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  • Shelby Miller snaps 24-start winless streak
    Shelby Miller snapped a 24-start winless streak Sunday, spinning eight shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cardinals were basically treating the game as a spring training contest, playing 16 position players as they just tried to keep everyone healthy. However, Miller will certainly take it and he pitched terrifically regardless, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out seven. It was his first win since May 17. The right-hander's season concludes with a 6-17 record despite a 3.02 ERA across 33 starts. Miller will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Today, 12:42 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; Bot 5, 1-0 vs StL
  • Yadier Molina to have thumb re-evaluated Mon.
    Yadier Molina will have his ailing left thumb re-evaluated on Monday.

    Advice: Molina was prescribed another week of rest when he visited the doctor last Monday. He said Sunday that the thumb is "getting stronger every day," but we won't know about his status for the NLDS until after Monday's exam. Tony Cruz has been handling the catching duties for St. Louis with Yadi sidelined. Today, 11:45 am
  • Adam Eaton to have shoulder scoped Monday
    Adam Eaton will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday.

    Advice: Eaton has battled soreness in the shoulder during the second half after injuring it on a couple dives in the outfield. It's a minor procedure, as the outfielder should have a relatively normal offseason. The shoulder didn't affect Eaton at the plate, as he sported a robust .335/.418/.486 batting line with eight homers and 13 steals since the All-Star break. Today, 9:30 am
  • Jose Abreu getting a break Sunday
    Jose Abreu is not in the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: The White Sox are resting many of their regulars. Mike Olt will handle first base and Gordon Beckham is at third. Today, 9:08 am
  • Melky Cabrera not in Sunday's lineup
    Melky Cabrera is absent from the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving a day of rest. J.B. Shuck is in left field in Cabrera's place. Today, 9:07 am
  • Adam Eaton sitting out on Sunday
    Adam Eaton is not in the White Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day off. Trayce Thompson is handling center field. Today, 9:06 am
  • Brian Dozier absent from Sunday's lineup
    Brian Dozier is absent from the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Minnesota is playing a lot of subs in this one. It will be Eduardo Escobar shifting over to second base and Danny Santana covering shortstop. Today, 8:28 am
  • Joe Mauer sitting out on Sunday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting a day of rest. Kennys Vargas is covering first base. Today, 8:26 am
  • Eddie Rosario not in Sunday's lineup
    Eddie Rosario is absent from the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's simply receiving a day off. Shane Robinson is playing left field. Today, 8:24 am
  • Joaquin Benoit wants to keep playing
    Joaquin Benoit said Saturday that he wants to play "a couple more years."

    Advice: Benoit turned 38 in July, but he's showed no signs of slowing down with a 2.34 ERA and 63/23 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings this season. The Padres hold an $8 million option on him for 2016, which is reasonable especially considering they'd owe him a $1.5 million buyout if they declined it. However, it appears the club might not be anxious to commit that much to a setup man when they already owe a big chunk of change to closer Craig Kimbrel. Benoit will have no trouble finding a taker for his services if the Padres do indeed let him walk. Today, 7:58 am
  • Stephen Piscotty (head) returns to lineup
    Stephen Piscotty (head) is back in the Cardinals' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves.

    Advice: Piscotty was officially cleared on Saturday after passing concussion protocol and is back in action on the final day of the regular season. He wound up being sidelined for only five days following a violent collision with Peter Bourjos last Monday, which is pretty remarkable. Today, 7:41 am
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; Bot 5, 0-1 ^ @Atl
  • Hector Olivera (elbow) out of lineup
    Hector Olivera (elbow) remained out of the Braves' lineup for the first game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Olivera remains sore after being hit in the left elbow by a pitch last Tuesday. It's unclear whether he'll feel up to playing the second game. Adonis Garcia is handling third base in the first game of the doubleheader. Today, 7:27 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; Bot 5, 1-0 vs ^ StL
  • Zach Walters undergoes shoulder surgery
    Zach Walters underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

    Advice: The 26-year-old is expected to be cleared to resume baseball activities in 5-6 months, which means he'll surely get a late start to the 2016 season. Walters had a disappointing 2015 campaign that saw him spend most of his time at Triple-A Columbus, where he hit only .249/.310/.416 with 10 homers over 91 games. Today, 6:57 am
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    Top 7, 3-1 vs x Bos
  • Sean Nolin allows three runs to Mariners
    Sean Nolin allowed three runs over five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the A's.

    Advice: Nolin's debut this year was delayed by shoulder problems, but he was healthy enough to get a chance last month and he ended up with a 5.28 ERA in six starts. Particularly unimpressive was his 15/12 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. Maybe he'll be stronger next year, but he probably won't be much of a threat to make the A's out of spring training. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Roenis Elias struggles against A's
    Roenis Elias lasted just two-plus innings and gave up four runs Saturday against the A's.

    Advice: He was lucky it wasn't worse, considering that he left the bases loaded with no outs in the third and just one runner came around to score. Elias ends the year with a 5-8 record and a 4.14 ERA in 20 starts and two relief appearances. He should be a perfectly acceptable fifth starter going forward, but the Mariners probably won't have him a job next spring. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Greinke dominates over eight versus Padres
    Zack Greinke fired eight innings of one-run ball in the Dodgers' 2-1 defeat of the Padres on Saturday.

    Advice: It's a little odd that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly let his NLDS Game 2 starter go so deep in this one, but there weren't many high-stress pitches. The Cy Young Award candidate yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out eight. He'll finish the regular season with a 1.66 ERA. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Piscotty (concussion) cleared to resume playing
    Stephen Piscotty has been cleared to return from his concussion.

    Advice: He'll be available for Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves. The 24-year-old last played on Monday. Piscotty has enjoyed a productive rookie year, hitting .310 with a .502 slugging percentage in 229 at-bats. Yesterday, 7:42 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; Bot 5, 0-1 ^ @Atl
  • Brian Dozier plates lone run in loss Saturday
    Brian Dozier went 1-for-4 and plated the Twins lone run as they dropped a critical decision to the Royals on Saturday in Minnesota.

    Advice: The loss closes the door on the Twins playoff hopes. At the time, Dozier's run-scoring single in the sixth inning tied the game at 1-1, but the Royals would strike for four the following frame to put the game out of reach. Dozier also swiped his 12th base of the year in the loss. The power-hitting infielder is slashing .236/.307/.444 on the season with 28 long balls and 77 RBI. Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Mauer singles twice in loss to Royals
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Mauer was the only Twin with more than one hit in the contest. Both of his knocks went for singles, as was the case with all six of the Twins' hits. The 32-year-old first baseman is slashing .267/.340/.383 with 10 homers and 66 RBI this season. The OBP mark is nice--Mauer's always going to have a patient eye--but he's no longer a premier average hitter and his power remains somewhat suspect. Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Adam Eaton's two-run double sparks victory
    Adam Eaton delivered a two-run double in the third inning on Friday, leading the White Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Tigers.

    Advice: That would prove to be more than enough offense for Chris Sale and the White Sox bullpen on this evening. Eaton finished the night 2-for-3. He has been a terrific table-setter atop the White Sox lineup this season, slashing .286/.361/.431 with 14 homers, 56 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Piscotty (concussion) to take BP on Friday
    Stephen Piscotty (concussion) will take batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Piscotty will participate in batting practice on Friday before meeting with the doctor for another concussion test. Piscotty collided with fellow outfielder Peter Bourjos on Monday. Cards GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that the 24-year-old had a "slight concussion," which is akin to being slightly pregnant. It's still possible that Piscotty plays before the regular season draws to a close on Sunday. Friday, 2:29 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; Bot 5, 0-1 ^ @Atl
  • Jose Abreu reaches 100 RBI
    Jose Abreu drove in two runs Thursday against the Royals to top 100 for the second straight season.

    Advice: Abreu on Wednesday became the third player to reach 30 homers in each of his first two seasons. Tonight, he became the 12th to drive in 100 runs in each of his first two seasons, joining Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Albert Pujols and others. The last was Hideki Matsui in 2003-04. Thursday, 9:17 pm
  • Hector Olivera (elbow) scratched from lineup
    Hector Olivera (elbow) was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Nationals.

    Advice: Olivera was hit in the elbow by a pitch on Tuesday and still isn't 100 percent. Adonis Garcia will fill in at third base. Thursday, 1:27 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; Bot 5, 1-0 vs ^ StL
  • Jose Abreu hits 30th homer
    Jose Abreu hit his 30th homer Wednesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Technically, Abreu is just the third player ever to hit 30 homers in each of his first two big-league seasons, joining Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun. However, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Giancarlo Stanton are among a few who would also join that list if we discounted partial first seasons. Regardless, it's still an impressive feat for the Cuban defector. He's also just one RBI away from 100. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Hector Olivera (elbow) returns to lineup
    Hector Olivera (elbow) is back in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Oliver exited Tuesday's game after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch, but he's fine. He's hitting .260/.321/.411 with two homers in 22 games so far with the big club. Wednesday, 11:48 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; Bot 5, 1-0 vs ^ StL
  • Eaton's two-run homer helps Sox best Royals
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run to help the White Sox trump the Royals 4-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Eaton knocked the two-run home run, his 14th of the season, in the fifth inning to provide what would end up being the game-winning RBI. The 14 homers are by far a career high, as he'd hit just six total through his first three seasons in the bigs. It will wind up being a career year on almost every front for Eaton, who is hitting .285/.358/.429 with 53 RBI, 95 runs scored and 17 steals on the season. Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Hector Olivera leaves after HBP on elbow
    Hector Olivera departed Tuesday's game against the Nationals after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

    Advice: Olivera sports an elbow pad on his left arm, but Tanner Roark's offering still smarted. The Braves should have an update on status later Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:41 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; Bot 5, 1-0 vs ^ StL
  • Piscotty has a concussion, but could return
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that Stephen Piscotty has a "slight concussion."

    Advice: But all of the other scans came back negative and it's possible Piscotty will return to action before the end of the regular season. That's exceptional news considering how ugly his collision with Peter Bourjos appeared Monday night in Pittsburgh. The rookie outfielder might get some action in the Cardinals' final regular-season series this weekend in Atlanta and should be a go for the playoffs. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; Bot 5, 0-1 ^ @Atl
  • Stephen Piscotty released from hospital
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that Stephen Piscotty (head) has been released from the hospital.

    Advice: Excellent news. It was easy to fear the worst after Monday's violent collision with teammate Peter Bourjos, but initial tests came back negative and he was held overnight for observation. Matheny said Piscotty suffered "a couple bruises, but overall everything checked out very clean." It's unclear when he'll be ready to play again, but he was fortunate things weren't much worse. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; Bot 5, 0-1 ^ @Atl
  • Greinke tosses seven solid innings in return
    Zack Greinke got a no-decision, allowing two runs in seven innings as the Dodgers lost in 12 innings to the Giants on Monday.

    Advice: Greinke allowed a two-run double to Trevor Brown in the second inning, accounting for all of the damage. It was one of four hits he allowed along with three walks and seven strikeouts. He hadn't pitched since September 18 due to a sore calf. Greinke now has a terrific 1.68 ERA with a 0.85 WHIP and a 192/39 K/BB ratio over 214 2/3 innings. He'll wrap up his regular season with a home start against the Padres. Monday, 11:22 pm
  • Elias solid over six in no-decision vs. HOU
    Roenis Elias got a no-decision, giving up two runs in six innings as the Mariners fell to the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Both runs came in the first inning on solo home runs by George Springer and Evan Gattis. They were two of only three hits Elias allowed along with two walks and five strikeouts. The lefty now has a 3.89 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 97/41 K/BB ratio over 113 1/3 innings. He'll make his final start of the year at home versus the Athletics. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Tests on Stephen Piscotty come back negative
    Initial scans performed on Stephen Piscotty (head) came back negative.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated that while Piscotty is sure to be very sore, it appears there should be no long-term damage. It's a miracle that Piscotty looks to have managed to avoid a serious injury after a violent collision with Peter Bourjos Monday that saw Bourjos' knee collide with Piscotty's head. He will be held at the hospital overnight for observation and the Cards should have more on the outfielder Tuesday. Monday, 8:09 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; Bot 5, 0-1 ^ @Atl
  • Piscotty leaves game after ugly collision
    Stephen Piscotty left Monday's game against the Pirates after colliding in the outfield with Peter Bourjos.

    Advice: It was an ugly scene in Pittsburgh, as Bourjos' knee looked to collide directly with Piscotty's head. Piscotty looked like he might have been knocked unconscious, although he eventually was moving his arms and waved as he was taken off the field on a stretcher. The Cardinals are only saying for now that Piscotty suffered a head contusion and was transported to a hospital to be evaluated further. It's certainly possible the Cardinals have been dealt another massive injury blow. Monday, 6:33 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; Bot 5, 0-1 ^ @Atl
  • Molina (thumb) ruled out for regular season
    Yadier Molina (thumb) has been ruled out for the remainer of the regular season after a doctor on Monday prescribed him another week of rest.

    Advice: He'll be re-evaluated on Sunday or Monday and still has a chance to be ready for the start of the postseason, but obviously this news isn't ideal. Molina is dealing with a slight ligament tear in his left thumb that doesn't really affect him catching but could be a hindrance at the plate. Tony Cruz will continue to handle the catching duties for the Cardinals. Sep 28, 2:06 pm
  • Giants knock Nolin for five runs in 2 1/3 IP
    Sean Nolin struggled in Sunday's loss to the Giants, surrendering five runs (three earned) on seven hits over just 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Nolin might have allowed five runs, but it could have been worse. Three of the five scored on sacrifice flies, while the other two came home on RBI singles. Had the Giants squared up the ball a little better, this start could have been a disaster. As is, it pushed his ERA from 4.57 to a still shoddy 5.25. The 25-year-old southpaw also holds a tough 1.67 WHIP over 24 innings. He'll head to Safeco to tango with the Mariners next weekend before the season closes out for the Athletics. Sep 27, 4:20 pm
  • Miller takes 17th loss as Braves fall to MIA
    Shelby Miller lost Sunday's start versus the Marlins, yielding seven runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: With that, Miller has lost each of his last eight starts and remains winless over his last 24 starts. He gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out two. Miller will head into his final start of the season, at home facing the Cardinals, with a major league-leading 17 losses despite a solid 3.10 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and a 164/70 K/BB ratio over 197 1/3 innings. Sep 27, 1:37 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; Bot 5, 1-0 vs StL
  • Dozier adds two-run double as Twins win
    Brian Dozier had a two-run double as part of a 2-for-5 effort as the Twins beat the Tigers 7-1 on Sunday.

    Advice: Dozier drilled a two-run double to left field in the middle of the Twins' six-run outburst in the second inning to chase Randy Wolf from the game. The second baseman has been a valuable fantasy performer this season, batting .242/.314/.459 with 28 home runs, 75 RBI, 101 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases. Sep 27, 1:31 pm
  • Eddie Rosario sitting out on Sunday
    Eddie Rosario is absent from the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to be a simple day off. The Twins have shifted Aaron Hicks over to left field and are starting Byron Buxton in center. Sep 27, 7:47 am
  • Rosario drives in three runs in Friday's loss
    Eddie Rosario went 1-for-4 with a triple and three RBI as the Twins dropped a heartbreaking decision to the Tigers on Friday in Detroit.

    Advice: Rosario got the game's scoring started with a three-run triple in the fifth inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly. Unfortunately, that would wind up being the extent of the Twins offense in the ballgame. The 23-year-old has done a nice job in his rookie season, slashing .268/.289/.462 with 12 homers, 49 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Sep 25, 7:51 pm
  • Zack Greinke (calf) to throw bullpen session
    Zack Greinke (calf) will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: That would put him on track to start on Monday in San Francisco. Greinke was scratched from a scheduled outing on Wednesday due to a sore calf, but it appears he'll be in line to make two starts next week. Sep 25, 2:42 pm
  • Stephen Piscotty homers, knocks in four
    Stephen Piscotty went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 7-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Piscotty hit the second of back-to-back homers with Jhonny Peralta in the fourth and then singled in two runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh. The Cardinals are going to have to start him somewhere in October if this keeps up, probably at first base. Sep 24, 8:54 pm
    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; Bot 5, 0-1 ^ @Atl
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