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  • Gonzalez has RBI double in win over Cubs
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Gonzalez continues to produce, driving in a run with his double in the first inning. The first baseman now has a nine-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .316 (12-for-38) with 10 RBI and eight runs scored. A-Gonz is hitting .279/.338/.480 with 25 home runs and 112 RBI on the season.
    37 minutes ago
  • Butler has two hits, RBI in win over Tigers
    Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Butler got the scoring started with an RBI single in the first inning, one of nine hits the Royals got off Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The multi-hit game was his first in the month of September as he's become a part-time player down the stretch. Butler is hitting a disappointing .266/.318/.373 with a week left to play.
    Today, 3:44 pm
  • Billy Butler to play everyday rest of season
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that Billy Butler will be in the Royals lineup every day for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: This after he went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's victory to raise his season slash to .266/.318/.373. While he's having a disappointing season at the plate, he's still a better option for the Royals than Josh Willingham or Raul Ibanez in the designated hitter's spot.
    Today, 2:41 pm
  • McCann homers twice in Yanks' win over TOR
    Brian McCann homered twice Sunday in the Yankees' defeat of the Blue Jays.

    Advice: McCann got the Yankees on the board with a solo shot in the first inning and then added a two-run bomb in the seventh. He's been plagued by inconsistency in his first year with New York, but the veteran catcher does have 22 home runs and 71 RBI in 134 games.
    Today, 1:23 pm
    W, 5-2 vs ^ Tor
  • Casey McGehee hitless in Sunay's loss
    Casey McGehee went 0-for-4 with one strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

    Advice: He wasn't alone, as the Marlins managed just four hits and one run off of Stephen Strasburg and the Nats' bullpen. McGehee has just one hit over his last 12 at-bats and is now batting just .244/.319/.316 since the All-Star break after a nice first half.
    Today, 12:46 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Was
  • Michael Morse (oblique) to have MRI
    Michael Morse (oblique) will fly back to San Francisco to undergo an MRI.

    Advice: Morse came off the bench to play on Friday, but his strained left oblique is still bothering him. His status for the final week is cloudy.
    Today, 11:44 am
  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) could return for NLDS
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that there's a chance Pedro Alvarez (foot) could return if the team advances to the NLDS.

    Advice: He will not be ready for the Wild Card game. Alvarez has been nursing a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot since late August and it's an injury that normally requires 4-6 weeks to recover from.
    Today, 10:33 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Mil
  • Rodriguez away following grandmother's death
    Sean Rodriguez has been away from the Rays the last two days following the death of his grandmother.

    Advice: Rodriguez hasn't indicated when he'll return, but he should be back at some point this week. The utility man is hitting .210/.259/.438 with 11 homers over 92 games this season.
    Today, 8:30 am
    L, 10-5 vs ^ CWS
  • Morse (oblique) might not play vs. Dodgers
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that Michael Morse (oblique) is "questionable" for the upcoming series against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Morse was able to come off the bench Friday, but his strained left oblique is still an issue. His status for the final week of the season is very much up in the air.
    Today, 8:07 am
  • Joey Votto (quad) return looking 'doubtful'
    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Joey Votto's (quad) return this season is looking "doubtful."

    Advice: Votto has taken batting practice four straight days and ran the bases on Friday, but, according to Reds manager Bryan Price, he's "not pain-free." The club has little to gain in activating Votto for a handful of games. "He's not 100 percent, and he won't be at any time during the rest of this season," Price said. "So the question is, do we want to play him at less than 100 percent? He still hasn't seen any live pitching."
    Today, 6:44 am
    Disabled List
    Top 2, 0-0 x @StL
  • Mark Trumbo returned to action on Saturday September 20.
    Today, 1:08 am
    L, 8-3 ^ @Col
  • Pujols belts 27th homer as Angels top TEX
    Albert Pujols went yard for the 27th time this season the Angels handed the Rangers a loss on Saturday.

    Advice: Pujols finished 3-for-4 on the evening. His fifth-inning shot was part of a five-run fifth inning in which the Angels bolted out to an 8-0 lead. It hasn't always been pretty, but Pujols has managed to put together a full, productive season. Along with the 27 homers, he's knocked in 100 and slashed .275/.329/.470.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Ortiz homers, drives in two in loss to O's
    David Ortiz hit his 35th home run of the season in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Ortiz's two-run shot in the first inning off of Orioles' starter Chris Tillman was his only hit of the game. He finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Ortiz now has three home runs in his last two games, having launched two bombs against the Orioles on Friday. For the season, Ortiz has 104 RBI. This marks the seventh season in which Big Papi has driven in 100 or more runs. It's also Ortiz's first season with 35 or more home runs since he hit 35 back in 2007. Overall, the slugger is slashing .264/.356/.520. Not bad for a 38-year-old.
    Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Overbay's 9th-inning 2B helps MIL win late
    Lyle Overbay doubled in the ninth inning, helping set the Brewers up to take the lead and defeat the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: Overbay finished 2-for-3 with a walk and the double, which pushed Elian Herrera to third base. Herrera later scored, breaking a scoreless tie, on a Logan Schafer sacrifice fly. The 37-year-old Overbay has mustered a .241/.339/.347 slash line on the season with four home runs and 35 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Steve Pearce to sit Sunday
    Steve Pearce will sit for at least the next couple of days after receiving a cortisone shot for his sore right wrist on Saturday.

    Advice: That should mean a couple of more starts for Christian Walker, who hit his first big-league homer as the fill-in first baseman tonight.
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
    L, 3-2 vs x Bos
  • Carter crushes 37th home run in win over M's
    Chris Carter hit his 37th home run of the 2014 season in Saturday's 10-1 over the Mariners.

    Advice: The two-run home run off of Mariner starter Chris Young in the first inning was Carter's only hit of the game, as the slugger finished 1-for-4 with two RBI. Carter's second-half power surge has been well-documented in the media, but he'd gone into a little power drought as of late. Saturday's home run was his first since September 5. Even so, he's still slashing .291/.418/.473 in September. This constitutes his worst month since the All Star Break and tells you just how terrifying a batter Carter has been in the second half of the year. Overall, he's slashing .234/.314/.503.
    Yesterday, 7:12 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Sea
  • Mark Teixeira wants to keep playing
    Mark Teixeira wants to finish out the season and is looking to get another cortisone injection for his right wrist.

    Advice: Teixeira left Saturday's game due to soreness in the wrist, which has caused him problems for a couple of years now. The Yankees are huge long shots to progress to the playoffs at this point, so Teixeira might be better off just taking the final week to rest. He's rather not, though.
    Yesterday, 4:59 pm
    W, 5-2 vs x Tor
  • Bautista scores 4 times in Jays victory in NY
    Jose Bautista went 2-for-2 with three walks, a solo home run, and four runs scored as the Blue Jays emerged victorious against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: A huge night for Bautista, who continues to pad his sterling numbers. He hit his 34th home run of the season in the seventh inning off of Chase Whitley, extending the Jays' lead to 5-2 at the time. Bautista has knocked in 101 runs and slashed .284/.405/.527 on the season.
    Yesterday, 4:31 pm
    L, 5-2 ^ @NYY
  • Michael Morse won't play Saturday
    Michael Morse in unavailable Saturday due to more soreness in his oblique.

    Advice: Morse came off the bench Friday in his first appearance since Aug. 31, and his oblique obviously didn't react very well afterwards. He's not expected to play at all this weekend, and his status for next week's Dodgers serious is up in the air.
    Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Mark Teixeira out with wrist soreness
    Mark Teixeira exited Saturday's game because of renewed soreness in his troublesome right wrist.

    Advice: It might be time for Teixeira to shut it down. Brendan Ryan replaced him at first base today. The Yankees could give Brian McCann some starts there during the final week, opening up time for Francisco Cervelli, John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine behind the plate.
    Yesterday, 3:22 pm
    W, 5-2 vs x Tor
  • Steve Pearce scratched with wrist injury
    Steve Pearce was scratched from the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday due to a sore right wrist.

    Advice: The injury is believed to be minor, the Orioles are simply playing things cautiously. The 31-year-old is having a breakout season, slashing .297/.376/.557 with 20 homers and 48 RBI in his 98 games.
    Yesterday, 3:16 pm
    L, 3-2 vs x Bos
  • Adrian Gonzalez homers twice in loss to Cubs
    Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and knocked in five runs Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: A-Gone connected for a two-run homer in the first inning before adding a three-run blast in the third. He's now up to 25 homers on the year and leads the majors with 111 RBI.
    Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Mike Napoli not in Red Sox lineup Saturday
    Mike Napoli is not in the Red Sox lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Napoli has received very regular rest down the stretch as he has battled illness as well as discomfort in his left ring finger. Allen Craig will get the call at first base in his place and will hit fourth against Chris Tillman and the Orioles.
    Yesterday, 12:02 pm
    W, 3-2 x @Bal
  • Cuddyer not in Rockies lineup on Saturday
    Michael Cuddyer is not in the Rockies starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Apparently the veteran outfielder must've tired himself out driving in a career-best seven runs in Friday's victory. Look for him to return to his regularly scheduled spot in the lineup on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 11:30 am
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Encarnacion dealing with mild inflammation
    The results of Edwin Encarnacion's precautionary MRI revealed that he's dealing with mild inflammation in his back.

    Advice: He felt good enough to be in the lineup on Friday and is back out there again on Saturday, so the issue doesn't appear to be serious. With a little more than a week to go, he's hitting .262/.350/.552 with 33 homers and 89 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:33 am
  • Adam Lind not in Blue Jays lineup on Saturday
    Adam Lind is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's afternoon tilt against the Yankees.

    Advice: It's simply a routine day of rest for Lind against opposing left-hander Chris Capuano. John Mayberry Jr. will get the start in his place at first base and bat sixth for the Jays, with Edwin Encarnacion serving as the designated hitter.
    Yesterday, 10:06 am
    L, 5-2 x @NYY
  • Billy Butler not in Royals lineup on Saturday
    Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Josh Willingham has getting the start in the DH spot and is hitting third against opposing hurler Max Scherzer. It has been a rough season for the 28-year-old slugger who is hitting .264/.317/.372 with just nine homers and 59 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:23 am
  • Michael Morse returns to action on Friday
    Michael Morse returned to action on Friday, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Morse was not in the starting lineup, appearing as a pinch-hitter for Tim Lincecum in the eighth inning. The good sign, is that he remained in the game to play left field, meaning a return to the lineup should be imminent.
    Yesterday, 1:56 am
  • Stephen Vogt reaches base twice in return
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) returned to action on Friday, drawing a pair of walks and scoring a run in a victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: He finished the night 0-for-2. Vogt had been on the shelf for the past two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. He should be in there on most days for the remainder of the regular season.
    Yesterday, 1:56 am
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Phi
  • Ryan Rua goes 4-for-5 against Angels
    Ryan Rua went 4-for-5 with a couple of runs scored in the Rangers' 12-3 rout of the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Rua has nine hits in his last four starts, and he's now hitting .320 since his callup, though that comes with no homers and just one walk in 75 at-bats. He remains a long shot to enter next season with a role in the Texas outfield, though he's certainly helped his stock some.
    Friday, 10:31 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Rua Tex - 1B,OF
    W, 2-1 ^ @LAA
  • Ryan Howard hits 22nd homer in loss
    Ryan Howard homered off Jon Lester to give the Phillies their only run Friday.

    Advice: Incredibly, it was Howard's 10th homer against a lefty, compared to just 12 in nearly three times as many plate appearances against righties. That Howard can't even be platooned properly in the midst of such a disappointing season has made him a peculiar liability for the Phillies.
    Friday, 9:40 pm
    L, 8-6 ^ @Oak
  • Cuddyer plates career-high seven runs in rout
    Michael Cuddyer clobbered a grand slam and drove home a career-high seven runs as the Rockies routed the Diamondbacks 15-3 in Colorado on Friday.

    Advice: Cuddyer did all of his damage in the second half of the ballgame, smashing his grand slam in the sixth inning, then delivering a bases-clearing double with the bases loaded his next time up in the eighth. There's no doubting his production when he's been on the field, but unfortunately for fantasy owners that hasn't been often enough this season.
    Friday, 9:18 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • David Ortiz blasts pair of homers to top O's
    David Ortiz blasted a pair of home runs on Friday, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the 10th inning, powering the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Orioles.

    Advice: Ortiz got the Red Sox on the board with a solo blast in the fourth inning, which was immediately followed by another off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes. He then delivered a massive two-run shot off Darren O'Day in the 10th inning to put the Red Sox ahead for good, finishing the night 3-for-5 with three RBI. He now has 34 homers and 102 RBI on the season, making it a club record eighth time that he has reached the 30-homer/100-RBI plateaus, surpassing Ted Williams.
    Friday, 8:42 pm
  • Murphy has four-hit game against Braves
    Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5 with a run scored against the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Murphy collected three singles and a double. The 29-year-old had just 4 hits in his last 22 at-bats coming into Friday's action, so fantasy owners will have to hope that this is a sign of things to come over the final week and a half of the season.
    Friday, 8:39 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy NYM - 1B,2B,3B
    W, 10-2 ^ @Atl
  • Duda launches 28th home run of season
    Lucas Duda connected for a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: It was his only hit in four at-bats, but it was a big one, as it broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning. Duda had gone 11 straight games without a home run. He's now up to 28 bombs and 85 RBI on the year.
    Friday, 8:39 pm
    Player Note
    Lucas Duda NYM - 1B,OF
    W, 10-2 ^ @Atl
  • Edwin Encarnacion connects for 33rd homer
    Edwin Encarnacion smacked a two-run homer in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Encarnacion underwent a precautionary MRI on his back early Friday, but he felt well enough to play. The 31-year-old now has 33 homers on the year, which ties him for fifth in the American League.
    Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Michael Morse (oblique) says he's ready to go
    Michael Morse (oblique) informed manager Bruce Bochy on Friday that he's ready to rejoin the Giants starting lineup.

    Advice: He isn't in there for Friday's contest against the Padres, but could return at some point over the weekend. With Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan also returning on Friday, the Giants are getting fully healthy at just the right time as they march towards the playoffs.
    Friday, 4:31 pm
  • Stephen Vogt returns to Athletics' lineup
    Stephen Vogt is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It will be his first start in over two weeks, as Vogt has been nursing a sprained left ankle. The's A's are desperate for offense right now, so if he hits, Vogt will play even if he might not be 100 percent yet.
    Friday, 2:53 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Phi
  • Edwin Encarnacion has precautionary MRI
    Edwin Encarnacion recently underwent a precautionary MRI on his back.

    Advice: Encarnacion's back acts up on him every now and then, but it's not something to be overly concerned about. He's in Friday's lineup as the designated hitter.
    Friday, 2:51 pm
  • Mark Trumbo nursing back spasms
    Mark Trumbo was held out of the lineup Thursday after exiting Wednesday's contest with back spasms.

    Advice: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson didn't think it was a major issue, saying that Trumbo "probably needed an off day anyway." It sounds like he should be back in the lineup at some point this weekend.
    Friday, 6:00 am
    L, 8-3 ^ @Col
  • Cuddyer homers, scores 3 times in Rocks' win
    Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-5 with a double, a solo home run, and three runs scored in the Rockies' walk-off win against the D'Backs on Thursday.

    Advice: Cuddyer put the Rockies on the board with a second-inning solo home run off of Vidal Nuno and scored two more times in the sixth and eighth inning, helping put his team in a position to come back and win. It hasn't been often, but when Cuddyer has been healthy and in the lineup, he's been productive. The 35-year-old is batting .327/.371/.562 with eight home runs and 22 RBI in 175 plate appearances.
    Thursday, 8:33 pm
    W, 8-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Bautista's game-tying HR not enough for Jays
    Jose Bautista hit an eighth-inning, game-tying two-run home run, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Jays suffered a walk-off loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

    Advice: Bautista knotted the contest up at two apiece with his two-run shot off of Shawn Kelley. The slugger had been in a short-term rut, so it wasn't surprising that the Jays entered the game having lost four in a row. Bautista now has 33 home runs, 99 RBI, and a .283/.401/.522 slash line.
    Thursday, 6:54 pm
    L, 5-2 ^ @NYY
  • Howard not in Thursday's lineup
    Ryan Howard is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: Howard is sitting against another lefty, this time with Robbie Erlin on the hill for San Diego. Darin Ruf will start at first base.
    Thursday, 2:30 pm
    L, 8-6 ^ @Oak
  • David Ortiz (family) back in lineup Thursday
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Ortiz was away from the Red Sox for much of this week due to a private family emergency. He is starting at first base for Boston on Thursday at PNC Park.
    Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Vogt (ankle) out of A's lineup again Thursday
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) is out of the A's starting lineup again on Thursday versus the Rangers.

    Advice: Vogt hasn't started in over two weeks because of a sprained left ankle. He was able to pinch-hit Wednesday, but Billy Burns pinch-ran for Vogt after he drew a walk in the bottom of the eighth inning.
    Thursday, 10:20 am
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Phi
  • Teixeira (wrist) goes 0-for-3 in return Wed.
    Mark Teixeira (wrist) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Teixeira sat out Tuesday with discomfort in his surgically-repaired wrist. He told reporters that he's committed to playing through the pain through the end of the season and will then undergo a full examination to determine what sort of offseason treatment is necessary. The 34-year-old first baseman is batting .217/.320/.400 with 21 homers and 58 RBI in 116 games.
    Thursday, 5:45 am
    W, 5-2 vs x Tor
  • Mark Teixeira returned to action on Wednesday September 17.
    Thursday, 1:58 am
    W, 5-2 vs x Tor
  • Vogt (ankle) draws walk as pinch-hitter Wed.
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday night's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: But he then had to be pinch-run for by Billy Burns. Vogt hasn't started a game in two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. He should be getting pretty close.
    Thursday, 1:58 am
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Phi
  • Pujols goes 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts
    Albert Pujols finished 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Wednesday's 5-0 win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols returned to the lineup yesterday after leaving Monday's game early due to a left hamstring cramp. The veteran went 1-for-3 on Tuesday and cashed in RBI No. 98. He'd plated 15 runners over his last 12 games coming into play today. Pujols retains a solid .272/.326/.465 slash line.
    Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Pearce homers twice as Orioles stay hot
    Steve Pearce swatted a pair of home runs and knocked in four runs in Wednesday's victory against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Pearce broke a scoreless tie with a solo shot off of J.A. Happ in the third inning, then made it 4-0 with a three-run shot off of Happ in the fifth. The 31-year-old journeyman now has 20 home runs, 48 RBI, and a .297/.375/.560 slash line. The Orioles, who clinched the AL East on Tuesday, have won 17 of their last 21 contests.
    Wednesday, 7:43 pm
    L, 3-2 vs x Bos
  • Duda reaches base four times but Mets lose
    Lucas Duda had a perfect night at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a two-run single and two walks, but the Mets were handed a loss by the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Duda put the Mets on the board with his fifth-inning two run single, and later scored the Mets' third and final run in the eighth, but it wasn't enough. The first baseman has turned in a fine season, slashing .252/.354/.474 with 27 home runs and 83 RBI.
    Wednesday, 7:30 pm
    Player Note
    Lucas Duda NYM - 1B,OF
    W, 10-2 ^ @Atl
  • Vogt (ankle) to try running Wednesday
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) will try running and cutting during batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: If all goes well, he could be available to pinch hit. Vogt hasn't played in two weeks due to a sprained left ankle.
    Wednesday, 4:05 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Phi
  • Ryan Howard not in Wednesday's lineup
    Ryan Howard is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with left-hander Eric Stults on the hill for Philadelphia. Darin Ruf will start at first base.
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
    L, 8-6 ^ @Oak
  • Teixeira (wrist) back in Yankees' lineup Wed.
    Mark Teixeira (wrist) is back in the Yankees' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Teixeira missed Tuesday night's game due to wrist discomfort. It's apparently a manageable issue. He's playing first base and batting cleanup versus the Rays.
    Wednesday, 1:15 pm
    W, 5-2 vs x Tor
  • Morse (oblique) not expected back Friday
    Michael Morse (oblique) is unlikely to return Friday as initially anticipated.

    Advice: Morse just hasn't progressed as hoped in his recovery from a strained left oblique, as he's still not swinging a bat at 100 percent. It's not clear what the next step is with the veteran, but his timetable is up in the air.
    Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Pujols (hamstring) has an RBI on Tuesday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Tuesday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols exited Monday's game early due to a cramp in his left hamstring incurred on a three-run double in the third inning. The veteran admitted after the game that he was suffering from dehydration. He made it through the entirety of this contest without issue.
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Pearce's 3-run homer powers O's to clincher
    Steve Pearce's first-inning three-run home run gave the Orioles a lead they would not relinquish as they clinched the AL East with a win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pearce put the O's up 3-1 with the jack in the first off of Drew Hutchison. It was perhaps the most poetic way for the Orioles to clinch, as Pearce has been a key contributor who came out of nowhere, in a season in which the club has gotten little out of Matt Wieters, Manny Machado, and Chris Davis. Pearce now has 18 home runs, 44 RBI, and a .294/.371/.541 slash line.
    Tuesday, 7:24 pm
    L, 3-2 vs x Bos
  • Vogt (ankle) encouraged by progress
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) took batting practice Tuesday.

    Advice: It came after he did some running Monday, though he's yet to be cleared to run the bases. He's encouraged by how his sprained left ankle has responded and could be available to pinch-hit in a few days.
    Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Phi
  • Joey Votto (quad) takes batting practice
    Joey Votto (quad) took batting practice Tuesday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list in early July with a distal left quad strain. Votto has upped his workouts recently and is with the Reds on the road, so it appears that a return before the end of the season is still a possibility. Even if he does come back, however, he'll likely get in only a handful of games.
    Tuesday, 3:33 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 2, 0-0 x @StL
  • Pujols (hamstring) in Angels' lineup Tuesday
    Albert Pujols (hamstring) is in the Angels' starting lineup on Tuesday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Pujols left Monday's game after feeling a cramp in his left hamstring following a three-run double in the bottom of the third inning. He got treatment on Monday night and again on Tuesday afternoon.
    Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Teixeira sits Tuesday due to wrist discomfort
    Mark Teixeira is out of the Yankees' starting lineup on Tuesday due to lingering wrist discomfort.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters that he'll rely on Teixeira to tell the team when he's ready to return. It's a day-to-day situation for now. Teixeira had surgery on that same wrist last season.
    Tuesday, 2:06 pm
    W, 5-2 vs x Tor
  • Ortiz not in Tuesday's lineup
    David Ortiz is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Ortiz left Sunday's game due to a family emergency, but was expected to rejoin the team Tuesday. Still, he'll take a seat with the DH unavailable under National League rules.
    Tuesday, 12:04 pm
  • Morse (oblique) should be ready by Friday
    Michael Morse (oblique) should be ready to return by Friday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Morse was "tentative" during batting practice Monday, so it will likely take him another couple of days to swing with full intensity. The 32-year-old has been sidelined since late August with a strained left oblique.
    Tuesday, 5:54 am
  • Trumbo blasts a salami, knocks in five runs
    Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam to lead the Diamondbacks past the Giants 6-2 on Monday.

    Advice: He finished 2-for-5 with five RBI, adding an RBI single in the seventh. The big damage came in the third frame, when Trumbo swatted a Ryan Vogelsong offering over the right field wall to plate Wade Miley, Chris Owings and A.J. Pollock. Trumbo has driven in 10 runs over his last five games. A hot finish would give a nice superficial boost to his disappointing slash line (.239/.303/.389).
    Monday, 9:46 pm
    L, 8-3 ^ @Col
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in start
    Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday in his first start in three days.

    Advice: Butler is 0-for-14 in his four starts over the last 10 days, and the Royals aren't bringing him off the bench when he doesn't start. It looks like he'll be worthless in fantasy leagues these last two weeks.
    Monday, 8:57 pm
  • Pujols leaves game with hamstring cramp
    Albert Pujols left Monday's game against the Mariners with a left hamstring cramp.

    Advice: Pujols cleared the bases with a double in the third inning but grabbed his hamstring on the way into second base. The good news is that the Angels are calling it a cramp, so it sounds like a day-to-day situation.
    Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Morse (oblique) still a day or two away
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Michael Morse (oblique) was "tentative" while taking batting practice Monday.

    Advice: He did add that Morse started to loosen up as the session went along, but the outfielder is still at least another day or two away from returning. He's been out since late August due to a strained left oblique.
    Sep 15, 4:51 pm
  • Napoli has missed four of last eight games
    Mike Napoli was out of the lineup for the fourth time in the last eight games on Sunday.

    Advice: Napoli has been sick and is also battling lingering discomfort in his left ring finger. "We're trying to manage the things that he's been dealing with," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday. The first baseman will likely start Tuesday's series-opener in Pittsburgh after Monday's scheduled team off day.
    Sep 15, 6:12 am
    W, 3-2 x @Bal
  • Pearce has two hits, game-tying RBI in win
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 and drove home the tying run with an RBI double in the ninth inning of Sunday's come-from-behind victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Pearce, who will continue to function as the Orioles primary first baseman for the remainder of the season, is now hitting .290/.365/.532 with 17 homers and 40 RBI over 93 games in what has been a breakthrough season for the 31-year-old.
    Sep 14, 8:37 pm
    L, 3-2 vs x Bos
  • Brian McCann belts go-ahead homer in ninth
    Brian McCann belted a go-ahead solo home run off Darren O'Day in the ninth inning on Sunday to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

    Advice: Unfortunately, the Yankees surrendered that lead and the game in the bottom half of the inning. McCann finished the evening 2-for-4, raising his season slash to .238/.292/.406 to go along with 20 long balls and 66 RBI. He has certainly provided punch for the Yankees behind the plate, but his struggles to get on base or to make consistent contact are discouraging signs moving forward.
    Sep 14, 8:33 pm
    W, 5-2 vs ^ Tor
  • Stephen Vogt unlikely to be ready on Tuesday
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) is unlikely to be ready to return for Tuesday's series opener against the Rangers.

    Advice: Vogt has been able to take swings in the batting cages in recent days, but is still bothered too much by his sore ankle to run the bases at full strength. Even if he does return at some point next week, he is likely to play only sporadically which makes it difficult to trust him in weekly formats.
    Sep 14, 7:07 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Phi
  • David Ortiz leaves due to family emergency
    David Ortiz left Sunday's game against the Royals to tend to a family emergency.

    Advice: Ortiz has already left to return home to the Dominican Republic. While he may rejoin the Red Sox in Pittsburgh, fantasy owners shouldn't count on him for the first half of the week.
    Sep 14, 3:31 pm
  • Morse to take BP Monday or Tuesday
    Michael Morse (oblique) won't take batting practice until Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: Morse had been swinging, but only at about 50 percent. He should return to the lineup shortly if he can swing at full effort Monday or Tuesday, but there are certainly no guarantees that will happen. Morse has yet to play this month due to a strained left oblique.
    Sep 14, 8:15 am
  • Daniel Murphy returns to lineup Saturday
    Daniel Murphy went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Murphy missed the previous game after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch Thursday. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward.
    Sep 14, 2:36 am
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy NYM - 1B,2B,3B
    W, 10-2 ^ @Atl
  • Trumbo goes 3-for-5, drives in three vs. Pads
    Mark Trumbo finished 3-for-5 with three RBI as the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 10-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Trumbo smacked a two-run single in the first inning and later scored on a wild pitch. He then plated Chris Owings on a fielder's choice in the second and doubled in the fifth before singling and scoring again in the eighth. Trumbo seems to be finding a groove now after struggling initially in his return from a fractured foot.
    Sep 13, 8:38 pm
    L, 8-3 ^ @Col
  • McCann launches solo homer in win
    Brian McCann swatted a solo homer and drew a walk Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: McCann entered Saturday's action hitless over his previous three games. The veteran backstop has had a disappointing first season in the Bronx, but he's now just one home run away from his seventh straight 20-homer campaign.
    Sep 13, 3:13 pm
    W, 5-2 vs ^ Tor
  • Pearce homers in loss to Yankees
    Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his 17th homer of the season and his first since August 28. We've been waiting for Pearce to slow down all year, but he now owns an impressive .287/.364/.529 batting line across 93 games. He has gone from a part-time player to a lineup staple.
    Sep 13, 3:12 pm
    L, 3-2 vs x Bos
  • Adam Lind homers, plates three to lead Jays
    Adam Lind belted his fifth home run of the season and plated three run, leading the Blue Jays to a 6-3 win over the Rays on Saturday.

    Advice: Lind drove home a run on an infield single as part of a three-run uprising in the third inning, then tagged Brad Boxberger for a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Jays the lead for good. He has been outstanding when on the field this season, slashing .328/.394/.492 with five long balls and 35 RBI in 256 at-bats.
    Sep 13, 1:07 pm
    L, 5-2 x @NYY
  • Encarnacion clubs 31st home run as Jays win
    Edwin Encarnacion clubbed his 31st home run of the season to help lead the Jays to a victory over the Rays on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Encarnacion took Steven Geltz deep for a solo shot in the seventh inning, increasing the Jays lead to 6-3. He also drew an intentional walk in the ballgame, finishing 1-for-3. Despite missing time on the disabled list, he owns a .262/.351/.551 line with 31 homers and 84 RBI in 423 at-bats on the year.
    Sep 13, 1:04 pm
  • Ryan Howard not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies lineup for Saturday's contest against the Marlins.

    Advice: Maikel Franco will get the call in his place and bat second against opposing hurler Brad Hand. Look for Howard to be back in his customary clean-up spot on Sunday.
    Sep 13, 11:51 am
    L, 8-6 ^ @Oak
  • Overbay has walk-off RBI single vs. Reds
    Lyle Overbay had a walk-off RBI single in Friday's 3-2 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Jonathan Lucroy doubled off Jumbo Diaz to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and moved over to third base on a groundout from Aramis Ramirez. Reds manager Bryan Price then had Diaz walk Ryan Braun and Gerardo Parra intentionally to face Overbay, who slashed a pitch into the left-center field gap to win it. The Brewers have won three straight and remain 1 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.
    Sep 12, 9:33 pm
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in loss to Red Sox
    Billy Butler had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going hitless in four at-bats.

    Advice: Butler has struggled to put together consistent at-bats for most of the season, and is hitting just .266/.319/.374 with nine homers and 59 RBI. He'll need to pick up the pace offensively in the season's final weeks if the Royals want to secure a spot in the playoffs.
    Sep 12, 9:18 pm
  • Ryan Rua has two hits, RBI as Rangers win
    Ryan Rua went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Rangers defeated the Braves on Friday in Arlington.

    Advice: Rua tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning with an RBI groundout to plate Guilder Rodriguez. He has done a nice job in his limited time with the Rangers, slashing .278/.304/.333 with seven RBI in his first 54 at-bats.
    Sep 12, 9:08 pm
    Player Note
    Ryan Rua Tex - 1B,OF
    W, 2-1 ^ @LAA
  • Lind singles in loss to Rays
    Adam Lind went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Lind had one of the Jays' two hits on the evening. The 31-year-old is batting .333 (25-for-75) since returning from the disabled list last month, but he hasn't homered since way back on June 23.
    Sep 12, 7:08 pm
    L, 5-2 x @NYY
  • Daniel Murphy (wrist) not in Friday's lineup
    Daniel Murphy (wrist) is not in the Mets' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Murphy exited Thursday's game after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, but there's no doubt Murphy is sore so he'll get some rest. Eric Campbell is at third base Friday.
    Sep 12, 12:10 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy NYM - 1B,2B,3B
    W, 10-2 ^ @Atl
  • Joey Votto (quad) to travel on road trip
    Joey Votto (quad) traveled with the Reds to Milwaukee for their three-city road trip that begins on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be activated at some point during the trip, but there's a chance. Votto has taken ground balls and hit off a tee as he slowly but surely ramps up his activity level. The first baseman has been on the shelf since early July with a distal left quad strain.
    Sep 12, 7:12 am
    Disabled List
    Top 2, 0-0 x @StL
  • Stephen Vogt (ankle) remains sidelined
    Stephen Vogt (ankle) might be available at some point during the Athletics' September 16-24 homestand.

    Advice: Vogt took some swings in the batting cage Wednesday but is still bothered by a sprained left ankle. He hasn't played since September 3 and can't be counted on for the rest of the season. "It was a pretty significant sprain," manager Bob Melvin said.
    Sep 12, 7:00 am
    Player Note
    Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    W, 8-6 vs ^ Phi
  • Pujols suffers first 4-K game but Angels win
    Albert Pujols struck out four times in five trips to the plate in Thursday's win against the Rangers.

    Advice: It took 2,102 games and 9,187 plate appearances, but Pujols finally dons the golden sombrero. He had previously struck out three times in a game 13 times in his 14-year career. Despite Thursday's showing, Pujols has had a productive year at the plate, slashing .276/.329/.473 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI.
    Sep 11, 8:34 pm
  • Casey McGehee ejected from game
    Casey McGehee was ejected from Thursday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: McGehee was barking at Mike Fiers, who hit Giancarlo Stanton in the face with a pitch and then went up and in on Reed Johnson with his next offering, hitting him on the hand (neither was ruled a hit by pitch). It's possible McGehee could be facing a fine given how hot he was, but a suspension seems unlikely.
    Sep 11, 7:27 pm
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Was
  • X-rays on Murphy's wrist come back clean
    X-rays on Daniel Murphy's left wrist came back negative.

    Advice: Murphy had quite the welt on his wrist after the hit by pitch, but he can probably safely be considered day-to-day. He's moved from second base to third base following the shutdown of David Wright (shoulder).
    Sep 11, 7:20 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy NYM - 1B,2B,3B
    W, 10-2 ^ @Atl
  • Morse (oblique) likely out this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not expected to play this weekend.

    Advice: He's still swinging the bat at only 50 percent. Morse is only 10 days removed from straining his oblique, so his continued absence isn't a surprise even though the Giants had expressed optimism that he could be back by now. He's hit .280/.338/.477 with 16 homers and 61 RBI over 130 games this season.
    Sep 11, 4:39 pm
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