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  • Jake Smolinski goes 4-for-5 in Rangers' win
    Jake Smolinski finished 4-for-5 with an RBI Thursday as the Rangers beat the A's 7-2 to complete a three-game sweep in Oakland.

    Advice: The Rangers are relishing the role as spoiler, winning six straight against the postseason hopeful Braves and A's. They might actually end up spoiling things for themselves, though: at 60-72, they're on the verge of missing out on the first pick in the draft, having positioned themselves just one game behind the Rockies and two behind the Diamondbacks in the standings. Smolinski is 6-for-13 with a homer in three games since coming off the DL on Tuesday. He'll finish out the season as a regular, but he's only worth playing in AL-only leagues. Rotoworld.com
    24 minutes ago
  • Sam Fuld triples, doubles
    Sam Fuld tripled, doubled and drove in both A's runs in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: Fuld entered the day at .180/.226/.280 in 50 at-bats this month, but he's been playing fairly regularly anyway, which says a lot about where the A's are as a team right now. He certainly had a nice game today, but since he was the only one, it didn't matter much. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
     
    L, 7-2 vs ^ Tex
  • Cabrera not expected back on homestand
    Everth Cabrera (hamstring) is not expected to rejoin the Padres before the end of their homestand on September 24.

    Advice: That would leave just a handful of road games left, so Cabrera's return at all at this point is looking up in the air. The speedy shortstop has played just 10 games since the beginning of July due to a pair of hamstring injuries. Rotoworld.com
    51 minutes ago
     
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    6:10 pm vs x Phi
  • Utley not in Thursday's lineup
    Chase Utley is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He's presumably getting a breather. Andres Blanco will make the start at second base. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:35 pm
  • Zimmerman (hammy) plays again Thu.
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) went 1-for-7 as the DH on Thursday in a simulated game at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Florida.

    Advice: Zimmerman is slated to play seven innings in left field Friday before being reevaluated. The Nationals are hoping to have him back for the final few days of the regular season to get him ready for the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:29 pm
     
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  • LaRoche resting back Thursday
    Adam LaRoche is resting his back Thursday.

    Advice: Most of the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday after resting on Wednesday, but LaRoche needs another day. He's expected to return Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:25 pm
  • Angels' regulars resting Thursday vs. M's
    Mike Trout is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mariners.

    Advice: Not surprisingly, the Angels' regulars are sitting after the team wrapped up the AL West on Wednesday night. Here's the lineup King Felix will face: Tony Campana CF, Gordon Beckham SS, Brennan Boesch RF, C.J. Cron DH, Efren Navarro 1B, Grant Green 2B, Hank Conger C, Luis Jimenez 3B, Shawn O'Malley LF. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:05 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs x Sea
  • Arenado (pneumonia) could miss rest of season
    Nolan Arenado (pneumonia) could miss the rest of the season.

    Advice: Arenado came out of Sunday's game with a chest contusion and an MRI on Monday revealed signs of pneumonia. He's doing better, but there just might not be enough time for him to make it back at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:53 pm
  • Holt (concussion) to resume activities
    Brock Holt (concussion) will resume baseball activities Friday.

    Advice: Holt was diagnosed with a concussion last week, but he got positive news in a checkup on Thursday. While he's making progress, it's unclear if he'll play again this season. Red Sox manager John Farrell has mentioned the possibility of sending him to the instructional league next month so that he can go into the offseason with some peace of mind. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:50 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 x @Pit
  • Mercer (back) returns to Pirates' lineup
    Jordy Mercer (back) has returned to the Pirates' lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Mercer had his back tighten up on him Tuesday and ended up missing consecutive games, but he's feeling better now. He'll bat seventh against Brandon Workman. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:45 pm
     
    Top 3, 1-0 vs ^ Bos
  • Dickerson not in Thursday's lineup
    Corey Dickerson is not in the Rockies' lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with left-hander Vidal Nuno pitching for Arizona. Brandon Barnes is starting in left field. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • Blackmon not in Thursday's lineup
    Charlie Blackmon is not in Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He's sitting with southpaw Vidal Nuno on the mound. Drew Stubbs will start in center field. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:40 pm
  • Crawford not in Thursday's lineup
    Carl Crawford is not in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

    Advice: He's taking a seat again with left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada on the mound for Chicago. Scott Van Slyke will make another start in left. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:30 pm
  • Hanley (elbow) back in Thursday's lineup
    Hanley Ramirez (elbow) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.

    Advice: Ramirez has missed the last two games with a strained right elbow, but he'll try to give it a go. He'll bat fifth against southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:26 pm
  • LaRoche out of lineup Thursday
    Adam LaRoche is out of the Nationals' lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Most the Nationals' regulars are back in the lineup Thursday, but LaRoche will sit for a second straight day. Kevin Frandsen is starting at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:00 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:21 pm
  • Nationals claim Pedro Florimon off waivers
    Nationals claimed INF Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Twins.

    Advice: Florimon is a .204/.266/.300 career hitter in 692 career plate appearances at the major league level, but he is athletic enough to play all around the infield. The Nats designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:55 am
  • Reddick (neck) out of A's lineup Thursday
    Josh Reddick is out of the A's starting lineup on Thursday due to a sore neck and ankle.

    Advice: Reddick underwent an MRI on Thursday morning that showed no structural damage. He's considered day-to-day. Sam Fuld is starting in right field versus Texas. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:23 am
     
    L, 7-2 vs x Tex
  • Nationals designate Eury Perez for assignment
    Nationals designated OF Eury Perez for assignment.

    Advice: Perez has a decent .310/.354/.411 batting line with 63 stolen bases in 193 career games at Triple-A. The 24-year-old outfielder should draw interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:02 am
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:20 am
     
    L, 7-2 vs x Tex
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:45 am
  • Hechavarria (shoulder) goes 1-for-3 in return
    Adeiny Hechavarria (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: Hechavarria missed Tuesday's game with a sore left shoulder. It was never a serious concern. The 25-year-old shortstop is batting .281/.313/.365 this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:40 am
  • Mark Teixeira returned to action on Wednesday September 17. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:58 am
  • Smith (hamstring) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Seth Smith (hamstring) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Smith was held out of the Padres' starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring. He remains day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:58 am
  • Adeiny Hechavarria returned to action on Wednesday September 17. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:58 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:58 am
     
    L, 7-2 vs x Tex
  • Rosales goes 3-for-4 with a steal in victory
    Adam Rosales went 3-for-4 with a steal in Wednesday's 6-1 win against the A's.

    Advice: He's 6-for-12 (.500) with two walks over his last three games, the past two of which have come against his former team. Which must be sweet. You might recall last year's Rosales transaction shenanigans between these two clubs. If not, here's your primer: The A's DFA'd him on Deadline Day, the Rangers claimed him on August 2, they DFA'd him on August 5, the A's claimed him back on August 8 and DFA'd him on August 10. The Rangers got him back for good on yet another claim two days later. Rosales has surprisingly turned into a productive AL-only player as the season winds down. He's now slashing .297/.371/.445 across 46 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 7-2 ^ @Oak
  • OF Brown has 2 hits in win agaisnt Padres
    Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Phillies' win over the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's been a long, lonely, treacherous season for the 2013 revelation. But he just finished off a solid series at Petco, going 4-for-11 (.363) with a homer and a steal. Hey, his owners will take whatever they can get at this point. Brown, slashing .234/.286/.353, is very likely playing out the string on his Phillies' career. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier this month that the Phillies will look to trade Brown this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Cron goes 2-for-3 with HR vs. the Mariners
    C.J. Cron went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cron had gone 1-for-10 with zero RBI in his previous five games since going deep for the last time. At this point in his career, Cron is a bit of an all-or-nothing proposition. The .482 slugging percentage is spectacular, but he'll want to get on base at a better than .301 clip in future campaigns. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
     
    L, 7-2 vs x Tex
  • Zimmerman (hammy) plays five sim. innings
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) played five innings of defense in a simulated game Wednesday at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Florida.

    Advice: Zimmerman spent three of those innings at first base and the other two at third, reporting no issues with his hamstring. He's scheduled to DH on Thursday and will then play seven innings of left field on Friday. The Nationals are hoping to have him back on their active roster in some capacity for the final week of the regular season (and then into the playoffs). Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:29 pm
     
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    Top 4, 0-1 x @Mia
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Jordy Mercer (back) still out of lineup
    Jordy Mercer (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Mercer will miss his second straight start due to back tightness. He remains day-to-day. Clint Barmes will fill in again at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
     
    Top 3, 1-0 vs ^ Bos
  • Hanley Ramirez (elbow) reports improvement
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Hanley Ramirez (elbow) is feeling better.

    Advice: Ramirez is missing his second straight start Wednesday with a strained right elbow, but the hope is that he'll be ready for the four-game series in Chicago that begins Thursday. The shortstop was able to pinch-hit in Tuesday's contest. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Hanley (elbow) out again on Wednesday
    Hanley Ramirez (elbow) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Ramirez was able to pinch-hit Tuesday but will miss a second straight start, suggesting that his elbow is more of an issue in the field. The Dodgers are considering the shortstop day-to-day. Miguel Rojas is filling in Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 am
  • Dickerson has homer, four RBI to rout Dodgers
    Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI in the Rockies' 10-4 rout of the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    Advice: In the fourth inning, Dickerson connected for a two-run shot, his 23rd home run of the season, off Dodgers starter Dan Haren. He added a two-run triple in the eighth inning, his fifth triple of the season. The 25-year-old has emerged as an offensive star this season, batting .307/.360/.566 with 73 RBI and 70 runs scored overall. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:20 pm
  • Hanley (elbow) not expected to play Wednesday
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated after Tuesday's game that Hanley Ramirez (elbow) was unlikely to play Wednesday.

    Advice: It's no surprise given that it's a day game after a night game. Ramirez was able to pinch-hit Tuesday (striking out), suggesting that his elbow is not at issue at the plate but in the field. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez (elbow) scratched from lineup
    Hanley Ramirez was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right elbow strain.

    Advice: It's not clear how the ailment popped up or how long he might be sidelined, but the Dodgers should provide more on his status later Tuesday. Justin Turner took Ramirez's spot at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:30 pm
  • Seth Smith scratched with sore hammy
    Seth Smith was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sore hamstring.

    Advice: It sounds like a minor issue, as Smith could be available to pinch-hit. Consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:22 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:36 pm
     
    L, 7-2 vs x Tex
  • Jordy Mercer scratched with tight back
    Jordy Mercer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness.

    Advice: It's probably safe to consider him day-to-day. Clint Barmes will play shortstop Tuesday in Mercer's place. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:10 pm
     
    Top 3, 1-0 vs ^ Bos
  • Nolan Arenado diagnosed with pneumonia
    Nolan Arenado has been diagnosed with pneumonia.

    Advice: The third baseman is home resting while the Rockies continue a three-game series against the Dodgers. It's not clear when Arenado might return to action. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:39 pm
  • Arenado (chest) out of lineup again Tuesday
    Nolan Arenado (chest) is out of the Rockies' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Arenado left Sunday's series finale in St. Louis with a chest contusion and did not do any pregame work on Monday or Tuesday. Charlie Culberson will start at third base Tuesday night against the visiting Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:25 pm
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) plays simulated game
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) played three innings of first base Tuesday in a simulated game at the Nationals' spring training complex in Florida.

    Advice: Zimmerman hit two doubles in five at-bats and ran the bases without issue. He is expected to play five innings at first base on Wednesday with an eye on returning to the Nationals' active roster in some capacity for the final week of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Hechavarria (shoulder) out of MIA lineup
    Adeiny Hechavarria is out of the Marlins' starting lineup on Tuesday due to a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: Ed Lucas will start at shortstop against the Mets. Hechavarria missed some time earlier this season with discomfort in his left elbow, but this issue has more to do with his shoulder. He is day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Brock Holt (head) won't play in Pittsburgh
    Brock Holt (head) won't play in the Red Sox' three-game series at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.

    Advice: Holt was diagnosed with a concussion last week and is still symptomatic. The super-utilityman will visit another specialist on Thursday for a checkup. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:39 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 x @Pit
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:04 pm
  • Rangers activate Smolinski from 15-day DL
    Rangers activated OF Jake Smolinski from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Smolinski has been out since early August with a fractured left foot. The 25-year-old has appeared in 11 games with the Rangers this season and will function as an extra outfielder over the final two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:54 am
  • Trout goes 1-for-2 with three walks and a run
    Mike Trout went 1-for-2 with three walks and a run scored in Monday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Trout is now 4-for-23 (.174) off the Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma. That's his worst batting average against any pitcher Trout has ever had 15 or more at-bats against. Fortunately, he's really, really good against everybody else. Trout is slashing .291/.381/.567 and is on pace for 37 homers, 116 RBI, 117 runs and 15 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs x Sea
  • Cabrera hopes to return during homestand
    The Padres are hoping to get Everth Cabrera (hamstring) back at some point during their September 15-24 homestand.

    Advice: Cabrera is currently working out in the Instructional League. He's been sidelined since mid-August with a strained left hamstring but could provide a few steals in the final weeks for fantasy owners that might need them. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:24 pm
     
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    6:10 pm vs x Phi
  • Nolan Arenado getting MRI on sore chest
    Nolan Arenado will undergo an MRI on his chest Monday.

    Advice: Arenado left Sunday's game with what the Rockies referred to as a chest contusion. The club doesn't expect the injury to be serious, but we won't know for sure until the MRI comes back. Consider Arenado day-to-day until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:14 pm
  • Zimmerman (hammy) set for simulated game
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) went through a full workout Monday in Viera, Florida and is slated to play three innings at first base Tuesday in a simulated game.

    Advice: He's expected to progress to five innings on Wednesday and serve as a DH on Thursday before being reevaluated. Zimmerman has been out since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain, but the Nationals are hoping to get him back at some point next week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:12 pm
     
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    Top 4, 0-1 x @Mia
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:07 pm
     
    L, 7-2 vs x Tex
  • Fuld homers, drives in two in win over M's
    Sam Fuld went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Fuld, the second batter of the game, hit a solo shot off Mariners starter Chris Young to start the scoring. He added an RBI single in the eighth, scoring on an Adam Dunn single later in the inning. The 32-year-old remains a part-time player for the A's. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:11 pm
     
    L, 7-2 vs ^ Tex
  • Nolan Arenado day-to-day with contusion
    Nolan Arenado is day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game with a chest contusion.

    Advice: With the Rockies home all week, Arenado needs to be kept active in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:07 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:31 pm
  • Nolan Arenado exits after hard dive
    Nolan Arenado left Sunday's game versus the Cardinals with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Arenado appeared to bang his shoulder hard on the ground when he dove for a ball and was seen stretching out his arm afterwards. The Rockies should provide an update on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:39 pm
  • Mike Trout homers twice in Angels' win
    Mike Trout went 3-for-3 with two solo homers and an intentional walk Saturday in the Angels' 5-2 defeat of the Astros.

    Advice: Trout collected his 33rd and 34th homers and his 39th double. Really, if there was any question left, he might have just locked up AL MVP honors tonight. Trout leads the league with 107 runs scored and 107 RBI, he's moved into a tie for third in homers and he's third behind Jose Abreu and Victor Martinez in OPS, while obviously having greater defensive value than those two. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:25 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs x Sea
  • Zimmerman to face live pitching on Monday
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is slated to face live pitching in the instructional league in Viera on Monday.

    Advice: Zimmerman was able to run at 60 percent on Friday and continues to make progress toward a return to the Nationals lineup. Even is he returns at some point next week though, he's only expected to see sporadic playing time down the stretch so he isn't a strong option in most mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:26 am
     
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    Top 4, 0-1 x @Mia
  • Domonic Brown returns to lineup with two hits
    Domonic Brown (shoulder) returned to action on Friday, going 2-for-4 in an extra-inning victory over the Marlins.

    Advice: Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder contusion sustained after diving for a ball in the outfield, then sat out Thursday's contest as a precautionary measure. After a breakout 2013 season, the 2014 campaign hasn't been as kind to the 27-year-old outfielder as he's slashing just .233/.285/.349 with nine homers and 59 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:00 am
  • Mike Trout doubles, triples in win
    Mike Trout doubled, tripled and drove in two runs as the Angels topped the Astros 11-3 on Friday.

    Advice: Trout also scored twice, giving him 104 runs and 105 RBI through 143 games. He leads the AL in both categories. The win was the Angels' ninth straight, giving them an 11-game lead in the AL West. Their magic number is just seven with 16 games to go. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:29 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs x Sea
  • C.J. Cron returns to lineup
    C.J. Cron returned to action on Friday and went 0-for-3 against the Astros.

    Advice: Cron had been out with a sore wrist. He'll likely head back to the bench versus righty Scott Feldman on Saturday, but he should get another start versus left-hander Dallas Keuchel on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:23 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Arenado has RBI double vs. Cardinals
    Nolan Arenado had an RBI double Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It was the only offense of the game for the Rockies and ended a 21-inning scoreless drought for the club. Arenado is batting a modest .216 (8-for-37) this month, but he collected four home runs and eight RBI along the way. Not surprisingly, the 23-year-old has produced significantly better at home than on the road this season, but he still figures to begin 2015 as a top-12 third baseman in mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Mercer knocks in three runs Friday vs. Cubs
    Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with three RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Mercer singled home a run in the fourth inning and later added a two-run single in the sixth. The 28-year-old has driven in 10 runs this month and is now up to 53 RBI on the year. He's a viable middle infielder option in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:04 pm
     
    Top 3, 1-0 vs ^ Bos
  • Chase Utley reaches three times in victory
    Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored as the Phillies topped the Marlins on Friday.

    Advice: Utley also drew a walk, reaching in three of his four plate appearances on the night. He has had a solid, if unspectacular, season offensively, slashing .276/.345/.418 with 11 homers, 75 RBI and seven stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Hechavarria plates run in loss to Phillies
    Adeiny Hechavarria drove home the Marlins lone run in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: His RBI single in the sixth inning plated Jeff Baker, tying the game at 1-1. He finished the evening 2-for-4, raising his season slash to .280/.311/.364. He doesn't provide much in the way of power or speed, but is worth using in NL-only formats for his consistent at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 pm
  • LaRoche has single, four walks vs. Mets
    Adam LaRoche had an RBI single and four walks Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: Well, you don't see that line every day. The fourth and final walk was intentional in the ninth inning. It ended up being the right call by Mets manager Terry Collins, as Jenrry Mejia struck out Ian Desmond swinging to end the ballgame. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:29 pm
  • Brock Holt confirmed to have concussion
    Brock Holt's visit to a specialist Thursday confirmed that he indeed has a concussion.

    Advice: Holt is back with the Red Sox, but has not been cleared to return to action. The team is likely to play things very cautiously the remainder of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:12 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 x @Pit
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) runs at 60 percent
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) did some running at about 60 percent on Friday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's ran since being placed on the disabled list back in late July. Zimmerman did starts and stops while running and also did some hitting on the field. The next step for the third baseman will be to head to the Nationals' spring training complex on Sunday to get in some live batting practice. Zimmerman could conceivably be activated at some point next week, but the Nats plan to be careful with his playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:23 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:00 am
     
    L, 7-2 vs x Tex
  • LaRoche homers again, knocks in 3 in a win
    Adam LaRoche went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and an RBI single as the Nationals topped the Mets on Thursday.

    Advice: It had three days since LaRoche last homered, so he was due. The first baseman has now homered five times in nine September games, knocking in 15 runs in the process. His first-inning blast off of Bartolo Colon gave the Nats a 2-0 lead, and he added on with his RBI single in the third. LaRoche is sitting on 24 home runs, 85 RBI, and a .265/.367/.468 slash line. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Domonic Brown available off the bench
    Domonic Brown (shoulder) is available to pinch-hit Thursday.

    Advice: Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder injury, but he's fine. He probably could have started Thursday but was slated to come off the bench, anyway, with the Phillies facing lefty Francisco Liriano. "He's available. He got a little stinger last night in his shoulder area that he initially felt. It tightened up a little bit as we went along but the bigger issue out there was he just got the wind knocked out of him," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • C.J. Cron has been nursing sore wrist
    C.J. Cron has been unavailable the last few days due to a sore wrist.

    Advice: He's expected to be available to play this weekend. Cron is hitting .276/.306/.481 with 10 homers and 32 RBI over 67 games for the Angels this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:03 pm
     
    7:05 pm vs ^ Sea
  • Brock Holt sent to see concussion specialist
    Brock Holt was sent to see a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Holt left a game last Friday due to dizziness and hasn't many any progress in recent days. It's unclear what the source of the issue was, but the Red Sox aren't going to take any chances. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:48 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 x @Pit
  • Holt out again Thursday
    Brock Holt (illness, neck) is out of the starting lineup for the Red Sox again on Thursday against the Royals.

    Advice: Holt, who has been fighting an illness and some neck stiffness, will now miss his sixth straight start. He's hoping to return to action this weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:24 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 x @Pit
  • Zimmerman to go to instructional league soon
    Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) is tentatively scheduled to go to the instructional league in Viera, Florida next week.

    Advice: Zimmerman, out since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain, resumed taking batting practice earlier this week. Running at full speed will be the real test for his hamstring, but assuming no setbacks, he'll get eased into game action in Florida before rejoining the Nationals. He could make it back during the final week of the regular season, but fantasy owners obviously shouldn't be counting on him at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:17 pm
     
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  • Utley not in Phillies' lineup on Thursday
    Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' starting lineup on Thursday night versus the Pirates.

    Advice: It's just a routine day of rest for the veteran second baseman. Cesar Hernandez will start in his place. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:29 pm
  • Crawford has 3 2Bs, finishes series 9-for-12
    Carl Crawford went 4-for-4 and doubled three times in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: His second inning double drove in Matt Kemp to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Juan Uribe singled Crawford in after the latter's seventh inning double, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Lastly, Crawford's eight inning two-sacker gave the Dodgers their final run a 4-0 win. San Diego is thrilled to be done with Crawford for the time being. He went 9-for-12 (.750) with a walk, four doubles, one homer, five RBI and three runs scored during the three-game set. The 33-year-old is a must-start whenever he gets hot like this. The Dodgers hope he can keep it up over the weekend in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Brown exits game with left shoulder contusion
    Domonic Brown left Wednesday's game with a left shoulder contusion.

    Advice: Brown dove for a ball in left field in the fifth inning but stayed in the game at the time. He was later pinch-hit for by Darin Ruf. The Phillies should update his status after the game, but it's likely a day-to-day situation for now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Cabrera unlikely to rejoin Pads this weekend
    Everth Cabrera is unlikely to rejoin the Padres this weekend.

    Advice: "Let's see how this whole process plays out, even how his hamstring is," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I still think there's some information-gathering with MLB and authorities that I'm not privy to. Organizationally, we're gonna wait for all this to get settled and cleared. Then if this all plays out positively, he can get active." Cabrera was reportedly arrested for a DUI last week, likely what Black is alluding to. He's also been dealing with a hamstring strain. It sounds like a suspension of some sort may be coming down the pipe. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:41 pm
     
    Disabled List
    6:10 pm vs x Phi
  • Brown removed after landing hard in outfield
    Domonic Brown was removed in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against the Pirates after injuring himself diving for a ball.

    Advice: Brown laid out for a ball in left field in the fifth inning and stayed down briefly before staying in the game. He played another inning before being pinch-hit for in the bottom of the sixth inning. Darin Ruf pinch-hit for him and replaced him in left. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Fuld collects two hits, two RBI vs. White Sox
    Sam Fuld went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Getting the start in right field, Fuld came through with a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to extend the Athletics' lead. He also scored two runs on the night. Fuld is hitting .250/.328/.350 as a part-time player this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
     
    L, 7-2 vs ^ Tex
  • LaRoche hits two RBI singles as Nats top ATL
    Adam LaRoche continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI singles in Tuesday's victory against the Braves.

    Advice: LaRoche kicked off a four-run first inning with an RBI single, and added another in the second. The first baseman has 12 RBI in his last six games and is batting .474 (9-for-19). LaRoche owns solid numbers, including a .266/.370/.466 slash line with 23 home runs and 82 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Jake Smolinski yet to do any running
    Jake Smolinski (foot) has yet to be cleared to do any running.

    Advice: Smolinski has been out since early August with a fractured left foot and remains limited to taking batting practice and jogging. He seems unlikely to return this season at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • Zimmerman (hamstring) takes BP for first time
    Ryan Zimmerman took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since straining his hamstring.

    Advice: And he looked good, even hitting a ball over the batter's eye in left-center field at Nationals Park. But the major hurdle for Zimmerman is going to be running at full speed and he acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that he's not close to doing that. If he returns before the end of the regular season, it'll likely be in the final week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
     
    Disabled List
    Top 4, 0-1 x @Mia
  • Brock Holt (illness, neck) out again Tuesday
    Brock Holt remains out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Holt has been sick since last Friday and is also battling some neck discomfort, so he'll get another game off. The hope is that he'll be healthy by the weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:45 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 x @Pit
  • Crawford's monster game leads Dodgers to win
    Carl Crawford reached base in four of five plate appearances and hit a homer in Monday's 9-4 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: He finished 3-for-4 with a walk, round-tripper, three RBI and a pair of runs scored. All three of those RBI came via the homer, a fifth inning blast that greeted reliever Frank Garces into the game. Crawford had gone hitless in his last three games. That said, he's mostly been hot since the beginning of last month. Crawford is slashing .276/.315/.387 with seven home runs on the year. Crawford Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:33 pm
  • Ramirez has 4 hits in victory over San Diego
    Hanley Ramirez went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a 9-4 victory over the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: He was also caught stealing. Ramirez's RBI single in the first inning kicked off the game's scoring. By the time he touched home plate on Matt Kemp's double in the fifth, the Dodgers led 5-1 en route to a blowout victory. Ramirez came into this game having gone hitless in eight of 12 games since returning from a 15-day stint on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:31 pm
  • Everth Cabrera could be activated this week
    Everth Cabrera (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: He's been out since mid-August with a strained left hamstring but has apparently made good progress in recent days. Cabrera has hit just .232/.272/.300 when healthy this season and might not be guaranteed his starting role when he returns. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:16 pm
     
    Disabled List
    6:10 pm vs x Phi
  • Zim unlikely to return before final week
    Mark Zuckerman of NatsInsider.com writes that the odds of Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) returning before the final week of the season "appear slim."

    Advice: That's assuming he's not cleared for full-out running in the next few days, which is unlikely. Zimmerman remains limited to taking light grounders, jogging and throwing and it's not clear when he'll be allowed to swing a bat and run with no restrictions. Nationals manager Matt Williams has also indicated that Zim might not be an everyday player if he does make it back. Fantasy owners don't need to be hanging on to him. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 3:27 pm
     
    Disabled List
    Top 4, 0-1 x @Mia
  • Brock Holt (illness) not in lineup on Monday
    Brock Holt (illness) is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again on Monday versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Holt has been dealing with nausea since Friday. Mike Napoli also came down sick over the weekend, so there may be something going around the Red Sox clubhouse. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 12:14 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 x @Pit
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