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  • Grandal hits walk-off RBI single in the 12th
    Yasmani Grandal hit a walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning to help the Padres overcome the Dodgers on Friday.

    Advice: Grandal was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the game prior to his single. The 25-year-old has otherwise had a tough season, slashing .210/.309/.372 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 337 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Posey records 5 hits Giants rout the Brewers
    Buster Posey went 5-for-5 with a triple, three RBI, and three runs scored as the Giants routed the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: It's the second five-hit game of Posey's career, and it continues the catcher's fantastic month of August. Since the beginning of the month, Posey is batting .350 (36-for-103). He singled in a run in the second inning and tripled in two more in the fifth. Posey owns a .297/.352/.472 slash line with 18 home runs and 71 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Ramos swats a pair of homers in a Nats win
    Wilson Ramos slugged two solo home runs in four at-bats in Friday's victory against the Mariners.

    Advice: Ramos went deep in the fourth against Felix Hernandez and again in the eighth off of Joe Beimel. They represented two of six Nationals home runs on the night. Ramos, as expected, has been productive since injuries interrupting his season twice. He has nine home runs, 38 RBI, and a .292/.329/.438 slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Santana homers in win over Royals
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in Friday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Santana had an RBI single in the third inning and later added a two-run homer in the ninth. The 28-year-old came into Friday's action with just three hits in his last 20 at-bats and a .195 batting average this month. This was his first multi-hit game since August 16, which was also the date of his last home run.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Iannetta homers, knocks in 3 as Angels win
    Chris Iannetta drew a bases-loaded walk and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats as the Angels shut out the Athletics on Friday.

    Advice: Iannetta came into the game mired in a slump, hitting .056 (1-for-18) dating back to August 20. He broke a scoreless tie with his two-run shot off of Jon Lester in the fifth inning, then walked with the bases loaded to force in a run in the sixth. The catcher has quietly put together a productive season, slashing .257/.372/.412 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 309 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Castro hits solo homer against Rangers
    Jason Castro connected for a solo homer Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Castro has now homered in back-to-back games. However, with a .227/.297/.383 batting line to go along with 14 home runs and 51 RBI, he has regressed in a big way from last season.
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Yadier Molina goes hitless in return to Cards
    Yadier Molina was held without a hit in his return to the Cardinals starting lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

    Advice: It's likely that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will ease the All-Star backstop back into action, so expect A.J. Pierzynski to take his spot behind the dish on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Mesoraco has two hits, RBI vs. Pirates
    Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-3 with an RBI single Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Mesoraco broke up Edinson Volquez's no-hit bid with a single in the seventh inning and then knocked in the Reds' only run of the game in the eighth. The 26-year-old has slowed down a bit since the All-Star break, but he still owns an impressive .282/.362/.536 batting line with 20 homers and 65 RBI through 93 games.
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • D'Arnaud drives in run Friday vs. Phillies
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with an RBI single Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: D'Arnaud still owns a lowly .230 batting average on the year, but he's hitting .265 with nine home runs and 24 RBI in 51 games since coming back from the minors. That'll play in most mixed fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Mariners shut down Jesus Montero for season
    The Mariners have shut down Jesus Montero for the remainder of the 2014 season as they want him to address his non-baseball issues.

    Advice: There was a verbal altercation on Thursday night between Montero and one of the team's scouts as Montero was on a minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Everett. Allegedly, the scout poked fun at Montero's lack of hustle and sent an ice cream sandwich into the dugout for him, and Montero attempted to take a bat into the crowd to confront the scout. While he's a supremely talented hitter, until he clears up the personal issues he simply won't make it at the big league level.
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
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    6:10 pm vs Was
  • Tony Cruz optioned to Double-A
    Cardinals optioned C Tony Cruz to Double-A Springfield.

    Advice: The Cards will, not surprisingly, keep A.J. Pierzynski around as the backup with Yadier Molina back from the DL. Cruz will return next week when rosters expand.
    Yesterday, 1:56 pm
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    11:15 am vs ChC; 5:15 pm vs ChC
  • Yadier Molina activated from disabled list
    Cardinals activated C Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Molina went 5-for-6 with three doubles in his two rehab games to show the Cards he was ready. He's catching and batting sixth Friday versus the Cubs in his return to action. Tony Cruz was sent down, so A.J. Pierzynski will serve as the backup.
    Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Chris Gimenez goes on paternity leave
    Indians placed C Chris Gimenez on the paternity leave list.

    Advice: He'll return when rosters expand to serve as the Indians' third catcher. Gimenez was just acquired from the Rangers a week ago.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
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  • Yan Gomes activated from disabled list
    Indians activated C Yan Gomes from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Gomes wound up missing the minimum amount of time due to a concussion. He's been symptom-free for a few days now and was officially cleared to return after getting through another workout Friday with no issues.
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Castro's grand slam powers Astros past TEX
    Jason Castro's fifth inning grand slam was the deciding factor in Thursday's victory over the Rangers.

    Advice: Castro finished 2-for-3 with a walk and the salami. His fifth inning 420-foot shot to right field off of Roman Mendez would prove to be the only offense the Astros would muster on the evening but it was enough behind a strong start from Collin McHugh. Castro had been held hitless in each of his previous six games spanning 22 plate appearances. On the season, he has 13 home runs, 50 RBI, and a .227/.297/.377 slash line.
    Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Mets have discussed moving d'Arnaud to LF
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that the club has "talked about" eventually moving Travis d'Arnaud to left field.

    Advice: D'Arnaud has suffered four known concussions and a move to the outfield would give him a better chance of staying healthy. It's a move that hasn't seriously been discussed yet but something that could eventually happen down the road. The presence of Kevin Plawecki at Triple-A could also be a factor. "We've talked about it," Collins said. "We've brought it up. Obviously, with what he's started to do offensively, we've got to see if these concussions are leading to anything. Is he changing his position (defensively), where he is positioning himself behind the hitter, to get less foul tips?"
    Thursday, 7:39 pm
  • Yadi going back to St. Louis after rehab game
    Yadier Molina (thumb) will drive from Double-A Springfield back to St. Louis after catching five innings in his second rehab game Thursday.

    Advice: Assuming he doesn't have a setback, things are looking good for Molina being activated for Friday's game versus the Cubs. If that happens, the catcher will have missed seven weeks following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He was given an 8-12 week timetable after having the operation.
    Thursday, 4:53 pm
  • Gomes (concussion) expected back Friday
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that Yan Gomes (concussion) is on pace to be activated Friday.

    Advice: He'll go through some pre-game tests before a decision is officially made, but Gomes has been symptom-free for a while now. The Indians backstop is hitting .284/.324/.477 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI over 109 games this season.
    Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • Alex Avila delivers game-winner for Tigers
    Alex Avila delivered a game-winning double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Thursday as the Tigers edged the Yankees 3-2.

    Advice: Avila also had a sac fly earlier in the game. The double to right came on a first-pitch slider from Shawn Kelley after Kelley struck out two in a row to nearly get himself out of a jam. The Tigers ended up winning two out of three in the series to move into a tie with the Mariners for the second wild card spot in the AL. They're both 72-60, while the Yankees are three games back at 69-63.
    Thursday, 2:11 pm
  • Mauer not in Thursday's lineup
    Joe Mauer is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals.

    Advice: He's presumably just getting a breather. Chris Parmelee will start at first base.
    Thursday, 1:48 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Posey cracks walk-off HR, has 3 HR last 2 gm.
    Buster Posey hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his second career walk-off homer. The catcher finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. Posey hit his 16th and 17th home runs on Tuesday, and his 18th tonight -- he's one of many pro batters that practices gratitude for the existence of Rockies' pitchers. During his seven-game hitting streak, Posey is 15-for-31 (.484) with five homers and 10 RBI.
    Wednesday, 10:28 pm
  • Molina catches six innings in rehab game
    Yadier Molina caught six innings and went 2-for-3 with a double in his first rehab start with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

    Advice: Molina has made incredible progress from the torn ligament in his right thumb, and despite Wednesday being his first game action the Cardinals are optimistic about his ability to return to the big club shortly. Molina could be back in St. Louis by Friday at the earliest.
    Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Yadier Molina (thumb) could be activated Fri.
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Wednesday wouldn't rule out the possibility of Yadier Molina (thumb) being activated from the disabled list Friday.

    Advice: It goes along with previous report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold, who said a return over the weekend was possible. Molina will catch five innings Wednesday in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield. It's not clear whether he might need additional rehab games, but the Cards would seem likely to have him catch a full game before being activated. Molina has been sidelined since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
    Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Molina (thumb) could return this weekend
    Yadier Molina (thumb) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

    Advice: Molina is set to catch 5-6 innings Wednesday in his first rehab game at Double-A Springfield. He'll be wearing support on his surgically-repaired right thumb, but it's not expected to affect his throwing or hitting. The Cardinals could conceivably wait until Monday when rosters expand to activate Yadi, but if he shows he's ready after a couple rehab games, they seem unlikely to wait just to avoid having to make a corresponding roster move.
    Wednesday, 7:48 am
  • Buster Posey blasts out a pair of HRs in win
    Buster Posey belted his 16th and 17th home runs of the season and accounted for all of San Francisco's offense in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: This was his second career multi-homer game (the other coming in 2010). Posey knocked in RBI 63 and 64 while taking Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa deep in the sixth inning, and got his 65th with an emphatic eighth inning homer off Brooks Brown. Posey might have gotten JDLR at less than full strength -- the hurler suffered a thumb contusion while batting in the top half of the frame -- but he certainly won't give it back (De La Rosa was immediately removed once Posey crossed home plate). Posey finished the game 2-for-4. The catcher is slashing .288/.346/.457.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Mauer drives in Twins' lone run versus Royals
    Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Mauer broke a scoreless tie with his RBI single off Royals starter Danny Duffy in the seventh inning. The run batted in was Mauer's 40th RBI on the year. The 31-year-old has come back swinging since returning from his oblique injury, batting .309 with 12 RBI in the month of August.
    Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • d'Arnaud doubles, scores twice against Braves
    Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: D'Arnaud singled and scored the first run of the game, and he later doubled and scored on Juan Lagares' two-run homer. The double was d'Arnaud's 14th of the season. The catcher is hitting .232/.296/.402 through 87 games this season.
    Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Wilson Ramos hits seventh homer
    Wilson Ramos hit his seventh homer Monday off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

    Advice: It was just the second homer allowed by Papelbon this season. Ramos's power is definitely returning after a lengthy absence related to the hamate bone he broke in the first game of the season. He has four homers in 68 at-bats this month after hitting three in 180 at-bats previously.
    Monday, 7:21 pm
  • Yadi (thumb) to begin rehab assignment Wed.
    Yadier Molina (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's been some confusion as to which day the assignment officially will begin, but it appears Yadi will work out with Springfield Tuesday before playing in Wednesday's game. He shouldn't need too many rehab at-bats, so an activation before the end of the week would seem to be a possibility.
    Monday, 3:51 pm
  • Molina (thumb) beginning rehab stint Tuesday
    Yadier Molina (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was reported earlier Monday that Molina would go through a workout Tuesday and then begin a rehab assignment later in the week, but Springfield manager Mike Shildt has revealed that Yadi will be his DH Tuesday. It's not clear when Molina will catch his first game, but he shouldn't need too many rehab contests before being activated. A return before the end of the week can't be ruled out.
    Monday, 3:14 pm
  • Molina (thumb) reporting to Double-A
    Yadier Molina (thumb) will report to Double-A Springfield on Tuesday for a full workout.

    Advice: This confirms an earlier report. Barring any setbacks, he'll likely move into game action from there. While the initial fear was that Molina would be lost for the season, he now appears on track to rejoin the Cardinals on or around September 1.
    Monday, 2:13 pm
  • Molina (thumb) could begin rehab stint soon
    Yadier Molina (thumb) is scheduled to have a full workout Tuesday.

    Advice: Molina began baseball activities about 10 days ago following surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb in early July and he's now ready to make the next step. Assuming all goes well, he'll be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week, likely setting up a return in early September. It's great news for the Cards.
    Monday, 1:19 pm
  • d'Arnaud has two hits, homer against Dodgers
    Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer was d'Arnaud's 12th in 86 games this season. D'Arnaud has five home runs in August as he finds his power stroke.
    Sunday, 6:45 pm
  • Grandal homers, drives in four to top D'backs
    Yasmani Grandal homered and had four RBI, and the Padres beat the Diamondbacks 7-4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Grandal drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning before swatting a three-run homer in the fifth. The home run was his 11th of the season. Despite the occasional power, it's been a forgettable year for the 25-year-old, who is hitting .204/.302/.376.
    Sunday, 6:22 pm
  • Indians acquire Chris Gimenez from Rangers
    Indians acquired C Chris Gimenez from the Rangers for future cash considerations.

    Advice: Gimenez was designated for assignment by the Rangers on August 7 after batting .262/.331/.355 in 118 plate appearances. He'll give the Tribe some needed depth at catcher with Yan Gomes suffering from a concussion.
    Saturday, 3:05 pm
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  • Mauer knocks in three runs in a Twins win
    Joe Mauer doubled, drew two walks, and knocked in three runs in Saturday's win against the Tigers in the first game of a double-header.

    Advice: Mauer singled in a run in the first inning and doubled in a pair in the second. He has hit well since returning from an oblique injury on August 11, now batting .357 (15-for-42) in his last 42 at-bats. Mauer now owns a .281/.361/.383 slash line with four home runs and 38 RBI.
    Saturday, 1:31 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    4:05 pm @Bal
  • Indians place Yan Gomes on concussion DL
    Indians placed C Yan Gomes on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Gomes suffered the injury when he was struck with a foul tip on Thursday. He's already feeling better, but the Indians will play it safe and give him around a week of rest. Roberto Perez has been filling in at catcher.
    Saturday, 1:23 pm
  • Posey homers, drives in two to halt Nats
    Buster Posey hit his fifteenth home run of the season and knocked in RBI 60 and 61 in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Posey finished the game 2-for-5. The home run came off of Nationals starter Doug Fister. Posey also added a double, his 22nd, off of reliever Ross Detwiler. On the season, Posey is slashing .284/.345/.438. He's hit fifteen home runs and batted in 61.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Bochy: Moving Posey to 1B not being discussed
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said moving Buster Posey to first base isn't being discussed right now.

    Advice: "Right now, no," Bochy said. "Down the road, sure, that's something we will talk about. It could lighten the load on Buster. Whether at some point down the road he will get out from behind the plate, I can't answer that. Right now it's not discussed." Posey has been bothered by a hip issue recently, and catching certainly isn't helping the matter. Still, having a catcher with Posey's bat is incredibly valuable, and the Giants appear ready to leave him there for the time being. Bochy did say that if and when Posey does move it will be to first and not to third base, as some have wondered. But for now, neither move is on the horizon.
    Friday, 3:27 pm
  • Gomes diagnosed with mild concussion
    Yan Gomes has been diagnosed with a mild concussion.

    Advice: Gomes was injured when he was struck by a foul tip on Thursday. He reported feeling better Friday and the Indians are holding off placing him on the disabled list for now. Roberto Perez will catch Friday, with Carlos Santana serving as the backup.
    Friday, 1:28 pm
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
    Thursday, 9:18 pm
  • Mesoraco's slide continues with an 0-for-3
    Devin Mesoraco's slump continued in a loss to the Braves on Thursday with an 0-for-3 performance.

    Advice: Mesoraco has now logged just one hit (a double) in his last 27 plate appearances dating back to August 13. The catcher has seemingly been on fire all season, but he is proving that he is human. Nevertheless, Mesoraco still maintains an astounding .281/.353/.548 slash line with 20 home runs and 63 RBI in 340 plate appearances this season.
    Thursday, 7:48 pm
  • Gomes (head) to be re-evaluated on Friday
    Yan Gomes (head) will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: Gomes left Thursday's game with what was labeled illness at the time, but which actually turned out to be the ill effects of having been struck in the head by a deflected ball. Team doctors have not yet disclosed whether Gomes has a concussion, and the catcher himself declined comment after the game. Indians skipper Terry Francona said Gomes is already improving, which is the good news, but the symptoms were described as "concussion-like," which is the bad. Stay tuned.
    Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Yan Gomes departs game with an illness
    Yan Gomes left Thursday's game with an illness.

    Advice: He was 0-for-2 before exiting in the bottom of the sixth inning for Roberto Perez. Gomes is day-to-day.
    Thursday, 12:07 pm
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • d'Arnaud keeps raking, goes deep in loss
    Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a home run against the A's on Tuesday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud's fourth inning solo homer put the Mets up 1-0, but they had difficulty mustering up offense the rest of the way in the 6-2 setback. The 25-year-old backstop continues to be a fantasy godsend for owners who took a chance on him after he was promoted on June 24. He was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in early June after batting a cringe-worthy .180/.271/.273 over 39 games, but destroyed the ball on the farm (24-for-55 with six home runs, eight doubles, and 16 RBI over 15 games) to earn a quick trip back to the Big Apple. Since his promotion, d'Arnaud is 42-for-158 (.266) with eight homers, 10 doubles and a triple. That's serious power for a catcher. Keep riding the hot hand.
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • Gomes homers, scores three times in victory
    Yan Gomes homered and finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Indians came back to beat the Twins 7-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gomes hadn't scored since August 6 before Tuesday's three-run outburst. His solo home run in the second inning started the Indians on the comeback trail, and he came in on a two-run double in the sixth inning that gave the Tribe their first lead. The catcher is enjoying another strong year, batting .285/.325/.479 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI on the season.
    Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Mauer has two more hits, RBI double vs. Tribe
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Mauer got a little unlucky when his double in the first inning went out of play, as Brian Dozier would have likely been able to score as well if it had stayed in play. Still, the two-hit night gave Mauer 10 hits in 29 at-bats since returning from the disabled list. The good stretch has his overall line up to .277/.351/.380, and expect those numbers to continue to climb as he redeems his poor early hitting.
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Mauer Min - C,1B
    4:05 pm @Bal
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