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  • Josh Hamilton says he's ready for the ALDS
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) said Tuesday that he is ready to go for the ALDS.

    Advice: Hamilton has taken batting practice, thrown long toss, and run the bases without issue each of the last two days in Anaheim. He's played in just one game for the Angels since September 4 due to shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries, but look for him to be in the starting lineup on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:01 pm
  • Dee Gordon (hip) a go for Game 1 of NLDS
    Dee Gordon (hip) fully expects to play in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Gordon missed the final game of the regular season with irritation in his right hip, but he went through a full workout on Tuesday afternoon and felt fine. The speedy second baseman batted .289/.326/.378 with 64 stolen bases in 148 games this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:06 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Emilio Bonifacio hires new agent
    According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, Emilio Bonifacio has hired Gene Mato as his agent.

    Advice: He was previously represented by Paul Kinzer. Bonifacio, an impending free agent, batted .259/.305/.345 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 26 steals over 110 games this season between the Cubs and Braves. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:56 pm
     
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Martin (hammy) expects to start in WC game
    Russell Martin (hamstring) expects to start in Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants.

    Advice: Martin left Friday's game after aggravating a left hamstring injury and sat out the rest of the weekend, but it's not going to stop him from playing in Wednesday's do-or-die affair. Still, the Pirates plan to carry three catchers for the game just in case. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:21 pm
  • Gordon says hip feels fine, cleared to run
    Dee Gordon said Tuesday that his right hip feels fine and that he has been cleared to run.

    Advice: Gordon left Saturday's game with a right hip injury and sat out Sunday, but it's not a major concern. He's expected to be ready to play in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:13 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Fuld starting in LF, batting 2nd in WC game
    Sam Fuld will start in left field and bat second in Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

    Advice: Athletics manager Bob Melvin has clearly prioritized defense in this one, though it's a little odd to see Fuld batting second. Coco Crisp will bat leadoff and play center field and will be followed by Fuld, Josh Donaldson 3B , Brandon Moss DH, Josh Reddick RF, Brett Lowrie SS, Stephen Vogt 1B, Geovany Soto C, and Eric Sogard 2B. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:46 am
     
    W, 4-0 x @Tex
  • Carlos Beltran undergoes right elbow surgery
    Carlos Beltran underwent surgery Tuesday to remove loose pieces and a bone spur from his right elbow.

    Advice: Beltran is six weeks away from hitting and throwing and 12 weeks away from playing in a game, so he should be ready for spring training. The 37-year-old attempted to play through the pain this season, but ended up with a career-low .703 OPS. Now that the issue has been taken care of, he'll make for a solid bounceback candidate in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:36 am
  • Hamilton to face live pitching Tuesday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) is slated to face live pitching Tuesday.

    Advice: Hamilton has been limited to just one game since September 4 due to right shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries, but he's confident he'll start in left field for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. The veteran outfielder has received a whopping 12 cortisone shots over the past couple of weeks to deal with the injuries. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:29 am
  • Escobar hitting leadoff in Wild Card Game
    Alcides Escobar will bat leadoff in Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Athletics.

    Advice: It's a familiar lineup to what the Royals used to finish out the regular season, with Josh Willingham on the bench: Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B. James Shields will start for Kansas City. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:26 am
  • Adam Dunn not in lineup for Wild Card game
    Adam Dunn is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals.

    Advice: Dunn is in the playoffs for the first time in his long career, but it looks like he'll be limited to pinch-hitter duty. The full lineup hasn't been announced yet, but Geovany Soto will catch Jon Lester while Brandon Moss will serve as DH and Sam Fuld will play left. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:08 am
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Gattis could play 140 games between C/LF
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez didn't rule out the possibility that Evan Gattis could play 140 games next season between left field and catcher.

    Advice: Christian Bethancourt is considered the catcher of the future for Atlanta, so Gonzalez will have to get creative to find regular playing time for Gattis. While playing left field is an option, he would be a huge liability defensively. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:02 am
     
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Baez projected to be Cubs' 2B next season
    Javier Baez is projected to be the Cubs' starting second baseman next season.

    Advice: While Baez slugged nine home runs in 52 games during his first taste of the majors, he hit just .169 with a disturbing 95 strikeouts in 213 at-bats. Still, the Cubs love his long-term potential and believe that he'll be able to make adjustments to find success. While he's penciled in at second base for now, the dynamic could change if the Cubs end up trading Starlin Castro. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:16 am
     
    W, 5-2 ^ @Mil
  • Rajai Davis (groin) not set for ALDS
    Rajai Davis (groin) is still uncertain for the ALDS against the Orioles.

    Advice: Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain. He thinks he'll be ready, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus still sees any number of scenarios, including him being a full-go, to day-to-day, to left off the roster altogether. We should see more clarity on the situation soon. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:58 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Davis playing third base in instructs game
    Chris Davis is slated to play third base again Tuesday in an instructional league game in Florida.

    Advice: He's slated to play five innings. Davis got four plate appearances on Monday. He won't be eligible to play in the O's first eight playoff games as he finishes out his suspension for amphetamines, but he's staying sharp just in case they make it far into the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:51 am
     
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Ortiz to get treatment on left wrist
    David Ortiz will get some additional treatment on his left wrist.

    Advice: Ortiz missed the final five games of the season with inflammation in the wrist, but it's not a major concern going into 2015. "We're not concerned about it," said Cherington. "It should resolve itself over the course of the off-season." Ortiz turns 39 in November and will begin next season 34 homers shy of the 500-mark for his career. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Napoli won't need surgery for injuries
    Mike Napoli (finger, knee, toe) will not require surgery for any of his injuries.

    Advice: Napoli was limited to just 11 games in September due to a long list of injuries, but some extended rest should get him on track for the 2015 season. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington mentioned that Napoli has also dealt with sleep apnea for some time and that they'll try to find a way to manage it during the offseason. The 32-year-old is under contract for $16 million in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:27 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Holt (concussion) set for exam next week
    Brock Holt (concussion) will see Dr. Michael Collins in Pittsburgh on October 8.

    Advice: Holt missed the final 21 games of the season with a concussion, but it's expected that he'll be cleared during next week's exam. There was some talk about him playing some instructional league games, but he will not be required to play anywhere this winter. Holt should be in the mix for the starting third base job next spring. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:22 am
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Hamilton (shoulder) goes through full workout
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) went through a full workout on Monday afternoon without issue.

    Advice: Hamilton took batting practice, threw long toss, and ran the bases. He will repeat that routine on Tuesday and is then expected to face live pitching on Wednesday. The Angels are hoping he'll be close to full health by Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Bonifacio hits third homer in win over Phils
    Emilio Bonifacio hit his third home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Bonifacio hit a solo shot off Cole Hamels to start off the game. It was his only hit in four at-bats. The 29-year-old finishes the season with 47 runs scored and 26 steals between the Cubs and Braves. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:37 pm
     
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Hamilton (shoulder) to take BP on Monday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will take batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: He'll take BP again on Tuesday before facing live pitching on Wednesday if all goes well. Hamilton has received a whopping 12 cortisone injections over the last couple weeks in hopes of getting his right shoulder in shape for the postseason. Game 1 of the ALDS is on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:19 am
  • Dee Gordon (hip) expected to play Friday
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that he expected Dee Gordon (hip) to be ready to play on Friday in Game 1 of the NLDS.

    Advice: Gordon exited Saturday's game and is sitting out Sunday due to a right hip injury. He underwent a precautionary MRI, but the ailment appears to be minor. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:09 am
     
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Russell Martin (hamstring) out again Sunday
    Russell Martin (hamstring) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The Pirates took a long time to release their lineup, presumably so that Martin could test out his ailing left hamstring. Obviously, he must still be feeling pretty badly to sit out such a huge game. Chris Stewart is behind the plate for Sunday's regular season finale. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:35 am
  • Davis (groin) thinks he'll be ready Thursday
    Rajai Davis (groin) thinks he'll be ready to play in a potential ALDS Game 1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain. He was getting around in the clubhouse alright Sunday, but quick movements are still an issue for him. Ezequiel Carrera is starting in center field Sunday and will man the position in the playoffs if Davis proves to not be ready. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:30 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Rajai Davis (groin) sitting out Sunday
    Rajai Davis (groin) is not in Sunday's lineup.

    Advice: Davis exited Saturday's game with a Grade 1 groin strain. The Tigers said that he'd be re-evaluated Sunday before it's determined how much time he could miss, but they have yet to offer an update on his status. Ezequiel Carrera is starting in center field Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:43 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Dee Gordon (hip) undergoes MRI
    Dee Gordon underwent an MRI on his right hip after leaving Saturday's game.

    Advice: Gordon won't play Sunday but says he's not concerned about the hip over the long haul. It's an ailment that he's dealt with before and is evidently minor. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:54 am
     
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Dee Gordon diagnosed with irritation in hip
    Dee Gordon left Saturday's game against the Rockies due to irritation in his right hip.

    Advice: Gordon had a similar injury earlier this season and missed three games. He was replaced at second base Saturday by Darwin Barney. The Dodgers begin NLDS play next Friday, so Gordon has time to heal. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:46 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Rajai Davis diagnosed with a groin strain
    Rajai Davis was diagnosed with a pubic strain.

    Advice: It's basically a groin strain, which could be very bad news for the Tigers as the playoffs approach. Davis suffered the injury while chugging down the first base line on Saturday night. He will be reevaluated on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:39 pm
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Dee Gordon exits game with apparent injury
    Dee Gordon departed Saturday's game versus the Rockies with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Gordon may have tweaked something on a first-inning groundout. Darwin Barney replaced him at second base. This is bad timing for the NL West-champion Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:29 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Rajai Davis leaves game with apparent injury
    Rajai Davis left Saturday's game against the Twins with an apparent hamstring injury.

    Advice: Davis slowed up while running down the first base line on a groundout to short in the bottom of the second inning. Ezequiel Carrera replaced him in center field. This could be a big blow for the Tigers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:51 pm
     
    W, 3-0 vs x Min
  • Russell Martin not in Saturday's lineup
    Russell Martin (hamstring) is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran backstop aggravated his hamstring injury in Friday's contest and is likely to be held out the remainder of the weekend as a precaution heading into the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:19 am
  • Ortiz (wrist) remains out of lineup Saturday
    David Ortiz (wrist) remains out of the Red Sox lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran slugger continues to deal with inflammation in his wrist and is likely done for the season. Yoenis Cespedes is serving as the DH on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:42 am
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Dee Gordon doubles twice in Dodgers' win
    Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Dodgers beat the Rockies 7-4 on Friday.

    Advice: No steals for Gordon, but two doubles is nice; he entered with just 22 in 604 at-bats this season. He was also in an 0-for-14 slump headed into this one. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:10 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Baez's three-hit night pushes Cubs past MIL
    Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles, a stolen base, and two runs scored as the Cubs defeated the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Baez had been in a slump, notching just one hit in his previous 25 at-bats entering the game. He ended up accounting for four of the Cubs' six runs, proving crucial in their two-run victory. Baez's numbers aren't so great in his first 220 major league plate appearances, as he's batting .172/.232/.333 with nine home runs, 20 RBI, and five stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:48 pm
     
    W, 5-2 ^ @Mil
  • Adam Dunn plates two in victory over Rangers
    Adam Dunn drove home a pair of runs as the A's topped the Rangers on Friday in Arlington.

    Advice: Dunn got the A's on the board with a two-run double in the third inning, and they wouldn't relinquish the lead. Since joining the A's in a deadline deal, he's hitting .217 (13-for-60) with a pair of homers and 10 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:36 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Russell Martin (hamstring) leaves game early
    Russell Martin left Friday's game against the Reds in the seventh inning after apparently aggravating his hamstring injury.

    Advice: He drew a walk before being lifted for a pinch-runner, but he was grimacing in pain after a pair of check swings during that plate appearance. The Pirates are likely to play things safe and keep him out the remainder of the weekend to let the injury heal before the postseason begins. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:00 pm
  • Josh Hamilton to resume swinging Saturday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will resume swinging a bat on Saturday.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that he'll face live pitching at normal velocity before the playoffs begin, but his availability for the postseason remains in question. Before hitting the shelf, he slashed just .263/.331/.414 with 10 homers in his 89 contests. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:20 pm
  • David Ortiz (wrist) out of lineup again Fri.
    David Ortiz (wrist) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Big Papi is nursing some wrist inflammation and is probably a long shot to play again this season. Yoenis Cespedes is being used in the designated hitter spot Friday in his place. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:09 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Chris Davis plays in instructional league
    Chris Davis played three innings at third base and got three plate appearances in an instructional league game Friday.

    Advice: He had a walk, a flyout and an infield single in his three trips to the dish. The Orioles sent the suspended slugger to instructs in order to stay sharp in the event that he's eventually added to their postseason roster. Davis is ineligible to play in the team's first eight playoff games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:57 am
     
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Russell Martin returned to action on Thursday September 25. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:27 am
  • Russell Martin (hamstring) in lineup Thursday
    Russell Martin (hamstring) is in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Martin left Wednesday's game with left hamstring tightness, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. He's critically important to the Pirates' success, so they likely wouldn't put him out there unless they were certain he's OK. It's a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:28 pm
  • Holt (concussion) won't play again this year
    Brock Holt (concussion) is not expected to play again this season.

    Advice: Holt is feeling better, but he still needs to travel to Pittsburgh to be cleared by concussion specialist Mickey Collins, so there's just not enough time. The hope is that he'll play some games in the instructional league in order to get some peace of mind going into the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:26 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Napoli not expected to play again this year
    Mike Napoli (finger, toe, back) is not expected to play again this season.

    Advice: Napoli has been bothered by a long list of injuries down the stretch, so the Red Sox are just going to shut him down. He'll finish the year with a .248/.370/.419 batting line to go along with 17 home runs and 55 RBI over 119 games. He's under contract for $16 million next year. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:23 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • David Ortiz dealing with wrist inflammation
    David Ortiz is currently dealing with wrist inflammation.

    Advice: Ortiz says that it feels is similar to what he felt before he suffered a partial tear of his tendon sheath in 2008, so the Red Sox are understandably being cautious. There's a good chance that he's done for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:20 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Evan Gattis making first start since Sept. 7
    Evan Gattis (kidney stone) is back in the Braves' starting lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'll be his first start since September 7. Gattis has battled strep throat and a kidney stone over the past two-plus weeks and is only expected to play about five innings in his return to action Thursday night. He will start at catcher and bat sixth. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:10 pm
     
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • David Ortiz out of Red Sox lineup Thursday
    David Ortiz is getting another day off Thursday.

    Advice: Ortiz also sat out of Wednesday's game. He's been given a light load as the Red Sox play out the string. Yoenis Cespedes is at DH for Boston on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Mike Napoli (finger) out again Thursday night
    Mike Napoli (finger) remains absent from the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday versus the Rays.

    Advice: Napoli hasn't played since last Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in his left right finger and might not make it back for Boston's final three games. Allen Craig is starting at first base Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:03 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Russell Martin exits with hamstring tightness
    Russell Martin left Wednesday's game with left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: There's some reason for concern there, as Martin was bothered by the same hamstring earlier in the year. With a trip to the postseason already sewn up, the Pirates may just be playing it cautious with their catcher. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:21 pm
  • Martin leaves game with possible ankle injury
    Russell Martin left Wednesday's game against the Braves with a possible ankle injury.

    Advice: Martin appeared to tweak something getting back to first base in the top of the fifth inning. He was replaced behind the plate by Chris Stewart in the bottom half of the inning. The Pirates should provide some more information on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:45 pm
  • Hamilton not expected back before postseason
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) said he doesn't expect to play before the end of the regular season.

    Advice: It was always a race against time as Hamilton attempted to overcome a variety of ailments. The outfielder did say he hopes to be back in time for the start of the playoffs. If Hamilton's regular season is over, he ends with a .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs in an injury-riddled 89 games played. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Beltran (elbow) won't play again this season
    Carlos Beltran (elbow) won't play again in 2014.

    Advice: Beltran can now go ahead and have surgery to remove the painful bone spurs from his right elbow. He should be 100 percent heading into 2015 and will be a decent bounceback candidate even in his age-38 season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:10 pm
  • Gattis (kidney stone) to rejoin lineup Thurs.
    Evan Gattis (kidney stone) is expected to return to the Braves' lineup on Thursday night.

    Advice: But he'll only play about five innings in what will be his first start since September 7. Gattis has been battling strep throat an, more recently, a kidney stone. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:38 pm
     
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Napoli (finger) out of Red Sox lineup on Wed.
    Mike Napoli (finger) is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again on Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Napoli has lingering discomfort in his left ring finger and is probably questionable for Boston's remaining games. Allen Craig is at first base Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:04 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • David Ortiz getting a breather Wednesday
    David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Yoenis Cespedes is in the designated hitter spot against Jake Odorizzi at the Rays. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:57 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Josh Hamilton (shoulder) unlikely for Friday
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is not expected to return to the lineup on Friday.

    Advice: His status for the rest of the weekend also remains in doubt. Hamilton has received a whopping 12 cortisone injections over the last couple weeks in hopes of getting his shoulder ready for the postseason, but his situations remains up in the air. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Carlos Beltran (elbow) unlikely to return
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi on Wednesday said that "it's going to be pretty tough" for Carlos Beltran (elbow) to make it back this season.

    Advice: That's been the feeling since he had another setback with his elbow last Friday, but this is the first time Girardi has essentially ruled Beltran out. The veteran outfielder needs surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, but he'll be fine for spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:16 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:55 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:16 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Napoli not in Red Sox starting lineup Tues.
    Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rays.

    Advice: Napoli continues to receive regular days off as he battles through a finger injury. Daniel Nava is starting at first base versus Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:57 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Hamilton (shoulder) won't play before weekend
    Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will not play until this weekend, at the earliest.

    Advice: Hamilton had been hoping to return as soon as Wednesday,' but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has ruled that out. The outfielder did hit off a tee Monday and Scioscia said Hamilton is doing "pretty good." Fantasy owners don't need to be counting on him playing at all this week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:28 pm
  • Martin delivers game-winning RBI vs. Brewers
    Russell Martin had the game-winning RBI single in the Pirates' win over the Brewers on Sunday.

    Advice: Martin broke a scoreless tie with his RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Pirates would win by the same margin. Martin finished 1-for-3 on the day. The extended his hitting streak to 12 games, raising his average to .297. The 31-year-old has had a quietly productive year behind the plate. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 1:20 pm
  • Beltran's (elbow) season could be over
    Carlos Beltran (elbow) might not play again this season.

    Advice: Beltran indicated Saturday that he might go ahead and have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, but while he's decided to delay an operation until the offseason, it's still possible that he might not play over the final week. He'll need 12 weeks to recover once he does go under the knife. The 37-year-old has disappointed with a .233/.301/.402 batting line and 15 homers over 109 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 7:29 am
  • Evan Gattis pinch-hits on Saturday
    Evan Gattis grounded out as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Saturday.

    Advice: It was Gattis' first appearance since September 7, as he's been nursing strep throat and a kidney stone. He's expected to only be available off the bench for the next few days, but the Braves hope he'll be ready to start before the end of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 1:08 am
     
    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Ortiz homers, drives in two in loss to O's
    David Ortiz hit his 35th home run of the season in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Ortiz's two-run shot in the first inning off of Orioles' starter Chris Tillman was his only hit of the game. He finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Ortiz now has three home runs in his last two games, having launched two bombs against the Orioles on Friday. For the season, Ortiz has 104 RBI. This marks the seventh season in which Big Papi has driven in 100 or more runs. It's also Ortiz's first season with 35 or more home runs since he hit 35 back in 2007. Overall, the slugger is slashing .264/.356/.520. Not bad for a 38-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 20, 8:29 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Josh Hamilton hoping to play Wednesday
    After getting 12 injections the last 12 days, Josh Hamilton is aiming to rejoin the Angels' lineup Wednesday or Friday.

    Advice: Hamilton said Saturday that he's recently had seven cortisone injections in his chest and back area, in addition to the five he had for his shoulder early this month. "It feels better today as far as breathing and stuff," Hamilton said. "Just sore from the shots. Whatever it takes to get well enough to get back and play three or four games before the playoffs." Rotoworld.com
    Sep 20, 4:56 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 20, 2:57 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Alcides Escobar has four-hit day in defeat
    Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 with an RBI in a losing effort against the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been hitting atop the Royals lineup in recent days and certainly did his best to act as a catalyst in this one. For the season, Escobar is hitting .280/.313/.374 with three homers, 48 RBI and 31 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 20, 1:41 pm
  • Mike Napoli not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Napoli has received very regular rest down the stretch as he has battled illness as well as discomfort in his left ring finger. Allen Craig will get the call at first base in his place and will hit fourth against Chris Tillman and the Orioles. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 20, 12:02 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Josh Hamilton day-to-day with inflammation
    Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day with inflammation in his rib cage.

    Advice: Hamilton underwent CT scans on the front and back of his rib cage on Saturday to rule out anything more serious, so the diagnosis is very encouraging. He has also been dealing with tightness and soreness in the front part of his shoulder/chest area, which could be related. Hamilton maintains that he'll be ready for the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 20, 9:43 am
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