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  • Peraza swipes two bases, Dodgers top Cubs
    Jose Peraza went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases Saturday in the Dodgers' 5-2 defeat of the Cubs.

    Advice: Peraza singled, stole third base, and scored a run in the bottom of the third inning. In the bottom of the seventh inning, he smacked an RBI double and scored his second run of the game. In the eighth inning he reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. The young infield prospect can be a weapon as a pinch-runner down the stretch for Los Angeles and he'll be an intriguing daily fantasy play on days he starts. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Mat Latos pitches well in return to rotation
    Mat Latos held the Cubs to two runs over 4 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision.

    Advice: Latos was skipped on his last turn through the Dodgers' rotation and pitched pretty well in his return to action Saturday all things considered. The right-hander walked three but struck out five and yielded only four hits. He'll face the Padres on the road next. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Lester allows five earned in loss to Dodgers
    Jon Lester gave up five earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Lester didn't issue a walk and struck out seven, but the Dodgers tagged him for eight hits and took advantage of his inability to control the running game with three stolen bases. Lester should be able to bounce back in his next start at home against the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Reds shell Garza for seven runs
    Matt Garza continued to struggle in a Saturday no-decision against the Reds, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The Reds smacked Garza in the face early, scoring twice in the first inning and four more times in the second. The big blow in that second frame was a three-run homer by Jay Bruce. The tough outing is nothing new, as Garza's allowed a whopping 19 runs in 13 1/3 innings over his last three starts. He'll drag a 5.56 ERA and 1.54 WHIP into a home start against the Pirates next time he takes the ball. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Vogt goes 3-for-3, drives in three vs Arizona
    Stephen Vogt finished 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Vogt slugged a two-run homer in the second inning, singled in the fourth, drew a walk in the sixth, and smacked an RBI single in the eighth. It was a promising performance from the 30-year-old, who has been slumping in the second half. Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Dozier doubles twice in loss to Astros
    Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: The Twins didn't do anything with either of their All-Star second baseman's doubles, as Dozier did not score a run in the contest. With the pair of two-baggers, he's now hit 33 doubles in each of the last three seasons. Dozier's worked to a .245/.315/.478 triple-slash while smacking 26 homers with 66 RBI, 88 runs scored and 10 steals in 2015. Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Pelfrey can't make it out of fourth vs Astros
    Mike Pelfrey struggled in Saturday's loss to the Astros, yielding four runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.

    Advice: The Astros broke through with a run in the first, then posted three more in the fourth to drive Pelfrey from the game. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.85 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He allows his share of runners on base, but to this point, the lackluster WHIP hasn't come back to bite him. He'll try to keep it that way in a road rematch with the Astros next Friday. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Michael Taylor (knee) remains sidelined
    Michael Taylor (knee) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He banged his right knee against the outfield wall in Thursday's win against San Diego. Denard Span's season-ending hip injury has opened up playing time for Taylor in center field. Bryce Harper will get the start there on Saturday. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Escobar (hand) sitting out again Saturday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is not in the Nationals' starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: It's the second game in a row he's missed with a hand injury. Anthony Rendon is filling in at third base. Escobar has posted a surprising .308 average this year in 408 at-bats. That's well above his .279 career average. He's day-to-day. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
  • Kyle Schwarber back in Cubs lineup Saturday
    Kyle Schwarber is back in the Cubs' starting lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: He'll start in left field and bat second. Schwarber's average has taken a hit this month (.235) but he's still posting huge power numbers (nine homers in 85 August at-bats). His absence Friday was just a routine off day after playing 21 games in a row. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Drew Hutchison cruises to victory at home
    Drew Hutchison cruised to an easy victory over the Tigers on Saturday, allowing just one run on six hits over seven strong innings.

    Advice: Hutchison racked up seven strikeouts on the afternoon and didn't issue a walk. The only scoring against him came on a fielder's choice that was nearly a double play in the third inning. His home and away splits continue to boggle the mind as he's now 11-1 with a 2.47 ERA in the hitter's paradise that is the Rogers Centre, while compiling an unfathomable 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP over 11 starts away from home. Fantasy owners can safely roll him out again on Friday when he takes on the Orioles in Toronto. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Blue Jays recall Hutchison from Triple-A
    Blue Jays recalled RHP Drew Hutchison from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Hutchison will return to the rotation on Saturday against the Tigers. The 24-year-old hurler sits at 12-2 on the season despite a 5.06 ERA and 1.44 WHIP through 131 2/3 innings in his first 24 starts. Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Blanco reaches three times in win on Friday
    Gregor Blanco (hip) showed no signs of rust in his return to the Giants starting lineup on Friday, going 2-for-4 plus a walk in a victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Blanco had missed the previous two games due to a strained left hip. He has done a terrific job for the Giants this season, slashing .294/.378/.412 with three homers, 24 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 289 at-bats. Yesterday, 5:19 am
  • Votto singles and walks twice
    Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with two walks in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Votto was unable to do anything particularly memorable against a locked-in Taylor Jungmann, but the same could be said of his entire team. The Reds did not have an extra-base hit in the contest. 2014 saw Votto hit by the injury bug, but he's been healthy this season and the numbers are markedly better. The slugger's slashing .306/.449/.545 with 24 homers and 62 RBI. That on-base percentage is a beautiful thing to behold. Friday, 10:32 pm
  • Danks undone by pair of solo homers
    John Danks pitched well in Friday's loss to the Mariners, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings.

    Advice: Danks served up solo home runs to Kyle Seager and Franklin Gutierrez in the sixth inning. These would be the only runs either team scored in the game. The veteran southpaw will take a 4.82 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into his next outing, a Thursday afternoon road tilt with the Twins. Friday, 9:47 pm
  • Lowrie can't manage hit in loss to Twins
    Jed Lowrie went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Lowrie failed to find traction against Kyle Gibson and the Twin bullpen. He's been dealing with a left thumb contusion over the past week, but the scuffles are nothing new. He's hit-less in his last 22 at-bats and now sports a .225/.329/.399 line with five homers and 17 RBI. Injuries have held him to just 41 games this season. Friday, 9:34 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Hou - 3B,SS
  • Dodgers recall Jose Peraza from Triple-A
    Dodgers recalled INF Jose Peraza from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He would've been back with the club once rosters expand in September, but with the injury to Yasiel Puig he gets to return a couple of days early. He will provide infield depth down the stretch for the Dodgers. Friday, 4:21 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) still out on Friday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Escobar had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, but he remains sore. Anthony Rendon is handling third base, while Trea Turner is getting his first major league start at second. Friday, 1:36 pm
  • Michael Taylor (knee) to miss a few games
    Michael Taylor (knee) is expected to be sidelined for a few days.

    Advice: The feeling is that Taylor didn't cause any major damage when he collided with the outfield wall Thursday, but he has a bad bruise on his right knee. He could wind up missing the entire weekend series against the Marlins. Matt den Dekker should handle center field for a few days. Friday, 11:32 am
  • X-rays come back negative for Taylor
    Michael Taylor (knee) is listed as day-to-day after being diagnosed with a right knee contusion on Thursday.

    Advice: Taylor was pulled from Thursday's game in the seventh inning after crashing into the outfield wall. Thankfully, he was able to avoid any significant injuries and should be cleared to return to the Nationals lineup at some point over the weekend. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) listed as day-to-day
    Yunel Escobar is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his hand came back negative late Thursday.

    Advice: He was lifted from Thursday's game after being drilled by a pitch on his right hand. He was fortunate to avoid any fractures though and should be able to return to the lineup in a day or two once the swelling subsides. Thursday, 7:29 pm
  • Michael Taylor leaves game after collision
    Michael Taylor was removed from Thursday's game against the Padres after crashing into the outfield wall.

    Advice: Taylor was attempting to track down a deep drive off the bat of Melvin Upton when he leaped and crashed into the outfield wall at full speed. The injury is believed to have occurred to his right knee, though the severity is unknown at the moment. The Nationals should have an update on his status after the game. Thursday, 7:07 pm
  • Yunel Escobar leaves after hit by pitch
    Yunel Escobar was removed from Thursday's game against the Padres after being hit by a pitch on his right hand.

    Advice: He will presumably head for X-rays to rule out any structural damage. Danny Escobar replaced him and would see increased action if Escobar is forced to miss an extended period of time. Thursday, 6:01 pm
  • Votto walks twice in low-scoring affair
    Joey Votto went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Votto walked twice and also managed to avoid becoming one of Zack Greinke's nine strikeout victims on the afternoon. After an injury-plagued 2014 campaign, the veteran slugger has rebounded with a .305/.447/.545 batting line to pair with 24 home runs, 62 RBI and seven steals in 2015. Thursday, 12:46 pm
  • Gregor Blanco (hip) out of SF lineup Thursday
    Gregor Blanco (hip) is out of the Giants' starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's game with a left hip strain, but he felt good running in the outfield on Thursday morning and could be available off the bench already. Juan Perez is starting in center field and batting seventh on Thursday afternoon. Thursday, 11:13 am
  • Schwarber starting at catcher on Thursday
    Kyle Schwarber is starting behind the plate in the Cubs' series finale Thursday versus the Giants.

    Advice: It's his 13th start this year at catcher, but his first since August 6. Schwarber was shifted to left field when Miguel Montero returned earlier this month from a thumb sprain, but Montero is getting a day off Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Thursday, 9:54 am
  • Blanco a late scratch with left hip strain
    Gregor Blanco was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup with a left hip strain.

    Advice: Blanco was replaced in the lineup by Juan Perez. It's another blow to a team ravaged by injuries this year. The Giants should provide a clearer outlook on Blanco shortly. Wednesday, 6:01 pm
  • Schwarber's 3-run HR powers Cubs past SF
    Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run home run to help take down the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: Schwarber broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, drilling a Matt Cain offering to right-center, staking the Cubs to a 3-0 lead. Though the power display has been impressive, he has only four hits in 31 at-bats (.129) since August 16 and they're all homers. Schwarber is batting .275/.373/.570 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI since making his major league debut in mid-June. Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Lowrie (thumb) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Jed Lowrie (thumb) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Yankees.

    Advice: Lowrie sat out Monday after leaving Sunday's game with a left thumb contusion. He's batting just .197/.270/.318 with one home run and seven RBI since coming off the DL. Tuesday, 12:54 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Hou - 3B,SS
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) in Tuesday's lineup
    Yunel Escobar (neck) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: Escobar hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with a hyperextended neck. With his return and Denard Span's activation from the DL, the Nationals have their full lineup together for the first time this season. Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Votto walks three times, homers as Reds roll
    Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three walks in Monday's win against the Tigers.

    Advice: Votto walked twice and scored twice in the Reds' 10-run sixth inning. He'd tack on a two-run home run in the eighth inning against Guido Knudson. The effort wasn't quite enough to get Votto's OPS back over 1.000, as he's hitting .309/.446/.553 with 24 home runs and 62 RBI. His major league-leading walk total extended to 103 on the evening as well. Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Lester brilliant but falls short of shutout
    Jon Lester fell one out shy of a shutout Monday, allowing one run over 8 2/3 frames but settling for a no-decision in a 2-1 win over the Indians.

    Advice: Gunning for the first shutout by a Cubs lefty since 2006, Lester hit Abraham Almonte with a pitch to lead off the ninth inning and Francisco Lindor reached on an infield single with one out. He struck out Michael Brantley but then allowed a run-scoring single to Carlos Santana. Lester was then pulled, and Hector Rondon wound up picking up the victory after retiring one batter when Kris Bryant hit a walk-off homer in the ninth. The southpaw surrendered six hits, walked one and struck out six on the day, lowering his ERA to 3.44. He gets the Dodgers this weekend. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Danks melts down for seven runs vs SEA
    John Danks struggled in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, allowing seven runs on eight hits over five innings.

    Advice: Four of the seven runs on Danks' line scored in the third inning, when the southpaw surrendered an RBI single to Jesus Sucre, a two-run double to Nelson Cruz and an RBI single to Franklin Gutierrez. The other three runs came home in the fifth to drive him from the contest. Danks entered the game pitching to a 3.48 ERA over his last nine starts, but Sunday's was a throwback to results from earlier in the season. He'll face these same Mariners at home in his next start, as he tries for redemption sporting a 4.90 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Aug 23, 4:17 pm
  • Pelfrey yanked after allowing three runs
    Mike Pelfrey pitched unevenly in a Sunday no-decision against the Orioles, allowing three runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Pelfrey struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. While the Orioles managed just three runs against him, it could have been far worse given the nine hits he served up. All three runs came home courtesy of one Mr. Jonathan Schoop, who notched an RBI single in the third and a two-run single in the fifth. While Pelfrey might just sneak through the season with an ERA under 4.00 (he currently holds a 3.69 mark against a 1.42 WHIP), he should count himself lucky considering the number of hitters he routinely lets on base. A home start against the Astros is upcoming for the veteran. Aug 23, 3:21 pm
  • Garza hammered for seven earned by Nats
    Matt Garza was hammered for seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings as the Brewers fell to the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Garza was staked to a two-run lead after the top of the first inning in the nation's capital, but he gave back one run in the bottom of the first and four runs in the third. Washington then poured on another four runs in the fifth. Garza's ERA is back up above 5.00. He'll get the Reds next at home. Aug 23, 2:08 pm
  • Lowrie diagnosed with left thumb contusion
    Jed Lowrie is listed as day-to-day after being diagnosed with a left thumb contusion.

    Advice: Lowrie was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Dodgers after sustaining the injury. He should be ready to rejoin the Astros lineup at some point early in the week. Aug 23, 1:26 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Hou - 3B,SS
  • Jed Lowrie exits with possible hand injury
    Jed Lowrie left Sunday's game against the Dodgers with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Lowrie flied out in the bottom of the sixth inning and then had to be replaced to start the seventh. It's possible he did something to his hand on a swing, but the Astros should provide an update shortly. Aug 23, 1:11 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Hou - 3B,SS
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) held out again Sunday
    Yunel Escobar (neck) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Escobar suffered a hyper-extended neck during Friday's game. He could be ready to go on Tuesday after Monday's off day. The Nats have Danny Espinosa at second base and Anthony Rendon at third. Aug 23, 7:46 am
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) not in Nats lineup
    Yunel Escobar (neck) is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Escobar suffered a hyper-extended neck during Friday's game and is considered day-to-day. Look for his probable return on Sunday. Aug 22, 12:27 pm
  • Escobar day-to-day with hyper-extended neck
    Yunel Escobar is considered day-to-day with a hyper-extended neck.

    Advice: Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game against the Brewers after sustaining the injury when he crashed into a railing while chasing down a foul ball. Expect him to get an extra day of rest on Saturday before returning to the starting lineup on Sunday. Aug 22, 9:53 am
  • Votto homers in loss to Diamondbacks
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored Friday in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Votto has four homers in his last nine games and 23 on the year. The 31-year-old owns a ridiculous .553 on-base percentage in 33 games since the All-Star break. He leads the majors with 95 walks. Aug 21, 9:33 pm
  • Yunel Escobar leaves with apparent injury
    Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game against the Brewers with an apparent injury after running into a railing while chasing a foul ball.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly where the injury is or the severity, but the Nationals should have an update on his status shortly. Anthony Rendon shifted to third base with Danny Espinosa entering the game to play second. Aug 21, 4:31 pm
  • Michael Taylor hits long home run
    Michael Taylor crushed his 11th homer Thursday off the Rockies' Yohan Flande.

    Advice: Statcast had the homer at 490 feet, but other estimates have come in closer to the 470-foot range. Either way, it was a true blast. Taylor hasn't been an on-base guy as a rookie, but his power-speed combination makes him awfully intriguing going forward. Aug 20, 9:00 pm
  • Votto homers, but Reds fall to the Royals
    Joey Votto homered in a 1-for-5 effort in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Votto hit the first of back-to-back solo home runs against Jeremy Guthrie in the first inning, but it was most of the Reds' offense on the evening. The first baseman continues to mash, holding a .306/.436/.537 triple-slash line with 22 home runs and 59 RBI. Aug 19, 9:33 pm
  • Jon Lester gets pounded by Tigers
    Jon Lester was lit up for seven runs and three homers in 2 1/3 innings by the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lester's four-game winning streak was snapped. It was both his shortest outing of the season and his most runs allowed as a Cub. He was supposed to get away from the Tigers now that he's in the NL, but he's faced them twice this season and gotten rocked both times. Just two of his 11 career regular-season starts against the Tigers were quality starts. Aug 19, 9:08 pm
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