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  • Hosmer clubs three-run homer to beat Tigers
    Eric Hosmer dealt a blow to the Tigers playoff chances on Saturday, clubbing a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, propelling the Royals to a 7-4 victory in Motown.

    Advice: The Royals entered the inning trailing 4-2 and were down to their final strike before Paulo Orlando came through with a two-run double to tie the game. That set the stage for Hosmer's heroic blast off of Tigers' closer Francisco Rodriguez. It was Hosmer's lone hit in five at-bats on the afternoon. He's been a terrific source of run production this season, slashing .268/.329/.434 with 24 homers and 100 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:34 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 Today, 1:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Joe Mauer (quad) remains sidelined Saturday
    Joe Mauer (quad) is not in the Twins' lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Mauer is still battling right quad soreness. Saturday will mark his fifth straight absence. Kennys Vargas will draw another start at first base and bat fifth against M's lefty Ariel Miranda. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:12 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • Mark Teixeira not in Yankees lineup Saturday
    Mark Teixeira is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday's showdown against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Yankees skipper Joe Girardi continues to mix and match as the Bombers fight for a wild card berth. Tyler Austin is making a rare start in his place and will bat eighth against Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:18 am
  • Wil Myers hits three-run homer in win
    Wil Myers went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and an intentional walk in the Padres' 7-2 win over the Giants on Friday.

    Advice: The homer came in the first off Albert Suarez. Myers is up to 28 homers and 91 RBI in 567 at-bats. He combined for 27 homers and 117 RBI in 885 at-bats over his first three big-league seasons. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:06 am
    5:40 pm vs SF
     
  • Cron has three hits, two RBI in win over HOU
    C.J. Cron went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Friday’s 10-6 victory over the Astros.

    Advice: Cron had two doubles and a single on the night. He knocked in a run with a double in the second inning and later plated the go-ahead run with a single off Ken Giles in the ninth. The 26-year-old got off to a hot start after returning from the disabled list last month, but he hasn’t been able to sustain it in September. This was his first multi-hit game since September 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Pujols has three hits in win over Astros
    Albert Pujols finished 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and three runs scored Friday versus the Astros.

    Advice: Pujols now has five multi-hit games in his last nine. He has improved his batting average from .261 to .269 in the process. The 36-year-old might not be the offensive force he once was, but fantasy owners aren’t going to complain about 31 homers and 116 RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Trumbo smashes walk-off homer in 12th
    Mark Trumbo blasted a walk-off solo homer in the 12th inning on Friday, delivering the Orioles a much-needed 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: With the victory, the O's kept pace in the battle for the second wild card, sitting half of a game behind the Tigers. In typical Orioles fashion, all of their scoring came via the long ball. Pedro Alvarez got the club on the board with a solo shot in the eighth, Matt Wieters tied it with a blast in the ninth and Trumbo with the game-winner in the 12th. He finished the night 2-for-5 and is now slashing .247/.309/.521 with 44 homers and 103 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Duda doubles in win over Phillies
    Lucas Duda went 1-for-3 with a double against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Mets manager Terry Collins went with Duda on Friday after watching him almost hit a game-winning homer in Thursday’s game. He’s being thrown into the fire, but it looks like he’s getting his timing back at the plate. James Loney has been handling first base duties since the end of May, but that time could be coming to an end. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:14 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Freeman extends hitting streak to 27 games
    Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 27 games in Friday’s win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Freeman finished the night 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a run scored. He’s hitting a cool .365 during his career-long hitting streak and has pulled his batting average up from .289 to .303 along the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Butler hitless against Jays on Friday
    Billy Butler went 0-for-2 with a walk Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Tyler Austin replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. The Yankees signed Butler in order to give him some at-bats against left-handed starters as they tried to hang in the Wild Card race, but now that they are fading, it’s probably time to commit to Austin as they look toward 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Ortiz powers Red Sox to win over Rays
    David Ortiz continued his historic final season Friday against the Rays by going 2-for-5 with a two-run homer.

    Advice: His first-inning blast against Chris Archer was all the Red Sox would need on this night. Ortiz is now sitting on 37 homers and 124 RBI to go along with a .319/.406/.634 batting line. He’s already passed Dave Kingman for the most homers ever by a player in his final season and Friday’s two-run blast pushed him ahead of Shoeless Joe Jackson for the most RBI. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • Gerardo Parra (illness) not in Rockies lineup
    Gerardo Parra (illness) is not in the Rockies starting like for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Parra was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup due to an illness. It's unclear if Friday's absence is related to him still feeling under the weather, or it's simply a product of the matchup against left-hander Scott Kazmir. He's still considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo has three hits in Cubs' win
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and run scored in Friday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: The RBI two-bagger came in the middle of the Cubs' four-run first inning against Mike Leake. Rizzo has now put together a modest seven-game hitting streak, lifting his average back up top .295. He's now driven in 105 runs on the season, which beats last year's previous career high by four. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    L, 10-4 vs StL
     
  • Stephen Piscotty's struggles continue
    Stephen Piscotty went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He wasn't the only one, as the Cardinals managed just five singles and no runs versus Jake Arrieta and the Chicago bullpen. Piscotty has been in a tailspin over the last month, batting just .216 with one homer over his last 26 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:23 pm
    W, 10-4 @ChC
     
  • MRI reveals strained glute for Daniel Murphy
    Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a strained left glute following an MRI.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that the ailment doesn't affect Murphy when he hits, but it's an issue when he runs. The club says there's no timetable for his return, although they've ruled him out through at least the weekend. That means he'll miss, at minimum, seven straight starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • Daniel Murphy (leg) out again on Friday
    Daniel Murphy (leg) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's now missed five straight starts with a sore left leg. Stephen Drew is handling second base in Murphy's place. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:12 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:58 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-4 @ChC
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 8:09 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-4 @ChC
     
  • Solarte (personal) would like to return
    Yangervis Solarte (personal) would like to return this season, but Padres manager Andy Green said the infielder's situation remains "fluid."

    Advice: Solarte's wife, Yuliett, died this past Saturday from complications related to cancer. She was only 31. Obviously the Padres will give Solarte all the time he needs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:04 am
    5:40 pm vs SF
     
  • Mauer (quad) might not play again until Sun.
    Joe Mauer might not start again until Sunday due to ongoing soreness in his right quad.

    Advice: Mauer hasn't started since last Saturday, although he had been slated to play Wednesday before that game was rained out. After a terrific August, Mauer has fallen off to .119/.245/.238 in September. Kennys Vargas has been filling in at first base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:45 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • Ramirez homers, drives in two to lead Red Sox
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday.

    Advice: Ramirez got the Sox on the board in the first inning with an RBI single, and he capped the scoring with a solo homer in the seventh. The dinger was his 29th of the year, and he's got a whopping 109 RBI and 80 runs scored as well. His next jack, if he gets there, will give him just his second 30-homer season of his career. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:17 pm
  • Mancini belts three-run homer against Red Sox
    Trey Mancini went 2-for-3 with a double and a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Mancini was the only Orioles hitter with an answer for David Price and company, collecting two of the team's six hits and notching the only two Orioles extra-base hits in the game. The three-run homer in the third inning came off David Price. It was the 24-year-old's second homer in three games since being promoted on September 18 after he hit 20 homers between Double-A and Triple-A this year. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:13 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Pujols launches two-run home run in victory
    Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Pujols connected for a two-run shot with one out in the first inning, burning Mike Fiers for the only runs in the 2-0 win. The veteran slugger is no longer a triple-slash monster with his .265/.320/.456 mark, but his counting stats have been fantastic. In 577 at-bats, Pujols has clocked 31 homers and driven in 116 runs. Those 116 RBI are the most he has picked up in a season since he drove in 118 in 2010. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:21 pm
  • Butler picks up pair of hits in loss to Rays
    Billy Butler went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Butler served as the designated hitter and batted cleanup in the game, knocking a pair of singles. He's now hit in each of his six games as a member of the Yankees, going 8-for-18 with a homer and four RBI since signing with the New York club earlier this month. He's hitting .289/.340/.427 overall and at 30 years old, it will be interesting to see if anyone is willing to give him more than a one-year, incentive-laden deal this winter. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:24 pm
  • Gerardo Parra (illness) scratched from lineup
    Gerardo Parra was scratched from the Rockies starting lineup on Thursday due to an illness.

    Advice: Stephen Cardullo replaced him at first base and will bat seventh for the Rockies against Brett Anderson and the Dodgers on Thursday. Parra should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 pm
  • Victor Martinez hits three-run homer
    Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer off the bench in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins.

    Advice: Martinez is back in the starting lineup for game two tonight. He missed three starts with a swollen knee. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:54 pm
  • Brock Holt (death in family) back Thursday
    Brock Holt (personal) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: Holt was excused from the club for a couple of days following a death in his family. He will start at shortstop and bat second Thursday versus Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. Xander Bogaerts has the night off. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:23 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 1-0 @TB
     
  • V-Mart (knee) out for Game 1 against Twins
    Victor Martinez (knee) is out again for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader with the Twins.

    Advice: V-Mart is still getting over some right knee swelling, though he could play in the 8:10 p.m. ET nightcap. Miguel Cabrera will take a turn at DH in Game 1 versus Twins left-hander Pat Dean, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia drawing a start at first base. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:14 am
  • Joe Mauer out of Minnesota lineup for Gm. 1
    Joe Mauer is out of the Twins' starting lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader versus Detroit.

    Advice: Kennys Vargas will start at first base and bat fifth against Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Twins manager Paul Molitor said he has noticed some "off-balance" swings from Mauer this week and might also sit him against Justin Verlander in the nightcap Thursday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:35 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • Nick Franklin (hamstring) pinch-hit Wed.
    Nick Franklin (hamstring) popped out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday versus the Yankees.

    Advice: Franklin had been inactive for six straight days because of a moderate left hamstring strain. He probably isn't going to make many starts over the Rays' final 11 regular-season games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:06 am
    Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 vs Bos
     
  • Paul Goldschmidt propels Arizona with 2 HRs
    Paul Goldschmidt homered twice to plate all three Diamondbacks runs in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Padres.

    Advice: With 23 homers and 90 RBI, Goldschmidt isn't quite tearing it up in the power categories this year. Still, he doesn't always get a lot to hit as by far the biggest threat in the Arizona lineup. It's Goldschmidt, not Joey Votto, currently leading the NL in walks with 106. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Sean Rodriguez hits 18th homer
    Sean Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodriguez has been treating NL pitchers like Gatorade coolers all season long, bashing 18 homers in just 267 at-bats. It's more likely a career year, but with his versatility, he'll be an interesting free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:35 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Pit - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs Was
     
  • Freeman goes 2-for-4 on Wednesday
    Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 25 games by going 2-for-4 in a win over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. The hitting streak is a career-long for Freeman. The first baseman had a rough start to the season but has put up monster stats in the second half. Overall he is batting .303/.398/.565 with 31 home runs, 83 RBI and 93 runs scored on a low scoring team. His prowess has gone largely unnoticed due to the dismal season Atlanta is having. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Murphy's leg is 'not responding to treatment'
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that Daniel Murphy (leg) is not responding to treatment.

    Advice: Murphy is missing a fourth straight start Wednesday due to lingering soreness in his left leg, with Stephen Drew filling in at second. Baker is hopeful Murphy will be ready to go Friday after Thursday's scheduled team off day, but it's no sure thing. "He hasn’t been responding to treatment," Baker told reporters. "With a day off tomorrow, we’ll work on it. We’ll work on it and see." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:34 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • Han-Ram expected to return to lineup Thurs.
    Hanley Ramirez is expected to play in Thursday's game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Ramirez is sitting out Wednesday's game to rest up a few minor shoulder and foot issues. These are not considered serious, though, and the molten-hot slugger looks like he will be ready to return to action for Boston's series finale in Baltimore. Hanley is slashing .357/.416/.771 with nine homers and 23 RBI in 18 games this month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:47 pm
  • Victor Martinez (knee) held out lineup again
    Victor Martinez (knee) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.

    Advice: This is the second consecutive game that Martinez has missed. Trevor Bauer hit the veteran slugger in the right knee during Sunday's showdown and he has been dealing with a bit of swelling. Justin Upton is serving as DH for Wednesday's contest and is batting fifth. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:38 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
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Daniel Murphy (leg) sitting again Wednesday
    Daniel Murphy (leg) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Murphy is missing a fourth straight game due to left leg soreness. He remains day-to-day. Stephen Drew will get another start at second base and bat sixth against Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:40 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • Hanley Ramirez getting night off Wednesday
    Hanley Ramirez will get the night off Wednesday.

    Advice: It looks to be a routine day of rest for Hanley, who's batting .357/.416/.771 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 18 games this month. Travis Shaw is at first base and batting fifth Wednesday versus O's right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:26 pm
  • Piscotty gets day of rest Wednesday at COL
    Stephen Piscotty is not in the Cardinals' lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies.

    Advice: It's a day of physical and mental rest for Piscotty, who's batting .246/.301/.354 with 20 strikeouts in 65 at-bats this month. Jeremy Hazelbaker will start in right field and bat sixth Wednesday versus Rockies right-hander German Marquez. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:29 am
    W, 10-4 @ChC
     
  • Paul Goldschmidt crunches two-run home run
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Goldschmidt connected for a two-run home run off Paul Clemens with two outs in the sixth inning. That shot temporarily knotted the score at 2-2, but the Padres would come back in the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer of their own. For his part, Goldy is now slashing .297/.413/.484 with 21 homers, 87 RBI and 27 steals over 539 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:37 pm
  • Rizzo collects three more RBI against Reds
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-5 with three RBI in a win over the Reds on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rizzo was in the right place at the right time Tuesday, swatting a two-run single in the fourth inning and adding an RBI single in the sixth. His three RBI gives him 104 RBI on the year, second only to Nolan Arenado's 124 RBI (!) in the National League. Rizzo also ranks among the league leaders in homers, walks, slugging percentage and OPS. After finding himself in the MVP voting each of the past two years, this could be the year the 27-year-old takes home his first trophy as the offensive leader of the best team in the league. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 pm
    L, 10-4 vs StL
     
  • Big Papi delivers three-run homer on Tuesday
    David Ortiz belted career home run No. 539 Tuesday, ripping a three-run shot in a win over the Orioles.

    Advice: The Red Sox' lead was at one with one out in the seventh inning, but Big Papi changed that with a three-run bomb off of Kevin Gausman. He also had a single in the game. Ortiz has now homered in two straight and has five dingers over his last 10 contests. He's up to .318/.403/.634 on the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Trey Mancini blasts first MLB home run
    Trey Mancini launched his first major league home run in his first start in Tuesday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: Called up from the minors on Sunday, Mancini flied out in his first at-bat but then ended Eduardo Rodriguez's no-hit bit with two outs in the fifth inning with a solo blast to left-center field. The 24-year-old could see more starts in the designated hitter spot against left-handers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:52 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Baker expects Murphy (leg) to return Wed.
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he expects Daniel Murphy (leg) to return Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy is out a third straight game Tuesday night against the Marlins due to left leg soreness, with Stephen Drew filling in at second base, but this is not a serious injury. Washington holds an eight-game lead over the Mets in the National League East with 12 games to play. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:36 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • V-Mart out Tuesday because of swollen knee
    Victor Martinez is out of the Tigers' starting lineup Tuesday due to swelling in his right knee.

    Advice: Martinez was hit in that knee by a Trevor Bauer pitch on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland and still has some discomfort. James McCann is at DH for the Tigers on Tuesday versus Twins left-hander Hector Santiago. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:31 pm
  • Holt excused following death in family
    Brock Holt will be away from the Red Sox for the next two days following a death in his family.

    Advice: Holt just returned to the Red Sox starting lineup Monday after an eight-day absence due to shoulder trouble. He should be back for Thursday's series finale in Baltimore. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:30 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 1-0 @TB
     
  • V-Mart getting night off Tuesday vs. Twins
    Victor Martinez is getting the night off Tuesday.

    Advice: James McCann will take a turn at DH against Twins left-hander Hector Santiago. This looks to be a routine night of mental and physical rest for Martinez, who's batting just .190/.299/.276 through 67 plate appearances in September. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:05 pm
  • 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
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Franklin diagnosed with moderate hammy sprain
    Nick Franklin was diagnosed with a moderate strain of his left hamstring following an MRI.

    Advice: Franklin suffered the injury last Thursday. At this point, it's going to be tough for him to make it back this season. Steven Souza (hip) is also sidelined right now, so Mikie Mahtook figures to see regular playing time in right field over the final two weeks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:41 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 vs Bos
     
  • Murphy, Werth, Zimmerman sitting Tuesday
    Daniel Murphy (leg) is out of the starting lineup again Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Murphy has now been held out of the starting lineup for three straight days due to what he has described as left leg soreness. He was able to pinch-hit on Monday, so it doesn't appear to be overly serious. Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman will also get the day off on Tuesday while Brian Goodwin will play left and Clint Robinson will start at first. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:36 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • Murphy (leg) flies out as pinch hitter
    Daniel Murphy (leg) flew out as a pinch-hitter to end Monday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: Murphy has been held out of the starting lineup on back-to-back days due to what he's calling left leg soreness. It's unclear if he'll be ready to return on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:52 am
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • Wil Myers hits 26th homer in win
    Wil Myers hit his 26th homer and walked twice Monday as the Padres edged the Diamondbacks 3-2.

    Advice: Myers has been threatening to finish his "breakthrough" season with a sub-.800 OPS, but he's back up to .802 now. He's hitting .220 with seven homers and eight doubles in the second half after coming in at .286 with 19 homers and 19 doubles before the break. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:29 pm
    5:40 pm vs SF
     
  • Freeman goes 4-for-5 to extend hitting streak
    Freddie Freeman fell a triple shy of the cycle Monday, going 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in a win over the Mets.

    Advice: The Braves were massive underdogs in this one in a Noah Syndergaard/Aaron Blair matchup, but Atlanta wound up pounding out 13 hits and scoring seven runs. Freeman had four of those base knocks, including his 31st home run. The first baseman now boasts a 23-game hitting streak and has reached base in 39 games in a row. Freeman's batting line is up to .302/.397/.566. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt out of Monday's lineup
    Paul Goldschmidt is out of Monday's lineup versus the Padres.

    Advice: Goldschmidt had a rough series against the Dodgers, so a day off to clear his head isn't the worst idea. Kyle Jensen will start at first base and bat seventh against left-hander Clayton Richard. Brandon Drury will move into to the No. 3 spot. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:48 pm
  • Hosmer knocks in two runs vs. White Sox
    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Hosmer had RBI singles in the fifth and sixth innings. He has improved his career-best RBI total to 97 for the year. The batting average has dropped off this season (.272 after Monday’s game), but he has made up with his increased run production for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:20 pm
  • Daniel Murphy says he has left leg soreness
    Daniel Murphy described his current injury as left leg soreness.

    Advice: Murphy is still dealing with the effects of a slide into second base on Saturday. Nationals manager Dusty Baker initially called it "buttocks" pain, but either way he's sitting out his second straight game and won't take batting practice Monday. Consider the star second baseman day-to-day for now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:24 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • Daniel Murphy (buttocks) remains out Mon.
    Daniel Murphy (buttocks) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Murphy also missed Sunday's series finale against the Braves after injuring his backside on a slide into second base Saturday. He's considered day-to-day. Wilmer Difo will start at second base and bat eighth Monday against Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:26 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • Holt (shoulder) back in Red Sox lineup Mon.
    Brock Holt (shoulder) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Monday night against the Orioles.

    Advice: It will be the first start since September 11 for Holt, who had been dealing with a shoulder injury. He is playing third base and batting seventh versus Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:09 pm
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 1-0 @TB
     
  • Nick Franklin to undergo MRI on hamstring
    Nick Franklin is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left hamstring strain Monday.

    Advice: Franklin hasn't played since straining the hamstring last Thursday and he isn't making much progress on the side. Any injury is a potential season-ender at this point, but the MRI results should tell the whole story. Franklin, 25, has registered an impressive .280/.343/.465 batting line in 53 games this summer for Tampa Bay. He missed time with a concussion in August. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:07 am
    Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 vs Bos
     
  • Hanley Ramirez powers Sox to 4-game sweep
    Hanley Ramirez continued his torrid hitting on Sunday, blasting a pair of home runs to lead the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees and a four-game sweep of their weekend series.

    Advice: Ramirez got the Red Sox on the board in the fifth inning when he launched a C.C. Sabathia offering over the Green Monster for a three-run homer. He then broke a 4-4 tie with a towering solo shot off of Tyler Clippard in the seventh, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Ramirez hit four home runs in the series and is now hitting a robust .294/.364/.517 with 28 homers and 106 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:49 pm
  • Trumbo tallies 43rd home run and 101st RBI
    Mark Trumbo slugged his 43rd home run of the season Sunday in the Orioles' 2-1 defeat of the Rays.

    Advice: It was a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the eighth inning against Rays reliever Ryan Garton. Trumbo also singled earlier in the game, finishing 2-for-4 in the afternoon victory at Camden Yards. He boasts an .836 OPS and 101 RBI in 146 games this season, to go along with the 43 longballs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:48 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • David Ortiz not in Red Sox lineup on Sunday
    David Ortiz is absent from the Red Sox starting lineup on Sunday against the Yankees.

    Advice: The Red Sox will go for the sweep without their veteran slugger in the middle of the lineup. It's not a bad day to get him a breather with southpaw C.C. Sabathia on the hill. Hanley Ramirez will move into the cleanup spot in his absence. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Lucas Duda starting at first base on Sunday
    Lucas Duda is starting at first base and batting seventh for the Mets on Sunday.

    Advice: The thinking had been that Duda would be limited to pinch-hitting for a while after he was activated Friday, but apparently he's feeling well enough for full-time duty. It will be his first start since late May. Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera have the day off Sunday, as Alejandro De Aza, Michael Conforto, Kelly Johnson and Matt Reynolds are all getting starts. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:45 am
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Mark Trumbo (back) back in action Sunday
    Mark Trumbo (back) is back in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games with back spasms. Trumbo is in right field and batting cleanup against Jake Odorizzi and the Rays. The O's also have Caleb Joseph at catcher over Matt Wieters. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:42 am
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Daniel Murphy sitting out with sore buttocks
    Daniel Murphy is not in Sunday's lineup due to sore buttocks.

    Advice: Murphy evidently did something to his buttocks while running to second base on a double Saturday. He should be back in there Monday. Trea Turner is starting at second base, with Ben Revere in center field. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:02 am
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
    Day-to-Day
    4:05 pm @Pit
     
  • Trey Mancini called up from Triple-A
    Orioles purchased the contract of 1B Trey Mancini from Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Mancini, 24, batted .282/.357/.458 with 20 homers between Double- and Triple-A this season. He'll give the O's another right-handed bat with Mark Trumbo (back) banged up. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:48 am
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Pujols punches 30th homer of the season Sat.
    Albert Pujols reached the 30 homer mark with a solo shot in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It was the 14th time he has hit 30 bombs in his career. He is no longer the superstar he used to be but he can still help fantasy teams win. He is batting .263/.318/.455 with 111 RBI and 64 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:31 pm
  • Rodriguez homers as Bucs sweep doubleheader
    Sean Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Pirates defeat the Reds 7-3 in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

    Advice: The homer was the fourth for Rodriguez in his last six games -- including his second Saturday, as he went deep in both ends of the doubleheader -- and he's got 16 homers and 50 RBI on the year. It'll go down as a career year for the 31-year-old, who's slashing .266/.349/.516 overall. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:53 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Pit - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs Was
     
  • Holliday (thumb) still dealing with swelling
    Matt Holliday was scratched from Saturday's simulated game after experiencing renewed swelling in his surgically-repaired thumb.

    Advice: Holliday broke his thumb about a month ago but was hoping to return later this year. Saturday's setback might put a wrench in that plan. Brandon Moss and a host of others have occupied left field during his absence. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-4 @ChC
     
  • Mark Trumbo (back) remains out of O's lineup
    Mark Trumbo (back) remains out of the Orioles starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The club had hoped that he would be ready to go on Saturday after sitting out Friday's contest. He reported improvement on Saturday and could be available off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Once again, Michael Bourn is starting in his place. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:55 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Mets activate Lucas Duda from 60-day DL
    Mets activated 1B Lucas Duda from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: He still hasn't been cleared to play the field and will be limited to pinch-hitting duties, but he adds another powerful left-handed bat to the Mets bench. He has been sidelined since late May due to a stress fracture in his back. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Cubs resting most regulars again on Saturday
    Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist and a host of other Cubs regulars are sitting out Saturday's game against the Brewers.

    Advice: The only regular bats in the lineup are Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javy Baez and it wouldn't be terribly surprising to see them sit out on Sunday. Joe Maddon is getting all of his starters a breather after clinching the National League Central Division title. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:46 am
    L, 10-4 vs StL
     
  • Freddie Freeman returns to Braves lineup
    Freddie Freeman returned to the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: He was away from the club on Friday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. He's back in his customary third spot in the Braves lineup against left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Nats on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:43 am
  • Myers slugs two-run homer vs. Rockies
    Wil Myers went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: It was just his second home run in his last 29 games. Myers has proved to be an excellent value for fantasy owners this season by amassing 25 homers, 83 RBI, and 25 steals over 142 games, but the great majority of his production was in the first half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:11 pm
    5:40 pm vs SF
     
  • Hanley Ramirez stays hot with another homer
    Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, an RBI single, and a walk in Friday’s 7-2 victory over the Yankees.

    Advice: Han-Ram remains red-hot. He has gone deep in back-to-back games and now has 10 homers over his last 19 games. The 32-year-old is batting .286/.359/.499 with 26 homers and 102 RBI over 134 games on the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Butler slugs pinch-hit homer Friday
    Billy Butler slugged a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Billy Butler, True Yankee? "Country Breakfast" has now knocked in four runs in his first two games with the Yankees. He had just three RBI for all of August when he was with the Athletics. The 30-year-old is expected to see at-bats out of the DH spot against left-handers down the stretch, but we’re not expecting mixed league-relevancy here. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Ortiz has two hits, RBI in win over Yankees
    David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a double, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: With his double in the sixth inning, Ortiz reached 1,187 extra-base hits for his career and moved ahead of Frank Robinson for 11th place on the all-time list. The 40-year-old continues to have quite the swan song. He’s batting .320/.405/.631 with 34 home runs and 115 RBI over 136 games. He’s on his way to his highest RBI total since his age-30 season in 2006. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Mauer draws three walks Friday
    Joe Mauer went 0-for-1 with three walks Friday against the Mets.

    Advice: It was his third three-walk game of the season. We know, we know. That isn’t very exciting for fantasy owners. Mauer recently missed some time with some soreness in his quads, but he felt well enough to play first base on Friday under National League rules. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:02 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • Matt Holliday to take live BP on Saturday
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is scheduled to take live batting practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder says that his surgically-repaired thumb is still sore, but he holds out hope that he'll be able to return to the Cardinals lineup before the end of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    W, 10-4 @ChC
     
  • Yangervis Solarte out due to family issue
    Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the Padres lineup on Friday due to a family issue.

    Advice: He left the club to go home and be with his family. There's no timetable for his return at the moment, but with the Padres long out of contention, he certainly won't be rushed. Alexi Amarista replaced him in Friday's lineup and could see extra run in his absence. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:14 pm
    5:40 pm vs SF
     
  • Yangervis Solarte scratched from lineup
    Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the Padres' lineup Friday.

    Advice: No reason for the scratch has been provided yet. Alexi Amarista has replaced him at second base. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:42 pm
    5:40 pm vs SF
     
  • Mark Trumbo sitting out with back spasms
    Mark Trumbo is not in Friday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: The good news is that the Orioles are hoping he'll be ready to play Saturday, so it doesn't appear to be a big deal at the moment. Michael Bourn is in right field Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:42 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Duda (back) returning as pinch-hitter Sat.
    Lucas Duda (back) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll be limited to pinch-hitting initially, as it's unclear when or if he might be able to play a full-time role at some point. It's obviously good news for the Mets regardless, as Duda has been on the shelf since late May with a stress fracture in his back. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:19 pm
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Freddie Freeman not in Friday's lineup
    Freddie Freeman is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Freeman's wife has been due to give birth and he hasn't rejoined the team yet. He is expected to return to the lineup Saturday. Blake Lalli is getting a start at first base. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Flores diagnosed with wrist inflammation
    Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with inflammation in his left wrist.

    Advice: He's been given a cortisone shot and the expectation is that he'll be ready to go in a couple days. Flores hasn't played since getting involved in a home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski last Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Mark Trumbo getting a day off Friday
    Mark Trumbo is not in the Orioles' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be a rare day off for the slugger. Michael Bourn is in right field. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:35 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Brock Holt nursing shoulder injury of late
    Brock Holt hasn't played since Sunday due to a shoulder injury.

    Advice: Holt injured himself on a dive back into first base. He's available off the bench but might not see much playing time, especially with Andrew Benintendi now back in the mix. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:59 am
    Player Note
    Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 1-0 @TB
     
  • Ramirez hits walk-off homer to stun Yankees
    Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run, walk-off home run Thursday to cap a five-run comeback in a 7-5 defeat of the Yankees.

    Advice: Hanley got all of a Dellin Betances 3-1 offering, and he knew it, admiring the moon shot before circling the bases and meeting a mob of teammates at home plate. The homer was his only hit in five at-bats on the night. HanRam has been on fire at the plate lately, hitting five homers in his last eight games to give him 25 homers and 100 RBI overall. It's only the second time in his career the 32-year-old has reached the 100-RBI plateau. It's been quite a comeback after a disappointing 2015 season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:13 pm
  • Papi hits 34th home run in win over Yankees
    David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's come-from-behind win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Papi hit what was, at the time, a largely meaningless solo homer in the eighth inning, but he also had an RBI single and scored a run in the Sox' four-run ninth inning to stun the rival Yankees. Ortiz now has 34 home runs, 114 RBI and 72 runs scored to go with a .317/.402/.629 line. We'll soon find out how much the baseball writers -- and the baseball gods -- like a storybook ending to a Hall of Fame career. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • Rodriguez homers, drives in three in victory
    Sean Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Phillies on Thursday.

    Advice: Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and capped the Pirates' 15-run outburst with a two-RBI single in the ninth. He went 6-for-12 with two home runs in the four-game series against the Phils, starting three of the four games. The jack of all trades has been a quietly productive offensive player for the Bucs this year, batting .259/.343/.498 with 14 homers, 47 RBI and 40 runs scored in 124 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:35 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Pit - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    4:05 pm vs Was
     
  • Nick Franklin leaves with hamstring strain
    Nick Franklin was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Orioles with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: The injury doesn't sound too serious and Franklin should be ready to return to the Rays lineup at some point over the weekend. Richie Shaffer replaced him at first base on Thursday and could draw a start on Friday if Franklin isn't ready to go. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:18 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    Top 3, 0-1 vs Bos
     
  • Billy Butler bats fifth in his Yankees debut
    Billy Butler is starting at DH and batting fifth Thursday in his Yankees debut.

    Advice: Butler was signed to a major league contract late Wednesday with the Yankees preparing one final push for an American League Wild Card spot. They're scheduled to face left-handed starters in seven of their next 11 games and Butler holds a career .872 OPS versus lefties. He may carry some sneaky value in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:50 pm
  • Mauer (quads) back in Twins lineup Thursday
    Joe Mauer (quads) is back in the Twins' starting lineup on Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mauer sat out Wednesday due to nagging soreness in both of his quadriceps. He will serve as the Twins' designated hitter and bat third Thursday versus Detroit right-hander Mike Pelfrey. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:18 am
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • Freddie Freeman excused with wife in labor
    Freddie Freeman has been excused from the Braves to be with his wife in labor.

    Advice: Freeman actually bolted in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's game against the Marlins, with Blake Lalli taking over at first base in the top of the eighth. "I knew (Freeman's wife) was close," manager Brian Snitker said. "I just hope everything works out good for him. He's been on call for a while, and it finally happened." Freeman could be away for a couple of days. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 am
  • Parra (hamstring) goes 0-for-3 in return
    Gerardo Parra (hamstring) went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his return on Wednesday.

    Advice: Parra missed a week of games with a strained right hamstring. The 29-year-old outfielder is batting just .234/.277/.340 since the beginning of August. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:51 am
  • Mark Trumbo hits 42nd homer
    Mark Trumbo hit his 42nd homer for the Orioles' only run in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: The solo shot gave him his 100th RBI and 85th run scored, both of which match his career highs from 2013. He's already well past his previous homer high of 34. He hasn't really done anything besides hit homers these past couple of months -- he's hitting .184 since the All-Star break after coming in at .288 in the first half -- but he sure did hit an important one tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:21 pm
    4:05 pm vs Ari
     
  • Yankees sign Billy Butler to majors contract
    Yankees signed DH Billy Butler.

    Advice: Butler is expected to start at designated hitter against left-handers down the stretch for the Yanks, and the team is scheduled to face southpaws in seven of its next 11 games. Still, there's not much fantasy upside here. Butler was hitting a quiet .276/.331/.403 with four homers and 31 RBI across 221 at-bats prior to being released by the A's on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Hosmer goes 2-for-3 versus A's Wednesday
    Eric Hosmer notched two of the Royals' four hits on Wednesday, finishing 2-for-3 in a loss to the Athletics.

    Advice: Both hits were singles. The Royals couldn't get anything started all night. The first baseman has cooled off markedly since the All Star Break but still has a solid .275 batting average with 23 home runs and 91 RBI. He has already set a new career best in homers and needs three more RBI to do the same. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:25 pm
  • Flores will visit doctor about wrist Thursday
    Wilmer Flores will have his sore right wrist examined by a doctor on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores has been experiencing both neck and wrist discomfort since an ugly home-plate collision with A.J. Pierzynski on Saturday night. X-rays taken in Atlanta over the weekend came back negative, but Flores is still unable to swing a bat. There should be an informative update coming sometime Thursday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:01 pm
    New Player Note
    Wilmer Flores NYM - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Phi
     
  • Joe Mauer out of action Wed. with quad injury
    Joe Mauer (quad) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    Advice: Mauer has been experiencing soreness in his quads since the middle of August, though he has been able to play intermittently. The veteran first baseman last saw the field on September 10. Kennys Vargas will man first against the Tigers in Mauer's absence and is batting fourth. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:33 pm
    Day-to-Day
    4:10 pm vs Sea
     
  • Rizzo homers twice; Cubs' magic number: 1
    Anthony Rizzo slugged a pair of homers Wednesday in the Cubs' rout of the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rizzo struck out in his first two at-bats against Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez, but he led off the top of the sixth with a solo bomb to right field off the 24-year-old right-hander and added a two-run shot in the ninth against Michael Wacha. Chicago's magic number to clinch the National League Central is now down to one. Rizzo has a .938 OPS, 31 home runs, and 101 RBI in 141 games. It's his second straight 100-RBI season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:30 pm
    L, 10-4 vs StL
     
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