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  • Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS for Dodgers
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Tuesday that Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Nationals.

    Advice: Rich Hill will start Game 2 and Kenta Maeda will take Game 3. Rookie left-hander Julio Urias is a possibility for Game 4. Kershaw has registered a tremendous 0.86 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 21 innings (four starts) since returning from a herniated disc on September 9. He went seven scoreless innings against the Rockies in his latest turn. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:17 pm
  • Giants place Mac Williamson (quad) on DL
    Giants placed OF Mac Williamson on the 60-day disabled list with a strained quad.

    Advice: Williamson suffered the injury Sunday in San Diego and is officially done for the season. He finishes the 2016 campaign with a .223/.315/.411 batting line in 54 major league games. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:02 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:15 pm vs Col
     
  • Cueto (groin) cleared to start this Thursday
    Johnny Cueto (groin) has been cleared to start Thursday at home against the Rockies.

    Advice: Cueto suffered a mild groin strain in his September 20 start at Dodger Stadium, but he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue and was given the go-ahead to pitch Thursday by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. It could be a very important game for the Wild Card-hunting Giants. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:58 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:15 pm vs Col
     
  • Skaggs (forearm) could start this weekend
    Tyler Skaggs (forearm) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: The next step for Skaggs could be a short start -- probably four or five innings -- this weekend against the Astros. The left-hander has been sidelined since September 9 due to a flexor pronator strain in his throwing arm. Look for something more official Wednesday after Skaggs is reevaluated by the Angels' medical staff. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:44 pm
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    7:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Braun out Tuesday because of wrist soreness
    Ryan Braun is out Tuesday with a sore wrist.

    Advice: But the veteran outfielder is expected to return to action Wednesday, so it's obviously not too serious. Michael Reed will start in left field and bat eighth Tuesday versus Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:36 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
     
  • A.J. Cole suspended for five games by MLB
    A.J. Cole has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for throwing at Jung Ho Kang on Sunday.

    Advice: Cole was retaliating for Kang's fake tag on Bryce Harper in the top of the third inning, which led to Harper dropping into an awkward slide and suffering a left thumb injury. Cole was also fined for the attempted beanball -- it actually sailed behind Kang. He is appealing the five-game suspension and will remain active until that appeal is heard. The suspension might have to be served in 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:49 pm
  • Braun getting night off Tuesday versus Texas
    Ryan Braun is getting the night off Tuesday.

    Advice: Michael Reed will start in left field and bat eighth versus Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Braun, who's slashing .307/.368/.544 with 30 home runs and 90 RBI in 132 games this season. He also has 16 stolen bases and 78 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:13 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
     
  • Blue Jays recall Andy Burns from Buffalo
    Blue Jays recalled INF/OF Andy Burns from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Burns will add depth to the Jays' bench with Devon Travis nursing a shoulder injury. The versatile Burns batted just .230/.285/.352 this year at the Triple-A level. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:52 pm
    W, 5-1 vs Bal
     
  • Dillon Gee (lungs, shoulder) done for year
    Dillon Gee has been shut down for the season due to blood clots in his lung and shoulder.

    Advice: Gee experienced shortness of breath following an appearance Sunday in Detroit and had to be hospitalized overnight. He's feeling better now, but the Royals are going to play it safe with the 30-year-old right-hander for obvious reasons. Gee finishes 2016 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 starts and 19 relief appearances. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:25 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 8, 3-3 vs Min
     
  • Kipnis, Napoli, Lindor, Ramirez out Tuesday
    Jason Kipnis is out of the Indians' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez, and Francisco Lindor will also sit after the Indians clinched the American League Central on Monday night. Tigers ace Justin Verlander should dominate this particular Cleveland lineup. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:02 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:00 pm
  • Maeda starting Tuesday, De Leon on Wednesday
    Kenta Maeda has been moved up to start Tuesday against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll swap spots with rookie Jose De Leon, who will be pushed back to Wednesday. Maeda allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in his most recent start last Wednesday against the Giants and owns a 3.20 ERA over 30 starts in his first year in MLB. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:26 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
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  • 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
  • Tim Adleman holds Cardinals in check
    Tim Adleman limited the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings in a 15-2 victory Monday.

    Advice: The Reds' offense provided the right-hander with plenty of breathing room, but the Cards never really threatened Adleman much in this one. He gave up just four hits on the night and didn't walk anyone, recording four strikeouts along the way. The 28-year-old has managed a respectable 3.90 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 12 starts for the Reds and his last outing will come this weekend against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • A.J. Cole ejected from Sunday's game
    A.J. Cole was ejected from Sunday's start versus the Pirates for intentionally throwing a pitch at Jung Ho Kang.

    Advice: Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper at third base in the top of the third inning, leading to an awkward slide from Harper and an apparent hand injury. Cole and the Nationals took exception, and the righty threw one behind Kang's head and was immediately thrown out. A brawl ensued, and Sean Rodriguez was also ejected. It seems likely that Cole will receive a suspension, and Rodriguez probably will, as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:08 pm
  • Kershaw fires seven shutout innings vs Rox
    Clayton Kershaw shut down the Rockies for seven scoreless innings on three hits as the Dodgers won 14-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: He struck out six and didn't walk anybody. It was another vintage Kershaw outing. He improved his record to 12-3 with a remarkable 1.65 ERA. He has punched out 168 batters and walked only 10 in 142 innings. He missed a couple months to a back injury but has returned with a vengeance. With the Dodgers likely to clinch a division title before his next turn, it remains to be seen if Kershaw will get another start in the regular season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:02 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
    7:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Ryan Braun collects game-winner on Friday
    Ryan Braun came through with a two-run single in the seventh inning on Friday, propelling the Brewers to a 5-4 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Braun also singled and stole a base in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has been extremely productive when he's been on the field this season, slashing .307/.369/.545 with 30 homers, 90 RBI and 16 stolen bases in just 129 games. While he remains an injury-risk, he's still one of the top five-category contributors in fantasy leagues and should be drafted as such next spring. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:24 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
     
  • Tyler Skaggs (forearm) nears mound work
    Tyler Skaggs (forearm) has resumed playing catch and will throw off a mound in the coming week.

    Advice: Skaggs was diagnosed with a mild flexor pronator strain a week and a half ago but is feeling much better. However, it's remains a long shot that he'll return this season. "He’s symptom free, but we are going to obviously be very conservative where his treatment is now to make sure that this doesn’t re-occur or turn into anything bigger," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now he feels great." Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:44 am
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Kipnis launches 23rd homer in win over Royals
    Jason Kipnis went 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Kipnis hit a solo homer in the first inning off Royals lefty Jason Vargas. The homer was his 23rd of the season, giving him 80 RBI and 88 runs scored, a career best for Kipnis. The second baseman is batting .279/.345/.475 with 14 steals to boot. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:36 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:09 pm
  • Cueto (groin) could still start on Sunday
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that there is still a chance Johnny Cueto makes his scheduled start against the Padres on Sunday.

    Advice: Cueto will test out his injured groin by playing catch on Friday. If all goes well, he could be cleared to start as anticipated. The Giants obviously won't risk the right-hander's health if he isn't ready though. Expect an update from the team after his throwing session on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:30 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:15 pm vs Col
     
  • Kenta Maeda earns 16th victory
    Kenta Maeda picked up his 16th win after allowing two runs -- one earned -- in five innings Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Maeda struck out six and walked two before leaving after 88 pitches. The Dodgers are handling him increasingly carefully; he's gotten between 15 and 19 outs in each of his last 11 starts, never throwing more than 104 pitches in that span. It's worked out well; he's 8-2 during the stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • 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
    7:05 pm vs Oak
     
  • Cueto (groin) unlikely to make his next start
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Johnny Cueto (groin) will likely be unable to make his scheduled Sunday start against the Padres.

    Advice: Cueto was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Dodgers in the bottom of the sixth inning after suffering a Grade 1 left groin strain, which is an injury that typically requires 1-3 weeks of rest and rehab. Bochy is making plans for another (yet to be named) pitcher to start in Cueto's place on Sunday. Jake Peavy, Ty Blach, and Matt Cain are among the candidates who could take the mound for that one. It's possible Cueto will be able to return to the Giants' rotation early next week, but it's not something to bank on. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:15 pm vs Col
     
  • Cueto will undergo MRI on groin Wednesday
    Johnny Cueto (groin) will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cueto departed Tuesday's start against the Dodgers in the sixth inning with a left groin strain. He initially stayed in but then pulled himself after throwing a couple balls to walk Andrew Toles. Giants beat writers indicated that Cueto seemed upbeat in the clubhouse after the game, but we'll just have to see what the MRI says before we know whether it's possible he can make his next start Sunday in San Diego. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:29 pm
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    7:15 pm vs Col
     
  • Johnny Cueto diagnosed with left groin strain
    Johnny Cueto has been diagnosed with a left groin strain.

    Advice: The grade of strain is unknown, but even minor groin strains usually require at least two weeks of rest and rehab for starting pitchers. Cueto suffered the potentially-season-ending injury in the sixth inning of his start Tuesday night against the rival Dodgers, after throwing 5 1/3 shutout innings. He has a 2.79 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 212 2/3 total innings this year. There should be more information on Cueto's status coming Wednesday and Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:15 pm vs Col
     
  • Cueto removed from start vs. LAD with injury
    Johnny Cueto was pulled from his start Tuesday against the Dodgers with an apparent groin injury.

    Advice: Cueto grabbed at his groin after a pitch to Andrew Toles in the bottom of the sixth inning and a trainer came out to visit. Cueto stayed in the game after three practice pitches, but he never looked quite right and manager Bruce Bochy called for the hook after a wild pitch in the dirt gave Toles a one-out walk. This could be another massive blow for the Giants, who lost Brandon Crawford to a dislocated left pinkie in the second inning of Tuesday's game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:22 pm
    Day-to-Day
    7:15 pm vs Col
     
  • 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
  • Braun's wife gives birth to baby boy
    Ryan Braun's wife Larisa gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: The kid was named Greyson Joseph. Braun is out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the visiting Pirates, but it sounds like he could return to action Wednesday. Jake Elmore drew the start in left field versus Bucs left-hander Steven Brault. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:52 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
     
  • Braun (wife having son) excused from Brewers
    Ryan Braun has been excused from the Brewers with his wife Larisa going into child labor.

    Advice: She is expected to give birth to a baby boy in the next day or so. Jake Elmore will start in left field and bat sixth for the Brewers on Tuesday night against Pirates left-hander Steven Brault. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:19 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
     
  • Ryan Braun out again Tuesday versus Bucs
    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers' lineup for Tuesday's series opener versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun also sat out of Sunday's series finale against the Cubs, so something could be up here. His wife is apparently close to her due date with the couple's second child, but there's been no announcement from Braun or the Brewers. The veteran outfielder slugged his 29th and 30th homers of the season on Saturday, finishing that game with five RBI. Jake Elmore is in left field and batting sixth Tuesday night against Bucs left-hander Steven Brault. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:43 pm
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    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
     
  • Clayton Kershaw strong against Giants
    Clayton Kershaw allowed just an unearned run and three hits over six innings Monday against the Giants.

    Advice: The run scored after an infield single, a steal with a throwing error that allowed the runner to go to third and then a wild pitch. Kershaw, though, was Kershaw; he struck out seven and walked one in the 88-pitch outing. He should be ready to throw 100 pitches next time out. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Tim Adleman solid versus Cubs
    Tim Adleman yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

    Advice: Adleman blanked the Cubs for six innings before giving up homers to Addison Russell and Willson Contreras in the seventh. It brings his total of homers surrendered to 13 in 57 2/3 innings this year. He has a decent 4.06 ERA anyway, but he doesn't seem like a very good bet for the future. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:55 pm
  • A.J. Cole lasts just four innings Monday
    A.J. Cole gave up only two runs but lasted just four innings in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Cole had thrown just 79 pitches, but the Nationals had a scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth inning and elected to pinch-hit for their starter. He struck out three while permitting four hits and a couple walks. Cole hasn't gone more than five innings in any of his last three outings. He'll face the Pirates on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Kershaw on pitch count of 90-100 on Monday
    Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times says Clayton Kershaw will be on a pitch count of 90-100 on Monday night against the Giants.

    Advice: That's a nice increase for Kershaw, who threw 64 pitches over five scoreless innings in his second start off the disabled list last Wednesday versus the Yankees. The ace left-hander is an obvious must-play the rest of the way after missing more than 10 weeks with a herniated disc in his back. He owns a dominant 1.81 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 155/9 K/BB ratio in 129 total innings this season. Rotoworld.com Sep 19, 9:55 am
  • Ryan Braun sitting out on Sunday
    Ryan Braun is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather following Saturday's two-homer game. Hernan Perez is covering right field. Rotoworld.com Sep 18, 8:47 am
    Day-to-Day
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
     
  • 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
  • Kipnis scores game's only run in 10th inning
    Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and scored the game's only run in the 10th inning of an Indians 1-0 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: Kipnis had a single and a double during regulation, but he reached on a forceout in the 10th inning and advanced on a wild pitch. He then made arguably the biggest play of the game, stealing third base, which set up Jose Ramirez' walk-off single three batters later. Kipnis is enjoying a strong season at the dish, batting .280/.347/.473 with 22 home runs, 78 RBI, 85 runs scored and 13 steals overall. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 5:47 pm
  • Braun sinks Cubs with two homers Saturday
    Ryan Braun went ballistic in Saturday's win over the Cubs, providing three hits with two homers and five RBI.

    Advice: It was a pretty eventful afternoon for Braun, who got Milwaukee on the board with an RBI single in the fourth. He followed that up by taking Jake Arrieta deep in the sixth before launching another shot off Carl Edwards in the eighth inning. For the season, Braun is hitting .308 with 30 round-trippers, 88 RBI and 15 steals. That’s top-10 production from a player who was supposed to be on the decline. Rotoworld.com Sep 17, 4:23 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 6, 4-3 @Tex
     
  • Kenta Maeda picks up 15th win
    Kenta Maeda yielded one run in five innings Friday in a victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Maeda struck out six in earning his 15th win of the year. In most seasons, he'd be a Rookie of the Year favorite with that many victories and a 3.24 ERA. In 2016, though, he's going to get trounced by a teammate in the balloting. Rotoworld.com Sep 16, 10:47 pm
  • Gregory Polanco goes deep as Pirates top Reds
    Gregory Polanco launched a two-run homer on Friday as the Pirates topped the Reds 9-7 in 10 innings.

    Advice: His two-run blast off Robert Stephenson gave the Bucs an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. He also added a single in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-5 to raise his season slash to .265/.330/.486 to go along with 22 homers, 85 RBI and 13 swipes. Rotoworld.com Sep 16, 9:03 pm
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