammy) available as pinch-hitter
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Starlin Castro (hamstring) is available as a pinch-hitter Monday.

    Advice: Castro has been out since September 17 with a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring, but he felt well enough to run the bases on Monday. It's unclear when he could be ready to return to the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:49 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Kiermaier (hand) hopes to return Tuesday
    Kevin Kiermaier (hand) hopes to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday and has been dealing with more soreness than originally expected. The hope is that some rest and treatment will do the trick. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:12 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:10 pm @CWS
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:58 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Kiermaier not in Monday's lineup
    Kevin Kiermaier is not in Monday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: Kiermaier was hit in the hand by a pitch on Sunday and needs at least another day to recover. Mikie Mahtook will start in center field while Jaff Decker will play right. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:22 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:10 pm @CWS
     
  • Nelson Cruz sent for MRI on left wrist
    Nelson Cruz was sent for an MRI on his left wrist on Monday.

    Advice: The results aren't yet known, but Cruz is in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against the Astros. He plans to play no matter what, but look for him to cut back on pregame hitting work in an effort to protect the wrist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Diaz out of Monday's lineup
    Aledmys Diaz is out of the Cardinals' lineup Monday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Diaz, who was childhood friends and neighbors with Jose Fernandez, was also out of the lineup on Sunday. The club will allow him to leave the team for Fernandez's funeral if he chooses to do so. Jedd Gyorko is playing shortstop Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:02 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Castellanos (hand) could return this weekend
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Nick Castellanos (hand) could return by the weekend.

    Advice: Castellanos has been sidelined since August 6 with a fractured hand, but he was slated to play in an instructional league game on Monday. Barring any setbacks, he appears to be the verge of a return. The 24-year-old was batting .286 with 18 homers and an .831 OPS in 105 games prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Marte (back) remains out of Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup Monday versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Marte hasn't played since Thursday due to nagging back spasms. He's iffy for the final week, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan at the ready. Adam Frazier will make the start in left field and bat seventh against Kyle Hendricks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:30 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) in Monday's lineup
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz exited Sunday's game after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but it's not going to keep him out of the lineup. He'll serve as the DH and bat cleanup against Collin McHugh. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:12 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Reds place Zack Cozart (knee) on 15-day DL
    Reds placed SS Zack Cozart on the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cozart hadn't appeared in a game since September 10 due to a nagging right knee injury and he won't play in another game this season. This was really just a procedural move. The 31-year-old shortstop finishes with a .252/.308/.425 batting line, 16 homers, 50 RBI, four steals, and 67 runs scored. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter after making $2.925 million in 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:53 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
     
  • Nelson Cruz (wrist) expecting to play Monday
    Nelson Cruz (wrist) expects to play in Monday night's series opener against the Astros.

    Advice: Cruz was lifted from Sunday's series finale against the Twins in the top of the eighth inning after experiencing soreness in his left wrist, but he said afterward that it's nothing serious. The big slugger homered twice Sunday before exiting and now has 41 home runs and 100 RBI in 149 games for the year. Seattle is still technically alive for an American League Wild Card spot, though that dream could end early this week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:05 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Aledmys Diaz not in Cardinals lineup Sunday
    Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals starting lineup for Sunday night's game against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's unclear if Diaz was going to sit out anyways, or if manager Mike Matheny is giving him a day to grieve after his childhood friend and neighbor, Jose Fernandez, was killed in a tragic boating accident early Sunday morning. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:54 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Nelson Cruz leaves game with sore wrist
    Nelson Cruz was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Twins due to soreness in his left wrist.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor. Cruz inflicted massive damage on the Twins before departing, smashing a pair of solo home runs in his first three at-bats. The Mariners should provide an update on his status after Sunday's game, but expect him to be listed as day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:47 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:58 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Starling Marte (back) out again on Sunday
    Starling Marte (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Marte is a question mark for the rest of the season with nagging back spasms. Gregory Polanco is also on the bench Sunday, but he's just getting a breather. The Pirates have Sean Rodriguez and Josh Bell at the outfield corners. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:14 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:33 am
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:28 pm
  • Trout goes 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs
    Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with two RBI and scored three times in a win over the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: He also walked twice. He only made one out and was on the bases the whole game. The Angels trailed all night until breaking out for four runs in the eighth and five runs in the ninth. Trout had run-scoring hits in both of those frames. The superstar is batting .318/.440/.557 with 28 bombs, 97 RBI and leads the majors with 120 runs scored. Tack on 27 stolen bases to complete the package. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Cruz hits two-run bomb and a double Saturday
    Nelson Cruz finished 2-for-4 with a two-run jack in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He took Tyler Duffey deep in the fourth inning with Robinson Cano aboard to provide his team's only runs of the night. He also doubled in the ballgame. He is one homer away from his third consecutive 40-homer season. He is batting .284/.357/.545 with 39 bombs, 98 RBI and 90 runs scored in 560 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:43 pm
  • Castellanos to play in simulated game Monday
    Nick Castellanos (hand) is scheduled to play in an instructional league game in Florida on Monday.

    Advice: It has been a slow recovery process for the Tigers' third baseman who has been on the shelf since August 6 with a fractured hand. He's still hoping to return to the club before the end of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:46 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Nelson Cruz homers, knocks in four
    Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer and a two-run double Friday in the rout of the Twins.

    Advice: Cruz is now just two homers away from his third straight 40-homer season. It's also possible the Mariners will have three 100-RBI guys; Cruz and Kyle Seager currently have 96 and Robinson Cano isn't far behind at 92. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Ramos homers in loss to Pirates
    Wilson Ramos went 2-for-6 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Ramos has had a quiet September, but he still has a quality .304/.351/.496 batting line to go along with 22 homers and 80 RBI. The 29-year-old has his eyes on the postseason for now, but he’s poised to cash in big on the free agent market this winter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:30 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Prado delivers two-run double in loss
    Martin Prado delivered a two-run double in Friday’s loss to the Braves.

    Advice: His first-inning double gave the Marlins an early 2-0 lead, but they were held off the board the rest of the way. With seven homers, Prado hasn’t shown much punch this year, but he has driven in 73 runs to go along with a .308/.363/.418 batting line. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Starlin Castro (hamstring) could run Saturday
    Starlin Castro (hamstring) will hit in an indoor batting cage Friday and hopes to do some running Saturday.

    Advice: However, he won't return this weekend in Toronto as previously hoped, as the Yankees don't want to play Castro on artificial turf. It does sound like the second baseman could be back in the lineup early next week if he continues to progress. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:49 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Tyler Holt scratched with sore wrist
    Tyler Holt was scratched from the Reds' lineup Friday with a sore left wrist.

    Advice: It looks to be a day-to-day situation. Steve Selsky has taken Holt's spot in right field. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:15 pm
  • Starling Marte (back) not in Friday's lineup
    Starling Marte (back) is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Marte finally returned to action Thursday but had to make an early exit due to more back issues. His status for the remainder of the season is up in the air. Gregory Polanco has shifted over to left field and Josh Bell is starting in right Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:12 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:58 am
  • Aledmys Diaz says his arm is feeling fine
    Aledmys Diaz said Friday that his right arm is feeling fine.

    Advice: "I'm good," Diaz said. The shortstop is out of the Cardinals' lineup Friday for the second time in three games since manager Mike Matheny said Diaz was dealing with some arm strength issues. He's started only seven of 12 contests since returning from the disabled list. It doesn't make sense that Diaz would be sitting if he's healthy, so it seems likely that something is going on here. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 am
    Day-to-Day
    5:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Aledmys Diaz not in Cards' lineup Friday
    Aledmys Diaz is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now been on the bench for two of the last three games and has started just seven of 12 contests since being activated from the disabled list. Manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that Diaz has been having issues with arm strength, although it's unclear if that's why he's not playing Friday. Jedd Gyorko is at shortstop. Brandon Moss is also on the bench Friday, as the Cards are going with Matt Adams at first base and Kolten Wong in left field. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:42 am
    Day-to-Day
    5:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Castro (hamstring) could return this weekend
    Starlin Castro (hamstring) could return to the Yankees' lineup as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: Manager Joe Girardi essentially ruled Castro out for the season earlier this week, but the second baseman has progressed more quickly than expected. He's done treadmill work and agility drills at the club's spring training complex in Florida and hopes to begin hitting again. "I don’t know if it’s a realistic hope, but I think it’s my hope," Girardi said of the possibility of Castro rejoining the team in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:51 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Starling Marte leaves with back tightness
    Starling Marte was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Brewers due to back tightness.

    Advice: It's the same issue that had sidelined him since September 5 prior to rejoining the lineup on Thursday. It's unclear how much time this may cause him to miss, but it would be very surprising to see him in the lineup on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:24 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • Starling Marte (back) back in Pirates' lineup
    Starling Marte (back) is back in the Pirates' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Marte pinch-hit in Wednesday's game, but this will be his first start since September 5, as he's been dealing with nagging back spasms. He's in left field and batting second against Chase Anderson and the Brewers. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:26 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • 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 SI.com'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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:36 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Nats open extension talks with Wilson Ramos
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Nationals have initiated extension talks with Wilson Ramos.

    Advice: Heyman says the Nationals' first offer to Ramos "was somewhere in the range of $30 million over three years," which isn't going to come close to getting it done for a 29-year-old impending free agent catcher who's batting .303/.352/.491 with 21 homers and 79 RBI in 128 games this season. It's a light open market this winter, so Ramos figures to cash in big either with Washington or another club. Heyman hears there is currently a "lull in discussions" between Ramos and the Nats following that initial low-ball proposal. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:21 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Marte (back) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Starling Marte (back) struck out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: It was the first plate appearance for Marte since September 5, more than two weeks ago. He could be nearing a return to the starting lineup as the Pirates prepare one last push for a National League Wild Card spot. Marte has hit .310/.361/.456 with nine home runs and 47 stolen bases in 127 games this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:10 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • Mike Trout hits three-run homer in win
    Mike Trout hit a three-run homer off Derek Holland and walked Wednesday as the Angels edged the Rangers 5-4.

    Advice: Who said Trout isn't making a difference in meaningful games in September? He's hit .306 with three homers, 11 RBI and 14 walks in 19 games this month. All but two of those games have come against teams in the mix for a spot in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 pm
  • Cozart (knee) doubtful for remainder of 2016
    Zack Cozart (knee) is unlikely to play again this season.

    Advice: Cozart has not been officially shut down, but Reds manager Bryan Price more or less shut the door Wednesday on a potential return. The 31-year-old shortstop has been sidelined by right knee soreness since September 10. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .252/.308/.425 with 16 homers and 50 RBI over 464 at-bats. The 31-year-old shortstop carries one more season of contractual control in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:03 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
     
  • Starling Marte (back) not in lineup vs. MIL
    Starling Marte (back) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: Marte last played on September 5. A balky back has sidelined him over the last two weeks. With the All-Star outfielder out of the lineup once more on Wednesday, Adam Frazier will man left field in his place while batting leadoff. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:59 pm
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    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • Aledmys Diaz (arm) back in STL lineup Wed.
    Aledmys Diaz is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.

    Advice: Diaz is still trying to rebuild some strength in his throwing arm after missing six weeks with a fractured right thumb, so Jedd Gyorko took a turn at shortstop on Tuesday. Diaz, back at shortstop Wednesday, has an impressive .884 OPS in 103 games this season as a rookie. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:08 am
    Day-to-Day
    5:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Gomez' three hits, two runs spark Rangers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Gomez once again served as a sparkplug atop the Rangers' lineup, leading off the first and third innings with hits and scoring the team's first two runs of the game. He's now got multiple hits in four straight contests to bring his average up to .276 since joining the Rangers in late August. His revival in Arlington will make the 30-year-old one of the more fascinating players to watch come draft season next spring. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:21 pm
  • Cards' Diaz having issues with arm strength
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that Aledmys Diaz is having issues with arm strength.

    Advice: Diaz just missed six weeks with a hairline fracture in his right thumb and hasn't had much time to get back into the groove of things like infield throws. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said trainers noticed Diaz altering his throwing motion from the shortstop position in Monday's series opener at Coors Field. Jedd Gyorko will start at short on Tuesday, though Diaz is expected to return Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:41 pm
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    5:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Aledmys Diaz out of Cardinals lineup Tues.
    Aledmys Diaz is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night in Colorado.

    Advice: Jedd Gyorko will start at shortstop and bat second versus Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Diaz went 0-for-5 with a strikeout in Monday's series opener at Coors Field but still boasts an .884 OPS over his first 103 major league games. Maybe the thumb is still an issue? Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:07 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Castellanos still has discomfort in left hand
    Nick Castellanos felt lingering discomfort in his fractured left hand while facing live pitching Monday at the Tigers' spring training complex in Florida.

    Advice: It's not a significant setback, but the young third baseman is running out of time with the Tigers facing elimination from postseason contention. Castellanos will scale back to regular batting practice for the time being. He's been sidelined since August 6 because of the fractured hand. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:02 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Marte (back) going through full workout Tues.
    Starling Marte (back) will go through a full pregame workout on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: "He’s going to have a full day of activity today and we’ll see where that takes us," manager Clint Hurdle told reporters on Tuesday evening. Marte hasn't appeared in a game since September 5 due to back problems. Adam Frazier is starting in left field and batting leadoff on Tuesday night against the Brewers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:54 pm
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    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • Baker refutes story on Harper's neck/shoulder
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Tom Verducci's SI.com report suggesting that Bryce Harper has continued to play through neck and shoulder discomfort is "inaccurate."

    Advice: "I don't know where he's getting that from," said Dusty. This feels like deja vu, as Baker and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo also had to refute a similar story from Verducci back in early August. Harper is toting a .180 batting average in September and doesn't look anywhere close to 100 percent, but he is starting in right field and batting third for the Nats on Tuesday night against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The defending NL MVP refused to address the Verducci report (linked in a previous blurb) when probed about it on Tuesday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:14 pm
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    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Harper (shoulder, neck) in Nats lineup Tues.
    Bryce Harper (shoulder, neck) is back in the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harper was given the night off Monday and Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday afternoon that the 2015 NL MVP is still struggling through shoulder and neck discomfort. But it's something Harper is going to continue to try to play through. He will start in right field and bat third Tuesday versus Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:09 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Harper still dealing with shoulder discomfort
    Tom Verducci of SI.com hears that Bryce Harper continues to play through discomfort in his right shoulder/neck.

    Advice: The Nationals previously denied a report on Harper's shoulder back in August, but manager Dusty Baker told Verducci last weekend that "the shoulder thing" has indeed bothered him. In fact, one source close to Harper told Verducci that at one point, the defending NL MVP "could barely throw the ball 40 feet." Verducci also relays a tidbit about Baker asking Harper why he played curiously shallow in right field over the weekend. After showing a bit of a resurgence at the plate last month, Harper is batting just .180 with three extra-base hits (including one homer) and a .613 OPS in 63 plate appearances this month. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:05 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Cozart (knee) remains sidelined
    Zack Cozart (knee) did not travel with the team to Chicago.

    Advice: Cozart hasn't played since September 10 due to nagging right knee soreness. He's not officially shut down, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect a meaningful contribution the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:12 pm
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    5:15 pm @StL
     
  • Bryce Harper gets night off Monday vs. Fish
    Bryce Harper is getting the night off Monday.

    Advice: Chris Heisey will start in right field and bat sixth versus Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Harper figures to get a few more days of rest over the next two weeks as Washington wraps up the National League East title. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:23 pm
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    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Bucs GM: Marte (back) had 'another tough day'
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington suggested Sunday that there is no longer a timetable for Starling Marte's (back) return to the starting lineup.

    Advice: Marte has been on the shelf since September 5 due to back problems and apparently suffered a setback over the weekend. "We felt like we were getting really close to getting him able to go compete again, and then another tough day," Huntington said. "Now we need to take a deep breath and re-evaluate. The last thing we want to do is put somebody back out there when they’re not ready to compete and they could do some damage, or worse damage." It's been a frustrating stretch for Marte owners, to say the least. He's sitting on a .311/.362/.457 batting line and 47 stolen bases. Adam Frazier and Matt Joyce have been playing left field. Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 7:59 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • Starlin Castro (hammy) likely done for season
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would consider it a "bonus" if Starlin Castro (hamstring) appears in another game this season.

    Advice: Castro suffered a Grade 1 right hamstring strain Saturday while trying to leg out a double. That's typically a two-week injury, and there are only two weeks left in the 2016 regular season. "It's hard to say. It really just depends on how quickly he heals," Girardi said. "Hopefully it's not too long. Hopefully it's not more than a week, but still I think that's probably pushing it." Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 6:33 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Aledmys Diaz slugs 16th home run of year
    Aledmys Diaz slugged his 16th home run of the season Sunday in the Cardinals' defeat of the Giants.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot to left off Giants starter Albert Suarez in the top of the third inning. Diaz also tallied his 26th double of the season against Suarez in the first inning, finishing 2-for-4 and improving his already-impressive OPS from .883 to .895. The rookie shortstop from Cuba has been a terrific find for St. Louis. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 4:25 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:15 pm vs Cin
     
  • Starlin Castro has Grade 1 hamstring strain
    Starlin Castro has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain in his right hamstring.

    Advice: It's still not clear how long he'll be held out of the Bombers' lineup, but Ronald Torreyes will start in his place for Sunday night's showdown against the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 1:53 pm
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    4:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Martin Prado ejected from Sunday's game
    Martin Prado was ejected from Sunday's game versus the Phillies for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Prado tossed his bat after he didn't like a called third strike by home plate umpire Dale Scott in the top of the third inning. Derek Dietrich moved from left field to third base to replace Prado and Ichiro Suzuki entered the game in left. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 11:46 am
  • Starling Marte (back) remains out of lineup
    Starling Marte (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates had been hoping to get Marte back during Saturday's doubleheader, but as it turns out he'll sit out all weekend. He hasn't played since September 5 due to back spasms. Adam Frazier is in left field. The Pirates also have Sean Rodriguez at shortstop Sunday, with Jordy Mercer getting some rest. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 8:40 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs ChC
     
  • Zack Cozart (knee) held out again Sunday
    Zack Cozart (knee) remained out of the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cozart hasn't played in over a week due to nagging right knee soreness. Ivan DeJesus Jr. will fill in at shortstop. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 7:20 am
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @StL
     
  • Wendle hits first career homer in A's rout
    Joe Wendle went 2-for-4 with his first major league home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 11-2 beatdown of the Rangers.

    Advice: Wendle wasted no time getting on the board, leading off the game with a solo shot off Rangers starter Yu Darvish. Acquired from the Indians for Brandon Moss back in 2014, Wendle has made a strong impression through his first 15 games with the A's. The 26-year-old is batting .333/.345/.392 with nine RBI, eight runs scored and a pair of steals in those 15 games. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 9:32 pm
  • Gomez homers in second straight against A's
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, his second homer in as many days, in Saturday's loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Gomez batted leadoff and connected with a Raul Alcantara pitch in the sixth inning for his 11th homer of the season. Six of those have come since Gomez joined the Rangers in late August. He's still hitting just .215/.286/.361 on the year, but perhaps the change of scenery had a positive effect on the 30-year-old. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 9:28 pm
  • Segura goes 2-for-4 with a home run
    Jean Segura went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Advice: He led off the bottom of the first inning with his 17th home run of the season. After being one of the worst hitters in baseball the last two seasons in Milwaukee he has really turned things around in his first year as a Diamondback. He is batting .316 with 56 RBI, 90 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 8:53 pm
  • Adam Duvall getting the night off Saturday
    Adam Duvall is not in the Reds' lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Pirates.

    Advice: He's getting a break after going 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in the early game. Steve Selsky will take over in left field and bat sixth against Bucs starter Trevor Williams. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 2:38 pm
  • Trea Turner homers twice in loss to Braves
    Trea Turner continued his dominance of National League pitching on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs in a losing effort against the Braves.

    Advice: He also put his blazing speed on full display again, swiping his 27th base. He has been simply unbelievable in his 59 games with the big league squad, slashing .356/.375/.585 with 11 long balls, 34 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He's single-handedly propelling many owners to fantasy titles with his play over the past few weeks, and his stock is sky-rocketing up next spring's draft boards. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 1:36 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Starlin Castro out with right hamstring strain
    Updating an earlier report, Starlin Castro left Saturday's game against the Red Sox with a right hamstring strain.

    Advice: He injured himself while running the bases on a fifth-inning double. Castro will undergo more tests and could be headed for an MRI. It would be a huge loss for the Yankees, who are fighting to stay afloat in the AL Wild Card Race. Ronald Torreyes took over for Castro at second base. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 1:30 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Starlin Castro leaves game with apparent inju
    Starlin Castro was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Red Sox with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Castro pulled up lame as he cruised into second on a double with what looked to be a hamstring injury. Expect the Yankees to provide an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 12:00 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Bos
     
  • Nick Castellanos getting at-bats in Florida
    Nick Castellanos (hand) will begin taking live batting practice at the Tigers' spring training facility in Florida.

    Advice: If all goes well after a couple of days, he'll begin playing in simulated games. Castellanos is still on track for a return in late-September, but could be shut down completely if the Tigers fall out of the playoff race before then. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 10:25 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cle
     
  • Wilson Ramos not in Nationals lineup Saturday
    Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Braves.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Pedro Severino will start in his place behind the dish and bat eighth for the Nationals against Josh Collmenter. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 7:05 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sep 16, 9:17 pm
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