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  • Posey cracks walk-off HR, has 3 HR last 2 gm.
    Buster Posey hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was his second career walk-off homer. The catcher finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. Posey hit his 16th and 17th home runs on Tuesday, and his 18th tonight -- he's one of many pro batters that practices gratitude for the existence of Rockies' pitchers. During his seven-game hitting streak, Posey is 15-for-31 (.484) with five homers and 10 RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Morneau goes 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI
    Justin Morneau went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: The Home Run Derby participant has only one homer in the second half, but has elevated the rest of his game to such a degree that he's actually been more valuable post-break than he was beforehand. Morneau is slashing .338/.413/.488 in the second half. If more of those doubles start landing over the fence, Morneau could have one monster stretch left in him this year. The veteran first baseman boasts a .317/.360/.500 batting line with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 112 games this season.
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Van Slyke leaves with mild right ankle sprain
    Scott Van Slyke exited Wednesday's game with a mild right ankle sprain.

    Advice: The injury looked bad, but the Dodgers made sure to say it is a mild sprain. He's being considered day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Castellanos triples in a run in loss to NYY
    Nick Castellanos went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple, but the Tigers lost 8-4 to the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Castellanos tripled in a run in the bottom of the eighth, shortening the Tigers' deficit to 8-3, but by then the Tigers were nearly out of time for a comeback. The third baseman has been hitting well lately, as he's on a six-game hitting streak with a .360 batting average in that span of time. Overall, he has a .263/.312/.415 line with 10 home runs and 56 RBI.
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Scott Van Slyke exits with right ankle injury
    Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks with a right ankle injury.

    Advice: Van Slyke was chasing a ball in the gap and rolled his ankle when planting. The outfielder was able to walk off under his own power. He had homered in the game before leaving. Carl Crawford replaced him in left field.
    Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Martinez slugs career-best 26th homer in loss
    Victor Martinez set a new career-high with 26 home runs after taking Shane Greene deep in the sixth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: The 35-year-old DH is having the best offensive season of his career and seems rather likely to eclipse the 30-homer echelon as well. Martinez finished 1-for-3 on the evening with a walk. Along with the 26 home runs, Martinez has knocked in 85 runs and posted a great .327/.396/.555 slash line.
    Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Valbuena homers, but Cubs drop game vs. Reds
    Luis Valbuena walked and hit a solo home run in four at-bats in the Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: Valbuena belted a solo home run to right field off of Mat Latos, the first of back-to-back home runs with Jorge Soler. The third baseman has hit three home runs in his last seven games, giving him 13 on the season along with 43 RBI and a .241/.322/.428 slash line.
    Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Flores lifts 2nd homer but Mets fall to ATL
    Wilmer Flores finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run, but the Mets were handed a 3-2 loss by the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Flores tied the game up at 1-1 when he belted a Julio Teheran offering to left-center in the second inning. The 23-year-old has otherwise had little to write home about offensively this season, slashing .224/.258/.301 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 164 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
    4:10 pm vs Atl
  • Danny Valencia hits three-run homer
    Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer off the bench Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was Valencia's first homer since arriving in Toronto, but he's batting .308 in 65 at-bats since being acquired from the Royals. The homer off Junichi Tazawa was his first against a right-hander. He entered the night hitting .360/.408/.494 with two homers against lefties and .212/.256/.271 versus righties.
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Longoria picks up three hits as Rays top O's
    Evan Longoria finished with three singles in four at-bats in the Rays' 3-1 win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Longoria neither scored a run nor knocked in a run, but he was the only player on either side with a three-hit night in what was a low-offense contest. The third baseman is slashing .255/.325/.394 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Uribe (hamstring) likely to be activated Sun.
    Juan Uribe (hamstring) is likely to be ready to be activated when first eligible on Saturday.

    Advice: Uribe has been taking batting practice without issue. The third baseman may need a shot rehab assignment, but either way it appears he'll be back with the club before September.
    Yesterday, 4:56 pm
    Disabled List
  • Gonzalez out Wednesday with back stiffness
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday due to back stiffness.

    Advice: The back hasn't really been an issue to this point, so unless it progresses into something more it's likely not something that will give him problems going forward. Justin Turner started at first base in Gonzalez' place.
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Votto (quad) takes ground balls Wednesday
    Joey Votto (quad) did some "baseball activities" Wednesday, taking ground balls.

    Advice: Votto has also been playing catch and doing some running. He appears to be getting closer to a return, but the minor league seasons ending over the weekend limits his opportunities to get into rehab games. Even when he comes back he won't be 100 percent, Reds manager Bryan Price has continued to say, and it's still unclear when that return may be.
    Yesterday, 3:30 pm
    Disabled List
    9:35 am vs ChC
  • Gonzalez gets day off against Diamondbacks
    Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was just a day off for the first baseman, giving him an extra day to go with Thursday's off day. Justin Turner started at first base in Gonzalez' absence.
    Yesterday, 3:13 pm
  • Bogaerts (concussion) cleared to return Sat.
    Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been cleared to return to the Red Sox active roster on Saturday.

    Advice: Bogaerts was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list last weekend, but he's been symptom-free since Monday and officially passed MLB's protocols on Wednesday. Bogaerts will try to finish the 2014 season on a positive note. He's batted just .223/.293/.333 so far.
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
    Disabled List
  • Machado gets season-ending knee surgery
    Manny Machado underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a partially-torn ligament in his right knee.

    Advice: Doctors said nothing unusual was found and that the procedure went according to plan. Machado is hoping to be ready for the start of spring training next year, though that's not necessarily guaranteed to happen. This is the second season in a row he's been shut down early by a major knee injury.
    Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • A's option Nate Freiman to Low-A Beloit
    Athletics optioned 1B Nate Freiman to Low-A Beloit.

    Advice: The move clears a roster spot for Drew Pomeranz, who will make a spot start Wednesday against the Astros. Freiman has hit .241/.293/.556 this year in the majors. He'll be back up when rosters expand in September.
    Yesterday, 1:08 pm
    Not Active
    7:05 pm @LAA
  • Ike Davis goes deep for second straight day
    Ike Davis launched his second home run in as many days in Wednesday's victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: After belting a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer Tuesday, Davis got the start Wednesday and deposited an Adam Wainwright mistake well over the right-center field wall for a two-run shot in the second inning. The two runs wound up being all Jeff Locke and the Pirates' bullpen needed. Davis figures to see regular time against righties at first base if Pedro Alvarez (foot) is out a while.
    Yesterday, 12:46 pm
  • Daniel Murphy sitting out again Wednesday
    Daniel Murphy (calf) remained out of the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Murphy is considered day-to-day due to a sore right calf. Wilmer Flores is filling in again at second base.
    Yesterday, 12:17 pm
  • Wright (neck) remains out of Mets' lineup
    David Wright (neck) remained out of the Mets' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Wright is nursing some neck spasms and has also admitted that his left shoulder is still an issue. He's remains day-to-day for now. Eric Campbell is handling third base again Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
  • Franco's turnaround continues
    Phillies prospect 3B Maikel Franco went 1-for-4 with a grand slam on Tuesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: Franco had a horrendous start to his season, as he batted just .209/.367/.318 with 22 extra-base hits (five home runs) over the first three months of the season (78 games). Thankfully, the 22-year-old has looked more like his 2013 self since beginning of July, with a .327/.341/.598 batting line, 11 home runs, 15 doubles and 44 RBI over 49 games. Meanwhile, his seven home runs in August represent his highest total for any month this season, and it's more than he hit over a combined 52 games between June and July (5 HR). Franco now has 16 home runs this season after hitting 31 in 2013. The Phillies haven't decided whether they'll call up Franco in September, but his torrid second half definitely has shifted the odds in his favor.
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
    Not Active
  • David Ortiz returns to action Wednesday
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Ortiz missed the previous two contests after fouling a ball off his right foot on Sunday, but he's obviously feeling better. Big Papi is hitting .265/.362/.524 with 30 homers and 93 RBI for the Red Sox this season.
    Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Adam LaRoche returns to Nationals' lineup
    Adam LaRoche is back in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: LaRoche sat out Tuesday due to back soreness, but he's apparently feeling much better and is ready to give it a go. The Nationals' first baseman is sporting a .266/.372/.454 batting line with 19 homers and 69 RBI this season.
    Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo (back) sitting out Wednesday
    Anthony Rizzo (back) is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Rizzo exited Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness. It's not considered a big deal, but the Cubs want to be safe. Rizzo should be back in there in a day or two. Chris Valaika is playing first base Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • Pedro Alvarez (foot) not in lineup Wednesday
    Pedro Alvarez (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Alvarez suffered a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's game and has been fitted with a walking boot. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Ike Davis is at first base Wednesday after he slugged a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer in Tuesday's contest.
    Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Wright admits that shoulder is still an issue
    David Wright admitted on Tuesday that his left shoulder is not 100 percent.

    Advice: Wright has denied in the past that he's still nursing the shoulder injury that originally cropped up in late June. However, after hitting coach Lamar Johnson said in an interview Tuesday that Wright is still ailing, the third baseman didn't deny it, but he also refused to blame it for his struggles. "Everybody has an opinion,'' Wright said. "Lamar sees me on a daily basis. Is the shoulder 100 percent? No. But that takes rest, and that's what the offseason's for. But is that the reason that I'm struggling the way I'm struggling? No. So, I think it's not a reasonable assessment as to why I'm playing poorly.'' Wright, who is also battling a minor neck ailment, is hitting .244/.306/.315 with just two homers over 44 games since the injury. It's hard to believe that he'll be a reliable fantasy option during the final month.
    Yesterday, 5:51 am
  • Miguel Cabrera scores run in return to action
    Miguel Cabrera doubled and scored a run in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury and is still noticeably gimpy. Unless it gets worse, though, he figures to play through the ailment.
    Yesterday, 1:46 am
    10:08 am vs NYY
  • Pujols hits three singles, drives in two runs
    Albert Pujols singled three times and drove in two runs in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Miami's pitchers were giving up hits galore, as the Angels as a team picked up sixteen knocks in the 8-2 win. Pujols drove in two with an RBI single in what ended up being a five run fourth inning for the Angels. He's driven in 80 runs on the season. Despite an overall solid slash line of .277/.333/.472, Pujols has been in a bit of a power drought since the All Star break, as he's only hit three home runs since the middle of July after hitting 21 in the first half of the season.
    Tuesday, 10:36 pm
  • Gonzalez goes 1-for-3 with BB, RBI, 2 runs
    Adrian Gonzalez finished 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Gonzalez is 6-for-9 (.667) with two doubles, a homer and seven RBI in his last three games. The veteran first baseman is batting .325 this month, and is slashing .275/.334/.460 overall. Gonzalez is on pace for 22 homers and 110 RBI.
    Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Buster Posey blasts out a pair of HRs in win
    Buster Posey belted his 16th and 17th home runs of the season and accounted for all of San Francisco's offense in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: This was his second career multi-homer game (the other coming in 2010). Posey knocked in RBI 63 and 64 while taking Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa deep in the sixth inning, and got his 65th with an emphatic eighth inning homer off Brooks Brown. Posey might have gotten JDLR at less than full strength -- the hurler suffered a thumb contusion while batting in the top half of the frame -- but he certainly won't give it back (De La Rosa was immediately removed once Posey crossed home plate). Posey finished the game 2-for-4. The catcher is slashing .288/.346/.457.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo day-to-day with tight back
    Anthony Rizzo left Tuesday's game against the Reds as a precaution due to lower back tightness.

    Advice: The Cubs double-switched him out of the game with a three-run lead. Rizzo should have a shot to return to the lineup on Wednesday. He slugged his 30th homer of the season in one of his four at-bats before exiting.
    Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez exits clubhouse in walking boot
    Pedro Alvarez was spotted leaving the Pirates' clubhouse Tuesday with a walking boot on his left foot.

    Advice: Alvarez exited Tuesday's game due to sprain between two toes on his left foot. It's not clear at this point how serious the injury might be, but the fact that he's wearing a walking boot certainly isn't a good sign. Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games before going hitless in three at-bats. If he's out a while, Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez will handle first base.
    Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Davis hits pinch-hit homer to down Cardinals
    Ike Davis hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the eighth inning to propel the Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis, who hasn't started a game in a week, was called on with two runners on to face Cardinals reliever Seth Maness. The first baseman broke the 2-2 tie with his ninth homer of the season. It was a nice moment for Davis, who has struggled to gain much traction at either of his two major league stops so far, and with Pedro Alvarez possibly out Davis could see more at-bats in the coming weeks.
    Tuesday, 7:20 pm
  • Evan Longoria nursing sore forearm
    Evan Longoria was used in the designated hitter spot for the second straight day Tuesday due to some minor right forearm soreness.

    Advice: Longo said the soreness "just kind of crept up on me," but he added that it's "something I won't go on the DL for, won't miss any time for." Longoria entered play Tuesday batting a disappointing .249/.321/.388 with 16 homers and 72 RBI this season.
    Tuesday, 7:03 pm
  • Bogaerts (concussion) to return this weekend
    Xander Bogaerts (concussion) is expected to rejoin the Red Sox' lineup this weekend.

    Advice: Bogaerts was placed on the concussion disabled list over the weekend but is now symptom-free. He'll need to officially be cleared by MLB first, but things are looking up for his return this weekend. "He's had a good day to day," manager John Farrell said. "He's come in and he's pretty much feeling symptom free, so we'll go through the next steps to get approval from MLB."
    Tuesday, 6:52 pm
    Disabled List
  • Pedro Alvarez exits game with foot discomfort
    Pedro Alvarez exited Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with left foot discomfort.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how Alvarez hurt the foot or how long he might be out, but the Pirates should update his status after the game. It would be unfortunate timing if he should be out a while, as Alvarez entered play Tuesday with three homers in his last three games.
    Tuesday, 6:47 pm
  • LaRoche out Tuesday due to back soreness
    Adam LaRoche is out of the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday due to back soreness.

    Advice: LaRoche expects to return to action Wednesday. Kevin Frandsen is playing first base against Cole Hamels.
    Tuesday, 2:20 pm
  • Votto (quad) throwing and taking dry swings
    Joey Votto (quad) has begun throwing and taking dry swings.

    Advice: It's the first dose of baseball-related activities for Votto since he landed on the disabled list July 6 with a strained left quad. The Reds have plummeted out of the postseason picture in his absence and aren't going to rush him back at this point. Votto can probably be dropped in redraft leagues.
    Tuesday, 1:24 pm
    Disabled List
    9:35 am vs ChC
  • Murphy (calf) sitting Tuesday against Braves
    Daniel Murphy (calf) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Murphy was removed from Sunday's game with a sore right calf and is scheduled to see a doctor Tuesday at the stadium. He's considered day-to-day. Wilmer Flores will fill in at second base.
    Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • David Wright (neck) not in Tuesday's lineup
    David Wright (neck) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

    Advice: Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms and still isn't back to 100 percent. Eric Campbell will fill in at the hot corner.
    Tuesday, 12:47 pm
  • LaRoche not in Tuesday's lineup
    Adam LaRoche is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

    Advice: LaRoche hasn't done much against lefties this year and will sit against Cole Hamels. Kevin Frandsen will play first base.
    Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • David Ortiz (foot) sitting again Tuesday
    David Ortiz (foot) is out of the Red Sox starting lineup again Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Ortiz fouled a ball off his right foot Sunday and will rest for a second straight day. Mike Napoli will fill in at DH on Tuesday and Allen Craig will play first base.
    Tuesday, 11:55 am
  • Mets hitting coach says Wright still has pain
    Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson told SNY.TV's Robert Brender that David Wright is still dealing with pain in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Wright is hitting just .215 with a .489 OPS since the All-Star break and is currently riding a career-long 143 at-bat home run-less streak, but he insists that the shoulder isn't an issue and that he's healthy enough to play. However, Johnson seems to have a different opinion on the matter. "When your shoulder is hurt, it's really tough," said Johnson. "It's hurt in his left shoulder and that's where your swing starts, with your left side, your left hand getting to the ball. It's been tough because he's been trying to play through that. It's just been a real tough haul because it's hard to get a consistent swing when you're in pain." Even if the pain has subsided, many have speculated that Wright changed his swing to compensate for the discomfort and that he hasn't been able to get back to where he was before. Even with his long track record, it's hard to count on him in fantasy leagues right now.
    Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • Pedro Alvarez launches 18th homer
    Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 and homered off John Lackey in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Predictably, Alvarez has started both games since his two-homer day Saturday, and the additional homer tonight should ensure that he continues to the nod over Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez in the final two games of the series versus St. Louis.
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Ortiz (elbow, foot) not in Sox lineup Monday
    David Ortiz (elbow, foot) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Monday night against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Ortiz was hit by a pitch in the left elbow on Saturday and then fouled a ball off his right foot Sunday. They're both minor injuries, but the veteran slugger needs a day of rest. He's hoping to play Tuesday. Mike Napoli is at designated hitter and Allen Craig is playing first base Monday in Toronto.
    Monday, 12:19 pm
  • Gonzalez doubles twice in three-hit afternoon
    Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: The first baseman's only non-double was an RBI single in the sixth inning. Gonzalez is hitting .275/.333/.461, and his 89 RBI are second-most in the National League.
    Sunday, 6:57 pm
  • Murphy has two hits, scores twice vs. Dodgers
    Daniel Murphy went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: In his five-game hitting streak, Murphy is 8-for-21 with two RBI and four runs scored. The second baseman has his average back over .300, as his two-hit day raised his line to .301/.343/.424.
    Sunday, 6:51 pm
  • Daniel Murphy advised to rest on Monday
    Daniel Murphy, who was removed from Sunday's game with a sore right calf, has been advised by team doctors to stay off his feet during Monday's off day.

    Advice: The Mets hope that a day of rest will be enough of a break to have Murphy well enough to return to the lineup on Tuesday. It sounds as though the injury is very minor, and that he will avoid a trip to the disabled list.
    Sunday, 6:14 pm
  • V-Mart collects four RBI, Tigers pound Twins
    Victor Martinez went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI to help the Tigers pound the Twins 13-4 on Sunday.

    Advice: Martinez hit his 25th home run, a two-run shot, in the sixth inning, and he added two more RBI over the course of the game. His 84 RBI are seventh-most in the American League, as are his 25 homers. His .328 average and .949 OPS are both second-best in the league as he continues his stellar season.
    Sunday, 5:10 pm
  • Daniel Murphy departs early with sore calf
    Daniel Murphy was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers due to a sore right calf.

    Advice: Murphy apperared to tweak something in the game and was replaced in the ninth inning of the blowout victory. He's considered day-to-day and should be able to return to the lineup in short order.
    Sunday, 4:08 pm
  • Red Sox place Bogaerts (concussion) on DL
    Red Sox placed INF Xander Bogaerts on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

    Advice: Bogaerts was hit in the head on Friday and sat out the remainder of the weekend. While he reported improvement on Saturday and Sunday, he wasn't able to pass his concussion tests so the team will play things cautiously.
    Sunday, 3:19 pm
    Disabled List
  • David Wright leaves game with neck spasms
    David Wright was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers in the third inning due to neck spasms.

    Advice: Wright had singled and scored a run during a five-run uprising in the third inning before departing. It's unclear at the moment how much, if any, time that he may miss with the injury, but the team should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Sunday, 2:07 pm
  • David Ortiz departs with right foot contusion
    David Ortiz was forced to leave Sunday's game in the sixth inning due to a right foot contusion.

    Advice: Ortiz most likely sustained the injury while fouling a ball off of his foot. He's considered day-to-day and should return to the Red Sox lineup on Monday.
    Sunday, 2:03 pm
  • David Ortiz leaves game with apparent injury
    David Ortiz was removed from Sunday's game against the Mariners with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Ortiz singled in the sixth inning, but was limping on his way to first base and promptly removed for a pinch runner. The Red Sox should provide an update on the slugger's status shortly.
    Sunday, 1:12 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera (ankle) not in Sunday's lineup
    Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cabrera has been nursing a right ankle injury recently and aggravated it while playing both games of Saturday's doubleheader. He could be available to pinch-hit and seems likely to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Don Kelly is getting the start at first base Sunday.
    Sunday, 9:43 am
    10:08 am vs NYY
  • Machado to have knee surgery Wednesday
    Manny Machado is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee on Wednesday.

    Advice: The procedure is to repair a partially torn ligament. He's hoping to be ready for spring training, but it's not a given since his timetable is expected to be similar to last year's ACL repair.
    Sunday, 9:40 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • David Ortiz back in lineup Sunday
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Ortiz had to leave Saturday's contest after his left elbow swelled up following a hit by pitch, but he's fine. The slugger is batting .265/.361/.525 with 30 homers and 93 RBI this season.
    Sunday, 8:14 am
  • Bogaerts still undergoing concussion tests
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Xander Bogaerts (head) is still undergoing concussion tests.

    Advice: Bogaerts was beaned on Friday and has now missed two straight starts. He did report improvement on Saturday, but the Red Sox obviously want to make sure he can go through all necessary activities without having concussion symptoms. Brock Holt is at shortstop Sunday.
    Sunday, 8:12 am
    Disabled List
  • Phillies 3B prospect Franco hits for cycle
    Phillies prospect third baseman Maikel Franco went 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.

    Advice: It's easy to get caught up in the should-have-been hype and forget that Franco has hit .254/.295/.417 with 30 doubles, four triples, and 14 home runs as a 21-year old in Triple-A. Franco has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order slugger, but he has struggled mightily in Triple-A. His long term defensive home is up in the air, but he will be given the opportunity to right the ship in 2015 and should see the major leagues early in 2015.
    Sunday, 8:10 am
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  • David Ortiz (elbow) expected to play Sunday
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Saturday's game that he expected David Ortiz (elbow) to be back in the lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Big Papi had to leave Saturday's contest after his left elbow swelled up following a hit by pitch. However, he's expected to be fine and might not even need a day off. Ortiz's streak of reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances came to an end Saturday.
    Sunday, 6:24 am
  • Xander Bogaerts (head) hoping to play Sunday
    Xander Bogaerts (head) is hoping to return to the lineup on Sunday.

    Advice: Bogaerts reported improvement Saturday after Friday's beaning, but he sat out Saturday's game and still needed to go through concussion tests. There's no word yet on how those went. "Any time you get hit in the head and removed from the game, you've got to go through a protocol, which he's going through today," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Just to see if there's any concussion symptoms."
    Sunday, 6:21 am
    Disabled List
  • Adrian Gonzalez nets five RBI in win vs. NYM
    Adrian Gonzalez finished 2-for-3 with a homer and five RBI in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Mets.

    Advice: Gonzalez plated the Dodgers' first run with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning then slugged a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth before adding his fifth RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Gonzalez is batting just .270 this season with an underwhelming .783 OPS, but he's among the league leaders in RBI with 88.
    Saturday, 9:18 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez homers twice as Bucs rout MIL
    Pedro Alvarez homered twice Saturday in the Pirates' 10-2 rout of the host Brewers.

    Advice: Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run shot in the top of the fourth inning and then slugged a solo homer in the Bucs' five-run fifth, finishing the night with four total RBI. He may be able to rediscover his stroke now that he has been moved away from third base. The Pirates will try to sweep the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.
    Saturday, 7:37 pm
  • Ortiz leaves game after hit-by-pitch on elbow
    David Ortiz left Saturday's game against the Mariners after being hit in the arm by a pitch.

    Advice: The Red Sox are saying Ortiz has a bruised left elbow. He was 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting. The veteran designated hitter will likely get a full day off Sunday.
    Saturday, 1:55 pm
  • Manny Machado talks knee surgery
    Manny Machado said he opted for surgery on his right knee because the injury wasn't getting any better.

    Advice: Machado said he has abnormal knees, which would be a contributing factor to him injuring the same ligament in different knees in back-to-back years. He hopes to have the surgery to repair a partially torn ligament next week and be ready for spring training. It's no given that he'll be ready then, but this year's tear isn't as bad as the one in his other knee that caused him to miss the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014.
    Saturday, 10:10 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Walt Jocketty expected to remain Reds GM
    Sources told's Ken Rosenthal that Walt Jocketty is expected to remain the Reds' general manager in 2015.

    Advice: There's been talk of Jocketty perhaps reuniting with Tony La Russa in Arizona, but it doesn't sound like either Jocketty or the Reds is ready for a divorce. Jocketty's lack of inventiveness and eagerness to overcommit to spare parts are both problems at this stage of his long, excellent career, especially given the Reds' annual lack of financial flexibility. Moving on and trying something different would be the right move for Cincinnati.
    Saturday, 7:44 am
    Disabled List
    9:35 am vs ChC
  • Morneau smacks solo home run, drives in two
    Justin Morneau hit his 14th home run in Friday's tilt with the Marlins.

    Advice: Morneau finished the game 2-for-4, driving in two with his third inning homer off of Henderson Alvarez. It was Morneau's first home run since the All Star break. Despite the lack of dingers in the second half of the season, Morneau actually has bettered his slashes across the board in the second half. Since the break, he's been hitting .353/.443/.515. The Rocky Mountain air is doing him well.
    Friday, 11:57 pm
  • Posey homers, drives in two to halt Nats
    Buster Posey hit his fifteenth home run of the season and knocked in RBI 60 and 61 in Friday's win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Posey finished the game 2-for-5. The home run came off of Nationals starter Doug Fister. Posey also added a double, his 22nd, off of reliever Ross Detwiler. On the season, Posey is slashing .284/.345/.438. He's hit fifteen home runs and batted in 61.
    Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Ortiz reaches in all four plate appearances
    David Ortiz reached base in all four plate appearances again Friday, going 2-for-2 with two walks in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Ortiz hasn't made an out since Tuesday, and he's reached base at least four times in each of his last four games. It's the longest such streak since Joe Mauer reached four times in five straight games in 2006. Ortiz doubled among his two hits Friday, and it's no coincidence that he owns an .886 OPS that ranks sixth in the American League. There isn't a hitter more locked in right now than Ortiz.
    Friday, 8:01 pm
  • Longoria homers, drives in three vs TOR
    Evan Longoria hit a solo home run and a two-run double against the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: Longoria finished the game 3-for-4 and a triple shy of the cycle. This marked one of Longoria's better games of what has been a somewhat down year for the third baseman. He hit the home run, number twenty-one, in the second inning against Marcus Stroman. He went on to add a two-run double in the sixth inning. Longoria is slashing .250/.323/.386 on the season, with 21 home runs and 70 RBI.
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Bogaerts being evaluated for concussion
    Xander Bogaerts is being evaluated for a concussion after a HBP in the head on Friday.

    Advice: Bogaerts initially stayed in the game after being hit in the head by a Felix Hernandez pitch, but he left an inning later. The shortstop was 0-for-1 before leaving. The club should have more information on his injury and availability in the coming days.
    Friday, 7:00 pm
    Disabled List
  • Bogaerts exits after hit by pitch on helmet
    Xander Bogaerts was removed from Friday's game against the Mariners after being hit in the helmet by a pitch.

    Advice: Bogaerts was hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch in the fifth inning but stayed in until the sixth. Brock Holt pinch hit for him in the sixth inning. That he was able to stay in and play shortstop suggests he may have avoided a concussion, but the Red Sox should provide more information on his status after the game.
    Friday, 6:35 pm
    Disabled List
  • Bochy: Moving Posey to 1B not being discussed
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said moving Buster Posey to first base isn't being discussed right now.

    Advice: "Right now, no," Bochy said. "Down the road, sure, that's something we will talk about. It could lighten the load on Buster. Whether at some point down the road he will get out from behind the plate, I can't answer that. Right now it's not discussed." Posey has been bothered by a hip issue recently, and catching certainly isn't helping the matter. Still, having a catcher with Posey's bat is incredibly valuable, and the Giants appear ready to leave him there for the time being. Bochy did say that if and when Posey does move it will be to first and not to third base, as some have wondered. But for now, neither move is on the horizon.
    Friday, 3:27 pm
  • Report: Machado to have season-ending surgery
    A source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Manny Machado is expected to have season-ending knee surgery within a week.

    Advice: Machado has been on the disabled list since August 12 with a sprained ligament in his right knee, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that the third baseman had no timetable for resuming baseball activities. It's a huge loss for the first-place Orioles, who will now have to rely more heavily on Chris Davis and others to fill the position. Machado's season got off to a late start after left knee surgery last season, playing in just 82 games this year.
    Friday, 3:10 pm
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • David Ortiz returns to Red Sox' lineup Fri.
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Ortiz left Wednesday's game and then sat out Thursday due to some general soreness, but he's evidently feeling better. Big Papi is batting .263/.355/.523 with 30 homers and 93 RBI this season.
    Friday, 12:36 pm
  • No timetable for Manny Machado (knee)
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that there's no timetable for when Manny Machado (knee) will resume baseball activities.

    Advice: That means he's obviously not going to be ready for activation when first eligible on August 27, and in all likelihood it sounds like it will be a while before he returns. Showalter added that he should know more about Machado's status on Saturday. The star third baseman has been out since mid-August with a sprained right knee.
    Friday, 9:59 am
    Disabled List
    4:05 pm vs TB
  • Posey homers, doubles twice as Giants win
    Buster Posey finished 4-for-4 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Posey homered in the fifth inning off of Travis Wood, breaking a 3-3 tie. It's the fifth time in his career he reached base five times in a game, with the most recent occurring on July 8 last season in a 16-inning loss. Posey owns a .282/.342/.435 slash line along with 14 home runs and 59 RBI on the season.
    Thursday, 9:18 pm
  • Rizzo's homer the difference in resumed game
    Anthony Rizzo's first-inning, two-run home run was the deciding factor in the Cubs' win over the Giants on Thursday -- a game resumed from Tuesday.

    Advice: The Giants won a protest and Tuesday's match against the Cubs was resumed on Thursday with the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth. The Giants scored once in the sixth, but Rizzo's home run two days ago stood the test of time and was the reason the Cubs won. Rizzo finished 2-for-4, his other hit being a double. The first baseman now has 29 home runs, 69 RBI, and a .279/.377/.515 slash line.
    Thursday, 5:21 pm
  • Still no timetable for Joey Votto (quad)
    Joey Votto (quad) remains without a timetable to return.

    Advice: Updates on Votto's progress have been few and far between, which isn't a great sign. The first baseman has yet to resume baseball activities and on Thursday didn't offer any clues as to how far along he is. "So the second I'm capable of playing and I'm no longer injured, I'll be back on the field," Votto said. "In the meantime, you can assume I'm injured." With the Reds rapidly falling out of playoff contention, the probability of Votto eventually being shut down for the season would seem to be rising.
    Thursday, 3:15 pm
    Disabled List
    9:35 am vs ChC
  • Posey (hip) back in Giants' lineup Thursday
    Buster Posey (hip) will be back in the Giants' starting lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.

    Advice: The Giants first have to finish out a suspended game and then will play a full nine innings after that. Posey, who sat out Wednesday after experiencing some discomfort in his left hip, is expected to participate in both.
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Miguel Cabrera aggravated ankle injury Wed.
    Miguel Cabrera aggravated a right ankle injury on a slide into home plate on Wednesday night.

    Advice: James Schmehl of says "it's minor, but something to keep an eye on." Cabrera is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Thursday afternoon in Tampa Bay. The perennial MVP candidate is having a relatively down year, with an .885 OPS and 17 homers in 123 games.
    Thursday, 8:07 am
    10:08 am vs NYY
  • Uribe (hamstring) takes batting practice Wed.
    Juan Uribe (hamstring) took batting practice before Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Uribe was reported to be "feeling better" on Tuesday, and the fact that he's progressed to baseball activities is a good sign. Uribe hit the shelf on Saturday, but it seems he'll be back sooner than later. A return in early September appears possible.
    Wednesday, 8:13 pm
    Disabled List
  • Longoria has 8-game hitting streak snapped
    Evan Longoria went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's 6-0 loss to the Tigers, snapping his eight-game hitting streak.

    Advice: Longoria has been attempting to bulk up his uncharacteristically pedestrian numbers, but Tigers starter Rick Porcello was dominant on Wednesday, rendering the third baseman hitless on the evening. Longoria still has about six more weeks to pick up his lackluster .252/.325/.389 slash line.
    Wednesday, 7:02 pm
  • Martinez knocks in 5 as Tigers shut out Rays
    Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI double, and a grand slam in Wednesday's shutout win against the Rays.

    Advice: Martinez put the Tigers on the board in the top of the first with an RBI double and later extended his club's lead to 6-0 with a seventh-inning grand slam off of Kirby Yates. The veteran now has 24 home runs on the season, one off of his career-high. He's also sitting on 79 RBI and a .325/.392/.553 slash line.
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • Buster Posey out Wednesday with hip tightness
    Buster Posey is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs after his left hip flared up.

    Advice: The issue affected his at-bats on Tuesday, so he has been getting treatment all day Wednesday. He's available off the bench and the hope is that he'll be ready to go Thursday. Consider him day-to-day.
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Posey not in Giants' lineup on Wednesday
    Buster Posey is not in the Giants' starting lineup Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andrew Susac is catching Jake Peavy and Travis Ishikawa is at first base.
    Wednesday, 1:44 pm
  • Juan Uribe (hamstring) feeling better
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Juan Uribe (hamstring) is "feeling better."

    Advice: "Uribe is feeling better," Mattingly said. "Mostly inside work, doing a little bit of baseball stuff. He'll be progressing toward the field, a lot like the first time he hurt it." Uribe missed a month of action the last time he tweaked his hamstring, so he could still be a ways away if he's on a similar timetable.
    Tuesday, 7:12 pm
    Disabled List
  • Alvarez not expected to play 3B anymore
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle indicated Tuesday that Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season unless he's needed in an emergency.

    Advice: Alvarez made his first start at first base on Monday but was back on the bench Tuesday. He's expected to share time with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez, which means his fantasy value is nearing non-existent at this point. "Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," Hurdle said. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not."
    Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Morneau (neck) back in COL lineup Tuesday
    Justin Morneau (neck) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Royals.

    Advice: Morneau missed a few games with a lingering neck injury. He is starting at first base and batting third for the Rockies against Royals right-hander James Shields.
    Tuesday, 1:50 pm
  • LaRoche hits a walk-off homer in the 11th
    Adam LaRoche belted a walk-off solo home run in the 11th inning to help the Nationals defeat the D'Backs on Monday.

    Advice: LaRoche was hitless in four at-bats entering his 11th inning showdown with Will Harris. The first baseman certainly salvaged his night, and he's now one home run away from notching the ninth 20-homer season of his 11-year career. He's sporting a fine .272/.376/.471 slash line with 67 RBI this season.
    Monday, 7:34 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez making debut at 1B on Monday
    Pedro Alvarez will make his first major league start at first base on Monday against the Braves.

    Advice: Alvarez's throwing has been an issue all season long at third base, so the Pirates have been working with him over the past week or so to prepare him for a move across the diamond. He'll get his first test Monday and could cut into the playing time for Ike Davis the rest of the way.
    Monday, 1:52 pm
  • Rizzo slugs 28th home run in Cubs' victory
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Cubs' defeat of the Mets on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Rizzo walked in the fourth inning, doubled and scored in the sixth inning, and then hit a solo shot off in the eighth inning. The 25-year-old first baseman had been in a mild slump for part of August but still has a fantastic .276/.376/.507 batting line with 28 home runs and 67 RBI in 122 games this season.
    Monday, 12:13 pm
  • Wright (shoulder) in Mets' lineup on Monday
    David Wright (shoulder) is in the Mets' starting lineup on Monday afternoon versus the Cubs.

    Advice: Wright did not play Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with lingering soreness in his right shoulder. It's something that has bothered him for much of the 2014 season, and he currently holds a career-worst .711 OPS with only eight home runs in 117 games. The star third baseman probably won't be fully healthy again until 2015.
    Monday, 7:25 am
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