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  • Sano (hamstring) out of Twins' lineup Thurs.
    Miguel Sano is not in the Twins' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the White Sox.

    Advice: Sano has been bothered by a mild right hamstring strain for a week, but the injury isn't slowing him down at all. He'll sit Thursday mostly for routine rest. Joe Mauer is at designated hitter against the Pale Hose. Today, 8:08 am
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  • 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
  • Beltre smacks a two-run double in victory
    Adrian Beltre went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Wednesday's 4-3, 10-inning win versus the Padres.

    Advice: Beltre is enjoying a nice little stretch, entering tonight batting .389 across his last 10 games. The rest of his campaign hasn't been as good and there's a very real possibility he won't even match last season's meager 19 home run output (to be fair, he had 7.0 WAR in 2014). We've seen the last of elite production from Beltre, but that doesn't make him valueless. Yesterday, 11:12 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
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Miguel Sano hits 15th homer
    Miguel Sano hit his 15th homer Wednesday off the White Sox's Carlos Rodon.

    Advice: 10 of those homers have come in his last 19 games. That's pretty amazing, but still not as amazing as the fact that he's hitting .296 despite striking out 77 times in 51 games. Yesterday, 8:21 pm
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  • Gordon Beckham gets pulled for pinch-hitter
    Gordon Beckham went 0-for-2 before being removed for a pinch-hitter Wednesday against the Twins.

    Advice: Beckham was quite a disappointment as a platoon third baseman early on, and he's barely playing now, having collected just 48 at-bats since the beginning of July. With a .199 average in 191 at-bats overall, he's going to be looking at a minor league contract as a free agent this winter. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Longoria homers twice, but Rays lose to O's
    Evan Longoria hit a pair of home runs, but it wasn't enough in Wednesday's 11-inning, 7-6 loss versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Longoria smacked a two-run home run in the middle of a four-run third inning against Kevin Gausman. He then tacked on what proved to be an important -- though ultimately inconsequential -- insurance run with a solo home run off the foul pole in left field off of Darren O'Day. Longoria has gone yard three times in his last three games and now has 17 on the year with 61 RBI and a .268/.329/.426 triple-slash line. Yesterday, 8:03 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
  • Tejada plates four as the Mets top the Phils
    Ruben Tejada enjoyed a four-RBI night as the Mets topped the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tejada hit what turned out to be an inside-the-park home run when Domonic Brown misplayed a fly ball down the right field line and injured himself in the second inning. Tejada added an RBI ground out in the fifth and an RBI single in the seventh. The shortstop is hitting .257/.336/.350 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 31 runs scored. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • Donaldson's 3 hits, 3 RBI lead Jays to a win
    Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored as the Blue Jays defeated the Indians 5-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Donaldson started the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single, then added a two-run double in the second to make it 4-0. The third baseman pushes his major league lead in RBI to 111 and runs to 104. He's also batting .304/.372/.589 with 36 home runs on the year. Yesterday, 6:56 pm
  • Cabrera ejected for arguing balls and strikes
    Miguel Cabrera was ejected from Wednesday's game for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Cabrera struck out to start the top of the fourth inning and wasn't a fan of home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott's call. He was 1-for-2 with the strikeout before being tossed. Yesterday, 6:19 pm
  • Bogaerts stays hot with three-hit effort
    Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bogaerts hit the solo homer in the sixth inning, his fifth home run of the season. The shortstop has hit over .300 in every month since June, and he's had multi-hit efforts in five of his last seven games. The great stretch has Bogaerts' overall line up to .319/.349/.414 with 63 RBI and 60 runs scored. Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Sano (hamstring) in Twins' lineup Wednesday
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) is in the Twins' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

    Advice: Sano has been nursing a mild right hamstring strain since last Thursday, but the young designated hitter has simply been taking it easy on the bases and will continue to do so as the Twins try to maintain a good spot in the American League Wild Card race. Sano hit his 14th home run on Tuesday night and he boasts a 1.011 OPS with 41 RBI through his first 50 major league games. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
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  • Franco felt discomfort in his wrist during BP
    Maikel Franco felt lingering discomfort in his left wrist Wednesday while trying to take batting practice.

    Advice: Jim Salisbury of says the Phillies are going to back off Franco, which could very well mean that the 23-year-old third baseman is done for the season. He got hit on the left wrist by a pitch on August 11 against the Diamondbacks and hasn't played since. Franco is sitting on an .830 OPS, 13 home runs, and 48 RBI. Yesterday, 1:26 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Mike Moustakas (hamstring) sitting out again
    Mike Moustakas (hamstring) remained out of the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Moustakas is dealing with a minor hamstring issue and has missed the last two contests. He's considered day-to-day. Cheslor Cuthbert is at third base in his place. Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • 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
  • Lawrie homers but A's drop game to Angels
    Brett Lawrie's only hit in four at-bats was a solo home run as the Athletics lost on Tuesday to the Angels.

    Advice: Lawrie gave the Athletics an early 1-0 lead, driving a Matt Shoemaker over the fence in left-center for his 14th home run of the year. He's batting .269/.308/.419 with 53 RBI in what has been another adequate season for the former top prospect. Tuesday, 10:15 pm
  • Sano homers among three hits vs. White Sox
    Miguel Sano went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: It was Sano's solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning that tied the game and eventually allowed the Twins to come back and secure the win. The homer was his 14th through 50 games this year. He strikes out a lot, too, which was expected, but the Twins will take the whiffs when they come with a .295/.403/.608 line. At just 22 years old, Sano should continue to be a special player for years to come. Tuesday, 8:45 pm
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  • Moustakas out Tuesday with hamstring injury
    Mike Moustakas is out of the Royals' lineup on Tuesday due to a hamstring injury.

    Advice: It's thought to be a minor issue, with Royals manager Ned Yost telling reporters that Moustakas could be back in action within a day or two. Ben Zobrist is getting the nod at third base Tuesday versus the Tigers. Tuesday, 2:00 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
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Longoria blasts 15th homer to beat the O's
    Evan Longoria clubbed his 15th home run of the season in a 1-for-4 effort on Monday as the Rays beat the Orioles.

    Advice: Longoria extended the Rays' lead to 5-0, taking Wei-Yin Chen deep in the fifth inning. Though his numbers are still above-average compared to league averages, the 29-year-old third baseman is near the end of another season that ranks as mediocre by his own standards. Longoria has a .267/.328/.415 triple-slash line with 58 RBI. Monday, 7:33 pm
  • Franco (wrist) to take BP on Wednesday
    Maikel Franco (wrist) will take batting practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The feeling at the time when Franco was placed on the disabled list with a fractured left wrist was that there was a good chance his season would be over. However, it's now looking very likely that he'll be back at some point in September. "Once he does that -- getting a few at-bats and taking some batting practice -- I might run him right in there if he's 100 percent," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. Monday, 5:12 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Brett Lawrie (back) returns to lineup
    Brett Lawrie (back) is back in the Athletics' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Lawrie had to be scratched from Sunday's lineup after his back tightened up on him, but he's ready to go now. He's hit a disappointing .272/.309/.418 in his first season in Oakland. Monday, 2:42 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
  • Brett Lawrie scratched with back tightness
    Brett Lawrie was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to back tightness.

    Advice: It's an issue that crops up on Lawrie from time to time. Eric Sogard has taken his spot at second base. Sunday, 10:48 am
  • 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
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Moustakas doubles twice, drives in three
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI in Saturday's win over the Rays.

    Advice: Moustakas worked an RBI double in the fourth, another RBI double in the fifth and an RBI single in the ninth. Of his last seven games, three have been of the three-hit variety. He also has a pair of two-hit games in that stretch. The recent hot streak has boosted his overall triple-slash to .285/.352/.452 with 15 homers and 59 RBI. Saturday, 6:44 pm
  • Sano (hamstring) back in Twins' lineup Sat.
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) is back in the Twins' starting lineup Saturday versus the Astros.

    Advice: Sano sat out Friday as a precautionary measure due to some mild tightness in his right hamstring. He is at DH and batting cleanup against Houston left-hander Scott Kazmir. Saturday, 1:17 pm
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  • Miguel Sano expected to return on Saturday
    Miguel Sano (hamstring) is expected to return to the Twins lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Sano sat out Friday's game as a precautionary measure due to a minor hamstring injury, but he's fully expected to be ready to go on Saturday. The 22-year-old is hitting an impressive .289/.394/.584 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 47 games. Saturday, 11:04 am
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  • Brett Lawrie hits long home run
    Brett Lawrie hit a 470-foot homer Friday in the loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The rest of Oakland's offense isn't doing a whole lot, but Lawrie has 14 hits in his last eight games, including three homers and three doubles. If anything, he's played a little better and stayed healthier than the A's should have expected this year. It just doesn't really make up for losing Josh Donaldson. Friday, 10:22 pm
  • Miguel Sano nursing minor hamstring injury
    Miguel Sano is not playing Friday due to a minor right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Sano had been slated to play third base, but Twins manager Paul Molitor has decided to play it safe and sit him out. The hope is that he'll be ready to return to the designated hitter spot Saturday. Friday, 2:35 pm
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  • Miguel Sano getting a day off Friday
    Miguel Sano is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a simple day of rest. Torii Hunter is in the designated hitter spot, with Eddie Rosario in right field and Shane Robinson in left. Friday, 1:48 pm
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  • Moustakas collects three hits as Royals roll
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Royals outlasted the Orioles 5-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Moustakas also scored a run in the contest. After a small slump coming out of the All-Star break, Moustakas has really picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks. With his three-hit attack he's now hitting .283/.350/.449 with 56 RBI on the year. Thursday, 4:50 pm
  • Cabrera whiffs twice in loss to Angels
    Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Cabrera was shut down by Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. The 0-for-3 snapped his 11-game hitting streak. The slugger missed a month-and-a-half with a calf injury, but when healthy, he's been the same ol' terrifying hitter we're accustomed to seeing. He's slashing .367/.469/.606 with 17 bombs and 65 RBI over 327 at-bats. Thursday, 1:01 pm
  • Mike Moustakas hits 15th homer
    Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Moustakas has four homers in six games, bringing his season total to 15 homers and 54 RBI in 430 at-bats. Last year, he finished with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 457 at-bats. The big difference this year is that he's hitting .279, compared to .212 last year. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Cabrera stays hot, homers as Tigers roll
    Miguel Cabrera walked and hit a two-run home run in four trips to the plate as the Tigers rolled to a win over the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cabrera made it a 3-0 game in the bottom of the fifth when he sent a Hector Santiago offering over the fence in left-center for a two-run homer. He's hit safely in 11 straight games following a hitless return from the disabled list. His .370/.473/.611 triple-slash line has somehow flown under the radar. Cabrera has also hit 17 home runs while knocking in 65 runs. Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • 'Good chance' Franco (wrist) returns in '15
    Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said there is a "good chance" Maikel Franco (wrist) returns before the end of the season.

    Advice: Just Tuesday Mackanin expressed optimism that Franco will be back sometime this year, but now he's moved on to handicapping the likelihood. Franco has been out since August 11 with a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist. Even if he does return, the probability is in question enough that it probably won't be for any meaningful length of time. He should be fine for the start of the 2016 season, though. Wednesday, 3:18 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Sano belts three-run blast in Twins' outburst
    Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer and scored two runs as the Twins prevailed in an 11-7 slugfest against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sano hit a three-run shot in the first inning, his only hit in four at-bats. The homer was his fifth in his last eight games and Sano's 12th overall. The slugger is hitting .287/.397/.592 with 37 RBI in his first 45 major league games. Tuesday, 8:40 pm
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  • Cabrera has 3 hits, 3 RBI in loss to Angels
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI but the Tigers fell short to the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera brought in three runs with a double and later scored in the third inning, helping erase a four-run deficit. The Tigers' pitching wasn't able to take advantage, however. Cabrera is white hot right now as he's on a 10-game hitting streak of which nine are of the multi-hit variety. He has an incredible .371/.473/.604 triple-slash line with 16 home runs and 63 RBI despite losing over a month to injury. Tuesday, 8:22 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
  • 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
    4:05 pm vs Atl
  • Mackanin hopeful about Franco
    Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin is optimistic that Maikel Franco (wrist) will be able to play again this season.

    Advice: Franco has been sidelined since August 11 with a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist. He's currently wearing a brace on the wrist, but Mackanin said last week that the break is not as bad as originally thought. "I’m optimistic that he might be able to come back," said Mackanin. "I’m not sure the medical people are going to allow us to use him unless he’s 100 percent. If he’s 100 percent, I’d like his bat back in the lineup and I’d like his glove back in the lineup." The Phillies have nothing to play for right now, so there's no reason to rush him back into action. While the door hasn't been officially closed on his season, fantasy owners shouldn't count on him. Tuesday, 7:51 am
    15-Day DL
  • Moustakas homer sends Royals past Orioles
    Mike Moustakas hit a game-tying two-run home run, allowing the Royals to come back to win against the Royals on Monday.

    Advice: Moustakas, who finished 1-for-4 on the evening, turned a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 tie when he slugged a Ubaldo Jimenez offering to right-center for his 14th home run of the season. The third baseman has homered in three of his last four games, continuing to hit in what has been a breakout age-26 season. Moustakas is hitting .274/.341/.432 with 51 RBI along with the 14 round-trippers. Monday, 8:02 pm
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