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  • Cashner much improved in start vs. Dodgers
    Andrew Cashner, making his second start since being activated from the disabled list, took a no-decision despite allowing just one run over six innings as the Padres needed 12 innings to defeat the Dodgers 3-2 on Friday.

    Advice: Cashner only struck out one batter in his first start off of the DL, but he managed to fan eight Dodgers on the evening. He yielded only six hits and did not issue a walk as well. The only run scored in the third inning on Hanley Ramirez's RBI double. Over 14 starts, Cashner sports a 2.37 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 68/24 K/BB ratio. He'll look to keep it going when he takes on the D'Backs at home on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 11:36 pm
  • Zimmermann outduels King Felix in a win
    Jordan Zimmerman earned his 10th win of the season after holding the Mariners to two runs over six innings as the Nationals won 8-3 on Friday.

    Advice: Rarely can one say they out-pitched Felix Hernandez, but Zimmermann got to say it on Friday. The right-hander scattered seven hits and a walk while punching out eight batters on the evening. Zimmermann has won his last four decisions and hasn't lost since July 11, posting a 2.73 ERA over his last eight starts. Overall this season, he has a 2.93 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 148/25 K/BB ratio. He'll toe the slab next against the Dodgers in Wednesday's road start.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Harper hits one of 6 Nats homers in a win
    Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Nationals earned a victory against the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: Harper's eighth inning solo home run off of Joe Beimel was one of six the Nationals slugged on the evening, and the eighth of the outfielder's season. He has, at times, appeared locked in lately, but he entered the night hitless in his previous nine plate appearances. He's slashing .263/.338/.401 with 26 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Ramos swats a pair of homers in a Nats win
    Wilson Ramos slugged two solo home runs in four at-bats in Friday's victory against the Mariners.

    Advice: Ramos went deep in the fourth against Felix Hernandez and again in the eighth off of Joe Beimel. They represented two of six Nationals home runs on the night. Ramos, as expected, has been productive since injuries interrupting his season twice. He has nine home runs, 38 RBI, and a .292/.329/.438 slash line.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Weaver blanks A's over 7 frames for 15th win
    Jered Weaver shut the Athletics out over seven innings of work on Friday as the Angels enjoyed a 4-0 victory.

    Advice: Weaver finished the seventh inning for the first time in over a month, finishing out the month of August on a high note. The right-hander limited the A's to just three hits and three walks while striking out three. He owns a 3.57 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 137/57 K/BB ratio, which he'll bring into a road start on Thursday against the Twins.
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Salazar pitches five scoreless frames in win
    Danny Salazar spun five scoreless innings in a 6-1 win over the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Salazar allowed just four hits (all singles) and two walks while striking out three batters. He threw 45 out of 73 pitches for strikes before the bullpen took over. The 24-year-old right-hander was a big disappointment for fantasy owners prior to his demotion earlier this season, but he has a 2.84 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 38 innings over his last seven starts in the majors. He's worth a flier if you are looking for an upside play in fantasy leagues down the stretch.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Lester not helped by offense, takes 9th loss
    Jon Lester suffered his ninth loss of the season, surrendering three runs (two runs) over six innings in Friday's defeat against the Angels.

    Advice: The Athletics couldn't get anything going against Jered Weaver, so the two-run home run Lester allowed to Chris Iannetta in the fifth inning was curtains. The lefty gave up six hits and a walk while striking out five on the evening. He has failed to earn a win in each of his last three starts despite pitching reasonably well. Since joining the A's, Lester has a 2.88 ERA with a 37/8 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings. He'll face the Mariners at home on Wednesday when he makes his next start.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Santana homers in win over Royals
    Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in Friday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Santana had an RBI single in the third inning and later added a two-run homer in the ninth. The 28-year-old came into Friday's action with just three hits in his last 20 at-bats and a .195 batting average this month. This was his first multi-hit game since August 16, which was also the date of his last home run.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Escobar has four hits in loss to Indians
    Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 and drove in the Royals' only run of the night in Friday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: All four hits were singles. Escobar had just four hits in 26 at-bats over the past week coming into Friday's action. Fantasy owners will have to hope that this will get him going again.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Pujols homers as the Angels shut out the A's
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's win against the Athletics.

    Advice: Pujols slugged a solo home run in the seventh inning off of Evan Scribner, adding what turned out to be a meaningless run. It's number 24 on the season and 516 in the career for Pujols, who is slashing a respectable .277/.334/.474 with 82 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Iannetta homers, knocks in 3 as Angels win
    Chris Iannetta drew a bases-loaded walk and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats as the Angels shut out the Athletics on Friday.

    Advice: Iannetta came into the game mired in a slump, hitting .056 (1-for-18) dating back to August 20. He broke a scoreless tie with his two-run shot off of Jon Lester in the fifth inning, then walked with the bases loaded to force in a run in the sixth. The catcher has quietly put together a productive season, slashing .257/.372/.412 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 309 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Odor launches three-run homer vs. Astros
    Rougned Odor was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Now that the Mets have called up Dilson Herrera, Odor is no longer the youngest player in the majors. Still, this should put in perspective why the 20-year-old has scuffled in his first exposure to major league pitching. Through 89 games, he owns a .247/.281/.381 batting line with a 57/11 K/BB ratio. On the bright side, four of his seven homers this season have come in August.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Reed strikes out two to grab his 31st save
    Addison Reed recorded a pair of strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning as he notched his 31st save in Friday's win against the Rockies.

    Advice: The D'Backs had taken a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, so Reed had plenty of breathing room. Reed is 31-for-36 in save chances with a 3.61 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 62/12 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Lamb slugs 8th inning slam to power D'Backs
    Jake Lamb's eighth-inning grand slam gave the D'Backs the lead and, shortly thereafter, the win against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: The D'Backs had the bases loaded with nobody out and appeared well on their way to squandering their golden opportunity after two unproductive outs. Lamb then slugged a 420-foot grand slam to center field off of Adam Ottavino to put his team up 5-2. Lamb finished 1-for-4 on the evening. The 23-year-old rookie hasn't had a whole lot of success at the plate to begin his career, slashing .218/.279/.345 with a pair of homers and nine RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Mike MIkolas scratched from Saturday start
    Mike Mikolas was scratched from Saturday's start against the Astros due to shoulder fatigue.

    Advice: Robbie Ross will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take his place on Saturday. Mikolas, coming off the finest start of his career, will hopefully only need a couple of days of rest before he is able to rejoin the Rangers rotation.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Pujols made early exit Wed. with sore calf
    Albert Pujols made an early exit from Wednesday's game after fouling a ball off his calf.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the game that he expects to start Pujols on Thursday. Albert tallied his 81st RBI of the season on a groundout in the third inning. He technically finished 0-for-3.
    Thursday, 6:01 am
  • Pujols hits three singles, drives in two runs
    Albert Pujols singled three times and drove in two runs in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Miami's pitchers were giving up hits galore, as the Angels as a team picked up sixteen knocks in the 8-2 win. Pujols drove in two with an RBI single in what ended up being a five run fourth inning for the Angels. He's driven in 80 runs on the season. Despite an overall solid slash line of .277/.333/.472, Pujols has been in a bit of a power drought since the All Star break, as he's only hit three home runs since the middle of July after hitting 21 in the first half of the season.
    Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Harper not in Tuesday's lineup
    Bryce Harper is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a day off. Scott Hairston will make the start in left field against southpaw Cole Hamels.
    Tuesday, 12:26 pm
  • 8 Miles: Mikolas tosses 8 shutout innings
    Miles Mikolas painted eight shutout innings, striking out five, in a 2-0 victory Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: If Mikolas was Ace of Base, this start, easily the best of his career, would have been I Saw the Sign. Mikolas has been so startlingly inconsistent that very few fantasy owners were able to profit from this gem -- who would have entrusted a pitcher with a 1-5 record and 7.48 ERA with a starting fantasy spot, even in a deeper AL-only league? Mikolas hopes to stay hot in the state of Texas with a scheduled date in Houston set for Saturday.
    Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Alcides Escobar goes hitless in loss
    Alcides Escobar went hitless in a third straight game Monday, dropping his average to .274.

    Advice: Escobar's slide in the second half isn't particularly surprising, but what is disappointing is that he has just two steals in 36 games since the All-Star break. During the first half, he had 22. Without the steals, he's pretty much worthless in fantasy leagues these days.
    Monday, 7:41 pm
  • Wilson Ramos hits seventh homer
    Wilson Ramos hit his seventh homer Monday off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

    Advice: It was just the second homer allowed by Papelbon this season. Ramos's power is definitely returning after a lengthy absence related to the hamate bone he broke in the first game of the season. He has four homers in 68 at-bats this month after hitting three in 180 at-bats previously.
    Monday, 7:21 pm
  • Weaver fans eight as Angels defeat Athletics
    Jered Weaver picked up his 14th victory of the season on Sunday, surrendering just three runs on eight hits over his 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Weaver racked up eight strikeouts on the evening without issuing a free pass. He held the A's bats at bay through the first six frames, until Alberto Callaspo blasted a two-run homer and Andy Parrino added a solo shot. Weaver will carry a 14-7 record, 3.72 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 134/54 K/BB ratio into Friday's matchup against these same Athletics in Anaheim.
    Sunday, 8:15 pm
  • Harper homers as Nats hang 14 runs on Giants
    Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in the Nationals' 14-6 beatdown of the Giants on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nationals banged out 18 hits against the Giants, with Harper contributing a double and that two-run homer. He's now got seven home runs on the season, with six of those coming since the start of July. Harper's bat has started to come alive in recent days, as a good stretch has his line up to .265/.343/.398.
    Sunday, 3:49 pm
  • Jon Lester effective for seven innings
    Jon Lester yielded one run in seven innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Angels.

    Advice: Lester struck out seven and walked one in his most important start with the A's to date. The lone run came in the seventh, an inning that could have proven more damaging if David Freese weren't thrown out trying to stretch a single to begin the frame (the next two batters got hits). Lester is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in five outings for his new team.
    Saturday, 9:30 pm
  • Cashner allows two runs in loss to D'Backs
    Andrew Cashner surrendered two earned runs in five innings Saturday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: It was his first start since June 18 and it did not go overly well. The light-hitting Arizona lineup tallied four singles, a double, a triple, a home run, and two walks against Cashner, and the 27-year-old right-hander managed just one strikeout. He'll look to improve next time out against the Dodgers.
    Saturday, 7:55 pm
  • Salazar fans seven, Indians walk off vs. HOU
    Danny Salazar limited the Astros to two runs -- one earned -- over six innings Saturday in a no-decision.

    Advice: The Indians then went on to win in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Jose Ramirez RBI single. Salazar was sharp, yielding only three hits and two walks while striking out seven Houston hitters. The 24-year-old right-hander will try to build off this promising outing in his next start on the road against the Royals.
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Zimmermann goes eight innings vs. Giants
    Jordan Zimmermann limited the Giants to two runs in eight innings Saturday to earn his ninth win.

    Advice: Zimmermann gave up a two-run homer to Hunter Pence in the top of the first inning but settled in after that and did not allow a run the rest of the way. He struck out eight and walked none. The right-hander will carry a 9-5 record, 2.93 ERA, and 1.13 WHIP into his next scheduled start on the road against the Mariners.
    Saturday, 5:03 pm
  • Padres activate Cashner for Saturday start
    Padres activated RHP Andrew Cashner from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cashner will take the mound for the Padres on Saturday against the Diamondbacks in his first start since June 18. It's hard to know exactly what to expect out of the gate from the 27-year-old right-hander after such a long absence due to a shoulder injury, but he has shown in the past that he is very capable of dominating when healthy.
    Saturday, 1:08 pm
  • Harper singles in three at-bats
    Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a single in Friday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: A single is better than nothing? Harper's been an enigma at the plate this season. While August's .278/.354/.403 slash line is nothing spectacular, it marks the best month that Harper has put in since April. Despite the decent batting average this month, it's hard to have faith that Harper will give fantasy owners a hot playoff run. On the season he has six home runs and just twenty-three RBI.
    Friday, 9:19 pm
  • Harper has a three-hit night as Nats top ARI
    Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a run scored as the Nationals defeated the D'Backs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 21-year-old had slipped back into a rut at the plate, entering the night with only two hits in his previous four games. Harper singled in the ninth inning, helping set up the Nationals to eventually win on Anthony Rendon's walk off single. Harper is slashing .262/.345/.386 with six home runs and 23 RBI in what has been a disappointing season.
    Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Cashner (shoulder) set to start on Saturday
    Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list prior to Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The start will be Cashner's first since June 18 as he recovers from right shoulder soreness. His final rehab start was Monday, putting him on regular rest for the start in Arizona. When he's pitched he's been very good, posting a 2.36 ERA through 12 starts before the injury.
    Wednesday, 5:39 pm
  • Lester returning to Red Sox a 'long shot'
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jon Lester signing with the Red Sox this offseason is seen as a "long shot."

    Advice: It's no surprise, given they failed to agree to extension terms before the trade deadline and ultimately dealt him. Boston will likely at least make a cursory effort with Lester this winter, but the left-hander returning to Boston doesn't appear to be in the cards. Heyman says that the Yankees and Cubs are "much more likely landing spots" for the 30-year-old.
    Wednesday, 11:37 am
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