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  • Adrian Gonzalez delivers game-winner vs. Cubs
    Adrian Gonzalez drove home a run with a fielder's choice in the eighth inning on Sunday, leading the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Gonzalez also had a pair of singles on the afternoon, finishing the day 2-for-4 with the game's lone RBI. He has been on a tear in recent weeks, raising his season slash to .298/.364/.456 to go along with 16 homers and 74 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:09 pm
  • Freeman clubs 27th homer in loss to Giants
    Freddie Freeman clubbed his 27th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Giants on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Freeman tagged Giants' ace Madison Bumgarner for the two-run blast in the sixth inning, cutting the Braves deficit at the time to 5-3. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. Freeman is now hitting .290/.386/.548 and has already far surpassed his career-best with 27 home runs. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:52 pm
  • Jefry Marte homers, drives in three vs. DET
    Jefry Marte went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Marte launched a two-run home run off Anibal Sanchez in the fifth inning and came through with a sacrifice fly just one frame later. He just returned to the Angels on Friday after being away from the team to handle a personal matter earlier in the week. For the season, the 25-year-old first baseman is working to a .243/.286/.453 triple-slash with 10 homers and 30 RBI over 181 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Jefry Marte LAA - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 @Det
     
  • Miguel Cabrera doubles in loss to Angels
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: The double was Cabrera's 27th of the season, but the Tigers just couldn't find any sort of sustained offensive punch against Tyler Skaggs and friends. They were shut out 5-0, with Cabrera's two hits representing half of their team hit total. The veteran slugger is slashing .311/.386/.546 with 28 homers and 80 RBI over 482 at-bats. He may be 33 years old, but he remains one of the most steady fantasy bats around. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:32 pm
  • Pearce drives in three as O's avoid sweep
    Steve Pearce went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

    Advice: Pearce snapped a scoreless tie with his sixth-inning solo home run off CC Sabathia, then proceeded to pad that lead with a two-run single in the seventh. He was sidelined by an elbow injury for two weeks earlier this month, but looks to be past that now. In 239 at-bats between the Rays and O's this season, the veteran first baseman is slashing a smooth .301/.380/.510 with 12 homers and 33 RBI. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Steve Pearce Bal - 1B,2B,OF
    Day-to-Day
    W, 5-0 @NYY
     
  • Xavier Scruggs notches RBI double in loss
    Xavier Scruggs went 2-for-2 with an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Scruggs picked up his first double of the season in the second inning, driving in a run in the process. He was called up on August 19 due to a strong power showing at Triple-A New Orleans. Since that promotion, the 28-year-old first baseman has managed seven hits in 23 at-bats. While he did bop 21 homers with New Orleans prior to his call-up, he has yet to show any sort of fantasy upside at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:48 pm
  • Paul Goldschmidt getting a day off Sunday
    Paul Goldschmidt is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the slugger. Phil Gosselin is filling in at first base. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:20 pm
  • Billy Butler (concussion) expected back Mon.
    Billy Butler (concussion) is expected to be activated on Monday.

    Advice: That's assuming he passes a concussion test Sunday. Butler has missed the last week of action following a clubhouse scuffle with teammate Danny Valencia. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:08 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Wil Myers scratched with stomach virus
    Wil Myers was scratched from the Padres' lineup Sunday with a stomach virus.

    Advice: He should be OK in a day or two. Yangervis Solarte will slide across the diamond to cover for Myers, with Adam Rosales entering the lineup at third base. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:01 am
    Day-to-Day
    W, 3-1 @Mia
     
  • Logan Forsythe sitting out on Sunday
    Logan Forsythe is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a simple day off. Nick Franklin is at second base and Corey Dickerson is in the leadoff spot. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:35 am
  • Blanco (finger) won't be ready Sept. 1
    Andres Blanco (finger) is not expected to be ready to return when roster expand on September 1.

    Advice: Five weeks removed from surgery to repair a fractured left index finger, Blanco took infield Saturday and will hit off a tee Monday. It would appear he's still at least another week away from a return. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:00 am
    New Player Note
    Andrés Blanco Phi - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    15-Day DL
    W, 5-1 @NYM
     
  • Nick Franklin activated from concussion DL
    Rays activated INF/OF Nick Franklin from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Franklin played in a rehab game on Friday to show that his concussion symptoms were behind him. He'll draw some starts in left field over the final month. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:12 am
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
     
  • Moreland cranks grand slam on Saturday
    Mitch Moreland crushed a grand slam in the first inning to lead the Rangers over the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: The big fly pretty much ended the game before it began as the Indians never did cross the plate all night. Moreland scored a run in the third inning on an Elvis Andrus double. He finished the night 1-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. He has a .253 batting average with 22 home runs and 55 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Beckham goes 3-for-4 on Saturday
    Tim Beckham drew a start at first base and went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a double but none of his three hits factored into the scoring. He was the first overall pick of the 2008 draft but failed to develop into anything more than a utility infielder in the major leagues. He is batting .235/.285/.433 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 187 at-bats on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 pm
    Player Note
    Tim Beckham TB - 1B,2B,SS
    W, 10-4 @Hou
     
  • Jose Abreu blasts 18th homer to power ChiSox
    Jose Abreu blasted his 18th home run of the season on Saturday, powering the White Sox in a 9-3 victory over the Mariners.

    Advice: He wasn't alone, as teammates Avisail Garcia, Tyler Saladino and Alex Avila also left the yard. Abreu's solo shot in the first inning gave the White Sox an early 2-0 advantage. He finished the night 1-for-5 and is now hitting .285/.341/.455 with 18 homers and 72 RBI on the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:11 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Sea
     
  • Belt (neck) scratched from Saturday's lineup
    Brandon Belt was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Braves due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: It's probably safe to call him day-to-day. Conor Gillaspie will fill in at first base and bat fifth. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:53 pm
    W, 13-4 vs Atl
     
  • Victor Martinez ejected from Saturday's game
    Victor Martinez was ejected from Saturday's game against the Angels in the middle of an at-bat in the third inning.

    Advice: V-Mart got tossed after expressing his displeasure with the strike zone of home plate umpire Mike Everitt. After being ejected, he had to be restrained by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and teammate J.D. Martinez. He then threw his helmet back onto the field after returning to the dugout. It was quite a display. Tyler Collins replaced him at designated hitter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:43 pm
  • Matt Carpenter getting the day off Saturday
    Matt Carpenter is not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Carpenter is just getting a breather. Brandon Moss will handle first base in his absence and bat third against A's right-hander Zach Neal. Carpenter enjoyed a monster first half but has slumped since the All-Star break (.219 AVG in 73 at-bats). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:55 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Carpenter StL - 1B,2B,3B
    L, 7-4 vs Oak
     
  • Chris Davis homers twice in loss to Yankees
    Chris Davis belted a pair of home runs as the Orioles were crushed by the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: Davis got the O's on the board with a two-run shot off of Chad Green in the third inning then added on a towering solo shot in the fifth as part of back-to-back jacks with Mark Trumbo. Davis finished the afternoon 2-for-3 and is now hitting .227/.340/.482 with 32 homers and 72 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:39 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,OF
    W, 5-0 @NYY
     
  • Trevor Plouffe homers again, Twins fall late
    Trevor Plouffe homered for the second consecutive game on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Twins to victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

    Advice: Plouffe tagged Bo Schultz for a two-run blast in the seventh inning that increased the Twins' advantage to 7-3. That would be the extent of their scoring on the afternoon though, leaving room for the Jays to mount a late-inning comeback. Plouffe also singled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk. He's hitting .257/.297/.409 with nine homers and 39 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:16 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
     
  • Danny Valencia not in A's lineup on Saturday
    Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It appears to be just a day of rest for Valencia. Ryan Healy is getting the start at the hot corner while Yonder Alonso mans first base for the A's against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:35 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Mariners recall Dae-Ho Lee from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled 1B/DH Dae-Ho Lee from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: With Tom Wilhelmsen being placed on the disabled list, they were able to recall Lee even though it has been fewer than 10 days since he was optioned out. With the Mariners facing several left-handed starters in the coming days, he should see significant action. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:32 pm
    L, 4-1 @CWS
     
  • Brad Miller not in Rays lineup on Saturday
    Brad Miller is not in the Rays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Nothing more than a routine day of rest for the power-hitting infielder. Tim Beckham is drawing the start in his place at first base and will bat fifth against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:19 pm
    Player Note
    Brad Miller TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
     
  • Scott Van Slyke to undergo wrist surgery
    Scott Van Slyke is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

    Advice: He sustained the injury in May and there had been hope that he could rehab and return before the end of the season, but they'll opt for surgery instead. He should be fully recovered and ready to go for spring training. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:22 am
    60-Day DL
    W, 1-0 vs ChC
     
  • Chris Johnson has walk-off hit vs. Padres
    Chris Johnson delivered a walk-off ground-rule double in Friday’s 7-6 victory over the Padres.

    Advice: Johnson wasn’t in the starting lineup, but he came off the bench in the fourth inning and went hitless over his first three at-bats before playing hero in the bottom of the ninth. The 30-year-old was an unlikely candidate, as he’s batting just .230/.288/.347 over 99 games this season. He gets most of his playing time against southpaws, but isn’t even hitting them well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:20 pm
    L, 3-1 vs SD
     
  • Plouffe homers, drives in two in loss
    Trevor Plouffe homered, drew a walk, and drove in two runs in Friday’s loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He went 1-for-3 on the night. Plouffe slugged a solo homer in the first inning — his first homer since way back on July 1 — and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the third. The 30-year-old has had an underwhelming season while also missing time with a fractured rib, but at least he has driven in 10 runs over his last 10 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:15 pm
    L, 9-6 @Tor
     
  • Goldschmidt singles, scores in low-scoring L
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

    Advice: Goldschmidt was one of just two Diamondbacks to record hits on the evening (Jean Segura also notched a single). Goldy would come around to score on a Chris Owings RBI ground out in the seventh for the team's lone run of the contest. The All-Star first baseman is slashing .304/.421/.505 with 20 homers and 78 RBI across 461 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:46 pm
  • Van Slyke (wrist) transferred to 60-day DL
    Dodgers transferred OF Scott Van Slyke to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: That opens up a spot for Shawn Zarraga on the 40-man roster. With less than two months to go, this move effectively ends Van Slyke's season. He was hitting .225 before a right wrist injury sent him to the disabled list in early May. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:36 pm
    60-Day DL
    W, 1-0 vs ChC
     
  • Franklin (concussion) to return this weekend
    Nick Franklin (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Friday.

    Advice: Franklin expects to join the Rays in Houston later this weekend so it looks like he'll only need a game or two in the minors to get back up to speed. He suffered a concussion last week after getting hit by Kevin Kiermaier's backswing in the on-deck circle. Franklin has hit .292 with six steals in 34 appearances for Tampa Bay this year. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
     
  • Jefry Marte (personal) to return on Friday
    Jefry Marte (personal) will join the Angels Friday in Detroit.

    Advice: Marte missed the club's series against the Blue Jays while tending to a personal matter. The 25-year-old has been a jack of all trades this season, splitting time between left field and both corner infield spots. He's hit a little bit too with nine homers and 27 RBI over 176 at-bats for the Halos. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:05 pm
    New Player Note
    Jefry Marte LAA - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-0 @Det
     
  • Tim Beckham (hamstring) remains out Thurs.
    Tim Beckham (hamstring) remains out of the Rays' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Beckham made an early exit Tuesday after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring and did not play Wednesday. He usually starts somewhere when the Rays face a left-handed pitcher, but the versatile 26-year-old is on the bench Thursday versus Red Sox southpaw Drew Pomeranz. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:39 am
    Player Note
    Tim Beckham TB - 1B,2B,SS
    W, 10-4 @Hou
     
  • Miggy collects four hits and homer vs. Twins
    Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

    Advice: His solo blast in the first inning opened the scoring. He then contributed an RBI double in the third inning before adding another double and a single. The future Hall of Famer is batting .313/.386/.552 with 28 home runs, 80 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 124 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Wil Myers hits RBI triple in loss to Cubs
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Myers notched his third three-bagger of the season off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks in the third inning. It bumped his RBI total to 73 for the season. The 25-year-old's bat has cooled after a scalding hot start to the summer, but he is still slashing .266/.343/.476 for the season as a whole. He has also bopped 23 homers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:58 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 3-1 @Mia
     
  • Billy Butler progressing from concussion
    Billy Butler said Wednesday that he's making good progress in his recovery from a concussion.

    Advice: Butler also apologized for his role in the clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia that resulted in his concussion. "I definitely said some things you shouldn’t, I definitely stepped in an area you shouldn’t. That wasn’t my business," said Butler. "I know I regret what I did, I think he regrets what he did. By no means do I think his intentions were to give me a concussion, I think that’s fair to say." The fight started after Butler told a rep for an equipment company that Valencia was wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong time. Or something like that. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Adrian Gonzalez drives in three in win
    Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Giants.

    Advice: Gonzalez lofted a sacrifice fly in the third inning, then came back with a shallow two-run single in the fifth. With the three RBI, he padded his tally to 73 for the season as a whole. The veteran first baseman has also cracked 15 home runs while slashing .301/.369/.458. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:46 pm
  • Late RBI single from Myers not enough for win
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Myers picked up an RBI base knock as part of a three-run ninth inning, but the Cubs held a 5-0 cushion to start the frame and managed to close out the win despite a few late rocky moments. For the season as a whole, the 25-year-old Myers is hitting .267/.343/.473 with 23 homers and 72 RBI. The overall numbers are fine, but he has struggled of late and entered Tuesday's game with just two hits in his last 23 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:28 pm
    Day-to-Day
    W, 3-1 @Mia
     
  • V-Mart homers, scores three runs vs. Twins
    Victor Martinez finished 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Twins.

    Advice: Martinez had three of the Tigers' 14 hits on the evening, including a two-run blast in the seventh. The homer was No. 23 for V-Mart, who now has 73 RBI and 52 runs scored. After enduring a cold July, the 37-year-old is hitting .305 with six homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored this month. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Abreu homers in third straight to down Phils
    Jose Abreu homered in his third straight game Tuesday, leading the White Sox to a lopsided 9-1 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: Abreu finished 2-for-3 with three RBI in the game, knocking an RBI single in the third inning before blasting a two-run homer in the fifth. After a largely pedestrian season, Abreu is lighting it up in the month of August, hitting .373 with six homers, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored. The good month has his overall line up to .285/.341/.455 with 17 home runs, 70 RBI and 48 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:22 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Sea
     
  • Chris Davis slugs 30th homer as Orioles roll
    Chris Davis singled and smacked a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: He singled and scored in the Orioles' three-run third inning and then added an insurance run with a long homer in the eighth off of Yusmeiro Petit. The dinger was Crush's 30th of the season, giving him at least 30 bombs in four out of the last five campaigns. Six of those homers have come over his last seven games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,OF
    W, 5-0 @NYY
     
  • Beckham leaves game with tight hamstring
    Tim Beckham left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a tight left hamstring.

    Advice: He was replaced in the lineup by Richie Shaffer before the top of the eighth inning, finishing the night 1-for-3 with a single. Beckham will be reevaluated by the Rays' medical team on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:11 pm
    Player Note
    Tim Beckham TB - 1B,2B,SS
    W, 10-4 @Hou
     
  • Paul Goldschmidt walks it off for Arizona
    Paul Goldschmidt's third hit of Monday's game was a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Diamondbacks edged the Braves 9-8.

    Advice: It was Goldschmidt's 19th homer. You know you're pretty good when you can be hitting .300 with an OPS over .900 and still be considered a modest disappointment. While he's not hitting like he did last year, Goldschmidt is right on pace to reach 25 homers and 100 RBI. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:23 pm
  • Freddie Freeman homers twice against Arizona
    Freddie Freeman homered twice, doubled and walked Monday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Well, of course he did; he was playing in Arizona. Freeman has hit .400 with 12 homers, 12 doubles and 36 RBI in 31 career games against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:16 pm
  • Valencia will be back in lineup Tuesday
    Danny Valencia will return to the lineup Tuesday, according to Athletics manager Bob Melvin.

    Advice: Valencia was fined as a result of his altercation with teammate Billy Butler over the weekend, but no suspension is expected to be levied. Butler was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list as a result of the clubhouse fight. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 4:41 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Billy Butler placed on 7-day concussion DL
    Athletics placed DH Billy Butler on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Butler has been dealing with concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. According to Athletics general manager David Forst, both players were fined as a result. Arismendy Alcantara will take Butler's spot on the active roster. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 4:09 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Freddie Freeman (finger) in Monday's lineup
    Freddie Freeman (finger) is back in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Freeman got the day off Sunday after receiving a cortisone shot in his right middle finger on Saturday. He got treatment and hit in the cage on Monday with no issues, so he's ready to make his return to the lineup. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 3:41 pm
  • Billy Butler not listed on active roster
    Billy Butler is not listed on the active roster for Monday's game against the Indians.

    Advice: The Athletics have yet to make an official announcement, but Butler displayed concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia over the weekend and will presumably be placed on the disabled list. Arismendy Alcantara is expected to take his spot on the active roster. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 3:33 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Butler, Valencia fought over endorsement deal
    According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the recent clubhouse fight between Billy Butler and Danny Valencia was about an endorsement contract.

    Advice: Valencia was in talks with an equipment representative before Butler allegedly interjected regarding the use of some off-brand spikes and told him that the company should drop the endorsement deal. This led to a confrontation where Valencia allegedly punched Butler in the temple. Butler has dealt with nausea and vomiting since. As for Valencia, Slusser hears that he will be fined for the fight. It's unclear if he'll face any other punishment. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 3:11 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Adrian Gonzalez has three-HR, eight-RBI day
    Adrian Gonzalez had a monster day in Monday’s 18-9 pounding of the Reds, going 3-for-6 with three homers and a career-high eight RBI.

    Advice: Gonzalez connected for a three-run shot off Homer Bailey in the first inning before adding a solo blast in a six-run fifth and a two-run shot in the seventh. He had a chance for a fourth homer in the eighth, but grounded out to second base. On the bright side, he drove in his eighth run of the day on the play. This is the second three-homer game of Gonzalez’s career. He has now hit safely in 15 consecutive games and is batting .299/.369/.458 with 15 homers and 70 RBI overall. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 1:41 pm
  • Butler reportedly hurt in fight with Valencia
    Billy Butler missed Saturday and Sunday's games against the White Sox due to injuries sustained in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

    Advice: The alleged incident occurred on Friday night, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. A's manager Bob Melvin wouldn't divulge any details when pressed for information on Sunday and simply noted that Butler sat out due to nausea and vomiting, and not from the flu as initially reported. Those symptoms are often associated with concussions, though it's unclear if Butler sustained a concussion from the altercation with Valencia. There should be more clarity here soon, especially if MLB decides to investigate the matter. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 7:02 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Freeman unavailable Sunday due to finger
    Freddie Freeman was unavailable for Sunday's game against the Nationals after receiving a shot in the right middle finger on his right hand on Saturday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as though the injury is serious, so Freeman should be considered day-to-day. He's having a nice season at the dish, slashing .287/.382/.539 with a career-high 24 homers and 58 RBI. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 4:01 pm
  • Forsythe (back) unloads for three-run homer
    Logan Forsythe went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Forsythe's three-run home run off Martin Perez broke the game wide-open in a five-run fourth, padding what had been a 3-2 lead. The homer was 16th of the season, one shy of the career-best 17 he posted in 2015. Overall, the 29-year-old outfielder is slashing a strong .279/.339/.481 across 362 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 2:50 pm
  • Billy Butler (illness) remains unavailable
    Billy Butler (illness) isn't available to play Sunday.

    Advice: Butler isn't even at the ballpark, as the A's told him to stay at the team hotel as he recovers from the flu. He's day-to-day. Khris Davis is in the designated hitter spot Sunday and Coco Crisp is in left field. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:43 am
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Victor Martinez getting a day off Sunday
    Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's just getting a breather. Miguel Cabrera is in the designated hitter spot Sunday, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting a start at first base. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 9:13 am
  • Freddie Freeman sitting out on Sunday
    Freddie Freeman is absent from the Braves' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the first baseman. Nick Markakis is handling first base for Freeman, with Jeff Francoeur taking a spot in right field. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 8:10 am
  • Logan Forsythe (back) returns to Rays' lineup
    Logan Forsythe (back) is back in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's serving as the designated hitter and in his customary leadoff spot. It's possible the Rays will have Forsythe DH for a few days as they ease him back into things. The 29-year-old missed nearly a week of action with back spasms. Rotoworld.com Aug 21, 7:12 am
  • Valencia registers yet another multi-hit game
    Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: The homer was Valencia's 15th of the year. The infielder now has multiple hits in each of his last six games, raising his overall line to .302/.351/.478 in 97 games. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 7:50 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Valencia Oak - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Abreu hits 15th homer in win over Athletics
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Abreu connected on a Ross Detwiler pitch in the first inning for a solo dong, and he later doubled and scored. The homer was just his 15th of the year, giving him 66 RBI and 45 runs scored on the year. His rate stats are decent -- Abreu is batting .283/.338/.443 overall -- but the first baseman has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this year after being a fringe first-rounder in March. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 7:46 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Sea
     
  • Davis crunches 29th homer on Saturday
    Chris Davis crunched his 29th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

    Advice: The solo blast was the only run his team could muster against Astros starter Mike Fiers. Davis finished the night 1-for-2 with a walk. He was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. The game was out of hand by that point so presumably the move was made purely to give Davis a bit of extra rest. Davis has a lowly .224 batting average but the 29 home runs, 67 RBI and 78 runs scored help make up for it. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 7:43 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,OF
    W, 5-0 @NYY
     
  • Scruggs belts first MLB homer against Bucs
    Xavier Scruggs hit a two-run home run, the first of his MLB career, in Saturday's win over the Pirates.

    Advice: Scruggs finished 1-for-3 in the game, with the two-run bomb coming off Pirates starter Chad Kuhl in the fourth inning. It ended up being the game-winning run. The homer was his first in 28 MLB games spanning three seasons; this year is his first as a member of the Marlins after starting his career in the Cardinals organization. Scruggs will likely continue to draw starts at first base while Justin Bour is out but isn't a fantasy commodity. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 7:04 pm
  • Billy Butler sitting out with illness Saturday
    Billy Butler (illness) is not in the Athletics' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's feeling a bit under the weather. Butler plays sparingly these days but he's a lifetime .478 hitter against tonight's starting pitcher, Chris Sale. Danny Valencia will DH and bat third for the A's on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Aug 20, 1:51 pm
    7-Day DL
    W, 7-4 @StL
     
  • Rays place Nick Franklin on concussion DL
    Rays placed INF/OF Nick Franklin on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Franklin suffered a head injury on Wednesday when he was hit by the backswing from Kevin Kiermaier while standing in the on-deck circle. While he passed all of his concussion tests and was cleared to play on Friday, something clearly wasn't right when he entered as a defensive replacement, lasting only two innings before leaving the game himself. At this point, there's no clear timetable for his potential return. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 7:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
     
  • Nick Franklin (head) leaves game on Friday
    Nick Franklin (head) was removed from Friday's game against the Rangers.

    Advice: Franklin, who passed concussion tests and was available off of the bench, entered the game when Kevin Kiermaier was lifted with a hip injury. He was replaced himself just two innings later though, and no reason has been given for the departure. There's a good chance that the issue could be related to the head injury he sustained on Wednesday when he was struck inadvertently by a teammate's backswing. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 5:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
     
  • Mariners option Dae-Ho Lee to Triple-A
    Mariners optioned 1B/DH Dae-Ho Lee to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: The 34-year-old slugger has done a nice job in limited time with the Mariners, but just wasn't seeing consistent enough at-bats. He also admitted that he has lost his confidence at the dish, so seeing regular playing time for a few weeks against Triple-A pitching seems like a good idea. In 253 plate appearances, he slashed .246/.308/.440 with 13 homers and 41 RBI. He'll surely be back with the big league club once rosters expand in September. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 4:17 pm
    L, 4-1 @CWS
     
  • Nick Franklin passes concussion tests
    Nick Franklin passed concussion tests again Friday and is available off the bench.

    Advice: Franklin was pulled from Wednesday's game with a head injury, but he'll be fine. He's batting .295/.368/.516 with four homers in 33 games with the Rays this season. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 1:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Nick Franklin TB - 1B,2B,SS,OF
    W, 10-4 @Hou
     
  • Forsythe (back) not progressing as hoped
    Logan Forsythe said Friday that his back is feeling "not as good as expected."

    Advice: Forsythe was able to field some grounders in pre-game Friday, but apparently his back didn't respond as hoped. He'll visit with the Rays' team doctor and chiropractor Friday. The second baseman is day-to-day for now and he said there hasn't been any talk this point about going on the disabled list. Tim Beckham is at second base Friday. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 1:19 pm
  • Xavier Scruggs called up from Triple-A
    Marlins purchased the contract of INF/OF Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: The Marlins have been starved for offense from their first baseman since Justin Bour (ankle) went down, so they'll give Scruggs a shot The 28-year-old has batted .290 with 21 homers for New Orleans this season. He's at first base and batting sixth Friday against the Pirates. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 12:29 pm
  • Logan Forsythe (back) out again Friday
    Logan Forsythe (back) remained out of the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The club had been expecting him back in there. The good news is Forsythe was able to field some grounders in pre-game, so he should be back in there at some point this weekend. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 12:23 pm
  • Logan Forsythe (back) expected back Friday
    Logan Forsythe (back) is expected to return to the Rays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Forsythe missed a couple games with back spasms, but he'll be alright. The 29-year-old is batting .280/.341/.476 with 15 homers for the Rays this season. Rotoworld.com Aug 19, 7:45 am
  • Xavier Scruggs getting called to the majors
    Xavier Scruggs will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday.

    Advice: He'll join the team for Friday's series opener in Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old has had a productive year in the minors, hitting .290 with 21 HR, 50 RBI and four steals across 93 games. Scruggs has made 26 career big league appearances. All of those came with his former team, the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com Aug 18, 8:03 pm
  • Davis goes yard twice in win over Astros
    Chris Davis homered twice in Thursday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Astros starter Joe Musgrove allowed three homers before exiting, but Davis saved his best work for reliever James Hoyt and first baseman Tyler White -- an indication of how the night went for the Astros -- hitting solo homers off each. Davis now has 27 home runs on the year, tied with teammate Manny Machado for ninth-most in the American League. Davis also has 65 RBI and 76 runs scored to go along with a .222/.338/.456 line. Rotoworld.com Aug 18, 7:58 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,OF
    W, 5-0 @NYY
     
  • Miguel Cabrera knocks in run in victory
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 and drove in his 1,000th run as a Tiger in Thursday's 4-3 defeat of the Red Sox.

    Advice: Cabrera singled in a run as part of a three-run rally that gave the Tigers the lead in the eighth. He's driven in 1,000 runs in 1,337 games since joining the Tigers and 1,533 runs in 2,057 games overall. He's 52nd on the all-time RBI list and moving up steadily. Rotoworld.com Aug 18, 1:53 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera (biceps) goes 0-for-4
    Miguel Cabrera (biceps) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Cabrera made an early exit from Monday's series opener against the Royals with a left biceps strain and he was held out of Tuesday's game. Maybe he should have taken one more day off. The veteran slugger is slashing .307/.381/.545 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI in 118 games this season for Detroit. Rotoworld.com Aug 18, 5:30 am
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