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  • Kang (shoulder) continuing rehab in Indy
    Jung Ho Kang (shoulder) has been sent to Triple-A Indianapolis to continue his rehab.

    Advice: Kang has been cleared to take batting practice and field ground balls, but he isn't ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the decision to send him to Indianapolis over staying with the team for their series against the Cubs did not have anything to do with his sexual assault case, which is still being investigated by Chicago police. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return from the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:48 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
     
  • Cruz might not play on Tuesday
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said after Monday's game that he's not sure if Nelson Cruz will play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cruz was noticeably uncomfortable during his swings on Monday, but he tried to downplay the issue after the game and Servais wouldn't go into any detail on a potential injury. Fantasy owners should have a backup plan in mind Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:56 am
    Day-to-Day
    5:05 pm @Tex
     
  • Reed leaves start due to back spasms
    Cody Reed left a start Monday with Triple-A Louisville due to back spasms.

    Advice: Fortunately, it had nothing to do with his arm. Reed was making his second start in Triple-A on Monday since he was demoted by the Reds after posting a 7.36 ERA over 10 starts. He should be fine for his next turn. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:35 am
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • Jake Arrieta gives up six runs to Pirates
    Jake Arrieta stumbled Monday, giving up six runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates.

    Advice: Arrieta has thrown eight scoreless innings twice this month, but at no point has he really resembled the guy who won Cy Young honors last year or the one who opened this season with a 0.84 ERA through six starts. He's still better than fine, but he's not quite dominant. He gave up two homers tonight, bringing his total to nine allowed in his last 10 starts. He gave up a total of four homers in his first 16 starts of this year and 10 in 33 starts last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Josh Bell homers, walks twice
    Josh Bell homered and walked twice before being removed in a double switch Monday against the Cubs.

    Advice: If Clint Hurdle had it to do all over again, he surely would have left Bell in there. The rookie has been the team's best hitter since his recall 10 days ago, and the Pirates were playing short-handed on the bench tonight. It certainly wasn't worth taking Bell out when Hurdle made the move. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • C.J. Cron goes 3-for-4, homers
    C.J. Cron finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a double Monday against the Reds.

    Advice: Cron went 1-for-11 in his first three games back from the DL, but he's hit in six in a row since. He should be an everyday player the rest of the way, making him a fringy mixed-league option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Jon Gray goes six scoreless in win
    Jon Gray struck out eight over six scoreless innings Monday in a defeat of the Dodgers.

    Advice: Just when it seemed like Gray was out of gas, he's come back with a couple of nice starts. He's struck out as many batters in his last two outings (18) as he did in his previous four. The Rockies will want to be careful for Gray in September, which could mean shutting him down a little early. He's currently slated to face the Diamondbacks on Sunday, but the Rockies have Thursday off and could shuffle their rotation some. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • DJ LeMahieu goes 2-for-5, knocks in three
    DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI versus the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: The Rockies have played a lot of home games this month, and LeMahieu is taking advantage, having hit .444 with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBI, 17 walks and 22 runs scored in 23 games. He should have a shot at player of the month honors, but Kris Bryant is the clear favorite. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • X-rays negative on Corey Seager's wrist
    X-rays came back negative on Corey Seager's left wrist.

    Advice: Seager was hit by a pitch twice on Monday -- including off his wrist in the seventh inning -- but he stayed in the game. Fortunately, tests ruled out anything serious, but he's expected to get the day off on Tuesday at the very least. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • Joc Pederson in 0-for-16 slump
    Joc Pederson went 0-for-4 on Monday and is 0-for-16 with nine strikeouts over the last week.

    Advice: Pederson's start tonight was just his third in seven games, as the Dodgers hit a stretch against a handful of lefties. Perhaps it's the lack of action taking a toll, or perhaps it's just a little slump. Prior to Aug. 23, he had been hitting .284/.389/.526 in 95 at-bats since coming off the disabled list in July. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Yu Darvish strikes out nine in nice showing
    Yu Darvish recorded nine strikeouts while allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings in Monday's 6-3 win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Two of the runs charged to Darvish scored after he exited, as Franklin Gutierrez hit a pinch-hit, two-run double off of reliever Jake Diekman in the seventh inning. Still, it was the right-hander's eighth straight quality start, and he continues to pile up strikeouts. Darvish now holds a 3.01 ERA and 90/21 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings this season. He'll take on the Astros on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Jose Peraza exits game with facial contusion
    Jose Peraza exited Monday's game against the Angels with a facial contusion.

    Advice: Peraza was hit in the ear/jaw area by a pickoff throw at first base in the third inning. He was down on the ground for a while, but fortunately he didn't suffer any fractures. We should know more about his status on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    New Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • Hisashi Iwakuma roughed up in Texas
    Hisashi Iwakuma was lit up for five runs over three innings in Monday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: This game was essentially over after the third inning, as the Rangers plated one run in the first against Iwakuma and four more in the third. August concluded on a sour note for the right-hander, but it was a good month for him overall with a 3.28 ERA. He'll get the Angels for his first start of September. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Alcides Escobar hits three-run homer
    Alcides Escobar hit a three-run homer Monday in the win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Escobar has doubled his homer total in the last five days, going from two to four. His current .637 OPS is his highest mark since the first week of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Aaron Judge strikes out three times
    Aaron Judge fanned all three times he was up Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Judge homered in his first two games and collected two hits in the third. Since then, he's 4-for-36 with no homers and a whopping 20 strikeouts. He'll definitely be good for a few more homers next month, but it remains to be seen whether he'll hit for average at all. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Iwakuma's option vests for 2016
    According to MLB Trade Rumors, Hisashi Iwakuma's 2017 option has vested.

    Advice: Iwakuma got there when he reached 162 innings for the year in a start against the Yankees last week. While the option is worth $14 million, his contract also stipulates that he must finish the season without suffering a specific injury. The 35-year-old has struggled a bit recently, but he has managed to remain healthy so far. But nothing is guaranteed yet. Iwakuma's contract also includes a club/vesting option for 2018. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Seager slugs solo homer in win over Cubs
    Corey Seager slugged a solo homer in Saturday’s win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Seager finished the day 1-for-4. He’s now up to 23 home runs on the year to go along with a .322/.376/.545 batting line. The Rookie of the Year Award appears to be a lock at this point and he could even get some love for the NL MVP Award. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:44 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • Aaron Judge not in Yankees lineup on Saturday
    Aaron Judge is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's showdown against the Orioles.

    Advice: Manager Joe Girardi indicated that it was nothing more than a regular day of rest for the rookie outfielder and that Judge would be back in the lineup on Sunday. Aaron Hicks is starting in his place in right field and will bat eighth against Dylan Bundy and the O's on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:10 am
  • LeMahieu returns to Rockies lineup Saturday
    D.J. LeMahieu has returned to the Rockies starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: LeMahieu has been sidelined since Monday due to inflammation in his left wrist. The 28-year-old is having an outstanding season at the plate, slashing .344/.416/.501 with 10 homers, 50 RBI and nine stolen bases. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:35 am
  • Joc Pederson not in Dodgers lineup on Friday
    Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.

    Advice: It's just a routine day off for Pederson with left-hander Mike Montgomery toeing the slab for the Mariners. Kike Hernandez is starting in his place in center field and batting fifth for the Dodgers on Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:50 pm
  • LeMahieu (wrist) out of lineup again Friday
    DJ LeMahieu (wrist) remained out of the Rockies' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Monday because of inflammation in his left wrist. The good news is LeMahieu is available off the bench and should be back in the lineup Saturday. Daniel Descalso is at second base in his place. The Rockies also have Ryan Raburn over David Dahl in left field with the Nationals starting southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:30 pm
  • Seager ends no-no with ninth-inning single
    Corey Seager picked up a dunker of a single with two outs in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Giants, ending Matt Moore's no-hit bid in the process.

    Advice: Seager stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth having previously walked against Moore. He would deny him the no-hitter with a little flare single that landed in right field. For the season as a whole, Seager has done quite a bit more than just dunk singles left and right. He is slashing a meaty .322/.377/.538 with 22 homers, 61 RBI and 86 runs scored over 494 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:40 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • Escobar homers, drives in two to down Marlins
    Alcides Escobar finished 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Royals' 5-2 win over the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Escobar flashed some rarely seen pop in the fourth inning, turning on a Tom Koehler pitch for his third homer of the year. That should be about it for the 29-year-old, who has hit between three and five home runs in each of his last seven seasons. He's also enjoyed a good month of August so far, batting .298 with two of his three homers, 11 RBI and 12 runs scored. Escobar is hitting .263/.292/.331 with 14 steals and 46 runs scored overall. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Cruz (back) returns to M's starting lineup
    Nelson Cruz (back) is back in the Mariners' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Cruz was lifted late in Wednesday night's game because of back spasms but it looks like the Mariners were just being cautious with their star slugger. He'll DH out of the cleanup spot against White Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo. Cruz is having another brilliant year for the M's with 33 homers, 78 RBI and a robust .539 slugging percentage over 460 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:16 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:05 pm @Tex
     
  • Darvish coughs up five runs in six innings
    Yu Darvish struggled with his control on Wednesday, which led to five walks and five runs -- three earned -- in six innings of work during a no-decision versus the Reds in a game the Rangers eventually won 6-5.

    Advice: He gave up just four base hits while striking out five batters. A throwing error by Elvis Andrus led to the two unearned runs. Darvish hit his first career home run to help atone for his sub-par performance on the mound. Darvish has a 2.91 ERA despite tonight's poor outing and will take his next turn on Monday against the Mariners in the first of a two-start week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Escobar goes 2-for-4 with a double
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: The Royals couldn't get anything going versus Jose Fernandez. Escobar was the only Royal with more than one hit. He is now batting .261 with 2 homers and 35 RBI. His 14 stolen bases are the only thing keeping him on the fringes of fantasy usefulness. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:02 pm
  • Iwakuma's quality start not enough vs. NYY
    Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering three runs on six hits over six innings.

    Advice: Iwakuma struck out three and walked two in the contest. Gary Sanchez burned him for a solo home run in the first inning (Gary Sanchez does that to people), while a Tyler Austin RBI single in the second and a Brett Gardner sacrifice fly in the fourth completed the scoring on his line. This is just what Iwakuma does. He has allowed more than three runs just twice in his last 10 starts. The veteran right-hander will carry a 3.81 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 118/36 K/BB ratio (163 innings) into a road date with the Rangers next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:36 pm
  • Cruz left game Wednesday with back spasms
    Nelson Cruz left Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to back spasms.

    Advice: Cruz was pinch-hit for by Mike Zunino in the eighth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Yankees. This was just a precautionary move, though, and the slugger could return to the lineup on Thursday at the White Sox. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:42 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:05 pm @Tex
     
  • Nelson Cruz removed with apparent leg injury
    Nelson Cruz was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

    Advice: Mike Zunino came on to hit for Cruz with a pair of runners aboard in the eighth. Cruz appeared to be limping earlier in the contest, but specific word as to the nature of his assumed injury has not been passed along by the Mariners. That should come after the game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:33 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:05 pm @Tex
     
  • DJ LeMahieu (wrist) sitting again Wednesday
    DJ LeMahieu (wrist) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: LeMahieu was a late scratch Tuesday due to left wrist inflammation and is apparently still dealing with some discomfort. Daniel Descalso will start at second base and bat sixth on Wednesday afternoon against Zach Davies. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:26 am
  • Kang (shoulder) playing catch, fielding balls
    Jung Ho Kang (shoulder) has begun playing catch and fielding grounders.

    Advice: But he hasn't been cleared to swing a bat yet and that might not happen for a little while. Kang landed on the disabled list August 20 with a left shoulder subluxation. He probably won't be ready until mid-September. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:24 am
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
     
  • Arrieta dazzles with two-hit gem against SD
    Jake Arrieta was phenomenal in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Padres, tossing eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

    Advice: Don't let the 5-3 final fool you. Arrieta was absolutely lights out and the three runs on the Padres' side of the ledger all scored in the ninth inning, after the ace right-hander had exited stage left. He struck out six and walked two on the evening, finishing out having thrown 99 pitches (59 strikes). It wasn't his most efficient outing in terms of his control, but eight innings of shutout ball is eight innings of shutout ball. Arrieta will bring a sharp 2.62 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a home start against the Pirates next time out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:22 pm
  • Gray fans 10 over six innings against Brewers
    Jon Gray struck out 10 while allowing two runs over six innings against the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gray gave up just four hits and walked three, but he didn't factor in the decision. Even so, it was a promising turn for the 24-year-old, who hadn't struck out more than six in a game in his previous five starts before Tuesday. It's been an up and down year for the rookie, who owns a 4.61 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 142/46 K/BB ratio over 23 starts. Gray will next take on the Dodgers on Monday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:23 pm
  • Peraza stays hot with two hits, two steals
    Jose Peraza singled twice and stole a pair of bases in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: He's now an incredible 9-for-19 at the plate since being recalled last week. There's not really a spot for Peraza to get regular starts once Zack Cozart (Achilles) is ready, but he's certainly playing well enough to force the Reds to make a tough decision. Perhaps they'll bench Scott Schebler. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:58 pm
    New Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • LeMahieu scratched due to wrist inflammation
    DJ LeMahieu was scratched from the Rockies' lineup Tuesday due to left wrist inflammation.

    Advice: Daniel Descalso will start at second base and bat sixth Tuesday versus Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson. This could be a multi-game absence for LeMahieu. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:09 pm
  • Josh Bell starting at first base Monday
    Josh Bell will start at first base and bat sixth Monday against the Astros.

    Advice: Bell has now started back-to-back games at first base against right-handers. It appears that he'll get a chance to take away the starting first base job from the struggling John Jaso. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:48 pm
  • Peraza goes 4-for-6 with three runs scored
    Jose Peraza finished 4-for-6 with three runs scored in the Reds' loss to the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: He doubled twice and singled twice, scoring runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings. Peraza is now 9-for-15 with three RBI and five runs scored since his return to the major leagues on Monday and has lifted his batting average to .301. He's also swiped 10 bases in 36 games. The versatile 22-year-old is capable of continuing to provide sneaky fantasy value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:50 pm
    New Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • Seager goes 4-for-5 with a homer in win
    Corey Seager went 4-for-5 with homer, a walk, three RBI, and three runs scored in Monday’s blowout win over the Reds.

    Advice: Seager slugged a two-run blast off Josh Smith in the fifth inning before driving in another run with a single in the eighth. The rookie shortstop has five multi-hit games in his last six and is hitting .385 during the second half. He's batting .321/.375/.540 with 22 homers and 61 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:45 pm
    Day-to-Day
    5:40 pm @Col
     
  • Peraza has three hits, homer in return
    Jose Peraza went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Peraza celebrated his return to the Reds -- he had been recalled earlier in the day -- with easily his best game as a major leaguer to date. Also of note, he started at shortstop in the game after working at the position in the minors following his August 2 demotion. There's a reason he was a second baseman coming up through the minors, but if the Reds want to use him at short then more power to them. The added eligibility, should he acquire it, would make him a more interesting player come spring 2017. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 9:19 pm
    New Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • C.J. Cron (hand) activated from 15- DL
    Angels activated 1B C.J. Cron from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He missed about six weeks with a broken hand. Cron struggled during a six-game rehab stint with Triple-A Salt Lake (3-for-20 with five strikeouts) but should resume his role as the Angels' everyday first baseman. He'll hit sixth Saturday against Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 4:20 pm
  • Josh Bell called up to replace Jung Ho Kang
    Pirates recalled 1B Josh Bell from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He's taking the roster spot left by Jung Ho Kang, who was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury he suffered against the Marlins on Friday night. Bell is 2-for-2 in his big league career with a single and a grand slam. He's had a terrific year in the minors (.295, 14 HR, 60 RBI) and could be an interesting waiver add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 3:57 pm
  • Shoulder injury sends Kang to disabled list
    Pirates placed 3B Jung Ho Kang on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

    Advice: Kang got hurt on a slide Friday against the Marlins. The injury will cost him 2-4 weeks. Kang's roster spot will be absorbed by first base prospect Josh Bell. It's poor timing for Kang, who was just starting to hit his stride offensively. The 29-year-old had hit safely in five of his last six games while raising his season average from .230 to .243. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 3:36 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:05 pm @ChC
     
  • Jose Peraza called back up by Reds Saturday
    Reds recalled INF/OF Jose Peraza from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: He's taking the place of Keyvius Sampson on the Reds roster. The speedy utility man has hit .250/.290/.284 with 10 swipes in only 93 plate appearances with the big league club this season. He's unlikely to see enough playing time to become relevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 11:49 am
    New Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
    Day-to-Day
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • C.J. Cron expected to return on Saturday
    C.J. Cron (hand) is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's game.

    Advice: Cron broke his left hand almost six weeks ago, but has spent the last week on a minor league rehab assignment, going 3-for-20 (.150) with one extra-base hit. Before landing on the shelf, Cron was hitting .278/.333/.475 with 11 homers and 50 RBI in only 77 games. His powerful bat has been sorely missed in the middle of the Angels lineup. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 6:02 am
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