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  • Doolittle melts down, A's struggles continue
    Sean Doolittle imploded in a big way on Wednesday, allowing five runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning against the Rangers.

    Advice: A's skipper Bob Melvin called upon Doolittle with a 1-0 lead. The left-hander got the first batter out, but the situation unraveled quickly from there. Two straight hits were followed by an intentional walk, which itself was bookended by a J.P. Arencibia homer. A rattled Doolittle walked Robinson Chirinos before he finally got the hook; Chirinos later came around to score. Doolittle hadn't allowed a run since July 6 prior to tonight. The A's are now 17-27 since the beginning of August, including 6-12 in one-run games and 6-15 in road contests. That rotten stretch gift-wrapped the AL West for the Angels. If the A's don't pick it up quickly, they could get passed by the Mariners and miss the playoffs altogether. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Rosales goes 3-for-4 with a steal in victory
    Adam Rosales went 3-for-4 with a steal in Wednesday's 6-1 win against the A's.

    Advice: He's 6-for-12 (.500) with two walks over his last three games, the past two of which have come against his former team. Which must be sweet. You might recall last year's Rosales transaction shenanigans between these two clubs. If not, here's your primer: The A's DFA'd him on Deadline Day, the Rangers claimed him on August 2, they DFA'd him on August 5, the A's claimed him back on August 8 and DFA'd him on August 10. The Rangers got him back for good on yet another claim two days later. Rosales has surprisingly turned into a productive AL-only player as the season winds down. He's now slashing .297/.371/.445 across 46 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
     
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  • Holland continues to excel since DL return
    Derek Holland had another quality start in Wednesday's no-decision against the A's, surrendering just one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He struck out five and walked three. Holland has been sensational since returning from knee surgery. He has a 0.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 22/3 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings. He'll look to keep the momentum going on Monday versus Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Samardzija works 8 shutout innings in ND
    Jeff Samardzija shut out the Rangers for eight innings on Wednesday, striking out 10, but he was left with a no-decision when the bullpen imploded in a 6-1 loss.

    Advice: A crushing loss for the A's, who gave up six runs in the top of the ninth inning against a 58-92 team. The heartbreaker allowed the Angels to clinch the AL West for the first time since 2009. As for Samardzija, he must feel like he's pitching for the Cubs again. He's hurled 15 shutout innings over his past two starts and emerged with a pair of no-decisions. Overall, he's 6-12 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Revere goes 2-for-5 with a steal in win
    Ben Revere went 2-for-5 with a double, steal and two RBI against the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's swiped three bags over the past four games and now has 46 total, good for third best in the National League. Hopefully this game will break him out of his funk. Revere entered play batting just .171 in his last 11 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • OF Brown has 2 hits in win agaisnt Padres
    Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Phillies' win over the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a long, lonely, treacherous season for the 2013 revelation. But he just finished off a solid series at Petco, going 4-for-11 (.363) with a homer and a steal. Hey, his owners will take whatever they can get at this point. Brown, slashing .234/.286/.353, is very likely playing out the string on his Phillies' career. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier this month that the Phillies will look to trade Brown this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Hamels dominates Padres, allows 1 ER in 7 IP
    Cole Hamels painted seven innings of one-run ball as the Phillies sunk the Padres 5-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hamels struck out nine, walked one and scattered seven hits. Only Cameron Maybin's RBI single in the fourth, which gave San Diego a 1-0 lead, did any damage. Fortunately for Hamels, his teammates had his back and scored four runs in the top half of the next frame. Hamels, who improved to 9-7 with a 2.47 ERA, will be in Miami next time around. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Stults doesn't reach the 5th inning in defeat
    Eric Stults allowed four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: This outing was the norm earlier in the season, but odds are that it will annoy some fantasy owners perusing box scores online on Thursday morning. Consider: On July 27, the left-hander sat at 3-13 with a 5.22 ERA. Not even Rotoworld could have predicted what happened next: Stults went 4-3 with a 2.81 ERA in his next eight starts entering play today. If you decided to play with fire in the fantasy playoffs, you just got burned. The 34-year-old hosts the Rockies in a decent matchup on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Cron goes 2-for-3 with HR vs. the Mariners
    C.J. Cron went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cron had gone 1-for-10 with zero RBI in his previous five games since going deep for the last time. At this point in his career, Cron is a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition. The .482 slugging percentage is spectacular, but he'll want to get on base at a better than .301 clip in future campaigns. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Pujols goes 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts
    Albert Pujols finished 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Wednesday's 5-0 win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols returned to the lineup yesterday after leaving Monday's game early due to a left hamstring cramp. The veteran went 1-for-3 on Tuesday and cashed in RBI No. 98. He'd plated 15 runners over his last 12 games coming into play today. Pujols retains a solid .272/.326/.465 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Wilson gives up 1 hit over 7 shutout frames
    C.J. Wilson fired seven shutout innings and yielded only one hit in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: The Angels magic number to win the AL West has dropped to 1. Wilson whiffed seven and walked three in this gem, the lefty's third straight victory, a trick he pulled off for the first time this season. You shouldn't take that to mean he'd pitched particularly well prior to tonight, however, as Wilson allowed six runs (five earned) over 11 1/3 frames in the first two wins but received 23 runs of support. He didn't need much help tonight. Now 13-9 with a 4.42 ERA, Wilson has a pivotal matchup against the A's on deck. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Paxton strikes out 8 over 6+ frames in loss
    James Paxton worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Paxton matched Angels starter C.J. Wilson frame by scoreless frame until the seventh, when everything unraveled, though it looked worse on the box score than it was in reality. The left-hander induced a pop out in foul territory from Albert Pujols and then yielded a pair of singles. A throwing error allowed a run in and left a runner on second, so Paxton intentionally walked Erick Aybar. He got Chris Iannetta looking, but then Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon inserted Danny Farquhar. The reliever promptly gave up a homer. Paxton might forgive McClendon for not allowing him to clean his own mess, as the skipper has had kind words to say about Paxton recently, including calling him "the glue to this rotation." Paxton (6-3, 2.03 ERA) pitches north of the border in Toronto on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Francisco Cervelli returns to the lineup
    Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 at the plate Tuesday in his return to the lineup.

    Advice: Cervelli had been out since September 2 because of migraine headaches. They shouldn't be an issue moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:40 am
  • Pujols (hamstring) has an RBI on Tuesday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Tuesday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols exited Monday's game early due to a cramp in his left hamstring incurred on a three-run double in the third inning. The veteran admitted after the game that he was suffering from dehydration. He made it through the entirety of this contest without issue. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Gillaspie's three-run triple crushes Royals
    Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning, and the White Sox held on to beat the Royals 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: With one out and runners on the corners, the Royals opted to walk Jose Abreu to bring up Gillaspie. The 27-year-old made them pay for that decision, ripping a triple into the gap to clear the bases and give the White Sox the lead. The triple was surprisingly his fifth of the season, giving him 57 RBI. Gillaspie finished 2-for-5 in the game to raise his season line to a strong .293/.345/.433. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:08 pm
  • Parra hits ninth home run in win over Cards
    Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Parra was one of the few Brewers capable of getting to Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, taking him deep to right in the fourth inning for a solo shot. Parra also doubled in the 11th inning but was stranded on base. The outfielder now has nine home runs to go with a .267/.314/.381 line on the year, but he's been especially rejuvenated since being dealt to the Brewers -- Parra is batting .305 in 95 at-bats since the deadline trade. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:35 pm
  • Pujols (hamstring) in Angels' lineup Tuesday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) is in the Angels' starting lineup on Tuesday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols left Monday's game after feeling a cramp in his left hamstring following a three-run double in the bottom of the third inning. He got treatment on Monday night and again on Tuesday afternoon. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Pujols leaves game with hamstring cramp
    Albert Pujols left Monday's game against the Mariners with a left hamstring cramp.

    Advice: Pujols cleared the bases with a double in the third inning but grabbed his hamstring on the way into second base. The good news is that the Angels are calling it a cramp, so it sounds like a day-to-day situation. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Revere collects two more steals vs. Marlins
    Ben Revere stole two more bases Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a run scored in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Revere has now stolen 45 bases on the year, still behind only Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton. His two hits raised his season line to .309 with a .694 OPS, and he's scored 68 runs atop the Phillies lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:07 pm
  • Cervelli (migraines) close to returning
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that Francisco Cervelli (migraine headaches) is "getting closer" to returning to action.

    Advice: Cervelli hasn't played since September 2 due to migraine headaches but has been catching in the bullpen. It's been an injury-shortened season for the 28-year-old, as Cervelli missed nearly two months earlier this year with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:44 am
  • Sean Doolittle picks up save in return
    Sean Doolittle threw a scoreless 10th inning for a save against the Mariners in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

    Advice: Doolittle hadn't had a hitter take a swing off him in three weeks, but the A's threw him right back into the closer's role and he turned in an easy nine-pitch inning to finish a 3-2 victory, which evened the crucial series ahead of Sunday's finale. Jon Lester and Chris Young will go in that one. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:01 pm
  • Domonic Brown returns to lineup with two hits
    Domonic Brown (shoulder) returned to action on Friday, going 2-for-4 in an extra-inning victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder contusion sustained after diving for a ball in the outfield, then sat out Thursday's contest as a precautionary measure. After a breakout 2013 season, the 2014 campaign hasn't been as kind to the 27-year-old outfielder as he's slashing just .233/.285/.349 with nine homers and 59 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:00 am
  • C.J. Wilson strikes out six in win
    C.J. Wilson surrendered three runs -- two earned -- in five innings Friday in a victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Wilson walked three, but two of those were intentional free passes to Chris Carter. He struck out six. Wilson really hasn't turned in a dominant effort in months, but with the way the Angels offense is clicking, he hasn't needed to. He's currently 12-9 despite a 4.61 ERA. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:26 pm
  • C.J. Cron returns to lineup
    C.J. Cron returned to action on Friday and went 0-for-3 against the Astros.

    Advice: Cron had been out with a sore wrist. He'll likely head back to the bench versus righty Scott Feldman on Saturday, but he should get another start versus left-hander Dallas Keuchel on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:23 pm
  • James Paxton beats A's for sixth win
    James Paxton yielded two runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday in a win over the A's.

    Advice: Paxton struck out eight in improving to 6-2 on the year. He walked three, but that wasn't much of an issue against a punchless A's lineup. Oakland ended up with six hits on the night, none of which went for extra bases. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Derek Holland shines again in no-decision
    Derek Holland was tremendous in Friday's no-decision against the Braves, surrendering just one run on eight hits over seven innings.

    Advice: Holland struck out six on the evening without issuing a free pass. He has been outstanding since returning from the disabled list, compiling a 0.86 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 17/0 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling when he takes on the Athletics in Oakland on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:06 pm
  • Cole Hamels strikes out six in no-decision
    Cole Hamels racked up six strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Hamels surrendered just one run on nine hits and a walk in his seven frames. As anticipated, the veteran southpaw has bounced back in a huge way after a disappointing 2013 campaign, and now sports a 2.51 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 178/56 K/BB ratio over 182 2/3 innings. He'll again look to earn his ninth victory when he takes on the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Sean Doolittle activated from disabled list
    Athletics activated LHP Sean Doolittle from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Doolittle has missed the last three weeks with with an intercostal strain, but he's thrown off a mound a couple times this week with no issues and is ready to go. The left-hander should immediately resume his role as Oakland's closer. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:37 am
  • Pujols suffers first 4-K game but Angels win
    Albert Pujols struck out four times in five trips to the plate in Thursday's win against the Rangers.

    Advice: It took 2,102 games and 9,187 plate appearances, but Pujols finally dons the golden sombrero. He had previously struck out three times in a game 13 times in his 14-year career. Despite Thursday's showing, Pujols has had a productive year at the plate, slashing .276/.329/.473 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:34 pm
  • Domonic Brown available off the bench
    Domonic Brown (shoulder) is available to pinch-hit Thursday.

    Advice: Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder injury, but he's fine. He probably could have started Thursday but was slated to come off the bench, anyway, with the Phillies facing lefty Francisco Liriano. "He's available. He got a little stinger last night in his shoulder area that he initially felt. It tightened up a little bit as we went along but the bigger issue out there was he just got the wind knocked out of him," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • C.J. Cron has been nursing sore wrist
    C.J. Cron has been unavailable the last few days due to a sore wrist.

    Advice: He's expected to be available to play this weekend. Cron is hitting .276/.306/.481 with 10 homers and 32 RBI over 67 games for the Angels this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:03 pm
  • Doolittle (intercostal) expected back Friday
    A's manager Bob Melvin said he "fully expects" Sean Doolittle (intercostal) to return Friday.

    Advice: Doolittle threw 20 pitches with hitters standing in the box on Wednesday and woke up Thursday with no abnormal discomfort. The left-hander has been out since August 24 with a strained intercostal muscle but should jump right back into his ninth-inning role. Eric O'Flaherty can be dropped in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:40 am
  • Albert Pujols gets first triple since 2010
    Albert Pujols went 3-for-6 with his first triple of the year and a double Wednesday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: It was actually his first triple as an Angel; he hadn't had one since 2010 in his next-to-last year with the Cardinals. Pujols has given the Angels three three-hit games in his last five starts, delivering two homers and eight RBI during the span. He's up to .278 with 26 homers and 92 RBI for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija goes seven scoreless
    Jeff Samardzija blanked the White Sox for seven innings on Wednesday, only to come away with a no-decision.

    Advice: Samardzija must feel like he's still pitching for the Cubs. He left with a 1-0 lead tonight, only to see that thrown away in a very sloppy eighth inning. Samardzija has a 3.41 ERA and a strong 0.97 WHIP for the A's, but all it's gotten him is a 4-5 record. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Brown exits game with left shoulder contusion
    Domonic Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder contusion.

    Advice: Brown dove for a ball in left field in the fifth inning but stayed in the game at the time. He was later pinch-hit for by Darin Ruf. The Phillies should update his status after the game, but it's likely a day-to-day situation for now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Brown removed after landing hard in outfield
    Domonic Brown was removed in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Pirates after injuring himself diving for a ball.

    Advice: Brown laid out for a ball in left field in the fifth inning and stayed down briefly before staying in the game. He played another inning before being pinch-hit for in the bottom of the sixth inning. Darin Ruf pinch-hit for him and replaced him in left. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Doolittle (intercostal) throws again Wed.
    Sean Doolittle (intercostal) threw 20 pitches with hitters standing in Wednesday.

    Advice: It's another, albeit not major, step for Doolittle, who threw the same number of pitches without hitters standing in the box on Monday. The left-hander said the session went well. With little left to prove, he should be days away from activation at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:12 pm
  • Sean Doolittle (intercostal) throws off mound
    Sean Doolittle (intercostal) threw 20 pitches of the mound Monday.

    Advice: Doolittle felt really good and was mostly annoyed that his mechanics felt off. The next step calls for him to throw to live hitters, which could be enough for him to be activated from the disabled list. It looks like a return this week is possible. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Pujols goes 3-for-5 with HR in rout of Tribe
    Albert Pujols finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Monday's 12-3 rout of the Indians.

    Advice: Pujols was retired in his first two at-bats of the afternoon makeup game, but he singled and scored in the Angels' six-run fifth inning and then did the same in the Angels' two-run seventh inning before launching a three-run bomb in the top of the ninth. Pujols had a huge weekend in Minnesota, collecting his 2,500th career hit and 1,500th career run, and he looks poised to keep the fun going for a while. The veteran slugger boasts has 26 homers and 91 RBI in 141 games this year. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:37 pm
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