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  • Jon Lester fires six scoreless in no-decision
    Jon Lester was terrific in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday, scattering three hits over six shutout innings of baseball.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander punched out six on the afternoon and walked two. He could have continued dominating, as he had thrown only 98 pitches, but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. Lester has been outstanding for the Cubs this season, compiling a 14-4 record, 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. 32 minutes ago
  • Bumgarner dispatches of Braves to win 13th
    Madison Bumgarner picked up his 13th victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Braves to three runs on five hits over seven frames.

    Advice: The All-Star southpaw walked two and struck out five on the afternoon. Most of the damage against him came on a two-run blast from Freddie Freeman in the sixth inning. He hasn't been at his best in his last three outings, but still manages to find a way to give his team a chance to win each and every time he takes the ball. He'll carry a sparkling 2.49 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into Saturday's matchup against the Cubs in Chicago. 39 minutes ago
  • Aaron Blair hit hard in loss to Giants Sunday
    Aaron Blair was hit hard in Sunday's loss to the Giants, surrendering five runs on eight hits in only four innings of work.

    Advice: Blair struck out three and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. His difficulty stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as Joe Panik blasted a pair of homers against him and Denard Span added a solo shot. The rookie right-hander now sits at 0-6 on the season with a troublesome 8.23 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. He'll try to right the ship on Saturday against the Phillies in Philadelphia. 44 minutes ago
  • Gausman silences Bomber bats in 5-0 win
    Kevin Gausman was sharp in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Yankees, striking out nine over seven shutout innings.

    Advice: Gausman wasn't unhittable -- he scattered seven of them -- but this was perhaps his best overall start of the season. The flame-throwing right-hander did not walk a batter on the afternoon and finished his seven brilliant innings having thrown 108 pitches (75 strikes). Gausman has not allowed a run in either of his past two starts. For the season as a whole, the 25-year-old holds a 3.73 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 140/38 K/BB ratio over 140 innings. The Yankees will have the displeasure of facing him again in Camden Yards next time he takes the mound. Today, 1:55 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Xavier Scruggs notches RBI double in loss
    Xavier Scruggs went 2-for-2 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Scruggs picked up his first double of the season in the second inning, driving in a run in the process. He was called up on August 19 due to a strong power showing at Triple-A New Orleans. Since that promotion, the 28-year-old first baseman has managed seven hits in 23 at-bats. While he did bop 21 homers with New Orleans prior to his call-up, he has yet to show any sort of fantasy upside at the major league level. Today, 1:48 pm
  • Adam Eaton day-to-day with bruised forearm
    Adam Eaton exited Sunday's game versus the Mariners with a bruised right forearm.

    Advice: Eaton was hit in the forearm by a Taijuan Walker pitch in the fourth inning. The good news is X-rays came back negative and he's considered day-to-day. Today, 12:45 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Sea
  • Asdrubal Cabrera aggravates knee injury
    Asdrubal Cabrera exited Sunday's game versus the Phillies with a sore left knee.

    Advice: It looked like his arm was hurt in a collision at first base with Tommy Joseph, but apparently Cabrera aggravated the knee injury that recently cost him three weeks of action. The Mets could have more on his status after the game, but this could certainly be a disabled list situation. Today, 11:01 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Asdrubal Cabrera exits game with arm injury
    Asdrubal Cabrera departed Sunday's game versus the Phillies with an apparent arm injury.

    Advice: Cabrera ran into Tommy Joseph at first base while legging out a bunt single and appeared to hurt his wrist and/or forearm. He initially stayed in but was pulled after being in obvious pain while running to second base. The Mets should update Cabrera's status shortly. Today, 10:31 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Buck: Jones (hamstring) 'close' to returning
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that Adam Jones (hamstring) is "close" to returning to the lineup.

    Advice: Showalter speculated that if they were playing a night game rather than a day game Sunday that Jones would be in the lineup. The outfielder has been in and out of action since suffering a hamstring injury Thursday but should be available off the bench Sunday and back in the lineup Monday. Today, 10:04 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Lucas Harrell (groin) making progress
    Lucas Harrell (groin) hopes to resume playing catch soon.

    Advice: "Last few days I’ve made great strides," he said Saturday. "Once I start getting my range of motion back I should be ready to go." Harrell is expected to rejoin the Rangers as a reliever when he's ready. Today, 9:28 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 2-1 vs Cle
  • Escobar (concussion) hopes to resume activity
    Yunel Escobar (concussion) is hoping to resume baseball activities on Monday.

    Advice: Escobar has been resting for over a week after being placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. The earliest he could potentially be activated would be Wednesday. Today, 8:48 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Adam Jones (hamstring) held out again Sunday
    Adam Jones (hamstring) remained out of the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Jones has dealt with a hamstring issue since Thursday. He's considered day-to-day for now. Nolan Reimold is in center field. Today, 8:22 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Oliver Drake recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled RHP Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Drake has allowed six runs over 5 2/3 relief innings with the Orioles this season. He'll be used in low-leverage situations. Today, 8:16 am
  • Wilmer Difo optioned to Double-A
    Nationals optioned INF Wilmer Difo to Double-A Harrisburg.

    Advice: Difo has hit .257/.297/.314 in his multiple stints in the majors this season. He'll be back in September. Today, 7:37 am
    Not Active
    L, 5-3 vs Col
  • Aaron Blair recalled from Triple-A
    Braves recalled RHP Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Blair will rejoin the rotation on Sunday versus the Giants. He's been a mess in his previous chances, posting a 7.99 ERA over 11 starts. Blair should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Today, 5:28 am
  • Johnson tosses perfect ninth for 13th save
    Jim Johnson kept the Giants off the bases in a clean ninth inning to snare his 13th save of the season on Saturday.

    Advice: He induced three consecutive groundouts to close out the game without any drama. Johnson has been a steady presence in the back of the Atlanta bullpen. He has 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Johnson took over the closer's role when Arodys Vizcaino got hurt and didn't give it back when Vizcaino returned. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Kemp crushes three-run jack to beat Giants
    Matt Kemp got only one hit on Saturday but it was the only one that mattered as his three-run jack in the fourth inning carried the Braves to victory over the Giants.

    Advice: The blast plated the only runs his team would score but it was enough to win the game. Kemp has been a valuable fantasy contributor this year with a .260 batting average, 26 home runs and 84 RBI. He has yet to steal a base though. Back when he was a perennial first round pick his owners could count on him for 30-40 steals per season. Without those bags Kemp is merely a mid-round draft pick. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Moreland cranks grand slam on Saturday
    Mitch Moreland crushed a grand slam in the first inning to lead the Rangers over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The big fly pretty much ended the game before it began as the Indians never did cross the plate all night. Moreland scored a run in the third inning on an Elvis Andrus double. He finished the night 1-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. He has a .253 batting average with 22 home runs and 55 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Braves calling up Aaron Blair for Sun. start
    The Braves will call up right-hander Aaron Blair to start Sunday against the Giants.

    Advice: John Gant will be sent down to Triple-A in order to make room for him on the active roster. Blair holds an ugly 7.99 ERA and 29/29 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings over 11 starts this season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Cabrera has three hits, homer in win over PHI
    Asdrubal Cabrera continued his hot hitting on Saturday against the Phillies by going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored.

    Advice: Cabrera has three homers over his last two games and is now up to 16 for the year, which is one more than his total from all of last season. The bleach-blonde infielder has been red-hot since returning from his knee injury, hitting .438 (14-for-32) over eight games. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Adam Jones not in Orioles lineup on Saturday
    Adam Jones (hamstring) is not in the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Jones was forced to exit Friday's game due to a strained left hamstring. He is listed as available on Saturday and isn't expected to require a trip to the disabled list. Julio Borbon is starting in his place in center field and batting ninth for the O's Yesterday, 8:30 am
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Adam Jones leaves game with hamstring strain
    Adam Jones was forced to leave Friday's game against the Yankees due to a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: O's skipper Buck Showalter indicated afterwards that Jones is in roughly the same spot that he was in yesterday. It's a day-to-day situation and won't require a trip to the disabled list, though don't be surprised if he sits out Saturday's contest as a precautionary measure. Friday, 7:48 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Cabrera homers twice in win over Phillies
    Asdrubal Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate Friday against the Phillies.

    Advice: Cabrera launched a solo homer from the right side in the first inning before socking a two-run blast from the left side in the sixth. It was his fifth career multi-homer game. He’s now up to 15 homers on the year, which matches his total from all of last season. Friday, 7:28 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Adam Jones leaves with potential re-injury
    Adam Jones was pulled from Friday's game against the Yankees after appearing to re-injure his hamstring.

    Advice: Jones left Thursday's game with cramping in his hamstring, but tested it out pregame and was deemed good to go on Friday. He appeared to re-injure it though while running to first base on in his first at-bat. Expect the O's to provide an update on his status shortly. Friday, 4:44 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Adam Jones (hamstring) back in O's lineup
    Adam Jones (hamstring) is back in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Jones exited Thursday's game with hamstring cramps, but he's fine. He's in center field and batting leadoff. Friday, 1:10 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Eaton scores three times in win over Mariners
    Adam Eaton went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Eaton had a pair of singles and a walk in the game, coming around to score all three times. He's now hit in eight straight to run his season line up to .278/.358/.417. The 27-year-old has 11 homers and 12 steals while hitting atop the White Sox lineup. Thursday, 9:32 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Sea
  • Adam Jones leaves with hamstring cramps
    Adam Jones left Thursday's game against the Nationals due to hamstring cramps.

    Advice: Pedro Alvarez pinch-hit for him in the ninth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a double before exiting. Jones said that he feels fine and expects to play Friday against the Yankees. Nolan Reimold would likely start in his place if he has to sit out the series opener. Thursday, 8:03 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Bumgarner roughed up for five runs in loss
    Madison Bumgarner fell to 12-8 in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, surrendering five runs on nine hits over five innings.

    Advice: Bumgarner has now surrendered nine runs over his last 10 innings in what has been something of a miniature slump. On Tuesday, the Dodgers burned him for solitary runs in each of the first three innings before knocking him out after scoring two runs in the fifth. Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned, here, as Bumgarner still holds a 2.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP for the season. He will look to rebound in a home start against the Braves next time out. Tuesday, 11:23 pm
  • Matt Kemp drives in three as Braves rally
    Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Kemp almost single-handedly rallied the Braves back from a 4-2 deficit. He started the comeback with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to cut the advantage to 4-3, then flipped the score completely with his two-run double with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. The veteran outfielder has picked up hits in nine of his last 10 games and is slashing .263/.296/.480 with 25 homers and 81 RBI. He has rocked at least 23 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Cabrera collects three more hits since return
    Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Garcia now has two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in four games since being activated from the disabled list on August 19. He's 6-for-16 in those four games, raising his overall line to .260/.310/.414 with 13 homers, 35 RBI and 43 runs scored. The stolen base, swiped against the great Yadier Molina as part of a double steal, was just Cabrera's second on the year. Tuesday, 9:52 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Kevin Gausman works six scoreless vs. Nats
    Kevin Gausman twirled six shutout innings in Tuesday's 8-1 victory over the Nationals.

    Advice: It wasn't all that pretty, as Gausman recorded only two strikeouts and needed 110 pitches to get through his six frames. However, five of the six hits he gave up were singles and he managed to keep the Nats off the scoreboard in his best start in a month. Gausman will carry a 3.92 ERA into the Bronx this weekend. Tuesday, 8:23 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Jon Lester earns 14th victory
    Jon Lester held the Padres to one run in six innings and struck out eight in winning Monday.

    Advice: Lester moved to 14-4. The Cubs have won each of his last seven starts, with Lester picking up five wins in the span. Next up for him are the Dodgers in Los Angeles this weekend. Monday, 10:48 pm
  • Scruggs belts first MLB homer against Bucs
    Xavier Scruggs hit a two-run home run, the first of his MLB career, in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Scruggs finished 1-for-3 in the game, with the two-run bomb coming off Pirates starter Chad Kuhl in the fourth inning. It ended up being the game-winning run. The homer was his first in 28 MLB games spanning three seasons; this year is his first as a member of the Marlins after starting his career in the Cardinals organization. Scruggs will likely continue to draw starts at first base while Justin Bour is out but isn't a fantasy commodity. Aug 20, 7:04 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (concussion) lands on 7-day DL
    Angels placed 3B Yunel Escobar on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.

    Advice: Escobar will be sidelined for at least a week after fouling a ball off his face Friday against the Yankees. He's been a bright spot for the Angels this year, hitting .320 over 438 at-bats. That average ranks second in the American League behind MVP front-runner Jose Altuve. The Angels activated C.J. Cron from the disabled list in the corresponding roster move. Aug 20, 4:17 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Angels' Escobar could land on DL
    Yunel Escobar could land on the disabled list after taking a foul bunt off his face during Friday's game.

    Advice: X-rays were negative, but he still might miss a couple of weeks. Fortunately, the Angels are set to activate C.J. Cron on Saturday. Jefry Marte could see more time at third base in Escobar's place. Aug 19, 11:20 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Mets activate Asdrubal Cabrera from 15-day DL
    Mets activated INF Asdrubal Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back in the lineup on Friday night, as is lineup-mate Yoenis Cespedes. Cabrera returns to a .255/.308/.410 slash line on the season, where he has been a solid performer and capable run producer. His bat has been sorely missed in the Mets lineup. Aug 19, 5:16 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Xavier Scruggs called up from Triple-A
    Marlins purchased the contract of INF/OF Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: The Marlins have been starved for offense from their first baseman since Justin Bour (ankle) went down, so they'll give Scruggs a shot The 28-year-old has batted .290 with 21 homers for New Orleans this season. He's at first base and batting sixth Friday against the Pirates. Aug 19, 12:29 pm
  • Bumgarner coughs up grand slam to Ruggiano
    Madison Bumgarner was victimized by a Justin Ruggiano grand slam in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Bumgarner managed just five innings in the contest, scattering six hits while walking three and striking out six. He ran into trouble in the fourth inning, loading the bases before Justin Ruggiano unloaded them with a grand slam. Mad-Bum didn't allow another run in the game and he received more than enough offensive support -- and whacked a two-run homer to help his own cause -- to pick up the win. This wasn't his sharpest performance, but he will carry a smooth 2.25 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 195/46 K/BB ratio (175 2/3 innings) into a road date with the rival Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Aug 18, 10:50 pm
  • Xavier Scruggs getting called to the majors
    Xavier Scruggs will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday.

    Advice: He'll join the team for Friday's series opener in Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old has had a productive year in the minors, hitting .290 with 21 HR, 50 RBI and four steals across 93 games. Scruggs has made 26 career big league appearances. All of those came with his former team, the Cardinals. Aug 18, 8:03 pm
  • Gausman allows five runs in win over Astros
    Kevin Gausman allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: Gausman gave up two home runs among his seven hits allowed, with both coming in the sixth inning or later. Gausman was surely given a little longer leash Thursday after his teammates gave up 15 runs of support. The win moved him to 4-10 overall, with a 4.11 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 22 starts. An interleague date with the Nationals is up next on Tuesday. Aug 18, 7:32 pm
    W, 5-0 @NYY
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) to be activated Friday
    The Mets will activate Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: Yoenis Cespedes (quad) will also come off the DL on Friday. The Mets were originally planning to activate Cabrera on Thursday but they decided to wait another 24 hours. Cabrera missed a couple weeks with a strained patellar tendon. He sports a pedestrian .255/.308/.410 slash line over 373 at-bats this season. Aug 18, 5:12 pm
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Braves keeping Jim Johnson at closer for now
    The Braves will stay with Jim Johnson at closer while they ease Arodys Vizcaino into action.

    Advice: Vizcaino is back after missing a month with a strained oblique but the Braves will wait before reinserting him into the closer role. The Braves also plan to keep Mauricio Cabrera in the eighth inning, at least for now. Vizcaino should eventually regain the closer job but Johnson's window of fantasy relevance hasn't quite closed yet. Aug 18, 2:32 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) returning Thursday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

    Advice: Cabrera wound up missing a little over two weeks with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. He went 2-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI in a two-game minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie. Aug 18, 5:56 am
    L, 5-1 vs Phi
  • Yunel Escobar goes 5-for-5
    Yunel Escobar went 5-for-5 in a losing cause Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Escobar has five career five-hit games, all of which have come since the start of 2015. He's batting .316 as the Angels' primary leadoff man this year. Aug 17, 10:56 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 5-0 @Det
  • Eaton smacks go-ahead grand slam in ninth
    Adam Eaton drilled a clutch ninth-inning grand slam to give the White Sox a come-from-behind 10-7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He came to the plate with the bases full against Indians closer Cody Allen and smoked a hanging curveball over the right field fence. Eaton finished the game 2-for-5 and is batting .276/.358/.418 with 11 home runs, 45 RBI, 59 runs and 12 stolen bases. He contributes well in all five fantasy categories but doesn't stand out in any of them. That sort of player often goes under-appreciated and can be a bargain on draft day. Aug 17, 9:59 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Sea
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