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  • Ryan Rua goes 4-for-5 against Angels
    Ryan Rua went 4-for-5 with a couple of runs scored in the Rangers' 12-3 rout of the Angels on Friday.

    Advice: Rua has nine hits in his last four starts, and he's now hitting .320 since his callup, though that comes with no homers and just one walk in 75 at-bats. He remains a long shot to enter next season with a role in the Texas outfield, though he's certainly helped his stock some. Rotoworld.com
    27 minutes ago
     
    W, 12-3 ^ @LAA
  • Lisalverto Bonilla earns win over Angels
    Lisalverto Bonilla picked up a win after allowing two runs in five innings Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Spotted seven runs in the first two innings, Bonilla had an easy path to his second big-league victory, though he did walk four along the way. His long-term role is probably in the bullpen, but he'll get one more start next week against the Astros or A's. Rotoworld.com
    29 minutes ago
  • Hector Santiago pulled in second inning
    Hector Santiago was torched for seven runs -- six earned -- in one-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Rangers.

    Advice: The Angels talked before the game about using a three-man rotation in the ALDS. It seems even more likely that they'll go that route now, what with Santiago turning in his second straight dreadful performance against a subpar offense. He lasted just two innings last time out against the Astros. Santiago still has a reasonable enough 3.98 ERA for the season, but he's not someone the Angels will have much faith in come October. Rotoworld.com
    31 minutes ago
  • Kinsler homers, plates three to lead Tigers
    Ian Kinsler homered and drove home three runs on Friday, powering the Tigers to a 10-1 victory over the Royals in Kansas City.

    Advice: Kinsler doubled home James McCann in the fourth inning to increase the Tigers advantage to 5-0, then smashed a two-run homer off Louis Coleman in the fifth. He's enjoying a terrific season offensively, slashing .276/.308/.418 with 15 long balls and 85 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    35 minutes ago
  • Peacock takes loss against Mariners
    Brad Peacock was knocked around for seven runs (two earned) in 3 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Peacock gave up six hits (including two home runs) and was pulled in the middle of a seven-run fourth inning. Fortunately for those who were streaming him in fantasy leagues on Friday, five of the runs were unearned. The 26-year-old right-hander has a 4.82 ERA and 112/67 K/BB ratio in 127 innings over 23 starts and four relief appearances this season and will wrap up the year with a start against the Mets next week in New York. Rotoworld.com
    42 minutes ago
  • Dustin Ackley homers twice in win over Astros
    Dustin Ackley had big night at the plate Friday against the Astros, going 2-for-4 with two solo home runs, a walk, and three runs scored.

    Advice: It was the second multi-homer game of his career. Ackley came into Friday's action 3-for-35 (.086) this month. The Mariners and fantasy owners will have to hope that the big game will get him going again. Rotoworld.com
    43 minutes ago
  • Seager connects for three-run HR in win
    Kyle Seager finished 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: Seager's three-run blast off Jake Buchanan capped a seven-run rally for the Mariners in the fourth inning. After going hitless in five straight games, the 26-year-old has three multi-hit games in his last six. Seager has been a consistent source of production for fantasy owners this season, batting .273/.341/.466 with 24 home runs and 92 RBI -- both career-highs -- over 150 games. There's a case to be made that he has been the Mariners' most valuable position player this season, not Robinson Cano. Rotoworld.com
    44 minutes ago
  • Zunino clubs three-run homer vs. Astros
    Mike Zunino was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer against the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Zunino hit one of four homers for Seattle on Friday, as Dustin Ackley hit two and Kyle Seager also went deep. The 23-year-old backstop is now up to 21 home runs and 57 RBI on the year, though he's done it with a .199/.256/.409 batting line and an ugly 150/16 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
    44 minutes ago
  • Altuve has three-hit night
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base in Friday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: After going 0-for-6 on Thursday, Altuve bounced back with two singles and a double. He's now up to 216 hits on the year, the most by a second baseman since Rod Carew had 218 in 1974. There's a good chance he'll pass that number within the next couple of days. Altuve currently ranks first in the American League with a .343 batting average, eight points ahead of Detroit's Victor Martinez. Rotoworld.com
    45 minutes ago
  • Odrisamer Despaigne shuts down Giants
    Odrisamer Despaigne limited the Giants to two hits over seven innings in the Padres' 5-0 victory Friday.

    Advice: It must have been a Petco Park start: Despaigne improved to 3-1 with a 1.83 ERA in eight home starts, compared to 1-6 with a 5.31 ERA in eight road starts. Unfortunately, it's currently unclear whether he'll make his last start Wednesday at home against the Rockies or Thursday on the road against the Giants. He'd be worth playing in mixed leagues versus the Rockies, but not if he's starting in San Fran. Hopefully, the Padres will settle the matter prior to Monday. Rotoworld.com
    48 minutes ago
  • Plouffe has walk-off single vs. Indians
    Trevor Plouffe delivered a walk-off RBI single in a 5-4 win over the Indians in 10 innings on Friday.

    Advice: Danny Santana and Brian Dozier each singled to begin the 10th inning before Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to lead the bases. Kyle Crockett managed to get rookie Kennys Vargas to strike out swinging, but Terry Francona brought in Josh Tomlin to face Plouffe, who dropped a single into center field to end it. Plouffe hasn't been able to maintain the form he showed in August, but he's had a productive year on the whole, batting .251/.321/.422 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:43 pm
  • Hughes continues K/BB ratio magic
    Phil Hughes allowed four runs over seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

    Advice: Hughes gave up 10 hits, his most in a start since back on July 11. He was in line for the loss before Cody Allen blew a save in the ninth inning. Hughes fanned five and walked none, so he now has an incredible 181/16 K/BB ratio over 201 2/3 innings. That puts him on track for the single-season MLB record, beating the 143/13 K/BB ratio that Bret Saberhagen put up in 1994. He'll make one final start next week against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:42 pm
     
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Cle
  • Ryan Howard hits 22nd homer in loss
    Ryan Howard homered off Jon Lester to give the Phillies their only run Friday.

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

    Advice: The veteran right-hander struck out four on the evening without issuing a free pass. In what has been a hugely disappointing season for Verlander, he'll carry a 4.68 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 153/65 K/BB ratio into his final regular season tuneup against the White Sox on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:39 pm
  • Norichika Aoki has two hits in loss to Tigers
    Norichika Aoki was one of the few bright spots offensively in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-3.

    Advice: The speedy outfielder has been a strong catalyst atop the Royals lineup this year, slashing .275/.309/.368 with a homer, 38 RBI, 60 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:34 pm
     
    L, 10-1 vs ^ Det
  • Cuddyer plates career-high seven runs in rout
    Michael Cuddyer clobbered a grand slam and drove home a career-high seven runs as the Rockies routed the Diamondbacks 15-3 in Colorado on Friday.

    Advice: Cuddyer did all of his damage in the second half of the ballgame, smashing his grand slam in the sixth inning, then delivering a bases-clearing double with the bases loaded his next time up in the eighth. There's no doubting his production when he's been on the field, but unfortunately for fantasy owners that hasn't been often enough this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:18 pm
     
    W, 15-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Jordan Lyles defeats D'Backs to earn 7th win
    Jordan Lyles picked up his seventh victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs on nine hits over his six innings of work.

    Advice: Lyles struck out just one opposing hitter and didn't issue a walk on the night. While he was far from dominant, he was able to keep the D'Backs hitters off-balance and prevent them from mounting any serious scoring threats. He will carry a 4.15 ERA and 1.36 WHIP into his season finale against the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:12 pm
  • Didi Gregorius has two hits in losing effort
    Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in a losing effort against the Rockies on Friday.

    Advice: His triple an subsequent run scored came in the ninth inning with the game already well out reach. Even with the two-hit effort, he's hitting just .209/.282/.351 on the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:08 pm
  • Lackey strong in win over Reds
    John Lackey returned to form Friday by allowing just 7 2/3 innings as part of a 2-1 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Lackey's last turn in the rotation was skipped after he complained of a dead arm, but he bounced back nicely Friday by holding the Reds to six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he faced. The Reds' offense isn't scaring anyone these days, but it was an encouraging performance. He'll look to keep it going next week against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:06 pm
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Holmberg gives up two runs in loss
    David Holmberg allowed two runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Holmberg was done in by back-to-back homers to Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday in the first inning. All told, he gave up five hits and three walks while striking out three. The 23-year-old southpaw has a 5.25 ERA and 16/15 K/BB ratio in 24 innings over four starts and two relief appearances this season. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:06 pm
  • Cody Ross has two hits in loss to Rockies
    Cody Ross went 2-for-3 and drove home his 15th run of the season in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Ross doubled home a run in the sixth inning to pull the Diamondbacks to within 6-2, but that would be as close as they would get. It has been another disappointing and injury-raved season for the veteran outfielder, who is hitting .254/.302/.325 in his first 80 games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:06 pm
  • Rosenthal pulled from save chance Friday
    Trevor Rosenthal was pulled from a save chance Friday against the Reds.

    Advice: After inheriting a 2-1 lead, Rosenthal walked Todd Frazier to begin the top of the ninth before getting Devin Mesoraco to strikeout swinging. He then gave up a single to Brandon Phillips before Cardinals manager Mike Matheny pulled him in favor of Randy Choate, who struck out Jay Bruce swinging. Matheny then brought in Seth Maness to get Ryan Ludwick to fly out to lock down the victory. Rosenthal figures to get the next save opportunity, but the Matheny clearly isn't afraid to go in another direction depending on the situation. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:05 pm
  • Grichuk homers in win over Reds
    Randal Grichuk connected for a solo homer in Friday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: It was his second major league homer. The 23-year-old rookie is batting just .226/.261/.357 through 39 games with the Cards this season, but he has seen better results at the plate since his return in late August. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:04 pm
  • Chase Anderson hit hard in loss to Rockies
    Chase Anderson was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his five innings.

    Advice: Anderson walked a pair and punched out five on the night. It was one of the roughest outings of the season for the 26-year-old rookie right-hander who sports a 4.01 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 105/40 K/BB ratio over his 114 1/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the season on Friday against the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:03 pm
  • Cozart has two hits and RBI in loss to Cards
    Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: It was the only offense of the game for the Reds. Cozart has been one of the least productive regulars in the majors this season, batting just .225/.273/.299 with three home runs and 37 RBI over 140 games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:03 pm
  • Cuddyer homers, scores 3 times in Rocks' win
    Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-5 with a double, a solo home run, and three runs scored in the Rockies' walk-off win against the D'Backs on Thursday.

    Advice: Cuddyer put the Rockies on the board with a second-inning solo home run off of Vidal Nuno and scored two more times in the sixth and eighth inning, helping put his team in a position to come back and win. It hasn't been often, but when Cuddyer has been healthy and in the lineup, he's been productive. The 35-year-old is batting .327/.371/.562 with eight home runs and 22 RBI in 175 plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:33 pm
     
    W, 15-3 vs ^ Ari
  • Howard not in Thursday's lineup
    Ryan Howard is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.

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

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

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

    Advice: He'll take a seat with left-hander Eric Stults on the hill for Philadelphia. Darin Ruf will start at first base. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • John Lackey (arm) scheduled to pitch Friday
    John Lackey (arm) is scheduled to pitch in Friday's series-opener against the Reds.

    Advice: Lackey was skipped from his last turn after complaining of arm fatigue, but he felt better after a side session on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander has an ugly 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:54 pm
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Brad Peacock (back) to rejoin rotation Friday
    Brad Peacock (back) will rejoin the Astros' rotation on Friday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Peacock had Monday's scheduled outing pushed back due to lower back tightness, but he's recovered nicely since then, throwing a successful bullpen session Tuesday. "I felt really good actually," Peacock said. "I let it go and it felt good, so they're putting me in on Friday." Peacock holds a 2.90 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 31 innings across his last six starts. He's worth using in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:15 am
  • Ackley drives in a 2 runs in win vs. Angels
    Dustin Ackley went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI as the Mariners' stomped the Angels 13-2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ackley has missed a lot of time recently with bone spurs in his ankle. The injury makes it difficult for him to plant and pivot off the foot. So long as Ackley can tolerate the pain, he'll be in the lineup. He's now slashing .251/.298/.397 through 133 games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • Aoki turns in second straight four-hit night
    Norichika Aoki turned in his second straight four-hit game Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: With eight hits in his last nine at-bats -- all but one of which have been singles -- Aoki has raised his batting average from .265 to .277 in the two-game span. Aoki also stole a base in Tuesday's game, his 16th stolen base of the season. Aided by his back-to-back outstanding performances, the 32-year-old is batting an impressive .396 in the month of September. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:56 pm
     
    L, 10-1 vs ^ Det
  • Rosenthal takes sixth blown save vs. Brewers
    Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run on a hit and two walks Tuesday, suffering the blown save against the Brewers.

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

    Advice: The line was fairly standard for the diminutive second baseman, but it was noteworthy for the fact that Altuve passed Craig Biggio for the Astros' record for hits in a single season. He's got 211 for the season, and the Astros still have a week and a half for Altuve to pad his lead. The 24-year-old is batting a ridiculous .343/.379/.456 for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:42 pm
  • Chase Anderson has one more start left
    Chase Anderson will be shut down for the season after Friday's start in Colorado.

    Advice: He's already thrown 148 1/3 frames between the majors and minors, which is easily a career high. Anderson has been one of the few bright spots for the D'Backs this season, sporting a solid 3.70 ERA and 100/38 K/BB ratio over 109 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old can surely be penciled into a rotation spot for next season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:21 pm
  • Verlander (blister) says he'll be fine
    Justin Verlander (blister) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and said he'll be fine for his next start.

    Advice: The Tigers have delayed an announcement of their starters for the weekend series against the Royals while they waited to see how Verlander's blister was, but it sounds like he'll be fine. He'll likely start on either Friday or Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • John Lackey (arm) on track to start Friday
    John Lackey (arm) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium.

    Advice: Lackey was skipped from his last turn in the Cardinals' starting rotation due to a case of dead arm, but he is in line to return Friday and is expected to do just that. The veteran right-hander owns a rough 5.05 ERA in 46 1/3 innings since joining St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:10 pm
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Nori Aoki reaches five times in Royals' win
    Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to lead the Royals to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.

    Advice: Aoki doubled in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, only to be replaced by a pinch-runner despite his plus speed. It ended up working out for the Royals, as the outrageously fast Terrence Gore scored from second on an infield single to win the game. Aoki is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month, though he's not doing much else to help fantasy owners at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:04 pm
     
    L, 10-1 vs ^ Det
  • Jose Altuve goes 3-for-4, triples
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI against the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Altuve has delivered five straight multihit games to push his average back up to .342. He was caught stealing tonight for the eighth time this season. Altuve was 41-for-44 stealing bases in the first half, but he's a much more modest 11-for-16 since. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Dustin Ackley back in Mariners' lineup
    Dustin Ackley is back in the Mariners' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Ackley sat out the last two contests after his left ankle issue flared up, but he doesn't expect it to keep him out of action any more this season. It's possible that he'll require surgery over the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:50 pm
  • Verlander says blister 'flared up' on Sunday
    Justin Verlander acknowledged after his start Sunday that a blister "flared up" on his right hand.

    Advice: Verlander allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings, but the Tigers were able to pull out a 6-4 victory against the Indians. Verlander said he doesn't expect the blister to be a major issue going forward. He's 13-12 this season with a 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 190 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:54 am
  • Gregorius scores twice, D'backs defeat Padres
    Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Diamondbacks past the Padres 8-6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Gregorius has now scored twice in back-to-back games. He added an RBI single in the eighth inning. The shortstop has struggled at the dish this year, batting a meager .211/.286/.351 in 69 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:28 pm
  • Despaigne gives up five runs in loss to ARI
    Odrisamer Despaigne lost again Sunday, giving up five runs -- three earned -- over 5 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Despaigne gave up six hits and three walks, striking out just two in the outing. He actually pitched fairly well outside of the third inning, when the Diamondbacks put up all five runs. The loss was his fourth straight to drop him to 3-7 with a 3.63 ERA. Despaigne will try to stop the slide when he faces off with the Giants on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:08 pm
  • Santiago walks five in early exit vs. Astros
    Hector Santiago walked five and gave up three runs over two innings in a loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Santiago also gave up five hits as he proved largely ineffective. One of those five hits was a three-run homer to Gregorio Petit for all three of the Astros' runs against him. The loss dropped him to 5-8 with a 3.55 ERA on the year. He'll look for a better outing Friday against the Rangers. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:43 pm
  • Rosenthal strikes out side to earn 44th save
    Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth inning Sunday, earning the save against the Rockies.

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

    Advice: Lyles gave up nine hits, but it was back-to-back knocks -- a Matt Holliday double followed by a Jhonny Peralta homer -- that did all the damage. Lyles took the loss despite the quality start, falling to 6-3. He'll take a 4.21 ERA into Friday's contest against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:07 pm
  • Plouffe homers in second straight game Sunday
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a home run in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: The homer was Plouffe's 14th of the season as he homered in back-to-back games. It's been a quietly productive year for the 28-year-old, who has 76 RBI and 67 runs scored to go with his 14 homers. Plouffe is hitting .251/.322/.427 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Brad Peacock sidelined with back injury
    Brad Peacock will not make his scheduled start on Monday against the Indians due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: He could rejoin the rotation at some point in the final weeks, but there's no timetable for his return. The Astros had been going with six starters, so they'll just return to a regular five-starter setup for now. Collin McHugh will move up to start on Monday and is now in line for a two-start week. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:04 am
  • John Lackey going through 'dead arm' phase
    John Lackey admitted Sunday that he's going through a "dead arm" phase.

    Advice: It's not a surprise given that Lackey's velocity and results have been down in recent outings. The Cardinals are skipping his next turn in the rotation in hopes that he'll be able to regain his form next weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:56 am
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Cardinals to skip John Lackey's turn
    The Cardinals have elected to skip John Lackey's next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: Lackey's velocity has been down and he's struggled in his last three outings, so the Cards will give him some extra rest. They'll go with Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller on regular rest against the Brewers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Lackey will take the ball next weekend versus the Reds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:20 am
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Cin
  • Holmberg earns first MLB win, Reds top MIL
    David Holmberg tossed six innings of one-run ball in Saturday's 5-1 defeat of the Brewers.

    Advice: It was the first major league victory for Holmberg, who limited the Brewers to two hits and two walks while fanning four. The only run Milwaukee scored the whole night was on a solo homer from Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the fourth. Holmberg should get another start next week, but the 23-year-old is a poor bet to replicate this type of success. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Hughes allows five runs in loss to White Sox
    Phil Hughes allowed five runs -- three earned -- over seven innings Saturday as the Twins dropped the first half of a doubleheader against the White Sox.

    Advice: Hughes was scheduled to pitch Friday but the game got rained out. He struck out 11 batters and walked just one, but the White Sox got to him for a homer and three doubles. Hughes will carry a 15-10 record, 3.56 ERA, and 1.14 WHIP into his next start at home against the Tigers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:53 pm
     
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Cle
  • Dustin Ackley (ankle) resting again Saturday
    Dustin Ackley (ankle) is not in the Mariners' starting lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Ackley played Friday but was out for a week prior due to bone spurs in his left ankle. He felt soreness again after his return. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon noted that he will be evaluated day-by-day. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:47 pm
  • Bonilla gives up two runs for first MLB win
    Making his first major league start, Lisalverto Bonilla yielded two runs over six innings in a 3-2 win over the Braves on Saturday.

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

    Advice: Maikel Franco will get the call in his place and bat second against opposing hurler Brad Hand. Look for Howard to be back in his customary clean-up spot on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:51 am
  • Grichuk scores two runs Friday vs. Rockies
    Randal Grichuk singled, drew a walk, and scored two runs Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Grichuk is now batting .414 (12-for-29) since returning to the majors in late August. The 23-year-old is drawing at-bats in right field against left-handed pitching, which makes him relevant in deeper fantasy leagues which allow for daily lineup changes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Bonilla to start for Rangers on Saturday
    Lisalverto Bonilla will start for the Rangers on Saturday against the Braves.

    Advice: Scott Baker was scratched from his scheduled start, so the 24-year-old right-hander will make his first career start. He posted a 4.10 ERA and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 74 2/4 innings at Triple-A Round Rock this season, but should be avoided for mixed league purposes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:45 pm
  • Ryan Rua has two hits, RBI as Rangers win
    Ryan Rua went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Rangers defeated the Braves on Friday in Arlington.

    Advice: Rua tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning with an RBI groundout to plate Guilder Rodriguez. He has done a nice job in his limited time with the Rangers, slashing .278/.304/.333 with seven RBI in his first 54 at-bats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:08 pm
     
    W, 12-3 ^ @LAA
  • Kinsler has two hits, RBI as Tigers top Tribe
    Ian Kinsler had a nice night at the dish in Friday's victory over the Indians, going 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and RBI.

    Advice: Kinsler got the Tigers on the board with an RBI double in the third inning that plated Nick Castellanos. He would later single and race home on an RBI single off the bat of Victor Martinez. He has done a very nice job as a table-setter for the Tigers this season, slashing .278/.309/.415 with 13 homers, 92 runs scored, 79 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Dustin Ackley returns to Mariners' lineup
    Dustin Ackley is back in the Mariners' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ackley missed the last week of action due to bone spurs in his left ankle. It's possible that he'll require surgery over the offseason, but for now he'll try to gut it out through the final few weeks. He's batting .251/.300/.399 with 11 homers and 60 RBI for the Mariners this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:26 pm
  • Twins/White Sox postponed due to rain
    Friday's game between the Twins and White Sox has been postponed due to rain.

    Advice: It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday. Scheduled starters Phil Hughes and Jose Quintana will be pushed back a day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:36 pm
     
    W, 5-4 vs ^ Cle
  • Altuve goes 2-for-5 with a double and a steal
    Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a double and a steal as the Astros edged the Mariners 5-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Altuve had gone 0-for-7 in his last two games, snapping a 14-game hitting streak. You could have predicted tonight's mini-slump buster. After all, he is 10-for-24 (.417) over his career against Mariners' starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Altuve is slashing a pristine .336/.373/.447 and his steal tonight gives him 52 total. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Lackey ejected in third inning against Reds
    John Lackey was ejected in the third inning of Wednesday's start against the Reds for arguing balls and strikes.

    Advice: Lackey was apparently displeased with home plate umpire Tom Hallion's strike zone, and his thoughts weren't appreciated. Lackey had allowed two runs on four hits over his two innings of work before being tossed. Tyler Lyons replaced him on the mound. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:05 pm
     
    W, 2-1 vs ^ Cin
  • M's hoping Ackley (ankle) could return Friday
    The Mariners are hopeful Dustin Ackley (ankle) could be available by Friday.

    Advice: Ackley has been dealing with bone spurs in his left ankle that have kept him out of the lineup since Saturday. Even if he's unavailable Friday, it seems as though Ackley will be back contributing in some fashion shortly thereafter. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:43 pm
  • David Holmberg to start on Saturday
    David Holmberg will start on Saturday in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Holmberg tossed 5 2/3 scoreless relief innings Monday after Dylan Axelrod (oblique) exited following seven pitches. The soft-tossing lefty holds an 8.25 ERA in the majors this season and can be avoided for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:19 am
  • Altuve hitless in 2 straight since 14-game HS
    Jose Altuve went 0-for-4 with an error in Tuesday's 2-1 win against Seattle

    Advice: Altuve is now 0-for-7 in his last two games; he snapped a 14-game hitting streak with Monday's 0-fer. Regardless, nobody is going to complain about a lack of production from the 24-year-old Venezuelan. Altuve ranks first in the majors with a .336 average, first with 198 hits, and third with 51 steals (first in the AL). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Rua knocks two-run double in loss to Angels
    Ryan Rua went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Rua singled in the second inning, but the big hit came in the form of a double with two runners on in the eighth inning. The 24-year-old has found some success early in his career, batting .286/.318/.333 with two doubles, five RBI and a stolen base in his first 11 games in the majors. He may have a shot to stick with the Rangers in some form in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:34 pm
     
    W, 12-3 ^ @LAA
  • Santiago surrenders lone homer in victory
    Hector Santiago gave up only a solo home run over five innings in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Santiago surrendered five hits, with Adrian Beltre's solo shot in the fourth inning the only blemish against him. He threw just 79 pitches, so it was a bit of a quick hook from Angels manager Mike Scioscia, but he still managed to get his fifth win of the season. Santiago has been a more than adequate fill-in starter for the Angels down the stretch, owning a 3.38 ERA after Tuesday's outing. He's got the Astros on tap for Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • Ackley (ankle) a few days away from return
    Dustin Ackley remains a few days away from a return after an MRI showed bone spurs in his left ankle.

    Advice: Ackley had surgery back in October of 2012 to remove a bone spur from the same ankle. It's not clear at this point whether he might eventually require another operation, but expect him for now to play through the issue after a few more days of rest. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Peacock holds Seattle scoreless for 5 innings
    Brad Peacock hurled five shutout innings in a Monday no-decision against the Mariners.

    Advice: Peacock struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits. Unfortunately, he was pitching across from Felix Hernandez, so the game was tied 0-0 when Peacock made his way through the Safeco Field bowels to the shower area. The right-hander exorcised his Mariners demons tonight. Peacock came into the night having coughed up eight runs over 11 1/3 innings in two appearances against Seattle this year. Peacock is scheduled to take on the Indians next Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 10:56 pm
  • Despaigne whipped for 6 ER runs vs. Dodgers
    Odrisamer Despaigne was lit up for seven runs -- six earned -- over 4 1/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Despaigne punched out three and issued three free passes. He came into this game hot, having logged a 1.29 ERA in his last two starts. But it's the same old story with Despaigne: He came into this game with a 2.11 ERA at home, and a 4.45 ERA on the road. He shouldn't be trotted out in fantasy leagues outside of deep NL-only formats while pitching outside of Petco. The rookie right-hander (3-6, 3.55 ERA) takes on the Diamondbacks in Arizona this weekend. We'd stay away. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 10:28 pm
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