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  • Denard Span has minor knee injury
    Denard Span was removed from Tuesday's game against the Mets after scraping up his right knee.

    Advice: Span's knee dragged against the warning track after he made a spectacular catch in the third inning. He's surely in pain but should be back in the lineup in a day or two.
    20 minutes ago
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Roark pitches into 7th, picks up his 15th win
    Tanner Roark improved to 15-10, limiting the Mets to two runs over 6 1/3 innings as the Nationals hung on to win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Roark didn't have the swing-and-miss stuff working -- he registered only one strikeout -- but was still able to handle the Mets adroitly. The right-hander scattered five hits without issuing a walk. In the process, he maintained his ERA at 2.85 and now has a 1.09 WHIP with a 138/39 K/BB ratio. Roark is on track to make his final start of the season at home on Sunday against the Marlins.
    25 minutes ago
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • LaRoche's 3-run blast sends Nats over Mets
    Adam LaRoche's three-run home run, his 26th of the season, proved to be the difference as the Nationals defeated the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: LaRoche broke a 1-1 tie with his three-run shot off of Bartolo Colon. Though he had hit just .103 (3-for-29) in eight games entering the evening, LaRoche now has seven home runs and 21 RBI in the month of September. On the season, he's batting .258/.362/.459 with 91 RBI.
    29 minutes ago
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Cueto deals eight strong innings for 19th win
    Johnny Cueto threw eight innings of one-run ball in the Reds' 3-1 win over the Brewers Tuesday.

    Advice: Cueto gave up a Carlos Gomez solo home run to go along with three singles on the evening. He struck out seven in the win. The victory, his fourth in his last five starts, moved him to 19-9 with a 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 235/65 K/BB ratio over 235 2/3 innings. Cueto has a shot at his first 20-win campaign when he squares off with the Pirates in Sunday's season finale.
    29 minutes ago
    W, 3-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Mesoraco hits 25th homer in win over Brewers
    Devin Mesoraco hit his 25th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Mesoraco followed Todd Frazier's solo blast with one of his own in the first inning. The homer was his second in as many games, and he's scored a run in four straight. Mesoraco now has 25 home runs to go with a .278/.362/.545 line and 78 RBI.
    46 minutes ago
  • Encarnacion homers, knocks in 4 as TOR wins
    Edwin Encarnacion helped the Blue Jays rout the Mariners on Tuesday with an RBI single, a bases loaded walk, and a two-run homer.

    Advice: Encarnacion's first-inning single put the Jays on the board. His bases-loaded walk in the fifth was part of a seven-run outburst. And his sixth-inning two-run homer off of Erasmo Ramirez was the icing on the cake. Encarnacion now has a .272/.359/.561 and 34 home runs, and is three RBI away from notching his third consecutive 100-RBI season.
    51 minutes ago
  • Cishek escapes danger, grabs his 38th save
    Steve Cishek allowed back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, but was able to escape danger to pick up his 38th save as the Marlins downed the Phillies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown both singled to start the ninth, but a Cody Asche fly out, a Grady Sizemore fielder's choice, and a Darin Ruf strikeout later, and Cishek had notched his 38th save in 42 attempts. The right-hander has rebounded nicely from a tough August, as he has yet to allow a run in September. He owns a 3.22 ERA with an 82/21 K/BB ratio on the season.
    Today, 6:37 pm
  • Joe Mauer day-to-day with bruised elbow
    Joe Mauer exited Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right elbow contusion.

    Advice: Mauer was hit by an Andrew Chafin pitch in the first inning. He's being called day-to-day and it doesn't sound like any X-rays will be taken.
    Today, 5:49 pm
    Bot 7, 6-1 vs ^ Ari
  • Rasmus will be considered for playoff start
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that he "will consider" Cory Rasmus for a playoff start.

    Advice: The proposition obviously wasn't near the radar just a few weeks ago, but Rasmus has surprised with a 1.69 ERA and 16/4 K/BB ratio over 16 innings across five starts after being pressed into rotation duty. He hasn't gone more than four innings or thrown more than 59 pitches in any outing, so any playoff start would be abbreviated. However, Rasmus being picked probably isn't a long shot given the state of the Angels' rotation beyond Jered Weaver.
    Today, 5:45 pm
  • Pagan to have season-ending back surgery
    Angel Pagan will undergo season-ending back surgery on Thursday.

    Advice: The operation will repair a bulging disc and also narrow the nerve canal in Pagan's lower back. He will need three months of rehab. Pagan first began experiencing back trouble in mid-June and missed two months of action before returning last month. He had a setback earlier in September and the Giants have decided it's best for him to go ahead and have the procedure. Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez will handle center field while Pagan is out. The 33-year-old hit .300/.342/.389 with three homers and 16 steals over 96 games this season.
    Today, 5:13 pm
  • Denard Span leaves game after diving catch
    Denard Span exited Tuesday's game versus the Mets after making a diving catch.

    Advice: Span robbed Matt den Dekker in the top of the third inning with a terrific grab but was then pinch-hit for by Michal Taylor in the bottom of the frame. The Nationals will provide an update on the outfielder's status shortly.
    Today, 4:49 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Howie Kendrick returns to Angels' lineup
    Howie Kendrick is back in the Angels' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Kendrick said out Monday after suffering a minor left hamstring tweak Sunday. The second baseman has been on fire this month with a .394/.442/.620 batting line.
    Today, 4:00 pm
  • Dee Gordon out of LAD lineup on Tuesday
    Dee Gordon is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Giants.

    Advice: It's only a day of rest. Justin Turner will start at second base base against Madison Bumgarner.
    Today, 2:55 pm
    Bot 1, 3-0 vs x SF
  • Edwin Jackson demoted back to bullpen
    Edwin Jackson has been demoted back to the bullpen.

    Advice: Jackson gave up five runs in just 2/3 of an inning Friday against the Dodgers, so the Cubs are abandoning the experiment. He has a 6.38 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 139 2/3 total innings this season for the Cubs.
    Today, 2:24 pm
  • Mejia to undergo hernia surgery October 2
    Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia on October 2.

    Advice: The procedure will be performed by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia. Mejia has pitched through the hernia throughout the second half of the season and will remain active until the Mets officially close up shop. He should be 100 percent by next spring.
    Today, 2:00 pm
  • Steven Wright to start for Red Sox on Friday
    Steven Wright will make a spot start for the Red Sox on Friday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: It will be his second major league start. Wright owns a cool 3.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 18/2 K/BB ratio in 16 innings this season out of the Boston bullpen.
    Today, 1:18 pm
  • Holt (concussion) could return this week
    Brock Holt (concussion) could return for Boston's final regular-season series.

    Advice: Holt resumed baseball activities on Friday and is beginning to feel much better. He hasn't played since September 5 because of post-concussion symptoms.
    Today, 1:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 6-2 vs x TB
  • Lagares (elbow) will not return this season
    Juan Lagares (elbow) is done for the season.

    Advice: Lagares doesn't need surgery for his right elbow sprain, but his rehab for the injury will last into October. The young center fielder batted .281/.321/.382 with four home runs and 13 stolen bases in 116 games this season while playing elite-level defense.
    Today, 1:08 pm
  • Adam Eaton returns to White Sox lineup Tues.
    Adam Eaton is back in the White Sox starting lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Eaton was away from the team Monday for personal reasons. The 25-year-old outfielder is batting .298/.361/.397 over 117 games this season.
    Today, 12:09 pm
  • Mets recall INF Wilfredo Tovar
    Mets recalled INF Wilfredo Tovar from Double-A Binghamton.

    Advice: Tovar will provide the Mets with another middle infielder option over the final days of the season with Dilson Herrera (quad) sidelined. Mostly known for his glove, the 23-year-old batted .285/.345/.345 with two homers and 29 RBI over 78 games this season in Double-A.
    Today, 11:32 am
  • Norris receives cortisone shot in shoulder
    Derek Norris recently received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Norris has been dealing with shoulder soreness since a play at the plate on Saturday, but he's feeling better and was able to DH on Monday. It's unclear when he'll go back behind the plate.
    Today, 8:54 am
  • Haren's player option for 2015 is triggered
    Dan Haren's $10 million player option for 2015 was triggered during Monday's start against the Giants.

    Advice: Haren got there by crossing the 180-inning threshold for the season, which also secured him a $500,000 bonus. The veteran right-hander will make a decision on whether to accept the option after the season.
    Today, 5:57 am
  • Haren works 7 frames in ND versus the Giants
    Dan Haren yielded two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings in a no-decision versus the Giants Monday.

    Advice: He was coming off an additional day of rest, as Los Angeles decided to give Jamey Wright a spot start in Sunday's series finale at Chicago so Haren could take the ball against the hated Giants instead. Haren reversed a troubling trend: Dodgers' starters came into tonight in a terrible funk, having posted a 8.88 ERA over 25 1/3 innings while failing to work five innings even once in the last seven games. The bullpen (5.97 ERA) wasn't much better during that stretch. Fortunately, both showed up tonight (well, until Kevin Correia was called up in the 13th, anyway). Haren (13-11, 4.03 ERA) welcomes the Rockies to Los Angeles on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 11:36 pm
  • Donaldson draws 3 walks in win over Angels
    Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 win against the Angels.

    Advice: He has reached base seven times across 11 plate appearances, and scored four runs, over the past 48 hours. He won't come close to matching the raw efficiency of last year's breakout season (.301/.384/.499), but Donaldson totes a solid .254/.341/.457 slash line and will reach the 100-RBI plateau if he can drive in three more by sundown on Sunday. His WAR (currently 7.1) isn't even going to finish one game below 2013's total of 8.0; the A's have a keeper.
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Wilson ripped for 6 runs (4 ER) in 2/3 inning
    The wheels fell off of C.J. Wilson on Monday, as he surrendered six runs -- four earned -- in just 2/3 of an inning Monday in a loss to the A's.

    Advice: Wilson only gave up two hits while throwing 35 pitches. Instead, he was done in by an inability to locate the plate from the very beginning. Wilson walked four, the first two of which forced home a run. You could be forgiven for being surprised that the veteran picked this game to bomb. He had been 5-0 with a 2.79 ERA in his last eight starts against the A's. Wilson fired seven shutout innings and yielded only one hit in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Mariners, helping the Angels to clinch the AL West; he came into play today 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA over his last three starts. Wilson is currently scheduled to take the ball in Los Angeles' last regular season game on Sunday against the Mariners, though plans could change as playoffs machinations begin.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Quackenbush notches his 6th MLB save
    Kevin Quackenbush pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season on Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Since taking over closing duties from an injured Joaquin Benoit on August 20, Quackenbush has posted a 3.21 ERA across 14 innings. On the year, he's 6-for-7 in save situations with a 2.58 ERA, 1.09 ERA and 55/18 K/BB rate over 52 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Morneau goes 2-for-4 with a double in loss
    Justin Morneau finished 2-for-4 with a double in Monday's 1-0 loss versus the Padres.

    Advice: Morneau was returning to the lineup after getting an off-day on Sunday. Morneau has been on fire, coming it this game batting .415 with nine RBI and 11 runs scored in his last 11 games. Consider Morneau a nice daily play during this series. He's 12-for-25 (.480) in eight games at Petco Park this season. He's generally a good daily play: Morneau leads the National League with a .320 average.
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Adam Eaton (personal) expected back Tuesday
    Adam Eaton (personal) is expected to rejoin the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Eaton was away from the club Monday for personal reasons. He's hitting .347/.399/.443 in 185 plate appearances since the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 6:18 pm
  • Howie Kendrick (hamstring) out of lineup Mon.
    Howie Kendrick (hamstring) is not in the Angels' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Kendrick tweaked his left hamstring during Sunday's game. The Angels consider the ailment minor, but they'll play it cautiously with him this week with the AL West already wrapped up. Gordon Beckham is at second base in Kendrick's place Monday.
    Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • Mauer not in Monday's lineup
    Joe Mauer is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Here's a reminder that this is the last week of the season and fantasy owners need to be prepared to roll with the punches. Chris Parmelee will start at first base Monday.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    Bot 7, 6-1 vs ^ Ari
  • Adam Eaton excused for private family matter
    Adam Eaton was excused from the White Sox on Sunday due to a private family matter.

    Advice: White Sox manager Robin Ventura is expected to offer more details about Eaton's situation Monday evening. The dynamic outfielder is batting .347/.399/.443 in 185 plate appearances since the All-Star break.
    Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • LaRoche doesn't expect to re-sign with Nats
    Adam LaRoche said this weekend that he doesn't expect to re-sign with the Nationals over the winter.

    Advice: "If you had to ask me now, I would assume that I would have to move on, unfortunately," said the veteran first baseman, who is in the final year of a two-year, $24 million contract. Washington holds a $15 million option on LaRoche for 2015, but Ryan Zimmerman is probably going to have to move across the diamond for good and so the option on LaRoche likely won't be exercised.
    Yesterday, 11:20 am
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Donaldson crushes walk-off homer in 10th
    Josh Donaldson came up big for the A's Sunday, hitting a two-run, walk-off homer in the 10th inning to defeat the Phillies 8-6.

    Advice: Donaldson had singled twice and scored twice in the game prior to coming up with a man on in the 10th inning. He proceeded to take Phillies reliever Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez deep to send everyone home happy. Donaldson now has 28 home runs, 97 RBI and 89 runs scored this year. Three more RBI over the final week will represent Donaldson's first ever 100-RBI season.
    Sunday, 6:58 pm
  • Pagan (back) questionable for Dodgers series
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Angel Pagan (back) is "questionable" to play in the upcoming series versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pagan returned to action Friday but worse, so he's flown to San Diego to have his ailing back examined by team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki. The Giants are fighting for a playoff spot and will obviously do everything they can to get him back in the lineup, but it's possible we won't see much of him in the final week.
    Sunday, 8:06 am
  • Quackenbush escapes ninth with his 5th save
    Kevin Quackenbush had his feet to the fire, but managed to escape the ninth inning with his fifth save as the Padres hung on to beat the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Andrew Cashner was working on a shutout, but allowed a solo homer and a single before making his exit, and Quackenbush nearly dumped a vat of gasoline on the fire, allowing a two-out RBI single to Gregor Blanco to make it 3-2. Fortunately for the Padres, Quack was able to get Brandon Crawford to fly out to left to end the contest. The right-hander has picked up four saves in Joaquin Benoit's absence, and owns a 2.63 ERA on the season.
    Saturday, 8:39 pm
  • Angel Pagan out of Saturday's lineup
    Angel Pagan isn't expected to play again this weekend due to back soreness.

    Advice: Pagan started Friday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a steal in his first appearance in five days. His back felt worse afterwards, and he's considered questionable for the Dodgers series that begins Monday. Juan Perez is in center tonight, with Gregor Blanco playing left. Barring a positive report tomorrow, Pagan won't be an option in mixed leagues for the final week of the season.
    Saturday, 4:00 pm
  • Gordon has two hits, steals 64th base
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Gordon now has eight consecutive multi-hit games and has raised his batting average from .283 to .293 in the process. He's first in the majors with 64 stolen bases, which is more than seven other teams.
    Saturday, 2:57 pm
    Bot 1, 3-0 vs x SF
  • Encarnacion dealing with mild inflammation
    The results of Edwin Encarnacion's precautionary MRI revealed that he's dealing with mild inflammation in his back.

    Advice: He felt good enough to be in the lineup on Friday and is back out there again on Saturday, so the issue doesn't appear to be serious. With a little more than a week to go, he's hitting .262/.350/.552 with 33 homers and 89 RBI.
    Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Angel Pagan steals base in return
    Angel Pagan went 0-for-2 with a walk and a steal before being removed from Friday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: Pagan didn't appear to suffer a setback; the Giants probably just weren't looking for him to play a full nine innings in his return from a sore back. The start tonight was his first in five days.
    Friday, 10:05 pm
  • LaRoche (back) homers in return to lineup
    Adam LaRoche (back) smacked a two-run homer and a drew a walk Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: LaRoche missed two straight starts this week in order to rest his back, but it's not a major concern. The veteran first baseman is now batting .257/.363/.457 with 25 home runs and 88 RBI on the year.
    Friday, 8:13 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Edwin Encarnacion connects for 33rd homer
    Edwin Encarnacion smacked a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Encarnacion underwent a precautionary MRI on his back early Friday, but he felt well enough to play. The 31-year-old now has 33 homers on the year, which ties him for fifth in the American League.
    Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Angel Pagan returns to Giants lineup Friday
    Angel Pagan has returned to the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Pagan had been sidelined since Sunday after experiencing renewed tightness in his back. He should still be considered day-to-day over the final week and a half of the season, as the Giants won't want to push him too hard and risk another re-injury.
    Friday, 4:17 pm
  • Jackson only last 2/3 of an inning in return
    Edwin Jackson's return to the Cubs' rotation was brief, as he allowed five runs over just two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Jackson surrendered four hits - including a home run - while walking one and not recording a strikeout. The righty was actually sporting good velocity, but he obviously threw a bunch of hittable pitches and the Dodgers had no issues squaring him up. Jackson and his 6.38 ERA will likely get another start next week, but obviously fantasy owners don't need to go anywhere near him.
    Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion has precautionary MRI
    Edwin Encarnacion recently underwent a precautionary MRI on his back.

    Advice: Encarnacion's back acts up on him every now and then, but it's not something to be overly concerned about. He's in Friday's lineup as the designated hitter.
    Friday, 2:51 pm
  • Lagares (elbow) could be done for season
    Juan Lagares (elbow) could be out for the rest of the season.

    Advice: Lagares suffered a sprained right elbow on Tuesday and has been ruled out through the next two series. It's possible he could return for the final series of the season against the Astros, but it wouldn't really make sense for the Mets to push him at that point. Lagares has hit .281/.321/.382 with four homers over 116 games this season while playing Gold Glove-level defense in center field.
    Friday, 2:31 pm
  • Edwin Jackson activated from disabled list
    Cubs activated RHP Edwin Jackson from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Jackson will rejoin the Cubs' rotation on Friday against the Dodgers after missing the last month with a strained right lat. He holds a 6.09 ERA on the season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 9:14 am
  • Span's 9-game hitting streak snapped in a win
    Denard Span was held hitless over five at-bats, but the Nationals were still able to send the Marlins to a defeat on Thursday.

    Advice: The words "Denard Span" and "hitless" haven't often been used together lately. He was on a nine-game hitting streak and had hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games entering the contest. Span has turned in a solid season, batting .296/.349/.409 with 93 runs scored and 31 stolen bases.
    Thursday, 7:07 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • LaRoche resting back Thursday
    Adam LaRoche is resting his back Thursday.

    Advice: Most of the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday after resting on Wednesday, but LaRoche needs another day. He's expected to return Friday.
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Holt (concussion) to resume activities
    Brock Holt (concussion) will resume baseball activities Friday.

    Advice: Holt was diagnosed with a concussion last week, but he got positive news in a checkup on Thursday. While he's making progress, it's unclear if he'll play again this season. Red Sox manager John Farrell has mentioned the possibility of sending him to the instructional league next month so that he can go into the offseason with some peace of mind.
    Thursday, 1:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 6-2 vs x TB
  • LaRoche out of lineup Thursday
    Adam LaRoche is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Most the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday, but LaRoche will sit for a second straight day. Kevin Frandsen is starting at first base.
    Thursday, 1:00 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Cishek faces minimum, earns his 37th save
    Steve Cishek made short work of the Mets in the ninth inning, earning his 37th save in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Cishek has been dominant in September, tossing up goose eggs in seven appearances with six saves and a 10/2 K/BB ratio. Overall, he sports a 3.27 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and an 81/21 K/BB ratio with 37 saves in 41 chances.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Angel Pagan (back) expected to play on Friday
    The results of Angel Pagan's (back) MRI came back clean on Wednesday and the veteran outfielder expects to return to the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Pagan has reported significant improvement after sitting out the entire three-game set against the Diamondbacks. In what has been a season ravaged by injuries, he has managed to excel when on the field, hitting .302/.342/.391 with three homers, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 95 games.
    Wednesday, 4:43 pm
  • Morneau drives in six as Rockies rout Dodgers
    Justin Morneau finished 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBI in Wednesday's 16-2 rout of the Dodgers.

    Advice: Colorado absolutely pounded Dodgers spot starter Carlos Frias, with Morneau kicking off the fun on a three-run blast in the bottom of the first inning. He also hit a two-run single to finish off the scoring in that eight-run opening frame before doubling in the bottom of the fourth and collecting his sixth RBI of the afternoon on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. The veteran first baseman has an excellent .320/.363/.497 batting line with 16 home runs and 79 RBI in 127 games this season.
    Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Juan Lagares (elbow) out at least a few games
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that Juan Lagares (elbow) will miss at least a few games.

    Advice: Lagares exited Tuesday's contest with a sprained right elbow. It sounds like he's expected back at some point before the end of the season, but the Mets will be careful. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is in center field Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 12:59 pm
  • Juan Lagares dealing with sprained elbow
    Juan Lagares revealed Wednesday that he's nursing a sprained right elbow.

    Advice: It was referred to as a hyperextended elbow by the Mets when he exited Tuesday's game. Lagares said that he needs to consult with the team first before he knows how long he'll be sidelined. More clarity with his situation should be available later Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 12:34 pm
  • Angel Pagan to undergo MRI on ailing back
    Angel Pagan is set to undergo an MRI on his back.

    Advice: The Giants had been hoping Pagan could return to action after Thursday's off day, but thing are up in the air now. It's possible he could receive another cortisone shot before attempting to play through the ailment. Pagan could undergo back surgery over the offseason.
    Wednesday, 11:36 am
  • Angel Pagan (back) remains out of lineup
    Angel Pagan (back) remained out of the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the third straight game he's missed due to his nagging back issue. The Giants are off Thursday, so Pagan will shoot for a return for the weekend series in San Diego. Juan Perez is in center field again Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Dee Gordon gets a breather Wednesday
    Dee Gordon is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest. Darwin Barney is filling in at second base in Gordon's place.
    Wednesday, 9:06 am
    Bot 1, 3-0 vs x SF
  • Pagan could have back surgery over winter
    Angel Pagan could undergoing surgery on his ailing back over the offseason.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy was quick to note that surgery is one of many treatment options for Pagan. The outfielder missed nearly two months of action earlier this season with back issues and has had a couple minor setbacks recently. The club hopes that Pagan is ready to play Wednesday after missing the last two games.
    Wednesday, 7:34 am
  • Rasmus doesn't allow a run across 4 innings
    Cory Rasmus fired four shutout innings against the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rasmus only allowed one hit and no walks in the mini-gem, striking out four. Instead of doing the predictable thing and trading for a mediocre starter to fill Garrett Richards' old rotation spot, Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided to make the turn a bullpen day, always to be kicked off by Rasmus. This was Rasmus' fourth consecutive start, and he hasn't thrown more than 49 pitches in any of them (43 tonight). Rasmus (2.57 ERA) has a nice matchup on deck with the Rangers coming to town, but don't expect him to pitch long enough to have a shot at a win.
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Eaton enjoys four-hit night against Royals
    Adam Eaton had a huge night Tuesday, finishing 4-for-5 with a double, triple and two runs scored in a win over the Royals.

    Advice: Eaton followed up a 3-for-5 game with an even better performance, falling a home run shy of the cycle. Perhaps most remarkably, none of Eaton's four hits managed to drive in a run. The outfielder did score two runs himself, giving him 71 runs scored to go with a .303/.367/.403 line on the year.
    Tuesday, 10:00 pm
  • Morneau has two hits, scores twice vs. LAD
    Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in the Rockies' win over the Dodgers Tuesday.

    Advice: Morneau drove in a run with a groundout in the first inning, singling and scoring in the sixth. He later doubled and scored in the eighth as well, his first double since late August as he's managed an intercostal injury. Morneau is looking to finish strong after a really nice rebound year for the 33-year-old, who is hitting .316/.361/.486 with 73 RBI.
    Tuesday, 9:12 pm
  • Haren touched for five runs in loss to Rox
    Dan Haren allowed five runs over five innings in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Haren actually gave up just four hits, but the Rockies managed to turn them into five runs. The line looks bad, but it was Haren's first loss since August 17, and the right-hander is still 13-11 with a 4.14 ERA after a string of above-average starts. Haren will try to get back in the win column at the Cubs on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Cueto outdueled by Arrieta, falls to 18-9
    Johnny Cueto fell to 18-9 after allowing six runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Through five innings, Cueto had allowed just one run on a fielder's choice ground out, but he was not going to outduel Arrieta -- who brought a no-hitter into the eighth inning -- on this night. Cueto faltered in the sixth, surrendering five more runs, but it ultimately didn't matter. Overall, Cueto gave up five hits, walked five, and struck out eight. He now has a 2.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and a 228/64 K/BB ratio. He'll make his next start at home against the Brewers on Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
    W, 3-1 vs ^ Mil
  • Roark pitches Nats past ATL to clinch NL East
    Tanner Roark hurled seven shutout innings against the Braves on Tuesday as the Nationals clinched the NL East division.

    Advice: The slumping Braves couldn't get anything going against Roark, as the right-hander scattered five hits -- all singles -- while striking out four and walking none. The Nationals, at 87-63, are the first team in baseball to clinch their division. Roark will go into two weeks of meaningless baseball with a 2.85 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 137/39 K/BB ratio. He'll start next against the Marlins on the road on Sunday.
    Tuesday, 6:51 pm
    W, 4-2 vs ^ NYM
  • Juan Lagares exits with hyperextended elbow
    Juan Lagares left Tuesday's game against the Marlins with a hyperextended right elbow.

    Advice: It's not clear how Lagares suffered the injury. More should be revealed about his status after the game. Kirk Nieuwenhuis replaced him in center field.
    Tuesday, 5:39 pm
  • Angel Pagan (back) out of Tuesday's lineup
    Angel Pagan (back) is not in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Manager Bruce Bochy said after Monday's game that he expected Pagan to be ready to go Tuesday, but obviously that's not the case. Consider Pagan day-to-day. Juan Perez is getting another start in center field Tuesday.
    Tuesday, 3:04 pm
  • Edwin Jackson (lat) to return to Cubs on Fri.
    Edwin Jackson (lat) is scheduled to return to the Cubs' starting rotation on Friday.

    Advice: Jackson has been out for almost four weeks with a right lat strain. He's 6-14 this season with a 6.09 ERA and is a bad fantasy option Friday versus the Dodgers.
    Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Brock Holt (head) won't play in Pittsburgh
    Brock Holt (head) won't play in the Red Sox' three-game series at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.

    Advice: Holt was diagnosed with a concussion last week and is still symptomatic. The super-utilityman will visit another specialist on Thursday for a checkup.
    Tuesday, 1:39 pm
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 6-2 vs x TB
  • Kendrick goes 1-for-4 in Monday's win
    Howie Kendrick went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Monday's 8-1 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Kendrick is 1-for-6 in his last two games after he went 22-for-44 (.500) with seven extra-base hits (two homers) and 14 RBI during a 10-game hitting streak. The 31-year-old second baseman is getting on base at a better-than-career-average clip, though his power has dropped off a bit. He's slashed .292/.346/.396 with seven homers and 71 RBI.
    Monday, 10:11 pm
  • Joe Mauer knocks in four runs
    Joe Mauer drove in four runs with a pair of singles Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: If only Mauer had hit like his usual self in the first half, he could have racked up some nice RBI numbers behind a surprisingly productive top of the Twins order. At least he has been better since coming off the DL, driving in 22 runs in 34 games. He had just 28 RBI in 76 games before getting hurt.
    Monday, 8:44 pm
    Bot 7, 6-1 vs ^ Ari
  • Morneau (intercostal) back in Monday's lineup
    Justin Morneau (intercostal) is back in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Morneau exited Friday's game with left intercostal soreness, but it's not a major concern. The veteran first baseman is hitting .315 on the year, just two points behind Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison for the National League lead.
    Sep 15, 1:46 pm
  • Gordon steals 61st base in win over Giants
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Gordon's steal was his 61st of the season, still the most in the majors. The second baseman also added two hits, his third straight two-hit game. He's got a modest eight-game hitting streak going, hitting .350 (14-for-40) with three steals and 11 runs scored in that time. Gordon is hitting .289 with a .707 OPS on the year.
    Sep 14, 6:37 pm
    Bot 1, 3-0 vs x SF
  • Derek Norris playing through slight hip issue
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that Derek Norris is playing through a slight hip issue.

    Advice: Norris is a fierce competitor, as most catchers are, and continues to battle through the injury. He may need a day or two of rest down the stretch, but fantasy owners should still utilize the powerful backstop.
    Sep 14, 5:08 pm
  • Cishek puts away Phillies to earn 35th save
    Steve Cishek allowed a hit and a walk but escaped unscathed to earn the save in the Marlins' 5-4, come-from-behind victory over the Phillies Sunday.

    Advice: After the Marlins scored four runs in the top of the inning to take the lead, Cishek appeared as though he was going to give it right back after a leadoff walk and a single. But Cishek recovered to strike out Ben Revere, Maikel Franco and Chase Utley to finish the game. The right-hander has 35 saves to go with a 3.38 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 79/21 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 innings this season.
    Sep 14, 2:17 pm
  • Morneau (intercostal) expected to return soon
    Justin Morneau (intercostal) is expected to return to the lineup soon.

    Advice: Morneau exited Friday's game with what the Rockies called left intercostal soreness, but trainer Keith Dugger admitted Saturday that the club was "not 100 percent sure it's an intercostal (injury). It's kind of sore behind his left lat. He just has a little soreness. It's not a huge (injury). It's not like an oblique type of soreness. We aren't overly concerned, but we want to make sure he's right before we send him out there." Ben Paulsen started at first base Saturday and should remain there until Morneau is ready.
    Sep 14, 7:35 am
  • Jackson (lat) expected to make one more start
    The Cubs are hopeful that Edwin Jackson (lat) will make it back for one more start this season.

    Advice: The Cubs are already using six starters, but they apparently are anticipating Jackson's return before the end of the year and would also like to find a start for Eric Jokisch. Jackson has missed the last three and a half weeks with a right lat strain. He owns an ugly 6.09 ERA this season.
    Sep 14, 6:03 am
  • Dee Gordon steals 60th base
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-7, scored three times and swiped his 60th base Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Gordon is the first player to swipe 60 bases in a season since Michael Bourn in 2011 and the first Dodger to do so since Juan Pierre swiped 64 bases in 2007.
    Sep 13, 9:35 pm
    Bot 1, 3-0 vs x SF
  • Encarnacion clubs 31st home run as Jays win
    Edwin Encarnacion clubbed his 31st home run of the season to help lead the Jays to a victory over the Rays on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Encarnacion took Steven Geltz deep for a solo shot in the seventh inning, increasing the Jays lead to 6-3. He also drew an intentional walk in the ballgame, finishing 1-for-3. Despite missing time on the disabled list, he owns a .262/.351/.551 line with 31 homers and 84 RBI in 423 at-bats on the year.
    Sep 13, 1:04 pm
  • 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.
    Sep 12, 11:26 pm
  • Kevin Quackenbush records thrid save
    Kevin Quackenbush worked around two ninth-inning singles to pick up his third save Friday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: With Joaquin Benoit's return date still up in the air, Quackenbush is the favorite for saves in the San Diego pen. Of course, the team isn't really generating many save chances anyway. Tonight was Quackenbush's first opportunity since Sept. 1.
    Sep 12, 10:50 pm
  • Morneau removed with left intercostal injury
    Justin Morneau was removed from Friday's game against the Cardinals due to left side intercostal soreness.

    Advice: Morneau is considered day-to-day and should return to the Rockies lineup at some point over the weekend. He is enjoying a fine season at the dish, slashing .315/.359/.485 with 15 homers and 72 RBI in 124 contests.
    Sep 12, 9:41 pm
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