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  • Robertson fans two to pick up his 37th save
    David Robertson finished off the Rays in the ninth inning for his 37th save as the Yankees enjoyed a 3-2 win on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was Robertson's first appearance since blowing Sunday's save attempt and his results were much better. The right-hander, who has been dealing with soreness in several areas, allowed a two-out single to Wil Myers, but got Nick Franklin to strike out to end the contest. Robertson is 37-for-41 in save chances with a 2.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and an 88/21 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    14 minutes ago
  • Longoria homers again, but Rays fall to Yanks
    Evan Longoria went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Longoria broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with a solo home run off of Brandon McCarthy, and brought the Rays back within one run with an RBI ground out in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn't enough. Longoria now has five home runs in September, tying his season-high for any one month. He has 22 on the season along with 90 RBI and a .252/.320/.407 line. Rotoworld.com
    19 minutes ago
     
    L, 3-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Duffy's pinch-hit two-run single nets SF win
    Matt Duffy smacked a pinch-hit two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Giants past the Diamondbacks 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

    Advice: The tie-snapping two-run single helped the Giants capitalize on the Dodgers' blowout loss Wednesday in Colorado, pushing San Francisco to within two games of Los Angeles for the National League West division lead. Duffy is batting .235/.278/.275 in limited action this season for the Giants. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:23 pm
     
    W, 4-2 x @Ari
  • Chafin allows two runs in no-decision Wed.
    Andrew Chafin allowed two earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Giants.

    Advice: Chafin walked four but surrendered only three hits in the decent spot start. San Francisco wound up winning in the top of the ninth inning when pinch-hitter Matt Duffy smacked a two-run single. Chafin could get another try next week, but he's not fantasy-relevant. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:16 pm
  • Frias allows 10 hits, eight runs in the first
    Carlos Frias didn't make it out of the first inning Wednesday against the Rockies, allowing eight earned runs while recording only two outs.

    Advice: Frias is the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to give up 10 hits and record fewer than three outs. A spot start at Coors Field was a tall task on paper for the 24-year-old right-hander, and the Rockies brutalized him right out of the gate. He is doubtful to get another start this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:25 pm
  • Wacha (shoulder) to return Saturday vs. CIN
    Michael Wacha (shoulder) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: Wacha reported feeling "great" after a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and then extended himself without issue in another bullpen session Wednesday, so he's been given the go-ahead to pitch this weekend versus the visiting Reds. The 23-year-old right-hander has been battling a shoulder issue since June. The Cardinals want to see what he's capable of before October arrives. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:52 pm
  • Steve Johnson to have surgery on shoulder
    Steve Johnson will undergo surgery later this month to have a bone spur removed from the back of his right shoulder.

    Advice: Johnson has battled the shoulder issue for a good chunk of the season. He spent all of this season in the minors, posting a 7.11 ERA in 13 Triple-A starts. Johnson is expected to be ready to go for spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:31 am
     
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    W, 6-1 vs Tor
  • Jake Lamb appears as pinch-hitter
    Jake Lamb struck out as a pinch-hitter in his return to action Tuesday.

    Advice: Lamb had been out of commission since last Friday due to a quad injury. He won't start against left Madison Bumgarner Wednesday but could be back in there Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:40 am
     
    L, 4-2 vs x SF
  • Charlie Morton was activated from the DL on Tuesday September 16. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:40 am
  • Tepesch allows 3 runs, hangs on to beat A's
    Nick Tepesch yielded three earned runs in six innings Tuesday in a victory over the A's.

    Advice: Tepesch wasn't impressive -- striking out one and walking two -- but Scott Kazmir languished across the way, allowing him to hang in there for a victory. He hadn't secured one of those since August 6, a string of six starts. Tepesch's overall numbers remain poor (5-11, 4.47 ERA), but he had a 3.89 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of August entering tonight's game. The 25-year-old squares off against the Angels this weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Gordon has two RBI, stolen base vs. White Sox
    Alex Gordon had a two-run single and stole a base in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Gordon finished the night 1-for-4, but the hit was a big one, plating two in the third inning to give the Royals a short-lived lead. He walked and stole his 12th base of the season in the fifth inning, eventually coming around to score. Gordon now has 70 RBI and 82 runs scored to go with a .270/.352/.440 line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Eaton enjoys four-hit night against Royals
    Adam Eaton had a huge night Tuesday, finishing 4-for-5 with a double, triple and two runs scored in a win over the Royals.

    Advice: Eaton followed up a 3-for-5 game with an even better performance, falling a home run shy of the cycle. Perhaps most remarkably, none of Eaton's four hits managed to drive in a run. The outfielder did score two runs himself, giving him 71 runs scored to go with a .303/.367/.403 line on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Gomez steals extra-inning win for Brewers
    Carlos Gomez used his legs to give the Brewers a win Tuesday, stealing two bases and scoring the winning run in the 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 12 innings.

    Advice: Gomez had one hit in four at-bats before working a one-out walk in the 12th inning. He proceeded to steal second and, shortly after, third base off the tandem of Kevin Siegrist and Yadier Molina. A two-out bloop single from Hector Gomez (no relation) allowed Carlos Gomez to score the winning run. Gomez is closing in on his first 100-run season, as Tuesday's run gives him 91 runs scored and 33 steals to go with a .286/.356/.479 line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Rosenthal takes sixth blown save vs. Brewers
    Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run on a hit and two walks Tuesday, suffering the blown save against the Brewers.

    Advice: Rosenthal was erratic from the start, walking Jonathan Lucroy before allowing a double by Aramis Ramirez on a hanging changeup. He wouldn't allow another hit in the inning, sandwiching an intentional walk between three outs, but a sacrifice fly from Matt Clark tied the game and saddled Rosenthal with his sixth blown save of the year. It was mild as far as blown saves go, but it was disappointing after Rosenthal appeared to be in command while earning his 44th save Sunday. Still, he's the guy in the ninth inning for the Cardinals from here out, for better or worse. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Puig connects for first homer since July 31
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Puig had two of the Dodgers' 16 hits on the night, but the two-run shot in the ninth inning gave them just four runs to show for it. The homer was an important one for Puig, who hadn't homered since July 31 before the blast. He's now got 14 home runs and 62 RBI for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
     
    L, 16-2 ^ @Col
  • Morton fires 5 shutout frames in his return
    Charlie Morton returned to the Pirates' rotation and hurled five shutout innings in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: Morton had missed a month dealing with a sports hernia but didn't seem too bothered by it against the Red Sox. The right-hander scattered four hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. He'll go into the latter half of September with a 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 126/57 K/BB ratio. Morton will make a home start against the Brewers on Sunday in his next outing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Andrew Chafin to start on Wednesday
    Andrew Chafin will start on Wednesday against the Giants.

    Advice: It had been Randall Delgado's slot, but Delgado has returned to the bullpen. Chafin tossed five scoreless innings in a spot start last month but isn't something worth considering in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Yasiel Puig reaches three times in win
    Yasiel Puig had another nice game in a rout Monday, going 2-for-5 with a double, a walk and two runs scored.

    Advice: Puig is 7-for-17 with two doubles and two walks the last four days. He still hasn't homered since July 31, but things seem to be getting better. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:36 pm
     
    L, 16-2 ^ @Col
  • Jake Lamb nursing quad ailment
    Jake Lamb isn't in the Diamondbacks' lineup for the third straight day Monday due to a quad injury.

    Advice: It doesn't at this point appear to be a big concern, but it's also not clear when Lamb might be ready to play again. He's hit just .227/.274/.386 in his first 95 plate appearances with the D'Backs but does have three homers. Aaron Hill is at third base Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:35 pm
     
    L, 4-2 vs x SF
  • D-Backs call up LHP Chafin from AAA
    Diamondbacks recalled LHP Andrew Chafin from Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: He'll join the big club now that Reno's season has come to an end. Chafin made a spot-start with the D-Backs in August, but figures to pitch in long relief the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:07 pm
  • David Robertson takes loss against O's Sunday
    David Robertson was saddled with his fourth blown save of the season on Sunday, surrendering two runs on three hits in just 1/3 of an inning.

    Advice: The Yankees looked to be on their way to a victory after scoring the go-ahead run in the top half of the ninth inning, but sadly it wasn't to be. It was a tough task for Robertson who was working for the third consecutive game and admitted Saturday to feeling soreness in his shoulder, side and hamstrings. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:33 pm
  • Rosenthal strikes out side to earn 44th save
    Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth inning Sunday, earning the save against the Rockies.

    Advice: Rosenthal looked as good as he has all season in the save, hitting triple digits on the radar gun and finishing off Charlie Blackmon with a changeup to end the game. Rosenthal has 44 saves on the year to go with a 3.22 ERA and 85/39 K/BB ratio over 67 innings this year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:21 pm
  • Gomez has RBI, stolen base in win over Reds
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-3 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: The stolen base was Gomez' 31st of the season, and he's scored 90 runs. Injuries nagged him earlier this month, but he's 9-for-24 (.375) with three doubles, four RBI and five runs scored since getting healthy. The 28-year-old is hitting .286/.355/.480 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:14 pm
  • Michael Wacha throws bullpen session
    Michael Wacha said he "felt great" after a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: The Cardinals decided to skip Wacha's turn in the rotation, but they've insisted it's so they can clean up his mechanics rather than it being a setback with the righty's shoulder. Wacha remains hopeful of rejoining the rotation at some point, though it's not clear when that might be. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:30 am
  • Charlie Morton to rejoin rotation on Tuesday
    Charlie Morton (sports hernia) will rejoin the Pirates' rotation on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Morton is dealing with a sports hernia that will require surgery after the season, but he'll try to gut it out in the final weeks. Vance Worley will move to the bullpen to accommodate him. Morton holds a 3.84 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 25 starts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:11 am
  • Yasiel Puig goes 3-for-5 in rout
    Yasiel Puig had three hits and three runs scored in Saturday's drubbing of the Giants.

    Advice: Sure, everyone had a nice game for the Dodgers tonight, but it's still an important step forward for Puig, who was in a 10-for-73 slump since his last three-hit game on Aug. 15. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:36 pm
     
    L, 16-2 ^ @Col
  • Robertson notches 36th save of season
    David Robertson tossed a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Orioles for his 36th save of the season.

    Advice: It was his first save since August 29. Robertson worked around a leadoff single and needed just 11 pitches to lock down the victory. The impending free agent is now 36-for-39 in save opportunities and owns a 2.64 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 86/21 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Evan Longoria blasts 21st homer in loss
    Evan Longoria blasted his 21st home run of the season, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Blue Jays on Saturday in Toronto.

    Advice: Longoria's solo shot off R.A. Dickey tied the score at 3-3 to begin the sixth inning, but that wound up being the extent of the Rays offensive output for the afternoon. He also doubled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 to raise his season slash to .252/.320/.406 to go along with 87 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:58 pm
     
    L, 3-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Cardinals to skip Michael Wacha's next start
    The Cardinals have decided to skip Michael Wacha's next scheduled start on Sunday.

    Advice: It doesn't appear as if Wacha has had a setback physically, but rather the Cards want him to work on his command before he toes the rubber again. "Asking a lot for a guy to get sharp in September," manager Mike Matheny said. The right-hander could still get in three starts before the end of the regular season as he tries to fine-tune for the playoffs. Marco Gonzales will start on Sunday versus the Rockies. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Jake Lamb hits third homer since callup
    Jake Lamb hit his third homer since being called up in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The blast to dead center off Santiago Casilla was pretty impressive. Lamb, though, is still struggling for the most part, with a .215 average and a 30/6 K/BB ratio in 84 at-bats. The Diamondbacks will keep running him out there, but if he does show rapid improvement, they may consider shifting Aaron Hill to third base next year. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:17 pm
     
    L, 4-2 vs x SF
  • Longoria homers as Rays fall to the Yankees
    Evan Longoria went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run as the Rays took an 8-5 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Longoria's home run was too little, too late, as it came in the ninth inning off of Esmil Rogers. The third baseman has homered three times in his last seven games and now has 20 on the season along with 85 RBI and a .254/.322/.403 slash line. It is certainly a disappointing season but he is attempting to end the regular season on a positive note. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:14 pm
     
    L, 3-2 vs ^ NYY
  • Puig batting leadoff for Dodgers Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig is batting leadoff for the Dodgers on Wednesday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Puig is an extended slump and hit seventh on Tuesday night, but manager Don Mattingly has decided to give him the bump in the hope that it provides a spark. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:53 pm
     
    L, 16-2 ^ @Col
  • Morton (sports hernia) throws simulated game
    Charlie Morton (sports hernia) threw a five-inning, 86-pitch simulated game Tuesday.

    Advice: The Pirates will meet next Monday to decide what to do with Morton. They could bring him back as a reliever, but manager Clint Hurdle has indicated that he prefers to keep Morton in reserve as a starter should a need arise in the rotation. "Charlie wants to be a part of it. [We'll] keep an active, live arm that might get to a point where he can give us five innings, can throw 85 pitches," Hurdle said. "You can lose a pitcher in a day. You can lose two pitchers in two days. If it gets to a point where the pain plateaus and he starts feeling better, then we'll have another option." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:02 am
  • Michael Wacha not sharp in loss against Reds
    Michael Wacha struggled in his second start coming off the disabled list, giving up six runs -- five earned -- over four innings in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Wacha didn't have much working on this night, giving up six hits -- including four extra-base hits -- and walking three. He was on a pitch count, so the four innings of work weren't unexpected. It will still be a few starts before Wacha has his arm strength back, and until then it's tough to expect to get much from him for fantasy purposes. He'll next take the mound against the Rockies on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Carlos Gomez scores twice in return
    Carlos Gomez doubled, walked and scored twice in his return to the starting lineup Monday.

    Advice: That seems like a good sign. Gomez hadn't started since Aug. 31 because of a sore left wrist, but he has two hits in four at-bats since coming off the bench in Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) in Monday's lineup
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) is in Monday's lineup against the Marlins.

    Advice: Gomez singled as a pinch-hitter Sunday and is now back in the starting lineup for the first time since August 31. It's great news for the fading Brewers, who need all the help they can get right now. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 1:48 pm
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) hits RBI single in ninth
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) hit an RBI single as a pinch-hitter Sunday in the Brewers' loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The hit scored Scooter Gennett in the bottom of the ninth inning and gave the fading Brewers their only run in the 9-1 drubbing. Gomez is expected to return to the starting lineup on Monday night. He had been sidelined for a week by a left wrist injury. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 5:34 am
  • Puig (stomach) goes 0-for-2 in return Sunday
    Yasiel Puig (stomach) finished 0-for-2 with a walk in his return to the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Puig was held out of action on Saturday with a minor stomach problem. An IV did the trick, but the struggling 23-year-old basically seems to be splitting time in center field at this point with Joc Pederson. It's all very poor timing for Puig's fantasy owners. He had a .959 OPS on August 3. That's now down to .861. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 12:57 am
     
    L, 16-2 ^ @Col
  • Carlos Gomez returned to action on Sunday September 7. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 12:57 am
  • Carlos Gomez (wrist) out of action Sunday
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) remained out of the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez had hoped to return to action Sunday after getting through batting practice with no issues Saturday, but it wasn't in the cards. However, he could be available to pinch-hit Sunday and it's possible that he'll be ready to start on Monday. Gerado Parra is in center field again Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 8:10 am
  • Gomez (wrist) a possibility to play Sunday?
    Carlos Gomez (wrist) indicated Saturday that he could return to the lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez took batting practice Saturday and things went well. "Who knows? Maybe tomorrow (Sunday)," he said Saturday. "It depends on how I feel tomorrow. I don't make the decision. If tomorrow comes and I wake up and I feel fine and I tell (Brewers manager Ron Roenicke) I feel fine, then he makes the decision." Roenicke hinted that Monday is a more likely return date for Gomez, but the outfielder will surely push to be in the lineup Sunday versus the Cardinals as long as he's not sore. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 6:43 am
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