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  • Ryan Zimmerman goes 3-for-3 in blowout
    Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI as the Nationals crushed the Braves 15-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Zimmerman has four doubles and four homers in his last four games. His OPS stood at .611 when he came off the disabled list on July 28. He had boosted that to .706 by June 30, but now these last four days have been good enough to push him all of the way up to .776. 55 minutes ago
    W, 15-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Dodgers designate Andy Wilkins for assignment
    Dodgers designated 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.

    Advice: He was the roster casualty required to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Corey Seager. If he isn't claimed on waivers, he should continue to provide organizational depth at Triple-A. Today, 3:54 pm
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  • Brandon Belt not in Giants lineup on Thursday
    Brandon Belt is not in the Giants starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for Belt against opposing southpaw Chris Rusin. Buster Posey will cover first base while Hector Santiago fills in behind the dish for the Giants. Today, 3:08 pm
  • Plouffe strikes out thrice in loss to CWS
    Trevor Plouffe went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk in Thursday afternoon's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Plouffe fanned in some big spots, notably with two runners on and one out in the seventh inning, as the Twins tried to claw their way back from a 6-4 deficit. They wouldn't score in that frame, ultimately losing by that score. The 29-year-old third baseman is slashing .242/.300/.434 with 18 homers and 73 RBI, though he entered the game hitting just .212/.258/.411 in 29 games since the All-Star Break. Today, 1:46 pm
    L, 6-4 vs ^ CWS
  • Abreu doubles twice to help beat Twins
    Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and a walk in Thursday afternoon's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Abreu's driven in 80 runs this season, but he left the RBI duties to his teammates in Thursday's tilt with the Twins. The two doubles gave him 30 for the season. He's now five off of the number he smacked last year. With a .292/.347/.506 triple-slash and 24 home runs, he's broken through the notion of a sophomore slump with flying colors. Today, 1:44 pm
  • Daniel Murphy has mild strain of left quad
    Daniel Murphy is dealing with a mild strain of his left quad.

    Advice: Murphy left Wednesday's game with what was described as "mild discomfort" in his quad. He missed some time earlier this year with the same injury and has apparently been playing through it again in recent days. The Mets are calling him day-to-day for now. Today, 1:42 pm
  • Blanks to have surgery on both Achilles
    Kyle Blanks will undergo season-ending surgery on both Achilles on Friday in Dallas.

    Advice: Blanks has been bothered by Achilles issues for the past couple of seasons now. He attempted to make it back late last week by going out on a minor league rehab assignment, but apparently the pain is too much. The 28-year-old has appeared in just 44 games at the major league level dating back to the start of 2014. Today, 1:19 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Nationals activate Tyler Moore from the DL
    Nationals activated 1B/OF Tyler Moore from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Moore missed a little over two weeks with a left ankle sprain. The 28-year-old has batted just .200/.253/.347 in 162 plate appearances this season, but he'll provide some much-needed outfield depth for the Nationals in his return to the active roster on Thursday. Today, 11:57 am
    W, 15-1 vs x Atl
  • X-rays negative on Justin Turner's pinkie
    X-rays taken late Wednesday on Justin Turner's left pinkie showed up negative.

    Advice: Turner was struck on his left hand by a Mike Leake pitch on Wednesday night, but it sounds like he avoided a major injury. "It got the tip of my pinkie and didn't have feeling in it for a couple of innings," the third baseman told reporters, "but I took some X-rays right away and everything’s good." Los Angeles will call up top infield prospect Corey Seager to provide some depth in case Turner needs a bit of rest. Today, 7:19 am
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 6, 3-4 ^ @SD
  • Forsythe (groin) goes 3-for-3 in return Wed.
    Logan Forsythe (groin) finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and two walks Wednesday versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Forsythe was pulled early on Tuesday with discomfort in his left groin, but it was clearly nothing major. The versatile 28-year-old continues to enjoy a breakout season with Tampa Bay, now boasting a .291/.367/.456 slash line with 15 home runs, 27 doubles, and 53 RBI in 130 games. Today, 5:58 am
  • Posey collects 3 hits despite Kershaw's gem
    Buster Posey went 3-for-4 in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: All three hits were singles and none led to a run because his teammates were busy getting sawed off by Clayton Kershaw. Posey has 11 hits in his last four games and is now batting .325 with 16 homers and 80 RBI. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Logan Morrison hits 15th homer in win
    Logan Morrison came off the bench to walk and then hit a three-run homer Wednesday in the Mariners' 8-3 win over the Astros.

    Advice: Morrison also homered in his lone at-bat Tuesday. He has 15 homers this season, six of which have come against the Astros. He's likely going to resume playing against most righties with Jesus Montero down (and nearly out). Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Ryan Zimmerman homers twice in win
    Ryan Zimmerman hit two solo homers and doubled in a third run to lead the Nationals to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cardinals could have walked Zimmerman after Matt den Dekker sacrificed Anthony Rendon to second in the eighth, but they opted not to and he made them pay with the double that gave the Nationals the lead. He's up to 16 homers on the year, 11 of which have come in 35 games since he came off the DL in late July. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
    W, 15-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Brandon Moss goes 3-for-5, homers
    Brandon Moss went 3-for-5 with a homer Wednesday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Moss's homer tonight wasn't as dramatic as Tuesday's walk-off bomb, but it was another great game for him. He has four homers during his current seven-game hitting streak. It looks like he could be a nice asset in mixed leagues the rest of the way. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Lucroy plates three as Brewers top Pirates
    Jonathan Lucroy knocked in three runs in a 2-for-5 effort as the Brewers beat the Pirates on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lucroy opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning, then added a two-run single in the fourth to break a 3-3 tie. The catcher is on a 10-game hitting streak. At the end of August, he brought his OPS over .700 for the first time all season. Currently, Lucroy carries a .260/.323/.391 batting line with seven home runs and 40 RBI. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Pit
  • Morales clubs 3-run homer as Royals win
    Kendrys Morales went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run as the Royals skated to a 12-1 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Morales turned the game into a laugher, as his three-run home run in the fourth inning off of Guido Knudson made it a 9-0 game. He's keeping his foot on the pedal of a fine season, batting .288/.354/.471 with 17 home runs and 94 RBI. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Davis swats walk-off HR for an 11-inning win
    Chris Davis blasted a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to send the Rays home losers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Teammate Jonathan Schoop played the hero in the ninth inning, hitting a game-tying two-run home run. Davis completed the comeback, belting a Matt Andriese offering over the fence in right-center in the 11th inning. It was his second homer of the game, as he also went yard in the third inning with a man aboard. Davis, with 38 home runs, is one behind Nelson Cruz for the major league lead. He has also knocked in 97 runs while batting .253/.339/.538. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
  • Murphy (quad) to be re-examined Thursday
    Daniel Murphy (quad) will be re-examined on Thursday.

    Advice: Murphy left Wednesday's game with mild discomfort in his left quad, and after the game he said it's something he's been playing through. With a day off Thursday, Murphy has a good shot of being back in the lineup Friday if the injury is as negligible as manager Terry Collins suggested it is. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Murphy leaves game with mild quad discomfort
    Daniel Murphy left Wednesday's game with mild left quad discomfort.

    Advice: The Mets called the move "precautionary," but Murphy has missed time with an injury to the same quad already this season. More should be known Thursday, but it sounds as though he's day to day for now. Yesterday, 5:30 pm
  • Murphy exits game with potential quad injury
    Daniel Murphy left Wednesday's game against the Phillies with a possible quad injury.

    Advice: The injury was reported by SNY Mets field reporter Steve Gelbs but hasn't been confirmed by the team. Murphy left in the third inning Wednesday, replaced by Michael Cuddyer at first base. The Mets should provide some information on Murphy's status shortly. Yesterday, 5:17 pm
  • Bird homers, drives in two runs against BoSox
    Greg Bird went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Yankees scored 13 runs in the victory, and Bird's two-run homer off Red Sox starter Henry Owens in the second inning got the party started. The homer was Bird's third in 18 games since being promoted. The first baseman is batting .254/.333/.429 with 12 RBI and 12 runs scored through his first few weeks in the bigs. Yesterday, 4:47 pm
  • Pujols slugs 35th HR in Angels' win over A's
    Albert Pujols slugged his 35th home run of the season Wednesday in the Angels' 9-4 defeat of the A's.

    Advice: Pujols reached on an infield single and scored a run in the Angels' four-run first inning and then took A's starter Sonny Gray deep to left-center field for a two-run shot in the top of the second. Albert recorded his third RBI of the day on a fielder's choice groundout in the top of the ninth. The 35-year-old is having a resurgent season in the counting stats department, but he still owns a relatively underwhelming .803 overall OPS. Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Weiss: Morneau (concussion) 'close' to return
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Justin Morneau (concussion) is "definitely close" to returning to the lineup.

    Advice: Morneau is back with the Rockies and tried to talk his way into the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks. Morneau hasn't played since the middle of May due to concussion symptoms, but it sounds as though his return is imminent. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 11-3 vs x SF
  • Forsythe (groin) in Rays' lineup Wednesday
    Logan Forsythe (groin) is in the Rays' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Forsythe made an early exit from Tuesday night's game after experiencing tightness in his left groin, but he felt fine taking grounders during pregame festivities on Wednesday. He'll bat fifth and start at second base. Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Votto cranks go-ahead three-run HR vs. Cubs
    Joey Votto went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Reds' win over the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Votto singled and scored in the top of the sixth and then cranked a go-ahead three-run shot with the game tied at 5-5 in the top of the ninth. The 31-year-old first baseman is having a huge comeback season for Cincinnati, now with a .316/.457/.567 slash line, 27 home runs, 70 RBI, and 81 runs scored in 130 games. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Forsythe (groin) could miss next two games
    Logan Forsythe (groin) could miss the next two games.

    Advice: Forsythe made an early exit Tuesday night against the Orioles after experiencing tightness in his left groin. He's scheduled to field grounders Wednesday during batting practice but won't push it too hard. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Mariners optioned Jesus Montero to minors
    Mariners optioned 1B/DH Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: After getting off to a nice start, Montero has been struggling of late and not seeing much playing time. He'll play regularly for Tacoma in their final few games before rejoining the big club. Yesterday, 11:13 am
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  • Brian McCann not in lineup Wednesday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. John Ryan Murphy is at catcher in McCann's place. Yesterday, 10:09 am
  • Don Kelly (elbow) moved to 60-day DL
    Marlins transferred INF/OF Don Kelly from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Raudel Lazo. Kelly had Tommy John surgery in July. Yesterday, 8:00 am
    Player Note
    Don Kelly Mia - 1B,3B,OF
    60-Day DL
  • Fielder homers as Rangers outlast Padres
    Prince Fielder went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run as the Rangers outlasted the Padres 8-6 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Fielder took Andrew Cashner yard in the first inning with a man aboard to stake the Rangers to an early 2-0 lead. It's his first home run since August 8. Nevertheless, the first baseman is batting .317/.380/.477 with 18 home runs and 73 RBI in what has been a great bounce-back season after missing most of 2014 with a neck injury. Tuesday, 11:00 pm
  • Trumbo stays hot, launches 20th home run
    Mark Trumbo continued hitting balls out of the yard Tuesday, belting his 20th home run of the season against the Astros.

    Advice: The homer, a two-run shot in the fifth inning, was his only hit in four at-bats. It was the third homer for Trumbo in the last two games and his 20th overall, marking the fourth time he's reached the 20-homer milestone in his career. Trumbo is hitting .252/.299/.456 with 53 RBI and 50 runs on the year. Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Moss clubs three-run walk-off homer vs. Nats
    Brandon Moss hit a three-run, walk-off home run as the Cardinals came back to beat the Nationals 8-5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Moss finished 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, but it was the homer off Casey Janssen with two outs in the ninth inning that was the difference. It was the third homer in the last six games for Moss, who is finally starting to show why the Cardinals dealt for him at the trade deadline. He's still hitting just .220/.301/.413 with 18 homers and 57 RBI overall, but Moss is capable of continuing his recent power surge through the final few weeks of the season. Tuesday, 9:53 pm
  • Votto homer not enough, Reds fall to Cubs
    Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI double, and a solo home run, but the Reds were bested by the Cubs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Votto put the Reds on the board with a solo homer in the first inning off of Dan Haren, then added an RBI double in the sixth. The first baseman boasts an outstanding .315/.458/.563 triple-slash line with 26 home runs, 67 RBI, and 79 runs scored. Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Logan Forsythe exits with groin injury
    Logan Forsythe exited Tuesday's game versus the Orioles with left groin tightness.

    Advice: The Rays have indicated that his removal was precautionary. They're listing him as day-to-day but he would figure to miss at least a game or two. Tuesday, 6:15 pm
  • Posey collects 4 hits in Giants' 14-inn. loss
    Buster Posey went 4-for-7 but the Giants were defeated in 14 innings by the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: All four hits were singles, but the Giants couldn't capitalize on any of them. Posey is batting a lusty .321/.377/.475 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI on the season. Tuesday, 12:50 am
  • Votto improves his second-half OBP to .577
    Joey Votto reached base four times in Monday's win versus the Cubs, improving his second-half on-base percentage to .577.

    Advice: Votto singled in one of his two official at-bats while drawing three walks (one intentional). He scored twice: after unintentionally walking in the first inning, and after singling in the fourth. Along with his .577 OBP, Votto is also batting .393 in the second half. On the season, the first baseman is hitting .312/.456/.553 with 25 home runs, 65 RBI, and 78 runs scored. Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Zimmerman's 4 RBI not enough for the Nats
    Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a three-run home run, but the Nationals were beaten by the Cardinals on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmerman gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI double, then made it 5-3 in the seventh with a three-run home run off of Kevin Siegrist. The first baseman has been on a tear since August 23, batting .345 (10-for-29) with four home runs and 15 RBI. It's an improvement on an otherwise bland .231/.298/.428 triple-slash line with 13 home runs and 63 RBI. Monday, 8:25 pm
    W, 15-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Trumbo hits 2 homers but Mariners still lose
    Mark Trumbo went yard twice on Monday, but the Mariners still lost to the Astros.

    Advice: Trumbo tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run to the second deck in right field in the second inning. He then made a modest attempt to overcome a seven-run deficit in the ninth inning, clubbing a two-run shot to left-center. Trumbo closes out the month of August having hit seven home runs and knocking in 14 runs. Overall, he's hitting .248/.300/.410 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI since joining the Mariners in early June. Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Morneau (concussion) to be re-evaluated Thurs
    Justin Morneau (concussion) will be re-evaluated by the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: It's possible he'll be activated at that time if the Rockies deem him fit to return to action. Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to a concussion and cervical neck sprain, but he went 4-for-9 in three rehab games with Double-A New Britain over the weekend. Monday, 3:16 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 11-3 vs x SF
  • Fielder singles twice in win over O's
    Prince Fielder went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Nothing spectacular here for Fielder, but he continues to rake, as he's done all season. The big man is slashing .316/.379/.470 with 17 homers and 78 RBI. If he can keep that average on the right side of .300, this would go down as just the second season of his career in which he's achieved that feat. Sunday, 3:01 pm
  • Justin Turner not in Dodgers lineup on Sunday
    Justin Turner is not in the Dodgers starting lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a regular day of rest for Turner. Kike Hernandez is getting the start in his place at the hot corner with Joc Pederson starting in center field. Sunday, 1:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 6, 3-4 ^ @SD
  • Zimmerman backs Zimmermann with solo homer
    Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Zimmerman touched up Marlins starter Tom Koehler for a solo homer to left-center in the second inning. The oft-injured first baseman has been scalding the ball of late, with a double, three homers and 11 RBI in his last six games. For the season, he's hitting a slightly-less-stellar .225/.294/.215 with 12 homers and 59 RBI over 311 at-bats. Saturday, 7:00 pm
    W, 15-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Buster Posey not in Giants lineup Saturday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Posey was drilled by a pitch in his elbow last night, so it's not surprising to see him get a day of rest. Andrew Susac will start behind the dish and bat seventh for the Giants against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals. Saturday, 10:44 am
  • Morneau goes 1-for-2 in first rehab game
    Justin Morneau (concussion) went 1-for-2 in his first minor league rehab game with Double-A New Britain on Friday.

    Advice: Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to the concussion and cervical neck sprain, but he isn't ready to give up on the 2015 season just yet. He'll play in a few more games in the minor leagues before he's re-evaluated on Thursday. If he indeed returns this season, it would be a hit to the fantasy value of Ben Paulsen. Saturday, 8:44 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 11-3 vs x SF
  • Lucroy hits RBI double to help beat Reds
    Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Lucroy's been on an absolute tear during his current six-game hitting streak, hitting four doubles and three homers while driving in seven over that span. This is more like the hitter we're used to seeing, as compared to the impostor who's working with a .251/.317/.381 line for the season. Friday, 10:36 pm
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Pit
  • 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
  • Abreu strikes out twice in shutout loss
    Jose Abreu went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The White Sox had only four hits as a team, so Abreu probably shouldn't feel too poorly about his off-game. He's slashing .294/.351/.513 with 24 homers and 78 RBI. There are hitters with better numbers, but the 28-year-old first baseman has been one of the most consistent bats in the game this season. Friday, 9:57 pm
  • McCann homers, drives in four in ATL beatdown
    Brian McCann went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer, four total RBI and three walks in Friday's 15-4 demolition of the Braves.

    Advice: McCann joined the party late, but he at least brought a nice bottle of wine in the form of a three-run homer in the eighth inning. By season's end, the catcher's numbers--across the board--should surpass what he did in 2014. It's very likely that he'll end up setting personal-bests for home runs (he's hit 24 twice) and RBI (he drove in 94 in 2009). Right now, he's slashing .247/.319/.477 with 23 homers and 83 RBI. Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Morales destroys baseball for two-run homer
    Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a long two-run homer and a strikeout in Friday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Morales absolutely teed off on an Erasmo Ramirez offering in the third inning, cracking a two-run homer that traveled an estimated 439 feet out to center. The bomb was his 15th of the season and boosted his RBI total to 89. His career-best for RBI in a year is 108, set in 2009 when he played for the Angels. He should fall somewhere in that range when the 2015 record books are closed out in a month. Friday, 8:01 pm
  • Morneau (concussion) set for rehab assignment
    Justin Morneau (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain on Friday.

    Advice: Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to a concussion and a cervical neck sprain, but he's been slowly but surely progressing of late and is ready to test things out in game action. He'll play in three contests for New Britain before being re-evaluated. It's not clear whether the Rockies have a target date for Morneau's return. Friday, 11:14 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 11-3 vs x SF
  • Moss' two-run homer snaps 3-3 tie in fifth
    Brandon Moss went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Moss cracked his two-run shot off of Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie. The Cardinals went on to win 5-3 as they completed a four-game sweep of the boys in the desert. In addition to the big home run, Moss also walked twice. Since joining the Cardinals on July 30, he's hit just .180/.317/.280 in an even 50 at-bats, though he does have 16 homers and 53 RBI to his good name for the season as a whole. Thursday, 10:11 pm
  • Daniel Murphy delivers go-ahead hit for Mets
    Daniel Murphy doubled in two runs in the top of the 13th as the Mets beat the Phillies 9-5 on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Murphy's third hit of the game. Reliever Carlos Torres singled prior to Murphy's hit and scored the go-ahead run in his victory. The double was Murphy's 30th. Incredibly, he's fanned just 31 times in 393 at-bats on the season. Last year he struck out 86 times in 596 at-bats. Thursday, 8:58 pm
  • Logan Forsythe hits 15th homer in Rays' win
    Logan Forsythe went 2-for-4 and hit his 15th homer to help lead the Rays to a 5-4 win over the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Forsythe has been the Rays' best position player this year, and it isn't even particularly close. He's batting .278/.357/.437 through 439 at-bats. Thursday, 8:19 pm
  • Blanks (Achilles) to begin rehab stint Thu.
    Kyle Blanks (Achilles) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Blanks has been sidelined since mid-June with a right Achilles injury. If all goes according to plan, he should be back in September as a bench player. Thursday, 1:19 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Pujols slaps RBI single in sixth vs Tigers
    Albert Pujols went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Pujols picked up his lone hit and RBI in the sixth inning, when he singled home Kole Calhoun. While he's scuffled considerably over the last month, he's still hitting .252/.311/.501 with 34 homers and 75 RBI this season. The 34 homers are the most he's hit since 2011, when he played for the Cardinals and launched 37 dingers. Thursday, 1:13 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
  • Morales homers as Royals eke out win vs. O's
    Kendrys Morales clubbed a solo home run and drew a pair of walks in four plate appearances Tuesday as the Royals eked out a win against the Orioles.

    Advice: Morales started the scoring when he went yard to right-center off of Miguel Gonzalez in the second inning. Though his numbers have tapered off over the last two weeks, the DH has been a steady force in the middle of the Royals' lineup, batting .283/.349/.453 with 14 home runs and 86 RBI. Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Pujols homers as Angels edge the Tigers
    Albert Pujols hit a three-run home run, helping the Angels escape with a win against the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pujols gave the Angels an early 3-0 cushion, drilling a three-run home run to left field off of Alfredo Simon. He finished 1-for-4 with a walk on the evening. Aside from a handful of home runs, the veteran has had a tough time at the plate, batting only .200 (8-for-40) since August 13. On the season, Pujols is hitting .253/.311/.505 with 34 home runs and 74 RBI. Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • Turner homers as Dodgers defeat the Reds
    Justin Turner went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win against the Reds.

    Advice: Turner made it a 3-0 game when he drilled a two-run home run to left field off of John Lamb in the third inning. In 10 games since returning from the disabled list, Turner is hitting a feeble .167 (6-for-36). He was on a torrid pace, as shown by his triple-slash line, which still stands at .303/.363/.534 along with his 15 home runs and 51 RBI. Tuesday, 8:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Justin Turner LAD - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Top 6, 3-4 ^ @SD
  • Lucroy blasts two homers in loss to Indians
    Jonathan Lucroy homered twice, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Lucroy has now homered three times in his last two games, giving him seven home runs overall. The catcher is hitting .248/.315/.375 with 32 RBI and 42 runs scored in 83 games this season. Tuesday, 8:06 pm
    W, 5-3 vs ^ Pit
  • Zimmerman leads Nats to win with a grand slam
    Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam in Tuesday's win against the Padres.

    Advice: Zimmerman's only hit in five at-bats was a sixth-inning grand slam off of Bud Norris that boosted the Nationals' lead to 8-2. It's his first homer since hitting two on August 9. Since then, he was batting only .189 (7-for-37). Zimmerman's numbers, overall, are still lackluster but the Nationals are hoping he can pick it up in time for a September playoff push. He's hitting .222/.296/.401 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI. Tuesday, 7:29 pm
    W, 15-1 vs ^ Atl
  • McCann out of Tuesday's lineup
    Brian McCann is out of the Yankees' lineup Tuesday against the Astros.

    Advice: He's getting a routine day off. John Ryan Murphy will start behind the plate. Tuesday, 12:38 pm
  • Moore (ankle) to begin rehab stint Tuesday
    Tyler Moore (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Potomac.

    Advice: Moore suffered a left ankle sprain last week, but he should be back in September. The 28-year-old is batting .200/.253/.347 with four home runs and 22 RBI over 162 plate appearances this season. Tuesday, 10:49 am
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  • Trumbo homers but Mariners fall to the A's
    Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 11-5 loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Trumbo finished off the Mariners' five-run third inning with a solo home run to left field off of Evan Scribner. He's now on a seven-game hitting streak and has homered three times in his last four games. His numbers are still subpar, however, batting .246/.295/.398 with eight home runs and 24 RBI since joining the Mariners. Monday, 10:41 pm
  • Abreu's homer not enough as White Sox lose
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run but the White Sox were defeated by the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Abreu gave the White Sox a briefly-held 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first inning off of Joe Kelly. He'd add a double and score in the ninth inning, helping the White Sox attempt to overcome a three-run deficit. Abreu has homered in back-to-back games, giving him 24 on the season along with 78 RBI and a .295/.354/.519 triple-slash line. Aug 24, 8:47 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. Aug 24, 7:51 pm
  • McCann reaches base four times, Yanks win
    Brian McCann singled three times and drew a walk in four plate appearances as the Yankees eked out a win over the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: McCann wasn't brought home after any of his three singles, but drew a crucial walk to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Carlos Beltran then knocked in the game's only run with a walk-off sacrifice fly. McCann has a solid .248/.317/.474 triple-slash line along with 22 home runs and 75 RBI on the year. Aug 24, 7:24 pm
  • Trumbo (knee) goes 1-for-3 in return Sunday
    Mark Trumbo (knee) returned to the Mariners starting lineup on Sunday, going 1-for-3 plus a walk in a victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Trumbo was scratched from the lineup on Saturday due to soreness in his left knee, but it appears to have been a very minor issue. He's hitting .249/.293/.437 with 16 homers and 46 RBI in 105 games between the Mariners and D'Backs this season. Aug 23, 9:13 pm
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