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  • Ike Davis (hip) should be ready for spring
    Athletics head trainer Nick Paparesta said Friday that Ike Davis (hip) should be fully recovered and ready for spring training.

    Advice: Davis underwent successful surgery earlier in the month to repair his ailing left hip. He hit just .229/.301/.350 with three homers and 20 RBI in 214 at-bats in his first season with the Athletics. 22 minutes ago
    60-Day DL
    6:40 pm x @Ari
  • Miguel Sano nursing minor hamstring injury
    Miguel Sano is not playing Friday due to a minor right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Sano had been slated to play third base, but Twins manager Paul Molitor has decided to play it safe and sit him out. The hope is that he'll be ready to return to the designated hitter spot Saturday. Today, 2:35 pm
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x Hou
  • Chris Johnson (infection) to return Tuesday
    Chris Johnson (infection) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson is over his infection caused by a spider bite, but the Indians will wait until roster expand to activate him. He's hit .429/.429/.571 over six games since joining the Indians. Today, 2:04 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 vs x LAA
  • A-Rod to serve as pinch-hitter this weekend
    Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to be in there on Saturday and Sunday, either, with the Yankees not having the designated hitter spot available in Atlanta. A-Rod will serve as a pinch-hitter this weekend before returning to action Monday in Boston. Today, 2:02 pm
  • Joe Mauer getting a breather Friday
    Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Trevor Plouffe is at first base in Mauer's place and Eduardo Nunez is getting a start at third. Today, 1:49 pm
  • Miguel Sano getting a day off Friday
    Miguel Sano is not in the Twins' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a simple day of rest. Torii Hunter is in the designated hitter spot, with Eddie Rosario in right field and Shane Robinson in left. Today, 1:48 pm
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x Hou
  • Mark Teixeira (shin) could undergo more tests
    Mark Teixeira (shin) remains sore and could be sent for more tests.

    Advice: Teixeira returned to action Tuesday, but he could barely run and he's still feeling it after Thursday's off day. Obviously he's not in Friday's lineup and he could finally be placed on the disabled list. Greg Bird will fill in again at first base. Today, 1:39 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) still out on Friday
    Yunel Escobar (hand) is out of the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Escobar had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, but he remains sore. Anthony Rendon is handling third base, while Trea Turner is getting his first major league start at second. Today, 1:36 pm
  • Morneau (concussion) set for rehab assignment
    Justin Morneau (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain on Friday.

    Advice: Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to a concussion and a cervical neck sprain, but he's been slowly but surely progressing of late and is ready to test things out in game action. He'll play in three contests for New Britain before being re-evaluated. It's not clear whether the Rockies have a target date for Morneau's return. Today, 11:14 am
    60-Day DL
    Top 4, 0-2 x @Pit
  • Matt Adams (quad) not ready for rehab games
    Matt Adams (quad) is not ready to begin a rehab assignment yet.

    Advice: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny previously indicated that Adams could return by "September 1st-ish," but obviously that's not going to happen. The first baseman continues to work out at the club's spring training facility and should be activated in a couple weeks if all goes well. "Apparently, I said a hard-line Sept. 1, which I don’t remember," he said. "If that doesn’t happen, then people are going to be all up in arms." Today, 9:27 am
    60-Day DL
    7:15 pm x @SF
  • Cervelli (feet) triples, scores in return
    Francisco Cervelli (feet) tripled and scored a run in his return to action Thursday.

    Advice: Cervelli sat out Wednesday's game after injuring both of his feet Tuesday, but he'll be fine. He's sporting a nifty .306/.374/.428 batting line for the Bucs. Today, 5:36 am
  • Moss' two-run homer snaps 3-3 tie in fifth
    Brandon Moss went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Moss cracked his two-run shot off of Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie. The Cardinals went on to win 5-3 as they completed a four-game sweep of the boys in the desert. In addition to the big home run, Moss also walked twice. Since joining the Cardinals on July 30, he's hit just .180/.317/.280 in an even 50 at-bats, though he does have 16 homers and 53 RBI to his good name for the season as a whole. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Darin Ruf hits sixth homer
    Darin Ruf hit his sixth homer Thursday off the Mets' Jon Niese.

    Advice: That's the good news. However, he also struck out three times as part of a 1-for-6 night. The last strikeout ended the game and came on one of the very worst swings of 2015, as he took a half-cut at a slider that started about a foot out of the strike zone and ended up about two feet away from his bat. That'll leave a longer lasting impression than the homer. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
    Top 5, 2-1 vs x SD
  • Logan Forsythe hits 15th homer in Rays' win
    Logan Forsythe went 2-for-4 and hit his 15th homer to help lead the Rays to a 5-4 win over the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: Forsythe has been the Rays' best position player this year, and it isn't even particularly close. He's batting .278/.357/.437 through 439 at-bats. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Yunel Escobar (hand) listed as day-to-day
    Yunel Escobar is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his hand came back negative late Thursday.

    Advice: He was lifted from Thursday's game after being drilled by a pitch on his right hand. He was fortunate to avoid any fractures though and should be able to return to the lineup in a day or two once the swelling subsides. Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Yunel Escobar leaves after hit by pitch
    Yunel Escobar was removed from Thursday's game against the Padres after being hit by a pitch on his right hand.

    Advice: He will presumably head for X-rays to rule out any structural damage. Danny Escobar replaced him and would see increased action if Escobar is forced to miss an extended period of time. Yesterday, 6:01 pm
  • Moustakas collects three hits as Royals roll
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Royals outlasted the Orioles 5-3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Moustakas also scored a run in the contest. After a small slump coming out of the All-Star break, Moustakas has really picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks. With his three-hit attack he's now hitting .283/.350/.449 with 56 RBI on the year. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Blanks (Achilles) to begin rehab stint Thu.
    Kyle Blanks (Achilles) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Blanks has been sidelined since mid-June with a right Achilles injury. If all goes according to plan, he should be back in September as a bench player. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
    60-Day DL
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x Bal
  • Seager out of Thursday's lineup
    Kyle Seager is out of Thursday's lineup against the White Sox.

    Advice: He's just getting a day off. Brad Miller will fill in at third base. Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Cabrera whiffs twice in loss to Angels
    Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Cabrera was shut down by Angels starter Matt Shoemaker. The 0-for-3 snapped his 11-game hitting streak. The slugger missed a month-and-a-half with a calf injury, but when healthy, he's been the same ol' terrifying hitter we're accustomed to seeing. He's slashing .367/.469/.606 with 17 bombs and 65 RBI over 327 at-bats. Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Adrian Gonzalez (knee) '100 percent' for Fri.
    Adrian Gonzalez (knee) said he's "100 percent" certain he'll be able to play Friday.

    Advice: Gonzalez made an early exit from Thursday's series finale in Cincinnati after fouling a ball off his left knee, but he only suffered a small bruise. Los Angeles opens a big weekend series against the Cubs on Friday night. Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang out of Pirates' lineup Thursday
    Jung Ho Kang is out of the Pirates' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Kang was also given a day off Tuesday. He's been worked hard in his first major league season and Jordy Mercer is back from his knee injury to take some of the reps at shortstop. Mercer will start there and bat eighth versus Miami on Thursday evening. Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    Top 4, 2-0 vs ^ Col
  • Dodgers cut ties with INF Alberto Callaspo
    Dodgers released INF Alberto Callaspo.

    Advice: Callaspo was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on August 19 to open up a roster spot for Chase Utley. Callaspo, 32, is batting just .235/.315/.278 in 97 games this year between Los Angeles and Atlanta. Yesterday, 11:15 am
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs x ChC
  • Adrian Gonzalez day-to-day with knee bruise
    Adrian Gonzalez left Thursday's game against the Reds after fouling a ball off his left knee.

    Advice: Scott Van Slyke took over at first base for the Dodgers. Gonzalez grounded out in the first inning and struck out in the third. He's considered day-to-day with a contusion. Yesterday, 10:56 am
  • Matt Duffy (ankle) in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Matt Duffy (ankle) is in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

    Advice: Duffy suffered a right ankle sprain on Wednesday, but it obviously wasn't a significant one. He drew a walk, stole a base, and scored a run in the win. The National League Rookie of the Year candidate is batting .306/.345/.465 in 113 total games this year. Yesterday, 10:44 am
    Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    7:15 pm vs ^ StL
  • Freese (finger) could return early next week
    David Freese (finger) is expected to be activated from the disabled list early next week in Oakland.

    Advice: Freese has been with Triple-A Salt Lake since Sunday and will begin playing third base there on Friday. The third baseman has been on the disabled list since July 23 with a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger. He's hitting .240/.309/.397 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 90 games this season for the Angels. Yesterday, 8:35 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 x @Cle
  • Grandal (shoulder) back in LAD lineup Thurs.
    Yasmani Grandal (shoulder) is back in the Dodgers' starting lineup Thursday against the Reds.

    Advice: Grandal had been sidelined since Saturday with soreness in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. The switch-hitter was able to take batting practice on Wednesday from both sides of the plate. He'll bat seventh in Thursday's matinee. Yesterday, 6:58 am
    7:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Matt Duffy day-to-day with right ankle sprain
    Matt Duffy suffered a right ankle sprain in the Giants' defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays turned up negative for anything major, but Duffy might have to give the sprain a couple of days. The young third baseman drew a walk, stole a base, and scored a run on Wednesday night before departing the eventual 4-2 victory. He is batting .306/.345/.456 in 113 total games this season as a rookie. Yesterday, 5:58 am
    Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    7:15 pm vs ^ StL
  • Goldschmidt smacks solo homer in loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Goldschmidt jumped the Diamondbacks out to a 1-0 lead with a solo home run off John Lackey in the first inning, but the team wouldn't score again in the game. The bomb was Goldy's 25th of the season and pushed his RBI total to 94. Pair those counting stats with a .331/.446/.571 triple-slash and you have yourself a legitimate MVP candidate. Oh, and he's also stolen a career-high 20 bases. Not too shabby. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion hits grand slam in win
    Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam Wednesday as the Blue Jays topped the Rangers 12-4.

    Advice: Encarnacion's surge has been overshadowed by all of the Josh Donaldson, David Price and Troy Tulowitzki talk, but he's hit in 21 straight games and homered in five of seven. He's batting .382 with seven homers, eight doubles and 23 RBI in 18 games during August. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Mike Moustakas hits 15th homer
    Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Moustakas has four homers in six games, bringing his season total to 15 homers and 54 RBI in 430 at-bats. Last year, he finished with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 457 at-bats. The big difference this year is that he's hitting .279, compared to .212 last year. Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Cabrera stays hot, homers as Tigers roll
    Miguel Cabrera walked and hit a two-run home run in four trips to the plate as the Tigers rolled to a win over the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Cabrera made it a 3-0 game in the bottom of the fifth when he sent a Hector Santiago offering over the fence in left-center for a two-run homer. He's hit safely in 11 straight games following a hitless return from the disabled list. His .370/.473/.611 triple-slash line has somehow flown under the radar. Cabrera has also hit 17 home runs while knocking in 65 runs. Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Seager belts 18th home run in win over A's
    Kyle Seager hit his 18th home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the Athletics.

    Advice: The solo shot in the eighth inning snapped a 1-for-26 slide on the homestand for Seager. The cold stretch has Seager's line down to .254/.310/.420 on the year. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Grandal (shoulder) expected to return Thurs.
    Yasmani Grandal (shoulder) is expected to return Thursday.

    Advice: Grandal has been out since Saturday with lingering soreness in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. It's an issue that has been bothering him for a while, but the Dodgers don't consider it to be serious. A.J. Ellis has been filling in at catcher for Los Angeles. Wednesday, 2:58 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Francisco Cervelli (feet) sitting out Wed.
    Francisco Cervelli (feet) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Cervelli fouled a ball off his right foot and jammed his left food during Tuesday's game. He's expected to be fine, but it's no surprise he's getting a breather in this one. Chris Stewart is behind the plate. Wednesday, 1:05 pm
  • Mark Teixeira sitting out on Wednesday
    Mark Teixeira is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Teixeira returned to action on Tuesday, but the Yanks have decided to rest his ailing right leg again for Wednesday's afternoon game with an off day coming Thursday. He should be back in there Friday. Greg Bird is at first base Wednesday. Wednesday, 8:11 am
  • Chris Johnson (infection) hits off tee
    Chris Johnson (infection) hit balls off a tee on Monday.

    Advice: Johnson has been on the shelf since a spider bite on his left thumb on August 14 became infected. He's had to have the infection drained twice. "I ended up having an infection and they had to treat it with antibiotics," said Johnson. "The last two days I've finally been able to swing the bat." Johnson should be ready to return when rosters expand. Wednesday, 6:21 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 vs x LAA
  • Sano belts three-run blast in Twins' outburst
    Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer and scored two runs as the Twins prevailed in an 11-7 slugfest against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sano hit a three-run shot in the first inning, his only hit in four at-bats. The homer was his fifth in his last eight games and Sano's 12th overall. The slugger is hitting .287/.397/.592 with 37 RBI in his first 45 major league games. Tuesday, 8:40 pm
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x Hou
  • Cabrera has 3 hits, 3 RBI in loss to Angels
    Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI but the Tigers fell short to the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera brought in three runs with a double and later scored in the third inning, helping erase a four-run deficit. The Tigers' pitching wasn't able to take advantage, however. Cabrera is white hot right now as he's on a 10-game hitting streak of which nine are of the multi-hit variety. He has an incredible .371/.473/.604 triple-slash line with 16 home runs and 63 RBI despite losing over a month to injury. Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Freese (finger) to begin playing 3B at AAA
    David Freese (finger) will begin playing third base at Triple-A Salt Lake later this week.

    Advice: Freese has been with Salt Lake since Sunday, but he won't be tried in the field for another 3-4 days. The third baseman has been on the shelf since July 23 with a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger. He's on track to rejoin the Angels in early September. Tuesday, 2:54 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 x @Cle
  • Grandal still being bothered by sore shoulder
    Yasmani Grandal won't play Tuesday or Wednesday due to lingering soreness in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Grandal also missed Sunday's finale in Houston and some time last week. He's considered day-to-day for now and the Dodgers don't think he'll need a DL stint. A.J. Ellis is starting at catcher and batting seventh Tuesday in the Dodgers' series opener in Cincinnati. Tuesday, 2:20 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) in Tuesday's lineup
    Yunel Escobar (neck) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Padres.

    Advice: Escobar hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with a hyperextended neck. With his return and Denard Span's activation from the DL, the Nationals have their full lineup together for the first time this season. Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Teixeira (shin) returns to Yanks' lineup
    Mark Teixeira (shin) returned to the Yankees' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Teixeira hasn't played since last Monday due to a deep bone bruise in his right shin, but he was all set to pinch hit Monday before Carlos Beltran's game-winning sacrifice fly. He's playing first base and batting cleanup against Astros ace Dallas Keuchel. Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Kang not in Tuesday's lineup
    Jung Ho Kang is out of the Pirates' lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Jordy Mercer will make the start at shortstop and bat eighth. Kang has had a strong rookie season, but it looks like fantasy owners will have to watch the lineup card closely down the stretch. Tuesday, 12:16 pm
    Top 4, 2-0 vs ^ Col
  • Moustakas homer sends Royals past Orioles
    Mike Moustakas hit a game-tying two-run home run, allowing the Royals to come back to win against the Royals on Monday.

    Advice: Moustakas, who finished 1-for-4 on the evening, turned a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 tie when he slugged a Ubaldo Jimenez offering to right-center for his 14th home run of the season. The third baseman has homered in three of his last four games, continuing to hit in what has been a breakout age-26 season. Moustakas is hitting .274/.341/.432 with 51 RBI along with the 14 round-trippers. Monday, 8:02 pm
  • Matt Adams (quad) could return by Sept. 1
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that he expects Matt Adams (quad) back "September 1st-ish."

    Advice: Adams is working out at the club's spring training facility and could begin a rehab assignment with High-A Palm Beach as soon as Tuesday. It sounds like the Cards expect him to need only about a week's worth of rehab games before he's activated. The big first baseman has made a quicker-than-expected recovery from surgery in late May to repair a Grade 3 quad strain. Monday, 6:01 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:15 pm x @SF
  • Mark Teixeira (shin) out of lineup again Mon.
    Mark Teixeira (shin) is out of the Yankees' starting lineup again on Monday night against the Astros.

    Advice: Greg Bird will get another start at first base as Teixeira continues to nurse a deep bone bruise in his right shin. The veteran is still considered day-to-day and could be available to pinch-hit Monday. He hasn't appeared in a game for the Yankees in a week but was able to take pregame batting practice on Monday afternoon. Monday, 12:36 pm
  • Matt Duffy logs three hits in loss to Pirates
    Matt Duffy had a nice night at the dish in Sunday night's loss to the Pirates, going 3-for-5 with a run scored.

    Advice: It was just another solid effort in what has been a terrific season for the 24-year-old. The rookie third baseman is now hitting .308/.345/.460 with 10 homers and 59 RBI on the year. Sunday, 8:54 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Duffy SF - 2B,3B,SS
    7:15 pm vs ^ StL
  • Encarnacion homers, finishes with four RBI
    Edwin Encarnacion went a perfect 4-for-4 with a solo home run and four total RBI in Sunday's 12-5 win over the Angels.

    Advice: Encarnacion provided a steady bat in the contest. He lofted a sacrifice fly in the first inning, an RBI single in the third, a solo home run in the fourth and a final RBI single in the eighth. The big game boosted his triple-slash to .265/.356/.505 and he's hit 24 homers while driving in 74 runs this season. He's trying to notch 30+ homers for a fourth straight season. Sunday, 4:14 pm
  • Sano jumps Twins to lead with two-run homer
    Miguel Sano went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, a double and three strikeouts in Sunday's 12-inning win over the Orioles.

    Advice: Sano pounced on an offering by Kevin Gausman in the first inning, launching it for a two-run home run. The bomb was his 11th of the season. The 22-year-old has had no issues, at all, adjusting to major league pitching thus far. In 43 games, he's slashing .288/.397/.582 with those 11 bombs, plus 34 RBI. He's homered four times in his last 10 games. Sunday, 3:28 pm
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x Hou
  • Moose drives in four, KC grabs comeback win
    Mike Moustakas finished 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the Royals' 8-6 comeback win over the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Moustakas hit an RBI double in the fourth inning, a solo shot in the sixth inning, and then drove in two more runs with another RBI double in the Royals' big four-run ninth inning. "Moose" is batting .274/.342/.426 with 13 homers, 23 doubles, and 49 RBI on the season for the Royals, who hold a massive 13-game lead in the American League Central standings. Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • Matt Adams (quad) nears rehab assignment
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said on Sunday that Matt Adams (quad) could begin a rehab assignment with High-A Palm Beach as soon as Tuesday.

    Advice: Adams has been at the club's spring training complex the last few days going through a variety of drills and has evidently responded well to them. The thought had been that he was done for the season when he had quad surgery in late May, but now it looks like Adams could be activated in a couple weeks. Sunday, 11:17 am
    60-Day DL
    7:15 pm x @SF
  • Yasmani Grandal not in lineup Sunday
    Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: A.J. Ellis will catch Clayton Kershaw as usual. Grandal has just three hits in his last 30 at-bats. Sunday, 8:19 am
    7:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) held out again Sunday
    Yunel Escobar (neck) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Escobar suffered a hyper-extended neck during Friday's game. He could be ready to go on Tuesday after Monday's off day. The Nats have Danny Espinosa at second base and Anthony Rendon at third. Sunday, 7:46 am
  • A-Rod sitting out second straight game
    Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's his second straight day on the bench. There's no word of A-Rod being injured, so it appears the Yanks are just giving his slumping bat some time off. Rodriguez is hitting just .159/.275/.290 in August, although he's homered twice in his last four games. Brian McCann is in the designated hitter spot Sunday, with John Ryan Murphy handling the catching. Sunday, 7:41 am
  • Mark Teixeira (shin) remains out of lineup
    Mark Teixeira (shin) remained out of the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Teixeira was slated to take batting practice Sunday, but apparently he's still not well enough to return to action. Greg Bird will continue to hold down first base until Teixeira is ready. Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Mark Teixeira (shin) to take BP Sunday
    Mark Teixeira (shin) is expected to take batting practice on Sunday.

    Advice: It would be his first baseball activities since he suffered a deep bone bruise on his right shin when he fouled a ball off his leg Monday. It's possible Teixeira will return to the lineup Sunday if he takes BP and feels alright. Sunday, 7:18 am
  • Logan Forsythe hits 14th homer for Rays
    Logan Forsythe collected his 14th homer and his 22nd double as the Rays edged the A's 5-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Forsythe's numbers have dipped a bit as the year has gone on, but rWAR still rates him as the game's No. 3 second baseman behind Jason Kipnis and Ian Kinsler this season. Kipnis is the only second baseman to better his .361 OBP. Saturday, 10:01 pm
  • Goldschmidt homers twice and drives in four
    Paul Goldschmidt terrorized the Reds in Saturday's 11-7 win, finishing 4-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers, four total RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

    Advice: This was Goldschmidt's second four-hit game of the season. He started off the hit parade with a two-run homer against Reds starter Andrew DeSclafani in the first inning to give the Snakes a 3-0 advantage, then smacked another two-run bomb in the seventh inning to push his team's lead to 8-5. He'll be on the short-list for NL MVP when the dust of the season has settled, as he's hitting .331/.444/.568 with 24 home runs, 93 RBI and 20 steals. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Ike Davis transferred to 60-day disabled list
    Athletics transferred 1B Ike Davis from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Oakland needed to clear room on its 40-man roster for Sean Doolittle. The A's announced Wednesday that Davis would undergo season-ending hip surgery. The 28-year-old struggled in his first year with Oakland, hitting just .229 with three homers over 74 appearances. Mark Canha has been filling in at first base. Saturday, 2:12 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:40 pm x @Ari
  • Yunel Escobar (neck) not in Nats lineup
    Yunel Escobar (neck) is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Escobar suffered a hyper-extended neck during Friday's game and is considered day-to-day. Look for his probable return on Sunday. Saturday, 12:27 pm
  • Escobar day-to-day with hyper-extended neck
    Yunel Escobar is considered day-to-day with a hyper-extended neck.

    Advice: Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game against the Brewers after sustaining the injury when he crashed into a railing while chasing down a foul ball. Expect him to get an extra day of rest on Saturday before returning to the starting lineup on Sunday. Saturday, 9:53 am
  • Alex Rodriguez not in Yanks lineup Saturday
    Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against the Indians.

    Advice: It's nothing more than a day of rest for the 40-year-old slugger. Brian McCann is starting as the designated hitter while J.R. Murphy gets the call behind the dish against Danny Salazar and the Tribe. Saturday, 8:41 am
  • Teixeia remains out of Yanks lineup Saturday
    Mark Teixeira (shin) remains out of the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran slugger hasn't played since sustaining a deep bone bruise on his right shin during Monday's game. Greg Bird will once again get the start at first base in his absence and bat fifth for the Bombers. Saturday, 8:39 am
  • Sano has two hits, two runs scored in win
    Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored Friday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Another impressive night at the plate for the 22-year-old rookie. Sano is now batting .290/.400/.572 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI over his first 42 games in the majors. He has struck out twice in five straight games and six out of his last seven, but it hasn't stopped him from helping the Twins and fantasy owners. Friday, 7:37 pm
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x Hou
  • Miguel Cabrera doubles three times in loss
    Miguel Cabrera had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Rangers, going 3-for-4 with three doubles.

    Advice: He has been on an absolute tear since his return from the disabled list, hitting .500 (13-for-26) with a homer, six doubles, five RBI and eight walks. He's now slashing a robust .361/.470/.596 on the year with 16 homers and 59 RBI. Friday, 7:28 pm
  • Freese to begin rehab assignment on Sunday
    David Freese (finger) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.

    Advice: Freese was able to throw a ball without any issues on Thursday and Friday, which was the last hurdle he needed to clear before appearing in live game action. He should be able to rejoin the Angels lineup before the end of the month. Friday, 4:37 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 x @Cle
  • Ike Davis to undergo season-ending surgery
    Ike Davis will undergo season-ending surgery on his left hip.

    Advice: Obviously the results of his MRI were not favorable and the slugger will be forced to go under the knife to repair his ailing hip. He should be fully recovered and ready to go for the beginning of the 2016 season. Friday, 4:35 pm
    60-Day DL
    6:40 pm x @Ari
  • Yunel Escobar leaves with apparent injury
    Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Friday's game against the Brewers with an apparent injury after running into a railing while chasing a foul ball.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly where the injury is or the severity, but the Nationals should have an update on his status shortly. Anthony Rendon shifted to third base with Danny Espinosa entering the game to play second. Friday, 4:31 pm
  • Mark Teixeira (shin) out again on Friday
    Mark Teixeira (shin) remains out of the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't played since suffering a deep bone bruise in his right shin on Monday. Teixeira did report improvement Thursday, so it appears at this point that he'll avoid the disabled list. Greg Bird is at first base again Friday. Friday, 12:27 pm
  • David Freese (finger) throws with no issues
    David Freese (finger) threw with full finger pressure on the ball on Thursday for the second straight day.

    Advice: Freese has been hitting for a while with no issues but only recently has been able to throw. He's nearing a rehab assignment and could have a shot to rejoin the Angels before the end of the month. It seems more likely, however, that they'll wait until rosters expand to activate him. Friday, 8:01 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 x @Cle
  • Alex Rodriguez hits 680th homer
    Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a homer and a steal Thursday against the Indians.

    Advice: He collected his 680th homer and his 325th steal. The only members of the 400-homer club with more steals are Barry Bonds (518 SB) and Willie Mays (338 SB). It's the first time he's had a homer and a steal in the same game since April 13, 2012. Thursday, 7:59 pm
  • Mike Moustakas hits 12th homer
    Mike Moustakas hit his 12th homer to give the Royals their only run Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Moustakas has gone back to pulling the ball, and he's hitting just .196 in 112 at-bats since the All-Star break, though that does come with a nice 15/13 K/BB ratio. As long as the strikeouts stay down, his average figures to come back at least a little bit. Thursday, 7:44 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera reaches four times
    Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored against the Rangers on Thursday.

    Advice: Cabrera is 10-for-22 with eight walks in six games since coming off the disabled list. One has to wonder if both David Price and Yoenis Cespedes would still be Tigers right now if he hadn't gone down with the calf injury. Thursday, 7:23 pm
  • Teixeira (shin) out of lineup again Thursday
    Mark Teixeira (shin) is out of the Yankees' lineup again Thursday against the Indians.

    Advice: Teixeira will miss his second straight game with a deep bone bruise in his shin, but things are looking up. "He’s better today," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "Today we saw improvement. Not in the lineup yet, but he’s better." The Yankees remain confident that he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list. Greg Bird, who hit two homers on Wednesday, will continue to fill in for now. Thursday, 2:42 pm
  • Miggy Cabrera serving as DH on Thursday
    Miguel Cabrera will serve as the designated hitter Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: It's a way to give him a bit of a breather. Victor Martinez will fill in at first base. Thursday, 2:00 pm
  • Dodgers designate INF Callaspo for assignment
    Dodgers designated INF Alberto Callaspo for assignment.

    Advice: Callaspo was the roster casualty in the Chase Utley deal. The infielder is hitting .235/.315/.278 in 97 games this year and could find a home with a new organization as a reserve. Wednesday, 8:52 pm
    Player Note
    Alberto Callaspo LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    Not Active
    7:10 pm vs x ChC
  • Encarnacion blasts 23rd HR in loss to PHI
    Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Blue Jays lost to the Phillies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Encarnacion got the Blue Jays on the board in the fifth inning against Adam Morgan, ripping a solo homer to center field. He's gone yard in back-to-back games, giving him 23 on the season along with 67 RBI and a .255/.350/.490 batting line. Wednesday, 6:41 pm
  • Adams (quad) takes batting practice Wednesday
    Matt Adams (quad) took live batting practice prior to Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Adams also did some running in the outfield. "He went through another series of tests today and [was at] almost 100 percent with the running," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He ran well and actually looked great. I think there might be just one more gear. But everything that we're watching, he just keeps responding very well. Getting back the swing, getting a good feel on the field again, those are things that he just needs some repetition with." Adams will continue working out in Florida, and despite Wednesday's step forward, there is still no timetable for his return. Wednesday, 5:42 pm
    60-Day DL
    7:15 pm x @SF
  • Rodriguez walks, strikes out in hit-less game
    Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in Wednesday afternoon's win over the Twins.

    Advice: Rodriguez couldn't manage anything as dramatic as Tuesday's grand slam, going hit-less with a walk on Wednesday. He's accumulated just eight hits in 61 at-bats this month, with only that grand slam leaving the ballpark. Given how well he's hit this season, the August woes are likely only a slump, though at his age (40), it's possible that this is just a natural slide for an aging player. For the season, Rodriguez is hitting .259/.367/.496 with 25 home runs and 67 RBI. Wednesday, 1:06 pm
  • Sano walks and strikes out twice vs NYY
    Miguel Sano went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Sano entered the contest having homered in both previous games in the series, but he couldn't make it three straight, as Nathan Eovaldi handcuffed the Twin offense. While the 22-year-old supernova will take some strikeouts, his bat is as dynamic as they come and he's slashing .285/.394/.555 with nine home runs and 29 RBI across 137 at-bats. Wednesday, 12:58 pm
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x Hou
  • Mauer notches two-run single in loss to Yanks
    Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: Mauer singled home Chris Herrmann and Shane Robinson in the sixth inning. He started out the season driving in runs at a very nice clip, having accumulated 30 ribbies through May. In the two-and-a-half months since, he's driven in 23. These things happen when you play for a trying offense. On the year, the former batting champ is hitting .267/.332/.378 with eight home runs, 53 RBI and 51 runs scored. Wednesday, 12:51 pm
  • Ike Davis (hip) lands on disabled list
    Athletics placed 1B Ike Davis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 18, with a strained left hip.

    Advice: The hip has been bothering Davis for a while, as it appears he hurt it by overcompensating for his quad ailment. He underwent an MRI Tuesday and is still awaiting the results. Mark Canha has been drawing most of the starts at first base over Davis of late, anyway. Wednesday, 9:39 am
    60-Day DL
    6:40 pm x @Ari
  • Teixeira 'not really a whole lot better'
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Mark Teixeira (shin) is "not really a whole lot better."

    Advice: Teixeira isn't even available to pinch-hit. The Yankees are hopeful that Teixeira will be able to avoid the disabled list with the deep bone bruise in his right shin, but obviously he's going to need to show some improvement before long. Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • Freese (finger) 'moving in right direction'
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that David Freese's (finger) rehab is going "slowly, but it’s moving in the right direction."

    Advice: Freese threw Tuesday without pressure on his broken finger and the hope is that he’ll be able to throw with pressure by the end of the week. He's already missed a month of action but finally does appear to be making some progress. It seems unlikely that Freese will return before September. Wednesday, 6:58 am
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 x @Cle
  • Escobar has four RBI, four runs in victory
    Yunel Escobar went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and four runs scored as the Nationals thrashed the Rockies 15-6 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Escobar hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his ninth home run of the season. Escobar also walked twice, reaching base in five of six plate appearances on the evening. The infielder is batting .305/.358/.421 with 40 RBI and 56 runs scored through 106 games on the season. Tuesday, 11:03 pm
  • Goldschmidt reaches base four times in a loss
    Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and three walks as the Diamondbacks lost in 15 innings to the Pirates on Tuesday.

    Advice: Goldschmidt opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. The Pirates didn't seem interested in pitching to him, walking him in half of his plate appearances the rest of the night. It's hard to blame them, as Goldschmidt is a candidate for the NL MVP award, batting .333/.449/.567 with 22 home runs, 87 RBI, and 19 stolen bases. Tuesday, 9:27 pm
  • Sano homers, but Twins fall to the Yankees
    Miguel Sano went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, but the Twins lost to the Yankees on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sano's seventh-inning homer broke a 1-1 tie, but it wasn't one the Twins could hold. The rookie has homered in back-to-back games, now with nine overall along with 29 RBI and a superb .291/.398/.567 batting line in 161 plate appearances. The Twins couldn't have hoped for a better start to his promising career. Tuesday, 7:44 pm
    Bot 1, 0-0 vs x Hou
  • A-Rod clobbers go-ahead grand slam, NYY wins
    Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees a lead they wouldn't relinquish against the Twins on Tuesday, hitting a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning.

    Advice: Rodriguez cleared the bases when he smoked a J.R. Graham offering well over the fence in center field at Yankee Stadium, putting the Yankees up 5-4. It was his only hit in five at-bats. The veteran extends his major league record to 25 grand slams in his career. On the season, Rodriguez has 25 home runs, 67 RBI, and a .261/.368/.500 batting line. Tuesday, 7:43 pm
  • Encarnacion homers, extends hit streak to 15
    Edwin Encarnacion finished 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's win against the Phillies.

    Advice: Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a solo home run off of Jeanmar Gomez in the sixth inning. The veteran slugger carries a productive .255/.351/.485 batting line with 22 home runs and 66 RBI to date. Tuesday, 7:29 pm
  • Grandal out of Dodgers' lineup on Tuesday
    Yasmani Grandal is out of the Dodgers' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Athletics.

    Advice: A.J. Ellis will catch Clayton Kershaw and Alex Guerrero will serve as the Dodgers' DH in the interleague matchup in Oakland. Grandal is just getting a night off. He's been battling a sore left (non-throwing) shoulder. Tuesday, 2:45 pm
    7:10 pm vs ^ ChC
  • Indians place Chris Johnson (hand) on the DL
    Indians placed 1B/3B Chris Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a left hand infection.

    Advice: Johnson was bitten by a spider on Saturday and his left hand still isn't quite right. Jason Kipnis has been activated from the disabled list in a corresponding roster move. Johnson had been off to a nice start in Cleveland and shouldn't be out longer than 15 days. Tuesday, 1:24 pm
    15-Day DL
    Top 5, 0-0 vs x LAA
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