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  • Appel has career-best outing
    Astros prospect RHP Mark Appel struck out 10 batters over eight scoreless innings on Tuesday for Double-A Corpus Christi, allowing just two hits and one walk.

    Advice: The outing was the best of Appel's career, as he set new personal bests with eight innings pitched and 10 strikeouts. The 23-year-old is finally showing the promise that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft (and the No. 8 pick in 2012). Since moving up to Double-A Corpus Christi, Appel has pitched to a 3.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 34-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 34 1/3 innings (6 starts). This of course comes after he registered a dismal 9.74 ERA and allowed 10 home runs over 78 2/3 innings at High-A Lancaster. Appel will look to continue his late-season success in the Arizona Fall League. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:41 pm
     
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    5:10 pm vs Oak
  • A's recall Drew Pomeranz for Wednesday start
    Athletics recalled LHP Drew Pomeranz from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Pomeranz will start for the A's on Wednesday night against the Astros. He had a strong 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being demoted in July and makes for a good fantasy streamer in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:10 pm
  • A's option Nate Freiman to Low-A Beloit
    Athletics optioned 1B Nate Freiman to Low-A Beloit.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Drew Pomeranz, who will make a spot start Wednesday against the Astros. Freiman has hit .241/.293/.556 this year in the majors. He'll be back up when rosters expand in September. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:08 pm
     
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    5:10 pm x @Hou
  • Jeff Locke dominates Cards Wednesday
    Jeff Locke spun 7 1/3 frames of one-run ball in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Locke recorded just three strikeouts, but he was touched up for just one run in the form of a Matt Holliday solo blast in the third inning. The left-hander put up a 2.90 ERA over five August outings to lower his ERA on the year to 3.51. He'll try to keep it going next week in a rematch versus the Cards on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:58 pm
     
    W, 3-1 vs ^ StL
  • Ryan Sweeney (hamstring) lands on DL
    Cubs placed OF Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: Sweeney, who suffered the injury Tuesday, has now spent time on the disabled list this year with injuries to both hamstrings. He'll be back sometime next month. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:29 pm
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm x @Cin
  • Steve Clevenger recalled from Triple-A
    Orioles recalled C Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He'll give the O's a third option behind the plate. Clevenger has batted .240/.296/.373 across 26 games for Baltimore this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:22 pm
  • Wei-Yin Chen optioned to Gulf Coast League
    Orioles optioned LHP Wei-Yin Chen to the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

    Advice: It's just a paper move, as Chen will rejoin the rotation on Sunday. Steve Clevenger has taken his spot on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:20 pm
     
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    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Moises Sierra begins rehab assignment
    Moises Sierra (oblique) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

    Advice: He should remain there for a few more days before being activated when rosters expand. Sierra has batted .236/.265/.345 with two homers over 84 games between the Blue Jays and White Sox this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:42 am
     
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm vs x Cle
  • Daniel Hudson close to rejoining D'Backs
    Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Tuesday that Daniel Hudson (elbow) will make a final rehab appearances with Triple-A Reno on Friday before joining the big club "shortly thereafter."

    Advice: Working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, Hudson has allowed one run while striking out six over his first five rehab innings. The D'Backs still view him as a starter over the long haul but have decided it would be best to bring him back this season as a reliever. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:20 am
     
    Disabled List
    6:40 pm vs LAD
  • Miguel Cabrera scores run in return to action
    Miguel Cabrera doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury and is still noticeably gimpy. Unless it gets worse, though, he figures to play through the ailment. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:46 am
     
    4:08 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Trout notches three hits in win over Marlins
    Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Trout hit the one-out RBI double in the fourth inning off of Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi, knocking the pitcher out of the game. It was Trout's 92nd RBI of the season. The three hits bumped his average up to .289. This three-hit effort isn't the norm in front of the home crowd, as Trout's numbers are noticeably lower at home (.258/.351/.525) than they are on the road (.312/.390/.584). "Noticeably lower" is still really good in Trout's case. Work on that home average, maybe? On the year he's slashing .289/.374/.558. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Martinez allows 5 runs in poor start vs. SEA
    Nick Martinez struggled versus the Mariners, allowing five runs on six hits over five innings in Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: He walked four and recorded zero strikeouts in the ugly outing. After not recording more than three punchouts in any of his first 11 starts, Martinez had whiffed 23 across his last 22 frames coming into tonight. Safe to say the good vibes have vanished. The rookie right-hander falls to 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA. Martinez pitches in Houston on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Walters blasts game-winning homer in extras
    Zach Walters hit a game-winning two-run home run in the 10th inning to give the Indians an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Walters went deep off White Sox reliever Jake Petricka, his sixth home run since being recalled on August 10. Walter also singled, walked and scored in the game. It's been mostly boom-or-bust for the 24-year-old, who is hitting just .207/.266/.529 on the season despite the power display, but he should be starting in AL-only leagues for his ability to hit the long ball alone. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Kipnis has two hits, RBI single vs. White Sox
    Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: August is proving to be Kipnis' best month thus far, as he's hitting .281 with 12 runs scored. The good month has the second baseman's line up to .251/.323/.350, still a disappointing mark considering the expectations placed upon Kipnis heading into the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Bourn doubles, scores in win over White Sox
    Michael Bourn went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Bourn led off the game with a ground-rule double, scoring the first run in the Indians' three-run frame. The outfielder is batting .286 (8-for-28) with two doubles and four runs scored since returning from the disabled list last week. Bourn is batting .264/.323/.371 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Chen fails to make it through the fifth frame
    Wei-Yin Chen got a no-decision despite failing to make it through the fifth inning as the Orioles defeated the Rays 4-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Chen didn't have his best stuff on Tuesday, failing to record a strikeout on any of the 22 batters he faced. Overall, he yielded seven hits and three walks. He was lucky to have only allowed the two runs, as Brad Brach bailed him out to finish off the fifth inning. Chen has a 3.76 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a 109/28 K/BB ratio. The lefty, still 13-4, will match up against the Twins at home on Tuesday in his next start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
     
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    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Ryan Sweeney exits with hamstring injury
    Ryan Sweeney left Tuesday's game versus the Reds with a left hamstring injury.

    Advice: Sweeney was on the DL earlier this year with a strained right hamstring. The Cubs should provide more on his status later Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:47 pm
     
    Disabled List
    4:10 pm x @Cin
  • Drew Pomeranz getting ball for A's Wed.
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed Monday that Drew Pomeranz will be recalled to start on Wednesday versus the Astros.

    Advice: The A's will use a sixth starter for one turn in order to set up the top four of their starting rotation for a big four-game weekend set in Anaheim. Pomeranz held a 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being bumped to Triple-A Sacramento in July by the Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija trade. He makes for a decent fantasy streamer versus the Astros. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Pomeranz likely to start Wednesday in HOU
    Drew Pomeranz is likely to start for the A's on Wednesday night against the Astros.

    Advice: The A's will use a sixth starter this week in Houston to line up the top four of their starting rotation for a big four-game weekend set in Anaheim. Pomeranz had a cool 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being bumped to Triple-A Sacramento in July by the Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija trade. He should make for a decent fantasy streamer versus the light-hitting 'Stros. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:45 am
  • Mike Trout launches 29th homer in victory
    Mike Trout launched his 29th home run of the season on Sunday, helping the Angels to dispatch the Athletics in Oakland.

    Advice: He victimized Jesse Chavez in the sixth inning to increase the Angels lead to 9-0 when the game was already long out of reach. He also singled in the contest, finishing 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. He's enjoying another phenomenal season at the dish, hitting .288/.373/.559 with 29 long balls and 91 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:16 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera (ankle) not in Sunday's lineup
    Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury recently and aggravated it while playing both games of Saturday's doubleheader. He could be available to pinch-hit and seems likely to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Don Kelly is getting the start at first base Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:43 am
     
    4:08 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Trout goes deep, but Angels lose to the A's
    Mike Trout smacked his 28th homer of the year in Friday's 5-3 loss to the A's.

    Advice: Trout finished 2-for-4. He entered the game batting only .221 this month, though he'd poked out three homers and walked eight times. The stud outfielder is slashing .289/.375/.559 and is on pace for 36 homers, 115 RBI, 108 runs, and 15 steals. The average is a little light, but he's going to top 30 home runs and 100 RBI for the first time, so MVP voters should be thrilled. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:12 pm
  • Locke walks six but stymies Brewers for win
    Jeff Locke issued six walks but held the Brewers largely under wraps, giving up two runs over six innings in a win on Friday.

    Advice: Walks were Locke's biggest problem last season, and he's now walked 12 batters in his last three starts. Despite the control issues, Locke was good enough to win his third straight decision, keeping the Brewers to just two hits. The southpaw owns a 5-3 record and 3.69 ERA through 15 starts. He'll next square off with the Cardinals on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:37 pm
     
    W, 3-1 vs ^ StL
  • Walters homers for third game in a row
    Zach Walters homered on Friday, finishing the tilt against the Astros 1-for-3.

    Advice: Walters did what nobody else on the Indians could: Touch the immortal Brad Peacock. Peacock limited the Tribe to just two hits in an injury-shortened start, but Walters was not fazed by Peacock's 5.30 ERA or 1.58 WHIP. He homered in the fifth, a solo shot. Walters has now homered in three straight games. If you're in a deep AL-only league and need a little pop off the bench, you might want to check your waiver wire for Walters. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Pomeranz or Chavez could start next week
    The Athletics are considering using Drew Pomeranz or Jesse Chavez to make a spot start next week.

    Advice: The idea would be to use a sixth starter for one turn in order to line up their four best starters for the August 28-31 series versus the Angels. Both Pomeranz and Chavez have pitched well when in the A's rotation this season but were booted when the club acquired Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jon Lester. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:24 pm
  • Zach Walters hits fourth homer for new team
    Zach Walters hit his fourth homer in eight games Thursday for the Indians' lone run against the Twins.

    Advice: Unfortunately, Walters has just three additional hits since being called up, but four homers in eight games is still quite impressive. The Indians thus far have used only at left field and DH, whereas the Nationals were still working him primarily an infielder before trading him for Asdrubal Cabrera. Given his limited on-base skills, we're skeptical that he'll be much of an asset if the Indians continue to treat him as a corner outfielder. The power is pretty legitimate, though. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:19 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera aggravated ankle injury Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera aggravated a right ankle injury on a slide into home plate on Wednesday night.

    Advice: James Schmehl of MLive.com says "it's minor, but something to keep an eye on." Cabrera is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday afternoon in Tampa Bay. The perennial MVP candidate is having a relatively down year, with an .885 OPS and 17 homers in 123 games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:07 am
     
    4:08 pm vs ^ NYY
  • Wei-Yin Chen beats White Sox for 13th win
    Wei-Yin Chen improved to 13-4 after allowing three runs in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Darren O'Day and Zach Britton combined to make a 4-3 lead stand up. Chen is now just two wins away from being the fourth Orioles left-hander to get to 15 in the last 30 years. Jeff Ballard had 18 in 1989, Jimmy Key had 16 in 1997 and Erik Bedard had 15 in 2006. Before that, Orioles lefties like Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Mike Flanagan and Scott McGregor used to do it regularly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:11 pm
     
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    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Nick Martinez holds Marlins in check
    Nick Martinez limited the Marlins to two runs over six innings in Wednesday's 5-4 victory.

    Advice: He permitted six hits and two walks while recording a career-high seven strikeouts. After not recording more than three punchouts in any of his first 11 starts, Martinez has whiffed 23 across his last 22 frames. He posted decent strikeout totals in the minors, so perhaps the 24-year-old is starting to figure it out. He'll get the Mariners on the road next. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:08 pm
  • Bourn records first hits since return from DL
    Michael Bourn went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Bourn doubled to lead off the fifth inning and scored on a wild pitch, and he added an RBI single in the sixth. The hits were Bourn's first since coming off the disabled list on Friday. The outfielder has played just 69 games this season, owning a .266/.323/.379 line on the year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Nate Freiman clobbers two homers in loss
    Nate Freiman clobbered a pair of home runs in a losing effort against the Braves on Sunday night.

    Advice: Freiman was the only member of the A's offense who could solve opposing hurler Mike Minor in this one, blasting a pair of long solo home runs. Freiman finished the night 2-for-3 and is now hitting .234/.280/.574 with four homers and 11 RBI in his limited time this season. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 17, 8:04 pm
     
    Not Active
    5:10 pm x @Hou
  • Michael Bourn goes hitless but steals base
    Michael Bourn went 0-for-2 but drew two walks and stole a base in Sunday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Bourn has gone hitless in both of his games since returning from the disabled list, but the stolen base is encouraging. The speedy center fielder has just eight pilfers over 68 games this season, as he's battled leg issues. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 17, 1:32 pm
  • Locke locks down Nationals for five innings
    Jeff Locke did not allow a run over five and two-thirds innings of work in Pittsburgh's 4-3 loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: Locke struck out six, walked two and allowed just four hits. While you'd like to see at least six or seven innings consistently, this was one of Locke's better starts of the season. On the year, Locke boasts a 3.98 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and a 57/17 K/BB ratio over 86 innings pitched. He'll face the Brewers next time out. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 16, 9:04 pm
     
    W, 3-1 vs ^ StL
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