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  • LeBlanc to start for Angels on Saturday
    Wade LeBlanc has been confirmed as the Angels' starter for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: That was confirmed after the Halos clinched the American League West championship on Wednesday night. LeBlanc owns a rough 6.88 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17 innings this season for Anaheim. He's filling in for Matt Shoemaker, who remains sidelined with an oblique strain. Rotoworld.com
    55 minutes ago
  • Hechavarria (shoulder) goes 1-for-3 in return
    Adeiny Hechavarria (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Hechavarria missed Tuesday's game with a sore left shoulder. It was never a serious concern. The 25-year-old shortstop is batting .281/.313/.365 this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:40 am
  • Adeiny Hechavarria returned to action on Wednesday September 17. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:58 am
  • Smith (hamstring) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Seth Smith (hamstring) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Smith was held out of the Padres' starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring. He remains day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:58 am
  • Vogt (ankle) draws walk as pinch-hitter Wed.
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday night's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: But he then had to be pinch-run for by Billy Burns. Vogt hasn't started a game in two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. He should be getting pretty close. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:58 am
     
    12:35 pm vs Tex
  • 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
     
    New Player Note
    Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • 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
  • 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
  • Buchholz struggles, lasts 4 innings in a loss
    Clay Buchholz lasted only four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Buchholz had been pitching much better as of late, but the Pirates were squaring him up well on Wednesday. The right-hander gave up home runs to Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker, allowing six hits overall while walking one and striking out three. His ugly year is almost over. Buchholz sits on a 5.29 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and a 122/52 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Rays at home in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Happ struggles in 6 IP in loss to the Orioles
    J.A. Happ was done in by a pair of Steve Pearce home runs, allowing five runs (four earned) over six innings, in a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Pearce hit a solo shot off of Happ in the third inning, then added a three-run blast in the fifth. Overall, Happ yielded eight hits, walked none, and struck out five. The left-hander will head into a home start against the Mariners on Monday with a 4.35 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and a 124/48 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Carlos Carrasco hurls first career shutout
    Carlos Carrasco pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout Wednesday as the Indians beat the Astros 2-0.

    Advice: Carrasco fanned 12. Both hits he surrendered were infield singles to Jose Altuve, and he also walked just one batter in the 98-pitch gem. This comes 10 days after he came within an out of a shutout against the White Sox. He's been one of baseball's very best pitchers the last six weeks; he's allowed one or no runs in seven of his last eight starts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Brett Oberholtzer pitches into eighth in loss
    Brett Oberholtzer was effective in a losing cause Wednesday, allowing two runs over 7 2/3 innings against the Indians.

    Advice: Oberholtzer gave up seven hits, walked none and struck out three. It was his 13th quality start in 23 tries this year, but he's 5-12 with a 4.39 ERA overall. Ideally, he'll enter next year as the Astros' sixth or seventh starter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • McCarthy on point again as Yanks top Rays
    Brandon McCarthy picked up his eighth win as a Yankee, holding the Rays to two runs over seven innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: McCarthy was on point yet again, relenting just four hits and a walk to the Rays while striking out four. In 13 starts since joining the Yankees, the right-hander has a 2.54 ERA with a 74/13 K/BB ratio in 85 innings. McCarthy will take on the Orioles at home on Monday in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Wade LeBlanc likely to start on Saturday
    Wade LeBlanc is the most likely candidate to start for the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said he wouldn't announce his starter until after Wednesday night's game, but LeBlanc is the most logical choice. With a 6.88 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio through his 17 frames, he isn't a good streaming option in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Vogt (ankle) to try running Wednesday
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) will try running and cutting during batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he could be available to pinch hit. Vogt hasn't played in two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
     
    12:35 pm vs Tex
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Angels to have bullpen start on Saturday
    The Angels will make a "bullpen start" on Saturday against the Rangers in place of the injured Matt Shoemaker (oblique).

    Advice: It will be either Wade LeBlanc or Michael Roth who will start the game, but the Angels will utilize many of the 18 pitchers they're carrying. Shoemaker might miss more than just the one start, so LeBlanc and/or Roth could be needed for another start next week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:14 am
  • Charlie Morton was activated from the DL on Tuesday September 16. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:40 am
  • Morton fires 5 shutout frames in his return
    Charlie Morton returned to the Pirates' rotation and hurled five shutout innings in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: Morton had missed a month dealing with a sports hernia but didn't seem too bothered by it against the Red Sox. The right-hander scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. He'll go into the latter half of September with a 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 126/57 K/BB ratio. Morton will make a home start against the Brewers on Sunday in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:39 pm
  • Seth Smith scratched with sore hammy
    Seth Smith was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sore hamstring.

    Advice: It sounds like a minor issue, as Smith could be available to pinch-hit. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:22 pm
  • Vogt (ankle) encouraged by progress
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) took batting practice Tuesday.

    Advice: It came after he did some running Monday, though he's yet to be cleared to run the bases. He's encouraged by how his sprained left ankle has responded and could be available to pinch-hit in a few days. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:36 pm
     
    12:35 pm vs Tex
  • Hechavarria (shoulder) out of MIA lineup
    Adeiny Hechavarria is out of the Marlins' starting lineup on Tuesday due to a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: Ed Lucas will start at shortstop against the Mets. Hechavarria missed some time earlier this season with discomfort in his left elbow, but this issue has more to do with his shoulder. He is day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Stephen Vogt unlikely to be ready on Tuesday
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) is unlikely to be ready to return for Tuesday's series opener against the Rangers.

    Advice: Vogt has been able to take swings in the batting cages in recent days, but is still bothered too much by his sore ankle to run the bases at full strength. Even if he does return at some point next week, he is likely to play only sporadically which makes it difficult to trust him in weekly formats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:07 pm
     
    12:35 pm vs Tex
  • Charlie Morton to rejoin rotation on Tuesday
    Charlie Morton (sports hernia) will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Morton is dealing with a sports hernia that will require surgery after the season, but he'll try to gut it out in the final weeks. Vance Worley will move to the bullpen to accommodate him. Morton holds a 3.84 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 25 starts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:11 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
  • Hechavarria plates run in loss to Phillies
    Adeiny Hechavarria drove home the Marlins lone run in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: His RBI single in the sixth inning plated Jeff Baker, tying the game at 1-1. He finished the evening 2-for-4, raising his season slash to .280/.311/.364. He doesn't provide much in the way of power or speed, but is worth using in NL-only formats for his consistent at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Carrasco gives up four runs in loss to Tigers
    Carlos Carrasco gave up four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday.

    Advice: Carrasco fanned five and walked two on the evening. The big blow against him was a two-run homer by J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning. He has been pitching very well since his return to the rotation, and now owns a 2.86 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 109/24 K/BB ratio on the season. He'll look to keep things rolling next week when he takes on the Astros in Houston on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Happ takes tough-luck loss vs. Rays
    J.A. Happ was handed a tough-luck loss Friday after tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Rays.

    Advice: Happ gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. The lone run scored on a solo homer from Ryan Hanigan in the third inning, but with rookie Nate Karns dealing on the other side, it was enough to put the southpaw in line for the loss. Happ now sits at 9-10 a 4.28 ERA on the year. He'll get the Orioles next on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:09 pm
  • Brandon McCarthy terrific in no-decision
    Brandon McCarthy didn't allow a run and pitched into the eighth inning but had to settle for a no-decision in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: McCarthy yielded just four hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out six before getting pulled following a leadoff double in the eighth. Kevin Gausman matched him pitch-for-pitch, though, and the Orioles eventually won in the 11th. McCarthy now boasts a 2.54 ERA over 12 starts with the Bombers and will have a nice matchup versus the Rays next week. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:30 pm
  • Stephen Vogt (ankle) remains sidelined
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) might be available at some point during the Athletics' September 16-24 homestand.

    Advice: Vogt took some swings in the batting cage Wednesday but is still bothered by a sprained left ankle. He hasn't played since September 3 and can't be counted on for the rest of the season. "It was a pretty significant sprain," manager Bob Melvin said. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:00 am
     
    12:35 pm vs Tex
  • Buchholz holds off Royals for his 8th win
    Clay Buchholz earned his eighth win of the season after limiting the Royals to three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings on Thursday.

    Advice: Buchholz has had an ugly year, but he's come on strong as of late. With Thursday's performance, he owns a 3.18 ERA over his last seven starts. Against the Royals, he gave up six hits and three walks while striking out seven. Buchholz will look to continue improving on his 5.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 119/51 K/BB ratio when he faces the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:52 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
  • Morton (sports hernia) throws simulated game
    Charlie Morton (sports hernia) threw a five-inning, 86-pitch simulated game Tuesday.

    Advice: The Pirates will meet next Monday to decide what to do with Morton. They could bring him back as a reliever, but manager Clint Hurdle has indicated that he prefers to keep Morton in reserve as a starter should a need arise in the rotation. "Charlie wants to be a part of it. [We'll] keep an active, live arm that might get to a point where he can give us five innings, can throw 85 pitches," Hurdle said. "You can lose a pitcher in a day. You can lose two pitchers in two days. If it gets to a point where the pain plateaus and he starts feeling better, then we'll have another option." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:02 am
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