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  • Hanley Ramirez returns to lineup on Saturday
    Hanley Ramirez is in the Dodgers starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's game against the Cubs in Chicago.

    Advice: Ramirez was scratched from Friday's lineup due to renewed soreness in his strained right elbow. While he has been banged up for the majority of the season, he has managed to play in 122 games already while hitting .281/.364/.449 with 13 homers, 70 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:41 am
  • Billy Butler not in Royals lineup on Saturday
    Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Josh Willingham has getting the start in the DH spot and is hitting third against opposing hurler Max Scherzer. It has been a rough season for the 28-year-old slugger who is hitting .264/.317/.372 with just nine homers and 59 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:23 am
  • Kipnis (hamstring) could return this weekend
    Jason Kipnis (hamstring) could rejoin the Indians lineup this weekend.

    Advice: Kipnis sustained the injury in the eighth inning of Thursday's game and was held out Friday as a precautionary measure. It comes at an unfortunate time for fantasy owners, but consider him day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:30 am
  • Royals recall Tim Collins from Triple-A
    Royals recalled LHP Tim Collins from Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: The diminutive southpaw struggled in 17 1/3 innings with the Royals earlier in the season. It's all hands on deck for Kansas City as they push toward the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:20 am
  • Michael Morse returns to action on Friday
    Michael Morse returned to action on Friday, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Morse was not in the starting lineup, appearing as a pinch-hitter for Tim Lincecum in the eighth inning. The good sign, is that he remained in the game to play left field, meaning a return to the lineup should be imminent. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:56 am
  • Tim Collins was called up from the minors on Friday September 19. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:56 am
  • Ryan Rua goes 4-for-5 against Angels
    Ryan Rua went 4-for-5 with a couple of runs scored in the Rangers' 12-3 rout of the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Rua has nine hits in his last four starts, and he's now hitting .320 since his callup, though that comes with no homers and just one walk in 75 at-bats. He remains a long shot to enter next season with a role in the Texas outfield, though he's certainly helped his stock some. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
     
    6:05 pm @LAA
  • Lisalverto Bonilla earns win over Angels
    Lisalverto Bonilla picked up a win after allowing two runs in five innings Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Spotted seven runs in the first two innings, Bonilla had an easy path to his second big-league victory, though he did walk four along the way. His long-term role is probably in the bullpen, but he'll get one more start next week against the Astros or A's. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Kinsler homers, plates three to lead Tigers
    Ian Kinsler homered and drove home three runs on Friday, powering the Tigers to a 10-1 victory over the Royals in Kansas City.

    Advice: Kinsler doubled home James McCann in the fourth inning to increase the Tigers advantage to 5-0, then smashed a two-run homer off Louis Coleman in the fifth. He's enjoying a terrific season offensively, slashing .276/.308/.418 with 15 long balls and 85 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Seager connects for three-run HR in win
    Kyle Seager finished 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Seager's three-run blast off Jake Buchanan capped a seven-run rally for the Mariners in the fourth inning. After going hitless in five straight games, the 26-year-old has three multi-hit games in his last six. Seager has been a consistent source of production for fantasy owners this season, batting .273/.341/.466 with 24 home runs and 92 RBI -- both career-highs -- over 150 games. There's a case to be made that he has been the Mariners' most valuable position player this season, not Robinson Cano. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Altuve has three-hit night
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: After going 0-for-6 on Thursday, Altuve bounced back with two singles and a double. He's now up to 216 hits on the year, the most by a second baseman since Rod Carew had 218 in 1974. There's a good chance he'll pass that number within the next couple of days. Altuve currently ranks first in the American League with a .343 batting average, eight points ahead of Detroit's Victor Martinez. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Ryan Howard hits 22nd homer in loss
    Ryan Howard homered off Jon Lester to give the Phillies their only run Friday.

    Advice: Incredibly, it was Howard's 10th homer against a lefty, compared to just 12 in nearly three times as many plate appearances against righties. That Howard can't even be platooned properly in the midst of such a disappointing season has made him a peculiar liability for the Phillies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Verlander tops Royals to pick up 14th victory
    Justin Verlander earned his 14th victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Royals to just one run on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander struck out four on the evening without issuing a free pass. In what has been a hugely disappointing season for Verlander, he'll carry a 4.68 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 153/65 K/BB ratio into his final regular season tuneup against the White Sox on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Jason Vargas destroyed in loss to Tigers
    Jason Vargas was knocked around in Friday's loss to the Tigers, allowing five runs on nine hits over just 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Vargas struck out one and didn't issue a walk in the abbreviated outing. The Tigers jumped on him early in this one, pushing three runs across in the first, one in the second and another in the fourth to eventually chase the veteran southpaw. He has been a valuable member of the Royals rotation, registering a 3.59 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 183 innings. He'll do battle against the Indians in Cleveland in his final regular season start on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Jordan Lyles defeats D'Backs to earn 7th win
    Jordan Lyles picked up his seventh victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs on nine hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: Lyles struck out just one opposing hitter and didn't issue a walk on the night. While he was far from dominant, he was able to keep the D'Backs hitters off-balance and prevent them from mounting any serious scoring threats. He will carry a 4.15 ERA and 1.36 WHIP into his season finale against the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Rosenthal pulled from save chance Friday
    Trevor Rosenthal was pulled from a save chance Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: After inheriting a 2-1 lead, Rosenthal walked Todd Frazier to begin the top of the ninth before getting Devin Mesoraco to strikeout swinging. He then gave up a single to Brandon Phillips before Cardinals manager Mike Matheny pulled him in favor of Randy Choate, who struck out Jay Bruce swinging. Matheny then brought in Seth Maness to get Ryan Ludwick to fly out to lock down the victory. Rosenthal figures to get the next save opportunity, but the Matheny clearly isn't afraid to go in another direction depending on the situation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Michael Morse (oblique) says he's ready to go
    Michael Morse (oblique) informed manager Bruce Bochy on Friday that he's ready to rejoin the Giants starting lineup.

    Advice: He isn't in there for Friday's contest against the Padres, but could return at some point over the weekend. With Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan also returning on Friday, the Giants are getting fully healthy at just the right time as they march towards the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:31 pm
  • Howard not in Thursday's lineup
    Ryan Howard is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: Howard is sitting against another lefty, this time with Robbie Erlin on the hill for San Diego. Darin Ruf will start at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:30 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
    Thursday, 1:26 pm
  • Ian Kinsler goes 0-for-5 in loss
    Ian Kinsler went 0-for-5 against the Twins in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: Kinsler has escaped the criticism given to Joe Nathan and Justin Verlander, but he's been among the Tigers' biggest liabilities lately, with a .239 average and a horrible .265 OBP in 314 at-bats since the beginning of July. He's walked a total of 27 times in 151 games this year, down from 51 in 136 games last year and a high of 89 in 155 games in 2011. As a result, he's set to finish with easily the worst OBP of his career, even though he's hitting right at his career average. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Bonilla to start for Rangers on Friday
    Lisalverto Bonilla will start for the Rangers against the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Bonilla made his first major league start over the weekend, picking up the win against the Braves. With Scott Baker still dealing with a triceps issue, Bonilla will get another turn, this time against the AL West-champion Angels. The 24-year-old isn't much of a streaming option at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:56 pm
  • Ryan Howard not in Wednesday's lineup
    Ryan Howard is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: He'll take a seat with left-hander Eric Stults on the hill for Philadelphia. Darin Ruf will start at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Morse (oblique) not expected back Friday
    Michael Morse (oblique) is unlikely to return Friday as initially anticipated.

    Advice: Morse just hasn't progressed as hoped in his recovery from a strained left oblique, as he's still not swinging a bat at 100 percent. It's not clear what the next step is with the veteran, but his timetable is up in the air. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 9:05 am
  • Rosenthal takes sixth blown save vs. Brewers
    Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run on a hit and two walks Tuesday, suffering the blown save against the Brewers.

    Advice: Rosenthal was erratic from the start, walking Jonathan Lucroy before allowing a double by Aramis Ramirez on a hanging changeup. He wouldn't allow another hit in the inning, sandwiching an intentional walk between three outs, but a sacrifice fly from Matt Clark tied the game and saddled Rosenthal with his sixth blown save of the year. It was mild as far as blown saves go, but it was disappointing after Rosenthal appeared to be in command while earning his 44th save Sunday. Still, he's the guy in the ninth inning for the Cardinals from here out, for better or worse. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:39 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
  • Altuve sets Astros' single-season hit record
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The line was fairly standard for the diminutive second baseman, but it was noteworthy for the fact that Altuve passed Craig Biggio for the Astros' record for hits in a single season. He's got 211 for the season, and the Astros still have a week and a half for Altuve to pad his lead. The 24-year-old is batting a ridiculous .343/.379/.456 for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:42 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
  • Verlander (blister) says he'll be fine
    Justin Verlander (blister) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and said he'll be fine for his next start.

    Advice: The Tigers have delayed an announcement of their starters for the weekend series against the Royals while they waited to see how Verlander's blister was, but it sounds like he'll be fine. He'll likely start on either Friday or Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Morse (oblique) should be ready by Friday
    Michael Morse (oblique) should be ready to return by Friday.

    Advice: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Morse was "tentative" during batting practice Monday, so it will likely take him another couple of days to swing with full intensity. The 32-year-old has been sidelined since late August with a strained left oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:54 am
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in start
    Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday in his first start in three days.

    Advice: Butler is 0-for-14 in his four starts over the last 10 days, and the Royals aren't bringing him off the bench when he doesn't start. It looks like he'll be worthless in fantasy leagues these last two weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:57 pm
  • Jose Altuve goes 3-for-4, triples
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI against the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Altuve has delivered five straight multihit games to push his average back up to .342. He was caught stealing tonight for the eighth time this season. Altuve was 41-for-44 stealing bases in the first half, but he's a much more modest 11-for-16 since. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Morse (oblique) still a day or two away
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Michael Morse (oblique) was "tentative" while taking batting practice Monday.

    Advice: He did add that Morse started to loosen up as the session went along, but the outfielder is still at least another day or two away from returning. He's been out since late August due to a strained left oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:51 pm
  • Verlander says blister 'flared up' on Sunday
    Justin Verlander acknowledged after his start Sunday that a blister "flared up" on his right hand.

    Advice: Verlander allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings, but the Tigers were able to pull out a 6-4 victory against the Indians. Verlander said he doesn't expect the blister to be a major issue going forward. He's 13-12 this season with a 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 190 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:54 am
  • Rosenthal strikes out side to earn 44th save
    Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth inning Sunday, earning the save against the Rockies.

    Advice: Rosenthal looked as good as he has all season in the save, hitting triple digits on the radar gun and finishing off Charlie Blackmon with a changeup to end the game. Rosenthal has 44 saves on the year to go with a 3.22 ERA and 85/39 K/BB ratio over 67 innings this year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:21 pm
  • Lyles gives up nine hits, three runs vs. STL
    Jordan Lyles allowed three runs on nine hits over six innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

    Advice: Lyles gave up nine hits, but it was back-to-back knocks -- a Matt Holliday double followed by a Jhonny Peralta homer -- that did all the damage. Lyles took the loss despite the quality start, falling to 6-3. He'll take a 4.21 ERA into Friday's contest against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:07 pm
  • Vargas falters late in loss against Red Sox
    Jason Vargas allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Two big swings, only one of which came while Vargas was still in the game, proved the difference. Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer off Vargas in the third inning, and after allowing two hits in the sixth Vargas exited ahead of a Daniel Nava grand slam. It was an unfortunate result on what was an otherwise good day for Vargas -- he struck out eight while giving up just four hits all day. Vargas will take on the Tigers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:40 pm
  • Morse to take BP Monday or Tuesday
    Michael Morse (oblique) won't take batting practice until Monday or Tuesday.

    Advice: Morse had been swinging, but only at about 50 percent. He should return to the lineup shortly if he can swing at full effort Monday or Tuesday, but there are certainly no guarantees that will happen. Morse has yet to play this month due to a strained left oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:15 am
  • Bonilla gives up two runs for first MLB win
    Making his first major league start, Lisalverto Bonilla yielded two runs over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: The win was his first in the big leagues. Bonilla was a little shaky, allowing four hits and four walks while throwing 43 out of 78 pitches for strikes, but he managed to avoid any major damage outside of the third inning. He struck out four. The 24-year-old made the start in place of Scott Baker (triceps) and could get another look after today. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:57 pm
  • Ryan Howard not in Phillies lineup Saturday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies lineup for Saturday's contest against the Marlins.

    Advice: Maikel Franco will get the call in his place and bat second against opposing hurler Brad Hand. Look for Howard to be back in his customary clean-up spot on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:51 am
  • Bonilla to start for Rangers on Saturday
    Lisalverto Bonilla will start for the Rangers on Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Scott Baker was scratched from his scheduled start, so the 24-year-old right-hander will make his first career start. He posted a 4.10 ERA and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 74 2/4 innings at Triple-A Round Rock this season, but should be avoided for mixed league purposes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Billy Butler goes hitless in loss to Red Sox
    Billy Butler had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going hitless in four at-bats.

    Advice: Butler has struggled to put together consistent at-bats for most of the season, and is hitting just .266/.319/.374 with nine homers and 59 RBI. He'll need to pick up the pace offensively in the season's final weeks if the Royals want to secure a spot in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:18 pm
  • Ryan Rua has two hits, RBI as Rangers win
    Ryan Rua went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Rangers defeated the Braves on Friday in Arlington.

    Advice: Rua tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning with an RBI groundout to plate Guilder Rodriguez. He has done a nice job in his limited time with the Rangers, slashing .278/.304/.333 with seven RBI in his first 54 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:08 pm
     
    6:05 pm @LAA
  • Kinsler has two hits, RBI as Tigers top Tribe
    Ian Kinsler had a nice night at the dish in Friday's victory over the Indians, going 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and RBI.

    Advice: Kinsler got the Tigers on the board with an RBI double in the third inning that plated Nick Castellanos. He would later single and race home on an RBI single off the bat of Victor Martinez. He has done a very nice job as a table-setter for the Tigers this season, slashing .278/.309/.415 with 13 homers, 92 runs scored, 79 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Morse (oblique) likely out this weekend
    Michael Morse (oblique) is not expected to play this weekend.

    Advice: He's still swinging the bat at only 50 percent. Morse is only 10 days removed from straining his oblique, so his continued absence isn't a surprise even though the Giants had expressed optimism that he could be back by now. He's hit .280/.338/.477 with 16 homers and 61 RBI over 130 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:39 pm
  • Altuve goes 2-for-5 with a double and a steal
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a double and a steal as the Astros edged the Mariners 5-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Altuve had gone 0-for-7 in his last two games, snapping a 14-game hitting streak. You could have predicted tonight's mini-slump buster. After all, he is 10-for-24 (.417) over his career against Mariners' starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Altuve is slashing a pristine .336/.373/.447 and his steal tonight gives him 52 total. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Altuve hitless in 2 straight since 14-game HS
    Jose Altuve went 0-for-4 with an error in Tuesday's 2-1 win against Seattle

    Advice: Altuve is now 0-for-7 in his last two games; he snapped a 14-game hitting streak with Monday's 0-fer. Regardless, nobody is going to complain about a lack of production from the 24-year-old Venezuelan. Altuve ranks first in the majors with a .336 average, first with 198 hits, and third with 51 steals (first in the AL). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:16 pm
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