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  • Mike Aviles goes 3-for-4, homers
    Mike Aviles went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a steal against the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: A big game for a guy who had been hitting .167/.228/.236 in 72 at-bats since the All-Star break. The veteran utilityman has five homers and 12 steals on the season. Rotoworld.com
    32 minutes ago
     
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 5-0 ^ @Min
  • Matt McBride hits grand slam in win
    Making his first major league start in two years, Matt McBride hit a grand slam Wednesday off the Royals' Danny Duffy.

    Advice: McBride, who was just called up yesterday to help out at first base, also singled in the contest. The slam was his third major league homer, the other two coming in Sept. 2012. McBride's stay figured to be a short one, just until Justin Morneau got healthier, but maybe he'll last through September if he has a couple of more nice games. Rotoworld.com
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    W, 5-2 vs ^ KC
  • Jay's 3-hit night extends hit streak to 12
    Jon Jay went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, as the Cardinals defeated the Reds 7-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: During his hitting streak, Jay is batting a scorching .514 (18-for-35) and raised his season OPS by 85 points. All three of his hits were singles, including an eighth-inning knock that extended the Cardinals' lead to 7-0. Jay is slashing .313/.385/.407 with three home runs, 36 RBI, and six stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    48 minutes ago
     
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Cin
  • Steve Pearce launches 13th homer
    Steve Pearce hit his 13th homer Wednesday and has six extra-base hits in his last four games.

    Advice: Pearce had a putrid July and was being turned back into a bench player before Manny Machado got hurt. Given a reprieve, he suddenly found his stroke again Sunday, collecting as many extra-base hits these last four days as he had total the previous month and a half. The Orioles will find room for him as long as he hits, so those desperate for power in mixed leagues might want to give him another look. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:05 pm
     
    W, 4-3 ^ @CWS
  • Beltran gets cortisone shot in right elbow
    Carlos Beltran recently received a cortisone shot in his right elbow.

    Advice: Beltran missed Wednesday's game after aggravating the elbow on Tuesday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has already said Beltran won't play on Thursday after the injection. Injuries have limited the 37-year-old to 90 games this season, the first in a three-year, $45 million deal. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:02 pm
  • Avisail Garcia homers, knocks in three runs
    Avisail Garcia drove in all three White Sox runs with a homer and a sac fly Wednesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Garcia is 5-for-16 with three extra-base hits and six RBI since rejoining the White Sox following a four-month DL stint. It looks like he could be rather useful in mixed leagues the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:01 pm
  • Ellsbury has pair a of hits, pair of steals
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with a pair of stolen bases, but the Yankees were handed a 5-2 loss to the Astros on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ellsbury followed up Tuesday's three-hit performance with another nice ballgame. He put the Yankees ahead 2-1 in the fifth inning with an RBI bunt single. He was also able to swipe his 33rd and 34th stolen bases, both against the Scott Feldman/Jason Castro battery. Ellsbury owns a .276/.341/.400 slash line with 10 home runs and 54 RBI this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:56 pm
  • Inciarte hits game-tying homer, but ARI loses
    Ender Inciarte tied the game with a two-run home run in the eighth inning, but the D'Backs lost 3-2 in walk-off fashion against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Inciarte tied the game at two apiece with his two-run blast off of Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning, his third home run of the season. He finished 2-for-4 on the evening. The 23-year-old has struggled at the plate over the course of the season, but has shown marked improvement in August, as he's now batting .321 (25-for-78) in 18 games this month. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:37 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:27 pm
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Ari
  • McCutchen hitless in second game off of DL
    Andrew McCutchen, starting his second game since returning from the disabled list, went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: McCutchen went 0-for-4 on Tuesday as well, leaving the defending NL MVP 0-for-8 with two strikeouts since his return. The center fielder is still in position to defend his MVP, slashing .305/.404/.526 with 17 home runs, 67 RBI, and 17 stolen bases on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:04 pm
  • Duda clubs three-run homer vs. A's
    Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the A's.

    Advice: His three-run blast was the big blow in a five-run third inning against Jeff Samardzija. Duda is now up to 23 homers and 69 RBI on the year and ranks 12th in the NL with an .841 OPS. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:15 pm
     
    W, 8-5 ^ @Oak
  • Eaton (oblique) takes BP on Wednesday
    Adam Eaton (oblique) took batting practice Wednesday.

    Advice: The next step figures to be a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. If all goes well, he should rejoin the White Sox for the start of their homestand next week. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:27 pm
     
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  • Maybin reinstated from restricted list
    Padres reinstated OF Cameron Maybin from the restricted list.

    Advice: Maybin is back with the Padres after completing a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines. The 27-year-old is batting .247/.286/.368 with one home run, nine RBI, and three stolen bases in 62 games with the Padres this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:13 pm
  • Andy Dirks shut down with hamstring strain
    Andy Dirks has been shut down from his rehab assignment due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

    Advice: Dirks has been out all season due to back surgery and his rehab continues to be stalled by different setbacks. It's no longer a sure thing that he will be able to appear in a major league game for the Tigers this year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:51 pm
     
    Disabled List
    W, 6-0 x @TB
  • Bautista homers as Blue Jays beat Brewers
    Jose Bautista finished 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's 9-5 win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Bautista doubled in the third inning and then slugged a three-run shot in the Jays' five-run sixth inning. Toronto managed 15 hits in all against rookie Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson and the Milwaukee bullpen. Bautista is batting .290/.406/.512 with 24 home runs, 24 doubles, and 77 RBI in 121 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:43 pm
  • Cuddyer (hamstring) expects to return Friday
    Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) expects to return Friday.

    Advice: Cuddyer is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again on Wednesday due to hamstring soreness, but it's not a major injury. The Rockies are off on Thursday and then begin a three-game series with the Marlins on Friday night. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:58 pm
     
    W, 5-2 vs x KC
  • Zimmerman expected back in late September
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that he expects Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) to return from the disabled list "sometime in September."

    Advice: It will probably be late-September. Zimmerman is still limited to underwater treadmill workouts and there's no timetable yet for him to resume baseball-related activities. The veteran third baseman has been sidelined since late July with a Grade 3 right hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:51 pm
     
    Disabled List
    W, 3-2 vs x Ari
  • Swisher gets season-ending knee surgeries
    Nick Swisher underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday afternoon on both of his knees.

    Advice: The procedures were arthroscopic debridements, and come with an 8-10 week rehab timetable. Swisher is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training next season. He concludes the 2014 campaign with a career-worst .208/.278/.331 batting line. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:32 pm
     
    Disabled List
    W, 5-0 x @Min
  • Beltran aggravated elbow injury on Tuesday
    Carlos Beltran is not in Wednesday's lineup after aggravating his right elbow injury on a swing Tuesday.

    Advice: Beltran return to playing the outfield in the last week, but he was in the DH spot Tuesday and felt something in his elbow on a swing. The veteran will be examined by the doctor before it's determined how big of a setback it is, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hoping Beltran will only be out "just a day or two." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:57 pm
  • Alex Rios drives in a pair in return
    After sitting out Tuesday with a bruised thumb, Alex Rios returned to action Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Rios notched the first hit of the day with a sharp single in the first inning before plating two runs with a bloop double in the second. The two runs proved to be the winning margin for the Rangers. Rios' power has been a disappointment this season, but he's still hitting .286. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:49 pm
  • Marcell Ozuna stays hot with another homer
    Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: He scored a pair of runs on the day. Ozuna's blast was a long one to left field in the ninth inning off of closer Neftali Feliz and gives him a longball in two straight games. Although his OBP sits at .316, Ozuna has provided 18 homers and 65 RBI from center field. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:46 pm
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis nursing stiff neck
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: The neck issue also kept him out of action Tuesday. It doesn't at this point appear to be more than a day-to-day situation. Curtis Granderson had been slated for DH duty, but he'll now play right field and Eric Campbell will be the DH. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:25 am
  • Alex Rios back in lineup Wednesday
    Alex Rios returned to the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Rios missed Tuesday's contest with a bruised right thumb, but he's fine now. The veteran outfielder is sporting a .284/.313/.399 batting line with four homers, 49 RBI and 16 steals this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:46 am
  • Dustin Ackley (back) not playing Wednesday
    Dustin Ackley is not in Wednesday's lineup due to a sore back.

    Advice: It's not a big issue, but the Mariners are hoping rest Wednesday combined with Thursday's off day will allow Ackley to return to action Friday. Chris Denorfia is in left field in his place Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:39 am
     
    L, 4-3 x @Phi
  • Jake Marisnick hitless in return to action
    Jake Marisnick went 0-for-5 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Marisnick wasn't in Sunday's lineup in part because he's dealing with some soreness in his lower back. He's cooled off of late after a hot start with the Astros. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:25 am
  • Rajai Davis doesn't miss a game
    Rajai Davis had an RBI single and stole a base in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Davis exited Sunday's contest with a bruised thumb, but he wound up not missing a game. The outfielder sports a .289/.328/.414 with 31 stolen bases this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:25 am
  • Almonte has 4 hits, run and RBI in loss
    Abraham Almonte went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's setback against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Almonte was spectacular at the dish, but an adventure on the base paths, as he was caught stealing and later thrown out to end the game. Fortunately, the latter two mistakes won't be counted in the vast majority of formats. He's almost unowned across formats, and that needs to change. The 25-year-old -- Seattle's Opening Day center fielder and leadoff hitter -- is slashing .361/.368/.528 since coming over in the Chris Denorfia deal. As long as he's hot and playing every day, Almonte should be started in NL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Jay sends Cards home winners via walk-off HBP
    Jon Jay was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Tuesday, giving the Cardinals a walk-off, 5-4 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Jay has the strange distinction of leading the league with 15 hit-by-pitches this season, and none were more important than Tuesday's. The spectacle takes away from the fact that Jay also had two hits and scored twice in the victory. He owns an 11-game hitting streak that has his season line up to .307/.378/.402, and he's finding everyday at-bats in the Cardinals lineup. Mixed league owners need to start taking note. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
     
    W, 7-3 vs ^ Cin
  • Andrew McCutchen goes 0-for-4 in return
    Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-4 in his return Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: McCutchen grounded into just his seventh double play this season in the eighth and was removed afterwards with Atlanta up 10-2. It simply wasn't his or the Pirates' night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Matt McBride called up from Triple-A
    Rockies purchased the contract of 1B/OF Matt McBride from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: McBride has had a nice year for Colorado Springs, batting .305/.345/.487 with seven homers over 51 games. He'll provide some depth at first base with Justin Morneau (neck) a little banged up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:40 pm
     
    W, 5-2 vs ^ KC
  • Alex Rios (thumb) scratched from lineup
    Alex Rios was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a bruised right thumb.

    Advice: It's apparently been a lingering issue for the outfielder, and he was unable to take batting practice Tuesday. Although it doesn't appear at this point that a stint on the disabled list will be required, Rios seems likely to miss more than just a day. Jim Adduci took his spot in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Cuddyer out Tuesday due to sore hamstring
    Michael Cuddyer is sitting out Tuesday night against the Royals because of hamstring soreness.

    Advice: Drew Stubbs is starting in center field and Charlie Blackmon is starting in right field versus Kansas City. Cuddyer has been a highly-productive player for the Rockies when healthy, but the veteran outfielder has appeared in just 33 of the club's 124 games in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:30 pm
     
    W, 5-2 vs x KC
  • Pirates activate McCutchen from disabled list
    Pirates activated OF Andrew McCutchen from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: McCutchen suffered an avulsion fracture of his 11th left rib earlier this month, but he has made quick progress and will rejoin the Pirates on the first day he's eligible. He'll bat third in his return Tuesday against the Braves. It's great news for fantasy owners and the reeling Pirates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Ackley's three-hit night not enough vs. Phils
    Dustin Ackley singled, doubled twice, and drove in a run, but it wasn't enough as the Mariners lost to the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: Ackley was the extent of the Mariners' offense against Jerome Williams, and he was only able to help the Mariners score their first run in the eighth on a double to left field -- when it was too little, too late. Ackley had been slumping badly following a scorching return from the All-Star break. On the season, he's slashing .247/.293/.375 with eight home runs and 47 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:10 pm
     
    L, 4-3 x @Phi
  • No timetable for baseball activities for Zim
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) remains without a timetable to resume baseball activities.

    Advice: Zimmerman has already missed a month with a Grade 3 right hamstring strain and remains limited to working out on an underwater treadmill. The Nationals are hopeful that he'll return before the end of the season, but it's not a given. "There is no exact timetable. It's hard to put concrete dates on anything, because you just don't know. You are starting to feel better and that is a good sign," Zimmerman said. "I've been doing a few rehab things. There's really nothing you can do right now." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:08 pm
     
    Disabled List
    W, 3-2 vs x Ari
  • Adam Eaton (oblique) takes dry swings
    Adam Eaton (oblique) took some dry swings left-handed on Monday.

    Advice: He still needs to take swings from the right side, but Eaton feels good about his chances of being activated from the disabled list on August 24 when first eligible. The young outfielder was batting .435/.489/.518 over his previous 22 games prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:20 pm
     
    Disabled List
    L, 4-3 vs x Bal
  • Hurdle expects McCutchen (rib) back Tues.
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle expects Andrew McCutchen (rib) to be ready on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's the first day that the star center fielder is eligible to return from the disabled list. McCutchen has made an incredibly quick recovery from an avulsion fracture of his 11th rib. It appears that he will skip a minor league rehab assignment. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:57 pm
  • Duda slugs 22nd home run in loss to Cubs
    Lucas Duda slugged his 22nd home run of the season Monday in the Mets' loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: It was a solo shot in the fourth inning off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks and gave the Mets their only run of the game. Duda has a cool .839 OPS and 66 RBI this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:07 pm
     
    W, 8-5 ^ @Oak
  • Cuddyer hits for cycle as Rockies sweep Reds
    Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle and drove home three runs, leading the Rockies to a 10-5 victory in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    Advice: It's the second time in Cuddyer's career that he's hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat with the Twins in 2009. He got the hardest part out of the way early with a triple in the first inning. After striking out in his second at-bat, Cuddyer homered off Dylan Axelrod to start the sixth inning, added a single in the seventh and hammered a two-run double in the eighth. The 35-year-old is hitting .331/.376/.546 with six homers and 19 RBI on the season, and should provide a nice boost to fantasy owners down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:39 pm
     
    W, 5-2 vs x KC
  • Rajai Davis (thumb) listed as day-to-day
    Rajai Davis is listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game against the Mariners with a bruised thumb.

    Advice: Davis had been a demon on the basepaths prior to departing, swiping three bags. He should return to the Tigers lineup in a day or two. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Steve Pearce blasts 12th homer
    Steve Pearce doubled and smacked a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: He scored a pair of runs on the day. Pearce has predictably faded since his monster June but still sports a .284/.352/.502 for the season. His 12 home runs this year triple his previous career high. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:35 pm
     
    W, 4-3 ^ @CWS
  • Jake Marisnick nursing sore back
    Jake Marisnick is dealing with some soreness in his lower back.

    Advice: He's not in Sunday's lineup, though Astros manager Bo Porter insists the back ailment isn't the reason why. Marisnick is hitting .293/.311/.397 with one homer and five RBI over 15 games with Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:44 am
  • Avisail Garcia goes 2-for-4 in return to CHW
    Avisail Garcia went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his return to the White Sox lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It was the first game for Garcia since he tore the labrum in his left shoulder on April 9. He doubled to right field in the second inning (his first at-bat in over four months) and then smacked an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. The talented 23-year-old outfielder is worth owning in most standard fantasy leagues for the stretch run. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • McCutchen (rib) runs bases and takes BP
    Andrew McCutchen (rib) ran the bases and took batting practice on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: McCutchen has been on the shelf since August 4 with an avulsion fracture of his 11th left rib. The star outfielder is making swift and steady progress, and could be ready to rejoin the Pirates late next week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:17 pm
  • Rockies activate OF Cuddyer from 60-day DL
    Rockies activated OF Michael Cuddyer from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Cuddyer is batting second in his return to the Rockies' lineup Saturday after missing three months with a fracture in his left shoulder. He's been highly productive when healthy during his time with Colorado and should hold significant fantasy value down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:51 pm
     
    W, 5-2 vs x KC
  • White Sox activate Avisail Garcia from the DL
    White Sox activated OF Avisail Garcia from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Garcia tore the labrum in his left shoulder in early April and was expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season, but has made very quick progress in his recovery. He hit .340/.377/.460 with a homer and three RBI over 13 games on his minor league rehab assignment. He's worth adding if available in deeper mixed leagues for the duration. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • Beltran playing RF for first time since May
    Carlos Beltran will return to right field on Saturday, the first time that he's played the outfield since May 10.

    Advice: A bone spur in his throwing elbow has limited Beltran to designated hitter duty since that date. Now that he's able to return to the outfield, the Yankees will have much more flexibility in their lineup with the ability to utilize the DH spot to rest other regulars. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Marisnick has go-ahead hit vs. Red Sox
    Jake Marisnick delivered a 10th inning go-ahead, two-run double in a 5-3 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Marisnick dropped a bloop just inside the right-field line which bounced into the stands for ground-rule double. The 23-year-old finished the evening 2-for-5 and is now hitting .315 (17-for-54) since coming over from the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal. His plate discipline is a work in progress, but he has speed to burn and is worth monitoring in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:37 pm
  • Aviles hits walk-off homer against Orioles
    Mike Aviles connected for a walk-off solo homer in a 2-1 win over the Orioles in 11 innings on Friday night.

    Advice: Aviles played the role of hero after he took Brian Matusz deep to lead off the 11th. The 33-year-old is now batting .243/.273/.330 with four homers, 29 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 85 games this season. The Indians have won four out of their last five games and remain on the fringes of playoff contention. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:04 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Mike Avilés Cle - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 5-0 ^ @Min
  • Harper drives in two runs in win over Pirates
    Bryce Harper was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Friday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Maybe, just maybe, Harper is beginning to come out of his funk. While the 21-year-old outfielder is still striking out a lot, he's hitting .313 (10-for-32) with three home runs and nine RBI over his last eight games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:32 pm
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Ari
  • Ellsbury goes hitless against Rays on Friday
    Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Ellsbury had a chance to make things interesting when he came up to bat with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning against Brad Boxberger, but he struck out swinging. The high-priced outfielder is batting just .228 (11-for-48) with one home run and four RBI this month. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Maybin begins playing in minor league games
    Cameron Maybin will begin playing in minor league games on Friday with Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Maybin is currently serving a 25 game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, and is allowed to play in five minor league rehab games before rejoining the Padres on August 20. He could be a boost to teams in desperate need of speed down the stretch, provided he finds regular playing time in the Padres outfield. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:05 pm
  • Garcia could be activated this weekend
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Friday that Avisail Garcia (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: Previously ruled out for the season with a torn left labrum, Garcia has made a rapid recovery and is batting .340/.377/.460 with one homer over 13 rehab games. He's worth stashing in deeper leagues if he's still out there on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:37 pm
  • Andy Dirks resuming rehab assignment
    Andy Dirks (back, hamstring) will resume a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

    Advice: Dirks has been slowed for the last week with a tweaked hamstring, but it wasn't a significant setbacks. He's missed all season following back surgery but the Tigers remain hopeful of getting him back before the end of the year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:54 pm
     
    Disabled List
    W, 6-0 x @TB
  • Harper homers again as Nats beat the Mets
    Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Nationals won by a 4-1 score over the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: Perhaps motivated by recent detractors, Harper has hit another gear at the plate. Thursday's blast, which came in the fourth inning against Dillon Gee, is his second in his last three games. He now has six home runs, 21 RBI, and a .255/.335/.392 slash line on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:23 pm
     
    W, 3-2 vs ^ Ari
  • Cuddyer (shoulder) to be activated Saturday
    Michael Cuddyer (shoulder) is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: Cuddyer is playing his eighth and final rehab game on Thursday. He'll rest Friday before being activated Saturday if all is well. "He's going to play today and tomorrow is going to be a travel day for him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "If everything goes OK, he has a chance to be in the starting lineup for us on Saturday." Cuddyer has been sidelined since early June with a broken left shoulder. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:54 pm
     
    W, 5-2 vs x KC
  • Rios (ankle) back in Rangers' lineup on Wed.
    Alex Rios (ankle) is back in the Rangers' starting lineup on Wednesday night versus the Rays.

    Advice: It'll be the first start for Rios since he aggravated an ankle injury on Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old outfielder cleared revocable waivers last week and could be dealt to a contender before the August 31 deadline. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:38 pm
  • Swisher (knee) to get second opinion Tuesday
    Nick Swisher will receive a second opinion on his ailing right knee on Tuesday in Los Angeles from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

    Advice: Swisher was examined by Dr. Rick Parker on Monday, but the Indians have yet to release the resulted from that visits (which probably isn't a good sign). The 33-year-old has played through knee issues all season and the club is trying to figure out what the best course of action is. More will obviously be known after Tuesday's exam. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:42 am
     
    Disabled List
    W, 5-0 x @Min
  • Alex Rios flies out as pinch-hitter Tuesday
    Alex Rios flew out as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rios hasn't started since aggravating his right ankle injury on Sunday. He's expected back in the lineup Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:29 am
  • Marisnick hits first homer in win over Twins
    Jake Marisnick went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Marisnick hit a solo shot in the third inning off Twins starter Yohan Pino, his first home run of the season. The outfielder has taken well to the American League since being dealt to the Astros, batting .333/.341/.452 in 11 games. Marisnick has an intriguing combination of power and speed that makes him a decent option in AL-only leagues for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Harper homers as Nats easily handle the Mets
    Bryce Harper belted a two-run home run, one of his two hits in four at-bats, as the Nationals skated to a win over the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Days after lifting a walk-off home run against the Mets following rumors of a possible demotion to Triple-A, Harper homered again against his club's division rival. His two-run blast to left field off of Rafael Montero in the second inning broke a scoreless tie. The outfielder will need to keep it up to bring his numbers up to expectations. He's carrying a .254/.338/.380 line with five home runs and 18 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:44 pm
     
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  • Avisail Garcia (shoulder) nearing return
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks Avisail Garcia (shoulder) will need 50 plate appearances during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: He entered play Tuesday with 41, so Garcia should just be a few days away from a return. "Hopefully coming to end of the [rehab] in several days or week or so," general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday. Garcia entered Tuesday hitting .368/.415/.500 with a home run so far on his rehab assignment. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • Nick Swisher to receive more opinions on knee
    Nick Swisher will receive additional opinions on his ailing right knee before a decision is made on his status.

    Advice: Swisher, who has had knee issues all season, was examined by Dr. Rick Parker on Monday, but the Indians want to gather more information and seek additional opinions before announcing what they'll do. Manager Terry Francona wouldn't indicate whether surgery might be a possibility. "I think what we need to do is allow this process to kind of play itself out," Francona said. "With the ballclub's help and urging, he's going to get another opinion and we're trying to align that right now. When we have information that's solid -- and when and where and all that -- we will give it to you guys. I think they're in the process of trying to do that right now." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:51 pm
     
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  • Alex Rios (ankle) sitting out again
    Alex Rios (ankle) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Rios is ready to play, but manager Ron Washington wanted to give him an extra day. He should be back in there Wednesday. "I just have to be smart," Rios said. "If it doesn't feel good, taking a few days off may be a good thing. I don't want to miss any more time, but you don't want to go through the season with more pain than you have to." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:07 pm
  • Jake Marisnick goes 4-for-4 in loss
    Jake Marisnick had four singles in four at-bats Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Unfortunately, since he was batting eighth in the Astros lineup, those hits added up to no runs scored and no RBI. He's hit .316 in 10 games since joining the Astros, but that's come with no homers, no steals, two runs scored and two RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 9:06 pm
  • Alex Rios (ankle) could play on Tuesday
    Alex Rios could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday after an MRI on his right ankle showed no significant damage.

    Advice: Rios aggravated his ankle injury on Sunday, but it apparently wasn't a major setback. The Rangers outfielder could be traded to a contender this month if he shows he's healthy. He's batting .294/.324/.415 with four homers, 46 RBI and 16 steals this season. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 7:10 pm
  • Carlos Beltran nearing return to outfield
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that Carlos Beltran could return to playing right field "in the real near future."

    Advice: Beltran has been limited to designated hitter duty since mid-May due to a bone spur in his right elbow. However, he's been working out in the outfield for a while now and is feeling much better. "He's definitely feeling a lot better. It's something that we'll talk about pretty soon here," Girardi said. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 3:50 pm
  • Pirates place McCutchen (rib) on 15-day DL
    Pirates placed OF Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 4, with an avulsion fracture of his 11th left rib.

    Advice: Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that McCutchen was making "remarkable" progress, but he's apparently not close to game action. The good news is that he has already missed a week, so he'll be eligible to return next week if all goes well. The Pirates and fantasy owners will have to keep their fingers crossed. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 2:13 pm
  • Alex Rios still feeling soreness in ankle
    Alex Rios is still feeling soreness in his right ankle.

    Advice: Rios returned to action Sunday, but didn't last four innings before injuring the ankle again. He's scheduled to see team physician Dr. Keith Meister on Monday night, after which we should know more about his status. The veteran outfielder cleared revocable waivers earlier this month, but he'll obviously have to prove his health for any team to want to trade for him. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 1:27 pm
  • Alex Rios returned to action on Sunday August 10. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 12:55 am
  • Jose Bautista delivers walkoff winner in 19th
    Jose Bautista was the hero in Sunday's marathon 6-5 victory over the Tigers, delivering a walkoff RBI single in the 19th inning to bring an end to the madness.

    Advice: Bautista had struggled throughout the day until that point, as he finished the day 1-for-8 plus a pair of walks. The Jays loaded the bases with nobody out against Rick Porcello to begin the 19th inning, and Bautista responded with a deep fly to right field that easily cleared the drawn-in outfield. Joey Bats is now slashing .294/.411/.511 with 22 long balls and 70 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 10, 4:56 pm
  • Rios removed after aggravating ankle injury
    Alex Rios left Sunday's game versus the Astros after aggravating his right ankle injury.

    Advice: Rios was making his first start since Wednesday, but he lasted not even four innings before departing. He'll be reevaluated on Monday. The dynamic outfielder cleared revocable waivers last week. This lingering ankle injury obviously won't help his trade value. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 10, 1:02 pm
  • McCutchen's progress has been 'remarkable'
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Andrew McCutchen's (rib) progress has been "remarkable."

    Advice: "His progress has been remarkable," the GM said. "That's the most apt word I can put on it. Is (McCutchen) game ready? No. But next steps will be to determine how quickly he can be game ready. He's getting after it." McCutchen is sitting out again Sunday due to an avulsion fracture of his rib, but it sounds like he'll avoid the disabled list and return to the lineup later this week. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 10, 11:11 am
  • Nick Swisher (knee) lands on disabled list
    Indians placed OF/1B Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list with right knee soreness.

    Advice: It's the second time this season that knee issues have forced him to the DL, and he indicated that he might be out for a while. "I can't keep playing like this," Swisher said. "We have to find out what's going on." More will be known after Swisher undergoes an MRI in the coming days. David Murphy (oblique) is also headed to the disabled list, as the Indians will recall Tyler Holt and Zach Walters. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 10, 7:39 am
     
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    W, 5-0 x @Min
  • Swisher (knee) could be headed for DL
    Nick Swisher (knee) could be placed on the disabled list.

    Advice: Swisher exited Saturday's game due to soreness in his right knee after failing to score from second base on a double and then being forced out at home on a bases-loaded situation. He has already made one trip to the DL this season due to issues with both knees. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 10, 7:05 am
     
    Disabled List
    W, 5-0 x @Min
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