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  • Luis Severino to start for Yankees Saturday
    Luis Severino will start for the Yankees on Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: He's taking the hill in place of Masahiro Tanaka who has been shut down for the year. Severino has appeared in 21 games (10 starts) for the Yankees this season, compiling a 5.75 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 63/23 K/BB ratio across 67 1/3 innings. He'll look to play spoiler against the division-rival O's on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:38 pm
  • Danny Valencia scratched with neck issue
    Danny Valencia (neck) was scratched from the Athletics starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor, but there's no real reason to push him at this point. Matt Olson will take his place in the lineup and bat ninth against Taijuan Walker and the Mariners on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:44 pm
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  • Alex Bregman not in Astros lineup Saturday
    Alex Bregman is not in the Astros starting lineup for Friday night's contest against the Angels.

    Advice: Bregman (hamstring) returned to action on Wednesday, but it looks as though they'll still play things cautiously with him down the stretch. With the Astros out of the wild card hunt, it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out the final two games. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:16 pm
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  • Salazar could throw simulated game Monday
    Danny Salazar (forearm) could throw a simulated game on Monday according to manager Terry Francona.

    Advice: It will all depend on how the right-hander feels the next couple of days after throwing a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. Salazar still has his sights set on returning to the Tribe's rotation for the ALDS. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:06 pm
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  • Jeff Hoffman to start for Rockies on Saturday
    Jeff Hoffman will start for the Rockies on Saturday against the Brewers.

    Advice: He's taking the place of Tyler Anderson who was scratched due to general soreness. Hoffman has struggled in his limited time with the big league club, registering a 5.47 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and 15/15 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings. He has zero appeal as a streaming option and should be stacked heavily against in Colorado on Saturday evening. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:49 pm
  • Matt Holliday activated from disabled list
    Cardinals activated OF Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's not going to play much in the final weekend, though, as the Cards just want to get him a token appearance so that the impending free agent can be recognized by the fans. General manager John Mozeliak said Friday that the likelihood of the team picking up Holliday's option for 2017 is "very low." Rotoworld.com Today, 2:24 pm
  • Cards expected to activate Holliday (thumb)
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "are ready to activate" Matt Holliday (thumb).

    Advice: It's a change in course, as just a couple days ago Goold reported that Holliday returning was unlikely. However, Goold cautions that it's "hard to tell what role (if any)" Holliday will have in the final weekend. It could just be an opportunity for him to get a token plate appearance or two in order to be recognized by the fans since he's an impending free agent. Holliday has missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:53 pm
  • Wilmer Flores (wrist) to swing bat Friday
    Wilmer Flores (wrist) will attempt to swing a bat Friday.

    Advice: It's been 20 days since Flores hurt his left wrist and four days since his last (unsuccessfully) tried to swing a bat. This looks like a last-ditch effort from Flores in hopes of being available for a potential Wild Card Game. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:23 pm
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  • Pedro Alvarez sitting out on Friday
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a rare non-start for Alvarez against a righty. The Orioles are going with Michael Bourn in right field and Mark Trumbo in the designated hitter spot. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:06 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo activated from disabled list
    Rangers activated OF Shin-Soo Choo from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: It had looked like Choo was done for the regular season when he fractured his left forearm in mid-August, but he's managed to make it back for the final series. He's in right field and batting seventh Friday, as Carlos Gomez has retained the leadoff spot for now. Nomar Mazara is on the bench. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:04 pm
  • Joey Votto (chin) back in Reds' lineup Friday
    Joey Votto (chin) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Votto had to leave Thursday's game after an errant throw from the outfield struck him in the chin as he slid into second base, but he's fine. He's at first base and batting third versus Jake Buchanan and the Cubs. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:45 am
  • Jake Buchanan to make spot start Friday
    Jake Buchanan will start on Friday versus the Reds.

    Advice: He's filling in for Jason Hammel, who was scratched due to right elbow tightness. Buchanan has made just one relief appearance for the Cubs this month but held a 4.34 ERA over 24 appearances -- 22 starts -- for Triple-A Iowa. He's not a desirable streaming option. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:55 am
  • Report: Cards won't pick up Holliday's option
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday's $17 million option for 2017.

    Advice: He also adds that they won't extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either. Holliday, who will turn 37 over the winter, has had a career-worst season at the plate, batting .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances. He's missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:27 am
  • Orioles unlikely to retain Matt Wieters
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com hears that Matt Wieters and the Orioles "are believed to be tens of millions of dollars apart" in their valuations for the catcher.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the two sides "didn’t even talk about an extension when they met last week" because "it would have been a waste of time." Wieters is looking for a Russell Martin/Brian McCann (five years, $82-85 million) type contract, according to Heyman, but the Orioles "aren’t expected to get near that." Heyman also adds that the club is unlikely to extend another qualifying offer (assuming there are still qualifying offers in the new CBA). It sounds like the impending free agent is likely to end up elsewhere unless his demands change. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:54 am
  • David Dahl races around for RBI triple in L
    David Dahl went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Dahl notched his RBI three-bagger against Johnny Cueto in the first inning. It gave the Rockies an early 2-0 lead, one which they would squander as the game progressed. Since being called up in the middle of the summer, Dahl, 22, has impressed to the tune of a .316/.362/.512 triple-slash across 209 at-bats. In addition, the outfielder has mashed seven homers and driven in 24 runs. He has picked up an extra-base hit in each of his last four games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Jon Gray roughed up for five runs by Giants
    Jon Gray struggled in Thursday's loss to the Giants, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Gray also walked three in what was a less-than-stellar finish to his 2016 season. The Giants ripped him for a pair of runs in the fourth inning, then came back around for three more in the sixth. The 24-year-old right-hander's 4.61 ERA might not inspire much confidence, but Gray also rocked a 185/59 K/BB ratio across 168 innings. He closed the season with double-digit strikeout showings in two of his last three starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Vargas homers in second straight, Twins win
    Kennys Vargas went 2-for-5 with a solo home run to help the Twins hold off the Royals 7-6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Vargas took Royals starter Danny Duffy yard for the solo blast in the sixth inning. He also doubled off the southpaw in the contest. Vargas has now homered in two straight games and has 10 dingers in 44 games overall. He's batted .250/.354/.543 in those 44 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Miranda scatters four hits into sixth inning
    Ariel Miranda was sharp in taking a no-decision against the A's on Thursday, allowing one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Miranda struck out six and did not walk a batter on the evening. Chad Pinder cracked a solo home run off him in the sixth inning, but it was otherwise smooth sailing for the 27-year-old southpaw. In 11 appearances (10 starts) this season, Miranda has pitched to a 3.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 44/18 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Sardinas collects three hits in loss to LAD
    Luis Sardinas went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Sardinas hit an RBI single in the fourth inning to boost the Padres to a 2-0 advantage. Said advantage would not hold for the long, as the Dodgers would seven runs over the next three innings. For the season as a whole, the 23-year-old shortstop is hitting .265/.339/.398 with two homers and six RBI over 76 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Friedrich mired down by big sixth inning
    Christian Friedrich couldn't make it out of the sixth inning in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Friedrich surrendered an RBI double to Joc Pederson in the fifth inning, but the real killer frame was the sixth. He allowed four runs in that one. Over the course of 129 1/3 innings this season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to an underwhelming 4.80 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 100/52 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Butera enjoys three-hit night against Twins
    Drew Butera finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Butera had four hits, including a homer, in five career at-bats against Twins starter Kyle Gibson heading into Thursday's game, and he added to that strange dominance with his second three-hit game of the 2016 season. Backing up Salvador Perez this season, the 33-year-old is batting .281/.322/.474 in 114 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Molina gets walk-off winner in wild fashion
    Yadier Molina hit a walk-off double -- depending on who you ask -- to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Reds on Thursday.

    Advice: With a runner on first and two outs in the ninth, Molina pulled a Blake Wood pitch down the left field line that one-hopped the wall. There's little question it should have been ruled a ground-rule double, but Matt Carpenter never stopped running and slid into home with no objection from the umpires. The Reds tried to protest too late and to little avail, and it will be interesting to see if something is or can be done to change to ruling after the fact. As it stands, Molina pulled the Cardinals to two games back of the Mets for the first spot in the Wild Card race. The 34-year-old finished 2-for-5, also hitting his eighth home run of the season, with two RBI in Thursday's contest. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Mikie Mahtook doubles, homers in win over CWS
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Mahtook took a Jose Quintana offering for a solo ride in the fourth inning. The dinger was his third of the season. While the 26-year-old outfielder is hitting just .199/.237/.295 over 176 at-bats, he has picked it up of late, notching two-hit efforts in three of his last four games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Oh suffers blown save, gets win against Reds
    Seung Hwan Oh suffered a blown save Thursday, allowing a run on two hits, but ended up getting the win against the Reds.

    Advice: A day after leaving an outing with groin discomfort, Oh was back in there but didn't get the job done, giving up a leadoff double and eventually allowing the run to score on a soft infield hit with two outs. Oh then struck out Adam Duvall to end the frame, his second strikeout in the inning. Blown save aside, the 34-year-old didn't show many ill effects from the groin injury, and while he'll likely be given Friday off, the right-hander should be ready and able to pitch against the Pirates this weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Carlos Sanchez smacks two-run homer in loss
    Carlos Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Sanchez rocked a two-run homer off Chris Archer in the seventh inning to draw the White Sox to within 5-3, but neither team would score again in the contest. For his part, the 24-year-old Sanchez is working to a .217/.247/.378 triple-slash over 143 at-bats. He has swatted four homers and driven in 21 runs in that space. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Hellickson leaves start with sprained knee
    Jeremy Hellickson was pulled from Thursday's game against the Braves due to a sprained right knee.

    Advice: It's certainly good news that the injury appears to be minor and doesn't involve his arm at all. The 29-year-old finishes his 2016 campaign with a 12-10 record, 3.71 ERA and 154/45 K/BB ratio over 189 innings. He's positioned to secure a fairly lucrative multi-year contract in the off-season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
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  • Archer allows three runs into seventh inning
    Chris Archer provided decent length in Thursday's win over the White Sox, surrendering three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Archer struck out five and walked two on the evening. He surrendered a sixth-inning run courtesy of a Melky Cabrera RBI ground out. One frame later, he was victimized in decidedly louder fashion, as Carlos Sanchez swatted a two-run home run off the 28-year-old right-hander with one out in the seventh. With this start in the books, Archer can hang up his spikes for the year. Overall, he pitched to a 4.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 233/67 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings. The numbers are solid enough, but Archer took a slight step back after an impressive 2015 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Votto says he's fine, expects to play Friday
    Joey Votto declared himself fine after sustaining a cut on his chin during Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Votto was lifted from the game in the eighth inning after an errant throw from Tommy Pham hit him in the face. He sounds like he'll be good to go and will be in Friday's starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Votto leaves game after getting hit in face
    Joey Votto was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Cardinals after getting hit in the face by an errant throw from Tommy Pham.

    Advice: Votto blooped a double into the outfield in the eighth inning, but Pham's throw came through and drilled him on the chin at second base. There was a considerable amount of blood on his face, though the injury isn't believed to be too serious. Expect the Reds to provide an update on his status after the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Hellickson leaves start with apparent injury
    Jeremy Hellickson was forced to leave Thursday's start against in the fourth inning due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly what occurred at this point, but the trainer came out to check on the veteran right-hander mid at-bat in the fourth inning and the decision was made to pull him out. It's a potentially devastating development for Hellickson, who has had a nice bounceback season in 2016 and is headed for free agency this winter. Expect an update from the Phillies on his status shortly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:23 pm
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  • Salazar (forearm) threw 30-pitch 'pen session
    Danny Salazar (forearm) tossed 30-plus pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: He only threw his fastball and changeup, but Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Salazar would be limited to those two pitches anyway if he's able to return as a reliever in the postseason. Salazar is attempting to rehab a mild strain of his right flexor musculature. He has not been ruled out for the ALDS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:50 am
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  • Oh (groin) says he should be available Thurs.
    Seung Hwan Oh (groin) said he expects to be available out of the Cardinals' bullpen Thursday.

    Advice: Oh was lifted from an appearance Wednesday after experiencing renewed discomfort in his groin while trying to field a ball in the top of the ninth inning, but this his crunch time for the Wild Card-hunting Redbirds. "It’s nothing worse than what I dealt with before," said Oh with the help of translator Eugene Koo. "It’s totally fine, but we’ve still got a few more games to play so [manager Mike Matheny] told me to focus on tomorrow." The right-hander from South Korea has registered a brilliant 1.85 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts over his first 77 2/3 major league innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:00 am
  • Vargas cranks two-run homer on Wednesday
    Kennys Vargas went 1-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: The sixth-inning blast with Miguel Sano aboard tied the game but the Twins would not score again. Vargas spent most of the season in the minors. He has gotten to play only sparingly in the majors although he has performed quite well when given the chance. He is batting .244/.352/.519 with nine longballs and 19 RBI in just 135 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Seung Hwan Oh has renewed groin discomfort
    Seung Hwan Oh said he felt renewed discomfort in his groin in the ninth inning Wednesday.

    Advice: Oh was pulled after trying to field a comebacker off the bat of Jose Peraza in the top of the ninth inning. He spun quickly to throw to first base after picking up the ball and did not look comfortable in that process. This could be the end of the road for the impressive South Korean rookie, assuming the Cardinals can't climb into a National League Wild Card spot and advance to the NLDS. They fell 2-1 to the lowly Reds on Wednesday night in St. Louis. Kevin Siegrist may be called on for save chances over these final four regular-season tilts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) to return Friday
    Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) is expected to rejoin the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: Choo is on the mend from a fractured left forearm sustained on August 17. In terms of his potential postseason role, it is more likely that the Rangers utilize him in the outfield than at designated hitter. But it's all up in the air at the moment. Choo was batting .247/.369/.416 with seven home runs and six stolen bases in 45 games before his latest disabled list stint. He has also missed time this season with back, calf, and hamstring injuries. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 pm
  • Bregman (hamstring) batting second on Wed.
    Alex Bregman (hamstring) is batting second for the Astros on Wednesday against the Mariners.

    Advice: It will be the first start for Bregman since September 14, when he suffered a right hamstring strain while running the bases. Houston initially thought the 22-year-old top prospect might be done for the year, but he connected for a pinch-hit RBI single on Tuesday night to spark a big rally against Seattle and he will start at third base on Wednesday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:37 am
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  • Bregman (hamstring) returns with RBI single
    Alex Bregman (hamstring) smacked a pinch-hit RBI single Tuesday in the Astros' defeat of the Mariners.

    Advice: It was the first plate appearance in nearly two weeks for Bregman, who had been sidelined since September 14 because of a right hamstring strain. The initial diagnosis came with a timetable of 4-6 weeks, suggesting he was finished for the remainder of the 2016 regular season, but the 22-year-old top prospect made a swift recovery and could even start a few games before all is said and done. Bregman has a cool .797 OPS with eight home runs, 33 RBI, and 31 runs scored through his first 48 major league games. Impressive stuff all around. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:58 am
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  • Matt Wieters reaches base three times
    Matt Wieters singled twice and drew a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Orioles managed just one run against Aaron Sanchez and the Blue Jays' bullpen, with J.J. Hardy notching the team's lone extra-base hit (a double). Wieters had been in a funk but has now reached base eight times over his last three games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • Holliday (thumb) doubtful to return this year
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is doubtful to return to the Cardinals' active roster this year.

    Advice: Holliday was aiming to take live batting practice over the weekend, but it didn't happen. The veteran outfielder is apparently still dealing with some discomfort and strength issues surrounding his surgically-repaired right thumb. St. Louis has an interesting decision to make this winter with Holliday holding a $17 million club option for 2017. He posted a career-low .768 OPS with 19 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games this season and will turn 37 years old in January. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Wilmer Flores felt more wrist pain Monday
    Wilmer Flores felt lingering pain in his wrist while trying to swing a bat on Monday.

    Advice: He'll be shut down for another couple days and could very well be done for the year, unless the Mets can muster a deep postseason run. Flores hasn't appeared in a major league game since September 10 due to a bone bruise in his left wrist. He was slashing .267/.319/.469 with 16 homers and 49 RBI in 307 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:12 pm
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    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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  • Severino ejected from Monday's game
    Luis Severino was ejected from Monday's game against the Blue Jays in the second inning.

    Advice: Severino grazed Josh Donaldson in the elbow with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning and Blue Jays hurler J.A. Happ answered by hitting Chase Headley with a pitch in the top of the second. Severino responded by hitting Justin Smoak with a pitch in the bottom of the frame, which led to a benches-clearing brawl. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, and bench coach Rob Thomson have also been ejected. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:49 pm
  • Severino limited to around 50 pitches Mon.
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Luis Severino will be limited to around 50 pitches on Monday.

    Advice: Severino has been pitching out of the bullpen this month, but he's making a spot start in place of Masahiro Tanaka (forearm) for Monday's game with the Blue Jays. Most fantasy owners can skip this matchup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:46 pm
  • Bregman (hamstring) not ruled out from return
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch hasn't ruled out Alex Bregman (hamstring) from returning this week.

    Advice: It was previously thought that Bregman was unlikely to return unless the Astros made a deep run into the playoffs, but he was able to make it through a full workout on Monday. If anything, he could get some peace of mind going into the winter. The outstanding rookie has been out since September 14 with a hamstring strain. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:16 pm
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  • Danny Salazar (forearm) throws off mound
    Danny Salazar (forearm) threw 20-plus pitches off the mound on Monday.

    Advice: Salazar threw all fastballs at about 75 percent intensity, but it was a step in the right direction. Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said "it would be nice" to get him a relief appearance before the playoffs, though it's unclear whether he'll have enough time to do so. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:13 pm
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  • Bregman (hamstring) does baseball activity
    Alex Bregman (hamstring) did some baseball activities on the field Monday. did some running on the field today and took some ground balls and hit

    Advice: Bregman, out since September 14 with a right hamstring strain, did some running on the field in addition to taking grounders and hitting. He said things went well, but odds are we've seen the last of him this season, even if the Astros were to make a remarkable run this week and snag one of the Wild Card spots. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:50 pm
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  • David Dahl goes deep in loss to Dodgers
    David Dahl clobbered a solo homer on Sunday as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Dahl's solo blast off of Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning, but it would prove to be short-lived. The homer was Dahl's lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. He has acclimated himself well to big league pitching thus far, slashing .315/.357/.500 with seven homers and 23 RBI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:17 pm
  • Danny Valencia sitting out on Sunday
    Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Matt Olson is in right field Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:16 am
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  • Matt Wieters not in Sunday's lineup
    Matt Wieters is absent from the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Caleb Joseph will do the catching. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:36 am
  • Votto's 26th homer leads Reds past Brewers
    Joey Votto went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three walks as the Reds downed the Brewers 6-1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Votto took Brewers starter Taylor Jungmann deep in the first inning for the two-run dong, his 26th of the season. The 33-year-old is hitting .320/.433/.533 with 89 RBI and 94 runs scored -- amazing after he hit .252 with an .832 OPS in the first half -- and he ranks among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories. It's a shame the Reds haven't been able to do more during the height of his brilliance. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:59 pm
  • Miranda yields three runs in four innings Sat
    Ariel Miranda departed after allowing three runs in four innings and was charged with a loss versus the Twins on Saturday.

    Advice: He gave up only three hits but two of them left the park. Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano touched him up for solo homers. Miranda walked one and didn't register any strikeouts in the ballgame. He owns a 5-2 record and 4.10 ERA in 52 2/3 innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is a pedestrian 38 to 18. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Holliday scratched from another BP session
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Molina plates four as Cardinals smash Cubs
    Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 and drove home four runs on Saturday as the Cardinals smashed the Cubs 10-4.

    Advice: Molina got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning, then added on to the rout with a two-run single in the seventh. He has had a nice bounceback season offensively, slashing .300/.354/.413 with seven homers and 53 RBI. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:51 pm
  • Flores (wrist) could be done for the year
    ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports Wilmer Flores (wrist) may be done for the season.

    Advice: He isn't close to swinging a bat and has already received two cortisone shots since going down with a bruised wrist two weeks ago. Flores could return if the Mets make a deep postseason run but it's a near certainty he won't be back for the final week of the regular season. Assuming that's the case, Flores will close out the 2016 campaign with 16 HR, 49 RBI and a .267 average across 307 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:46 pm
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    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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  • Choo (forearm) facing live pitching Saturday
    Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) took batting practice against live pitching on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rangers are very hopeful that Choo will be active for the start of the ALDS, and it's not inconceivable that he could return in time to get a few at-bats before the end of the regular season. He has been on the shelf since August 17 due to a fractured left forearm. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:14 am
  • Jon Gray strikes out 10 in four innings
    Jon Gray fanned 10 while giving up four runs in four innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gray is the fifth pitcher ever to strike out 10 while working four innings of less. All five of those outings have come since 2013. Along with the 10 K's, Gray have up two homers and three walks to the 19 batters he faced. He also hit a batter. It took him 106 pitches to get through those four innings. Considering his workload this year, he probably should have been pulled earlier. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:48 pm
  • Hellickson gives up six runs to Mets
    Jeremy Hellickson was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Hellickson limited the Mets to one run over the first four innings before he came unglued in the fifth inning. After walking the bases loaded, he gave up a pair of RBI singles before being pulled. He was charged with two more runs after Michael Conforto slugged a three-run blast off Frank Herrmann. The impending free agent has been rocked to the tune of a 7.77 ERA in five starts against the Mets this season, but still holds a solid 3.78 ERA on the year. He’ll finish the year with a start against the Braves on the road next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:14 pm
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  • Archer gives up two runs in loss
    Chris Archer surrendered two runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Archer served up a two-run homer to David Ortiz in the first inning, which was ultimately enough to put him in line for his 19th loss. He struck out seven and walked a pair and now has 228 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings to go along with a 4.02 ERA. He’s looked a lot more like himself in the second half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Mahtook homers in loss to Red Sox
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a solo homer against the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Mahtook’s second-inning homer against Drew Pomeranz was the only offense of the night for the Rays. The 26-year-old is seeing most of the playing time in right field with Steven Souza and Nick Franklin sidelined, but there’s not much to get excited about in fantasy leagues here. Mahtook is batting just .182/.226/.253 with two homers and 10 RBI over 57 games this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Salazar (forearm) plays catch from 90-100 ft.
    Danny Salazar (forearm) played catch from 90-100 feet Friday.

    Advice: He'll then progress to 120 feet. There's no word yet on when he might be ready for a bullpen session, but it can't be too far off. While Salazar does appear to be making some progress, he won't be ready prior to the postseason and even if he returns then it will surely be in a relief role. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:57 pm
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  • Matt Holliday (thumb) to take live BP again
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:58 am
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) takes live BP
    Matt Holliday (thumb) took live batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Holliday was scratched from a simulated game last Saturday due to swelling in his surgically-repaired right thumb, but he resumed live hitting earlier this week. It seems likely that he's not going to be 100 percent at any point the rest of the way, but the Cardinals could wind up activating him, anyway, even it's to be used in a secondary role. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 am
  • Bregman (hamstring) ran on treadmill Thursday
    Alex Bregman (hamstring) did some running on a treadmill Thursday.

    Advice: It was at a very low intensity, but it was the first time he's done any running since suffering a right hamstring strain on September 14. Bregman said Thursday that he's "hoping to come back sooner rather than later and trying to do anything I can to help contribute," but the reality is that the Astros would probably have to make a deep playoff run for him to have a chance to return. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:24 am
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  • Christian Friedrich loses shutout in eighth
    Christian Friedrich faltered late in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering two runs on three hits over seven-plus innings.

    Advice: Friedrich and Giants starter Jeff Samardzija were locked in a fantastic pitcher's duel over the first seven innings, with both pitchers posting goose eggs. The Padres' issues began when Friedrich trotted back out to start the eighth inning. He surrendered a double and a single to open the frame. Both of those runners would come around to score after he was lifted from the proceedings. For the season, the 29-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He will finish out his season with a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Wilmer Flores (wrist) won't play on Thursday
    Mets manager Terry Collins has ruled out Wilmer Flores (wrist) for Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Advice: Collins deemed the worry-level surrounding Flores' wrist as a "DEFCON 4," so that is somewhat disconcerting. The team had hoped that the 25-year-old infielder would be able to return to the lineup against Phillies southpaw Adam Morgan on Thursday. Flores is currently sidelined by a left wrist injury suffered in a collision at home plate on September 10. He has been given two cortisone shots in the intervening days, but Collins said Flores has not been able to swing a bat since the collision. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:26 pm
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  • Salazar (forearm) played catch again on Wed.
    Danny Salazar (forearm) played catch from a distance of 75 feet on Wednesday.

    Advice: That comes after he threw from a distance of 60 feet on Tuesday. Salazar is hoping to expand to 90 feet on Thursday and 105-120 feet this weekend before possibly returning to mound work sometime next week. The right-hander has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016 regular season due to a mild strain of his right flexor musculature, but he could be an option in relief for the ALDS. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:01 pm
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  • Yadier Molina getting the day off Wednesday
    Yadier Molina is getting the day off Wednesday.

    Advice: Carson Kelly will catch fellow rookie Luke Weaver in the afternoon series finale at Coors Field. Molina went 2-for-5 in Tuesday night's blowout win over the Rockies and is slashing .348/.384/.502 since the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:09 am
  • Danny Valencia strikes out twice in defeat
    Danny Valencia went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 10-inning loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Valencia could not find a hit on the evening, a common theme for the A's. As a team, they managed just a trio of singles over 10 innings. For the season as a whole, Valencia is slashing .287/.348/.455 with 17 homers and 51 RBI over 442 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:15 pm
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  • Flores given second cortisone shot for wrist
    Wilmer Flores was given a second cortisone injection for his injured left wrist.

    Advice: Flores hasn't appeared in a game for the Mets since suffering a bone bruise in an awkward home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski on September 10 in Atlanta, and it's going to be at least another couple days before he can return. T.J. Rivera is at second base and James Loney is at first base on Tuesday night against the Braves. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:13 pm
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    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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    Bot 8, 5-1 @Phi
     
  • Salazar (forearm) played catch on Tuesday
    Danny Salazar (forearm) played catch from a distance of 60 feet on Tuesday.

    Advice: Salazar was diagnosed with a mild strain of his right flexor musculature last week. He's not going to make another start this year, but the Indians are hopeful that he could be available as a reliever as soon as the ALDS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:38 pm
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