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  • Yankees to skip Masahiro Tanaka's last start
    The Yankees announced Friday that they'll skip Masahiro Tanaka's final start of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: With nothing left to play for, there's no reason to push the right-hander any further than necessary. He finishes a terrific 2016 campaign with a 14-4 record, 3.07 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 165/36 K/BB ratio across 199 2/3 innings. Luis Severino will start in his place on Saturday against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:34 pm
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  • Logan Forsythe getting a day off on Friday
    Logan Forsythe is absent from the Rays starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Manager Kevin Cash indicated that Forsythe has been pushing himself very hard lately and that it's just a regular day of rest. Expect to see him back in there for the final two games of the season this weekend. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:38 pm
  • Corey Kluber (quad) plays catch on Friday
    Corey Kluber (quad) played catch from up to 150 feet on Friday.

    Advice: Kluber also worked in some crow-hops in order to test out his quad strain and felt fine. There's no timetable yet for when he'll throw off a mound, but Friday's session was a positive development. Kluber is expected to be ready for the ALDS next week. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:45 pm
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  • Salvador Perez sitting out on Friday
    Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Perez has been battling a sore knee of late. He could return to the lineup on Saturday, but that might be his final start of the season. Drew Butera is catching Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:37 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo activated from disabled list
    Rangers activated OF Shin-Soo Choo from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: It had looked like Choo was done for the regular season when he fractured his left forearm in mid-August, but he's managed to make it back for the final series. He's in right field and batting seventh Friday, as Carlos Gomez has retained the leadoff spot for now. Nomar Mazara is on the bench. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:04 pm
  • Harper (thumb) returns to Nationals' lineup
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is back in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It will be his first game since he injured his left thumb on an awkward slide Sunday. Harper is in his customary No. 3 spot in the lineup and in right field against Andrew Cashner and the Marlins. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:28 am
  • Pagan singles, triples in win over Rockies
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with a triple in Thursday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: The triple was Pagan's fifth of the season. In addition, he is slashing .272/.325/.408 with 11 homers, 53 RBI and 68 RBI across 485 at-bats. He has notched multi-hit showings in three of his last six games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • David Dahl races around for RBI triple in L
    David Dahl went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Dahl notched his RBI three-bagger against Johnny Cueto in the first inning. It gave the Rockies an early 2-0 lead, one which they would squander as the game progressed. Since being called up in the middle of the summer, Dahl, 22, has impressed to the tune of a .316/.362/.512 triple-slash across 209 at-bats. In addition, the outfielder has mashed seven homers and driven in 24 runs. He has picked up an extra-base hit in each of his last four games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Jon Gray roughed up for five runs by Giants
    Jon Gray struggled in Thursday's loss to the Giants, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Gray also walked three in what was a less-than-stellar finish to his 2016 season. The Giants ripped him for a pair of runs in the fourth inning, then came back around for three more in the sixth. The 24-year-old right-hander's 4.61 ERA might not inspire much confidence, but Gray also rocked a 185/59 K/BB ratio across 168 innings. He closed the season with double-digit strikeout showings in two of his last three starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Orlando posts four-hit night in loss to Twins
    Paulo Orlando went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Orlando is finishing the 2016 season in style, as he's now got a seven-game hitting streak during which he's 14-for-27 with three doubles. The 30-year-old has been a pleasant surprise all around for the Royals, batting .307/.335/.410 in 125 games and forcing his way into everyday at-bats between right and center field. Orlando should once again vie for regular playing time in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Miranda scatters four hits into sixth inning
    Ariel Miranda was sharp in taking a no-decision against the A's on Thursday, allowing one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Miranda struck out six and did not walk a batter on the evening. Chad Pinder cracked a solo home run off him in the sixth inning, but it was otherwise smooth sailing for the 27-year-old southpaw. In 11 appearances (10 starts) this season, Miranda has pitched to a 3.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 44/18 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Pederson doubles twice, drives in three runs
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Pederson notched two separate RBI doubles in this one, driving in one run with his two-bagger in the fifth inning and following that up with a two-run double in the sixth inning. He struck out in his other two at-bats. In an even 400 at-bats this season, the 24-year-old outfielder is slashing .248/.354/.500 with 25 homers, 68 RBI and 26 doubles. The triple-slash is a uniform improvement on the .210/.346/.417 mark he posted a year ago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Sardinas collects three hits in loss to LAD
    Luis Sardinas went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Sardinas hit an RBI single in the fourth inning to boost the Padres to a 2-0 advantage. Said advantage would not hold for the long, as the Dodgers would seven runs over the next three innings. For the season as a whole, the 23-year-old shortstop is hitting .265/.339/.398 with two homers and six RBI over 76 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Carlos Sanchez smacks two-run homer in loss
    Carlos Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Sanchez rocked a two-run homer off Chris Archer in the seventh inning to draw the White Sox to within 5-3, but neither team would score again in the contest. For his part, the 24-year-old Sanchez is working to a .217/.247/.378 triple-slash over 143 at-bats. He has swatted four homers and driven in 21 runs in that space. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Gyorko belts 28th home run in win over Reds
    Jedd Gyorko hit his 28th homer of the season in Thursday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Gyorko connected with a Dan Straily pitch in the second inning for the solo dong, his only hit in four at-bats. The hit was just his second in his last 20 at-bats, as the 28-year-old has fallen into a bit of a slump as the season draws to a close. Even so, it will go down as a career year for Gyorko, who is hitting .238/.300/.482 with those 28 homers, 56 RBI and 54 runs scored in 125 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
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  • Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) throws 'pen session
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) said after a bullpen session Thursday that he's "absolutely" ready to start Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: It's obviously good news that Tanaka feels up to the task, but whether he takes the ball Saturday or not isn't up to him. If the Yankees are officially eliminated by then -- which is likely -- there would seem to be a good chance they'll play it safe and go ahead and shut him down. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:44 pm
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  • Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out Thursday
    Bryce Harper (thumb) remains sidelined Thursday.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday against the Pirates and hasn't played since. His official status is still day-to-day. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat seventh Thursday versus Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Kluber (quad) to start Game 1 or 2 of ALDS
    Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Thursday that the goal is to start Corey Kluber (quad) in Game 1 or 2 of the ALDS.

    Advice: Kluber left his start Monday against the Tigers after suffering a mild quadriceps strain and won't make another appearance in the regular season, but he was able to play catch on Thursday morning and the Indians sound optimistic that he'll be ready to rock for one of the first two games of the best-of-five Division Series. "[Kluber] is not going to not make that start," said Callaway. "He'd be like Curt Schilling. He's going to go out there and pitch." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:55 am
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  • Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) to return Friday
    Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) is expected to rejoin the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: Choo is on the mend from a fractured left forearm sustained on August 17. In terms of his potential postseason role, it is more likely that the Rangers utilize him in the outfield than at designated hitter. But it's all up in the air at the moment. Choo was batting .247/.369/.416 with seven home runs and six stolen bases in 45 games before his latest disabled list stint. He has also missed time this season with back, calf, and hamstring injuries. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out Wednesday
    Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out of the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Harper hasn't appeared in a game since injuring his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base Sunday against the Pirates. X-rays taken Monday came back negative and he should be fine for the start of the NLDS. Brian Goodwin will handle right field and bat sixth Wednesday versus Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:03 pm
  • Kluber down 7-10 days with quadriceps strain
    Corey Kluber has been diagnosed with a mild quadriceps strain and is expected to miss 7-10 days.

    Advice: Kluber left his start Monday against the Tigers with what was originally described as a groin injury. He won't take another turn in the rotation before the end of the regular season, but his final start this weekend was probably going to be an abbreviated one anyway. This diagnosis is mostly positive news for the American League Central-champion Indians, as Kluber should be fine -- or something close to fine -- for the ALDS. Game 1 is nine days away. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:06 pm
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  • Tanaka (forearm) planning to start Saturday
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) played catch Tuesday and is planning to start Saturday.

    Advice: But it's not clear if the Yankees will allow him to go ahead with that start given that they're pretty much out of Wild Card contention (and will almost certainly be eliminated by Saturday). Tanaka was scratched from his scheduled start Monday night against the Blue Jays after being diagnosed with a slight forearm strain. There should be something more official in a couple days. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:48 pm
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  • Bryce Harper (thumb) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Fortunately, X-rays came back negative on Harper's left thumb, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker wants to give him another day. There's a chance he could play on Wednesday. Brian Goodwin will make another start in right field on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Corey Kluber (groin) to be sent for MRI
    Indians president Chris Antonetti said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that Corey Kluber (groin) will undergo an MRI.

    Advice: Kluber was forced to make an early exit from Monday's start against the Tigers due to right groin tightness, but Antonetti is optimistic that it's nothing serious. We should know for sure soon. The Indians' rotation has already taken multiple hits down the stretch, so obviously it would be a tremendous blow if he also needs to miss some time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:10 pm
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  • Francona downplays Kluber's groin injury
    Indians manager Terry Francona downplayed Corey Kluber's groin injury after Monday's game.

    Advice: Kluber was forced to exit his start against the Tigers on Monday after four innings due to what was described as right groin tightness. He declined to discuss the injury as the Indians clinched the American League Central, but more should be known on his status on Tuesday. "He's good, but he has a groin thing that he's fighting," said Francona. "It started getting him in the third and again in the fourth, so I grabbed him. I told him we need to find a way to win a game, but we aren't going far without him, so we need to get him healthy and let him do what he does." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:50 am
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  • X-rays negative on Bryce Harper's thumb
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that X-rays on Bryce Harper's left thumb came back negative.

    Advice: Good news for Harper, who injured his thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday. The swelling has gone down and the thought is that he could be ready to play again later this week. He should be good to go for the postseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Kluber exits start with right groin tightness
    Corey Kluber exited Monday's start against the Tigers with right groin tightness.

    Advice: Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk over four innings before leaving the ballgame. The Indians' rotation has already taken multiple hits down the stretch, so this isn't an encouraging development. We should know more about the severity soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:09 pm
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  • Kluber pulled after four innings
    Corey Kluber was pulled from Monday's start against the Tigers after four innings.

    Advice: Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and one walk before exiting. He was only at 60 pitches at the time, so it was a surprise to see him leave this early. And given the Indians' recent injury issues, obviously not ideal. We should get an update on his status soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:58 pm
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  • Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) could be shut down
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) will see Dr. Christopher Ahmad in New York on Tuesday to determine whether he can make another start before the end of the season.

    Advice: Tanaka was scratched from Monday's start against the Blue Jays due to a mild forearm strain. His status up in the air, especially with the Yankees on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. There should be more clarity on his status in the next day or so. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:55 pm
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  • Nats don't think Harper's thumb is serious
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that they don't anticipate Bryce Harper's thumb injury to be serious.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he was forced to make an awkward slide on a fake tag from Jung Ho Kang at third base. Rizzo hasn't seen Harper's X-rays yet, but we should have more clarity on the situation at some point in the next 24 hours. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:58 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) out of Nats lineup Mon.
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday night.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he slid awkwardly into third base after a fake tag by Jung Ho Kang. He is scheduled to undergo X-rays at some point Monday. Brian Goodwin will start in right field and bat seventh in the Nationals' series opener against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:26 pm
  • David Dahl goes deep in loss to Dodgers
    David Dahl clobbered a solo homer on Sunday as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Dahl's solo blast off of Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning, but it would prove to be short-lived. The homer was Dahl's lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. He has acclimated himself well to big league pitching thus far, slashing .315/.357/.500 with seven homers and 23 RBI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:17 pm
  • Harper listed as day-to-day with sore thumb
    Bryce Harper is listed as day-to-day due to soreness in his left thumb.

    Advice: The Nationals don't believe that his injury is serious, but he'll head for precautionary X-rays on Monday to make sure. Harper sustained his injury during Sunday's game when he slid awkwardly into third base after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:05 pm
  • Bryce Harper exits with apparent hand injury
    Bryce Harper departed Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury to his left hand.

    Advice: Harper slid awkwardly into third base in the top of the third inning after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag and appeared to hurt his hand. He stayed in and wound up scoring a run but was then removed before the bottom of the frame. The Nationals should provide an update on Harper shortly. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:58 am
  • Pagan goes 3-for-5 with an RBI, run and steal
    Angel Pagan went 3-for-5 with an RBI, stole a base and scored a run in the Giants' extra-inning win on Saturday.

    Advice: He drove in a run with a single in the first inning. He scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a Kelby Tomlinson single. Pagan has a .273 batting average with 11 bombs, 51 RBI and 66 runs scored in 122 games this year. He has pitched in 14 stolen bases as well. He is a decent extra outfielder in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:19 pm
  • Forsythe hits 20-homer plateau for first time
    Logan Forsythe hit his 20th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: He got there in legitimate fashion, taking all-everything closer Craig Kimbrel deep for a solo shot in the ninth inning. It's the first time in Forsythe's career that he's hit 20 homers in a season. The 29-year-old is batting .274/.344/.464 with 52 RBI, 75 runs scored and six steals to date. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:40 pm
  • Miranda yields three runs in four innings Sat
    Ariel Miranda departed after allowing three runs in four innings and was charged with a loss versus the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up only three hits but two of them left the park. Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano touched him up for solo homers. Miranda walked one and didn't register any strikeouts in the ballgame. He owns a 5-2 record and 4.10 ERA in 52 2/3 innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is a pedestrian 38 to 18. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Choo (forearm) facing live pitching Saturday
    Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) took batting practice against live pitching on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rangers are very hopeful that Choo will be active for the start of the ALDS, and it's not inconceivable that he could return in time to get a few at-bats before the end of the regular season. He has been on the shelf since August 17 due to a fractured left forearm. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:14 am
  • Salvador Perez returns to Royals lineup
    Salvador Perez (knee) returned to the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Perez was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to soreness in his knee, but it's believed to be minor. He's hitting fifth against Daniel Norris and the Tigers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:49 am
  • Jon Gray strikes out 10 in four innings
    Jon Gray fanned 10 while giving up four runs in four innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gray is the fifth pitcher ever to strike out 10 while working four innings of less. All five of those outings have come since 2013. Along with the 10 K's, Gray have up two homers and three walks to the 19 batters he faced. He also hit a batter. It took him 106 pitches to get through those four innings. Considering his workload this year, he probably should have been pulled earlier. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:48 pm
  • Salvador Perez scratched from lineup
    Salvador Perez was scratched from the Royals' lineup Friday with a sore knee.

    Advice: Perez has been cleared to play, but the Royals have decided to play it safe and hold him out. He could be back in there Saturday. Drew Butera has replaced Perez behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:00 pm
  • Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) won't start Monday
    Masahiro Tanaka has been scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Blue Jays due to a lower forearm strain.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi described it as a "slight, slight, slight" flexor mass strain, but the club obviously didn't want to push it. The skipper added that if it were the regular season, Tanaka "probably" would not require a disabled list stint. Tanaka, who will be shut down for five days, said he has "no pain at all" but is experiencing some tightness. The right-hander expects to be ready for a start sometime next week, although if the Yankees are eliminated by then they might play it safe and just shut him down. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:20 pm
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  • GM Rizzo called meeting on Harper's shoulder
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports Nationals GM Mike Rizzo held a closed-door meeting with Bryce Harper, trainer Paul Lessard, and manager Dusty Baker to discuss Harper's right shoulder.

    Advice: This impromptu discussion came soon after the second report from SI.com's Tom Verducci, in which Verducci again stated that Harper is playing through serious neck and shoulder discomfort. That story featured many intimate details, including a quote from one source stating that Harper "could barely throw the ball 40 feet" at one point this summer. "Bryce said it didn’t come from him," Baker told the Washington Post on Wednesday. "Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report. The trainer said no." Whatever the case, the proof is in the pudding that Harper isn't anywhere close to 100 percent. The reigning National League MVP is batting just .172 in September and .223 since the beginning of July. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:36 am
  • Kluber holds Royals to two runs over 6 1/3
    Corey Kluber gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings to lead the Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He rang up nine strikeouts against two walks and six base hits, none of which left the yard. He gave up both runs in the third inning to fall behind 2-1 but he was able to put up zeroes until the Indians retook the lead and went on to victory. Kluber moves to 18-9 with a 3.11 ERA. He owns 224 strikeouts in 211 innings. He will likely get just one more start before the regular season ends. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 pm
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  • Perez goes 2-for-4 with a solo bomb vs Tribe
    Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He rapped an RBI single in the third inning. He drilled a tater off Indians' closer Cody Allen in the final frame to bring his club within one but they ended up falling short. Perez is batting .249 with 21 home runs and 61 RBI. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Tanaka yields four runs in six frames in win
    Masahiro Tanaka gave up four home runs but still got a win, yielding four runs over six innings in a victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: All four of the solo longballs came in the third inning, including three in a row to Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Corey Dickerson. He gave up seven total hits and a pair of bases-on-balls while fanning five. Tanaka was able to advance his record to 14-4 despite the home run barrage. He owns an excellent 3.07 ERA with 165 strikeouts and 36 walks in 199 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:48 pm
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  • Gyorko lifts off for 27th homer of the season
    Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gyorko assaulted a Jorge De La Rosa 3-0 offering in the fourth inning, hitting it out to straight-away center. The homer was Gyorko's 27th of the year, continuing to up his single-season record, and he's got 54 RBI and 53 runs scored to go with a .246/.309/.495 line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:44 pm
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